Here are some of the new Senate Committee Leaders, If you have suggestions after you read this, write to them.  From Newsmax


Kansas’ Pat Roberts, 78, will consider renewal of child nutrition programs that have been pushed by the White House and expire next year. Roberts has criticized efforts to make school lunches healthier, calling for studies on the costs of the program and economic impact on schools.

Roberts has been a recent dissenter on the normally bipartisan panel, voting against the five-year farm bill that Congress passed in May. Roberts supported the bill’s boost in crop insurance for farmers but said other subsidies needed more changes. He called the entire bill “a look in the rear-view mirror.”

Like his Republican counterparts in the House, Roberts has championed cutting back spending for food stamps, saying the farm bill’s estimated cut of $8 billion over 10 years was insufficient.

Roberts held the gavel of the House Agriculture Committee 20 years ago and during his tenure


The gavel of the powerful panel responsible for drafting approximately one-third of the federal budget will return to Mississippi’s Thad Cochran, who turned 77 in December and was just re-elected to a seventh term.

Cochran was in charge during the last two years of the previous GOP majority and was a driving force behind more than $100 billion in funding to help Gulf Coast states recover from Hurricane Katrina. He was also a big practitioner of earmarks, those home-state goodies such as highway projects, economic development grants and university research dollars.

GOP leaders have banned earmarking, but Cochran is sure to back Navy shipbuilding efforts. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, which makes a variety of Navy ships such as modern destroyers, is Mississippi’s largest private employer.

Republicans are expected to use the 12 spending bills to challenge Obama on policy issues, such as health care, financial services, immigration and the environment.



Leading the committee has been a long-sought goal for 78-year-old John McCain of Arizona, the former Navy pilot, Vietnam prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate who lost to Obama in 2008.

McCain, who has hinted he might seek a sixth term in 2016, stands as one of Obama’s fiercest critics on national security, casting the administration as weak and ineffective in countering threats overseas. He has repeatedly called for arming and training moderate Syrian rebels and favors more U.S. forces in Iraq to battle Islamic State militants.

McCain has been critical of Pentagon contracting. Increased examination of defense manufacturers and acquisition policy is certain. The Pentagon can largely forget about scrapping the A-10 Warthog aircraft, which McCain heavily favors, and can expect close scrutiny of the costly F-35 fighter jet.


The wily Richard Shelby, 80, makes a return tour as head of the committee. High on his agenda will be changes to the financial overhaul law enacted in response to the 2008 crisis, known as Dodd-Frank. The 2010 law that brought stricter regulation of banks and Wall Street has been a burr in the side of Republican lawmakers, and the GOP-controlled House has passed numerous bills to unwind it.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the next majority leader, put it plainly at his day-after-the-election news conference: “The Banking Committee is certainly going to look at Dodd-Frank.” The big banks, he said, “are doing just fine under Dodd-Frank. The community bankers are struggling.”

Besides bank rules, the committee under the Alabama senator also may focus on curbing the authority of the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau over auto lenders and credit card companies. The bureau was created by the financial law.

Also likely to get committee attention is legislation to reshape the housing finance system and wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Shelby succeeded as head of the panel from 2003 to 2007 in blocking bank regulation proposals.


In a surprise, Wyoming’s Mike Enzi will become chairman of the Senate Budget Committee after Jeff Sessions of Alabama stepped aside. Sessions had been the top Republican on the committee the past four years.

Enzi, 70, said he will work to craft a budget “that cuts spending, targets executive overreach and reduces the size of government.”

He will be called upon to craft a budget framework that could serve as a template for follow-up legislation to repeal Obama’s health care law and, perhaps, tackle expensive benefit programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.


South Dakota’s John Thune, 53, faces a heavy workload — reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and Amtrak, net neutrality and transportation.

The committee will have to address the auto safety portions of the highway bill in the aftermath of General Motors faulty ignition switch recalls, now linked to more than two dozen deaths, and the Takata air bag recalls, also linked to several deaths. Proposals to toughen federal oversight of the auto industry are likely. Some lawmakers have called for eliminating the $35 million cap on how much the government can fine automakers in such cases.



An energy policy expert from an energy-producing state, the 57-year-old Murkowski wants to unlock as much of America’s energy as safely possible.

Murkowski has argued for opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, as well as Alaska’s offshore, and has opposed regulations that block energy production. She believes EPA regulations to curb coal-fired power plant pollution to deal with global warming will threaten the reliability and raise the costs of electricity.

She supports exporting U.S. natural gas and has led the charge on pressuring the administration to lift restrictions on exports of crude oil. She has backed the immediate approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which McConnell has said will be first on the new agenda.

Murkowski, unlike others in the GOP, believes global warming is happening and that Alaskans are already experiencing the effects of rising water temperatures and thinning ice.


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I had to rush yesterday, so wanted to add a little more info. for those who don’t have time or inclination to follow up on Imprimis thru  The author was speaking about how “the penalties on employers and subsidies in the exchanges add up to a tax on full-time employment -a tax you pay if you work full time but not if you work part time or don’t work at all.  And the problem with that, of course, is that by taxing full-time work–which is the same as subsidizing part-time work and unemployment–you get less of the former and more of the latter two.”

I WANTED TO ADD THE NEXT SECTION: ” How does this full-time employment tax work with regard to the employer mandate?  As I mentioned, the penalty applies only in the case of full-time employees and only to employers that don’t offer health coverage, and it applies only in those months during which those full-time employees are on the payroll. If an employee cuts back to part-time work, the employer no longer has to pay the penalty.  The dollar amount of the penalty doesn’t depend on whether the employee is rich, poor, or middle class–if he works full time, the employer must either provide insurance or pay the penalty.  And the penalty is indexed to health insurance costs, so every year those costs increase more than the economy and more than wages, the penalty will increase more than the economy and more than wages.

The current penalty is usually described as $2,000 per year per full-time employee. But it’s really more than that, because the penalty, unlike wages, is not deductible from business taxes.  So in terms of a salary equivalent, the penalty is closer to $3,000 a head.  Needless to say, this penalty reduces competition in the labor market: IT DISCOURAGES EMPLOYERS FROM COMPETING FOR FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES–WHICH, IF YOUR AN EMPLOYEE, IS A BAD DEAL.  ALSO, THERE ARE A LOT OF EMPLOYERS WHO ARE NOT GOING TO PAY THE PENALTY BECAUSE THEY DON’T MEET THE SIZE THRESHOLD OF 50 OR MORE EMPLOYEES, AND EMPLOYEES ARE GOING TO SUFFER BECAUSE THESE SMALL EMPLOYERS WON’T WANT TO BECOME LARGE EMPLOYERS AND THEREFORE SUBJECT TO THE PENALTY.

Furthermore, this mandate or penalty–and by this time it should be clear that we can think of it as a tax on having a full-time employee-disproportionately HARMS LOW-SKILL WORKERS. Think about it this way: How many hours does a worker have to work each week to produce the $3,000 per year of value to justify keeping his job or being hired?  For a minimum-wage worker, that comes to eight hours a week, all year round-one day of work a week for the government due to the ACA alone.  High-skilled employees can obviously produce $3,000 worth of value in less time, so the penalty will have less of an impact on them.


What of the tax distortions that come from the subsidized health insurance exchanges or marketplaces? To begin to think about this, imagine paying full price for you health care.  How does full price work?  Well, you pay the full price. The health care provider doesn’t look at your tax return and adjust the bill accordingly. So we would never call paying full price for health care an income tax of any kind.  Or imagine there is a discount on the full price–for instance, 30 percent off for everybody regardless of income. In that case it’s still not an income tax.  No matter how much you earn, you pay the same price. But what if the discount (or subsidy)is tied to your employment situation? Not to your income, but to you employment situation.  That how the exchanges work.  IF YOU HAVE A FULL-TIME JOB WITH AN EMPLOYER THAT OFFERS COVERAGE–WHICH IS THE CASE FOR MOST EMPLOYEES IN OUR ECONOMY–YOU DON’T GET THE SUBSIDY OFFERED THROUGH THE EXCHANGES. IF YOU WANT TO GET THE SUBSIDY, YOU NEED TO BECOME A PART TIME WORKER OR SPEND TIME OFF THE JOB.  In other words, THIS DISCOUNT, TOO, IS A TAX ON FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT. Of course no politician ever calls it a tax.  But when you are in a group of people that doesn’t receive a subsidy that people in another group receive, THAT’S A TAX.

———————————————————There are a number of full-time workers who may have to work ten, 20, or even 30 hours a week to create the value the would get for free if they worked part time or didn’t work under the ACA.——————–

As a result of the ACA, then, we are going to have fewer people working and less value created overall…..    In terms of the ACA, whereas only some workers will experience the penalty directly, it will be felt across the economy because workers will move out of the penalized businesses and customers will do the same, since those penalties are passed on to them in the form of higher costs………………………………Their (taxes) economic impact on workers varies widely, affecting low-skilled workers the most. They create all kinds of productivity problems and will have visible and permanent effects on the economy”


I copied the rest yesterday.   We would call these unforeseen consequences.   Which is why Obama keeps delaying parts of the law…It seems to me we need to write to Congress and tell them to change this part of the law to avoid these consequences. We want more full time jobs and more people working, not less. WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN


BY Casey Mulligan, Ph.D in economics, Univ. of Chicago

The topic of my talk today is the economic side effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (or Obamacare).Since most of the economy has to do with labor and work, that’s where I’ll start. …… From an economic or labor-market perspective, I’m going to explain how the costs of the ACA outweigh its benefits. …………………………..

The Key economic concept required to understand the labor market effects of the ACA is what economists call “tax distortions.” Tax distortions are changes in behavior on the part of businesses or household for the purpose of reducing their taxes or increasing their subsidies.  We call them distortions because they don’t occur for real business or real personal reasons.  They occur because of the tax code. ……..

THE EMPLOYER MANDATE/PENALTY/TAX   So what are the tax distortions that emanate from the ACA? Here let me simply focus on two aspects of the law:  the employer mandate or employer penalty-the requirement that employers of a certain size either provide health insurance for full-time employees or pay a penalty for not doing so; and the exchanges–some-times they’re called marketplaces–where people can purchase health insurance separate from their employer.  The mandate or penalty is intended, of course, to encourage employers to provide health insurance.  And the exchanges are where the major government assistance is provided, since those who purchase insurance in an exchange typically receive a tax credit. As I’ll explain, taken together, the penalty on employers and the subsidies in the exchanges add up to a tax on full-time employment-a tax that you pay if you work full time but not if you work party time or don’t work at all.  And the problem with that, of course, is that by taxing full-time work–which is the same as subsidizing part-time work and unemployment–you get less of the former and more of the latter two.

(this article goes on to explain the ramification of the above penalties and tax. and ends:)

In summary, the ACA has three major taxes in it.  Two are taxes on full-time employment and the other is a tax on income.  they may be implicit, they may be hidden, politicians may not call them taxes, but that’s what they are.  Their economic impact on workers varies widely, effecting low-skill workers the most.  They create all kinds of productivity problems and will have visible and permanent effects on the economy…………………I have estimated that employment will be three percent less over the long term because of the ACA, and that national income–or GDP, if you like to think of it that way–will be two percent less.  If you look at the productivity costs alone–forgetting the fact that there will be a number of people not working anymore–they come to $6,000 per person who gets health insurance because of the law.  And I’m not beginning to count the payments needed of health care providers.

In Conclusion. I can make you this promise: If you like your weak economy, you can keep your weak economy.

YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE REPORT AT:    under IMPRIMIS.  LOOK IN THE archives for Nov. 2014 Effects of the Affordable…..


The Republicans have taken the US House and Senate, Goodbye Harry Reid.
I say good has triumphed because at least the candidate we in Maine sent to the House is Pro Life and Pro Traditional marriage and a very good man. Our Gov. remains and is also Pro Life and Pro marriage. I trust that a good many of the new Congressmen and Women will be pro life and pro marriage. Perhaps they will also be pro Constitution and we may get our Country back. Pray for a return to Religious Freedom, which we are loosing rapidly.
I know that their are a lot of important decisions they have to make and get done, but if we don’t get our country back on the side of Good, not Evil, we will be lost.
But, they have a lot to do in a very short (two Years) time.

Prayer: May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones. Amen.


This is a delicate area, but I just read an article that I think was printed in the NY Times condemning the Catholic Church’s stand on gay marriage and it was all wrong. For one thing, I cannot figure out how a journalist can write an article without researching both sides. I do not believe I have ever read an article where someone has actually looked at the Catholic Churches stand on homosexuality and marriage. I will tell you that our church always welcomes homosexuals, they are God’s children as we all are. Not all Catholics are as welcoming and understanding as they should be toward other children of God, but they are human, and no human is perfect.

There are 5 non-negotiables in the Catholic Church that will not change and gay marriage is one of them. Here is a question and answer regarding gay marriage from the site:

Full Question
I am a homosexual who wishes to obey the Church’s teachings on homosexuality, but I am not sure what they are. I know that the Church teaches homosexual acts are wrong, but it teaches that all sex outside of marriage is wrong–a teaching which I support. What if two homosexuals were married to each other? Would sex between them be legitimate, and could the Church ever change its position and allow homosexuals to marry?


This is a sensitive area, and you are to be commended for your commitment to support and fulfill the Church’s teaching. The answer to both questions is no.

The reason homosexual acts are wrong is not simply that they take place outside of marriage, but that they are contrary to natural design. For various reasons, both inside and outside of their control, some people have desires that are not in accord with nature. When these desires are acted upon, the result is an unnatural and immoral act. Even if two homosexuals were “married,” they would still be having unnatural sex.

The Church cannot change its teaching on marriage, which is grounded in natural law. Under natural law a man can marry only whom he was designed to marry: a woman. He cannot validly marry another man any more than he could an animal or a plant. Any attempted marriage between a man and another man would be invalid by definition. It might be recognized by the state as a legitimate marriage, but it would not be so before God.

This is a difficult teaching to hear for one struggling with homosexual desires, but it is the truth. To get help, consider contacting Courage, a nationwide Catholic organization set up to help homosexuals lead chaste lives. Their Web address of is: Our prayers are with you.
========================================================================================================= also had many other answers to questions about homosexuals and the Church. Hopefully if someone reads an article condemning the Church they will also go to this site and find out why. As one of the Bishops in this country said a short while ago, we have people in this country that have decided that what they decide is right, is the only way. Unfortunately they forget this is a free country and not everyone has to change their values and morals just because this certain group of people decide what they think is the new religion in this country. The religion of “everything is ok if they decide it is. No good vs. evil, no right vs wrong, just feelings of what they want. Sorry, you all, but the Catholic Church and Pope Francis is not changing the basic beliefs of the Church, he is just trying to make ordinary people understand that they are welcome in our Church.
There was an article awhile ago where Pope Francis married 20 couples from different situations. He did it so that Catholics who think they are not welcome back in the Church will know that they are very welcome. Some of these couples were living together, some had children and were not married, some had been divorced and/or married in a civil ceremony, all were men marrying women. The facts that weren’t mentioned is that all these people had to want to do what was right, they would of had counseling, gone to Confession, and prior marriages investigated. They would have decided to be married before God in the Sacrament of Marriage and probably become active members again of the Church. Pope Francis did this to show couples that there is always a way back to the Catholic Church if that is what they want and they are always welcome. He did not do it to let the news media think that the Church is making changes. The Church has been marrying couples in these situations for many years. In fact my marriage came under one of these situations.

Again I say, if you want to know what the Catholic Church teaches, don’t ask another Catholic, unfortunately many Catholics are sadly uninformed about their own Church. Instead, go to and check out the facts. Another site that our Pastor says is very informative is:


O GOD OF HOPE AND GLORY, you sent John the Baptist to preach the Good News of salvation to those who received it with joy and to those who rejected its demands. By his example and intercession, grant your Church courage in proclaiming and living the Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



Last night I left off with this line…It’s important to our own sanity and serenity that we make our decisions and pick our actions based on VALUES AND PRINCIPLES and that we affiliate ourselves with others who share those values and principles.

“FAKING” it by making choices based on interests then affiliating with others who make the same choices and then fabricating values or principles to rationalize our choices corrodes our integrity and self-esteem.  Worse yet, rationalizing means we’ll continue saying things we don’t believe and concocting explanations FOR HOW WE’VE ‘EVOLVED’ on issues. Worst of all, we have to know “I wouldn’t want me for a friend.


He didn’t say we’d “TRY” until we ran out of enthusiasm or the pools changed.  He didn’t say we’d try for a year or two but if it didn’t go our way, we’d curl up, come home, and suck our thumbs. 

Few, if any, of us participate in such weighty choices but our individual choices are equally important to those around us.  We have made commitments and have responsibilities for ourselves and others who depend on us.  It may be as simple as choosing to pay the rent rather than get a new tattoo or it may be as complex as declining an “innocent” drink-after-work proposition.  IF WE’RE STOPPING TO CONCOCT A RATIONALIZATION OR PONDERING WHETHER WE’LL GET CAUGHT, THEN WE’RE MAKING BAD DECISIONS AND IT’S TIME TO SWITCH FROM INTERESTS TO VALUES AND PRINCIPLES.  Having failed isn’t a reason to give up: TRYING ISN’T AN OPTION.

By Ken Frederic in The Eastern Gazette, 8-29-14………………………………………………………


SIMPLY PUT, WE CAN’T CHANGE ANYONE ELSE, BUT IF WE HAVE FORGOTTEN OUR PRINCIPLES AND VALUES, AND MORALS, THEN IT IS TIME TO RETHINK HOW WE ARE LIVING AND CHANGE OUR SELVES. We, each of us, need to stop agreeing to things we know are wrong, and even evil, and put our foot down and say, this is not right or maybe even, this is a SIN.  REMEMBER, IF EACH ONE OF US STANDS UP FOR WHAT WE TRULY BELIEVE, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD.  We can also make sure our children know the difference between what is truly right and truly wrong.   THE ONLY WAY FOR EVIL TO TRIUMP IS FOR GOOD TO DO NOTHING.







I just read an article I want to pass along.  It is in BACKTALK in NEWSMAX, by Christopher Ruddy, Publisher

In part he wrote:  Conservatives are very open to the idea of immigration reform.  Exit poll data from the 2012 presidential election revealed that 65 percent of voters believe most illegal immigrants working in the US should be offered a chance at legal status, compared to just 28 percent who say they should be deported. (In my opinion, it is ridiculous to think we can deport 30 million or so illegals. Deport the criminals, yes, the rest, no. Mr. Ruddy has a good suggestion).

He believes that Congress and the president can begin by taking small steps: REGISTER, TAX, AND IDENTIFY THE UNDOCUMENTED AS THE BORDER IS FINALLY SECURED. THEN LET’S TALK ABOUT THE NEXT STEP.
He said our borders are not only porous, but also dangerous, Mexico’s organized crime problem is spilling over into the US.
I believe we must all write to our congressmen/women, Republican and Democrats, and insist that they jointly pass a bill that WILL CLOSE OUR BORDERS, REGISTER, TAX AND IDENTIFY THE UNDOCUMENTED (I believe they should be given Red cards, until such time as we pass another bill allowing them to progress to green) BUT FIRST, TAKE THE FIRST SMALL STEP. AND INSIST THAT THE PRESIDENT START UPHOLDING THIS NEW LAW AND ALL THE OTHER IMMIGRANTION LAWS, AND STOP MAKING LAWS OF HIS OWN.
Of course, if the Congress would act responsibly, the President wouldn’t be able to do his own thing. IT IS UP TO US AND CONGRESS.

Thank you Mr. Ruddy for the common sense approach. I do hope Congress will listen. I wrote to Senator King from Maine, perhaps if everyone writes, we might force them to do something concrete. Just think how many years? At least 8 or 10.
And thank you all for letting me sound off, It seems we always have the same problems, no mater which party is in office, and the problems just go on and on.


I recently had a granddaughter who has decided if she wants to make a difference in the world she needs to learn more about politics. I told her that before she starts getting involved she should read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and some of the Federalist Papers. the Federalist Papers really are where the Founding Fathers explain their explanation of their intent when the wrote the Constitution. Since our Constitution has been instrumental in forming this Country and keeping us free, it is vital that we know what it entails. Then it is vital that we elect officials, Congressmen, both state and Govt. the also know and understand the Constitution. This is not the case in this day and age. Most of then have to swear to uphold the Constitution of the U.S. when they are sworn in. However, it is plain that a lot of them have no idea what they are swearing to, or they know but have no intention to uphold it. Our Constitution has been copied around the world, but we are loosing our rights everyday. It is clear that the President intends to trash the Constitution if he can.

It is vital that the current young generations study this information on their own, because they will not learn in school nor have they learned in school for the last 30 years what they need to know to protect the freedom of this country.

All libraries have those three documents, perhaps you can find them on line, there was a free course given by Hillsdale College on the Constitution last year, called Constitution 101 and another one also. They may still be available on their site. or something like that. Check it out.

Please, before any of you vote or even consider helping a candidate or voting for an amendment, please learn what your rights are before you don’t have any. Honestly, what is happening in this country happened in the 1930’s in Germany and after that in Russia. 1st brainwash the children in to believing they don’t need God or their parents, the Govt. will take care of them. That is what has been happening for the last 30 years in this country. Check it out, that’s all I’m say. Read that old book from the 1980’s DUMBING DOWN AMERICA.



I heard the other day some very sad news. The Vermont legislature voted to allow assisted suicide and their Governor signed it. I don’t know if Vermont is a State where the voters can vote something down or not but I hope so. I can’t imagine a New England state sinking to that low level.

I do not understand how a legislature can legalize murder when it is against the law and less we not forget it is against TEN COMMANDMENTS. I realize that a lot of people in this country (a minority still, thank God) do not believe in God or the Ten Commandments or just don’t care. However, there is no way to get around the fact that if you help someone kill themselves, you are committing murder. Suicide is a mortal sin, and I do hope that if a person is so desperate or in such pain that they want to kill themselves, God will understand and forgive them. However, there is no excuse for the person that helps them. Especially a doctor of nurse. Their oath says “do no damage” how can a doctor ignore this oath? It is beyond understanding and a terrible thing that is happening in the country.

All we can do is pray that there will be an awakening of some kind that will turn this country around. The reason that this country has been so much better than the others is because of OUR RESPECT FOR LIFE. NOW THERE IS NO RESPECT FOR LIFE AND IT IS SHOWING UP IN OH SO MANY WAYS.


On at least five occasions, President Obama omitted God when misquoting AMERICA’S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

President Obama has repeatedly failed to mention God in his official Thanksgiving messages.

President Obama mocked Congress for reaffirming America’s trust in God through a Congressional resolution and argued it was a waste of time.

“Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?” Obama’s actual words.

MR. PRESIDENT, what is the matter with following the 10 commandments as the founding father’s did? Of course that would mean an end to abortion since abortion is murder, is it not?