Thank you for getting us through another year. It’s been tough for most of us, but I’m grateful for Your guidance and comfort throughout. My family has seen life, death, happiness, joy, sorrow, depression, laughter, deep empathy, teen struggles, victory and a whole lot of fellowship through it all with our church family. (We wouldn’t have made it, otherwise!) Thank you, Lord, for our Small Group, who has been the backbone of our church life and prayer support. The tears flow even now as I write thinking of each of them… Bless each family represented and bring them closer to You in this new year.
Father, this past year had frustrations and disappointments. Help us to learn from them and to move on in a positive way toward Your priorities, not ours. Help us to continually stop to listen to that still, small Voice that calls us to look beyond what we can see, to listen past what others hear.
Give us the strength to make it a priority to read Your Word regularly, Lord. If not daily, I want it to be as often as possible because that’s how I learn to be more like You. As it says in Romans 12:2…
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
Give us a new year not controlled by fear, anxiety or stress, but by Your will, Your hand and Your direction.
Give us a new year full of new ministries and opportunities. As we get into the political battles of primaries, beginning with the state of Illinois in February, Father I ask specifically that Your hand be upon these races and the contenders. Let everyone involved see Your hand in the decisions. Let state after state fall to their knees and acknowledge You, confess their sins and ask forgiveness, because we as a nation have sinned and need Your Providence once again in order to be the “shining city upon the rock.”
Let the Patriots arise and band together with righteous leaders of godly might! The third verse of the hymn “Faith is the Victory” portrays the attack-phase of the battle. The foe stands in dread array, also poised for the fight. The prepared troops attack without hesitation, with a well-formulated battle plan.
On every hand the foe we find. Drawn up in dread array: Let tents of ease be left behind, And onward to the fray! Salvation’s helmet on each head, With truth all gird about: The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread, And echo with our shout.
This recalls the entire nation of Israel marching round Jericho, blowing trumpets, people shouting and the walls came tumbling down (Joshua 6:20). We have the same Commander-in-Chief as the Hebrews did as well as the same access to His mighty power. All we need do is have contrite hearts, seek His direction and put on the armour to withstand the upcoming battles (Ephesians 6:13-17). Faith must be faith in the truth and each warrior, saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) obedient to the Commander, is assured of overwhelming victory.
So Father, give us this new year filled with new love for you and for each other. Help us to look forward with confidence, courage, humility and gentleness. Help us, in this New Year to completely surrender to You and what You have planned for us. Thank You, Lord, for all Your blessings. In Jesus’ most precious name,
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I couldn’t have said it better than Christie Carden, TPP AL State Coordinator, so I won’t. Please read.
Leverage your power locally to change your party.
“All Politics is Local” by Capitol Confidential at biggovernment.com
TEA Parties nation-wide have found that calling, writing, and showing up in person in D.C. has the same impact as a hiccup in a hurricane. After turning out thousands of citizens at rallies, overwhelming the Senate phone lines and crashing Congress’ e-mail system, our elected representatives are poised to enact the greatest expansion of government in history. The TEA Parties followed the direction of national organizations and associations. They answered the call, but were sent over the trench-line without an actual plan or support. (See, for example, Somme, Battle of) It is time for the TEA Party movement to turn inward. In the words of the age-old adage, “ All politics is local “.
Stories like the ACORN tapes have massive national legs, yet they do not destroy the local farm team of tax-and-spend big government. Fighting for Liberty and the ability to live the American dream requires getting your hands dirty far closer to home.
For the TEA party and 9-12 groups to become effective, they must evolve again, and this time the Gadsden Flag will be a marker laid down to far more personal targets. People find the mundane of daily life and local news forgettable, yet this is how the TEA party can enact meaningful change.
To end the progression of large intrusive government and the progressive agenda, the TEA party must neuter the left’s farm team. City Council, County Board, Park Districts, and School Boards may not have the flash of State Representatives, State Senators or their federal partners, but, they are, indeed, perhaps more the important .
The progressives and Big Government-types have entrenched themselves into local power bases. They have expanded the role of government from the garbage man to the kindergarten teacher. They are taking us over from within, yet we can push back.
Until the last year, our side has been busy with our personal and professional lives. We have looked past machine politics and the local aspects of our lives. We have ignored the corruption in our hometowns. We have chosen to overlook the police state that has grown. We have chosen to allow the nanny state to encroach on smoking in taverns or trans-fat in our doughnuts, to name just two recent examples. We have allowed an extra $.05 sales tax for “insert public good here” after another, without protest or outrage.
In our slumber, we have allowed our liberties to be encroached. We have allowed the will of the State to be imposed on us. In places like Missouri, we have allowed no more than 30 hardened progressives to dictate the tempo of the debate. (Fortunately, we do know who you are and will be outing you here.) We have allowed this to happen because we have not paid attention to the minor league ball game.
We choose instead to protest in Washington, D.C. We chose to show outrage to the political class that is not listening. They won’t listen; they do not have to . They have showered their districts in pork and bribed us with our own money. They can freely come back home from the Beltway bubble to their local farm team and act like they conquered Gaul.
A local mayor and a rogue’s gallery of other officials will hold a press conference with the Representative or Senator and the lamestream media will re-broadcast their talking points. These local co-conspirators will treat the federal officials as Caesar, yet the arch they march through is a fake. These people have only accomplished one thing; they have retained power. They hold power by controlling the means of political production. They control us by controlling our cities, counties, parks, and schools. They have turned us into a class of serfs begging for scraps from the table that we fill. (That’s actually unfair to serfs. In Medieval times, serfs only had to hand over 1/3 of their income to the feudal lords. Add up federal, state and local tax levies, we may much more than serfs ever paid. So, what does that make us?)
Now is the time for the TEA party to show it’s real colors and longevity. Now it is time for us to stop the rallies and start the process of running for election and holding our current officials directly accountable. Now is the time for the plumber, the electrician, and the Joe Six-pack American to end this madness.
No more will we go quietly into that long night. Now, we must fight. We must take back the system and make our elected officials fear “we the people”. This is the battle our forefathers saw many years ago.
This is the time for the Tea Party to seize the day and make a difference. Which party you decide to run on doesn’t matter. Republican or Democrat matters little, as the national leaders of both have lost touch. What matters is we destroy the go-along-to-get-along farm team. It also matters that we pick a party…the Republicans and Democrats have together gamed the system against third parties. Creating a TEA Party isn’t a serious solution. Leverage your power locally to change your party.
Make a pledge to not vote to tax and spend the people’s money. Make a pledge to quit after “x” amounts of terms in office. The people are waiting for a leader; they are waiting for a Captain. Be that Captain. March to the sound of the guns, and seize the day.
With TEA party people in every position of government, the political class in Washington will listen. They will no longer have the political cover of pork-hungry Mayors doing tricks for the political elite. There will no longer be days of staffers blowing people off to vote for their party line.
A carpet-layer has more experience to lead than any political hack. An insurance man has more ability to look at regulations than a risk-adverse lawyer. A veteran has more understanding of what it takes to support our men and women in harms way.
It is time to break the mold of what looks good to get elected. Now is the time to become involved. Now is the time to hear the sounds of battle and join. The Government teat must be turned off. The system needs to be rebooted.
Help start the process and run for office. The great sleeper that is America has woken up. 2010 is not the end game, neither is 2012. The end game is when we level the playing field and make America once again the land of opportunity.
Fly that Gadsden flag high and fly it proud. But, that isn’t enough. It is time to leave your fields and join the battle. March to the sound of the guns.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Huntsville Tea Party Movement
AL State Coordinator w/ teapartypatriots.org
“The people are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
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In a stunning move, Harry Reid is looking to change this country forever… and not for the better. He’s put in a provision to stop us from ever changing it in the future!
In the latest post at TaxDayTeaParty.com, we bring light to the fact that Reid is now starting to include language in his healthcare bill that would ban future lawmakers from changing the legislation.
In other words, once they get this thing passed, we’ll be slaves to it forever. And there will be nothing we can do about it within the constraints of our current system of government.
This blatant violation of his oath for office could not be more clear. This is against our Constitution—the standard by which we judge those who work for us!
Is that the kind of news you want to hear?
Well, what have you done to change politics-as-usual in Illinois?
Sure, you can vote. Remember, for every one of your votes there is a gravestone in Cook County with an absentee ballot on it.
Sure, you can attend rallies in freezing weather that the press ignores and politicians use for comic relief. Doesn’t that just make your blood boil?
Sure, you can make phone calls to your elected so-called representatives.. How’s that working out for you?
Sure, you can sign petitions, fill out surveys, and fill up your friends’ in boxes with political flotsam and jetsam. How does preaching to the choir change the other voters’ minds on election day?
Or, you can put information about candidates’ positions, minus the spin, on important issues in the hands of actual voters on election day.
So which is it? Politics as usual? Or a tsunami that starts in the Mississippi valley and spreads to all three coasts that sweeps the corruption-addicted politicians out-of-office?
Illinois is the first primary in the country. What the embattled people of Illinois say in February at the polls will be louder than anything that you individually can hope to say. How do you influence voters that don’t pay attention to the din of politics on the Internet and cable news and traditional media?
So what can you do?
First listen to this recording Teleconference Audio – Candidate Research – from 2009-12-06. Then go to the Tasks page, pick a legislative district, do the research described in the recording and on that page, and post the results of your work. (At Abigail Adams Project – see link below)
DO IT TODAY!
There is no tomorrow!
The universe (creator, God, etc.) rewards people who take action differently than those who do not.
Visit Illinois Abigail Adams Project at: http://illinois-abigail-adams.ning.com/ or Visit Liberty Movement Social Network at: http://www.thepatriotcaucus.net/
We need to be thinking about this, and we need to be ready to confront it in 2010.
Enjoy a blessed and comfortable week with your family, but be ready for the political fight of your life shortly thereafter.
“Every generation needs a new revolution.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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December 17, 2009
by John Goodman
A Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) is the percentage of premium dollars an insurer spends on claims as opposed to administrative costs and other expenses. According to news reports, a proposal from Senator Rockefeller and others would limit MLRs to 90%. The Reid bill already requires insurers to issue rebates to enrollees on a pro rata basis if its medical loss ratio falls below 80% or lower for the individual and small-group markets or 85% or lower for the large-group market.
However, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that a 90% MLR would expand “the federal government’s regulatory role in the health insurance market so much that it would make such insurance an essentially governmental program, so that all transactions related to health insurance policies (even those with private companies) should be recorded as cash flows in the federal budget.” A similar ruling helped kill Hillary Clinton’s health reform proposal 15 years ago.
Donald Marron, former Acting Director of CBO, explains the issue at his blog.
Is This Fair?
Dec 17, 2009
by John Goodman
Focus on Jane, a primary breadwinner making $48,000 (in 2016) to support her family of four. If Jane is offered insurance by her employer that meets the test, she must accept it or pay a fine. That means Jane ends up paying for the entire cost of, say, a $14,100 policy, according to some economists. They say she pays the premiums out of pocket and the remainder indirectly because employers offer reduced paychecks to offset the cost of their share of health insurance.
Now, meet Julie, who also makes $48,000 and is not offered insurance at her job. Julie heads to the newly created exchange to purchase the same policy. But it costs her only $5,300. The rest – about $9,000 – comes from federal subsidies.
How Much Does Insurance Really Cost?
Dec 16, 2009
by Greg Scandlen
CNNMoney reports on a recent study by eHealthinsurance.com that found:
Half of individual policyholders paid $132 or less per month… According to the report, in 2009 the median non-group health insurance premium for an individual in the United States was $1,584 per year ($132 per month) and the average deductible was $2,326. Combined, annual premiums and deductibles account for approximately 7.7 percent of median household income for 2008 ($50,303) as reported by the US Census Bureau.
Now, if individuals buying their own insurance got the same tax break as employees get for employer-provided coverage and if there were a back-up mechanism for high-risk applicants, we might dramatically reduce the numbers of uninsured without any individual mandate.
Here are some alternatives to Obamacare:
National Center for Policy Analysis
Our friends at FreedomWorks, the National Center for Policy Analysis, and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste provide great services that enable you to communicate with your Congress Critters. If you are a doctor, go to Take Back Medicine.com, a project of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Health Action Network, an online site sponsored by WellPoint that brings together medical personnel, patients, and informed consumers, also makes it easy for you to communicate with your elected officials. Please take a few minutes to make your voice heard.
You can also sign up for Greg Scandlen’s weekly e-newsletter, Consumer Power Report, become a member of Consumers for Health Care Choices (CHCC), or become a donor to The Heartland Institute, the parent organization of CHCC. See Peter Ferrara’s recent Heartland Policy Study for the facts about ObamaCare, and The Heartland Institute’s Health Care Issue Suite for extensive background information about health care reform.
And if you think your taxes won’t be affected by Obamacare, you’re drinking Kool-Aid!
From the Desk of:
Steve Elliott, Grassfire Nation
[Call your Senators NOW!]
Yesterday’s meeting between President Obama and the 60-member
democratic caucus means we’ve reached the end game on the
Senate ObamaCare vote.
But the meeting and Obama’s claim that we are “on the precipice”
to passage are all part of a grand deception scheme that,
sadly, is on the verge of succeeding.
First… The legislative text of the new Reid bill HAS NOT
BEEN RELEASED. There is NO BILL for your Senators to actually
see and read, and NO BILL for you to see and read!
THE REAL WORK AND THE REAL DEALS ARE TAKING PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!
Second, what’s really happening amounts to pure bribery.
With YOUR MONEY, Reid and Obama are trying to buy
the votes of swing senators to the tune of hundreds of
millions of dollars. Reports indicate that Sen. Ben Nelson
may have been offered $500 million in earmarks for his
state in appreciation of his support of ObamaCare.
Also, we’re told that in Reid’s latest plan, the “public option”
has been removed. But has it? (I guess we’re supposed to take
Reid on his word that the not-yet-seen 2,000+ page bill does
not include a public option!) And does it matter…
With or without a formal “public option,” ObamaCare
means government-run health care. ObamaCare still is
based on the unconstitutional “individual mandate,”
includes massive tax increases, imposes an oppressive new
government bureaucracy and puts the government in
charge of your health care.
+ + Action: Let Your Senators Know What YOU Think!
I want to encourage you to use every means at your disposal to
let your Senators and other key Senators know what you think
about ObamaCare. Some resources for you:
+ + Action #1: Fax Your Senators Now
Use our FaxFire system to get your faxes to your two Senators
and other key Senators right now. Go here:
Or… send your own faxes. We have provided all the information
you need. Go here:
+ + Action #2: Call your two Senators
–Tell them you live in their state
–Tell your Senators you want to actually see the bill and that
you are outraged that Senate leaders are forcing their secret
bill to a final vote.
–Tell them you oppose ObamaCare and urge them to vote “NO” on
cloture and the final bill.
–Tell them you oppose the unconstitutional “individual mandate”
and the oppressive taxes in the plan.
Sen. Durbin 202-224-2152
Sen. Burris 202-224-2854
+ + Action #3: Alert your friends
We just completed the latest round of hand-delivery of more
than 800,000 petitions and our next hand-delivery will begin
Please forward this link to your friends and ask them to sign
so they can be included in the next hand-delivery:
Thanks for taking a stand for freedom!
P.S. Despite the claims of Obama and Reid, this debate is not over.
A grand deception is under way to convince YOU and YOUR SENATORS
that passage of ObamaCare is inevitable. What they fear is a
massive grassroots uprising in these final hours. Go here to
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The President Without A Country
1:00 am Eastern
“America has been arrogant.” – President Barack Obama
“After 9/11, America didn’t always live up to her ideals.” – President Barack Obama
“You might say that America is a Muslim nation.”– President Barack Obama, Egypt 2009
Thinking about these and other statements made by the man who wears the title of president … I keep wondering what country he believes he’s president of.
In one of my very favorite stories, Edward Everett Hale’s “The Man without a Country,” a young Army lieutenant named Philip Nolan stands condemned for treason during the Revolutionary War, having come under the influence of Aaron Burr. When the judge asks him if he wishes to say anything before sentence is passed, young Nolan defiantly exclaims, “Damn the United States! I wish I might never hear of the United States again!“
The stunned silence in the courtroom is palpable, pulsing. After a long pause, the judge soberly says to the angry lieutenant: “You have just pronounced your own sentence. You will never hear of the United States again. I sentence you to spend the rest of your life at sea, on one or another of this country’s naval vessels – under strict orders that no one will ever speak to you again about the country you have just cursed.”
And so it was. Philip Nolan was taken away and spent the next 40 years at sea, never hearing anything but an occasional slip of the tongue about America. The last few pages of the story, recounting Nolan’s dying hours in his small stateroom – now turned into a shrine to the country he foreswore – never fail to bring me to tears. And I find my own love for this dream, this miracle called America, refreshed and renewed. I know how blessed and unique we are.
But reading and hearing the audacious, shocking statements of the man who was recently elected our president – a young black man living the impossible dream of millions of young Americans, past and present, black and white – I want to ask him, “Just what country do you think you’re president of?”
You surely can’t be referring to the United States of America, can you? America is emphatically a Christian nation, and has been from its inception! Seventy percent of her citizens identify themselves as Christian. The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were framed, written and ratified by Christians. It’s because this was, and is, a nation built on and guided by Judeo-Christian biblical principles that you, sir, have had the inestimable privilege of being elected her president.
You studied law at Harvard, didn’t you, sir? You taught constitutional law in Chicago? Did you not ever read the statement of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and an author of the landmark “Federalist Papers”: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers – and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation – to select and prefer Christians for their rulers”?
In your studies, you surely must have read the decision of the Supreme Court in 1892: “Our lives and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”
Did your professors have you skip over all the high-court decisions right up till the mid 1900s that echoed and reinforced these views and intentions? Did you pick up the history of American jurisprudence only in 1947, when for the first time a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson about a “wall of separation between church and state” was used to deny some specific religious expression – contrary to Jefferson’s intent with that statement?
Or, wait a minute … were your ideas about America’s Christianity formed during the 20 years you were a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ under your pastor, Jeremiah Wright? Is that where you got the idea that “America is no longer a Christian nation”? Is this where you, even as you came to call yourself a Christian, formed the belief that “America has been arrogant”?
Even if that’s the understandable explanation of your damning of your country and accusing the whole nation (not just a few military officials trying their best to keep more Americans from being murdered by jihadists) of “not always living up to her ideals,” how did you come up with the ridiculous, alarming notion that we might be “considered a Muslim nation”?
Is it because there are some 2 million or more Muslims living here, trying to be good Americans? Out of a current population of over 300 million, 70 percent of whom are Christians? Does that make us, by any rational definition, a “Muslim nation”?
Why are we not, then, a “Chinese nation”? A “Korean nation”? Even a “Vietnamese nation”? There are even more of these distinct groups in America than Muslims. And if the distinction you’re trying to make is a religious one, why is America not “a Jewish nation”? There’s actually a case to be made for the latter, because our Constitution – and the success of our Revolution and founding – owe a deep debt to our Jewish brothers.
Have you stopped to think what an actual Muslim America would be like? Have you ever really spent much time in Iran? Even in Egypt? You, having been instructed in Islam as a kid at a Muslim school in Indonesia and saying you still love the call to evening prayers, can surely picture our nation founded on the Quran, not the Judeo-Christian Bible, and living under Shariah law. Can’t you? You do recall Muhammad’s directives [Surah 9:5,73] to “break the cross” and “kill the infidel”?
It seems increasingly and painfully obvious that you are more influenced by your upbringing and questionable education than most suspected. If you consider yourself the president of a people who are “no longer Christian,” who have “failed to live up to our ideals,” who “have been arrogant,” and might even be “considered Muslim” – you are president of a country most Americans don’t recognize.
Could it be you are a president without a country?
To learn more about Pat, please visit his website.
UPDATE 2:15 pm CST
YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!! You received the alert below and took action. You have completely overwhelmed the Senate switchboard. I have received emails stating that calls to some of the Senators below were being re-directed to Sen. Reid’s office and other Senators in the Democratic leadership. I have had reports that the voice mail boxes are full. Some of you have stated that you received messages stating the calls could not go through. Some have received a message asking you to put in the mailbox number or phone number. The phone numbers we sent out were taken directly from the Senators web sites.
Keep up the great work! You are making a difference in this battle! I have included the phone numbers of the Senators district offices below. Please call them as well… Let’s go get ‘em !!!
From the Tea Party Patriots, Action Alert!
YOUR ACTION IS STRONGLY NEEDED TODAY
We are at a critical point in our fight against government run healthcare.
We need to have the same urgency and intensity level that we displayed at the Congressional Town Hall Meetings during the August recess. We must not diminish our fight to defeat the Senate healthcare bill. Many “Blue Dog” Democrats and some GOP Senators have stated that they don’t see the same intensity level opposing the Senate Healthcare bill that we displayed opposing the House version. They are beginning to believe that we do not strongly oppose the Senate Healthcare bill. We need to let them know that is not true.
President Obama and the Senate Democratic leadership are pulling out all the stops to pass this Senate Healthcare bill. They are putting enormous pressure on the “Blue Dog” Democrat Senators to pass the bill.
We urgently need you to make phones today and tomorrow to the Senators listed below. Please call their District Office and their D.C. office. Also, please continue to contact your Senator. Forward this to your email lists and ask them to make phone calls.
The latest Rasmussen Poll showed that 60% oppose this healthcare bill.
We need you to make phones calls to the Senators listed below.
Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska
DC Office Number: 202-224-6551, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0012
720 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
7602 Pacific St.
Omaha, NE 68114
Tel: (402) 391-3411
Fax: (402) 391-4725
440 North 8th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Tel: (402) 441-4600
Fax: (402) 476-8753
Tel: (308) 631-7614
Tel: (308) 293-5818
South Sioux City
Tel: (402) 209-3595
Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4024, DC Fax Number: 202-228-6363
308 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
222 Central Park Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
7309 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22042
756 Park Avenue, N.W.
Norton, VA 24273
Mail to: 756 Park Avenue, N.W.
P.O. Box 1300
Norton, VA 24273
507 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
3140 Chaparral Drive
Building C, Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2023, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6295
459A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
180 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone Number: 276-628-8158
Fax Number: 276-628-1036
101 W. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: 757-441-3079
Fax Number: 757-441-6250
919 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number: 804-775-2314
Fax Number: 804-775-2319
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Vienna, Virginia 22182
[202-224-4041 is the direct line if you have the voice mail box number of the Senators.]
PriceWaterhouseCooper released an independent study of the Senate Finance Committee version of the government takeover of health care bill. The study showed that American family’s budgets will be severely impacted by the bill and that health insurance premiums will increase dramatically. You may wish to read the study and use this as supporting documentation when you contact the Senators. Additionally, you may find some these resources helpful as well:
Tea Party Patriots Health Care Talking Points
Why Is Tea Party Patriots Focusing on Health Care
Questions to Ask Your Representative About Health Care
Cloture Process and Timeline
Approximately 6 days minimum, if all time used
Cloture – definition:–noun
1. a method of closing a debate and causing an immediate vote to be taken on the question.–verb (used with object), verb (used without object2. to close (a debate) by cloture.~ Dictionary.com (getdclu)
· Day 1: Cloture filed on the managers’ amendment, the Reid substitute amendment, and the bill (Note: there is a lot of mischief that can happen on Day 1 but that is not included in this memo)
· Day 2: Cloture motions ripen
· Day 3: Cloture vote on the managers’ amendment occurs one hour after the Senate convenes
60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the managers’ amendment
If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time
· 30 Hours later: The up/down vote on the managers’ amendment occurs. A majority vote is required to agree to the managers’ amendment.
Immediately after the up/down vote on the managers’ amendment, the Senate proceeds to the cloture vote on the Reid substitute amendment (as amended by the managers’ amendment)
60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the Reid substitute amendment
If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time
· 30 Hours later: The up/down vote on the Reid substitute amendment occurs. A majority vote is required to agree to the Reid substitute amendment
Immediately after the up/down vote on the Reid substitute amendment, the Senate proceeds to the cloture vote on the health care reform bill (as amended by the substitute amendment, which has been amended by the managers’ amendment)
60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the health reform bill, as amended
If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time
· 30 Hours later: The up/down final passage vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, occurs. A majority vote is required to pass the bill, as amended.
You are the heart and soul of the Tea Party Movement. Thank you for promoting the causes of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets with us!
Your Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Team,
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WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES TUESDAY GITMO MOVING TO ILLINOIS
ILLINOIS TEA PARTY PATRIOTS are taking the lead on protesting the GITMO Terrorists moving to our state. It was announced this morning that the White House has made the decision, even though as late as yesterday, Quinn’s office said that the December 22nd Public Hearing will determine if this transfer will happen.
Here is what WE can do to bring awareness to our citizens and get our voices heard! Do we live in a communist country where our voices mean nothing??
Other groups in Illinois will be joining us on 12/22 – AS WILL A GROUP TO COUNTER-PROTEST US
This was sent to me anonymously last night from the Democratic underground:
Tea-Bag Counter-Protest (Gitmo Trials)
Tuesday, December 22nd 2009 1 P.M.
Sterling, IL USA
Opponents of a plan to house Guantanamo Bay detainees in Carroll County say they’ll protest the move before a public hearing to be held by an advisory panel made up of state House and Senate members.
Illinois TEA Party Patriots plan to rally outside Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium 1 hour before the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability opens a mandatory hearing on the sale of Thomson Correctional Center to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
WASHINGTON – Taking an important step on the thorny path to closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the White House plans to announce Tuesday that the government will acquire an underutilized state prison in rural Illinois to be the new home for a limited number of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo.
Administration officials as well as Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will make an official announcement at the White House.
Officials from both the White House and Durbin’s office confirmed that President Barack Obama had directed the government to acquire Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., a sleepy town near the Mississippi River about 150 miles from Chicago. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting Tuesday’s announcement.
Decision to Bring Detainees to U.S. Places International Public Relations Above American Security“I remain opposed to transferring Guantanamo detainees to Illinois, or anywhere in the U.S., while awaiting more detailed information on what’s being proposed, including potential security threats and plans for resolving detainees’ final status. As of yet, I have seen neither.”
— Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL), November 18, 2009
On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, the Obama Administration announced that it will buy the Thomson Correctional Center, a State prison in Thompson, Illinois, for the purpose of housing up to 100 detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This move would be a precursor to shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which President Obama proposed in a January 2009 executive order. According to the executive order, Guantanamo Bay would be shut by late January 2010, though that deadline will clearly be missed. Before detainees can be moved, however, Congress must vote to allow detainees to be housed on U.S. soil for reasons other than trial. The House Republican Conference has compiled several reason why bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S. is dangerous, jeopardizes justice, and is a poor use of taxpayer funds.
Jeopardizing Justice: The Thomson prison is located in the Northern District of Illinois, meaning that any civilian prosecution of terrorist detainees held there would probably occur in Rockford or downtown Chicago. In Illinois, terrorist detainees may well enjoy the legal rights and benefits of U.S. citizens and resident aliens under the Constitution. According to the Congressional Research Service, “non-citizens held in the United States may be entitled to more protections under the Constitution than those detained abroad.” [emphasis mine] If tried by civilian courts, the government would be forced to reveal all of its intelligence on detainees and how it obtained it. Additionally, treating the terrorist attacks as a simple criminal matter rather than an act of war will hinder U.S. efforts to fight terrorism and sends the wrong signal to U.S. enemies abroad. Costly civilian court trials for detainees moved to Illinois will also likely take years. Additionally, at a civilian trial, prosecutors would be forced to reveal U.S. intelligence on detainees, along with the methods and sources used in acquiring it. This will enable al Qaeda to better understand our intelligence-gathering techniques and respond accordingly. For example, Osama bin Laden used U.S. government information revealed during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing criminal trial to update and enhance his techniques.
Wasting Taxpayer Dollars: The Federal Bureau of Prisons estimates that purchasing the Thomson prison would cost the federal government about $120 million up front and $65 million to $85 million annually to operate. The state-of-the-art detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was built at a cost of over $50 million for the explicit purpose of keeping terrorists away from U.S. soil. Members may be concerned that scrapping the Guantanamo Bay facility for a more expensive one in the U.S. is an imprudent use of taxpayer dollars during a recession. Holding and prosecuting detainees in Illinois would also place a significant cost burden on the State and local governments, as well as pose an enormous inconvenience to residents and taxpayers. If the Moussaoui trial is an example, Rockford or Chicago will be a scene of rooftop snipers, bomb-sniffing dogs inspecting cars, identification checks, and heavily armed patrols.
Risking Security: Moving almost 100 terrorist detainees to Illinois would likely increase the focus of terrorists on the State and especially Chicago metropolitan area, possibly making the region a target. The Chicago area is home to about 9.5 million residents, the tallest building in the U.S. (Sears Tower) and the busiest airport in the nation (O’Hare International). The people of Illinois and the Midwest should not be subjected to such a greater security threat unnecessarily.
Thomson Correctional Center: The Thomson Correctional Center is an eight-year-old State prison located in rural Thomson, Illinois, near the border with Iowa. The facility is about 150 miles from Chicago. The 1,600-bed State prison currently holds about 200 minimum security inmates. Some Members may be concerned that the Thomson prison does not have facilities for civilian trials or military commissions, and the closest hospital for surgery or intensive care is about 10 miles away, in Iowa.
Democrats have yet to explain how closing Guantanamo Bay and moving terrorists to the U.S. will make Americans safer. Republicans have proposed H.R. 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, which gives Congress an opportunity to stand with the American people by affirming their opposition to releasing the terrorists at Guantanamo prison or bringing them into the U.S. The bill makes clear that governors and State legislatures must pre-approve the transfer or release of any terrorist detainee into their respective states. Lastly, it requires the President to meet strict criteria and certification standards before terrorists housed at the Guantanamo prison could be brought to the United States. For more information, visit http://www.gop.gov/detainees. [ Staff Contact: Adam Hepburn, firstname.lastname@example.org, x63202 ]
Please be sure to sign and forward our petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/illinoisgitmo/
Please feel free to forward this article with the petition to people in Illinois.
Chuck Goudie’s article:
There’s no date yet for the garage sale at Gitmo.
Nevertheless, White House officials are about to send off a supply of wardrobe boxes so 250 radical Islamist terrorists can start packing their thobe robes for a one-way trip to Illinois.
Expect an announcement before the end of the year that part of the nearly empty Thomson, Illinois, state penitentiary will be turned into a prison camp for Guantanamo inmates. Might I recommend that the feds also buy a selection of thermal taqiyahs to keep the prisoners’ scalps from getting chilly. Northwestern Illinois isn’t as warm as eastern Cuba in the wintertime.
A draft of a memo prepared by the Justice Department identified Thomson as the number one site under consideration. The memo had been “leaked” to a political Web site; however, don’t confuse the term “leaked” with “unapproved.” Most information leaked by politicians or their top staffers is part of a grand scheme devised by operatives in a formerly smoky room.
Asked about the memo, a White House official described it as “pre-decisional,” which makes perfect sense. “Pre” means before and “decisional” means the act of making a decision. Since a decision hasn’t been made yet, pre-decisional is an apt description … especially if the White House official was pre-delusional as to what the outcome will be.
Once the place is purchased by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Gitmo prisoners are moved to Thomson, the fun will begin.
Just like it did at Guantanamo.
Call it playing by the book.
The “Declaration of Jihad” book.
The rules of engagement for captured terrorists are prescribed as clearly as can be in lesson 18. That is the chapter titled “Prisons and Detention Centers.” Here are the first two, and presumably most important, rules for prisoners to follow:
1. At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security (investigators) before the judge. 2. Complain (to the court) of mistreatment while in prison.
So, whether or not terrorist prisoners have been strung up by their toenails, they are to “insist on proving torture was inflicted on them” and “complain of mistreatment while in prison.”
Such tactics shouldn’t be surprising. The playbook was found by British police in May of 2000 on a computer seized during a raid of Osama bin Laden’s one-time personal secretary.
Even though the 180-page “al-Qaida handbook,” was authenticated and used by federal prosecutors, it has been criticized as incomplete and not the genuine article.
You can’t argue with this: The rules set forth in the prison section of the Jihad handbook line up with the behavior of top terrorist suspects at Gitmo.
“The brother has to do his best to know the names of the state security officers, who participated in his torture and mention their names to the judge,” states one rule for captured Jihadists. “These names may be obtained from brothers who had to deal with those officers in previous cases.”
If you don’t still don’t believe that Thomson-bound terrorists are just following orders by fabricating torture claims, consider these comments:
“al-Qaida’s training manual, seized by British authorities in Manchester, England, openly instructs detained al-Qaida fighters to claim torture and other types of abuse as a means of obtaining a moral advantage over their captors.
That advice has been routinely followed by detainees at Guantanamo Bay, who have succeeded in generating incessant demands from international actors or for the base’s closure or ‘for their own liberation,’ unquote. That’s what was in their manual.”
Those are of the words of Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican and a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, during a hearing last May on closing Guantanamo.
“Isn’t the administration’s closure of Gitmo and the removal of enemy combatants, possibly even in the United States, a complete victory of lawfare for al-Qaida?” Rep. Franks asked Attorney General Eric Holder, who was a witness at the hearing.
“I mean, what else could they (the terrorists) possibly ask for if this is in their book and we’re following it to the letter? What more could they ask for us to do?” Franks said.
Atty. Gen. Holder replied: “I don’t think it’s a victory. I think it’ll be a victory for our country and a victory for the causes that we fight for by closing Guantanamo and taking from al-Qaida the ability to recruit and point to that place as a place where inappropriate things happen, true or not. I mean, that has become a symbol of practices that this administration has decided not to use. [try not to roll your eyes...]
So I don’t see the closing of Guantanamo as a victory at all for al-Qaida. I think it’s going to be a victory for the American people and for our allies.”
Regardless, the 559 official residents of Thomson, Illinois, will soon be able to decide for themselves. As they greet the prison buses rolling down Highway 84, they should be prepared to see rule #8B in action from the Jihadist training manual.
“When the brothers are transported from and to the prison (on their way to the court) they should shout Islamic slogans out loud from inside the prison cars to impress upon the people and their family the need to support Islam.”
• Chuck Goudie, whose column appears each Monday, is the chief investigative reporter at ABC 7 News in Chicago. The views in this column are his own and not those of WLS-TV. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com and followed at twitter.com/ChuckGoudie.
“The administration,” McConnell said, “has failed to explain how transferring terrorists to Gitmo North will make Americans safer than keeping these terrorists off of our shores in the secure facility in Cuba.”
Closure Of Guantanamo Detention Facilities
EXECUTIVE ORDER — REVIEW AND DISPOSITION OF INDIVIDUALS DETAINED AT THE GUANTÁNAMO BAY NAVAL BASE AND CLOSURE OF DETENTION FACILITIES,
Transferring terrorists to Gitmo North will not make Americans safer than keeping these terrorists off of our shores in the secure facility in Cuba. This is a national security issue, not a jobs recovery issue! Let the govt. do its duty!
IL Becomes an Official Terrorists' State—Gitmo North: http://wp.me/pzfHB-n0
Why are some politicians so blind? It’s a reasonable question.
One would think that bringing the world’s most heinous terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ~ an island ~ and ushering them to the heartland of the United States where the best people are (yes, I said the BEST! = those with the most uncalloused attitudes and moral values) (this IS my blog, afterall…) and housing them in a previously closed detention center in the middle of Illinois might be a bad idea. Well, if you think that might be a bad idea… You’d be RIGHT!!!
The answer is obvious: the politicians, specifically Governor Quinn, aren’t thinking. How could they? This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of! This isn’t a matter of jobs and economic recovery, it’s one of national security for God’s sake!
A gentleman wrote to the local State Journal-Register about a week ago of how he was a guard at Gitmo. He was so scared that the prisoners knew his home address that he’s had sleep and physical problems ever since being scared to death for his family! These are not simple murderers. These are hellions with no soul that feed on fear, are patient through the decades and grow on the temerity of our politicians’ neglect. These terrorists’ will contact or be contacted with cells in the US, get set up here, and begin organizing more terror in our towns, beginning right in Illinois. The letter writer was right—we should ALL be scared to death and stay the hell away from these demons! Don’t bring them here to house them in prison, and don’t put them on trial in New York! They should go before a military commission right now and be hanged before their next meal.
: : : : : : : Now an ACTION ALERT : : : : : : :
Please call: Durbin’s office in Springfield…(217) 492-4062; Gov. Quinn…(217) 782-0244
Please take the time to respond on Tribune page if possible, see below.
I am heading to DC next week to lobby for a new trial for Michael Behenna, where all the evidence is presented. I will accompany Michael’s mother. I will be in DC on December 2nd and 3rd. Please email to me your letters addressed to Senator Durbin and I will personally deliver them to Durbin’s office before I leave DC. Let’s let him know that we don’t want the Gitmo detainees in our state. If Durbin and Quinn want to utilize the Thomson facility and create jobs, why not take the prisoners from California, they are turning those prisoners out into the streets of California. Perfect place for them is the Thomson facility. California will be safer and Illinoisans will get some jobs!
If Pat Quinn and Senator Durbin want to create jobs by filling up this prison, then take the prisoners from California that are being turned out into the streets of California. The people of the state of Illinois are concerned about the repercussions that will follow from bringing these terrorists to our state. They will be given ACLU lawyers, they will be given a jury of their peers (just think about what a jury of their peers would consist of, the biggest Mosque in this country is in Bridgeview), they will be freed and turned out into our state. Further, I do not want my tax dollars going to defend terrorists who were captured off the battlefields!!!
We have Soldiers who are laying their lives on the line everyday to keep us all safe from these terrorists and now we are going to bring them to our state?!! We have Heroes who have given their lives to keep us all safe and to do this is a slap in the face of every Gold Star Family and every Soldier serving! My Son served 4 deployments in this war on terror and this is a slap in his face and mine! This is a reckless and dangerous proposal and I know the people of Illinois will fight this.
I remind Senator Durbin and Gov Quinn they work for us and it is their DUTY to represent the people of Illinois! If you want to make this facility productive, bring those prisoners from California here!
~ Bev Perlson with Band of Mothers, Illinois
Need Bloggers to respond to Chicago Tribune Article Today (see below):
Thomson prison: State moving to clear decks on possible sale,
Illinois lawmaker wants to speed up federal takeover
By Ray Long
November 27, 2009
SPRINGFIELD – – A key state lawmaker wants to fast-track hearings on the possible sale of the Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government, a move made easier when the Quinn administration filed its recommendation for closing the prison.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s Department of Corrections filed paperwork Wednesday with a legislative oversight commission that must review all major state-facility closings, including the proposed sale of the northwestern Illinois prison, before an administration moves forward.
“Our goal is to have this public hearing by the end of December,” said state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D- Evanston, who co-chairs the bipartisan review panel and said he wants to act “with all deliberate speed.”
“I support the idea of closing the Thomson facility and negotiating a fair price with the federal government for them to acquire the facility,” Schoenberg said. “The area’s desperate for jobs and this would appear to be a responsible way to boost the local economy.”
Although many Republicans have raised concerns that putting terrorism suspects into the prison would put Illinoisans at risk, Schoenberg dismissed the fears.
“This is not like the ‘Field of Dreams,’ where if you build it, they will come,” Schoenberg said.
From the House Repub. Leader:
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEFIES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WELCOMES GUANTANAMO TERRORISTS TO THE UNITED STATES
HOUSE GOP’S ‘KEEP TERRORISTS OUT OF AMERICA ACT’ DOES WHAT 75 PERCENT OF AMERICANS WANT: IT KEEPS GUANTANAMO TERRORISTS OUT OF AMERICA
November 16, 2009 | House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
All year long, Republicans have asked the Obama Administration this basic question: What is the Administration’s overarching strategy to confront and defeat the terrorist threat? To date, the Obama Administration has refused to answer.
Despite Americans’ strong opposition to importing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States, the Obama Administration continues to move forward with their dangerous plans to do so anyway. Over the last three days, the Administration has signaled that it will not only bring 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 conspirators to New York City for trial in civilian federal court, rather than continuing their military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, but it also is proposing to house Guantanamo terrorists at a prison in Illinois. [emphasis mine]
House Republicans from Illinois strongly oppose importing these terrorists – men who have made the destruction of America their central focus – into their state. Politico reports on their efforts to block this move and stand up for the American people:
“Illinois Republicans continued their barrage Monday against moving Guantanamo detainees to their state, unveiling legislation that seeks to slow President Barack Obama’s movement to ship terrorist suspects onto U.S. soil.”
“[Rep. Mark] Kirk – along with Illinois Republican Reps. Peter Roskam, Judy Biggert and Don Mazzulo, Tim Johnson, John Shimkus and Aaron Schock – expressed concern about ‘increased attention from the Jihadist world’ that would be paid to Chicago, including the potential that terrorists would be traveling through O’Hare International Airport en route to visiting the detainees.’”
How will trying these terrorists in civilian court, rather than military tribunals, ensure that justice is done for the families of 9/11 victims? Homeland Security Committee Ranking Republican Peter King (R-NY) explained in a New York Post op-ed why this decision puts the interest of liberal, special-interest groups ahead of safety and security of the American people:
“While it may be hailed by Europeans, the ACLU and the far-left-wing of the Democratic Party, the president’s action actually threatens American lives and weakens US national security.”
“By transferring KSM and four of his fellow conspirators from the impenetrable detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to lower Manhattan, the president creates an enormous, unnecessary terror risk to the people who already live and work downtown.”
The American people are firmly opposed to importing terrorists. According to a Gallup survey released this summer, “By more than 3-1, [those surveyed] oppose moving some of the accused terrorists housed there to prisons in their own states.” A survey from Rasmussen confirmed this report.
In short, both the Gallup and Rasmussen surveys show that 75 percent of Americans want to keep terrorists out of America. That’s why House Republicans have introduced the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act (H.R. 2294), legislation aimed at stopping the importation of terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison by:
• Affirming Congress’ opposition to transferring or releasing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States.
• Prohibiting the Administration from transferring or releasing any terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay to any state without express approval from the state’s governor and legislature, and certification to Congress that strict requirements have been met.
• Prohibiting the President from transferring or releasing a terrorist detainee into the United States without fulfilling strict congressional notification and certification requirements.
Where do House Democrats stand on this issue, and will they join with most of the American people and oppose importing these dangerous terrorists? Will they schedule a vote on the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act ? The decisions by the White House are further evidence it is reverting to a dangerous pre-9/11 mentality – treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue and hoping for the best. What America deserves, instead, is a real strategy for fighting and winning the war on America’s terrorist enemies that includes an effective, credible, and consistent plan for all terrorist detainees.
REPUBLICAN LEADER PRESS OFFICE
REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH)
H-204, THE CAPITOL
(202) 225-4000 | GOPLEADER.GOV
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