Revenue Neutral: A Liarspalooza

Revenue Neutral is not Congress cutting spending.

Revenue Neutral is not Congress capping spending..

Revenue Neutral will not Make Government Small Again.

Revenue Neutral is not about the Proper Role of Government

Revenue Neutral is not Tax Reform.

Revenue Neutral is about Control. It is about some in Congress wanting to maintain control of your hard earned money by redistributing it to their favorite projects and agendas and people. Instead of living on a budget or scrapping redundant or useless or wasteful or unconstitutional programs, ones that infringe upon unalienable rights, some in Congress want to keep spending your money without consequence, without conscience, and without just cause. 

Seriously Republicans, get a grip on it and stand for something.

You said. We believed you. We Won.

Now go and win some more. Take Back America! 

Full Repeal. No Bailouts. No Excuses. Cut, Cap, and Balance that stinkin’ budget already. Sheesh. 

 

Rex E. Lee: BYU Speech, January 15, 1991

When I get irritated with politics and politicians and all of the yammering by talking heads that make my head want to explode, I go back to some of the great sermons and speeches that matter most to me, like this one by Rex E. Lee.

You can listen to it here.  You can read it here.

I highly recommend that you listen and read along because Rex Lee speaks from his heart, throwing in a few wonderful asides from his written script.  

QUOTE: 

The Constitution is, in short, a limitation on government. It accomplishes its governmental-authority-confining mission in two basic ways, and, with the exception of the Thirteenth Amendment, every provision of the Constitution, in my opinion, falls into either one or the other of these two categories of limitations on governmental power.

The first category is the obvious one. The Constitution contains some fairly obvious, though not always specific, prohibitions concerning what government—federal, state, or local—can do to its citizens. Some of the most prominent are protections for the criminally accused, such as the privilege against self-incrimination, protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to counsel, and jury trial. The best known of the noncriminal protections are contained in the First Amendment, most of whose guarantees pertain to some form of free expression, and include freedom of speech and press, freedom of assembly, and the free exercise of religion. (Interestingly enough, the only nonexpression right contained in the First Amendment is a structural provision, the so-called establishment clause, which deals with relationships between governments and religious organizations.) And although the original Constitution was criticized by the anti-Federalists for its lack of a bill of rights, it actually contained several important limitations on government designed solely to protect individual rights, such as the prohibitions against bills of attainder and ex post facto laws, the habeas corpus guarantee, and the contracts clause.

The other way that the Constitution limits governmental powers is more subtle, not as well known, but equally important and equally effective. It consists of a combination of two separate structural provisions. They are structural provisions in that they protect the individual against governmental power not by overtly prescribing what government cannot do, but rather by creating separate governmental units that compete for government power. By spreading the powers of government among several separate entities and by making each a competitor with the others, there is a lesser likelihood that any of those entities can ever acquire power in sufficient measure to become oppressive. The Constitution accomplishes this division of power along two dimensions: one horizontal, and one vertical.

 

Additional reading:  In the Ecosystem of Rights, Religious Freedom Is Foundational

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Rolling my eyes at the Paul Ryan survey

Here it is. Another useless survey with the goal being to get you and me to give the Speaker of the House campaign money.Screen Shot 2017-08-12 at 10.02.31 AM.jpg

Why? What difference does Paul-call-me-Mitch-McCONnell-Ryan make?

  1. Like he really is going to do something about cutting wasteful programs that redistribute wealth this time?
  2. Like he really will cap spending or actually make government live on a budget this time
  3. Like he pressed for and whipped the votes for Full Repeal this time?
  4. Like he is working hard to Make Government Small Again or keeping government policy as the new secular-civil religion, forever?

Right. Here is the pathetically staged survey: 

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So now I double check myself and my irritations regarding Paul Ryan to reread this article by Jim Talent. I like this particular quote:

“Ryan is entitled to the rest of this Congress to vindicate his leadership in the eyes of his colleagues, and he is entitled now to demand their confidence as well as their votes if they decide to elevate him.”

But what I really like are the last two paragraphs: 

“The issue of how much, and how long, to support a leader is a difficult one. I leave the last word to Winston Churchill, who wrote this about the days in May of 1940 when he was made prime minister:

‘The loyalties which centre upon number one are enormous. If he trips, he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes, they must be covered. If he sleeps, he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good, he must be pole-axed. But this last extreme process cannot be carried out every day, and certainly not in the days just after he has been chosen.'”

Now the question is: Is it time for the extreme process?  

According to Jim Geraghty at National Review “the House keeps sending bills over to the Senate… Quite a few of those bills are minor.”

I keep going to back to Clarence Thomas at the American Enterprise Institute’s 2001 Francis Boyer Lecture, February 13, 2001, titled BE NOT AFRAID

“Today, there is much talk about moderation. It reminds me of a former colleague at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who often joked that he was a “gun-toting moderate”—a curiously oxymoronic perspective. Just think of that, dying over half a loaf.”

Now my question is: Will Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, continue to drive Mitch McConnell’s, or whoever is pulling the strings, agenda just to die over half-a-loaf?

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FULL Repeal is Tax Reform!

This is going to be brief because seriously, I am so sick of the Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell lies regarding so many things that I could spit. 

Mark Sandford was right. 

Mike Lee was right. 

Seven years of promises and now the Republican Progressives are equally as corrupt as any Democrat Progressive when it comes to looking out for the taxpayers. And so are the alleged Moderates. 

There is no stinking thing as a Moderate. A Moderate is also a Progressive. 

Spit. 

Bottom line, I cannot read one more report about anything to do with whatever the current bill is being promoted or set out there to keep, even partially, ObamacareHELL.

The principle of good governance depends on leaders who understand choice and accountability, the law of the harvest – meaning bad things happen to good people but when looked at with the law of abundance, there is enough to go around IF the government gets out of the way.  

Everyone knows the government does not create wealth nor can it compel a spirit of charity or benevolence, or altruism as the secularists call it. 

Government gives and takes money away. It takes from some to give to others. That is not charity. That is forced redistribution of wealth and that is neither freedom nor benevolence. 

Real tax reform begins with Full Repeal of the Obamacare Tax. There cannot be any bailouts. And Congress needs to get a grip on itself. Congress must rise up to CUT, CAP and BALANCE THE BUDGET if real tax reform is to have any effect. Congressional addiction to living out of taxpayer pockets must end. 

July 24        Tell the Truth: Say it over and over again

July 19-21  Part 1-3: My takeawy from Mike Lee

July 7          Grand Old Progressives, allegedly

June 27       Rewrite the Bill: BCRA is not Full Repeal 

June 26       And then there is Paul Ryan

June 20       So over Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell

June 16       McConnell & Ryan: Shambala or Pants on Fire

April 27      Fab Interview: Mark Sanford – NOT Repealing Obamacare

April 27      Update to Puh-lease, #FrameTheDebate for #FullRepeal

April 26      In the beginning and in the end PUH-LEASE, Frame the Debate for Full Repeal

April 24      A Stinkin’ CR and Full Repeal Debate

March 8     Revolt and FULL Repeal, BASTA!

February 27   Remember what the American people were sold: FULL REPEAL

February 24   Get on with Full Repeal

February 8     No Welching: Full Repeal and End FedED

January 31     51 GOP votes to FULL Repeal

And I am tagging #safie, Bill Posey, Bill Nelson, Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio, Freedom Caucus for FULL REPEAL, BASTA! 

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What do you do with a drunken sailor?

What do you do with the people you voted into power, or maybe you did not vote them into power because the candidate of your choice was far more fiscally conservative, and now those you did not vote for are, seemingly, in a drunken stupor over their perceived power and control to manipulate and gerrymander the legislative process?

I remember when, and still believe, Mitch McConnell lied to Ted Cruz. 

And recently, I wonder who lied when…. 

Now there are those pushing for Tax Reform. But what about fully repealing Obamacare as essential to serious tax reform? 

Get out your copy of The Declaration of Independence. Read it and then read this: 

So what to do? 

America is not a country for servile men and women. We not only have a right to be free, but a duty to be free. For “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” 

~ David Azerrad

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Take Back the Culture: Karen Vaughn

A friend posted a little blurb regarding those young people “our economy has left behind.” Immediately I remembered a Forbes article I had read several years ago, 2013 to be exact:  

Want A Job? Prepare To Play Multiple Roles

In a lifetime, the average person holds about 10 jobs across seven different careers, studies show. Of course, workers are more likely to switch jobs when they’re young and have no dependents, but one in five workers over 50 who are less than a decade away from retirement are contemplating career changes as well. ~ Rahul Mistry

And then I remembered an even earlier article by Alan Dunn, in 2012: 

Failure to Launch: Adult Children Moving Back Home

People who use their parents as a safety net with no greater financial goal in mind are doomed to never launch away from home; those who use it as a carefully-calculated stepping-stone to a more successful life are much more likely to launch successfully and stay independent. ~ Alan Dunn

Last night, as I looked up to my movie poster of MURPH, THE PROTECTOR, I thought how time has dimmed too many memories. How many people will remember the ultimate sacrifices from those difficult, tragic days? 

Then today, as I pondered over the original notations from my friend that included more on the Americans For Prosperity tax reform plans when my thoughts went immediately to: Where is the talk of cutting spending, capping spending, and balancing the budget to go along with tax reform? Where are the demands to kill the #ObamacareTax nightmare? Where are the voices clamoring to get government out of our way? 

Navy SEAL’s Mom Shares Her Secret to Raising Strong Sons

In the background I had my Roku Player tuned into The Blaze television. Karen Vaughn was on the Glenn Beck Radio program. Karen could not have been a more well-timed guest. She helped me put things back into perspective when she said:

“…what I realized after Aaron died was, he gave his life for me, fighting a battle kinetically to protect and preserve the American way of life. Not a government. Not a piece of land. But a way of life.”

And here is where I end Part 1 of my thoughts for today: Take Back The Culture. Start by reading the interview from today.

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Looks like help is on the way

When I got an email from Wesley Denton, Senior Director of Communications for Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), and it was filled with encouraging quotes and links to great information, it was as though I could hear the Cavalry horn a blowing.

PULLED DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL:

Below is a roundup of some of the best media coverage and interviews from CPI’s launch:

FOX & FRIENDS (VIDEO): DeMint Unveils a New Conservative Partnership Institute

AXIOS: DeMint to launch “support system” for conservative members
Think of it as a one-stop shop to create more members like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul — conservatives who have built strong networks and staffs… DeMint says his non-profit will help conservative members fill their offices with true conservative staffers; coach their teams on policy, legislative procedure and communications; and introduce new members to the people they need to know in the conservative movement, on Capitol Hill, and in the White House…. Corrigan, who will be CPI’s executive director, is impeccably connected in the movement, on the Hill and inside the Trump Administration. 

CONSERVATIVE REVIEW: Jim DeMint’s new conservative group is exactly what we need
Conservatives on Capitol Hill are excited. “The Conservative Partnership Institute will provide a critical bridge between conservatives on Capitol Hill and policy experts in the field. Senator DeMint and his team offer decades of experience serving in the conservative movement and fighting on Capitol Hill,” said Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows… Organizations like CPI are needed now more than ever. It’s time to give conservative members of Congress the support they need to help President Trump fulfill his promise to drain the D.C. swamp.

FOX BUSINESS (VIDEO): DeMint launches initiative to push more Republicans to the right
Former South Carolina lawmaker Jim DeMint said once conservatives get to Congress they have no support system. “Once you get here, you are in a fox hole, everybody is firing at you, everything in Washington is pushing you against your conservative principles,” he told Neil Cavuto on FOX Business. The former Republican senator has launched an effort to help them succeed.

POLITICO: DeMint launches new group to boost conservatives in Washington
Former Sen. Jim DeMint will serve as chairman of the new Conservative Partnership Institute to fortify the presence of conservatives in Washington, he said in a news release Tuesday, adding that he thinks the status quo is hindering the development of conservative lawmakers and staffers… DeMint’s announcement received praise from Senate and House Republicans. “No conservative leader is more trusted than Jim DeMint on Capitol Hill, and his staff is second to none in rock solid conservative principles,” Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said.

 

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