Which Congressional Map helps Texas and the nation? CALL TO ACTION!

Posted on May 22, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, government, Politics, Texas | Tags: , , , , , , |

We are in the time of final selection of redistricting maps!  This year, the Texas legislature must determine new maps for the Schoolboard of Education, the Texas House, the Texas Senate, and the US Congress.  We have the fate of the Congressional maps now in our hands. Texas will gain 4 Congressional seats.

During the past two years, we have witnessed two things in the Congress:

1)      Democrats do not cross over and vote against the Democrat caucus

2)      Democrats do not vote for fiscal responsibility

So, what does this mean to Texas and America?  We must do everything possible to get more conservatives to Washington.  How do we do this?  Selection of a map that is fair and gives good representation of conservative values in Texas, will achieve our goal of taking the country back from a far left agenda.

Here are some reasons why the GRIT map (C116) is the better choice for Texas constitutional conservatives, instead of the offering from a legislator in the Dallas area:

In C116, the GOP would have a good chance to win 30 of the 36 seats.  Only one of them is in a district with less than 55% GOP voting strength.

C116 DOES increase the number of likely Republican congressional seats: 30 of the 36 total seats have the likelihood of going Republican and yet meet the federal requirements of population, ethnicity, etc.  The other map does not achieve this possibility.

C116 does NOT hand over half the state’s new seats to the Democrats.

C116 does NOT protect incumbent Democrats.  C117 does.  Under C116, potential Republican challengers would be at a distinct disadvantage.

C116 does NOT involve retrogression of any minority districts.  C117 does. [This is the idea that a district cannot be redrawn in such a way that a protected minority is reduced in numbers (%, actually) from its numbers (%) in the current district.  For instance, a minority district with 53 % cannot be lowered to the 49 % level of minority representation if other conditions are met.]

C116 DOES recognize the population changes in fast-growing areas of the state.   The other map did not recognize the high growth areas. 

C/116 DOES reflect conservative political philosophy which grassroots Texans expressed state-wide in the Nov. 2010 election.

C116 is NOT the work of just a few “incumbent protectionists”; rather, it had input from more than 100 people, including many grassroots activists and legislators.

There is no need to hand the Democrats the probability of winning half of the seats in our state.  The liberals would not do this for the conservatives.

The Nov. 2010 vote in Texas clearly showed a rejection of Liberal principles by the voters.

Will the fair C116 map be challenged in court? Probably, as will any other map.  Lawsuits are typically filed in every census year when new redistricting maps are chosen.   However, to try and “appease” the Democrats by protecting their incumbents and giving them half the new seats is not a smart policy.  Remember how “helpful” Mr. Lloyd Doggett has been to his home state.

Having conservatives in Congress, from whatever part of the state, helps all of Texas. Furthermore, having conservatives in Congress, from whatever state, will help save America!

Please call your state representatives today and say, “We want C116, for the Congressional Redistricting Map Choice!  State legislative website

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America Now Taking Orders From Arab League

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: government, Middle East, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

 

The President had his two cabinet secretaries out on the media circuit this weekend, trying to give a positive spin on military action he decided to take in Libya.  The result was more than underwhelming.  It was a moment of clarity as the two people, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Gates became a bit rattled under pressure. 

What did we learn?  The US will not engage unless a lot of other people say we need to do it.  Secretary Clinton’s answer says it all.  The spin from the President that we cannot stand by while innocent people are killed is a complete farce.  In Secretary Clinton’s answer below, she explains how the US “picks” who to save on humanitarian grounds. 

On March 1, the Senate passed a resolution on the no-fly zone.  In Secretary Clinton’s answer she refuses to state that Speaker Boehner was against it.  Odd, that they had over two weeks, and couldn’t get it heard and voted on by the House. It was clear from her answers that she was unable to say Congress supported this effort.  Look at the choice of words.

So, the President’s own people have some difficulty explaining what is happening…

Quotes from Face the Nation transcript:

Bill Scheiffer Madam Secretary, let me start with you. Tens of thousands of people have turned out protesting in Syria, which has been under the iron grip of the– the Assad for so many years now. One of the most repressive regimes in the world, I suppose. And when the demonstrators turned out, the regime opened fire and killed a number of civilians. Can we expect the United States to enter that conflict in the way we have entered the conflict in Libya?

HILLARY CLINTON (Secretary of State): No. Each of these situations is unique, Bob. Certainly, we deplore the violence in Syria. We call, as we have on all of these governments during this period of the Arab awakening, as some have called it, to be responding to their people’s needs, not to engage in violence, permit peaceful protest and begin a process of economic and political reform. The situation in Libya, which engendered so much concern from around the international community had a leader who used military force against the protestors from one end of his country to the other, who publicly said things like, we’ll show no mercy. We’ll go house to house. And the international community moved with great speed in part because there’s a history here. This is someone who has behaved in a way that caused grave concern in the past forty-plus years in the Arab world, the African world, Europe and the United States.  

BOB SCHIEFFER: But I mean– how can that be worse than what has happened in Syria over the years, where Bashar Assad’s father killed twenty-five thousand people at– at a lick. I mean, they opened fire with live ammunition on these civilians. Why is that different from Libya?  This is a friend of Iran, an enemy of Israel.

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, if there were a coalition of the international community, if there were the passage of a Security Council resolution, if there were a call by the Arab League, if there was a condemnation that was universal but that is not going to happen because I don’t think that it’s yet clear what will occur, what will unfold. There is a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer. What’s been happening there the last few weeks is– is deeply concerning. But there’s a difference between calling out aircraft and indiscriminately strafing and bombing your own cities, then police actions, which frankly have exceeded the use of force that any of us would want to see.

End of the transcript from Face the Nation.

So, we are now acting in concert with many countries because of what we “think” someone may do.  After the military efforts began, and the President asked Gadhaffi to go, the Arab League said this is a legitimate government and to not interfere.  This was a byline on the BBC one night after the military exercise began by the various countries.

On Meet the Press, more troubling statements were made by both Secretaries, that indicate the US has been heavily involved in conversations with rebels in most of the middle eastern countries.

Quotes from Meet the Press Transcript:

SECRETARY ROBERT GATES: I think that the no-fly zone aspect of the mission has been accomplished. We have not seen any of his planes fly since the mission started. We have suppressed his air defenses. I think we’ve also been successful on the humanitarian side. We have prevented his forces from going to Benghazi , and we have taken out a good bit of his armor. So I think we have, to a very large extent, completed the military mission in terms of getting it set up. Now, the no-fly zone and even the humanitarian side will have to be sustained for some period of time.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think it’s perfectly legitimate for members of Congress and the public to ask questions. The president’s going to address the nation Monday night. A lot of these questions will be answered. But, but I would just make a couple of points. First, on March 1 the United States Senate passed a resolution calling for a no-fly zone. That was a bipartisan resolution. There were a number of people in the House , including leadership in both the Republican and Democratic Parties , who were demanding that action be taken. The international community came together; and, in an unprecedented action, the Arab League called on the Security Council to do exactly what the Security Council ended up doing. Now, the United States and other countries were in a position to be able to act to enforce it. If you look at the coverage on Al Jazeera , if you listen to the statements that are being put out by the opposition in Libya , there is a great deal of appreciation for what we and others have done in order to stop Gadhafi on his mission of merciless oppression. So this was an international effort that the United States was a part of. I certainly believe it was within the president’s constitutional authority to do so. It is going according to the plan that the president laid out. The United States will be transitioning to a NATO command and control .

MR. GREGORY: Did Speaker Boehner raise any objections when he was briefed prior to the mission ?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I know that there was a constant flow of information, both to members and staff. And, of course , the president had a, a conference with some members in person , others, many others, including the speaker on the phone. But we have no objection to anybody asking questions. But I think it’s important to look at the context in which this is occurring. And the fact that we have moved so rapidly to have this kind of international action taken answers in great measure the legitimate concerns of the people of Libya . And now, of course, we’re going to take it day by day . That’s what you do in a situation like this.

End of Quotes from Meet the Press Transcript

America has never witnessed so much unrest in the Middle East.  Secretary Clinton and Secretary Gates have acknowledged in many press briefings that our country has been engaged in a lot of conversation with rebels throughout the Middle East.  Now we have unrest in almost all of the middle eastern nations as rebels protest against their governments.  In the press briefings previously at the White House, it was stated that we are encouraging economic and political reform.   Our country is broke.  We have people at the highest levels involved in redistribution of wealth on a grand scale.  Government processes are ignored on a regular basis.   It is time for creative thought as to how to impede the progress of the liberals until 2012.  These riots in the Middle East are occuring because the flames of discontent have been fanned by people with agendas.

Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation”  James Madison

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Fresh Opinions from John Fund of the Wall Street Journal

Posted on March 27, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

The Texas Tea Party Patriots Pac provided an opportunity to hear Mr. John Fund recently.  Having read many of Mr. Fund’s opinion pieces in the WSJ (Wall Street Journal), and listened to him on various FOX programs, I was looking forward to a discourse between a patriot group and Mr. Fund.   He had been mentored by the late Robert Novak, who was in a class by himself.

His last trip took him to Berlin.  To be a candidate overseas, one must be “approved” by the party leaders.  In America, it is a more interesting process.  The Democrats use a “Blind date” method of selecting the Presidential candidate.   Who is popular?  Who has the charisma?   They look at everyone, find someone interesting, and decide to “try them out”.  After they are elected, everyone gets to know  who they are and what they stand for as a President.  There were a lot of chuckles when this theory was disclosed.  Mr. Fund went on to prove his point by a brief review of some candidates in the last century.  There did seem to be a preponderance of evidence to prove the point.

What about the Republicans?   Who is next in line? There is a definite pattern of behavior from 1948 through 2008.  They tend to nominate whoever has been around a while.  This was true with the exception of one candidate.   The candidate was Ronald Reagan.

The 2012 role is critical to America’s future.  It is of paramount importance the two parties have a different process to select  the candidates.  He encouraged everyone to not make hasty decisions about who to support as a Presidential candidate.  The campaign trail wears on people, and in many cases the people change somewhat under the pressure.  Politics are too important to be left to the politicians.  Most notably in the 2012 race, is that the wide variety of competition will be good for the process.

After his short talk, there were a lot of questions from the audience.   The first one had to do with the powers of the Supreme Court.  He pointed out the powers of the Supreme Court were largely defined by John Marshall in the 1820’s.   Congress has the right to limit the powers of the Supreme Court.  At one point in history, Thomas Jefferson abolished many of the judiciary, who he felt were out of control.    Is it the most intelligent view, to be governed by 9 people in black robes?

One question that seemed to resonant was “how do we get back to the Constitution, given the overuse of Executive Orders to circumvent the process”?    Mr. Fund pointed out we have executive orders left over from the Truman administration!   The way we get back to that point, is by continuing to apply pressure to all the elected officials.   He found it shocking that the President spent hours convincing the UN to launch the no-fly zone tactic, and then got on a conference call with a few of the Congressional leaders to state the decision he had already made.

One of the poplular questions at every patriot event, was posited near the end of the session.  The query was on what his views  about compromise between the House and the Senate.  He said we need to be realistic.  There is no need to compromise on principles, but  there may be times when negotiation on points is necessary to arrive at the best solution for America.   The people elected to office have the difficult task of translating principle into policy.

When asked why there doesn’t seem to be any passion coming out of the new people in Washington, now that they have been elected…well the answer was very insightful.  Mr. Fund said passion is not always what you want from politicians in Washington.  These people need to learn how to write legislation, how to take in all the facts, and develop theories, etc.  There is a lot to learn when one goes to Congress.  They need to buckle down to learn the job, and get the job done.  The campaign is over.

He was supportive of  the conservatives in Congress.  He said people need to realize the 100B cut in spending was promised in September.  October 1 begins the new fiscal year.  By the time they took office, many months of the budget had already gone by.  The 61B was a prorated figure.  The majority of the spending is in the entitlement programs.  These programs must be reformed for any substantial budget cuts to be accomplished.  The conservatives do not control the Senate and will need to negotiate everything to get it passed.  That is the reality.

He did say there is some concern about patriots involved in the tea parties, who want to use it  for their personal agenda.  Many people are maneuvering for their 15 minutes of fame.  These people could be somewhat dangerous to the movement.  It is important that everyone question issues and people.  The goal is to take back the country.

He did not think the Balanced budget amendment will actually achieve what the people are seeking for fiscal responsibility.  His example was an amendment in Colorado.  Their law limits government spending and growth  to a combination of  population plus inflation.  A mechanism such as this needs to be in place.  Otherwise, the government will simply raise taxes to accommodate their spending habits.

My favorite part of the evening, was his idea about foreign policy.  At what point do we change from policemen of the world to night watchmen?   In Clinton’s administration, Hillary had become known as the “mad bomber” because she wanted to bomb everything.  Well, now she has that power. 

On taxes he said there is a very simple solution.  When a person is elected to office, they should sign a pledge under oath and penalty of perjury that they will prepare their tax returns with no outside help.  The Congress receives $3,000 to get someone to do their taxes.  The crowd gasped after this remark.  Perhaps then they would realize the complexity of the tax laws.

Driving home, one felt energized there are people out there who do get it.  He understood so much of the process, the history, and the nuances.   In other words, he had knowledge and common sense.  Perhaps we need to list the characteristics we want in a potential candidate for the Presidency.

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Are Patriot Groups Good or Bad?

Posted on March 25, 2011. Filed under: Activism, Conservative, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

 

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.

The facts: 

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. 

United we stand, divided we fall…..

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House Votes and Reveals Achilles Heel

Posted on March 16, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted another stop gap bill to fund the government for 3 more weeks.  They cut a few more billion of spending, and thought this would pass the Senate as well.  This is a time when the government needs several things from Congress.  They need to fund the government through September.  This situation has occurred because Democrats were unwilling to pass a budget last year when it should have been done.

The second thing the Government wants, is to raise the debt ceiling.  A lot of chat shows have focused on liberal angst  including that of the President.  The President and liberals were speaking about “dire” consequences if the debt ceiling is not raised. EWWW, I am shaking in my boots that the commander in chief is trying to scare us again.  Remember how they tried to convince us of the “emergency” on healthcare??  Nothing has happened.  The world didn’t come to an end because it is not implemented yet.  Neither the President nor Harry Reid are willing to “negotiate” per the Republican leadership.  For some reason the refusal by those two parties to negotiate has disturbed the Conservatives.

Do we care?  I say we should not care when people who have shown little regard for the Constitution or the people can’t play well with others.  We have known from childhood that leopards do not change their spots.

Realizing the Conservatives can’t negotiate with themselves, as that would be foolish….what about a completely different approach?  What if we decided the people’s demands in exchange for extending the government funding?  Think of 3-4 major spending cuts and attach it to the bill.  If they vote against it, the liberals must not really have a fear of the government shutting down.  At that point, the Conservatives need to loudly talk about this, everywhere possible.  Use a page from the liberal book!  I am certain there have been more serious threats to Congress than we have been privy to in the public.  However, we must stand strong, if we have any hope of preventing the further takeover by the government.

Now is the time to use what the liberals want, and get some conservative tactics accomplished.  Conservatives have leverage now and appear to be unwilling to “tangle” with the  President or the Liberals. 

What was most amazing today during the vote, is that 54 Conservatives stood strong and voted no to a bill that satisfies the whims of the liberals and doesn’t do much for the people.  Please see the list below of conservatives that stood strong and voted against extending government funding for 3 weeks with no real cuts! 

Now we have a plan, my fellow patriots.  First we need to call our Representatives and Senators in Washington.  The people who are unwilling to make the hard choices, have become an achilles heel to the effort.   Make it clear, they better band together and use leverage while they have it.  ALL non-critical funding must be cut, as the country is broke.  As a taxpayer, I am offended we are giving money to a multitude of United Nations efforts when we are unable to care for our own people.  I am offended that we continue to give foreign aide by the billions to countries that hate us.  No union, or community action group should get any money.  I, the taxpayer refuse to give hundreds of thousands to study frogs.  They will definitely get the idea. 

The second part of the plan involves reaching out to the 54 courageous people who voted no yesterday in the House.  We should ask them what we can do to help.  Do they have ideas?  At a minimum. we need to thank them for standing up for what is right and for the American People.  The list of 54 is below.

Akin
Amash
Bachmann
Bartlett
Barton (TX)
Benishek
Burton (IN)
Campbell
Chabot
Chaffetz
Duncan (SC)
Flake
Fleming
Franks (AZ)
Garrett
Gingrey (GA)
Gohmert
Gowdy
Graves (GA)
Hall
Harris
Heller
Huelskamp
Huizenga (MI)
Johnson (IL)
Jones
Jordan
King (IA)
Labrador
Lamborn
Landry
Long
Mack

McCotter
Mulvaney

Paul
Pearce
Pence
Pitts
Poe (TX)
Rehberg
Rigell
Ross (FL)
Schmidt
Smith (NJ)
Southerland
Stearns
Stutzman
Sullivan
Tipton
Walberg
Walsh (IL)
West
Wilson (SC)

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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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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Do you know what Speaker Boehner and the House have accomplished?

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

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.

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The President, Oil and Gas, and America

Posted on February 24, 2011. Filed under: Activism, Conservative, government, Politics | Tags: , , , |

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.

Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, March 6, 1775
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State Power Solutions and Obamacare Ruling

Posted on January 31, 2011. Filed under: government, Healthcare, Politics | Tags: , , , , |

 

Today a Federal Judge in Florida ruled Obamacare is unconstitutional due to the individual mandate. Because the mandate is so integral to all of the Obamacare law, he suggested the entire document is not valid.  Unfortunately, we have a few years more before this will likely reach the Supreme Court.  Until that time, many other dictates will be handed down to insurance companies, the people, and the Corporations that provide healthcare insurance to employees.

All of this does not change the fact, the system is broken.  The states who are loudly protesting the intrusion of the federal government into healthcare, must continue finding solutions at state level to avoid this overreach by the Federal government.  Below you will find a summation of various state options that I have been researching over the past months.  To protect state rights and the rights of individuals, one must strengthen the ability of the states to provide the appropriate solutions for their citizens.

Today, I am sharing an idea posited by the Honorable Ted Cruz, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) and Mario Loyola.  Mr. Cruz was a featured speaker at the yearly conference of the TPPF in Austin, and a lot of education on state rights/powers was gained from this remarkable statesman.

The latest policy paper focuses on the Interstate Compacts in Our Constitution. An interstate compact is the agreement between two or more states of the United States of America.  Many interstate compacts have been created through the years.  Our Constitution dictates specific “behaviors” if you will, of the Compacts.  Interstate Compacts can regulate matters within the enumerated powers of the federal government that require congressional consent.  In prior instances of Interstate Compacts, it was accomplished by a bill or resolution that was subsequently presented to the President for his signature.  Yet, in other cases it has been an “implied” consent.

The following links are just a few examples to familiarize my readers with the numerous ways the Interstate Compacts have been used in America. Here are just a few examples of current Interstate Compacts that are successfully working today:

Operating agencies created by interstate compact

Refer to the policy perspective from the Honorable Ted Cruz and Mario Loyola for more detail on the use of interstate compacts: 

http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2010-12-PP21-InterstateCompacts-tcruz-mloyola.pdf

The use of state compacts has been used primarily when a group of states have something in common that needs regulation at a state level.  We now have multiple approaches to take back the power of the state.   The biggest question arises because there doesn’t appear to be any definition of how deeply a compact can intrude on the federal law.

When the federal government is all powerful, citizenry lose the ability to hold them accountable. Policies should reflect the values of those citizens.  The interstate compact is a tool for states to fight back against Federal overreach and more specifically Obamacare.  It is the right of a state to determine their course.

Here are the links to my prior work on the Tenth Amendment and Nullification as well:

Tenth Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 3)

https://texasfor56.wordpress.com/2010/03/20/tenth-amendment-rights-townhall-part-3/

Tenth Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 2)

https://texasfor56.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/10th-amendment-townhall-part-2/

We are Americans, and perseverance is one of our finest traits.  The Constitution and our laws have provided us with solutions that protect the states and it’s people.  Now is the time to stop the erosion of those state rights by utilizing the tools given in our rule of law.

“I consider the foundation of the Federal Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States of to the people.” (Tenth Amendment) To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.”  Thomas Jefferson

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The First week of Business in Washington

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

The American people were watching every move made by Congress last week.  It definitely was a rewarding activity, for once.  The Conservatives were prepared and set the tone for what could be expected this year.  Most Republicans are aware this may be a short lived career due to hard decisions that must be made over the next two years.   This did not deter them from hitting the ground running with the business of the people.

What was the most unusual moment?  Having the House members participate in saying the various components of the Constitution was long overdue.  For several years, members of Congress have proposed legislation and deals that would have made the founding fathers shudder with remorse.

What was the best educational moment?  Prior to the reading of the Constitution which was instigated by the Conservatives, the liberals wanted to know exactly what would be read on the House Floor.  The Conservatives explained that many words of the original Constitution were redacted by the Library of Congress when they were in essence, nullified by various amendments.   Most people in the country believe the original Constitution stands as is, and have not factored in the alterations that have occurred via the amendments and precedents set by the Supreme Court.  It was an inspiring event to watch, and most Americans were fervently hoping the participants recognized this event was a sacred honor.

Were the Republicans prepared?  Yes.  On the second day the rules committee hearings began the discussions and testimonies about Obamacare.  Majority Leader Cantor immediately proposed rule changes on the floor and shared the schedule with the Minority Leader, Steny Hoyer.  The organization and planning was evident. 

Did the Liberals make any missteps?  Yes.  Ms. Louise Slaughter, former chair of the Rules Committee, suffered a great embarrassment in the public hearing.  Ms. Slaughter’s new position is senior ranking member of the minority on the Rules Committee.  She began by chastising and shouting at the Conservative Committee Chairs that were seated before her.  Her exact words were, “ I am astonished that the three of you sit there, and say the Republicans had not input or activity in the Healthcare Bill.” Ms. Slaughter quoted many hours and meetings that went into the Healthcare Bill.  Further, she said the Democrat Caucus had logged about twice as many hours in the effort.    It appeared Ms. Slaughter was truly upset by the Republicans for having these hearings so soon, much less, at all.  The media was crowded into the room, and everyone was riveted to her words.  The three men tried to answer her questions and make comments, but Ms. Slaughter continued to badger and speak over the top of everyone’s voices.  It was at that moment that something truly remarkable occurred.  Mrs. Virginia Foxx asked for the floor.  She pointed out the statistics cited by Ms. Slaughter pertained to the bill passed by the house.    Ms. Slaughter was misleading people about the facts. One could hear a pin drop in the room.  Mrs. Foxx went on to say that the Conservatives were not permitted amendments or discussion on the Senate Bill that was passed, and it was very different from the House Bill.  Mrs. Foxx had facts and figures at her fingertips, and quite frankly. Ms. Slaughter was made to look a fool.   A round of applause should be given for Mrs. Foxx who can always be counted upon to tell the truth and be prepared.

After all of the proceedings, we also learned the Republicans have a plan to take care of the everpresent Czar problem.  They will be putting legislation forward to fix the problem of non-approved people who bypassed the Senate evaluation process.   One of the concerns about this administration is the number of Czars, their radical views, their power, and the massive amount of money to pay their salaries.  The bill will address the problem.

The Republicans outlined key areas they believe are broken in the Healthcare system.  Their committees are already putting together simple documents proposing each solution.   The legislation from the Conservatives is likely to be brief as the document to repeal Obamacare was only two pages and very easy to understand.   Easy to understand legislation, with no trickery shall be a breath of fresh air.

For the first week, they earned kudos on organization and focus.  It was clear from the tone of the speeches and the content, that these people know the economic fate of the land is in their hands.  I look forward to the coming weeks of legislation as the 112th   The country will be watching as the people’s House is restored to a place of honor and truth.  There are no illusions that many of the people in the House  have been duplicit and corrupt in past years. However, this is a new beginning and if their activities continue with the high standard of the first week,  the American people will be well served.   

A government for the people  must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.      Grover Cleveland

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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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Healthcare Debate Reveals “Unsung Hero”

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

Recently, A key exchange occurred on the House Floor between the Republican Whip, Eric Cantor, and the Majority leader, Steny Hoyer.

Congressman Cantor was asking the questions on healthcare status that have been causing the majority of America to lose sleep. The majority leader tap danced on almost every single direct question by Rep. Cantor. In most cases, the majority leader tried to redirect the conversation by attacking the knowledge of the Republicans on the Healthcare bills and their knowledge of parliamentary procedure. The debate was lengthy and Congressman Cantor would not be deterred in his quest to get answers for the American people. Regardless of the barbs, jabs, and rhetoric leveled by Majority Leader Hoyer toward the Minority Whip, Representative Cantor continued to pursue the lines of questioning until he obtained the answers to specific questions.

What did we learn? Let’s focus on the most important dialogue that set the tone of this debate on the House floor. Majority Leader Hoyer would not commit to giving 72 hours to review the reconciled bill. The tone of the Majority leader and defensive posturing on this point revealed much about the attitude of the House Progressives. Hoyer claimed the House and Senate bills had been reviewed for months, therefore everyone had more than adequate time to review the bills in question. Rep. Hoyer was clearly trying to avoid an answer. The question was: “Will the American public be given 72 hours to review the reconciled bill which is newly scored by the CBO?” A lot of heated remarks were voiced by Hoyer aimed at the Republicans. The tactic of the majority leader was to make numerous attempts to deflect attention being brought to bear on the topic. Finally, after a continuous barrage of direct questioning by the Republican Whip, the truth emerged about the reconciled bill. There have been changes made to the reconciled bill and no one is promised 72 hours to review it.

The Corn husker bribe for Nebraska has been dropped from the reconciled bill. We do not know if any of the other special deals for other states are still in it. The bill is likely to have the reconciliation “nuclear” option to force it through. Rep. Hoyer feigned a complete lack of information about the “Slaughter Solution”. For those of you who are unaware, this would involve Rep. Louise Slaughter on the Rules Committee attempting to use new rulings to completely avoid a vote. Hoyer made a comment he would “look into it”.

The dialogue uncovered a nugget of information that the Democrats in the House should likely be interested in as the time to vote on healthcare is brought for the final drama in Washington. The Stupak language which guaranteed that no taxpayer money would be used to fund abortions has been deleted from the reconciled bill. There are numerous pro-life groups who have clearly stated the Senate Healthcare Bill that passed, does not uphold the Hyde Amendment which states taxpayers will not be subsidizing abortions.

As if the aforementioned facts were not enough to sully the Democrat’s modus operandi, the following point on parliamentary procedure that should serve to shake the Democrats to their foundation. Representative Cantor revealed it is definite that the healthcare bill being passed by the House would have to be signed into law by President Obama before any legislation for amendment could be put before the Senate. Thus far, this has been a proposal voiced by many House leaders, including Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. The majority leaders are asking the Democrats to pass a bill that is not universally accepted, with the knowledge they would be able to get changes accomplished after the fact in the Senate. It is a “trust me” statement. As we all know from watching over the past years, proposed legislation is always questionable as to whether the managers allow them to be considered at all.

The bottom line of today’s debate is clear. The democrats will use whatever method is possible, to ram this bill down the throats of the American people. It does not matter if it is good for America, only that it accomplishes the President’s political agenda. The other item of note, is all of America should thank Republican Whip Eric Cantor for an outstanding job of representing the people.

Representative Cantor would have made the founding fathers proud today. I am asking everyone who reads this to go to Representative Cantors’ website ( http://www.ericcantor.com/ ) and show him support as he campaigns for re-election. America needs him as a part of the team to get the country back on track.

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The Perfect Storm Comes to America

Posted on January 1, 2010. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , |

We witnessed many changes in 2009.  Unfortunately, not many of the changes in 2009 benefited America.  In fact, the actions of this administration have devalued the dollar, increased unemployment, further crippled the economy, divided the country, and has shown no regard for the constitution or any of the existing laws of our land.   Politicians became giddy with their own power and openly bribed and coerced others to support them on unsavory causes.  A President came to power with the promise of hope and change.  Little did the people know, that he would introduce socialism and Marxist leaning individuals into the government.  Unemployment has soared under this administration.  It took our country from 1776 to 2008 to reach just over 5 Trillion dollars in debt.  In 12 months time (2009), our country saw an explosion of approximately 13 Trillion dollars of debt.  The national debt was doubled in less than 12 months! Is this the hope and change the President promised to the nation?

The politicians have spent money recklessly with no regard for the warnings of the worldwide economist community.  Money is now printed to cover the debts, thus making the value of the dollar dramatically decline.  China, one of the premiere lenders to the United States, warned that the proposed Healthcare Bill may not be a good idea given our debt situation.  China is essentially our banker, and we did not listen!  Americans were told by the Secretary of the Treasury to not spend so much money, be mindful of your debt!!  Yet the politicians were encouraged to wildly plunge our country into debt by the President of the United States.  Why?

The debt ceiling was raised by the Congress.  This action of raising the debt ceiling is so they can spend more.  Does any of this spending make sense in light of a struggling economy in the United States?  Yes, it makes perfect sense if you have read the writings of Saul Alinsky or Karl Marx.  Both of these individuals advocated driving a country into chaos by destroying the economy.  When you have complete chaos in a country, there is always room for radicals to use this to advantage and take over the country.  This is a standard procedure for people who want to install a tyrannical government over the masses.  Read the Manifesto by Marx, or Rules for Radicals by Alinsky.  You may be wondering at this point, who on earth would revere the aforementioned writers or those particular written works?  The answer may be difficult for many of you to hear.  The President, the majority of his Czars, Hillary Clinton, the former Czar Van Jones, the former Czar Anita Dunn, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Watson, Harry Reid, etc., etc.   All of them are students of these works and have exhibited their respect for those writers and those ideas on tyrannical power that is supposed to “benefit the masses”.  What America has witnessed is the perfect storm coming together in the United States.  Never in the history of our country have so many left leaning radicals been in charge in our government and in all surrounding offices.  From the cities, to the states, to the national government we find extreme leftists in power at the same time.  These people have been taught the theories of socialism, Marxism, and tyranny are the best way to retain power and control the population.  All of this has converged at a time when people were reacting “against” the former administration and yearning for something different.  This administration promised change, but the people had no idea what was yet to come.

The people of this administration and this Congress have exhibited little respect for the constitution as they have consistently been voting to ignore it.  Our own President has undermined the authority given to the Senate in the Constitution by installing Czars that were not evaluated nor approved by the standard procedures of the Congress.  Clearly he knew what he was doing by avoiding scrutiny of all of his “advisors”.  I’d like to mention a few of them and their attributes.  The manufacturing Czar stated he found a repulsion to capitalism and that he believed Mao had a good idea of having people look down the barrel of a gun.  The Czar of the Schools does not believe there is anything wrong with young boys having sex with adult men.  Anita Dunn, the former media Czar, said she frequently turned to Mao for ideas and thoughts (Mao was a mass murderer).  Consider the fact that these people are respected and revered by this President.  He chose them to be his trusted advisors on national matters.  Of the 32 people chosen by the President to be close advisors, the majority of them have affiliated with radicals and socialists most of their lives.  They tout the grandness of Castro and Chavez!  It has become difficult to recognize our country.  The media has ceased to report on any possible “hint” of radicalism affiliated with this administration. 

What can we do as concerned citizens to address these concerns?  I submit to you that the radicals are a very small portion of our population.  It just happens that they have the majority of the power in our country at this time.  As Americans we should exercise our rights given to us by the Constitution.  Legally, we have rights and need to be fully aware of how we can make positive change in this country at a time when it seems somewhat discouraging.  Stay tuned for a positive plan!

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Letter to Congress: America is Watching!

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

Dear Congress:

We the people have been watching the healthcare debate and all of you over the last several months.  To that end, the people want to be certain you are fully aware of our position on the activities in Washington. 

We the people are fully aware of the following:

1)      Bribes and sweetheart deals have been made to ensure the adequate number of votes are obtained for the healthcare bill.  These deals give advantages monetarily to corporations, individuals and states in exchange for support on the healthcare bill.  The deals discriminate against the millions of Americans who will pay more taxes and insurance premiums to pay for those promises.  For instance, the state of Nebraska is exempt on some costs, and the rest of the country will bear the burden.  Senators have been so bold on the Senate floor as to “brag” about the deal they achieved for their state over the other states. 

2)      This bill is not improving healthcare costs.  Healthcare premiums will increase for the Americans who are currently paying for healthcare. 

3)      The Constitution is being trampled on to satisfy the power grab by the Federal Government.  If you listened to the speeches on the floor of the Senate beginning December 21st and 22nd,  it was plainly stated the progressives think the rights of the Federal government take precedence over the rights of the people as enumerated in the Constitution.

4)      There is sleazy arm twisting going on in the democratic party behind closed doors to ensure the adequate number of votes are obtained for the healthcare bill.  Don’t tell us, this is how deals get done in Washington.  We don’t care. STOP now.

5)      Democrats are more than willing to add further burdens to the people in the form of taxes while we are struggling in this economic climate.  People are jobless, losing their homes, and struggling to put food on the table.  What did the progressives elect to do, to help us?  We know there are 10 new taxes. 

6)      Small businesses will suffer greatly under the penalties and mandates in this healthcare bill.  There are approximately 6,000 businesses in the USA which are selling medical devices.  New taxes on medical devices will cause many of them to go out of business, and jobs will be lost.  The net result is economically fewer people will be able to afford them, and more people will die as a result.  Nearly 1,000 people per day die from cardiac arrest.  To save these people, and prevent brain damage, a defibrillator needs to be within 5 minutes proximity of the person.  Fewer organizations will be able to purchase these due to the new tax regulations.  This is just one example of how the people will suffer more with this legislation in place.

7)      This isn’t about healthcare, but about ensuring unlimited powers of the Federal Government over the states and the people.  Re:  The speech of Max Baucus to the Senate on December 21, 2009.  Thank you to Mr. Baucus for making it crystal clear on the intentions of the Progressives.

8)      There is a text provision in the Healthcare Bill to prevent future Congresses from repealing this legislation.

9)     Both the President and the progressives in Congress have deceived the people.

10)  All of you are fully aware the American People do NOT support this legislation based upon the numerous poll numbers reported over the last several weeks.

Consider this your notice that we the people will not tolerate the arrogance exhibited by the progressives in Washington.  The Congress works for us, and not the other way around.  All of you are strongly encouraged to have a read of the Constitution and the enumerated powers.  Please be aware that thugs and bullies in the government are not going to be acceptable to any of us.

This writer is strongly encouraging everyone to make this message viral.  The people should send mail to their governors and legislators now to mandate passing of nullification bills.  There are precedents that have been made by the Supreme Court on the using of “interstate commerce” as an excuse for passing of unconstitutional legislation.  This legislation does not fall into any of the categories outlined by the Supreme Court in their interpretation of the enumerated powers of our constitution.  References include:  Wicker vs. Philburn, Gonzales vs Reich, USA vs Lopez, and USA vs. Morrison.  In these cases the Supreme Court rendered specific decisions on Commerce.  According to their guidelines, the Individual Mandate in the Healthcare legislation is not supported by the Constitution.  This was brought to light this morning in the Senate by Senator Ensign and Senator Hatch.

It is time we stand up for our liberty, and assert who works for whom, once and for all.

Kind regards,

The People who hired you

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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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Health care Moment #2 to think about!

Posted on November 7, 2009. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

There are a few places in the Pelosi Health Plan that is leaving the door open to add services shortly after the bill is passed.

Here is example one, here they may determine to add dental care to the package. This will add 10’s of millions with the addition of dental care to the current proposed package.

Report regarding includion of oral Health Care in Essential Benefits Package
—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit to Congress a report containing the results of a study determining the need and cost of providing accessible and affordable oral health care to adults as part of the essential benefits package.

The text below is a promise to provide assistance to hospitals and Doctors that want to help with the setting of standards for the electronic set up for the country’s medical population. This equals future promises to the healthcare community that are now supporting him and giving input. This money has not been calculated into the price tag of this bill.

(D) programs to provide incentives for, and ease the burden of, health care providers who volunteer to participate in the process of setting standards for electronic transactions;

The following states the government haven’t identified the initial benefit standards, so at this point no one knows the actual price of this gargantuan experiment.

DEADLINE.—The Health Benefits Advisory Committee shall recommend initial benefit standards to the Secretary not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.

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Health care Moment #1 to think about

Posted on November 5, 2009. Filed under: Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Here are two big items buried in the text of the new Pelosi Health care Plan.

Take a look at the unique verbage our government is using to mandate health coverage for illegal aliens. Take a look at how we define who is covered…

(A) Section 59B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, except that any resident of the territory who is not an affordable credit eligible individual but who would be an affordable credit eligible individual if such resident were a resident of one of the 50 States (and any qualifying child residing with such individual) may be treated as covered by acceptable coverage.


The information below puts current retiree benefits through their former employers at risk. In addition, if you retire after a certain time, you will no longer be permitted to have that insurance benefit offered by the former employer. In many cases retirees from large corporations pay little if any for their premiums. Now they will have unforseen expenditures on the public option – and this on their fixed income.

As of Y1, day 1 of the Government program, no retiree will be permitted to sign up for a retiree health insurance plan from their employer.
As of Y1 day 1 of the Government program, no current retiree health care plan can change the benefits offered or the cost. At this point, the government committee will review the plan to see if it is “acceptable”.  If the plan is deemed unacceptable, the retiree will be enrolled in the consumer option.

Watch this space for more…please circulate.

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German Speech to Joint House Session Today

Posted on November 3, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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.

It has never been more critical to reach out to our neighbors, friends, and colleagues to get the word out. America is a constitutional republic and will be staying that way!   It is up to us.

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New Health Plan set to “Crush” the Middle Class

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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:

  1. Non-coverage of pre-existing conditions
  2. Some people don’t have coverage
  3. Can’t afford it
  4. CHOOSE not to have it and save money
  5. 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:

  1.  # of 18 and under: 73.9M
  2.  # of unemployed in the country at this writing: 15.1M
  3.  # 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:

  1. Increase benefits for Medicaid recipients from 57% contribution by the government to 91%
  2. 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)
  3. Employers will be better off financially paying the fine, not offering coverage, and simply have employees take public options
  4. 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.

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#12 Representative Henry Waxman, It is time to go!

Posted on October 28, 2009. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem) was elected to Congress in 1974.  He is up for re-election in 2010. 

There are volumes about this man and what he has done in the government since 1974.   I will attempt to touch on the most salient points, as I found him to be one of many “blights” we are seeing in the American government today.  Representative Waxman has moved residence 3 different times in his career and has been elected in three different voting districts.  He has sponsored 149 bills in his career and 6 have passed.  The primary watchdog groups in the country have rated him as being consistently far left in his views.

Representative Waxman has worked with the Apollo Institute to generate the Cap N Trade Bill.  People reported on the ideas of the Apollo Group for economic recovery and Cap N Trade as far back as 2003.  Evidence can be found of this.  The bills that were passed by the Congress are almost identical to the left wing lobbyist ideas to be found on the Apollo Institute website. 

Who is the Apollo Institute?  They are an organization made up of various unions in the country and other special interest groups gathered under the umbrella of Apollo Institute.  One of the many left wing financial supporters Apollo Institute is the Joyce Foundation. This is the group often associated with trying to get rid of the people’s right to bear arms. There are numerous known Marxists and Socialists who support the Institute. The Apollo Institute claims to be a non-profit and is owned by the Tides Corporation.  These are the people who produced the indoctrination video that was purchased by over 7,000 schools.  The film taught the children that capitalism is bad for the people of America.  Do you know who will benefit from the Cap N Trade Bill that was designed primarily by the Apollo Institute? Their board members consist of people who own heavy interests in alternative energy companies and in companies that produce the components for solar energy.  The majority of their members are the 17 largest unions in the country and the major lobbyists in the US.

There are two obvious questions to ask.  What is in it for all the unions?  What is their real end goal in getting their goals accomplished?  What did they get out of the American Recovery Act and what will they get from the Cap N Trade?  What was in it for Representative Henry Waxman to do their bidding on two major pieces of legislation (Healthcare bill HR3200 before Congress and the Cap N Trade Bill)? 

The small business groups have rated Congressman Waxman in the lower percentile groups throughout his career.  He does not favor small entrepreneurial enterprises in his legislative votes.   Clearly his allegiance is to the labor groups and lobbyists if one looks at his overall record on voting and his public speeches.  The American Taxpayer group has rated his performance an F most recently and very low in prior years.  Representative Waxman has voted to spend more money and grow government at every opportunity regardless of the state of the economy.  The conglomerate of lobbyists and unions has the ear of Henry Waxman , more than the people of the United States.

He was a co-author of legislation that abolished mandatory retirement for Federal employees and raised the retirement age in the private sector from 65 to 70.  Please note this increases the time an elderly person must work in most cases.  It also does NOT apply to the politicians in the Congress, Senate, and Judiciary that govern all of us. 

Representative Waxman voted against the proposed bill to withhold federal funds to ACORN.  This organization is being investigated in 14 states for voter fraud.  There have also been several covert films made recently that captured the ACORN people advising people on how to handle businesses with underage prostitutes.  This man clearly has some kind of motivation to “protect” interests with ACORN.

In 2009, Rep. Waxman became Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The Energy and Commerce Committee has principal responsibility for legislation and oversight in the areas of public health, consumer protection, food and drug safety, air quality, the environment, energy, telecommunications, and interstate and foreign commerce.  After all the years of dubious associations, poor judgment, and lavish spending, can Henry Waxman be entrusted with such a powerful position in our legislature?

His allegiances aren’t in the best interest of the people, if you look at his entire record.  There is no plausible explanation as to why he would choose to continue to give taxpayer money to an organization under investigation in so many states.  Representative Waxman, you have been in office too long.  It is time to go!

“If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.”
James Madison (Federalist No. 39)

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#11 Representative Anthony Weiner, It is time to go!

Posted on October 23, 2009. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Congressman  Anthony Weiner (Dem), was first elected to the House in 1998.  He is up for re-election in 2010.

This Representative  has become known for being one of the “point” people on the Healthcare Reform options being considered by the Congress and the Senate.

Weiner Responds To Senate Finance Committee Rejection Of The Public Option

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D – Queens & Brooklyn), Co-Chair of the Caucus on the Middle Class and member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee released the following statement on today’s Senate Finance Committee vote rejecting the public option:

“It should come as no surprise that the Finance Committee rejected the public option amendment offered by Senator Rockefeller”

“After all, the health insurance lobby has won virtually everything it has fought for in the Finance Committee to date.”

“Fortunately, the bill is not being written in the Senate Finance Committee.”  “The American people support a public option. Doctors want a public option. The President has said he wants a public option. Without a public option there will be no competition, no cost containment and less choice. That is why it will be part of the bill.”

Polls and newscasts have begun to show the “facts” stated above, in the Senator’s speech, are not true.         

Here are some key facts on the Senator’s record:

1)     Weiner has been onboard completely with the Obama administration’s lavish economic policies from  the beginning. 

2)      His “good judgment included a request to release a man from prison who had received a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel.   Clearly the deed was serious enough to receive this sentence as dictated by the laws of the land, yet Congressman Weiner wanted a “custom” justice mandated for his cause.

3)      He touted how much the stimulus plan would “help NYC”.  It is now nearly at the end of October 2009.  There have not been any new jobs created in the entire state of NY by this bill (per recovery.gov).  Given the text of his earlier speech it appears the NYC area will be recipients of entitlements and grants.  The entire country (primarily the middle class) will be taxed to pay for NYC initiatives is what this means.  People in Brooklyn and Queens (the middle class) will be getting new taxes as well to help pay for the enormous stimulus package.  Somehow in the speeches he fails to alert constituents of the tax bill they will be paying for many years due to this law.

4)      Most recently, he had blasted the Social Security Administration for not giving a cost of living raise to the elderly.   This seemed odd given there was no cost of living increase in the economy this year per statistics.  **Remember he is up for election in 2010.

His resume and speeches indicate a person very “hungry” for the power and notoriety that comes with politics.  For instance, since the beginning he has touted a special “bond” and support for the middle class.  The middle class represents the majority of his New York district.  Usually he has attempted to introduce tax cuts for the middle class when it is close to an election year.  Yet, he is now proposing a sweeping Healthcare Reform Bill with a public option that would result in a much heavier taxation of the middle class and impose hardships on the elderly.  Representative Weiner has been in the “limelight” on the House Floor anytime there is an opporunity to be high profile on pro-Obama administration positions.  His speeches for the middle class are visible in every major talk show.  This keeps the people back in his District happy because they visibly “see” him saying things in support of them.  However, on the floor of the Congress  he has has been a strong supporter of virtually every major spending initiative by this administration (which will definitely result in hardship for the middle class).  This ensures he will get campaign support on a priority basis from this administration.

Recently in the Congress several amendments were brought forward to “itemize” several Solar studies and projects in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars.  May I remind everyone that Exxon Mobil, and all the other oil majors around the world have done exhaustive studies in this area and determined the technology is not there at this time to make this a cost effective solution for America or anyone else.  Yet, the Democrats passed all the amendments without flinching spending hundreds of more millions of dollars when the country is deep in debt and in extreme trouble financially.  Senator Weiner has made statements that this administration is progressive and “tackling” all the hard issues.  So now the politicians believe they can resolve all the issues with solar, regardless of the consistent and numerous results found by other expert studies over the past 5 years.  Did I mention that many of the companies who will be recipients of these millions of dollars in funds for studies are heavy Democrat supporters?  How convenient as we are approaching another election year for many of the heavyweights in the Democratic party!

So what is real?  His desire to help the middle class in election years, or his eagerness to “perform” on camera for the White House?  There is a consistency in his voting and numerous speeches on the House Floor.  He will support  all visible Democrat initiatives regardless of whether it benefits his beloved middle class.

Representative Weiner has been the protégé of Senator Schumer for several years, and is well-known as someone who has full and easy access to all the powerful people in the current administration.  From all appearances and from his pattern of behavior this appears to be another “Schumer in training”.  Is this really a good thing for the Constitutional Republic?  Congressman Weiner has quickly become the “consummate” politician learning how to placate his constituents in a visible manner and be the “popular guy” with the White House.  For this adept ability to speak from both sides of his mouth almost simultaneously, Congressman Weiner, it is time to go!

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.  ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 Representative Charles Rangel, It is time to go!

Posted on October 8, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , |

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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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#7 Congresswoman Mary Whitaker Bono Mack, it is time to go!

Posted on October 8, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

Mary Whitaker Bono Mack 

 

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

July 2008

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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#3 Congresswoman Lee, it is time to go!

Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , |

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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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWk6OYUv1QU

 

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L3FnWNkIzU

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxna9SfmBgs

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.
Thomas Paine

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#1 Speaker of the House Pelosi, time to pack your bags!

Posted on September 28, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTamBfz0Efo&feature=related

Lie exposed: Pelosi’s Power, Oversight and Control of the CIA after being briefed on Waterboarding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBvUKe_OIEw&feature=related

 

Michelle Malkin on Pelosi calling immigration enforcement “Un-American

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QITPuctLKzU&feature=related

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