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The Real Goal of Healthcare Reform
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The Real Goal of Healthcare Reform

Via NewsAlert and HotAir comes this damning video.  Watch Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) gleefully admit that the goal of healthcare "reform" is to run private insurers out of business.

04/28/2009
Unions Oppose Panama Free Trade
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Unions Oppose Panama Free Trade

Big Labor is gearing up to fight a free trade agreement with Panama supported by the President, Speaker Pelosi, and many republicans.  The agreement would reduce or eliminate tariffs and other trade barriers between the two countries.  The administration could present the deal before Memorial Day.

04/28/2009
Prelude to ObamaCare
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Prelude to ObamaCare

Without intending to, today's New York Times exposes the inherent problems with government rationed health care services, with lobbyists jockeying for advantage in the Medicare reimbursement game.  Already a dominant purchaser of health services, Medicare has created a shortage of primary physicians by cutting reimbursements.  Now imagine a world where all Americans are herded into Medicare....  Infinite demand for free services, skyrocketing costs, and some Grey Suited Soviet with a clip board determining if the medical procedure you need to live is worth the cost to the Treasury.

04/27/2009
Congressman Paul Broun Addresses GA Townhall Meeting
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Congressman Paul Broun Addresses GA Townhall Meeting

FreedomWorks Congressional Action Team member and 2008 Activist of the Year, Dolores Gresham, organized a fantastic townhall meeting in her area over the weekend.  The April 25 event in Georgia's 10th District brought in 49 people, including 25 new FreedomWorks members.The group made plans for upcoming rallies on July 4 and in DC on September 12 and received updates on current issues on the state and federal level.

04/27/2009
FreedomWorks Co-Sponsoring Taxpayer Tea Parties across Oregon
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FreedomWorks Co-Sponsoring Taxpayer Tea Parties across Oregon

On April 15th, limited government activists from across the country participated in over 1,000 tea parties, with 20 held in Oregon.   The tea party movement began in response to corporate and mortgage bailouts, the $1 trillion debt stimulus plan, and President Obama’s $2 trillion dollar budget deficit.  April 25 is the focus of the next round of tea parties, when Americans come face to face with the costs of bloated government and runaway spending.  Oregonians rallied across the state.  FreedomWorks has joined leading taxpayer watchdog groups such as the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, Taxpayer Defense Fund, Oregon Citizens For A Sound Economy PAC, Common Sense For Oregon, Oregon Contractors Association, We Surround Them, 9-12 Project, Oregon Tea Party, and the Campaign for Liberty.  Our Medford rally will feature taxpayers, legislators, policy experts, and local talk radio hosts Bill Myer.

04/24/2009
Help Stop Minnesota Tax Hike
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Help Stop Minnesota Tax Hike

Even after freedom-loving citizens took to the streets last week on April 15 to protest the tax and spend ways of our federal and state governments, it looks like a massive tax hike is still on the horizon for Minnesotans.  There is a plan to raise the state cigarette tax by a whole $1 making its way through the Minnesota legislature. That would make a pack in Minnesota cost almost $7!It’s clear that we still have to keep up the pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing.  Take Action and urge your leaders to oppose this tax hike.Like many other hurting states, Minnesota is facing a $4.6 billion budget gap.  That’s a big hole, but trying to fill that with more taxes, especially taxes that affect a minority of Minnesotans just won’t work.  States that enact cigarette taxes, hoping to get a fresh wave of cash in the door, rarely see those promised funds.  That hole will still be there and they’ll have to turn to even more taxes and fees from taxpayer pockets.  Cigarette tax hikes hurt Minnesota’s small businesses.  To avoid high costs, people turn to the black market, the internet, across state lines, and to Indian reservations to get cheaper cigarettes.  At a time when everyone – not just the state government – is struggling to make ends meet, our elected officials should think twice before raising taxes.  If citizens are cutting back on expenses, reconsidering where their money goes, and sticking to a budget, the state should too!  This is the time for real leaders to make the tough choices necessary to promote real growth in Minnesota.  Cutting waste and spending, and rolling back regulations would make the state a great place to do business and bring jobs to the area.  Take Action and tell your elected officials Minnesota doesn’t need new tax hikes, we need lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.

04/24/2009
Help Stop New Tax Hikes in Wisconsin
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Help Stop New Tax Hikes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Governor Doyle is planning to push through another set of new tax hikes and fees.  These come on top of the tax hikes passed in February.  These are supposed to be aimed at closing Wisconsin’s massive budget gap.  But Wisconsin’s high property taxes, gasoline tax, and others make the state’s tax burden among the highest in the nation!  If high taxes are supposed to be able to keep government flush with cash then where’d this deficit come from and why should you pay for it?It’s clear that Wisconsin has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.    Please Take Action and urge your elected officials to stay out of your wallet and cut spending.These new taxes and fees cover just about everything that wasn’t already on the tax hike list in February.  Here are a couple of the taxes on the table:

04/24/2009
Cap and Trade, but Trade What?
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Cap and Trade, but Trade What?

According to some Republicans in Congress, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) who is heading the panel on environmental policy is trading certain allowances or exemptions to cap and trade legislation to members of Congress.  They claim that he's trading the allowances to get the votes he needs to pass environmental legislation.

04/24/2009
Fed Losing $9.6 Billion in AIG, Bear Stearns
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Fed Losing $9.6 Billion in AIG, Bear Stearns

As of Dec. 31, the Federal Reserve faces $9.6 billion in unrealized losses on $74 billion in assets from Bear Stearns and AIG.  An unrealized loss represents the current value of the asset versus its face value.  The central bank will realize the losses if the principle is not returned.  According to Bloomberg, "The central bank lent $2 trillion to financial institutions and has not disclosed information about most of the collateral backing those loans."  While it's unlikely that all $2 trillion of the collateral the central bank has accepted is as risky as the assets taken from Bear Stearns and AIG, the Fed may still face substantial risk.  

04/24/2009
Top 10 Reasons Why Hollywood's Attack on RealDVD Is Wrong
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Top 10 Reasons Why Hollywood's Attack on RealDVD Is Wrong

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04/23/2009

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