Category Archives: Legislation

Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Ted Metz

At the first of many more to follow, the NWGA 912 Project in conjunction with The Madison Forum, The John Birch Society, The Freedom & Liberty Coalition, The Constitution Party, Restore and Preserve the Constitution, and the Canton TEA Party invited Mr. Tom Barksdale to present the many issues surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat to United States Sovereignty

By
Tom Barksdale

In October, the United States and 10 other Pacific rim countries, after five years of secret negotiations, reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free-trade agreement ever concluded. President Obama must wait 90 days after the formal announcement of the final TPP agreement before signing the pact and sending it to Congress; that could happen by Feb. 4. Lawmakers would then work with the administration to determine when a vote would take place. However, media reports on December 10 reported that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had told the White House that the TPP agreement … Read more...

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Local Control of Education is Lost

By Mary Kay Bacallao, Ed. D.

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 passed in the U. S. House and Senate this week.

After fighting this bill for almost a year, activists are wondering how it passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

Democrats call it a civil rights victory. Republicans claim that it returns authority to the states and ends federal control through waivers. No Child Left Behind wasn’t working; the rewrite is not “perfect” supporters said, but something needed to be done.
Is there evidence to support these claims? Reading the bill is the only way to know for sure.… Read more...

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Part II-Today Through the 2016 Elections

Jewish Political Perspective

By
Larry Laibson

Introduction
In Part I of this paper, I outlined the historical Jewish political perspective which is unique to America. Jews have consistently been Democratic with the largest majority of any group overall (Blacks are the largest Democratic voting bloc in recent elections after switching over from the Republican Party many years ago). This is an interesting phenomenon as Jews in other countries are more evenly divided between the various Left and Right Parties. Jewish immigrants came to America from Europe/Russia to escape anti-Semitism in the old countries. They were generally religious and socialistic. It … Read more...

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Who needs Congress for gun control?

Former Congressman, Bob Barr, recently spoke to the Madison Forum on how administrations, especially the Obama Administration, use federal agencies and other stealth methods to enact gun controls without going through Congress and the legislative process. He outlined, in depth, ten ways the Obama Administration has used since taking office. Some of them may surprise you.

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PENDING TRADE ACTIONS TPA/TAA/TPP CLARIFICATIONS, BACKGROUND, DISCUSSION AND MY THOUGHTS

By
Larry Laibson

The general public is significantly confused on the complex “alphabet soup” trade proposals being talked about in Congress and the Media. Something as important as this 11 Nation deal that encompasses a broad spectrum of areas, including but not limited to “Trade, should be transparent at least on its overall scope and general objectives.  The absence of this transparency, especially with the many time spoken goals of this President to “fundamentally change America” appears by design by both he and Congress to facilitate mutual objectives.
There are three items on the table: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Trade … Read more...

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CLARIFICATIONS AND ACTIONS ON TRADE PRIORITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (TPA) VS TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)

By
Larry Laibson

There are many major issues and questions on both Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is confusion of what these entail and what is actually being voted on in Congress.  Are there Constitutional issues regarding “Powers” and responsibilities?  Is TPP really a Treaty? What does it cover and why is there such extensive secrecy?  Will America’ Sovereignty be affected?

Congress is voting on TPA which outlines guidelines for TPP’s negotiation by the Executive Branch and provides provisions to give President Obama “fast track” approval of TPP if and when it is brought … Read more...

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