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Friday
Nov132009

ALG Urges Senate to Listen to Constituents, Defeat "Public Option" 

"It is up to Senators in the several States to decide

who it is they serve: their party, or the people."

ALG President Bill Wilson.

November 12th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged members of the Senate to listen to their constituents during a brief holiday recess and defeat the "$2.1 trillion government takeover of the nation's entire health care sector" when the bill is brought up again next week on the floor of the Senate.

Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated that he will put the bill on the legislative calendar after its second reading next week.  After the reading, which occurs on Tuesday, it could be immediately brought to the floor.

"This bum's rush -- this stampede to take over the health care system by Congress -- must be stopped for the sake of all Americans who strongly object to swapping the best quality of health care in the world for yet another over-priced, highly regulated Big Government welfare program," Wilson declared.

According to the most recent Rasmussen polling, a full 52 percent of voters oppose the legislation, including 58 percent of Independents.  A majority of voters have consistently opposed the plan since mid-September.

"Senators must listen to their constituents. They know this ill-conceived health care takeover opens the door for a single payer system, rations care away from seniors, increases health premiums, puts bureaucrats between doctors and patients, breaks the public treasury, and will leave taxpayers with a bill that can never be paid back," Wilson said. 

"Soon,  by design, the so-called 'public option' will be the only option, and that is completely unacceptable to the American people, a majority of whom oppose this legislation and want to keep their private health options.  Bankrupting the nation is not a price worth paying to provide free care to a tiny minority of the uninsured," Wilson added.

The "public option" socialized medicine bill has already passed the House on Saturday by a vote of 220 to 215.  And Wilson says that is all the more reason for the Senate to see to its defeat.

"The Senate was designed to cool the passions of the House—to prevent radical changes to the organization of American society," said Wilson, adding, "This is one of those times.  The 'public option' proposal now before Congress is the most radical piece of legislation in history of the Republic that will destroy the fabric of our social order, redistribute wealth, and put the government in essence in charge of who lives and who dies."

According to the Congressional Budget Office cost estimate of H.R. 3962, the bill would raise taxes by more than $780 billion and cut Medicare by more than $450 billion. 

In addition, the House-passed bill would force millions of uninsured Americans to obtain insurance or else pay a fine or imprisonment, includes employer mandates, and creates a national, government-run "public option."

Americans for Limited Government estimates more than 45 million Americans would ultimately be required to enroll in government care at an average cost of $4,700 per individual to taxpayers, or a total of $2.1 trillion over ten years once fully implemented.

"It is up to Senators in the several States to decide who it is they serve: their party, or the people," Wilson concluded.

Friday
Nov132009

CHQ - Attention, Catholics: Given to ACORN lately?

(If you're not a Catholic, please forward this message to Catholic friends, co-workers, and others you know.)  


You probably think you've never given money to ACORN and its allies.  But if you've contributed to the annual November Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) appeal of the Catholic bishops, you've done just that.

Each November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asks Catholics across the United States to contribute to the CCHD.  Until last year, much of this money collected by the bishops' appeal was funneled directly to ACORN.  

Are you going to again let the bishops use your contributions - money that's intended for charity - to promote extreme left-wing causes such as taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand?

Or are you going to take the ACTION STEPS listed below, to stop charity money from being diverted into causes you (and most Catholics) find abhorrent?

Scandals have forced the bishops to stop funding ACORN directly, but they still fund other groups closely tied to ACORN - groups that have the same aims and that use the same methods to promote a left-wing, extremist agenda.

Catholics are led to believe that their contributions to CCHD are used to help the poor - funding soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other worthwhile projects that provide aid to the least fortunate among us.  

In fact, it appears almost none of the money goes to the poor.  Rather, it goes to organizations that engage in "community organizing" to promote a political agenda that many Catholics would find abhorrent, if only they knew.  CCHD's stated goal is "breaking the cycle of poverty," but CCHD-funding organizations support policies that make it next to impossible for the poor to escape their circumstances.

It's time for America's Catholics to rise up, let their voices be heard, and take the ACTION STEPS listed below.

ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) received some $7.3 million from the CCHD in 1998-2008, and even more in earlier years.  ACORN's direct funding from CCHD was cut off in 2008, but only because of an eight-year-old embezzlement scandal that made it impossible to get a proper accounting of the money.  It appears that the Bishops' problem was with ACORN's poor "accounting" practices, rather than with the goals and tactics of a group that blurs the distinction between a radical political organization and a Mafia-style racket.  

ACORN is currently under investigation or indictment in 20 states for voter fraud.  Its New Orleans headquarters, in a former funeral home, served as the address of more than 270 organizations, real or imaginary, most of which have received taxpayer funds.  (Recent legislation makes ACORN and allied organizations eligible for billions of dollars more from federal, state, and local governments in the years to come.)  

Recently, two fearless young people, carrying a hidden camera, showed that ACORN employees in a number of cities stood ready and eager to facilitate such criminal activities as tax fraud and the prostitution of underage illegal aliens.

Ralph McCloud, CCHD's executive director, admitted to the Catholic News Service that "some of the funds that the Catholic Campaign contributed to ACORN in the past undoubtedly were used for voter registration drives."  Most, perhaps all, of those drives were conducted in support of politicians who support abortion-on-demand and other policies that most Catholics oppose.

Don't be fooled by the CCHD's recent cut-off of direct aid to ACORN.  CCHD continues to fund other organizations that are clones of ACORN or closely allied with ACORN.  

According to Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center, CCHD money has funded the Industrial Areas Foundation (described by its founder as a "school for professional radicals"), the Midwest Academy (which trains in left-wing confrontation and intimidation), and other related organizations such as the Direct Action and Research Training Institute, People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), and the Gamaliel Foundation.  

The network of organizations funded by CCHD is rooted not in the principles of Jesus Christ, who eschewed politics, but in the teachings of a Marxist and atheist, Saul Alinsky.  Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, taught his followers to use what's now called "community organizing" to reshape American society and, ultimately, to destroy capitalism and constitutional democracy.  He dedicated his first book to Lucifer, "the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom."  

Alinsky followers, who dominate Far Left community groups, see the poor as potential soldiers in an army - as cannon fodder for fighting and winning the class struggle.  As with other groups of radical activists, from the Ku Klux Klan to the Black Panthers to Al Qaeda, they provide services to the poor only for political purposes.  They're not interested in soup kitchens except as recruiting and indoctrination centers.  

This network of ACORN-type organizations, funded to a great degree by CCHD, provides money and organizational muscle for such causes as same-sex marriage, amnesty for illegal aliens, and abortion-on-demand up to, and shortly after, the moment of birth.  And they provide critical backing for politicians who not only support such causes, but who are also among some of the biggest anti-Catholic bigots and opponents of values held by Catholics.

For example, ACORN, funded by CCHD, provided at least 40,000 voter registrations, both real and fraudulent, in the U.S. Senate race that Al Franken won by 312 votes.  In turn, Franken provided Senate Democrats with their 60th vote - and the filibuster-proof majority they need to pass radical pro-abortion legislation.

That wasn't the first time that CCHD changed the course of history, shifting it dramatically to the Left.  

CCHD money was the foundation for President Obama's political career, his role as a "community organizer" in Chicago.  That job - the young Barack Obama's first political job - was as the lead organizer for the Developing Communities Project in Chicago, a project of the Calumet Community Religious Conference, which had been created by local Catholic churches and funded by CCHD.  According to The New Republic magazine, the Calumet project "aimed to convert the black churches of Chicago's South Side into agents of social change."  (Obama discussed Catholic Church support for Calumet in his book, Dreams from My Father.)

The late Father Richard John Neuhaus wrote last year that the CCHD had "nothing to do with Catholicism, except that Catholics are asked to pay for it.  Some bishops no longer allow the CCHD collection in their dioceses, and more should not allow it.  In fact, CCHD, misbegotten in concept and corrupt in practice, should, at long last, be terminated."

It's time to STOP THE BISHOPS FROM FUNDING ACORN-TYPE GROUPS.  

Here are the ACTION STEPS you can take to stop them.

1.    REFUSE to give a single cent to the bishops' November appeal.

2.    FORWARD THIS E-MAIL to friends, family members, co-workers, and all Catholics you know.  (Even friends who aren't Catholic can help by forwarding this message to their Catholic friends.)


3.    SIGN OUR PETITION at http://conservativehq.com/petitions/
.  This petition that will be sent to all American cardinals and all other members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

4.    COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PASTOR and/or BISHOP (through a letter, e-mail, phone call, or personal visit) and tell him that you will not contribute to any cause that's promoted in the names of the bishops until they STOP USING CONTRIBUTIONS TO FUND LEFT-WING POLITICS.


Even people who favor left-wing CCHD-backed causes should be outraged at the diversion of contributions - money intended for the poor - into organizations that use that money to promote their political agendas.

The bishops have broken faith with America's Catholics.  As long as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supports CCHD and raises money from parishioners based on the false pretense that CCHD fights poverty, Catholics and other Americans simply cannot trust the bishops.

The bishops must back off from their support of radical left-wing politics - and they must do it now!

Richard A. Viguerie

Friday
Nov132009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network

Special Comment

FT. HOOD: BEFORE THE LIES BEGIN

NO LIES, NO SPIN, NO FINGER POINTING
THIS WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK

by Gordon Duff, Staff Writer

VeteransToday.com - I am going on the record before there is any official story at all on the murders at Ft. Hood.  The more time passes, the more investigation goes on, the deeper it gets.  12 dead so far is a terrorist attack, not an Army psychiatrist with a stress problem.  Nobody is at fault, not this president, not the last one and not the army.  People kill people, not guns.  It could always happen and it did.  No coverup is wanted, no spin desired no CYA, nothing.  Deal with it.

If I turn on the TV tomorrow and see ANY network trying to feel sorry for the killer or blame anyone else, figure the possibility I will get in my car and start down the road looking to open a can of whoopass on somebody.  We honor our dead, we bury our dead, we don't spin them into the ground with political chickenshit.  
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Friday
Nov132009

OFA Volunteers To Target House Republican Members Who Voted Against Health Insurance Reform 

Reform Supporters Will Visit Republican Member Offices in Congressional Districts That Voted For President Obama in 2008

 

Washington, DC – Following passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday, Organizing for America (OFA), a project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), announced today that its volunteers would be called on to drop by the offices of the 32 House Republicans who voted against reform and represent districts won by President Obama in 2008.  OFA volunteers are being asked to drop by these offices beginning as early as tomorrow through the middle of next week to remind these members that voters in their districts voted for change last year and urge them to reconsider their position when the House votes again on a final bill later this year.  The office visits are being organized online through an email sent to OFA supporters in the 32 Congressional Districts from OFA Director Mitch Stewart.  The email can be found at the bottom of this release. 

Volunteers and supporters of health insurance reform in these districts will join together in a show of support by visiting member offices to ensure Representatives know their constituents support President Obama’s plan for reform that would achieve three goals; provide more security and stability to people who have insurance; provide more quality, affordable options to those who don’t; and lower the cost of care for American families, businesses, and government. 

 “Just one year ago, Americans in these congressional districts voted to send President Obama to the White House and these Republican Representatives to Congress. The message was clear in these districts: Americans want change, and they expect their Representatives to work with President Obama and reach across the aisle to help deliver it,” said OFA Director Mitch Stewart. 

 “Last weekend’s vote on health reform offered a clear choice to these members: Stand with your constituents and support a bill which draws upon ideas from both parties to guarantee Americans secure, affordable health coverage, or stand with the insurance companies and right wing pundits to put politics above doing the right thing.  Unfortunately, these Representatives made the wrong choice.”

Organizing for America, a grassroots project of the Democratic National Committee, is committed to supporting President Obama’s agenda for change. Over 2 million people have taken action as part of OFA’s health reform campaign. Since June 6, OFA has held 20,000 events in all 50 states and every congressional district encouraging support for President Obama's health insurance reform plan. On October 20, OFA helped to generate more than 315,000 calls to Congress in a single day, more than three times the initial goal.

The full list of congressional districts and members can be found below;

Reps. Dan Lungren (CA-3), Elton Gallegly (CA-24), Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (CA-25), David Dreier (CA-26), Ken Calvert (CA-44), Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), John Campbell (CA-48), Brian P. Bilbray (CA-50), Michael N. Castle (DE-AL), C.W. Bill Young (FL-10), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), Peter Roskam (IL-6), Mark Steven Kirk (IL-10), Judy Biggert (IL-13), Donald Manzullo (IL-16), Tom Latham (IA-4), Dave Camp (MI-4), Fred Upton (MI-6), Mike Rogers (MI-8), Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11), Erik Paulsen (MN-3), Lee Terry (NE-2), Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2), Leonard Lance (NJ-7), Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Jim Gerlach (PA-6), Charlie Dent (PA-15), J. Randy Forbes (VA-4), Frank R. Wolf (VA-10), Dave Reichert (WA-8), Paul D. Ryan (WI-1), Tom Petri (WI-6).

 

Friend --

A little over a year ago, the congressional district you live in voted to send Barack Obama to the White House and Rep. to Congress. The message was clear: Rep. 's constituents want change, and expect Rep. to work with President Obama and reach across the aisle to help deliver it.

Last weekend, Rep. was called upon to do just that, in the historic vote on health reform. The vote offered a clear choice: Support a bill which draws upon ideas from both parties to guarantee 's district residents secure, affordable health coverage without adding a cent to the deficit, or stand with the insurance companies and right wing pundits to put politics above doing the right thing and stand in the way of history. Unfortunately, Rep. made the wrong choice.

Insurance company lobbyists are constantly visiting congressional offices in Washington, and Rep. may be starting to forget the voters back home. There's one last upcoming vote in the House of Representatives before health reform can become law, so there's still time to remind Rep. what your district wants by arranging a visit of your own.

Can you stop by Rep. 's local office, in ? You can use our simple tool to find the office closest to you, and sign up for a time in the next few days to drop by and let someone on Rep. 's staff know that you are counting on Rep. to support health reform in the final vote.

 

Friday
Nov132009

NHDP - After Ignoring NH Voters, Ayotte Opens Up to Club for Growth

Kelly Gives the Extreme Right Answers that Granite Staters Have Been Looking For

 
CONCORD - While courting the Club for Growth this week, Kelly Ayotte gave the radical right-wing group answers she's been denying New Hampshire voters since getting in the Senate race. And after meeting with Ayotte, the Club's Executive Director David Keating called her a "very impressive candidate" (Nashua Telegraph, 11/12/09).
 
What did Kelly Ayotte have to promise to merit such warm words from the Club - known for its draconian conservative values and attempts to "purify" the GOP - and why is she full of answers for the extreme right, but noticeably silent with New Hampshire voters?

"It's hard to understand why Kelly thinks the far right deserves answers but New Hampshire voters don't," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "For months, Granite Staters have been asking where she stands on everything from healthcare to women's rights to jobs. Now an extremist political machine gets the answers before New Hampshire families do. It's clear where Granite Staters stand on Kelly Ayotte's priority list."
 
Since announcing her candidacy last month, Ayotte has failed to take positions on a number of crucial issues for New Hampshire families, including her refusal to tell voters whose model she would follow as a senator - the uber-conservative Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC) or the more moderate Olympia Snowe (R-ME) (Ayotte Remarks, Laconia, 9/9/09).In her rare moments of opinion, she falls back on failed Bush-era policies including insurance company-run healthcare and tax cuts for the rich - or relies on Republican talking points sent directly from her Washington handlers, refusing to get into specifics:

 

On the budget: "Washington needs to be more responsible for their decisions." (Nashua Telegraph, 11/12/09)
On healthcare: "What we need to do is improve competition and reduce costs without affecting quality." (Nashua Telegraph, 11/12/09)
On the economy: "I believe in a free market." (Union Leader, 9/28/09)

 

When Ayotte entered the race, her own party referred to her as a blank slate, questioning what kind of Republican she would be (RedHampshire, 7/20/09; Laconia Citizen, 9/10/09). After attempting to conceal her far-right positions in the first months of the campaign, an increasingly serious primary competition has revealed Ayotte as squarely in the pocket of the extreme right. Her recent fundraising numbers included over $100,00 from the PACs of the US Senate's most conservative members - including Rick Santorum, John Cornyn, Trent Lott, Mitch McConnell and Jon Kyl" (Concord Monitor, 10/25/09). Ayotte also jumped outside the New Hampshire mainstream with her endorsement of far-right Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 Congressional special election earlier this month (The Hill, 11/7/09).
 
"Kelly needs to stop standing where it's politically convenient and be frank with New Hamphsire voters about her right-wing agenda," added Browne. "If the Club for Growth gets to see her true political colors, so should we."