Washington Could Learn a Lesson From Drug Addicts

Posted by courage On July - 31 - 2011

It’s not the debt ceiling, that’s only the symptom of the problem- spending.

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Feds May File Suit Against States: Backdoor Union Card Check

Posted by courage On January - 15 - 2011

Back in August of 2009,  I wrote my opposition to the proposed legislation called “The Employee Free Choice Act,” legislation which would remove secret ballot from union organizing.  This legislation introduced in early March 2009 by Democrats high on their election wins and was an effort to payback union organizers who helped them gain control of Congress and the White House.  The card check legislation never made it out of the House committee and is sitting where all horrendous  freedom limiting proposed legislation should be, in the trash heap.

What is becoming common to the Obama administration are attempts to institute law through the Executive branch by having departments and agencies write new rules, in essence creating laws which have never passed Congress. Heck what do we need Congress for anyway?   This administration appears to believe they alone know what is right direction for the country and if Congress cannot or won’t do their bidding KING Obama will make it so…

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Filibuster Reform is Bad for the Nation

Posted by courage On January - 8 - 2011

The use of filibusters has a long history in Congress. The original intent of the Constitutional Framers was to allow lengthy debate in each chamber, on the premise that ideas as well as legislation should be fully examined when structuring legislation. The Founders believed full and unrestrained scrutiny of legislation would result in superior legislation. Each of the Congressional bodies is allowed according to Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution to determine the rules of its proceedings. Originally the rules created by each of the Congressional branches allowed for the use of a filibuster, often used by the minority party to prevent a vote on a particular piece of legislation. In the dawning days of our republic the filibuster was used, admittedly sparingly, by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Tyranny Takes Form: Agenda Over the Will of the People

Posted by courage On December - 29 - 2010

Have you noticed the most recent tyrannical moves from the Obama administration?   Forget the Constitution and governing, this administration is hell bent on pushing their agenda  through by any means necessary.

From Robert Allen Bonelli at Big Government:

Written into the Declaration of Independence is a simple imperative, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Our nation was built on this concept, but the Obama administration is using its power to write regulation to circumvent the will of the people and advance its own agenda.

Three recent examples of this over reach are shocking and all Americans should demand an end to the practice and a reversal of what has already been done.  Citizens need to think, whether they agree with the reasons for the circumvention or not, about what is at stake.  Using regulation to specifically subjugate the will of the people to the agenda of any president is nothing less than tyranny.

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Losing Our Autonomy: The TSA

Posted by courage On November - 28 - 2010

What will it take for Americans to finally stand up in mass and say NO?  Continually our freedoms are being eroded through a government which stretches its web of control tighter, squeezing the blood of liberty from the veins of the populace.

The government believes us to be sheeple and perhaps we are; blinded by their claims of false security, at the expense of   our individual autonomy.  The abdication of autonomy comes in small incremental steps, with statements made by individuals who fail to connect the dots to the larger picture of freedom.  With the Patriot Act common declarations were, “ I have nothing to worry about, I’m not a terrorist” or “anything they want to do to make us safe, is okay with me.”

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Earmarks: Time to Stop the Congressional Pork Games

Posted by courage On November - 15 - 2010

As early as tomorrow (11-16-2010) the Senate may take up pork barrel spending otherwise known as earmarks.  You know those pet project add-ons which Congress critters slip in to legislation to show the folks back home they are doing something for their constituents.

Often these add-ons are totally unrelated to the legislation which they are attached to.  They are not reviewed by committee and are “favors” to the Congress critters whose states/districts they will eventually land in.  You’ve seen them reported, things like studying the impact of cow flatulence on the environment, the effects of alcohol on prostitutes in Taiwan, the mating habits of mice or installing new windows in a visitors center which has long ago been closed; none of these “projects” would stand peer review for their inherent worth.  In fact I would suggest that none of them would pass unless attached to some other “vital legislation.”

It is time that Congress starts being honest with Americans and shuffling earmarks in to legislation is a violation of the trust we given elected officials.

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Citizens of Missouri Overwhelmingly Vote Against Obamacare

Posted by courage On August - 4 - 2010

Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama’s administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

“The citizens of the Show-Me State don’t want Washington involved in their health care decisions,” said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

This is the iceberg of Tea Party patriots, only 10% are above water: meaning that 10% are the patriots which take to the streets protest and are publicly vocal.  The remaining 90% support the basic tenets of the limited government intrusion in our lives, fiscal responsibility and  seek representation that align with the basic values of the Constitution.  Way to go Show-Me State patriots, your voice echoed through the nation with Americans cheering your stand.

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The House will return to Washington next week to act on Medicaid and education funding for states.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the news via Twitter, saying: “I will be calling the House back into session early next week to save teachers’ jobs and help seniors & children.”

Isn’t this always the way for the hapless Democrats, frame a discussion to play on the basis of emotions, I’m surprised Pelosi didn’t add something in for kittens and puppies.

A House leadership aide told The Hill the early return was discussed following the Senate’s vote Wednesday to move forward on the $26 billion package.

This is nothing short of pay-off to blue states which refuse to balance their budgets.  Illinois has been writing IOU’s for months and California is drowning in red ink. The fiscal irresponsibility of failing states falls directly on the shoulders of elected officials and agency chiefs.  Spending tax payers money is easy when you believe the flow is eternal, only one sin tax, property tax hike or federal government bailout away.  Like all government agencies, states seldom work from sound financial principles, instead they look at a budget, rub their hands together and start thinking of all the pie-in-sky projects and expenditures they can hoodwink into existence.

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