Category: Budget

AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit and Curtis Bowers in Birmingham next Monday!

Join Curtis Bowers in Birmingham, Alabama for a special screening of AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit.

2016 is a critical year for America. We can’t get discouraged and we can’t look away.  We’re facing a presidential election, the rise of ISIS, Common Core’s claim on the minds and hearts of our children, the onslaught of the LGBT agenda, a rising national debt, failures of a “conservative” congress, and silence of the church.

Is it possible to make sense of this confused world?  Is there hope? And, is there a solution we can be a part of?  In AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit, Curtis Bowers says yes.

Watch the trailer here:

AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit (Trailer) AgendaDocumentary.com from Copybook Heading Productions LLC on Vimeo.

“When filmmaker Curtis Bowers hit the road in 2010 with his film AGENDA, people began to wake up.  AGENDA became one of the best selling independent documentaries of all time, and grass roots America finally had a tool to connect the dots.

“As he continued to travel, Bowers found that people were overwhelmed by the seeming myriad of issues they were facing.  From the promotion of Islam to the propaganda of climate change, from the deceit of Common Core to the manufactured economic crisis, and from the manipulation of the Evangelical Church to the unsustainable debt burden, it seemed as if America had a hundred different enemies with a hundred different agendas.  But he knew from his research that wasn’t the case.

“Join Curtis Bowers as he heads out again to expose the Masters of Deceit and their purposeful, premeditated, treasonous attacks on our freedom.

“‘The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

www.AgendaDocumentary.com

Host: Eagle Forum of Alabama, alabamaeagle.org

When
Monday, January 18, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST) Add to Calendar
Where
Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) – 2200 Briarwood Way Birmingham, AL 35243 – View Map

Please Call NOW:  Congress to Pay for Obama’s Agenda!

December 16, 2015

On Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the next year. This bill represents the final opportunity for the Republican-led Congress to rein in the Obama Administration using the powers given them by Article One of the Constitution .

After weeks of negotiations behind closed doors, the results are in, and once again, the American people lose while special interests and the president win. Here are five of the biggest problems with the omnibus:

  1. Spending. When Republicans controlled only the House, they got the White House and Harry Reid to impose budget caps in 2011, one of the few accomplishments of John Boehner’s speakership. In October, although having control of both chambers, John Boehner surrendered this one accomplishment. The omnibus spends at these much higher levels set in the final Obama-Boehner budget deal, which was rejected by two-thirds of House Republicans.
  2. Life. Planned Parenthood will continue to receive funding. In fact, no pro-life victories can be found in the bill. Republican negotiators are left bragging about their ability to keep pro-life provisions that have been attached to funding bills for years.
  3. Immigration. No new restrictions are placed on refugee resettlement programs, sanctuary cities, or President Obama’s lawless amnesties. On the contrary, a provision was slipped in quadrupling H-2B visas in fiscal year 2016, bringing in tens of thousands more low-skilled workers.
  4. Environment. In exchange for lifting the crude oil ban, environmentalists are given free rein to advance their destructive agenda. Nothing in this omnibus will stop President Obama from implementing the climate change agreement reached in Paris last week. Furthermore, the EPA can continue imposing new regulations in areas such as water and carbon emissions that will affect our daily lives in many ways.
  5. National Security. Our national security will be diminished. President Obama can continue to implement his dangerous deal with Iran. Women will be allowed into combat units, lowering their overall effectiveness and increasing risks to men and women in the front lines.

With less than three days to digest a 2000+ page spending bill, no one should expect Members of Congress to fully understand what they are voting on when the omnibus comes to the floor.

Please email or call your senators and representative and tell them to vote NO on the omnibus spending bill.

Senator Jeff Sessions (202) 224-4124

Senator Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744

Congressman Robert Aderholt (202) 225-4876

Congressman Mo Brooks (202) 225-4801

Congressman Bradley Byrne (202) 225-4931

Congressman Gary Palmer (202) 225-4921

Congresswoman Martha Roby (202) 225-2901

Congressman Mike Rogers (202) 225-3261

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (202) 225-2665

Budget Decisions: Consequences of Gambling Expansion (Compact) Vs. Other Ways

May 13, 2015

To:   Governor Robert Bentley

Members, Alabama Senate and House

From: Eunie Smith, Eagle Forum of Alabama

You are in our prayers as you make the hard, limited-government choices that result in the most cost-effective government and the most liberty for our citizens.  We wish to share the following four points with you as you wrestle with budget decisions. Explanations follow.

  • It is NOT a foregone conclusion that the Poarch Creek Indians will have any gambling going forward.
  • We’re not just talking about gambling on Indian Reservations.
  • Gambling interests will take control of politics and policy making in Alabama.
  • There is Another Way.

1.      It is NOT a foregone conclusion that the Poarch Creek Indians will have any gambling going forward.

The push for a compact is premised on the notion that Indian gambling is here to stay, and therefore we might as well tax it.  This is a false premise!  It is being used to convince conservative legislators who would otherwise oppose gambling to give up and support a compact!

The Alabama Attorney General has a strong case pending in the federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (in Atlanta) that could be decided in a matter of weeks.  If the appeal is successful and the Attorney General eventually wins the case, it will undermine the right of the Poarch Creek to conduct any gambling operations in Alabama!

For over five years, the issue of “electronic bingo” has been fought out in case after case in Alabama state courts.  It is this form of gambling that has been conducted up until now on both Indian and non-Indian land in Alabama.   Just a few months ago, in a case called Houston County Economic Development Ass’n. v. State (November 21, 2014), our Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling that finally settles the matter once and for all:  so-called “electronic bingo” is illegal under Alabama law.  Only paper bingo is allowed.  Now that this ruling is in place, there is good reason to believe that the federal courts will take notice and rule that, since this gambling is illegal under Alabama law on non-Indian land, federal law will not permit it on Indian land either.

In addition, the case brought by the Attorney General also includes a sound argument that  the land on which all of the Indian gambling is being conducted in Alabama was not even properly taken “into trust” for the benefit of the Poarch Creek tribe.  In a 2009 case called Carcieri v. Salazar, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that only Indian tribes recognized as such by the federal government in 1934 could benefit from land taken into trust for them by the Secretary of Interior.  Alabama’s Poarch Creeks were not recognized as a tribe until the 1980’s!

2.  We’re not just talking about gambling on Indian Reservations.

If we enter into a compact with the Poarch Creek Indians, non-Indian gambling bosses will never let us hear the end of it.  They will keep pushing until they have the same rights.  Once we “cross the Rubicon” and become a gambling state, the political pressure from non-Indians to be treated “equally” will be relentless.   (The tools available will include massive political contributions to those who favor increased gambling and equally massive contributions to recruit and support opponents for those who oppose increased gambling.)

The result of gambling expansion is NOT more reliable net revenue to the state.  However, the costs are reliable: more addictions, more family breakdown, more divorces, increased crime, increased law enforcement and public assistance programs, business and restaurant closings …   See http://stoppredatorygambling.org/

3.     Gambling Interests will Take Control of Politics in Alabama.

In Mississippi today, whenever a new law is proposed in the legislature, the first question legislators ask is “Where are the casinos on this?”  Do we in Alabama really want to turn control of our state politics over to the gambling bosses?

Right now the two biggest donors in Alabama state politics are the Alabama Farmers Federation and the Business Council of Alabama.  Of course there are other “players,” but these are the two dominant forces.  But if we legalize casinos, the amount of cash generated will easily swamp the combined political resources available to current donor groups.  The gross profits from three or more Las Vegas style casino operations could easily exceed $2 million dollars a day.   Whether Indian or non-Indian, the gambling money is huge, it is politically minded and it will likely not be chasing after conservative candidates.  Gambling money will control Alabama politics.   (While there is talk of restricting political participation by casinos, this is only being proposed as to Indian casinos; and, besides, substantial First Amendment questions exist as to whether any such restrictions will be enforceable.)

Make no mistake:  Signing a compact with the Indians will usher in a new era in which gambling bosses will control Alabama politics.  They will have much more influence than most people realize over who we elect to our courts, as our Governor, and as our representatives in Montgomery and even in Washington.

4.  There is Another Way – Un-earmarking and combining the budgets

“The solution to Alabama’s budget ‘crisis’ is so simple it will blow your mind,” according to Yellowhammernews, which explains that there will be a surplus in education trust fund tax revenues this year of $287 million!  This is almost exactly the same amount as the projected shortfall of $290 million in this year’s general fund budget!  So without one dollar from gambling interests, the State already has enough money to fund essentially the entire deficit!    What is required is that we un-earmark all or even just part of the excess money that is now restricted.  And much of this money can be un-earmarked simply by an act of the legislature.

Additionally, the legislature can continue to cut out inappropriate expenditures; and it is time to combine our education and general fund budgets.  If 47 other state legislatures can manage dollars used for education without a separate budget, so can Alabama.  Please consider these options as you move forward.

Two Different Views on the Cromnibus Bill

Congressional Republicans who voted for the Cromnibus bill are experiencing a great deal of backlash.  Following are two articles on each side of the issue.  One is an op-ed from Rep. Martha Roby  (AL-2) published in Yellowhammer.  The other is from Gaston Mooney, Executive Editor of Conservative Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No More Subsidies!

President Obama and the Democratic leadership are trying once again to subsidize alternative energy.  H.R. 1380 (A.K.A.the Natural Gas Bill or the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011) is an effort to create a federal subsidy for production and use of natural gas vehicles.  There is an effort underway to get some of the language from HR1380 and the government subsidies into a continuing resolution before Congress finishes for the year.

The national debt is now over $15 trillion dollars.  We cannot afford to keep subsidizing private sector production. Even if we could afford it, the federal government should not be picking winners and losers in the marketplace.  If natural gas is a viable alternative form of energy then private sector investment will provide the “subsidies” necessary to develop it. And to further add fuel to the fire, the current Senate version of the bill has a new tax on natural gas users.  We need to be cutting spending–not raising taxes!

Federal subsidies have got to stop.  We all saw what happened with Solyndra and that was just the tip of the iceberg.  These types of subsidies distort the market and result in some companies getting taxpayer funded advantage over others.  We’ve got to say “Enough is enough” and stop this kind of government interference before we wind up in a European-style debt crisis.

S&P Says Internet Sales Tax Bills Will Yield Little

Wall Street credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s say the current push by states to collect sales tax on internet purchases will yield little in the way of increased revenues:

America’s state governments won’t see many revenue gains any time soon if they triumph in battles to tax sales by out-of-state Internet retailers, a leading Wall Street credit-ratings group said on Monday.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said that state governments were increasingly targeting Internet sales outside their borders but still faced legal hurdles and were unlikely to see much top-line benefit soon.

“At this time, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services does not think that the amount of revenue states are foregoing by not collecting tax on Internet sales is significant enough to influence state or local ratings,”

States across the country are facing tough budget battles this year and Alabama is no exception. State legislators are under a lot of pressure by retail associations and others to help close that gap by collecting sales tax on internet purchases. Before they act on that, legislators should consider the cost of imposing a tax increase on the people of Alabama. Is an insignificant increase in revenue worth asking citizens to pay more sales tax in what are already tough economic times?

You Can Attempt Meaningful Reform And Live To Tell About It

Excellent piece from the Wall Street Journal about the recall elections in Wisconsin. Conservative Governor Scott Walker and Republican legislators were under harsh attack from unions and left-wing organizations across the country and still managed to win with the voters of Wisconsin.

They called it Armageddon. They promised political revenge, and they said it would be the beginning of the end of the GOP ascendancy of 2010. Unions across the country threw everything they had to defeat Wisconsin state senators who voted for collective bargaining reforms for government workers, and on Tuesday the unions lost.

Maybe we’re not Greece yet.

In the six months since Governor Scott Walker introduced his reforms, Big Labor and Democrats have tried to make the Badger State a national demonstration that some political lines can’t be crossed. Union power, once granted, is sacrosanct. Even President Obama denounced Mr. Walker. The legislative brawl consumed Madison in European-style protests and turned a judicial election into a national spectacle before the law was upheld by the state supreme court.

On Tuesday, voters delivered another verdict, favoring Republicans in four of six state senate recall elections and keeping the GOP in the majority. The two losses came in races where the GOP incumbent was troubled for other reasons. Dan Kapanke lost in Democratic-leaning La Crosse, while Randy Hopper lost after he left his wife to take up with a barely-legal Republican aide.

The unions can’t say they didn’t go all-in. Spending in the recalls totalled around $28 million, only a few million less than total spending in the state’s 2010 gubernatorial election, and Democrats are widely estimated to have outspent Republicans two to one. For the bucketloads of cash, the political impact is negligible. Two Democrats face recalls next week and if they were to lose, the net senate recall effect would be zero.

Spending Cuts In Debt Deal Are Underwhelming At Best

The latest version of the deal to raise the  debt limit is not the answer to our budget woes.  In fact, according to this video by the Cato Institute, the deal doesn’t cut spending at all:

The Heritage Foundation has put the following statement out about the deal, “The deal relies on an insufficient level of cuts, a “super committee” tasked with brokering a grand bargain that will lead to massive tax hikes, massive defense cuts, or both.  It remains insufficient to the task at hand and the standards which Heritage Action for America has set forth during the course of the debate.”

RedState’s Erick Erickson also recognizes the holes in the Speaker’s argument that it will not allow for tax increases stating, “There will be tax increases. The Deficit Commission will have at least one weak kneed Republican and the commission will only be as strong as its weakest link. The Bush tax cuts will also absolutely expire and not be renewed.”

The bottom line:  Say NO to the $2 Trillion debt deal.

Urge Your Representative To Stand Strong On Debt Limit

Conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives are under tremendous pressure to compromise on a debt ceiling increase.  Last week, House Republicans offered a solution to the crisis called “Cut, Cap, and Balance.”  Unfortunately, the plan was tabled in the Senate.  Now House and Senate leaders are scrambling to come up with new proposals.  There are a few key elements an acceptable proposal must have if we want to save the country from crushing debt:

  • It must contain significant spending cuts and not just accounting gimmicks.
  • It cannot raise revenue.  We are already over-taxed.  Raising taxes even more will stifle the economy.
  • Entitlement spending must be addressed.

So far, the only plan offered that meets these requirement Cut, Cap and Balance.  We cannot allow this country to continue down the same road of out of control spending.  Our future is at stake.  Please call your Senator and Representative and ask them to hold the line on the debt ceiling deal.  Any plan without real spending cuts and with increased revenues is not
acceptable.

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