Monday, August 29, 2016

Corruption Personified!

 A socialist is someone who has read Lenin and Marx. An anti-socialist is someone who understands Lenin and Marx.   ~ Ronald Reagan

A couple years ago the Socialist Party of America felt secure enough to announce the names of 70 Democrats in Congress that belong to their caucus. Several of our Posters are in that number along with Corrine Brown (D-FL Dist 5). It is not likely that Rep. Brown has read or understands anything about Marx or Lenin –more likely she simply follows the party line as a look at her votes indicate. See the Heritage Action scorecard.  Read the bills and how she voted and draw your own conclusion. You’ll see clearly that she votes for FedGov control of virtually every aspect of our lives --and at great cost.

The nearly $20 trillion national debt has her name on it for her 
votes over 24 years in office.  Many of the votes of the Socialist Caucus members are in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution that these Reps have taken an oath to uphold.

Citizens Against Government Waste  calls her “Hostile to Taxpayers.”   The NationalTaxpayers Union gives her an “F” a failing grade that places her in the "Big Spender" category.

The Club for Growth ranks her at 435th out of 435 members of the House, dead last in her votes for a pro-growth economy without which we cannot generate the taxes to pay for her spending.  Mind you, she’s not alone in the basement –along with her are many other anti-growth members: in Florida alone there’s Wasserman-Schultz, Hastings, Castor, Deutch and my Rep., Lois Frankel. Don't forget Sen. Nelson.  

But she’s not just wild left-wing spender and regulator. Her tenure abounds with legal and ethical problems. Just a few from Wikipedia:
  • ·        Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington reported that Brown's daughter Shantrel Brown-Fields was a congressional lobbyist, a conflict of interest.. In 2006, Brown's campaign committee paid her daughter's husband, Tyree Fields, $5,500 for political consulting work. Rep. Brown has earmarked millions of dollars in federal funding for her daughter's client Edward Waters College and for other of her daughter’s clients.
  • ·        The Federal Election Commission admonished Brown and her campaign treasurer quit after he discovered that his name had been forged on her campaign reports. The staffer alleged to have forged the treasurer's signature stayed with Brown and as of 1998 was her chief of staff.[19]
  • ·        She violated the House Gift Rule when her daughter received a luxury automobile when Rep. Brown used her influence to get her friend, Gambian millionaire named Foutanga Sissoko, released from prison where he was serving time for bribing a customs officer.
  •  ·         Last month, Corinne Brown and her chief of staff, Elias "Ronnie" Simmons, pleaded not  guilty to a 24 count federal indictment in relation to One Door for Education Foundation Inc.,[32] which federal prosecutors allege was supposed to give scholarships to underprivileged students, but instead acted as the personal slush fund for Brown and her associates totaling $800,000, much of which was deposited in cash to Brown's personal bank accounts.

There’s a lot more on Rep. Brown that argues for the term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution but let me close with this recent email from U.S. Term Limits:

   True to form, another career politician in Congress is preparing to be indicted on federal charges. These elected officials just can't seem to keep their hands out of the cookie jar.
   This time it's 12-term Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Brown frequently runs unopposed for re-election or wallops her only opponent by 30-40 points. Her district was one of the most gerrymandered in America before a judge ordered its "bizarre shape" be redrawn.
   Now Brown will face charges regarding "One Door for Education," a fraudulent charity which raised $800,000 for education, then only disbursed one student scholarship for $1,000. Meanwhile, the charity's money was spent on lavish parties in Washington, D.C. and luxury skyboxes at NFL games. Lifestyles of the rich and elected, apparently.
   According to the Florida Politics blog, Brown will continue to serve in Congress while under indictment. They cite a 2014 report by the congressional research service saying "there are no federal statutes or rules of the House of Representatives that directly affect the status of a Member of Congress who has been indicted for a crime that constitutes a felony."
   This raises a question for the American people: Why do members of Congress only leave office on occasion of indictment, retirement or even death? That is evidence of a broken system which protects the powerful and excludes everybody else. It must be fixed.
   If Corrine Brown had faced the six-year term limit prescribed by the U.S. Term Limits amendment, she would have left the House of Representatives in 1999. Instead, she was given 17 more years to build power within the system and connections with special interests outside of it.
   We need to clean up the corrupt mess in D.C. as soon as possible. It will require a grassroots army of volunteers pressuring state legislators to pass resolutions for the Term Limits Convention
   Are you ready to join this grassroots army to fight for term limits? Sign our Super Activist Sign-up Form by clicking HERE.

Thanks for your support,
                                     Phil Blumel, President
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

For Balanced Budgets and Greater Debt Limits. Really.

In 1976, Orrin Hatch made term limits a central part of his Senatorial campaign against popular Democrat Frank Moss, a three-term incumbent. Ironically in retrospect, Hatch criticized Moss' 18-year tenure in the Senate, asking "What do you call a Senator who's served in office for 18 years? You call him home."  Hatch argued that many Senators, including Moss, being in office for so long lost touch with their constituents. His hypocritical stance on term limits is a familiar part of the state's political folklore. Hatch’s forty-year incumbency proves the point as his record clearly shows.

A quick look at the current Heritage Action Scorecard shows Hatch with a score of 33% while the five others in the Utah delegation average 80%.  The power of incumbency is in name recognition and money –the latter from special interest lobbies. So we agree with Sen. Hatch on this: after 18 years he should have been called home. (Altho we would suggest 12 years max for the Senate.)

Looking at the Heritage Action bills scored in the current report we see a microcosm of lobby influence and career politicians’ tendency to “go along to get along” with leadership.   Please look at the Hatch’s votes on these key issues several of which were sponsored by Sen. Lee (1st term Sen. From Utah with 100% score on Heritage Action) –you’ll be surprised as would most Utahns.  Take a minute to look at the bills to see where you would have voted. Click on the bill summary for more detail.

Orrin Hatch didn’t start his political career with such a big government, huge deficit voting record but, as with virtually all of our Poster Children, he drifted left to please those who could help him get reelected. Getting reelected is Job One for career politicians.  Did you notice his recent vote to increase the debt limit again by over a $trillion? This from the sponsor of a Balanced Budget Amendment --17 times! Knowing it wouldn’t pass anytime soon such a position is good for bragging rights among conservatives in Utah but doesn’t upset the special interests.

FreedomWorks disputed Sen. Hatch’s claim to be “one of the greatest conservatives in the history of this country,” --as he votes for Wall Street bailouts and serial increases in the national debt; loads bills with expensive earmarks and supports an individual health care mandate.

He has even drifted on the social issues. As a Mormon one would expect he would oppose abortion as his church teaches. Did you see his current vote to continue to fund Planned Parenthood at least until December 11th during which time they will commit about 70,000 abortions and at taxpayer expense?  Hatch once would rally conservative Christians and Mormons to the Republican Party, most notably on the right to life platform which he had supported for 35 years. Tenure corrupts.

Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayer Union have ranked Sen. Hatch rather highly over his tenure and The Club for Growth did as well until recent years. Early on he was known for limited government values but later has taken an active role in expanding fedgov -- he voted 16 different times to raise the debt ceiling by a grand total of $7.5 trillion. He also voted for the TARP bailout.
Tenure in the District of Corruption does indeed corrupt even those starting out with the best intentions.

Not only has Orrin Hatch refused to follow his own wisdom that Washington should be run by citizen-legislators, not career politicians, but he--as chair of the Judiciary Committee--has been a major opponent of federally legislated term limits, according to the Cato Institute.

He won't be running again –he’s 81—let him serve as an example of why we must always watch even the best newly elected politicians and hold them to their oath of office.  

Term limits are essential to returning our country to limited government.  U.S. Term Limits has a new plan to force a congressional term limit amendment vote by the states. It is known as the Article 5 Process and is contained in the US Constitution.

Check it out at this one-minute video by an infamous lobbyist: Jack Abramoff

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

What’s Wrong with Vermont?

Sen. Patrick Leahy is in his 7th 6-year term in the U.S. Senate. We did a poster on him in 2011 documenting his life of “Leahy’s Loot” how he spent $billions on earmarks. We showed how he has cooperated with Harry Reid and others in over-complicating the tax code and over-regulating and bashing U.S. corporations forcing many to leave the country to be able to compete. Companies like Apple and Caterpillar were put through the ringer of Senate committees by Leahy and fellow statists not fond of free enterprise and free markets. 
The other Vermont Senator is self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders who is now, ludicrously, running for president –and bringing in $millions in contributions and huge vote counts –not only in Vermont!

Investor’s Business Daily says it better than me (excerpts from 1/26/2016 editorial):

… (Bernie Sanders) was a ne’er-do-well into his late 30s. …His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago. Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check. “I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington.
Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”

One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there. Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment — and this is what his friends had to say about him.

The only thing he was good at was talking … non-stop … about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

Needless to say, his voting record was one of tax, regulate and spend –not unlike Sen. Leahy and the other Vermonter in Congress, Rep. Peter Welch. No wonder IBD referred to the state as “the Peoples Republic of Vermont.”

Peter Francis Welch succeeded Bernie Sanders in the at-large House seat in 2007 after spending nine years in the Vermont legislature to which he was appointed by then-Governor Harold Dean; he had a couple of other losing runs in-between. Another career pol. 

All three congressmen from VT are big spenders of other peoples’ money without any regard for the future generations that will be saddled with the debt –now up to $20 trillion! All three are at the bottom of all of the scorecards for their big government votes:

Citizens Against Government Waste  calls all three “Hostile” to taxpayers

National Taxpayers Union grades all three a failing “F” for their concern for taxpayers

Heritage Action Scorecard:  Leahy 4%; Sanders 15%; Welch 13% --out of 100%

The Club for Growth:  Leahy 3%; Sanders 7%; Welch 7% --these votes explain the poor economy; 60% is considered anti-business!               

No point in going further –these career pols are The Problem with our country today. To examine the actual votes simply click on the name of the group and the link will take you to their websites with detail on the actual bills.
Socialism is based on envy “Envy is a terrible vice and it is the probable cause for the Socialists credo of 'redistributing wealth.' Taking from Peter to pay Paul, even though it is stealing, has always attracted the Paul’s of the world; but it does not produce wealth. It produces sloth — and it always fails. Like the dog biting its tail, there is not enough nourishment for it to survive; but there is a great deal of pain.” –Thomas Lifson

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bi-Partisan Tie for "the worst of a bad lot"

From the Office of U.S. Term Limits

December 14th, 2015


The results are in; your hundreds of votes have been counted. We now know who you think is the ultimate symbol of careerism in congress. And it's a bipartisan tie!

Senator Mitch McConnell and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.  They are the epitome of career politicians and the ultimate Washington insiders.  

They have served a combined 58 years in the House and the Senate. McConnell has 30 years in the Senate and Pelosi has 28 years in Congress. The founding fathers never intended for people to spend that amount of time in the same office. After all, how can you keep in touch with what the people are going through when you haven't had to leave the beltway in three decades?

McConnell and Pelosi both created a lot of opposition in Congress, but had very little competition in their general elections due to incumbency.

It is time to put term limits on Congress to make sure this doesn't happen again. We deserve better and the next generation deserves better.

That's why we launched the Term Limits Convention, a campaign to get states to call an amendment-proposing convention under Article V of the Constitution. Using this tool, states can secure a precise amendment for term limits on Congress without needing consent from Congress.

If you support this historic campaign to term limit Congress, please click here to make your best donation to U.S. Term Limits today.


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Monday, November 23, 2015

DWS: Hostile to Taxpayers

In 1988, at age 22, 
Deborah Wasserman-Schultz became an aide to Florida legislator Peter Deutsch and when he went on to the U.S. Congress in 1993 she ran and was elected to his seat in the Florida House of Representatives where she served until 2001. After a brief stint in the Florida Senate she again followed Peter Deutsch when he retired from the U. S. Congress and she was elected to his seat in District 20 (currently District 23) where she has been ever since. She also moonlights nowadays as the Democratic Party’s national chairman.

Wasserman-Schultz is yet another professional politician with no experience in the private sector or any of the industries or issues she is voting on.  It is no wonder why Congress makes so many mistakes and then makes them worse when they try to correct them. It is not only their ignorance of how the free market works but their personal motivation to do what is best for their careers –reelection is Job #1. So, doing what the lobbyists want often takes precedence over the Constitution and what is best for the country.
“…so proud to be a Democrat. Our candidates are the only ones committed to making college affordable, to raising the federal minimum wage, to protecting our seniors, to fixing the broken immigration system, and to addressing climate change…” 

So wrote Wasserman-Schultz on her Facebook page in November 2015. No mention of how to accomplish such promises nor, of course, how pay for them.  The non-partisan Citizens Against government Waste (CAGW) called her their October Porker of the Month for ",,,exaggerating the effect of the failed economic stimulus program, making dubious claims about jobs numbers, and misleading the American people about the true economic picture.”  CAGW rating among her peers shows her having their lowest rating as “Hostile to Taxpayers.”

Without a dynamic growing economy the $19 trillion national debt will continue to grow and will be extremely difficult for our following generations to pay.  We’re leaving the world worse for our children than the way we inherited it.

The Club for Growth Scorecard, also non-partisan, scores votes of Congress as they affect the growth and vitality of the economy. By her votes our poster child Debbie shows no concern for the economy as she is rated 0 (zero!) –435th out of 435 House members of Congress!  The Club rates her as a “big-government, tax-and-spend politician.” None worse.

The non-partisan National Taxpayers Union (NTU)  rates U.S. Representatives and Senators on their actual votes that affect taxes, spending, and debt. DWS, as she is nicknamed, earns their lowest grade, an “F.” That grade goes with the title, Big Spender.

The conservative Heritage Action Scorecard gives DWS a lowly10% --not the lowest of the Florida delegation as Sen. Bill Nelson has that dubious distinction with 0%.  

Given this record along with her leadership position in her party she can fairly be blamed for a large part of the poor economy, the annual deficits, the terrible national debt. We can find no socially redeeming positive value in any part of her record.  That makes her the perfect poster child for term limits on Congress. 

The problem is the congress will not pass term limits on themselves –we’ve tried that. The Good News is that we can do it without the consent of congress as
U.S. Term Limits has a plan: 
 TLC for Congress -- a Term Limits Convention.  Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides an alternate means of proposing constitutional amendments not requiring a Congressional vote. It will be done via a convention of the states (not to be confused with a constitutional convention “con-con”).  U.S. Term Limits is a single issue non-partisan advocacy group.  Check it out

Please get involved and help to reform out government so as not to further overburden our children and grandchildren who have to pay the bills for what the professional politicians are spending and borrowing now. Our forefathers rebelled over “taxation without representation” and yet our elected Congress is taxing citizens yet unborn for their purposes today. 

Go here  and see what you can do. Remember that nearly 80% of your fellow citizens agree on the need for term limits, a costless reform to get better qualified and better motivated citizen-legislators. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Twofer in South Florida

     We’re doing two poster children this time because they’re similar in many respects --besides having hyphenated names. Both Cuban-American Republicans, 14-term Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Dist 27) and 7-term Mario Diaz-Balart (Dist 26) have similar voting records down there with the Dems on the conservative and libertarian scorecards and that means big spending, taxing and regulating.  We could include Carlos Curbelo (Dist 25) with the other two except that he is just in his first term but suffice to say that his voting record is in the range that causes conservative Repubs to call him a RINO –Republican In Name Only.  The three districts are the southernmost districts in Florida.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was born in Cuba and came here when she was seven. She earned a Ph. D. in education from the University of Miami and then taught and operated a private school in Miami.  She served in the Fla. House from 1985 to 1987 and in the Fla. Senate before being elected to the U.S. Congress when Claude “Red” Pepper died in 1989. Interestingly, she was succeeded by Mario’s brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, in both the Fla. House and Senate. Lincoln went on to serve in Congress for four terms. The Diaz-Balart family were all Democrats until about 1985 when they switched to Republican. Ileana’s husband, Dexter Lehtinen, was a Democrat who served with her in both the House and Senate –he switched to Repub when they married. You’ll see Dem characteristics in their voting records.

     Mario Diaz-Balart studied political science (what else?) at the University of South Florida and at age 24 began his political career as an aid to Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez –that’s when he switched his political affiliation.  He served in the Fla. legislature from 1988 to 2002 with terms in both the House and the Senate before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 2002 succeeding his brother, Lincoln. It is more complicated than it sounds as there were district changes involved in all of these tenures.  Mario’s (and Lincoln’s) father was an anti-Castro politician in Cuba; their aunt Mirta was Fidel Castro’s first wife.

     Both Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart opposed ending the Cuban embargo and objected to the recognition obama is giving the Castro regime. They see it as providing hard currency strengthening the regime weakened from factors such as losing Venezuela’s support due to that dictatorship’s failing economy.  

     Both of these Reps have some good qualities but, on balance, they have not been helpful in getting government spending, taxing and regulating down to the point that the economy can be restored and debt brought under control. I use the various scorecards of reliable free market, conservative and libertarian groups to judge them.  I take my cue from Mathew 7:20 rewording it as “By their votes ye shall know them.”  It is not what they say; it is what they do that affects our daily lives.  And the career pols don’t have to live under the results of their votes as long as they stay in Washington, D.C. (District of Corruption). So, reelection, to them, is Job One. 

     My current favorite scorecard is by conservative Heritage Action –go there to see the individual votes explained succinctly. That card scores Ros-Lehtinen at 35% and Diaz-Balart at 39% --the only Repub lower is Curbelo at 27% with the highest rated Florida Dem at 19%.  Notably, both favored renewing the Export-Import Bank to continue corporate welfare to huge companies like Boeing and GE as well as other vote-buying programs.  

     The American Conservative Union (ACU) is the nation’s oldest grassroots conservative organization and their latest report says that the lowest-ranking Florida Republicans were Mario Diaz-Balart, David Jolly and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp observes that, “… the liberals in Congress tend to vote together as a block…The Left does a great job of enforcing lockstep orthodoxy, to the detriment of the constituents they represent.”  You’ll find a wide spread among Repubs but a close bunching of Dems on all of the scorecards.

     The liberal Americans for Democratic Action selects certain votes that limit the picture one gets from their ratings. One would expect the ADA ratings to be the opposite of the conservative ratings but their limited selective bills to rate upon do not give that result.  In fact, both of our posters got very low ratings. *** click on the name of the organizations to link to their ratings pages for details.

     The non-partisan Club for Growth rates on economic growth issues and finds Ros-Lehtinen at 40% and Diaz-Balart at 39% --again, not exactly pro-growth among the lowest ranked Repubs.  Without a growing economy and with continued deficit spending our children are in for a rough time in the job market.  The non-partisan Citizens Against Government Waste calls Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart “friendly” to taxpayers in 2014 –in between Taxpayer Hero and Hostile to Taxpayers—not real good and not real bad. Lukewarm.

     There are other ratings that help fill in the picture but our point here is that we desperately need turnover in congress if we’re going to get fresh ideas from citizen legislators who run as public servants and not career pols. The latter make decisions that advance their careers with judgments not always consistent with their oaths of office and rarely consistent with the common good. How else could we have the astronomical debt? To help in the cause please sign the petition for a congressional term limits amendment at

     Caution: don’t think that the three cited here with low-mediocre ratings are the rule with Cuban-Americans –Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio both score close to 100% on conservative/libertarian scorecards most of the time.