Woman Illegally Squats on Foreclosed Home And Changes Locks, Property Owner Changes Locks Removing All Woman’s Property, Woman Says She Is Victim. [Take Back the Land]

12/06/2008 10:07:00 AM

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kraaksymbool Take Back the Land is an organization that moves people into foreclosed homes with the belief that “housing is a human right, and, therefore, our right to housing supersedes others right to profit.  Consequently, Take Back the Land is matching homeless families with vacant housing units and moving those families into the units”. 

They call themselves a “grassroots organization” advocating their mission that they have a right to the land in their community and “to use public space for the public good – specifically, to house, feed and provide community space for the poor, particularly in low income black communities.  As such, we are Taking Back the Land and empowering the black community, not the politicians, to determine how to use land for the benefit of the community.”

Their objectives are to first “feed and house people”, second to “assert our right to control the land in our community”, and third “build a new society”.

And how they are trying to obtain these objectives, is by breaking into empty foreclosed homes, and helping the homeless live in these homes, illegally.  On woman found herself in one of these homes thanks to the help of Take Back the Land, and two weeks later found the locks changed on the residence with all her belongings gone.  She claims although she is illegally on the property, she is the victim of theft.


Umoja means “unity” in Kiswahili.  Umoja Village was originally a village in Kenya.  In 1990, 15 women established the village in Kenya who had fled their abusive husbands to set up their own women-only community after fleeing their homes.  To make ends meet, they began brewing traditional beer in the bush to sell by the roadside, and making bead necklaces.  Over time, more women arrived and the women “liberated” themselves from abuse.

In the United States, back in 2006, when TBTL “liberated” in their words, a vacant lot on the corner of 62nd St. and NW 17th Ave. in the Liberty City section of Miami, Florida, founding the Umoja Village Shantytown asserting the “black community’s right to own land” in its own neighborhood, they erected 21 shanties on public land using wooden pallets and tarps.  The location was chosen after the county razed a 62-unit low-income apartment building in 2001 and never replaced it. 

TBTL claims what they are doing is legal, due to a 1998 court ruling, known as the Pottinger settlement,  in which a federal district court judge said Miami could not criminalize homeless people for conducting “life-sustaining acts” including eating, sleeping, lighting a fire and building temporary structures on public land if local shelters were filled. In that settlement, the city agreed that homeless people could not be arrested if they met three criteria:

1. The individual is homeless;
2.  the individual is situated on public land;
3.  there are no beds available at homeless shelters in the city; and
4.  the individual is engaged in “life sustaining conduct,” such as eating, sleeping, bathing, “responding to calls of nature,” congregating and building “temporary structures” to protect one’s self from the elements.

44Umoja_05 The Village contained shacks that had the frames built from wooden pallets and covered with blue tarps and cardboard.  Residents grew cabbage, collard greens, kale and papaya.  There were stacks of firewood and they were digging their own well for water.  They even had a small library of donated books.  In the “Liberty Cafe” a kitchen the pantry shelves were lined with donated canned goods.  Villagers cooked over oil drum grills and washed dishes in buckets of soapy water. 

Facilities also included a portable toilet and they even built a community shower which consisted of corrugated plastic walls and terra cotta tiles with a plastic jug atop the makeshift shower.

They also had their own form of local government and decided in weekly meetings how to settle disagreements and distribute resources.  The also decided who got to stay, and who would be evicted.  They even had their own security.


Each individual residence bore a prominent black leader’s name, voted on by the camp’s residents and posted on hand painted signs:  Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Fred Hampton, Marcus Garvey and even Tupac Shakur’s godmother, Asatta, a former Black Panther who fled to Cuba.

From a New York Times article, the conditions are described as follows: 

“When an emaciated, gray-haired woman staggered into the ragtag encampment complaining of a toothache the other day, Eugene Simpkins fed her peanut butter sandwiches from the communal kitchen and fetched her aspirin from the makeshift medicine cabinet.

As night fell, the woman slept on a urine-stained couch, while Mr. Simpkins fried batches of cornmeal-dusted fish over a campfire.”

umoja4bThe city commissioner, Michelle Spence-Jones, who is black and whose district encompasses Liberty City, originally tried to shut the settlement down because she considered it a health and safety hazard, with an ordinance to require a permit for gatherings on public land, but after several visits changed her mind.  She withdrew the ordinance and promised to arrange for trash pickup at the site three times a week.  She would not however, allow the group’s request for a mailbox.  “That sends a whole other message,” she stated. 

Miami Mayor Manny Diaz said he favored shutting down the camp:  “We’ve always had concerns.  People seemed to focus on the politics and not on the human life.”  Diaz said the city wanted the residents to leave but also wanted to respect their situation and give them a say.  “We kept sending county and city service people to get them to leave nicely.  We were in a no-win situation.  They city was trying to be sensitive,” he said.

The state attorney general’s office came by the site to take pictures.  When questioned by Take Back the Land residents, the officials replied, “We don’t have to say what we are doing.” 

The Village grew to about 44 – 50 residents, including one couple who was expecting a baby.

umoja3b On April 23, 2007 Umoja Village had a six-month celebration.  On April 26, 2007, on the day the first hexayurts (a type of circular, domed, portable tent actually used by nomadic people of central Asia, similar to a yurt, more “permanent” than the pallet/tarp/cardboard shanties) were scheduled to be built, shortly after midnight,a fire engulfed the entire Village, and it burnt to the ground, with no one being hurt.  Although Take Back the Land organizers state the fire started under “mysterious” circumstances however, two reports (here and here) a lone report stated the fire was started by a tipped over candle in the camp.

umoja_village_burns The next morning the police came and moved everyone off the city’s property.  One man refused to leave, chaining himself to a table.  “”I ain’t going nowhere,” Wanda Whetstone said as she sat on a log.  “I told you, I’ll get arrested.  But they ought to be housing us, not jailing us.”  Eleven were arrested including Max Rameau, the director for Take Back the Land when he didn’t heed an order to stop erecting a tent on the land.  The same day, the City of Miami enclosed the lot in barbed wire. 

They’re using an accident to enforce their action to regain the land, which is what they’ve wanted all along,” said Denise Perry of the activist group Power U.  “How safe are people who sleep outside or under the bridges?  We can go back and forth on what is safe.”


Take Back the Land has 10 volunteers, who first gained attention with their Umoja Village.  After the Umoja Village burned down in April, 2007, TBTL’s sights changed on how to house the homeless. 

In a Oct 27, 2007 post on their blog they claim that Miami-Dade County intentionally leaves units vacant, or tears down public hosing all together “ as a means of fueling the real estate ‘boom.’  When the governments take units of low-income housing off of the market, the value of the remaining privately held units increases, as families scramble to find new living arrangements.  This is nothing short of tax financed market manipulation, designed to decrease supply at a time when demand is sky high, resulting in a government sponsored – not a market driven – real estate ‘boom’”

“Take Back the Land, again, asserts the right of the Black community to control land in the Black community.  In order to provide housing for people, not for profit, this community control over land must now take the form of direct community control over housing.”

“Housing is not a privilege reserved for the wealthy.  Housing is a human right, and we, hereby, assert our humanity.”

Jonathan Baker, lived at the Village.  He stated his ex-wife use to refinance houses and had a crack problem.  He stated he was use to being financially secure with everything paid for but,

“when it went south real bad, instead of killing her, I just decided to jump on the road and start over somewhere else.”

“I came over here and had the second place built, and I’ve basically been here ever since,” he says.

“You have facilities; you have food.  The only thing you have to come up with is job transportation and then sticking to it.”

“Having a place to live, having a place to cook your food, having a community of social people around you – that is not a privilege, that is a right, OK?”

Originally TBTL tried a plan to put homeless people into private housing.  The homeless people were suppose to hand a check – for whatever money they could spare – to the property manager.  If the property manager cashed the check, Rameau thought it would signal that the people could stay.  They tried cashing nine checks with different residents –- but property mangers rejected them.  The squatters left.  “We were really surprised,” Rameau said.  “We took it to mean that they actually started paying attention, not just stealing money.”

On October 22, 2007, TBTL moved its first homeless family into a foreclosed home, illegally.  Cassandra Cobbs and Jason Thompson, a couple in their late 20s, and their two small children was this homeless family.  This couple wasn’t entire homeless, as they had help and “hated” it. 

Cobbs and Thompson had originally been part of the Village after their two-bedroom house in Fort Lauderdale was condemned.  They linked up with social service agencies through the Homeless Trust.  The agencies placed them in hotels, then in an apartment.  They hated both and began to sleep in their white Chevy Astro.  Rameau moved them into a vacant foreclosed one-story stucco home in Liberty city, illegally.  “We’re not looking for a handout,” Thompson said.  “We’re looking for a hand up.”

In February, 2008 they were still living at the same residence.  Cassandra worked as a street vendor selling jewelry and incense.  In their living room there were two chairs, a moving trunk, and a small TV.  Bedsheets covered the windows, and the walls had just been painted saffron.  The neighbors initially loaned the family electricity via an extension cord until an anonymous man turned on power at the house.

The day after Rameau moved Cassandra and Jason into their new “home”, he announced he had a new strategy.  The plan:  Move the homeless into the deserted houses, with or without permission. 

The move-ins work like this:  Rameau and four other volunteers screen candidates to measure “urgency of need” – and to ensure they aren’t mentally ill or addicted to drugs.  Next the group chooses a house.  Repair costs, safety, livability, and proximity to Take Back’s headquarters in Liberty City are considered.  Volunteers then “visit the location several times in order to gauge if the place is being watched,” Rameau says.

Mamyrah Prosper checks out such a property.  Stepping over ankle-high grass, plastic bags and trash the yard of a vacant redbrick house in Miami’s Liberty City, she looks through a gap in a boarded up window.  “It looks in good shape,” she says.  “I mean, the walls aren’t falling down.  This is definitely one of our stronger options.”  If the place “checks out”, she and Take Back the Land will break in, change the locks, paint and clean, “innovate” a way to connect water and electricity, and then move a homeless family into the house.

Participants are instructed to enter through the front door and to be honest – even to befriend neighbors and put utilities in their own names.  What is not said or told, is how participants are getting through the locked doors on the homes.


Foreclosure Squatting Max Rameau, Haitian-born and Washington D.C. raised, is the director of Take Back the Land and Copwatch.  Copwatch is a database of complaints filed against police officers.

Rameau is a stay-at-home father of two, Serge and Akinle.  It is unknown what his significant other Bernadette Armand does for a living.

He is Haitian-born and Washington D.C. raised.  Previously Rameau held the position as the leadership development coordinator at the Miami Workers Center which includes cases and issues of police brutality, Haitian refugee rights, the war in Iraq, Election Reform Coalition, Fix HOPE VI, and fighting against Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and expansion of NAFTA.

  Most recently Rameau has been offering the homeless a home in Miami, Florida.  He helps homeless people illegally move into foreclosed homes.  “We’re matching homeless people with people-less homes,” he says with a grin.  SO far, he has moved six families into foreclosed homes and has nine on a waiting list.

From Rameau’s Take Back the Land’s blog, “Since October 2007, Take Back the Land has been identifying vacant government owned and foreclosed homes and liberating them by moving homeless people into people-less-homes – without permission from the government or the banks.  This is the real bailout.”

miami_land12-26-2006-1 Additionally stated on the blog:  “Take Back the Land further asserts it is immoral to maintain vacant homes for the purpose of profits in the future, while human beings are forced to live on the streets today.  The madness of such a policy is only compounded when one considers the owners of these vacant homes are not other people, but banks, the same banks receiving billions of dollars in bailouts without having to trade in the foreclosed homes for use by some of the people financing the bailouts.  Additional government resources, including police and other government agencies, should not be used to evict low income people from homes in order to maintain vacant structures for bailed out banks to profit from some time in the future.”

We could virtually empty the streets and shelters simply by filling the vacant houses,” Rameau says.  “Homes should go to people, not kept empty so banks can cash in.”

Rameau and others formed Take Back the Land.  “I think everyone deserves a home,” says Rameau.  “Homeless people across the country are squatting in empty homes.  The question is:  Is this going to be done out of desperation or with direction?”

Rameau is not scared of getting arrested for what he is doing.  “There’s a real need here, and there’s a disconnect between the need and the law,” he said.  “Being arrested is just one of the potential factors in doing this.”

Most recently on Rameau’s blog, dated Nov. 26, 2008 is stated:  “So, as this country celebrates the Pilgrims – who took over land without permission from the owner – we must think about using land to benefit people, not just corporations.  We assert that our right to housing supersedes the corporate right to profit.”

In an article written for UHURU News, Rameau wrote such statements as “Miami’s government and laws are just tools of white rulers”, “…there are unelected forces with more power than lowly local governments, who make unilateral decisions without public hearing, and those powers have an interest in ensuring the black community cannot exercise self-determination.



Miami recently passed an ordinance requiring owners of abandoned homes – whether an individual or bank – to register these properties with the city so police can better monitor them.  However, the city can not stop squatters from “moving” into these homes.

Miami spokeswoman Kelly Penton said city officials did not know Rameau was moving homeless into empty buildings – but they are also not stopping him.  They can’t.  “There are no actions on the city’s part to stop this,” she said in an e-mail to NRP.  “It is important to note that if people trespass into private property, it is up to the property owner to take action to remove those individuals.”

According to the Miami-Dade County Housing Agency, squatters, if discovered, will be promptly removed from the premises and potentially prosecuted.  So far, though, Take Back’s foreclosure squatting clients have avoided detection. 

There was a law passed in October giving police and zoning authorities more power to deal with the squatters – but it has yet to go into effect.  “We’re putting a priority on it because there are places for criminal activity, for drug dealing and drug use,” Mariano Loret de Mola, Miami city code enforcement director said.


[NOTE:  The following is a combination of three articles.  In one article the woman is referred to as Pierre, and the other she is referred to as Cassy, not her real name.  Comparing the two articles (here, here and here[Video]), the number of children (4), the number of children sent to her husband (3) leaving one with her, the jobs, dates and house price and location are the same.  It is assumed they are the same person.  For purposes of continuity, Cassy will be referred to as Pierre.]

1_Foreclosure_Squatting.sffThis house is a castle”, says Pierre, a 39-year-old Haitian mother, in November 2008.  Pierre had worked as an instructor at Miami Dade College and as a researcher at Florida International University while working for her PhD.

Prior to this, Pierre had a too-good-to-be-true mortgage loan.  When the rate on the loan changed, she could no longer afford the payments.  The county put a lien on her North Miami home, and she was evicted four years ago.  She tried to rent an apartment but was broke and had bad credit.  “The shelter system is hell,” she adds.   “It isn’t made for human beings.”  She said she had been homeless off and on for a year, after losing various jobs and getting evicted from several apartments.  “My heart is heavy.  I’ve lived in a lot of different shelters, a lot of bad situations,” Pierre said.  According to Local 10 WPLG, Pierre has been in and out of shelters, with Pierre stating the shelters “could not accommodate her”, and has been living off and on the streets for four years.

So after losing the home four years ago, with her husband in tow, they could not afford to find another place to live and went in and out of homeless shelters until September, 2008 when Pierre’s husband was deported to the Bahamas, leaving her with the kids.  “I don’t mean to cry crocodile tears,” she says. “But we paid our dues.”  With no place to stay, she was forced to send three of her children to live with her husband in the Bahamas.  This prompted a "nervous breakdown” and a trip to the psychiatric ward.  After she recovered, a volunteer referred her to Rameau in October, 2008.

With Rameau’s help in early November, Pierre and her 18-month old daughter “moved” into a  ranch style, three bedroom, two-bathroom, sky-blue 1,450-square-foot house on a tree-lined street in Miami’s Buena Vista neighborhood.  According to a statement by Local 10 WPLG Rameau broke into the house, changed the locks, and offered Pierre the home.

I’ve never had a walk-in closet … and all this space.”  She takes warm showers, cooks dinner, and watches the news on a TV.  But what is not understood, is who is paying for the water, the electricity.

This house was chosen for the woman because Rameau knew the history of the house.  A man had bought the home in the city’s predominantly Haitian neighborhood in 2006 for $430,000, which is now worth about $263,000 according to county records, then rented it to Rameau’s friends.  Those friends were evicted in October because the homeowner had stopped paying his mortgage and the property went into foreclosure.  He believes he is doing the owner a favor my illegally moving in a squatter because, for example, someone stole the air conditioning until from the backyard, and it was only a matter of time before the copper pipes and wiring disappeared.  “Within a few months, this place would be stripped and drug dealers would be living here,” he said.

miami1Unfortunately, she is a human being who is breaking the law.  She could be charged with trespassing, vandalism or breaking and entering.  Rameau assured her he has lawyers who will represent her free.

Two weeks after Pierre moved in, she came “home” to find the locks had been changed.  Everything inside – her food, clothes and personal items – was gone.  Pierre stated she knows that she is there illegally, but feels that she has been victimized.  In the Local 10 WPLG video, a sign can be seen on the front of the house saying “Who stole my baby’s diapers?”

But late last month, with Rameau’s help, she got back inside and has put Christmas decorations on the front door.  It is unknown how Rameau “helped” her get back inside.

Back in her “home”, Pierre talks about her new part-time job selling T-shirts saying the past few weeks in her new “home” are the most stability she has had since 2003.  Her plan is to get her kids back and pay the mortgage on the house.  “I’m not trying to be a freeloader,” she says.  “[I’m} In my own home, I’m free.  I’m a human being now.” I just finally feel like I’m home.  I am ready to fight these people.”

miami2 During an interview with Local 10 WPLG, Pierre stated, “It’s no different in many ways what the banks are doing being bailed out.  I want to be bailed out

The home is owned by Aurora Loan Services, and as of December 2nd, the police have not gotten involved as they did not have any orders to evict Pierre.  Meanwhile, Pierre has put up Christmas lights along with a sign that states “People live here”  and plans on having all four children back together in the “home” by Christmas.  “I’m so looking forward to getting my other three children, they gonna love the space and its big, there’s a nice yard ya know, beyond being spacious, they will all each have their own room for the first time.”


T-bone is a 48-year-old man who once lived in Umoja Village.  He said he borrowed a screwdriver in late October, 2008, unlocked the front door of a foreclosed home across from a graveyard in Brownsville, and temporarily moved in.  There’s no power or water, the walls were ripped out, glass bottles lay broken, and plastic toys from the previous residents are about.  In the back, a bare single mattress lay on the floor.  “Its hard to find work,” he said.  “I read the paper.  Their ain’t no jobs.”


Well, I fully expect an email or a posting from Max to be honest.  And hey, I welcome it!  This is the United States and our Constitution allows us the right to free speech and opinion thanks to the Second Amendment.  And hey, feel free Max to ridicule my post.  I need the hits, thanks.

First, I believe that poverty and homeless knows no ethnic bounds.  It happens to all races, all over the world.  No one is immune.  Its something this country is going to learn about the hard way in the very near future if our economy and “savior” Obama doesn’t do something about it.  He made promises during his campaign, does he intend to keep them?

Second, I believe that you can not get what you want, a silver spoon, handed to you without any work.  If you want something, you work for it, you don’t think you “deserve it” because your “good enough” for it.  There is a time to be part of the “welfare” system, and then there is a time to stand on your own two feet.  Handouts, donations and help are NOT suppose to be a permanent way of life.

And the problem with what Max is doing is that the homes are someone else’s property and someone else’s liability.  The house is broken into, and squatters live there without the permission of the owner, and without paying a dime to the owner.  The legal owner of the home has a Constitutional right to be secure in his property and possessions, whether he is physically on said property or not.  Max and his “Take Back the Land” organization are encouraging crime.  Let me pose this question to you.  If you own a vacation home, or have to leave a home empty while moving, is it right for people to break in, move in and call it their own, without paying the owner a dime?  What if you don’t lock your door while you run around the corner to the store, and come back home and find people in your home telling you to get out of THEIR home?  A foreclosed home is not the same thing as finding “treasure” by digging through trash during a “dumpster diving” event.

Personally I think moving a homeless person into a foreclosed home is only moving a person from one crisis to another by illegal action.  Its not a permanent resolution, but it is a criminal resolution.  The residents could be arrested at any time, losing everything they have.  What kind of organization encourages the homeless to break the law and face losing everything just for a temporary roof over their head just to prove a point? 

So first there was Cassandra Cobbs and Jason Thompson who were given help by the “system” and didn’t like what was given to them, so they decided to live in their van, which makes them voluntarily homeless.  They had a home and gave it up because it wasn’t good enough and wanted a “hand up” to something better.  Now they have been living in a house, that is not theirs, a house they have not paid for, a house they have not paid property taxes on, a house they live in rent free, illegally for over a year.  And that is “good enough” for them.  Cobbs and Thompson are criminals.

Then there is Ms. Pierre.  Ms. Pierre is also criminal.  She and her husband lost their home four years ago, and during that time couldn’t seem to get it together bouncing in and out of homeless shelters and the street.  Four years ago, the economy wasn’t really that bad, at least nothing like it is today.  And why do I have a feeling that Ms. Pierre wanted to be able to finish her PhD without taking a job since homeless shelters were “able to accommodate” her.

Probably what didn’t help them is that her husband was an illegal immigrant.  I’m pretty sure that during those four years, she was eligible for low income housing, food stamps, health care (things we aren’t eligible for), and managed to have at least one more child.

So tell me, who paid for all those things?  Welcome to America Ms. Pierre, where ALL single moms have a hard time.  Your story is nothing special. And how are YOU a victim when YOU illegally live in a home, and the owner had the legal right to remove your property from his, since you are trespassing and illegally living there? Tell me, who cuts your lawn?  Who pays for your water and electric?  Who pays for your child care?  Who pays for your child’s healthcare?  Where do you get your  food from?  Who pays for your trash removal?  And who pays taxes on the property that you illegally live on?  You are telling me, that you are able to pay for all of that, without using taxpayers money, without using handouts, by simply selling t-shirts?  Yea right.. if you expect people to believe that, I’ve got ocean front property in Arizona to sell, really cheap.

Why is Ms. Pierre’s situation so different and so special from millions of other single mothers of ALL races, who don’t receive child support and have to decide on whether there is going to be food on the table tonight, or if the electric bill is going to be paid for the month?  But instead, you choose to illegally “take” that which does not belong to you saying its your right.  Why is it right that a person lost their home because they couldn’t pay, and now you have a moral right to live in that same home, illegally, for your own purposes. 

And how is it that her husband can afford to take care of three children in the Bahamas, yet he can’t afford to send her money every month so that she could have kept those three children with her?

But Take Back the Land reeks of grass roots communism and socialism.  And the problem is, that Max seems to think that everything should be handed to people without working for it because they deserve it as a basic human right.  What makes the “black community” more special for handouts and rights than say the Latino community, or the Asian community, or *gasp* the White community?  Last time I checked, poverty and homelessness knew no ethnic bounds and no group of people, according to me, should get special treatment over other people based simply on their ethnicity.  Because if you do, that RAAACCCCIIIIIISSSSSSSTTTTTTTTT.

Isn’t socialism about all for one and one for all and sharing everything?  Or is a Democratic society about freedom, and working for what you have?  Its one’s own personal responsibility for what they do have and what they don’t have.  And unfortunately with our economy, a rise in unemployment, a rise in foreclosure, and a rise in homeless, over the next 2-3 years, its going to get worse, so get use to it.  It could happen to everyone.






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10.3 Million People Unemployed, Rate Up to 6.7% for November. [Get a job in health care]

12/05/2008 07:09:00 AM

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Arrow-chart[5]The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that the November national unemployment rate was now 6.7%, up from 6.5% in October.  That means, 533,000 new unemployment claims were submitted in the month of November.

Since December 2007, the unemployment rate has risen 1.7%.  This is the largest one-month loss since December 1974. 

The recession (If you missed it, it was announced this week by the government gurus that we have officially been in a recession by Dec, 2007, as if we, the working people didn’t already know that) sitting at 12 months and counting, is longer than the 10-month average length of recessions since World War II.

The New York Times reports that due to this factor, this is “promising to make the current recession, already 12 months old, the longest since the Great Depression.  The previous record was 16 months, in the severe recession of the mid-1970s [1973 – 75] and early 1980s [1981-1982, where unemployment rates rose as high as 10.8% in late ‘82].”  It’s only the fourth time in the past 58 years that payrolls have fallen more than 500,000 in a month.  This recession might end up matching that or setting a record in terms of duration, analysts say.

Our G.D.P. forecast for 2009 is now minus 1.8 percent, rather than minus 1 percent,” HIS Global Insight, a forecasting and data gathering service, informed its clients in an e-mail message this week.  “We see the unemployment rate at 8.6 percent by the end of 2009.”

At this point, it looks like the recession is accelerating,” said Robert MacIntosh, chief economist at Eaton Vance Management.  “It’s a negative spiral.  If you can’t grow your business, you don’t need more employees, and there is that much less income and that much less spending.”

Among the unemployed, the number of persons who lost their job and did not expect to be recalled to work increased by 298,000 to 4.7 million in November.  Over the past 12 months, the size of this group has increased by 2.0 million.

As for the long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was basically unchanged from October to November standing at 2.2 million, but is up by 822,000 over the past 12 months.

In November, the areas of largest job loss were:

    ■  Manufacturing, –85,000 (-604,000 in the past 12 months)
    ■  Construction, –82,000  (-780,000 in the past 12 months)
    ■  Professional & Business Services, –101,000 (-495,000 in the past 12 months)
    ■  Retail, –91,000, including –24,000 in auto sales (-115,000 in the past 12 months)
    ■  Leisure & Hospitality, –76,000 (-150,000 since April 2008) 

In November, the areas of least job loss were:

    ■   Transportation & Warehousing, –32,000  (-19,000 in 1 month)
    ■   Financial Employment, –32,000 (-142,000 in the past 12 months)

And one area actually saw growth in November and over the past 12 months:

    ■  Health Care, +34,000 (+369,000 in the past 12 months)


Since the beginning of December, companies announced additional layoffs, including AT&T with 12,000 jobs (4% of workforce); JPMorgan Chase & Co., 9,200 (includes 3,400 WaMu jobs); DuPont with 2,500 (4% of workforce); State Street (Boston), 1,800; Viacom, 850; Pratt & Whitney, 350; NBC Universal, 500; Windstream Corp., 170.

In contrast, GM has laid off 9,000 workers since June.  Another 5,100 will lose their jobs at the start of 2009.  They are receiving supplementary unemployment benefits, or SUB pay, from the auto makers under a separate fund.  SUB pay has been a part of the UAW’s contract with automakers since 1995 as a way to provide stable wages for auto workers through factory shutdowns.  Government-funded benefits typically cover a third to half of worker pay.  Auto makers chip in until a workers’ gross pay is equivalent to 95% of what their take home pay had been.

This is one reason why the automakers what the loans, so they can pay for those who are laid off as part of their UAW contract, not to help with business, not to help with retooling, not to help make the company more profitable, but to give extra money to those who have been laid off, as a supplement to their unemployment benefits.

How’s that for the Big 3 wanting to use your taxpayer money.  Talk about sharing the wealth with the wealthy, those who, before being unemployed, had some of the highest per hour incomes in the nation.  Including all benefits, many workers in the Big 3 make around $70 an hour.  And since 1995, when laid off, their unemployment is supplemented by the Big 3’s SUB fund.

Now, since the Big 3 are running out of money, they want loans so they can pay their unemployed workers the supplement fund.  And they want the US taxpayer to pay for it.

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Hawaiian Hospitals Say Obama Not Born In Their Hospitals.

12/05/2008 03:16:00 AM

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43136836Currently, there are 16 cases in 12 states (with 2 before the Supreme Court) contending that Barack Obama is constitutionally ineligible to be sworn in as President of the United States.

And before you throw this off as a tin foil rant, read the two following things, before deciding to or not to read the rest of the article.

First, I have thoroughly believed that Obama should show a “Birth Certificate” and not a “Certification of Live Birth” showing the hospital that he was born with, just to get ride of all the grief.  It’s just a piece of paper, what’s the harm of showing the requested document?  It would end the debate otherwise, Obama is going to have to deal with this for the next four years.  What’s the harm with just showing the said document, ending the controversy and earning trust in those who don’t believe he’s natural born?

Second, Obama’s paternal grandmother in Kenya, has publicly stated that she attended his birth at a hospital in Mombosa, Kenya, in 1961.  It has been reported that the Kenyan government has sealed Obama’s records.  If Obama was not born in Kenya and/or has never lived there, then why do records exist, that need to be sealed?  And the Kenyan Ambassador stated he was hopeful a monument is to be put in Kenya, at Obama’s birthplace.

Oh and one more thought to ponder before reading on.  Wouldn’t the hospital that delivered Obama have made an announcement for publicity purposes?

First lets take a look at what Obama had released in the past as his “birth certificate” or rather was was released was a “Certificate of Live Birth”, which is not the same document as a birth certificate according to Hawaii Law.  According to Hawaiian law, a “Birth Certificate” is a document that provides proof that a person was born in Hawaii.  Meanwhile, a “Certificate of Birth” is not the same document.

Hawaiian law expressly provides for registration of out-of-state births under HRS 338-17.8:

[§338-17.8]  Certificates for children born out of State.
(a) Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.

Additionally, from Hawaii’s Department of Health, Vital Record page it states, in regards to birth records:

■   Amended certificates of birth may be prepared and filed with the Department of Health, as provided by law, for
1) a person born in Hawaii who already has a birth certificate filed with the Department of Health or
2)a person born in a foreign country

■   A parent may register an in-state birth in lieu of certification by a hospital of birth under HRS 338-5.

■   From the Hawaii Department of Home Lands website
  “In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green.  This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer generated printout).  Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth [not the Certification] will save you time and money since the computer generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL.

The document that Obama has submitted as proof is the Certification of Live Birth, not the Certificate of Live Birth.  So thus the document is “real” persay, in that it is a document of a live birth however, it is not a document that shows birth location.



Well, it seems that Hawaiian hospitals are saying that there are no records of Obama or his mother being at any Hawaiian hospital for Obama’s birth.  Via Free Republic.

A strange development indeed is how it is that every time Barack Obama or a family member tells of where Obama was born, they seem to have no idea, as of December 2008. 

They seemed to know what hospital quite a few times months ago, when it was claimed that Obama’s mother gave birth to him at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu – Obama and Mom Never Here.

After it was concluded that Obama and his mother were never there, his sister was in an interview and claimed that Obama was born at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children – Obama and Mom Never Here.

Hospital after hospital in Honolulu all have NO RECORD of Obama or mother ever being there. 


All of these [hospitals] were called from November 20 – December 2nd 2008.  It is confirmed, OBAMA not born in any hospital in Honolulu County!  NONE FACT!

The hospitals called were listed as:

The Queen’s Medical Center - Honolulu, Hawaii Obama claims as his birth hospital

Kapi’ olani Medical Center Obama’s sister claims Barack Obama born here

Honolulu Shriners Hospital Never a patient Mom or Obama

Straub Clinic & Hospital Never a patient Mom or Obama

Hawaii Health Systems Corporation - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama

Cancer Institute of Maui - Wailuku, Hawaii No Comment ???

Kuakini Hospital - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama

St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii - Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama

Straub Heatlh - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama

Tripler Medical Center - Honolulu, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama

Wahiawa General Hospital - Wahiawa, Hawaii Never a patient Mom or Obama

Wilcox Memorial Hospital - Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii  Never a patient Mom or Obama

Final thoughts to ponder.  Why are there many pictures of Obama with his mother, his father, his family, etc, but there are no pictures of him as a newborn?  Why is there more evidence showing that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii, than supporting evidence that he was?  Why won’t Obama show the said document to end all the controversy, and earn trust with those who don’t believe that he is a natural born US citizen?   But instead he chooses to pay three law firms to prevent disclosure of the document in the amount of $800,000 plus to date.

Cost to Obama to get Certificate of Live Birth Certified Copy:  $10.00
Cost to Obama to pay three law firms preventing disclosure to date:  $800K+
Cost of defending the Constitution of the United States by bloggers who just want to know the truth:  PRICELESS

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What’s Warming Up In The Bullpen.

12/04/2008 08:23:00 AM

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Because I’m terribly lazy and nothing incredibly interesting is going on in the news world, other than probably another daily episode of the “Obama Show” with another press conference to announce one member of his new cabinet, it’s time for a “bull pen” post.

■  Obama’s Green Initiative Would Destroy 900,000 Net Jobs [Gateway Pundit]

■  Nissan to Recall nearly 430,000 vehicles worldwide [AP via Yahoo]

■  As if we need the government to tell us we are officially in a recession, since Dec 07.  [CNN Money]

■  Secret Congress session on March 13, 2008. [NightBlogger]

■  AT&T Cuts 12,000 jobs [Chicago Tribune]

■  Record number of Americans using food stamps.  [Reuters via Yahoo]

■  People Draw Unemployment Benefits at 26-year high. [AP via Yahoo]

■  Third world country has more money than the USA.  [Not Another CONspiracy]

■  Obama Quietly Reinstates Another Fired Adviser [Little Green Footballs]

■  Obama advisers want NATO troops in West Bank [Rantburg]

■  Did GM Not Understand the Assignment was to Outline a Viable Business Plan?  [Right Voices]

■  UAW Agrees to Make Changes [Donklephant]

■  Obama Soda up for Auction [ITN]

■  Latinos to Obama:  You still owe us more [Michelle Malkin]

■  Census Jobs Fair for 2010 census, turns dozens of job seekers away.  [WBBM 780]

■  While his wife is in labor, contractions 3 minutes apart, in rush hour traffic, husband drives in breakdown lane, gets pulled over by state trooper, and made to wait for ticket. [The Boston Globe]

■  Decorating the White House [ABC News - Video]


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Need I Say More, Michael Ramirez Says It All

12/02/2008 11:34:00 AM

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Via:  IDBeditorials

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Obama Suffers From Foot In Mouth Moment At Press Conference Over Clinton. [EDIT]

12/02/2008 03:07:00 AM

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8292008justsaynoDuring Obama’s fifth press-conference, Peter Baker, who I believe works for the Washington Post, had Obama in a “foot in mouth” moment regarding a question about Hillary Clinton.  Then laughs about how he thinks the press is “having fun” with him over things he has said during his campaign.  And that his justification for saying the things he did about Hillary during the campaign were due to the “heat of a campaign”, thus it was okay for Barack and Michelle to say things negative about Hillary and it was no biggie.

So by that same token, why is it that when things were said about Obama, his lawyers would threaten legal action or call it a “smear” campaign, thus it was not okay?  [The word hypocrite comes to mind.. again.. about Obama.]

And one thought to ponder in all of this is when Obama can’t make good on his promises that he made during his campaign, is he going to fall back on the “heat of the campaign” excuse and not take personal responsibility for his claims and words?

Q:  You talked about the importance just now of having different voices and robust debate within your administration.  But, again, going back to the campaign, you were asked and talked about the qualifications of the – your now – your nominee for secretary of State, and you belittled her travels around the world, equating it to having teas with foreign leaders; and your new White House counsel said that her resume was grossly exaggerated when it came to foreign policy.  I’m wondering whether you could talk about the evolution of your views of her credentials since the spring.

Obama:  Look, I’m in – I think this is fun for the press, to try to stir up whatever quotes were generated during the course of the campaign.

Q:  You quotes, sir.

Obama:  No, I understand.  And I’m – and you’re having fun.  (Laughs)

Q:  I’m asking a question.

Obama:  But the – and there’s nothing wrong with that.  I’m not – I’m not faulting it.  But look, I think if you look at the statements that Hillary Clinton and I have made outside of the – the heat of the campaign, we share a view that American has to be safe and secure and in order to do that we have to combine military power with strengthened diplomacy.  And we have to build and forge stronger alliances around the world, so that we’re not carrying the burdens and these challenges by ourselves.

I believe that there’s no more effective advocate than Hillary Clinton for that well-rounded view of how we advance American interests.  She has served on the Armed Services Committee in the Senate. She knows world leaders around the world.  I have had extensive discussions with her both pre-election and post-election about the strategic opportunities that exist out there to strengthen America’s posture in the world.

And I think she is going to be a[n] outstanding secretary of State.  And if I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t have offered her the job.  And if she didn’t believe that I was equipped to lead this nation at such a difficult time, she would not have accepted.  Okay?


The Secretary of State on the federal government level is officially responsibility is for foreign policy (i.e. equivalent to a foreign minister).  The foreign policy is a set of goals outlining how the country will interact with other countries economically, politically, socially and militarily, and to a lesser extent, how the country will interact with non-state actors.  Currently that position in the Bush administration is held by Condoleezza Rice.


Now time for a bit of a time warp back to a few statements between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, with emphasis on Hillary’s foreign policy experience.

Nov 20, 2007Hillary Clinton on Barack Obama:  “Now voters will judge whether living in foreign country at the age of 10 prepares one to face the big, complex international challenges the next President will face.  I think we need a President with more experience than that.”

Feb 25, 2008Hillary Clinton on Barack Obama:  “[Obama] wavers from seeming to believe that mediation and meetings without preconditions can solve some of the world’s most intractable problems to advocating rash unilateral military action without cooperation among allies in the most sensitive region of the world.” [..]  “We’ve seen the tragic result of having a president who had neither the experience nor the wisdom to manage our foreign policy and safeguard our national security.  We can’t let that happen again.”

Feb 25, 2008Hillary Clinton on Barack Obama (assumed):  “The American people don’t have to guess whether I understand the issues or whether I would need a foreign policy instruction manual to guide me through a crisis…”

Mar 02, 2008Barack Obama on Hillary Clinton:  “When it came to make the most important foreign policy decision of our generation the decision to invade Iraq Senator Clinton got it wrong.”

Mar 02, 2008Barack Obama on Hillary Clinton:  “What precise foreign-policy experience is she claiming that makes her qualified to answer that telephone call at 3 a.m. in the morning?”

Mar 03, 2008Hillary Clinton on Barack Obama:  “I think that I have a lifetime of experience that I would bring to the White House.  I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House.  And Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.”

Mar 06(ish), 2008 Barack Obama on Hillary Clinton:  “What exactly is this foreign policy experience?  Was she negotiating treaties?  Was she handling crises?  The answer is no.”

Mar, 2008 – Susan Rice, Obama advisor, on Hillary Clinton:  “There is no crisis to be dealt with or managed when you are first lady.  You don’t get that kind of experience by being married to a commander in chief.”


For Obama to say, “Don’t think too hard about what I say, but always, whatever you do, assume the best of me,” is quite a dangerous proposition.  Additionally, the man has no real world experience when it comes to foreign policy, or for that matter much experience in Washington DC.  He’s had to resort to Clinton-administration retreads to assemble a cabinet using a person who he said previously had no real world experience in foreign policy.

I think Obama needs to learn the definition of a word. 

Function:  noun
1:  a mania for great or grandiose performance
2:  a delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.

And you know, I could always say that Obama lies a lot however, I can’t.  That is because I' don’t think I’ve ever heard him speak the truth; “a lot” seems to imply that he occasionally tells the truth.

But ultimately he made promises during his campaign, are those now going to be just stated in the “heat of the campaign?”

BTW, here is the translation from the Obama doublespeak stated during the press conference:

“You can not believe a damn word that comes from my mouth.  I will do and say anything at all if it makes me look good and allows me to win elections that I am unqualified for.  I am not to be held responsible for anything I have ever said, am saying, and/or will ever say.”

And yes, I’m back with a bad attitude.


Found this little tidbit from Campbell Brown on CNN… I’m not alone.  Maybe Obama will learn to not piss off the press.

cnn EDIT AGAIN.. well.. it seems this video has been removed from CNN… If you do a search for the video “This is fun for the press”, you will still find a link.  However, the video never loads.  And obviously below, the video is now “missing”… how “interesting”… and I’m not being a “tin foil” person here, but I find incidents of the press speaking negatively about Obama disappearing pretty quickly after publication.


But no worries… I happen to have the transcript of the video.  :D  See below.


cnn2 BROWN: No one here needs to be reminded of how heated things got between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during the campaign. She trashed him, saying he wasn't ready to be commander in chief. He trashed her, mocking her foreign policy experience as first lady. Well, now, of course, they have put all of that behind them, so that she can become his secretary of state. Naturally, given all that was said, this issue came up during an exchange with reporters today. This is worth listening to.


QUESTION: You've talked about the importance just now of having different voices and robust debate within your administration. But, again, going back to the campaign, you were asked and talked about the qualifications of the -- your now, your nominee for secretary of state. And you belittled her travels around the word, equating it to having teas with foreign leaders. And your new White House council said that her resume was grossly exaggerated when it came to foreign policy. I'm wondering whether you can talk about the evolution of your views of her credentials since the spring.

OBAMA: Well, I mean, I think -- this is fun for the press to try to stir up whatever quotes were generated during the course of the campaign. No, I understand. And you're having fun.


BROWN: There we go again. The pesky media, all we want to do is have a little fun, stir things up for our own amusement.

I mean, really, how silly of that reporter to dare ask you, Mr. President-elect, how it is that you completely mocked Hillary Clinton's foreign policy experience just a few months ago and yet today you think there is no one more qualified than she to lead your foreign policy team? It's a clever device, treating a question so dismissively in an attempt to delegitimize it, but it is a legitimate question. As annoying how you may have found it, it is a fair question.

It was only in March of this year that Greg Craig, your new White House counsel, put out a memo over four pages long outlining point by point Hillary Clinton's foreign policy claims, calling them all exaggerated, just words, not supported by her record.

Now, look, maybe you regret what you said about Hillary Clinton. Maybe it was, as you suggested today, all just said in the heat of the campaign. If that is the case, and you are both now rising above it, then you deserve to be commended for that. And you could have been explicit in saying all of that today. You could have explained the evolution of your thinking, instead of belittling a question you didn't like.

Mr. President-elect, reporters, we hope, are going to ask you a lot of annoying questions over the next four years. Get used to it. That is the job of the media, to hold you accountable.

But this isn't just about the media. It's about the American people, many of whom voted for you because of what you said during the campaign. And they have a right to know which of those things you meant and which you didn't. Apparently, as you made clear today, you didn't mean what you said about Hillary Clinton.

So, what else didn't you mean? The media is going to be asking. And you were wrong today. Annoying questions are about more than just the press having fun. Annoying questions are about the press doing its job and the people's right to know.

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Fair Warning…

12/02/2008 03:00:00 AM

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After a few discussions, I have decided that this blog isn’t going to end.  However, if you are an Obama supporter and have been following my blog, you might want to stop now.  You are NOT going to like how my attitude has changed regarding Obama.

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It’s Official, Obama Breaks Constitutional Law. Will the US Senate Be Next? [End of this Blog]

12/01/2008 09:00:00 AM

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UnitedSocialistStatesOfAmericaFlag Obama announced this morning that Hillary Clinton would be the next Secretary of State.

“I assembled this team because I am a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions,” he said.  “I think that’s how the best decisions are made.”

The only thing Obama forgot to say is that he also believes in violating the United States Constitution.  Hillary Clinton is NOT eligible for the position of Secretary of State via the Constitution.

I ask you how can a man ethically take the oath for Presidency which states: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”, when he isn’t even following or respecting Constitutional Law?

The final step for Obama to truly break this law is for confirmation by the Senate for Clinton, along with Holder and Napolitano, to these positions.  I ask you, is this still a Democratic sovereign nation, if 1.  our next president willfully and voluntarily breaks Constitutional Law, and 2.  our own Congress willfully and voluntarily breaks Constitutional Law?

I urge everyone to email, call or write their Senator and demand that our Constitution be followed.

And, this is the end of this blog.  No one cares how many Constitutional Laws that Obama is trying to break.  It does not matter that he plans on violating the 13th Amendment with his required America Serves program.  It does not matter that Obama refuses to end the debate over whether he is a natural born US citizen or not, even if it is a crazy conspiracy theme.  He’d rather deal with it for the next 4 years instead of ending the accusations now.  Those who voted for Obama, you wanted “change” you got it.  The Constitution is dying.  Say good bye to all your rights.  But all the US citizens seem to care about is who wins “Dancing with the Stars” or who wins “American Idol” or what happens next week on “Desperate Housewives.”

A year from now, you will have no one to blame but yourselves for the destruction of the Constitution and the true beginning of Socialism.

And I am wasting my time trying to blog the truth. 

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Obama Ignores Constitutional Law Prohibiting Clinton As Secretary of State.

12/01/2008 04:14:00 AM

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unconstitutional-the-movie1Gee look, another instance where Obama ignoring Constitutional law, and thinks his word is golden, although the man has a law degree and formerly lectured on Constitutional law. 

One other thing to remember in reading all this is that Obama did sign an “American Freedom Pledge” during the Democratic presidential election, which encourages the restoration of basic Constitutional principles. [*KOFF KOFF*] On a side note, it took quite awhile for the Obama camp to agree to sign the pledge.

In this document it simply asked the candidates to affirm a statement that read:  “We are Americans, and in our America we do not torture, we do not imprison people without charge or legal remedy, we do not tap people’s phones and emails without a court order, and above all we do not give any President unchecked power. [NOTE:  Does this include in times of declared war?] I pledge to fight to protect and defend the Constitution from attack by any President.”  The only person who did not sign this document was Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton can not legally be Secretary of State due to a clause in the Constitution under the “Emoluments Clause”, or salary or other compensation for employment.  In other words, Congress cant create new jobs or give raises to existing jobs, and then take those same jobs for themselves.  In “regular Joe” verbage, this means that Congress cannot take an appointment for which the pay has gone up during the time that person held office in Congress. 

Article I, Section 6, Clause 2

No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time:  and no person holding any office under the United States, shall be a member of either House during his continuance in office.


By Executive Order dated January 4, 2008, President Bush ordered the salaries of Cabinet Secretaries to be raised from $186,000 to $191,300.  So thus, the pay for the Secretary of State increased this year.  This is the salary increase or the “emolument” increase .  Senator Clinton’s current term runs from 2007 to 2012, thus she is ineligible for taking said Secretary or State position until the end of her term.


Eugene Volokh, who is a Professor of Law at UCLA teaches free speech law, criminal law, religious freedom law, and church-state relations law.  Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He has also written three textbooks,over 50 law review articles and over 80 opinion-editorials.  Here is his take on things:

So, “Is Hillary Clinton Unconstitutional?”  In a word, Yes – or, to be more precise, a Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be unconstitutional.

The Emoluments Clause of Article I, section 6 provides “No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time.”  As I understand it, President Bush’s executive order from earlier this year “encreased” the “Emoluments” (salary) of the office of Secretary of State.  Lat I checked, Hillary Clinton was an elected Senator from New York at the time.  Were she to be appointed to the civil Office of Secretary of State, she would be appointed to an office for which “the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased” during the time for which she was elected to serve as Senator.  The plain language of the Emoluments Clause would thus appear to bar her appointment … if the Constitution is taken seriously (which it more than occasionally isn’t on these matters, of course).

But presidents Taft, Nixon, Carter and Clinton all ignored the Constitution, and used a loophole around it.  They did it by lower the pay, after the fact.  But still, this is not necessarily legal. 

In Nixon’s situation, he nominated Sen. William Saxbe (R-OH) to serve as his Attorney General after the Saturday Night Massacre, but the AG’s salary had been increased in 1969 during Saxbe’s term.  Nixon persuaded Congress to lower Saxbe’s salary to the pre-1969 level, and the “Saxbe fix” was born.

Volokh continues on this matter about the Saxbe Fix:

Then there’s the infamous “Saxbe Fix” precedent, which I discuss in Lloyd.  Couldn’t Congress pass a repealing statute, or President Bush (or even President Obama) rescind the executive order, selectively, as to Hillary and make everybody happy?  Nope:  The clause forbids the appointment of someone to an office the emoluments whereof “shall have been increased”.  A “fix” can rescind the salary, but it cannot repeal historical events.  The emoluments of the office have been increased.  The rule specified in the text still controls.

Additionally on the Saxbe fix, Sen. Robert Byrd was opposed to this fix, saying the Constitution was explicit and “we should not delude the American people into thinking a way can be found around the constitutional obstacle.”


Volokh hased John O’ Connor, who wrote an article on the subject, The Emoluments Caluse:  An Anti-Federalist Intruder in a Federalist Constitution, 24 Hofstra L. Rev. 89 (1995) [PDF], for his opinion on the matter.

“I think it is beyond dispute that Senator Clinton is currently ineligible for appointment as secretary of State.  I also believe that the better construction of the Emoluments Clause is that the “Saxbe Fix” does not remove this ineligibility.

… Therefore, under a straightforward application of the Emoluments Clause, Senator Clinton is ineligible for appointment as Secretary of State because the emoluments of that office “have been increased” during Senator Clinton’s current Senate term, and this disability continues until the end of “the time for which [she] was elected,” or until January 2013.

… By its plain language, the Emoluments Clause applies when the office’s salary “shall have been increased,” without regard to exactly how it was increased. … The clause also does not require that a Senator or Representative have voted for the increase.

The more difficult question is whether Senator Clinton’s ineligibility for appointment may be cured legislatively through the “Saxbe Fix,” where Congress reduces the Secretary of State’s salary to a level at or below where it was when Senator Clinton’s current term began in 2007. …

It is in my view that the Saxbe Fix fails to remove an ineligibility for appointment.  I believe the Saxbe Fix is ineffectual based on the plain reading of the Emoluments Clause and is also contrary to the intent of that clause.  The Emoluments Clause provides an ineligibility for appointment to an office the emoluments of which ‘have been increased.’  Even if the emoluments of the office are later reduced, it seems to me that they ‘have been encreased’ during Senator Clinton’s current Senate term even if they are later decreased.”


In 1993 President-elect Clinton sought to confirm Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) as his Treasury Secretary, despite his having been reelected to the Senate in 1989 prior to a Cabinet pay raise.  On January 5, 1993, Senator John Glenn and others introduced S.J. Res. 1, which read in its relevant parts:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) the compensation and other emoluments attached tot he office of Secretary of the Treasury shall be those in effect January 1, 1989, notwithstanding any increase in such compensation or emoluments after that date under--

(1) the Ethics Reform Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-194) or any other provision of law amended by that Act; or

(2) any other provision of law, or provision which has the force and effect of law, that is enacted or becomes effective during the period beginning at noon of January 3, 1989, and ending at noon of January 3, 1995.


This joint resolution shall become effective at 12:00 p.m., January 20, 1993.

It passed both Houses without objection, and was signed into law by President Bush on January 19, 1993.  Bentsen would receive an annual salary of $99,500 for his Cabinet service, far less than his colleagues at $148,400.  When the issue threatened to resurface in 1996 upon the nomination of Cong. Bill Richardson and Sen. William Cohen to UN Ambassador and Defense Secretary, respectively, the USDOJ Office of Legal Counsel mooted the issue by noting that the pay increase for Richardson’s position occurred prior to his current term in Congress, and that Cohen’s Senate term would expire before his being sworn in.

Again however, this goes back to what Volokh said on the matter that a"’fix’ can rescind the salary, but it cannot repeal historical events.  The emoluments of the office have been increased.  The rule specified in the text still controls.”

Additionally, President Bill Clinton re-wrote part of the Constitution in 1998.


The mostly Democratic Congress will just type up a new “bill” to fix everything, thus changing our Constitution so that Hilliary can sit in office.

Just like Obama not needing to show his "Birth Certificate” but instead choosing to show a document titled “Certification of Live Birth” which does not show his birthplace, thus a Constitutional violation.  Additionally his Aunt stated she witnessed his birth in Africa.  And the Kenyan Ambassador has stated that Kenya is planning on building a monument in Kenya at Obama’s birthplace.

Just like Obama wanting to require school aged children and college students to “serve” by doing hours of community service, which is a 13th Amendment violation.

And all of this before the man is even in office.

All I have to say on the matter, is that if Clinton is appointed to the Secretary of State seat, this blog will end as our Constitution is slowly being killed off by Obama.  The “change” will be that there will no longer be a Constitution, and thus all your rights including freedom of speech, right to freedom of religion, and simply your right to freedom.

And what is truly sad, is that no one seems to care.


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