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Following in the great tradition of those genius Democrats who disparage the Tea Party supporters as fringe whackos, some liberals are trying their best to belittle the GOP “Pledge To America” roll out event in Sterling earlier today.

This report is from the media leviathan known as Newsweek. When I hear “Newsweek,” I herd the family into the storm cellar. Because my knees are shaking so badly.

This one is from Loudoun Supervisor Stevens Miller. Stevens Miller actually has a pretty good sense of humor, enough so that it is worth reading him. Knowing that his wit is delivered from a gilded throne welded to the deck of the Titanic makes the reading of it bittersweet, but credit the guy for his chutzpah. He’s just trying to make some lemonade in life.

Republican House members were in Sterling, Virginia this morning to formally announce the Pledge To America.

Click here for news coverage of the event.

A small crowd of local business owners and residents of Loudoun County was in front of the Tart hardware store to greet the GOP members and large contingent of media. Chanting “Speaker Boehner” and “We Love The Pledge,” they had the opportunity to spend some time with Congressmen Mike Pence, Frank Wolf, and House Minority Leader John Boehner. (The captions are not all working but the last photo in the bunch is House Minority Leader John Boehner, who crossed the street to talk with local residents).

Small business owners and Loudoun residents greet Republican members of congress in Sterling. Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (center) was one of several local elected officials in attendance.

Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana talks with the owner of the In and Out Market in Sterling

Congressman Frank Wolf came out to greet his constituents

Mike Pence talks with Leesburg Council Member Ken Reid, Sterling resident and state senate candidate Patricia Phillips, and Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio

This just came across from the invaluable Eugene Delgaudio newsletter:

National news media and national Republican leaders may come Thursday to Sterling.

I am sure they picked Sterling due to many of you who work hard for your quality of life –and America knows it.

ABC News is reporting that the national Republican Party will announce its upcoming agenda right here, in the hub of peaceful living:

ABC News has learned that the House Republican Leadership plans to unveil its legislative agenda Thursday morning in Sterling, Virginia. House GOP sources say members of GOP leadership, including Minority Leader John Boehner, will make the announcement after a small business roundtable at a local hardware store.

“[The agenda] will be the result of the months-long process we’ve been engaged in dubbed ‘America Speaking Out’ in which we asked Americans what their top priorities are,” a GOP leadership source tells ABC News. “What we heard from Americans are that their top priorities are jobs, spending, health care, national security, and changing how Congress works. This will be reflected in the agenda.”

Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m gonna say this has to be at the Home Depot in Cascades or the Lowes near the mall. Do we have any other hardware stores? If anyone learns of a place and time, please chime in. Yeehah, Sterling is on the map yet again.

The contrast between the two viewpoints could not be drawn in a manner any starker. Reagan is the adult in a room full of dimwitted children. “We want what we want, and we want it now”, is an apt summation of the cries of the Democrat Congressmen. Reagan’s counter point, one of personal responsibility could not be more poignant.

The Republicans will win the battle this fall. They will win not because of their brilliance, but because of a nationwide revulsion of the Democrats in power. The question is can the Republicans win the war. The 40% of the country that self identifies as conservative will be watching. If the Republicans revert to their 2006 big government big spender mode – they are finished as a party.

The answer to the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Democrats is not accommodation. Healthcare needs to be repealed. The mountain of deficit spending demands large cuts in spending, not an increase in taxes – we are long past the peak on the Laffer curve. Cap and trade is a job killer as is the recent economic ‘reform’ bill that only increased the level of uncertainty in the market.

Accommodation and compromise are called for when the two parties at the table have some common ground. When the issue on the table is the choice between liberty and servitude, where is there common ground? When the issue is a choice permanent state of national indebtedness and economic freedom, how does one accept servitude? When the choice lies between the US maintaining its hard won sovereignty and the likes of the UN making decisions for us, do we agree to let the likes of Libya, Sudan and China telling us how we are to live?

Reagan did not compromise his principles. He made deals in order to further his agenda and philosophy, and took what he could in the face of a foe who had the media in his pocket. The American people know the difference. We will be watching. The yardstick by which Republican performance will measured is not the sad marker set down by the Teleprompter in Chief. The yardstick will be the one stacked out by legacy of the Great Communicator.

This is great stuff. Colonel West would have my vote if I lived in Florida. I have sent a check. We need more speeches like this. We need more candidates like this. The milquetoasts in the party need to get a spine and kick it up a notch, or get the hell out of the way.

Conservatives have nothing to be ashamed about. America was founded on the ideal that a man left to his own devices will in the pursuit of his own interests create prosperity. This is an ideal that is worth fighting for. This is an ideal that once lost is very hard to regain. The culture of dependence is another word for servitude. People have been taught that they need to be taken care of. That is the antithesis of being free.

by jacob
The people are coming out tomorrow to march against Obamacare 2.0. The socialists (Democrats) are desperate. They cannot pass this bill on an honest vote. They cannot pass this bill by bribing their fellow congressmen with our money. So. What do they do. They will pass it in committee and call it a day. The Slaughter proposal takes us into banana republic style government. This would be a law passed by fiat. Do we now call the DOTUS el hefe? What is wrong with this bill? A better question is, “What is NOT wrong with his bill?!” It is:

Riddled with Taxes: This legislation is riddled with tax hikes. They start by taxing those earning over $10,831 year who don’t buy health insurance $750—a tax that escalates to $3,800 as income rises. Health insurance, health care devices and drugs are also taxed, adding to the cost of health care, and decreasing the competitiveness of these businesses.
Medicare Cuts: The bill cuts $500 billion in Medicare spending, including over $130 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage and nearly $120 billion in Medicare cuts for hospitals that care for seniors. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says they “expected the Medicare Advantage plans to lose 2.7 million enrollees over the next decade” as a result.
Raises Insurance Prices: CBO also finds “premiums in the new insurance exchanges would tend to be higher than the average premiums in the current-law individual market…” (so we are doing this WHY?)
Force, Not Choice: This legislation includes an “individual mandate” forcing all Americans to purchase health insurance, like the Massachusetts law. Taxpayer subsidies will be given to those earning up to three times the federal poverty level. Those not qualifying for subsides will be taxed up to $3,800 if they do not buy insurance, and the Joint Tax Committee has confirmed failure to pay your fine could result in jail time. The experience in Massachusetts has left those caught in between unable to afford insurance and having to pay the tax.
Big Insurance Boondoggle: Forcing all the uninsured into insurance could bring as much as $200 billion a year in new premiums to insurance companies, including $465 billion in subsidies over 10 years.
Privacy Violation: This legislation would allow law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the Department of Justice unprecedented unfettered access to medical records.
No Lawsuit Reform: This legislation fails to curb junk lawsuits. It doesn’t even implement the “demonstrations projects” on reform the President called for (despite the fact that states like Mississippi have already done so and seen medical malpractice insurance premiums drop 42 percent). Instead, it will “express the Sense of the Senate that health care reform presents an opportunity to address issues related to medical malpractice and medical liability insurance.”
Bipartisan Opposition: The only thing bipartisan about this bill is the opposition to it.
The Senate:a vote for “cloture” on this legislation is a vote in favor of government-run health care.

We will be watching your vote closely. Congress — VOTE NO! People — Now is the time to call your congressman. Now it is time to call the blue dogs in the house. Blue Dog Democrat means, ‘leftist pretending to be moderate’ in a right leaning district. Let these dogs know the jig is up.

Obama is a leftist ideologue. The press, our dear MSM sold us a bill of goods last November. They refused to look behind the curtain and see the great Oz for what he really is. A man who gives good teleprompter. A man who whether the MSM will report it or not is a pawn of the far left thug-o-cracy of Chicago. This is what we get for refusing to pay attention to the scam the NYT’s and the alphabets were pulling. Shame on US.

by jacob
Previously in the article “Republican Ideas” I laid out four items that I believe would weld the Republican party a coalition that could win elections. They were

1. Kill the terrorists before they kill us
2. Give us back our money
3. Zero Earmarks
4. Obey all of the Constitution

I am thinking that this list is too complex. It also has the wrong priorities. Therefore I will provide a simpler list:

1. Zero Earmarks
2. Cut Spending

The reason I have shortened the list is that our own deficit is far more destructive that anything the Islamic Trolls can do. Also, taxes, while important are not the root of the evil. When government spending eats up three to five percent of our GDP, as it did the first 150 years our country existed, a bad tax policy is not an issue. When government, Federal-State-Local is easting up over 40% of our GDP as it does today, a good tax policy is not possible.

At all three levels of government we must reduce government spending. This cannot happen until the pork-barrel spending, today referred to as earmarks, is eliminated. Politicians who engage in earmarks should be eliminated during primary season. This of course requires our electorate to focus on what their representatives are doing in Leesburg, Richmond and Washington; in that order.

A simple approach is to ask our current and future representatives at all three levels of government to sign a ‘No Earmarks’ pledge. This forces them to take a position that we can hold them accountable for. I can see a solid man like Tag Greason signing this pledge and living up to it. I cannot imagine any of the current crop of big spenders on our Board of Supervisors signing such a pledge. Refusal to sign the pledge is a statement in itself. One conservatives can use to pummel our BOS into submitting to the will of the people, or to be shown the door on election day.

It is not possible to enact a law that makes earmarks or pork illegal. In a real sense ‘bringing home the bacon’ is a lot like pornography. You really cannot define it, but you know it when you see it.

We as a nation spend too much. Our government at all three levels spends too much. The issue is not taxes. The issue is spending. If expenditures exceed revenues you are on an unsustainable path. There are no miracles. The state, if it bails out the county is then in the same position, except on a bigger scale. If the Federal government steps in, then it too is in the same fiscally unsustainable position. Raising taxes forever is not a solution either. The Laffer curve shows clearly that once taxes go beyond a given percentage of income, the rate of growth in revenues declines.

Therefore the only choice is to have the courage to cut spending. This requires that the elected politician, at whatever level of government, must have the spine to stand up to the special interests, and reduce spending. Such a stance is not political suicide, such a stance will earn the gratitude of the 40% of the country that is self identified as conservative, and most of the moderates. The 20% of the country that is self identified as liberal will fret and whine; but most conservatives see such and revel in it.

Fiscal Sanity
The road to fiscal sanity requires we as a nation must recognize what is it that government should do, what it can do, and what it should not do. The constitution in Article 1, Section B outlines the 21 activities that are in the purview of the federal government. The 9th and 10th Amendments basically say unless it is specifically permitted, it is forbidden for congress to do. It would serve our nation well if over a period of years we bring the government into line with the Constitution our Congress and President have sworn to uphold.

At the State and local level the problems are both more complex, but easier to fix. First of all the state and local governments have more latitude than the Federal. Therefore pinning them down is harder. However, on the flip side what is the proper role of our state and local government can be restricted more readily by the fact that unlike the Federal government, they cannot print more money.

We as conservatives have a long road ahead of us. The culture is being taught to be dependent on government for things that the people really should be doing for themselves. This is the fault of conservatives. That is correct, it is our fault. The conservative’s motto can be summed up as ‘leave me the hell alone’, the trouble with this mindset is that we have then left the field wide open to those values and world views that are antithetical to liberty. Socialism is slavery, what else can dependence be? We must speak to this reality in the public square, and this must be the guiding principal for all future legislation, and choice of candidates. It may take more than 20 years of fiscal conservative activism to undo the damage of 80 years of progressive rule in our country. While this is daunting, it must be done.