Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Power of the Purse-Faith & Freedom Newspaper

The November issue of the Faith & Freedom Newspaper came out yesterday and it includes my article on the power of the purse.  Be sure to pick up your free copy!

I've enjoyed reading Lynn's newspaper and was excited to be able to be a part of the publication this month. Please visit the Faith & Freedom Newspaper's Facebook Page and give them a like.

Here is the text of my article:

Our House of Representatives refuses to use the power given to them in the U.S. Constitution to stop Barack Obama, the Democrats and their liberal agenda. I cannot remember a time when a Democratically controlled Congress caved to a Republican president. In fact, President George H. W. Bush broke his promise of “Read my lips: no new taxes” when he allowed a Democratically controlled House and Senate to increase taxes. It cost him the next election.

In 2010, we the people delivered a Republican majority in the House, yet they still funded Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and Obama’s executive amnesty. In 2014, we delivered the largest Republican majority in over 80 years and returned the Senate into the hands of Republicans. What did these victories get us? The same exact outcome as a Democratically controlled Congress would have gotten us: funding of Obama’s executive amnesty, funding of the largest abortion provider in the nation, Planned Parenthood, and full funding of Obamacare. 

Our founders were clear that the power of the purse was to be used as a weapon by the immediate representatives of the people. It doesn’t matter if Obamacare or anything else is ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, the House has the duty and obligation not to fund anything we the people have decided we do not want funded. James Madison calls this power of the purse a powerful instrument with which the people can reduce all the overgrown prerogatives of the government.  Ronald Reagan referred to using the power of the purse as a means of “starving the beast”. 

The Appropriations Clause (Article I, Section 9, Clause 7) and The Origination Clause (Article I, Section 7, Clause 1) are the two clauses in the US Constitution that give the House of Representatives the power of the purse. All appropriations must originate in the House. James Madison says in Federalist No. 58, “The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose the supplies requisite for the support of government.”  Yet we now find ourselves with a House of Representatives that lacks the intestinal fortitude and moral courage to refuse funding for immoral and unconstitutional acts! Instead of using this power of the purse to defund Obama’s executive amnesty, something every representative in the House knew was unconstitutional, the House funded it and filed a lawsuit against Barack Obama. When the courts ruled Obama’s executive amnesty to be unconstitutional, every Representative in Congress who voted to fund his unconstitutional act, should have been held accountable. The House of Representatives has the duty and obligation to deny funding for anything that is unconstitutional. Yet, time and again, they fund functions of government the citizens of the United States do not want and they also continue fund unconstitutional acts. 

When the framers debated the spending of money at the Constitutional Convention, they debated two issues. They debated the executive authority to spend money and the roles each house of Congress would have with regard to spending. The outcome of debate on executive spending authority was that the president would not be allowed to spend money without the consent of Congress. Of the latter, Benjamin Franklin argued “that it was always of importance that the people should know who had disposed of their money and how it had been disposed of. It was a maxim that those who feel, can best judge. This end would be best attained if money affairs were confined to the immediate representatives of the people.”  James Madison stated in Federalist No. 58, “This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.” Our representatives are armed with a weapon specifically designed to address the grievances of the people they represent and they refuse to use it! 

When Obamacare caused families to lose coverage for lifesaving medications and many to lose  insurance coverage altogether, citizens rose up and held Defund Obamacare Townhalls across the nation. Congress failed to stand up for the people then and continues to fully fund Obamacare. My own representative shocked me in 2013 when she told a group of us gathered in her DC office that they had to send the bill defunding Obamacare to the lawyers because they were not sure if it was constitutional! Our own Representatives lack knowledge of the weapon our founders intended to be used by our immediate representatives to stop anything we the people do not want -amnesty, Obamacare or Planned Parenthood funding, to name the most recent funding failures of our House of Representatives. 

Finally, do not be fooled by these standalone bills Congress passes. Most recently, they have had show votes to defund Planned Parenthood with standalone bills. Republicans need to attach these defunding bills to must pass legislation such as the upcoming continuing resolution in December. Without the threat of a government shutdown, these standalone bills have no leverage. Republicans must force Obama and the Democrats to show the American people that they care more about the murder and sale of innocent human babies and he sale of their body parts than avoiding a government shutdown. Republicans need to force the Democrats to show the American people how little they care about the harm Obamacare has done by defunding it on the upcoming continuing resolution.  

I believe these instances of executive overreach with amnesty, moral depravity of Planned Parenthood and the harm being caused by Obamacare are just a few examples of why our founders placed the power of the purse with our immediate representatives. They had the foresight and experience with the overreaching British government to know that the people needed a powerful weapon to keep government in check. The power of the purse is the weapon we were given, now we need to elect Representatives who are not afraid to use it. 

To the Right of Foxx

Out on the trail, I've been asked things such as, "Are you to the right of or left of Foxx?" or "You are to the right of Foxx, how can that be?"  Every person, save one, actually allowed me to answer that question. Some people ask questions, but don't really want to know the answer. Some people are blown away that Foxx isn't as conservative as they thought she was.

So, just how am I to the right of Virginia Foxx? For starters, I would have signed the Mulvaney letter vowing to defund Planned Parenthood. I issued a challenge to Foxx to sign it. Our Republican controlled House of Representatives has had control of the purse strings since the 2010 election and they have continued to fund Planned Parenthood, Obamacare and Obama's amnesty. I would never have told constituents that Ted Cruz was brainwashing people during the defund Obamacare fight.  I would have been standing shoulder to shoulder with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to defund Obamacare. See my blog post about our visit to Virginia Foxx's office back in 2013 here.  

Why is it time for Virginia Foxx to go? She's a member of the failed leadership that has failed to stop Barack Obama's liberal agenda. A leadership that has chosen to ignore the will of the people!

Here is a partial list of the reasons I have chosen to primary her: 

*She is a six-term incumbent career politician who is a member of leadership
* She voted to fund Obama's amnesty twice. The first time outright when she voted for the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funded it. Second time when she voted to move the senate amendment to HR 240 to the floor for a vote. If you don't support Obama's amnesty, you try to stop it at every step along the way. 
*She supports NSA spying and voted for additional measures like CISPA.
*She voted for Boehner against our will, continued to support him and was standing at his side when he resigned. She also voted against removing Boehner as speaker. 
*She voted to re-authorize the failed Bush-era NCLB that gave rise to common core (it has been sitting in the Senate since this summer). Remember that we pressured the House to pull HR5 last fall, then they passed it when we weren't looking this summer.
*She refused to sign the Mulvaney letter vowing to defund Planned Parenthood.
*She voted to fund Obamacare and PP since becoming a member of leadership in 2010.
*She voted for TPA & also voted yes on HR 2146 that gave fast track authority for TPP.
*She voted for H.R. 2 -healthcare bill that will increase our nations debt by $500 billion. A prime example of back room deal between Boehner/Pelosi and buying votes.

Conservative Review gives Foxx a 68% D rating (though, when I was in school, 68% was failing and still is in our homeschool!) You can see their review here. Foxx has a 71% Heritage Action conservative rating. You ca see her rating and voting record here

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Patriotic Nails Just for Fun!

Several weeks ago, a friend treated me to something I've never done before! Nails with designs. What is more perfect for a gun toting patriot than guns on nails? And a hand grenade for the Army still in me (I've actually thrown live grenades during my time in the ARNG -while on active duty. Love!)

I had a coupon and did them again this week with this design. I may be addicted! 


These are perfect for the campaign trail!