Posted by americana83 on August 30, 2011
Today, I saw a brand new mailer from Congressman Stivers. Unfortunately, Stivers is proud of his vote for the Budget (Outta) Control Act of 2011. I will address the 3 points he makes touting this piece of Status-Quo legislation, and urge you to contact him (information on my Ohio 15th watch page):
Point 1: Cuts government spending
- Reduces government spending by a greater amount than it increases the debt limit
- The CBO estimates the bill would initially reduce deficits by 917 billion over 10 years
- guarantees future additional cuts of up to 1.5 trillion making the total deficit cuts of at least 2.1 trillion over 10 years.
Does anyone really believe that 2.1 trillion in deficit cuts (that is a reduction of the rate at which the deficit grows, NOT an actual cut in real and current spending levels, which will continue to increase even if future congresses follow the absolute letter of the law) over 10 years is anywhere near the 2 trillion dollar debt increase given to status quo politicians through 2012 and likely to continue every year over the next 10 years? This bill is nothing but a campaigning smokescreen. Two trillion over 10 years does not equal 2 trillion this year, it breaks down to 200 billion per year, which is a joke, and which makes the very generous assumption that future congresses will adhere to what amounts to a non-binding resolution. And again a reminder this is not an actual spending reduction, but merely a promised decrease in the rate at which spending increases. So, claiming this bill’s decade long stretch of promised “deficit cuts” are equal to the 2 trillion dollar give away THIS YEAR is, to be polite, a lie.
Point 2: Controls government spending
- Caps discretionary spending immediately
- Imposes spending caps that would set clear limits on future spending and serves as a barrier against government expansion while the economy grows
Capping is not reducing. What are we going to do, freeze spending at 2011 levels? Is that fiscal responsibility? These spending levels helped downgrade our credit rating (along with this irresponsible piece of legislation). This is status quo, and unacceptable and unenforceable. If it is as the mailer says a “barrier against government expansion,” then it is a barrier built of air and wagging fingers. Neither of which is capable of stopping the creation of new departments, new regulations, or new and expanded regulations.
Point 3: Fights for a balanced budget
- Requires both the house and Senate to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment after October 1, 2011 but before the end of the year.
How is forcing congress to vote on an amendment “fighting for a balanced budget”? Do you expect an amendment with any real teeth to make it through a still-progressive congress? Moreover, with the government’s constant attempts to end run the Constitution over even just the past couple years, what honest good do you think adding another amendment would do? The most it would do is add another sheet of paper to already massive bills explaining how the bill is “fiscally responsible” and inline with the amendment. It is another smoke and mirrors campaign in lieu of actual government spending.
Another point, though not listed as a point, but rather in big bold letters to the right: NO TAX HIKES! As a major victory for families and businesses, these budget and spending reforms were accomplished without raising taxes. There will be NO TAX INCREASES as part of the Budget (outta) Control Act of 2011.
What it doesn’t mention is that the extra constitutional Super Congress created by the Budget (Outta) Control Act can and will likely increase taxes. In fact, Stivers doesn’t mention this new body anywhere in the mailer. Further, where is the spending reform? Caps on current rates? Laugh out loud! Promises of future reductions in the rate of spending increases by future congresses? Kicking any meaningful reductions down the road? This bill does NOTHING now, EXCEPT give progressives a 2 trillion dollar credit card extension through the 2012 elections. It is laughable for this bill to be touted as some kind of victory for fiscal responsibility.
Mr Stivers, voting against this monstrosity would have shown that you had a genuine commitment to fiscal responsibility. Perhaps you could confer with Congresswoman Bachmann, Congressman Paul or perhaps even fellow Ohio Republican Jim Jordan on what it means to stand up for fiscal integrity even in the face of intra-party opposition.
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Posted by americana83 on September 12, 2010
Today as many of my compatriots descend on the capital city to assert the economic aspects of the American restoration I will be staying home and celebrating a special Sunday at my home church (the church I attend regularly), celebrating the blessings God has bestowed on us.
In addition to political action, we must return to our roots. Just as God has blessed my little church, He has blessed this great country. I hope that as we reflect on the meanings of 9/12, the coming together, the call for restoration in our political institutions, and those who lost their lives unexpectedly on the dark day of 9/11/01, that we reflect on the power and mercy of God, who strengthens us to persevere through the hard times and the bloody trials of this life. Who has blessed us with freedom in this life and who offers eternal freedom through Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of all true liberty. Our institutions will never be sanctified with truthfulness and will never submit to the rule of law and transparency until We the People revive and return anew to the Author of Liberty.
One of the things that has made America a “Christian nation” is the fact that the government from its inception has echoed the Old Testament prophet’s call: “Choose this day whom ye will serve.” The Christian nation does not need to force people to convert, or compel them to do so. The God of the Universe did not compel Adam and Eve to obey him! How much less can any government or institution force people to convert or compel them to religious service if even the God of the Universe gives the choice? Religious compulsion is thus an affront to the laws of nature and nature’s God!
They are ignorant or malicious who attempt to paint a “Christian nation” as a theocracy or Iranian-styled Islamic dictatorship. The political-religious control over Europe in the dark ages that ordered people burned at the stake, even for such things as translating the Biblical Scriptures into English or other common languages!, were not acting on the principles of God, but on the principles of totalitarianism- the opposite of God’s call to the people to “study to show thyself approved” and “choose this day whom ye will serve.”
Modern nations founded on either atheism or some other militant faith try to compel at threat of execution or family torture or enslavement or 2nd class citizenship the citizenry to accept and adhere to their doctrines. One only need look at nations such as Iran and China and North Korea to see such compulsion in action.
Thusly our founders did manifest a “Christian nation” in that they left it to the people to seek out their own salvation, to study the scriptures and find God, or to not. Faith can never be compelled or forced. God gives us the option to choose Him. No government has the right to take that choice away. No nation can be saved- salvation is of the individual, but a nation can be sanctified. A nation can stand for righteousness. A nation can safeguard the freedom of its people to worship according to the dictates of their consciousnesses.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
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Posted by americana83 on February 27, 2010
Recently, nearly all the candidates for Ohio’s 15th congressional district were invited to participate in a “meet the candidate night.” Of these, Dave Ryon, Steve Stivers and John Adams filled out the questionnaire and participated in the Q & A. There was apparently one other candidate who showed up, but had not filled out the questionnaire, or have knowledge of what 9/12 was (The Union County 9/12 and Central Ohio 9/12 groups were hosting the event). Mary Jo Kilroy, the current representative, ignored the invitation, though her presence was made known throughout the night as candidates explained how they would strive to bring responsive, constitutional representation back to the 15th congressional district.
All of the candidates were asked if they would sign a “fiscal responsibility pledge.” All candidates were then provided with one, and all appeared to sign it. There was an addendum on the pledge about “ear mark reform transparency and up or down votes.
NOTE: If a candidate, agreed with another candidate on an answer, go to the same number under that candidate’s responses. I have added some notes following certain questions. I have done a minimal amount of editing to the following transcribed answers to make it more readable. If you see any errors, please contact me.
The questions were as follows:
- What does the oath of office mean to you?
- What type of tax system do you think would be ideal?
- What is wrong with our current healthcare system. And how would you fix it?
- Earmarks (that you are against) in a bill you and your constituents are in favor of, how would you vote on that bill and why – best interests of the country, or your special interest?
- “Putting the axe to government” What are to 2 steps to shrink deficit
- What do you plan to do to beat [Kilroy] in the general election. How’s your war chest (Campaign cash)
- How would you handle unemployment: what role does the fed government actually have?
- What is your solution to illegal immigration? (Est 20 Million illegals burdens infrastructure).
- How do you feel about gun rights and the second amendment, and… (two part)
- who do each of you turn to for advice and favorite person. “you admire” (alluding to the statement Anita Dunn made about who she turns to for political wisdom, Mother Teresa and Mao Tse Tung).
- “The oath of office … is to listen” “if you listen to the people you have more answers” I will listen to article 1 section 8” “You can take that to the bank. PLEDGE: No vacations if I am elected, will be on call” “You will here back from me right away”
- “Wouldn’t mind seeing it a lot flatter, 0%, repeal 16th amendment. 1.2 trillion over seas every year, Feds collect 1.2 trillion dollars from individuals like your self. “Have you pay the state revenue department to decide how to distribute federal tax dollars.” “Can hold back the dollars those federal programs are spending now, and giving the power back to the states”
- Agrees with Stivers, health care tax deductions. “Steve gave a good answer”
- “Is it moral, is it constitutional, do we need it, and can we afford it” If the answer is no to any of these 4 questions, then I will vote no. If I vote yes, “I have read the entire thing”
- Would not support increasing debt ceiling. Next move is a balanced budget amendment.”Federal Government should too”
- “I am offering you a constitutional conservative that is running. Pro life, pro 10th amendment. Pledge to follow Art 1 sec 8. “if women have a right to an abortion, what we are saying is that the children in their womb are property.” “That is slavery… was abolished long ago.”
- Go back to the fundamental promise. “we need to deregulate” “Forcing companies to put out so much money… they have to drop jobs” Monetary policy is terrible in this country” -Fed Reserve. Devalued $ = job loss. “once we have a strong dollar, you will see a boost in employment”
- Agree with Steve. “There was talk of outsourcing port security” If you are here illegally, you should be sent back immediately.
- “Against any legislation that would diminish right to bear arms.” “the man who inspired me to run for office was congressman Ron Paul.” [Paul] has a finger on the “constitutional pulse” “He’s my inspiration to be running today.”
- “Very Seriously” “Privilege” “Stand up for the folks that sent you there” “I take that pledge very seriously as a member of the armed forces…very seriously…”
- What kind of tax reform would be appropriate. “I support a flatter, more simple tax system than we have now.” “Close loopholes” “Won’t have to pay as many people to work for”
- “First, scrap the bill in front of Washington right now” “Start from scratch” “best health care in the world” first problem- “healthcare not portable, no one knows what anything costs.” 5 stitches: $1750. give incentive to healthy living – Defensive medicine, tort reform “Insurance across state lines” There are “billions dollars of waste in Medicare and Medicaid we have to go after”
- “I like the way David answered it.” “the public needs to have time to understand them”
- 1st balanced budget law immediately. 2nd balanced budget amendment. LINE ITEM VETO. Performance based budgeting. And move to a 2 year budget cycle from a 1 yr budget cycle. “congress only made it through 2 of their budget bills” NOTE: A line item veto is unconstitutional, as it would transfer legislative power from Congress to the president. Congress already ignores laws, they would almost certainly ignore any sort of balanced budget law.
- He is a “Battle tested candidate” My focus is to beat Mary Jo Kilroy. I will make sure that happens” “I will make sure MJK not in congress. His war chest is over 600,000 by end of December. 515,000 on hand. Raised 2.3 Million last time. About 3K volunteers. MJK is on record on “cap & trade” HK bonuses, GM, “I’ll have the money and resources and the man power” Like John said, Mary JO must Go. NOTE: Was the only candidate that appeared to answer the question about their financial status.
- “Government’s role is to provide a sound climate for business. Government doesn’t create jobs” “Role of government is to keep taxes low.” NOTE: This is great.
- what “we absolutely have to NOT do is give amnesty. we can’t allow people to commit illegal acts and not have there be no consequences.” “you don’t have a border unless you secure your border.” “active and passive measures” “if someone is here illegally and we capture them, they should go home.” “Eventually, we need to do immigration reform” “Should be based on what our economy needs” “help, not hurt the country.” “We cannot continue to thrive and prosper unless we deal with this issue…its costing trillions in additional resources
- Co-sponsored concealed carry, castle doctrine. Endorsed by NRA in 2008 and is a member. “I have been and will always be a supporter of the 2nd amendment of the constitution.”
- My wife and James Madison, “one of the smartest men that set up our constitutional framework.
Note: At the beginning, when candidates were supposed to introduce themselves, John launched into an attack on Steve that took him well past the 10 minutes allotted to each candidate to introduce themselves. He jibed Steve: “We can not defeat her [Mary Jo Kilroy] with a [sorry Steve] moderate.” and used some of Kilroy’s attack ad points to attack Steve Stivers. While there are appropriate venues to do so, this was setup to introduce the candidates and get them to answer questions submitted to the Union County 9/12.
- “So help me I do, I would take that oath… Solemn oath…There to serve the people” “all politics is local. take that seriously” “Trying to find the word here, I’m 64…”
- “You reduce taxes at same time (you) reduce the size of the federal government.” “hundreds of thousands more employees [Feds]. “Reduce it, make it work smarter”
- “The first thing we have to do is stop government run healthcare.” “That’s not America” “Encourage free market system” Insurance should be allowed to sell “anywhere in the United States” “Tort reform “vast amounts of money for insurance [doctors]” “Real tort reform” “millions of people out of work…how do you buy health insurance if you don’t have a job?”
- “No way.” “They [issues] should be separated out”
- First step. “fire Obama.” [shrink it “in a gradual way” “realistically we could bring it down with a new congress -10%” Cut congress pay 10%. 10% per year. “not wasting the people’s money
- “Focused on Mr Stivers right now. I go no where after may 4th if I don’t win” Kilroy is a “socialist progressive” “She’s a rubber stamp for that crowd [obama-reid-pelosi]” would address abortion issue with Kilroy. Roe V Wade “one of the worst decisions we have made in our country.” “abortion must come to a stop”
- “we start working on our own energy sources” We have vast amounts of oil reserves nationwide. Coal oil natural gas. “2000 years of our own resources.” “energy = your economy” Work on domestic energy to put people back to work. “we could become a net exporter [of energy]”
- We need to seal our border “still porous” “Free transportation back to where they came from” Should have to come like “every other immigrant.
- “Absolutely support 2nd amendment.
- “My wife – she is my inspiration…”
Final thoughts: I felt Steve and David performed quite well. Both behaved respectably and followed the rules and for the most part answered the questions. I felt that John, despite his newness to the area, handled himself most like a traditional politician, launching into attacks and providing formula answers. David Ryon appeared to have the strongest grasp of constitutional limitations, in the rapid fire questions, he was the only one not tripped up by the hypothetical “national right to work” law, which would go beyond the article 1, section 8 limitations on congress. Steve Stivers also responded very professionally to the attacks unexpectedly launched by Adams. Adams, apparently dissatisfied with the forum, has removed all references to tea parties and 9/12 from his website. A Google cache from February 23rd still shows the sections referring to Tea Parties and 9/12. If this is not the case, I invite comment.
The candidates’ websites are listed below:
Dave Ryon: http://www.ryonforcongress.com/
Steve Stivers: http://www.stivers4congress.com/
John Adams: http://www.johnadams2010.com/
The Union County 912’s homepage:
The Union County 912 meetup:
Disclaimer: This review and commentary is not endorsed by the Union County 9/12 and contains the work and opinions of Americana83.com.
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