Archive for the ‘Issues and Values’ Category

How should we choose?

August 4, 2010

In the waning days of the 2010 Primary, it appears that many voters remain undecided.  With the Republican Party choosing its candidate for governor, much attention has been focused on this race.  The negative campaigning in Districts 6 and 8 have drawn attention away from the congressional race in the 5th district, a key district if Republicans are to take back the House in November.

What should voters make of a Primary with 11 listed candidates?  I confess I would be confused as well if, as a voter, I had just raised my head from the important daily routine of taking care of my family.  But here we are anyway.  What should voters be looking for?

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Why do we need a New Voice?

August 4, 2010

My name is Jeff Hartline, and I am asking for your vote. Tomorrow is August 5th, the GOP Primary election day, and it is time to decide which Republican in Tennessee’s 5th District can defeat Jim Cooper in November. I firmly believe I am that candidate.

A few days ago we laid out a short list of Rep. Cooper’s most economically damaging votes in recent history. The people of the 5th district need to understand the reality of his actions compared to his words. Rep. Cooper has been involved in many key votes during his 18-year tenure. The votes below are some major switches in policy during his tenure.

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The Constitution: Yes, it still matters.

August 3, 2010

Embattled Rep. Pete Stark recently came under fire for comments made in a Town Hall meeting in Fremont, CA. His comments drew ire from his constituents because of his condescending answers and sarcasm related to the questions asked of him. Recently, Rep. Stark made the news again when he said that, “The federal government can do most anything in this country.” Here is a link to the video.

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Walking the Talk

August 2, 2010

I am continually amazed at the attempts of political candidates across the country to co-opt issues in which they have no experience.  Years ago, the Christian Right encouraged numerous politicians to have a “come to Jesus” experience and advocate platforms they neither agreed with nor could validate.  If one could say something enough times and get his/her picture made with the right people, then… voila! you’re automatically an expert.

I have thought about this in relation to my lifetime of experience in socially conservative issues.  Though these matters will always form the basis for strength in our republic, they do not currently rise to the top of the national discussion, except during Supreme Court nominee hearings before the U.S. Senate.  The nation’s attention is clearly focused on overly big government, runaway spending, excessive debt, unsustainable entitlements, an open border, energy dependence, an unfair tax system, and two wars against enemies that wear no discernible uniform.

To make the record clear, let me describe my walk compared to my talk.

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When will we see real economic growth?

August 2, 2010

When Barack Obama ran for President in 2008, he promised “hope and change” for the American people.  What he has provided is the history-repeating tale of big government’s inability to create any job outside of a government job and to continue holding back the private sector with its baffling economic policies.  Rather than put the fiscal house in order, he got Jim Cooper to agree to a ridiculous stimulus plan that has been a sham.  He ran up the credit card to the tune of a trillion a year for a decade into the future and paid back his union buddies by stealing GM from its Bondholders and running dealers out of business at his whim.  How’s that for saving jobs?

Eighteen months into his presidency unemployment hovers just under 20% and small businesses hold into capital waiting for the next major federal bomb to drop on them.  Will it be Cap and Trade?  Will it be Amnesty?  Will it be the largest tax increase in U.S. history with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts?  The private sector has no incentive to invest, spend, create, diversify as long as the current federal government continues to take over and over-regulate private business.   While they continue to look for ways to confiscate the trillions in private capital being banked, business owners struggle to make plans for the future.

How many administrations, Republican or Democrat, have to enact these limited government-control, low tax policies to prove to the policy makers on the left that they work every time they are tried, that letting taxpayers keep more of their money to pour back into the economy stimulates job creation?  The answer?  It will have to take at least one more because they just do not get it.  The American people get it.  American business gets it. Even Europe gets it.

The next economic renewal is only one election away.  American voters will go to the polls in November and teach the policy makers on the left another lesson about refusing to listen to them.  Jim Cooper has chosen to close his ears to his constituents and join the Pelosi agenda against his own voters.  During the past four years he has shown his true colors, voting for every liberty-killing budget-busting bill he could.

Some of his constituents have been paying attention.  When November arrives every America-loving, private enterprise-supporting, fiscally-conservative voter will know what he has done and how he has abandoned them to the devices of an ever-expanding centralized machine run out of the Beltway in D.C.  The cover will be pulled off of his “blue-dog” persona.  The glass will be cleaned to reveal a Cooper/Pelosi takeover machine rather than the fiscal conservative patina Cooper has been trying to sell to the 5th District.

Stay tuned. The American People will provide the economic jump-start we need on November 2nd.

A New Leadership in DC

July 30, 2010

Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann recently announced her intentions to form a “Tea Party Caucus” in Congress to address the growing voice of the Tea Party across America. After getting permission from House leaders to pursue this possibility, they recently held their first meeting which was attended by 28 Representatives, all Republicans.

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Cooper on Immigration

July 29, 2010

At the Republican Women of Williamson County monthly meeting yesterday, State Senator Jack Johnson discussed numerous topics related to his work in the State Senate.  One of the issues he discussed was the impact of illegal immigration upon the future of Tennessee.  He announced that several Tennessee state legislators were traveling to Phoenix on Friday to deliver a resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature supporting their new immigration law, now under attack by the Jim Cooper/Nancy Pelosi Democrat Party and the White House.  He also affirmed that the Legislature would be crafting a similar law in January 2011 that would be signed by the new Republican Governor.  The room burst into applause. This is a resolution that I not only favor and support, but will gladly support from Washington DC beginning in January.

I suspect it was the same applause Rep Jim Cooper received from many in the 5th District when he voted for the Secure Fence Act in 2006.  This legislation dragged both sides of the congressional aisle kicking and screaming to the side of the American people who have relentlessly demonstrated their overwhelming support for a secure southern border including a fence.  Rep. Cooper sided with his constituents then.

Less than 18 months later, with new Speaker Pelosi pulling the strings instead of his constituents, he voted to de-fund the fence.  This flip-flop is just one more verse of the same song he has been singing since the Pelosi/Reid/Obama crowd rode into town and began advancing their Constitution-killing progressive agenda.

Rep. Cooper has chosen the Senator John Kerry approach on issues of consequence. He was for it before he was against it, and vice versa. Speaking out of both sides of his mouth, he avoids any true position on the issue. He cannot have it both ways for long.  The November elections are approaching and he will have to spend millions to defend an indefensible record.  For the first time since he has run for office (except for getting beaten by Fred Thompson, a real candidate, in 1994), Cooper/Pelosi will have a well-funded and widely-supported opponent who will explain to the voters of the 5th district that he agrees more with Nancy Pelosi than he does with his neighbors.  With the people of his District aware of his record, I wonder which side of his mouth he will be talking out of?

Rep. Cooper is mum when it comes to the economic, national security, social program dangers of illegal immigration.  However, his voting record screams his elitist “looking down his nose” attitude toward his own people.  Well, his own people will “flip-flop” on him in November at the ballot box.

The 40th Vote

July 28, 2010

I want to be the 40th vote.

Assuming the Republican Party can retain every seat it currently holds in the U.S. House of Representatives, we would regain a majority in the House by one vote if 40 new conservatives were elected in November. This is a critical number for working families across America because this number will guarantee that a conservative majority controls the checkbook, debit and credit cards for the government.

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In Tennessee, it’s all about Jobs

July 27, 2010

A recent Tennessean poll revealed what many had known for some time.  Tennesseans are worried about jobs, period. Yes, health reform has been a big topic. Cap and Trade has been a big topic.  Financial reform has been a big topic.  But these issues are not as important to constituents unemployed and unable to find work.  A lost health plan, increasing energy costs though unable to pay current energy bills, and changes to bank regulations on a house account with very little in it, etc. The solution to those issues is contingent on finding and securing a job.

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Get out and Vote.

July 23, 2010

We are halfway home folks. We have been asking for your votes now for almost 7 months, and we are right in the middle of early voting. Now is the time to get to the polls and make your voice heard.

In the interest of helping you make your way to the polls across the 5th District, I asked our staff to put together some helpful hints on where to go vote. There have only been a few locations open across the district, but that all changes on Monday, July 26th.

If you are unsure of where to vote, that isn’t an issue in Early Voting. You should be able to go to any polling location (within your county of residence) and vote. Here is the information:

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