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Highlights of CPAC 2011: The Intern’s point of view:Youth: I was struck by how young the crowd was. I guess I was expecting a bunch of old men in very dark and dull suits. Nothing could have been further from the truth; the crowd was filled with young men and women, all excited, all extremely well read and all extremely knowledgeable on the issues. They were loud, motivated, an organized.Diversity: Wow! Much to the “left’s” disappointment the diversity of CPAC 2011 on all fronts was astounding. The conference
Dear Senator, On behalf of over a million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote NO on extending Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) at the current, higher post-stimulus levels. It should be noted that our objection is not to the Andean Trade Preference Act itself, the trade deal to which Democrats are trying to tie to expanding TAA. Free trade is a core part of free markets, which we support. Rather, the February 12, 2011 expiration of several expansions of TAA provides an opportunity to prune some excessive government spending.
Dear Senator,FreedomWorks is a leading grassroots organization with over one million members fighting for lower taxes, less government and more freedom. I am writing today to urge you to cosponsor S. 228, “Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act.” Introduced by Sen. Barrasso (R-Wyo.), this bill would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases without specific congressional authorization.
Dear Senator, On behalf of over a million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to cosponsor S.299, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. Introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) along with 24 original co-sponsors, this legislation requires a vote in Congress on any “major” regulations issued by the Executive Branch before it could be enforced on the American people.
Obscure language is every bureaucrat's best friend.
President Obama recently released an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System”. This article contained a myriad of policy advancements culminating in an executive order aimed at reducing the potentially onerous regulatory encroachments of the ever indulging bureaucracy (my words, not his of course). One could only hope he would start with Obamacare.
Dear Representative, FreedomWorks is a leading grassroots organization with over one million members fighting for lower taxes, less government and more freedom. I am writing today to urge you to cosponsor H.R. 371, the Health Care Choice Act. Introduced by Rep. Blackburn (R-TN), this bill would repeal title 1 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and amend the Public Health Service Act to permit consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines. These changes would allow consumers to purchase health insurance that best meets their needs in any state.
The White House's call to conduct a regulatory review which focuses only on obsolete and old regulations is hardly worth it; the immediate threat to American jobs are not just old and obsolete regulations which were implemented ten, twenty or thirty years ago, but the near-1000 new rules that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued during the past few months. The Wall Street Journal notes:
On February 3, 2011, FreedomWorks and a coalition of conservative organizations sent a letter to the top leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, urging them to pass legislation stopping the Obama Administration from implementing Obamacare, pending review of the unpopular law’s constitutionality by the Supreme Court.
The battle for school choice in Pennsylvania is still raging, but some of the heroes of the state's school choice movement have already emerged. They are already demonstrating how to win a debate with the power of ideas, if the audience is there to receive the message.In this week's Jewish Exponent, State Senator Anthony Williams Hardy of Philadelphia made the case for Senate Bill 1: