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Call to Action ~ Join the Movement ~ Are you Texas Bold or Texas Weak Mr. or Ms. State Rep?

Date posted: January 5, 2013

Texas Bold ~ Speaker Showdown

Texas State Reps. Please listen up~

From friend :

I got paid today. Several hundred dollars less and I am paid bi-weekly, which means double the loss for the month. I have to make some personal cuts from my life now. This means others will not be getting from me what they once received. Money taken out of the economy to “punish the rich” that is, in fact, punishing not the so-called “rich” but the true purpose of PROGRESSIVES, which is to punish us. We, The People. Does Boehner and ALL the Rep’s in the House fully realize what they did the other day? If any person in Congress, and those up for re-election in the Senate in 2014, who voted YES on raising our taxes, gets re-elected, then the voters of that district or state are one of a few things:

1) Progressives.
2) Communists.
3) Liberals.
4) Low Information Voters.
5) Democrats.
6) RINO’s.
7) Asleep.
8) Just don’t care.
9) The Candidate his or herself.
10) STUPID.

You cannot legislate the poor into afluency. You cannot legislate “fair” to one group because it’s ALWAYS UN fair to another. You should not lie, steal, rape, murder, plunder, ingratiate, befuddle, confuse, smear, nor infiltrate the power structures because power seized, not bestowed, often burns the hand that seizes it.

America? Are you out there? If this continues, you won’t be for long.

Texas House Speaker Showdown

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From the site ~ www.SpeakerShowdown.com

Texas is a state where the rules apply fairly to all sides…right? Well, not if Joe Straus stays Speaker of the House.

Joe Straus opposes Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, the majority of the House, and grassroots Texans when it comes to most issues. And it shows.

When Gov. Perry proposed a set of common sense budget guidelines in his Texas Budget Compact, Straus wouldn’t sign on.
When Obama trumpeted that “we can’t cut our way to prosperity” so we need to raise taxes, well, Straus was right there with him saying the exact same thing. (Seriously, you can check it out here.) Well, we can’t tax our way to prosperity either, Speaker Straus!

Winston Churchill

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
Winston Churchill
 
Texans America is being SOLD OUT by the Political Class ~ It does not matter whether there is an R or a D by their name.
Please Call, Tweet, Facebook and e-mail do what ever you can between now and Jan. 8th to let your State Rep. know it is time for them to Stand up straight and accept the burden.  This is not about what pork they can take back to their district , this is not about what committee assignment they get. To be frank this is not about them and their power or positon. This is about Texas!! 
“Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more – or an additional $2,711 – in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent – or up to $1,784 – the D.C.-based think tank reported. Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of the fiscal cliff deal.”
Do you realize what effect the new deal Boehner cut with Obama will have on Texans?
How the New Limits on Deductions and Exemptions Might Work

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The tax deal reached by Congress would begin phasing out personal exemptions and many deductions for people with adjusted gross incomes over $250,000 for singles and $300,000 for couples. The impact on a hypothetical couple earning $400,000 a year, with two children, would vary by state.

CCH ran two hypothetical cases for me, which you can see in the accompanying graphic. The first examined a family of four in New York with $400,000 in adjusted gross income and $79,000 in total itemized deductions. The household pays the A.M.T. in both 2012 and under the new tax rules in 2013. They pay just $790 more in 2013, but that includes $1,350 in new Medicare taxes. (The total does not include the Social Security payroll tax that has been restored to its prerecession level.)

A family in Texas, however, might have the same income but lower property taxes and no income tax and thus lower deductions for its federal tax return. Their deductions are just $43,700, but they end up being hurt more by the new rules. They would have no A.M.T. liability in 2013 and would end up paying $3,852 more, or about $2,500 if you don’t count the $1,350 from the new Medicare tax. 

So I ask you Mr. or Mrs. Texas State Rep.  are you willing to fight for Texas or are you willing to go along with a Speaker of the House who ….. “When Obama trumpeted that “we can’t cut our way to prosperity” so we need to raise taxes, well, Straus was right there with him saying the exact same thing. (Seriously, you can check it out here.) Well, we can’t tax our way to prosperity either, Speaker Straus! 

Again this is not about you, it is much bigger than you!! Although YOU are who God has put in place for “Such A Time As This” I encourage you please listen to Texas Conservative Hawk Bill Zedler, take it in and soak it up.

Now be TEXAS BOLD vote against Joe Straus and for David Simpson for Speaker of the House in Texas!!

If you are a Conservative Texas State Rep. I highly recommend that you read this article. Texas conservative responsibility before deciding who to vote for as Speaker of the Texas House. 

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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Texas Needs and Deserves a New Speaker of the House

Date posted: January 4, 2013

By Bob Hall

This is the fourth in a series of articles on why Texas needs a new Speaker of the House in the state legislature. Your Rep is counting on you not taking the time to understand why Joe Straus must not be re-elected Speaker, not paying attention to the facts and not remembering how they vote when it is time for their re-election. Let’s prove them wrong on all three counts.

It will take Republican state Reps with integrity, courage and a commitment to “service before self” to stand firmly on principle and replace Joe Straus.

Questions to ponder:

Do you really know who your Texas State Rep really is or do you just know them by the rhetoric of their campaign?

Did you vote for your Rep because he/she campaigned as a Texas conservative?

Do you know that the single most important vote your Rep will make while serving in the 83rd Texas legislative session is the one he/she will cast for Speaker of the House? (This will be the first vote they cast on 8 January when the session begins)

 Did you know that only one of the two candidates for Speaker is has a true conservative record and he is David Simpson?

 Did you know that at the Texas State Republican Convention conservative Republicans expressed theirlack of confidence in and disgust with the moderate/liberal Joe Straus in several ways? Here are just three of them:

  1. Just like with David Dewhurst, every time the name “Joe Straus” was mentioned during the Texas State convention the attendees booed his name loudly.
  2. Because of the concern that most Reps count on their constituents being ignorant of their misdeed on important votes, (like the Speaker selection) the convention delegates included a resolution in the Texas platform calling on all Reps to hold town-hall meetings to discuss the their vote for House Speaker with their constituents before the 83rd session begins.
  3. Joe Straus chose to withdraw his name from the “special guests” list rather than face the humiliation David Dewhurst received when the at-large-delegate committee refused to make him a delegate to the National Republican Convention.

 The list of actual anti-conservative actions of Joe Straus is well documented and true conservative throughout the state do not even want him in the Texas House, much less to be the Speaker.

So the big question is, how is your state Rep going to vote in the Speaker’s race on 8 Jan 13? Are they Texas Bold or Texas Weak?

If your Rep has said any of the following statements, it is good indication that he/she has “drank the Straus kool-aid” , is willingly sitting at the foot of the Straus throne and will vote for him instead of the true conservative David Simpson:

  1. “The 82nd (2011) legislative session was the (or one of the) most conservative sessions ever (sometimes they will include: because of Joe Straus).” This is a misrepresentation of the truth. Most of the conservative legislation was killed by the Straus controlled committee chairs.
  2. “We balanced the budget without raising taxes”. Not an accurate claim. They called it balanced because they got to define balanced. They used smoke and mirrors.
  3. “Joe Straus has been a Republican all his life”. So what. Wearing a Republican label does make make him a conservative. His documented performance has been anything but conservative.
  4. “Joe Straus is pro-life.” Just not a true statement. NARAL, the rabid pro-abortion at any time for any reason group gave Straus a legislative rating of 100%; Deep family ties and support to Planned Parenthood, including large contributions by family members and his wife serving on the Board of Directors of PP of San Antonio; He received commendation from Planned Parenthood of San Antonio after the disastrous 2009 session, citing his “tireless efforts” on their behalf.
  5. “David Simpson is a nice guy and I like him but he does not have the experience to be Speaker.”Again, so what. Conservatives have had enough of the Joe Straus brand of conservatism. And, they hope you don’t remember that Joe Straus was elected speaker after only one term in the House.
  6. Joe Straus is responsible for the strong Tea Party victories in the last election.” This is so false that it is laughable.
  1. “The Speaker is not all that important. He doesn’t really control anything. The Speaker is just a figure-head to open and close meetings.” Any Rep saying this one is showing his/her contempt for your intelligence.

So, what can you do to help stop the tragedy of Joe Straus being re-elected Speaker of the Texas House?

1. Call your State Representative’s offices today and demand they comply with the State Republican Resolution and hold a town hall meeting to discuss this very important vote. If you do not their phone numbers, you can find it with this link:

Texas House Speaker Showdown

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2. Plan to attend the Speaker’s Showdown in Austin, Tx on 7 & 8 January. For more information see the following link:

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MAKE THAT CALL TODAY AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE MAY HAVE GIVEN OVER OUR COUNTRY TO OBAMA, BUT WE DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE TEXAS TO HIS SURROGATE, JOE STRAUS.

Let your Rep know that you know that a vote for Joe Straus is a vote for PERSONAL GAIN

(Power, Money and/or Special Favors)

A REAL CONSERVATIVE WITH INTEGRITY COULD NOT, WOULD NOT, VOTE FOR JOE STRAUS EVEN IF JOE WAS THE ONLY ONE IN THE RACE.

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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Jodie Labenberg~ Texas Bold or Texas Weak?

Date posted: January 3, 2013

 

Jodie Laubenberg ~ Dallas Morning News

State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker (2010 photo courtesy of Rep. Jodie Laubenberg)

As we reported back in Dec. from the Dallas Morning News, Jodie Laubenberg stated she needed to choose her words carefully. 

Why is that? 

“North Texas conservative state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg supports Speaker Joe Straus’ re-election as the Texas House’s presiding officer, even as outside groups are ratcheting up their rhetoric against Straus and anyone fearless enough to predict he’ll win a third term as speaker next month.

On Tuesday afternoon, Laubenberg, R-Parker, confirmed in a text message that she announced her decision to vote for Straus at a town hall meeting Monday night.

Laubenberg, who was in Austin attending a House committee meeting, declined to elaborate. At first, she cited the press of business. Later, she suggested she needs to choose her words carefully.”  

Wayne Richard Show with Jodie LaubenbergWe maybe we will get some answers~ 

She is going to be on the Wayne Richard show this Sat. and you will not want to miss it. I had the opportunity to be on the Wayne Richard show last Sat. and you can listen to that show, just Click Here.  

Jodie Laubenbeg’s interview with Wayne will be an important interview for Jodie as some of her constituents have expressed frustration with her announcement. As have many grassroots/tea party activists from across the state.  The scheduled interview will provide Jodie an opportunity to share what her motivation and thoughts are regarding the upcoming vote. www.WayneRichardShow.com  

My hope is that Jodie Laubenberg is listening to the people because Your Voices Should Count ~ #SpeakerShowdown is underway in the #Txlege 

As Ray Myers says…..

Our elected officials at the state level are discounting your voice. They only listen to you at election time when they need your vote. It is time for that to change.
 
Make your voice heard by contacting your State Representative and voicing  your opinion about the upcoming Speaker of the House election in Austin.
 
On January 8, your State Rep will cast the most important vote during the entire legislative session. The election of the Speaker of the House will set the agenda for the legislature. The Speaker and his committee selections will determine what legislation passes or fails. This includes the state’s budget, school finance, transportation, immigration, health and human services, and natural resources.
 
We need a Speaker who reflects the core values of Texans. Let’s keep Texas strong by electing a strong Speaker. Tell your State Representative to vote for David Simpson for Speaker.
 
The great new site has been launched to make it very easy to find out who your State Rep. is and how to contact them.  Click here see the report-then email or call your State Rep.  
 Texas House Speaker Showdown

Speaker Joe Straus

To reinforce the message that electing a significant margin of conservative House representatives signals voter expectations of conservative House leadership, WomenOnTheWall.org has released Texas Speaker Showdown II – WE’RE BACK! video follow-up to the 2010 Speaker Showdown theme. “Conservative House Speaker Or Your Seat.”

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Click here to do just that. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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Texas Conservative State Reps. ~ Stand up straight and accept the burden.

Date posted: December 30, 2012

As I was reading this article by Dr. Jack Wheeler “You Have Two Years to Live” – An Open Letter to the Incoming Republican House Members of the 113th Congress -Hat Tip to the Lone Star Tea Party for posting Dr. Wheeler’s article

Dr. Jack Wheeler, Trevor LoudonI was struck by this call to action to the US House by Wheeler.

You must understand that America now has a government run by gangsters – by crooks, thieves, looters, and thugs who will be utterly ruthless in ruining you if you try to be in their way. Putin’s Russia, Chavez’s Venezuela, has come to America.

So if you don’t have the courage to band together and stand up to them, quit now. They can’t spend money you don’t give them. They will do whatever it takes, legal or illegal, to force you to give it to them.

If you can’t say No to raising the debt ceiling, if you can’t Defund Obamacare and the EPA and Obama’s Executive Orders, if you can’t refuse to appropriate money for more Food Stamps and Obama’s crony capitalist subsidies, quit now.

But if you can say No, if you can Defund, then you will be heroes to at least half of America, the half that stands for honesty, decency, and protecting our children’s future. Make us proud or be gone. This is your chance to be heroes – or to be schmucks. Make these next two years the time you live up to the character and courage of America’s Founders.

Right now, history has chosen you to be America’s only hope to avoid her falling into destitution and tyranny. Live up to it. It will take more courage than you ever thought it possible for you to have. Reach inside for the best within you. America’s future depends on it. The weight of history is on your shoulders. Stand up straight and accept the burden.

The Opposition to Joe Straus Grows and Some Republicans are Caught~Through out history time and again there have been men and women called for a greater purpose. Those who understand that and answer the call have been remembered for their greatness. I wrote an article last week called Betrayal~ When it feels better to betray than to serve. I was trying to figure out why some of our great Conservative legislators have said they are voting for Joe Straus as Speaker of the house. I believe there are some Conservative men and women who are Texas State Representatives who have not realized they have been called to greatness. They have been called to Stand up straight and accept the burden. 

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” Quote by: Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
Source: Attributed. 58 BC, Speech in the Roman Senate 

If you are a Conservative Texas State Rep. I highly recommend that you read this article. 

Texas conservative responsibility before deciding who to vote for as Speaker of the Texas House. 

Conservatives must stand strong in the race for Speaker of the Texas HouseI wake up everyday ready to fight the good fight for my children because they are the future of this nation. That is exactly what we are fighting for.  The future of this nation. If I do not do what I can to take out weak Conservatives who have become a tool for evil than I am not doing my job as a Mom to protect them and their future.

I pray that these weak Conservatives will see the light and leave the darkness in the halls of the Texas Capital. I also have faith, faith in knowing the end of the story. Just as my children’s favorite Veggie Tails song says…… “God is Bigger the the Boogie Man”.

To all of those Freshman Conservatives who have been put in office by “We The People” ~ “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” 

Do not listen to weak Conservatives ~ STAND! 

Speaker Joe Straus

To reinforce the message that electing a significant margin of conservative House representatives signals voter expectations of conservative House leadership, WomenOnTheWall.org has released Texas Speaker Showdown II – WE’RE BACK! video follow-up to the 2010 Speaker Showdown theme. “Conservative House Speaker Or Your Seat.”

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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It’s All About More Money ~ Joe Straus and the Gambling Lobbies

Date posted: December 29, 2012

Please take the time to go read….

It’s All About More Money

Michael Quinn Sullivan has another great article out that explains the challenges many Texans have with Speaker of the House – Joe Straus.

Expect to hear lots of happy-talk about free money to fund bloated bureaucracies when the legislature meets. A big push for expanded gambling is coming, but it has nothing to do with free markets or keeping taxes low. It just means more money flowing from your wallet to state government.

Austin lobbyist Bill Miller told the Associated Press in an article today that lawmakers should use the push by school districts for more money as the excuse to hand out crony-based gambling licenses. “It’s an opportunity… A golden one, actually.”

Perhaps an opportunity for politically-connected moguls wanting state-enforced monopolies, and certainly for lobbyists helping them navigate the halls of the Capitol… But it will be a disaster for taxpayers.

Look at, literally, every state that has expanded gambling for the purposes of bringing in new revenues. The efforts have failed. From Oklahoma and Louisiana to Michigan and Illinois, New Jersey to Nevada, states with expanded gambling have worse budget woes than Texas. Much, much worse. 

The proposals coming down the pike have absolutely nothing to do with the free market, and everything to do with making sure friends of gambling investor Speaker Joe Straus and his family get rich off state-authorized and state-enforced monopolies. It’s cronyism at its worst.

Please take the time to read the full article here. 

 

As was featured in WomenOnTheWall.org’s latest video out ~ It’s unusual -even in Texas- to encounter a single piece of legislation that has the potential to put MILLIONS of dollars in the pocket of a top state leader. 

 

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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