August 21, 2009
August 20, 2009
After reading the attached letter to you from a fellow Hoosier (Whom I have never met), I need to remind you how I feel as well regarding H.R. 3200 “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act” and any similar bill. My wife and I have written and called Rep Peter Visclosky, Senator Lugar and your self on various topics during 2008 and 2009. We have received responses from your office and appreciate them. Since you represent us, we need to understand what you stand for and what you are doing in Washington.
Concern is growing daily over the direction our current President and Congress are taking us.
As a CPA, I believe in small, medium and large business based on my experiences. Businesses have adjusted extremely quickly to the recession during the last 9 months. We have cut cost in order to be able to service our customers, pay our vendors and employ as many people as we can considering the current environment. We are making these changes so that we can return to creating wealth which can be used to reinvest back into our people and communities. Those that have not been able to adjust because their business models completely broke down have the Bankruptcy System to re-employ the remaining assets into new productive structures. It would take years for the US Government to adjust operations/spending the way that American Businesses have already been able to.
My experience also tells me that the smaller businesses can adjust much more quickly than the very large ones. That is why growing the US Federal Government with Deficit Spending and unavoidable Increased Taxes is UNACCEPTABLE. Like AIG and GM etc, the US Government is also not TOO BIG TO FAIL. Like the US Taxpayer Bailouts of AIG and GM only the US Tax Payer will be able to save the US Government causing extreme pain to those Tax Payers.
I say all this to say that the average tax paying Hoosier is against Government Run Health Care in whatever form or language Congress uses. The larger the US Government grows the less freedom individual Americans have. The Doctor expressed this very well.
We ask you to vote against any form of Government Run Health Care and any form of Health Care Reform that increases deficits or raises taxes.
Most importantly, whether you vote for or against Government Run Health Care doesn’t really matter. What matters is if Government Run Health Care passes. If it passes than you did not do enough to stop it! Our only alternative than will be to vote you out of office and replace you with someone who represents us. My family is prepared to spend our time and resources to see that we are represented in Congress now and in the future.
No we are not a large special interest, we are Americans! Our individual voice is small but we have remembered how to use it, and there are many of us. Please hear us and act on our behalf.
Daniel XXX, CPA
Hoosier Tax Payer and Voter
August 10, 2009
July 14, 2009
What Happened Once will Happen Again
By: Esther Petersen
I got involved in a discussion with a group of Campaign for Liberty supporters and some people from the Constitution party who were down right GLEEFUL at what happened to Palin and it got me to thinking about the extremes that were equally thrilled with her demise……the ultra-right wing and the modern day Feminist. Amazing, isn’t it, how extremes are so likely to circle back together?
Why Conservatives and Feminists SHOULD be upset with Palin’s resignation:
I contend, as a person who did not vote for the McCain/Palin ticket, that those in this country who do care about statesmanship SHOULD be very upset by the Palin resignation. Why? Because her resignation shows a triumph of the cruelly liberal left driving someone out of the public eye because that person dared to be the antithesis of what the liberal left media THOUGHT they should be.
Sarah Palin is someone the status quo liberal despises because she is a woman who does not hold up women like Betty Freidan, Gene Boyer, Mary Eastwood, Margaret Sanger, or Carol Sue Weathers as the “heroic” women who changed the course of her life. No, Sarah Palin does not look to these “feminist icons” for her inspiration. Palin was not inspired to run for political office to assert the feminist ideal or because she wanted to further a feminist agenda. She ran as (gasp, horror) a pro-life, conservative woman. Because she DARED the sacrilege of opposing that most sacred feminist institution (the right to kill your baby if that is what you feel like doing), she immediately put a big bulls eye on her back and the media took aim. The onslaught began with: Who is Trig’s real mother? If Bristol is Trig’s mom, then is it possible that Todd is the father and that is why he has Down’s syndrome? Does Trig have Downs’ because his mother neglected her prenatal care? Would not Trig have been better off had she done the responsible thing and aborted him? After that, came the onslaught of her intelligence, or lack thereof: She was called “disabled”, a “redneck”, a “a bad b-list porn actress”, she has been called a MILF, she has been called a word I refuse to even type, and she has of course been called the favorite buzz word always lobbed at anyone with a conservative slant…….stupid.
They did not just take aim on Sarah Palin; they took aim on her family as well. The children of candidates have always been protected by the unspoken political rule that the shots can be taken at the candidate and the candidate’s spouse (in recent years) but the children are off limits. Not so, with Palin’s children: Trig was called the “devil baby”, jokes were made about statutory rape concerning her second daughter, her children were NEVER granted the same “hands of policy” of all other children from political families. Even now, amid the Sanford scandal, the Sanford sons have their faces blurred every time a picture of the family comes on the screen. This is done out of respect for the children. Palin’s children received no such respect.
I have heard Palin derided by conservatives because she did not stay home with her children, a valid point considering the religious context in which that opinion is given. I am not saying that I completely agree with that position, but I do understand the background in theological thought for those that hold that position. I have also heard FEMINISTS make the exact same argument which I find laughably ironic. Feminists are both angered and afraid of what she represents; a woman who does not conform to the mold the feminist agenda feels is appropriate. I find the diatribe of virulent hatred irritating on the feminist side and disturbing on the conservative side. Did Palin make mistakes? Yes, she did. She should have been as strong in her knowledge of foreign policy as she was on energy independence. Even though I believe she was mishandled by the McCain campaign due to the jealousy her popularity produced, she could have educated herself much better on her weaker issues. That being said, make no mistake that most of those early in their political life will not know every detail of every issue that faces our nation. It takes years to cultivate that, as Obama is now learning. Her second mistake was, after the election, she should have immediately stopped giving any “personal interest” stories to the likes of Greta VanSusteren, and focused her interviews solely on how current domestic and foreign policy would impact her state. She did not do either of those things and I do believe that she had a hand in her own current political situation. She will most likely never be considered a viable candidate by those who believe her sex is an immediate disqualifier, and she certainly will never be a favored candidate by the feminists because she is diametrically opposed to their agenda. Yet both of these groups should be concerned with what happened to Sarah Palin.
Feminists should be worried that the existence of Sarah Palin’s active uterus was an immediate deterrent for so many people. They should be concerned that references such as I outlined above were acceptable forms of description for a woman who dared to enter the political realm. Any self-respecting feminist should find the myriad of comments made concerning Sarah Palin’s looks to be in no way conducive to a furthering of the stated feminist goal as outlined in this statement, “is not a problem with certain angry and difficult women, it is a program for liberation and a vision of justice for all. – Batzell”. If the feminist or liberal does not like Palin based on her political stances, fine, the problem, from a feminist view point, is that Palin was attacked far more on the peripheral of her looks than she was on her record or policies. When is the last time you witnessed this kind of an attack on a male candidate?
Conservatives, you stand to lose the most with the kind of attacks that the Palin family has endured since October of 2008. I have already listed many of the attacks the family received so I will not go through them again. I will ask: where were the bloggers and the press when Bidens’s daughter was in a picture that seemed to suggest she was doing crack? What if that had been Bristol in the photograph? Where are the “all meant in good humorous fun” jokes concerning Michelle Obama’s looks and the statutory rape of one of her daughters? The press was no where to be seen with Ashley Biden and there would have been an outcry had it been Michelle and Malia Ann sitting in the stands of the Yankees game that night. Conservatives, the question you have to ask yourself is this: What if Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, or Ron Paul were able to garner enough support to make a true run at the White House? Because we were not loud enough in opposition, and in some cases joined in on the complete war on the Palin family in the press, would those families now be forced to endure the same level of virulence and slander just for being willing to stand in the gap? What if a man or woman out there is willing stand up and run for Congress, Senate, Governor, ect. on a staunchly pro-constitution/pro-family platform? The door has been opened for the media to declare an open season on YOUR family because you DARE to think outside their conventional little box. Allowing the media to get away with their never ending onslaught of Sarah Palin has given them the green light to continue their attacks on ALL conservative people, and it will not end. Those who participate in the Tea Parties have already been called a vulgar name with no ramifications, so the media WILL continue that onslaught. Any conservative woman who dares to speak her opinion in opposition to the feminist platform will be opening up both herself and her family to obscene and frightening hatred. Many “so called” feminists have sat silent in the onslaught of Palin based solely on her sex because they simply did not agree with her opinions and policies. Many conservative men have shown that they are willing to sit on their collective hands and allow a courageous woman to be attacked in this vicious manner because it simply is not her place to speak out. In sitting on those hands or simply remaining silent, however, you also open the door for YOUR family to be slandered, should you ever decide to do more than just complain about the state of your country. When we, as conservatives, remained silent on the Palin attacks, we hurt ourselves.
Again, I did not vote for the McCain/Palin ticket as I am not a fan of John McCain. It is the “Palin deserved what she got” mentality I am hearing among conservatives that I find truly disturbing. I am glad that she was willing to speak to many of the issues that concern me. It is a shame that more Conservatives are not stepping up to the plate. But does the fault for that really lie with Palin or with the Conservatives who are content to complain about the state of the country rather than do something about it?”
July 13, 2009
I apologize for the stagnant blog. From time to time things come up in life that simply cannot wait. That being said I have a few articles already to go for the site.
The following was obtained by a fella I call Don of Indy. I think it is a good read for a couple of reasons. 1. It gives you insight into the current apathy in our country; 2. It gives encouragement to those who are attempting to make a difference. Enjoy JP:
I attended the Townhall meeting today at the White River Branch of the Greenwood Library. State Rep (R) David Frizzell was also in attendance with Burton. Other than Tea Party events, this was my first attempt at politics since I moved back to Indiana in Sept 06. There were 12 – 15 of us in the audience. I was surprised at the small turnout, in my estimation. But, that bubble was busted immediately, by Burton’s and Frizzell’s opening remarks, “In at least 7 years, this is the largest turn out for a Townhall meeting that they had seen; usually only two or three people show up.” I though to myself, “no wonder this country is in such bad shape with so little public interest and apparent apathy.”
I found the meeting to be interesting, enlightening, and educational. I would recommend all of you to start attending future townhall meetings. They really do listen and inform. The meeting lasted about an hour, but, seemed longer. That is not a negative, a real positive point. So much was discussed in such a short time that it seemed much longer. I came away refreshed and encouraged, because even outside of our Tea Party groups, there is a lot of similar sentimentality.
Now to some specifics of the discussion:
The start off subject was the State Budget. They laid out enough background to help me understand the infighting that went on in the State House and to give me a better feel of how things (generally) operate between the four caucuses (Reps and Dems in House and the Reps and Dems in the Senate). We should congratulate ourselves because we are one of only eight states to pass a balanced budget. [You have probably seen the national discussion of “bailout” for states that cannot budget for themselves.] This led to an explanation of the troubles in coming to a compromised bipartisan agreement on the budget.
I’m sure that all members of our group know that the Indiana House is run by a one man rule, Speaker of the House, State Rep (D) B. Patrick Bauer (South Bend). The Dems (read Bauer) wanted to add lots of unfunded items and to raise taxes. But, and this is an important point, both Burton and Frizzell made a point of congratulating us, the audience, for causing a change to business as usual. And, I want to pass this on to all.
When the Special Session was convened and was stalemated by Bauer, as a result, the House was deluged with emails, phone calls, and faxes to the point that the systems had to be shut down. All of it directed to individual reps and mostly directly at Bauer. So overwhelming was the mail, plus a couple of editorial in the Media, caused Bauer to realize that he was pissing off too many people so he recused himself from the budget discussion. His stepping aside allowed the Rep and Dem members of the house to come to a compromised budget that was balanced and had a $1 billon reserve, and not new, or raised, taxes.
I make this point, not just because Burton and Frizzell thanked us, but, because I personally hope that all of you understand that enough voices can make a difference. So if you were one of those who spoke out, pat yourself on the back.
This discussion about Bauer, led to my shinning moment, in my opinion. As a follow-up, I asked both of them what they, and the other Republican members of the House, and the State Repub Com are doing to unseat Bauer and to regain control of the House? I must admit their answers were more than a tad disappointing. Both agreed that winning majority control at the next election was a given, and both talked about what “they” will do when they win. They plan to redistrict the state along geographic areas, not along political affiliations, as is the current districting, which was done by the Dems. Even after pressing, I was left wondering at to ‘how’ they plan to win the majority.
$823 million of the new State budget goes for education, but, most of audience discussion concerned the out of control school board in Center Grove and Franklin. Building Taj Mahal’s was the main issue. But, changes which require school boards to get public approval thru referendums are supposed to solve the problem.
Property Tax cap was discussed, and both promised to push for a State Constitution amendment to limit property taxes to 1% of accessed value. Both pointed out that the Dems are trying to make pools, decks, gazebos, etc, separate and taxable separately.
Increased benefits for Vets was discussed, and I, as a Vet, am pleased.
2nd Amendment was endorsed by both.
Most of the remaining discussion centered on individual/local issues. i.e. extra curricular activities at schools should be self funding.
I did make a point to both Burton and Frizzell, that there are 18+ Tea Party related groups in Indiana. We represent an untapped resource and many members are ready and willing to help take back our state and our country.
One last note, this meeting reinforced my opinion that it is the squeaky wheel that gets oiled. Speak out and make your voice heard. They really do listen, even when they do not answer you mail.
Don of Indy
“One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.” Charles A. Beard (1874-1948)
….To answer the question of “how will we get the majority back?” … it will be through good and decent people who have common sense about them… they will show up to the polls and escort some of these folks out of office. JP