Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mark Vaughan may enter GOP primary for Berry's seat

Update: Vaughan Bows Out
The Tolbert Report yesterday announced another possible GOP challenger in next year's GOP primary for Arkansas' 1st Congressional district. Mark Vaughan is recently returned from serving as a missionary in India.

He is a Southern Baptist minister who recognizes that some may have a problem with a minister becoming a politician. To that he says, "I know that some (perhaps many) are reluctant to see someone serving in ministry and politics. However, this is essentially what Moses did as he was God’s chosen person to deliver God’s word and lead the Hebrews."

Vaughan's final decision will come next month on whether or not to challenge the only announced GOP candidate, Rick Crawford, for Marion Berry's seat. Tolbert points out the Crawford campaign has a head start that will be difficult for Vaughan to overcome. But Vaughan says he's visiting with groups in the district to determine how much support he can count on if he enters the race.

Tags: 1st Congressional District, Arkansas, Election 2010, Marion Berry, Mark Vaughan, Rick Crawford

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Supine Blue Dogs (Including Marion Berry) Sleep Through Greatest Financial Burglary in History

by ALG News: Yesterday, Americans for Limited Government released the voting records of some 90 Blue Dog and other so-called "moderate" House Democrats on twelve key votes in 2009.

Bottom line: When it comes to profligate spending, the Blue Dogs are anything but watchdogs. And the moderates make Paris Hilton look tight-fisted.
The ALG analysis includes votes on the $789 billion "stimulus", bankruptcy mortgage "cramdowns," ACORN funding, a $108 billion International Monetary Fund expansion, the Waxman-Markey carbon emission caps, the $2.1 trillion "public option" health system, the $154 billion assistance program for bankrupt states, and the $290 billion debt limit expansion.

In short, they were some of the most controversial measures to pass the House this year. And to be certain, they all passed. Instead of being stalwart financial watchdogs, these so-called “moderates” in the House have turned out to be nothing more than supine lapdogs sleeping through the greatest financial burglary in human history. They have proven unable or unwilling to stop a single piece of budget-busting legislation this session. . . . [Full Story]

How Did Rep Marion Berry (Arkansas Cong. Dist. 1) Fair in His Voting? Summary: Very Bad! Pelosi Lap Dog!
H. Res. 5 – Rules of the House 1/6/09 Vote Yea
HR 1 ‐‐ $819 billion “stimulus” 1/28/09  Yea
HR 1 Conf. ‐‐ $789 billion “stimulus” 2/13/09 Yea
HR 1106 – bankruptcy mortgage “cramdowns”  3/5/09 Nay
HR 1388 – national service bill w/ ACORN funding 3/31/09 Yea
HR 1728 – ACORN funding in “Anti‐Predatory Lending 5/7/09 Not Voting WHAT!
H. Res . 425 – Vote to Table Flake Resolution Against  5/12/09 Yea
HR 2346 ‐‐ $108 billion IMF expansion 6/16/09 Yea
HR 2454 – Waxman‐Markey “Cap‐and‐Tax” 6/26/09 Nay (after he voted Yea to let it out of committee)
HR 3962 – $2.1 trillion House “public option” 11/7/09  Yea
HR 2847 ‐‐ $154 billion bankrupt state‐union bailout 12/16/09 Yea
HR 4314 – $290 billion debt limit expansion 12/16/09 Yea
Tags: AR-01, Arkansas, Blue Dogs, government spending, Lap Dog, Marion Berry

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009


Tags: 2009, Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to All!

It's time to step away from the keyboard for a few days to spend time with family and friends in celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We at America's Best Choice want to wish everyone (yes, even our political enemies) a very Merry Christmas! And we ask that everyone say a special prayer for those who can't be with their families this Christmas, because they're protecting are freedoms.
We Wish You a Merry ChristmasMary Did You Know?

O, Little Town of BethlehemSilent Night

Tags: Christianity, Christmas, 2009, Jesus Christ, videos

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Berry Defends Health Care Vote

Congressman Marion Berry (D-AR) today released a newsletter defending his vote for Nancy Pelosi's version of Obamacare. The letter does nothing more than rehash the same old tired excuses Democrats have used, and Arkansas' voters have rejected, throughout the course of this debate.

His excuses for voting against the interests of a strong majority of his 1st District constituents follow, along with rebuttal arguments that haven't yet seemed to register with the Nancy Pelosi lap dog.

  • If we take no action, family budgets will shrink.
    • Really? Maybe so. But family budgets will certainly shrink under Pelosi's plan that Berry supports. The CBO projects premiums will rise if the legislation is enacted, and points out that new taxes will be imposed on all health insurance policies. New mandates and taxes on small business will cost jobs and reduce wages. Apparently Marion Berry doesn't mind shrinking family budgets to swell government coffers!
  • If we take no action, American businesses will suffer.
    • We've already pointed out that new mandates and taxes in the Berry supported Pelosi bill will definitely harm small business. These include an 8% tax levied on small businesses that can't afford a "government approved" health insurance plan. An estimated 5.5 million American jobs will also be lost over the next 10 years due to the harm inflicted on American businesses by the Pelosi bill Berry voted for.
  • If we take no action, the federal government will go broke.
    • This would be laughable coming from Berry if the harm he's already helped inflict on our country wasn't so serious. Remember, Berry voted FOR the Wall Street bailout known as TARP, he voted FOR Obama's $787 billion "porkulus" that failed to stimulate the economy, he voted FOR Obama's "unprecedented" $3.4 trillion budget, he most recently voted to increase the federal debt ceiling so he, Pelosi, and Obama could spend even more money we don't have. In other words, he's marched in lockstep with his party's hierarchy and voted FOR their policies that spent $1.4 TRILLION more than the government brought in for fiscal 2009. THE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY BROKE AND BERRY VOTED TO DIG THE HOLE WE FIND OURSELVES IN!

Marion Berry has played this game for quite some time. Voting with Nancy Pelosi 90% of the time, he panders to the radical left wing of the Democrat party to secure millions in out-of-state donations to help him defeat conservative candidates who represent Arkansas values.

Berry has repeatedly refused to listen to his constituents' concerns about Obamacare. Now he wants us to listen to his excuses which are nothing more than a list of talking points handed him by his puppet master Pelosi.

Not a chance Congressman. We're not falling for it.
Tags: Deficit, Health Care, Marion Berry, Nancy Pelosi, Porkulus, Stimulus, TARP

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Berry Responds to Constiuents on His Vote For Government Health Care

This is an email "form" letter to his constituents from our Congressman, Marion Berry. He voted FOR the House health care bill. Please note the highlighted areas in yellow and added comments in red.
December 17, 2009
Dear [Name and Address Removed],

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me about this legislation.

Throughout the debate over health insurance reform, there has been broad agreement that the cost of health care is currently unsustainable for individuals, families, small businesses, and taxpayers. Ensuring that American citizens have access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the long-term strength of our economy.

As the debate has progressed, I have repeatedly stressed my principles for providing health care and prescription drugs to Americans through the private sector in a way that they can afford. I believe that health care reform must preserve the freedom of individuals to choose their own health plans and providers. I believe that reform should maintain competition among private plans within the marketplace, and that health care choices must continue to be made by physicians and their patients using the best available information. Above all, we must work in a bipartisan and a fiscally responsible way to make sure Americans have access to affordable, high-quality health care.

I supported H.R. 3962 in an effort to move the process forward (same worn out argument Lincoln uses - don't let her or Berry get away with this), not necessarily to endorse its entire content. This bill is not perfect; however, it represents significant progress in achieving more affordable and better quality health care. This legislation represents compromise among a wide variety of voices from vastly different regions of the country. It prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions, prohibits federal funding for abortion, and bars illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits under the bill (this is a moot point since they have now introduced amnesty on the floor of the House on Tuesday). In addition, I fought for and was successful in including several priorities for health care reform in this bill, including provisions to provide cheaper prescription drugs for seniors by requiring pharmaceutical companies to negotiate prices with Medicare and filling in the Part D "doughnut hole." The legislation also preserves access for patients to receive durable medical equipment such as diabetic testing supplies from their local community pharmacist.

For too long insurance companies have found ways to cheat Americans out of the lifesaving care and procedures they desperately need simply because they were more interested in boosting their quarterly profits rather than providing care (we must no longer allow the socialist / communists in Congress to demonize and single out various groups within the US. This is tantamount to a Bill of Attainder, which is what this legislation will ultimately become if the public option is allowed - not to mention a violation of our civil rights). One of the most important accomplishments of the House bill is that it puts an end to these practices and ensures that doctors and patients, not insurance companies, make health care decisions. There is no doubt that reform is needed to control rising health care costs, increase quality and value, and to improve access to coverage and care and this legislation is the next step toward that goal (They are not done yet, folks! Rep. Berry is admitting that the House bill doesn't lower health care costs and you know what that means - IT IS GOING TO COST YOU $$$$$$! AND HE VOTED FOR THIS, All citizens, legal residents and illegal aliens have ACCESS to health care in this country. There are laws on the books that make this a right for all. The issue is NOT ACCESS, BUT HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM! But really, this is not about health care - BUT ABOUT POWER! The day has now come for WE THE PEOPLE to take back our government and we can do this by getting involved in the political process - first by getting Tea Party folks in precinct chairs on your County/Central Committees.  We have it in our power to take the power back and rescind this monstrosity legislature if - God forbid - it should pass!).

Again, thank you for contacting me. If I may ever be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to call upon me or my staff. You may also visit my web site,, to learn about the other issues I am working on for the First Congressional District of Arkansas.

Member of Congress

Tags: government healthcare, letter, Marion Berry

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rep. Marion Berry - We've Got to Elect Barack Obama

See it for yourself! In spite of the fact that the 1st Congressional District of Arkansas was opposed to the election of Barack Obama, Rep. Marion Berry not only supported his election but before the DNC, he told Arkansas delegates that "We've Got to elect Barack Obama." Marion berry is out of step with the majority of the citizen's of of the 1st Congressional District. In 2010, it It is time to Boot Berry. Visit Boot Berryism.

Tags: 1st Congressional District, AR-01, Arkansas, Barack Obama, Boot Berryism, Deficit, Marion Berry, National Debt, unemployment

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

When is a Blue Dog really a Blue Dog?

When is a Blue Dog really a Blue Dog? That question begs to be asked following the recent actions by Congressman Marion Berry. First - a little background on the origins of the term Blue Dog.

The Blue Dog Coalition was formed in 1994 in the wake of the mid-term elections in which Republicans took back the majority in the House of Representatives. The Blue Dog Coalition gave the more conservative members from the Democratic Party a unified voice in the wake of these elections.

The Blue Dog Coalition states that a " priority will be to focus Congress on balancing the budget and ridding taxpayers of the burden the debt places on them." But votes just this year by Marion Berry calls in to question this very important tenant of the Blue Dog Coalition and should cause individuals in the First District to ask, "When is a Blue Dog really a Blue Dog?" Here is the evidence:
  • October 3rd, 2008: Marion Berry voted for TARP I  ($350 Billion Dollars)
  • January 21st, 2009: Marion Berry Voted for TARP II ($350 Billion Dollars)
  • January 28th, 2009: Marion Berry voted for the Obama Stimulus Package ($787 Billion Dollars)
  • February 24th, 2009: Marion Berry issued a press release where he stated that "eight years of fiscal recklessness by the Bush Administration" created "unsustainable deficits" for our country.
  • November 7th, 2009: Marion Berry voted for Healthcare Reform ($894 Billion Dollars)
  • Total Costs of these four votes: $2,381,000,000,000 Dollars. That is 2.3 trillion dollars! That is $8,460 for every single person in the First District, or over $5 billion dollars in debt for the entire First District, not including interest!
The above votes are extremely revealing in comparison to the comment by Marion Berry just this week. After President Obama proposed an increase in troops being sent to Afghanistan, Marion Berry was quoted as saying, "I don't remember him saying anything about how we're going to pay for this." Berry said after the president's address at West Point, "I just think it's got to be paid for." In October, lawmakers diverted $2.6 billion dollars from funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects. You can read about those projects and how those funds were diverted here.

Marion Berry, along with his Blue Dog colleagues in both the House and Senate need to ask themselves, "When is a Blue Dog really a Blue Dog"? The votes previously outlined paint a picture of anything but fiscal responsibility. Instead the votes increasingly and excessively burden taxpayers. Indeed, the votes tell quite the opposite story - one of being a Lap Dog for Nancy Pelosi, not a Blue Dog representing the people of the First District. Marion Berry's conscious-come-lately of fiscal responsibility does not hold water with the people of the First District.

We need someone who will go to Washington who is a fiscal conservative before arrival. We need someone who is willing to cast votes against spending bills when we do not have the money to support them. We need to send someone to Washington who will cut taxes and lower our deficits in a way that is fiscally conservative and responsible without having a coalition determining when those times are.
Tags: Blue Dog, Lap Dog, Marion Berry, Obama Lap Dog

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pelosi’s New Pet - Blue Dog Marion Berry

by William Warren:

H/T ARRA News Service
Tags: Blue Dogs, Marion Berry, Nancy Pelosi, political cartoon, William Warren

Monday, November 30, 2009

Can Marion Berry Can Survive By Voting With Obama?

Well - John Brummett of Arkansas News in his analysis believes that "Marion Berry can survive in the 1st District by voting with Barack Obama and health care." Before proceeding, Brummett has been peddling the Democrat mantra in Arkansas for so long that he doesn't even mind pontificating in NW Arkansas about 1st District voters.

Rick Crawford, 1st District Republican Candidate for US Congress, was asked to respond to to the above statement. Crawford responded:
"When I first saw this, I had to read it again to make sure I read it correctly. Once I did, I realized just how out of touch those who are outside the First District are with what people like you are expressing to me about Marion Berry's vote for healthcare a few weeks back.

I also believe that an overwhelming majority of people in the First District disagree with the liberal policies of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. It's time for a new direction and a new day for the First district of Arkansas. For too long, Marion Berry has told us he is one of us, only to then fly home to his mansion in Washington to be a pawn for Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Democrats in Congress."
In a recent letter to constituents in the 1st District, Crawford expanded his position:
Marion Berry not only voted for Nancy Pelosi's $1.1 trillion government takeover of health-care, he voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout and Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill, which has failed to create jobs, and only added to our exploding federal deficit.

We need to grow the economy and create jobs, while eliminating wasteful spending and reducing the national debt to keep the American dream alive for hard-working Arkansans.

I am a small business owner who understands what it means to live the American dream. I am also a veteran of the United States Army and have fought for our country and our freedoms.

Arkansans resoundingly oppose the liberal agenda of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Marion Berry, and I stand ready to be a check and balance on the Obama-Pelosi-Berry agenda.

Tags: 1st District, Arkansas, Barack Obama, Marion Berry, Rick Crawford

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Perfect Storm

Perfect StormAs we head towards the end of 2009 and look towards 2010, there is a perfect storm brewing in regards to our nation’s economy that should cause us all to have great pause. As we have seen so far this year, our national debt has ballooned at a quicker pace than we have seen in decades. What has happened as well is the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates at or near zero percent for much of this duration.

These interest rates will remain low only for a short time. Necessity will demand they go higher. Foreign countries, namely China, have continued to purchase our debt but the interest they are earning on that debt has been minimal and they will more than likely look to increase that very soon. And when China and other countries want that to happen, we will have to oblige their request because if we don’t, we will have even greater economic problems to deal with.

That is where the perfect storm comes in to play. Not only will we have to increase the interest payments to those who hold our debt, but we will have to start to raise our interest rates here at home. As reported in the New York Times today, the storm looks to be very menacing:
“With the national debt now topping $12 trillion, the White House estimates that the government’s tab for servicing the debt will exceed $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. Other forecasters say the figure could be much higher.

In concrete terms, an additional $500 billion a year in interest expense would total more than the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

When you put in perspective — our interest payments in proportion to our overall federal budget — it is troubling what is looming on the horizon for our country.  If the Federal Reserve does not act precisely in tandem with the White House and Congress to address these upcoming issues, we could be in for a prolonged period of economic distress that shows no signs of turning around. But there are solutions we can deploy that would not cost taxpayers and would restore our economy at a much more advanced pace while also curing many other ills.

Where our Congress has failed miserably over the last three years has been in its desire to create more programs that spend money we do not have. So to counteract that, we need to cut government spending and taxes for individuals and corporations so we can put more money back in the private sector. The private sector needs more of its own money now than it has in the last twenty plus years. The Obama-Pelosi-Berry agenda is to raise taxes in all areas of our country to pay for programs we do not need and that are not fiscally responsible. 

Marion BerryWe also need to restore the dollar so we can keep its prominence in the world as the reserve currency. When we have a strong dollar all nations prosper. If we do not have a strong dollar, our nation suffers. By employing fiscally responsible economic policy we can restore many segments of our economy and more people will be able to go back to work to good paying jobs.

There are common sense solutions that we can use and have ready for the perfect storm that is ahead. If we chose not to have leaders in Washington who will draft legislation that will reinforce these principles, then what is coming will hurt us even worse than what is going on right now. If we chose to send people to Washington who want to cut federal spending, who want to restore our economy through conservative fiscal policy and cutting taxes, I believe we can turn our economy around.

We need people in Washington who are not afraid to act and act decisively when it comes to our nation’s economic future. The Arkansas First District has this opportunity to Boot Berry and to Send Rick Crawford to Washington, D.C. as our new voice to see that these things come to fruition.
Rick Crawford for Congress

Tags: federal reserve, interest, Marion Berry, National Debt, perfect storm, Rick Crawford, tax increases

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Four Measures to Remake America - Marion Berry Votes for Big Government

by Michael G. Franc, National Review Online: In the House these last ten months, four votes stand out for the historians and political scientists to ponder and dissect — the final votes on the $787 billion economic stimulus plan, the fiscal-year 2010 budget resolution, the cap-and-trade legislation, and, of course, health reform.

If signed into law, collectively these four measures would remake America. Arguably, none of our previous major public-policy upheavals — not the New Deal of the 1930s or Great Society of the 1960s on the political left, nor the 1980s Reagan Revolution or the short-lived 1990s Republican Contract with America on the right — would rival this one for the extent to which it would permanently alter the relationship between the federal government and ordinary Americans.

Why? These bills call for new and unprecedented levels of taxation, spending, regulation, and debt (total federal debt, for example, would triple in the next decade alone); they would usher in an entitlement crisis measurably worse than even the most jaded budget experts previously thought possible; environmentally based trade protectionism in the form of carbon tariffs would undermine the post–World War II consensus that international trade is good and must be as free and open as possible; regulations on the production and use of energy would squeeze the budgets of American families and threaten the existence of millions of small businesses; and, finally, the federal welfare state and all its pathologies would extend far into the reaches of a formerly self-reliant middle class, and in so doing limit the ability of future generations to equal or exceed the achievements of previous ones.

Few lawmakers have cast so many important votes in such a short period of time. House Republicans have been virtually unanimous in their opposition to this agenda, but House Democrats have been divided in important ways.

One would expect, for example, that the members of the über-liberal House Progressive Caucus would robustly embrace this agenda. And 75 of its members voted for all four of these measures; the four who cast any dissenting votes presumably did so because the proposal in question wasn’t liberal enough. . . . But what about those members who are more centrist in their orientation, or who represent districts where the voters are more suspicious of Big Government initiatives?

First, let’s look at the Blue Dogs. The 52-member Blue Dog Coalition proudly touts its commitment to the principles of fiscal conservatism on its website. One icon simply states: “restoring fiscal responsibility to the federal government.” The coalition, we learn on its history page, has been particularly active on “balancing the budget and ridding taxpayers of the burden the debt places on them” and “protecting that achievement from politically popular ‘raids’ on the budget.”

. . . So what have these “fiscally conservative” lawmakers done on these four Big Government bills? In large part, signed on. . . . Perhaps most surprisingly, a total of 30 Blue Dogs tilted to the side of Big Government at least three out of four times, including Reps. Marion Berry of Arkansas, Allen Boyd of Florida, Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Bart Gordon of Tennessee, and Ben Chandler of Kentucky. . . . [Full Article]
Tags: big government, federal spending, government regulation, Marion Berry, Michael G. Franc, National Debt, taxes

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blue Dogs - Including Berry, Lincoln & Pryor - Pee on Constituents

by Lisa Benson

Tags: Blanche Lincoln, Blue Dog, Lisa Benson, Marion Berry, Mark Pryor, pee, political cartoon, taxpayers

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What Others Are Saying About Berry's Vote for Nationalized Healthcare

The National Review: Remaking America, Pelosi Style
"Perhaps most surprisingly, a total of 30 Blue Dogs tilted to the side of Big Government at least three out of four times, including Reps. Marion Berry of Arkansas, Allen Boyd of Florida, Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Bart Gordon of Tennessee, and Ben Chandler of Kentucky." (read more)

'Yes' Votes On Health Plan Put Some House Dems On Defensive
"Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., expected all along that he would vote against the Democrats' health care bill. But Saturday morning he changed his mind.
'I made the decision that this issue is just too important to the American people ...for us to stop working on it at this point',"
"Sometimes you just have to do what you think is the right thing to do and take the heat," (read more)

Who Took A Risk By Voting For The Health Care Bill?
"The Democrat from the most pro-McCain district who voted for the health care bill was Marion Berry of Arkansas, who's in his seventh term representing an area that gave McCain 59 percent of the vote. Of the 15 Democrats from the most pro-McCain districts who voted for the measure, Berry was the only "yes" vote." (read more)

AUFC, AFSCME, SEIU Defend Dems on Healhcare Vote
"Backed by SEIU, the groups say they'll put a total of $1.75 million behind the ads defending Baron Hill (IN-9), Brad Ellsworth (IN-8), Joe Donnelly (IN-2), Chris Murphy (CT-5), Joseph Cao (LA-2), Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL), Marion Berry (AR-1), Vic Snyder (AR-2), Tom Perriello (VA-5), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Paul Hodes (NH-2), Michael Michaud (ME-2) and Dina Titus (NV-3)" (read more)

Not Looking Forward to New Laws
"I am so proud of my 1st Arkansas district representative, Marion Berry, voting for this health care disaster that I will work tirelessly to see that he is retired in 2010. I am so proud of him that I will invest my hard-earned money (which otherwise would be sent to the U.S. Government) to help with his glorius defeat in November 2010." (read more)


Rick Crawford for Congress

Tags: Marion Berry, nationalized health care

Monday, November 16, 2009

Health Care Turncoat Marion Berry

by Sam Batkins, Center for Individual Freedom: What do you get when you mix political expediency, prevarication, “moderate” rhetoric and a desire to avoid the wrath of Nancy Pelosi? A “Blue Dog” Democrat.

During last Saturday’s midnight vote in the House of Representatives on ObamaCare, nowhere was the scent of political fear stronger than on the tails of self-proclaimed fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats.

At one point this year, more than 69 Democrats publically expressed opposition to the many troubling provisions within the House health care bill, H.R. 3962. Those Democrats rightly balked at legislation that would tax the middle class, create a government-run public option and cut Medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars.

During the vote on Saturday night, however, 36 of them heard Speaker Pelosi’s footsteps and bowed to her will, voting for final passage and sending the 2,000-page-plus bill, complete with its $1.3 trillion price tag, to the Senate. . .

One of the health care turncoats, was Marion Berry from Arkansas 1st District! Berry "wasn’t the only House member made out to be a liar last Saturday night. One by one, nearly three dozen of his “moderate” Democrat colleagues, all once pledging opposition to government-run health care and fidelity to fiscal responsibility, went back on their word and marched to the Speaker’s heavy drum."

Eventually, Blue Dog Democrats like Berry will feel the wrath of the voters who will dole out their punishment. Berry "backtracked on their opposition to ObamaCare" in a state that John McCain won in 2008 by almost 20% over Barack Obama and "no crafty rhetoric or folksy campaign commercial" will save him from voters in 2010.
Tags: 1st District, Arkansas, government healthcare, Lap Dog, Marion Berry, Nancy Pelosi, turncoat, voters

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Blinders - Jihad at Ft Hood

Old stream media has PC blinders on. Read the "Jihad at Fort Hood" series for non-Politically Correct insights into the background on the murder of "14" and wounding of 30 American military and civilians at Ft Hood, Texas.

Follows is an insightful cartoon by William Warren


Tags: Ft Hood, Jihad, media, political cartoon, politically correct, William Warren

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Don't Copy Europe's Mistakes: Less Government Is the Right Way to Fix Healthcare

Eline van den Broek explains that government interference is driving up healthcare costs in America and warns that European style health "reform" will make the situation even worse. Based on what has happened in Europe, she explains that universal health coverage is not the same as universal healthcare, that insurance mandates mean more government control, and that price controls simply do not work.

America, You Asked for It!
Tags: Europe, government healthcare, Health Care, insurance mandates, Obamacare, Socialism, United States, universal healthcare

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day

This Veterans Day please take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by our nations heroes and their families. When our nation called they answered and we will forever be in their debt.

[Video] The quote is from Judge William S. Sessions, former FBI Director and Captain – United States Air Force 1951-1955 - and read by his son, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions.
Tags: NRSC, tribute, veterans, Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Democrats' Health Care Plan

by Lisa Benson
Tags: conservative democrats, government healthcare, Lisa Benson, politcial cartoon, political satire

Monday, November 9, 2009

20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Today is the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It is a great day for Liberty that should not be forgotten. For those of us who remember that day, we remember the lesson that Communism does not work. For those who are too young to remember it first-hand, please take time to watch this video.

by Fred Smith, CEI President: On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came crashing down. Today marks the twentieth anniversary of that great day – one of the greatest in the history of human freedom. Communism in Germany finally collapsed, setting off a domino effect that would reach Moscow within two years. Families torn apart for nearly three decades came together in tearful, happy reunions as the world watched. The Cold War was finally, mercifully, ending.

Many historians cite World War I as the twentieth century’s opening act. Sixteen million souls died in that war over nothing. Two of the nations it toppled became the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Communist and fascist governments would combine to kill more than one hundred million people over the next seven decades. Those needless deaths are the twentieth century’s legacy, every bit as much as the transistor or rock ‘n roll.

The fall of the Berlin Wall was that short, bloody century’s coda. November 9, 1989 was also the start of something better. It was a nation’s way of saying that it was ready to move on to better times. To a new world defined not by oppression, ideology, and servitude, but by freedom. Sweet, precious, fragile freedom. Seeing the footage on the news was like witnessing something being born. The hope and potential that surround every birth were glimmering in people’s eyes. It was beautiful.

What Berlin’s people did on that day also inspired half a continent to send the same message to their leaders. What a noble achievement. How worthy of commemoration, now that twenty years have passed. What a shame, then, that this milestone has been treated more like a millstone by the media. Reporters more concerned with today’s news cycle are giving at best perfunctory attention to a day that showed us all that is good about humanity.

To partially right that wrong, CEI has produced a short video [posted above] commemorating what the Berlin Wall’s fall symbolizes. . . . Of course, it is hard to convey in a few short minutes what the people living in that Wall’s shadow went through for 29 long years. So put yourself in their shoes. Think what they thought. Look right in the eyes of those separated families as they try to catch glimpses of each other over that wall. And the people who risked their lives escaping. And the soldier carrying back the body of someone who didn’t make it. What was going through his mind as he carried out his grisly task? That might give you an idea of what the Berlin Wall meant.

We all need to remember the Berlin Wall. We need to say to each other, “Never again.” And we have to mean it.

Tags: Anniversary, Berlin, CEI, Freedom, History

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Comply with Pelois Healthcare Plan or Go to Jail

by Publius, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail.

The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

In response to the JCT letter, Camp said: “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing – buy what we tell you or go to jail.  It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately.”

Key excerpts from the JCT letter appear below:
H.R. 3962 provides that an individual (or a husband and wife in the case of a joint return) who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax.” [page 1]

If the government determines that the taxpayer’s unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply…” [page 2]

Criminal penalties

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

• Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years. [page 3]
When confronted with this same issue during its consideration of a similar individual mandate tax, the Senate Finance Committee worked on a bipartisan basis to include language in its bill that shielded Americans from civil and criminal penalties. The Pelosi bill, however, contains no similar language protecting American citizens from civil and criminal tax penalties that could include a $250,000 fine and five years in jail.

“The Senate Finance Committee had the good sense to eliminate the extreme penalty of incarceration. Speaker Pelosi’s decision to leave in the jail time provision is a threat to every family who cannot afford the $15,000 premium her plan creates. Fortunately, Republicans have an alternative that will lower health insurance costs without raising taxes or cutting Medicare,” said Camp.

According to the Congressional Budget Office the lowest cost family non-group plan under the Speaker’s bill would cost $15,000 in 2016.
Tags: Government-Run Health Care, HR 3962, Nancy Pelosi, prison

Rick Crawford Statement on Rep. Marion Berry Voting for Pelosi Health Care Bill

Updated 11/8/09 (9;00am):  by Rick Crawford: “Tonight we saw history made where a liberal congress decided they know how to deal better with health care decisions than the American people do. Marion Berry voted in favor of this legislation and in doing so, completely ignored what his constituents wanted. Marion Berry proved again how he is nothing more than a Yes vote for Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda.”

Representative Marion Berry released this statement in support of H.R. 3962, the Pelois National Health Care Plan with the misnomered title of The Affordable Health Care for America Act:
“I vote for this bill today to move the process forward, not to endorse its entire content. This bill is not perfect; however, it represents significant progress in achieving more affordable and better quality health care. This legislation represents compromise among a wide variety of voices from vastly different regions of the country. It prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions, prohibits federal funding for abortion, and bars illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits under the bill. In addition, I fought for and was successful in including several priorities for health care reform in this bill, including provisions to provide cheaper prescription drugs for seniors by requiring pharmaceutical companies to negotiate prices with Medicare and filling in the Part D “doughnut hole.” The legislation also preserves access for patients to receive durable medical equipment such as diabetic testing supplies from their local community pharmacist.

“For too long insurance companies have found ways to cheat Americans out of the lifesaving care and procedures they desperately need simply because they were more interested in boosting their quarterly profits rather than providing care. One of the most important accomplishments of the House bill is that it puts an end to these practices and ensures that doctors and patients, not insurance companies, make health care decisions. There is no doubt that reform is needed to control rising health care costs, increase quality and value, and to improve access to coverage and care. This legislation is the next step toward that goal.”

Editorial note: Berry failed to mention the increased burden on the debt, higher taxes, the reduction of medical benefits to medicare recipients and the criminalization of American Citizens including fines and prison for failing to buy approved health insurance policies approved by the Federal Government. Information on this will be in a separate post.
Tags: Marion Berry, nationalized health care, Rick Crawford

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Where is Marion Berry?

And why is his office not taking calls from concerned constituents today?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has scheduled a vote for 6:00 pm EST today! Not just any vote, but a vote on her 1,990 page "Government Takeover of the US Health Care System" bill, HR 3962. That's right. The bill that...
  • Permits federal taxpayer funding of abortion services, above and beyond the status quo of current law.
  • Provides for a "health care czar" called the Health Choices Commissioner, who could forcibly enroll individuals in government-run insurance and whose tasks include requiring random compliance audits on Americans' health benefits plans.
  • Allows for "community organizations" like ACORN and Planned Parenthood to assist the Health Choices Commissioner in enrolling individuals in the Health Insurance Exchange.
  • Encourages identity fraud for illegal immigrants seeking to gain taxpayer-subsidized health benefits through inadequate citizenship and legal status verification standards. Page 255, Section 345 of H.R. 3962 includes language requiring verification of income for individuals wishing to receive federal health care subsidies, and while the bill currently does include a requirement for applicants to verify their citizenship, it does not include a similar requirement to verify that person's identity, a key component of effective verification.
  • Provides for 13 new and different tax increases, including an employer mandate excise tax.
  • "Grandfathers" out of existence individual health insurance coverage.
  • Retains the "death panels" by providing for bureaucrats working for a new comparative effectiveness institute funded by a tax on health benefits. The institute could publish the protocols needed to deny patients access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds.
  • Contains NO ban on federal promotion of assisted suicide and/or health care rationing of treatments.
  • Facilitates leftist, social engineering policies such as rewriting current tax law to allow domestic partners to be treated as "spouses."
  • Retains both the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance or else face a financial penalty, and compliance to this mandate will be enforced by the IRS.
  • Imposes a 2.5% tax on an individual's modified adjusted gross income if they fail to purchase "acceptable" health care coverage.
  • Imposes a surtax, starting in 2011, on "high"-income people - that is, couples with adjusted gross income over $1 million and individuals over $500,000.
  • Fails to hold Members of Congress to the same health care system requirements that Americans will have to live by under the public health insurance option.
  • Prohibits states from using tort reform to reduce health care costs.
  • Mandates that all health insurance companies accept all applicants, that they cannot deny anyone for pre-existing conditions, and that they cannot increase the monthly premiums for less healthy, more costly consumers.
  • Accommodates "whistleblower" provisions for trial lawyers to bring suit against employers.
  • Slashes Medicare payments to providers by more than $400 billion.
  • Creates dozens of new bureaucracies (111 to be exact) including the Health Benefits Advisory Committee and the Health Choices Administration.
  • Encourages people to drop their insurance in favor of the public option as it provides for underpaying medical providers, who will in turn jack up their rates for those patients who have private insurance, driving more people to the cheaper, government plan.
  • Authorizes Medicare to pay doctors for providing advice to patients on end-of-life care.
  • Grants the authority to negotiate drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Considers individuals to be treated as "children" up to the age of 26 for the purpose of remaining on their parents' insurance plan.
  • Imposes an excise tax on medical devices.
  • Cuts $170 billion from the Medicare Advantage program.
  • Institutes $729.5 billion in job-killing tax increases on all Americans, fines those who can't afford to purchase government-forced insurance, and cripples businesses by taxing health benefits.

And calls to Marion Berry's DC office [(202) 225-4076] are routed to a full voice mail box! His Jonesboro phone [(870) 972-4600]is answered by a machine that not only explains they're closed, but that they're gone for a 3 day weekend to celebrate Columbus Day! The number [(501) 843-3043] for his Cabot office is also off for a 3 day weekend! The message on his Mountain Home office phone [(870) 425-3510] informs callers it will be closed from November 9 until November 18.

Not one person is available to hear from you, me, us, or any one of his constituents concerned with his position on a bill that will not only affect us all, but our descendants for generations as well. And he's not available. His taxpayer funded staff is off for a 3 day weekend!

Is he there? Will he vote yea, nay, or present? Who knows?

You can still email him, but who knows if he'll listen. We get nothing more than a canned response to every question we've asked over the past several months.

Is this what you expect of your Representative? If not, if you expect your Representative to make himself available and to be more responsive to constituent concerns, then help us Boot Berry next year!

In the meantime, let him know how you feel when he and his staff decide to pick up the phones.

Washington, DC Office--(202) 225-4076

Jonesboro, AR Office--(870) 972-4600

Cabot, AR Office--(501) 843-3043

Mountain Home, AR Office--(870) 425-3510

Tags: Abortion, Arkansas, Boot Berryism, Cabot, Government-Run Health Care, HR 3962, Jonesboro, Marion Berry, Medicare, Mountain Home, Nancy Pelosi, US House

Friday, November 6, 2009

Government-Run Healthcare at Your Fingertips - Inherited National Debt

Although Nancy Pelosi is no laughing matter, this video brings a chuckle:

Here is a video addressing Inherited National Debt:

Tags: Health Care, Nancy Pelosi, National Debt, videos

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Why Does Marion Berry's Vote For or Against Certain Sports Teams?

A reporter at The Hill has noticed some odd voting behavior by Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry. Makes you wonder about his drugs; oops that's Marion Barry.

We could understand if Berry always voted against resolutions congratulating a champion sports teams; and vice versa. Why has Rep. Berry voted against some teams and voted for others? Was he taking his nap during some votes? Does he dislike certain mascots? What going on with 67 year old (next election 68) Rep. Marion Berry? Background follows - we await Berry's answer.
by Eric Zimmermann, The Hill: It's a tradition in Washington to publicly congratulate champion athletes. Superbowl and World Series winners, for example, are routinely invited to the White House for a photo-op with the President. So it caught our eye . . . when Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) was the sole vote against congratulating a few college championship teams.

Berry voted against resolutions congratulating the Iowa Hawkeye men's wrestling team and the Syracuse men's lacrosse team, both of whom won national championships. . . . In January, . . . he was one of 5 votes against congratulating the Florida Gators for winning the BCS national championship.

Clearly, Berry has a philosophical objection to resolutions honoring sports teams, right? Not so fast: In July, he voted in favor of congratulating the Lakers for winning the NBA championship. And in the last session of Congress, he voted to congratulate several college teams, including the Boise State and Louisville football teams.

What gives? Berry's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tags: Arkansas, Marion Berry, voting record

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Reading Guide — Pelosi Health “Reform” Bill

In order to assist people seeking to read and review the health “reform” legislation (H.R. 3962) introduced by House Democrats, the Republican Conference has compiled a list of important page numbers and provisions in the 1,990-page “Affordable Health Care for America Act:”

Page 94—Section 202(c) prohibits the sale of private individual health insurance policies, beginning in 2013, forcing individuals to purchase coverage through the federal government

Page 110—Section 222(e) requires the use of federal dollars to fund abortions through the government-run health plan—and, if the Hyde Amendment were ever not renewed, would require the plan to fund elective abortions

Page 111—Section 223 establishes a new board of federal bureaucrats (the “Health Benefits Advisory Committee”) to dictate the health plans that all individuals must purchase—and would likely require all Americans to subsidize and purchase plans that cover any abortion

Page 211—Section 321 establishes a new government-run health plan that, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group, would cause as many as 114 million Americans to lose their existing coverage  Page 225—Section 330 permits—but does not require—Members of Congress to enroll in government-run health care

Page 255—Section 345 includes language requiring verification of income for individuals wishing to receive federal health care subsidies under the bill—while the bill includes a requirement for applicants to verify their citizenship, it does not include a similar requirement to verify applicants’ identity, thus encouraging identity fraud for undocumented immigrants and others wishing to receive taxpayer-subsidized health benefits

Page 297—Section 501 imposes a 2.5 percent tax on all individuals who do not purchase “bureaucrat-approved” health insurance—the tax would apply on individuals with incomes under $250,000, thus breaking a central promise of then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign

Page 313—Section 512 imposes an 8 percent “tax on jobs” for firms that cannot afford to purchase “bureaucrat-approved” health coverage; according to an analysis by Harvard Professor Kate Baicker, such a tax would place millions “at substantial risk of unemployment”—Uwith minority workers losing their jobs at twice the rate of their white counterparts

Page 336—Section 551 imposes additional job-killing taxes, in the form of a half-trillion dollar “surcharge,” more than half of which will hit small businesses; according to a model developed by President Obama’s senior economic advisor, such taxes could cost up to 5.5 million jobs

Page 520—Section 1161 cuts more than $150 billion from Medicare Advantage plans, potentially jeopardizing millions of seniors’ existing coverage

Page 733—Section 1401 establishes a new Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research; the bill includes no provisions preventing the government-run health plan from using such research to deny access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds, similar to Britain’s National Health Service, which denies patient treatments costing more than £35,000

Page 1174—Section 1802(b) includes provisions entitled “TAXES ON CERTAIN INSURANCE POLICIES” to fund comparative effectiveness research, breaking Speaker Pelosi’s promise that “UWe will not be taxing [health] benefits in any bill that passes the HouseU,” and the President’s promise not to raise taxes on families with incomes under $250,000

Top Ten Tax Increases Included In H.R. 3962

1. Small Business SURTAX (Sec.551, p. 336)$460.5 Billion
2. Employment Mandate TAX* (Secs 511-512, p.308)$135.0 Billion
3. Individual Mandate TAX* (Sec. 501, p.296)$ 33.0 Billion
4. Medical Device TAX* (Sec.552, p. 339)$ 20.0 Billion
5. $2,500 Annual Cap on FSAs* (Sec. 532, p. 325)$ 13.3 Billion
6 Prohibition on Pre-Tax Purchases of Over-the-Counter
Drugs through HSAs, FSAs, and HRAs* (Sec. 531, p.324)
$ 5.00 Billion
7. Tax on Health Insurance Policies to fund Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund* (Sec. 1802, p.1162)$ 2.00 Billion
8. 20% Penalty on certain HSA Distributions* (Sec. 533, p.326)$ 1.30 Billion
9. Other Tax Hikes and Increase Compliance on U.S. Job Creators$ 56.4 Billion
   > IRS reporting on payments to certain businesses (Sec. 553, p.344)$ 17.1 Billion
   > Delay implementation of worldwide interest allocation rules (Sec. 554, p. 345)$ 26.1 Billion
   > Override U.S. treaties on certain payments by "insourcing" business (Sec. 561. p. 346)$ 7.50 Billion
   > Codify economic substance doctrine and impose penalties (Sec.562, p.349) $5.7 Billion
10. Other Revenue-Raising Provisions $ 3.00 Billion
TOTAL TAX INCREASE . . . . . . . . . . $729.5 Billion
*[Violates President Obama's pledge to avoid tax increases on Americas earning less than $250,000]
Tags: Government-Run Health Care, Health Care, Nancy Pelosi

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

News Quips on Arkansas Rep Marion Berry

(10/13) Moe Lane: "AR-01: Rick Crawford – who is running against Marion Berry, AKA The Guy Who Can’t Remember That He’s Not Supposed to Be Taken [sic] Farm Subsidies – has a revamped website. It’s a definite improvement over the old version, and should allow for more and better networking. AR-01 is a R+8 district, and long overdue for a Congressman not as ready to ‘forget’ about his income (both agricultural and residential) as Berry is. Check Rick out."

Arkansas News (10/9): "The US House of Representatives today voted in favor of legislation containing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which extends the definition of violent hate crimes to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. In Arkansas, Reps. Vic Snyder, Marion Berry and Mike Ross all voted in favor [of the bill] . . ."
Tags: AR-01, Marion Berry

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Reagan responds to Obama and his supporters (Berry, Snyder, Ross, Lincoln & Pryor)

From the archives: worth viewing again and again!

ARRA News Service
Tags: America, ARRA News Service, Freedom, Marion Berry, patriotism, Ronald Reagan, video

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Congressman Berry Calls Delta Director "Incompetent Moron"

Congressman Berry's temper and name-calling is at it again. The members of the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus, which lobbies Congressional members who represent the federally designated Delta Regional Authority, are meeting in Washington this week and Congressman Berry could only muster insults and name-calling as way to work on behalf of the people in the First Congressional District of Arkansas:

"On the first day of the two-day meeting, Rep. Marion Berry dismissed Johnson, a George W. Bush appointee, as someone who “steals 120 or 130 thousand dollars of taxpayer dollars,” in the form of his annual salary. “He’s a burr in my saddle,” Berry, a Democrat from Arkansas, told the group on Tuesday evening. “He’s an incompetent moron,” Berry later said in an interview."

Congressman Berry also voted in favor of the censure of Congressman Joe Wilson for his conduct in the House last week during the President's speech. Congressman Berry, on the floor of the House, referred to a fellow Congressman, Rep. Adam Putnam, R-FL, as a "howdy doody looking nimrod" during debate on a piece of legislation.

This is just another prime example of how Congressman Berry works with others in Washington and how his temper and resort to name calling has been a detriment to the people of the First District. Its no wonder why the First District remains in the position it is in, especially with federal programs like the Delta Regional Authority, when our Congressman can only muster insults in his efforts instead of results in funding for important initiatives.

The people of the First District deserve better representation than someone who can only resort to insults and name calling when it comes to vital legislation that impacts the First District. It is time to make a change in the First District!
Tags: Arkansas, delta, Marion Berry, name calling

Monday, September 14, 2009

Was Berry even awake during the August recess?

Apparently he wasn't awake enough to hear the tremendous uproar that emanated from virtually every town hall meeting across the nation, including those held in Arkansas.

Of course, he never held any town halls of his own. Not one time throughout the entire month of August was he present at one of the numerous events held across the state to give voice to concerned Arkansans who wanted to be heard. When we contacted his office to ask when the Congressman would give his constituents their say, we were told he had no town halls scheduled.

On August 22, Recess Rallies were held outside Berry's Jonesboro, Mountain Home, and Cabot offices in an effort to get across just how outraged his constituents are at the prospect of turning over our health care system to the federal government. The Congressman was invited to attend the Cabot rally, but declined. Hundreds of Arkansans gave up a beautiful Saturday to make their unresponsive, almost reclusive Representative understand just how deep the roots of their opposition to Obamacare run.

Other Arkansas elected officials began the month with no intention of listening to their constituents, but were convinced to change their tune by the rising level of opposition to socialized medicine in America. Representatives Vic Snyder and Mike Ross, along with Blanche Lincoln changed their tunes to stand before some of their constituents at the very least. Though some of their town halls were tightly controlled, Berry's legislative branch colleagues did hear their constituents' concerns.

Though no one really knows where Blanche Lincoln stands at the moment (one day she said she wouldn't vote for a plan that included a government option, then the next day recanted), Mike Ross admitted his constituents had convinced him they were overwhelmingly opposed to a government takeover and he unequivocally stated he would vote against any plan that contained such an option. Even Vic Snyder, who represents what is arguably the most liberal district in the state, was forced to concede that a public option wasn't essential to the bill. From the Arkansas News, "Snyder said he would not vote against a plan simply because it contained a public option, but he differs with those who see a public option as a necessity."

Berry's unwillingness to listen to his constituents apparently shielded him from the smelling salts that opened the eyes of his colleagues. According to Rick Crawford, the only announced Republican candidate for Berry's seat in 2010, "Just this last week, Congressman Berry said publicly that he is supportive of a public option on health care and it is not a deal breaker for him."

In response to President Obama's lie-laden address to Congress last week, Berry sent out a press release that demonstrates his inability to understand the concerns of his constituency. He attacks the free market system now in place. You know, the one that draws citizens of countries that have government-run systems when their nanny-state systems fail them. He fails to comprehend that Americans don't trust Congress to "fix" the system when he states, "We must have health insurance reform but we must work to find a fiscally responsible solution that preserves what works, fixes what doesn’t, and makes health care better and more affordable for all Americans."

When's the last time government interference made anything more affordable? When's the last time government intervention fixed anything? Government can take a good situation and make it bad, and it can take a bad situation and make it worse. The net cost of any government program always outweighs its benefits, and 1st District Arkansans understand this.

But Berry obviously has no plans to listen to those of us he supposedly works for, a strong majority of whom don't want Obama's government-run system determining our fate.

Just one more reason it's time to Boot Berry!
Tags: Arkansas News, Boot Berryism, Marion Berry, Obama, Obamacare, Rick Crawford, Where is Marion Berry

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ObamaCare: The Death Story

A parody of the consequences of ObamaCare presented by

ARRA News Service
Tags: ARRA News Service, comedy, Democrats, Fort Hard Knox, government, Health Care, Obamacare, parody, satire, taxes

Friday, September 4, 2009

Time to Go back to the Drawing Board - Boot Marion Berry

KAIT TV 8: Health care reform has brought out anger and confusion for many Americans. On Friday Congressman Marion Berry met with health professionals about health care reform.

"Everybody that I have talked to is basically convinced that we've got to go back to the drawing board," said Congressman Marion Berry. Berry spoke to health care providers about the bill being debated across the country. "For me to tell you what exactly something is going to look like in that bill would be total speculation because nobody knows right now," said Berry. . . .

Berry . . . said we spend twice as much for health care in the United States than any other country and other members like him want to see more "gravy" taken out of the insurance and pharmaceutical part of the bill. "Everybody recognizes we're going to have to change some things. They just want to be able to express their opinion about how it needs to be done," . . . [Full Story]
In the accompanying Aug 28th KAIT video, we see a truth confirmed. With the August recess almost finished, KAIT reports that Congressman Berry's office told KAIT that "there are no plans now to hold any town hall meetings on health care in Arkansas." Yes, we already knew this but it was nice for KAIT to also finally confirm our complaint. Berry said, "They just want to be able to express their opinion about how it needs to be done." but then Berry for over 30 days was unwilling to let the general public meet with him to express their positions.

Berry met with doctors and others in the health care industry. Why - maybe the doctors have the bucks to influence him or at least his campaign. Whereas the people have only their votes and Berry believes based on past history that he can continue to bamboozle the voters. Note also, Berry said he wants to "see more 'gravy' taken out of the insurance and pharmaceutical . . ." Well Rep. Berry, we would like to see more gravy taken out of Congress, your paychecks, your access to special interest money and much more. We would like our health care left alone! Where in the Constitution does it give you Rep. Berry and others in the Federal government the right to mess with our personal health care? We can agree with Rep. Berry that "We've got to go back to the drawing board." But it is not on health care. No, leave our American health care alone! But as far as Rep. Marion Berry, it is time to go back to the drawing board and to use our votes to "Boot Berry."
Tags: 1st District, Arkansas, Marion Berry, nationalized health care, Town Hall

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rick Crawford Announces Official Bid for Congress; Outlines Legislative Priorities

This evening Rick Crawford formally announced his candidacy for a 2010 run for Arkansas’ First District as United States House of Representatives. At present, he would be running against the Democrat incumbent Congressman Marion Berry. Crawford's announcement was made at a public event held at the farm of David Hodges in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Crawford was literally born in the service of his country on a military base while his father served our country. After graduating from high school, Rick enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a bomb disposal technician. He served four years and advanced to the rank of Sergeant and earned numerous medals for service in the U.S. and Southwest Asia. He also had the privilege of serving on numerous U.S. Secret Service security details supporting presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush among other U.S. and foreign dignitaries. He understands his "oath" to preserve and to protect the United States of America and the need to support our military.

After servicing in the Army, Rick attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and earned a B.A. in Agriculture Business and Economics. Since graduating, Rick’s career has been primarily focused on agriculture in both agri-communications and general agri-business. He has been a news anchor and agri-reporter on KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, Farm Director on KFIN-FM in Jonesboro and producer/anchor of the syndicated Delta Farm Roundup TV show airing in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Greenville, Mississippi. Rick has also been a featured agri-columnist in the Northeast Arkansas Business Today publication. He now owns and operates the AgWatch Network – a farm news network heard on 39 radio stations in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky as well as TV stations in Little Rock and Jonesboro.

In 2006, Rick also helped shape agriculture and agriculture policy for former Republican Congressman and Undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchison bid to be Arkansas Governor. Rick is a broadcast council member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. Rick is also a member of the 4-H Foundation Board of Arkansas. Rick currently serves as first vice-chairman of the Craighead County GOP Committee. Rick and his wife Stacy - also an ASU Alumnus - live in Jonesboro. They have two children – four-year-old Will and 22-month-old Delaney.

Crawford outlined his legislative priorities for the many in attendance.

“Today marks a new day in the First District”, Crawford said. “I am a small businessman, I own an agri-business and understand the challenges farmers face, and I am a military veteran who is better qualified to represent the First District of Arkansas than the incumbent”. Crawford went on to outline his priorities for Congress; “We need to grow the economy, create jobs, and rein in federal spending.”

Crawford emphasized his conservative philosophy on the role of the federal government. “It is time we take conservative principles, Arkansas values, and tested leadership back to Washington and get our nation back on track”.

Crawford also outlined key initiatives that will benefit the lives of the everyday Arkansans:

The Economy
  • Cut taxes across the board for every taxpayer
  • More incentives for businesses to mitigate risks and create jobs
Federal Spending & The National Debt
  • Cut wasteful spending and start paying off our national debt
  • Reduce the size of our government so businesses can grow again and prosperity can be realized by every American
Healthcare Reform
  • No government run health care
  • No public option
  • No government funded abortions, end of life counseling programs, or euthanasia initiatives
  • Free market principles to help bring costs down and increase access to quality care
  • Create programs where farmers can mitigate risk through tax credits and tax cuts so farmers are not leveraged every year
  • Allow farmers to have group insurance coverage like other businesses
“Today starts a new day in which the voices of everyday Arkansans will be heard in Washington”, Crawford said. “As your next Representative, you can be assured I will stand for your values in Congress.”
ARRA News Service

Tags: AR, AR-01, Arkansas, ARRA News Service, Candidate for Congress, Chicago politics, Marion Berry, news, Republican, Rick Craford, US Congress

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Successful Cabot Recess Rally

Approximately 100 people who our Democratic elected officials would call right-wing extremist un-American members of an angry mob gathered today outside Congressman Marion Berry's office in Cabot, AR yesterday. The exercise of their 1st Amendment right to peaceably assemble and voice their grievances with government by these concerned citizens earns them such monikers from President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and even their own Arkansas delegation in DC.

The Good Lord blessed rallygoers with outstanding weather for the Cabot, AR Recess Rally. After several weeks of 90+ temperatures, high humidity, and rain, they had sunshine, low humidity, and a high in the mid 80's.

Speakers at the rally included Jacque Martin, Buddy Rogers, Dr. James McNair, and organizers John Allison and Belinda Whitley.

Martin organized the Heber Springs Tea Parties and serves as a coordinator for the organization, Secure Arkansas. She passionately explained to the crowd that Obama's government-run health care plan is less about providing quality care than it is about controlling the American people. Rogers and Dr. McNair are both exploring the possibility of seeking the GOP nomination for the 2010 Senate race against Democratic incumbent Blanche Lincoln.

Dr. McNair is a practicing opthamologist in Heber Springs and Rogers is currently working as a financial adviser in Rogers, AR. Rogers is an Army veteran who served 21 years as a medical officer in health care administration. For almost a quarter of that time he worked as a professor in a Baylor University-US Army master’s degree program in health care administration, teaching, advising graduate students, and conducting research. Rogers and Dr. McNair proposed alternative solutions to the Obama plan for health care reform, which proved Obama and congressional Democrats are lying through their teeth when they state Republicans have no alternatives to offer. The alternatives proposed at the rally did not include a government-run or single-payer system.

Whitley, a Registered Nurse, read several quotes from one of Obama's top health care advisers, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, which make clear the doctor's vision for our health care system will deprive the elderly and the very young of quality care, in order to preserve those "productive" citizens who contribute to the US Treasury.

Allison kicked off the rally by debunking the myth propagated by Democrats that rallies such as this are "astroturf" campaigns, implying special interest backing from lobbyists and other DC political interests. He explained that he spent his entire life in Arkansas with the exception of four years he served in the US Marine Corps. Allison told the crowd prior to taking on his current career as a high school math teacher at Vilonia High School, he and his wife owned and operated a chicken farm in north central Arkansas. He stated, "Folks, it doesn't get much more grassroots than chicken farming."

Allison and Whitley said they'd hoped for a larger crowd, but this was a start. Compared with other rallies held across the country, the turnout was pretty good on a per capita basis. Cabot, AR has a population of less than 24,000 compared to almost twice that in Salina, KS. According to one internet article, the rally in Salina also had approximately 100 in attendance. It was estimated about 2,000 showed up for rallies in Chicago which has a population of almost 2.5 million. So, for a small town like Cabot, the turn out was good and organizers consider the rally a success.

Only time will tell if Berry will listen to his constituents. Rallies held in Jonesboro and Mountain Home outside Berry's other Arkansas offices coincided with today's event in Cabot. Berry was invited to address the crowd but refused.

Tags: Arkansas, Boot Berryism, Cabot, Health Care, Marion Berry, Obama, Obamacare, Recess Rally

Thursday, August 20, 2009

AFP's Patients First Bus Tour in Arkansas

Teresa Crossland-Oelke, Americans for Prosperity-Arkansas: Next week, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Arkansas’ Patients First Bus Tour is rolling into your area! The tour has already visited Virginia and North Carolina and you would not BELIEVE the energy and excitement at these rallies! Hundreds of people have come out to show their support for free-market health care solutions, morning, noon and night, and local news media have been all over it.

As it becomes increasingly apparent that some Congressmen and women intend on voting against the will of the people, it is up to us to remind them who they work for. At each stop, we will have a press conference/rally before rolling onto the next city. Everyone will have an opportunity to sign our petition telling the government to keep their Hands Off Our Healthcare! Look at the list of cities below and see which bus tour stop you will attend! By doing so, signing petitions, and voicing your opinion we will make certain that Congress knows that if they continue to ignore us (their employer) they will find themselves without a job in 2010.

Monday, 8/24/09
Cabot – 8:00 a.m.
Outside City Hall
101 North Cabot Street

Beebe – 9:00 a.m.
Knight’s Super Foods
1701 W. DeWitt Henry Drive

Newport – 12:00 p.m.
Village Mall Parking Lot
2100 Block Malcolm Ave.

Walnut Ridge – 3:00 p.m.
Lawrence Co. Courthouse
315 West Main Street

Pocahontas – 4:00 p.m.
Across from New Courthouse
107 West Broadway

Paragould – 5:30 p.m.
Greene Co. Courthouse
320 West Court Street

Tuesday, 8/25/09
Jonesboro – 8:00 a.m.
Old Courthouse Square

Marion – 10:30 a.m.
Fidelity National Bank
330 West Military Road

West Memphis – 12:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn
2007 S. Service Road

Forrest City – 2:30 p.m.
Parking Lot N. or Burger King
2400 N. Washington Street

Lonoke – 4:30 p.m.
The Lonoke Depot
102 SW Front Street

Wednesday, 8/26/09
Stuttgart – 8:00 a.m.
Stuttgart One Stop
408 E. 22 nd Street

England – 10:00 a.m.
William Foster City park
Downtown England

Hot Springs Village – 12:00 p.m.
Balboa Pavillion

Little Rock – 4:30 p.m.
State Capital Steps

P.S. If you can’t make it out to a Patients First Bus Tour stop, go online and sign the petition anyway.

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