Friday, September 30, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Words have meaning, and laws have purposes. This administration has shown that it has little regard for either. Today it's marriage. Tomorrow, it could be civil liberties or religious freedom that's redefined or ignored. The Senate should affirm the House's fortification of DOMA and the House should immediately begin holding hearings into the Administration's violation of existing federal law."

Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans

Taxing Your Retirement 

Last week, with little notice, Senate Democrats held a hearing in the Finance Committee on ways to tax retirement savings. Just as we are beginning to have a national discussion about reforming entitlements and saving Social Security, Senate Democrats are trying to make it more difficult for hard-working Americans to save more. 

Here's the thrust of the proposal: Contributions to 401(k) accounts would be subject to taxation, as would contributions to IRAs. Employer contributions would also be treated as taxable income. But you would be eligible for a refundable tax credit that would be deposited into some account. 

And when you retire, guess what? "[W]ithdrawals from the accounts would continue to be taxed as income." Under current plans, you are taxed only once -- either now or later. But this new liberal proposal "shockingly" suggests that savers may be double-taxed.This bizarre idea is going nowhere, thankfully, because conservatives control the House of Representatives. But it is a good reminder of the differences between the two parties. Democrats' first instinct is always to raise taxes and find more revenue for Big Government, while Republicans want to let you keep more of your hard-earned money!

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Quote of the Day

"Members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans alike — sit with a burden few even recognize. They are poised to preside over the dismantling of our military that will reshape the future of our nation. The complicated and intricate risks from these defense cuts might not be fodder for political speeches. They will not be chanted at rallies or scrawled on poster boards. But deep, looming defense cuts have the potency to reconfigure a nation of today into what is unrecognizable to those coming of age 10 and 20 years from now. Members of Congress would be wise to weigh carefully the risks of additional cuts to our national security."

Congressman Randy Forbes
Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee

Video Pick of the Day

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Here's one more reason why conservatives MUST win in November 2012: Obama's EPA is demanding $21 billion and 230,000 more bureaucrats to enforce its planned regulatory regime. 

The EPA is currently fighting a legal challenge to its authority to regulate the greenhouse gases of 14,000 businesses. If the EPA wins its case, more than six million businesses could be forced to comply with burdensome new rules and regulations. But in court filings, the EPA makes this astonishing claim:"Hiring the 230,000 full-time employees necessary to produce the 1.4 billion work hours required to address the actual increase in permitting functions would result in an increase in Title V administration costs of $21 billion per year.""

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Quotes of the Day

"Let me repeat: Obama's stimulus plan isn't a real jobs plan -- it is a reelection strategy built on class warfare. In three years, Barack Obama has morphed from the Herald of Hope to the Envoy of Envy."

Gary Bauer


"There is only one potential candidate who has shown the independence and spine to take on the establishment. A candidate that is boldly and unapologetically conservative. Sarah Palin. The name that conservative pundits avoid like the plaque and the name that drives liberal pundits to move to Alaska and write silly books filled with unsupported gossip."


“With all due respect — political correctness is not one of my strong points — it is a lie. And it is class warfare … Fifty percent of the American taxpayers pay 97 percent of the taxes. That’s not fair enough? When will it be fair? When 50 percent pay 100 percent?

“The mainstream media … give this president a pass on those kinds of statements. I’m not going to give this president a pass just because he’s the president of the United States of America. The American people need to know the truth. This is what I’m talking about … It is class warfare, pure and simple, and the facts bear that out.”

Herman Cain on Obama's claim that his statements about the wealthiest “paying their fair share” are not class warfare.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Email of the Day

Tough Competition

Pinocchio, Snow White, and Superman are out for a stroll in town
one day. As they walk, they come across a sign:
"Beauty contest for the most beautiful woman in the world."
"I am entering"  said Snow White.
After half an hour she returns and they ask her:
"Well, how'd ya do?" "First Place" said Snow White.

They continue walking and they see a sign:
"Contest for the strongest man in the world."
"I'm entering" says Superman.
After half an hour he returns and they ask him:"How did you make out?"

"First Place" answers Superman. "Did you ever doubt?"
They continue walking when they see a sign:
"Contest! Who is the greatest liar in the world?"
Pinocchio enters.
After half an hour he returns with tears in his eyes.
"What happened?" they asked.
"Who the hell is Barack Obama?" asked Pinocchio.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Quotes of the Day

"...I just think that it is sad that they’re so short-sighted in really understanding what the whole Tea Party citizen movement is all about. I’m not offended by it, because it doesn't slow down my momentum. It doesn’t slow down the reaction that I get from people. They know that I bring my message from the heart and the head, and they’re responding to it. So, name calling is something that’s going to continue in this because they don’t know how to stop this movement. And this movement is making a big difference in politics, because a lot of the traditional Democrats are moving to the center or moving over to vote for conservatives. They’re taking another look at a Herman Cain."


"Former Democratic candidate for president John Edwards liked to lecture about two Americas: the privileged and the poor. But this quasi-Marxist theme does not describe the real two Americas: one,managed by "Experts," who believe they possess superior knowledge that translates into engineered regulations; and the other, common sense embodied by the common man."

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and others have proposed killing the EPA.  Since the EPA now wants to kill me and other people like me, I think that is a spectacular idea. 

This is government gone wild.  Take those over the counter inhalers away and some people who cannot afford prescription inhalers or cannot get to a pharmacy in time to get a prescription refilled, will die.  That is beyond dispute.

On Monday, I am calling my congressman to ask her to take some action that one day could save my life.  Congress needs to overrule this stupid EPA decision.  If you would call your Congressmen and Senators, I and a lot of other Asthmatics would appreciate it."

Pray for Heart Change

"Please pray for the children killed in China often drowned in buckets of their own blood or full term babies thrown into wells paid for with $50 million of our US taxpayer's dollars - an abomination.

Pray for forgiveness and heart change in the leaders of our nation and for the born and unborn round the earth"

Rev. Ben & Rita Grace

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quote of the Day

"If Mr. Obama were honest, he would say, “From now on, everyone who risks their life savings and gives up the security of a five-days-a-week, 9-to-5 job, early retirement and guaranteed pension to start a business must be punished and have their earnings confiscated and redistributed to my voters.”"

Video Pick of the Day

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

"As President Obama has traveled around the country stumping for his latest stimulus spending bill, which he has the audacity to call a "jobs plan," he has challenged folks to read it. As more and more folks read the plan, they are finding it is full of contradictions that will likely doom it to failure, much like his previous stimulus bill. Here's just one issue to consider. 

In order to help pay for this stimulus spending, Obama wants to tax the interest earned on municipal bonds. Municipal bonds are issued by states and localities to help fund various projects like roads and education. For decades the interest earned on these bonds hasn't been taxed in order to encourage investors and to offer the lowest possible interest rate so that cities and states could keep their costs down.

A lot of investors like municipal bonds because they are generally safe investments. They are willing to accept a lower return (interest rate) because they are tax free. It's a win-win for investors and the cities and states. 

But now when many cities and states are struggling, Obama is proposing to take that tax advantage away from them. Doing so would drive up interest rates and increase the cost of borrowing. 

So on the one hand Obama is proposing to send states more federal aid to keep teachers, firefighters and policemen on the job. But on the other hand he is proposing to pay for it in a way that increases costs for the states. 

This makes absolutely no sense -- UNLESS you happen to be a left-wing socialist who believes that Big Government knows best and is the fount from which all blessings must flow!"

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

A Prayer for Courage

May we pray:

Our heavenly father, we thank you for our nation and the opportunities this country has given to millions of people over the last 300 plus years. "Opportunity" is the one word that best describes our country.

Currently, our ox is in the ditch. We have millions of families out of work and we have millions of people who have forgotten how to work. The old saying "when the going gets tough, the tough get going' seems to have vanished from our way of thinking.

We pray that our people will find the courage to never give up. We pray that our captains of industry will find work positions for those ready and willing to work.

We pray that our political leadership will support the entrepreneurial spirit across America.

We pray for the souls of our fallen soldiers. Please be with our men and women serving our country around the world.


John Underwood
MCRW Chaplain

Monday, September 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

"... President Obama and Warren Buffett can donate as much as they'd like to the federal debt (operators are standing by)--but leave small businesses out of it. They're already paying plenty for this President's failures."

Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oct. 1st: Greene County GOP Pig Roast


3:00 pm to 6:00 pm 


Dyke Road, Stanardsville, VA - October Hill 
1 mi. west on Rt. 810* 

The Greene County Republicans Present .. 


Our Freedom .. Our Liberty .. Our Independence! 


Guest Speakers: 

Candidate for Greene Co. Sheriff - STEVE SMITH 

Candidate for Greene Co. Board of Supervisors - FLINT ENGLEMAN 

Candidates for US Senate: 
Advisor to George Allen - STEVE WATERS 


Blue Ridge Xpress & Country Poor Blue Grass Band 

*Alternate Rain Site - William Monroe High School

Donations Accepted .. 

Sept. 26th: GCRC"Alive!

Monday, September 26th 2011

THINK the “Arab Spring” is a democracy movement? 

GCRC:Alive! will present an open political forum to help get you the answer. 

Michael J. Del Rosso will show from classified US Govt. documents, revealed by WikiLeaks, the connections between the revolutionaries and al Queda and the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Mr. Del Rosso is a Lincoln Fellow at The Claremont Institute where he is presently a Research Fellow in National Security Policy, and a Senior Fellow for Homeland and National Security at the Center for Security Policy. 

All citizens are invited to this 6:30 pm event 
at the 
Blue Ridge CafĂ© in Ruckersville 
sponsored by the 
Greene County Republican Committee.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Albemarle County Pulls Out of Cool Counties

Cool Counties initiative rescinded in 
Albemarle County, Virginia

The Jefferson Area Tea Party is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, September 7, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to rescind its participation in the Cool Counties initiative it adopted in 2007.  The JATP led the effort in opposition of Cool Counties, as it did for paid membership in ICLEI - International Council for Local Environmental Issues, and once again our activism has proven successful.  Congratulations to everyone involved!

On a disturbing side note - without provocation, Supervisor Dennis Rooker waged some inappropriate, incorrect, and insulting accusations at the JATP following the vote.  These comments are transcribed below from the audio pod cast recorded by Charlottesville Tomorrow.  The entire Cool Counties discussion, vote, and post-discussion can be heard via this link:

(Supervisor Rooker's comments about the JATP may be heard beginning at time marker 23:50)

"But, you know, I mean, where we're going now, is, in my view, is in a direction where we're afraid to be perceived as environmentally committed because, you know, I guess, the tea party has told us that's it's a bad thing and they can put another notch on their gun and send out an e-mail to all of their people saying we got Albemarle County out of ICLEIand we got Albemarle County out of Cool Counties.  There will be an e-mail that goes out nationally today or tomorrow on that issue because it's a notch on the gun. And that's what this is about.  A notch on the gun."
JATP chairwoman Carole Thorpe has issued the following response 

The JATP has stated repeatedly that it stands FIRMLY in favor of reasonable, responsible stewardship of our resources and maintenance of a healthy environment.  We trust our community can be environmentally committed and perceived as such by operating under scientifically sound policies and practicing common sense solutions executed within the bounds of the proper role of local government.  It is unnecessary to ally ourselves with dangerous, politically-motivated organizations (such as ICLEI) or participate in scientifically inaccurate initiatives which set arbitrary goals (such as Cool Counties). In fact, the oft-repeated motivations cited by Supervisor Dennis Rooker and Supervisor Ann Mallek to gain positive "perception" by national and international environmentalists while creating a gateway to receive grant money is seemingly, as much if not more, the reason they support these programs.  In my opinion, the dangers of bad alliances and bad policy should outweigh the benefits of outsider perception and grant money.

There is no "tea party gun".  I sat incredulous as Supervisor Rooker spouted this figment of his imagination which was both uncalled for and highly inappropriate.  His imagery of a "gun" in association with the JATP was inflammatory and irresponsible.  The tea party movement has been and remains a non-violent expression of citizen concern which operates within the confines of civil discourse and the rule of law.  Its members are taxpaying constituents who have every right to respectfully petition their elected representatives for desired action, just as members of many other organizations do.  Neither Supervisor Rooker's politics nor frustrations entitle him to misuse his prominent position on the Board of Supervisors to cast disparaging remarks against those with whom he disagrees.  

The JATP advocates for public matters as guided by adherence to its principles - not in exercise for self-aggrandizement to "put another notch on their gun."  Supervisor Rooker asserts; "And that's what this is about.  A notch on their gun."  This ridiculous statement is born out of his obvious and mounting resentment of the JATP to win the arguments and votes necessary to defeat the ill-advised policies he champions.       

It is the reasonable, common response of any organization that affects the change it seeks to share its good news with others.  This is especially true with all-volunteer groups like the JATP, where the personal satisfaction earned for many hours of hard work is part of the reward.  I typically notify our members, state and local media, and area tea party organizations of our successes - but there is no rash "e-mail that goes out nationally".  If news of anything we do reaches national awareness, it is the result of the unsolicited effort by other groups to forward the information.

In conclusion, I am profoundly offended by Supervisor Rooker's unwarranted attack on the JATP.  It is not the first time he has made bizarre accusations against our organization - such as his allegation of our possible attempt to "infiltrate" local government.  I have remained relatively silent up to now, but this level of destructive rhetoric demands reaction and sharp rebuke.  

I call on Supervisor Rooker to reconsider his remarks and offer a public apology.  He has an obligation to serve his constituents, the Board of Supervisors, and our community in a rational, responsible, and more professional manner. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Forty years ago, climate scientists were warning of an impending ice age. Now it's man-made global warming. But what about the warming on Mars? I'm pretty certain my SUV is not responsible for that. In fact, the latest evidence once again confirms common sense -- that big, bright, hot, yellow ball in the sky called the sun really is the major influence in the solar system.

But for the sake of argument, let's concede the point for a moment. Even if the planet really does have a fever, the left still doesn't have the solution. Alternative energy simply cannot supply all the demands of our economy. If you cap the use of fossil fuels, the tradeoff is less economic growth. And the economics of this are settled.

Exhibit A -- The Recession. While pushing for his cap and trade bill in 2009, Sen. John Kerry indirectly embraced the recession. Kerry said, "Let me emphasize something very strongly as we begin this discussion. The United States has already this year alone achieved a 6 percent reduction in emissions simply because of the downturn in the economy, so we are effectively saying we need to go another 14 percent." So take it from John Kerry -- lower emissions equals a shrinking economy.

Exhibit B -- Subsidies. As the saying goes, money speaks, and the subsidies for alternative energy speak volumes. Alternative fuels are tremendously expensive, and receive approximately 80% of all federal energy subsidies. When evaluated on the basis of the amount of energy produced, "renewable subsidies are 49 times greater than fossil fuel subsidies."

Exhibit C -- The Green Jobs Myth. Barack Obama spent billions of your hard-earned tax dollars in his stimulus bill to create so-called "green jobs." The White House claims that "225,000 clean energy jobs were either created or preserved" through the stimulus bill. That's $355,000 per job. The rest have apparently gone to China. Here and here.

Recently, Solyndra, a stimulus-funded solar panel company, declared bankruptcy. Last year, Obama visited the company and hailed it as the "future of clean energy." Like so many of Obama's promises, Solyndra went bust.

Today it is being reported that the FBI has raided the company's headquarters. It's not immediately clear why, but it may have something to do with the fact that several of the companies big investors and top executives made repeated trips to the White House to lobby for more than half a billion dollars of your money. As it turns out, one of them was a major Democrat donor who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama's campaign.

Let's hope today's news puts an end to the "green jobs" scam."

Gary Bauer 
Campaign for Working Families

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Oct. 8th: Meet the candidate, Jonathon Weakley

You are cordially invited to a
Meet the Candidate Dinner
On behalf of
Jonathon Weakley
Republican Candidate for
Madison County Board of Supervisors
Saturday, October 8th
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
At the
Brightwood Ruritan Club
Sponsored by the Madison County Republican Committee and Madison County Republican Women. 
Pot Luck dinner provided by MCRW.
RSVP appreciated. Call (540) 923-4300.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Saturday, September 3rd: Taste of the Mountains, 9 AM - 4 PM

White House Ornaments For Sale at the Madison, VA Main Street Festival

The 2011 White House Christmas ornament honors the twenty-sixth president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, and reflects the excitement that President Roosevelt, his wife Edith, and their lively young family brought to life at the White House.

The ornament is priced at $18. Ornaments are available from members of Madison County Republican Women. Pick them up at Republican booth at Taste of the Mountains, near the Court House or call (540) 923-4085, (540) 923-4300 or (540) 547-2156. Ornaments are also for sale at The Madison Inn Restaurant.

Be sure to stop by for candidate literature and yard signs. Jonathon Weakley the Republican candidate for Madison County Board of Supervisors will be at the booth all day and Delegate Ed Scott and Senator Emmett Hanger will be stopping by also.