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To all constitution loving candidates out there, good luck.

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Preview of Obamacare #1

via Drudge & The Daily Mail

UK HEALTH SYSTEM: Babies born in hospital corridors: Bed shortage forces 4,000 mothers to give birth in lifts, offices and hospital toilets...

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Role call of H.R. 2454

Quick & Dirty roll call of Cap & Trade bill.  See source here

 

Alabama

No

AL-1

Bonner, Jo [R]

No

AL-2

Bright, Bobby [D]

No

AL-3

Rogers, Michael [R]

No

AL-4

Aderholt, Robert [R]

No

AL-5

Griffith, Parker [D]

No

AL-6

Bachus, Spencer [R]

Aye

AL-7

Davis, Artur [D]

Alaska

No

AK-0

Young, Donald [R]

Arizona

Aye

AZ-1

Kirkpatrick, Ann [D]

No

AZ-2

Franks, Trent [R]

No

AZ-3

Shadegg, John [R]

Aye

AZ-4

Pastor, Edward [D]

No

AZ-5

Mitchell, Harry [D]

Not Voting

AZ-6

Flake, Jeff [R]

Aye

AZ-7

Grijalva, Raul [D]

Aye

AZ-8

Giffords, Gabrielle [D]

Arkansas

Aye

AR-1

Berry, Robert [D]

Aye

AR-2

Snyder, Victor [D]

No

AR-3

Boozman, John [R]

No

AR-4

Ross, Mike [D]

California

Aye

CA-1

Thompson, C. [D]

No

CA-2

Herger, Walter [R]

No

CA-3

Lungren, Daniel [R]

No

CA-4

McClintock, Tom [R]

Aye

CA-5

Matsui, Doris [D]

Aye

CA-6

Woolsey, Lynn [D]

Aye

CA-7

Miller, George [D]

Aye

CA-9

Lee, Barbara [D]

Aye

CA-10

Tauscher, Ellen [D]

Aye

CA-11

McNerney, Jerry [D]

Aye

CA-12

Speier, Jackie [D]

No

CA-13

Stark, Fortney [D]

Aye

CA-14

Eshoo, Anna [D]

Aye

CA-15

Honda, Michael [D]

Aye

CA-16

Lofgren, Zoe [D]

Aye

CA-17

Farr, Sam [D]

Aye

CA-18

Cardoza, Dennis [D]

No

CA-19

Radanovich, George [R]

Aye

CA-20

Costa, Jim [D]

No

CA-21

Nunes, Devin [R]

No

CA-22

McCarthy, Kevin [R]

Aye

CA-23

Capps, Lois [D]

No

CA-24

Gallegly, Elton [R]

No

CA-25

McKeon, Howard [R]

No

CA-26

Dreier, David [R]

Aye

CA-27

Sherman, Brad [D]

Aye

CA-28

Berman, Howard [D]

Aye

CA-29

Schiff, Adam [D]

Not Voting

CA-30

Waxman, Henry [D]

Aye

CA-31

Becerra, Xavier [D]

Aye

CA-33

Watson, Diane [D]

Aye

CA-34

Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D]

Aye

CA-35

Waters, Maxine [D]

No

CA-36

Harman, Jane [D]

Aye

CA-37

Richardson, Laura [D]

Aye

CA-38

Napolitano, Grace [D]

Aye

CA-39

Sanchez, Linda [D]

No

CA-40

Royce, Edward [R]

No

CA-41

Lewis, Jerry [R]

No

CA-42

Miller, Gary [R]

Aye

CA-43

Baca, Joe [D]

No

CA-44

Calvert, Ken [R]

No

CA-45

Bono Mack, Mary [R]

No

CA-46

Rohrabacher, Dana [R]

Aye

CA-47

Sanchez, Loretta [D]

No

CA-48

Campbell, John [R]

No

CA-49

Issa, Darrell [R]

No

CA-50

Bilbray, Brian [R]

Aye

CA-51

Filner, Bob [D]

No

CA-52

Hunter, Duncan [R]

Aye

CA-53

Davis, Susan [D]

Colorado

Aye

CO-1

DeGette, Diana [D]

Aye

CO-2

Polis, Jared [D]

No

CO-3

Salazar, John [D]

Aye

CO-4

Markey, Betsy [D]

No

CO-5

Lamborn, Doug [R]

No

CO-6

Coffman, Mike [R]

Aye

CO-7

Perlmutter, Ed [D]

Connecticut

Aye

CT-1

Larson, John [D]

Aye

CT-2

Courtney, Joe [D]

Aye

CT-3

DeLauro, Rosa [D]

Aye

CT-4

Himes, James [D]

Aye

CT-5

Murphy, Christopher [D]

Delaware

No

DE-0

Castle, Michael [R]

Florida

No

FL-1

Miller, Jeff [R]

Aye

FL-2

Boyd, Allen [D]

Aye

FL-3

Brown, Corrine [D]

No

FL-4

Crenshaw, Ander [R]

No

FL-5

Brown-Waite, Virginia [R]

No

FL-6

Stearns, Clifford [R]

No

FL-7

Mica, John [R]

Aye

FL-8

Grayson, Alan [D]

No

FL-9

Bilirakis, Gus [R]

No

FL-10

Young, C. W. [R]

Aye

FL-11

Castor, Kathy [D]

No

FL-12

Putnam, Adam [R]

No

FL-13

Buchanan, Vern [R]

No

FL-14

Mack, Connie [R]

No

FL-15

Posey, Bill [R]

No

FL-16

Rooney, Thomas [R]

Aye

FL-17

Meek, Kendrick [D]

No

FL-18

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R]

Aye

FL-19

Wexler, Robert [D]

Aye

FL-20

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D]

No

FL-21

Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [R]

Aye

FL-22

Klein, Ron [D]

Not Voting

FL-23

Hastings, Alcee [D]

Aye

FL-24

Kosmas, Suzanne [D]

No

FL-25

Diaz-Balart, Mario [R]

Georgia

No

GA-1

Kingston, Jack [R]

Aye

GA-2

Bishop, Sanford [D]

No

GA-3

Westmoreland, Lynn [R]

Aye

GA-4

Johnson, Henry [D]

Not Voting

GA-5

Lewis, John [D]

No

GA-6

Price, Tom [R]

No

GA-7

Linder, John [R]

No

GA-8

Marshall, James [D]

No

GA-9

Deal, Nathan [R]

No

GA-10

Broun, Paul [R]

No

GA-11

Gingrey, John [R]

No

GA-12

Barrow, John [D]

Aye

GA-13

Scott, David [D]

Hawaii

Aye

HI-1

Abercrombie, Neil [D]

Aye

HI-2

Hirono, Mazie [D]

Idaho

No

ID-1

Minnick, Walter [D]

No

ID-2

Simpson, Michael [R]

Illinois

Aye

IL-1

Rush, Bobby [D]

Aye

IL-2

Jackson, Jesse [D]

Aye

IL-3

Lipinski, Daniel [D]

Aye

IL-4

Gutierrez, Luis [D]

Aye

IL-5

Quigley, Mike [D]

No

IL-6

Roskam, Peter [R]

Aye

IL-7

Davis, Danny [D]

Aye

IL-8

Bean, Melissa [D]

Aye

IL-9

Schakowsky, Janice [D]

No

IL-10

Kirk, Mark [R]

No

IL-11

Halvorson, Deborah [D]

Aye

IL-12

Costello, Jerry [D]

No

IL-13

Biggert, Judy [R]

No

IL-14

Foster, Bill [D]

No

IL-15

Johnson, Timothy [R]

No

IL-16

Manzullo, Donald [R]

Aye

IL-17

Hare, Phil [D]

No

IL-18

Schock, Aaron [R]

No

IL-19

Shimkus, John [R]

Indiana

Aye

IN-1

Visclosky, Peter [D]

Aye

IN-2

Donnelly, Joe [D]

No

IN-3

Souder, Mark [R]

No

IN-4

Buyer, Stephen [R]

No

IN-5

Burton, Dan [R]

No

IN-6

Pence, Mike [R]

Aye

IN-7

Carson, André [D]

Aye

IN-8

Ellsworth, Brad [D]

No

IN-9

Hill, Baron [D]

Iowa

Aye

IA-1

Braley, Bruce [D]

Aye

IA-2

Loebsack, David [D]

Aye

IA-3

Boswell, Leonard [D]

No

IA-4

Latham, Thomas [R]

No

IA-5

King, Steve [R]

Kansas

No

KS-1

Moran, Jerry [R]

No

KS-2

Jenkins, Lynn [R]

Aye

KS-3

Moore, Dennis [D]

No

KS-4

Tiahrt, Todd [R]

Kentucky

No

KY-1

Whitfield, Edward [R]

No

KY-2

Guthrie, Brett [R]

Aye

KY-3

Yarmuth, John [D]

No

KY-4

Davis, Geoff [R]

No

KY-5

Rogers, Harold [R]

Aye

KY-6

Chandler, Ben [D]

Louisiana

No

LA-1

Scalise, Steve [R]

No

LA-2

Cao, Anh [R]

No

LA-3

Melancon, Charles [D]

No

LA-4

Fleming, John [R]

No

LA-5

Alexander, Rodney [R]

No

LA-6

Cassidy, Bill [R]

No

LA-7

Boustany, Charles [R]

Maine

Aye

ME-1

Pingree, Chellie [D]

Aye

ME-2

Michaud, Michael [D]

Maryland

Aye

MD-1

Kratovil, Frank [D]

Aye

MD-2

Ruppersberger, C.A. [D]

Aye

MD-3

Sarbanes, John [D]

Aye

MD-4

Edwards, Donna [D]

Aye

MD-5

Hoyer, Steny [D]

No

MD-6

Bartlett, Roscoe [R]

Aye

MD-7

Cummings, Elijah [D]

Aye

MD-8

Van Hollen, Christopher [D]

Massachusetts

Aye

MA-1

Olver, John [D]

Aye

MA-2

Neal, Richard [D]

Aye

MA-3

McGovern, James [D]

Aye

MA-4

Frank, Barney [D]

Aye

MA-5

Tsongas, Niki [D]

Aye

MA-6

Tierney, John [D]

Aye

MA-7

Markey, Edward [D]

Aye

MA-8

Capuano, Michael [D]

Aye

MA-9

Lynch, Stephen [D]

Aye

MA-10

Delahunt, William [D]

Michigan

Aye

MI-1

Stupak, Bart [D]

No

MI-2

Hoekstra, Peter [R]

No

MI-3

Ehlers, Vernon [R]

No

MI-4

Camp, David [R]

Aye

MI-5

Kildee, Dale [D]

No

MI-6

Upton, Frederick [R]

Aye

MI-7

Schauer, Mark [D]

No

MI-8

Rogers, Michael [R]

Aye

MI-9

Peters, Gary [D]

No

MI-10

Miller, Candice [R]

No

MI-11

McCotter, Thaddeus [R]

Aye

MI-12

Levin, Sander [D]

Aye

MI-13

Kilpatrick, Carolyn [D]

Aye

MI-14

Conyers, John [D]

Aye

MI-15

Dingell, John [D]

Minnesota

Not Voting

MN-1

Walz, Timothy [D]

No

MN-2

Kline, John [R]

No

MN-3

Paulsen, Erik [R]

Aye

MN-4

McCollum, Betty [D]

Aye

MN-5

Ellison, Keith [D]

No

MN-6

Bachmann, Michele [R]

Aye

MN-7

Peterson, Collin [D]

Aye

MN-8

Oberstar, James [D]

Mississippi

No

MS-1

Childers, Travis [D]

Aye

MS-2

Thompson, Bennie [D]

No

MS-3

Harper, Gregg [R]

No

MS-4

Taylor, Gene [D]

Missouri

Aye

MO-1

Clay, William [D]

No

MO-2

Akin, W. [R]

Aye

MO-3

Carnahan, Russ [D]

Aye

MO-4

Skelton, Ike [D]

Aye

MO-5

Cleaver, Emanuel [D]

No

MO-6

Graves, Samuel [R]

No

MO-7

Blunt, Roy [R]

No

MO-8

Emerson, Jo Ann [R]

No

MO-9

Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R]

Montana

No

MT-0

Rehberg, Dennis [R]

Nebraska

No

NE-1

Fortenberry, Jeffrey [R]

No

NE-2

Terry, Lee [R]

No

NE-3

Smith, Adrian [R]

Nevada

Aye

NV-1

Berkley, Shelley [D]

No

NV-2

Heller, Dean [R]

Aye

NV-3

Titus, Dina [D]

New Hampshire

Aye

NH-1

Shea-Porter, Carol [D]

Aye

NH-2

Hodes, Paul [D]

New Jersey

Aye

NJ-1

Andrews, Robert [D]

No

NJ-2

LoBiondo, Frank [R]

Aye

NJ-3

Adler, John [D]

No

NJ-4

Smith, Christopher [R]

No

NJ-5

Garrett, Scott [R]

Aye

NJ-6

Pallone, Frank [D]

No

NJ-7

Lance, Leonard [R]

Aye

NJ-8

Pascrell, William [D]

Aye

NJ-9

Rothman, Steven [D]

Aye

NJ-10

Payne, Donald [D]

No

NJ-11

Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R]

No

NJ-12

Holt, Rush [D]

Aye

NJ-13

Sires, Albio [D]

New Mexico

Aye

NM-1

Heinrich, Martin [D]

Aye

NM-2

Teague, Harry [D]

Aye

NM-3

Lujan, Ben [D]

New York

Aye

NY-1

Bishop, Timothy [D]

Aye

NY-2

Israel, Steve [D]

No

NY-3

King, Peter [R]

Aye

NY-4

McCarthy, Carolyn [D]

Not Voting

NY-5

Ackerman, Gary [D]

Aye

NY-6

Meeks, Gregory [D]

Aye

NY-7

Crowley, Joseph [D]

Aye

NY-8

Nadler, Jerrold [D]

Aye

NY-9

Weiner, Anthony [D]

Aye

NY-10

Towns, Edolphus [D]

Aye

NY-11

Clarke, Yvette [D]

Aye

NY-12

Velazquez, Nydia [D]

Aye

NY-13

McMahon, Michael [D]

Not Voting

NY-14

Maloney, Carolyn [D]

Aye

NY-15

Rangel, Charles [D]

Aye

NY-16

Serrano, José [D]

Aye

NY-17

Engel, Eliot [D]

Aye

NY-18

Lowey, Nita [D]

Aye

NY-19

Hall, John [D]

Aye

NY-20

Murphy, Scott [D]

Aye

NY-21

Tonko, Paul [D]

Aye

NY-22

Hinchey, Maurice [D]

No

NY-23

McHugh, John [R]

Aye

NY-24

Arcuri, Michael [D]

Aye

NY-25

Maffei, Daniel [D]

No

NY-26

Lee, Christopher [R]

Aye

NY-27

Higgins, Brian [D]

Aye

NY-28

Slaughter, Louise [D]

Aye

NY-29

Massa, Eric [D]

North Carolina

Aye

NC-1

Butterfield, George [D]

Aye

NC-2

Etheridge, Bob [D]

No

NC-3

Jones, Walter [R]

Aye

NC-4

Price, David [D]

No

NC-5

Foxx, Virginia [R]

No

NC-6

Coble, Howard [R]

Aye

NC-7

McIntyre, Mike [D]

Aye

NC-8

Kissell, Larry [D]

No

NC-9

Myrick, Sue [R]

No

NC-10

Mchenry, Patrick [R]

No

NC-11

Shuler, Heath [D]

Aye

NC-12

Watt, Melvin [D]

Aye

NC-13

Miller, R. [D]

North Dakota

Aye

ND-0

Pomeroy, Earl [D]

Ohio

Aye

OH-1

Driehaus, Steve [D]

No

OH-2

Schmidt, Jean [R]

No

OH-3

Turner, Michael [R]

No

OH-4

Jordan, Jim [R]

No

OH-5

Latta, Robert [R]

Aye

OH-6

Wilson, Charles [D]

No

OH-7

Austria, Steve [R]

No

OH-8

Boehner, John [R]

Aye

OH-9

Kaptur, Marcy [D]

No

OH-10

Kucinich, Dennis [D]

Aye

OH-11

Fudge, Marcia [D]

No

OH-12

Tiberi, Patrick [R]

Aye

OH-13

Sutton, Betty [D]

No

OH-14

LaTourette, Steven [R]

Aye

OH-15

Kilroy, Mary Jo [D]

Aye

OH-16

Boccieri, John [D]

Aye

OH-17

Ryan, Timothy [D]

Aye

OH-18

Space, Zachary [D]

Oklahoma

Not Voting

OK-1

Sullivan, John [R]

No

OK-2

Boren, Dan [D]

No

OK-3

Lucas, Frank [R]

No

OK-4

Cole, Tom [R]

No

OK-5

Fallin, Mary [R]

Oregon

Aye

OR-1

Wu, David [D]

No

OR-2

Walden, Greg [R]

Aye

OR-3

Blumenauer, Earl [D]

No

OR-4

DeFazio, Peter [D]

Aye

OR-5

Schrader, Kurt [D]

Pennsylvania

Aye

PA-1

Brady, Robert [D]

Aye

PA-2

Fattah, Chaka [D]

No

PA-3

Dahlkemper, Kathleen [D]

No

PA-4

Altmire, Jason [D]

No

PA-5

Thompson, Glenn [R]

No

PA-6

Gerlach, Jim [R]

Aye

PA-7

Sestak, Joe [D]

Aye

PA-8

Murphy, Patrick [D]

No

PA-9

Shuster, William [R]

No

PA-10

Carney, Christopher [D]

Aye

PA-11

Kanjorski, Paul [D]

Aye

PA-12

Murtha, John [D]

Aye

PA-13

Schwartz, Allyson [D]

Aye

PA-14

Doyle, Michael [D]

No

PA-15

Dent, Charles [R]

No

PA-16

Pitts, Joseph [R]

Aye

PA-17

Holden, Tim [D]

No

PA-18

Murphy, Tim [R]

No

PA-19

Platts, Todd [R]

Rhode Island

Not Voting

RI-1

Kennedy, Patrick [D]

Aye

RI-2

Langevin, James [D]

South Carolina

No

SC-1

Brown, Henry [R]

No

SC-2

Wilson, Addison [R]

No

SC-3

Barrett, James [R]

No

SC-4

Inglis, Bob [R]

Aye

SC-5

Spratt, John [D]

Aye

SC-6

Clyburn, James [D]

South Dakota

Aye

SD-0

Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D]

Tennessee

No

TN-1

Roe, Phil [R]

No

TN-2

Duncan, John [R]

No

TN-3

Wamp, Zach [R]

No

TN-4

Davis, Lincoln [D]

Aye

TN-5

Cooper, Jim [D]

Aye

TN-6

Gordon, Barton [D]

No

TN-7

Blackburn, Marsha [R]

Aye

TN-8

Tanner, John [D]

Aye

TN-9

Cohen, Steve [D]

Texas

No

TX-1

Gohmert, Louis [R]

No

TX-2

Poe, Ted [R]

No

TX-3

Johnson, Samuel [R]

No

TX-4

Hall, Ralph [R]

No

TX-5

Hensarling, Jeb [R]

No

TX-6

Barton, Joe [R]

Not Voting

TX-7

Culberson, John [R]

No

TX-8

Brady, Kevin [R]

Aye

TX-9

Green, Al [D]

No

TX-10

McCaul, Michael [R]

No

TX-11

Conaway, K. [R]

No

TX-12

Granger, Kay [R]

No

TX-13

Thornberry, William [R]

No

TX-14

Paul, Ronald [R]

Aye

TX-15

Hinojosa, Rubén [D]

Aye

TX-16

Reyes, Silvestre [D]

Aye

TX-17

Edwards, Thomas [D]

Aye

TX-18

Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D]

No

TX-19

Neugebauer, Randy [R]

Aye

TX-20

Gonzalez, Charles [D]

No

TX-21

Smith, Lamar [R]

No

TX-22

Olson, Pete [R]

Aye

TX-23

Rodriguez, Ciro [D]

No

TX-24

Marchant, Kenny [R]

No

TX-25

Doggett, Lloyd [D]

No

TX-26

Burgess, Michael [R]

Aye

TX-27

Ortiz, Solomon [D]

Aye

TX-28

Cuellar, Henry [D]

Aye

TX-29

Green, Raymond [D]

Aye

TX-30

Johnson, Eddie [D]

No

TX-31

Carter, John [R]

No

TX-32

Sessions, Peter [R]

Utah

No

UT-1

Bishop, Rob [R]

No

UT-2

Matheson, Jim [D]

No

UT-3

Chaffetz, Jason [R]

Vermont

Aye

VT-0

Welch, Peter [D]

Virginia

No

VA-1

Wittman, Rob [R]

No

VA-2

Nye, Glenn [D]

Aye

VA-3

Scott, Robert [D]

No

VA-4

Forbes, James [R]

Aye

VA-5

Perriello, Thomas [D]

No

VA-6

Goodlatte, Robert [R]

No

VA-7

Cantor, Eric [R]

Aye

VA-8

Moran, James [D]

Aye

VA-9

Boucher, Frederick [D]

No

VA-10

Wolf, Frank [R]

Aye

VA-11

Connolly, Gerald [D]

Washington

Aye

WA-1

Inslee, Jay [D]

Aye

WA-2

Larsen, Rick [D]

No

WA-3

Baird, Brian [D]

No

WA-4

Hastings, Doc [R]

No

WA-5

McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R]

Aye

WA-6

Dicks, Norman [D]

Aye

WA-7

McDermott, James [D]

No

WA-8

Reichert, Dave [R]

Aye

WA-9

Smith, Adam [D]

West Virginia

Not Voting

WV-1

Mollohan, Alan [D]

No

WV-2

Capito, Shelley [R]

No

WV-3

Rahall, Nick [D]

Wisconsin

No

WI-1

Ryan, Paul [R]

Aye

WI-2

Baldwin, Tammy [D]

Aye

WI-3

Kind, Ronald [D]

Aye

WI-4

Moore, Gwen [D]

No

WI-5

Sensenbrenner, F. [R]

No

WI-6

Petri, Thomas [R]

Aye

WI-7

Obey, David [D]

Aye

WI-8

Kagen, Steve [D]

Wyoming

No

WY-0

Lummis, Cynthia [R]

 

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Cap and Trade: Stand Up Today; Take Back Your Government – Make A Call

As you may have noticed, I’ve been twittering quite a bit about the Waxman Markey (Cap and Trade) bill.

Please contact your representative and tell them to vote no on this massive taxing/spending bill.

Rep. Robert Latta had a great video on this bill and it’s impact:

The Heritage Foundation has analysis.  Among the ramifications:

1.    Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2.    Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3.    Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4.    Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5.    Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6.    Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7.    Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person

Newt Gingrich provides a forum for finding your representative, their contact information and recording how many of us call, here. Or call the main switchboard at (202)224-3121.  Vote expected today as you are finishing up a weeks’ work and looking forward to the weekend.  Don’t let them slip this through when you aren’t looking.

Call and tell your representative they work for YOU, tell them YOU want them to vote NO and YOU will actively organize to ensure they do not get re-elected if they do not represent YOUR wishes.  This is YOUR country, take it back, take back YOUR government.

Now go, get busy.

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Freedom of Speech: Now Playing in Tehran, but Not Toledo

I’ve been following the Iranian protests these last days – like a lot of people.  I’ve been on Twitter (too much) retweeting credible information in a small effort to help.

But it’s made me wonder: what are these courageous people really doing?  Standing up and demanding to have their voices heard.  Standing up and demanding that their leaders be fair to all.  Standing up and demand that the truth be told.

All reasonable and justified goals, in my mind.

And Americans and the world by and large are supporting their demands and echoing the sentiment.

And yet, when hundreds of thousands of people have gotten together at Tea Parties here to say the same thing, what happened?  They are mocked, ridiculed, dismissed and marginalized. That whole ‘tea bagger’ thing is vile and illustrates my point.  Did the media and progressives belittle women’s suffrage, equal rights movements, pro-choice, anti-war, Darfur, pro-gay, anti-God, save the freakin’ trees, bees, whales & seals?  Is it only those people or issues they agree with that are supported and those they abhor that are held up to disdain?  If you love free speech, shouldn’t you support my right to express mine?

Could it be that half a world away, tyranny comes into focus more clearly than it does in Austin or Billings or Cincinnati or Buffalo? Could it be that simply because a party is in power doesn’t mean that the opposition shouldn’t have a voice in Tehran, but it’s perfectly alright if the Democrats ignore the 47% of the country who did not vote for President Obama.  They claim a mandate based on less than six percentage points and respond “we won, you lost” when challenged on their agenda.

Official election results claim Ahmadinejad won the election.  Whether that’s true or not, if he is returned to power, does that mean that his political party should be able to do whatever they wish whenever they wish to whomever they wish?  Does a presidential win mean that stoning women in the street is fine because those in power wish it?  Does it justify keeping people in poverty to pursue personal goals (like nuclear weapons)?  Does it mean that those who aren’t with you deserve no consideration? 

I do not agree with  President Obama’s agenda.  That’s why I didn’t vote for him.  Just because he won the White House should not mean that my voice should be silenced. Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid do not have the right to quash honest debate and the exchange of ideas in the House and Senate.  This is what a representative government is supposed to provide.  The party in power should not ramrod legislation through without a full and honest discussion of the facts of the matter – cost, ramifications,  pros/cons.   According to Dante’s description, I reckon most politicians can already comfortably fit into several of the circles of hell – yet they just can’t stop compounding their sins – this makes them gluttonous, Circle 3 and there you go.  Problem is, they use the American people and our futures to accomplish their goals in this little game.  It is about power and how much you can grab.

The protesters in Iran want their voices heard.  It’s a sad day in American when I have a better chance at being supported in Tehran than in Toledo.

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To My Representatives Re: Cap and Trade

Here is a copy of the email I sent to my representatives yesterday via Visible Vote:

 

My name is {insert name}. You are my elected representative.  As you know, Ohio has some the of the highest corporate, income and personal taxes as well as unemployment and utilities rates in the nation. 

The cost of living continues to increase, however my salary cannot keep up the pace. 

Yet Congress continues to spend.  It spends my money under the assumption that I am working for YOU. 

We’ve been forced to alter our lifestyle but Congress refuses to alter their spending. 

I cannot afford to continue to subsidize those who will not pull their own weight and I cannot afford to finance every Congressional whim. 

ENOUGH.  Vote NO on cap and trade.  Do not lay another spending bill at my door.  Keep your hands out of my pocket. Stop enslaving this country. We cannot afford this out-of-control government you are forcing down our throats.

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Cap and Trade – End of the American Lifestyle

From the Heritage Foundation:

Cap and Trade Top Ten List
1. Cap and Trade Is a Massive Energy Tax
2. It Will Not Make A Substantive Impact on the Environment
3.
It Will Kill Jobs
4. It Will Cause Electricity Bills and Gas Prices to Sharply Increase
5. It Will Outsource Manufacturing Jobs and Hurt Free Trade
6. It Will Make You Choose Between Energy, Groceries, Clothing or Haircuts.
7. It Will Be Highly Susceptible to Fraud and Corruption
8. It Will Hurt Senior Citizens, the Poor, and the Unemployed the Worst
9. It Will Cost American Families Over $3,000 a Year
10. President Obama Admitted “Electricity Rates Would Necessarily Skyrocket” under a cap-and-trade program. (January 2008)

See the rest of the piece here.

If this passes, American life as we know it will cease.  Call or write your representatives today.

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