I think Andy has capture the essence of the patriot and tea party movement.
Perhaps there has been a time in the past when so many words were used with such skill to convey such arrogance, condescension and insult to the American people, but I cannot recall when. It is possible that in the political speeches of the past, an elected official told the American people to their faces that they didn't understand or that they were just too stupid to appreciate the greatness of what was being attempted by the politicians in Washington. Maybe someone has told us that when we express our extreme displeasure at a policy Congress is attempting to implement that their only fault is not explaining it well enough to us.
Possible, but I doubt it.
We expect politicians to tell us what we want to hear - but not when they are blatantly doing the opposite. When we elected President Obama we voted for change.
We saw our country barreling down hill, spending money we didn't have, enacting disastrous policies that hurt business and hinder completion and the government meddling in the private sector to a degree not seen in our lifetimes. These were already happening on a breathtaking scale when Obama took office. We were promised change.
What we got was not merely more of the same - we got an acceleration of the night marish policies that no sane person would have predicted only a year prior.
And now, let us look at the results of these policies.
Unemployment was at 8% before and now, over a trillion dollars of spending later, 10%.
Our debt has risen by trillions of dollars - risen more than it has in the past 3 presidential administrations COMBINED.
The largest tax increase in US history is pending with the Cap and Trade bill - an increase that targets the poor and middle class. Unbelievably, President Obama still seems to be determined to try to ram this Health Care farce down our throats in spite of the massive outcry against it. You, the American people have had enough of the same from Washington, yet, our president has just told you that he does not care - or perhaps he still doesn't understand. Perhaps it is because he has done too much talking and not enough listening.
Our course is clear. We must continue to awaken our friends, our family, our neighbors.
With the full weight of the American people we can turn even this succession of failed policies around and bring our country back to the land of opportunity it once was.
In America the people are now and have always been the answer to our problems.
We the people of the United States HAVE formed a more perfect union, but we must be vigilant or that union will be lost under the tide of socialism that threatens to overwhelm us. Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, to preserve what they gave us we must do the same.
We must pledge as Democrats, Republicans and Independents - as Americans, to work together to restore this nation to the place of greatness we know it can be.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
The senate bill SB 9 is sponsored by Sen. Harry Blevins, R-Chesapeake has passed the senate with a vote of 24-16. An excerpt from the Richmond Times Dispatch article:
Blevins, a former high school principal, argued passionately in committee for the passage of the legislation, saying it would save lives and protect motorists, especially teens.
Opponents of the bill suggested it would give police the ability to pull over motorists without justifiable cause. Law enforcement, insurance and motor vehicle lobbies also supported the legislation, which now heads to the House of Delegates.
On the surface, this bill appears to be no big deal. If it passes the police have another way to help protect your life. Well being a good Patriot, I could not leave this alone. Why is the General Assembly, with the tough budget cutting they must consider, spending time on this bill?
Answer: Federal Funding
This article in USA Today from April 13, 2006: Federal safety funding sways few states. An except:
A study released last month by the National Safety Council — a public-private partnership of automakers, insurance companies, government agencies and others — buttressed prior research. The study found that crash victims in states with primary seat belt laws have a 17% greater chance of surviving than those in states with only secondary laws. NHTSA says seat belt use averages 11% higher in primary-law states.
To encourage tougher seat belt laws, Congress included in last year's federal transportation bill $498 million in grant money that would go to states that have a primary seat belt law or maintain a seat belt use rate of 85% or better for two straight years. Each May, states determine the rate by observing samples of drivers and counting how many are belted.
Please pay special attention to that last sentence, this is yearly funding. EVERY YEAR! The first year that this special funding was available only a few states, Alaska, Mississippi and Kentucky, changed their seat belt laws primary laws to receive the funding.
According to another USA Today report from 2009. So far:
Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia now have "primary" seat belt laws, which allow officers to stop people solely for not wearing seat belts; 21 states have "secondary" laws, which permit police to ticket motorists for not wearing seat belts only if they stop them for another offense. New Hampshire has no seat belt law for adults.
Legislators in Minnesota, Missouri, Vermont and Wisconsin are debating primary seat belt laws; measures to strengthen seat belt laws failed this year in states including Colorado, Kansas, Nevada and New Hampshire.
Financial pressures have left states more open to the idea of strengthening seat belt laws this year, says Melissa Savage, a transportation analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Florida is eligible for $35 million in federal funds, Arkansas for about $9.5 million.
This is exactly how the federal government is encroaching over the state governments and the state legislature has no one to blame but them self. “We the People” must wake up to the tax money shell game. This is not the only law that has federal money tied to it, remember when the national speed limit was mandated at 55, and I am sure there are a myriad of others laws yet to be uncovered.
The other concern that I have is how disconnected the State Legislature has become to these type of dangling carrots. Do they not understand that this money is coming from citizens of the state? Just because they don’t raise our taxes it will directly affect either our national debt and/or our federal taxes. Every “innocent” law they pass that sells one of our freedoms to the federal government our state sovereignty slips further and further away.
But just to show you I am not a heartless conservative, if the General Assembly is really concerned about our lives, go ahead and change the law. Then earn the trust of your constituent by NOT taking the federal money, because it belongs to the individual tax payer!
Now is the time, Patriots, contact your representative whether they are Democrat or Republican, state and federal, let them know we are ON to their scheme. Pressure them to repeal this budget item and to look for others like this.
This is just a symptom of the overall problem and the cure is coming on Nov. 2nd 2010.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Upperville, sponsor of SB417 made this statement:
"[Republicans and Democrats on the committee] were willing to pass a bill that is responding to the overwhelming tide of people who are filling our offices to talk about not state legislation, but federal legislation," said Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Upperville. "Anyone will concede that health care has issues. Health care is broken. This really comes down to Federalism, and honoring that there are some issues best left to the states."
Senator Steve Martin, R-Chesterfield, who sponsored SB311 also commented:
“Across party lines, the Senate showed today that Virginians will not stand for any federal mandate to purchase health insurance,” said Sen. Steve Martin, R-Chesterfield. “Voters are sending messages in elections across the country that they do not want these government mandates. I am pleased to see that Virginia legislators are heeding the message, as today’s vote clearly demonstrates.”
Krystal Slivinski over at the Tertium Quids blog noted:
…. Sen. Yvonne Miller was getting agitated, interrupting other Senators and those patroning the bill at the podium. She said that to argue a bill based on what happens in the federal government is out of place, and she was not going to sit here and listen to a "non-lawyer" argue the merits of the federal healthcare bill. This caused some mumbling from crowd, and the person at the podium was Sen. Jill Vogel. Sen. Wampler asked the chair to speak, was interrupted by Sen. Y. Miller, and said, "excuse me, Sen. Miller, but I did not interrupt you." He continued to make the correction that Sen. Vogel was indeed "a fine attorney," and basically put Sen. Miller in her place. From that point, committee chair Sen. Saslaw enforced more politeness among the members.
All of this leads one to wonder…..If an effort to stop the Democratic effort to take over health care can pass out of Majority Leader Dick Saslaw's committee — with enough crossover votes for passage in the full Senate —just how unpopular is this thing with their constituents. This bill could come on the senate floor for a full vote as early as Thursday.
Here is how the vote went down:
Senator Richard L. Saslaw (D) - Nay
Senator Charles J. Colgan (D) - Yea
Senator Yvonne B. Miller (D) - Nay
Senator William C. Wampler, Jr. (R) - Yea
Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R) - Yea
Senator Walter A. Stosch (R) - Yea
Senator John S. Edwards (D) - Nay
Senator John C. Watkins (R) - Yea
Senator Frank W. Wagner (R) - Yea
Senator Stephen D. Newman (R) - Yea
Senator Phillip P. Puckett (D) - Yea
Senator Linda T. Puller (D) - Nay
Senator Mark R. Herring (D) - Nay
Senator A. Donald McEachin (D) - Nay
Senator R. Creigh Deeds (D) - Nay
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This is certainly not the way to gain Tea Party support, as someone commented "What part of Massachusetts do you not understand?"
You can read more about the debate on Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation
Friday, January 22, 2010
Yesterday I went to the Committee on Commerce and Labor not realizing that the Health Freedom Act had been removed from the docket. While there this bill, “HB 440 Accident and sickness insurance policies; coverage of children who are under age 27”, was brought up. From my point of view the Delegate who introduced this bill was trying to slip this bill through with out much noticed and the Subcommittee caught on and has tabled it for right now.
Under the guise of making the language currently governing what age a parent can keep their dependent children their insurance clearer, the Delegate attempted to raise that age to 27 and remove the requirement that your child must be a full time student to qualify. Because of the laws governing dependents, insurance companies would have been required to offer this option, if they covered dependent children of any age.
The effect would have been insurance companies having to raise the rates of everyone, to cover this option that a parent could take advantage of. Offering the level of coverage most parents have for their children up to 27 will increase the cost to the insurance companies, and they will raise rates to everybody to cover this increase in cost. Of course if you purchased a individual policy for them that matches the benefits most employer plans offer you will spend more money, then keeping them on your policy. But currently you can get a high deductible health insurance plan along with a HSA for about the same or not much more and help them get out of the health insurance mess. We did that for our two kids.
The above is not the main reason we should watch out for things like this. When mandates are added to insurance companies, it make the current insurance mess worst. It increase cost, reduces options and gives more power to those who own the plans, which are typically not us. This effect us all, even if we do not have children currently.
Thank you, Freddy for your report and for taking the time to go to the General Assembly.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Since then several moves have been made, some positive and some that give me cause for concern. First, Senators Webb and Warner came out with the following statements.
January 19, 2010
“I congratulate Scott Brown on his victory, and I look forward to working with him in the United States Senate.
“In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.”
“I agree with my Virginia colleague, Jim Webb, that the Senate should not take any further votes on health reform until Sen.-elect Brown is seated as a member. I believe a complete economic recovery, including deficit reduction, will not be possible until we reform our expensive and inefficient health care system, and I hope we can move forward in a bipartisan way.”
These statement are really not that surprising. Our senators know they represent a relatively conservative state, who overwhelming elected a Republican Governor Bob McDonnell in November 2009.
Secondly, in an interview with CNN, Rep Eric Cantor(R VA7) made this statement referring back to the Republican Health Care Plan.
Gloria, I met with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer several months ago and I proffered our plan, the House Republicans have a plan and the plan is still there. But you know what, as late as today we see the Democrats in the House just talking to one another, they're not interested in reaching out to us. And in fact Gloria as recently as a month or so ago, Leader Hoyer said to me it's not worth our time as a Majority to speak to Republicans because you're not interested in a public option.
Today, Speaker Pelosi announced today that the Senate Health Care bill just does not have the votes to pass the house.
So, what is next. Well, the stage is set. Pres. Obama and the Democrats need to save face and the republicans want a seat at the table. Now, I am no political analyst, just a citizens, but it seems to me I’ve seen this show before. Here comes the compromise and that is what scares me. It's not that we don't want the problems fixed, like allowing for health saving accounts and tort reform. It's what congress thinks they can do to "help". Any compromise bill that restrict and regulars insurance companies, limits our choices and increases our cost will simply be unacceptable. Let's hope the two parties can come together on a clean bill (no unrelated amendments) that will provide for better insurance, but frankly I just don't trust them.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The purpose for today's rally was to show support for two 10th amendment bills the Virginia Health Care Freeedom Act and Virginia Fire Arm Freedom Act that are being introduced in the General Assembly this session. These bills are designed to assert Va State Rights in the event that the health care overhaul or any gun control bills is passed in congress.
If you were not able to attend the rally you can still help by contacting your state representatives.
Please enjoy the pictures from today.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
“According to the BLS, at the end of '09 4 million more Americans were employed by government than were employed in the production of goods.”
This statement was tweeted out by GOPwhip, Rep Eric Cantor, last week and it peak my curiosity to the point I had to check into it further. Have you been to the Bureau of Labor Statics website? This was not an easy task. However, I did find Table B-1 “Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry sector and selected industry detail"….. whew. If you go to the third line “goods-producing” and last column “Dec. 2009p” and compare to (all the way at the bottom) Government, same column, there is approx a 4 million difference.
So why does this matter? Well it is evidence that government is becoming bigger and the private sector is not. The problem with this, and what the big government liberal don’t seem to get, is the private sector tax dollars are what support government employees. When the private sector is not growing the tax base is not growing. I wanted to call your attention to this statics, to help get the word out, because a lot of people DON'T get it. As evidenced from the video below from the Roanoke Tea Party.
The main point is to be aware of statics like this, even though there is much more to this than I described, you don’t need to be an economist to understand that “production of goods” means jobs.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This weekend was the inauguration of our new Virginia Governor, and Attorney General. Lt. Governor will be serving his second term. While patriots will continue to work hard to hold our elected officals accountible it was good to take a minute and relax. I managed to get to two events, Ken Cuccinelli reception (picture above) and the American for Propersity event which was fantastic and I'll be provide more detail on that shortly. My little unexpected "ah ha" moment this weekend is that coming to these events you really get to know people and it seemed to me that "guards were down". I hope to continue to see the passion that I saw this weekend, only time will tell.
Congratulation, Governor McDonnell, Lt Gov Bolling and Attorney General Cuccinelli.
Final Frantic Run on Health Care
WASHINGTON - Like a roller-coaster ride on its last twisting turns, President Barack Obama's campaign to remake health care is barreling into final days of breathless suspense and headlong momentum.
Democrats -- led by Obama himself -- are deploying this weekend to salvage an unpredictable Senate race in Massachusetts, while senior White House and congressional staffers in Washington hurry to finish work on cost and coverage options at the heart of the sweeping legislation.
A Republican victory in the race to fill the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat would deprive Democrats of the 60-vote majority needed to pass the bill in the Senate. Obama and Democratic congressional leaders would have a political window of perhaps days only to try to ram the bill through -- at considerable risk of incurring public wrath.
Democrats put on a bold public face Friday, while working behind the scenes with grim determination.
Negotiators are "pretty close," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said at the end of a week of marathon negotiations to reconcile House- and Senate-passed versions.
You can read the rest of the article here.
Well it is no big new flash that I am against the health care overhaul being proposed by congress. My question is for those who are in favor the Obama/Pelosi/Reid health care overhaul. Does it bother you that they have to resort to backroom deal, secret White House negotiation, a mad rush to get the Democratic Candidate elected to the senate seat or rush the "deal" through the House and Senate before the Republican is sworn in?
Any legislation that requires this much manuring and manipulation is not good for the USA. This goes beyond partisanship. It appears that the years of back and forth finger pointing in both parties have successfully divide us to the point that one senate seat in Massachusetts could be the deciding vote on health care reform. I don't think this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
My other question is, Can we get pass this divide and come together for good? I hope and pray so.
James 1:19(NIV) My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
While reading a short article on Virgina Politics Blog by Anita Kumar, I was a not really surprised to see that Kaine staff is moving with him to the DNC. However, I was a little shocked that Organizing for America is consider part of the DNC.
As was widely expected, Gov. Tim Kaine's communications director Lynda Tran is making plans to move with him to the Democratic National Committee next week after McDonnell is sworn in.
Tran will serve as national press secretary for Organizing for America, a group that pushes President Obama's agenda.
Or will Tran's job as national press secretary with Organizing for America be in addition to DNC responsibilities.
Is this just me? This one little fact is raising a whole bunch of question in my mind. Is this two jobs or one, will they been done from the same office? Is OFA, in fact, part of the DNC? Who's payroll will pay Tran?
Organizing for America does a little more that just "push" for Presidents Obama's agenda. Do you remember this video that was circulating early last year, AFTER Obama was sworn in as President.
This is the same organization that their web address is my barackobama.com. This is a tactic that ACORN seems to use, blurred the lines so you don't know were one organization ends and the other begins. Looks like the DNC could be taking a page from the ACORN playbook.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The fundamental unfairness of H.R. 3590 may also give rise to claims under the due process, equal protection, privileges and immunities clauses and other provisions of the Constitution. As a practical matter, the deal struck by the United States Senate on the "Nebraska Compromise" is a disadvantage to the citizens of 49 states. Every state's tax dollars, except Nebraska's, will be devoted to cost-sharing required by the bill, and will be therefore unavailable for other essential state programs. Only the citizens of Nebraska will be freed from this diminution in state resources for critical state services. Since the only basis for the Nebraska preference is arbitrary and unrelated to the substance of the legislation, it is unlikely that the difference would survive even minimal scrutiny.
We ask that Congress delete the Nebraska provision from the pending legislation, as we prefer to avoid litigation. Because this provision has serious implications for the country and the future of our nation's legislative process, we urge you to take appropriate steps to protect the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of our nation. We believe this issue is readily resolved by removing the provision in question from the bill, and we ask that you do so.
The letter was signed by attorneys general in Virginia, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington state.
While this is a good start, possibly an easy target, because, in my opinion, the blatant unconstitutionality of it. I am more encourage by what Attorney General-Elect Ken Cuccinelli has said:
Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli said he has spoken to Mims and shares his concerns, although his legal interpretation might be slightly different. He said he does not believe that the federal government can force each state to create health-care exchanges or their own health-care markets.
Mims Letter on Health Care
States warn Congress of possible lawsuit over "Cornhusker Kickback"
Monday, January 4, 2010
January 18, 2010
Lobby 9AM All Day
Rally 10 - 11AM
The Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution Lobby Day/Rally is to be held on capitol grounds in support of 10th amendment legislation to challenge the powers of the federal government not delegated to it by the states. Lobbying will begin at 9:00AM and go on throughout the day with a Rally hosted by Virginia Campaign for Liberty at the Bell Tower from 10 - 11AM. Patrick Henry impersonator, Mike McHugh of the Virginia Gun Owners Coalition, will emcee the event dressed in period costume and will give the famous Patrick Henry speech.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Emphasis is what was changed from the original Executive Order, that President Reagan issued in 1983. Why is this a concern? Here is some background from the Canadian Free Press.The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 17, 2009
Executive Order -- Amending Executive Order 12425
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AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL
AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO
ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words "except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act" and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 16, 2009.
Interpol operates with the consent of 188 member countries (so far). Its aim is to combat international crime and seek cross-country police cooperation. This is based on the “limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (which has itself caused more mayhem than it is worth). Its constitution prohibits being involved in political, military, religious or racial conflict. Tell that to the fairies!
In 2005, Interpol briefed members of the UN’s Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee on its work to combat terrorism and its “growing cooperation with the UN in a range of anti-crime areas”. But, what is considered to be ‘crime’? Whatever the UN decides it will be.
Interpol has an office in the UN’s New York building. The links between Interpol and the UN are very strong, if not interwoven. Interpol spokesmen say that Interpol can give “teeth and real impact to Security Council Resolutions”.
According to Interpol’s Article 2, Interpol is looking for “new opportunities” to expand its operations within the UN. In other words, Interpol is to be the police eyes and ears of the UN worldwide. Doesn’t this sound rather familiar? (If it doesn’t, read up on Soviet KGB operations). Remember, too, that anti-environmentalism is being called ‘terrorism’.
Interpol has a worldwide anti-terrorism network. Yet, Obama is nestling up to terrorist organisations and countries. This means that the central theme of ‘terrorism’ will change dramatically under Obama. Also, Obama is planning to make the owning of small arms illegal, effectively making US people defenceless, not just before criminals but also before government. Interpol will be used to discover and arrest those who own small arms.
This Executive Order give Interpol freedom from the restrictions of the Constitution and American Law.
So take notice everyone, U. S. Sovereignty is slipping away.