September 21, 2017

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett Named to Trump’s SCOTUS Prospect List

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett. Photo by Bob Price.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett. Photo by Bob Price.

Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump released a list of eleven jurists he would consider appointing to the U.S. Supreme Court, including Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.

Trump released the names of 11 potential prospects he said he would consider picking from to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The list also includes: Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, and Diane Sykes of Wisconsin.

The candidate previously said the list would include judges that “everybody respects, likes, and totally admires.” He promised the prospects would be great conservative judges, great intellects, the people that you want.”

Shortly after the death of Justice Scalia, Breitbart Texas’ Lana Shadwick wrote about Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s suggestion that Willett would be a great pick to fill the vacancy. The Texas governor called the Texas Supreme Court Justice, “A proven conservative who won’t rewrite law.”

Shadwick reported:

In July of 2015, Pulitzer Prize winning conservative newspaper political columnist George Will contrasted an opinion by Texas Supreme Court Justice Willett, with that of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. The legal question posed by Will involved America’s natural rights tradition and the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments’ affirmation of unenumerated rights.

After evaluating Willett’s legal analysis, and comparing it to the conclusion reached by Justice Roberts, George Will concluded in his column that “[t]he next Republican president” should simply say to his first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, “Welcome to Washington, Justice Willett.”

Prior to serving as legal counsel to then-Attorney General Abbott, Willett served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a Special Assistant to the President at the White House, and was a lawyer in the Office of Governor George W. Bush.

Willett began his legal career as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then as an associate with the respected law firm of Haynes and Boone. He graduated from Duke University School of Law with honors.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter@BobPriceBBTX.

This article was published originally on Breitbart Texas.

A Lawless Presidency – Part 5 – National Rifle Association Getting Furious Fast over Fast and Furious

Photo Reposted from LawEnforcementToday.com

Perhaps the most lawless act of the Obama Presidency has been its role in Operation Fast and Furious. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been out front in keeping this story in the public’s eye. While in Washington, DC, last month, I spoke with NRA Spokesperson Jacqueline Otto about Fast and Furious. She told me the NRA got “furious fast over Fast and Furious“.

Operation Fast and Furious first came to public attention shortly after the murder of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered during a firefight with Mexican gangsters in December of 2010. In the video below, I talk with Otto about the anti-gun agenda of the Obama Administration and how they created Fast and Furious to create a crisis in order to further their gun-control plans.

Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News

Otto acknowledged TexasGOPVote’s role in reporting this scandal early on and keeping the story alive until picked up nationally by CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Senator Charles Grassley and HouseOversight Committee Chairman Daryl Issa led the way for Congressional investigations leading to Contempt of Congress charges being levied against Eric Holder for his refusal to provide subpoenaed documents Congress required to carry out its Constitutionally mandated role of oversight.

On the political agenda of the Obama Administration, Otto explained, “Almost from the beginning there was a chorus of Administration officials using the term ‘90% of the firearms that were used in Mexican violence”. 90% of firearms they said were coming from America.

Otto continued, “What they didn’t tell us was that they were the ones sending them there – through Operation Fast and Furious. And, when that story came to light through the murder of Brian Terry and through the hundreds of Mexican citizens who have been murdered through this violence.

The proof of the gun control agenda soon followed. Otto explained, “They used the 90% figure to justify their new regulatory schemes, their new registration requirements and forcing these federally licensed firearms dealers that are in the border states to jump through more hoops, and do more paperwork and follow more requirements when they weren’t the ones at fault.

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Many of the firearms dealers in Arizona and Texas asked to not participate in this program – fearing violence and death would result from this. They were coerced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE, or ATF) to continue their participations. This was revealed in one of Senator Grassley’s earliest reports.

In my Feb, 2010 article titled, Agent Brian Terry Murder – DOJ Adds to the Cover-up, I wrote, “The licensed gun dealer who sold the weapons allegedly recovered at the scene of Agent Terry’s murder met with the ATF and the Assistant US Attorney as early as December 2009 to discuss his role as a licensed dealer during this investigation. Avila was allowed to continue his purchases, including two .50 caliber rifles as late as June 2010.

The investigation continues despite an internal DOJ Inspector General report which whitewashed Attorney General Eric Holder’s involvement in Fast and Furious. Ask yourself this, if Holder and Obama are not directly involved, how and why did Obama give Holder Executive Privilege on this scandal?

A Message from Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on the President’s State of the Union Address

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sent the following message about tonight’s State of the Union address.  This is posted for informational purposes and does not imply support of, nor endorsement of any political candidate.

David Dewhurst Issues Statement on Upcoming State of the Union Address

David Dewhurst issued the following statement today prior to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address later this evening:

“What Americans will hear tonight from President Barack Obama are more empty words that have led to failed policies and broken promises and more class warfare rhetoric we have heard for the last three years. President Obama’s empty words have only led to failed policies and broken promises. It’s time for the President to stop making excuses, and instead outline specific pro-growth proposals to get our country back on track.

 

“The first steps towards fixing the problems in Washington are to repeal ObamaCare, dramatically cut spending and pass a balanced budget. Unbelievably, the Democrat-controlled Senate has allowed 1,000 days to pass without a federal budget. As a Washington outsider not beholden to any special interest groups, I will be a strong, independent voice for Texas in the Senate.  I know how to pass a balanced budget because I helped pass them in Texas, five consecutive times, without raising taxes. I will take my proven Texas knowledge and conservative principles to Washington to help get America back on track.

 

“It’s high time that President Obama and Congress begin addressing these critical problems facing our nation. I have released a detailed policy plan aimed at repealing the job-killing policies this Administration has pursued, and replacing them with sound, conservative pro-growth policies. Americans and Texans deserve better than what this Administration continues to offer. We will not continue to stand for the tax-and-spend ways of Washington, and I will fight every day to make sure we reduce spending, cut taxes, balance the budget and limit the role of the federal government.”

 

The first chapter of Dewhurst’s policy plan to repeal President Obama’s job-killing agenda and replace with a pro-growth agenda can be found below, or on our website here.
1. Repeal ObamaCare

  • The costs of ObamaCare are spiraling out of control, leaving our children and grandchildren to pay for it.
  • Repealing ObamaCare will save American taxpayers at least $540 billion over the next ten years.
  • The uncertainty of ObamaCare is keeping businesses on the sidelines and is directly responsible for companies not hiring.
  • ObamaCare is an example of one-size legislation that does not fit all, and does little to improve America’s healthcare system.
  • ObamaCare is another federal entitlement that we cannot afford.

Dewhurst Plan:  Free-Market Healthcare

  • Create a permissive free-market system.
  • Align incentives so doctors, hospitals and patients get more value for their healthcare dollars.
  • Expand the individual health insurance market.
  • Bring Texas reforms to Washington.
    Reform the legal system.
    Put forth sensible solutions that lower the number of malpractice lawsuits.
  • Equalize tax treatment.
    16-17% of the GDP is spent on healthcare and that number is only going to grow with the incoming wave of an older generation.

2. Stop The Obama EPA’s Job-Killing Agenda

  • Rein in President Obama’s out of control EPA.
  • Stop unnecessary job regulations that hurt Texas businesses.

Dewhurst Plan:  Overhaul The EPA

  • Use the power of the purse and Congress’ investigative powers to repeal EPA job-killing regulations opposed by Congress and most Americans.
  • Investigate current practices and regulations being implemented by the EPA.
  • Implement a tougher, more job-friendly analysis of current practices.
  • Make sure landowners and job-creators have a seat at the table when EPA is considering new regulations.
  • Cut down on administrative costs and overregulation.
  • Maintain clean air and water while still enforcing regulations that allow businesses to grow and prosper.

3.   Stop National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Over-reach

  • Prevent the NLRB from telling companies like Boeing which states to place manufacturing plants in.
  • Stop the NLRB from interfering with private sector business decisions – end the NRLB’s trampling on the Constitution.
  • More government overregulation, which is preventing jobs from being created.

Dewhurst Plan:  Less NLRB Meddling, More Job Creation

  • Insist on new leadership at the NLRB.
  • Conduct tough hearings on NLRB decision making under President Obama, and investigate interference with private business decision-making.
  • End federally mandated prevailing wage regulations, which will serve to bring down the cost of building infrastructure – roads, dams, ports, bridges, etc.
  • Accelerate the approval process for FAA upgrades.
    Allow private investors to invest in airports and air traffic control upgrades so that modernization and improvements can be made to match the needs of the 21st Century.

4. End the Wasteful Obama Green Energy Gravy Train

  • End taxpayer bailouts to companies like Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy after providing numerous warning signals to the White House before receiving $535 million in grants.
  • Stop President Obama’s “energy cronyism” of giving federal grants to donors.
  • Stop lobbyist and President Obama donors from feasting on taxpayer dollars for pet “Green” energy products, which don’t make good commercial sense and never make it to consumers.

Dewhurst Plan:  Develop America’s Massive Domestic Energy Resources

  • Fully develop and utilize America’s abundant energy resources.
  • Stop interfering with hydro-fracking of oil and gas wells, which is completely safe, and streamline oil and natural gas drilling regulations to allow more drilling.
  • Aggressively re-open Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration with sensible safeguards in place.
  • Stop playing “political football” with energy projects like the Keystone pipeline.
  • To encourage more drilling for natural gas, open new markets for liquefied natural gas and encourage the building of ports and other facilities that can handle LNG exports.

Rep. Ted Poe on Rogue Fast & Furious Program – It’s Nonsense

Fast & Furious... It's Nonsense

This is a follow-up story about the murder of Brian Terry.  In December of 2010, US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by a gang of Mexican banditos. Two of the weapons involved in the shooting were learned to have come from a federal program called “Operation Fast & Furious”.  Recently the House Judiciary Committee under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) held a hearing to receive testimony from US Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder as to the Justice Department’s involvement in this operation.  Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) is a member of that committee and recently sat down with me to discuss this and other matters related to Border Security and Illegal Immigration.

I asked Congressman Poe about his impressions of AG Holder during the hearings.  Poe said, “The more I learned from AG Holder, the more I was concerned, and am concerned about this entire operation.”  He continued, “The idea that the United States would smuggle automatic weapons to our neighbor, Mexico; give them to the drug cartels, the enemy of Mexico and the United States, 2000 weapons most of which are unaccounted for, it’s nonsense.”

Congressman Ted Poe discusses Operation Fast & Furious with Bob Price.


Poe stated that 200 Mexicans have died and at least 2 American law enforcement have died because of this operation.

The second thing that Holder said that surprised Poe was, “More people are going to die.”  Poe said, “That’s awful!”

The third thing Poe said was, “I asked him, who was in charge of this operation?” Holder’s answer – “I don’t know!”  Poe said that answer was preposterous.

Poe went on to say, “If he (Holder) didn’t know who was in charge, is there a rogue operation going on in the Justice Department?”  If there is some “rogue operation” going on, why has the Justice Department been unable to figure that out?

Video Interview with Congressman Ted Poe

I asked Poe if the AG testified under oath. He informed me that while Holder was not “sworn in” before the hearing, part of the agreement to testify makes it clear that the testimony was under potential of perjury.  Poe expressed dissatisfaction with Holder’s reluctance to give up any of his direct correspondence related to Fast & Furious.  He assured me, “We will get the documents!”

Poe said Holder should resign and President Obama should appoint a special prosecutor to completely investigate this operation.  I asked Poe about other’s calling for impeachment of the AG. He said that impeachment would take too long, citing next year’s elections.  He went on to say the Senate would never convict anyway.  If Obama does not appoint a special prosecutor, Poe felt certain a new president would in 2013.

Congressman Ted Poe

I asked Poe what he learned that he did not know before the hearing.  He expressed that he was surprised to learn that Mexico did know part of the operation but not the entire operation.  Poe asked Holder during the hearing, “Would you agree this was reckless conduct on the part of the part of the Justice Department?”  Holder replied, “Yes, I would agree that it was reckless.”  Poe pointed out that under Texas law; reckless conduct that resulted in the death of another peron is manslaughter at which point Holder backed away from his comment.

We went on to discuss the family of Agent Terry and their desire to see justice done. We talked about how the over aggressive prosecution of Border Patrol agents, like Agent Jesus Diaz, might have led to hesitation in response by Border Patrol Agents leading to their deaths.

And finally, we wrapped up the interview following up on our previous discussion about Congressman Poe’s bill on border security that would place 10,000 National Guard troops along the border, under the direction of border state governors but paid for by the federal government.  He told me this bill is still in committee and they plan on moving it forward next year.

At one point in the interview, Poe mentioned Holder’s reputation for not reading legislation citing the AG’s failure to read the Arizona 1070 bill prior to filing suit against the state of Arizona and even before testifying before Congress on the matter. Here is a video of that exchange between Poe and the AG.

We left this interview knowing we have much more to discuss. As the Congressional investigation continues, I will check back in with the Congressman to bring you updates on the progress of the investigation. If you have questions you would like me to ask the Congressman on this matter, please reply in the comments below and I will bring them up in our next interview.

Related Materials on Fast & Furious and Agent Brian Terry

More Interviews with Congressman Ted Poe

Religious Freedom Reigns Supreme at Houston VA Cemetery

Religious freedom was affirmed once again at the Houston VA Cemetery as US District Court Judge Lynn Hughes signed off on an agreement between Houston veterans and volunteer groups and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The groups had accused the VA of religious censorship through the banning of the words Jesus and God from burial services at the Houston National Cemetery. For more background on these allegations, click here.

Steve MuroThis agreement preserves VA policy that families’ wishes are paramount when their loved ones – our nation’s heroes – are laid to rest,” Steve Muro, VA’s undersecretary for memorial affairs, said in a prepared statement“This agreement respects the important principle that the family’s wishes for religious observances at the committal services must be honored, which VA has fought to protect from day one.

Many would dispute that point as Houston National Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio went out of her way to interfere with the religious wishes of family members of our fallen heroes.

Congressman John Culberson

Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) had previously gone undercover and found that the Obama Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs are not being honest with the American people. Congressman Culberson went undercover on July 8th, 2011 at the Houston National Cemetery and he says, “Right in front of me, the VA directly and deliberately attempted to prevent the VFW from doing their magnificent, spiritual ritual over the grave of this fallen hero.” Click here to listen to his story.

After the agreement was settled, Culberson had this to say, “I am glad the lawsuit is over and grateful that Judge Lynn Hughes has ordered the VA to stop interfering with our veterans’ funerals. It is deeply disappointing that it took a lawsuit to force the VA to do the right thing. I plan to change the law to ensure that the federal government cannot interfere with our veterans’ funerals, and I will also work to have Arlene Ocasio removed. Under her direction, the cemetery chapel was closed and used for storage, and she has repeatedly prevented prayers from being said over the graves of our veterans.”

Under the agreement, the local members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4 and Houston National Memorial Ladies will resign from their positions as official VA volunteers and will be able to, as private citizens, provide their own texts of recitations to funeral homes for the use by Veteran’s families as they choose.

Judge Lana ShadwickJudge Lana Shadwick, candidate for the 179th Criminal District Court said, “This agreement restores the rights of the families of our honored veterans to practice their religious freedom at our National Cemetery without interference from the government.”  Shadwick continued, “Freedom of Religion is the foundation of our 1st Amendment rights. These rights must be protected at all times and government officials should not ever be allowed to practice censorship of religious services.”

The agreement also states the VA agrees “Not to ban, regulate or otherwise interfere with prayers, recitations, or words of religious expression absent family objections”.  The agreement allows families of fallen veterans to hold services with any religious or secular content they want.

Pastor Dave WelchHouston Area Pastor’s Council Executive Director, Dave Welch had this to say about the decision, “We applaud the outstanding legal work performed by Liberty Institute on behalf of not only the plaintiff organizations but on behalf of all of us. The egregious violations of First Amendment religious and speech freedoms by the VA via Ms. Ocasio were an affront to every person buried at the National Cemetery and the sacrifice of their families. The good news is that the Consent Decree by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes assures that these freedoms will be protected in the future in Houston; the reality is that the national VA policies toward religious expression still reflect a growing hostility that is rampant in our federal government. This battle was won, however there is still a war and we must press forward on land, sea and air to return our nation to reverence of our Judeo-Christian foundations and faith.”

Director Ocassio had converted the long-used chapel into a storage room/meeting facility. The agreement calls for the Bible, cross and Star of David to be returned to the chapel, and that the chapel will no longer be referred to as a “meeting facility”. The Bible, cross and star will be visible in the chapel and available to the families for their use.

The agreement does not agree with the disposition of demands for the resignation or termination by protesters of Director Ocassio.  The VA referred to this as “an internal matter”.  Shouldn’t the public have the right to know what will happen with her?

This is a victory for religious freedom in America and for the 1st Amendment’s protection of the rights of the individual from governmental censorship.

Herman Cain Addresses Clear Lake Tea Party – Tells Crowd “Stay informed! Stupid people are ruining America”

Herman Cain addresses over 3,000 Conservative voters at the Clear Lake Tea Party Rally on October 25th, 2011. He addressed foreign policy, rebuilding the economy, rebuilding the tax code, energy independence, illegal immigration and national security.

After asking the Tea Party members to stay informed, Cain boldly said “Stupid people are ruining America.” The audience of Tea Party members responded with a loud ovation indicating their approval of his message.

Cain opened his remarks at the rally by praising Tea Party Patriots as people that “love the United States of America.” He said, “The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in not having goals to reach for.” He continued, “The American Dream has been hijacked. But the good news is “We can take it back!”

Following is Cain’s entire message to the Clear Lake Tea Party:

Cain defined several crises for America. “We have an economic crisis, an entitlement spending crisis, a energy crisis, an illegal immigration crisis, a moral crisis, and a foggy foreign policy crisis.” He said, “The biggest crisis we have is a severe deficiency of leadership in the White House!”

Cain’s remarks played well to the large crowd gathered to hear a variety of speakers and candidates for office. Other speakers that evening included US Senate candidate, Lela Pittenger, candidate for US House CD 14 Robert Gonzales, candidate for US House CD 24 Heidi Thiess, Texas House District 129 candidate Mary Huls and the founder of Raging Elephants, Apostle Claver.

TexasGOPVote previously reported Herman Cain will next be in the Houston area on November 5 where he will debate fellow candidate and former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. The debate is sponsored by the Texas Patriots PAC and will be held at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center. This event promises to bring an hour and a half of meaningful discussion of important issues facing our nation.

 

Update – Herman Cain Reverses Pro-Choice Comments

Herman Cain attempted to reverse his pro-choice statements made on the Piers Morgan Tonight Show. Controversy arose after Cain said what many, including this author, believed to be “Pro-Choice” comments about the family’s right to choose abortion over adoption. Cain appeared on Fox New Channel with Martha MacCallum.  MacCallum restated that Cain’s previous statements appeared to be “Pro-Choice”.

Cain now states that abortion should be illegal and that families would then have to choose to break the law. This completely reverses his comment on CNN where he said, “… it is not the government’s role – or anybody else’s role – to make that decision.” He went on to say, “So, what I am saying is, it ultimately gets down to a choice that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president. Not some politician. Not a bureaucrat.” He was not talking about making a choice to break the law because changing the law was never discussed in this conversation.

Here is what Cain says now.

In this video Cain says he, as president, would change the law to make abortion illegal and that the family or the mother would then choose to break the law.

Clearly this is a 180 degree change from the previous comments.  So, is this rehearsed response the real Herman Cain?  Or, were the impromptu comments on CNN more reflective of the real Herman Cain?

Are you satisfied with his remarks at this point?  Would Herman Cain actively seek to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal in all 50 states?  Does this statement really counteract or clarify the previous comments?  What do you think?

Herman Cain Tells Piers Morgan He is Pro-Choice on the Subject of Abortion

One thing for sure about roller coasters. They bring you up quickly and then they send you right back to the bottom! Herman Cain has been riding that rickety roller coaster right to the top of the GOP polls recently. But a recent appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan may send him spiraling to the bottom like a plane missing one wing. The wing Cain is missing will be the Pro-Life Wing of the Republican party as Cain clearly stated that he is pro-choice when it comes to the government’s role in abortion.

UPDATE:  See Cain’s reversal on this position.

Cain stated that he is against abortion and would even be against it if it involved a pregnancy caused to a family member by a rape. However, when it comes to people outside his family, it is Katy bar the door, wide-open Pro-Choice.

Here is what Cain told Morgan… “No, it comes down to is, it’s not the government’s role — or anybody else’s role — to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you’re not talking about that big a number. So what I’m saying is, it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president. Not some politician. Not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t try to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive decision.”

Herman Cain will be in Houston next Tuesday at the Clear Lake Tea Party Rally… If I have the opportunity, I will ask him the direct question.  Mr. Cain, do you believe the government has the right to protect life? What do you think he will say?

Senator Hutchison Responds to Letter about Greenhouse Gas Regulations Under Clean Air Act

Wednesday I wrote to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) about the implementation of Greenhouse Gas Regulations under the Clean Air Act. I wrote the letter using a tool provided by the National Write Your Congressman (NWYC) organization. The letter also went to Senator Cornyn and Congressman Culberson.

Following is the information I received from NWYC that prompted my letter to my members of Congress:

EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations

The U.S. House passed (255-172) legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating the emission of greenhouse gases to address climate change. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

For Stopping the EPA Regulations:  Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

“This is the same debate we had last year when both Congress and the American people soundly rejected the cap-and-trade regulatory scheme. The rules supported by EPA seek the same ends as cap-and-trade and are no less costly in terms of lost American jobs and higher energy prices. Left unchecked, EPA’s actions would have a devastating impact o


Against Stopping the EPA Regulations: Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
n jobs, U.S. competitiveness, and domestic energy prices. …Families and small business owners have struggled and sacrificed long enough. They will not stand by as a group of unelected bureaucrats indefinitely prolong our economic recovery. …[H.R.910] simply prevents EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases, an intention that Congress explicitly rejected…in 1990.”

Climate change is, unfortunately, a fact, and the consensus among the scientific community is that it is being caused mainly because of human activities. The longer we continue to deny this, the worse off we will be. H.R. 910 would overturn the EPA’s 2009 endangerment finding that greenhouse gases are a threat to human’s health and well-being, and should thus be regulated under the Clean Air Act. …The truth is that our failure to act on climate change is certainly a threat to our economic recovery. Removing emission standards will not only affect our health and our environment, it will also harm our growing clean energy sector. … With our current economic climate, we cannot afford to pass legislation that takes our country, and our economy, backwards.

The EPA is exercising federal over-reach in its efforts to regulate these greenhouse gas regulations and they need to be stopped. Their efforts will discourage investment in energy resources our country needs and will result in more loss of high paying jobs.

Here is Senator Hutchison’s response to my letter.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

“Thank you for contacting me regarding the implementation of greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on December 23, 2010 its plans to impose costly greenhouse gas regulation on refineries. I believe this will hurt every American driver, trucker, farmer and flier with higher gasoline, diesel and jet fuel prices.

During the 111th Congress, one of the major agenda items for the administration was passing cap-and-trade legislation. The goal of the legislation was to increase the price of traditional forms of carbon-based energy, such as coal, gas and oil, so that consumers would respond by using less of it. The Senate refused to consider a bill that would financially burden Americans and kill energy-dependent jobs. With the EPA’s announcement, the administration has taken the unprecedented step of bypassing Congress with these backdoor regulations and is sending a clear message it intends to impose cap-and-trade on all Americans — one way or another.

The EPA’s backdoor climate regulations will drive up the cost of energy in America — and everyone will pay. Families, commuters, truckers, farmers, and fliers who are today facing significantly higher gas and diesel prices than last year, will be hit even harder with steep energy costs. Employers – especially manufacturers and producers of energy intensive products like glass, steel, cement, and transportation fuels – will also shoulder the burden of rising energy expenses. In response, they may be forced to lay off workers and pass on the higher costs to consumers. Farmers, facing higher production costs from more expensive fuel, could also face costly new regulations on their livestock and dairy production, as well as their application of fertilizer to their fields. All of this will raise the costs of food for our families.

On December 29, 2010, in response to the EPA plans against refineries, I sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging her to forgo the agency’s plans to regulate refinery greenhouse gases. These regulations will drive up the cost of energy in America — and everyone will pay.

I am also an original cosponsor of S. 482, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, introduced on March 3, 2011 by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). This legislation would prohibit the EPA from enacting new regulations with regard to greenhouse gases and climate change. S. 482 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, of which I am not a member. Should this legislation come before the full Senate, you may be certain it will have my continued support.

Protecting jobs in Texas, as well as across America, is my top priority. Keeping energy costs low for Americans is essential to stabilizing the economy. To help accomplish these imperatives, I will work with my colleagues to ensure Congress, not unelected bureaucrats, sets economic, regulatory and environmental policy.

I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.”

Sincerely,

Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5922 (tel) 202-224-0776 (fax)
http://hutchison.senate.gov

It is Time for a Fast and Furious Impeachment…

Impeachment not Firings - Justice must be done!

As previously reported by this author, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF, BATFE) have been involved in an ongoing criminal conspiracy covering up the circumstances that led to the death of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last December. Senator Charles Grassley has been investigating this case almost since it surfaced. The DOJ has been lying to him and his staff and stonewalling their investigation, according to my sources.

Recently Sen. Grassley appeared “On the Record” with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. During the interview, Van Susteren refers to a letter from the Assistant Attorney General, Ronald Welch where he committed several lies to Sen. Grassley. I had previously included that letter in one of my articles earlier this year, and the letter is attached below (2 pages).

Page 1 of Weich Letter to Grassley

Page 2 of Weich Letter to Grassley

Watch Sen. Grassley as he confirms with Van Susteren that DOJ has and is lying to Congress and stonewalling the investigation into this horrible crime against our nation.

Clearly this operation was ordered from the highest levels of our government. The Obama Administration came to office with an agenda to create tougher gun control laws. Operation Fast & Furious was conceived to create the impression that lax gun laws were leading to supplying Mexican drug cartels with weapons. This, in their sick belief system, would then give the administration the “moral authority” to create restrictions on Americans’ Constitutional Right to own weapons.

The House Judiciary Committee under the leadership of Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) should immediately begin hearings into this matter. These hearings should lead to the impeachment of the Obama appointed cabinet members who have had direct oversight of this ongoing criminal enterprise. Those being Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Former ATF Director, Kenneth Melson who has been conveniently reassigned to take the spotlight off of him.

I must disagree strongly with Senator Grassley on one point. In the interview, Sen. Grassley says the individuals involved in this operation need to be fired. This is not correct. They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.