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Pelosi’s Call to Change the Constitution





” Arguing it would restore democracy, two top House Democrats pushed for sweeping legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United speech case, including a constitutional amendment limiting campaign contributions and instituting a taxpayer-financing system.

  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) published an op-ed in The Washington Post Wednesday advocating for the Government by the People Act on the day it was being introduced in the House.

“ We must disclose the sources of the money in our campaigns, amend the Constitution to reverse the grievous error of the Citizens United decision, reform our broken campaign finance system and empower citizens everywhere to exercise their right to vote,” Pelosi and Sarbanes wrote.”



    Having searched Thomas , and numerous government websites we could not presently locate a copy of the text of the bill but we did find a list of co-sponsors that reads as a typical list of enemies of the Tea Party and liberty :



” As of 02/06/2014 text has not been received for H.R.20 – To reform the financing of Congressional elections by broadening participation by small dollar donors, and for other purposes. 

  Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from GPO, the Government Printing Office, a day or two after they are introduced on the floor of the House or Senate. Delays can occur when there are a large number of bills to prepare or when a very large bill has to be printed.”




* = Original cosponsor

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Barber, Ron [D-AZ-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bishop, Timothy H. [D-NY-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Braley, Bruce L. [D-IA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Carney, John C., Jr. [D-DE-At Large]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-14]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-21]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Dingell, John D. [D-MI-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Edwards, Donna F. [D-MD-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Farr, Sam [D-CA-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-22]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Garcia, Joe [D-FL-26]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Grayson, Alan [D-FL-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Horsford, Steven A. [D-NV-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maffei, Daniel B. [D-NY-24]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Michaud, Michael H. [D-ME-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Miller, George [D-CA-11]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Murphy, Patrick [D-FL-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 02/05/2014
Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI-14]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Schwartz, Allyson Y. [D-PA-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Tierney, John F. [D-MA-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-33]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]* 02/05/2014

   Despite the lack of available text of the bill the usual suspects have all jumped on the bandwagon in support of this legislative attempt to shut down the Tea Party and any attendant grass roots citizens organizations . Below are what a few of the “progressive” liberal organizations have to say in support of Pelosi/Sarbanes HR 20 :

Dēmos Praises Introduction of The Government By the People Act

US PIRG Applauds the Introduction of the Government by the People Act

The PCCC is proud to endorse the Government #ByThePeople

PFAW Applauds Introduction of Government By the PeopleAct …



    The Examiner offers a very telling piece on the motives behind this latest attempt by the “progressives” to shut down free speech for the proponents of limited government :



” Although the “Government by the People Act” innocently claims to want to get big money out of politics, the real goal is to smash the Tea Party (as well as pro-Israel, pro-life, and other similar groups collectively referred to as the “Tea Party.”)

  This legislation is the direct result of a secretive, well-financed progressive plot hatched shortly after President Obama’s re-election in 2012.

  Sound like a conspiracy? It is.

 The meeting was described by Andy Kroll of Mother Jones, who wrote that “three dozen of the most powerful groups in liberal politics met [for an ‘invite-only and off-the-record’ meeting] at the headquarters of the National Education Association (NEA).” During the meeting, they pledged “millions of dollars” to actively work on three specific goals, one of which was “getting big money out of politics.” “


Imagine the chutzpah of the NEA and other unions demanding to get the “big money” out of politics.


” The fear that conservative groups would have access to funds typically granted to progressive groups and unions was too much to bear. In fact, the Citizens United ruling came at right around the time that the Internal Revenue Service started targeting conservative groups.

  As revealed by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post,

“The targeting of [conservative] groups began in early 2010, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC was announced on Jan. 21.”

  Many of the same politicians and activist groups involved in the Democracy Initiative pressured the IRS to scrutinize the Tea Party before Lois Lerner “spontaneously” apologized for the targeting in May, 2013.

A detailed history of the IRS targeting can be found at Tavern Keepers.”


     These legislative and lobbying efforts on the part of the elite of the “progressive” left to shut down the Tea Party and like minded citizens groups speaks volumes as to the effectiveness of such organizations and gives evidence of just how important to the cause of liberty , freedom and limited government they are . 











What We Saw At NYC’s Fast Food Strike



Published on Dec 6, 2013

” Yesterday, Naomi Brockwell and I attended a demonstration demanding that fast-food restaurants boost their minimum wage to $15 per hour, or a little more than double the current federal minimum wage. The strike, which was led by a group called Fast Food Forward that’s affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was one of more than a 100 similar demonstrations held in cities across the country.

  The New York demonstration had about 150 people, but the number of actual fast food employees participating in the strike was small. It was business as usual at every restaurant we dropped by yesterday morning and, at a McDonald’s restaurant on 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, employees behind the counter said they had heard nothing about a strike.

  We caught up with the protesters in front of a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, where the crowd consisted of union organizers, fast-food workers, and their sympathizers. An estimated one-third of the demonstrators were fast-food employees, meaning that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of New York City’s 57,000 fast-food workforce participated in the strike.

  The group was traveling from one fast-food restaurant to another, before winding up at Foley Square in Manhattan around 1pm.

  Multiple strikers told us they had received compensation through a union strike fund to appear, but declined to say the amount they were paid.

  Artificially doubling wages to $15 an hour would change many things in the fast food industry, including the easy path it provides for low-skilled employees to break into the labor market. Substantially higher wages would mean that existing employees would be less apt to look for other positions, and senior staffers would be more inclined to hog shift hours. Franchisees would likely move more aggressively to replace human service workers with automated cash registers, which is already happening in European McDonald’s. Evidence of how artificially boosting wages destroys opportunities for entry level workers was best documented in a 2006 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher, which was updated in 2013. 

  In interviews, several striking workers described how it had been relatively easy for them to get a job in fast-food service. Shenita Simon, who works as a shift supervisor at KFC, told us that she doesn’t know where else she would have been able to find a position, because fast food is the only industry that “will allow you to have minimum education.” Isaac Wallace, a Burger King employee, described how he was able to get his job immediately after moving to New York from Jamaica by simply walking into a Burger King in Brooklyn and approaching the manager. 

  Once the strike moved to Foley Square, organizers from Fast Food Forward began obstructing our efforts to talk with protesters.

  For full links and downloadable versions go here:http://bit.ly/1cquYYK

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  Produced by Jim Epstein and hosted by Naomi Brockwell.”










Labor Big A Real Heavy Sleeper


IT'S A DREAM JOB: Mark Rosenthal, who pulls in $156,000 a year as head of Local 983 of District Council 37,nods off at his desk during one of a series of postlunch naps that have outraged members of the union’s executive



” Union fat cat Mark Rosenthal spends more time sleeping at his desk than organizing labor, a series of damning photos reveals.

“He eats lunch when he arrives at work at 2 p.m. Then, like clockwork, he goes to sleep with a cup of soda on the table and the straw in it,” said Marvin Robbins, a union vice president.

“Then he wakes up, looks at his watch and says, ‘I have to get out before the traffic gets bad.’ He’s usually out by 4 p.m. after being at the office two hours.”









Union Workers “Probably” Torched a Quaker Meetinghouse Over Christmas


The operating cabin of a construction crane is rendered useless by fire. The crane is parked on the construction site of the future new Quaker meetinghouse in Chestnut Hill. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)





 ” Police say union workers “almost certainly” torched an under-construction Quaker meetinghouse in northwest Philadelphia four days before Christmas. The Chestnut Hill Friends had hired non-union labor for the project, which discommoded several construction unions.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Vandals with an acetylene torch crept onto the project’s muddy construction site in the middle of the night. Working out of view in the meetinghouse’s freshly cemented basement, they sliced off dozens of bolts securing the bare steel columns and set fire to the building crane, causing $500,000 in damage.”



More On The Quaker Vandalism Here



” The suspected arson occurred sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday at 20 E. Mermaid Lane, according to police. The incident drew the Philadelphia Fire Department, a bomb squad and representatives from the Police Civil Affairs Unit.

No explosives were found on site, according to police.

No arrests have yet been made.

About a dozen locations at the site – the future home of a brand new worship space for the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting – were allegedly targeted, said Rob Reeves, owner of the merit shop E. Allen Reeves, Inc., the general contractor for the project.

Vandals cut anchor bolts and took acetylene torches to structural steel columns in the future meeting house’s community room, said Reeves. The cab of a subcontractor’s crane also suffered significant fire damage.

“I have a strong suspicion its union people,” said Reeves as he looked over the site. “The issue here is violence and bullying.”

Reeves noted that the construction site’s superintendent reported that five or six union representatives from different trades had recently come to the building site. One had even made threatening remarks, said Reeves.

The alleged attack, said Reeves, is about power, with the ultimate goal of union control of all construction work being done in the city. He said violent tactics continue because politicians, the business community and the public do not condemn it.

“It’s domestic terrorism,” he asserted.”


Acetylene torches were used to cut through structural steel columns. (Bas Slabbers/ for NewsWorks)





Related … Very Detailed Expose Of Union Misdeeds With Videos



On the screen we see an engineering contractor who wants to enter the controversial Goldtex construction site at 12th and Wood streets, only to find his path blocked by eight union men. With mincing steps, the non-union contractor—a middle-aged man in a blue short-sleeved shirt—tries to sneak in behind them, sidling through a narrow gap between a temporary chain-link fence and a stone wall. But the union men spot him, move toward the fence, and start to lean against it. Then we see four of them take turns pushing—using the fence like a microscope slide to fix the contractor against the wall. In one of the videos, you can hear the man start to cry out, his voice tremulous as he’s crushed. Finally, he slumps to the ground.

The most troubling part, though, isn’t the sight of the men trapping the contractor; it’s the brief glimpse of one of the protesters grinning as the contractor wails. And the way the union guys stroll casually away from the scene when their victim collapses.

“It’s standard for construction sites to have surveillance cameras,” says one of the two 30-something brothers responsible for capturing the incident on video, Michael Pestronk. “The only novel thing we did, which just seemed obvious to me, was to post the videos on the Internet.” And with that, everything changed.

Until this year, getting something built in Philly meant meeting union demands. No one had dared to challenge the power of this city’s Building and Construction Trades Council, a consortium of nearly three dozen unions representing 45,000 people. Then Matt and Mike Pestronk undertook the renovation of the old Goldtex ladies’ shoe factory in the Loft District part of the city, a 10-story building they planned to convert into 163 apartments.

A $38 million project, the Goldtex deal is just the sort of high-profile, good-money job this city’s unions have held a lock on since—well, forever. But the Pestronks first did the unusual: They bid the job out to both union and non-union contractors. Then they did the unthinkable: They awarded union contractors just 40 percent of the deal, including demolition and electrical work. The rest isn’t history so much as history in the making.

The unions responded to the Pestronks fiercely, declaring a mixed site of union and non-union workers a “disaster” and refusing what work they were offered. “All or none” went the battle cry, a herald of time-tested tactics.

As early as January, protesters began passing out fliers, chanting, and marching with signs. Eventually they blocked delivery trucks hauling in materials and equipment. They harassed non-union counterparts, daring them to fight. A few times, push came to shove. They poured oil across the site’s entrance. They printed fliers with a photo of Matt Pestronk’s wife superimposed with an erect penis and the oddly oblique message “Carrie Pestronk likes to get hard with it.”


They planted caltrops, old-school union contraptions made of nails and designed to flatten tires. And they uttered nasty, brutish threats. The brothers say that Building Trades business manager Pat Gillespie told them that unless they hired an all-union workforce, the project would “never get built.” Another time, as Michael Pestronk entered the worksite, voices cried out among the protesters: “You’re dead!”

There’s more, but all of it is typical of the rough-and-tumble sport of Philadelphia development. What was new was the response. Instead of cowering or capitulating, the Pestronks used batteries of video cameras to record the activities of picketing union members, which they posted online at YouTube and a website they dubbed “phillybully.com.” And the effect was galvanic.

For many years, Building Trades has been criticized—usually in fearful whispers—for stifling development and economic growth, shutting out new investors, and undermining this city’s entire political process. But the videos shot and posted by the Pestronks provided something to go with all those allegations: evidence. Footage of leering, chuckling union men spitting profanities—so afraid of losing what they have, they can’t see what they’ve become.

Since the first videos went up in spring, the tide of public sentiment has turned, and the Pestronks won a court order restricting the picketers’ behavior. But in coming years, the Goldtex battle and the techniques employed there may be seen in grander, historical terms: as the moment that started the unraveling of Building Trades’ vast economic and political power, and perhaps of Philadelphia’s entire power structure.

So this is a story about more than how new-school technology defeated old-school bully tactics. It’s a story about how a single apartment building, and the two guys who wanted to build it, created the opportunity for an entire city to come unstuck in time.


Originally published in Philadelphia Magazine, November 2012