California Tax Revolt - Part 2

The voters in California on Tuesday severely rebuked the big-spending, big-taxing Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzennegger. They overwhelmingly rejected, by a 2-1 margin, Governor Schwarzennegger's proposed tax increases and budget proposals which were supposed to meet his gargantuan $21.3 billion budget gap. And this was the governor who was elected to change things after the voters recalled his Democrat predecessor a few years ago because of the Democrat's big-spending, big-taxing ways.

California, in recent years, has rarely given the rest of us in America anything which was good for the nation. Considering that 33 states have either raised taxes to eliminate budget deficits or are trying to do so, the voters of California -- as they did with their earth-shaking Proposition 13 vote in 1978 -- have fired a shot across the bow of state legislatures and governors, and indeed, the Democrat-controlled Congress and President Barack Obama.

Obama's relentless pressure on Israel to stop building new settlements

Barack Obama recently met with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his visit to America and was pressuring the Israeli leader to stop building settlements in Israel. America's foreign policy establishment continues to harass the only legitimate democracy in the Middle East and to endanger the security of this tiny country nestled amongst hoardes of vipers.

As one of the speakers during a Support Israel Rally at a recent Christian Coalition of America Road to Victory Conference wrote in an email this week: "'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace." Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director of the International Christian Zionist Center, was quoting Jeremiah 8:11 as he realistically assessed the ever-tumultuous situation in the Middle East concerning Israel and Obama's 2-state solution.

Miss California Stands Up For Family Values

 Carrie Prejean, Miss California, who came in second place in the Miss USA contest, should be commended for her continued strong stand for family values.  In today's press conference with Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, she refused to back down to the vicious criticism leveled against her by those who are supporting homosexual "marriages."  

Affirming America's religious heritage

Today is the National Day of Prayer.  In some quarters in Washington D.C., one can hardly tell.  However, in a bipartisan effort, Republican Congressmen J. Randy Forbes from Virginia and Robert Aderholt from Alabama, and Democrat Congressman Mike McIntyre from North Carolina are seeking additional co-sponsors for their "America's Spiritual Heritage Resolution," H. Res. 397.    Congressmen Forbes, Aderholt and McIntyre believe that America's religious heritage has been a heightened point of debate and discussion over the past several weeks. 

The Republicans' "Welfare Reform Restoration Act"

The Republicans in the House of Representatives' Republican Study Committee have introduced a bill to restore some of the great principles that were in the welfare reform bill passed by the Republican-controlled Congress during the 1990's and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, but which has been in the process of being gutted by the last two Democrat-controlled Congresses.  It is called the "Welfare Reform Restoration Act", H.R. 1277. 

One-hundred days of Barack Obama

Barack Obama has now been in office for one-hundred days, a length of time the media first began to use to measure early presidential success back in the first administration of FDR.  This is appropriate, given our current President's ambition to increase the size, scope and cost of government beyond the wildest dreams of the man who laid the foundations of the modern welfare state - and American statism in general.

For his part, Obama is "pleased, but not satisfied" with what they've accomplished.  From a conservative standpoint, the view is, shall we say, quite a bit different.

Herewith, some of the "highlights" (or lowlights) of the first one-hundred days of the Obama administration.

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A very courageous Miss California

Miss California, Carrie Prejean, the runner-up to the winner of the Miss USA contest last weekend, in answer to a question from one of the 12 judges, a homosexual blogger, said that "marriage should between a man and a woman."  Such a statement is hardly controversial, considering the fact that an average of 70% of the voters in 30 states, so far, have voted for amendments to uphold traditional marriage in their state constitutions, i.e. marriages in those states will be between one man and one woman.  

The attacks on Miss California have almost been equal to those vicious attacks on Anita Bryant, a couple decades ago,  Mrs. Bryant, who became famous originally being on the Mickey Mouse Club, represented the orange industry in Florida and she also spoke out for traditional values and against the homosexual lobby's tactics.  Because of the savage attacks against her, Mrs. Bryant lost her job.   

Governor Rick Perry leads effort in support of states rights

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is pretty clear.  It says that:  The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Stop these bailouts Congress!

Many of the young people who are graduating from college looking to start careers in a market with 22% less jobs than in recent years - and who provided much of the campaign energy to get Barack Obama elected president - are having second thoughts. They are beginning to wonder if Obama's huge spending programs are depressing the job market and, indeed, if it could be a continuing problem for them in future years as they later seek better jobs.

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Obama administration to greatly damage charitable giving

With all the outrageous big-spending, high-taxing, borrow-busting programs being pushed by the Obama administration, not much has been mentioned about Obama's plans to greatly reduce charitable deductions for "rich" people. According to "The Wall Street Journal," the Obama budget will reduce the charitable deduction for individuals making more than $164,550 and for families making more than $208,850.

The reason that this is so outrageous is that people not so well off in America have come to rely on the charities which these so-called "rich people" have contributed to over the years. Obama intends to raise an estimated $318 billion in new taxes over a ten-year period by reducing the value of such deductions as charitable donations (as well as mortgage interest) for those individuals in the highest tax brackets.