Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Oxendine: "Governor Perdue Should Implement the Georgia Energy Emergency Plan!"

October 1, 2008                                                    Kathryn Ballou (404) 558-4905
Oxendine to Governor Perdue: Implement the Georgia Energy Emergency Plan
Atlanta, GA - I call upon the Governor to implement The Georgia Energy Emergency Plan. The Governor needs to consider every-other-day gas purchases and set minimum and maximum limits to prevent topping off and hoarding.
I call upon the Governor to have the Georgia State Patrol, on a rotating schedule, integrate their regular patrol duties at gas stations to both keep the peace and enforce common sense.  Georgia, in particular Atlanta, is on the national news every day.  There was a media report on one national network where an out of state driver pulled up to a station, broke in line, and filled up both his truck and his boat.  When approached by Georgia residents, he refused to stop and gloated he was going to the lake for some fun.  
This must stop.
I call upon the Governor to bring the bi-partisan leadership of Georgia together upon his return this weekend.  Georgians have asked why our taxpayer funded leaders are not meeting on this crisis as our Federal leaders have been.
I stand with the taxpayers of Georgia and call upon the Governor to convene a Georgia Leadership Summit of our state Constitutional officers, the Legislative leadership, county and local leaders and leaders from business and consumer groups.  I urge we meet at our own expense and not at taxpayer expense.
I call upon the Governor and our Georgia Congressional Delegation to invite President Bush, Speaker Pelosi, Senate Leader Reed, the Secretary of Energy and the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency to Atlanta for a Town Hall meeting with Georgians.
The real reason that Georgians face this crisis is that the Federal government, on a bi-partisan basis, has refused to allow additional refineries to be built over the past thirty years.  Due to this inept policy, Georgia taxpayers are enduring this crisis.
Georgia needs Washington D.C. to listen to and focus on our Main Street taxpayers just as much as they are on Wall Street.

John Oxendine
Oxendine Working for Georgia


Huge, mondo Congratulations are in order to my friends in Michigan!! They have been fighting hard to get a debate planned between Carl Levin and Jack Hoogendyk in the US Senate race up there.   Up to this point Levin has refused to take up  Hoogendyk on his invitation to debate the important issues.  That is UNTIL TODAY!!!  Their prayers and mine have now been answered!!!  

Monday, October 20, 2008 -- 11:30 am @ Detroit Marriott Hotel
Tickets $75

2008-2009 Season

Agenda: Network Cafe & Speaker Reception - 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Senatorial Debate

The Honorable Carl   Levin The Honorable Carl Levin 
U.S. Senator
State of Michigan
The Honorable Jack  Hoogendyk The Honorable Jack Hoogendyk 
U.S. Representative & U.S. Senatorial Candidate
State of Michigan
  • Meeting Date: Monday, October 20, 2008
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Detroit Marriott

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mike Huckabee: I'm a "Hero for the Cause!"

I am absolutely floored!  This is the latest message by Governor Mike Huckabee to his HuckPAC supporters:  

I wanted to take a moment to honor an outstanding young man who has sacrificed for the cause and contributed $100 to Huck PAC. His name is Bill from Minneapolis, MN. Bill washed dishes for a wedding of the granddaughter of Ruth  in Minneapolis. Ruth supports Senator Obama's campaign. When Ruth tried to pay Bill, he insisted that the money instead be sent directly to Huck PAC and today we received a $100 check and a note from Ruth explaining Bill's request.

Bill, thank you for your dedication to our mission.

I also wanted to thank Brian Donegan of Lawrenceville, GA who is "Walking the Extra Mile" for Huck PAC and his health. Each day of this week he is walking an extra mile and has raised $345 of his $500 goal for the PAC.

These two extraordinary members of our Huck PAC family are going above and beyond the call to help the cause and we need you to do the same.

Friends, tomorrow, September 30th marks the end of the quarter for Huck PAC and we are in need of your support. The absolute meltdown in D.C. that has occurred over the past two days proves that we need a changing of the guard. Help us fund and steer that change by contributing today to Huck PAC. Your contribution of $100, $50, or $25 will help us ensure that Wall Street no longer rules D.C. and that D.C. no longer rules Main Street. We need to put the people back in charge of Government. It is our goal to raise $25,000 today, help us do so right now by clicking here.

I hope you had the opportunity to watch my new show on Fox News this past weekend titled "Huckabee."  Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Alexis Glick, Dave Ramsey and Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro were guests as we discussed the campaign and the economy.  The show is going to be a valuable instrument of change as it will allow me to frame the debate in Washington and ensure that our conservative values are not only heard, but listened to and acted upon.

Once again, I want to thank Bill and Brian for their dedication. Heed the call and follow their lead. We need your support today if we are going to ensure that our voice is heard and that our values and principals prevail.

May God bless you and your family in these trying times.

Yours in the fight,
Mike Huckabee

P.S. If you didn't get a chance to this past weekend, be sure to check out "Huckabee," on Fox News on Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.

P.P.S.  Take a minute to vote in our poll "Do you support or oppose the bailout legislation that was rejected by the House of Representatives " and leave me a comment.  Your opinion is important to me.

John Oxendine on Georgia's Gas Crisis

September 29, 2008                                   Kathryn Ballou (404) 558-4905  


Oxendine Calls for Bi-Partisan Leadership Summit and Opposes Special Session   

Atlanta, GA - Georgia faces the reality of falling test scores, an historic gas shortage, unemployment at a historic high, a $2 billion state budget deficit, consumer bankruptcy filings that are the third highest in the nation, and another scandal at GDOT with dozens of vital projects at risk - the time for Action is now. 

One concerned Georgian has suggested we can change our official nickname from Georgia, the Peach State, to Georgia, the State of Crisis.  For many Georgians that might be all too true.

Hundreds of Georgians are calling out for help.  It is time our state government listened to them.  Governor Perdue is doing a good job, but he cannot do it all by himself. Governor Perdue did not cause this "perfect storm" and he deserves the advice and support of everyone in state and local government.

There is nothing more important than helping working class Georgians through this time of multiple crises facing Georgia.  Georgia faces a perfect storm:

Millions of Georgians understand our great state is in crisis.  This past weekend has brought unacceptable realities to the Georgia taxpayer:  

Georgia faces a grave and serious gas crisis.   

Most gas stations are out of gas. Many of those that do have gas have been forced to ration it.  

I have been to several locations across metro Atlanta observing and listening to Georgia taxpayers this past weekend.  I stopped at stations in Marietta, Chamblee, Peachtree Corners, Atlanta, Conyers and Decatur.  What I saw was a serious crisis; it demands extraordinary attention from Georgia state government.  

In Chamblee, local police had to provide oversight at a station to keep the peace and manage traffic concerns on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.  Those officers were doing an outstanding job however, while they were providing order at that station, with four local police cars which were not on patrol in Chamblee neighborhoods, there was no deterrent to petty theft and other crime in other parts of the city.  

In stations across the region, taxpayers wait for an hour or more in line only to have an attendant have to tell them the pumps have run dry while they were in line.  

In station after station, thoughtful station managers are forced to ration gas at various limits to ensure there is some gas for as many people as possible.

One media outlet reports where a gas station tucked between Lawrenceville Highway and the North DeKalb Mall, a line of cars literally followed a fuel-filled truck as it pulled into the station at around 11 am on Sunday.

Spokespeople for the various refineries cannot provide a timeline for when the gas will flow back into Georgia at normal levels.  

Media reports state Georgia has the highest gas prices in the nation.   

Unfortunately for Georgia taxpayers there are equally severe crises hitting Georgia at this exact moment in time:   

Georgia is approaching a $2 billion deficit and August state revenue figures are down 7 percent from last year.   

Georgia's unemployment rate is at a 15 year high.   

Georgia's SAT scores have fallen for the second consecutive year; Georgia now ranks 47th in the nation.  

Georgia has the third-highest rate of consumer bankruptcy filings in the country, behind Nevada and Tennessee. Consumer bankruptcies statewide increased 23 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year, according to the National Bankruptcy Research Center.   

I maintain my call for Governor Perdue to convene an Extraordinary Georgia Leadership Summitof all the statewide Constitutional officers, the bi-partisan leadership of the Georgia General Assembly, the leadership of the Georgia Association of County Commissioners, the leadership of the Georgia Municipal Association, and representatives from the Georgia business community - the Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.  

Let's meet for as long as it takes - at our personal expense - not the taxpayer's expense - and focus on these issues in a non-partisan, united way.

Georgia faces unprecedented, multiple crises - we must go beyond traditional efforts at leadership and think creatively, outside the box, and we must all work together.  

The Democrats are wrong.  Georgia does not need a Special Session of the General Assembly that will cost the taxpayers even more of their hard earned dollars in these tough economic times.  What we can do is have the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly involved on a regular basis and any Member - of either Caucus - should be most welcome to be involved - but, at their own expense - not the taxpayers.  We need to work as a team; to work as the employees to the taxpayers of Georgia and work on these issues - now.  

Now is the time.  Georgians are calling on their state government by the thousands and we must listen and lead.  I offer Governor Perdue my support and ask him to take innovative action to unite all of us to help Georgia during this crisis
John Oxendine
Oxendine Working for Georgia

Mike Huckabee Coming To Michigan October 22nd!!

The following post is too all my friends and readers in Michigan.  Governor Mike Huckabee is returning to The Great Lakes State this October to help the worthwhile cause of Jack Hoogendyk in his race to finally unseat the ultra-liberal Carl Levin!

Mike Huckabee Is Coming to Michigan!

Come Join Us For A Special Fund Raiser Honoring
U.S. Senate Candidate 
Jack Hoogendyk

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Noon till 1:30 p.m.
28125 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, Michigan

$500 Sponsorship, Luncheon and Photo
$100 per person, Luncheon

RSVP to Liz Sipfle at or
Call Liz at 48-363-1677  

Friday, September 26, 2008

Why Are We Having A Debate Tonight?

I have one simple question.  WHY ARE WE HAVING A DEBATE TONIGHT????  Our nation is in economic and financial crisis and it is not being helped that the two major Presidential candidates are sitting Senators.  As I understand it at this hour there is no solution to the problem.  The deals have not been finalized yet.  So you send the two sitting senators out to Oxford Mississippi to a debate while they should be holed up with everyone else on Capitol Hill until a consensus solution is agreed upon?!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  Yes this whole issue has been politicized all week long but it should not be up to McCain or Obama whether the debate is held.  This debate should have been postponed by the people in charge until a solution is reached on the current crisis because both of them should be a part of the solution, no matter if we agree with the solution or not.  

But hey would you expect anything less from the hate-America mainstream media (yep Fox News you are part of the problem too) that runs these debates?  This is par for the course for these morons!  Thanks a lot for being part of the problem and leaving our nation's economy and finances in a bind.  


John Oxendine: "Put Georgia Taxpayers first!"

The following is the latest press release from John Oxendine, the current Georgia Insurance Commissioner and Republican Candidate for Governor in 2010:   

September 26, 2008                         Kathryn Ballou,  (404) 558-4905


Oxendine Urges a Solution Focused on Wal-Mart - Main Street Working Georgians, Not Wall Street - D.C. Special Interests

A Statement from Commissioner John Oxendine:

Atlanta, GA - The idea of a government bailout in which we'd entrust $700 billion to one man without Congressional oversight or accountability is absurd.  

The idea that America and Georgia need a solution that is Washington D.C. and Wall Street based is just not in the best interest of the Georgia taxpayer.  Georgia taxpayers want a solution that is focused on Wal-Mart - Main Street working Georgians not Wall Street - D.C. special interests.  

What happened to the "free market" idea?   

If you are a small business owner, is this the way it works at your place? When you have a bad month, a bad year, or face having to close, can you go up to Congress and get them to write YOU a fat check to take away your risk?  

America needs a solution, but it needs one that is focused on the best interests of  the hard working taxpayers who make America what it is.  I care about the farmer in Moultrie, the dock worker in Savannah, the teacher in Roswell, the health care professional in Kennesaw, the factory worker in Dalton.  I do not care about fat cat Wall Street executives or Washington D.C. lobbyists. 

I urge Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson and the entire Georgia delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose any so called deal or solution that does not include the following:  

Repeal of the Sarbanes/Oxley law.  This law costs American businesses million of dollars in unnecessary fees.  

An elimination of ALL capital gains taxes and taxes on savings and dividends.  Free up the capital and encourage investment. This is the kind of economic stimulus the Fair Tax would bring, and if Congress is going to lose money, let them lose it with lower taxes, not with public dollar bailouts of private market mistakes.  

Apply appropriate safeguards for good mortgage risk to the "market to market" accounting provision, which is driving companies into bankruptcy unnecessarily.  

Pass a strong energy bill. Speaker Gingrich points out that if America had an extra $5 trillion in energy spending in our economy in the next ten years with a zero capital gains tax and a liberated entrepreneurial sector no longer crippled by Sarbanes-Oxley, we would generate the wealth to absorb all the current losses. Speaker Gingrich is correct on this point.

Somebody needs to be held accountable. Liberal Democrats such as, Senator Chris Dodd, who was very much involved in the Countrywide mortgage business, sweetheart loans and interest rates - what about him?  What about Barney Frank?  What about the heads of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae?   

Liberals are trying to lay the blame on the Free Market. When they talk about needing more regulation - they're telling America that the Free Market has caused this crisis.  They're telling America that capitalism is responsible.   

They are wrong.  

This is not the fault of the American people or of Free Market capitalism.  This is the fault of liberals in Washington D.C., Wall Street and special interest lobbyists in Washington, D.C.  

I stand with Georgia taxpayers who expect - demand - that any solution protect their interests and families and not Wall Street and Washington D.C.

Atta boy John!  You tell 'em! 

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Huck: "The Fleecing of the American Taxpayer"

Governor Mike Huckabee continued his strong response to the bailout proposal this evening in his latest e-mail to supporters:  

We've received am overwhelming response to my last email.  The comments my email generated were loud and clear:  we have had enough of Washington's knee-jerk big government and we want and demand a return to the conservatism our Party has championed for decades.

We also had over 500 contributors more than 300 of whom were first time supporters of Huck PAC.  Let's keep that momentum going.

If you have already responded to my email with a contribution please leave a comment on my blog because I want to hear what you think.

If you haven't yet, I strongly urge you to do so.  Even if it is for just 5 or 10 dollars you will be making a difference.  And if you can afford to 
contribute 25, 50, 75, 100 or more please do so now. 

And then after you have contributed please leave a comment on my blog post titled "The Fleecing of the American Taxpayer."

The word out of Washington this afternoon is that Congress and the Bush administration are very close to an agreement on The "Bailout".  I can't tell you how disappointed and disgusted I am with this news.  Like most Americans I have no idea what this "Sweetheart" deal will consist of, but I do know that forcing the American  people to accept the secretive work of Washington politicians is just plain wrong.  Now more than ever, I need you financial help to fight back against the inside the beltway gang.  
Please make the largest contribution that you can afford today.  The battle begins now.

God Bless

Mike Huckabee

Jack Hoogendyk: "Is Senator Levin Really That Forgetful?"

The latest campaign mailing from Fack Hoogendyk is very timely and deservedly hard on Senator Levin.  Does this man really deserve to be re-hired by the people of Michigan?   

Is Carl Levin Having a Convenient Lapse in Memory?

When asked last week by WJR morning radio host, Paul W. Smith whether there was blame to be laid for this "market meltdown", Carl Levin could not help but place it on President Bush. He said that the "economic policies and deregulatory policies of this administration are the major cause of this economy being where it is at." Either Mr. Levin is playing on the ignorance of the voters, or he has forgotten what role he himself played in this mess.

It All Started With the Community Reinvestment Act 

Unless you just returned from a three-month fishing trip in Yellowknife where there are no radios, cell phones or Internet, you certainly know that the financial markets are in difficulty. It seems all these mortgages that so many folks obtained with little or no equity or credit rating, have suddenly crashed around all of us.

The genesis of this collapse is the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977. This act which was championed by President Carter required lending institutions to offer credit and home ownership opportunities to "underserved populations." This happened as a result of pressure from community organizers and groups like ACORN .

What it ultimately led to was a large number of no-money-down or poor-credit-rating mortgages. These mortgages were only moderately risky as long as housing prices continued to escalate. In 1995 under Bill Clinton, the CRA was liberalized  to "generate billions of dollars in new lending and extend basic banking to the inner cities and to distressed rural communities."

Now that the housing market is in full collapse, the chickens are, as they say, coming home to roost. Could this have been foreseen? Could this have been prevented? Of course. If all of us had exercised a little common sense added to a strong dose of personal responsibility, this would not have happened. Short of that, some solid regulation would have helped.

In fact, regulatory reform was proposed in the U.S. Senate in 2005. The bill, S.190 was introduced by Republican Senator Chuck Hagel and co-sponsored by Sens. Dole (R), Sununu (R), and McCain (R). It would have put some good controls in place to largely prevent the meltdown that is occurring today. The bill was supported by four Republicans and no Democrats. Where was Senator Levin on this? I cannot find any evidence of his support for the bill and, in fact, it was Democrats that effectively killed the bill out of committee.

President Bush had proposed a significant regulatory overhaul of the housing finance industry in 2003. It even included reducing the power of the administration. The New York Times reported on it. Democrats opposed it. Again, Carl Levin does not appear to have supported it. Senator Barney Frank (D), said it was unnecessary. It never saw the light of day.

Going back a little further, a bill was introduced in 1999S.900 , which would have put some controls in place and, in effect, "weaken" the Community Reinvestment Act. Carl Levin opposed it saying this, "I oppose the provisions weakening the CRA included in S.900, a bill intended to modernize the financial sector of our economy."

It certainly looks like Carl Levin and his Democrat (and some Republican) colleagues passed on numerous opportunities to address the crisis that was rising on the horizon as far back as 1994. Legislation was offered to reign in the problem. Senator Levin is certainly motivated to find answers now, but where was he in 1994, 1999, 2003, and 2005? It's no wonder that in his interview with Paul W. Smith, he mentioned that we should not look back, but rather, look forward.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Taping on Saturday afternoon, the first episode of Governor Mike Huckabee's new TV show will premiere this weekend on The Fox News Channel!!  The show simply titled Huckabee will air this Saturday and Sunday night at 8 PM Eastern!  



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