(Las Vegas, NV) – Last month, seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley sided with the League of Conservation Voters and voted against nearly 800 jobs in Northern Nevada. Today, she got her pay back. The group is now airing attack ads in Reno against Dean Heller.
“This ad is a tired, over the top attack. Dean Heller actually proposed a bill that would end tax loopholes for big oil companies. Shelley Berkley, on the other hand, voted for a national energy tax that would raise prices at the pump and is personally invested in big oil companies. It’s pretty clear now whose side the fourteen-year Congresswoman is on – extreme environmental groups who are killing Nevada jobs,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
- In June, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley voted against the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act. She was once was a co-sponsor of the legislation, which would transfer federal land to Lyon County and create nearly 800 jobs in Northern Nevada.
· After the League of Conservations Voters wrote a letter opposing the bill, Congresswoman Berkley voted against the legislation.
· Unemployment rate in Lyon County is the highest in the state at 14.8%. The average unemployment rate for the county in 2012 is 16.0%, also the highest in Nevada.
From The Telegraph
The British economy shrinks by nearly 1% in the second quarter.
Her Majesty’s Government may find hosting the Olympics this summer to be a complicated affair, but at least the games will provide a welcome break from the gloomy economic news. The UK economy has fallen into recession for the second time in four years. And there are no easy fixes, as the debt burden that the Labour government ran up during both boom and bust years now limits policy choices.
The government of Tory Prime Minister David Cameron has been focused on an austerity program to rein in the country’s huge budget deficits. For a while, the measures seemed to work and the economy grew modestly. But demand for British goods and services has fallen as the Eurozone crisis deepens, amplifying the drag already embedded in the austerity program’s reductions in government spending.
The government now faces pressure to stimulate the economy and pursue growth-friendly measures, which of course could undo the limited progress on the deficit front. A classic “between a rock and a hard place” dilemma!
(Las Vegas, NV) – Today seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley voted against job creating legislation H.R. 6082, the Congressional Replacement of President Obama’s Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan. The bill would create jobs by allowing for offshore American energy production.
“Seven-term Congresswoman Berkley has again turned a blind eye to a major problem of persistent unemployment in this country. Since President Obama’s second month in office, our nation’s unemployment rate has stayed above 8 percent. It’s time for a different direction, but Congresswoman Berkley refuses to step out of line with President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, no matter the circumstances,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
· The bill provides a robust leasing program for our nation’s offshore energy resources, and will result in the generation of $600 million in new revenue and create tens of thousands of jobs. This legislation is in response to President Obama’s proposal to offer the fewest number of lease sales in the in the history of the program.
· Shelley Berkley has voted against increasing energy production, lowering gas prices and creating energy jobs as many as twenty times. As a whole, she has opposed policies that could increase oil and gas production by more than 10 million barrels of oil per day and create 1.4 million more jobs by 2030. (Wood Mackenzie, “U.S. Supply Forecast and Potential Jobs and Economic Impacts,” September 7, 2011)
Letter Calls “Suppress the Minority Vote” Allegations “Utter Nonsense”
Signed by ACRU policy board members former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson, the letters were mailed to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Missouri Gov. Jeremiah Nixon, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue.
In each state, both houses of the legislature had passed photo ID laws, which were vetoed by the governors, all of whom are Democrats.
The letters, which urge the governors to sign any new photo ID legislation, observe that:
“It is a sad commentary that states acting to protect their electoral process through common-sense actions, like requiring a valid photo ID to vote, have been vilified for allegedly attempting to ‘suppress the minority vote,’ or even ‘bring back Jim Crow laws.’ That is utter nonsense!
“Securing the integrity of the ballot box is in every American’s interest regardless of race, party, or ethnicity. In two federal cases, including a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Indiana’s photo ID law, not a single plaintiff could be found who could plausibly claim inability to obtain a photo ID.”
The letter also calls upon “all states to safeguard the integrity of our uniquely American right of self-governance by taking common-sense measures such as:[list type="arrow"] [li]
- Requiring a photo ID to vote in person;
- Requiring proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote;
- Requiring signature verification and an acceptable proof of ID when voting by mail.”
Originally posted at Center for Security Policy By Frank Gaffney, Jr.
Movie theaters across America have recently called to mind former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a woman whose visionary leadership and fortitude – particularly in the fight against Soviet Communism – earned her the sobriquet “the Iron Lady.”
Lady Thatcher’s partner in dispatching that toxic ideology to the “ash-heap of history,” Ronald Reagan, famously declared in 1961 – at a time when the USSR was still very much a going concern – that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Today, it is threatened by another totalitarian ideology that some have aptly described as “communism with a god”: the supremacist Islamic doctrine known as shariah.
Fortunately, it turns out that, as we confront our time’s most imminent threat to freedom, we have found America’s Iron Lady: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Her Thatcheresque qualities are evident in the fearless and visionary leadership she is providing in opposing shariah’s most formidable champions, the Muslim Brotherhood.
In particular, Rep. Bachmann – whose training as a tax attorney has prepared her well for the painstaking business of studying and mastering arcane organizational, financial and other relationships that are at the core of the stealthy subversion the Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad.” Her experience raising 28 of her own and foster children has steeled her against the name-calling and worse that have met her efforts to bring those skills to bear to expose and defeat the jihadists, wherever they may be.
Good thing. For, at the moment, Michele Bachmann is not facing mere name-calling but outright character assassination. She has been singled out for special treatment despite the fact that she was one of five Members of Congress (the others being Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Trent Franks of Arizona, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and Tom Rooney of Florida) who had the temerity to send five federal Inspectors General formal requests for investigations into Muslim Brotherhood influence operations inside our government – a threat every bit as dangerous as was the communist subversion of a generation ago.
It is, of course, no accident that Mrs. Bachmann is being subjected to such vilification by the Islamists, their allies on the Left and in the establishment media’s amen chorus. As a principled, articulate and wildly popular Tea Party and conservative leader, she is a prime target forelectoral defeat by her political foes. These include her fellow Minnesotan, Rep. Keith Ellison, the “first Muslim congressman” who launched the initial attack on our Iron Lady. More on him in a moment.
Regrettably, the Minnesota congresswoman has also been savaged by prominent figures in her own party. Some have been motivated by a desire to exonerate one of the individuals identified in thefive legislators’ letter to the State Department’s Inspector General: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin. Others seem determined to deflect or at least deny the problem of which she appears to be but one example and a symptom: There are individuals with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood inside or at least influencing the White House, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Departments of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security, as well as Foggy Bottom.
With respect to the former, long-time federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy noted in a brilliant expose posted at National Review Online on July 21, the question is not whether Ms. Abedin has committed a crime but should she have a security clearance? The State Department’s own guidelines would appear to deny access to classified information to a person who has, as she does through living and deceased family members, “foreign associations that could create…a heightened risk of foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion.” [(For more on those troubling associations and their implications for U.S. policy, see a new Center for Security Policy report entitled “Ties That Bind? The Views and Agenda of Huma Abedin’s Islamist Mother” (http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p19045.xml).]
With respect to efforts to dismiss as “dangerous” or baseless concerns about a possible, far-larger problem with individuals whohave connections to the Muslim Brotherhood shaping U.S. policy toward that organization and enabling its rising power, what can one say? There is abundant evidence that indicates such concerns are warranted (including that found in Parts 8 and 9 of the Center for Security Policy’s online curriculum at www.MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com – a resource drawn upon by the five legislators). Unless and until the critics – on Capitol Hill, in the media and elsewhere – perform the sort of due-diligence that has characterized the approach taken by Mrs. Bachmann and her colleagues, their authority on the matter must be questioned.
That applies particularly to Keith Ellison who claims not to know much about the Muslim Brotherhood, let alonehave ties to it. Counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole, however, shreds such assertions in a July 22 article at PJMedia (http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/07/21/rep-keith-ellison-rewrites-history-on-his-muslim-brotherhood-cair-ties/) that establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that he, too, has – as Rep. Bachmann has observed – myriad, longstanding associations with Muslim Brotherhood organizations. These include what the government has established is the Brotherhood’s “overt arm” in America, the Muslim American Society (which paid for Mr. Ellison’s 2008 religious pilgrimage (hajj) to Saudi Arabia), and the Council on American Islamic Relations. CAIR was proven twice in federal court to be a front for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian franchise, the designated terrorist organization Hamas.
Michelle Bachmann’s response to her critics is vintage Thatcher: “I will not be silenced.” We cannot allow America’s Iron Lady or her courageous colleagues to be silenced – or otherwise punished for their needed leadership in countering the Muslim Brotherhood.
Will Dem Senators Support A Death Tax Hike Despite Acknowledging It Would ‘Hurt Family Farmers’ And Promising ‘There Is No Way’ They’d Do It?
Senate Dem Estate Tax Plan ‘Troublesome For Farmers’
FARM BUREAU: “Estate taxes are especially troublesome for farmers and ranchers. [The Reid Proposal] fails to provide any estate tax relief which would allow a $1 million per person exemption and 55 percent top rate to be reinstated on Jan. 1, 2013. A $1 million exemption is not high enough to protect a typical farm or ranch able to support a family from estate taxes…” (Letter To U.S. Senators, American Farm Bureau Federation, 7/24/12)
Dem Vow To Farmers: ‘There Is No Way, No Way’
NORTH CAROLINA FARMERS: “…would have a devastating impact on farms and ranches in North Carolina and the Nation. This reversion… has the great potential to eliminate a generation of aspiring farmers from continuing the family farming operation.” (Letter To Sen. Hagan, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, 7/24/12)
· SEN. KAY HAGAN (D-NC): “Sen. Kay Hagan spoke to the North Carolina Farm Bureau meeting in Greensboro. … ‘I understand the issue with the estate tax. I know that it affects you tremendously,’ Hagan told the crowd. ‘I am definitely concerned about this and there is no way, no way we can let that estate tax revert back to $1 million (starting) next year.’” (“Hagan Gets Her Wish On The Estate Tax,” Greensboro News And Record, 12/6/10)
MISSOURI FARMERS: “…exemption is not high enough to protect a typical farm or ranch from estate taxes considering land values and the cost of machinery, equipment and farm buildings. Two years ago we shared with you the stories of two Missouri farm families—one frustrated with estate planning because of ever-changing laws and another struggling to pay inheritance taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. We are certain there are more families just like them…” (Letter To Sen. McCaskill, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation, 7/24/12)
· SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL (D-MO): “Estate tax issue draws local input … McCaskill said today in a written statement. ‘I support extending the current exemption so that we don’t hurt family farmers.’” (“Estate Tax Issue Draws Local Input,” Columbia Daily Tribune, 6/7/06)
PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS: “This not only can cripple a farm operation, but also hurts the rural communities and businesses that agriculture supports. Estate taxes hit family-owned farm operations especially hard because of the illiquid nature of farm and ranch business property.” (Letter, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, 7/24/12)
· SEN. BOB CASEY (D-PA): “…on the estate tax: If we set the general estate tax exemption level at $3.5 million for an individual, 7 million for a couple, maybe even carve out a $5 million exemption for family farms and businesses, you could get a savings just on that alone of $300 billion over 10 years.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 9/3/06)
· “Democrat Bob Casey, who is running for a second term in U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania, says he hasn’t decided whether to go along with President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders on a plan to allow tax rates to rise…” (“Casey Doesn’t Embrace Obama’s Plan On Tax Rates,” The Associated Press, 7/20/12)
FLORIDA FARMERS: “This will have a devastating impact on Florida farms and ranches … the Estate Tax would often result in farms being closed, land being sold and businesses being lost.” (Letter, Florida Farm Bureau Federation, 7/24/12)
· SEN. BILL NELSON (D-FL): “…with regard to the inheritance tax, I have always been in favor of eliminating this tax. I voted for a significant reduction in 1981 and for a modification in 1986. To me the inheritance tax represents a double tax. People have paid taxes as they have accumulated their assets during their lives. And I think we ought to pass that on to their families and to their loved ones without most of it being eaten up by the government.” (“Differences Wide As Candidates Take Stands; Bill Nelson,” The Ledger [Lakeland, FL], 11/3/00)
· “Senate Democratic leaders are worried about potential defections within their caucus on taxes. … Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).” (“Reid Rejects GOP Request To Vote On Obama’s Tax Plan,” The Hill, 7/11/12)
Arlington, VA – Congress is expected to hold more hearings this week on the “No More Solyndras Act“, an effort to stop the the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program that sent more than half a billion taxpayer dollars to the failed solar panel manufacturer and millions more to other “green energy” companies, some of which were politically connected. Solyndra has become a symbol of excessive Washington spending policies that failed to create the jobs that were promised.
Washington spent all this money and what do they have to show for it? We’re trillions deeper in debt, our creditworthiness has been downgraded and unemployment has been stuck above 8 percent for the last four years. Pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into politically connected pet projects and allowing the federal government to pick winners and losers is exactly what’s wrong with Washington. Nearly $16 trillion in debt, Americans can’t afford to let them gamble away our future one bad bet at a time.
History of Failed Projects
- Received $535 million in DOE Loan Guarantee Program
- Filed for bankruptcy September 2011
- Received $70 million of $400 million commitment from DOE Loan Guarantee Program before funding stopped in August 2011
- Filed for bankruptcy July 2012
- House Committee on Oversight and Government reform met on the issue on July 18, 2012
- Received $43 million in DOE Loan Guarantee Program
- Filed for bankruptcy October 2011
New CBO Score of ACA “artificially reduces the cost estimates”
Politicoreports, “President Barack Obama’s health care law just got cheaper — to the tune of $84 billion over 11 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice, said in a statement that the report confirms that the American people can’t afford this new health care law. She also criticized the CBO’s accounting method for artificially reducing projections by spreading eight years of spending over a 10 year time frame, saying, “Just because Americans are getting the first two months rent-free doesn’t mean they can afford to renew year after year when fees spike.”
Canadian Oil Going to China?
Going Over Tax Cliff Could Be “devastating” for Seniors
Senate Stalemate on Vote to Extend Tax Cuts
The Senate is voting on extending tax cuts today, but The Washington Post says that debate is going nowhere for now. “[W]hile the din of that rhetorical battle reverberated throughout Washington, the legislative battle set for Wednesday is largely meaningless. Neither side has the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster and push its preferred tax package to final passage. … The ideological stalemate leaves the nation facing what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has called a ‘fiscal cliff’ in January, when a temporary payroll tax cut and a host of other temporary tax breaks will expire alongside the Bush tax cuts. Together with sharp scheduled spending cuts at the Pentagon and other federal agencies, the fiscal cliff threatens to siphon $600 billion out of the economy next year.”
The Hill on Congress: “Nothing is getting done”
The Hill reports, “Tax rates, spending cuts and the deficit will dominate the Capitol this fall, but lawmakers and lobbyists are quietly maneuvering to use the lame-duck session to clean up a whole mess of other issues that Congress has been unable — or unwilling — to handle. … All told, the lame duck is shaping up to be one of the most significant sessions in recent history. Here’s what expires at the end of the year: marginal tax rates for every American, the reimbursement rate for doctors who treat Medicare patients, the alternative minimum tax, the debt ceiling and unemployment insurance. Not to mention automatic spending cuts for the Pentagon and other domestic programs go into effect next year. …
The uptick in lobbying and negotiating on a series of peripheral issues underscores the reality of this Congress so far: Nothing is getting done.”
Senate Legislation At Historic Low
The Washington Times reports the Senate “is doing less legislating now than at any other time since 1947, when data were first compiled and published. …The House, meanwhile, is doing somewhat better, notching a decidedly middle-of-the-pack performance.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) said of the Senate, “‘Rather than debate important policy measures, we spend far, far, far too much time staying around looking at each other, simply waiting for the clock to run out on another filibuster.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) takes a slightly different view, commenting, ““I would say to my good friend the majority leader, we don’t have a rules problem, we have an attitude problem. When is the Senate going to get back to normal?’”
Daily Finance reports, “The world’s largest package delivery company is more pessimistic about U.S. growth than many economists. It predicts global trade will grow even slower than the world’s economies — a trend not seen since the recession. It’s making cuts in its business and reducing its earnings projections. UPS on Tuesday lowered its forecast for all of 2012 and said its third-quarter earnings will fall below last year’s results. … ‘Economies around the world are showing signs of weakening and our customers are increasingly nervous,’ Chairman and CEO Scott Davis said in a conference call with analysts.”
Fed May Act On “disappointing economic news”
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Amid the recent wave of disappointing economic news, conversation inside the Fed has turned more intensely toward the questions of how and when to move. Central bank officials could take new steps at their meeting next week, July 31 and Aug. 1, though they might wait until their September meeting to accumulate more information on the pace of growth and job gains before deciding whether to act…Mr. Bernanke told Congress he wants to see more progress in reducing unemployment and he expressed frustration the economy appears to be ‘stuck in the mud.’”
The $12 Trillion Misunderstanding
In The Washington Post, Robert J. Samuelson editorializes, ”Call it the $12 trillion misunderstanding. It ranks among the biggest forecasting errors ever. Back in 2001, the Congressional Budget Office projected federal budget surpluses of $5.6 trillion for 2002-2011. Instead we got $6.1 trillion of deficits—a swing of $11.7 trillion. … [N]o single cause explains the change. …[A] weak economy was the largest cause. … Even projecting surpluses from 2002 to 2011, the CBO cautioned then that large deficits would ultimately return. …The CBO deputy director in 2001 Barry Anderson stated, ‘Over the longer term, budgetary pressures linked to the aging and retirement of the baby boom generation threaten to produce record deficits and unsustainable levels of federal debt.’ Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed.”
Privatization Answer to Postal Problems?
Peter Orszag, vice chairman of global banking at Citigroup, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Obama, editorializes in Bloomberg, ”Those who believe in the usefulness of government must be vigilant about making sure all its activities are vital ones, since the unnecessary ones undermine public confidence. With this in mind, Congress should now privatize the U.S. Postal Service. Further evidence for why this should happen came last week, when the Postal Service announced that it would be unable to meet billions of dollars in payments that are coming due in August and September for future retiree health benefits. Privatization is not always the best way to improve efficiency, but the problems facing the Postal Service will be difficult to address if it remains within the government, and there is no longer any sound reason for it not to go private.”
Jobs Groups Call It ‘A Massive Tax Hike On American Businesses,’ Warn It ‘Would Do Great Harm To The Middle Class’
Dem Bill: ‘Higher Taxes For The Vast Majority Of Manufacturers’
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: “Increasing taxes now will undermine economic recovery, choke off job creation, and take money out of the hands of the individuals and businesses that create jobs, spur investment, boost consumption, and promote economic growth.” (“Key Vote Alert On S. 3412, The “‘’Middle Class Tax Cut Act,’” The Chamber Of Commerce, 7/24/12)
· “The Chamber urges you to oppose S. 3412, which would impose a massive tax hike on American businesses.” (“Key Vote Alert On S. 3412, The “‘’Middle Class Tax Cut Act,’” The Chamber Of Commerce, 7/24/12)
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS: “This legislation would raise tax rates on small businesses at a particularly fragile time for the economy, stifling growth and investment when we can least afford it.” (National Federation Of Independent Business, Letter To Senators, 7/24/12)
· “This tax hike disproportionately impacts small businesses… will shrink the economy by 1.3 percent and result in the loss of 710,000 jobs.” (National Federation Of Independent Business, Letter To Senators, 7/24/12)
· “…the maximum estate tax rate will revert to 55 percent while the exemption level will drop to $ 1 million. This will increase the number of estates hit with the tax from 3,600 to 46,700, including 21,700 small businesses.” (National Federation Of Independent Business, Letter To Senators, 7/24/12)
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: “…S. 3412 would result in higher taxes for the vast majority of manufacturers in the United States, threatening their ability to create jobs. …the possibility of these tax increases has forced many manufacturers to put investment and hiring plans on hold.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, Key Manufacturing Vote Letter, 7/14/12)
· “…the bill’s plan to restore estate tax rates and exemptions to pre-2001 levels would hit thousands of family-owned SMMs across our nation.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, Key Manufacturing Vote Letter, 7/14/12)
· “As our economy struggles to regain its footing, now is not the time to increase taxes on job creators and investors.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, Key Manufacturing Vote Letter, 7/14/12)
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHOLESALER-DISTRIBUTORS: “This legislation would in fact do very great harm to the middle class it purports to help.” (National Association Of Wholesaler-Distributors, Open Letter To Senators, 7/24/12)
· “Despite the unemployment crisis, the Senate is set to vote on legislation which will indisputably make matters worse.” (National Association Of Wholesaler-Distributors, Open Letter To Senators, 7/24/12)
As you’ve by now heard, President Obama and his handlers are saying that conservatives are taking his “you didn’t build that” comments out of context.
So American Crossroads this morning releases a new video, “Replay” – showing the President’s “fumble of the week,” his team contesting the call, an instant replay, and the referee’s final call.
The president and his campaign are clearly worried about his statement – because its context actually accentuates his lack of regard for small businesses and entrepreneurs.