There must be something about springtime in Washington that makes Senators forget where they came from.
Next week, the Senate is set to begin debate on a bill that will raise the price of gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil and aviation fuel.(view this Heritage Foundation state-by-state breakdown to find out how much Warner Lieberman will cost you). It's the Warner-Lieberman global warming bill, and its supporters are as misguided and out-of-touch with the American people as the supporters of last spring's immigration amnesty bill - and we all remember how that turned out.
Our Goal: 100,000 Voices the Senate Can't Ignore
There are two things you can do now to fight back.
First, call or email your Senator and tell him or her to vote "no" on Warner-Lieberman - "no" on raising the cost of driving to work, heating your home, and feeding your family.
Second, visit americansolutions.com/drillnow and sign our "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" petition.
The petition is simple but powerful. It says:
We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.
In just a few short days, over 45,000 Americans have signed the pledge.
And with your help, as the Senate begins to debate Warner-Lieberman, American Solutions will present the names of 100,000 of their constituents who will hold them accountable if they fail to allow America the freedom to use its own energy resources instead of relying on foreign dictators.
Americans truly have a choice - a choice between the Pay More, Send More Money to Foreign Dictators and Cripple America Left and the Produce More, Enjoy More, Pay Less, Stengthen American Center-Right Majority.
Make your choice by visiting americansolutions.com/drillnow.
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Kudos to Congressman Green
I also want to take the time to congratulate a principled Democratic Representative who had the courage to break with his party leadership last week on the issue of domestic energy production.
Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) told CNBC, "We also need more exploration. But we really need to get more oil to the market, particularly from our own country. The best signal we can send to OPEC and anywhere else in the world is maybe not filing a lawsuit against them but actually saying 'we are going to start producing in our own country.'"
All Americans who are concerned about out-of-control prices and our vulnerability to energy blackmail by foreign dictators should appreciate and acknowledge Congressman Green's stand. The only question left is the one posed to Green by the CNBC anchor: "Can you convince the other wings of your party to think like you do?"
"Rediscovering God in America" Goes to Hollywood
Callista and I were thrilled to have our DVD, "Rediscovering God in America" shown at the Warner Theatre on the Warner Studios lot.
It meant a lot to have nearly 400 people come out in the movie industry to see a film explaining our Creator's role in Washington.
Now I Know Why President Reagan Loved His Ranch
Callista and I also visited the Reagan Library and the Reagan Ranch last week to film some segments for our new documentary on President Reagan, which will be released later this year.
The visit to the ranch was a surprising revelation of the simplicity and strength which President Reagan drew on throughout his presidency. While in office, he and Nancy spent nearly a full year there (360 days in eight years) and it was easy to see why, given the comfort, quiet and natural beauty of the place (we had deer in the nearby field as we were filming). The joys of the Ranch gave President Reagan a sense of comfort, serenity and renewing strength which allowed him to stay focused on the great goals of his administration.
The Young America's Foundation is doing a great job running the ranch and preserving its historic nature. Former Secret Service agent John Barletta... (continued below)
... was a great host and we recommend his book Riding with Reagan which tells stories about President Reagan that only someone who had been with him for 15 years would have known.
A Bridge to the 21st Century in Minneapolis
Remember the bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed last summer? Columnist Barry Casselman lives three blocks away, and has naturally been concerned with how quickly government can replace the bridge so that life (and traffic) can return to normal in Minneapolis.
In his op-ed Casselman describes how, despite the urging of some, Minneapolis decided against raising taxes and opted instead for innovative, incentives-based contracting to replace the bridge. Thanks to bonuses in the contract for early completion, Casselman writes, the bridge could be open and ready for traffic by the Republican national convention in Minneapolis this September.
This is the kind of 21st century contracting that relies on private sector incentives - instead of bureaucracy and regulation - that could be applied to developing energy sources like clean coal, NASA and the space program, and a whole host of government activity.
Georgia Leads the Nation in School Choice
My home state of Georgia has taken a giant step forward in education reform that deserves more attention.
Governor Sonny Perdue (R) has signed what is reportedly the most expansive school choice law in the nation. Under it, all students and their families in Georgia will be eligible for a scholarship to attend the school of their choice.
My friend Paul Weyrich has more here.
P.S. -- Father's Day is just around the corner and my new novel (with historian William Forstchen) Days of Infamy makes a great gift. It's the second in our Pacific war series. Just click here to get signed copies of both Days of Infamy and Pearl Harbor.
P.P.S. -- "It was his success that really got him excited" These are the words of the mother of a Fulton County, Georgia 8th grader who participated in the "Learn & Earn" program I told you about last week. As I mentioned, my daughter, Jackie Cushman, is one of the innovators behind this pilot project. The official results won't be available for a few weeks, but the anecdotal evidence of how this project is turning around academically struggling young men and women is very encouraging.
Platform of the American People Progress Report
We garnered to significant endorsements for the Platform of the American People this week. Here's what the two leaders had to say:
We look forward to working with these two leaders in the future. Get involved! Contact Princella Smith: email@example.com Click here to sign the Petition! Click here for 12 things you can do to participate in this movement! And, as always, stay tuned to americansolutions.com for more updates!
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Last week, Vince and Rick discussed nuclear and hydrogen power and the key steps Congress can take to increase nuclear power production with former Pennsylvanian Congressman Robert Walker. Rick and Vince also spoke with Vincent Reinhart, AEI Scholar and former director of the Federal Reserve Board's Division of Monetary Affairs, about the various reasons for the rising food and energy prices. [Click here to listen]
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