NOTE: This post was written by AGU-IL State Coordinator Whitney Pitcher. The post was originally published at Illinois4Palin. Last week Whitney wrote about President Obama’s Anti Keystone Cronies. The two pieces go hand in hand, each containing vital resources (no pun intended…well…maybe a little), facts, statistics, and fully documented truths about what is happening in our country with (anti) energy. You may want to save these pieces for dealing with the Darryl Hannah‘s, the Matt Damon‘s, and the other anti energy independence environmentally fact challenged people.
Illinois often doesn’t seem to produce much more than corrupt politicians,but behind the graft and crime, Illinois ranks 11th in energy production in the country. According to the Energy Information Administration, Illinois produces more nuclear energy and ethanol than any other state in the country. Beyond the reactors and car booze, Illinois runs in the middle of the pack (twenty-sixth) when it comes to development of natural gas. That could change with the new technology that is booming in places like Texas and Pennsylvania –fracking.
In December, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce released a study indicating that fracking for natural gas could has much as a nearly ten billion dollar economic impact and bring tens of thousands of jobs to southern Illinois. Fracking has yet to be even tested in the New Albany shale of southern Illinois, but the Chamber hopes that their research will provide the necessary impetus to move things forward legislatively. The study evaluated drilling costs, but not specifically the cost of regulations, royalties or taxes, nor did it assess any oil that may be present in the shale.
A few months ago, a southern Illinois Democratic legislator, energy developers, and environmental groups sat down to draft a plan that would aim to appease all involved:
After years of clashing over the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the oil industry and environmentalists have achieved something extraordinary in Illinois: They sat down together to draft regulations both sides could live with.
If approved by lawmakers, participants say, the rules would be the nation’s strictest. The Illinois model might also offer a template to other states seeking to carve out a middle ground between energy companies that would like free rein and environmental groups that want to ban the practice entirely.
The Natural Resources Defense Council supported a failed attempt at a fracking moratorium last year. So with lawmakers clearly ready to allow fracking in southern Illinois, the NRDC wanted to ensure there were significant safeguards, including making drillers liable for water pollution, requiring them to disclose the chemicals used and enabling residents to sue for damages.
“One of the positive things here has been the table to which a wide range of interests have come … to address the risks in an adult way,” said Henry Henderson, director of the NRDC’s Midwest office. “We have gotten over the frustrating chasm of ‘Are you for the environment or for the economy?’ That is an empty staring contest.”
Negotiations took place over four or five months, primarily at the Statehouse in meetings led by state Rep. John Bradley, a Democrat who lives in the area where fracking would occur, participants said.
Bradley whittled negotiators down to a core group — four from industry, four from environmental groups, plus representatives from the attorney general’s and governor’s offices, regulatory agencies and lawmakers, said Mark Denzler, vice president of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.
That group was pared even further for the toughest negotiations, which included discussions with outside technical experts on complicated issues, said Ann Alexander, an NRDC senior attorney.
“I won’t say there weren’t times that voices got raised a little bit, but … it’s a very good model of cooperation,” Alexander said. “It beats the (typical) model of having drafts furtively circulating … or emerging at the last minute when nobody has had a chance to read them.”
A bill with robust bipartisan support is currently being discussed in committee the Illinois House. The bill has extensive regulatory provisions on permitting , environmental restrictions and liability, and transparency of development. Governor Quinn has even voiced is support for fracking in his budget speech onWednesday.
The bill still needs to pass through committee, the House as a whole, and the Senate before arriving at the Governor’s desk. To be sure, the bill does includes rather strict regulation that will impact producers. However, it has the potential to produce clean natural gas and provide jobs for many–something that states like with fracking moratoriums, like New York, have yet to do. For a state known for ineptness, this could be a small step in the right direction.
If you missed President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, you didn’t miss much – especially if you watched any of his past four State of the Union addresses.
We heard the same recycled rhetoric, and we heard his Orwellian declaration that the cornucopia of new federal programs he proposed, as well as his intention to eradicate world poverty, wouldn’t “increase our deficit by a single dime.”
Of course, he glossed over the inconvenient facts. He boasted about job creation, but didn’t mention that real unemployment is higher today than when he took office. He touted all those still undiscovered “clean energy” jobs without mentioning the tens of thousands of real jobs the Keystone Pipeline will create if he would simply allow it to be built. He sang of new energy development, but didn’t mention that new offshore leases for oil and natural gas drilling have declined a decimating 61% under his administration.
He talked about “helping” to build “a thriving middle class,” but didn’t address how the middle class is actually faring under his economic stewardship. This is important – his deception must be addressed: under his leadership, middle class families have seen the average price per gallon of gas increase 96%, the average cost of family health care premiums rise 24%, the annual cost per household from federal regulations rise to over $15,000, and real median household income decline $4,520. If this is what happens when he “helps” the middle class, then please, Mr. President, we implore you to stop “helping” us.
He talked about a “balanced approach to deficit reduction” without mentioning that $5.9 trillion has already been added to the debt since he took office. We’re $16.5 trillion in debt and he keeps digging the hole deeper! He didn’t mention his record trillion dollar deficits or the fact that his last proposed budget would add $9.2 trillion to the debt through 2022. His Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget in four years. That’s obviously not “responsible” or “balanced.” He said, “We can’t cut our way to prosperity.” Well, we definitely can’t get there by borrowing and spending money we don’t have on his “investments” that don’t work. If indiscriminately borrowing and spending money led to prosperity, then bankruptcy would be a sign of economic strength. But it isn’t.
A State of the Union address should give us a true picture of the direction in which we are headed. But we didn’t get the truth last night. And it WAS Orwellian.
What is the true state of our union? Though this may sound harsh, I’ll speak the truth here. We are a country going bankrupt to fund a bloated, distant, and often corrupt federal government led by venal politicians more concerned with paying off their campaign cronies and consolidating their own power than in preserving the constitutional republic that so many have fought and died for (including our brave men and women in uniform who were barely mentioned last night).
We are a country with an economy being stifled under the weight of a bankrupt and voracious federal machine demanding more taxes and burdensome regulations. Job creators are the ones stuck with the bill when Obama calls for “new revenue.” Their businesses bear the brunt of the nearly 87 million paperwork hours imposed by federal regulations in 2012 – annually costing them $1.75 trillion. And I haven’t even mentioned Obamacare yet, which looms like the dark cloud it is over our private sector. Is it any wonder why our economy is stagnant or why job growth is so anemic? President Obama’s “solution” to these problems is to make the federal government more intrusive, bankrupt, and controlling.
If we continue down the path Barack Obama has us on, the long-term forecast of the state of our union is not a pretty picture. Yet he merrily rolls along it, deceiving too many Americans into thinking that these are intelligent, economic, and ethical proposals.
Our President wasn’t candid with Americans about our forecast, but, interestingly, in a Q&A session last week, Paul Krugman, one of President Obama’s economic cheerleaders at the New York Times, was remarkably candid about where we’re headed.
When asked about our federal debt, he admitted that “eventually we do have a problem” especially because “the population is getting older” and “health care costs are rising.” So, what does he see as the solution to pay for all this? He admits that your taxes will rise. And worse:
“Surely in the end it will require some middle class taxes as well. We won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes, not a huge one, but some increase in taxes on the middle class, maybe a value added tax. And we’re also going to have to make decisions about health care – not pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits. So, the snarky version I use, which I shouldn’t even say because it gets me in trouble, is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.” (But wait, I thought there’d be no such thing as “death panels,” liberal liars?)
Mr. Krugman tried to portray this brave new world in the gentlest possible light, but it’s going to take quite a lot of “sales taxes” to meet the payments on the ever-increasing multi-trillion dollar debt we’re burying our kids and grandkids under. And with health care costs rising under Obamacare, obviously a lot of care will be rationed and even flat out denied by panels of faceless bureaucrats making life and death decisions for you and your loved ones. This is the long-term forecast for the state of America under Obama’s failed policies: middle class taxes and death panels.
Does that sound good to you? It doesn’t to me. So, we better get motivated to do something about it. We’d better get out of our post-election funk and wake up to the radicals’ reality being created as America gets “fundamentally transformed.”
Here’s the good news: President Obama is in many ways a lame duck president. None of his ridiculous ideas will come to pass via the legislative process. Of course, he may try to force them down America’s throat by imposing them through other means. But they can be undone if the right people are in position to undo them. He is very bold right now – some would say cocky – because of his November win, but there is another election around the corner, and we can check his boldness at the ballot box by electing constitutional conservatives. We must continue to affirm the fact that growing our bankrupt federal government is NOT the solution. Most of what the federal government does could be handled better on the individual, local, and state levels.
Our country didn’t weather a Revolution, two World Wars, a Civil War, a Great Depression, and countless other political and economic storms, just to be sunk by the dangerous policies of this current administration. We’re stronger than this. As President Reagan said, “I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”
So, do something. 2014 is just around the corner. Get motivated! Get organized. America, don’t retreat. In the words of yet another White House program, “Let’s move.”
Magdalena Segieda, director of FrackNation is on The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla! Along with Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, Segieda has created a film that exposes green extremists and delivers the truth about fracking. A truth that has been suppressed by environmental activists. FrackNation was funded by contributions from citizens. All funds from oil and gas companies or their executives were rejected. Tune in to hear about this important project. Also, Sarah Palin offers some words of encouragement to a nation that could certainly use some. Plus, SarahNET Radio’s Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary with Sarah Steelman is featured.
How Fracking is Done
Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a procedure by which water is pumped under high pressure to a shale formation, cracking it, and releasing natural gas trapped underneath. First, vertical drilling is done in the conventional manner up to a mile beneath the earth’s surface. After the vertical hole is drilled, shafts may be drilled at an angle. Then, water with additives is pumped down the hole fracture the shale and release the gas.
FrackNation Directors Repel Attacks, Lawsuits
Segieda said co-director Phelim McAleer has asked environmentalists tough questions about fracking and they responded with attacks, lawsuits, and “privacy complaints” — even though they are public figures in the “progressive” environmentalist movement. She said motives vary. Some have a vested financial interest or base their livelihood on promoting their agenda. Others do it for personal fulfillment.
This Fracking Boom…
Segieda said people tend to “look at the consequences of fracking,” but never look at the consequences of not doing it. She said not fracking would be very dangerous to jobs and the economy. “This fracking boom is reviving some of the most impoverished communities across the US.” She continued, “but the bottom line is the truth,” and FrackNation gets to the truth and myth-busts the lies told by anti-fracking activists.
FrackNation Produced on Citizen Contributions
FrackNation was produced from citizen contributions via all-or-nothing crowd-funding on Kickstarter. The producers did not accept contributions from oil or gas companies, or their executives. Scholla noted that an anti-fracking movie featuring Matt Damon is tanking, but Hollywood stars have huge name recognition and virtually limitless financing compared to an independent film such as FrackNation. Damon’s movie is funded by an OPEC state. Domestic fracking would cut into Abu Dubai’s export business.
Segieda comes from Poland and said she learned early on to never take anything for granted. Americans born and raised here tend to be complacent. She supports former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s positions on energy and resource development and said people from outside Alaska should not be interfering in how the state develops its resources.
FrackNation aired Tuesday, January 22, 2012 on Access TV. Re-airings may be DVR’ed.
Sarah Steelman: Business as Usual in Washington, D.C.
“Our fiscal health and our national security are at risk, and yet nothing changes. How about this instead? Imagine Obama, Reid, McConnell and Boehner standing together announcing that they were going to sit down together, roll up their sleeves and get to work by hammering out a budget for next year that begins to reduce spending and our deficit — and they won’t quit until it’s done. That would be a small step in the right direction and that is what they are supposed to be doing in the first place,” Sarah Steelman said. The Senate has not passed any budget — not even an unbalanced one, let alone a balanced one — in over 1,000 days and does not seem likely to anytime soon.
Complete Audio Transcript of Interview with Magdalena Segieda
Downloadable Audio Transcript of Interview with Magdalena Segieda
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today posted this Status Update on Facebook:
A vote for Obama is a vote to continue the failed policies of the past that have made us more reliant on foreign oil and the foreign regimes that supply it. Our energy policies affect so many areas of our lives, including where we send our sons and daughters to war. Our dependency on foreign regimes to supply our oil has enriched them and helped them subsidize terrorist activities. They have used our dependence on their oil as a weapon against us. There is no need for this when we have the resources here. No American should ever worry (rightly or wrongly) that our troops are in a war zone to protect oil interests. A more energy independent America will be a more prosperous and peaceful America.
In the past few days, gasoline prices in California have gone up tremendously, and shortages have even occurred in some areas. Prices twice hit an all time high this weekend with the average price being $4.66 a gallon with some paying upwards of $6.65. There was a thirteen cent jump in prices overnight on Saturday. In August, a similar thing happened here in the Midwest. Gas prices jumped thirty cents per gallon in just one day in Springfield, Illinois. Neither of incidences occurred because of unrest in the Middle East, a hurricane in the Gulf, monetary policies, nor speculator shenanigans. What would have caused such a big jump in price?
In both of these situations, drastic price jumps occurred because problems with oil refineries and regulations applied to refineries.
The Midwest has seen a confluence of freak problems during the past few weeks that have tightened supplies and pushed prices. An Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline that transports crude from Superior, Wis., to Chicago-area refineries ruptured July 27, spraying about 50,400 gallons of crude into a southern Wisconsin field.
It was Enbridge’s second break in the region in just more than two years — an Enbridge pipeline broke in Marshall, Mich., in July 2010, spilling 840,000 gallons — and federal officials have barred the company from re-opening the Wisconsin line until it submits a re-start plan. A company spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking an update on the plan Friday.
Meanwhile, equipment problems have closed parts of refineries in Whiting, Lemont, Ill., and Wood River, Ill., said Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com.
No refineries have been built in America since 1976. While the refineries still in production have become more and more efficient in recent years, they also have become more and more scarce. Between 1981 and 2006, the number of refineries was more than cut in half from 324 to 149. Part of the reason for this drop is due the impact regulations have caused making it uneconomic for companies to keep refineries open. Refineries in Pennsylvania closed this past spring due in part to the fact that regulations made up roughly fifteen percent of their budget.A March 2011 report from the Department of Energy showed that federal regulations played a significant role in the closing of 66 refineries over the past 20 years. With fewer refineries in production, when a problem occurs with one, such as happened with fires and pipeline problems in California and the Midwest, it has a larger impact on region the refineries service.
With both California and the Midwest, specific regulatory problems occur as well. In California, the mandated use of boutique fuels (fuels for different times of the year) mean that refineries have to shift production which can cause changes to prices in the weeks leading up to that shift, as was mentioned with the cost increase this weekend. In the Midwest, ethanol reformulations mean that fuel has to be blended at the storage facility as the addition of ethanol makes the fuel too corrosive to be added at the refinery. Additionally, the EPA is fining refineries for not producing a certain blend of ethanol that doesn’t exist commercially! Whether it’s state or local regulations such as in California or national regulation that impact certain regions more directly, regulations have the potential to put a strain on the refineries that have withstood the burden of regulation.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle pay lip service to a “all of the above” approach to energy, but do they mean it? Domestic energy production is at a 16 year high, in many ways in spite of the President’s policies. New drilling technologies in states like North Dakota has lead to massive amounts of production on private lands, but greenies have tried to create non-existent problems with the fracking process (with the backing of oil-rich Middle Eastern countries). Meanwhile, fossil fuel development on public lands is at its lowest point since 2003, and the Obama administration has cut off access to millions of acres in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. Their supposed “all of the above” approach really is a none-of-the-below (oil, natural gas, and coal) approach and certainly doesn’t include above the Arctic circle. At the same time, while many Republicans are more favorable to development of oil, gas, and coal, they often back ethanol fuel mandates and fuel standards that have burdened refineries. An all-of-the-above approach must include the entire process of development.This is what Governor Palin spoke of in her speech in Indianola, Iowa in September of 2011 when she mentioned not only the need for energy production leading to jobs and security, but also refinement of that energy. Policies need to be put in place (or removed, as it were) to enable energy to be produced and refined so that regulations are not burdensome on producers, but also aren’t subsequently burdensome on consumers and their wallets.
This week on The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla: Spreading the Love in Utah! Congressional candidate Mia Love is Kevin’s guest! Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants and mayor of Saratoga Springs is looking to unseat a liberal incumbent in The Beehive State. Also, Wisconsin voters come through and Governor Palin congratulates them for keeping Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch in office. Plus, Sarah Palin gets set to keynote the RightOnline conference in Las Vegas, a Greta blog gets the Gov’s attention, and remembering D-Day. It’s all on SarahNET Radio! TUNE IN NOW!
Running for Her Children’s Future
Love said she is running in Utah’s newly created Fourth Congressional District, because of our trillion-dollar deficit spending, $16 trillion in debt, and “our economy is going down the tubes.” Love is a an American Grizzlies United-supported candidate. Scholla said, that some people believe her opponent has every reason to be afraid of her. Love said she can and will win in November; her campaign is working very hard to get its message out. “We certainly are in touch with what’s going on in the district and the issues that are facing us now,” she said.
Scholla asked if UT-4 born out of redistricting “presents any special challenges.” Love answered, “You know, it’s an R+9 to an R+13…we believe that we will do well. I believe we’re trying to get out the message. The people will hear our concern about fiscal discipline, limited government, personal responsibility, and that’s what I’m laser-focused on. We have to try to do what we can to get this economy back on its feet.”
“Some national figures have voiced support for you. Has that provided a nice boost?” Scholla asked. “Well, it always helps…to get people that support you that say ‘yes we need her help to get the job done.’ Again, the thing that we’re focused on is the economy, energy independence, all the things that’s going to boost what we believe is important here in the Fourth District and in our country and that’s preserving the American Dream,” Love said.
Mia Love’s Commonalities with Gov. Palin
“Now, you know Mayor, the Palin comparisons have been pouring in. Not only are you both avid runners, mayors, moms, conservatives, I’ve even heard some go so far as to say that if you win this thing in November, a little Palin-Love 2016, but that is as far with the generic comparisons. How does that hit you being compared with Gov. Palin,” Scholla asked.
“It’s interesting, because we are…both mothers, we work where the rubber meets the road, and that’s where…we need to focus. We have some issues and we need to start letting the American people know that the hope and the change we’re looking for lies in the people, not in federal government. The thing that drives me more than anything is the fact that my children will inherit this debt. My children have all these dreams. We have to do everything we can to preserve these opportunities to reach those dreams and right now, it’s looking grim. For the first time in our history, we’re looking at our children inheriting a country that’s less prosperous than the one we had. To me, that’s completely unacceptable, so as a parent, I’m doing everything I can to preserve the future of my children, the children of the Fourth District and children all over the United States,” Love said.
Mia Love a Trail Blazer
Scholla said he operates SarahNET Radio and backs Gov. Palin because he wants to give his children a better future. “You’re already a GOP trailblazer like Palin. She was the first GOP woman on a national ticket, you’re the first black woman mayor in Utah. That’s good stuff,” Scholla said.
“Well, we’re not focused on the race or the gender issue. We’re doing everything we possibly can to just get the message out and make sure we leave polices in place that will create upward movement in the economy. I’m just doing what I can to bring real hope and real change and that is the ability to go out and work and keep a little bit of what you’ve earned. The ability to have some say in education and educating your children. The ability to bring down the price of gas and go to and from wherever you want to go….there’s still a narrow window left to make sure this country does not go down the tubes,” Love said.
“We may not focus on it, but it drives the left nuts when we have a strong woman candidate, a strong minority candidate. They want to say, ‘listen, you’re not allowed to be out of that Democrat Party!’” Scholla said.
“We want to get people to come along with us. That’s what is important. All the people who said, ‘I need the federal government to do this for me’ or ‘I need federal government to provide for my family,’ or ‘I need federal government to educate my kids’ – we need to break those shackles. We need to say, ‘you know what? Hard work, education, thrift will take you far beyond what any federal government program can ever promise,’ and that’s the example I want to lead out there,” Love said.
Love has the backing of SBA List, which owns and operates Team Sarah. “I am a pro-lifer,” Love said. Scholla asked if that issue comes up in her Congressional run. “Certainly, in the race what we’re really focused on is the economy, however, my morals and what I teach in my home is we are pro-life. We value life, and we believe we should do everything we can to protect it. I mean, that’s our job. It’s an inalienable right – your right to life and property.”
Education Best Handled Locally
Scholla asked Love what she’d like to see happen with the Departments of Education and Energy. She said that under George W. Bush, and “No Child Left Behind,” the Department of Education extended its reach, and extended its budget by 69.5%, for which we got nothing. “We had teachers who have had handcuffs on and couldn’t teach in a way that’s really effective. I do believe we can do a better job,” Love said. She would rather see education handled at the municipal, county, and state levels.
Energy: Explore what we have Right Beneath our Feet
“I know Department of Energy is something Sarah Palin has a unique background on, being up in Alaska, close to some of our resources. What do you think of the situation there with the way energy issues are tackled with the current administration,” Scholla asked.
“Don’t let the President fool you. When we’re talking about drilling, it’s not new drilling. People are struggling. They’re having a hard time gassing up their cars and getting to work. Twenty three million Americans are either unemployed, under-employed, or just stopped looking for work….we need to allow the XL Pipeline to go through. We need to open up lands so we can drill. I’m not saying to not explore wind and solar. I believe we need to explore everything. I believe the private sector can do a good job doing it and if we allow the private sector to go in and explore, and be able to drill on some of these lands…I believe we would be more competitive on the global market. We would create jobs. We would not be dependent on countries that want to see us harmed. I don’t see any reason why we would not explore what we have right beneath our feet,” Love said.
Equal Opportunity for All, Not Equal Economics for All
“What about the Congressional Black Caucus? Are you going to get in there and have some fun with Lt. Col. Allen West,” Scholla asked. “Well, we’re going to get in there and we’re going to start promoting the things that we believe will heal America, and that is creating opportunity for all, not singling Americans out, making sure we are examples saying ‘you’re not going to be completely dependent on government.’” She said when money is brought into communities, that she would be against singling communities out. She said both Allen West and herself would “promote equal opportunity for all, not equal economics for all.”
“Going rogue, like Gov. Palin. You know you’re not supposed to shake up the establishment in Washington, Mayor,” Scholla said.
“My children’s lives are at stake, so I’ll shake up whatever needs to be shaken up to get this country back in order,” Love said.
Family Shaping of Conservative Values
“I know Gov. Palin often refers to her parents and what she’s learned from them. How did your family shape your conservative views,” Scholla asked.
“My parents immigrated from Haiti. They had $10 in their pockets. They worked hard for everything they had. They pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and my father was the one who looked me straight in the eye and he said, ‘Mia, your mother and I have done everything we could to get you here. You will not be a burden to society. You will give back. I’m a product of hard work. I’m a product of those conservative values, and I want to make sure when people see me, they see the future of their children. They say, ‘if I work hard, my child can have a future like this lady had,’ Love said.
Her website is love4utah.com. Her campaign is seeking raise $2 million.
Over the past two weeks, LaDonna Hale Curzon, Host and Executive Producer, Sarah Palin Radio has interviewed Sarah Steelman, US Senate Candidate for Missouri, and Jackie Warlorski who is running for a Congressional seat in Indiana’s second district. Steelman is a supporter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and is on American Grizzlies United’s list of supported candidates. Gov. Palin has not endorsed either candidate.
Steelman, a former state treasurer and state senator is running against incumbent Claire McCaskill. She said she is running to “do whatever she can about the people who are ruining this country.” She said everyone in Missouri she has spoken to is worried about the kind of future our children and grandchildren are going to have. I just want to fix our country and get us back in the right direction. She said the most critical issue in Missouri is “the financial disaster that has been created in Washington, created by over-spending, over-regulation, restricting our rights, intrusions into our lives…that isn’t the America I grew up in.” She said people are worried about high energy prices, which affects not only driving, but all aspects of business. The EPA wants to shut down coal-fired plants, which are heavily used in Missouri.
Steelman is running against a 12-year incumbent Congressman and another opponent who she is unable to determine what his convictions actually are. Steelman said she has gone against her own party on ethanol and other issues. Curzon said, “you sound a lot like Gov. Palin.”
Steelman: Gov. Palin is the GOP’s Conscience
“I love Sarah Palin,” Steelman said. “I think she’s been so good for our country and for our party…and she in many ways is the conscience of the Republican Party, and we’ve just got to get back to those things that work, and that is a small government, let people keep more of their own money, and a strong, credible defense. We don’t have credibility in the White House, so nobody believes us overseas. And over-regulation of every business in this economy is just choking it off.”
Steelman said Missouri was the first state in the country to reject ObamaCare by 70% of the vote in a resolution. Utah Senator Mike Lee and Tea Party Express, among others have endorsed Steelman.
Steelman said if she is elected she wants to “try to pass a balanced budget amendment with a cap on the size of government and stop spending money we don’t have.”
Warlorski barely lost the IN-2 seat to the incumbent in 2010 by only one percentage point and is making another run for it this election cycle. Re-districting gave Warlorski 20,000 additional conservatives putting her in a far better position than in 2010. “In 2010, we were talking about the disaster of ObamaCare, an unbalanced budget, and at that point $15 trillion in debt….the difference this year is….that we have an educated electorate. They have learned what we were talking about 15, 16, and 17 months ago, and now they’re coming to the table and they’re telling us what concerns them, which is the same issues from the same President and the same Congress,” Warlorski said.
She has been named a “Young Gun” by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), one of only two women to be given the designation. She said “that accolade goes directly to the volunteers working every day – there’s thousands of them. We’ve grown our base, we’ve grown our donor base to almost 5,000 now.”
Endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List, NRA
Susan B. Anthony List, which owns and operates Team Sarah, NRA, Gun Owners of America, and others have endorsed Warlorski. Her campaign expects to raise over $1 million by the end of the quarter and 95% of the money comes from inside the district. By contrast, Warlorski’s opponent raises 95% of campaign funds from the D.C. Beltway and does not even live in the district.
She said her grassroots organization is best in the state.