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Letter From Marsha

23 February 2010, 9:15 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Environment, House of Representatives.

If you are in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, you may have received one too.

Friends,

Today the EPA announced that they would postpone the implementation of their proposed carbon regulations until next year. As you know, I believe those regulations would have a devastating effect on the economy-especially in the 7th District of Tennessee.

I believe that their decision is directly related to growing bi-partisan opposition to the idea that the EPA could regulate carbon emissions without the authorization of Congress. That is why I introduced H.R. 391 to stop them, and why so many of my colleagues from both parties have joined me in the fight.

America needs new, clean, domestic sources of energy. Allowing unelected bureaucrats to punitively cap carbon emissions from cars, farms, and factories won’t get us there anymore than taxing Americans out of house and home will.

It is important to note that the EPA has only given us a temporary reprieve. Unless we continue the push to pass H.R. 391, they can resurrect these regulations at any time. That’s why we’ll continue to fight.

My best,
Marsha

Not only should the EPA postpone, the EPA should be shut down.  Completely.  They are taking liberties that don’t belong to them.

The bill mentioned here, H.R. 391, has been floating around in committee for way too long.  It’s co-sponsored by 152 representatives, all Republicans, of course.

A BILL

To amend the Clean Air Act to provide that greenhouse gases are not subject to the Act, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATION UNDER CLEAN AIR ACT.

Section 302(g) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7602(g)) is amended by adding the following at the end thereof: ‘The term ‘air pollutant’ shall not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride.’.

SEC. 2. CLIMATE CHANGE NOT REGULATED BY CLEAN AIR ACT.

Nothing in the Clean Air Act shall be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming.

This seems pretty cut and dry to me.

1.  No one should be able to regulate your ability to exhale.

2.  Hello???  Water evaporates.  Learned that in elementary school.

3.  Do they have enough butt plugs for cows?  Didn’t think so.  Ever heard of mud volcanoes?

4.  I wonder how many people will stop going to the dentist?  Bad teeth can cause other health issues.  Ooops!  Must have Obamacare.  :|

5.  If your frying pan catches on fire, I would think it would be a good idea to be able to put the fire out.

6.  Eye surgery? MRI? Ultra-sound? Yep! Come in real handy.

And….

7.  I’ve always thought it was a real good idea to insulate anything high voltage, don’t you?

Kill THAT Bill!

23 February 2010, 5:49 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

“Nullification Laws” Passed By the States to Fight ObamaCare
Arrogant Federal Government Lights Fuse on Explosive Citizen Anger!

by J. D. Longstreet

In the upcoming “summit” between Obama and the Republicans on his ObamaCare proposal… you know, the one the American people have flatly rejected… you can forget the democrats tossing out anything in the current proposal. Ain’t gonna happen. The dems, with the added weight of Obama, hope to overwhelm the Republicans and force them into folding and agreeing to reluctantly support ObamaCare so they, the democrats, can save face for Obama and themselves.

WE appeal to the GOP to hold fast. Don’t give an inch. This sorry piece of legislation deserves to be flatly, and completely, defeated, with a stake driven through its heart, and committed to the trash bin of history for all time.

It is nothing more than a power grab by the Progressives in the Congress. It is power they will use to ram their remaining socialist agenda through the Congress and into law. It is a sure and certain formula for the utter destruction of our constitutional republic. And that, dear reader is exactly what they want and what they are working tirelessly to accomplish.

Read on…

Census

23 February 2010, 3:40 pm. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Publias/Hudlah is a brilliant woman.  While I am not a Constitutional scholar, I think SHE IS!  Since the 2010 census is coming up, I thought it would be a good idea to share her thought on the issue that she posted on Smart Girl Politics.

The CENSUS & the “Rule of Law”

Article I, Sec. 2, clause 3, U.S. Constitution, provides that the census shall be taken every 10 years for the purposes of apportionment of (1) direct Taxes and (2) Representatives to the House.

It also says the census shall be taken in such manner as Congress may direct.  So, while the Constitution establishes the TWO purposes of the census; Congress decides the manner in which it shall be taken (e.g., by the U.S. marshals in the federal judicial districts, questionnaires mailed by the executive branch of the federal government).

In Federalist No. 54, last para, James Madison, Father of the Constitution, explains why it is a good idea to have a “common measure” [i.e., the number of people] for determining both the number of  Representatives for each State and the amount of the direct Taxes each State is to pay: As the accuracy of the census depends on the cooperation of the States, the “common measure” discourages the States from overstating or understating the numbers of their population.

The Constitution is clear, and Madison confirms it:  The purpose of the census is ONLY (1) to determine the number of Representatives each State is to get, and (2) to determine each State’s share of the “direct Taxes”.

Read on…

Birdies

23 February 2010, 3:14 pm. 6 Comments. Filed under Critters.

This morning, I was looking out the window, watching the birds at the feeder, and saw two of the biggest red headed woodpeckers I’ve ever seen in my life.  Granted, I haven’t seen a lot of them, but these guys were huge.  Well, at least in my opinion.  Unfortunately, before I could grab the camera, they took off, but they looked a whole lot like this:

Ok, so they didn’t have the blue suit on, but still…..  :P

REAL Bad Medicine!

23 February 2010, 2:58 pm. 3 Comments. Filed under Congress, Feckless Weasels, Taxes, The ONE.

Voters still strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats and think Congress should focus instead on smaller bills that address problems individually rather than a comprehensive plan.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of voters favor the proposed health care plan, while 56% oppose it. Those figures include 45% who strongly oppose the plan and just 23% who strongly favor it. (source)

We Be Stoopid

23 February 2010, 1:45 pm. 1 Comment. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Moonbats & Other Animals.

From YID with LID:

Sorry, had to hunt the video down on Youtube since this one went black.  Sorry ’bout that.

  • Americans are Idiots: She agrees with one questioner that maybe the administration should create “the dummies guides to the issues Obama is talking about.  Because the people only understand simple things like “Hope and Change” but could never understand complicated issues like “cloture.” Sorry Valerie, but even “us common folk” can count to 60.
  • No, it’s not that we don’t understand where Obama’s coming from…..the problem is, we DO understand!

    What Part Of NO…….

    23 February 2010, 11:23 am. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Health Care, Moonbats & Other Animals, Opinion, Politics, Socialism, Taxes, The ONE.

    Democrats’ attempts to coordinate health-care message leave Republicans scratching their heads

    President Obama’s attempt to press ahead with a comprehensive health-care bill on Monday prompted one reaction in Washington more than any other: confusion.

    “I was actually surprised that they’re pushing it again. The most important thing is jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. We need to focus on jobs,” said Rep. Heath Shuler, North Carolina Democrat and a leader of the 54-member Blue Dog coalition of conservative Democrats.

    I’m not surprised at all. The Dems don’t give a flip what the people of this country want, or don’t want. They are going to ram anything they can down our throats, like a mother giving a three year old castor oil, and telling ‘em it’s candy! Well, we aren’t 3 year olds, and we we KNOW it isn’t candy!

    “I don’t think a comprehensive bill can pass,” he said.

    “I hate to use a football analogy,” said the former Washington Redskins quarterback, “but first downs are a lot better than throwing the bomb route or the Hail Mary.”

    Honestly, we don’t even want first downs. We want REAL reform, and will not settle. That includes opening up state borders and dealing with lawsuit abuse, of which, there is plenty! And by the way, y’all might want to consider dealing with all the fraud that’s been going on for decades, costing the taxpayer BILLIONS!

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, gave a sharp rebuttal to Shuler’s remark.

    “You know what? With all due respect to everyone, we just saw the president’s proposal today. I don’t know that anybody in our caucus is saying we’re not going to pass a bill,” she told The Daily Caller as she left the caucus meeting.

    “We will pass a bill. We will pass a bill,” she said.

    Uh huh! We WILL sit your sorry hind end on the sidelines!

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, knocked down the idea that the president’s proposal represented a product that all Democrats were supporting unquestionably, undermining the White House argument that Republicans must unite behind one proposal before Thursday’s meeting at the White House.

    “I’m not sure there is a ‘this bill.’ We have a bill. The Senate’s got a bill. The president has put a proposal on the floor. We’re going to talk on Thursday,” Hoyer said in an interview on his way out of the meeting.

    Such happy horse manure! Talk? No, this dog and pony show is going to be the same old thing….the Dems preach, and the Republicans sit, with their thumbs up their butts, spinning for the folks back home. Grow a pair, people! A BIG pair! The “Party of NO” is a good thing when the proposed issue is destruction of the economy!