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Pawlenty vs Bachmann: Debate Quirrel Extends into the Press

As much of a #facepalm moment the debate became when Gov. Tim Pawlenty started a back-and-forth, playground-style tiff with Rep. Bachmann, it didn’t end there.

Press releases were sent immediately to all news outlets explain why each one was right and who had lied.

The fight started on July 10th when Pawlenty hinted that he was going to try to knock Bachmann off of her high-polling perch.

Then Bachmann hit back on July 25th comparing Pawlenty to Obama on everything from climate change to taxes.

We finally get to August 11th and the GOP debate – nothing has changed.

Bachmann has been strong in the polls lately while Pawlenty has been struggling, to put it lightly. Grabbing just 2% of likely voters, the former governor seemed to be grasping at straws – no pun intended.

After the debate, both campaigns sent out a flurry of press releases to try and re-message the disaster this little cat fight turned into.

45 minutes into the debate, we received this:

Tim Pawlenty’s executive experience is not an asset if it simply means bigger and more intrusive government.

“The era of small government is over,” Pawlenty said in an interview with the Star Tribune. “I’m a market person, but there are certain circumstances where you’ve got to have government put up the guardrails or bust up entrenched interests before they become too powerful … Government has to be more proactive, more aggressive.” (Star Tribune August 19, 2006)

That’s the same philosophy which, under President Obama, has brought us record deficits, massive unemployment and an unconstitutional health care plan.

“Back in 2006, Pawlenty was portraying himself as a conservative who was willing to intervene in markets, and he said that government has to “bust up entrenched interests before they become too powerful.” It appears he’s been backing off those positions in 2011, but that doesn’t change what his views were years ago. If he was quoting David Brooks when he said “the era of small government is over,” he seemed to be doing so approvingly… (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/jul/26/michele-bachmann/did-tim-pawlenty-say-era-small-government-over/)

Tim Pawlenty supported a cap and trade system, but tried to deny it.

“Pawlenty told Fox News Sunday on Jan. 16 that he ‘never did sign a bill relating to cap and trade’ when he was governor of Minnesota, but that’s not true. He also said: ‘I’ve opposed cap and trade.’ However, that’s been the case only since 2009.

“In fact, the bill he signed in 2007 specifically required a task force to ‘recommend how the state could adopt’ a cap-and-trade system. Furthermore, he also signed a regional compact with other Midwestern governors agreeing to ‘jointly endeavor’ to ‘develop a market-based and multi-sector cap-and-trade mechanism.'” (FactCheck.org http://www.factcheck.org/2011/01/pawlentys-political-climate-change/)

Tim Pawlenty was for government bail-outs before he was against them.

“So from a pure marketplace principle, you would not bail them out. But we also have to measure that against the consequences to the rest of the country. And, you know, that is an imperfect solution, but, like has been said, they are too big, the consequences are too severe for innocent bystanders to allow them to fail.” (National Press Club on August 6, 2008)

Tim Pawlenty held views on health care that are strikingly similar to Barack Obama.

“He favored exchanges and was ‘open to’ mandates. Then he ran for president.”

“In 2006, Pawlenty praised Romney for attacking health care costs, said he was ‘open to’ a similar insurance mandate and endorsed the idea that ‘everybody should be in a health plan of some sort.’

‘We all, I think, can chart a path toward universal coverage,’ he said in a luncheon speech to a Minneapolis health reform conference. ‘We’re going to have to move in stages.”

“In 2007, Pawlenty asked the Legislature to create a state-regulated health insurance exchange for individual health insurance policies — now the centerpiece of Obama’s plan to expand access to those who don’t have group insurance through their employers.

“‘It seems like there were two Pawlentys with regard to health care,’ said state Rep. Paul Thissen, a DFL leader who served on the governor’s bipartisan Health Transformation Task Force.” (Star Tribune August 6, 2011)

Tim Pawlenty raised taxes in Minnesota

“Tim Pawlenty misled readers in an op-ed by saying he solved Minnesota’s budget crisis in 2005 without raising taxes. Pawlenty’s 75-cents-per-pack cigarette tax — which he called a “health impact fee” — helped forge a budget deal…” (http://www.factcheck.org/2011/07/pawlenty-taxes-and-budget-crises/)  

10 minutes later, the Pawlenty campaign sent this:

Fact check on Bachmann's false attack

Pawlenty Cautioned Against Political Meddling In Health Care Policy And Twice Rejected The Individual Mandate, In 2003 And 2006:

Governor Pawlenty CriticizedPolitical Meddling In Health Policy. “Pawlenty also peppered his remarks with broad criticism of the nation’s current ‘tattered, outdated, inefficient’ health care system and hard shots at health maintenance organizations (HMOs), prescription drug advertising and political meddling in health policy” (Conrad Defiebre, “Pawlenty: Give Health Coverage To All Kids,” MinneapolisStar Tribune, 11/15/06)

The National Journal Singled Out Pawlenty For Rejecting Individual Mandates Twice As Governor Of Minnesota, In 2003 And 2008. “MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) defied recommendations made to him by advisers twice in the last 6 years about working to install individual mandates for health insurance coverage — and in doing so may have stockpiled some points he can use to score with the GOP base.” (Erin McPike, “Pawlenty Twice Turned Down Mandate,” The National Journal, 3/31/10)

The Star Tribune Issued A Correction For The “Era Of Small Government” Misquote Three Days Later After A Battle Pawlenty Discussed On Rush Limbaugh Several Months Ago:

The Star Tribune Issued A Correction For The “Era Of Small Government” Misquote. “An article on Page 01B Saturday quoted Gov. Tim Pawlenty saying ‘The era of small government is over,’ a comment he made in reference to a point made in a 2004 column by New York Times columnist David Brooks. Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung said Monday that Pawlenty’s record shows he is not a supporter of ‘big government’ and that he was ‘simply talking about the need for government to be more effective and active.'” (“Corrections,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 8/22/06)

In May 2011, Pawlenty Addressed The Misquote On Rush Limbaugh And The Battle To Get The Correction Printed. “Gov. Pawlenty: ‘Well, actually I’m glad you brought that up, Rush, because it gives me a chance to clarify. The other side has pushed that falsely for a number of years. What happened is in the Minnesota Star Tribune — not exactly a conservative publication — I made reference to an articlethat David Brooks wrote which was entitled, “The Eera of Small Government is Over.” I didn’t say those words myself; I was referencing his article. Yeah, and so the next day — the very next day — the Star Tribune, after a big battle, printed a clarification or a correction in their correction page. Of course, the main article was on page one and the correction was buried in some footnote in page three, but that incorrect quote has haunted me — and I’m glad I had a chance in this big national forum on your great show to clarify, because if you go to the next day’s newspaper you’ll see the clarification in the Star Tribune.'” (“Our Interview With Tim Pawlenty,” Rush Limbaugh, 5/23/11)

Neither Pawlenty nor Bachmann fared well in this exchange. The petty and angry exchange came off a bit raw. Bachmann had nothing to gain and failed to ignore the fledgling candidate. Pawlenty had nothing to lose and probably harmed a fellow Republican.

DNC Launches Misleading News Campaign

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2011

Today the Democratic National Committee announced its “Extreme Aims” Mediscare mistruthfest in the lead-up to Thursday’s Republican debate in Iowa and the Ames straw poll on Saturday. Calling the the 2012 Republican presidential field “extreme” and “out-of-touch” in response to public opinion that is using those very terms to describe the President’s policies.

Iowa Caucus// James Q. Lynch (“extreme” sure is prevalent – and yes, mention of Wasserman Shultz counts as an instance of “extreme”)

This week, however, the DNC will be highlighting what it calls the GOP candidates’ “extreme aims to please the far-right, Tea Party wing of their party and they are following the extreme agenda of congressional Republicans instead of leading – all while the country’s future hangs in the balance.” To counter the attention the straw poll will give the GOP 2012 hopefuls, the DNC will have a presence on the ground in Iowa beginning on Aug. 11 – the same day as the Republican Party of Iowa/Fox News debate atIowa State University – which will include DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse andWasserman Schultz, who will arrive Aug. 12, as well as other surrogates. In addition to her state fair visit,Wasserman Schultz will participate in a round-table discussion with Iowans the morning of Aug. 12 in Des Moines. Following her visit to the fair – where it’s rumored she will eat something on a stick – Wasserman Schultz will head to Ames to meet with national and local media.

CDNNews reponse: none needed. Shultz will eat something on a stick – Conservatives everywhere are shaking.

Dems plan weeklong blitz in Iowa to counter GOP straw poll

The Hill// Michael O’Brien

The DNC launched its weeklong blitz, “Extreme Aims: Wrong for Seniors. Wrong for the Middle Class,” with a Web video characterizing the different presidential candidates as extremists who would threaten to undo popular social programs. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the DNC, will take that message on the road this week in Iowa ahead of Thursday’s GOP presidential debate and Saturday’s influential straw poll in Ames. Wasserman Schultz will participate in a roundtable, along with Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), organized by the Iowa Democratic Party on Friday. (“Rumor has it she will also eat something fried on a stick,” a DNC official said about the chairwoman’s trip to Des Moines, from where she’ll head to Ames.)

Obama to reform ‘No Child’ by skirting the law – Geithner staying despite failure to protect U.S. currency

Politico// Mike Allen

“Iowa Democratic Party to Host Series of Roundtables On Disastrous GOP Agenda In Advance of GOP Debate, Straw Poll: Participants to include Rep. Leonard Boswell, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, local elected officials … In the lead up to the Republican debate and Straw Poll inAmes, GOP candidates are touting their support for disastrous policies like the Ryan Plan or Cut, Cap & Balance which would slash Social Security and end Medicare as we know it while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.”

CDN response: Uh… wow. The president is directly allowing educators to not follow U.S. law simply because he doesn’t agree with it. If he wants education reform, he has to ask Congress. Those are the checks and balances in our form of government, whether he likes them or not. Tim Geithner staying after his abysmal performance as Treasury Secretary is merely indicative of another failure of leadership from the White House. It’s just too much trouble to go find someone that doesn’t have their head up their butt.

2012: Extreme Aims 

NBC First Read// Staff Writers

Today, the Democratic National Committee is announcing a campaign  in the build-up to Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll. “When it comes to the GOP presidential candidates and what America will hear from them in Ames this week, they have extreme aims to please the far-right, Tea Party wing of their party and they are following the extreme agenda of Congressional Republicans instead of leading,” the DNC says in an email. “All this while our country’s future hangs in the balance.” The New Hampshire Democratic Party gets into the act, too. “Whether it is the candidates’ Duck, Dodge, Dismantle proposal, the GOP budget that ends Medicare as we know it or their insistence on keeping tax cuts for corporate jet owners while shifting the burden to working families and seniors, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty are representing an agenda that is far outside the mainstream,” NH Dem Party Chairman Ray Buckley plans to say in a memo to reporters. “Most egregiously, almost without exception the GOP presidential candidates would have allowed America to default on its obligations and send our economy into calamity rather than upset their Tea Party base.”

CDN response: Huh, NBC isn’t unbiased afterall .. who knew?

Democrats seek to counter Republicans’ Iowa blitz –  and fail

LA Times// Michael A. Memoli

The Democratic National Committee produced a Web video saying the candidates running for the White House are, just like their counterparts in Congress, “offering no new ideas.” “Just like WashingtonRepublicans and the tea party, Republican presidential candidates want to end Medicare as we know it, slash funding for education and job creation [and] protect the wealthy, corporate CEOs and big oil,” an announcer says. Democratic surrogates, including the party chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz ofFlorida, will be on the ground – including a speaking slot on the “soapbox” at the Iowa State Fair.

CDNews Response: Democrats haven’t produced any ideas, new or not. Senate Democrats under Harry Reid’s leadership have failed to produce  a single budget in over 820 days, which includes the time period when Democrats held the House, Senate and the White House. For moderates .. that’s both houses of the legislative branch and the entirety of the executive branch. Where’s the budget Democrats?

Democrats launching Iowa campaign

CNN// Paul Steinhauser

From the first Republican presidential debate in two months, to the Iowa State Fair, to a crucial GOP presidential straw poll in Ames, the Hawkeye State will be firmly in the national political spotlight this week. Now, Democrats are trying to get in on some of the action. The Democratic National Committee announced Monday morning that it’s launching a campaign to define the Republican presidential candidates as extremists trying to please “the far-right Tea Party wing of their party and they are following the extreme agenda of Congressional Republicans instead of leading.” As part of the push, the DNC is putting up a Web video titled “Extreme Aims: Wrong for Seniors. Wrong for the Middle Class.” The party committee says to make its case it will put up a website that profiles the records of each GOP candidate. The DNC also promises an “innovative” Twitter campaign and events on the ground in Iowa throughout the week.

CDNews Response: Dems are aware that this is a primary.. right? One of the candidates will win. Ah never mind, if this is what the spendtastic liberals are spending their money on, the Senate could turn logical shortly.

DNC looks to organize in Iowa ahead of Ames Straw Poll event

Daily Caller// Amanda Carey

The Ames Straw Poll and debate is just days away, but Republican candidates aren’t the only ones who are gearing up for the event. The Democrat National Committee (DNC) is looking to sway the conversation in the Hawkeye State, too. On Monday, the DNC released a Web video titled, “Extreme Aims.” The goal, according to the release announcing the video, is to define the GOP candidates as ideologically extreme, out to undercut senior citizens and the middle class.

Pawlenty to Start “Road to Results” Tour

The Pawlenty for President organization today released Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s plan to travel through 26 cities in Iowa in eight days ending at the Ames Straw Poll on August 13th.

“As I have traveled across the state over the last two weeks, Iowans have voiced their frustration with President Obama and his failure to tackle our nation’s fiscal problems and create jobs,” Gov. Pawlenty said. “I’m working hard to meet as many Iowans as possible to share my record of conservative success in Minnesota. I believe Iowans are ready for a president with the courage to not just talk about solutions, but who actually has a record of results. At every stop of this tour, I will offer substantive solutions to overcome our nation’s economic hurdles.”

The “Road to Results” will be at the following:

Mason City Meet and Greet
Clarion Inn, 2101 4th Street SW (Highway 122W), Mason City, Iowa 50401
8:30 a.m. CDT

 

Black Hawk County GOP Women’s Lunch
Beck’s Sports Brewery, 3295 University Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa 50701
11:30 a.m. CDT

 

Dyersville Meet and Greet
County Junction, 913 15th Avenue SE, Dyersville, Iowa 52040
1:30 p.m. CDT

 

Manchester Meet and Greet
Pizza Ranch, 1100 West Main Street, Manchester, Iowa 52057
3:30 p.m. CDT

 

5 County Fundraiser
Clear Creek Amana High School, 311 West Marengo Road, Tiffin, Iowa 52340
7:00 p.m. CDT

 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Grinnell Meet and Greet
Poweshiek County GOP HQ, 901 Main Street, Grinnell, Iowa 50112
9:30 a.m. CDT
Spirit Fest Concert
Jordan Park Camp, 2251 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
11:30 a.m. CDT

 

Jewell House Party
Home of Rick and Janet Young, 525 Edwards Street, Jewell, Iowa 50130
2:30 p.m. CDT

 

Grundy Meet and Greet
Johnny Ray’s All-American Grill, 2103 Commerce Drive, Grundy Center, Iowa 50638
4:30 p.m. CDT

 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Visit with Viking Magazine Employees
Viking, 715 E Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa, 50010
10:00 a.m. CDT

 

Johnston Meet and Greet
Rich’s Brew, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa 50131
4:00 p.m. CDT

 

IFFC House Party
Home of Jim and Rhonda Dilley, 2092 NW 134th Street, Clive, Iowa 50325
5:30 p.m. CDT

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sully Meet and Greet
Coffee Cup Café, 616 4th Avenue, Sully, Iowa 50251
8:00 a.m. CDT

Family Research Council Action, National Organization for Marriage, and Susan B. Anthony List Values Bus Tour Kickoff
Iowa State Capitol, West West Capitol Terrace, 400 Finkbine Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50319
10:10 a.m. CDT

Boone Meet and Greet
Boone Public Library, 702 Greene Street, Boone, Iowa 50036
1:00 p.m. CDT

 

Chantland-MHS Visit and Tour
Chantland-MHS, 2512 Lincoln Avenue, Humboldt, Iowa 50548
3:30 p.m. CDT

 

Humboldt GOP Meeting
311 6th Ave. North, Humboldt, Iowa 50548
6:00 p.m. CDT

 

Fort Dodge Picnic
Kennedy Park – Bob Huen Shelter, 1415 Nelson Avenue (2 miles north of Fort Dodge Airport), Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
7:00 p.m. CDT

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Adel Meet and Greet
Brick Street Books & Café, 803 Main Street, Adel, Iowa 50010
8:00 a.m. CDT

Winterset Meet and Greet
Northside Café, 61 E Jefferson Street, Winterset, Iowa 50273
10:00 a.m. CDT

 

Atlantic Town Hall
Family Table Restaurant, 609 West 7th Street, Atlantic, Iowa 50022
12:30 p.m. CDT

 

Harlan Town Hall
Pizza Ranch – Harlan, 613 Court Street, Harlan, Iowa 51537
2:30 p.m. CDT

 

Denison Town Hall
Cronk’s Café, 812 4th Avenue South (Junction of Highways 30 & 59), Denison, Iowa 51442
4:30 p.m. CDT

 

Ames Rally
Zekes, 3329 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50014
7:00 p.m. CDT

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Republican Party of Iowa, FOX News Channel and Washington Examiner Iowa Debate
C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
7:00 p.m. CDT

 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Guest Pork Chef at Iowa Pork Producers Association Booth
Iowa Pork Producers Association Booth, Iowa State Fairground, East 30th Street and East University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50317
11:00 a.m. CDT

 

Soap Box at Des Moines Register Booth
Des Moines Register Booth, Iowa State Fairground, East 30th Street and East University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50317
12:30 p.m. CDT

 

Soap Box at RPI Booth
RPI Booth, Iowa State Fairground, East 30th Street and East University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50317
2:30 p.m. CDT

 

College Students for Pawlenty Pizza Party
Greek Triangle, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
5:30 p.m. CDT

Michele Bachmann Kicks Off Iowa Bus Tour

Iowa City, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will kick off her Iowa campaign bus tour on Saturday, July 2. Along the Iowa state campaign trail, Bachmann will host meet-and-greets with supporters and attend Independence Day weekend activities, while sharing her message of constitutional conservatism and taking questions from voters. The following events are open to credentialed media: (Please note all events occur in Central Time).

Saturday, July 2, 2011
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Iowa City Campaign Bus Tour Kick Off and Breakfast Chat
8:00 am CT
Bluebird Diner
330 E. Market St.
Iowa City, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market Stop
9:30 am CT
1st Ave. and 3rd St.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Marshalltown Lunchtime Chat
1:00 pm CT
Taylor’s Maid Rite
106 South 3rd Ave.
Marshalltown, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Des Moines Iowa TEA Party Bus Stop
5:00 pm CT
Iowa Capitol Building, West Lawn
East 9th St. and Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Iowa Cubs Baseball Game
7:00 pm CT
Principal Park
Des Moines, Iowa
Sunday, July 3, 2011
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Carroll Lunchtime Chat
12:30 pm CT
Pizza Ranch
425 US Highway 30 West
Carroll, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Le Mars Meet-and-Greet
4:00 pm CT
Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor & Museum
115 Central Ave. NW
Le Mars, Iowa
EVENT:
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WHERE:
Sunday Evening Outreach – CLOSED PRESS
6:00 pm CT
Cornerstone World Outreach Center
1625 Glen Ellen Rd
Sioux City, Iowa
Monday, July 4, 2011
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Clear Lake July 4th Parade
10:00 am CT
Downtown Clear Lake


Michele Bachmann – Fluke, Flake or Phenom?

Michele BachmannMichele Bachman is expected to formally declare her candidacy for President in Iowa today. Her name has risen from the  collection of unknowns in the GOP field to a virtual dead-heat with Mitt Romney in a recent Iowa poll. Is it just Iowa? Is she a serious candidate? Could she be the first woman President of the United States?

Is it just Iowa?

For some, Bachmann’s rise is just a happenstance. Iowa is an early primary state and Michele was born there. No need to look further.

Others point to her consistent and strong Social Conservative views which do play well in the Hawkeye state.

  • Pro-life
  • Pro-Second Amendment
  • Against the government takeover of health care (Obamacare)
  • For the enforcement of U.S. Immigration laws (would not support amnesty)

She is equally strong on fiscal issues. The founder of the House Tea Party caucus and one of the House members that is currently a thorn in the side of the progressive agenda, Bachmann was opposed to the TARP bail-outs and the government takeover of GM and Chrysler. Michele is for a balanced budget including entitlement reform and would reform Social Security and Medicare to make that happen.

Mitt Romney has decided to, figuratively speaking, skip Iowa. Has this given Michele Bachmann a boost in one state that is hardly a foreshadowing of the end result? Perhaps, but she’s showing well in other states too. In a recent Florida poll she came out as the most popular of all Republican candidates and only trailed President Obama by 9 points – her numbers would obviously improve if she became the Republican nominee.

Is Bachmann a serious candidate?

Ah, the Sunday news circuit. Chris Wallace asked this question in possibly the worst manner ever when he looked straight at Michele Bachmann in a sit-down interview and asked, “Are you a flake?”

While poor form, the underlying question is important – is she someone that should be taken seriously as a contender for the White House?

The path to the White House has been accomplished by a current member of the House of Representative only once. The typical path includes a Senate seat or Governorship – she’s done neither. That means she’s never even won a state-wide election – only 3 consecutive bids in Minnesota districts for her State Senate seat and 3 consecutive elections to her current position as a U.S. Representative in the house. All of those elections are single, small, local efforts.

Michele Bachmann 2010 campaign Finance

Source: OpenSecrets.org

In Bachmann’s defense, her 2010 run for re-election was supported by funds from all over the country. More than half of contributions to her campaign came from out-of-state.

Can Michele Bachmann win primaries at the state level to get nominated and then she best Obama in a full-on nation-wide campaign? The primaries will be the first test of her ability to pull in wide support.

Is she another surprise candidate?

Ronald Reagan was thought to have no chance. Bill Clinton came out of nowhere at the end of the election cycle. It’s been done before.

Michele Bachmann has something both of those previous candidates had – she sounds like a real person. She has convictions and flaws – just like a real person.

If Obama was the perfect candidate, and results are brought to bear, perhaps we’ve learned what happens when someone so groomed is elected into office. Michele Bachmann may just be another surprise President – not because she’s perfect, but maybe because she’s more like us than we’re used to.

 

City Council in Iowa Forces Citizens to Hand Over Keys to Private Property [Video]

[Cedar Falls, Iowa] – Ordinance #2740 was passed with a 6-1 vote by the Cedar Falls city council. The law forces home and business owners to give the government the keys to their property.This would give the government access to private property whenever then city deems it necessary. Serious questions arise over 4th amendment rights, liability of damage of the owner’s property or injury to government workers who access the property without invitation or warrant.

It is certainly hard to believe that any city in this great nation (east of California) would allow anything like this.

Special thanks to @carold501 for sending this to me.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty Officially Announces Campaign for President

DES MOINES – Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced today that he is running for President, telling voters at a town hall event in Des Moines, Iowa that “it’s time for new leadership, with a new approach.”

“The time has come for America’s president – and anyone who wants to be president – to look you in the eye and tell you the truth,” Gov. Pawlenty said. “If we don’t change directions in 2012, if we do not move quickly and decisively, if we are not willing to chip in to sacrifice some of our own comfort and convenience for the lives and liberties of our children, it may be too late.”

Gov. Pawlenty’s official announcement kicks off a week-long, multi-state tour devoted to telling Americans the truth about the challenges facing America, and laying out specific ideas for getting the country back on track. Pawlenty will host a Facebook town hall on Tuesday and deliver remarks at the Cato Institute on Wednesday. He will travel to New Hampshire and New York on Thursday and Friday.

“Tomorrow I’m going to Florida, to look both young people and seniors in the eye and tell them the truth, that our entitlement programs are on an unsustainable path. And that inaction is no longer an option,” Pawlenty said in Des Moines. “Conventional wisdom says you can’t talk about ethanol in Iowa or Social Security in Florida or financial reform on Wall Street. But someone has to say it. Someone has to finally stand up and level with the American people. Someone has to lead.”

With the nation facing difficult challenges, Governor Pawlenty pointed to his record in Minnesota as evidence that conservative leadership can lead to a brighter future.

“In Minnesota, I cut taxes, cut spending, instituted health care choice and performance pay for teachers, reformed our union benefits, and appointed constitutional conservatives to the Supreme Court,” Governor Pawlenty said. “The problems we face as a nation are severe. But if we could move Minnesota in a common sense, conservative direction, we can do it anywhere — even in Washington D.C.”

Governor Pawlenty’s announcement comes less than five months after he completed his second term as Governor of Minnesota. First elected governor in 2002, Governor Pawlenty promised to balance budgets without raising taxes — a promise he kept. Instead, he was honest with voters about the choices necessary to restrain out-of-control spending. It wasn’t easy: His budget fights led to the first government shutdown in Minnesota’s history, a 44-day transit strike, and a record number of vetoes and budget unallotments. His success earned him an A grade in fiscal responsibility from the Cato Institute — one of only four governors to receive the libertarian group’s highest ranking.

One of five children, Pawlenty grew up near the stockyards of South St. Paul. His father was a truck driver and his mother passed away when he was young. Pawlenty worked while attending the University of Minnesota, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. He went on to earn his law degree and become a criminal prosecutor before being elected to the Eagan City Council in 1989, and the Minnesota state House in 1992.

Tim Pawlenty has been married for over 20 years to his wife, Mary, a former district judge. The Pawlentys have two teenage daughters, Anna and Mara, and attend Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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IOWA AND OHIO ARE NEXT. WILL YOU HELP?

From Bob Russell on the Patriot Action Network:

Please contact the governors of Ohio and Iowa. They are the next on the list in this fight against union thuggery.  I have listed contact information below and have posted the letters I sent to them last week. You are welcome to send my letters out as they are written, edit them to suit yourself. or use them as a guide to write your own letter or e-mail.  I urge all of you to contact these brave men and let them know We the People are with them in the fight for OUR FREEDOM.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

 

Gov. Terry Branstad                                                  Gov. John Kasich

1007 East Grand Ave                                                 Riffe Center, 30th Floor

Des Moines, Ia  50319                                               77 South High Street

Columbus, Oh  43215-6117

(515) 281-5211                                                          (614) 466-3555

https://governor.iowa.gov/contact/ https://governor.ohio.gov/ShareYourIdeas.aspx

 

Governor Terry Branstad

1007 East Grand Ave

Des Moines, Ia.   50319

 

Governor Branstad,                                                                                                                        March 4, 2011

I am writing about the situation with the public employee unions in your state.  I have written a letter of support of Governor Walker in Wisconsin and want to add you to my list of elected officials who I admire and support.  I urge you to continue to look to the future of your state and our nation in fighting this intrusion into the pockets of American citizens.

I have a great deal of respect for those who teach our children and keep us safe from criminals and fire dangers but there comes a time when they must see the evils perpetrated on all of us by union leadership.  The great majority of American citizens realize the fiscal situation we are in and will support you and others in the battle for fiscal responsibility.  Too many of these public employee union people either don’t see the problems here or refuse to acknowledge the issues facing the entire nation.  I can’t for the life of me understand how they think it will end when the entire country is broke.   Apparently those teaching our children don’t know enough about economics to understand.  It is a sad thing when someone, like me with only a high school diploma as my educational high point, knows more about how our economy works than people who have college degrees.

I know you are now and will continue to be under a great deal of pressure from those who are so selfish and arrogant that they cannot see the forest for the trees.  I urge you and you fellow conservatives in the Iowa state government to stand strong in the face of this onslaught and stick to your position of fiscal responsibility.  I know what the unions are saying, I know what the media is saying, and I know the truth.  Oklahoma is working on the same type of legislation and this fight will soon come to every state where intelligent economic steps are taken to rein in spending and begin to make decisions that are realistic financially.

You have my respect and my undying support for your stand, not only for Iowa, but for the entire nation.  My prayers and thoughts are with you and those who stand with you.  What you do in the next few weeks or months will have an incredible impact on the future of our nation. You, Governor Walker, and the others in the middle of this fight hold our future in your hands.  If you cave and give in to the radicals opposing you we will all lose, including those you are fighting against.  I wish they could understand what they are saying, but it is very apparent they are educated beyond their intelligence.

God Bless You and God Bless America

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Sincerely,

 

Bob Russell

423 N. Choctaw

Claremore, Ok.

74017-7246

 

 

 

Governor John Kasich

Riffe Center, 30th Floor

77 South High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215-6117

 

Governor Kasich,                                                                                                                             March 4, 2011

I am writing about the situation with the public employee unions in your state.  I have written a letter of support of Governor Walker in Wisconsin and Governor Branstad in Iowa and want to add you to my list of elected officials who I admire and support.  I urge you to continue to look to the future of your state and our nation in fighting this intrusion into the pockets of American citizens.

I have a great deal of respect for those who teach our children and keep us safe from criminals and fire dangers but there comes a time when they must see the evils perpetrated on all of us by union leadership.  The great majority of American citizens realize the fiscal situation we are in and will support you and others in the battle for fiscal responsibility.  Too many of these public employee union people either don’t see the problems here or refuse to acknowledge the issues facing the entire nation.  I can’t for the life of me understand how they think it will end when the entire country is broke.   Apparently those teaching our children don’t know enough about economics to understand.  It is a sad thing when someone, like me with only a high school diploma as my educational high point, knows more about how our economy works than people who have college degrees.

I know you are now and will continue to be under a great deal of pressure from those who are so selfish and arrogant that they cannot see the forest for the trees.  I urge you and you fellow conservatives in the Ohio state government to stand strong in the face of this onslaught and stick to your position of fiscal responsibility.  I know what the unions are saying, I know what the media is saying, and I know the truth.  Oklahoma is working on the same type of legislation and this fight will soon come to every state where intelligent economic steps are taken to rein in spending and begin to make decisions that are realistic financially.

You have my respect and my undying support for your stand, not only for Ohio, but for the entire nation.  My prayers and thoughts are with you and those who stand with you.  What you do in the next few weeks or months will have an incredible impact on the future of our nation. You, Governor Walker, Governor Branstad, and the others in the middle of this fight hold our future in your hands.  If you cave and give in to the radicals opposing you we will all lose, including those you are fighting against.  I wish they could understand what they are saying, but it is very apparent they are educated beyond their intelligence.

God Bless You and God Bless America

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Sincerely,

 

Bob Russell

423 N. Choctaw

Claremore, Ok.

74017-7246

P.S. I wish you were the Speaker of the House of Representatives instead of the Governor of Ohio

 

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