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The Parasites Are Devouring The Host Culture

I’m sure I’m a racist for posting this disgusting video:

 

“Who would want to work in America?  This is what the the taxpayers are paying for.”

If you are paying taxes, why are you not screaming?!?

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Liberals, Reform, Taxes

 

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How About Ten Years?

Senator Crowell makes the excellent point that we need to keep the revolving door between the Missouri Legislature and the Lobby Hiring Office locked tight.  But, it seems to me, with the Billions of Dollars being spent on lobbying, that it would be chump change for a Business / Union / Group to keep a former Legislator on the payroll for two years.

To cleanly close the door between Lobbying and Legislating, the number of years between the two jobs should be at least 10.  Citizen-Legislators should have plenty of time being a Citizen before going back to lobbying the General Assembly.

But, this is a good start:

Pass Ethics Reform Now

Holding Politicians Accountable

Politicians work for you, to represent your interests, not their own.  But far too often a few politicians use their position to be self-serving and forget to make decisions based on what is best for you.  The special session this past fall put on full display how lobbyists and special interests, through campaign donations, are controlling politicians more and more.  In my opinion, two key bills need to be passed in order to stop this abuse and make politicians more accountable to you, the voter.

Missouri had an ethics law passed in 2010, but, this past month, the Missouri Supreme Court struck it down because of the process by which it was passed.  Among the key provisions in the bill struck down was banning the laundering of donations through campaign committees, publicly reporting contributions of $500 or more within 48 hours of receiving them, and important enforcement abilities for the Missouri Ethics Commission to ensure politicians comply with all campaign finance rules.

The court’s ruling makes it imperative that the General Assembly acts quickly to ensure campaign donations are transparent.  Senate Bill 826 contains the exact same ethics provisions passed in 2010 minus the issues the Missouri Supreme Court said made the bill unconstitutional.  By passing this bill, campaign contributions would be made in the open so Missouri voters are able to hold politicians accountable for the campaign contributions they receive.

In like manner, when voters approved term limits, they made it clear that they did not want legislators making a career out of their service at the Capitol.  Each legislator has the honor to serve as a citizen-legislator for their district; however, the current system provides some legislators with the opportunity to land high-paying jobs as soon as their term is complete.  The General Assembly should not be a revolving door between public service and lobbying.  This has the potential to lead to a conflict of interest as the governor or special interests may trade these high-paying jobs for votes.

h/t senate.mo.gov

Senate Bill 851 would prevent legislators from being able to take a job as a lobbyist or in the executive branch for two years after they leave office.  This provides an important cooling off period between the time a person serves in the Legislature and the time they take a high six-figure job lobbying their former colleagues.  It also ensures that during their time in the General Assembly, legislators are serving your best interest, not trading their actions for future employment.  If you are going to be the boss of the politicians, instead of the special interests, now is the time to enact these key ethics reforms.

Holding office should be an act of public service and not a springboard to lining one’s own pockets.  As lawmakers, we are entrusted to make the best decisions for you and must be focused on doing what is right, not on who has contributed money or promised a future high paying job.  If you are to have confidence in your elected officials then it is time to pass these two bills.

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.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Reform

 

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New Bloomfield School Board Too Busy…

…voting on issues unrelated to education to improve the education at their schools.

h/t http://jennysironmanquest.blogspot.com/

As you know the Rockin’ Conservative believes that state, local, and federal revenues should be gathered through taxation of consumption — not the myriad of income, realty, and personal property taxes currently employed.

To that end, the Rockin’ Conservative has joined on with United For Missouri and Let The Voters Decide to enact a Citizens Initiative Petition abolishing Personal Income Taxes in favor of a Consumption Tax.

Today, we find out that the New Bloomfield School Board will vote on a resolution in disapproval of this Citizens Initiative Petition.  Thanks to Beverly Martin of Missouri Fair Tax for the ‘heads up’.

The average New Bloomfield ACT score in 2011 was 19.90. Unimpressive (Read here). Perhaps they could work on meeting all 15 of the MSIP APR Measurements instead of just 12.

It seems that the School Board of New Bloomfield would better serve their constituents by working to improve those scores… …instead of working to disapprove of a Citizens Initiative Petition. The Rockin’ Conservative asks you to contact the school to remind them to focus on improving the education they provide!

But, if they must, ask them if they have contacted the above proponents of the initiative to hear their side of the story.  Or, are they making this vote without all the facts?  Ask them, considering that State Auditor Tom Schweich won’t even weigh in, how did they come to the conclusion that they should disapprove of the initiative!

The phone number at the school is 573-491-3700.

The School Board will meet to vote TONIGHT!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Education, Reform, Taxes

 

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Mitch McConnell Wants Your Grandchildren’s Freedom!

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Update:  Obviously, Mr. McConnell read my post (wink) for at this point, he has changed his position on earmarks.  However, it seems Mr-I-Support-The-Tea-Party-Blunt has not yet signed on to the program.  Like I said, the Republican entrenched politicians do not get it.

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I took a week away from the blogosphere to enjoy the victory of the Tea Party and Conservatives in returning a majority of Republicans to the House, increasing the number of Republicans in the Senate,

The choice was made by Tea Party leaders all over the U.S. in 2009 to forgo the advent of a 3rd Party of truly fiscally responsible Conservatives and Libertarians, and the Republican Party is currently the recipient of the benefits of that decision.  The House flipped, and the Republicans gained 7 seats in the Senate.

And, then they proved they don’t get it…

But for the decision by the Tea Partiers to give the Republicans another chance, the Republican Party would have gone the way of the Whigs.  To support the Tea Partiers, at a very minimum, the Republican Party MUST stop the use of Earmarks until the Federal Debt is reduced.  Period.

Period.

There’s no wiggle room.  The three Republican Senators that continued to use Earmarks have no choice.  I’d rather see a larger Democratic majority than this milquetoast Republican ‘yeah we want to control spending’.  Well, if you’re not willing to start with Earmarks, then ‘get off the stage’.

We’re done; and the Tea Party will come after you!

We KNOW that the Earmarks are but 1% of the Federal Budget.  But if you’re not willing to start there, then you aren’t willing to make the tough decision that need to be made in other parts of the budget.

No bill should go through the House with one single Earmark while the Republicans have the leadership.

If you’re not willing to stop taking money (freedom, labor, time) from our children and grandchildren, step down so we can elect someone who is!  Mitch McConnell, stop taking my grandchildren’s freedom!

On Facebook?!?  Like this page to tell your Congressman that Earmarks are DONE until the Debt is Reduced!

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Balanced Budget, Economy, Reform, Tea Party

 

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Updated: A Clue?

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Well, according to CNN, the GOP did not sack Lisa Murkowski as party leader on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  Do the votes of the Alaskans not matter after all?  Lame excuses about her being gone anyway ring hollow.

She’s running as an I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T… …which is NOT-REPUBLICAN.  So, why would we even keep her as the party leader on the trash bin committee?

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Did the Senate GOP start to get a clue about what’s going on in America?

Lisa Murkowski, current U.S. Senator from Alaska,  lost her primary bid for re-election to Tea-Party backed candidate Joe Miller.  With disdain for the choice made by voters and in a fit comparable to a 3-year-old child, Murkowski launched a write-in campaign for U.S. Senator.  Ignoring the will of the Republican Alaskan voters is no surprise to those watching this year’s election activity with Charlie Crist launching a similar Independent bid after losing a Republican Primary.

On Wednesday, Senate Republicans voted to strip Lisa Murkowski as the party leader on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  In response to her rejection of the will of the Alaskan voters, the Senate Republicans rejected her.

I’m sure that Murkowski and the State Run Media will bemoan the treatment by the GOP, but keeping her at the helm of the powerful committee would be akin to making Arlen Specter the Minority Leader.

Could this be a glimmer of hope about the Republican Party?  …that they are starting to understand that America is done with the ‘good-ole-boys-and-girls-club’ and that when we put you out, you’re out.

I hear statements from the Republicans that they need to control, contain, reduce, cap and reign in spending.  Statements like that make me think they don’t get it.  Tea Party Americans don’t want that; they want MASSIVE cuts to spending, major cuts to departments and programs, and a hatchet taken to the budget and the IRS!

I hear statements from the Republicans that they want to correct, fix, and improve Obamacare.  I hear some say they will rip it out by its roots.  Tea Party Activists want it ripped out!

I really don’t think the GOP gets it yet; but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Election, Health Care, Reform, Republican, Tea Party

 

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BIOB: Then And Now

In November 2006, Democrats were swept into office and took the reigns of Congress on January 3rd 2007.  On that day, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd took over the powerful banking and Finance Committees, Harry Reid became House Majority Leader, and Nancy Pelosi became the Speaker of the House.  A war-weary nation was growing more anti-Bush by the day.  The power of the Democrat party was in place and on the rise.

On that same day, January 3rd, 2007, the DOW closed at $12,621.77.   The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%.   The Unemployment Rate was 4.6%.   The number of jobs had been increasing for months.  National Debt was about $8.0 Trillion.

On that day, fear set in.

Congress holds the purse strings of the Federal Government, and no spending bill gets to the President without first passing the House and the Senate.  So, ALL, let me repeat, ALL spending since January 3rd 2007 has been proposed and enacted by the Democrat led Congress under Pelosi and Reid (which included Barack Obama and Joe Biden).

Businesses set their agenda based on 5 year plans, and with a new Democrat Congress, a likely Democrat President, and a big tax and spend agenda on the horizon, companies began to change their plans based on their new milieu under a Progressive and Liberal Government.  The Bush Tax Cuts were expected to end; Tax Increases were likely; more regulation; more government; more control; less freedom.  Simply put, businesses began to plan for lower sales, fewer employees, and higher taxes.

On September 1, 2010 after 3 1/2 short years of Democrat control, the DOW is right at $10,000.00, the GDP for the previous quarter was 1.6%, and the Unemployment Rate is 9.6%.  National Debt is about $13.5 Trillion.

When, you think about for whom to vote on November 2, 2010, a simple comparison of our country’s measures, then and now, should point you in the right direction.  Do you want more Democrat tax, spend, and strangle of America’s economy, or do you want to go to a pro-growth economy based on limited government, limited spending, and free markets.

The Democrats will continue the BIOB Strategy (Blame It On Bush).  But, you know better with a few simple facts.

Be sure to thank Rick Santelli and the Tea Party for grabbing hold of the Republican Party and yanking it back to fiscal conservatism and Constitutional reverence… …although I’m not convinced that the Republicans fully ‘get it’.

 

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Inside These Buildings

Voters, Pundits, and Americans across the nation are outraged by the new $578,000,000 High School that has been built in Los Angeles, California.  They are justified in their indignation as the State of California faces massive budget deficits and looming bankruptcy.

In St. Louis, the Federal Government built a massive eyesore called the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse that blotted out the beautiful view of the St. Louis Arch as you drive into St. Louis City from the county.

And gigantic Federal Buildings litter Washington DC creating a beautiful skyline built with taxpayer dollars.

Our government workers have certainly excelled at creating aesthetic and pleasing edifices in which to toil.

So, why is it that what goes on Inside These Buildings is such a massive failure?

Ignorance?

Those working within these sanctuaries to the labors of taxpayers probably don’t understand that government is but a necessary evil; probably have never read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense; probably don’t understand that the electorate must spend up to 1/2 of their working day to pay for the largesse of the government; and probably think that there should be more government effort to steer the ship of America.  They’ve probably never read (or understood) the Declaration of Independence (which lists grievances far less egregious than the offenses committed by the current American government) or the Constitution for the United States of America.

Ignorance.  Ignorance of the true building blocks of America and the free market which made her great.

It’s far past time to reduce the size of these massive buildings and the travesties executed within.  What is better for America as a whole?  A system of giant buildings that house massive failure?  Or, a simple trailer where successes are built.

My children spent two years in a trailer as their school was re-built after a tornado.  They succeeded in learning in those trailers.  Will they succeed in learning in the $578,000,000 school?  If they do, it certainly is not because of the building — it is in spite of it.

 

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