Monday, March 28, 2011

Rep Allen West Secures $21M In Federal Grants For His District

I think maybe Rep. Allen West might need to check the tea party definition of "wasteful spending". And it pains me to say this because of the new freshmen congressmen is one of my favorites. But earlier today Rep. West announced that he has secured $21 Million federal grant for a runway project Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport, in his district.

The runway project will generate at least 11,000 jobs and be complete in the fall of 2014 with an estimated budget of $791 million, the release said, noting that West worked "to ensure the funds would be allocated to the runway project."

It's not unusual for politicians to "announce" federal funding, even if projects got rolling long before they were in office. But West was among the ardent anti-government spending, pro-private sector Republicans elected in November. His office has noted that the airport money does not come from the massive stimulus package passed under President Obama.

West's office pointed out the money comes from a trust fund filled with fees on airline tickets, and emphasized that he does not oppose all government spending, just wasteful spending.

Rep. West is correct it does not come from Obama Stimulus money, it comes from "stimulus" money that was enacted in 1970, Airport and Airways Trust Fund Act.

The Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) was created by the Airport and Airway Revenue Act of 1970, and provides funding for the federal commitment to the nation's aviation system through several aviation-related excise taxes (MS Excel). Funding currently comes from:

Collections related to passenger tickets
Passenger flight segments
International arrivals/departures
Cargo waybills
Aviation fuels
Frequent flyer mile awards from non-airline sources like credit cards

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Aviation Policy and Plans (APO) monitors the health of the aviation trust fund. The APO reviews trust fund revenue collections, forecasts aviation-related activities, and models expected tax revenue collections. In addition, APO analyzes the potential effects of changes to the fund's sources or structure.

While it is not uncommon for congressmen to help get funding for projects in their home districts, it is a little odd for Rep. West who was one of the outspoken tea party representative who voted against Republican Leadership in the recent vote of the continue resolution. You can read about that in my post, Why are the Republican fighting?

Rep. West was one of the last congressman I thought we would have to reminded that "We The People" are watching.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Video: Rep Cantor comments on Middle East and ObamaCare

On Wednessday, Rep. Cantor hosted is semi-annual Advisory Committee Meeting, which is the opportunity to meet with his constituents. He gives a brief statement at the beginning and he than takes question from the audience. We had a great representation of Richmond Patriots at the meeting.

Here are his remarks are two of the main topics in the news:

First, defunding Obamacare:

He also commented on Libya and Eygpt:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Obamacare: One Year Later

Yes, hard to believe it has been a year already since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordability Act into law. But so much has happened (or should I say exposed) about the bill it hard to know where to begin. I suppose we could start with the two Judges ruling that the law is unconstitutional:

The first in Virginia, on December 13, 2010, Judge Hudson made this ruling:

Every application of Commerce Clause power found to be constitutionally sound by the Supreme Court involved some form of action, transaction, or deed placed in motion by an individual or legal entity," Hudson declared on page 23. "The constitutional viability of the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision in this case turns on whether or not a person's decision to refuse to purchase health care insurance is such an activity."

Hudson explains the precedents involving the Commerce Clause and its requirement that an activity be regulated. But in this case, it is the INACTIVY of people who choose NOT to buy insurance and get penalized for that decision that Hudson deemed to fall outside federal authority. "[T]he Minimum Essential Coverage Provision appears to forge new ground and extends the Commerce Clause powers beyond its current high water mark."

Read more:

Then in Florida:

Judge Roger Vinson, in Pensacola, Fla., ruled that as a result of the unconstitutionality of the "individual mandate" that requires people to buy insurance, the entire law must be declared void.

"I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the act with the individual mandate. That is not to say, of course, that Congress is without power to address the problems and inequities in our health care system. The health care market is more than one-sixth of the national economy, and without doubt Congress has the power to reform and regulate this market. That has not been disputed in this case. The principal dispute
has been about how Congress chose to exercise that power here," Vinson wrote.

"While the individual mandate was clearly 'necessary and essential' to the act as drafted, it is not 'necessary and essential' to health care reform in general," he continued. "Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void."

Read more:

In addition to the court rulings, which are in appeal, A Rasmussen poll still shows 53% of Americans are in favor of repealing the law. That is exactly what the 112th House of Representatives did under the new Republican Majority, but that bill was blocked in the Democrat controlled Senate. Additionally, then Speaker Pelosi claim that “will create 4 million jobs — 400,000 jobs almost immediately." has not happened. In fact, the the CBO testified that 800,000 jobs will be lost over the next decade as a result of the law.

Let's not forget that just a few weeks ago, Rep. Bachmann uncovered the $105 Billion already appropriated in the bill. Not to mention all of the waivers that the Obama Administration is issuing has past 1000.

So, no we are not celebrating the one year anniversary of Obamacare and it seems that neither are the liberal Democrats.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Senate Will Hold Hearing On Muslim Civil Rights

The Washington Times Inside Politics Blog is reporting:

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, announced the subcommittee hearing Tuesday, saying there has been a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year that demands closer attention.

“Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans,” Mr. Durbin said. “During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance. It is important for our generation to renew our founding charter’s commitment to religious diversity and to protect the liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.”

The hearing will be the first ever before the Judiciary Committee's new subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and human rights, which Democrats created this year. Mr. Durbin is the chairman of the subcommittee.

This announcement comes just a few weeks after the House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King held it's first hearing on problems posed by radicalized Muslims in the United States.

In an unrelated story, A Judge in Florida orders the use of Sharia Law in a Tampa Lawsuit.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Obamacare Slush Fund: Why are the Republicans fighting?

Let's see how this plays out....

About two weeks ago Rep. Michele Bachmann discovers $105 billion dollars slush fund in the Obamacare bill. First BRAVO, Rep. Bachmann for bringing this to light and despite Politifact claiming it was "barely true", the reason they stated was because Rep. Bachmann said is was a "secret" but the number was right.

But the liberal media has been attacking her for calling it “hidden” funding. In reality, Rep. Bachmann said that “practically no Member of Congress even knew that $105 billion of funding was” in the bill.

FactCheck says that this funding was known to “those who read the bill … including members of Congress.”

But does FactCheck really believe that any member of Congress read all 2,700 pages of the bill?

Do they have any evidence at all that any member of Congress knew about the $105 billion figure before CRS published their report this February?

But more importantly, in their attempted take down of Rep. Bachmann, PolitiFact, FactCheck, and The Washington Post Fact Checker all confirm her underlying charge:

the $105 billion exists.

So now we know that the slush funds exist, what to do about it? As the March 18th deadline for the current continuing resolution approaches, there was a call from Rep Bachmann and Rep King for Republican Caucus not support the next the CR unless it included the defunding of the Obamacare slush funds. Sounds good in theory but, it was discovered that the 105 billion dollar slush funds could not be defunded by including it in the CR:

From Fox News Blogs:

At the House Rules Committee Monday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-K., told his colleagues that it is impossible to "defund" the $105 billion in mandatory spending approved for the health care law that Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. and Steve King, R-Iowa, are demanding.

Rogers says the problem is that the temporary spending bill is an appropriation bill, not an authorization bill. And you cannot take away "authorized" money on an appropriations bill.

"These are authorizations," Rogers said. "We can't do those on appropriations unless the authorizers pave the way for us."

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee cautioned his colleagues against spending time on the $105 billion argument by Bachmann and King.

"The chances of this [health repeal] are De minimis at best," Dicks said.

Even with this 54 Republicans broke with leadership and voted against the continueing resolution, which it cut federal spending another $6 billion dollars.

The latest House continuing resolution cuts or eliminates 25 programs, many already identified for elimination by the White House in its budget for FY 2012. In addition to $3.5 billion in program cuts, the House plan also zeros out $2.6 billion for member projects or earmarks. It cuts in three weeks what Senate Democrats proposed cutting over six months. The current two-week continuing resolution cut $4 billion from 2010 levels.

“Enactment of this short-term measure would mean $10 billion in cuts in just five weeks, which is $10 billion more than the Democrats who run Washington originally suggested,” said Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio, in a statement after the vote. “But if we’re serious about ending uncertainty for small businesses and helping them get back to creating jobs, we need to cut a lot more.”

O.k. so that takes care of the CR, we still have the Obamacare slush fund to deal with, what about that Speaker Boehnor????

Oh, so there will be separate legislation to deal with the defunding of the slush funds. It's a procedures, it is strategy, it making sure things are done right. It seems to me that Rep. Bachmann and Rep. King should probably have know this, wonder why they are organizing against leadership, Are they grandstanding? Well, it they are it seems that the tea party movement is biting hook, line and sinker.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Why not blame Bush, too: Tea Party Anger Seems Misplaced

Wasn't it the Obama/Pelosi/Reid $787 Billion Dollar economic "stimulus package" in Feb 2009 that started the whole tea party movement? Remember the infamous rant on CNBC. So it was a little perplexing to read the article in RTD "Virginia Tea Party "disappointed" with Cantor".

It's perplexing because apparently, tea party activist claim House Majority Leader Cantor is not cutting "enough" spending.

"We are extremely disappointed in Eric Cantor, but not surprised," Mark K. Lloyd, chairman of the federation, said in a news release. "The will of the American people was pretty clear in November — cut, cut, cut spending. Apparently, Eric Cantor's 'conversion' to fiscal restraint was only temporary."

"Anger and dissatisfaction with [Cantor] is very high in the Virginia Tea Party movement."

"It's hard for us to understand why there's a vote against any amendment. We want to see a yes vote on all cuts," said Susan Lascolette, a Goochland County resident with the Richmond Tea Party. "To us, it seems like a no-brainer. Why would you not vote for that?"

Lascolette said the House leadership, including Cantor, is on the right track, but "we want to poke them and keep them moving."

The House Republicans did however pass the "single largest spending cut in modern history" according to Cantor spokesperson Megan Whittemore, but it was rejected by the Democrat controlled Senate. As I recall, Virginia's two senators are democrats and it is not uncommon for tea party activist to protest outside their local offices. In fact here is a picture of me outside Senator Warner's office 2009:

Maybe I missed the memo that called for protest outside of Senator Webb and Warner's office demanding they vote for house bill (HR 1) that calls for $61 billion dollars in spending cuts. Last week, Senator Warner admitted we have a debt problem, so it might not be that hard to refocus and start blaming Senator Warner who's website stated:

Senator Warner will vote against the House spending proposal because it is short-sighted and could harm the country’s economic competitiveness.

To me that is the no-brainer, the democrats in the Senate are blocking the House Budget cuts, let's place the blame were it belongs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Melvin Bledsoe, Father of "Home Grown Terrorist" Testifies Today

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee opened hearings today on Islamic radicalization in the U.S. The hearing has re-ignited a national debate over how to combat homegrown terrorism. The Obama administration is trying to frame the debate around radicalization in general, without singling out Muslims. Rep. King, the New York Republican who called the hearing, said that's just political correctness, since al-Qaida is the main threat to the U.S. Rep. King opened the hearing with this statement:

"Homegrown radicalization is part of al-Qaida's strategy to continue attacking the United States."

Melvin Bledsoe, whose son Carlos converted to Islam while away at college and is charged with killing an Army private at a recruiting station in Little Rock, Ark., testified about his son's conversion and his isolation from his family. In his prepared statement he claims:

"Carlos was captured by people best described as hunters. He was manipulated and lied to," he blames "the Islamic radicals who programmed and trained my son Carlos to kill."

"I have other family members who are Muslims, and they are modern, peaceful, law abiding people," Bledsoe's remarks say.

Here is Bledsoe explaining the changes in his son in an interview on Fox News.

This is happening right here in America. We applaud Rep. King for taking on this issues and look forward to the action that will come out of these hearings. If you want to learn more and stay informed, join our Richmond Patriots Stop Sharia Law Group

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sen. Warner Admits We Have A Debt Problem

Recently, Senator Warner, speaking to the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, made the following statements:

"If we put this off, we are approaching financial Armageddon .... We don't need another study, we need to start."

"Every dollar we spend right now, we have to go into the international markets and borrow 40 cents on that dollar,"

Senator Warner (VA-D) and Senator Chambliss (GA-R) have been working "under the radar" since December on a plan to tackle the debt by cutting it $4 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. An outline of the plan includes reducing taxes, simplifying tax code and insuring solvency of social security.

Yet, I have to question how serious is Senator Warner. He has voted AGAINST the house spending proposal stating that they were "short-sighted" and would harm "our country's competitiveness".

In this floor speech, Sen Warner made references to the dis-proportionate number of federal employees and private contractor in "his state" and that temporary two-week budgets don't create a stable environment.

Well, I agree, but Sen Warner seems to be forgetting the House Budget proposals are not long term. At this point they are merely trying to fund the federal budget for the next 6 months. So, Senator Warner help us stop the bleeding and vote for the house proposals. In the meantime, we wait eager for your comprehensive $4 Trillion dollar plan.

Monday, March 7, 2011

GOP Plans To Cut Spending 2 Billion per Week

Last week the House and Senate agreed on a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the federal government until March 18th. This gives the House Republican Leaders and the Senate Democrat Leader two weeks to come up with a long term plan. However, it seems that they are no closer on settling on a budget that would fund the remaining 6 months of the fiscal year.

The GOP leadership, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor, do have a plan that could put the Senate Democrats in the hot seat and keep their promise to cut 100 billion dollars from the budget.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said if no long-term deal is reached by March 18, Republicans are prepared to keep passing two-week funding measures that would cut $2 billion per week. At that rate, Republicans would still be able to achieve their campaign pledge to cut $100 billion from President Obama's proposed 2011 budget, Cantor said.

This move would help avoid a government shutdown provided that the Senate Democrats go along with it. And if they don't it will put the any shutdown squarely on Senator Reid's shoulders, who stated the following:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the Republican proposal "one of the worst pieces of legislation that we have drafted in the history of this Congress,"

Among the cuts proposed by the house republicans are de-funding of health care reform law and de-funding of Planned Parenthood. You can read the entire Budget bill (H.R.1) on

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"Coattails": A Political Reality in Virginia 2012

The U.S. Senate seats have a term of 6 years. What this means in Virgina is that every presidential election cycle will also include one of our U.S. Senate seats. In 2008, it was the seat that is now held by Sen. Mark Warner (D). Why is this important? Well as Larry Sabato has stated "Without a doubt, it is the tight Senate contests that can be most affected by the top of the ticket." And by top ticket he means who ever wins the presidential election for the state.

Since the announcement of Senator Jim Webb not to seek re-election this puts a new sense of urgency for the Republicans to come up with a strong candidate. The reason, Obama is still polling strong in Virginia and the possibility that Former Gov. and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine will be the likely choice for the Democrat Nominee. Right now the Republican candidates that have announced are George Allen, Jamie Radtke and Davide McCormick. George Allen has the edge polling at 67%. While some argue it is because of his name recognition, which is true, he also has a voting record and experience as a legislator. But all of this is beside the point.

The point we need to understand, we need strong presidential candidates for there to be "coattails" to ride. Not that it is the ONLY factor, but it does not hurt. Larry Sabato, also, noted:

Other than Nelson in Nebraska, there are quite a few 2012 contests almost certain to be substantially influenced by the downdraft from the presidential race, including but not restricted to Florida (Sen. Bill Nelson-D), Massachusetts (Sen. Scott Brown-R), Missouri (Sen. Claire McCaskill-D), Montana (Sen. Jon Tester-D), Nevada (Sen. John Ensign-R), North Dakota (open seat of Sen. Kent Conrad-D), Ohio (Sen. Sherrod Brown-D), and Virginia (open seat of Sen. Jim Webb-D).

My concern at this point, there is no front runner, yes I know we are still two years out, but President Obama has never stopped campaigning and has kept many of his promises... as in "energy cost will necessary skyrocket". And as absurd as it sounds to most conservatives, he WAS elected and he WON Virginia.

The good news, we won't have to relive a Allen-Webb rematch, the bad news Obama is still president.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

GOP Will Have Budget Plan With Entitlement Reform By Next Month

Rep. Eric Cantor made this claim on MSNBC Moring Joe earlier this week:

This week the House and Senate has passed a 2 week continuing resolution that included $4 Billion in spending cuts, but no cuts entitlements. So, in the next two weeks, it will be interesting to watch the Senate Democrats, as they will be the ones to hold up any budget cuts that the house passes.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tim Kaine: Obama's Cheerleader

Just in case you are depressed from reading the last post. I hope this will "cheer" you up.

Conservatives in Virginia: WAKE UP!

There are some disturbing numbers being reported on the Public Police Polling website today. Just 4 short months after Republicans in Virginia ousted 3 incumbent democrats congressmen Obama is consider STRONG in Virgina.

Here are the numbers as reported by Public Policy Polling blog, if the election were held today:

Obama leads Mitt Romney by 6 points in the state at 48-42. That's identical to the size of his victory over John McCain in 2008. After that his leads increase to 8 points over Mike Huckabee at 51-43, 12 over Newt Gingrich at 51-39, and a whooping 19 over Sarah Palin at 54-35.

Additionally, while Rasmussen is reporting that nationally Presidential Approval Rating is -15%. President Obama's approval rating in Virginia is at 48%.

If that is not scary enough, remember, we also have a U.S. Senate seat up for grabs. The good news is we will no longer have to deal with Senator Webb, but the bad new is Larry Sabato has predicted that if Obama wins Virginia who ever the "un-named" democrat nominee will take the senate seat. I also believe this to be true.

Nationally, Politico has a great article today "GOP Reality Check" which they quote Mike Huckabee:

“The people that are sitting around saying, ‘He’s definitely going to be a one-term president. It’s going to be easy to take him out,’ they’re obviously political illiterates – political idiots, let me be blunt,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in an interview.

OUCH! O.k. I am wake and I get the point. This is no time to start resting on our butts assuming that Obama will be defeated, especially in VA. It is imperative that we turn Virgina back to red.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

AWOL WI Dems Have Incentive to Stay Away

The 14 Democrats that fled WI on February 17th ?? to deny a quorum are also helping the Democrat Party to fundraise. According to American Spectator:

Former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a one-time presidential candidate, is the founder of a group that by mid-day of President's Day had raised over $100,000 in a slush fund to "back" the on-the-lam Wisconsin Democratic State Senators.
The Dean Dollars are being specifically funneled to the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee (SSDC) -- an apparent violation of Wisconsin election law that pointedly says, according to the Wisconsin Election Board's Legal Counsel in a 2005 decision, that the "SSDC may not accept a contribution of more than $6,000 from a single committee in a calendar year." (Note: the Election Board is now called the "Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.")
The money, requested in an e-mail obtained over the weekend by The American Spectator, is being solicited in $14 dollar contributions through the Dean-founded million-member "Democracy for America" grassroots organizing group chaired by Dean's brother Jim.
USA Today has also reported:
Nearly $279,000 has been raised for the Wisconsin Democratic Committee via ActBlue, a political action committee that supports Democrats and acts as a clearinghouse for donations. The contributions from more than 10,000 donors go to Democratic groups and ActBlue acts as a conduit.
The fundraising began after President Obama criticized Walker, a Republican, for trying to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.
The financial incentive NOT to return to Wisconsin is more beneficial to their campaign efforts than returning to actually do their jobs.

On Monday, Feb 28th, Gov. Walker issues a 24 hour deadline in an attempt to get the WI Senate Democrats home. He stated that the state will miss a deadline to restructure the debt costing Wisconsin taxpayers $165 million dollars. So far, no indication that they will return, so let's say ..... $165,000,000 divided 14 ways works out to just over $14.78 million per AWOL state Senator, send them the bill.