Posts Tagged ‘Congress’


Janet Porter: Pink Slip Campaign

November 18, 2009

Finally, our message is being heard

Exclusive: Janet Porter tells of congressmen sharing impact of pink-slip campaign 17 Nov. 09 By Janet Porter

The public has spoken. Nearly 5 million pink slips have already flooded Congress, and today members of both the U.S. House and Senate are standing to acknowledge it. Amidst a backdrop of pink slips, members of Congress will host a press conference at 11 a.m. at the House Triangle outside the U.S. Capitol today.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Reps. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Steve King, R-Iowa, Tom Price, R-Ga., and Chris Smith, R-N.J., are among those who are planning to be present at this event.

Joseph Farah, CEO of WorldNetDaily, and I will be there as well, standing with Americans against the hostile government takeover of health care, energy and speech.

As Joseph Farah will point out at the press conference: “Placed end to end, the ‘pink slips’ would stretch from the District of Columbia to the Sears Tower in Chicago. If stacked, the pile of pink would be taller than the Sears Tower itself.”

With the government takeover of health care and energy already passed in the House and awaiting votes in the Senate, it’s encouraging to know that our message is finally being heard – and not a moment too soon.

Unfortunately, it’s too late for our freedom of speech, as so-called “hate crimes” legislation already passed Congress and was signed by Barack Obama into law as a part of the defense budget. That is why I stood with pastors like Rick Scarborough of Vision America, Mat Staver and Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel, Oklahoma Pastor Paul Blair, San Diego Pastor Jim Garlow, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, Bishop Earl Jackson of Stand America, and others on the steps of the Department of Justice yesterday afternoon speaking out against the law that has already laid the foundation for the Criminalization of Christianity, as I warned about in my book by that same title.

Rick Scarborough spoke for all of us when he said, “This is a sad day for America. While a small minority of homosexual activists are celebrating, thousands of pastors, priests and rabbis are lamenting their loss of First Amendment freedoms. I for one refuse to bow before this unjust and unconstitutional law, and I intend to continue to preach the whole counsel of God as revealed in the Scriptures.”

Why does it matter so much? That’s something that was addressed at the press conference by Grace Hamilton, a former lesbian who was reached by the message of the Gospel and left the homosexual lifestyle, as have thousands like her.

Another speaker was Paul Diamond of the Christian Legal Centre in London, who flew from England at his own expense to communicate how the “hate crimes” law has been used to silence the church in Britain – much like in Canada, where those who quote Bible verses are suffering fines and jail time. Canadian Pastor Stephan Boisson, for example, was fined $5,000, ordered to renounce his faith and banned from expressing the biblical perspective on homosexuality. But this law doesn’t just affect pastors; it will criminalize the beliefs of millions of ordinary people who may now be afraid to speak even their pro-marriage positions lest it spark a federal “hate crime” investigation.

While we did not succeed in stopping the government assault on our free speech, the battle will continue with a legal challenge in the courts. Hopefully, it will be overturned as was the case with the Pennsylvania “hate crimes” law that was responsible for sending 11 people to jail – including two grandmothers who faced 47 years behind bars for the “hate crime” of passing out Gospel tracts on the public streets of Philadelphia. Members of the “Philadelphia 11” were also present at yesterday’s conference. Did you see anything about it on the news? [??]


While the battle for free speech has moved to the courts, there’s still time to act before we lose the ability to receive lifesaving treatment and be forced to pay the largest tax increase in history for heating our homes and driving to work. By forwarding everyone you know the link you will help stand against the other government assaults on our health care and energy and demand an end to the deficit spending.

While the tea parties and town halls seem to have fallen on deaf ears, thankfully, the pink-slip message is starting to be heard. Pink slips amounting to nearly three times the size of the Washington Monument have already been delivered to Congress – that’s about waist high in each office on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Tom Price said, “They’re talking about it, but they’re only talking about it behind closed doors and in the elevators as they go up and down and in very whispered tones. Because, what you hear are people saying, ‘How many of those did you get or how many people came to your office today?’ And ‘what are you going to do and how are you going to vote on this?'”

Sen. DeMint stated that “these pink slips are getting to people right now. It’s the only reason people haven’t passed something [the health care bill] in the Senate. … Keep it up and let’s keep trying to draw attention to it.”

I couldn’t agree more. Once you send Congress a set of pink slips, then, if you don’t see coverage of today’s congressional press conference, call the media outlets and ask them why. You can find the network, newspaper and wire service numbers by clicking on this link provided by the Media Research Center.


Congress’ Ugly Intimidation Of An Industry

October 9, 2009

Americans angry with the charades of WAXMAN and STUPAK.

Their lies, deceit, tactics, wrath, witch-hunts, harassment, intimidation, smoke + mirrors, threat, silence, terrorize, cajole, eliminate, destroy, confrontation, bait-and-switch

Congress’ Ugly Intimidation Of An Industry

By STEVE FORBES IBD: 8 Oct. 2009

For anyone who missed it, we witnessed in recent weeks one of the broadest misuses of congressional power in recent history.

Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and his colleague Bart Stupak are openly engaged in a campaign of harassment and intimidation against 52 of America’s largest health insurance providers.

They seek nothing less than to silence all voices opposed to their government-run health care proposals.

Just days after AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans), the industry trade group for American health insurers, sent Waxman a letter voicing opposition to many components of his proposed health care overhaul, he responded with his own version of a political shock-and-awe campaign, a frightening example of raw intimidation.

On Aug. 17, 52 insurers received a letter from Waxman and Stupak demanding they provide intricate details on executive and employee compensation, release the names of all members of their boards of directors and hand over detailed lists of expenses for all off-site meetings and retreats over the past five years.

It does not take a member of Congress to notice that this information is irrelevant to the health care debate. The only possible purpose behind these requests is to force private insurers to back down now — lest they be confronted by the full wrath of congressional subpoenas followed by lengthy, expensive and pointless hearings that amount to political witch hunts.

What’s next? Perhaps Waxman and Stupak would also like detailed personal information on any employees who are known or suspected communists. It all smacks of the ugly methods employed by Sen. Joe McCarthy more than a half-century ago.

Of course, Waxman and Stupak claim that the information they seek is relevant to health care reform. Yet they target only insurers. Hospitals, physician groups, pharmaceutical companies and other parts of the health care complex are untouched.

Could this possibly be because insurers possess one of the few organized voices in opposition to their proposals, and this voice is being heard by more and more Americans?

Behind Waxman’s and Stupak’s grandiose conception of their own power is clearly the hope that these tactics will distract the public from the many pitfalls of their health care proposals.

The public option that some congressional democrats have been promoting with such intensity is quickly losing favor among the public. According to the most recent polls, more voters clearly oppose a government-run option than are in favor.

So what better way to help Americans forget that they oppose your policy than to turn your committee chambers into a soapbox, conjure up a new villain and refocus criticism away from your proposal and onto something else entirely?

Luckily for America, few people are falling for their smoke and mirrors. Already the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and even some prominent Democrats are questioning these tactics.

As Politico recently reported, one prominent Democrat lobbyist recognized that Waxman’s request was guilty of “overreach” with “broad potential to backfire.” Thus Waxman’s bait-and-switch strategy may well fail. He doesn’t realize that most Americans are fair-minded and not easily distracted by congressional versions of Roman Gladiator games.

Waxman and Stupak clearly do not understand that the best policy will be one that takes into account the concerns, proposals and considerations of relevant participants from all sides of the political spectrum, and all facets of the health care world. Shunning or intimidating an easy villain will do nothing to ensure that Americans receive health care reform that actually works, and genuinely improves lives.

Democrats and fellow members of Congress need to put a stop to the charades of Waxman and Stupak, and order the Energy and Commerce Committee back on the task of putting together some very important legislation.

The greatest service the rest of us can do is to ignore these charades and political games entirely and remain focused on real policy and real results.

• Forbes is president and chief executive of Forbes and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine.


Send Congress a PINK SLIP

October 1, 2009


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September 16, 2009


Cartoon: Healthcare Public Opinion

September 2, 2009


Cartoon: Congress Drilling for Oil (Taxpayer Money?)

August 3, 2009


Congress Needs A Read-The-Bill Bill

July 13, 2009


Congress Needs A Read-The-Bill Bill


Honesty: Lawmakers voted on the stimulus and global warming bills without having read either. Eventually they’ll vote on health care legislation that could fund unrelated items. Time to end this systemic fraud.

Related Topics: General Politics

The stimulus bill, signed into law less than a month after Barack Obama took office, reached 1,434 pages and will eventually cost the nation more than $1 trillion.

Waxman-Markey, the global warming bill, passed the House last month after Democrats added a 309-page amendment at 3 a.m. the morning before the vote, bringing that package of nonsense up to 1,200 or so pages.

The next piece of deception up for legislative consideration is the $1.6 trillion health care bill, a Washington lightweight at a mere 615 pages. The Boston Globe reports that it contains a provision for funding walking paths, bike paths, streetlights, gym equipment and farmers’ markets.

We’d like to say the dishonesty of fixing those items to a health care bill is staggering. But we’ve become accustomed to Congress operating in secret and obscuring its activities.

Before it votes on health care, we have in mind another bill that Congress should take up. This one should be short, just a few words. It would be far more important to the future of the republic than fevered legislation establishing a public option for health care coverage or vainly trying to manipulate the climate.

This humble bill would simply require each member of Congress to sign a document saying he or she had read the legislation in full before they could vote for it.

Lawmakers should never vote for a bill they haven’t read in its entirety. If a bill cannot be read and thoroughly understood in one sitting, it’s too long. It shouldn’t take much longer to read a bill that enacts statutory law than it does to read this editorial.

Convincing our current elected officials to make law more honestly is likely to be an almost hopeless job. They’ll insist that minding the people’s business is a complicated affair that requires extensive policy craft. But good law that’s brief is not out of the question.

The Declaration of Independence, the grand document that founded our country, was written in only 1,337 words.

The Constitution, which set up the federal government and laid down its parameters, is, without the amendments and signatures, roughly 4,440 words. It is the shortest constitution in the world.

The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution that established personal liberties that the government cannot quash, was composed in fewer than 600 words.

Part of the beauty of these documents is that the founders didn’t need to write lengthy diatribes to distill large concepts, and to show remarkable measures of wisdom, prescience and courage. The words are clear, their meanings unambiguous.

Yet today’s lawmakers write and pass 1,200- and 1,400-page bills filled with ponderous language and laden with re-election pork. What they don’t have is the backbone to make policy openly. They bury what they don’t want voters to know about inside massive volumes that they don’t even bother to read. Today’s Congress makes a mockery of our founders’ genius and of our founding in general.

Any bill that requires lawmakers to read legislation and to swear they’ve done so before voting for it should also include a provision that says the bills have to be available online for the public to read before they’re brought to the floor for a vote.

A group called Let Freedom Ring is asking lawmakers to pledge they’ll read legislation before voting on it. It believes a bill should be publicly accessible 72 hours before a vote.

We’d prefer a slightly larger window, but getting just three days of light on proposed law would be an achievement. Congress knows that the longer the public has to think about what’s in a bill, the harder it is to ram through. That’s why the Democrats are in such a hurry to move cap-and-trade and health care legislation.

This topic reminds us of the premise that the only legitimate government is one so limited that it can hardly be considered a government at all. It should be roughly the same for lawmaking: Any bill that goes beyond the basics should never be considered legislation. That would bring needed sunshine to a murky federal process. Only politicians and those who feed off of them wouldn’t be better off.


Runaway Spending= Runaway Debt

June 30, 2009


29 June 09

Budget: The U.S. is on the fiscal road to ruin — with massive spending expected to create soaring deficits and mountains of debt. Don’t take our word for it. Just listen to the nonpartisan think tank that advises Congress.

‘Under current law,” said the Congressional Budget Office in its long-term budget outlook, released late last week, “the federal budget is on an unsustainable path — meaning that federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run.”

The CBO goes on to describe our rather bleak choices: “Keeping deficits and debt from reaching levels that would cause substantial harm to the economy would require increasing revenues significantly as a percentage of GDP, decreasing projected spending sharply, or some combination of the two.”

In other words, ready or not, we’re going to have to raise taxes or slash spending or a bit of both. The status quo is dead.

This shocking report usually would create a firestorm of debate. But with Congress and the White House already deeply involved in crafting new ways to bankrupt America — through cap and trade, nationalized health insurance and new across-the-board regulations on the financial industry, to name but a few — what’s shocking is how little attention is being paid to the future.

Without question, this Democratic-led Congress and White House have been the most fiscally reckless and irresponsible in our history. These captains of the Titanic know the iceberg looms in the murky distance, but instead of taking evasive action, they’re screaming “full steam ahead” as the ship readies for impact.

It won’t take long for us to hit the ice.

Let’s see. There’s $787 billion in stimulus, $700 billion in TARP spending and hundreds of billions in bailout funds for the automakers and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This year alone the spending will approach $4 trillion, 117% above the $1.8 trillion spent in 2000.

This unprecedented increase will lead to expected deficits of $1.8 trillion this year and as much as $13 trillion through 2019. Over that time, the U.S. will go from having a fairly manageable debt load to one that threatens our financial stability.

According to the CBO, at the end of 2008, federal debt held by the public (see chart above) was 41% of GDP — far less than most countries in the European Union or Japan. But it won’t last. In just two years, the debt load will leap to 60% of GDP, and to 87% by 2020 and 181% by 2035 — just 25 years away.

Today, we spend about 1% of GDP on paying down debt. That’s estimated to rise to 2.5% by 2020. Soon these payments will start eating seriously into our budget, and we’ll be like hapless homeowners who put too much on their credit cards. We’ll be working just to pay our debts — or rather, our children and grandchildren will.

Almost all of this spending surge is due to entitlements. So it doesn’t even include possible programs like cap and trade and national health care. Medicare and Medicaid alone account for 80% of the growth of all entitlement spending over the next 25 years, rising from 5% of GDP to 10%. Now, imagine the rest of health care spending — about 13% of GDP right now — on the government’s tab, too.

The CBO says this debt growth will have a pernicious effect on the economy. “As investment (is) displaced by government debt, GDP (will) grow more slowly and eventually decline.”

Can there be anything more destructive of the bonds between generations than profligate spending that saddles an unborn generation with the debts run up by their parents?

This is a direct inversion of the age-old ideal of leaving your children better off than you were. We’ll be sending them back to an unhappy, unhealthy and unwealthy stage of America’s development.

We keep hearing Congress has no choice — this is what people really want. Is it? A recent Rasmussen Poll asked Americans: “Would you prefer a more active government with more services and higher taxes, or a smaller government with fewer and lower taxes?”

Some 66% responded they would prefer smaller government with less taxes; only 25% went for the big government option.

In short, the U.S. economy is being socialized through the back door against the will of its people. Our debts will soon be so large and burdensome that we will in effect be working most of our lives for the government in order to pay them off. And we won’t have any choice: a debt is a debt.

Here we thought indentured servitude and slavery were ended with the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution in 1865 and 1868. Our clever leaders have found a way to get around this. They just call the shackles they’re fitting for our children “debts.”


Cartoon: Congress/Pirates

April 22, 2009