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TARKANIAN RESPONSE TO STATE OF UNION SPEECH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2010
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian released the following response to the State of the Union speech:
“We heard some good lines, but overall, what we heard from the President tonight is disappointing. He had a chance to listen to the voters and announce a major reversal of course in time to rescue our economy from the trillions in irresponsible bailouts, spending and borrowing. Instead we heard a spirited defense of the failed bailouts that lacked transparency, didn’t address the underlying policy issues, and triggered the rush to bailout other industries and take over our nation’s health care.
“Most disappointing is that the President is still blaming his predecessor, while the average Nevadan doesn’t have the luxury of scapegoats in their daily lives. They live in difficult times, and it’s unbecoming for the President to make excuses for not keeping his promises. We even heard more excuses for the failures of the stimulus plan. Surely those are falling on deaf ears in Nevada, where unemployment is at a record high.
“We also heard the President preparing to propose a job-killing climate tax increase as well – a tax which I’ve signed a pledge to oppose.
“And on health care, we heard the same tired – and rejected – justifications for a government takeover and dumbing down of our nation’s health care system. That tells me that Washington didn’t hear the message sent by the voters of Massachusetts.
“Tax credits are fine, except to the extent that they are trying to micromanage the free market. For example, I support a capital gains moratorium for small businesses, but I believe that any moratorium should be broad-based.
“But it is the systemic, irresponsible fiscal policies that are sinking our country into deeper debt and thereby threatening our economy, and on those issues, we heard no solutions. What we wanted to hear tonight was an end to bailouts, a specific plan to balance the budget, and finally some broad-based tax relief for Nevadans instead of phony stimulus. On these key issues,we heard neither from the President nor Senator Reid – just more lip service to the needs of Americans.
‘Surprisingly, we also heard nothing specific about upgrading our national security and securing our borders. These issues are at the forefront of our minds in the wake of recent terrorist attempts and the upcoming 9-11 trials.
“Senator Reid shares much of this blame. Here at home, Nevadans are feeling the pain, but Senator Reid ignores them and just follows the party line. Instead of representing the people of Nevada, Harry Reid is more focused on his role as the chief architect of Washington’s disastrous financial policies.
“Remember, Senator Reid sold out Nevada taxpayers for the infamous ‘Cornhusker Kickback.’ That deal just proves that Senator Reid couldn’t tell you what state he represents if you spotted him the first two letters and the final ‘A.'”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2010
CONTACT: Levi Russell at (509) 979-6615 or [email protected]
State of the Union: We’re Unimpressed, Mr. Obama
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
The Tea Party Express released the following statement in response to the president’s State of the Union Address:
“Tonight was a night of hot air, delivered in a way too long speech that revisited pledges we’ve quite frankly heard from Barack Obama before.
“His comments in the State of the Union were similar in tone and substance to his comments made after he won the 2008 presidential election and during his inauguration.
“But actions speak louder than words, and this administration violated its promise for increased transparency. Lobbyists were appointed by the president to positions he swore would never be filled by former lobbyists.
“Worst of all, we’ve seen out-of-control spending, and an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government.
“We’ll start to believe Barack Obama when his actions match his words. Until then, it’s just more empty promises, and we’ve all heard far too many unfulfilled promises from the politicians in Washington.
“In our opinion, the best part of this speech was the end.”
To obtain more information about the “Tea Party Express” or to schedule an interview with a representative of the Tea Party Express, please contact Levi Russell at (509) 979-6615 or via email at: [email protected]
By: Ken McIntyre
The Heritage Foundation
Americans have to face facts: If Congress doesn’t immediately address the nation’s long-term debt, we’ll be stuck in a fiscal crisis far worse than what we’ve seen these past two years.
But instead, as they looked forward to President Obama’s State of the Union address, senators and representatives once again were poised to raise the debt limit — by nearly $2 trillion. This after maxing-out the national credit card in another year of runaway spending. For now, the Senate wisely has rejected a proposed “bipartisan” study commission.
It’s the lawmakers themselves who have to get serious about spending cuts — especially exploding costs for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. If Congress doesn’t act resolutely, future taxpayers will shoulder history-making debt.
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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Katie Couric just interviewed my friend Michael Johns from the Tea Party Movement. Michael does a fantastic job expressing what the Tea Party Movement entails and what it stands for.
Katie Couric talks with Tea Party leaders Kellen Guida and Michael Johns about their goals, frustrations and vision for the American government.
Here is how Michael sums it up for Couric:
The Tea Party movement, Johns said, was a “visceral reaction” to the idea that “our federal government was growing too large, that too much power was being centralized, and government bureaucracies that the American people were over-taxed, in some ways over-regulated.”
“And that the genius of the American dream, the genius of American liberty as enunciated by our founders was always a belief in individual liberty and individual freedoms,” he continued.
Johns, a health care executive and former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, added that “it’s a hugely patriotic movement.” He said the direction of the Obama administration is “an antithesis in many respects of what our founding fathers envisioned.”
You should watch the interview. To give Couric credit, I thought it was fair and good… Although she derisively giggles at the Tea Party Movement and constantly tries to align the movement with the Republican Party (which could not be further from the truth), she does cover the subject fairly well.
As Michael points out, the current actions of our government are not an anomaly. They are intentionally subverting the Constitution, undermining our financial system and destroying our economy. Couric tries to zoom in on the big bad banks during the interview. While the banks have their share of the blame, Barney Frank and a whole slew of others were the ones that made this emergency blossom. Deals with Goldman Sachs, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and so many others ripped off American taxpayers so ruthlessly it stole the breath away from America. And now Frank and the other governmental elitists deny they did anything wrong. Arrogance, elitism and corruption have overrun our government and the Tea Party Movement has the goal of cleaning out our government and reducing the size of said government as well.
Watch the video, read the interview and remember: the larger the government, the smaller the liberty and vice versa… Johns rightly points out that the Tea Party Movement wants to get America back on the right track fiscally and ideologically. It’s not just about healthcare, it’s about the founding fathers, their core principles and the Constitution.
More from Michael:
Johns went on to say that central to Tea Party beliefs are “the defense of our country, the defense of our borders.”
“It’s astonishing to most Americans that we can put a man on the moon, but we can’t defend our southern border against illegal immigration, and that’s troubling.”
He also slammed health care legislation, complaining of a “lavishly expanded” government role, and called for the proposed “Enumerated Powers Act,” which would require Congress to show where each new piece of legislation is justified in the Constitution.
He called for “reducing the tax burden on American people,” saying because of government intervention it’s reached a point “where it’s become not a particularly great country to do business in too many cases.”
Well said my friend, well said… Couric asks who the real leaders are in the movement – Michael Johns is one of them and I am proud to call him friend. Michael is a true patriot and may many more join the Tea Party Movement…
TARKANIAN QUESTIONS HARRY REID: DO YOU AGREE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYING THAT HE “HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE DEALS?”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2010
Contact: [email protected]
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian today asked the following question of Senator Harry Reid regarding President Obama’s statement that he was not involved in the “Cornhusker Kickback” or any other health care deals. here is what the President said in the Weekly Standard:
“Let’s just clarify. I didn’t make a bunch of deals,” Obama told ABC. “There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.”
DANNY TARKANIAN: “President Obama today said that he had nothing to do with cutting the infamous “Cornhusker Kickback” deal in order to pass Harry Reid’s version of the Senate health care bill. Today I ask Senator Reid to be clear with the people of Nevada. Is the President correct? The people of Nevada need to know that you are working in their best interests, and the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ is a perfect example of your leadership position compromising – not benefiting – your ability to help the people of Nevada. The President now says you essentially did that deal on your own. Do you agree with his assessment? Did you negotiate the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ on your own to the detriment of the people of Nevada?
“On this State of the Union day, it’s your word versus the President’s.”
Stealing this from my friend Tom Elia over at The New Editor because it is, well, funny as hell… 🙂 Still laughing and crying – which will come in handy when I’m bored to death during the State of the Union tonight…
One of my more disturbed, and hilarious, readers sent me this:
Yesterday I was at my local Costco buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Biscuit, the Wonder Dog, and was in the checkout line when woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
What did she think I had, an elephant?
Since I’m retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again.
(I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter’s ass and a car hit us both.
I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.
Costco won’t let me shop there anymore…
Dear Friends and Supporters,
With Ronald Reagan’s birthday fast approaching, our campaign has compiled something we hope you’ll agree is a special tribute to his memory and his wisdom. We have searched and found archived audio, video and actual newsreel footage to create a video tribute to Ronald Reagan’s last campaign…against Harry Reid.
The video, entitled “Reagan’s Last Campaign Lives On” tells a story of a single day, when, with control of the U.S. Senate at stake, Ronald Reagan spent his last day campaigning – in Las Vegas, Nevada to defeat Harry Reid.
The date? November 3, 1986. The location? Las Vegas, Nevada in Scenic Airline’s South Hangar.
Maybe you remember where you were that day? It was a historic day.
It was in fact the last day… of Reagan’s “last campaign.”
As the audio and video of his final campaign speech to Nevadans makes clear, Ronald Reagan always knew Harry Reid was no “Reagan Democrat.” Ronald Reagan warned us all that as a Senator, Harry Reid was a “tax and spend liberal.” He told us that he “opposed a balanced budget amendment.” And that in Harry Reid’s years as a Congressman, he had already voted against his policies even more often than Senator Kennedy that decade.
Harry Reid may have won that Senate election, but history tells us that Ronald Reagan was right to warn us about Harry Reid, and Reagan’s final words that final campaign day still echo and inspire us all:
“There are really no last, final campaigns. Each generation must renew and win again for itself, the precious gift of liberty, and the sacred heritage of freedom.”
Please watch, enjoy and share with your friends this special archival video and please redouble your efforts to help us defeat Harry Reid.