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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Balloonist And The Fisherman (or The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans)

I was sent this by a fellow Republican and it clearly highlights the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below.

She shouted to him, "Excuse me,can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied,"You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican." "I
am,"replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Democrat." "I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?" "Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it's my fault."

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Texas RNC rep Denise McNamara on lessons learned from the '06 mid-term elections

Denise McNamara is the Republican National Committeewoman for Texas and represents Texas on the RNC. She shares her thoughts about lessons learned from '06 and is dead on in some key areas. When Republicans spend like Democrats; Republicans lose, which is why the conservative base needs to go RINO hunting in March '08.

From Denise McNamara, Texas Republican National Committee Rep.:
"As we usher in a new year, it is time for Republicans to look back
at 2006 and reflect upon lessons learned. On the national front,
Republicans controlled the White House and Congress, but they
lacked unity and leadership. Out-of-control spending, lack of
progress on immigration reform, and perceived corruption brought
huge losses in November.

Texas was a mirror image of Washington, D.C. Republicans
controlled both legislative houses, but they could not seem to
remember the Republican platform nor work together as a team.
Once again, there was no unity of purpose. Trying to rally
Republicans around the creation of a new margins business tax is no way to unify the party.

When our base was clamoring for border control and security, our
national leaders argued amongst themselves and got bogged down on how to implement a guest-worker/amnesty program. Common-sense Americans simply want to get control of our border. In this post-9/11 atmosphere, security needs to be the highest priority.
Feeling extreme pressure from their constituents and with November elections approaching, Republicans finally passed the Secure Fence Act and the Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

Republicans expect fiscal restraint from our leaders. Instead,
Republicans spent money just like Democrats. Our base watched,
astonished, as spending sky-rocketed and Republican legislators
made excuses. In Texas, the Republican-controlled legislature
passed a margins tax on business, creating a system of taxation
that contains loopholes and exemptions and fine print that rival
any federal tax code. Of course, this new margins tax will
require businesses to hire accountants and experts who will then
attempt to circumvent and avoid paying any more tax than
necessary. In other words, a whole new tax bureaucracy has been
created, and by Republicans, no less! Republican leaders in the
[Texas] legislature tried to force this bad legislation down the throats of conservatives. And now folks wonder why the Republican Speaker of the [Texas] House is being challenged.

Yes, the lessons of the past year are simple: When Republicans
act like Democrats, they lose power. When Republicans spend like
Democrats, they are voted out. When Republicans create new taxes
and expand government, they lose elections. When Republicans
ignore their base, the base does not work for Republicans. When
Republicans stray from our core principles, Republicans pay the
price. Let's hope that 2007 will bring much-needed leadership,
teamwork, and a return to the principles set forth in our platform."

Special Election for HD 29 set for January 16th

The first Texas House election of 2007 has been set for January 16th. Early voting starts on January 8th. We need conservative voters in Brazoria and Matagorda counties to get to the polls.

Please consider voting for Randy Weber, who is the conservative candidate endorsed by TMR in the race. HD 29 includes Pearland and Alvin among other cities in Brazoria county.

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