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From the Speakers website, remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Associations of Counties talking about the health care bill:

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform.  Health insurance reform is about jobs.  This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon. (emphasis mine)

“Pass the bill to find out what is in it,” shouldn’t the people and our elected representatives KNOW the impact this bill bill will have on the lives of Americans?  Throughout the summer, town hall events were held and citizens continually asked elected officials about specific aspects to the various bills.. again and again the concerned populace was discarded, dismissed and treated with utter contempt.  Madam Speaker, we know what is in the health care bill, we have read the various versions, taking time away from loved ones, spending countless hours with our head swelling in disbelief over the audacity of public officials and wondering what in the Constitution grants Congress the mandate to require private citizens to buy anything from a public company solely on the basis that they breathe.

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Lawmakers Keeps Change.. Per Diems

Posted by courage On March - 4 - 2010

From the Wall Street Journal:

When lawmakers travel overseas on official business they are given up to $250 a day in taxpayer funds to cover meals and expenses. Congressional rules say they must return any leftover cash to the government.

They usually don’t.

Why should they, it’s not their money?  Just look at some of the entitlement these jokers work from as a frame of reference…

“If that was the policy, you could never get many members traveling,” said Rep. Solomon Ortiz, a Texas Democrat. Mr. Ortiz said he had never returned any money.

Here’s a great idea, maybe these elected officials should just stay home and work their job?

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While drafting the budget last year, Congress froze its annual cost of living increase for 2010 but will – by law – receive it in 2011 and every year after, unless Congress votes to stop the increase each year or to stop the automatic increases permanently.

American families are losing their jobs, their homes and increasingly their hope for a brighter future.  Seniors on Social Security did not get a cost of living adjustment this year.  Congress suggests that, for instance, teachers pay should be tied directly to performance, yet holds themselves to a different standard.

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Pete Visclosky Town Hall Forums

Posted by courage On January - 17 - 2010

Over the past week, Courage and One Nerve Left attended 3 of the 24 local town hall forums sponsored by Representative Pete Visclosky.  Each of the forums was scripted in the same manner; submit cards with questions for the Congressman, while he shuffles through the questions,  a local high academic 8th grader gives the bio of the Congressman.

The next 45 minutes Visclosky took the floor touting the wonderful things has done for the area; he is in full campaign mode with far too many “I” statements.  When he did direct statements toward the state of the nation he was quick to blame previous administrations; namely Bush.  This was predictable, given that the current crop of Dems can not seem to find anything but virtuous intent in their own actions.  The remaining 40 minutes or so was used to read and answer the questions which were submitted.  Often his answers would flow in to expanded rhetoric which only vaguely answered the original question and left the audience unsure of the reasoning.  This point was evident with the numerous times individuals in the audience would say right before he moved on to the next question, “you didn’t answer the question.”   After the second of these forums, it was obvious that he would not debate the merits of his positions which frustrated the audience and us.

Being proactive sort of people, prior to the third event we hastily wrote up a sheet called “We-The-People Speak: Rebuttal to previous town forums held by Representative Visclosky” and handed then out at the door of the event.  The sheet was based on previous statements which either went unchallenged during the event because they were offered during the 45 minute “I’m a great guy” beginning segment or statements which were either ignored or rhetorically tossed aside.

Here’s our rebuttal: With some minor corrections for clarity and typos,

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In a fundraising e-mail to Democratic supporters, Pelosi said that the Democratic agenda is moving the country forward and the Democrats toward victory this fall.

“Republicans are in full-blown ‘spin mode’ attacking the president and claiming he has lost support,” she wrote. “But that is just hype and hyperbole. You and I know better — together we are moving America forward.” (emphasis mine)

Oh really?  I suppose she hasn’t been watching the most recent Rasmussen poll.  The President’s ratings are down, as are the polling numbers of many Democrat’s facing re-election this year.

This reminds me of mid-December comments made by the speaker:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has privately told her politically vulnerable Democratic members that they will not vote on controversial bills in 2010 unless the Senate acts first.

Hey Nancy, if you are not worried and all this is “hype and hyperbole” then why the drawback in the House?  Of course anyone with any sense knows why; as the agenda of this administration goes from the blank slate (Obama’s words) to concrete action the country is  concerned and those concerns translate in to votes.

The Dems thought “Teddy’s seat” in Massachusetts was a shoe-in, suddenly it has become the early 2010 election anyone interested in politics or the course of this nation is watching.  Even the wasted air space on MSNBC is seeing the writing on the wall…  Oh yes they are very worried about Scott Brown.

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As only this brand of Democrats seem able to do, Chicago thug politics rears its ugly head as a conservative newsreporter attempts to question  Martha Coakley after the debate with Scott Brown.  Why is it I see a continuing pattern of violence coming from the Democrats?  (this will be a future post)

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And how does Scott Brown answer the “Teddy’s seat” quip in the debate?

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And he is spot on.. the seat belongs to the  People !

Pelosi and the Democrat party refused to acknowledge the 9-12 March on DC where at least 1.5 million people took to the streets, they can ignore the rising tide of patriots in the country.. ignore it all.. but this I will promise, you have awoken a sleeping giant and WE-THE-PEOPLE are mad as hell and not taking it anymore !

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We came on 9-12 and we will come again, whether by car, plane, bus or ballot box.  The American people will not sit idly by and let you a destroy the country !

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Shrinking U.S. Labor Force Keeps Unemployment Rate From Rising

Posted by courage On January - 10 - 2010

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — An exodus of discouraged workers from the job market kept the U.S. unemployment rate from climbing above 10 percent in December, economists said.

Had the labor force not decreased by 661,000 last month, the jobless rate would have been 10.4 percent, according to economists including David Rosenberg at Gluskin Sheff & Associates in Toronto and Harm Bandholz at UniCredit Research in New York.

The decrease in the labor force is a result of workers opting out of the unemployment system; frustrated with what is viewed as a poor labor market, individuals are giving up their search to find work.

“The actual unemployment rate is higher than shown by the official numbers,” Bandholz said yesterday after a Labor Department report released in Washington showed the economy unexpectedly lost 85,000 jobs in December while the jobless rate was unchanged.(emphasis mine)

About 1.7 million Americans opted out of the workforce from July through December, representing a 1.1 percent drop that marks the biggest six-month decrease since 1961, the Labor Department report showed. The share of the population in the labor force last month fell to the lowest level in 24 years.

December’s 10 percent unemployment rate matched the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. It was shy of the 26-year high of 10.1 percent reached two months earlier.

The so-called underemployment rate — which includes part- time workers who’d prefer a full-time position and people who want work but have given up looking — rose to 17.3 percent in December from 17.2 percent.(emphasis mine)

The underemployment rate is a statistic our elected officials do not want to talk about because it vividly shows the bleak underbelly of the financial problems in the country.  Businesses are not expanding, in fact they are contracting because of the uncertainty surrounding legislation in Washington.  What business owner would expand their employee base when the horizon points to increased tax burden on their business, such as the payroll health care tax?  Business owners also know, the piper must be paid for the fiscal irresponsibility in Washington and Democrats, who currently control the Congress, always place businesses in the cross-hairs when looking to tax.

The number of discouraged workers, those not looking for work because they believe none is available, climbed to 929,000 last month, the most since records began in 1994.

Yes, the American people are discouraged.  Is it any wonder that only 32% of eligible voters feel confident that Congress represents their best interest?

What Is Congress Doing? The Manic Spending Has To Stop!

Posted by courage On December - 13 - 2009

The Senate is set to vote on their version of  an Ominbus bill today.  The House passed their version of the bill on Thursday. The House bill was a …

…1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure would provide $447 billion in operating budgets for 10 Cabinet departments, awarding increases averaging almost 10 percent. On top of that comes more than $600 billion in payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

The 221-202 vote to approve the House-Senate compromise bill sends it to the Senate, which may pass it this weekend and ship it on to President Barack Obama. Not a single Republican voted for the bill.

The generosity comes on top of an infusion of cash to domestic agencies in February’s economic stimulus bill and a $410 billion measure in March that also bestowed budget increases well above inflation. (emphasis mine)

When is the Congress going to understand that deficit spending will ruin the economy?  Back in February Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, said that spending bill

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Hate Crimes Bill

Posted by courage On October - 9 - 2009

capitol_hillUnder cover of a $680 billion Defense bill, the House yesterday passed expanded “Hate Crime” legislation.  Unable to pass this bill as stand-alone legislation, the Democrats, tacked the “Hate Crime” bill on to unrelated legislation.  This maneuver is becoming commonplace and circumvents potential laws from being evaluated on their own merit. (As an aside, watch for a Health Care “Reform” bill to be rammed through in this manner.)

I am against Hate Crime legislation.  Some that know me may be surprised at this.  The basis for my opposition is not centered on hate or some fear driven philosophy, which appears the railing cry for the GOP, rather I suggest common sense.  Have you ever known a friend to violently attack you?  I would venture to say that most would answer NO, to this question.  Those that answer YES should evaluate the choices they make in life.

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