Category Archives: Fiscal Responsibility

MUST WATCH: The Real Story Behind TX’s 82nd Legislature

JoAnn Fleming, Chair of Advisory Committee to the Texas Tea Party Caucus, Executive Director of Grassroots America We the People, explains how 101 Republicans were definitely not a conservative majority in the 82nd Texas House.

Obama Spends Our Money to Pull Wool over Seniors’ Eyes for Re-election

Read the entire article at American Spectator.

As Benjamin E. Sasse and Charles Hurt report, open enrollment for MA (Medicare Advantage) begins three weeks before voters go to the polls:

“It’s hard to imagine a bigger electoral disaster for a president than seniors in crucial states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio discovering that he’s taken away their beloved Medicare Advantage just weeks before an election.”

…Nearly 25 percent of all Medicare enrollees are on MA, and …well over three-fifths of MA beneficiaries have annual incomes of less than $30,000 and that the percentage of minorities enrolled in the program is much higher than is the case for traditional Medicare.

The electoral significance of these facts would hardly have been lost on the President’s political advisors when they learned that Obamacare’s MA cuts would be unveiled to the nation’s most reliable voters just before the November election. The resultant vision of surly seniors lining up in their millions at the polls to pull the lever for Mitt Romney presumably produced urgent emails and frantic phone calls, followed by a terse directive from the White House to Obama’s creatures at CMS to come up with plan to put off the cuts until after the election.

In due course, an $8.3 billion “demonstration project” materialized that would “temporarily restore Medicare Advantage funds so that seniors in key markets don’t lose their trusted insurance program in the middle of Obama’s re-election bid.”

Missing Californians: Can you say John Galt?

Missing Californians.

The Milgram Economy: A plausible explanation for the inexplicable spending of supposed conservatives

The Milgram Economy.

TONIGHT, Tues. 8/23/11: Fiscal Forum on Texas Legislature & Fiscal Responsibility

    • Date: Tuesday, 8/23/11
    • Time: 7 pm
    • Location: Lone Star College – Kingwood
    • Teaching Theater MAP
    • Please click here to RSVP.
Talmadge Heflin of Texas Public Policy Foundation

Talmadge Heflin

    This Fiscal Forum will host guest speakers:

Michael Quinn Sullivan, President /CEO of Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility,

Ben Streusand, Texas State Director Americans for Prosperity, (Peggy can’t make it di to a death in her family).

Talmadge Heflin, Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy,

Rep. Dan Huberty, State Representative, Texas State House District 127.

Addressing the 82nd Texas legislative session:

  • and the challenge of balancing the budget in a fiscally responsible manner,
  • the factors, both negative and positive that led to many of results, and
  • what we can expect in the future.

Join us as we welcome representatives of these organizations that are our allies in our fight for the Constitution, Capitalism and  Freedom.

Come ready to ask questions and provide the feedback necessary to ensure that our conservative voices are heard in Austin.

Thank you, Rep. Poe! Call, Email, Visit His KW Ofc TODAY, Tues. 8/2/11, noon (MoveOn Alert 2)

U.S. Rep. Ted PoePlease thank Rep. Poe for his principled vote yesterday, Mon., 8/1/11 to  REJECT the Debt Ceiling Compromise bill. The letter that the TEA Party sent to Rep. Poe is below–with the reasons why we asked him to reject the bill.

Please stop by his Kingwood office Tuesday at noon if possible, go sign in and ask Kristin to thank the Judge for us! Thank him for following our good old American values of not spending our children’s and grandchildren’s livelihoods away. It is immoral to place generations as yet unborn under slavery to a debt they did not incur.

MoveOn.org is once again targeting all of our Representatives today, Tues. Aug. 2,

who are standing for fiscal solvency at a time when so many Americans think it is right and just to take increasing amounts of other people’s money to spend on others at an astronomical rate that is unprecedented in my lifetime if not all of history. Those who are trying to spend us into obscurity may be stopping by his district office, calling locally AND in DC. (MoveOn sent out an email to that effect.)

You can email Rep. Poe here, and his office numbers and Kingwood Office address follow:

WASHINGTON, D.C. OFFICE:

  • (202) 225-6565
  • (866) 425-6565 toll free

KINGWOOD OFFICE

  •  1801 Kingwood Drive, Suite 240
  • Kingwood, TX 7733
  •  (281) 446-0242
  • (866) 447-0242 toll free

NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY, 8/4/11 Spring Creek BBQ, 7 pm MAP.

Come early to be assured a seat & dine with us! Click here to RSVP.

Welcome TX Rep. Brandon Creighton on TX Sovereignty & Larry Lane on the TX Gallop Straw Poll that just might put Texas back non the electoral map.

Letter sent to Rep. Poe

KWTP Letter to Rep. Poe sent yesterday, 8/1/11 The Kingwood TEA Party once again asks you to REJECT the compromise budget bill, but even more strongly this time. Most of our reasons remain the same, but our request is much stronger now because of the threat of severe cuts to the Military.

I. The cuts to the Military which the President is overextending are too heavily weighted. Half of the cuts are slated to come from across the Board programs PLUS Entitlements, and half from the Military which is one of the FEW Constitutional responsibilities of the Federal Government.

II. Acceptance means we are accepting the false budgetary assumption which defines the budget baseline as swollen budgets including TARP, QEI, & QEII budgets PLUS projected increases instead of true baseline budgeting. By SUPPORTING this plan, we’d be giving the democrats a new definition of “necessary” baseline spending, and as a result this bill will become one of the single largest debt bills in history, if not the largest. See my slideshow commentary. NOTE: It was written before I knew about the Military cuts. rhl)

III. To avoid higher interest rates the S&P rating service says $4 trillion would be a “good start” or minimum amount to stave them off. With its inflated budgetary baseline this plan provides cuts in the rate of growth of around 2 trillion and doesn’t even come close to $4 trillion worth of real cuts to the pre-spending spree budgets. Interest rates are still probably going to rise even more than they probably would have. The slated cuts (most likely from the rate of growth are nowhere near the $4 TRILLION needed to stave off the lowering of the credit rating by Moody’s and S & P.

IV. Cuts down the road still are NOT balanced out by the promise of cuts years down the road and a vote on a balanced budget amendment. It might never happen and if it does it could be used to justify ever-increasing taxation. This panders to Congress’s overspending habit; it does not decrease the SPENDING SPREES which put us in this position to start with.

Compromise isn’t giving them what they want and accepting in return promises that may never happen. That’s capitulation. Capitulating now means giving them the victory of setting the parameters and defining the terms even though they are absolutely wrong. It allows the American people to think that this is sound policy when it is really destructive policy.

Considering the possible repercussions to this bill, we need to stand tall and tell the American people the truth about this bill and its underlying premises. We are still giving them real money now as they refuse to reciprocate and give us the needed real cuts in spending now. It is time to stand on the facts.

Republican governors who have cut taxes and spending are seeing job creation; it would work on the federal level as well.

For all of these reasons, the Kingwood TEA Party continues to strongly urge Congressman Poe to REJECT this plan.

A Balanced Approach – A Commentary by Robin Lennon of the Kingwood TEA Party

Robin Lennon of the Kingwood TEA PArtyA commentary by Robin Lennon of the Kingwood TEA Party on the so-called “Balanced Approach” the President and the progressives want us to take in solving the debt crisis that was made astronomically worse by their failed economic policies.               

“Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally” – Sen. B. H. Obama, 2006

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

— Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

Dear Rep. Poe, KWTP Asks You to Reject the Speaker’s Proposal

At the risk of our opponents calling me delusional, here is the note I sent to Rep. Poe this afternoon when he emailed Jim to ask the Kingwood TEA Party’s opinion on the Boehner plan. I immediate sent out an email requesting the Board and Advisory Board members’ opinions. Here is the email that was sent to Rep. Poe early this evening:

Rep. Poe,

The Kingwood TEA Party’s official position on this issue is to REJECT Speaker Boehner’s proposal.

My poll however reveals that our Board is split, 3 – 2 in favor of REJECTING, and our Advisory Board that responded also settled on the side of rejecting the plan. Though none of us like Boehner’s plan, many recognize the fact that we don’t have the Senate behind us.

 All want the facts heavily promoted:

1 – BIG CONCERN: Not only will we be continuing overspending, but the debt will also accrue much faster as interest rates rise when our Nation’s credit rating is lowered and inflation takes off. This may be enough of a reason to stand our ground and reject Boehner’s plan for one with substantial rather than imaginary cuts.

2 – They are using the old trick of using the TARP & Stimulus inflated budgets as the base. It is deceitful and continues stimulus spending that helped to dig this hole so deep and  STIMULUS SPENDING DOES NOT WORK! You don’t get out of debt by calling a freeze on spending a cut. I’d go to jail if I tried it.

3 – It’s not cuts vs. default, but rather right vs. wrong. We don’t have to default unless our Legislature chooses to. It boils down to this: how much debt is too much? Stopping the overspending may hurt now but not nearly as much as it will when it all comes crashing down–as it will.

Several mentioned that your principled stand against fiscal irresponsibility precludes what will be seen as your caving. We’d love you to stand firm and reject it, but we haven’t heard from across the Nation. And the WE as in Kingwood TEA Party is definitely split and many think that political realities may necessitate a vote for this plan.

Best case scenario: House passes it and dems in Senate block it or President Obama vetoes. If it does go through, will we have to deal with it again before election? We REALLY would like this to be an election issue. They lost this debate–just have the seats to stop us.

Just don’t let them take a win here to spike the ball and declare victory–it needs to be a Pyrrhic victory for them. WE MUST COMMUNICATE THE 3 POINTS CLEARLY & OFTEN!

The final tally of the Kingwood TEA Party favors REJECTING Speaker Boehner’s plan. Thank you for your integrity and for your representation of us, Judge!

Cordially,

Robin

Robin Lennon
Kingwood TEA Party

Boehner bill passes House; tabled in Senate

Boehner bill v.3 or so, passes House.

Boehner bill now up to version .3, includes a balanced budget provision.   Senate will reject and try to stuff Reid’s deal down the House’s throat.  Reid deal gives cover thru the ’12 election.

Note from Robin: Rep. Poe and his chief of staff were in contact with us through both votes. Though Rep. Poe felt that we had to take an incremental approach here, he is convinced it sets the stage for full implementation when the People vote again and send help to the House & Senate. When two fine representative like the Judge and Colonel West see value in this incremental approach, I am willing to trust their judgment and continue to fight alongside him in this epic battle for the survival of our Nation!

We are proud to move into the fray with a principled Statesman like Rep. Poe beside us. He IS listening and representing us well even when we disagree slightly on methodology. Thank you, Rep. Poe!

By the way, Reid is giving us ObamaCare deja vu–cramming their terrible version down our throats. We need to let everyone know why it’s so bad for us. Join us in the messaging fight.

Local video whiz who knows how to edit video and get it up on YouTube quickly is desperately needed.