The race for Lt. Governor is somewhat unique this year. We have a man who has the experience of serving Texas as a leader challenged by a bit of a lightweight.
Let’s explore positives that Lt. Governor Dewhurst brings to the table. He represents all of Texas, not just the Republicans. I appreciate that he permitted the Wendy Davis filibuster go to a more civilized natural closure. There are people who share Wendy’s beliefs and voted her into office. Should we silence the elected representatives of the minority? Isn’t the exact same situation currently transpiring in the United States Senate? The minority (Republicans) are being denied the right to debate on many issues. The approach by the Lt. governor shows a gracious fair-minded person who appreciates all Texans should have representation.
The Lt. Governor has shown he can work effectively with all groups of people. He wants the best results for the entire state. The use of effective collaboration is essential in a state as large as Texas. The challenges for such a large state are complex in nature.
Under the leadership of the Lt. Governor, we have seen a hard working Senate perform admirably. The budget is not all that gets done. This job requires a lot of attention to detail and a massive amount of planning. Bills are prioritized, committees meet, debate occurs, etc. There are thousands of bills put forward in the legislature each year. Under his leadership, it all runs smoothly, session after session. This doesn’t begin to cover his hundreds of meetings throughout the year outside the legislature when he sifts through issues and information.
David Dewhurst has put funding and hearings in place consistently regarding our border issues. I recently listened to a public hearing regarding the border. Good people of Texas testified and proposed ideas. Why didn’t you know about it? There are a great many efforts by this leader that go unnoticed. Why is that? He puts Texas first and does not use the position to promote himself.
This race is not about consistent votes in the Senate. It is about strong leadership, pure and simple. Year after year, the Lt. Governor has been an exemplary President of the Texas Senate.
The bottom line for me is that David Dewhurst puts Texas first. That matters, and hopefully will matter to all of you.
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A man is defined by his actions and ability to move forward after setbacks. Greg Abbott is that man of strength, and courage. The Texas Attorney General did not go quietly after the Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare. It appears the court decision has inspired him to fight harder for America, liberty, and the constitution. This week was a whirlwind tour of speaking engagements with different groups of Americans to explain the latest decision by the Supreme Court regarding Obamacare.
In Plano Texas, there was a Rally for Freedom sponsored by the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute. The crowd was anxious to hear what crumbs of hope the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott could give to them.
There were several states involved in the Supreme Court Case. Per usual, on high profile cases, they asked the Attorney General of Texas to be one of the key legal minds involved. We now have one option left to the American People. It is critical to vote in a new President, a conservative controlled Senate, and a conservative controlled House in November. This is the choice remaining, to protect America from this overreaching action by the Federal Government. It was clearly stated this was a disasterous Supreme Court decision that took everyone by surprise.
People in the courtroom were fairly comfortable when the decision began talking about commerce and how this argument was not a constitutional premise for the law. As the reading continued, a 180 was done, and the weaker reasoning on taxation privilege was introduced. The gallery was stunned and mouths were agape per others who were actually in the courtroom. The entire opinion document can be read here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/29/us/29healthcare-scotus-docs.html
The decision cannot be overturned, as this was the last stop on the judicial ladder. Arguing about whether the additional outlay of cash is a penalty or a tax is a waste of time. One option is left, America must work fervently, tirelessly, and focus on domination of all branches of government.
On the Americans for Prosperity call, there was a stunning moment of clarity for the thousands who crowded onto the call. One of the audience asked a question, using examples. “Could the government charge a penalty if people choose not to buy a smart car?”, stated the caller. Attorney General Abbott, said “yes, that is our problem now.” The Supreme Court has ruled the Congress has unlimited power to levy taxes on activity and inactivity. A pin drop could have been heard after that dash of cold water on the audience.
Liberty suffered greatly because of this decision. To overturn Obamacare, and get real solutions for Americans, we must not let a moment go wasted between now and November.
In 1775, Americans said enough and made their voices heard around the world. In 2012, we must do the same.
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Texas has moved into the special session now, primarily to focus on the budget completion. So many emails, blogs, articles have appeared with partial information and misinformation, an overview of the special session was in order. I’ve put together a few facts to help all of us as we monitor/engage with our state reps and state senators on specific bills.
The Governor of Texas issued a proclamation which announces the special session timeframe, and also defines the primary focus of this session. To add other bills outside of this focus, will require the agreement of the Governor. The legislature may ask for particular bills to be added that are outside the original scope of the proclamation. It is important to reach out to your state representatives and state senators to let them know if there is a specific bill of importance to you. The legislature (specifically Straus and Dewhurst as management) can make a request to the Governor for new agenda items for the special session. Further to this point, you can see the letter request from Dewhurst to the Governor here: http://americansforprosperity.org/053011-lt-gov-sends-letter-gov-perry-regarding-special-session-issues . The text of the proclamation can be found here: http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/scanned/govdocs/Rick%20Perry/2011/proc053011.pdf The Governor outlined the specifics he wanted dealt with in this session. The primary focus must be on the budget and budget related items. The schools, in particular, must see the approved budget as soon as possible, to prepare for the coming year.
The majority of the proposed bills fall within the purvue of the proclamation, or have been approved additions by the Governor. Other than fiscal related bills, the Healthcare Compact has been added to the tasklist, per the Governor’s request. Another one which is not yet approved for this session, but is filed, pertains to sanctuary cities. There are many great bills which could be added, but the time constraints and efficient use of taxpayer dollars is of utmost importance.
Several groups/individuals have urged Texans to barrage the governor and ask for specific bills to be filed. After reading some of these published lists, it was clear that many of the listed bills in the emails/articles were already filed for the special session. Because the bill offerings for consideration are growing, it is best to run the report yourself for the most accurate data. To view the filings to date, please go to the Texas State Legislative website http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx . Select Bill Search. Be sure to select this session: 82 (1) -2011 from the drop down choices. On the right hand side of the page you will see a large box that says select action criteria. Click on this. Choose Filed (H001) . Click on the arrow pointing to the blank box directly opposite the list of actions. Repeat this process and choose Filed (S001). Now go to the bottom of the page and input a beginning date of 5/30/2011 (do this by clicking on the small calendar icon). Choose an end date of the current date. Go back to the top righthand side of the page and click search. This will give you a current list of proposed bills. It does not tell you which ones are approved by the Governor, but actions are posted immediately as they occur.
For further information about special sessions, go to this link: http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/whatsNew/client/index.cfm/2011/5/31/Special-Session-FAQs
What is clear about these massive efforts, is that many well meaning people are spinning cycles without complete information. If conservatives want to succeed, the time should be spent on solid research prior to “firing from the hip”. A plan with inadequate data will likely yield inadequate results. -Just an opinion.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
Tea parties and other patriot groups are the same as the GOP, Democrats, and Libertarians. These groups are all diverse. All groups are human beings inclusive of those with passions, fears, good people, bad people, fringe people, mainstream people, and those who lust for power and glory.
Full credit is given to groups that have awakened the country. My belief is the GOP, Democrats, Libertarians, and patriots groups all have contributed to the awakening of a nation. It has become an interesting drama unfolding as various patriot groups have fallen into the same traps as our National and Local Politicians. Many groups have grown out of the new kid on the block who is working hard to make a difference. What have they become?
People can be easily seduced by power and greed. Patriot groups are no different. Bullies have emerged who, much like 3 year olds, are demanding their 15 minutes of glory in the media. These people typically stomp their feet, and take adversarial positions rather than attempting to get the facts and articulate possible solutions. They are rapidly losing credibility by the inability to remain objective and focus on results. Other groups will gladly circulate innuendo without factual basis, just to become known.
My belief is the job will get done, if we remain, cool, calm, and collected. Gather the facts. Just like a lawyer is trained, know all the answers prior to asking a question. Most of these rather loud, pretentious voices are just background noise and easy fodder for the liberals. Preparation is key. Look at the superior results by the Liberals due to their meticulous planning.
A good example of quality that yields results is a local tea party in Texas. The group is very positive, and does extensive fact gathering, before approaching politicians. They have achieved credibility and are effectively getting people to listen. Being well educated about facts prior to attending meetings, is their trademark. These patriots do not bully, or work to get any limelight for their efforts. Quietly, and patiently the group works hand in hand with elected officials to help identify solutions in a very difficult environment. People listen to reason. The group is growing. The result has been amazing as local Houston radio stations have invited them to share insights and engage in further dialogue. Their range of influence is a result of good preparation and execution.
Other patriot groups actively worked every waking moment to gain media visibility. They call into radio shows frequently just to be heard. Chasing the media at every turn is their modus operandi. It has become somewhat of a joke by people who don’t currently belong to patriot groups. These people fail to get the point. Their immediate goal is to spew vitriol and gain notoriety by having their name in lights. Patriot groups such as these are not growing bigger, but actually deterring the public from becoming a part of the solution for America. These patriots have allowed this type of behavior to define their group/mission. In fact, the “mission” appears to be missing in action!
Many will say I have drunk the Kool-Aid. No, in fact, I am applying a lifetime of business experience to a challenging situation in our country. The strategy should be: How do we get the country back on track before it is completely lost? Instead I see a lot of small power plays to bully the Congress! Has any of you bothered to talk and find out what is going on, before stamping feet, getting in front of a camera, and pretending to know how to get the job done? IF people behaved this way in business environments, they would be fired. A person is either part of the effort or considered counterproductive to the task at hand.
1. Conservatives only have the House.
2. Conservatives do not have the Senate.
3. Conservatives do not have the Presidency.
4. Conservatives do not have the Department of Justice.
5. Most of the higher court judges now have Obama appointees that legislate new law from the bench with zero conscience about it.
Given the above situation, whether 500B is proposed as a cut or 50B, is immaterial. The Senate will stop anything that interferes with their goal. We need to think of how to use the law to advantage and work with people currently in Washington to prepare for coming elections. This means some items can be done now, to ready legislation and subpoenas for the upcoming event, when we do have the majority. However, make no mistake. There is zero chance of gaining a majority if we continue to be in the spotlight for attacking conservatives. Other people listen to the news who are not currently involved in conservative groups. Major networks delight in covering negative events initiated by patriot groups. Tens of thousands of people will be influenced by these events.
If you truly want to take the country back, be smart. Don’t waste efforts further empowering the liberals. The conservatives cannot do much, because we the people did not get the job done by taking control of the Senate. Function with facts and knowledge of how things were done and why. There is plenty of blame to go around for everyone. Let’s put a period on it and move on.
It is time to get down to business with people who can help us as we put together a strategy and tactics to ensure winning in 2012. NONE of us know everything that is happening in Washington. My suggestion is either we stop whining, bullying, cajoling, and step up to working as a group to get the job done or give up now.
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For over two years now, I have watched every session of the House and Senate. It should probably be entitled: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. However, a new day has come. Although America did not win the Senate, we did win the House by some of the most significant numbers since the Great Depression.
I have watched and waited. Each moment of frustration, anger, determination, and valor was exhibited by Conservatives for the world to see on the floor of the Congress. How many people in America would never be aware of how these remarkable individuals were brow beaten, taunted, and excluded by the Majority (Liberal) party? The media certainly didn’t cover it. I’ve tried my best to reach out on numerous blogs to make people aware of the literal transformation on the floor of the House. It was clear to see the “light bulb” was going off for many of them, just as it had for the Tea Party. They recognized how close we were to changing our country forever.
Stepping up the pace, I began to give speeches about what was being witnessed, so that others might know about the positive changes that were occurring. As the frequency of speeches requested increased, the hecklers and infiltrators at these gatherings increased as well. People were making fun of Speaker Boehner and stating clearly Congress was doing nothing. I knew this to be lies, because of the dedicated time for over two years to the research effort.
Did you know that George Washington wept when contemplating the battle facing he and his men in surviving the harsh wintry weather at Valley Forge? We have had many leaders who had greatness thrust upon them, and they were overcome with momentary emotion as they began their journey. Is there doubt in any patriot’s mind at the magnitude of the task and the importance of getting our country back, before it’s too late? I might have shed a tear or two as well, had this quest been placed upon my shoulders. Speaker Boehner, like so many leaders in our past, is humbled by the whole experience. Some of the finest leaders our country has ever known, have exhibited the same emotion over the honor. He does not deserve the wrath of the conservatives in this country, but rather our support.
If you go to the majority leader’s website, the entire list of programs they have terminated, and the summary of all budget cuts is there: http://www.majorityleader.gov/YouCut/ The first pass at cuts was to focus on elimination of any job killing programs, or obvious waste. It is not an easy task. I challenged myself recently to try and unravel very complicated Federal Budgets. The fact that they are this complicated is an instant red flag to me.
The budgets are not all the House accomplished. There is much more. Go to the Republican Study Commitee website to get a better view of what they have done to date: http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/default.aspx
In conclusion, perhaps we should all consider the tasks of the American people. To prevent the further transformation of our beloved country, it is imperative to take the Senate back and the White House. These need to be filled with as many conservatives as possible. The unfortunate part of the next two years is all the good work of the House will likely be minimized due to the blocking of everything by the Senate with the liberal majority.
As good conservatives, what do you think the impact will be if we continue to slam the conservatives in the blogs and speeches for every move they make? Do you think these actions could possibly persuade voters (or new people in the patriot movement) to change their vote? If we whine and moan, without giving any facts….we the people are sabotaging our possibility of winning in 2012. Think about it. Do you want to be part of the effort to save the country? OR, would you rather help the liberals completely rob us of our liberty? The choice is up to each of us.
President Barack Obama continues to hurt oil and gas industry by eliminating oil & gas incentives and preferences with a fiscal 2012 federal budget request increasing direct taxes on industry by an estimated $3.472 billion next year and $43.612 billion over 10 years. US producers and refineries operating internationally would pay an additional $532 million in fiscal 2012 and $10.758 billion during 2012-21 under modified rules for dual-capacity taxpayers under the foreign tax credit.
There is a wave of instability engulfing the Middle Eastern Countries. America buys much of their oil and gas from these countries. So, let me get this straight…. We have a President crippling the oil and gas production in our country at a time when our other sources may be soon “off-limit”?
There is no other way to interpret the increasing anti-American methods used by this President to dismantle America and “transform” it to a leftist third world country. He and all of his henchmen should be found guilty of treason on many counts. For one thing, each time Congress stops them, they turn to the EPA and the Department of Justice to ignore the Congressional mandates. These two government groups have become the henchmen for this Administration. The second reason they are guilty of treason is that they are picking and choosing which laws to enforce and which laws they declare unconstitutional without any verdict by the courts. The third and most important reason is that the President involves himself on a regular basis in matters that are not the purvue of the President of the United States. We have seen everything from a beer summit which interfered with local authorities, to many secret meetings with union officials.
And lest we forget, for whatever reason, this President has refused to show a birth certificate. In my mind, the most significant part of this action, is that he has defied what has been required for every President – proof of natural citizenshp. Why should he be allowed to defy the Constitutional laws of this country?
If anyone doubts the peril this country is in, please have a look at a few of the headlines in the Wall Street Journal or the Telegraph News Paper in London. There have been hundreds of reports about this President and his administration ignoring the laws of the land and blazing new leftist trails using their own people such as the EPA, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice. These people have picked up the pace and it is increasingly difficult to keep up with all of the regulations and stripping away of laws that they are doing. There are over 157,000 regulations in this country now. The Departments, like EPA, have been given authority by the President to make regulations that are binding for the public. These are non-elected officials who are making law. Congress makes laws. This is a direct violation of our American system of law.
What to do? It is imperative we place more conservatives in the House, the Senate, and in the White House in 2012. By this, I mean no Marxists, no Socialists, and no experimental third party. The left is moving fast. Conservatives need to unite and stay focused. Watch for divisive efforts by the left. Question everything. America’s future is in our hands.
Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.
Recently, I attended two days of conferences in Austin, Texas. This was the annual conference for the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). The non-partisan organization examines each issue facing Texas with a keen eye for the pros and cons. Thousands of hours are invested in research each year, yielding an overview of suggested optimum solutions. The Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute have long been a part of their efforts and participated this year. This conference, like the other events sponsored by the TPPF throughout the year was very well-attended by legislators and writers from across Texas.
What I found in this conference, was a multitude of ideas that could be used by many states in efforts to combat fiscal problems and Federal Overreach. The topics covered, represented a wide range of known challenges confronting the Texas Legislature and people of Texas this year. This author chose to attend healthcare, state budget, and energy sessions as a focus.
The first session of note revolved around Healthcare Exchanges: Good Deal or Raw Deal? Distinguished panelists for this discussion included several persons of note, including Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier. For those of you who are unaware, Mr. Haislmaier has been leading the way in his research for the Heritage Foundation in the area of Healthcare. I might add this session was moderated by the Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth, Executive Director and Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the TPPF. Ms. Wohlgemuth, has long been recognized as an expert on Healthcare policy.
What we learned is Healthcare exchanges are a necessary component of a complete healthcare policy. My conclusion after hearing the various opinions, is that a Healthcare exchange is a must. All panelists agreed Healthcare exchanges are needed, and Texas and other states should proactively create what is in the best interest of it’s citizens. Texas State Representative, Dr. John Zerwas had already filed legislation in January 2011 to establish a state Healthcare Exchange. In theory, an exchange will enable individuals and small businesses to access the competitive rates enjoyed by large corporations simply by banding together. The interesting point in this discussion is what is created for Rhode Island may not be suitable for Texas or any other state. One size/type does not fit all with Healthcare exchanges, or general Healthcare. This is the importance of each state creating the most applicable solution for their circumstance. Demographic components of the respective state plays a large part in the definition of unique qualities of a state. Whether a state’s population are primarily in urban or rural locations is also a primary consideration as the requirements are defined by a state.
Continuing with the healthcare theme, there was an excellent panel discussion on whether Texas should opt out of Medicaid. It isn’t possible to “opt out” for many reasons. However, there needs to be new definitions considered for Medicaid. The choice is clear. Something must be done this year to address the exploding Medicaid costs. In Texas, Medicaid costs have increased dramatically since 2000. This is without the consideration of Obamacare. In 2000, Medicaid costs for the state of Texas were $11 Billion dollars. In 2011, the costs for Medicaid will exceed $30 Billion dollars. Clearly hard decisions and a new approach needs to be adopted to get the spending under control in Texas. At this time, the state contributes 30% on Medicaid costs and the Federal Government contributes 70%. Everyone voiced concern that the massive Federal deficit is likely to reduce the amount of support from the Federal Government. The state must develop some sort of “safety-net” for the people. The conversation on Medicaid and overall healthcare needs to be redefined. In Texas, State Representative Charlie Howard filed legislation to prevent Obamacare from coming to Texas. The majority of the conservative states are actively fighting to block this travesty of Federal overreach. This is a key component of the state solutions.
I strongly encourage everyone to read available research papers on healthcare policy by the experts. For your convenience, links are included below to the available research. Medicaid is but one troubling aspect of America’s healthcare dilemma. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare), the Medicaid recipient base will be enlarged dramatically. This will likely collapse the Medicaid system, and bankrupt the majority of the states, if action isn’t taken immediaetly. The time to address healthcare and Medicaid is now, prior to the enactment of the Obamacare law in 2014. Bear in mind much of the challenge for satisfactory solutions is due to constraints placed upon Texas (and the other states) by specific Federal Regulations. The conclusion is the entitlement program of Medicaid is in trouble, and the enactment of the Obamacare law could topple budgets and Medicaid programs across the country.
Honorable Arlene Wohlegemuth at the Texas Public Policy Foundation:
Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier at the Heritage Foundation:
Senior Fellow, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato Institute
Texas State Legislative Information:
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Our Nation is uniting as never seen in many decades. People are making a clear choice of what America stands for, and what the people will do to protect her. Over the past two years, a concerted effort has been made by the liberals to dismantle the republic and it’s foundation. The liberals have shown the people of America, they will strive to achieve the socialist agenda regardless of what Americans may think.
I ask you to consider the choice of socialism versus liberty as we go to the polls today. The liberal left is who needs to be replaced this election. We must do this to stop the quickstep to become a fully socialistic society. In the next season of elections, we will be able to replace any elected officials who choose not to listen to the people. It is imperative we all vote a straight conservative ticket in this particular election. We are so near the “edge of the cliff”, that without a conservative majority……they will be able to complete their agenda.
Many of you have already voted. If you have voted, please continue calling people to get out the vote. We have all endured indignities at the hands of these people. They have called us liars, cheaters, 4 letter words, and even accused us of wanting to hurt minorities! They have no shame. It is not possible to for these liberal politicians to stand on their issues, as those principles are not what America embraces as a nation.
Finally, I would like to reiterate two critical things that need to happen on this historical day. Be vigilant. Pay attention at the polls and in the surrounds outside. If you witness evidence of voter intimidation, report it. And most importantly, I’d like to reach out to all the Christians in this great nation. We all need to pray for this country and for those people that would choose to tear it apart.
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We come now to the third segment in our series on the Tenth Amendment Town Hall in Plano Texas. This segment focuses on the states’ rights panel, and the panel on nullification.
The States’ Rights Panel was comprised of the following distinguished individuals:
- Texas State Representative: Bryan Hughes
- Rachel Brand: Attorney with WilmerHale; Former Assistant Attorney General
- Ken Emmanuelson: Attorney and Co-founder of the Dallas Tea Party
- Matt Miller – Attorney, Institute for Justice, Texas Chapter
There are several options that should be considered as the states reaffirm their rights. There was a lot of discussion in this segment on how the Federal Government has chipped away at state rights for decades. Interstate Commerce became an umbrella clause used to permit almost any action the Federal Government wanted to mandate. Several cases such as Lopez as come up that are bringing the rights back into the states.
States can refuse to cooperate with federal mandates. The entire panel agreed the states need to take their power seriously and step up and control the situation. The Texas Constitution defines everything perfectly and complements the powers given to the people in the US Constitution.
This segment began with questions from the audience on specific topics. One of the most lively discussions was about immigration. Given that the 10th amendment exists, is there a way for TX to enforce the immigration laws? As a practical matter, in Texas we are allowed to enforce laws. Representative Bryan Hughes stated “We have put more people and technology in the border area, even if we cannot do specific enforcement at the border.” Ken Emmanuelson thought we need to enforce at the local level. Everyone should do their homework and hold local officials accountable. The speakers agreed the concept of sanctuary cities needs to go. The panel thought it would be useful to institute e-verify.
Ms. Brand spoke extensively about the 287 G law (cooperative immigration law that uses Federal and State authorities working together) that is in place. Immigration law is very complex between the federal and state government. There are some instances where we need to accept fed money. She acknowledged there are some unique issues such as immigration that are paid by the fed government. We can’t arrest them for entering illegal, but we can arrest them for breaking other specific laws.
Can we impound the fed tax money and use it for our purposes? Per Bryan Hughes: Unfortunately, how can we do this without fear of consequence from them? Texas is one of the few states that can say no to a lot of the stimulus and other funds. It would not be possible to refuse all of it. There are many things that should be covered by the Federal Government.
The Nullification Panel was comprised of the following distinguished individuals:
- Robert L. Flournoy: Attorney
- Greg Holloway: Attorney and co-founder of Common Sense Texans
- Hiram Sasser: Director of litigation, Liberty Legal Institute
- Dan Mornoff, Atty. K & L Gates
The opinion of this panel was unanimous with regard to the topic of nullification. Nullification is a possibility, although it is practically very limited in scope. This is clearly not the best course of action for the state or the citizens at this time.
Enforcement of State Rights is not the only means, but is the most immediate and effective resource we have to combat the Federal expansion of power. We do our job with honor and decorum, but we as Texans will do whatever is possible to ensure this government does not succeed in expanding their power. Texas is full of great men and women who are stepping up to ensure this government is not successful in limiting our liberty.
Nullification is like using a water pistol to put out a forest fire. You will be laughed out of court if you file stating federal mandates do not apply to us. In fact, sanctions may be levied against the respective state and the citizens who file this action.
The panel of constitutional experts agreed for a successful result, we need to pursue aggressively and collectively (as many states as possible) to maintain our 10th amendment rights. Legally this is the most effective way to ensure the desired result.
From the audience, there was some discussion on the topic of immigration and what we can do to limit Texas money from being sent out of the state by the illegal immigrants. The following suggestion was made: Is it constitutional to put a transactional tax on financial transactions going from here to Mexico? The panel’s response was: This is a good example of how to affect a behavior using a legal transaction, however yet again, this would involve a cooperative effort with the Federal Government because it involves a transaction that crosses the state border and involves an international transaction.
The panel was clear in their overview on nullification. This will not work, given how far we have come from state rights due to the decisions over the past decades by the US Supreme Court. The states must use the most powerful tool at their disposal for such an obvious attempt of the expansion of Federal Power. The choice is to use the state rights to protect the citizens.
For further information on the topic, I’ve included the link to the positioning paper offered by the Texas Conservative Coalition: http://www.txcc.org/files/TenthAmendmentIssueBrief.pdf
Thank you to Brent Connett of the Texas Conservative Coalition for assisting us with this document.
Everyone was anxiously looking forward to hearing Debra Medina on the Glenn Beck radio show today. I was hoping to hear fewer rehearsed statements and more original spontaneous discussion. Alas, this was not to happen. Well, we witnessed more of the same “style” that we have come to expect from Debra Medina today. She consistently spoke a lot and “over the top” of Glenn Beck’s voice. Time and again we have seen her try to control the conversation by drowning out the other person’s voice. Is this indicative of her inability to have an honest dialogue with people on important issues?
Mr. Beck asked a few opening questions and consistently received diluted canned answers which really did not address his question. In fact, I’ve recognized many of the statements made by Debra Medina as nearly exact from many other rallies, speeches, and debates. Was this to be yet another repeat of the same tired rhetoric? When asked about who Debra Medina is, thus began her traditional anti competitor speech we have seen so many times before. Standard virulent statements have been made against Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and Governor Perry speech in the majority of Mrs. Medina’s public appearances. Glenn Beck tried to refocus her on the actual question he asked. Somewhat unprepared for this, Mrs. Medina rambled a bit and lost the rehearsed eloquence . This was one of a small number of instances, when someone asks something not in her memorized and typed dialogue. This completely throws the candidate off track.
The discussion about property taxes was interesting. We’ve all heard the statement from Mrs. Medina that she wants to do away with property tax and replace it with taxes on consumable items. Glenn Beck asked if we weren’t one of the few states without an income tax. She responded yes, and continued on the same speech justifying why it was a god given right. No one is arguing that, only how she would accomplish this, only to look at the whole picture when determining issues.
Per Beck, there is nothing more important than 9/11 in your lifetime. I agree. This was an event in my life that shall never be forgotten. Thus began the awkward segment of the interview. Glenn Beck pointedly asked if she was a 9/11 “truther”. For those who are unaware, this is a group of people who believe our own government may have been behind the attacks on the World Trade Center. It is a conspiracy theory of sorts. Mrs. Medina struggled with this answer. In fact, she did not say a yes or no. Her answer was that there is a lot of good evidence around this topic – but this is a Federal issue and she is focused on Texas. Beck followed up with a question to ask if any of her advisors are 9/11 truthers, would she disavow them? Again, there was not a straightforward answer, but a lot of talk and sidestepping.
I had an involuntary shudder at that point. How close had we come to getting a person through the primary who believed odd things, and clearly had not resolved an issue from several years ago in her own mind? She wasn’t even clear about the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are above reproach and will give you sound advice. We have all witnessed what happens when a person in a powerful position has advisors who are extreme in their thinking and belief systems. Look at the current President and the number of people counseling him who have Marxist, Communist, or other somewhat radical beliefs.
Mr. Beck, we agree with your assessment after the dialogue on many levels. The patriot movement is strong and producing many fine candidates. Many will be drawn to this surge of support as a moth to a flame for their own purpose. They may or may not be a true conservative candidate with straightforward common sense values. There is a requirement at this point for all patriot groups particularly, to be diligent and research each candidate choice fully before expending tremendous energy and making choices to support them.
One can easily get caught up with the feel good candidates who are eloquent. We did that in the last Presidential election. Let’s truly be careful. There are pros and cons to every single candidate we see on the horizon (incumbents and new people). It is important to not repeat mistakes, and to learn from them. Looking past good speakers and feel good statements to the character and beliefs of all the candidates is crucial as we participate actively in the 2010 election.
For those of you who did not hear this interview of Mrs. Medina by Glenn Beck, I include the link below. It is a text of the entire interview:
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
We are rapidly approaching the kickoff of one of the most “electric events we have seen for a long while in Houston. People were lined up around the building at the Berry Center on the outskirts of the city, to share a “Super Sunday” with Sarah Palin and Governor Rick Perry. The band has now arrived and is warming up with a lot of great music.
The press is in place, bloggers in place, and we are ready for an afternoon of conversation with two of the most prolific people in American politics today.
Two diverse personalities are coming together for a common goal. Governor Sarah Palin, successfully managed a state with significant oil and gas, big corporations. About one and half years ago, Governor Palin burst onto national stage as the nominee for the Vice President of the United States. She has successfully managed a large state with enormous resources in the oil and gas industry. Hard decisions had to be made on a regular basis. Her leadership led the state in making some very good decisions.
Enter Rick Perry. He took over the reins from our governor and has been re-elected twice. Under his leadership, Texas has made great strides in the economy when other states have teetered on the edge of bankruptcy. Given the challenges in the national arena at this time, he has persevered in protecting the interests of Texans.
The Governor of Texas takes the stage first. He is well-received by the audience as he makes several statements indicating an indepth knowledge of the current regime in Washington. His points on money receive a lot of applause and show a level of expertise that is appreciated by all. As he says, Washington could learn a lot from Texas.
His introduction of Governor Palin showed charm, wit, and an engaging manner. Clearly he loves the state and the people. Briefly he covered a few of the more outstanding things that have been done in Texas over the last 10 years. He was humble and the crowd responded well to his pointing out a few of the achievements in Texas.
Governor Palin is focusing on the great track record of Texas as compared to the majority of the other states. This was not an accident, but the active leadership by Rick Perry of the State of Texas. People outside the state know that the reason Texas is not only surviving in tough times, but thriving, is because of Rick Perry. He made tough calls on cutting back and succeeded in getting tort reform passed. Governor Palin believes this leadership is reminiscent of the style of Ronald Reagan. Her speech was on point and filled with facts about the accomplishments of Governor Perry. She had occasion to work with him when she was still governor of Alaska, and remembers his conservative stance as unwavering.
The show concluded with Governor Palin asking Texans to remember we need a strong, experienced leader in these tough times. She encouraged everyone to stand behind Governor Perry for the good of Texas.
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Tim Graney announced his candidacy for Congress on October 19th.
Who is Tim Graney? Most importantly to the disenchanted citizens of the United States, what does Tim Graney stand for?
Understanding past experience and recent public efforts say a lot about the individual. Tim Graney was an active member of the Katy Tea Party. He wasn’t just a board member. Tim chose to be active in many additional community events to raise awareness. As time progressed, the more he came to realize there was much more to be done for America in this role. In October, he answered the call to action with a commitment to serve the people of Texas and this country. A very big step for any American, and particularly at this point in history, to commit yourself 120% to the “refounding” of America!
His platforms of what he would like to accomplish are distinct and his opening campaign speech illustrated his knowledge of the topics. Tim Graney’s campaign kick-off speech fully illustrated his vision: “In my first term in office, I will focus on three key areas of legislation to propel this country forward – Energy, Business Growth and American Values. The first two are paramount to the economic and long term security of our nation and the third will help return us to our roots that founded and built the greatest nation on earth”. The message is clean, concise, and says what he is about. This writer is not suggesting Mr. Graney has all the answers. What I do suggest is that fresh ideas from a businessman, will go a long way to restoring our Constitutional Republic.
His opponent is Ron Paul (Libertarian), who has been in office for 12 years. Mr. Paul is a man of principle who has served his constituents in a consistent manner. This author would suggest we need Ron Paul in a different role at this point in the history of our country. He has written two prolific books over the past few years, that reveal an indepth knowledge of how to improve standards on a more national basis. In my humble opinion, Ron Paul is needed to help guide and promote constitutional conservatives across the land so the people can truly regain control of the government. To do this, he needs to give up the seat in Congress. This would enable him to be more involved in the taking back of the country. We need a man of principle who can rise to the occasion and assist a group of like-minded people to get elected across the nation into the government. Tim Graney is qualified and capable of leading this district while Mr. Paul helps America regain control of the government.
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It is established that there will be “Navigator Programs”. This is a program which will give grants to organizations that can help to manage the citizens in the new Healthcare program. Organizations that will be eligible for these grants and who can apply are identified. In that list, are the unions! Also, on that list are organizations identified by description. Those descriptions fit organizations such as ACORN! ACORN is being investigated in over a dozen states for election fraud. They are also under investigation for the promotion of illegal activities. This is who Harry Reid and the democrats think should be eligible to manage the citizens on the healthcare program. This is who they think is eligible for grant money to help them do this. I submit to you that the corruption in the Senate is worse than we could have imagined.
Andy Stern of the SEIU has visited the White House 22 times since the new administration took over.
He was also invited to a panel in November 2009 that debated the topic redistribution of wealth at the meeting of the Federalist Society organization. This organization is made up of highly esteemed lawyers and judges throughout the USA.
On the day of the big vote on the Healthcare bill in the Senate, what group was gathered at the capitol surrounded by Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Charles Schumer, and others? It was the SEIU and they were showcased by kicking this press conference off with a speaker from the SEIU.
Is it the unions that are running the White House?
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We now have the Senate version of the healthcare bill. In this masterpiece of paperwork, otherwise known as massive evil personified, we find the first semblance of rationing and discrimination toward a large demographic group in the United States.
Today’s standards on breast cancer prevention, have been set by reknown oncologists who based their recommendations on years of exhaustive studies. Currently they say beginning at age 40, women should have annual mammograms to be safe. Doctors worldwide advise their patients to do self-examinations on a regular basis to catch this disease if it occurs between the annual check-ups. The reason for this was based on the rapid spreading of this particular type of cancer.
What do we have in this healthcare bill? The new plan proposed by the Senate outlines their plan for preventative healthcare for women. The document specifically states women beginning at age 50 will receive a mammogram every two years. In addition, they say there is no reason to continue the self-examinations. I was incredulous when a Democratic Senator on the floor of the Senate was justifying all of this based on one new opinion submitted by a study group. Statistics introduced by the Democrats say 1 person out of every 1,904 will get breast cancer before 50. Application of this new statistic applied to millions of women over the age of 40 indicates these are considered the “acceptable” losses by the Democratic party.
In addition, there have been statements by several of the Senators in their speeches, that women really don’t need to continue the self-examination process any more. This has been advocated by the medical profession worldwide for decades due to the rapid growth of this particular type of cancer.
If you have friends, mothers, sisters, daughters, please share this information with them. It is discrimination at best and it is advocating an “acceptable” loss of life for women. Make a note this will be the first outright rationing of healthcare in the United States, and it hasn’t been passed yet. What other medical decisions will the bureaucrats make for the rest of us?
I will close this update with a sobering quote as we continue the investigation into the proposed government healthcare.
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I was in process of doing my blog research this morning by watching the joint session of congress. Pelosi and the President had arranged for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to speak. The end goal of the Marxists and Socialists in our government, may be apparent after hearing her speech.
1. The chancellor gave credit to JFK for the actual fall of the wall.
2. She is calling for the importance of a “global economy” shared by the countries of the world to avoid economic problems in future
3. Further the chancellor is talking about how key a world order will be to help preserve our planet.
4. Chancellor Merkel gave several examples about how the various countries had all helped each other in the past, to lay the initial groundwork in her speech.
5. Bear in mind it was Germany who led the way in the formation of the European Union.
6. In several instances, she reiterated Europe is free like us!
Editorial note: Europe is NOT like us. I have lived and worked there in the past. We have far more liberty as individuals.
7. The chancellor also spoke a great deal about the importance of allies standing united on common goals and the importance of the UN for peacekeeping.
Let’s examine the role of the global warming argument and see how this fits into what we are seeing and hearing from many around the world (including our own government). Noted scientists around the world (including our own from MIT) have published reports that global warming cannot be proven in any way. Perhaps this is another intellectual notion by the “inventor” of the internet, Al Gore? Global warming is a “scam” by the left to control the economy of the world.
I listened to Lord Monckton last evening at a tea party rally in Houston. Read the Copenhagen Treaty to get more information. It is now my strong opinion this is the “end goal” of the group of socialists and marxists who have exerted control of the government. They want a world order which will firmly establish them with power and wealth beyond anything imagined.
The government now controls automobile, banking, and social security amongst other things. Is it coincidence that Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, spoke about a preference for a world currency? The Manufacturing Czar spoke about free enterprise being bad for everyone. The Science Czar spoke about the importance of using less material resources so the poor will become prosperous. The Nobel prize committee are made up of primarily socialists and marxists. The committe made statements after the award that they hope for significant change in the world due to President Obama. America, where are you in this line of thinking? And now the proposed Health care plan will ensure yet another major control over Americans and begin the redistribution of wealth inside the USA.
We must be vigilant and resist in every way possible. The first thing we need to do is stop the healthcare plan from moving forward. In Tandem, I suggest we need to educate others as quickly as possible about the ramifications of the suggestion of a world order. A major step toward that “world order” will be redistribution of wealth via the Copenhagen Treaty.
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Editorial note: All the numbers and facts were obtained from the Census Bureau, Unemployment figures, Medicaid and Medicare information, the CBO letter to the House and the Healthcare Proposal released on October 29, 2009.
Let’s begin with stating the facts we can all agree upon at this time. The most pressing problems with current healthcare systems are as follows:
- Non-coverage of pre-existing conditions
- Some people don’t have coverage
- Can’t afford it
- CHOOSE not to have it and save money
- High premiums
The new plan, will allegedly result in a neutral monetary impact for the government (current admiministration claim). The Congressional Budget Office claims the cost will be close to 1Trillion dollars. Yet with the increased taxes on the people, there will be minimal negative impact to the government deficit. With the increased tax, and medicare and Medicaid cuts, it won’t impact the government. It will most severely impact the middle class. The Medicaid cuts won’t begin to address the fact they are including a larger group of people in the Medicaid program under the new Healthcare plan. The people who work and contribute will be paying exorbitant premium increases to accommodate the many new inclusions in the healthplan.
In a nutshell, here is how the new plan will be paid for by working Americans (numbers from Bureau of Census, Unemployment Department and the Social Services Branches of government respectively) : The premium percentage limit specified will be based on the modified gross adjusted income of the people who are working. If you strive to work hard and reap the rewards of a free enterprise system, this Healthplan will be penalizing you on the reward.
Take a look at the numbers:
- # of 18 and under: 73.9M
- # of unemployed in the country at this writing: 15.1M
- # of working age adults = 191.2M
What do the numbers mean to America with this new health plan?191.200,000 Working age people in this country. – 15.100,000 Unemployed people 176.100,000 Working age people employed – 3,950,357 Working age people on welfare 172,149,643 Working age people who are employed – 46,995,000 Approximately uninsured in the country 125,154,643 Working age people who are employed – 11,900,000 Estimated number of illegals in the country as of March 2009 113,254,643 Approximate total number of gainfully employed people 307,818,616 Total population per census bureau -255 ,143 ,000 # of people covered on insurance in 2008 census 52,675,616 Not insured – 11,900,000 Estimated illegal aliens 40,775,616 People who are legal and uninsured (13.25% of population)
If we look at the number of gainfully employed people (primarily middle class), these numbers and the newly proposed healthcare plan tell a specific story:
- Increase benefits for Medicaid recipients from 57% contribution by the government to 91%
- Poverty level now to be determined by up to 150% of the actual poverty guidelines (Millions more of the population will be able to go on government sponsored Medicaid)
- Employers will be better off financially paying the fine, not offering coverage, and simply have employees take public options
- Parents will be required by law to provide insurance coverage for children up to the age of 27
Whether we include the illegal immigrants or not, the tax burden for the above mentioned items, and to insure non-working people falls squarely on the shoulders of the middle class. There are some slight numerical differences noted in the reports from the various government agencies – but you can see the concept of what is happening here. The primarily middle class working Americans will be paying for everyone. The majority of the companies will opt to pay the fines and the employees will need to go on the public option. This will save the companies money and result in a premium that is 3-4 times higher (conservative estimate) than what a person pays today. This factors in the company is no longer subsidizing the person’s premiums, benefits are improved, and the person must contribute to paying for the non working individuals.
**New plan includes $558 billion in revenues from tax provisions (per CBO)
The changes in revenues include effects on Social Security revenues, which are classified as off-budget. Starting in 2013, nonelderly people with income below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty guidelines would generally be made eligible for Medicaid; the federal government would pay a share of the costs of covering newly eligible enrollees that averaged about 91 percent. (Under current rules, the federal government usually pays about 57 percent, on average, of the costs of Medicaid benefits.) In addition, states would be required to maintain current coverage levels for individuals under Medicaid and some children in CHIP through 2019. Beginning in 2014, states would shift some children in CHIP to Medicaid, but the federal government would continue to provide enhanced reimbursement, which currently averages about 70 percent, to states for providing such benefits. CBO estimates that state spending on Medicaid would increase on net by about $34 billion over the 2010–2019 period as a result of the provisions affecting insurance coverage.
There were many other “addons” that were unnecessary but which directly burden the taxpayers. This is another good example of zero fiscal responsibility in the House at this time. They won’t be paying the bill – we will! For instance the government will judge the geographies of each state to determine cost of living adjustments. An example would be that Texas has a good economy and a much better cost of living than California. The cost of living adjustment means a Californian would pay less and a Texan would pay more to make up the difference. If you believe the country is suffering economically now, just wait until your insurance premiums quadruple to pay for all the extras in the new plan. It doesn’t just “fix” the issues in the healthcare system, there are noticeable “improvements” for the non working people in the country. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a classic redistribution of wealth in the country.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
Like many others around the world, I was stunned by the public news today. President Obama had received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Most of all, I felt it was a sharp contrast to prior winners who had measureable impact already evident from their actions. Bear with me as I share some facts with you regarding this odd circumstance. There are clearly suspicious things around this award.
Here is some background on how this may have occurred:
There are 5 members of this committee. Let’s see who they are and what we know about them and various connections.
For this year, the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) has elected Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland (born 1950) and Ms. Ågot Valle (born 1945) as new members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
New Chairman and member as of 2009: Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland
Jagland is currently President of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament), representing the Labour Party. He is also the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. What do we know of Mr. Jagland’s background? He left as Prime Minister of Norway after a series of scandals and missteps by himself and his cabinet. This is the most notable: In August, a former Soviet spy described Jagland as a friendly politician during the 1970s and 80s. Jagland said he held diplomatic talks with the Soviet unions and that all the conversations were innocent exchanges between them. He was classified as a “confidential contact” by the Committee for State Security (KGB).
Deputy Chairperson: Kaci Cullman Five
Mrs. Five is a politician in the conservative party. She has served on the committee since 2003 and was appointed deputy this year. In her business life she also serves on the Board of Directors for Statoil and Radio Channel P4. She is both politician and business woman. Mrs. Five owns a company that helps other countries set up democracies and electorates.
Ms. Agot Valle: New Committee Member as of 2009
Valle is a member of Parliament and leading spokesperson on international affairs of the Socialist Left Party. In 2007, she took an active stand on a controversial movie that came out in Norway about a man serving a prison sentence in America. The movie detailed the circumstances of Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian. In 2006 he made a plea agreement to plead guilty to conspiracy to help a “designated terrorist” organization, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Ms. Valle took special interest in this movie and had a private screening in her home. This man’s wife and daughter had became overnight celebrities in Norway.
Here are some of Ms. Valle’s comments: “Franklin D. Roosevelt warned the American people not to give in to fear,” Valle told me. “Giving in to fear may lead us to infringe human rights, civil rights, freedom of speech — the basis of democracy.” She went on to say that since 9/11, Americans have been consumed by fear, “but a movie like this, I think will bring a new debate on how far stripping of civil liberties will go and not to give in to fear”. Editorial comment: So we should not convict someone for supporting a terrorist group??
Further comments from Ms. Valle (specific to the award this year of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama): “she hoped the selection would be viewed as support and a commitment for Obama.”
Sissel Marie Rønbeck – Committee member
She is a Deputy Director for the Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Google her and see how many references you see with regard to George Soros providing funding for her organization. Follow the George Soros money to various foundations and groups in Norway, many of which she is managing/guiding/or sitting on the board. Former member of parliament and cabinet minister for the Labour Party. She has been a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1994.
Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, – Committee member
She is a former member of Parliament for the Progress Party (right wing political party). Ms. Ytterhorn has been a member of the committee since 2000.
There appears to be a common thread with some of the committee members. One of the primary supporters of President Obama monetarily and otherwise is George Soros. In 2006 George Soros was a sponsor of EITI in Norway in 2006. EITI is the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. It began when the George Soros organization known as Publish What You Pay, aided by propaganda from the Soros-funded Global Witness group, demanded that nations with valuable natural resources be compelled to turn over to mutinational cartels and to the British government, all records of their transactions on these resources — so as to stop bribes! This included all locations and records of oil and gas in each country. Bear in mind that the government of Norway owns one of the most successful oil companies in the world, Statoil. We also have a Nobel Prize committee member who serves on the Board of Statoil. Mr. Soros has had many trips over the past few years to Norway and has been quoted in their news and magazines on multiple occasions.
In 2006, EITI’s governing secretariat was set up in Norway and placed under Soros management, with money from Open Society Institute and EITI board members from Soros agencies Publish What You Pay, Revenue Watch Institute, and Global Witness.
Over the past few years is widely known that financial support has been given by George Soros to the Norwegians. Connect the dots. Name another time when the Nobel commmittee has chosen to name someone as the prize recipient for “what they may do in the future”? Maybe you can think of a way to explain all of these relationships and the result we just witnessed. Add a guy with KGB affiliation, a person from the socialist left, at least one person who has reaped direct benefits from George Soros, and the Norwegian government who is very grateful to their philanthropist friend and what do we have?
No one can predict what results will occur in future from today’s actions. It was many years before the committee recognized the results from Mother Theresa’s activities. Nobel Peace Prize Recipients have been rewarded when the fruits of their labors were apparent to the world.
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Senator Charles Schumer was first elected in 1998 to the Senate. He is up for re-election in 2010.
Schumer Offers Major Revision To Health Care Reform Bill To Address Affordability Concerns
Proposal Would Expand Hardship Waiver To Exempt More Americans From Mandate To Buy Insurance If Affordable Plans Are Not Available–Current Bill Sets Threshold At 10% Of Income; Schumer Amendment Lowers Bar To 8% of Income
Schumer Amendment Would Also Eliminate Penalty For Americans Who Fail To Buy Insurance In First Year Of Overhaul; For Second Year, Penalty Is Reduced By 50 percent
Editorial Note: This is what the Senator has not “revealed” in his effort to save money for the poor: It is true the poor will not be forced to pay for insurance if they cannot afford it. The other half of the truth is that all of the Democratic speeches for the last several months and the President all concur that no one will be without insurance. Connect the dots and I guess the “hardship” cases will be funded by the government (taxpayer money)? A bill has already been drafted to insure all “illegal aliens” will be given amnesty. This will automatically make them eligible for the public offering of insurance. Do we believe the amnesty bill will happen (thus covering the aliens) and the government will not “bail out” the poor?
The Senator has helped to make his case, so we will let him tell you in his own words, what he is has been thinking and doing recently. In the following video, Senator Schumer declares the American People don’t really care about the pork projects in the stimulus.
Pork Projects definition: Funding created by a legislature for projects that are not essential but are sought because they pump money and resources into the local districts of the legislators.
When he made that speech what were some of the Pork Projects he was referring to in the stimulus that the “American public would not care about”?
Questionable or Non-Stimulative Spending:
- $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts Editorial Note: These are the people who have made all the posters and artwork promoting the President’s healthcare project, and other items on his agenda. All of the American taxpayers have paid for this propaganda material
- $2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Fund Editorial Note: providing funds to organizations such as ACORN, which as been accused of practicing unlawful voter registration in recent elections and encouraging citizens on other illegal activities
- $300 million for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program Editorial Note: There is nothing about this that creates jobs, only continues to give away taxpayer dollars that we do not have
- $2 billion to support the manufacturing of advanced vehicle batteries Editorial Note: These were stipulated to be in the form of grants
- $1 billion for Community Development Block Grants
- $198 million to authorize payments to certain Filipino veterans from WWII Editorial Note: most of them do not live in this country
- $300 million for federal procurement of plug-in and fuel efficient vehicles Editorial Note: This is definitely not feasible for states with large land masses where cities are widespread across vast geographic areas.
- $8 billion for a High Speed Passenger Rail Program, after the House did not include any funding for the program and the Senate included $2 billion, which will fund at least one project from Las Vegas to Los Angeles
- $15 million for historic preservation at historically black colleges and universities
- $170 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to research the causes, effects, and ways to mitigate climate change
- $200 million for Americorps and other paid “volunteerism” programs Editorial Note: Volunteer means no money, and there should be no government interference
- $400 million for NASA to accelerate climate research missions
- $5.5 billion for federal buildings (GSA), including $4.5 billion to convert federal buildings into “high-performance green buildings” and $450 million for a new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.
- $210 million for a new grant program to modify and upgrade local fire stations Editorial Note: Why can’t individual states or communities address these needs, as they are specific to areas?
- $25 million for the Smithsonian Institution for maintenance backlogs
- $650 million for Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupons Editiorial note: Doe the government assume there is a “right for every American” to have a television?
These items make it a certainty that future generations will be paying for the money used by special interest groups.
Here is a video clip where Senator Schumer is justifying the money spent by the government on “good nationalization” of the banks. This is a very few months after the largest stimulus bill in history was passed by the House.
What about our rights? In the debate over what to pass for Healthcare Reform, they are trampling all over the rights of individuals. It is our right to choose the best healthplan option for us. It is our right if we do not want insurance. We the people have the right to tell them what we want. The government does not have the right to nationalize the banks in any of the defined framework given in the Constitution or the Declaration. The government does not have the right to determine where billions of dollars of our money should go as outlined by the constitution. This is the same Senator who is fighting to get a “fairness” doctrine in place that will curtail our Freedom of speec, a right given to the people in the Constitution.
Senator Schumer, because you have forgotten who you are working for and also forgotten our Constitutional rights, it is time to go!
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.
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Representative Charles Rangel (Dem) was first elected in 1970. He is up for re-election in 2010.
He is currently the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the House. The job of that committee is to oversee the IRS and the Federal tax code. Representative Rangel has evaded taxes for over a decade and yet pays none of the penalties and interest charges the IRS piles on the average taxpayer for far less serious offenses.
For 16 months he has been investigated on charges of multiple tax, errors in federal disclosure, and ethics violation charges. Most recently, in August 2009 Representative Rangel made new confessions of failure to report nearly a million dollars in assets on federal disclosure forms. The investigation began in July 2008 and has already been expanded twice – before the latest revelations. . The Democratic majority appears to have a difficulty with understanding ethics applies to all parties, as they have voted to have him stay in this position until the investigation is over. How many more “ethical” decisions will this man be making in his role of oversight of the IRS and Federal tax code in the coming months? What does the decision by the majority of the House to overlook this, say about their own ability to be ethical and honest?
This whole situation illustrates there is a double standard alive and well in the House. One standard is for the powerful and rich, and one for the average American. This is an absolute disgrace that the Representative has been permitted to stay as head of this powerful committee dealing with the very laws he has broken.
I refer you to a letter dated May 24, 2006 by the Minority Leader at that time, Nancy Pelosi “cited “high ethical standards” in a letter to Representative William Jefferson asking that he resign his seat on the Committee on Ways and Means in light of ongoing investigations into alleged financial impropriety by Representative Jefferson.
Editorial Note: Minority Leader Pelosi did the right and appropriate action is asking Representative Jefferson to resign the seat on the Committee in light of the investigations. Why did she not instruct Representative Rangel to do the same thing?
In closing, I’d like to share an excerpt from a speech given in February 2008 by Representative Rangel in his role as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee:
“Our massive trade deficit reflects years of a passive, misguided trade policy by the Bush Administration. Too often, our trading partners are allowed to break international rules, to keep U.S. exports out of their markets, and to engage in unfair trade practices. We need a more assertive approach to the enforcement of our international agreements and trade laws”.
What do we learn from this speech? Chairman Rangel expects lawbreakers to be brought in line via assertive enforcement. Apparently this philosophy does not apply to him.
There are dozens of other examples where Representative Rangel has chosen to disregard the rule of law and the principles of the Constitution. It is pointless to waste time acknowledging or delving into those – as there is no need. He has broken the law repeatedly in a premeditated manner over a decade. Several infractions have been admitted by Representative Rangel. If it were any one of the general population that had committed this type of offense, there would be many penalties and dire consequences to face.
There is no question Representative Rangel, We the people ask you to leave now for the good of the country.
“Our government…teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”
Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice (1856 to 1941)
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Senator John McCain was first elected to office in 1986.
He is up for re-election in 2010. Let me preface this finding with an acknowledgement of the conflict many people will find (including myself) surrounding the topic of Senator John McCain. Everyone in America appreciates his service in the military and the price he paid for all of us. This goes without saying. I, like many others fully support and respect the men and women who have courageously served their country. That being said, we should not allow our bias of support for the men and women who have served in the military to interfere with our views on how is he performing in the Senate. These are two entirely separate topics.
Senator McCain is usually one of the first to offer compromise on major bills before the House. It has been difficult for him to “stand his ground” on behalf of the American people and the Constitution. Furthermore his principles/values/beliefs fluctuate on a regular basis as he attempts to “compromise” with his peers in the House. What follows are some examples of poor judgment, and the various impacts to Americans by those decisions.
Voted YES on the Second Economic package – 10/2008 – HR1424
Vote to pass a bill that allows the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase troubled assets from financial institutions, with a total outstanding balance of up to $700 billion, and also provides tax incentives for alternative energies and contains income tax and alternative minimum tax provisions.
Editorial Note: Did we see any charges brought against the institutions that “promoted” the bad mortgages and made billions in profits at the expense of the mortgage holders? Now we want to give the same mismanaged institutions money when they are clearly suffering the consequences of bad business decisions? People and institutions will learn (just as children do) when they suffer consequences for their actions.
Voted YES on the First Economic Package – 02/2008 – HR5140
This bill provides economic stimulus through recovery rebates to individuals, incentives for business investment, and an increase in conforming and FHA loan limits.
Editorial Note: In this bill was the following verbage: “- Increases the limits on the maximum original principal obligation of mortgages for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and for the Federal Housing Administration (Sec. 201, 202)”.
Here is an extract from Senator McCain’s comment on the First Economic Package that they were about to vote upon:
“The bill pending before the Senate–a compromise product between the House and the President–is not perfect. Certainly we can all agree on the important yet limited improvements I mentioned such as ensuring our senior citizens and disabled veterans are not left out of this stimulus package. While perhaps none of us will be fully satisfied with the final measure, we simply cannot afford to include every member’s wish list in this package. I believe the measure we will send to the President is one that almost all of us can and will support”.
Editorial Note: No one in the House or Senate should “compromise” when there are such wide sweeping constitutional implications to the American public. Earlier in his speech Senator McCain said the compromises were necessary to ensure the disabled veterans and seniors were included in the tax relief. So, we pass legislation based on “deals” between the parties.
The two packages listed above helped Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to get deeper in trouble, made temporary tax cuts, put us deeper into debt, and did nothing to curtail the spending in the House.
Here is an excerpt from a speech on the Senate Floor by Senator McCain: “I know these words will fall on deaf ears, but it is certainly not responsible for House to continue to load up appropriations bills–and, yes, authorization bills–with wasteful and unnecessary spending. Americans all over the country are hurting. People are losing jobs, their savings and their homes. Yet we continue the disgraceful earmarking process, elevating parochialism and patronage politics over the true needs and welfare of our men and women in uniform and the taxpayers”.
Editorial note: Although he said the above in a speech on the Senate Floor, he has voted for several bills that included earmarks just to be able to get the main bill through on the vote.
Senator John Sidney McCain, III repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on the issues through the 2008 Political Courage Test when asked to do so by national leaders of the political parties, prominent members of the media, Project Vote Smart President Richard Kimball, and Project Vote Smart staff. What is the political courage test? The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, it was discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item. The majority of the Presidential Candidates, Senatorial, and House candidates have filled out this brief form for the public to review.
Editorial Note: Why would a candidate be against transparency?
The Constitution and the Declaration were very clear on the rights given to the people and the government. There shouldn’t be any “compromise” on the issues at the expense of any of those individual rights. Senator McCain, it is time for you to go.
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Representative Mary Whitaker Bono Mack (Rep) represents California.
She has been in office continuously since 1998 and will be up for re-election in 2010.
There are voting instances in Representative Mack’s voting record that are somewhat disturbing. The primary issues we found with her record are specific to a lack of fiscal responsibility, yet speaking out to the public stating the importance of fiscal responsibility in these harsh economic times.
Voted YES on Cap N Trade in June 2009
Congresswoman Mack represents the great state of California that is bankrupt and suffering from high unemployment rates. Bearing this in mind, she voted yes to a bill incurring high costs to the taxpayers when her state and the entire country are operating in the red. This was fiscally irresponsible to vote yes for the Cap N Trade bill that the experts say will add an equivalent 12-15% tax hike on everyone in her district. This is just a small sample of the spending and further expenses to be paid by the taxpayers of this country:
-Appropriates $600 million for fiscal years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 respectively to establish the Best in Class Appliances Deployment Program for the following reasons (Sec. 214):
-Appropriates $200 million for fiscal year 2009-2010, $250 million for fiscal year 2010-2011, $300 million for fiscal year 2011-2012, $350 million for fiscal year 2012-2013 and $400 for fiscal year 2013-2014 for the Hollings Manufacturing Partnership Program (Sec. 247).
-Appropriates $15 billion for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 respectively to establish the Clean Energy Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund Program for issuing grants to States to issue loans to manufactures for investments in clean energy technology, including, but not limited to, wind turbines, solar energy, fuel cells, biomass equipment, geothermal equipment, advanced biofuels, ocean energy equipment, carbon capture and storage, and advanced batteries, battery systems, or storage devices (Sec. 246).
-Appropriates $2.5 billion to establish the Residential Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program for issuing grants to States, metropolitan cities and urban counties, Indian tribes, and insular areas to carry out energy efficiency improvements in new and existing single-family and multifamily housing (Sec. 296).
-Appropriates $5 billion to the Alternative Energy Sources State Loan Fund established by this Act for the Secretary of Energy to issue loans to states and Indian tribes to provide incentives
Voted YES Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions HR 3221
She chose to spend more money yet again.
Increases the national debt limit from $9.82 trillion to $10.62 trillion (Sec. 3083).
-Establishes the Home Ownership Preservation Entity Fund to fund the HOPE (Home Ownership Preservation Entity) for Homeowners Program, which will insure up to $300 billion for 30 year refinanced loans for distressed borrowers between October 1, 2008-September 30, 2011 (Sec. 1402).
Editorial note: Giving loans to unqualified borrowers is what has caused the majority of the housing issue. People should be accountable for their actions, not rewarded for poor judgment. Let them learn the hard lessons so it won’t be repeated . People can live in rental properties until they can afford to do better.
Voted YES for HR1424 – Second Economic Package October 2008
Voted to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that allows the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase troubled assets from financial institutions, with a total outstanding balance of up to $700 billion, and also provides tax incentives for alternative energies and contains income tax and alternative minimum tax provisions.
Editorial Note: One would think that this Representative would be especially sensitive to spending as her state is bankrupt (literally).
In her speeches and papers she speaks of fiscal discipline and curtailing spending. Her voting record states otherwise. Please see the speech excerpt below that conflict this action of votes with words:
“Congress must stand for fiscal discipline and reform. I am very concerned about the level of federal spending. One of my top priorities is to reduce unnecessary and wasteful federal spending. It is clear that Congress must work to achieve some balance between the costs that continue to place pressure upon mandatory spending programs and the actual effectiveness of these programs. As we advance in areas like health care, defense, and education, continual changes must be considered that ensure money is spent more efficiently and effectively”.
There are a lot of “nice to have” ideas about the environment, the arts, etc. No one denies this to be true. However, these ideas are not critical at this moment when the country is deeply in debt, unemployment rates are higher than they have been in over 50 years, and people struggle to make house payments. This was irresponsible to vote yes for the Cap N Trade bill that the experts say will add an equivalent 12-15% tax hike on everyone.
This is a matter of priorities and fiscal responsibility. It is time to get back to our country’s foundation as a constitutional republic. Representative Mack, it is time to leave.
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Senator Chris Dodd (Dem) was first elected in 1980. He will be up for re-election in 2010.
Looking at Healthcare, Senator Dodd has some radical ideas. First he wants to force a government run system on the people. Even worse, he is for the illegal aliens and all their children to be covered by the plan. His theory is it will prevent the American population from catching things from them, and after all – they will pay. In the healthcare plan, and in all the speeches it has been stated the premiums set for individuals and families based on their ability to pay. In other words, the poor would pay very little and be subsidized (so to speak) by the people who are able to pay more. Let’s say you have 50M illegal aliens, how much do you think the rest of working America will have to pay to make up the difference?
What is it that is so difficult for Senator Dodd to understand about the word illegal? He appears reluctant or unwilling at best to address what they are going to do about enforcing the law. This is criminal for a United States Senator to speak of “taking care” of all the millions of illegal aliens at the expense of the people who pay his paycheck.
This is a quote from the Senator: “I’ve got a five-year-old and a two-year-old and one has a strep throat and the other has an infection of adenoids. But it’s important to know what families go through who have young children. I’m a US Senator. I’ve got a wonderful health care program. I want every single American in this country to have as good a health care program as every member of the US Congress. That ought to be something we’re going to stand there and fight for”. Everyone applauds this concept. Isn’t it strange that the Senate will not be participating in this government run program? They will keep their benefits, and we will have something separate. If it is so wonderful, why doesn’t he take it for his family? Why doesn’t he propose the entire Senate be on the plan?
Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages.
Vote to provide federal protections, such as access to specialty and emergency room care, and allow patients to sue health insurers in state and federal courts. Economic damages would not be capped, and punitive damages would be capped at $5 million. Editorial Note: This type of “sue mentality” without any caps is what has driven the insurance rates so high. Senator Dodd has contributed to our rates being high, by voting yes on this bill. Lawsuits cost everyone.
Voted NO on an amendment prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion
All I can say is the thought of a teenager sneaking across state lines for abortion (probably without parental knowledge) is a horrible thought. How could he possibly justify allowing minors the right to cross state lines for abortions?
Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
How could anyone say a crime had not been committed when an unborn fetus is harmed during the commission of a crime? This is unbelievable!
Remember the hedge fund managers that have caused such turmoil with the market and investors over the last few years?
The Stanford Advocate (paper in his hometown), reported that Senator Dodd, the Senate Banking Committee chairman has stated his reluctance to hike taxes on hedge fund profits. He led in political contributions (when he ran for President), $726,950, from the booming investment sector. The tax code allows hedge fund executives to pay capital gains taxes at 15% instead of paying the personal income tax rate at 35%.” Senator Dodd raised campaign money from these hedgefund managers, and then the legislation which would raise their tax rate got killed afterwards. Does anyone believe this was a coincidence? The hedgefund managers had a huge part in the economic upheaval on Wall Street over the past several years.
Voted NO on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Don’t we all want the government to have constraints legally that bind them to doing the right thing and balancing the budget? Shouldn’t a United States Senator that represents America be fiscally responsible? Why would he not vote to have a balanced budget? As Americans, do we have to balance our checkbooks? Can we spend unchecked without any consequences?
Senator Dodd admitted to adding a loophole in the Stimulus package that would allow AIG executives to get bonuses
He admits to adding the loophole so the amendment would pass! Is this kind of “deal making” in the best interest of the country?
See link below:
Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
How does it feel to have worked all your life in America and have to share your pension with the illegals? This is something Senator Dodd thinks is “ok”.
And as if that weren’t enough, take a look at this: Last year, Congress overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation granting immunity to telecommunications companies that have cooperated with federal authorities’ anti-terrorism efforts. Senator Chris Dodd, the extremely vulnerable incumbent Democrat, has re-introduced legislation to open those telecom firms to civil and criminal lawsuits. So we vote to grant immunity to gain help last year on anti-terrorism and now he wants to penalize them for helping us.
This man hasn’t exhibited common sense, or morals. Otherwise how could he possibly stand for the items listed above? There are dozens of other equally bad choices this Senator has made in his career representing the people. Senator Dodd is not serving the American people. It is time for the Senator to go. We the people deserve better.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Senator Barbara Boxer came to office in 1992. She is up for re-election in 2010.
What does she stand for? Senator Boxer is for a government run healthcare plan. This plan takes away a person’s right to choose healthcare options. Let’s talk about how that is possible when the exact verbage stating that is not in the Healthcare Plan. The government committee would “vet” the current 1300+ insurance companies in this country. They would have the right to negotiate different benefits and prices on the plans the public currently have. The government committee would also be the only ones that could approve those individual plans being offered from those companies. Clearly they would be in a position to create a government monopoly, thus destroying free enterprise. Why is this so important? We are a country based on free enterprise. As the private insurance companies go out of business, all their employees will be left without jobs. In the meantime, the people of this country will be solely dependent on waiting for months for a “whimsical” approval by the government committee for the treatment of chronic illness and other maladies. People will die while waiting for the bureaucrats to make decisions on what they are eligible for on their medical problems.
The government has taken over the automobile industry in this country. Senator Boxer supported this effort as well. Now the government is attempting to enforce what car to drive by indiscriminately adding taxation to vehicles they do not deem to be acceptable. The government argument is these vehicles use too much gas and they emit too much carbon. Yet, the government officials fly to meetings for the afternoon and drive SUV’s and ride in limos, which greatly damage the environment they want to protect – or so they say. When the Senate is in session, the Senator spends the weekdays in Washington and often comes home to California on the weekends (jets home and back leaving a big carbon footprint)
Next up is Cap N Trade. Americans will pay fees for how many light fixtures you have, the type of windows you have, how many cars and type you will have. This bill will add approximately 15% equivalent tax each year to a family’s tax situation. Cap N Trade is one of the pet projects of Senator Barbara Boxer. So cap and trade will be sold to Americans as a way of fighting global warming by increasing the costs of carbon-based energy usage so radically that both American industry and consumers would be forced to begin using alternate energy sources. One might also look at the energy efficiency of her home. Senator Boxer is more affluent than a lot of Americans at this point in our economic plight. She will be able to afford what she is foisting on America.
Free enterprise built our energy industries, and only free enterprise can build the new energy capacity we need. It cannot do this, however, unless the enormous burden of taxation, regulation, and litigation (and subsidies of favored industries) Washington has placed on the backs of American workers is removed, not increased by the additional oppression of “cap and trade.”
There is no resource problem. The United States is overflowing in essentially unlimited quantities of all the fuels—uranium, coal, oil, and natural gas —these industries require. The environmental lobby and its congressional retainers insist, however, that these fuels not be used.
The American public is struggling now with the economy, unemployment, and heavy taxation. What is she thinking adding all of this on top of the current problems? Perhaps she isn’t thinking about the impact to her consitutents?
Senator Boxer is consciously choosing to promote the Healthcare Bill and Cap N Trade, which will bankrupt many Americans if passed. The Healthcare Bill is estimated at an equivalent of a 12-15% tax increase on Americans. The Cap N Trade bill is estimated to have a 15% equivalent tax increase on the people of this country. One may say the millionaires in Washington will be able to handle it, but the majority of the country will suffer under the consequences of these two bills. This bill is unconstitutional. Isn’t it time we got back to the discipline of the constitution and follow the laws of the land?
Let’s take a look at her inability to conduct herself with the decorum the office of Senator deserves. To adequately represent the people, one would hope the person would have respect and dignity for the office. Senator Boxer has accused concerned well-dressed constituents at Town Halls of being “plants” by the insurance companies. She is known for her personal verbal attacks on others when they disagree with her. Senator Boxer has shown arrogance and disrespect on a regular basis to others that are peers and to people being questioned by the Senate. She has even been accused of racial prejudice when questioning a person in a Senate forum. You may say, ok, why does this matter? Have you worked with someone who is constantly disrupting the flow of work in a corporation? Not much gets done. Also, a lot of people in the Senate will take an opposite point of view (regardless of how they believe) if embarrassed or angered by such offensive public tactics. She has disgraced the office of Senator representing the good people of California. The people deserve the best representation. The people deserve someone who will check their personal biases and prejudices at the door and resolve to do whatever it takes for the good of the people. And oddly enough, she is the first one to be outraged and request admonishment if others display flaring tempers and rude behavior. Senator Boxer has not been held accountable on any of these occasions.
Senator Boxer, your grandiose ideas are driving Americans to bankruptcy and trampling our rights. For that, and for the disrespect to the office of Senator, you need to go.
Please see the links below for corroborating material on her difficulties in controlling her temperament:
Barbara Boxer showing disrespect to a Brigadier General.
Senator Barbara Boxer accused of racism by head of Black Chamber of Commerce
Senator Barbara Boxer, California wants people to believe the “unruly angry mobs” are shills for the insurance industry and Nazis. She is suspicious as they are “too well-dressed”
Well-dressed constituents of Senator Boxer voice their concerns
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Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve become aware of a phenomenon sweeping the nation. One by one, state by state, there is news of grassroots activists becoming candidates for office. The notion of serving our country was “catching fire”. Announcements have been made for brand new candidates running for City Offices, State offices, and Federal offices.
Recently I attended the local campaign kick-off for a candidate named Mary Huls. Mary is one of the grassroots activists who has decided to be a part of the process for improvement. She will be running for State Representative for Texas. Mary is a constitutional conservative. I came with an open mind, wanting to see for myself – what makes a person step up to such a daunting task? This would be the ultimate test of the grassroots movement.
What I found was a passionate, articulate woman who had a vision of what could be. She spoke to the issues, where she stood, and handled some tough questions. What I appreciated the most is she wasn’t sure on a very few issues, as to how to best affect the change required for improvement. Mary was unashamed to admit she will need to look at all the information before making a recommendation. It was refreshing to witness such a straightforward dialogue without the usual sidestepping of issues we have witnessed the last few decades.
The crowd was intently listening to her every word. You could hear a pin drop in the room it was so quiet. This is the moment many people in the grassroots movements have been waiting for. Much like our founding fathers, people of good moral character and conviction are stepping up to the ultimate challenge. They want to serve the country.
People such as Mary will face ridicule from local politicians and political parties. There are far too many people who automatically vote for incumbents without looking at their records. This is a big part of the problem we have in the government today. Our founding fathers faced a lot of obstruction as well. Can it be that we are experiencing the beginning of a tide to refound our country? The new candidates from grassroot organizations will need to be tough, and face down many negative detractors.
What can we do in the grassroots movement to help these people of courage and honor who are stepping up to the ultimate challenge? They need our support and encouragement as much as possible. This is what America needs – not more of the same, but people who care enough to stand up and be counted for the future of America. I am thankful for Mary Huls and all the people like her, that stand ready to take the country back to an adherence of the framework of our government and our nation.
One man with courage is a majority.
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Senator Harry Reid (Democrat) was first elected in 1986. He will be up for election again in 2010.
In February 2009 when the country was struggling with high unemployment numbers and a terrible economy, this is how he voted to spend more of your tax dollars (plunging us deeper into debt for future generations):
1) Voted to pass a stimulus package worth billions when the country is already deeply in debt. The excuse was that it would create jobs and help the economy. In the stimulus package were the following things to “help the economy”:
- Voted to keep a $245M earmark in the stimulus bill to “help Hollywood” via tax credits
- $15.84 billion for student financial assistance, including Pell Grants (Div. A, Title VIII) Editorial Note: When millions are out of work, is it important to plunge us deeply into debt to pay for more student’s college education? Let them work their way through school like so many generations of college students before them.
- Included not less than $250,000,000 shall be available for competitive grants for innovative programs to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service
- Included an additional amount for `Scientific and Technical Research and Services’, $220,000,000.
- To the National Endowment for the Arts: For an additional amount for `Grants and Administration’, $50,000,000, to be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities Editorial note: This group most recently has used their money and abilities to provide signage and art to support the President’s pushing of the government run healthcare program. These were your taxpayer dollars furthering the personal agenda of pushing government healthcare on everyone.
Senator Reid has many, many examples such as the one above where he is more than willing to commit trillions of dollars for almost anything, as future generations will be the ones committed to paying it back.
Growing the government to take more control (these excerpts are from laws he voted for)
1) Establishes the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to oversee appropriated funds and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse (Div. A, Title XV). Editorial note: There are laws on the books that can prevent the fraud, waste, and abuse, the laws haven’t been enforced for decades)
2) Establishes the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to allow for the electronic use and exchange of information that secures and protects patient health information, improves health care quality, reduces medical errors and health disparities, reduces costs from inefficiency, medical errors, inappropriate or duplicate care, and incomplete information, and improves coordination of care between hospitals, laboratories, and physician offices (Div. A, Title XIII). Editorial note: This is setting up a focal point who will ensure there is a health technology network in place nationwide – in preparation for the Government run healthcare that the House and Senate Democrats are trying to pass.
In 2001, Senator Harry Reid voted against an amendment that would prohibit the use of funds from tax-exempt organizations and labor unions for broadcast ads supporting federal candidates. Apparently he wanted to preserve the “free reins” of the special interest groups to help in federal campaigns.
And finally there is the matter of common sense and being non-partisan for the good of the country. Recently Senator Reid led a vote against permitting 72 hours of public viewing time of the Chairman’s mark of the Healthcare Proposal. He and his fellow democrat Senators voted to not have any time to review the finished product and associated financing prior to the vote. This is absolutely a disservice to the country.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked by over 20 other Senators recently to instruct pertinent Senate committee chairmen to investigate ACORN’s offenses and identify the sources of all federal funds that ACORN and its affiliates receive. Despite the fact that the U.S. Senate has at its disposal 20 committees, 68 subcommittees, and 4 joint committees, the Majority Leader has denied the request, stating he will not instruct Senate leaders to do anything that would detract from efforts to address the issues currently before Congress. ACORN is involved in a criminal case now involving voter fraud. There are 10 other states investigating similar voting fraud charges. In addition, they have had several offices filmed advising people on how to handle taxes on businesses with underage prostitutes. Acorn is under investigation in several states for these last items as well.
This is a standard, straightforward request that has occurred previously with other sessions for both the House and Senate. Under the direction of this same Majority Leader, in conjunction with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congress has held more than 150 oversight hearings on Bush-era practices and activities – transcribing more than 3,200 pages of witness testimony and printing more than 17,000 pages of unclassified, publicly available reports. For Majority Leader Reid, it seems that ‘oversight’ is a selective responsibility, and the misuse of taxpayer dollars by a fraud-ridden organization does not qualify as a priority in his purview as the Leader of the U.S. Senate.
For the inability to be fiscally responsible, uphold the duties of your office in an honorable manner, and provide unbiased leadership in the Senate, there is only one thing left to say. Senator Reid, you have served special interests more than the people, and it is time to go.
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat) represents Texas. She has been in office continuously since 1994. Her next election will be in 2010.
Sheila Jackson Lee has used every possible opportunity in the previous years to vote in favor of spending money regardless of the economy and has consistently voted for government expansion in the lives of the individuals in this country. There were so many examples of being fiscally irresponsible and examples of questionable character that it was difficult to be brief on this topic. For that reason, it appears to be more prudent to concentrate on clear cases of poor judgment exhibited through the most recent time period.
Rep. Jackson Lee was one of five members of Congress who took part in a Citigroup-funded junket to the sunny Caribbean island of St. Maartens shortly after all five voted for TARP. The trip was led by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY), who cheated on his taxes and proposed tax increases to fund health care.
Most recently when the country was deep in debt, she voted yes to pass a huge stimulus package for the country that contained a lot of earmarks. The voting record shows that she votes yes for almost every bill that will cost the taxpayers more money.
Now we are in the midst of a healthcare debate shortly after passing one of the largest “handouts” in the history of the country. What is her contribution to the debate? First of all, she argues why all the illegals should be covered under the plan. What part of the word illegal does she not understand? America has laws in place for a reason. Why would a representative of our government suggest benefits be given to those guilty of criminal actions? Rather than address the issue of illegal aliens, she speaks about them as if they have the same rights as the working citizens of this country. Congresswoman Lee clearly views them as equal to the American citizens.
Sheila Jackson Lee justifying illegal aliens in the Healthcare Plan:
What about her character? What do we know? We know that at a townhall to discuss healthcare in August 2009, there was behavior indicative of someone who doesn’t want to listen to her constituents. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee picked up her cell phone while a cancer survivor recounted her story and begged her not to endorse the President’s health care plan. This was not quick, the Congresswoman had a lengthy conversation on the phone while ignoring the lady in the audience. Numerous news outlets interviewed her after this debacle. Although the Congresswoman explained she had a reason for the call, there was no intention to apologize for her behavior. Clearly the constituents were not the priority at the townhall.
Sheila Jackson Lee being rude to lady at the Healthcare Town Hall:
In another townhall, there was a woman who identified herself as a Doctor and asked a question to Congresswoman Lee. The exchange was quite pro-Healthcare plan on the part of the Doctor. People later discovered the Doctor was actually not a Doctor (nor a Sheila Jackson Lee constituent), but someone on the Obama staff.
Sheila Jackson Lee at townhall with woman pretending to be a Doctor:
Her recent contributions include complaining that hurricane names were too Caucasian and proposing a resolution praising Michael Jackson as the world’s greatest humanitarian. Bear in mind this was also the man who was investigated at great length for his suspicious behavior with children.
In September of 2009, she voted against a bill to pull the funding from ACORN. This community group has been charged and is in a criminal trial for voter fraud. There are 10 states that are also investigating them for voter fraud. This is also the same company that was exposed in the media recently for advising people on underage prostitutes and other criminal activities. This was an expose on this company in multiple cities. With all of this happening, Congresswoman Lee voted against the bill to put an end to their federal funding.
What is she thinking? At best, her judgment appears to be horribly skewed.
Lack of fiscal responsibility, consistently voting to grow the government, poor judgment, and a willingness to overlook illegal patterns of behavior puts this lady on our NOT the 56 list.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
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Senator Olympia Snowe is representing Maine as a Republican. She has been in office each year since 1994. The Senator is up for re-election in 2012.
The country was founded on the basis of less government and unalienable rights of the individual to pursue, life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. This is supported by less government “controls”, where the people succeed and fail primarily by their own ambitions and efforts. Let’s take a look at some of the ways Senator Snowe has translated our country’s foundation into her voting practices.
HR 4104 Senator Snow voted yes; This was passed by the Senate
H Amdt 728: Federal Health Plan Contraceptive Coverage Amendment
H Amdt 723: Increase FEC Funding
Link to Legislation: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c105:hr4104
In this there was the creation of a National Drug Control Office which took control over drug policies and diminished some of the individual rights of the state to mandate laws and controls that were appropriate for specific state issues. Today, this has grown to a massive organization that is setting drug policies, allocating sizeable grant funds, and making recommendation on both thing domestically and internationally. Yes, we need drug policies, but why do we think it takes a massive “overhead” organization rather than the states to mandate these actions? At most, why couldn’t there be a policy advisor that makes recommendations and observations?
She has consistently voted to support excessive spending (such as the Stimulus bill) and enlarging the government role in people’s lives. If you think this is incorrect, please look at her voting record. In 2008 the National Taxpayers Union gave Senator Snowe a rating of F.
Senator Snowe has grown public policies which encourage irresponsible behavior on the part of people such as those currently on welfare.
Most recently her idea on healthcare to “help the people” is to compromise in a bi-partisan fashion so something is achieved. Why would anyone “compromise” on what is right for the people just to get something done?
September 7, 2009
Senator Snowe was interviewed by CNBC. Please watch this video to get a true picture of her view of reality with our government today.
CNBC: Do you think Barack Obama is a big-government liberal?
“SNOWE: No, it’s interesting, I don’t. In fact, I almost sense the opposite
In closing, I only have one thing to say. Senator Snowe, It’s time to go.
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What on earth could I possibly have to say about the Speaker of the House of Representatives, meeting privately in Houston to discuss the current Healthcare reform considerations before Congress and the Senate? Quite a lot actually. This was simply another episode in a long line of inappropriate behavior by a person who holds one of the most influential positions in our government.
Why is it necessary for a person of the stature of the Speaker of the House to hold a private meeting to reconcile any “differences” with the CEO of a hospital or any of its’ medical personnel with regard to a Healthcare Reform Bill? Could it be the answer is money? OR is this simply a “quiet” way to ensure the healthcare “industry” will support the bill publicly if their needs are met?
Mmmm, let’s review the facts. Did the Speaker invite any questions from the people who lined the roads into the hospital complex as she whisked in and out of the meeting? Is the reform bill supposedly to “help” the people of the country? Then, why on earth would she not at a minimum make a statement to the many people who waited for hours to see her? Hundreds of people lined the streets going into the hospital. There was zero effort by Mrs. Pelosi to communicate with anyone. Who does she think her employer is?
Perhaps it was money. Let’s explore that angle. If she was raising money for healthcare reform support – the obvious question is why? Does the administration believe that money is needed to gain airwave time for their “cause”? The last time I checked, ABC, CBS, and NBC are ensuring maximum support for the President, his entire administration and their “causes”. A reasonable question might be: Is this the cause of the people, or of the administration? The uninsured are the minority in the country. So, I ask you……is this the will of the people to have a government run healthcare for everyone inclusive of the majority who do not need it? IF this is the will of the majority of the people, why does the administration feel the need to “campaign” about the reform bill? Clearly Mrs. Pelosi is putting the extra hours in, to support what the President and the administration would like to pass into law (regardless of the will of the people).
The following day after the meeting in Houston, Mrs. Pelosi was the guest in a private home in Austin. A lot of people showed up (a lot of lobbyists) to be with her at a $30,000 per plate event. What is she raising private funds for? Shouldn’t there be some form of transparency on the issue of fundraising? They are not running for office this year. If they discussed healthcare reform behind closed doors with a mixed audience comprised of the elite and lobbyists, we the people have a right to know the discussion content. What was the money for?
I recall writing a letter to Mrs. Pelosi a while back. It was not on this topic, but one that was important to me. I asked for her opinion and support on an Eagle Scout who did not receive the traditional flag certificate that also has the word “God” on it. The letter asked for her support to ensure the Eagle Scout got the traditional flag certificate inclusive of the word “God” which has always been on it. Her team sent me a fairly crisp letter stating they would not answer any letters of mine as I was not a “constituent” and to write someone else! She is the speaker of the House!!! Who/what does she represent?
Time and again, Mrs. Pelosi has used power and position to subvert traditions of the country. I submit that as Speaker of the House, she has an obligation to listen to the people in an impartial manner and make decisions accordingly. Most recently she called the people who are at the rallies and protests, un-American! Last time I looked the First amendment was in place that gives people that right. Is she suggesting Americans no longer have the right to assemble or the right to free speech?
In my humble opinion, Mrs. Pelosi is not one of the “56”. What do I mean by that? There were 56 original signers of our country’s Declaration of Independence. These men were also the “voice of reason and vision” as they put together a progressive governmental framework document called the Constitution of the United States. Recently, Glenn Beck put forth the notion of finding 56 honest men and women who want to end the corruption and pandering to special interest groups. This is probably the most progressive approach to the current out of control spending and corruption we are witnessing at the highest levels in the country. It is not a Republican or a Democrat or a move of any other party. It is a bi-partisan move to “clean house”. These 56 men and women of the Congress and the Senate would work together to get America back on track. They would have a sense of honor and duty that was everpresent in our founding father’s thoughts (RE: Federalist Papers). I am proposing the notion that as Americans we should be able to deduce most of these 56 by their performance records, examples of moral character and examples of following the constitution. Do they truly listen to the people? Are they being fiscally responsible? Are they transparent in their dealings? Are they respectful of the constitution? If they haven’t exhibited the above, they need to go!
Let’s start by putting Speaker of the House Pelosi on the list of who must go. She has consistently showed disdain for Americans voicing opinions, the immigration laws, and has been caught lying about key issues such as waterboarding. When caught in mistruths, calling people names or supporting illegal activity, there is usually another diversion, another topic, another speech in which the Speaker of the House diverts attention from her activities. I will refresh your memories by including 3 links to support the arguments. There are hundreds of pieces of footage on the news networks and on the internet if you prefer to find your own substantiation. Who is next on the list of who has to go? You may be surprised. Stay tuned.
Nancy Pelosi Tells Protestors “I’m a fan of Disruptors” , a different story now
Lie exposed: Pelosi’s Power, Oversight and Control of the CIA after being briefed on Waterboarding
Michelle Malkin on Pelosi calling immigration enforcement “Un-AmericanRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
This is a blog for the people, by the people, and all people who love the country and the constitution. People who love our way of life. Yes, we have problems like any other society. We can work on those. There is no need to throw away all that is good in this land.
Many years ago, 56 men of strong moral character and conviction, signed a document that began an incredible journey for this nation. They had a vision of a government for the people and by the people. These men had reasoned through the major pitfalls and things to be careful about at the beginning of this monumental undertaking. There were warnings of not allowing government to grow too big as there would be inherent dangers. The liberty of the people could be threatened if government assumed too much control. We are out of control today. The government has grown so massive that very little of the people’s voice can reach them. There is corruption and graft at the highest levels. We the people need to take back our control.
Several weeks ago, Glenn Beck on Fox News suggested we should find 56 honorable men and women in the Senate who want to “refound” the country back to the original premise. These men and women would be willing to stand up and say “Enough of the corruption”!
It is my belief that this may be difficult. However, I agree 100% that we the people need to take action. What can we do? It seems easier at this point to identify who needs to go in the House and the Senate. I am writing these blogs to cast light on who has “lost their way” and needs to go. Beginning with the Speaker of the House and continuing through the rest of them. . . one step at a time.
Time is of the essence. We need to mobilize and identify opposing candidates across the country. America, time to get busy!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )