In this Obama big-spending, high-taxing socialist era, at least one Republican in the United States House of Representatives is fighting back. The Chairman of the House Values Action Team, Congressman Joe Pitts, R-PA, introduced a bill last week which would permanently repeal the death tax, which liberals call the estate tax. What the Pitts' legislation will accomplish will be to allow family-owned farms and small businesses to remain in the hands of the families which inherit them.
Congressman Pitts said regarding his "Permanent Repeal of the Death Tax Act," H.R. : "Death should not be a taxable event. It is family-owned farms and small businesses who suffer the most from this unjust tax because these people pass down the business or the farm in the family. But the death tax can force farms and small businesses to sell assets just to satisfy the tax authorities.
With increasing buzz from the Obama administration and from the Democrat-controlled Congress about overturning Bill Clinton's interpretation of the 1993 law banning open homosexuals from serving in the military, over 1,000 military officers, including top flag rank officers, are urging President Barack Obama and the Congress to maintain the law that bars homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces.
President Clinton, as one of his first acts as president, tried to overturn the law banning open homosexuals from serving in the military. After one of the largest grass-roots uproars of all time, the Democrat-controlled Congress in 1993 passed a law reaffirming the long-held view that open homosexuals should not serve in the military.
Over 20 years ago, a black female state legislator from Wisconsin helped begin the school choice movement in America by getting legislation passed creating America's first school choice program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her name was Annette Polly Williams and she was a Democrat.
Many communities all over the nation emulated the legislation which Representative Polly Williams passed in Wisconsin. The Republican-controlled Congress allowed up to 1,700 mostly poor black children to attend a private school of their choice as many of Washington's elite -- such as Michelle and Barack Obama -- can afford to do with their two little girls. Ironically, the Obama administration is allowing this outstanding school choice program to expire.
Dr. Coburn and 35 U.S. Senators recently sent the following letter to President Obama expressing “grave concern about the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recent proposal to rescind the January 2009 rule clarifying conscience protections for Americans serving in the health care field.” As many of you know, Dr. Coburn, and many pro-life physicians, will go to jail before complying with these new regulations.
– John Hart, Communications Director, Senator Tom Coburn, Republican, Oklahoma
March 10, 2009
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
"This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we've long neglected."
- President Obama, during his summit on fiscal responsibility at the White House.
In spite of the rhetoric from the President, government spending is completely out of control in Washington. As American families across the country cut back and tighten their belts, Washington has cut loose and is spending like there is no tomorrow.
Is Barack Obama a socialist? That subject has been much bandied about since the Obama administration has been spewing out left-wing programs after he was sworn into office nearly a couple months ago.
The subject of whether or not Obama is a socialist came to a head when a reporter from the "paper of record," "The New York Times" -- which incidentally is on the verge of bankruptcy -- asked him if he was a socialist? Some reporter somewhere -- at even "The New York Times" -- had to wonder what Obama's politics really are, considering that Obama is the most left-wing president in American history to win the office.
Dr. Tom Coburn, a highly principled Republican Senator from Oklahoma, still delivers babies as an obstetrician on weekends after completing business in Washington D.C. In fact, over the years, Senator Coburn has delivered some 4,000 babies. He has credibility when he denounces the Democrats' plan to get rid of President George W. Bush's regulations put into effect in January clarifying the rules for physicians and other medical personnel to refuse to do abortions, refer for abortions, etc.
Pro-abortion forces and supporters of human embryonic stem cell research continue to be caught in a time warp. Even though politicians continue to seek taxpayer funding for the immoral destruction of human embryonic stem cells in research, such research has had no success in curing diseases.
California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger even persauded his state legislation to spend $3 billion of taxpayer funding to waste on such research. Ironically, such bloated and wasteful spending has caused California to have the worst bond rating in the nation and is now on the brink of bankruptcy with California taxpayers fleeing the state for Arizona, Nevada and other states.
The slippery slope of secular humanism continues to become even more so all around the world. We are quickly moving beyond a mere degradation of social virtues to outright hostility against religion and potential criminalization of adherents who practice their faith in their daily lives.
In recent years we have seen the Dutch government change its laws to allow euthanasia, gay marriage, infanticide of imperfect children, and most recently, the sanctioning of gay polygamous unions.
Gay marriage has become a reality in Canada and Massachusetts. For years our own governments have flirted with passage of so called "hate crimes" legislation that essentially criminalizes individual thoughts by way of adding extra penalties if biases, hatreds or intolerances are perceived in the commission of a crime.
It was wonderful to hear that Pope Benedict XVI told Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who claims to be a devout Catholic, that Catholic elected officials have a special duty to protect human life "at all stages of its development." After the House passed the stimulus bill, the Speaker and a number of other Democrat officials flew to Rome and Paris. The Pope granted her and her husband a private 15 minute meeting in a small room off the Vatican auditorium after his weekly public audience.
The Speaker, in a press release, spun the meeting as one of all harmony and "great joy." However, the Vatican, which did not issue a photograph of the meeting so as to not allow her to use such a photo in public relation opportunities -- said that the Pope spoke of the church's teaching "on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death."