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Wednesday
Jul072010

RHPC - Lead by Example: Abolish the Republican House Policy Committee

Legislators’ Alert

Lead by Example:  Abolish the Republican House Policy Committee

Leader Boehner often asks us the question:  “If we get the majority back, what will we do differently.”

The public is asking us, too.

With the national debt at $13 trillion, everywhere we turn, the public is outraged at the Democrat majority’s obscene spending; and is concerned that the Republican minority has not learned its lesson regarding its past spending practices.

Only deeds, not words, can truly redeem us in Americans’ eyes; however, in the minority we have few opportunities to reduce government spending, due to the Democrat majority.  Thus, the conundrum is how we as a minority can prove to the public we will make the necessary, difficult decisions if again entrusted with a Congressional majority.  The answer is to first cut government spending on ourselves, for we will either lead by example or lose the public’s trust.

Thus, the Republican House Policy Committee (RHPC) must be abolished; its budget dedicated to deficit reduction; and the Democrats challenged to match our example.

This proposition is not new.  In fact, it was one of the options laid out during my candidacy for RHPC Chair, and it has continued to the present.  Early this Congress, as part of the “entrepreneurial minority” strategy, the Leader assigned the RHPC the task of identifying and addressing the long-term challenges confronting America.  Honoring the Leader’s request, the RHPC produced We the People: Wide Awake for Our Newest Birth of Freedom.  It is the most widely read RHPC document in the committee’s history.

While fulfilling this charge, I have also systematically wound down the RHPC for the following reasons:

At a time of intense public distrust of Congress and anger over trillion dollar deficits, a roughly $360,000 “advisory committee” that “shall discuss legislative proposals” and “shall report its suggestions” (see Conference Rule 22) that has already fulfilled the Leader’s charge is a luxury taxpayers can no longer afford.

The RHPC is precluded by its very nature from passing legislation, which must be done through – and rightly so – the existing leadership, ranking members and their committees; thus, the RHPC constitutes a superfluous step in the legislative process.

Indeed, every leadership and ranking member’s office and caucus already has a policy shop; consequently, as noted above, the RHPC is redundant.

The prescribed duties of the RHPC can be and have been performed by members through their respective offices, committees, caucuses, the Conference, the Whip’s office, and/or on the Leader’s working groups.

Members who covet their status as RHPC members can be channeled by the Leader into his designated working groups, which have employed existing staff resources and proven quite successful.

By cutting ourselves first, our voting to eliminate the RHPC and to dedicate the savings for deficit reduction through an appropriations amendment will provide the public with compelling evidence GOP members are committed to cutting government spending.

If we fail to eliminate the RHPC, how can we credibly ask Americans to sacrifice for deficit and debt reduction when we will not first cut ourselves?   

Granted the novelty of a current occupant of a leadership position calling for the elimination of the post and its funding will stun some observers.  But, as the Leader has stated, this is only the first of many reforms necessary to again earn Americans’ trust that we can govern responsibly, effectively, and accountably. 

The doubters say we will not eliminate the RHPC.  They claim all Washington politicians care about is their titles, power and taxpayer provided perks.  But per my conversation with Leader Boehner last week, I have no doubt that with his and your leadership we will prove these doubters wrong. 

We will lead by example; cut GOP spending first; and continue regaining Americans’ trust.

Sincerely,

Thaddeus G. McCotter

U.S. Representative (MI-11)

 

Tuesday
Jul062010

NRN - The Daily Wrap-Up 

July 6, 2010
4:30 PM Eastern

Read NetRightDaily.com.

Good Tuesday Afternoon -

From everyone at NRD, we hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend. We are still catching up on everything, so here are some stories you may have missed over the past couple of days from us:

ACORN 8 board refuses to fall far from group's tarnished name. From NRD Contributing Editor Kevin Mooney in yesterday's Washington Times, "Even as it considered dropping its tarnished name last year, ACORN threatened a whistleblower group composed of former board members with a trademark lawsuit. Community activists who had held high-ranking ACORN positions have continued, however, to operate under the banner of ACORN 8, which is named for the eight board members who were blocked from investigating an embezzlement scandal. The whistleblower group remains committed to the ACORN name and the community initiatives outlined in the organization's mission statement, even as national and state affiliates rebrand themselves."

Government intervention never ends. Instead of looking to the private sector for many of today's problems, people seem drawn to government to provide solutions to the nation's biggest problems–many of which were government created. This phenomenon is called "The People's Romance".

Americans vote with their feet and leave the civilian workforce in droves. Let's play June unemployment report Jeopardy. And the answer is: What are 652,000 Americans exiting the civilian labor force – more than the entire population of the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Question: The explanation for how our nation's economy could lose 125,000 jobs in the month of June and still have the unemployment rate fall from 9.7 to 9.5%?

Saying no to DISCLOSE. If one is to assume a corporation is a group of citizens and money given to political campaigns is a form of speech, there's little doubt that the Senate is simply poking its nose into a hornet's nest and inviting a court battle if the DISCLOSE Act isn't stopped there. But Democrats don't seem to mind just as long as the rules are in place for this election. They can always make up something more draconian as necessary for 2012.

Uncommon Knowledge: Mark Steyn and Rob Long on The Gipper.

Obama administration contradictions go on for miles. According to a memo released on December 23, 2008 by President-Elect's Counsel-Designate Greg Craig, Obama never took an active role in the Illinois Senate seat appointment. However, sworn testimony from SEIU official Tom Balanoff says otherwise.

Reagan's call for a Jeffersonian "Economic bill of rights" can restore founding principles. Just as President Reagan channeled Thomas Jefferson on July 3, 1987 to interlink his proposed "Economic Bill of Rights" with the ideals of the founding period, contemporary Americans ought to reinstate the 40th president's call for constitutional amendments that would force the federal government to operate within its means.



Tuesday
Jul062010

NRN - Must Reads for July 6, 2010

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson's quote of the day in reference to the Financial Takeover conference bill passing: "House members have voted to not address the real causes of the financial crisis that government was responsible for. Instead, they have created a new, radical regime to seize disfavored financial firms, bail out favored ones, monitor finances, and levy unlimited taxes on the American people, all without any vote in Congress or the opportunity to object in court."

Read more at NetRightDaily.com.

Tuesday
Jul062010

NH DHHS - Announces its Nashua District Office (DO) is moving to 3 Pine Street Ext

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing its Nashua District Office (DO) is moving to 3 Pine Street Ext., Suite Q, Nashua.  As a result of the move, the DO will be closed on July 19, 20 and 21, 2010.  The DO will reopen in its new location and with its new name ‘Southern District Office’ on Thursday July 22, 2010.  Anyone in need of an emergency service appointment during the time the office is closed should call 603-893-9763 ext 322.



Tuesday
Jul062010

12th ANNUAL COALITION OF NH TAXPAYERS PICNIC TO FEATURE P.J. O'ROURKE

Federal Candidates to Speak at Taxpayer Event with Grassroots Groups 

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NH — CNHT is pleased to announce that  P.J. O'Rourke, political humorist, journalist, and NH resident, will make a guest appearance at their 12th Annual Taxpayer Reunion Picnic.

 

P.J. O'Rourke has been making fun of politics for 40 years.  He is the author of "Parliament of Whores -- A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government" and the forthcoming book of political theory, "Don't Vote -- It Just Encourages the Bastards".  He is currently a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard.

 

The Coalition of NH Taxpayers, NH's foremost taxpayer advocacy group, will hold its 12th Annual Taxpayer Reunion Picnic on Saturday, July 10th from 12PM - 3:00PM at the Hillsborough American Legion #59, 538 West Main Street, Hillsborough, NH 03244. 

 

As this is an election year, Candidates for Governor, US Senate and US Congress will speak, and a straw poll will be taken. Many State candidates and grassroots groups will be in attendance. State candidates will have an opportunity to take the traditional CNHT "Taxpayer Protection Pledge".

 

"This is an opportunity to mingle and mix with like-minded activists while meeting the candidates up close as well as a rare opportunity to hear Mr O'Rourke speak in person about his impressions of the growing conservative grassroots movement in NH, and across the country," said Ed Naile, CNHT Chairman.

 

Cost is $15/person for cookout fare, children 12 and under free, and the building is air conditioned. Space is limited. Tickets may be obtained on the web at: http://www.cnht.org/picnic2010.php