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