Saturday, April 23, 2011

Obama: Talking Out Both Sides

by A.F.Branco:

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Obama's Claim to Want "A Serious Plan" On The Debt

ARRA News Service - Forgetting the numerous shortcomings of his own proposal and his use the campaign trail to bash the serious plan being put forth by House Republicans, Obama now announces in his usual political fashion that he wants "A Serious Plan" on the Debt.

Reporting on President Obama’s appearance at Facebook headquarters in California this week, the AP writes, “Obama said that unless lawmakers get the country's long-term finances under control, more immediate economic gains could prove difficult. ‘If we don't have a serious plan to tackle the debt and the deficit, that could actually end up being a bigger drag on the economy than anything else,’ Obama said.”

The president calling for “a serious plan to tackle the debt and the deficit” is certainly an interesting statement in light of the poor marks his latest budget plan received following his speech last week.

On top of that, The Washington Post reported last night, “President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan ‘falls short’ of targets set by House Republicans and Obama’s own fiscal commission and would be unlikely to stabilize borrowing, according to a new independent analysis [by the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget]. . . . The new outline is a significant improvement over the budget request Obama submitted to Congress in February, which would have required $9.5 trillion in fresh borrowing through 2021. However, the framework is unlikely to reduce deficits as much as Obama suggested, the analysis found, and would therefore permit the portion of the national debt held by outside investors to continue rising, when measured against the size of the economy, to just less than 80 percent of gross domestic product by the end of the decade. By contrast, the budget blueprint adopted last week by the House matches the fiscal commission’s plan ‘dollar for dollar’ with new savings, according to the analysis.”

The Post notes, “‘At the same time, when compared to the House budget and Fiscal Commission plan, the President’s Framework falls short,’ the analysis says, adding that the level of savings achieved by both the GOP plan and the fiscal commission ‘is the minimum level of savings policymakers should aim for.’”

According to the article, “White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage defended the president’s plan, arguing that the committee’s analysis relies on economic forecasts by the Congressional Budget Office that are less optimistic than forecasts by the White House budget office. ‘Under the administration’s estimates, the president’s framework saves $2.9 trillion over 10 years and $4 trillion over 12 years,’ Brundage said.”

It’s worth pointing out, though, that even granting the assumptions in the president’s plan, the $2.9 trillion shaved off the deficit over 10 years that the White House’s spokeswoman asserts, is less than the amount that has been added to the debt over the last two years. According to the Treasury Department’s website, the total public debt was more than $10.6 trillion on the day of President Obama’s inauguration, and was more than $14 trillion two years later, an increase of over $3.4 trillion in just 24 months.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to the president’s speech about the debt, "With all due respect, the American people are not inclined to take advice on fiscal responsibility from an administration who’s unprecedented borrowing and spending has done so much to create the mess we’re in. After two years of adding trillions to the debt and ignoring our nation's looming fiscal nightmare, the President may be right in thinking that the politically expedient thing to do is point the finger at others. But the truly responsible thing would be to admit that his own two-year experiment in big government has been a disaster for the economy and itself a major driver of our debt; and that his inaction on the latter is the primary reason others have been forced to step forward and offer meaningful solutions of their own.”

Obama's sudden claim to want "A Serious Plan" on the debt is more campaign political rhetoric that rings hollow when confronted by the facts.   Thus the use of the above image, "Had Enough Yet?" Here is a small portion of the facts:  Obama's administration's "over the top" "super sized" big spending; his dragging the US into a third regional conflict and wasting "blood and treasure" in a region of little interest to the US; his banning American companies from drilling for critically needed oil while providing American tax dollars to underwrite drilling by foreign countries; his continued expansion of government departments' oversight of American citizens. The President is responsible for border security but has evidenced an unwillingness to secure American borders and to protect Americans and American interests. The list is almost endless' and our resources are almost at an end. However, Obama keeps smiling and raising campaign funds, keeps fabricating rhetoric, and keeps attacking TEA Party and other American citizens concerned about government big spending and waste. His actions evidence that he is not really interested in "a serious plan" on the debt other than pushing for higher taxes and more redistribution of wealth primarily for use by Big Government.

Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum summed it up best recently in identifying why Obama does not wish to cut deficit federal spending: "Obama's profligate deficit spending confirms the researchers who discovered that Obama absorbed the Frances Fox Piven strategy, which he learned from her own lips as a principal speaker at a Socialist Party Scholars Conference in New York in 1983 when Obama was a student at Columbia University. The strategy is to flood the welfare system with more recipients than taxpayers can afford, thereby creating a financial and political crisis that will doom the capitalist system and move the U.S. into Socialism."

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Like him or not, Ron Paul is relevant

Chris Slavens
Chris Slavens: At age 75, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is the oldest of a crowd of potential Republican presidential challengers, if only by a few years. If elected in 2012, he would be the oldest president in U.S. history; the record-holder, Reagan, assumed office at age 69. The uninformed reader might jump to the incorrect conclusion that Paul, who is old enough to be President Obama’s father, is hopelessly out of touch with the young voters who turned out in 2008 and ignorantly propelled a dangerous radical into the highest office of the land, but as anyone who pays attention to political chatter knows, Paul is wildly popular with the under-thirty crowd.

Paul won a GOP presidential straw poll on April 16 in South Carolina, easily beating Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, who tied for second place. Paul has been winning such polls left and right since the libertarian-rooted Tea Party became a political force in 2009, but his popularity among Republicans continues to be underemphasized by mainstream media outlets, which frequently (and probably intentionally) identify him as a libertarian rather than a Republican.

According to the talking heads, Romney, Huckabee, Palin, and Gingrich are the Republicans worth paying attention to as the 2012 election cycle approaches. Hesitant to take Trump’s candidacy seriously, they laughingly praise his ability to generate publicity, and might or might not remember to mention Paul, Bachmann, Pawlenty, and a handful of others. The fixation on Romney and Huckabee is somewhat understandable, as they hold impressive leads in most of the polls, but might prove to be unjustified as the race heats up.

Paul leads the others in fundraising, having raised about $3 million in the last quarter, with Bachmann following close behind. Romney trails at third, proving that it takes more than an eerie resemblance to Bill Pullman (who played the president in the 1996 sci-fi film Independence Day) to impress donors.

Paul’s financial support, by the way, comes from grass-roots activists—not corporations or wealthy CEOs looking for favors.

With several recent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire under his belt, a new book coming out—entitled Liberty Defined—and plans to participate in the first nationally televised GOP presidential debate on May 5, Paul is making it clear that he is a serious candidate and has no intention of being an irrelevant also-ran. His 2008 campaign, though unsuccessful, laid the foundation for the Tea Party movement that sprang up only months after candidates McCain and Romney dismissed his predictions of a coming financial collapse (which proved to be entirely correct).

Of course, Paul has yet to officially declare his candidacy—but he will. Too old to consider a run in 2016 or beyond, Paul’s only reasons for staying out of the 2012 Republican primary would be: 1) To enable his son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), to run, or 2) To prepare for an independent campaign, as recently suggested by Jesse Ventura. Either scenario would probably end in disappointment for Paul’s supporters.

That dedicated group of conservative libertarians, though passionate, is anything but naïve. They understand that Paul’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are slim, and don’t care, choosing instead to believe that the principles of liberty—which emerge unscathed from the most heated debates—can save the United States from a bleak future of centralization and socialism, and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity.

Regardless of the outcome of Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, the revolution will continue to grow. That is reason enough for America’s Congressman to embark upon what detractors might view as a hopeless quest.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Government Shutdown: A Psychodrama

by Ralph Benko, Contributing Author: Government shutdown? America was treated to a faux spectacle recently. The threatened apocalypse? Government shutdown. It was a through-the-looking-glass threatened inversion of the magnificent, and similarly grandiose, fantasy of Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged (Now Playing At a Theater Near You) of a “General Strike by the Productive” and the ensuing collapse of civilization.

The federal government does a few genuinely useful things. It dispatches checks to bondholders and social security retirees. It provides for the care, feeding and arming of our warriors in and out of battle. It even has retained a few essential services. (Come in, Air Traffic Control. Hey! Wake up! And while you are at it, how are your vacuum-tube-based radar systems working out?)

Beyond certain nontrivial exceptions involving a tiny fraction of the federal workforce, shutdown of the federal government would probably amount to little more than an inconvenience. Really, what is one to make of a nation that employs more people in the U.S. Department of Agriculture than there are farmers?

In fact, most essential government services are not provided by the federal government but by municipal and state governments. If the federal government were to shut down traffic lights would still turn from green to red and back again; schools would remain open, as would fire, police and emergency medical services. A federal shutdown would not be catastrophic, not even close.

Except symbolically. Between the symbolism and the reality lies a … psychodrama.

Our elected and senior appointed officials, the mainstream media and every progressive in good standing, attach a kind of presumption of nobility to government. The idea of agencies shutting down, therefore, carries intonations of anarchy. Riots in the streets. Burning cities. The Fall of Civilization.

But social cohesion, and the superb diffusion of powers set up by the Founders, make such a vision risible. Law and order primarily come from a lawful, orderly citizenry. Commerce and culture are almost exclusively a function of enterprise, not government. Liberty endures in spite, not because, of the government.

And yet even those who gripe about its excesses find something deeply magical to the word “government.” Our officials, by virtue of their election to office, become known, even after retirement (and under prevailing rules even after indictment and conviction) as The Honorable.

Many of my progressive, and even many of my politically apathetic, friends honestly, deeply and sincerely believe that the work that takes place inside these massive marble and sandstone edifices in Washington, and in federal buildings around the country, must be undertaken by people who are nobler, smarter and wiser than mere citizens.

Few have ever looked inside the box known as “the federal government.”

There are many fine and conscientious people who work for the federal government. That said, fine and noble people are by no means more numerous there than in the private sector. Yes, the civil service is based, in theory, on the merit system. This is a shining ideal of the original Progressive Era in which government agencies were rife with patronage and graft. The Merit System was designed to create a government meritocracy. Yet the Merit System, upon inspection, is terribly broken. There is a lot of evidence that a bureaucratic spoils system has supplanted the political spoils system.

Whether or not there is a flimsy pretense of “competitive service” protocols established for hiring there can be no question that job security protections are so convoluted that, as a practical matter, it is next to impossible to fire a career civil servant. This leads to a very mixed quality of workers — not to mention the enormous inertia one imagines from a system that protects the incompetent and only slightly, if at all, rewards the able.

There are very few meaningful rewards for exercising judgment and initiative inside the federal civil service. It’s very much paint-by-number in there. The system was, in fact, designed to, and usually does, stifle imagination and initiative. Very few really brilliant civil servants, men like the father of the F-16, Col. John Boyd, or the visionary who brought about the Internet, J.C.R. Licklider, or the CIA’s Afghan Task Force Chief Gust Avrakotos, achieve extraordinary things from within an agency. Very few indeed.

And yet, in the face of all the evidence to the contrary, most progressives believe — as an article of faith — that most GS-13s somehow are better adapted to promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity than are mere citizens. As Ernest Hemingway concludes The Sun Also Rises, “Isn’t it pretty to think so.” It takes a special kind of sweet naiveté to think so. Ah, Faith!

Bless the hearts of all those in federal agencies fighting for Truth, Justice and the American Way. Yet really, dear progressive reader (if any), brace yourself: Civil servants are not superheroes. They are people like everybody else, no more, no less. It is the values that citizens bring to the government, not the values that the government brings to its citizens, which made, and again will make, America great.

Government shutdown? William Jennings Bryan once unforgettably declaimed, “I tell you that the great cities rest upon these broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic. But destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.“ Shut down the government and leave our enterprise, and enterprises and the government will spring up again as if by magic. But if the government destroys our enterprise and our enterprises, grass will grow in the streets.
Ralph Benko is a senior economics advisor to The American Principles Project and author of The Websters’ Dictionary: How to Use the Web to Transform the World. He is working on a new book, called "A Golden Age: the political consequences of the peace."This article which first appeared in the Forbes was submitted to the ARRA News Service editor for reprint by contributing author Ralph Benko

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Middle Class America - Wake Up And Watch Out!

by A.F. Branco
Bill Smith, Editor: A.F. Branco's cartoon addresses the apparent actions proposed by President Obama to attack "The Rich" via higher taxes.  This will be addressed again later in the words of Dinesh D’Souza. However, a word of warning: The actions of Barack Obama are in fact also following the pattern which will wipe out the middle class in America.

We could simplify the classification of Americans based on wealth by using three traditional economic classes: poor, middle-class and upper-class (the wealthy). Note that in every society, there will always be a lower-class - the poor. However, the demographic size of that group will depend on the overall well being of a growing middle class. President's Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" was nothing more than rhetoric to mask efforts to redistribute wealth. A very famous person revered by Christians said that the poor would always be with us.

There are many reasons for this including that in any statistical stratification, someone will be on top and someone will be on the bottom. Johnson's declaration that America would eliminate poverty has failure because poverty is always defined as those at the bottom. American's poor are the envy of most of the world which is far poorer.

The so called rich have existed in varied degrees of wealth in all societies. Except for those who inherit wealth and waste that wealth by spending it, the wealthy often find ways to influence or to retain their wealth unless it is confiscated by others who then becomes wealthy.   We saw this played out for years in the Soviet Union. In countries ruled by dictators or in socialist countries ruled by an elite class, they themselves become the rich by taking actions to enrich themselves often by stealing the wealth of others. No matter what Obama's intentions, rhetoric or actions of his administration, rich people, maybe less in numbers,  will always exist.

In our Republic, we have been afforded opportunities for people to change their financial station in life through work, invention, and good fortune thus providing a fairer playing field.  We have been provided more opportunities for people to move up the economic chain.  We have even allowed people (at least in the past) the opportunity to retain or spend their wealth as they saw fit to do or to pass it on to their children or others. As a result, America has developed a large middle class. It is this large middle class that is now threatened by President Obama's actions. Obama road map appears to be that followed by socialists of the past. His actions and proposals will lead to the destruction of the middle class as happened in Argentina.

I recall being at a rally at the U.S. Capitol a few years ago. I noted two young ladies observing the event. The rally was calling for more limited government spending and less intrusion in people's lives. This rally was held before the days of President Obama and before the TEA Parties which have since then also taken up this cry for less government spending, waste and intrusion into peoples rights and freedoms. Since these young ladies were watching, I approached them and asked if they would be interested in joining the rally.

They explained that they were in Argentina and were in the U.S. on student visas attending graduate school at a local area university. They said they could not risk being identified with our efforts but were both interested and supportive and wished us well. It was their story that has haunted me since that day especially since the agenda of President Obama has become more evident.

These foreign students shared that in Argentina the government had already destroyed the middle class. Those who were not high enough economically in the middle class and wise enough to escape, were now part of a now larger poor class. There was no longer an economic middle class. The government had nationalized industry was now excessively taxing the rich. And, those who were wealthy and not part of the government were seeking ways to protect their wealth and families. Many had already relocated their wealth to other countries to avoid government confiscation and families were seeking or considering leaving Argentina.

They both said they loved their country but admitted that they were sent to America by their families to attend graduate school so as to be in a safer place. They hinted at the potential of their families re-locating to other countries. They had been following the then campaign rhetoric of both the Clinton and Obama campaigns and the Bush bailout of the banks. They were very concerned about our country, and said "If America fails economically, what will happen to us and the rest of the world seeking freedom and economic stability."

Although, I could offer no response to their question, I admit their words brought both a sense of pride at the influence of America and also a great concern about the danger they foresaw.

Today, almost four years later, President Obama has signally an attack on the wealthy. However, his proposals and actions are in fact an attack on the middle class. It is the middle class of America that works and sustains much of our culture, our economy and the American way of life. The middle class has created numerous new ideas, small businesses and services which employ large numbers of other Americans. It is now the middle class that is most threatened because it is also the voice that cries out the loudest for freedom and against the expansion of government.

This statement does not mean that there are not patriots and lovers of freedom who are rich or poor. Thank God, for those who are wealthy and patriots and who are willing to support the middle class in their champion rights and freedoms. Thank God for the poor who also understand that a poor man never offered them a job or an opportunity to advance. And understand that presently in American even a poor person has the same rights and freedoms of all Americans and that they can work to provide options for both themselves and their children to move up the economic ladder.

It is most critical for the middle class to realize that it is really their "goose that is in the process of being cooked." The middle class must shun all avenues by the current administration to foment economic class welfare and envy. Envy leads to destruction for everyone.

To quote from a speech of  Dinesh D’Souza at the Heritage Foundation, "Barack Obama is different leader from previous Democrats – especially different from so-called liberals like Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton." Barack Obama is "the first anti-American, anti-colonialism president and he is driven by that mindset!" Obama is seeking to "bring us under the rod of the Federal government."

Read Obama's book "Dreams of My Father." "Obama’s is living out the role of his father Barack Obama, Sr. who wrote in 1965  an article in an East African journal saying how this should be done. Bring down all the rich guys by the power of the state, confiscate their land, property, raise taxes as high as you want – 100% if necessary, and obtain their wealth through fiat and legislative piracy. The rationale is that the wealth is not rightfully theirs, in the first place, but had been ripped off from the poor."

But consider the bigger threat, President Obama and his minions must destroy the middle class of America because it is the middle class which stand for the continuance of the American way of life, freedoms and rights. They own land, property, businesses, and have accumulated as a "group of people" enormous wealth.

Obama appears to have his eye on the rich but in fact, it is the middle class that he must eliminate for his agenda to move forward. Once he and those who support his agenda have destroyed the middle class, they have leverage over any unpatriotic rich seeking to save their wealth by aligning with the new agenda. The process is not new, it has happened varied forms before in history. Therefore - Middle Class America - Wake up and Watch Out!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Atlas is Shrugging

Freedom Works: Millions of Tea Party supporters have rallied over the past two years, many have brought with them signs referencing Atlas Shrugged. As you rally on April 15th for your local Tax Day protest, I urge you to go see this important film.

The film is set in a not-so-distant future in which government has taken control of the means of production, bureaucrats have impose harmful regulations on businesses and turmoil in the Middle East has sent oil prices skyrocketing. Sound familiar?

Rand’s iconic novel provides striking parallels to today’s political rhetoric. Watch the below video and take the quiz – can you tell which is fact and which is fiction?

Atlas Shrugged: Part One has the opportunity to introduce millions more around the world to the philosophy of freedom. Go see this film, and if it's not playing near you, demand that your theater shows Atlas Shrugged: Part One.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Federal Employees - Servants of the Hydra

The Federal Government
Bill Smith, Editor: Note the following excellent article by Kerby Anderson addressing the cost for Federal employees but does not address the associated cost of buildings, equipment, telecommunications, travel and associated expenses related to the positions of Federal employees. Some have identified the Federal Government as a snake. However, history has show us that the Federal Government has been more like the Hydra of Greek Mythology - "when each head cut off it grew two more — and its poisonous breath was so virulent even her tracks were deadly.[Wikipedia]  The Federal Government definitely has too many Department and Agencies and has indeed become poisonous to our economic well being.

While Federal employees are doing the job set forth for their positions. However, a multitude of the departments, agencies, offices at which these Federal employees work are NOT needed or at least should not be paid for by the public and thus should be abolished. While I am sure that most Federal employees and their families would vote to keep their jobs, we have a Big Government problem. We have Government agencies and Departments that could and should be eliminated.

Also, to avoid confusion, active duty military are not Federal Employees are not Federal employees that are discussed in Anderson's article. In fact, many of our military don't survive. Also, a majority of people serving in the military do not make the military a career thus there are no associated medical or retirement benefits. Also, there is another group of employees working for various Federal Government Agencies and paid for by the taxpayers. They are "Contract Employees" who are paid far more than Federal Employees. However, they work for short term contract periods with no future budgeted cost for long term benefit and associated retirement costs.

Kerby Anderson, Point of View: At a time when workers in the private sector have faced tough economic times, federal employees in the public sector are doing better than ever. And I believe this might even become a campaign issue in the fall.

A recent analysis by USA Today discovered that the two million federal civilian employees earn an average of $67,691 a year. This is much higher than the $60,046 for comparable jobs in the private sector. Federal employees earn higher average salaries than their private counterparts in eight out of 10 occupations.

But the gap between the private sector and the public sector increases even more when you consider the various benefits packages provided for these two sectors. Federal employees enjoy benefits packages that are four times richer than those in the private sector. The difference is an average of $40,785 per federal employee versus $9,862 per private worker.

Federal employees also enjoy greater job security. Private companies are shedding employees. Those who found themselves unemployed are pounding the pavement trying to find a new job. This is not happening to federal employees who are rarely fired.

You may remember the incident in the Newark Airport back in January. When a Transportation Security Administration guard abandoned his post at the airport, a Chinese student slipped into the terminal’s secured area. This forced a six-hour shutdown of the entire terminal as passengers were re-screened through security.

The student will have to pay fines and perform community service. The TSA guard went back to week at the airport after a two-month paid administrative leave and unspecified disciplinary action.

Could this become a campaign issue? It was one of the issues that Scott Brown used effectively in his Senate campaign in Massachusetts. Talking about his concern with excessive pay and protections for federal workers resonated with voters. It is likely that we will see candidates using this issue again in the fall. I’m Kerby Anderson, and that’s my point of view.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Trade in Our SUVs? Can We Trade In Our President Instead?

PJVT Washington Roundtable video: The economy must be doing pretty well in President Obama's imagination. He thinks you should trade in your SUVs and buy hybrid minivans. Amy Holmes, Kristen Soltis and Katie Pavlich expose a couple of the President's favorite little tricks.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

It Is Time For Senator Harry Reid To Step Aside

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
"Failed Leadership"
ARRA News Service - On March 30th, freshman Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) sent a letter to Senate Leader Harry Reid which was cosigned by 28 other freshman congressman. However, neither the signers of the letter nor the public received an appropriate response from Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) who continues to threatened government shutdown.

Today, April 6th, Representative Rick Crawford, now joined even more US Representatives have in another letter addressed Senator Reid's "reckless, partisan strategy of shutting down the government."

Crawford writes in the second letter to Senator Harry Reid, "With all due respect, if you do not plan to fulfill your responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader, perhaps it is time to step aside." The letter goes on the state, "Mr. Reid, it is time to stop denying the dire straits of our nation's fiscal health. "It is time to pass a bill."

The Press Release about the Letter Follows:
WASHINGTON – Ninety House Republicans signed a letter calling on Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to step down if he does not fulfill his responsibility as Majority Leader. The House of Representatives sent Senator Reid H.R. 1 46 days ago, yet he refuses to fund the government through Fiscal Year 2011.

The letter asks Senator Reid to reconsider his, “reckless, partisan strategy of shutting down the government,” and says “the American people deserve responsive leadership from those who are elected to higher office.”

The letter cites Senator Reid’s numerous failures and his unwillingness to accept responsibility for the current budget crisis. “Unfortunately, you have failed on numerous counts,” says the letter. “Under your stewardship, the Senate failed to pass a budget resolution last year, something that hasn’t happened since the current budget process was established in 1974. Mr. Reid, you also failed to pass one single appropriations bill to fund even a single federal agency, but yet you somehow muster the nerve to say Republicans are the problem.” Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) authored the letter, which will be delivered today.

“The Senate Majority Leader is not living up to his title,” said Crawford. “He needs to lead so we can move our country forward.  If he chooses not to lead then he needs to let someone else step into that role. We must act responsibly, fund our government, ensure our troops in the field are paid and the American people are protected. These are the priorities of the House, and they must be the priorities of the Senate.”

The text of the "second" letter less the 90 signatures follows:
Mr. Reid,

Many of us wrote last week pleading with you to bring a long-term continuing resolution before the full Senate that would fund government operations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011. We hand delivered the letter the 39th day after the House passed HR-1, its version of the FY 2011 yearlong continuing resolution that adhered to the calls of the American people pleading for reasonable, responsible spending cuts.

Unfortunately, another seven days have passed and your refusal to pass a bill means our Nation has moved one step closer to a government shutdown. Mr. Reid, your lack of action and absence of leadership is irresponsible. It has now been 46 days since the House of Representatives passed a bill that reduces the massive $1.4 trillion deficit for FY 2011 by a modest $61 billion.

Where is your bill, Mr. Reid?

We urge you to reconsider your reckless, partisan strategy of shutting down the government. If you will pass a bill, the House and Senate can meet in conference to reconcile any differences and then forward the final bill to President Obama.

The American people deserve responsive leadership from those who are elected to higher office. Unfortunately, you have failed on numerous counts. Under your stewardship, the Senate failed to pass a budget resolution last year, something that hasn’t happened since the current budget process was established in 1974. Mr. Reid, you also failed to pass one single appropriations bill to fund even a single federal agency, but yet you somehow muster the nerve to say Republicans are the problem. The ball is in your court to pass a long-term spending resolution for the remainder of FY 2011 that can be reconciled with the H.R. 1. With all due respect, if you do not plan to fulfill your responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader, perhaps it is time to step aside.

Mr. Reid, it is time to stop denying the dire straits of our nation’s fiscal health. It is time to pass a bill.

Bound together and determined,
Signed by:
Adams, Sandy (FL-24)
Austria, Steve (OH-07)
Bachmann, Michele (MN-06)
Benishek, Dan (MI-01)
Bonner, Jo (AL-01)
Boustany, Charles (LA-07)
Broun, Paul C. (GA-10)
Buchanan, Vern (FL-13)
Buerkle, Ann Marie (NY-25)
Canseco, Fransisco (TX-23)
Carter, John (TX-31)
Chaffetz, Jason (UT-03)
Cole, Tom (OK-04)
Cravaack, Chip (MN-08)
Crawford, Rick (AR-01)
Crenshaw, Ander (FL-04)
Culberson, John (TX-07)
Denham, Jeff (CA-19)
DesJarlais, Scott (TN-04)
Duncan, Jeff (SC-03)
Ellmers, Renee (NC-02)
Fitzpatrick, Mike (PA-08)
Flake, Jeff (AZ-06)
Fleming, John (LA-04)
Flores, Bill (TX-17)
Franks, Trent (AZ-02)
Gingrey, Phil (GA-11)
Gosar, Paul (AZ-01)
Gowdy, Trey (SC-04)
Graves, Tom (GA-09)
Griffin, Tim (AR-02)
Guinta, Frank (NH-01)
Guthrie, Brett (KY-02)
Harper, Gregg (MS-03)
Harris, Andy (MD-01)
Herger, Wally (CA-02)
Herrera Beutler, Jaime (WA-03)
Huizenga, Bill (MI-02)
Hultgren, Randy (IL-14)
Jenkins, Lynn (KS-02)
Johnson, Bill (OH-06)
King, Peter (NY-03)
Kinzinger, Adam (IL-11)
Kline, John (MN-02)
Lamborn, Doug (CO-05)
Lankford, James (OK-05)
LoBiondo, Frank (NJ-02)
Lucas, Frank (OK-03)
Lummis, Cynthia (WY)
Manzullo, Donald A. (IL-16)
McClintock, Tom (CA-04)
McKinley, David (WV-01)
Miller, Gary (CA-42)
Miller, Jeff (FL-01)
Murphy, Tim (PA-18)
Nugent, Richard (FL-05)
Olson, Pete (TX-22)
Pence, Mike (IN-06)
Platts, Todd R. (PA-19)
Pompeo, Mike (KS-04)
Price, Tom (GA-06)
Quayle, Ben (AZ-03)
Reed, Tom (NY-29)
Ribble, Reid (WI-08)
Roby, Martha (AL-02)
Rokita, Todd (IN-04)
Schilling, Robert (IL-17)
Scott, Austin (GA-08)
Scott, Tim (SC-01)
Sensenbrenner, Jim (WI-05)
Shimkus, John (IL-19)
Shuster, Bill (PA-09)
Simpson, Mike (ID-02)
Smith, Chris (NJ-04)
Stivers, Steve (OH-15)
Stutzman, Marlin (IN-03)
Sullivan, John (OK-01)
Terry, Lee (NE-03)
Walden, Greg (OR-02)
Walsh, Joe (IL-08)
West, Allen (FL-22)
Westmoreland, Lynn A. (GA-03)
Wilson, Joe (SC-02)
Young, Todd (IN-09)
The Original Letter:
Mr. Reid,

We the undersigned call on you and the Senate to pass a long-term Continuing Resolution; a resolution that hears the calls of the American people and makes reasonable, responsible spending cuts.

Mr. Reid, your record on spending in the Senate is one of failure.  You have failed to pass a budget, failed to restrain spending, and failed to put our country on sound fiscal footing.

We do not accept your failure as our own.

The American people did not send us here to fail. Make no mistake: any government shutdown is the result of your lack of leadership. America has a $14 trillion debt and you offered a mere $6 billion in cuts. The House heard the calls of the American people and offered $61 billion in cuts, but the Senate has not sent us a Continuing Resolution in return.

We have received nothing from the Senate except denials of the dire straits of our nation’s fiscal health.

The House of Representatives is accomplishing what we were elected to do.  We've cut spending.  We’ve terminated wasteful programs. We've funded the government.

Mr. Reid, we are letting you know that we will rally on the Senate steps every day until you pass a long-term Continuing Resolution.  We call on all Americans to join our fight in restoring our country’s fiscal health.

The House of Representatives is doing our job, Mr. Reid. The Senate needs to start doing theirs.

Mr. Reid, it's time to pass a bill.

Bound together and determined,
Signed by:
Rep. Rick Berg (ND-AL)
Rep. Diane Black (TN-06)
Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX-23)
Rep. Chip Cravaack (MN-08)
Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01)
Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-19)
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN-08)
Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17)
Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02)
Rep. Michael Grimm (NY-13)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
Rep. Jeffrey Landry (LA-03)
Rep. Billy Long (MO-07)
Rep. David McKinley (WV-01)
Rep. Richard Nugent  (FL-05)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04)
Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16)
Rep. Tom Reed (NY-29)
Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02)
Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04)
Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-05)
Rep. Tim Scott (SC-01)
Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03)
Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03)

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