When the wicked rule, the people mourn. Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil. ~Doctrine and Covenants 98:9,10
1. Work for Victory of American Liberty
Conservative Joe Carr is surging in the polls. He has closed the gap with “moderate” senator Lamar Alexander to just seven points. Alexander only has 43%!
This is another huge upset in the making!
Joe is a rock-solid conservative state assemblyman. He opposes amnesty and will repeal Obamacare. He wants to go to Washington to stand up to Barack Obama.
Lamar Alexander, on the other hand, is a pro-tax, big government-loving supporter of amnesty. He is the very embodiment of what is wrong with Republicans in the Senate.
Lamar Alexander has to go.
That’s why Tea Party supporters across American must help Joe Carr.
Tennessee is the sleeper race of this year. It’s a red state, but it’s represented in D.C. by a politician who doesn’t share his state’s conservative values.
This race is getting closer by the hour. Joe has slashed Alexander’s lead in half and is closing fast.
Lamar Alexander’s approval rating among Republicans is only 50%. Only 43% of them say they’ll vote for him.
The people of Tennessee are finally paying attention to Alexander’s record in Washington, and they are angry!
The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund has committed to doing everything we possibly can to help elect Joe Carr. That means ads, national phone banks, and door-to-door volunteers.
Joe can win this race IF we raise the money we need to go all-out in Tennessee.
The primary election is on August 7th, so we don’t have much time.
We need to bus additional volunteers into Tennessee. We need to flood the state with volunteer calls.
Joe Carr has closed the gap with Lamar Alexander through hard work and commitment to principle. Now Tea Party supporters everywhere must help him finish strong.
2. Teaching Children: The future depends on getting rid of Common Core
More and more states are rejecting Common Core standards. From Indiana to Louisiana to South Carolina, many are realizing Common Core isn’t the best option for kids or educators. And just this week, the state of Oklahoma won a major state Supreme Court battle when its repeal of Common Core was upheld against a challenge from the National Association of State Boards of Educations (NASBE).
What these states are realizing, is that a top-down national approach to education standards benefits virtually no one at the state level. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin put it best when she said that “federal overreach has tainted Common Core. … What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies.”
We couldn’t agree more. Federal overreach into education is something conservatives have long been wary of. Proponents will argue that national standards like Common Core are the only way to lift America’s failing schools. They are wrong. Too much government interference in education always leads to misplaced priorities. If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s this: with government comes special interests; with special interests comes varying agendas. Along the way, our kids get lost.
Keeping education local is the best way to prevent failing schools. Moreover, there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition among states. Let Oklahoma compete for the best schools in the nation! Or any state for that matter.
Instead of trying to homogenize our nation’s schools, the federal government should be get out of the way, let states pursue their own initiative, and stop rewarding failing schools and failing teachers. Enough is enough. Our future depends on it.
3. Obama Ego: Obama’s speech cemented lack of leadership
Has there ever been a more arrogant speech  by a sitting United States President?
Yesterday, the president gave a speech in Austin, Texas. He couldn’t have asked for a friendlier audience, but the president’s tone was striking. And stunning. It’s clear he’s stepped back from leading the American people and has moved to leading only the Democratic Party.
In between party rhetoric, Obama spent his speech blaming and then mocking Republicans who are angry about executive overreach. Said Obama:
“You hear some of them, you know like, ‘Sue him. Impeach him.’ Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job? Okay.” … “Sometimes I feel like saying to these guys, ‘I’m the guy doing my job, you must be the other guy.’”
Even Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin criticized the speech’s tone this morning on MSNBC , asking “How does that speech, how does that tone, how does the confrontation, given all the history, how does that solve this?”
For once, we agree with Halperin. From day one, President Obama has shown open disdain for working with Congress and working with conservatives. Now he thinks he can play games with the Constitution and decree law from the White House. No wonder conservatives are fed up. Running away from Congress isn’t leading; it’s giving up.
It’s unfortunately President Obama has simply chosen to criticize rather than lead. It’s not just about immigration. On every policy issue the president has been unwilling or unable to figure out a way to work with conservatives in Congress. We need real leadership in Washington.
4. Government waste abounds
There’s never a dull moment when chronicling or exposing excessive government waste. In today’s world, examples aren’t hard to find since our federal government continues to spend money faster each year.
Enter the Department of Energy. A new Washington Examiner report reveals how an update to the agency’s phone system cost taxpayers $56 million. It’s possible the antiquated regulatory behemoth is just struggling to keep up in this fast-paced, high-tech world. It’s more likely that inter-agency coordination was the problem.
DOE was trying to install a new internet-based telephone system, but coordination across multiple departments proved too difficult. Various offices were installing different programs, making the costly system pretty much unusable.
According to the Inspector General report, “The issues identified occurred, in part, because the Department had not developed and implemented a coordinated approach to support the implementation of the VoIP efforts.”
And there you have it. $56 million down the drain.
A program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development isn’t faring much better. According to HUD’s own inspector general, a $353 million program designed to help federal officials manage public housing assistance only “created further opportunity for fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.” The IG even went so far as to call the program “detrimental” to HUD’s mission.
Meanwhile, our national debt continues to explode. Washington’s spending is out of control. And while a paltry $353 million in the grand scheme of $17 trillion, every little bit helps. Maybe it’s time to put wasteful programs on the budget chopping block once and for all.