March 30, 2012

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on CNN's State of the Union



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March 29, 2012

Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects?

Before the ink was dry, Jefferson
  changed "subjects" to "citizens" on the
  Declaration of Independence draft
Pix Via Library of Congress
Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, ARRA News Service: In Washington this week, a rare drama is unfolding in the U.S. Supreme Court. The momentous question that is before the court is this: Shall we be Citizens or Subjects?

The high court is considering a historic challenge by twenty-six states to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare. Hundreds of people have stood in line, some of them overnight in the chill March air, to get inside. Our colleague, Ken Klukowski, was one of those fortunate few. We are relying on Ken’s reporting and also on the impressions of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Ken Klukowski reports what was perhaps the critical exchange in the three-day oral arguments. Justice Anthony Kennedy is widely viewed as the pivotal figure in this case.

His vote is essential to any likely 5-4 ruling. Kennedy mildly said that this health care legislation “changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in a very fundamental way.” With this statement, Klukowski hopefully reports, “the individual mandate—the centerpiece of ObamaCare—is likely doomed.”

We agree, with Ken Klukowski and with Justice Kennedy. It is noteworthy that press reports already capitalize “Federal Government” and lower-case the word individual.

The next question, of course, is exactly how will ObamaCare change the relationship of the Federal Government and the individual?

Thomas Jefferson provided the answer. The National Archives announced with some excitement over the Independence Day weekend in 2010 that they had discovered an early draft of the Declaration of Independence. In it, young Mr. Jefferson scratched through the word Subjects and wrote in the word Citizens.

Archivists instructed us on the importance of the change. They invited us to go through that mental process with Thomas Jefferson as he and we became Citizens of a republic for the first time.

Was this amazing event on the nation’s birthday a portent? The National Archives made this announcement on the first Fourth of July after the passage of ObamaCare. It’s almost as if we were receiving a message from on high. Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects?

Why is this so? America is not like other countries. Ronald Reagan understood why America is exceptional. He offered these words in his Farewell Address to the nation in 1989.

Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We the People.” “We the people tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us.

But under ObamaCare, government not only tells us, it Mandates. We have seen a great controversy over the first Mandate from HHS . This first HHS Mandate would require religious hospitals, schools, colleges, and institutions provide drugs that can cause abortions, and orders them to further violate their consciences by covering sterilizations and contraceptives.

This is only the first of many Mandates that are coming under ObamaCare. There are literally hundreds of places in this ill-conceived legislation where “the Secretary” determines what is mandated. Life and death decisions for millions will be mandated by an unelected government bureaucrat in a distant city.

Justice Scalia asked Obama administration attorneys: “If the government can do this, what can it not do?” Attorney Mike Carvin represents the National Federation of Independent Businesses, suing the Obama administration. Carvin said: If a person enters the market simply by being born, “that…means they can regulate every human activity from cradle to grave.”

Death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin said those were the only certainties on earth. This truth was reaffirmed in the oral arguments before the Supreme Court, as Ken Cuccinelli reports: Somewhat amusingly, Justice Alito noted that burial costs were expensive and could hit one unexpectedly as well. He further noted that if he was too poor to pay his own costs and hadn’t prepared for his burial, he would still certainly be buried, and those costs would in turn be shifted to others either by raising everyone else’s burial costs if the buriers had to absorb those costs, or we’d all pay higher taxes if the government bore these costs.

Before our liberal readers generously take up a collection for Justice Alito’s burial costs, it is time for all of us to step back and consider very carefully the question that is really before the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

If the Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare, columnist George Will notes, then government’s “power to compel contractual relations would have no logical stopping point.” Which is why, Will says, the case the high court hears this week is “the last exit ramp on the road to unlimited government.” Which will it be: Citizens or Subjects?
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J. Ken Blackwell is a conservative family values advocate. Blackwell is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and a visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law. Bob Morrison is a Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council. He has served at the U.S. Department of Education with Gary Bauer under then-Secretary William Bennett. Both are contributing authors to the ARRA News Service.

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Allen West Joins Over 4000 Americans Rally Near U.S. Supreme Court

Tim Phillips, President, Americans For Prosperity: On Tuesday, I looked out at the thousands upon thousands of faces and the sea of “Hands Off My Health Care” and “I Am AFP” signs, and I knew our movement was stronger than ever!

Rep. Paul Ryan
Your voices, the voices of the American people, were heard over the pundits and politicians from both sides of the aisle.  According to one speaker, our voices “rattled the windows of the Supreme Court.” Together, we sent a crystal clear message to the Supreme Court: do the right thing...overturn this disastrous, unconstitutional government takeover of our health care.

From our event, a CNN correspondent reported to Wolf Blitzer, “I want to give you a sense of what the crowd looks like here; it goes on and on and on!” Click here to see photos of the rally!

Sen. Rand Paul
Over 4,000 activists joined Americans for Prosperity and our 20+ coalition groups for the incredible Hands Off My Health Care Rally across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court. We heard from great speakers like Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Jim DeMint, Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Paul Ryan, and Rep. Alan West. We heard from breast cancer survivor, Tracy Walsh, who told her personal story of survival due in part to choices and access provided by our health care system.  We heard from Canadian, Shona Holmes, who told how she faced waiting lists and denied treatments for her brain tumor in her home country thanks to their socialized health care system but thankfully she drove south to the United States for the treatments that saved her life.

Rep. Alan West
This fight is far from over, but our fellow Americans are with us. Every poll shows they want to see the health care takeover law repealed. But we've got to keep taking our message of freedom to the American people.

If you have not done so already, make your voice heard by signing AFP's Statement to the Court. We displayed the many thousands of signatures we've collected so far at the Rally, and we're continuing to gather more! Be sure to forward this message to your friends and family, and ask them to sign AFP's Statement to the Court.

We can't let up now. We have to keep pushing hard, and make sure that the President's health care takeover is struck down in its entirety. Until that day comes, Americans for Prosperity will keep fighting with help from activists like you.

Video of Rally: Highlights from AFP's Hands Off My Health Care Rally
 on March 27, 2012 at Upper Senate Park
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Rep. Michele Bachmann
Americans for Prosperity® (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP has more than 1,900,000 members, including members in all 50 states, and 34 state chapters and affiliates.

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March 28, 2012

FL U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio Endorses Mitt Romney for President

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida endorsed Mitt Romney as the party's presidential nominee Wednesday night, saying it's increasingly clear that Romney will win the nomination and that continuing the primary fight will only damage the effort to defeat President Barack Obama.

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March 23, 2012

Florida's Wasserman Schultz Denies Comparing Voter ID Laws To Jim Crow Laws

Intro: Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965 by Democrats to stop or hinder people of color from voting.

It was Republicans that led the efforts for the emancipation and freedom of African Americans and who pushed through Congress Civil Rights legislation protecting the right to vote and to have equal access with all other American citizens to all avenues of life in the United States.

 However, the Democrats after committing these discriminatory and evil actions have  co-opted the message and continued their lies.

The following articles from Real Clear Politics evidences the brazenness of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in her deceptive use the term Jim Crow laws. It evidences how she is truly the DNC progressive propagandist who seeks to continue the deceptive coverup of truth. While beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, lies and deceptions come forth from the heart of the "moron award winner."

Real Clear Politics:  When asked about her comment that the GOP is trying to bring America back to the days of Jim Crow, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz insists "that's not what I said."


However, in an appearance on "Washington Watch," she said that Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws" by passing voter ID requirements.
"[I]f you go back to the year 2000, when we had an obvious disaster and - and saw that our voting process needed refinement, and we did that in the America Votes Act and made sure that we could iron out those kinks, now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally - and very transparently - block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. And it's nothing short of that blatant," DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) told TVOne's "Washington Week."

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Bill Nelson And Obamacare Fact Check: Two Years Later

Sen. Bill Nelson Forgot His Constituents
NRSC Video: Two years of Obamacare. Senate Democrats like Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) promised it would lower costs, lower premiums, cover everyone, and protect Medicare. Instead? Twice the cost, higher premiums, 23 million people left out, and $500 billion cut from Medicare.


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March 22, 2012

Rally for Religious Freedom in Ten Florida Cities

Join freedom fighters from over 130 major US cities in the nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom march at noon on Friday, March 23. Ten of the 130 cities are in the following Florida cities:

Fort Lauderdale
Federal Building
299 East Broward Boulevard (Map)
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Jacksonville
Federal Courthouse
300 North Hogan Street (Map)
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Miami
Park across from Claude Pepper
Federal Building
1st Avenue and Flager Street (Map)
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Ocala
Federal Courthouse
205 Northwest 2nd Street (Map)
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Orlando
U.S. Courthouse
401 West Central Boulevard (Map)
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Pensacola
Winston E. Arnow Federal Bldg
100 Palafox Street (Map)
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Sarasota
Sarasota Bay Front
Bayfront Drive & Gulfstream Ave
Under the “Surrender” statue (Map)
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St. Petersburg
4th St. N and 22nd Ave. N (Map)
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Stuart
Roosevelt Bridge (Map)
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Vero Beach
County Courthouse
2000 16th Ave (Map)
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Please Note

  • All rallies start at noon local time,
    Friday March 23, unless otherwise noted.
  • Signs will be provided.
  • It is not necessary to RSVP.

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is being held Friday, March 23 at noon, local time, outside federal buildings, Congressional offices and historic sites across the country. The theme for the Rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!”

Thousands of Americans of all faiths will be participating in these peaceful rallies, organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society to oppose the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences.

Religious leaders and other public figures will speak out against the HHS Mandate at each Rally site. Holding signs reading “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” and “Stop the HHS Mandate,” participants will offer hymns and prayers for our nation and pass out literature to the public about why the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional and un-American.

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom will be a peaceful, family-friendly, non-partisan, ecumenical event. For more information, please see the Rally Guidelines and Protocols, below.

Cities in the following 44 states and the District of Columbia will be participating: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,  Washington, Wisconsin.

Where are the people of Arkansas, Delaware, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming?

List of Cities and Towns By State Participating in the Rally


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March 14, 2012

Florida Democratic Party Flies American Flag With Obama’s Face On It, Veterans Not Happy

H/T Weasel Zippers: The creepy Obama worship takes a turn for the worse.
(Fox News) — An American flag with President Obama’s image in place of the stars flew over a Florida county’s Democrat headquarters long enough to enrage local veterans who called the altered banner “a disgrace.”

Lake County Democratic Party officials took down the flag, which flew just below a standard Old Glory on the flagpole outside headquarters in Tavares following complaints by local veterans. But merely taking it down wasn’t enough for several local veterans, who said they fought for the flag Betsy Ross made famous, not one with a politician on it.

“It’s absolutely disrespectful,” Jim Bradford, a 71-year-old veteran who participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion told FoxNews.com. “It’s totally ridiculous. To put somebody’s picture there, to me, it’s a disgrace to do that.”
Bradford, an organizer with the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park in Leesburg, Fla., snapped photos of the flag and distributed them to fellow veterans and friends. By late afternoon, he and several other veterans delivered a copy of the federal flag code to Nancy Hurlbert, chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party.

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Florida Senate: Mack (R) 43%, Nelson (D) 36%

Rasmussen Reports:  Republican Congressman Connie Mack now runs dead even with incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in Florida's 2012 U.S. Senate race. But Nelson outdistances two other potential GOP challengers, former Senator George LeMieux and businessman Mike McCalister. If former U.S. Senator George LeMieux is the Republican candidate, Nelson is ahead by a narrow 41% to 38%. That compares to 45%-35% last month. Nelson now leads businessman Mike McCalister, the other top GOP hopeful, 42% to 38%. Read More

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March 8, 2012

Marine to tour country on a mission to defeat President Barrack Obama

ChangeitBack2012.com: Orlando, FL - March 5th 2012 – Former Marine Sgt. Felix Quintana, a Purple Heart Veteran of the Iraq war has embarked on a mission to unite 1 million Americans to become the visible outward expression of the voting majority that will in his words “rise up on election day November 6, 2012 to execute our voting right in defense of our Republic and defeat President Barrack Obama and all elected officials who have made a mockery of our Constitution.”

A native of Venezuela, Sgt. Quintana immigrated to the United States in 1992 months after a failed coup d'├ętat by then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chavez, who now presides over Venezuela. “All Americans need to wake up to the reality that the only reason our nation has not totally gone in the ways of leftist-ruled countries like Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua—to name a few—has been due to our Charters of Freedom; the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and Bill of Rights is what sets us apart from any other nation on the face of the earth and we must ensure they are upheld and preserved; this is why I launched Changeitback2012.com”, Sgt. Quintana said.

Changeitback2012.com’s 1 million American eligible voters will wear a CIB2012 shirt that will bear a custom Voter # ranging from 1 to 1 million as a visible show of strength and unity in numbers that will create community engagements and ultimately serve as a declaration on Election Day for all to see that the will and power of the American people is still alive.

The ambitious project will also take Sgt. Quintana across all 50 states in search of written commitments from voters that they will turn out to vote. “This is not the election to make a point by abdicating our responsibility to vote; this is the most crucial election our generation has been entrusted with; this election is for the very soul and identity of our nation and the inheritance for our posterity.”

“I need the support of every conservative and patriot for this initiative to be successful”. You can do this by joining the 1 Million force and being counted with your own CIB2012 Voter shirt, and/or by donating to Changeitback2012.com’s “Donate” page; this will help fund the trek around the country. It would be ironic—or worse yet—it would be as if I had come here in vain to have the United States of America turn like the country I left and I’m not willing to pass down such a country to my own daughter.” Sgt. Quintana declared.

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March 7, 2012

Judge Rules Florida Pension Law Unconstitutional

by Matt Dixon, Florida Morning Blog
JUDGE STRIKES PENSION RULING: Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-ruled Legislature violated the state’s constitutional right to collective bargaining last year when it ordered 3 percent payroll contributions for 655,000 government workers who belong to the Florida Retirement System, a Leon County Circuit judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Jackie Fulford’s ruling blows a $1 billion hole in the state’s current-year budget. Palm Beach Post:

OVERTURN COMING, SCOTT SAYS: Gov. Rick Scott is confident that higher courts will overturn Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford’s decision Tuesday to block the less-than-year-old law to require state employees to contribute 3 percent of their pay toward Florida's pension program. Sunshine State News

BREAKING DOWN PENSION RULING: Tampa Bat Times

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March 6, 2012

Rush, Eye to Eye

A.F. "Tony' Branco:
Matthew 7:3 (Holy Bible, NASB Version): "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

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March 5, 2012

Ten Questions Obama Should Be Asked At All Press Conferences

Lachlan Markay: President Obama will hold his first official press conference since October on Tuesday. Plenty has happened since then: the president has illegally appointed four officials to federal posts, Energy Secretary Steven Chu has again demonstrated his lack of concern for rising gas prices, Iran has continued its march towards nuclear weapons, and the Department of Health and Human Services has usurped Americans’ rights to free practice of their religion.
In light of these and other happenings over the last few months, here are ten questions that we feel should be asked of the president when he takes the podium on Tuesday.
  1. Your Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, has now been on record three times stating it is not the policy of his department to help lower gas prices. Do you agree with Secretary Chu that this is not the job of the Energy Department?
  2. Your administration has touted the declining unemployment rate. Do you plan any policy proposals to deal with the steady – and ongoing – decline in labor force participation?
  3. According to The Heritage Foundation, there are over $2 trillion in tax hikes in your latest budget proposal, when you yourself stated that raising taxes is anathema to economic recovery. How will tax hikes spur job growth, or is that secondary to some other policy goal?
  4. Your Justice Department insisted the Senate was in recess over the holidays for the purposes of recess appointments. But the Senate passed the payroll tax cut extension during that period. Do you think Presidents should dictate when Congress is in session, were these appointments legitimate, and will you go around Congress on future travel weekends?
  5. What provision of the Constitution grants the federal government the authority to require religiously-affiliated groups to pay for contraception in violation of their own moral teachings?
  6. Does China’s decision to boost its defense budget by more than 11% give you any pause about repeatedly slashing our own military capabilities?
  7. Do you regret your administration’s hands-off approach to the Iranian Green Revolution given the country’s increasing belligerence and its continued pursuit of nuclear weapons?
  8. Your administration has no plan to reform unsustainable entitlement programs, according to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Why haven’t you proposed any real solutions?
  9. You continue to tout an “all of the above” approach to energy policy, but your budget proposal singles out the oil industry for punitive tax hikes, while preserving preferential tax treatment for wind energy, despite the fact that wind energy companies get roughly 100 times the amount in subsidies that oil companies do per kilowatt-hour. Do you believe the playing field should be leveled by eliminating all energy subsidies, or should government continue trying to pick winners and losers?
  10. Have you instructed Attorney General Holder to comply with the congressional subpoena related to the more than 60,000 documents that the Department of Justice has not turned over to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee?

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March 4, 2012

We Can’t Tax Our Way to Energy Security

by Sean Hackbarth, Free Enterprise: The President delivered another energy speech today, and populism trumped sound economics. Along with taking undeserved credit for expanding oil and gas production (more on that in a bit), the President told Congress they should vote “in the next few weeks” to raise taxes on oil and gas companies.

Raising taxes will improve energy security? Economic analysis doesn’t say so.
Last year, consulting firm Woods Mackenzie analyzed the effects of raising taxes on the oil and gas industry. They concluded it would:
  1. Cost 170,000 jobs through 2014.
  2. Result in up to $128 Billion in lost government revenue through 2025.
  3. Cause a 14% decrease in energy production on federal lands that would have to be replaced with imported energy.
In the same study, Woods Mackenzie also analyzed what would happen if oil and gas development were increased in five key areas—an actual “All-of-the-Above” energy strategy. Saying it would be better than higher energy taxes is putting it mildly. Wood Mackenzie concluded:
  1. 500,000 new jobs would be created by 2025.
  2. $480 billion in additional government revenue would fill federal coffers.
History also tells us higher energy taxes is bad policy. In 1980, a windfall profits tax was slapped on domestic oil production. As noted in an Institute for 21st Century Energy report, the Congressional Research Service estimated that the tax reduced domestic production by 8% and increased imports by as much as 13%.

These studies affirm the common sense claim that when you raise taxes on energy companies you end up with less domestic energy and jobs, but when you reduce their burdens you get more energy and jobs.

Now back to the President continuing to push the farce that his administration should be praised for increased domestic oil and gas production.  On stage in New Hampshire, he stood beside a chart touting the reduction in oil imports while he has been President. But the federal government can only take credit (or blame) for any change in energy production on land it controls--federal lands. They can’t take credit for increases in energy development from state and private lands. It’d be like a potato farmer taking credit for more potatoes grown in total even though all the increase is from his neighbor’s farm.

The Institute for Energy Research pieced together Department of Interior data and found that oil and gas production on federal lands decreased from 2010-2011, while oil and gas production on state and private lands increased. [See the chart above.] Also, Mark Green at Energy Tomorrow notes, “According to EIA [Energy Information Administration], Gulf production was down from 1.55 million barrels per day in 2010 to 1.32 mb/d in 2011 and is estimated to fall to 1.23 mb/d in 2012 – the 21 percent decline.” This is what the administration should claim as their own.

Despite what the President says on the stump, the facts are that higher energy taxes will reduce domestic production and cost jobs, and oil and gas development is decreasing under his administration. Last time I checked an “All-of-the-Above” energy strategy would include all kinds of energy—renewables, nuclear, and oil and gas. The President should actually mean what he says instead of pushing policies that run counter to his rhetoric.
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The Free Enterprise Magazine is a publication of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Sean Hackbarth is the conservative free market advocate and he coordinates blogger, policy advocacy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He personally blogs at The American Mind. He is also a valuable ARRA News Service informational source on the economy and on pending issues before Congress

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March 3, 2012

Study of Swollen Government Spending

Bankrupting America: Each time Americans get a paycheck, a portion of it is siphoned off to fund the government. Most have just come to accept this as an unfortunate reality. But do you ever wonder where that money is actually going?

Our latest infographic looks at where your tax dollars were spent in 2011, and breaks them down into easy to understand diagrams. From the big-ticket items, to the relatively small expenditures and everything in between, we show just where your tax dollars end up.
[Click Image To Enlarge]
As the House and Senate debate the President’s budget, let’s take a step back from the rhetoric and look at the facts.  For the government’s last fiscal year, which ended on September 31, 2011, we break down spending into easy to understand diagrams and give you some real world examples of what you could buy with $3.6 trillion dollars. That is if you are ok with being $1.3 trillion dollars in debt. View our fact sheet on last fiscal year’s spending.

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March 2, 2012

1984 - 2012 (Revised) - Soros' Orwelling Actions

by A.F. "Tony" Branco:

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March 1, 2012

ExxonMobil's $72 billion contribution to the U.S. economy in 2011

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor: While the present administration discouraged and made excuses for not opening American's Resources which would benefit Americans and the American economy, it has also practiced class warfare and has undertaken efforts to demean, excessively regulate, and even punish businesses and various industries that are "an asset to U.S. economic growth" and benefit greatly to the American economy. They have also invested our dollars and borrowed debt in failing business ventures rather than allowing the free market to work without government interference.

Now, consider the fact that this administration is also using the income created by taxes, duties and royalties paid by businesses, industry and individuals taxpayers to carry out efforts that demean, interfere, and over regulate the very people, businesses and industries that are paying the Government's bills with real not borrowed dollars. The present administration pushes negative and destructive agendas ("false flags") which pit people and groups against each other while tearing at the fabric of commerce and our economy which has bolstered the lives of the American people as a whole.

I am pleased to see ExxonMobil sharing with the public their contribution to the U.S. economy. I think you will find the facts impressive. Please share the following with others.

Ken Cohen, ExxonMobil Perspectives: Some in Washington would have you believe that because companies like ExxonMobil are profitable, we are “taking from” the U.S. economy, rather than contributing to it.

But the facts prove otherwise. Last year, while ExxonMobil’s operating earnings in the U.S. were $9.6 billion, our total contribution to the U.S. economy was $72 billion. That is how much ExxonMobil spent in the United States on things like taxes, salaries, returns to our investors and money paid to other businesses and industries to keep our U.S. operations running.

In other words, for every dollar we earned in the U.S., we contributed seven more dollars to the U.S. economy – to both governments and individual Americans.
Here are the details. In 2011, ExxonMobil paid approximately:
  • $29 billion to our investors in the form of dividends and share buybacks. Investors of oil and gas companies include teachers, government workers and other public pension holders, as well as the millions of Americans who invest in IRAs or mutual funds.
  • $19 billion in goods and services related to running our U.S. production, manufacturing and office facilities, including payroll to our more than 30,000 U.S. employees.
  • $12 billion in capital spending, which goes to contractors, construction companies, raw materials and other spending on goods and services related to our U.S. oil, natural gas and chemicals activities.
  • $12 billion to the U.S. government (local, state and federal) in the form of taxes and duties.
All told, that’s $72 billion that governments can use to fund vital services, companies can use to hire workers, and investors can use to save for retirement.

Let me put ExxonMobil’s economic contribution into perspective: $72 billion is roughly equal to the total federal income taxes paid by all the residents of Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina combined, according to the latest data available from the IRS. It is slightly more than the total annual operating revenue of the U.S. Postal Service.

And that $72 billion is just ExxonMobil’s contribution. When you consider the fact that ExxonMobil accounts for only about 5 percent of total U.S. oil and natural gas production, you can get a sense of the scale of the economy-wide contribution made by America’s oil and gas industry. This money creates a ripple effect of economic activity that allows other people, industries and governments to spend, hire and invest.

Why am I making this point? Because right now the United States is engaged in a discussion about how to strengthen its balance sheet, and to be successful we will need to know the difference between our assets and our liabilities. Just like other successful American companies, ExxonMobil is an asset to U.S. economic growth.

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