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E UREKA R EPUBLICAN W OMEN F EDERATED ,
Serving the Republican Women of Humboldt County
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Joy Finley, President · Margaret Stafford, Program Chair
Eureka Republican Women Federated
P RESIDENT ’ S M ESSAGE
J OY F INLEY
Welcomes Jerry Partain
This is the last message of my two year tenure and there are so many people I need to thank for helping me. It has been a privilege to serve again. I want to thank Margaret Stafford, Barbara Hecathorn, Terry Roberts, Lynda Pozel, Chris Wennerholm, Vee Sorenson, Cindy Lewis and the entire executive board who worked tirelessly to make this club a success. Without their direction and dedication, I could not have survived. As you know this election cycle has taken a toll on our entire group. Thanks to all who volunteered at headquarters, walked precincts, and phone-banked. We had a great time even though we didn’t win every race. I want to thank all the speakers, members, and guests that supported our club simply by coming to the meetings every month. Our bulletin was awarded a medal at the California Federation of Republican Women Convention. Thanks to Sondra Kirtley at Scapper’s Edge for all her efforts to improve the quality of the Redwood Alert. And lastly, I’d like to thank all the advertisers, vendors, and donors who have supported us every year. Good luck to the new board and the new president, Colleen Hedrick. And, one more time, When Women Work We Win!!
November 20, 2008 Red Lion, Eureka
Buffet Lunch-$14.50 Beverage Only-$6.00
The Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 and the meeting opens at noon. If you are not contacted by our Telephone Committee, please call Joy at 845-2575 for your reservation. Members' guests and interested community members will be welcomed.
Eureka Republican Women Federated 70th Anniversary
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members voted for earmark related amendments, In fact one amendment passed that removed $129,000 for the “Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree” project in Mitchell County, N.C., from the House Financial Service Appropriations Act. In 2005 congressional members offered an average of 68 amendments, none of which passed. Way too often citizens hear their officials say “the federal government can pay for this program. “It’s only twomillion,” is a common rationale. This of course makes no recognition that it is all taxpayer money. CCAGW is an excellent organization that publishes an annual Pig Book that gives listings of earmarks and does a fine job of nailing offending congressional members’ shoes to the floors of their respective offices. And that seems to be a very good thing.
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2007, there were 50 such amendments offered by Representatives John Campbell (R-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Scott Garrett(R-NJ) And Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). In the Senate, Senators tom Coburn (R-Ok) and Jim DeMint (RS.C.) led the effort on earmarkrelated amendments. Most Members of Congress still don’t grasp the public’s strong dissenting opinion in regard to the extent of congressional spending and earmarking. A June 2008 Survey conducted by the Club for Growth found that 54 percent of likely voters want their elected officials in Washington to cut overall spending. And that includes cutting some money that would go to their districts. Only 29percent wanted their member of congress to increase the overall spending on federal programs. The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) 2007 ratings show some positive trends. In the House 89-
It has not been often for quite some time that there was something positive to say about Members of the House and Senate. That has been particularly true in regard to their spending in ways to distress any self respecting drunken sailor. The remarkable happy news is that in 2007 there was a large increase in the numbers of amendments offered in opposing pork barrel spending. It is common knowledge that those who have stepped up in the past advocating such a change have sometimes been penalized by fellow congressional members. Among the penalties they paid were losing spots on coveted committees assorted threats, and a lack of support for their legislation. In 2006 Congressional Ratings, 19 amendments were offered in the House and five were offered in the Senate in relation to pork barrel spending (often referred to as earmarks). In the House in
C HAPLAIN ’ S C ORNER
When I think of the many strong leaders we have all read about in the bible, there is a familiar thread that seems to be woven through most of their lives. It a time of discouragement. Most seemed to have experienced deep depression and overwhelming disappointment at one time or the other. Though the author of Psalm 102 is anonymous we see that he turned to God in his distress and
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has been a very discouraging time. We look at challenges ahead politically in our effort to keep a strong America, a Godfearing America. This may be the time we realize how important prayer for our nation really is. Join me in praying for our nation daily.
prayed the prayer of the afflicted who has nowhere else to go. After laying his troubles before the God he served, he suddenly remembered God’s immutable nature. His relief came...not from a change in his situation...but from the realization that God cannot change and that His compassion will provide a refuge even in life’s most grievous trials. As Republicans, this month
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It's reported by Margaret Stafford that Eureka Republican Women, their guests, and community members can look forward to a chance to take home a bundle of first-rate, top choice, precision cut Douglas Fir kindling to start fires in their fireplaces or stoves. Margaret said that this Kadillac of Kindling is through the generous efforts of Gordie Amos (Eileen's other half). She added that this fire starter's treasure will be well worth some extra chances on the courtesy drawing at the Thursday, Novemeber 20 meeting.
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(National Federation of Republican Women) Nov 6, 2008 Let's remember to celebrate these bright spots: Despite the outcome of the presidential race, Gov. Sarah Palin has emerged as a star in the Republican Party. Palin made history as the Party's first female vice presidential candidate. With a direct approach and dynamic personality, she was a powerful force on the campaign trail. Sarah, as she is often affectionately called, is energetic, enthusiastic, intelligent, courageous, a strong leader who still is "one of us." I truly believe we haven't seen the last of this amazing Republican woman on the national stage. • During the final weeks of the campaign, Senate Democrats began playing up the possibility of achieving a filibuster-proof 60 seats. Thankfully, it doesn't look like this will materialize. The Democrats needed nine additional seats to get to that magic number. So far, they have added five seats, but will need to sweep the remaining four undecided races in Alaska, Georgia, Minnesota and Oregon - a very unlikely scenario. If the filibuster is preserved, our Republican senators are going to play a critical role in the upcoming legislative session, and they will need all of the support we can give them, so be prepared for action. • Two Republicans are newly-elected to the U.S. Senate. Former Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns has won the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), while Idaho Lt. Gov. James Risch has won the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID). • Although results are still being tabulated, so far, four state legislative chambers have switched from Democrat to Republican. They are the Tennessee House and the Tennessee Senate (the first time since Reconstruction that Republicans have controlled both legislative chambers), the Oklahoma Senate (the first time in state history), and the Montana Senate. • All incumbent Republican governors running for reelection won their races. They are: Mitch Daniels of Indiana, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah, and Jim Douglas of Vermont. Also, Republicans picked up the governorship in Puerto Rico for the first time since 1969, with Luis Fortuño winning in a landslide election. • How did Republican women candidates fare? In Kansas, state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins unseated Democrat incumbent Nancy Boyda in the second congressional district race. In Oklahoma, Dana Murphy soundly defeated Democrat incumbent Jim Roth in the Corporation Commission race. In Wyoming, former state Treasurer Cynthia Lummis won the at-large congressional seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY). All three are members of the NFRW. While I hesitate to end on a sad note, I would be remiss if I didn't recognize three outstanding Republican women leaders who unfortunately lost their bids for reelection: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) and U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake (R-VA). We are grateful for their distinguished service to our nation, and wish them all the best. Thank you again for everything you have done to help our Republican candidates and for making the National Federation of Republican Women an organization committed to excellence and accomplishment. I am so proud of each one of you!
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -P.J. O'Rourke
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H EALTHCARE S HOULDN ’ T
B Y J EF F J ACOBY , G LOBE C OLUMIST
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THE CHOICE you'll have," said Barack Obama during last week's debate, as he told voters what to expect if John McCain's health-insurance proposal becomes law, "is having your employer no longer provide you healthcare. "Don't take my word for it," he added. "The US Chamber of Commerce, which generally doesn't support a lot of Democrats, said that this plan could lead to the unraveling of the employer-based healthcare system." If only. An end to employer-based health insurance is exactly what the American healthcare market needs. Far from being a calamity, it would represent a giant step toward ending the current system's worst distortions: skyrocketing premiums, lack of insurance portability, widespread ignorance of medical prices, and overconsumption of health services. With more than 90 percent of private healthcare plans in the United States obtained through employers, it might seem unnatural to get health insurance any other way. But what's unnatural is the link between healthcare and employment. After all, we don't rely on employers for auto, homeowners, or life insurance. Those policies we buy in an open market, where numerous insurers and agents compete for our business. Health insurance is different only because of an idiosyncrasy in the tax code dating back 60 years - a good example, to quote Milton Friedman, of how one bad government policy leads to another. During World War II, federal wage controls barred employers from raising their workers' salaries, but said nothing about fringe benefits. So firms competing for employees at governmentrestricted wages began offering medical insurance to sweeten employment offers. Even sweeter was that employers could deduct those benefits as business expenses, yet employees didn't have to report them as taxable income. For a while the IRS resisted that interpretation, but Congress eventually enshrined the tax-exempt status of employer-based medical insurance in law. Result: a radical shift in the way Americans paid for medical care. With health benefits tax-free if they were employer-supplied, tens of millions of Americans were soon signing up for medical insurance through work. As tax rates rose, so did the incentive to keep expanding health benefits. No longer was medical insurance reserved for major expenditures like surgery or hospitalization. Americans who would never think of using auto insurance to cover tune-ups and oil changes grew accustomed to having their medical insurer pay for yearly physicals, prescriptions, and other routine expenses. We thus ended up with a healthcare system in which the vast majority of bills are covered by a third party. With someone else picking up the tab, Americans got used to consuming medical care without regard to price or value. After all, if it was covered by insurance, why not go to the emergency room for a simple sore throat? Why not get the name-brand drug instead of a generic? Unconstrained by consumer cost-consciousness, healthcare spending has soared, even as overall inflation has remained fairly low. Nevertheless, Americans know almost nothing about the costs of their medical care. (Quick quiz: What does your local hospital charge for an MRI scan? To deliver a baby? To set a broken arm?) When patients think someone else is paying most of their healthcare costs, they feel little pressure to learn what those costs actually are - and providers feel little pressure to compete on price. So prices keep rising, which makes insurance more expensive, which makes Americans ever-more worried about losing their insurance - and ever-more dependent on the benefits provided by their employer. De-linking medical insurance from employment is the key to reforming healthcare in the United States. McCain proposes to accomplish that by taking the tax deduction away from employers and giving it to employees. With a $5,000 refundable healthcare tax credit, Americans would have a strong inducement to buy their own, more affordable, insurance, rather than relying on their employer's plan. As millions of empowered consumers began focusing on price, price competition would flourish. And as employers' healthcare costs declined, most of the savings would return to employees as higher wages. For 60-plus years, a misguided tax preference for employer-sponsored health insurance has distorted America's healthcare market. The price of that distortion has been paid in higher costs, fewer choices, and mounting anxiety. The solution is to restore market forces by fixing the tax code, and liberating Americans from an employer-based system that has made everything worse.
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M ARK Y OUR C ALENDAR
November 14 November 20 NFRW Regional Meeting Las Vegas EFRW Luncheon Red Lion, Eureka
November 21-23 Northern Division Fall Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Foster City January 17 Feb. 6-8 Mar. 13-14 May 3-5 Northern Division Leadership Seminar, Fairfield CFRW Winter Conference, San LuisObispo Northern Division Spring Conference, Redding CFRW 34th Advocacy Workshop and Spring 2009 Board Meeting Hyatt Regency at Capitol Park, Sacramento
N OMINATING C OMMITTEE R EPORT
The Nominating Committee has chosen the people below for 2009: President: Colleen Hedrick 1st Vice President: Debbie Walker 2nd Vice President: Joy Finley Recording. Secretary: Terry Roberts Treasurer: Cindy Lewis Director at Large: Jeannette Cruz
B ARBARA H ECATHORN
I want to give a big “thank you” to Joy Finley and Mike Harvey along with everyone that supported my successful campaign for re-election to the Water District. Mike and Joy really made it happen, many good people were not as fortunate. A special acknowledgement to Carolyn Eisner, she has been a member of ERWF for 50 years. She must have some great stories to tell. Thank you Carolyn. We ended October with 224 members. Membership dues for 2009 can be paid at any time now and can be sent to my address shown on the Bulletin.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. -Voltaire (1764)
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