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Saturday
Mar072009

Daily Grind: Bless the Beasts and the Children 

Bless the Beasts and the Children
Because of HUD nominee Ron Sims' neglect, tens of thousands of cats like these were needlessly put to death.

 

A Mere Illusion
Making water run uphill won't work—and it's not a plan for recovery.

 

Editorial: Not Laughing with Them
If the envirolobby has its way, the “Global Warming” protestors won't be the only ones out in the cold.

Saturday
Mar072009

AFP - Stimulus 2.0, Earmarks, and Taxes from Pelosi/Obama 

Dear Taxpayer,

 

Last night, the Obama/Pelosi/Reid $410 billion Omnibus to fund non-defense government spending through September was pulled off the Senate floor. This wasteful monstrosity did not have the 60 votes required for passage.

 

It appears at least 41 Senators object to the massive increase in spending -- 8% over last year's budget – and the larding in of 8,500 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion.

 

A senior Senate aide told me this morning that many Senators do not want a repeat of the Stimulus battle where their offices were literally shut down with telephone calls and their email was swamped with messages going after the wasteful spending.

 

You see, they’re talking about Americans like you.

 

When you fight, the politicians get awfully nervous – even on a bill the President, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid assumed was an easy victory.

 

While Americans are losing jobs and seeing life savings evaporate this Obama/Pelosi/Reid $410 billion Omnibus funds earmarks like:

 

$2.1 million for a Center for Grape Research in NY

$1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa

$951,500 for Sustainable Las Vegas (I'm not making this up)

$2 million for "the promotion of astronomy" in Hawaii

$200,000 for a tattoo removal program

 

President Obama, after campaigning on a pledge to veto earmarks, now says $7.7 billion for 8,500 earmarks is ok with him. Sadly, the President cares more about letting his friends in Congress stuff pet projects into an already massive spending bill than keeping his promise to protect the American people from earmarks abuse and waste.

 

Call your two Senators today and tell them to vote NO on the Obama/Pelosi/Reid $410 billion Omnibus that increases spending by another 8% and funds 8,500 pork barrel earmarks at a time when hundreds-of-thousands of Americans are losing their jobs. The number at the Senate switchboard is 202-224-3121.

 

The vote will probably happen Monday so please act fast.

 

But as bad as this Omnibus is with all its earmarks, there is a far more important battle coming that you and I must gear up for now.

 

It’s going to be over the Obama budget for 2009/2010. In a nutshell the Obama budget

 

Spends more than any budget in American history and admits to a $1.75 trillion deficit.

 

Creates a "Cap and Trade" system that is an ENERGY TAX on Americans. The Obama budget admits this tax will be at least $645 billion in the first 8 years alone. Prices will go up on gasoline for cars, energy to heat and cool your home. Prices will increase on just about every good you buy -- from food to consumer goods because of the higher energy costs to grow the food and make the goods.

 

Combined with the Stimulus, the Obama budget brings back the old social welfare system that trapped so many Americans in despair while wasting billions.

 

There’s so much more but to see the worst aspects of the Obama budget go to our Americans for Prosperity website by clicking here.

 

I’m asking you to educate yourself and friends on this Obama budget.

 

It’s going to take an all out effort by us to protect our nation’s future and our economic freedoms by defeating or changing this Obama budget.

 

In coming days I’ll have more details about the battle ahead and specific ways that you can make a difference.

 

But for now, call your Senator on this $410 billion Omnibus boondoggle

 

And, recruit friends and family to join the NoStimulus.com website by signing the petition there. It’s the best way to make sure they join the fight for freedom!

 

Much lies ahead, you and I need to make sure we keep turning up the heat.

 

Tim

 

P.S. At Americans for Prosperity we were honored to help lead a number of the “ Taxpayer Tea Parties ” across the nation last week. Click here for photos and coverage.

 

Saturday
Mar072009

Americaspeakson.org - Congresswoman Bachmann Responds to Big Government Spend-a-thon 

Congresswoman Bachmann Responds to Big Government Spend-a-thon

AmericaSpeakon.org

Since the inauguration of President Obama, our country has embarked on a big money, big government spend-a-thon. After passing a $1.1-trillion-plus economic “stimulus” package and a $275-billion plan to address perhaps 9 million American mortgages, Washington’s recent big dollar accomplishment was an appropriations omnibus that represents the largest discretionary spending increase, aside from legislation after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, since the Carter Administration. And yet President Obama has repeatedly expressed a desire to pass fiscally responsible legislation and significantly reduce the deficit.

He can’t have it both ways.

If we look back on the last 19 months, you’ll find that the U.S. government has pledged more than $11.6 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers to dig our nation out of our economic woes – and that’s not counting the $410-billion omnibus the Senate is sorting out right now.

And now, the President has released his budget for fiscal year 2010 that not only raises taxes, but grows government to new and unheard of heights. President Obama's budget includes nearly $1 trillion just in new health care spending and proposes to pay for it with an economy-crippling energy tax that will cost the average family about $4000 more a year. Our government is like a runaway train that’s speeding down the tracks, barreling through any supposed notion of fiscal responsibility.

Washington is asking Americans to bear down and make sacrifices as our country finds its way out of our economic rut, and Washington would be wise to heed that advice and do the same. If you've cut back your spending, it's only fair that we cut back ours. Taxpayers are struggling enough in this weakened economy and it is time Congress started to show respect for the American people and stop increasing the weight of their financial burdens. The spending spree has to stop.

 

 

Saturday
Mar072009

SEIA: Majority Leader Reid’s Bill Jump-starts Debate on Modernizing Electric Transmission Grid 

New Legislation from Nevada Senator Encompasses Several of the Policy Proposals Outlined in SEIA/AWEA White Paper

WASHINGTON- The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) leadership on electric transmission and key provisions of his proposed Clean Renewable Energy and Economic Development Act:

 

“The Solar Energy Industries Association is grateful for the proactive leadership Senator Reid has brought to the issue of our out-dated transmission grid.Majority Leader Reid has made clear that the long-neglected electricity infrastructure will be a priority in the 111th Congress,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.“President Obama is committed to producing 25 percent of U.S. energy from renewable sources by 2025.This will not be achieved without reinvesting in our national grid infrastructure.Investment in the transmission grid will stimulate economic development, reduce electricity costs for consumers, and improve grid reliability.Senator Reid’s legislation provides a solid framework to start working on policies that will allow vast quantities of solar power to be delivered to consumers across the country.”

 

In February, SEIA and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released “Green Power Superhighways: Building a Path to America’s Clean Energy Future” detailing the inadequacies of the U.S. electric transmission grid and identifying policy solutions that must be implemented to address these barriers.Senator Reid’s bill encompasses several of these ideas, including:

 

  • Requiring interconnection-wide planning of the transmission grid
  • Allowing costs to be allocated widely
  • Providing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with some siting authority

 

“Creating an integrated national transmission system is an essential step to bringing renewable energy to the population centers where they are needed most,” said BrightSource Energy vice president of regulatory affairs Joshua Bar-Lev. “By implementing many of Senator Reid’s proposals, companies like BrightSource Energy will be able to move forward with projects in Nevada and other areas in the Southwest. These projects will create thousands of new jobs and position the U.S. as a leader in clean energy.”

 

 

Saturday
Mar072009

NH Community Health Services Program Receives National Award for Abstinence Education

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing that Catholic Medical Center’s (CMC) Leadership in Abstinence Education Program (LAEP) has received national recognition for its work in abstinence education from the National Abstinence Education Foundation. The Outstanding Achievement Award for Building State Support for Abstinence Education in New Hampshire was recently presented to LAEP Program Coordinator Nancy Malo.

 

“Kids today are faced with so many choices that can put them at risk,” said DHHS Public Health Director Dr Jose Montero. “CMC’s LAEP has been instrumental in providing our youth with accurate abstinence education tools that, as part of a comprehensive strategy, will help them make healthy safe choices during a critical time of their lives.”

 

DHHS has been working collaboratively with CMC since 2006 to establish a teacher training and leadership center that would increase sexual abstinence until marriage through state wide delivery of evidenced based, skill based, standardized education in junior and senior high schools. The LAEP is now serving every county in New Hampshire. The partnership between the two organizations has generated interest from other states that are hoping to duplicate this unique model.