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You really have to wonder about the people in office right now. Last week, tea party protests were held all over the USA. Now the Democrats want tea party activists to think they’re trying to cut taxes, make government smaller, and reign in the deficit.
First, President Obama spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on tax day, April 15th and said that tea party activists should “be saying thank you” for the tax cuts enacted by his administration.
Then Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appeared Sunday, April 18th on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He was asked about the tea party protests and responded by saying “We’ve just been through eight years where many people said deficits don’t matter. We can pass huge tax cuts, pass huge new programs without paying for them. That debate has changed fundamentally.” “You don’t hear people say anymore deficits don’t matter. You don’t hear people saying we can pass enormous expansions in government without paying for it. That’s an important change.”
If we only had two choices, keep all of the current lawmakers in office or vote out every incumbent, a new Fox News poll shows that 68% of respondents would clean house, while only 20% would keep the status quo. Not surprising considering Congress’ approval rating has been hovering around 18%. What is surprising is that 52% of the respondents who described themselves as Democrats would get rid of all incumbents. All of this spells bad news for incumbents in 2010.
Here’s more interesting, though not shocking, data. 17% think Congress cares what the American people want, compared to the large 79 percent majority who think Congress does whatever it wants to do.
We received an email today from Rene Oberer, a Conservative challenging Rep. Mike Turner (R) for US Representative of Ohio’s 3rd District. The email challenged Mr. Turner’s use of earmarks.
Certainly, in a perfect world any conservative would be opposed to earmarks, but in today’s Congressional politics they seem inevitable. The practice is ingrained. So, while we understand Rep. Turner’s desire to return some of that money to our community, we agree that earmarks do more harm than good. To stop the earmarks, you have to change the system by removing the people enabling the status quo.
That said, we applaud Rene’s efforts to bring light to this issue and support her in trying to get rid of earmarks entirely. Maybe the earmarks that litter this god forsaken health care bill will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back?
We at BeHeardNotHerded.com have no allegiance to career politicians. We believe that citizens should do their civic duty by serving public office, then return to their private lives. To that end, we support Rene’s efforts to challenge Mr. Turner. Congress needs an enema!
To read the email from Rene Oberer, click the link below.
Are the Democrats offering government jobs to other Democratic candidates that drop out of important primary races? Evidence is mounting. First, Fox News reports that Representative Joe Sestak, who is aggravating Democratic leaders by challenging Specter for the Senate nomination in Pennsylvania, said last month that the White House dangled a federal job in front of him last summer in an attempt to drop out of the state’s Democratic primary.
If that is true, Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believes it was criminal. Issa wrote a letter to the White House counsel on Wednesday demanding information on Sestak’s claim.
“While the White House may think this is politics as usual, what is spectacularly unusual is when a candidate – a U.S. Congressman no less – -freely acknowledges such a proposal,” he wrote to White House counsel Robert Bauer. “Almost always candidates keep quiet about such deals, and for good reason – they are against the law.”
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law is reporting that ACORN has settled the RICO lawsuit brought against them. Under the settlement, ACORN agreed to surrender all of its Ohio business licenses by June 1, 2010. Further, the organization cannot support or enable any individual or organization that seeks to engage in the same type of activity.
The Center’s initial legal action alleged ACORN engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that amounted to organized crime , due to its perpetual submission of fraudulent voter registrations in Ohio. The legal center sought the dissolution of ACORN as a legal entity, the revocation of any licenses in Ohio, and an injunction against fraudulent voter registration and other illegal activities.
How sweet is that! ACORN is out of business in Ohio.
He’s a British expatriate, has famous parents, and someone in his ancestry actually classified the tiny fish that bears his name. He is very well-educated, was known to fraternize with Royalty, and defrauded Lloyd’s of London out of 1.8 million pounds.
Why would anyone care about his take on the world economy?
Because it takes a thief to catch a thief?