The Defective Defector.

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(Inspired by an article by Choe Sang-Hun)

The USA has always welcomed those with lurid tales.

Of torture for no reason in abominable jails.

Our jaded media wants blood and gore in ev’ry byte;

Paying beau coup bucks for all those ready to recite.

 

We want to be diverted from abuses here at home

Worse than anything they used back there in ancient Rome.

And so when some escapee from a prison camp abroad

Comes to us with wagging tongue we never call him ‘fraud’.

 

Encouraged by our appetite, the refugee may pander

To our lust for outrage with a lack of total candor.

Can you blame him for his ebullient exaggeration,

When we will ignore him if he uses moderation?

 

Congressman Chris Stewart Charges Federal Government With Being “Out of Control”!

How Can You Trust Something This Chaotic?
How Can You Trust Something This Chaotic?

There is a reason we don’t trust our federal government. An out-of-control federal government leads to fewer opportunities, sluggish economic growth and less take-home pay for American workers. I am working every day to get Washington out of the way, and make it easier for Utahns and all Americans to get ahead. I wanted to highlight a few bills that passed the House of Representatives last week, which take meaningful steps to stop the abuse within our Federal Government.

 

Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014:

For the past several months, both in Utah and Washington, I’ve been fighting for action to be taken towards the IRS. This bill, which passed the House last week, stops the IRS from implementing new regulations curbing political speech as Congress continues its investigations. The first amendment of the Constitution gives us the right of free speech, a right which our nation was founded upon. All Americans — Republican, Democratic or Independent — should have the peace of mind that the IRS will remain non-partisan and not motivated by politics.

 

ALERRT ACT: Achieving Less in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act of 2014:

As a former small business owner, I know first-hand that excessive regulation can result in higher prices for goods and services, lower wages and fewer job opportunities. The regulatory burden in our country has become so high that, today, the total cost of federal regulation reaches an estimated $1.86 trillion. That’s roughly $15,000 per U.S. household and 11.5 percent of America’s Gross Domestic Product. The ALERRT Act, which just passed the House, brings much needed reform and transparency to these regulations. It contains provisions to make sure that people know in real-time when devastating regulations are being planned, have the ability to share their views with agencies in time to help change them, estimate coming regulations’ real costs, and better plan for the final costs as agencies reach their final decisions.

 

Private Property Rights Protection Act:

The abuse of eminent domain, which is the power of the government to take private property, continues to be a serious problem. Family farms have been wiped out by eminent domain to make way for shopping centers and big-box stores.  And churches, generally entitled to tax-exempt status, are often seized through eminent domain to be replaced by more lucrative private development. This bill, which passed the house, protects Americans’ homes, farms, and churches from seizure by taking federal economic development funds away from any state or local government that uses eminent domain to transfer private property from one private owner to another for the purpose of private development. Although many states have passed legislation to limit eminent domain abuses, the Private Property Rights Protection Act is needed to provide these protections at the federal level to private property owners in every state.

 

The Week Ahead:

This week the House is expected to vote and debate on the following legislation. Visit the House Majority Leader’s website for the most up-to-date information.

  • H.R. 4076– HHEATT Act of 2014
  • H. Res. 488– Supporting the people of Venezuela as they protest peacefully for democratic change and calling to end the violence
  • H.R. 938– U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014
  • H.R. 2126– Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014
  • H.R. 2259– North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013
  • S. 23– Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act
  • H.R. 2197– York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2013
  • H.R. 3370– Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
  • H.R. 4118– Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act
  • H.R. 3826– Electricity Security and Affordability Act
  • H.R. 2641– Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2013