May 27, 2012

Bill Smith, Editor: As a 22 year veteran, I would appreciate it if you would take a moment this weekend to say thanks to all those who fought for our freedom in World War II by blogging, tweeting, facebooking, or even forwarding the post and the below video. Every 90 seconds another WWII veteran dies. Ryan Jazak took time to say thank you as part of Honor Flight. Will you please take a moment this weekend to say thanks.   Thank you!

Honor Flight Stories:


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May 23, 2012

ObamaCare’s Taxpayer Financed Publicity

The Obama Administration Is Spending $20 Million Dollars On A Washington PR Campaign And Sticking Taxpayers With The Tab

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL: “Let me suggest that the President spend a little more time trying to do something about the spending, debt, and gas prices, and a little less time trying to spin the unpopular things he’s already done—it might require a little more work, but it’s what we need .” (Sen. Mitch McConnell, 5/22/12)

$20 Million ‘National Multimedia Education Campaign’
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has selected Porter Novelli to launch a national multimedia education campaign mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The contract is worth $20 million.” (“Porter Picked By HHS To Conduct $20m Campaign,” PR Week, 5/18/12)

“The effort will use media outreach and social media as well as TV, print, radio, and online advertising.”  (“Porter Picked By HHS To Conduct $20m Campaign,” PR Week, 5/18/12)

72% Think ObamaCare Will Make Things Worse Or Won’t Help

“Americans are less optimistic that the law will improve their family's healthcare situation in the long run, however. Thirty-eight percent expect the law to make their situation worse, compared with 24% who say better.” (USA Today / Gallup Poll, 2/20-21/12)

“Now suppose all of the provisions of the healthcare law go into effect in the next few years. In the long run, how do you think the healthcare law would affect your family’s healthcare situation? All Americans: Make better: 24%; Not much difference: 34%; Make worse: 38%.” (USA Today / Gallup Poll, 2/20-21/12)

FLASHBACK $1.9 Million Online ‘Campaign,’ Including A ‘Big Guerilla Campaign Splash’

“…an estimated $1,908,960 has been spent under the healthcare.gov contract. As such, an estimated $2,089,968 currently remains. Following is a breakdown of the online ads that we've purchased each month from October 2010 through February 2011. As you can see, this accounts for $1,435,009 of the monies spent...” (Ogilvy’s Margo Gillman, Email To HHS’s Julia Eisman, 2/10/11)

HHS OFFICIAL: “My gut is that the ones we'd really want to push for would be the evergreen radio PSAs and the videos, potentially one big guerilla campaign splash in a targeted area.” (HHS’s Jaime Mulligan, Email To HHS Employees, 12/1/10)

$3.66 Million Spent On Misleading Medicare Ads
“The Andy Griffith ad promoting ObamaCare last year cost taxpayers $3.66 million – including $404,000 in production – according to records obtained from HHS in a FOIA request earlier this year.” (“Crossroads GPS Launches Collaborative FOIA Site,” Politico, 3/23/11)

FACT CHECK: “…the truth is, for millions of seniors, benefits won’t remain the same. As we wrote most recently last December, about 10 million Medicare Advantage recipients could see their extra benefits reduced by an average of $43 per month, according to the Congressional Budget Office.” (“Mayberry Misleads On Medicare,” FactCheck.org, 7/31/10)

FACT CHECK: “Currently, about 1 in every 4 Medicare beneficiary is enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. For many of them, the words in this ad ring hollow, and the promise that ‘benefits will remain the same’ is just as fictional as the town of Mayberry was when Griffith played the local sheriff.” (“Mayberry Misleads On Medicare,” FactCheck.org, 7/31/10)

Also Read: Obama Admin To Use $20 Mil In Taxpayer Money For Obamacare Ad Campaign


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May 22, 2012

House Republican Women: Working for You

Republican Women, US House of Representatives: Florida's Rep. Sandy Adams (FL-24) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) and  other Republican women in the US House of Representative are "working together to create jobs, reduce spending, help small businesses, and put health care decisions back into your hands. While our backgrounds are different, one thing is not: we are all conservative reformers -- committed to leaving America better for our children and grandchildren than it was for us. We know what it's like to run a budget, a business and a family. So we will continue to stand on the House floor, debate in Committee hearings, fight against big-government policies, and listen to those of you who elected us. We -- as Republican women -- are leading the charge to make America great again."


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Sorry President Obama, we will not allow you to redefine America, nor the American Dream

Rep. Allen West (R-FL): During the question and answer portion of President Obama's NATO summit press conference today he made an interesting statement. He alluded to the fact that the Presidential election will be about who will ensure success for Americans from top to bottom, that everyone has a fair shot. It is clear that Obama is redefining the words of Thomas Jefferson who articulated that our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness come from our Creator, not man, nor government. Benjamin Franklin stated that it is the pursuit of happiness and it is incumbent upon the American individual to make that chase and catch it. America is about individual sovereignty to pursue their happiness. It is not about government driven collective subjugation in an attempt to guarantee happiness. Sorry President Obama, we will not allow you to redefine America, nor the American Dream!

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May 17, 2012

Rubio, Menendez, Ros-Lehtinen Blast Visa Award for Raul Castro’s Daughter

Lachlan Markay, Scribe - Heritage Investigates: Three prominent members of Congress, all of Cuban descent, spoke out against the State Department on Thursday for its decision to grant a visa to Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro, and herself a member of the Cuban dictatorship.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called the decision “outrageous and an enormous mistake,” while Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said the move “sends the wrong message to the [Cuban] regime and to Cuba’s struggling opposition movement.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who was born in Havana and now chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the decision is “beyond comprehension.”

As Scribe reported on Tuesday, Castro Espin is scheduled to speak at a San Francisco conference held by the Latin American Studies Association. State would not discuss the visa application, but a LASA spokesman confirmed that she would be at the conference in person, and hence would need a visa to enter the country.

But per Presidential Proclamation 5377, issued by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, agents of the Cuban dictatorship are prohibitied from obtaining U.S. visas expcept in very specific circumstances – Castro Espin’s scheduled visit would not be covered – or where State specifically grants an exemption. For Castro Espin to enter the country, then, State would have to waive that proclamation’s prohibitions.
Castro Espin is the director of Cuba’s state-funded National Center for Sex Education, a division of the Ministry of Public Health. She has also been a vociferous critic of the Cuban dissident movement.
Rubio called Castro Espin “an arm of [Castro's] regime” who “is coming to the United States to spread their anti-American propaganda. It is shameful that they would grant that visa.”

Ros-Lehtinen noted that the decision may also violate a “long-standing agreement” between Congress and the federal government. According to her news release, State agreed to share information with her committee on the travel of Cuban government officials. It offered no such information on Castro Espin’s visa application.

While he singled out State, Menendez also extended his criticism to LASA itself. “Neither the United States Government nor the Latin American Studies Association should be in the business of providing a totalitarian regime, like the one in Cuba, with a platform from which to espouse its twisted rhetoric,” Menendez stated.

The Heritage Foundation will work to highlight the Cuban regime’s continued repression of political dissidents and lack of respect for basic human rights at a Friday event honoring the fifth annual Solidarity Day with Cuba.

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Why in God's Name Do We Want to Repeat Vietnam?

Rep. West asks his colleagues to strike down destructive cuts to Afghanistan National Defense Authorization Act.


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May 16, 2012

Mitt Romney Endorses Connie Mack For U.S. Senate

Connie Mack
H/T Blog for President - Today, Mitt Romney released the following statement on his endorsement of Florida Republican Senate candidate, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack. “Connie Mack is a friend, a strong conservative and the type of principled leader we need in Washington to restore fiscal responsibility. By electing Connie Mack, the people of Florida will be sending a clear message to Senator Nelson and President Obama that their failed policies have not worked to change the borrow and spend ways of Washington.”

H/T Daily Caller - Mack has emerged as the conservative favorite, having been endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Michelle Bachman and the American Conservative Union. Writing in the Wall Street Journal recently, FreedomWorks’ Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe observed: “Building on the historic successes of 2010, we have an opportunity to take control of the Senate and dramatically increase the ranks of entrepreneurial fiscal conservatives, creating a dynamic new majority within the majority … It means winning races in key battlegrounds like Florida, where Rep. Connie Mack is emerging as the most able fiscal conservative…”

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Mitt Romney Campaigns in Jacksonville, Florida

Mitt Romney Campaigns In Florida

Boston, MA – On Thursday, Mitt Romney will hold an event at River City Brewing Company in Jacksonville, Florida.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Event: Governor Romney Holds Jacksonville Event

Location:
River City Brewing Company
835 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, Florida

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May 15, 2012

Rep. Alan Grayson (FL-9)

The US Chamber of Commerce is running a series of ads calling attention to actual votes and positions of virious elections officials. One ad being released addresses U.S. Representative Alan Grayson, D-FL-9, who not only supported the passage of ObamaCare but was one of it's biggest cheerleaders. he would say anything -- "Die Quickly . . . the Republicans want you to Die Quickly!" No we find that under Obamacare, 20 million people could loose their current coverage. A Florida judge rulled parts of ObamaCare unconstitutional.

Will Alan Grason change his tune on Obamacare or will it be the same broken record? Tell Grayson to support the repeal of Obamacare.

His constituents of his district should retire Alan Grayson. It was not the Republicans but in truth,it is Rep. Alan Grayson who expects Florida seniors to "Die Quickly." He was an advocate of ObamaCare formulated behind closed doors and noone outside this closed group was allowed to read the bill. Then Speaker Nancy Pelois said that the people's representative needed to vote on the bill so they could then read the bill. And supporting the then Speaker of Lies was none other than Alan Grayson. He should be held to account in the 2012 elections.



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Tell Sen. Bill Nelson to Support the Repeal of Obamacare

A Quinnipiac poll last week found that by a 51-38 percent margin, Florida voters want the Supreme Court to overturn the health care law.

Below is a US Chamber of Commerce ad addressing Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) casting the deciding vote for Obamacare or as some knoow it in Florida NelsonCare. Regardless of what Nelson said to justify his vote, 20 million people could lose their coverage. Seniors will now see $500 Billion in medicare cuts. Editors Note: Bill Nelson may have once been a great astronaut but now his ideas and mind is "lost in space" and hurting both Floridians and all otherr Americans. Some may laughingly call ObamaCare, NelsonCare. But the fact is Nelson did not care! Time to retire and bring Bill Nelson to experience his senior care.


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May 12, 2012

Obama's Soros-Controlled Energy Council

By Ken Blackwell: When politicians want to look busy while avoiding tough decisions during an election year, what do they do? They form commissions and councils.

And when President Barack Obama saw Americans struggling with higher gasoline and home energy prices, did he encourage more domestic oil exploration, off-shore drilling, or coal production, while lowering taxes on energy? Of course not. After all, with political observers expecting a close presidential race this year, Obama needs the financial and institutional support far-left environmental groups. The result has been the President anointing certain energy sources - such as wind and natural gas - as energies of the future, while implementing regulatory hurdles for more dependable fuels like oil and coal.

Over the last decade, natural gas has exploded as an important energy source in the United States, accounting for almost one quarter of all energy consumed. Natural gas has boosted economic activity in states like Ohio, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania, and until recently has done so largely without the benefit of preferential treatment from the federal government.

But to expedite this natural gas boom, President Obama just recently decided to form an interagency natural gas council run by Cecilia Munoz, a former community organizer with La Raza and White House bureaucrat with deep-ties to George Soros, the billionaire investor who made his fortune in currency trading throughout the world while bankrolling liberal political efforts. Munoz formerly lead the Open Society Institute and the Center for Community Change, two organizations which are directly connected to Soros, MoveOn.org, ACORN, and other fringe groups with a long record of opposing the development of America's oil and coal resources.

If having a new council run by the far left was not enough, President Obama continues to support major Democratic donors such as Soros by picking winners and losers in the energy through risky subsidies, through a bill known as the NAT GAS Act. This legislation attempts to artificially encourage a transition to more natural gas usage, by offering tax credits for natural gas vehicles, fueling stations, and storage facilities. As we all saw with the collapse of inefficient companies like Solyndra, when private investors are not willing to fund a new project, politically connected firms try to force taxpayers to fund their schemes.

But if natural gas is an already cheap and abundant source of energy, why would we subsidize it?

The answer may be found with the Soros Management Fund, which is Soros' investment vehicle, owns more than $90 million of shares in a Vancouver, British Columbia company which produces the same natural gas-powered engines which the act would encourage the use of. Soros has personally donated $5,000 to the act's co-sponsor Rep. Nita Lowey of New York and his family donated $121,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, while the lead sponsor of the act, Senator Robert Mendez of New Jersey, was chairman. This is in addition to the countless (and often untraceable) millions of dollars Soros pours into Democratic campaigns through the activities of his non-profit organizations and political committees.

Natural gas is a valuable and commonly used fuel. But it is not a silver bullet to our nation's massive energy conundrum. And just like wind, solar, and nuclear, it should be left to succeed or fail based on private market forces. Government should not have the legal authority to hand your hard-earned dollars over to a private industry, just because a handful of politicians think they have the right to make decisions about what energy consumers use.

We have seen the costly errors of government manipulating energy markets, and Obama must not allow wealthy activists to profit at the expense of taxpayers. Conservatives should oppose the NAT GAS Act and other measures that give one specific fuel a distinct marketplace advantage over others.
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J. Ken Blackwell is a member the board of directors of, both, the Club for Growth and
the National Taxpayers Union. Blackwell is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council. He is a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.


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May 11, 2012

Obama’s Gas-Powered War on Coal

Phil Kerpen
by Phil Kerpen: With the increasingly likelihood that Obama’s health care law will be struck down in court or repealed next Congress, the administration has been working hard to cement another dubious legacy: the destruction of the coal industry.

Obama’s war on coal is stirring a lot of anger in parts of the country like West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio that have long relied on coal as an engine of prosperity. But little of that anger has been directed at the biggest funder of the War on Coal: the natural gas industry, which stands to reap big rewards from the destruction of coal-fired power plants — given the regulatory barriers to nuclear power and the lack of any other real, commercially viable alternatives.

The lynchpin of the War on Coal is the so-called Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (UMACT) rule. The rule was a product of Sierra Club litigation and requires expensive control technology retrofits at coal-fired power plants, raising electricity prices nearly 20 percent.

The cost, according to EPA’s own low-ball estimate, is $10 billion per year. A more realistic analysis from National Economic Research Associates found compliance costs of $21 billion per year, with 183,000 lost jobs per year.

It’s all pain and no gain; except for the natural gas industry, which stands to reap enormous rewards from the forced conversion of coal-fired power plants to natural gas. That’s probably why between 2007 and 2010, Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon donated more than $25 million to the Sierra Club for its “Beyond Coal” campaign, which included the lawsuit resulting in the UMACT rule.

A more recent EPA rule following on the heels of UMACT is explicit in forcing power-plant fuel switching from coal to natural gas. It’s the Greenhouse Gas New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), the latest installment in the Obama administration’s effort to act as if cap-and-trade had passed by transforming the 1970 Clean Air Act into a global warming law. (This is despite the fact that in 1970 Al Gore hadn’t even invented the Internet yet, let alone global warming.)

Under the proposed NSPS, coal-fired power plants are instructed that in order to comply with the new emissions standard of 1000 tons of CO2 per megawatt of power generated, they must convert to natural gas. Not nuclear. Not even wind and solar that Obama claims to love. Natural gas.

The rule supposedly applies only to new plants and plants undergoing major modification, but the latter means that it operates as a one-two punch with UMACT to destroy coal-fired electricity: UMACT requires major modifications to control mercury emissions, which triggers carbon dioxide regulations, which forces fuel-switching to natural gas. The costs of mass forced-retirement of coal plants would run into the hundreds of billions of dollars — and electricity rates would “necessarily skyrocket,” as Obama promised on the campaign trail four years ago.

The NSPS, like the UMACT, was a product of natural gas-funded Sierra Club litigation. The natural gas industry is also attacking coal through the so-called American Lung Association (ALA), an advocacy outfit also known for accepting millions of dollars from the EPA while promoting EPA regulations.

The manipulative campaign shows a red baby carriage, in front of a coal plant with a coughing sound and a heartfelt plea for Congress “not to water down the Clean Air Act,” which is a deceptive way of telling Congress to just look the other way and let the natural gas industry, the green groups, and the EPA destroy coal — without any authorization from the people’s elected representatives in Congress.

The Senate will soon have an opportunity to stop Obama’s War on Coal when it votes on Senator Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) S.J. Res. 37, which would overturn the UMACT rule. If our elected officials are interested in doing their job, they will vote yes on the Inhofe Resolution and reject anti-coal cronyism that will cost the American people dearly.
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Phil Kerpen is the president of American Commitment where he first shared this article; a columnist on Fox News Opinion, and the author of Democracy Denied: How Obama is Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America – and How to Stop Him. He is a contributing author for the ARRA News Service.

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Rep Allen West: Reconciliation is Essential to Protecting American Security


(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement yesterday (May 10):
“Today, my Republican colleagues and I in the United States House of Representatives have voted on and approved a clear and concise plan that will carry the American economy into the next decade, by trimming $180 billion dollars off of the United States deficit. These savings are imperative in creating jobs for the American people, by eliminating the massive burden our country’s debt and deficit have placed on American families.

This Reconciliation plan is essential to offset the automatic cuts to our nation’s military set to go into effect in January 2013.  If today’s House approved Reconciliation plan is not passed and put into law, the Department of Defense will see severe 10 percent cuts and shrink to its smallest size since before the Second World War. Under the current sequestration law, the cuts to the nation’s defense capabilities would result in:
  • The smallest ground force since 1940
  • The smallest fleet of ships since 1915
  • The smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force
At a time when our country is still at war with Afghanistan and facing increased threats from Iran, North Korea, unrest in the Middle East, and a rising China, reducing our military is dangerous, irresponsible and puts the national security of America at risk. With reports even this week of a thrwarted terrorist plan against America, it is absurd to think that reducing our Defense is safe for American families.

In contrast, Democrats have failed to offer any credible solutions to put our country back on track. Instead, the President insists on taking more money from hardworking families and small businesses while building up the class of economically dependent Americans.Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget in more than 1,000 days, a crucial blueprint for going forward, which proves they do not have a plan, or are simply not interested in the future of the American economy.

As one of the only Members of Congress who has actually served on a battlefield, I am increasingly disheartened by the lack of understanding from leaders as to how the United States military functions and or what is needed for its continued success. The American military cannot continue to be the billpayer for America’s economic hardships and failed policies. When examining the exorbitant growth of federal government programs in the past ten years, one can see the claims of my Democrat colleagues are wrong, and at times deceptive. As a 22-year Army Veteran, I can attest that if the sequestration cuts are allowed to go through, the effect on the Department of Defense will be a catastrophe. With looming threats from all ends of the globe, now is not the time to politicize our men and women in uniform and put our national security at risk.

House Republicans have created a solution with common sense reforms in today’s Reconciliation package. I strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this immediately. Anyone voting against Reconciliation is saying to our men and women in uniform and their families, that their service, sacrifice, and commitment on the battlefield means nothing.”
View an easy to read slide summing up the deficit reduction totals!

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Evangelicals Will Rally for Romney

Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: Elections are about choices, and 2012’s pivotal election showcases two very different visions for America’s future. Governor Mitt Romney is quickly consolidating the Republican base to enthusiastically support him this November. His speech this weekend at Liberty University illustrates these efforts, providing an opportunity to underscore Romney’s embrace of American exceptionalism in both his public and private life.

Liberty University is the perfect venue for Governor Romney to make his case. With over 50,000 students, it’s America’s largest Evangelical school. Founded by Jerry Falwell, it’s affiliated with the largest Evangelical denomination in America, the 16 million members of the Southern Baptist Convention. Liberty University wisely offered Romney a platform to speak to social conservatives.

Romney wisely accepted, showing both support for cultural issues, and also his desire to have a large and diverse political movement behind him to unseat one of the most radical big government presidents in America’s history. Some seek to make an issue of the fact that Romney is a Mormon—the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). But those attacks will deservedly fail in a choice between Romney and Obama.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that in America you have the legal right to be theologically wrong. This protection for diversity of belief includes matters large and small, covering not only Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Catholics, and others, but also 422 Protestant denominations. While there are very significant theological differences between LDS and Evangelical doctrine, none of them are significant for national policymaking.

That’s because most voters only focus on religious beliefs insofar as they inform policy decisions. On those issues, there is little difference, for instance, between the faith teachings of Evangelicals, Catholics, and Mormons. All are pro-life, upholding the dignity of human life. All fully support marriage between a man and woman. All embrace the value of religious faith and practice, and pursue religious liberty.

Moreover, in an age where some seek to drive a wedge between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives, members of the LDS church understand that family issues are economic issues. They understand that children raised by a father and mother in a low-conflict marriage are more likely to graduate high school, graduate college, stay out of jail, secure a good-paying job, and eventually have successful marriages of their own. That’s one reason why the LDS church places such a premium on the hard work of child rearing, as seen in Ann Romney’s noble choice to work at home, investing in their family in a 24−7 job whose only paycheck is a dividend of love and satisfaction, and whose employee-of-the-month awards are photographs of a woman laughing and smiling with her children.

Contrast this pro-faith, pro-family picture with President Obama’s radical agenda. It’s more than his war on people of faith (especially Catholics) or his fringe views on abortion. In President Obama’s worldview, government usurps the place of family. Big Brother becomes Big Father who brings home the bacon through government entitlements covering everything from housing, to education, to food (stamps), to government-run healthcare. You need have faith in government alone, as the collective state becomes the god in whom you trust and from whom you receive your daily bread. And they replace the family unit with the state, undermining the foundational unit of civilization.

This attempt to—as President Obama puts it—“fundamentally transform the United States of America” must be stopped. And there is cause for hope, as the North Carolinians this week reaffirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their state constitution. This is a fresh reminder that despite the pontifications of urban and coastal elites that supporters of traditional marriage are on the wrong side of history, countless millions of Americans embrace marriage as a sacred institution that government can only recognize, not redefine. This marriage victory in a state that is not only a swing state, but also the location of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, bodes well for Romney’s support for marriage helping him carry North Carolina and with it the White House.

(It also shows Obama to be on the horns of a dilemma. Whom will he alienate? His far-left base, or swing voters in swing states like North Carolina? Or will he refuse to “man up” and alienate both sides by failing to take a stand one way or the other?)

Both the LDS church in general—and the Romneys in particular—not only understand these truths of the family as the essential foundation for American prosperity, they embrace them. And the LDS focus on self-reliance at the family level, of responsibly stewarding financial resources and planning for a rainy day, is naturally opposed to big-government programs to redistribute wealth and centralize decisionmaking.

Surveying the differences between both candidates and considering what’s at stake (i.e., America’s future), we believe conservatives will flock to Romney. In a matchup between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it’s an easy choice for conservatives like both of us to fully endorse Governor Romney in this year’s election.
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Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski are on faculty at Liberty University and the authors of Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America. Both are Contributors to the ARRA News Service. Their political endorsement was in their personal capacities.

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May 10, 2012

Toon by A.F. "Tony" Branco
Bill Smith, Editor: Francois Hollande, the Socialist and Radical Left Party candidate has been elected as the new President of France replacing the more conservative Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande will become the first Socialist president since Francois Mitterrand stepped down in May 1995. Hollande served as the First Secretary of the French Socialist Party from 1997 to 2008 and as special adviser to the President Mitterrand before serving as a staffer for Max Gallo, the government's spokesman.

Most Americans forget or are unaware that France is a nuclear power. Sarkozy and Hallande will meet at the Elysee Palace next Tuesday for the traditional handover of power, They will then have a private meeting where Sarkozy hands over the codes to France's nuclear deterrent.

American can expect that left minded President Barack Obama to be back slapping France's President Francois Hollande in short order. While Obama is considered by some to be a "stealth socialist," Hollande is an open socialist. 

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Wasserman Schultz says she "earned Cadillac" healthcare coverage

Jay Schorr reports: When asked if average Americans should receive the same quality health insurance as that of their elected officials, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told a group of South Florida healthcare workers that she “earned” her benefits, implying that her constituents had not.

“Yes, she really said that,” related Dr. Norman Palgon, a Hallandale Beach-based internist who was in attendance at a forum the Congresswoman conducted last year to garner support for ObamaCare.  The good doctor was none-too-pleased with what he clearly felt was the congresswoman’s imperious attitude.

Wasserman Schultz, 45, who also is Chair of the Democratic National Committee, is a career politician who has never worked a day in the private sector.  She has become a ubiquitous congressional proponent for ObamaCare, appearing on network television news shows extolling the President’s healthcare plan, in addition to serving as chief cheerleader for Obama’s re-election. . . .

The Congresswoman, who faces a reelection battle this November, once again finds herself in a maelstrom of controversy concerning her remark that she “earned” her healthcare benefits. With congressional job approval hovering at a paltry 12 percent, some of Wasserman Schultz’s constituents are asking if she “earned” her annual salary of close to $200,000, along with perks including lucrative retirement benefits, use of luxury government jets, and other congressional accoutrements.

“Politics is the only career this woman has ever had. Her callous comments indicate that she feels her elected position is an entitlement program,” said Jose Rodriquez, an out-of-work, uninsured South Floridian. “Reality check, Debbie. There are 43 million hard working Americans without healthcare insurance who deserve the same coverage you have – for which they’re paying.” . . . [Read Full Story by Jay Schorr]

Editor's Comment: Wasserman Schultz currently represents the Florida's 20th District but redistricting has her re-running for office in the Florida's 23rd Congressional District. If you are tired of "Debbie's" lies, distortions and arrogance as the mouth piece of the Obama controlled Democratic National Party, you may wish to check out conservative Republican opponent Juan Eliel Garcia. Florida's filing candidate deadline was May 7th so additional candidates may be approved upon verification of their signature petitions. However, Juan Garcia is fired up and ready to go.  By the way, I called the Garcia campaign and was pleased to be able to talk directly with candidate Garcia.

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May 9, 2012

Gov. Scott: Putting the Brakes on Accident Fraud


Republican Party of Florida: Gov. Rick Scott and Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford explain how auto accident fraud reform will keep the cost of living low for Floridians.


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May 8, 2012

ICYMI: U.S. DOJ Approves Redrawn Florida Redistricting Maps

Mary Ellen Klas, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau: . . . In a one-page letter to state officials, the U.S. Department of Justice said the state House, Senate and congressional maps do not appear to violate the federal Voting Rights Act. In a separate ruling, a trial court judge rejected the Democrats' argument that the congressional map should be put on hold while it is being litigated in Leon County Circuit Court.

The two decisions dealt a one-two punch to Democratic Party efforts to halt the redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-led Legislature. But they also mean that candidates for 27 congressional seats, 40 state Senate districts and 120 state House seats can now rely on the new boundaries to file their election papers during qualification week June 4-8.

The new maps were drawn according to a new set of anti-gerrymandering guidelines approved by voters in 2010. . . .

The Florida Democratic Party and a coalition of voter groups are challenging the constitutionality of the congressional map in Leon County, claiming that it not only violates the new ban against protecting incumbents and political parties but unfairly packs black and Hispanic voters into districts to give Republicans an electoral advantage.

The groups asked the court to stop the maps from taking effect this election cycle until a trial is held, but 2nd Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis on Monday rejected their claims. . . . Lewis rejected the plaintiffs arguments that several districts, from South Florida to Tampa Bay, violate the constitution. He said, however, there is sufficient data surrounding the sprawling North Florida-based district now held by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville to question "whether it is possible to design a more compact district in northeast Florida that would not diminish the ability of black voters to elect a candidate of their choice." . . .

Florida Democratic Party executive director Scott Arceneaux said Democrats are considering additional lawsuits. . . .

Florida is required to have its redistricting maps receive approval from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division because five counties have a history of racial discrimination in elections. The federal government clears the maps, and all other voting law changes, to determine if voting rights are preserved for minorities in Hills­borough, Monroe, Collier, Hendry and Hardee counties. [Read Full Story -- Mary Ellen Klas can be reached at meklas@MiamiHerald.com and on Twitter @MaryEllenKlas]

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May 6, 2012

Israel’s Gathering Storm

Bob Morrison and Ken Blackwell
Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, Contributing Authors: Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, briefed Christian supporters of the Jewish state this morning. He told a hushed audience crowded into his Embassy’s Jerusalem Auditorium of a recent visit by U.S. intelligence specialists. They had asked Dr. Oren the historian to compare Israel’s situation today with other critical periods in the nation’s past. Without hesitation, he answered: In the best case scenario, it’s May, 1967. In the worst case, it’s May, 1948.

May Day! May Day! That’s the international distress signal. In May, 1967, Israel had to prepare to attack Egypt, Jordan, and Syria before these neighboring states could “drive the Jews into the sea,” as Egypt’s left-leaning dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser was then exhorting Arabs to do. Nasser kicked out UN truce supervisors from the Sinai desert and he closed off the Gulf of Aqaba to sea traffic, thus blockading Israel’s southern port of Eilat. Israel responded to these acts of war with a lightning strike against all her enemies. Israel’s spectacular victory in the Six-Day War unified Jerusalem, captured the Golan Heights from Syria, and brought the West Bank regions of Judea and Samaria under Israeli rule for the first time since the days of the Bible.

That’s the best case for Israel. Still pretty scary. The worst case, as the Ambassador described, it would be May, 1948. That’s when the UN-ordered partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states occurred. And seven Arab states—Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia sent troops to exterminate the Jews. They all immediately declared their intention of wiping out the infant Jewish state. That’s when President Harry S. Truman defied his Sec. of State, George C. Marshall, and recognized Israel just 11 minutes after she declared her independence. It was that Independence Day that the Christians had come to the Israeli Embassy to celebrate. The Jews fought with the fierce determination not to allow Arabs to effect a final solution to Jewish settlement in the Mideast. Arabs were exhorted by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj-Amin al-Husseini. This militant Muslim had spent most of World War II in Berlin, urging his fellow Muslims to support Hitler’s genocidal plans for the Jews of Europe.

So much for history. The Ambassador then provided a brisk tour d‘horizon of Israel’s borders right now. Suffice it to say, this is not Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. For thirty years, Israel has relied on peace on her southern border with Egypt. No more. Whoever wins Egypt’s presidential election—and there have already been dozens killed in the run-up to the vote—he is unlikely to reaffirm the Camp David accords from 1978. Israel’s military recently disrupted a sophisticated terror incursion from Egypt. There are 10,000 rockets in Gaza, now controlled by the avowedly terrorist Hamas group. In Southern Lebanon, controlled by Hezbollah, there are an estimated 50,000 rockets. Syria is unraveling before our eyes. No one will miss the Assad regime in Damascus, but we do worry about the largest stash of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in the world—which Assad controls. Might Assad’s WMD fall into the hands of Hamas? Hezbollah? Who does the opposition to Assad link to? They are employing suicide bombings, which suggests they may not hanker for Westminster-style parliamentary democracy. And then we have Iran. Which supplies Hezbollah. Which supplies Hamas. Which is now the Number One terror apparatus active throughout the region and the world.

Despite this truly terrifying listing of lethal threats from bloodthirsty enemies, Ambassador Oren’s presentation was brisk, unemotional, business-like. He feared not. He paid tribute to the resilience, strength, and faith of the Jewish people. And he lauded “the greatest alliance in history—that between the American people and the people of Israel. It’s little wonder that U.S. Secretary of State Al Haig referred to Israel as “the largest U.S. aircraft carrier in the world.” If the United States had to use Israel’s territory to launch a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, we know what the answer would be.

It does not seem that this administration will strike Iran. It prefers “talks,” as if endless efforts at talks with the militant mullahs of Tehran have not brought Israel, Western Europe and the U.S. itself to the current perilous point! Why don’t we limit our talks to this one question: Will you or will you not stop your nuclear projects today?

Of course, the Iranians won’t stop. Why should they? Day by day, the storm clouds gather. Day by day, this administration and the pacifists of the European Union dither. It is most unfortunate that the only American President to win the Nobel Peace Prize whose policies actually brought peace through strength was Theodore Roosevelt. It was TR who said: Walk softly but carry a Big Stick. If the United States won’t use its Big Stick, then Israel should.
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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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May 5, 2012

No Hablo Cinco de Mayo

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We are not celebrate Cinco de Mayo in our household today. Reason - we are Americans, first, last and forever and my Oath was to the United States of America and not to either Mexico or the sales at the local U.S. shopping malls.

Cinco de Mayo wasn't even related Mexico's Independence Day which is celebrated by Mexico on September 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. So, what is the big deal in the USA. We liked the French support in our Revolutionary War, we liked buying the Louisiana Purchase from them, and American forces bled and died twice helping France in WWI and WWII. In fact, we like them up and until Gen. Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle kicked American bases out of France in 1966.

The Mexican – American War, also known as the Mexican War, or the U.S.– Mexican War, was an armed conflict (war) between the USA and Mexico from 1846 to 1848. American forces quickly occupied New Mexico and California, then invaded parts of Northeastern Mexico and Northwest Mexico; meanwhile, the Pacific Squadron conducted a blockade, and took control of several garrisons on the Pacific coast further south in Baja California. After Mexico would still not agree to the cession of its northern territories, another American army waltzed into and captured Mexico City, and the war ended in victory of the U.S. Although in our victory, we more than generous and paid Mexico $18 million dollars and forgave their debt. A big mistake was not keeping Baja.

So, again! Why are American stores and even schools (a day early) celebrating Cinco de Mayo? If we are going to celebrate another day, maybe it should on March 2, when Texas celebrates its Texas Independence Day. On March 2, 1836, The Republic of Texas defeated Mexico!

And since we are NOT going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I am going to celebrate not celebrating with one of my favorite American beers - a Corona. Just a minute - Yes - I know, I know, but the beer was made in "North" America :)

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May 4, 2012

Bad News: Hiring Slowed; Workers Leave "Labor Force In Droves"

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CNN Money sums up today’s Labor Department report for April: “Hiring slowed in April and workers dropped out of the labor force in droves -- not a good sign for the job market going forward.”

According to The New York Times, “The United States had another month of disappointing job growth in April. The nation’s employers produced a net gain of 115,000 positions, after adding 154,000 in March, the Labor Department said Friday. April’s job growth was less than economists had been predicting. . . . The unemployment rate ticked down to 8.1 percent in April, from 8.2 percent, but that was not because more unemployed workers found jobs; it was because workers dropped out of the labor force. The share of working-age Americans who are in the labor force, meaning they are either working or actively looking for a job, is now at its lowest level since 1981 — when far fewer women were doing paid work. The share of men taking part in the labor force fell to 70 percent, the lowest number since the Labor Department began collecting these data in 1948.”

And The Huffington Post even admits, “Unemployment Rate Falls To 8.1 Percent As People Give Up On Looking For Work,” adds, “Unemployment fell to 8.1 percent in April, the lowest since January 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning. But the decline was mainly due to 342,000 people leaving the labor force, meaning the BLS had stopped counting them as unemployed. The number of employed people in the nation actually fell by 169,000. . . . About 12.5 million people are still unemployed, and a record 88.4 million people are considered ‘not in the labor force,’ according to the BLS. The labor-force participation rate -- the percentage of the work-age population either working or looking for work -- dropped to 63.6 percent, the lowest since December 1981. ‘It's hard to see the good news here,’ David Semmens, senior U.S. economist at Standard Chartered, wrote in a research note.”

Recall that when President Obama and Democrats in Congress passed the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill over three years ago, their economic advisors claimed that unemployment wouldn’t exceed 8%. And Vice President Joe Biden famously boasted that the stimulus would “create 3.5 million jobs … literally drop-kicks us out of this recession,” in only 18 months.

Politico’s Mike Allen reports that President Obama will be speaking to high school students in Arlington, Virginia today. There’s not a lot of good economic news for them, though. As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said last week, “So today, the President will bring his latest poll-tested message to . . . students . . . . And I’m sure he’ll give a very rousing speech, full of straw men and villains who stand in the way of their dreams.  I’m sure he’ll also express his strong support for things that all of us agree on. But what he won’t talk about is the extent to which the decisions he’s made are limiting their opportunities in the years ahead.”

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Obama moving U.S. Backward Not Forward

American Crossroads: Four years of Obama moving America backward is enough.


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