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September 22nd, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– There's another debate in Florida tonight. I'm finding more and more Perry supporters are just finally accepting the truth that he is not a good debater. Still, more polling out of Florida shows Perry has not been hurt too badly by his performances.

– I would not be surprised if the next big wave of attacks on Perry center on immigration. Texas has seen a huge influx of immigrants and Perry has supported giving illegal aliens who came into Texas as children access to state schools at the in-state rate.

– President Obama's polling continues to go down as he makes amends with his base. The question is whether by making amends with his base, is he further alienating independent voters. Signs point to yes.

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Third Down: Speaker Boehner fails another leadership test in the House of Representatives as he can’t get the necessary votes for disaster relief funding; can anybody explain why he receives a pass on his failed Speakership?

– Side Line Coaching: Wall Street protests go largely unnoticed, tip to protesters: hold up signs blaming Obama and watch the media swarm!

– Instant Pre-Play: Another GOP debate tonight, here is a pre-cap: “Social Security is a Ponzi scheme”, “no its not”, “Obama is the cause of every problem known to humanity” and “the rich are our friends” – now you can spend your time watching something else…you’re welcome.

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  1. Dave Francis


    This diminutive assembly of the TEA PARTY NATION members, in no-way represents the millions of individual groups across the country. Michelle Bachmann, chairperson and coordinator for these small organized groups, comprises of 50 to 100 average Americans, wanting our immigration laws strictly enforced according to the original 1986 “Immigration Control and Reform Act”, also celebrated as the Simpson/Mazzoli bill. The TEA PARTY masses of Constitutional Conservatives are by far in greater number, than anybody can imagine and spreading rapidly to every community every day. Millions of Americans insist on a small federal government, a new tax code, and the return of agencies like the copious Dept of Education, The Environmental Protection Agency returned to state control. The Democrats, the main body of the Republicans and lesser political parties are using rhetoric and propaganda, to try and derail the most powerful deterrent since 1986, to eradicate the illegal immigrant occupation. This is not anti-Hispanic, Anti- European, Anti-African , Anti-Asian law, but is strictly Anti-illegal immigrant.


    Only Democrats who expect to collect thousands of extra voters in 2012–illegal or legal–so there must be official oversight of the renamed ACORN groups, who used fraudulent registrations in the last midterm election. ACORN will in a reorganized organization try to alter the course of the—“Citizens only”—vote. The GOP hierarchy sees only dollar figures for their business campaign contributors, with giant profits using discount labor and undermining the 24 million American workers, which remain jobless. Only two Presidential candidates of Bachmann and Cain are strong in their resolve, to stop this invasion from abroad and across the limited miles of the border fence. Rick Perry, Mitt Romney has no sense of the future consequences of unfettered illegal incursions into this sovereign land. Perry has by far the worst immigration record of all, for a border Governor offering taxpayer tuition as a Texas dream Act. Perry sees no wrong with offering another population suffocating Amnesty. E-Verify has the capability to send the millions of illegal aliens packing–when unable to be hired. Huntsman has also bombed out on his seemingly approval of illegal alien growing problem.

    Those Americans and residents that are flagged can resolve irregularities by going to a Social Security office, which the Liberal press keeps silent about. U.S. citizens, naturalized or permanent residents should not be deceived by ruling parties, open border entities or radical ethnic groups, as they see mandated E-Verify crushing their agenda’s. Don’t listen to the activist Liberal press, deceiving the population that the TEA PARTY is falling apart. Learn the facts of the revised E-Verify, that is propagating in status amongst honest business concerns.

    You just have to look who is aligned with this massive 20 million plus illegal alien occupation? The Communist founded ACLU; Causa, (Oregon’s Immigrants Rights Coalition); The Southwest Farm press, these are mega-Agricultural Industry along with Farmers; (Farmers and these Multi-Nationals pay nothing towards the alien worker or his families Health treatments or the children’s kindergarten to K-12 education. The IRS pilfers your payroll check for this.


    Please call your Rep. If he/she is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee and urge clean passage of the “Legal Workforce Act” identified as Verify bill H.R.2885. The Capitol Switchboard number is 202-224-3121. More answers can be found at NumbersUSA, American Patrol and Judicial Watch. Join a TEA PARTY near you and change America’s future.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  2. Scott

    You should have pressed Rick Scott about how he is solving Florida's pension plan. He is literally taking the money from state employee pay checks. Problem solved? Not a chance. And, that is also his solution to "fixing SS." Make people on SS pay out of their pockets. Funny he stops short of telling you that.

    He also lied about Florida jobs. Funny he didn't mention how many jobs have been lost, and how many state workers he has laid off, including thousands of teachers that will not be replaced. Florida is #47 in net jobs, after NV, CA and Puerto Rico.

    He said he has done exactly what he said he would? Another lie. If he what have said what he IS doing, even the right would not have voted for him.

    He is the biggest crook, and that is a fact based on his history of deception. And he is in bed with the Koch brothers.

    September 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  3. a sprise

    you should mention the protesters in ny against wall street.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Joan

    Why doesn't the media have the backbone to point out some very obvious results of the 2010 elections? Since then the economy has been totally sinking. Anderson Cooper reported that during the same period in 2010 the Democrats in Congress had passed over 400 bills but in 2011 the Republicans had passed barely over 200 bills. That is totally unacceptable. He is the only journalist I have heard pointing out this truth. Also, everyone around the world knows that the downgrade this summer that caused the stock market to tank was totally caused by the Republicans, especially the Tea Party, who thought it was OK to join the debt ceiling increase with spending cuts and who didn't think defaulting was a problem. Last week they did the same thing with disaster relief funding and this could lead to a government shutdown which spooked the markets again. Do these people not know anything about the fragility of markets and the economy and that all of their petty gripes and hostage takings are broadcast all around the world? Their unreasonable stances are making the US look weak and are causing unrest and instability in the markets. None of this is Pres. Obama's fault even though many pundits try to make it look like both sides are EQUALLY at fault. They think if they say it enough, that naive people will believe it. Well, with the internet and instant news, people are not buying that garbage any more. Before the 2010 election, the Republicans stalled and fillibustred more votes than any other time in Congress. Why hasn't that been reported? I hope that all of this is brought up over and over during the election campaign and the Republican leaders are exposed for once and all. They just want Pres. Obama to fail but in doing so they are hurting their country. I hope it comes back to bite them.

    September 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm |