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As I’ve browsed the internet these past two days, I’m struck by the number of people who are so discouraged by Obama’s re-election, that they are ready to just give up.  Some have vowed to turn off the news and become an uninformed voter, because it would just be easier.  Some talked about quitting their jobs and going on food stamps and welfare.  It’s sad to think that any American sees that as a better option.

While I’m sure many of those discouraged voters are just venting and have no real intention of giving up, it’s clear that many feel their efforts just didn’t matter this time around.  But we cannot give up.  That’s what they want us to do.  We cannot lose focus on the real problem.  It’s about more than just Barack Obama.  It’s about our liberty.  It’s about the Constitution.  It’s about the country we’re leaving for our children and grandchildren.  We’re the world’s last best hope.  We’re that shining city on the hill.  This is America, the greatest country in the world.  Too many men have fought and died to keep this country free, and we can NOT let them die in vain.

Why did we lose?  Did the Democrats have better ideas?  Did they have a better message?  Do they have stronger values?  No.  They campaigned on fear, not ideas.  Their message was full of lies and misinformation.  They made false claims about Mitt Romney’s character.  They painted him to be a liar, tax cheat, and an uncaring, disconnected rich man who was only out to help the wealthiest Americans.  They scared women into believing that Republicans want to take away health care and contraceptives.  They scared seniors into thinking Republicans were going to take away their social security and Medicare benefits.  They scared young people into thinking Republicans would take away their opportunities for a good education.  They used the same sorry scare tactics they use EVERY election.  We know those things couldn’t be further from the truth, but the uninformed voters believe it.  The news has been so filtered, that unless you’re getting your news from Fox, conservative talk radio, or conservative blogs, you’re just not getting the truth.  The main stream media no longer breaks the news…..it shapes the news.  They decide what to report, based on which stories will either help the Democrat or hurt the Republican.  Period.  And Obama just had a better ground game.  Despite the decline in enthusiasm for Obama, his campaign got people to the polls.

So what now?  We press on.  We look toward 2014, and we find a way to articulate our message in a clearer way.  We don’t change our core principles….we will never win by changing who we are.  We find a way to make people understand who we are, and why our ideas are the right ideas.  We find a way to make them understand how this country can become more prosperous through lower taxes and less government, and that smaller government is a more effective government.

Democrats pander by dividing the country into voting blocs.  We are all Americans.  We should not be put into boxes according to color, gender or class.  That’s not the American way of doing things.  We shouldn’t appeal to women and minorities by promising them things we can’t deliver or by changing our principles.  We should appeal to them by setting the example.  The Republican party has not been able to shake the stereotype of being the party of rich white men.  It couldn’t be further from the truth, yet it’s how we are perceived.  We have a very diverse group of strong conservative leaders from all backgrounds.  We have Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Marsha Blackburn, Nikki Haley, Mia Love, Allen West, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, just to name a few.  But Democrats have effectively kept us in a box, and we often just assume that we cannot get the black or Hispanic votes.  We can.  We just aren’t trying hard enough.

2014 is our next goal.  We have 20 Democrat senators to unseat, and 13 Republican seats to defend.   We need to retain the House.  We have gubernatorial seats to replace and defend.  This is no time for discouragement and defeat….we still have work to do.

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I know some of you are still reeling from last night’s election results.  I’m still in shock myself.  So, go ahead and take a day or two to lick your wounds, then our work begins again.

There are 33 Senate seats up for grabs in 2014 – 20 Democrat and 13 Republican.  Here are our new targets:

Mark Begich – Alaska

Mark Pryor – Arkansas

Mark Udall – Colorado

Chris Coons – Delaware

Richard Durbin – Illinois

Tom Harkin – Iowa

Mary Landrieu – Louisiana

John Kerry – Massachusetts

Carl Levin – Michigan

Al Franken – Minnesota

Max Baucus – Montana

Jeanne Shaheen – New Hampshire

Frank Lautenberg – New Jersey

Tom Udall – New Mexico

Kay Hagan – North Carolina

Jeff Merkley – Oregon

Jack Reed – Rhode Island

Tim Johnson – South Dakota

Mark Warner – Virginia

Jay Rockefeller – West Virginia

While we’re at it, let’s take out RINO Susan Collins from Maine.  (click here for full list of senate seats up in 2014)

Some of these will be easy scores, some will be nearly impossible.  You have your assignments.  Let’s get busy.

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This story nearly sent me over the edge.  If this doesn’t sum up the problem with Washington, I don’t know what would.  

Here are the key points….union employees, wages 2-3x the average, charges customers 2-3x the average, receives more benefits than most, gets bailout.  How many times have we heard this same story in the past 3 years? 

Continue reading if you want to get angry…

h/t – The Daily

America’s most distinguished leaders get their hair cut at the Senate barbershop, but taxpayers are the ones really getting clipped.

The barbershop ran almost $300,000 in the red last year but received an infusion from Senate coffers that is keeping it in business, the Senate sergeant at arms, Terrance Gainer, told The Daily.

A federal bailout isn’t that unusual since the economic downturn, but some senators didn’t even know their salon was in hot water — and don’t think it should be, considering what they pay for a little off the ears.

A shampoo, cut and blow dry is $27 and highlights are $105, according to the barbershop’s website. A trim costs $20, more than double what Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., gets charged when he goes to his barber back home.

“I give him $12 with a tip,” Leahy said.

When Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., learned about the shortfall, he said, “It did? It shouldn’t. It should pay for itself.”

A Senate barbershop subsidized by the government is a sore point with GOP members, too.

Former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, R-Ill., blames the money woes on the stylists, who are federal employees. He contends they’re overpaid compared to their private-sector counterparts.

“They are using union labor, and so their benefits and wages are higher than those of many jobs,” Fitzgerald said.

To support his argument, Fitzgerald contrasts the salaries and benefits of the Senate’s stylists to what is offered by Capitol Barber, three blocks away.

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Yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, Speaker of the House John Boehner noted that the House passed 30 jobs bills in 2011, which have never made it to the floor of the Senate, thanks to Democrat Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.  While Obama constantly claims Republicans are the party of No, and that they are responsible for the lack of new jobs in this country, these facts speak otherwise.

On Speaker Boehner’s blog this weekend (www.speaker.gov/blog), the following article was posted, noting that Obama’s own Jobs Council has endorsed the approach to job creation that the Republicans have been pursuing all year, in order to get Americans back to work.   (Note how many bills have the comment “Senate has taken no action to date.”) Hmmm…who is the REAL party of No??

Yesterday, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness released its year-end report, recommending how we can “create jobs in the short run and improve our nation’s competitiveness over the long term.” The recommendations focus on reducing regulatory burdens, simplifying our tax code, utilizing American sources of energy, and fostering private sector innovation and global competitiveness – the very approach House Republicans have advocated. As Speaker Boehner noted,  “With this report, President Obama’s own panel of experts has endorsed the approach to job creation House Republicans have been pursuing for more than a year.”  Not only does the report align with the approach Republicans have proposed, it reflects legislation already passed by the House and awaiting action in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The House has acted, and all we need now is a willing partner in the Senate to make many of the Council’s recommendations a reality.  That’s why Speaker Boehner yesterday urged, “the President to call on Senate leaders to take up these House-passed jobs bills so we can provide the solutions American job creators say are needed to put people back to work.”

Here are the ideas proposed in the Council’s report, followed by bills and ideas proposed by House Republicans.

President’s Jobs Council: Adopt an “All-In” Strategy on Energy – “In order to stay competitive, the U.S. must maintain access to abundant and affordable energy while reducing our reliance on foreign imports and moving toward cleaner energy sources.”
House GOP Solutions:

  • Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, H.R. 1230 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, H.R. 1229 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act, H.R. 1231 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011, H.R. 2021 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • North American-Made Energy Security Act, H.R. 1938 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)

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