April 2011


The birth certificate is a red herring, it does not prove that Obama is a natural born citizen.

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The Constitution reads “”No person except a natural born Citizen, OR A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME OF THE ADOPTION OF THIS CONSTITUTION, shall be eligible to the office of President.”

The carve out for the first generation is interesting; if the only requirement for the office was being born here, then Alexander Hamilton, one of the group of individuals generally accepted as being the Key Founding Fathers (John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington), could have never become the President of the newly-formed nation, since he had been born outside of the Thirteen Colonies. So the Framers injected the carve-out in order to create a one-time exception to the “natural born citizen” Constitutional requirement.

So then, meeting the requirements of the carve out is the only way for an individual who was born holding any other citizenship at birth, to qualify for the office of President of the United States.

In short, if you are born a citizen of another nation, the only way that you can meet the Constitutional qualifications to hold the office of President, is to roll back time and be present on US soil on September 17, 1787.

Difficult thing to do.

Then comes the XIV Amendment and eliminates all distinctions between persons born citizens, and naturalized:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

Now, the XIV Amendment enjoins any State from making any law which would create an inequity between people born citizens, and people who came about their citizen status via act of Congress (naturalization) YET, WE KNOW AND WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NOT TO BE TRUE WHEN IT COMES TO RUNNING FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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If simply being born here and a citizen qualifies one for the office of President, AND considering that the XIV Amendment erases all legal differences between people who acquired their American citizenship by being born in the US, and people who acquired it via naturalization, then Arnold Schwarzenegger qualifies for the office…right?

Of course not, and no legal expert would argue to the contrary.

How is that possible, when the XIV Amendment erased all legal distinctions between persons born citizens, and persons who became citizens via naturalization?

The only possible answer to that question is that a natural born citizen acquired their citizenship status via something other than simply location at the time of their birth, and that carve out in Article II section 1 of the US Constitution, tells us that you either had to be here and alive at the time the Constitution was ratified, or you had to be that mystical natural born citizen.

At birth, Barack Obama was a British subject, in accordance to British law…his father was a British subject.

We may argue about the exact definition of “natural born citizen”, but to argue that the Founders would include in their definition an individual who was born AFTER the ratification of the Constitution, holding dual British/American citizenship as a “natural born” American citizen makes absolutely no sense, because it makes the carve out absolutely unnecessary.

The birth certificate is a red herring, always has been.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced the creation of a Federal “task force” charged with investigating possible price gauging in the oil industry.

Speaking in Nevada, the President told the audience that the task force would “root out any cases of fraud or manipulation in the oil markets that might affect gas prices, and that includes the role of traders and speculators. We’re going to make sure that nobody’s taking advantage of American consumers for their own short-term gains.”

One might argue that the most significant thing impacting oil prices right now is the massive devaluation of the US dollar, brought about as a result of massive amount of money we have printed in the last two years.

Still, gasoline is nearing that $4 a gallon mark, and I am interested in who is making the most money from all those gallons of gas, so I decided to see what the folks over at FactCheck.org had to say on the subject:

Q: Does the government really make more in taxes from the sale of a gallon of gasoline than the oil companies do?
A: Possibly. Both taxes and profits account for a large share, but which is larger depends on too many unknown factors to allow for a clear answer.

OK…it’s complicated. That’s what they’re saying, right?

Here is their conclusion:

A publication from the American Petroleum Institute, the industry’s principal lobbying arm, displays a graphic stating that “taxes” made up 15 percent of the price of gasoline at the pump in 2007 (that figure comes from EIA) and showing a figure for “earnings” (a measurement API prefers to straight “profit”) of 8.3 percent. This figure is the average earnings for the industry per dollar of sales.

On closer examination, however, that 8.3 percent earnings figure turns out to be after-tax income. The pre-tax profit margin would be considerably higher.

Wait a minute.

The government makes @15% on a gallon, and the oil companies make about 8% AFTER taxes.

Should we not then add that the taxes collected by the government from the oil companies to that 15% the government gets form us at the pump, in order to calculate how much the government makes from the sale of a gallon of gas?

Isn’t THAT what the government makes?

So, if they get 15% at the pump, and they get a significant amount of money from the oil companies (it must be significant, after all, FactCheck.org says that the oil company’s “pre-tax profit margins would be considerably higher”) then it is feasible that the government’s take on the sales of one gallon of gas may be as high as three times what the oil companies make on the same gallon.

Let’s speculate that the tax at the pump is 15%, and that corporate taxes are 10%. That means that the government gets $1 for every $4 gallon of gas each one of us buys.

Mr. Obama…save yourself the cost of that task force.

I think I found the problem.

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