Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States
Tell the USDA to stop hiding animal cruelty from American taxpayers
I was absolutely shocked to hear that the United States Department of Agriculture removed public animal welfare inspection reports and annual reports related to the Animal Welfare Act from its website. These reports contain information about thousands of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and animal testing facilities. If you want the federal government to stop hiding animal cruelty, please sign this petition telling the USDA to make these taxpayer-funded documents public once again!I spent the last decade working on animal cruelty cases all over the country. One of my proudest accomplishments was creating Missouri’s Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit through the Attorney General’s office. With the help of state and federal animal welfare inspectors, I shut down more than forty puppy mills, so I know these reports are crucial when it comes to holding animal abusers accountable. Additionally, when the USDA database was public, commercial dog breeders had an incentive to treat their animals well; consumers could choose good actors over animal abusers through a simple search.As of Friday, that is no longer the case. Because of these very recent changes, the public will no longer be able to learn about: Puppy mill inspection reports to assess living conditions--and risk of disease or injury--for commercially bred puppies sold online and in pet stores, Animal Welfare Act violations at roadside zoos and traveling circuses before deciding whether or not to take your children to see the elephants, lions, chimpanzees, and tigers kept there, Reports from larger entertainment companies like SeaWorld about how orcas, polar bears, and other animals are treated, Illegal actions in laboratories doing experiments on monkeys, dogs, and cats, and Behind-the-scenes abuse by horse trainers. Until Friday, February 3rd, any member of the public, including concerned consumers, law enforcement professionals, students and researchers, and nonprofit animal protection organizations, was able to access Animal Welfare Act records on the United States Department of Agriculture’s website. That’s no longer the case for information previously found on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) database. The public’s only alternative is submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to APHIS, which often takes months--if not years--to work through the system.This is not a partisan political issue. We all know animals deserve to be treated well, and we all want to make sure American taxpayers have a transparent government. There is no logical explanation to make it harder for consumers to choose healthy animals or inform the public about persistent animal abuse. The only reason the government would take such an action is because of pressure from those who profit from cruelty to animals. In their minds, what the public doesn’t know can’t hurt them.Let’s show them public concern is more powerful than corporate animal abuse lobbying!Please tell the USDA, your members of Congress, and the White House to restore the USDA database in the interests of consumer protection, animal welfare, and government accountability!
Petition to Francisco Reyes Villamizar, Superintendencia de Sociedades
Legalize Cryptocurrencies in Colombia
In late December, Francisco Reyes Villamizar of the Colombian federal government announced that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Belacoin are prohibited in the country. Cryptocurrencies sidestep Colombia’s steep banking transaction fees that corporate banks and government taxes have driven up. We want the government to know that cryptocurrencies have a broad range of positive uses. Bitcoin helps average people store, diversify, and grow wealth. Factom stores big data at a fraction of the typical cost. In the near future, Belacoin will be integrated into Belacam: a social media site where users can post a photo and get paid for each “like” they get, creating a new type of social economy. When Colombia criminalizes cryptocurrencies, the Colombian people are deprived of these modern-day innovations. Francisco Reyes Villamizar and the Colombian Government, we want you to recognize that cryptocurrencies carry the capacity to connect and propel people in previously unimaginable ways. We ask that you legalize the use of cryptocurrencies and open up innovation for the Colombian people. Resources: Original news Source: https://es.panampost.com/julian-villabona/2016/12/27/colombia-bitcoin-ilegal/ Crypto Coins News: https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/colombia-declares-bitcoin-digital-currencies-illegal/ Belacoin: http://Belacoin.org Sincerely, Belacoin and the signed supporters
Petition to U.S. Senate, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives
Government Pension Offset Repeal
If you receive a pension from a government job in which you did not pay Social Security taxes, some or all of your Social Security spouse's, widow's or widower's benefit may be offset due to receipt of that pension. This offset is referred to as the Government Pension Offset, or GPO. The GPO will reduce the amount of your Social Security spouse's, widow's or widower's benefits by two-thirds of the amount of your government pension. For example: If you receive a monthly civil service pension of $1,400, two-thirds of that, or $933, must be used to offset your Social Security spouse's, widow's or widower's benefits. If you are eligible for a $1,000 spouse's benefit, you will receive $67 per month from Social Security ($1,000 - $933 = $67). Please see H.R. 1205 for the Bill in its entirety. By signing this petition, you support H.R. 1205, which would eliminate or adjust the Government Pension Offset that unfairly discriminates against ALL STATE EMPLOYEES - including but not limited to - all police officers, fire fighters, teachers and all school personnel, and anyone who receives or will receive a pension through the state.
Petition to U.S. Department of State, Donald Trump, Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, California State Senate, California State House, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer
Get DMV workers paid from Commission
No matter where you are from or your political views, we can all say that going to the DMV sucks. Waiting in long lines and waiting for hours is no fun. The problem behind this is that the DMV is paying their workers on salary, not on commission. On commission, the workers will be paid for how much work they complete which means that the DMV workers will have an incentive to work harder, faster, and more effective so that the lines will move faster and your wait will be shorter.
Petition to Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Governor Rick Scott
Stop All Aboard Florida from using the FEC train tracks. They should build new tracks west of our towns without the use of U.S. Government backed loans or funds.
If AAF is allowed to utilize the coastal rail tracks as planned, there will be an additional 32 passenger trains per day through our coastal towns and over our old bridges, including three major marine bridges; The New River, Loxahatchee and St. Lucie River. There will be an increase in noise pollution, traffic congestion and major safety concerns in our coastal towns. It is predicted many homes and businesses that are impacted by the train will have a decrease in value. AAF will cause longer commutes to work and could affect emergency response times. The projected number of trains is up to 50 freight and passenger trains per day! Freight is projected to increase with longer trains/more freight trains. AAF=All About Freight! AAF should not use any taxpayer money for this "private" venture. AAF needs to change their course from Miami to Orlando!
Petition to U.S. Senate, Florida State Senate, Marco Rubio, Florida Governor, Florida State House, President of the United States, Donald Trump
SOCIAL SECURITY HAS TO CHANGE! Enable the Disabled to help Retirees and Government!
Social Security Proposed Reform Bill Enables the Disabled, Comfort Retiree's and Relieve Government 1. DISABLED: Choose retroactive or monthly - Retroactive creates a HIGHER income! Already approved? (I didn't forget you). 2. RETIREE'S: Not forced to wait years longer to retire! - as Trump's states he has to INCREASE Retirement Age (without a NEW Social Security Proposal). 3. Government: Decreased Payouts monthly creates a surplus of funds! RESEARCH INCLUDED BELOW. Simplified Version: Disabled persons get the option of becoming business owners, etc. with guidance from professionals, to be paid by them out of their retroactive payment (which puts them in a higher financial bracket to receive monthly checks thereafter). This alters the monthly output of SSA and can be then can then be utilized to eliminate the “Retirement Age Increase” President Trump says he needs a Proposal and Congress’s cohesion to stop by next year. The intention is also to leave a surplus of funds within SSA or for elsewhere needed within our government. Extended Version: 1. I am proposing that persons who apply for and are already approved for disability are given an option of either the retroactive payment or lump sum from future payments with the requirement of hiring financial advisors, business planners and vocational experts (privately or through government employees or affiliates) that will assist for up to one (1) year or they may choose the monthly payments they are eligible for instead. Who doesn’t want to succeed, maintain self respect, regain independence and help others if they are capable of doing this from their home or only being present part time? A. This can and will “Enable the Disabled”! Guardians/Advocates and etc. can also assist in cases where the "Disabled" is not able. B. This can/will decrease outgoing monthly funds the government can utilize elsewhere. C. Including stopping the expected increased 2 years and several months “Retirement Age” coming in a few months, as per President Trump! He has asked for help with a Proposed Bill by stating “Unless there’s some serious cohesion in Congress and a new Social Security bill passed” he has to raise the “Retirement Age”, so I am offering my Proposal and need your help getting it passed. Cite Source: https://www.fool.com/ext-content/3-big-social-security-changes-you-should-expect-in/652/?utm_source=aol&utm_medium=contentmarketing&utm_campaign=ryr-3sschanges&psource=erraolwdg0000001 D. It would also have a positive impact at lowering the homeless persons due to low or no incomes. E. It will create jobs nationwide. Elaborated Version with more Specific Details: 1. I propose if a person opts for the retroactive payment, they will be required to maintain temporary assistance that will benefit both parties long term financially; as follows. A. A one-time payment of the retroactive to be used to start a business, franchises, patent idea’s, etc. with help provided at possibly a lower cost than usual (if applicable). Some may not need the assistance. 2. I propose Financial Advisors, Business Planners and Vocational Experts are available for a limited time (approximately one (1) year or less) to ensure success in the business world. This also generates more work for individuals in the business, Vocational Experts and financial sectors at minimum. 3. I am proposing the Vocational Experts, amongst others, work assisting the people find what their niche is, instead of find jobs that do not exist anymore. (See Source cited below that SSA did their own research regarding NON- existent jobs used to deny applicants). I propose all Vocational Experts (hereinafter referred to as VE’s) have updated jobs a disabled person can do rather than jobs that no longer exist. A VE’s knowledge of incorrect testimony under oath in a court of law should be discredited since they commit perjury due to acknowledgement of said research and SSA is also aware of said jobs not existing. A. SSA did research in 2011 on the factual availability of the cited jobs that no longer exist but are still utilized as a means to deny an applicant. The source cite is: http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/disability-benefits/misc-ssi-ssd-issues/vocational-issues/are-there-really-addresser.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/#.WCGpQPkrLIU and https://www.ssa.gov/oidap/Documents/PRESENTATION--TRAPANI%20AND%20HARKIN--OIDAP%2005-04-11.pdf B. Large and small corporations working with the government to assist disabled persons with franchises or businesses that do not require their presence daily. Hence if a person is not capable of working every day, it will not impact their business or income they will be generating. An example will be attached as explained here. How often do you see a “Franchise owner” present at any Fast food chain? 4. I am utilizing “Chick-Fil-A” as my example based on their low start up costs of $10,000.00 required to open, in hopes that other franchises and businesses of all sorts will find this beneficial to their businesses and join the United States in helping the minority of disabled people regain financial independence, self respect and dignity by success while working together as one Nation Under God to achieve the WIN, WIN, WIN factor. Chic-Fil- A has low start up costs compared to other fast food chains, etc. Source is cited here: https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/04/22/it-costs-nearly-nothing-to-open-a-chick-fil-a-but-there-s-a-c/22050972/ 5. I am proposing the possibility of Stock Brokers and Investor’s to assist in making our country stronger financially by helping guide the disabled into individual stability also. 3. I am proposing assistance with inventions since the 2012 cost for a patent changed; thus opening doors for any creator or inventor to succeed. 4. I am proposing our country open up to helping the people help themselves with other avenues. As an example: If a person is not capable of walking or sitting for long periods of time but has a great voice that singing lessons would make them a success; lets help them change their lives with the use of the retroactive funds. 5. I am proposing The United States of America come together as the first Nation under God that does everything possible to enable the disabled people! 6. This will allow the disabled persons options with medical; through Obama Care, privately or through their business(s). Presently, if you do NOT work or CANNOT, you are ineligible for medical and only allotted an exemption from penalty for not having insurance. Without medical available to a disabled person that is not working, how can they get the diagnoses that could save their lives or allow for the diagnoses needed for Disability approval? They can’t! Isn’t this discrimination towards the disabled persons with the way Obama Care is set up? 7. I propose the allowance of full medical for a limited period (if it is not available otherwise) for approximately two (2) years nationwide once an application for disability has been filed, as it is required in some states and counties already. 8. I propose filing that disability is not a requirement of any state if a person is in need of medical; as Pennsylvania (and possibly other states) that require a person file for disability in order to obtain medical. A. A person should not be required to file for disability if they are only in need of medical in any state or part of it. B. I propose that NO county or other entity that provides application of medical should be allowed to “represent” any person applying for disability unless they are educated in this particular field and it is an option to the applicant; NOT a requirement under duress. 9. I propose that no Administrative Law Judge (hereinafter referred to as ALJ) or United States entity may utilize such requirement mentioned in section 3 A - B to be a means to discredit any applicant (past, present or future). An ALJ should be well aware of all rules, regulations and laws if they are going to use them to discredit a disability applicant. 10. I propose a limited timeframe of approximately two (2) years for gathering and submitting all “longitudinal” evidence for the ALJ to review the case. Thus decreasing the retroactive amounts the government dispenses while also speeding up approvals. People should NOT die while awaiting approval. 11. I propose the “longitudinal” evidence can be submitted from as far back as needed; not to be limited to a few short years that may make it impossible to provide an ALJ a proper judgment of a person’s entire medical history. If “longitudinal” evidence is a requirement to prove a person has any particular medical history than it should be allowed, no matter how many years prior the medical condition(s) began. 12. I propose giving medical professionals an incentive to partake in disability documentation or be required since it is a short document with diagnoses only; which will speed up the process. 13. I propose the elimination of any/all facilities or medical professional to partake in said cases that has elongated waits in between visits in order to ensure an applicant has ample access to all medical professionals needed for all proper diagnoses and testing required for approval; in a timely fashion. A. Example: Cleveland Clinic’s Florida location(s) have had an average wait of 5-6 months to see their individual specialists. Not to forget that some people do not know what each specialist deals with and may need to revisit a previous specialist since they were not aware of or informed of what symptoms each particular specialist may need to know. It is common to be sent to many specialists and if they do not have a crucial symptom; a proper diagnosis could be overlooked. 14. I propose that under certain circumstances pictures or video be allowed for submission in the event that medical is not available or advanced enough to allow for an ALJ or any other court authority to analyze present and ongoing medical conditions that are disabling. A. Example 1: An MRI or CT scan is not capable of detecting internal scar growth. Scar tissue can adhere to any organs including the intestines and be torn with movement, can cause long term chronic pain that cannot be seen, prompt removal of or part of organs such as the intestines, etc. Only images can be utilized if the documentation is no longer available. 15. I propose for bi-annual medical professional documentation if a person has opted for long-term payments; in the case that they have been cured, had a successful surgery or for any other reason that would eliminate ongoing payments. This would also protect the government for overpayment if a person is deceased. 16. I propose that if an applicant has two (2) medical professionals confirm a terminal illness, they are approved immediately, without a hearing (to save time for both parties). Section 10 timeline could/should be shortened under these circumstances. NO one should die while awaiting approval. This does happen! 17. I propose if an applicant has any sort of disability plan used through work, they should still be given the option of a retroactive payment though it should be a decreased set amount by the government but would still eliminate ongoing funds paid out while “Enabling the Disabled”. 18. I propose that the representation fee’s for lawyers or any other remain the same as set forth in law presently. 19. I propose that if an applicant does not or cannot hire an attorney, they or their chosen representation have full access to the applicant’s file electronically also (whether it is to look at the file and especially to submit evidence) as with any Judge, US Attorney’s Office or lawyer’s granted access. The disabled should not be disabled even more because it increases the chances of losing their case. 20. I propose that the courts “Authorization to Release” medical documents should fall within the realm of a court order, forcing all medical providers to get patient files to a judge to prevent a person from being denied or they should be held responsible if a person loses their case. 21. I propose self help call centers to be available for those who do not have a lawyer. The attorney’s fees or part thereof that the applicant would normally pay an attorney could be utilized to fund the center(s). 22. I propose that all documentation from the Social Security Administration be sent out via certified, return receipt that requires a signature; especially those without an attorney. Thus preventing individuals from missing deadlines that can and will cause delay or denial in their cases. People’s lives and cases rely on this documentation. 23. I propose medical professionals are not allowed to document “Patient Refused” unless there is literally a written refusal signed; otherwise just leave it blank if any medical condition is not addressed. A. Example 1: An AMA – “Against Medical Advice” document signed by the patient. But if a patient is not questioned, physically or medically checked (and all else that applies) specifically regarding ALL medical illnesses/diagnoses at any one visit or is unaware of any at that present time; do not allow for medical professionals or any court authority to utilize it against a person in a SSD/SSI denial or in any medical documentation. 1. If the person left a medical professional to go to another for a valid reason, it should not be used as a means to discredit that person by an ALJ or any other court authority. B. Example 2: If a person goes to the Emergency Room (hereinafter referred to as an ER) at a hospital for breathing difficulties and they are not there for another illness such as Fibromyalgia, it is often documented as “patient refused” complaints of other medical conditions they have. Factually, an ER does not address anything other than a person’s primary complaints; not their entire medical history. Thus making this unfair for utilization to discredit a person if they are not allowed or cannot provide every medical condition at one visit. C. Example 3: A monthly Primary Care Provider (hereinafter referred to as a PCP) visit or a specialist that is scheduled for another patient approximately 10 (ten) or less minutes later. It is more common that there is only minimal communication and basic vitals taken. D. Example 4: Fibromyalgia being a perfect example as a medical professional does not do a monthly or regular hands on check for the symptoms if it is already established the patient has this diagnosis. E. The lack of monthly or regular documentation or examination should not be utilized to discredit a person, as it is not the persons fault if the medical professional does not have hours to review and document all existing medical diagnoses with a patient at every visit. 24. It should not be allowed for any medical professional or otherwise to documents in a discriminatory way if a person states verbally, written or otherwise that they have filed for disability or have disabilities. A. Example 1: A questionnaire regarding a person’s work status that an applicant states in any way that they have applied for disability. This should not be used as a means to discredit or categorize a person for being honest. 25. I propose an ALJ or any other court authority utilize a person’s “desire” to change a life status as a means to discredit or deny them disability. A. Example 1: A psychological questionnaire that asks an applicant if they are “motivated” to feel better mentally or physically. This does not mean they are capable; it merely states they “choose” to. It should not be used as a means to discredit a person for wanting to feel better in any way. B. Example 2: If a person “chose” to win the lottery, it does not mean they will. I am sure there will need to be changes to my proposal but I appreciate the United States, any governing body within it and the people of the United States entertaining what I feel are potentially great opportunities for both the people and the government. Heather Palmateer (HLP) Port St Lucie, FL
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Repeal the Repeal of Net Neutrality
The recent repeal of net neutrality has taken the United States by storm. Social media and television media has been blowing up about the repeal of net neutrality. Some agree that it was the right call but most of us think that the group of people who made this silly decision to get rid of something that was working just fine for everyone except maybe the government or possibly the internet cable providers. It's just not right! I don't see why us, as United States Citizens, don't have a say. The first line of the constitution states, "We the people...", not "We the internet cable providers...". Do what's right for everyone, sign this petition to REPEAL THE REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY!