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House Republicans Vote Against FY 2010 Budget


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009, 6:00 PM PERMALINK


Today, the U.S. House passed a $3.5 billion budget mainly along party lines: 233-193 with 17 Democrats voting with Republicans. Only 6 members of the Blue Dog coalition voted against the budget. It’s disappointing that more of the Blue Dog coalition’s 51 members didn’t vote against this irresponsible and reckless proposal by the Pelosi-Obama- Reid troika.  However, some Democrats are already beginning to feel the pressure for their decisions to support the Stimulus package and the budget. Rep. Mike Acuri recently told constituents at a town hall that he “probably shouldn’t have voted for the Stimulus package.”

For those interested, here’s the list of Democrats that voted against the Budget:
Barrow
Boren
Bright
Childers
Foster
Griffith
Kratovil
Kucinich
Markey (CO)
Marshall
Matheson
McIntyre
Minnick
Mitchell
Nye
Taylor
Teague
 
All the italicized Democrats are in districts won by McCain in 2008 according to Swing State Project’s presidential results by congressional district

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Grover's Live Chat about the National Tax Day Tea Party Protests


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, 1:21 PM PERMALINK


The Washington Post will host a live chat with Grover Norquist at 2pm ET today to discuss the National Tax Day Tea Parties and the Obama administration’s economic policies. We encourage everyone to submit a comment or question here.

 

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Tax Day Tea Party Fact Sheet


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, 9:00 AM PERMALINK


Here’s a Tax Day fact sheet for anyone looking for quick and easily digestible information about Taxes and Spending

Number of employees at the IRS in FY 2010: Over 100,000 
Number of employees at the IRS in FY 1994: 101,000 
Current IRS Budget: $11.4 billion
 
How many words does the IRS Code contain? The IRS Code is more than 3.4 million words
 
What is the origin of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? The IRS dates back to President Lincoln when he created the position of commissioner of the Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax during the Civil War. The income tax was repealed ten years later.
 
When was the U.S. Constitution amended to include the 16th Amendment? Wyoming ratified the 16th Amendment in 1913 providing the necessary majority of states to amend the Constitution. The first form 1040 appeared the same year.
 
When is the Cost of Government Day (COGD)? In 2001, Americans finished paying off their share of the total cost of government on July 5th. Due to bailouts, the Stimulus Package, and President Obama’s budget, Americans will finish paying off their share of the cost of government somewhere between August 9 and August 19th. To read more about COGD, visit ATR’s Center for Fiscal Accountability.
 
How much more has President Obama increased spending over other Presidents? The 40 year average for federal spending as a percentage of GDP is 20.7%. Looking at President Obama’s budget, federal spending will account for 28.7% of GDP this year.
 
Are there any new taxes in President Obama’s proposed budget? President Obama's Budget contains over $1 trillion in tax increases.
 
How much would President Obama’s Cap and Trade tax cost Americans? It would cost each American family up to $3,100 in new energy taxes a year.
 
How many members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge? How many U.S. Senators? 172 members of the U.S. House and 34 members of the U.S. Senate have signed the Pledge never to raise income taxes.
 
How many state legislators have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge? There are 1,113 Pledge signers on the state level. 

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The Fix's Best State Blogs List


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, April 9th, 2009, 5:00 PM PERMALINK


Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post's "The Fix" compiled a list of the best political blogs in each state. His list includes blogs from all over the political spectrum. It should be a good start for anyone trying to compile that ever elusive "comprehensive state blog list" for conservatives.

Feel free to add any of your own blogs in the comment section.  I may just compile my own list after going through his list.

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Battle Rages on in NY-20: Tedisco up 17 Votes


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009, 12:51 PM PERMALINK


It’s an exciting time up in New York’s 20th congressional district. The special election occurred over a week ago on March 31st. Republican Jim Tedisco, a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer, found himself down by 65 votes to Democrat Scott Murphy by the end of the night with several thousand absentee ballots to be counted. Over the last week, the New York Board of Elections adjusted the vote totals several times. Roll Call reported that Tedisco pulled ahead of Murphy by 12 votes on Thursday, April 2nd. Rensselaer and Dutchess counties, after recanvassing, changed their vote totals putting Tedisco ahead by 12 votes- 77,236 votes to Murphy’s 77,224 votes. On Monday, CongressDaily reported the Board of Elections had announced the race tied with both candidates at 77,225 votes. Yesterday, Josh Kraushaar of Politico wrote that Tedisco was up 17 votes with 77,035 votes to Murphy’s 77,018 votes.

Both candidates are revving up their fundraising machines for the fight ahead. Tedisco created the Ballot Integrity Fund over the weekend while Murphy posted a message on the front of his site urging supports to donate. Election officials start counting the absentee and military ballots today.

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A Fitting Question for the New York Times


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, April 6th, 2009, 11:00 AM PERMALINK


I came across this question while reading the All American Blogger this morning. Don Boudreaux of Café Hayek recently wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times. In this letter, he asks, “So why do you not routinely describe government as "big government"? The menacing overtones of such a description are especially appropriate for the state because, unlike "big tobacco" and "big oil," government uses violence against persons who refuse to fund its budget and otherwise do its bidding.”

 It’s an appropriate question and I’d like to see a response from the NYT but somehow I have a hunch that won’t happen. I would strongly encourage everyone to write their local paper and ask them that question.
 

 

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House and Senate Republicans on the Democrats' Budget


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 1st, 2009, 1:30 PM PERMALINK


Here is today's YouTube video from the Senate GOP on the Democrats' budget proposal. Basically, what you need to know about their proposal is it spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much. I recommend you contact your representative and Senators about the budget before it's too late.

I also suggest reading Rep. Paul Ryan's article in the WSJ today about the GOP's alternative budget proposal. He makes it quite apparent what the differences are between the two.

 

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Here's to You Mr. Jefferson


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, 5:18 PM PERMALINK


Here's a great video capturing the outrage Americans have over the Stimulus Bill, Bailouts, and President Obama's massive budget proposal. If it hasn't already, I'm sure this video will go viral! 

 

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Take Action: Tell Congress to Oppose the Trillion Dollar Pelosi-Obama-Reid Tax Hike


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, 4:46 PM PERMALINK


This week, the House and Senate intend to take up the first budget of the Obama administration. Shockingly, this budget contains the largest tax increase in American history- over $1 trillion. It raises taxes on everything from small business employers to energy.

Contact your Representative and Senators now: Americans want real solutions that fix the economy and create jobs not the old “tax and spend” solutions of Liberals in Congress. 

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