Monday, October 25, 2010

The Proposed "Repeal Amendment" is it realistic?

One of my “pet peeves” issues is the 17th amendment. Although, I knew about it, it wasn’t until two years ago, when I was doing my due diligence on the constitution, that I finally understood the impact of the 17th amendment. It was passed during the progressive era (1890-1920) under President Woodrow Wilson and it was a major blow to states rights because it removed the state government from having any voice at the federal level. So it really seemed like a no brainer common sense solution to me, Repeal the 17th amendment. Well, this is your classic, easier said than done.

So with that back ground, my interest was peaked when I read the Wall Street Journal Opinion piece by William Howell and Randy Barnett in which they revealed:

In its next session beginning in January, the legislature of Virginia will consider proposing a constitutional "Repeal Amendment." The Repeal Amendment would give two-thirds of the states the power to repeal any federal law or regulation. Its text is simple:

"Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed."


This article left me curious and a bit confused with a ton of questions. Is this going to be an actual constitutional amendment? Would there be a need for a convention? And Wouldn’t it be easier to repeal the 17th amendment and just be done with it?

Now, I have not seen the actual legislation, not sure that it is available yet, so maybe that will answer some of these question. But apparently I am not the only one with questions. Last Sunday, there was an Op-Ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch by Delegate Bob Marshall title “Why Meddle with the Constitution?” which he specifically talks about the repeal amendment.

In it he states:

I agree with the goal. Washington's power needs to be curbed. That is why I introduced HB10, the Health Care Freedom Act, which passed the Assembly this year to give Virginia legal standing to challenge Obamacare's individual insurance mandate.
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The Repeal Amendment, which surfaced in The Wall Street Journal, and a similar version unveiled at the Tea Party convention both speak of repealing federal "law," not simply statutes or treaties. Article VI of our U.S. Constitution states: "This Constitution and the laws of the United States . . . and all Treaties shall be the supreme Law of the Land." Our Constitution, ordinary statutes, and treaties are all defined as "law" according to our Constitution.

Repeal Amendment advocates want the power to "repeal any provision of law" now on the books or passed in the future. If this amendment is passed by Congress and ratified by the states, then two-thirds of the states could repeal treaties, parts or all of our Constitution, military appropriations bills, Social Security, declarations of war, civil rights laws, and more.

In addition, no provision answers: Who keeps count of the states' repeal resolutions? For how long would a repeal action of a state be valid? Could a state vote to repeal a federal law one year and undo it the next? Which action counts? Could a "repeal resolution" be hidden in a multi-thousand-page bill (just as $130 million in new fees and taxes were hidden in Virginia's 2010 budget at the last minute without separate recorded votes)? Could state legislatures repeal a federal law without a recorded vote so the public would not know how legislators voted?

Roughly 11,000 constitutional amendments have been proposed to Congress since 1789. Only 33 were returned to the states for ratification. Of those, 27 passed. The first 10 amendments (our Bill of Rights) curbed congressional powers. Only one amendment after that attempted to permanently deny Congress "the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof," (i.e., slavery).
What has not been made clear, except to a select few, is that Repeal Amendment leaders are also calling for a Constitutional Convention to propose their amendment. This "surprise" component was not disclosed at the Tea Party Convention.


So after reading his opinion on this, I am inclined to agree with Del. Marshall. As complicated as the bills are coming out of Washington, it is going to be very difficult to determine what needs to be “repealed” and then to garner support for 2/3’s of the states seems virtually impossible, which is one of the main reasons the 17th amendment has not been repealed. So a good idea in theory, but this just may not be practical.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Resident's Perceptive of Obama's Visit

Remember, last week when President Obama came to visit in a back yard in Richmond. The whole town was buzzing. The Media Research Center put together this awesome short documentary of the visit from a residents perceptive, "The President Comes To The Neighborhood"



What an awesome piece, I complete understand this Prairie Rd residents perceptive and his dilemma. However, I probably would have done the samething, watched out my window. This is an important lesson that many could learn from in our current political climate. We must respect "the office", even if we don't agree with the policies.


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Friday, October 1, 2010

Gov. McDonnell ABC Privatization Plan Has Support

Since early September, when Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled the details on his plan to privatize the state ABC monopoly, there has been resistance from the democrats. Today however, two piece of good news for the Governor.



First, Former Gov. Doug Wilder (Democrat) came out in support of the plan by with the following statement:

“The final report on the Governor’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness, December 2002, made many recommendations. Among them was one relative to the privatizing of ABC retail operation. I was privileged to Chair that commission comprised of wide, varied and diverse citizens. The composition of the commission also was bi-partisan and represented all segments of our state’s population.

"I endorsed the recommendation then and I do so now.

"The proposed plan offered by Governor McDonnell keeps significant ongoing revenue for the General Fund and I am confident his Commission on Government Reform will produce additional cost savings measures that will more than offset any difference. I also think that there should be no consideration of any increased taxes for the consumer. The threshold question that triggers the debate is whether the state should be in the liquor selling business anyway. I think that government has sufficient legitimate calls made upon it to provide for the safety, health and welfare of its citizens.”


Additionally, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported on a poll released to by a retail coalition showing strong support among Virginia for privatization.

The poll, conducted last weekend for a coalition led by big retailers, shows 57 percent of Virginians supporting the effort by Gov. Bob McDonnell to get the Department of Alcoholic Beverages out of the wholesale and retail liquor business. A third of the voters surveyed said they strongly favor privatization, the poll asserts.

In contrast, the poll said 35 percent of voters oppose privatization, including about 20 percent strongly.


Bottom line is, I agree with Former Gov. Wilder and Gov. McDonnell, the real question here is "whether state should be in the liquor selling business". My answer: NO!



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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Extending the tax cuts, "there are enough votes"

Yesterday, LG Bolling's press conference called out President Obama's policies on the economy. Today, Rep. Cantor(VA-07) calls out the President and Speaker Pelosi, on extending the tax cuts. In a statement made today, Rep Cantor claims, there are enough votes to pass a bill to extend tax cuts for all before congress recesses for election campaigning. However, the vote has been delayed until after the election.

These are the tax cuts that have been implemented over the last 10 years by the Bush Administration, so they have been label "the Bush Tax Cuts". It could be a hard pill for President Obama to swallow, with all the Bush blaming over the last 18 months, it would, in a sense, say that the stimulus did not work.

Here is Rep Cantor's statement:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LG Bill Bolling to President Obama: "get out of the way"

Today, Virginia LG Bolling held a press conference about how the health care law and the economy are effecting small businesses in Virginia. This comes one day before President Obama will be visiting a private home in Richmond. LG Bill Bolling called on President Obama to get Washington out of the way and let small businesses do what they do best — lead the nation into an economic recovery. Bolling called on President Obama to follow the Virginia model and get the nation's fiscal house in order.

Here are LG. Bollings remarks:

"America’s economy is in serious trouble. After three years of recession and despite a trillion dollar federal stimulus plan, unemployment continues to rise and the American dream is fading for millions of families.

Getting our economy moving again and creating jobs is the most important issue currently facing our country, but the federal government continues to pursue policies that are driving America into an even deeper economic hole.

In my role as Virginia’s Chief Jobs Creation Officer, I have probably met with more CEOs over the past eight months than anyone in our state. They have all told me the same thing – they have money and they are ready to invest and they need workers and they are ready to hire, but they are not going to do so until the federal government stops pursuing anti-business policies and starts pursuing pro-business policies.

Mr. President, if you are really serious about getting our economy moving again and creating jobs, you will pursue the following approaches:

• Assure American businesses that you will no longer pursue card check or cap and trade legislation, repeal the massive mandates, fines and penalties on businesses from the federal health care bill and rein in the EPA, whose overly aggressive regulatory policies are suffocating the ability of the private sector to create jobs.

• Agree to make the federal tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 permanent for every American and American small business and provide additional tax cuts for businesses that create jobs and make major capital investments.

• Most importantly, follow the Virginia model and take aggressive action to reduce government spending to 2006 levels.

There is an old saying that when you find yourself in a hole, the first step in getting out of the hole is to stop digging. I ask you to stop digging, stop pursuing, anti-jobs and anti-business policies that will bury this country in an even deeper economic hole."


*Debbie Stocks, Principal, Your Benefits Partner, made the following remarks:

"Our clients keep telling us the same thing: their rates continue to rise while their income and cash flow doesn’t. They can't tell in advance how much it's going to cost to provide benefits for a new employee. That coupled with tax uncertainty makes it even harder for them to take on new hires.

Virginia leaders like Governor McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bolling understand that businesses, not government, created economic growth, and have worked hard to make sure that Richmond doesn't get in the way. When Virginia faced a massive budget shortfall, Governor McDonnell didn't give into the Democratic knee-jerk call to raise taxes.

Instead, the McDonnell administration and the General Assembly went through the budget and made hard choices. That's one reason the Commonwealth is continually ranked as one of the top two places in the country to do business.

While small business owners want to provide good quality health insurance to their employees, with a rate increase of nearly 25 percent, small business owners will struggle to pay the bill. Health insurance costs are just one of many challenges facing small business owners. With uncertainly over taxes, onerous regulations like the new 1099 requirements, and sales not bouncing back, the President and Congress need to start listening to small businesses and helping us truly recover."

**Richard S. "Syd" Chapman, Jr., the vice president of Carroll Plumbing and Heating, gave the following statement:

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We would love to hire new employees. Our team is working as hard as they can to serve our customers. But President Obama and his Democratic team in Congress have continually piled new regulation after new regulation onto our business. At the moment, I can't tell you how much our health insurance premiums will go up, because no one knows how these new mandates are going to impact us.

If Cap and Trade becomes law, I'll have to pay a higher power bill and higher material costs instead of creating another paycheck. Unless Congress acts, I'm looking at a huge increase in my overall tax burden. As much as I want to provide health insurance for new employees, I have no idea how much it's going to cost to meet all these new mandates that the 2,000 page health law created.

Mr. President, if you want to get the economy moving again, get Washington out of the way. Stop the anti-business policies, give entrepreneurs some sense of certainty as to what Washington's impact on them will be. If we know the rules of the game — and we know that they won't change on us overnight — a real economic recovery will materialize faster than you can imagine."


*Your Benefits Partner is a Glenn Allen-based health insurance brokerage which serves small businesses and individuals across the Commonwealth. The firm is itself a small businesses, with 2 employees, and deals with the same issues surrounding taxes, health care, and energy costs that their clients do.

**Carroll Plumbing and Heating has served the Richmond area from its headquarters in the Fan for more than 40 years. While it's not the most glamorous work, Carroll provides critical services that keep new and old buildings alike comfortable and livable year round. With 24 employees, Carroll is particularly attuned to the impacts Democrat policies have on every aspect of business — from supply costs to employee benefits.


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Pledge to American "drawing blood"

Last night, Rep. Eric Cantor was interviewed, on "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren. Greta commented that the GOP Pledge to America is "drawing blood" because of a comment made by Former Pres. Clinton:
"it is a hysterical tirade against government" and called "the pledge an ideological document that would be implemented at the expense of the middle class"

Cantor's response: "Predictable coming from Bill Clinton"

The rest of the interview was quite good and I am encourage by what I am hearing from my representative in the 7th district of VA. Rep. Cantor stated that the pledge was just the beginning of the process of "righting the ship". This is very important for conservatives, and even grass root activist, to understand. This IS just the beginning of taking back out country. It will take multiple election cycles, a focused message, and voter accountability.

The Pledge to America has encouraged me that some in the GOP are starting to get it, but there is still lots of work to be done. But now that we have the pledge, rest assured GOP, and Rep. Cantor, "We the People" are watching and will hold you accountable. I will let the rest of the interview, speak for itself. (This is the uncut version and has parts that were not aired)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Health Care Reform: Reality Starting To Sink In



That reality, costs are going up and the blame game is starting. Today, Sept 23, 2010, some of the first reforms will become effective such as, insurance companies can no longer put a dollar limit on essentials benefits (hospital and lab services), dependent children will be covered until age 26 and preventive care will have no deductable.

CBS Evening News reported that already insurance companies are raising rates and telling customers it is because of the changes in the law:

Insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois have already sent letters notifying customers of premium hikes up to 13 percent total. All, they say, because of health care reform.


The White House and HHS Secretary Sebelius are not happy about this and accuse the insurers of using misleading information and scare tactics. In a letter to the, American’s Health Insurance Plans President and CEO, Sebilus states in first paragraph:

It has come to my attention that several health insurer carriers are sending letters to their enrollees falsely blaming premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act. I urge you to inform your members that there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.


Further down in the letter:

Given the importance of the new protections and the facts about their impact on costs, I ask for your help in stopping misinformation and scare tactics about the Affordable Care Act. Moreover, I want AHIP’s members to be put on notice: the Administration, in partnership with states, will not tolerate unjustified rate hikes in the name of consumer protections.


However, Health insurers do expect health care costs to increase by 10.5-11 percent, with the health care reform law projected to add 2-5 percent over the next three years, according to a survey by Aon Consulting.

The Coalition to Protect Patient Rights, a grass root organization of over 10,000 doctors, spokesman Dr. Donald J. Palmisano is very concerned over the health care law many flaws stating:
“It’s not surprising to those of us who paid attention to the legislative process that a new government analysis would show health care costs are going to be higher under the reform bill than they would have been without passage of the law,” Dr. Palmisano said. “What I’m most concerned about, however, is that these increased costs will add to the difficulty of patients getting the care they so desperately need. We need less government and more care in our health care system.”

“In addition to failing to rein in health care spending, the health bill’s cuts to the Medicare program’s funding will impede the ability of American patients to get the care they need,” Dr. Palmisano said.


Now back to the CBS News report where the reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, posed this question:

But don't the insurance companies have a right to make their own analyses and claims to their customers?

"Absolutely, they have a right to communicate with their customers," replied HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "We just want to make sure that communication is as accurate as possible."

But accuracy may be in the eye of the beholder. And insurers are firing back, asking how can they be forced to increase benefits, then be prevented from telling customers why costs are on the rise?

"We strongly believe that our policy holders have a right to this information," Zirkelbach said.


People who are indifferent or even for the Health Care Reform, I hope that they are starting to see the myriad of complex issues this the Health Care Law is causing. The one thing that is clear is that the debate is far from over, Hang on folks it is going to be a bump ride.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NAACP Campaigning for VA Tax Money

Last night, CBS 6 (WTVR) news ran this story about the NAACP mobile bill board campaign that will be roaming the streets of Richmond:



The argument that the states spends 4 times more on prison than higher education is very misleading. First, and frankly, it is the job of government to protect it's citizens from criminals. It is not the job of government to provide a higher education. So, really they are comparing apples and oranges, but let's just take a look at Virginia prisons. I found this recent article from the Virginia Statehouse New, that states despite cuts, VA prisons are not overcrowded.

Despite a slew of budget cuts, Virginia has not faced the severe overcrowding problem that has daunted other states across the country in the past few years.

“I don’t think we have a severe overcrowding problem in Virginia,” said Ken Stolle, sheriff of the Virginia Beach Police Department. “It’s a complicated process and I think Virginia is handling it pretty well.”

Prisons across Virginia have managed well, despite $35.8 million in budget cuts and 137 layoffs that were triggered by the economic stagnation beginning in 2008.

“We’ve closed six prisons in the past two years, including two community corrections facilities,” said Traylor. “That’s a lot of bed space lost.”

One reduction came earlier this year when the General Assembly voted to postpone opening a newly constructed correctional facility in Grayson County. The building will not open until it can be funded in a subsequent budget, something that will not be guaranteed when the next legislative session begins in January.

But despite the setbacks, the Commonwealth has developed creative ways to place prisoners and use the space efficiently.

Now, back to the higher education part of the story. The NAACP is doing a very good job of drawing a correlation that higher educated people don't commit crimes. Where is that statistic? And frankly I am a little confused, what is the objective of the NAACP to help prisoners or to get money for higher education? How much did they spend on this bill board campaign? Could they have used that money for higher education scholarships, instead? And the most important question I have... How much gas will these bill boards burn in the course of the campaign?


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mike Pence is coming to Richmond

This weekend was the 2010 Value Voter's Summit, they had many great speakers, but Rep. Mike Pence from Indiana won their presidential straw poll. So, It would be remiss is we did not post part of his keynote address:



Now, for the really good news, did you miss the Value Voter's Summit like I did. Well, you are in luck. The Family Foundation is having "A Tribute to Yesterday A Vision for Tomorrow" 25th Anniversary Gala right here in Richmond, on Oct 9, 2010. This would be an excellent opportunity to see Rep. Mike Pence in action and to see why he won the Value Voter's Summit straw poll.


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chuck Smith wants to FIRE Nancy Pelosi

Last night, as part of the Fire Pelosi Bus Tour, Chairman of the RNC Micheal Steele made a campaign appearance in support of Chuck Smith, the Republican nominee for VA third congressional district (VA-03). The event held at the Historic Henrico Theater was packed and the enthusiasm was electric. Fresh off the tea party shake up in Delaware, Chairman Steele right off the bat in his address professed:
"The Republican National Committee stands firmly with our nominees, who are carrying the standards for us to fight for the freedoms and liberties that are guarantee by the little document call the constitution..."



In order to fire Speaker Pelosi, the Republican's must achieve a majority in the House of Representatives this November. So, not only do we need to fire Pelosi, we need to fire the 6 term democrat that has held the 3rd congressional district seat for far to long. Who has voted for lock step with the Obama Adminstration agenda, including the massive debt producing stimulus bill and the Health Care Reform Law.

Chuck Smith is a conservative and we must elected him as our VA-03 representative, this would be one seat of 40 seats needed to achieve a Republican Majority and to slow down the train of progressives . Here are his remarks that the event:




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Monday, September 13, 2010

AG Ken Cuccinelli speaks at 9/12 March

Joe Nowlin, a local patriot took this video of our very own AG Cuccinelli speech at the 9/12 March on DC this passed Sunday. A.G. Cuccinelli has filed a lawsuit with the Federal Court to stop the Health Care Reform Law.

Here is his speech:





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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Senator Warner talks about jobs and tax cuts

Today, NBC12 News Ryan Nobles interviewed Sen. Mark Warner on First@4. Sen. Warner shared his thoughts on the Obama Adminstation, jobs and the possibility of extending the Bush Adminstration Tax cuts



At the very ended of the interview, Sen Warner commented briefly on legislation that may be passed next week that would "work around the edges" to spur job growth. He gave no detail, so I went to his website to see if I could find out more detail on this legislation. Looks like this is the legistation he was referring to, America Recruits ACT.

In an article published in The Hill last January, Sen Warner sums it up by saying:

When the Senate reconvenes later this month, I will introduce the America Recruits Act. This measure will encourage employers to create information technology and manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. rather than locating these jobs overseas. Essentially, the bill provides incentives for where employers locate technology and manufacturing jobs and investment, as opposed to whether they hire employees.
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My legislation offsets this job location differential by providing firms with up to $10,000 in the form of a below-market-rate forgivable loan for each high-paying manufacturing and IT job they locate here in the United States. While this amount of money, by itself, is obviously not large enough to incent a company to build a brand-new facility, it is substantial enough to supplement a state’s overall economic development efforts that increasingly are necessary to help develop a productive workforce.

The creation of good information technology and advanced manufacturing jobs will, in turn, generate income and sales tax revenues for state governments. This modest job location incentive would make many more parts of the United States attractive to technology firms and the jobs that they bring.


Yet, in this very interview Sen. Warner said this about American company's: "....the good pieces of news is there's over two trillion dollars in cash on American large company balance sheets right now. American large companies have never been in better shape. We have to give them the predictability to go ahead and invest those dollars here in the United States." (emphasis mine) That is an interesting use of the word "predictability".

So to sum this up, American companies have never been in better shape, yet the jobs are not there and government once again is going to use our tax money to "repair" the problems. Could it be that the American companies are holding on to their cash because of the "unpredictability" of the cost of the impending Health Care Law?



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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flying Geese Symbolism

Minutes before the Restoring Honor Rally started at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010, a flock of Canadian Geese came flying up the reflecting pond from the Washington Monument towards the Lincoln Memorial. The crowd spontaneously cheered as they flew by and a sense of peace came on the venue. At least, I felt it and I teared up a little.

Here is a brief video of it:


After a quick search about the symbolism of flying geese this is what was found:

Flying geese symbols were used on quilts during slavery to indicate the direction of freedom.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Restoring Honor

Well, we made it. Four buses and ond metro ride to the Lincoln Memorial.  After wading thru the crowd,  we have a spot on the south side of the reflecting pond.  The rally is about restoring faith, hope and charity to America.  I am taking video and lots of picures. Will post when we get back.

Posted via email from Michelle Stanley's posterous

Friday, August 27, 2010

Glenn Beck interview Alveda King

"Faith, Hope, and Charity. How can anyone fight against that?"



We are looking forward to a wonderful day in peaceful day at the Restoring Honor Rally!

Flip the House, What is your strategy?

“Vote Them Out” and “Flip the House” are great slogans, but what is your strategy? American Majority is non-partisan political training institute leading the battle in training and equipping the next generation of liberty minded candidates, activists and community leaders.

American Majority is holding activist training will be conducted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 in Mechanicsville, VA to provide citizens with the tools necessary to become effective activists.

The training will take place at St Paul’s Lutheran Church (Office) located at 8100 Shady Grove Rd, in Mechanicsville, VA 23111 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Registration opens at 1:15pm. The cost is $25 in advance per attendee and $30 at the door. Refreshments will be served. The training will be conducted by, Michelle Stanley, a certified American Majority Mechanic Trainer.

Topics* to be covered during the Training include:
  • • The System (an in-depth look at the system we’re in, how we got there, and what we can do about it)
  • • Grassroots Action (ideas and practical steps to engage our communities and organize a coalition of volunteers)
  • • Precinct Power (changing your community one precinct at a time with specific micro-targeting and focused action)
  • • Patriots 2.0 (effectively utilizing social networking tools, blogs, wiki projects and other technologically-driven platforms)

Full training materials, samples and supplements will be provided to help you apply what you learn to your organization, candidate, cause or community.
A recent attendee had this to say about the training:

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with like-minded individuals who share my concern for the wellbeing of our nation and future generations. The material presented was timely, well organized, and provided many practical avenues for taking action immediately on behalf of conservative values and adherence to our US Constitution.” ~Ann Y.


To Register for the training go to AmericanMajority.com


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What to do about earmarks?

This passed March we blogged about the convenient way the republicans were calling attention to the over spending in Washington by putting a moratorium on earmarks. In an interview out today with Politico, Rep Eric Cantor (R VA-07) made a remark that the self en-posed earmark moratorium maybe "rolled back" if a republican majority is obtained in the house.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said a House GOP majority will focus on aggressive oversight of the Obama administration, will work to defund the agencies responsible for implementing health care and will push a “zero tolerance” ethics policy. He also said Republicans may roll back their ban on earmarks, as long as the spending items have “merit.”

Believe me, as a VA-07 constituent, that last sentence made me cringe a little. The YouCut program was such a hit, but now the possibility of "roll back" on earmarks with "merit." Erick Erickson said it best on Redstate:

Earmarks were used to bribe Republicans to support the prescription drug benefit and TARP. Earmarks were used to bribe Democrats to support Obamacare. Earmarks are a drug and the GOP, to absolve itself of its own sins, publicly declared that House Republicans would give up the very corrupting practice.

This practice has to stop. PERIOD! As a grass root activist in (VA-07) I'm contacting Rep. Cantor's office and requesting that he and the GOP Leadership come out against the practice of earmarking. I would encourage every voting citizens no matter who your representative is to do the same.

I would also, like to call attention Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) who did take a stand and made a pledge to "not ask for an earmark until the process was open, transparent and reformed." Rep. Chaffetz now is the highest congressmen (-A) at GradeGov.com

We must keep the pressure on Republican and Democrats in this new age of accountability.


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ron Paul has not been watching Glenn Beck

Ron Paul released a statement about the ground zero mosque and referred to conservatives who are debating the issue as "sunshine patriots" and calling the issue a distraction. Here is an except:

It has been said, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” Are we not overly preoccupied with this controversy, now being used in various ways by grandstanding politicians? It looks to me like the politicians are “fiddling while the economy burns.”

The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.

Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be “sensitive” requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from “ground zero.”

Just think of what might (not) have happened if the whole issue had been ignored and the national debate stuck with war, peace, and prosperity. There certainly would have been a lot less emotionalism on both sides. The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom?

In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.

They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill conceived preventative wars. A select quote from soldiers from in Afghanistan and Iraq expressing concern over the mosque is pure propaganda and an affront to their bravery and sacrifice.


It only gets worst from there.

Frankly, I think Ron Paul is a distraction, but we need his vote. Just to be clear all of the "sunshine patriots" I've have talked to do not dispute the fact that the mosque can be built two blocks from ground zero, the question is SHOULD it be built. This Patriot is going to exercise her first amendment right and say, NO! Just because you have a right does not necessarily mean you should do it. Case in point, I have a right to smoke cigarettes, but should I.

The bottom line is that Ron Paul has not been paying attention to Glenn Beck, maybe he needs to kick back at 5pm EST (cigarette optional) and tune in...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Glenn Beck tops list of "Americans most HATED by the left"

Townhall magazine has put together a list for their July issue of "The 100 Americans the left hates the most". Not surprising, Glenn Beck is on the top of this list.

However, It was a pleasant surprise to see Gov. Bob McDonnell, who came in at no. 47, on the list.

After Virginia voted for President Obama during the 2008 election, it was an uphill battle for GOPers to reclaim the traditionally red state. The efficient and effective campaign of Bob McDonnell beat the odds and rode the wave of political discontent to victory by a huge margin. His gubernatorial victory in Virginia marked the beginning of a conservative political resurgence.


And Virginia's Rep. Eric Cantor (7th) came in at No. 50.

In addition to serving as Virginia’s 7th Congressional District representative, Eric Cantor currently serves as Republican whip. His fi scal discipline and pro-free trade stances have earned him criticism from powerful
unions such as the AFL-CIO.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Why are some Tea Party groups still debating?

I received an email yesterday from Hampton Roads Tea Party and I am quite confused by it. I understand that it is disappointing when your endorsed candidate, Ben Loyola, loses the primary. But are they saying they are going to work for a 3rd party, when third parties have a history of splitting the vote benefiting only liberal candidates. I agree with the statement that "debate is not disunity", but there is a time for debate and a time for coming together for a common goal. I thought the goal was to defeat the liberal agenda being rammed through congress.

Here is the email with my comments:

Karen (HRTP Chair) Here-
Something to remember:
Debate is not disunity. The political parties do not allow debate. They call it infighting. We’re not a political party, we are a movement of Liberty. Legitimate debate, similar to what takes place here, and on our HR Tea Party Tea Talk forum is important to BUILD unity. Our Founding Fathers debated everything! Principled people tend to vote principleover power. The left coalesces around power. It’s why the left wins more elections. They are willing to get into power over everything.

The time to debate within the party was during the primary, now we need to come together for the common goal of getting a republican majority in the house in order to get Speaker Pelosi out of power. The reason the left wins is because they understand strategy and "coalesce" behind the people who are most likely to win.

As voters, we are also consumers. Some people are so angry w/GOP games, and GOP unresponsiveness to our current situation, that they want to “punish” the GOP.Do we not have a right to take our business elsewhere if we are dissatisfied? Are we obligated to the GOP no matter what? How many plugged nose votes must we endure? Do we not apply the free market principles we espouse to elections as well as to the economy? Voting the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. If we give the GOP our vote now, what will they guarantee us to EARN that vote.


The GOP is not unresponsive; they DO NOT have a majority. They can’t do anything and they can’t stop anything in this administration. Have they made some bad decision in the passed with bad votes, yes. But we are in an unprecedented time in history, we must stop the progressive agenda and to do so we need a republican majority.

Remember, we – the Tea Party movement - are a powerful voting bloc. We helped Loyola come up over 14 points in less than 2 weeks,to place second, in a field of 6 candidates, with NO money, and against an entrenched political machine. The GOP needs us. But they want to control us, or as Michael Steele said, “harness the Tea Party energy”.
We are NOT a GOP arm. We will NOT be controlled or allow ourselves to be bullied into submission by the GOP’s recent attacks on HRTP,( and on me in particular), or by the GOP playing on our fears of Obama extremism.

YOU HAVE LEVERAGE NOW!!! Once elected, these candidates don’t need you. Get them to commit to certain issues now, and plan to hold their feet to the fire afterward.

Here is the deal, the tea party only decided to help Loyola “less than 2 weeks” before the primary. It takes more than endorsement and robo calls to win elections, it takes boots on the ground campaigning, phone banking, meet n greeting, and GOTV pushes. If you really have leverage, then Ben Loyola would have won.
Rigell reached out to the HRTP board right after the primary. I got a call from him the very next morning. I responded by saying that we’d like to meet as a coalition w/912 First Landing Patriots, Campaign for Liberty, and HRTP. (As a coalition, we probably represent at least 4,000 people in second district alone). Via email, we offered a date and a location. One week later, Rigell’s fully staffed, highly paid consultants,haven’t gotten back to us. We will reach out one more time. We already have one invisible congressman, do we need another one? It’s a fair question.

The New Republic Patriots are having a Town Hall with Rigell on July 28th.
On VA-3- Call Chuck Smith and ask him if he has moved into the 3rd District yet. Get a date for that move. What are his plans to overcome Bobby Scott, and his money and incumbency privileges? How does he address the loss of private property to eminent domain that the poorer income folks have been forced to accept? Quigley,the Libertarian in VA-3 is taking that issue head on.

As long as, Chuck Smith is complying with the law does it really matter. The people in VA 3 will have a choice. Something that has not happened over many election. There are a lot of frustrated conservatives and if we work with Chuck Smith there is a good possibility we can get him elected.

Keep debating!
Karen
HRTP Chair

There is a time to debate with in the party and a time to come together. Now is the time to come together and debate the liberal democrats. Not argue about who is the most conservative candidate. We need to get behind the candidate that has the best chance to win, so we can stop Pelosi and the Obama Agenda.

Now don't get me wrong, I am all for starting the debate again on November 3rd (the day after the election), but our short term goal is to STOP the Obama agenda. This is going to be a multiple election takeover and this is just the first election in a long process.

I truly hope that conservatives can come together as concern citizens, focus on a strategy that will put the government back in the hands of the people. If you agree with my comments, please join me on Richmond Patriots website.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Job Number Scam

It was bad enough that last weeks jobs number showed mostly temporary government employment through the hiring of census workers. It now appears we have a whistle blower who says she has been hired and fired 3 times since the beginning of the year and she can be counted as 3 jobs.



Be sure to watch Neil Cavuto's interview with "Maria".


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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Happy Birthday, Rep. Eric Cantor (VA-07)

Last night at the Science Museum of VA, Rep. Cantor held a birthday event. They had free food, drink and a chance to talk face to face with my elected official, who happens to be the GOP Whip. O.k. I am there.

Here is video from his comments at the event.





In addition to Rep. Cantor, I also had a chance to speak with Chuck Smith, the Republican nominee for VA 3rd district.





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Friday, June 4, 2010

6.8 Million workers out of work.

This is how the headlines should read after the Bureau of Labor Statistic released today the Employment Situation Summary (a.k.a the unemployment rate).

Total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 431,000 in May, reflecting the hiring of 411,000 temporary employees to work on Census 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Private-sector employment changed little (+41,000)


President Obama is doing his best to put a positive spin on the 9.7% unemployment by saying the economy is "getting stronger day by day". However, in a report CNNmoney.com hit the nail on the head.

....the problem of long-term unemployment continued to worsen as those out of work more than six months rose to a record 6.8 million, or nearly half of all unemployed workers


So the next question, what happens when the census is over? Do these temporary workers then qualify for unemployment benefits? Apparently this was an issue in 1990 when congress pass a bill to deny unemployment benefits and than later reversed it decision. Today, however it you needed to have a job prior to the census job that would make you eligible to receive benefits, but stay tuned I smell a "Census worker relief bill" and I bet it will be here soon.

Related article: Undercover Census Fraud Investigation - New Jersey


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Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Remembrance






We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.

It is the
VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the
VETERAN,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the
VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the
VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.


It is the
VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.


It is the
VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
VETERAN,
who salutes the Flag,



It is the
VETERAN,
who serves
under the Flag,


ETERNAL REST
GRANT THEM O LORD,
AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT
SHINE UPON
THEM.



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Friday, May 28, 2010

Attorny General Cuccinelli plans a webcast townhall


Virginia A.G. Cuccinelli promptly file a lawsuit with the Federal government when the Health Care Reform bill was pass by congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. On May 24, the Federal government response to the lawsuit was to request a motion to dismiss.

A.G. Cuccinelli is having a Virginia Health Care Lawsuit Webcast Town Hall on June 16th at 8pm.

This webcast is produced at no expense to taxpayers.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has received a great deal of national attention recently for the lawsuit that the Commonwealth of Virginia has filed against the Federal government regarding the newly passed Federal health care law (Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Sibelius) The Federal government responded on May 24, 2010 with a motion to dismiss the suit. This was an anticipated response and only the second step in a multi-step process that will play out in the coming months.

Join us for a free live town hall meeting interactive video webcast, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 8 PM as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli explains this multi-step process. In addition, General Cuccinelli will discuss the Constitutional issues involved and respond to questions from the participants.


You can register for the free webcast HERE. To receive regular updates from the Ken Cuccinelli you can subscribe to the Cuccinelli Compass


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

"You Cut" ...wait, it's working?

When Rep. Eric Cantor announced the You Cut program a few weeks ago, I admit, I did a little eye roll. But, o.k. let's play along. I tweeted out the website and put it on the Richmond Patriots facebook and ning network. I even received some flack from some angry conservatives who are tired of the "political games". I could not disagree.

Today, however, there are reports that the You Cut program could be putting pressure on the majority party to actually start making budget cuts.

The Hill reporter Jared Allen posted this today:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during a Wednesday morning meeting with committee chairmen that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) intended to hold them to a Friday deadline to submit detailed lists of duplicative and wasteful programs that can be eliminated from the $3 trillion budget.

“You need to produce something on this,” Hoyer said, according to a person in the room. “You all need to find some programs to cut.”

In leaning on the chairmen to get their proposals into the Speaker’s hands by Friday, Hoyer specifically mentioned the difficulty Democrats are having moving a package of tax extenders, unemployment insurance extensions and other items because the nearly $150 billion it would add to the deficit is considered by some to be too high.


And later in the report:

Some Democrats also think the GOP has struck the right populist chord with House Republican Whip Eric Cantor’s (Va.) YouCut initiative, an online grassroots effort to get budget-cutting suggestions directly from the public.


So, I would like to encourage my conservative friends not to dismiss this and go VOTE. Yes, we have a lot of cutting to do, but as Ronald Reagan once said,"If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat." We must keep up the pressure if we are going to take back this government.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Saltwater Fishing is going to be taxed

Isn't it funny how we all have our own "hot button" issues, the issues that makes us stop in our tracks, drop everything and go write a letter to the editor or email every person that we happen to have an email address. Well, today that very scenario played out before my very eyes. My wonderful husband who is a VERY busy professional, just happened to read a letter to the editor in the local paper, Mechanicsville Local. He STOPPED everything and researched the issue, then emailed the following to all of his fishing friends. So to help spread the word and to illustrate how letters to the editor do work, I am turning the blog over to him today.

Thank you, Sweatheart for your passion!

Check this out. Yet another way our Federal Gov't is working through oh so many channels (some not so obvious) to get more of your money, gather your personal information (for who knows what purpose) and trample over more and more of your freedoms!

National Saltwater Angler Registry
A new federal law requires most saltwater fishermen to sign up with the National Saltwater Angler Registry.
The National Saltwater Angler Registry is a new tool to help better count fishermen and their catch. Become part of a network of fishermen helping to conserve our oceans and ensure the future of recreational fishing. By registering, you help NOAA make your catch count.

Had anyone heard of this? It's already LAW!! It is just now going into effect this year but was part of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act of 2006.

- If you fish in federal waters (basically THE OCEAN and all waterways connected directly to the ocean) you must register
- It is in addition to any other license required
- It is free this year but starting next year will cost up to $25 and you must pay each year
- If you are caught fishing without out it you will be fined
- There is no actual purpose for the money collected except ( to offset the cost of admin of the registry) It will go directly into the Federal treasury!!
- Fuzzy as to WHY this is being done "data collection system to protect the nations ocean resources" Looks like they want contact info so they can call anglers at random to ask them questions about their fishing and what they have caught??? Wonder what else it can and will be used for??? Wonder if there is also a fine if you refuse to answer their questions when they call to invade your privacy around supper time?!!!

Not only is this just another TAX but also an end run around states rights ----Not all anglers in all coastal states are required to register because some states are already providing NOAA with their anglers personal info as part of their own regulatory licensing systems. Virginia and a few other states do not! So not only ARE WE being forced to participate but starting next year are picking up the check!!!

see the details "as described by NOAA" www.countmyfish.noaa.gov

John Stanley

P.S. Non-US Citizen are exempted


And an excellent excuse to post another picture of the monster fish I caught this spring...



WHAT?? You would have done the same thing.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tax Day Tea Party round 2

Yesterday, all around the country and in Washington DC, patriots celebrated the 2nd annual Tax Day Tea Parties. Here in Richmond there was a well attended event downtown under the shadow of the Federal Reserve building.

As the first year wraps up for the tea party movement, what is next? We have mid-term congressional elections and I am happy to report there are many candidates in Virginia stepping up to challenge incumbents, especially incumbents that don't support limited government and free market strategies. So here is your next course of action:

1. You need to find out if your district is having primary election or a convention to determine which candidate will get the nomination. In Virginia you can start at the Republican Party of Viginia's website

2. Talk to the candidates, find out who is most in line with your views and then help them. Get involved in their campaign, tell a friend or help get out the vote on primary day or become a delegate at the convention. (sometimes it is as simple as showing up to the meeting)



We will be providing more information on the political process in future posts, but for now if you want to learn how to become a political activist, I am pleased to announce that American Majority Mechanics have been "unleashed" and are ready to educate and equip the next generation of grass root political activist. In Virginia, I am the your local Mechanic trainer and I am very excited to be involved with American Majority. There is a training scheduled in May for Central VA.

BTW: The reason for the title of "Mechanic".

In the days before the Revolutionary War, Paul Revere organized the Mechanics, a group of determined patriots that grew out of the Sons of Liberty. The group established an intelligence network that monitored the actions of the British army in Boston, and then sent news of the movements to patriot leaders. It was the Mechanics who discovered that British troops were planning to march on Lexington and Concord on the evening of April 18, 1775, which led to Revere’s famous midnight ride to warn Samuel Adams, John Hancock and other colonists that the British were coming.

Monday, March 29, 2010

"Just because it's the law, does not mean it is Constitutional"

On the front page of Sunday's RTD was an article "Everyone not falling in line with 2010 census" that featured quotes from Richmond Patriot, Laura Alcorn. Ms. Alcorn said she did return her 2010 Census form with the number of people in her household and their names. But she, also noted "I think they are overreaching in what they're asking. . . . I think it's an invasion of my privacy." So I guess that not filling out all the question is what is meant by "not falling in line."

In the same article, political analyst Larry Sabato stated:

"I think it's more intense than I've seen it before," Sabato said of concerns about the census. "People are deeply skeptical and cynical. I don't think there's any justification for being skeptical or cynical, and it's the law" to provide all information requested for the census.


O.k. so let's concede that it is the law:



Mr. Sabato also noted:

What are they doing? They're driving up the costs of government because the census worker is going to have to come to their home personally to get all the questions answered," he said.


Driving up cost.... REALLY?


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A.G. Cuccinelli explains Health Care Reform Lawsuit

The Democrats passed health care reform on Sunday, and VA Attorney General is preparing to file a lawsuit as soon as the ink is dry.

Ken Cuccinelli on suing the federal government from Beehive Video on Vimeo.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Code Red Returns to DC



Patriots in Richmond will be meeting at the Bass Pro Shop at 8:00AM Saturday morning to car caravan to Union Station and then to the Code Red Rally Rally in Upper Senate Park. If you want to come later in the day, there is a candle light vigil at 6:00PM.


The Code Red Rally Returns to Washington to Kill the Bill. Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 at 12:00PM Noon on Saturday March 20th, 2010. The House office buildings will be open and you can go in for visits with Congressmen and/or staff before and after the rally.


This is your last chance to come together and show our strength before the vote. The rally is set for 12:00PM Noon. Check back often for updates . We will have another all star cast of speakers. It's supposed to be a beautiful day, come on out and exercise your legs, lungs and liberty!!

There will also be a candle light vigil around the U.S. Capitol beginning at 6:00PM.

Featured speakers at the Washington, D.C. Rally on Saturday will include:

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (MN)

Congressman Tom Price (GA)
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC)
Congressman Phil Gingrey (GA)
Actor & Conservative Jon Voight
Dr. Milton Wolf, Barack Obama’s second cousin who opposes Obamacare
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Jim Martin, 60 Plus
Phil Kerpen, Americans for Prosperity
Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity
Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty
Kathryn Serkes, Doctor Patient Medical Association
Mark Skoda, Memphis Tea Party
Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express
Jennifer Hulsey, American Grassroots Coalition
FreedomWorks Representative
Ben Cunningham, Founder of the Tennessee Tax Revolt
Darla Dawald, Grassfire / Resistnet

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Richmond Patriots plan Caravan to Washington on March 20th

Join the Richmond Patriots in a caravan to Washington DC on March 20th. This is our last effort to oppose the Socialcrats and Obama in the Big Government, Big Spending takeover of our freedorm, our rights as Americans and our Healthcare.
 
We will be leaving from the Bass Pro Shop on I-95 in Ashland, VA at 8:00 AM and park at Union Station, DC.  Drive your gas guzzeling SUV's and your big,
expensive van's to help transport people.  No eco-friendly cars allowed.  Let's spend our money on gas before the government takes every penny we have
worked hard to earn. 
 
Please contact me at laurajalcorn@gmail.com or 804 741 3455  or Michelle Stanley at jmstanleyfam@gmail for more information.   Or simple meet us at Bass Pro Shop at 8:00 AM Saturday.  We will be the ones with the 'No, Is Not Good Enough' signs.
  
Directions from Bass Pro Shop to Union Station
*Follow I-95 North toward Washington DC.
*I-95 becomes I-395 when you cross I-495.  Continue North on I-395.
*Exit at Massachusetts Avenue.
*Turn Right onto Massachusetts Avenue (East).
*Follow Massachusetts Avenue approximately 4 blocks to Columbus Circle.
*Union Station is on the Left.
 
Parking fee at Union Station for 4 to 5 hours is $13.00.
 
The time of the rally is 12:00 noon.  The exact location of the rally is pending the permit.  We will keep you advised of the latest information as it is released..


Posted via email from Michelle Stanley's posterous

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Republicans set to block uses of "Slaughter Solution"



Tuesday, Rep. Parker Griffith(R AL-05) introduced a House resolution that would block the Speaker Pelosi from using the "Slaughter Solution", which is a procedural rule to pass health care reform. The resolution would require an up or down vote on the actual Senate Health Care Reform bill.

"It's an easy resolution and very straight forward," explains Griffith. "It allows the American people to know where each Congressman or Congresswoman is on the issue and keeps the confusion out of the vote."


Here is the proposed text:

RESOLUTION

Ensuring an up or down vote on certain health care legislation.

Resolved, That the Committee on Rules may not report a rule or order that provides for disposition of the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590, an Act entitled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, unless such rule or order provides for—

(1) at least one hour of debate, equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader, or their designees; and

(2) a requirement that the Speaker put the question on disposition of the Senate amendments and that the yeas and nays be considered as ordered thereon.


It looks like this vote will take place Thursday around 11:00am.

Stay tuned....

Rep. Griffith on Cavuto 3/16/10

Another Obama Health Care Rally Friday at George Mason University

President Obama will  hold a final, pre-vote rally for health care
at George Mason University in Fairfax County on Friday, White House
officials announced today.

Where: Patriots Center Auditorium, George Mason University
When: Friday, March 19th
Time: 11:30am

Parking will be free in lots A-K

Direction to the University: http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

The rally is open to the public, officials said.

Officials described the event as one in which Obama would make remarks about health care. The
House of Representatives is scheduled to take up the final votes on
health care late Friday or early Saturday.

The capacity of the Patriot Center is 10,000 people.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sorry, RPV, we are *WAY* passed reading the bill.

The fact of the matter is that the Health Care bill probably be passed this week or next, whether it is the will of the people or not. Pelosi is determined to deliver a bill to President Obama, even if the House has to used the made up rule called the "Slaughter Solution". So what is the Republican Party of Virginia doing to bring awareness to this fact? Enlisting volunteers to read the bill. Really.

RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement about this week’s expected vote on the Obama/Pelosi Healthcare Legislation. Here is an excerpt:

"That's why on Wednesday at 8 a.m. folks from all across Virginia will start to read all 2,400 pages of this healthcare takeover bill. Volunteers will read each and every page and will read in 30 minute shifts. Any Virginian who really wants to know what’s in this healthcare bill and learn why it is a bad deal for our state is invited to listen in. We will be streaming the volunteer reading of the bill live on our website at: www.RPV.org/ReadTheBill. We would also encourage Congressmen Nye, Perriello, Connolly, and Boucher to listen themselves and learn why this bill is bad medicine for their constituents.


This is as mind numbing as listening to another Obama speech rallying support for the bill.

HELLO, RPV where on earth have you been? Patriots have been reading the bill since last summer. Any engaged citizens KNOWS what is in the bill. Congressmen Nye, Perriello, Connolly and Boucher are NOT going to be listening in, they also know what is in the bill.

But I am willing to cut the RPV a little slack. I remember last summer when the patriot movement was coming together, each month we would have a group of newly awakened patriots coming up with some creative ways to get our representatives attention. I think at one point there was even talk of a "die in".

So hopefully by now you are getting my point. While our frustration is running high we tend to get in a panic mode and we look for outlets for those frustrations. Reading the bill sounds like a great idea it really is just a distraction and it will not, in the end, change anything.

Speaker Pelosi's problems are with the Democrats, not the Republican. The Democrats have the majority, something they seem to want us to forget. That is why she has to use what Senator Chris Dodd (D) is referring to as "exotic procedural move". Make no mistake they are pulling out all the stops and it will be up to the American people (not the republicans) to clean up this mess.


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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Republicans acting like the "good" child

House Republicans have put a self imposed ban on all earmarks for the rest of the year. This is an attempt to expose the "back room" deals the Democrats are making to get health care reform passed.

“No doubt earmarks are being talked about in a different way by the democratic majority,” said Rep. Mike Pence, the chairman of the Republican Conference, from Indiana.

Pence said Democrats were cutting “backroom deals” to persuade reluctant House Democrats to vote for the president’s proposal, and said “the American people want us to change business as usual.”

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said that Democrats’ promises to clean up Washington politics “is being broken every day.”




Don't get me wrong, I think this is a good thing, but why now?? Because it is politically expedient. Anyone who has siblings is all to familiar with this tactic, you merely stay out of trouble and do what you are suppose to while your brother is in trouble and you are consider the "good" child.

Let's hope the ban last longer than the election year!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Healthcare Conference Call Tonight

The Tea Party Express and Resistnet will be hosting a Healthcare conference call tonight.

 

Please join us tonight, March 9th, at 9:00 pm EST for a conference call to discuss where the current health care legislation stands in the House and Senate.

 

On this call, we will discuss who we should be targeting in our efforts to stop this government takeover of health care.

This is a coalition call that is being held so the people from within the grassroots can get the information direct.  Please feel free to share this number with any others that may want to join the discussion.  If you are a leader of a local tea party or another grassroots organization, please feel free to invite members from your local group to this call.

 

Dial-in Number: 1-712-432-3100
Conference Code: 160992

 

If you need any additional information, please let me know.  Looking forward to talking with you tonight.


Visit Richmond Patriots at: http://richmondpatriots.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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