As you know we have been struggling to find anyone who could explain Issue 1 with any authority and help us decide what our position is on that Issue. Thankfully, Attorney
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Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today it’s plans to “welcome” President Obama during his visit to Kent State University on Wednesday, Septembers 26, 2012 with a take off on the Clint Eastwood “empty chair” speech at the Republican Convention. (View the video at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com) Executive Director Tom Zawistowski explained the group's protest plans by saying “We are asking all residents of Portage County to put an empty chair in their front yard on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to symbolize the empty promises this President has made to all of us since his election.” In addition to asking Portage County Citizens to put empty chairs in their yards on Wednesday, the group is also building 8 foot high, colorful chairs that it will place around the County and that will remain in place until the election. The chairs will be in place by Wednesday and will list President Obama’s broken promises to the American People.
Zawistowski explained, “This President said that he would cut the deficit in half but he did not cut it at all, which has grown the debt by five trillion dollars. This President said that unemployment would not go above 8% - instead it has not been below 8% for over three years. This President said he would protect Medicare - instead Obamacare cuts it by $700 billion. This President said that he would be a unifying force that would bring America together but instead has implemented policies that pit one group against another. This President said that he would change the worlds attitude toward America by offering the hand of friendship to our enemies. Instead he has alienated our strongest allies, like the UK and Israel, and stood by as allies like Egypt have been lost to radical islamic rule. This President said that he would help make a college education affordable but college costs have gone up and students and their parents have been buried with debt with few job prospects for the investment. President said he would Introduce a comprehensive immigration bill in the first year - instead he is fighting states who are trying to control illegal immigration. His promises are empty and his is a failed Presidency.”
Zawistowski concluded by saying “The fact that the President feels like he has to come to Portage County to campaign is a clear indication that they are concerned about losing the vote here in November in a county where he won handily if 2008. Our members are in touch with the voters in the community and we know that the polls are way off. His taking time to be interviewed on small local radio stations shows how desperate his campaign is for votes. If he can’t win Portage County, he can’t win Ohio. If he can’t win Ohio he is going to be a one term President. Our organization is more than excited about the election in November when we expect citizens to send an even stronger message to Washington than we had sent in 2010. We invite all citizens to educate themselves about the candidates and the issues and to vote, either by absentee ballot or at the polls, on November 6th.”
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
UNDERSTAND THE FISCAL INSANITY:
This short video is a non-political explaination, by an accountant, of the severe financial challenges facing our nation:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:35
Major players in Washington cheered the latest version of an energy bill, which tries to buy support with "something for almost everyone." But beleaguered consumers will get stuck with skyrocketing bills after others feast on new government benefits.
"Climate Plan Aims to Provide Something for Everyone," headlined Congress Daily about the re-worked legislation from Senators John Kerry (D, MA) and Joe Lieberman (D, CT). That same phrase was echoed by a multitude of media.
But the "something" for everyday Americans is higher utility bills--another hit for struggling families in a sour economy.
According to Rasmussen Reports, only 18% of voters are willing to pay even $300 a year for cleaner energy or to fight global warming . And 56% of all voters say they aren't willing to pay anything more at all in taxes and utility costs. (19% said they'd accept paying only $100 more a year.)
Consumers would pay as businesses passed along the new costs created by the bill. Many benefited groups gathered to attend and support the Kerry-Lieberman announcement, thanks to the potpourri of billions in federal subsidies, incentives and programs. The New York Times wrote, "The Kerry-Lieberman proposal . . . provid[es] something for every major energy interest -- loan guarantees for nuclear plant operators, incentives for use of natural gas in transportation, exemptions from emissions caps for heavy industry, free pollution permits for utilities and modest carbon dioxide limits for oil refiners." The Times identified the Edison Electric Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute, Duke Energy, and FPL Group as being there; stated that written statements of support were expected from oil giants British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell; and reported that the bill had bought silence from the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber's public response was timid: "We thank Senators Kerry and Lieberman, as well as Senator Graham, for their work to constructively engage the business community on these issues. The Kerry-Lieberman bill is a work in progress. Few in Congress or the business community have had a chance to review the entire bill."
For everyday Americans, the bill is nothing to cheer. Ben Lieberman, senior energy and environment policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, told Talk Radio News Service that the APA amounts to nothing more than a giant energy tax. "The only way to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels is to raise the cost of energy," he said. "They have to raise costs high enough so that people are forced to use less, that's how this works."
But according to handouts provided by Kerry and Lieberman, "roughly two-thirds of the revenues generated by the new law would be passed back to consumers through energy bill discounts or direct rebates". That sounds like a store that jacks up prices then offers a "discount" that still leaves a 33% price hike.
A major backer of the Tea Party movement, FreedomWorks, quickly condemned the measure as "the largest tax hike in history, and would hit the poor and middleclass, who spend a higher proportion of their income on essentials like electricity and fuel, the hardest."
They added, "Cap and trade will bring sky high energy prices for consumers and a new government slush fund for Washington. A twenty-seven cent "Fuels' Fee" on every gallon of gasoline included in the bill means not just higher prices at the pump, but higher prices on shipping and food production. Higher energy costs will put the cost of doing business through the roof and send American jobs overseas at a time of record unemployment."
I am writing to suggest to all Patriots that it is time for you to take action, in your own personal way, to do what you can to defend our individual freedom and our constitution. Many of you have been calling members of the House and Senate, both in Washington and in their home offices, and sending emails and faxes. These electronic message has been received but not acknowledged. The liberal minority persist in working outside the rules, and against the Constitution, to make a bill the law of the land that could not pass either House of Congress at this time. This government is ignoring the law and the will of the American people in an unrelenting drive for power and control over our nation.
It is time to deliver our message personally. Hundreds of thousand of Patriots from all over the United States will be going to Washington this weekend to make their voices heard. I am asking each of you to decide, what it is you are willing to do to stop this socialist agenda and protect your individual freedom? I am asking you to talk to your friends, talk to your relatives, talk to your co-workers on Friday and decide to get in your car and drive to Washington to stand up to those who wish to impose their will on the American people.
We have no time to organize buses, in fact their are few if any buses even available and they know that. But I know that the American people will not be denied. This March on Washington is going to be personal. It is not going to be because some great speaker will speak to the crowd or some group is holding a rally. This time you must go to represent yourself. To protect your freedom and that of your family. We must all make the sacrifice that freedom requires because we will all lose our freedom is we do not. This is the time. Washington is the place. The Second American Revolution begins this weekend and once again Government Tyranny is our foe. I call to all Patriots, to drop what you are doing, grab your muskets and march to the battle in Washington this weekend so that victory may be ours.
Portage County TEA Party
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:47
David Sessions - POLITICS DAILY
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the division of the United Nations that researches global warming, apologized Wednesday for a 2007 report that claimed the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035, CNN reports.