HDR 180: Cathy McMorris Rodgers – A Determined Warrior
ALOHA, ALL!! Forget Wonder Woman or Xena. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a modern-day female warrior and one of the hardest working members of Congress. But she still has time to talk to those for whom she works. I had the opportunity to speak with her on Skype the other day – just me and the Representative….one-on-one. What a dynamic and dedicated individual she is! We talked about the Cut Cap and Balance Bill that passed the House, what it means and what might be next. Here’s a brief recap:
Rep McMorris Rodgers is proud of the vote and the fact that it had bi-partisan support. She emphasized that House Republicans are committed to protecting the USA’s AAA rating. When I asked her what might be the next steps if CCB doesn’t pass the Senate, she replied that top priority now is to build support for CCB in the Senate. She stated, “The American people expect us to change course – does the President recognize this?” We also discussed the various plans introduced in recent days (see below for more info). She explained how CCB is the only viable plan to balance the budget – the Senate doesn’t have a plan nor does the President. I ended the conversation asking her, “what would be your number one priority as a member of Congress?” She said, “Ever since I became a member of Congress, my first priority has been to pass a balanced budget amendment. If I could wave a magic wand, that’s what I’d do. Both parties have proven they don’t have the courage to live within their means.” I could have spent much longer talking with her, but I thanked her for her time, especially during this busy session of Congress. I was left with the impression that Rep McMorris Rodgers won’t quit until she reaches that goal of a balanced budget amendment….her number one priority. So when you start feeling defeated, know that there are some amazing people working for us, and that they won’t throw in the towel anytime soon. They won’t give up the fight!
What are all these budget plans? Confused? Here are some links:
Cut Cap and Balance – Cut, Cap, and Balance | Republican Study Committee (RSC) (As of this writing, CCB is scheduled to come before the Senate Friday morning. Harry Reid is planning some political tactic to kill it. Stay tuned….)
McConnell Plan – VIDEO: DeMint Calls McConnell-Reid Debt Plan a ‘Cover-up’The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation and McConnell-Reid Plan Fails to Cut Spending, Degrades U.S. Creditworthiness
“Gang of Six” Plan – The Gang of Six Disaster: The Worst Plan So Far – By James C. Capretta – The Corner – National Review Online and Great news: Gang of 6 plan won’t be ready for August 2nd deadline « Hot Air
You mean we might STOP giving money to people who hate us? Foreign Aid Bill Would Make Pakistan, Other Nations Pass New Tests to Receive U.S. Funds – FoxNews.com “House panel is considering a bill Wednesday that would suspend billions in foreign aid to several governments in the Middle East and beyond until the Obama administration can certify they are not controlled by groups hostile to the United States and its allies.”
Sebelius stonewalls on “Death Panels.” Independent Women’s Forum – HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Avoids Real Answers on “Death Panel” for seniors “Earlier this week at an IPAB hearing called by GOP House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had a tough time answering questions from Ryan and other GOP lawmakers about IPAB’s mission and goals. In the same week that her boss President Obama blithely and incorrectly stated that America’s seniors may not receive their Social Security checks on August 3, Sebelius was only able to punt on critical IPAB questions, and completely avoid others.”
Good enough for government work. Some federal workers more likely to die than lose jobs – USATODAY.com HUD spokesman Jerry Brown says his department’s low dismissal rate — providing a 99.85% job security rate for employees — shows a skilled and committed workforce. “We’ve never focused on firing people, and we don’t intend to start now. We’re more focused on hiring the right people,” he says. LOL!!!!!!!!
How about an Aloha Friday video?
The end of an era. Wheels Down, Shuttle Era Is Over | CNSnews.com “It was the 135th mission for the space shuttle fleet, which altogether flew 542 million miles and circled Earth more than 21,150 times over the past three decades. The five shuttles carried 355 people from 16 countries and, altogether, spent 1,333 days in space — almost four years.”
More bad news for Barry. Uh Oh: New Polls Spell Trouble for Obama | The Weekly Standard “For the first time since last July Barack Obama does not lead Mitt Romney in PPP’s monthly national poll on the 2012 Presidential race. Romney has now pulled into a tie with the President at 45%.”
Just for laughs: “Starting next year, all U.S. savings bonds will be electronic rather than printed. So they’ll be paperless, as well as valueless, useless, and worthless.” –comedian Jay Leno
“President Obama scheduled a big fundraising party in Chicago on his fiftieth birthday on August third. It’s the day after the U.S. runs out of money. Lots of men have a midlife crisis on their fiftieth birthdays, but they don’t usually bring the whole country along on the Apocalypse.” –comedian Argus Hamilton
Final Thought: “The eyes of the world being thus on our Country, it is put the more on its good behavior, and under the greater obligation also, to do justice to the Tree of Liberty by an exhibition of the fine fruits we gather from it.” –James Madison, letter to James Monroe, 1824
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN 2012!!