“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, July 26, 2010

Your Last chance to Speak before Congress Silences You

Call your U.S. Senators today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose S. 3628, the DISCLOSE Act

This past weekend Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama told a gathering of the most hard-edged liberal activists that they need to pull out all stops to win this November so that they can push more of their damaging agenda on the American people. Fearful of what Election Day could mean for their extreme ideology, a number of liberals in Congress are pushing S. 3628, the DISCLOSE Act, which amounts to Democrat incumbent protection legislation disguised as campaign finance reform.

Instead of addressing the problems often found in the financing of campaigns, S. 3628 seeks to add to the already onerous burdens placed on organizations that act within the law by going after their donors and exposing them in public forums. The exceptions, or "carve-outs," in the bill demonstrate the hypocrisy of its supporters. They provide special treatment for select special interest groups in a bill designed to crack down on the power of special interests!

Too often, such tactics are used to intimidate donors. We saw this in the sixties during the civil rights struggles, and more recently we have seen intimidation employed time and time again against Christians in states like Massachusetts, California and Maine for merely voicing their belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.

And now the Democrats want to intimidate you into silence as well!

How much of a farce is the DISCLOSE Act? The carve-outs in the bill give unions and traditional Democrat interest groups special protections, which is no surprise when you realize the legislation was written by legislators who have personal stakes in this election. In fact, the legislation allows for no expedited review, which means that if DISCLOSE passes, it cannot be reviewed by the courts until after the 2010 elections. Why? Because the Democrats know what they are passing is unconstitutional, and realize that once a federal court gives it a good look, it is likely to be overturned.

Please CALL your SENATORS today at 202-224-3121 and tell them to oppose S. 3628, the DISCLOSE Act.

Thank you and God bless you.

Tony Perkins
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

We don't need this kind of crud...

Vitter Challenger Has His Own Ethical Baggage

Chet Traylor (R) made no secret he is challenging Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) in a primary for U.S. Senate because of the senator's "personal foibles" -- including a 2007 prostitution scandal and his continued employment of an aide accused of attacking his girlfriend with a knife in 2008.

But the Monroe News-Star reports Traylor "has his own ethical questions that could threaten the upstanding image his campaign has opted to present."

Most interesting is his complicated romantic history, including allegations of affairs with two married women. Traylor is also currently involved in a romantic relationship with the estranged wife of his stepson.

Paying for political endorsements...

Billionaire Florida U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene (D) paid a DNC member Jon Ausman $4000 for "political consultation and strategy" right after sending out a blast email asking who he should endorse in the race, the AP reports.

Several days later Ausman endorsed Greene.
DNC Member Paid Before Endorsement

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More bad news on the Dodd-Frank bill...

House-Passed Financial Overhaul Allows for GM-Style Bailouts of Big Banks
– The House-passed financial regulation bill would allow the government to save the profitable assets of a failing bank and spin them off into a new company – a power that mirrors the government’s action in saving General Motors and Chrysler. The provision is part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which passed the House on June 29.

More Babes Required in Dodd-Frank Bill...

As one of your Barracuda Babes, I can't sneer at anyone wanting to hire more women. However, I can definitely sneer at making it mandatory. Read on:

Gender Quotas In the Financial Sector?
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, RealClearMarkets.com, July 8, 2010
What one finds when reading congressional legislation is invariably surprising. Take the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, for instance, which was created by merging Senate and House bills. When the Senate returns from recess one of its first actions will be to vote on the bill, which passed the House on June 30. I was searching the bill for a provision about derivatives. What did I find but Section 342, which declares that race and gender employment ratios, if not quotas, must be observed by private financial institutions that do business with the government. In a major power grab, the new law inserts race and gender quotas into America's financial industry. . .

NOTE: I rec'd the above from a daily update I get from Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Hope you'll check them out, they send out great tidbits. Here's a link: Manhattan Institute for Policy Researc