Corporate States of America

Is there somebody out there who can tell me when and why it has begun to be legal to deny a few the right to vote? I thought we took care of that during the historic marches of the civil rights of 1960’s?

A lot of pundits and educated people have been quoted saying that the United States is very much like ancient Rome. Just like during the fall of Rome, our civil rights are slowly being taken from us. Just like the ancient Romans. Just like as long as we have beer and reality TV we are perfectly happy to turn over our rights of the magic people, which promise us safety, toys and the right kind of entertainments. All this just for the price of freedom. After all we really don’t understand what freedom is or how to use freedom is, right? So how will we miss it? Isn’t that something the Devil says when he is trying to buy a soul?

I mean those corporations seem to know how to handle freedom better than we do, right?  I mean just look at the price gouging and toxic waste spills.  Corporations have agreed to clean these spills up. Right?  That is along as there is an EPA to pay for the clean-up and provide the personal to do the dangerous cleanings.  As for the price gouging oh well a few appeals and a few donations to the right campaign funds bring that down to something much more ‘agreeable’.

With Corporations totally in charge, these poor abused corporations wouldn’t have to worry this would they. I mean aren’t those poor corporations are so put upon,.  Just Never mind the sickness their chemical and toxic chemical drops will cause.  After all, if we spend our resources making a profit for a very few and already very wealthy citizens, will do this country so much good. Won’t It?

Let’s talk about how well corporations are taking care of right to voting rights shall we?   This last November a 93-year-old World War II veteran is denied his right to vote. The right, which he risked his life in World War II to protects, Rights he watched friends and fellow soldiers, die to protect. The reason William Parsely, the Vote Judge, gave the reason for his denial ‘was that according to current voting laws in Texas’ the fact he did not have a current drivers. Our Veteran had his expired driver’s license plus several other forms of picture ID, but this was not enough. He need’s that all important driver’s license

Voting Judge William Parsely said he had advised the 93-year old veteran to go over to the closest motor vehicle station and renew his license the comeback and cast his ballot. After all there was plenty of time before the polls close. So our veteran than has to go to the DMV. So after standing in line for anywhere up to five hours to get to a DMV desk. Our veteran must then explain to another ‘public servant’ that the medical reasons, he allowed his license expire some 20+ years ago, are no longer valid. Makes me wonder when the last time Judge Parsely’s was in a DMV?

Getting a Green Card?

With what is going on in Texas and Arizona, I have decided to explore Immigration Law. Besides, I think most of you know my real reason for becoming so concerned about what happens to ‘just a few damn illegals’; SO,
As before I am a paralegal, I am not a lawyer. My articles are in no way intended to be, to be taken as, construed for or mistaken for legal advice. This is legal information only. Intended to equip you ask the best questions. Questions, you need to get the best help from your lawyer. Let’s not forget that when a lawyer of a paralegal becomes involved your problem becomes an ISSUE.
One of the areas I want to get into, is why so many people are using the backdoor trying to get into America. Instead of using the quote front door.
First thing, I found out is the sheer cost. It will cost an immigration applicant as much as $30,000 in fees to get a Green Card. This of course is spread out over the 180 days it is supposed to take to accomplish all the requirements needed to get a Green Card. That is if you complete all the assigned tasks get all the paper work filled out correctly the 1st time.
I have talked to a number of lawyers and they tell me it is extremely difficult to make it through getting a Green Card. It seems that Green Card applicants are faced with there are a lot of seemingly deliberate and not quite accidental set of the obstacles.
All right, let’s start with notifications. An applicant is supposed to receive a letter letting them know when and where to report, to get fingerprinted or when they can see a judge etc. Now according to Amin Law; I have read notification letter is supposed to arrive in plenty of time for an applicant to prepare for and accomplish a task listed in the letter. You know Locate the office were they have to be, get the day off work, hire a babysitter, whatever. Just so you know some applicants are living a considerable distances from any of Immigration’s scattered offices.
Now for the bad news, I have been told by several lawyers that applicants are getting their notification letters with as little as 24hr notice. Sometimes the day of and even the day after an applicant was supposed to appear.
Now, if a Green Card applicant fails to appear for any court room appearances, or misses or is late for any of appointment they were ‘notified’ of with staff and or contract examiner their application is automatically dismissed. To begin the process all over, including paying all those fees all over again.
Just so you know all the application, processing and finger printing background check fees are lost. Forcing the applicant to start the entire process over from the beginning.
Next time I will try to explore some of the changes to Immigration Law since 1940

Suing over Presidential Executive Order

 

It seems his highness King John Boehner is displeased. He claims his chief servant President Obama has overstepped the authority granted to him by the ruling caste. The Republican Party. He has committed this heinous crime by using powers granted to him under the Constitution of the United States commonly known as Presidential Executive order to create laws and policies republicans don’t like.

It also seems crazy republicans want you to believe President Obama either doesn’t have, or is abusing and or making more Executive Orders than any other president. That is very and I do mean very wrong.  At the date of this writing President Obama was yet to issue the same number of Executive orders issued by President Bush or Regan.

While executive orders are considered federal law valid around the nation, there are 3 ways to overturn an executive order. 1st if congress could ever get its act together it could veto the order, 2nd the Supreme Court can overturn an executive order, (I have included an example in this post) finally the next president can terminate or rewrite an executive order. There are some orders which do have a built in termination date. Originally executive orders were limited to the administration of different governmental departments and how that department would deal with a federal law directly effecting department operations. Now, thanks to President G.W. Bush’s National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-20, the powers of the executive order has greatly expanded. You see, prior to this directive a president could respond to a threat or danger with military force but after a period time the president would have to go before congress and ask for a declaration of war, if refused the president would have to bring the troops home. (Just so you know the presidential directive is not an executive order.) Directives can also be challenged like an executive order and can be renewed like an executive order. A few in congressmen did try to challenge but were overruled by their fellow congressmen. That’s how we got into the 10 year Iraq war and the power to declare war now resides with the president.

 To make these changes permanent unchangeable law a senator or congressman must decide it is a good change and introduces a bill in support of the executive order or the president talks someone into introducing the bill. Than manages to get it through both houses so he can sign it the order will expire. Also the incoming president could renew or terminate an executive order if someone tells him about it or slips it in among a pile of other things requiring his signature. If none of this happens than the executive order will find its way into his or her ‘presidential library’. Where it will probably be forgotten.

 Now the Supreme Court can override and or nullify of an executive order. Let’s look at executive order 10340 created by Harry Truman. This order expropriated and federalized the steel industry. Executive order 10340 was canceled by the Supreme Court in 1959.

 Now there are federal laws that do have a time limit. President Obama created Protecting Tenants during Foreclose Act (P.T.F.A.) during his 1st term in office. The difference between an Act and an executive order is there was at least some congressional support. The P.T.F.A. dealt with a landlord tenant issue.

 More Next Week

 

 

 

Serf-Dom What is it?

Let me start with the fact that there are two types of republicans. There are Republican’s who are defiantly old school republican. President Lincoln old school. They believe what you get in life depends on how much work and effort you put into achieving it. A lot of them have changed their name to Conservative.
Then there are crazy republicans, who seem to believe ‘if you were a good person would have been born rich. So if you are poor than you must be bad, and if you are bad it is God’s will you that you must be punished. Who am they to go against the will of God?’
So with the crazy republican war on people stupid enough to be born poor, I have begun to wonder if slavery and serfdom are far away. After all in the incredibly poor countries it is quite common for parents to sell their children into slavery. Telling themselves it is better than watching them slowly starve to death and that their master will at least feed them. And With the money they get from selling their child, for a while they can feed their remaining children.
You know some republicans have been quoted saying that serfdom isn’t slavery and that all Lords of the Manor are good managers. That all Lords are Good honest caring people that look after their Serfs. After all that’s what TV says and TV is always right isn’t it?
Now, lets get to the main question, what is Serfdom? That crazy republicans want to reduce us to. A Serf is a tenant who lives on land owned by Landlord. As a Serf you work for the Landlord and you don’t get to quit. As a Serf you are bound for life to the service of your Landlord. So are your children and your spouse. This means your Landlord decides where you will live, who or if you will marry, and what career you will follow. If you want an education that’s up to your Landlord not you. If you decide you want to move or change careers sometime during your serfdom you will have to get your Landlord’s permission. If you have a nice Landlord 10% of any money you make after all expenses have been deducted will go into yours pocket. The rest will go into your Landlord’s coffers. That is if you are allowed to keep any of the money. It’s more common for your Landlord to keep a 100% of whatever you make ‘after expenses’.
Let’s say you Landlord storms into your house looking for a toilet takes an unwholesome fancy to your spouse or one of your children. Guess what, you do not get to say no or throw them out, all you get to do is to smile as your Landlord takes your loved one and or children away to be used as your landlord pleases for as long as they please. After your loved one is gone you don’t get to call the cops and file kidnaping charges all you get to do is pray to God that your loved is not to badly damage. If by some miracle they are returned to you all you can do is hope they can forgive you for not protecting them.
But hey, you a free-born, you are not Slave. After all you can’t be bought or sold. Well At least not to your face. You see your Landlord can sell your services to another Landlord. Which means you are moving whether or not you want to. If you have a spouse and or children it is up to the Landlord which bought you if they will go with you, but hey you aren’t a slave.

Side-Note: Presidential Executive Order

As I said before, please remember when a lawyer becomes involved your problem becomes an issue and that I am a paralegal not a lawyer.  It also seems crazy republicans want you to believe President Obama either doesn’t have, is abusing and or making more Executive Orders then any other president. That is very and I do mean very wrong. While executive orders are considered federal law valid around the nation, there are 3 ways to overturn an executive order. 1st if congress could ever get its act together it could veto the order, 2nd the Supreme Court can overturn an executive order, (I have included an example in this post) finally the next president can terminate or rewrite an executive order. There are some orders which do have a built in termination date. Originally executive orders were limited to the administration of different governmental departments and how that department would deal with a federal law directly effecting department operations. Now, thanks to President G.W. Bush’s National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-20, the powers of the executive order has greatly expanded. You see, prior to this directive a president could respond to a threat or danger with military force but after a period time the president would have to go before congress and ask for a declaration of war, if refused the president would have to bring the troops home. (Just so you know the presidential directive is not an executive order.) Directives can also be challenged like an executive order and can be renewed like an executive order. A few in congressmen did try to challenge but were overruled by their fellow congressmen. That’s how we got into the 10 year Iraq war and the power to declare war now resides with the president. To make these changes permanent unchangeable law a senator or congressman must decided it is a good change and introduces a bill in support of the executive order or the president talks someone into introducing the bill. Than manages to get it through both houses so he can sign it the order will expire. Also the incoming president could renew or terminate an executive order if someone tells him about it or slips it in among a pile of other things requiring his signature. If none of this happens than the executive order will find its way into his or her ‘presidential library’. Where it will probably be forgotten. Now the Supreme Court can override and or nullify of an executive order. Let’s look at executive order 10340 created by Harry Truman. This order expropriated and federalized the steel industry. Executive order 10340 was canceled by the Supreme Court in 1959. Now there are federal laws that do have a time limit. President Obama created Protecting Tenants during Foreclose Act (P.T.F.A.) during his 1st term in office. The difference between an Act and an executive order is there was at least some congressional support. The P.T.F.A. dealt with a landlord tenant issue. More Next Week

Veteran’s Opinion

Let’s start with the fact, I am a Veteran. I have been a patient of the Veteran’s medical system for the last 15 years after my legs went bad.

Okay this is where things can get a bit confusing. The 1st time I became a part of the Veteran’s Medical System was after an honorable discharge in 1985. I enlisted in the VA Medical System because was the only medical insurance I could afford while I tried to go to school. This lasted until I took a job at the VA Hospital and worked there for almost 6 years. During those 6 years I had ‘private’ medical insurance and as an employee I had to seek my care in the civilian world. Eventually I was medically laid off because of my legs going bad. Then my insurance began rejecting treatments and procedures. That is when I returned to the VA medical system.

So as you can see I am quite familiar with both VA medical system and ‘private medicine.’ as both patient and employee. So you see I can honestly compare the 2 system.

With that said and as Ed Shultz says ‘Let’s get to work.’

The years I worked at the Denver VA Hospital it taught me that the hospital was working at capacity. There was a time we had more patients then we had beds. Often this was the result of what we called ‘dumps’. A dump is when one of the for profit hospital discovers that one of their patients is indigent or if patients insurance had reached its capacity for the year and were not going to pay anything more. If the patient is a veteran they would move that patient to a local VA Hospital.

I remember when I was assigned to a surgical intensive care unit a veteran was rolled in attached to every portable life support there was. His paperwork showed he was a ‘dump’.

Then came the budget cuts. Thanks to the republican cuts we had to close 2 wards and a medical intensive care unit. Those now unused patient rooms were turned into offices no one use and a st0ore room with nothing in it.
Then came a rare moment of sanity in which congress recognized PTSD and Agent Orange as real medical conditions. Doubling the patient load.

Now thanks to 2 useless manufactured wars the VA Patient load is quadrupling. These Veterans are seeking care with traumas and injuries that in World War II meant death.

Last year republicans cut another 29 billion from Veteran’s budget. The sequestration budget cut another 10% was cut from the VA Budget. During the Bush/Cheney years $60 billion was cut from the VA budget. Good old super smart Paul Ryan fixed it so veterans will not be getting a cost of living raise for 3 years. Hell, He has made it clear he wants to cut all disability payments to Vets and to everybody else getting help for that matter. As part of his war on wasteful social spending.

So what I don’t get is why republicans are uptight about doctor’s being forced to see 20 or more patients in day and not being able to give their patients the time they need. Plus patients waiting several months or more for visits to specialty doctors or their primary doctor.

Anyway it seems to me strange that republicans are upset because Vets are slipping through the cracks and dying.
Well that’s my rant.

Next week back to Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Chapter 7

Once again, I am a paralegal not a lawyer. So my articles are in no way to be considered legal advice they are legal information only. Let us not forget when a lawyer or a paralegal becomes involved your problem becomes an ISSUE.

To repeat myself, bankruptcy isn’t as bad as republicans and corporations want you to think, Just because you have a bankruptcy Discharge your life nor your financial life are not going to end, Honest. All you are doing is telling the people you owe

I ain’t got it and I can’t get it! So back off and leave me alone!”

You see the goal of all bankruptcies is Discharge. A Chapter 7 Discharge is when the Bankruptcy Trustee (Judge) says you no longer owe the money and or debts listed in your bankruptcy.

SIDENOTE: After Discharge you will have to be careful. You see There is a catch 22. You see according to Federal Law once you get your Discharge debt collectors are no longer allowed to come after you but there are bad debt collectors who will still come after you and if they can get you to pay so much as $1 it become legal to go after you again. I will get into how deal with these greedy idiots in later articles.

So getting back to after Discharge. Within 30days of getting your Discharge you will be able to get a credit cards. There will be Secured and unsecured credit cards offers. Secured credit cards require that you deposit money into a savings account. The amount you deposit in that credit card company’s savings account will be your credit limit. Six months after Discharge you will be able to buy a new car. If you want to buy a new house and use FHA loan, bummers that means you will have to wait a whole 4 years to get your new house.

SIDE-NOTE: This isn’t legal advice, just my personal opinion. After you get your discharge get a secured card that reports to the credit bureau. It will take some looking but they are out there. Warning, most secured credit cards companies report to nobody.

Now, no employer federal or private can fire you for filing for bankruptcy. You can get fired for other reasons but not for bankruptcy.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Discharge does not mean you cannot file for unemployment benefits or that your payments are going to stop. This also includes social security or any other benefits you might be entitled to. At least not right now with the crazy republicans in power that will change.

The Discharge itself will only stay visible in your records for only 7 years.

If you are worried about the corporations and people listed in your bankruptcy they will get to deduct what you owe them from their taxes. The only thing they will lose is the interest they get to charge you while you struggle to pay off the debt.

So isn’t bankruptcy just going to destroy your life, like crazy republicans want you to think, or is it a chance to start the game over like it was always meant to be. You decide not the crazy republicans.

Next week I’ll talk about a few bad things concerning bankruptcy and the mechanics of how it works.