Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Florida Senate and Common Core

March 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Educational, State of FL Info

Please follow this easy link to contact your FL Senator about an upcoming vote on Common Core.  We defer to the grassroot experts who have been studying common core and oppose the Senate Bill 616.

 

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SB 616 Will Advance to the Senate Floor for a Vote on April 1st.
We must act to STOP IT!

Call and email your legislators today to tell them to kill SB 616 that will be on the Senate Floor April Fool’s Day (no joke) and tell them instead to pass SB 1496/ HB 1121. You can do this in one easy step by clicking the big green button:

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Great College Education

March 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics

Let’s face it, all you had to do was read the title and you knew this was going to be a another ridiculous example of our Higher Academia. While campuses are debating whether the American flag should be flown or ROTC should even have a presence, they are doing a great job protecting those poor young men and women who get offended or mentally damaged by encountering anything they view as offensive.

 

So if you have a few moments to read the following two articles, please do. Like me I am sure you will be disgusted, but once again, it is the American public that allows this to go on.

As a disclaimer, this picture could be a woman or a man-

 From the NY Times-

Safe spaces are an expression of the conviction, increasingly prevalent among college students, that their schools should keep them from being “bombarded” by discomfiting or distressing viewpoints. Think of the safe space as the live-action version of the better-known trigger warning, a notice put on top of a syllabus or an assigned reading to alert students to the presence of potentially disturbing material.

Click for full article-(you may have to open twice as the first time it may ask you to subscribe)  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-hiding-from-scary-ideas.html?_r=1

 

From Reason Magazine-

The Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a bill March 16 to create an online system to report microaggressions, which sponsors of the bill said will create a more conducive environment for victims to speak about microaggressions.

The bill, sponsored by Class of 2018 senator Angela Pradhan, calls for the implementation of a campus-wide online system to report microaggressions to “make Ithaca College a safer, more inclusive and diverse community for all students.”

Pradhan said the online system would fill what she sees as a lack of an adequate system to report microaggressions.

“I know a lot of senators are working on microaggression stuff within their respective schools, but I felt that there was a need for something to happen schoolwide,” Pradhan said. “And if there was a concrete way to document [microaggressions] online, it would provide students a way to kind of state what’s going on.”

The system would allow individuals reporting microaggressions to remain anonymous. However, junior Kyle James, vice president of communications and co-sponsor of the bill, said those reporting a microaggression would likely have to reveal their identity if they wanted to pursue any legal action.

Click for full article- http://reason.com/blog/2015/03/25/anonymous-online-geo-system-to

 

We are so doomed!!

 

 

 

Second Amendment and The Senate

March 26, 2015 by  
Filed under 2nd Amendment, Hot Topics

 

 


Legislative Shoot-out Expected in the U.S. SenateWithin the next 72 hours, gun owners should expect votes in the U.S. Senate on:* Outlawing ATF bullet bans
* Concealed Carry Reciprocity
* Prohibiting Senate anti-gun amendments.We expect more gun-related showdowns in the next 72 hours than in the next 9 months combined.  At least 5 gun-related amendments are expected on the Budget Resolution — a once-a-year vehicle that gives senators an opportunity to get hundreds of votes on any issue they choose.
And at least five senators have chosen to get votes on guns.
We have already told you about the Crapo amendment to shut down Operation Choke Point — which has been used by Eric Holder to try to financially strangle the gun industry.
But there are other amendments as well:
* An amendment by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and David Vitter (R-LA) to prohibit ATF from banning bullets — in the way it tried to do with AR-15 ammunition;
* Another amendment by Senator Inhofe to block any and all funding for the implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty;
* An amendment by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to prohibit any more anti-gun amendments in the Senate — be they semi-auto bans, magazine bans, universal gun registries, etc. — unless anti-gunners get more Senate votes than they will ever conceivably be able to achieve;
* And there is an amendment to prohibit the ATF from copying 4473′s and using them to compile a national gun registry; and another one to push national concealed carry reciprocity — in a way that allows residents of “constitutional carry” states to carry without asking “May I?” from the government first.
It is critically important that you chime in with respect to all of these amendments.
One final point:  If you read the amendments, they are filled with “budgety” language about “reserve funds,” and so forth.  But the important thing to know is that this is an exercise in freezing in pro-gun votes.  We killed UN Arms Trade Treaty with a budget amendment like these.  And, once we freeze in our headcounts, we can stick these same amendments onto the non-filibusterable reconciliation bill — or on the appropriations bills when they begin to move in a couple of months.
But if you hate bullet bans — or if you like national concealed carry reciprocity — or if you want to permanently preclude anti-gun amendments in the Senate — now is the time to make your voice heard.

 

ACTION:
Contact your U.S. Senators. Ask them to support:
* The Inhofe & Vitter amendments outlawing bullet bans and implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty;
* The Lee amendment, requiring unattainable supermajorities to ever bring up any gun control in the Senate again;
* The Crapo amendment to shut down Operation Choke Point;
* Plus amendments to push concealed carry reciprocity and prohibit the ATF from copying 4473′s.

 

Speaker at Santa Fe College

March 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics

Please join other freedom loving patriots who will be attending a free speech by Jacob G. Hornberger of The Future of Freedom Foundation. This Wednesday 3/18/15 from 3-5pm.

Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch.

Click Here For Event Info-    http://fff.org/event/libertarian-angle-live-santa-fe-college/

 

 

 

Republicans Love Boehner

March 4, 2015 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, National Info

The only way that John Boehner can continue to be the Speaker and sell us down the river is that this is what the establishment wants (Both Parties) and the Republican voters are just fine with it.

Thank you to Congressman Yoho for voting against that atrocious clean bill to fund Obama’s DHS and immigration order. Needless to say, Congressman Yoho will be targeted again by the establishment and the likes of Karl Rove. Nothing new here. Please read the following articles and realize that this is a very grave situation we are now in.

From Politico-

Nothing has changed for John Boehner.  When he kept hold of the speaker’s gavel fewer than 60 days ago, his advisers and close allies said the worst was behind them. He now had the largest Republican majority in eight decades. He had moderates willing to back him up. And he had a partner in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who would bolster Boehner in his battles against President Barack Obama.  So what happened? Why no fight for what the entire November election was about?

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/gop-probably-stuck-with-weak-boehner-115736.html

 

From Western Journalism-

The debate is over, the impasse is broken, the Republicans have caved, and Obama has been handed a huge victory in the fight over total funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including a provision to proceed with executive amnesty.

The House has approved the “clean” bill to fully fund DHS.

Buried amid the avalanche of news coverage of Bibi Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was an agreement by House Speaker John Boehner that could forever alter the landscape of American political power.

http://www.westernjournalism.com/breaking-boehner-led-house-just-bowed-to-obama-with-this-massive-change-for-america/#PJpsPGREAldgtvx1.97

From Sunshine State News-

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., was put on notice on Tuesday by a Republican group that his vote on funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was being watched.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was successful in his efforts to get the U.S. Senate’s plan to fund DHS without an attempt to push back against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration — letting around 5 million illegals stay in the U.S. without fear of being deported — through Congress

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/ted-yoho-faced-pressure-group-ties-boehner-dhs-vote?utm_source=Constant%20Contact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning%20Lead&utm_source=March+4%2C+2015&utm_campaign=Morning+Lead+2%2F24&utm_medium=email

 

It is sooooo easy to cave so THANKS AGAIN Congressman Yoho.

 

Firearms- An Email To Protect Your Rights

Yes, amazingly  this is still an issue-

 

ALERT!  Carrying Firearms During Mandatory Evacuation 

FROM:  Marion P. Hammer, USF Executive Director, NRA Past President

SB-290, Firearms/Emergency Evacuation by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 1:00PM.

SB-290 is a bill to protect citizens from being disarmed and charged with a crime for carrying a weapon or firearm during a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Governor or local government during a declared state of emergency.

WHY DO WE NEED SB-290?

When you’re ordered under a mandatory evacuation to take your family, pets and important documents and leave your home and other belongings behind, you should be not be deprived of the ability to protect yourself and your family.  You should not be denied the right to take your firearms with you rather than leave them behind for looters.  This bill is especially important for law-abiding people in a state that is prone to evacuations due to hurricanes. This bill is about your safety and the safety of your family.  Read the bill here:  SB-290 Emergency Evacuation

Please EMAIL Committee members IMMEDIATELY and ask them to SUPPORT SB-290 

IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT:  SUPPORT SB-290 on the Community Affairs Agenda Wednesday

(To send your message to all just Block and Copy All email addresses into the “Send To” box)

simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov,
brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov,
abruzzo.joseph.web@flsenate.gov,
bradley.rob.web@flsenate.gov,
dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov,
portilla.miguel.web@flsenate.gov,
thompson.geraldine.web@flsenate.gov

Committee members need to hear from you.  Please email Committee Members today.

March For The Children

COME FOR THE RALLY - STAY FOR DINNER!

Let’s have some fun! The rally ends in the afternoon, but don’t leave town. Stick around for dinner that evening.

The Tea Party Network will be meeting for dinner at a local restaurant in Tallahassee and you will have the chance to network with fellow Tea Party groups from across the state.  Anytime The Tea Party Network brings people together you can be promised a good time. We have a lot to talk about. With the Presidential election campaigns already underway, it is up to us to deliver Florida and give the country a clear conservative victory in 2016.  Let’s work together and not allow the big party establishment to select our next candidate.

We the people need to take charge, nominate the right candidates, win the election and restore our liberties!

 

Private Property and Net-Neutrality

February 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, National Info, Property Rights

For those who may still be unsure about the whole Net – Neutrality issue or just want more information to solidify that it is a terrible thing, please click on the link below for a great article about PRIVATE PROPERTY and Government control.  It is a little long but very worth while. As a matter of fact, please forward it on to your email lists.

By Raymond C. Niles-

Net neutrality advocates such as Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig liken the Internet to a “commons”—to “public property,” akin to state-owned highways and municipal parks. They call for the Internet to be treated as if it were “public property,” managed by the government in accordance with the “public welfare.” On these grounds, they advocate that the Internet remain a “neutral platform” where “the network owner can’t discriminate against some [data] packets while favoring others.”  Plainly stated, net neutrality is the idea that the Internet is “public property”; thus, the government must ensure that online content is delivered in a “neutral,” non-preferential fashion.

But delivered by whom? To hold that the Internet is a “commons” or “public property” is to evade its actual nature; the Internet is a network of privately owned personal computers, servers, and cable. Ignoring this fact and pretending to themselves that the Internet is “public property,” proponents of net neutrality seek government control over private property—specifically that of Internet service providers.

In order to achieve net neutrality, its advocates hold that the Internet must remain, as they put it, a “stupid network,” meaning unregulated by an intelligence that might favor the transmission of some content over other content.11 But because data is transmitted through the private property of ISPs—the expensive cables, computers, and other infrastructure that make the Internet possible—what they actually advocate is denying ISPs the right to manage their own property. The “stupid” Internet that net neutrality advocates desire is one in which ISPs must, under threat of government force, remain largely passive with regard to how data flows through their lines and over their networks. An ISP’s role, according to net neutrality advocates, is to pay for and then provide a “stupid network” of “dumb pipe” (i.e., bandwidth capacity) to customers, who can use it however they please.12 Fearing the decisions that ISPs might make with respect to their own property, net neutrality  advocates seek to impose their conception of how the Internet should work—via government force.

In essence, beneath their calls to preserve “economic innovation” and “free speech online,” net neutrality proponents advocate government control of the privately owned infrastructure that makes the Internet possible. To what types of controls will adherence to net neutrality lead, and how will these affect Internet service providers and their customers?

 

Click Here For Article from the Objective Standard

 

 

 

Congressman Yoho

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics

While campaigning in 2012 Ted Yoho stated that the Department of Education needed to change and bring back more control to the local level. Well, Congressman Yoho has some bipartisan support for his new “TEACH” bill.

Read below from Florida Sunshine State News.  Thank you Congressman Yoho and keep pushing for what is needed.

 

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., unveiled a proposal to bring major reforms to the U.S. Department of Education last week and doubled down on his idea on Tuesday.

Last week, Yoho called for more state control and less of a federal role in education and introduced his “Transform Education in America through Choice (TEACH) Act.” The Florida congressman said his bill would give state and local governments a three-year window to “evaluate and implement best practice standards for our nation’s K-12 educational system” while keeping federal involvement to a minimum.       Click for full article-

Call To Action-

February 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Local Info, Press Releases

Yes, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is at it again. Well, they never have stopped dictating your every action, but this is just another example of what they are doing.

Tuesday the Commission will vote on a Resolution supporting never allowing Fracking in the State. Guess they must love GRU’s biomass plant with the highest electric rates in the state and dislike of business potential.

Here is a copy of the language-

Click here for Alachua County Resolution.

 

Realizing that the vote will be in the morning while most are working, please send an email with your comments. You can either send one email to the whole Board at BOCC@Alachuacounty.us

or individually to each Commissioner-

Mike Byerly, District 1,   byerly@alachuacounty.us

Lee Pinkoson, District 2,  lpinkoson@alachuacounty.us

Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Vice Chair - District 3, rhutchinson@alachuacounty.us

Ken Cornell, District 4, KCornell@alachuacounty.us

Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV, Chair - District 5, cschestnut@alachuacounty.us

Just cut and paste the address and your good to go.

Below is further information that has been submitted to the Board for their consideration.

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In regards to the Resolution banning fracking under consideration by the Alachua County Commission

The proposed resolution, among other factors, ignores the fact that there is alternative legislation in development that may be more effective at regulating oil and gas wells than HB 169.  Please consider the following:

I.  What subject matter experts were consulted in the preparation of this resolution?  Oil and gas permitting within the state of Florida is via the Oil and Gas Program within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FL DEP), the same agency that protects our water resources.  Their authority is established by Florida Statute 377 and the Florida Administrative Code.

Was the FL DEP consulted in preparation of this resolution?  Is the commission claiming that the FL DEP is incapable of regulating oil and gas wells?

 

II.  A resolution this sweeping deserves a hearing where the public and Commissioners can hear from subject matter experts from all viewpoints.  What is the rush to pass this resolution without opportunity for public review and comment?

 

III.  Statements by government officials based on scientific reports.  Here is a sampling of statements by government officials regarding Fracking:

A.  Paraphrasing from an article on the Energy in Depth web site:

President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has offered a sharp rebuke for local, regional and statewide bans on hydraulic fracturing in comments made to Northern California NPR. Citing the regulatory confusion created by a patchwork of local and regional bans and her belief that fears associated with hydraulic fracturing are not founded in “sound science,” Jewell stated “I would say that is the wrong way to go,”.

Jewell, who has previously stated that hydraulic fracturing “has been done safely for decades,” also specifically addressed New York’s recent permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing. Citing misinformation and a lack of understanding of the science behind the process, Jewell did not mince words on where she stands on the state’s course of action:  “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” Jewell said of New York’s decision last month to ban fracking. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it, and I think there needs to be more science.”

From Energy In Depth, “Obama’s Interior Secretary Says Fracking Bans are ‘Wrong Way to Go’ January 2, 2015, by Randy Hildreth. see http://energyindepth.org/national/obamas-interior-secretary-says-fracking-bans-are-wrong-way-to-go/

B.  From Philly.com:  Fracking is making state and Phila. energy leaders

Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015, 1:07 AM, By Kevin L. Colosimo.  Read more athttp://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20150202_Fracking_is_making_state_and_Phila__energy_leaders.html#1mP8gPKMsqqUx8FF.99
“Beyond all of that, the claim that is driving the calls for a ban – fracking is hazardous – simply is not true.

Fracking, done responsibly, is safe. Steven Chu, the former energy secretary and no fan of fossil fuels, has said so. Ernest Moniz, the current energy secretary, has said so. Ken Salazar, the former interior secretary, has said so. Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told Congress that she knew of no proof that fracking has ever contaminated groundwater.

Meanwhile, studies from the EPA, the Groundwater Protection Council, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have all concluded the process does not pose a risk to the environment. A technical report from the Department of Energy that focused on Greene County, Pa., found “there was no detectable upward migration of gas or fluids from the hydraulically-fractured Marcellus Shale” into drinking water aquifers. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the potential risks of fracking and uncovered “no incidents of direct invasion of shallow water zones by fracture fluids during the fracturing process.”"

IV.  The resolution ignores certain facts about oil and gas in Florida:

Concerning impact of oil and gas drilling on contamination of water resources:  According to Levi Sciara, FL Department of Environmental Protection:

  • ·         The practical limit of Florida’s water resources is about 1,500 feet due to salinity.  (The internet states the maximum depth of the aquifer is 2,000 feet)
  • ·         Fracking is a deep well process.  The fracking mixture is injected into oil deposits at the bottom of the well.
  • ·         Florida’s oil and, thus, oil wells are located in SW FL (The Sunniland formation) as well as the NW corner of the FL panhandle (The Jay field, among others).  According to the Florida Geological Survey, Tallahassee, FL, depth to production in the SW FL Sunniland formation averages 11,500 feet below MSL and in the NW FL Jay field production averages about 15,100 feet. Many wells have been permitted by the FL DEP and are operating in these two locations.  Detailed production information can be obtained from periodic reports from the Florida Geological Survey.
  • ·         Why fracking?  Among other reasons, Fracking allows the driller to drill one well with multiple horizontal bores at the bottom as opposed to multiple vertical wells into the same field, reducing the number of oil wells.
  • ·         From an environmental standpoint, the most dangerous phase of drilling a well is when the well is drilled through the upper portion of the land passing through the aquifer.  For that reason, the government requires the driller to use a two or three walled casing in that region to prevent any leakage into or out of the well.  The FL DEP has inspectors who spend full time, 24/7, on the well site during this case installation process.

Consider the above information:  If you are concerned about polluting water, there is about  8,000 ft of land mass between the fracking site and the aquifer  (10,000 ft oil well depth less 2000 ft bottom of acquifer = 8,000 ft in between).  If you are concerned about polluting water, what is the better alternative, 4 or 5 or 6 wells punched through the aquifer if fracking can’t be used or just the single well that fracking allows?

 

Don’t Miss The Great TREVOR LOUDON!

February 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics, Press Releases

Better see Trevor Loudon tonight before the Administration puts him on THE NO FLY LIST and he can’t come back to America to speak the truth.

 

 

Elect A New Speaker On Tuesday

January 5, 2015 by  
Filed under National Info, Press Releases

Tomorrow the House will elect a Speaker. Will they continue with the same old “go along to get along” that the establishment and Speaker Boehner have pushed for the last 4 years?

One of the most exciting votes over the last two years was Congressman Yoho’s very first vote- AGAINST BOEHNER for Speaker. At that time he was one of the only ones to do so.  Well, here we are again, and even though the polls show that 60% of republican voters want a change, will it materialize?

Press Release from Congressman Yoho-

Friends,

When I decided to run for Congress, President Obama had just announced we were five days away from fundamentally transforming America. It was a statement that stuck with me, because it is not America that needed to be changed.

The American people, by and large, are the same folks who work to put food on the table and provide a roof over the heads of their families. They want an America where if you work hard and play by the rules, you achieve the American dream. That drive hasn’t changed.  What needs to change is Washington, DC.

A few months ago, the American people sent a strong message that they reject President Obama’s attempts to change their country. They sent a message that they want conservative policies, and most importantly, conservative leadership. The American people have given us this moment in time to fight back against President Obama’s failed policies. We cannot, nor should not, squander it.

Two years ago, my first vote in Congress was against John Boehner for Speaker. It was not a personal attack, but the representation of the voice of a frustrated nation. I believed we needed stronger leadership then, and two years later, I still believe that today. Therefore, I will not vote for John Boehner for Speaker, and have provided my name as an alternative in the Speaker’s Race.

In November, the American people showed they still have confidence in us. However, that confidence is waning. They want a leader who is inspirational in message, and resolute in defiance against this president’s disastrous policies.  A leader with the strength and tenacity to boldly lead us against a president insistent on unilateral rule. Our Founders gave us a system of government that granted more power to the House of Representatives because it was the People’s House.

We need to stand up, with the full confidence of the American people behind us, and stop this president’s attempts to further transform our nation. We have but one moment, and that time is now.

- Ted

WE NEED A POSITIVE CHANGE-  Since the press release Rep Louie Gohmert of TX has also thrown his name in the hat. There are options now. Please click on the links below for some articles about the vote and then please call any friends you have around the country and urge them to contact their Representatives and have them vote for a candidate other than Boehner.

The Daily Signal-   http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/03/florida-republican-steps-forward-alternative-boehner-speaker/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Breitbart News-  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/01/03/rep-ted-yoho-joins-movement-against-boehner-offers-himself-as-potential-alternative/

The Daily Caller-  http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/03/florida-rep-ted-yoho-offers-himself-up-as-boehner-replacement/

Polling-  http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/04/poll-republican-voters-dissatisfied-gop-leadership/

The CRomnibus From Thursday-

December 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, National Info

Even though you may have seen this last night, I am posting this on our blog for commentary-

 

Thursday Nights Cromnibus Bill That Passed-  Good or Bad?

I have collected some bits and pieces of articles about the bill that passed Thursday night that will fund our nation for the next fiscal year. I will have some of my own personal commentary towards the bottom of this email. So please read all the text and click on links to read the full articles.

As Jack Webb would have said in Dragnet, “Just the Facts Ma’am, Just The Facts”

From Dan Calabrese with CainTv (Herman Cain)-  Check Your Emotions, May Not Be All Bad.

What Happened Thursday Night?

Neither the process nor the result was pretty. In the end, John Boehner was John Boehner insofar as he wanted more than anything to avoid a government shutdown, which meant he would sacrifice amnesty de-funding to get a spending bill passed if that’s what it took. And it did, because 57 Democrats came to his rescue by supporting CRomnibus – even though they were furious about the rollback of some of Dodd-Frank – after 67 Republicans bailed because the bill let Obama’s executive amnesty off the hook.
So the bill is a moderate’s dream and is hated by both the left and the right, which sets up some interesting dynamics when the Senate takes its turn. But in a way, amnesty doesn’t get off the hook entirely:


The effort to save the bill angered some Democrats, who complained that both Obama and JPMorgan Chase & Co chief executive Jamie Dimon were calling Democrats to support it.

“It is very strange, very strange that the two of them would be working for the support of this bill,” said Representative Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. In the 219-206 vote, 67 Republicans rejected the spending bill, largely because it failed to take action to stop Obama’s executive immigration order. But that was offset by 57 Democrats who voted in favor. Shortly after passage, both the House and Senate passed a 48-hour extension to allow the Senate more time to consider the measure. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said it would be debated on Friday.
The 1,603-page bill, negotiated by Republican and Democratic appropriators and leaders, drew Democrats’ ire when they discovered it would roll back the Dodd-Frank law due to go into effect next year by killing planned restrictions on derivatives trading by large banks, allowing them to continue trading swaps and futures in units that benefit from federal deposit insurance and Federal Reserve loans.

If passed by the Senate, the spending bill would fund all government agencies through September 2015,except for the Department of Homeland Security, which would get an extension only through Feb. 27. Republicans intend to deny funding to the agency to carry out Obama’s order allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States.

If Republicans play this right - I know, I know – this could prove to be more of a victory on the amnesty question than it seems today. By passing a bill that funds the entire government except Homeland Security through September, they’ve removed the Republicans-want-to-shut-down-the-government nonsense from the equation and now set up a situation where Obama pretty much has to negotiate with them come January to get funding restored for DHS.

I think that was always the idea – that you wait until you’ve really got control of both houses after the first of the year and then you put the squeeze to him. Passing CRomnibus under the current Congress puts you in a stronger position to do that because you take away the shutdown as Obama’s opportunity to change the media narrative and make Republicans the bad guys.

Next step, though: Now that they’ve essentially passed a real budget for the rest of the year, they need to start in early 2015 working on a real, normal-order budget for 2016. We haven’t seen one of those since 2009 because real budgets hold Democrats responsible for their irresponsible spending, so Harry Reid simply stopped passing them in favor of these never-ending, always perilous continuing resolutions in which the drama is always whether or not the government will shut down, rather than what’s actually being spent and on what. Republicans are going to get back to normal-order budgets, right? Right? 


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Sounds good to me. Do I think the GOP leadership will finally flex it’s muscles?  NO.  But might happen.
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GOP Rep: House Leaders Made False Promise to Get My Crucial Vote-

Representative Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.) accused House Republican leadership of reneging on a deal made with him to get his support on a crucial procedural vote that almost killed the $1.1 trillion cromnibus funding bill. “I was very surprised and even more disappointed to see the cromnibus back on the floor,”

Stutzman said in a Thursday evening statement. “The American people deserve better.”
Stutzman was one of the last Republicans to cast his ballot in favor of a rule allowing the House to vote on the cromnibus. National Review Online reported that Stutzman backed the rule at the last minute after leadership told him that they would pull the bill, once the rule was passed, and replace it with a short-term continuing resolution favored by rank-and-file conservatives. With the last-minute help of Stutzman and outgoing representative Kerry Bentivolio (R., Mich.), leadership won the vote 214–212.

“I supported the rule because I was informed by leadership that the cromnibus was dead and a short term CR would take its place,” Stutzman said. After President Obama came out in favor of the funding bill, Republican leaders spent the day whipping their members and hoping that Democrats would deliver the requisite number of votes.

Read More-    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/394531/gop-rep-house-leaders-made-false-promise-get-my-crucial-vote-joel-gehrke

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From Politico- Liberals: Obama Abandoned Us


The White House’s aggressive push to salvage a spending bill on Capitol Hill left liberal lawmakers feeling burned by President Barack Obama — and raised significant doubts about their desire to cooperate heading into next year’s Republican takeover of Congress.

Democrats will need every vote they can muster next year as the GOP plans to attack liberal priorities on health care, energy and financial regulation in 2015. But Thursday’s deadline drama offered no signal of party unity, only fresh reminders of the post-election divisions between a president who’s looking to govern during his last two years in office and a newly invigorated populist wing of the party, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).  The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed the House late Thursday, with 57 Democrats voting for the bill while 139 voted against it — with many liberals seething over a provision that rolled back a key financial regulation that is part of the Dodd-Frank law.

“A vote for this bill is a vote for future taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street,” Warren said Thursday. “It is time for all of us to stand up and fight.”

Obama and Biden dialed for votes all day, and dispatched Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to meet with House Democrats, hoping to sooth Democrats’ concerns over policy riders that showed up in the trillion-dollar spending bill and were blasted by liberal stalwarts Warren and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

While the eleventh-hour intervention may have pushed the bill across the finish line, it also sparked a fresh round of finger-pointing among Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the White House. For the increasingly liberal factions of Democrats on Capitol Hill, the White House’s work was too little, too late.

“I do not share the White House’s view,” said Rep. Steve Israel of New York, a member of Democratic leadership after meeting with McDonough.

Obama’s base said he tried to sell them out—and didn’t even wait to do it until Republicans officially expand their majority in the House and take over the Senate come January. And some on the left worried the wide range of policy riders in a spending bill were a worrisome sign as Republicans take over the Senate next year – and are already urging Obama to steel himself and ready his veto pen for what’s to come.

The White House’s support for the measure sent liberals into a rage, including a very rare and blunt split between Pelosi and the president which began when a White House statement landed in Washington inboxes on Thursday afternoon. The message from the president: The bill has plenty to scoff at, but you should vote for it anyway.

“I’m enormously disappointed the White House feels the only way they could get a bill is to go along with this,” Pelosi said Thursday afternoon, coming to the floor to declare that she wouldn’t be voting for the bill so long as it includes the Dodd-Frank rollback “blackmail.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/liberals-obama-abandoned-us-113516.html#ixzz3LjLgi9lc

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Well, this is good to read about provided it is not all theatrics and strictly for future political gain.
Can’t you see it now. In February President Obama tells the nation that the big bad GOP are holding him hostage over amnesty even after he helped them last December. Yup, once again the GOP is the villain or party of NO and will cave as in the past.  I hope to be proven wrong.
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Congressman Yoho

Several Congressman Yoho supporters who had communicated with him over the last week were able to go over several of the pros and cons of this bill. As usual Congressman Yoho showed us that he truly studies all aspects and weighs the options, as no Bill ever has everything that will satisfy ALL.

Below are some of the top reasons why the Congressman supported this bill.

This bill will fund the government through September of 2015. In addition, this bill:

- Ensures social security and fully funds our troops’ pay
- Saves taxpayers billions by prohibiting funding for the Obamacare Risk Corridors
- Amends Dodd-Frank to protect our farmers and ranchers
- Cuts an additional $60 million to the EPA
- No new funding for Obamacare
- No Guantanamo transfers or releases into the US
- Takes an additional $10 million from the IPAB Board
- Cuts $345.6 million from the IRS
- Fully funds the US-Israel MOU at $3.1 billion
- Provides $2.5 billion for processing VA disability claims to end the backlog and rescinds $41 million in performance bonuses at the VA

- Bans any use of federal funds for abortions

- Blocks funding for Obama’s Race to the Top educational program

- Blocks funding for the International Monetary Fund
- Blocks funding for high speed rail

Of course a major part of the bill is that it only funds the Dept of Homeland Security through the end of February when it will be tackled again.

    Below is his press release-

Rep. Yoho Votes To Keep Discretionary Spending at Lowest Level Since 2007
Dec 11, 2014

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) voted in favor of H.R. 83 — Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. The bipartisan/bicameral year-end funding agreement provides full appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 for 11 of the 12 regular appropriations bills. The agreement keeps discretionary spending at the lowest level since 2007 and puts the country on a path to save taxpayers $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years.  Funding for the Department of Homeland Security is limited until February 27, 2015, when the President’s executive order will go into effect. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement after the vote:

“When I was elected, I told my constituents that I would vote not on what was politically popular, but on principle. The bill today is far from perfect. But as with any large spending bill, there are things that you want to fund and there are things that you don’t. Funding our troops, veterans’ services, social security, and ensuring economic stability for our small businesses is the right thing to do. 
“I do not agree with the President’s Executive Order, which is why I introduced – and the House passed – legislation to stop it. 

I also joined my colleagues in offering an amendment to this spending bill that would guarantee that no funds could be used for his illegal amnesty.  I’m disappointed that the amendment was not accepted, but I’m happy that the bill only temporarily funds the Department of Homeland Security until February 27, 2015, when the President’s executive order will go into effect. This will enable us to add the proper limits when we have control of the Senate in January. Additionally, this legislation contains no new funding for Obamacare. For President Obama to have to sign that into law is a win in itself. 

“The House passed 11 of the 12 appropriations bills out of their respective committees and sent 7 of them to the Senate for a vote. The situation today is entirely a product of Harry Reid’s do-nothing-Senate. Tonight’s vote made sure all the hard work done in the House wasn’t done in vain.  
“I look forward to a Republican Senate that takes up and funds appropriations bills the way we are supposed to—not waiting until the last minute and rolling everything into one bill like the one we see before us today. That way we can vote for the provisions we like—and against those that we don’t—and not risk the well-being and welfare of our citizens, our economy, and our national security. 

“The American people handed us the torch of leadership. Being a leader means looking at the big picture and making tough decisions. With a Republican Senate, I look forward to bringing our country back on fiscal track, stopping this President’s overreach, and restoring the greatness of America.” 


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As a Fiscal conservative above all else this is a no brainer. The only problem is that I do not believe that the GOP leadership will hold firm or keep it’s promise to fight against Obama’s Amnesty in February and much less shrink the size of government. I hope I am wrong but as such I do understand Congressman Yoho’s vote. He is the one who is face to face with leadership up in D.C. and can only hope he is right. I will wait for February and hope that having control of the House and Senate will finally allow the self serving D.C. leadership to think about the voters.

Below are two articles that get no press but will help show you that Congressman Yoho DOES want to turn this country around regardless of party stance.  Again I hope that leadership will do the same.

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Congressman Justin Amash-Michigan

When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote—with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared “passed” with almost nobody in the room)—I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.

On Wednesday afternoon, I went to the House floor to demand a roll call vote on the bill so that everyone’s vote would have to be recorded. I also sent a letter to every representative.

It’s one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American. With more time to spread the word, we would have stopped this bill, which passed 325-100.

Thanks to the 99 other representatives—44 Republicans and 55 Democrats—who voted to protect our rights and uphold the Constitution.

Congressman Yoho was one of those.

Sen. Paul Introduces Bill to Prevent President Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Dec 12, 2014

Senator Rand Paul today introduced the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act. This is companion legislation to Congressman Ted Yoho’s bill (H.R. 5759) that passed the House of Representatives on December 4, 2014 on a 219-197 vote.

This legislation would end President Obama’s executive action on immigration and restore the Congress’ constitutional role as the body to craft legislation. Article I of the Constitution places the legislative powers in Congress. The President does not have the power under the Constitution to rewrite immigration laws to exempt classes of people from a law that was passed by Congress and signed into law.

“I believe that the Constitution is clear that the legislative power resides in Congress. The President is not a king and he does not have the power to enact laws then execute his own laws. Our Constitution is being violated by this executive order and other actions by the Obama Administration to govern by executive fiat,” Sen. Paul stated.

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The Conservative movement (you, me, Tea Party, Republicans, Libertarians, Patriots, etc) HAS made a world of difference in American politics over the last five years. We are far from done however as we have a formidable opponent in the DC establishment. So as I hear the Braveheart music in the background and the shout of “Freedom”, you can bet your sweet little _ _ _ that we will live to fight again and that will be during the new Congress in January. Yes, the one ELECTED by mad Americans.

 

 

Congressman Yoho vs. The Rest Of Washington

December 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Constitution, Hot Topics

Ted Yoho Takes on Obama over Immigration-

Thank you Congressman Yoho for refusing to just sit back and let the President, along with much of Leadership, ignore the constitution.

Please read this article in Sunshine State News about Congressman Yoho’s bill and the vote that should occur today.

www.sunshinestatenews.com

 

 

 

This Is Scary- The IRS and White House

December 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Executive Branch, Hot Topics

“Less than a week after ’fessing up that it found some 2,500 documents potentially showing that the IRS shared taxpayer returns with the White House, the Obama administration has reversed course and won’t release the trove to a group suing for access.”

This should truly scare the heck out of every American. Sure, it’s one thing for a political party to spy on another but when the IRS is used to bully, intimidate and criminalize Americans, it must be stopped.

From the Washington Examiner-

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/feds-balk-at-releasing-docs-showing-irs-sharing-tax-returns-with-white-house/article/2556890

 

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