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,
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.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I am absolutely floored! This is the latest message by Governor Mike Huckabee to his HuckPAC supporters:
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!
Friday, September 26, 2008
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.
GOD BLESS AMERICA...ISN'T THIS WONDERFUL???
The following is the latest press release from John Oxendine, the current Georgia Insurance Commissioner and Republican Candidate for Governor in 2010:
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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 1999, S.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!
DON'T MISS IT!!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Governor Mike Huckabee, on his blog, is appalled at the idea of the bail out and offers solutions. I complete agree with him.
Frankly, I’m disappointed and disgusted with my own Republican party as I watch them attempt to strong-arm a bailout of some of America’s biggest corporations by asking the taxpayers to suck up the staggering results of the hubris, greed, and arrogance of those who sought to make a quick buck by throwing the dice. They lost, but want the rest of us to cover their bets so they won’t be effected in their lavish lifestyles as they figure out how to spend their tens of millions and in some cases, hundreds of millions in bonuses and compensation which was their reward for not only sinking their companies, but basically doing the same to the entire American economy.
It’s especially disconcerting to see the very people who pilloried me during the Presidential campaign for being a “populist” and not “understanding Wall Street” to now line up like thirsty dogs at the Washington, D. C. water dish, otherwise known as Congress, and plead for help. I thought these guys were the smartest people in America! I thought that taxpayers like you and I were similar to the people at the U. N. who have no translator speaking into their headset - that we just needed to trust those that I called the power bunch in the “Wall Street to Washington axis of power.”
The idea of a government bailout in which we’d entrust $700 billion to one man without Congressional oversight or accountability is absurd. My party or not, that is insanity and I believe unconstitutional.
Will there be far-reaching consequences without some intervention? Probably, but we honestly don’t know since we’ve really never seen this level of greed and stupidity all rolled into one massive move. But may I suggest that letting “Uncle Sugar” step in and bail out the billionaires who made the mess will be far worse and will start a long line of companies and individuals who will demand the same of the government---which last time I checked means that they will be demanding it out of YOU and ME. This is not money that Congress is risking from THEIR pockets or future, but ours. Many if not most of us have already experienced lost value on our homes, retirement accounts, and pensions. Now they’d like for us to assume some further risks so they won’t have to.
What happened to the “free market” idea? Is that only our view when we WIN and when we LOSE, we ask the government to come in and take away the pain?
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?
Some of what contributed to this disaster is too much government in the form of /. Some is due to the tax structure that created the hunger for companies to “game” the system. Some is the common sense that was ignored like loaning money to people who can’t pay it back.
Wall Street has become Vegas east, but at least in Vegas, people KNOW they are gambling and they don’t expect the government to cover their losses at the tables. In Wall Street, they do. And the American taxpayer burdens the responsibility.
If Congress wants to do something, here are some suggestions:
1. Eliminate ALL capital gains taxes and taxes on savings and dividends right now. 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.
3. Demand that the executives who steered their ships into the ground be forced to pay back the losses of their companies. Of course, they can’t, so let them work and give back to the government and they can live like the people they put on the streets or kept there. It makes no sense to put them in jail—that’s just more they will cost you and me. I’d rather them go out and earn money—just not get to keep so much of it this time. I’m not talking about limiting CEO salaries---just those of the people who now are up in Washington begging for help because they ruined their companies.
Attempts by Democrats and Republicans to blame each other is nonsense. They are both guilty and ought to own up and admit it. They all lived off big campaign contributions and the swill of the lobbyists who strong armed them into permission to steal. Enough of blame. Fix it!
This would be a start. If we don’t hold these guys responsible, we are all finished.
I knew this day was eventually coming for years now but I still dreaded it. The longtime voice of the Dawgs, Larry Munson announced his immediate retirement yesterday after a career of 43 long years. He will be celebrating his 86th Birthday on Sunday and decided that it was the right time hang it up. Last year Munson's failing health prevented him to travel to road games.
Many an autumn Saturday was spent listening to Larry's gravely, yet golden voice. His wit and humor and unabashed passion for his team will never be matched and can never be replaced. Not only did he serve as the University of Georgia's football announcer, he was their Basketball voice for many years as well. In addition for several years he served as the voice for the Atlanta Falcons. Over the years he had a hunting and fishing TV show, a daily sports talk show, and each day began with his pearls of wit and wisdom during his morning commentary. There was not a lot of good having to get up at 4:30 AM each morning during High School but the best part was being blessed with Larry's daily commentary about sports, his movie group, and all those funny stories!
However being around for 43 long years must have meant that he did a pretty good job, right? No. That is not the word to describe Larry Munson. To me and many others down here HE IS THE BEST! I think there was no one better behind the mic when a game was coming down to its crucial and exciting conclusion. Yeah Larry was fun to listen to at any time but during the last five minutes of a game he knew when to ramp up the emotion and make sure you heart started beating out of your chest. Every glory and failure was entertaining to listen to through his words. Whether I was jumping up and down or throwing my hat down in disgust with Larry at the mic you knew he had the same feelings and you had a friend on the air to celebrate or cry with.
Best of luck in your retirmen Larry and God's speed! We will miss your voice on Saturdays but forever in our ears and our memories your voice will ring throughout them for the rest of time!
In his latest Michigan Senate campaign message, Jack Hoogendyk shares a video message about all those earmarks his opponent Carl Levin approved recently, including a Woodstock museum.
In the Campaign E-mail that was attached with this video Jack Hoogendyk called for a balanced budget:
Monday, September 22, 2008
this afternoon, Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee shared the latest news from the road on his HuckPAC Blog. In his post he shared with us where he had been, where he was going, and that his new show on the Fox News Channel will be taped this Saturday! Here's what the Governor had to say:
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I know that most of the time I don't talk about myself around these parts. I beg your indulgence for at least a few minutes because I would to share with y'all the joy that was my 26th Birthday!
I volunteer a lot of my time to The Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett - a private school for kids with special needs. My Mom is their secretary. I love these kids to death and I have known some of the students for at least ten years. One of the things I do most of the time for them is to provide sound and DJ services for their programs, parties, and other events whenever desired. Thus it was not unusual when my Mom asked me to provide my services for a Birthday party earlier this week. One of their students, Andrew, is about to turn 16 years old. However what was odd was that the party was scheduled for Friday afternoon, September 19th, my Birthday. Out of all days I could say no my Birthday is the only day I could possibly say it. However I can't say no to any of these children. I love them too much to do so. So I agreed and get my equipment ready to go for a 2 PM party on Friday.
My dad drove me over to the school and I got there around 1:15. I was definitely early and it did not take very long to set up. Classes were still in session so I sat outside at my table until it was time to start. I realized that this might be a party for someone else but thought they would know that it was my Birthday and note it appropriately when walking by from building to building. However they didn't seem to notice and this even included their principle who knows me very well. I would soon realize that it was all a big set up!
2 PM rolled around quickly and the students were let out of their class rooms. My usual operating procedure was that when they came over in my direction en mass that meant it was time for me to start playing the tunes for them. That is exactly what I started to do. However I noticed a few glaring things. (1). When my dad helps me set up after mic check he usually heads off to run some errands. He never left. (2). I've played Andrew's party before. He did not seem to be treated special or seem any more happy than he usually is. He didn't even have a hat or a button on to signify that this was his Birthday party.
Everything became very clear to me in a very short order. The school's principle, Ms. Elinore asked for the microphone after a few songs played. She remarked about how Andrew was turning 16 and asked his friends to wish him well. Then she paused, "We have a slight problem. These packages don't have Andrew's name on them. It's Brian's Birthday!" then they brought the cake and presents out and the jig was up!
Usually having a surprise party thrown for you (that was the first time ever for me) would be enough to make ones Birthday extra special. However the surprises were not over. Not by a long shot!!!
I had a few hours to kill before going out to Red Lobster for my family Birthday dinner. I spent those hours reflecting on the year I had just had and the year to come. Things are definitely looking up for me after a year that brought a lot of new challenges that I met with varied degrees of success. Things are changing for the better and I am now working to raising the bar for myself and better my life and my world around me. However there was one more thing that would make my Birthday complete and wrap a nice red bow on the year that had just passed and all my hard work and effort during it.
My family had 6:30 PM Reservations for Red Lobster and around 6 PM we broke up into groups and drove off in three cars headed to my restaurant of choice for the evening. I was aware of a possibility of a phone call of some kind around this time of the day and I made sure that my ringer was set higher than normal, just in case it came while I was eating. It wasn't ten minutes that the vehicle I was riding in had departed my house when my phone began to ring. I noticed it was a private number and I picked it up right away.
"Hello." I greeted my mystery caller.
"Hello. Is this Brian?" said the man on the other end.
At this point I went stiff and into shock. I knew exactly who had just called me and was speaking to me at present.
GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE CALLED ME ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Over the past two weeks a gradual build up to my Birthday was made by two good friends of mine and they said they were working on a doozy of a surprise. They were not kidding!!! This was not a piece of cake operation. They played me and my emotions like a drum. They made sure that when I got the call that I would it would be a complete surprise.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Oxendine Calls for Extraordinary Georgia Leadership Summit
A statement from Commissioner John Oxendine:
School Test Scores Fall, Gas Prices Highest in Nation, Gas Gouging, Unemployment at Historic High, and another Scandal at GDOT - the time for action is now.
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.
There is nothing more important than helping working class Georgians through this time of multiple crises facing Georgia. Georgia faces a perfect storm:
26 August - Georgia SAT scores fall for the second consecutive year; Georgia is now 47th in nation.
13 September - Media reports declare Georgia has the highest gas prices in the nation. Multiple reports in Georgia of prices of $4.79 a gallon or higher. In Smithville, Georgia, the price of regular unleaded at the city's on ly two stations rose a full dollar above the price posted in one night. The town, which is located on U.S. Highway 1920 North on the Lee County/Sumter County line, could fill up for $3.77 per gallon on Friday, but Saturday morning, the price had changed to $4.77.
17 September - Georgia's unemployment rate reaches a 15 year high. The Georgia Department of Labor reported Wednesday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent in August. The jobless rate was up 1.9 percentage points from 4.4 percent at this same time last year. During the same period, the number of payroll jobs decreased 37,700 or nine-tenths of one percentage point.
18 September - Problems at GDOT continue to harm Georgia taxpayers, yet another audit finds misuse and abuse of tax dollars. An audit conducted by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts reveals that GDOT overspent its 2008 budget by about $456 million. The 2008 fiscal year ended July 31st. GDOT will have to take that amount of money from the current fiscal year, 2009, in order to balance its budget.
I call on Governor Perdue to convene an Extraordinary Georgia Leadership Summit of all the statewide Constitutional officers, the 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.
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 these crises.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The following is a release shared by the Jack Hoogendyk For Senate Campaign:
Regards, Jack Hoogendyk
Washington, D.C. - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) its September Porker of the Month for attempting to give earmarks contained in committee reports the force of law. The provision is included in S. 3001, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009.
Currently, earmarks listed in committee reports do not have the force of law; only those included in the statutory language have that status. Traditionally, members of Congress have included earmarks in committee reports knowing they are not the law, but have expected federal agencies to treat those spending items as if they had the force of law. President Bush issued an Executive Order on January 29, 2008 instructing government agencies not to fund any earmarks contained in report language, or based on any non-statutory source, such as phone calls from members of Congress.
This means that beginning with this fiscal year's authorization and appropriation bills, agencies would be under no obligation to fund earmarks contained in committee or conference reports. In a brazen attempt to gut the executive order, Sen. Levin inserted a provision (Section 1002) into the defense reauthorization bill that would incorporate the earmarks listed in the committee report into the statute itself, making the earmarks "a requirement in law." The earmarks would be "binding on agency heads in the same manner and to the same extent" as if they were written into the bill.
This provision continues a practice of using committee reports to hide earmarks and make them difficult to eliminate by offering amendments to authorization and appropriations bills. It certainly does not qualify as "reform" of the earmarking process. It would prevent open debate and votes on earmarks and reduce transparency and accountability. The "incorporation" language sets a precedent for other fiscal year 2009 legislation. If it is not removed from the bill, it would demonstrate that the Democratic leadership of Congress has no intent of ever getting earmarks under control.
Considering Chairman Levin's history of requesting earmarks, his bill language is not surprising. In fiscal year 2008, Chairman Levin requested 255 earmarks for a total of $301.4 million, which made him the eleventh biggest porker in the Senate.
The earmarks in S. 3001 total $5.9 billion, and include the following: $6.5 million for expandable light air mobility shelters, $5 million for a hydrokinetic power, and $2 million for thin film amorphous solar arrays. While earmarks generally are a waste of tax dollars, they are most outrageous when included in a bill that is intended to defend the national security of the United States.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had planned to offer an amendment to strike Section 1002 and preserve the current status of earmarks in committee language so they will continue to be just that language, not the law.
For attempting to circumvent the January 29 Executive Order and make it easier to earmark the taxpayers' money, CAGW names Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) its September 2008 Porker of the Month.
Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.
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