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Ed Martin: How Congress Lies To Us

Below is an indictment of US House Republicans by a ‘Platform Republican’ like me for the games played when voting for the Boehner / Pelosi / MConnell / Obama budget deal. As you read the letter, remember these votes by the Republican contingent for Missouri. How did they vote when it was stoppable (when they should have fought for us)? How did they voted when it was unstoppable (and could be used to pretend that they fought back against Obama / boehner)?

Member Stoppable Unstoppable
Rep. Sam B. Graves [R-MO] Aye Nay
Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO] Aye Aye
Rep. Billy Long [R-MO] Aye Nay
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R-MO] Aye Aye
Rep. Jason T. Smith [R-MO] Aye Nay
Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO] Aye Nay

I’ll give Hartzler and Luetkemeyer credit, they supported Obama / Boehner all the way.


 

Here is Ed’s e-mail…

Dear Friend,

One week ago, I traveled to Washington, DC for meetings that were scheduled a few months ago. During the day I spent there, I along with some Eagle Forum state leaders met with a dozen members of the House and one Senator.
To a person, these members of the United States Congress complained about the Boehner-Obama secret budget deal that had been released just a day or two earlier.

“It just came out and no one really knows what’s in it,” they all said in one way or another. And, “Republican leadership wants it passed, but how can we vote on this massive deal if we haven’t read it??”

If this sounds to you just like Nancy Pelosi who told us that the Congress “ha(s) to pass the (Obamacare) bill so that you can find out what is in it,” you’re right. It was appalling to hear this from members of Congress … and infuriating to realize that John Boehner was asking Republicans to vote for a budget bill they did not yet understand AND to give Obama unlimited authority to raise the debt. (By the way, this week, the Obama administration admitted that it raised the debt by nearly $300 billion after Obama signed the Boehner-Obama budget. The insanity continues.)

After lunch last Wednesday as I sat in more meetings with members, I suddenly realized what was happening: the United States Congress – the House in this case – was preparing to execute one of their classic lies to the American people: the old bait-and-switch vote. Here’s how it worked: just after 3pm EST, there was a vote on the floor of the House with all of the Republicans in the House except 29 voting to advance the “Rule” for the Boehner-Obama secret budget deal. By passing this “Rule,” Republicans who had not read the bill or even likely understood its details, were putting Boehner, Pelosi and Obama in charge of our future. To be clear: If the Republicans had voted against this “Rule,” there would have been no vote on the budget deal.

What happened next is the best recent example of how Americans have been betrayed. At just after 5pm, the House voted on the Boehner-Obama secret budget deal. 138 Republican members of the House changed their vote from just a few hours ago and voted against the Boehner-Obama secret budget deal.

Let me be clear: the reason these Republicans voted FOR the Boehner-Obama secret budget BEFORE voting against it was so they could come home to you the American people and tell you that they voted against a very bad bill. But they didn’t vote against Boehner-Obama budget until after they voted for it.

It is always a surprise when men and women of good will are dishonest. We conservatives believe the truth matters and that men and women of good will are abide in the truth. To be candid, I am not sure whether the lies we are being told are malicious or if the Republicans are in the throes of “Stockholm Syndrome” and believe that what they are doing is somehow justified. But I am not sure it matters: America is on the brink and our Congress is lying to us.

I flew home to St. Louis last Wednesday evening and my stomach sank, not just from a bumpy flight, but because I knew something was dramatically wrong in our nation.

All the best.
Ed Martin
President, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum


 

Ed joined the McGraw Millhaven to discuss the issue.  Listen here.

 


 

To see the vote details, try the links below

1st vote of House to move Boehner-Obama Budget Deal (3:33pm, Wed. Oct. 28th) Note that only 29 Republicans voted to stop it. You can find how your member voted here.

2nd vote of the House to move Boehner-Obama Budget Deal (5:21pm, Wed. Oct. 28th) Now, 267 Republicans voted to stop it but it’s too late! You can find how your member voted here.


 

And, this spending problem does not just exist in Washington DC.  At all levels of Republican-led government, more spending, more laws, more government.

Bottom line, Conservatives and GOP clearly have two different definitions for ‘smaller government’. GOP believes that ‘smaller government’ is government that adds thousands of employees, more laws, and Trillion$ in spending and debt… …albeit at a slower pace than the Democrats. Conservatives believe that ‘smaller government’ is defined by fewer government employees, fewer laws, lower spending than the prior year, and repayment of debt.

This budget fight seems to be another example of “Surrender… …Then Play Fight”

But, as so astutely detailed by Bill Hennessy, the GOPe has left it’s base.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2015 in Congress, Conservative, Government Waste

 

An Open Letter To Missouri Department Of Energy

Sir,

You failed to discuss in Chapter 2: Energy Supply, the inexhaustible energy in the ground but rather pandered to the photo voltaic and wind energy industries. If the 2.5M households in Missouri had 2 ton Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) Missouri would harvest 60 billion BTU’s of energy per hour or about 20% of the current Missouri electrical consumption.

GSHP compressor are made at one of St. Louis’ largest employers. Wind turbines and solar panels are mostly imported. No economic development there!

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The Smart grid and peaking generators would not be required upon installation of GSHP systems state wide. The Smart grid has been a big waste of money! Peaking generators are also a waste of money. With implementation of GSHP’s the winter to summer electrical usage is reduced and balanced. Peak usage is the problem of grid management. Chop off the peaks and the grid overload goes away! All that wasted money could have been used to install all the ground loops.

The “Missouri Energy Efficiency and Investment Act” as implemented is basically theft. A rate-payer is required to pay but cannot afford to benefit due to the high cost of the solar panels.

And further, The AmerenUE rebate for solar panels a $2/watt versus $2000 for a GSHP is grossly stupid. Given a typical solar 7000 watt system, the rebate is $14,000 and only delivers energy when the sun shines whereas a typical 1 Ton GSHP will deliver twice the equivalent BTU’s of energy 24/7/365.

The plan is incomplete and misleading and does more harm than help to Missouri! It ignores the boundless energy just below our feet.

Thank you

David Epps

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Climate Change, Economy, Government Waste

 

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Vote NO On Missouri August 5th Tax Increases!

By Jan Farrar and Brian Bollmann:

On August 5th, you are being asked by the Missouri Legislature to increase your sales taxes.  Amendment 7, which is the MoDOT Sales tax that plans to bring in more than they need over the 10 year period to spend on projects they propose now. In the meantime, MoDOT has spent the stimulus money on the purchase of the billboard signs all across MO to “Inform you of road conditions and tell you that MoDOT Cares.”

Barrel Bob can be seen at construction sites across Missouri; signs advertise upcoming roadwork, and of course, “MoDOT Cares” is up in lights all across the state. Maybe MoDOT should get out of the advertising business with our tax dollars. The Missouri General Assembly claims that this tax will spur job growth. Is MoDOT in the job growth business? Our tax dollars already support the US Dept of Labor, the US Division of Employment Security. We need another redundant Department of Job Growth Department? Additionally, Amendment 7 will create a county and city slush fund for politicians to dole out to favored projects, and there’s no wording in the bill to prevent the construction of warehouses near the St. Louis Airport – the China Hub.

On one hand, Missouri legislators have passed a tax cut and tell us it will spur the economy and job growth. On the other hand, Missouri legislators have passed a tax increase (to the ballot) and tell us it will spur the economy and job growth. Which one is it? It can’t be both.

Please vote ‘NO’ on Amendment 7.

In Cape Girardeau County only, Proposition K is on the ballot:

On the August 5th ballot, voters of Cape Girardeau County will be asked to approve yet another tax to be added to our current list of taxes. You will have another chance to give the government more of you hard earned money.

Proposition K is a tax that gives control of up to $3,000,000 of your money to an UNELECTED board to dole out to selected people as they see fit – many of whom have made very bad choices of their own accord. We’re getting taxed to pay for the bad choices of other people. Oftentimes, such taxes are tied with Federal Government money and programs that will come with strings attached and remove the control of our tax money from the county.

This is a tax with NO oversight, and it is all about emotion. There are over a dozen programs in the area including social workers in nearly every Missouri school to refer these children to existing programs that can be tweaked if necessary to “help the children.”

Please vote ‘NO’ on Proposition K.

 

Barrel Bob… …a testament to Wants vs. Needs:

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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Government Waste, Miscellaneous, Taxes

 

I’m Moving To Mexico

Received via E-mail:

Dear Mr. Obama, Senate and Congress:

I’m planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me.

We’re planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we’ll need your help to make a few arrangements.

We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws.

I’m sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, the President of Mexico , that I’m on my way over?

Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care for my entire family.

2. English-speaking Government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.

3. Please print all Mexican Government forms in English.

4. I want my grandkids to be taught Spanish by English-speaking (bi-lingual) teachers.

5. Tell their schools they need to include classes on American culture and history.

6. I want my grandkids to see the American flag on one of the flag poles at their school.

7. Please plan to feed my grandkids at school for both breakfast and lunch.

8. I will need a local Mexican driver’s license so I can get easy access to government services.

9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico, but I don’t plan to purchase car insurance, and I probably won’t make any special effort to learn local traffic laws.

10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from their president to leave me alone, please be sure that every patrol car has at least one English-speaking officer.

11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my housetop, put U.S. flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. �I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.

12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, or have any labor or tax laws enforced on any business I may start.

13. Please have the president tell all the Mexican people to be extremely nice and never say critical things about me or my family, or about the strain we might place on their economy.

14. I want to receive free food stamps.

15. Naturally, I’ll expect free rent subsidies.

16. I’ll need income tax credits so that although I don’t pay Mexican taxes, I’ll receive money from the government.

17. Please arrange it so that the Mexican Government pays $4,500.00 to help me buy a new car.

18. Oh yes, I almost forgot, please enroll me free into the Mexican Social Security program so that I’ll get a monthly income in retirement.

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all of his people who walk over to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that the President of Mexico won’t mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

Do you see how stupid this looks when you put it in writing????

 

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Halt Donations To Representative Peter King / Governor Chris Christie

New York Representative Peter King callously called for donors to stop sending money to House GOP members… …once again playing into the Democrats and Statist Media’s hands for dividing the Party.

Obama’s campaign commercial star Chris Christie similarly berated the Republican House for not passing the bill and claimed there was no pork in the bill, “Shame on You! Shame on Congress!”

Obama and the RINO-Loaded / Democrat-Controlled Senate created a pork-laden bill for Superstorm Sandy relief and sent it to the House to tell the American People that business-as-usual will continue in the Federal Government.  The House wisely said, ‘Not so fast!’

Umm, no pork, eh?

The NY Post reported:

“The pork-barrel feast includesmore than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC. An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms. Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.”

That’s $13.4 Billion by my count.  There’s more

  • $58.8 million for forest restoration on private land.
  • $197 million “to… protect coastal ecosystems and habitat impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
  • $10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief.
  • $17 billion for wasteful Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a program that has become notorious for its use as a backdoor earmark program.

Is that really $41.4 Billion of a $60.4 Billion bill that isn’t directly related to Hurricane Sandy?  Why yes; it is!  Like the so-called Farm Bill which has little to do with Farming, the Superstorm Sandy Relief bill has little to do with immediate Hurricane relief.

Okay, Mr. King, you think donations should be halted. You’re right; I agree.  They should be halted to opportunists like you and Chris Christie!

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Here’s the text of the bill on GPO.gov… …and more PORK that’s not for the people of NYC:

  • Emergency Watershed Protection Program, $125,055,000
  • Procurement of Ammunition, Army, $1,310,000
  • Defense Working Capital Funds, $24,200,000
  • Investigations to expedite studies of flood and storm damage reduction related natural disasters, $50,000,000
  • $2,000,000,000 shall be used for mitigation projects to reduce future risk and vulnerabilities

Yes, some of that may be necessary, but is in no way hindering the family victims of the storm.  And Finally…

  • That $2,902,000,000 of the funds provided under this heading shall be used to reduce future flood risk in ways that will support the long-term sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and communities and reduce the economic costs and risks associated with large-scale flood and storm events that occurred in 2012 along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast within the boundaries of the North Atlantic and Mississippi Valley Divisions of the Corps that were affected by Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac…

Wasn’t Hurricane Isaac Bush’s fault?

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Congress, Government Waste, Republican

 

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You Know You Live In A Country Run By Idiots If….

Received via e-mail…

You Know You Live In A Country Run By Idiots If….

…A Muslim Army officer crying “Allah Akbar” while shooting up an army base and killing 13 soldiers is considered to have committed “Workplace Violence” while an American citizen boasting a Ron Paul bumper sticker is classified as a “Domestic Terrorist”.

….You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally.

….Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more of our money.

….A seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for calling his teacher “cute” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable.

….The Supreme Court of the United States can rule that lower courts cannot display the 10 Commandments in their courtroom, while sitting in front of a display of the 10 Commandments.

….Children are forcibly removed from parents who appropriately discipline them while children of “underprivileged” drug addicts are left to rot in filth infested cesspools.

….Working class Americans pay for their own health care (and the health care of everyone else) while unmarried women are free to have child after child on the “State’s” dime ($six figures) while never being held responsible for their own choices (incentive to breed built into system).

….Hard work and success are rewarded with higher taxes and government intrusion, while slothful, lazy behavior is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid and subsidized housing, and free cell phones.

….The government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide 99 weeks of unemployment checks (to not work).

….Being self-sufficient is considered a threat to the government.

….Politicians think that stripping away the amendments to the constitution is really protecting the rights of the people.

….The rights of the Government come before the rights of the individual.

….Parents believe the State is responsible for providing for their children.

….You pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor defaults on his mortgage (while buying iPhones, TV’s and new cars) and the government forgives his debt and reduces his mortgage (with your tax dollars).

….Your government can add anything they want to your kid’s water (fluoride, chlorine, etc.) but you are not allowed to give them raw milk.

….Being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you “safe”.

….You have to have your parents signature to go on a school field trip but not to get an abortion.

….An 80 year old woman can be strip searched by the TSA but a Muslim woman in a burka is only subject to having her neck and head searched.

h/t runt-of-the-web.com

 

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Tax Credit Reform

From the desk of Senator Jason Crowell:

Missouri Sets New Record in Tax Credit Spending for Fiscal Year 2012, Sen. Jason Crowell Calls for Reform

JEFFERSON CITY – State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, today renewed his calls for tax credit reform following the release of figures from the Missouri Department of Revenue showing the state set a new record for tax credit redemptions in Fiscal Year 2012 of $629 million. The amount surpassed the previous record of $585 million from Fiscal Year 2009.

As the state made drastic cuts to its budget, notably in education funding, it redeemed more than $629 million in tax credits, on top of the more than ONE BILLION dollar unfunded liability the Department of Revenue says we owe in currently issued but yet redeemed tax credits.

“We just spent the last session crafting one of the most difficult budgets in decades. The public got to really see many lawmakers’ priorities, and it wasn’t pretty,” said Sen. Jason Crowell. “Members of the House proposed taking away health care for blind people. The governor wanted to gut higher education for the third year in a row. Yet there was almost zero discussion about reforming tax credits, which cost taxpayers more than half a billion dollars. It’s madness.”

Tax credit redemptions have grown over the last decade, from $143 million in 1999 to more than $629 million last year. The two largest tax credit programs are Low Income Housing and Historic Preservation. For Fiscal Year 2012, Missouri spent $164 million on Low Income Housing tax incentives, more than the budget for the Department of Conservation and the Department of Agriculture combined.

“We’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds a year to line the pockets of a handful of wealthy land developers,” said Sen. Crowell. “But reports have consistently shown these credits do not create the jobs we’ve been promised and have a negative return on investment. We know they’re a bad deal, and yet last week, the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization asked for $113 million in state and local tax incentives over 25 years to build an entertainment area called Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis. Our schools are underfunded. Our roads are crumbling. But taxpayers are supposed to cough up $113 million so one of the most successful major league baseball teams in the country can build a Ballpark Village that they said they would years ago without taxpayer subsidies when taxpayers gave them tens of millions to build their new stadium.”

“Lawmakers must stand up to the special interests that have hijacked the General Assembly and enact meaningful tax credit reform,” Sen. Crowell continued. “We’re doing long-term damage to the fiscal stability of our state. We’re digging ourselves into a hole we will struggle for decades to get out of. We need to address the elephant in the room. We need to start fixing what is clearly a broken tax credit system and a misalignment of our priorities.”

Stunning that Missouri continues to give away half-a-billion in tax dollars to cronies and pals.  To hell with education and to hell with the roads (although I have MAJOR problems with MoDot waste!), let’s save them historimacal buildings, pay for ballpark village, upgrade the Jones dome!

http://www.senate.mo.gov

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Government Waste, Taxes

 

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