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Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor NAFTA Super Highway Rises Again ! Texas Revives Plans to Build Public-Private Partnership Toll Roads April 11, 2011 http://jeromecorsi.com/article.php?id=72 Believe it or not, the Trans-Texas Corridor is back. State Representative Larry Phillips has introduced in the Texas legislature HB3789, a bill designed to allow public-private partnerships, better known as PPPs, to develop toll roads throughout Texas. The only thing missing is the name "Trans-Texas Corridor" and the comprehensive development agreement, or CDA, that specifies the private partners involved in building the new generation of Texas toll roads. In all, some 26 bills have been introduced into the Texas legislature that would sell a wide variety of public infrastructure, including; highways, mass transit facilities, hospitals, schools, recreational facilities, public buildings, technology architecture, and even parking lots to private corporations in some fashion. Texas, like some 40 other states facing budget deficits that could lead to significant cut-backs in public services, has gone the route of "America for Sale", in the enthusiasm to convert freeways into toll roads and government infrastructure into PPP projects that would permit, if not invite, foreign private corporate involvement and ownership. The TTC never really died: the I-69 NAFTA Superhighway advances under Obama In January 2009, Amadeo Saenz, the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, proclaimed http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/010609dnmetttc.43c00ac6.html to the Dallas News, "Make no mistake: The Trans-Texas Corridor, as we have known it, no longer exists. The operative qualifying clause in that proclamation was the phrase "as we have known it," given that the Trans-Texas Corridor, or TTC, appears alive and well. Evidence on numerous government and industry alliance websites shows the TTC project is proceeding under the cover of being broken up into two separate projects and rebranded as the I-35 Corridor and the I-69 corridor. Moreover, TxDOT appears to have made a strategic decision to begin first with the I-69 Corridor that had received less attention during the Trans-Texas Corridor battle, that raged in Texas during the Bush administration, in the years 2006-2008. That the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Obama administration continues to harbor the dream of Mexico-to-Canada NAFTA superhighways is made clear by the Federal Highway Administration website http://www.corridors.dot.gov/i69.htm that proclaims the "Corridor: Interstate 69 (I-69) — Texas to Michigan" to be fully operational under the following project description: "The 2,680-mile international and interstate trade corridor extends from Mexico to Canada." The DOT even proclaims the I-69 Corridor under the original understanding of the TTC as a inter-modal automobile-truck-railroad corridor: "This application [I-69 Corridor] includes freight and passenger movement through a portion of the country that is experiencing both demographic and freight movement growth. The current infrastructure from Texas to Michigan already handles a large flow of goods and this corridor has the potential to shift cargo patterns to relive existing and projected congestion along existing routes (e.g., I-40, I-65, I-81). This corridor has already been identified by Congress as a high priority corridor, is one of the farthest along in clearly defining its project list, and has the political support of all the states involved." The Federal Highway Administration further states that many of the states have done developmental work, and there are 32 separate segments, "all of which are in varying stages of development from acquisition of right-of-way to environmental review and design." A website created by a trade group http://www.i69texas.org/ organized under the name "Alliance for I-69 Texas" provides a map that details the Texas cities involved in the I-69 Corridor project The Alliance for I-69 Texas website makes clear that I-69 is a combination of two federally designated High Priority Corridors: (a) Corridor 18, extending from Michigan and Illinois, south through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, terminating at the end of U.S. 77 and U.S. 281 in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and (b) Corridor 20, designated as U.S. 59, from Texarkana to Laredo. The website further points out that the I-69 border crossing points from Laredo to Brownsville, Texas, handle 49 percent of the total U.S. truck-borne trade with Mexico, while the I-69 border crossing in Michigan handle 47 percent of the U.S. truck-borne trade with Mexico. The TTC: a look-back to the Bush era Quietly but systematically, the Bush administration in conjunction with Governor Perry in Texas advanced the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, 4 football-fields-wide, through the heart of Texas, parallel to Interstate-35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas, to the Texas border with Oklahoma. The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) moved ahead to begin construction following the re-election of Governor Perry in November 2006. Plans to build TTC-35 were fully disclosed on KeepTexasMoving.org, a now defunct official Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) website. On March 11, 2005, a "Comprehensive Development Agreement" was signed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the "TTC-35 High Priority Corridor" parallel to Interstate-35. The contracting party involved a limited partnership formed between Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A., a publically-listed company headquartered in Spain, http://www.cintra.es majority controlled by the Madrid-based Groupo Ferrovial, and a San Antonio-based construction company, Zachry Construction Corporation. The Cintra deal meant that once the TTC was completed, U.S. citizens who want to drive on the TTC from one Texas site to another, perhaps from Austin to Dallas or from Dallas to San Antonio, will end up having to pay an investment consortium in Spain for the privilege to do so. Still, somewhat incomprehensible to most U.S. citizens, these "Public-Private Partnerships" involve selling off key U.S. infrastructure projects to foreign entities. Granted, the "ownership" rights of projects like TTC-35 will remain with the state of Texas, yet selling off the leasing rights amounts in the thinking of most U.S. citizens to selling off the highway to foreign interests for the term of the lease. Under the terms of the TTC agreements with TxDOT, Cintra would have the rights to operate TTC-35 for 50 years and to collect all tolls on the road in that period of time. The Comprehensive Development Agreement called for Cintra-Zachry to provide private investment of 6 billion-SSS "to fully design, construct and operate a four-lane 316 mile toll road between Dallas and San Antonio for up to 50 years as the initial segment of TTC-35. For this, Cintra-Zachry paid the State of Texas 1.2 billion-SSS for the long-term right to build and operate the initial segment as a toll facility. In April 2006, TxDOT released a 4,000 page Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for what was described as the "Trans-Texas Corridor — 35 (TTC-35) Oklahoma to Mexico/Gulf Coast Element." The April 2006 EIS made clear that Cintra-Zachry planned to build a 1200 foot-wide (approximately four football fields wide) complex involving ten lanes of highway — five lanes in each direction, north and south, with three lanes in each direction reserved for passenger vehicles and two separate lanes reserved for trucks. The EIS design included six rail lines running parallel to the highway, with separate rail lines in each direction for high-speed rail, commuter rail, and freight rail. Finally, the design called for a 200-foot wide utility corridor that include pipelines for oil and natural gas, pipelines for both water, cables for telecommunications and data, as well as electricity towers running the length of the TTC. According to the TxDOT Trans-Texas Corridor Plan adopted in June 2002, TxDOT ultimately plans to build some 4,000 miles of highway-railway-utility super-corridors throughout Texas over the next 50 years, using some 584,000 acres of what is now Texas farm and ranchland, at an estimated cost of 184 billion SSS. The TTC plan left little doubt TTC toll-road super-corridors were designed to facilitate international trade primarily, speeding trucks and trains carrying "inter-modal" containers from, Mexican ports to destinations in the heartland of the United States. The full TTC build-out will move goods through Texas rapidly, by-passing the major cities. Texas scrapped the original official TTC plan in 2009, after a series of combative town hall meetings throughout the state showed TxDOT the plan faced massive taxpayer resistance. The Trans-Texas Corridor Rises Again Texas Revives Plans to Build Public-Private Partnership Toll Roads Believe it or not, the Trans-Texas Corridor is back April 11, 2011 http://jeromecorsi.com/article.php?id=72
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Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor NAFTA Super Highway Rises Again ! Texas Revives Plans to Build Public-Private Partnership Toll Roads April 11, 2011 http://jeromecorsi.com/article.php?id=72 Believe it or not, the Trans-Texas Corridor is back. State Representative Larry Phillips has introduced in the Texas legislature HB3789, a bill designed to allow public-private partnerships, better known as PPPs, to develop toll roads throughout Texas. The only thing missing is the name "Trans-Texas Corridor" and the comprehensive development agreement, or CDA, that specifies the private partners involved in building the new generation of Texas toll roads. In all, some 26 bills have been introduced into the Texas legislature that would sell a wide variety of public infrastructure, including; highways, mass transit facilities, hospitals, schools, recreational facilities, public buildings, technology architecture, and even parking lots to private corporations in some fashion. Texas, like some 40 other states facing budget deficits that could lead to significant cut-backs in public services, has gone the route of "America for Sale", in the enthusiasm to convert freeways into toll roads and government infrastructure into PPP projects that would permit, if not invite, foreign private corporate involvement and ownership. The TTC never really died: the I-69 NAFTA Superhighway advances under Obama In January 2009, Amadeo Saenz, the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, proclaimed http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/010609dnmetttc.43c00ac6.html to the Dallas News, "Make no mistake: The Trans-Texas Corridor, as we have known it, no longer exists. The operative qualifying clause in that proclamation was the phrase "as we have known it," given that the Trans-Texas Corridor, or TTC, appears alive and well. Evidence on numerous government and industry alliance websites shows the TTC project is proceeding under the cover of being broken up into two separate projects and rebranded as the I-35 Corridor and the I-69 corridor. Moreover, TxDOT appears to have made a strategic decision to begin first with the I-69 Corridor that had received less attention during the Trans-Texas Corridor battle, that raged in Texas during the Bush administration, in the years 2006-2008. That the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Obama administration continues to harbor the dream of Mexico-to-Canada NAFTA superhighways is made clear by the Federal Highway Administration website http://www.corridors.dot.gov/i69.htm that proclaims the "Corridor: Interstate 69 (I-69) — Texas to Michigan" to be fully operational under the following project description: "The 2,680-mile international and interstate trade corridor extends from Mexico to Canada." The DOT even proclaims the I-69 Corridor under the original understanding of the TTC as a inter-modal automobile-truck-railroad corridor: "This application [I-69 Corridor] includes freight and passenger movement through a portion of the country that is experiencing both demographic and freight movement growth. The current infrastructure from Texas to Michigan already handles a large flow of goods and this corridor has the potential to shift cargo patterns to relive existing and projected congestion along existing routes (e.g., I-40, I-65, I-81). This corridor has already been identified by Congress as a high priority corridor, is one of the farthest along in clearly defining its project list, and has the political support of all the states involved." The Federal Highway Administration further states that many of the states have done developmental work, and there are 32 separate segments, "all of which are in varying stages of development from acquisition of right-of-way to environmental review and design." A website created by a trade group http://www.i69texas.org/ organized under the name "Alliance for I-69 Texas" provides a map that details the Texas cities involved in the I-69 Corridor project The Alliance for I-69 Texas website makes clear that I-69 is a combination of two federally designated High Priority Corridors: (a) Corridor 18, extending from Michigan and Illinois, south through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, terminating at the end of U.S. 77 and U.S. 281 in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and (b) Corridor 20, designated as U.S. 59, from Texarkana to Laredo. The website further points out that the I-69 border crossing points from Laredo to Brownsville, Texas, handle 49 percent of the total U.S. truck-borne trade with Mexico, while the I-69 border crossing in Michigan handle 47 percent of the U.S. truck-borne trade with Mexico. The TTC: a look-back to the Bush era Quietly but systematically, the Bush administration in conjunction with Governor Perry in Texas advanced the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, 4 football-fields-wide, through the heart of Texas, parallel to Interstate-35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas, to the Texas border with Oklahoma. The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) moved ahead to begin construction following the re-election of Governor Perry in November 2006. Plans to build TTC-35 were fully disclosed on KeepTexasMoving.org, a now defunct official Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) website. On March 11, 2005, a "Comprehensive Development Agreement" was signed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the "TTC-35 High Priority Corridor" parallel to Interstate-35. The contracting party involved a limited partnership formed between Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A., a publically-listed company headquartered in Spain, http://www.cintra.es majority controlled by the Madrid-based Groupo Ferrovial, and a San Antonio-based construction company, Zachry Construction Corporation. The Cintra deal meant that once the TTC was completed, U.S. citizens who want to drive on the TTC from one Texas site to another, perhaps from Austin to Dallas or from Dallas to San Antonio, will end up having to pay an investment consortium in Spain for the privilege to do so. Still, somewhat incomprehensible to most U.S. citizens, these "Public-Private Partnerships" involve selling off key U.S. infrastructure projects to foreign entities. Granted, the "ownership" rights of projects like TTC-35 will remain with the state of Texas, yet selling off the leasing rights amounts in the thinking of most U.S. citizens to selling off the highway to foreign interests for the term of the lease. Under the terms of the TTC agreements with TxDOT, Cintra would have the rights to operate TTC-35 for 50 years and to collect all tolls on the road in that period of time. The Comprehensive Development Agreement called for Cintra-Zachry to provide private investment of 6 billion-SSS "to fully design, construct and operate a four-lane 316 mile toll road between Dallas and San Antonio for up to 50 years as the initial segment of TTC-35. For this, Cintra-Zachry paid the State of Texas 1.2 billion-SSS for the long-term right to build and operate the initial segment as a toll facility. In April 2006, TxDOT released a 4,000 page Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for what was described as the "Trans-Texas Corridor — 35 (TTC-35) Oklahoma to Mexico/Gulf Coast Element." The April 2006 EIS made clear that Cintra-Zachry planned to build a 1200 foot-wide (approximately four football fields wide) complex involving ten lanes of highway — five lanes in each direction, north and south, with three lanes in each direction reserved for passenger vehicles and two separate lanes reserved for trucks. The EIS design included six rail lines running parallel to the highway, with separate rail lines in each direction for high-speed rail, commuter rail, and freight rail. Finally, the design called for a 200-foot wide utility corridor that include pipelines for oil and natural gas, pipelines for both water, cables for telecommunications and data, as well as electricity towers running the length of the TTC. According to the TxDOT Trans-Texas Corridor Plan adopted in June 2002, TxDOT ultimately plans to build some 4,000 miles of highway-railway-utility super-corridors throughout Texas over the next 50 years, using some 584,000 acres of what is now Texas farm and ranchland, at an estimated cost of 184 billion SSS. The TTC plan left little doubt TTC toll-road super-corridors were designed to facilitate international trade primarily, speeding trucks and trains carrying "inter-modal" containers from, Mexican ports to destinations in the heartland of the United States. The full TTC build-out will move goods through Texas rapidly, by-passing the major cities. Texas scrapped the original official TTC plan in 2009, after a series of combative town hall meetings throughout the state showed TxDOT the plan faced massive taxpayer resistance. The Trans-Texas Corridor Rises Again Texas Revives Plans to Build Public-Private Partnership Toll Roads Believe it or not, the Trans-Texas Corridor is back April 11, 2011 http://jeromecorsi.com/article.php?id=72
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Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor Rises Again Texas Revives Plans to Build Public-Private Partnership Toll Roads April 11, 2011 http://jeromecorsi.com/article.php?id=72 Believe it or not, the Trans-Texas Corridor is back. State Representative Larry Phillips has introduced in the Texas legislature HB3789, a bill designed to allow public-private partnerships, better known as PPPs, to develop toll roads throughout Texas. The only thing missing is the name "Trans-Texas Corridor" and the comprehensive development agreement, or CDA, that specifies the private partners involved in building the new generation of Texas toll roads. In all, some 26 bills have been introduced into the Texas legislature that would sell a wide variety of public infrastructure, including; highways, mass transit facilities, hospitals, schools, recreational facilities, public buildings, technology architecture, and even parking lots to private corporations in some fashion. Texas, like some 40 other states facing budget deficits that could lead to significant cut-backs in public services, has gone the route of "America for Sale", in the enthusiasm to convert freeways into toll roads and government infrastructure into PPP projects that would permit, if not invite, foreign private corporate involvement and ownership. The TTC never really died: the I-69 NAFTA Superhighway advances under Obama In January 2009, Amadeo Saenz, the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, proclaimed http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/010609dnmetttc.43c00ac6.html to the Dallas News, "Make no mistake: The Trans-Texas Corridor, as we have known it, no longer exists. The operative qualifying clause in that proclamation was the phrase "as we have known it," given that the Trans-Texas Corridor, or TTC, appears alive and well. Evidence on numerous government and industry alliance websites shows the TTC project is proceeding under the cover of being broken up into two separate projects and rebranded as the I-35 Corridor and the I-69 corridor. Moreover, TxDOT appears to have made a strategic decision to begin first with the I-69 Corridor that had received less attention during the Trans-Texas Corridor battle, that raged in Texas during the Bush administration, in the years 2006-2008. That the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Obama administration continues to harbor the dream of Mexico-to-Canada NAFTA superhighways is made clear by the Federal Highway Administration website http://www.corridors.dot.gov/i69.htm that proclaims the "Corridor: Interstate 69 (I-69) — Texas to Michigan" to be fully operational under the following project description: "The 2,680-mile international and interstate trade corridor extends from Mexico to Canada." The DOT even proclaims the I-69 Corridor under the original understanding of the TTC as a inter-modal automobile-truck-railroad corridor: "This application [I-69 Corridor] includes freight and passenger movement through a portion of the country that is experiencing both demographic and freight movement growth. The current infrastructure from Texas to Michigan already handles a large flow of goods and this corridor has the potential to shift cargo patterns to relive existing and projected congestion along existing routes (e.g., I-40, I-65, I-81). This corridor has already been identified by Congress as a high priority corridor, is one of the farthest along in clearly defining its project list, and has the political support of all the states involved." The Federal Highway Administration further states that many of the states have done developmental work, and there are 32 separate segments, "all of which are in varying stages of development from acquisition of right-of-way to environmental review and design." A website created by a trade group http://www.i69texas.org/ organized under the name "Alliance for I-69 Texas" provides a map that details the Texas cities involved in the I-69 Corridor project The Alliance for I-69 Texas website makes clear that I-69 is a combination of two federally designated High Priority Corridors: (a) Corridor 18, extending from Michigan and Illinois, south through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, terminating at the end of U.S. 77 and U.S. 281 in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and (b) Corridor 20, designated as U.S. 59, from Texarkana to Laredo. The website further points out that the I-69 border crossing points from Laredo to Brownsville, Texas, handle 49 percent of the total U.S. truck-borne trade with Mexico, while the I-69 border crossing in Michigan handle 47 percent of the U.S. truck-borne trade with Mexico. The TTC: a look-back to the Bush era Quietly but systematically, the Bush administration in conjunction with Governor Perry in Texas advanced the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, 4 football-fields-wide, through the heart of Texas, parallel to Interstate-35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas, to the Texas border with Oklahoma. The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) moved ahead to begin construction following the re-election of Governor Perry in November 2006. Plans to build TTC-35 were fully disclosed on KeepTexasMoving.org, a now defunct official Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) website. On March 11, 2005, a "Comprehensive Development Agreement" was signed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the "TTC-35 High Priority Corridor" parallel to Interstate-35. The contracting party involved a limited partnership formed between Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A., a publically-listed company headquartered in Spain, http://www.cintra.es majority controlled by the Madrid-based Groupo Ferrovial, and a San Antonio-based construction company, Zachry Construction Corporation. The Cintra deal meant that once the TTC was completed, U.S. citizens who want to drive on the TTC from one Texas site to another, perhaps from Austin to Dallas or from Dallas to San Antonio, will end up having to pay an investment consortium in Spain for the privilege to do so. Still, somewhat incomprehensible to most U.S. citizens, these "Public-Private Partnerships" involve selling off key U.S. infrastructure projects to foreign entities. Granted, the "ownership" rights of projects like TTC-35 will remain with the state of Texas, yet selling off the leasing rights amounts in the thinking of most U.S. citizens to selling off the highway to foreign interests for the term of the lease. Under the terms of the TTC agreements with TxDOT, Cintra would have the rights to operate TTC-35 for 50 years and to collect all tolls on the road in that period of time. The Comprehensive Development Agreement called for Cintra-Zachry to provide private investment of 6 billion-SSS "to fully design, construct and operate a four-lane 316 mile toll road between Dallas and San Antonio for up to 50 years as the initial segment of TTC-35. For this, Cintra-Zachry paid the State of Texas 1.2 billion-SSS for the long-term right to build and operate the initial segment as a toll facility. In April 2006, TxDOT released a 4,000 page Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for what was described as the "Trans-Texas Corridor — 35 (TTC-35) Oklahoma to Mexico/Gulf Coast Element." The April 2006 EIS made clear that Cintra-Zachry planned to build a 1200 foot-wide (approximately four football fields wide) complex involving ten lanes of highway — five lanes in each direction, north and south, with three lanes in each direction reserved for passenger vehicles and two separate lanes reserved for trucks. The EIS design included six rail lines running parallel to the highway, with separate rail lines in each direction for high-speed rail, commuter rail, and freight rail. Finally, the design called for a 200-foot wide utility corridor that include pipelines for oil and natural gas, pipelines for both water, cables for telecommunications and data, as well as electricity towers running the length of the TTC. According to the TxDOT Trans-Texas Corridor Plan adopted in June 2002, TxDOT ultimately plans to build some 4,000 miles of highway-railway-utility super-corridors throughout Texas over the next 50 years, using some 584,000 acres of what is now Texas farm and ranchland, at an estimated cost of 184 billion SSS. The TTC plan left little doubt TTC toll-road super-corridors were designed to facilitate international trade primarily, speeding trucks and trains carrying "inter-modal" containers from, Mexican ports to destinations in the heartland of the United States. The full TTC build-out will move goods through Texas rapidly, by-passing the major cities. Texas scrapped the original official TTC plan in 2009, after a series of combative town hall meetings throughout the state showed TxDOT the plan faced massive taxpayer resistance. The Trans-Texas Corridor Rises Again Texas Revives Plans to Build Public-Private Partnership Toll Roads Believe it or not, the Trans-Texas Corridor is back April 11, 2011 http://jeromecorsi.com/article.php?id=72
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Get our $$$ back in the USA, stop the elitists from doing deals with China-Japan-Asia-EU-Britain-Germany-France-Dutch-Saudi-Iraq-Iran-OPEC-India-Venezuela-Brazil-Mexico Conservative Tom Tancredo Needs our Help To Win In the Colorado Governor Race !!! Tell the Maes supporters to vote for Tancredo and he will be able to win. Hickenlooper-D is polling at 45%, Tancredo-American-Constitution-Party at 40%, and Maes-R has 10-12%. The people of Colorado mistreated Tancredo in the primary, He has 10 years as a US Congressman from Colorados 6th district. He grew up and lived in Colorado since 1945. Dan Maes moved to Colorado sometime after 1985, and has never ran for or held a public office before. Wew must try to appeal to the 10-12% hold out; Tea Party, Republican, and Independent Maes supporters-voters, to stop the Democrat from winning and to vote in a strong opponent of the Clintonistas-Obamanation regime. Tancredo on Barack Obama In a speech given at a campaign event for Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck on July 8, 2010, Tancredo said of President Barack Obama, "...the greatest threat to the United States today, the greatest threat to our liberty, the greatest threat to the Constitution of the United States, the greatest threat to our way of life; everything we believe in. The greatest threat to the country that our founding fathers put together is the man that's sitting in the White House today." On July 22, 2010, in an editorial in the Washington Times, Tancredo said that Congress should bring impeachment charges against President Obama. I just saw Tancredo on Fox news he seemed like a very stable normal person. He's not a major proponent of pot legalization as some of his opponents are trying to label him with. He just said that decriminalizing it for adults so that they can obtain/use it in the privacy of their own home, and heavily-crimnalizing it for adults who sell or give it to minors, might help to lower the staggering costs-SSS of the massive amounts of crime related to its, illegal smuggling, distribution, the resulting law enforcement involvement, routines, programs, investigators, special task forces, State and Federal, Attorney Generals, prosecutors, legal-aid lawyers, Judges, courts, prisons, against adults who use it. In other words his position is sort of like alot of people in the Tea Partys, position. That the war on drugs like most massive government programs is a miserable self-perpetuating bureaucratic-failure, designed to or serving the purpose of keeping the 100's of billions of S's costing behemoth going, for the purpose of keeping the money flowing in all directions. As crime increases and the jails are filling up because it's illegal for adults to legally purchase and use the stuff. Tancredo said that if the war on drugs for adults was dropped and re-designed to protect the minors and everyone else for that matter, that their should be heavy penalties, fines, to anyone who sells or gives any kind of drugs to a minor. He basicly said that those who use drugs had to be held responsible to keep any kind of detrimental effects, behavior, etc., within their own homes, to themselves, not while; driving, on the job, using machinery, in public, etc. And he wasn't even sounding at all like he was pushing this, he was asked about it and just explained it fully, effectively, but in a very mild manner. He gave his reason for voting for TARP, he felt that something had to done to save the US bankingf and economic system from crashing. Almost everyone else voted for it too, and most of the money has been paid back, so he shouldn't lose anyones vote over it, especially when confronted with the alternaive, the Democrat opponent in the race. He wasn't pushy at all in any of his answers. He wasn't asked about illegal-aliens, it was a short interview. He came off as very; calm, amiable, reasonable, easy to talk to, get answers out of, or work with. During a 2005 radio interview on Orlando talk-radio station WFLA AM 540, Tancredo responded to a questioner asking about the hypothetical U.S. response to a nuclear attack on U.S. cities by al-Qaeda, by saying that one possible response would be to retaliate by "taking out" Muslim holy sites (specifically, Mecca) if it were clearly proven that Islamic terrorists were behind such an attack. Several days later, in an interview on CNN together with James Zogby, Tancredo said that the attack was mentioned merely as a hypothetical response and insisted that there was nothing for which he should apologize. During the Republican Presidential Debate broadcast on Fox on May 15, 2007, Tancredo made a statement in passing that the root cause of Islamic terrorism is “a dictate of their religion.” In September 2007 Tancredo defended his remarks: "I still believe it is something we must consider as a possible deterrent because at the present time there are no negative consequences that would accrue to the people who commit a crime such as a nuclear, chemical or biological attack." During a July 31, 2007 townhall meeting in Iowa, Tancredo said that a threat to bomb Mecca and Medina was "the only thing I can think of" that could deter a nuclear terrorist attack. This statement drew substantial criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as State Department spokesman, George-Bush-RINO-Saudi-Iraqi-Iran-OPEC-man Tom Casey, who stated that "To somehow suggest that an appropriate response to terrorism would be to attack sites that are holy and sacred to more than a billion people throughout the world is just not inline with the; George-Bush-RINO-Saudi-Iraqi-Iran-OPEC-man, way to go/" Gay Marriage Said Tancredo in September 2007, "You have to remember that we are always just one kooky judge away from actually having homosexual marriage forced on all the rest of us, because of the [full faith and credit] clause in the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, we need, we absolutely have to have, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage." He is in full support of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Due to his numerous anti-gay stances, he has received ratings of 7% from the ACLU, 0% from the HRC, and 19% from the NAACP. Sonia Sotomayor Nomination Tancredo became one of the outspoken conservative opponents to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. On May 28, 2009, he made an appearance on CNN to voice his opposition and claimed that Sotomayor was a racist. When CNN’s Rick Sanchez asked him if Sotomayor was a racist, Tancredo replied “certainly her words would indicate that that is the truth”. He then compared the Hispanic-American advocacy group La Raza to the KKK by saying "it’s a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses". On February 4, 2010, Tancredo spoke at the National Convention for the Tea Party movement where he told attendees that Barack Obama won because of "people who could not even spell the word ’vote’ or say it in English". He then proposed "a civics literacy test" as a prerequisite to voting. These remarks were criticized by the Democratic Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll and the Southern Poverty Law Center's research director Heidi Beirich. Tancredo has denied the charge that his remarks were aimed at African Americans. Tom Tancredo is perhaps best known for his opposition to illegal immigration. Tancredo founded the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus in May 1999. He served as its Chairman until January 2007, when he turned the chairmanship over to Brian Bilbray. Tancredo has called for halting illegal immigration, and a three-year moratorium on all legal immigration to allow those immigrants already in the country to be assimilated. Tancredo's has staunchly supported tightening immigration requirements from Islamic countries. On September 18, 2008, Tancredo introduced H. R. 6975, the Jihad Prevention Act, which would require aliens to attest that they will not advocate installing a Sharia law system in the United States as a condition for admission, and for other purposes. Aliens failing to make such an attestation would be ineligible for admission. Further, the visa of any alien advocating the installation of a Sharia law system in the United States would be subject to revocation. Tancredo criticized the Denver Public Library system for purchasing reading materials written in Spanish and for offering space for classes to be held for these library users, on the grounds that putting Spanish-speakers in a 'linguistic ghetto' would delay their integration into American society. Tancredo sponsored legislation to eliminate H-1B visas for temporary workers in 2005. Tancredo was the sponsor of a successful, bi-partisan amendment to a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that would withhold federal emergency services funds from 'sanctuary cities'. On July 30, 2007, Tancredo "criticized Congressional Democrats for eliminating a requirement that anyone applying for Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) services provide proof of U.S. citizenship". According to Tancredo, "the new Democrat plan would raise taxes and make it easier for illegal aliens to obtain taxpayer-funded medical benefits". Tancredo has made it a point in all of his public speeches to differentiate between those who enter the United States legally and those who come illegally. He frequently attends naturalization ceremonies to support new citizens for "doing it the right way". In 2006, Tancredo published In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security through Joseph Farah's WND Books in Nashville, Tennessee. The volume focuses on American cultural identity and his proposals to remedy what he conteds to be major flaws in the immigration system. Conflict With RINO Party Leadership Tancredo's outspoken advocacy for immigration reform, and particularly his criticism of President George W. Bush's border security controls, reportedly made him persona non grata in the Bush White House.[89] According to Tancredo, he and Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove, got into a "screaming match" after Tancredo claimed that "if the nation suffered another attack at the hands of terrorists able to skirt immigration laws, the blood of the people killed" would be on Bush's and Congress’ hands. In an interview, Tancredo said his falling out with the White House has lasted. "One reason I am persona non grata at the White House is not just because of immigration... but because I refuse to support him on his trade policy, his education policy, Medicare and prescription drugs initiatives.... Here was a Republican Congress increasing government to an extent larger than it had been increased since Medicare had come into existence." Tancredo reported that his career in Congress was threatened by the leadership because of his stances. "I was called into Tom Delay’s office because I was supporting Republican challengers to Republican incumbents. I had a group called Team America that went out and did that. He called me and said to me, 'You’re jeopardizing your career in this place by doing these things.' And I said, 'Tom, out of all the things you can threaten with me that is the least effective because I do not look at this place as a career.'" http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008househome.html Tancredo had a 90% + Conservative record for 2008, 100% + for 2007, and a 97.2 + average for his 10 years in the US Congress: 2008 U.S. House Bills, Descriptions, Vote Counts: http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008_HouseVotes.html#1 Colorado U.S. House Votes 1-25 http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008_HouseVotes.html#2 Example: Name, 1-25 votes for 2008: - - - - - XXXXX - - - - - +++++ - - - - -, #-(2008-Conservative + votes %), #-(2007-Conservative + votes), #-(# of years in US Congress) #-(all years in US Congress Conservative + votes average) 1. DeGette - - - - - - X X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0 12 3.64 2. Udall Mark - - - - - - - - - (-) - - - - - - - - + - - - + + - 13 4 10 8.46 3. Salazar J - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - + - - - + + - 12 8 4 27.00 4. MUSGRAVE - + + + + X + + + X - + + + + + + + + + + - + + + 87 100 6 97.17 5. LAMBORN + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 100 100 2 100.00 6. TANCREDO + + X + + X + + + + + + + X + + + + + + + + - - X 90 100 10 97.20 7. Perlmutter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 4 2 2.00 In fairness I will start to do a search to see if there's any reason not to vote for Tom Tancredo. I suspect that I'll be reporting back that he has an all-Conservative type record, and that these; leftist-liberal-Democrat, liberal-moderate-Republican-RINO attacks against him, are at best, inaccurate-exaggerated representations of the related stories that they are taken from. Vote for Conservative Tom Tancredo To Win In the Colorado Governor Race !!!
Get our $$$ back in the USA, stop the elitists from doing deals with China-Japan-Asia-EU-Britain-Germany-France-Dutch-Saudi-Iraq-Iran-OPEC-India-Venezuela-Brazil-Mexico Conservative Tom Tancredo Needs our Help To Win In the Colorado Governor Race !!! Tell the Maes supporters to vote for Tancredo and he will be able to win. Hickenlooper-D is polling at 45%, Tancredo-American-Constitution-Party at 40%, and Maes-R has 10-12%. The people of Colorado mistreated Tancredo in the primary, He has 10 years as a US Congressman from Colorados 6th district. He grew up and lived in Colorado since 1945. Dan Maes moved to Colorado sometime after 1985, and has never ran for or held a public office before. Wew must try to appeal to the 10-12% hold out; Tea Party, Republican, and Independent Maes supporters-voters, to stop the Democrat from winning and to vote in a strong opponent of the Clintonistas-Obamanation regime. Tancredo on Barack Obama In a speech given at a campaign event for Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck on July 8, 2010, Tancredo said of President Barack Obama, "...the greatest threat to the United States today, the greatest threat to our liberty, the greatest threat to the Constitution of the United States, the greatest threat to our way of life; everything we believe in. The greatest threat to the country that our founding fathers put together is the man that's sitting in the White House today." On July 22, 2010, in an editorial in the Washington Times, Tancredo said that Congress should bring impeachment charges against President Obama. I just saw Tancredo on Fox news he seemed like a very stable normal person. He's not a major proponent of pot legalization as some of his opponents are trying to label him with. He just said that decriminalizing it for adults so that they can obtain/use it in the privacy of their own home, and heavily-crimnalizing it for adults who sell or give it to minors, might help to lower the staggering costs-SSS of the massive amounts of crime related to its, illegal smuggling, distribution, the resulting law enforcement involvement, routines, programs, investigators, special task forces, State and Federal, Attorney Generals, prosecutors, legal-aid lawyers, Judges, courts, prisons, against adults who use it. In other words his position is sort of like alot of people in the Tea Partys, position. That the war on drugs like most massive government programs is a miserable self-perpetuating bureaucratic-failure, designed to or serving the purpose of keeping the 100's of billions of S's costing behemoth going, for the purpose of keeping the money flowing in all directions. As crime increases and the jails are filling up because it's illegal for adults to legally purchase and use the stuff. Tancredo said that if the war on drugs for adults was dropped and re-designed to protect the minors and everyone else for that matter, that their should be heavy penalties, fines, to anyone who sells or gives any kind of drugs to a minor. He basicly said that those who use drugs had to be held responsible to keep any kind of detrimental effects, behavior, etc., within their own homes, to themselves, not while; driving, on the job, using machinery, in public, etc. And he wasn't even sounding at all like he was pushing this, he was asked about it and just explained it fully, effectively, but in a very mild manner. He gave his reason for voting for TARP, he felt that something had to done to save the US bankingf and economic system from crashing. Almost everyone else voted for it too, and most of the money has been paid back, so he shouldn't lose anyones vote over it, especially when confronted with the alternaive, the Democrat opponent in the race. He wasn't pushy at all in any of his answers. He wasn't asked about illegal-aliens, it was a short interview. He came off as very; calm, amiable, reasonable, easy to talk to, get answers out of, or work with. During a 2005 radio interview on Orlando talk-radio station WFLA AM 540, Tancredo responded to a questioner asking about the hypothetical U.S. response to a nuclear attack on U.S. cities by al-Qaeda, by saying that one possible response would be to retaliate by "taking out" Muslim holy sites (specifically, Mecca) if it were clearly proven that Islamic terrorists were behind such an attack. Several days later, in an interview on CNN together with James Zogby, Tancredo said that the attack was mentioned merely as a hypothetical response and insisted that there was nothing for which he should apologize. During the Republican Presidential Debate broadcast on Fox on May 15, 2007, Tancredo made a statement in passing that the root cause of Islamic terrorism is “a dictate of their religion.” In September 2007 Tancredo defended his remarks: "I still believe it is something we must consider as a possible deterrent because at the present time there are no negative consequences that would accrue to the people who commit a crime such as a nuclear, chemical or biological attack." During a July 31, 2007 townhall meeting in Iowa, Tancredo said that a threat to bomb Mecca and Medina was "the only thing I can think of" that could deter a nuclear terrorist attack. This statement drew substantial criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as State Department spokesman, George-Bush-RINO-Saudi-Iraqi-Iran-OPEC-man Tom Casey, who stated that "To somehow suggest that an appropriate response to terrorism would be to attack sites that are holy and sacred to more than a billion people throughout the world is just not inline with the; George-Bush-RINO-Saudi-Iraqi-Iran-OPEC-man, way to go/" Gay Marriage Said Tancredo in September 2007, "You have to remember that we are always just one kooky judge away from actually having homosexual marriage forced on all the rest of us, because of the [full faith and credit] clause in the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, we need, we absolutely have to have, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage." He is in full support of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Due to his numerous anti-gay stances, he has received ratings of 7% from the ACLU, 0% from the HRC, and 19% from the NAACP. Sonia Sotomayor Nomination Tancredo became one of the outspoken conservative opponents to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. On May 28, 2009, he made an appearance on CNN to voice his opposition and claimed that Sotomayor was a racist. When CNN’s Rick Sanchez asked him if Sotomayor was a racist, Tancredo replied “certainly her words would indicate that that is the truth”. He then compared the Hispanic-American advocacy group La Raza to the KKK by saying "it’s a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses". On February 4, 2010, Tancredo spoke at the National Convention for the Tea Party movement where he told attendees that Barack Obama won because of "people who could not even spell the word ’vote’ or say it in English". He then proposed "a civics literacy test" as a prerequisite to voting. These remarks were criticized by the Democratic Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll and the Southern Poverty Law Center's research director Heidi Beirich. Tancredo has denied the charge that his remarks were aimed at African Americans. Tom Tancredo is perhaps best known for his opposition to illegal immigration. Tancredo founded the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus in May 1999. He served as its Chairman until January 2007, when he turned the chairmanship over to Brian Bilbray. Tancredo has called for halting illegal immigration, and a three-year moratorium on all legal immigration to allow those immigrants already in the country to be assimilated. Tancredo's has staunchly supported tightening immigration requirements from Islamic countries. On September 18, 2008, Tancredo introduced H. R. 6975, the Jihad Prevention Act, which would require aliens to attest that they will not advocate installing a Sharia law system in the United States as a condition for admission, and for other purposes. Aliens failing to make such an attestation would be ineligible for admission. Further, the visa of any alien advocating the installation of a Sharia law system in the United States would be subject to revocation. Tancredo criticized the Denver Public Library system for purchasing reading materials written in Spanish and for offering space for classes to be held for these library users, on the grounds that putting Spanish-speakers in a 'linguistic ghetto' would delay their integration into American society. Tancredo sponsored legislation to eliminate H-1B visas for temporary workers in 2005. Tancredo was the sponsor of a successful, bi-partisan amendment to a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that would withhold federal emergency services funds from 'sanctuary cities'. On July 30, 2007, Tancredo "criticized Congressional Democrats for eliminating a requirement that anyone applying for Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) services provide proof of U.S. citizenship". According to Tancredo, "the new Democrat plan would raise taxes and make it easier for illegal aliens to obtain taxpayer-funded medical benefits". Tancredo has made it a point in all of his public speeches to differentiate between those who enter the United States legally and those who come illegally. He frequently attends naturalization ceremonies to support new citizens for "doing it the right way". In 2006, Tancredo published In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security through Joseph Farah's WND Books in Nashville, Tennessee. The volume focuses on American cultural identity and his proposals to remedy what he conteds to be major flaws in the immigration system. Conflict With RINO Party Leadership Tancredo's outspoken advocacy for immigration reform, and particularly his criticism of President George W. Bush's border security controls, reportedly made him persona non grata in the Bush White House.[89] According to Tancredo, he and Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove, got into a "screaming match" after Tancredo claimed that "if the nation suffered another attack at the hands of terrorists able to skirt immigration laws, the blood of the people killed" would be on Bush's and Congress’ hands. In an interview, Tancredo said his falling out with the White House has lasted. "One reason I am persona non grata at the White House is not just because of immigration... but because I refuse to support him on his trade policy, his education policy, Medicare and prescription drugs initiatives.... Here was a Republican Congress increasing government to an extent larger than it had been increased since Medicare had come into existence." Tancredo reported that his career in Congress was threatened by the leadership because of his stances. "I was called into Tom Delay’s office because I was supporting Republican challengers to Republican incumbents. I had a group called Team America that went out and did that. He called me and said to me, 'You’re jeopardizing your career in this place by doing these things.' And I said, 'Tom, out of all the things you can threaten with me that is the least effective because I do not look at this place as a career.'" http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008househome.html Tancredo had a 90% + Conservative record for 2008, 100% + for 2007, and a 97.2 + average for his 10 years in the US Congress: 2008 U.S. House Bills, Descriptions, Vote Counts: http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008_HouseVotes.html#1 Colorado U.S. House Votes 1-25 http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008_HouseVotes.html#2 Example: Name, 1-25 votes for 2008: - - - - - XXXXX - - - - - +++++ - - - - -, #-(2008-Conservative + votes %), #-(2007-Conservative + votes), #-(# of years in US Congress) #-(all years in US Congress Conservative + votes average) 1. DeGette - - - - - - X X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0 12 3.64 2. Udall Mark - - - - - - - - - (-) - - - - - - - - + - - - + + - 13 4 10 8.46 3. Salazar J - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - + - - - + + - 12 8 4 27.00 4. MUSGRAVE - + + + + X + + + X - + + + + + + + + + + - + + + 87 100 6 97.17 5. LAMBORN + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 100 100 2 100.00 6. TANCREDO + + X + + X + + + + + + + X + + + + + + + + - - X 90 100 10 97.20 7. Perlmutter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 4 2 2.00 In fairness I will start to do a search to see if there's any reason not to vote for Tom Tancredo. I suspect that I'll be reporting back that he has an all-Conservative type record, and that these; leftist-liberal-Democrat, liberal-moderate-Republican-RINO attacks against him, are at best, inaccurate-exaggerated representations of the related stories that they are taken from. Vote for Conservative Tom Tancredo To Win In the Colorado Governor Race !!!
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2010 on Read This, Reid at Monica Crowley
Get our $$$ back in the USA, stop the elitists from doing deals with China-Japan-Asia-EU-Britain-Germany-France-Dutch-Saudi-Iraq-Iran-OPEC-India-Venezuela-Brazil-Mexico Tom Tancredo Needs our Help To Win In the Colorado Governor Race !!! Tell the Maes supporters to vote for Tancredo and he will be able to win. Hickenlooper-D is polling at 45%, Tancredo-American-Constitution-Party at 40%, and Maes-R has 10-12%. The people of Colorado mistreated Tancredo in the primary, He has 10 years as a US Congressman from Colorados 6th district. He grew up and lived in Colorado since 1945. Dan Maes moved to Colorado sometime after 1985, and has never ran for or held a public office before. Wew must try to appeal to the 10-12% hold out; Tea Party, Republican, and Independent Maes supporters-voters, to stop the Democrat from winning and to vote in a strong opponent of the Clintonistas-Obamanation regime. Tancredo on Barack Obama In a speech given at a campaign event for Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck on July 8, 2010, Tancredo said of President Barack Obama, "...the greatest threat to the United States today, the greatest threat to our liberty, the greatest threat to the Constitution of the United States, the greatest threat to our way of life; everything we believe in. The greatest threat to the country that our founding fathers put together is the man that's sitting in the White House today." On July 22, 2010, in an editorial in the Washington Times, Tancredo said that Congress should bring impeachment charges against President Obama. I just saw Tancredo on Fox news he seemed like a very stable normal person. He's not a major proponent of pot legalization as some of his opponents are trying to label him with. He just said that decriminalizing it for adults so that they can obtain/use it in the privacy of their own home, and heavily-crimnalizing it for adults who sell or give it to minors, might help to lower the staggering costs-SSS of the massive amounts of crime related to its, illegal smuggling, distribution, the resulting law enforcement involvement, routines, programs, investigators, special task forces, State and Federal, Attorney Generals, prosecutors, legal-aid lawyers, Judges, courts, prisons, against adults who use it. In other words his position is sort of like alot of people in the Tea Partys, position. That the war on drugs like most massive government programs is a miserable self-perpetuating bureaucratic-failure, designed to or serving the purpose of keeping the 100's of billions of S's costing behemoth going, for the purpose of keeping the money flowing in all directions. As crime increases and the jails are filling up because it's illegal for adults to legally purchase and use the stuff. Tancredo said that if the war on drugs for adults was dropped and re-designed to protect the minors and everyone else for that matter, that their should be heavy penalties, fines, to anyone who sells or gives any kind of drugs to a minor. He basicly said that those who use drugs had to be held responsible to keep any kind of detrimental effects, behavior, etc., within their own homes, to themselves, not while; driving, on the job, using machinery, in public, etc. And he wasn't even sounding at all like he was pushing this, he was asked about it and just explained it fully, effectively, but in a very mild manner. He gave his reason for voting for TARP, he felt that something had to done to save the US bankingf and economic system from crashing. Almost everyone else voted for it too, and most of the money has been paid back, so he shouldn't lose anyones vote over it, especially when confronted with the alternaive, the Democrat opponent in the race. He wasn't pushy at all in any of his answers. He wasn't asked about illegal-aliens, it was a short interview. He came off as very; calm, amiable, reasonable, easy to talk to, get answers out of, or work with. During a 2005 radio interview on Orlando talk-radio station WFLA AM 540, Tancredo responded to a questioner asking about the hypothetical U.S. response to a nuclear attack on U.S. cities by al-Qaeda, by saying that one possible response would be to retaliate by "taking out" Muslim holy sites (specifically, Mecca) if it were clearly proven that Islamic terrorists were behind such an attack. Several days later, in an interview on CNN together with James Zogby, Tancredo said that the attack was mentioned merely as a hypothetical response and insisted that there was nothing for which he should apologize. During the Republican Presidential Debate broadcast on Fox on May 15, 2007, Tancredo made a statement in passing that the root cause of Islamic terrorism is “a dictate of their religion.” In September 2007 Tancredo defended his remarks: "I still believe it is something we must consider as a possible deterrent because at the present time there are no negative consequences that would accrue to the people who commit a crime such as a nuclear, chemical or biological attack." During a July 31, 2007 townhall meeting in Iowa, Tancredo said that a threat to bomb Mecca and Medina was "the only thing I can think of" that could deter a nuclear terrorist attack. This statement drew substantial criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as State Department spokesman, George-Bush-RINO-Saudi-Iraqi-Iran-OPEC-man Tom Casey, who stated that "To somehow suggest that an appropriate response to terrorism would be to attack sites that are holy and sacred to more than a billion people throughout the world is just not inline with the; George-Bush-RINO-Saudi-Iraqi-Iran-OPEC-man, way to go/" Gay Marriage Said Tancredo in September 2007, "You have to remember that we are always just one kooky judge away from actually having homosexual marriage forced on all the rest of us, because of the [full faith and credit] clause in the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, we need, we absolutely have to have, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage." He is in full support of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Due to his numerous anti-gay stances, he has received ratings of 7% from the ACLU, 0% from the HRC, and 19% from the NAACP. Sonia Sotomayor Nomination Tancredo became one of the outspoken conservative opponents to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. On May 28, 2009, he made an appearance on CNN to voice his opposition and claimed that Sotomayor was a racist. When CNN’s Rick Sanchez asked him if Sotomayor was a racist, Tancredo replied “certainly her words would indicate that that is the truth”. He then compared the Hispanic-American advocacy group La Raza to the KKK by saying "it’s a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses". On February 4, 2010, Tancredo spoke at the National Convention for the Tea Party movement where he told attendees that Barack Obama won because of "people who could not even spell the word ’vote’ or say it in English". He then proposed "a civics literacy test" as a prerequisite to voting. These remarks were criticized by the Democratic Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll and the Southern Poverty Law Center's research director Heidi Beirich. Tancredo has denied the charge that his remarks were aimed at African Americans. Tom Tancredo is perhaps best known for his opposition to illegal immigration. Tancredo founded the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus in May 1999. He served as its Chairman until January 2007, when he turned the chairmanship over to Brian Bilbray. Tancredo has called for halting illegal immigration, and a three-year moratorium on all legal immigration to allow those immigrants already in the country to be assimilated. Tancredo's has staunchly supported tightening immigration requirements from Islamic countries. On September 18, 2008, Tancredo introduced H. R. 6975, the Jihad Prevention Act, which would require aliens to attest that they will not advocate installing a Sharia law system in the United States as a condition for admission, and for other purposes. Aliens failing to make such an attestation would be ineligible for admission. Further, the visa of any alien advocating the installation of a Sharia law system in the United States would be subject to revocation. Tancredo criticized the Denver Public Library system for purchasing reading materials written in Spanish and for offering space for classes to be held for these library users, on the grounds that putting Spanish-speakers in a 'linguistic ghetto' would delay their integration into American society. Tancredo sponsored legislation to eliminate H-1B visas for temporary workers in 2005. Tancredo was the sponsor of a successful, bi-partisan amendment to a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that would withhold federal emergency services funds from 'sanctuary cities'. On July 30, 2007, Tancredo "criticized Congressional Democrats for eliminating a requirement that anyone applying for Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) services provide proof of U.S. citizenship". According to Tancredo, "the new Democrat plan would raise taxes and make it easier for illegal aliens to obtain taxpayer-funded medical benefits". Tancredo has made it a point in all of his public speeches to differentiate between those who enter the United States legally and those who come illegally. He frequently attends naturalization ceremonies to support new citizens for "doing it the right way". In 2006, Tancredo published In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security through Joseph Farah's WND Books in Nashville, Tennessee. The volume focuses on American cultural identity and his proposals to remedy what he conteds to be major flaws in the immigration system. Conflict With RINO Party Leadership Tancredo's outspoken advocacy for immigration reform, and particularly his criticism of President George W. Bush's border security controls, reportedly made him persona non grata in the Bush White House.[89] According to Tancredo, he and Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove, got into a "screaming match" after Tancredo claimed that "if the nation suffered another attack at the hands of terrorists able to skirt immigration laws, the blood of the people killed" would be on Bush's and Congress’ hands. In an interview, Tancredo said his falling out with the White House has lasted. "One reason I am persona non grata at the White House is not just because of immigration... but because I refuse to support him on his trade policy, his education policy, Medicare and prescription drugs initiatives.... Here was a Republican Congress increasing government to an extent larger than it had been increased since Medicare had come into existence." Tancredo reported that his career in Congress was threatened by the leadership because of his stances. "I was called into Tom Delay’s office because I was supporting Republican challengers to Republican incumbents. I had a group called Team America that went out and did that. He called me and said to me, 'You’re jeopardizing your career in this place by doing these things.' And I said, 'Tom, out of all the things you can threaten with me that is the least effective because I do not look at this place as a career.'" http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008househome.html Tancredo had a 90% + Conservative record for 2008, 100% + for 2007, and a 97.2 + average for his 10 years in the US Congress: 2008 U.S. House Bills, Descriptions, Vote Counts: http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008_HouseVotes.html#1 Colorado U.S. House Votes 1-25 http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2008/2008_HouseVotes.html#2 Example: Name, 1-25 votes for 2008: - - - - - XXXXX - - - - - +++++ - - - - -, #-(2008-Conservative + votes %), #-(2007-Conservative + votes), #-(# of years in US Congress) #-(all years in US Congress Conservative + votes average) 1. DeGette - - - - - - X X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0 12 3.64 2. Udall Mark - - - - - - - - - (-) - - - - - - - - + - - - + + - 13 4 10 8.46 3. Salazar J - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - + - - - + + - 12 8 4 27.00 4. MUSGRAVE - + + + + X + + + X - + + + + + + + + + + - + + + 87 100 6 97.17 5. LAMBORN + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 100 100 2 100.00 6. TANCREDO + + X + + X + + + + + + + X + + + + + + + + - - X 90 100 10 97.20 7. Perlmutter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 4 2 2.00 In fairness I will start to do a search to see if there's any reason not to vote for Tom Tancredo. I suspect that I'll be reporting back that he has an all-Conservative type record, and that these; leftist-liberal-Democrat, liberal-moderate-Republican-RINO attacks against him, are at best, inaccurate-exaggerated representations of the related stories that they are taken from. Vote for Tom Tancredo To Win In the Colorado Governor Race !!!
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the Senate is likely to hold a vote on the First Amendment-shredding DISCLOSE Act (a.k.a. - the Establishment Protection Act). This legislation, S. 3628, targets non-profits such as Campaign for Liberty and seeks to muzzle them during the election season. The House struggled and barely passed H.R. 5175 before the July 4 recess, and with your help, we can make sure it is defeated in the Senate. Incumbent politicians have always sought to separate their actions during the legislative season from the electoral season, and this bill gives them the opportunity to do so. Drawn up as a knee-jerk reaction to the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision this January, Democrats seek to change the rules in the middle of the game a mere 3 ½ months before the mid-term elections. A handful of powerful organizations are intensely lobbying Senators Scott Brown, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe to support the DISCLOSE Act by writing editorials and contacting media in their respective states. If we intend to stop this legislation from passing, we must surpass these efforts with our opposition. Currently they have all indicated misgivings on the bill, but they must hear from their constituents in opposition to this unconstitutional legislation. We must make every effort to ensure this legislation meets its demise when they bring it to the floor for a vote. Whether it be calling, emailing, or faxing your senators, writing an op-ed to your local paper, informing your friends and family, or stopping into your senators' local offices, whatever action you can take at this time will help in defeating this egregious affront to our constitutionally protected rights of free speech, privacy, and freedom of association.
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Breaking News: DISCLOSE Debate Tomorrow! 9/21/10 The Hill reports that Senate Democrats will once again attempt to shove the First Amendment-shredding DISCLOSE Act (a.k.a. The Establishment Protection Act) down our throats. A top spokesman for Harry Reid, Jim Manley, tweeted this afternoon that the Senate would debate DISCLOSE tomorrow, with a vote likely Thursday. At the end of July, the liberty movement was able to hold off DISCLOSE by just one vote! We knew they would bring it back up in an attempt to catch us off guard. This is the time for the movement to stand tall in the face of statism and deal this bill a final blow. For more information on this egregious affront to our personal liberties, visit our past blogs on the topic. This bill will force non-profits like C4L to turn over a donor list to the federal government and make it publicly available on our website. This will expose donors to "controversial" issue advocacy organizations to intimidation and harassment (every issue is controversial to someone). It would force organizations to adopt needless layers of bureaucracy in order to comply with the paperwork and filing deadlines of the new bill. It will restrict our free speech by placing vague, arbitrary restrictions on the language of our communications (even with our own members). Additionally, it further blurs the line between issue advocacy and express endorsements of a candidate, leaving the determination up to the federal government. Contact your senators today and demand they OPPOSE DISCLOSE!
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Kirsten Gillibrand is the ultimate flip-flopper politician on all of the major issues. She changed all of her opinions and voting on the masjor issues and legislation from when she was a Conservative-Democrat NY State US Congresswoman from 2006-Jan-2009. After she was appointerd NY US Senator 1-29-09 to replace left-wing-liberal-Democrat Hillary Clinton she flip-flopped on every major issue because of Chuck Schumer and the left-wing-liberal NY Democrats harrassing her for her past Conservative-Democrat; views-opinions-political-voting-record, etc. Read about all of her long list of major political flip-flops here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirsten_Gillibrand I wish that Joseph DioGuardi could beat her 51-49 or by a majority of votes at 50-50.
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Kirsten Gillibrand is the ultimate flip-flopper politician on all of the major issues. She changed all of her opinions and voting on the masjor issues and legislation from when she was a Conservative-Democrat NY State US Congresswoman from 2006-Jan-2009. After she was appointerd NY US Senator 1-29-09 to replace left-wing-liberal-Democrat Hillary Clinton she flip-flopped on every major issue because of Chuck Schumer and the left-wing-liberal NY Democrats harrassing her for her past Conservative-Democrat; views-opinions-political-voting-record, etc. Read about all of her long list of major political flip-flops here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirsten_Gillibrand I wish that Joseph DioGuardi could beat her 51-49 or by a majority of votes at 50-50. ------------------------------ Kirsten Gillibrand Early years and education A member of a politically active family, Kirsten Rutnik was born and raised in Albany, New York. Her parents are Douglas P. Rutnik, an attorney and Democratic lobbyist with close ties to Republicans Al D'Amato and George Pataki, and Polly Noonan Rutnik, also an attorney. Gillibrand's maternal grandmother, Dorothea "Polly" Noonan (1915–2003), was a women's rights activist who was a leader of the Albany Democratic machine and the closest confidant of longtime Albany mayor Erastus Corning. "As a 10-year-old girl," Gillibrand later said, "I would listen to my grandmother discuss issues and she made a lasting impression on me." After attending Albany's Academy of the Holy Names, she graduated in 1984 from Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. At Dartmouth College, she majored in Asian studies and graduated magna cum laude in 1988. While in college, Gillibrand was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and studied abroad in both Beijing, China and Taiwan. She is semi-fluent but "rusty" in Mandarin Chinese and still uses Chinese words and phrases occasionally in her normal vocabulary. Her Chinese name is Lu Tian Na (陆天娜) She received her Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991. She interned for Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) during college, and served as a law clerk to Judge Roger Miner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Legal career During the Clinton administration, Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Andrew Cuomo. She worked on HUD's Labor Initiative and its New Markets Initiative as well as on TAP's Young Leaders The American Democracy, on strengthening Davis-Bacon Act enforcement, and on drafting new markets legislation for public and private investment in building infrastructure in lower income areas. As an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Gillibrand worked on a wide range of legal and policy-related issues. She handled many pro bono cases, including abused women and their children, and tenants seeking safe housing after lead paint and unsafe conditions were found in their homes. Gillibrand was the Chair of the Women's Leadership Forum Network and was on the Boards of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee and the Commission on Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. She also served on the Advisory Board for the Brennan Center for Justice. Controversy over Philip Morris representation During her employment with Davis Polk & Wardwell, Gillibrand represented the world's largest cigarette company, Philip Morris (now Philip Morris USA, a division of Altria Group), during major litigation, including both civil lawsuits and U.S. Justice Department criminal and civil racketeering probes. Davis Polk permitted its associates to decline to work on tobacco-related cases if they had moral or ethical objections, but Gillibrand chose to represent Philip Morris in some of the most sensitive matters related to its defense. Gillibrand was closely involved in key tobacco-related litigation, including aiding Philip Morris's controversial efforts to suppress information on the health effects of cigarette smoking collected by its German lab, the Institut für biologische Forschung, and advising Philip Morris officials on the content of public statements regarding their products and practices. She continued to represent Altria Group while a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. In her 2008 Congressional campaign, Gillibrand reportedly received in excess of $18,000 in campaign donations from the tobacco industry, placing her among the top dozen House Democrats receiving such contributions. When her past work for Philip Morris surfaced during the 2008 campaign, Gillibrand claimed that she had no control over what cases she was assigned as a Davis Polk associate. She also noted that she had previously spoken about her Philip Morris work and that she had voted in favor of all three anti-tobacco bills in that session of Congress. She maintained that most of her work consisted of assisting the company in assembling documents in response to subpoenas, adding, "I don't think clients you represented as an associate are relevant, I think how you vote is relevant." She also claimed to have no knowledge of the financial contributions by Altria and Altria executives to her campaign, and was unfamiliar with her father's work as lobbyist for Philip Morris. The issue resurfaced after she took her seat in the Senate, when The New York Times ran a front page investigative piece in March 2009 on Gillibrand's work on behalf of Philip Morris. Gillibrand reacted quickly the Times article by placing ads on Google stating "Gillibrand Fights Tobacco" and directing viewers to a link to a page on her site touting a 100% anti-tobacco voting record. Political career U.S. House of Representatives In 2006, Gillibrand defeated four-term Republican incumbent John E. Sweeney in New York's 20th congressional district election by a margin of 53%-47%. She co-founded the Congressional High Tech Caucus with Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) at the beginning of the 110th Congress. She was also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition during her tenure in the House. Gillibrand while serving in the House of Representatives Gillibrand won her bid for re-election in 2008 and enjoyed a sophomore surge, defeating challenger Alexander "Sandy" Treadwell 62%-38%. During the campaign, she was criticized for hosting fundraisers in London, England, and Paris, France. While the fundraisers were legal and contributions only came from American citizens living abroad, some critics claimed that her actions were hypocritical since during her first campaign, she had criticized Sweeney for hosting an out-of-state fundraiser for the 2006 election. Media reports of her relationship with colleagues in the New York congressional delegation have been contradictory. During the spectacle surrounding Gillibrand's eventual appointment to the United States Senate in January 2009, commentators like Politico's Glenn Thrush and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd claimed that Gillibrand was "unpopular" and was known within her delegation by the unflattering nickname "Tracy Flick", after the Reese Witherspoon character from the movie Election. Recently, 11 members of the NY Congressional Delegation, including 5 from the NYC area, endorsed her 2010 Senate campaign. During her tenure in the House, she would travel the Washington Metro with her son Theodore and drop him off at the congressional day care center before proceeding to work. She has also posted her daily schedules, earmark requests and financial disclosure forms on her website. In a May 2008 New York Times article, Gillibrand was mentioned along with fellow Representative Gabrielle Giffords as a "young Democratic dragon slayer who won in a Republican district" in the context of possibly becoming the first woman to be elected President. U.S. Senate Gillibrand with Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch On December 1, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his choice of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the junior U.S. Senator from New York, as United States Secretary of State. Clinton's nomination was confirmed by the Senate and she resigned her Senate seat on January 21, 2009, creating a vacancy in the Senate to be filled by appointment by Governor David Paterson until a special election in 2010 for the balance of Clinton's term, which ends in 2012. Gillibrand had been rumored by the media as one of several people, including Caroline Kennedy and New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, to be under consideration as Clinton's replacement. On January 23, Paterson announced his selection of Gillibrand as the junior Senator from New York. In attendance were Al D'Amato, in whose office she interned and who is one of only three living former Senators from New York (along with Clinton and James L. Buckley), and other New York State officials and some members of the New York Congressional delegation. Gillibrand officially took office on January 27, taking the oath of office from Vice President Joe Biden. Gov. Paterson's choice of Gillibrand was met with both praise and criticism. She was touted by some Democrats as a rising star in the Democratic Party. New York Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy, a vocal supporter of gun control who reportedly considered challenging Gillibrand in the 2010 primary because of this issue, expressed strong objections to the appointment of anyone with a 100% positive rating from the NRA. Senator Chuck Schumer, also a strong gun control advocate, supported the appointment and urged McCarthy to give Gillibrand a chance. McCarthy has since said she will not run for the seat The New York Immigration Coalition also objected to the appointment based upon Gillibrand's views on immigration reform. President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all expressed their support for the appointment. A Quinnipiac Poll in January 2009 showed that a plurality (46%) of New Yorkers polled expressed approval of Gillibrand's appointment to the Senate, but when asked if they have a favorable opinion of Gillibrand, 63% said they do not know enough about her yet. A Siena College poll at the same time showed twice as many respondents had a favorable opinion of her as had an unfavorable one (30–14%), but also reported a majority of respondents having neither a favorable nor unfavorable opinion. Committee assignments Following her swearing in, Gillibrand was assigned to the following Senate committees: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health (Chairwoman) Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee on Oversight Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection Special Committee on Aging Political views During her tenure in the House of Representatives, Gillibrand was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and was considered a centrist, Gillibrand has received an 8% rating from the American Conservative Union, 70% from Americans for Democratic Action, and 90% from the American Civil Liberties Union. OnTheIssues.org rates Gillibrand as a "Populist-Leaning Liberal." Health care reform legislation Gillibrand voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Senate's version of health care reform legislation, although it did not contain provisions for a public option for health insurance, for which she had previously expressed support. The Senate bill was heavily criticized by New York Governor David Paterson and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who warned that it would force New York City to close 100 health clinics, would create a $1 billion hole in New York State's budget, and threaten the existence of struggling hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Bloomberg, who called the bill a "disgrace," subsequently telephoned Gillibrand personally to express his extreme dissatisfication with the bill. When confronted with these criticisms, Gillibrand responded, "What the mayor and the governor are talking about is the Medicare reimbursement rates... I've been fighting on this issue for over six months. What it is, Erroll, is when it comes to funding formulas in the Senate, there are more small states than big states, and so the funding formulas tend to help small states. And that's something Senator Schumer and I have to push back on every single time, because the fact of the matter is, for every dollar New York sends to Washington, we only get 79 cents back, and that's largely due to these formulas. We win on the formula debate on the House. So what I've been trying to do is fight for the House version of the bill when we are in conference... If we are successful we can close the $1 billion gap." Gillibrand also claimed that the bill would be a net benefit for New York because it would bring in $40 billion to the state, insure 2.7 million New Yorkers, increase the use of preventative care by requiring that it is covered, and give tax credits to 250,000 small businesses to help them afford health care coverage. Economic crisis measures During the height of the global financial crisis in 2008, Gillibrand, then a member of the House of Representatives, voted twice against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, calling it "fundamentally flawed". However, she did vote for the automobile industry bailout in December 2008. In 2009, as Senator, Gillibrand voted for the $787 billion stimulus plan backed by the Obama administration. At a press conference on January 25, 2009, Gillibrand said that during her first week in the Senate, she would work to ensure that the stimulus bill included relief funds for New York State. She supported the President's recovery plan and budget, and voted for cram down to allow judges to write down mortgages of struggling homeowners. Abortion and Reproductive Issues Gillibrand espouses a pro-choice position and has voted in favor of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, contraception and United Nations Population Fund programs. She voted against Senator Ben Nelson's proposed amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would have prohibited the government from allowing insurance plans that cover abortion in a national healthcare exchange. Labor Gillibrand is a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act commonly referred to by its opponents as card check . The legislation would allow the formation of a union without an election by secret ballot when 50% or more of workers sign authorization cards. Gun rights Gillibrand's position on gun rights has changed since she joined the Senate. While in the House, she was an outspoken opponent of gun control.She had received a 100% positive rating from the NRA, and sponsored an amendment to the 2008 Farm Bill that would have allowed expanded hunting on public lands. Gillibrand has also worked to strengthen the NRA-endorsed National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Act. Gillibrand's pro-gun rights positions received great scrutiny after her appointment to the Senate and were the object of scathing criticism by some of her fellow New York Democrats, particularly those in the New York City area. Within days of her being named to the Senate by the governor, Gillibrand indicated that her pro-gun rights position was flexible. At the start of a statewide "listening tour" in Harlem, Gillibrand was asked whether there might be NRA positions that contradict the gun-control needs of an inner-city community. She replied, "There might well be," adding, "I'll look into it." In one of her first votes as a Senator, Gillibrand voted to reject a measure that would have expanded gun rights in the District of Columbia. While Gillibrand's spokesman characterized the vote as consistent with her previous view that local governments have the right to determine gun restrictions, the Albany Times-Union noted that her position was counter to her vote just five months earlier on an almost identical House bill. She also cosponsored the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2009 with Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, a longtime advocate of gun control. Gillibrand also opposed federal legislation that would have allowed American citizens to carry concealed firearms across state lines if they were legally allowed to carry the weapons in their home states. Illegal immigration Gillibrand has also modified some of her positions on illegal immigration to the United States since her appointment to the Senate. As a Representative, Gillibrand opposed granting any sort of amnesty to illegal immigrants and supported empowering local police to enforce Federal immigration laws. She also opposed giving federal contracts to employers who have hired illegal immigrants and supported increasing the number of border patrol agents. She was a co-sponsor of the SAVE Act, which aimed to crack down on illegal immigration by means of more border guards, surveillance technology, accelerated deportations and a mandatory program requiring employers to verify the immigration status of employees. Breaking with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Gillibrand opposed his plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. She also voted in favor of Rep. Tom Tancredo's legislation targeting and withholding Federal funds from sanctuary cities. Gillibrand also sought to make English the official language of the United States. Following her appointment to the Senate, Gillibrand's positions were harshly criticized by immigration advocates and Democratic elected officials. She subsequently changed some of her positions, explaining that "it’s a case of learning more and expanding my view.” She now opposes deporting illegal immigrants and cutting off funds to sanctuary cities. She also supports an earned path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. She is a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would provide amnesty to any undocumented immigrants under the age of 35 who first entered the United States before the age of 16, has been in the country for at least the last five years, and has earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States and would retroactively repeal the federal law that prohibits state colleges and universities from giving undocumented immigrant students in-state tuition rates. She also supports a moratorium on home raids until comprehensive immigration reform is passed. She still opposes granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. LGBT issues Gillibrand favors legalizing civil unions across the country and leaving the issue of same-sex marriage up to the States, once stating, “All [the] things that we give to married couples, committed gay couples should be eligible for. And then the question of whether you call it a marriage or not, what you label it, that can be left to the states to decide.” In 2007, Gillibrand received an 80 out of 100 rating from the LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign—the lowest score out of New York’s Democratic representatives. She declined to cosponsor legislation repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. She voted against legislation to grant same-sex partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents the same immigration status of married couples. In an interview with the editorial board of the New York Times following her appointment to the Senate, Gillibrand insisted that she had supported same-sex marriage since shortly before her re-election to the House in 2008. On the morning of her appointment to the Senate, she called the Empire State Pride Agenda to reiterate her full support for same-sex marriage. According to the ESPA, as a member of the Senate, Gillibrand will also support a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. On April 16, 2009, Gillibrand endorsed Governor Paterson's proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. In July, 2009, Senator Gillibrand announced she was considering introducing an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would impose an 18-month moratorium on the discharge of gays serving in the military. She ultimately decided against introducing the amendment, as she could not amass the 60 votes required to avoid a filibuster, but told the blog The Daily Beast that she was able to secure the commitment of the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold hearings on "don't ask, don't tell" in the fall of 2009. However, the hearings were postponed and began on February 2, 2010. In December, 2009, the LGBT publication The Advocate, citing Senator Gillibrand's position on gay marriage and her work toward repealing "don't ask don't tell", declared her one of its five "People of the Year". Taxes She opposes the No Child Left Behind Act, because she believes it "places an unmanageable strain on county and school budgets". She supports doubling the Child and Dependent Care Credit, and eliminating or permanently fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax. ACORN In September 2009, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to strip federal housing funds from ACORN in the wake of the a controversy over apparently illegal activity exposed on undercover videos. Gillibrand split from Sen. Charles Schumer and joined just six other senators who voted against the bill. Gillibrand defended her vote, claiming that eliminating funding for ACORN "would be harmful to the thousands of hard-working New Yorkers who need extra assistance in the middle of this economic crisis."
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