We have seen and heard a lot of advertising through the years in Texas, that the Texans for Lawsuit Reform Group is a conservative organization. There are certain new developments that raise questions among the most trusting of individuals in Texas.
A bill is pending in the Texas House (HB 912) that would prohibit the use of drones to take pictures of individuals’ property without their consent. HB912 is an important piece of legislation to protect the privacy rights of Texans and has over 100 co-authors. Unfortunately, the special interest group “Texans For Lawsuit Reform” is actively lobbying against this bill because it includes necessary civil penalties.
When laws are made, they serve two purposes. The laws provide boundaries for appropriate actions in society, and civil and criminal consequences if one disobeys those laws. For something as serious as a drone being used without consent to surveil innocent property owners, I would think the public would want as many deterrants to that activity as possible. A child will not hesitate to tempt his boundaries if there are no penalties or consequences. Do we simply trust everyone has good intentions and hope for the best?
TLR hired an Austin Law Firm to give testimony to the legislative committee arguing against the bill which will protect property owners. This is yet another item to add to the list of: Is this a Conservative action?
Below, there is a letter from the President of TLR “explaining” why they believe the property owners should not have protection under the law
Please reach out and speak with your legislator today. Don’t let this special interest group override the rights of Texans for remedies under the law.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
People across Texas and the United States know the Straus family enterprises are focused on gambling. There are as many people for gambling in Texas as there are against it. The pros and cons of gambling are for another time and place. There are far more important aspects to the role of this particular Speaker of the House in the Texas 82nd legislature. Some of you are familiar with this information, while others are not. Over the coming months, information will be shared that shine a light on the manipulations and machinations which occurred during this legislative session.
The Speaker of the House position is one of two key leadership positions in active legislative sessions of Texas. This year was particularly challenging due to unfunded Federal Mandates, Redistricting Maps and a budget to balance for the biennium. There was a shortfall in the revenue looming large. The question of the hour was whether there had been a miraculous move toward a more conservative leadership since the last session led by Speaker Straus in 2009. Sadly, this was not to be.
The battle to be “crowned” Speaker again, was contentious at best. There was a challenge to his leadership by two strong conservatives. They could not get enough votes challenge Mr. Straus. Why? Joe Straus had people sign “pledge cards” to indicate their vote of support for him in the elections. His group of confidantes assisted by cajoling and coercing people to the inevitable conclusions of a pledge of support. Why is this important now? The story of this session and this Speaker begins with a brave Representative named Bryan Hughes who came forward with information about the whole intimidation process. Did you hear the rest of the story, as the late Paul Harvey was so fond of saying in his broadcasts.
A June 2nd article by John Alaniz, revealed Speaker Straus and his crew made good on the redistricting threats to those who would not pledge their vote for the his re-election as Speaker. In November of 2010, several months before the 2011 Texas Legislative Session began; Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes issued a press release stating that he had withdrawn his support from Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker (Bryan Hughes Press Release, 11/2010). Rep. Hughes explained a member of Straus’ leadership team had called and had “ brought up the subject of redistricting and explained to me how that process would be used to punish those members not on Speaker Straus’s list of supporters.” There was an ethics investigation, which raises more alarm bells than brings resolution to the matter. The chairman of the ethics committee gave Representative Hughes and Representative Phillips the option of whether to provide testimony under oath! Representative Hughes voluntarily took the oath and gave his testimony. Representative Phillips who allegedly made these veiled threats on behalf of Straus, did not testify under oath. This raises an important point. Perjury under oath could cause the loss of a license to practice law.
The Texas Tribune provided this golden nugget of testimony from Representative Phillips: “Representative Hughes statement is unequivocally false,” Phillips said in response. ”I did not tell Representative Hughes that maps were already being drawn to get rid of Representative-elect [Erwin] Cain or Representative Flynn. I also did not tell Representative Hughes that there was a plan to use redistricting to punish those who were not on Speaker Straus’ support list.”
The House map was finalized and signed into law. The new map was exactly what Representative Hughes had indicated was in “the warning”. The facts now vindicate the elected officials who earnestly tried to warn the people and the legislators of the power that was being wielded to re-elect Joe Straus.
The House Redistricting map was a carefully orchestrated event, utilizing powerful lobbyists, legal resources, and some expert negotiation with various legislators. The map that emerged as the winner, punished the strongest conservatives who had stood together to vote for an alternative leader of this session. Somehow, it was voted through by the House legislators, despite what had been done to their colleagues. Read what actually happened beginning with a point of order by Calendars Chairman Todd Hunter which was specific to this bill (this timetable forced work on Good Friday and the Easter Weekend): http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/82r/pdf/82RDAY60FINAL.PDF#page=4
This map was expedited much like the notorious Obamacare, presenting many obstacles to people who would like to have a voice for their constituents. Speaker Joe Straus presided over final proceedings for the House Bill. Representative Hunter and Solomans indicated this was an “emergency” that must be finalized and moved to the Senate. Who uses the same strategy in Washington that everything is a crisis and must be rushed through prior to people having input? In the above link, please read through a few pages, when Representative Hunter (Calendars Chair), and Representative Solomons (Redistricting Chair) explain their rule which would cause Christians to be working on Good Friday and Easter Weekend to accommodate the point of order.
Redistricting maps are always difficult, is the mantra of every person in the House and Senate. There is difficult, and there is contrived. I draw your attention to a speech given by Representative Cain in the House Journal when this map (which punished those who opposed Straus) was coming up for the final vote: http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/82r/pdf/82RDAY64FINAL.PDF#page=37
The people of Texas got exactly what they feared with the re-election of Joe Straus. This session reflected a liberal leadership from day one. Speaker Straus had a far reach and was able to “convince” many people to overlook things that were glaring throughout the session. A conservative majority was elected, and great hopes were pinned on this session. There were a limited number of conservative bills that were passed which kept the public from noticing many of the appalling decisions/actions in this session. Think for a moment about what is being said by the politicians. Over 10,000 bills were filed. More than 1400 were passed, including resolutions. Yet, the representatives boast about the same 5-6 bills in speeches across the state. Odd. Not to worry, over the coming months, many of the passed bills will be discussed with the public. You may find it illuminating. Texas may have a spooky dude…Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 6 so far )
The past few days in Texas have been enlightening as far as patriot groups and news outlets are concerned. Granted, the frustration of Texans with this legislative session is at an all time high. The most disturbing part of all is the number of patriot leaders seeking moments of “limelight” in the press, without having the facts. Assuredly, most of these people mean well. However, there is a sacred honor that should be evident, when trusted sources report to the people.
Let’s begin by talking about the time between the election and the legislative session. There were no doubts about Speaker Joe Straus, due to his track record previously in the state as speaker and representative. The man is liberal, and makes decisions based upon his own needs. Yet, there was a primary teaparty leader of a group in Houston Texas who wrote an article that it didn’t matter if Joe was elected Speaker of the House. Per this leader, the people could “control” the legislature. After all, we were awake. This tea party leader has a fair amount of reach and knowledge. Today, I might say to her followers, you believe in her credibility – WHY?
Having spent hours and weeks in Austin, studying the legislature and bills, it is astounding to see the number of misinformed people in Texas. Well-known patriot groups, patriot members, bloggers, and media have been actively circulating incomplete and wrong information to suit their political preferences. How dare any of us exploit the everyday working Texans? What happened to accurate reporting for all the right reasons? It is egregious for people to use social media outlets to misguide the people. How is it the informed people speaking to the masses don’t know the Texas constitution or the procedures for a bill to pass the legislature? How is it they do not know who has the power in Texas during legislative sessions? How is it they don’t know exactly what happened to a bill, yet they continue to circulate inaccurate information to the masses?
In a legislative session, the Lt. Governor of Texas has the most power, closely followed by the Speaker of the House. The Governor may make suggestions on what is slated as an emergency item for the legislature. He has zero power to force the Speaker of the House or the Lt. Governor on the how and when they take actions. If a person studied the legislature this year, a pattern would emerge.
When Straus and Dewhurst named committee chairs and worked with them to determine the members, these actions determined ownership of the power. There were a handful of people controlling the personal agenda for Straus and Dewhurst. It had nothing to do with the people of Texas.
In May, Straus and Dewhurst openly defied the Governor with their choice on the formation of the committee to look at Higher Education. The Governor had focused on Higher Education reform for quite a while. He mentioned some of his ideas in speeches to the public and the legislature. Take a look at the press release and the names of people who have been appointed to the group. None of the conservative legislators heavily involved in reform ideas were included. The people on the list are the ones who will support the status quo in higher education. Why do you believe the Governor has the power to dictate actions to the Speaker and Lt. Governor? Where is the basis of those “facts”?
Yes, we got some good bills out. Those bills did not interfere with the agenda at hand (of Speaker Straus or Lt. Gov. Dewhurst), and distracted the public while other things were being discussed in the legislature. What was the agenda? If one looks at the overall number of bills and content, it appears to be a power play that will be completed in 2012 and 2013. Redistricting maps ensured the strongest conservatives in the state, who are against gambling will likely lose their seat. Deals were made to get a lot of people in a position to agree with these measures. Undue amounts of money were spent in the budget, regardless of the enormous bills facing Texas in 2013. Special interest groups ruled. This weakened Texas, but guaranteed the number of votes needed to pass legislation wanted by Straus and Dewhurst. Some might say this is politics. It is the selling out of Texas.
Specific actions by people in the press, placed the blame for this year’s debacle at the Governor’s door. Of course, the liberal press is counting on no one in Texas knowing how the legislature works! Liberals have wanted to topple Texas conservatives for a very long time. Has anyone stopped to ask who that would benefit and why?
The politic gameplaying this season, was a textbook study in deception, blocks, and innuendo to achieve goals of the people in charge. Over the next few months, I will publish specific examples proving the allegations made in this article. In fact, go look for the facts yourself. You will be surprised at the amount of public data that can be found on this session, fully supporting these points.
What will happen in 2013, when we do not have the money to pay the bills? Would it be a state income tax that is suggested as a solution, or will it be gambling? Formula One Racing was passed this session. It has already been approved by the City of Austin. This will be a large complex, that is surrounded by more open land for more vendors and projects. Think about this. Even if you are not against gambling, statistics show the crime rate will rise 3 to 1. Can we afford more of a crime issue, given the open border and immigration problems? People from dozens of terrorist countries come and use the Mexican border as the gateway to America. Currently there is a war on crime in our state, do we need more?
Seven people controlled the legislative agenda for the most part. Without these gatekeepers, good legislation would have gone to the floor in a timely manner, and been passed. There were choices on what went to the floor. On the House side, the most powerful gatekeepers appointed by Straus were Jim Pitts (Appropriations), Burt Solomans (Redistricting), and Todd Hunter (Calendars). None of the key legislation could get to the floor without touching one of these chairmen. On the Dewhurst side of the house, we had Ken Seliger (Redistricting), and Steve Ogden (Finance). By looking at the impact of those chairs, and the people on those committees, you will see the whole picture.
A closing comment to patriot groups. The majority of the groups are thoughtful people, trying to get to the truth, so it may be shared with others. What is the purpose of this article? It is time to warn people they need to be careful when getting information from so-called leaders. Whether it is me, or someone else in the patriot world, it is time to question everything. A multitude of people with conflicting agendas have infiltrated these groups. They want third parties. They want a bit of the spotlight.
Thank you to the groups who continue to strive for the truth, when educating the masses. It isn’t important who gets the recognition with the masses or the media. It is important we get it right, and remove the people from office that sold us out. As for the misguided people spreading vicious gossip without substance, more credibility would be gained by telling the truth. Think about it.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 20 so far )
Some fantastic news was announced yesterday by the Texas Public Policy Foundation! Several conservative organizations have banded together to launch a broadcast campaign reaching out to Texans on important fiscal matters. We all appreciate our way of life here in Texas, and need to take a moment to listen to these messages. They are short and to the point. Fiscal responsibility matters in our state. Let’s keep our state strong, and independent. To continue, we must be willing to make the tough decisions now on the budget.
The founding members of Texans for a Conservative Budget include the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Americans for Prosperity-Texas, Americans for Tax Reform, Empower Texans, Heartland Institute, Liberty Institute, and the National Federation for Independent Business-Texas.
Tonight in the Austin area, the first television commercial will air during one of my favorite conservative shows – NCIS. I am including the links to the three commercials, which can be circulated to others. It is timely and critical that we bring pressure to bear on the Texas State Senate. The House budget was done with a great deal of thought as to how the tough decisions today, would ensure our security in future. As stated in my earlier article, the Texas Senate will add 12 Billion in spending.
Call/write/fax/visit your senators! Tell them we do not have the money to spend! Remind them of the coming Medicaid debt and other unfunded liabilities.
Here are the links for all of you to forward to friends and family:
Texans for a Conservative Budget – First spot
Texans for a Conservative Budget – Second spot
Texans for a Conservative Budget – third spot
A big thank you goes out to these conservative organizations that continue to bless Texas with their hardwork!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
Where does the budget process in Texas stand at this time? The Texas House passed a budget with various cuts, and identified a need for using 3.1B of the Rainy Day Fund. This proposal then went to the Senate. The Senate has their own budget proposal. It spends 12B more than the House Proposal. This budget process is going to end up in conference.
When the House and Senate offer two different solutions to the same bill, the legislation then moves to a committee made up of some members of the House and Senate. Their job is to negotiate a solution which satisfies the legislature as a final solution. In this instance, there will be debates about where to cut money and how much.
Mr. Talmadge Heflin, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation identified 3 priorities for the legislature with regard to the budget for the next biennium. Go to this site for more info on the House and Senate budgets: http://www.texaspolicy.com/legislativeupdates_single.php?report_id=3719
There are 3 things that lead to logical solutions on the budget.
- Make the necessary cuts
- Don’t raise taxes
- Don’t use the Rainy Day Fund
The Senate chose to disregard the advice of economists, experts, the Governor and the people of Texas. They have elected to spend more money when they are fully aware of the unfunded mandates the state is facing in 2013. New sources of money were used by the Senate to help pay for some of their programs, but it does not solve the future problem.
Before Texas gets into dire straits, there must be austerity measures taken in the state. In the past year, Americans have witnessed many states teetering on the verge of bankruptcy trying to make quick fixes. Several states have bond ratings now in jeopardy of a downgrade, due to excessive spending. Is this what we want for Texas?
Please call your legislators and state clearly the need for fiscal restraint prior to the emergency! Let’s show the rest of the country how it’s done.
As a final thought of what to say to the legislators: We pay you to be smart and do the very best for the citizens that elected you to office. Show you have the integrity and character to do what is best for Texans.
- Get rid of duplicity across departments
- Freeze all discretionary spending for two years
- Freeze hiring in all departments of the state for two years.
Herman Cain spoke this evening at the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC in Woodlands, Texas. There was much to learn about the man at the press conference and during the event. Passion and knowledge prevailed in his insightful views on the state of the country and the possibilities.
Recently, Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve declared we don’t really have much inflation and that the economy is recovering. I asked Mr. Cain if he would share his views on the Federal Reserve. His answer was succinct and on point. He does not think we need to do away with the Federal Reserve. Mr. Cain served on the Board of the Federal Reserve in the 90s. His opinion is the Federal Reserve has changed significantly since he served, and needs to be fixed. Quote Mr. Cain: “I respectfully disagree with Chairman Bernanke regarding inflation. There is inflation when I go to pump gas and the price has gone up a dollar a gallon.” Mr. Cain also stated he respectfully disagreed with Chairman Bernanke on the recovery in America. “How could we be in economic recovery when 15M people are unemployed? This month’s numbers on unemployment have gone back up over 400,000! This is not recovery.” In his view, the Federal Reserve has become overly politicized.
Mr. Cain observed we had become a nation of crises. America has a crisis of morality, economics, immigration, spending, energy, national security, and a lack of leadership. It is important in leadership to identify the right problem, surround yourself with the right people, and provide common sense solutions. In his view, the lack of leadership is permitting the crises to continue growing in the country.
He expressed amazement regarding the President;s decision on loaning money to Brazil for drilling oil. The President stated the United States would be Brazil’s customer. Mr. Cain was passionate in his argument we should be our own customer. It is important to drill here, and drill now! If he runs for President, this is a priority.
When asked why he should be President, the answer was insightful. He is a problem solver. The career experience reflects a gift at problem solving. The job of President, particularly in these difficult times in America, requires a problem solver.
Over the past 7 days, he had traveled to 9 states and had 16 engagements. Why? He is talking to conservatives and determining if he will run for President. In his mind, he had set 4 criteria for his decision. Three of the four criteria had exceeded expectations. The fourth criteria had met expectations. He is a few weeks away from making a decision. It was not his intention to ever run for President. He felt compelled to consider it, after the President signed Obamacare into law. This law is unconstitutional and tramples on the rights of Americans. Mr. Cain takes liberty very seriously.
During his speech, there were several specific examples given of economic changes he would make in the country. Stimulating the economy requires putting more money in the hands of individuals and businesses. He proposed a 6.2% tax holiday for one year for the employers and employees. There were several ideas proposed to promote business in the United States rather than allowing the business to go overseas.
It was clear by the end of the speech, Mr. Cain is a leader. He has a vision of how to solve the nation’s problems. His advice to the audience: “Stay Informed, Stay Involved, and Stay Inspired. Everyone will need to participate in efforts countering the plethora of misinformation that is being circulated. There is 50% of the country that doesn’t have a clue. Doing research and getting educated on the issues will be a critical component of the plan to win in 2012.
I would be remiss if the highlight of the evening was not included. For the finale, speakers and Teaparty volunteers gathered on stage for a song. They were singing God Bless America and Mr. Cain led the audience in singing with them. This was one of those “Kodak” moments you know will not be forgotten for a very long time.
So, is he the “one” to run for President and win it for conservatives in 2012? At this point, he is probably one of only a handful of people who could adequately address the challenges facing our country. His expertise and wisdom clearly outshines the Administration in Washington today. The love he exhibits for God, family, and country is evident. Clearly he would be a formidable candidate against President Obama. We will know shortly!
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Ronald ReaganRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
An article that implied there was an irresponsible bill specific to Hazardous Waste activity in Texas was circulated this week by a local Houston talk show host. While reading the piece, a lot of alarm bells started going off. I saw the same article on a website called wetexans. The latter site belongs to Debra Medina, former gubernatorial candidate. My concern was triggered by a mention of a compact with Vermont. Those of you who know me, realize much of the past two years, my focus has been on usage of interstate compacts in strengthening state powers and protection on the healthcare issue. The article did not reflect indepth knowledge of how interstate compacts work, particularly this one. I decided this was a strong accusation about the bill in question and I wanted to learn more. More troublesome is the fact the Sierra Club was quoted in the article as raising the initial doubts about the power of this bill. Fear mongering for any reason, is not appropriate as an action. The Sierra Club is an extremist leftist organization which puzzled me more, as the two sources for the article claim to be conservatives. In Dallas, an article was written by a liberal blogger who quoted Mother Jones (yet another leftist organization).
Here is the link to the first opinion piece that was circulated with false accusations and inaccurate information: http://community.icontact.com/p/thecivilright/newsletters/thecivilright/posts/the-patriots-digest
Here is the link to the second opinion piece on Hazardous Waste: http://www.wetexans.com/dumping-on-texas/ Originally this second article was identical to the first one. It was changed one day after news of my investigation n Austin was brought to the attention of the ladies. Although “facts” of this news article are cleaned up a little, the inaccuracies are still there.
The opinion piece was regarding Texas House Bill 2184. Click on the following link to go the Texas State Legislature site for the complete information on the bill: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/billlookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=78R&Bill=HB2184#
Sierra Club had issues with the vagueness of the article and were worried about the implications of “any kind of waste could be dumped in Texas” by taking away part of the necessary process. The two ladies perpetuated blogs that took this bit of information, coupled it with the fact a private company is involved and developed a story of political favors, taxpayers that would suffer, and the overall horrors of Hazardous Materials and Texas. A piece of journalism that capitalizes on fear, doubt, and uncertainty at the expense of Texans. Who were the two women attempting to “help”?
I went to two sources for fact checking. First, I read all the published materials on the Texas legislative website to discern what we are talking about. Most importantly, I went to Austin yesterday, to speak directly with the legislator who sponsored the bill. Texas State Representative, Tryon D. Lewis spoke with me at length about the initial state compact previously developed around the disposal of hazardous waste and the why of it. The states simply cannot afford to develop their own solutions, so the usage of private companies is not unusual. Representative Tryon does not know Mr. Simmons, the head of the private company used in Texas(note the accusation of political favors in the article) . The facts I found to refute the premise and the focus of the article are abundant. The “compact” mentioned previously is actually an interstate compact. Texas agreed several years ago, that low level hazardous materials could be disposed of in remote Texas locations. It was the most cost effective way to dispose of Texas Waste and provide help for disposal of waste from Vermont. As with any Interstate Compact (especially involving hazardous materials), there are a lot of reporting checkpoints and safeguards on this process.
Here are the facts for Texans: Texas taxpayers are not in jeopardy on these projects. There are bonds and securities put up by the private company prior to any project. Another fact is low level radiation waste becomes benign after a relatively short time. The amount of waste and type of waste is fully regulated and this bill does not change the substance of the interstate compact. Texas does receive some revenue on these projects.
The current bill does not change anything, but the mechanics of an existing state compact.
The blogs by the two ladies mentioned, indicated there was a lot of room for latitude and misuse of the law with regard to the type of hazardous waste, etc. This simply is not the case. A Sierra Club quote was used to support their theory. Other blogs that are all fired up about the possible misuse of this law, have appeared in other parts of the state use quotes from Mother Jones, another leftist article.
What is clear is these are not the works of conservatives, nor was the articles accurate. The biggest question in all of this: “what are writers hoping to achieve by circulating these articles”.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 7 so far )
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 MadisonRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
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.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
Tea parties and other patriot groups are the same as the GOP, Democrats, and Libertarians. These groups are all diverse. All groups are human beings inclusive of those with passions, fears, good people, bad people, fringe people, mainstream people, and those who lust for power and glory.
Full credit is given to groups that have awakened the country. My belief is the GOP, Democrats, Libertarians, and patriots groups all have contributed to the awakening of a nation. It has become an interesting drama unfolding as various patriot groups have fallen into the same traps as our National and Local Politicians. Many groups have grown out of the new kid on the block who is working hard to make a difference. What have they become?
People can be easily seduced by power and greed. Patriot groups are no different. Bullies have emerged who, much like 3 year olds, are demanding their 15 minutes of glory in the media. These people typically stomp their feet, and take adversarial positions rather than attempting to get the facts and articulate possible solutions. They are rapidly losing credibility by the inability to remain objective and focus on results. Other groups will gladly circulate innuendo without factual basis, just to become known.
My belief is the job will get done, if we remain, cool, calm, and collected. Gather the facts. Just like a lawyer is trained, know all the answers prior to asking a question. Most of these rather loud, pretentious voices are just background noise and easy fodder for the liberals. Preparation is key. Look at the superior results by the Liberals due to their meticulous planning.
A good example of quality that yields results is a local tea party in Texas. The group is very positive, and does extensive fact gathering, before approaching politicians. They have achieved credibility and are effectively getting people to listen. Being well educated about facts prior to attending meetings, is their trademark. These patriots do not bully, or work to get any limelight for their efforts. Quietly, and patiently the group works hand in hand with elected officials to help identify solutions in a very difficult environment. People listen to reason. The group is growing. The result has been amazing as local Houston radio stations have invited them to share insights and engage in further dialogue. Their range of influence is a result of good preparation and execution.
Other patriot groups actively worked every waking moment to gain media visibility. They call into radio shows frequently just to be heard. Chasing the media at every turn is their modus operandi. It has become somewhat of a joke by people who don’t currently belong to patriot groups. These people fail to get the point. Their immediate goal is to spew vitriol and gain notoriety by having their name in lights. Patriot groups such as these are not growing bigger, but actually deterring the public from becoming a part of the solution for America. These patriots have allowed this type of behavior to define their group/mission. In fact, the “mission” appears to be missing in action!
Many will say I have drunk the Kool-Aid. No, in fact, I am applying a lifetime of business experience to a challenging situation in our country. The strategy should be: How do we get the country back on track before it is completely lost? Instead I see a lot of small power plays to bully the Congress! Has any of you bothered to talk and find out what is going on, before stamping feet, getting in front of a camera, and pretending to know how to get the job done? IF people behaved this way in business environments, they would be fired. A person is either part of the effort or considered counterproductive to the task at hand.
1. Conservatives only have the House.
2. Conservatives do not have the Senate.
3. Conservatives do not have the Presidency.
4. Conservatives do not have the Department of Justice.
5. Most of the higher court judges now have Obama appointees that legislate new law from the bench with zero conscience about it.
Given the above situation, whether 500B is proposed as a cut or 50B, is immaterial. The Senate will stop anything that interferes with their goal. We need to think of how to use the law to advantage and work with people currently in Washington to prepare for coming elections. This means some items can be done now, to ready legislation and subpoenas for the upcoming event, when we do have the majority. However, make no mistake. There is zero chance of gaining a majority if we continue to be in the spotlight for attacking conservatives. Other people listen to the news who are not currently involved in conservative groups. Major networks delight in covering negative events initiated by patriot groups. Tens of thousands of people will be influenced by these events.
If you truly want to take the country back, be smart. Don’t waste efforts further empowering the liberals. The conservatives cannot do much, because we the people did not get the job done by taking control of the Senate. Function with facts and knowledge of how things were done and why. There is plenty of blame to go around for everyone. Let’s put a period on it and move on.
It is time to get down to business with people who can help us as we put together a strategy and tactics to ensure winning in 2012. NONE of us know everything that is happening in Washington. My suggestion is either we stop whining, bullying, cajoling, and step up to working as a group to get the job done or give up now.
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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.
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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/
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For over two years now, I have watched every session of the House and Senate. It should probably be entitled: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. However, a new day has come. Although America did not win the Senate, we did win the House by some of the most significant numbers since the Great Depression.
I have watched and waited. Each moment of frustration, anger, determination, and valor was exhibited by Conservatives for the world to see on the floor of the Congress. How many people in America would never be aware of how these remarkable individuals were brow beaten, taunted, and excluded by the Majority (Liberal) party? The media certainly didn’t cover it. I’ve tried my best to reach out on numerous blogs to make people aware of the literal transformation on the floor of the House. It was clear to see the “light bulb” was going off for many of them, just as it had for the Tea Party. They recognized how close we were to changing our country forever.
Stepping up the pace, I began to give speeches about what was being witnessed, so that others might know about the positive changes that were occurring. As the frequency of speeches requested increased, the hecklers and infiltrators at these gatherings increased as well. People were making fun of Speaker Boehner and stating clearly Congress was doing nothing. I knew this to be lies, because of the dedicated time for over two years to the research effort.
Did you know that George Washington wept when contemplating the battle facing he and his men in surviving the harsh wintry weather at Valley Forge? We have had many leaders who had greatness thrust upon them, and they were overcome with momentary emotion as they began their journey. Is there doubt in any patriot’s mind at the magnitude of the task and the importance of getting our country back, before it’s too late? I might have shed a tear or two as well, had this quest been placed upon my shoulders. Speaker Boehner, like so many leaders in our past, is humbled by the whole experience. Some of the finest leaders our country has ever known, have exhibited the same emotion over the honor. He does not deserve the wrath of the conservatives in this country, but rather our support.
If you go to the majority leader’s website, the entire list of programs they have terminated, and the summary of all budget cuts is there: http://www.majorityleader.gov/YouCut/ The first pass at cuts was to focus on elimination of any job killing programs, or obvious waste. It is not an easy task. I challenged myself recently to try and unravel very complicated Federal Budgets. The fact that they are this complicated is an instant red flag to me.
The budgets are not all the House accomplished. There is much more. Go to the Republican Study Commitee website to get a better view of what they have done to date: http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/default.aspx
In conclusion, perhaps we should all consider the tasks of the American people. To prevent the further transformation of our beloved country, it is imperative to take the Senate back and the White House. These need to be filled with as many conservatives as possible. The unfortunate part of the next two years is all the good work of the House will likely be minimized due to the blocking of everything by the Senate with the liberal majority.
As good conservatives, what do you think the impact will be if we continue to slam the conservatives in the blogs and speeches for every move they make? Do you think these actions could possibly persuade voters (or new people in the patriot movement) to change their vote? If we whine and moan, without giving any facts….we the people are sabotaging our possibility of winning in 2012. Think about it. Do you want to be part of the effort to save the country? OR, would you rather help the liberals completely rob us of our liberty? The choice is up to each of us.
President Barack Obama continues to hurt oil and gas industry by eliminating oil & gas incentives and preferences with a fiscal 2012 federal budget request increasing direct taxes on industry by an estimated $3.472 billion next year and $43.612 billion over 10 years. US producers and refineries operating internationally would pay an additional $532 million in fiscal 2012 and $10.758 billion during 2012-21 under modified rules for dual-capacity taxpayers under the foreign tax credit.
There is a wave of instability engulfing the Middle Eastern Countries. America buys much of their oil and gas from these countries. So, let me get this straight…. We have a President crippling the oil and gas production in our country at a time when our other sources may be soon “off-limit”?
There is no other way to interpret the increasing anti-American methods used by this President to dismantle America and “transform” it to a leftist third world country. He and all of his henchmen should be found guilty of treason on many counts. For one thing, each time Congress stops them, they turn to the EPA and the Department of Justice to ignore the Congressional mandates. These two government groups have become the henchmen for this Administration. The second reason they are guilty of treason is that they are picking and choosing which laws to enforce and which laws they declare unconstitutional without any verdict by the courts. The third and most important reason is that the President involves himself on a regular basis in matters that are not the purvue of the President of the United States. We have seen everything from a beer summit which interfered with local authorities, to many secret meetings with union officials.
And lest we forget, for whatever reason, this President has refused to show a birth certificate. In my mind, the most significant part of this action, is that he has defied what has been required for every President – proof of natural citizenshp. Why should he be allowed to defy the Constitutional laws of this country?
If anyone doubts the peril this country is in, please have a look at a few of the headlines in the Wall Street Journal or the Telegraph News Paper in London. There have been hundreds of reports about this President and his administration ignoring the laws of the land and blazing new leftist trails using their own people such as the EPA, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice. These people have picked up the pace and it is increasingly difficult to keep up with all of the regulations and stripping away of laws that they are doing. There are over 157,000 regulations in this country now. The Departments, like EPA, have been given authority by the President to make regulations that are binding for the public. These are non-elected officials who are making law. Congress makes laws. This is a direct violation of our American system of law.
What to do? It is imperative we place more conservatives in the House, the Senate, and in the White House in 2012. By this, I mean no Marxists, no Socialists, and no experimental third party. The left is moving fast. Conservatives need to unite and stay focused. Watch for divisive efforts by the left. Question everything. America’s future is in our hands.
Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.
Recently, I attended two days of conferences in Austin, Texas. This was the annual conference for the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). The non-partisan organization examines each issue facing Texas with a keen eye for the pros and cons. Thousands of hours are invested in research each year, yielding an overview of suggested optimum solutions. The Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute have long been a part of their efforts and participated this year. This conference, like the other events sponsored by the TPPF throughout the year was very well-attended by legislators and writers from across Texas.
What I found in this conference, was a multitude of ideas that could be used by many states in efforts to combat fiscal problems and Federal Overreach. The topics covered, represented a wide range of known challenges confronting the Texas Legislature and people of Texas this year. This author chose to attend healthcare, state budget, and energy sessions as a focus.
The first session of note revolved around Healthcare Exchanges: Good Deal or Raw Deal? Distinguished panelists for this discussion included several persons of note, including Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier. For those of you who are unaware, Mr. Haislmaier has been leading the way in his research for the Heritage Foundation in the area of Healthcare. I might add this session was moderated by the Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth, Executive Director and Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the TPPF. Ms. Wohlgemuth, has long been recognized as an expert on Healthcare policy.
What we learned is Healthcare exchanges are a necessary component of a complete healthcare policy. My conclusion after hearing the various opinions, is that a Healthcare exchange is a must. All panelists agreed Healthcare exchanges are needed, and Texas and other states should proactively create what is in the best interest of it’s citizens. Texas State Representative, Dr. John Zerwas had already filed legislation in January 2011 to establish a state Healthcare Exchange. In theory, an exchange will enable individuals and small businesses to access the competitive rates enjoyed by large corporations simply by banding together. The interesting point in this discussion is what is created for Rhode Island may not be suitable for Texas or any other state. One size/type does not fit all with Healthcare exchanges, or general Healthcare. This is the importance of each state creating the most applicable solution for their circumstance. Demographic components of the respective state plays a large part in the definition of unique qualities of a state. Whether a state’s population are primarily in urban or rural locations is also a primary consideration as the requirements are defined by a state.
Continuing with the healthcare theme, there was an excellent panel discussion on whether Texas should opt out of Medicaid. It isn’t possible to “opt out” for many reasons. However, there needs to be new definitions considered for Medicaid. The choice is clear. Something must be done this year to address the exploding Medicaid costs. In Texas, Medicaid costs have increased dramatically since 2000. This is without the consideration of Obamacare. In 2000, Medicaid costs for the state of Texas were $11 Billion dollars. In 2011, the costs for Medicaid will exceed $30 Billion dollars. Clearly hard decisions and a new approach needs to be adopted to get the spending under control in Texas. At this time, the state contributes 30% on Medicaid costs and the Federal Government contributes 70%. Everyone voiced concern that the massive Federal deficit is likely to reduce the amount of support from the Federal Government. The state must develop some sort of “safety-net” for the people. The conversation on Medicaid and overall healthcare needs to be redefined. In Texas, State Representative Charlie Howard filed legislation to prevent Obamacare from coming to Texas. The majority of the conservative states are actively fighting to block this travesty of Federal overreach. This is a key component of the state solutions.
I strongly encourage everyone to read available research papers on healthcare policy by the experts. For your convenience, links are included below to the available research. Medicaid is but one troubling aspect of America’s healthcare dilemma. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare), the Medicaid recipient base will be enlarged dramatically. This will likely collapse the Medicaid system, and bankrupt the majority of the states, if action isn’t taken immediaetly. The time to address healthcare and Medicaid is now, prior to the enactment of the Obamacare law in 2014. Bear in mind much of the challenge for satisfactory solutions is due to constraints placed upon Texas (and the other states) by specific Federal Regulations. The conclusion is the entitlement program of Medicaid is in trouble, and the enactment of the Obamacare law could topple budgets and Medicaid programs across the country.
Honorable Arlene Wohlegemuth at the Texas Public Policy Foundation:
Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier at the Heritage Foundation:
Senior Fellow, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato Institute
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The 2010 elections saw many changes in the political landscape of Texas. Liberals moved en masse to Texas. This was a dedicated effort to make inroads for the Democrat party in a large conservative state. Liberal blogs sprang up by the dozens. Social groups were formed in an effort to influence people to be angry toward their state government. There was a lot of deception used to change conservatives to a rabble rousing crowd. Speakers appeared all over the state working to convince the public, the liberal choices were the best for them. Disgruntled losers in the primaries became useful tools for the left. People in Texas had become both scared and angry by the disregard for fiscal responsibility in Washington and these people and groups played upon those emotions for their own gain.
So, what were some of the most egregious symptoms, and how do we combat these groups?
The tactics first became apparent during the 2010 elections. Washington was in disarray, there was economic uncertainty, high unemployment, and what did the liberals in Texas say was the priority? Property taxes! The Titanic is going down and the liberals managed to get tens of thousands in Texas to believe this was the priority. Yes, let’s argue about the price of the stateroom as the ship is sinking. This was far from a joke. Dozens of articles sprang up all over the state, gatherings were held to ratchet up the people’s passion and to distract them from the work at hand. Don’t I believe property taxes are horrible? Yes. Do I believe they are out of control? Yes. However, none of this will matter if the Federal Government takes away all of my rights and I am taxed at a Federal Level which causes an inability to pay for the basics such as food.
After the elections, the subterfuge continued by the liberal left. There were some interesting additions to the propaganda around the state in the late fall. The next addition of innuendo indicated Texas was not truthful about their unemployment numbers. The latest diatribe makes allegations that the debt of Texas is much greater than has been reported to the public.
In an effort to put the latest smear campaign to rest, I have spent time investigating the rumor about the debt. The time had come to discredit these unworthy assaults on our Texas government. I found an article that perfectly describes how the numbers were obtained for the correct number and gives more information on our budget. You can access this information at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. This is a non-partisan foundation that focuses on research created by some of the best minds in the country. The link is here: http://www.texaspolicy.com/legislativeupdates_single.php?report_id=3460
The leftist bloggers and organizations have tried to tar the reputations of our State Comptroller and others who are instrumental in the operations of our state government. We must boldly question all efforts by the few to destroy the integrity of our state. What are they after? The answer is clearly the Texas voter!
“Truth lives on in the midst of deception” Friedrich Von Schiller
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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.
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Recently Governor Rick Perry was in Houston, Texas for a round of book signing. He had written a book called “Fed UP!” and it was released the week of the election. Some may say it sounds somewhat self-centered to have a book tour on the heels of a successful election campaign. This could not be further from the truth.
Prior to his book signing event in Houston, I was fortunate to have time privately speaking/listening with Governor Perry and another area blogger, Mark Robinson. What we encountered was a man who wants to get state rights back in line with what was written by the Founding Fathers. The intent of the book was clear. Governor Perry hopes to “wake up” more of the people about how we can resolve our current difficulties with the powers in Washington. This book gives him a “ticket” so to speak, to share his vision for state solutions with the media, conservatives, and others of influence. Indeed, this is a very clever idea
Having been released from the shackles of campaign fervor, he appeared renewed and refreshed. His demeanor could best be described as inspired. Clearly Governor Perry is on a mission to protect Texas and ensure it thrives in the midst of the Federal Government power grab. What I witnessed was an amazing thinker, who is striving to share a vision that could literally help to save our republic and save Texas.
The Governor began travel the day after the election. There was no rest for the weary. He has been busy articulating the importance of state rights and the tenth amendment at all the stops. Amidst the many interviews, the Governor was also a part of an important meeting with the new Majority Leader in the House. A group of Governors were contacted by Majority Leader, John Boehner for a meeting. The Governor indicated Mr. Boehner was pragmatic and aware innovative ideas would be the answer for a stronger future in America.
Governor Perry is known for being a solutions oriented individual. He articulated a strong belief in the power of allowing ideas to incubate in the states. Competition between the states benefits all Americans. Another key idea is a strong state healthcare solution in Texas which could save both Texas and the Federal Government billions of dollars. It was evident from the tone of conversation many months have been spent on surveying the landscape, and deriving potential hypotheses/solutions from the data. It is important to note here that the Texas Public Policy Foundation has engaged in research with the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and the state of Utah Healthcare Solution among other sources to assist the Governor and Texas on the subject of healthcare. The Governor has been on a mission to find viable alternatives resulting in a better quality of the life for Texans and also assist the Federal Government in resolution of some of the debt.
Several observations were made during our time with the Governor. The burden of state debt on each Texas citizen is $520. In contrast, the burden of Federal debt on each Texas citizen is approximately $42,000! The difference is staggering. For many years the Federal Government has continued to expand it’s power. One of the worst examples of overreach is Social Security. Per the Governor, this is a Ponzi Scheme. This author finds it refreshing to hear a political leader acknowledge what many of us have known for decades. The Federal Government has tricked and swindled millions of Americans in an effort to grow their power. It is time to stop the madness.
The President’s debt commission is releasing a report this week suggesting the answer is to make the American taxpayer pay higher taxes with less benefits. Therein lies the problem. We have a delusional group in power in the Federal Government who assume they have the right to all the monies earned by the citizens. Governor Perry recognizes this is but a symptom of the real problem. The real problem is the Federal Government has overstepped it’s authority into the lives of Americans. Less Government is the solution which results in more liberty for every patriot.
This article is not a rah-rah about the Governor of Texas. I had just finished reading his new book, “Fed UP!”, and was looking forward to hearing more about his vision to return to a more prosperous, quality way of life. It is important we take note of strong leadership when it is found, in this day and age of challenges for our country. Leaving the meeting, I must admit to being energized and looking forward to the next chapter of history for our country. With leaders emerging in the midst of chaos, there is hope for a better tomorrow.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
Our Nation is uniting as never seen in many decades. People are making a clear choice of what America stands for, and what the people will do to protect her. Over the past two years, a concerted effort has been made by the liberals to dismantle the republic and it’s foundation. The liberals have shown the people of America, they will strive to achieve the socialist agenda regardless of what Americans may think.
I ask you to consider the choice of socialism versus liberty as we go to the polls today. The liberal left is who needs to be replaced this election. We must do this to stop the quickstep to become a fully socialistic society. In the next season of elections, we will be able to replace any elected officials who choose not to listen to the people. It is imperative we all vote a straight conservative ticket in this particular election. We are so near the “edge of the cliff”, that without a conservative majority……they will be able to complete their agenda.
Many of you have already voted. If you have voted, please continue calling people to get out the vote. We have all endured indignities at the hands of these people. They have called us liars, cheaters, 4 letter words, and even accused us of wanting to hurt minorities! They have no shame. It is not possible to for these liberal politicians to stand on their issues, as those principles are not what America embraces as a nation.
Finally, I would like to reiterate two critical things that need to happen on this historical day. Be vigilant. Pay attention at the polls and in the surrounds outside. If you witness evidence of voter intimidation, report it. And most importantly, I’d like to reach out to all the Christians in this great nation. We all need to pray for this country and for those people that would choose to tear it apart.
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We all have a choice this year. Do we like our Constitutional Republic? Do we like our liberty? If we stand up for our country, there is only one choice of what to do this year.
Currently a wave of anti-incumbent fever, is sweeping across the country. People want to throw everyone out of office. Americans are threatening people who are holding office. I submit to you, this would be the very action which could ensure our fate of becoming a socialist country. This year is a pivotal year in the elections. Progressives must be defeated, to slow down the massive effort by this administration to destroy the republic and replace it with socialism.
We are just as much to blame as the politicians. For decades, corruption has reigned in Washington, D. C. This year as the American people woke up, they were startled to find so much was wrong in our government. The Congress was openly lying, buying votes, and lavishly spending other people’s money. This did not happen over night, but over decades.
Let me give you an example, of the short sightedness of the anti-incumbent sentiment, and how it could cripple us for the long term. Texas had a very heated Republican primary for the Gubernatorial Race. The incumbent, Governor Rick Perry, won the Republican nomination. The supporters of the defeated candidates became angry, and many are now openly attacking the Governor and his supporters. They are threatening not to vote, or to vote Democratic. They are choosing to go to a socialistic regime rather than stand united.
In the primaries, I was in a similar position. The candidate I supported enthusiastically was John Gay, not Congressman Ron Paul. Congressman Paul won the nomination. He will receive my utmost support for the good of Texas and the good of the country. Now is the time for people to be united. It is not a time to allow our pride or egos to stand in the way of what is best for America.
These backlash efforts strengthen the liberal goal of changing our country permanently. No, not all Democrats are alike either. However, the President, and his followers have shown they know how to twist arms and gain the result they need within that particular party. There were dozens of dirty backroom deals done to buy the votes required for the Healthcare Bill. Not one Democrat was able to stand up to Speaker Pelosi, the President, or the Unions. Most recently, both Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid were interviewed about these horrendous backroom deals. These individuals truly believe the end justifies the means. What happened to ethics?
With a conservative majority in Congress they can prevent the out of control spending from continuing during the next couple of years. This Congressional body would be an immovable object on funding of existing and future supercilious efforts that simply serve to redistribute the wealth of the country and fund democrat elections. There are a lot of dictators and tyrants throughout the world that are cheering the US government on in their efforts to become like them. Let’s make certain it is a disappointing year for those that would wish harm to America.
Embrace your fellow conservatives this year. There will be time to change the Conservatives in future, if they do not shape up and listen to us. This year, we must be determined about saving the country. To succeed in November, every person will need to work hard and support conservative candidates that can take back some of the democrat seats.
This administration has moved at lightening speed to take over all major industries and economic areas. For this reason the November 2010 election has become an important key to our future. History has shown that President Obama has taken over more institutions and expanded government more in one year than Chavez accomplished in his first year of governing Venezuela. Castro compliments this President and the Congress on their achievements. Chavez likes this President and his methodology. Our allies and the rest of the world are watching with great sadness as the American Constitution and traditions are trampled daily by the current Administration and Congress.
I submit to you that there are Republican politicians who “woke up” this year, much like we did. They have risen to the occasion and are fighting hard to save the country from becoming a welfare state. There are those in our country who want to “punish” all of the people in Washington. If we choose to adopt this “shotgun” approach, it is unlikely we will achieve the necessary result to preserve our Constitutional Republic.
The American people are at a crucial time in history, and hopefully common sense will prevail. It is a choice. Unite and there is a greater chance conservatives will succeed in November which will directly result in slowing down the socialist agenda. Fragment, pander to egos, continue griping, don’t vote, and prepare to give up the country. There will be no other option to hold them back and turn it around. The choice lies with each American.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.