Fascinating Presidential Candidates speak in Minnesota – Final Installment

Posted on June 25, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Economy, Elections, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

 

The closing session of the Rightonline Conference in Minnesota was graced by the presence of Herman Cain.  He is not a politician.  Mr. Cain has been a highly successful businessman (former CEO, author, and speaker).  More information about his background can be found here: http://www.hermancain.com/about

My inclination on coverage of  this candidate is slightly different than previously published articles on the others who attended the Minnesota Conference.  The mainstream media are simply refusing to acknowledge there is an accomplished businessman who understands the meaning of the word conservative.  To that end, he can make his case better than anyone else. 

Here are the two links for Part 1 and Part 2 of his speech at the Rightonline conference in Minnesota.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KIHbyLu2VxY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSjIv5Bve9U&feature=related

“Our dreams and the dreams of our grandchildren are under attack, and that is what this is all about”, stated Cain.   The good news is we can take the country back.

All of the candidates have strengths and weaknesses.   After all, they are human beings.  However, one very important criteria must be added to the job description for the President of the United States of America – they must love this land and what it stands for!  No more “pretenders in chief”  in the White House!

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Fascinating Presidential Candidates speak in Minnesota – Part 2

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

The next candidate to speak at the Rightonline conference in Minnesota was Former Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty.   His speech was given as one might speak with a good friend.  The beginning of his talk was filled with a bit of background about his family and some humorous stories illustrating specific challenges such as the rising gas prices.

His opening was a very clear, quiet statement that we live in the most free and prosperous nation in the world.  This is a place where each person can follow their own American dream.

The issue defined by Mr. Pawlenty boils down to one specific thing.  Government crowds into our lives in spaces that were previously filled with families, individuals, and businesses. 

Spending should not be the only focus.  We must also plan for prosperity.  Every hour 144M is spent that our government simply does not have.

What is his plan to improve our situation?

  • People must stand up to Washington and have the conviction to say: No More!
  • Phase out all ethanol subsidies
  • Put reasonable solutions on the table
  • Tell Wallstreet to get their “snout” out of the government

His concern is that time be invested to identify a candidate with fortitude, and strength to get the job done, despite all pressures. Governor Pawlenty gave the example of when he had to deal with a problem associated with the bus drivers.  He had discovered that if a bus driver worked 15 years, they would earn healthcare free for life.  He said no, and thus began a combative discussion with the bus drivers.  The job was tough, and many times he had to face down a rather loud opposition when making the tough decisions.

His plan for economic growth has been outlined and published.  The plan calls for 5% growth targeted each year.  Governor Pawlenty acknowledged the media and economists criticized the document and said it was impossible.  “If China, India, and Brazil can do it, the United States of America can do it”, stated Pawlenty.

The Pawlenty plan for prosperity includes solutions for current challenges:

  1. Reduce the Corporate Tax from 35% to 15%
  2. Eliminate all loopholes in the taxcode
  3. Energy must be derived from the vast stores of resources in America (not from other countries)
  4. Collapse the tax brackets so there are only two; the key being simplification for everyone
  5. Take the time to listen to the job creators in America, and find out what they need to grow jobs

Governor Pawlenty freely admitted he had made choices that were not good for Minnesota at times.  When he realized they were not the best solution for Minnesotans, he would reverse his earlier decisions and explain this to the people.  Authors’ note:  Everyone makes mistakes, and admitting those errors in judgment is good.  However, we must also scrutinize all candidates to see if the majority of their decisions and judgements have been sound. Doing research on all of the candidates’ background has never been more important!

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Fascinating Presidential Candidates Speak at Minnesota Conference -Part 1

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

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

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

Here are a few highlights of the speech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Texas Legislature Not Adhering to Fiscal Responsibility Advice

Posted on April 25, 2011. Filed under: Politics, Texas, Texas | Tags: , , , , , |

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.

  1. Make the necessary cuts
  2. Don’t raise taxes
  3. 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. 

  1. Get rid of duplicity across departments
  2. Freeze all discretionary spending for two years
  3. Freeze hiring in all departments of the state for two years.
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House Votes and Reveals Achilles Heel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCotter
Mulvaney

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

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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

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

For over two years now, I have watched every session of the House and Senate.  It should probably be entitled: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.  However, a new day has come.  Although America did not win the Senate, we did win the House by some of the most significant numbers since the Great Depression.

I have watched and waited.  Each moment of frustration, anger, determination, and valor was exhibited by Conservatives for the world to see on the floor of the Congress.  How many people in America would never be aware of how these remarkable individuals were brow beaten, taunted, and excluded by the Majority (Liberal) party?  The media certainly didn’t cover it.  I’ve tried my best to reach out on numerous blogs to make people aware of the literal transformation on the floor of the House.  It was clear to see the “light bulb” was going off for many of them, just as it had for the Tea Party.  They recognized how close we were to changing our country forever.

Stepping up the pace, I began to give speeches about what was being witnessed, so that others might know about the positive changes that were occurring.  As the frequency of speeches requested increased, the hecklers and infiltrators at these gatherings increased as well.  People were making fun of Speaker Boehner and stating clearly Congress was doing nothing.  I knew this to be lies, because of the dedicated time for over two years to the research effort.

Did you know that George Washington wept when contemplating the battle facing he and his men in surviving the harsh wintry weather at Valley Forge?  We have had many leaders who had greatness thrust upon them, and they were overcome with momentary emotion as they began their journey.  Is there doubt in any patriot’s mind at the magnitude of the task and the importance of getting our country back, before it’s too late?  I might have shed a tear or two as well, had this quest been placed upon my shoulders.  Speaker Boehner, like so many leaders in our past, is humbled by the whole experience.  Some of the finest leaders our country has ever known, have exhibited the same emotion over the honor.  He does not deserve the wrath of the conservatives in this country, but rather our support. 

If you go to the majority leader’s website, the entire list of programs they have terminated, and the summary of all budget cuts is there:  http://www.majorityleader.gov/YouCut/  The first pass at cuts was to focus on elimination of any job killing programs, or obvious waste.  It is not an easy task.  I challenged myself recently to try and unravel very complicated Federal Budgets.  The fact that they are this complicated is an instant red flag to me.

The budgets are not all the House accomplished.  There is much more.  Go to the Republican Study Commitee website to get a better view of what they have done to date:  http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/default.aspx

In conclusion, perhaps we should all consider the tasks of the American people.  To prevent the further transformation of our beloved country, it is imperative to take the Senate back and the White House.  These need to be filled with as many conservatives as possible.  The unfortunate part of the next two years is all the good work of the House will likely be minimized due to the blocking of everything by the Senate with the liberal majority.

As good conservatives, what do you think the impact will be if we continue to slam the conservatives in the blogs and speeches for every move they make?  Do you think these actions could possibly persuade voters (or new people in the patriot movement) to change their vote?  If we whine and moan, without giving any facts….we the people are sabotaging our possibility of winning in 2012.  Think about it.  Do you want to be part of the effort to save the country?  OR, would you rather help the liberals completely rob us of our liberty?  The choice is up to each of us.

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Innovation is Key for Texas

Posted on February 9, 2011. Filed under: Economy, government, Healthcare, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

Today was the annual State of the State speech given by Governor Rick Perry of Texas. Throughout the year people have seen the lists declaring Texas is rated great for business, jobs, and quality of life.   The speech given earlier today in the State Legislature was indicative of the why.  Texas, like so many of the states is facing challenges primarily due to unfunded Federal Mandates and a flagging national economy.  Listeners heard dozens of ideas on how Texas will effectively manage the challenges in tough times.  The core of Texas is strong, and the following ideas were offered as evidence that the state government is working hard to insulate Texans as much as possible from the deficit battles at national level.

Rather than bore my readers with rhetoric, I will attempt to list the ideas given today by the Governor that will ensure Texas remains high on the list of desirable places to live.

Budget

  1. Each group/division that receives monies, will need to justify their fiscal viability.
  2. Duplicity in different departments will be either eliminated or merged functionally.
  3. Non-Critical groups that receive monies will be suspended for two years (no monies given).
  4. Push Washington to have a balanced budget amendment added to the Constitution.

Education

  1. Begin using “Outcomes-based funding” for undergraduate institutions. The funding would no longer be based on the number of students, but be based instead on the number of degrees awarded to students.
  2. Tie high school diplomas and GED’s to the Driver license.  A person would need to be enrolled in a high school or obtain a GED to get their license.
  3. Encourage a sharing of services between school districts to lessen the overhead costs.
  4. All school districts need to lessen their expenditures.
  5. Challenge the institutions of higher education to develop bachelor degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks.
  6. Leverage web-based instruction for high schools and others across the state.
  7. Congressman Doggett’s legislation is taking $830M from Texas School Children and we should encourage our Congressman to repeal this legislation.

Jobs

  1. Continue to lobby for businesses to come to Texas and increase the number of jobs in the state.
  2. Veterans are an untapped source of expertise that will be a great addition to the workforce – don’t forget them!
  3. Other state governors are now actively adopting the Texas model of making regulations that are good for business.

 Border

  1. Sanctuary cities must be abolished so the law enforcement can do their work
  2. Law enforcement should be able to ask for documentation for anyone who has been detained on criminal charges
  3. It is critical we work closely with Mexico to fight the violence of the drug cartels
  4. Human Trafficking is a big problem in Texas and we have two legislators who are continuing to lead the charge in this area.  They are Representatives Senfronia Thompson and Randy Weber. Stronger sentencing needs to be available for these offenses.  Proposed is 25 years minimum for first offenders and life without parole for repeat offenders.
  5. Washington continues to neglect their responsibility for the border.  Numerous efforts have been made to communicate the urgent need of help on the border to get the drug cartels under control.  Texas continues to need 1,000 National Guard Troops on the border as well as drone planes to aide our efforts.

Healthcare

The Obamacare legislation will cripple Texan’s  healthcare, and the end result will devastate the state budget.  Attorney General Greg Abbott is using every tool at his disposal to fight this example of government overreach.  We have several pieces of legislation  proposed which will help to protect the citizens of Texas in this area.  One bill that is proposed by Texas representative Creighton states it is unconstitutional to mandate a citizen purchase health insurance.  There are several other bills filed which propose innovative healthcare solutions for Texans.

EPA

Texas is being punished for doing a good job.  The  proactive efforts to improve air quality yielded good results and still created more jobs in the process.  The EPA has continued to try and penalize Texas for doing a good job.  This is a political ploy to usurp state rights.  Note from author:  Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed legislation against the EPA.

There were positive ideas in this speech, and credit was given to several legislators in the state for their progressive ideas and strong bill proposals.  It was clear that Texas has an A team  fighting on all fronts to maintain quality of life, increase jobs, and protect citizens as much as humanly possible. 

God bless Texas.

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Healthcare and Medicaid Perspectives

Posted on January 23, 2011. Filed under: Activism, Conservative, government, Healthcare, Politics | Tags: , , , , |

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:

http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2011-01-RR01-TheBigSqueeze-AnalysisofTaxIncreasesSpendingCutstoMaintainMedicaid-CHCP-arw-sh.pdf

Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier at the Heritage Foundation:

http://www.heritage.org/about/staff/h/edmund-haislmaier?query=Edmund+Haislmaier  

Senior Fellow, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato Institute

http://www.cato.org/people/jagadeesh-gokhale

Texas State Legislative Information:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”.

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Texas, Liberals, and Truth Twisting in the Wind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The First week of Business in Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Health care Moment #2 to think about!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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German Speech to Joint House Session Today

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

I was in process of doing my blog research this morning by watching the joint session of congress. Pelosi and the President had arranged for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to speak. The end goal of the Marxists and Socialists in our government, may be apparent after hearing her speech.

1. The chancellor gave credit to JFK for the actual fall of the wall.
2. She is calling for the importance of a “global economy” shared by the countries of the world to avoid economic problems in future
3. Further the chancellor is talking about how key a world order will be to help preserve our planet.
4. Chancellor Merkel gave several examples about how the various countries had all helped each other in the past, to lay the initial groundwork in her speech.
5. Bear in mind it was Germany who led the way in the formation of the European Union.
6. In several instances, she reiterated Europe is free like us!
Editorial note: Europe is NOT like us. I have lived and worked there in the past. We have far more liberty as individuals.
7. The chancellor also spoke a great deal about the importance of allies standing united on common goals and the importance of the UN for peacekeeping.

Let’s examine the role of the global warming argument and see how this fits into what we are seeing and hearing from many around the world (including our own government). Noted scientists around the world (including our own from MIT) have published reports that global warming cannot be proven in any way. Perhaps this is another intellectual notion by the “inventor” of the internet, Al Gore? Global warming is a “scam” by the left to control the economy of the world.

I listened to Lord Monckton last evening at a tea party rally in Houston. Read the Copenhagen Treaty to get more information. It is now my strong opinion this is the “end goal” of the group of socialists and marxists who have exerted control of the government. They want a world order which will firmly establish them with power and wealth beyond anything imagined.

The government now controls automobile, banking, and social security amongst other things. Is it coincidence that Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, spoke about a preference for a world currency? The Manufacturing Czar spoke about free enterprise being bad for everyone. The Science Czar spoke about the importance of using less material resources so the poor will become prosperous.  The Nobel prize committee are made up of primarily socialists and marxists.  The committe made statements after the award that they hope for significant change in the world due to President Obama.  America, where are you in this line of thinking?  And now the proposed Health care plan will ensure yet another major control over Americans and begin the redistribution of wealth inside the USA.

We must be vigilant and resist in every way possible. The first thing we need to do is stop the healthcare plan from moving forward. In Tandem, I suggest we need to educate others as quickly as possible about the ramifications of the suggestion of a world order. A major step toward that “world order” will be redistribution of wealth via the Copenhagen Treaty.

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

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