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FreedomWorks Protests Obama Health Care Town Hall in Raleigh
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FreedomWorks Protests Obama Health Care Town Hall in Raleigh

50 FreedomWorks North Carolina members joined a group of about 300 outside President Obama's town hall meeting in Raleigh, NC where the President was promoting his health care reform legislation.  Some FreedomWorks members traveled from as far away as Asheville, a four hour drive.  FreedomWorks NC legislative liaison Kathy Hartkopf was interviewed by two local news sattions, channels 11 and 17 and the group also managed to sign up new members!  Check out

07/30/2009
Funny Video: Paul Krugman Polls Canadians On Their Health Care System
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Funny Video: Paul Krugman Polls Canadians On Their Health Care System

This is an instant classic. Paul Krugman asks Canadians "how many of you think you have a terrible health care system?" and does not like the results. Check it out.Hat Tip: Instapundit 

07/30/2009
Policy to the People
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Policy to the People

Our friends at CEI have launched a new Youtube channel: Policy Translated - to peel back the layers of legalese, spin, political correctness, and double-talk that clouds legislation  here in D.C. and shine the harsh, harsh light of common-sense on the dregs that are left. Their first video on stimulus plans is great and the sooner they can get good stuff like this out on health care, cap and trade, and all the rest the better it will be for all of us.

07/28/2009
Taxpayer Ripoff: The Only Way to Define State Employee Benefits
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Taxpayer Ripoff: The Only Way to Define State Employee Benefits

Marta Mossburg reports in the Washington Examiner that even as Maryland faces a $700 million budget shortfall this year:

07/28/2009
North Carolina Activists Set to Protest Outside ObamaCare Town Hall
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North Carolina Activists Set to Protest Outside ObamaCare Town Hall

On Wednesday the FreedomWorks North Carolina State Chapter, under the leadership of State Director Allen Page, plans to meet ObamaCare head on as the President holds a town hall meeting at Broughton High School’s Holiday Gymnasium in Raleigh to tout his controversial healthcare reform plan before heading on to Southwest Virginia as part of the ObamaCare tour. North Carolina activists have secured a permit to counter-protest ObamaCare’s media and press blitz as support for government-run health care continues to slide in the midst of ever-increasing questions to its size ($1.5 trillion plus) and scope (a Trojan Horse public option that will crowd out private insurance).

07/28/2009
FreedomWorks Activists Storm Capitol Hill
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FreedomWorks Activists Storm Capitol Hill

Today over 60 activists from the Philadelphia area, Virginia and Delaware will be coming to Washington to receive formal grassroots policy training with regards to the ongoing healthcare debate before heading to Capitol Hill in hopes of swaying politicians still on the fence. The activists are expected to arrive at 10 am and will meet with FreedomWorks Vice President of Public Policy, Max Pappas for a robust exercise on the ins and outs of ObamaCare, with a strong focus on the recently released House bill, the $1.5 trillion America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.

07/27/2009
President Obama: Hypocrite or Just a Flip-Flopper?
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President Obama: Hypocrite or Just a Flip-Flopper?

BY Matt Kibbe

Before raising taxes to engineer a government health care take over, Congress would do well to remember President Obama’s own words from last year. On the campaign trail in October, then-Senator Obama criticized his opponent, Sen. John McCain, for allegedly proposing to eliminate the current federal tax exemption on employer-provided health care benefits.

07/27/2009
UK foreshadows political future for US banks
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UK foreshadows political future for US banks

The <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8169225.stm" target="_blank">BBC is reporting</a> that Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer (roughly equivalent to our Treasury Secretary), is interested in questioning banks over whether their interest rates for small business loans and mortgages are too high.According to the BBC article, <blockquote>Mr Darling's comments come after a report by financial website Moneyfacts said banks had increased the interest rates they charge for personal mortgages nearly fourfold in recent months, despite the base rate remaining at a record low of 0.5%.Angela Knight, the chief executive of the British Bankers' Association (BSA), said banks had to pay a lot more than 0.5% for the funds they themselves borrowed in the wholesale money markets, and they had to pass this on to customers....However, Stephen Alambritis, chief spokesman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said the chancellor was "quite right to haul in the banks"."It is hugely important that Mr Darling keeps tabs on the banks to ensure they are lending money to firms, and at fair rates. Firms need to be able to reap the benefits of the historically low base rate," he said. </blockquote>We've already heard some of this kind of stuff from Barney Frank and friends, but prepare for it to get much worse, not least because the TARP Inspector General, Neil Barofsky, recently said that <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2009/07/21/news/economy/TARP_report/index.htm?secti..." target="_blank">there's no way to know what banks have done</a> with their bailout funds.What the politicians forget is that banking is an extremely competitive industry.  If interest rates seem stubbornly high for loans, the reason is simple: The perceived risks to lenders remain stubbornly high.Not only is it perfectly rational for a bank to worry about being paid back on a business loan or a mortgage in the current situation, but it's also perfectly rational to wonder whether government will compound the problem, such as by allowing judges to alter the principal amounts due on mortgages.Think about it another way:  Let's say that in 2004 you had some extra cash lying around that you were willing to lend.  Someone asked you for a loan to buy a house and you offered him a loan at 8% based on what you knew of his employment, the housing market at the time, etc.  Now what if the same person came to you asking for the same loan for the same house (and let's assume that in that neighborhood, prices are now roughly where they were in 2004)?  Would you still offer that loan at 8%?  Of course not (if you're sane.)  The rate would be higher to compensate for a myriad of additional risks, regardless of the so-called lower interest rate environment.Mr. Darling said that the UK government didn't bail out banks "out of some charitable act". But that's exactly what they did if the intention of the bailout was to get banks to lend money at rates which don't compensate them for the risk they're taking. (The charity, in that case, is to potential borrowers, not the banks.  Though even that analogy isn't quite right because it's only liberals who believe that if A steals B's wallet and gives most of the money to C then A has been charitable rather than a criminal.)  Of course, they also did it out of typical left-wing economic and political idiocy, thinking that they would be able to buy votes the way they always do. But this time it's not going to work because "public choice" economics and the ability of politicians to get away with spending a lot of money to provide a benefit to a narrow set of people is based on the cost to the broad majority of taxpayers being too low for them to notice or care.In the US, the Obama Administration is obviously saddling us and our children with new debt that's as great as the total debt from the time of the nation's founding until the time of Obama's inauguration -- including the disastrous spending of George W. Bush.  Even the usually unaware average American voter, particularly the average American Democrat, will not look kindly on what Tom Coburn accurately termed "Generational Theft". (I think John McCain stole the term from Coburn, but if I got that backwards, I apologize to Senator McCain.)Some more from the BBC article:<blockquote>"The public will not understand it if they [the banks] don't seem to be doing their part," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show."I want them to rebuild their balance sheets... but at the same time, because of the particular circumstances we're in now, because of the fact we've got this recession, we also need them to lend money," said Mr Darling. </blockquote>Allow me to translate what Darling really means:If the banks don't go out and lend money at lower rates, regardless of the business case for those loans or those rates, we will pillory them in public until they do. After all, I didn't divert billions of dollars of taxpayer money to those banks just to help my golf buddies (or at least not as far as the public knows.)  Don't they realize that my political needs trump their fiduciary responsibilities; after all that <i>was</i> in the fine print of the "loan" documentation we made them sign.Can't you just hear Tim "the software made me do it" Geithner saying the same thing, flanked by Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and the other scoundrels who have primary responsibility for the original mess?Chancellor Darling's words will with almost 100% certainty be parroted by Obama-loving bureaucrats and Democratic politicians in coming months as any so-called recovery fails to reduce unemployment and the high unemployment rates continue to dent Democrats' standing in public opinion.  It's the necessary outcome of letting politicians get their stinking claws into the economic body of our nation.

07/27/2009
Help Us Defeat ObamaCare
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Help Us Defeat ObamaCare

The battle against a government takeover of the healthcare system is raging this summer in Washington. Public support for Obamacare has been dropping significantly the last few weeks, and I believe that much of that is due to your grassroots organizing. So let me start by saying thank you to everyone who has called their congressman, written a letter to the editor or protested outside a congressional district office this summer. We have slowed the legislation down over the past few weeks, and we are on the verge of stopping it and forcing Congress to rethink its approach to health care reform.One of the promising developments has been the opposition to the government takeover by the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives. Some of these Congressmen have flat out told President Obama that they will not support a government takeover, and others have focused on the trillions of dollars in new taxes that would be required for Obamacare. The battle against government-run health care is being fought within the Democrat party, and that is where we must focus our efforts. We need to urge the Blue Dog Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to continue to oppose a government takeover of the healthcare system.Please TAKE ACTION NOW to send a message to these key Members of the committee. Then, follow up your email with phone calls. Bart Gordon (TN 6th), (202) 225-4231Jane Harman (CA 36th), (202) 225-8220Mike Ross (AR 4th), (202)  225-3772 Jim Matheson  (UT 2nd), (202) 225-3011Charlie Melancon (LA 3rd), (202) 225-4031John Barrow (GA 12th), (202) 225-2823Baron Hill (IN 9th), (202) 225-5315Zach Space (OH 18th), (202) 225-6265I know that you have been working hard all year to fight against the outreageous federal spending, bailouts and the inevitable tax hikes required to pay for this unprecedented push to grow government. It's been a tough fight, but one worth fighting. If we stick together during the next few weeks we can put enough pressure on the Blue Dog Democrats to sink Obamacare and defend our liberty. Thank you for everything that you have done, and we will see you on September 12th for the March on Washington!

07/24/2009

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