Saturday, February 07, 2009

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Delivers Weekly Republican Address

Governor Palin Update

Gov. Palin gave a wonderful State of the State speech. Here is the transcript and here is the video; Part I, Part II, Part III. Unlike our governor, who whined through out his speech, Gov. Palin filled hers with Conservative principle. Here are my two favorite quotes:

"In a volatile economy, numbers are not fixed, but principles are. We’ve followed the same principles from the start of this administration: fiscal discipline, limited government, and responsible stewardship."

"At a time when other state legislatures are staring at multi-billion-dollar deficits, and when our federal government proposes a deficit in excess of a trillion dollars this year alone, we have all the cautionary examples we need in the virtues of living within our means. With less revenue, we have an obligation to spend less money."

This is sickening, but we can't let the liberals get away with it. They apparently are still claiming the Governor was not pregnant. The Governor really gives it to them in this article and this video should clear everything up for anyone with a brain. BTW, her doctor confirmed her pregnancy.

Andrea Gusty Addresses Controversial Palin Photos




Palin on Defenders of Wildlife Campaignas
Reprehensible and Hypocritical

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-19

Governor Palin Releases Statement on Defenders of Wildlife Campaign

February 3, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin released the following statement today in response to attacks by the Defenders of Wildlife:

“It is reprehensible and hypocritical that the Defenders of Wildlife would use Alaska and my administration as a fundraising tool to deceive Americans into parting with their hard-earned money. [
read more]

Founding Fathers Quote

The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.

James Madison

Friday, February 06, 2009

Wisconsin's Madison Surgery Center Approves New Late-Term Abortion Business

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 6, 2009


Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- Two days after the Authority Board of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics approved a plan to create a second trimester abortion facility a second vote gave the go ahead. This time, the board of the Madison Surgery Center decided 6-0 to move the proposed abortion facility forward.

Dr. Nancy Fredericks, an anesthesiologist at the surgery center, was one of the leading opponents of the idea and told the board that it would hurt the reputation of the center to do late-term abortions there. [
read more]

Catholic League News Release

OBAMA’S FAITH-BASED PROGRAM TESTS THE FAITHFUL

The Obama administration said today that its newly designed Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will decide on a case by case basis whether a funding request violates the Constitution. Joshua DuBois, who will head this initiative, said today that “People on both sides are going to be a little uncomfortable with that.” At issue are the hiring rights of religious social service organizations that receive federal funding.

Responding is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“Those who walk in the middle of the street risk getting run over by cars on both sides. We know what President Obama wants—he said during the campaign that religious organizations that receive federal monies should not have the right to determine who works for them. But now he’s preoccupied with issues of a more urgent matter. Thus, the balk.

“Sending requests on a case by case basis to lawyers to examine the constitutional questions is a ruse: We already know what the law says. The 1964 Civil Rights Act, in Section 702 (a), specifically allows an exemption for religious organizations in hiring. The legislators who passed this historic act knew that for the government to deny religious organizations that receive public monies the right to determine who should service its constituents would effectively neuter them. That position is as true today as it was then.

“It was also announced today that this office will expand its domain by working with the National Security Council ‘to foster interfaith dialogue with leaders and scholars around the world.’ Bunk. What in the world does servicing the poor and promoting responsible fatherhood—two of the four priorities outlined by DuBois—have to do with having the National Security Council sit down with Ahmadinejad for a chat? This is just another way to gut faith-based initiatives.

“We need a test case that will force the Obama administration to walk on one side of the street.”

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1553

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Catholic Bishop Blasts Pro-Life Democrat Bob Casey for Abortion Funding Vote

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 6, 2009


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Catholic Bishop Joseph F. Martino of the Diocese of Scranton is taking Sen. Bob Casey to task for voting to fund groups that promote and perform abortions overseas. The Pennsylvania senator is supposedly one of two pro-life Democrats in the Senate, but his vote betrayed any pro-life principles. [
read more]

Catholic League News Release

LINK TV MOCKS CATHOLICISM;
VIDEO PRODUCED WITH FEDERAL FUNDS

On February 3, Link TV featured a three and a half minute video that mocks Catholicism. The media outlet is available as a basic service in more than 31 million homes that receive direct broadcast satellite TV.

The video, “Divine Food,” opens with a priest waking up to a rumbling noise that shakes the religious symbols and statues in his room. He proceeds to a Catholic church where he discovers several wafers near a cup (the implication is that they are consecrated Hosts). In a disrespectful manner, he chews them vigorously and then admonishes the statues that are “looking at him.” He falls asleep in the church and when awakened he is asked to say Mass, which he refuses to do. The priest then makes large wafers out of dough and gives the pancake-like substance (which he calls the “Body of Christ”) to confused parishioners at Communion. The video ends when he drops the remaining “Hosts” into a dirty aquarium.

Here is what Catholic League president Bill Donohue said about it:

“This video first aired last summer, right after a professor from the University of Minnesota intentionally desecrated the Eucharist. Now it’s being shown again. At first we thought this was just another loony attack, but then we found out that Link TV is funded by foundations that support anti-Catholicism. To wit: the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund and George Soros’ Open Society Institute all fund Link TV, and all are generous contributors to Catholics for Choice, a notoriously anti-Catholic front group. Worse, of the three co-producers of the video, one of them—ITVS—is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a public entity.

“So here we have the urbane bigots in the foundation world, and a taxpayer-funded organization, underwriting anti-Catholicism. We will ask Link TV to pull the video. We hope we don’t have to do more.”


Contact Link TV media head, Julia Pacetti:
jpacetti@linktv.org. We’ll contact the others involved. To see the video, click here.

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

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South Carolina Committee Approves Botched Abortion-Born Alive Protection Bill

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 6, 2009


Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) -- A South Carolina legislative committee has approved a bill that would provide appropriate medical care and protection for babies who are born alive after a failed abortion. The bill implements a federal law that accomplishes the same purpose and is similar to the Illinois measure President Barack Obama opposed.

The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act says any child born alive in South Carolina is a person under state law. [
read more]

Founding Fathers Quote

If it be asked what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I answer, the genius of the whole system, the nature of just and constitutional laws, and above all the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America, a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it.

James Madison

Liberal Media

Ron Paul Movement

I am so excited. DR found this link for me to a movement supporting Ron Paul for Texas Governor. I will do a more indepth post detailing why I like him and why I think he would be good for Texas, but in the meantime the above link will give you some great information and why others are also supporting him.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Draft Ron Paul For Governor

I am hearing much about Hutchison and Perry and who will win the governorship of Texas, but my though is why are they settling for moderate RINO’s who have questionable stands on some issues? In a time when it could not be more imperative to seat Conservatives in government are the people not demanding and seeking out those candidates for themselves?

Texas, why would you want Perry again after he attempted to illegally force a vaccination upon your young daughters that was never intended to be used on any female who was not an adult and could have fatal results because of it? Why would you want Hutchison who is pro-choice?

These are not Republicans. Republican is not a label you can just assume and then lead as a liberal. Conservative is a reputation you build and earn and must prove with each and every decision you make. It is a privilege and an honor that is bestowed upon you. We must all begin to shift away from the moderates and liberals that the Party has long been forcing upon us and reject them, but we can’t stop there. We must also offer up those candidates who are acceptable time after time, without giving up, until the Party turns from its misguided ideas and agendas and comes back to the people. Until then they must feel the sting of defeat, this is the only way some will learn.

When your leaders feel they know what is best for you, better then you do yourself, you have already begun to loose your freedom. We no longer live free; we don’t have the rights we once enjoyed because we have either unknowingly or willingly given them to an oversized, out-of-control government. I believe Texas should begin making a stand for Conservative candidates who understand the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, limited government, and the sanctity of life.

I may not live in Texas anymore, but I still care tremendously about the great state I once called home. I want to see Texas demand a real choice in 2010. I am calling for a movement to draft Ron Paul for Governor. I believe Ron Paul is the candidate that Texas so desperately needs today. I call for others to join in the demand for a real candidate for Governor of Texas who will put Texans first. For those readers who live in Texas and want to return to the way it should be join me and DRAFT RON PAUL FOR GOVERNOR.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Founding Fathers Quote

In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.

James Madison

Defense Spending And The Economy

Obama can't seem to make up his mind; will he cut or increase military spending? According to this article he plans on cutting spending, which not only hurts our ability to defend our own country but also hurts the economy.

The Obama administration now says it wants to cut defense spending by ten percent or more. And there may be ways to do that without damaging our security or harming the economy. But the flip side is being ignored: defense spending helps stimulate the economy while most other things the government buys don’t. [read more]

Nancy Pelosi - American Population Gaf

Here is a great video clip showing just how much the Democrats will exaggerate to push policies and agendas. Mind you that the entire US population is 305,748,099; so according to Pelosi we go into a population deficit each month. I guess budgets aren't the only thing they can put into deficit;-)

Good Morning Nazi America!

Bet you didn't realize that you could be waking up in an America that looks like pre-Nazi Germany. Well it is about to happen with the introduction of bill, H.R. 645 in the House, calling for the secretary of homeland security to establish at least six national emergency centers to detain civilians on military installations.

When a former Hitler Youth says America is on the same path as Nazi Germany we should all wake up and smell the concentration camps. This bill will apparently give the President unprecedented powers, without Congressional approval. After Bush do we really want Obama to have this Pandora's Box? Ask yourself, who are they building these camps for, what emergencies or offenses will get you a ticket in, and who will assure their rights are observed?

A Little History Lesson On Our Republic

I found this brilliant article yesterday and had to post it. I have been having a difficult time explaining to some friends and family members that we are a Republic and not a Democracy. This article just made that job considerably easier. Direct and easy to understand, it is a must have for any beginning conversation on the subject.

Capitalism Magazine
Are We a Republic or a Democracy?
by Walter Williams
(January 5, 2005)

We often hear the claim that our nation is a democracy. That wasn't the vision of the founders. They saw democracy as another form of tyranny. If we've become a democracy, I guarantee you that the founders would be deeply disappointed by our betrayal of their vision. The founders intended, and laid out the ground rules, for our nation to be a republic. [read more]

h/t: Stand Up America

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Ken Blackwell Endorsement Of Michael Steele

Being such a respectable man of conservative integrity gives Ken Blackwell even more authority when he announced his endorsement of Michael Steele. I have to admit having some reservations about Steele, however this endorsement and Steele's actions so far have begun to alleviate some of those fears for me. I hope Blackwell's article does the same for you:

Principle must trump politics. I would rather endorse no one than endorse someone I feared might abandon the GOP’s values and priorities.

Imitation Democrats

Thomas Sowell's article on Republicans not being able to get beyond imitating Democrats is a good one. They always seem to give you a moment of hope and then turn around and dash it into the ground by thinking that leaning left is going to get them more votes. Everyone knows that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.

When will these thick headed RINO's realize that consistent conservative policies are the only thing that will bring them more votes? When will they understand the concept of letting the Democrats take the fall, instead of participating in bad legislation and defiling the Republican name?

Steele Off To A Conservative Start

It appears, so far, that I was wrong about Steele's ability to be conservative. He came out of the RNC gate in a full conservative run calling Daschle out for his tax paying offenses. Daschle has now withdrawn from his nomination; mark one down for Steele. I pray he follows through and leads as a conservative through to the end.

Obama's Blind Eye To Bad Choices - Daschle Forced To Withdraw

It is amazing how much illegal activity, bad character, and immorality Obama is willing to overlook when it comes to establishing his Democrat Empire. If an average American or, God forbid, a Conservative Republican had committed the same offense they would have had the book thrown at them.

What does Obama's actions say to the suffering Americans in today's economy or to the people of the world when Democrats can just write themselves "get out of jail free" cards anytime they want? Withdrawing was the right thing for Daschle to do and he should suffer the same consequence as any other American would.

Founding Fathers Quote

The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they intrust the management of their affairs; but it does not require an unqualified complaisance to every sudden breeze of passion or to every transient impulse which the people may receive from the arts of men, who flatter their prejudices to betray their interests.

Alexander Hamilton

Blogger Round Up

The Lair of the Catholic Cavemen

The Republican Novus Ordo
And the conservative Motu Proprio

Way Up North

This Could Be Bad

RedState

The Missouri Senate race in 2010

The Virtuous Republic

Tax Evading Daschle Out

Sarah Palin Issues Endorsement for Pro-Life Gov. Rick Perry in Texas Battle

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 3, 2009



Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- No sooner did former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin start a new political action committee than she has waded into a Texas gubernatorial race. Palin, the Alaska governor, is backing fellow Gov. Rick Perry, who is pro-life, against a challenge from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. [read more]

Fidelis Press Release: Obama Picks Porn Lawyer for #2 at Justice

February 3, 2009

CHICAGO – President Obama has made a major mistake and put America’s families at risk by selecting David Ogden to become Deputy Attorney General, says Fidelis, a pro-family organization.

“David Ogden is a hired gun from Playboy and ACLU. He can’t run from his long record of opposing common sense laws protecting families, women, and children. The United States Senate has a responsibility to the American people to insure that Mr. Ogden’s full record is fully reviewed before any vote on his nomination” said Brian Burch, President of Fidelis.

“Ogden’s record is nothing short of obscene. He has represented Playboy Enterprises in multiple cases, Penthouse Magazine, the ACLU, and the largest distributor of hard-core pornography videos. He has opposed filters on library computers protecting children from Internet smut, and successfully defended the right of pornographers to produce material with underage children.”

“David Ogden has collected checks from Playboy and Penthouse to fight any attempts to establish filters on federally-funded public libraries. Ogden even sued the federal government in an attempt to publish Braille versions of Playboy magazine – at taxpayer expense, of course,” said Burch.

As a lawyer in private practice, Ogden has argued for an unlimited abortion license, gays in the military, and has urged courts to treat traditional definitions of marriage as a social prejudice.

“A vast majority of Americans support parental notification before a minor’s abortion and protecting kids from Internet pornography in our libraries,” continued Burch. “Yet David Ogden has fought tooth and nail against these common sense laws protecting our children from harm. At a time when America’s families are under increasing assault, Mr. Ogden is a dangerous choice for a position whose responsibilities include the enforcement of our nation’s laws. “

For a full report on David Ogden’s disappointing legal record
, visit www.fidelis.org

Missouri, Oklahoma Legislators File Resolutions Against FOCA Abortion Bill

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 3, 2009


Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) -- State lawmakers in Missouri and Oklahoma have filed resolutions condemning the Freedom of Choice Act, a radical Congressional bill that would make unlimited abortions a national law. The federal bill would also overturn hundreds of pro-life state laws in every state across the country. [
read more]

News From The Republican Party of Wisconsin

Doyle Should Lead by Example, Stop Fundraising During Budget Process
by RPW Communications

"Jim Doyle should agree to stop fundraising during the budget process or acknowledge he has no credibility on the issue and stay out of the reform debate, but he can't have it both ways."

While the Assembly looks to pass a unilateral ban on fundraising during the budget process, Governor Doyle should do the same and agree to stop fundraising while working out the budget, according to Mark Jefferson, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

“Governor Doyle is currently crafting his state budget behind closed doors and will continue to be the strongest influence on fiscal policy right up until he issues his vetoes," said Jefferson. "Jim Doyle should agree to stop fundraising during the budget process or acknowledge he has no credibility on the issue and stay out of the reform debate, but he can't have it both ways." [
read more]

Catholic League News Release

PUBLIC OPPOSES FUNDS FOR ABORTION

The results of a Gallup poll asking the American people how they view some of President Barack Obama’s early decisions are revealing: his lowest support is on the issue of funding abortion. Three of four Americans agree with him on four of the issues asked about, and two-thirds support him on another; there were only two issues where he failed to receive majority approval (the closing of Gitmo and abortion funding).

Only 35 percent of Americans polled said they agreed with Obama on the following issue: “Allowing U.S. funding for overseas family planning organizations that provide abortions.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue is making sure the Congress knows the voice of the people:

“We are contacting all members of the 111th Congress today notifying them that the American people do not want their money spent on paying for someone’s abortion. This has drastic consequences given the fact that the very day after President Obama approved funding for overseas abortions, he promised to restore U.S. funding of the U.N. Population Fund, a pro-abortion agency. And he has promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, the most sweeping and radical abortion-rights legislation ever written.

“The people have spoken. They generally like what Obama is doing so far, but they draw the line on funding abortion. It would behoove him to pay more attention to the American people on this subject and less time listening to the extremists at Planned Parenthood and NARAL.”

Contact your Congressman and Senators.

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1549

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Some Family Humor

I was asking my children before the Super Bowl who they wanted to win. My oldest daughter asked me which team I liked and I said the Steelers, so she said she wanted the Steelers to win too. My oldest son interrupted and said he didn't like the Steelers and he wanted Arizona to win. He then quickly changed his mind and said he wanted the Packers to win. I told him the Packers would not be in the Super Bowl and he started to pout and said he didn't want Arizona to win and that we were wrong to want the Steelers to win because it is wrong to steal. You got to love the innocence of children.

What Our Government Really Thinks Of The Second Amendment

This truly is disgusting.



I am disappointed in the National Guard. I am sure many of my fellow veterans would agree with me, that order should have been refused as unlawful.

h/t: Right Wing Wiz Kid

Poll: Americans Upset Obama Reversed Mexico City Policy, Promoting Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 2, 2009


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new Gallup poll finds a strong majority of Americans are upset that President Barack Obama overturned a policy that prevented funding of groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. In overturning the Mexico City Policy, Obama reneged on his promise to reduce abortions as president. [read more]

University of Wisconsin Officials Deny New Abortion Center Planned for Profit

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 1, 2009



Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- Officials with the University of Wisconsin say that a new abortion centers doctors there plan to put together is meant for non-profit purposes. However, the director of a leading pro-life group says she doubts that is the case and says UW is only considering the abortion center to make money.

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, faculty doctors and Meriter Hospital are behind a proposal to build a second-trimester abortion center that will do abortions at Madison Surgery Center. [
read more]

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)


RSC Update: Monday, February 2, 2009

From the Chairman
Last week, the House of Representatives considered its version of the Democrats’ massive borrowing-and-spending bill, dishonestly referred to as a “stimulus” package. Despite the President’s call for bipartisanship, House Democrats refused to accept any input from Republicans. Yet bipartisanship did materialize as members of both parties registered their disapproval, voting against the misguided package. A number of Democrats broke ranks to join every single Republican in a call for a new direction. Though the bill passed, Republicans stood on the side of American families and businesses and remain committed to a different approach to economic recovery.

Any real solutions to our economic problems will start with placing confidence in American families and businesses through meaningful tax relief and fewer government burdens. Wasteful government spending must not be our default option. This strategy has historically ended in failure, and there is no reason to believe that breaking spending records today will yield different results.

The public
understands that congressional Democrats’ big-spending strategy will only lead us down the road to more debt. As we move forward, conservatives in the House will continue to offer a real solution for the American people. The RSC’s Economic Recovery Act is a bold solution that embraces the principles which can turn our economy around. As long as the Democrat majority clings to its spending addiction, the RSC will continue to fight for the American taxpayer.

Sincerely,
Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA)
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity
Every week, Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. With unbridled federal spending as this week’s leading issue, Republicans have been busy spreading their message.

Economic Recovery Act is Wiser Alternative to Massive Spending
Chairman Tom Price (GA-06)
Congressional Democrats have engaged in a full offensive to convince the American people that another massive dose of borrowing and spending is the solution to our economic tribulations. They talk of an economic near-Armageddon without as much as a trillion dollars in new spending. The rhetoric, in point of fact, sounds remarkably similar to the appeals for their last economic solution, the disastrous Troubled Asset Relief Program. (
Read more)

An Awful Excuse for a Stimulus Bill
Rep. John Campbell (CA-48)
Last September, we cautiously backed away from the precipice of financial collapse, but we are still a long way from getting our economy growing, flourishing, and functioning properly. Now, more than ever, we need innovative economic policies, not the political gamesmanship already playing out across all areas of government. (
Read more)

The $825 Billion Earmark
Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
The more we learn about the proposed Pelosi-Obey $825 billion economic stimulus proposal, the more it looks like an $825 billion earmark. Excluded from the package are good government provisions that would prohibit use of economic stimulus funds for lobbying or political activities. Democratic leaders are repeatedly touting the importance of passing their bill, yet are taking the path of least resistance and failing to ensure that the funds actually go towards the stated goal of creating jobs and jumpstarting our economy. (
Read more)

Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ-06) on Fox Business
Rep. Flake spoke with David Asman and Liz Claman talks about the importance of tax cuts and eliminating wasteful spending from the Democrats’ so-called stimulus package. (
View here)

RSC Legislative Activity

RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative alternatives to the Democrats’ reckless agenda.

Rep. Jeff Flake introduces amendments to Democrats’ non-stimulus
Recognizing that funding from the bill will be wasted, the stimulus includes a provision that precludes casinos, aquariums, zoos, golf courses, and swimming pools from receiving funds from the bill. Congressman Flake has drafted an amendment that would expand the list to include duck ponds, museums, skate parks, equestrian centers, dog parks, ski hills, historic homes, ice rinks, splash playgrounds, and speaker systems. (
Read more)

Rep. Don Manzullo (IL-16) introduces tax credit amendment
With 13 million Americans employed by the automobile industry and its suppliers, Manzullo’s tax credit amendment – which he offered as a stand-alone bill (The Get America Moving Again Act -- HR 550) earlier this month – would immediately stimulate vehicle sales and put millions of Americans back to work. (
Read more)

Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01) introduces amendment to strip abortion funding from spending bill
Rep. Scalise introduced an amendment that will strike taxpayer funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry from H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 last night. The House Rules Committee included the Scalise amendment into the proposed bill that was considered on the House floor. (
Read more)

Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05) introduces amendment to stop wasteful spending
Rep. Doug Lamborn offered an amendment to the House Committee on Rules to H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. His amendment would strike a $6.2 billion increase to the Weatherization Assistance Program and instead dedicate those funds for defense procurement. (
Read more)

House Floor Activity
The following key legislation saw a vote on the House floor this week:

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (
H.R. 1)
The Democrats’ so-called stimulus package is widely recognized as an $800+ billion earmark. The bill was loaded with hundreds of billions of government spending mandates, most of which will do nothing to create jobs. Much of the bill’s discretionary spending will not occur until after the current recession is projected to end in 2010. While the bill purportedly contains “tax relief,” most of these provisions expire after two years, are intended to benefit state and local governments, or are actually entitlement spending increases. The legislation also dramatically expands spending for government-provided healthcare while establishing a board that can serve as a placeholder for Tom Daschle’s goal of a Federal Health Board to regulate the U.S. health care system. This bill is not a “stimulus” of any sort, but rather an $800+ billion grab bag intended to forward the Democrats’ big-government agenda. For more information, see
here. Passed 244-188.

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (
S. 181)

DTV Delay Act (
S. 328) – Defeated!

Money Monitor
Each week, the
RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

Authorizations
Five-year cost of authorizations passed by the House this week: $0
Total five-year cost of authorizations passed by the House this year: $20,000,000.00

Mandatory Spending
Five-year change in mandatory spending passed by the House this week: $283,300,000,000.00
Total five-year change in mandatory spending passed by the House this year: $333,375,000,000.00

Appropriations
Cost of appropriations passed by the House this week: $347,500,000,000.00
Cost of appropriations passed by the House this year: $347,500,000,000.00

Revenue:
Five-year change in revenue passed by the House this week: -$217,800,000,000.00
Total five-year change in revenue passed by the House this year: $177,700,000,000.00


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House Republican Study Committee
Rep Tom Price, M.D., Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Natalie Farr, Professional Staff
Emily Henehan, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Brendan Buck, Communications Director
Greg Blair, Deputy Communications Director
Stefan Alvarez, Staff Assistant
424 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 226-9717
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Poll Results

Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?

Pittsburgh Steelers 80%
Arizona Cardinals 20%

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Gov. Palin Is Still Fighting For Energy Independence

As the Democrats move to break their promise of energy independence for America Gov. Palin is attempting to hold them to their word. She makes an excellent case in this article. I love that she points out all the jobs that it would create; something that has actually been proven before, as opposed to these mythical "green" jobs that Obama and the Dems think they are going to create.

Poll Results

Should Barack Obama use US tax dollars to fund abortions overseas?

No, on the grounds that it is morally wrong 88.24%

Yes 5.88%

No, on the grounds that the US economy can't withstand it 2.94%

Neutral 2.94%

RGA Congratulates Michael Steele

Washington, D.C. – The Republican Governors Association congratulates Michael Steele on being elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee. RGA Chairman Governor Mark Sanford and Vice Chairman Governor Haley Barbour released the following statements congratulating the new Chairman.

RGA Chairman Governor Mark Sanford: “The Republican Governors Association knows how important Governors will be to the future growth of the Republican Party and we are ready to work with the RNC to rebuild the GOP. Strong gubernatorial candidates at the top of the ticket can have a tremendous impact on down-ballot races, particularly in non-presidential years like 2010 when there will be 36 governors’ races. We look forward to working with the RNC team to implement a plan that makes sure the Party’s resources are used effectively in 2010. In this regard, Haley and I look forward to working with Chairman Steele.”

RGA Vice Chairman Governor Haley Barbour: “The Republican Party is most successful when it focuses on building from the bottom up, which results in strong gubernatorial candidates and strong state parties. The RGA is prepared to work with the RNC to make sure we have both. The RNC will also be able to use Governors as examples of Republican leaders who offer effective, conservative solutions even as the Democrats control Washington. Congratulations, Chairman Steele. Republican Governors look forward to working with you.”

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Adult Stem Cells Successfully Reset Immune System for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 29, 2009


Chiacgo, IL (LifeNews.com) -- Adult stem cells continue to outpace their embryonic counterparts by successfully treating patients with a variety of diseases and conditions. Now, the use of adult stem cells from bone marrow has helped patients suffering from the early stages of multiple sclerosis.

A new study shows a research team appears to have reversed the neurological dysfunction of early-stage multiple sclerosis patients by transplanting their own immune stem cells into their bodies and thereby "resetting" their immune systems. [
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News From The Republican Party of Wisconsin

What's up with the Doyle Administration?

A Sober Assessment of Governor Doyle

Dave Obey: Putting (His) Family First

RPW Statement on the State of the State Address