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Waco paper works against conservatives and for Joe Straus

Date posted: November 30, 2011

Thank you Agenda Wise for taking on the Media and Joe Straus…..


The Waco Tribune-Herald is peddling an editorial asking conservatives to stop demanding conservative leadership out of Republican Party members, specifically embattled House Speaker Joe Straus.


The editorial board incorrectly states that “support for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will again be a campaign issue in the Republican primary election of 2012.” This isn’t accurate. Political onlookers know that 2012 will be the first primary election to feature the issue. The effort to unseat Joe Straus did not begin until after the general election of 2010 and was more of an introduction of the speaker race onto the political calendar. 

For those still unfamiliar with the issues, the vote for Speaker of the House, the first and most consequential vote of each session, was for 35 years legally off-limits to anyone but lobbyists and legislators. During that time it was illegal for the rest of us to involve ourselves. The Texas Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional as a result of a legal challenge a couple of years ago, opening up the speaker’s race for the first time in 35 years.

The Tribune-Herald’s editorial board has joined the liberal chorus in trying to make the existence of a speaker race seem petty – claiming it is all about “personalities”. The speaker race is about policy – more so than any other vote – because the speaker chooses committee chairs and committee chairs determine which bills get to the floor and which do not. It goes without saying that the speaker and his team have a large influence on whether a bill passes or not, but more importantly, the speaker and his team entirely decide which votes happen. There is no more consequential way to affect policy in the legislature than this. The speaker race is not about personality.

Ralph Sheffield, a Joe Straus loyalist is on record stating Joe Straus “punished Republicans”, referring to redistricting, committee appointments, and general obstruction of conservatives. The Tribune–Herald’s plea not to “punish” legislators for supporting Speaker Straus is one-sided. The Speaker and his team have done everything they can to punish their opponents, a reality the Tribune–Herald decided to ignore in their editorial.

It’s becoming common knowledge that Republican leadership has actively opposed conservative Republicans. Joe Straus and his leadership team slowed down what would have otherwise been a conservative surge in Texas. This activity accounts for why our country continually moves in a liberal direction. When liberals have serious power they pass things like ObamaCare, but when conservatives have serious power liberal Democrats like Jim Dunham choose liberal Republicans to manage the “conservative problem” while it exists. Liberal Democrat Jim Dunham originally got Joe Straus elected speaker. Straus was elected by the Democrats and just a few Republicans – his friends, the liberal Republicans.

One example of the frustration of the Republican super majority is spending limits. Ninety percent of Republican primary voters for three election cycles on ballot initiatives have endorsed placing spending limits on the legislature. The party platform contains a plank and legislative priority specifically calling for this action. Passage of spending limits should have been a cakewalk but was instead killed by House leadership.

Though not surprising, the Waco Tribune–Herald’s editorial board is playing its part in slowing down the conservatism Texans keep wisely voting for out of survival instinct.

An Odessa American reprinting of the Waco Tribune-Herald’s pro-Straus editorial


Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is Executive Director of AgendaWise. Previously, Daniel worked for Empower Texans, a non-profit direct advocacy group focused on fiscal policy in Texas. He holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, Daniel is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and lives in Austin with his wife Karen and their son Griffin. You can reach him at dgreer@agendawise.com
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Redistricting panel conflict of interest, media cover up

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Once again Daniel Greer with the team at Agenda Wise does what the liberal media will not……

Check out his latest blog post!

The Texas redistricting process has now been marred by a conflict of interest. Since the conflict favors liberals, the media has been as quiet as a mouse, the latest media dereliction of duty.

Here’s how your Texas media isn’t serving you:

The United States judicial code provides for the disqualification of a judge if his spouse or a person within the third degree of relationship to either individual is a party to the proceeding. Democrat legislators sued to have maps drafted during the session disqualified and redrawn by judges. Democrat Senator Leticia Van De Putte is the sister-in-law of one of the three judges on the panel who redrew the maps, Judge Orlando L. Garcia. Since the state was sued it’s officers are a party to the suit making Garcia’s relation to Van De Putte a conflict of interest.

Republican State Representative Sarah Davis (R) filed a motion to intervene, noting the clear conflict of interest but the motion was dismissed.

No Texas newspapers featured the story as they should have. Our survey revealed one major Texas daily mentioning the episode.

In 2010 Republicans won a super majority of seats in the Texas House solidifying control of the redistricting process. Democrats spent millions to take power before the process but failed. Now liberals are relying on judicial activist to aid Democrats.

Jason Embry of the Austin American Statesman gave this conflict of interest a mention in his First Reading, noting that the court denied Davis’ motion.


Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is Executive Director of AgendaWise. Previously, Daniel worked for Empower Texans, a non-profit direct advocacy group focused on fiscal policy in Texas. He holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, Daniel is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and lives in Austin with his wife Karen and their son Griffin. You can reach him at dgreer@agendawise.com.


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Let’s Give the Fair Tax a Fair Chance

Date posted: November 29, 2011

By Bob Hall 

No rational person can honestly defend our current “Income Tax” system. It is far too complex, unfair and a huge burden to businesses and citizens. The vast majority of the tax code has been specifically written to give one group an unfair advantage over the rest of the population. It is being effectively used as fuel to flame the fires of class warfare and serves to divide people based on income levels.

The “Fair tax” is simply a ‘consumption tax” which completely replaces all payroll deduction taxes. With the “Fair Tax” everyone (drug dealers and illegal aliens included) will pay their fair share of taxes because the tax is based on what people buy rather than on what income they report. It is imminently fair since the affluent will pay more in taxes because they will make more expensive purchases than will the poor. The “Fair Tax” also eliminates the corporate income tax therefor the increase in purchase price will be offset by the reduction in product price. It is important also to understand that the “Fair Tax” will only apply to new goods and services. There will be no “Fair Tax” applied to used products.

Senior FairTax strategist Denis Calabrese responds on video to a series of Frequently Asked Questions about the FairTax.

The “Fair Tax” plan eliminates the “unfairness” issues of the current system, improves personal and business efficiencies and eliminates one liberal class warfare tool. No longer would people have to make decisions based on how the IRS might view their actions. No longer would innocent citizens be subjected to the heavy burden imposed by this agency. Without the intrusive audits and time consuming requests for documentation, personal lives would improve, as would business efficiency. Tax benefits would no longer be the driving force behind business decisions. In addition to lifting the huge administrative burden of maintaining records, filling in forms, submitting reports and enduring time consuming audits, there would be no need for the IRS, as we now know it. Yes, the most burdensome and abusive government agency would no longer be necessary. There are universal good reasons that the IRS should be eliminated. And the biggest reason is their collection tactics

When it comes to the current income taxing scheme, all money matters for the IRS fall into one of three categories; “black”, “white” or “gray”. The “black” category consists of those things that are very clear that one must either do or not do, all of which favor the IRS. Those issues in this category cause more taxes to be paid to the IRS. The “white” category consists of those items which favor taxpayers and allows the taxpayers to keep more of their earnings. The “gray” category is by far the largest and it consists of all the nebulous issues; expenditures for which the tax code is either vague or silent. These are the “gotcha -issues” by which the IRS attempts to collect more money from corporations and individuals than specifically allowed by the tax code. “Gray” area tax audits are time consuming for both the IRS and the Taxpayer.The “gray” area cases are time consuming for the IRS because the corporation or individual most often has good rational and documentation for what they did,  and also has it well documented. While the IRS would like to rake in as much money as possible by disallowing all “gray area” deductions and claims, they will try to do so by any means except going to court.

Threats, intimidation, and liens are the IRS’s preferred ways of bullying people into paying their “gray” area claims. They avoid allowing most “gray” area cases to go to court. They will first threaten the taxpayer with all kinds of punishment if they don’t pay quickly. If threats do not work, they will try intimidation,  which often includes agents visiting neighbors and business associates. When it becomes obvious that the taxpayer is firm in his or her resolve that they are right and the IRS is wrong, the IRS will then start filing liens with courthouses where the taxpayer works and/or does business.  At this point the IRS will change their tactics from overt collection actions to a waiting game. A court proceeding is almost never initiated by the IRS for a “gray area” case. In fact, as strange as it may sound, the IRS does not want these cases to go to court. If a “gray area” was to go to court and the judge ruled in favor of the taxpayer, a case law precedent would be set that would keep the IRS from making similar collections from other taxpayers in the future. 

The IRS is also counting on the taxpayer not taking the initiative (usually because of legal expense) to take the case to a tax court. Usually the taxpayer is just happy to have some relief from the many weeks of harassment, threats and intimidation. 

With the liens in place the IRS can play a waiting game with the taxpayer. Rather than taking the chance of losing the case in court and having a new case law precedent set that would restrict future collection with other taxpayers, the IRS will just wait in hopes that this taxpayer will either die or want to sell property against which they have placed a lien. This waiting game has some risk for the IRS because of the statutes of limitation on collections.. Lawmakers wisely (at least in this situation) placed a time limit in which the IRS can  pursue a perceived debt. Once the IRS starts a collection action they must complete it within a finite time period, otherwise the law says it is not a taxpayer debt.

The risk the IRS takes are two fold; 1. The taxpayer may not have to, or want to, sell any property in the jurisdiction of the lien or 2. The tax payer may not die before the lien statute of limitation expires.  Yes, the IRS actually hoping that the taxpayer will die so they can then collect what they are after from the estate before distribution is made to the family of the deceased. In the case of the taxpayer dying, the IRS is counting on the family being unknowledgeable enough or unwilling to argue while grieving.

Under the Fair Tax system citizens would no longer be subject to these kinds of abuses. Only the Fair Tax system, which does not tax income, would completely eliminate the need for the IRS.

To learn more about the Fair Tax, go to  http://www.fairtax.org

Bob Hall is a Constitutional Conservative with Judeo Christian values and has been a Tea Party activist in East Texas since 2008. He is the leader of the Canton Tea Party Patriots and a member of the East Texas Constitutional Alliance (ETXCA). Mr. Hall has help organize several Tea Party groups and events throughout Texas.



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Texans, this is your chance to find out; Why did the Super- Committee Fail?

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Texans, this is your chance to find out; 

Why did the Super- Committee Fail?

Congressman Jeb Hersarling went toe to toe with the liberal left in an attempt to stop the spending in America. The question is did Obama get exactly what he wanted?


What do we do now??? 

Get the facts straight from Super Committee insider & US Congressman Jeb Hensarling,

Saturday December 3rd at Trinity Family Church,

9670 County Road 214/Southwest corner of I20 and 1641

next to Winners Circle subdivision inForney, 75126.

Additional Guest Speakers

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willitt, Place 2

Candidate for State Representative, HD 4 Dr. Stuart Spitzer

Bob Hall, Van Zandt Tea Party —

 Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person, and include Bar B Q dinner.

Tickets will be available at the Door

Call or email at 214-724-0337 –raymyers24@yahoo.com to purchase tickets

or get more information.

Event to benefit the Kaufman County Tea Party.  

Come and learn what really happened  

With the Super Committee and why it failed.  


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Fast & Furious discussed on the Conservative Emergency Task Force Call Today at Noon EST.

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“Tea Party and Conservative Leaders Working Together”


E.W. Jackson, Sr. – Convener                                           Christina Botteri – National Coordinator 

Please pass this message on to other concerned national, state & local conservative, Tea Party and like-minded grassroots individuals.  They are welcome to join us TUESDAYS at NOON E.S.T.  on the Conservative Emergency Task Force Conference Call. 

 Don’t Miss the Conservative Emergency Task Force Call TODAY, Nov. 29 at 12 NOON (EST)  Discussed will be the latest developments on the Fast & Furious investigations and more with Darrell Issa (CA-49) 

Call in number: 712-432-0900  Code: 199176#

Conf Call Agenda: 

This Tuesday’s Guest Speaker is Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49)
. Issa was elected to Congress in 2001 to represent the people of California’s 49th congressional district.

As a Congressman and leader in California grassroots politics, Issa has championed the cause of smart, efficient government, and has pushed legislation to balance the federal budget and promote transparency across the federal bureaucracy. In 2003, Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.
Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Small Business Committee.
Issa holds 37 patents himself, and has been vigilant about protecting the intellectual property rights of artists and other entrepreneurs to help protect America’s position at the forefront of innovation and creativity in the entertainment and technology industries.  His successful efforts to fight human trafficking along the United States border has resulted in tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and more consistent enforcement.
As a fiscal conservative committed firmly to low taxes and free markets, Issa has opposed the rise of out-of-control government spending and fought for the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars.  He’s pushed to achieve more whistleblower protections for those who report waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy.  And he’s offered substantive reform initiatives to open up government so that Americans know what’s happening in Washington and can become more democratically engaged in the day-to-day oversight of their government.

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Organizational Report – News and information from CETF partner organizations



Some Coalition Members include 

      Phyllis Schlafly – Eagle Forum                         Elaine Donnelly – Center Military Readiness

      Colin Hanna – Let Freedom Ring                    Robert H. Knight – American Civil Rights Union

      Gov. Jim Gilmore – Free Congress Action     Amy Kremer – American Grassroots Coalition

      William Murray – Government is Not God   Tommy Sears  – Center for Military Readiness

      Melvin Adams – Renewanation.org               Michael Valerio – C. E. T. F.

      John Smaldone – Tea Parties for Freedom Alliance


Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at NOON EST

 Dial: 712-432-0900  Code: 199176#  

 (During the call press *6 to ask questions.)

Don’t miss your opportunity to stay informed on the latest 

Conservative Emergency Task Force news!


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