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  ACORN Goes Out Of Business  | March 26, 2010 | Digg This

Good Riddance to ACORN

While serving in the Nixon Administration in 1973 as Director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, I defunded ACORN and scores of other Left-wing radical organizations which were fleecing taxpayers for the millions of dollars which bankrolled their Socialist agenda.

Since our founding in 1974, one of the key missions of The Conservative Caucus (TCC) has been to build grassroots support for defunding the Left—indeed to stop taxpayer funding of all policy action organizations.

Thomas Jefferson’s words on the subject ring true even after two centuries: "To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

On this occasion, I wish to thank the intrepid journalists, Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe, who by so effectively showing the outrageous yet apparently routine activities of ACORN chapters across the country, caused a tidal wave of citizen anger at the abuse by ACORN of their taxes.

The reign of ACORN's taxpayer-funded Saul Alinsky-style warfare may be officially ended, and for that, every American should be thankful. However, taking a page from their ideological soulmate, Barack Obama, we are seeing the "two steps forward, one step back" strategy in play, for some ACORN chapters have merely changed their names and will continue their same activities without interruption. Many ACORN leaders and activists will no doubt continue the same brand of radical activities at new or different organizations; continuing to consume taxpayer dollars to push their Socialist agenda.

President Obama, ACORN's most famous alumnus, continues to use every possible rule for radicals in pushing his Socialist agenda; so our work in defunding the Left is far from over.

  Repeal the Bill  | March 23, 2010 | Digg This


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President Obama's signing today of the healthcare reform bill marks the beginning of a campaign to repeal the bill, says Howard Phillips, Chairman of The Conservative Caucus (TCC).

This bill marks a giant step toward socialized medicine in America", said Phillips.  "Fortunately, much of the bill will not take effect for several years, giving us time to persuade the next Congress to repeal it."

Phillips pointed out that the bill increases government spending and regulation regarding health care, and that poll after poll has demonstrated that the American people opposed passage.  TCC was one of the leaders of the opposition, communicating its opposition through the internet, a weekly TV show, and direct mail.

"We almost defeated this bill in the House", said Phillips, "and we believe that we can convince a majority in the 112th Congress to vote for repeal.  Phillips said that if President Obama vetoed repeal, Congress could still refuse funding for those provisions of the bill that go into effect during the next two years.

The Conservative Caucus (TCC) is a grass roots action organization, formed in 1974.  It was active in defeating the SALT II Treaty, repealing the Catastrophic Coverage Act, blocking the Clinton health-care takeover, and impeaching President Clinton.


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  "Deemed Passed"  | March 19, 2010 | Digg This

"Deemed Passed" Slaughters the Constitution

It’s outrageous that Congress is considering using the "Slaughter Solution," to "deem passed" Obama’s unpopular socialized medicine scheme.

I urge Members of Congress to carefully read the Constitution to which they swore a solemn oath: "Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States... But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays." Two recent Supreme Court decisions affirm such tricks are unconstitutional.

Congressional votes must not be determined by pretense or dictate, but by actual votes. Prior uses by the GOP Congress were no more Constitutional and no excuse for continued contempt for the plain language of the Constitution.

If the House does not Constitutionally consider this proposal, but pretends to instead have passed it without a specific up or down vote; it is not a law, and The Conservative Caucus (TCC) will urge the Supreme Court to declare the supposed law null and void.

All Americans should let their U.S. Senators and Representative know their objection to the use of this unconstitutional scheme, especially as the White House has refused to rule out using "deem passed" on future unpopular bills, perhaps including amnesty and cap and trade.

  Al Haig  | March 4, 2010 | Digg This


Even though we were on opposite sides of numerous policy battles, I always admired General Al Haig as a person and had the privilege of enjoying his company on several occasions.

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