Friday, September 28, 2012

Arkansas State Treasurer Had No Derivative Policy

The Orange County treasurer managed the pools, which totaled approximately $7.6 billion.  The treasurer used reverse repurchase agreements, a type of derivative. The deposits were leveraged to more than $20 billion.  Orange County declared bankruptcy in December 1994. (U.S. Senate testimony)1

by Greg Kaza, Arkansas Policy Network: (September 2012) The Arkansas State Treasurer has no written policy regarding financial derivatives, according to the office’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed Sept. 24 by the Policy Foundation.

The Treasurer’s office did provide a copy of the ‘State Treasury Investment policy,’ a 15-page public record.

State Officials Ignore Problem for More Than a Decade
The Arkansas Teachers Retirement System was named a lead plaintiff last month in a group lawsuit in New York federal court alleging pension funds lost as much as $52 million in derivatives trades by J.P. Morgan & Chase.2

The Foundation, starting in 20013 recommended state officials require transparency of derivatives positions to protect Arkansas taxpayers.  Foundation research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals.4

State officials have invited a financial disaster by ignoring the problem for more than a decade.  They can solve the problem by creating transparency for any Arkansas government unit with potential exposure to derivatives.

1   U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, December 1998
2  “Public Pension Funds Named To Lead ‘London Whale’ Lawsuit.” August 22, 2012. Bloomberg News
3  “Derivatives and the Financial Transparency of Government Retirement Systems.” 2001.  Policy Foundation research memo
4   “A review of state statutes regulating financial derivatives in the USA.” April 2004.  Pensions: An International Journal.  London: Palgrave Macmillan.
“Regulation of financial derivatives in the US code.” February 2006.   Derivatives Use, Trading & Regulation.  London: Palgrave Macmillan
5  “State Can Lead Way.” June 4, 2012.  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Tags: Arkansas, State Treasure, bad decisions, No Derivative Policy, derivative policy, derivatives, government transparency

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Where is Arkansas Going?

AFPF Arkansas: For those that came before us, Arkansas was the land of opportunity. But government debt, higher taxes, and the everyday cost of living are slowly eroding opportunities for all Arkansans. That's why economic freedom is imperative to Arkansas. We can make this a better place to live - full of opportunity and prosperity for everyone. Learn more at

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

They Said What? Sen. Gene Jeffress On War Veteran Tom Cotton

Sen. Gene Jeffress On War Veteran Tom Cotton's Military Service: 

Gene Jeffress

"...I think it's been overdone. If he (Cotton) hadn't have had that, I don't know what else he would have had to run on."

- Allen G. Breed, Associated Press, 9/26/12

Democratic Congressional Candidate Gene Jeffress Thinks Obamacare is "Better Than Anything Else"

4 in Congress race meet, vary in views

By Sarah D. Wire, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/26/12
— The four 4th Congressional District candidates met for the first time at a forum Tuesday night and presented vastly different plans for the country.
Republican Tom Cotton of Dardanelle, Democrat Sen. Gene Jeffress of Louann, Libertarian Bobby Tullis of Mineral Springs and Green Party candidate Josh Drake of Hot Springs laid out their positions on energy independence and health care at National Park Community College.
Dick Antoine, host of the Talk of the Town program on KZNG-AM, 1340, moderated the forum.
Cotton and Tullis both said that if elected, they would try to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010.
“The first step is to repeal that law, which is offensive to a free society and a free people,” Cotton, a former attorney and Army Ranger, said.
. . . . . . . . .
“It’s not about Democrats; it’s not about Republicans. It’s about Christianity,” Jeffress said. “It’s personal to me. It’s not perfect, but we can do better.” 

He clarified to reporters after the forum that he thinks that the health-care law is better than anything else the country has tried but changes may be needed. He didn’t have specific changes in mind... Click here to read full article. (Subscription Required)

Tags: Arkansas, AR-04, Congressional race, election 2012, Gene Jeffress, Tom Cotton, military service, Obamacare, debates

Monday, September 24, 2012

Democratic Speaker-designate Chastises Republican For Asking Questions In Committee

Jason Tolbert, Talk Business: One of the most important items that will be determined in this year’s elections in Arkansas is which party will control the state legislature. In the Arkansas House of Representatives, this will determine who will be the next Speaker of the House. If the Democrats manage to retain control, the Speaker will be Rep. Darrin Williams.

Because of this, Williams’ comments made in the Arkansas Legislative Council’s Personnel Subcommittee on Monday should concern voters. Nicholas Horton of The Arkansas Project was there and reported on the proceeding.

Horton has closely followed the developing story on Department of Career Education Director Bill Walker’s improper hiring of Clara Taylor as a deaf interpreter. The committee hearing was taking a look at an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) review that focused on this hiring and concluded that it was improper.

The committee chairman, Rep. Bryan King, a Republican, was asking Associate Director Carl Daughtery – who is over the Office for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired – questions about the report when several Democratic legislators weighed in not to ask questions, but to criticize King for doing so.

Horton reports
Then Speaker-designate Darrin Williams jumped into the fray, with perhaps the strangest comments of all: He told Rep. King that the review of Clara Taylor’s hire was “outside the purview of this committee,” repeatedly asking King, “What are we doing?” (which reminds me of testimony that recently occurred before another legislative committee…) King responded by saying, bluntly enough, that “the personnel committee is supposed to review personnel matters.” Imagine! A committee actually fulfilling their stated purpose!

But this didn’t satisfy Williams. He persisted, asking what the committee was going to do with any findings: “Are we going to draft new rules? Why are we doing this? What can we do other than discuss it?” Apparently, the notion that legislators would spend any time overseeing state government struck Williams as a frightening and alien concept. King told Williams that since Mr. Walker’s last appearance before the committee, Walker has expressed gratitude for the chance to give his side of the story and has also expressed interest in helping the committee draft new requirements for the interpreter position in the future. King said, “That’s progress.”

Sitting in the committee room on Monday, I was shocked. I’m not surprised that some legislators don’t do their jobs or take their jobs seriously – I’m not that naive. But to see legislators try to impede other legislators from doing their job and belittling them for doing so? It was breathtaking.
It is amazing to imagine a House where the Speaker has this attitude over House members doing their job of oversight of our state government. I think the last few weeks have proven how essential this function is. But if Democrats still hold the majority after November, Williams will be the Speaker and he will appoint all the committee chairmen for next session’s committees. It is not hard to imagine what sort of questions those chairs would allow.
This article was furnished via Paynal Consulting and has been reprinted for educational purposes under the Fair Use Doctrine.

Tags: Democratic Speaker-designate, Democratic Speaker-designate chastises, Republican, Rep. Bryan King, asking questions, Democrats, failure to perform, oversight

College Republicans To Host Alabama Congressman Artur Davis Tonight

Artur Davis Speaking at RNC 2012, Tampa, FL
Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Federation of College Republicans (AFCR) will host Alabama Congressman Artur Davis tonight at an event in Little Rock.
Congressman Artur Davis is a former Democratic U.S. Congressman from Alabama. Davis was a co-chair of the Obama for America campaign in 2008, and delivered one of the two nominating speeches for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. In 2012, Davis switched parties and is now a surrogate for the Romney for President Campaign. Davis also delivered remarks at this year’s Republican National Convention.
What: College Republicans Welcome Congressman Artur Davis
When:  Tonight, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) Headquarters, 1201 W. Sixth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas

Tags: Artur Davis, Speaks, Little Rock, Arkansas, College Republicans

Arkansas Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

Jason Rapert For Arkansas Senate - Sen. Jason Rapert, Chairman of the bipartisan Fayetteville Shale Caucus, discusses the importance of Arkansas's Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) industry to Conway and Faulkner County. Will you join him in supporting this Arkansas energy source?

Tags: Jason Rapert, Arkansas, video, Fayetteville Shale Caucus, Compressed Natural Gas

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DC Democrats Bail On Scott Ellington

“Scott Ellington doesn’t stand a chance in the First Congressional District”

Little Rock, Ark. – With just a few weeks to go, more problems for the Scott Ellington for Congress campaign today surfaced as news reports indicate that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) - assigned staffer has bailed on Ellington leaving him without a campaign manager for the second time in less than two months.  

“Clearly, Nancy Pelosi and the DCCC have realized that Democrat Scott Ellington doesn’t stand a chance in Arkansas’ First Congressional District with a dysfunctional campaign trying to rectify Ellington’s continued support of President Barack Obama,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos. “Ellington stands with the President on Obamacare and the rest of his failed agenda which includes 43 straight months of unemployment over 8 percent, 23 million Americans struggling for work, $5 trillion in new debt and a $716 billion cut in Medicare to fund Obamacare. The only question remaining to voters now is if Democrat Scott Ellington agrees with Obama’s belief in redistribution of wealth.”

DCCC Backs Out Of First District Race

“Democrat Scott Ellington’s campaign has lost its second campaign manager in less than two months, six weeks before Election Day in the 1st Congressional District. Political observers said the latest turnover signals turmoil in an already underdog congressional campaign. Mark Warren, a Washington, D.C.-based political consultant who took over as campaign manager in late July after Mariah Hatta left the post, exited Ellington’s campaign on Thursday. Warren was paid by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.” (Charlie Frago, “Campaign chief quits on House challenger,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/19/12)

Arkansas Democratic Strategist Says DCCC Backing Out Is Sign Of “Dysfunction.”

“Hendrix College political scientist and Democratic Party activist Jay Barth said for a congressional campaign to switch campaign managers twice, especially so close to the election, is a sign of ‘dysfunction.’” (Charlie Frago, “Campaign chief quits on House challenger,” Ibid

Tags: Arkansas, First Congressional District, election 2012, democrat, Scott Ellington, DCCC, backs out of race

Conflicting Stories Question Treasurer Shoffner’s Whereabouts

Martha Shoffner
AR State Treasurer
Little Rock, Ark. – Conflicting stories appeared today as to the whereabouts of Democratic State Treasurer Martha Shoffner when she failed to appear at a recent legislative hearing, resulting in a subpoena being issued to Shoffner and a subsequent state police search.

“Under oath, Democrat Martha Shoffner said she couldn’t attend a hearing regarding an audit report detailing her financial mismanagement because of an ‘economic development’ meeting in her hometown – a meeting that does not appear on her official schedule,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos.

On Wednesday, the Tolbert Report released a statement from Jon Chadwell, Executive Director of the Newport Economic Development Commission, who said he knew nothing about a meeting involving Shoffner. Furthermore, The Tolbert Report requested Shoffner's official office schedule which provided no documentation regarding such a meeting.

“Ms. Shoffner needs to fess up and tell legislators what ‘economic development’ meeting kept her from complying with the subpoena,” continued Vasilos. “Hardworking Arkansas taxpayers deserve to know the truth.”

Shoffner Says “Economic Development” Meeting Kept Her From Legislative Audit Hearing

“Shoffner appeared before the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Monday after lawmaker subpoenaed her to discuss the audit report. The subpoena was issued after Shoffner did not show up to a hearing Friday. Shoffner said she missed the hearing to go to a meeting regarding economic development in her home county.” (“State Treasurer Martha Shoffner Apologizes For Missing Hearing,” Associated Press, 9/17/12)

Newport Economic Development Commission Says No Meeting Occurred With Shoffner

‘Jon Chadwell, Executive Director of the Newport Economic Development Commission, tells me that not only did he not meet with Shoffner last Friday nor does not know anything about a meeting involving her, but also many of the people she potentially would have met with were out of town.” (Jason Tolbert, “Shoffner Still Driving State Provided Tahoe; Little Information On Friday’s Schedule (UPDATE),” The Tolbert Report, 9/18-19/12)

Shoffner’s Schedule Missing “Economic Development” Meeting

“Such a pressing emergency must be well documented in her office with notes, memos, email, something – right?  Nope. My request for any documentation regarding her schedule – which specifically asked for anything regarding this economic development meeting – produced one single document. A copy from her dayplanner for Friday with a single entry at 9:00 am – when the audit committee was scheduled to begin – that said “meeting.” That’s it.  The meeting was so urgent, but it did not rise to the level of a single document – no email, no memo, no note – nothing.” (Jason Tolbert, “Shoffner Still Driving State Provided Tahoe; Little Information On Friday’s Schedule (UPDATE),” The Tolbert Report, 9/18-19/12)
Also Read: State Treasurer Martha Shoffner Joins Ranks of Arkansas Democrats in Gross Mismanagement of State Government - "Estimated the total loss of revenue to the counties as $1.1 million."

Tags: subpoena, Arkansas, State Treasurer, Martha Shoffner, gross mismanagement,

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

They Said What? President Barack Obama

Do Arkansas Democrats Agree?

President Obama

"I Actually Believe In Redistribution."

- Barack Obama, 1998 conference at Loyola University, Video

 At an October 19, 1998 conference at Loyola University, Barack Obama spoke against "propaganda" that said government doesn't work and the need to "pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution."

Tags: President, Barack Obama, redistribution, other people's money, redistribution of wealth

Monday, September 17, 2012

SIMPLE Plan Highlighted in Stateline

House Republican Leader Bruce Westerman was interviewed by Stateline in a story about state legislative races across the nation.

Arkansas: Republican Aspirations

Much more is at stake in Arkansas than Williams’ title. Despite its right-leaning electorate, Arkansas has mostly missed out on the wave of new conservative laws enacted in much of the country over the last two years. If Republicans win majorities in the Arkansas House and Senate this year, the agenda will change.

In April, House Republicans detailed their policy program in what they called the “SIMPLE Plan.” Included were many favorite conservative causes—everything from income tax cuts to abortion restrictions to tort revision and voter I.D. “The SIMPLE Plan is just a regurgitation of the national Republican playbook,” Williams complains.

That playbook might work this year in Arkansas. Republicans made substantial gains in the Arkansas Senate as well as the House in 2010, but Democrats still held their majorities in both. Yet, unlike in most states, the environment may be worse for Democrats in Arkansas in 2012 than it was in 2010.

That year, Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat, won every county in the state. This year, President Obama, who took only 39 percent of the vote in Arkansas four years ago, is the top Democrat running. Republicans plan to use Obama to their advantage by linking Arkansas Democrats to the federal health care law: Beebe and other Democrats have said they’re open to expanding Medicaid, while many Republicans are opposed.

“Based on the preliminary polling and the candidates we have, I’m very optimistic we’re going to gain control of the House and the Senate as well,” Westerman says. But Williams expects Democrats in the House to hold their majority and perhaps even expand it.

Tags: Arkansas, House Republicans, Bruce Westerman, Simple Plan

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rationed Care Comes to Arkansas

This past Sunday’s paper contained a story about how Gov. Beebe is going to try to control exploding Medicaid costs in Arkansas.  Let me put it this way: you might want to start hoping any medical condition you have in the future is just average and that you can find a doctor in the State.

by Curtis Coleman: This past Sunday’s paper carried a story about how Governor Beebe is going to try to control the burgeoning cost of Medicaid in Arkansas.  Now, if you’re not on Medicaid, you might think this doesn’t concern you, but it does…on so many levels.

First, let me list the ways Gov. Beebe is NOT trying to control the escalating costs of Medicaid:
  • He’s not trying to limit the number of people who are eligible for Medicaid. In fact, he wants to expand the number of people on Medicaid in Arkansas to over one third of us!
  • He’s not trying to create a pro-business economy in Arkansas that will put more Arkansans back to work – and reduce the number of people who will even need Medicaid.  In fact, he’s intensely fought the kinds of tax reform and education reform that will let Arkansas prosper!
  • A half-cent sales tax increase will be on your November ballot because Gov. Beebe refused to agree to using existing sales taxes on things like batteries and tires to pay for much-needed highways in Arkansas.  He wants to use that money to pay for – Medicaid.
So, how is he going to try to control the costs of Medicaid in Arkansas?
By paying only for the cost of treating average medical conditions.  If you have a complicated medical situation, or if your doctor thinks a new, breakthrough treatment will cure you – you won’t get it unless your healthcare provider is willing to pay for it.

Now – try to convince me that is not rationed care!

If you’re thinking, “Well, we’ve got to control the costs of paying for medical care for those who don’t pay for it themselves,” you’re right.  But understand, this is the model you can expect to see for controlling the cost of Medicare and the model that will be used if we get to the intended single-payer system where the government pays for all the medical care for all Americans.
There are better ways to control the costs of medical care in America.  See here and here.
Curtis Coleman is Chairman of The Institute for Constitutional Policy.

Tags: Medicaid, Mike Beebe, rationed care, Arkansas, Curtis coleman, Coleman Commentary Podcasts, Government and Business, Health Care Reform

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Crawford: Small Businesses grow our Economy

Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01): As a former small business owner I know small businesses are the engine for job creation and entrepreneurial expansion. Through my own experience and by talking to small business owners across our district I also know nothing kills jobs faster than a Washington regulation. Too often federal agencies impose rules without talking to the people who will be forced to live with them. As your representative in Congress I am working to give small business owners and job creators some relief from onerous regulations.

During my time in the House I have supported numerous pieces of legislation to strengthen our small businesses and create jobs including the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 which would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that have helped hold down the tax rates of millions of small business people. The House has passed more than 30 jobs bills many of which would help small businesses. I am also part of the bipartisan call to repeal the president’s health care plan that would impose mandates that would be devastating to small businesses that currently provide employee health care.

Since taking office, the Obama administration has had under review more than 400 economically significant regulations. If every regulation the Obama administration has under review were to be implemented, jobs creators would be saddled with at least $40 billion in new regulations – simply put – this is unacceptable.

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses have created 64 percent of all new jobs in the past 15 years. Small businesses truly do drive the economy. Unfortunately, Washington bureaucrats have imposed annual regulatory costs of $10,585 per employee on small businesses. The SBA estimated in a 2010 report that the total regulatory costs on small businesses amount to $1.75 trillion annually. That’s enough money for businesses to provide 35 million private sector jobs with an average salary of $50,000.

Across Arkansas’ First District and throughout our country, small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. This week I was honored to be recognized by the National Federation of Independent Businesses as a Guardian of Small Business. Regulations from the Obama Administration are deterring small business owners from hiring workers and growing the economy. In Congress I will continue fighting to create an environment that encourages small business owners to hire so our economy can grow and our nation can move forward.

Tags: Rick Crawford, Arkansas, Representative, AR-04, Small business, the economy

Friday, September 14, 2012

State GOP Calls On Treasurer Shoffner To Show Up And Come Clean To Hardworking Taxpayers

Little Rock, Ark. – After mismanaging tax dollars and ducking a legislative audit hearing last week, Democratic Treasurer Martha Shoffner was subpoenaed Friday to answer questions before the state Legislature.

“It’s shameful that it takes a subpoena and the state police to search for a Democratic constitutional officer so she can come clean to the legislature about her gross mismanagement of tax dollars,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos. “Treasurer Shoffner needs to appear before the people’s representatives and explain to hardworking taxpayers why she mismanaged and lost their money. This is just the latest example of how Democrat Martha Shoffner views herself as above the law. Arkansans deserve responsible governing and accountability from their elected officials and with Treasurer Shoffner they just aren’t getting it.” 

Tags: Martha Shoffner, Arkansas, State Treasurer, mismanaged money

Thursday, September 13, 2012

RPA: Tampa, Obamacare and Democratic Voter Fraud

GOP Arkansas: Arkansas Republican Chairman Doyle Webb goes on location to the Obama for Arkansas headquarters in North Little Rock to discuss the GOP Convention, Gov. Beebe's support of Obamacare and an Arkansas Democrat's guilty plea of voter fraud.

Tags: Doyle Webb, RPA, Arkansas, Tampa, 2012 RNC, Obamacare, East Arkansas, Democratic Voter Fraud

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Voter ID is Essential

Arkansas Lt.Gov. Mark Darr
Voter ID and protecting elections from election fraud, stealing votes, rigging elections, and in truth stopping non-American citizens and felons from voting should be relevant to all legal voters. After reading Arkansas Lt. Gov. Darr's article, let us know in the comment section below what your Governor or Lt. Governor is saying or doing about voter id in your state

by Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr: In less than two months, Americans will elect a new president.  In many countries, citizens do not have the freedom to elect their leaders.  This right, guaranteed in our Constitution, has set the United States apart as an example to the world.  It is a right for which people have died.  It is a right we must protect.

There are those who have sought to take this right away from others to further their own desire for power.  Election fraud, stealing votes, rigging elections or whatever you want to call it, it shows a lack of respect for one’s fellow man and for one’s country when it is done.

It is because of this that I believe the time has come for us to pass a voter identification law in Arkansas. . . . [Read Full Article]

Tags: Voter ID, election security, election fraud, stealing votes, rigging elections, registered voters, fair elections, protect the vote, Mark Darr, Lt. Gov, Arkansas

The Beebe Agenda: Implement Obamacare

“This is yet another example of how Mike Beebe stands squarely with Barack Obama and his failed agenda.”

Little Rock, Ark. – On a day of American unity and remembrance for the innocent victims of 9/11, Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday stood again with President Barack Obama and announced his support for the implementation of Obamacare in Arkansas, yet failed to provide any solution to the state’s impending Medicaid crisis.

“Why would Gov. Beebe make a partisan, divisive policy decision on a day Americans were supposed to be unified?” asked Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos. “It’s clear Gov. Beebe’s agenda is to implement Obamacare and stick the state with a bill we can’t afford when he’s skips out of office in two years. That’s not how you govern responsibly and that’s not how you create a better future for Arkansas.

“Gov. Beebe’s failure of leadership and years of mismanagement has already led to 38,000 fewer Arkansas jobs, a looming $400 million shortfall in the state’s Medicaid trust fund and now no plan to pay for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in just three short years,” Vasilos continued. “What’s alarming is that Gov. Beebe purposely delayed addressing Arkansas’ Medicaid shortfall by propping up the program with one-time Obama stimulus dollars. This is yet another example of how Mike Beebe stands squarely with Barack Obama and his failed agenda.”

Beebe Makes Partisan Push On 9/11  
“Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday he supports expanding Medicaid eligibility in Arkansas under the federal health care law after officials assured him the state could later opt out, setting up a potentially heated fight with Republican lawmakers as they try to win control of the state Legislature.” (Andrew Demillo, “Ark. governor supporting expansion of Medicaid,” Associated Press, 9/11/12)

Beebe On Obamacare: “I’m for it”
“Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday he supports expanding Medicaid eligibility in Arkansas under the federal health care law…‘I'm for it,’ Beebe said.” (Andrew Demillo, “Ark. governor supporting expansion of Medicaid,” Ibid

States Foot Obamacare Bill After Three Years
“After three years, states must pay a gradually increasing share that tops out at 10 percent of the cost. Human Services officials said the net cost to the state would reach about $4 million in 2021.” (Andrew Demillo, “Ark. governor supporting expansion of Medicaid,” Ibid

38,000 Jobs Lost Under Gov. Beebe
Arkansas Has 38,000 Less Jobs Under Governor Beebe, But He’s Created Over 3,300 New Taxpayer-Funded Government Jobs.  (Bureau of Legislative Research, FY2007-2011)

$400 Million Expected State Medicaid Shortfall For 2013
Gov. Beebe Silent On $400 Million Expected Arkansas Medicaid Shortfall For 2013. ( Associated Press , 5/12/12)

Tags: Arkansas, Governor, Mike Beebe, implement Obamacare, Obamacare

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sen. Pryor Puts Middle Class Families At Risk Over Missing Budget

Little Rock, Ark. – As the United States Senate reconvenes today following its August break, Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos issued the following statement calling on Sen. Mark Pryor to pass a federal budget:
“If you can’t pass a budget, you can’t govern, which leads to the question of what exactly Sen. Mark Pryor has been doing the 1231 days since the Democratic-controlled Senate last passed a budget.  Every family in America must maintain a budget—especially in the midst of President Obama’s failed economy which has made life more difficult for the middle class.  It is an insult to hardworking Arkansas taxpayers that Mark Pryor has stopped fighting for them and now refuses to hold President Obama accountable for his record, enabling trillions of dollars of new debt that is putting the futures of Arkansas families at risk.”
  • The National Debt Is Now Over $16.0 Trillion Dollars. (US Department Of The Treasury,, Accessed 9/10/12)
  • Since President Obama Took Office, The National Debt Has Risen $5.4 Trillion, An Increase Of Over 51 Percent. (US Department Of The Treasury,, Accessed 9/10/12)
  • Obama Has Added An Average Of $4 Billion To The National Debt Every Day. (US Department Of The Treasury,, Accessed 9/10/12)
    On Average, Obama Has Added $1 Trillion To The National Debt Every 245 Days. (US Department Of The Treasury,, Accessed 9/10/12)
  • April 29, 2009 – The Last Time The Democrat-led Senate Adopted A Budget Resolution. (Senate Budget Committee,, Accessed 9/10/12)
  • Five Different Budget Proposals Rejected By Senate In One Day.  (“Senate rejects Obama budget in 99-0 vote,” The Hill, 5/16/12)
  • Pryor Avoids Responsibility By Voting ‘No’ On All Five Budget Proposals (Roll Call Votes #97, #98, #99, #100, #101, 5/16/12)

Tags: Republican Party, Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, Puts Middle Class Families, At Risk, Missing Budget

FreedomWorks Scorecard For Arkansas Delegation

Bill Smith, Editor: FreedomWorks has released its brand-new Congressional scorecard which is quite impressive. The scorecard give viewers an account of where each current member of Congress stands on issues of economic freedom. The broad issues that FreedomWorks tracks are:
  • Budget and Spending - The National Debt has doubled in just the past 5 years. It's projected to triple over the next 10 years. Washington is now borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends.
  • Energy and Environment - Government policy is driving up the cost and reducing the supply of the energy needed to power our economy.
  • Fundamental Tax Reform - Scrap the code to make taxes simple, low, flat, and honest.
  • Health Care Reform - ObamaCare –- the massive, 2,801-page, multi-trillion-dollar takeover of health care -- is proving a disaster.
  • Medicare, Social Security and Entitlement Reform - Unchecked growth of the massive entitlement programs threatens to bankrupt the U.S. Government in the next few years.
  • Red Tape, Hidden Taxes and Regulation - Regulations are a hidden tax that cost the economy billions.
  • School Choice - Bring competition to public education and give kids and parents real opportunity.
  • Workplace Freedom - Powerful unions in both the private and public sector are aggressively pushing for costly new laws that would increase union power at the expense of workers and businesses.
Although the following are the rankings of the Arkansas delegation, viewers can look up anyone's ranking.  And, no registration is required. If you do not wish to identity your zip code, just enter (search) by first or last name.  For more detailed information for each year, click on their names in your FreedomWorks search.

Besides the Arkansas delegation information, there are some others interesting members of Congress presented below.

Arkansas Delegation:
AR-01 - Rep. Rick Crawford - Lifetime Score 55% (2011-2012) - Scores in 2011 was 68% and in 2012 is currently 25%.
AR-02 - Rep. Griffin - Lifetime score 70% (2011-2012) - Scores in 2011 was 80% and in 2012 is currently 44%.
AR-03 - Rep. Steve Womack - Lifetime score 55% (2011-2012) - Scores in 2011 was 68% and in 2012 is currently 25%.
AR-04 - Rep. Mike Ross (retiring) - Lifetime score 29% (2005-2012) - Scores in 2011 was 45% and in 2012 is currently 25%. 
Senator John Boozman - Lifetime score 78% (2005-2012) - Scores in 2011 was 67% and in 2012 is currently 67%. (2005-2010 as Rep. and 2011-2012 as Senator).
Senator Mark Pryor - Lifetime score 15% (2005-2012) - Scores in 2011 was 17% and in 2012 is currently 22%. (2005-2010).

Note: FreedomWorks scoring began in 2005, however individuals may have been in office longer than the "lifetime rating period."

Other Interesting (or diabolical) Members of Congress:
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI-03) - Lifetime score 100% (2011-2012).
Rep. Barney Franks (R-MA-04) - Lifetime score 8% (2005-2012).
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ-06) - Lifetime score 99% (2005-2012).
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) - Lifetime score 97% (2007-2012). Chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.
Rep. Dr. Ron Paul (R-TX-14) - Lifetime Score 83% (2005-2010). Paul (u)missed too many votes(/u) in 2011-2012 to be rated for these years.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-01) - Lifetime Score 83% (2005-2012). Lowest ever score 68% in 2008. Highest ever score 100% in 2006.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-20) and DNC Chair - Lifetimes score 6% (2005-2012) with four years of 0%. When will her district wake up; this woman is killing jobs.
Rep. Allen West (R-FL-22) - Lifetime score 73% (2011-2012).
Rep. W. Todd Akin (R-MO-2) - Lifetime score 90% (2005-2012). And he is running for Senate against  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) who has a lifetime score of of only 21% and In 2010, score of 5% and in 2011 and 2012. scores of 14%. Missouri needs to replace McCaskill as she claims to be conservative but her votes prove she is not.
Rep. John A. Boehner (R-OH-8) - Speaker of the House. Lifetime Score 89% (2005-2010) - Speaker of the House is present but does not vote on all issues; therefore 2011 and 2012 cannot be ranked.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-8) - Former Speaker of the House and Democrat Minority Leader of the House - Lifetime score 8% (2005-2012). Speaker of the House is present but does not vote on all issues; therefore 2007 and 2010 cannot be ranked.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) - Lifetime score 100% (2011-2012).
Sen. Jim W. DeMint (R-SC) - Lifetime score 98% (2005-2012). 6 Years including the last three years rated at 100%. Sen. Demint is an advocate for FreedomWorks.
Sen. Dr. Rand Paul (R-KY) - Lifetime score 97% (2011-2012). In 2012 100%.
Sen. James Risch (R-ID) - Lifetime score 88% (2009-2012). In 2010 and 2012 scores of 100%.  Sen. Risch and Sen. Crapo are battling Big Government everyday. Government has taken control of almost 50% Idaho's land and a majority of its resources.
Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID) - Lifetime score 80% (2005-2012). In 2012 has 100% score.
Sen. Richard (Dick) Durbin (D-IL) - Lifetime score 6% (2005-2012). Four years scored 0% including 2012.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) - Lifetime score 7% (2005-2012). And Nevada voter re-elected this guy.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - Minority Leader of the Senate - Lifetime score 83% (2005-2012).

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Neil Newhouse: State of the Presidential Race

ARRA News Service - Neil Newhouse, Romney for President Pollster: Don't get too worked up about the latest polling. While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly. The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama Presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race.

In his acceptance speech, President Obama did not offer any solutions for the millions of Americans unemployed or underemployed.  But his convention speech was not the only big letdown to voters, as Americans also dealt with yet another dismal jobs report last week. President Obama is the only president in modern American history to stand before the American people asking for re-election with this many Americans struggling to find work. The key numbers in this election are the 43 straight months of 8% or higher unemployment, the 23 million Americans struggling to find work, and the 47 million Americans who are on food stamps.

Today, there is no question: Americans are not better off than we were four years ago, and that is why President Obama has struggled in this race. The truth is that some of President Obama’s allies are claiming victory, but others are acknowledging the unsustainable position in which they find themselves.  This is evidenced in a recent quote in The New York Times by an Obama Administration official saying, “It’s certainly not what I would call the position we wanted to be in at this point in the race…He’s going to have to make the case that we wouldn’t even be at 8 percent if it weren’t for him.”

Consider the following points:
  • The Obama Economy: The stakes are very high in this election, and voters understand the future of our country is on the line.  This may be lost on those living within the hyper-political world in and around the Beltway, but it is not lost in communities in battleground states.  In short, the Romney-Ryan campaign understands Americans struggling in the Obama economy will determine the outcome of the race, and once the preponderance of information about the President’s failed policies – combined with Mitt Romney’s vision to strengthen the middle class – are communicated,our nation will move in a different direction.
  • All Signs Point to a Tight Race: Those watching the daily tracking polls know that, while the President has seen a bounce from his convention, his approval has already begun to slip, indicating it is likely to recede further.  In eight states,’s reporting of the most recent statewide polls puts the margin between the two candidates at less than three points, virtually guaranteeing a tight race.
  • Next, the battlefield has actually expanded, not contracted.  Note that Wisconsin is now in play and our campaign is now up with ads in that state, while the latest poll numbers from the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico show the race closing there.  And this tightening is not an anomaly.  Consider the traditional Democratic strongholds of New Jersey and Connecticut, won by President Obama in 2008 by margins of 15 points and 22 points, respectively.  In both states,’s reporting of the most recent statewide polls puts Obama’s lead at only seven points in each of these states.
  • In North Carolina, fresh off of hosting the Democratic National Convention, the Obama campaign is laying the groundwork for a stealth withdrawal.  In a state the President won by a mere 14,000 votes in 2008, all one has to do is look at the Obama campaign’s television buy in the state to understand how they view their chances there.  The Obama campaign’s North Carolina television buy has dropped 35% compared to June, and they have run more than twice as much advertising over the past two weeks in Rochester, Minnesota (hitting a small slice of Iowa), than they have in any North Carolina market.
  • Historical Data: Political campaign historians will recall President Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan by a near double digit margin late in the fall in 1980.  In that race, the voters made their decision based on the key issues confronting the nation and it determined the outcome.  On the economy, the most important issue of this race, Mitt Romney leads by 51%-45%, according to the most recent CNN/ORC poll.
  • Targeted Campaign: The Romney-Ryan campaign is running deeply local and targeted efforts in each of the states focusing on the voter groups that will make the difference on Election Day.  Anyone asserting a “one-size-fits-all-campaign” effort is being put forward is simply misinformed, as evidenced by the 15 different ads released by the Romney Ryan campaign this past Friday and now running in nine states, including Wisconsin.
  • New Money Advantage: All of this is not possible without resources, and the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Republican Party have a real advantage.  In August alone, the Romney Victory effort raised more than $111 million, marking the third straight fundraising month of more than $100 million, putting us on a very strong financial footing for the final two months.  
  • Energy and Enthusiasm: CNN/ORC’s most recent polling shows that 62% of Republicans are “extremely” or “very” excited about this election, while only 56% of Democrats report being “extremely” or “very” excited.  This Republican enthusiasm advantage has manifested itself in an unprecedented and historic grassroots effort that will have a significant impact on turnout in battleground states on Election Day.  For instance, as of today, Victory volunteers have already knocked on more doors than during the entire 2008 campaign. (2.72 million in 2012 through September 8 compared to 2.43 million overall in 2008.)
  • Romney's Ground Game: During last weekend’s “Super Saturday,” we crossed the 20 million volunteer voter contact threshold.  Also, the Romney campaign knocked on more doors last week than in any week during the 2008 campaign.  More than 55,000 volunteers have knocked doors or made phone calls for Victory this year and that number is growing by the week.  And volunteers have collected person-to-person identification information on nearly 1.7 million swing voters in battleground states thus far. And the numbers are even more startling when one looks at individual states.  For instance, in Ohio alone, five times more phone calls and 28 times more door knocks have been made than at this time in 2008.  This past Saturday, more than 100,000 doors were knocked on by Victory volunteers in the Buckeye State.  And in Wisconsin, five times more phone calls and 72 times more door knocks have been made than at this time in 2008.  And the list goes on and on.
Mitt Romney will be the next President.  The outcome of this race will ultimately be determined in favor of Governor Romney because he has the better leadership skills, the better record, and the better vision for where he wants to take the country.  These advantages are being fueled by the commitment and determination of volunteers and voters to change direction and move our country on a path toward economic growth and job creation.  In short, the combination of having the superior candidate, being in a margin-of-error race with an incumbent President, having a cash advantage, and having an unprecedented grassroots effort and a winning message on the economy ensure that Americans will make a change in leadership in Washington on November 6.

Tags: Election 2012, November, 2012, pollster, Neil Newhouse, Romney for President, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan.

Friday, September 7, 2012

RPA Chairman Doyle Webb Statement On August Jobs Report

“President Barack Obama has yet to keep his number one promise to fix the economy” - Webb

Little Rock, Ark. – Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb released the following statement on the August unemployment report:
“As America’s labor market continues to shrink to the lowest level in a generation, today’s jobs report is a stark reminder that President Barack Obama has yet to keep his number one promise to fix the economy and Americans can’t afford to wait another four years.

“Under President Obama, we have endured a record 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent and a total of 261,000 jobs have been lost. Today, 21 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work.

“In Arkansas, over 100,000 hardworking taxpayers are struggling to find work and we've lost 38,000 jobs under Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. We can do better than the Beebe-Obama record in Arkansas by electing a new conservative majority to the Arkansas legislature and sending Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the White House.”
For details on the August Job Numbers and its impact, read:
BLS Report: Weak Employment Growth - Setback For Labor Market And The Economy

Tags: Arkansas, RPA, Doyle Webb, , DOL, Job numbers, employment, unemployment,

They Said What? Democratic Party of Arkansas Spokesperson

As Americans endure their 43rd straight month of unemployment above eight percent…Democratic Party of Arkansas said:

Candace Martin

“President Obama is…carrying out an agenda and putting forth policies that will get our economy back on track…”

-Candace Martin, Tolbert Report , 9/6/12
Republican Party of Arkansas

Tags: They Said What, 43 month, unemployment over 8%, Arkansas Democrat spokesman, Candace Martin. Barack Obama

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Arkansas Democrats On Voter Fraud - Deciding Time for Fred "Preacher" Smith

Arkansas Democratic State Representative Uvalde Lindsey Dismisses Existence Of Voter Fraud In Arkansas.

“It seems like a solution chasing a problem that doesn’t exist” – State Rep. Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville  (Bill Bowden, “Voter-ID law again aim, says legislator,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 9/5/12)

Arkansas Democratic State Representative Hudson Hallum Pleads Guilty To Federal Offense Of Voter Fraud.

“A Democratic state legislator from east Arkansas, his father and two campaign workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit election fraud after federal prosecutors said the lawmaker's campaign bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in a special election last year.” (Andrew Demillo, “Ark. state Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit election fraud,” Associated Press , 9/5/12)

"We need to use that black limo and buy a couple cases of some cheap vodka and whiskey to get people to vote." – Former State Rep. and then candidate Hudson Hallum (Andrew Demillo, “Ark. state Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit election fraud,” Associated Press, 9/5/12)

Deciding Time for Former Globtrotter Fred "Preacher" Smith

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor:  First - voter fraud does exist in Arkansas.  Unfortunately, unlike the prosecutor in the above cases, most democrat county prosecutors will not prosecute election fraud cases.  Maybe, it is time for many of us to put our notes together and to identify the voter fraud situations that have been swept under the rug for a myriad of reasons.

Second, I was amazed that the Rep. Hudson Hullum case was not swept under the rug as well.  Maybe it is because his Green Party opponent - former Harlem Globetrotter Fred "Preacher" Smith - was not willing to stand by and allow this rascal and the local democratic machine to get away with the situation.  Or, it could be that God is offering Bro. Smith a second opportunity -- a"deciding time." As there is no Republican opponent, Smith will be joining the Arkansas Senate in the next session.  Based his previous negative experience with the democrat machine,  I hope Smith will choose NOT to support the Democrat caucus which would have preferred to 1) to not have him on the ballot as a democrat and 2) to steal the election. 

If Fred Smith happens to read this, I like many others recall with fondness the Globetrotters of the past.  I recall their playing for and supporting the family of military and veterans as we served in other countries.  One of my prized possessions is a a cube with the picture of Globetrotter "Meadowlark" Lemon playing in the 23rd Olympic Games.   I also appreciate his taking a stand for his Christian faith.  Now, I am hoping soon to be Green Party Senator-elect Fred "Preacher" Smith will caucus with the pro-life party, the Republicans.  Everything happens for a reason and in its season.  And now for Oral Roberts graduate  Fred "Preacher" Smith, it is time to stand for Life and Liberty in Arkansas.
Postscript: Yes I know that Fred Smith was elected before as a Democrat and resigned on Jan 26, 2011 after learning he had been found guilty of a felony theft charge.  However, his conviction was voided by a Judge on March 14, 2012.  I am hoping these events will awaken Fred "Preacher" Smith to the real call on his life and the present true party with values of the majority of Arkansans.    Times have changed!

Tags: Arkansas, voter fraud, Hudson Hullum, deciding time, Fred Smith, Fred "Preacher" Smith,  globstrotter

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

They Said What? Democratic Party Executive Director Dawne Vandiver

Democratic Party of Arkansas Executive Director Dawne Vandiver

Dawne Vandiver

“We’re the only Southern state with a Democratic governor and Democratic-controlled legislature. But we’re struggling to stay blue.

RPA Research: The Beebe-Obama Record

Are Arkansans Better Off Today
Under Beebe and Obama?



Over 23.6 Million Americans Are Either Unemployed, Underemployed Or Have Given Up Looking For Work. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics , 9/3/12)

After 42 Straight Months Of Unemployment Above Eight Percent, President Obama Gives Himself An “Incomplete” On Economy. ( KKTV, Colorado Springs , 9/3/12)

Over 100,000 Arkansans Are Without A Job, With State Unemployment At 7.3 Percent, That’s 2.1 Percent Higher Than When Gov. Mike Beebe Was Sworn In. ( Bureau of Labor Statistics , 9/4/12)

Arkansas Has 38,000 Less Jobs Under Governor Beebe, But He’s Created Over 3,300 New Taxpayer-Funded Government Jobs.  (Bureau of Legislative Research, FY2007-2011)


Under A 41-Year-Old State Law Passed By Arkansas Democrats, An Individual Making Just Over $32,600 Pays Highest Income Tax Rate In State. ( , 9/4/12)

Despite Arkansas’ Middle Class Paying The Same Income Tax Rate As The Rich, Gov. Beebe Says He Doesn’t “Think There Is A More Equitable System” Than The 41-Year-Old Arkansas Tax Code. ( Arkansas News , 8/13/12)

Since Gov. Beebe Took Office, Arkansas Household Median Income Is Down Nearly $4,000 Per Year. (Bureau of Legislative Research, FY2007-2011)

Americans Of Every Demographic Earn Less Today Than They Did In June 2009. ( Economix , 8/23/12)
For The First Time Since The End Of World War Ii, Mean Family Incomes Declined For Americans In All Income Tiers. ( Pew Research Center , 8/22/12)


Since Gov. Beebe Took Office, Combined Expenditures In Arkansas Have Increased 26 Percent To Nearly $21 Billion. (Bureau of Legislative Research, FY2007-2011)

Under President Obama, U.S. National Debt Tops $16 Trillion. ( , Accessed 9/4/12)

Since President Obama Took Office, The National Debt Has Risen $5.3 Trillion, An Increase Of Over 51 Percent. ( , Accessed 9/4/12)

President Obama's Binge Spending Has Racked Up +$1 Trillion Deficits Every Year In Office. ( The Associated Press , 8/22/12)


Arkansas Ranks 34 th In Student Achievement With A Grade Letter Of D, And 44 th In Students’ Chance For Success, Receiving A C-Minus. ( Arkansas News Bureau , 1/16/12)

Arkansas Students Who Attend 4-Year Colleges Have A Remediation Rate Of 34.5 Percent, Students At 2 Year Colleges Are At 75.5 Percent, With The Average Remediation Rate Sitting At 49.3 Percent. ( Arkansas Department of Higher Education via Arkansas Times , 1/24/12)

In The Past Year, Tuition For In-State Public College Rose 8.3 Percent. ( College Board , 2011-12)


Governor Beebe Refused To Join 26-State Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare. ( Fox News , 1/19/11)

Gov. Beebe’s Party Sponsored Legislation To Implement Obamacare In Arkansas During 2011 Legislative Session. ( H.B. 2138 , 2011)

Gov. Beebe’s Democratic Legislature Voted To Spend $7.7 Million In Tax Dollars To Implement Obamacare In Arkansas. ( Arkansas News Bureau , 4/20/12)

Gov. Beebe Endorses State Implementation Of Obamacare, Sends Letter To U.S. Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Asking For Federal Partnership To Establish Health Insurance Exchange. ( Talk Business , 12/22/11 and Arkansas News Bureau , 12/22/11)

Obamacare Will Force A Massive Tax Increase On Middle Class Arkansans, CBO Reports That Obamacare's New Taxes Will Cost Americans $18 Billion In 2013. ( Congressional Budget Office , 8/22/12)

President Obama Raids Over $700 Billion From Medicare To Pay For Government Takeover Of Healthcare. ( Congressional Budget Office , 7/24/12)

Gov. Beebe Embraces Obamacare With State Medicaid Expansion Despite No Funding Plan. ( Arkansas News Bureau , 1/19/12)
Gov. Beebe Silent On $400 Million Expected Arkansas Medicaid Shortfall For 2013. ( Associated Press , 5/12/12)
Source:  Republican Party of Arkansas

Tags: Barack Obama, Mike Beebe, Arkansas, fact Check, RPA

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Arkansas Democrats Set To Endorse Platform That Supports Same Sex Marriage, Rejects “God-Given” Language

Little Rock, Ark. – After recently labeling gay marriage “an older issue,” Arkansas Democrats tonight are set to endorse the Democratic National Committee’s platform which not only supports gay marriage and calls for the repeal of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed by former President Bill Clinton, but also strips out the phrase “God-given” when discussing individual potential.

“The state Democratic Party needs to explain to voters why they have sold out the people of Arkansas and their conservative values to a President who is out-of-touch and hasn’t fulfilled his promise of a better America,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos. “Arkansas Republicans are proud to support traditional marriage as seen in both the state and national Republican platforms.

“The fact that Gov. Mike Beebe didn’t even care to show up for the adoption of his national party’s platform shows that like his silent complacency with Obamacare, he is again enabling President Obama’s liberal agenda. Arkansans want a new direction and come November voters will elect a new President, a new Republican majority to the state Legislature and send four Arkansas Republicans to the U.S. Congress.”

Arkansas Democrat Spox Calls Gay Marriage “Older Issue”

Martin: “It seems like an older issue here in Arkansas since it has been adopted in our state’s constitution.” ( Talk Business , 8/6/12)

“God-Given” Removed From Democratic Party Platform

“Guess what? God’s name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform. This is the paragraph that was in the 2008 platform: ‘We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.’ Now the words “God-given” have been removed…” (David Brody, “Exclusive: Democrats Drop 'God' From Party Platform,” CBN News, 9/4/12)

Tags: Democrats, Platform, Same sex marriage, rejects mentioning God,  changes location of Israel's capitol,

Top Things Arkansas Democrats Won’t Bring Up At The Bill Clinton Fundraiser Tonight in Charlotte

6. Gay Marriage – President Obama wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which President Clinton signed into law in 1996. In 2004, Arkansas passed a constitutional amendment with an overwhelming majority that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

5. National Debt – Since Barack Obama took office, the national debt has increased by $5.3 trillion to nearly $16 trillion – a 50.3 percent increase. Under eight years of Bill Clinton, the national debt increased by only $1.6 trillion.

4. Unemployment Rate – The national jobless rate has been over 8% for the longest stretch in recorded history with 23 million Americans still struggling for work and over 100,000 Arkansans without a job.

3. Welfare Reform – President Obama recently gutted Bill Clinton’s bi-partisan welfare reform law, ending welfare-to-work requirements.

2. Balanced Budgets – President Bill Clinton 1, President Barack Obama - 4. While Arkansas Democrats continually tout Clinton’s balanced budget while in office, Obama has run four straight years of $1 trillion deficits according to the Congressional Budget Office.

1. Barack Obama – Arkansas Democrats would rather vote Republican than publicly praise the man responsible for Obamacare’s massive tax increase on the middle class and over $700 billion in cuts to Medicare.
Republican Party of Arkansas - p: (501) 372-7301 | f: (501) 372-1656 | Rockefeller Republican Center, 1201 West Sixth, Little Rock, AR 72201

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