Archive for May, 2009

Cap And Tax!

May 22, 2009

Henry Waxman’s Cap and Trade Bill has passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee on a 33 to 25 vote with all but 4 Democrats and 1 Republican voting for it. Be aware that this bill will increase the price of any product that uses fossil fuel energy in it’s production, which means everything! Of course besides the increase in products your home energy bill will show a considerable jump over the next couple of years. HOW’S THAT CHANGE WORKING FOR YOU?

Unless you are happy about this indirect tax increase I would suggest that you contact your congressman and let him know that you expect him to vote against this bill. Besides increasing our cost of living it will also succeed in driving jobs out of our country and putting some people out of business.

In the Virginia 5th District contact Tom Periello at:

520 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4711
Fax: (202) 225-5681

I am pretty sure Mr. Perriello supports this bill but if enough of us contact him we may be able to change his mind. Additional information about the cost of this bill can be found in this Wall Street Journal article.

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Letter From Congress to Mexico

May 17, 2009

Below is a copy of a letter sent by members of Congress to Mexico concerning the need for secret ballots in union elections.

August 29, 2001

Junta Local de Conciliacion y Arbitraje del Estado de Puebla
Lic. Armando Poxqui Quintero
7 Norte, Numero 1006 Altos
Colonia Centro
Puebla, Mexico C.P. 72000

Dear Members of the Junta Local de Conciliacion y Arbitraje of the State of Puebla:

As members of Congress of the United States who are deeply concerned with international labor standards and the role of labor rights in international trade agreements, we are writing to encourage you to use the secret ballot in all union recognition elections.

We understand that the secret ballot is allowed for, but not required, by Mexican labor law. However, we feel that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to assure that voters are not intimidated into voting for a union that they might not otherwise choose.

We respect Mexico as an important neighbor and trading partner, and we feel that the increased use of the secret ballot in union recognition elections will help bring real democracy to the Mexican workplace.

Sincerely (16 Members of Congress)

George Miller, Marcy Kaptur,
Bernard Sanders,William J. Coyne,
Lane Evans. Bob Filner,
Martin Olav Sabo, Barney Frank,
Joe Baca, Zoe Lofgren,
Dennis J. Kucinich, Calvin M. Dooley,
Fortney Pete Stark, Barbara Lee,
James P. McGovern, Lloyd Doggett

http://www.house.gov/georgemiller

Every representative that is still in office that signed this letter now supports the Employee Free Choice Act which removes the secret ballot from U.S. union elections. This must mean that these gentlemen and ladies don’t believe that we need democracy in the United States work place. Once again our elected officials pander to the unions that helped get them elected.

Heritage Foundation: Employee No Choice Act

May 15, 2009

Unions Rally against Democratic Elections

* Card Check: The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would replace secret ballot organizing elections with publicly signed union cards, allowing union organizers to deceive, harass, and threaten workers into signing these cards and thereby unionizing.
* Stripping Away Privacy and Freedom: A worker may vote “no” against a union behind a curtain but may be less courageous if pressured in public. This is why most union organizers currently don’t call for elections until between 60% and 75% of a shop notes interest, knowing that there will be drop off once the votes are tallied.
* Union Workers Oppose: A recent Zogby poll found that 71% of union members believe that the current private-ballot process is fair. A McLaughlin & Associates poll found that fully 74% of union members favor keeping the current system in place over replacing it with one that provides less privacy.
* Liberals Opposed It … in Mexico: In 2001, labor-friendly Members of Congress, including EFCA sponsors, pressed Mexico in a letter to increase its use of the secret ballot, saying it was “absolutely necessary in order to ensure that workers are not intimidated into voting for a union they might not otherwise choose.”

Card Check Creates Government-Run Workplaces

* Collective Bargaining: Under current law, no contract takes effect until both workers believe they get a fair deal and management believes the contract will not bankrupt the firm. If negotiations end, the workers can strike or management can lock them out, but neither side must work under an unworkable contract.
* Putting the Power in Washington: Section 3 of EFCA gives government officials the power to impose contracts on workers and firms. After a union organizes a business, there would a short period of time for management to offer them an “acceptable” contract. If the union does not agree, the matter would be sent to a federal arbitration board.
* Bureaucrats in Charge of Your Workplace: Instead of mutual consent, the federal government would then impose working conditions on both employers and employees, whether they were workable or not, and these conditions would be binding on the business for two years until the negotiations are reopened.
* In Summary: So after the unions strong arm employees into their union, they would then have government-backed authority to tell business owners how to run their business, including wages and bonuses; employment levels; retirement and health care plans; business operations; promotions; assignments; subcontracting; and closure, sale, or merger of a business.

Increase Opportunities for Employees

* There IS an Alternative: There is a better way to help workers earn more money. Unionized workers are not allowed to earn more than their union contract calls for, no matter how hard they work. Unions keep wages of above-average employees down so that workers will look to the union—instead of their own efforts—as the way to get ahead.
* Let Workers Earn More Money: By allowing employers to pay individual workers more than a collective bargaining agreement calls for, Congress would eliminate union wage ceilings and allow workers to earn more money and be rewarded for outstanding performance.
* Don’t Kill Jobs: Unions reduce job opportunities in the economy. Conservative estimates show that EFCA would reduce employment opportunities by 765,000 potential jobs in the economy over the next seven years. Other studies estimate even greater effects.

PDF available at: Heritage Foundation

Stop Nationalized Healthcare Petition

May 15, 2009

The current administration is is attempting to push through nationalized health care as quickly possible before people find out the true facts. The government has trouble running other programs why would we want them to run a program equal to 15% of our GDP. (see blog entry below) Please go to the Healthcare Petition and sign to let your representatives know that you do not want socialized medicine.

Healthcare Reform

May 15, 2009

What is it that makes people think that the government is capable of running the healthcare system? The reason I ask this is because they can’t even run a cafeteria without losing money. The Senate cafeteria lost over two million dollars in 2008 and more then 18 million since 1993 and yet these monetary geniuses want to run national healthcare.

The senate foodservice gross sales is roughly 10 million dollars a year with expenses of 12 million. Healthcare expenditures were $2.2 trillion in 2007 if the Federal government was to run the healthcare business as well as they did their foodservice operations that number would be increased to $2.64 trillion for the same amount of services.

Let’s look at another couple of well run government programs, social security and medicare, whose projected unfunded liabilities are a combined total of $72 trillion dollars by mid-century. By 2050 Social Security and Medicare will require 3/4 of all income taxes just to pay benefits currently promised.

Can our children and our grandchildren really afford another government program? Is our current healthcare system so bad that we are willing to turn it over to the government? Yes, reform is needed but we can start by getting the government out of the way.

Up Coming Events

May 13, 2009

The JATP has some great events coming up this summer. On July 4th we will be having our first annual Independence Day Celebration. It will be held in Charlottesville with the time and place to be determined by early June. We plan on having a few speakers who will be addressing subjects concerning freedom and our Forefathers dreams. We hope to have some entertainment as well as challenging games for the kids. There will be a poster contest for adults as well as information tables addressing issues of import in the coming fall elections.

Later in July we are planning to have a Health Care Panel that will address the problems that the average citizen will face if our country continues on its’ course to socialized medicine. This panel will consist of local healthcare professionals who will speak on this subject and then answer questions from the audience. We hope to entice some of our representatives from Washington and Richmond to be there. This is a very important subject and I encourage everyone to attend and learn more about how you and your children will be affected in the future.

The Jefferson Area Tea Party will be sending out monthly news letters which will have more information on these events. If you do not think that you are on our email list send an email to vateaparty@gmail.com so we can include you. Otherwise continue to check back here for further updates.

Obama Pushes Anti-Gun Treaty

May 8, 2009

Opposing Political Views

May 5, 2009

Petition To Congress

May 4, 2009

PETITION TO CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT
TO HALT OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING

To: Congress of the United States, President of the United States

Whereas, the Constitution of the United States clearly and specifically limits the scope and authority of the federal government under the enumerated powers clause;

Whereas, the encouragement of private and public debt by the federal government has brought America to the brink of financial devastation;

Whereas, history proves government spending has never succeeded in curing an economic downturn, but rather serves only to deepen and prolong it;

Whereas, government takeovers of banks and financial institutions move America ever further from the free-enterprise principles that have brought the nation prosperity for 233 years;

Whereas, bailouts of failing corporations represent a counterproductive response to what is, essentially, a government-induced crisis;

Whereas, the current level of irresponsible government spending will, by all accounts, either bankrupt this country or burden our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with never-ending debt;

Whereas, redistribution of wealth by government for the purpose of achieving “social justice” is immoral and a proven failure:

We, the undersigned, assert our rights as citizens of the United States in demanding an end to all further “stimulus” spending, corporate bailouts, “earmarks,” pork projects, welfare programs, higher tax rates and attempts to nationalize industries. We reject socialism, no matter how it is packaged. And we pledge to hold accountable any and all elected officials who continue to pursue this course that is rapidly leading America to ruin.

National Council for a New America

May 3, 2009

After reading the press release from Congressman Eric Cantor’s office concerning the National Council for a New America (NCNA) I found that I had mixed feeling about this so called new movement. I was glad to see the Republican Party attempting to make changes but was disappointed to see that they weren’t changing. I am beginning to think that these men in elected office are clueless.

In an article concerning the NCNA on the blog Stoptheaclu.com Cantor and McCain were quoted as saying that “this is not a contract with America but a conversation with her”. Why do I have a feeling that this is going to be a one way conversation? Could it be because in the NCNA press release they list issues such as healthcare, education, energy and national security but no mention of tax relief or smaller government? The only item listed above that is referenced in the U.S. Constitution is national security, so how are the Republicans any different than the Democrats? This is not smaller government; they are only offering a different form of big government.

They say that they want to listen to the people. Did they not hear about the Tea Parties? If they were really listening they would have tried to bring in fresh faces for this council. By bringing in Bush and McCain they show that nothing is going to change. They want us to believe they are headed in a new direction. To quote Jeb Bush in a Sunday Washington Times article: “So our ideas need to be forward looking and relevant. I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the [Republican] messaging. I mean, it’s great, but it doesn’t draw people toward your cause.” Yes there is nostalgia for the good old days, the days when our country respected the constitution and what it stood for. For some reason the Republicans cannot seem to comprehend that the reason for their problems is that they are becoming the Democrat-Lite party. Jeb Bush wants us to look forward, forward to what? To bigger government in which the only difference is that it will be run by Republicans instead of Democrats.

If this council is any indication of where the Republican Party is headed I would say it is slouching into obscurity. On April 15th in the city of Charlottesville, a bastion of liberalality, I witnessed thousands of people gather in support of smaller government, reasonable taxes and adherence to Constitutional principles. If the Jefferson Area Tea Party is any indication of what true conservatives want then politician’s better listen or they should find new occupations.