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Wednesday
Dec162009

ALG Urges House to Reject Copenhagen Global Welfare Fund 

"Doubling down with a wealth redistribution plan to the Third World via Copenhagen

will ensure that the rest of the nation's wealth not committed to paying down the debt

will simply be handed over.  There will be nothing left for the American people."

ALG President Bill Wilson

December 15th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today in a letter urged members of the House of Representatives to reject "the unprecedented global transfer of wealth" currently being planned at the global summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"Not one cent of foreign welfare via Copenhagen, the International Monetary Fund, or any other international institution should be committed," wrote Wilson, "until the national debt is brought down to a manageable level: about 10 percent of the Gross Domestic Product." 

Wilson demanded that members set the record straight: "ALG calls on you to publicly state your position on this foreign welfare scheme." 

According to the Wall Street Journal, "Clause after complicated clause of the draft [Copenhagen] treaty requires developed countries to pay an 'adaptation debt' to developing countries to supposedly support climate change mitigation. Clause 33 on page 39 says that 'by 2020 the scale of financial flows to support adaptation in developing countries must be [at least $67 billion] or [in the range of $70 billion to $140 billion per year].'"

Wilson warned that the U.S. was at risk of having its debt downgraded.  He wrote, "At $12 trillion today, the national debt will surpass 100 percent of the GDP in 2011.  The nation faces the increasing likelihood of a debt downgrade by Moody's Investor Services.  Future generations of taxpayers are being bound in the shackles of an insurmountable debt that cannot be paid." 

Last week, Moody's Investor Services stated that U.S. "public finances are deteriorating considerably and may therefore test the Aaa boundaries…"

Wilson wrote that the cost of implementing the Copenhagen "wealth transfer" would be enough to push the U.S. over the edge: "Much of the national debt is already owed overseas to China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and elsewhere.  Doubling down with a wealth redistribution plan to the Third World via Copenhagen will ensure that the rest of the nation's wealth not committed to paying down the debt will simply be handed over.  There will be nothing left for the American people."

Although the U.S. Senate has the power to ratify treaties, many of the measures under discussion at Copenhagen require approval of both houses of Congress to appropriate funds.  "As members of Congress, you have the power of the purse—and you can stop this blatant theft from American taxpayers," Wilson wrote.

Wilson concluded, "I strongly urge you to pledge to oppose any foreign aid transfer until the U.S. debt has been brought under control, and to oppose any foreign aid transfer, regardless, until a broad consensus is reached on the so-called 'science' of man-made climate change."

 

Wednesday
Dec162009

CHQ - The Bill of Rights is the Antidote of Big Government 

The Bill of Rights

Cato@Liberty (Tim Lynch) - "The Framers of the Constitution would not have been surprised by the relentless attempts by government to expand its sphere of control. The Framers themselves would often refer to written constitutions as mere 'parchment barriers' or what we would describe as 'paper tigers.' They nevertheless concluded that putting safeguards down on paper was better than having nothing at all." 

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Retirement of Bart Gordon is a Victory for the Tea Party Movement

 

CHQ Staff (Michael Patrick Leahy) - "Bart Gordon, a thirteen term Democrat from Tennessee's Sixth Congressional District, announced his retirement yesterday. Recent polls put him slightly behind Tennessee Republican State Senator Jim Tracy, the latest Republican challenger in the race, and certainly the most well known.

"Credit for Mr. Gordon's surprise announcement of his retirement, however, must go to the Tea Party insurgents who showed his weaknesses."

Another Look at Defunding Acorn

American Thinker (Mark Fitzgibbons) - "ACORN claims it would be an unconstitutional Bill of Attainder for Congress to defund the organization.

"As long as liberals are being persnickety about constitutional authority, perhaps they can explain where in the Constitution Congress, or the federal government generally, has the enumerated power to fund ACORN. The question is: will Republicans use this ruling as incentive to work towards not funding leftwing causes with taxpayer dollars in the first place?"


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Wednesday
Dec162009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

War Policy

IT'S ABOUT PAKISTAN, NOT AFGHANISTAN
What is the USA Thinking?

Paranoia, Propaganda, and Poor Intelligence is Leading to Disaster

By Brigadier General Asif Haroon Raja (ret), for Veterans Today and Opinion Maker

USA, India, Israel and Britain are suffering from paranoia.  Some US leaders are strongly purporting that Al-Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden, admitted by Secretary of State Gates to have been unheard from for many years, theoretically based in FATA region of Pakistan, is contemplating another 9/11 like attack. India is also thinking on same lines. It fears another 26/11 like attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) singly or aided by Al-Qaeda using Pakistan soil.

Israel fears that Pakistan will supply nukes to its neighbors.  The UK feels that most acts of terror in Britain emanate from Pakistan. Their fears are based entirely on conjectures and flights of imagination with ulterior motives against Pakistan, hundreds of thousands of whose former residents now live in the UK as many of the most productive members of their society.

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Wednesday
Dec162009

NHDP - Republican Primary Kicks into Gear

Candidates Spar Over Role of GOP Establishment In NH Race

CONCORD - After news broke that the Republican establishment in Washington was again shoring up support for New Hampshire senate candidate Kelly Ayotte, the NH Republican primary finally took off, with candidates now engaged in a bruising battle over the Washington GOP's role in the race. The back-and-forth is the latest example of a growing divide between the Washington-based GOP establishment and New Hampshire's grassroots Republicans.

After reports yesterday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee had launched a fundraising committee for Kelly Ayotte, despite claims of non-endorsement, primary challenger Ovide Lamontagne immediately pounced, saying that this "once again shows how clearly the NRSC has anointed Kelly Ayotte as their preferred pick for Senate in New Hampshire" [NH Political Report, 12/14/09, RedHampshire Blog, 12/14/09].

Ayotte shot back last night, with campaign manager Brooks Kochvar saying that "It's ironic that Ovide says he's not focused on the Washington establishment, but months ago he went to Washington and asked for the NRSC's support" [RedHampshire, 12/14/09].

After months of reporting on Ayotte's Washington-based candidacy, Lamontagne joined the race this fall as the self-declared "anti-establishment" candidate. Referring to news reports that Ayotte had funneled in tens of thousands of dollars from top GOP members in Washington and was relying on DC-based advisors to guide her campaign, Lamontagne referred to his 1996 run for Governor: "I was not the establishment candidate, but I won a primary.  I was not the establishment candidate then, and I'm not the establishment candidate now" [Lamontagne Belknap Remarks, 10/15/09]. 

The establishment struggle is not new to the New Hampshire GOP or Kelly Ayotte this election cycle. The Union Leader editorialized earlier this year that "The party bosses in D.C. think they know better than the locals how to pick winning candidates. They don't. They should butt out and let the people who actually live here decide" [Union Leader, 8/3/09]. NHGOP Chairman John H. Sununu also took a direct shot, saying that "I hope the NRSC understands that New Hampshire doesn't really respond well to having candidates designated from outside the state" [The Hill, 8/3/09].

Wednesday
Dec162009

NHDP - House Republican Plan Would Kick Over 1500 NH Kids Off of Their Health Insurance

Radical Republican proposal would slash Health Silver program, bill would make health care less affordable, accessible to low income NH families

 
CONCORD -  New Hampshire House Republicans have introduced legislation (HB 1283) to dramatically curtail access to the state's Health Silver program.  The proposal would cut more than 1500 children from a health care plan that provides low income families with access to affordable health insurance.   
 
"The radical House Republican proposal would be devastating for New Hampshire families," said Derek Richer, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "People are struggling and reducing access to affordable health care for children from low income families is completely irresponsible."
 
"Kicking 1500 children off of their health insurance would be a disaster," continued Richer. "House Republicans should stop trying to rewrite the budget with reckless cuts that target the state's most vulnerable citizens."
 
"Governor Lynch and legislative Democrats worked hard to balance the budget while protecting essential services like these.  Republicans should come to the table and work with Democrats on real solutions that both address the economic challenges we face and protect working families," Richer added.
 
House Republicans have introduced a series of measures that slash access to medical care in New Hampshire.  In addition to HB 1283 that rolls back the Health Silver program, House Republicans have also introduced legislation to slash Medicaid.  This proposal (HB 1587) would eliminate access to a wide range of essential services for poor seniors, the mentally disabled, and handicapped individuals including funding for prescription drug coverage, wheelchair vans and mental health care, among other services.

The legislation (HB1587) would also eliminate the state's home-and-community-based care program, forcing seniors out of their homes into more expensive nursing homes. And it would eliminate funding for home-based programs for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries, forcing them into more expensive care.

"The drastic health care cuts proposed by House Republicans just goes to show how truly out of touch they are with the people of New Hampshire," continued Richer.  "While legislative Democrats are working hard to improve the lives of everyone in the New Hampshire, Republicans want to return the state to the Dark Ages."