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Thursday
Feb182010

ALG President Signs Mt. Vernon Statement "Reaffirming Constitutional, Limited Government" 

"This statement is for the American people, who have shown throughout our history they will defend their constitutional rights.  Today, we stand with them in affirming those rights."—ALG President Bill Wilson

February 17th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today, along with more than 80 free market and limited government leaders, signed the Mt. Vernon Statement that Wilson described as a "reaffirmation of constitutional, limited government as the only means of preserving liberty, promoting prosperity, and opposing tyranny in America, and throughout the world."

The Mt. Vernon statement—intended in its timing to influence the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference—comes almost fifty years after the 1960 Sharon Statement by William F. Buckley, Jr. that many consider to be one of the founding documents of the modern conservative movement. 

Wilson said that today's statement is relevant to the current political climate: "The rise of the tea party movement and increasing citizen opposition to government-run health care, runaway spending and debt creation, are all evidence that Americans still believe in constitutional principles of limited government and the rule of law."

Wilson said, "This statement is for the American people, who have shown throughout our history they will defend their constitutional rights.  Today, we stand with them in affirming those rights."

According to the Mount Vernon Statement, "The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant."

The statement continues, "The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles.  At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution."

Wilson praised former Attorney General Edwin Meese for putting together the coalition of national, grassroots leaders to pen the document.  "We owe Attorney General Meese a debt of gratitude for bringing us together and crafting a broad, united message that joins the ongoing discussion of the proper, limited role of government."

Wilson said the "need for that discussion is urgent," pointing to what he termed "the perversion of the Constitution through the unbridled, unlimited, and dangerous expansion of the powers of the federal government throughout the 20th Century."  

Wilson concluded by saying, "The Mount Vernon Statement seeks to chart a new course for the 21st century by .  History has shown that out of control growth in the federal government has established entitlements that threaten to bankrupt the nation, increasingly taken on new powers to tax and regulate practically every human activity imaginable, and weakened the nation's economic standing in the world by debasing our currency, bailing out politically-favored institutions, revoking property rights, and placing primacy into the hands of government over the people."

Wilson urged citizens to sign the statement themselves at www.themountvernonstatement.com

The Mount Vernon Statement

Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.  Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.

Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America's principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn't this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature's God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man's self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government's powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America's safety and leadership role in the world.

A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

  • It applies the principle of limited government based on the
    rule of law to every proposal.
  • It honors the central place of individual liberty in American
    politics and life.
  • It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and
    economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
  • It supports America's national interest in advancing freedom
    and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that
    end.
  • It informs conservatism's firm defense of family, neighborhood,
    community, and faith.

If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America's founding principles.

February 17, 2010

Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America

Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation

Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation, was present at the Sharon Statement signing.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council

Becky Norton Dunlop, president of the Council for National Policy

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center

Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator

David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union

David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society

T. Kenneth Cribb, former domestic policy adviser to President Reagan

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government

Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

Kenneth Blackwell, Coalition for a Conservative Majority

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Kathryn J. Lopez, National Review

 

Thursday
Feb182010

NH DHHS - Grafton County Ranked Healthiest in NH

Coos County in Poorest Health, According to National Report

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing the results of a national study called County Health Rankings. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the study, which is the first of its kind to rank the overall health of the counties in all 50 states by using a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. The report ranks Grafton County the healthiest county in New Hampshire, and Coos County as the least healthy county in the State.

“This report shows us that there are differences in overall health across New Hampshire’s counties, due to many factors, ranging from individual behavior to quality of health care, to education and jobs, to access to healthy foods, and to quality of the air,” says Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Public Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “For the first time, every person can compare the overall health of their county to the health of other counties in New Hampshire, and also see where the state needs to improve.”

“This report is not about who ranks highest or lowest, it’s about being able to use this information to address the specific needs of a region,” said New Hampshire’s Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “It’s our hope that our regional and local partners will use this to see what is impacting the health of the people who live and work there. We see this as an opportunity for communities to rally together to find solutions that will help improve the lives of their residents.”

New Hampshire’s County ranks are as follows:

1.Grafton County

2.Rockingham County

3.Merrimack County

4.Cheshire County

5.Hillsborough County

6.Belknap County

7.Strafford County

8.Carroll County

9.Sullivan County

10.Coos County

The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. The study compares the multiple factors that influence local health, so that people can see where they are doing well and where they need to improve.

While this county-by-county comparison is useful it should be noted in New Hampshire, most public health services are not organized by county. New Hampshire has been moving towards organizing public health services by 15 designated Public Health Regions also know as All Health Hazard Regions. The NH Department of Health and Human Services is currently planning for a state health report, which will analyze health status by public health regions. It may incorporate indicators from the county health rankings report but other indicators are being considered to make the report most valuable for assessing our public health priorities. The study’s authors have offered to consult with New Hampshire on this process. The results of this further report are expected to be available at some point in the coming year.

To view the report visit www.countyhealthrankings.org

It includes a snapshot of each county in with a color-coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking.

Thursday
Feb182010

Shea-Porter Statement on Unsuccessful Bid for TIGER Discretionary Grant Funding

WASHINGTON, DC  Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement regarding the announcement that New Hampshire was unsuccessful in obtaining $70 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant funding:

“I was extremely disappointed with the news from the U.S. Department of Transportation today.  This TIGER grant funding would have provided much-needed funds to improve the transportation infrastructure for the Seacoast.   I will continue to work with New Hampshire DOT to press for any possible federal assistance for this critical project.”  

Thursday
Feb182010

SBA To Honor the Nation's Small Businesses During National Small Business Week 2010 

Save the Date - May 23-25, 2010 

SBA To Honor the Nation’s Small Businesses During National Small Business Week 2010

National Small Business Person of the Year To Be Named

WASHINGTON The nation’s top entrepreneurs will be honored at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events to be held May 23-25, in Washington, D.C. A series of events and educational forums will mark the 57th anniversary of the agency and the 47th annual proclamation of National Small Business Week. 

More than 100 outstanding small business owners from across the country will receive awards while gathering for three days at the city’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  They will meet with top agency officials, congressional representatives and national business leaders.  The highlight of the celebration will be the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.  

Men and women also will be recognized for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship. Awards also will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including best SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center and Women’s Business Center during 2009.

The State Small Business Award Winners and recipients of the Champion and other Entrepreneurial awards are nominated by local trade associations, chambers of commerce, other business organizations and government agencies. Co-Sponsors include: SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business; VISA; Ford; Administaff; Google; eBay; Raytheon; Cbeyond; Intuit; Northrop Grumman; Lockheed Martin; Verio; NADCO and NAGGL.

Media outlets are encouraged to cover National Small Business Week events, and can register online as of March 1.  Additional information on the Small Business Week 2010 events is available at www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com

 

 

Thursday
Feb182010

NetRight Daily: Polls, Mount Vernon and More 

The Mount Vernon Statement:  As you may know, NetRight Nation is a part of Americans for Limited Government. Today, Bill Wilson, the President of Americans for Limited Government, was a part of the original authors that signed the Mount Vernon Statement. Read the statement here.

NYT Report on Polls Conceals Public's Intense Opposition to Democrats:  Every president comes back down to earth from the stratospheric highs that greet every incoming administration. Even so, Obama's fall from grace has been particularly precipitous, according to recent polls. Most Americans now say that he does not deserve re-election and disapprove of his performance.

New York Times, Meet Phil Jones:  Just a few weeks before the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference convened in December of 2009, the New York Times saw fit to report on "a growing body of scientific evidence" showing human emissions are largely responsible for global warming that could prove catastrophic. The newspaper was hardly alone in promoting the alarmist position -- at the expense of other research that shows the human connection has been greatly exaggerated.

NCLB Should Be Repealed, Not Revamped:  The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), signed into law by Bush in 2002, relied on financial coercion to improve state education standards and school district performance, with a focus on reading and math. This federal mandate, oddly supported by Republican lawmakers despite its obvious violation of limited government principles and states' rights, was unnecessary and, according to some, unconstitutional.

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