Archive for July, 2011

Allen West vs. Wasserman-Schultz

Posted in Cool Beans, politics with tags on July 20, 2011 by spikestl

Marco Rubio Schools Bob Schieffer on the Debt.

Posted in politics on July 18, 2011 by spikestl

Marco Rubio Makes me feel good about our chances.
We need more people like Rubio, Christi, and West.

Executive Order 13575 “RURAL COUNCILS”

Posted in control on July 16, 2011 by spikestl

“Just when we thought we’d heard it all. Thank you President Obama – for yet one more reason for Americans and true Patriots to STAND AND FIGHT against this heinous onslaught.” ~ Brenda Webb

Akin Alert, 16/7/2011

Posted in My E-mail, politics with tags , on July 16, 2011 by spikestl

Dear Spike,

Another week in Washington has been dominated by the debate on raising the federal debt ceiling. I believe that continuing on our current fiscal path is unsustainable and irresponsible. We will not fix our debt crisis overnight, but we must change course now rather than simply kicking the can further down the road.

Let me put our current debt situation in perspective. It took our nation 216 years and 41 presidents to accumulate our first $3.7 trillion in debt. It took President Obama less than two and a half years to accumulate the same amount of debt. Our total federal debt is now at $14.3 trillion, which is equal to roughly $46,000 in debt for every man, woman and child in the United States. This year, the federal government is borrowing about 40 cents of every single dollar it spends. This is simply unsustainable.

Next week, the House of Representatives will take a step toward fixing the structural problems that have led to this run away debt by voting on the Cut, Cap and Balance Act. This bill cuts $111 billion in federal spending in fiscal year 2012. The bill caps federal spending at 19.9% of GDP, the historical average level of federal spending since World War II. Lastly, the bill requires that a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget be passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification before any increase in the debt ceiling goes into effect. This bill is not perfect, and does not accomplish everything that must be done to rein in federal spending, but I believe it is a reasonable first step that would be a significant change in course. I look forward to supporting the Cut, Cap and Balance Act next week in the House.

Also this week, I participated in a House Budget Committee hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which was created by President Obama’s health care bill. The IPAB is comprised of fifteen un-elected bureaucrats who will be able to cut Medicare without the support or approval of Congress. IPAB is just another example of what is wrong with Obama’s healthcare bill–instead of empowering individuals to make choices about their own healthcare, it gives that power to un-elected bureaucrats. For this and many more reasons, we should repeal President Obama’s healthcare bill and replace it with something that is patient-centric and encourages the free market to work.

Lastly, this week I led a letter from most of the Missouri delegation calling for hearings on how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has managed or potentially mis-managed the Missouri River. The Missouri River is an important resource for our state and our country, and it should be managed with a focus on flood-control and transportation. You can read my letter here. I also spoke on the House floor in support of an amendment that would prohibit funds from going to the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS). A 17 year, $35 million study on this same issue was just completed. It makes no sense to do the same study over again at the cost of another $25 million. This is simply unacceptable.

It is an honor to serve you in Washington. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email, Facebook or Twitter, and please consider sharing this email with others who may be interested.

Sincerely,

W. Todd Akin

You can contact the congressman HERE;www.akin.house.gov

Sen. Marco Rubio on the Rush Limbaugh Show

Posted in Liberty, politics with tags on July 12, 2011 by spikestl

South Sudan, 20 years and 2 million dead, Christians Declare Independence from the north.

Posted in Liberty, politics on July 9, 2011 by spikestl

The Republic of South Sudan will join the community of nations on Saturday.

After the military celebrations and parades, the South will have to face up to the realities it faces.

It will be one of the most underdeveloped countries on the planet. Only 15 percent of its citizens can read and fears of renewed conflict abound.

The people of the South have endured a half century of civil war and oppression by the Islamic rulers of northern Sudan that left more than 2 million dead.

The South’s population is heavily Christian and black African, two groups targeted by Omar Bashir’s regime.

The United Nations is expected to pass a unanimous resolution Friday to send a peacekeeping force of 7,000 military personnel and 900 international police.

Their mandate is to keep the peace and help promote development in the world’s newest nation.

Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., called the African country’s successful split into two nations a “fragile and fraught moment.”

She said the northern and southern governments must resolve issues related to the resource-rich area of Abyei and other border areas. There are also questions linked to citizenship and oil.

Rice said Sudan’s government must settle all disputes in order to be removed from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list.

Shropshire,UK. County government firing all 6,500 employees.

Posted in politics on July 6, 2011 by spikestl

A council is firing all 6,500 of its employees, with a promise to re-hire them if they agree to a pay cut.
Dismissal letters have been sent by Shropshire Council informing all staff they will lose their jobs on September 30.

The letters go on to say employees can return the following day – but only if they consent to a 5.4 per cent salary reduction and changes to sickness benefits and holiday entitlement.

The authority said the action, which is legal, would amount to £7million of the £76million of savings it needs to find, while safeguarding services.

It also said the move would stave off the need for 400 redundancies.
Staff who do not accept the new terms will be dismissed without compensation, the letter states.

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