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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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Phyllis Schlafly, president and founder of the conservative grassroots public policy organization Eagle Forum, made the following remarks after the public announcement that formerly pro-life DemocratBart Stupak(D-MI) will cast a "yes" vote for the Senate health care bill. (The bill passed the house Sunday evening and was signed into law on Monday by President Obama.)
"It is naïve for any elected official, especially one who describes himself as ‘pro-life,' to expect that a promise to issue an Executive Order that reasserts the intentions of the Hyde Amendment will be fulfilled by the most pro-abortion president to ever sit in the White House. Perhaps Mr. Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats forget that President Obama's first Executive Order was the repeal of the Mexico City Policy to allow for international funding of abortion."
"Not only would an Executive Order be rendered meaningless in the face of Congress passing legislation which actively provides for the massive expansion and funding of abortion services, but anyone who doubts the abortion tsunami which awaits this bill becoming law lives in a fantasy world." "Barack Obama has lined every existing federal agency with the most dedicated pro-abortion ideologues, and we know that he will continue this pattern of pro-abortion appointments when it comes time for him to fill the over-100 bureaucracies created to administer his socialized health care program."
"Any formerly pro-life Democrat who voted ‘Yes' on the Senate health care bill tonight will be forever remembered as being among the deciding votes which facilitated the largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade."
"Mr. Stupak and his Democrat followers have now clarified that you cannot be pro-life and be a Democrat. If abortion was truly their biggest issue, they wouldn't willfully align themselves with the Party of Death."
"This vote has exposed the myth of the ‘pro-life Democrat.' With this single vote, the Democratic Party has divided our nation into the Democrat Party of Death and the Republican Party of Life, and future elections will never be the same."
Liberal Raleigh Mayor, Charles Meeker, has pushed his one-track agenda on taxpayers since he was first elected in 2001. After taking full control of city council four years ago, he and his band of tax and spenders have focused on rebuilding Fayetteville Street and virtually ignoring the rest of the North Carolina capital city.
The problem isn't that they merely wanted to re-open and fix up Raleigh's former "Main Street", it's that Meeker and company spent hundreds of millions of tax monies on turning a dilapidated area into the city's focal point, forcing it to become a destination spot.
Not only did the city re-open and fix up the street, but it also build an over budget convention center, a city plaza, and an expensive hotel. While the rest of Raleigh had to wait its turn for repairs and basic services, Raleigh "invested" city tax dollars into a top drawer restaurant called The Mint.
The Mint describes itself as an "adult-themed dining and entertainment, catering to sophisticated and professional adults". Raleigh simply cannot afford to be so picky about its downtown customer base, especially when the eatery was largely paid for on the backs of hard working taxpayers, most of whom cannot afford to dine there. According to a recent article in the Triangle Business Journal, the Mint is now losing business.
Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, also in downtown, sits an eyesore you won't hear Mayor Meeker talk about. Tarboro Street is the source of drugs, gambling, and prostitution. It's near a local college, St. Augustine's, and the North Carolina Governor's Mansion. According a Raleigh News and Observer editorial, "disturbing crime patterns on the street show that it's a world away from those historic landmarks."
Further, there have been three murders in the past three years on Tarboro Street alone. A Raleigh City police officer owned a rental house that was the subject of numerous complaints by local residents regarding domestic violence, drugs, and prostitution.
On Fayetteville Street, Raleigh and its taxpayers most certainly will lose money on every one of these projects. As for how much and when, it is too early to tell. Your blogger will be discussing this issue for some time to come, so please watch this space for updates to this story.
Editor's Note:Joey Stansbury, a lifelong Raleigh resident and fellow conservative blogger, contributed to this report.
Now, far be it from me to say that the anti-development crowd who won the recent Cary and Raleigh elections has "convictions," at least in the criminal sense. But it seems to me that someone who has "convictions," in the sense of ideals, ought to be reasonably proud of them. Or, if they are NOT proud of them, one wonders about why that is.
In Cary, everyone saw the "McAllister Lied, Good Trees Died" signs that were scattered around town. After the election, I inspected one such sign closely, and there is no name of a responsible person or organization on it. If a candidate put these out, he would be violating election law by omitting the "paid for by the Joe Schmoe Committee" on the sign. Maybe that is OK. I certainly do not agree with laws that infringe on the First Amendment, no matter how slightly, without a very compelling reason. That is what laws like this do. Thus, I am not calling for an investigation or anything, just setting up my next point.
What I do believe is that there are COWARDS in our political midst who will lob an unsubstantiated allegation at a political figure, without giving a return address.
I do not believe that Ernie McAllister is a liar. What is he supposed to have lied about? When was it supposed to have happened? What is he supposed to do to defend his reputation? Start putting out signs that say, "I am not a liar?" This is dirty political pool. All is fair, I suppose, but it makes me wonder who in Cary is such a COWARD that they will not stand behind what they say.
Similarly, there were "Re-Elect Nobody" signs around Cary. And just so that you do not think that there was a low supply of small print, it says at the bottom, "Note: This doesn't apply to Erv Portman because he was appointed, not elected." But, alas, this one was printed by abject COWARDS as well, as there was no attribution. At least, it did not impugn the character of anyone.
There was also the "Vote Yes on Bonds" signs scattered all about the county. These also had no attribution, but at least this was a positive (though, in my mind misguided) message as it promoted rather than denigrated something.
Maybe these people were just forgetful, instead of being COWARDS. Note that there was no mention of the "I sure hope you like your tax bill as soon as we start paying for these. Not to mention the school bonds we just passed. Or next year's school bonds. Or whatever else we can think of spending money on until you stop us." I would not want to be the one who is remembered as The Man Who Raised The Tax Bills, either, so I can understand not wanting to be identified with this issue later on down the road. I vote for COWARDS on this one, too.
Most interesting was the "Save Cary" sign, put up (apparently) by someone associated with the www.davisandhighhouse.org website. Of course, when I found an abandoned sign after the election on the right of way, I was surprised (but not THAT surprised) to see that the hand-lettered sign was on a stolen Don Frantz campaign sign that was turned inside out.
Since they put the above URL on the sign, we know who the thief was, or at least with whom the thief was associated!
These lefties who are selling the message of "no growth, now that *I* am down here from New Jersey" must realize that normal people do not share that view. There are things that we need to do a much better job of, in dealing with that growth, but normal people do not want the Triangle area to become stagnant instead of thriving, nor do they want an enclave for the wealthy where average people can no longer afford to live. These are surely the wages of a "no-growth" policy.
So I understand why the no-growth people who made these signs did not want attribution. But that still makes them COWARDS.
Editor's Note: Weaver is a candidate for NC House District 35, runnning against Rep. Jennifer Weiss. He is a Cary real estate broker and can be reached at http://www.ilovecary.com
A popular TV show for political junkies, NC SPIN, is hosting an upcoming growth forum in Raleigh.
The October 31st event, "Growth is Everybody's Business" will focus on an issue that defined municipal elections across North Carolina earlier this month. From Asheville to Atlantic Beach, slower-growth advocates were voted in, and their pro-growth opponents were voted out.
Topics to be discussed include clean water and sewage, infrastructure needs, land use, housing, government services, and public policy initiatives.