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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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Just say No!

We’ve been going over our budget here recently. The realization that our incomes will be going down (due to any number of Obama stimulus related initiatives) and that the economy around here is so poor there’s a possibility that at least one of us may lose our job necessitates strict scrutiny of our expenses.

We’ve modified our behavior over the last several months – left-overs are required to be eaten, trips to the grocery store are focused on items on the list, we changed our phone carrier and modified our cable television plan. There’s more we can do, and will, that will be annoying; there is more we can do, and will, that will be painful.

So here we are. Regular citizens with full time jobs, a mortgage to pay, responsibilities to meet. The cost to us is rising – more fees, higher taxes, increased prices on goods is coming (especially with the lunacy of cap & trade) and we are having to tighten our belts along the way.

Personal responsibility is an inherent part of personal freedom. You cannot have one without the other…

Unless you’re in government.

A quick look at the stimulus plan shows that my state of Ohio has put dibs on $4,233,069,611 of stimulus dollars. That four billion. With a ‘B’.

And it’s for stuff like a $3 millon bike path in Columbus and $40,000 tennis courts in Cincinnati.

My little town has no stimulus requests in, but the urban center near me (Toledo) has $395,089,391 (that’s million) of requests in. $600,000 worth of bridge painting, $26,400,000 for public housing modernization, $4,500,000 for wheelchair ramps, $2.5 million for arena/stadium pedestrian malls.

While the value of these projects can be debated (I guess), the fact remains: the government cannot say no. The government thinks that your money, is their money. They are just letting you keep some of it and when they want it back, they come for it, regardless of it’s impact on you.

It’s time for the government to say no. It’s time for them to realize that they need to make the ‘sacrifices’ that they are continuing to tell us that we must make for the greater good.  But not them.  How difficult is it for us to say “Well, I’d like a new car but the old one is still running.   Times are unstable and I’ll just have to put that new car (or TV or vacation or whatever) is going to have to wait.”  We don’t like it, but it’s part of our personal responsibility.

What government official is saying, “Well, that bridge needs to be painted, but it can wait.  I don’t want to add any more money to the federal budget than is absolutely necessary.”

It just doesn’t happen.

They are selling you, your future, and future generations down the river.  And they don’t bat an eye.  They want what they want – regardless of its’ impact on you or the country.

Tell your elected representatives – local, state and federal that it’s time for them to make sacrifices for the ‘greater good’.   Tell them you are doing you’re part and you have little left.  Tell them it’s time for them to do their part. Tell them they are required to take personal responsibility too.

By the way, the only state not to request stimulus funds?  New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state.  No wonder there is a movement afoot to get people to move their.

Stimulus Watch

Free State Project

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Tax Day Tea Party

Tax Day Tea Party

Tax Day Tea Party

Organizing is in progress for nationwide tea parties on April 15, 2009.  Shamefully, there are none scheduled for Ohio, which, if you have read about Governor Strickland’s proposed budget, NEEDS to have one!

See the website info here.  Michelle Malkin comments here.

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Paying off your debt

At my current rate of pay, I would have to turn over my entire paycheck (gross, not net) to the federal government and work for more than 1,500 years to pay off the stimulus spending bill that is about to be voted on.

This bill is wrong and obscene.

The Representatives and Senators who vote for this bill will be noted.  The results of this bill will be noted – not just the lack of ‘stimulus’ it provides, but the wasteful programs it installs, the personal liberties it removes and the waste it produces.

This shouldn’t be about partisan politics, but, it is.  It should be about doing what is best for the country – present and future.

Any member voting yes on this bill, Democrat, Republican, Independent or other, should be voted out of office at the first opportunity, regardless of their contribution to their community.

This is shameful and selfish.

 

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Yeah, that bailout was a great idea.

From the “do I have a kick me sign on my butt” file…..

It’s been a long time since I could afford a nice vacation, and with things going the way they are, it looks to be a while before I will be going again.

But I sure feel great knowing that those stressed out AIG execs are putting my tax dollars to good use after the bailout they just got from the American taxpayers.

From the Washington Post today:

After Bailout, AIG Executives Head to Resort

UPDATED: 11:31 a.m.

Less than a week after the federal government offered an $85 billion bailout to insurance giant AIG, the company held a week-long retreat for its executives at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., running up a tab of $440,000, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said today at the the opening of a House committee hearing about the near-failure of the insurance giant.

Showing a photograph of the resort, Waxman said the executives spent $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals and $23,000 for the spa.

“Less than a week after the taxpayers rescued AIG, company executives could be found wining and dining at one of the most exclusive resorts in the nation,” Waxman said. “We will ask whether any of this makes sense. ”

The committee will ask the company’s executives about their multimillion-dollar pay packages — some of which they continue to receive — as well as who bears responsibility for the company’s high-risk investment portfolio, which led to its near collapse just weeks ago.

“They were getting their manicures, their pedicures, massages, their facials while the American people were paying their bills,” thundered Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), of the executive retreat at the Monarch Resort.

Read the full story here.  Then look at the resort they chose for their retreat here.  The Smoking Gun has the invoice here.

I’d feel better about Congress taking these folks on if they didn’t use my tax dollars for the exact same things.  Their junkets are legendary.

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Federal Gas Tax Increase Sought

It’s pretty well accepted that gasoline prices are hurting everybody, from the price at the pump to the increase in goods due to higher transportation costs.  The fact that the U.S. needs additional refining capabilities but there have been no refineries built in a few dozen years and that we refuse to drill for oil off our own shores or within our own territories isn’t being pursued.  The fact that there is a lot of ‘talk’ about alternative energy and removing our dependence on foreign oil for decades, yet the U.S. has done nothing of significance is apparent.  Instead, we continue to fund, well, everything with additional taxes.  Further crippling the consumer.

A U.S. panel created to recommend ways to fund road construction plans to propose that federal gasoline taxes rise as much as 40 cents per gallon over five years, a person with direct knowledge of the plan said. The group will suggest that the current tax of 18.4 cents per gallon increase by 5 cents to 8 cents annually and be indexed to inflation after the five years, said the person, who didn’t want to be named before the report is made public.

The panel, called the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, is scheduled to release its recommendations including the federal fuel-tax increase Jan. 15 in Washington. Congress created the panel in 2005 for the purpose of issuing the report.

The findings may bolster efforts by members of Congress who have tried unsuccessfully to raise fuel taxes over the objections of President George W. Bush. The tax increase wouldn’t go into effect until after Bush leaves office in 2009.

The commission will also recommend that state fuel taxes rise by an amount slightly larger than the federal increases, according to the person. The U.S. tax on gasoline was last boosted in 1993, by 4.3 cents a gallon.

Rather than tax increases, the Bush administration has promoted public-private partnerships in which financial firms such as Macquarie Bank Ltd. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. join other investors to provide roadway funding.

Read the whole story here.

When will the American people stop slitting their own throats?  The middle class is being taxed into a welfare state.  We need to stop looking at party affiliations and promises to special interest groups, ‘the folks back home’ when choosing local, state and federal officials.  We need to stop re-electing those who have grown used to the power of their position and who have long ago stopped representing the people.  We need to demand that politicians running for office tell the truth – all along the way.  Ever notice how a politicians positions depend entirely on who they audience is?  We should demand they live up to the slogans and sound bites that so easily roll off their tongues.  You’re for lower taxes?  Then why are you voting for a bill that raises taxes?  You’re for the middle class?  Then why are your policies crippling them?

We have become a bunch of lemmings who just let things happen to us.  We seem to think we can affect change by calling each other names.  We seem to think it’s more important how many Ds or Rs are in the “win” column.   It’s about destroying the other guy, but we don’t care who is getting hurt out their in the real world.

It’s time for a second American Revolution.  We have lost focus and we are out of touch with what matters.

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