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Reducing Spending Isn’t Partisan Politics

Minnesota lawmakers at the State Capitol in St. Paul are wrapping up their third week in session and several pieces of legislation addressing our state’s $6.2 billion budget deficit have already been taken up by select committees.

This week, the House Tax Committee passed a proposal that would reduce the state budget by $1 billion, in part, by reducing payments that cities receive through a program known as Local Government Aid (LGA).  Such payments are based on an antiquated program derived nearly 40 years ago.  Also, included in this proposal and that passed out of committee is a bill that would end the state government’s tradition of spending what is left in an agency’s budget at the end of a budget cycle, saving approximately $200 million.

Other items brought up and passed in committee include a bill that would reduce the state’s overall workforce by 15 percent over a four-year period and another that would freeze state employees’ pay indefinitely.

Some are already crying alarm over these proposals, indicating that lawmakers supportive of these proposals are playing “tea party politics.” It goes without saying that folks making these comments are unreceptive to the idea of lowering deficits through reductions in spending.  But more amazing than that is the warped sense of reality that some liberal Minnesota lawmakers have over at the Capitol.

If they would just take the time to look outside our “frozen tundra” and check around, the realization would quickly set in: reducing spending and streamlining the government isn’t a partisan issue.

Take for instance the recent actions by the Governors of both New York and California in addressing their budget deficits.  In New York, the Governor is considering reducing the state workforce by 15,000 workers and has already called for a 20 percent reduction in the number of state agencies and departments.  In California, a similar story is taking shape, with the Governor’s budget calling for an 8-10 percent cut in pay for most state employees.  Also included would be a reduction in welfare spending by half and a 20 percent cut from the state’s university system.

So, again, I ask my Minnesota liberal friends, are we truly being honest with ourselves and most importantly with our constituencies across the state when it comes to spending?

Heck, if you didn’t know better, recent comments by Minnesota liberal lawmakers would lead you to believe that the Governors of New York and California are now actual bona fide members of the tea party movement.

Campaign Friendraising

Here in the great state of Kansas, we are fast approaching the deadline to file to run for local offices like city council and school board. Many active and passionate citizens are currently throwing around or already committed to the idea of running for some of these available positions. They’re tired of seeing their tax dollars go to waste at the hands of the least watched and many times, most corrupt segment of government.  In fact, just this morning I received an email from a man who said he was “…sick of having a city council and mayor that love to spend money on things that have nothing to do with the function of government.”

Running for these local positions is one of the best ways to have an immediate and direct effect on your community.  And the best part is, you don’t need to make a huge financial commitment in order to ensure your success. We don’t all have thousands of dollars to commit to a campaign.  If you do, by all means, utilize it. However, the best way to promote your candidacy for a local office like city council, school board, etc. isn’t by fundraising; it’s by what I like to call “friendraising.”  Be a candidate EVERYWHERE you go. Just the other night, I was talking to a man who had recently filed to run for city council.  He told me that just a few days before, he was at the grocery store getting his prescription filled at the pharmacy and happened to mention to the pharmacist that he was running for city council.  Much to his surprise, the pharmacist invited him to come speak and promote himself at a group meeting she attends on a regular basis.  These kinds of opportunities are everywhere if you just remember to carry your candidacy with you wherever you go.  Attending local meetings like Lions Club, Rotary, etc. in your community is an excellent way to friendraise and make your candidacy known.

Money is a great tool to have access to in terms of purchasing campaign materials. However, money can’t pass out those campaign materials for you.  Money can’t write letters to the editor about why you should be elected. Money can’t put a sign in its yard to promote you. And money can’t knock on a person’s door and inform him/her about your candidacy. But friends can. Fundraising is definitely important in any campaign, but friendraising is just as, if not more effective.  So don’t count yourself out just because you don’t have the funds. Your community needs you.

Woburn & Worcester, MA Candidate Training

Every elected official, from school board member to state legislator to the President of the United States plays a vital role in shaping the policies and direction of our communities, states, and nation. These offices deserve men and women who are grounded in the principles of liberty and individual freedom. American Majority’s political training is designed to enhance your campaign effort through targeted education and resources.

American Majority is hosting two Candidate/Campaign Manager Training on January 29-30 outside Boston, MA. On Saturday, January 29, we will conduct a training from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  at the Osgood Bradley Building located at 18 Grafton Street (Floor 4) Worcester, MA. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. We will conduct a second training on Sunday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Woburn, MA. This training will also cost $25 and will be held at Cummings Park, 800 W. Cummings Park, Suite 4750. If you have any questions, please contact Allison at 540-338-1251 or allison@americanmajority.org.

Regardless of campaign experience, American Majority’s Training Programs make running for office easier! The program is designed specifically to educate candidates on every level how to run effective and victorious campaigns and prepare them to become successful elected officials. The Campaign Manager lectures provide extensive knowledge on the role campaign managers and volunteers play during an election, as well as how campaign staff can best serve their candidate.

The Candidate/Campaign Manager Training Program includes the following topics:

  • Creating your Campaign Plan and Campaign Structure
  • Campaign Fundraising
  • History of the Progressives
  • Voter Registration/Voter Fraud
  • Public Speaking and Messaging
  • The Role of a Campaign Manage
  • Get-out-the-vote Efforts
  • Campaigning Online

Upon completion of this political training seminar, candidates will receive continuing education materials, access to podcasts and other presentations, communications curriculum, and suggestions to help them utilize think-tank resources.

To register for this event, please click here.

American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.

*Lectures are subject to change.

**Postponed due to weather** Jefferson City, MO Activist Training

Our nation was founded by ordinary citizen activists desiring a government that was accountable to the people.  Today, ordinary citizens across our nation are tired of the status quo and ready to engage for the betterment of their communities. American Majority’s political training addresses these passions by providing education and resources to help you meet your goals.

*The Jefferson City activist training will be rescheduled at a later date.*

If you have any questions or would like additional information, call Rachel Hassani at 417-838-3067 or e-mail Rachel@AmericanMajority.org.

American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan political training organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.

Disenfranchised Arkansas District 83?

If you have ambitions of being a playwright I hope you are taking notes on the political happenings here in Arkansas. You could have a best-selling drama.

Remember the story of Tom Fite and Leslee Post from district 83? Mr. Fite was found ineligible to be an Arkansas Representative by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Collins Kilgore because he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor bribery charge more than 26 years ago. (Read more here)

Yesterday afternoon members of the 2011 Arkansas House of Representatives voted to seat Leslee Milam Post (D-Ozark) who received only 41% of the vote.

Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison), the Minority Leader, made a motion to delay the seating of District 83 (Post’s seat) asking that the Claims Commission be able to review the case just as they had for Rep. Elect Fred Smith just days prior.  Burris explained that the wished of the people in district 83 need to be taken into account and their votes counted.”

His motion failed, 60-28.

Then there was a motion to seat Ms. Post to which Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) made a statement pointing out that the ruling to disqualify Tom Fite clearly usurped the Arkansas State Constitution and a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court case in 2002, Magnus v Carr.

Here is a note from Rep. Bell explaining~

Today I spoke against the seating of Leslee Post in District 83.  My opposition was based on the need to preserve the constitutional separation of powers outlined in the Arkansas Constitution Article 4 sections 1 and 2  and Article 5 section 11 and was not intended to address the merits of the Post/Fite case which is pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court.  The Pulaski Circuit Court ruled in October that the ballots cast for Tom Fite were not be counted.  My argument today was based on the Arkansas Constitution as interpreted by the Arkansas Supreme Court in Magnus v Carr and numerous precedent cases.  The court held that the judicial branch does not have jurisdiction in election cases involving the legislative branch of government due to the separation of powers.  The court has repeatedly held that allowing the judicial branch to intervene in matters related to legislative elections would allow the judges to essentially choose members of another branch of government.  My viewpoint was defeated today 61-29.  I will always stand for constitutional principles even when it is politically unpopular.  6 Republicans voted with the Democrats to allow the judge to usurp the constitutional authority of the legislature.

The citizens of District 83 deserve to have their votes counted.  The votes would have been counted and Fite would have been declared the winner had the judge not intervened. The House would then have determined Fite’s eligibility as outlined in Arkansas law.  If he was deemed ineligible then a vacancy in election would have been declared and a special election held.  Instead, the house today voted to seat the person who lost the election garnering less than 42% of the votes cast.  We allowed a circuit judge to elect a person to the legislature who received less than a majority of the votes cast.  I believe we set a very dangerous precedent today.

Here’s a link to the case I cited:

http://courts.state.ar.us/opinions/2002b/20021024/02-604.html

The legislature voted 61-29 for Ms. Post to be sworn in and seated on Monday.

Anyone else see a problem here? The way I understand it ( and if I am wrong please let me know) according to the Arkansas Constitution and a case that was decided just 9yrs ago by the Arkansas Supreme Court, Judge Kilgore circumvented the Constitution of our state, ignored precedence, and did a huge disservice to the voters of Dist. 83.

The voters clearly voted for the more conservative candidate, as did the majority of voters in the state, and nation for that matter, and were smacked down. Was this a case of  over-reaching judge. Isn’t that the story?

P.S

THANK YOU!! to our 29 Arkansas State Representatives that held the line. Thank you to Representatives John Burris and Nate Bell for attempting to stop the circumvention of our Constitution. I look forward to working with these men and women to bring to Arkansas fiscal responsibility, limited government, and Constitutional soundness.

BATTLEFIELD SENATE

On a hot day in June 1815, standing atop a distant hill facing a red sea of British troops, Napoleon Bonaparte surveyed the military mass before him and realized Arthur Wellesley — the Duke of Wellington — was notably protecting his right flank with heavy amounts of cannon and artillery. Interpreting this to mean the Duke must be shielding a weak and vulnerable point, the Corsican determined he would launch an attack at exactly that spot, practicing his standard modus operandi of divide and conquer: hit your opponent where he is weak, force him to expend valuable reserves to protect the destabilized position therefore dividing his forces, and then aggressively press the middle to decimate a weakened center. Pointing to a farmhouse directly at the heart of this right periphery, Napoleon ordered his generals, “We’ll begin the attack there, at Hougoumont.”

As history would later dictate, this particular dwelling, Château d’Hougoumont, was held by a resolute British force that pushed back repeated advances from a superior-numbered French infantry. In a unique twist of events the strategy backfired on Napoleon: by sending waves of his men to take the Château, he stretched his troops thin and diluted the sum of his total force. This — combined with a late arrival of Blücher and his Prussian brigade — helped secure final defeat and eventual exile of the French Emperor. Despite its pivotal role in determining the battle’s outcome, Hougoumont stands as a subset of the larger conflict known as Waterloo.

As the 112th Congress convenes in Washington, the United States Senate stands as a modern-day Hougoumont, caught between a freshly minted conservative House of Representatives and a White House steadfastly holding to a Leftist ideology.

Legislation is meant to pass easier with much less parliamentary hassle in the People’s House, a simple majority is all that is needed for passage; conversely the Senate has a tradition of slow-going, debating the finer points of government policy and minutiae — one senator can hold up an entire bill single-handedly, and the filibuster serves as a counter-weight to the majority party, allowing the minority to force the party in power to garner 60 votes to end debate and bring a vote to the floor. At the top of the pyramid stands the White House, attempting to influence proposed law, hoping to have approved legislation it can sign into law and exterminate in congress ones the president wishes to avoid altogether.

Notwithstanding her devotion to all-things-bureaucratic, boundless energy to socialize anything that moves, and ubiquitous plastic smile, Nancy Pelosi has exited the stage far Left. In her absence, along with a presence of a solid Republican House majority, it is largely expected that a slew of conservative bills will emerge and pass the lower congressional chamber en masse. It is already viewed as a bold move that by weeks end Speaker Boehner will present a one-page bill to entirely repeal Obamacare — crown jewel of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate, not to mention the recipient of the highest number of ‘Likes’ on Obamacare’s Facebook page from members of the New York City Sanitation Union and Humanities Department at New Hampshire State University. But I digress.

Once this revocation of socialized medicine — along with other bills to curtail spending, prevent tax increases, and keep Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his band of merry men out of a United States courtroom — emanates from the House it will most assuredly meet stiff resistance in the Senate, abetted by some string-pulling from White House liaisons to keep such bills away from the president’s desk.

It will be in the Senate where the heavy debating and strategic fighting will take place; where a frustrated public will have to listen to the ‘Gentlewoman from California’ explain why an exploding deficit and threats of hyperinflation are not really a big deal and there is no reason to curtail government spending. Newly elected Senators supported by the growing Tea Party movement will face off with antiquities who have held their seats for time immemorial: will a conservative Rand Paul emerge victorious in a debate with the Leftist relic John Kerry? More voting Americans identify themselves as conservative now than in recent memory, will Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell use this to his advantage, or cut a deal with Senate Democrats? At what lengths, or depths, will Senators go to invoke a filibuster? If the Senate passes a bill and sends it to the White House, under what conditions will Obama sign it into law or further the debate by using his veto pen? Many issues lay just under the surface and are sure to explode in the upcoming session: extending the national debt ceiling, closing Guantanamo, bailing out bankrupt states and cities, addressing illegal immigration, reducing spending levels to previous rates in 2008 or 2006 to mention a few. All of the above and more will have their fate determined in the Senate. And finally, keep in mind how all this will influence the 2012 election.

A lot is out there and much will be on the table, the Senate will serve as the dividing line between Congressional Republicans and President Obama, and that is where the real battle will take place.

McDonough, GA Activist Training

Our nation was founded by ordinary citizen activists desiring a government that was accountable to the people.  Today, ordinary citizens across our nation are tired of the status quo and ready to engage for the betterment of their communities. American Majority’s political training addresses these passions by providing education and resources to help you meet your goals.

American Majority Kansas is pleased to announce an Activist Training will be conducted on Saturday, February 26th in McDonough, Georgia to provide citizens with the tools necessary to become effective activists.

The political training will take place in Room A of the Henry County Parks & Recreation Building located at 99 Lake Dow Road in McDonough from 10:30am-3:00pm.  Registration opens at 10:15am.  The cost is $25 if you pre-register online by February 15th and $30 at the door.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Topics to be covered during the Training include:

  • The System We Face — An in-depth look at the system we’re in, the problems we’re faced with, how we got here, and what we can do about it.
  • Precinct Power — Learn how to organize and impact campaigns on a precinct level, and the practical steps to campaigning or being an effective campaign volunteer.
  • Grassroots Action — Building Coalitions, Mobilizing Volunteers, Reaching Your Community and Holding Government Accountable.
  • Patriot 2.0 — Advocating Liberty Online through Blogs, Wiki Projects, Facebook and Twitter.

Full training materials, samples and supplements will be provided to help you apply what you learn to your organization, candidate, cause or community.  Lunch will be provided.

Political Training Registration

If you have any questions or would like additional information, call Jessica Bradford at (913) 940-7398 or Beka Romm at (913) 940-7369 or e-mail Jessica@AmericanMajority.org or Rebekah@AmericanMajority.org.

American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan political training organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.

Newport News, VA Candidate Training

Every elected official, from school board member to state legislator to the President of the United States plays a vital role in shaping the policies and direction of our communities, states, and nation. These offices deserve men and women who are grounded in the principles of liberty and individual freedom. American Majority’s political training is designed to enhance your campaign effort through targeted education and resources.

American Majority is hosting a Candidate/Campaign Manager Training on Saturday, February 5 at the Omni Hotel located at 1000 Omni Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606. The training will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Amphitheater located inside the hotel. The cost is $25 per person if registered online and $35 at the door. Cost includes lunch. If you wish to obtain a hotel room for either Friday or Saturday night, please contact Allison at 540-338-1251 or allison@americanmajority.org.

Regardless of campaign experience, American Majority’s Training Programs make running for office easier! The program is designed specifically to educate candidates on every level how to run effective and victorious campaigns and prepare them to become successful elected officials. The Campaign Manager lectures provide extensive knowledge on the role campaign managers and volunteers play during an election, as well as how campaign staff can best serve their candidate.

The Candidate/Campaign Manager Training Program includes the following topics:

  • Creating your Campaign Plan and Campaign Structure
  • Campaign Fundraising
  • The System We Face
  • Voter Registration/Voter Fraud
  • Public Speaking and Messaging
  • The Role of a Campaign Manage
  • Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts
  • Campaigning Online

Upon completion of this political training seminar, candidates will receive continuing education materials, access to podcasts and other presentations, communications curriculum, and suggestions to help them utilize think-tank resources.

Political Training Registration

If you have any questions, please contact Allison James at Allison@AmericanMajority.org or call 540-338-1251.

American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.

*Lectures are subject to change.

Columbia, MO Activist Training

Our nation was founded by ordinary citizen activists desiring a government that was accountable to the people.  Today, ordinary citizens across our nation are tired of the status quo and ready to engage for the betterment of their communities. American Majority’s political training addresses these passions by providing education and resources to help you meet your goals.

American Majority Missouri is pleased to announce an Activist Training will be conducted on Saturday, January 29 in Columbia, MO to provide citizens with the tools necessary to become effective activists.

The political training will take place at Hy-Vee Club Room located at 25 Conley Rd. Columbia, MO from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The cost is $10 if you pre-register online by January 27, and $15 at the door.

Topics* to be covered during the Training include:

  • Building Coalitions and Reaching Your Community (ideas and practical steps to engage your community and organize a coalition of volunteers)
  • Government 101 (how government operates, how legislative and executive bodies work, how to get involved)
  • Holding Government Accountable (how to hold leaders accountable once they are in office)
  • Effectively Communicating Your Views (how to write effective letters to the editor, opinion editorials and blogs, using social networking tools and wiki projects)

Full training materials, samples and supplements will be provided to help you apply what you learn to your organization, candidate, cause or community.

Political Training Registration

If you have any questions or would like additional information, call Rachel Hassani at 417-838-3067 or e-mail Rachel@AmericanMajority.org.

American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan political training organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.

* Topics are subject to change.

A Political Activist In A Class All By Himself

The ability for citizens in this country to hold our government accountable is one such freedom that we take for granted and often times don’t take advantage of to the extent that we should.  Should we decide to voice our opinions, we aren’t hauled off to a prison cell, with the intent of making us disappear from the face of the earth.

This unfortunately hasn’t been the case in China, where the Chinese government has attempted to do all they can to silence political activist Liu Xiaobo.  Yet, despite the government’s efforts, Mr. Xiaobo’s message still resonates loud and clear. Thank goodness…

Yes, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has made itself relevant again by holding a ceremony today where they placed the Prize in an empty chair designated for award winner Liu Xiaobo.  However, more importantly, Mr. Xiaobo’s actions should be a stark reminder to all of the power and lasting impression that political activists have had and will continue to hold throughout the world.

Grown-Up Conversation Needed

One element of this past election rests in the fact that our elected officials have spent vast amounts of public monies we don’t have and are stretching the financial house of this nation to its limit. Like a family with maxed out credit cards, the piper is due and we have little money to pay up. Many incumbents fell from office due to the growing frustration this held over the electorate.

The debt commission was a good start, a beginning to a much-needed conversation. However in reality, it was only as its name states, a commission, unable to enact law, pass legislation, or guide policy. Many viewed this spectacle with cynicism and felt the Washington establishment was setting up a straw man to blame all tough decisions on and seek political cover, “blame the commission, not me.” When the commission couldn’t even get a supermajority needed to recommend to congress, it was a sign that this was going to be rough going.

This January a new congress will be sworn in and the current administration will have a new team to deal with across town, one issue they’ll have to man-up to is this growing debt: a grown-up conversation will have to take place calling for some form of reduced spending and fiscal sanity. You don’t have to have a graduate degree in finance from an Ivy League institution to know that the path we tread will lead to utter ruin: collapsed dollar, hyperinflation, crashed markets, and the inevitable bogey-man China, looming over this country like the Greek Sword of Damocles, hanging over the throne by a thread, the slightest shift in winds would cause it to fall ending whatever lies below.

The fact is that we need to spend less, tax less, and get an intrusive government to back off our lives, stop feeding the beast. Hopefully the new crop of conservative leaders will step up to the plate and act as grown-ups, make difficult but necessary decisions, and get this country back on the right course for stability and long-term economic growth.

Living in Flyover Country

I visited a close friend last weekend and sat next to a Chicago native on my flight back into Kansas City.  A sweet older gentleman, he asked, “What’s it like living in Kansas?”  I answered that it’s great if you like small towns, and that while I know it lacks the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of California, I have never wanted to live anywhere else.  Because the best people in the world live here in “flyover country.”

The phrase, “flyover country” was of course coined by a “coaster” who can’t imagine why anyone would choose a life of wheatfields and combines.  But you know, every big movement got its start here, in flyover country.

The abolition movement.  Women’s right to vote.  Prohibition.  Populism.  And more recently, the New Leaders Project.

Over at the Washington Times, there’s a great editorial written about the movement by local, area grass roots tea party leaders to identify new candidates for local office- everything from city council and school board to county commission and state legislator.  At dinner with an admittedly liberal friend Monday night, I told her about this new initiative that we were partnering with local leaders on, and she looked at me with eyes wide and said, “You’re training an army.”

Yep.  That’s the plan.

An army of solid, strong conservative leaders who care about their communities, their state and their nation; who understand the constitution and value it still today.  These new candidates, identified by the local tea party leader and backed by the members of those groups, will not only work to return our government to its proper size and scope, but also will be held accountable, by those very tea party activists who worked to identify them in the first place.  As the editorial states, “Efforts like those of American Majority, local Tea Party campaigns and citizen-led ballot initiatives are what’s needed to limit government power, town by town and state by state.”

It’s a novel idea- and it’s one that could change the nation.  And where did it begin?  As the Washington Times points out, in the heartland.  That’s right- here in flyover country.

KEEP THE MOMENTUM

Amidst the analyses, opinions, and Monday-morning-quarterbacking post 2010 campaign, the one fact that stands out is that the grassroots conservative movement – i.e. Tea Party organizations – had a profound effect on this election. Helping to frame the debate on issues regarding the national debt and government expansion; increasing voter turnout in targeted races; and holding incumbents across party lines accountable to the point where many lost their primaries to new challengers are just a few examples. One of the most bizarre, and yet prophetic occurrences, was when establishment figure Nancy Pelosi openly said that she “shares some of the views of the Tea Partiers” in an attempt to identify with the upstart movement.

Now that the votes have been cast and newly elected members are making their way to our nation’s capital – and by the way, one of their first items addressed was banning earmarks, thank you Tea Party – many conservative groups across the country are trying to determine their next step. Two immediate items that would keep the momentum and further conservative objectives are to focus on accountability and get involved in local 2011 elections.

One message received loud-and-clear is that no one is above answering to voters back home; the distaste with business as usual caused incumbent politicians, including a few senators, to lose primary races and be removed from politics completely. Now that we have a new crop of elected officials, it is essential that they understand they will be monitored, closely observed, and held accountable to the people who put them in office. Tea Parties need to maintain their vigilance in keeping an eye on legislation, coordinating with members to reach out to politicians either in support or opposition to their votes, and tracking the issues relevant to constituents back home.

In addition to preserving oversight, upcoming local elections are a good vehicle for conservative groups to get involved with and make a difference. School boards, city councils, and county offices are slated for off-year elections; this is where a great deal of government and emanates from and often people in these positions move on to higher offices. Tea Parties need to have a say in these races and get behind conservative candidates that best represent their point of view: less government, lower taxes, and local control. An organized and disciplined organization that has an effect in 2011 races will be primed and ready to go as we roll into 2012 when much more is at stake.

Many underestimated the Tea Party movement, laughed it off as an Astroturf group that need not be taken seriously; what happened this past first Tuesday in November proves these people greatly in error and shows how this was truly a force to reckon with. Now that this election has passed, the momentum must be kept up and the fire-in-the-belly needs to be maintained. Holding elected officials accountable and being active in local elections is an effective way to accomplish this and keep the conservative movement strong and moving forward.

Millions Here, Hunger There~

I have no idea the political ideology of this group, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families but this study is sure bothersome Arkansas Schools Stockpiling Millions Intended for Poor Students considering other studies in recent days. Particularly that Arkansas children rank third in the nation with 26.9 percent living in poverty in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The percentage of Arkansas children living in poverty has risen steadily since 2006, when it was 23.8 percent.

Also just yesterday it was reported that “between 2007 and 2009, Arkansas had a higher percentage of households without consistent, dependable access to food than any other state in the nation, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Looks like we might need to get some grassroots researcher going on what just the heck is happening here.

Boozman Supports Earmark Ban~

As I stated on Friday in the post “Change or Argument” Senator Elect John Boozman did exactly what Arkansans hired him to do~ Read the bill and stand with his constituents.
Today Tolbert Report reported Boozman said :
“I want to be part of the solution to put our fiscal house back in order and that requires controlling government spending. After reviewing the Senate earmark proposals, the first step to deliver what Americans have asked for is to abstain from this spending. While not all earmarks are bad, it is clear that the system is broken and in need of reform. Therefore, I believe a moratorium on all earmarks is the best way to show that Washington is ready to make difficult spending decisions,” Boozman said.

Kudos to Mr. Boozman taking this first step in bringing about limited government. One small step for Boozman one giant leap for fiscal responsibility.

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