Tea Party of Scottsdale, AZ
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TPS September General Meeting

scottsdale_city_logo.jpegTea Party Scottsdale begins our work for Election 2016 at our General Meeting on Thursday, Septemer 17 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites.

Anticipating a Scottsdale Bond Election this November, 2015, our Featured speakers will be Scottsdale City Councilpersons Suzanne Klapp, Virginia Korte and Kathy Littlefield.  Bring your questions.  The City Council listened to the voters' rejection of the last Bond proposal and believe that they have addressed those issues.  Come and find out how they have cut the Bond request down to items necessary to maintain the quality of the Scottdale lifestyle.

Also, come to find out why we could only invite 3 Council Members.

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Washington: The Letter Home (1775)

Washington: The Letter Home (1775)

Before leaving Philadelphia to assume command of the Army, George Washington wrote a letter to his wife, Martha, and enclosed his will:

“MY DEAREST,  I am now set down to write to you on a subject, which fills me with inexpressible concern, and this concern is greatly aggravated and increased, when I reflect upon the uneasiness I know it will give you.  It has been determined in Congress, that the whole army raised for the defense of the American cause shall be put under my care, and that it is necessary for me to proceed immediately to Boston to take upon me the command of it.

You may believe me, my dear Patsy, when I assure you, in the most solemn manner, that, so far from seeking this appointment, I have used every endeavor in my power to avoid it, not only from my unwillingness to part with you and the family, but from a consciousness of its being a trust too great for my capacity, and that I should enjoy more real happiness in one month with you at home, than I have the most distant prospect of finding abroad, if my stay were to be seven times seven years…   I shall rely, therefore, confidently on that Providence, which has heretofore preserved and been bountiful to me, not doubting but that I shall return safe to you in the fall.  I shall feel no pain from the toil or the danger of the campaign; my unhappiness will flow from the uneasiness I know you will feel from being left alone…

I shall add nothing more… but to desire that you will remember me to your friends, and to assure you that I am, with the most unfeigned regard, my dear Patsy, your affectionate, [etc.]”  George Washington, Letter to Martha Washington, June 18, 1775

James Still (Sep 2015), RetraceOurSteps.com

 “As life is always uncertain, and common prudence dictates to every man the necessity of settling his temporal concerns, while it is in his power, and while the mind is calm and undisturbed, I have…  got Colonel Pendleton to draft a will for me, by the directions I gave him, which will I now enclose…”  George Washington, Letter to Martha Washington, June 18, 1775

 

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Coffee with Congressman David Schweikert

david_schweikert.jpegSeveral of us met David on Saturday morning for coffee to offer both our opinions and frustrations.  

He had 2 primary responses to our frustrations:

1. When a controversial issue arises his office e-mail & phone are bombarded by both the Left and anyone who does not want their particular ox gored - The office does not hear enough from Tea Party Conservatives.

He gave as an example when the government shut down - 90% of the calls & e-mails were to give in.

coffee_cartoon.png2 There are a morass of Rules & Procedures that govern passage of Bills, including making an 'omnibus bill' with amendments easier to pass than single issue bills and a Standing Committee that makes Committee assignments. (editor's note - it is unintelligible to the layperson and made my head hurt)

Several issues will be coming up for a vote when Congress returns in September that he needs Tea Party Conservatives to be aware to and give feed back on:

. Iran Deal

 Omnibus/Transportation/Interior Appropriations

 Debt Ceiling/Appropriations Bills/Ex-IM bank attachment will be the most contentious

 Planned Parenthood, Benghazi investigation, next phase of the IRS investigation, EPA 

The following are notes from the meeting:

TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY

Without TPA, (trade promotion authority) Congress would have no say in the trade deal TPP (transpacific partnership).

Leaving China out of the TPP is deliberate to help give us an alternative to China dominance in the Pacific. Our unions and China are the ones trying to stop the deal.

PROPAGANDA

Russian trolls are creating and publicizing misinformation via social media.

EXPORT IMPORT BANK

Schweikert is a leader in efforts to stop the Bank. This is the reason he was removed from the Finance Committee. The Bank finances 1.6% of U.S. exports. There are no generally accepted financial standards applying to The Bank’s financial reports. The Bank actually loses money when GAPP (generally accepted privacy principles) standards are applied. General Electric and Boeing are trying to cut off funding to anyone who opposes The Bank.

THE EXPORT IMPORT BANK FINANCES FOREIGN AIRLINES ENABLING THEM TO BUY PLANES CHEAPER THAN US COMPANIES AND THESE SAME AIRLINES THEN COMPETE WITH US CARRIERS. This leaves the US citizens with their debt when the countries that bought planes default on their debt

The Bank’s charter has expired and the US Senate wants to attach reauthorization for The Bank to an upcoming transportation bill.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

In the event of a “government shutdown” caused by Congress’ failure to fund the government, only 18% of the government would be affected. The number of telephone calls to Schweikert’s office was overwhelmingly opposed to shutting down. Tea Party callers were almost nonexistent.

REMOVE BOEHNER AS SPEAKER

Mark Meadows submitted a motion to “vacate the chair”. This tipped the hand of those who wanted Boehner removed and, procedurally tied their hands.

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Boehner and a core of 20 House members control committee assignments. Schweikert wants to reorganize the assignment process by giving more power to newer members.

RECONCILIATION PROCEDURE

Only can be used once. Saving it for big issue-Obamacare or Dodd-Frank repeal.

SEPTEMBER ISSUES

House will take up the Senate Transportation bill ( Schweikert is against), as well as the debt ceiling. House has already passed 2/3 of budget bills.

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Funds BLM, Forest Service, etc. Has been operating on Continuing Resolution (CR) funding since 2006. 2006 funding and policies were controlled that year by Democrats, so, since CR is simply a continuation of prior funding (usually at a higher level), Interior Department is funded using Democrats policies.

WHY NOT INTRODUCE ONE PAGE BILLS INSTEAD OF OMNIBUS BILLS

Schweikert has limited floor time to introduce. A bill must be written, introduced, assigned to a subcommittee, voted out to full committee, then voted on. Very cumbersome and time consuming. More efficient to take a small bill and attach it to a bigger bill which has gone through the full process.

DODD-FRANK

Schweikert wants to throw out Dodd-Frank. However he gets more calls supporting Dodd-Frank than opposing. In response to Dodd-Frank, private lending clubs have sprung up. Feds want to regulate these clubs. Schweikert says clubs are no a risk to the economy. Lending Club is Uber, the banks are the taxi companies. Schweikert supports creating laws allowing banks to compete freely as long as they are not using insured deposits.

IRAN NUKE DEAL

Schweikert sits on Terrorism/Finance Committee. Trying to figure out how bad guys get funding (drugs, terrorism, etc.) Nuke deal gives dollars to bad guys (Iran) who will use them to kill good guys.

OBAMACARE

Blowing up, costwise. Original goal was to reduce the population of people who were uninsured at some point during a year from 41 mil to 31 mil at a ten year cost of $1.6 tril. For that much money, we could have given 10 mil an insurance policy and a new car. The House has passed all necessary legislation to kill Obamacare and sent it to the Senate. This can go to reconciliation to make it easier to pass. Schweikert does not trust the Senate. House has done it’s work. Bills are backing up in the Senate.

READING ASSIGNMENT

Schweikert suggests reading Politico, The Hill and The Washington Free Examiner for a broader awareness of the big picture in Congress - including the 'other side'.

IMMIGRATION

Concept: SOCIETAL LOAD COST. How much does it cost society per immigrant (schooling, medical, welfare, govt services) vs how much does the average immigrant pay to the government?

Schweikert’s question: How do you start a conversation that proposes that immigrants must have an income high enough so that they pay taxes at least equal to their societal load cost?

He has an excellent response to his telephone Town Halls - if you are not included, and would like to be, call  (480) 946-2411 and ask to be added to Tele-Town Halls.

Every Town Hall he concludes with an invitation to contact his office in order to arrange a 'coffee' with him - and no one responds!  He wants to meet with small groups of Constituents to hear both our complaints & our comments, so call  (480) 946-2411 and ask for a time and location.

And, some notes from a conversation wtih one of Congressman Schweikert's Aides earlier this summer:  

We also spoke about David's vote for Boehner.  According to Kevin, NO ONE,

other than last-minute Louis Gomert from TX, was interested in volunteering

for the Speaker's position.  This position, along with all the Speaker's duties, 

involves travel 6 or 7 days a week to fund raisers, etc. around the country.  

Therefore, with no other viable candidate for the position, they had to give 

a yes vote to Boehner.

 Kevin also relayed a true story of an owner of a company in Deerborn, MI, that

had recently moved to Scottsdale.  According to Kevin, the owner had hired a

qualified Muslim woman to be in his office.  She dressed and looked and worked

appropriately for several years.   One day, shortly after some of the beheadings,

the owner happened to ask her how these people could do such a thing.   Her

reply was, "if my imam asked me to kill you and all the people in this office, I

would do it."

 

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Chuck Schumer's Detailed Disaproval of the Iran Deal

Chuck_Schumer.jpgEvery several years or so a legislator is called upon to cast a momentous vote in which the stakes are high and both sides of the issue are vociferous in their views.

Over the years, I have learned that the best way to treat such decisions is to study the issue carefully, hear the full, unfiltered explanation of those for and against, and then, without regard to pressure, politics or party, make a decision solely based on the merits.

I have spent the last three weeks doing just that: carefully studying the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, reading and re-reading the agreement and its annexes, questioning dozens of proponents and opponents, and seeking answers to questions that go beyond the text of the agreement but will have real consequences that must be considered.

Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed. This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval.

While we have come to different conclusions, I give 

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Washington: Commander and Friend (1758)

george_washington_horse.jpegWashington: Commander and Friend (1758)

Suffering from bad health in 1758, Washington resigned as Commander of the Virginia Regiment. The letter Washington receives from his Officers provides an excellent glimpse into his character:

“SIR, We your most obedient and affectionate Officers, beg leave to express our great Concern, at the disagreeable News we have received of your Determination to resign the Command of that Corps, in which we have under you long served.  The happiness we have enjoyed, and the Honor we have acquired, together with the mutual Regard that has always subsisted between you and your Officers, have implanted so sensible an Affection in the Minds of us all, that we cannot be silent on this critical Occasion…

Your steady adherence to impartial Justice, your 

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The Goldberg Report - NRO

Jonah-Goldberg.jpgFor Those Mesmerized by Donald Trump - Read Jonah Goldberg's Take

Dear Reader (and those of you with better things to do),

There have been times in the past when I’ve gotten crosswise with certain segments of the conservative base and/or with the readership of National Review. And, because, like the Elephant Man, I am a not an animal but a human being, I have always had at least some self-doubt. That’s as it should be. People who share principles should not only hear each other out when they disagree; they should be able to see each other’s points and hold open the possibility that one’s opponents have the better argument. 

This is not one of those times, at least not for me. 

I truly, honestly, and with all my heart and mind think Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are making a yuuuuuuge mistake. I think they are being conned and played. I feel like a guy whose brother is being taken advantage of by a grifter. I’m watching helplessly as the con artist congratulates him for taking out a third mortgage. 

Anger Is Not an Argument

Now, before I go on, let me clarify a few things. I get it. The base of the party is 

 

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Mark Levin's Proposed Amendments to the Constitution - Food for Thought

Mark_Levin_The_Liberty_Amendments.jpgMark Levin is proposing ten amendments to the Constitution.  Each one is written in thoughtful language so as to preclude any ancillary problems:

1)      Term Limits: He proposes limiting service in both the House and Senate to 12 years.  Yes, we’ve heard all the arguments about elections being the best limit.  But the past 100 year has proven that to be false.  As someone who works day and night to throw the bums out, I can tell you that is nearly impossible to throw them out with the amount of money they raise – precisely for their abuses of power.  Levin also proves that limiting time in office was a highly regarded proposal during the Constitutional Congress.

2)      Repealing the 17th Amendment: Levin proposes repealing the 17th amendment and vesting state legislators with the power to elect senators so that the power of states is not diluted, as originally feared by the framers of the Constitution.

3)      Restoring the Judiciary to its proper role: The Judiciary was 

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Washington: The Indian Prophecy (1770)

george_washington_horse.jpegWashington: The Indian Prophecy (1770)

In 1755, a young Colonel George Washington fought under British General Edward Braddock against the French at Fort Duquesne [pronounced, “doo-cane”].  The British suffered a devastating defeat.  Fifteen years later, as Washington was surveying lands west of Virginia, he was met by a party of Indians.  An Indian chief, upon learning of Washington’s trip, had traveled to speak to him.  As the Indian party entered the camp, the chief pointed to Washington.  A council fire was lit and 

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Interesting & Substantive Report from Jennie Beth Martin at TPP

 

TPP_logo.jpegHaving just returned from meetings with a few Congressmen on Capitol Hill, I felt it was important to give you an update. I will touch on what I mean by "freedom thieves" later in this email, but first I want to focus on our allies on Capitol Hill.

Know this, that you have made a difference in the last 3 weeks. You helped amend the Patriot Act with Senator Lee's USA Freedom Act to stop the bulk metadata collection on US citizens, 34 House members voted no on the rule for TPA "fast track authority," you visited over 500 Congressional offices representing 10 Senators and 291 Congressmen last week calling for an end to the Congressional Exemption from Obamacare, and because of your actions last week 5 Congressmen have already added their names as co-sponsors of HR 1953 -- the No Exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act.  Today Senator Cruz flipped his vote on TPA in large part because you kept digging to find out what was in the bill and the deals Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell were making to get votes. 

Every time we make a huge difference on Capitol Hill in part with our principled Congressmen, we see the accusations, attacks, and retribution happen. It is no different this time.  The "Leadership" cannot let such "rebellious" behavior stand and

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This Should Wake Up Working Middle Class Liberals, Progressives & Democrats

Note: Even if you have seen this before, see the information at the end about voting trends - is it accurate?  Pat

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always Temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent Form of government.  A democracy will continue to exist up until The time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous Gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority Always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from The public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally Collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a Dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 Years, these nations always progressed

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