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The Heritage Action Committee is very busy recruiting people who will stand firm for Conservative values.  You may find this article interesting and especially the list of Senators and Representatives who have passed the test and are considered Heritage Sentinels.

I would also highly recommend to any who did not see FOXNEWS Hannity 9:00 pm either Friday or Sunday night go to his site and watch  the show on “Boomtown, America”  Washington DC is in another universe compared to the rest of the country and it is all on the backs of us tax payers in America.   Washington produces NOTHING!  and yet it is the wealthiest city in the United States and produces “millionaires and billionaires” by the gross yearly.   How is this possible?  Why are so many becoming super rich in DC?   We all know the fraud and corruption that rules Washington but even I had no idea it was so bad.  I guess this is why I like knowing there are Congress people who are not corrupted.  Unfortunately however these people have trouble getting things done because they are outnumbered by the corrupted Congress people and are kept from the corrupted leadership from influence postings.  They are however gaining in number and are at our backs.  Remember  that 2014 is just around the corner and another opportunity to add to their numbers.   BB

 

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CONSERVATIVE SENTINELS STAND GUARD FOR FREEDOM

CATEGORY: Driving The DayFeatured     KEYWORDS: Conservative Principles,HouseSenate
 |JANUARY 29, 2013

Sentinel: A person stationed as a guard to prevent a surprise attack.

This week we announced the 29 members of Congress — 6 Senators and 23 Representatives — who achieved Sentinel status by scoring a 90% or higher on our legislative scorecard in the 112th Congress.  These Sentinels are a critical component of conservative successes, representing the “tip of the spear in Washington.”

Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham praised the work of these lawmakers:

Americans worried about our country’s future should sleep better at night knowing a dedicated group of lawmakers are fighting for freedom every day in Washington.  We congratulate these Sentinels who stood guard, vigilantly protecting our freedoms during the 112th Congress.  Not only did they advance the conservative cause, but they also held back the incessant tide of tax increases, out-of-control spending, and harmful policies that breed dependency on government.  In Washington, this is no easy task, which makes these Members all the more commendable.

Congressional Sentinels are not alone in their fight for freedom.

Washington’s corrosive, corrupting nature can challenge the principles of many conservative lawmakers, which is why the Heritage Action’s citizen Sentinels do the “hard work of keeping Congress accountable.”

The Washington Post has certainly taken notice of our impact in Washington, as have liberals, conservatives, politicians, and others in the media.  We have no qualms about confronting lawmakers head on, regardless of their party, if they are not upholding conservative principles.

The Post piece suggests that this is one reason why we have been able to “gain a bigger following among conservative activists” than other institutions.  They add that we’ve given “activists a new sense of legitimacy and an institutional base.”  In fact, Ginny Quaglia, a Sentinel from North Carolina said, “If you try to debate an issue and you cite as your source Heritage Action, it gives you instant credibility.”

Conservatives now have the formula for success – unifying conservative forces inside and outside the beltway.  Citizen Sentinels recognize this and our allies in Congress – especially those who have achieved Sentinel status — believe thatHeritage Action “adds institutional heft and sharp elbows to their own cause.”  Thus, we congratulate all of our Sentinels for their commitment and hard work.

Press Release: Heritage Action Announces Congressional Sentinels

See the scorecard: Heritage Action Scorecard

Senate Sentinels (6):

Jim DeMint  (R-SC) 99%
Mike Lee (R-UT) 99%
Rand Paul (R-KY) 96%
Marco Rubio (R-FL) 96%
Ron Johnson (R-WI) 94%
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 91%

 

House Sentinels (23):

Jeff Duncan (R-SC) 97%
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) 97%
Trent Franks (R-AZ) 97%
Tom Graves (R-GA) 97%
Paul Broun  (R-GA) 96%
Jim Jordan (R-OH) 95%
Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) 95%
Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 94%
Doug Lamborn  (R-CO) 94%
David Schweikert (R-AZ) 94%
Jeff Miller (R-FL)  93%
Ben Quayle (R-AZ) 93%
Joe Wilson (R-SC) 93%
Joe Walsh (R-IL) 93%
Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 92%
Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 92%
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) 92%
Dennis Ross (R-FL) 92%
Justin Amash (R-MI) 91%
Michele Bachmann (R-MN) 91%
John Fleming (R-LA) 90%
Scott Garrett (R-NJ) 90%
Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) 90%

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Catch up on what happened this week in DC and things to watch for.  the Republicans in the House are doing what they can to clean up Obamanation thru the Supercommittee because they know nothing they do will get past the democratic Senate.  BB

FRIDAY’S BIG STORY:

President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will take a victory lap in the Motor City on Friday after passage of a free-trade agreement between the two nations this week with a visit to a General Motors plant.

The Detroit trip comes two days after Congress passed three trade deals, with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

The Obama administration extracted some changes to the South Korean agreement last year improving access and lowering tariffs for U.S. automakers, a deal supported by House Ways and Means ranking member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), Ford and the United Auto Workers.

The auto industry is expected to increase its exports to South Korea by 54 percent, or about $194 million, the U.S. International Trade Commission has estimated.

“We know from experience that free-trade agreements lead to doubling and sometimes tripling and quadrupling the amount of trade and investments going into each others [countries],” the South Korean president said Thursday during lunch in Washington. “What’s more important is the fact that FTAs lead to creation of good, decent jobs and it spurs growth and innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Korea is aiming to approve the agreement soon so the pact will go into effect by Jan. 1.

But before they head off to Detroit, Obama and Lee — and scores of others, for that matter — will chow down Thursday night at an official State Dinner.

The evening’s menu is laden with Korean influences (masago rice pearl crispies and rice wine vinaigrette, for instance) and features local ingredients, including some culled from the White House kitchen garden, the White House said.

Two-cents deadline: Congressional committees have until Friday to submit their two cents — or maybe trillion-dollar saving recommendations — to the deficit supercommittee.

Keep a close watch on the the bipartisan recommendations of the House and Senate Agriculture panels, which are expected to suggest serious cuts to farm programs in the interest of warding off even deeper slashing of subsidies.

House Democrats delivered 16 letters to the deficit group on Thursday from committee ranking members focusing on job creation and tax increases. House Appropriations ranking member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) used his detailed letter to show the damage to discretionary spending that could result if the supercommittee fails to agree on a sensible mix of cuts and taxes.

Technical issues delayed substantive debate on the three-in-one appropriations bill package that was set to come to the Senate floor on Thursday.

Votes on the combined Commerce, Justice, Agriculture and Transportation, Housing bill is not expected until next week.


WHAT ELSE TO WATCH FOR

Mingling of interests: Capping off a week that saw Congress pass three free-trade agreements, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver an address to the Economic Club of New York on the intersection of economics and foreign policy;

Supercommittee member and House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) will join other budget experts at a Newseum media briefing hosted by National Journal; and

OxFam America activists will fight against cuts to foreign aid on Friday by dressing up as members of the congressional supercommittee and protesting outside the east front of the Capitol.

European economic elixir: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner head to Paris on Friday for a meeting of G-20 finance ministers, as well as a separate meeting of central bank governors. You may have noticed, but there’s a bit of economic drama in Europe these days, as leaders wrestle a debt crisis that is threatening some of its largest economies. But there is some good news to greet Geithner, as Slovakia finally passed a European Union deal to beef up its rescue fund, after voting it down the first time earlier in the week.

Do a little derivatives dance: The House Financial Services Committee will dive deep into the world of derivatives on Friday, as a subcommittee mulls a number of bills to tweak that market, which is under scrutiny by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. That hearing comes on the heels of a similar event at the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, where lawmakers discussed a slew of bills amending government regulation of the financial tool.

The movement on the three bills could also give the GOP negotiating leverage when riders on the environmental and labor bills step to the forefront.

When that happens, Democrats will no longer be able to say the entire government faces a shutdown if the less controversial bills are already in effect.


ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Retail sales: The Department of Commerce releases its measure of the total receipts of retail stores. The changes in retail sales are widely followed as the most timely indicator of broad consumer spending patterns.

Michigan sentiment: The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan group puts out its report on consumer confidence.

Business inventories: The Department of Commerce report includes sales and inventory statistics from all three stages of the manufacturing process (manufacturing, wholesale and retail).

Export-Import prices: The Department of Commerce releases its report tracking trends in exports and imports. The export data is worth watching for indications that a strengthening competitive position at home and/or strengthening economies overseas are boosting U.S. growth.


WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

— Watchdog group wants info from the SEC

— House panel slogs through on postal reform bill

GAO suggests Postal Service did not pay too much into retirement program

— USPS didn’t like the GAO report

— Senate Republicans put together a jobs plan

House Dems want new revenue sources from deficit panel

— Maybe Geithner should fly coach, or maybe business class

— Trade deficit narrows, China figures widening

— House Dems want investigation on bank fee hikes

First-time jobless claims drop slightly

The Fuzzy Math from Gang of Six | RedState.

I have had some problems with the Gang of Six Plan as I saw it as just more “Old Dog Washington”  BS.    This article explains it very well I think.   My thanks to Red State. BB

Other than the man who is “packing” and apparently proud enough of the “package” to spread it wide and far on Twitter announcing he is retiring (BUT, not until after he takes his two weeks PAID to the tune of $7,000.  Leave of Absence from the House!)  there really have been a few more things happening on Capital Hill.  You may want to look into these stories.

— Paul Ryan discusses Medicare – he’s open to optional

— And payroll tax holidays. (Spoiler: He’s not a fan.)

— Those trade deals? Maybe next week.

— Regulators: We’re not stifling the financial sector. Promise.

— Related: House appropriators check Dodd-Frank.

— Barney Frank: Ain’t my concern how profitable a bank is.

— GOP freshman follow through on recess appointment letter.

— Xavier Becerra, Kay Bailey Hutchison have different views on Social Security.

— Housing construction up, but the sector still sluggish.

— Ditto: Initial unemployment claims drop, but remain elevated.

Feedback and tips — bbecker@thehill.com

Stock market down for the seventh week in a roll.  A much deeper depression is coming In my Opinion.  Of course I have been saying this for a couple decades and I guess I lived long enough to see it.  I also said when it came it would make the last Great Depression look like a county picnic.  Hang on to your few assets and save.  Then Pray to God and grab your family and friends and neighbors close because you all together are all that you will have to depend on.

 

Rioting in Greece is continuing but hasn’t made any impression on the European Union  bailing Greece out again with more EUROS.  No the big banks of Germany and France simply want the tax payers of their countries to pay the Greek bills for the money they foolishly loaned the Greeks.  AND, now that the Greek Two Year Bonds  are offer 29% the big bankers will jump on that deal because they know that again the politicians will pay them off with the people’s taxes.   Kind of a familiar story, isn’t it?  In Europe just as in this country it is the big banks and big bankers.  Remember there are many many small fiscally responsible banks and bankers—maybe you should search these banks out and give them your business–again just an Old Broad’s opinion, but I simply refuse to reward the thieves who are in league with the thugs.

 

Was hearten to see the Senate vote to cut the utterly stupid, wasteful and corrupt ethanol corn subsidies.  I don’t see it going anywhere because there are still too many Old Dogs in the House who are not yet smart enough to understand the tax payers are tired of support big agribusiness and failed government handouts.  BB

Republicans in the House are trying their best to reign in spendi9ng and get a handle on fraud.  Of course most if not all of the bills they pass will be voted down in the Democratically held Senate.   Of course the dame can be said for any Senate bills that get sent to the House.  so this two years will just be a stand off.  I am however impressed that the Republicans are working overtime to being out a lot of Washington filth!

Wednesday the house will be looking into 7 bills that are aimed at getting the tax payers out from under Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The government had no business getting into the mortgage business and now carries 90% of the mortgages in the United States with a good 20% of these either in foreclosure or under water.  (underwater:  the mortgage is more than the home is worth.)

Some recent stories you might fine of interest:

GAO finds tax delinquents get billions in stimulus funds; senators call it a broader problem.  (So what is the big deal here?  one-forth of Obama’s cabinet and czars are tax cheats!  BB)

— A busy day of appropriating: Full House committee slices $30 billion for 2012 spending levels.

— House subcommittee approves cuts to food safety, nutrition programs.

— And Democratic appropriators try, fail to save funds for firefighters, disaster relief.

— House subcommittee to take on government real estate on Wednesday. (The government owns billions of acres of property all over the United States and especially out West.   The buildings owned by Uncle numbers in the tens of thousands.  It wouldn’t be so bad if a profit was made on the property but the land is lying empty except for the leases offered  for pennies to mining companies (NOT oil or coal, but all others).  Then when gold or any other minerals are mined on the property there is no charge made again except for oil and coal leases.  These minerals belong to the people!    As for the buildings they are rented for a pittance to large companies while the tax payer picks up as the maintenance costs. BB)

— House Democrats try to carve out $6.6 million for USTR oversight of China.( The offices they have currently just aren’t “fancy” enough to suit some people.  BB)

— Banks have their most profitable quarter since before the financial crisis…

— …But new home sales, while up, are still far from healthy.

Government Cash Handouts Now Top Tax Revenues – FoxBusiness.com.

Americans are now a people on the dole! and this will be the death of us.  BB

Government Cash Handouts Now Top Tax Revenues

By Elizabeth MacDonald

Published April 20, 2011

| FOXBusiness

U.S. households are now getting more in cash handouts from the government than they are paying in taxes for the first time since the Great Depression.

Households received $2.3 trillion in some kind of government support in 2010. That includes expanded unemployment benefits, as well as payments for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and stimulus spending, among other things.

But that’s more than the $2.2 trillion households paid in taxes, an amount that has slumped largely due to the recession, according to an analysis by the Fiscal Times.

Also, an estimated 59% of the 308.7 million Americans in this country get at least one federal benefit, according to the Census Bureau, based on 2009 data. An estimated 46.5 million get Social Security; 42.6 million get Medicare; 42.4 million get Medicaid; 36.1 million get food stamps; 12.4 million get housing subsidies; and 3.2 million get Veterans’ benefits.

And the handouts from the government have been growing. Government cash handouts account for a whopping 79% of household growth since 2007, even as household tax payments–for things like the income and payroll tax, among other taxes–have fallen by $312 billion.

That is a tough feeding trough to take away from voters.

For instance, Hennessey asks, if indeed more households have the government to thank for their wealth, does that mean those households are more inclined to re-elect politicians who are pushing for more government handouts?

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President Obama had asked for the debt commission to “address the long-term quandary of a government that continually and extravagantly spends more than it takes in,” only to initially set aside  the commission’s recommendations. (What he should have done was to accept ENTIRELY the Debt Commission’s suggestions and pushed for it.  It would have brought the jobs and economy back full force while putting our country on a path to recovery and prosperity and given him the place in history he seems to want.  Of course it would also have been totally against his personal goal of destroying America. 
Since Obama did not use the Debt Commission program the House Republicans should have run with it!  The damned fools had the Republican sweep of the government in 2012 all laid out for them even if Harry Reid wouldn’t allow it thru the Senate.  Instead the Old Dog Republicans in the House are fumbling around with half measures that will do much less than is necessary and making themselves look inept to the public.  Perot was ahead of his time and could win in a landslide in 2012! BB)

And earlier this year the White House first introduced a budget that would have added $6.7 trillion more in deficit spending over the next 10 years, yanking the national debt higher to more than 75% of gross domestic product, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That, until GOP Rep. Paul Ryan offered his $4.4 trillion in spending cuts over ten years, causing the President to offer $4 trillion in cuts over 12 years.

The Fiscal Times reports that “the only other time government income support exceeded taxes paid was from 1931 to 1936.” The Times notes that “government transfers of income to households started to overtake personal taxes at the start of 2008, and the gap has been widening.”

The difference between what households received and what they paid in taxes is about $125 billion, equal to a little more than “three times the amount Republicans and Democrats agreed to cut from government spending through Sept. 30,” the Fiscal Times said. Typically, the gap between government transfers and taxes runs the other way, the Times reports.

“In normal times the household sector gives about eight percentage points more of its income in taxes than it receives in direct transfers,” the Times quotes J.P. Morgan economist Michael Feroli as saying, adding that a return to normalcy, or this eight-percentage-point spread, is equal to about $1.2 trillion in income.

So the question is: What government policies will bring the U.S. labor market back to robust health, enough to drive economic growth, consumer spending — and higher tax revenues?

When will the U.S. government pull back from its intervention into the U.S. economy, so the economy can try to stand on its own?  (Will this happen in time to save our nation?  I don’t know because it is mighty hard to take away once given, but it  is  almost impossible to explain to the elderly who make up the bulk of voters that their Social security and Medicare will not be taken from them.  I am one of the elderly and it amazes me how extremely stupid  this group of people are!  No matter how many times they are told that only those UNDER AGE 55 will see changes to their Medicare and Social Security this group of already on the dole senior citizens continue to mob town halls and yell, “Don’t touch my Social Security and Medicare!”  So between the stupid Senior citizens who are the voters and the gutless Congressmen who only want to be re-elected  I don’t have much hope.  Sincerely BB)

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/04/20/government-cash-handouts-exceed-tax-revenues/#ixzz1M9mrw3la

» Future Of American Energy Production At Stake In US Supreme Court – Big Government.

Right on top of yesterdays post comes this one.  We the People are being  raped by the destroyers of our country and this world.  And we stand here trying to use the law to save us while they use our laws to destroy us!  BB

Dan  Riehl

Future Of American Energy Production At Stake In US Supreme Court

by Dan Riehl

We all know how important energy is in our lives, just as commercial energy is critical to free market capitalism and the pursuit of prosperity in America. Now, thanks to environmental activists and several states, that may all be at risk in the US Supreme Court.

In 2004, unhappy that the duly elected Bush administration wasn’t restricting carbon emissions in the alleged cause of global warming, environmental activism prompted several states to file a “public nuisance” lawsuit, which would empower the courts in this regard.

They lost in the lower court but that was reversed in 2007.

This case is novel, and far more aggressive and disruptive than the global warming case the Court previously permitted. In a 2007 decision, Massachusetts v. EPA, a closely divided Court agreed with 12 states and several cities that the Environmental Protection Agency has authority to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Though that case dealt with a narrow claim to enforce a federal statute, the Court’s decision emboldened what had already become a cottage industry of lawsuits designed to slow global warming by asking federal courts to enact what interest groups have been unable to secure through the democratic process: carbon caps and other limits on the way energy is produced in this country.

Under the guise of “public nuisance,” the plaintiffs in these suits seek to impose enormous damages and binding emissions caps on energy companies. The plaintiffs have acknowledged that their goal is a veritable sea change in the way energy is produced, sold, and used in this country. Incredibly, they assert that these companies can make major changes to lower emissions – such as the adoption of wind and solar alternatives – “without significantly increasing the cost of electricity.” But never before has the “public nuisance” doctrine been used to set national economic and energy policy. While litigation may be therapeutic for those frustrated by political inaction, this case is at odds with this country’s legal tradition.

Meanwhile, a recently elected Republican House is taking steps to go in the other direction through budget cuts to the EPA. Environmental activism in the US is, in effect, looking to up-end the democratic process – an all too common theme across the Left – by empowering the courts to make policy in perhaps the single most critical policy area for American prosperity.

The agency will lose $1.6 billion as part of a deal between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to produce $38 billion in spending cuts for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, according to legislation made public today. A plan detailing where the cuts will be made is due in 30 days.

Republicans argued for a larger cut plus provisions that would bar the EPA from enforcing rules on reducing carbon dioxide from power plants and factories. The budget deal accepted by Obama will undermine efforts to reduce pollution from mountaintop coal mining and mercury emissions from power plants, said Gabe Wisniewski, coal campaign director for the environmental group Greenpeace.

Also, as if all that isn’t bad enough, the EPA recently admitted it has zero interest in worrying about job production in America – video at link. Of course, all this plays out as the economy lags, unemployment skyrockets and American jobs continue to disappear.

The EPA has admitted that they don’t even consider jobs when they do their economic analysis. No really. They don’t even think about the potential impact on unemployment. This is appalling, coming from an administration that has said over and over and over again that jobs are the top priority.


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