Rex Sinquefield Buys High-Priced Call Guv

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The billionaire with the great big blimp buys another politician. After a raising a measely $66k in campaign contributions, Catherine Hanaway sold her soul to wierd billionaire Rex Sinquefield. The price? $750,000 down plus $10,000 a week through the election. With Rex, nothing is ever what it appears. You might know that Rex is tight with Missouri Attorney…

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Failed Consultant Seeks Funding for GOP Establishment

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Original Post: Failed Consultant Seeks Funding for GOP Establishment.

People tell me Republican consultant John Hancock is a really nice guy. I think they’re right. And, as Hancock’s clients have learned repeatedly, nice guys finish last. The clearest example of Hancock’s failure was John Brunner’s campaign for US Senate in 2012. Brunner is an exceptional businessman with a remarkably clear and accurate political philosophy.…

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Government Is For Sale. Here’s Who’s Buying

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Original Post: Government Is For Sale. Here’s Who’s Buying.

Updated: the original title said “Congress is for sale.” My mistake. I meant Government. Once upon a time in America, people built companies by filling society’s unmet needs. To survive, a company relied on innovation, quality, and, of course, good advertising. The best advertisement being word of mouth. That’s all changed now. The way to…

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Undocumented Power

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I listened to the President's speech. I listened to the responses to it. I didn't hear the real problem being identified as a problem on either side.

Here's the problem:

The problem isn't immigration, legal or illegal. The problem is a Govt that is supposed to be bound down by laws to protect and defend the Individual Rights of We The People for which "...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...", and which is instead seizing hold of the power that we've given them and ignoring those laws that bind it; exercising the power that we've given them in opposition to our laws; exercising the power that we've them without even the pretense of respecting any restrictions or limitations upon their ability to exercise the power that we've given them.

When those we've given power over our lives to, promise to use power in pleasing ways if... we'll just... look the other way... and let slip our lawful restraints, they leave us with no way to restrain them with laws again, we leave ourselves with no way to prevent their using their power over us in ways that we do not find to be so very pleasing. When that's accomplished, then "As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn", they'll eventually use that power in ways that we'll find to be utterly horrifying.

That's the problem. And yes We The People, I'm looking directly at you.
"Where-ever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another’s harm; and whosoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command, to compass that upon the subject, which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate; and, acting without authority, may be opposed, as any other man, who by force invades the right of another. This is acknowledged in subordinate magistrates."John Locke - OF CIVIL-GOVERNMENT BOOK II, CHAP. XVIII. Of TYRANNY
"... in questions of power then let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution."Thomas Jefferson
"...There are Church-quakes and state-quakes, in the moral and political world, as well as earthquakes, storms and tempests in the physical. Thus much however must be said in favour { 250 } of the people and of human nature, that it is a general, if not universal truth, that the aptitude of the people to mutinies, seditions, tumults and insurrections, is in direct proportion to the despotism of the government. In governments completely despotic, i.e. where the will of one man, is the only law, this disposition is most prevalent.—In Aristocracies, next—in mixed Monarchies, less than either of the former—in compleat Republick's the least of all—..."John Adams, A Defense, Boston Massacre
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” Samuel Adams
“It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Samuel Adams
“If ever the Time should come, when vain & aspiring Men shall possess the highest Seats in Government, our Country will stand in Need of its experiencd Patriots to prevent its Ruin. There may be more Danger of this, than some, even of our well disposd Citizens may imagine.” Samuel Adams

Act Now: Urge Congress to Fight Obama’s Amnesty

While it is impossible to know exactly what the text of the President’s new executive orders will contain, the press has gotten wind of several possible actions the administration could take.

Foremost, he is likely to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This action would further prohibit as many as 12,000 immigration agents (according to the NYT) from enforcing the law. According to a recent study by the Migration Policy Institute, when all told, this specific change alone could result in anywhere from 430,000 to 1.9 million newly authorized immigrants.

The administration may also decide to extend deferred action (which will likely be accompanied by  new work permits) to illegal immigrants who are parents or spouses of those included under the DACA  umbrella. This expansion could reach as many as 3.8 million new immigrants, according to the same  study.

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Other unilateral options include exempting those convicted of non-violent crimes from removal proceedings, protections for employed farm workers who have entered illegally, and foregoing removal orders that are a certain number of years old. Depending on how far back the memorandum extends, this policy could conceivably incorporate the majority of the 11 million illegal immigrants currently living inside our borders.

Americans, having voted against these policies in the midterm election, are rightly incensed.

The possibility of further executive action has resulted in even the pro-amnesty likes of Karl Rove calling on Congress to use “every tool available” to stop the President:

Put riders on appropriations bills that say no money shall be spent to execute this policy. Pass a bill that specifically holds him accountable… put the riders in there that say you can’t spend any money on these kinds of things.

Now is the time to tell your member of Congress it is up to him or her to demand the executive branch respects the parameters of the Constitution.

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It’s Not Pro-Immigrant; It’s Anti-American

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Original Post: It’s Not Pro-Immigrant; It’s Anti-American.

Let’s be honest with ourselves: President Obama’s unilateral, dictatorial action on immigration is not to benefit illegals. It’s to punish American voters for rejecting him. This is personal. In two years, the next American president will let this and many other Obama executive orders expire. Executive orders are not law. They expire with the term…

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See the Senate’s Keystone XL Pipeline Vote on Our Scorecard

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The Senate finally voted on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Unfortunately, it didn’t receive the votes required to pass. Want to see how they voted? Check out heritageactionscorecard.com to see how your Senators voted on one of the most important energy projects in recent years.

The Keystone XL Pipeline would increase America’s energy security, contribute inestimably to the efficiency of the global market, and create thousands of new jobs. Although the project has also long enjoyed bipartisan support, President Obama has worked on behalf of radical environmentalists to delay its completion.  The country has waited too long for the opposition to get out of the way. Find out who chose to support the measure and who decided to further obstruct a great American enterprise.

Scorecard: Senate Keystone Vote

And don’t forget – the Heritage Action scorecard never sleeps. When the gavel drops on a conservative vote, Heritage Action’s scorecard shows you whether your members of Congress represented your views.

Government Shutdown? White House Won’t Commit to Veto

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As President Obama prepares to take a series of unlawful execution action​s on immigration – including amnesty and work permits for roughly five million illegal immigrants – the phrase “government shutdown” has resurfaced.  Is a government shutdown the inevitable outcome of confronting Obama’s lawlessness?  Apparently not.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to say the President would veto a government spending bill that included a provision that would defund his executive amnesty.

Reporter: SO YOU DON’T RULE OUT THE PRESIDENT SIGNING INTO LAW SOMETHING THAT WOULD UNDO THE VERY THING HE’S GOING TO ANNOUNCE TOMORROW NIGHT?

Earnest: I THINK THAT SEEMS — I THINK WE’LL HAVE TO SORT OF EVALUATE FOR OURSELVES WHAT PROPOSALS REPUBLICANS PUT FORWARD. I WOULDN’T WANT TO HAZARD A GUESS AT THIS POINT.

The full exchange and video are below:

>> Reporter: WILL THE PRESIDENT VETO A GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL THAT INCLUDED A PROVISION TO PREVENT HIM FROM TAKING THIS ACTION?

>> Earnest: WELL, IT CERTAINLY WOULD NOT BE A PROPOSAL THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD SUPPORT OBVIOUSLY. I THINK WE WOULD EVALUATE THESE INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS ON THE MERITS BEFORE WE MAKE A FINAL DECISION. WE’LL SEE. I THINK WE’LL ALSO DEPEND ON WHAT REPUBLICANS CHOOSE TO DO IN THAT SITUATION AS WELL.

>> Reporter: SO I WANT TO BE SURE I GOT THIS STRAIGHT. THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF TALK BY REPUBLICANS SAYING THAT THEY WOULD FUND THE GOVERNMENT BUT NOT ALLOW THIS TO GO FORWARD. USE THAT AS LEVERAGE. SO YOU DON’T RULE OUT THE PRESIDENT SIGNING INTO LAW SOMETHING THAT WOULD UNDO THE VERY THING HE’S GOING TO ANNOUNCE TOMORROW NIGHT?

>> Earnest: I THINK THAT SEEMS — I THINK WE’LL HAVE TO SORT OF EVALUATE FOR OURSELVES WHAT PROPOSALS REPUBLICANS PUT FORWARD. I WOULDN’T WANT TO HAZARD A GUESS AT THIS POINT.  IT WON’T SURPRISE YOU TO HEAR THAT PROPOSALS THAT ARE FLOATED LIKE THAT CERTAINLY WOULD NOT BE AMONG THE PROPOSALS WE WOULD SUPPORT.

 

Rescission Bill: A Blank Check for Amnesty

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The “newest gambit” in the inevitable amnesty showdown is something called a Rescission Bill.  Yesterday, Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, floated the idea to his colleagues:

“Chairman Rogers just got up and said if we pass an omnibus and then the president does this executive amnesty, he said we can rescind it, and we can rescind it with 218 and 51 and we don’t need the president.”

Small problem: it isn’t true.

As the Congressional Research Service (CRS) notes, “As budget authority providing the funding must be enacted into law, so too a rescission cancelling the budget authority must be enacted into law.”  Any rescission bill must be signed by President Obama, or 291 House members and 67 Senators must override his veto.  In other words, a rescission bill is no different than any other stand-alone bill Congress could pass that involves no special leverage or expedited process.

Heritage Action welcomes creative thinking from congressional Republicans so long as creativity is not a synonym for inaction or delay.  Clearly the promise of a future rescission bill is nothing more than a blank check for Obama’s executive amnesty.