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Arkansas GOP launches Health Care Action Center

Finally!  It looks like the Arkansas Republican Party has decided to use its new website for more than a fancy newsletter.  Yesterday the state party announced its Health Care Action Center which places weapons in the hands of voters to war against Democratic attempts to impose a government run health care system on the American people.

You’ll find phone numbers to every Congressmen’s and both Senators’ offices along with pdf files containing suggested scripts for phone calls.  Another pdf file on that page lists “Health Care Talking Points” to combat the non-stop rhetoric spewed from the White House and their Democratic allies.

Another page linked to the Action Center is a file containing 5 sample letters to the editor.  You can take one of these word for word, use it as a starting point to write your own, write some combination of the 5, or start from scratch, but please take the time to communicate your desire to stop the government takeover of our health care system to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a letter to the editor today.

You can also find email links to every member of Arkansas’ congressional delegation in the Action Center.  We need to overload their email systems and make them understand we don’t want a government run health care system.  The party has included a link to suggested text to include in your emails, tailored to each Representative and Senator.  (I just spoke with Congressman Ross’ office in Pine Bluff and was told there is no truth to the internet rumors that Ross has sold out to the Obama administration.)

The President and his Socialist allies are pushing this power grab hard.  Obama was rumored to have told one Democratic Senator who opposes Obamacare, “You’re going to ruin my presidency.”  Look for full-scale Chicago style politics on Pennsylvania Avenue over the next few weeks.  To combat the sure to come mob style strongarm tactics they’ll employ, we need everyone to do their part.  Make Arkansas Democrats afraid to sell out to Socialism by letting them know they’ll be out of a job in 2010 if they do!

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why Won’t They Sign?

UPDATE 3:16 PM CST (7/24/09)–1 more Republican signed (87 so far), ALL Democrats still refuse to sign the pledge!

UPDATE 8:09 PM CST (7/23/09)–3 more Republicans signed (86 so far), NO Democrats have signed the pledge!

UPDATE 7:23 PM CST (7/22/09)–2 more Republicans signed (83 so far), still no Democrats taking the pledge.

UPDATE 12:18 PM CST (7/22/09)–3 more Republicans signed today, still no Democrats taking the pledge.

UPDATE 3:39 PM CST–78 Republicans have now signed, still not a single Democrat

UPDATE 1:17 PM CST–Statement from Senator Blanche Lincoln (see below)

As of 12:16 pm CST, only 76 of the 535 members of Congress have signed The Responsible Health Care Reform Pledge being promoted by Let Freedom Ring, Inc.  Here’s the pledge:

It’s simple and straightforward.  Read and understand the yoke you are placing around our necks and give us ample time to examine it for ourselves before you limit our choices and place our health care system at the mercy of federal bureaucrats.

Not a single Democrat has signed the pledge! Ask yourself why?

We also need to ask why every Republican hasn’t signed yet.  Call your Congressmen and Senators and ask what’s keeping them from taking this pledge.

Early this morning, I contacted the offices of both my Senators, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, and my Representative, Marion Berry.  I identified myself as a constituent and a blogger and was referred to their press secretaries.  None of the three were available so I left a detailed message on their voice mail asking for a statement as to whether they intend to sign the pledge and, if not, why not.  Three hours later, I have yet to receive statements from any of the three.

I’ll update this post if I hear from any of the three.


Statement from Senator Lincoln’s office

“Senator Lincoln shares the concerns of most Americans about the outcome of the current health care debate. As a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, she is working on a daily basis to write a health care reform proposal that will stabilize health care costs, quality, and coverage for all Arkansans and all Americans. This process will leave her well-versed on any proposal put forward by the Senate Finance Committee. This committee is charged with the responsibility of paying for health care reform and Senator Lincoln has made clear that she will support a plan that does not add to the deficit and does not raise taxes on hardworking Arkansas families.”

*Thanks to Senator Lincoln’s Press Secretary Katie Laning Niebaum for responding!

Still no pledge to sign, and no explanation why not but at least the Senator’s office makes an effort to her constituents.


July 21, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rick Crawford on the Oath of Office

Rick Crawford, the only announced Republican candidate for Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District in 2010, has a great post on his blog where he recalls the oath of enlistment he swore to join the US Army.  He does a great job pointing out the similarities between the oath of enlistment and the oath our elected representatives take to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”

So what happened to that oath of office taken by the current crowd in Washington, DC.  Crawford believes the Constitution is “in peril,” under attack and is not being upheld and defended by our elected representatives.  In his quest to unseat incumbent Marion Berry, he states that “We need leadership that we can trust to discern right from wrong, communicate that to those they represent, and stand for the right – whether it’s popular or not, politically correct or incorrect.”

My favorite part is the closing line of his post, True Faith and Allegiance, but you’ll have to read it on his site.

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Election 2010 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Arkansas Republicans on the Move

I posted here not long ago that the Republican party has come to life in my home state of Arkansas.  Last night, at a meeting of the Lonoke County Republican Committee, I was pleased to receive confirmation of this in the form of two speakers–Arkansas Republican Party Political Director Chase Dugger and Republican candidate for Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District Rick Crawford.

Dugger informed those present of the Arkansas GOP’s new website, which I mentioned here a few days ago.  He also let us know there are more Republican candidates lining up for the 2010 election than ever before.  In last year’s election, none of the three Democratic Congressmen from Arkansas faced a Republican challenger, nor did Senator Mark Pryor.  It was as if Arkansas didn’t matter to the GOP.  Dugger, who was campaign chairman for Mickey D. “Stubby” Stumbaugh’s unsuccessful run against Democratic Congressman Marion Berry in 2006, pointed out that even the state party hasn’t been active enough in helping GOP candidates in the past.  But he noted, this is not the old Republican Party of Arkansas and things are going to be different from now on.  He promised the state party would be very involved in the effort to get Republicans elected to state and federal offices.

Rick Crawford spoke next, and I must say, I was impressed.  I’ve long believed the problem with politics is the politicians.  In other words, we need regular people in DC to replace the professional pols.  Crawford is a veteran of the US Army who returned to Arkansas and now runs AgWatch Network, a farm news network broadcast across five states and 39 radio stations.  His links to agriculture may eliminate what has been Congressman Marion Berry’s largest advantage in a district that spans the greater part of Arkansas’ part of the Mississippi River delta. 

Crawford explained that he’s concerned with the direction the country is headed under President Obama, comparing the President’s foreign policy to that of former President Jimmy Carter.  He identified himself as a Reagan conservative who believes in limited, Constitutional government.  Concerned already about the mounting debt from Obama’s frivolous spending spree, he also recognizes the dangers looming if the President has his way on healthcare reform.  When asked by a committee member what his position is on illegal immigration, he made clear that we must secure our southern border.  Crawford said he doesn’t want to stop immigration, but is asking that immigrants “sign the guest book on the way in.”  In other words, immigrants are welcome as long as they’re legal immigrants.

In my opinion, Rick Crawford is exactly what we need in Congress.  A solid conservative, non-politician seeking political office because he cares about this country and wants to stop the current mad dash toward Socialism.  I was really glad I had the opportunity to hear him speak at this early stage of the campaign.

If you’re a conservative Arkansan who’s often wondered just exactly what the Republican Party does in Arkansas, the 2010 campaign season should put your worries to rest.  This may be the best showing in history by the GOP in the Natural State.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | GOP | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

NRCC declares Arkansas a 2010 battleground

Many seem to think the GOP and conservatism are dead in the water after their dismal showing in last year’s elections, but Arkansas Democrats better prepare for a fight in 2010. Today, The Tolbert Report released the latest in a series of ads by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) letting voters in the conservative Southern state know their Democratic representatives in Congress aren’t really representative of their constituency.

The ad takes on Rep. Vic Snyder from Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District for his vote to send $800,000 to what is practically a private airport for Rep. John Murtha (D-PA). The airport serves a mere 20 passengers a day, with flights serving only one airport–Dulles in Washington, DC. It seems difficult to imagine Arkansas voters would voluntarily offer so much of their hard-earned money to serve the radical Murtha, but Vic Snyder thought this a wise investment for his constituents.

That’s not all the NRCC points out. Most would agree that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-AR) would never stand a chance of being elected if she were running in Arkansas. Though the embattled Pelosi has a 39% approval rating according to the latest CNN/Opinion Research poll, the ad notes Snyder votes with the forgetful lying congresswoman 97% of the time.

It’s hard to believe a majority of Arkansans would have knowingly elected Snyder had they known he was determined to be a Pelosi puppet.

Some may not consider it surprising the NRCC is challenging Arkansas Democrats, but the state didn’t really seem to matter to the GOP in 2008. Not one of the three Democratic representatives and one Senator who were up for re-election last year ran against a Republican challenger, not one. This was a terrible oversight on the GOP’s part, because every one of those four Democrats were challenged by third party candidates who all made decent showings in their respective races. Snyder’s Green Party challenger took more than 23% of the vote. There’s little doubt a Republican challenger would have had a far greater showing, and might have even defeated Congressman Snyder.

The NRCC seems destined not to repeat the mistake of 2008. It previously released an ad against Arkansas’ 1st District Congressman, Marion Berry, challenging his “Blue Dog” status by pointing out his recent votes on the Obama-Pelosi “Stimulus” plan and budget.

Arkansas may not have been on the GOP’s radar in recent years, but it is now. The Dems better be ready for a fight in 2010.


See more NRCC ads

May 18, 2009 Posted by | GOP | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NRCC Campaign Against (so-called) Blue Dogs

The NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) has launched a campaign against five Democratic representatives who proclaim themselves “Blue Dogs” (a label reserved for fiscally conservative Democrats) but vote consistently with their liberal left-wing colleagues in the US House. 

So far, they’ve published five radio ads that dispel the myth that Marion Berry (D-AR), Charlie Melancon (D-LA), Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Zack Space (D-OH), and John Tanner (D-TN) are the least bit conservative with the national checkbook.  You can listen to all five ads (and even download them) at the NRCC website.So, are these five as two-faced as the NRCC charges, or is this just a Republican attack on a soft spot in the Democrat’s armor?  Let’s take a look at each of the five and see if we can answer this question.

I’ll start with Marion Berry, because he happens to be my representative in Congress.  This page on Berry’s website will lead you to believe he stands for a balanced budget, is against excessive borrowing by the federal government, and fights against “reckless spending.”  That certainly sounds like a fiscally conservative Democrat, but an inspection of Berry’s votes on the Bank Bailout, the Auto Industry Bailout, Obama’s $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and the latest Bloated Budget tells a different story.  Berry voted for all of these, supporting all of those things a “Blue Dog” Democrat supposedly opposes.

Score one for the NRCC.  Berry’s obviously conning his constituents with false claims of fiscal conservatism.

Here’s a video I made using the NRCC radio ad for audio.  Anyone should feel free to use it so we can replace Berry with a true fiscal conservative.

Score:  NRCC 1, Blue Dog Democrats 0.

We’ll focus on the same four bills as we examine the committment to fiscal responsibility of the other so-called Blue Dog Democrats targeted by the NRCC’s campaign.  In each case we’ll give the point to the NRCC if the Congressman voted for 3 of the 4 bills in our examination, the Blue Dog Democrats will receive the point if they voted against 2 or more of these bills.  

Congressman Zach Space of Ohio doesn’t have a stated position on the federal budget posted on his website, it doesn’t even appear on his Issues page.  That’s our first hint that Rep. Space simply adopted the Blue Dog monikker solely to help him remain in office with a conservative constituency.  As for our four bills, Space voted for all of them, for the Bank Bailout, for the Auto Industry Bailout, for the $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and for the Bloated Budget.

Video set to NRCC radio ad.

Score:  NRCC 2, Blue Dog Democrats 0.

Next on our list is Charlie Melancon of Louisiana.  Melancon’s website statement on Tax Relief and Fiscal Accountability doesn’t even hint at responsible spending.  The entire statement is little more than a rant demanding the federal government take in enough money to support all the liberal social programs that drain Uncle Sam’s piggy bank and hamstring the economy.  (This is already looking bad for the Blue Dogs.)  A link on the same page takes you to this press release calling for reinstatement of the pay-as-you-go doctrine in Congress.  Melancon is quoted pounding his chest as he boasts on his Blue Dog credentials.  So let’s see how he voted on our four key bills–for the Bank Bailout, for the Auto Industry Bailout, for the $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and finally, for the Bloated Budget.

Score:  NRCC 3, Blue Dog Democrats 0.

Next we’ll examine North Dakota Representative Earl Pomeroy’s fiscal conservatism credentials.  His Issues page doesn’t contain a statement on the federal budget or federal spending either.  (Must not be too important to him.)  But here’s a press release he issued praising the Obama budget as a “welcome relief from the budgets of his predecessor.”  (This stuff just keeps getting better.)

So how does Pomeroy stack up on our four key votes?  For the Bank Bailout, for the Auto Industry Bailout, for the $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and for the Bloated Budget.  So much for fiscal conservatism.

Score:  NRCC 4, Blue Dog Democrats 0.

So the so-called Blue Dogs have one more hound in the game, one more chance to score a point in this contest.  Let’s see if they can get on the board.

Our last contestant will be Representative John Tanner of Tennessee.  His website doesn’t have a stand-alone Issues page, but this press release boasts of his contribution to introducing the aforementioned pay-as-you-go bill.  I guess that’s a better start than we’ve seen out of the other four we already examined on their Blue Dog Credentials. 

Now for the good part, the four key votes.  For the Bank Bailout, for the Auto Industry Bailout, for the $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and for the Bloated Budget.  Geesh!

Final score:  NRCC 5, Blue Dogs 0.

Skunked!

Not only did the so-called Blue Dogs lose each of these five matches, they never even scored a point!  Every one of these self-proclaimed fiscally conservative Democrats has proven himself anything but remotely resembling a proponent of fiscal responsibility with these four votes! 

I’ll use the NRCC radio ads to make videos for each of the other four falsely labeled Blue Dogs soon.  Each time I finish one, I’ll update this post.  Anyone who wants to see true fiscal conservatives replace these five is free to use the videos as they see fit.  Let’s get the word out on these deceivers of their constituents and bring real fiscal conservatism to Washington in 2010.


Hat Tip: ARRA News Service

May 9, 2009 Posted by | Democrats | , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments