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Happy Dependence Day
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Happy Dependence Day

Do you work for AIG or GM? For Citigroup or the Department of Education? If so, then I wish you happy Dependence Day. Same if you work at a company which uses lobbyists to steer federal earmarks your way…or if you are that lobbyist. And, not to sound cruel, but if you’re on welfare (especially if you could with a little effort get off it), or if you’re getting unemployment benefits or food stamps, then welcome to Dependence Day.

07/04/2009
Unions and Free Market Activists Find Common Cause on Health Care, For Now
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Unions and Free Market Activists Find Common Cause on Health Care, For Now

President Obama has stepped up his rhetoric against the health care system, but fiscal deficiencies in his plan for a government take over have become increasingly apparent in recent weeks. Now, some on Capitol Hill are toying with the idea of taxing employee health benefits to subsidize the cost of government-provided care. But, as Americans learned during the collapse of GM, many union labor agreements provide extremely generous benefit packages to workers who are unlikely to support any proposal that might put their compensation at risk.

07/02/2009
Fight For Property Rights Advances: New York Appeals Court Accepts Atlantic Yards Case
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Fight For Property Rights Advances: New York Appeals Court Accepts Atlantic Yards Case

07/02/2009
It's that TEA time again
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It's that TEA time again

BY Josh Eboch

Isn't it funny how a string of good old fashioned, car-burning riots in the middle east has become a trendy global cause celebre for freedom, while peaceful protests against government waste and exorbitant taxes in America were dubbed "unhealthy" by the president's top adviser and "racist" by some in the media?

07/01/2009
Outcry Over Ballpark is Loud, Upset, Yet Resigned
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Outcry Over Ballpark is Loud, Upset, Yet Resigned

BY Wesley Young

Nobody is happy that the city will have to pay an extra $15.7 million to finish the baseball stadium downtown, but cries of dismay yesterday were mixed with calls for stadium construction to continue.The Winston-Salem City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss and possibly take action on a deal to finish the stadium."I'm still struggling with it," said Council Member Robert Clark, who represents the city's West ward. "It is very complicated, and there is no win-win answer. Every answer has terrible consequences."

07/01/2009
Tea Party Group Co-Opts Communist Symbol
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Tea Party Group Co-Opts Communist Symbol

BY Eric Kleefeld

FreedomWorks, the conservative organization that had a big hand in the Tea Party rallies this past April, is gearing up for a new "Taxpayer March On Washington" for September 12 -- with a very interesting logo.The intriguing thing here, as Ron Gunzburger pointed out, is that the logo makes use of left-handed fists, colored in red -- a traditional symbol all around the world for communism and militant socialism.

07/01/2009
Hundreds of Gwinnett Residents Protest Proposed Tax Hike
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Hundreds of Gwinnett Residents Protest Proposed Tax Hike

BY Patrick Fox

Close to 300 Gwinnett County residents gathered at Suwanee Town Center Park on Monday evening to increase pressure on the County Commission to balance its budget without raising property taxes.The rally, sponsored by FreedomWorks and Atlanta Tea Party Patriots, featured an array of state and local officials, including state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, Rep. Melvin Everson (R-Snellville) and Secretary of State Karen Handel.“Real Republicans cut spending at all levels,” said County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, who has already spoken out against the proposal.

07/01/2009
Next Tea Party Steeped in Patriotism
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Next Tea Party Steeped in Patriotism

BY Brent Batten

NAPLES — More tea, anyone?  Organizers of the April 15 “tea party” protest at U.S. 41 and Pine Ridge Road are lining up a repeat performance, this time as part of Naples’ Fourth of July parade.Barry Willoughby, one of the leaders of a loose confederation calling itself Naples Tea Party has received permission from the city to have a float in the parade, which will kick off at 10 a.m. on Fifth Avenue South.

07/01/2009
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

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