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When the health care town halls end, tea parties begin. That’s what eight conservative groups decided, as they joined forces to launch a new, 16-day national tea party tour later this month, taking their small-government message to towns all over the country. Two 45-foot buses will snake their way across America, beginning in Sacramento Aug. 28 and ending with a “March on Washington” Sept. 12. The leader is a California based political action committee Our Country Deserves Better. The best-known partner is FreedomWorks, former House Speaker Dick Armey’s influential conservative group which has been a major player in opposition to health care overhaul. The finale event already has its own Web site (http://912dc.org/). Participants are going to meet in Freedom Plaza about 10 blocks from the Capitol (coincidentally, just a block from the Ronald Reagan Building) and will walk up Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol for a rally.
Opponents of President Obama’s climate change legislation are taking some cues from the protesters who have fired up the health care debate at town halls nationwide. On Tuesday, a coalition of 15 business and conservative groups kicks off a series of rallies throughout the country to decry efforts to enact a “cap and trade” bill aimed at slowing global warming and reducing fossil fuel dependence.
My favorite Colorado organization by far is the Leadership Program of the Rockies. I went through the Program several years ago, learned a lot, made many great connections and, more importantly, lasting friendships.
The following appeared today in CNN's political ticker:WASHINGTON (CNN) — The president of a conservative group accused of "astroturfing" the recent protests at congressional town halls suggested Tuesday that a rift is showing in the Democratic Party on health care reform.
Last week, RealDVD, a product that allows consumers to download a copy of legally purchased DVDs, was dealt a setback when a court granted a preliminary injunction against the sale of the software. Judge Marilyn Hall Patel—famous for the ruling that killed Napster—issued the injunction that will keep RealDVD off the market until a copyright infringement case against RealDVD is heard by the courts. The Hollywood studios filed the suit against RealDVD, making clear their assertion that they not only control content, but also how that content is distributed. Unlike the many illegal DVD decrypters available on the internet, RealDVD does not remove copyright protections and in fact adds an additional layer of protection to assure that no more than a single copy of the DVD can be downloaded to a hard drive. Nonetheless, according to Judge Patel, RealDVD violated the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), leaving consumers in a world where it is legal to copy music from a cd to an MP3 player, but it remains illegal for consumers to back up copies of legally purchased DVDs. The DMCA has turned into a tool for protecting the market share of monopolists, overriding arguments of fair use to the detriment of consumers, competition, and innovation. For more on the RealDVD issue, see FreedomWorks Foundation’s Issue Analysis “Hollywood vs. Consumers.”
During the economic downturn from roughly 1929 to 1939, Franklin Roosevelt implemented a raft of anti-capitalist, anti-growth policies, from wage controls to higher taxes to simple badgering of businesses (especially utilities). The result was that Europe emerged from the depression sooner while Democratic economic policies turned what could have been just a bad recession into the Great Depression.
For those in the Houston area, it's not too late to take part in the first Energy Citizens Rally taking place this afternoon (doors open at 11:30 am central and the program starts about 12:30 pm central) at the.Verizon Wireless Center - hamburgers and hotdogs are first come, first served, so get there early!If you can't make it, the event is being streamed live - CLICK HERE!
In a post on the White House blog on Monday evening, the Obama Administration says they are shutting down the email@example.com web site at which they had encouraged to snitch on other citizens who were not agreeing with the White House’s talking points (lies) about health care “reform".
As I’ve been predicting for some time, it appears that any health care reform bill which might pass the Senate will not have a “public option” in it. Over the weekend, Barack Obama and representatives of his Administration were carefully trying to backpedal away from the “public option” saying it’s not the essential part of health care reform. Now they’re talking about “co-ops” to compete with private insurers and they’re trying to spin the recent massive public outcry against a government takeover of health care into some sort of political victory.
As I’m sure you’ve seen, President Obama’s healthcare reform campaign has been dominating the airwaves and town hall meetings around the country. It cannot be underestimated how important it is to stop this big government scheme.