Speaker Straus: Tax Caps Bad Policy

On January 5, 2011, the Texas House will decide whether to re-elect Joe Straus as Speaker.  Debt and taxes are the premier topics on everyone’s minds and we need a Speaker of the Texas House that recognizes that our wallets are quite flat due to inflation caused by an overwhelming national debt.

Michael Q. Sullivan gives an informative presentation on how important legislation has been blocked in committee and never allowed out on the House floor for a vote.

The B/CS Tea Party recommends calling our Representative Fred Brown and asking him to vote ‘No’ on Joe Straus. Texas needs a Speaker that is friendly to the tax-payer, not the tax-spender.

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HuRa! R. Lee Ermey Lets Fly on Obama Administration

R. Lee Ermey is not known for beatin’ about the bush when it comes to saying what’s on his mind. Listen to America’s favorite Marine drill sergeant tell it like it is…


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Boehner’s New House Rules Reflect Tea Party Principles

From the article: "There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is John Boehner." Our job: hold him and all representatives accountable to constitutional principles.

And it is our responsibility to keep it that way. See the article at the Human Events website. Hat tip: Dixiesunshine.

There are some good new rules intended to ensure proper transparency. One I noticed particularly:

Both webcast and make available online their hearings and markups.

This reminded me of John Culberson (R-TX7). I documented him bucking Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to stifle him from webcasting with his own cell phone camera back in 2008. Now webcasts and online documentation are House rules. Excellent, and thanks Rep. Culberson!

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Learn Your School Facts

One of the things the Tea Party movement has asked for is transparency and accountability and when it comes to our children. We simply want to know the facts about our local school districts and campuses. To that end, Texas Comptroller, Susan Combs has overseen the creation of FAST – Financial Allocation Study for Texas.

Here are some Quick FAST Facts for Bryan I.S.D and College Station I. S. D.

Enrollment –  BISD -15,158   —     CSISD – 9,712

Both Districts are Academically Acceptable with BISD TAKS at 69% and CSISD Taks at 87%.

Spending per student – BISD – $7,598    —    CSISD – $7,427  (students at certain campuses receive higher spending than those at other campuses) The FAST site allows for research into campus allocation of funds per student.

I encourage everyone to spend some time perusing the information readily available at FASTexas.org

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The College Station Recall Petition Is About Ethics

The greatest threat to our nation is the lack of personal ethics of our elected representatives. The Tea Party Movement is taking the complaint that a politician will say anything in order to win your vote of confidence seriously. Civil Society is preserved when a man’s ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ can be trusted. Guile is defined as: sly or cunning intelligence, with Honesty being its antonym. Guile is the deliberate act of using half-truths, deception, and deceit. The Tea Party Movement is spontaneously occurring because citizens are tired of guile being accepted as politics as usual. Guile keeps civil society in confusion making it easier for human nature to seek its own power and glory. Elected officials that practice guile are not fit for the moral responsibility necessary to act in their trusted position.

It is to this end that the B/CS Tea Party calls upon citizens in College Station to sign the Recall Petition. Whether you believe in annexation or not, the larger point is the ethical clarity of elected officials and the pursuit of civil society. Misrepresenting your position in order to be elected should not be tolerated and should be subject to immediate retribution. Civil Society demands that guile practiced in public office be punished swiftly because a community in which such guile is allowed to flourish is not trustworthy for honest investors. A city council hostile to honest investors establishes a dangerous community for its own citizens, their families, and their employment. Preserving the fundamental requirements for a civil society must be our foremost consideration when facing ethical lapses.

If you live in College Station and have not yet signed the petition to Save Wellborn, I ask you to consider this larger philosophical aspect to this situation and consider the effects of rewarded guile within the community we have chosen to call home and raise our families. The Save Wellborn group needs about 1.000 more signatures. I know we have that many ethical patriots in our community. Please make this stand for ethics in our community.

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Tea Party meeting

We’ve had a moment to catch our collective breath since the fantastic election last month. I am sure that Thanksgiving was a time of really being thankful for our nation. While we can be happy with the results of this last election, we know the Tea Party Movement must continue to expand our numbers and keep ourselves educated and involved in the issues facing our nation today, if we are to see America a success.

I have been very busy with a great team of dedicated B/CS Tea Party members during our month’s rest and we are so excited to share with everyone the vision and future goals of the Bryan/College Station Tea Party.

Please plan on attending this important meeting this Thursday, Dec. 9th, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the College Station Conference Center.

We have a terrific meeting planned as we present plans for the year 2011 along with presentations from two local citizens. This is not a pot luck meeting as we have done before, but there will be tea and water available.

I’m looking forward to seeing all my great patriot friends soon!

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The Battle for the Texas House

Along the lines of the previous post (and please do consider signing the petition if you’ve not already), here’s a good video overview of this issue:

Hat tip: Ramparts360

Also, a good interview on the subject with Michael Quinn Sullivan, the president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Empower Texans.

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Demand a New Speaker in the Texas Legislature

If Texans are to experience the conservative ideas of our elected representatives, there must be new leadership in Austin for the 82nd Legislature.

Join in signing this petition to demand a conservative Speaker of the House rather than the current Speaker,  Joe Straus. Straus’ misguided sense of bi-partisanship allowed Democrats to hold committee chairs in spite of their minority status according to the will of the people as indicated by the 2008 election.

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Thanks everyone!

Congratulations, Representative-Elect Flores!!

For the last two years, we knew that Priority One here in Texas Congressional District 17 was removing Chet Edwards from office. So, to everyone involved in making this happen, THANK YOU!!

There will be much to do for the next two years. But for now, congratulations Bill Flores, and thank you to everyone who voted, phone banked, hung door hangers, and most of all, talked to their friends and neighbors about the importance of voting against the big-government voting record of our current representative!

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Former Soviet Propaganda Artist Now Humorist To Speak In B/CS

Shakedown Socialism book cover

From a man who knows of what he speaks

Oleg Atabashian was a graphic artist for The (Communist) Party in Siberia. He now lives in America and uses his propaganda talents to mock The (Democrat) Party in what he refers to as the USSA. He is coming to Bryan/College Station to promote his new book – Shakedown Socialism this Friday, October 29, 2010.

You may have seen Oleg’s work at his wildly successful blog, The People’s Cube where his free spirited use of Bolshevik iconography coupled with Korrect Facts for Progressives keeps the thought criminals happy in their work at the Gulag Factory.

Bring your kulak cash to the College Station Hastings for a book signing from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. this Friday.

Or, join the B/CS Tea Party Phone Bank Party at the WingsNMore Party Room, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and hear a presentation by Oleg at 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. as he discusses his new life in America with the same tired failed Party that he fled in 1994.

Great fun and food along with ‘Korrect Opinions’, what more does a good Comrade need?

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Voter guides

From Judeo-Christian Voter Guide, here are some Texas sources:

Liberty Institute

Texas 2010 Voters’ Guide
Texas 2010 General Election Voters’ Guide

Texas Eagle Forum

Texas 2010 Candidate Scorecard

Heritage Alliance

Heritage Alliance’s Voters’ Guide – Registration Required

Texas Secretary of State

800.252.VOTE (8683)
Texas Election Information
Texas Polling Locations

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Come Meet Joe The Plumber

Come out early to the A&M Campus and meet Joe the Plumber. Hear from Joe about ways you can personally make a difference to Take Back America this November. Joe will discuss the November is Coming effort now underway in Congressional District-17 and right here in B/CS! Free coffee and donuts will be available, and we will be passing out free T-shirts, bumper stickers, signs and more. Bring your friends and sign the November is Coming Petition. This event is open to students and non-students alike.

We are Soured On Spending and Chet Edwards (D) is claiming bragging rights to spending future generations of his constituents into debt with the Federal Government and making college tuition loans available only through your Federal Gov’t Bureacracy…party membership not yet required, but soon will be…wink.

Date: Monday, October 18

Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Location:  Free Speech area in front of the Business School, TAMU Campus

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Texas Conservative Coalition – Their Pledge Needs Our Support

The values of conservatism are easy to list:     

  • Limited Government
  • Individual Liberty
  • Free Enterprise
  • Traditional Family Values

However, when it comes to an elected legislature actually working on solving problems confronting a city, state, or nation, we must add the problems of personalities, communication, unintended consequences, and the un-nice world of determining payment method. Soon, the issue is completely off-track by bias or miscommunication and complicated by inane discussion of personalities rather than a head-on solution to the problem we elected candidates to solve. Continue reading

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David Horowitz, great conservative

David Horowitz, Radical SonI got to meet David Horowitz when he spoke at A&M in 1998 on his book tour for Radical Son. I’m ashamed to say there were only a handful of people there, but those who were got to hear and meet a great conservative.

Enjoy the video. He is, and all of us can be, very encouraged!

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It’s Wise Up! Rise Up! Conservative Victory Rally Time

See you tonight at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater starting with live music by the Texas Dirt Road Band at 5:00 p.m. Bring folding chairs and your own picnic cooler if you desire. The most important thing is to be there.

Speaker List:

  • Texas Senator Steve Ogden (SD 5)
  • Texas Senator Dan Patrick (SD7)
  • Texas Workforce Chairman and Reagan administration official Tom Pauken
  • Texas Representative Debbie Riddle (Dist. 150)
  • Presiding Judge Albert McCaig, Jr. 506th JDC
  • Dr. Steve Opersteny
  • and Curtis Collier from Border Watch

Here’s a great video to remind each of us what the Tea Party Movement is all about:

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More possibly relevant quotes

We first compiled some random quotes we’d been saving back before the first Tea Party in 2009, in this post. Here are some more:

A No uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a Yes merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
Mahatma Gandhi

I believe we have a one party system in this country, called the big-government party. There is a Republican branch that likes war and deficits and assaulting civil liberties. There is a Democratic branch that likes welfare and taxes and assaulting commercial liberties.
Andrew Napolitano

There is no party of fiscal responsibility in the United States today. Neither party has a good track record of fiscal responsibility when it’s in the majority.
David Walker, president and CEO of the Peterson Foundation (subscription required for link)

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
Upton Sinclair

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
Charles Austin Beard, US historian (1874 – 1948)

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
Flannery O’Connor

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.
William E. Simon

When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.
Edward R. Murrow

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not guilty.’
Theodore Roosevelt

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.
Thomas Jefferson

After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.
Fred Thompson

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Ronald Reagan

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Wall Street Journal: Tea Party Jolts Republican Party Just Like Reagan

Across the nation, the Tea Party is flexing its political muscle in its ability to unify a grassroots movement on the merits of limited government, low taxes, and responsible fiscal obligations. You are those very people and I love hearing first hand accounts from B/CS Tea Party members who have been able to attend the massive rallies in Washington, D.C. or events here in our area.

The Wall Street Journal has a great article about what the Tea Party Movement is accomplishing.

The tea-party movement, which is activating a new cadre of angry citizen-activists, could well be doing something similar to the Republican Party right now. This time, the outcome figures to be a party that isn’t just more conservative, but also more populist. Again, the question of what happens to party moderates is a big one.

Ronald Reagan: "The problem with liberals isn't that they're ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so."

The article is correct in its analysis that we are inspired by the leadership and values of Ronald Reagan, although incorrect in confusing immigration with illegal immigration. The conservative Tea Party movement has been promised much, but delivered little since the heady days of Reagan and we will not be silent any longer. Much to the dismay of Republican Party leadership, they are now alarmed that their party has been taken over by actual republicans. The effrontery! Common people speaking common sense to their ruling class elites, “Why it’s complete republicanism!” Youbetcha!

We are answering back to the Ruling Class Party Elites that when it came to The Contract With America, they may have been playing at leadership courtship. But we took them at their word—and the nation is pregnant with a renewed vigor in individual liberty, self-determination, and love of our Founding Documents. This bottom-up republicanism is ready to shed itself of the Democrat Party as surely as the nation’s first republican revolution led by Thomas Jefferson brought down the Federalist Party of the 1790’s. Even a “R” by your name isn’t good enough, because votes in Congress matter, when it’s our children’s future that these elites are toying with.

Other times, changes occur from the bottom up. That’s may be happening to Republicans now. Tea-party activists—many of them already Republicans by inclination, but newly energized and organized this year—are purging the ranks of what they derisively call RINOS—Republicans in Name Only.

Be proud of what you are accomplishing. It is an exciting age in which to be alive. Be aware of what we are protecting and demanding. Freedom is not free.

Read the rest of the article here.

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National Review – Targeting Chet Edwards

Chet Edwards (D-TX17) endorsing Barack Obama, Feb. 18, 2008. Photo from the Barack Obama Flickr site.

National Review, the premier conservative magazine, has posted an article by Andrew Stiles – Targeting Chet Edwards. Although the article is more Beltway than District 17, the fact is that Chet Edwards will have no one to blame but himself if he fails to be re-elected.

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Resourceful TX-17 citizens

No more Bullchet

Rancor News representative with bumper stickers

Hopefully, others who are offering clever items for sale covering the upcoming Texas-17 congressional race will add their contact information in the comment section of this post. Here are two I’ve seen most recently:

  1. At the November is Coming National Bus Tour stop last month in Hensel Park, a representative from Conservative News and Satire site Rancor News was selling slyly-worded bumper stickers, including one urging “NO MORE BULL, CHET”. Or maybe the sticker pictured above isn’t a typo, and he intended BULLCHET to be one word? 😉
  2. A few weeks back a commenter from Granbury asked about getting a bumper sticker saying “A vote for Chet is a vote for Pelosi.” Well, either someone heard his request or was thinking the same, because we received an email with a link to this same sticker:
A vote for Chet is a vote for Pelosi

Bumper sticker speaking the truth

Keep it up District 17!

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Project Vote Smart

In futurist Alvin Toffler’s books Powershift and The Third Wave, he proposes that Western Civilization’s techonological advances that have ushered in the ability to gather information is our greatest source of power. Just as the Age of Enlightenment brought about the creation of our own nation – the first nation in the history of the world created through reason, not merely warfare, Toffler asserts once again, knowledge can be translated into power.

The internet has heralded in our ability to research and spread information at the speed of light. So, where can the citizens of Texas District 17 go to find out the truth of Chet Edwards’ voting record? An excellent source is Project Vote Smart. Transparency in government is a necessary and vital requirement if we are to preserve liberty. Project Vote Smart lists the voting history of our elected officials according to topics, so it is easy to track and determine those votes and what they indicate regarding political beliefs.

You can also see what interest groups support Edwards, view campaign contributors, and read statements made by Edwards in regards to various legislative votes. In short, you can learn the basic facts as to who Chet Edwards is and what has motivated him in his lengthy political career.

As the ancient Greek and Romans determined, applied knowledge is source of wisdom. Our nation is in a pivotal situation and this coming election will determine whether the United States of America continues as orginally founded or lapses into historical irrelevance.

I encourage everyone to spend some time reviewing the voting record of the man that has represented us for so many years using the transparent tool of Project Vote Smart and then spread that information within your circle of family and friends.

When knowledge is power, rather than a cult of personality, money, and force, freedom will always ring in our land.

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Hillsdale College Offers Free Webinar on The Constitution

Hillsdale College is celebrating our the September 17, 1787 signing of The United States Constitution via a “Constitution Day Celebration” on September 16 and 17 by offering a free on-line WebCast of the event.

To register for the event, click here.

Featuring  speeches, panel discussions, and debates about the Constitution and current threats to its enduring principles, the two-day program will cover a range of topics:

  • The Constitution and Free Markets
  • The Future of Civic Education
  • How to Interpret the Constitution
  • National Security and the Patriot Act
  • Tea Parties and the Constitution
  • What We Can Learn from George Washington, and many other exciting topics.

This event will feature leading thinkers including syndicated columnist George Will, author and historian Richard Brookhiser, political commentator Michael Barone, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and top scholars from Hillsdale College and around the country.  As a webcast participant, you will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers by submitting questions online.

Last year’s event was spectacular and I have every confidence that this event will be even better! This is distance learning at its best and note the opportunity to interact with speakers.

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We Are Americans for Prosperity… and Obama Is Scared!

When a professional organizer attacks a grassroot driven group like Americans for Prosperity with demagogy who will you choose to stand with? The paid affiliates of unions and lobbyists, or with common citizens coming together of their own accord? The common citizens are not paid, nor do they hope to receive funding from the taxpayers as do the supporters of the professional organizer.

We, the common citizen, united by our belief in our Founding Documents, are all Americans for Prosperity. November is coming and the professional organizer fears our voice!

Contact bcsteaparty@gmail.com if you would like to distribute AFP door-hangers for District 17 in your neighborhood.

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Former President George W. Bush & Laura Welcome the Troops

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These People Do Not Speak For The Rest Of Us

Democrats in their own words speaking in arrogance and in direct opposition to our Founding Fathers and Founding Documents. They do not speak for the rest of us. It is time to rally! It is time to stand shoulder to should in the streets, in the parks, on the steps of our Capitol buildings all across the nation!

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Endgame – A Look At the National Debt

It is estimated that the National Debt under the 111th Congress and President Obama in 10 years will be 90% of our economy. That means our children will never attain the lifestyle of their grandparents. This is not a future. This is a nightmare!

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