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Some Governors May Reject Stimulus
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Some Governors May Reject Stimulus

Republican governors from Louisiana, Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Texas, and South Carolina may reject parts or all of the stimulus bill.  Most of the Governors are worried about future expenses down the road when the stimulus money stops flowing.  Others are concerned about federal requirements in the bill that might place extra costs on business.  Either way, federal money almost always comes with federal strings and an erosion of the healthy divide between power in Washington and power in the states.  

02/23/2009
Why Are You REALLY Opposed to the Stimulus?
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Why Are You REALLY Opposed to the Stimulus?

Opening my public policy class last night, the professor brought up an interesting question regarding the "stimulus" package: what seems to be the public's response and why are they reacting that way? My interaction with the public and perusal of media sources seems to indicate that there are many Americans discontent with this debt plan and the reasons vary.

02/20/2009
New Hampshire's Revolutionary Bill
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New Hampshire's Revolutionary Bill

Four New Hampshire State Representatives have sponsored a bill to affirm “States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.”  Some of the bill’s text is copied below including a description of what “shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution of the United States of America by the government of the United States of America.”  It looks like some folks in New Hampshire are willing to fight to keep their guns and their rights. 

02/20/2009
Video: Rick Santelli tells it like it is
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Video: Rick Santelli tells it like it is

Here is a great video from CNBC correspondent, Rick Santelli, on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange summarizing what I think is the sentiment of many Americans right now:

02/19/2009
FreedomWorks North Carolina Activists Call for More Domestic Energy
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FreedomWorks North Carolina Activists Call for More Domestic Energy

FreedomWorks North Carolina Legislative Liaison Kathy Hartkopft writes: On Tuesday, February 17, North Carolina FreedomWorks members visited with Senator Richard Burr and the office staff of Senator Kay Hagan.  At a rally held in Raleigh, activists met up with and thanked Senator Burr for his continued support of energy exploration off the North Carolina coast. Activists visited the Raleigh office of Senator Hagan to encourage her to support the measure.

02/19/2009
FreedomWorks North Carolina Takes on Smoking Ban
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FreedomWorks North Carolina Takes on Smoking Ban

 

02/19/2009
Help Save California
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Help Save California

It’s clear to anyone who believes in the free market and limited government that California is poised on a knife-edge: state legislators can do the right thing, tighten belts and declare California open for business or they can continue to tax citizens and their businesses straight out of the state.No one would deny that times are tough.  But when you can’t make ends meet, most people start making tough decisions and stop spending.  California is facing a $42 billion budget gap and some state legislators think that taxpayers should pay for the years of overspending and waste that put them there.  Currently there is a plan that calls for $14 billion in tax hikes – everything from an income tax surcharge to higher sales tax to a hike in the gas tax.  And the list grows from there. The plan also calls for $10 billion in borrowing. When you are in a hole, the first thing you should do is stop spending!People who are already hurting shouldn’t have to pay more in taxes.  The years of high taxes and complex regulations are what has driven businesses and families from California in the first place.  Rolling back those regulations and cutting taxes and spending could mean real, long term growth for the state.Luckily there are a few brave leaders in the Senate who have been willing to say enough is enough.  Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R-36th) has led the charge and stood up for California taxpayers and businesses against this plan.But he needs your help.Please take a few minutes of your time to call these Senators and remind them that if they truly believe in fiscal responsibility they must oppose this budget and its massive tax hikes and borrowing.  These two Senators need to hear from you that they should not vote to raise taxes: Senator Dave Cox (R-1st)        (916) 651-4001 Senator Abel Maldonado (R-15th)    (916) 651-4051These two Senators have publicly stated that they are in favor of this boondoggle of a budget and they need to hear from you: Senator Dave Cogdill    (R-14th)    (916) 651-4014 Senator Roy Ashburn    (R-18th)    (916) 651-4018I don’t need to tell you that time is of the essence.  Please call right away.  Then forward this email to five friends and help get the word out.  We like to say that government goes to those who show up.  It is gravely important that in this fight for the future of the state of California people who believe in lower taxes, less government, and more freedom are the ones who show up.

02/18/2009
More Moral Hazard?
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More Moral Hazard?

President Obama said he would announce his plans to attack home foreclosure today just before signing the stimulus bill yesterday.  No matter what the plan is, it will undoubtedly shift incentives for homeowners or lenders.  Moral hazard is a term used in economics, business, and political science to describe a situation where one party is insulated from risk and that insulation changes their behavior so they behave as if they were not at risk.  Moral hazard comes up when an actor is not fully responsible for their actions—which could result in irresponsible behavior.

02/18/2009
Update: Sign the Petition to Stop Nanny-State Taxes in New York
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Update: Sign the Petition to Stop Nanny-State Taxes in New York

As a FreedomWorks member, you know that we’ve been closely watching the tax-hike situation in New York.  Like other states across the country, New York is facing record deficits, however instead of making the sometimes politically unpopular decision to cut wasteful spending and roll back regulations, New York’s Governor Paterson wants to tax his way out of the hole.Take Action and sign the petition.Governor Paterson has proposed a tax hike of 18% on beverages such as soft and juice drinks along with 136 other new fees and tax hikes to bridge a $15.4 billion budget deficit.  At a time when New York’s families have been hit hard by the current economic downturn and are cutting back on their expenses, Paterson has actually proposed a budget with $1.4 billion in new spending!  And where does that new money come from?  Cash-strapped taxpayers.  Governor Paterson cares more about his pork projects and New York’s bloated budget than families.  And he intends to go after every dime he can via nanny-state taxes that limit your choices.  New York has apparently done such a good job spending your money, the state should also tell you what you can eat and drink.This is preposterous and New Yorkers should be outraged.  Your elected officials think they know better than you how to live your life.  Worse still, when Paterson doesn’t get the money he needs for his bigger, badder budget he’s going to go back to the taxpayers for even more, driving business and families from the state.There is some good news.  Just last week, conflicting statements began to emerge from the Governor’s office regarding the soda-tax plan.  Governor Paterson and his press secretary don’t seem to be on the same page when it comes to this tax hike.  That means that grassroots pressure is starting to chip away at the Governor’s plan.  As the March budget deadline draws closer, this is an important time to tell the Governor you oppose his tax and spend plan.   FreedomWorks has joined with New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes in an effort to stop this tax hike scheme.  We urge you to sign their petition and add your voice opposing the Governor’s proposed tax increase.  And, once you’ve done that, be sure to send it on to five more friends.  Educating our neighbors is the best chance we have to stand up to big government.  Thank you for your ongoing support of FreedomWorks.

02/17/2009
FreedomWorks Applauds the “Secret Ballot Protection Act”
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FreedomWorks Applauds the “Secret Ballot Protection Act”

Washington, DC – While political insiders and unions bosses are looking to force workers into unions and take away workers rights to a secret ballot, the Republicans Study Committee led by

02/17/2009

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