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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In Feb. 5 Issue

State of the Union? Wow! Where do we begin? I would bet that some of you took time to listen to the President's "State of the Union" address last week? Okay, well believe it or not, I did!  

While many, especially on the right thought the speech was a bit flat, I felt that it was very well written and delivered eloquently. Like him or not, President Obama can really charm the socks off of most anyone he talks too, but words mean nothing if there is no action to back them up. "In My Opinion" the American people are starting to realize that "all talk" and "no action" is the foundation of this administration. My Democrat friends will quickly bring up Mr. Obama's landmark legislation referred to as Obama Care as one of great accomplishments, but our economy is just beginning to fell the effects of this piece of work and believe me, the worst is yet to come. Our President has been giving the American people the illusion that he is starting to govern from the center, but he has clearly started his 2012 campaign for President. In his speech, he asked for a five year freeze on government spending. That's like robbing a bank and promising you won't come back and rob it again or for at least for five years. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann from Minnesota released excerpts last week from the statement that she delivered after the President's speech. Here are some of the key points that we should consider…


"For two years President Obama made promises... He claimed that he would find solutions to fix our economy and help create jobs. "Well, here are a few suggestions: "The President could stop the EPA from imposing a job-destroying cap-and-trade system. "The President could agree with House Republicans and commit himself to signing a Balanced Budget Amendment. "The President could also agree to an all-of-the-above energy policy whereby we increase American energy production, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, reduce the price of gas at the pump, and create good-paying jobs in the U.S.

"The President could turn back some of the 132 regulations put in place in the last two years that each have an impact of $100-million or more on our economy." "Thanks to all of you, there's reason to hope that real spending cuts are coming. Last November many of you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians and you put in their place men and women who have come to Washington with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government. And I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn here in the House of Representatives. "Last week we voted to repeal Obama Care, and each day going forward, we must work hard to dismantle the massive government expansion that has happened over the past two years."

A recent Fox News poll asked what government agencies you would cut to help curb our government spending? Here is the list they gave you to choose from. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS and NPR), Broadcasting Board of Governors, Bureau of Reclamation, Chief Human Capital Officers Council, Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Council on Environmental Quality, Committee on International Religious Freedom, Domestic Policy Council, English Language Acquisition Office, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Commission, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, Federal Geographic Data Committee, Innovation and Improvement Office, and the Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group. The sad part is this list of government agencies is only the tip of the iceberg! The bottom line is the US economy is just like a computer hard drive. The question is not will it crash, but when?

If you haven't contacted your Senator or Congressman lately, here are there phone numbers…

Senator Mitch McConnell - 202-224-2541, Senator Rand Paul - 202-224-4343, Congressman Ed Whitfield - (270) 826-4180.

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? - Thomas Jefferson -

May God Bless…

Ron Phillips

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