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Part 3: Reality Check

In Part 1 of this series,

Morgan, Where Did the Love Go?

you read about how it was that the SWVA Tea Party Patriots ended up back on the street again, waving protest signs in front of Morgan Griffith’s offices.

This analogy sums it up nicely:
If every penny represents $1 billion, our national debt plus current deficit equals 15,800 pennies. The GOP has removed 10 pennies so far. That’s it. And the Democrats wanted to remove about 4 and 1/2 pennies for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in October.

And then, there is this:

Every single US man, woman, and child owes almost $200,000 to pay for the deficit + debt + unfunded liabilities.

Then we can throw this log on the fire, from Congressman Steve King, on the one year anniversary of ObamaCare’s passage:

With so many Americans wanting ObamaCare repealed, the time to force the issue is now. In order to ensure that ObamaCare gets pulled out of the U.S.Code by its roots, my strategy encompasses both repealing and defunding the law.
I offered an amendment designed to reach back into ObamaCare itself and block the $105.5 billion in automatic funding that the Pelosi-Reid-Obama troika quietly included in the law. It makes no sense to allow any federal funds to flow to a law that has been declared unconstitutional. Although my amendment was blocked from an up-or-down vote on procedural grounds, I am continuing to work to get it included in future continuing resolutions. In fact, I have voted against two recent short-term continuing-resolution extensions that failed to include language blocking ObamaCare’s automatic funding.
Hold Obama accountable.

It doesn’t make sense to us, either. Griffith’s vote in favor of the Continuing Resolution that did not include any language to block the built-in $105 Billion for ObamaCare, dismissing the act as “breaking the rules” left us cold. As does failing to take a firm, line-drawn-in-the-sand stand against raising the debt ceiling, the only other foreseeable means to stop ObamaCare along with the rest of the insanity.

We have been left to wonder what inherent meaning there is to the pledge he signed with SWVA Tea Party. Not to mention the hand shake that followed.

This past week was the congressional spring break. Morgan Griffith held no Town Halls in his home district. There was no information on his schedule of events available from either his website or any of his offices. Despite his comment to FOX Radio Roanoke 910 news, his desire to speak to the Tea Party failed to translate to contacting any of the SWVA Tea Party groups to arrange a meeting.

But perhaps most disturbing is the follow-up of the

mysterious Christiansburg “office policy”

that dispersed last weeks protesters when met by the Chief of Police at Morgan Griffith’s West Main Street office. Upon being informed by the Chief that they would need a permit, some of the group departed, one member left to get the paperwork and a few folks stayed on, citing their Constitutional right to peaceably assemble. (In Part 2, you read about how we take our rights, guaranteed by both the Virginia and US Constitutions, very seriously.)

This is the information on the back of the form that was filed:

Application for Permit to Conduct a Picket from Town of Christiansburg: (identified on the front of the form as Picket Form 10/05/2000)
§ 40.1-53. Preventing persons from pursuing lawful vocations, etc.; illegal picketing; injunction.

 
No person shall singly or in concert with others interfere or attempt to interfere with another in the exercise of his right to work or to enter upon the performance of any lawful vocation by the use of force, threats of violence or intimidation, or by the use of insulting or threatening language directed toward such person, to induce or attempt to induce him to quit his employment or refrain from seeking employment.

No person shall engage in picketing by force or violence, or picket alone or in concert with others in such manner as to obstruct or interfere with free ingress or egress to and from any premises, or obstruct or interfere with free use of public streets, sidewalks or other public ways.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished accordingly.
Notwithstanding the punishments herein provided any court of general equity jurisdiction may enjoin picketing prohibited by this section, and in addition thereto, may enjoin any picketing or interference with lawful picketing when necessary to prevent disorder, restrain coercion, protect life or property, or promote the general welfare.
_____________________________________________________________________________________

Obviously, this permit references Virginia’s “right to work” laws, and mentions nothing regarding a political protest or rally.

But the mystery continues….

One of the members of the New River Valley Tea Party, not really satisfied with all the conflicting information disseminated by Griffith’s Chief of Staff, district office and Bristol Herald Courier newspaper account decided to stop back into the Christiansburg Business License office where the March 16th permit is filed. When he requested a new “Application for Permit to Picket” form, HE WAS INFORMED THAT NO PERMIT IS NECESSARY BECAUSE THERE IS NO ORDINANCE TO BACK IT UP!

When he asked for a copy of the previous form, the back was blank where § 40.1-53 previously appeared.

Which would only make sense, given that this was all about an office policy that resulted from the Arizona shooting, only it’s not written or recorded anywhere for public reference so they can’t really send you a copy of it. It requires law enforcement to be notified—although Griffith said his office did not call the police—and law enforcement requires obtaining a Permit to Conduct a Picket, only now it doesn’t because there’s not an ordinance to actually back it up.

So are we all clear on this now?

Where did the love go? Part 2

“Office Policy” vs Constitution

Griffith said his staff didn’t call the police on the protestors. They simply, in accordance with a new policy enacted after the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., let the police know ahead of time that a crowd was anticipated.    Bristol Herald Courier

A tea party supporter from Patrick County stopped by Morgan Griffith’s office on Wednesday, March 16th on his way to Blacksburg. His wife had told him about the protest. When the gentleman decided to talk to some of the nice office ladies about some of the issues and asked Griffith’s office manager why the police were there, he was told that the DC office instructed them to “phone the police and have them insist on a permit or disband.”

So Griffith’s staff didn’t call the police on the protestors—only they did.  Because of this ‘new policy’. So, here’s the question:  Does ”Office Policy” trump the US and Virginia Constitution?  Ninth District Liberty Coalition member Phil Spence, after speaking at length with Griffith’s Chief of Staff, Kelly Lungren,  isn’t satisfied with the Congressman’s response.

So he asks the Governor. Here is his letter:

P O Box 333                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 New                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             New Castle, VA 24127-0333

The Honorable Bob McDonnell

GovernorP.O. Box 1475

Richmond, Virginia 23218

Governor McDonnell,

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, the Ninth District Liberty Coalition, in conjunction with members from The New River Valley TEA Party, arrived in front of U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith’s office to peaceably protest his recent house votes.

Upon arrival we were met by the Christiansburg Chief of Police who informed us that Representative Griffith’s office had notified his office of our planned visit.  Police Chief Sisson stated that we must have a permit to assemble or we would be cited with disorderly conduct.  We asked Chief Sisson if we refused a permit and refused to disperse after a citation, would he arrest us, Representative Griffith’s constituents?  His response was that he hoped it would not come to that.

At this point, it must be stated that Chief Sisson treated us respectfully and behaved with professionalism.  We believe Chief Sisson was put into a position that was unfair to him, that of being called to the scene by Representative Griffith’s office.

Sir, this behavior by our “representative” is seen by us to be a constitutionally questionable action which is unacceptable to us, the citizens of Virginia.  The response coming from Representative Griffith’s office was that this is now “office policy” and that the Sergeant-At-Arms had “privately” advised House members to follow this policy.  This too is wholly unacceptable to us in that rules which concern us are being made in “private”—and that we are not able to see or access these rules, or this process.  Where is the constitutional justification for this process?

Speaking for my own conscience, I did not on this day seek a permit, and at no point in the future shall I ever ask permission from my “representative” or any other form or face of government, for any behavior, speech or action, that I as a sovereign citizen of this commonwealth undertake.

                                          Article 1, Section 2, Constitution of Virginia

 That the freedom of speech and the press are among the great bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained

 except by despotic governments, that any citizen may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all

 subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; that the General Assembly shall not pass any law

 abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, nor the right of the people peaceably to assemble and

 petition the government for the redress of grievances.

 

As the Governor of this Commonwealth and past Attorney General, how, in the light of this passage, can any county or corporate subdivision whatsoever have or enforce a statute that could in any way supersede my birthright of freedom of assembly?

Today we know not the names of or how many patriot martyrs paid in blood for this guarantee of our liberty preexisting:

                                 Article 1, Section 1, Constitution of Virginia

 That all men are by nature equally independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into

 a state of society, they cannot by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely the enjoyment of life and

 liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

 

Where is the compact that we the people have acceded to, whereby the corporate entity of Christiansburg, may for one moment by any corporate by-law or statute presume upon the liberties of the people?

Sir, your endorsement of U.S. Representative Griffith indirectly enjoins you in this matter.

Your standing as first civil magistrate on the Commonwealth of Virginia with a constitutional trustee obligation to the people of Virginia directly enjoins your response.

At this time we place the issue forward and stand in necessity of your answer and direction

We anticipate your speedy reply of assurance that you stand with us as we proceed in this situation.  As always, our hand of cooperation is extended to help propel Virginia forward.

With Highest Regards,

Phillip H. Spence

CC:     Attorney General, The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli

The Honorable Mr. George Allen

Here is Attorney General Cuccinelli’s reply:

Dear Mr. Spence:

Thank you for contacting the Office of Attorney General Kenneth T.
Cuccinelli, II.

This office however is prohibited by code from providing legal
opinions or advice to private citizens.  Section 2.2-505 of the Code
of Virginia is the statutory provision that authorizes the Attorney
General to render official advisory opinions.  The statute provides
that:

A.  The Attorney General shall give his advice and render official
advisory opinions in writing only when requested in writing so to do
by one of the following: the Governor; a member of the General
Assembly; a judge of a court of record or a judge of a court not of
record; the State Corporation Commission; an attorney for the
Commonwealth; a county, city or town attorney in those localities in
which such office has been created; a clerk of a court of record; a
city or county sheriff; a city or county treasurer or similar officer;
a commissioner of the revenue or similar officer; a chairman or
secretary of an electoral board; or the head of a state department,
division, bureau, institution or board.

The General Assembly has not authorized the Attorney General to render
an official opinion except as expressly provided.  I regret that this
Office is unable to respond to your request.

Sincerely,

Audrey

—-

Audrey D. Jackson

Director, Legislative and Government Affairs

Office of the Attorney General

900 East Main Street

Morgan, where did the love go?

On Wednesday, March 16th,

members of the Southwest VA Tea Party Patriots of Abingdon and

Bristol convened in front

of Morgan Griffith’s office on West Main in Downtown Abingdon.

 About 13 of us showed up, waving Gadsden ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ flags and carrying signs that read “Cut Spending!”… “Defund ObamaCare!”… “Griffith Signed a Pledge!”… “Republicans: GROW A SPINE!!”

The irony was undeniable, given that our old digs in front of the former 28-year incumbent Congressman Boucher’s now-empty office is just down the street, on the opposite end of Main. We got to know that corner pretty well. That was where the fledgling Tea Party got to know one another well enough to become the core group that continues to stick together through the nauseous, serpentine ride that is post-modern politics—the kind that we may be assured that our country’s Founders anticipated, having the wisdom to craft the inimitable gift that is our Constitution, beyond compare to any other nation’s in history.

Together we tasted the defeat of the Tea Party’s pick for the run for Congress. Was there any one of us there on that day last May who didn’t emerge from the Ft. Chiswell High School auditorium dazed and confused by a goofed-up primary that sent Washington County to the gymnasium for a “re-count”, like a bunch of third graders for a fire drill? With the projection that Adam Light supporters would flip their vote for Dave Moore in the second round Griffith vs. Moore showdown, was there any one present who didn’t feel slightly stupefied that despite the large turnout for both candidates, no run-off materialized? Griffith was declared the winner after the first round.

Sour grapes? More like a lingering bad taste in your mouth. There could be no mistaking the fact that the Republican party’s support was firmly in place behind Morgan Griffith, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1994 and Majority Leader since 2000. We didn’t get “our” guy, but could this marriage be saved?

We’d gotten regular calls from the Griffith Campaign for a couple of months. “Can you get some folks together for a rally?”  Still, the old admonition of why-buy-the-cow-when-you-get-the-milk-for-free was the nagging refrain.

ONLY IF HE WOULD AGREE TO A PRE-NUP. After months of stump speeches, along with five other District 9 Tea Party groups, the Abingdon / Bristol Patriots accepted Griffith’s proposal, with the caveat of “mutual” support. Our big ticket items were no surprise to anyone; in exchange for our support, Griffith would have to pledge to diligently work to restore constitutionally limited government. Fiscal conservatism. And Defunding ObamaCare. Last October 14th we sealed the deal with our signatures and his. We went full-swing into knocking on doors, passing out literature, making phone calls and getting folks out to rally for the Griffith campaign stops.

It should also be no surprise to anyone that rather than idolizing Griffith– a supporter of the Patriot Act and not exactly enamored with the concept of term limits—our fervor was more symptomatic of an obsession to topple the reign of Rick Boucher.

Prior to the March 15th Continuing Resolution that would feed our morbidly obese government for another three weeks, a tidal wave of faxes, emails and phone calls rattled  Griffith’s offices urging him to get on board with Bachmann and King, members of the Tea Party Caucus. Showing true grit, they had a plan to go up-front-and-center to address the $105 Billion ObamaCareBucks.

We liked the way Congressman Steve King talked:

…..House Republicans can take the next definitive step toward full and final repeal of the unconstitutional health care law by simply using the same tactic that abruptly ended all U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War: We can add an amendment to the continuing resolution (CR) to prohibit all federal funds from being spent to implement or enforce the provisions of Obamacare.

 In stark contrast, here is Morgan’s response, issued in his March 14th E-Newsletter:  

“I support defunding this egregious law, but using the Continuing Resolution to do so is not the proper vehicle. House rules do not allow for it. The appropriate legislative mechanism is one where mandatory spending, such as the $105.5 billion allocated for ObamaCare implementation, can be altered.

“I do not want a Nancy Pelosi style of government where we disregard the rules and run roughshod. Instead, I want a government that follows the rules, preserving the integrity of the institution. Following the rules can be frustrating at times, but it is one aspect of the 112th Congress that differs from the 111th.”

 “….the integrity of the institution”????  Excuse me? Deference is being given to integrity here, referencing the behemoth that swallows up one-sixth of our economy and was shoved down the throats of an electorate that soundly rejected it along with the thug tactics employed to pass it? The nuclear-option-if-necessary/ Louisiana Purchase/Corn Husker Kickback/Stupak Sell-Out/Pass-it-to-see-what’s-in-it 3000-page Marxist/Socialist Valentine?

Even though Steve King had been making noise for months, arguing the case that this could systematically defeat the 111th Congress’ pre-appropriation of funds that effectively makes the 112th Congress irrelevant on this issue…..without the backing of Boehner and Cantor, it fizzled.

  • However, on March 15th, fifty-four GOP congressmen stood up against the weak-kneed party leadership and voted no on the Continuing Resolution.
  • On the same day that the vote carried to cut $6 billion, the US borrowed $4 more billion, just like every other single day of the week.
  • On that same day our national debt jumped $72 billion. And on that same day this opportunity to Defund ObamaCare was lost.
  • Morgan Griffith voted in favor of the Continuing Resolution.

So, on March 16th, here we are again, back out on the street with poster boards and magic markers.

Weird side note: How odd is it that Jeremiah Heaton, the 2010 Indie candidate just happens by while we’re waving our signs in front of Morgan’s place?!? Plenty. Apparently Jeremiah just can’t stay out of the limelight, but if he thinks he’s got a foot in the Tea Party door for a re-match the next time around, we’ve already written that story once.

 

But wait—it gets weirder.

When members of the New River Valley and Pulaski County Tea Parties along with SWVA Liberty Coalition are simultaneously gathering in front of Morgan Griffith’s Christiansburg office, the Chief of Police was there to greet them.  Kinda makes you wonder, given that all the time we spent in front of Boucher’s office, we never even once had a squad car pull up.

 That particular story is still being written and will appear as Part 2 on this blog.

WaPO checks in with SWVA

Virginia Politics
Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 03/16/2011 Tea partiers in southwest Va. protest at Rep. Griffith’s offices over health-care funding
By Ben Pershing

In his first 10 weeks representing Virginia’s 9th congressional district, Rep. Morgan Griffith has followed a path similar to many of his fellow Republican freshmen.

He voted for a continuing resolution that would cut more than $60 billion from the federal budget through September, and backed amendments to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and President Obama’s health-reform plan. Griffith has also attacked the Environmental Protection Agency and defended a ban on gay marriage.

Yet to some tea party activists in southwest Virginia, Griffith has not been conservative enough. And they’re letting him know it, staging protests Wednesday at his district offices in Abingdon and Christiansburg.

Local tea party groups – six of which will be represented at the protests, according to a release – are upset that Griffith didn’t favor using the latest short-term spending resolution, which passed the House Tuesday, as a vehicle for defunding the health-care measure. Griffith voted for Tuesday’s bill, while 54 fellow Republicans voted against it.

“We feel very strongly that this needs to be addressed and we don’t feel the House majority leadership is addressing that,” Southwest Virginia Tea Party organizer Catherine Turner said Wednesday.

Specifically, Turner and her allies want Griffith to back an effort by Reps. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) to take back $105 billion they claim was “buried” in the health-care measure. (The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has examined Bachmann’s assertion and found that “her claim that this money was ‘hidden’ does not have credibility.”)

In a statement issued by his office Tuesday, Griffith said he agreed with the aim of Bachmann and King, just not their method.

“I support defunding this egregious law, but using the Continuing Resolution to do so is not the proper vehicle,” Griffith said. “House rules do not allow for it. The appropriate legislative mechanism is one where mandatory spending, such as the $105.5 billion allocated for ObamaCare implementation, can be altered.”

Turner noted that Griffith “was not our original candidate” for the seat, which he won by defeating vet­eran Rep. Rick Boucher (D). Griffith secured the nomination with the support of much of the GOP establishment, but didn’t have the initial backing of some tea party groups. But they pledged to support Griffith in October in exchange for his vow to pursue a series of conservative goals, including “to diligently work to cut the size of government” and “to defund and repeal the health care bill.”

Turner said she and her fellow activists would watch Griffith closely to make sure he adhered to those pledges.

“If not” she said, “we’re looking for another candidate.”

By Ben Pershing  |  12:36 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Griffith Protest 3/16 Abingdon/C-Burg

It wasn’t much of a honeymoon.

Protests will take place at Congressman Morgan Griffith’s offices in Abingdon and Christiansburg on Wednesday, March 16th at 12PM. Griffith’s office staff will be presented with copies of the Mutual Pledge of Support signed by Morgan Griffith and representatives of six Southwest Virginia Tea Parties along with the  King-Bachmann pledge to Congress to remediate the $105 Billion pre-appropriated ObamaCare funding buried in the Health Care Legislation as part of the March 18th Continuing Resolution.

In exchange for the support of tea parties all across Southwest Virginia, on October 14, 2010 Candidate Morgan Griffith signed a pledge to defund ObamaCare and to work diligently to restore fiscal conservatism and constitutionally limited government.  While Congressman Griffith’s March 14th statement professes repugnance for the Pelosi Congress’ penchant for “breaking the rules”—to the tune of hiding billions in pre-appropriated health care funding in the unpopular bill—his constituents of the 9th District object to the effete Republican response to the issue and Griffith’s abnegation of the promise he made to voters.

FOX Radio 910 Roanoke talk show host Marcus Wagner will join protesters in Christiansburg and videos of each demonstration will be posted on youtube.

For Immediate Release                                         Contact: Beth Breeding

March 14, 2011                                                        202-225-3861

GRIFFITH STATEMENT ON OBAMACARE AND THE CRWASHINGTON – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today regarding the defunding of ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution (CR):

“One of my first votes in the U.S. House of Representatives was to repeal ObamaCare.  While the repeal passed the House, the Senate has failed to take action.  In order for legislation to become law, it requires passage by both chambers and the President’s signature.

“I support defunding this egregious law, but using the Continuing Resolution to do so is not the proper vehicle. House rules do not allow for it. The appropriate legislative mechanism is one where mandatory spending, such as the $105.5 billion allocated for ObamaCare implementation, can be altered.

“I do not want a Nancy Pelosi style of government where we disregard the rules and run roughshod. Instead, I want a government that follows the rules, preserving the integrity of the institution. Following the rules can be frustrating at times, but it is one aspect of the 112th Congress that differs from the 111th.”

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and WE want leadership that will take a

LEADERSHIP role in addressing the theft of

taxpayer BILLIONS that must be borrowed from

China to fund legislation that guarantees the

 further hobbling of our diminished economy.

But then, you guys in Congress have your built-in

waiver…..

 

$HOW US THE MONEY!$!

King & Bachmann: Continuing Resolution Must Defund ObamaCare Call Upon All House Members to Sign Pledge

Sign the petition to Get The Money Back—Defund Obamacare: http://www.bachmannforcongress.com/obamacare/?initiativekey=DSASTKKHEM02&source=petition_obamacare

Washington D.C.- Congressman Steve King (R-IA) and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) released the following pledge to House Republican Leadership calling for all $105.5 billion in automatic appropriations to ObamaCare to be struck by the FY11 CR.  King and Bachmann call upon all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign onto the pledge to vote “NO” on any continuing resolution proposal that does not include language that cuts off the automatic funding that was written into ObamaCare by the Pelosi Congress in 2010.

IBD: Don’t Do It!

Investors Business Daily/TIPP Poll:

70% Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling

 Posted 02/08/2011 07:09 PM ET

 

Debt Ceiling: Memo to the White House and Congress — a new IBD/TIPP Poll says the vast majority of Americans want you to be fiscally responsible. The depth of feeling is so great, in fact, that your jobs may depend on it.

As a debate heats up over whether to raise the federal debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion, Americans have already made up their minds: Don’t even think about it.

In a survey of 915 adults taken from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, the IBD/TIPP Poll shows an overwhelming 70% agree that “Congress should not increase the debt limit.” That’s a stunning number, when you think about it.

Just 25% say they would raise the debt limit. Even a majority of Democrats — 55% — say raising the limit is a bad idea (see chart below). Some 86% of Republicans and 74% of independents agree.

Why? By telling Washington not to lift the debt limit beyond $14 trillion, average Americans can force Congress and the White House to be fiscally responsible. That is, Congress will have no choice but to slash spending — including entitlements — if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.

In a frightening letter to Congress in early January, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned that refusing to raise the debt limit would lead to a “first-ever failure” of the U.S. to pay its bills — in essence, the U.S. would be in default.

Actually, that’s not true. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rep. Tom McClintock of California have proposed making paying debts the first priority over all other government spending. If our debts are paid, there’s no default.

What it would do is force Congress to address its runaway spending, a major cause of our economic ills. Cuts would have to be made not just in the part of this year’s $3.8 trillion in spending that’s “discretionary,” but in entitlements — now 60% of spending — as well.

Today, the U.S. has about $14 trillion in total debt, about $300 billion short of the current ceiling. But we’re expected to run a deficit of $1.5 trillion this year, so we’ll be at the limit very soon.

Geithner — and others — have warned that financial markets would melt down if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling. That doesn’t have to be the case. If Congress shows it’s serious about actually cutting spending, it might have the opposite effect on markets — and the added benefit of not forcing our grandchildren to pay even more taxes for our reckless profligacy.

Listen to the people? What a concept. It may be that refusing to add to our debt is the only way to make our government fiscally responsible — despite the scare tactics now being used to keep us on the path of insolvency.

Do House Repubs have the WILL?

FACT: House Republicans can force the budget issue without the Senate or the White House.

If the House has the courage to not raise the debt ceiling, the Senate and the White House will be forced to craft a budget that fits within the current budget ceiling. That will force REAL SUBSTANTIVE BUDGET CUTS, as neither side will have a choice.

There is nothing the Senate or the White House can do about it, if House Republicans have the courage to do it.

That is the change that people voted for in 2010. Not the typical “politics as usual” and watered down garbage that is exemplified by the current GOP budget.

http://www.roanoketeaparty.com/the-federal-budget-impasse-here-are-some-facts/

The Truth About the Deficit

The Federal Budget Impasse:

Here Are Some Facts

March 9, 2011 · Posted in Roanoke Tea Party Posts

 

Fact 1: Both Budgets that didn’t pass won’t help with the deficit.

Even the more aggressive $60 billion dollar cuts proposed by GOP won’t have a significant impact on a $1.6 Trillion budget deficit this year. It’s all just an exercise in futility. The investment community is starting to figure this out as the largest bond fund in the world has dumped US Treasuries from their portfolio. We cannot trust the Democrats or the status quo Republicans with our tax money. As Michelle Bachman disclosed today, $105 billion was slipped into the Health Care bill. The Democrats, in defending this stated the following:

“There is nothing in the health law that Republicans themselves haven’t put into plenty of laws when they were in charge. Take the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, for example, which was passed with predominantly GOP votes and signed into law by President George W. Bush. “That bill was chock full of mandatory goodies,” said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ). “There was the $1.5 billion to fund startup administrative costs for implementation … and there was an unlimited appropriation to fund the transitional drug assistance program.”

He is correct. Which is why this is not a partisan issue, it was just as wrong when Bush did as it was when Obama did it, but the difference is the scale, where Obama and the Democrats have inserted almost 100 times as much money into Obamacare than Bush did with the Medicare fiasco of 2003.

We can’t trust either party to do the right thing unless they are  forced to do it.

See the rest of the story here: http://www.roanoketeaparty.com/the-federal-budget-impasse-here-are-some-facts/