The slow-motion train wreck that is Obamacare crashed in Mississippi this month. Conservatives who have opposed the government makeover of health care have increasing evidence to say “we told you so.” >> read more
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Obama Administration, have waged a persistent campaign to secularize America and to ban all mention of religion from every public place….park, building, military facility, or school. >> read more
Representatives Gary Chism and Jeff Smith are to be commended for introducing House Bill 490 and taking on such a controversial bill. In doing so, Mississippi joins Oklahoma, Texas and several other states in proposing similar legislation. >> read more
Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to grow government in order to remake our country along his progressive vision. >> read more
President Obama speaks sanctimoniously about the rich paying their “fair share” and what he calls a “balanced” approach to paying off our enormous $16 trillion debt. On his watch, we’ve added over $6 trillion in new debt. >> read more
What would have happened had Jimmy Carter been re-elected in 1980? We are about to find out. The most important election in our lifetimes has turned into the most disappointing outcome of our lifetimes. >> read more
Seeking to stimulate the economy, the United States Federal Reserve undertook another extraordinary monetary-policy measure in September (the “QE3"), embarking on a third dose of quantitative easing. >> read more
When Clint Eastwood did his improv comedy bit at the Republican National Convention during which he pretended to talk to President Obama in an empty chair, it struck me as awkward. I got the joke, but I was not sure about it coming just before Mitt Romney's big speech.. >> read more
The European nation which recorded the largest decrease in income inequality between 1985 and 2008 was Greece. In calling for higher taxes and more regulations to manage its sprawling welfare state, its economy suffered greatly.... >> read more
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate was a decision that caught many off guard. In a good way. Ryan, who is a seven-term Congressman from Wisconsin and who currently serves as the House Budget Committee Chairman... >> read more
Please read and familiarize yourself with them, contact your State Representative and Senator, watch the Legislature website...http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/ and be ready to contact in advance of the actions that take place during the session.
What's happening with the Mississippi Tea Party and the Tea Party scene, Nationwi
Mississippi State House Speaker, Phillip Gunn spoke with the Central Mississippi Tea Party, tonight.
He said he has spoken to our group several times, so he decided to allow us to ask questions of him instead of him speaking. Many asked questions including the following:
·Do the legislators know much about Common Core? Not much, he is just lately being informed about it.
·His position is strong support of 2nd Amendment rights and they plan to again submit the Firearms Protection Act bill.
·He was not aware of “American Laws for American Courts” (against creeping Sharia Law). He would oppose Sharia law.
·He listed the major achievements of the last session – like education, new business & industry.
·He said that he opposes Medicaid expansion and they do not expect it to be passed! He said that this line item in the state budget is the most problematic and had been told same by leaders of other states as well.
·He enjoys the tea party leaders & always welcomes them to his office, has high regard for them and appreciates the relationships & focus.
·President Janis stated that the tea party wants to know what the House is working on for the next session so we can be on the same page for support and collaboration for you as Speaker.
Here is the vote to proceed on the Immigration Bill - SB 744. 82 Yeas to 15 Nays and 3 not voting (one of which was McCain). Cochran and Wicker were both Yeas. The bill now goes to the floor for debate, and from what is the talk, a whole bunch of amendments.
SENATOR THAD COCHRAN
United States Senate
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2402
SENATOR ROGER WICKER
555 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Main: (202) 224-6253 Fax: (202) 228-0378
Local Channels Report on IRS Targeting MS Tea Party
Two local channels have reported on the IRS scandal. Both WAPT and WJTV broadcast on their nightly news and posted to their websites stories about the IRS targeting the MS Tea Party. To view the stories select the links below;
Meeting with Sen. McConnell's Staff/Group, May 16, 2013
Meeting with McConnell - Overall
Meeting with McConnell - Sr Staff
Rep West in Meeting
Rep West addresses meeting
Photos from the Press Conference, Washington, D.C. May 16, 2013
Mississippi Tea Party Responds to IRS Harassment Revelations
Yall Politics, Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Mississippi Tea Party (MSTP) announced today that it was one of the “tea party” and “patriot” groups harassed by the Internal Revenue Service during its campaign to stifle and suppress the political speech of U.S. Citizens. Beginning in 2009 the MSTP experienced long delays in responses to its application for tax exempt status and was further harassed by letters demanding, under penalty of perjury, that it turn over extensive confidential information about it members and their private activities. The letters it received are virtually identical those that have been released by other groups and reported on in recent news stories.
Roy Nicholson, Chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party said “it was obvious to us that the delays, lengthy interrogations by mail, and demands for confidential information were a deliberate attempt by IRS officials to use intimidation to suppress the political speech and lawful activities of U.S. Citizens.” >> more
Two Letters from the IRS requesting information from the MSTP
When the MSTP submitted their application for exemption the IRS sent these letters requesting additional information:
Here is the action timeline between the MSTP and the IRS.
Incorporation in Mississippi (nonprofit)
IRS Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(4) [Form 1024, unsigned]
IRS notice of assigned EIN number
Amended Bylaws (signed)
Letter from IRS acknowledging receipt of “Application for Exemption”
Letter from IRS requesting more info re app for exemption (not harassment)
IRS Form 990-N for year 2009, E-filing receipt accepted by IRS
IRS letter acknowledging “App for Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return” (Form 8868) to 11/15/10
Letter from IRS requesting more info including relationship w/“Tea Party Patriots”
Letter to IRS w/$450 submitting info requested from 9/28/10 IRS letter
IRS Form 990-N for year 2010, E-filing receipt accepted by IRS
IRS letter acknowledging App for Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return (Form 8868) – to 11/15/11
IRS letter to MSTP requesting more info regarding app for exemption, i.e., membership info, political affiliations, etc. [harassment]
MSTP letter to IRS acknowledging extension to 2/14/12 to submit additional info
MSTP letter to IRS acknowledging extension to 2/29/12 to submit additional info
IRS letter to MSTP acknowledging extension to 2/29/12 to submit additional info
MSTP letter to IRS requesting withdraw app for exemption status
IRS letter stating we may need to file fed tax returns since status changed
Roy contacted Am. Center Law/Justice for legal help with IRS harassment
Corporate returns FY 2009, 2010 and 2011 [form 1120]
Change of MSTP address
Confirmed: IRS Officials Knew
of Tea Party Targeting
Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew employees were singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny as early as 2011, according to a watchdog agency’s report set to be released next week, POLITICO has confirmed from a congressional source.
The disclosure that senior officials knew agents were flagging applications containing the words “patriot” or “tea party” contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. He repeatedly denied that his agency was targeting conservative groups when asked by Congress last year. >> read more
IRS "APOLOGIZES" FOR TARGETING TEA PARTY & CONSERVATIVE GROUPS
The Mississippi Tea Party was one of the groups.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.
Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.
In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review," Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.
"The IRS would like to apologize for that," she added.
Republicans Are Refusing To Appoint Members To Obamacare's Most Notorious Panel
One of the most politically intense fights over the Affordable Care Act was over the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, infamously dubbed a "death panel" by Republicans during the 2010 elections.
On Thursday, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that they would keep working to keep opposition alive by doing everything they can to impede the board's implementation.
Retired ICE Agent: Secure the Border & Verify Enforcement First.
April 30, 2013
I am retired Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agent and served in Mississippi. Throughout my career I and my fellow officers coped with restrictive enforcement guidelines and policies. The so called "comprehensive immigration reform" now being pushed by the Gang of Eight was crafted behind closed doors with big business, big labor unions, and special interest groups representing illegal aliens. Anyone with a significantly different opinion on immigration reform was shut out the by the Gang. This type of secret maneuvering in Washington does not surprise me one bit.
Just like the amnesty of 1986 that promised stricter enforcement, we are hearing the same old promises this time around. Unfortunately, I predict that in the end enforcement will again be forced to take a back seat.
It is because of a lack of enforcement that we are dealing with the untold millions of illegal aliens in this country. Any new legislation can include whatever language and promises congress and President Obama want, but without securing our borders first and a verifiable enforcement component to back it up, it all means nothing.
One aspect of my growing skepticism about the immigration reform proposals advanced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his Gang of Eight partners is that our immigration system did not break by accident. It was mangled, deformed, defanged, and abused on purpose, by both government and private interests. Rubio’s earnest enthusiasm would be appropriate for someone cleaning up after a natural disaster, but he’s dealing with something closer to sabotage.
That’s why all those promises about border security “triggers” ring hollow.
Mississippi joined over 45 other States and D.C. in 2009 in applying for federal Race to the Top funds, which effectively committed us to Common Core State Initiative, even though the Standards for CCSI had not yet been published.
Sound familiar? Only two states - Alaska and Texas - did not jump at the funds offer. Since then, some 14 states have launched grassroots campaigns and/or legislative activity to get out of CCSI.
It's time for Mississippi to take a hard look at Common Core.
On Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 a.m., Paul Gallo, on SuperTalk 97.3 fm, spoke about Common Core with guests State Senator Angela Hill (R) and Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute.
To read more about Common Core please select Common Coresource Rita Anderson
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Rep. Jessica Upshaw...may she rest in peace.
Dr. Taylor explains why Medicaid expansion is so dangerous, especially in this economy!
Sandra Inman and I got to speak for a few minutes yesterday afternoon with Representative Bill Howell this afternoon. This soft-spoken gentlemen happens to be a friend of Sandra's family from Winona, and he is also Chairman of the Medicaid committee in the House.
Learning a little about this public assistance program helps to understand the problem Mississippi as well as other states face with Medicaid as we now contribute to it, even before Obamacare gets fully implemented.
It is what I call a non-contributed public welfare program. That means no one contributes to the program that Congress "sets aside" from the taxpayer dedicated to provide for the costs. This is very different from Social Security and Medicare. Medicaid is intended to cover all those unable to work 19 to 64 years. Below age 19, individuals are eligible for CHIPS and those over 64 are Medicare eligible. In Mississippi we have been wise in requiring those applying and benefitting from Medicaid to show up once a year to appear in what is known as the "face-to-face". That is to prove that the applicant is a real person who fits the requirements for the program. Still there have been many ways to fool the system.
For instance, one time I was working I met a young lady in labor who presented 'her' Medicaid card. The date of birth on 'her' card was at least 25 years earlier than that person was born. Investigation found that she had her mother's card who is deceased! Name the same, but age not verified, and she had not been to any doctor throughout her pregnancy, so no prenatal care to ensure she would have as healthy baby as possible.
Chairman Howell also informed us that Medicaid grows vastly under Obamacare, just by increasing the present program by categories of income levels that are reported to the IRS by about another 50,000 to 60,000 enrollees. Obamacare contains OTHER benchmarks that make another 100,000 to 200,000 persons in Mississippi alone to automatically be enrolled. Those benchmarks include increasing the income level up to 138% of poverty level. These additional enrollees will cost another HUGE chunk of money, which we have no idea how we would get the money.
Governor Bryant vetoed SB 2141 - which began as an attempt to elect school boards but came to his desk as another study committee. Mississippi doesn't need more studies. It needs reform!
PETITION: Stop Medicaid Expansion in Mississippi!
PETITION: We the undersigned propose that Medicaid NOT be expanded to include adults able to work who have no children. Medicaid currently consumes about $800 million of the state budget. If Mississippi expands Medicaid, total annual costs would reach nearly $2 billion a year or almost $13 billion between 2014 and 2020. And based on what’s happened in other states, the costs are likely to be much higher.
Mississippi for Liberty President Jim Cunningham will deliver this petition to Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Confirmed: Senate Democrats' Budget Accelerates Spending, Never Balances
March 14, 2013
They say the best time to release damaging information is during a major news event. Yesterday, the world welcomed a new Pope, and Senate Democrats released their first budget in four years. If you've been following our coverage for the last few days, the new blueprint contains few surprises. It jacks up taxes by $1.5 trillion dollars* (see update), passes on crucial entitlement reforms, relies on gimmicks for most of its spending cuts, and -- as we reported yesterday -- it actually increases spending compared to the current unsustainable baseline.
“They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,” McCain said. “But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone." Asked to clarify, McCain said he was referencing ”Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever.”
Maybe McCain is angry because Paul and Cruz stole the headlines from his and BFF Lindsay Graham's kumbaya "My Dinner With Barack" moment on Wednesday. Maybe he still blames those crazy Sarah Palin conservatives who kept him out of the White House (you know that's what he really believes in his heart... you just KNOW it,) or maybe he is just jealous that a fellow Senator can actually stand, talk and refrain from urinating for over 12 hours, let alone 12 minutes.
“The worst-case scenario for us,” a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told The Post, “is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens.”
Think about that. Worst case? That a government drowning in debt should cut back by 2.2 percent — and the country survives. That a government now borrowing 35 cents of every dollar it spends reduces that borrowing by two cents “and nothing bad really happens.” Oh, the humanity!
2/27/13 - MISSISSIPPI!! Via Senator Chris McDaniel: "The second amendment had a victory today at the Capitol. The senate passed HB 2 which upholds our constitutional right to carry and defines "Concealed
Jack Lew confirmed by US Senate for Sec. of Treasure. Sen. Wicker voted Nay, Senator Cochran voted Yea. Here is the vote.
Obama Turns Criminal Illegal Immigrants Lose on Arizona as Sequester Approaches
Feb. 26, 2013
The sequester is officially still three days away, but - in a blatantly political move designed to punish conservatives - Obama already is making the first cuts. Officials confirmed that Homeland Security has just released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention.
Mississippi lawmakers are pushing forward with early proposals for the budget year that begins July 1, and many agencies are likely to receive less money than they’re requesting.
The $5.5 billion spending plan will be about 1 percent bigger than it is now, with most of the increase going toward state employees’ retirement.
Education could receive slightly more money, with about $8 million penciled in for a limited program for pre-kindergarten. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also wants to spend about $7.5 million to help schools hire armed police officers — a proposal he made in response to the fatal shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Reeves said most agencies are likely to receive about the same amount of money as they’re receiving this year. Still, many had requested increases, so agency directors won’t be able to do everything they want.
“What you find is a very conservative budget,” Reeves told reporters Wednesday.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said House leaders identified $280 million worth of “critical needs,” but only $74 million of those would be covered under early budget proposals. For example, the Division of Medicaid says it needs nearly $124.7 million to cover program growth and increased medical costs, but the House proposal includes only an additional $32 million for the program.
Frierson told the House that lawmakers need to avoid expanding programs or cutting taxes. The House voted recently for a $5,000 across-the-board pay raise for teachers, but that is unlikely to be approved by the Senate or to appear in the final version of the budget.
“We can’t get out of this hole, y’all, if we keep digging,” Frierson said Wednesday.
CMTP Press Release on Feds Rejecting Chaney's ObamaCare Exchange
Feb. 8, 2013
Central Mississippi TEA Party President Janis Lane released the following statement regarding the rejection of the Mississippi Insurance Exchange by the Department of Health and Human Services:
“The CMTP is very pleased with the HHS decision concerning a state-run insurance exchange in Mississippi. By rejecting the work done by Commissioner Mike Chaney and his team with much anticipation of ‘approval’ by the Feds, Kathleen Sebelius has revealed what many of us have known from the beginning – we cannot trust this Federal Government.
Mike Chaney led our state on a wild goose chase which will cost our taxpayers. We hope Commissioner Chaney will now realize that this huge unaffordable plan to tax job creators in our state is not wise. A government exchange, whether implemented by the state or the Federal Government is not a market solution, it is a bureaucratic program. History has proven that bureaucratic programs only make matters worse.
The CMTP applauds our Governor for his stand to protect the citizens and taxpayers of Mississippi against a Federal Government that is trying to usurp the rights of the citizens of this state. Governor Bryant understand this federal scheme will cost Mississippi jobs, and the tax schemes that fund it will shut down small businesses in our state. We need all our elected officials to follow our Governors lead in protecting the rights of all Mississippi citizens and taxpayers. This is a huge win for our business environment and individual taxpayers. We must do all we can to keep and grow jobs in Mississippi for Mississippians!”
WE WERE LIED TO BY OBAMA (AGAIN).
IRS: OBAMACARE TO COST FAMILIES $20,000 PER YEAR
Feb. 1, 2013
In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost a SHOCKING $20,000 for the year.
Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.
The IRS’s assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.
The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.
Early this morning the Mississippi House of Representatives voted 64-55 to pass a charter school bill. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval. This was a historic vote by the House, which has never before had the chance to vote on a charter school bill.
This is a major victory in the long political battle over the future of our state's public education system. We're proud of the 64 representatives who voted to give more public school options to children trapped in low-performing schools across Mississippi. We are grateful for your support, whether you donated to our organization, called your representative, or talked to friends and neighbors about public charter schools.
Call these numbers to tell them that exchanges are unconstitutional and interfere with the normal flow of MS commerce, because it drastically changes competition, healthcare and the insurance industry regulation by STATE LAW. It is Mike Chaney’s JOB! When he takes on federal mandates he violates the constitution as well as the U.S. Constitution according to the 10th Amendment. Violation of these laws also violates the guarantee of the State to maintain their republican form of government as in Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution because the 10th Amendment restricts the federal government to enumerated powers listed in Article I, Section 8.
Hugh Hewitt has written an excellent article in TownHall magazine:
Michael Cannon at the Cato Institute has also written extensively about the Fed’s unconstitutional acts of hauling money out of the U.S. Treasury without Congressional action. The Congress NEVER wrote language into the law making ANY provision approving the state’s monies to set up the exchanges. That is exactly what Sebelius did to provide MS with cash to pay Leavitt Partners to set up our exchange, much to the objections from the people.
Chaney hides behind “it being the law of the land” while ignoring the rest of the Constitution. Please call, object and ask for a special session by the Governor to tell Chaney he is out of line, etc. There are plenty of arguments I have provided above.
It takes lots of call to our Congressional office before they start to move with any action. Call now!!
The Obama administration had set a deadline of November 16 for states to signal whether they would create their own health insurance “exchanges,” or let the federal government do it.
But the federal government is so desperate to have states do the heavy lifting, and so few states are interested, that for some time (most recently in a National Review Onlinecolumn that posted yesterday) I have been predicting the Obama administration would push back that deadline. It seems I was right. Well, today’s CQ Healthbeatreports:
The federal government is likely to extend the Nov. 16 deadline for states to decide whether they will run their own health insurance exchanges, according to several state officials. … Instead, HHS officials are expected to set a new deadline for states that want to operate the marketplaces alone but have a rolling deadline with ongoing discussions for states that are interested in a partnership.
The Constitution is the bedrock on which our living, evolving nation was built. Where it is silent, states and individuals need not be. The Constitution and, more specifically, the framework of government it establishes are not intended to address every issue or answer every perceived grievance. This is not a defect but a strength, because the government was always intended to be a limited one. Authority over the government (along with the solutions to our problems), as intended by the founders, must be retained by the people. We have a right to live freely, and pursue that which motivates us, not because government says so, but because we possess God-given natural rights.
- MS State Senator Chris McDaniel -
Gov. Phil Bryant Joins Suit to Stop Illegal Immigration
Joins Border Patrol Agents to Challenge "Big Sis" Napolitano - Sec. of Homeland Security
October 10, 2012
Governor Phil Bryant, on behalf of the state of Mississippi, today joined a federal lawsuit challenging Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s directive ordering federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers not to enforce federal immigration laws or initiate removal proceedings against a broad class of approximately 1.7 million illegal immigrants.
Mississippi Fights Over Health Law as States Resist Key Element
In Mississippi, where one in five people lack health insurance, two Republican elected officials are fighting over the best way to resist President Obama’s health-care overhaul.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, 68, is proceeding with a key requirement -- creating health-care exchanges to help people without employer-provided coverage get policies -- saying he wants the least burdensome requirements. Governor Phil Bryant, 57, asked him to stop late last month, saying the state shouldn’t advance any part of the Obama-backed law.
Now that you've become a member of the Mississippi Tea Party, how else can you get involved? Below are suggestions, laid out by head committee member Roy Nicholson. Does this inspire you to action? Talk about it here on the site in a blog post or a discussion in one of our groups!
MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY CALL TO ACTION
PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND HER LEADERS AND ORGANIZE PRAYER GROUPS
If God does not intervene, turning the hearts of our politicians and opening the hearts and minds of the citizens, then all is lost.
Invite your neighbors and friends to a prayer meeting at your home or church to pray for the country. It can be as general or as specific as you are led to provide.
The group should pray in ways that they share the most agreement.
If your group sees situations and issues differently than we do, pray anyway. Do not be afraid of any honest prayer. The Father is able to hear our hearts and answer with what is best in His sight.
GET INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
Register to Vote AND Vote.
Vote only for candidates who are of genuine good character that will honor their pledge to support and defend the Constitution and who will not go along with the Socialist agenda coming out of Washington.
Become an active member of your party but stand up for your beliefs and serve on committees and in leadership positions.
Campaign for good candidates who have real character and who will only vote or administrate according to the U.S. Constitution.
Write editorials for your paper, websites, and blogs.
Run for office.
GET ACTIVE AND BE WILLING TO SERVE
• Petition your federal, state, and local governments
Send them E-mails
Send them letters
Send them petitions with signatures
• Attend every event you can
• Volunteer at events
• Make posters and signs, greet people, do whatever needs doing
BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EDUCATE OTHERS
Educate yourself on our history, our form of government, the history of other types of political philosophies, the political process in your area.
Inform, educate, and motivate your community, neighbors, friends, family
Invite them to attend events, Send them letters & e-mails, call them, invite them to visit web sites, open your house to your neighbors and friends to hear a speaker or review information.
Distribute flyers, put up posters in stores, hand out flyers and pamphlets on the street.
Organize a group to work together doing these kinds of things.
STAY FOCUSED AND STAY IN THE GAME! This is not a one time pep rally or a short term effort. We have to push until we have completely won. We have to continue to sacrifice until our country is restored.
THE MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY PRESENTS:
“Governing by Principle” by
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
March 29, 2007
1. Government exists to protect rights, not to create them.
2. The legitimate power of government begins and ends with the people, while its authority comes from the Creator.
3. Just because a problem exists doesn't mean government should try to solve it.
4. Long-term and cumulative consequences should be considered more carefully than short-term benefits.
5. Government has nothing to give anyone except what it first takes from someone else.
6. Individuals are ultimately responsible for governing themselves and for the consequences of their decisions.
7. Free enterprise, not government, is the engine of personal economic prosperity.
8. The free market should not be distorted by government-designed dictates or advantages.
9. Government has a responsibility to protect the foundational institution of society: the marriage based, two-parent family.
10. Parents, not government, are responsible for the education and upbringing of their children.
Principles provided by: Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Adopted and Promoted by: The Mississippi Tea Party
To read MCPP’s book on the 10 Principles please go to:
Were you confused on the recent events in the MS legislature regarding the 10th amendment? Below is a concise explanation of how it has gone through the legislature and where it is now.
In drafting the U.S. Constitution, our founders were concerned about the federal government collecting too much power. The solution that was reached was to limit the authority of the federal government to only those powers specifically named and to divide or separate those powers among the three branches provided for in the Constitution. Among the safeguards included in the Constitution were the 9th and 10th amendments, contained in the Bill of Rights.
The 9th Amendment addresses the rights of the people that are not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and says:
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage other retained by the people."
The 10th Amendment addresses the rights retained by the states and the people and says:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Since the 1930's, all three branches of the federal government have been steadily working to erode the rights promised under the 9th and 10th amendments. As the federal government has become larger and larger, the freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution have been compromised. In the past year, the federal governments expansion into areas not authorized by the Constitution have dramatically increased, threatening the continued survival of our nation and our way of life.
In response, at least 35 state legislatures have introduced resolutions affirming the 10th amendment and requesting that the federal government cease infringing upon the constitutional rights of the states and the people. Many of those state legislatures have also affirmed the importance of the 9th amendment.
Mississippi is among the states considering similar resolutions. On Thursday, May 7, 2009, the House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 69, which affirmed Mississippi's 10th amendment rights. Unfortunately, in passing the resolution, the Mississippi House of Representatives permitted several amendments to the resolution which took away from the purpose of the original resolution and some which actually contradict the 10th amendment. The passed version of H.C.R. 69 sends mixed signals to Washington and is bad legislation. Prior to closing the session, a motion to reconsider H.C.R. 69 was made, but that motion has not been voted on yet. Since the motion to reconsider is still pending, H.C.R. 69 has not been transferred to the Senate.
On the same day that H.C.R. 69 was passed, the Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 630. S.C.R. 630 affirms the importance of both the 9th and 10th amendment and was passed without harmful amendments. S.C.R. 630 has been transferred from the Senate to the House. In order for the House to vote on S.C.R. 630, the House Rules committee will have to allow it out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Even then, S.C.R. 630 will face an uphill battle as those who proposed and voted for the harmful amendments to H.C.R. 69 may try to vote in those same amendments to S.C.R. 630.
The Mississippi Tea Party supports the passage of S.C.R. 630 and can make a difference in this fight. We need to be letting our representatives in the House hear from us, particularly those members of the House rules committee and those members who voted for the harmful amendments to the H.C.R. 69. In the coming days, we will be posting sample correspondence and talking points, along with the names and contact numbers of key representatives. Please check back and make a point to commit to letting our representatives hear from you. In all of your contact with members of the legislature, please be respectful, but firm in your conviction. Remember that today's opponent can be tomorrow's friend!
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Imagine you are a citizen of a poor, repressive, crime ridden country. You are asked by another country to enter and pick agricultural products at a price far below what the citizens of that country will accept. You work all day in the heat, bent over, dirty, and tired. At the end of the season, you are told thanks, but you have to leave until we need you again. You look around at all of the freedoms, the wealth, the opportunities for your family.