Palin: Congress Should ‘Rescind’ Obamacare Mandate Tax

Sarah Palin in Savannah, Georgia, Dec 1, 2008 ...

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Excellent point made by Sarah Palin:

“What Chief Justice [John] Roberts did for us . . . was put this issue — Obamacare, and the individual mandate — back in the hands of the people via our representatives,” the former Alaska governor said Thursday on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

 

“So now . . . Congress has an opportunity to act on this tax, as this has been deemed a tax [by the court ruling],” she said, adding, “After the July recess, I expect Congress to come in and rescind this tax. They have the power to adopt and enact a tax. They also have the power to rescind it.”

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Must have accessory: The Constitution

For the new Congress, the must-have accessory isn’t an iPad or a Kindle. It’s a 3.25-by-6.25-inch pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution.

A growing number of lawmakers are carrying the tiny copies in suit jackets and in their cars, a response in part to tea-party complaints that Congress has lost sight of the country’s founding document.

The 224-year-old government road map has become a potent political symbol akin to the flag pin, and one that’s hard to reject, even for lawmakers who don’t necessarily sign on to tea-party ideas.

The document’s public prominence was spurred in part by voters who say Democrats overreached in their legislative agenda. At the center of that debate is the health care overhaul, which faces a series of court challenges on constitutional grounds. Democrats say that law and their other achievements fall within the scope of their constitutional powers.

Striding up the stairs inside the Capitol Wednesday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio) pulled from his left blazer pocket a copy emblazoned with his picture, an edition printed for his presidential campaign. “I always carry a Constitution with me,” Rep. Kucinich said. “This Constitution belongs to all Americans, and it’s a good thing that it be celebrated.” (Source: WSJ)

Kudos to Rep. Kucinich for pointing out it should be celebrated. However it should also be followed by every Congress.

It is a must-have accessory of all members of Congress.  If your member of Congress doesn’t carry one ask them why.  For good measure inquire if all members of their staff carry one.

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Some advice for Tuesday’s Freshman Victors

Many members of Congress will begin whispering sweet nothings in your ear wooing you to vote for them and their rules for the House and Senate. Remember that these same men are the exact same people that the voters rejected in 2006 and again in 2008.

Remember that every poll showing a Republican landslide on Tuesday also shows that the public hates these men.

Introduce yourself to Jeb Hensarling, Jeff Flake, and Jim Jordan. Talk with your fellow freshmen like Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash, and Jeff Duncan. Those are the people who will become your closest friends who you’ll share a foxhole with when leadership fails you but a battle must be waged.

Remember that some of the people who will come to Congress with you, whether it is Charlie Bass or Steve Stivers or Kevin Yoder or Robert Hurt, etc. are unrepentant tax hixers and some will want to transcend partisanship to work across the aisle. You got elected by being the Party of No. Don’t let the sweet nothings of the Beltway suddenly convince you otherwise.

No is a very powerful word in Washington and it is not used often enough.

It will take more than having the willpower to say “NO!”.  The freshman victors tomorrow will also have to fight back against the “Washington Way”.

When you get to Washington you will be told you need a professional staff of lobbyists, careerists, etc. to help guide you. You will be told that “you just don’t understand” or “you are naive” or “the School House Rock version of how a bill becomes a law is too simplified for the real world.”

The people telling you this are the people the voters hate and you should not trust. Largely they will be people in leadership, particularly staffers, who will soon depart for K Street where they hope to profit off their relationship with you. They will work with people like Trent Lott to try to co-opt you.

Fight.

Fight them.

Fight the idea that you must yield to their ways instead of them yielding to your ways. You, after all, have not been driven from power like these men have.

You will have friends you did not know you had who really are your friends when you stand up and fight your leadership. Do not let the Rules Committee be a tool of Leadership. Do not men like Jerry Lewis who helped drive us from power in 2006 remain in power. Do not let leadership have control over committee assignments.

Do not trust Mitch McConnell and Lame-R! Alexander and John Boehner and Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy even though they did so much for you. Remember, as much as they did for you, you are more important to them than they are to you. But for you, they would still be in the minority.

Do not trust the leadership’s staff. They view many of you as problems and potential disasters despite that you will vote more reliably Republican than their preferred candidates and pets.

You have it within you and with the word “No” to prevent the Republicans from going back to the ways that got them removed from office in 2006. Read this to find four easy ways to fix things once you get up there.

If you fight them you will be rewarded. If you succumb, the tea party will come for you in just a few short years. (Source: RedState)

If I were Reid Ribble, Ron Johnson, Sean Duffy and any other Republican challenger who wins tomorrow I would heed this advice.

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Jim DeMint: The Fired Congress

Some companies have a policy that once someone is fired, they aren’t allowed back on the premises out of fear they might do further damage to the company. It’s too bad Congress doesn’t have the same policy. Because before they’re replaced in January, all of the Democrats who are put out of a job in November will be able to come back and rob the nation blind.

More than a dozen senators will come back to Washington and decide how much more tax money to take from Americans, without being accountable to any of them. Higher taxes, cap-and-trade, amnesty, and card check will be top-priority items for the Fired Congress, otherwise known as the lame-duck Congress. They’re also likely to roll unfinished appropriations bills into a massive, pork-stuffed omnibus to snag every last possible earmark on their way out of Washington.

This must not happen. The only acceptable outcome of the lame-duck session is a continuing resolution to keep government operating at current levels of spending and taxation, as I pushed the Senate to do in 2006 after Republicans lost the majority to the Democrats. No last-minute earmarks, no add-ons, no tax increases, and no big deficit spending. (Source: National Review Online)

Considering the Democrats are about to get their hindside handed to them in three weeks, voters need to be vigilant.  As Senator DeMint points out in the rest of his article there is a lot of damage the Democrats could do if not held in check.

Will Congressman Steve Kagen and Senator Russ Feingold go on record promising not to support any attempts to cram spending and taxes through a lameduck session?  It’s important for voters to press them on this since they very well could be unaccountable to the voters after November 2nd.

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