The Bay Area Republican Club sponsored an event recently, that stood out as a most exceptional evening. The gala was the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner for the bay area. The speakers were outstanding. The food, and camaderie was equally enjoyable. This shall be one of my most memorable events of the year.
Where to begin? Mr. Ted Cruz began the evening, by telling us what he stood for as a US Senatorial Candidate. He had previously served as the Solicitor General of Texas. On several occasions, Mr. Cruz has successfully argued cases before the US Supreme Court. This is quite the accomplishment. Ted Cruz gave a very apropo piece of advice for all Americans. Look at each candidate’s accomplishments to date. Don’t be misled by campaign rhetoric with no substantive experience to be seen. The depth of experience by Mr. Cruz more than qualifies him for the job of the US Senate. The challenge will be that there are so many highly qualified, strong conservatives competing for the job.
Herman Cain, was a delight, as always. Mr. Cain has formed an exploratory commmittee and is considering a run for President of the United States. His experience and competence are well known in many circles. Herman Cain is an author, speaker, radio talk show host, and former CEO in business. He speaks from the heart, and has a gift for “connecting” to the audience. More than that, he reflects the positive attitude of Americans that have worked hard and achieved the American Dream.
It never crossed his mind to run for President, until he experienced this administration’s lack of leadership. He is not a professional politician. His background includes being a CEO faced with turning a company around, when it was near bankruptcy. Pillsbury employed Mr. Cain. Because he was good at his job, they asked him to take on the task of the Godfather Pizza Division. It was common knowledge the division was near the end, due to fiscal issues. Mr. Cain’s leadership and hard choices put the division in the black, improved morale, and made a profit. He understands fiscal responsibility at all levels.
The personal story he shared of the birth of his granddaughter was moving. This is why he wants to run for President. He has been married for 40 years, has two adult children, and three grandchildren. All people should have the ability to chase whatever their personal American dream, whatever it may be. America is an exceptional place. Of that, Mr. Cain was absolutely certain. It is up to us to maintain that exceptionalism for all future generations.
He gave a brochure with his positions on the various issues. The information is in depth and will be covered in my upcoming review of potential Presidential candidates. Trust me when I say, he included more information and insights on current challenges facing our government, than the majority of the candidates! The most important thing to me personally, was a statement in the booklet that reflects his personal beliefs and ideals. Too many times, we have seen politicians having no moral foundation, that are similar to a rudderless boat. They go nowhere.
The final statement in his information booklet: We are free because “In God Is our Trust”
Thanks to the Bay Area Republicans for a fine evening. You can find out more about their group here: http://www.barw.org/
There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
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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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