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Sen. Cruz to Senate and House Leadership: End Ex-Im’s Corporate Welfare Program Forever

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Sen. Cruz to Senate and House Leadership: End Ex-Im’s Corporate Welfare Program Forever

“On June 30, Congress finally, finally, finally decided to let a wasteful spending program expire; let’s keep it that way”

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today hosted a press conference with conservative leaders calling on leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to ensure the Export-Import Bank remains expired and is not reauthorized on any future legislation Congress may consider.

Cruz was joined at the press conference by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Club for Growth President Dave McIntosh, Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, and Heritage Action Chief Operating Officer Tim Chapman.

A transcript of his opening statement is below:

“Good morning. It’s great to be here with friends in both the Senate and the House and with conservative leaders from across this country. We come here today initially to celebrate, to celebrate and to congratulate Congressional leadership in both the House and the Senate for a remarkable victory that occurred last month.

“On June 30, Congress finally, finally, finally decided to let a wasteful spending program expire. After 81 years, Congress decided to end one of the worst examples of corporate welfare: Washington could stop sending taxpayer monies to benefit wealthy contributors. And so, after 81 long years, the Export-Import Bank has expired.

“The Export-Import Bank is a classic example of cronyism. It is a classic example of corporate welfare. The Export-Import Bank puts taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in loans that go to foreign countries, loans that go to foreign corporations. Taxpayers are risking their dollars in order to benefit foreign countries and to benefit giant corporations.

“The majority of the benefits of the Export-Import Bank go to a handful of gigantic corporations. And the reason that this corporate welfare program has existed for 81 years is because of the operation of the Washington Cartel.

“What’s the Washington Cartel? It’s career politicians in both parties, Democrats and Republicans, who get in bed with lobbyists and special interests in Washington and loot the taxpayers to give it away to their big money contributors.

“You know, Democrats are fond of railing against big business, and yet just about every Democrat is lined up supporting the corporate welfare of the Export-Import Bank. Any Democrat that wants to give a passionate speech about how he or she is a populist, ought to be asked ‘Well, if you’re such a populist, why are you supporting risking billions of dollars of taxpayers’ monies to benefit a handful of giant corporations?’

“And then when it comes to Republicans, you know, in campaign seasons every Republican is a conservative. There are a lot of campaign conservatives in the United States Congress. Well, now is when push comes to shove, where we discover if people are merely campaign conservatives or they actually are going to be practicing conservatives, consistent conservatives.

“Two men can make this decision – John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. If John Boehner and Mitch McConnell stand up and say ‘we will simply do nothing’ – you know, if there’s one thing Congress is good at it’s doing nothing – John Boehner and Mitch McConnell say ‘we will simply not allow the Export-Import Bank to be reauthorized’ – that will ensure this corporate welfare program goes away for good.

“About a month ago, there was a great battle in Congress over TPA. House leadership insisted, Senate leadership insisted there was no corrupt deal. They’ve said: “We didn’t trade this [TPA] for a bunch of K Street lobbyists writing checks to members of congress on both sides.” That is great news – I salute that – for saying there is no corrupt deal. Now is the opportunity to prove it.

“If there is no corrupt deal, then Congressional leadership should stand with House conservatives, with Senate conservatives to say, ‘We mean what we say.’ And when we’re talking about welfare, conservatives start with helping people get off government dependency and back on their own feet. Then we need to start with getting giant corporations off the dependency of the government at the expense of the taxpayers.

“And by the way, the Export-Import Bank expired two weeks ago. You notice the sky hasn’t fallen. In fact, all of the people who are receiving these taxpayer benefits, these taxpayer guarantees, what are they doing? They’re now going to the private sector. They’re going to the private sector, they’re getting the loans in the private sector, it all works fine, but you know what? It’s easier, it’s cheaper to loot the federal purse and say, ‘Gosh, the taxpayers don’t require any accountability.’ The bribery, the corruption of the Export-Import Bank… enough is enough.

“I call upon Democrats. If you are a populist, if you mean the words you say on the campaign trail, stand up and say enough is enough for the corporate welfare.

“And I call on Republicans. If you’re more than a campaign conservative, if you are in fact a principled, constitution-believing, liberty-loving conservative, then stand up and act up.

“That’s what this group is here for right now. I recognize my good friend and colleague Senator Mike Lee, junior senator from Utah, and a stalwart lion in defense of the free markets.”

 

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ObamaCare Threw This Burn Victim Out Of The Hospital After 3 Days!

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The Federal Government cannot micromanage and nowhere is that made clearer than with ObamaCare.

Recently, John, a Floridian man visiting Tennessee was burned over 60% of his body. After 3 days he was sent home and without pain medication. Vanderbilt Hospital has since picked up the slack, but this story will horrify you!

If it happens to him, it can happen to anyone.

The Federal Government cannot micromanage and nowhere is that made clearer than with ObamaCare.

The man’s sister took to social media to plead for help after exhausting all other avenues. As of this writing the post had almost 10,000 shares and it is stated that Vanderbilt has stepped up to the plate and is now giving her brother the help he needs.

It should not take Facebook to get a burn victim the help he needs and before ObamaCare this would not have happened!

John’s sister posted on June 28th:

What’s worse then having 60% of your body burned from a fire? I’ll tell you…. Being forced from hospital because you have no insurance and released with zero pain meds.

Does anyone have any contacts with newscasters, tv stations, or anyone of importance that can help my brother????

My brother was burned over 60% of his body in Nashville 5 days ago. Because he has no Insurance and ObamaCare doesn’t really actually work, he was released, forced out of hospital, after 3 days and no pain meds. He is in excruciating pain and needs pain meds. Should be re-admitted. He is in Nashville. Please give feedback. Any at all will help. Thinking if a tv station did a story about him, he’d get re-admitted. He was released from Vanderbilt burn center….. After only 3 days! He has been sitting in lobby for 2 hrs this morning asking for pain meds but has been ignored. I am now on a mission to help.

After a LOT of shares via social media, on the 30th Jana commented:

Some good news today after our let down yesterday. Vanderbilt burn center called my brother and asked him to come in. They cleaned the burns/wounds and re-bandaged him and had him there for hours. They also gave him a script for a weeks worth of a strong pain killer to match the pain he is in!

The Federal Government cannot micromanage and nowhere is that made clearer than with ObamaCare.

On July 1st, she also commented:

Vanderbilt interventional pain clinic has accepted my brother into their program to treat him and he is now getting exceptional treatment from them. Thank you Vanderbilt for stepping up! All the posts and shares have worked and helped! So grateful that spreading the word has brought him the care he needed and deserved!

This whole mess would have been solved if we did not have the federal government messing around where they do not belong. We have watched the quality of healthcare deteriorate for years now under ObamaCare and the prices go up!

Just let the Doctors be Doctors. The ObamaCare horror stories are rampant and the warnings were made before!

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Florida School Ditches Common Core – Soars To Number One!

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You can’t really argue with the evidence on this one. We all know Common Core is a complete disaster. Frustrated parents and underachieving kids everywhere need relief from this monstrosity. Common Core was pushed on states by the Obama administration (you know, he’s from Chicago and they have stellar schools, not!) and the majority of states adopted it, and have been implementing it since 2009.

The Common Core State Standards are “a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in Language Arts and Mathematics at each grade level so they can be prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.”  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?  Who doesn’t want to succeed in life? Sign me up!

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Except, instead, it seems to be producing students who can’t even succeed in putting together a cohesive sentence, much less in passing state tests. Enter charter schools – publicly funded, but independent schools that have the freedom to choose their own curriculum and teaching methods, unlike general public schools.

Charter schools are tuition free and are not affiliated with any religious background.  They are simply alternative choices for those who find their public schools lacking.  Charter schools often have extensive wait lists which shows how bad parents want alternative educational opportunities for their children.  Thankfully, President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos are both big proponents of school choice and charter schools.

Perhaps you’ve seen examples of Common Core work like these provided by National Review  that demonstrate how Common Core takes simple problems and unnecessarily complicates them to the point where parents can’t even help their children do their homework without pulling their hair out!  It’s no wonder that kids exposed to Common Core are not excelling as they could be.  When parents can’t even help their 3rd grader do math homework, something is seriously wrong.  As Trump would say:  sad! It’s no wonder parents are looking for alternatives.

Here we have solid evidence of a charter school that abandoned Common Core and produced incredible results. This charter school proves that “back to basics” teaching obliterates Common Core methods.

H/T:  Your News Wire reports that a Naples, Florida charter school, Mason Classical Academy, proves that Common Core simply doesn’t produce the results of more traditional teaching methods. Mason Classical Academy rejected Common Core and is instead using good old fashioned phonics and traditional math to prepare its students for the future and their success is “YUGE”.

Fifth graders at MCA score in the top 1% of the state on English Language Arts (ELA). Third graders excelled as well with 90% of students displaying proficiency compared to 58% county wide (which mostly relies on Common Core methodology). If you think that’s bad, consider that California third graders are at 43% and in Baltimore there are six districts in which not a single student is proficient in ELA or Math! Not a single student!

Unfortunately, not all students have access to charter schools (in 2014, approximately 5% of public school students were enrolled in charter schools nationwide) like Mason Classical Academy and have no choice but to learn with Common Core.

President Trump has been clear in his opposition to Common Core, saying “I am totally against Common Core” and “obviously Common Core doesn’t work.”

But it is unclear, so far, what he and Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, plan to do to get rid of it. Areas without charter schools could benefit from vouchers that can assist parents in sending their kids to private schools, many of which teach using traditional methods.  Perhaps more success stories like MCA will make their way to the powers that be and we will see a return to sanity in our schools soon.

Make no mistake – Common Core is an experiment gone horribly bad. It’s too bad so many kids have already been robbed of a solid education because of this ridiculous curriculum. Hopefully, as evidence mounts from more schools like Mason Classical Academy, Common Core will quickly meet its end and charter schools and school vouchers will offer more choices to those stuck in the public school system.

In the meantime, if you visit Baltimore, you might want to speak slower and in short sentences.

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