Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sen. Rand Paul: State of the Union Response

Ron Paul: On Real Respect for the Constitution

I am pleased that the Constitution has received a lot of attention in recent weeks, thanks to the tea party movement. The 112th Congress kicked off with a reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House. It goes without saying that Members of Congress should have read the Constitution many times, and should continue to study it.

Citing the particular clause of the Constitution that authorizes newly introduced legislation is a reasonable suggestion, yet in reality it will do little to restrain unconstitutional growth of the federal government. We have had such rules in the past and no benefit came of it.

The laws that are passed reflect the preferences and personal agendas of those in charge. For too long those agendas have expanded government at the expense of personal liberty, regardless of which political party was in charge. This expansion of government clearly violated the Constitution, yet it was always argued that this or that program somehow conformed to that “living” document. [
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Rep. Bachmann Delivers The Tea Party's Response To Obama's State Of The Union Address

How refreshing a member of Congress who doesn't talk down to us. It is a shame that she upstaged the president because when Bachmann is speaking we know she is not lying. I would be very happy if Rep. Bachmann decided to run for president.

I am glad to see the Tea Party is staying engaged despite establishment Republican media and the mainstream media constantly disparaging them.

State of the Union

2011 State of the Unborn Address, Marjorie Dannenfelser, SBA List President

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Irate, Tireless Minority: For Wisconson Voters - SB6

Irate, Tireless Minority: For Wisconson Voters - SB6

We have a new republican majority in WI. (There are even some indications that we may have a conservative majority.) Senator Leibham has once again introduced a voter photo ID bill and it will be debated on Wed., Jan 26th. You can see the column Sen. Leibham wrote concerning this bill here. [read more]

Steve Daines Receives Important Pro-Life Endorsement

The sanctity of life is such an important issue that many people are trying to push to the back burner. If our politicians are willing to defend those who are unable to defend themselves then how can we expect them to protect our rights? Steve Daines who is running for Senate in Montana is strongly pro-life. I hope you will support his campaign. He is taking nothing for granted and has already traveled across the state spreading his conservative message. If we are to reclaim the Senate in 2012 we need to win Montana. Here is his latest release.

For Immediate Release

January 24, 2011

Contact: Jason Thielman

Cites Daines’ Commitment to Repeal Obamacare and End Federal
Funding of Abortions

BOZEMAN, Mont.__ Montana Right to Life Political Action
Committee has announced its endorsement of Steve Daines for U. S. Senate for
Montana. Daines is running as a conservative Republican for the 2012

Steve Daines is a pro-life conservative committed to protecting the unborn,
the disabled, and the elderly, and repealing legislation such as Obamcare,
which contains
pro-abortion and anti-life provisions.

By contrast, Sen. Jon Tester is one of the most radical pro-abortion
activists in the U.S. Senate, a strong supporter of "Obamacare" and tax-payer
funded abortions both at home and abroad. National Right to Life gave Jon
Tester a “0” score.

“Montana Right to Life PAC endorsed Steve Daines because he is an
advocate for the unborn, supports the repeal of Obamacare and is a
constitutional conservative,” said Gregg Trude, executive director of Montana
Right to Life PAC.

“I'm honored to receive the support of Montana Right to Life, and
pledge to do my best to protect the dignity and sanctity of life," Daines
said. "I will also do my utmost to permanently prohibit taxpayer
funding of abortions.”


My Packers Are In The Super Bowl

What a great week, not only did we defeat our hated rivals the Bears but we are headed to the Super Bowl. One disappointing thing though was the trophy. Did they go pick that up at the dollar store on clearance? Good thing they held the ceremony in the locker room, if they had held it on the field the trophy probably would have blown away. You would think the NFL could have put a little more thought and effort into replacing the old trophy which I thought looked great.

My kids have never seen the Packers in a Super Bowl so I plan on making sure this is an experience they will never forget. Playing the Steelers should make for a very hard fought game. Go Pack, Go!

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

RSC Update: The Spending Reduction Act

From the Chairman
Last week, The Washington Examiner published an op-ed in which Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Scott Garrett, and I unveiled the Spending Reduction Act. (You can read our column here.) So what is the Spending Reduction Act? It is a $2.5 trillion head start in the race to resolve the growing debt crisis and preserve the American Dream for future generations.

The SRA begins by keeping House Republicans’ pledge to repeal remaining stimulus spending and take this year’s spending back to 2008 levels (saving around $125 billion). Starting on October 1, 2011, it reduces non-defense spending to 2006 levels and implements a hard freeze through 2021. This alone will save taxpayers $2.3 trillion. To help meet these lower spending levels, the bill shrinks the size and cost of the civilian federal workforce and also targets over 100 specific budget items and spending reforms. To read more about the bill, please visit our page here.

Today, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress. He is expected to call for more “investments” in the economy, but we have all seen the results of his government “investments” that ramp up spending without encouraging the lasting job growth in the private sector. Government spending is clearly not the answer to economic woes. What we need to do is get Washington out of the way – by cutting spending, keeping taxes low, and getting onerous regulations off the backs of our job creators.

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-06): Ten Good Reasons for Repeal; The Hayride, January 19.

· Video: The RSC’s Spending Reduction Act was featured on Fox News last week.

· Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03): Keep Guantanamo Open, Mr. President; National Review, January 22.

· Rep. James Lankford (OK-05): More Than Tweaking Needed On Health Care; The Oklahoman, January 24.

· Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08): What The President Shouldn't Say Tonight In The State Of The Union; Investor’s Business Daily, January 25.

RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04), Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) and other RSC members introduced H.R. 408, the Spending Reduction Act, which would reduce spending by $2.5 trillion over 10 years.

House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives last week.
· The House passed H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, with bi-partisan support and a far larger majority than that which passed ObamaCare last year.

· H.R. 292, the Stop the Over Printing (STOP) Act, passed the House by unanimous consent.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· Today, the House will consider H.R. 366, to provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.

· President Obama will give his State of the Union Address at 9:00 PM tonight. Afterwards, RSC member and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01) will give the Republican response.

· This week’s YouCut item, H.R. 359, would terminate taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions. A vote on the bill is scheduled for this Wednesday. (This change is also one of over 100 items specifically targeted in the Spending Reduction Act.)

RSC Reports
· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant
1524 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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Civility for Dummies

STRATFOR Dispatch: Russian Energy as Political Leverage


Sunday, January 23, 2011


Wow, that game was truly painful to watch:-( Well, won't be able to wear the jersey in public for a while.

Chicago Bears in 2010!!

Green Bay Packers Tribute

The Packers Still Suck!

It is no secret that we here at The Maritime Sentry are a divided household when it come to football; especially when it comes to the Packers and the Bears. The rivalry reared its ugly head this morning when I got a cold shot of water after DR flushed the toilet; obviously some misdirected frustration meant for the Chicago Bears.

Friday he actually had the nerve to post his usual video (Da Bears Still Suck) of some Packer fan's attempt to intimidate Bears fans. He played it so many times before I left for work that I inevitably had the song stuck in my head and found myself spontaneously singing the disgraceful trash all morning! The horror! Then to my chagrin once at work I found that the local radio station had the brass to play the song every half hour. It was so over the top that it seemed as if every time I walked into receiving that dang song was echoing in my head again! This borders on physiological warfare. That is OK I am going to show up at the local grocery store in my Bears jersey and watch as Cheeseheads tense up and glare while trying to control themselves! Try that one on for size Cheeseheads.

Besides the obvious fact that we need a new head coach that can make the difficult decisions and get Cutler the help he needs on the field and the ever-growing controversy over the condition of the Soldier Field that everyone, but apparently the grounds crew and the NFL, can see, it is clear that the victors will be the Bears.

While DR is certainly making his case for the Packers, poor misled thing, I am fully prepared to bask in the glow of victory. I am not going to argue against Aaron Rodgers' glorious QB rating, or the effectiveness of Matthews and Kuhn, or the Cheeseheads' dearly devoted fans; I don't need to wallow in that muck. I simply and fully expect my team to come out ahead; I am forecasting Chicago 35, Green Bay 31.

So DR can talk his smack; I just suggest a little honey to help that loss go down a little easier when he has to eat his prediction of victory. If he were a betting man he would be paying up after the game; although I would consider forgiving that debt in exchange for some elbow grease. I'd like my shoes to shine like glass and the bathroom needs some attention too:-) Chop, chop, scrub, scrub; aren't we having fun now?

Founding Fathers Quote

Our fates are in the hands of An Almighty God, to whom I can with pleasure confide my own; he can save us, or destroy us; his Councils are fixed and cannot be disappointed, and all his designs will be Accomplished.

Abraham Clark

Rep. Michele Bachmann Speech At Iowans For Tax Relief Event

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