Honorable Ralph M. Hall 104 N. San Jacinto St. Rockwall, TX 75087-2508
Subject: John Boehner – Can we talk?
Establishment Republicans have openly declared war on TEA Party patriots like me. One in particular is Speaker John Boehner. He and Sen. Mitch McConnell seem to be speaking from the same script, declaring how we are “bullying” our elected Representatives to vote our way.
You have known me now for a few years. We have come to be friends. Not once have you been threatened, bullied, assaulted or blackmailed by me or any other member of our Rockwall County TEA Party.
Perhaps the Speaker feels threatened because we actually read the bills coming before the House floor for a vote. It could be the fact we call and write you to communicate our viewpoints on various bills. It’s entirely possible, his being from Ohio and all, that he has become so conditioned by big labor bosses that he just can’t relate to people from a right-to-work state like Texas and more specifically, the Fourth Congressional District, where we think for ourselves.
As you go about your daily business, I hope you can take time to pass Mr. Boehner a note, one of those hand-written notes that convey your personal touch. Who knows? It’s possible. Anything’s possible. A little light might suddenly appear above his knucklehead, an epiphany: we of the TEA Party aren’t a political party; we are a grassroots movement of Republicans. The best way to characterize us is to say, we are the Republican Wing of the Republican Party.
Last of all, if you’re unable to reason with your friend from Ohio, then I ask you to get that jackass away from the gavel and give the job of Speaker to a red-blooded American who will stand up against the statists like Barack Obama, Nancy Peosi and Harry Reid.
Editorial note: In the above video President Barack Hussein Obama explicitly and succinctly said, “If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor. Nobody is trying to change what works….If you’re one of the 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” In other segments of this composite video you will hear him say how he is moving to a single-payer system. Single-payer means the entire nation will be on Medicaid.
In summary, this president’s socialistic plan to take over all medical services will ultimately place all medical professionals in the direct employment of federal government, drive out of business all medical insurance companies and lead to extraordinary doctor shortages. Sarah Palin prophetically spoke of “death panels”. This is our future under liberalism.
We must defeat liberalism and return to a constitutional republic, as envisioned by our founding fathers. This will not be possible through a third party. It can’t happen through the Democrat Party. Therefore, we must defeat liberalism through a reformed Republican Party.
It’s time for each and everyone of us to heed the sage advice of founding father Benjamin Franklin, whom I quote in part:
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men.” Speech at the Constitutional Convention, July 28, 1787
God governs in the affairs of men and women and boys and girls. Never before in our history has there been a greater need for our people to humble themselves, turn from wickedness and call on the Name of God for our preservation.
Let’s resolve to turn from evil in every form and embrace the future with an expectation of mercy and grace from our Creator and Benefactor, the Living God, the great I Am.
We have many and critical choices to make and, without divine wisdom, we shall surely choose poorly.
“Green” is swiftly becoming the enemy within. When the Federal Register began recording regulations in 1935, one volume recorded them all, A-L-L. Today, you would have to employ a forklift and several employees to move them about your office.
Under the radical leftist hand of the Obama administration, through September 2012 regulatory agencies added 11,327 pages. 5,359 of those pages were added his first year in office. ObamaCare, alone, added between 11,000 and 30,000 pages, depending on whose estimate you select.
Un-elected bureaucrats now annually publish THOUSANDS of new rules, faster than any human can either read or absorb them. The intended effect of those rules is to make life better for all Americans, but they are creating a quagmire of onerous regulations that choke the life out of doing business in the United States of America.
When my company acquires a federal government contract, the contract itself is but one page. Behind that one page are hundreds of pages forming a formidable stack, each page representing specific federal regulations limiting or mandating actions by my company for the project at hand.
Let’s consider one story from NewsMax.com on hydroelectric power.
“Small-scale hydropower can generate clean, low-cost electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but onerous federal regulations are discouraging development of this renewable energy.
Small-scale hydropower usually does not require dams, and most commonly is produced when water from a river is diverted to a pipeline. The water flows through a turbine or waterwheel, powering a generator to produce electricity.
This hydropower could potentially yield enough electricity throughout the United States to power more than 65,000 homes annually.
Hydropower generates electricity more efficiently than any other form of electrical generation, and usually has “limited or even no environmental effects,” according to a report published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Nevertheless, “the federal permitting process is onerous,” the report states, and projects may have to obtain permits from as many as 25 regulatory agencies.
These include compliance with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act.
The report points to the example of Logan, Utah. The city planned a small-scale hydropower project that could power 185 homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-powered plants by about 3.7 million pounds a year.
But due to federal regulations, the project ended up taking four years and costing nearly $3 million. By comparison, energy experts estimate that a similar project in Canada would have cost between $225,000 and $375,000.
In Logan, regulations “drove up costs in terms of time and money, and as a result, Logan is not planning to undertake any similar projects in the future,” the Mercatus report observes. “Other cities have had similar experiences.
“We find that regulation is likely deterring the development of small hydropower potential across the United States.”
In another example cited by the report, Afton, Wyo., had to spend $7.5 million for a small-scale hydropower project, including an estimated $5.6 million on regulatory compliance.
Federal legislation signed into law in August 2013 is intended to streamline the permitting process, but Mercatus notes that “it is still too soon to tell whether this law will have its intended effects.”
Tell Congress to reduce the size of government, restore Tenth Amendment restrictions on federal government, and eliminate federal regulatory agencies, leaving local matters to state government.
Are we better off today than we were five years ago? I’ve made a list and I’m checking it twice.
1 – Liberal ideologues are systematically destroying the finest healthcare system the world has ever known through takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy.
2 – Food stamps? Most recent numbers on the SNAP report indicate over 47,305,667 recipients the month of September, 15% of the entire population. Law enforcement investigations uncover unbelieveable nationwide fraud that sucks the life out of the SNAP program.
3 – Taxes. Yes, taxes. As though we didn’t already have too many, now ObamaCare piles on even more and these will affect the lives of every man, woman and child in the country, except those who work for the federal government. They don’t have to live under the rules they impose on us.
4 – Skyrocketing health insurance. For some, it hasn’t been a big deal, but for millions enormous rate increases threaten family budgets – higher premiums and higher deductibles. What happens when you need it most?
5 – Disability. Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, tend to increase during recessionary periods. Naturally, we see increases due to the very poor economy we now have. Our treasury is shelling out $31,490,000,000 (31 billion) so far this year, leaving only $100 billion in the fund. This fund will go dry by 2016. Personal note to current recipients: you who can actually work best get off your butts and find some kind of work and do it soon, because the gravy train is grinding to a halt.
6 – National debt. The numbers are truly astronomical. As of this writing, national debt zooms well above $17 trillion. $17,250,390,000.000, to be precise. At the close of 2012, our national gross domestic product (GDP) was $15,684,800,000,000. Our national debt now EXCEEDS GDP, hovering around 106% of GDP. This is just the funded debt. According to the Washington Post, unfunded obligations exceed $128 TRILLION.
7 – Unemployment. You read and hear about improving unemployment figures. Well, the reason they improve because the Obama administration manipulates them. Realistic real time unemployment is approximately 29%. This compares to the worst year of the Great Depression, 1933, at 25%.
8 – Stock markets? I read one prediction this week that the Dow will top 60,000. Happy days are here, again! Wow! What could go wrong? Where are we in the boom-and-bust cycle? Our present stock market, to me, appears to follow a pattern set in 1929. Let’s look at another indicator, a socioeconomic-economic indicator: public intoxication.
Few of you, including me, remember the days of Prohibition. The 18th Amendment enacted prohibition and the 21st repealed it – at the bottom of the Great Depression. When the economy went south, America’s thirst for booze exploded. It’s interesting to compare then – the repeal of Prohibition – and now – the nationwide movement to legalize Marijuana. I neither promote the use of alcohol or marijuana nor demote them. I observe them.
On a happier note, let’s also note that the East Texas oil boom that began with Spindletop coincided with the bottom of Depression. Look around you and you’ll see the phenomenal and explosive growth in domestic oil production, to the point economists are saying we are “awash with oil”.
9 – Liberalism is the contemporary label for communism. You don’t have to like what I say. You don’t have to agree with my opinion, but there it is. As Sir Winston Churchill said,
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
Liberalism – communism – is a failed ideology that has been at work in our country since John Maynard Keynes introduced his ideas in the late 1800’s. I’m not referring to the liberalism of Locke and Montesquieu, but the liberalism of FDR, LBJ and other presidents whereby central planners engineer society: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, and now culminating as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). The growth of social programs and intrusive federal government is profound, to say the least. LBJ’s “Great Society” programs, Jimmy Carter’s price controls, ever expansive federal government that how controls water that flows through a ditch on your property – all contribute to expansions of government at the expense of diminishing liberties.
As the world goes round, our liberties are now close to apogee with respect to our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.
Milton Freedman produced a TV series back in 1980 titled “Free to
Choose“. The premise was simple: the free market best serves everyone. It’s the cure for inflation and every ill of society because it’s the natural means of exchanging goods and services among a free people. In a word: capitalism.
We are at a historical crossroad. Will we choose to continue contemporary liberalism – having all things in common (communism) – or will we choose capitalism?
If contemporary liberalism continues to dominate our society, we are destined for the dust bin of history.