Republican Leaders will be speaking at Tea Party events to protest higher taxes and spending.
Why do the organizers go out of their way to say they are nonpartisan events and then line up a whole list of conservative activists and Republican politicians to lead the events? The group that invited someone that called First Lady Michelle Obama trash lost all of my respect.
After passing budget after budget with increased entitlements and supporting the start of the war in Iraq, Rep. Gallegly is really upset at spending and taxation increases. He will be speaking at a Tea Party event in Ventura Wednesday. If you are going please take some video.
Ask Rep. Gallegly what he thinks of the new prescription drug entitlement added to Medicare passed by his party. Ask him how large the total cost over the next few years will be for that program. Ask him what he thinks of the budgets Republicans passed and George W. Bush signed over the years. You should also ask him why he voted against President Barack Obama's tax cuts.
But please ask him when he will hold a town hall forum that is scheduled and announced so that his constituents can ask him questions.
UPDATE: I Called Gallegly's office and they again said they didn't know his schedule but to call DC. I called DC and they said the scheduler wasn't in.
Turns out Gallegly wasn't at the event, but as his office doesn't tell people his schedule that isn't surprising. His local office says they don't even get a copy of his calendar.
In other Gallegly related news he wrote an editorial published in The Star that included this paragraph:
"Pelosi and Reid make it more expensive for Americans to purchase or afford a new home -- an essential part of the American dream -- by limiting the mortgage interest tax deduction. Their cap-and-trade energy proposal will increase the energy costs for every American household by up to $3,128 annually."
Click here for the entire editorial.
Politifact, looked into Rep. Gallegly's claim and said it was untrue and gave it their pans on fire award.
Here is what they reported:
"It's just wrong," said John Reilly, an energy, environmental and agricultural economist at M.I.T. and one of the authors of the report. "It's wrong in so many ways it's hard to begin."
Not only is it wrong, but he told the House Republicans it was wrong when they asked him.
"Someone from the House Republicans had called me (March 20) and asked about this," Reilly said. "I had explained why the estimate they had was probably incorrect and what they should do to correct it, but I think this wrong number was already floating around by that time."
Click here for their website.
The DCCC sent out a press release going after Rep. Gallegly for voting against the budget. They pointed out that the budget funded an increased level of services for veterans. Click on continue reading for details.
Republican Elton Gallegly didn't speak ( I don't know where he was yesterday, as his local office doesn't release that information ) but Republican Assembly candidate Jeff Gorell did. Check out my other entries for a video filmed of him speaking.
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, will headline the Bakersfield Tea Party tax protest at the Liberty Bell 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Organizers bill the Bakersfield event, part of a nationwide series of events the day taxes are due, as a peaceful and non-partisan protest of government bailouts, stimulus and increased taxation without representation.
Yet another "nonpartisan" event headlined by partisan Republicans.
I don't know how a budget passed by congress and signed by the newly elected President is taxation without representation. Someone needs to explain how the election of Barack Obama doesn't count.
Click here for the full story from The Bakersfield Californian.
UPDATE: The Republican leader attended the event but he didn't speak.
In the same area the nonprofit American "Family" Association will be rallying against higher taxes. The AFA is a far right social conservative group opposed to gay rights, doing something to stop human influenced climate change, and stopping higher taxes.
Later that day a group of people are protesting the higher federal taxes some gay people pay because they do not receive equal treatment under the law. You don't have to approve of gay people to think they shouldn't be taxed more for being gay.
Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy is the chair of the California branch of Americans for Prosperity. Their group is a major organizer of the Tea Day parties. Peter Foy is a very conservative politician who supported Alan Keyes for president. If you read my blog often you will recall that Alan Keyes sued in court to stop Barack Obama from taking office because of the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States of America.
Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy will be out of the area at a Sacramento Tea Party event. Here is the list of people attending their event, according to Flashreport.org:
Leading the rally, besides Cavuto, is Mark Meckler, the California Statewide Coordinator of the Tea Party Coalition. On hand will be radio talk show host Michael Reagan (son of the former President), syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Peter Foy of Americans for Prosperity, conservative leader Steve Baric, and others...
Two, and only two elected politicians are slated with coveted speaking roles at the Sacramento event - Congressman Tom McClintock and State Senator (and FR blogger) George Runner.
Someone from Fox News is leading the rally?
Looking at the list of people sponsoring, attending, and speaking at the rallies it is clear these are not nonpartisan events.
There are two tea party events listed for Simi Valley, one in Thousand Oaks, and one in Ventura.
If you go send me any photos or videos that you want posted.
Representative Elton Gallegly Says 'No' to Caring for America 's Veterans
As if just saying no to everything from creating millions of new jobs to providing the largest middle class tax cut in history weren't bad enough in this economy, Representative Elton Gallegly has now targeted America's veterans with his 'just say no' ways.
By opposing the FY 2010 budget, Representative Gallegly has now said no to increasing funding for veterans' health care and other benefits by more than 11 percent.
"Representative Elton Gallegly's rhetoric about supporting our veterans doesn't match reality when he rejected a budget that strengthens the health care and other benefits America 's brave veterans earned through their service and sacrifice," said Jennifer Crider , Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Representative Gallegly put loyalty to party leaders before loyalty to America 's veterans who served and sacrificed for our country. The last thing veterans need is more of Representative Gallegly's just say no ways."
· The FY 2010 Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res. 85) honors our veterans by providing an 11.5 percent increase in funding for their health care and other benefits [H Con Res 85, #192, 4/2/09].
· The House Budget Resolution builds on the President's request by providing $53.3 billion in appropriated funding for veterans' programs, which amounts to a $5.5 billion (11.5 percent) increase over the 2009 level.
· It supports the President's budget by ending the Bush Administration's ban on enrolling modest-income veterans into VA health care.
· It also increases funding over 2009 levels for the VA to research and treat mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injuries.