Counting on the Republicans to tackle the deficit? Think again.

If you look at the speech, they’re against debt and believe in balanced budgets. If you look at their plan, they’re spend-a-holics who get sober just in time for election. There is, unfortunately, a growing gap between the words and the actions of the GOP. Especially when it comes to the deficit.

GOP.gov is the website for Republicans in Congress. It outlines their plan on debt like this:

Under the President’s [Obama] budget the national debt exceeds 100% of GDP in 2030. By contrast, the Republican plan gains control of the debt, by never exceeding 75% of GDP over the next 75 years.

The way one of my friends put it after I said this was: Sooo… do you want to be killed by four bullets or three? Your choice. Whether you choose the donkey’s or the elephant’s plan, your children have to pay for our mistakes. And that is just wrong.

Wordy bill syndrome? Republicans got it, too!

Many complained about the great length of the Health Care Reform bill that passed recently, and with good reason. I would contend that bills with such volume are the main reason we’re in debt right now. They’re just so much space to slip in a little money here and there. It’s death by a thousand cuts.

In fact, the House’s version of health care rationing is the longest bill ever heard (or not heard) in congress. There’s definitely a veil to keep the bill’s actual action obscure. The problem is that the Republicans can’t remove the veil while standing on it. Open Congress’ report on “How Long is Long?” speaks the truth.

Over the last 10 years, half of the top ten longest bills were proposed by Republicans. Simplicity: out the door!

Tea Party Response

Independents and loyal Republicans can turn around the status quo both by working loyally and by turning on their precious party.

In a rare moment, I got a bit of insight from a report in the Huffington Post. The point made in this article by Bill Lucey is how the tea party has made a major impact on the party by defeating incumbents. Both republican and democrat, that is.

While many people credit independently-minded tea partiers with Scott Brown’s victory, they can also take credit for Bob Bennett, R-Ut. He would have been on his fourth term, but seniority means nothing to principle-first voters. This block kicked out this TARP and Obamacare loving RINO. May his political career R. I. P.

Unless we want to face our children and tell them that they’ll have to pay for our mistakes, we need to vote on principles before party.

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Hey everyone. I cast my vote in the primary runoff election yesterday, voting for Rick Green and Brian Russell. I’m writing this quick post to encourage all you voting-eligible folks to take a couple minutes and vote at your polling station. For all of you who aren’t voting age, encourage all your friends who CAN vote to not overlook the run-off elections.

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Your last vote didn’t count

At this point, it doesn’t matter what the votes were cast in the last election. I applaud you for voting in the general primaries election, but you will not get to decide who represents you in Texas unless you go and vote again. This is when your vote will actually make a difference. Think of your last ballot as practice for the real thing.

Why it’s more important now

Unfortunately, most people only think of the general election as the “real thing” and don’t bother to show up for the run-off. If you go and vote this week, your minute or two will be more important than ever.

The way it works for party elections is that the candidate that wins must have a majority – meaning over 50%. If they don’t get that in the general election, then the top two candidates go into a run-off race. In these cases, your vote only got to decide the semi-finals, not who actually represented you.

What’s at stake

I could talk a lot to you about what’s at stake in these various Texas election, but instead let me just give you some good links on the candidates I recommend.

Rick Green for Texas Supreme Court

Rick Green’s official website

Green’s opponent, Debra Lehrmann’s liberal endorsements are enough to make me vote for Rick Green by themselves. You might also want to check out the Liberty Institute Voter’s Guide. Here’s were Lehrmann not only refuses to answer important questions, but she also states another endorsement missing form the above list – Hillary Clinton’s “Children’s Defense Fund.”

So, it’s Green, endorse by the Texas Homeschool Coalition, Texas Alliance for Life (oh, and Chuck Norris) versus a more experienced candidate endorsed by cooperate law firms, the liberal Statesman, and Clinton’s “Children’s Defense Fund.” So, Green’s election is very important. He’s the kind of man we need on the bench.

Other Picks

The other guy I voted for was Brian Russell, A principled Homeschool Dad for State Board of Education.

And a couple more good articles that overviews good candidates for your vote:

When?

Early voting is NOW. Go do it. You have ’till Friday. If you vote during early voting week, you can go anywhere. The actual election will occur on April 13th. Check out the Secretary of State’s Website for more info.

I hope to see you making your voice heard at the polls this election.