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Friday
Nov122010

ALG on Deficit Commission: "We don't have 30 years to balance the budget" 

November 11th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson issued the following statement on the preliminary recommendations of the Obama deficit commission:

"The deficit commission does not contemplate a balanced budget until 2040.  It never contemplates reducing the overall $13.7 trillion debt, which will continue to grow year-on-end.  The American people want to pay down and retire the national debt, not continue to grow it.  We don't have 30 years to balance the budget.

"If Congress does not act to balance the budget and begin reducing the debt immediately, next year the Federal Reserve will become the number one holder of U.S. debt.  Failure to act now will mean the debt will soar past 100 percent of the Gross Domestic Product in just a few short years.  By 2018, if not sooner, our Triple-A credit rating will be downgraded.  In fact, China has already taken the step of downgrading us. The commission's recommendations, if enacted today, would not prevent one of these things from happening, meaning higher costs to paying the debt in the future, and a weaker dollar.  Ultimately, the dollar will lose its special status as the world's reserve currency. 

"By failing to outline the consequences of doing nothing, the commission starts out in exactly the wrong place.  Because it does not contemplate the real problems posed by the unsustainable debt, it offers the wrong solutions.  The commission focuses on gradually reducing the deficit, which is the wrong premise, when Congress needs to focus on reducing and eventually paying off the $13.7 trillion national debt.  Before it has even presented its final findings, Obama's commission has failed."



Friday
Nov122010

ALG Letter Encourages New Members to Choose New Leaders Wisely

"Fred Upton's voting record, his complicity in conspiring with [former White House Chief of Staff] Rahm Emanuel in the promoting of Obama's agenda, the last thing you do with someone like that is give them a promotion."—ALG President Bill Wilson, from Washington, D.C., newspaper POLITICO. 

November 11th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson sent a letter to each newly elected Republican Member of the House urging them to oppose Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) as Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

In his letter to the new Members, Wilson highlights Rep. Upton's voting record as conflicting with the new Republican agenda.  "Fred Upton's voting record on key issues demonstrates his destructive support for the bailouts, the stimulus, and job-crippling green legislation that sends American jobs overseas.  This combined with his opposition to repealing ObamaCare make him particularly unsuitable to Chair the one committee with primary jurisdiction over many of the most important issues facing our nation," Wilson wrote.

In his letter, Wilson reminded the Members about the importance of electing committee chairs who represent the values of limited government, the platform that got them elected to the majority Nov. 2. 

"As a newly elected member of Congress, you have a unique opportunity to let Republican leadership know that you want an Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman who agrees with the basic limited government ideas that brought about the greatest Republican victory in the House of Representatives since 1894," wrote Wilson.

He finished his letter with this, "The entire direction of the next two years is being set during these organizing meetings, and Americans for Limited Government strongly encourages you to not allow this historic opportunity to get lost before you are even sworn in."

Background:

Wilson's Letter to New Members

Fred Upton's Voting Record

GOP Must Choose Leaders Wisely

Friday
Nov122010

Sunshine Review Launches Online Transparency Platform

Sunshine Review Launches Online Transparency Platform for Legislators and Activists

Platform and model legislation endorsed by leading state legislators

WASHINGTON, DC- Sunshine Review, the nation's leading state and local government transparency advocate, launched SunshineStandard.org, an online platform for legislators and activists that will act as the national guide for launching reforms to expand the information available on state and local government web sites so that Americans may better hold elected officials accountable.

"Most state and local governments do not embrace transparency," said Mike Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. "Even fewer proactively share information." Transparency exists largely at the munificence of officials, with the burden of negotiating complex and costly FOIA petitions resting squarely on the shoulders of citizens and journalists.

Barnhart stressed that "state and local governments, and school districts, have an affirmative obligation to transparency reforms that proactively share the information people need to hold officials accountable for how tax money is spent and how the people's business is conducted. We must set the bar for state and local government transparency.

Sunshine Standard is a guide to these reforms being implemented across the country."

The Sunshine Standard online platform hosts tools for activists and model legislation that can be introduced and adapted by legislators and elected officials for state and local government transparency. The Sunshine Standard model transparency legislation was endorsed by the nation's leading state legislators at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Annual Conference earlier this year.

For more information visit www.SunshineStandard.org

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Sunshine Review is a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. The Sunshine Review wiki collects and shares transparency information and uses a "10-point Transparency Checklist" to evaluate the content of every state and more than 5,000 local government websites. Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and an accountable government. Learn more by visiting www.SunshineReview.org



Friday
Nov122010

CHQ - Even though Michele Bachmann has withdrawn, we should keep pressure on GOP leaders

NEWS FROM THE FRONT is your daily wrap-up of conservative and Tea Party news.  ConservativeHQ.com is a community of principled, constitutional conservatives.  For media inquiries, contact Bob Sturm at (703) 392-7676.

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Even though Michele Bachmann has withdrawn from the race for chair of the House Republican Conference, we should keep the pressure on the leadership for conservative policies
CHQ -- We still need to keep working to deliver the small government, Tea Party message to the new leadership. 
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Conservative reform-minded GOP freshmen will hold Speaker Boehner to his big promises
Washington Examiner - Michael Barone looks at the caucus-management difficulties Speaker-to-be John Boehner will face and the temptations he'll encounter to stray from his promises, but argues the large incoming class of freshman Republicans will keep him in line.

Congress need reforms that change its culture and institutionalized power structure
Human Events - "Recovering Congressman" and Heritage Distinguished Fellow Ernest Istook writes that next week's Republican caucus is critical to whether we can return to truly accountable government. Without changing internal rules for how Congress is governed, to be voted upon next week, it's likely we'll continue to see the same old top-down governance.

Tea Parties and the GOP need to learn from 2010 in order to improve in 2012
American Thinker - J. R. Dunn writes on three lessons learned from 2010's landslide, one on the level of practice, one on the level of strategy, and one on the level of philosophy - all of which will benefit the Tea Parties and the GOP in 2012.

Even the lobbyists are saying an earmark ban would force them to change -- The Hill

The incoming House GOP freshman class is heavy on first-time legislators -- Politics Daily

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher:  George W. Bush destroyed the GOP -- The Hill

Establishment Republicans like Michael Gerson are undermining the conservative cause -- Daily Caller

Conservatives already focusing on potential 2012 Senate primary challenges -- Politico

2010 was an ideological mandate, not a partisan one -- National Review Online

Five potential paths to victory for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination -- Pajamas Media

Florida's Marco Rubio knows where he's going, and he'll take conservatives along with him -- American Spectator


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Thursday
Nov112010

AUL - Lou Anne's Law 

 

Lou Anne’s Law Takes Effect

Arizona CapitalAfter more than ten years of litigation and desperate obstructionism by Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates, Arizona’s comprehensive abortion clinic regulations went into effect on Monday, November 1. The regulations were first enacted in 1999 following a tragic and preventable death at a Phoenix abortion clinic in which Lou Anne Herron, a 33-year-old mother, died as the result of a late-term abortion. AUL’s Vice President for Legal Affairs, Denise Burke, played a key role in defending this legislation during this ten-year battle.

“This case reveals another dark side of abortion – women’s lives are at stake in under-regulated, under-monitored abortion clinics,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life. “If the abortion industry really cared about women, it would not fight regulations designed to protect a woman’s health.”

Burke added: “Thankfully, Arizona women now have more protection against the substandard conditions and practices at abortion clinics.”

For more information about Lou Anne’s story and the legal maneuverings of Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates during this hard-fought case, check out Burke’s analysis here.

On The Docket

Life Wins: Pro-Life Women Governors now outnumber Pro-Abortion Women Governors

Thanks to the dramatic wins of all four pro-life women gubernatorial candidates in the mid-term elections, pro-life women now outnumber pro-abortion women in the Governors' mansions.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer cruised to re-election victory winning by 13 points. Susana Martinez in New Mexico won decisively by eight points and is the nation’s first female Hispanic governor. Congresswoman Mary Fallin soundly defeated Jari Askins by 20 points. And South Carolina elected Nikki Haley by a four-point margin.

For more information about AUL’s analysis visit here.

A Winning Attorney

AUL is proud to congratulate William Saunders who received the St. Thomas More Award in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, November 9.  This award recognizes an individual who promotes and embodies the virtues of St. Thomas More, as well as inspires lawyers and other professionals to honor God through their work. The award is traditionally given to individuals who have contributed significantly to respect for the dignity of the human person in the field of law. 

During the event, Saunders encouraged the attendees with the certainty that pro-life attorneys can further the cause within the legal profession regardless of the specific area of law practiced. 

Saunders is following up on that theme by speaking to the law students at Washington University Law School’s Advocates for Life chapter on “Why Roe Must Go (and what happens when it does).”