Where does your U.S. Representative stand on Trump’s AHCA?

Tomorrow, the news reports, the U.S. House will be voting on President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s Affordable Health Care Act.

The AHCA does not repeal Obamacare, as many of the U.S. Representatives campaigned on just last year.

Additionally, per the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the new AHCA is expected to raise health care premiums. Higher than they are already? Incredible.

The following U.S. Representatives have openly stated they will vote “No” for the AHCA. Is your Representative one of them?  Check out the list below:

Congressmen to vote against Trumpcare

Congressional District 4:  Representative John Ratcliffe has publicly confirmed he will vote for AHCA,  Ratcliffe may be reached here.

Senator Kelly Hancock and Representative Matt Schaefer file Disabled Preborn Justice Act to ban discriminatory abortions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senator Kelly Hancock and Representative Matt Schaefer file Disabled Preborn Justice Act to ban discriminatory abortions

Austin, Texas—March 10, 2017: Today, Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and Representative Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) filed the Disabled Preborn Justice Act in the Texas Senate and House, respectively.  Senate Bill 1427 and House Bill 1971 would ban the practice of discriminatory abortions in Texas, protecting babies from abortions due to disability, ethnicity, or gender.  Under current law, most babies are protected from abortion after 20 weeks gestation, the stage of development at which they undeniably feel pain.  However, babies who may have a disability can be killed in an abortion through all nine months of development in the womb.

Babies who may have a severe genetic abnormality or congenital condition still feel the pain of the violent abortion procedure that results in their death.  No matter what disability a child may have, he or she is still an innocent human being.  The deadly discrimination in Texas law denies these children the Right to Life and the opportunity to overcome their disability.  The anti-Life exemptions in the law also ignore the possibility of misdiagnoses.  A 2014 report by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting found alarming misuse of unregulated prenatal screening that results in misdiagnoses and discriminatory abortions.

Even when the disability is fatal, abortion is not the solution.  Life-affirming options exist, primarily through perinatal hospice.  The growing network of perinatal hospices provide care for children with terminal conditions and support for grieving families.  The Disabled Preborn Justice Act requires that women receiving a diagnosis of a fetal abnormality or disability receive information about perinatal hospice resources available to them.

The Disabled Preborn Justice Act would also ban the practice of sex selective abortion and outlaw force or threats of force for anyone, including physicians, attempting to coerce a woman to undergo an abortion due to her preborn child’s ethnicity, sex, or disability.

Texas Right to Life Director Elizabeth Graham praised the legislation stating, “Current provisions singling out disabled preborn children for death are not only embarrassing for the state but morally unconscionable.  Our Pro-Life protections should be extended to all children in the womb, and we are grateful that Senator Hancock and Representative Schaefer stand with Texas Right to Life to close this loophole.”

from Texas Right to  Life

Matt Walsh: If you call this a ‘Muslim ban,’ you are a shameless liar

Say what you want about the Executive Order Trump issued on Friday, but if you say that it’s a “Muslim Ban,” you are telling a lie. It is not a Muslim Ban. It’s not even close to being a Muslim Ban. It is not a Muslim Ban in any way. Stop lying. STOP LYING.

Trump has temporarily prohibited the citizens of 7 particular countries from entering the United States. Those countries were singled out as “countries of concern” — by Obama originally — because they churn out terrorists by the bushel. Any rational, honest person would agree that we must be careful in how we admit people from places like Somalia and Libya and other failed states where militant jihadists are hatched by the thousands. It’s not Trump’s fault that the most dangerous nations in the world happen to be majority Muslim. And, anyway, there are 43 majority Muslim nations left unaffected by this new rule. Muslim ban? No. Not at all.

There are only two reasonable criticisms of Trump’s policy, and one of them is that he should have targeted MORE Muslims countries, not fewer. The other is that the Executive Order was executed clumsily, and the officials tasked with carrying it out were not given instructions on how to do so. That’s a legitimate point, but the substance of the Order is wise and logical, and the panic over it has been, as usual, overblown to the point of lunacy:

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Please, Mr. President, Stay who you are!

We really enjoyed this article by Lloyd Marcus with American Thinker. Check out the excerpts we appreciated from President Trump’s Inaugural Address:

Here are a few vows Trump made in his inaugural address that are as repulsive to the left the Cross is to Dracula.

“…we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.”

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.  From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”  Them’s fightin’ words to the left (Democrats, Hollywood and mainstream media).

“We will get our people off of welfare and back to work[.]”  The Democrats’ insidious scheme is always to hand out more welfare checks, getting as many Americans as possible addicted, enslaved, and dependent upon government.

“I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.”

“For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry – subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.  We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.”  Leftists barfed.

“America will start winning again – winning like never before.”  Leftist heads exploded.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/01/please_mr_president_stay_who_you_are.html#ixzz4WhYt9rJb
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How Rep. Louie Gohmert exposed House leadership’s ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ bill on the House floor

We, in TX Congressional District 1, appreciate our Congressman Louie Gohmert.

By: Daniel Horowitz | September 21, 2016

It’s a sad day when conservatives have to expend all of their political capital preventing Republicans from making the Islamic terror problem worse rather than uniting to fight the willful blindness of the Left. Unfortunately, that is exactly what some conservatives had to do on the House floor yesterday.

We already know what the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, as the body closest to the people, does NOT do. It does not use the power of the purse or oversight to fight for the people on any gravely consequential issue in a meaningful way, such as refugees, immigration enforcement, Obamacare, Iran, etc. But what does it do with all that time in Washington?

If you answered “sitting on the ball and running out the clock,” you have correctly accounted for everything Republicans do in a given week.

Late yesterday afternoon, Republicans voted on a whopping 35 suspension votes. There are another 14 to come today. Suspension votes were designed for legitimately non-controversial issues, such as the naming of post offices, whereby the bill is brought to a vote with no committee action. These bills are subject to limited debate and win passage so long as they garner a two-thirds majority. Instead of using this procedural move as an exception to passing legislation, Republicans have been using the suspension calendar as the main course of their agenda; pushing banal or often liberal bills through without scrutiny. The practice itself is offensive because most congressional offices don’t have the time to analyze so many off-topic bills on a variety of issues. Moreover, Republicans chastised the Pelosi Congress for spending most of their time on vanity issues instead of addressing the core problems with our economy and security.


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Initially, House leadership planned to ram these bills through by voice vote. Doing so would not have required a recorded vote. While some of the bills covered the naming of post offices, others created new programs and should have required scrutiny and input from the membership. One bill, for example, mandated that all public bathrooms have change tables for babies. Another bill expanded Medicaid programs, even though we already spend $365 billion on this behemoth which does nothing for upward mobility, but rather perpetuates a need for its own existence. To protest this action, Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas (A, 96%), Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. (A, 91%), Justin Amash, R-Mich. (A, 96%), and several others stood on the floor throughout the day to demand roll call votes.

As Gohmert asked on the House floor, what is the purpose of throwing money at programs that train law enforcement to spot the Islamophobe instead of the jihadist?

But one bill, which was rigorously protested by Gohmert, deserves a special mention. As part of House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul’s, R-Texas (F, 58%) obsession with throwing money at the jihad problem instead of addressing the willful blindness at a policy level, he sponsored a suspension bill (H.R. 5859) to create a new $195 million counterterrorism grant program. DHS already spends $1.6 billion on wasteful programs to train local law enforcement, but as we’ve noted before, much of those funds actually exacerbate the problem because they go towards “Countering Violent Extremism” programs. They literally empower the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups to train local law enforcement in Islamophobia instead of spotting jihadists.

Facing criticism for previous CVE bills, McCaul got smart and took out all references to CVE. Supporters of the bill claim that the money will go directly to law enforcement and does not involve CVE. The problem is that the bill still requires applicants to develop a plan to “work with community partners, ”which, in this sphere of work — especially under the current DHS —  is heavily influenced by groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Furthermore, why are Republicans acting like Democrats and throwing money at a policy problem? It’s like responding to a raging fire with a hose of coins instead of a hose full of water. It’s like Democrats spending $1.1 billion to fight Zika (when we already have unspent funds) and at the same time banning pesticides.

That we’ve brought in thousands of jihadists and that the FBI has allowed all of the recent terrorists to slip through their crosshairs is not the result of a lack of funding, it’s a result of willful blindness — the very willful blindness that is fostered by the groups that would be subcontracted under these programs. As Gohmert asked on the House floor, what is the purpose of throwing money at programs that train law enforcement to spot the Islamophobe instead of the jihadist?

Ironically, when McCaul called up the bill, he had Democrat Rep. Donald Payne Jr. D-N.J. (F, 16%) speak on the floor in favor of the bill because liberals support it. It’s an easy way not to talk about the real problem — CVE, the Muslim Brotherhood, mass migration and refugees, etc. In comes Louie Gohmert and claims time in opposition against “his own party” and absolutely demolishes the entire premise of the bill. It’s worth watching his full speech:

Gohmert made a simple demand: that if this bill is genuinely not about the CVE agenda, why not attach an amendment to prohibit any funding from being awarded to groups listed as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial?

The House will finish all of the roll call votes today (along with an additional 14 suspension votes) and will likely pass this bill with overwhelming support. Senate conservatives would be wise to put a hold on this bill and refuse to fast-track it to the Senate floor unless the limiting rider is placed in the bill.

In many respects, the activity on the House floor yesterday afternoon embodies the divide within the party. Mainline Republicans refuse to confront Democrats on important issues, spending most of their time with banal and liberal bills that offer the palest of pale pastel differences between the parties. Meanwhile, conservatives like Gohmert and Huelskamp fight the lonely battles for We the People.

– See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/09/how-rep-louie-gohmert-exposed-house-leaderships-countering-violent-extremism-bill#sthash.Uz8QAm2g.dpuf

Straus and the Second Amendment

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and his cronies are reeling after being exposed for their efforts to appoint a strident opponent of Second Amendment rights to the Texas Ethics Commission. 
 
While Straus himself is saying nothing, an unsigned statement from the Texas House Republican Caucus is attempting to quell concerns that someone who says she wants to “dismantle” the National Rifle Association could be placed in a position to do so in the Lone Star State.
 
In their statement, the caucus says its members have “great confidence” Straus will appoint “the best” Democrat. Someone might want to explain what “best” means; is it an appointee who will respect the constitutional rights of citizens to speak and engage in government, or someone who will tow the establishment line quelling political speech?
 
(Ironically, the Caucus isn’t denying that the anti-Second Amendment liberal won’t still be appointed, only that someone in Straus’ office has assured an unnamed person with the caucus that the deal isn’t done yet.)
 
The Republican Caucus, helmed by State Rep. Tan Parker of Flower Mound, is feeling heat about their speaker’s apparent willingness to appoint a radical leftist to the TEC. Texans have learned, even if the GOP caucus has not, that the coalition of Democrats and Republicans propping up Straus will always be at war with conservative principles.
 
You can let your state representative know what you think by calling their office directly512-463-0750 or by calling the Capitol switchboard at 512-463-4630.
Respectfully Yours,
Michael Quinn Sullivan
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Why our children are so bored at school, cannot wait, get easily frustrated and have no real friends?

educationI am an occupational therapist with 10 years of experience working with children, parents, and teachers. I completely agree with this teacher’s message that our children getting worse and worse in many aspects. I hear the same consistent message from every teacher I meet. Clearly, throughout my ten years as an Occupational Therapist, I have seen and continue to see a decline in kids’ social, emotional, academic functioning, as well as a sharp increase in learning disabilities and other diagnoses.

Today’s children come to school emotionally unavailable for learning and there are many factors in our modern lifestyle that contribute to this. As we know, the brain is malleable. Through environment we can make the brain “stronger” or make it “weaker”. I truly believe that with all our greatest intentions, we unfortunately remold our children’s brains in the wrong direction. Here is why…

1. Technology

“Free babysitting service… the payment is waiting for you just around the corner”.  We pay with our kids’ nervous system, with their attention, and ability for delayed gratification. Compared to virtual reality, everyday life is boring. When kids come to the classroom, they are exposed to human voices and adequate visual stimulation as opposed to being bombarded with graphic explosions and special effects that they are used to seeing on the screens. After hours of virtual reality, processing information in a classroom becomes increasingly challenging for our kids because their brains are getting used to the high levels of stimulation that video games provide. The inability to process lower levels of stimulation leaves kids vulnerable to academic challenges. Technology also disconnects us emotionally from our children and our families. Parental emotional availability is the main nutrient for child’s brain. Unfortunately, we are gradually depriving our children from that nutrient.

2. Kids get everything they want the moment they want

“I am Hungry!!” “In a sec I will stop at drive thru” “I am Thirsty!” “Here is a vending machine”. “I am bored!” “Use my phone!”   The ability to delay gratification is one of the key factors for future success. We have all the greatest intention in mind to make our children happy, but unfortunately, we make them happy at the moment but miserable in a long term.  To be able to delay gratification means to be able to function under stress. Our children are gradually becoming less equipped to deal with even minor stressors which eventually become huge obstacles to their success in life.
The inability to delay gratification is often seen in classrooms, malls, restaurants, and toy stores the moment the child hears “No” because parents have taught their“child’s brain” to get what it wants right away

3. Kids rule the world

“My son doesn’t like vegetables” “She doesn’t like going to bed early” “He doesn’t like to eat breakfast” “She doesn’t like toys, but she is very good at her IPAD” “He doesn’t want to get dressed on his own” “She is too lazy to eat on her own”. This is what I hear from parents all the time. Since when do children dictate to us how to parent them? If we leave it all up to them , all they are going to do is eat macaroni and cheese, bagel with cream cheese, watch TV, play on their tablets, and never go to bed. What good are we doing them by giving them what they WANT when we know that it is not GOOD for them? Without proper nutrition and a good night’s sleep, our kids come to school irritable, anxious, and inattentive.  In addition, we send them the wrong message.  They learn they can do what they want and not do what they don’t want. The concept of “need to do’ is absent. Unfortunately, in order to achieve our goals in our lives, we have to do what’s necessary which may not always be what we want to do.  For example, if a child wants to be an A student, he needs to study hard. If he wants to be a successful soccer player, he needs to practice every day. Our children know very well what they want but have very hard time to do what is necessary to achieve that goal. This results in unattainable goals and leaves the kids disappointed.

4. Endless Fun

We created an artificial fun world for our children. There are no dull moments. The moment it becomes quiet, we run to entertain them again because otherwise we feel that we are not doing our parenting duty. We live in two separate worlds. They have their “fun “world and we have our “work” world. Why aren’t children helping us in the kitchen or with laundry? Why don’t they tidy up their toys? This is basic monotonous work that trains the brain to be workable and function under “boredom” which is the same “muscle” that is required to be eventually teachable at school.  When they come to school and it is time for printing, their answer is “I can’t. It is too hard. Too boring” Why? Because the workable “muscle” is not getting trained through endless fun. It gets trained through work.

5. Limited social interaction

We are all busy, so we give our kids digital gadgets and make them “busy” too. Kids used to play outside, where in unstructured natural environments, they learned and practiced their social skills.  Unfortunately, technology replaced the outdoor time.  Also, technology made the parents less available to socially interact with their kids. Obviously, our kids fall behind…the babysitting gadget is not equipped for social skill development. Most successful people are the ones who have great social skills. This is the priority!

The brain is just like a muscle that is trainable and re-trainable. If you want your child to be able to bike, you teach him biking skills. If you want your child to be able to wait, you need to teach him patience.  If you want your child to be able to socialize, you need to teach him social skills. The same applies to all the other skills. There is no difference!!

You can make a difference though in your child’s life by training your child’s brain so that your child will successfully function on social, emotional, and academic levels. Here is how:

1. Limit technology, and instead re-connect with your kids emotionally

  • Surprise them with flowers, share a smile, tickle them, put a love note in backpack or under their pillow, surprise them by taking them out for lunch on a school day, dance together, crawl together, have pillow fights
  • Have family dinners,  board game nights (see the list of my favourite board games in my previous blog post), go biking, go to outdoor walks with flashlight in the evening

2. Train delay gratification

  • Make them wait!!! It is ok to have “I am bored “ time – this is the first step to creativity
  • Gradually increase the waiting time between “I want” and “I get”
  • Avoid technology use in cars and restaurants, and instead teach them waiting while talking and playing games
  • Limit constant snacking

3. Don’t be afraid to set the limits. Kids need limits to grow happy and healthy!!

  • Make a schedule for meal times, sleep times, technology time
  • Think of what is GOOD for them- not what they WANT/DON’T WANT. They are going to thank you for that later on in life. Parenting is a hard job. You need to be creative to make them do what is good for them because most of the time that is the exact opposite of what they want
  • Kids need breakfast and nutritious food. They need to spend time outdoor and go to bed at consistent time in order to come to school available for learning the next day!
  • Convert things that they don’t like doing/trying into fun, emotionally stimulating games

4. Teach your child to do monotonous work from early years as it is the foundation for future “workability”

  • Folding laundry, tidying up toys, hanging clothes, unpacking groceries, setting the table, making lunch, unpacking their lunch box, making their bed
  • Be creative. Initially make it stimulating and fun so that their brain associates it with something positive.

5. Teach social skills

  •  Teach them turn taking, sharing, losing/winning, compromising, complimenting others ,using “please and thank you”

From my experience as an occupational therapist, children change the moment parents change their perspective on parenting.  Help your kids succeed in life by training and strengthening their brain sooner than later!!!

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Victoria Prooday

Unbalanced, Unjust, Unconstitutional

We too often think out-of-control courts running roughshod over the constitutional separation of powers is a problem somewhere else. We think it’s a problem of the federal courts, a problem from which Texans are immune.

Recent events prove otherwise.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is the latest conservative to be indicted for doing nothing wrong. The crony establishment has gone after Tom Delay, Rick Perry and others, using Texas’ notoriously flawed criminal court system to criminalize their political opposition.

A disgraced district judge, Chris Oldner, improperly harangued a grand jury into indicting Paxton on the word of State Rep. Byron Cook, a wealthy ally of House Speaker Joe Straus and the Democratic caucus. (Cook has long pushed to create state documents for illegal aliens, protect labor unions, and oppose pro-life activists.)

Think people are innocent until proven guilty? Not in our flawed criminal justice system. Once someone is indicted in Texas, even improperly, even illegally, they must fight to prove themselves innocent. And doubly so when the liberal media perpetuates lies about their case.

In the latest turn of events, the disgraced Collin County criminal judge arranged to have two liberal trial lawyers from Houston appointed to prosecute Paxton. Despite Oldner himself now being under investigation for judicial misconduct, a new judge is forcing Collin County taxpayers to not only pay for these ”special prosecutors”… but to pay more than state law or court rules appear to allow.

Texas law limits how much special prosecutors can be paid to the amount normally afforded for indigent defense, but visiting Judge George Gallagher of Fort Worth has ordered Collin County to exceed those limits and pay the special prosecutors hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Given how conservative Collin County is, one would expect the county’s chief administrator, Keith Self, and his fellow commissioners to stand up against judicial tyranny.

Moreover, it is judicial tyranny coming from a visiting Fort Worth judge for whom Collin County taxpayers have never voted, and will never have a chance to hold accountable.

Self and the commissioner’s court are not standing up for taxpayers. While two commissioners initially voted against Gallagher’s order-to-pay, Self and the other two commissioners buckled. In public statements, Self has said he hates the order, but is afraid to be found in contempt of court.

But the court is itself in contempt of our constitutional separation of powers. Neither Judge Gallagher, nor any judge, has the power to reach into the treasury. Court rulings can only be enforced by willing parties. And in this case Self and the commissioners court are willing to go along with orders that appear to violate the law. (Only commissioner Susan Fletcher has consistently opposed the illegal orders of Judge Gallagher.)

Neither our state nor federal constitutions confer absolute power to the courts. The branches of government – legislative, executive, judicial – are co-equal, each checking the other.

Sadly, just when boldness has been required to uphold the separation of powers, Collin County has set a dangerous precedent for all governing bodies in Texas.

District judges are seeing that even in Texas’ most conservative county they are free to exceed legislative limits, and reach deeply into the executive’s purse, to fund illegal orders in untenable politically-motivated cases.

That is unbalanced, unjust, and unconstitutional.

– See more at: http://www.empowertexans.com/around-texas/unbalanced-unjust-unconstitutional/#sthash.EgbehUOd.dpuf