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article imageImpeachment, Electoral College on latest White House petitions

By Andrew Moran     Nov 14, 2012 in Politics
Washington - The White House is starting to be petitioned for several changes in Washington. Thousands of individuals have already signed on to support impeachment of President Barack Obama, eliminate the Electoral College and allow Austin to secede from Texas.
The news of tens of thousands of citizens across the United States signing a petition that would allow their respective states to secede from the Union is making headlines. However, there are a few other petitions on the White House’s “We the People” program that are also garnering a significant amount of signatures.
Impeachment
More than 1,000 people from states like Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and elsewhere are calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. The petition created by Stephen M. lists four reasons to impeach the Commander in Chief:
1. War in Libya
2. Obamacare
3. The president “disrespects” the constitution
4. Appointing agency czars without Senate approval
Although it is still far away from the 25,000 threshold required to generate an official response from the White House, it is important to note that most of the signatures have come in the last 24 hours.
National Debt & Secession
Sam G. initiated this petition that forces states that wish to secede pay their portion of the $16.3 trillion national debt. This has received approximately 1,300 signatures and has until Dec. 13 to get 25,000 signatures.
“Residents of all states who wish to secede from the union should be required to take their own advice about 'personal responsibility', and pay their share of the national debt before being released to fend for themselves,” wrote Sam G. “This debt must be paid in full, or they cannot leave. This means no federal assistance, period.”
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Electoral College
According to a 2011 Gallup poll, 62 percent of Americans supported a constitutional amendment that would abolish the Electoral College and make sure a president wins only by the popular vote.
This issue is also on the petition, started Justin L, and has generated more than 5,000 signatures.
“We call on President Obama to propose an Amendment to the Constitution in order to reform the Electoral College. States would appropriate their electoral votes in each Presidential Election through the Congressional District Method,” wrote the petition creator.
“Already in place in Maine and Nebraska, this system divides each state into its Congressional Districts, and allots one electoral vote per district. The candidate who wins the popular vote in that district would receive its single electoral vote. The candidate who wins the statewide popular vote would receive the two additional electoral votes. This reform would make every vote in every state important to a candidate, and give voters a larger incentive to vote, while maintaining the importance of states in our federal government.”
Obamacare
Throughout the president’s tenure, his opponents have been vehemently against the Affordable Care Act. A petition launched Tuesday by Todd H. from Seattle, Washington, has been gaining momentum and has nearly 7,000 signatures.
Todd noted in the petition that President Obama said, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” So the petition is only “holding The President of The United States to his word.”
“The Obama administration has allowed unions like the SEIU, lobbyists like the AARP and certain businesses to opt out of ObamaCare [the so called Affordable Care Act],” stated Todd. “This petition asks that We The People be granted the right to opt out of the ACA legislation and its mandates.”
A second anti-Obamacare petition has also been making the rounds. It has close to 20,000 signatures, which is only 5,000 away from the White House threshold. The petition argues that Obamacare has been “destroying jobs” and “taxing businesses into closing.”
“If you care even a little about the middle class as you so adamantly said you did during your reelection campaign, than you will repeal it so the middle class can get back to work,” wrote Aryeh S. of Brooklyn, New York.
Austin secession
This week, Americans have been hearing about states wanting to secede from the Union, but the headlines haven’t been about cities wanting to secede from states but still wanting to belong to the nation.
Nearly 4,000 individuals signed onto a petition that permits the city of Austin to withdraw from the state of Texas and remain part of the United States. However, a significant amount of signatures have come from people outside of Austin.
“Austin Texas continues to suffer difficulties stemming from the lack of civil, religious, and political freedoms imposed upon the city by less liberally minded Texans,” said Caleb M. of Austin, Texas, who added he would also like to annex Dublin, Lockhart and Shiner.
“It is entirely feasible for Austin to operate as its own state, within the United States, in the event that Texas is successful in the current bid to secede. It is important for Austin to remain in the union as to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers.”
As Economic Collapse News reported Tuesday, users are required to register with the White House website with a valid email address and zip code, but there is no information that confirms if officials verify the person’s zip code and/or state residency.
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