Let’s Analyze Obama’s Loudest Howls of 2014…January 14, 2014: Obama declares at his first Cabinet meeting: “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” We have phones and pens too. With which we will call and write our elected officials and tell them how disappointed we are with moderate Republicans who mutely stand by and let the president’s Democratic allies pass a measure extending the Treasury’s borrowing authority—without demanding ANY concessions. President Obama has not changed his tune since 2011, when he told an auditorium of college students at the University of Colorado Denver: “We can’t wait for Congress to do its job. So where they won’t act, I will. …[with] executive actions.” When will more Republicans muster the courage to challenge his power mongering? February 10, 2014: President Obama unilaterally delays the impact of the employer mandate for both mid-sized (50-99 employees) and large companies. Mid-sized companies have until 2016 instead of 2015 to offer health care coverage to their employees; and, large companies will only need to provide coverage to 70 percent of their employees instead of 95 percent. Smells like a politically-motivated flip flop. We’ll need more than Febreze to freshen the air and eliminate the stench of corruption from the White House. February 12, 2014: By executive order, President Obama raises the hourly minimum wage for government contractors to $10.10 beginning January 1, 2015 in order to “increase efficiency and cost savings in the work performed by parties who contract with the Federal Government.” Uh huh. That’s what we all do when we’re trying to save money: pay everyone who works for us an arbitrarily greater amount of money—without making them earn the raise. That always motivates workers to burn the midnight oil. It’s time for you to speak up and demand a return to constitutional principles and individual liberty. Pick up your pen. Or your phone. Let out a howl. Aroooo! To bring Katie Kieffer to speak at your professional event or college campus, please follow this link to inquire about booking a speech.
My fellow Patriots: The past year has been a turbulent time for myself and all of you great American Patriots. I’ve been through many challenges in my life, and I’m thankful for who they’ve turned me into. The current challenge for me is enduring the banter, shrewdness and internal politics inherent to a prison population. It is arguably the most difficult obstacle that I’ve faced in my life, however, knowing I’m not alone in this arduous journey makes the road a little smoother. I’m standing strong on the “inside” as I’m confident you’re standing strong on the “outside.” You have my most sincere thanks and respect for taking a stand against injustice. You are true-blue Americans. NEVER GIVE UP – NEVER GIVE IN. Sincerely and respectfully, Your Friend, CLINT LORANCEThe last line in the letter, “Never Give Up, Never Give In,” is Lt. Lorance’s life motto. He is an amazing man who devoted his life to caring for others. Instead of judging him, we need to hear his side of the story. As his mother says, “He has written a story himself” through his exemplary character and actions. I will keep you posted on developments regarding Lt. Lorance’s case. In the meantime, we all need to stand by this heroic man who faces injustice because the Obama administration apparently chose to appease the Afghan government instead of supporting our American troops. Moreover, he and his family need prayers to stay strong and upbeat as they face the hurdle of their lives. It’s up to us to remind our Commander-in-Chief: No man left behind.
Easy ways you can help Lt. Lorance:1.) Please sign this petition to free Lt. Lorance from prison. He needs 25,000 signatures. 2.) His family seeks “character witness letters” that his attorney will bring to Lt. Lorance’s clemency hearing. Any American may write a reference letter on Clint’s behalf. These letters will be viewed by the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division. You could express your feelings on Clint’s character or write a note expressing your concern about the treatment of our returning heroes. Please address your letter to: Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division Mail your letter to: Anna Lorance P.O.Box 545 Celeste, Texas 75423 Important: Your signature is required at the bottom of your letter. Your letter will help Clint’s defense team make a case at his upcoming clemancy hearing, so please send yours in soonest! 3.) Please visit DefendVeteranLorance.com, to find links to his life story, his Facebook page and his PayPal donation page. His family needs to raise funds for his legal defense. If you are a member of CHASE Bank, there is a special non-profit organization set up for Lt. Lorance through CHASE Bank. Anyone in the world may walk into their CHASE Bank branch and make a tax-deductible donation to: “Defend Veteran Lorance.”
A ‘National Control List’ Would Be EstablishedArticle 5 of the Arms Trade Treaty creates a “National Control List.” Global leaders around the world who sign the treaty: “shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.” Obama promised us he was not going to establish a national gun registry. “He’s not seeking a registry,” White House Spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on March 25, 2013. In his twisted mind, Obama told the truth but not the whole truth. He didn’t want a national registry. He wanted a global registry. He wanted foreign governments to know whether you own a gun. That way, if you even think about jumping ship and leaving the United States to seek freedom elsewhere, there will effectively be an asterisk next to your name. Probably something like: Name: Jimmy Brown Criminal Activity: None. Gun Owner: Yes. Notes: Watch out for this dude; he’s a duck hunter. He shoots lots of waterfowl in the fall. No criminal record. But, be alert. Could be a terrorist. The beautiful and talented actress Audrey Hepburn once said: “I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” Tell Barry to listen to Audrey. Tell him to stay away from your guns. And leave you alone.
United Nations Would Control All Guns and AmmoThe New American reports that Articles 2, 3 and 4 of the Arms Trade Treaty give the UN the authority to apprehend the right of private citizens to: “own, buy, sell, trade, or transfer all means of armed resistance, including handguns.” Ammunition, parts and components also fall under UN purview. Funny thing is, no government or group of governments will ever, ever, ever have the “right” to do this. As humans, we have an inherent right to our private property, including our bodies. We also have an inherent right to use self-defense to protect our bodies. Reason tells us this. Whether we choose to use our own fists or a Glock, we have a natural, God-given right to hold off lethal attacks with force. No one has the authority to take away your natural rights. A bully with a pack of international bullies backing him up can only use force to extort your natural rights. That’s what Obama’s administration is trying to do; extort decent and law-abiding Americans like you. Stand up for reason, justice and freedom. Tell Obama not to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty and tell your Senators not to ratify it if he tries to send it their way. To bring Katie Kieffer to speak at your professional event or college campus, please follow this link to inquire about booking a speech.
It’s Undeniable: Amazon Has a MonopolyThe purpose of anti-trust laws is to promote and maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies, including setting unnatural prices that inhibit free competition. When Apple collaborated with publishers, I contend that it did not violate anti-trust legislation because Apple’s agency-pricing model actually brought more competition and consumer choices into an e-book market that was—and still is—monopolized by Amazon. Back in 2009, Amazon was a lone shark, controlling 90 percent of the e-book market. By April of 2012, even after Apple and others had entered the market, Amazon still controlled the majority (60 percent) of the e-book market. Barnes and Noble controlled 25 percent and Apple commanded a scant 15 percent. Yet Obama’s administration sued Apple, the smallest player, for conspiring to undermine Amazon. Unlike traditional printed books, you can’t physically hold an e-book in your hands; you must purchase a special “e-reader” or tablet to peruse them. Amazon’s e-reader is called the Kindle. So, when Amazon monopolizes the e-book market, it also helps guarantee that people will be more likely to purchase its e-reading device. Consumers, writers and book publishers have been unhappy with Amazon’s monopoly for some time. From a consumer perspective, Amazon’s monopoly lessens technology options. The Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook are not exactly the best options for e-book readers. As of December of 2012, CNET News rates the fourth-generation iPad tablet as the “best full-sized reading tablet” and even the second generation iPad outdoes comparable Android offerings. Publishers were also unhappy with Amazon’s “wholesale pricing model” because it cannibalized their print businesses. As Jobs explained to his biographer, Walter Isaacson: “Amazon screwed it up. It paid the wholesale price for some books, but started selling them below cost at $9.99. The publishers hated that—they thought it would trash their ability to sell hardcover books at $28. So before Apple even got to the scene, some booksellers were starting to withhold books from Amazon. So we told the publishers, ‘We’ll go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30%, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you [publishers] want anyway.’ But we also asked for a guarantee [per a most favored nation clause] that if anybody else is selling the books cheaper than we are, then we can sell them at the lower price too. So they [publishers] went to Amazon and said, “You’re going to sign an agency contract or we’re not going to give you the books.’” Jobs further explained: “We were not the first people in the books business. Given the situation that existed [Amazon’s 90 percent monopoly], what was best for us was to do this akido move and end up with the agency model.” Competition always creates more options for consumers. When publishers can stay profitable and new retailers can enter the e-book market, there are more quality options for readers. And when retailers like Apple can enter the market, they will innovate and offer alternative e-reading devices like the iPad so that Americans have more high-tech options for reading e-books than buying an Amazon Kindle.
Jobs’ Vision Was to Save Journalism, NOT to Rip Off ConsumersJobs saw an opportunity to provide consumers with more choices. He knew he could turn a profit by competing with Amazon—but money was not his goal. Jobs’ main goal was to save high-quality print media from going extinct in the modern digital era where fewer consumers will pay for printed newspapers and books because they can get so much information and entertainment for free online. I think Jobs intuitively understood that if major publishers can’t afford to pay writers and journalists, consumers suffer. I think Jobs understood that without media watchdogs, free speech deteriorates and the government is no longer accountable to the people. For example, Jobs considered the New York Times to be one of the finest newspapers in America and he wanted to save its journalism for future generations. Isaacson writes: “Jobs was particularly interested in striking a deal with the New York Times, which he felt was a great newspaper in danger of declining because it had not figured out how to charge for digital content. ‘One of my personal projects this year, I’ve decided, is to try to help—whether they want it or not—the Times,’ he told me in early 2010. ‘I think it’s important to the country for them to figure it out.’” Despite being a Democrat, Jobs also had great success working with Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of News Corp., which owned conservative-leaning media giants like the Wall Street Journal and the Fox News Channel. So, I believe that Jobs’ over-arching vision in implementing the agency model was to preserve all high-caliber media. Dear Mr. President, please stop favoring Amazon. She already monopolizes the e-book market and consumers deserve choices. Key pages referenced from Walter Isaacson’s biography, “Steve Jobs:” pp. 503-04, 531 and 533-34. To bring Katie Kieffer to speak at your professional event or college campus, please follow this link to inquire about booking a speech.