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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Back to the Basics

    By Congressman Mike Rogers, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 05:45:52 PM EST
    Tags: Constitution, Healthcare, Mike Rogers (all tags)

    ~ Promoted by jgillman ~

    The trampling of the Constitution by Washington over the last few years has resulted in an explosion of federal spending on new programs that have added to the massive national deficit.

    The United States needs to return to the vision of the Founding Fathers as outlined in the Constitution and return to a limited federal government. The vision that they wisely set forth created a foundation for the establishment of the freest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world.

    Programs like the new $2 trillion government takeover of health care clearly overreaches the boundaries of the Constitution by forcing individuals to either buy a product or pay a tax. America's founding document granted a limited role for government in the lives of American citizens.

    The American people sent an unmistakable message to Washington in November that they were tired of the federal government spending money that our nation does not have and the ever-expanding reach of the government intrusion into their everyday lives.

    They were particularly tired of those elected officials that ignore the Tenth Amendment, which holds that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

    The new Congress has pledged to uphold the framework of that sacred document by requiring that every bill introduced must be accompanied by a statement of the power under the Constitution that would authorize the enactment of that bill. To further demonstrate to the American people that this new Congress is serious about our founding principles, one of the first orders of business was to have Members read out loud the entire text of the Constitution today on the House floor.

    There is no doubt that the Constitution will guide the work of the 112th Congress and any bill that it passes.

    Beyond changing how Congress works, we plan to aggressively oversee the activities of the administration to determine whether it is overstepping Constitutional boundaries as well. I am committed to being fair in my conduct of oversight, but there is little doubt that the American people want the federal government to live within its means and by the rules of our founding.

    I believe as a new day dawns in Washington, the federal government can and will return to the core values and vision of the Founding Fathers so that "We the People" can reclaim our nation's greatness.

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    Hold on to that feeling (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 07:18:01 PM EST
    like it means life or death.

    It does Congressman..  It does, for our country.

    Thank you for contributing, and letting us know we have good men as yourself in DC fighting for those values.  It is also good to see you are stopping by.

    I've been rooting for you since you turned around at the airport for that final vote in August 2008 when Nancy turned the lights off.  You missed your flight to do so, and I thank you.

    In Fact, that was the episode that started my investigation on the speaker, revealing her financial motivation for not allowing that crucial vote, which at the time would have provided some price relief at the pump.  Her self serving reasons for keeping prices high are well documented now, and worthy of a criminal investigation in my view.  However, by simply repudiating EVERYTHING that she and the current administration stand for is quite the salve for one who is concerned about the direction our country has been traveling.

    God Bless Sir.

    • Any chance... by Crippy, 01/06/2011 07:38:46 PM EST (none / 0)
    • Sorry... by Crippy, 01/06/2011 07:40:23 PM EST (none / 0)
    My advice (none / 0) (#4)
    by LookingforReagan on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 07:47:15 PM EST
    To the good Congressman is this. When it comes to the Commie Lib Progressives don't play nice, take no prisoners and DON'T SCREW IT UP THIS TIME.
    I for one don't want hear that we are "working in a bi-partisan manner with the left." Bi-partisan usually means our side has compromised their principals and have knuckled under to the left. Much the same way that Trent Lott decided to feel sorry for Puff Daschel and the Commie Libs in the US Senate so he decided to share power. That worked out real well. Jumpin Jim Jeffords defected and then Daschel went for the throat.
    If we don't have leaders that intend to win we have won nothing. My idea of getting the job done is to kick the Commie Lib Progressives in the teeth all the while you are taking apart the Tyranny they have built over the last hundred years. Get it done and do it quickly while there is still something left. If not well by God we'll fire you all too and start over with some nasty tempered people like me. If that is what it takes then fine. We can do that.

    Note to Cong. Rogers & Crippy... (none / 0) (#5)
    by KG One on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 09:47:35 PM EST
    ...things are beginning to look up, providing that the GOP is ready to stand behind what it promised.

    As was cited by Cong. Rogers, Constitutional Authority is now required for all bills to be put up for a vote, especially that pesky raising of the debt ceiling.

    Now is the time to begin cleaning house.

    Given that there is nothing listed for the likes of the EPA, FCC, DHS, HHS, ATF and Dept. of Education, the upcoming vote will be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the GOP sticking to its word and defund those entities, thereby saving the American Taxpayer billions of our dollars.

    We can finally see a first-hand demonstration of not only the Republic returning to the scope intended by the Founders, but we can also the first signs of America's fiscal house being put back in order.

    While the new Republicans are at it. (none / 0) (#11)
    by LookingforReagan on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 01:39:59 PM EST
    Lets see some movement on the repeal of the 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution. Adoption of the Fair tax and a National Right to Work bill that will free millions of workers from being forced to be members of unions they despise. That would also go a long way to getting rid of public sector unions. Talk about saving money. That would be one of the best ways to save money by getting rid of highly inflated public sector salaries, benefits and pension funds.
    And the addition of another amendment would be nice to. Something to the effect "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and commerce or the free exercise of commerce between individuals and corporations."

    Time wil tell... (none / 0) (#12)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 02:43:42 PM EST
    However, I remain cautiously optimistic of this 112th Congress.  Yes, I do truly want to believe in Speaker Boehner, who stated, "Welcome to the Peoples House".

    Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, yesterday the 112th Congress had a "Joe Wilson" moment during the reading of our Constitution.

    When Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) read a part of Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution mandating that only a "natural-born citizen" may be president, a woman, seated in the front row of the public gallery, screamed "Except Obama, except Obama. Help us Jesus."

    As it turned out, and it may have been rude of Representative Wilson in the manner and time he expressed his opinion, but bottom line is, Joe was right.

    Now, I am in no way even close to being considered a "birther" by definition, but, I do remain skeptical on this matter due to the ongoing stonewalling and secrecy surrounding the legitimacy of a presidency.  Skepticism or, in the words of Ronald Reagan, "Trust, but verify", there is nothing intrinsically wrong with being just that.  Skeptical.

    However, with Speaker Boehner's interview on NBC, his whimsical opine raises my skepticism of how this 112th Congress will actually differ from any other.

    "The state of Hawaii has said that President Obama was born there," Boehner said. "That's good enough for me."

    Really?  I'm sorry, but that just isn't good enough for me.  Nor is that good enough for the 82,890,000 Americans that remain skeptical.

    Why not really return Back to the Basics, starting with validity...

    Yes, but isn't it strange that (none / 0) (#13)
    by LookingforReagan on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 08:03:57 PM EST
    The Pelosi Reid Congress felt impelled to look into the legitimacy of John McCain's eligibillity to stand for election. McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone to two American born parents. Yet there were those that questioned his legal standing to run for President. Though the lap dog media didn't cover this it was not known till a month after the election. I believe it was the committee chaired by the Conman himself. They were hot to investigage McCain but loath to give the same treatment to Dear Leader. I guess the fact that his father was a British subject was of less concern. Or that the law at that time conveyed citizenship through the father instead of his mother who was not 21 at the time as the law required for transfere of citizenship. Maybe if so many articles hadn't appeared in the foreign press with interviews by relatives of Obama's father and officials of the Kenyan government attesting to the fact that he was indeed born in Kenya maybe this would have all died away peacefully. There can be only two reasons to keep this issue to the forfront. One, Obama wants to keep this going so he can use the race card anytime he is questioned or two he doesn't have the birth certificate and can't produce proof of citizenship. Either way things will get cleared up in 2012 when he has to file papers in several of the states. Many have passed or have bills pending that require proof of being a natural born citizen before they can be allowed on the ballot for national office.

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