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We had an opportunity last night to visit West Chester, Ohio, a northern suburb of Cincinnati. Does the name sound familiar? It might because its home to the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, Congressman John Boehner (R – OH). It’s also home to the Grand Ole Pub (GOP) – a new bar and restaurant dedicated to American politics and history.
The GOP is the brain child of West Chester residents Bill and Pat Langdon. They noticed the large number of English and Irish themed bars, but couldn’t find one dedicated to America. “English and Irish pubs will display the flag and memorabilia from either country. We wanted to duplicate that with an American theme, so we started with the Constitution, the Betsy Ross flag, the Boston Tea Party, ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’…We just wanted to tell the story of America’s founding on the walls,’” says Langdon.
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.”
Here’s a great new video from the folks at GOOOH (Get Out of Our House):
Mainstream media is doing everything they can to minimize coverage of ACORN. The last six months have been devastating to the organization. Between the sting videos, the state lawsuits, and an act of Congress, it looked like ACORN was out of business.
Not so fast. On March 10, 2009, federal judge Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New York made permanent her temporary injunction prohibiting Congress from cutting off funding for ACORN. The Department of Justice is planning to appeal Gershon’s ruling and seek a stay pending appeal.
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.