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Heritage Newsletter offer us experts opinions on the news of the day and how it will affect you.   This was really a big day since the Supreme Court came down with two big rulings: one gave a victory to gay marriage by ruling against the Congressional Bill passed under Clinton called the Defense of marriage Act (DOMA)  which ruled marriage as being between a man and a woman.  I have been against this changing of our marriage laws on the grounds off finances.   This act by the court throws the problem back to the states but then after ruling that the California law *(voted for by the people) against gay marriage as unconstitutional it seems no state and certainly the majority of the voters have no say in this matter.   As stated I have been and am against the legalizing of s  gay marriage  because it  fives rights for financial support that have been the rights of wives and husbands only.   For instance social security support for widows and orphans.  the “orphans” part may be easy top figure out but who is the “widow”?   Are Both  parties in a lesbian marriage widows?   Do homosexual couples need to designate a “widow”?  And this is just the tip of a huge financial ice berg that We the Taxpayers will be responsible for that we were not before today.

The second ruling by the Supreme Court was one I feel is long overdue in being corrected.  States should and do have the right to determine what their voting laws are but until todays ruling 14 states had to get permission from some clerk in Washington before they could so much as change the location of a voting location.  In fact  one district in one of these states could not vote in the 2000 election due to a water pipe breaking and  flooding the polling place.  But since they had to get permission from Washington to move the site they simply had to disenfranchise the voters ion that district!   Now that was an extreme and surely rare happening but it really does point out the nonsense of following a law that was very necessary when passed by 50 years later attitudes and laws and mostly people’s views have changed and no Black can or will be kept from voting.  After all we do now have a Black as President!

And be sure to take note of how our President plans to go around your elected officials in Congress and use the EPA Environmental Protection Agency to force  his climate change agenda and war on coal and oil on us.   People there is no such thing as climate change.  the Earth is not getting hotter.  Obama lied again and again in his speech yesterday at Georgetown University.  Don’t believe me but do your own research and go to the records kept by the government itself  and see that we are experiencing right now the cycle that is normal and active in the 1950’s.  Then the hotter seasons was followed by a cooling off and so-called “cooling of the Earth due to the use of fossil fuels ” that occurred in the 1970’s.  these damned fools lead by Hollywood idiots and our President  are helping a cool group of men led by Al Gore and Barrack Obama to make a pile of money.   But while they are manipulating and  lining their pockets with all the money it will cost to go from fossil fuels to their so-called clean and not at all reliable wind and solar We the People are going to see the cost of energy to us going out of  sight.  And since energy is needed for every aspect of our lives including the food on our tables that means everything in our lives will cost more.  Well, anyhow  please do read the article and go to the references.   Sincerely, BB

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» Is America Becoming A House of Cards? – Big Government.

This is a very good article from Big Government  (of course most of them are so if you don’t subscribe to Big Government you certainly should).   I am posting this one in it’s entirety (with my comments natch!)  because it is a good reminder of where we are now, how we got here and our possible future.  That future is very very close to happening.  All it will take is China and the other lenders, or I should say “supporters of  America’s outrageous spending, to stop buying our Treasury Notes.  China is the biggest and all they have to say is “No more!”.    I haven’t read anywhere that they have done so as yet, but I have read hints  and rumors that the China is very upset with our out of control government spending.

I am sure most of you have seen the latest Americans for Prosperity ad   showing a Chinese teacher telling his students that Americans now work for them.  This is so true!  I believe it is impossible to buy anything that isn’t made in China.    I have always bought American when I could get what I wanted and the quality I wanted.  I was willing to pay more for the product, but it has become next to impossible to find the Made in America label.  So the  ad certainly is correct because we are working for them now.

The following article reminds us again why we are a House of Cards, or soon will be.  BB

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Is America Becoming A House of Cards?

by Of Thee I Sing 1776

House of Cards: – “a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control,” (WordNet – Princeton University). While we don’t believe America has, by any stretch of the imagination, yet become a house of cards, we do strongly believe the federal government and state and local governments have been, for a long time, pursuing policies that fit that definition to a tee.  And, according to last week’s Rasmussen Poll, two thirds of Americans described as likely voters sense that something is very wrong and, what is worse, could, if triggered by any surprise world event, spin out of control.

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They are very worried about the course we are on, and, we believe, with good reason. Notwithstanding President Obama’s lament last week that the public has become disenchanted with the Administration and the Democratic Congress because “we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” we believe the people are thinking quite clearly because they know there is really something about which to be scared.   ( Americans are too stupid to understand all that The One has done for them!  That’s why they voted for all those Republicans and not because Americans actually do understand very well what Obama and the Democrats have done to our nation.    He still doesn’t get it.  He isn’t faking and neither is he in denial because to be in denial a person really does see the truth but is trying not to.  Obama actually believes what he is saying and that he has given Americans so much good and they just don’t understand and appreciate his efforts .  BB)

We don’t want to dismiss all that is positive about our economy.  As Fed Chairman Bernanke testified before the U.S. House Committee on the Budget on June 9. “Our economy is large, diversified, and flexible; our financial markets are deep and liquid;” and, as Bernanke correctly points out, in the midst of financial turmoil, global investors have continued to view Treasury securities as a safe haven…at least, so far.   But we wouldn’t break out the champagne just yet.  And we’re willing to bet Chairman Bernanke doesn’t see much about which to celebrate either.

He ended his testimony with the warning (certain to be ignored, at least by the current Congress) “that history makes clear that failure to achieve fiscal responsibility will, over time, sap the nation’s economic vitality, reduce our living standards, and greatly increase the risk of economic and financial instability.”  (IN his latest reports to the Congress he has tried again to make this fact understood.  But with the Senate in Dems control and Obama’s veto there is much the House can do but refuse to pass spending bills for Obama’s programs.  there is only one problem with that strategy:  These programs have been scattered thru out the government in many agencies  so they will get funding no matter what the Congress tries to do.  The only thing that will stop these programs is complete repeal of the bills creating them.  BB)

As we noted in last week’s essay, “unsustainable” seems to be the new buzzword in Washington.  What the government is, and has been, doing is clearly unsustainable. Chairman Bernanke knows it, and we believe the Congressional Budget Office and the vast majority of the American public knows it as well.  (I am so tired of hearing Congressmen and Obama use the word “unsustainable” and then go out and pass a bill spending more money that must be borrowed from other nations.  BB)

The White House projections for economic growth upon which estimates of future deficits and public debt are predicated are optimistic to the point of wishful thinking.  The Administration assumes five consecutive years of annual GDP growth in excess of 3.5 percent beginning this fiscal year (which began one month ago).  That is beyond a very bullish  near term expectation of economic growth, and its authors, who have access to statistics of past economic results, must know the premises to be false. Projections of that kind from any public corporation in the private sector would trigger SEC scrutiny (assuming the SEC was doing its job) to make sure the private company warned the public as soon as it had knowledge that its projections could not be achieved. Very stiff penalties would await the private firm that made irresponsible projections that it could not achieve.

Consider the consequences.  Each 1.0 percent shortfall in GDP growth compared to these assumptions results in a substantial further deterioration in the national deficit and, therefore, the national debt as well.  With the government currently borrowing approximately 40 cents of every dollar it is currently spending, any further escalation of our deficit and, hence, our public debt portends a very rocky future, one that all but guarantees that our children and grandchildren will not fare as well as their parents – a first in American history.

The American public cannot take much comfort from the Administration’s projections for inflation either.  The government’s projections of future deficits and public debt are, of course, dependent on the actual rate of economic growth as well as the actual rate of inflation The concern looking forward is compounded when considering the White House projections for inflation together with their projections for GDP growth.  Not only does the nation have to achieve GDP growth in excess of 3.5 percent for the next five years, but also, if the Administration’s forecast is to be achieved, we have to hold inflation below 2.1 percent every year for the next decade.  That is a very tall order, not achieved in any recent 10-year period, and especially so with an Administration and a Democratic controlled Congress that shows virtually no restraint in spending.

If these projections are achieved America will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.  If, however, they prove to be as fanciful as on their face they appear, then the economy the country is building for posterity may well prove to be a house of cards.

Government, at all levels, but unfortunately not the American economy, has been on an incredible growth spurt. In recent years, it is government that has been growing at an unprecedented and an unsustainable pace.  The public sector has been, at all levels, growing impressively (well, maybe not so impressively, but certainly rather spectacularly).  Public payrolls have grown, as have public health-care and retirement benefits all of which, in the final analysis, are paid for with the taxes paid by private sector wage earners whose jobs have been dwindling, as have their benefits.  (This is due to the unionization of public employees.  The teachers unions, the transportation workers unions, the garbage collectors unions  and all the others have We the people over a barrel.  they get what they want or else they shut the services the government privates down.  The average public employees salary is $70,000 a year as compared to us Joe’s working our buns off in privately owned businesses who average $45,000 a year.  And that doesn’t include the generous  benefits like premier healthcare, vacations and days off with pay and a whole range of goodies.  BB)

Public sector health benefits frequently require little or no deductible and little or no co-pay and public sector retirement benefits are often predicated on the highest salary earned (usually the salary earned during the last working year or two prior to retirement).  To justify these lavish tax-funded benefits, the public sector pension programs are invariably based on economic assumptions or investment returns that are just as unrealistically optimistic as the Administration’s budget and inflation assumptions.   The liabilities incurred by the cities and states whose employees are the beneficiaries of this largesse are generally cast in concrete. The growth assumptions for investment earnings, of course, are not.  They are, to borrow from the house-of-cards definition, truly a speculative scheme that depends entirely on factors the planners cannot control.  For example, these pension funds typically are predicated on long-term investment growth of 8 percent.  Typical bond yields are, today, around 2 percent and, according to Bill Gross of PIMCO, one of the largest and most successful fixed income fund managers, public sector pension programs are typically weighted 60 percent toward equities and 40 percent toward bonds or fixed-income investments.  These bond yields require a long-term return on equities of around 12 percent for these pension plans to meet their projections.  Unfortunately, the current yield of the S&P 500 (the broadest equity index) is barely 2 percent.  Dividends would have to grow, according to Gross, by 9-10% a year to hit that target.  And, to make matters worse, the further the government succeeds in pushing down bond yields, even more unrealistic return assumptions from equities are required.  These kinds of returns bear no basis to reality, and yet public officials use them in order to justify the benefit packages they give to their friends in the public sector unions.  That is why public sector benefit and pension plans are the major contributors to the red ink in which state and municipal governments are drowning…red ink estimated to now be running about $3 trillion.  These plans are, in fact, built on a house of cards.

We have another structural problem that raises the specter of a future built on a house of cards.  As we blithely continue with our statist European-model entitlement policies we will require a strong ratio of new tax-paying workers entering the work force to balance out the aging workers who are exiting the work force and retiring. We are now entering a cycle where, for the next decade or so, nearly 80 million baby boomers will begin retiring and collecting their social security checks and calling on the health-care establishment to care for them under Medicare, a program already facing future insolvency and under further strain as a result of Obamacare.  While America enjoys, relative to our European trading partners, a larger 18-to-38 year old population, the positive infusion of young workers into our system is largely driven by prior immigration into the United States.

Our indigenous (non-immigrant) birth rate is about the same as the weak birth rates found in virtually all industrialized European countries today and America, in reaction to the huge illegal immigration problem we have and which successive. Administrations have refused to address, is in danger of becoming an anti-immigration country. Nothing could be more self-defeating.  Without the population growth provided by legal immigration, the imbalance of aging, retired Americans compared to young workers who are required to support them will produce a crisis from which there may be no escape.

The current American birth rate without the larger families produced by new arrivals in the United States will not support the entitlements we owe to senior America. And without a steady stream of new, taxpaying workers offsetting the ever-growing steady stream of retiring workers, our economy could sag, if not collapse, of its own weight.

We began by stating that we do not believe that the American economy is built on a house of cards…not yet anyway.  But our economy (in fact any country’s economy) is always a work in progress; it is being built every day.  The decisions we make today will, indeed, determine whether what we are building is a future with a strong foundation, or, is instead, a future built on a house of cards.

by Hal Gershowitz and Stephen Porter

• May. 2, 2007 – A Formula for Destroying America.

Posted in Commentary

IN my late night can’t sleep surfing the web I came across this and it reminded me of I debated for immigration and used my grandparents as examples and how they became Americans the moment they stepped off the boat in New York Harbor. And, they pressed their children to do well in school and saw that they all graduated from high school even during the hard times of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Well since then I have been taking another and closer look at the Hispanic population. I can honestly say I have never met people who are more polite and just plain nice. They are a gentle lovely people who care greatly for their families and family ties. But, it does seem to be true that their children are failing in our schools and the parents don’t seem to consider education important, unlike our grandparents.

Read the following please and let me know what you think. So many things came to mind as I read it. Like the minorities blaming the rest of us for their failure. Isn’t that what is happening right here in Greensboro with the Black community? Deena Hayes makes no bones of it in blaming the White community for the drop out rate of Black students. Irrational as that is she is not alone because I have read similar comments by Allen Johnson. Brenda

And yes the following is true because I read it on Snopes. Here is the link, and there is a REVISED speech on there, too.

We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington , DC , filled to
capacity by many of America ’s finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis [should be Victor Davis Hanson] talked about his latest book, Mexifornia, explaining how immigration – both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California . He said it would
march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America . The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the
United States . He said, “If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let’s destroy America . It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and
that an autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.”

“Here is how they do it,” Lamm said: “First, to destroy America , turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country.” History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: “The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.” Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans.

Lamm went on: Second, to destroy America , “Invent ‘multiculturalism’ and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

Third, “We could make the United States an ‘Hispanic Quebec’ without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: “The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American,
we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.”
Lamm said, “I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural
subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.”

“Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated,
and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.”

“My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of ‘Victimology.’ I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the
fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.”

“My sixth plan for America ’s downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other – that is, when they
are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia , threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism in the city states and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. “E. Pluribus Unum” –From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the ‘pluribus’ instead of the ‘Unum,’ we will balkanize America as surely as Kosovo.”

“Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits; make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of ‘diversity.’ I would find a word similar to ‘heretic’ in the 16th century – that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like ‘racist’ or ‘xenophobe’ halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the
doctrine of ‘Victimology,’ I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America , it must always be good. I would make every
individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.”

In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, “Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis’s book Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the
plan to destroy America . If you feel America . deserves to be destroyed, don’t read that book.”

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even
barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate ‘diversity.’ American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America – take note of California
and other states – to date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast.
It is reminiscent of George Orwell’s book “1984.” In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” and “Ignorance is strength.”

Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don’t get this immigration
monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path especially The American Dream

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/lamm.asp

I removed  the video that went with this post because it was causing so many problems. (I have never found Family Security Matters Newsletter to be wrong before, but then I don’t cover every article.  When I do a post I may only give one source, usually the one I think is most easily understood, but I check to see if I can find others that say the same thing.  This is by way of double checking the facts.)  I will say the Obama Amnesty Plan includes all the provisions in the bill defeated in 2007  and more from what I can tell from various articles and blogs I’ve read.   I won’t blog on it again until we have to actually face the bill head on and can get more information.  Obama has said that the Immigration bill will have to wait until next year before any action is taken.  BB

I think we the people need to take some action to at the very least close our borders.  Obama plans to open the borders more by actually tearing down much of the fencing that has been already put up among other outrageous measures to insure the United States is overrun with illegal aliens.

Alert! The Border Sovereignty Protection Act, HR 2083, would offer genuine border security!
While amnesty apologists present various versions of their “comprehensive” immigration reform, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA) has introduced a true comprehensive border enforcement bill. The Border Sovereignty and Protection Act, HR 2083, offers an inclusive package to tackle many of the challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border.
We harbor no illusions about the chances for success of this measure in the current political climate, but it is important to express your support to your elected Representative. It is another way of saying “no” to the various amnesty proposals, and it shows there is an enforcement alternative to our immigration mess. CLICK HERE to learn more and to take action.
http://capwiz.com/caps/issues/alert/?alertid=13288396
This is so very easy to do.    Just click the above and follow directions to send your email to your Congressman.  Be sure and click the “Current Legislation” tab   at the top of the page that will show you all legislation currently being proposed so that you can send an email voicing your opinion on any or all of these bills.    Make this  an email Alert to keep you personally alerted to new legislation and information on the subject of immigration.  Sincerely, Brenda Bowers

I have added more information from    http://capsweb.org

Californians For Population Stabilization

as of August 20, 2009  If you read the bills that are currently in congress you will see that much  from the defeated bill has been reintroduced as separate bills.  The liberals are determined to get their way one way or another.  Watch these smaller bills being attached to larger bills that are pretty sure to pass so that little by little they have their immigration bill as they want it.   So Lou Dobbs  video could be said to have accurately portrayed what the Dems have in mind and what is still on the table, just a different table.   BB

HomeElected OfficialsIssues and LegislationElection and CandidatesMedia Guide

Current Legislation

Key Bills in Congress See State Leg. Bills

Bill Name Number of Sponsors Position
S. 95Denies funds to Sanctuary Cities 4 (4 R) We support this legislation
S. 9Senator Reid’s Amnesty Bill 14 (1 I, 13 D) We oppose this legislation
H.R. 3200Health Care plan that provides coverage to illegal aliens. 9 (9 D) We oppose this legislation
H.R. 2287No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act of 2009 52 (50 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2076Eliminates border fencing requirements and guts border security 27 (27 D) We oppose this legislation
H.R. 1751The DREAM Act 92 (5 R, 87 D) We oppose this legislation
H.R. 764Requires all Federal Election ballots be printed in English only 37 (37 R) We support this legislation
H.R. 2SCHIP; weakens verification requirement for healthcare benefits 45 (45 D) We oppose this legislation
H.R. 1Economic Stimulus Package 11 (11 D) Monitoring
Immigration
Bill Name Number of Sponsors Position
H.R. 878Eliminates the extended family visa category, ending “chain migration” 29 (27 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 878‘To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make changes related to family-sponsored immigrants and to reduce the number of such immigrants.’ 29 (27 R, 2 D) We support this legislation
Interior Enforcement
Bill Name Number of Sponsors Position
H.R. 2406Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal (CLEAR) Act of 2009 61 (60 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2083Border Sovereignty and Protection Act 31 (30 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
Citizenship
Bill Name Number of Sponsors Position
S. 388A bill that would triple the number of H-2B visas. 38 (16 R, 1 I, 21 D) We oppose this legislation
H.R. 2305Security and Fairness Enhancement (SAFE) for America Act of 2009 42 (36 R, 6 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 1868Ends Birthright Citizenship 83 (82 R, 1 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 126Ends Birthright Citizenship 1 (1 R) We support this legislation

Legislative Alerts and Updates

President:
Obama reiterates his support for amnesty.
Congress:
ALERT! SAFE Act would end the visa lottery!
ALERT! Health care plan would provide coverage for illegal aliens.
ALERT! Bi-partisan SAVE Act would expand E-Verify, provide jobs for Americans!
ALERT! Bill seeks to gut border security!
ALERT! HR 878 would put an end to chain migration
ALERT! The CLEAR Act would help and encourage local law enforcement against criminal aliens!
ALERT! Legislation would abolish birthright citizenship for anchor babies!
ALERT! The AgJobs amnesty is back!
ALERT! Legislation would eliminate Social Security benefits for illegal aliens!
ALERT! New bill would offer genuine border security!
ALERT! Senate bill would crack down on H-1B visa abuse and protect American jobs!
ALERT! Federal bill would deny funds to Sanctuary Cities
ALERT! The DREAM Act amnesty is re-introduced in the House and Senate!


GOP Begins Nationwide Effort to Emphasize Policy Initiatives – washingtonpost.com

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The Republican Party has been given the short stick from the MSM and will continue to be shorted  in the foreseeable future because the MSM are no longer news organization s they are political parties in and of themselves.   We Americans have watched our  People’s Watch dogs get bought out.  It is time for the Congress to look at the Main Stream Media  and consider anti-trust measures.  Of course this isn’t likely to happen with the current administration or Congress because the MSM has proven itself to be very effective mouth pieces for the Democrats.

As a result of not being given any free press coverage the Republicans have to make the effort to go directly to the people with their ideas on government.

The project is dubbed the National Council for a New America, and its first event is tomorrow in Arlington. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak and take questions from about 70 people at an Italian restaurant.

GOP officials have complained that their alternative proposals to bills pushed through by the Democratic Congress have not received enough attention from the media and thus have been ignored by most Americans. They hope that using high-profile figures such as Bush will ensure that voters learn more about Republicans’ ideas.

Cantor, who spearheaded the creation of the group, emphasized that this is not an effort at “rebranding” the GOP and that the group’s leaders do not include any of the figures aggressively calling for the party to move to the center, such as Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Cantor said the group wanted to start a “conversation” on five key issues: education, health care, energy, the economy and national security.

“This is an effort to engage the American people in a conversation,” Cantor said in a conference call with reporters yesterday.

The group’s list of issues excluded same-sex marriage, immigration and abortion, which some party strategists say help pull swing voters away from the GOP. McCain said group leaders invited Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, his running mate in 2008, and think she will participate.

I am happy to see the group has dropped the issue of same-sex marriage, immigration and abortion from their list of topics for conversation. If a question is asked on any of these issues the speaker should answer, but the Republican Party needs to get away from these side issues.  I saw no signs at the Tea Parties on  same sex marriage  and few on abortion so I would say that only fringe groups  are interested in them.  Immigration however did get attention and can only be handled on a national level.

Same sex marriage is being handled by the individual states so the Federal government should stay out of it and any laws governing marriage and entitlements due to marriage should remain as they are for the federal  government.    The issue will never pass muster on a national level, only some rogue states will allow the  ceremony which in effect means nothing as long as the federal government doesn’t agree to the unions as being marriages for tax purposes or  Social security benefits or anything else.  That being the case it is the height of stupidity for our national politicians to mire themselves in this issue.

The abortion issue has already been decided and decreed by the Supreme Court and any changes on a national level will also need to come from the Supreme Court.  Any laws Congress passes on the issue will be challenged and take years to get  passed up the legal wrangling ladder.  This issue too should be left to the States to manage.

Immigration  on the other hand is an issue that has national consequences and should be debated in Congress. The Bush Plan in my mind was a good one.  The only thing wrong with it was  they got the cart before the horse.  First secure our borders even if we have to put up a wall like Israel put up  on the West Bank.  Then and only then can we  plan to assimilate the illegal aliens into our national  body.   I feel we really have to accept that these people are here to stay and instead of fighting the “Illegal” angle we should expend our efforts in making citizen ship easier to obtain.  Night schools in English language skills would be so helpful! And making English the ONLY language of the nation would be mandatory.


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