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Reading Between the Health Care Spin
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Reading Between the Health Care Spin

Confused by all the soundbites flying around the Hill on health care?  Worry no longer.  Writing at the Wall Street Journal George Newman succinctly (and simply) takes apart the heath care debate spin.

07/01/2009
FreedomWorks Targets House “Conservatives” Supporting Cap-and-Trade
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FreedomWorks Targets House “Conservatives” Supporting Cap-and-Trade

FreedomWorks put members of the House Blue Dog Caucus as well as the Republican Conference that voted for H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, on notice that grassroots activists in their districts would be spreading the word on their support for the massive new tax on energy production and consumption that this legislation threatens to enact.These targeted Members of Congress, 31 in all including 23 Blue Dog Democrats and 8 Republicans, have publicly claimed the mantle of fiscal responsibility.  However, as H.R. 2454 is estimated to cost anywhere from $750 to over $3,000 a year per family as a result of this new energy tax that will be created through the bill’s cap-and-trade scheme to regulate carbon emissions, FreedomWorks believes their constituents have the right to know that their rhetoric doesn’t match their actions.FreedomWorks will be leveraging its activist networks in these lawmakers’ districts to help spread the word of their “yes” vote on H.R. 2454 despite the potentially disastrous economic implications.  High energy prices affect everything from heating, electricity, and fuel prices to agriculture, manufacturers, and shipping costs.  Especially in today’s tough economic times, this policy is the wrong approach for American businesses and taxpayers.   FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe sent a letter to each of the 31 targeted Members of Congress which read in part, “H.R. 2454 runs counter to any interpretation of fiscal conservative principal and indeed to fiscal sanity itself.  Our members in your district will be working hard to make sure this message and your “yes” vote are communicated within their communities.”For a sample of the letter and complete list of targeted legislators please CLICK HERE.

07/01/2009
Mama Mia, Antonin!
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Mama Mia, Antonin!

Just when you thought we had enough, the ghost of Eliot Spitzer reappears.

06/30/2009
Tampa Bay Citizens to Protest Government-Run Health Care
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Tampa Bay Citizens to Protest Government-Run Health Care

Inspired by the recent nationwide Tax Day “Tea Party” protest rallies, local Tampa Bay chapters of national grassroots organizations have joined forces to protest proposals for expanded government control of American health care. The Tea Party Patriots, the 9/12 Project, ResistNet, FreedomWorks.org, and others will assemble outside congressional offices on July 2nd to tell their U.S. Representatives and Senators that the proposed hostile government takeover of America’s health care system is unacceptable.  Americans will not stand by and watch their taxes go up to fund a socialized medicine scheme that will crowd out private insurance and effectively lead to health care rationing.The protesters seek to preserve the doctor-patient relationship, expand consumer choice and financial empowerment of patients, and promote market-based solutions in order to make high-quality, affordable healthcare accessible to all Americans. Florida FreedomWorks Field Coordinator Tom Gaitens commented:“July 2nd is the actual anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and in Florida we plan to celebrate that day at every Representative and Senator’s district offices rallying for freedom and against the latest big-government scheme to come out of Washington: government-run health care.  A government takeover of America’s health care system will lead to rationing, reduced care and less individual control over one’s own health. You do not fix health care for the 15% by rationing it for the 85%.”Healthcare Freedom Rallies are planned for July 2, 2009 at four locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties:  Senator Bill Nelson's Office801 N. Florida Ave.Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse, 4th floorTampa, FL 33602Hours:   4:00-7:00pmCongressman Gus Bilirakis’ OfficePalm Harbor Professional Center35111 US HWY 19 North, Suite30Palm Harbor, FL 34684Hours:   3:00 - 6:00pm Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s Office4144 N. Armenia Ave., Suite300Tampa, FL 33609Hours:  3:00 – 6:00pmCongressman C.W. “Bill” Young’s Office9199 113th St. N.Seminole, FL 33772               (At Seminole City Hall, across from St. Pete College Seminole Campus)Hours: 4:00 - 6:00 pmRallies are free and open to the public. Families are welcome. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own homemade signs.  For more information, updates, and locations of additional rallies in Florida, visit: www.nogovernmenthealthcare.com.

06/30/2009
West Virginia Activist Writes About Cap and Tax Next Steps
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West Virginia Activist Writes About Cap and Tax Next Steps

FreedomWorks Congressional Action Team member Alice Click was published over the weekend as a guest commentator in the Hinton News.  The article, "How do Higher Energy Costs Help Open Idle Steel Mills or Struggling Auto Makers" nailed the crux of the debate: the legislation kills jobs.  Click went on to urge readers to contact Sen. Rockefeller.

06/30/2009
Germany Taking the Path Less-Traveled
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Germany Taking the Path Less-Traveled

It looks as if President Obama and Congress could take a few economics lessons from Chancellor Angela Merkel. While the US is going to try to spend her way out of the financial crisis by putting more taxes on the American people to finance the stimulus package, Chancellor Merkel has opted for the path less-traveled—the more laissez-faire path that is. Although hardly a perfect model (Germany did spend billions of euros to bail out her banks), Chancellor Merkel is not going to implement higher taxes in an attempt to fix the economy. With elections on the horizon and a projection of a 6% drop in GDP, the Chancellor is getting serious about making economic growth her priority.

06/30/2009
Protectionism: Another Reason To Kill Waxman-Markey Energy Tax Bill
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Protectionism: Another Reason To Kill Waxman-Markey Energy Tax Bill

If the taxes the Waxman-Markey bill would effectively levy on Americans were not enough to delight you, then a provision this bill contains that would further alienate China - just as several pieces of recent news suggest a trade war with China might be brewing - ought to do the trick.

06/29/2009
Dissent, Not Denial: Informed Opposition to the Science of Climate Change Is Growing
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Dissent, Not Denial: Informed Opposition to the Science of Climate Change Is Growing

Beneath the surface of a Cap and Tax debate that has only just begun to rage in this country, a basic premise is largely being taken for granted. Prominent fixtures of the political class, from Al Gore to Newt Gingrich to John McCain, have accepted and declared as fact that the Earth is getting warmer, the icecaps are getting smaller, carbon is to blame, and only government can save the day.

06/29/2009
Temecula Activists Stage Impromptu Cap and Tax Protest
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Temecula Activists Stage Impromptu Cap and Tax Protest

This past Saturday, June 27, a group of Temecula, CA free-market activists led by Bridget Blanton staged a spur of the moment protest against the cap and trade legislation that passed the House the previous evening.  The demonstrators urged passerby to get involved and call their Senators as the legislation progresses.  

06/29/2009
Responding to the "liberal middle"
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Responding to the "liberal middle"

My long-lost friend Scott Jones wrote a comment to my note yesterday (on my own blog at http://rossputin.com about “What we’re up against” which I think is representative of potentially the majority of Democrats in society (not the majority of Democrats in Congress.) So for today’s note, I’m going to offer my response to Scott. For the record, Scott is NOT lazy or blinded by Obama’s cult of personality, but I certainly intend to make the most of a part of his comment which describes many people who are both of those things.

06/27/2009

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