Flemington, NJ Tea Party

The website for the Flemington Tea Party (SM) group, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Helen Thomas Wakes Up!

Helen Thomas, the veteran White House press corps reporter, wakes up and blasts press secretary Robert Gibbs and the Obama administration about their tight control over the phony health care "Town Hall" meetings.

Chip Reid of CBS begins the line of questioning, and Thomas joins in at 2:55 into this video, saying "I'm amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency". When Gibbs tries to deflect and defer, and says "Let's have this discussion at the conclusion of the town hall meeting, how about that?", Thomas says "No, no, no, we're having it now", and continues to blast him as Gibbs tries to clown his way out of discussing the issue.

Could the White House press corps be coming out of its Obama-induced coma?

Barney Frank Already Wants to Spend Profits from TARP

Remember how the clowns in Washington told us that the TARP program would actually "make money" for the American taxpayer? And that money would go back into the Treasury to reduce the debt?

Well, not if the Barney Frank the Banking Queen gets his way. Frank has proposed a spending bill called the "TARP for Main Street Act of 2009", which will take the profits from the TARP program and divert them to housing projects favored by the Democrats. But we should not really expect anything different from the unrecovered spendaholics running Washington.

The Washington Examiner

Barney Frank: Let's spend TARP profits before taxpayers can get them

Chief Political Correspondent
07/01/09 9:19 PM EDT

When President Obama announced on June 9 that some financial institutions would be allowed to repay Troubled Asset Relief Program dollars, he said the massively expensive TARP bailout had made money for the federal government. "It is worth noting that in the first round of repayments from these [TARP recipients], the government has actually turned a profit," the president said. Indeed, TARP supporters have long held out the hope that the program might be profitable.

But now Rep. Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has come up with a proposal to spend any TARP profits before they can be returned to the taxpayers. Last Friday, Frank introduced the "TARP for Main Street Act of 2009," a bill that would take profits from the program and immediately redirect them toward housing proposals favored by Frank and some fellow Democrats.

In exchange for receiving TARP money, financial institutions were required to hand over shares of preferred stock that paid a dividend for the government. In theory, if a financial institution paid the dividend faithfully, and then repaid the TARP money, then the government would turn a profit. Last month, the General Accountability Office (GAO) reported that, through June 12, 2009, the government had received $6.2 billion in dividend payments. The original TARP legislation required that money made from the program "shall be paid into the general fund of the Treasury for reduction of the public debt."

Frank, however, wants to spend the money before it can be used to pay down anything. First, the "TARP for Main Street" proposal would take $1 billion "from dividends paid by financial institutions that have received financial assistance provided under…the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act" and apply it to a trust fund that Frank has long wanted to create for low-income rental housing. (The measure, unfunded, was part of last year's bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.) Next, Frank would take $1.5 billion from TARP dividends for a so-called "neighborhood stabilization" fund. Republican critics have charged that both measures might allow federal dollars to be distributed to activist groups like the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, or ACORN.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Obama's Top Five Health Care Lies

July 1, 2009

President Barack Obama walked into the Oval Office with a veritable halo over his head. In the eyes of his backers, he could say or do no wrong because he had evidently descended directly from heaven to return celestial order to our fallen world. Oprah declared his tongue to be "dipped in the unvarnished truth." Newsweek editor Evan Thomas averred that Obama "stands above the country and above the world as a sort of a God."

But when it comes to health care reform, with every passing day, Obama seems less God and more demagogue, uttering not transcendental truths, but bald-faced lies. Here are the top five lies that His Awesomeness has told--the first two for no reason other than to get elected and the next three to sell socialized medicine to a wary nation.

Lie One: No one will be compelled to buy coverage.

Lie Two: No new taxes on employer benefits.

Lie Three: Government can control rising health care costs better than the private sector.

Lie Four: A public plan won't be a Trojan horse for a single-payer monopoly.

Lie Five: Patients don't have to fear rationing.

House Support for Fed Audit Plan Swells

Looks like Ron Paul's bill to audit the Federal Reserve now has 245 co-sponsors. This means that if this bill were to come up for a vote in the House, it would obviously pass by a very wide margin, MUCH wider than the "Crap & Tax" bill!

From the story: "The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee is Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who previously told Paul he would be willing to give the plan a hearing. However, that hasn't happened, despite its overwhelming support."

It's time to start calling the House leadership - Frank and Pelosi seem the best place to start - and demand that this bill be brought to the floor for a vote. It's unconscionable that a bill with 245 co-sponsors not be given an up-down vote!

Your future thanks to the Dems and the Tr8torous Eight

As Government Motors produces smaller and smaller cars, with ever-increasing fuel mileage, revenue from the gasoline tax will gradually decline. Oh no! What will the government do then?

Not to worry - here is your economic future. Remember to write a note of thanks to President Obama, Henry Waxman, Nancy Pelosi, the House Democrats, and the eight Republican Congressman who voted with the Democrats on the disastrous "Cap & Trade" bill.

Fuel tax could be replaced with by-the-mile road tax

The year is 2020 and the gasoline tax is history. In its place you get a monthly tax bill based on each mile you drove — tracked by a Global Positioning System device in your car and uploaded to a billing center.

What once was science fiction is being field-tested by the University of Iowa to iron out the wrinkles should a by-the-mile road tax ever be enacted.

Besides the technological advances making such a tax possible, the idea is getting a hard push from a growing number of transportation experts and officials. That is because the traditional by-the-gallon fuel tax, struggling to keep up with road building and maintenance demands, could fall even farther behind as vehicles’ gas mileage rises and more alternative-fuel vehicles come on line.

The idea of shifting to a by-the-mile tax has been discussed for years, but it now appears to be getting more serious attention. A federal commission, after a two-year study, concluded earlier this year that the road tax was the “best path forward” to keep revenues flowing to highway and transportation projects, and could be an important new tool to help manage traffic and relieve congestion.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quick Summary of Protest at Lance's Office

Here's my quick summary of the protest at Leonard Lance's office:

Attendance was approx. 25-30, enough to get the attention of all the cars passing by! As it turned out Lance was actually at the office, and we ended up inside meeting with him for about an hour. Everyone was quite vocal in their opposition.

For his part, Lance made the following points in defense of his vote:
- He campaigned as an environmentalist
- He campaigned against a "carbon tax" but in favor of cap & trade
- He believes cap & trade will help New Jersey, which he believes will benefit to the tune of about $100 million
- He believes it will create "green jobs" in NJ
- He claimed to have read the entire bill before voting on it

Needless to say, nobody changed anybody's mind during this meeting, although the group made many excellent points based as to the "wrongness" of cap & trade. We demonstrated to him that there are lots of well-informed constituents out there who are NOT HAPPY about this!

Lance also said he supports nuclear power, using the advanced technology for waste processing developed by the French.

(And on a different topic, he directly said that he would vote against health care reform if it included the "public option" much desired by the Obama administration.)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Protest Planned for Leonard Lance's Westfield Office

There's a protest planned for Leonard Lance's Westfield office this Monday, 6/29, over his "YES" vote on the "Cap & Tax" bill.

425 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

Time: 2pm - 4pm

If you cannot attend, please call or fax his office. He has 4 days to change his vote:
Phone: (908) 518-7733
Fax: (908) 518-7751

Some suggestions for signs:
Cap and Tax
Cap and Traitors
Cap and tr8tors
No Taxation without Reading the Bill
Tea Party Patriots Vote
You said you would vote no.
You lied to your constituents.
Read the bill before it is passed.

or any other clever things you can come up with.