About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Continuation - Responses - Only 21 Of 87 Freshmen House Republicans Are Still With You

During the past few days I received many more responses to the original two subject messages such as "The person  who sent 'response #1'  hit the nail on the head.  If the dollar continues its decline, more and more nations will stop accepting dollars for payments and will redeem their large holdings of dollars.  This is very bad for our country."  I have also had many conversations re the FY 2011 Budget Deal & just like the previous response none of it has been good. 
I know that many of you are fans of Dick Morris.  Below is Dick's latest column entitled "House Freshmen Flunk The First Test" sent to us by a subscriber to ReturnToExcellence.net.  As you can well imagine Dick is not afraid to name names either.  I just hope we all remember them.
BTW - as asked by several people - the four Republican Congressmen who voted on Friday against the FY 2012 Ryan Budget Resolution were Ron Paul (TX), Denny Rehberg (MT), Walter Jones (NC), and David McKinley (WV) - all for various reasons.  Mine would have been that the Ryan plan would still increase the national debt by some $5 trillion over the next 10 years and continue $400 billion annual budget deficits through at least 2021.  Nearly all of the deficit reduction in the Ryan plan starts years from now.  Ryan would cut only $80 billion from the cumulative deficit total for FYs 2012 & 2013 - the original collective Republican campaign promise in 2010 was for a $100 billon spending cut for what I thought was calendar year 2011 not $80 billion for the next two year total.  Ryan's figures also rely upon continued favorable interest rates for financing the U.S. debt.  Interest rates have been at artificially manipulated (by the Fed) historic lows that have devastated seniors' CD interest income way too long.  A rise of one percent in the interest rate in financing the national debt would mean an extra $140 billion in spending that is not accounted for in the Ryan budget - such figure would be added to the national debt.  In short we are stuck in this financial mess & it will become more & more evident as the losers we elected pretend to proceed in our behalf. 



Published on DickMorris.com on April 15, 2011

Three-quarters of the freshman class of Republican Congressmen - the group that was going to change America - succumbed to party pressure and voted to accept the Boehner sellout deal he struck with President Obama.  How disappointing for those of us who worked hard to elect them and vested such hopes for change in their candidacies.
Please go to DickMorris.com for a list of the House freshmen who voted for the Boehner deal - sixty-one of them.  The link is in the top left column.  Also, please find on our site the names of the 59 men and women of courage and conviction who voted against the sellout compromise.
We cannot read the names of those who folded without a sense of exquisite pain.  These were the people who were going to change Washington.  Now it is evident that Washington is changing them.
It is not only the paltry nature of the $39 billion in cuts they accepted or even that they broke the basic campaign promise - and premise - on which they were elected, but that they were too frightened to use the lever available to them - shutting down the government.  The Republicans would have won that fight. We had hoped that those freshmen who battled the odds so bravely to secure their seats would continue to fight just as vigorously to save America from fiscal ruin, but it was not to be.
Please go to DickMorris.com and read the names of the freshmen Republicans who voted for this deal.  Again, the link is in the top left column.  It is very important that you write or call them to give them a simple message: either they show more backbone next time or you will withdraw your support.
Theodore Roosevelt said of William Howard Taft that he had the "backbone of a chocolate éclair."  The same could be said for three-quarters of our freshmen.
Let's salute the Congressmen who showed that they would keep their word to their voters.  Freshmen Scott Rigells (Va), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Cory Gardener (Col), Morgan Griffith (Va), Andy Harris (Md), Robert Hurt (Va), Raul Labrador, Steve Pearce (NM), Scott Tipton (Col), Alan West (Fla) and Ben Quayle (Ariz).
Engraved beside each name, in our minds, is the time we spent campaigning for them and we cannot but feel a warm glow that we helped to put them in office.  Those of you who donated to their campaigns should feel especial pride.
For the others, we apologize.  If they continue to act as pawns for the Speaker, we need to admit that we should not have asked you to donate funds to them or to help them get elected.  And we won't again.
Of course, there is still room for redemption.  There will soon be bitter fights over the 2012 budget and legislation to raise the debt limit. Our straying freshmen may yet discover their courage.  Your calls and letters to them will help.  Please, if you recognize the name of your Congressmen on the list of compliant freshmen or the name of someone to whom you have donated, please call them and express your shock and chagrin.  Maybe, maybe they will get the message.


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