Friday, November 6, 2009

CAN YOU GET TO D.C. ON SATURDAY???? KNOW SOMEONE WHO CAN?

From Tea Party Patriots:


Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,

Thank you for your generous monetary donations this past week. We have raised over half of the funds for the Farmer Relief and Freedom Relay. That is enough to launch us. Once the checks are in, we may still send one more fund raising email out next week.

In the meantime, this maybe the craziest email you have ever received. The work we did around the country and in DC yesterday was powerful and instrumental. There were over 50,000 of you in DC in less than a week's notice. The lines outside the Congressional Office Buildings to pass through security were at or near historic levels.

The votes in favor of health care reform are fewer today than they were when we woke up yesterday morning. We are making a difference. But it still may not be enough yet.

Congressman King and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann called me this afternoon to specifically make a plea to you, the Tea Party Patriots. The Congressmen are concerned that we hit a crescendo and they want to make sure that our efforts were not in vain. We all know how much is at stake.

So, here is what these 2 Congressmen are asking Tea Party Patriots who are within driving distance of DC to do: come back tomorrow, Saturday, November 7 at 1:00 pm. Yes, I am as exhausted as you. I just got back to Atlanta and am now going to be back in DC tomorrow. Yes, I wonder why they did not just call this morning so I could stop those of you who were in DC from California, Illinois and other places and you could stay one more night.

Here is the plan and is going to sound crazy. The plan is for us to literally surround the Capitol and to make a lot of noise doing it. A LOT OF NOISE. So, bring your musical instruments, trumpets, boom boxes, snare drums, cymbals, noise makers, bag pipes, boat horns and even your crying babies. We are going to make sure they hear us NOW!!!! You I'm only joking about the crying babies. The longer we can postpone the vote on health care, the better chance we have of stopping the government from taking it over.

If there is anyway for you to drive or fly to DC and be there at 1:00 eastern, please reply to tppyes@gmail.com to let me know. If you can be there within a 4 - 6 hour drive or a 1 - 2 hour flight, consider making this sacrifice one more time.

Our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. They made it possible for us to make our voices heard with the gift they left to us: the Constitution. Many, many of us have sacrificed time out of our lives, our fortunes whether large or small, and are promising our sacred honor to protect the Constitution and our way of government for future generations. As much as I want to tell these two Congressmen they are crazy to ask us to do this, I realize that Tea Party Patriots has been fighting this issue since May. If it comes down to this scheduled vote tomorrow night and the health care bill passes the House by 8 or less votes and I had not made this plea to you, I will always wonder "what if?"

We are so close to turning the tide in the House of Representatives. Please join me again tomorrow as we make ourselves heard louder and louder and louder with our voices and instruments and other noise makers.

If you cannot be there (and we truly understand if you cannot), here is what you can do:
  • Call the Congressmen listed below in your state and tell them to vote no. Tell them a vote yes on this bill will be viewed as betrayal to the Constitution.
  • Forward this email to anyone you know who might be able to drive or fly to DC tomorrow or who will be willing to make phone calls
  • Listen live on Tea Party Patriots Blog Talk Radio

Your Fellow Patriot,
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots, National Coordinator
jennybethm@gmail.com
770-878-1550

P.S. Many of you have expressed concern because the event in DC yesterday turned into a partisan love fest. Know that yesterday's event was a press conference. Tea Party Patriots as an organization was not invited to join this press conference specifically. Tea Party Patriots did not plan the event. We did not invite ourselves to be on the agenda.

When you the grassroots told us you were going, we made sure to be there to assist you in contacting your Congressmen and navigating the House Office Buildings.

I have a personal, verbal commitment from both Congressman King and Congresswoman Bachmann that it will not be that way tomorrow. The next few days, our focus must be health care. We will address partisan politics in the coming weeks after dealing with health care. Be assured this is your movement. The other National Coordinators and I will do all we can to protect your movement for you. We will ensure that Tea Party Patriots' agenda stays focused on the core principles that unified us on April 15th, July 4th, July 17th, in August, and on September 12. The are fiscal responsibility, Constitutionally limited government, and free markets.
Targeted House of Representative Members
Rep. Michael Arcuri, New York 24th
http://arcuri.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3665, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-1891
Local Office Number: (315) 252-2777/2778, Local Fax Number: (315) 252-2779

Rep. John Boccieri, Ohio, 16th
http://boccieri.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3876, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3059
Local Office Number: (330) 489-4414, Local Fax Number: (330) 489-4448

Rep. Allen Boyd, Florida, 2nd
http://boyd.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5235, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5615
Local Office Number: (850) 561-3979, Local Fax Number: (850) 681-2902

Rep. Christopher Carney, Pennsylvania, 16th
http://carney.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3731, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-9594
Local Office Number: (570) 585-9988, Local Fax Number: (570) 585-9977

Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, Virginia, 11th
http://connolly.house.gov/index.html
DC Office Number: (202) 225-1492 DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3071
Local Office Number: (703) 256-3071, Local Fax Number: (703) 354-1284

Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas 28th
http://cuellar.house.gov/
DC Office Number: 202-225-1640, DC Fax Number: 202-225-1641
Local Office Number: (210) 271-2851, Local Fax Number: (210) 277-6671

Rep. Steve Driehaus, Ohio, 1st
http://driehaus.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2216, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3012
Local Office Number: (513) 684-2723, Local Fax Number: (513) 421-8722

Rep. Chet Edwards, Texas, 17th
http://edwards.house.gov/
DC Office Number: 202-225-6105, DC Fax Number: Fax: 202-225-0350
Local Office Number: (979) 691-8797, Local Fax Number: (979) 691-8939

Rep. Brad Ellsworth, Indiana, 8th
http://www.ellsworth.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4636, DC Office Fax: (202) 225-3284
Local Office Number: (812) 465-6484, Local Fax Number: (812) 422-4761

Rep. Bob Etheridge, North Carolina, 2nd
http://etheridge.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4531
Local Office Number: (919) 829-9122

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona, 8th
http://giffords.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2542, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-0378
Local Office Number: (520) 881-3588, Local Fax Number: (520) 322-9490

Rep. Deborah "Debbie" Halvorson, Illinois, 11th
http://halvorson.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3635, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3521
Local Office Number: (815) 726-4998, Local Fax Number: (815) 726-8024

Rep. Paul W. Hodes, New Hampshire, 2nd
http://hodes.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5206, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-2946
Local Office Phone: (603) 223-9814, Local Fax Number: (603) 223-9819

Rep. Jay Inslee, Washington, 1st
http://www.house.gov/inslee/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-6311, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-1606
Local Office Number: (360) 598-2342, Local Fax Number: (360) 598-3650

Rep. Paul Kanjorski, Pennsylvania, 11th
http://kanjorski.house.gov/
DC Office Number: 202-225-6511, DC Fax Number: 202-225-0764
Local Office Number: 570-825-2200, Local Fax Number: 570-825-8685

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Ohio, 9th
http://www.kaptur.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4146, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-7711
Local Office Number: (419) 259-7500, Local Fax Number: (419) 255-9623

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona, 1st
http://kirkpatrick.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2315, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-9739
Local Office Number: (928) 226-6914, Local Fax Number: (928) 226-2876

Rep. Ron Klein, Florida, 22nd
http://www.klein.house.gov/index.html
DC Office Number: (202) 225.3026, DC Fax Number: (202) 225.8398
Local Office Number: (561) 544-6910, Local Fax Number: (561) 544-2864

Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, Florida, 24th
http://www.kosmas.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2706, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-6299
Local Office Number: (407) 208-1106, Local Fax Number: (407) 208-1108

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio 10th
http://kucinich.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5871
Local Office Number: (216) 228-8850

Rep. Jim Langevin, Rhode Island, 2nd
http://langevin.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2735, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5976
Local Office Number: (401) 732-9400, Local Fax Number: (401) 737-2982

Rep. Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts, 9th
http://www.house.gov/lynch/
DC Office Number: 202-225-8273, DC Fax Number: 202-225-3984
Local Office Number: 617-428-2000, Local Office Fax: 617-428-2011

Rep. Daniel B. Maffei, New York, 25th
http://maffei.house.gov/
DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3701, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-4042
Local Office Number: (315) 423-5657, Local Fax Number: (315) 423-5669

Rep. Ed Markey, Massachusetts, 7th
http://markey.house.gov/
DC Office Number: 202-225-2836
Local Office Number: 781-396-2900

Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, West Virginia, 1st
http://www.mollohan.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4172, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-7564
Local Office Number: (304) 292-3019, Local Fax Number: (304) 292-3027

Rep. John Murtha, Pennsylvania, 12th
http://www.murtha.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2065, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5709
Local Office Number: (814) 535-2642, Local Fax Number: (814) 539-6229

Rep. Glenn C. Nye III, Virginia, 2nd
http://nye.house.gov/index.html
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4215, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-4218
Local Office Number: (757) 326-6201, Fax: (757) 326-6209

Rep. Tom Perriello, Virginia, 5th
http://perriello.house.gov/index.html
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4711, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5681
Local Office Number: (434) 293-9631, Local Fax Number: (434) 293-9632

Rep. Gary Peters, Michigan, 9th
http://peters.house.gov/index.html
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5802, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-2356
Local Office Number: (248) 273-4227, Local Fax Number: (248) 273-4704

Rep. Nick Rahall, West Virginia, 3rd
http://www.rahall.house.gov/index.html
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3452
Local Office Number: (304) 325-6222

Rep. Laura Richardson, California, 37th
http://richardson.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-7924, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-7926
District Office Number: (202) 225-7924, District Fax Number: (202) 225-7926

Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, Texas 23rd
http://www.rodriguez.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4511, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-2237
Local Office Number: (830) 757-8398, Local Fax Number: (830) 752-1893

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland, 2nd
http://dutch.house.gov/
DC Office Number: 202-225-3061, DC Fax Number: 202-225-3094
Local Office Number: 410-628-2701, Local Fax Number: 410-628-2708

Rep. Linda Sanchez, California, 39th
http://lindasanchez.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-6676
Local Office Number: (562) 860-5050

Rep. Kurt Schrader, Oregon, 5th
http://schrader.house.gov/index.html
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5711, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5699
Local Office Number: (503) 588-9100, Local Fax Number: (503) 588-5517

Rep. David Scott, Georgia, 13th
http://davidscott.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2939, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-4628
Local Office Number: (770) 210-5073, Local Fax Number: (770) 210-5673

Rep. Adam Smith, Washington, 9th
http://adamsmith.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-8901
Local Office Number: (253) 593-6600, Local Fax Number: (253) 593-6776

Rep. Peter Visclosky, Indiana, 1st
http://www.house.gov/visclosky/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2461, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-2493
Local Office Number: (219) 795-1844, DC Fax Number: (219) 795-1850

Rep. David Wu, Oregon, 1st
http://www.house.gov/wu/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-0855, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-9497
Local Office Number: (503) 326-2901, Local Fax Number: (503) 326-5066

Rep. John Adler, New Jersey 3rd
http://adler.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4765, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-0778
Local Office Number: (732) 608-7235, Local Fax Number: (732) 608-7268

Rep. Jason Altmire, Pennsylvania 4th
http://www.altmire.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2565, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-2274
Local Office Number: (724) 378-0928, Local Fax Number: (724) 378-6171

Rep. Brian Baird, Washington 3rd
http://www.baird.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3536, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-2478
Local Office Number: (360) 695-6292, Local Fax Number: (360) 695-6197

Rep. John Barrow, Georgia 12th
http://www.barrow.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2823, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3377
Local Office Number: (706) 722-4494, Local Fax Number: (706) 722-4496

Rep. Melissa Bean, Illinois 8th
http://www.house.gov/bean/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3711, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-7830
Local Office Number: (847) 517-2927, Local Fax Number: (847) 517-2931

Rep. Marion Berry, Arkansas 1st
http://www.house.gov/berry/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4076, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5602
Local Office Number: (870) 972-4600, Local Fax Number: (870) 972-4605

Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia 9th
http://www.boucher.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3861, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-0442
Local Office Number: (276) 628-1145

Rep. Dennis Cardoza, California 18th
http://www.house.gov/cardoza/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-6131, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-0819
Local Office Number: (209) 383-4455, Local Fax Number: (209) 726-1065

Rep. Travis Childers, Mississippi 1st
http://childers.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4306, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3549
Local Office Number: (662) 841-8808, Local Fax Number: (662) 841-8845

Rep. Jim Costa, California 20th
http://www.house.gov/costa/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3341, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-9308
Local Office Number: (559) 495-1620, Local Fax Number: (559) 495-1027

Rep. Artur Davis, Alabama 7th
http://www.house.gov/arturdavis/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2665, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-9567
Local Office Number: (205) 752-5380, Local Fax Number: (205) 752-5899

Rep. Joe Donnelly, Indiana 2nd
http://donnelly.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3915, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-6798
Local Office Number: (574) 288-2780, Local Fax Number: (574) 288-2825

Rep. Parker Griffith, Alabama 5th
http://griffith.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4801, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-4392
Local Office Number: (256) 551-0190, Local Fax Number: (256) 551-0194

Rep. Baron Hill, Indiana 9th
http://baronhill.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5315, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-6866
Local Office Number: (812) 288-3999, Local Fax Number: (812) 288-3873

Rep. Steve Kagen, Wisconsin 8th
http://kagen.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5655, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5729
Local Office Number: (920) 437-1954, Local Fax Number: (920) 437-1978

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, Illinois 3rd
http://www.lipinski.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5701, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-1012
Local Office Number: (312) 886-0481, Local Fax Number: (773) 767-9395

Rep. Jim Marshall, Georgia 8th
http://jimmarshall.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-6531, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3013
Local Office Number: (478) 464-0255, Local Fax Number: (478) 464-0277

Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah 2nd
http://www.house.gov/matheson/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3011, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5638
Local Office Number: (801) 486-1236, Local Fax Number: (801) 486-1417

Rep. Michael E. McMahon, New York 13th
http://mcmahon.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3371, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-1272
Local Office Number: (718) 351-1062, Local Fax Number: (718) 980-0768

Rep. Michael Michaud, Maine 2nd
http://michaud.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-6306, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-2943
Local Office Number: (207) 942-6935, Local Fax Number: (207) 942-5907

Rep. Harry Mitchell, Arizona 5th
http://mitchell.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2190
Local Office Number: (480) 946-2411

Rep. Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota 7th
http://collinpeterson.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2165, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-1593
Local Office Number: (218) 847-5056

Rep. Mike Ross, Arkansas 4th
http://ross.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3772, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-1314
Local Office Number: (870) 881-0681, Local Fax Number: (870) 881-0683

Rep. Ike Skelton, Missouri 4th
http://www.house.gov/skelton/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-2876
Local Office Number: (816) 228-4242

Rep. Bart Stupak, Michigan 1st
http://www.house.gov/stupak/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-4735, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-4744
Local Office Number: (906) 786-4504, Local Fax Number: (906) 786-4534

Rep. Gene Taylor, Mississippi 4th
http://www.house.gov/genetaylor/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-5772, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-7074
Local Office Number: (228) 864-7670, Local Fax Number: (228) 864-3099
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American citizens living abroad forced to buy health insurance or pay the fine under Pelosi's plan - Updated

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My friend, who is a Fulbright Scholar conducting research in Taiwan, informed me today that as currently written, the individual mandates in HR 3962 apply to American citizens living abroad. For my friend, this means that although he is covered by Taiwan's national health insurance, he will be forced to purchase an American "qualified" plan or pay the 2.5% tax. This is yet another disturbing element of the totally delusional Nancy Pelosi and her kamikazi-like "leadership." God help us all.

My friend's letter is below.

I read through H.R. 3962, looking for an answer to this question, and I go into all the details about the text of the legislation at the end of this email. But here's the executive summary:

1. In the process of reading this legislation, I noticed references to additional legislation in section 501 (d)(2)(A) and 501 (d)(2)(B) that were incomplete (currently located around page 301 of the bill). I've only looked at a few pages of the bill. My concern is that this bill is still incomplete, and it would be extremely prudent for voting to be delayed until after everyone has had time to finish writing it, not to mention allowing time for you and your colleagues to read through the whole piece of legislation on Rep. McDermott's behalf.

2. There are currently about 50,000 Americans living in Taiwan alone, and hundreds of thousands of Americans study abroad every year. I'm concerned that under H.R. 3962, a substantial number of American citizens living abroad are going to find themselves forced to pay for medical coverage that they neither need nor want. While the legislation allows the Health Secretary to consider individual cases, in practice this won't happen giving such a high volume of potential petitions. My concern, therefore, is that a substantial number of middle-class Americans who may temporarily go abroad to work would have an incentive not to return to the United States under this legislation, in order to avoid the tax (see the specific sections of the bill and tax code below for why I think this is so.)

It might therefore make sense to either lower the required amount of time to live abroad before an American is considered having "acceptable coverage", or lower the tax for Americans living abroad. My concern is that anything else is going to create economic incentives for some of our best people to take their talent abroad, and that's not good for our economy, especially now.

So if I could make a specific suggestion for an amendment to H.R. 3962, I would ask that the tax for lack of "acceptable coverage" be waived for Americans living abroad for more than 60 days. This would eliminate those perverse economic incentives, while still making it unlikely that people would try to evade the tax by leaving the country (traveling for two months is costly!). I say "60 days" because I recall that many study-abroad programs are for one semester or for ten to twelve weeks during the summer. The bottom line: We don't want to force talent away from our shores.

I sincerely hope that Rep. McDermott could raise some of these issues during the debate this week.

Here's my reading of H.R. 3962 and the law it references:

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Division A, Subtitle IV, Subtitle A, section 401 covers "Individual Responsibility," and related to this is Title V, Part I, Subpart A, section 501 which covers a "Tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage."

(Section 401 simply says to look to Section 501 for language for an amendment to Section 59B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.)

Section 501 introduces language for that amendment, and I think that's where we have to look to answer the question about Americans living abroad. Part (c)(3) of that section covers "Americans Living Abroad," and refers me to section 911(D) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and says that I'm considered having "acceptable coverage" if I qualify under either of the two definitions in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of section 1.

So far, so good. Here's the text from that tax code which I pulled off Cornell University's Web site:

"(d) Definitions and special rules
For purposes of this section—
(1) Qualified individual
The term “qualified individual” means an individual whose tax home is in a foreign country and who is—
(A) a citizen of the United States and establishes to the satisfaction of the Secretary that he has been a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period which includes an entire taxable year, or
(B) a citizen or resident of the United States and who, during any period of 12 consecutive months, is present in a foreign country or countries during at least 330 full days in such period."

The IRS definition of "tax home" is pretty clear (IRS Publication 17). Basically just about anyone who goes abroad to live or work has their tax home abroad.

So the answer to my question is now clear: as a Fulbright researcher in Taiwan for nine months and covered under Taiwan's National Health Insurance plan, under H.R. 3962 I would be required to have "acceptable coverage" in the United States or pay a tax of 2.5% of my income, because my tax home is in Taiwan but I am not living there for more than 330 consecutive days. There's therefore an incentive for me to extend my stay for a few more months.

There's one possibility, however: subpart (d) of section 501 of H.R. 3962 defines "acceptable coverage" and gives an option for "other coverage" in subparagraph (H): "Such other health benefits coverage as the Health Secretary, in coordination with the Health Choices Commissioner, recognizes for purposes of this subsection." I can't imagine that getting forced for very many special cases, however -- it would require too much overhead.

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Update: Another blogger - an American citizen living abroad - has posted on this issue as well, here and here.

Money Quote of the Day

"Our government has grown from just over $120 billion budget in the mid 1960 to nearly $3.7 trillion today. We transfer well over $1 trillion dollars a year in redistributive policies to “fight poverty” – yet despite spending untold trillions – our poverty rate has remained nearly constant over those 40 years at 14%.

In other words, government never so much solves our problems as much as it institutionalizes them. In the case of poverty, it does so by providing nearly countless benefits to those without work and then keeps them on the dole by taking away their benefits if their private income rises. Faced with a choice of “free” benefits or earned income, government induces millions to remain dependant."

VOTE TOMORROW! CALL/FAX TODAY!!!

Please call and/or fax the Freedom Works 21 targeted Representatives TODAY!!!

Find their contact information here.

One interesting question that Jim Geraghty at National Review brings up is, will these Democrats that know they stand to lose in the next election go ahead and make the plunge anyway? Will they vote for Pelosi's bill knowing that if they do, conservatives will kick them out, and if they don't, then liberals and conservatives will kick them out?

This is what I am afraid of... so, when you call these Blue Dogs, tell them that if they vote no, that you will support them next year. Tell them to take a stand. I don't mind a conservative Democrat in the house - if they behave like one. Tell them to act like the conservative Democrats they purported to be, and they'll be able to count on conservative support next year.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

URGENT! CALL, FAX, EMAIL RIGHT NOW!!

To see the info about Operation House Call and numbers to use, go here.

And more:

NOW IS THE TIME TO MELT EVERY LINE OF COMMUNICATION - DC first, then locally. FLOOD these offices with messages!

Rep. Jay Inslee, Washington, 1st
http://www.house.gov/inslee/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-6311, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-1606
Local Office Number: (360) 598-2342, Local Fax Number: (360) 598-3650

Rep. Adam Smith, Washington, 9th
http://adamsmith.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-8901
Local Office Number: (253) 593-6600, Local Fax Number: (253) 593-6776

Rep. Brian Baird, Washington 3rd
http://www.baird.house.gov/
DC Office Number: (202) 225-3536, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-2478
Local Office Number: (360) 695-6292, Local Fax Number: (360) 695-6197

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

OPERATION HOUSE CALL!! Important information!

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 5th is Operation House Call. This means you all need to get yourselves to your congressional district offices and deliver your handwritten letters about health care and cap and trade if you have extra energy!

One bit of ammo you can use: the Congressional Budget Office just released a report stating that the GOP health care reform bill (a mere 230 pages) will indeed decrease health care costs and premiums, and decrease the deficit without raising taxes. Unlike the monstrosity that is the Democrats' bill, HR 3962, now over 2,000 pages with the manager's amendment.

If you cannot get to an office, please, please make phone calls to the district offices, Blue Dog Democrats, the White House, and the congressional offices in D.C.

For the names of targeted officials, phone numbers, and fax numbers go here. For more general info on Operation House Call go here. For your weekly to do list go here.

*I corrected the house bill number

Joe Biden No Longer Coming to Seattle

I spoke with my contact at the SPD and he confirmed, after meeting with the Secret Service today, that the fundraiser with Joe Biden has been canceled. This means we will NOT be rallying on Friday at the Westin. Use the time instead to make visits to your congressional district offices or to call/email/fax them about the health care debacle.

One bit of ammo you can use: the Congressional Budget Office just released a report stating that the GOP health care reform bill (a mere 230 pages) will indeed decrease health care costs and premiums, and decrease the deficit without raising taxes.

Take that big gov't groupies.

Operation House Call and Joe Biden Comes to Seattle!

Remember:

Thursday, November 5th
Go to your representative's as well as senators' district offices on Thursday. You can go any time during business hours that they are open. Bring your handwritten letters with you! This is SO important! If we can have a steady stream of people going in all day long, we will have made a great statement. If you cannot visit an office, then call and/or fax the offices.

Friday, November 6th
Joe Biden is coming to Seattle to fundraise for Patty Murray. They will be at the Westin in downtown Seattle on 5th Avenue and we will be there to meet them. We aim to be there from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please bring signs and pass the word around!

What are you doing today to fight for your health care?

Have you called? Have you faxed? Have you emailed? What have you done today to fight health care DEform? Hmmmmmm???

Click here for a spreadsheet with all of the Blue Dogs' phone numbers and almost everyone else you would want to call. They are labeled by their committee memberships and whether or not they are a Blue Dog.

If you're thinking that other people have called so you don't need to - STOP! Get on the phone, get out that piece of paper, and CALL and FAX Congress. Today!

Tea Party Patriots and Americans for Prosperity are running "Operation House Call" and you can also find phone numbers and fax numbers for targeted representatives and senators here.

DO IT!!!

Below is some great info I got from a friend (who I think got it from Doc Hastings) and I am posting it now for your information.

Today the Republican Leader John Boehner introduced the GOP alternative health care proposal.
Bill Text
Top Line Messages About the Bill
Other Republican Solutions to Health Reform


This morning the Democrats also released their “manager’s amendment” text. This is an amendment that is on top of the 1,990 page, $1.2 trillion+ dollar bill released earlier. As you probably have heard, since Speaker Pelosi has promised the American public 72 hours to read the amendment and the bill before a vote, this means in terms of timing that there will not be a vote before early Saturday morning.
Bill Text
Manager’s Amendment
Full Summary of the Underlying Legislation
Cost of Democrat Bill Likely to End Up Greater Than $1.2 Trillion

Following introduction of the Democrat health bill Members and analysts have been going over the bill page by page to find out how it will affect Americans with and without health coverage. The links below attempt to break out the bill’s effects on different segments of the population.
Affect on Businesses
Affect on Low-Income Households
Affect on Patients and Doctors
Affect on Rural America
Affect on Seniors
Affect on States
Affect on Women and Families
Affect on Young Americans

I also wanted to point out some of the major problems economically with the bill regarding taxes and bending the cost curve the wrong direction.
Budget Committee Analysis of the Democrat Health Bill
Tax Analysis of the Democrat Health Bill

There have also been several solid news stories and commentary out today that discuss the ongoing debate. I have linked some of them below for your reading pleasure.

Miami Herald
Republicans have a much better plan

The Washington Post
Health bills too timid on cutting costs, experts say
Senate moderates flex muscle on health-care bill
What the experts say about controlling spending

The House's better health-reform option
Making the young pay for health reform


Wall Street Journal
Democrats See Health-Care Timetable Slipping
Plan Creates New Program to Pay for Long-Term Care
What Women Want on Health Care

Investor’s Business Daily
Unhealthy Taxes
Some Cost Fix

New York Times
Health Bills Aim a Light on Doctors’ Conflicts
New York Times – G.O.P. Counters With a Health Plan of Its Own

Bloomberg
Health Measure May Block Higher Tax Credit for Paper Companies

Politico
Even safe Democrats feeling at risk

Roll Call
Friday House Vote Slipping
Groups Prepare for Insurance Hit

The Hill
Democrats: Abortion compromise does not break 72-hour promise
Democrats file final House health bill; Friday vote possible
Senate Dems eyeing earlier enactment for healthcare reform


Los Angeles Times
Abortion language complicates Democratic health efforts

Monday, November 2, 2009

We Will Never Give Up

Hey everyone! I have not been blogging much as I have been organizing a lot and haven't had much time to just sit down and write. Over the last few days I've had a lot of those moments where I have felt like an observer, just watching the world around me. I went to the Sounders game and saw 35,000 people enjoying themselves regardless of ideology or political affiliation, and more than that, I saw 35,000 people that lived in a place that allowed them the privilege of just kicking back, relaxing and having fun. I thought about the money that everyone earned to buy their tickets; I thought of the security and safety we all felt, with no worries about suicide bombers and crazy things like that; I thought of the pure enjoyment and leisure that allowed 35,000 people to take a break from everything else in their lives.

I had a lot of moments like that this past week and a half. Moments where I stopped as the world turned around me, and I just relished this place, my country, the U.S.A. We live in the most amazing place in the world, and these moments were bittersweet as I fully felt the exceptionalism of this place, and simultaneously felt the weight of the efforts of people like Pelosi, Reid, and Obama on my shoulders. Am I going to wake up next week in a wholly different country? Are the children that I someday want to have going to look upon the freedoms that I have enjoyed as mere folk tales? Are my parents going to be told in 5 or 10 years that they are no longer worth the cost to "the collective" and should therefore just take the pain pill?

I am an optimist most of the time, and no matter how much I say to myself that I just won't fight any more, if such and such happens, I know that's not true. It's not in my nature. They can't have this country and they can't have our future. Regardless of what criminal legislation they pass and sign into law. They will never win the soul of this country or its people so long as there are folks like you and me who will never give up.

It is in this spirit that I invite you to throw yourself into the activities and action items happening this week and beyond. Please go to http://teapartywa.org to see what you can do each day this week.

Check out the Freedom Works Virtual War Room as well, and stay tuned for more events, including a cross-country fundraiser for the farmers of the Central Valley in California - the first victims in the USA of government sponsored eco-tyranny.