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<p>Republicans have a great opportunity to rebuild their budget watchdog credentials and reconnect with dispirited small government conservatives by appointing Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to one of the vacancies on the Appropriations Committee. Jeff Flake is the choice of conservative activists and all those in favor of reforming the broken earmark process and restoring fiscal sanity in Washington.</p>
<p>That the Big Three CEOs flew into Washington, D.C., on sleek company jets to beg for a $25 billion taxpayer bailout should not be surprising. After all, these are the same companies infamous for spending half a billion dollars a year to maintain a "jobs bank" for thousands of unneeded UAW employees to sit around and watch television or play cards. Prudent business practices have eluded Detroit of late.</p>
I'm heading home for Thanksgiving, but in the meantime, here are some essential reads:
Yesterday, House Republicans rejected a motion by Minority Leader John Boehner and new Minority Whip Eric Cantor to enact a short-term earmark moratorium only through February 16. Unwilling to give up their pork just for three short months, Republicans can hardly try to pin the Big Spenders label on Dems, like they did earlier this year.
Proponents of funneling another twenty-five to fifty billion of taxpayer dollars to the failing U.S. auto industry justify their support by carping about potential job losses that would follow Chapter 11 filings. Thankfully, people like Dartmouth associate dean and professor Matthew Slaughter understand that a short-sighted bailout would be far more harmful to our economy long-term, likely resulting in even greater future job losses. In today's Wall Street Journal, Mr.
<p> Heading into the 111th Congress, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has an opportunity to advance the Republican commitment to small government and reform by selecting Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to the open seat on the Senate Finance Committee.</p>
<p>On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to VOTE “NO” on the Big 3 Bailout. The bill claims it will “create jobs, prevent large tax increases and cuts in state services, strengthen our nation’s manufacturing sector, and assist those struggling to find a job.” However, by artificially propping up an outdated business model, the bill creates further hardship down the road and prevents these companies from making the hard, but much needed reorganization required to remain competitive.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Oregon’s Governor Kulongoski just proposed a new increase in the gas tax, along with other hikes in vehicle titling fees, and annual registration fees. The Governor says that his tax and spend plan is “the way to get Oregon out of this economic crisis.” It’s hard to think of a time when spending money and taxing people more helped anyone in an economic crisis. This kind of idea hasn’t worked at the federal level, and it won’t work in Oregon.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p>
<p>Since the 1970s, Detroit’s Big Three auto makers have failed to keep up in the global auto market. High labor costs and inflexible work rules, staggering legacy costs, an unwieldy dealer network, and a failure to overcome negative consumer sentiments have combined to bring the Detroit based auto manufacturers to their knees. </p>
<p>ATLANTA. On November 16th, FreedomWorks members gave out literature at a Fair Tax Rally in Gwinnett County, Duluth, GA . Mike Huckabee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Neal Bortz and Congressman John Linder were speakers. We gave out over 2,000 to attendees as they were coming in to the Gwinnett Center and I gave another 500 to some supporters in Cobb County to hand out at their events. </p> <p>We gave completely out of the No Tax lapel stickers in minutes. People were walking over just to get them. We could have given out 2,000 or more of them...</p>