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16
Dec 10

Welcome to Obama’s America, 23% of Likely US Voters Say the Country is Heading in the Right Direction

Hey America, how’s that Barack Obama ”Hopey, Changey” stuff working out for you? In the most recent Rasmussenpoll, only 23% of likely voters say that the country is headed in the right direction, while 71% say it is on the wrong track.  76% of voters not affiliated with either political party believe the same. Even 49% [...]
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13
Dec 10

Bloomberg News ‘Follows the Money,’ But Only in Direction of Death Tax Opponents

There's little point in "following the money" if you only follow it in one direction. And too often, journalists only follow the money to the right, leaving shady financial dealings from the left unexposed.

That's exactly what Bloomberg News reporter Ryan Donmoyer did in a recent article on the death tax provisions of President Obama's tax deal with congressional Republicans. As the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney noticed, Donmoyer dutifully noted the indirect financial stake in the death tax debate of a conservative group that opposes the tax, but ignored a similar conflict on the parts of some of the tax's proponents.

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8
Dec 10

New Direction for Education Policy in the House

When the 112th Congress convenes in January, the House Education and Labor Committee will have a new chairman with a strong record of reform: Representative John Kline of Minnesota.

In a press release statement earlier today, Kline stated:

My goal for the federal programs and agencies that oversee our schools and workplaces is to provide certainty and simplicity. We must ensure federal red tape does not become the enemy of innovation, and that federal mandates do not become roadblocks on the path to reform.

Kline has a solid history of standing for principles and policies that empower students, families, and teachers instead of Washington bureaucracy.

Earlier this year, Kline pushed against national education standards and assessments, which would encroach upon state and local authority to determine what children are taught in the classroom. He stated:

This is the U.S. Department of Education, putting [out its] view of what needs to be done. … It’s not the states deciding. It’s not local control.

Furthermore, he noted:

That’s not our [the federal government’s] job. … If you’re starting to put the federal government in charge of assessments, standards, you’re moving in a way that I don’t think Americans want.

Kline has been a co-sponsor of the A-PLUS Act, which would allow states to opt out of the federal bureaucratic tangles of No Child Left Behind and allow states to direct funding to their most pressing education needs.

Going forward, Kline says that he plans to eliminate or consolidate the myriad of programs in the Department of Education that “just are not working.” Furthermore, he said of plans to reauthorize No Child Left Behind, “We need to make sure school districts and states have more flexibility and we’re not dictating from Washington.” Similarly, the Grand Forks Herald reports that Kline plans to “find ways to ‘fix failing schools’ without undermining local control.”

Decades of Washington policies that have increased federal red tape in the nation’s education system have failed to improve schools that are in critical need of reform. Kline has a track record of trying to break through the bureaucracy to give authority to those closest to students and improve education for school children in the United States.

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4
Dec 10

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Dec 10

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Dec 10

Reckless Driving for “Failing to Stop, When Approaching From Any Direction, A School Bus”

(Orin Kerr)

Virginia Code § 46.2–859, Passing A Stopped School Bus, states, with the key section in bold:

A person is guilty of reckless driving who fails to stop, when approaching from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children. The driver of a vehicle, however, need not stop when approaching a school bus if the school bus is stopped on the other roadway of a divided highway, on an access road, or on a driveway when the other roadway, access road, or driveway is separated from the roadway on which he is driving by a physical barrier or an unpaved area. The driver of a vehicle also need not stop when approaching a school bus which is loading or discharging passengers from or onto property immediately adjacent to a school if the driver is directed by a law-enforcement officer or other duly authorized uniformed school crossing guard to pass the school bus. This section shall apply to school buses which are equipped with warning devices prescribed in 46.2–1090 and are painted yellow with the words “School Bus” in black letters at least eight inches high on the front and rear thereof. Only school buses which are painted yellow and equipped with the required lettering and warning devices shall be identified as school buses.

What do you think that statute means? The Washington Post reports on a Virginia case in which a defendant charged under the statute was deemed not guilty because he didn’t stop when he appproached a school bus. That is, the judge interpreted the statute as prohibiting the failure to stop a stopped school bus:

“He can only be guilty if he failed to stop any school bus,” Judge Marcus D. Williams said at the end of the brief trial of John G. Mendez, 45, of Woodbridge. “And there’s no evidence he did.”

Williams added, “I hope that this is addressed so we don’t have to keep dealing with this.”

And the Virginia General Assembly will address it. Told by a reporter of Mendez’s acquittal, Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax) said: “That’s not good. That’s a very serious charge. That needs to be fixed.”

I agree that the statute should be fixed. Obviously the crime here is failing to stop when approaching a stopped schoolbus, not failing to stop a stopped schoolbus. The statute doesn’t express the point as clearly as it should. At the same time, I don’t think Judge Williams’ interpretation is remotely persuasive: It seems to me that the law should be interpreted as a prohibition on passing a stopped school bus even without any legislative fix.

That’s true for two basic reasons. First, it’s obvious from the context what the legislature is trying to do. The statute, “passing a stopped school bus,” is familiar type of traffic law: The offense is passing a bus that is stopped while it is picking up or dropping off schoolchildren. The statute is a bit inartfully drafted thanks to the extra comma after “direction.” But it’s clear what the legislature is trying to prohibit: “fail[ing] to stop, when approaching from any direction[] any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children.” That interpretation is abundantly clear from the exceptions to liability in the second and third sentences, which explain when a driver need not stop. The exceptions to liability are carve-outs from the first sentence, and they only make sense if the first sentence is a prohibition on a driver failing to stop himself.

Second, statutes should be construed to avoid absurdity and to avoid unconstitutionality.. Under the judge’s reading, the statute makes it a crime to fail to stop a school bus that is already stopped. That’s just nonsensical: How do you fail to stop something that is stopped? I have no idea what that even means. That uncertainty would seem to render the statute unconstitutional under the void for vagueness doctrine. Construing the statute to prohibit passing a stopped schoolbus therefore avoids both the absurd result and the likely constitutional difficulty raised by the Judge’s interpretation. It seems to me that it’s clearly the better interpretation.




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21
Nov 10

“Desire Needs A Direction”

Tom Jacobs mulls our fascination with the North Pole:

As the cardinal point on our cartographic and libidinous compasses, the North Pole anchors what might otherwise be a wild, chaotic instability: desire needs a direction. That’s why Santa lives there, of course: as a figure representing either the culmination of capitalism or the purest form of the gift economy, we can only imagine him living elsewhere, at the extremities of the world. 

In a world increasingly cubicled and time-clocked, the North Pole (still?) offers a material monument that is at once abstract and enticingly material monument to pursue and seek. A monument to obtain and conquer. The remoteness and near-impossibility of “obtaining” or “conquering” it is part of its obvious allure.





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27
Oct 10

NOW Fidelity National Is Heading in the Right Direction

According to MarketTicker via 4closureFraud, Fidelity National has done the thing (at least in Florida) that makes it demand that mortgage servicers warrant against mistakes-otherwise-known-as-fraud meaningful.

Eh, I have an update from Fidelity Title – this is for Florida foreclosures.

Here’s the salient “trouble spot” – this is what must be in the foreclosure docket for them to grant a policy:

The plaintiff in the action is: (1) the record holder of the mortgage being foreclosed; or (2) has filed the original promissory note in the foreclosure file; or (3) has obtained a final order reinstating the lost promissory note.

In other words, before Fidelity will insure the title of a foreclosure sale, it wants to see real proof that the party foreclosing on the home has the legal right to do so. Imagine that?!?! Property rights!

This may well increase the likelihood of clearing out the shitpile the finance industry created.

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  3. “The Federal Government Is Moving Comprehensively and Quickly”

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26
Oct 10

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Votes in the Other Direction

**Written by Doug Powers

At the White House website, photographer Pete Souza has chosen his ten favorite photographs on the one-year anniversary of the “Photo of the Day.”

Clearly many congressional Dems up for re-election this year weren’t allowed a vote to suppress:

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Is Souza a Republican? In any case, thanks for the extra motivation, Pete!

**Written by Doug Powers

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20
Oct 10

Judge to failed Dallas jihadist: “I can’t for the life of me figure out what moved you in this direction”

Last fall, Hossam Smadi drove away from a gleaming skyscraper in the heart of Dallas believing he was going to kill thousands of people in it. The bomb was inert, and authorities caught him red-handed. He had been under surveillance for months for an expressed desire to “commit violent jihad.”

Indeed, this is what he said:

“I truly say it that my dream is to be among God’s soldiers, first for the support of Islam and my beloved Sheik Usama, may God give him long life. I don’t know what is in me, but I love him as I love my father. I don’t want to add to this.

Now, my brother, the point is that thousands of Muslims have been killed at the hand of Jews — the dogs — and the silent disloyal backsliders. Those are the Arab kings and, God willing, their end will be the hanging rope and hell. [...]

In the name of God ["bismillah..." - ed], the Gracious and Merciful, this is my vow to you, my brother, that I am ready. And if you were a lover of Jihad as I am, then, by God, I am ready for the Jihadi life. What you will see of me will please you and your commander.

The reign is only for the living and powerful God. I ask Him that he would be our Caliph and Ruler.”

“My brother in God, God and His angels are with us. With the permission of the Almighty Lord of the Worlds, we will have victory and allies from God Almighty. He is the powerful and helpful. Victory is coming, is coming to defeat the Romans [i.e., Christians] and for the destruction of the Jews. God is Most Great. We shall attack them in their very homes. Brother, by God, we shall attack them in a manner that hurts, an attack that shakes the world. Oh Brother, let the backsliders know that the time for their destruction has come.”

But the judge, not unlike our potty-mouthed friend at the New York Times, can’t put two and two together. “Would-be Dallas skyscraper bomber gets 24 years,” by Craig Civale for WFAA, October 19:

DALLAS - Hosam Smadi said he was “ashamed” and “sorry” for trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper.

Those words may have helped him get a reduced sentence — 24 years in prison for the crime.

The judge cut him a break, according to a plea agreement reached by both sides. Smadi could have been sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Imagine downtown Dallas, had this plan gone through. And he got a break.

There was no response and no reaction from the 20-year-old Jordanian as he learned his fate on Tuesday.

The courtroom drama ended the more than year-long investigation into a plot to blow up the Fountain Place office tower in downtown Dallas.

“He pled guilty; he’s remorseful for his conduct; he knows he did something wrong. That he’ll have to live with,” said defense attorney Peter Fleury.

The remorse was seen in Smadi’s own brief statement to the judge in which he renounced terrorism.

“I am ashamed for what I did; I am sorry for my actions,” Smadi said, adding: “Osama bin Laden is a bad man. I hate terrorism and will have nothing to do with this again.”

But prosecutors argued that Smadi’s after-the-fact apologies were a stark contrast to the countless number of e-mail messages and other communications made to undercover FBI agents, including a video investigators say Smadi made for bin Laden prior to the bomb being placed that celebrated the massacre of thousands of innocent people.

“We caught a person who was going to commit the criminal act of murder to advance an ideology,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Casey. “He was given several chances to withdraw from this plan, and he chose not to.”

Both sides argued about Smadi’s mental health. The defendant’s lawyers said he was addicted to drugs and delusional.

While Judge Barbara Lynn sympathized with Smadi’s tough upbringing, she summed up her feelings this way: “I can’t for the life of me figure out what moved you in this direction.”

Once Smadi serves his time, he will be deported back to Jordan. Prosecutors said he was not in the United States legally.

Smadi can get up to 56 days a year credited as time served for good behavior. He also gets to count the year he has already served.

That means Hosam Smadi could potentially be freed in 19 years.

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17
Oct 10

Dutch Treat: How Holland’s New Government May Set Europe’s New Direction

By Barry Rubin

The Netherlands is about to  be Europe’s great experiment: Can a center-right government manage an overblown welfare state, nationally suicidal multiculturalism, and virtually open-door immigration policies in a way that can maintain popular support and solve problems?

After months of negotiations failed to bring about a broad cross-spectrum coalition a new government has finally been formed. The partners are the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), a European liberal (that is, conservative) party, and the Christian Democratic Party, (CDA). While the VVD has been growing, the CDA has been in decline. Together they have 52 seats.

To be sure of a majority, the government will be supported from the outside by the Party for Freedom, (PVV) led by Geert Wilders, giving a grand total of 76 seats, a razor-thin majority. Another small Christian party with two seats might offer support when needed. 

What makes this arrangement controversial is the role of Wilders, often described as “anti-Islam” and made into something of a bogey-man in Dutch politics. While Wilders is harderline than the two coalition parties, there is a basis for consensus among them. For example, he is tougher on regulating mosques generally and reducing immigration especially from Muslim-majority countries, but the new ruling parties support closing radical mosques and reducing immigration in general.

Yet Wilders’ role has arguably undermined the conservative side since if he hadn’t run, the two other main conservative parties would have gained almost all of his votes and had a big majority.

And so Wilders is something of a distraction here, who will be used by the left to call the new government various names. But the real power resides with establishment figures, the leaders of the VVD, Mark Rutte, and of the CDA, Maxime Verhagen. Conservative and center parties received 55 percent in the elections.

Both of these parties support lower-taxes, the free market, smaller government, less government regulation, limited immigration, and friendship toward the United States and Israel, along with a tougher stance on radical Islamist groups. So while the international media is going to be focused on Wilders, the Dutch majority supports a program that might be called Wilders without the most controversial bits.

Among the key points in the new government’s program:

-Heavier punishments for repeat criminals and the hiring of more police, including a special increase in those dealing with animal-cruelty crimes (a big issue in Holland).

- Immigrants will receive Dutch citizenship for a five-year trial period during which it would be revoked and they would be deported for being convicted of any crime requiring twelve years’ imprisonment.

-A ban on the burqa, with no headscarves permitted for judges, prosecutors, or police.

-”Substantial” reductions in legal immigration.

-First-cousin marriage, common among Islamic immigrants, will be banned.

-Spending cutbacks including for the minister of defense, including a withdrawal of the Dutch forces from Afghanistan.

Will this program be implemented and will it lead to more social peace and economic stability in the Netherlands? All of Europe will be watching.

The leader of the small Christian Union party, which didn’t enter the coalition, has just written an op-ed proclaiming:

“We shouldn’t be silent about the dark side of Islam. Large parts of Islam still have non-negotiable objections against the most fundamental political and religious liberties. An example is that apostasy in Islam is forbidden. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have peace with Islam but it demands dialogue, debate, and even sometimes confrontation.”

Even the leader of the left-wing Green (Groenlinks) party, Femke Halsema, has been emboldened to say that hardline views have broad support among Dutch Muslims and are forcibly imposed on many women and homosexuals, whose rights should be protected. Whether she thought this would help her politically in the new climate, was genuinely moved for the first time to extend her views to Muslim, as well as Christian, communities, or some combination of these factors is not clear.

What is clear is that many Dutch leaders understand that the majority finds the current situation intolerable and that some response must be made to these complaints. But will anything change?

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are Lebanon: Liberation, Conflict, and Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan), Conflict and Insurgency in the Contemporary Middle Eastand editor of the (seventh edition) (Viking-Penguin), The Israel-Arab Reader the paperback edition of The Truth About Syria(Palgrave-Macmillan), A Chronological History of Terrorism (Sharpe), and The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley).




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6
Oct 10

Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Green Beret, ‘He Called for His Team to Fall Back…(Then) Moved in the Other Direction, Toward the Enemy’

The story of Green Beret Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, President Obama said today, is one of a soldier standing so close to the enemy that he could see their faces and one who fired his weapon until it fell silent in saving the rest of his patrol.



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24
Sep 10

Pledge to America is Step in Right Direction

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House Republicans should be commended for offering an alternative vision for America’s future, in their href="http://pledge.gop.gov/">Pledge to America. It is an important element in moving America in the right direction. Conservatives must present ideas to America that are consistent with our nation’s founding principles and empower people, not government.

The Pledge rightly frames the argument to be about the choices we face going forward and the need to return to core href="http://www.heritage.org/Initiatives/First-Principles">first principles, about the role of the state, popular consent and self-government.

The most important constitutional reform a new Congress can make is to cut spending significantly and reduce the overall size and scope of today’s unlimited government. That includes particularly the repeal of Obama’s health care overhaul, the largest assault on the Constitution in our lifetimes. The Pledge addresses these important subjects.

Free enterprise is vital, so it was pleasing to see the promises to stop all job-killing tax hikes and to rein in red tape. Limited government is likewise imperative, so the immediate hundred-billion dollar cut, lower taxes, and spending caps are a welcome start toward the goal of shrinking government. And individual freedom is a fundamental value of our nation, which reducing reporting to the IRS and repeal of Obamacare will advance. id="more-43669">

Once href="http://blog.heritage.org/2010/09/23/morning-bell-six-months-closer-to-repeal/">Obamacare is repealed, the reform process can begin anew. That process to replace ObamaCare with a superior set of reforms must be more open and transparent than the process that led to it in the first place. This means extensive oversight and hearings to highlight the shortcomings of the ObamaCare and explore alternatives; committee level markups which permit lawmakers to consider and vote on numerous amendments; and a wide open floor debate that maximizes the ability of rank and file members to air their reform ideas and secure floor votes on them.

Other spending cuts in the Pledge designed to put us “on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt,” including the return of unused TARP funds to the Treasury and the proposal to end Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should also be equally well received.

The Pledge’s approach to href="http://www.heritage.org/Initiatives/Entitlements">entitlement reform of “preventing the expansion of unfunded liabilities” is reason for optimism. Especially, if this means the total amount of unfunded liability is capped at current levels. It may mean, however, that there will be no further additions to the baseline. In any event, their proposals follow Heritage recommendations very closely with respect to requiring a full accounting of the entitlement programs in the budget.

The Pledge makes essential commitments to protecting and defending our nation and our interests and reinvigorating Reagan’s successful doctrine of peace through strength.  One of the most important parts of the Pledge is the recognition that providing for the common defense is government’s fundamental obligation. Protecting us is job #1, and it will require vigilance, more purposeful investment in the tools of national power, and education.

The Pledge’s priorities recognize the world as it is — that the threat of nuclear ballistic missile attack is grave and that missile defense must be a national priority; that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable; that the long war on terrorism is far from over; and that our broken borders and flawed immigration and workplace enforcement strategies are unacceptable.

Singling out of missile defense is particularly vital. The Obama Administration not only has scaled back missile defense programs and abandoned our commitments to comprehensive missile defense, it also concluded a New START nuclear agreement with Moscow that could prevent future presidents from building comprehensive missile defenses. title="http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/Twelve-Flaws-of-New-START-That-Will-Be-Difficult-to-Fix" href="http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/Twelve-Flaws-of-New-START-That-Will-Be-Difficult-to-Fix">Scrutinizing this treaty, which currently rests with the Senate for approval, and reenergizing our missile defense programs must be a priority for the Congress.

Most important, the Pledge recognizes that playing politics with national security is unacceptable. Defense legislation should focus on defense. In order to give the men and women who protect us what they need to do their jobs, we need title="http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/The-Building-Blocks-of-a-Strong-National-Defense" href="http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/The-Building-Blocks-of-a-Strong-National-Defense">robust defense budgets that pay for current operations, maintain readiness, and prepare for the future.

The Pledge points out that it’s time to stop playing politics with title="http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/Holding-Terrorists-Accountable" href="http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/Holding-Terrorists-Accountable">terrorist detention and interrogation policy. The Administration’s policies have been marked by posturing and pandering rather than striving to develop and implement effective policies that keep us safe, keep captured terrorists off the battlefield, and get the information we need to stop terrorist attacks before they occur.  It is past time for the Congress to act on this vital issue.

The Pledge to America rightly focuses on making real changes now. Lawmakers now have an opportunity to act constitutionally, restoring limited government and making real and serious spending reductions and program reforms.

Congress will change its ways and look to its constitutional role and obligations: legislation will be available before votes; it will be easier to cut spending and legislative issues will advance one issue at a time.  Most significantly, each piece of legislation will need to cite its source of constitutional authority, an important step in getting Congress back to operating within its grant of constitutional powers.

More, of course, will need to be done. The Heritage Foundation has its own package of policy recommendations.  It is called href="http://www.heritage.org/research/projects/solutions-for-america">Solutions for America, and it a bold and comprehensive blueprint for governing for the next Congress. It’s designed to replace the failed policies of the liberal establishment with solid conservative solutions that will shrink government, reduce debt, keep taxes low and put Americans back to work and keep us safe. Both the Republican Pledge and our Solutions for America should be seen as important steps in a debate that is finally heading in the right direction. However, action will speak louder than words.

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7
Sep 10

Will midterm loss send Obama in regulatory direction?

Power of the purse.


The polls this morning show the Democrats in danger of losing the House and possibly the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.  How will Barack Obama govern?  Will he emulate Bill Clinton and move to the middle to find selected portions of the GOP agenda he can claim for himself?  The Daily Caller’s Jon Ward [...]

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21
Aug 10

GOP: ‘It’s time to change direction. It’s time to listen’


Washington (CNN) - In this week’s Republican internet and radio address, Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii, speaks out about federal spending, the federal government’s debt, and the need for fiscal discipline.

“If we keep spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much – if we keep doing the same things, we’re going to get the same dismal results,” Djou says. “It’s time to change direction. It’s time to listen [to the American public].”

(Read Djou’s full remarks after the jump)

Republican Weekly Address
August 21, 2010
Delivered by Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii

“Aloha. I’m Congressman Charles Djou.

“90 days ago, I earned the privilege of serving the people of Hawaii’s First Congressional District. Of course, it didn’t take me nearly that long to figure out that Washington does a lot more talking than listening – and a lot more spending than saving.

“For every problem facing our nation, the answer from Washington has been to spend and spend, and – if that doesn’t work – spend some more. The current Administration in Washington told us that borrowing and spending billions would create jobs ‘immediately’ and keep unemployment from exceeding eight percent. They were wrong. Instead, we’ve lost millions of jobs and unemployment remains near 10 percent.

“No price tag has been too high for Washington, and now we’re all paying the price. Altogether, we now owe more than $ 43,000 for each man, woman and child in the United States. That is a frightening number.

“Even more frightening is the fact that the current Administration in Washington intends to use this fiscal crisis to impose job-killing tax hikes on families and small businesses. But we will not fix the deficit until we cut spending and have real economic growth – and we will not have real economic growth if we keep raising taxes on small businesses. According to the non-partisan Joint Tax Committee, Congress’s official tax scorekeeper, half of small business income in America will face higher taxes under the president’s plan.

“If we keep spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much – if we keep doing the same things, we’re going to get the same dismal results. It’s time to change direction. It’s time to listen.

“All throughout this month, Republicans have been meeting with our constituents to hear their concerns. These town hall meetings are part of our America Speaking Out project, which gives Americans a megaphone to make their voices heard and share their solutions for turning things around. To participate in this nationwide effort, all you have to do is log on to AmericaSpeakingOut.com, post an idea of your own, or comment and vote on someone else’s. As we speak, thousands of ideas are percolating on America Speaking Out.

“As part of this national conversation, Republicans have proposed better solutions to provide the fiscal discipline economists say is needed to get Americans working again.

“Led by Congressmen Paul Ryan and Jeb Hensarling, Republicans on the House Budget Committee – a panel on which I serve – have identified more than $ 1.3 trillion in Washington spending we can cut right now. From canceling unspent ‘stimulus’ funds and TARP bailout money to freezing government pay and government hiring, these common-sense proposals recognize that what our economy needs is more private sector jobs, not more public sector programs.

“Of course, this is just a start. Much more needs to be done to make sure Washington has gone on its last spending spree, but these are steps we can take right now to demonstrate to taxpayers at home and allies abroad that America is serious about getting its fiscal house in order.

“When Congress returns in September, Speaker Pelosi should bring our $ 1.3 trillion in proposed spending cuts to the floor for immediate consideration. Even if the powers-that-be in Washington do not support less government and less spending, they should at least provide those of us who do with a chance to give the American people the common-sense fiscal discipline they are demanding.

“Visit AmericaSpeakingOut.com to learn more and have your say. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America. Aloha and Mahalo.”


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