Friday, February 27, 2009
The strategy employed by budget writers appears to be to wait until Obama Claus comes through with federal tax dollars to fill part of the budget hole. Then, scream bloody murder and capitulate to special interests at taxpayer expense.
Republican legislators have been told the solution to our state's budget dilemma will be a bipartisan one, although the house of cards which formed the structure of our budget deficit was not.
Fueled by an apparent addiction to spending, the Democrat majority in the Legislature increased the size of the state's operating budget by 33 percent in just four years. Republican legislators, who, for the most part, have been locked out of the budget-writing process during this time, warned of excessive spending on new entitlement programs.
"We can't continue to spend more than we're taking in!" we'd say, at every opportunity. And yet, each quarterly revenue forecast would show a strong economy bolstered by historic gains in the construction and housing industries.
In essence, the Legislature spent more money than was coming in, but rolled the dice anyway and was continually bailed out by a strong housing market. Now that we've rolled "snake eyes," it's time to pay the house.
The Legislature's inability to say "no" over a four-year period turned a $1.6 billion surplus into one of the largest deficits in state history. It will be the Legislature's inability to say "no" again that will lead to the biggest gamble yet: a significant tax increase sent to the voters in November.
My hope is that the people of this state show more backbone than the Legislature and reject any tax increase put before them. We don't need another bailout at taxpayer expense.
Rep. Gary Alexander
Thursday, February 26, 2009
As we reported Tuesday, the administration’s $300 billion carbon cap-and-trade tax scheme will massively increase your utility bills and raise the prices of just about everything else. That’s not just a tax on the wealthy. It will hit every sector of the economy and all goods and services that utilize electricity. And President Obama’s $634 billion socialized health care scheme will require more of your money – there are no “free lunches.”
Anyone tempted to fall for the class warfare rhetoric of making the rich or the top 2% “pay their fair share,” consider this: According to the IRS’s 2006 data, the top 7% of income earners, those making $200,000 or more, paid $522 billion in income taxes – that is 62% of all the federal individual income tax receipts! The Wall Street Journal goes further with this analysis: “A tax policy that confiscated 100% of the taxable income of everyone in America earning over $500,000 in 2006 would only have given Congress an extra $1.3 trillion in revenue. That’s less than half the 2006 federal budget of $2.7 trillion and looks tiny compared to the more than $4 trillion Congress will spend in fiscal 2010.” And, of course, this year with a recession and falling financial markets, there will be many fewer taxpayers making $500,000.
What do you think will happen when the bureaucrats and the liberals in Congress realize that taxing the top 2% still won’t cover the tab? The Journal continues: “Even taking every taxable ‘dime’ of everyone earning more than $75,000 in 2006 would have barely yielded enough to cover that $4 trillion.” The truth is that there just isn’t enough money out there to satisfy the growing appetite of Big Government. And just like Bill Clinton’s promise to “make the rich pay their fair share” ended up hitting the middle class, YOU will pay more!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (S. 160), would establish full House of Representatives voting rights for the District of Columbia. However, there is one small problem: D.C. is NOT a congressional district or a state!
Article I, Section 8, clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution makes it clear that D.C. is a federal city, not a state, with final governing authority resting with Congress. The U.S. Constitution states that the House shall be composed of "Members chosen...by the People of the several States," not delegates representing non-state territories.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Despite the Governor's election promise not to raise taxes and the Democrat plan to use federal stimulus tax monies to cover their debts this is the first indication they are opting to develop a tax increase measure for the ballot.
Republicans contends the state would not be in such deep trouble if Democrats had not increased state spending by more than 30 percent in the past four years and citing their current mess as obviously self-inflicted.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that, my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
~ Dr. Adrian Rogers
Monday, February 16, 2009
BUT, maybe, just maybe we can start a movement that will snowball across the nation and get people out of their homes, meeting each other and working together to redirect this country towards its truly radical founding principles of individual liberty and freedom.
Maybe people will wake up slowly at first, and then quickly when they realize the urgency needed.” ~ Liberty Bell, protest organizer
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
On the evening of February 10th, 2009, the House unanimously passed legislation which would require a 48-hour period wherein the legislation would be posted on the Internet before any votes.
However, Democrat leaders Pelosi and Reid then kept the text of the bill concealed, even from lawmakers, until less than 24 hours before the scheduled vote today. Lobbyist, however were given access.
The final conference bill doubled the size of the Senate-passed bill and amounted to a whopping 1,071 pages...and it was deliberately kept from the people so the Democrats could conduct their treachery with as little public scrutiny as possible.
The House on passed the final version of a $787 billion economic stimulus plan aimed at jolting the slumping U.S. economy, setting up a vote in the Senate expected later in the day.
The measure was passed 246-183, with no Republican "yes" votes and one member voting present.
House Republicans remained united in their opposition to the package.
But it's not over till it's over!
Watch this video clip and you decide if voting on this insane stimulus bill makes any sense...and then CALL.
And Don't Stop - call again, and again and again...
1st District: Jay Inslee - (202) 225–6311
2nd District: Rick Larsen - (202) 225-2605
3rd District: Brian Baird - (202) 225-3536
4th District: Doc Hastings - (202) 225-5816
5th District: Cathy McMorris Rodgers - (202) 225-2006
6th District: Norm Dicks - (202) 225-5916
7th District: Jim McDermott - (202) 225-3106
8th District: Dave Reichert - (202) 225-7761
9th District: Adam Smith - (202) 225-8901
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Please understand this bill will elevate "domestic partners" to the legal level of marriage.
Here's what we need to do:
Make two phone calls.
Jamie Pederson (D), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. 360-786-7826
Representative Pederson is openly gay and very committed to getting this bill passed.
Please be very respectful.
In your own words convey this message:
"I am calling to tell Rep. Pederson that I strongly oppose House Bill 1727"
Richard DeBolt (R), Majority Leader House of Representatives.
In your own words convey this message:
"I am calling Rep. DeBolt to say that I strongly oppose House Bill 1727."
These calls are time sensitive and must be made today by multiple citizens.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Just imagine if a college basketball player or even a high school quarterback did that: if they passed the ball to members of their team 44% of the time, and 56% to the other team. How long would it be before they were booted out of the arena?
Monday, February 9, 2009
Today I heard Specter say that he "gave his word" to vote for the stimulus bill and "he always keeps his word". To whom?
What about the Republican voters who put him in office?
I'd have more respect for them if they actually changed parties (to Democrat, Independent, Socialist), at least then they would be true to their their liberal agendas.
I hope the fine people of Maine and Pennsylvania will organize a serious effort to unseat these bogus senators in the next election.
As for the other Republicans who voted against the stimulus bill, I commend you, but you really need to put the pressure on these three people who need a lesson on the basics of Republican philosophy!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Not expecting the general public to be concerned, committee chairs scheduled only 30 minutes for discussion and debate regarding HB 1727 and SB 5688 designed at redefining marriage to include same-sex domestic partners.
Packing out two committee rooms and spilling over into the hallways, over 250 individuals gathered to voice concern and opposition to this legislation.
Joining concerned citizens from other family organizations, including Washington Values Alliance, Christian Coalition, Alliance Defense Fund, Faith and Freedom Network and Washington Eagle Forum, the FPIW helped mobilize the masses to voice opposition to the redefinition of marriage.
FPIW's Executive Director, Joseph Backholm, testifying at the senate hearing, addressed the issue of marital "discrimination" saying; "We believe the current distinction is the most reasonable and most applicable because of the unique relationship, unique value that heterosexual marriages provides. They're the only institution in which children are created. They're also the optimal environment in which children can be raised."
In addition HJR 4204 introduced by Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane, WA, calls for the WA State legislature to send a constitutional amendment to the people asking them to ratify or reject added language that would solidify one-man, one-woman marriage as the only lawful and recognized marital relationship in WA State.
Total cost of this “pared down” bill is $1.175 trillion. Let me repeat that: $1.175 trillion.
And this does not include the nearly $50 billion added in Senate amendments during the last two days.
So in the name of fiscal responsibility, Collins and the compromizing Republican contingent are selling out America with a plan that costs $7 billion more than the House stimulus bill.
Anyone ready to say the Filibuster word yet?
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Do not be swayed by reports that say this stimulus bill will easily pass the Senate this week.
Double your efforts and make this their nightmare.
Remember that there are fellow fiscal conservatives on the front lines in DC that are greatly outnumbered.
It's your job to keep the pressure intense on your Senators!
Please call, write, email, fax...communicate to your Senators in any and EVERY way you can.
Call their Capitol Hill offices, then call their various state office locations!
Call others to call.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Senate Democratic leaders conceded yesterday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill as currently written and said that to gain bipartisan support, they will seek to cut provisions that would not provide an immediate boost to the economy.
The stimulus package has now tripled from its post-election estimate of about $300 billion, and in recent days lawmakers in both parties have grown wary of the swelling costs.
This represents the first major test for President Obama and his newly expanded and ultra aggressive Democratic Congress.
Unfortunately our two Senators still need a jolt of citizen reality. Call them and let them know what you think of the Democrat Stimulus bill.
Maria Cantwell - (202) 224-3441
Patty Murray - (202) 224-2621
More than a dozen states that are considering making the switch to primary seat-belt enforcement laws need to do so before July to be eligible for millions in federal money.
One of those states is Ohio, which would get $26.8 million if it changes its law. Currently, officers in the state must first have some other reason to stop drivers over before issuing seat-belt citations.
States without primary seat-belt enforcement that want the federal money must pass a bill and have it signed by the governor by June 30 - and begin issuing citations by Sept. 30 - to qualify for federal funds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
After fighting Cap and Trade at a national level we are facing the mother-of-all-battles here in Washington State stopping the Governor and her Democrat minions as they plan to bind our state to a ridiculous environmental notion they call Cap and Tax.
Today in Olympia the Senate Environment, Water and Energy Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 5735 which would create a regional Cap-and-Tax program. Not only is this bill bad for consumers, but it will directly and adversely affect every job, and our States overall economy.
“Since July, Washington has lost more than 24,000 jobs. Under cap-and-tax the cost of electricity, natural gas, fuel – and any product made or transported in Washington will skyrocket”, stated Sen. Jerome Delvin. “It’s an economy-killer. Our small businesses can barely keep their doors open now. Jobs are hanging by a thread.”
“This is not about the environment; it’s about the state getting more tax money – and this bill will give government the mother lode."
“I am against this bill because the consequences of this cap-and-tax scheme will be significantly higher electricity bills, higher costs for gasoline and heating fuel, and higher prices for all goods in the economy generally. Why would we punish families by supporting this type of irresponsible, job-killing legislation?” added Sen. Janéa Holmquist.
Call 1.800.562.600 and let your elected leaders know what you think about Cap and Tax – Senate Bill 5735 and House Bill 1819.
A day earlier, Obama had said he "absolutely" stood by Daschle in the face of problems over back taxes and potential conflicts of interest.
Daschle's stunning statement came less than three hours after another Obama nominee also withdrew from consideration, and also over tax problems. Nancy Killefer, nominated by Obama to be the government's first chief performance officer, said she didn't want her bungling of payroll taxes on her household help to be a distraction.
Daschle was the third high-profile Obama nominee to bow out.
Monday, February 2, 2009
by Guinevere Nell
The Democrats' effort to stimulate the economy (H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) is full of special earmarks for certain projects, industries, and interest groups. It would attempt to create jobs by redistributing borrowed money to those most likely to spend it and by spending vast sums on infrastructure and various other projects.
Many of the tax provisions in H.R. 1 go to those who already pay no income tax; therefore, these provisions are only a form of redistribution or welfare spending. There is precious little in the bill that would help small businesses, and there is no major long-term tax cut in the bill.
Dependable lower tax rates are the only policy that allows businesses to plan ahead and invest in expansion and hiring. The expansion of private business is the only way to increase economic growth and create jobs.
However, government spending and redistribution is not the best way to help the economy recover. In fact, redistributive policies create "progressive" tax rates, which are known to reduce entrepreneurial activity.
Government spending on projects that can be provided by the private sector is a drag on growth, because public sector provision is consistently less efficient than the private sector.
The best way to create long-term sustainable growth is through private savings, spending, and investment. Tax cuts are a far superior way to unleash the productive forces in the economy and expand job growth.
The "American Option," introduced by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), avoids the discredited Keynesian consumption-based stimulus and instead follows the tried and true method of cutting taxes on businesses. Not only does the Republican bill cut taxes for corporations, but it also cuts taxes for small businesses.
Marginal effective tax rates are a good measure of the burden of government on small businesses. The "American Option" would:
Reduce marginal effective tax rates on small business from an average of 17.1 percent to an average of 14.8 percent,
Give about 250,000 small businesses with $500,000-$1 million in aggregate gross income an average tax rate almost 10 percentage points lower, and
Provide more than 2 million successful small businesses with lower tax rates.
The burden on small businesses would significantly drop under the "American Option." This is in addition to the drop in corporate rates and would be a huge boost for employment.
should enforce our laws to the letter. ”
Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record
May 7, 1998
Barack Obama has nominated another tax cheat.
With Tim Geithner we were told he was the indispensable man during the economic crisis. What about Tom Daschle? What makes him special?
In truth — nothing makes Daschle special other than he’s one of Barack Obama’s friends.
Call your Senators and tell them one tax cheat is enough, vote NO on Tom Daschle.
Maria Cantwell - (202) 224-3441
Patty Murray - (202) 224-2621
by Erick Erickson, RedState