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The Forsyth Precinct April 2009

The Newsletter for Informed and Concerned Voters

Jordan, Tabor battle it out for county chairmanship

Volume 3, Issue 4

U.S. backing for world currency stuns markets

by John Staples Jerry D. Jordan and Nathan Tabor, both well-known Republican workhorses, will go up against one another in a battle for chairmanship of the Forsyth Republican Party. Jordan, an attorney and member of the Forsyth County Board of Elections, is a graduate of ArkansasState University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Following his graduation from law school, he served as a clerk for the Lansing city attorney and later in private practice in areas of state and federal criminal defense, civil litigation, family law and appellate practice. Jordan has served in the U.S. Army Reserve and took part in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He was awarded the Southwest Asia Medal with two Broze Campaign Starts, the Liberation of Kuwait Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Tabor, a well-known entrepreneur, Jerrry Jordan Nathan Tabor is a member of a well-known family of Republican conservatives. At age 35, he is the owner of TCV Media, a professional full-service internet and branding firm that specializes in website design and application, marketing, advertising and consulting services, as well as Country Auto Sales in Winston-Salem. He is the author of The Beast on the East River, a book examining the way in See ‘Jordan, Taylor,’ page 6

Sen. Burr launches new re-election website at www.burrforsenate.com “Brooke and I wanted to let you know that my campaign has a new website which I hope you will visit soon,” Sen. Richard Burr wrote recently. “Through this website you will be able to read recent news articles about what I am doing in the U.S. Senate, stay up-to-date with my campaign activities and learn about ways you can volunteer for my 2010 re-election effort.” The new site can be found at burrforsenate.com. Burr said it will be a great place for constituents to stay connected to him and his campaign. From the site one can link to Sen.Burr’s Facebook page and other social networking sites. “Tell your friends about the new site so they can sign up to receive campaign e-mail updates . There is even a link where you can let me know if you are wiling to volunteer on my reelection campaign,” he said. Sen. Richard Burr

US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner shocked global markets by revealing that Washington is “quite open” to Chinese proposals for the gradual development of a global reserve currency run by the International Monetary Fund. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard The dollar plunged instantly against the euro, yen, and sterling as the comments flashed across trading screens. David Bloom, currency chief at HSBC, said the apparent policy shift amounts to an earthquake in geo-finance. “The mere fact that the US Treasury Secretary is even entertaining thoughts that the dollar may cease being the anchor of the global monetary system has caused consternation,” he said. Mr Geithner later qualified his remarks, insisting that the dollar would remain the “world’s dominant reserve currency ... for a long period of time” but the seeds of doubt have been sown. The markets appear baffled by the confused statements emanating from Washington. President Barack Obama told a new conference hours earlier that there was no threat to the reserve status of the dollar. “I don’t believe that there is a need for a global currency. The reason the dollar is strong right now is because investors consider the United States the strongest economy in the world with the most stable political system in the world,” he said. The Chinese proposal, outlined this week by central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan, calls for a “super-sovereign reserve currency” under IMF management, turning the Fund into a sort of world central bank. The idea is that the IMF should activate its dormant powers to issue Special Drawing Rights. These SDRs would expand their role over time, becoming a “widely-accepted means of payments”. Mr Bloom said that any switch towards use of SDRs has direct implications for the currency markets. At the moment, 65pc of the world’s $6.8 trillion stash of foreign reserves is held in dollars. But the dollar makes up just 42pc of the basket weighting of SDRs. So any SDR purchase under current rules must favour the euro, See “World Currency,’ page 5


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Accuracy in Media

Global television for our global leader AIM Report By Cliff Kincaid This outlandish and frightening proposal doesn’t come from a fringe organization. Elite members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, at the end of January were considering a proposal for a new global television network to usher in a state of “global governance.” It sounds authoritarian, even totalitarian, to some. The media proposal, which was included in “The Global Agenda 2009” report, is to create “a new global network” with “the capacity to connect the world, bridging cultures and peoples, and telling us who we are and what we mean to each other.” Several prominent U.S. media figures signed on to the alarming and controversial proposal. Isn’t it nice that we might have a TV network telling us “who we are?” And “what we mean to each other?” Perhaps we will learn that we are global citizens. Perhaps a global leader of some sort will tell us that. Who might that be? This outlandish and frightening proposal doesn’t come from a fringe organization. The WEF is an exclusive club of very rich and powerful people from around the world. It describes itself as “an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.” This year’s conference featured speeches by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The event’s corporate sponsors, which pay about half a million dollars each to participate, include several failing institutions that have received tens of billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers. They include Bank of America, Citi, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Morgan Stanley. These entities are termed “Strategic Partners” of the World Economic Forum. News Corporation, the parent of Fox News, was another “strategic partner” of the event. Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison, represented the Obama Administration at this year’s event and called leaders from all nations to “seize gladly” the duties of collaborating and boldly embrace “a new era of global financial responsibility.” But in a major embarrassment, the WEF also released a report, “The Future of the Global Financial System,” acknowledging “intellectual stewardship and guidance” provided by a steering committee co-chaired by John Thain, the former Merrill Lynch & Co. chief executive officer who was recently ousted from Bank of America in a scandal. Thain oversaw the disastrous sale of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America and was criticized for lavish spending on office decorations, including a $1,405 waste basket and $87,784 rug. The other co-chair of the committee was David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, who has been quoted as saying that China holds the key to the world economy’s future. One report notes that Rubenstein says Carlyle “was an early investor in the Chinese marketplace,” that its China office “has hired many native-born Chinese, and the company is seeking to build its buyout and growth-capital businesses there.”

Editorial Commentary Blankley: Obama lied and the economy died Tony Blankley I am trying to capture the spirit of bipartisanship as practiced by the Democratic Party over the last eight years. Thus, I have chosen as my lead, the proposition: Obama lied; the economy died. Obviously, I am borrowing this from the Democratic Party theme of 2003-08: “Bush lied, people died.” There are, of course, two differences between the two slogans. Most importantly, I chose to separate the two clauses with a semicolon rather than a comma because the rule of grammar is that a semicolon rather than a comma) should be used between closely related independent clauses not conjoined with a coordinating conjunction. In the age of Barack Obama, there is little more important than maintaining the integrity of our language - against the onslaught of Orwellian language abuse that is already a babbling brook, and will soon be a cataract of verbal deception. The other difference is that George W. Bush didn’t lie about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He was merely mistaken. Whereas President Obama told a whopper last week when he claimed he was not for bigger government. As he said Tuesday night: “As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President’s Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets. Not because I believe in bigger government - I don’t.” This he asserted though the budget he proposed the next day asks for federal spending as 28 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), higher by at least 6 percent than any time since World War II. Moreover, after 10 years, Mr. Obama’s proposed spending as a percentage of GDP would still be 22.6 percent, nearly 2 percentage points higher than any year during the Bush administration, despite the full costs of the terrorist attacks of Sept, 11, 2001, the Iraq and Afghan wars and the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Consider also his assertion in his not-quite-State of the Union address that: “My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs. As you can imagine, this is a process that will take some time. But we’re starting with the biggest lines. We have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade.” But, lamentably, a few days later, The Washington Post reported: “A senior administration official acknowledged yesterday that the budget does not contain $2 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade. Instead, the figure represents Obama’s total efforts at deficit reduction, including tax hikes [of more than $1 trillion] on families making over $250,000 a year. It also includes hundreds of billions of dollars ‘saved’ by not continuing to spend $170 billion a year in Iraq.” Only a big government man would think of calling a trillion-dollar tax increase See ‘Obama lied,’ page 3

The Forsyth Precinct The End Of Sovereignty The Global Agenda 2009 report says that “sovereign states do not adequately address problems reaching across borders” and that “international taxation” may be needed to generate the “additional resources” for “global governance.” Could this become a source of new bailout money here and abroad? “As current global governance problems come from market failures, sovereign failures and inter-governmental failures that cross boundaries, sacrificing sovereignty for greater gain may become an option,” the report says. Continued in adjacent column

Law Of The Sea Treaty The report says the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty, which is a top priority for Senate ratification under the Obama Administration, is a measure that has “earned the acceptance and compliance” of most nations. The treaty would turn over oil, gas, and mineral resources to the U.N. and authorize access to them through payment of a global tax to a U.N. body.

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UN Treaty: Children’s rights outweigh parental rights By J. D. Longstreet From www.MichNews.com

Obama lied, economy died Continued from page 2 a spending cut or “saving.” Technically, of course, it is true. A trillion-dollar tax increase will reduce spending by a trillion dollars for those private citizens who were taxed. And, from the perspective of the federal government, a trillion dollars taxed is a trillion dollars saved from the greed of the taxpayers who produced the wealth - and might well want to spend or invest it in non governmental activities. But the foregoing are merely pettifogging numbers compared to Mr. Obama’s bigger ideas about energy and health care. Our president shares a fascinating idea about energy with most of what used to be known as the “small is beautiful” crowd. It is a curious phenomenon that one needs a very big government to enforce the beauty of small. As Mr. Obama’s energy secretary, Steven Chu, said last year: The price of electricity in America is “anomalously low.” You see how much smarter that Nobel prize winner is than you. You probably thought you were already spending enough on electricity and fuel. And sure enough, Mr. Obama explained last week that in order to make alternative energy sources wind, solar - perhaps eventually human muscle power? - economically competitive, he intends to raise the price of carbon-based energy until it is so expensive that even solar power will be such-a-deal. This level of destructive irrationality cannot be accomplished in the private sector. It will take a very big government indeed to bring such inanities into being. (disclosure: being rational, I give professional advice to carbon-based energy producers.) If President Obama were to try to misrepresent his positions for the next four years, there would be nothing he could say that would approach the inaccuracy of his claim last week that he is not for big government. It is the essence of the man and his presidency. He doesn’t like America the way it has been since its founding - and it will take an abusively big government to realize his dreams of converting America into something quite different. If you don’t know that, you don’t yet know Barack Obama.

Uncompromising Congressman A Congressman was once asked about his attitude toward whiskey. He said, "If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I'm against it. But if you mean the elixir of Christmas cheer, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I'm for it. This is my position, and I will not compromise."

This treaty would ban spanking, home schooling, and even church attendance …if the kids reject them! What we are writing about here is... the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. This horrific UN treaty has been around for a good 20 years now and 193 countries have signed on to it. Only two countries have not signed it. The US and Somalia! (Go figure!) The Clinton Administration signed it but it was never sent to the Senate for ratification. It was understood, at the time, that it had a snowball’s chance of being ratified by a Senate with a teaspoon full of common sense. But common sense is something in extremely short supply in the Senate, and the House, for that matter, these day. It is almost certain to be ratified if brought up before the socialist Senate we have today. And... guess what? California democrat (What else), Barbara Boxer, is pushing to have it brought up in the Senate for consideration. More than likely she will have her way. The bottom line is… the treaty would, first and foremost, strip mothers and fathers of their parental rights! And it would strip the US of its sovereignty and reclassify this country as a vassal state of the United Nations which, of course, means our constitution would be totally useless as we would be ruled by the UN… not by our own laws. Experts who have studied the document say: “…the treaty, which creates “the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” and outlaws the “arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy,” intrudes on the family and strips parents of the power to raise their children without government interference. Why is this treaty so dangerous to the sovereignty of the United States? A few days ago I wrote of the “Supremacy Clause” in our Constitution. I inferred that it was a dangerous few words. Well here is WHY it is dangerous: Because of the Supremacy Clause, in Article VI of the Constitution, all treaties are rendered “the supreme law of the land,” superseding preexisting state and federal statutes. Any rights or laws established by the U.N. convention could then be argued to hold sway in the United States. So who will say how you can rear and how you can teach your kids? A committee appointed by the UN and sitting in Switzerland, will make the parental decisions for you, for the parents of children in all countries signatory to the treaty. That’s who! Some even go so far as to suggest that the government will decide how you punish your kids for, oh, say, smoking dope, or… even if you CAN punish your child. The government will decide, if you can make you kids go to church, or not allow them to go to the prom, etc. Parents will no longer be able, legally, to make those decisions. The government will do it. Ask Steven Groves, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, what he thinks. He will tell you: “To the extent that an outside body, a group of unaccountable so-called experts in Switzerland have a say over how children in America should be raised, educated and disciplined — that is an erosion of American sovereignty.” He is absolutely correct. None of this matters as Senator Boxer has made it clear she intends to push, energetically, to get the treaty ratified by the US Senate. There is reason to believe the Obama administration will side with Boxer on this and push it through the Senate to ratification. We are convinced this is all a part of the push for that “One World Government” we continually warn about in this space.

America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us. - Woodrow Wilson


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Marriage rally draws 1,000

Around the State

Aim is to stir support for amendment that would ban same-sex marriage By Yonat Shimron Newsobserver.com RALEIGH - More than 1,000 people, many from Baptist churches across the state, stood on the ice-covered lawn outside the Legislative Building on Tuesday to demand that state legislators give them a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The rally was a follow-up to a news conference last week during which Republican legislators reintroduced a bill that would allow North Carolina to hold a referendum on defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. North Carolina law prohibits same-sex marriage, but advocates of the constitutional amendment say they want extra protections should a judge decide the current law is unconstitutional. Two well-known conservative Christian commentators who spoke at the rally described a breakdown of society should gay couples be allowed to marry — including a rise in single-parent households and in the number of dependents wanting Social Security and health insurance benefits. David Gibbs III, a lawyer who in 2005 fought to keep brain-damaged Terri Schiavo on life support, told rally participants gay marriage would “open the door to unusual marriage in North Carolina. “Why not polygamy, or three or four spouses?” Gibbs asked. “Maybe people will want to marry their pets or robots.” The rally was sponsored by Return America of Davidson County and by NC4Marriage, a new nonprofit group set up to fight for a constitutional amendment. Many participants were already wearing bumper stickers and buttons made for the campaign, reading, “Let the people vote,” or “One Man, One Woman, That’s Marriage.” At least a half-dozen state legislators attended the rally under sunny skies and 31-degree temperatures. Each speaker asked that people not leave before visiting with their legislators and asking them to support legislation allowing a referendum. And though many people eager to escape the cold jumped into church vans immediately after the hourlong rally, others flooded the legislative offices. “Don’t just call today, call them once a week,” said David Barton, founder of WallBuilders, a ministry devoted to educating Americans about the nation’s religious foundation. “Let them feel the heat until they see the light.” At least two groups that oppose the constitutional amendment, Equality North Carolina and Faith in America, also sent representatives to talk to elected officials. “It would put discrimination in our state constitution,” said Ian Palmquist, executive director of Equality North Carolina, adding that the current bill also would deny gays civil unions and domestic partnerships. Mitchell Gold, the founder of Faith in America, argued that marriage, far from being a fixed institution, has evolved. Women were once considered the property of their husbands, and blacks and whites were not legally allowed to marry in some states until 1967. Rally speakers portrayed a state in imminent danger of legalizing gay marriage. “We’re one bad court decision away from same-sex marriage,” warned Tami L. Fitzgerald, executive director of NC4Marriage. Speakers pointed out that 30 states have already passed constitutional amendments and that North Carolina is the only state in the South without such a measure. Sen. Jim Jacumin, a Republican representing Burke and Caldwell counties and one of the co-sponsors of the bill, read most of Genesis 2, the biblical passage in which woman is created out of Adam’s rib to be his “helper.” Kim Cooley of Raleigh said she felt so passionate about the issue she just had to come. “We need to tell our government,” she said, “the basic structure of society needs a biblical framework.” email and tel: yonat.shimron@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4891

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N.C. Democrats block vote on marriage amendment Associated Press RALEIGH, NC - Thousands of Christian conservatives have rallied outside the North Carolina Legislature demanding a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex “marriage.” But Democrats who control the Legislature are keeping the issue off the ballot. After the protesters numbering at least 3,000 by police estimate ended their rally in near-freezing temperatures, Democratic leaders in the House required that a marriage amendment bill co-sponsored by 66 of the chamber’s 120 members go through four committees before floor debate can begin. That is an unheard number of committees for any bill in the Legislature. And a similar Senate bill was sent last week to a committee that has not met in years.

Civitas Poll: Only half of voters know who controls N.C. General Assembly From The Red Clay Citizen This month we revised a series of questions from our July 2008 poll where we tested voters if they knew which party control various branches of government: Congress, Governor, NC House and NC Senate. The good news, the numbers are getting better. The bad news, it's still pretty bad. Which party controls Congress? Democratic - 77% (+26 from July 2008) Republican - 9% (-10) Not Sure - 14% (-16) Perdue's election provided some increased recognition about who is in control, but still 3 out of 10 voters don't know either that she's a Democrat or the Democrats are in charge. NC House Democratic - 50% (+1) Republican - 11% (-6) Not Sure - 39% (+4) Only half of voters know the Democrats are in control. If you figure that the 11percent of people who said Republican, guessed and got in wrong, an equal number probably guessed and got it right, so the real percentage of voters who know the Democrats are in charge is closer to 40%. NC Senate Democratic - 50% (+10) Republican - 12% (-3) Not Sure - 37% (-7) So it's gotten considerably better in the Senate, an increase of 10 points since July, but still only half got it right. And remember, we poll people who have voted in at least 1 of the last 3 General Elections, so it's not like we're randomly sampling the population here, these are actual voters who don't know what's going on. Is it that people don't pay attention to the NC General Assembly, the media does a poor job of covering it? Or a bit of both?


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Humorous history 1. Lincoln placed his hand on the Bible for his inauguration. Obama used the same Bible. 2. Lincoln came from Illinois . Obama comes from Illinois . 3. Lincoln served in the Illinois Legislature. Obama served in the Illinois Legislature. 4. Lincoln had very little experience before becoming President. Obama had very little experience before becoming President. 5. Lincoln rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration. Obama rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration. 6. Lincoln was a skinny lawyer. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 7. Lincoln was a Republican. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 8. Lincoln was highly respected. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 9. Lincoln was born in the United States . Obama is a skinny lawyer. 10. Lincoln was called Honest Abe. Obama is a skinny lawyer.

World Currency Continued from page 1 yen and sterling. Beijing has the backing of Russia and a clutch of emerging powers in Asia and Latin America. Economists have toyed with such schemes before but the issue has vaulted to the top of the political agenda as creditor states around the world takes fright at the extreme measures now being adopted by the Federal Reserve, especially the decision to buy US government debt directly with printed money. Mr Bloom said the US is discovering that the sensitivities of creditors cannot be ignored. “China holds almost 30pc of the world’s entire reserves. What they say matters,” he said. Mr Geithner’s friendly comments about the SDR plan seem intended to soothe Chinese feelings after a spat in January over alleged currency manipulation by Beijing, but he will now have to explain his own categorical assurance to Congress on Tuesday that he would not countenance any moves towards a world currency.

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Church and State Writer finds Koran’s view of race incomparable with teachings of Christianity By J. Grant Swank, Jr. Allah dictated via the Koran that a black person’s heart is grosser than a donkey’s. Consider the racist underpinnings of Islam and weep. Then compare Allah’s words with Christ’s words. Christ told His disciples that love toward all is the second commandment. The first commandment is to love God with all one’s being. The Koran reads: Ishaq: 243 “I heard the Apostle say: ‘Whoever wants to see Satan should look at Nabtal!’ “He was a black man with long flowing hair, inflamed eyes, and dark ruddy cheeks.. . . “Allah sent down concerning him: ‘To those who annoy the Prophet there is a painful punishment.’ “[Surah 9:61] Gabriel came to Muhammad and said, ‘If a black man comes to you his heart is more gross than a donkey’s.’” The Bible declares that with God there is no partiality. There is no prejudice toward one group and against another. Certainly down through church history there have been those who have prostituted the Bible by quoting Scripture while acting out a mean bias against others. There have been those prejudicial “Christians” who have played the hypocrite. However, one must get past those demented fabrications to the pure Word of God, particularly as incarnated in Christ. Christ died for all, regardless of color or any other description. Christ confronted, for instance, the prejudice leveled against the females of His day by lifting the female into her rightful place. When Christ met the woman from Samaria at Jacob’s well, He spoke to her, inviting her to drink the everlasting water, thus redeeming her soul. Jews at that time considered Samaritans half-breeds. There was also little regard for women. Christ sliced through both prejudicial layers by talking to a woman who was Samaritan. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). That “everyone” includes all colors, all languages and cultures—everyone, just as the Word proclaims it. The apostle Paul wrote to the Early Church that all persons were welcome to God’s grace. In Christ, we are all one, he penned. Islam is prejudicial, not only against blacks, but against all mortals who are not Muslim, so prejudicial that all non-Islamics are to be slain. Islam is a killing cult by its own so-called “holy writ.” Allah is Satan, the Koran scribed by demons and mosques covens. Christianity is the true faith, the Bible being the Word of the Eternal God, Christ being the only Savior for a repentant humanity. Today’s globe is caught in the vice of a spiritual war between Allah and Christ, between the Bible and the Koran, between the Lie and the Truth. These are the pretribulation days in which the Lie will rise as the great power. However, the Lie will be overthrown by the Truth for the Truth is the Person Christ who stated: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” © Copyright 2009 by MichNews.com Website Note: Views expressed by individual authors and/or sources do not necessarily reflect those of MichNews.com.

Conservatives told faith in God must remain the focus Jim Brown OneNewsNow WASHINGTON - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty says faith in God should be at the “forefront of the values, principles and issues” of the conservative movement. The two-term Governor assured grassroots activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington that reports of the demise of the conservative movement are “greatly exaggerated,” noting the spirit and principles of Ronald Reagan were “alive and well” at the event. He urged the audience to not just talk about the principles they believe in but also why they believe in them.”It all starts with acknowledging that God is our Creator and it is from God that we receive our values and principles. ”Pawlenty noted that the freedom of religion protections in the U.S. Constitution were “designed to protect people of faith from government not government from people of faith.”

Jordan, Tabor Continued from page 1 which the United Nations has undermined not only the concept of national sovereignty, but has compromised the sovereignty of the United States itself. Tabor argues that the U.N. poses not only a threat to the nation’s soverignty but to its security as well. Tabor is an founding member of The Faith, Family, Freedom Alliance in North Carolina, an organization whose vision is to stimulate the awareness of the core Judeo-Christian topics of faith, family, and freedom through education, engagement and organization. One of its core tenents is that the health of our society depends on the primacy of the family unit. In a recent presentation at the Forsyth GOP noon luncheon meeting, both Jordan and Tabor stressed the importance of strengthening the local party while adhering to Ronald Reagan’s “11th commandment” to speak no evil of any dedicated Republican supporter. “I’m not so big on comprise when it comes to my ideals and principles,” Jordan told local Republicans. “We need to stop trying to cut coalitions out of people who don’t agree with us.” Tabor agrees, saying the party needs to consolidate its organizations and end the in-fighting that sometimes takes place among party factions.


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U.S. senator wants the Fed to name its loan recipients

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Remillard, Bryan seek post as Forsyth GOP vice-chair

Pat A. Bryan and Cherona T. Remillard have announced their candidacy for the office of vice-chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party at the WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) - A U.S. senator berated Federal Reserve March 28 county convention. Chairman Ben Bernanke for refusing to name banks that borrow from the central Bryan cites her experience “as a leader in the business sector, church bank and introduced legislation that would require public disclosure. involvement and the Forsyth County Republican Women’s Club. Her bio In a testy exchange at a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee, Vermont will be available at the convention for those interested in more of her backSen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who usually votes with the Democrats, said he ground. found it “unacceptable” that the central bank risked taxpayer money without detailCherona Remillard has served the local party as secretary, events chairing where the funds went. man, precinct judge and precinct vice-chairman. She has also workd on sev“My question to you is, will you tell the American people to whom you lent eral several county campaigns.and awas county co-chairman for Elizabeth $2.2 trillion of their dollars?” Sanders asked, referring to the size of the Fed’s balDole in 2008. ance sheet. She has been a pharmacy retail manager for 17 years and was the winBernanke responded that the Fed explains the various lending programs on its ner of the Paragon Award in 2007, an award given for Manager of the Year at website, and details the terms and collateral requirements. 170 stores. When Sanders pressed on whether Bernanke would name the firms that borRemillard is a graduate of High Point University with a B.A. degree in rowed from the Fed, the central bank chairman replied, “No,” and started to say that Education and is a certified pharmacy technician. doing so risked stigmatizing banks and discouraging them from borrowing from the “We as Republicans have to work together to advance the party. I have central bank. the knowledge and experience to pull this party together and make a differ“Isn’t that too bad,” Sanders interrupted, cutting him off. “They took the money ence in 2010. We need to take every election and get our Republicans elected but they don’t want to be public about the fact that they received it.” to office. We need to put petty differences aside and get these folks elected, According to the text of the proposed legislation, e-mailed by Sanders’ staff, “ she said in a recent letter to Forsyth GOP officials. he wants the central bank to identify any firm that has received financial assistance “I pledge to you that we may not always agree on every issue, but we are since March 24, 2008, including details on the type of borrowing, amount, date, all working for the same goals. We need to keep that in mind as we do the terms and the Fed’s rationale for lending. business of the party,” she added. Sanders wants the Fed to publish those details on its website and update them at least every 30 days. At the hearing, the senator said businesses in his state were in trouble and needed loans, but were not permitted to borrow from the Fed. “Do you have to be a large, greedy, reckless financial institution to apply for this money?” he asked. Bernanke said the Fed’s lending programs were not gifts or subsidies but rather over-collateralized loans. He said the law restricted the types of firms to which the central bank can lend. “We have never lost a penny doing it,” he said. From MyNCGOP.com Sanders responded: “Let me just say this, Mr. Chairman. I have a hard time understanding how you have put $2.2 trillion at risk without making those names Raleigh--Governor Beverly Perdue filled out her newly created Budget Reavailable, those institutions public.” form and Accountability Commission with longtime political insiders and campaign “It is unacceptable to me that that this goes on,” he added. donors, including a former budget advisor to Governor Easley and a former chief of staff to Senate Leader Marc Basnight. She had already appointed former cabinet members Norris Tolson and Hilda Pinnix-Ragland to head the panel. Chairman Linda Daves, North Carolina Republican Party, made the following statement regarding the appointments: "Governor Perdue has appointed not one solitary Republican to a commission designed to find ways to cut the state's budget although we have been offering ideas to do just that for years. That comes as no surprise. Bipartisanship is dead on arrival in Raleigh under years of Democrat control of state government. However, more egregious than Governor Perdue's refusal to listen to good ideas from both sides is that she has actually appointed the very people responsible for growing the size of state government to unsustainable levels over the last decade to now be entrusted with fixing the problems they themselves created. Her proposed solution is not only asinine, it's incredible. What's next? Will Governor Perdue appoint Jim Black to head a new Ethics in Lobbying Commission?"

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Around the Nation Obama plan to hike taxes meets fierce opposition AP News President Barack Obama’s call to raise taxes on high earners and greenhouse gas polluters met fierce opposition Tuesday from congressional Republicans and also a few Democrats. “I would never want to adversely affect anything that is charitable or good,” Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said of Obama’s call to limit high-income taxpayers’ itemized deductions for charitable donations and mortgage interest. Republicans said the president’s plan to charge fees to industries that spew greenhouse gases amounts to a stealthy tax increase for all Americans that will far exceed the new $400 annual tax cut for workers that he wants to extend beyond 2010. “The president’s budget increases taxes on every American, and does so during a recession,” said Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner argued that the Obama proposal would reduce taxes for most Americans. Any increases, he said, wouldn’t occur until 2011, when the economy is “safely into recovery.” Geithner said Obama’s plan would cut income taxes for 95 percent of families and 97 percent of small businesses. Raising taxes on couples that make more than $250,000 would make the tax system more equitable, restoring the balance that existed before a series of tax cuts were enacted under former President George W. Bush, he said. “This budget targets tax relief to families that have lost ground the past eight years,” Geithner said. Geithner and White House Budget Director Peter Orszag testified at separate congressional hearings Tuesday, giving lawmakers their first opportunity to publicly question administration officials about Obama’s spending plan. Questioning was pretty much along party lines. Democrats for the most part praised Obama’s proposal. “It is making the tax code more fair,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., told Geithner. But the Treasury secretary acknowledged that consumers could face higher electric bills because Obama would impose fees on greenhouse gas producers, including power plants that burn fossil fuels, by auctioning off carbon pollution permits. The goal is to reduce the emissions blamed for global warming while raising a projected $646 billion over 10 years. “Now, if people don’t change how they use energy, then they will face higher costs for energy,” Geithner said. Most of the $646 billion from the pollution fees would be used to pay for Obama’s tax credit, which provides up to $400 a year to individuals and $800 a year to couples. The plan also would raise money for clean-fuel technologies, such as solar and wind power. Geithner also said the administration plans to unveil a series of proposals in the coming months to limit the ability of international companies to avoid U.S. taxes.

‘A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.’ Thomas Jefferson

Everyone loses in new cap-and-trade system Pete Chagnon OneNewsNow A senior policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation says the new cap-andtrade legislation being debated on Capitol Hill is more aggressive than the cap-andtrade bill defeated last year. Under the new cap-and-trade proposal, the Obama administration admits that energy prices will increase. Therefore President Obama has stated that he would be willing to cut taxes in order for consumers to deal with the rising costs. Ben Lieberman with The Heritage Foundation warns this new proposal takes a more aggressive approach to cap-and-trade. “The discussions now are about cap-and-trade bills that are even tougher, that ratchet-down energy use and eventually engage in energy rationing of the 85 percent of our energy that comes from fossil fuels — that’s coal, oil, and natural gas,” he explains. “So even tougher measures than The Heritage Foundation estimated would cost up to $5 trillion through 2030. The measures being discussed now are even more stringent than that.” Lieberman was asked if the tax cuts Obama is proposing will provide any real relief. “Yeah, well that’s a shell game. We raise energy costs, but the government, really through this de facto energy tax, creates revenues and then gives some of those revenues back,” he notes. “At the best you can expect to maybe get pennies on the dollar back in what you’ve already paid in the form of higher energy costs. So it’s not even a zero sum gain; it’s a shell game and we are all net losers — both

State Convention Information The 2009 NCGOP State Convention is being held in Raleigh, NC at the Raleigh Convention Center on June 12-14, 2009. To become a delegate or alternate to the state convention, you must first be elected as a delegate or alternate at your county convention. Dates for precinct meetings and county conventions are set by your county chairman, and dates for your district convention are set by your district party. For more information, email your county chairman or district chairman or view the NCGOP calendar of events.

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