Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Vote to Adjourn Is A Vote to Raise Your Taxes

Appearing at the weekly Republican leadership press conference, Congressman John Boehner decried Democratic Leaders’ intent to adjourn for the fall without allowing an up-or-down vote to stop all of the tax increases set to take effect on January.

Boehner issued the following statement:

“A vote to adjourn this Congress without an up-or-down vote to stop all the tax hikes is a vote to raise taxes and destroy more jobs. American families and small businesses deserve better. This Congress has a chance to help end uncertainty for families and small businesses by stopping all the tax hikes set to take effect on January 1. If Democratic Leaders leave town without stopping all of the tax hikes, they are turning their backs on the American people."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Republican's Release Their "Pledge to America"

All year long, conservatives have been pressuring Republicans to release a Contract with America for 2010 — an updated version of the campaign platform that the party unveiled during its 1994 sweep of Congress.

Thursday morning, Republican congressmen are responding to that pressure by making a “Pledge to America.” The inevitable question will be: Is the pledge as bold as the Contract?

The answer is: The pledge is bolder. The Contract with America merely promised to hold votes on popular bills that had been bottled up during decades of Democratic control of the House.

The pledge commits Republicans to working toward a broad conservative agenda that, if implemented, would make the federal government significantly smaller, Congress more accountable, and America more prosperous.

NRO Editorial

Monday, September 20, 2010

Koster: Stimulus a "Breathtaking Waste" of Your Money

In response to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke's visit to Everett today and news reports out of Los Angeles last week providing evidence of that city's breathtaking waste of the taxpayer dollars, John Koster is asking Congressman Rick Larsen and Gary Locke for accountability of the stimulus money spent.

On Thursday of last week, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel released two audits (click here and here) examining how L.A. has used "stimulus" money received through President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and issued a press release noting that the $111 million in federal stimulus dollars created only 55 jobs, which works out to an unconscionable $2 million per job.

"The numbers coming out of Los Angeles are an outrage to every American taxpayer," said Koster. "L.A. and Washington State have both seen little return for the stimulus money spent. Even the unaudited government website ( lists only 19,450 Washington State jobs created or saved (many temporary or seasonal) due to the $6.6 billion in stimulus dollars awarded here in Washington.

In a state where 318,027 are still unemployed, calling the stimulus plan a failure is an understatement. Rick Larsen, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and Gary Locke all share responsibility for the wasteful spending that they continue to defend."

"Even as we enter the final weeks of the campaign season, Rick Larsen continues to ignore reality. He's been in Congress now for 10 years and wants to talk about everything but his culpability for the fiscal free fall that has left this country in near economic ruin. For Larsen to bring in a cabinet member from the most anti-business administration in U.S. history to stump for him at a business roundtable of all things, shows just how out of touch he's become."

"My message to Larsen, Pelosi, Obama and Locke is this: For the good of the country, discontinue immediately the reckless spending policies that have driven the national debt through the roof and the U-6 unemployment rate to a staggering 16.7%."

Koster Press Release

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Delusional Democrats

Desperate Democrats this week trumpeted their latest party line—that the Tea Party backed Republican nominees (Christine O’Donnell the latest) were “more extreme than the public.”

Really? Tea Party-backed Republican Senate candidates Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Joe Miller, and John Boozman are all running ahead of their Democrat rivals. Sharron Angle is within the margin of error against Harry Reid.

And what’s so “extreme” about running on a platform of restoring constitutional government and balanced budgets and free market solutions? What an increasing majority of Americans see as extreme is the “transformation of America” into a Big Government nanny state which, if Michelle Obama gets her way, will dictate the content of the menu at your favorite restaurant.

Then I heard the spin that independent voters are not going to buy the grassroots, Tea Party candidates that are winning Republican primaries all over the country.

But it is precisely the independent voters who are most abandoning the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda. In Florida's Senate race, for example, Tea Party backed Republican Marco Rubio leads the so-called "Independent" Charlie Crist among independent voters 38% to 36% with the Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek getting just 16 % of the independent vote.

In Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer will be re-elected by at least two thirds of the voters, including independents, even if she never debates her opponent again.

Message to the ruling elites and power brokers of both political parties: Americans are fed up with total Democratic Party control of the federal government and so far the Republican Party elites don't have any better ideas.

The good ideas and a new wave of candidates are coming up from the people to challenge both parties. This "wave" election could become a tidal wave.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Obama Adds More to National Debt in 19 Months Than All Presidents from Washington Through Reagan Combined

In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.

The U.S. Treasury Department divides the federal debt into two categories. One is “debt held by the public,” which includes U.S. government securities owned by individuals, corporations, state or local governments, foreign governments and other entities outside the federal government itself.

The other is “intragovernmental” debt, which includes I.O.U.s the federal government gives to itself when, for example, the Treasury borrows money out of the Social Security “trust fund” to pay for expenses other than Social Security.

At the end of fiscal year 1989, which ended eight months after President Reagan left office, the total federal debt held by the public was $2.1907 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

That means all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan had accumulated only that much publicly held debt on behalf of American taxpayers. That is $335.3 billion less than the $2.5260 trillion that was added to the federal debt held by the public just between Jan. 20, 2009, when President Obama was inaugurated, and Aug. 20, 2010, the 19-month anniversary of Obama's inauguration.

CNS News

Ferndale Teachers Defy District and Deny Students

Wednesday morning was supposed to be the first day of school for up to 4,800 students and 330 teachers in the Ferndale school district. Instead, teachers were pounding the pavement while students expressed frustration and disgust at the strike.

Tucked in the upper northwest corner of Washington state a few miles from the Canadian border, Ferndale is a pleasant community long associated with dairy farming and oil refining, not educational labor troubles.

The issues in dispute in the negotiations included six minutes per day of planning time for elementary teachers, 10 new early release days for teacher planning and more health care plan options for teachers.

But there was confusion as to whether some of the issues were in dispute at all. Communication efforts from both the district and the union made it difficult to discern the status of negotiations or what the relative positions of the two sides were.

In addition, some teachers on the picket line claimed that an attorney for the Washington Education Association had advised them that they had a legal right to strike. When advised that Washington state law did not give them a protected right to strike, they expressed surprise.

by EFF