A Realistic Look at Budgets and other Possibilities

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, Economy, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , |

February 2009, the budget was delivered to Congress by the Administration. Democrats rammed it through without time for either party to read or think about much of any of it.  There wasn’t a budget passed at all in 2010 for the 2011 expenditures.  The Democrats and the President hung together on budget issues as they did on everything else, passing individual spending bills for funding of various departments and programs, so the public would be less aware of the exorbitant spending.

The Federal Budget year ends at the end of September.  The “budget” proposals for 2012 were not delivered until recently after the passing of Healthcare legislation, and a horrendous Lame Duck Session.  The new Congress was sworn in,  and the House proceeded to repeal Obamacare after a lot of committee hearings to hear all sides from both Democrats and Republicans.  It was transparent, and provided a lot more information about the parts of the bill likely to kill jobs, companies, and people.  They moved on quickly to the task of spending cuts for 2011.  A budget was not proposed at all for 2011, Congress has simply continued to spend by passing individual spending bills.   This is a first step in cuts.  If you want more cuts, it will take a lot longer to peruse the complicated thousands of pages with a lot of entries already partially spent.  Because time was of the essence due to this fiscal year being half over, they focused on programs that killed jobs or were causing companies problems creating jobs. This resulted in a significant list of terminated programs.  Bear in mind, they must move rapidly to cuts on the 2012 proposed budget. 

Okay, so now the House has cut 61 Billion of current spending.  A lot of people thought it should be more.  The House stated this is the first step, and no one seems to want to hear it.  It has been two weeks since that passed, and Senator Harry Reid is adamant that this bill will not be passed in the Senate in the current form.  For those of you who are unaware, there is a heated battle going on between Senator Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner regarding the budget and cuts to spending. The House is choosing to move forward with more cuts and repeals.  The House is ignoring the tireades of Senator Reid for the most part. 

It is already March, and almost too late to stop the massive amounts of money already “distributed” to worldwide sources as well as domestic sources this year.  The Senate adopted a stance of doing almost anything rather than addressing the current proposed cuts by the House. The House has moved on to the next set of cost cutting measures.  They passed the repeal of the 1099 requirement for small businesses buried in the Healthcare Reform bill.  A good point to make at this juncture is that funding for the Healthcare Reform Law was a line item inside that bill and was approved when the bill was signed into law by the President.  A report was issued by the Congressional Research Service in October 2010 that itemized the “pre-approved” appropriations that were inside the Obamacare bill. 

To further keep the public off balance, the Administration released the proposed 2012 budget for the Congress to study, make modifications and pass quickly prior to the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 2011.  This is a compilation of committee recommendations, Presidential recommendations, and thousands of pages of supporting documentation. 

The President chose now to make a big issue out of the Defense of Marriage Act.  This is a red herring folks.  He knew the Conservatives would be upset and it would be hard for them to ignore the screams of anxious Conservative constituents.  While there were a few speeches on the House floor about it, Speaker Boehner, and the Majority Leader Eric Cantor kept the house focused on the repeal of the additional 1099 requirements for small businesses.  In blogs across the country, rhetoric and venom aimed at the GOP reached a deafening crescendo as people wanted them to drop everything and take action on the latest debacle by the Administration.

While the red herrings continue at a brisk pace, the Secretary of State has given testimoney to several Congressional Committees.  Most of these recorded hearings were televised in the middle of the night.  She has requested money be sent for aide to the Libyan refugees that escaped to Tunisia.  Senator Reid has already stated they are working on it.  The House has stated it is not going to happen. 

The bulk of my point is the progressives are still held together by Senator Reid and the Administration.  They do not break rank unless he says ok.  Senator Reid has the ability to prevent anything being heard on the floor.  In the House, there are some Democrats beginning to vote more moderately.  No matter what the House passes, there is very little chance Senator Reid will permit the Senate to pass anything completed by the House.  If a bill is permitted to the floor, thus far the Senator has ensured all progressives vote against the bill in question.

What can we do to take back control?  Let’s take a page out of the Liberal playbook for a change.  These people have a goal of completely changing the country.  IF you will notice, liberal bloggers have not criticized one action or timeline of events with their representatives in Congress.  They didn’t demonize any of the Progressive leaders during the Healthcare debates even though some of them were against it.  Most of them are promoting what a great job they are doing, and how the evil Republicans are causing trouble.  The progressives know how to stick together for a common goal. Note that the progressive constituents continue to “influence” the people via rallies, blogs, facebook, and twitter with positive messaging about their social agenda.  Perhaps the conservatives should examine what they want as a goal.  My personal goal is fiscal responsibility and a more limited government.  Because these are my goals, I blog, twitter, and communicate my ideas and questions on a regular basis with regard to furthering “my agenda”.  It has taken the progressives years to put everything into place and will take us several years and all of us working together to put things right in our country.

I don’t wine, dine, or personally hobnob with anyone in Washington.  However, over the past few years I have called with suggestions and questions to various offices.  They now know who I am and take my calls and letters on a regular basis.  A dialogue needs to be encouraged that doesn’t bash, or cajole, but reaches out to see if we can better understand decisions, and help wherever possible.  Several of my friends have made suggestions on the America speaks website that was put up prior to the elections by John Boehner, who was a representative at that time, and not a speaker.  Two of my friends got callbacks with further questions.   Here is that website: http://www.americaspeakingout.com/

Watch for my next blog.  I will be outlining some suggested things we can proactively do to help with the economic problem and ensure we win in 2012.  Our work has just begun!

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Texas, Liberals, and Truth Twisting in the Wind

Posted on January 11, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

The 2010 elections saw many changes in the political landscape of Texas.  Liberals moved en masse to Texas.  This was a dedicated effort to make inroads for the Democrat party in a large conservative state.   Liberal blogs sprang up by the dozens.  Social groups were formed in an effort to influence people to be angry toward their state government.  There was a lot of deception used to change conservatives to a rabble rousing crowd. Speakers appeared all over the state working to convince the public, the liberal choices were the best for them.  Disgruntled losers in the primaries became useful tools for the left.   People in Texas had become both scared and angry by the disregard for fiscal responsibility in Washington and these people and groups played upon those emotions for their own gain.

So, what were some of the most egregious symptoms, and how do we combat these groups?

The tactics first became apparent during the 2010 elections.  Washington was in disarray, there was economic uncertainty, high unemployment, and what did the liberals in Texas say was the priority?  Property taxes!   The Titanic is going down and the liberals managed to get tens of thousands in Texas to believe this was the priority.  Yes, let’s argue about the price of the stateroom as the ship is sinking.  This was far from a joke.  Dozens of articles sprang up all over the state, gatherings were held to ratchet up the people’s passion and to distract them from the work at hand.   Don’t I believe property taxes are horrible?  Yes.   Do I believe they are out of control?  Yes.  However, none of this will matter if the Federal Government takes away all of my rights and I am taxed at a Federal Level which causes an inability to pay for the basics such as food.

After the elections, the subterfuge continued by the liberal left.  There were some interesting additions to the propaganda around the state in the late fall.  The next addition of innuendo indicated Texas was not truthful about their unemployment numbers.  The latest diatribe makes allegations that the debt of Texas is much greater than has been reported to the public.

In an effort to put the latest smear campaign to rest, I have spent time investigating the rumor about the debt.  The time had come to discredit these unworthy assaults on our Texas government.   I found an article that perfectly describes how the numbers were obtained for the correct number and gives more information on our budget.  You can access this information at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. This is a non-partisan foundation that focuses on research created by some of the best minds in the country.    The link is here:  http://www.texaspolicy.com/legislativeupdates_single.php?report_id=3460

The leftist bloggers and organizations have tried to tar the reputations of our State Comptroller and others who are instrumental in the operations of our state government. We must boldly question all efforts by the few to destroy the integrity of our state.  What are they after?  The answer is clearly the Texas voter!

“Truth lives on in the midst of deception”  Friedrich Von Schiller

 

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A Heartfelt Patriot Wish for 2011

Posted on January 1, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

United we Stand!

 

My wish for all of us as we move forward, is that everything is questioned without accepting anything.

Here are some of the questions I had lately:

1.  What was the origin of the Omnibus Spending Bill and when was it put together?

Answer:  The primary 12 committees gave their recommendations for spending with regard to that specific area, early 2010 before the “Omnibus Bill” was pulled together.

2. Why didn’t the individual appropriation requests go through as individual bills? 

Answer:  This was a strategic decision by the current House and Senate Leadership (Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid respectively) to put them all together as one bill at the end of the year.  This begs the question of what advantage would this be to the progressives who have actively sought to transform America.

3. Why was all the obvious “pork” added to the Omnibus Bill in spite of the recent election which spoke to the mandate of the American People?  WHO benefited?

Answer:  The media focused on Republicans even though they had less than 1% of the pork in the bill.  The majority of the media was focused on “hypocritical Republicans”.

4.  Did anyone notice the reactions of the liberals when the Omnibus Spending BIll was dropped by Harry Reid? 

Answer:  Very little was said by the Progressives as they moved back quickly to the treaty and appropriation discussions.

It is as if they never intended to pass this bill……as if it never happened.

5. What result did the Republicans get with the introduction of this bill and the focus from the media?

Answer:  Teaparties didn’t ask any questions about the why, how, or when of the earmarks.  The Teaparties and patriots quickly jumped to conclusions that the Conservatives had added billions in earmarks after saying they would no longer use earmarks.   The media fanned the flames of hypocritical Conservatives and the Tea Parties  turned on the Conservatives.

6. Did any network ask when the earmarks were requested for things like Defense?

Answer:  No.  These requests were prior(by many months)  to the agreed upon moratorium on earmarks and prior to the release of the Debt Commission Report by many months.

7. Did anyone ask why the Congressional leadership chose to ignore the critical funding requests until the end of the year when the government was almost out of money? 

Answer: No

8. Who controlled the majority in the 2010 Congress?

Answer: Democrats

9.  When 70% of the people were against the proposed Healthcare bill for moral and/or economic reasons, did Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi EVER cave due to pressure from the constituents or the Tea Party pressure? 

Answer:  NO

10. Did Harry Reid and the liberals gain anything by dismissing the Omnibus Spending Bill?

Answers: 

1)  Republicans threatened to demand the reading of the bill.  This would cause a lot of parliamentary delay (up to 80 hours if requested twice) and put passage of other bills at risk in this session.  The Democrats gained time on the floor by dismissing the bill.

2) There was plenty of time to ensure passage of the Arms Treaty (which weakens the US defense), and the temporary funding bill for the government. 

These latter two bills will assist the Progressives on their agenda for 2012.

11. What did the President gain by this “compromise” on the tax situation?

Answer:  Some Independents, Republicans, Tea Partiers, and media began to say he is moving more toward the center, just like Bill Clinton.  It softened opposition to his Presidency to some degree.

12.  Did the President “care” about compromise when he refused to meet with any conservatives for about 18 months?

Answer.  No.  He continued to use his Congressional majority to ram the agenda down the throats of Americans.

13. Did the President “lose” anything on the tax compromise?

Answer:  A bit of grumbling from the left and saber rattling.  Nancy and Harry are still in place and they were able to get the liberals under control in under two weeks.

What is the moral of this story?  Liberals have proven repeatedly over the past two years that they are ruthless, and will do anything to achieve their agenda.  The Senate is still controlled by a Master Puppetmaster named Senator Harry Reid.   Leopards don’t change their spots, and patriots need to beware of trickery in the coming two years.

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Another Grassroots Candidate for Congress in Texas!

Posted on November 22, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

Tom Tancredo (L), Tim Graney (R) Photography by Eddie Gallegos

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.  

America needs good people to go into office that will help to protect the constitutional republic.  They need representatives who will abide strictly by the constitution and stop saddling the citizens with an overburden of taxes.  Personal responsibility needs to be reinforced in the country.  There is also a huge need for leaders who can help facilitate this transaction across the United States.  To defeat an organized “machine”, one will need to fight with an organized “machine”.

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