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Friday
Jul162010

Bob Guida For Congress - The Road Ahead 

The Road Ahead

It is said that “Truth is the first casualty of war.”

America is on the brink of economic ruin, and her fundamental principles are under a concerted assault by this administration and Congress. America’s Strategic National Priorities – Fiscal Policy, Energy Policy, Foreign Policy and Congressional Ethics Reform – are not being addressed.

Here’s why I call these four areas “Strategic National Priorities.”

  1. The interest on our national debt (a debt which will grow by 1.4 TRILLION dollars next year) is piling up at A BILLION DOLLARS EVERY DAY.
  2. Our dependency on foreign oil delivers A BILLION DOLLARS EVERY DAY to OPEC.
  3. Our war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq ring up at HALF A BILLION DOLLARS EVERY DAY, not including the cost of thousands killed, wounded and maimed in unimaginably terrible ways. I know about our casualties. I have visited Walter Reed and wept with these incredible heroes – men and women shattered in the service of our country.
  4. Payoffs, kickbacks, bribery, coercion, and intimidation – with ObamaCare as the penultimate example – are normal tactics in the conduct of business in Congress. The atmosphere of corruption has destroyed the trust of the American people in government.

We are borrowing HALF THE MONEY the federal government spends. And deficit spending is increasing, just like taxes and the cost of living, as the value of our dollar is declining because of the Fed’s monetary policy. The Fed believes that if we can’t borrow the money we are spending, we’ll just print some more to make up the difference.

Intellectual dishonesty in Congress and the media is destroying our country. In the critical matter of defending our founding principles, and in the concerted assault against the freedoms we cherish, we must remain focused on what is important.

I believe that in matters of principle, even if you don’t win, there is victory in fighting the battle. That’s how issues of principle remain alive. If we’re unwilling to fight because we might not win, we’ve essentially surrendered. If we’re unwilling to fight because we fear the lash of political correctness, we’ve already lost.

Taking back our government from the entrenched interests in Congress is going to require a colossal effort. The battle will not only be about issues, it will also be about process, and it’s going to need warriors who will stand on principle and fight with every means at their disposal. It’s the only way we are going to regain control of government.

Do we really think the entrenched power interests in Washington are going to be cowed by gentility or defeated by politeness? Do we believe that the people who control our nation’s ability to spend, to wage war, to tax and to regulate are going to willingly give up their grip on power and return meekly and politely to a position of service to our country?

I am running for Congress because a revolution requires leadership from the ranks of the insubordinate, not from the ranks of the politically ordained or the politically correct.

I am running because I have served our country as a Marine, an FBI Agent, a Selectman and a State Representative, and I have seen the abuses of power, violations of principle, and trampling of our Constitution that have become the norm in our state and federal systems of governance.

I am running because to change the political process in Washington, we are going to need Representatives who don’t care about political consequences because the fundamental principles that delivered and sustained our nation and our freedom must be restored without regard to political cost. It means we must speak the truth directly and without flinching.

This election will be the most critical in recent memory, if not in our nation’s history. Either we will begin the hard process of sacrifice to return government to the limited role envisioned by our Founding Fathers, or we will surrender our freedom to the slavery of government dependency and entitlements.

My name is Bob Giuda, and I will fight for you in Congress. And truth will not be a casualty in my war.

Yours in freedom,
 
Bob Giuda Candidate for Congress,
New Hampshire's Second Congressional Destrict
(603) 764-5869 | Office
(603) 219-9643 | Mobile
www.bobgiuda.com



Friday
Jul162010

CEI Weekly: The Lady Gaga Economy 

CEI Weekly

July 16, 2010 

>>The Lady Gaga Economy
Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews, inspired by the seeming boundless demand for performances by flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga, meditates on "Say's Law" in economics and what it has to teach us about the current recession. Wayne reminds us that the state of the economy is not the result of a general glut of overproduction – too much stuff for sale and not enough buyers – but of a relative glut in particular sectors of the economy. While there may be too many cars for sale, the demand for concerts, music videos, and merchandise from our most popular entertainers surges ahead unabated. Thus, what we need is not a general demand-side stimulus, but a retrenchment of government policies and preferences that keep the market from re-balancing itself. Tax cuts, deregulation, privatization, and the elimination of other government distortions are the strategies that will allow the U.S. economy to expand and flourish again.
Read Crews' article here.

>>Shaping the Debate 

Statement by John Berlau on Passage of Dodd-Frank Financial Regulation Bill

Florida's Reedy Creek Improvement District

Arin Greenwood's Issue Analysis

Cell Phones Don't Cause Cancer

Ryan Young's op-ed in The Daily Caller

With Debt, Deficit Come More Red Tape

Clyde Wayne Crews' citation in The Washington Examiner

Teaching 'stuff' about ecology

Lee Doren's citation in The Los Angeles Times

CEI's Myron Ebell Says "Professional Whitewash" of Climategate Will Not Succeed

Myron Ebell's citation in The American Spectator 

>>Best of the Blogs

Mommy, Are We Beyond Petroleum Yet?

By Marlo Lewis Jr.

Federal Alcohol Bill Hits a Snag

By Angela Logomasini

>>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 101: Urban Beekeepers Unite

Richard Morrison and Marc Scribner welcome back long-lost co-host Michelle Minton to episode 101. We discuss the sobering recommendations of the White House debt commission, the intoxicating budgetary success of Chris Christie in New Jersey, the bunker mentality of UN climate scientists, the travails of urban homesteaders and the birth of scandal-based tourism.

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Friday
Jul162010

NRSC - Foster's Editorial: Hodes owes Ayotte an apology 

NOTE: On the heels of all of the above comes news that Hodes attended a fundraiser in Canada to bolster his campaign. His campaign's retort is that Ayotte has been attending fundraisers in Washington. Again, Hodes just doesn't get it. Attending a fundraiser outside the country — on foreign soil — sends a much different message than heading to Washington to tap major donors.  In a day and age when foreign countries like China are literally buying large chunks of the United States and its debt, someone in the Hodes campaign should have known better than to let the candidate solicit money on foreign soil — even if it is friendly foreign soil.

 

http://fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100716/GJOPINION_01/707169834

 

Hodes owes Ayotte an apology

Foster’s Daily Democrat

Editorial

July 16, 2010

 

The campaign of New Hampshire Democrat Paul Hodes for U.S. Senate has come under recent criticism even from his own political left.

>From the far left Daily Kos: "New Hampshire is a mess — Democrat Paul Hodes is running a listless, (expletive deleted) campaign."

>From the sympathetic Boston Globe, commenting on the Lynch re-election camp's advice to Hodes not to run a wildly disparaged advertisement about the FRM debacle against Kelly Ayotte:

"The Hodes campaign put up the ad despite urgings from Lynch's camp not to politicize the issue further, according to sources in both camps who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly."

Now comes the "1,000 Women for Hodes" press release, where he claims exclusive rights to gender issues.

Clearly, the United States has struggled with a sordid past. Discrimination based on race and gender are not things of which to be proud. But that said, the country today has an African American president and a long list of accomplished women, one of whom will hopefully soon run the country from the Oval Office. (Hillary in 2012?)

So where do political attacks reminiscent of the race- and gender-divided 1960s and 1970s fit into a 21st century run for the U.S. Senate?

They don't, and neither do the implications of the headline: "1,000 Women for Hodes."

The headline implies those who oppose Hodes are bigots. That presumably includes the entire Republican field, including Kelly Ayotte herself.

Those who consider themselves Democrats should be cringing at such tactics and hoping Hodes goes quietly into the night, lest he taint the rest of the Democratic slate seeking office this fall.

On the heels of all of the above comes news that Hodes attended a fundraiser in Canada to bolster his campaign. His campaign's retort is that Ayotte has been attending fundraisers in Washington.

Again, Hodes just doesn't get it. Attending a fundraiser outside the country — on foreign soil — sends a much different message than heading to Washington to tap major donors.

In a day and age when foreign countries like China are literally buying large chunks of the United States and its debt, someone in the Hodes campaign should have known better than to let the candidate solicit money on foreign soil — even if it is friendly foreign soil.

Friday
Jul162010

AUL - Important message from Congressman Boehner 

 

Dear Friend of Life,

AULFor those of us who care about unborn life, there has never been a more important time to be involved in the pro-life cause.

Our pro-life movement must be stronger than ever. And one of the best ways to be part of that movement is to continue your generous support of Americans United for Life.

It was my great honor recently to receive AUL's Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award. AUL President Charmaine Yoest presented me with this award in part because of the work we did together in the House to try to keep abortion out of President Obama's health care bill.

It was a long struggle, but the good news from my friends at Americans United for Life is that our fight is not over yet.

I want to tell you what you can do today TO DEFEAT the abortion-promoting provisions of ObamaCare.

But first, I want to thank you for your support of Americans United for Life. Because of your generosity, they were able to be a great help to me in the health care battle. I am deeply grateful to AUL for all of the work they're doing here in Washington, D.C., and - just as important - in state legislatures around the country.

My partnership with AUL for the cause of life has been going on for some time.

Together with AUL, I fought to uphold an Ohio law requiring physicians who prescribe the abortion drug RU-486 to abide by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) rules when dispensing this dangerous substance. Misuse of RU-486 can, and has, resulted in death.

Of course that didn't stop Planned Parenthood from filing a constitutional challenge to Ohio's law. When they did, I stepped up and, together with Americans United for Life, filed an amicus brief before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court urging that the law be upheld.

I am pleased to say that, although some aspects of the law remain in litigation, the courts rejected Planned Parenthood's basic claim that it should not have to abide by FDA-approved procedures.

I have also worked with AUL to protect minors from the harms of sexual abuse and secret abortions.

Several years ago, a 14-year-old Ohio girl walked into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Cincinnati, accompanied by her soccer coach, John Haller. He was 21 years old and began having sex with the girl when she was only 13. Now that she was pregnant, Haller wanted her to have an abortion.

Rather than notify the parents - as is required under Ohio law - Planned Parenthood called the soccer coach's cell phone for consent. They not only failed to question the man (who had a different last name from the teenager and paid for the abortion with his credit card), but even administered a birth control shot to the young girl - also paid for by Haller. And they and gave her a bag of condoms so that Haller could continue his sexual abuse of the girl after the abortion.

As the father of two beautiful girls, I must tell you ... this story is the stuff of nightmares.

Despite Planned Parenthood's neglect, the parents of the Cincinnati teenager eventually found out about her abortion and the sexual abuse perpetrated by her soccer coach. John Haller was convicted of seven counts of sexual battery and was sentenced to three years in prison.

But the nightmare was not over. The question remains - how many stories like this have occurred in Planned Parenthood's abortion clinics across the country? How many young girls will suffer without someone standing up to protect them? Without someone to say this is wrong and should not be tolerated?

A dispute arose over whether Planned Parenthood should be required to turn over documents that might establish a pattern of failing to follow Ohio parental involvement and mandatory sexual crime reporting laws.

I again teamed up with Americans United for Life to file an amicus brief in this case - a case that generated shock and outrage throughout Ohio by exposing just how far Planned Parenthood will go to perform abortions, even on children.

It is heartbreaking and unimaginable cases like this that AUL tackles each and every day for the cause of life. For the past 39 years, they have been on the front lines, in every major case before the U. S. Supreme Court and in local courts throughout the country.

That is why I am so honored that AUL chose to present me with the Henry Hyde Defender of Life Award. The award ceremony at AUL headquarters was very emotional for me.

I was so moved because Henry Hyde and I were such great friends. As you know, in the pro-life movement, there is nobody bigger than Henry Hyde. So when I first entered politics in Ohio as a young pro-life legislator, one of the first people I met with was Henry Hyde. He became a valuable mentor and we became great friends, serving in Congress together for 16 years.

During that time, I have worked hard to follow in the footsteps of Congressman Hyde, especially in upholding and defending his great accomplishment for the cause of life - the Hyde Amendment.

Like Henry Hyde, abortion has never been a political issue for me - it is a deeply personal issue.

You may not know this, but I have eleven brothers and sisters. I know it wasn't convenient for my mother to have twelve of us, but I can say one thing ...

I am sure glad that they are all here.

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has prohibited the use of federal funds for abortions.

But the recently passed ObamaCare health care bill undermines and, in my opinion, threatens the continuation of the Hyde Amendment as national policy. This bill will potentially open the floodgates for taxpayer-funded abortion.

I believe this health care law will not stand. I estimate that as many as one hundred Congressional seats are in play this November as a result of public opposition to this bill. But, there are things we can do right now to defeat the abortion provisions of ObamaCare!

President Obama tells us that the law won't pay for abortions. But he is misleading the American people.

Let me be clear: Under President Obama's new health care reform law, there is no comprehensive ban on abortion funding.

Despite what you hear from the liberal media, President Obama's March 24, 2010, Executive Order does not make the new health care reform law conform to the Hyde Amendment.

Fortunately, Charmaine Yoest and the AUL team have been alert to the dangers posed by the new health reform law. They haven't been fooled by propaganda from the White House and the abortion lobby.

Thanks to your support, the AUL legal team has been able to formulate a state-by-state strategy that I believe can block the abortion provisions of ObamaCare.

I heartily endorse this strategy and ask you to generously support it today.

The AUL strategy is based on something called the "Federal Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act."

The Federal Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act is model legislation that AUL has developed to help states opt-out of an explicit abortion provision within the new health care reform law.

The AUL legal team has zeroed in on specific language in the new health care reform law that allows states to "opt out." That is, a state can refuse to allow insurance plans that cover abortion to participate in that state's exchanges. As of right now, several states have already enacted or recently passed legislation to opt out of including abortion-covering plans in their health exchanges. AUL was instrumental in a number of these cases, such as in Florida, Missouri and Mississippi.

More than two dozen other states have introduced an opt-out bill, are planning to introduce one shortly, or are laying the groundwork to introduce a bill as soon as their legislative calendars permit. AUL is helping these legislators craft and pass their own version of its Federal Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act.

Thanks to AUL, the American pro-life movement is fighting back.

I'd like to express my gratitude toward Americans United for Life for all the work they are doing - not just the work I saw during the health care debate over the past six months, but also for all their work over the years. For all the work that is being done today with me and with state legislators all around the country.

And we're winning. I KNOW the American people are with us.

But AUL urgently needs your financial support to aggressively implement this opt-out strategy - and save lives - across the nation.

I am hoping that you will help me send a strong message to President Obama and the abortion lobby that we are NOT GIVING UP! That we will work with the pro-life majority of America to craft state laws that block their dream of federal funding of abortion.

I ask that you send AUL your most generous, tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more today to help defend life in America.

Your donation will help AUL carry on the fight for the unborn in the states, in the courts and in the nation's capital.

Let me say again, thank you for all you have done for the pro-life cause and for Americans United for Life. But let me also remind you that now is the time for action. We need to redouble our efforts to protect the unborn.

I hope AUL can count on your support as we face the critical months ahead.

Sincerely,
AUL
John Boehner
U. S. Congressman
House Republican Leader

P. S. We can win the war against abortion. We can overturn Roe v. Wade. We can put an end to the nightmare so that our children - like the 14-year-old girl I mentioned earlier - are safe from the horrors of abortion.

The first step on that road is protecting the Hyde Amendment. To do that, we must block the abortion provisions of ObamaCare. I believe the state-by-state strategy AUL has formulated is the right strategy. AUL and I have been fighting side-by-side for life for many years. I am standing beside them now to fight ObamaCare, and I urge you to do the same.

Please send AUL your most generous possible, tax-deductible contribution today. Thank you!


Friday
Jul162010

US Chamber Endorses Bass for Congress 

‘A Strong Record of Fighting for the State’s Businesses,’ Miller Says


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of former Congressman Charlie Bass for Congress in New Hampshire, praising his record of supporting the state’s businesses and workers.
   
“We’re endorsing Charlie Bass because he has a record of standing up for the people of New Hampshire in these challenging economic times,” said Bill Miller, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president and political director.  “He is an invaluable leader who has a common sense approach to job creation and getting America back on the road to recovery.”
 
A strong proponent of sensible health care reform, Bass believes individuals and businesses deserve more choice in their health care options.  He is also pushing to spur business growth and job creation in the region by advocating for competitive tax rates for businesses, supporting an energy policy that creates jobs, and protecting workers’ rights to a secret ballot election in union organizing drives.
 
“On issues ranging from competition in the health care industry, to lowering taxes, to reducing energy costs, New Hampshire’s businesses and workers will have a tireless advocate in Charlie Bass,” Miller said.
 
The U.S. Chamber plans to play a major role nationwide in the 2010 elections, endorsing candidates who have demonstrated consistent support for America’s job creators and will work to advance a pro-growth agenda in Congress.  In 2008, 213 of the 265 Chamber-endorsed candidates (81%) were elected.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.


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