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On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to co-sponsor Rep. McCarthy’s (R-CA) Informed Taxpayers’ Federal Government Annual Reporting Act of 2010. This is an important step toward increasing transparency and openness in government. In a democracy, it is essential that taxpayers be granted easy access to critical information including federal tax revenue, outlays, deficits, and public debt, which this bill helps provide.
As you all know, the national debt is currently over $12.5 trillion and continues to spiral out of control. Since September of 2007, the national debt has increased an average of $4.04 billion per day. Each citizen’s share of this debt is an overwhelming $41,129.86. According to CBO economic and budget outlooks, spending levels are set to rapidly increase along with massive tax raises in the coming years. These trends are unsustainable and threaten our future quality of life.
It is urgent that we tame this spiraling federal deficit. In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 60% of Americans polled claimed that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for the President and Congress. The excessive spending in Washington has lead to the mortgaging of our nation’s future and will ultimately result in increased taxes, high inflation and stagnant wages. Taxpayers are rightfully concerned about federal spending and taxation. This vital information should not be hidden from them.
As Thomas Jefferson said, “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.” Citizens must be kept well-informed of the current federal government’s finances. This information should be conveyed to taxpayers in a simple and easy format. This bill would require that this information be placed in IRS tax form instruction booklets and on the IRS homepage. A vote against this bill should be deemed a vote for government secrecy. The people deserve to know how much their representatives have committed them to paying.
The Informed Taxpayers’ Federal Government Annual Reporting Act of 2010 demonstrates a commitment to governmental accountability and transparency. Americans want a fiscally responsible government. This act will make it easier for everyone to hold their representatives in government accountable to such standards. On FreedomWorks’ members behalf, I encourage all representatives to co-sponsor Rep. McCarthy’s The Informed Taxpayers’ Federal Government Annual Reporting Act of 2010 in order to grant all taxpayers accessible information on the federal government’s finances.
President and CEO
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Dear Representative,On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to co-sponsor Rep. McCarthy’s (R-CA) Informed Taxpayers’ Federal Government Annual Reporting Act of 2010. This is an important step toward increasing transparency and openness in government. In a democracy, it is essential that taxpayers be granted easy access to critical information including federal tax revenue, outlays, deficits, and public debt, which this bill helps provide.
On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to VOTE NO on H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010. The reconciliation bill being debated in the Senate makes the terrible health care legislation recently enacted even worse with more job killing tax hikes, harsher penalties, and new government bureaucracies.
The reconciliation bill also builds a massive new student loan bureaucracy by taking over the private aspects of the student loan industry. This move will put tens of thousands of Americans out of work in the private sector and adds more government employees that the shrinking private sector must pay for. And, this shift is supposed to happen by next semester, so students and families can expect to feel the overbearing costs of bigger government almost immediately.
A look at the proposed “fix” to the special deal given to Nebraska to ensure the vote of Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reveals a far worse outcome for taxpayers. True, Nelson’s state no longer gets its sweetheart deal, but the new formula used to allocate Medicaid funding leaves federal taxpayers responsible for covering 90 percent of the cost of the Medicaid expansion for every state. It also includes special Medicaid funding increases for 17 states and Washington D.C. It’s a sweetheart deal for everyone—except taxpayers, who will have to pick up the tab.
Also, when combined with the effects of the healthcare reform bill that has already been signed into law, the reconciliation bill would increase taxes by $569 billion. The worst of these tax hikes include a hike from 15 to 24 percent on capital gains and a hike from 15 to 43 percent on dividends. This is one of the most anti-job, anti-growth tax increases imaginable because it hits business owners who create jobs and it makes it harder for them to raise the extra money needed to expand. Taxing the reward those who risk their savings by investing may—or may not—get only discourages such growth-creating activities. Under the reconciliation bill, businesses will also be hit with harsher penalties for not abiding by the government enforced employee mandate. The bill raises the penalty on employers from $750 per uncovered employee to $2,000 per uncovered employee.
As bad as these individual aspects of the reconciliation bill is the fact that it is being used to elude the will of the American people. Senate Democratic leaders know the voters have taken away their 60 vote filibuster-proof majority, so they are using “reconciliation” to nullify voter intent—and obvious public opposition. Time and time again, the public has rejected these very proposals. This past summer, citizens packed into town hall meetings to speak out against such ideas. On September 12th, they flooded Pennsylvania Ave. to voice their opposition. On November 5th, they filled the halls of Congress, asking their Representatives to stop ignoring their concerns. On January 19th, the people of Massachusetts cast what was framed as the deciding vote against the healthcare reforms this bill helped pass. They have written letters, made phone calls, sent emails and organized protests to let lawmakers know: WE DON’T WANT THIS. Using the process of budget reconciliation to pass legislation that the public has rejected is unconscionable. It distorts the congressional process set up by our founding fathers and brings shame to the once honored position of U.S. Senator.
We will count your vote on H.R. 4872 as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2009. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.
President and CEO
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According to Carnegie Mellon University professors, a cap and trade system in the United States would fall short of bringing about any meaningful environmental improvements. By analyzing the cap and trade pricing models that have been proposed, these professors conclude:
The price levels being discussed aren't enough to bring about the huge changes needed to meet a cut of up to 80% of GHG [Greenhouse Gas Emissions] emissions by 2050…
In essence, the proposed carbon credit prices would not be large enough to bring about significant emission cuts. Furthermore, the prices of these carbon credits would not provide incentives for “the most innovative plants to be built.” The report elaborates on this as it states:
For example, to have a coal plant with carbon capture and storage make economic sense, allowance prices would have to be around $50/ton. Even at $40/ton, it would be cheaper to build a traditional pulverized coal plant and pay compliance costs.
This is just another study that reveals why cap and trade would be economically inefficient. Therefore, it would be imprudent to rush to pass such an expensive, far reaching piece of legislation. The Murkowski Resolution aims to keep the EPA’s threat to impose backdoor carbon regulations from forcing Congress to rush through a cap and trade bill. Given the huge costs of a cap and trade bill and the fact that it will not be effective in providing the necessary incentives to reduce carbon emissions, it is important to carefully evaluate both the benefits and costs of such a program before forcing Congress to vote for a cap and trade program that would place the government in charge of 8 percent of the economy.
According to Carnegie Mellon University professors, a cap and trade system in the United States would fall short of bringing about any meaningful environmental improvements.
Tea party leaders say they back Senate Republican plans to block Democrats from moving forward with reconciliation on healthcare reform and plan to fight on their behalf.
They also promise to turn up the heat on fence-sitting House Democrats in advance of their looming vote on the Senate bill, which will precede a vote on reconciliation.
Republicans announced Wednesday they had sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signed by all 41 GOP senators warning they would vote against points of order that would allow the legislation to move forward to reconciliation. Such votes require 60 votes to cut off debate.
“Every bit of polling I have seen show the American people don’t want this bill as it currently stands,” said Mark Meckler, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest tea party organizations in the country.
Senators "should use every legal procedural maneuver they can to prevent this legislation from passing to show their support for the great majority of the American people.”
FreedomWorks, another major player in the tea party movement, has launched a Web site, NoHealthCareReconciliation.com, to pressure the Senate into avoiding reconciliation. More than100,000 people have signed the petition.
It also plans to put pressure on Democratic senators such as Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Max Baucus of Montana, who previously have denounced using reconciliation in any context.
But signs are pointing to the possibility the legislation could die in the House because of opposition from pro-life Democrats including Rep. Bart Stupak of Mich., and others in the House Democratic caucus who have serious reservations about the Senate bill.
Democratic leaders have been promising fence-sitting House members the problems with the Senate bill will be corrected through reconciliation in the Senate.
But Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina; John Thune of South Dakota; Tom Coburn of Oklahoma; and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, warned House Democrats at a news conference last week not to have faith the Senate will resolve their objections through reconciliation. Problems such as abortion language, for example, cannot be fixed using the legislative tactic.
“The message to Democrats is that, if you vote for the Senate-passed bill in the House; you own the Senate-passed bill,” Thune said. “That is the vote that matters.
“Any suggestion that reconciliation could correct those things is assuming a tremendous leap of faith that the Senate is going to follow through and enact those" promises.
Barack Obama would have to sign the Senate bill before it could proceed to reconciliation under a Thursday ruling by the Senate parliamentarian, meaning it would become law without any language barring abortion funding.
However, Vice President Joe Biden could bend the rules by overruling the parliamentarian.
“Folks should come out and support all of the people who are doing the people’s work and who are going to vote no on this bill, and there are a significant number of Democrats who are going to vote no on this bill at this time,” Meckler said.
Meckler said fence-sitting Democrats should know they will enjoy popular support if they vote against the bill.
“They need to know that they have the political cover that the people have their backs to do the right thing,” he said.
FreedomWorks spokesman Adam Brandon said tea partiers will fight the Democrats’ healthcare legislation “tooth and nail” because repealing entitlement legislation is nearly impossible once it gets enacted.
Brandon compared the healthcare legislation to the Terminator, saying Democrats will likely not let the legislation die even if it fails to pass this time because they will likely bring it back from the dead, which will require continuing vigilance.
An estimated 500-1,000 tea partyers will be out in force on March 16 in Washington, D.C., on the eve of Obama’s healthcare deadline, in an effort to turn up the heat on the undecided members of Congress and get them to vote against the bill.
Organizers with FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Patriots say tea partyers will gather in one of the parks across from the Cannon House Office Building at 9 a.m., and they will disperse to press their members of Congress and Senators to oppose the healthcare plan.
FreedomWorks also plans to keep pressure on wavering lawmakers back in their home districts using petition drives, protests outside their offices and candlelight vigils among other tactics leading up to the House vote.
“I am hoping to delay this [vote] and recreate Aug. 2009 back in the districts if we can get this back into the districts if we can get this into Easter recess,” said FreedomWorks grass-roots director Brendan Steinhauser.
Steinhauser said his group also plans to convene town hall meetings with 300-400 people during Easter recess and invite each member of Congress. For those who don't show up, microphones and placards will be placed in prominent places with their names on them.
“The media and the rest of the people of that community will know that the congressman refused to meet with a packed audience full of voting constituents,” Steinhauser said.
He said a vote for this healthcare reform package would be met by votes against their re-election.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen warns Republicans not to overplay their hand using parliamentary tactics.
“The instant danger for Republicans is that right now voters know what they are against — that they don’t like the plan, that they don’t like that the Democrats are trying to find any way possible to pass this unpopular plan,” Rasmussen said. “So this is a referendum on the Democratic agenda.
“If the Republicans push it too far, they end up potentially drawing attention to their own tactics and end up creating a sort of ‘We’re against all of them mindset.’”
Tea party leaders say they back Senate Republican plans to block Democrats from moving forward with reconciliation on healthcare reform and plan to fight on their behalf.They also promise to turn up the heat on fence-sitting House Democrats in advance of their looming vote on the Senate bill, which will precede a vote on reconciliation.
Tea party turns into Klan rally — or so the headline of an opinion piece published by the Baltimore Examiner screamed to readers on Monday after weekend reports that Tea Partiers had hurled racial and homophobic slurs at black and gay congressmen.
Despite the absence of any video footage of the alleged remarks, a number of media outlets have used the reports to accuse the 25,000-plus activists who showed up to the Capitol this weekend of hating not simply President Obama’s health-care bill, but all black people. Unsurprisingly, the Tea Partiers reject this characterization.
“The media ran with these allegations and made that practically the only mention of the event,” said Brendan Steinhauser, a FreedomWorks staffer who organized the weekend’s rallies and said he’s “furious at the coverage.”
“It’s so preposterous that they try to make the whole movement to look like this, even if there was an incident, which there is no proof of,” Steinhauser added. He said there were a number of black people on stage at the Saturday protest, but “do you think people went up there and booed them or yelled racial epithets at them? No.”
On Saturday, a spokesman for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said that a protestor was detained — and then released — by police after spitting on the congressman. The spokesman also claimed that protesters also hurled racial epithets at Reps. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, and Andre Carson, Indiana Democrat. A number of reporters claimed to have also heard protesters hurl an anti-gay slur at Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay Democrat from Massachusetts.
According to an Associated Press report, Carson told a reporter that as he left the Cannon House Office Building the crowd chanted “the N-word, the N-word, 15 times.” Even though video footage of the incident shows a rowdy crowd, none exists that show activists in a racial tirade.
In the Baltimore Examiner story, Melinda Lancaster wrote, “the behavior displayed at Saturday’s rally included an array of racial slurs and anti-gay chants along with spitting and other outlandish actions. This lends proof to the fact that these rallies are no longer ‘harmless’ but ‘hateful’ and have taken on the same demeanor as a Ku Klux Klan rally.”
In another piece, the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein wrote that a reporter questioned black Rep. James Clyburn * on if he “wanted an apology from the group of Republican lawmakers who had addressed the crowd and, in many ways, played on their worst fears of health-care legislation, the Democratic Party and the president.” Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell wrote, “Many African Americans had already suspected some of these people are more opposed to the skin color of the man in the White House than they were to the president’s political ideology.”
The New York Daily News offered this suggestion to the Tea Party: “They might want to think about renaming it the Nastea Party.”
“I’ve never really been convinced of this, but Sunday I think I became convinced,” Steinhauser said. “There are elements of the media who want to tar us as racists, who want to discredit us, because they support the Obama agenda and that’s the only thing they can use when that many people show up to hurt us.”
MSNBC has been a villain of the Tea Partiers, with hosts like Dylan Ratigan and Keith Olbermann, who said Monday night, “if racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart.” But after Olbermann recently criticized activists for their lack of diversity, the Dallas Tea Party group produced a video bringing attention to NBC’s all-white line up.
Read more here.
Tea party turns into Klan rally — or so the headline of an opinion piece published by the Baltimore Examiner screamed to readers on Monday after weekend reports that Tea Partiers had hurled racial and homophobic slurs at black and gay congressmen.
For most college students, last week was their official spring break. Typically, this means that students visited exotic locations, spent time at the beach or just relaxed and enjoyed a week long break from their studies. Not anymore. Nearly 100 college students volunteered to spend their entire spring break in Kentucky with the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to learn about valuable campaign skills and then they had to option to volunteer for the campaign of their choosing. Some of these students were native Kentuckians. Other students came from all over the country and all are concerned with the government intruding on individual liberty. These liberty loving young Americans expressed various reasons for being involved in YAL’s Spring Break in Kentucky.
According to the Ole Miss Young Americans for Liberty chapter,
We wanted to come to Spring Break in Kentucky in order to gain knowledge to further our ability to sell the concept of liberty to our fellow students at and around the University of Mississippi.
Alex Peterson, traveled all the way from the University of New Hampshire to participate in the YAL event,
I was interested in networking with other activists and supporting the cause of liberty. I participate in many forms of activism and wanted to experience political activism.
An overwhelming majority of these students support Rand Paul for Kentucky’s next Senator. This should come as no surprise. At the event, there were many soon-to-be college graduates that understand that the nation’s high unemployment rate disproportionally affects young people. These bright individuals realize that the so-called “stimulus” has failed and has only prolonged the current economic recession. Some students routinely chanted “end the fed!” The Federal Reserve, as these students see it, is responsible for the economic recession and high inflation. Understandably, they know that all young people do not wish to pay for health insurance and that liberty is violated if one is forced to buy it against their will. In addition, they realize that despite forcibly paying into social security, young people are very unlikely to receive any money from the broke system in the future. They are sick of Washington recklessly spending money with no regard and leaving their generation to pay the outrageous bills. Despite the uphill battle for liberty that these young Americans face in the current political climate, many are optimistic about 2010 candidates that represent their principles. Students, that chose to support Rand Paul, marched down Louisville chanting "Rand Paul Will Fix It All!"
All of the students attended an event organized by the the Federation of American Coal, Energy and Security, or FACES of Coal. Republican Senate candidates Rand Paul and Trey Grayson both gave a speech at this event claiming that the EPA's decision to block 49 coal mining applications in Kentucky was a poor decision. According to Louisville's Courier Journal,
Paul came with about 80 sign-toting supporters. In his speech, he denounced cap-and-trade regulations, called the EPA "an out-of-control regulatory agency'" and said "we must stop these fanatics" who advocate government action to combat global warming.
Grayson had fewer visible supporters at the rally and spoke only briefly. He said Democrats and Republicans needed to unite in support of the coal industry.
Below are pictures of the FACES of Coal event held in Jefferson square:
Before the rally, any supporters of Rand Paul were invited to hear him speak at a nearby hotel. He spoke of his reasons for running as a Senator including his intentions to cut spending and lower taxes.
Mase Molina, a native Texan, chose to campaign for Rand Paul,
I support Rand Paul because he seems serious about fiscal responsibility.
Glade Bauman claimed that Rand Paul was the best candidate running for Senate in Kentucky,
Rand Paul is one of very few Republican candidates who will take the Constitution seriously. I appreciate his support for auditing the federal reverse, and the fact that he would absolutely not vote for a government bail out.
It was an honor to meet so many young people that were dedicated to the cause of liberty. It is inspiration to see students that chose to spend their spring break in Kentucky in hopes of helping to elect a candidate that will stand by their principles of limited government and individual liberty for all Americans.
For most college students, last week was their official spring break. Typically, this means that students visited exotic locations, spent time at the beach or just relaxed and enjoyed a week long break from their studies. Not anymore. Nearly 100 college students volunteered to spend their entire spring break in Kentucky with the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to learn about valuable campaign skills and then they had to option to volunteer for the campaign of their choosing. Some of these students were native Kentuckians.
There's no rest for weary tea partiers - Project 21 and FreedomWorks fellow Deneen Borelli has a hard-hitting piece at the Daily Caller about the next big battle, the EPA's CO2 regulation scheme.
With cap-and-trade legislation nearly dead in the Senate, the Obama administration now hopes to ram climate regulation through the backdoor.
Apparently heeding White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never allow a crisis to go to waste,” the Environmental Protection Agency last December issued its “endangerment finding” that carbon dioxide is a threat to human health and the environment.
No matter how they are implemented, greenhouse gas limits will, in Obama’s own words, cause energy prices to “skyrocket.” They will reduce business output, destroy jobs, raise consumer prices and shift energy production overseas. Coal states will suffer more than others.
This puts Democrats from coal country in a quandary. While many of them want to remain true to progressive principles, they cannot ignore the fact that these EPA regulations will devastate their states’ economies.
Borelli goes on to explain the different approaches in the Senate to stop the EPA's plans. You need to read the whole thing here. It's important to note the difference between the Murkowski and Rockefeller resolutions - one stops the EPA, the other just presses pause until after elections when legislators have a little more breathing room.
It's clear which one we need to continue to push. Half-way, stop-gap measures aren't acceptable. Visit our cap and trade war room for more information on the Murkowski Resolution and call your Senator.
What is also very clear from this article is that we have to continue to be vigilant. It's been a long year and many are tired - the best antidote is an infusion of new energy. The best way to keep up the pressure it to make recruitment the biggest priority right now. A good way to recruit people is to ask them to take action in a small way - like sending an email to their Congressman. It helps them learn about the issue and they now have a vested interest in the fight.
Since ObamaCare passed the House Sunday night, we've been receiving more calls and emails from people who want to get involved. These are folks who still haven't been to a tea party, who aren't plugged into a local group, and who really have considered themselves an activist before. That means there are still huge untapped groups of people who care about the future of this country and their families and who should be involved. Your mission? Find them. Ask them to take action. And help them join the battle.
There's no rest for weary tea partiers - Project 21 and FreedomWorks fellow Deneen Borelli has a hard-hitting piece at the Daily Caller about the next big battle, the EPA's CO2 regulation scheme. With cap-and-trade legislation nearly dead in the Senate, the Obama administration now hopes to ram climate regulation through the backdoor.
I almost didn’t get up this morning. I didn’t want to. If you feel like me today, you are physically and emotionally exhausted after a grueling 15 month battle against the Democrats’ hostile takeover of our health care. The tactics they employed to get it done were unlike any I have seen in my 25 years in Washington. Lies, threats, payola, willful ignorance, duplicity, and smears: we saw it all this past week as Nancy Pelosi did whatever it took to pass multi-trillion dollar legislation that will increase the size and reach of government in ways unseen since LBJ.
The taxes will be devastating to economic recovery, hitting capital, small businesses making as little as $200,000, and lower income individuals (with a tax of over $2,000 dollars should you refuse to buy their mandated product) with equal disregard for fairness and economic consequences. The spending in this bill is astronomical, totaling $2.5 trillion in the first 10 years of full implementation. The health insurance industry will become a big, faceless, grossly inefficient government-controlled utility. It, not you, will determine your plan, how much you will pay for it, and the services and treatments that you will receive should you get sick. ObamaCare: harmful tax hikes, massive deficit spending, less health care for those that need it, and no patient choice.
The American people rejected this scheme a long time ago. They rejected it at the August town halls last year, and when they marched – one million strong -- on September 12th. They rejected it again – Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike -- by electing Scott Brown in Massachusetts, denying Harry Reid the key 60th vote he needed to pass ObamaCare on a party line basis. They rejected it again yesterday, with polls showing consistent majorities against it.
For all of these reasons, I almost didn’t get out of bed this morning. I’m tired. But then I started to think about everything that still needs to be done, and my adrenaline surged. As the great moral philosopher Warren Zevon once said: “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” So I got up, had several cups of coffee and wrote down just a few of the things to still be done:
First, we need to keep fighting this legislative battle to the end, and that means fighting Senator Reid’s desire to use “reconciliation,” an expedited budget process requiring only 51 votes, wholly inappropriate for passing a new entitlement program of this magnitude. Senate Democrats refused to meet with the parliamentarian before the House vote this weekend, because Republicans have found problems that make enacting the promised House changes problematic under reconciliation rules.
The American people reject the use of this procedural gimmick for such a massive and unpopular bill. Over 300,000 have already signed our petition site, NoHealthCareReconciliation.com, opposing it. The Republican Study Committee has compiled comments from our petition and published them, demonstrating the superior wisdom of the American people broken out by congressional district, on this matter. Control of the Senate is now in play, and we need to turn the pressure up more on this important vote.
Second, we need to take the battle for health care freedom to the states, where there is a movement catching fire to refuse ObamaCare, state by state. This past week, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Idaho joined a number of other states that reject the unfunded costs, the onerous mandate and the very principle of taking health care choice away from individual patients. This needs to become a 50 state effort, and we will be asking every governor and every state legislator where they stand, and to take a vocal stand against a federal government takeover of health care. This year's tax day protests are a great opportunity to make our voices heard once again, in massive numbers.
Third, we need to take this battle to the Supreme Court and repeal the individual mandate, which is the figurative gun to the head of every American enforcing this government takeover. Most serious legal scholars believe that it is unconstitutional. While the Commerce Clause allows for federal oversight of interstate commerce, the federal government may not mandate that every citizen, because of their mere existence, buy the product of a particular industry. If it could, it is a quick and slippery slope towards mandating other purchases, like a government-defined healthy diet. What’s next, a Jenny Craig mandate and federally-enforced gym memberships? This big, creepy step towards Big Brother violates our Constitution, and we must stop it.
Fourth, we must stop Nancy Pelosi’s arrogant abuse of federal power by Taking America Back. It is now clear that Democrat control of both the legislative and executive branches is the problem. They will not bend to the will of the American people, they will not reach across the aisle, and they have neutered every “Blue Dog” Democrat that once claimed to know better. The fiscally conservative activists that have worked so hard to stop ObamaCare represent a genuine “50 state strategy” for freedom, fiscal responsibility, and now, political accountability. We are already organized in all of the battleground House districts and all of the Senate battleground states. We must make November 2nd, 2010 a grassroots referendum on ObamaCare and all that it represents.
Fifth, when we take back Congress, we must use the momentum to repeal ObamaCare wholesale, or piece by piece. Remember how the legislation is structured: the taxes kick in quickly, but the benefits don’t start for four years. That gives us two congressional cycles and a presidential election to get health care right. By “repeal,” I mean offering a real health care reform plan that puts patients in charge, allows market competition to work, and breaks up the new government health care oligarchy.
Finally, and most important, we must all ensure that the millions of freedom-loving activists who arose from their homes these past 15 long months out of their concerns for the fiscal future of America become a sustained community. This grassroots community, bound by shared principles and connected through relationships and electronic networks, is our only hope to change the arrogant culture in Washington this year, next Congress, and after. As Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison: “The People…are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
So wake up! We have work to do.
I almost didn’t get up this morning. I didn’t want to. If you feel like me today, you are physically and emotionally exhausted after a grueling 15 month battle against the Democrats’ hostile takeover of our health care. The tactics they employed to get it done were unlike any I have seen in my 25 years in Washington.
The Washington Post has a new tool that enables anyone to find out what the health-care overhaul will mean for their health insurance and taxes.
For example, a single person without health insurance, living alone and making $30,000 a year will be required by law to have health insurance. According to the Washington's Post if they choose not to buy health insurance, they will
pay a tax penalty of $695 per year up to a maximum of three times that amount ($2,085) per family or 2.5 percent of household income.
Use the tool linked above to find out the changes to your health insurance and taxes depending on your individual circumstance. Will the health-care overhaul force you to buy health insurance against your will? Will your medicare payroll taxes increase? Will you be forced to pay a high tax on investment income?
Unhappy with the results? If your congressman voted for Obamacare, please continue to let him know that you disapprove of his vote for this unconstitutional and costly health care bill.
Click here to find out how your representative voted.
Click here to find out contact information for your representative.
In addition, visit FreedomWorks' PAC site in order to take America back in 2010 by electing candidates that will represent the principles of the American people.
The Washington Post has a new tool that enables anyone to find out what the health-care overhaul will mean for their health insurance and taxes.For example, a single person without health insurance, living alone and making $30,000 a year will be required by law to have health insurance. According to the Washington's Post if they choose not to buy health insurance, they will
Over 250,000 people have signed our NoHealthCareReconciliation.com petition against both the health care bill and against the damage being done to our democracy by House leadership to pass their trillion dollar health care bill (Have you? Have your friends?).
Over 90,000 have left comments. Below is a sample of 10 from Rep. Solomon Ortiz's district. Will he listen? You can call one of his offices and ask them yourself: Washington DC, 202-225-7742, Corpus Christi, (361)-883-5868, Brownsville, (956)-541-1242.
Constituent Comments from NoHealthCareReconciliation.com
-Cheaney, Portland, TX
“Please stop this.”
-Morgan B., Portland, TX
“We don’t want this bill.”
-Marcus M., Corpus Christi, TX
“They just don’t get it.”
-Cindy V., Corpus, Christi, TX
“NO TO OBAMACARE.”
-Mary G., Corpus Christi, TX
“Listen to the American people. We DON’T want this healthcare bill!”
-Pat S., Corpus Christi, TX
“PLEASE-keep healthcare private-NOT government-run!!!”
-Elsie G., Corpus Christi, TX
“Vote no on healthcare! We do not want it!!”
-Eugene A., Corpus Christi, TX
“Please do not pass Obamacare by any means.”
-Timothy M., Corpus Christi, TX
-Julie P., Corpus Christi, TX
Over 250,000 people have signed our NoHealthCareReconciliation.com petition against both the health care bill and against the damage being done to our democracy by House leadership to pass their trillion dollar health care bill (Have you? Have your friends?). Over 90,000 have left comments. Below is a sample of 10 from Rep. Solomon Ortiz's district. Will he listen?