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The Heritage Foundation announced Thursday that U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will become the next president of the organization. He takes over for Edwin J. Feulner, the man who first envisioned the think tank in 1973 and has led it as president for the past 36 years.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s own website,
Under his leadership, Heritage helped launch missile defense under President Ronald Reagan and welfare reform under President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich. During the past four years, Heritage has led a principled fight against Obamacare and has taken a lead in advancing the case for entitlement reform.
The American Conservative Union’s Al Al Cardenas congratulated Senator DeMint:
With a lifetime ACU Rating of over 97%, Senator Jim DeMint has been an indispensable conservative leader in the Senate and we look forward to continuing to work with him to advance the important cause of liberty and limited government.
Whether the issue has been preserving our economic freedom, standing up for the rights of the unborn or preserving American exceptionalism and protecting our national security, Jim DeMint has been there for conservatives and the American people.
I also congratulate and thank Dr. Ed Feulner who has spent a lifetime as a giant in the conservative movement and wish him well as he remains an important intellectual leader at Heritage.”
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nation’s largest advocate for economic freedom, announced today the roll-out of a significant new effort in response to the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care law.
AFP President Tim Phillips said, “While we are deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling, this is far from over. AFP will continue to work to defeat President (Barack) Obama’s unaffordable, irresponsible, unaccountable law that burdens the American people with a crushing new tax.”
The ad begins airing today in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin.
“Not A Tax” is just one part of a multi-tiered effort that includes online activism and significant grassroots action in over a dozen states. The total budget for this effort is $9 million.
According to North Carolina’s statewide director, Dallas Woodhouse, the North Carolina portion of the ad buy is $1 million. ”This is a vital state in the upcoming national election” he told a group the Craven County taxpayers, meeting in New Bern on Thursday evening.
Ironically, on the final run day of “The Private Sector is Fine“, your blogger noticed that the Obama team had finally gotten on the air to dispute it.
Watch the ad below:
Bad news for Newt Gingrich fans. The former House speaker from Georgia just lost his top team members. According to multiple sources, campaign manager Rob Johnson, spokesman Rick Tyler, and David Carney (former advisor to Texas Governor Rick Perry) all resigned today.
The BBC wrote:
His campaign got off to a halting start when he criticised a plan popular among Republicans to slash and privatise a healthcare programme for the elderly.
Top staff were also concerned when he went on a recent cruise. Taking a vacation during the middle of a presidential campaign is generally ill-advised.
Stacy McCain, a friend of this blogger, wrote:
You’re making phone calls to volunteers in Iowa while your candidate is cruising the Aegean Sea — not exactly a moral booster for the campaign team.
Other top aides in the early primary states of South Carolina, Iowa, and New Hampshire have also quit. All cited having a “different vision” for the campaign. A total of six exited today.
In other campaign news today, whispers about a possible entry by Gov. Rick Perry continue. Could Carney’s exit from the Gingrich staff signal a jump back to Perry? Could the Texas Governor be interested in the presidency?
The early primaries begin this winter, so it’s not as far away as it may seem. Stay tuned!
An Atlanta-area union rejected its own leaderships’ campaign to strike in uncertain economic times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.
Work at the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta will go on today as machinist union workers rejected a proposed strike over a labor contract they deemed “substandard.”
On a 1,366 to 1,006 vote members of the Local 709 of the International Association of Machinists decided to stay on the job.
Many workers feel this is the worse possible time to go out on strike, due to the poor economy.
The AJC continued:
In the face of record unemployment in Georgia, union members felt their action would have made better conditions for people who might be unemployed now but could be hired in the future by Lockheed Martin.
The new contract removes pensions for new hires. The union campaigned hard for its members to vote to reject the contract, but to no avail. The old three-year contract expired on Sunday and a new three-year deal went into effect.
EDITOR’S PERSONAL NOTE: As the daughter of a union employee, this blogger remembers well those “every three-year-worries”. Would we, or would we not go on strike?
Striking meant the embarrassment of being on free lunches at school in front of all class mates. It also meant KCC went to the front of the lunch line with the other “free lunch kids”. To avoid this, KCC either brought her lunch each day, or paid for it out of her babysitting money. At H. J. McDonald Junior High, if you only wanted a salad, they put you at the front of the line, so in a pinch, your blogger could get a salad with her free lunch ticket and no one else would know.
KCC’s mother and father worked very hard and saved and their daughter never wanted for anything. They also taught her the value of hard work and KCC started working at age 11.
However, during strikes, her parents felt that as hard working taxpayers, they, too had the same rights to free lunches as the “welfare mothers” had for their kids. KCC didn’t care. It was an embarrassment to be in Junior High and to have to get a free lunch.
Hat Tip: http://www.laborunionreport.com
My blogger pal, George Scoville, reminded me of this great video that the Heritage Foundation has posted called Collective Bargining 101. It explains the difference between public and private unions in the realm of collective bargaining.
So far, we in North Carolina, have been lucky to have avoided collective bargaining by public unions. However our friends over at the State Employees Association of North Carolina, a union now affiliated with SEIU, are seeking to repeal G.S.§ 95-98 and to enact legislation permitting collective bargaining by North Carolina public employees.
Public employees are those whose salaries are funded by our tax dollars and their leadership tends to forget this.
Scoville also mentions the bill currently in the Tennessee state legislature that would strip teachers’ unions of their collective bargaining rights.
Check out the Video Below:
OTHER GREAT LINKS ON UNIONS THIS WEEK:
Stacy McCain has an Update on the Ohio Unions
The Wall Street Journal: A Union Education – What Wisconsin Reveals about public workers and political power
Caffeinated Thoughts: The Untold Story of (Iowa) State Government
Gateway Pundit: Wisconsin Tea Party members Plan ”Its Time to Take Out The Trash Day” (video)
and finally, my “right wing sparkle“, and fellow Smart Girl,
Kathleen McKinley: The New Tone Seems to Be Incivility
UPDATE: ANOTHER EDUCATIONAL UNION VIDEO
Here is another video we found on You Tube. Let us know what you think! We do not endorse the title and had nothing to do with the making of it.
We haven’t gotten gas in the last few days, but we are seeing outrageous reports of those higher prices at the pump. Who knows what the prices will be tomorrow?
Dr. Bill Smith, a friend of KCC, from Arkansas, has an excellent report on his blog, ARRA News Service. He was an early blogging mentor and he spends up to 80 hours per week on his work.
Check out what he has to say on the situation in Barack and a Hard Place, How Much Disdain Will He Show?
Naturally, the higher our gas prices rise in North Carolina, the more revenue the state takes in and the more money taxpayers lose. If possible, buy gas in Virginia. Additionally, South Carolina advertises it’s lower gas prices along the North Carolina’s border counties. (Not sure on our neighbors in Georgia or in Tennessee but Tennessee has a reputation as one of the lowest taxed states in the nation.)
Meanwhile, we must all contact our state legislators and ask them to do what they can to help lower gas prices in NC, by giving us a tax holiday or just getting rid of certain gas taxes forever.
We all know this will be a tall order. The new GOP NC General Assemblywas elected to fix the mess that the liberals left after having a spending party.
But we can still contact our members of the NC General Assembly and encourage them. Who wants to continue paying high gas taxes? It’s one of the most regressive taxes we have.
Liberals have been opposed to Voter ID legislation in North Carolina since its introduction this session. They cite figures stating that one million voters do not have a state-issued identification. They use statistics from the NC Department of Motor Vehicles that say the cost to issue an official ID would cost $20 per person, or $20 million total.
Enter Joseph Coletti of the John Locke Foundation. Writing on the Locker Room blog, Coletti cites research from a collegue who says
Issuing free photo IDs to voters could cost North Carolina less than $30,000 a year.
Could the NC DMV been wasting tax dollars? Could they be inflating the cost of producing State-issued IDs?
Have you ever wondered what you can do to prevent President Barack Obama, Beverly Perdue, David Price, Brad Miller, and other liberals from getting re-elected? Would you like a tool that would help you know what is going on in your area and be a part of quick mobilization?
For we conservatives, tea partiers, and liberty lovers, we have that tool! It’s called FreedomConnector and it’s sponsored by FreedomWorks one of this blogger’s favorite groups. FreedomWorks has invested a great deal into this tool and on Monday, FreedomConnect was endorsed by Glenn Beck on his show.
Your blogger joined as “Katy” and put up her photo, which is actually the logo to this blog. We also started a sub group within the Freedomworks North Carolina group, called Raleigh Freedomworkers. If you live in Raleigh or the Wake County area, you can join this and get involved/mobilized with the upcoming municipal elections this year and we’ll need to fight hard.
You can also join other groups as you see fit. Did you just move to NC but want to also keep up with what is going on back home? You can join the groups there, too. You can discuss virtually any topic and add people to your list of connections
After Beck’s endorsement, 20,000 people joined in less than 24 hours!
As Tabitha Hale, New Media Director at FreedomWorks says, ”This thing is big and it’s a game changer”. Don’t be left on the side lines.
Also, Freedomworks NC is hosting more legislative briefings but the email that went out today is incorrect. KCC will be updating this on a post as soon as we get correct information. You will be able to RSVP via FreedomConnector.
Mississippi State University graduate Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) is the first woman elected by Tennessee to the US House of Represntatives. Congressman Blackburn began her elected service career in 1998 as a Tennessee State Senator.
Blackburn’s state Senate career was marked by her commitment to fiscal common sense and government accountability. She became known to her constituents for holding “budget school” in her district and across the state; identifying waste and offering solutions for a state in a budget crunch. While serving in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax. Her CPAC speech focused on stopping so-called “Net Neutrality”.
Blackburn asked the audience to help her combat Obama’s FCC and “defend Internet freedom“, saying new regulations threaten innovation. She contended that Net Neutrality equates to nationalization of the Internet, and will even be used to chill free speech.
Blackburn mocked claims that Net Neutrality is needed to protect us from “evil corporate greed”. She compared Net Neutrality’s threat on the Internet to Obamacare’s subversion of free healthcare.
Editor’s Note: There will more more coming on Mr. Rouse, as KCC knew him, personally. For now, here is his obituary. May God comfort the Rouse family in this time of sorry, especially on such a gray, cloudy day. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with them. As you will note, he had many accomplishments, but his greatest was his family.
Frank A. Rouse, 72, of Morehead City, died Saturday, December 18, 2010, at Carteret General Hospital.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Monday at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church with Dr. Billy Seate officiating.
Mr. Rouse graduated from Moss Hill High School in Lenoir County. He served as the Senior Class President and attained the rank of Eagle Scout as a Boy Scout.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from NC State University. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon social Fraternity, and the ROTC Drum and Bugle Corp.
He organized the NCSU College Republicans and served as president of the organization. In Lenoir County, he organized and served as president of the Young Republicans, and on the Lenoir County Republican Executive Committee. In Carteret County, he also served on the Republican Executive Committee.
He was Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party when Jesse Helms was elected to the US Senate and James E. Holshouser was elected as NC Governor. He was a member of the Republican National Committee, the Southern Association of Republican State Chairmen, and the NC Republican Party Central Committee and Executive Committee.
He served as President of the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad, and Vice President of the NC Railroad. He was a member of the NC Development Council and served as Deputy Secretary of the NC Department of Transportation.
He was a veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps. He was an instrument rated, multi-engine pilot. Upon relocating to Carteret County in the early 80’s, he was a developer in Emerald Isle, helping to develop Emerald Plantation and Lands End. He owned and produced Coastal Headline News, broadcasting in Carteret, Craven, and Onslow Counties.
He was awarded a membership to the NC Republican Party Hall of Fame and a recipient of the J. E. Broyhill Award. He was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Rouse of the home; daughter, Mary Catherine Green and husband, Martin Green, III, of Raleigh; son, Franklin A. Rouse, Jr., of Leland; granddaughter, Elizabeth Jane “Liza Jane” Green of Raleigh; brother, James Earl Rouse and wife, Susan of Moss Hill,; niece, Wendy Jackson and husband, Bryan of Winston-Salem; and great-niece, Mary Elizabeth “Emmy” Jackson of Winston-Salem.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Earl Rouse, and Mary Linville Rouse; and daughter Elizabeth (Betsy) Rouse Mosley.
The family will receive friends after the service at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America,
payable to ECCBSA,
PO Box 1698
Kinston, NC 28503
or to the
Carteret General Hospital Foundation
Critical Care Unit
PO Drawer 1619
Morehead City NC 28557.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mundenfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City, NC.