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  • Morning Bell: Get to Work

    My fellow conservatives,

    The people have spoken. Reckless spending, stifling regulations, ever-rising taxes, endless debt and the looming government takeover of health care have brought this nation to a tipping point. Not surprisingly, the American people have now taken matters into their own hands.

    How we got to that tipping point is clear. For too long, Washington’s preening elites have assumed that they knew best and that government was in itself the all-purpose solution to every perceived problem.

    But the American people have a collective wisdom, and they expressed it yesterday. They took a stand and decided on a new direction because continuing down the path we’re currently on would mean the end of the American Dream.

    They repudiated “change” that denies our character and tradition, and called instead for an American Renewal that taps our values. The message that came out of this election, I can assure you, was heard around the world. Everyone now knows that Americans remain a strong and free people, unbowed by adversity and unwilling to exchange their birthright of liberty for a perpetual stew of bureaucratic rule and government dependency.

    But let’s be clear, now we must all get to work.  The new Congress has a choice: answer the call of renewal or betray the hopes of the American people.  It is time for conservatives to be conservative, and not backslide.

    We here at The Heritage Foundation are inspired by your commitment to America’s principles, and bolstered by your demand for practical, conservative solutions to our common problems. We and our 700,000 members will work day and night to make sure Washington has heard you, too, for now the real work begins.

    There is much work to be done by the new Congress. Heritage is issuing a set of five simple actions Congress must take in order to meet this mandate of the American people. These five priorities represent the bare minimum of what is expected of our new representatives. More will need to be done to get our nation back on the right track, but taking these actions represent a good start.

    I recommend that you print out this document, share it with friends and family.

    This list, which we call “Solutions for America: Get to Work”, is comprised of the following calls to action:

    • FREEZE AND CUT SPENDING: Congress should immediately freeze discretionary budget authority at 2010 levels; and cut at least $170 billion from the federal budget for fiscal year 2012. This is only a first step. In the past four years, Congress has approved more spending that even the bureaucrats can handle. Congress must immediately survey the unobligated balances of all appropriations made in the past four years and should reclaim these unspent taxpayer funds and use them to reduce the deficit.
    • REPEAL OBAMACARE: Congress must immediately pass a bill that repeals Obamacare. Until Congress is able to get the President to sign a law repealing Obamacare, it must withhold funding, block key provisions and override regulations carrying out Obamacare. Only after Obamacare is rejected, can Congress undertake a careful, thoughtful legislative process to make practical adjustments that allow the free market to provide affordable, effective health care insurance choices.
    • STOP THE OBAMA TAX HIKES: Congress must reject the Obama tax hikes, and make permanent the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, thereby helping the economy grow and create more jobs.
    • PROTECT AMERICA: Congress must pass a budget resolution that won’t put our troops at risk or leave Americans vulnerable. It can do this by providing for defense an average of $720 billion per year (to be adjusted for inflation) for each of the next five fiscal years, in addition to the funding needed for ongoing contingency operations. Congress must make the defense budget as efficient as possible and reinvest dollars achieved from reforms in the military to offset the cost of modernizing and developing next-generation equipment.
    • GET CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT: Congress must immediately reestablish legislative accountability by posting complete legislation, ending earmarks, reviewing all unauthorized programs and respecting constitutional limits on government. Congress must check executive branch overreach with aggressive oversight, roll back recent government interventions, stop unnecessary administrative regulations and sunset new ones, restrict bureaucrats’ rulemaking authority and override executive orders.

    Please see the full document here. Each of these things must be done if Washington is to fulfill its electoral mandate and meet its constitutional responsibilities.

    We must not underestimate the difficulty of this task. This is but the beginning of a long recovery and renewal. There’s much to be done.  We need to put an end to the crony capitalism that permeates so many of the outrages of these past two years. Government elites should not be picking winners and losers, giving bailouts to GM and waivers of the health care law to McDonald’s.

    We must return to the states the authority and flexibility to solve problems best resolved at that level of government. Replace federal failure and incompetence with state ingenuity custom-tailored to solve local problems.

    Many will say it cannot be done, and some will demean the people and trivialize their objectives. They will do so at their peril. That attitude ignores what has just taken place.  Let us never overlook our noble purpose: to restore America, rebuild its limited government and revive a nation of unlimited possibilities–where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

    This is a pivotal time. The public mind is engaged, and the eyes of the people are on Washington to see if their government will listen to them once again.  We must seize the moment, or the moment will be lost, and so might our country.

    Americans have reached back to their roots and history to rediscover their traditions and values. There’s a reason the Tea Party took a name from one of our earliest revolutionary events. One of the worst things our President has done in his two years in office—on top of the spending, the overreach of health care and the inability to allow the private sector to create jobs—has been in comment after comment to disparage the people, their wisdom and their intelligence.

    We must remain committed, stay focused, be ever vigilant — and keep the faith.

    Join us in this cause at Heritage.Org. Watch our statement on the conservative wave. Print out the Get to Work Checklist. Listen to our experts discuss the Checklist. Make a donation today to help turn this country around and tell lawmakers in Washington: Get to work.

    Sincerely,
    Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., President, The Heritage Foundation

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    29 Responses to Morning Bell: Get to Work

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      FREEZE AND CUT SPENDING – Yes – what you said is only a very limited start – we need to get spending back to 2000 levels – when the government actually took in more than it spent. Then use the surplus to take down the principal of the debt.

      REPEAL OBAMACARE – Yes and as fast as possible. Make weekly bills for the entire two years if need be. Make Obama veto each one. Wear out the libs.

      STOP THE OBAMA TAX HIKES – Yes. As an absolute minimum restore the tax rates at the end of 2008 and make all permanent. Eliminate the death tax. Again, this is a start.

      PROTECT AMERICA – Not agreeing with you here. I think DoD and DHS spending is through the roof. Many federal employees constantly talk about redundancy and waste within these federal departments. Before we reward these federal departments with any increases, we need them to cut deeply in their non-military and non-security operations in the Pentagon and elsewhere. There are too many leaks being made by Pentagon staff that needs to be reined in. We need to review the entire national security community and significantly reduce access to national secrets to very few individuals who have intimate knowledge of the subject matter. There is no reason why classified documents are floating around DC and elsewhere in such a way that an organization like WikiLeaks can obtain over a half of a billion of them! No one in DC even starts to feel the gravity of this threat from within! This tremendous security problem also points to massive waste. One would think that classified information would be dealt with by the most efficient means and be kept to the fewest number of eyes. The Washington Post earlier this year reported there are over 800,000 "Top Secret" clearances in government alone! Before we give these federal departments any increases we should be asking for rapid reduction in non-military operations in these departments – and we do want cuts and big ones. If after these cuts are made there is a surplus of financial resources available to fund military related defense projects, then I am all in favor of transferring the needless and wasteful Pentagon office related spending to the field.

      GET CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT – absolutely! We should do this by privatizing all government oversight programs and agencies. No federal employee should be overseeing other federal employees. We the people need to adopt the idea that the federal government needs constant watch by people who have skin in the game – namely the taxpayers. I want to see a special fund to be extracted from the federal budget to fund private oversight organizations to be watchdogs in the truest sense of the federal government. These watchdogs should not be working side by side with federal employees or officials.

    2. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      This ROUND is over

      Murdoch was RIGHT about the House

      Murdoch was WRONG about the Senate, but, CLOSE

      Write-in wins in Alaska

      Charles Rangle gets 80% of votes to win.

      I wish Reid has used the $$$ to get himself a BACKBONE.

      What a WASTE of $$$

      I hope Everyone realizes THEY CAN RUN

      and $$$ is NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.

      $$$ LOST in CA.

      DOPE Lost in CA.

      NOW – Let's see what the GOP

      WILL

      do.

      NOW we have to HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE.

      I started a GDOC – https://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgwzbkk9_1592fmp27
      This ROUND is OVER

      I will UPDATE it from time to time.

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

    3. ThomNJ says:

      I would most certainly add fortify and defend our borders and re-open OUR public lands for OUR citizens rather than foreign drug smugglers, as a part of Protect America.

    4. Steve S. California says:

      Being an unwilling resident of California, I do not share the unbridled enthusiasm put forward in your article. The results of last night as a whole are good, but some results, particularly here and Next door in Nevada, speak loudly as to the intransigence of many, rank and file contentment with a tragic status quo. the unfortunate influence of unions, etc. My point is this, we also have just begun, hopefully, the long road of rebuilding our education system, living with our means, and communicating our platform. The republican leadership, for example, fell asleep at the last minute, did not effectively counter criticisms, and partook in the ugliest ad wars I have seen in my half century of awareness of such issues. We are by no means out of the woods yet, and failure to learn these lessons and ACT will let the pendulum swing the other way once again.

    5. Barry S, says:

      "The people have spoken. Reckless spending, stifling regulations, ever-rising taxes, endless debt and the looming government takeover of health care have brought this nation to a tipping point. Not surprisingly, the American people have now taken matters into their own hands."

      Everywhere except in California, where the Democrats have re-elected Barbara Boxer and re-installed Governor Moonbeam (Jerry Brown) to ensure the further slide of our state into bankruptcy. Virtually every important state office is now controlled by a liberal at the helm.. We once called California the "Golden State." As of today, the term is sadly now the "Gonner State."

      I had hoped that removing the liberal grasp on the state economy might allow for optimizing the atmosphere for business so that new business could be attracted to the state, allowing for new blood to be added to the tax base and increasing the work force. Instead, I can only look forward to even more businesses (and their employees) leaving the state to find locations where they don't have to fear their own bankruptcies and where "Profit" is not a dirty word. Rampant spending and a crushing debt will only worsen under Jerry Brown, as will stifling over-regulation.

    6. Rob in San Clemente, says:

      This is brilliant. I hope the newbies are paying attention.

    7. Robert Thomas Mehama says:

      Everyone is excited and maybe even a little bit encouraged by the results of this election, but there is much to consider, even with the things that you have outlined that must take place and soon.

      I fear that we will be experiencing just more of the same. I quit voting at the age of about 27 when I was rudely made aware of how our political system works. It has not changed!

      Until whoever is involved in making the rules for others lives incorporates the principals of our Creator, such as loving HIM with all our hearts and minds and loving our neighbors, that includes our enemies, as ourselves we will never have peace in this country or this world.

      We all need to look to our Creator for leadership and guidance in leading or governing others, until that happens things will only get worse, until HE has to intervene to disrupt man's destruction of the world as we know it.

    8. H Durkin, Nassau, NY says:

      Don't notice the Border mentioned in your long list of things to do. Did I miss this?

    9. Bill McCormick frede says:

      Harry Reid won. The Democrats lost big time. But what does it all mean to us? and what is to come about? Krystal Ball lost in our district. But, here's my thoughts as I gaze into the crystal ball of my mind:

      LESSONS LEARNED???

      Big night for Congressional Republicans? —Republicans gained the headlines but little else in Congress. In what appears to be a big night for Republicans the only power actually given by the voters was the power to stop the runaway liberal machine. And, perhaps the position to embarrass the President into looking bad in 2012 by forcing him to veto Republican legislation on job creation, spending cuts, immigration controls and healthcare modifications. However, Harry Reid's victory in Nevada and retaining control of the Senate has effectively insulated the President from having to do this because the Dems can now simply vote the House proposals down in the Senate avoiding the President's use of the veto pen. Senator Reid has 6 years to take the heat for the President — that's his job and Nevadans gave it back to him.

      Big night for Republican Governors–this is where the GOP has deeply wounded the Obama machine. The onslaught of Governor wins have done two things for the GOP and the country: First, the Republicans can now draw the lines in many states and gain the advantage of incumbancy in 2012 House elections. They can also gain control of the state systems for primaries and elections. Second, they can if they choose individually begin to turn the states around fiscally and as Governor Christie (NJ) has done address the major problems facing state and local governments.

      Democrats should have learned to be what you are or pay the price? Conservative Blue dog Democrats paid the price for failing to be what their constituents thought they were: Conservatives. When they allowed Obama, Reid and Pelosi to implement unconstrained liberal programs on the American people they failed the people who put them in office assuming I guess that all Democrats/Independents would be delighted with the liberal programs and the fiscal impact. They paid with their policitical lives–out of office last night.

      And, the liberals who really are liberal, like Harry Reid, who stuck to their guns and defended what they did mostly held their own because their base is liberal. Barney Frank, Pelosi and Reid all won rather easily despite serious challenges.

      What will the Lame Duck Congress try to do? Maybe nothing or maybe the last attempt to pass more liberal programs and hold them in place in the next Congress. They could make an attempt to pass immigration reform, Cap and Trade (already passed in the House), and as I suspect most likely to pass a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class only claiming the move for the Dems versus the incoming Repubs and leaving the tax cuts for the $250k plus people to be renewed by the Repubs so they can once again claim the Repubs only care about the "rich". If any of these are attempted then I would hope that the betrayed "Blue Dogs" will make the last stand at the Alamo and say "No". Finally showing the backbone they should have in the last 18 months.

      In the end it was at least a return to more balance. I suspect that Obama, Reid and Pelosi knew when they passed all their programs that this would happen to some degree. But, they saw the opening to shove the legislation through and being the shrewd politicians that they are they knew that opening may never come again. This morning I suspect that they are smiling just knowing that they did not lose the Senate and can protect their programs. Obama has to be delighted that he will not be forced to the use of the veto too often. But, there is a chance that the smile may be short lived as perhaps some of the Senators will actually decide that 2012 is not far away and lack of cooperation with Republicans will further anger independents and they will be the next sacrificial lambs of Obama. After all Liberman is an Independent and Alaska's independent is really a Republican and West Virginia's new Senator is up for reelection in 2012 and he is no Cap and Trade fan. A conservative move to center by him and he could be the rising star of the Democratic Party. A liberal move and he will have betrayed his promises to WV people.

    10. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      OK GOP,

      just to be fair,

      you've got 18 months to fix EVERYTHING. Go!"

      KJ

    11. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Dear members of Congress,

      If you really want to cut the deficit, then start with your own pay, and while you're at it;

      cut the President's as well. Don't go back to 2008 levels. Go back to 1980s levels.

      Cut it by half. Cut your pay from $143,000 to $120,000, and cut the President's from

      $400,000, back to $200,000. Then again, if you really want to make a sacrifice, take

      either $!.00, for the duration of these hard times, or no salary at all. Cut everything,

      and I mean EVERYTHING! No sacred cows. Put defense, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlements, on the chopping block. Do what Chile did with its Social Security System, and privatize it. Cut Obamacare completely, as for cap and tax, get rid of it. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in THE TERMINATOR, "HASTA LA VISTA, BABY!" Make sure you do your job. Do this, and you will be rewarded. Break your promise to the American people, and you do it at your own peril. Don't say you're going to drain the swamp____just do it. Congress, like Caesar's wife, should be above reproach.

      Sincerely,

      Blair Colquhoun, a concerned citizen

    12. Chroma41, California says:

      The new Congress also needs to:

      Immediately freeze hiring. replacing only one for every two leaving.

      Start eliminating all subsidies. If they can't stand on their own, we don't need them.

      Eliminate most foreign aid. Most is wasted or mis-spent anyway.

      Eliminate useless bureaucracies such as the Department of Education

      Reduce and consolidate overlapping departments

      Freeze Federal wages for five years

      These are some ot the things Congress can do to reduce expenses and offset maintaining the current "Bush" tax rates

    13. Cindy, PA says:

      I quickly scanned the "get to work agenda" but I didn't see anything about illegal immigration and the left's goal of having these people as voters. Illegal immigration and English as our official language should be immediate priorities also.

    14. KC - New Mexico says:

      The results from yesterday’s vote were generally great but the results also bring to light key obstacles for the Tea Party supporters and Republicans. Gaining strength in the Senate will help along with control of the House. However, working with Obama and Reid will not be easy. Reid is not a team player as he has displayed over the years and Obama just wants it his way – no negotiation or bi-partisan work! I think the Republicans should consider who they put in charge of the House. We do not need another Pelosi set of political tactics from John Boehner – we need real leadership that can drive the changes the Tea Party and the middle Democrats and Republicans want. We cannot afford to move from the far left to the far right. We need to be in the middle and then address the issues and make changes.

      Too bad that H. Reid retained his seat – the unions and entitled democrats in Vegas and Reno did not think about the implications of their vote! The same for district 1 in New Mexico – keeping Martin Heinrich in the House does not help NM – he has been a Pelosi puppet and non-responsive to his constituents – unless it was for a handout!

      I intend to send the 5 points of “get to work” to our 2 democrat senators in NM. I’ll bet that nothing comes from this and that through the Reid leadership; we will continue to see the same old stuff. So, on to 2012 where hopefully our country will wake up and bring in real leadership at the top that is centrally based.

    15. George Colgrove, VA says:

      I need to correct my comment – Employees of the federal government have leaked over a half a MILLION sensitive documents to WikiLeaks – not a half a BILLION sensitive documents as I said. The daily national debt increase being measured in Billions of dollars is on my mind.

    16. Chroma41, California says:

      The Republicans have two years to show that they are serious and deserve our support. Thyey have to clearly articulate to the public what they are doing or attempting to do and why. We will support them if they are truly making an effort and give them the Senate in 2012. If they fail to truely move forward, however, it will probably be the end of the GOP.

    17. CDP in lumberton, ms says:

      your worklist sounds great, but, you should consider another BIG item. that being, put GOD back in our country. it seems everyone is content to think of GOD as an idea. but most of us believe there really is a GOD of all. for too long we have set back and let a few athiest cause us to hide GOD and keep him out af our public life. instead, we should make him number one in all we do and not be ashamed of it. this is very important or our country will surly fall.

    18. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Having the House means having House Oversight, and that is where Heritage hits the nail right on the head. Increased Oversight must expose the criminal enterprise for what it is, the Progressive Agenda is at its roots Constitutionally illegal! Pelsi, Reid, Frank and Obama are guilty of infiltrating our Government. They lied their way into Office, they stole Representation, they Paid Off their friends, they Established Unconstitutional (indeed illegal Communist) organizations, projects, programs and policies. Nothing but illegal, Unconstitutional things!

      I don't think it is funny that Radicals took over the American Government. I swear it was all illegal because they were recognized enemies of long standing Enmity. Get them! Impeach! Investigate! And emprison them for their High Crimes and High Misdemeanors! Using Communist operatives! Shame on them!

    19. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      ." However, Harry Reid’s victory in Nevada and retaining control of the Senate has effectively insulated the President from having to do this because the Dems can now simply vote the House proposals down in the Senate avoiding the President’s use of the veto pen."

      And who will now be the "Party of No"? Seems to me the Dems create catch phrases that come back to haunt them, ie "The Party of Corruption" – more applicable to Dems than Republicans.

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    21. RennyG Maryland says:

      Good direction.. Question though, if his "care" program is stopped or not funded to stop it and other cuts are made in programs, "what do you do with all the people this guy hired????"

    22. Buck Crosby Hubert , says:

      One new and very important problem not mentioned is the need to national legislation banning sharia law on all United States of America properties , lands , and territories . I also support the fair tax in leu of all other taxes , this to include property taxes because if we have to pay for it every year we do not own it but only renting it .

    23. G Rome Laguna Niguel says:

      Let us not get too excited with this mid-term groundswell of Republican zeal. If so many seats in the House were lost by Repubs two years ago, it only makes sense that the red seeped back in to the national map yesterday. Politics and elections are a convenient excuse for voting against something, rather than voting FOR something. It is reactionary, and has been going on this same way for the last fifty years. One election cycle swings one way, then there is a new group to blame for the ills (perceived or real), and it swings back.

      A Republican victory may be construed as a repudiation of the last two years of Democrat rule, but it can also be viewed as visceral reactionism without the intelligence to discern cause and effect. I will in no way make apologies for the path chosen for us in the past two years since I am a contrarian to much of the latest legislation, but I also understand that it took eight years of Bush and that Congress to get us to where we are, and two years for this Congress and President to attempt to amend the damage.

      I suppose that what I want to say is "Hooray for another round of change," and then I will quietly sit back and watch what the Republicans do with control of the House. If history tells us anything, it will merely result in more gridlock and posturing until the General election of 2012, which means nothing really gets done, nothing is rectified, and politically-speaking, we are fighting as they did in World War I — an inch at a time, back and forth, with little result.

    24. SKGF, Falls Church, says:

      I'm on board with the position taken by the Heritage Foundation and thanks for continuing to voice these important points. However, I am disappointed that you have not included, as part of Protect America point, the issue of immigration.

      There is an immediate need to seal the boarders against illegal aliens flowing into our nation, removal of those here illegally, levy hard penalties for companies and individuals that hire these illegal aliens, dis-allow free social services to those here illegally, repeal the law that gives automatic citizenship to babies born on our soil even if neither of their parents are citizens, and reform the current system to allow for an eaier "work permit" process while robusting the tracking system to enforce the rules of those permits. Allowing these issues to continue errodes many aspects of our national society and economy, is wrong, and will continue to undermine what America is as a Nation.

      I know this is a hard issue, but we've handled hard issues before in our history and have succeeded only when we've done so in a head on fashion, regardless of the difficulty of the issue.

      We expect fellow citizens to abide by the laws of our Nation and we should expect visitors to do the same, starting with legal and documented entry.

      Please make this part of your agenda now. Thank you.

    25. Jeanette Wheeler, Ma says:

      I am in complete agreement with the immediate need for Congress to implement this work list.

      When I recently learned of the trip Obama will be taking to India, along with his entourage of 1000 friends and family, I was completely disgusted. This vacation will set back we tax payers 200,000,000 dollars!

      It seems to me that "King" Obama and "Queen " Michelle, need to be put on a strict budget. Security for the president will always be expensive, but a stay at the Taj Majal? That is just greedy self-indulgence.

      Think of the billions spent every year for the congressional "elite", and the president to have lavish vacations and private jets to take them back and forth to Washington. Giving every last one of them a sensible allowance would save this country huge amounts of money.

    26. John Murphy, Woodbri says:

      We must limit the amount of campaign contributions by unions, like contributions of individuals and corporations are limited. Because they currently are unlimited, we still have a failed system of public education, and bad bills such as card check. Studies have shown, when public schools have to compete with private schools for students, the public schools get better. We call the reason for this competition.

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    28. Rick Staley Los Osos says:

      Like some other Americans I’m mad at what is going on and I’d like to see some changes.

      I went to Costco today to return a power screwdriver for the second time (Channel Lock, made in China). Seeing that Costco did not have any other tool in that category I went next door to Home Depot and tried to find a quality power screwdriver there, no such luck. On the huge wall I was facing not a single tool was made in the USA. You guessed it, China. On the way out of the store I went to pick up my wife in the garden section. I made several stops along the way to see if anything was being made in this country. No such luck. Everything I picked up in the store was made in China. (I did find one American made product just before leaving, Miracle Gro planting mix.)

      By then I had had it. I was off to Sears to buy a Craftsman product. I got there and picked up the Craftsman tool that looked good, only to find out that it too was MADE IN CHINA. At that point I slammed the tool down, uttered an obscenity (embarrassing my wife) and left the store.

      So whats the point you ask. I’ll tell what the point is. I have watched the GOP attacking the middle class for years. I have watched with interest as they passed legislation making it more profitable to manufacture outside the US and even giving tax credits to big business to do it. I read an article online this week that stated that 43,000 manufacturing firms and 5 million middle class labor jobs have GONE OVERSEAS as big money got richer and the people who lost their jobs had to struggle to survive. I guess the GOP is winning. The party of big money, by big money and for big money is slowly destroying the country from inside for a profit. They will wrap themselves in the flag and spout patriotic slogans while doing it and the suckers are falling for it. I don’t find this kind of greed to be patriotic, or the people doing it to be patriots.

      Next time you are out try counting the number of cars in the parking lots that are made in the USA vs the number made outside the USA. Then try to remember that the southern (GOP) Senators courted Toyota and made deals to enable them to not have to pay taxes in their state. Given this advantage I can see where it was easy for Toyota to gain a foothold. The pushed the already struggling US auto industry further into trouble and more US job were lost as a result.

      How about a S.E.A. party (screwed enough already). A party dedicated to restoring American jobs and an American workforce. Its not go not going to happen with the GOP running the house. But I will make this challenge for the T.E.A. party coming in. Propose legislation that does away with tax credits for taking jobs overseas and see what happens. Try aiming your work at restoring the middle class your GOP buddies have systematically tried to destroy and see what happens. It may be interesting. Try passing legislation that no longer pays big corporate farmers not to grow and see what happens. Then I guess we'll know who the real patriots are.

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