Congressman Jim Himes of Connecticut
Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman (CT-4), discusses the Obama second term agenda, the (extended) deadline for FEMA Sandy relief in Connecticut, and Newtown recovery.
I'm sorry to see people dismiss the possibility of our "government" having a bit too much power over us. I hate guns, and hate violence. Never shot a gun in my life. But I completely understand those who question this government. Take a look at our drone program ... here in the US. Take a look at the NDAA. Why is our government fighting so hard to keep those provisions in the NDAA? WE have a real crisis in our world, it's a deficit of critical INDEPENDENT thinking. Take a look at Occupy, and see people looking for reality, and looking for ways to be self sufficient. Our government has not proven to us that they truly have the best interest of our population in mind. There has been a successful take over by corporations whose interests are all about money, and not at all about you. This is no longer a "conspiracy theory" as some call it in order to dismiss it, and marginalize those who are attempting to highlight reality.
Time to amend, we don't pee in chamber pots anymore.
This is not an archaic amendment the 2nd amendment speaks to citizens participating in the defense of the free state It is clearly stated:
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
This has nothing to do with tyranny from within, it has to do with defending the United States Period.
If you are not part of a well regulated militia you have no right to keep and bear arms. This has not been amended and has sufficient power to limit and curb any gun nut's irrational arguments to the contrary and their irrational fantasies about fighting the U.S. Army.
Unfortunately, out in nearby NJ, there are too many people who believe they or their homes may be attacked by a mob of the government or of another race and there will be a wild west type shoot out on their property. Scary!
Regarding Social Security and Medicare...
Why should the "burden" of paying for these services rest solely on the "poor" and "middle class"? If we feel, as a society, that "health care" and a "stress free minimal retirement" are more rights than privledges, then there should be (1) No caps on Social Security taxes and (2) No difference between "earned" and "unearned" Income when it comes to Taxable Income.... PROBLEM SOLVED....
Brian should have asked about Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act “it prohibits the Federal government from negotiating discounts with drug company’s.”Democrats are simply buying this Republican BS about high cost of health care and will not look at this issue. And the high cost of medical delivery in America.
I'm glad Rep. Himes is for rebuilding our infrastructure & other important things. But the "spend on our children vs. support our parents" argument he cited is not the only one, or even the most important one. Why don't we hear more about how much more it will cost if we *don't* spend on infrastructure now? This applies to so many things, & we've seen from the recent storms how much it does cost not to protect/improve our infrastructure.
Repeal the salary cap on (SocSec)FICA taxes, make "carried-interest" regular income = no problem with Social Security.
Make Medicare/Medicaid universal with a single integrated medical record & health record + full coverage of dental, hearing, mental health & vision as well as nutrition & preventive care & many problems disappear.
Fine, let's do background checks on all gun buys. But tell me, how many legal guns are used in crime in NY and how many are illegal weapons? And what does the Congressman suggest we do about the criminals?
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