As a valued supporter of The Conservative Caucus, I wanted to let you know that TCC’s founder, and my dear friend, Howard Phillips, passed on peacefully over the weekend at the age of 72.
Howard was one of the first conservative lions, one of the first people to stand up and fight for small government values, at a time when being a principled conservative wasn’t popular in either party.
Back in the 1970s, the Republican Party was shifting farther and farther to the Left. Howard was working for President Nixon back then, and he could’ve turned a blind eye to this leftward tilt, and continued a successful career in Republican politics.
But that’s not the kind of man Howard Phillips was.
Howard was, more than anyone I’ve ever met, a man of principle. He was, in so many ways, the compass for the conservative movement – a man who could always be trusted to stand by his beliefs and his conservative principles.
That’s why, in 1974, he left the Nixon Administration and founded TCC, to make sure that conservatives wouldn’t have to compromise these principles any longer.
Thanks to Howard’s hard work, and his ability to galvanize the silent majority of conservatives, TCC succeeded more tremendously than anyone could’ve suspected.
As one of the first conservative grassroots organizations in our country, Howard made sure TCC gave a voice to the millions of Americans who knew, as he did, that our country was going in the wrong direction – and made sure they had the tools and resources to stand up and fight.
Howard was a man who believed in the power of conservative principles – and in the righteousness of the American people.
And, just as importantly, he believed that if conservatives stood up for their beliefs, they could take back this country – and, time and time again, that’s exactly what happened.
I first worked with Howard here at TCC back in the 1970s, and I succeeded Howard last year as chairman.
And when I took this new role with TCC, I knew I’d have big shoes to fill, after everything Howard accomplished not just for TCC but for the conservative movement as we know it.
Everyone at TCC is working hard to appropriately honor Howard’s tremendous legacy. We’re going to carry on the fight to bring back our nation’s conservative values, just as he would have wanted us to.
Thank you again for your continued support of TCC, and I hope you’ll keep Howard Phillips, as well as his wife and his six children, in your thoughts and prayers.
Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
In his post-election statement, Peter Thomas, Chairman of The Conservative Caucus, gave notice that conservatives across the country will unite like never before to block Obamacare and the President’s expected radical second-term agenda.
“The president’s policies in his first term resulted in an explosion of debt and unemployment, which crippled the American Dream. Now unleashed from accountability to the voters, President Obama has little restraint on using regulations, executive orders, vetoes and legislative battles to advance hard-left policies.
“Voters may rapidly regret reelecting President Obama if he carries out his threats to offer Russia more “flexibility” on disarmament, “necessarily skyrockets electric rates,” or if he signs a phony deal with Iran to lift sanctions.
“Mr. President, if you thought the Tea Party was powerful, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
“We will work to unite conservatives to help block, defund and stall every left-wing bill and regulation you support. We will not compromise on our liberty or make deals which result in advancing left-wing issues.”
Going after ‘loopholes’ is good politics, but bad news for taxpayers.
By Jon Basil Utley
Romney’s campaign musings about how he would cut income tax rates by 20 percent (when half of Americans don’t even pay income taxes) has now floated the ultimate loser for all tax paying Americans. This is a $17,000 limit per person for all deductions including mortgage interest, charitable, and state taxes. The concept was first floated by Obama to limit charitable deductions to a maximum rate of 28 percent for high income taxpayers, even though marginal tax rates are at 35 percent and may go to 39 percent at the end of this year. Once the principle is established to curtail deductions, future congresses can then cut them more and more…
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Will Vote Fraudsters Steal This Election?
With an extremely divided electorate and the Pew Center reporting that the names of 1.8 million dead people are still on the voting rolls, a small amount of vote fraud could swing key races and even determine who sits in the Oval Office in January 2013.
ISSUE: Voter Fraud does exist. Just a few weeks ago, the Democrat Party nominee in a Maryland congressional district withdrew her candidacy after citizen activists uncovered the fact that in two election cycles she voted in BOTH Maryland and Florida.
ACTION: It is the duty of every freedom-loving American to vote and do your part to safeguard the integrity of the election process. Make sure your vote doesn’t get stolen by someone pretending to be you! Make sure your valid ballot doesn’t get canceled out by a fraudulent one!
Five Things Conservatives Should Do to Protect Election Integrity:
- Immediately contact local election administration / agency and offer your services to be trained and to work as an election official. Early voting has started in many places – but most jurisdictions are STILL searching for competent, qualified workers for Election Day and election administration. This is the first line of defense for protecting the integrity of the election!
- Help friends, family, and like-minded neighbors get registered to vote. They can find out how at ChampionTheVote.org.
- Find out where and when you can vote early and other breaking news about vote fraud at ProtectYourVote.us.
- Help verify voter registration lists and look for fraud through TrueTheVote.org.
- Report suspected vote fraud to your local or state elections board, or by downloading the free mobile app at AmericanMajorityAction.org/voterfraudapp.
NOTE: 501(c) (3) organizations can certainly recruit people to be election officials, even if they cannot spend funds recruiting campaign volunteers for a campaign.
Republican Study Committee voter ID efforts:
Policy Brief: http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/uploadedfiles/rsc_policy_brief- 112th_congress_voter_id_legislation_and_related_examples-final.pdf
Here is some more information on Voter Integrity issue:
O’Keefe videos and voter fraud:
The (Manchester) Union Leader published Peter Thomas’ and Peter Ferrara’s op-ed “Romney’s Plan Doesn’t Raise Middle Class Taxes”
The Obama campaign has poured millions into advertising claiming that Mitt Romney’s tax proposals would increase taxes by $2,000 a year on the average middle class family. That is a brazen fabrication.
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Senator Coburn released the 2012 government “Wastebook” report. Download it, read it and share it with your friends:
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new oversight report, “Wastebook 2012” that highlights more than $18 billion in examples of some of the most egregious ways your taxpayer dollars were wasted in 2012. This report highlights 100 of the year’s countless unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority projects spread throughout the federal government.
“The problem in Washington is politicians are very specific about what we should fund but not specific about what we should cut. As a result, we are chasing robotic squirrels and countless other low-priority projects over a fiscal cliff,” said Dr. Coburn.
“This report also exposes the folly of across-the-board-cuts or sequestration. There is no question we can find hundreds of billion dollars of waste in our budget. Yet, by not going through the budget line by line and setting priorities we are protecting ridiculous programs like caviar promotion and climate change musicals while cutting vital programs. Until Congress has the guts to cut specific programs we will never get our debt under control. As these examples illustrate, it is not nearly as hard to make those choices as many politicians claim. Instead of spending federal dollars to help golfers imagine a smaller hole we should be trying to shrink the hole in our budget,” Dr. Coburn said.
Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in “Wastebook 2012” include:
• Tax loopholes for the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL) and Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) – professional sports leagues that generate billions of dollars annually in profits ($91 million in taxes)
• Moroccan pottery classes (part of a $27 million grant from U.S. Agency for International Development)
• Efforts to promote caviar consumption and production ($300,000)
• Robotic squirrel named “RoboSquirrel” (part of a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation)
• Promotion of specialty shampoo and other beauty products for cats and dogs ($505,000)
• Corporate welfare for the world’s largest snack food producer, PepsiCo Inc. ($1.3 million)
• Government-funded study on how golfers might benefit from using their imagination, envisioning the hole is bigger than it actually is ($350,000)
• “Prom Week,” a video game that allows taxpayers to relive prom night ($516,000)
• Oklahoma’s layover boondoggle, a scarcely used airport in Oklahoma receiving nearly half-a-million in taxpayer dollars only to transfer funds elsewhere in the state ($450,000)
• The 2012 Alabama Watermelon Queen tour paid for in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “to promote the consumption of Alabama’s watermelon through appearances of the Alabama Watermelon Queen at various events and locations” ($25,000)
Read the full report: here
View a complete list and summary of Wastebook 2012 projects: here
Flip through the “Wastebook Storybook” for highlights: here
by TCC Chairman Peter Thomas & Peter Ferrara
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described the Medicare reforms proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as “literally a death trap for seniors.” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Ryan’s reforms would “change Medicare as we know it.”
Thomas & Ferrara: The U.S. expressway to Greece
(Op-ed published in the Washington Times)
Obama’s deficits 8 times higher than previous presidents’
When President Obama entered office, federal spending for fiscal 2008 already was way too high at nearly $3 trillion. Four years later, for fiscal 2012, Mr. Obama’s 2013 budget, released in February, shows he already has increased federal spending and the size of the federal government by more than 25 percent in just one term.
But that was just a warm-up for Mr. Obama. Obamacare, for example, does not even become fully effective until 2014 and is projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to increase federal spending by another $1.76 trillion by itself over the next 10 years. Mr. Obama’s 2013 budget proposes to increase total federal spending by another 53 percent by 2022, to $5.82 trillion, the highest government spending in world history…
Politicians like to designate three economic classes based on income levels of Americans as “poor,” “middle class,” and “wealthy.” These amorphous categories are made to order for those who want to select a class with whom to empathize in their campaigns to get themselves elected to public office. Such a strategy disturbs public harmony and cohesion and is, at its worst, divisive.
A more precise system of economic classification recognizes only two types of people. The first type is the individual who produces, or vitally facilitates production of a surplus of well-being for many people in addition to himself. The second type, however, absorbs more material wealth than he produces by drawing down on the surpluses of wealth producers. These two types are hereafter referred to as “wealth producers” and “wealth absorbers,” and within both categories are the poor, the middle class, and the wealthy.
Who are the wealth producers, and who are the wealth absorbers? The following exampled distinctions are strictly observational and do not imply aggrandizement for the producers or a rebuke for the absorbers. For example, the principal branches of our constitutional government are subsidized and organized to pass laws, administer justice and defend our country. Certain wealth absorbing services such as police, firefighters, and the military are socially esteemed and are deemed vital to satisfy the people’s need to feel secure. Teachers disseminate knowledge to help students prepare to achieve their goals.
Examples of wealth producers and their vital facilitators are those persons who are: Scientists, Engineers, Architects and designers, Contractors, Ranchers, Farmers, Manufacturers, Foresters, Food processors, Fishermen, Transporters, Inventors, Commercial distributors, Miners & drillers, Energy providers, Real estate developers, Maintainers of property and equipment, and those who provide investment capital to the above. Vital facilitators to wealth producers are: Communicators, Weather forecasters, Accountants, Corporate Lawyers, and Public health maintainers.
Examples of wealth absorbers are those persons who are: Under the age of 21, Medicare and Medicaid recipients, Unemployed, Government employees, Military personnel, Traders in wealth, Politicians, Clergy, Entitlement recipients, Trial Lawyers, Prisoners, Pensioners, Teachers and students, Elected officials, Welfare recipients, Entertainers, Money fund managers, Insurers, Stock brokers, Gamblers, Charity workers, Food stamp recipients, and Foreign recipients of American subsidies.
Although fuzzy edges exist within each stipulation, the examples on the lists are generally accurate. Simply stated, producers provide more wealth than they absorb, thereby enriching the economy. Absorbers consume more than they produce, thereby subtracting from the economy.
The loudly proclaimed goal of politicians is to get people back to work, to “create” jobs. This broad brush job creation mantra disregards the distinction between wealth producing and wealth absorbing jobs. Politicians, themselves absorbers, continue pouring tax money to the needlessly growing ranks of federal civilian government employees who produce little of material value and yet receive over two times the total average individual pay and benefits of wealth producing Americans. The federal executive branch had 1.875 million civilian full time equivalent employees when the financial crisis began in 2008, but that number has now risen to 2.7 million, a 44% increase. Federal, state and local government employee wealth absorbing jobs, for example, now number over twenty million, and the countless additional millions of wealth absorbers on the list are disastrously impoverishing American financial balances.
Statistics from the recent U.S. Census indicate the following. Of America’s total work force of approximately 140 million, 91 million (65%) produce or facilitate wealth production, but 49 million wage earners (35%) produce nothing. InAmerica’s population of 318 million the wealth of our 91 million producers is incapable of providing life support to the 227 million who absorb the wealth. The summation of these disturbing facts is that only 30% of American’s provide the money or national credit worthiness to support everyone.
When wealth producers fail to outrun the wealth drain by absorbers, our government steps in to borrow or print additional money to make up for the shortfall and provide the means to subsidize the overwhelming number of absorbers. Rather than cut back on this irresponsible squander lawmakers put drag anchors on wealth producers with regulations and taxes while extending massive subsidies to wealth absorbers in maneuvers officials call, “fair,” and “redistribution of wealth.”
While acting out on the socialist prejudices on which they are based, the wealth redistributors have established a colossal disregard for financial budget management and practical free market commerce. They evidence by a disposition, characteristic of their order, an adversity to wealth producers.
A successful and durable economic playbook calls for stimulus to producers among the poor, the wealthy, and the middle classes which will add to prosperity. Stimulus dispensed to absorbers subtracts from wealth by increasing their rate of absorption.
William S. Davis
Chairman of the Board
Last week Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced that the government intends to cut their corporate tax rate, which he called “probably the most damaging tax of all,” down to 22 percent.
That’s welfare state, high tax, big spending Sweden. Cutting their corporate tax rate to 22 percent-13 percentage points lower than the U.S. rate of 35 percent, which is now the highest in the developed world.
And for Sweden, this follows a previous cut in their corporate rate from 28 percent down to 26.3 percent in 2009.
Sweden gets it. We don’t.
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