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Thursday
Apr022009

AFP - From the Road... 

Dear Friends,

 

Today, as I write to you, I am encouraged beyond expectation that we can win this battle to protect our economic freedoms.

 

Let me explain.

 

Last night, we held our first ever Pennsylvania Americans for Prosperity grassrootsevent in Pittsburgh with special guest Joe the Plumber.

 

The focus: rallying grassroots activists against the job-killing "Card Check" legislation being pushed by President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Big Labor Unions. This terrible legislation will also take the secret ballot away from American workers when the decision is being made as to whether or not their place of employment will be unionized.

 

At a Radisson Hotel on a Monday eveningduring rush hour at 5:30pm (no one ever said we'd make it easy!), just over 230 freedom loving grassroots activists turned out to make their voices heard!

 

These folks were from all walks of life.

 

Sitting within hand-shaking distance of me during my speech was a fiery World War II veteran who told me he "knew a little about fighting for freedom and he was proud to be fighting forfreedomagain."Another lady drove an hour and a half from north east of Pittsburgh to attend the event because she "got our email and decided she had to do something."

 

We had company from the other side. Well over 100 union activists showed up waving signs and praising President Obama's position in support of the job-killing"Card Check"bill. They chanted, jeered and booed through much of our event, but that's okay.

 

It's good for our activists to see up close our opponents who want a bigger government, and frankly, less freedom for American workers.

 

After the event, person after person told me, "I'm in this fight for the long haul" or "I've never gotten involved beforebut now I am." One small business owner -- he runs a printing business -- summed it up best. He said, "Tim, I just want government to leave me alone, to let me run my business and raise my family. But if I want to be left alone I've got to get involved and stay involved and that's what I'm going to do."

 

That small business owner is right. If we want the freedom to run our own lives, earn a living, raise our families, in short live the American Dream -- then we've got to roll up our sleeves and do the "hard work of freedom" or it will be lost.

 

I believe we're going to win this "Card Check" battle. Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter,whose vote weare working to influence through these events in his state, has indicated he will oppose "Card Check" legislation. It looks like we may win the votes of 1 to 3 Democrat Senators as well.

 

But, we've got to keep the pressure on.

 

Today we're doing grassroots events in Harrisburg and Philadelphia to further drive home our message that "Card Check" legislation kills jobs and takes the right to a secret ballot away from American workers.

 

The Senate may take "Card Check" up in the next few weeks. If they do, we'll alert you to be ready. But, don't wait for the warning. Contact your Senator today at 202-224-3121. If you need more details on the legislation, go to www.savemyballot.com or visit our website at www.americansforprosperity.org.

 

By the way, I met a number of folks at the Pittsburgh rally who first got involved through the NoStimulus.com effort! It was great to hear their stories and to say hello to them. I hope to see you at an event soon!

 

Tim

 

P.S. Below are a couple of photos from last night's event in Pittsburgh.You can also visit our website to see video of our events by clicking here.

 

P.P.S. We just finished the Harrisburg event and it was great!

 

 

Thursday
Apr022009

ALG Exclusive Interview With GOP Leaders On Alternative Budget

Congressional GOP Proposes Alternative Budget, To Avert Country's Turn Towards “Socialism”

 

April 1st, 2009, Fairfax, VA— House Republican members today unveiled an alternative proposal to the Democrat budget, calling for $4.8 trillion less spending over the next decade and an immediate freeze on non-defense discretionary spending.

 

Speaking exclusively to ALG News Bureau, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) elaborated, on why it was necessary for the House of Representatives to introduce an alternative Budget.

“On the Senate side, we are not introducing an alternative budget; the House only gets four hours to do a debate, so they have to do it in a comprehensive way. On the Senate side, we get 50 hours of debate – so we are taking each item of the budget and putting in a substitute for that item. If just half of the things that the Republicans in the Senate are introducing are accepted, it would be an acceptable budget. It would drive down those costs and debt and taxes!” (See Video Below)

 

Senator Enzi, added that it is important to get “back to basics” and attempt to halt a massive train wreck of spending. The alternative budget also includes proposal to make the President Bush's 2001 and 2003 taxes permanent.

 

Congressman Louie Gohmert, detailed on the importance of an alternative budget that places emphasis on restructuring our capitalist economy and avoiding the rapid move towards Socialism, telling ALG News.

 

“...We are moving rapidly [towards socialism], in three month time we have moved so far, that its just unbelievable, who would have ever thought that we own the current interest in AIG, and in Wall Street and in the Big banks of America, and in the Big car companies....People are saying we are moving toward a European style Socialism, we are moving more towards a pilgrim style socialism, because half of them nearly starved that first winter...the answer is not more socialism, its going back to basic that made us the greatest country in the history of the world, before its too late.” (See Video Below)

 

The Republican proposal comes on the heels of one of the largest budgets proposed by Democrats in the nation's history. According to Republicans, at the Alternative Budget unveiling, Obama's 3.7 Trillion is simply “Unacceptable”. With limited numbers in both the House and Senate, the Republicans are not likely to pass their version, unless they are able to pressure moderate Democrats into a deal.

 

The GOP proposal also includes measures to assist businesses by cutting the corporate income tax from a record 35% to 25% and cutting the capitol gains tax in 2009 and 2010. Speaking to ALG News, Congressman Robert Adelhort (R-AL) predicted the astonishing tax rates that will be implemented on the public, if the current spending levels continue at this rate.

 

“...the tax rates, the lowest will be about 25%, the middle will be at about 65% and the highest for small business will be 88%, and so with those numbers, when people see those numbers, and see what that does to their children and grandchildren, I think that they will fall behind what the Republican alternative will be.” (See Video Below)

 

The Alternative Budget bill is expected to come to the house floor this afternoon.

 

To watch the exclusive interviews from today, please follow the link below:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOl_f6Kkup0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r49GIDBqEAI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLpQdeo_jtY

 

Americans for Limited Government is a non- partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms,private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Thursday
Apr022009

Shea-Porter Announces Nearly $42 million for Single Family Housing 

Washington D.C.—Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that New Hampshire will receive $41,807,580 through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program. These funds will provide direct operating loans to farmers and ranchers, single family housing loans to rural residents, and infrastructure support, made possible by the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

“This program is another important part of the recovery package that will create jobs in New Hampshire and provide important benefits for New Hampshire residents,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.

Thursday
Apr022009

USGLC - Applauds Unanimous Senate Passage of Strong International Affairs Funding 

Senate’s Bipartisan Support for President’s Request Critical to National Security, Economic Prosperity

Washington, DC — The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign today released the following statement from Executive Director Liz Schrayer on the Senate’s unanimous passage of the Kerry-Lugar amendment to restore $4 billion in FY2010 International Affairs funding that was cut by the Senate Budget Committee from President Obama’s request:

 

“The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign and our more than 400 member organizations around the country applaud the Senate for voting to fully fund President Obama’s International Affairs Budget request of $53.8 billion. With the President at the G-20 summit in London and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concluding meetings in The Hague on increasing international assistance to Afghanistan, the Senate’s action to restore the $4 billion cut by the Senate Budget Committee sends the right message to the world that in this time of crisis, America stands ready to lead.

 

“President Obama’s request was a mere 8% increase in what a wide range of national security and foreign policy experts have warned is an underfunded, undermanned civilian capacity. Even with this increase, the International Affairs Budget is just 1.4% of the overall Federal budget and 0.35% of GDP – a small but important investment that pays large dividends for America’s standing abroad and our economic and national security at home.

 

“We urge the House and Senate conferees to fully fund the President’s International Affairs budget request when they meet later this month. To do so is in the best interests of our country’s security and prosperity, and an important reflection of America’s strong commitment to humanitarian values.”

 

The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based, nationwide coalition of businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community leaders that advocates for a strong U.S. International Affairs Budget. Members of the USGLC – a vibrant, influential network of 400 organizations and thousands of individuals – engage policymakers in the nation’s capital and educate the public around the country to build support for these essential programs.

 

 

Thursday
Apr022009

DNC - House GOP Budget: More of the Same Policies That Got us Into this Mess to Begin With

The House GOP Budget Would Be a Disaster for the U.S. Economy - Relies on the Failed Policies that Put the U.S. Economy in the Mess it’s in Today

 

Washington, DC – House Republicans today unveiled a budget outline, one day before the full House votes on the budget and more than a month after President Obama first proposed his plan. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine released the following statement in response to the GOP budget plan:

 

“The House GOP budget would be just an April Fool’s day joke if it didn’t actually reflect the true priorities of House Republicans and what they would do if they had the votes in Congress to pass their own plan. Their budget relies on the failed economic policies that drove the U.S. economy into its deepest spiral in decades.

 

“If House Republicans had their way and the budget they outlined today were adopted, President Obama’s economic recovery program, which is already saving and creating jobs throughout the country, would be gutted, Medicare as we know it would all but be all but eliminated, Social Security checks would be slashed and a proposed spending freeze on discretionary programs would cut essential services – from health care and support for veterans to education to job training - that Americans most depend on when the economy is in crisis.

 

“Not surprisingly, while House Republicans are proposing to cut essential initiatives in the areas of health care, education, energy, medical research and economic recovery, they are proposing to make permanent the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans and expand those tax breaks even further. It’s just these type of failed, trickle down economic policies that led to the current economic downturn and led Americans to vote in overwhelming numbers against GOP candidates in the last two elections.

 

“Gutting the President’s economic recovery program and slashing spending and investments that are critical to helping people survive these tough times and turn the economy around, is a prescription for economic disaster – something the Republicans know a thing or two about. Thankfully, President Obama and Democrats have proposed a budget that makes both the tough and right choices we need to turn our economy around and cut the deficit in half over the next four year. While the President continues to lead, the ‘Party of No’ has become the ‘Party of No New Ideas.”