June - July

 

Taking Ground in 2011

 Candidate filing week for the fall primary and general election took place June 6 through 10, and across Washington State candidates filed paperwork to seek office.

It has been interesting to monitor this process throughout the state. It’s also sobering to contemplate the responsibilities of those who will fill elected positions on City Councils, County Councils, School Districts, Port Commissions—and even Water Districts.

The 2011 election is an off-year election featuring fewer races than  a presidential or midterm election would. They also typically attract fewer voters.

There is opportunity for conservatives in 2011 and we must step up and take ground wherever we can.

Every elected position holds a degree of power. Do we ever really stop to consider that?

Too often we don’t take time to notice let alone thoughtfully consider, how important this is.

When we do it’s because in some way it directly affected us .Then it matters because it became personal.

 Politics is personal. Whether we inform ourselves or even participate in the process someone will win each elected seat and hold some amount of authority over your and your future.

Don’t you want to have a say in that? Isn’t that also our responsibility?

Now is the time to engage. Educate yourself and others about those asking to serve in elected positions.

Find those who will fight for conservative constitutional values. They are out there and they need your support in every way.

Never have the stakes been higher or the consequences greater.

Taking ground in 2011 will be much easier than the consequences of sitting this election out.

Eagle Forum’s 18th annual Collegians Summit in DC

This year's Summit drew over 200 college students from all over the country to the Heritage Foundation to hear two full days of Congressmen, authors, and conservative activists.

Both days featured panels of courageous college students explaining how they personally promoted and defended conservatism on their own college campuses.

 Washington State Needs A New Direction

 Even before Gov. Gregoire announced she would not run for a third term Attorney General Rob McKenna made a strong opening move announcing his intention to seek her job. 

“Washington state needs a new direction. That’s why I’m running for governor,” he said.

“The bottom line is that we need a governor who recognizes the most basic job is better than the most elaborate social program.

“And we need a governor who understands these jobs are going to be created by entrepreneurs, by risktakers, by business owners and creators, not by debt-financed stimulus programs.

“I believe that you deserve a governor who will bring a leaner, better-run, more cost effective state government that doesn’t demand endless tax increases for bringing results to the bosses, you the taxpayers.”

Regulations & Fees - The New Hidden Tax Plan

Government imposed regulations and fees are just the latest form of taxation being used against citizens by those in political power.

Legislators in both Washington’s give mere lip service to the very real plight of cash-strapped families and businesses in this down economy.

Instead, using their elected power, they merely hide the words —changing “tax” to “fee”, and their  method—from “a law” to “a regulation”.

Both fees and regulations directly hurt families by raising the cost of everything purchased or consumed, and by imposing choking regulations on every aspect of doing business.

The Heritage Foundation describes the number of new government regulation as “unprecedented” and a further disaster for our economy.

So if that is governments path of choice, our path of choice must be to the ballot box in November.

Economcis Unleashed - Why Free Market Works

 The Freedom Foundation is offering another great learning opportunity for grassroots citizens this summer. Guest instructor Keith Weaver will be traveling the state teaching Economics Unleashed—Why Free Markets Work.

Everywhere you go, you see the economy in action. It is the lifeblood of any nation, allowing people to prosper and improve their lives. Over the last few decades, our market system has become increasingly over-regulated and constrained, burdened by politicians and social engineers. If allowed to continue, our country will plunge further into debt, darkening our children’s future.

What would happen if we were to unleash the free market once again in our country? What could we achieve both as individuals and as a society? How does the free market system work and how can it turn things around for America?
Find the answers to these questions and more by joining us for Economics Unleashed.

Cost: $15 per person 
Info: The Freedom Foundation  360-956-3482

Texas Leads The Way On Jobs

The unemployment picture remains bleak nationwide. Nearly 14 million American are out of work, and half of them for more than six months.

According to the Wall Street Journal Texas is an incredible exception. Of the 265,300 new jobs - more than double the number of the second and third place states New York and Pennsylvania. In fact Texas is one of three states that has more jobs now than in 2007 when the recession began.

What makes Texas so special? They are simply doing the exact opposite of what the current administration is doing - being responsible with their money.

For example, Texas has no state income tax which is like a welcome mat for business. Their overall tax burden is under 8%.

Texas is also a “right to work” state so business is not forced to comply with ridiculous and unfair union requirements.

Don’t mess with Texas, but let’s learn from them.

Fighting For Accountability

Elected officials love to talk in general about weeding out "fraud and abuse." But, when it actually happens — and hits political allies or favored bureaucracies — that’s another thing.

State Auditor Brian Sonntag fights that fight for us daily while enduring active opposition from the Legislature, and only passive support from the Governor. The voters of Washington State however support Sonntag by continuing to elect him—last time with 70 percent of the vote. Voters obviously approve of him and his successful performance audits.

Unemployment Unacceptable - We Can Do Better

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement after the Labor Department announced that the national unemployment rate rose from 9.0% to 9.1% in May.  

“Today’s report is more evidence that President Obama’s ‘spend, borrow and bailout’     policies have clearly failed. 

To grow jobs in the private sector, we need to shrink the size of the public sector. 

That means lower taxes, less government spending, reducing the record budget deficit, and stopping burdensome regulations. House Republicans have a plan to get our economy moving again. Now we just need the President to work with us to implement it.” 

Since President Obama took office, 2.5 million Americans have lost their jobs. The national unemployment rate has been above 8.5% for 27 straight months – the longest streak since the Great Depression. The average person’s stay on unemployment is more than twice as high than at any point in the past 50 years.

“Two and a half years into Barack Obama’s presidency, the national unemployment rate still continues to rise.  That’s unacceptable.  America can do better.”

New Chapter of Washington Eagle Forum Formed

Over the past few months we have been engaged in a series of phone calls, meetings, and in prayer with a group of concerned citizens in San Juan County.

This has culminated in another newly formed chapter of Eagle Forum in Washington State. -Eagle Forum of San Juan County.

According to their website Eagle Forum of San Juan County will be  “a place for conservatives on Orcas Island to find common ground and speak to issues debated Nationally, Statewide, Countywide, and Locally.

We are guided by principles set forth by the Founders and the US Constitution.

Our goal is to do what we can reasonably do, at all levels, to guide this country to its Constitutionally based foundations.

Congratulations! We look forward to our partnership as we promote family, faith and freedom through our great state!

You can visit their new website www.orcaseagleforum.org   

Washington Eagle Forum

Special Report—Agenda 21

The essential difference between Capitalism and Marxism is the ownership of
property. In a Capitalist system, individuals own and control the use of property.
In a Marxist system, property belongs to the community,
and its use is controlled by government. 

·   Agenda 21 is an action plan of the UN related to sustainable development and was an outcome of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Brazil in 1992.

·   The number “21” refers to an agenda for the 21st century.

·   “…[C]urrent lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat consumption and large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and workplace air-conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.
A shift is necessary...”
Maurice Strong, United Nations

·   The UN’s Agenda 21 was signed by the United States in 1992.

·   Agenda 21 is being fulfilled through Smart Growth planning, land use, sustainable development and extreme environmentalism.

·   Agenda 21  is grant driven to your city council or county board cloaked in terms such as  sustainable, visioning, partners, tourism etc.

·   Agenda 21 and the “sustainable development” policies it contains are constructed on the idea that property should belong to the community and its use must be controlled by the government.

·   Advocates of Agenda 21 believe the only way to insure that future generations have the resources to meet their needs is for government to control the current generation’s use of resources. This is the excuse used in communities across the nation to impose a system of government control called sustainable development..

·   “Sustainability,” as it is called, is facilitated by the federal government , and by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

·   ICLEI, created by the United Nations , boasts that more than 600 U.S. communities have entered into contracts through which ICLEI helps make the communities “sustainable.”

·   Thirty-two local governments in WA state have joined ICLEI including Bellingham and Whatcom County .

·   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors and promotes Agenda 21 activities through their Office for Sustainable Ecosystem and Communities.

Agenda 21 has nothing to do with “saving anything” – it has everything to do with “control.”   

By Henry Lamb
     Steve Mann
     Scott Roberts


Need a Voice - Start An Eagle Forum Chapter

Washington Eagle Forum can help you learn how to actively engage in the political and legislative process protecting faith, family and freedom in Washington State.

 Consider starting a chapter of Eagle Forum in your community and have a voice in Washington State and Washington DC.

Call or e-mail us for chapter information kit today!

Ph: 360.354.8505
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