Friday, July 17, 2009

News Release: Illinois College Republican Federation

The last entry here contained a press release from the Missouri College Republicans, for Independence Day 2009. Below is a release issued the following day, by Matt Zimmerman, Chairman of the Illinois College Republican Federation:

News Release
July 5, 2009

Matt Zimmerman, Chair
Illinois College Republican Federation

The past week and a half has been an eventful one as concerns the direction of our nation. The Illinois College Republican Federation would like to take the time to address the future.

"Cap and Trade" legislation was narrowly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 26. Under this bill, industries that produce the most carbon emissions will be heavily taxed for their emissions. Industries such as agriculture and heavy industry will be forced to either lay off numerous employees to pay the increased taxes or go out of business. In good economic times, this legislation would be disastrous. In today's economy, this legislation is borderline insanity. Some estimate that this legislation would increase the average family's energy bill by thousands of dollars a year and will drive up the price of all consumer goods.

While this bill is being sold by the Obama Administration that it will decrease our dependence on foreign energy sources, many argue otherwise. Domestic producers of oil and natural gas will more than likely be forced to close down increasing our dependence on foreign supplies of energy.

One would think that legislators should take time to think this legislation through. Instead, at the last minute, a 300 page amendment, was added to the bill at three in the morning the day before it was voted on. After its passage through the House, reports have surfaced that the bill was not at the Well of the House when it was debated and voted on. The legislators could not have read the bill or the amendment if they wanted to.

With Norm Coleman's concession, Harry Reid will have another crucial vote in passing radical legislation such as this through the U.S. Senate. Forget the questionable ballots discovered in the trunks of cars for weeks after the election -- The Democrats now have complete control of the Executive Branch and both chambers of Congress. One only needs to look at the current state of Illinois government to see what one party rule can do.

The Democratic Party controls every statewide office in Illinois along with near-supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. In under eight years, they have proved that they are incapable of running the state. They refuse to look at ways of reforming our pension systems, education, and social service programs, and instead blame Republicans for refusing to vote for a tax increase.

If the recent history of Illinois is a guide, the future of our country is unappealing at best.


--- The Illinois College Republicans are working with candidates at all levels of government across the State of Illinois. We will fill a crucial piece of the puzzle in taking back Illinois and our Country.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

On this day...

Statement from the Missouri Federation of College Republicans, issued yesterday by MOCR Chairman Jonathan Ratliff:

As we gather this Fourth of July to celebrate our Independence Day, let us not forget the principles our forefathers held to steadfastly in their fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today, 233 years since the signing of our Declaration of Independence, the Missouri College Republicans continue to fight for these very same principles. We do so by helping to elect candidates who understand that life begins at conception, that liberty is the cornerstone of our great republic and that a free market is the best mechanism to lead the nation to economic prosperity and greater freedom for all. We are doing our part in the fight to preserve the ideals that make America great. The Missouri College Republicans seek to ensure that America's standing as an economic and military superpower, but most importantly as a beacon of hope in an otherwise dark world, continues to exist. Thank you all for your continued support. This weekend, take a moment to reflect upon the principles that have guided America to greatness and remember why our country means so much to so many people.

Independence Day

"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15." - Ronald Reagan

Commentary Round-up: (, WorldNetDaily, past pieces)

Government Growth Challenging Liberty this July 4th, Carrie Lukas
Let Freedom Ring - Again, Richard Olivastro
Freedom Never Takes a Holiday, Paul Jacob
The People’s Declaration of Independence, Jackie Gingrich Cushman
A Revolutionary Idea: Tea parties from sea to shining sea
Tea partiers counterattack 'bad guys on bad mission', Joe Kovacs
Top tea party speech chosen, WorldNetDaily
Free Men and Free Markets, J.T. Young

And via RenewAmerica:
233 Years Later, a New Independence Push, Michael Reagan
The American Creed, Breakpoint, Chuck Colson
Remembering What the Declaration of Independence is Not, Bruce Walker
Happy Upside-down Day, America, Ted Nugent

Past Pieces:
Educate citizens with the Constitution, Kyle Williams
An independent republic still?, Pat Buchanan

Welcome to the Weblog!

Started Independence Day Weekend 2009, this will be the blog of the Midwest Caucus of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). Members of our Caucus will use this site to publish updates from the State Federations and chapters within our CRNC Region, and also for news, commentary, analysis, and other material related to College Republicans and contemporary politics, and to our states, our Midwest Region, and beyond.

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