Friday, June 26, 2009

Last nail

The House of Representatives passed a bill by a very slim margin — 212 to 219 — that will do nothing less than destroy the last shred of hope our economy has, if it is signed into law. It has been called the climate change bill or the cap and trade bill, either way it is unconstitutional.
The bill gives the federal government the ability to trump every state and local law imaginable, including how a house is to be built. It will shut down oil refineries, increase energy cost and ship jobs overseas.
And it will put even more money in the pockets of people like Al Gore.
The absurd part of this story is many of the representatives who voted for it did so after the American people expressed their dissent loudly. Once again, the phones lines and e-mail boxes were jammed with American voices, but this time those sitting in the seats of power chose not to listen.
Eight Republicans voted for the bill and each and everyone should lose their job come election time. There is no reason a small government, fiscally responsible Conservative would approve of this travesty.
If you don't prescribe to the philosophy of the Republican Party, you should not represent it.
We will not be the Grand Old Party again until we return to first principles and deny those who do not vote the correct way.
We can be a big tent all day long, and keep losing representatives, or we can stand up for what is right and proper.
The government should be returned to the U.S. Constitution, where the White House and Congress has limited powers and the states are not the handmaidens.
— Lauren Ricks, Staff Writer


  1. Bravo, Lauren! As usual, you've hit the nail on the head.

    Do you know if there are going to be any Tea Parties in the Athens area on July 4? I haven't seen anything about it, and I'm curious.

    Keep writing!

  2. Thank you so much for your encouragement.
    I apologize for not answering your question. We have been extremely busy so I haven't checked back until today. To belatedly answer the inquiry, there was one held on the Courthouse Square on the Fourth. But I figure you probably saw it, which makes the point moot :)
    — Lauren