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?

Green Card Lottery?

Once again, I am a paralegal not an attorney. So this is in no way meant to be, taken as, or construed as legal advice. This Blog is intended to be legal information only. Also let us not forget that when a lawyer and or a paralegal becomes involved your problem becomes an ISSUE.
Okay, let’s get this show started than. I think we’ll started with the infamous Green Card. The quote Green Card was created in the 1950’s as part of the Immigration and Nationality Act. A Green Card had two major purposes. First as Photo-ID Card issued to a foreign national. Then it allows an alien to live, work and pay taxes in the United States. A Green Card holder gets to do this without giving up citizenship in their home country. Yes, Martha legal immigrants do have to pay taxes.
However over the years the term Green Card has become generic. Meaning everything from a immigration Photo-ID Card, to allowing an applicant to attend school in this country. It to even includes the type of ink used to validate a travel visa when you come back from abroad.
Believe it or not there is a Green Card lottery. Playing the Green Card Lottery is only slightly more complicated than playing power-ball. You see Instead of buying a scratch ticket like for any of the money lotteries, all an applicant fills out a set of forms including a photo submitting them online. Each year the State Department accepts Lottery applications from October 1 to November 3. Than all an applicant has to set back and wait. Hoping and praying to win.
Side-Note: Until 2009 a lottery applicant could mail in hard copies to the US State Department but now an applicant can only submit their application online.
Note: If an applicant wins they can bring their spouse and or children with them if they were listed on the entrance application.
This Green Card lottery is held each a year by the US State Department not Homeland Security. Each year, 55,000 immigrant visas (Green Cards) are awarded in this lottery. This Green Card lottery was created as an official program pursuant to Sec. 203 (c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The idea behind this is to diversify who immigrate to our county. Opening the door to immigrants from 3rd and 4th world countries. This Green Card lottery is also supposed to open the door for low-income emigrates from other countries.
According to the rules there is only two things that can disqualify an applicant’s Green Card lottery application. First is trying to enter the lottery from a country on the disavowed list. Such as Brazil,
Ecuador and or the Dominicans Republic who are on the State Departments naughty list. other countries like Great Britain and or India who were disavowed for other reasons. Than not having the skills or education an applicant claims to have
WARNING: The countries on the State Departments naughty list. This list of naughty countries changes and changes frequently. So keep an eye on that list.
Now here is the catch if an applicant wins the State Department will not notify them. An applicant has to go online every few weeks. Just to see if they had won. The only thing a winner has to pay are the travel costs to get them here.

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

Bill, S. 1982 VET HEALTH

Interesting, did you know there was a bill presented to the senate this last February. February 2014. This bill would have built 27 new veteran hospitals. It would have purchased much-needed new equipment and replaced equipment to antiquated to handle patient needs. It would have created educational programs for doctors and nurses to better equip them to handle changing patient needs resulting from daring to survive the USLESS IRAQ and the Afghan wars.

It would also allow Veteran Hospitals to accept and treat Vets with medical conditions resulting from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars not yet listed as service connected disabilities. These medical problems would be treated but the Vet would not get disability pay. At least not until the disability is approved by the VA system. This Bill would have allowed Vets get the specialized care needed without going millions of dollars into debt.

But with the current bureaucracy unless a tank roles over your leg and at least 8 people are standing there and taking pictures. It can take anywhere up to 6 years to get a service connected classification for your medical problem. Just ask Vietnam vets how long it took them to get the VA Systems to recognize the very long list of medical problems created by Agent Orange.

But Of course cost conscious Senators like Marco Rubio Jeff Sessions and a number of other republicans have decided that this would cost just too much. So they saw fit to filibustered The Bill until it was dead.

This after forcing our military to keep open, and to train and staff 3 installations. Plus update the same Installations. Installations our military has decided serve no valuable or needed function in protecting this country and wanted to close them. Then there was an officer pay raise. Our military decided a 1% would be more than enough, but our wonderful congress decided that Officers needed a 2% cost of living raise. The same ones who decided a pay raise for us vets would cost too much.

Now let’s get into how The VA medical system operates. It works a lot like medical insurance. Although instead being based on your income the VA system is based on your medical conditions. For example, if you enter the VA Medical System without a service connected medical need you will have a $15 co-pay to see your primary care doctor. $65 if you need to see a specialist and $8 for whatever medication you might need.

Wow, ghee that is a whole money isn’t?

Now let’s say you enter VA system with a 10% service connected disability for a gunshot wound. Now let’s say 10 months after you get your 10% rating, your primary care doctor discovers a bone infection were you got shot and the infection is spreading. Because of your 10% rating, all and I do mean all treatments, tests, medications and or hospitalization your doctor’s order are covered at no charge. No treatment or medication prescribed by a doctor can be denied. Unless a board of doctors disagree with the prescribing Doctor. That’s doctors not accountants. If you get a 50% disability rating you medical bills disappear.

So you see the higher your disability rating smaller your medical bill. The February Vet bill would have allowed freshly discharged vets with little or no income seek care without going into debt.