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This July 4th weekend, we may be celebrating our nation’s birthday, but this blogger certainly is not celebrating Obama’s leadership. Here’s why:
Bust #1: Obama’s Latest “Budget” Is So Vague That It’s Meaningless
THEN: In 2008, Obama Promised To Go Through The Budget “Line By Line, Eliminating Programs That No Longer Work And Making The Ones We Do Need Work Better.”
NOW: CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf Says Obama’s Latest Budget Is Too Vague To Be Scored.
REP. PAUL RYAN: “The president gave a speech on April 13th, where he outlined a new budget framework that claims $4 trillion in deficit reduction over 12 years, have you estimated the budget impact of this framework?
ELMENDORF: No, Mr. Chairman. We don’t estimate speeches. We need much more specificity than was provided in that speech for us to do our analysis.”
Bust #2: Obama Promised To Get Serious About Reducing The Debt, He Hasn’t
THEN: In 2009, President Barack Obama Promised To Get Serious About Reducing Debt And Deficits.
NOW: Since President Obama Took Office, The National Debt Has Increased By $3.7 Trillion, the Total Debt Of The US Government Is $14.3 Trillion Dollars and Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Adds $13 Trillion In New Debt Through 2021.
Bust #3: Obama Promised To Cut The Deficit In Half, He Didn’t
THEN: In February 2009, Obama Said That He Would “Cut The Deficit In Half By The End Of [His] First Term In Office.”
NOW: Obama Has Racked Up Record, Trillion Dollar Deficits.
The Federal Budget Deficit for FY2009 Was $1.42 Trillion, Then The Highest In U.S. History until this year when the deficit is slated to hit $1.65 Trillion.
Editor’s Notes: Thanks to the poor economy, people have had to work harder and longer hours, take on a second or third job, and we feel blessed to have a job at all.
The biggest thing we will be celebrating on July 4th is that we live in the greatest nation in on earth. We can vote out those who do not serve us.
Please spread this information with your friends, as President Obama is NOT serving anyone but the interests of the unions, trial lawyers, Hollywood celebs, Utopian billionaires (George Soros and the like), the NAACP, the NOW gang, the radical environmentalists and the like.
Americans deserve a President who will serve us. Currently, many people are seeking the position. We all have our favorites. In the end, we must unite to defeat Obama and his cronies!
Facts can be frightening things, almost as frightening as an American flag to a liberal on July 4th.
Let’s use this wonderful holiday celebrating our nation’s birth to remind our friends and family why President Barack Obama has failed this nation and why we need to get him and his fellow liberals out of office next year.
Remember this? ”We own it!”
“We Own It”: Two of the President’s closest allies, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Dick Durbin, have admitted that this “President owns the economy” in the minds of voters.
Quick Facts about THE DEBT
- National Debt up 35% under Obama
- Current National Debt is $14.3 Trillion
- $3.7 Trillion added to the national debt since Obama took office
- 43 cents borrowed on every dollar the federal government
- $26.3 Trillion is the expected national debt in 2021 under Obama’s budget
- National unemployment at 9.1%
- Unemployment up 25% under Obama
- 2.5 million jobs lost under Obama
Let’s remind our friends and family that Obamanomics has failed and that HOPE never did hire in America!
Thanks to our friends at the North Carolina Republican Party for these statistics.
Much has happened this week in the North Carolina State Legislature and Col. Brenda Formo has covered it all. Katy’s Conservative Corner cannot thank her enough for her dedication and oversight to conservative causes.
This report helps many plan their legislative activities and know when to contact their elected officials. Formo had a distinguished career in the United States Army and we thank her for her service to our nation.
Writing on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women, Mrs. Formo is the State Vice-President of the Central Region. To find out how to join a Republican Women’s Club near you, please contact Valerie White.
GOP budget will start getting state’s private sector back on track and North Carolinians back to work
RALEIGH, NC – Today, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement regarding today’s announcement that North Carolina’s unemployment rate remains at 9.7% for the third straight month and above 9.2% for twenty-nine straight months.
“Today’s announcement from the Employment Security Commission provides a clear picture that North Carolina’s private sector is stuck in the mud thanks to out of control spending and failed policies pursued by Governor Perdue and the tax and spend Democrats in Raleigh.
“This week, Republicans in the General Assembly were able to override Governor (Beverly) Perdue’s budget veto to pass a fact-based bi-partisan budget that right-sizes state government without raising taxes so the private sector can be free to flourish and create jobs.
Our state’s fiscal problems were not caused by Republicans but the Republicans in General Assembly have started laying the groundwork to put our state’s fiscal house in order and get North Carolinians back to work.”
Bi-partisan agreement rejects Governor Perdue’s $1 billion tax hike and right-sizes state government
Today, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes shared his thoughts regarding Beverly Perdue’s budget veto by the North Carolina General Assembly. He added facts that the liberals have chosen to overlook. When the television commercials are running, don’t forget the bullet points . The liberals running the television ads certainly have!
Thank you, Chairman Hayes, for reminding us of the truth. Let’s not forget to thank the “Party of Five” that stood with the Republicans, either.
Chairman Hayes’ Remarks:
North Carolina faces high unemployment and historic budget deficits because of decades of out-of-control spending and failed policies from the tax and spend Democrats in Raleigh. Governor Perdue had a chance to work with Republicans but chose to politicize her veto stamp to protect the status quo and to energize her liberal base for her re-election campaign.
“Fortunately for North Carolinians, the General Assembly reached a bi-partisan agreement to reject Governor Perdue’s $1 billion tax hike and right-size state government to provide a better future for North Carolina’s families, students and job creators. Our state’s fiscal problems were not caused by Republicans but this budget is a responsible first step by Republicans towards putting our state’s fiscal house in order.”
Budget fulfills promises made during the 2010 campaign:
- Balances the budget, closing a $2.5 billion shortfall
- Allows the temporary sales and income tax increases to expire, putting $1.3 billion back into the hands of North Carolina taxpayers
- Provides tax relief for small businesses allowing them to expand and put people back to work
- Protects education – fully funding all classroom teachers and teacher’s assistants
- Brings state spending in line with revenues and places North Carolina back on the path to fiscal responsibility
Right-sizes State Government:
- Cuts state spending by approximately 4%. Spending has more than doubled in the past 10 years.
- More than doubles the amount of money in the Rainy Day Fund – $185 million
- Allocates $125 million for renovation and repair of university and state buildings
- Fully funds the state’s retirement system
Creates Private Sector Jobs:
- Cuts taxes for EVERY North Carolinian by allowing temporary taxes to expire, reducing the state’s sales tax from 7.75% to 6.75%
- Implements small business tax relief – exempting the first $50,000 of small business income from income tax
- Creates nearly 14,000 private sector jobs in the first year (30,000 over the next two years) by returning nearly $1.5 billion to the hands of taxpayers of North Carolina
- Extends unemployment benefits for 40,000 North Carolinians whose benefits have expired
Protects Students and Teachers:
- Republicans believe that every child should be reading by the time they leave 3rd Grade. Currently 23% fail to do so, yet only 3% are held back.
- Reduces class sizes in grades 1-3 from 18:1 to 17:1 – adding more than 1,100 additional teachers
- Protects every teacher and teacher assistant position currently employed
- Provides liability insurance for teachers and school employees to help ensure their safety in the classroom
- Does not pass down fiscal responsibility for school buses, tort claims and worker’s compensation claims to the counties like the Governor’s budget proposed – saving counties $75 million
- Allocates $100 million to the Public School Building Capital Fund to assist counties in building, renovating and upgrading schools with new technology. Governor’s budget proposed only $55 million
- Creates a performance pay model for teachers and state employees to retain and reward our state’s best and brightest employees
Protects Health and Human Services:
- Over half of all the budget reductions in the Department of Health and Human Services have been achieved through savings with no loss of services. We have also maximized the swapping of federal block grant funds for state funds.
- All DHHS treatment facilities, schools, mental health hospitals and contract beds have been preserved.
- All 23 optional medical services in the Medicaid program have been preserved.
- We have paved the way for major Mental Health Reform in North Carolina.
- We have achieved pharmacy and medication savings through new initiatives to increase utilization of generic drugs.
- We have restored the Governor’s proposed cuts to local health departments and senior services, and taken steps to lessen the financial burden on counties.
Early this morning, a super majority of the North Carolina House kept a promise to taxpayers that a billion dollars in temporary taxes would expire at the end of this month. With all the cynicism in politics, it is refreshing to see politicians that signed AFP pledges against raising taxes keep that promise.
Voters should have renewed confidence in trusting some elected officials to keep their word. This afternoon the State Senate gave final approval to the North Carolina State Budget by overriding Governor (Beverly) Perdue‘s Budget Veto. We applaud this historic first-ever veto override vote. It has kept a promise to taxpayers, a promise that all too often has been broken.
Join me in celebrating the defeat of Governor Perdue and other liberals who attempted to raise another billion dollars in taxes.
As a member of Americans for Prosperity, you should be proud of the hard work to finally have a budget that funds core services, but that does not, for the first time in a decade, raise taxes.
We applaud the legislative leadership on passing this historic budget in record time despite the obstruction coming from the Governor’s mansion.
North Carolina State Director
Americans for Prosperity
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Governor Beverly Perdue (D-NC) is using her office to shill for campaign donations, again. Is this the right thing to do? Is this an abuse of her job? Is this fair to the taxpayers of North Carolina? The Governor sent out the following email before the ink was even dry on her veto. Read it and decide for yourself:
Dear Friend -
Yesterday, after a great deal of careful consideration, I vetoed the proposed state budget sent to me by the Republican-led General Assembly. I would like to take a moment to tell you why.
For generations, North Carolina has distinguished itself from other southern states as a place of opportunity, and a place that understands the value of investing in its people. Education has been our hallmark – it has set us apart from our neighbors and propelled our economic success.
The Republican legislature has turned its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects. Their budget:
• Shuns our most at-risk pre-school children by slashing Smart Start and More at Four, leaving these kids behind before they’ve even started Kindergarten;
• Underfunds classrooms in K-12, forcing local school districts to lay off thousands of teachers and teaching assistants who will then be added to the unemployment rolls; and
• Devastates our community colleges and universities in a way that will shut down programs, cause tuition to spike, and move career training and college degrees further out of reach.
Please stand with me once again and let’s keep North Carolina moving forward. (Donation link removed by KCC.)
Their budget will result in generational damage. It will tear at the very fibers that make North Carolina strong – not only our schools, but also our communities, our environment, our public safety system and our ability to care for those who need us most.
• Our most vulnerable and sick will see medical and mental health services cut or eliminated;
• Families will have limited resources as they care for their elderly, their disabled or their mentally ill relatives;
• The natural environmental treasures that we cherish and that draw so many visitors to North Carolina will be at risk of permanent damage or destruction;
• Historical sites that attract tourists and stimulate economic activity by commemorating our rich cultural heritage will be closed;
• Just as hurricane season arrives, our ability to respond effectively to natural disasters will be hampered not just by cuts to crucial emergency management programs but also because this fiscally irresponsible budget leaves no money on the bottom line – that is, no reserve to help us deal with unexpected emergencies and disasters that can devastate the lives of our citizens; and
• Fewer law enforcement officers will patrol our streets and supervise convicted felons, while victims will be forced to wait longer for justice.
Please stand with me once again and let’s keep North Carolina moving forward. (Donation link removed by blogger.)
The Republican legislature may be satisfied with a state in reverse, but I am not.
I will not put my name on a plan that so blatantly ignores the values of North Carolina’s people. I cannot support a budget that moves North Carolina backwards, especially since we have always been a state that leads the nation.
Please call your legislator and urge him or her to sustain my veto.
Before departing Cree on Monday, President Barack Obama signed a box for Cree leaders, left. Cree execs were so proud, they tweeted out the photo at left from their official Twitter account. A box is the least of their gift’s from Obama and his administration.
Meanwhile, Paul, a friend of this blogger, works at Cree and is a dedicated conservative. Amazingly, he was NOT “selected” from the pool of employees to attend the Obama speech.
Started by NC State University grads, Cree is a pioneer in its industry. It did not need to visit the government trough twice, but because it did, it’s adding an additional manufacturing line and is hiring an extra shift. Thus, the plant will be able to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Research Triangle Park has rebounded from the recession faster than any other place in North Carolina, say experts. So why give Cree all the money and attention? Green jobs, say conservative leaders, are a marketing gimmick. Your blogger agrees that if they are so great, why does the government have to pay us to purchase “greener” doors for our homes, for example. It’s a feel-good thing.
Do we really want the government to buy jobs in a company that was already doing well? This company threatened to leave North Carolina until the then-Democrat-lead Legislature paid them off to stay in the form of “economic incentives”.
CBS lead their evening newscast lead with the fact that jobs are over 13% nationally. Here in North Carolina, unemployment, is over 9%. They noted that BHO won a squeeker in 2008 in a state that tends to vote Republican in national elections.
Obama told the crowd at Cree today to have patience. Yet people here in the Triangle region of North Carolina, have none. They voted the Democrats out in the mid-term elections, replacing a Democrat NC General Assembly with a Republican Majority. It is the first GOP-lead NC Legislature since reconstruction. And they say they will vote Obama out in 2012.
That’s why the Obama administration and campaign is focusing on this state. Sadly, he’ll be back and you can be certain that Katy’s Conservative Corner will bring it to you, along with the back story.
On Monday, President Barack Obama landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport at about 11:00 a.m. EDT and headed to Research Triangle Park, on the Durham side. Joining him on Air Force One were, according to Jonathan Kappler of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation, were Congressmen G. K. Butterfield (D-NC, 1st) and Brad Miller (D-NC, 13th).
Kappler also reported that Rep. David Price (D-NC, 4th) and U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D) were on the ground to meet the president on the ground. Later reports mentioned Governor Beverly Perdue (D-Craven) being on hand, as well. Additionally, there were a number of public officials including Chancellor Randy Woodson from North Carolina State University. During the short trip out to “the park”, Interstate 40 was temporarily closed, backing up traffic for miles.
Upon arrival at Cree, an industry leader in low power lighting, he toured the plant and promised an “announcement” on jobs. Oddly, Cree, and already successful company, accepted stimulus money for “job creation”. Additionally, within the past two years, they threatened to leave. The North Carolina State Legislature, then lead by Democrats, immediately voted to give that company “incentives” or corporate welfare to “keep” them in the Ole’ North State.
Further, Katy’s Conservative Corner has learned that, for Cree employees interested in the speech, they have the option by management to either take the day off or to work four, ten hour days. Many employees are upset. They didn’t ask the president to come and neither did corporate executives. But, with money comes obligation.
Update 1:14 Sometime this hour, Obama is scheduled to make a talk about his “jobs” report. This should be interesting. Labor Union Report posted on Sunday evening that many of those jobs would be “created” in China. This blogger is currently searching for that link. North Carolina is expected to be a battle ground state in 2012.
Charlotte was selected by the Democratic National Committee as the location for their national convention over the objections of unions, nationally. North Carolina is a right-to-work state, but it isn’t for lack of trying. The SEIU and other large unions have been fighting for card check legislation for the last several years.
Update 1:48 p.m EDT
The good people over at NC Americans for Prosperity are joking on Twitter that they have an office pool on how many times potus says investments when he means wealth redistribution.
Update 1:53 p.m. EDT Obama has taken stage telling unfunny jokes about how he has aged since visiting Cree when he was running for office.
Obama is standing in front of backdrop “Jobs Council – President’s Council on Jobs…” He says Cree has “doubled in efficiency just since my visit 3 years ago.” Says he’s helping to lead a comeback in clean energy revolution.
News 14 Carolina, a Time-Warner only channel reports Obama was last in the state when he visited Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC in December 2010.
Update: 2:01 p.m. EDT This “speech” is being carried on national television such as Fox News and CNN. No need to blog the details of the speech. However, we will continue to bring you behind the scenes reports.
Update: 2:05 p.m. EDT Fox News has cut their coverage but you can find all of it on their website, streaming live.
While Obama discusses “Smart Grid” technology, my poor mother-in-law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina feels certain that her power company is going to cut her power in the middle of the day or night. She recently received a letter from her power company saying they now have the power to cut her power if she used too much during peak time periods. This woman will not use a dish washer, uses barely any air conditioner due to poor circulation, and only washes clothes at night. She’s the type of customer any power company would love. They should, in fact, use her as their poster child. Yet, they send her threatening letters.
The poor woman calls KCC’s family terrified, thanks to this smart grid technology. It’s along the lines of Democrats scaring old people, making them think that Republicans are going to take away their social security.
Update: 2:11 p.m. EDT Obama says he’s optimistic about our future. He cites the positive example (ha ha) of the automotive companies coming back from virtual death just two years ago.
Update: 2:12 EDT Obama ends his speech with no questions. ”Hail to the Chief” plays and the president leaves the stage. Looks like time for clogged Interstate 40 East, from the Research Triangle Park exists to the Raleigh-Durham airport.
Your blogger finds it amazing that zero mention was made by any of the Television channels or commentators about the stimulus money that Cree took or the Incentives that Cree took from our state. What a shame. Of course they can add a third line and work 24 hours a day now. All of our money made it possible. For you who don’t even live in North Carolina, Cree thanks you from the bottom of their heart!
This blogger is glad she doesn’t have to fly out until Thursday. KCC is headed to Right Online, but that’s another story! This ends the live blogging portion of the visit.
On Monday, President Barack H. Obama is scheduled to visit Cree in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He plans to discuss jobs and the economy and we can be sure he’ll take credit for any successes and blame the Republicans for all failures. The man does not understand how to accept responsibility, nor does he know that by keeping his greedy administration’s hands off, businesses of all sizes can flourish and attract more jobs.
In the latest sign Obama’s economic policies have failed, unemployment ticked up for the second month in a row to 9.1% while job growth plummeted to an 8 month low.
As the Grand Old Party often says, “Hope still isn’t hiring in America”
The President calls the current status of our economy a temporary “bump in the road” but it looks as if we are heading towards a dead end.
- Debt is at $14.3 Trillion
- Unemployment is at 9.1%
- 43 cents borrowed for every dollar we spend.
- 2.5 million jobs lost under Obama
- Unemployment ticked up for the 2nd month in a row
Even Democrats have noticed Obama’s lack of business acumen.
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said ”I do think that President Obama has had a bit of a tin ear as far as the business community goes.”
He’ll cite Cree as a model of success but he won’t mention that the company took corporate welfare (a.k.a. government incentives), just to stay in North Carolina. He won’t mention the fact that Cree was ready to abandon the Old North State just as soon as the government’s (i.e. taxpayer’s) money stopped flowing.
Yes, Cree has done some amazing things with the solid state lighting technologies they pioneered. They invented virtually the first commercially viable blue LED. But paying them money to stay in North Carolina should NEVER have happened. This blogger doesn’t care that every other company is at the taxpayer trough. Cree is successful enough to stand on its own.
Meanwhile, the North Carolina Republican Party has released an ad “welcoming” Mr. Obama to North Carolina. The Democratic National Committee sees NC as a key state in 2012 and this blogger expects to see more of him. Each time he comes, we will be sure to roll out the welcome mat. KCC cannot wait until the Democratic National Convention. We’ll be there and will be bringing it all to you.
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