Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we think of turkey, parades and Pilgrims. We also think of what we are thankful for - or at least we should think about that! I'd like to keep things in perspective with a brief history.

The Pilgrims came to our country seeking to have freedom of worship. They signed the Mayflower Compact which clearly shows their thoughts on the new world they found themselves in.

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.

I am thankful for my family, for God's blessings on my life, and to live in a country that God has blessed.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Foxx Introduces Legislation On Bailout

The following is from a press release from NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx.

Foxx introduces measure to cut bailout funds by half
Legislation will restrict second payment of $350 billion government bailout

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Virginia Foxx has introduced legislation that denies authorization of the second half of the $700 billion federal government bailout. The legislation (H.J. Res 101) is designed to take advantage of a provision in the bailout law that allows Congress to “disapprove” of the second half of the bailout.

“The American people were sold a false bill of goods with this $700 billion bailout,” Rep. Foxx said. “Not only did the administration completely change course in its use of bailout money, but there has been absolutely no oversight of the first $290 billion of spending. This is taxpayers’ money we’re talking about.”

Last week the Washington Post reported that the federal government had already doled out $290 billion of the bailout money. The Post also found that the independent oversight required by the bailout law is virtually non-existent and the progress report to Congress detailing where the bailout money is flowing is already late.

According to the new bailout law, Congress can withhold the second half of the bailout—$350 billion—when the President in office requests the money. Foxx’s legislation does just that. Thanks to the way the bailout was written, by law this measure must be considered by Congress within five days of when the White House requests the balance of the bailout cash.

“As the Treasury Department throws its weight around the economy, we’re hearing talk of bailouts for everyone ranging from life insurance and credit card companies to automakers and state governments,” Foxx said. “Where does it stop?”

Monday, November 17, 2008

Auto Industry Bailout?

The big 3 automakers (Ford, GM, Chrysler) have their hands out looking for Congress to put some cash in it. The auto industry, like other industries, have been hit by our economic issues. Congress doesn't have the votes to give them the bailout money, as congressmen are hearing from their constituents on the bailout - and what they are hearing is let them fail.

My thought is just that - let them fail, pick up the pieces and come back stronger. There just isn't enough bailout to go around and Americans shouldn't have to keep paying for a business' bad decision.

What do you think? Please vote in my poll located on the top right of my blog. Thanks for your participation!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Birthday To The Conservative Voice

November 3 marked the first year of my blog, The Conservative Voice! When I started I didn't really think I would have been blogging for one year and writing almost 200 posts! Thanks to all those who have read, commented or will read my blog. It was born with the idea of giving a conservative view on the politics of our day and that is the idea I intend to remain true to.

Barry Goldwater wrote, "I have been much concerned that so many people today with Conservative instincts feel compelled to apologize for them. Or if not to apologize directly, to qualify their commitment in a way that amounts to breast-beating. " (The Conscience of a Conservative) Conservatives must speak out unapologetically on the issues of our day. We cannot climb into our conservative bunkers for the next four years. We must be active and actively involved in our culture both socially and politically.

Don't wait for 2012 - get involved today!

Back From Break

I was very involved with several campaigns during the election and was trying also to keep up with my blogs. After the election I decided to take a break from my blogs and catch a breather! I'm back now, so expect to see some new posts!

Yes, I was disappointed in John McCain's loss. I still believe he was the most qualified and most experienced candidate, however, not all Americans so it that way. Our job as Americans is to lend our support to President Obama in areas we can support him. We also need to question and oppose him and Congress on matters that we disagree with. For example, I voted for President Bush and actively worked for his reelection. However, I disagreed with him on several policies and had to take a stand in opposition to those policies. That's our job as citizens - to let our government know where we stand in a civil way.

On another matter, keep in mind that it doesn't matter who is in the White House, we are to pray for our President and our country. That is our duty as Christians.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Please Watch This Video!

Please take just a few moments to watch this video!

Redistribute The Wealth

I received this story in an email. I don't know who wrote it.

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more. I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application