Saturday, April 30, 2011

Gallup: Americans Blame Wasteful Government Spending for Deficit

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NPR: Medicare's Math Problem, $100k IN and $300k OUT

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There's a reason system current system is unsustainable, says Eugene Steuerle, a former Treasury Department official and senior fellow at Washington's Urban Institute. He boils it down to two simple numbers.

"An average couple retiring today has paid just a little over $100,000 in Medicare taxes" over the course of their working lives, Steuerle tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

And what do they receive?

"About $300,000 in benefits" — even after adjusting for inflation.

Overthrow Washington in 2012 - Man Celebrates BDay with Protest

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But the gun was “empty, of course,” he said, because he wasn't trying to harm anyone.
“I didn't want to cause any problems, I just wanted to make a statement,” Walker said.
And that's exactly what he did as motorists slowed to read his poster board that read: “Overthrow Washington in 2012.”

Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,230,573,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,230,573,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Friday, April 29, 2011

More Democrats threaten to vote against raising borrowing limit

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The tension is the latest illustration of how the tea-party-infused GOP is driving the debate in Washington over federal spending. And it shows how the debt issue is testing the Obama administration’s clout as Democrats, particularly those from politically competitive states, resist White House arguments against setting conditions on legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,243,111,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,243,111,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

South Carolina says no to corporate extortion, Thank YOU Nikki Haley

Many years ago a governor, somewhere, decided his re-election chances could be enhanced if he bribed a large corporation to locate a new facility in his state. That governor did not create jobs, he simply bribed a job creator. He took a big wad of taxpayer cash and tossed it to the big corporation.

Now many years later, all governors play this corrupt game...until Nikki Haley. She has said no to illegal bribery masquerading as "job creation." Thank you Nikki Haley and all the legislators who pulled us all from back the brink of a completely corrupt government.

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But others say the vote marked a welcome break from the state’s traditional job recruitment posture of favoring big businesses over small ones and giving unfair advantages to some over others.
“This is a pivotal moment in the state’s economic development history,” USC economist Doug Woodward said. “We’ll have to take some time to study the lessons surrounding this issue, both politically and economically.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Poll: 81% say fix the deficit NOW, up 11% since December

Hey Republicans, don't get weak-kneed on us now...Americans are coming to our side in droves.

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More Alabama Tornado Videos and pictures

Amazing Twitvid of Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath


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Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,252,380,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,252,380,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mommy Patriots: A new breed of Tea Party Voters

Senator Ophelia Ford recalls painful bullying in school

South Carolina Rejects Tax Break for Amazon

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina legislators rejected Wednesday a sales tax break for online retailer Amazon.com in a 71-47 vote the House Majority leader blamed largely on Republican Gov. Nikki Haley.

The proposal would have exempted Amazon from collecting sales taxes in South Carolina for five years, if it provided at least 1,249 full-time jobs and health care benefits for employees. Amazon has threatened to stop building a distribution center in Lexington County, and abandon its plans, if it's forced to collect the taxes from South Carolina shoppers.

Supporters said South Carolina needed to honor a deal struck last summer with the Commerce Department under former Gov. Mark Sanford. It would extend a five-year-old break put on the books to help win a QVC distribution center, which has expired.

If South Carolina doesn't deliver on this, future attempts to lure jobs to the state will be put in jeopardy, said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Cooper, R-Piedmont.

He said South Carolinians don't pay sales taxes now when they shop on Amazon, so there's no loss to the state. If the company pulls out, state residents still won't pay sales taxes when they order online, Cooper said.

Amazing Video of Tuscaloosa Ala Tornado

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Former Miss USA VERY upset over intrusive airport pat-down

Good Advice

HORSE from Rex Martin on Vimeo.

GOP leaders to meet with rank and file Republicans on debt limit vote

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Washington (CNN) - With a showdown over raising the debt limit looming, House Republican leaders said Tuesday they will hold a series of "listening sessions" for rank-and-file GOP members when Congress returns from its break next week. The sessions are designed to get feedback on how to frame the controversial upcoming vote to raise the nation's debt limit, according to several GOP sources on a conference call for House Republicans.

The meetings will be coordinated by House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, with Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, laying out the issues related to the debt ceiling, and trying to get consensus from GOP lawmakers about what conditions they want to place on any vote to raise the borrowing limit. McCarthy and Ryan held similar sessions in the weeks leading up to the vote on the House GOP budget plan.

The GOP sources on Tuesday's conference call told CNN that Speaker John Boehner restated his insistence that there would be no vote to authorize additional borrowing authority for the Treasury Department without conditions attached to it.

Treasury quietly plans for failure to raise debt ceiling

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The White House is warning that catastrophe will strike if Congress fails to raise the limit on the national debt: With too little cash to pay creditors, the U.S. government would default. Interest rates would skyrocket. And the economic recovery would collapse.

But behind the scenes, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has already begun juggling the books to conserve cash, draining a special account at the Federal Reserve. And with the debt forecast to hit the legal limit of $14.3 trillion in just a few weeks, he has a range of tools at his disposal, including borrowing money from a pension fund for federal workers.

Gallup: Seniors Most Favorable To Ryan Budget

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A new Gallup/USA Today poll contains a counterintuitive finding: the age group most receptive to House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's plan to deal with the budget - seniors.

The poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan's plan over President Obama's plan, while 42 percent back the president.

That's the highest total among the age groups tested - a 47 percent plurality between the ages of 50 and 64 backed Ryan, and a 45 percent plurality of those between 30-49 backed Ryan. But young voters overwhelmingly sided with Obama by a 23-point margin, 53 to 30 percent.

AZ and GA to allow citizens to purchase Health Insurance out of State

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LOOSER RULES: Two Republican governors — Jan Brewer of Arizona and Nathan Deal of Georgia — are expected to sign bills that would allow residents to purchase health insurance across state lines. Conservative lawmakers say the change would promote consumer choice, competition and lower insurance rates. Consumer and patient advocates oppose the idea, arguing that it would result in watered-down coverage in states that otherwise have high benefits standards. Georgia, for example, has stricter insurance laws than most states, requiring insurance companies to cover a long list of medical services such as breast cancer screening and well-child visits. Last year, Wyoming became the first state to enact an out-of-state health insurance law. Oklahoma and Montana lawmakers are considering similar bills, according to an article in Investor’s Business Daily.

Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,246,886,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,246,886,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Future of the Automobile and how to pay for Highways: Randy O'Toole

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Europe’s Debt Crisis Worsens

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The strange, corrupt world of State "Economic development"

Thank you Chas Sisk and the Tennessean, a great reporting job. So-called "Economic development", as practiced by State and Local governments by both Republicans and Democrats is nothing more than legal bribery. And like most bribery it can only be transacted in secret....and apparently in this case without even a paper trail. It is absolutely outrageous.

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Republican lawmakers are particularly concerned about whether economic development officials made agreements without informing the incoming administration and legislature, and whether the state has the ability to take back incentives if those companies do not follow through on their commitments.

Republicans have been raising questions about the Electrolux deal since it came to light earlier this year that the Bredesen administration had committed $97 million toward the company's $190 million plan to build a kitchen appliances plant in Memphis. The commitment involved state government directly underwriting the project, a departure from the Bredesen administration’s general stance against direct cash incentives to companies.

More recently, Republicans have been questioning the promises made to Amazon to convince it to build a distribution center near Chattanooga. They are particularly concerned about an agreement not to collect sales taxes from Amazon.

Kisber said that decision was a legal interpretation made by state revenue officials that the company was not doing sufficient business in Tennessee to create a taxable situation, not an incentive offered by the administration. "It's a question of whether we want the jobs or not," he said. "They have their business model, and they have their legal arguments as to whether we need to collect sales tax or not."

Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,241,159,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,241,159,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Boehner talks tough, sort of, on debt ceiling

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“If the president doesn’t get serious about the need to address our fiscal nightmare, yeah, there’s a chance it [the debt limit vote] could not happen,” Boehner told POLITICO after he toured a manufacturing company in this western Ohio town. “But that’s not my goal.”

The vote to increase the borrowing ceiling beyond the current limit of $14 trillion has become one of the defining issues for a House Republican majority that ran campaigns promising dramatic cuts in government spending. As the deadline draws closer to a debt ceiling vote, Republicans are starting to sound less compromising in their stance, even as Treasury officials warn of market calamity and economic “Armageddon” if Congress refuses a vote.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hotline: Whipping The Debt Ceiling Vote

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Congress is likely to raise the debt ceiling some time before the July 4th recess, but probably lacks the votes to do so in either chamber unless the vote is paired with a commitment to spending cuts.

National Journal compiled a "whip list" below detailing the stated position of senators on a vote to significantly raise the debt limit without any cuts attached, or on a "clean" vote. The list is based on interviews, statements, other press reports and statements by Senate Republican leaders on the collective views of GOP conference members. Lawmakers' descriptions of circumstances in which they would back an increase are noted. At least 50 senators, including several Democrats, have signaled they oppose a clean vote to raise the $14.3 billion statutory debt ceiling. That is enough to block it.

New SEIU Plan: Nationwide Protests

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The new plan, revealed in a planning document reviewed by POLITICO and the subsequent interview with Henry, reflects the widening recognition by labor leaders that the shrinking national ranks of union members no longer carry the political heft they once did. The draft plan, titled “Fight for a Fair Economy” in what Henry said was a preliminary planning document, would reach outside union ranks to focus on “mobilizing underpaid, underemployed, and unemployed workers” and “channeling anger about jobs into action for positive change.”

The plan does not revolve as centrally around the 2012 elections as the SEIU’s political program did in 2008, when it was the largest outside supporter of candidate Obama. It does, however, aim to organize public campaigns for economic issues around “national flash points” including this August’s recess, corporate shareholder meetings next spring, and the debates and conventions next year. Henry was elected last year with a promise to re-orient the union, and some Democratic officials worry the change will mean a less intense focus on their party’s needs.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

4 Polls Jan-Apr, rock solid 62%+ oppose debt ceiling hike

April 21, 2011 CBS News Poll: 63% oppose raising debt ceiling
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20056258-503544.html

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April 4 NBC/WJS Poll: 62% - Do not raise the debt ceiling
http://rundown.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/11/6451400-where-americans-stand-on-raising-debt-ceiling

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Feb. 7, 2011 - THE HILL POLL: 62% oppose raising the $14.3T debt ceiling
http://thehill.com/polls/142369-voters-oppose-raising-the-143t-debt-ceiling

Only 27 percent of likely voters favor raising the nation’s $14.3
trillion debt ceiling, while 62 percent oppose it, according to an
exclusive poll for The Hill.

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Jan 12, 2011 - 71% Oppose raising Debt Ceiling
Public strongly opposes debt ceiling increase: Reuters/Ipsos
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/12/us-usa-poll-spending-idUSTRE70B38620110112

Some 71 percent of those surveyed oppose increasing the borrowing
authority, the focus of a brewing political battle over federal
spending. Only 18 percent support an increase.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,238,692,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,238,692,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

NJ Tea Party sues over Redistricting Plan

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Thursday, the group filed a lawsuit contending the "gerrymandered" map favors Democrats, is unconstitutional and "will lock in one-party control of the New Jersey Legislature for the next decade."

The map was chosen April 3 by an 11-member commission composed of five Democrats, five Republicans and one independent tiebreaker, Alan Rosenthal. Rosenthal cast his vote with the Democrats proposal, giving them a victory in one of the most important political fights of the decade.

Attorney Russell Cote, a member of the tea party group, argued the new map is unconstitutional because South Jersey districts tend to have more residents than North Jersey districts and nobody on the commission represented unaffiliated and third-party voters. He also said counties are split many more times than necessary, and Newark's and Jersey City's clout was diluted because they would each go from three legislative districts to two.

The tea party group also charged the districts were shaped with the sole aim of protecting incumbents.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Misunderestimating the Tea Party

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That is because, as we’ve seen, independent and moderate voters do share the Tea Party’s concern about the spiralling national debt, stagnant employment and collapsing currency. Furthermore, it’s a concern that is shared by rating agencies, the Chinese Central Bank and now President Obama himself.

“Its the economy stupid” is one of the most famous aphorisms in politics. But until they ditch the slurs and engage with these issues the Tea Party’s opponents, to their detriment, will continue to
“misunderestimate” them.

Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,262,707,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,262,707,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Another poll shows 63% oppose debt ceiling increase

I think this what you call a consistent pattern.

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Despite Obama administration warnings that failing to do so would devastate the economy, a clear majority of Americans say they oppose raising the debt limit, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows.

Just 27 percent of Americans support raising the debt limit, while 63 percent oppose raising it.

Eighty-three percent of Republicans oppose raising the limit, along with 64 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats. Support for raising the debt limit is just 36 percent among Democrats, and only 14 percent among Republicans.

Seven in ten who oppose raising the debt limit stand by that position even if it means that interest rates will go up.

Share of income taxes paid by top 1% increased by 33% over 25 years

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Politico: GOP escalates demands on Debt Ceiling Vote

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Aside from his post in leadership, Cantor’s remark carries additional significance because he is the House Republican representative on a White House panel slated to examine the nation’s deficit in the months leading up to the debt ceiling increase. The Virginia Republican also warned that the panel, led by Vice President Joesph R. Biden and composed of members of Congress, needs “a clearly defined mission and a targeted purpose to be accomplished within a specific and binding timeframe.”

It sets the stage for an incredibly tricky political dance in the next few weeks between Senate Democrats, the White House and House Republicans over an issue that could shake international markets and the fragile economic recovery.

Wow! Jonas Kaufmann sings La Donna e Mobile

Video: Corker says debt limit vote is the place to take a stand on CAP act

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And the US Dollar gets closer to just another piece of paper

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Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,268,365,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,268,365,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Freshman Repubs Getting Big Time Pressure on Debt Vote

They MUST force big spending cuts, really BIG spending cuts or they will have frittered away their most valuable leverage.

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The fiscally conservative freshmen are under intense pressure to vote to raise the cap on U.S. borrowing so that the United States can continue to pay its bills after May 16. The Obama administration has expressed confidence that a deal can be reached with Republicans but Wall Street is less sure.

Yet there are signs the intense lobbying effort is falling flat. Many freshmen still insist they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless it comes with legislation to slash America's $1.4 trillion deficit.

This is no ordinary class of rookie Republican lawmakers. Many are aligned with the loosely organized conservative Tea Party movement that is devoted to dramatically scaling back federal spending.

After being elected to Congress from relative obscurity, they are being lavished with attention and receive almost daily warnings that a failure to raise the debt limit will trigger a global economic catastrophe.

Obama Admin tried to persuade S&P not to downgrade Debt outlook

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The Obama administration privately urged Standard & Poor’s in recent weeks not to lower its outlook on the United States — a suggestion the ratings agency ignored Monday, two people familiar with the matter said.

Powershift 2011 - Young Radicals for....just watch the video

Tea Party Members of Congress say Boehner doing an awesome job???

Oh goody, we'll be getting more of the same lame budget "cutting?"

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ABC News brought together four freshman Republicans for a roundtable discussion on the Speaker's leadership during the first 100 days of the new Republican majority in the House. They come from four different parts of the country, each elected on a wave of Tea Party support. None was thrilled with the compromise Boehner brokered to avert a government shutdown, but all give him high marks for fighting hard.

"I think he did a tremendous job," said Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C. "In fact, it hurts my feelings sometimes when I hear people criticize him because we know him to be completely committed, completely conservative, and a very hardworking gentleman."

Congress mulls over "club in the closet" budget solution

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Proposals being circulated among the bipartisan “Gang of Six” Senate negotiators, and about 20 other lawmakers in both chambers, would set deficit-cutting targets, according to people familiar with the plan. They would impose automatic, across-the- board spending reductions and higher taxes if Congress failed to meet the goals.

Such plans -- dubbed save-as-you-go, or Savego in one version -- contrast with the immediate spending cuts House Republican freshmen are demanding.

“The enforcement mechanism is key to striking a deal,” said Bob Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a group that promotes balanced budgets. That’s because Republicans are worried Democrats will never accept entitlement-benefit cuts, while Democrats doubt that Republicans would agree to tax increases, he said.

Debt Ceiling Daily Watch: $14,257,042,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,257,042,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A taxpayer's nightmare from Central Florida...you simply won't believe it

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Murderous tyrant gets standing O

Does US Debt deserve even a AAA rating? Not according to this

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Defacing currency is illegal of course but find other uses for these stamps

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Bureaucrats around the world, a comparative photographic study

Link HT: J-Walk

75 thousand pages and every page is an insult to Freedom

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How many pages does it take to lay out the insanely complicated rules and requirements of our tax code? According to tax publisher CCH, the total number of pages devoted to federal tax code rules, IRS rulings, and regulations has grown to 72,536.

Debt Limit Daily Watch: $14,253,179,000,000

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Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,253,179,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Obama's real tax target, the middle class he loves so much

Because thats where the money is and, ultimately, thats always where politicians go...after the money.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

First Latino Tea Party President in San Antonio

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Rodriguez said his biggest priority will be to grow the tea party's presence and influence in San Antonio.

"I'm going to be speaking to the Hispanic community, telling them that they need to become more conservative and understand the conservative issues," Rodriguez said.
The San Antonio Tea Party was established with a rally at Alamo Plaza in February 2009. The national tea party made waves during the 2010 election, with upset victories in two senate races, and one gubernatorial race.

The tea party advocates for limiting the role of government and reducing burdens on taxpayers, Rodriguez said.

Interest rate on Greek debt at record levels, many analysts expect default

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Debt Limit Daily Watch: $14,218,621,000,000

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As of April 14
Total Public Debt
     Subject to Limit             14,218,621,000,000
 Statutory Debt Limit             14,294,000,000,000

Students asked to sign petition redistributing their GPA

Will Republicans be bullied by Geithner over debt ceiling?

Why are Republicans so easily cowered by transparent, fear mongering rhetoric?

Why are they so afraid to speak out STRONGLY when conservatives are clearly starved for strong leadership on the federal government spending problem?

Why doesn't Boehner hold a news conference every day demanding spending cuts? The relentless pressure to grow the size of government is VERY reason for the debt crisis. Raising the debt ceiling without MAJOR spending cuts will make our problem WORSE!!

Republicans, raise your voices on our behalf and save this country from bankruptcy. The debt ceiling is the ONLY issue you have that gives you the leverage you need. USE IT!!

Freedom has a Future: 92% say don't ban parent lunches

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A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that an overwhelming 92% of American Adults believe students should be allowed to bring lunch from home. Only three percent disagree, with six percent (6%) undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Support is slightly stronger among those with children in the home compared to those without children living with them.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of all adults think lunch brought from home is healthier for students to eat than a school cafeteria lunch. Nineteen percent (19%) say a cafeteria lunch is healthier, but another 22% are not sure.

AP: GOP wave reshapes nation's agenda state by state

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A tug to the right was in the cards ever since voters put the GOP in charge of 25 legislatures and 29 governors' offices in the 2010 elections. That is turning out to be every bit as key to shaping the nation's ideological direction as anything happening in Washington.

A close-up review of the first wave of legislative action by Associated Press statehouse reporters shows the striking degree to which the GOP has been able to break through gridlock and achieve improbable ends. The historic and wildly contentious curbs on public sector bargaining in Wisconsin, quickly followed by similar action in Ohio, were but a signal that the status quo is being challenged on multiple fronts in many places.

The realignment in Florida has produced a law imposing more accountability on teachers, along with 18 proposed abortion restrictions, some bound to become law. Immigration controls are motivating lawmakers far from borders, constitutional amendments against gay marriage are picking up steam, Michigan is shortening the period people can get jobless benefits and Indiana may soon have the broadest school voucher program in the U.S.

At least 20 states are going after public-sector benefits, pay or bargaining rights.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Picture album: Sarah Palin, Wis Tea Party-GreenBayGazette

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Picture album: Donald Trump at South Fl Tea Party-PalmBeachPost

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The Perfect Marriage: the TSA and the IRS


More Tax Day Tea Party Reports from Friday

Boston
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1331082&srvc=home&position=active
http://www.wten.com/Global/story.asp?S=14457076

Hackensack, NJ
http://www.northjersey.com/news/119955729_At_rally_in_Hackensack__Tea_Party_members_bring_their_message_to_county_s_capital.html

Jacksonville, FL
http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/401574/abel-harding/2011-04-16/rick-scott-speaks-first-coast-tea-party-rally-video

Zanesville, OH
http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/article/20110415/NEWS01/110415010/Tea-party-rally-draws-support-opposition-courthouse?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

Savannah, GA
http://savannahnow.com/news/2011-04-15/savannah-tea-party-stop-spending-start-saving

Yakima, WA
http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2011/04/15/tea-party-rallies-for-less-government-more-grass-roots

Richland, WA
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/04/16/1628398/tea-party-holds-richland-rally.html

Tampa
http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_tampa/tea-partiers-protest-government-spending%2C-mobilize-for-2012-election
http://twitpic.com/4l9rm1 (Republican Hispanic Club)

Loveland, CO
http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/04/loveland_tax_day_tea_party_ken_buck.php

Louisville
http://www.wave3.com/story/14456781/tea-party-holds-louisville-tax-day-rally

Indianapolis
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/27563837/detail.html
http://yfrog.com/h22m7laj

Oceanside
http://plixi.com/p/92794578
http://www.fox5sandiego.com/news/kswb-tea-party-protest,0,2827315.story

Palm Desert, CA
http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110416/NEWS0301/104160309/1048/opinion02/Tea-Party-supporters-flock-Palm-Desert-rally?odyssey=nav|head

Honolulu
http://www.kitv.com/news/27567388/detail.html

Olympia, WA
http://www.theolympian.com/2011/04/16/1618334/cut-more-tea-party-activists-say.html

Kingsport, TN
http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9031349

Glendale Ohio
http://www.fox19.com/story/14457945/tea-party-rally-in-glendale

Rochester, NY
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110416/NEWS01/104160343/Tea-Party-draws-smaller-crowd-Tax-Day-rally?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p

Fairbanks, AK
http://newsminer.com/bookmark/12814583

Denver
http://www.denverpost.com/legislature/ci_17860837

Magnolia, AR
http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2011/04/16/rankin-harrelson-speak-at-tea-party-492030.php

Everett, WA
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110415/NEWS01/704159789/1045/COMM0606

Waco
http://www.kcentv.com/story/14458116/fed-up-tea-party-in-waco

Jackson Hole, WY
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=7201

Altoona, PA
http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/549211/Tea-Party-rally-small--spirited.html?nav=742

Manatee, FL
http://www.bradenton.com/2011/04/16/3118884/tea-party-manatee-tax-day-rally.html
http://sarasota.patch.com/articles/local-tea-partiers-call-for-freedom-from-debt

Stuart, FL
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/apr/15/no-headline---mc_tea_party/

Wisconsin Rapids
http://www.stevenspointjournal.com/article/20110416/SPJ0101/104160502/

Duluth
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/196589/group/homepage/

Friday, April 15, 2011

Tax Day Tea Parties, some initial reports

http://twitpic.com/4l971a (Joe the Plumber)

Pittsburgh

Concord, NH

Hartford

Mobile

Providence

Bellevue WA

Fort Scott, KS

Valdosta, GA

Robert Paul, Ron Paul's 4th child, also an MD, may run for TX Senate

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Now a third Paul -- Robert, a doctor who runs a family medical practice in Benbrook and lives in Fort Worth -- is mulling a congressional bid of his own.

After campaigning for his father, most notably giving speeches during the elder Paul's 2008 presidential bid, Robert Paul is considering whether to jump into the race to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison when her term expires in January 2013.

"I have thought about running," Robert Paul, one of five children, told the Star-Telegram. "I am very happy as a physician, but [I] have a lot of concern about the debt."
He hasn't started raising any money for a potential bid yet, although several other candidates have.

Postal Service uses wrong Statue of Liberty for stamp

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Notice something odd with those new Statue of Liberty stamps you bought? Your eyes aren’t fooling you. 
The U.S. Postal Service admits that the image of Lady Liberty appearing on an envelope near you is not a likeness of the statue in New York Harbor, but instead depicts a replica at the New York-New York casino and hotel in Las Vegas
The New York Times reported the goof in Friday’s editions, aptly noting that the stamp provides further proof that “New York is not the center of the universe.” 
Can you spot the difference? Here’s an image of the real Statue of Liberty, and here’s a copy of the Las Vegas version. (Hint: Look at the faces.)

IRS files $624k Lien against Nicolas Cage

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The IRS just sent the financially strapped screen star a $624,934 bill for delinquent federal taxes, according to public records.

The tax bill is the latest in a long string of tax and financial woes for Cage.

What's owed:
The IRS filed a $624,934 tax lien against Cage on March 25 with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds.

Breakdown of CNN Poll: Tea Party Positive/Negative for Country

Overall, 50% say the Tea Party has a positive effect on the country and 43% say TP has a negative effect.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/04/14/rel6f.pdf


CNN/OPINION RESEARCH CORPORATION POLL -- APR 9 to 10, 2011 
Question 47 

In general, do you think the Tea Party movement has had a positive effect or a negative effect on 
the country so far? 

Base = Total Sample 
                                Total    Men    Women   White   Non-White 
 ---------   -----   -----   -----   -----                                
Positive                         50%     58%     44%     57%       36% 
Negative                         43%     37%     49%     39%       52% 
Mixed                             2%      3%      2%      2%        4% 
No effect                         1%      *       2%      1%        3% 
No opinion                        3%      3%      3%      1%        6% 
Sampling Error                +/-3.5  +/-5.0  +/-5.0  +/-4.0    +/-8.0 


                                           18-      35-      50-             Under    50 and 
                                Total      34       49       64      65+       50     Older 
 ------    -----    -----    -----    -----    -----    -----                                
Positive                         50%      N/A      50%      51%      51%      50%       51% 
Negative                         43%      N/A      43%      41%      42%      44%       41% 
Mixed                             2%      N/A       2%       3%       4%       2%        3% 
No effect                         1%      N/A       1%       3%       1%       *         2% 
No opinion                        3%      N/A       4%       2%       2%       3%        2% 
Sampling Error                +/-3.5            +/-8.0   +/-5.5   +/-6.0   +/-6.5    +/-4.0 
                                        Under   $50K      No        Attended 


                                Total    $50K   or more   College   College 
 --------   -------   -------   -----   -----                                
Positive                         50%     50%       52%       50%        51% 
Negative                         43%     42%       43%       41%        44% 
Mixed                             2%      4%        2%        4%         2% 
No effect                         1%      2%        1%        2%         * 
No opinion                        3%      2%        2%        3%         2% 
Sampling Error                +/-3.5  +/-6.0    +/-5.0    +/-6.5     +/-4.0 


                                         Demo-    Indep-    Repub-    Lib-     Mod-     Conser- 
                                Total    crat     endent    lican     eral     erate    vative 
 -------    -----    -----    ------    ------    -----    -----                                
Positive                         50%      27%       50%       84%      23%      43%       73% 
Negative                         43%      62%       45%       13%      72%      50%       21% 
Mixed                             2%       4%        2%        1%       *        2%        4% 
No effect                         1%       2%        1%        2%       1%       3%        * 
No opinion                        3%       5%        2%        *        4%       2%        2% 
Sampling Error                +/-3.5   +/-6.0    +/-5.0    +/-6.5   +/-7.5   +/-5.5    +/-5.5 


                                         North    Mid-                                Sub- 
                                Total    east     west     South    West     Urban    urban    Rural 
 -----    -----    -----    -----    -----    -----    -----    -----                                
Positive                         50%      43%      52%      52%      54%      50%      52%      49% 
Negative                         43%      48%      46%      40%      41%      42%      44%      43% 
Mixed                             2%       2%       1%       3%       3%       3%       2%       2% 
No effect                         1%       2%       1%       1%       2%       2%       *        3% 
No opinion                        3%       6%       1%       3%       1%       3%       2%       3% 
Sampling Error                +/-3.5   +/-7.0   +/-7.5   +/-6.0   +/-7.0   +/-6.5   +/-5.0   +/-7.0 

Tax Day Tea Parties in Tennessee, Today and Tomorrow

Tennessee Liberty Festival Saturday April 16 11AM-5PM
Location: The Park at Indian Lake Villages, 140 Saundersville, RD, Hendersonville, TN
Sponsor: SURG-Sumner United for Responsible Government

Lewisburg TN - Friday April 15, 3:30-5:30PM (I will be speaking at this event) Marshall County TN Tea party.
Location: Lot next to Pizza Hut on Ellington Pkwy, Lewisburg, TN

Tullahoma, TN - Friday April 15, 5:00-6:00PM
Location: Tullahoma Civic Center on Jackson St

Clarksville Liber TEA fest - Friday April 15, 5:30-7PM
Location: McGregor Park Amphitheater.

Chattanooga Tax Day Tea Party Friday April 15 4-7PM
Location: Ross Landing City Park

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Obama's rhetoric is getting very scary

To paraphrase his budget/deficit speech:

From each according to his shared sacrifice, to each according to his shared responsibility.

Tennessee Republican's Vote on Budget Deal

HERE is the vote:

59 Republicans voted NO, 179 voted YES

Voting NO
---------------
Marsha Blackburn
John Duncan


Voting Yes
----------------
Stephen Fincher
Chuck Feischmann
Diane Black
Phil Roe
Scott Desjarlais