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Welcome To 2013 Party While You Can ~ The Real Fiscal Cliff is on it’s way

Date posted: January 2, 2013

Another great post over at the Lone Star Tea Party….  It was the photo that caught my attention. We will look back and say remember the good old days….. 

Fiscal Cliff ~ Welcome to 2013

WELCOME TO 2013 – PARTY WHILE YOU CAN

“What we do know about 2013 is, Obama will continue to fundamentally change this country into God knows what and lead us into financial collapse while republicans standby and watch.  

From  @nittigrittytax

“Progressives in both parties passed the Senate Bill to avert the so called fiscal cliff and kick the can down the road again. What a dramatic show it was. Many republicans held their votes until they were sure it would pass then voted no to cover their butts back home. You aint foolin us, we watched as the votes were coming in and we talked about it in the final minutes of last nights Chaos Radio Show. 

In the coming days, you’re sure to read about how Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell valiantly worked through the night on New Year’s Eve to save 98% of Americans from impending tax increases and “avert the fiscal cliff.” Understand, however, that this deal accomplished only the former. The fiscal cliff has not been averted; it has merely been postponed. In fact, in an almost miraculous measure of negligence, this particular deal will force Congress to take up debate on fiscal cliff issues again in a mere two months.” 

WHAT WE GOT LAST NIGHT “A BAND AID”….READ ON  

Congress approves ‘fiscal cliff’ measure

The bill [in the House] drew 85 votes from Republicans and 172 from Democrats, meaning well more than half of its support came from the Democratic minority…151 House Republicans voted “no”; 89 to 8 Senators voted for it. 

Congress approved a plan to end Washington’s long drama over the “fiscal cliff” late Tuesday after House Republicans surrendered to President Obama’s demand to let taxes rise on the nation’s richest households.

The House voted 257 to 167 to send the measure to Obama for his signature; the vote came less than 24 hours after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation.

With end of payroll tax holiday, 2013 bill will rise regardless of “fiscal cliff” resolution.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and most other top GOP leaders took no public position on the measure and offered no public comment before the 10:45 p.m. vote. Boehner declined even to deliver his usual closing argument, leaving House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to defend the measure as the “largest tax cut in American history.”

The bill will indeed shield millions of middle-class taxpayers from tax increases set to take effect this month. But it also will let rates rise on wages and investment profits for households pulling in more than $450,000 a year, marking the first time in more than two decades that a broad tax increase has been approved with GOP support. 

As a final note from Mel Moss over at the Lone Star Tea Party 

Now for us Texans the big question is? Just what is the state legislature going to do to protect us from this out of control overspending over regulating federal government of king Obama?

Right now legislators are in planning sessions for the upcoming session, planning for what?

We all know the big obstacle in the road for conservative legislation is Joe Straus, corruption and collusion is the game of the state house elite. It’s a mini version of DC complete with committee threats and assignments for votes for Straus.

There is no one riding in on a white horse to save us, we have to step up and do this ourselves with great public pressure.

Call or write your legislator “no on Straus”, what steps are they taking to protect us from the out of control feds?

Come to Austin Jan 7TH & 8TH 2013 – join us as we go into the Offices of our elected officials  

Speaker Joe Straus

It is time to Kick it up a notch~ 

Check out this great new website~ Let this be your first New Year’s resolution ~ Keep Texas Strong~ Call your State Rep. and say Vote David Simpson for Speaker of the House on Jan. 8, 2013. Please share this website with the members of your group or organization with the call to action~ Make the Calls and pass this website on to your friends and neighbors. 
http://speakershowdown.com

Speaker Showdown

Keep Texas Strong Speaker Showdown

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Your Voices Should Count ~ #SpeakerShowdown is underway in the #Txlege

Date posted: December 31, 2012

By Ray Myers

 Texas House Speaker Showdown
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.
 
A Great new site has just 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. 

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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We are having an effect~ Bud Kennedy did a Hit Piece on the Grassroots

Date posted: December 29, 2012

Well you know you are hitting the mark and making a difference when the liberal media does a hit piece on you. Today Bud Kennedy wrote a piece about the Texas Speaker Showdown between -described in his words-….

 

Conservative Responsibility in TexasJoe Straus ~” an old-line Republican from a blueblood Alamo Heights family and a proud supporter of the Bush family, 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. 

and

David Simpson ~ “Rep. David Simpson of Longview, a Ron Paul libertarian-Republican and a Reformed Baptist seminary graduate, former church pastoral assistant and owner of a denominational publishing house.” Watch the video below and tell me if Rep. David Simpson is a so called crazy “Paulbot”. Which is what Bud Kennedy is trying to pin on him. 

I see a man who is an honest Constitutional Conservative. 

The above description is very interesting to me.
First let’s talk about this narrative Bud is working hard to push out.
 
 The Moderates are going to save this country. Really Bud?
 
Bush was leader of the big spending Republican Establishment, Mitt Romney lost to Obama and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison recently tried to push through an alternate amnesty bill to the dream act. All can be classified as moderates.
Now let’s talk about how we are going to save our state and our country. I worn you it is not going to be by electing moderates. It is going to be with hard work from you and me. Texans who are willing to get educated on the issues and not be afraid to stand tall even when it is not easy and even when we are being attacked by the media and the ruling class political establishment. (Actually that just emboldens me)
Let’s talk about what happened on the national level with the Presidential race. 
Just a little insight from on the ground in America during the Presidential election.
Texas National DelegatesThrough out the primary the battle on the ground was at the state caucus level. At every turn Romney stole the caucus from candidates like Rick Santorum by cutting deals with Ron Paul to eliminate Santorum who represented Conservatives. Then Romney had to eliminate the threat of Paul’s caucus ground game which put in place a large number of National Delegates. By the way the Ron Paul strategy is what Reagan did to get elected.  Next Romney tried to eliminate the Ron Paul folks with a committee rule change so that the presumptive nominee could pick which state delegates voted.
 
The Conservatives and Ron Paul folks fought back and stopped through a compromise of another rule change which caused a floor fight and the Romney folks basically just did not follow the Roberts Rules of Order and ran the show. That is exactly what it was, a lights camera action show for the viewing audience at home. Those of us who were there knew what happened. The GOP told the Conservatives and Ron Paul folks we are the powerful and we don’t need you. 
 
The result was Romney basically lost the base of the Republican Party which is what caused him to lose the election. 
 
I had a great kid say to me. We are doomed. 
 
Obama said to the American people ‘You DIDN’T BUILD THAT” and Romney told the Republican base “YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT”.
 
 
The people are fighting back and the Opposition to Joe Straus is Growing and Some Republicans are Caught~ 
 
As our friend over at AgendaWise.com Weston Hicks states…. “The conservative movement in Texas is alive and well.”

The question is are all Conservatives ready and willing to fight the good fight to save Texas from the “Moderate Establishment” that is working hard to keep the status quo and take Texas down the road the rest of the country is heading? Weston goes on to say…

The speaker’s race is a principle manifestation of what makes Texas the fourth state not relegated to Obama’s America. For many reasons, the speaker race is stronger, and more necessary, than it was last session.

For one thing, Speaker Straus said long ago he wanted to be speaker for only three sessions. The next one would be his third. This means that he would spend zero political capital if he became so unpopular that he can’t be re-elected speaker next time. He has “yep, my three sessions are up” to fall back on. This will make him bold.

In short, a third Straus term would have the same dynamic as Obama’s scary second term, because Straus doesn’t have to be political anymore. Conservatives beware.

Next, Straus has removed cover for conservatives to vote for him. Remember the last speaker race? He danced his heart out to the fiscal and social conservative tune. Now Straus has turned the music off.

Straus is opposing the Governor and Lt. Governor on the issue of the Texas Budget Compact. Straus campaigned for new revenues without lifting a finger to find efficiency or waste in government. He’s gone public as a fiscal moderate.

Straus is also rumored to be telling social conservatives to save ink by not submitting any bills to make Texas less dangerous for its unborn. According to the Texas Tribune, Straus strongly implied this session’s important abortion legislation – the fetal pain bill – isn’t a priority. He’s gone public as a social moderate.

These things make a Straus vote even less defensible in-district. He has raised the price for House conservatives to vote for him.

But, as a matter of fact, the House isn’t the same as last time. It is better. Straus dynamics aside, the House has many more conviction conservatives. This makes the speaker race stronger this time.

Finally, if transparency and accountability are good things, running a speaker race, regardless of the outcome, is excellent for the state of Texas.

This is because normal order in politics is to have a small band of unapologetic bad guys in the legislature, a small band of unapologetic good guys in the legislature, and a huge ambiguous middle who are relatively unsorted.

The speaker’s race changes all of that. It basically provides Texans rankings for the entire House. Who has guts, and did they have it early, middle, or late?

And anyway, the original conservative movement took 30 years to win on the national level.

The reinvigorated Texas conservative movement will take nowhere near as long, but must possess the patience and resolve the original movement had, if it is to provide strength to America.

This type of resolve creates an Obi-Wan Kenobi effect. A battle loss is a win, because it serves to inform average citizens of what kind of reinforcements are needed. Losses become movement accounting and team-building.

Without bold, consistent moves like these, the movement operates in the dark.

Tired and cowardly conservatives who are out talking down the speaker’s race know not the forces they are playing with.

If they were to crush the speaker race, as they have already failed at doing, they would sink Texas squarely into Obama’s hopeless America with 46 other states. It would be left to three states, and none of them mighty Texas, to reignite hope for Americans who love America as founded.

It is our responsibility to cultivate the flame, not to lay down arms and walk willingly into Obama’s America.

Every conservative politician and activist first got involved to fix the system. The argument against the speaker race boils down to “leave the system alone”.

This isn’t good enough. Conservatives with a fighting spirit are ready for battle, and will benefit from their boldness. Conservatives who can’t stomach the fight should step aside for someone who understands where we are in time, and what is needed. 

Bud Kennedy continues on to say that WomenOnTheWall.org who is hosting the Speaker Showdown II in Austin is just trying to make money. The truth is we are not like the Soros funded left. We have to fight our own fights and pay our own way because we don’t have an agenda to get certain legislation passed and therefore don’t have to play nice with the ruling class in case they win. Our agenda is saving Texas. In order to put on an event, get Pat Caddell down to Texas, pay for the venue and train activist to follow their elected official in order to hold them accountable it costs money. That is why we are charging for the Dinner with Pat Caddell. Bud forgot to include in his article that the staging area, social media command center and advocacy training is all Free to the public. He may want to come by actually  take a class and learn something, instead of helping the establishment drive a narrative. We are like David Simpson and are willing to work with anyone who is willing to be honest, put the issues on the table and have a good debate. That is the Texas way.  Character and honesty matters and Straus has proved time and again those are not his strong suits.  

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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Alice Linahan will be on the Wayne Richard Show~ Dec. 29th ~ Main Topic~ Speaker Showdown II

Date posted:

I am honored and excited to be on the Wayne Richard radio show tomorrow at 2:15. Join us. It will be a great opportunity to find out what is happening on the ground with the race for Speaker of the Texas House.

 

Alice Linahan of Voices Empower will be on the Wayne Richard Show

The Wayne Richard Radio Show can be heard every Saturday afternoon in North Central Texas on KXFR 1190 or on-line at www.WayneRichardShow.com from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Central

The Wayne Richard Radio Show is available on PODCAST. To subscribe please visit our website www.WayneRichardShow.com

 

Tune in Saturday December 29th, when Wayne will visit with Alice Linahan, CEO and founder of Voices Empower.

The discussion will evolve around the upcoming Texas 83rd legislative session and her organizations influential efforts to elect State Representative David Simpson as the next Speaker of the Texas House.

The future political direction of Texas will be determined by the outcome of the Speakers race. Learn the facts and understand the issues; then ask your Representative how he/she is going to vote. The clock is ticking!

Wayne will also be interviewing John Griffling, frequent contributor to World Net Daily. John will be publicizing a major news story that broke just this week regarding the Texas CSCOPE issue. Exactly who is behind the effort to indoctrinate our children with socialist propaganda? When the dots are connected it all becomes alarmingly clear!

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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Conservative Legislation Killed by Straus’ Committee Chairs:

Date posted: December 18, 2012

Speaker Joe Straus
Education
  • Exempting school districts from certain state unfunded mandates, HB 458 by James White & Wayne Christian
  • Requiring school districts to post their check registers online, HB1236 by Bill Zedler
  • Requiring public universities to post their check registers online, HB 1237 by Bill Zedler
  • Uncapping total number of charters given to schools by the SBOE, HB 1603 by Bill Zedler,
Cutting Spending
  • Replacing longevity pay with merit pay for state employees, HB2954 by Erwin Cain
  • 10% reduction on paperwork for state unfunded mandates on public schools, HB 3463 by Erwin Cain
  • Spending limits, HB 756 by Ken Paxton
  • Ending In-state tuition for illegal immigrants, HB 1387 by Erwin Cain
  • Ending State Unfunded Mandates, HJR 46 by James White
Healthcare
  • Prohibiting state or other political subdivisions from forcing you to buy health insurance, HJR 51 by Wayne Christian
  • Prohibiting the state from punishing direct payment for healthcare or non-participation, HB 203 by Bryan Hughes
  • Prohibiting hospitals from using tax dollars on abortions, HB 561 by Wayne Christian
Small Business Tax Relief
  • Allowing businesses to subtract payments to contractors in addition to employee salary from their taxable margin of the franchise tax, HB 817 by Bryan Hughes and Dwayne Bohac
  • Businesses posting a loss wouldn’t pay the franchise tax, HB 932 by Ken Paxton
  • Requiring franchise tax increases to pass by 2/3 majority, HJR 25 by Ken Paxton
Relieving the tax burden
  • Constitutional amendment requiring 2/3 majority to raise taxes, HJR 37 by Bryan Hughes et. al.
  • Requiring a 4/5 vote by House of Representatives to raise taxes, HJR 124 by Jim Landtroop and Jodie Laubenberg
  • Phases out property taxes for senior citizens by 2021, HB 1104 by Ken Paxton
  • Requires all other taxing units to ratify a tax increase instead of relying petitions to rollback tax rates, HB 3186 by Ken Paxton
  • Requiring a 2/3 vote to create an entity with taxing power, HJR 105 by Zedler
Liberty
  • TSA Groping bill, HB 1937 by David Simpson
  • TSA Body Scanner bill, HB 1938 by David Simpson
Other important facts
  • Joe Straus refuses to sign the Texas Budget Compact (Press Release, 4/16/2012, Statement on Texas Budget Compact)
  •  Refuses to sign the Taxpayer Pledge (www.taxpayerpledge.com)
  •  Despite a supermajority of Republicans, the House failed to pass spending limits.
  •  Straus told the El Paso Times “We have no choice… you can’t cut your way to prosperity,” This was also said by President Obama in a radio address in 2011
Redistricting facts
  • Joe Straus’ Redistricting plan punished conservatives (RedState.com, 4/22/2011, Texas Redistricting Plan Punishes Texas Conservatives)
  • Hispanic conservatives were drawn out of GOP-friendly House districts, including Raul Torres of Corpus Christi, Aaron Pena of Edinburg and Jose Aliseda.
  • The first House redistricting map had 7 GOP vs. GOP incumbent pairings. This would ensure that we lose 7 GOP house members. It forces a Republican to run against another Republican instead of a Democrat.

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.

Click Photo for more details.

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

Alice Linahan

Follow @AliceLinahan on twitter and Facebook 

Voices Empower has partnered the Freedom Trailer Teams to Educate, Inspire and Motivate.

Women On The Wall.org

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