WHY REPEAL OBAMACARE?

Since the ratification of our Constitution the Congress has attempted to provide “welfare,” in one form or another.  Many in Congress would have you believe that their power to legislate Health Care in the United States is derived from the “General Welfare” clause.   There have been many articles written on the term “General Welfare” – some in favor of expanding governmental power, others on limiting governmental power.  It is our position that the latter is correct.  If the founders wished congress to have such broad, sweeping power, they would not have gone through the trouble of enumerating what powers they did have.

We must understand that government has NO money of its own.

It does not produce any wealth and must derive all its funds from the pockets of others.  Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Joseph Milligan in 1816, stated: “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee of everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”

So whereas the government does not produce wealth/money it must get it from the people, taking from those that earned it to provide for those that have not.  In order to pay for health care the government will have to take money from the majority of those earning it to give to those who have not.  We have heard the present administration talk about this quite often – it is called redistribution of wealth.

But does Congress have the constitutional power to enact such a law?  According to Thomas Jefferson who stated: “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” What he is referring to is Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution which enumerates (lists) the specific areas for which they may pass law.  Health care, or anything like it, cannot be construed to be one of the enumerated powers listed.

Read the bills, and see why we should repeal ObamaCare here:
http://patriotresponse.com/?page=20

Our action item, to FAX US Senators, is here:
http://patriotresponse.com/blast_away/support-hr2-repealing-the-job-killing-health-care-law-act

It is urgent that many thousands use the action item RIGHT NOW to
make REPEAL OBAMACARE!

We must act fast to stop this threat to the future of our republic.

Gary Franchi
National Director
http://RTR.org
http://PatriotResponse.com

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 City Council Agenda
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AGENDA
ROCKWALL CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
4:00 p.m. Pre-Council Meeting
City Hall, 385 S. Goliad, Rockwall, Texas 75087
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. HOLD EXECUTIVE SESSION UNDER SECTIONS 551.071, 551.072, 551.074 AND
551.087 OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE TO DISCUSS:
1. Deliberation regarding the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property.
2. Personnel Issues, including Board, Commission, and Committee Appointments, and Related Matters.
3. Commercial or financial information regarding business prospects that the City seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the City of Rockwall and with which the Board is conducting economic development negotiations including project agreement with Rockwall Economic Development Corporation regarding PD-32.
4. Pursuant to Section 551.071(2) of the Open Meetings Act: Consultation with attorney with regard to a matter that it is the duty of the attorney to
consult with the Council pursuant to the Attorney Client Privilege under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of
Texas.
III. TAKE ANY ACTION AS RESULT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
IV. PRE-COUNCIL DINNER
V. ADJOURNMENT
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AGENDA
ROCKWALL CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
City Hall, 385 S. Goliad, Rockwall, Texas 75087
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – COUNCILMEMBER SWEET
III. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Consider approval of the minutes from the January 3, 2011 regular City Council meeting and take any action necessary.
2. Consider authorizing payment to Atmos Energy for the relocation of the gas regulator station on Airport Road and take any action necessary.
3. Consider award of the construction contract for the IH-30 Water Line Relocation Project and take any action necessary.
4. Consider approval of a resolution suspending the February 14, 2011 effective date of Oncor Electric Delivery’s requested rate increase and
take any action necessary.
5. Consider approval of a contract with STAR Transit for transportation services in Rockwall and take any action necessary.
6. Consider approval of a facilities agreement between the City of Rockwall and David Smith relative to the current and future dedication and construction of access easements on his property located at 702 North Goliad, and take any action necessary.
IV. APPOINTMENTS
1. Appointment with the Planning and Zoning Chairman to discuss and answer any questions regarding cases on the agenda and related issues and take any action necessary.
2. Appointment with Jerry Archer of Archer Car Care to discuss a potential amendment to the Unified Development Code to allow for minor automotive repair within the (DT) Downtown district, and take any action necessary.
V. PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS
1. Z2010-021 – Continue a public hearing and consider approval of an ordinance for a request by D. W. Bobst of JBR2, LLC for approval of a zoning change from (Ag) Agricultural district to (C) Commercial district on a 7.32-acre property known as Tract 17-12, Abstract 80, W. W. Ford Survey and located at 5133 S FM 549, and take any action necessary.
(1st Reading)

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2. Z2010-024 – Hold a public hearing and consider approval of an ordinance for a request by Darby Burkey of Rockwall Flower & Design for approval of a Specific Use Permit (SUP) to allow for a “General Retail Store” within (PD-53) Planned Development No. 53 district, specifically at 1014 Ridge Road being Lot 2, Block A, Rock Ridge Office Park Addition, and take any action necessary. (1st Reading)
3. Z2010-025 – Hold a public hearing and consider approval of an ordinance for a request by Jonathan Wakefield of Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation for approval of a Specific Use Permit (SUP) to allow for “Automotive Repair, Minor” within the (C) Commercial District, specifically on a 0.70-acre tract within the proposed Rockwall Market Center South Addition, which is currently described as Tract 12-2, Abstract 64, E. P. G. Chisum Survey and situated along the north side of Ralph Hall Pkwy east of Market Center Blvd, and take any action necessary. (1st Reading)
VI. ACTION ITEMS
1. Discuss and consider event advertising opportunities, and take any action necessary.
2. Discuss and consider an ordinance amending Chapter 15 Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations, Article IV Peddlers,
Solicitors, and Itinerant Vendors to prohibit solicitation and panhandling, and take any action necessary.(1st Reading)
3. Discuss and consider a recommendation from the Council Naming and Awards Subcommittee and a Resolution related to FM-549 (North Service Road of I-30, south to the SH-276 Intersection) and take any action necessary.
4. Discuss and consider the 2010 Citizen Survey and take any action necessary.
5. Consider approval of a development agreement that has been offered by the City, in accordance with Chapters 43 and 212 of the Texas Local Government Code, and accepted by the property owner of a 20.74-acre tract known as Tract 22, Abstract 72, W. M. Dalton Survey, and take any action necessary.
6. A2010-002 – Consider approval of an ordinance for a City-initiated request to annex land in accordance with previously approved Chapter 212 Texas Local Government Code Development Agreements, specifically for one (1) tract of land comprising approximately 37.844-acres located along the south side of Clem Road east of FM 1141, and contiguous to the existing City Limits line, and take any action necessary. (2nd Reading)

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VII. HOLD EXECUTIVE SESSION UNDER SECTIONS 551.072, 551.074 AND 551.087 OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE TO DISCUSS:
1. Deliberation regarding the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property.
2. Personnel Issues, including Board, Commission, and Committee Appointments, and Related Matters.
3. Commercial or financial information regarding business prospects that the City seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the City of Rockwall and with which the Board is conducting economic development negotiations including project agreement with Rockwall Economic Development Corporation regarding PD-32.
4. Pursuant to Section 551.071(2) of the Open Meetings Act: Consultation with attorney with regard to a matter that it is the duty of the attorney to
consult with the Council pursuant to the Attorney Client Privilege under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas.

VIII. TAKE ANY ACTION AS RESULT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

IX. ADJOURNMENT
This facility is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available.
Request for accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior
to this meeting. Please contact the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 771-7700 or
FAX (972) 771-7727 for further information.
I, Kristy Ashberry, City Secretary for the City of Rockwall, Texas, do hereby certify that this Agenda was posted at City Hall, in a place readily accessible to the general public at all times, on the 14th day of January, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. and remained so posted for at least 72 continuous hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.

Deuell Sworn in for Third Term

 

Robert F. Deuell, m.d.

Texas Senate, District 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Thomas Flanders

January 13, 2011

(512) 463-0102

Deuell Sworn in for Third Term

AUSTIN, Texas —  Senator Bob Deuell (R – Greenville) was sworn in for his third term Tuesday at the opening of the 82nd Legislative Session in Austin.

“I am incredibly humbled that the citizens of Senate District Two have sent me back to Austin to fight for them,” said Deuell.

Sen. Deuell currently serves as chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Senate Finance, Natural Resources, State Affairs, and Health and Services committees.

“This is not going to be an easy session and my colleagues and I are going to have to make a number of difficult decisions,” said Deuell. “But I look forward to working with them to find common sense, conservative solutions to the problems facing our state.”

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Republican Caucus – Donna Garner Summarizes

 

 

1.10.11 — Summary of today’s vote in Republican Caucus for Speaker of the House

Today in the Republican Caucus, all but one of the Republican House members attended the Caucus; and the woman who missed did so because of health problems.

Rep. Larry Taylor, who is said to be closely associated with Joe Straus, unexpectedly decided to have Legislators hold up their hands instead of taking a secret ballot.

Taylor asked the members who supported Straus to stand.  When 70 stood, the leader said there was no need for other votes.  The meeting ended.  No record of the votes was made, but I have been told that 30 stayed seated and did not vote for Straus.

Tomorrow Rep. Ken Paxton will challenge Straus on the House floor, and a record vote will be taken. This means that those who vote for Straus will do so by going against their tea party supporters and most of the Republican precinct chairs from across the state.

Remember that various conservative organizations (e.g., Texas Eagle Forum, Texas Right To Life, Americans for Prosperity, Texas Alliance for Life) have said they are going to score the scorecards that they prepare for the next election by weighing tomorrow’s vote as much as 50% or more of a legislator’s score.

Also, the threat of subpoenas by the Travis County D. A.’s office is still hanging over those Representatives who took money directly from Straus and then cast their vote for him tomorrow for Speaker.  This is called “pay for votes.”  Straus should also be receiving subpoenas tomorrow, too.  (To read the details about the subpoenas, please see my article posted at the bottom of this page.)

All of this combined may make many Representatives decide to support Ken Paxton for Speaker.  Warren Chisum has thrown his support behind Paxton as of today.  Paxton’s press release is as follows:

January 10, 2011

Contact: Michele Samuelson (214) 995-0413

PRESS RELEASE:  Statement from Rep. Paxton Announcing Support from Rep. Chisum and Concerning Tuesday Floor Vote

(Austin, TX) – Rep. Ken Paxton releases the following statement regarding Tuesday’s vote for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives:

“On the eve of tomorrow’s official vote for Speaker, I’m proud to have the support of my good friend Warren Chisum.   He has waged a valiant and principled fight with honor and distinction.

Texans who provided us with our historic governing mandate should be embraced and welcomed into the process.   They deserve openness and transparency – including a public vote – and that is why I will remain a candidate for Speaker on the floor of the Texas House.”

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Pol. Adv paid for by Ken Paxton for Texas Speaker of the House

5613 S. Woodcreek Circle, McKinney, Texas 75071


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[1.10.11, P. M.  — Okay, you Republican legislators who have just voted in your Caucus to elect Joe Straus as the Speaker, you had better think seriously about casting your vote tomorrow for him. Look at what has just happened to Tom DeLay today because of the issue of campaign violations. — Donna Garner]

 


 

“Running Scared”

By Donna Garner

1.9.11

If I were a Texas Democrat or a Republican and I had taken campaign donations and/or agreed to let Joe Straus come to my district to help me raise money IN EXCHANGE FOR a pledge to back him as Speaker of the Texas House, I would be very worried.  This is called “pay for votes.”

As Matt Armstrong stated in his article “What If Speaker Straus Gets Indicted?” published in North Texas Navigator News on 1.7.11 (http://www.navigator-news.com/component/content/article/6-politics/150-looming-legal-issues-threaten-once-in-a-lifetime-conservative-session- ):

Speaker Straus clearly used inappropriate funds and gave those to House candidates with the intent to influence their vote for Speaker of the House. This money is often referred to as ‘Title 15’ money, referring to Title 15 of the Election Code of the Texas Ethics Commission. If convicted, punishment of such an offense is a Class A Misdemeanor.

A Class A Misdeameanor is punishable in Texas by a fine not to exceed $4,000, confinement in jail not to exceed one year, or both fine and confinement.

The bigger issue is the public’s reaction upon hearing of such illegal Title 15 activities. Now that grassroots citizens all across our state and nation are demanding that elected officials be held accountable, it is not good for a politician’s career to be found in violation of Title 15 of the Election Code of the TEC.

I have no special knowledge of what the Travis County D. A. is going to do nor am I a lawyer.  What I do know, however, is that Rep. Leo Berman did file criminal charges against Joe Straus with the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s office for alleged use of money to buy votes.

I also understand that the D. A.’s office is investigating the charges and does not want to go public with its investigation before an official vote is taken for the Speaker’s position.

From what I have been told, the D. A. does not want to issue subpoenas to those Representatives who are probable violators until after the House members are on record for having actually voted for Straus.

In other words, until these House members (Republicans and Democrats) have cast their ballots for Joe Straus as Speaker, they cannot be accused of “pay for votes.”

Once they go on record by voting for Straus, they can be charged with violating Title 15 and can receive a Class A Misdemeanor.

My simple answer for these Democrats and Republicans who know they are in violation of Title 15:  Do not cast your ballot for Straus — no vote…no subpoena…no violation.

Rep. Berman and also the Texas Ethics Advisory Board have filed numerous charges against Straus with the Texas Ethics Commission, too; but those will probably take six months to a year to resolve.

Next question:  Who are these Texas legislators who took money directly from Joe Straus?  Mark Ramsey of Texas GOP Vote has tracked numerous Republicans and has posted his information at the following link:

http://www.texasgopvote.com/texas-house-speaker-race/did-straus-help-gop-gain-seats-texas-house-002321

If the public records show who these Republicans and Democrats are, then it is certain that the Travis County D. A.’s office knows who they are also.

Again, let me repeat:

 

My simple answer for these Democrats and Republicans who know they are in violation of Title 15:  Do not cast your ballot for Straus as Speaker — no vote…no subpoena…no violation.

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

Texas 82nd Legislature – Republican Majority Ruled By Democrat Minority

Yesterday, 100 Republican Texas state representatives met in caucus. 70% apparently do not yet understand that the people of Texas whom they are supposed to represent want a conservative Speaker for the Texas House of Representatives.

In the course of visiting lawmakers’ offices, I encountered true representatives who did get the message that came out of the 2010 elections. Representatives Leo Berman, Erwin Cain, Cindy Burkett and Jodie Laubenberg listened to our collective voice. We can depend on them.

Tim Kleinschmidt represents District 17 covering Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and (part of) Brazos counties. His spokesman Eugene Seaman admitted Tim is “getting a lot of heat” from constituents over his undying support for Joe Straus. Eugene related how Tim thinks his commitment to Mr. Straus is more important than the will of his constituents.

“Where were these Republicans two years ago?” he asked. By implication, Mr. Seaman made the point that challenges by Leo Berman, Warren Chisum and Ken Paxton are not legitimate.

I explained to Eugene Seaman that we didn’t have a TEA Party movement two years ago. Thanks to the election of a president of dubious birthright that was sired and mentored by communists, a great, nationwide groundswell of grassroots activism arose to turn America around, to defeat liberal politicians that have been working contrary to the will of the American people.

Eugene further assured me that I will be pleased with the outcome of the 82nd Legislature. Will I, indeed? He tells me we will have Voter ID and the sonogram bill.

Really, Eugene? How will Tim vote on the gambling issues when that comes up? I see justification for Texas State Lottery Deux. Lawmakers promised way back then a bounty for Texas Education. How did that turn out, Mr. Kleinschmidt? Earnings from the Texas Lottery fund merely TEN DAYS of state education. But, isn’t gambling good for the economy? If yes, why is unemployment in Nevada just over 14%? Mississippi and Louisiana have casino gambling and the highest unemployment rate growth in the nation.

The left says we shouldn’t have a litmus test to determine candidate eligibility. I and hundreds of thousands of fellow Texans say otherwise. NARAL rates Joe Straus 100% on pro-abortion issues. Planned Parenthood lauds his contributions to the baby murder business – abortion.

How do conservative organizations compare Straus and Paxton on broad issues? Ken Paxton earns a sterling 97% conservative rating by the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). Conservative Heritage Alliance gives Mr. Straus only a 52% rating.

If Tim Kleinschmidt is representative of his fellow representatives who support Straus, despite opposition by their constituents, then we can expect business as usual. Straus and the Democrats will have their way. By the way, Straus is the choice of Democrats.

Grassroot voters – those are constituents, Mr. Kleinschmidt – across Texas worked hard for victory this session and we brought forth a new generation of true conservative Texans while keeping in office conservative legislators. Erwin Cain, David Simpson, Cindy Burkett, Jodie Laubenberg, Dan Flynn are in the conservative camp.

What’s a Texan to do? Call your Texas State Representative to express your demand for a conservative Speaker of the House and tell them it’s not Joe Straus.

At the conclusion of the Republican Caucus yesterday, Joe Straus was heard saying the TEA Party will go away. I have news for you, Joe Straus, we are here to stay. We are going to hold the 82nd Legislature accountable. We will not cave under your sneaky intimidation tactics. Your RINO lap dogs will here from us, too.

Kyleen Wright, Linda Harper Brown, Debra Medina, Lance Gooden, Larry Phillips  and Doc Anderson may be in your camp, Mr. Straus, but now we know better who they are.

Borrowing a derogatory Army term, a legislator who fails to listen to his constituents is a “legislature of one”. The floor vote comes today. Contact – call – Texas State Representatives. Tell them you have not changed your minds.

The Case for a Caucus Vote- The People Have Earned it

Conservative voters across Texas are responsible for the Republican

Texas State Senator Dan Patrick SD-7

majority in the legislature. They want that majority to select the next Speaker.  A Caucus vote will send a strong message that in Texas the Republican Party puts people before politics as usual. It will set an example for others to follow across our great nation.

Let me be clear. I have not suggested to any member who they should support for Speaker. That is their decision as is the decision to vote in the Caucus. However, as a Republican member of the Senate I have a stake in their decision, as do all Republicans. Everyone should understand that this race has transcended the normal contest for Speaker.  As a Republican concerned about his party, I’m troubled that if the voice of the people is ignored, a split may occur in our party that could take years to heal.

We have just witnessed the greatest political uprising of our lifetime. The Tea Party movement, grassroots Republicans, and conservative independents are going to gain in strength over the next few years, not weaken. They have tasted victory. They know that they, not just the establishment, can determine the outcome of elections. Voters are more informed, more aware, more passionate, and more connected than ever. They are fed up with government as usual and fought against the very insider politics that many see in the current race for Speaker.

Conservative voters block walked, poll watched, raised money, ran phone banks, and did everything they could to get conservative Republicans elected. They believed those they helped elect appreciated and valued their efforts. Without a Caucus vote, conservative voters will be angry, disappointed, and disillusioned. But they will also fight back. It seems to this Senator they have earned the right to have their voice heard in all we do in Austin. It would also be wise for legislators to avoid that fight

President Abraham Lincoln, who had to make many tough choices, once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Virtually every Republican group, Tea Party group, thousands of voters, precinct chairs, entire County Parties, and every pro-life group but one, is calling for a Caucus vote for a conservative Speaker. These voices represent potentially millions of voters.

A caucus vote is simply the right thing to do. People always stand behind those who do the right thing. I respect that this has become a difficult issue for some in the legislature. It will not be the last difficult issue Republicans face in either the House or Senate this session. In his first Inaugural Address Lincoln urged that we listen to our better Angels. That is wise council for all of us as we approach the 82nd legislative session.

Senator Dan Patrick

My comments are mine and do not reflect the views of any caucus, group, or any other legislator.

Ray Myers to Rep. Sid Miller – “We’ve got Donna’s Back”

January 7, 2011

Rep. Sid Miller
State Representative
District 59

repmiller@hotmail.com

I read your letter to Donna Garner that you managed to circulate to the left-leaning media.  You can twist the facts any way you want. Nothing will change the fact that Joe Straus has a 52% conservative rating from the Heritage Alliance , and Ken Paxton has a 92% conservative rating.

Nothing will change the fact that 100% of the Democrats are pledged to Joe Straus. That fact in itself is too much for conservatives to stomach.

Nothing will change the fact that Straus has a 100% rating from NARAL. He is lying when he says he is pro-life.  No pro-life person would be that popular with NARAL, an organization that prides itself in expanding access to abortions.  We also know about Straus’ Planned Parenthood ties.

It is also a fact that Joe Straus has given three quarters of a million dollars to State Representatives in what looks to be a case of “buying votes” for him to become the Speaker of the House.

Why all of this admiration for a man who would be much better suited to be a Democrat than a principled conservative Republican?

Again, why do all of the Democrats support Joe Straus? It is because he is a liberal, and he has sold us out.

 

He wants Texas to support a Constitutional Conventional, but we conservatives believe our U. S. Constitution is just fine the way it is , and we do not want Congressmen messing with it. All we want is for our country to follow it.

Could it be that Straus and his RINO and Democrat suporters want to increase the property tax?

Could it be that they want to expand gambling in Texas ? After all, Joe Straus and his family stand to make millions from slots at his race tracks.

Straus definitely believes in “spreading the wealth around” — but to RINO’s and Democrats.  In fact, he has hired 15 highly paid consultants to help him get elected to Speaker of the House again.  If he had done a truly great job as Speaker in the last legislative session, he would not have to “pay” to become Speaker again.

Lastly, I see that you don’t mind attacking Donna Garner for presenting the true facts. You might want to look over your shoulder. There are thousands of good people who see Straus in the same light that Donna Garner does.

I will tell you right now that I would rather be in a foxhole with Donna Garner watching my back than with a turncoat RINO any day.

Sid, you better get ready.  The Tea Party Revolution is coming after you in 2012.

Ray Myers, Coordinator
Kaufman County Tea Party