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Just like any movement, when it's successful, there will be detractors. In this case, they love to call the Tea Party people the word Tea Bag***. We won't print it because it's a disgusting sexual reference that does not belong here.
To learn what the opposition is up to, check out click on Crash the Tea Party. They say they are a network of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are tired of Racists, "Homophobes", and Morons, yet they make really disgusting comments about homosexuals in posts regarding Barney Frank It leads this blogger to believe the actual "morons" are those running that site.
Please note: Some of the content is not very nice and can be offensive to conservative gay people and non-sophomoric others.
Your blogger saw these people in action, personally, at her last Tea Party in Washington, when trying to salvage the Health Care Bill.
These "bad guys" try to catch people at tea parties doing something wrong, such as spitting, yelling racist names, etc. They come armed with video cameras.
Therefore, at the next Tea Party this Thursday, this blogger, will come armed with hers.
Your blogger's four-year-old son is looking forward to his first rally this year, and asks his mommy each day, if "today is the day". Let's just hope the crowds will keep the ugly words to a minimum for the young ones in attendance. We are doing this for them.
Today, your blogger has added a new category to her list: Tea Parties.
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Thursday, April 15th is the dreaded tax day. If you cannot make it to Washington for the big Tax Day Tea Party and rally, check out one of many such rallies across the Ole' North State.
The NC chapter of Americans for Prosperity has set up the website: NC Tax Day Tea Party It has a listing of every Tea Party in North Carolina, and they urge you to make it out to one.
Your blogger will be attending the rally at the North Carolina State Capitol since she cannot be in our nation's Capitol.
If your Tax Day Tea Party isn't listed on the site, please contact the AFP to add yours.
Please note that the liberals are just waiting for our side to slip up and do something that they can make news with. For example, they want us to use ugly language, spit on people, or some other dastardly deed, but as conservatives, we will not fall for their traps.
Like in Washington a few weeks back, they will try to infiltrate our rallies by "blending in". However, to this blogger, they will stick out like sore thumbs. They'll be the ones with the video cameras, and without American flags and signs, and their clothes will be bland, rather than red, white, and blue. Watch for them and tread lightly. Be polite yet ignore them. That will frustrate them as they want us to get mad so they can get a "good video" for You Tube.
Have fun and let this blogger know what those liberals try to pull. It's our protest day of the taxes THEY have put on us.
Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) said on MSNBC Wednesday morning, that the newly passed Obamacare bill will raise taxes so much that people will lose jobs. Additionally, he stated that this will not stand and that the fight is not over!
"We have to stop this continuous growth of government", he continued. "We don't need to answer this with more government and more debt...this is about freedom and the American people will push back hard".
Watch the interview below:
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North Carolina's own Dallas Woodhouse, made a short but powerful speech on Capitol Hill, Saturday. Dallas is president of the North Carolina Chapterof Americans for Prosperity, one of a number of organizations sponsoring the rally, which was aimed at stopping passage of Obamacare, known to liberals as health care reform.
It was an exciting, though L O N G day for this blogger, but well worth the trip. More posts and videos coming soon, so keep checking this space. We are uploading them as fast as time allows.
The following is a message from the NC Family Policy Council. They are working hard, along with a number of groups to stop Health Care Reform, aka "ObamaCare". It can be done. Democratic Members of Congress realize that their seats are on the line in November.
PLEASE CALL. DO NOT SEND E-MAIL.
E-mail is largely ineffective and won't likely be read until after the vote on Monday. Thank you!
Healthcare Vote Scheduled Sunday.
Several NC Congressmen Need to Hear from You today (Friday).
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the "reconciliation" bill on Sunday, March 21. This bill includes abortion funding and must not pass. If passed, it would be the largest abortion expansion since Roe v. Wade. There are a few key Democratic congressmen from North Carolina who voted pro-life or against the previous Healthcare Reform Bill and we need them to vote against this bill :
Rep. Bob Etheridge, D- NC 2nd District
Washington Office: (202) 225-4531
Raleigh - (919) 829-9122
Lillington - (910) 814-0335
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D- NC 7th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-2731
Lumberton - (910) 735-0610
Fayetteville - (910) 323-0260
Wilmington - (910) 815-4959
Bolivia - (910) 253-0158
Rep. Larry Kissell, D- NC 8th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-3715
Concord - (704) 786-1612
Rockingham - (910) 997-2070
Fayetteville - (910) 920-2070
Rep. Heath Schuler, D-NC 11th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-6401
Asheville - (828) 252-1651
Murphy - (828) 835-4981
Sylva - (828) 586-1962 x 223
If one of them is your Congressman, please call ask them to vote NO on this healthcare bill. With Congressional and District offices closing for the weekend, the scheduled SUNDAY vote means that you will only have FRIDAY to reach them by phone.
Even email is likely to be unsuccessful as many will not be recorded or seen until next week. Then it may be too late!
It's time to RALLY. This time, the Americans for Prosperity, with other groups, is leading the charge to Capital Hill to let our Members of Congress know exactly where we stand bill ironically known as OBAMACARE. It's ironic because, this blogger feels as if Obama does not care.
KCC is signed up to be on the Raleigh bus, and hopes people across the Ole' North State will join her in this adventure. The official announcement from the NC AFP is below and get your tickets as early today as possible.
If you can't make it, your blogger will be tweeting it live. Subscribe to our tweets at http://www.twitter.com/katys or just log on and refresh your screen, if you aren't a twitter subscriber. It's all free!
Photos will be posted later on this site.
May God continue to bless us all and God bless the United States of America!
Americans for Prosperity and Friends
Invite You to make a
Against the Health Care Takeover
Emergency Bus Trips Planned Across North Carolina
for Rally/Congressional Visit
Saturday, March 20
Time: 12:00 noon
Location : To Be Determined
$25 per person
Democratic leaders are considering perhaps their most gutless move yet: a bill with unpopularity matched only by its high cost could become law without even requiring House members to vote for it! We must get back to Washington to fight this most recent assault on the American people and our system of government.
Simply put this bill is a disaster that will raise taxes, cost jobs and destroy the best healthcare system in the world. We need to take the U.S. Capital by storm, and make our voices heard!
We reserve the right to cancel if not enough interest from any of these cities. Your money would be returned to you if cancellation occurs.
4:15 am Southern Pines
Depart Southern Pines from parking lot at Carter Bank and Trust (old Peoples Bank, 42 Pinecrest Plaza, Southern Pines, NC 28387)
4:50 am Sanford
Depart Sanford from parking lot at Food Lion ( 2581 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, NC 27330)
5:25 am Dunn
Roses Store 1915 West Cumberland Street, (Highway 421) Dunn
6:25 am Smithfield
Rest Area: Johnston County I-95, Northbound Location: Milepost 99, 3 miles northeast of Selma on I-95
7:30 am Rocky Mount
Rest Area: Nash County I-95, Northbound Location: Milepost 142, 3 miles north of Dortches on I-95
5:00 am Jacksonville
Depart Jacksonville from parking lot at Walmart-SuperCenter 561 Yopp Rd., Jacksonville, NC 28540)
5:00 am Wilmington
Depart from Sea-Comm Media (Big TalkerRadio, 122 Cinema Drive, Wilmington, NC 28402)
6:30 am Goldsboro
Depart from the Little River Shopping Center at Big Lots (1312 West Grantham Street, Goldsboro, NC)
6:30 am Raleigh
Depart Raleigh from District Drive Park-and-Ride (Parking lot near Blue Ridge Road and I-40, Raleigh, NC 27612)
7:00 am Wake Forest
Depart Wake Forest from Lowes Food parking lot at 12524 Capital Boulevard. This shopping center is north of intersection with 98 Business and also contains Cruisers and CiCis Pizza. Park near the service drive across from Cruisers.
4:30 am Charlotte at the park and ride lot Central Church of God 5301 Sardis Road Charlotte, NC 28270-5294
5:45 am Greensboro parking lot at Wal-Mart Supercenter (121 West Elmsley Street, Greensboro, NC 27406)
We must leave as promptly as possible Saturday morning. Don't get left behind.
You will need to bring a lunch and drinks for the ride to DC. There is a bathroom on each of our chartered buses. We will also make restroom stops. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and walking shoes. It is necessary to walk several blocks.
Hand-made signs are encouraged for the rally but keep in mind they may be lost if you go into any of the buildings. Bring some cash for a fast food dinner on the way home. You will get back to your car late Saturday night.
Was there a preacher in the house? There had to be, but that voice, it was unmistakably that of TV personality Glenn Beck.
The popular Fox News host started by saying how Rush Limbaugh and Ronald Reagan are his personal heroes.
He admired Reagan's optimism. Like Reagan, Beck believes "it's still morning in America", though, he said, we may have to wake up with a hangover puking in the toilet first.
He warned that progressivism "is the cancer eating up America, and that it unfortunately not only infects the Democrat Party, but many Republicans as well."
Beck even condemned President Theodore Roosevelt (who I admire) as an early progressive. Beck argued:
"it's not enough for Republicans to just suck less than the other side. The GOP must admit its mistakes (an addiction to spending and big government) and reform itself".
He compared the GOP's failings to those of golfer Tiger Woods. Beck asserted that, like Woods, all addicts will continue their behavior as long as they do not get caught.
He then asked the same question everyone has been asking Woods, to the GOP: "You got caught! Are you sorry?"
Beck says he'd be more than happy to support the Republican Party if they only admitted their mistakes and showed genuine contrition. He wants them to do honest soul searching.
Then Beck noted that progressives are a political minority in this country, yet they keep advancing their agenda. How? Because they know how to package and sell their ideas. They've got Hollywood's help, too.
Beck stated that we have a right to fail.
Without failure, how do we learn and grow and improve? Why should a company be "to big to fail", so that it gets a taxpayer-funded bailout?
Beck cited his own battle to overcome alcoholism and the long way back. . He asserted conservatives believe everybody has the right to *pursue* happiness or success, not to be given happiness or success by the government. He insisted you don't have a right to free food, free housing, free higher education, or free medical care. You have to work for it and earn it.
Beck noted he couldn't afford to attend college, so he educated himself. He said there's no shame in being a self-made man, in showing ambition and working hard to become successful, so government shouldn't punish small businesses for working hard to be successful. Beck reminded the Marriott Ballroom crowd that business creates jobs, not the government.
Beck ended his sermon by promising that the future is not cast in stone. Our best days are not behind us. Our grandchildren do not have to have a lower standard of living than we have.
Watch Glenn's speech, as he delivered it on Saturday evening:
Editor's Note: This post, like all others at CPAC, was brought to you by our sponsor, RedState. RedState provided the Blogger's room and gave KCC the ability to cover the conference in a unique way. Not every blogger who applied received credentials, yet there were over 100 different conservative blogs represented, with a few liberals amongst us, as well. We all had a great time, and many thanks go to our fearless leader, Erick.
Liz Cheney, the brilliant daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney and Co-Founder of Keep America Safe, was introduced by ACU & CPAC Chairman David Keene. Unfortunately, I had to leave her midday Thursday speech prematurely.
I did get to hear her lambaste President BarackObama, though. Liz said that "experts" had predicted the death of the conservative movement after the brutal 2008 elections. They were wrong. Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts shocked and frightened Obama and the Democrats, who had misjudged America's tolerance for socialist politics.
Liz decried how Obama did not govern from the center, as many people naively thought he would. Instead he raises taxes to pay for nationalized healthcare. He does not believe in American exceptionalism. Instead he traveled the world to apologize for America's perceived "transgressions." He even incredibly wants to give foreign terrorists the same constitutional rights as US citizens.
Later, Liz surprised the audience by introducing her father. Vice-President Dick Cheney, who I wish had been our former *President*, spoke briefly to a delighted audience. The senior Cheney earned a standing ovation by predicting 2010 would be a great year for Conservatives, and that Obama would be a one-term President. He even received such an ovation just for entering the room.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob Benningfield is loving husband of your blogger. He is at CPAC helping to write stories for this blog, and seems to be having a great time. Thank you Rob for putting up with me! I love you.
Rob is an electrical engineer with both an undergraduate and graduate degree from North Carolina State University's College of Engineering.
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The 80s song by the alternative group "The Smiths" comes to mind today, when thinking of the money President Barack Obama poured down the proverbial drain he signed the so-called Stimulus bill, which has mortgaged the future of our children and grandchildren. KCC's young son doesn't know it, but he'll spend his life working to pay it off.
Young Bobby is already angry at Obama for cutting NASA and the American space program. As his mommy and daddy have explained, the Chinese will now beat us back to the moon. Bobby dreams of being an astronaut and KCC hopes it is not already too late for him. In fact, he's ready to head for Pluto tomorrow, when called upon.
Meanwhile, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana, right), chairman of the U.S. House Republican Conference, told Congress his own opinions about the Spendulus bill, on the eve of the CPAC 2010 conference:
"One year later, one thing is clear: the stimulus bill has failed. One year later, not one net job has been created as unemployment rose from 7.6 percent to nearly 10 percent nationwide. Mr. President, millions of Americans are asking, 'where are the jobs?'
"It is time for Washington to take a new approach to get this economy moving again based on time-honored solutions: fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. and immediate tax relief for working families, small businesses and family farms. Let's put American families first, set aside the big government schemes on health care and energy and take decisive action to get this economy growing again."
According to the North Carolina Family Policy Council, Wake County and the town of Apex have removed coverage for elective abortions for their government employees, except in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
The action brought their policies in line with a 1981 state Supreme Court ruling that found it is illegal for government entities to use tax dollars to pay for abortions.
For years, pro-life legislators in the General Assembly have tried to get such coverage removed from the state employee health plan to no avail. It's good to see local citizens and government leaders taking on this responsibility to uphold both the law and innocent human life.
In a surprising twist to an already crowded North Carolina's 4th Congressional District primary, 2008 GOP nominee, B.J. Lawson, has committed to entering the field.
In a statement released on Tuesday, he wrote:
"Recent polling data suggests 2010 will be much different than 2008. Specifically, 72% of North Carolina Republicans say they are "definitely voting" in 2010, while only 67% of Democrats say the same; furthermore, our district's turnout was greatly influenced by the Obama campaign. Our commitment to challenge Price has been further fueled by recent upsets across the country, numerous requests from our grassroots volunteers, and the stubborn refusal of our government to do the right thing even when confronted with overwhelming public opposition."
Your blogger agrees completely. Additionally, Lawson (left) stated that his campaign is focused on five issues:
Economic freedom to create our own jobs and businesses
Health care freedom that returns medicine to patients and providers
Zero tolerance for bailouts and corporate welfare
A federal government that operates within the Constitution
Honest and transparent government
The official announcement and filing will come in Raleigh on Wednesday.
KCC feels that this shakes up the field a bit. Lawson, is well-known throughout the 4th district as he won a bruising primary in 2008 and went on to face Price in the general election. Though Congressman David Pricewon re-election easily in the gerrymandered district drawn just for him, conventional wisdom tells us that every member of Congress is vulnerable in 2010. Anti-Obama backlash is high this year, as the President's missteps are following him where ever he goes.
Lawson should now easily move into second place, behind front-runner Frank Roche and ahead of other challengers Greg Dority and the little known, non-serious George Hutchins.
Roche has been in the race for more than a year but with Lawson's national fund-raising connections from the Republican Liberty Caucus, he should easily be able to out-raise everyone in the field, eventually moving ahead of Roche.
Many 4th District and NC GOP activists only became involved after the election of President Barrack Obama angered and fired them up. Most of these might not remember Lawson and but they do know Roche. Lawson, must now reach out to these new believers and share his story.
Price can always be counted on to vote the wrong way on any issue for a fiscal conservative. In a year when the issues are tilted towards fiscal and financial, Price has never met a tax increase he didn't like. But, he knows how to put a good spin on the issue.
History from Your Blogger's Memory
Price was first elected to Congress in 1986, defeating then- Congressman and former UNC Athletic Director Bill Cobey. Cobey went on to become NCGOP State Chairman and a candidate for Governor. Cobey had defeated long-serving Democrat Congressman Ike Andrews in 1984, after Andrews received a DUI. (Your blogger volunteered for Cobey as a College Republican at the time.)
In 1994, in an off-year election during former President Bill Clinton's first term, former Raleigh Police Chief Fred Heineman surprisingly defeated Price. (The district then covered most, if not all of Raleigh, and was more Republican friendly.)
The Heineman campaign had already scheduled to turn off all but one telephone line, beginning the day after the election, and reporters, volunteers, and well-wishers could not get through. The Chief, as he insisted on being called, was as shocked as anyone. Sadly, Price returned to Congress two years later and has kept his seat since.
However, anti-Obama sentiments are much stronger than any anti-Clinton feelings ever were. If the GOP keeps working hard and rallies the faithful, Congress is ours for the taking. However, KCC feels we must have no more "restroom incidents" or mistresses in Argentina!
Congressman Price is a fixture on the local Chamber of Commerce circuit. During this blogger's tenure at the Cary Chamber of Commerce, she wrote their newsletter as part of her position as Director of Public and Governmental Affairs.
Anytime KCC said anything negative about Rep. Price, his office was on the phone, wanting to schedule a speaking engagement, which he, naturally received.
Price is always accessible but we have no doubt that the Republican who defeats him will be, as well!
On Monday, President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2011 budget.
The President’s budget more than doubles the debt, drives spending to a new record of $3.8 trillion in FY 2011, pushes the deficit to a new record of $1.6 trillion in FY 2010, and raises taxes by over $2 trillion through 2020, by the Administration’s own estimates. If this weren't the taxpayers' money, this would be laughable.
Congressman Jeb Henlarsing (R-Texas, left) decided, as did Peter Finch in the 1976 movie "Network", that he's mad as hell and can't take it anymore! (Figuratively, of course).
When Obama first took office, he told the American taxpayers that we needed to pass the "porkulus" bill or unemployment would grow past 8%. He also assured Americans that if Congress passed the bill, unemployment would stay below 8%.
Naturally, Obama's Democrat Congress passed the bill and and unemployment is over 10% yet he claims he averted a worse catastrophe.
KCC feels sure that our own NC Members of Congress will be weighing in on the budget soon, and we look forward to hearing from them.
Meanwhile, here is the text to Congressman Henlarsing's press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2010
President Obama Finally Answers Hensarling’s Budget Question:
“Mr. President, will that new budget, like your old budget, triple the national debt and continue to take us down the path of increasing the cost of government to almost 25% of our economy?”
Upon the release today of his record breaking $3.8 trillion fiscal year 2011 budget, President Barack Obama finally answered the question posed to him by Congressman Jeb Hensarling, a question the President declined to answer during the Friday, January 29 House Republican retreat: “Mr. President, will that new budget, like your old budget, triple the national debt and continue to take us down the path of increasing the cost of government to almost 25 percent of our economy?” To view budget documents go to http://www.house.gov/budget_republicans/
Hensarling said, “Although it came 72 hours after I posed this very important question to the President, the American taxpayers and I finally have an answer to the simple question I asked him on Friday. The answer is YES. The president released a 10-year budget today that will triple the national debt, and keep government spending on a path that equals as much as 25% of the entire U.S. economy. This budget sends a clear signal to American taxpayers who are tired of the spending, deficits and bailouts – and who recognize that they are not working – that the President is taking the policies they have rejected to a new high. This is clear evidence that the President is ignoring the will of the American taxpayers who want Washington to go on a diet.” (photo above, left)
“As is often the case, particularly in budget matters, I find myself agreeing with 80% of what the President says and disagreeing with 80% of what he does. While the President’s budget rhetoric gives a nod to reducing the deficit, and his budget document recognizes the unsustainable trajectory of the deficits, it assumes this problem will be solved by an as yet unknown “fiscal commission,” (page 146 summary tables) a proposal already defeated by Senate Democrats.”
“Likewise, his purported spending freeze is not really a freeze because it exempts 83% of the federal budget from the freezer, does not turn on the freezer until next year and then turns off the freezer shortly thereafter. In the same document that President Obama tells the nation he’s committed to fiscal responsibility, he unveils trillions in NEW taxes and entitlements. This makes it very hard to take President Obama’s newfound commitment to fiscal responsibility seriously.”
“Unfortunately, instead of signaling a change in the weather I’m afraid the President’s budget signals that the looming storm clouds of Obamanomics are here to stay. For the duration of the Administration’s 10-year budget, the deficit never falls below $700 billion, and never falls below 3.6 percent of GDP – a level the Administration’s own budget director has called ‘unsustainable.’ Debt held by the public triples over 10 years, and exceeds 60 percent of GDP as a share of the economy this year – surpassing last year’s 50-year high. Debt continues to rise to consume 77.2 percent of our economy by the end of the budget window. Couple this budget with the threatened takeover of our health care system, a threatened energy tax and the threatened makeover of our financial system and it is little wonder that job growth is lagging and that private capital and entrepreneurs are sitting on the sidelines – who would take the risk to start or expand a business in this climate?”
“Democrats in Congress have had the Constitutional power of the purse for three years. In the 12 years that Republicans controlled the House, the average deficit was $104 billion. In just three years under Democratic control, the average deficit is now almost $1.1 trillion. I suspect that as the Democratic majority in Congress works its will on the President’s budget it will only get worse.”
“I have great respect for President Obama, and I appreciate his willingness to come to our retreat, but last Friday he missed an opportunity to show real leadership and join Republican efforts to reign-in the spending. Instead of being straight with the American people about his plans to take nearly one out of every four dollars they earn, he chose to change the subject. He could have told the American people he planned to continue on a path to tripling the national debt and increasing government spending to 25.1% of the economy and he could have explained why he thought that was good policy. He chose not to take that opportunity. Over the next few weeks the House Budget Committee will hold hearings on the budget, I look forward to a serious and honest debate about the trajectory of this administration’s spending and the damage it is doing to our national well-being.”
Thursday, before President Barry Obama lectured the Republican Caucus Friday, House GOP leaders held a press conference to discuss their positive solutions to the problems our nation is now facing. View it below.
Additionally, you may download the Solutions Handbook the House Republicans delivered to the President on Friday. Let's hope he takes advantage of the ideas and doesn't claim all of the credit this time.
It appears that our liberal friends are in campaign mode. Thursday, your blogger was made aware of an email circulating amongst "Change Crew" circles, asking their members, to call their Congressmen and Senators Burr and Hagan and tell them that they "stand with Obama". The group is known as Organizing for America.
This blogger prefers to consider them as organizing against America, or organizing to spend all my son's money before he turns five.
One friend of this blog, is asking the same. He's calling on conservatives to tell Senators that "we do not stand with Obama". Heck, we are the pros at making the phone calls. Naturally, Kay Hagan's phone is rarely answered and her voice mail is usually full. We guess that explains her under-30 percent approval rating.
The text of the liberals' message is below:
Hello Change Crew!
For those of you who wish to, see below. Takes just a couple minutes, regardless of your thoughts/views your voice needs to be heard.
Yes We Can!
-Signed name of Change Crew Leader (name withheld to protect the guilty)
We need your help this morning. Please call Senator Hagan's and Senator Burr's offices this morning and tell them that you watched last night's State of the Union speech and that you "stand with President Obama." Please call your Representative as well and provide the same message.
Here are the telephone numbers:
Senator Kay Hagan (202) 224.6342 or locally (919) 856.4630
Richard Burr (202) 224.3154 or locally (336) 631.6125
Representative David Price (District 4) (202) 225.1784 or locally (919) 859.5999
Representative Brad Miller ( District 13) (202) 225.3032 or locally (919) 836.1313 Thank you for all you do.
Jim Messina CO Wake County Organizing for America
EDITOR'S NOTE: Liberals being disrespectful, note how they left off Senator Burr's title. This email was printed exactly as sent.
Katy's ConservativeCorner is posting an e-mail we received from the Eagle Forum, regarding the big vote on the Energy Tax. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled the Household Energy Tax Vote this Week! Please Take Action to defeat the so-called Global Warming bill!!!!
We thank the Eagle Forum for providing this important information to us:
Late Monday night, during yet another closed-door meeting in the House of Representatives, the liberal majority maneuvered to bring the highly unpopular 946-page energy-rationing bill, better known as the Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax bill, to the House floor for a vote by the end of this week!
Sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454 imposes a system of "cap-and-tax" in order to combat so-called "global warming." This massive, across-the-board household energy tax is being disguised by congressional liberals and is being sold under the slogan "cap-and-trade," which simply means giving the government power to put a cap on the amount of carbon emissions (CO2) produced by the production of electricity, gasoline, and heating oil, and forcing businesses to actively lobby Congress for higher cap levels and to buy permits for the emissions they are allowed.
Rather than calling it "cap-and-trade," it should be called "cap-and-tax"-as it caps Americans' standard of living and taxes our use of products whose manufacture emits CO2.
If passed and signed into law, H.R. 2454 will further cripple our economy and drain your pockets in the following ways:
1. It will raise your household electricity rates by 90 percent, gasoline by 74 percent, and residential natural gas prices by 55 percent by 2035, after adjusting for inflation.
2. It imposes an annual burden of $144.8 billion per year on U.S. households, and it will reduce household earnings by a projected $37.8 billion.
3. It will further cut U.S. employment levels by 965,000 jobs by reducing economic output by $136 billion per year-this translates to a $1,145 increase in energy costs per American household.
4. It will force low-income households to disproportionately bear the across-the-board energy cost increase, as a larger percentage of the poor's income goes toward energy costs, as opposed to wealthier households.
5. It sets the stage to effectively kill the coal industry as it will be taxed so heavily, it will not be able to sustain itself.
6. If enacted, H.R. 2454 would be the biggest government takeover of the economy since the Second World War, which is the last time energy, food, and other basic commodities were rationed. Waxman-Markey amounts to a $2 trillion tax increase on middle-class Americans. Not only would this be the biggest tax increase in the history of the world, but it is yet another example of President Barack Obama violating his campaign promise not to raise taxes on the middle class. This cap-and-tax bill is simply an underhanded way of facilitating a colossal transfer of wealth from consumers to big businesses.
7. Household energy taxation with the ultimate goal of energy-rationing is dangerous, not only for your pocketbook, but also for the well-being of your family and your standard of living.
8. H.R. 2454 is a hidden tax and it must be defeated this week in the House!
The Democrat Majority has announced that amendments to this bill can be made no later than 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25th. We expect a floor vote to occur soon after that, so please begin calling your Representatives and tell them to vote NO on cap-and-tax!
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Watch The Heritage Foundation's David Kreutzer discuss how Cap-and-Tax will raise your family's household energy costs!
Economists at the WSJ Say Waxman’s Energy Bill is Full of HOT AIR:
Despite House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman's many payoffs to Members, rural and Blue Dog Democrats remain wary of voting for a bill that will impose crushing costs on their home-district businesses and consumers. The leadership's solution to this problem is to simply claim the bill defies the laws of economics.
On Wednesday, newly elected NCGOP State Chairman, Tom Fetzer (left, photo Katy Benningfield), held his first press conference. Fetzer wasted no time in establishing the type of chairman he will be.
Do you wonder how our liberal, yet dying newspapers will handle this one? Will they give this any ink?
A June 23rd North Carolina Democrat Party fundraiser sponsored by Governor Bev Perdue and the Democrat members of the Council of State “honoring” Democrat Legislative leaders, gives the appearance of a violation of state laws. These laws were written in the aftermath of the corruption scandal surrounding disgraced formerDemocrat House Speaker Jim Black. (left, courtesy WRAL-TV, Raleigh)
“While our citizens look to elected officials for leadership, a lobbyist & PAC fundraiser during the heat of budget negotiations raises serious ethical questions” said Tom Fetzer, Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.
Fetzer went on to say “At the very least this creates the appearance of pay-to-play politics. Given recent revelations involving former Governor Mike Easley (left, courtesy Ches McDowell) and many current Democrat members of Governor Perdue’s administration, a reasonable person could assume much worse.”
The ethics law, supported by then Lt. Governor Perdue and the current Democrat Legislative leaders including Senate Pro Tem Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney, barred lobbyists from contributing to the campaigns of candidates and strengthened prohibitions on fundraising during the legislative session.
In spite of the restrictions, Governor Perdue and Legislative Democrats are skirting the law by soliciting donations from special interests during budget negotiations between the State House Democrats and State Senate Democrats.
“I join the call of North Carolina’s citizens who are fed up with Pay-to-Play politics and demand that the spirit of the Ethics Reform Law be respected and this fundraiser be cancelled” Fetzer added.
“Furthermore, this loophole in the legislation needs to be closed, less our citizens be left to wonder if the liberal-led culture of corruption has not ended, but instead simply moved its’ operations from private dining clubs and IHOP restaurants to the Democrat Headquarters on Hillsborough Street.”
Listen to Fetzer's Press Conference Below in MP3 format:
Editor's Notes: Your blogger was a proud Raleigh taxpaying citizen when Fetzer and company defeated the liberal elitists that ran Raleigh. They then took on the once-powerful News and Observer every day! We expect more of the same from our new chairman.
The website will allow activists to sign letters and emails to North Carolina legislators stating their principled opposition to the $1 billion in new taxes already proposed by Gov. (Beverly) Perdue and the North Carolina General Assembly.
“There are no tax increases that will not hurt our economic recovery. These will be job-killing tax increases,” said Americans for Prosperity State Director Dallas Woodhouse. “Our legislators need to know that citizens are taxed enough already and will not stand for a $1 billion tax increase.”
The website was created by Americans for Prosperity because of the attempts by both Gov. Perdue and the General Assembly to increase taxes on sales, income and everything from automotive repairs to downloading music.
Other activities under serious consideration for dramatically increased taxation include digital properties, warranties, alcohol, cigarettes, as well as tangible personal property services such as plumbing repairs.
Editor's Note: Your blogger has long been active with the Americans for Prosperity and she finds it one of North Carolina's most valuable groups regarding fiscal issues. Don't miss their fall national conference in Washington. Watch this space for details. Your blogger will be there.
UNC System president Erskine Bowles has just announced that he will follow the reccommendation of the UNC System's Board of Trustees and terminate the contract of former first lady, Mary Easley. This does not end the Easley scandal and your blogger is sorry that two top officials from NC State University were made to be "fall guys" for this ugly episode. Blogging from her iPhone ... More to come.
*According to Donna Martinez, speaking to WPTF AM 680 Monday afternoon on the Bill LuMaye show, the chancellor and provost were not "fall guys" as your blogger opined, above. Mrs. Martinez says it was quite the opposite.
*Additionally, the communications office of North Carolina State University has posted certain information to their webstite, including links to documentation. Check it out here.
*Finally, your blogger's huband, an alumnus of NC State, received several e-mail messages this afternoon regarding the scandal. One was from the president of the NCSU Alumni Association:
Dear Robert Benningfield:
As executive director of the NC State Alumni Association, I’m saddened to report to our members a series of circumstances that has led to the chancellor’s resignation.
James L. Oblinger has resigned as NC State’s 13th chancellor, effective immediately. His departure follows the resignations of McQueen Campbell, chair of the NC State Board of Trustees, on May 15 and Larry Nielsen, provost, on May 22.
The resignations of NC State’s top administrative officers and board chairman stem from investigations into the hiring and compensation of Mary Easley, former N.C. first lady. The NC State Board of Trustees called a special meeting today and voted to terminate Easley as executive in residence in the Provost’s Office.
These developments have stunned us all. My staff and I have received messages and calls from concerned alumni and, like you, we’ve followed the developments as they’ve been disclosed.
This is a sad day and many of us are disappointed. I don’t know more than what I’ve read in the newspapers, but what I do know is this: NC State deserves our continued support and loyalty as alumni.
We have 32,000 students who worked hard to be here—and are working even harder to earn a degree that carries value throughout the world. We have more than 6,000 faculty and staff who are committed to offering the best in education, research and outreach.
I believe NC State can turn this dark day into an opportunity for change and renewal. We need to offer our support to Interim Chancellor Jim Woodward and to NC State’s deans as we choose new leaders who will direct the course of our future. Woodward, an aeronautical and mechanical engineer who taught at NC State early in his career, is chancellor emeritus of UNC-Charlotte. Check our blog, redandwhiteforelife.com, for more information about him tomorrow.
Because of its mission as a land-grant institution and its commitment to educating the leaders of tomorrow, NC State will continue to set the pace for higher education in this state and beyond.
Lennie Barton '77, '81 MS, '87 DED Executive Director
Editor's Note: More information as it becomes available. Both your blogger and her husband are members of the NCSU Alumni Association and of the Wolfpack Club.
They came in buses from all parts of our state. They came with their signs of protest and they signed petitions to Governor Beverly Perdue saying "Don't Raise Our Taxes". It was also billed as a Tea Party, designed to draw in the "Tea Party crowd", and come they did.
Featured speakers included "Joe the Plumber", Jonathan Krone (the 14 year-old conservative prodigy, left with your blogger), and Raleigh's own Fox News Commentator, Mary Katharine Ham. Your blogger circulated through the crowd, ate Eastern NC style bar-be-que, listened to the band, and overall, had a grand old time.