Mainstream media is saying that only right wing radicals will be here, but I see a cross section of main Street America. This is not a Republican or Democrat Issue. – This is an American Issue. All over the Country today people from many walks of life are saying - Enough is enough. Stop out if control spending – We can’t work fast enough to support our Government's spending habits. Seniors who are living on a fixed income need their money for other rising expenses like heating bills and grocery bills. Huge tax burdens are being passed along to our children. They will be deprived of the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. All individuals should have the right to pursue their livelihood in their own way, free from excessive government regulation and government-subsidized competition, which they like to call bailouts. FREEDOM is the real issue. The government’s appetite for property tax dollars will keep growing until we the people speak up and demand that our elected officials listen. We the people are tired of politicians spending money on their own pet projects and not respecting the will of the people. Elected officials work for us. They seem to forget that once they get to Washington DC or Denver.
The Washington DC view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And, if it stops moving, bail it out. Americans are currently slaving away 3.5 months, or 28.2% of each year to satisfy the governments appetite for taxes. How many months of the year will the next generation have to be a slave to government spending? They are robbing us of our freedom to spend our money on our own families. And they are robbing the next generation. It is time to put the elected officials who are supposed to be serving us on a diet. It is time to give the power back to the people.
Sustainable development and sustainable community are the new buzzwords being used by our government. Sustainability is more than Green building and Green jobs because it must encompass the environmental considerations along with economic and social considerations. Sustainability is defined as a development or community that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. The idea behind the buzzword is to preserve the world for the future. In theory sustainability should be a common sense, balanced approach to development and the environment.
Taking care of our environment, locally or globally just makes sense, and does not have to be over complicated. There are some easy common sense ways to use less fuel and also save money on your heating bills. For example, seal up leaky drafts around doors and windows with weather-stripping. It’s not hard to do yourself and it does not cost a lot of money. Keep your drapes closed at night to help insulate your house. On sunny days, open up the drapes and blinds to let in the sun’s free heat. Shut off the lights when no one's in the room. These are all examples of common sense solutions that my parents and grandparents used to keep their fuel bills lower. I doubt that they used the term “carbon footprint”, but the energy saving results helped the environment and my family’s economy.
Do we really need to waste our money on “studies” and grand plans to be sustainable? No amount of money wasted on studies will make the common sense choices easier. In the end it is about finding a balance between caring for people and caring for the planet.
On an individual level, we have to make choices too. How important is the concept of sustainability to us as a community? Sustainability sounds very desirable when we hear our government talk about it. But are we willing to make our own difficult choices? Are you willing to pay more for your housing (buying or renting) if it means using less energy? What if that means getting a second job? Are you willing to use public transportation instead of your Land Rover? How about some easier choices like making that extra trip to the curb with your recycling when it is below zero?
The point is that a truly sustainable community starts with all of us taking individual responsibility for our environment and each other. We should not leave all the sustainable community choices to the politicians who go to Green meetings in their private jets. I do not want the government to limit my personal freedom of choice by forcing me into the government’s idea of a sustainable community. Nor should we give up our personal freedom to come up with more creative solutions.
Sustainable solutions that really work will come from individuals and business. The reason for this is that sustainable choices make economic sense in the long run. It time to focus on the balanced common sense solutions that benefit the community and the environment. We need to give people freedom to come up with creative sustainable solutions instead of just doing what the politicians tell them to do. We will also save some tax dollars that are being wasted on “studies.”
There is an old adage that should be tied to the word sustainability – “Waste not, Want not”. This type of consumer frugality has gone out of style in our more affluent society. Maybe it’s time to bring it back.
Here is a copy of Mike Huckabee’s blog and his update on Steele. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- An Update on the Michael Steele Situation I have spoken this afternoon to Chairman Michael Steele and have received clarification from him as to his comments regarding the sanctity of life issue. I appreciate his candor and most of all his willingness to personally discuss this with me.
Michael affirms his pro-life commitment, including support for the party platform of a Constitutional amendment to protect life and his conviction that life begins at conception. The point he sought to make was that words like “choice” and “individual decisions” have been co-opted by the left, when in fact his mother made a choice as an individual—the CHOICE to give birth to him as an unmarried college student. It would have been easy for her to have made a choice to end his life, but she chose life.
Obviously, this is an issue which is very important to me and to many other conservatives and it was important for me to get this clarified. I’m grateful that Chairman Steele was willing to set the record straight without hesitation. Mike Huckabee --------------------------------------------------------------------------- My take on this:
As a politician I have been misquoted by the press on many occasions. Michael Steele has a record of being prolife and I will continue to support him until I have a reason to believe he is not pro life. I supported Michael Steele because of his Conservative values.
I will be going to hear him in Denver on March 20th and will let you know if he addresses this issue or is I have any reason to believe he is wavering on this issue.
The conservative movement has a simple and almost certainly successful future if it does three things:
1. Advocate first principles with courage, clarity, persistence and cheerfulness.
2. Insist on developing solutions based on those principles and insist on measuring other proposals against those principles.
3. Be prepared to oppose Republicans when they are wrong and side with Democrats when they are right, but always make the decision to support or oppose a matter of first principles and the application of those principles.
Advocating first principles with clarity was the essence of then Gov. Ronald Reagan's 1975 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. He called for "bold colors and no pale pastels." He believed so deeply in first principles and was so courageous in advocating them that he challenged the sitting (appointed) Republican President Gerald Ford in the primaries in 1976.
Advocating first principles is essential because the American people are very confused about what to do. We are in an economic mess at home. Some of our state governments are in worse shape than the federal government in Washington (note Sacramento, Calif., and Albany, N.Y., for example). A Republican president just presided over a disastrous mismanagement of the economy with massive increases in federal spending and even bigger increases in taxpayer liabilities.
The Bush-Obama big government, big bureaucracy, politician-empowering, high-tax, high-inflation and high-interest-rate system continues to grow and to place the country in greater and greater danger from inflation, bureaucratic control of the economy, political interference in every aspect of our lives and massive debt.
The first job of the conservative movement is simply to tell the truth about how bad these Bush-Obama proposals are. The 2008 $180 billion stimulus program in the spring failed. The 2008 summer $345 billion housing bailout failed. The 2008 fall $700 billion Wall Street bailout failed. That was the first $1.2 trillion, and it was on former President George W. Bush's watch, but all three passed with then Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s "yes" vote.
Now President Obama represents continuity rather than change. The new spending bill (as the president called it in his Williamsburg speech last week) is more of the Bush-Obama continuity and represents more of the same instead of "change you can believe in."
This is debt you can count on and spending you will have no control over. This week, phase five of the Bush-Obama program is being unveiled by tax-evading Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner as he proposes the taxpayer bear another $2 to $4 trillion of potential debt (most of it hidden at the Federal Reserve and never voted on by the Congress).
Simply telling the truth about the big spending has already eroded its support from the American people dramatically. Americans have favored smaller government and lower taxes for two generations. Last week's CBS News poll indicates they still think business tax cuts will increase jobs much better than more government spending.
While telling the truth, we also have to bear the burden of providing solutions and not merely criticism.
The House Republican tax-cut plan would create twice as many new jobs at half the cost of the liberal big-spending bill. George Will's proposal to cut the FICA tax in half for a year would produce much faster stimulation to the economy than a government spending program. Rep. Paul D. Ryan's proposal to eliminate the capital-gains tax would bring much more money into creating jobs than everything the government will try to do through politicians and bureaucrats.
Conservatives need even more bold and comprehensive solutions.
At the Center for Health Transformation, Jim Frogue is developing an anti-fraud program for Medicare and Medicaid, while Dave Merritt is developing a comprehensive new market-oriented health plan for all Americans.
At American Solutions, there is an American Energy, Jobs and Prosperity plan being built that will turn American energy assets (including clean coal, ethanol, more production of oil and natural gas, new technologies from hydrogen to wind and solar and a vastly expanded nuclear-power program, as well as a dramatic modernization of the electric grid and an expansion of conservation) into money that stays here at home.
The next building boom ought to be in America instead of the Middle East, and the future of American energy consumption should be built on paying Americans rather than paying Venezuela, Iran, Russia or any other unreliable foreign country. OPEC's efforts to cut production and raise prices should remind us that the time to invest in new energy resources is now, before the next crisis.
Finally, the conservative movement has to learn to reach out to every American who wants a better future through freedom, hard work and opportunity.
At the 1976 Republican National Convention, Mr. Reagan made a real point of speaking directly to independents and Democrats as well as Republicans. One-third of Mr. Reagan's support in 1984 came from Democrats.
The conservative movement represents all Americans who are tired of big government corruption, big government taxes, big government inflation and big government politicians. That is a much broader audience than partisan Republicans.
The next few years will see a stunning resurgence of conservatism if we simply follow these three principles.
• Mr. Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and his wife, Callista, are executive producers of a new film biography, "Ronald Reagan: a Rendezvous with Destiny," available at gingrichproductions.com.