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:

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.
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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