Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The following is an email from the Green Party of Connecticut dealing with a ballot access bill that they were instrumental in getting introduced. If you can attend the hearing please do.
Today the GAE (Government And Elections) committee released HR 6436 in written form. I gave the bill to Atty. and CT Green Party co-chair Steve Fornier to look at earlier today. He says that the bill would reduce our state-wide office and congressional petitioning requirements to 1000 valid signatures (VS 7500 SIGNATURES OR 1% OF THE VOTES IN LAST ELECTION UNDER THE PRESENT LAW).
In the past we have been required to collect 7500 valid signatures to get on the ballot for president or for other state-wide office and we have had to collect over 3000 valid signatures for congress. The bill also requires the Sec. of the State to do all the checking of the signatures and takes the responsibility away from the town clerks.
The following link will direct you to a PDF of HB 6436: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/TOB/h/pdf/2009HB-06436-R00-HB.pdf.
Read it and let me know what you think!
There is going to be a public hearing on this bill VERY SOON. Here is the info from the GAE website:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Download to Calendar
Government Administration and Elections Committee Meeting followed by a Public Hearing
LOB Room 2B
YOU NEED TO GET THERE AT 8AM TO SIGN UP TO SPEAK. THE PUBLIC HEARING SPEAKERS LIST IS AVAILABLE AT 8:30AM. IF YOU GET THERE EARLY
YOU CAN GET OUT VERY EARLY AND MOST OF THE REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE THERE TO HEAR YOUR TESTIMONY. THE WHOLE EVENT IS ON THE CT NETWORK,
ANOTHER WAY TO GET OUR MESSAGE OUT. THIS BILL CAME FROM THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE GAE COMMITTEE AFTER SEVERAL OF US MET WITH THEM
MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO ATTEND THIS HEARING. IF THIS BILL PASSES IT WILL ABLE TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO THE GREEN
PARTY AND WILL REDUCE ONE OF MOST UNFAIR AND DISCRIMINATORY MINOR PARTY REQUIREMENTS FOR BALLOT ACCESS. CALL YOUR REP, AND
ASK THAT SHE OR HE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
First in 2004 when John Kerry was running for president one of his talking points was that he would eliminate the tax breaks for companies that move out of the country. My only criticism of him at the time was that why didn't he propose it when the Democrats had control of both houses and Clinton was president. Now Obama is president and the Democrats have larger majorities in both houses. This is an idea that really would stimulate the economy.
Now in 2008 Obama campaigned on changing NAFTA. Well lets do it. This is another that would actually stimulate the economy if done right.
I am sure there are more are I really haven't thought that hard, but why haven't these ideas been brought up to stimulate the economy? Don't the Democrats really want to stimulate the economy?
Friday, February 6, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
This give me hope that though we are now subject to a government that in many ways is more tyrannical than that which we declared ourselves independent of in 1776. (Read the list of grievances against King George listed in the Declaration of Independence.) I believe freedom and liberty can once again be ours.
There are those who seek so called liberty and freedom so that they may use it for their own lascivious ends. I now realize that we will not see the hand of God as needed to accomplish a "second American revolution" if we align ourselves with those who will not honor God in their pursuit of liberty. They may follow but we must lead. This battle must first be waged from our churches. Those that claim the liberty which is in Christ must not fear the tyranny that our government threatens for expressing the ideals of freedom and liberty in an organized church setting. We for decades bashed the Soviet Union fro having registered churches. We have them here. We register for tax exempt status, then we allow the government to put restrictions on what we can and cannot say from the pulpit. Yes, now the restrictions are "political" confined mostly to what you can or cannot say about a candidate. But what is next?...Is it not even a stretch to believe they will soon try to tell us what we can say about so called political issues...abortion, homosexuality, etc. Then what?...Restrictions on what you can say about the Gospel. "I'm sorry you can't say that it is not inclusive enough" or "it's discriminatory."
We are outnumbered, we are out financed, we are out trained. But with the hand of God we can win this revolution. My fear is not that we can't win but that we won't fight. I do not think that with today's churches the first revolution would have been fought and that is my fear for the second revolution.