Sunday, February 22, 2009

Our Changing Government


I know some of you don't like to talk politics, so if you don't, just click away and come back tomorrow.  :-) But our government is being changed--rapidly--and I, for one, am alarmed. 

People seem to have forgotten that the government can give nothing without taking it from its people first.  People seem to expect the government to provide them with food, housing, jobs, and healthcare.  I could understand if these were children, who are accustomed to being provided for, but mature people should realize that no one can develop independence, ability, and strength until they learn to provide for themselves. 

I recently read this letter from the Republican National Committee--and whether or not you are a Republican, the collapse of the two-party system, which is the basis of our country's lovely system of checks and balances, should concern everyone. 

I've edited this for length, and I'll admit that like most fundraising letters, its tone is a little strident, but I hope you'll read this.  Look beneath the hype, and you'll begin to understand what is happening in Washington. 

~~Angie 

An urgent message from 
The National Republican Trust PAC

Dear fellow American:

Let me tell you the real reason Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushed through the biggest spending bill in history - without proper debate, without Republican input, and without any public scrutiny at all.

Simply, they are trying to turn the United States into a one-party country and to put the Republican Party out of business once and for all.

The massive appropriation called a stimulus - some $787 billion of your money - is really a political war chest for the Democrats.

They want to change the face of American politics forever, and they want to use your taxpayer money to do it. They want to use billions from our treasury to reward their political
friends - and have huge amounts of cash to dole out before the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Some people have wondered why, if the country is in dire need of emergency "stimulus," most of the money appropriated by this law will not even be spent this year. Instead, spending will go on for five to 10 years.

There is no mystery here, as the answer is simple: These billions in taxpayer funds will fund the Democratic political machine for many years to come.

Chicago Machine Takes over Washington

Chicago is run as a one-party city. The Democratic political machine and the government are one and the same.

Just like we saw recently in Congress, there is no real debate in Chicago. Deals are brokered in the back rooms among the ward leaders, the mayor and their cronies.

What the political machine decides, the public has to accept it. The city council serves simply as a rubber stamp - much the same way the Congress just acted for Obama.

And public money in Chicago is used to protect and serve the interests of the machine.

Obama - as I will reveal to you with the stimulus plan - is simply replicating the Chicago machine in Washington.

It is a frightening thought because our freedoms depend on a vibrant two-party system.

We at the National Republican Trust PAC are deeply troubled not only by how much the stimulus plan spends but also the way it was implemented.

We just witnessed how the basic and open democratic process of our republic was flouted.

We fear that the actions by Obama and Congress that we just witnessed threaten the very foundation of our republic.

Consider that we have long believed America is the greatest democracy in the world.

Yet Congress passed the largest spending bill in its history - by essentially suspending vital democratic processes, including debate and public examination of the pending law.

We know that the Democrats, working late into the night, secretly agreed to a "compromise" bill among themselves - and then refused even to share it with Republicans or the public until just hours before the bill went to the floor for a vote.

The final stimulus bill was 1,079 pages long. We know Barack Obama never read the bill.

Many members of Congress have admitted not one senator or congressman even read the bill before they voted for it!

The Democrats say they suspended normal procedures because the country so desperately needed to avoid what Barack Obama said was an economic "catastrophe."

The bill apparently was so urgent that the Democrats even excluded Republican leaders from any involvement in negotiations on it.

When, in our republic, does Congress simply vote on a bill when its members have no idea what it says?

And, how could congressional leaders like Pelosi and Reid, as well as President Obama, present a monumental law but not allow even one day of scrutiny by Congress, its staffs or the public?

Big Lie No. 1: The Emergency

They told us that the country is in such a dire situation that it was an emergency. That was Big Lie No. 1: The bill was not an emergency measure.

This was a ruse. They falsely claimed it was an emergency bill to cut off all debate.

The lie about the urgency was made clear when President Obama, rather than immediately signing the bill, went on vacation to celebrate Valentine's Day with his wife in Chicago. [Amazingly he had been in Washington less than a month before he took his first vacation!] In fact, Obama took almost four days to sign this "urgent" bill.

Big Lie No. 2: Immediate Stimulus

And then there is Big Lie No. 2: The bill offered immediate help to our ailing economy. The truth: The bill does not offer significant, immediate stimulus. Most of the stimulus money won't even be spent this year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office! And the CBO has warned that the bill actually will hurt long-term economic growth.

Infrastructure programs, including items such as $8 billion for a high-speed train between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, will take a decade or longer to complete - if environmentalists ever let the project begin.

Republican traitor Arlen Specter, who backed the stimulus bill, got more than $6 billion in the bill for "medical research" - another lulu that has nothing to do with immediate economic stimulus.

Big Lie No. 3: Bipartisan Support

Then there is Big Lie No. 3: This bill was a bipartisan effort to save the economy. It was anything but. Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said bluntly: "If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country's screwed." Indeed, every Republican in the House voted against the bill, along with six courageous Democratic congressmen.

In the Senate, almost every Republican opposed the bill except three liberals: Sens. Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter. Obama promised he would change the "old politics" of Washington. Instead, he is playing hardball partisan Democratic politics of the Chicago type.

He has used the weakening economy as his Reichstag fire event to get to pass an incredible amount of money so he could funnel huge amounts of pork and political payoffs to his Democratic cronies and allies. And now, he is even talking about a second stimulus program! Why not? Congress just passed his first bill without even reading it! What a joke . . .

The Real Purpose: Abolish the GOP

I have no doubt what the real purpose of the stimulus bill was. Simply, it was to lay the ground work of the remaking of America's political system into a one-party system. Yes, a one-party socialist state that destroyed countries like Mexico.

The media will never tell you this, but that's the real agenda behind the Obama stimulus bill. This is why so little of the stimulus is spent now, but spread out over several years.

This means Obama and Democrats will have hundreds of billions to disburse to their supporters, creating a new party cadre that will help them win re-election in 2010 and 2012.

Don't believe me? Well, we all know the fraud perpetrated by groups like ACORN to register Democratic voters.

In the run-up to the 2009 election, millions of new "voters" were registered - and it clearly helped elect Obama - and gave the Democrats big majorities in the House and Senate.

Their game plan for 2008 worked. Now they want to use public funds - our tax dollars - to pay for more of their political activities. For example, the final stimulus bill gives $3 billion to groups like ACORN.

Consider that, in 2008, Obama claimed that he raised $750 million for his campaign. Compared with that amount, ACORN's $3 billion is staggering. No doubt, these billions will help ACORN in its political work of "community organizing" - a euphemism for Democratic activitism.

But it's not just ACORN who is getting "stimulus." The bulk of the Obama stimulus goes directly to the powerful government employee unions that helped get Obama elected and are the backbone, the shock troops, of the Democratic Party.

Amazingly, it's been estimated that half of the stimulus appropriation directly benefits government employee and service employees union that played key roles in Obama's election.

Second, the bill gives tens of billions to state and local governments to dole out  . . . This means there will be even less accountability by Congress.

And then there are massive payoffs to the special interests to the Democratic Party, with giveaways such as $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $300 million for new cars for government bureaucrats, $1.2 billion for "youth activities," tens of billions for "green, environmental and energy programs"   they even include $3.7 billion to help "green" military bases and another $125 million to restore "abandoned mines."

Shockingly, the bill creates 33 new government programs! The stimulus money will give the Democrats the opportunity to become the dominant political party for the next generation.

Our Plan . . .

Despite the massive political payouts Obama, Reid and Pelosi are funneling to their allies across the country, they can still be stopped.

The polls show Americans want a two-party system.  They don't want their taxpayer funds used for political shenanigans and payoffs. We at the National Republican Trust PAC want to expose the incredible rip-off the stimulus bill will be to the taxpayers.

If Americans knew that the bill would place an additional $9,400 in debt upon each household in America, they would be appalled. If Americans knew the extent to which this bill is going for political payoffs to groups like ACORN, they would be outraged.

We know that Americans will wake up to what Congress has perpetrated on them with this stimulus. But we also know we can't rely on the media to tell the facts.

This is why we want to keep up our media efforts to expose Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. We now know they have a radical plan for the nation.

The Democrats are already talking about legalizing 12 million illegals, making them citizens and voters overnight. They know that, if they do this, they will instantly change the political landscape in the nation for a generation or more.

This is why we urgently have launched a media campaign in exposing Sen. Specter in Pennsylvania and Sens. Snowe and Collins in Maine. We want their constituents to know exactly how their senators voted against the public's best interests. We are doing this because we know that Obama is passing sweeping legislation, and that we need to put these senators and congressmen on notice: If they vote for Obama's plan, they will pay a heavy price back home among their voters.

Dick Morris, the Fox News analyst, has called the National Republican Trust the most important political force in the nation. He says we are now doing the work of the Republican Party.

But our success depends on people like you. We depend on Americans like you who care about this country and who want us to keep fighting.

Thank you and God bless you.

Yours for America,

Scott Wheeler
Executive Director

14 comments:

Smilingsal said...

What can we do but pray?

Anonymous said...

More promises from Obama. Go to: whitehouse.gov/agenda/civil_rights

-Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.
- Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.
- Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell: President Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. The President will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals.

Anonymous said...

No sooner had President Obama taken the oath of office than he betrayed two of his campaign promises.

In pledging to unite us, not divide us, he promised to find common ground on cultural issues, especially to search for ways to reduce the number of abortions. He thus won the vote of many pro-life voters who believed they could find compromise measures to America's most contentious domestic policy issue. In fact, Mr. Obama secured 54 percent of the Catholic vote, many of whom are staunchly pro-life. Yet, on late Friday afternoon, in as quiet a manner as possible, the president repealed the ban on U.S. funding for foreign family planning aid groups that offer abortion services. This means that American tax dollars can now be used to provide abortions around the world; America is back in business as Doctor Death to millions of the world's babies.

You can read this article in its entirety at:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/28/obamas-abortion-war/

Anonymous said...

President Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation

http://www.lifenews.com/obamaabortionrecord.html

Anonymous said...

Junior U.S. Senator from Illinois

As transparently biased as the MSM is, it should raise flags when they ooh and ahh (24/7) over a politician, who, quite clearly, is also a Democrat with socialist views and a strong supporter of pro-abortion legislation, particularly the gruesome partial-birth abortion.

Read more at:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/77500/barack_hussein_obama_jr_defends_partialbirth.html?cat=9

Anonymous said...

Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.

Yet there are Catholics and Evangelicals-even self-identified pro-life Catholics and Evangelicals - who aggressively promote Obama's candidacy and even declare him the preferred candidate from the pro-life point of view.

Read more at:
http://townhall.com/Columnists/RobertGeorge/2008/10/15/obamas_abortion_extremism

Anonymous said...

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Why Jesus would not vote for Barack Obama

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Posted: July 19, 2006
1:00 am Eastern


By Jill Stanek
© 2009 WorldNetDaily.com




In February 2004, U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, sent a fund-raising letter with the "alarming news" that "right-wing politicians" had passed a law stopping doctors from stabbing half-born babies in the neck with scissors, suctioning out their brains and crushing their skulls.

Read more at:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=37080

Anonymous said...

Obama's first order of business...American taxpayers will be forced to pay for abortions world-wide!!!


President Obama on Friday lifted a ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions, reversing a policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Obama signed the executive order one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.

Liberal groups welcomed the decision while abortion rights foes criticized the president, who was long expected to make this move during his first week in office.

Read more at:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/01/23/obama-lift-ban-overseas-abortion-funding/

Anonymous said...

God help us!

Anonymous said...

... and the Republicans never seem to remember that the financial crisis erupted on President Bush's watch. You gotta love that.

This is why the Republicans have lost most of their influence recently because they can't and won't admit that fact. They eagerly jumped on Bush's bandwagon re: the "patriotic" Iraq war and the "morale-boosting" Hurricane Katrina efforts and the "advantageous" tax cuts.

Now, if they would only - admit - their mistakes and put on a humble front and counter Obama's plans in a smart, non-shrilling manner, they'd win back a lot of votes.

But hey, I'm just a pro-life Democrat Christian.

Which means, of course, that my opinion will be disregarded because I'm not a pure pro-life Republican Christian.

Back to the regular programming.

Patti Goldbach said...

Angie, I don't know why so many "Anonymouses" but I say to you all: "You cannot stand behind anonymity or bury your head in the sand and expect to really accomplish anything."

Smilingsal, praying is our first priority. Then we can pass this along to all our friends.

I challenge every reader of today's to pass this along to your friends.

Then read, listen to reputable leaders and make yourself aware of what's going on around you.

I proudly attach my name to this.

Angela said...

Scott Wheeler's letter did not, commendably, say one word about blame for the financial crisis. And while everyone must admit that it did erupt on President Bush's watch, the seeds of that eruption were planted years before, when Clinton and his cronies resorted to the same reckless financial ideas that we're seeing now. To wit:


The National Homeownership Strategy began in 1994 when Clinton directed HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to come up with a plan, and Cisneros convened what HUD called a "historic meeting" of private and public housing-industry organizations in August 1994. The group eventually produced a plan, of which Mason sent me a PDF of Chapter 4, the one that argues for creative measures to promote homeownership.

The very worst idea in the plan, which fortunately never gained approval, was to let first-time homebuyers freely tap their IRA and 401(k) retirement-savings plans with no penalty to scrounge up a downpayment. That, HUD estimated, would have "benefited" 600,000 families in the first five years.

Plenty of other ideas in the plan did become reality, though. Knowing what we know now about the housing bust, the earnest language in the document seems faintly ridiculous. Here's an excerpt. Read it closely and you can see the seeds of disaster being planted:

For many potential homebuyers, the lack of cash available to accumulate the required downpayment and closing costs is the major impediment to purchasing a home. Other households do not have sufficient available income to to make the monthly payments on mortgages financed at market interest rates for standard loan terms. Financing strategies, fueled by the creativity and resources of the private and public sectors, should address both of these financial barriers to homeownership.

Note the praise for "creativity." That kind of creativity in stretching boundaries we could use less of. Mason puts it well: "It strikes me as reckless to promote home sales to individuals in such constrained financial predicaments."

From http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/hotproperty/archives/2008/02/clintons_drive.html

and written on Febuary 27, 2008.

Angie

MYJ said...

I didn't sign in the last time I commented (I'm the pro-life Democrat one).

So here goes:

I don't deny that the seeds of the current financial crisis were planted during Clinton's time. Nor do I deny that he was/is a charismatic philanderer with loose morals.

Neither can I deny that Bush had EIGHT years to make sure we didn't come to this.

What you've posted is a partisan finger-pointing letter from Scott Wheeler. A letter that screams about how partisan the Democrats are - (uh, like the Republicans are any less partisan?) - and how the country will come to ruin.

I see no hope in that letter, and that is ultimately the reason why it is such a failure. People want to hope. They want a better future. They want assurances that we'll be getting one.

Oh well.

This is the point when we agree to disagree. I have been a fan of yours ever since the Theyn Chronicles came out, and by now, I think I've read just about every book you've written, but this is definitely where we diverge.

But that's the price of being a pro-life Democrat.

Angela said...

I have many friends who are Democrats, and we continue to like and respect each other. No two people are going to agree on everything.

But the letter I posted simply pointed out that the two-party system has become moot . . . and with the recent changes, may become more moot as the years go by. That's it.

And of course there's hope. :-) I believe God has his purposes in everything, and that He controls the hearts of kings and world leaders. That's where I place my trust.

Angie