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Monday, May 30, 2011

Contacting the U.S. Congress

Latest Update to Contact Information: May 23, 2011


Florida in the 112th Congress
(1st Session)

Residents of Florida are represented in Congress by 2 Senators and 25 Representatives.
U.S. Senator D.C. Phone D.C. FAX Contact Form
Bill Nelson
(D- FL)
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Marco Rubio
(R- FL)
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Trade Deals Unite Left and Right in Opposition : Roll Call Lobbying

Note:  Read the article where your TeaParty mates, Jim Stack and Jim McGovern were interviewed.

Trade Deals Unite Left and Right in Opposition : Roll Call Lobbying

  • By Ambreen Ali
  • Roll Call Staff
  • May 12, 2011, Midnight

Some tea party organizations have been quietly trading notes with left-leaning advocacy groups as both sides work to derail a series of upcoming free-trade agreements.

Together, they hope to deliver what one opponent of the deals described as a “one-two punch” to proposed trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. As liberal groups and labor unions lobby Democrats, tea party members have been calling the Republican freshmen they helped elect.

Some tea party groups have a protectionist slant, opposing pacts that might increase competition faced by U.S. producers, but other groups oppose trade deals because they oppose “big government.” For this faction, free trade should simply be freedom to trade with anyone, instead of a detailed treaty written by governments.

Those concerns differ from labor rights issues and offshoring concerns raised by labor unions and liberals, but Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach said many of the arguments are “different sides of the same issue.”

“I’ve certainly talked to them. We’re not working with them, but I have called them at different times to ask how it’s going,” said Wallach, who is director of the left-leaning group’s Global Trade Watch.

The alliance is less surprising when viewed in light of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll from last fall that found a majority of Americans believe free-trade agreements have hurt the U.S. In that poll, 90 percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats agreed that outsourcing is a reason the domestic economy is struggling and people are not being hired.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Our Land: Collateral for the National Debt

January 22, 2009 | Texas |

iReport —

"Our Land: Collateral for the National Debt"

by Derry Brownfield Dec. 3, 2008

I consider Wayne Hage one of the most intelligent men I ever met. On our very first visit he was explaining the World Bank, the International Monetary fund and how the world bankers planned on collateralizing the world debt with land. Not just the U.S. national debt, but also the "WORLD" debt. A listener sent me a copy of a report of the FOURTH WORLD WILDERNESS CONGRESS, which was held in Denver in 1987. Over 1500 people from sixty countries were told that wilderness lands were to protect the reindeer, the spotted owl and other endangered species. Ninety percent of the group consisted of conservationists, ecologists, government and United Nations bureaucrats. The other ten percent were world banking heavyweights, such as David Rockefeller of Chase Manhattan Bank, London banker Edmund de Rothschild and the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, James Baker, who gave the keynote address. George W. Hunt, an investment councilor, served as official host and sat in on all the meetings. It was George Hunt that wrote the report from which I have gleaned much of my information.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hijacking Fisheries Management

Originally published, June 5th, 2007, this RFA paper has since proven that fish and fishermen are not the only variables in the equation of fisheries management. Since the implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries Act in 1996 the management of U.S. fisheries, while far from perfect, has become a model for the rest of the world. Yet one organization in America continues to use scare tactics to drive its agenda domestically while the most egregious problems can easily be found abroad. Their agenda may sound laudable, but the reality is that their goal is to stop fishing. Who has hijacked the management of our nation’s fisheries? You might be surprised.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Restoring Fiscal Sanity in the United States: A Way Forward


Volume 7 - Issue 18
May 2, 2011

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By: Hon. David M. Walker, Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative and Former Comptroller General of the United States (1998-2008)

Two hundred and twenty two years ago, the American Republic was founded. The United States had defeated the world’s most powerful military force to win independence, and over a several year period, went about creating a federal government based on certain key principles, including limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility. That government was established by what is arguably the world's greatest political document - the United States Constitution.

Our nation's founders understood the difference between opportunity and entitlement. They believed in certain key values including the prudence of thrift, savings and limited debt. They took seriously their stewardship obligation to the country and future generations of Americans.

The truth is, we have strayed from these key, time-tested principles and values in recent decades. We must return to them if we want to keep America great and help to ensure that our future is better than our past.