I Remeber When …….

June 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

I admittedly am not old enough to really be uttering those words, but in today’s world it seems that my country and in some cases my own party have left me.  I look around the world around me, my city, my church, my state and my country and fail to recognize things that I once thought were normal.

Once upon a time the people in this country strived to be the best they could be.  People worked to make the best for their family and their communities.  Churches and communities took care of their own.  If someone in the church had a problem (i.e. lost job, house burned, sickness) the people in the church took care of each other.  Before medicare and medicaid people some how survived.  I am not sure how but they did it, Amazing.

Insurance has not always been available.  Once upon a time you paid for what you bought.  There was no credit bureau and you paid for medical expenses as they happened.  I am not so naive to think that those things could still be possible with the way the world is today.  But really if you have been to a hospital lately do you really expect that a Tylenol cost $10.  Insurance is part of the problem we could throw in law suits and the government.

I once believed that the enemies of our country lived outside of our borders.  I know that the “reds” were here in the 50’s but that is not the enemy we have today.  Our country is now under attack from small time dictators from 3rd world countries.  We have religious zealots who have corrupted their own religion and now have (and have had for a while) declared war on the US.  For those of you who have forgotten they have attacked our country twice already.

My biggest fear is that the leadership of our own country is setting us up to be destroyed.  Our President and the leadership of the Senate and Congress are forcing bills and laws down our throat that will eventually lead to our destruction.  The Cap and Trade bill is nothing more than a new tax to shut down our energy production as well  businesses that depend on things like oil, gas, and coal.  Basically the early projections are that gas will get to $6.00 a gallon and our home energy cost will go up 70-80%.

So as I sit here tonight I wonder what will be left of my country.  What will my kids find waiting for them in 20 years if we don’t stop the misplaced ideals and neediness of our countrymen.  People need to wake up and smell the coffee before it is to late.  Hopefully we can make a change soon, but I am afraid 2010 is not soon enough.

There is so much more I would like to say, but I feel that will have to wait for another posting.

American Clean Energy And Security Spoof

June 29, 2009 by  
Filed under US Politics

As many of you may know, the United States Congress voted for the largest tax increase in history Friday evening.  H. 2454, the American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009 (aka cap-and-trade, cap-and-tax, screw you America, you name it), passed by a narrow margin, 219-212.

House Minority Leader Boehner was able to take an hour and read multiple pages of a 300 page amendment to the House expressing several points of great concern.  Especially points stating that a tax would be imposed on countries who do not meet our new, insane, regulatory standards.

If Bernanke thinks auditing the fed will collapse the economy, wait and see what happens if this passes.

Anyways, we decided to go to all of our candidates for the 4th Congressional District and ask for their opinions on the bill and how we can stop it in the Senate..  5 of the 6 candidates have responded, here’s what they said:

Trey Gowdy

Cap and Trade will raise energy costs for families and send American manufacturing jobs overseas

The House of Representatives passed the largest tax increase in the history of our country today by passing what is dubbed “Cap and Trade.”  The bill is better titled “Tax and Send.”  Americans will be taxed hundreds of dollars in increased energy and utility costs and this bill – if it passes the Senate and becomes law – will send manufacturing jobs overseas.  With the national debt spiraling to numbers we can scarcely comprehend and spending fully out of control, the Congress is on the precipice of forcing families to pay more for energy.  And with unemployment high and increasing the Congress has in essence shipped jobs overseas to countries like China and India, where those governments have boldly proclaimed they will never hamper economic growth by raising the cost of energy.  Bills like “cap and trade” or “carbon taxes” are bad for the country as a whole and devastating for a region like the Upstate of South Carolina.

What can we do to stop it?  In the short term, encourage Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham to actively oppose passage in the United States Senate.  In the long term, we must establish a Republican Party that is capable of reclaiming the Congress and the White House so American families are protected and American jobs saved.

Bob Inglis

Christina Jeffery

There are articles in the Wall Street Journal 6/16/2009, that can guide us in insuring the defeat of H 2454 in the Senate.

The first was “The Climate Change Climate Change” by Kimberly Strassel, that details the breakdown of the scientific consensus on man made global warming, the fact of which is of course the rationale for the tax on carbon that would be instituted by the bill.  The Dems know they have to act quickly because the truth about their chicken little-ism is fast coming out.  We must spread the word about their industry-destroying, money-making (for them) hoax.

The second article, an editorial entitled “The Cap and Tax Fiction,” explains how the CBO cooked the numbers in “scoring” the cost of the carbon tax to citizens over the next ten years.  The Dems are using deceit in order to make the bill more palatable.  We can’t let them get away with the sugarcoating canard that it will cost the average American only the cost of one postage stamp a day!  (Of course an easily inflatable standard to boot!)

Third was the editorial entitled “The Albany-Trenton-Sacramento Disease,” detailing how the same “progressivism” that has ruined New York, New Jersey and California now threatens to do the same kind of damage at the national level and thus subject South Carolina to the same stupidity that has ruined NY, NJ, and California for business. It also explains the main purpose of the Cap and Tax Bill, that is, is to get the Dems as much money as possible to make their destruction of our country a reality.  NY, NJ, and California are three states we can use to illustrate to our fellow citizens the bleak consequence of not standing up to the Obama/Democrat agenda.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124597505076157449.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124588837560750781.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124597150183556945.html

Jim Lee

“Congress has once again let us down. They have demonstrated clearly their contempt for ‘We the People’ by passing without reading and fully understanding the euphemistically titled American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.2454). As Congress did in passing the bail-out bill, the so-called stimulus bill, and the pork-laden omnibus appropriations bill, to mention but a few, they have continued to demonstrate they are not serious about doing what is best for America but, rather, are only concerned with their own self-serving interests. Their irresponsible and arrogant abuse of power in passing a massive 1,200+ page bill that was not even complete when it was brought before the House is an insult to ‘We the People.’”

“I believe the cap and tax legislation will accomplish nothing except to punish the middle class and reward special interests. Increased taxes on businesses result in increased costs to consumers. However, regardless whether one is in favor of the overall objectives of the legislation, to hastily pass what is considered by some to be the ‘bill of the century’ without even reading and fully understanding the legislation is an insult to the intelligence of every American and demonstrates the dishonesty and arrogance of our Congress.”

“Speaker Pelosi asserted in January 2006 that Democrats would turn Congress into ‘the most open and honest Congress in history.’ Frankly, watching the disingenuous exchanges over the cap and trade bill and the insincere debate amongst members of Congress, I feel as though ‘We the People’ are simply being mocked.”

“I am doubtful that any amount of collaboration and bi-partisanship will resolve the underlying problem with a Congress so out-of-touch with the American people. We need representation that is not driven by what’s best for Washington but, rather, driven by the desire to do what is best for America and to serve ‘We the People.’ We need a different kind of representative that will fight for ‘We the People.’”

Andrew Smart

This is highly unfortunate and once again another set back to the American people.  I encourage every Senator to think long and hard before they vote to in act measures that are going to force more restrictions, taxes, and regulations on the already struggling businesses and manufacturers within our country. This is not a time for ideology but for reality and the reality is our government is not taking steps to truly help the people but to force us to adhere to the ideas of a small but powerful sect.

David Thomas

“The cap and trade bill that passed the House the other day is one of the worst pieces of legislation for the American people.  With gas prices rising once again, average Americans are starting to feel the pain at the pump.  The last thing that we need is this carbon tax legislation that was pushed through the House with last minute additions that left Representatives without a chance to review.  I applaud the efforts that Minority Leader John Boehner was able to use to try and expose this horrible piece of legislation.  We need more Congressmen like John Boehner who will stand up and fight for the conservative cause in the House.”

“We have some hope to stop this bill in the Senate.  I am confident that Senators DeMint and Graham will fight to end this legislation in the Senate.  Hopefully, the Senate Republicans will be able to convince some of their colleagues across the aisle to vote against this legislation.  They need our prayers and support.”

Senator Knotts… Sic em boy… Sic Sanford

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under News

It is well known in South Carolina that Governor Sanford has his enemies.  The General Assembly has worked against him multiple times to stop his reform initiatives and efforts to reduce spending in the state.

Did I mention that the General Assembly is a Republican Majority?  Sounds like the US Congress of old.  Anyway…

Senator Knotts, one of Sanford’s greatest arch-enemies, took to the airwaves of CNN today to continue to blast Sanford.

Listening to Knotts interview just turned my stomach upside down at times and at others, I fell out of my chair laughing so hard over a few of his statements.  Including the following:

“I’m a watchdog for the taxpayers money…”

Let’s see how good of a watchdog he is:

But lets take a look at something Knotts is calling for.

He is accusing Sanford of using taxpayer money to fund a rendezvous with his mistress.

“Taxpayers paid for him to rendezvous with his mistress down in South America, is non-excusable…..

…I can’t explain to my people how the governor can take money and rendezvous with his mistress and when he gets caught, pay it back.  It’s like a bank robber saying hey give me your money and if they happen to catch him, I’ll pay it back and everything will be ok”

Granted, we don’t know how much if any was used.  My issue with this is how many other state business trips ended with a night on the town, in a strip club, at a casino.  We know this happens in business across America.  And I’m not just talking about Sanford.  What about the legislators who have been traveling across the country on different studies and such.

Just like Sanford’s other adversaries, they immediately draw a comparison to the worst case scenario.  I immediately reminded of the stimulus debate:

You know, if you don’t take stimulus money, teachers will lose their jobs.

Oh, now that we have the money, you are still loosing your job.

What about Obama’s Broadway show.  How much money did that cost the taxpayers to fly Air Force One, the Presidential caravan, and everything else it takes to transport the President to Manhattan for a night on the town.

The fact of the matter is, this is common practice.  He was in Argentina on state business, secured jobs for South Carolinians, then enjoyed a night on the town.

One last parting thought……

If it is illegal to have sex on the taxpayer’s dime, then a whole hell of a lot of you are in trouble.

Bernanke Threatens Economic Collapse If Fed Audited

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under News

Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

Representative John Duncan questions Bernanke about Ron Pauls H.R. 1207, Audit the Federal Reserve Act, which is cosponsored by more than half of the Congress.

In the interview Bernanke claims that the Fed is opening up, but then makes the following statement.

“If the GAO audits the operational aspects and makes judgements on their decisions, that effectively becomes a take over of monetary policy by the Congress, a repudiation of the independence of the Federal Reserve which would be highly destructive to the stability of the financial system, the dollar, and our national economic situation.”

That lead me to believe there is some extremely questionable activities going on in the Federal Reserve if Bernanke makes this kind of “threat”.

He is telling Congress they have no right to perform this audit, but remind me what Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution:

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;

You tell me, I think Bernanke is afraid of losing his job and his stranglehold on the American People.  Here’s the video.

Westside Church to Host Independence Day Forum with Alan Keyes

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release

Independence Day Forum with Dr. Alan Keyes
Faith in Politics – “The Importance of People of Faith to be Engaged in the Political Process”

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Breakfast reception with Dr. Keyes 8:00a – 9:00a

$10.00/person (includes breakfast and reserved seating for forum)
Limited seats available

General admission forum with Dr. Keyes begins at 9:00a
$5.00/person (first come, first seated)
Westside Church, 611 Richardson Street, Simpsonville, SC 29680

To reserve tickets for the breakfast reception contact Westside Church at (864) 963-7262 or go to www.westsidechurch.us
Event parking limited. Car pooling strongly encouraged.

Breakfast catered by Queen Bee Casseroles & Catering
Net proceeds to benefit Declaration Alliance www.declarationalliance.org
(The Declaration Alliance is a civic public policy and issues advocacy organization that aggressively defends the Founding principles of the American Republic.)

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