Before we begin with our E-Blast, let’s take a moment to honor our Veterans, past and present, and thank these brave patriots for their service and our freedom. Keep them in your prayers.
Here is your reading and activism assignment for the week:
November 14: Commissioners’ Court Meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Austin County Courthouse. Your link to the agenda:
November 15: Bellville City Council Meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall. Your link to the agenda:
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY REPUBLICANS CLUB:
Washington County Republican Club
Meeting will be Tuesday, November 15, 6 p.m. @ Blinn College Banquet Room
the speaker will be Borah VanDormolen, Texas Republican National Committeewoman
Dinner reservations need to be made by Sunday, November 13th by calling 277-0712. The public is invited
November 17: Bellville ISD School Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.in the Administration Building. As of today, there is no agenda posted, but you can get on the BISD website next week and pull one up. http://www.bellvilleisd.org/home
In addition, here is the link that shows all of the school board meetings for the 2011-2012 school year. Even if you do not currently have children attending school, you do pay school taxes and your presence at the meetings is important.
November 18: The Austin County Pachyderm Club will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the New Ulm Lion’s community Building at 1722 FM 109 in New Ulm.
The guest speaker will be Texas State Representative Lois Kolkhorst.
If you did not get a chance to see last Saturday’s Cain-Gingrich Lincoln-Douglas debate, here is the YouTube link in its entirety:
Great website and campaign/candidate analysis:
From our friends at the Heritage Foundation; it’s all about the spending!
The answer is: Spend less. Period.
Today Politico published an op-ed
written by leaders from Heritage Action for America, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, American Conservative Union, National Taxpayers Union, and the Cato Institute. The piece echoes many of the same themes of Ed Feulner’s Morning Bell blog post
published on November 7.
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The answer is: Spend less, Period.
By: Grover Norquist, Mike Needham, Phil Kerpen, Al Cardenas, Duane Parde, & Daniel J. Mitchell
November 10, 2011
The federal government is spending too much money. Our nation has made more than $63 trillion in unfunded promises, to be paid for by future generations. It poses an existential threat to America ’s dynamic, pro-growth economy. The solution to this problem is to reduce federal spending.
This is a fairly straight-forward point – but one that is lost in our nation’s capital, where tough choices are avoided on a daily basis.
A mechanism for dealing with our nation’s fiscal problems was set-up this summer: the supercommittee. Some are now suggesting that instead of addressing the real problems our nation faces — by reducing government spending — the supercommittee should recommend tax increases to meet its deficit reduction targets.
Tax increases are what politicians always do when they are not willing to govern—that is, to cut and reform government spending. The problem, of course, is that tax hikes crowd out and displace spending reform.
In the 2010 midterm elections, Americans rose up in opposition to runaway spending and elected a majority in the House who were publicly committed to opposing any and all tax increases and determined to cut the deficit by reining in federal spending. This new majority is now being put to the test.
Advocates of the supercommittee raising taxes instead of reducing spending by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years (their deficit reduction mandate) have put forward several unserious arguments.
First, they say, “let’s compromise.” Let’s be balanced, they insist, and promise to cut some spending and raise some taxes. Having pushed spending way up, they now want to pretend this spending is normal or, at least, inevitable. It isn’t.
The solution isn’t to pay for the spending with tax hikes, but to spend much less. Why should anyone be asked to pay more taxes just so Washington can continue to overspend? The tax hike crowd has no answer.
What’s more, there are good reasons to be wary – we’ve been down this road before. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan was promised three dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of tax hikes. The tax hikes were real. But spending — in real dollar terms — went up, not down.
In 1990, the same trick was played out — this time at the expense of President George H.W. Bush and the American people. A two-to-one promise brought higher taxes and higher spending. When tax hikes are on the table, the talk about spending cuts evaporates. Oddly enough, the tax hikes remain.
The second argument is: “We won’t raise tax rates – we will just reduce deductions and credits.” Nonsense. Closing tax loopholes is all well and good. But doing so to raise revenues is just as much a tax hike as raising tax rates.
The tax hike crowd is trying to confuse tax hikes with tax reform. In fact, closing tax loopholes to raise revenue is ultimately antithetical to tax reform — there would then be less revenue available to use to cut tax rates.
The third argument is that we must raise taxes to avoid sequestration if the supercommittee fails. This argument demonstrates how misguided it is to legislate in a climate of hysteria. Politicians should not acquiesce, out of fear, to bad public policy.
Taxes, domestic spending and defense spending should be debated on their merits. Members of Congress should do their jobs and set them each appropriately.
Any congressman who wants to keep his promise to voters to oppose tax increases; to fight for lower spending, and to keep the hope alive for meaningful tax reform in the future must vote “no” on any supercommittee deal that contains a tax increase.
This tells Washington that the only way to get our country back on track is to rein in out-of-control spending.
Grover Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform. Mike Needham is the chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America . Phil Kerpen is vice president for policy of Americans for Prosperity. Al Cardenas is chairman of American Conservative Union . Duane Parde is the president of National Taxpayers Union . Daniel J. Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
Tip of the tri corner hat to a fellow patriot for a great article; Christians and small government are logically compatible. Read all about it in the attachment.
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY:
The Senate Fails to Stop Excessive Regulation
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the power to “disapprove” of federal regulations under special fast track procedures, an important tool to rein in overzealous federal regulators. On Thursday the Senate failed to stop two job-killing regulations using CRA procedures, a big disappointment for free-market advocates. Americans for Prosperity had key voted in support of both measures.
S.J.Res. 6, introduced by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) to disapprove of the FCC’s so-called “net neutrality” regulations, failed by a vote of 46-52 with all Republicans present in the chamber voting in support. As AFP’s Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen explained in a statement, this is “the first government regulation of broadband internet access in a decade[,]…undermining investment and job creation and setting the stage for more pervasive Internet regulation in the future.” The FCC’s final rule is currently being challenged, and may be overturned, in federal court. The new rules take effect on November 20.
S.J.Res. 27, introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to disapprove of the EPA’s cross-state air pollution (CSAPR) rules, failed by a vote of 41-56, with six Republicans joining all but one Democrat voting in opposition. The rule requires 27 states to reduce power plant emissions that can cross state lines. Some have estimated that as many as 18 coal-fired power plants will have to close as a result of the stringent new standards, taking off the grid enough electricity to power over a million homes. The rule was originally scheduled to take effect on October 7, but is currently undergoing revisions at the EPA.
The Congressional Review Act is an important tool to find out which Senators want to be legislators and which just want to let Obama’s agencies write whatever rules they please. We need to fundamentally change the relationship between regulators and Congress. The REINS Act will do just that; click to show your support.
Americans for Prosperity
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