Texas reacts to the Supreme Court Decision

Posted on July 4, 2012. Filed under: 2012, Activism, Conservative, Healthcare, Politics, Texas | Tags: , , , , , , |

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.

God bless America on this fourth of July.  Give Americans courage for the fight ahead.

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Fascinating Presidential Candidates Speak at Minnesota Conference -Part 1

Posted on June 22, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Economy, Elections, Healthcare, Politics, Republican | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Three of the strongest Presidential contenders spoke at the Rightonline conference in Minnesota sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. The crowd was not disappointed.  Clearly the candidates have moved from the novice stage of campaigning to serious speeches.   The speakers were Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Former Governor Tim Pawlenty, and Former CEO Herman Cain.  The crowd was not disappointed by the quality offering of information by each candidate.   The differences between the three are becoming more pronounced as they provide detail on their economic growth plans and ideas to get the economic engine pumping again.

In this first article, the focus is on Congresswoman Bachmann.  

Here are a few highlights of the speech:

  • 1.7 Trillion dollars is the estimated burden on Americans due to government regulations primarily from the EPA
  • The President promised African Americans and Hispanics hope and change. Instead, they are the hardest hit groups by unemployment. The numbers of people without jobs are 40% for the African Americans and 27% for the Hispanics.
  • Obama policies have resulted in the loss of 2.5M jobs.
  • An estimated 800,000 jobs will be lost due to Obamacare
  • When Barrack Obama took office, the average price of gas was $1.79 a gallon
  • Ten Days after Obama took office, gold was priced at $940.00.  The price of gold is currently hovering at $1500.00.
  • Russian President, Dmitri  Medvedev, successor to Mr. Putin in Russia made a speech on the economy.  Mrs. Bachmann noted even the President of Russia understands free markets.  Here is the quote mentioned in her speech:
  • “My choice is different. The Russian economy ought to be dominated by private businesses and private investors. The government must protect the choice and property of those who willingly risk their money and reputation.”
    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11169/1154650-82.stm#ixzz1Pz6D8HLL
  • There was a promise made that she would not rest until Obamacare is repealed.
  • Congresswoman Bachmann recently introduced the Freedom of Choice Lightbulb Act to the House for consideration

One of the most memorable parts of her talk was a recollection of a private meeting with a few Republican leaders and the President.  The Republicans commented on the poor unemployment numbers.  President Obama stated it was just a bump in the road.  Michele Bachman said, “No Mr. President, it is not a bump in the road, it is the Grand Canyon”.

Mrs. Bachmann had facts and figures at her fingertipsas which one would expect of a former tax litigation attorney. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and at one point she led the crowd in a chant: One term President!   

Toward the close of her speech, there was a lot of emphasis on her ability to vote her principles even when it conflicted with her political party.  Author’s note:  This is a double edged sword.  As President one also has to have the gift of unifying all parties for the good of the country.  

After speaking, she came down from the stage to shake hands with the crowd.  A gay rights activist lunged toward her and threw glitter on Mrs. Bachmann.  The Congresswoman handled it all with dignity, and kept moving forward shaking hands with the audience.   This was definitely a grace under pressure moment.

What is my take on the Congresswoman?  She is doing well in the early days of the campaign.  It will be interesting to see how she fares after several months of a grueling schedule and a tough media.   This kind of stress will eliminate many, and give impetus to others.  Only time will tell.

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Katy Schools Suffer as Superintendent Wields Power

Posted on April 15, 2011. Filed under: Economy, education, Politics, Texas | Tags: , , , , , |

This week, Katy Texas was the scene of unprecedented power plays by the School Superintendent.  Texas has a budget shortfall due to many contributing factors,  but primarily from unfunded Federal mandates.  Mr. Frailey, Katy ISD Superintendent,  decided to leverage teachers against the legislature for his own purposes.  For the past couple of days, he authorized the immediate firing of dozens of teachers due to the shortfall.   Here is a few links to the local news media that had several stories on the events:  http://instantnewskaty.com/ , http://katytimes.com/news/article_c3a35ab6-66c6-11e0-9b79-001cc4c002e0.html

The official story is an administrator would call the teacher out of the classroom to inform them.  They would also inform them of all “their options” and then the teacher could either return to the classroom or go home.  Several teachers were too devastated and tearful to continue working, and the school already had substitute teachers waiting to help. 

Students were upset and staged protests at several schools.  Tomorrow in Katy, there are a minimum of 7 staged school protests that have been planned.  There is also a major protest rally at 11:30 in front of the school administration building.  Parents are upset, students were disrupted and upset, teachers were traumatized, and for what?

Tonight at a town hall in Katy, the teachers, students, and community gathered to try and make sense out of this week’s dramatic actions by the administration.  Tearful teachers spoke about the event, and wondered what can be done.  Everyone was looking for answers.  The community united and determined it will remedy this situation.  People will gather tomorrow at 11:30 in front of the administration building in Katy.  They are demanding answers and deserve them on so many levels.

Why is this so ridiculous?  The Texas House passed a budget which cut education, and other departments across the board.  It has not passed the Senate.  The Senate is introducing their own bill with fewer budget cuts.  It is likely to pass.  At that point, the Senate and House bill will go to conference.  In this process, 5 members of the House and 5 members from the Senate will compromise on a final bill.  The budget battle is far from over, and the Superintendent begins firing teachers and blaming the legislature.  This begs the question of why this Chief Administrator of Education for Katy ISD would arbitrarily elect to fire large numbers of teachers before the budget is settled.

What is the truth of the matter?  Local ISD’s have built up mini empires of administration.   In Texas, there is a one to one ratio of non teaching individuals to teachers.  The Superintendents command enormous salaries and perks for themselves and an abundance of non-teaching personnel.   Specific ISD information was published recently on a website sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, Texas Chapter.  For the highlights of statistics onState Education Spending: http://www.americansforprosperity.org/021511-grassroots-resource-talking-points-education-spending-texas    Americans for Prosperity took it one step further and have invested the time and resources to make ISD information readily accessible to the public.   It is called the Red Apple Project.  You can access all the financial details here: http://www.redappleproject.com/    Katy ISD, in particular only spends  49.7% of each dollar on the classroom.  The Administration makes a lot more money than the teachers.  Add this to the fact, that over 80M is sitting in a bank account in the district, and you see just how ludicrous the actions were of this administrator.  There is zero requirement for 80M to be in the reserve funds of the ISD.  Yet, he still wanted to make political points.

To add insult to injury, Mr. Frailey sent out a letter to the students with his spin on why he had to take the actions this week.  You can read his letter here:  http://instantnewskaty.com/2011/04/14/20699

I urge all parents and teachers to investigate the money being spent in this ISD and the decisions made by the Superintendent.  Students deserve quality teachers that are paid appropriately.  Bureaucratic overhead is destroying the budget.  Good solutions to the budget dilemma can be had without firing teachers.  Perhaps the Superintendent didn’t do his homework?

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