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Obama’s IRS Goons Now Attacking Tea Party

Reported on Breitbart’s Big Government, the IRS, at the behest of Democrat Senators, is now investigating such operations as ACORN, MORE, Project Vote, Media Matters, George Soros, and Warren Buffett to expose the voter fraud and tax evasion of those organizations.

Wait. No. They’re investigating local Tea Party organizations inquiring on donors’ names, donation amounts, office-seeking Tea Party leaders, and more:

In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the country. Mailed from the same Cincinnati, Ohio IRS office, these letters have reached Tea Parties in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio, and Texas (we are hearing of more daily). There are several common threads to these letters: all are requesting more information from these independent Tea Parties in regard to their nonprofit 501(c)(4) applications (for this type of nonprofit, donations are not deductible). While some of the requests are reasonable, much of them are strikingly onerous and, dare I say, Orwellian in nature.

What are local Tea Partiers to think with requests like “Please identify your volunteers” or “are there board members or officers who have run or will run for office (including relatives)”? What possible reason would the IRS have for Tea Parties to “name your donors” when said donations are non-deductible? These are just a few of the questions asked by the IRS in these letters, and one cannot help but suspect an intrinsic threat encompassing all these demands.

The other question is the timing of these IRS letters requesting reams of copies and hundreds of hours of work and potentially thousands of dollars in accounting/legal fees (all due in two weeks). Some of these Tea Party groups have not received anything concerning their nonprofit status since 2010 prior to these letters.

These documents are further undermined by a letter sent to the IRS Commissioner Shulman. Signed by six Senators, it requests that the commissioner investigate 501(c)(4) groups to determine whether they are engaging in substantial campaign activity, including opposition to any candidate. Who signed this letter? Senators Schumer, Franken, Udall, Shaheen, Whitehouse, Merkley and Bennet — all Democrats.

Could it be that these Senators want the IRS to investigate the nonprofit status of Media Matters and its coordinated political activity with the White House? Or perhaps they are concerned with nonprofit ACORN groups’ record of voter fraud, and other previous campaign abuses including alleged close ties with President Obama’s Project Vote? No, when these Senators sent this letter to the IRS commissioner, the message would be very clear. The 501(c)(4) groups they want investigated are not those with Democratic liberal ties.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Congress, Taxes, Tea Party

 

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Economic Freedom In America Today

Enjoy these videos from EconomicFreedom.org

Across the globe, the societies that have the best quality of life are those with the highest levels of economic freedom. From lower unemployment to better-protected civil rights and cleaner environments, economic freedom is vital to improving the well-being of society, especially for the most vulnerable.

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For years the United States has been a world leader in economic freedom. But runaway government spending and burdensome regulations have caused a decline in economic freedom in the United States. If our economic freedom continues to fall, how will it affect our quality of life?

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This is a service of the Charles Koch Institute:

  • Economic freedom is the driving force behind why some societies thrive while others do not. Improving well-being for all people can only be accomplished if the true cause of prosperity is understood. Years of empirical research and exhaustive analysis show that economic freedom is the overwhelming catalyst in creating jobs, fighting poverty, building a safe environment to raise a family, and improving overall human well-being.
 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Economy, Free Market, Freedom

 

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Hopification / Changification / Brickification

From John Hayward at Human Events:h/t teslasociety.com

You remember Tesla Motors, don’t you?  Well, you should.  Barack Obama forced you to give them $465 million to develop electric cars, bringing the wonders of sustainable transportation to the common man, provided the common man has $100,000 to drop on a Tesla Roadster.  This also created 400 of those wonderful “green jobs,” at a taxpayer cost of $1,087,500.00 per job.  It has been heartwarming to watch Obama embrace that “Occupy Wall Street” ethic by spending gigantic amounts of public money to subsidize expensive toys for rich people.

Well, it turns out you can only have a limited amount of fun with a Tesla car, because if the battery ever becomes completely discharged, the car turns into a “brick” that will never move again, absent $40,000 in repairs.  AutoGuide brings us the exciting tale of how Barack Obama invested our money in the development of The Electric Brick:

Essentially a Tesla Roadster can fully discharge in 11 weeks of no usage, from a full 100-percent charge. Reports are coming in that if the vehicle is driven nearly its maximum range and is left unplugged, it could become bricked in as little as a week. So once the Tesla battery completely discharges, it cannot be recovered or recharged, which leads to the $32,000 bill to purchase a new one plus the labor, taxes, and installation charges bringing it closer to $40,000.

A regional service manager for Tesla has gone on the record to say that he is aware of at least five vehicles that have become bricked due to battery depletion. If reports of this issue becomes more public and widespread, Tesla could be in for a rough ride in damage control.

Unlike their customers, who will have a very smooth ride sitting in their immobile six-figure electric cars, making “vroom vroom” noises and pretending to work the controls, as they experience the most “sustainable” transportation ever developed by crony capitalism.

Continue Reading here.

It’s pretty simple to see what happens when you try to imprison the free market.  Democrats and radical environmentalists just can’t figure out that you can’t repeal the law of supply and demand.

 

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Free Market, Liberals, Obama

 

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The Day The Democrats Took Over

I’ve been arguing what is written below (received via e-mail and edited) since President Obama took office, but my thoughts are well-crystallized here:

The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009 (the inauguration of President Obama), it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate at the very start of the 110th Congress.
The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s fault”, think about these facts.  On, January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:

  • The Dow Jones closed at 12,621.77 (Incredibly as of this writing it is now on the verge of 13,000)
  • The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.6%.
  • George Bush’s economic policies had set a record of 52 straight months of job creation!

Remember that day…

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?  BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney Frank) for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment … to this crisis by (among many other things) dumping $5-6 TRILLION of toxic loans on the economy from your Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cronies!

By the way, Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.  Barney blocked it and called it a “Chicken Little Philosophy” – and then the sky did fall!  He wanted to roll the dice.

And who took the third highest pay-off from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?  OBAMA did!

And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?  OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially Barney!

So when someone tries to blame Bush … …remember January 3rd, 2007… …THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!
Bush may have been in the car, but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel and they were driving the economy into the ditch.

Budgets are not passed by the White House. They are passed by Congress and the party that has controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 and 2009 as well as 2010 and 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009, though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office.

At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.

And where was Barack Obama during this time?

He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period:

  • If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending.
  • After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself..

In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is “I inherited a deficit that I voted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.”

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Congress, Democrat

 

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Ineptocracy

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Finally, a word to describe our current political situation.

h/t http://www.watchcartoononline.com

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Congress, Obama

 

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Obama’s Insider Deals

From the RNC

A total of $7.21 Billion.  Thanks Barack.  Can’t wait until they all go under… …right after they funnel millions to your reelection campaign.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Election, Government Waste, Obama

 

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Are You Under 30? WAKE UP!

The Heritage Foundation is a leadership organization that performs conservative policy research and analysis.  Below is an analysis of the FY 2013 Obama Budget released last week.

h/t pbs.org

If you are under 30, you need to start thinking about your future.  Are you going to fight for spending cuts?  Or, are you going to be enslaved to paying the Principle (now $15.3 Trillion) and Interest ($450 Billion/yr) for the Trillions that are spent today?

Read their analysis of the budget below.  Pay particular attention to the last few paragraphs:

Obama’s Friends Win Big in Budget

You don’t need to log on to President Barack Obama’s Facebook page to find out who his friends are, and you don’t need to read tea leaves, gaze into a crystal ball, or consult a psychic to learn where his priorities lie. No, you only have to take a look at his 2013 budget, just released on Monday, to see what kind of company the president keeps and to what extent he will go to lend his pals a helping hand.

The folks seated at the president’s head table haven’t changed much in the past few years — the only difference is how much is being served up in the taxpayer-funded buffet. As in the past, the president has plenty of handouts for his big labor buddies. His budget delivers a fourth consecutive annual deficit exceeding $1 trillion — and that spending goes to yet another round of not-so-shovel-ready construction projects and government “investments” totaling $178 billion. Heritage’s Patrick Knudsen writes that the spending includes the president’s favored road, bridge, and school construction projects, but “then they go alarmingly beyond the usual ‘infrastructure’ arguments to fund teachers’ pay.” In other words, unions representing the construction site and the classroom win big.

Other winners in the president’s budget are those who fit into the Administration’s vision of a green economy that is propelled not by the market’s demand, but by Obama’s whim. The 2013 budget proposes to spend $310 million to make solar energy cost-competitive without subsidies by 2020, $290 million to expand R&D on energy efficient manufacturing techniques, and $421 million in fossil energy research and development. Heritage energy expert Nicolas Loris writes that the budget “rejects the notion of a market-based energy industry and wastes taxpayer dollars at a time when we desperately need to curtail out-of-control spending.” In other words, he says, the president’s blueprint is all wrong.

There’s no clearer example of just how wrong the president’s blueprint is than his decision to increase subsidies for electric vehicles like the $41,000 Chevy Volt while ending funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), which gives low-income children in the nation’s capital a chance to escape underperforming schools. The White House intends to increase taxpayer-funded subsidies for those who purchase new-technology vehicles to $10,000 per buyer, up from $7,500. Keep in mind that the average income of a Volt buyer is $175,000 per year. That means that middle-class taxpayers are helping the rich buy pricy, politically correct cars.

With his other hand, President Obama is taking from the poor. The DCOSP provides $8,000 vouchers to 1,600 low-income children in the District of Columbia, empowering them to attend a school that they choose. The program has been a stunning success — though it has drawn criticism from the president’s teachers union allies. If the president gets his way, those children will pay the price.

They won’t be the only ones in their generation, though, who will suffer under the president’s budget. From a big picture perspective, the president’s budget rises from $3.8 trillion to $5.8 trillion in 2022. Putting that into context, that means outlays above 22 percent of gross domestic product — more than twice the New Deal’s share of the economy in its peak years. In constant dollars, outlays are more than three times the peak of World War II. With all that spending, someone will have to pay for it. Whose names will be on the bill? Those under 30 — America’s debt-paying generation. Their entire lives will be dominated by paying down today’s mountains of debt. And some of them are waking up to that fact.

“It will be my generation, rather than the retiring baby boomers, that will be paying off the national debt through higher income taxes,” says Amanda Winkler, 24, a Master’s Student at American University. Shaun Rabenius, 26, is a part-time construction worker and student. He says, “I have never followed politics much, except for when I vote. But in looking at the last decade, the presidencies, and the debt they have accumulated, I am scared out of my mind.”

They’re right to be worried. With a Senate that hasn’t passed a budget in well over 1,000 days and a president who seems intent on spending more, not less, without addressing the country’s underlying budgetary crisis, future generations will soon find that the winners today will make them losers tomorrow.

None of these great and wonderful utopian programs (Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance, ObamaCare) will exist when our under-30 citizens reach retirement.  They will have disappeared into the mountain of debt that the current generation-of-selfishness has amassed.

So youngsters, vote on for Obama, because he’s so hip! [sarc]

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Balanced Budget, Freedom, Obama

 

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Occupy DC Invades CPAC

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Activism, Conservative, Liberals

 

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Missouri Bureaucracy To Increase Taxes On Farmers

Below, Senator Crowell brings to light yet another fiefdom in the Missouri Bureaucracy…

— The Keep-It-Complex-Stupid Tax Commission.  —

…’Eight Categories based on Land Quality blah blah blah’ and ‘Valuation Increase from $985 an Acre to $1,065 an Acre yada yada yada’.

So, just how many people does it take in this tax bureaucracy to track eight categories of land quality and valuation changes per acre?  How about we fire them from the government and hire them into the ‘real’ economy?

The Founders enacted a system by which taxation is distributed equally among the people.  THREE times the Founder’s asserted that taxation be distributed equally among the people.

The Constitution’s references to taxation:

Article I, Section 2, Clause 3:

Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…

Article I, Section 8, Clause 1:

The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises…but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States…

Article I, Section 9, Clause 4:

No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

We suspect they felt that method of taxation was best for the States as well, and Missouri needs to follow the Founders’ lead.  The answer is a consumption tax and a Free Market system… …not a bunch of games with a taxpayer funded Missouri State Tax Commission.

Senator Crowell’s Capitol Report:

Attention Southeast Missouri Farmers

What Do YOU Think?

Agriculture is Missouri’s No. 1 industry and the backbone of our state economy. We rank second in the country for number of farms, and agricultural goods are one of our main exports. How Missouri’s farms fare is often tied, or even attributable, to how our state fares.

Agriculture is more than simply an industry in Missouri, though; it’s a way of life, a core part of our state identity.  Families have been farming Southeast Missouri for almost 300 years, and it is my hope they will be given that opportunity for centuries to come.

It is important we foster and protect agriculture in Missouri.  Farming is a volatile business, and farmers are at the mercy of the weather, a constantly shifting market and overhead costs that are rising.

Now, with a decision by the State Tax Commission, they’re facing a tax reassessment.  The State Tax Commission voted in December 2011 to raise assessment values on the most productive farms in Missouri by approving new productivity values, the evaluation of a land’s potential earnings.  Productivity values are used to calculate a farm’s property taxes, so any increase results in higher property taxes for those farmers.

Missouri farmland is split into eight categories based on land quality.  The best quality is grade one, with the worst being grade eight.  The Commission’s decision would increase productivity values on farmland grades one through four by 8 percent, or an average of 18 cents per acre.  A property that produces the most dependable crop yields would see its valuation raise from $985 an acre to $1,065 an acre.

I need you to seriously consider if this is the time to make this type of change.  What do you think?  The economy is still unstable, and production costs have steadily risen in recent years.  Farms all over Missouri continue to struggle.  Last year was particularly devastating, as severe weather flooded farmlands in parts of the state and excessive heat led to rampant drought in others.  More than 100 counties were declared disaster areas.

However, the last time the productivity values on farms were raised was 1995.  And non-farm related property taxes have raised dramatically during the same time period.  There may be a legitimate argument for adjusting these values, considering the commission evaluates them every two years but has not increased the values in 17 years.  In that time, the overall Missouri Net Farm Income has nearly doubled.  And, this value increase will only affect higher-quality land, farms that should, in theory, be doing better than others.

Two years ago the commission sought to increase the productivity values by 29 percent.  I filed a Senate Concurrent Resolution to prevent this from happening, which successfully passed, blocking the increase.  This year, Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, has filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 19, a similar measure that would stop the commission from raising the values this year, 2012.  If the Senate is to block the commission’s decision, though, we must act quickly.  The Legislature must pass the resolution within 60 days to block reassessment.

I am asking for your thoughts on this issue.  It can be easy to get caught up in the swell of data and statistics surrounding an issue, so your opinions mean the most to me; I look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Me

As always, I appreciate hearing your comments, opinions, and concerns.  Please feel free to contact me in Jefferson City at (573) 751-2459.  You may write to me at Jason Crowell; Missouri Senate; State Capitol; Jefferson City, MO  65101, or email me at: jcrowell@senate.mo.gov or visit me on the web at http://www.senate.mo.gov/crowell.

Certainly, we don’t want to raise taxes at a time when Missouri’s economy is so fragile, so Senator Crowell and the Missouri Tax Commission should hear a resounding, ‘NO!’

But, let’s also ask Senator Crowell and his fellow legislators to fight at the root of the problem.  Stand up and stop the tax gimmicks.  Rid us of the corrupt Income and Property Tax system in favor of a tax on consumption… …equally distributed among the people.

THAT is social justice.

Then, we won’t need someone sitting in some cubicle calculating categories and productivity values.  If the land is good, it will grow more; it will sell more; it will be taxed more.

If you need a better reason to vote for the Missouri Taxpayer Releief Act, you won’t find one.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Free Market, Taxes

 

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Is it Easy to Visit Our State Capitol?

From the desk of Missouri State Senator Brian Nieves:

One of the things I think all senators and representatives look forward to is when actual “real people” — folks from back home — come to visit us. My office is one where constituents are welcomed and encouraged to visit, BUT, unfortunately, there are certain segments of our population who have difficulty doing so. Why? In addition to the challenges inherent to a building that is more than 100 years old, we also have the challenge of limited parking. Our Capitol building houses 163 representatives and 34 senators, as well as multiple members of the executive branch. On any given day, there are many, sometimes hundreds, of visitors who need to visit with their elected officials and have their voices heard. Over the last 10 years, I’ve become increasingly upset to see persons with disabilities, particularly those who became disabled in the service of our great nation, having to park blocks from the Capitol and travel long distances to get to the building! I have, on multiple occasions, quietly filed legislation to correct this problem by changing the way parking is reserved at our Capitol, but have received little or no support. You may wonder why our politicians would resist fixing this obvious problem and I’ll tell you why… The only way to expand handicap parking is to reduce or eliminate the premium, reserved parking held for members of the press. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard legislators indicate they’re unwillingness to “tangle” with or get in to a battle of sorts, with the press! Legislators are, with good reason, afraid to upset the press and typically try to avoid doing so. Why? Very simple, have you ever heard the old adage, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel?” There is a very, very good reason that adage is so well known and I can tell you from personal experience that when you tangle with the press, it gets ugly! Several members of the press have written ugly, insulting and downright attacking articles, editorials, and opinion pieces in the recent days since I filed my expansion of handicap parking bill. Two reporters have written “hit pieces” about me filing my parking fix that are so ugly that many people read them and immediately called me to express how sad they were to see members of the press act like such bullies! One reporter’s article was entitled, in big bold print, “Nieves is an Embarrassment” and it only got worse from there. Both of these so called “news reporters” had not written anything about me for a long time but WHAM! As soon as I file a bill to replace the press parking with handicap parking, they suddenly feel the need to attack, attack, attack! Do I feel like a victim? Not at all. Do I feel intimidated by the obvious attempts to bully and cajole? Not at all. Will I be forced by the press to sit silent while our disabled veterans have to trek to the Capitol from two blocks away so that healthy, able bodied members of the press park right up front? Never!

h/t mo.govLet me share a story and answer some of the reporters’ attacks… Recently, I had the honor of hosting visitors from back home. One of these visitors was a man who, at 70 years of age, has seen more combat in the service of our Republic than you or I could imagine in our worst nightmare. He is a disabled combat veteran and is highly decorated for valor, but guess what? You got it, no handicap parking! On that very day, I introduced SB 694 to correct the injustice he and countless members of our disabled community have endured while trying to visit their Capitol. To answer the reporters… Did I introduce the bill with a bit of fire? Yes! Did I call out the press? Yes! Was I understandably upset about what had happened to my constituent, a true American hero, that day? Yes! Am I sorry for not acting more “Senatorial” in my introduction? No! I am tired of milquetoast politicians ruling the day and will not be counted among them, if that upsets members of the press, so be it. One of the reporters is a veteran and I honor his service but why, why won’t he stand up and do what is right? Why does he attack me for simply trying to right a wrong? Is his dislike for me so strong that he can’t see past me to the issue at hand? I’m here every day of session and I know there are not enough handicap parking spots. I also know it is wrong for a private, for-profit industry to be granted free parking while our disabled veterans park two blocks away. I call upon these reporters to withdraw their fight against me and this rightful bill and endorse my plan to give more access to folks with disabilities and particularly our disabled vets. I will also mention that both these reporters asked me to give up my parking and I’d like to remind them both of something they already know, but failed to mention. My parking is in a secured underground area that is a long walk from the Capitol! Giving up my spot does nothing for disabled folks because they’d still be traveling just as far, but press parking is right up close! These reporters know they are wrong and I will gladly work hand-in-hand with them to work out a “parking fix” that will still allow them a spot, but not at the expense of allowing easy access to those who truly need it. To the reporters — I’m sure I will never look, act, speak, have the demeanor, or carry myself in a manner that is pleasing to you but it’s time to put our differences aside and fix this! My phone number is (573) 751-3678 and I’ll be eagerly awaiting your call.

So, here are some of the attacks on Senator Nieves that he mentions:

Here is the story by the emissourian.com.

Here is one from stltoday.com complaining about American’s First Amendment rights to petition (lobby) their government.

Here is the ‘Embarrassment’ piece he mentions in the emissourian.com that also complains about the First Amendment right to petition their government.  Ironic that they bring up the $500 in World Series tickets – information that’s available because of the transparency laws that created an atmosphere for ALL citizens to watch their government.. …and not just trust the left-wing press.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Media

 

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