Understanding Bad Legislation

Dirty Tricks have been used to pass Bad Laws

We have a sound system given us by the founders. And it works but if we don’t find & INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE the enemies within, we could be losing America to global oppression.

When we talk of making a law, this is the ideal: One transparent source, one subject, one bill, enough time for politicians to read the bill, enough time for the electorate to weigh in on the bill, a simple up/down vote ON THAT ONE SUBJECT and a two thirds majority where applicable. Could it be simpler? Simple is good.

Sadly this is not how it works in Washington. Do you wonder why Congress has such a low approval rating?

LOL. The Senate has just voted in favor of a continuing resolution, a funding bill for the Federal Government’s spending until Dec. 9.

The only problem is that there was no bill. They were voting on a nothing. 

There was no text for this bill, yet the Senate voted 89-7 to proceed to this nonexistent bill. This is a 2016 government spending bill that should have been written and discussed and negotiated and published long before Congress went on vacation.

Congress has the job to make laws but it also has the power to set budgets and thereby control spending. This gives them the means to curb excesses or corruption in the Executive or the Judiciary. The three functions of government should be balanced one against the other. No more.

In Sept 2016 there are two federal excesses Republicans should have been controlling, the Internet handover and secondly the the high cost & ethics of the “Refugee Invasion” Neither was addressed in this the latest McConnell sellout.

If voting on a bill that doesn’t even exist were not so potentially tragic, it would be laughable. 

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The Mitch McConnell-Harry Reid era has witnessed a Senate that is less transparent, where individual members are less aware of their rights, and where there is a growing centralization of power in the leader’s office.

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McConnell finally produced the bill giving Senators only four days to study it before voting (two of these were weekend days)  Was it planned to slide this through while everybody’s attention was on the first Debate?

Sadly, this is not the first time this irresponsibility has happened.

The Story of Glass-Steagall 

Glass Steagall (1933 -1999) was legislation that curbed income inequality. The biggest challenge we face to day is income inequality.

Glass Steagall was repealed right at the end of Bill Clinton’s watch and it has been said that this and the irresponsible deregulation that occurred during the Clinton second term, sewed the seeds for the BIG CRASH of 2008. Robert E. Rubin and Mr. Summers, also culpable for our current economic woes, still maintain strong influence in the Hilary campaign. Neither has been investigated nor prosecuted.

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Glass- Steagall was designed to limit conflicts of interest and the creation of over bloated banks with questionable assets that in 2016 are again getting too-big-to-fail.

Banks would never have needed the bail-outs, while still being banned by Glass Steagall from underwriting securities. Glass Steagall is a simple law and it forces banks to choose between being a simple lender or an underwriter (brokerage). It is a good law and it worked for half a century.  It could work again today. Derivatives (which were banned by the Glass Steagall) are fast creating the next financial crisis. We have a dangerous situation with even more banks that are too big to fail.

Along with this forming bubble, is the unsustainable debt the quality needed most in the next president of 2016 is a clean slate with regards to finances. Even more than that we need a STRONG president to help us handle any fallout that may occur from what is still a condition laid in by Bill Clinton, his economic advisers and the big banks.

The story of the Federal Reserve

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The Federal Reserve Act was enacted on December 23rd 1913 to create the Federal Reserve and the Central Banking System.  It was slipped through Congress while most of the delegates were away on holiday!

How effective has the Federal Reserve been in managing our money?  Statistics show they did turn the economy around in 2008, but that the recovery for main stream has been tepid at best. Small business is still struggling and too many people are living paycheck to paycheck. They can’t blow thier horn on having had much success. Of most concern is this is the USA debt that they have created for our children.

At this point in time, the Fed is an established part of the fabric of our system of money but there should be more oversight.  Significant efforts to get a complete audit of the FED have so far failed. There has been no complete audit of this establishment in the over 100 years of its existence.

They have allowed the market to turn into one giant casino and should be audited and held accountable.

ObamaCare

cost of obamacareIt is still too early to evaluate this expensive Act; so far there have been some good and some bad consequences. We do know though that it is costing the country money. So be it. What we can say with an absolute certainty is that ObamaCare is not a law crafted with legislative integrity.

ObamaCare was passed by democrats; not a single Republican voting for it and there were some legislative shenanigans used to force it through; making it a coercive law.  Is it any wonder that the GOP rage about healthcare is still escalating?

Harry Reid in 2009 was confident he “just” had the 60 votes to get OmbamaCare passed; however according to congressional rules, (like now) such a bill could not originate in the Senate as it is a revenue bill. So Reid went ahead and found an old Senate bill HR3590 (a military housing bill) and stripped the bill of its original language, thereby creating ObamaCare. Huh? You get it. That’s right. ObamaCare began with a confused identity.

There were other problems: The house wanted to make some changes to the bill and the house-amended version was scheduled to go back to the Senate for approval.  Unfortunately in the interim Senator Teddy Kennedy died getting himself replaced by a Republican. Hello! Reid no longer had the votes to get the amended Act approved.

He cut a deal; the House would pass the Senate’s original bill (no changes) and in addition the House would create a new bill that tabled all the desired changes calling it a reconciliation bill. After all who cared about the changes? The bill is so long and complex that nobody was going to read it anyway.

ObamaCare was not created by politicians; it was created by Big Pharma and their lawyers, nothing representative here.  Nothing simple here.

Of course with a Reconciliation Act tagged on, this only further complicated the complex bill.  Note: Such a use of a reconciliation bill is also contrary to congressional rules.

Twice now the Supreme Court has rubber-stamped ObamaCare raising the question, given its blatant illegality, are there any other dirty tricks here in play like blackmail?

None of these above laws could have been passed or been forced on us had there been a true integrity in the legislative process and an ethics body to investigate and make sure our politicians play by the rules.

What the corrupt Senate does not know is that it is a new day and the American citizen is coming to take his country back. This kind of legislating is totally unacceptable. We are expected to follow these bad laws.  So we are going to expect our elected officials to shape up. Minimally they should be carefully studying and understanding all bills before they vote on them. And they need a moral compass when voting.

Let them all be put on notice: We are recording their votes and holding them accountable.

2016 should also be the year when we have the courage to hold our banks accountable, demanding that those who manage our money and our healthcare, do so in the interest of the greater good.

Quote for the Week

“We are making up the rules as we go along.”

Alcee Hastings of the House Rules Committee during the ObamaCare bill process.

About the Author

bluelynnSLynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has been writing for twenty years.  She has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.

You can read more posts at www.grandmathunder.com
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Understanding the Internet

By Griping Grandpa

Who Owns The Internet?

The short answer is, nobody, but there is more to it than that.

President Obama has proposed certain changes that have received opposition; notably from Senator Ted Cruz.

Under the heading, “Don’t Let Obama Give Away the Internet”, Mr. Cruz states, “The Obama administration is pushing through a radical proposal to take control of Internet domains and instead give it to an international organization, ICANN, that includes 162 foreign countries. If that proposal goes through, countries like Russia, China, and Iran could be able to censor speech on the Internet, including here in the U.S. by blocking access to sites they don’t like.”

The Washington Times went as far as comparing Obama’s proposal, to the Panama Canal now being under Chinese control after the US relinquished ownership during the Carter administration.

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Dire warnings, indeed, but in politics things seldom are as they appear. To understand what is really going on, we need to understand, in broad terms, how the Internet works and how it is administered. Let’s dig a little further.

What Is ICANN And What Does It Do?

To clear up the acronym, ICANN stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It is a California based non-profit corporation.

The way it works is explained on ICANN’s own website:

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet.

ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit partnership of people from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.

So, that’s it in a nutshell. Similar to letters in the mail that have “TO” and “FROM” addresses. ICANN could be compared roughly with an organization that assigns Zip Codes. It cannot, like Santa Claus, decide “who has been good or bad”. That’s not what they do.

So What’s The Big Deal?

Even though the Internet is not owned by anyone, there has to be a control point somewhere, to make sure that no duplicate addresses assigned to the computers on the Internet. That’s what ICANN does and it is doing a fine job.

Currently, the US Department of Commerce oversees ICANN’s operations and President Obama’s proposal is to relinquish that oversight and to let ICANN stand on its own. At first sight that sounds reasonable, because the Internet is international in nature and why not remove American involvement?

Not so fast, though. There are other things to consider.
1. The first caveat is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Internet is working just fine – all countries have access to it and anyone can start a website (even if some governments restrict access to their people). If you start changing something that works well, the result usually is something that works not-so-well.

2. The Internet was conceived and implemented in America by Americans and, even though it is international and not owned by anyone, it is appropriate to have American oversight to ensure ICANN continues to do its job well and that the Internet stays free and unbiased.

3. ICANN is represented by members of different countries. Without oversight that organization might devolve into a bickering group that does not operate by consensus and does not get any constructive work done.

4. With ICANN on its own, a power vacuum may be created, where a less democratic entity steps in and makes a mess of the Internet.

5. Removing oversight would turn ICANN into a monopoly and, like Big Pharma, start charging exorbitant prices so that only the wealthy can afford their own websites.

6. Most important of all is Mr. X’s influence. As explained in an earlier post, Mr. X is not a single person, but a symbol representing individuals who ruthlessly pursue a goal of increasing their own great wealth and power, without regard for the welfare of others. At this time Mr. X pretty well has the traditional media under control – the newspapers, magazines, television and radio. The one big obstacle that stands in the way of total media control is the Internet. You can bet your bottom dollar that Mr. X is working to control the Internet as well.

Conclusion

My advice to Mr. Obama and the Congress is, “Don’t mess with the Internet! Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken!” Please pass on this message to your Congressmen and your friends.

Quote for the Week

“Oh, Wikipedia, with your tension between those who would share knowledge and those who would destroy it.”  – John Green

Understanding Trade

Not all Trade Deals are Good for America

With ObamaTrade the devil is in the details, hidden from Congress & the American people

Why does America seek Trade agreements?  We all agree we are better off if we trade with our neighbors, so what is the deal here?   While many Trade deals are good and put America First with ObamaTrade the American Citizen loses out. It is a lot worse than that though, with ObamaTrade America gives up her sovereignty.

This is serious guys. No vote should be cast on this lightly.

This is a Trade Deal destroys our Sovereignty

This is a Trade Deal destroys our Sovereignty

The TPA was sneaked through the Senate at the end of May 2015, and this was largely a matter of timing. It was put through when all eyes were on Rand Paul and his epic filibuster. Despite feeble efforts to inject it with continuing life, Paul forced the Patriot Act to die an ignoble death. This was something good.

However, there was something else happening in the wings? With a lot of bribe money in his back pocket, Obama was hard and fast working the politicians in Congress to get TPA approved.  And he succeeded. TPA is designed to give the President (and his executive branch) the sole authority to negotiate trade treaties and and in the face of this, Congress becomes almost irrelevant. Not a good scene, the imbalance between the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive was already out of whack, and this just made it even worse.

unconstitutionalA lot of money went into getting TPA passed; paid for by the U.S. Business Coalition for TPP. Donors to the Coalition were Goldman Sachs, followed closely by Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and members of the military industrial complex, which included GE, Halliburton and Northrop Grumman. The Coalition bought Senate support for $1,148,971 being given as bribes to senators, an average of $19,673.28 for Republicans and $9,689.23 for Democrats.

TPA was enacted to ensure fast passage TPP, otherwise called ObamaTrade.

Does this tell you anything?

What congressional rights did Congress give up with the passage of TPA?

Congress gave up the power to write legislation, the power to amend legislation, the power to fully examine legislation, the power to predict and investigate the consequences to a specific bill.  In addition Congress gave up the chance to keep debate open until cloture. Most of all Congress gave up the constitutional requirement that Trade-treaties can only be approved  by a full two-thirds vote.

Both Presidential candidates have said they will disapprove ObamaTrade (TPP) However this is a global play, and Clinton if anything, is a global candidate who was for TPP before she was against it.  Still . . .

Obama is back with even more (I suspect) Global bribe money He wants to get TPP approved during the lame duck session. So in order to be sure to get presidential approval he has to get it signed WHILE HE IS STILL PRESIDENT. What better time than around the holidays after all the excitement of the election when nobody is looking. He is still calling the shots, yet nobody is seeing it like that, he has legal power. Expect another titillating controversy to absorb our protest and attention while he sneaks it through.

Why would this would be a disaster?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not TPA, that now a done deal. It is a complex and convoluted legislation that has been shrouded in secrecy. Few of the Congressmen who will finally have to ratify it, have even read it.

TPP (ObamaTrade) is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries. The finalized proposal was signed on 4 February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, concluding seven years of negotiations. However IT IS NOT LAW UNTIL RATIFIED BY CONGRESS in an up down vote which now only has to get a 50% majority.

Donald Trump says, there are good and bad Trade Deals. and this is one abomination. How so? With this new trading block we have something akin to the EU set up, with a bureaucratic stranglehold on true free Trade. True free trade is good, but this is not that.

There is a lot in ObamaTrade that has nothing whatsoever to do with trade:

  1. Strong patent protection rules for Big Pharma. This increases cost of medications globally, putting a burden on the global poor
  2. Changes to the USA copyright law. Under the TPP, copyright terms for individuals would go from life of the author plus 50 years to life of the author plus 70 years.
  3. Worst of all are the International-Investor Tribunals. There are provisions that grant foreign investors the right to sue governments on the basis of vague and broad obligations regarding loss of “expected” profits. Such suits would not be decided by judges appointed for life in the American courts which subordinate to the Constitution. Where special interests appoint both the judge and the jury we can expect arbitrary justice.Let me give an example. It seems Goldman Sachs may have had a part in the crash of the Greek economy (done with currency finagling) So let’s just say the Greek people wake up and elect a new government.  They are good people and want to follow rule of law.

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So they investigate the situation and yes they think there are financial crimes. They are quite sure there are financial crimes. They sue

Any chance of them winning? Wake up to the real world, now dominated by TPP. The court finds for Goldman Sachs, after all did they not lose profits?

So we are about to subject our jurisprudence to tribunals appointed by the corporate oligarchies. Might is right and there will be no justice. America has been snookered into losing her sovereignty.

You see Obama Trade operates ABOVE THE CONSTITUTION. With this transfer of authority legislators give up their god given right to do their job as defined by the constitution.

Sadly there is an unhealthy imbalance between the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary; ObamaTrade makes this far worse.

jobsAnd finally jobs, jobs, jobs  which just happens to be our weakest area. TPP like NAFTA & TAFTA will steal jobs from good Americans.

Yes Donald Trump, there are good deals and bad deals and this one is an abomination.


 Where to from Here?

So what really happened when TPA was railroaded through the Senate when nobody was looking? Did we lose our country? And what of the everyday citizens and taxpayers of America? Do we still have any of the rights left given us in the Constitution?

The people of America do not like the TPP; polls show this clearly. RINOs beware.  Polls show an overwhelming majority oppose TPP and they are out there on Social Media howling their outrage. Politicians who support TPP should wake up and smell the coffee and vote their conscience and for America and not for their back pocket.

Polls or voting won’t defeat TPP; it’s too far along. It is only if we stand together to oppose this assault on our constitution, our heritage and our rights; if we stand up and speak out, and get right in the face of power, will the people be able to overcome TPP’s plutocracy.

These words were spoken by the Libertarian candidate in Politics IOU ( the Election that Spooked the Elites)

Quote for the Week 

“They are fighting for unfair privilege while we fight for our Liberty.” 

Norman McClosky

 

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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

 

Understanding Global (2017)

What does it mean to be American?

It means you love your country, you are a conservative and you understand your constitution.

You believe in rule of law and honor the consent of the governed.

You are fair to all citizens, but also proud of your roots.

It means you always put your country first.

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Examine these mind blowing facts.and then make your choice:

 Liberty or “Might is Right”?

Patriot or Global?

Global is made up out of a whole bunch of corrupt players who got clever at gaming the system – it has made them filthy rich and for nearly a century it has been making the rest of us slowly poorer. This is not capitalism, this is crony capitalism.

Not quite yet a civil war, almost, but none can deny that there is an ongoing fierce PR war  Swamp dwellers are reluctant to give up an unfair privilege

The global oligarchies spin a fancy theme. Do your homework, be sure you find and fully understand their hidden agenda.

A little history; Our nation’s story began in 1776. and by 1900 American steel production had outstripped that of all other nations. The USA had over 200,000 miles of railroads by 1914, more than all the rest of the world put together. An abundance of American farm products and manufactured goods were being shipped abroad in American-made ships. A healthy balance of trade to say the least.

Sadly, the latter part of the 19th century a new corrupt aristocracy was forming, namely “corrupt captains of industry” bankers, traders and manufacturers, sometimes called “the Robber Barons”.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Big government was invented to bring “The Robber Barons”  to heel.  And so the progressive movement was launched. Move forward to the twenty-first century where under Obama it culminated in an out-of control nanny-state and  an out of control crooked, coercive progressive movement. Then along came Trump.

This is America’s third crisis, the first was when we won freedom from England and “might is right” corrupt royals.  The second was the Civil War and the third has been playing out for a long time. This is a systematic assault on our heritage and the fundamentals of the Constitutional Republic.  The fight is now out of the closet and America is waking up. It is time to re-evaluate where we are going? Digital (computers) have accelerated a movement towards a secret one-world government percolating for well over a century.

What is the New World Order? It is is a group of international elites who truly believe they know what is best for us, and for the world. Some are sincere, some favor it so they can keep an unfair privilege. In this second tier we find the companies who have  successfully sidestepped anti-trust laws Amazon, Google, Facebook, Montsanto and, yes Saudi Arabia. If you google New World Order you will find a list of all such oligarchies. You will also find them attending the CFR (Council for Foreign Relations) and the Bilderberg meetings.

Power corrupts and absolute Power corrupts absolutely

In a New World Order there would be an end to nation-states. Global oligarchies which already control the world, would begin to do so openly, now they still do it in secret. They would create obedient zones, North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, demonstrably corrupt and easy for global oligarchies to dominate.

At first glance the global idea may seem to have benefits for mankind, certainly it has an appeal to the international elite, the next strata down from the top one percent. These second-tier global players have accumulated wealth throughout the last century.  This is the strata of billionaire players who have learned to game the system in their better (often immoral) interests.

More than any other industry, international banking has profited from GLOBAL. Today (although they are declining in number) we have more investment bankers than lawyers, doctors, or those who build things. In order to make America Great e are going to have to do an audit of the banking investment rules.  Dangerous to our nation is the banking mis-handling of futures and derivatives.

The New World Order is being sold to all as a world without war, with equality and fairness for the benefit of all world citizens. When we look a little deeper we see that we are being played.

Who stands to lose most under a Trump presidency. Is it not those who profit from an unfair elite advantage? “America First” stands in direct opposition to the NWO with its open borders and the arrogant right to move people around the world like pawns in a chess game, and to block reproduction. In a global order there is no room for an American Constitution with its balance of power.

Patriots do not want war, especially a war that does not serve America. Therefore the new Trump era is presenting a challenge to Global and the corrupt Military Industrial Complex and the treasonous Deep State (who serve their global masters)  The rot at the FBI reached its highest levels under the Obama Administration and FBI Director Comey

It seems the New World Order is breaking up with the death of Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzenski, architects of the global order.  What remains as a threat to America is the fallout.  American Marxism/International Socialism is still being pushed by George Soros, Obama & Antifa. Also to be watched is Islam, Sharia has a global component and with its use of violence against civilians, must be called out as an immoral religion. Not all Muslims are bad but the onus is on them to progress as a group and a religion, beyond terrorism.

Socialism is very attractive to the global oligarchies who hold an inordinate amount of power in the world. Far easier to dominate and control. This is why “treaties” like the Paris Accord and TPP/TPA Trade deals are so dangerous for America.  HIdden in the small print are rules and regulations that have not been subjected to congressional oversight and the consent of the governed and tend to benefit corrupt global players. The Trade deals Trump rejected set up a whole system of courts that were given more power than our American  judiciary.

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And what of war? Both Obama and Bush and other presidents have bypassed Congress taking our country into a series of endless wars that have not benefited Americans.  There is a lot of international money in armaments.

NOTE WELL: Article One Section Eight of the Constitution says “To CONGRESS is given the power to declare war.” War may only be declared by Congress (after due investigation, inspection AND DELIBERATION of the facts. Hostilities against a neutral state are also seen as acts of war and not mere violations of neutrality. Under Presidents Obama and Bush the Executive violated the Constitution in its foreign policy and caused harm and yes, there have been consequences.

So the propaganda that global brings peace, it just doesn’t hold water. On the contrary. Patriots, working together and honoring our differences with no intent to DOMINATE and no coercive use of BIG GOVERNMENT, this is what makes for world peace. 

When we look back in history we see that we prospered when we followed our constitution. It is the constitution that polices corruption.

Could it be that when our lawmakers all learn and fully understand and follow the constitution that there will again be peace and prosperity?

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

For nearly a century, the world has depended on the protection and leadership provided by a strong, independent United States of America. Considering the corruption that absolute power always seems to bring, a powerful world government would be a catastrophe.

There has been a deliberate effort for over almost a century for global players to destroy our Constitutional Republic. Trump put the people front and foremost and promised  GOVERNMENT ONLY WITH THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.

Conclusion
Thanks to this election, more Americans are researching, reading books, going to the Twitter feeds of our leaders, and attending rallies. Many have assumed a responsibility to find out the truth FOR THEMSELVES, and many more share their realizations with others in social media. They see we are under assualt.

My father was not an American but he would have loved America. He had a warm heart, a nimble mind and a free spirit. I could always rely on his wisdom during troubled times. Sadly thanks to the unchecked global corruption of the past fifty years, (four past GLOBAL presidents) America and the world has entered into troubled times. Can we trust the creators of the New World Order to have our better interests at heart?

Dad said, “In troubled times mend your relationships and reinforce your roots.”

With this in mind I signed up for this free online course on the American Constitution (one hour a week for ten weeks). There I found solutions. I also  found it liberating in these troubled times.  There is freedom in understanding what good government is. Guess what it is always only government with and by consent of the people.

What we don’t want is a global agenda where we are being played. We don’t want a movement operating in secret designed to keep for some an unfair and corrupt advantage. We don’t want a skewered system.

Much depends on Donald Trump and how well he and his Team-Trump understands global.

Quote for the week

 Seven things that will destroy us:

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Religion without sacrifice
Science without Humanity
Business without Ethics

&
Politics without Principle 

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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) writes political satire. More at www.grandmathunder.com.  She writes about the conflict of our times: The Digital Revolution and its relation to the American Constitution.  You can follow at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice