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Tuesday
Oct062009

WNO - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) On The Criminal Enterprise Of ACORN And Continued Federal Funding.  

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Video: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) On The Criminal Enterprise Of ACORN And Continued Federal Funding.

"It's really I think unconscionable on the part of the administration, especially when you consider the close relationship that the President had with ACORN and that he was an attorney for Project Vote under the ACORN umbrella, you would think the Administration would be doing everything they can to fully investigate...What gives? If a criminal obvious enterprise like ACORN year after year can't get investigated, who will?"

 

Who: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

What: Exclusive interview regarding ACORN.

When: Monday, October 5th, 2009.

 

Bachmann Soundbite #1: Not One Dime Rescinded From ACORN.

"If the legislation is identical, ACORN will only be defunded through October 31st...As of this moment as we're speaking, ACORN has not had one dime that's been rescinded from them."

 

Bachmann Soundbite #2: Letter To Geithner To Defund ACORN.

"The letter that I wrote to the Treasury Secretary is to say if you are going to go forward on another bailout, and I'm not encouraging him to, but if he does at minimum would you include language that would specifically defund ACORN?"

 

Length of Full Interview: 5:32

Click for full video file: http://washingtonnewsobserver.com/?p=189

Thursday
Oct012009

CSLNH - CITIZENS FOR SENSIBLE LEGISLATION CONDEMNS MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AT CITY HALL 

Says progressive groups are disenfranchising voters by trying to halt Manchester's spending cap initiative

MANCHESTER, N.H.―New Hampshire Citizens for Sensible Legislation tonight strongly condemned the misinformation campaign of the progressive group Keep Manchester Moving and its organizer Zandra Rice Hawkins, who is using gimmicks and trickery to thwart the will of the people in Manchester.

In an effort to oppose Manchester's spending cap, Rice Hawkins, who is also the executive director of Granite State Progress, commissioned a report to study the effects of Franklin's spending cap, a city without highway access that is otherwise nothing like Manchester. Yet Derry and Nashua, two of the largest communities in the state behind Manchester, have prospered with their spending caps in place.

"It strikes us as quite disingenuous that this group selected Franklin as its study area, when two communities similar to Manchester are doing just fine with their spending caps," said Andrew Demers, chairman of Citizens for Sensible Legislation. "They're bringing in so-called 'experts,' but clearly these paid data miners are having trouble making their case if they're stuck comparing apples to oranges."

What makes matters worse, the leading operatives involved in this propaganda parade of big government are from outside the city and their funding comes from outside of the state.

“This organization is headed by people who aren't from New Hampshire,” added Demers. “Their spokeswoman moved to the state as a political operative only a couple of years ago, and she doesn't even live in Manchester. Clearly, these people support outside special interests, and not the voters and citizens of Manchester.”

Members of Keep Manchester Moving who are trying to silence the public include operatives from MoveOn, America Votes, Granite State Progress, and several city labor unions. Opposition funding comes from out of state progressive networks, but mainly from Progress Now, a Colorado-based group dedicated to changing the political environment of a dozen or more key states.

Keep Manchester Moving's misinformation session this evening at Manchester City Hall is meant to invoke fear in the hearts of voters and to manipulate the courts into stopping the people of Manchester from having their say at the polls.

Thankfully there were real Manchester voters who also showed up to set the message straight: the spending cap is simply about reigning in excessive city spending.

Leading up to the November 2008 election, more than 4,000 Manchester residents signed a petition to put a spending cap question on the ballot. Because of the petition, Aldermen are required by law to give voters their say on the matter. If passed, the cap would amend the city charter to prevent aldermen from spending more than they did the prior year, plus inflation as measured using the National Consumer Price Index. Aldermen could override the cap with a two-thirds vote.

Thursday
Oct012009

CORNERSTONE COMMENTS ON MARRIAGE AMENDMENT PROPOSAL 

Says Legislature Should Let the People Vote

Concord, NH - Today, Representative Dan Itse (R-Fremont), introduced a constitutional amendment, that if approved by the legislature and the Governor, would allow the voters of New Hampshire to have their say in the gay 'marriage' debate.  The amendment, if approved, would be on the November ballot in 2010.  Commenting on the proposed amendment, Cornerstone's Kevin Smith, stated the following:

"Thirty states have felt it important enough to put this question to the people and in all thirty states, the people have said they do not want gay marriage.  This November, the people of Maine will have their opportunity to vote on the issue as well.  It is high time the New Hampshire legislature let the will of the people decide policy on this matter by giving them the opportunity to vote on gay marriage.  A vote for this constitutional amendment is a vote for democracy."

The wording of the constitutional amendment simply states: "The State shall only recognize the union of one man and one woman as marriage."

Thursday
Oct012009

NRLC - Democrat leaders keep abortion in health care 

National Right to Life says new events in Congress further uncover pro-abortion agenda in health care bills

 

WASHINGTON (September 30, 2009) -- Events this week in Congress provide fresh proof that top Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing forward with plans to establish massive new programs that would pay for elective abortions and subsidize insurance coverage of abortions -- which, if achieved, would break from decades of federal policy. 

"Bills currently advancing in Congress would establish direct federal funding of elective abortion, and tax subsidies for private insurance that covers elective abortions -- both drastic breaks from longstanding federal policy," commented Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states.  "Ongoing events on Capitol Hill demonstrate the hollowness of President Obama's public assurances that he does not seek government funding of abortion."

The Senate Finance Committee today continued a series of meetings to amend the "America's Healthy Future Act," a health care restructuring bill proposed by Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mt.).  The bill has a number of major abortion-related problems.  Most of today's abortion-related debate in the committee focused on a proposed new program that would use tax money to help purchase private health insurance for about 19 million Americans.  The bill specifically authorizes the use of these federal funds to pay premiums on private plans that cover elective abortions -- a departure from longstanding federal policy.

Pro-life Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) pointed out that federal subsidies for coverage of elective abortions are not currently allowed under Medicaid, the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, or other federal health programs.  Hatch offered an amendment, backed by NRLC, that would have prohibited federal funds from subsidizing plans that cover elective abortions, but would have allowed insurers to sell abortion coverage through separate supplemental policies not subsidized by federal funds.  The Hatch Amendment failed, 10-13.  Baucus and all other Democrats on the committee opposed the Hatch Amendment, except for Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), who supported it.  All of the Republicans on the committee supported the Hatch Amendment, except for Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), who opposed it.

By an identical roll call, the committee also rejected another Hatch Amendment that would have codified the Hyde-Weldon Amendment, which is a temporary law prohibiting any level of government from discriminating against health-care providers that do not wish to participate in providing abortions.

On July 15, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved a different health care bill (S. 1679), which also contains provisions that would result in sweeping pro-abortion mandates and government subsidies for elective abortion.  NRLC's Johnson commented, "Today's Finance Committee votes mean that the combined bill that will reach the Senate floor in a few weeks surely will contain provisions that would result in both pro-abortion federal mandates and huge federal abortion subsidies.  However, the full Senate must vote on the pro-abortion subsidies, and other pro-abortion components as well."

Meanwhile, in the House, Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.), Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.), and 181 other members of the U.S. House on September 28 sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), pointing out that the health care bill approved in the House Energy and Commerce Committee (H.R. 3200), including an amendment offered by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Ca.), "radically departs from the current federal government policy of not paying for elective abortion or subsidizing plans that cover abortion."  The letter notes, among other things, that the Capps language "explicitly authorizes the federal government (the Department of Health and Human Services) to directly fund elective abortions, with federal (public) funds drawn on a federal Treasury account," through the proposed "public plan."  

The signers -- 25 Democrats and 158 Republicans -- urged Pelosi to allow a vote on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to prohibit coverage of elective abortions by the public plan and subsidies for private plans that cover elective abortions.  Seven other House Democrats have sent Pelosi similar letters in recent days, for a total of 32 Democrats.

In response, on September 29 Rep. Capps sent Pelosi a letter in which she argued that the proposed public plan really would not be paying for abortions because "money is transmitted to a private contractor who then reimburses physicians."  Johnson called Capps' argument "truly laughable -- it is like arguing that it is not the government paying for the abortions if the government sends the payment via the Internet."

In reality, Johnson said, "The proposed public plan will be entirely a branch of the federal government, all of its funds will be federal funds, and when it pays for abortions, that will be direct government funding of abortion."

Johnson also noted that the nearly united opposition to the Hatch Amendment by Senate Finance Committee Democrats, and the continued resistance by the House Democratic leadership to allowing a vote on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, "support our theory that President Obama is misleading the public when he says he does not want federal dollars used for abortion.  In an attempt to keep his 2007 promises to Planned Parenthood, the President is trying to smuggle sweeping pro-abortion policies into law behind smokescreens of contrived language, verbal misdirection, and outright misrepresentation."

The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest pro-life group is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide.  National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

 

Thursday
Oct012009

NetRight Daily: Mark Lloyd: A Bad Tree Bears Bad Fruit

Redistribution of Wealth in 29 States:  If you didn't think that this government would redistribute wealth, think again.  H.R. 3548, The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009, will redistribute wealth from all 50 states to 29 states. These states are those that have over 8% unemployment. Are you wondering if your state is going to make out big from this thievery?  Well wonder no more.  Here is the list of states receiving the redistributed wealth:  AL, AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MS, MO, NV, NJ, NY, NC, PA,OH, OR, PR, RI, SC, TN, WA, WV, and WI.

Mark Lloyd: A Bad Tree Bears Bad Fruit:  Barack Obama's appointees are once again causing trouble--and once again reminding the American people that the proverbial apple does not fall far from the gnarled tree. Each and every one of his appointments gives an unadulterated glimpse into Obama, who he is, and from where his ideology is derived.

The Art of Politicizing:  Long a subject of derision from conservatives, the National Endowment for the Arts ran into more trouble earlier this month when it was revealed NEA funding was granted to artists for creating works of art designed to promote President Obama and his domestic policy agenda. This was a clear case of the taxpayer-supported NEA stepping outside the ideals under which it was created.

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