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I received a request today from my friends at JUSTLABELIT.ORG asking me to sign a petition and forward a letter to as many people as possible regarding the fact that we currently do not know if we are consuming a genetically engineered product in the United States.  The request is not huge, it is simply a request for a label to be placed on the product stating the food has been genetically engineered,  also known as GE.  Something that the big corporations and factory farming monsters are totally against.  This has been done via a legal petition, Docket # FDA-2011-P-0723-0001/CP and filed directly with the FDA.

By going to the following link you can state to the FDA that you want GE food labeled.

http://justlabelit.org/takeaction

By taking this action you are impacting the decision making process at the FDA and will be benefiting not only yourself, but your family, friends, and the planet.

In addition, we ask that you tell everyone you know about this effort so they can follow suit and take the same action you just took.  Following this is a form letter from my friends at justlabelit.org.  I have sent this to everyone I know personally via e-mail and Facebook and am sharing it with you here today.  Please, go sign the petition today and ask all of your friends and family to do the same.  You can sign the petition to the FDA at http://justlabelit.org/takeaction

They are killing us with the things they are adding to food already, who knows what genetically altering the food supply may do to us down the road.  These “farmers”  are already guilty of  devastating the planet with the “farming” practices being employed today and it is all in the name of greed.  This shortsighted, uncaring methodology, which we as taxpayers are paying for through agricultural subsidies has to be stopped.  We have the right to not only know about what is being done to our food and our planet, we have the right to have a say in what is being done.  We are both the consumer AND the investor.  It is time we use our collective voice to stand up for our rights.

These negligent practices remind me of a Cree Indian prophecy, which is one of my favorite sayings of all time (and can be purchased on a tee, coffee cup, noted cards etc. at my cafepress store which can be found on the bottom of the site ) :

                Only after the last tree has been cut down;

                Only after the last river has been poisoned;

                Only after the last fish has been caught; 

                Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

Back to business…..You can learn more at the website http://justlabelit.org/.

Below is their letter, please feel free to copy and paste it and send it to your friends or direct them here for a copy and paste.  It is imperative that we get the word out and demand our right to know what is being put in our food supply!

Dear friend,
I was surprised to learn that the United States is one of the only developed nations not to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Even China and Russia label them! Don’t you think we have a right to know what’s in our food?
It’s estimated that 60%-70% of processed foods likely contain some genetically engineered material. Plus over 80% of corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically engineered. Not to mention that the majority of the livestock that Americans consume have been raised on genetically engineered grains. But without labels, we’d never know. 
As consumers, I think we have a right to know how the food we buy is produced, including whether it’s genetically modified. Otherwise, we can’t make informed choices about what’s best for us and our families.
That’s why I submitted a comment to the FDA demanding that genetically engineered foods be labeled. And with just a few clicks, you can join me! Will you tell the FDA that you support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods too?
Please, click on that link and contact the FDA today. They need to hear from more people demanding our rights to be informed.  
Help us send 5,000 new comments to the FDA in the next 5 days!

Tell your coworkers, friends, and family why the FDA needs to label genetically engineered foods and ask them to join you in speaking out!

Remember it is up to us to make a difference!

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Will you join me in telling the FDA that you support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods? If they can do it in China & Russia, why can we not do it in the U.S.?

An open letter to my Congressman in response to his form letter replying to me about my opposition to H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011”

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I received a canned, form letter response from my (UGH) Republican Congressman John Boozman today.  I send regular correspondence to him pushing for the right thing pertaining to all legislation that we the people are privy to.  He, of course responds, generally with form letters, if it is an email I send.  Today, I was compelled to respond to his canned e-mail.  Of course, he is taking the party line of taxing the wealthy would be unfair because they area already bearing the most burden of taxation and that corporations could not be competitive if they paid taxes…blah blah blah…arguments that are all crap.  All we have to do is look to other countries where businesses thrive and the wealthy pay taxes to see that their argument does not hold water.

So, moving forward, I also found this fantastic site that where you can go and actually post comments directly to any Congress person.  I am not sure how often, if ever, it is read by them.  But, it ties comments to them directly, it is being used by the people, that is for sure.  It can be found at: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/.  I thought, why not share my letters out there for others to see.  Perhaps they might decide to start writing letters too?  At minimum, it is a place where people can start making a statement to their representatives that all can see.  I am totally in love with this idea.

Hopefully it will inspire EVERYONE to take action and voice their opinions about things to Congress.

At any rate, here is my letter.  I will warn, it contains a shocking confession.  I was once, years ago a Republican.  Shudder.  There, I said it.  I know, it is unbelievable,  I am so sorry.  I am doing everything in my power to make amends.  I pray there are enough years left in my life to do so.  Please accept my apologies and I pray you will forgive me.

Now, on to the show….

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First, his canned form letter to me:

Dear Mrs. S,

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011,” and your support for tax increases on the wealthy and corporations. It is good to hear from you.

Like you, I am very concerned with the economic situation both in Arkansas and across the country. One of the government’s principle responsibilities is to establish an economic environment, with the proper tax system and regulations, which allows for economic growth and job creation. I work hard to make sure we implement careful reforms that do not have an adverse impact on America’s small businesses and job creators. In order to restore an economic environment that helps, rather than hinders, job creators, we must enact legislation that expands trade, produces more of our energy domestically, focuses on infrastructure development, curbs unnecessary regulations, and reforms the tax code. I will continue to support legislation promoting these principles.

First of all, please understand that there are varying reports on the amount of taxes that America’s wealthiest individuals pay. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports that the richest 20 percent of taxpayers are now responsible for 86 percent of the federal income tax burden. Of the 750,000 taxpayers who pay the highest marginal tax rate of 35 percent, which is the top 0.5 percent of all taxpayers, more than two-thirds are small business owners. This means that most small businesses pay the individual income tax and these small businesses are generally concentrated in the higher income tax brackets. Prior to the 2003 tax cut, small businesses paid a higher top tax rate than most large corporations, even though businesses with fewer than 100 employees represent 98 percent of all businesses and create 36 percent of all jobs. As a committed fiscal conservative, I agree that the government must be more efficient and spend less of Americans’ hard-earned taxpayer money. However, I believe that raising taxes, especially during an economic crisis, will only worsen our financial woes.

We must be careful to ensure that any changes to current law or our tax code do not further aggravate our economy. In addition, the reason companies appear to have a lower tax rate is because U.S. multinational corporations are currently permitted to defer U.S. taxes on overseas income. In other words, they do pay substantial taxes, but they pay taxes to the country where the income is being generated and defer U.S. taxes on that income until it is brought home. This deduction prevents U.S.-based companies from being double taxed, here and abroad, which would put them at a significant competitive disadvantage with foreign corporations that are not subject to the double taxation. Today’s tax code is unfair, discourages against savings and investment, and is impossibly complex. I believe that the tax code should not unjustly burden the American people, yet at the same time we simply cannot put U.S. corporations in a position where they cannot compete globally. The U.S. corporate tax rate is currently one of the highest in the world. If we further increase that burden on American businesses, it will undoubtedly result in higher consumer prices and fewer American jobs. We should be doing everything we can to encourage manufacturing and investment within the United States, and I believe reforming our tax code is an essential step in making that happen. Please be assured that while we do not see eye-to-eye on this issue, I value your opinion and will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress debates this issue.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this very important issue. Please be sure to visit our website at www.boozman.senate.gov. I look forward to your continued correspondence.

Sincerely,

John Boozman
U.S. Senator

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Dear Senator Boozman,

In response to your form letter reply pertaining to my opposition to H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011,” and your support for tax increases on the wealthy and corporations The CBO is simply a puppet for whomever is the Speaker of the House. Statistics will say whatever you wish them to say, it is a matter of selecting your
input data. The simple fact of the matter is that there are persons that can and there persons that cannot afford additional taxes at this time in the U.S.

Additionally, history has proven and top economists will tell you that during an economic rebuilding period it is ludicrous to try to limit spending and worry about deficits. If we build a better economy then deficits will be taken care of.  By putting the proverbial cart before the horse, the House is doing nothing more than stalling an already slow recovery and putting election antics over the well being of the people.  Has the GOP consulted with
economists that worked in Government in similar situatons? How about Robert Reich? He is a good man, with good ideas and could do this country a world of good.

As you are aware, based on my activity sending you correspondence I am deeply passionate about Government doing the right thing for the PEOPLE. I do not see the GOP, who I was formerly a member of the for over twenty years (I now shamefully admit) acting in a manner that is caring for the people. Rather I see a party that has lost its way in a sea of greed and special interests. It is going to take strong leaders to step up and speak the hard truth, trickle down economics do not work. Corporate personhood was a bad idea. Campaign finance is in dire need of reform. Term limits must be imposed on members of Congress. Insider trading for Congress must be stopped. Social programs are a necessity in a Christian America. Education is a necessity in America. Alternative fuels are a necessity in order to end our dependence on oil in the next 3-7 years. Tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas must be stopped. Tax breaks for companies that put bonuses and performance over employees jobs must be stopped. There is a list a mile long of the right things that need to be done. 

My question to you is can we count on you to be the man to stand up, against the tide of the mainstream GOP, and be the voice of reason? Can we count on you to voice the needs of the people over the wants of the 1% and the corporations?

If not, then all is lost. If so, then perhaps you are the one shining beacon of light in an otherwise pitch black void that I have come to know as the GOP and their political agenda.

Regards,

Becky

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Come on guys, make some noise with me.  These guys are full of crap!!!  We have to stand up and be heard!!

Will the GOP please leave my bedroom?

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that the party that tells you they are all in favor of smaller government sure seems to have big plans to take more control of our lives, and that is extending all the way into our bedrooms?  Somehow, I just don’t think they are going to be able to do that with less government?

The latest little nugget that blew me away was Santorum saying that we need to be having MORE children. This is the same Rick Santorum who wants to take away health care also wants to take away birth control? Call me crazy, that just does not sound like a really good plan to me. We have people that cannot find jobs, people that cannot feed their families. We have the GOP demanding that social aid programs be cut to the bone and that unemployment be cut off and now this?

Between this latest nonsense and the ongoing yammering of of these candidates going on about overturning Roe V Wade and their belief in who should be allowed to marry whom, well it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that these guys have no intention of reducing the reach of government. This stuff they are talking about enacting would require a far reaching police state to enforce.

And really, think about it, do you really want the United States Government to get into the business of telling you what you can or cannot do with your own body based on the religious beliefs of one subsection of the population?

Sure, its great if that aligns with your beliefs today, but what happens a few elections down the road and we have come to accept the mingling of church and state and you are suddenly in the minority?

Then some new legislation comes along that the majority, or perhaps just the squeaky wheel,  finds perfectly OK but you think is terrible. Now, since we have accepted the mingling of church and state as a precedent this moves right on through as legislation and now you are forced to accept and potentially participate because of this law, even though it conflicts 100% with your beliefs and values.  All because others managed to get it passed into law, even though you know that it should not have been enacted in the first place.

Why should it not have been enacted?  Because the basic tenets of our founding fathers plan, separation of church and state was the right thing to do all along.

However, when it was your religious beliefs being crammed down the throats of others it was great, but when it becomes someone else’s religious beliefs being crammed down your throat, it won’ t be so fantastic.  Thinking things through is a wonderful idea, leaving the thinking to politicians is not a good plan.  They don’t think, they do what they are told to do    ( or paid to do, as is the case of late ).  Be warned, hindsight will be 20/20 in this case, but it will be a bitch to reverse.  We need to take great care when we start demanding reductions in the constitutional rights of people.

I look at what the GOP is saying and doing to our country and see America well on its way to becoming a third world nation. With half of the nation living at or below the poverty level, the Government basically refusing to do anything to protect the people, it is only protecting the wealthy and big business, and now these morons are suggesting that people
should have more children, and the people that want abortions should be prevented from having them? I am at a loss for words, it is insanity. Pure and simple, there is not a single candidate among the GOP field that has the best interests of the American people at heart. The party has lost sight of reality, is catering to a bunch of radical nuts and uber-wealthy who all the money in the world will not be enough for them and are ready to continue using us as their slaves in order to get what they want.

I for one cannot stand idly by and let this happen to our country. We have to get the word out, we have to thoughtfully educate people, there has to be a stop to this madness.  The ideology of the GOP is capitalism. Capitalism and Christianity do not match in any way, shape or form. If we are to have any hope we have to start caring for each other as much as ourselves. We have to demand that our elected officials represent the people not the wealthy, not extremist groups, not corporations.

As FDR said, “I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.”  I will say the same,  I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.