Friday, December 9, 2011

Conservative Help Needed in the Swing State of North Carolina!

Tonight on Breaking it Down with DT we interviewed Ilario Pantano, former Marine, author of "Warlord, Broken by War, Saved by Grace" and current congressional candidate in the 7th district of North Carolina! As Ilario explains, the 7th district has been a democrat stronghold since the civil war but thanks to redistricting should become a republican seat this year. We need strong conservative candidates in the state where they are holding the DNC National Convention this year. The 15 electoral votes in this toss up state need to go Republican and the best way to help that is to have true conservatives we can support on the ballot! If you missed the show tonight you have to hear the fire and passion from Ilario here or by clicking on the player on the right of our blog! You can find more information about Ilario Pantano at his website or at his campaign website.

Ilario was a marine that was attacked by the politically correct left and accused of murdering insurgents in the Al Anbar province. He details in his book the struggles he went through and how he was ultimately exonerated of these charges. This is a story all conservatives should hear and you can buy a copy of his book here

Ilario also spoke about his strong conservative beliefs and the primary battle he is about to face with David Rouzer, a former lobbyist turned state senator who in the past lobbied for amnesty for illegal aliens! Check out http://www.rouzerforamnesty.com/ to see what Ilario is up against. David Rouzer took money to lobby the US Congress for a bill that would have granted amnesty to over 3.3 million illegal immigrantsWe can't afford for the congress to be filled with RINO's who are willing to support any cause for a dollar bill. We have enough of those and conservatives can't afford any more of them in Washington.

In addition to our interview we also talked about the progressive Newt Gingrich who thinks he knows better how to provide for your health care then you do and feels government regulations are a necessary part of our lives. And finally we discussed the difference between republicans and conservatives and some of the money we could stop spending and let the states keep to perform the job more effectively.

Monday, December 5, 2011

How Do Innocent Men Protect Themselves?

Liberal Sally Kohn recently wrote an article for Foxnews.com entitled "Let's Quit Bashing Women As the 2012 Presidential Campaign Rolls Along".  In theory this is a great concept. I have a wife and a young daughter. If they were harassed I would certainly want them to come forward and that person should be punished. As a matter of fact, it would be difficult to convince me not to go punish that person myself for harassing my loved ones.

But just because harassment is accused, doesn't mean it really occurred. We have recently seen Herman Cain with his sexual harassment and infidelity claims that men's lives can be destroyed without any ability to protect themselves. I'm not saying I was on the Cain Train, as a matter of fact I'm not really a fan. But Herman Cain, who did have very strong support leading into primary season, is out of the Presidential race and we have everyone in the country assuming he's guilty because the majority of the media hasn't even bothered to use the word accused.

People have cited a legal settlement as proof of guilt. This is a spurious argument, companies settle those type of cases all the time to avoid publicity and limit costs. If it was really that bad, why settle for as little as one year's salary? A case like that could have resulted in hundreds of thouands or millions of dollars in a jury award, why settle if it was really true? Why not make sure he was punished badly enough at the time to protect other women in the future? In other cases the accusation must be true beccause the woman told her boyfriend it happened. How is this proof? Who's to say she didn't make advances to Herman Cain and was rebuffed so she made up the story to cover up for herself in case it came up later?

In the end we just don't know the truth. But if we can't question the motives of accusers in situations where they seem questionable then what is to stop women from making spurious accusations any time they want? If the only possibility is to assume all women are telling the truth so we don't scare off future accusers, what happens to a woman who can never prove her accusations but by trying people in the media they destroy someone's life? How do innocent men protect themselves?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Jobs, Over-Regulation and Education Plus Florida Casinos, Payroll Tax Cuts and the Collapse of Solar Power

Jobs, over regulation and education... don't those sound like the problems every state is having in this great country of ours? Tune in to the radio show archive of Breaking it Down with DT to hear former Montana congressman Rick Hill talk about these issues and how they pertain to his race to become the next governor of Montana! Politico has listed the MT governor's race as one of the most important races to watch in the 2012 election cycle. Conservatives need to tip as many states back to the right as we can. Tune in to our show tonight to hear how Rick Hill is going to win the race. Check out his website here for more information about his stance on the important issues affecting Americans!

Also on tonight's show we discussed legalizing casinos in Florida, the "payroll tax" cuts (really should be called Social Security tax cuts!), and how the Obama administration trying to pick winners has the solar power industry collapsing and the Chevy Volt catching on fire!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Non-Discrimination Policies Being Used to Disicriminate Against Christians at Vanderbilt University

Tonight on Breaking it Down with DT we interviewed Dr. Carol Swain, professor of law and politics at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt has recently been in the news for suddenly deciding to enforce an old policy requiring campus organizations to be open to all students and allow all students the ability to be leaders in the organization, regardless of whether they have any belief or affiliation with the group. Dr. Swain shared her opinions about the motivation of the school and also her thoughts on the legal options of the affected groups. Tune in to the show to hear her opinions on this important issue.

Dr. Swain also discussed her new foundation, The Carol Swain Foundation Inc.: Reclaiming America's Greatness. The mission of the foundation is to
educate the American people about conservative values and principles and to encourage them to acknowledge and to re-embrace the Judeo-Christian heritage of our nation. Check out her website to find out more about her organization and her legal opinions at http://www.carolmswain.net/.

On the show tonight we also discussed the suspect arrested for shooting at the White House, the House's recently passed legislation providing the National Right to Carry Reciprocity which would require states to provide reciprocity for other state residents to carry concealed weapons. We also had discussions on the Social Security ponzi scheme, why conservatives get confused that not all Republicans are conservative and finally discussed the recent announcement by Citigroup to lay off 3000 people while seeing a 73% year over year increase in profits.

Check out the archive of the show by clicking the player on the right menu or click here to listen!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Who is to Blame for the Social Security Ponzi Scheme? American Voters!

There is a lot of blame flying around for the growing financial problems of our social security system. Let's leave the Constitutional argument out of this discussion and just cover the blame game. The answer to who is to blame is very simple, we all are. Every voter in the US for the last 75 years is responsible for the problems we are now facing.

The problem is simple. Social Security uses payroll taxes to buy Treasury bonds. The Treasury puts the money from the bonds into the general fund and uses the money to operate the government. So we've been living on our social security money for years. And now that payroll taxes don't cover all the money going out in Social Security benefits, the system is underwater. They have to collect on the bonds which means the government has to use money from other collections to pay back the bonds they sold and that is where the problem comes in. Social Security if just one big Ponzi Scheme. Take from new investors (our young people) to pay returns to older investors (social security recipients). Ponzi Schemes are illegal everywhere except when the government is involved.

So now that Social Security needs its money back, where does that money come from? The US Government has almost a $15 Trillion deficit, going into over $1.5 Trillion in debt just this year. So now the government has to not only find the Trillions of dollars for the regular budget but they have to find additional money to pay for Social Security benefits.

So whose fault is it? Every US voter. Economists have known since Social Security started that eventually the system would go upside down. I can remember discussions on Social Security when I was in high school 20 years ago that this would eventually be a problem. So why didn't we do anything about it? Greed. No one wanted to give up the things they were getting to plan for the future. It's the same problem Americans have had with everything else. No one wants to practice delayed gratification, it's all about "I'm getting mine".

So the next time you think about telling someone that you paid into Social Security so you deserve to get yours, remember that you've been allowing the government to live on your social security money for the last 75 years. That's like borrowing against your 401K and then going back and expecting to be able to take the money out. Maybe you should have considered that you might need your Social Security benefits before you let your government spend all your money. The money isn't there any more. Future generations shouldn't be leveraged to pay for the mistakes of their elders. The Social Security Ponzi Scheme needs to stop. But no one has the guts to stop it!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A New Texas Congresswoman?? Felicia Harris

Tonight, David and I had the distinct honor and privilege of speaking with a conservative candidate from Texas, Felicia Harris from the 14th district .. where Ron Paul also hails from. In fact she is running to replace Ron Paul since he'll not run again to concentrate on managing a Presidential bid.

We discussed Felicia's viewpoints on energy, immigration and taxes among other things. She really laid the ground work for her campaign by discussing her conservative values and ideas that she plans to bring with her to Washington.


Find out more about Felicia Harris by checking out her campaign site and also on Facebook.

The ShotGun Segment hit a few high points tonight. We talked about Herman Cain and the "Chicago Smear Politics" already in play. We also touched on Bill Nelson's email to Floridian's on election laws.

If you missed it live be sure to check the archive and find out what you should know this week by tuning in here.

If you haven't heard .. you can find us on iTunes here! Or just go to iTunes and search for AC Nation Blog Talk Radio Feed. Download the episode and bring it with you!

You won't want to miss it!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Get Out Of Our House! Voting the career politicians out!

Tonight on Breaking it Down with DT we interviewed Tim Cox, founder of Get Out Of Our House (GOOOH) and author of the book "Get Out Of Our House: Revolution!". Tim explained to our listeners tonight about a system he and his team developed to find ordinary Americans to run for the US House of Representatives and to help them get elected to get the career politicians out of Washington and return us to the citizen legislators we were supposed to have.

According to the GOOOH website "It is a NON-PARTISAN plan to place citizen representatives on the ballot in 2012, ideally in the primary against the incumbent, competing for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The members of each district will have an honest opportunity to replace the career politicians who have taken over OUR House and are destroying our nation."

If you are looking for more information or to get involved with the candidate selection process check out their website here. You don't need to desire to be the candidate, all you need is a desire to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

On tonights show we also discussed the sponsorship of the AFL-CIO of the OWS crowd and their new liberal trash site wearethe99percent.com. When was the last time you felt bad for a union member with their cushy paycheck, cadillac benefits plan and great retirement system? We also discussed Acorn's efforts to pad the numbers at the OWS protests by paying their employees to join the protests as well as many other important topics. Click on the player on the right side of the page to hear the archive or click here to go to the show page to listen!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Altamonte Springs Mayoral Race - Bob O'Malley

Tonight David and I got the chance to talk to Bob O'Malley, the Mayoral candidate from Altamonte Springs, Florida who is challenging the incumbent.

Bob is currently with CSX Transportation as the Resident Vice President of State Government and Community Affairs in Florida. He is also the Chairman of the Early Learning Coalition. He was appointed to the coalition in 2005 by Jeb Bush and is now the Chairman.

Bob discussed the challenges that Altamonte Springs residents and business owners are facing today. The city has the 5th hardest hit housing market in the COUNTRY according to Bloomberg. Commercial properties have one of the worst occupation rates. Traffic has grown worse over the years and needs to be addressed as well. These are all things he plans to address if elected.



Check out Bob at www.omalley4mayor.com. You can find his Facebook and Twitter pages from there also.


All you Altamonte Springs folks out there make sure you vote! The mayor has been uncontested for a decade. That as much reason for new blood as any.


David and I tossed around a bunch of topics in the shot gun segment, from Occupy Wall Street to Muslims in Catholic University, so check out the archive and listen.


If you haven't heard .. you can find us on iTunes here! Or just go to iTunes and search for AC Nation Blog Talk Radio Feed. Download the episode and bring it with you anywhere!

Don't miss it!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Qaddafi is Dead, Government Spending, Harry Reid, California Cap and Trade, Electric Car Company Government Loan Guarantees, US Forest Service Blunders and Senators Gone Wild

Tonight, for our listeners, David and I did a full hour of our Shot Gun segment!

We discussed lots of current events and situations .. here and abroad.

It ran the gamut tonight as we opened with the killing of Qaddafi, bantered about government spending mistakes, touched on the importance of States rights and of course we ratted out our legislators and government employees for making grave errors in judgement.

If you missed it live be sure to check the archive and find out what you should know this week by tuning in here.

If you haven't heard .. you can find us on iTunes here! Or just go to iTunes and search for AC Nation Blog Talk Radio Feed. Download the episode and bring it with you!

Don't miss it!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Effect of European Economic Troubles on US Taxpayers

Do you know how much the economic troubles currently being experienced in Greece and across Europe will affect the US economy? Tune in to tonights episode of Breaking it Down with DT where Brian and I interviewed Dan Lewis, Chief Executive of London's Economic Policy Centre.

Since graduating in 1994 in Modern Languages and History, Dan worked in financial organisations in the City of London and lived and worked in Luxembourg for four years until 2001. After this period Dan got more involved in consulting with policymakers, institutional investors and businesses as well as doing research for the think tanks, the Economic Research Council and the Centre for Policy Studies.

Dan described in great detail the risks associated with economic troubles in Europe and expressed concerns that a complete collapse of the Greek economy is a matter of when, not if! To understand how this will affect us listen to the archive of the show here! Dan is also an expert in energy policy so the discussion transitioned to energy policy and just how the US and Great Britain energy policies intertwine . Dan was an knowledgeable and informative guest and shared information that is important to all Americans.

In the shotgun segment of the show Brian and I discussed the Alabama immigration law and the Justice Departments new hotling directed at the Alabama government. We also discussed some of the demands of the occupiers of Wall Street and their absurd idea that every American should earn $20 an hour whether they work or now. Who would ever go to work again if we could all earn that much for doing nothing? And the scary part is Obama and Pelosi have come out in support of the socialist agenda!

Make sure to check out the archive and hear all this important information by tuning in here or by listening here at mayflowerbrothers.com!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Congressman To Be .. From Virginia - Ken Vaughn


David and I had the pleasure of speaking with our special guest, Ken Vaughn, Candidate for the US House of Representatives from Virginia's 11th District.

Chuck Williams was also supposed to join us tonight and had to reschedule. Expectant fathers aren't always in control of their time! Good luck Chuck!

We talked to Ken about a number of issues he thinks are important. We hit on the economy, regulations on small business, and the fact that he believes we need to limit government spending to 17% of US GDP. He thinks the government needs to get a balanced budget in place. We can't say we disagree!

Look for Ken on 
Facebook and Twitter. Also visit his website at http://www.vaughnforcongress.com/.

If you missed it live you MUST check it out here tonight's episode.

In the shotgun segment we also called for the Occupy Wall Street folks to stop wasting tax payer's money and go out and take responsibility for their own lives instead of blaming the establishment. It's like a 60's flash back!

We also paid a brief tribute to Steve Jobs, thanks for the iPad dude.

Be sure to check out the archive for ALL the great shows we've had and, of course, be sure to tune in next week to Breaking it Down with DT at 10PM EST here on our blog or at AC Nation Radio!

Monday, October 3, 2011

This week on Breaking it Down with DT: Congressional Candidates from Virginia and Utah

Join us for Breaking it Down with DT where your host David Terry and co-host Brian Terry discuss conservative political and financial issues important to every day Americans. Be prepared for those office conversations at the water cooler by listening to Breaking it Down with DT every Thursday at 10PM EST.

Our guests will be 10:00 PM EST Special Guest Ken Vaughn will comment on UN consideration of the Palestinian Organization’s Application for Statehood, offer  Solutions for Economic Revitalization and Limiting Capital Investment by Government Agencies and prescribe Solutions to Legislative Gridlock Will You Bring to Washington, DC.  The Constitutional conservative and Republican candidate for Virginia’s 11th congressional district is seeking the GOP nomination to unseat Congressman Gerry Connolly.

And at 10:30 PM EST Special Guest Expectant Father Chuck Williams, Republican candidate running in Utah's 2nd Congressional District.  He served as President George W. Bush's Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations at the Pentagon, he also served in Vietnam and Iraq, and is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He also has extensive experience in energy and public land use issues.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rich State Poor State

This week on Breaking it Down with DT we spoke to Jonathan Williams, Director of theTax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Jonathan is co-author of the book Rich State Poor State with famous economist Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal. Jonathan returned to re-visit with us as a follow up to his guest appearance in May.

On the show we spoke about the 4th edition of Rich States Poor States which "exposes the scare tactics of the tax-and-spend crowd and show how economic vitality follows lower taxes". Jonathan also explained how the book uses the ALEC-Laffer index to rank the 50 states offering a look at how the state has performed economically in the past and projections for how the state will perform going forward. If you want to know what's going on in your state and where it's going this is a must read.

Tonights show also featured an update on the Amicus brief ALEC wrote in support of the states lawsuit against Obamacare. Jonathan informed us that their brief was referenced in the decision against the federal government in the Florida case which helps to prove ALEC is on the right track!

Don't forget to tune in next week at 10PM EST to hear interviews with Ken Vaughn who is running for Congress in Virginia's 11th district. Ken will be discussing his campaign as well as Palestinian statehood, offer solutions for economic revitalization and limiting capital investment by government agencies and prescribe solutions to legislative gridlock he will bring to Washington. Then at 10:30 when we speak to Chuck Williams who is running in the 2nd Congressional district in Utah. Chuck will discuss his campaign as well as his former government service and bring his extensive experience on energy and public land use to the discussion.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Suspending Elections and the Liberal Thought Process

Everyone knows that there are major differences between conservatives and liberals. And most times liberals hide their enmity for voters better than Governor Bev Perdue this week, so when they are caught telling the truth we need to pay attention and scream it from the roof tops so everyone sees them for what they really are.

Governor Perdue of North Carolina said recently that we should suspend Congressional elections for two years. She says we should tell Congress we won't hold anything against them that they do in trying to "help our country recover". In defending her crazy comment, her spokesperson actually suggests that she was only using hyperbole for a major problem in Washington, that Congress members worry more about elections than serving the people they represent.

This shows us the biggest difference between liberals and conservatives. As a conservative I personally want my elected officials to worry about getting elected. Every time they go to vote on a bill I want them to worry about what I think and how it might affect my vote in the next election. If they don't fulfill their campaign promises I want to be able to vote them out of office as soon as possible to replace them with someone who might do what they promised. Liberal logic works much differently than mine though. Standard liberal thinking is that they know better than the electorate. They don't want to have to be responsible to the voters. They want the voters to go about their daily lives and stay out of the way and let the liberals do what is best for them.

So when liberals actually speak their mind and expose their true thinking, don't let the mainstream media fool you into thinking it was a joke or hyperbole. Especially don't fall for articles like this one where the author actually suggests that voters have considered suspending elections. They want you to believe we want bi-partisanship. Bi-partisanship and deal making is what got us into the mess we are in as a country and it needs to stop. The only people who would ever consider taking away our civil rights are the liberals who want voters out of the way so they can "do what's best for us". It's high time we used our vote to get the liberals out of the way so we can get back to Constitutional principles and "help our country recover"!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Solar Decathalon? I Say It's The Solar Propagandathon

So as you may or may not know the Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the DOE, has been going on since 2002.

It's a competition and expo organized by the Department of Energy (DOE) that invites teams to build houses powered by the sun, opened to the public today in Washington, D.C.

This year the 19 dwellings, designed by teams affiliated with universities from the U.S. and abroad, are set up in West Potomac Park—an eight-acre site dotted with baseball fields that is technically part of the Mall but located by the Tidal Basin, farther from foot traffic. The houses will be there until October 2. Judges will assess the buildings in 10 categories—hence, “decathlon”—related to design, cost, and efficiency. The winner will be announced October 1.

Decathlon director Richard King of the DOE says, " It’s important to pull in visitors as the event can positively influence people’s opinions about sustainable design. You need to have an educated public to make this industry grow."

I would argue that with you Richard. You don't need education you need demand. Plenty of people "know" about green and sustainable. Nobody wants to BUY it! There is almost no demand for this type of energy because the costs are prohibitive. Just because you tell me how nice it is doesn't mean I'm going to buy it when the next best thing is 1/10 the cost and operates better. Economics 101, Richard.

Solar is one of the most expensive sources of energy and it isn't even sustainable. At night the sun goes away!

Yet the government constantly is pushing this green agenda. Why? To control the energy resources of the country. Why are the American people letting the government have such tight control over energy? We have given the government the power to dictate how we live our lives! Politicians dole out the use of energy as they see fit and we still sit by and allow it. Even applaud it!

Insane. Stop drinking the Koolaid people and do your own research!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Help Restore Constitutional Rule Of Law .. Check Out The Essential Liberty Project

If you have not seen it yet you have to check this out.

The Patriot Post has done an interesting thing, as they are always doing so I'm not surprised!

They have a website called The Essential Liberty Project which is about Restoring the Constitutional Rule Of Law.

Take a few minutes to check it out. Then do 2 things.

Sign the petition and then donate to the cause if you are able, it's a good one.

Let's win this one, people!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Conservative Patriot Who Will Be Continuing to Serve - Tom Cotton


David and I had the pleasure of speaking with our special guest, Tom Cotton - Patriot, Ranger, Harvard Law Grad AND Candidate for the US House of Representatives from Arkansas 4th District.

We talked to Tom about a number of pressing issues including the economy, immigration and the US Constitution. He is a straight shooter all the way.

He has just begun his Congressional Campaign and of course has some time to gain traction before the vote so check him out. Look for him on Facebook and
Twitter. Also visit his website and when you realize how much you like him, and you will, support the campaign at http://www.cottonforcongress.com/.

If you missed it live hop on over to tonight's episode and give a listen. 

Be sure to check out the archive for ALL the great shows we've had and, of course, be sure to tune in next week to Breaking it Down with DT at 10PM EST here on our blog or at AC Nation Radio!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Are You Kidding? AttackWatch.com?

You've got to see this website .. http://www.attackwatch.com/ .. the president launched a new website ..  because criticism of the president must be foul and baseless .. uh .. not.

AND .. more support of the lying Obama continues to do .. all there .. all the time .. check out the filth. It is paid for by Obama for America, the biggest misnomer I've seen lately.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Congratulations to Congressman elect Mark Amodei!

A few weeks ago Brian and Dad had the opportunity to interview Mark Amodei, at the time a candidate for US Congress. This week Mark won his special election and will be heading off to Washington to fight for the conservative cause! Congratulations to Mark and his team! We hope to bring Mark back on down the road to hear how things are going.

The Path to Full Employment and Fixing the Social Security Nightmare

Tonight was Brian's turn to be out of pocket so John "Dad" Terry and I interviewed Ted Abram, the Executive Director of the American Institute for Full Employment. Mr. Abram is a former judge and also worked on the 1996 welfare reform laws that were enacted that were the first major reform of the welfare system.

We discussed many fascinating topics with Mr. Abram and managed to barely squeeze the interview into our hour show. Listening to the archive is a necessity so click to listen to tonight's episode.

The discussion featured exciting topics such as how to reform social security. Mr. Abram presented an interesting concept for young people to plan for retirement that I know I would jump at. We also discussed the tax system as it stands and what can be done to reform the system. There are many plans out there and Mr. Abrams thoughts were profound.

Mr. Abram spoke at length about the issues with our political system and the need of elected and appointed officials to perpetuate and grow government to retain and increase their power. Mr. Abram presented some great ideas that are available on tonight's show and also on his blog, Democracy and Power!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A New Representative for Florida's 20th District? We hope so! Karen Harrington

Tonight, David was out of pocket again, so John Terry joined me to speak with our special guest Karen Harrington, Business Owner AND Candidate for the US House of Representatives from Florida's 20th District.

Mrs. Harrington discussed her reasons for challenging Debbie Wasserman Schultz for the 20th District seat as well as her views on what it will take to return the US economy to the path of growth.

With plenty of time ahead to build momentum in the, sure to be historic, 2012 campaign season Mrs. Harrington will have plenty of time to build her case to the 20th District voters. Keep an eye on that race!

Visit Karen Harrington's website and check her out for yourself. Also, find her at www.firedebbie.com.

If you missed it live hop on over to tonight's episode and give a listen. 

Be sure to check out the archive for ALL the great shows we've had and, of course, be sure to tune in next week to Breaking it Down with DT at 10PM EST here on our blog or at AC Nation Radio!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The US Government Is Too Big .. Is The Little Guy Really Being Looked After?

Tonight, since David was out of pocket, I had the pleasure of having John Terry (Dad for those of you who don't know) join me to speak with our special guest Anthony Gregory, Research Editor at The Independent Institute. He has written hundreds of articles that have appeared in publications from the Christian Science Monitor to Bloomberg Business Week. He also regularly writes for numerous news and commentary web sites.

We touched on a healthy list of topics with Anthony. We talked about the general state of the economy, the Obama White House and Congress and Free Enterprise and Liberty. He is finishing work on a manuscript on liberty and the writ of habeas corpus and commented on his academic journey analyzing that. We'll be on the lookout for that interesting book down the road. 

Personal Freedom was the overriding topic that wound its way through tonight's conversation.

If you missed it live hop on over to tonight's episode and give a listen

Be sure to check out the archive for ALL the great shows we've had and be sure to tune in next week to Breaking it Down with DT at 10PM EST here on our blog or at AC Nation Radio!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pennsylvania Economy, Welfare Spending on Restaurants and Foreign Relations Nightmares

Tonight Brian and I spoke with Rick Saccone, the Delegate to the Pennsylvania House from District 39 in Pennsylvania. Mr. Saccone is a PhD. who spent time with the USAF in Asia as well as working in North Korea as the only American citizen in the country. He was a Fullbright-Hayes scholar in Egypt where he studied Islam as well as spending time as a civilian in Baghdad and Mosul as a Senior Counterintelligence Agent.

Mr. Saccone spoke in depth about the efforts the Pennsylvania government is making to improve the economy and jobs in their state. He discussed increasing energy production in the state through natural gas exploration as well as protecting the environment from the potentially harmful effects of fracking. He also discussed the first major step in closing a $4 Billion shortfall in passing a balanced budget with no borrowing for the first time in years in the state. We also discussed one of our favorite topics, personal responsibility, when we discussed a move by companies to help restaurants accept welfare cash cards for purchases. Mr. Saccone is clearly a conservative when he states that's not what welfare was intended for and we need to fix a broken system.

Turning away from Pennsylvania we focused on the foreign policy of the current administration in the White House and discussed the major errors they have committed. Mr. Saccone went so far as to call Obama worse than Jimmy Carter. And we all know that is saying a lot. Be sure to tune in to hear the warnings that Mr. Saccone laid out for our foreign policy and his thoughts on the current Republican Presidential field and their foreign policy expertise.

Tonights episode can be found here. Be sure to check out the archive and then tune in next week to Breaking it Down with DT at 10PM EST here on our blog or at AC Nation Radio!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Shariah Law, Islam and the Threat to America

Tonight, on Breaking it Down with DT, David and I had the pleasure to interview Clare Lopez. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Vice President for The Intelligence Summit, Senior Fellow for The Clarion Fund and a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at The Claremont Institute.

Clare is a co-author of the book Shariah The Threat To America. Find it and read it!

We got the chance to discuss Shariah law and whether it is a threat to America. She shared startling insights into Shariah law, the Muslim world and just how DIFFERENT it is from the way of life we are used to in the US.
Find out more about the about the 56 countries in the world that are predominately Islamic at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation web site. Another great resource she shared was the Shariah in American Courts website.

The most startling revelation was just how strongly the White House is interested in placating the Muslim world by giving up our Constitutional rights!

We appreciated Clare joining us this evening! Don't miss the REPLAY!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Future Freshman Congressman's View - Mark Amodei

Tonight on Breaking it Down with DT we had special guest host, John Terry, as David was traveling (again).

We had the pleasure to interview former Nevada State Senator Mark Amodei. He is running for US Congress against demo Kate Marshall. It's the seat that Dean Heller vacated when he was appointed as the junior Nevada US Senator.

We got the chance to chat about Mark's ideas and positions on the economy, the debt ceiling and the balanced budget amendment ideas among many other things.

Find out more about Mark Amodei, his campaign and upcoming election HERE. We wish him the best on September 13th in the special election.

Many thanks to future US Congressman Mark Amodei for joining us! Check out the REPLAY!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Brilliant Author's View on Liberty in America - Dr. Mark Blitz

Tonight on Breaking it Down with DT David and I interviewed Dr. Mark Blitz, Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. He has written a very interesting book called book Conserving Liberty. Find the book or ebook on Amazon.

We got the chance to chat about the book and the ideas that define conservatism.

Check out Dr. Blitz's recent article we referred to We Want Our Citizens Engaged, Not Enraged.

Many thanks to Dr. Blitz for joining us! Check out the replay!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Florida's Children Are In For A Treat

Tonight on Breaking it Down with DT Brian and I interviewed Gerard Robinson. Mr. Robinson was the Secretary of Education in Virginia until recently and is about to become Commissioner of Education for Florida. Mr. Robinson discussed the role of government in education, his accomplishments in Virginia, the importance of virtual education going forward and the importance of school choice.

Mr. Robinson has very unique thoughts on these very important topics that suggest he is going to be a great advocate for the education of Florida's children. Tune in to this interview by clicking the link to Breaking it Down with DT!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Future US Senator Don Stenberg Talks Taxes Budget and the Economy

Tonight our guest co-host Dad Terry and I interviewed the State Treasurer and US Senate Candidate Don Stenberg on Breaking it Down with DT. Mr. Stenberg is a long time fiscal and social conservative who believes that the feds need to cut spending, get taxes under control and pass a balanced budget amendment that caps government spending at a percentage of GDP. Mr. Stenberg needs to defeat Senator Ben Nelson, the last democrat to turn tail and vote for Obamacare. You can learn more about Mr. Stenberg here! Listen to this great show and learn all you need to know about supporting a strong fiscal conservative on Breaking it Down with DT!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Future US Senator and True Conservative Richard Mourdock

Last night on Breaking it Down with DT David and I interviewed Richard Mourdock, Indiana’s State Treasurer in November 2006 and was re-elected
in 2010. Prior to his election as State Treasurer, Richard had a successful 30 year career in the private sector, managing businesses in the energy, environmental and construction industries. He also served two terms as County Commissioner of Vanderburgh County.

By his own admission he is a Federalist in the classic sense. A man with true conservative thinking. Check out Richard Mourdock's website.

He is running for the US Senate against a man that's been there almost 40 years, Dick Lugar, and in my opinion worn out his welcome. He has already been getting donations from outside Indiana, which just goes to show that people all over the U.S. know we need true conservatives in D.C.

Check out the replay!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Entrepreneurship in America Starts With Kids

Last night on Breaking it Down with DT Brian and I interviewed Steve Mariotti who is the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Steve explained the history of the organization and the amazing progress they have made with low-income students across the world.

This is a wonderful organization doing great work. They provide a hand up to kids who are willing to put in the effort to be successful and this is the true American way. Tune in here to listen to to the archive of the show.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Breaking it Down with DT Recap for June 16

Tonight on Breaking it Down with DT we talked about some major topics of interest across the political spectrum!

Be sure to go to Obama's website to enter to win dinner with the President. Every conservative around should enter repeatedly for the chance to go tell Obama what we think about him! When did we stoop to the level of  a high school fundraiser to start raffling off dinner with the President to raise campaign funds? How does our President look himself in the mirror without laughing at himself?

Some of the other topics we discussed are Weinergate and the violation of the trust of the electorate. And not the way you think. What business was it of the media or other members of Congress to try to force Weiner out? It's the business of the citizens in his district to decide. And according to polls they still wanted him. So much for our representative republic! We also discussed Obama loading up federal departments with contributors and fundraisers even though he promised not to, his violation of federal law by keeping our troops engaged in Libya, and the fact that the so called environmentally friendly cars are actually worse for the environment than regular cars!

Finally we also told you from the do as I say and not as I do files that Nancy Pelosi and her husband are part of the rich getting richer even though she talks differently in congress. And we wrapped up by telling people that the city of San Francisco wants to ban circumcisions and buying pets!!! What kind of crazy liberal town is that?

Check all these issues out on Breaking it Down with DT!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Docs Don't Like Obamacare!

Tonight on the show we discussed Obamacare and it's effect on the doctor-patient relationship with Dr. Jill Vecchio, the Director of the Colorado chapter of Doctors 4 Patient Care. Doctor Vecchio discussed the negative effects Romneycare has had on Massachussetts healthcare and some of the major problems with the bill that will destroy healthcare as we know it today! This is a show no one can afford to miss! Check out the show here!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How A True Conservative Runs A City Successfully in America

Tonight on Breaking It Down With DT we had special guest Rick Baker, the former mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. Elected in 2001, he was reelected in November 2005 with more than 70% of the votes cast.

He is the author of The Seamless City: A Conservative Mayor's Approach to Urban Revitalization that Can Work Anywhere. Find it here on Amazon.

We had the chance to learn about the book and the conservative ideals that made him successful as a mayor. We're very thankful for the time Mr. Baker spent with us tonight and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Don't miss the replay here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Breaking it Down with DT Recap 5/26/2011

Tonight's episode featured Ken Klukowski. Ken is a lawyer, constitutional scholar and co-author of the new book Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America. Ken described in detail several of the major points in his book, describing the three legged stool that Reagan described as fiscal conservatives, social conservatives and religious conservatives. Listen in to the show here and you can buy Resurgent here or at your local bookstore! This is a handbook on how to be a constitutional conservative that no one should miss!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Breaking it Down with DT Recap

The last two weeks shows have been fantastic! Our guests were dynamic and well informed about their issues and provided excellent information for our listeners.

On May 12th we featured Florida State Representative Matt Gaetz from Fort Walton Beach, Florida representing House District 4. Mr. Gaetz discussed several bills he sponsored in Florida and the overall direction of the state. As a member of the Millenial Generation Mr. Gaetz discussed how he got elected at such an early age as well as ways to reach the younger generation. This show can be heard at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ac-nation/2011/05/13/breaking-it-down-with-dt.

On May 19th we featured Jonathan Williams, the Tax & Fiscal Policy Task Force Director for the American Legislative Exchange Council. Mr. Williams discussed ALEC's principles of taxation as well as their resolution in favor of a federal flat tax. Mr. Williams also discussed the amicus curiae brief written by ALEC to the 11 Circuit Court of Appeals regarding ObamaCare. Mr. Williams clearly laid our reasons for a flat tax and cleared up many misconceptions listeners might have about the flat tax as well as explained the major reasons why ALEC believes ObamaCare is not only unnecessary but unconstitutional. The archive of this show can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ac-nation/2011/05/20/breaking-it-down-with-dt.

These were fantastic shows and shouldn't be missed!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Breaking It Down With DT Episode Recap

Tonight on our radio show, Breaking It Down With DT, we had special guest Rand Simberg, an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a 30 year aerospace veteran. To read Mr. Simberg's views on space go to his blog at http://www.transterrestrial.com. He is also a a member of the Competitive Space Task Force a non-profit public policy organization.

Make sure to read his essay A Space Program For The Rest Of Us.

Mr. Simberg enlightened us on the role of the private sector in the future of space and stands firmly on the principles that freedom and free enterprise go hand in hand with the future of space, a frontier that should be opened up to all humanity. It was one of the more informative and educational episodes we've had and we're very thankful for the time we had to learn about space from his point of view.

Check out the replay here. It's a must hear!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Breaking It Down With DT Episode Recap

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we had special guest Forest Thigpen, President of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, an independent public policy organization based in Jackson. We discussed several issues that the Center champions: Leading Towards Liberty and Governing Principles.

Make sure you visit his website to find out more about the ideals and principles they promote.

The other website they promote is Governing By Principle. Another great site to check out for points that our elected officials should be paying attention to.

Not a show to miss so take a listen to the replay!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Radio Show Recap

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we had James Lafferty from the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force on to discuss the current state of affairs with Muslims in the US and around the world.

We also talked about taxes and the AARP. Take a look at the report from the House Ways and Means Committee.

It was an exciting show .. take a listen to the replay.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Radio Show Recap

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we had a amazing guest, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, who just recently announced an exploratory committee for the 2012 Presidential election.

Go check out former Governor Roemer's Website, his Facebook page and his Twitter to find out more about him and why he thinks we need a President that is "free to lead".

If you want to find out what Buddy thinks about US Energy policy, International Trade, Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Legal Immigration make sure you check out the replay from tonight.

It was our pleasure speaking with Mr. Roemer and we want to thank him for taking time out of his New Hampshire trip to speak with us.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Radio Show Recap - 4/7/11

Tonight's show featured Geoffrey Lawrence, Deputy Policy Director for the Nevada Policy Research Institute which is a free-market think tank that seeks private solutions to public challenges facing Nevada, the West and the nation. The Institute's primary areas of focus are education and fiscal policy, with the goal of advancing free-market principles in both.

During the show Geoffrey focused on issues related to state budgets and the positive aspects of performance based budgeting which is now being used successfully in Washington and several other states. Geoffrey shared that the current budget process is bankrupting our states and that we need to be able to verify the success of government programs before we blindly continue to fund them.

Geoffrey also discussed the massive unfunded public pension liabilities across the country. He shared with us the causes of the lack of funding related to poor foreasting and assumptions made by pension managers as well as the meddling of politicians who influence the investments of the pension managers into investments which may not be financially rewarding but might provide political capital come election time.

Geoffrey wrapped up our conversation by discussing education reform and the success of certain programs across the country. Many school districts are facing massive shortfalls and Geoffrey suggested technology based education opportunities such as online charter schools which can be used to curb the costs of education. We discussed the evidence that more money doesn't fix the problems in education, providing as proof that the Disctrict of Columbia has the highest per student budget yet has some of the lowest test scores of all districts nationwide.

This was a fantastic interview. Geoffrey brought many great points to light that are important for everyone to know when they get around the water cooler tomorrow at work.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Radio Show Recap

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we had a super guest, Daniel Kish, Senior Vice President of Policy from the Institute for Energy Research in Washington, D.C.

Dan has more than 25 years of experience on congressional committees focused principally upon of natural resource and energy policies. His service includes the principal resource committees in the House and Senate, including six years as chief of staff for the Republicans on the House Resources Committee and four years on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee staff.  His primary focus has been access to resources on government lands and in the waters of the Outer Continental Shelf, and specifically, upon the enormous conventional and unconventional energy there that waits to be allowed to add value to our nation’s well-being.

Dan brought to light some key information about energy policy. He says energy is the true measure of power for a nation. The US government OWNS more land than anyone truly realizes. Politicians are in control of the nations energy and dole it as they see fit. We discussed that domestic industry is handcuffed by the government and not allowed to develop more resources.

Today, there are many states that are making it law that energy consumers must buy 'green' energy sources. The MOST expensive sources of energy we have. He confirmed the research done by the Congressional Research Service that states the US has the largest energy reserves in the world is entirely truthful. We question why the government would force us to spend more on energy than need be and why doesn't the US energy consumer respond.
He also posits that the power over energy really should belong with the people and not the politicians who are using that power to dictate how we live our lives, what cars we should drive and how much we pay for energy. Again we questioned why do the politicians state we have scare resources .. for power .. over us.

The technology exist for the US to be independent from any source of foreign energy that we wish to be. Energy could be provided more cheaply AND efficiently if policy makers allowed it.

Listen to the replay, if you missed the show, to find out what the Chinese are providing the US energy industry that you don't know about  HERE.

Thank again to Dan for joining us tonight and shedding light on one of the most important topics of today.

Make sure you tune in next week, April 7, when we talk to Geoffrey Lawrence, Deputy Director of Policy at the Nevada Policy Research Institute as we focus on Labor and Unions: the Deficits, Politics, and Solutions.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Radio Show Recap and Links You Can Use

Tonight on our radio show at Breaking It Down With DT we enjoyed speaking with Dr. Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute.

He has been Director of Defense Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and he spent 15 years working for Congress on national security issues, including stints as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. He also has served as Evaluator-in-Charge (national security and intelligence) for the U.S. General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office), and has testified on the military and financial aspects of NATO expansion before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on CIA oversight before the House Government Reform Committee, and on the creation of the Department of Homeland Security before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

You can find out more info on Dr. Eland Here.

Dr. Eland provided our listeners with the most succinct analysis on the situation in Libya and the Middle East that we've heard anywhere. He also talked about why Obama, and most of the Presidents since 1950, haven't followed the law. Executive power is greater than the Founding Fathers ever thought it should be.

In fact hop over to Archive Play 3/24 Episode to check it out.

David and I recapped some of the current issues around the Sharia Law being used in US courtrooms today. Take a look at FOXNEWS Tampa case to see a current situation in Florida.

Many thanks to Dr. Eland for joining us.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Islamic Law and US Military Activity on Breaking it Down with DT

Brian and I just received a great link from an old friend that is perfect for this week. Thursday 3/24 at 10PM EST Breaking it Down with DT will feature James Lafferty from the Virginia Anti-Sharia Taskforce to discuss the use of Islamic law in secular US courtrooms. This link we received http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/article1158818.ece shows that this is a real concern for America. People keep telling conservatives we are overreacting or that there is some form of ethic bias against Islam when we make rules against Sharia law... but as proven in Tampa there are already courts in this country throwing out US laws in preference for Islamic law. This must be stopped! Thanks Pat for sharing this with us!

The second half of the show will feature Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Center Director for the Center on Peace & Liberty. Mr. Eland will be discussing United States' military efforts in Libya, analysis of our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq and analysis of the Obama Administration's efforts against terrorism from both foreign and domestic enemies. We will cover as many topics as possible, time permitting!

You can listen here on Mayflower Brothers or tune in at http://radio.acnation.com/. This should be one of our best shows yet!

The Hypocrisy in Libya

The President of the United States is a hypocrite who says one thing and then turns around and does another. We have seen this time and again throughout his term but none more than what we are witnessing right now. Our military is actively fighting in Libya right now without any authorization from the Congress. My argument isn’t that authorization is required as according to the US Constitution he is the Commander in Chief of our armed forces. Other than the President’s inability to declare war, he’s the man in charge of our military. But apparently Obama believes, at least he did in 2007 when he was a candidate and campaigning, that the President shouldn’t act the way he is now.
Below is an excerpt from the Boston Globe Questionnaire presented to the Presidential candidates in 2007 as was answered by Barack Obama.
The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.
Source: Boston Globe questionnaire on Executive Power Dec 20, 2007


So the question is, if Candidate Obama was so specific about the president not acting without prior authorization, why haven’t we had a congressional vote before spending our money and risking our troops in harm’s way? The only possible answer is he said what he said to get elected, not because he really meant it. How many more times does this man have to turn his back on his promises? Thankfully 2012 is coming soon. But people need to wake up and realize what we’re really dealing with in the President.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Radio Show Recap and Links You Can Use

Tonight on our radio show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ac-nation, Breaking It Down With DT, we had a great guest on, Ed Braddy. He is currently the Executive Director of the American Dream Coalition and a past Gainesville, Florida City Commissioner.

He mentioned a slew of web sites for folks to find out information about "Smart Growth" and the big issues facing conservatives today.

Here is the list:
http://americandreamcoalition.org/
http://www.spn.org/
http://ti.org/antiplanner/
http://www.jamesmadison.org/
http://www.demographia.com/
http://www.heritage.org/
http://www.cato.org/
http://reason.org/

We were also lucky enough to have Dr. Jorge Lopez, Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso on the show.

We asked Dr. Lopez to explain the ramifications of the Japan nuclear incident that is unfolding as a result of the earthquake and tsunami from March 11. The good Dr. was able to bring clarity to the situation better than we've heard done in mainstream media. In fact, one of our listeners let us know he did a better job of explaining the situation than he heard on Fox News earlier tonight.

Thanks again, Dr. Lopez!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Taking the "Public" Out of National Public Radio

There are many definitions of the word “public” like in the name “National Public Radio (NPR)”. According to Houghton Mifflin there are 7 different definitions. But in the end all that matters is how people perceive it. Personally when I read NPR I equate it to a “Public Park” or a “Public Employee”. “Public Parks” are paid for by the government whether it is local, state or federal. “Public Employees” are paid by tax dollars to work for the public good in one form or another.
NPR though is a complete misnomer to me because they aren’t really public at all in the sense of the word most people understand. My research is not scientific by any stretch, but when I asked average people I have met what that NPR means to them is that it’s sponsored by the government for the good of the people. But that isn’t the deal with NPR any more. A very small percentage of their money comes from the government. And while they have been accused at different times as being too conservative or too liberal, they certainly don’t provide any service that you can’t get from for-profit radio.
In 1970 there were only around 6000 radio stations in the US and we had no cable news stations or the internet to get our information from. Today there are over 14000 radio stations in the country, we have CNN, CNN Headline News, CNBC, MSNBC and FoxNews…. just as the mainstays without considering the smaller cable stations, plus we have every website, foundation, think thank and blog site you could ever hope for on the internet to get information from. It’s time to stop pretending that these people are somehow necessary to expose people to some information that isn’t available in many other locations.
If NPR wants to stay in existence that’s great. Go for it. But there are two things that need to happen. First, all government funding needs to stop. We don’t have enough money to pay for things like NPR anymore when it’s easy to get it from other sources that are so prevalent for news and other programming. Second, when we stop government funding of NPR they need to be forced to change their name. If they aren’t public funded let’s stop confusing people by making them think they are somehow in this for the public good. Just because they are non-profit doesn’t make them any different than any for-profit station. Let’s stop pretending they are in this for the public good.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

So maybe not all public employees are overpaid... but....

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/27/1500-teachers-paid-union-business-missing-class/

This article discusses the NYC schools where 1500 teachers are paid their full salary to only teach some of the day and then spend the rest of their day on union activities. In this group there are 40 teachers who work only one class and then spend the rest of the day on the taxpayers dime working on union business where they are also paid by the union. How is this not a conflict of interest? And based on the examples in the article these are some of the best paid teachers in the city. One specific teacher they use as an example makes $100,000 a year to teach one class a day plus an additional $50,000 by the union. Now that is overpaid, no matter how you slice it! How do negotiators let things like this happen? I wonder if these negotiators are former teachers who moved into administration? That would explain some of the sweetheart deals. Talk about corruption.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wisconsin, Obamacare and the Power of the Vote!

By David Terry

The Democrats seem to have extraordinarily short term memories and a very convenient view of compromise in this Wisconsin situation. They are complaining because Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the State Houses are pushing though legislation without compromising with the Democrats. Considering they gave the Democrats 60 hours to speak their mind in the State Assembly before the vote doesn't seem to count as having their say. This follows a campaign where Governor Walker clearly campaigned on limiting state unions and cutting back on benefits for state workers. The people of Wisconsin spoke clearly and gave Governor Walker a 6% win in the general election. This was basically the same spread as between President Obama and John McCain.   
Looking back to the Obamacare debate last year looks very similar to the situation in Wisconsin today. President Obama felt he had a strong mandate for change and pushed through Obamacare with no regard for the disagreements of the Republicans across the country. Polls across the country showed significant opposition to Obamacare and every town hall meeting featured citizens clearly opposed to the new law. The Republicans met with the President and offered many potential changes to the law in a bipartisan fashion which the President and the Democrat controlled Congress ignored. The difference is President Obama campaigned on a platform of inclusion and bipartisanship, saying that he wanted everyone to come to the table and agree on positive changes for the country. Governor Walker made it clear this was his intention from the start, and the people voted for him anyway.
Now let's look at today's situation in Wisconsin. The Democratic Senators from the State Senate have fled the state like small children who didn't get their way at the backyard baseball game and ran away crying while taking their bat and ball and going home. Tens of thousands of protestors have called in sick to work, shutting down schools across the state because their benefit packages are more important than the students they have committed to educating. The Democrats are busing protestors who don't even live in Wisconsin to the protests.
So when the Democrats cry foul, it's very difficult to pay attention. You can't have your cake and eat it too. If you want to ignore the Republicans and push through your agenda then you can't complain when the Republicans return the favor. The Republicans took their beating in Congress and then took the issue to the voters. What they got in return from the voters was a massive defeat of the Democrats in the 2010 elections. The Wisconsin voters turned the Governors' office and both state houses over to the Republicans. That sounds like a pretty clear mandate to me. It's time for the Democrats in Wisconsin to get back to work. They have the same ability to take it to the voters in the next election and see how their agenda plays out.
In the end it is all about the power of the vote! Our elected representatives run on a platform they hope the majority of voters will agree with. If they win they get to go enact the laws the way they see fit. Then in 2, 4 or 6 years depending on the job the voters get to tell you how you did by voting. We have the longest running government system on the planet or a reason. The representative republic works, it's time for the politicians to let it work and then have the faith to let the voters decide if they like it or not.    

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Florida High Speed Rail

By David Terry

This is a copy of an e-mail I sent today to Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Daniel Webster, State Senator Andy Gardiner and State Representative Steve Precourt in support of Florida Governor Rick Scott's position on High Speed Rail.
The issue of mass transit has been floating around Central Florida for many years. For some strange reason there has been continued support by elected officials to spend money even though I have seen no clear indication from the people of Central Florida that they will actually ride this transportation. Having lived in Central Florida for 15 years I have had many conversations with local residents from Tampa to Deland and many of these people state that they think rail projects would be a great idea. When you ask them if they would ride the trains the answer changes completely. They certainly advocate the trains for others to ride but I have yet to find a resident who says they would ride the train themselves. I currently work with several people who travel the I-4 corridor every day from as far as Brandon to the Sand Lake/John Young Parkway area of Orlando and they all are very specific in the fact that they wouldn't ride the train to work. These seem to be the perfect people for this project to serve yet they have no interest in riding now or in the future. I personally used to make the I-4 commute from Longwood to Celebration five days a week and I can guarantee I would never have chosen to ride the train.
More important than this is the fact that the voters statewide and in several county specific referendums have spoken clearly through their votes that they aren't interested in funding any more transportation projects. Governor Scott was clear during his campaign that he opposed the high speed rail concept and yet he won over a candidate who was an ardent supporter. In Hillsborough and Polk counties the voters rejected tax increase referendums that would have expanded their current service to meet the high speed rail with over 60% of the vote. This is an overwhelming majority of the vote against more spending to increase transportation services. It should also seem strange that the coalition to pass the tax in Hillsborough, "Moving Hillsborough Forward", was not supported by the taxpayer but was primarily a business backed group.
The voters of Florida have clearly spoken on this issue.  As elected officials you are in office to represent the wills of the people, not the wills of big business like Walt Disney World that will benefit from a station built on their property. Based on the locations of the proposed stations at WDW, Orange County Convention Center and the Orlando International Airport, this project is clearly designed to be another tourist based project that brings no real good to the people of Central Florida other than more tourists and lower wage jobs working in the tourism sector. Even the construction jobs created by this project are temporary, paid for by borrowing money from China to further mortgage our children's future.
If high speed rail were truly an economically viable method of transportation private companies would be clamoring for the right to build the trains and pay the entire cost of completing the project. At this point the only reason companies are willing to build it is because the federal government is mortgaging future generations by borrowing 43% of total spending to pay for crazy projects like this that no resident will ride. It's time to start considering the needs and desires of Florida's residents and not the tourists and amusement parks that are more than willing to let the government borrow billions from China to increase their bottom line.
I firmly believe that Governor Scott has done the right thing for Floridians and our future and as my elected representative I hope you will support him in this decision.