A Catholic institution, Seattle University blasphemes Christianity. In the College of Arts and Sciences of Seattle University, there is offered a Planned Parenthood internship in the Department of Public Affairs. Also, the Women Studies Department of the College includes opportunities for linking with pro-abortion groups like the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority, and Legal Momentum through web links directly on the Women Studies page.
Seattle University is run by the Jesuits, and supposedly, is a Catholic institution. By sending an e-protest one can ask Seattle University to take down Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups because abortion kills life, scandals the faithful, and desecrates Christians.
Send e-protest: AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
RSC Update: It’s All About Jobs
From the Chairman
What do reckless deficit spending, mounting debt, burdensome regulations, and rising energy prices have in common? Republicans are working to reduce each of these obstacles because they all put private sector job creators on the defensive. Lower spending, less debt hanging over our future, more freedom to innovate, and lower energy prices will translate into more and better job opportunities for American families. In the end, it’s all about jobs – jobs today and jobs for our children tomorrow.
Today, the House will vote on a 3-week funding bill with $6 billion in cuts because Senate Democrats still refuse to produce a credible plan that cuts spending and complete this year’s budget. I favor the cuts in this bill, but I will not be able to support it. With record deficits and a mammoth debt hanging over our economy and our future, we need to start tackling next year’s budget, the debt-ceiling, and other challenges standing in the way of job creation.
Bite-sized cuts that do not defund Planned Parenthood or ObamaCare will not do any longer. It is time Senate Democrats stopped dithering so we can finish this year’s budget and focus on cutting spending next year and encouraging long-term job creation.
Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06): Pain at the Pump, or Lower Prices at the Pump?; Texas Insider, March 7.
· Rep. Ben Quayle (AZ-03): Stats Don’t Reveal True Border Crisis; The Arizona Republic, March 10.
· Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-18): Bureaucratic Overreach Strangles Small Businesses; The Hill, March 10.
· Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08): It’s Time to Spend Less and Owe Less; The Houston Chronicle, March 13.
RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01) introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act, which would ensure every worker’s right to a secret ballot in union organizing elections.
· Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced the Savings Start With Us Act, which would reduce the salaries of the President, Vice President, and Members of Congress by 10%.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.
· The House passed H.R. 830 and H.R 836, which would save taxpayers $8.8 billion by ending two costly and ineffective foreclosure mitigation programs.
· To make up for the Obama administration’s refusal to defend the federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman, the House of Representatives on Wednesday directed the House General Counsel to initiate a legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· The House will vote today on a 3-week CR that would cut spending by $6 billion.
· The House will vote this week to end two more costly and ineffective foreclosure mitigation programs. H.R. 839 would save $30 billion by terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). H.R. 861 would end the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and prevent $1 billion from being spent.
· The House is also scheduled to vote on a bill this week to end taxpayer subsidies to NPR.
· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.
· RSC Policy Brief: The EPA – A Bureaucratic Bully Pulpit
House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant
Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) amendment to the Financial Overhaul Bill is set to go into effect in April that will allow Obama and the Federal Reserve to set the prices of debit card interchange fees.
That may sound like a boring topic, but consider this: because of Dick Durbin’s amendment, banks are about to restrict the number of and amount of daily debit card purchases you can make. That’s right. JP Morgan is considering capping your debit card purchases at $50.00 to $100.00 per purchase.
Lenders have repeatedly warned that the proposal, in its current form, will force them to cut benefits on debit-cards and impose new fees and restrictions.
Banks say they are considering many options in response; Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and J.P. Morgan have already begun to revamp debit programs.
Why? With the government setting price controls on debit card interchange fees, banks can’t make money off them. Consequently, they’ll be forced to push you and me into actual credit cards to make money. But that’s not all.
The Fed has been talking about capping the interchange fee at 12 cents per transaction, barely ¼ of the current average fee of 44 cents. That means that local banks and credit unions will have to find other ways to make up revenues that will be lost. The banks’ loss, however, is the big box retailers’ gain.
The CEOs, working in cahoots with Durbin and the then filibuster proof Democrat Senate, are thrilled with the extra profits they will make once the rule goes into effect. Home Depot Exec, Carol Tome has said, “Based on the Fed’s draft regulations, we think the benefit to The Home Depot could be $35 million a year,” an amount they are willing to fight for. The lobbying efforts of these merchants have killed any attempts to codify passing savings along to the consumers, guaranteeing that retailers will get all of the profits for themselves.
On the eve of the vote, Wal-Mart donated $20 million to Durbin’s hometown of Chicago; just a small amount compared to the extra profits they plan to line their pockets with once the rule is enacted.
The merchants’ current position is to lobby Republican leaders and ask them to do nothing, which is in fact, allowing Dick Durbin, Ben Bernanke and the Fed to price fix.
In a February hearing of the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit on the Durbin Amendment Interchange Rule, Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) attempted to highlight the lack of consumer benefits this rule will impose when addressing 7-Eleven VP David Seltzer,
“If Congress does not act to delay this for further study, when the Federal Reserve rule is implemented, if I go to the 7-Eleven in Lakewood, Texas, in the Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, can I expect a gallon of milk to drop in price? Can I expect a gallon of gas to drop in price?… I expect you don’t know the answer to the question, but I want to make a point here… Do you know what the incremental cost is of producing a Slurpee? I just wonder how 7-Eleven would feel if the Federal Reserve came in with a rule that said you can only recover the incremental cost of selling a Slurpee. My guess is the ice and the fruit flavor don’t cost a whole lot, but you got a lot of fixed cost. I think you get the point.”
So much for consumer protection! Not only can consumers not expect to see prices go down as a result of this rule, many banks are saying that they will have to “abandon free checking and boost other charges to consumers to recover lost revenue,” (Daily Caller). Then there’s the debit card restrictions. Better find that old checkbook wallet.
But merchants need to beware of what they are asking for. Allowing the Obama administration to fix prices could come back to bite them when the next logical step, controlling the price of consumer goods, follows.
Some in the GOP believe that there’s no point in doing anything, since the Senate can’t move a bill. That line of thinking would continue the reckless deficit spending that Harry Reid seems intent to continue.
Thankfully, there is a courageous band of renegade conservatives that need to be commended for fighting for conservative principles. Representatives Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Jim Renacci (R-OH), Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) will not take the do nothing bait. They need more conservatives to co-sponsor legislation so the free market can continue.
Let’s just hope they can convince the rest of their colleagues to join in the fight to stop Ben Bernanke from price fixing.
Standing idly by, is an endorsement of Obama Administration price controls and Dick Durbin’s leadership.
It is also an abdication of conservative principles and responsibility.
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A $10 bet that Project Peet, the Collier County relinquished Jackson Laboratory project, will not succeed in Sarasota County, Florida. Mentioned before in an earlier post, there were many reasons already stated for failure in Florida. One more reason needs to be added – Tammie Nemecek. The private partnering among Collier County government, the Economic Development Council (EDC), Ave Maria, and Project Peet sautéed and simmered for some years. Tammie Nemecek played Texas Hold’em rather well in that her special interest remains Project Peet, disclosed by this move to apply for CEO of the Economic Development Council of Sarasota. Despairingly for economic development, there wasn’t a true interest for Collier County citizens. Tammie Nemecek’s interest had laid in the federal and state funding of Project Peet, which would have also secured her place and credit in Collier County. Now, she feels she has to retire and go. But why go? Retiring is easily understood. Tammie Nemecek goes to practice her fuzzy-sharp skills at securing taxpayer money for worthless Project Peet in Sarasota. The $10 bet is still on against the Tammie Nemecek’s Project Peet.
Rick Scott launched a new web site called Rick Scott for Florida. If Floridians are for Rick Scott’s pro-jobs message, then this web site is the tool to use as an action center. Some of the tools include: taking action, liking in Facebook, tweeting, blogging, surveying performance, receiving badges, Tea Party leading, blogrolling, and more.
Question: What do you call a man who is in his just beginning his tenure as the President of the Florida State Senate at a time where the State is facing dire economic times and is already making plans to run for the U.S. Senate when he is term limited out in 2012?
Answer: A GUY WHO SHOULDN’T BE RUNNING FOR U.S. SENATE.
Question: What do you call a College Professor (who also was also an Elected member of the State Legislature) who got 152 grand of Taxpayer’s money to write a 175 double-spaced book on “politics” in Florida that, until the scandal broke, had only one copy published?
Answer: A rip-off artist and lousy guardian of the Public Treasury. If a regular person had done such a deed, he would have gone to jail. This act alone should disqualify Haridopolis from the Senate and a CRIMINAL INQUIRY needs to be set in motion over this. PERIOD. Enough is Enough.
Question: When said above Politician gets caught RIPPING OFF the taxpayer and then, in a desperate effort to prove he really wrote a book worthy of the 152 grand, now has it for sale for 9.99 on Amazon Kindle, what does that tell you about his attitude towards voters in Florida?
Answer: He thinks we are fools who will buy into this crap. Anybody can publish a book on Kindle. For example, here are some books currently outselling Haridopolos’s “Book”.
1) The New Maid by Carly Douglas
2) Office Mating by Esmeralda Greene
3) Midnight Craving by Zoe M. Bates
4) Massage Parlour Novice also by Carly Douglas
and finally, that international bestseller and possible required reading at Northwestern University: Quickie: with the Busty Babysitter! by Lillian Snow.
Mike Haridopolis is a creature of the inbred Tallahassee Republican Machine. He represents the “The Getting Elected Trumps Principle” school of politics. For example, He was for High Speed rail before he was against it. (BTW Kudo’s to Governor Scott….So far He walks the talk)
This is the type of guy, who, if he makes it to the U.S. Senate will immediately embrace the inbred political Culture of Washington in order to advance his own political career in the Senate, while, at the same time (like a lot of Senators) start having delusions of grandeur and think of winning the White House. Remember…all he has really ever accomplished is run for the next highest political office.
We cannot afford to keep electing these creatures to run OUR Government. The stakes now are WAY too high.
Finally, there needs to be a law enacted that states that no Male should be allowed to run for the U.S Senate that has his hair “Styled” vice cut. I suggest that all potential male candidates For the Florida U.S. Senate be required to go enter into a MEN’S barbershop, get a #3 or #4 buzz cut (I’m a #1 and #2 cut man myself, but I’m hardcore), give the barber a five dollar tip and then walk out the barbershop, all under 5 minutes. Make it a Pay-Per-View special with proceeds going towards our wounded warriors, you know, the people who shave their heads and put it ALL ON THE LINE for their Country. Such a rule would have meant John Edwards would have never made it to the Senate and therefore be taken for a LEGITIMATE candidate for President.
This Rule should not can never apply to Women, because they get to do their hair anyway they want and their Husbands have to pay for it, because Women were the ones who get pregnant and endure chidbirth. This is the “You don’t know what I went through to have our Children Argument” and can be used in any marital argument because there is no counter-argument except for getting kicked in the balls and the wives say that doesn’t count. (I don’t make the rules folks, I just report them…As I tell my Son: There is nothing that says life has to be fair)
My advice to Senator Haridopolos is to
a) Quit running for U.S. Senate and concentrate on the job you are getting paid for by the People of Florida.
b) Once your term is up, Go into the private sector and see how the real world lives (My God, the man only knows academia or elected politics) and
c) If you are going to write a tome for academia, for pete’s sake put some effort into it. You latest example doesn’t even meet the standards of a paper written by a Freshman on a Florida State Football Full Athletic Scholarship who got his Girlfriend to write it for him the night before it was due.
My advice to Florida Republicans: Do not elect this man. His book deal stinks, all he has done in his life is run for the next highest political office and he spends way too much time on combing his hair. Let’s face it: He belongs in the “Charlie Crist and John Edwards Hair Club For Men” school of politics.
Last week was a bad week for America because it was a bad week for President Obama.
West Wing politicos may not share that opinion. They seem to think any week during which the president makes a speech or holds a news conference is a good week: Americans get to see the amazing, inspiring Mr. Obama. But three images of Mr. Obama from last week are hardly uplifting.
First, there was the president on Libya — dithering, indecisive, unreliable, and weak. As Qaddafi’s mercenaries and bombers brutally grabbed back momentum from the democratic opposition, all Mr. Obama could say was, “My national security team has been working…to monitor the situation…to prepare the full range of options…”
If America’s failure to lead allows Qaddafi to snuff out the popular uprising against his dictatorship and regain power, the consequences for the U.S. will be severe. Dictators will know the U.S. president is a pushover. Our allies around the world will be dispirited and our adversaries emboldened.
Then there was the on-going budget battle. The failure of Mr. Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass a budget before the start of the fiscal year last October 1 is an astonishing act of incompetence. They controlled the entire process with wide margins in both houses. Now we are reduced to funding the government of the world’s most powerful nation with continuing resolutions that cover two or three-week periods. And Congressional Democrats are whining it is impossible to cut $60 billion out of a budget that consists of $3.8 trillion dollars.
At a Friday morning press conference Mr. Obama called the failure to pass a budget “irresponsible” and said “the notion that we can’t get resolved last year’s budget in a sensible way…defies common sense.” But he was not passive observer. He’s the president who failed to get his own budget approved by his own party last year.
Then Mr. Obama went on to say of the budget that “it shouldn’t be that complicated…to get this completed.” This came after weeks during which Democratic Congressional leaders criticized the president for providing no leadership, then the appointment by Mr. Obama of Vice President Joe Biden as his personal negotiator on the budget, and Mr. Biden’s almost immediate departure for a weeklong foreign trip. Mr. Obama still refused to get his hands dirty by offering a possible solution.
Then there were the president’s remarks to members of the National Governors Association on Wisconsin, last month, where he cautioned, “I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified.”
This was a classic Obama straw man. Who exactly is “vilifying” or “denigrating” whom? The president’s intimation was that it was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, but Mr. Walker’s tone has been mild, even-tempered, restrained and entirely appropriate.
If there are people who needed a presidential admonishment about civility and respect, they are the protestors who broke into the Wisconsin capital building in a vain attempt to keep the legislature from voting, the protestors who compared Mr. Walker to Adolf Hitler, and the Democratic legislators who fled the state rather than do their duty. But those would be the president’s allies and admonition is only required of his opponents.
When Mr. Obama was in the Illinois State Senate, he had the annoying habit of voting “present” on controversial issues he felt might damage his future political ambitions. But at least Mr. Obama showed up then. The president’s refusal now to provide leadership on Libya or the budget and his readiness to score cheap political points with straw man attacks makes his days in the State Senate look like an era of true statesmanship.