Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

Joe the Small Business Owner: CRC: Hey, Anybody Listening? Where’s the Money Being Spent?

Victoria I read through the report by Tiffany Couch, regarding the Columbia River Crossing project.
I was an accounting /finance major in college. My understanding is this is a very, very serious report.  This is from a forensic accountant!  The fact that a forensic accountant was called in is serious enough.
Her report is not mean spirited, but is a complete rejection of accounting practices (or lack thereof) of this organization.  From the lack of financial statements and the other myriad of infractions, I think this is a serious issue, and involves a lot of money. 
A report like this in the private sector, would be a called a  qualified opinion, meaning, that is not up to generally accepted accounting standards.   In that case, management would immediately begin an investigation of the infractions, 

and/or either terminate the persons involved, and put in place procedures and policies that clearly outlined operating procedures, and the law regarding multiple bids for services rendered, and each person would be assigned dollar amount of limits of authority, and further provide a detailed list on financial statements (government formatted) to be prepared retroactive to the beginning of this entity. Further if actual fraud is involved the prosecution of those individuals involved should begin immediately. One of the remarks in the report is no journal entries to track items for an audit trail?  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME HERE!        

It appears to me, that financial clarity is SERIOUSLY LACKING, and procedures are either not in place, or not being followed.  In any event there has been a lot of money spent here, and if actual fraud is indeed involved, then
this becomes a legal matter.  In any event, I shall be watching , as I view this report as  absolutely terrifying, that the States have spent these amounts of monies with this kind of a write up.  Who in the world at the States are sending this organization these kinds of monies without any  proper accounting?  I am both speechless by this…and appalled by this.  Note I did not have a dog in this hunt, so I had no foregone conclusion as to the legitimacy of this organization..but this, this is an outrage and an embarrassment.
I view this report as a  complete rejection of the accuracy and legitimacy of the CRC, and I think it is very, very serious report.  I think the  Attorney Generals of both states should now be involved. This report is a blistering of this organization. 
Joe the small business guy   
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Gregoire "An Angel" in Longview Longshoreman Thuggery

A possible settlement between the #@##!$%$&*&&%$^%$##$@@!^%$ gentlemen of the Longview Longshoremen and the Export Grain Terminal on the banks of the Columbia River may be in the offing. No details of the pact have emerged but reaction seems to be getting in front of reality. For example, take this quote. Please. 

“It brought tears to my eyes. Gov. Gregoire must be an angel. That’s the only thing I can figure out. Everybody tried, but she got it done,” said Darold Dietz, a Port of Longview commissioner and retired longshoreman. [emph added]

Pass the Tums.

ILWU Sabotaging Tracks

The dispute between the Longshore Union and the port has been pock marked with thuggery, law breaking, vandalism, sabotage and hostage taking. I don’t know about you, but that was the part that brought tears to MY eyes.

ILWU’s International chief, Bob McEllrath, is quoted in the Longview Daily News:

“This is a win for the ILWU, EGT, and the Longview community.”

That’s all Bob has to say about the pact. But he’s full of stuff to say about stopping the next shipment of grain expected at the Port soon. That shipment will receive extra security from the Coast Guard.
 
The ILWU website is featuring no announcement of an agreement, but instead the site ballyhoos what they plan to do when the next grain ship comes into port (see previous posts here),

The purpose of this letter is to inform and prepare the Longshore Division locals for the action that we will take when that vessel calls at EGT’s facility. …middle class taxpayer dollars are subsidizing union busting multinational corporate giant EGT’s fight against the ILWU and Longview’s working community.

Meantime, the other union members whose jobs hang in the balance, the Operating Engineers of Oregon’s Local 701, don’t have much to say about possibly losing their jobs:

“Local 701 members will continue to work for General Construction as we have done for almost 90 years whether at the EGT facility or somewhere else. Our labor contract is with General Construction. We have never had and still don’t have a relationship or contract with EGT,” said Mark Holliday, Local 701 business manager, in a written statement.

Just remember ILWU may get the jobs at the Port while costing other American union workers their jobs.


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Obama Cronies Big Winners In Blocking Keystone XL Pipeline

Ever since Barack Obama nixed the TransCanada Oil Pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf, many people, unions and Democrats included have been scratching their heads pondering why he would kill off so many potential private sector jobs during these dire economic times.

Yes I know it was all blamed on those evil Republicans, who pushed for a quicker decision after years of dragging it out, but what else is new from the Poseur in Chief? Everything is the fault of the Republicans according to Obama and his fellow Democrat Party leaders.

It seems now, with a new revelation, that some very wealthy people who have supported Obama and spoke on behalf of his policies that continue to bankrupt the country stand to make Billions of dollars off of this decision to kill off the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

A January 22, 2012 Bloomberg article tells us “Buffett’s Burlington Northern Among Winners From Keystone Denial.”

That is multi-Billionaire Warren Buffet who made news last year with his claim in support of Obama’s call for higher taxes on the wealthy by claiming he paid less in tax than did his secretary, subsequently shown to be a spurious claim.

We now hear from Bloomberg,

“Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.”

With the denial of the pipeline, Canadian oil we import will come by trains that are currently operating at capacity carrying oil from the Bakken in North Dakota and Alberta at about 300,000 barrels a day. The Keystone Pipeline was projected to carry 700,000 barrels a day.

To meet the challenge, tank car production will have to rapidly increase to meet the increased output from the Bakken and Alberta. While that would mean jobs in that industry, shipping oil by rail instead of a pipeline will add $3.00 per barrel of oil to its cost.

Environmentalists were delighted to see the Keystone Pipeline denied as they feared it would increase the environmental impact, such as a loss of wetlands and agricultural productivity. Not realized though, is that shipping by rail will increase greenhouse gas emissions they constantly bray about.

What also must be considered is the “environmental impact” of train derailments compared to pipeline leakage. McAleer Law.com lists,

“United States train and railroad accident statistics estimate that almost every 2 weeks a train derailment leads to a chemical spill. Some of these spills are so serious that require the evacuation of local residents. The occurrence and frequency of train accidents has been escalating since 1997.”

The Department of Transportation informs us concerning pipeline safety,

“Pipelines are the safest and most cost-effective means to transport the extraordinary volumes of natural gas and hazardous liquid products that fuel our economy. To move the volume of even a modest pipeline, it would take a constant line of tanker trucks, about 750 per day, loading up and moving out every two minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The railroad-equivalent of this single pipeline would be a train of seventy-five 2,000-barrel tank rail cars every day. These alternatives would require many times the people, clog the air with engine pollutants, be prohibitively expensive and — with many more vehicles on roads and rails carrying hazardous materials — unacceptably dangerous.”

But, Warren Buffett and other cronies of Barack Obama don’t stand to reap Billions of dollars in profit off of a safer means of transportation like a pipeline.

John Hayward at Human Events tells us,

“As it happens, 75 percent of the oil currently shipped by rail out of North Dakota is handled by Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC… which just happens to be a unit of Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. What a coincidence!”

Fox News tells us,

“Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of the world’s richest men get richer. North Dakota’s booming oil fields will now grow more dependent on a railroad the president’s economic guru just bought.”

Dave Boyer at the Washington Times says,

“Warren Buffett, whom President Obama likes to cite as a fair-minded billionaire while arguing for higher taxes on the wealthy, stands to benefit from the president’s decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.”

He continues,

“Mr. Obama often cites Mr. Buffett as an example of a civic-minded billionaire because the entrepreneur has said he should pay a higher tax rate than his secretary. Mr. Buffett and the president like to tell the story of how Mr. Buffett pays a 15 percent effective tax rate, while his secretary pays a higher rate even though she earns only a fraction of what he does.

The president has called his push for higher taxes on the wealthy the “Buffett rule.”

The secretary, Debbie Bosanek, will sit with first lady Michelle Obama in her box in the House gallery at Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech.”

Little doubt Obama will make prominent mention of Buffett’s cry to tax the wealthy more using Buffett’s secretary as a prop, all the while not mentioning how it is he who ensures selected liberal Billionaires such as Warren Buffet increase their bottom line in areas of investment so their tax payments remain low.

For all of the talk of how Obama is looking out for the “little guy” and how it is Republicans always favoring the super wealthy, we see this one decision of his benefitting a super wealthy person while keeping us “little guys” unemployed and dependent upon government.

OMG 2012

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Rees Lloyd: A Spirited GOP "Lincoln Day Dinner" In Columbia County

            Energy and enthusiasm marked The Columbia County Republican Central Committee’s “2012 Lincoln Day Dinner,” on Saturday, January 21.

            It featured speeches by Rob Cornilles, GOP candidate for the 1stCongressional District seat vacated by dysfunctional Democrat David Wu; Knute Buehler, the Bend physician and former Rhodes Scholar who is running for Oregon Secretary of State;  Anthony Miltich, a Scappoose police offer who is running for Columbia County Sheriff; and Robert Speirs, GCCRCC Chairman who concluded the event with a speech entitled “Let’s Rescue Freedom.”
            The Lincoln Day Dinner drew a spirited capacity crowd to the St. Helen’s Elks Club. At the event’s end,  Speirs  had high praise for Keith Forsythe, chairman of the event committee;  David Pereira, who served as master of ceremonies; as well as for the speakers.
             “ We are very pleased that we had such a large crowd, but retained our friendly, small town atmosphere of good people joining together for a good cause—rescuing freedom, and restoring our country to its founding values,” Speirs said.
 
            Anthony Miltich: Columbia County Sheriff Candidate
            M.C. Pereira  called first upon Anthony Miltich, a candidate for Columbia County Sheriff. Miltich has been a Scappoose police officer for four years. He and his wife are small business entrepreneurs, owners of “Scappoose Outfitters. ” Miltich said he knows the problems of business as well as problems in keeping the community safe. He said he was intent on serving the entire community, and bringing the community together, if elected.
            Rob Cornilles: 1st Congressional District–“It’s ‘Deja Wu’ all over again.”
            Rob Cornilles, a successful small business owner  has narrowed the gap to only 4 per cent behind Democrat Susan Bonamici in the heavily Democrat 1st Congressional District race. Cornilles said the race may be even closer than that, due to the margin of error, and growing momentum for change.
            ““I believe voters are tired of the political elite picking who goes to Congress from the First District,” Cornilles said. “The same people who covered up for David Wu are now spending at least two million dollars on negative ads about me to deceive the voters because their candidate is so wrong on the issues.”
            “Its Deja Wu all over again,” Cornilles said, to strong applause.
            He noted that Bonamici, who admits she cannot remember ever voting against a tax increase in the Oregon Legislature, was part and parcel of the 2010 campaign in which Democrats covered up and deceived the public about Wu’s incapacity to serve. Cornilles said they now seek to deceive the voters again about Cornilles’ record in the private sector. He noted that while Democrats are spending millions on negative ads to elect Bonamici, she has failed to show up for at least two scheduled public debates.
             “Our country is in an economic crisis due to the failed policies of those political elites. We must adopt policies which allow the job creators, especially small businesses, to create jobs. That takes an atmosphere of confidence rather than uncertainty, about tax and regulatory burdens which prevent rather than advance job creation,”
            Cornilles said that despite the false negative ads attacking him by Democrats,  “I will be willing to work with anyone in Congress who is willing to work in good faith for legislation which will be for the good of the country.”
            Buck McKeon, House Armed Services Chairman, Supports Cornilles
            It was noted at the event (by me) that Buck McKeon, Republican Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, traveled to Oregon to support Cornilles’ candidacy.  McKeon told me in an interview after a Cornilles event in Portland, that he is urging Cornilles’ election “because there is a great threat to our military’s ability to defend the nation in light of the Obama administration’s decision to cut some $400-billion rom the defense budget. He is taking away funding from national defense because of the failure of the administration’s stimulus and other economic policies. 
            “The Super Committee that was supposed to come up with proposals for budget cuts, collapsed. That means, according to the terms of the creation of Super Committee, that an additional $600-billion will be cut automatically unless that provision is somehow changed. That means a possible total reduction of $1-trillion dollars in defense. That is an extreme threat to the successful defense of the country, especially in light of the unpredictability of possible attacks, including more than one at a time.
            “I believe that this early election in the First District is the most important race in the country,” McKeon said.  “I have great confidence in  Rob Cornilles He went out of his way to meet with me and my committee staff to fully understand and appreciate our military needs and condition. In contrast, former Congressman David Wu never contacted us for information the entire time he was in office.
            “I’m here in the First District because the country needs Rob Cornilles in Congress,” Rep. McKeon concluded.
            Dr. Knute Buehler’s “Three Point Prescription” For Oregon’s Health
            Knute Buehler,  the Bend physician and former Rhodes Scholar running for Secretary of State, spoke of three unhealthy problems affecting Oregon’s community, political, and economic  health —“Fiscal  Oversight, Election Transparency, and Job Creation” – and his “Three Point Prescription” for curing those problems by getting Oregon working: “Improve Quality of Life; Control Cost; Build Community.”
            Dr. Buehler, a native of Roseburg, Oregon, spoke in attitude of gratitude for the opportunities has had because he is an American, and an Oregonian, although he comes from humble circumstances.  “Unfortunately,  due to economic conditions, neither of my parents was able to even finish high school. But they encouraged me to excel in school and instilled  in me the values of hard work, a strong work ethic, and self-reliance. I was a pretty good pitcher in High School, and that enabled me to go to Oregon State.”
            At Oregon State, he not only pitched for the baseball team but went on to become Oregon State’s First Rhodes Scholar, earning a master’s degree in economics and political science from Oxford.
            That took him away from Oregon, as did his time in medical school,  where he earned his M.D., and where he met his wife, Mattie. He said they agreed they wanted to make their lives and careers in Oregon. They moved back, and he has had a successful career as an orthopedic surgeon.
            With all of that, why would he curtail his medical practice to run for the position of Secretary of State? He said he is doing so “because I really love Oregon; Roseburg is my home town, and Oregon is in my heart. I really think I can make a contribution as Secretary of State.”
            Dr. Buehler said he has found the many people do not know of the various aspects of the Secretary of State Office. He discussed aspects of the office, saying he believes he can make a difference in the quality of life in Oregon, including but not at all limited to the Secretary of State’s responsibility for ballot security and certification of elections.
            It was pointed out later (by me) that if most Oregonians do not realize the importance of elections to the office of Secretary of State, there is someone who does –George Soros, billionaire “Wall Street Leftwing ‘Fat Cat’.”  Soros is quietly pumping millions of dollars into the campaign to elect Democrats as Secretary of State in as many states as possible, and, thus, control the certification of elections. “Just consider the outcome in Florida if a George Soros Secretary of State was certifying the Bush-Gore election,” one person commented to me.
            Robert Spiers—“Let’s Rescue Freedom”
            Robert Spiers, CCRCC Chairman, closed the Lincoln Dinner with a thoughtful speech on what the race in the First District now, and the state and national elections in 2012, will decide. That is, the elections will decide what kind of America this generation of Americans will choose to be—the America of limited government, personal responsibility, and individual freedom based on the values of the Founding Fathers; or an America transformed by President Barack Obama into a nation of big  government,  group and personal claims of entitlement to be supported by others,  a nation of dependents exchanging freedom for a sense of security through government handouts to those it favors. 
            Spiers called on those in attendance to repudiate that transformation of America by actively working for Republican candidates committed to a restoration of the America of the Founding Fathers. He concluded by referencing Lincoln’s rescue of the nation and freedom, simply but pointedly urging: “Let’s Rescue Freedom.”
[Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney, a veterans activist, and member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce. He also spoke at the Lincoln Day Dinner, standing in for intended keynote speaker, Victoria Taft, who could not appear because she had to attend to matters out of state.]

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Gregoire "An Angel" in Longview Longshoreman Thuggery

A possible settlement between the #@##!$%$&*&&%$^%$##$@@!^%$ gentlemen of the Longview Longshoremen and the Export Grain Terminal on the banks of the Columbia River may be in the offing. No details of the pact have emerged but reaction seems to be getting in front of reality. For example, take this quote. Please. 

“It brought tears to my eyes. Gov. Gregoire must be an angel. That’s the only thing I can figure out. Everybody tried, but she got it done,” said Darold Dietz, a Port of Longview commissioner and retired longshoreman. [emph added]

Pass the Tums.

ILWU Sabotaging Tracks

The dispute between the Longshore Union and the port has been pock marked with thuggery, law breaking, vandalism, sabotage and hostage taking. I don’t know about you, but that was the part that brought tears to MY eyes.

ILWU’s International chief, Bob McEllrath, is quoted in the Longview Daily News:

“This is a win for the ILWU, EGT, and the Longview community.”

That’s all Bob has to say about the pact. But he’s full of stuff to say about stopping the next shipment of grain expected at the Port soon. That shipment will receive extra security from the Coast Guard.
 
The ILWU website is featuring no announcement of an agreement, but instead the site ballyhoos what they plan to do when the next grain ship comes into port (see previous posts here),

The purpose of this letter is to inform and prepare the Longshore Division locals for the action that we will take when that vessel calls at EGT’s facility. …middle class taxpayer dollars are subsidizing union busting multinational corporate giant EGT’s fight against the ILWU and Longview’s working community.

Meantime, the other union members whose jobs hang in the balance, the Operating Engineers of Oregon’s Local 701, don’t have much to say about possibly losing their jobs:

“Local 701 members will continue to work for General Construction as we have done for almost 90 years whether at the EGT facility or somewhere else. Our labor contract is with General Construction. We have never had and still don’t have a relationship or contract with EGT,” said Mark Holliday, Local 701 business manager, in a written statement.

Just remember ILWU may get the jobs at the Port while costing other American union workers their jobs.


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Rees Lloyd: A Spirited GOP "Lincoln Day Dinner" In Columbia County

            Energy and enthusiasm marked The Columbia County Republican Central Committee’s “2012 Lincoln Day Dinner,” on Saturday, January 21.

            It featured speeches by Rob Cornilles, GOP candidate for the 1stCongressional District seat vacated by dysfunctional Democrat David Wu; Knute Buehler, the Bend physician and former Rhodes Scholar who is running for Oregon Secretary of State;  Anthony Miltich, a Scappoose police offer who is running for Columbia County Sheriff; and Robert Speirs, GCCRCC Chairman who concluded the event with a speech entitled “Let’s Rescue Freedom.”
            The Lincoln Day Dinner drew a spirited capacity crowd to the St. Helen’s Elks Club. At the event’s end,  Speirs  had high praise for Keith Forsythe, chairman of the event committee;  David Pereira, who served as master of ceremonies; as well as for the speakers.
             “ We are very pleased that we had such a large crowd, but retained our friendly, small town atmosphere of good people joining together for a good cause—rescuing freedom, and restoring our country to its founding values,” Speirs said.
 
            Anthony Miltich: Columbia County Sheriff Candidate
            M.C. Pereira  called first upon Anthony Miltich, a candidate for Columbia County Sheriff. Miltich has been a Scappoose police officer for four years. He and his wife are small business entrepreneurs, owners of “Scappoose Outfitters. ” Miltich said he knows the problems of business as well as problems in keeping the community safe. He said he was intent on serving the entire community, and bringing the community together, if elected.
            Rob Cornilles: 1st Congressional District–“It’s ‘Deja Wu’ all over again.”
            Rob Cornilles, a successful small business owner  has narrowed the gap to only 4 per cent behind Democrat Susan Bonamici in the heavily Democrat 1st Congressional District race. Cornilles said the race may be even closer than that, due to the margin of error, and growing momentum for change.
            ““I believe voters are tired of the political elite picking who goes to Congress from the First District,” Cornilles said. “The same people who covered up for David Wu are now spending at least two million dollars on negative ads about me to deceive the voters because their candidate is so wrong on the issues.”
            “Its Deja Wu all over again,” Cornilles said, to strong applause.
            He noted that Bonamici, who admits she cannot remember ever voting against a tax increase in the Oregon Legislature, was part and parcel of the 2010 campaign in which Democrats covered up and deceived the public about Wu’s incapacity to serve. Cornilles said they now seek to deceive the voters again about Cornilles’ record in the private sector. He noted that while Democrats are spending millions on negative ads to elect Bonamici, she has failed to show up for at least two scheduled public debates.
             “Our country is in an economic crisis due to the failed policies of those political elites. We must adopt policies which allow the job creators, especially small businesses, to create jobs. That takes an atmosphere of confidence rather than uncertainty, about tax and regulatory burdens which prevent rather than advance job creation,”
            Cornilles said that despite the false negative ads attacking him by Democrats,  “I will be willing to work with anyone in Congress who is willing to work in good faith for legislation which will be for the good of the country.”
            Buck McKeon, House Armed Services Chairman, Supports Cornilles
            It was noted at the event (by me) that Buck McKeon, Republican Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, traveled to Oregon to support Cornilles’ candidacy.  McKeon told me in an interview after a Cornilles event in Portland, that he is urging Cornilles’ election “because there is a great threat to our military’s ability to defend the nation in light of the Obama administration’s decision to cut some $400-billion rom the defense budget. He is taking away funding from national defense because of the failure of the administration’s stimulus and other economic policies. 
            “The Super Committee that was supposed to come up with proposals for budget cuts, collapsed. That means, according to the terms of the creation of Super Committee, that an additional $600-billion will be cut automatically unless that provision is somehow changed. That means a possible total reduction of $1-trillion dollars in defense. That is an extreme threat to the successful defense of the country, especially in light of the unpredictability of possible attacks, including more than one at a time.
            “I believe that this early election in the First District is the most important race in the country,” McKeon said.  “I have great confidence in  Rob Cornilles He went out of his way to meet with me and my committee staff to fully understand and appreciate our military needs and condition. In contrast, former Congressman David Wu never contacted us for information the entire time he was in office.
            “I’m here in the First District because the country needs Rob Cornilles in Congress,” Rep. McKeon concluded.
            Dr. Knute Buehler’s “Three Point Prescription” For Oregon’s Health
            Knute Buehler,  the Bend physician and former Rhodes Scholar running for Secretary of State, spoke of three unhealthy problems affecting Oregon’s community, political, and economic  health —“Fiscal  Oversight, Election Transparency, and Job Creation” – and his “Three Point Prescription” for curing those problems by getting Oregon working: “Improve Quality of Life; Control Cost; Build Community.”
            Dr. Buehler, a native of Roseburg, Oregon, spoke in attitude of gratitude for the opportunities has had because he is an American, and an Oregonian, although he comes from humble circumstances.  “Unfortunately,  due to economic conditions, neither of my parents was able to even finish high school. But they encouraged me to excel in school and instilled  in me the values of hard work, a strong work ethic, and self-reliance. I was a pretty good pitcher in High School, and that enabled me to go to Oregon State.”
            At Oregon State, he not only pitched for the baseball team but went on to become Oregon State’s First Rhodes Scholar, earning a master’s degree in economics and political science from Oxford.
            That took him away from Oregon, as did his time in medical school,  where he earned his M.D., and where he met his wife, Mattie. He said they agreed they wanted to make their lives and careers in Oregon. They moved back, and he has had a successful career as an orthopedic surgeon.
            With all of that, why would he curtail his medical practice to run for the position of Secretary of State? He said he is doing so “because I really love Oregon; Roseburg is my home town, and Oregon is in my heart. I really think I can make a contribution as Secretary of State.”
            Dr. Buehler said he has found the many people do not know of the various aspects of the Secretary of State Office. He discussed aspects of the office, saying he believes he can make a difference in the quality of life in Oregon, including but not at all limited to the Secretary of State’s responsibility for ballot security and certification of elections.
            It was pointed out later (by me) that if most Oregonians do not realize the importance of elections to the office of Secretary of State, there is someone who does –George Soros, billionaire “Wall Street Leftwing ‘Fat Cat’.”  Soros is quietly pumping millions of dollars into the campaign to elect Democrats as Secretary of State in as many states as possible, and, thus, control the certification of elections. “Just consider the outcome in Florida if a George Soros Secretary of State was certifying the Bush-Gore election,” one person commented to me.
            Robert Spiers—“Let’s Rescue Freedom”
            Robert Spiers, CCRCC Chairman, closed the Lincoln Dinner with a thoughtful speech on what the race in the First District now, and the state and national elections in 2012, will decide. That is, the elections will decide what kind of America this generation of Americans will choose to be—the America of limited government, personal responsibility, and individual freedom based on the values of the Founding Fathers; or an America transformed by President Barack Obama into a nation of big  government,  group and personal claims of entitlement to be supported by others,  a nation of dependents exchanging freedom for a sense of security through government handouts to those it favors. 
            Spiers called on those in attendance to repudiate that transformation of America by actively working for Republican candidates committed to a restoration of the America of the Founding Fathers. He concluded by referencing Lincoln’s rescue of the nation and freedom, simply but pointedly urging: “Let’s Rescue Freedom.”
[Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney, a veterans activist, and member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce. He also spoke at the Lincoln Day Dinner, standing in for intended keynote speaker, Victoria Taft, who could not appear because she had to attend to matters out of state.]

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