11 States Declare Sovereignty UPDATE: Now Up To 30 28

“Yes we can!” just turned into Je refuse! in 11 states that have insisted upon the right to refuse federal dollars they believe would be an infringement  upon state rights:

State governors — looking down the gun barrel of long-term spending forced on them by the Obama “stimulus” plan — are saying they will refuse to take the money.  This is a Constitutional confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike any in our time.

In the first five weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama has acted so rashly that at least 11 states have decided that his brand of “hope” equates to an intolerable expansion of the federal government’s authority over the states. These states — Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, California, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas — have passed resolutions reminding Obama that the 10th Amendment protects the rights of the states, which are the rights of the people, by limiting the power of the federal government. These resolutions call on Obama to “cease and desist” from his reckless government expansion and also indicate that federal laws and regulations implemented in violation of the 10th Amendment can be nullified by the states.

More at Human Events.

Previously at Nice Deb:

Eight States Introduce Resolutions Declaring State Sovereignty

Hat tip: Reeko

UPDATE (Feb 26):

The number of states who are reaffirming their right to sovereignty as stated in the 10th Amendment has now swelled to 30 states.

UPDATE (April 6):

Since that last link is no longer operational, I decided to update with a new link to a story from March 27,  in The Christian Science Monitor which claims the number up to 27 states with sovereignty bills.

Advice For Anti-Porkulus Protesters

Conservatives are new at this whole “protest” thing” because it’s not something that comes naturally to most of us. Let’s face it, we tend to be private, low key folks who would much rather spend a cold Saturday morning cooking a big breakfast for our families, than gathering out in the street holding protest signs.

Here’s some advice from a media guy who was at the Overland Park Tea Party, via Instapundit:

I attended the invigorating protest outside Congressman Dennis Moore’s Overland Park, Kansas office yesterday.

I hoped 10-15 souls might show up. I was thrilled to see hundreds. Here are some suggestions. I don’t really want my name used. Sadly, it could really hurt my business, which is already hurting.

As a professional media producer, here are my concerns:

1. Incoherent message – the signs were all over the place. There were lots of agendas. That’s fine. The color and signage look good on TV.

But, when it came to the microphone – the overall message was tepid and unsure.

2. Create a theme – like “We want Senator So-and-So to resign for voting for this bill.” Or, “We want the Stimulus Repealed!” “Start Over.” Have a definitive purpose to your Assembly. A central theme will also help public speakers to focus. And don’t be afraid to personalize this. Put it on your Senators, Congress people, and the President. That’s what they are doing to anyone who objects.

3. Speakers not prepared for the media – the organizer was asked to name some specific objectionable items in the stimulus. She couldn’t do it. I doubt many of us could.

If you are an organizer, or the “face” of the event – take an hour to prepare. You don’t need to know everything about the stimulus. Just find 2 or 3 things – hard facts – you can point to and credibly say – these are wrong, wasteful spending items. Or, these items grow government, not the economy. It is critical.

4. Pass out talking points, just in case Joe or Jane Protestor gets buttonholed by a reporter.

5. This is all about image. If we don’t present the media with a professional, organized and, unfortunately, scripted image, they are going to make their own, and it won’t be favorable.

6. Recruit some help to pack the area around people being interviewed for background. God love the guy in the crazy Uncle Sam suit, and we certainly need the Minute Men, but these folks will quickly become THE story because they are colorful or controversial i.e., Good TV. Welcome their support. Maybe give them a minute on the mic. But I recommend trying to pack in mainstream, boring looking, and diverse Americans around the camera. No offense to anyone. Anytime a TV camera comes out, a certain number and type of attention seeker will flock to it. Now is the time for Grandma and Grandpa, the Plumber, the Young Executive, and the Homeschooling Mom to flock to the camera as background. Don’t be shy. Remember, how do you want your cause to be presented by the media? As crazies? Or as Concerned Neighbors?

7. Have an Agenda and a Time. We’re going to Assemble at this Time. We’re going to have a Sign-In Table. We’re going to have a Sign-Making Area. We’re going to have speakers at 10:30. We’re going to March to the Senator’s Office at this time and demand she resign. We’re going to end with Chants, and a Call-to-Action for the next Protest. That, and Protestors want to know what’s going on. If they become unsure, they leave. Organization wins, and it also intimidates the opposition. And the opposition is going to start showing up.

8. Share the Day’s Agenda with the Media. You have to create your own press. The event in Overland Park was HUGE, but only one news station came out to cover it, and there’s not even a photo in today’s Sunday paper. Sell it to them. They love good stories.

That’s it. I hope this helpful. These things are only going to get bigger, and people need to realize that a great responsibility comes with this wonderful opportunity. Get a Message. And Get It Out.

Round two for KC area anti-Porkulus/bailout protesters:

Next Saturday’s event:
From American Tea Party group of Facebook
Saturday, February 28, 2009
10:00am – 2:00pm
J.C. Nichols Fountain
47th and J.C. Nichols Parkway K.C. MO
Gathering at fountain, then marching to Sen. Claire McCaskill’s KC office at 4141 Pennsylvania. (Appx. 1 mile)

Pass it on.

Obama Holding ‘Fiscal Responsibility Summit’ In White House

Obama, in order to demonstrate how serious he is about  deficit reduction, is holding a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” at the White House, today.

White House officials say the president’s budget, to be presented on Thursday, will reflect the promises he made on the campaign trail, like expanded health insurance, while also confronting the deficit of about $1.3 trillion that he inherited from his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

Mr. Obama has promised to slash the federal deficit in half by the end of his first term, reports CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante.

To do that, the president will reduce Iraq War spending, end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, and streamline government.

Uhhhh…..”Streamline government”? What did he just do with the $787 billion Porkfest he just signed into law? What about the 75 billion mortgage bailout plan? What about the 410 billion Porkulus II which is slated to hit Congress  this week:

And it’ll be yet another spending bill House Republicans and the American people have not yet been allowed to see and the Democrats haven’t even bothered to read. As if the $1.2 trillion Democrats spent on “stimulus” last week wasn’t enough of a disaster, this colossal bill encompasses the remaining nine appropriations bills for fiscal year 2009 sloughed off by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

House minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called upon the Speaker Thursday to release the voluminous spending bill online without delay. “If Democratic leaders plan to schedule a vote on the half-trillion dollar omnibus spending bill next week, they should post the legislation online immediately so the American people have adequate time to read the measure and understand what is in it,” Boehner said. “My colleagues in the Republican leadership and I made this request two weeks ago, and to date, our request has gone unanswered. Time is running short, and American taxpayers deserve to know how their hard-earned tax dollars will be used under this legislation.”

More from The New York Daily News:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to push the last part of the current federal budget, which includes $410 billion that Congress delayed passing because former President George Bush threatened a veto.

It contains thousands of legislators’ pet projects, which has the GOP seeing red

“There is a tremendous irony in our going to the White House on Monday for a fiscal responsibility summit, and this monster of a bill coming to the floor Wednesday,” said Virginia GOP Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House.

“It’s shocking to me the tone deafness with which the people are putting together this kind of legislation in these times,” Cantor said.

Two words: Sham WOW!

Here’s the The Heritage Foundation’s idea, which will of course, never be considered:

Congress and the President should do the opposite of what they apparently intend: They should cut taxes on productive activities, not increase them. They should cut spending, not increase it. And rather than increase entitlement spending as they intend with the SCHIP expansion, they should reduce future entitlement benefits to give credit markets some confidence that U.S. policymakers have not entirely abandoned fiscal discipline.

Time for a tea party? They’re popping up all over the country. Check your area and see what’s planned for the coming weekends. If nothing is planned for your area, organize one, yourself. Alert local talk radio to get the word out. Join The Resistance!


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