In the coming weeks, you’ll continue to hear the same carefully poll-tested line from President Obama: We need a "balanced, responsible" approach to dealing with our debt problem. Unfortunately, what President Obama means by "balanced and responsible" is neither balanced nor responsible: He wants Washington to raise taxes immediately and propose long-term spending cuts, the type that have been proposed in the past but never seem to take effect. This "balanced, responsible" approach championed by President Obama, the left and sadly some Republicans is a major reason we’re $16.4 trillion in debt.
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Tim Phillips is president of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has enjoyed rapid growth, going from nine state chapters in January of 2006 to 25 state chapters today, with 980,000 grassroots activists who are fighting for free-market principles at the state, national and local levels. During 2009 AFP held over 300 “hands off my health care” bus rallies and town hall meetings as part of their effort to defeat the health care takeover. AFP’s “Cost of hot air” tours have executed 82 events as part of a national effort to defeat cap-and-trade legislation. Tim is a veteran political strategist and one of the nation’s premier grassroots organizers with 24 years of experience, including presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races, as well as state legislative, local and issue-advocacy campaigns. In 1992, Tim managed U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) first congressional campaign and later served as Rep. Goodlatte’s chief of staff on Capitol Hill for four years. In 1997, Tim helped found Century Strategies, one of the nation’s leading public affairs, political consulting and public relations firms. He was named a “Rising Star in Politics” in 1998 by Campaigns and Elections magazine. Tim and his wife, Julia, have been married for 25 years, and are the proud parents of four children.
Last week’s frustrating Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama’s individual mandate at least confirmed what we knew all along --- that President Obama’s health care plan is indeed one of the biggest tax increases in modern history. This tax will be paid primarily by middle class Americans who are already struggling to get by in the Obama economy.
In Hudson, Wisconsin this morning, local tea party leader Annette Olsen said it best, "The Madison unions thought they could just intimidate us. They thought wrong. Now, they have to fight on the issues and it's not working out for them."
President Obama talks a good game on American exports, but his goal to double them by the end of the decade won’t amount to much if he doesn’t get his EPA out of the way. Right now, in the Pacific Northwest, the private sector is ready to put shovels in the ground and more than double the nation’s coal exports. Coal output in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana is increasing, and companies are trying to build export terminals to link increased domestic supply with burgeoning demand for electricity generation in China. This is the way the global energy market is supposed to work, and American workers and the economy will benefit when abundant American coal is sold to overseas buyers. That is, only if the federal government will let it happen.
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care plan at the end of March, one of the president’s closest advisers has added to the weight of evidence that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is losing viability among lawmakers and the public.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is loud but limited. Compare its beginnings with the tea party’s. A month into the tea party’s existence, hundreds of thousands of Americans in thousands of towns and cities had joined the cause. Their message was crystal clear: bring back economic prosperity by cutting government spending and taxation, rolling back intrusive regulations and expanding individual freedom. The rule of law was respected as well.
The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives possesses a short window to maintain the support and good will of both independent voters and the grassroots Tea Party movement. In fact, they have one budget cycle -- from now until autumn -- to act.
Sometimes we all wonder if one person can make a difference. I hear that question a lot at rallies and events—“Am I making a difference?”