Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Bringing LIBERTY to Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, September 6, 2008, 10:30am

A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio Address

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Notes and Summary of the President's Address -- Hurricanes and Energy

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning. Throughout the past week, Americans anxiously watched weather conditions in the Gulf Coast region. The people of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas were well prepared for Hurricane Gustav -- and the coordination between these States and the Federal government was strong..    (continued below)

How the President Differs from the American vision of "Liberty Under God":

  • America was founded on the philosophy of "Liberty Under God."
    • "Liberty" means freedom from government suppression of ideas and confiscation of wealth
    • "Under God" means we have a personal responsibility to love God and neighbor.
    • Human beings are endowed with the right to property by God, not the government.
  • America's Founding Fathers created a nation they called "an experiment in Liberty"
    • The Experiment in Liberty made America the most prosperous and admired nation in human history.
    • During the 20th century, numerous nations experimented with government central planning.
    • The experiments in government central planning resulted in poverty and mass death (USSR, Red China, etc.).
    • The Free Market -- "capitalism" -- creates prosperity; the government inevitably creates recession, depression, poverty.
  • The voluntary transactions entered into by hundreds of millions of Americans at home and in their businesses, based on the combined knowledge of millions of investors, business owners, and managers of households, all of them accountable to the discipline of profit-and-loss, organizes the nation's economic activity better than a handful of politicians trying to please special interests and get re-elected.
  • The Constitution created a federal government of strictly limited, enumerated powers. The Constitution gives no authority to the federal government to take a single penny from us to do anything about hurricanes or energy.

President Bush's
Saturday Morning Radio Address

Another Perspective:
"Liberty Under God"

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Throughout the past week, Americans anxiously watched weather conditions in the Gulf Coast region. The people of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas were well prepared for Hurricane Gustav -- and the coordination between these States and the Federal government was strong.

There should be NO coordination, NO action whatsoever by the federal government.

  1. The American form of government, created by the Constitution, is a government of strictly limited, enumerated powers. The federal government only has authority to act where the Constitution gives it authority, and the Framers of the Constitution did not intend to give the federal government authority to tell local governments what to do in emergencies, or to fund emergency relief. Bush is violating his oath of office by involving the federal government in this emergency.

  2. The genius of the American system is one which recognizes that local knowledge of emergency needs is superior to that of distant bureaucracies. This principle also works well in education, another area where the federal government has no constitutional authority.

  3. America is based on the principles of the Free Market. Nothing could be clearer from the 20th century than that Free Markets are more efficient than socialism. Central Government is the worst possible way to coordinate human action.

  4. If Bush wants to help, he should use his "bully pulpit" to inspire and encourage spontaneous, local, voluntary efforts, bringing in spontaneous, voluntary efforts from around the nation where needed. Keep the government out of the area.

Now, we're focusing on the relief effort. Gustav caused damage to infrastructure, forced tens of thousands into shelters, and left more than a million people without power. The Federal government is working with State and local officials to repair this damage, to help residents get back home, and to return life in the region to normal as soon as possible.

While these relief efforts have been in progress, we've also been preparing for the arrival of storms like Hanna, Ike, and others that may follow. My Administration will continue to provide assistance to those affected by violent weather throughout this hurricane season. And we will continue to work diligently to coordinate our emergency response efforts with State and local governments.
While the Federal government continues this vital work, there are also important responsibilities awaiting members of Congress as they return to Washington. In just a few weeks, members will be back out on the campaign trail, emphasizing the differences between the two parties. But before they leave Washington, they should show that they can work together on bipartisan measures to help strengthen America's economy: measures like approving the Colombia and Korean free trade agreements, extending relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax, and addressing one of the American people's biggest concerns -- the high price of gasoline. There are no differences between the two parties.
  1. Lack of free trade is caused by government restrictions on trade put in place by both parties.
  2. The need for tax relief is caused by taxes imposed by both parties, necessitated by unconstitutional government spending by both parties.
  3. The energy crisis -- the lack of abundant energy -- is caused by the policies of both parties over the last few decades, in response to environmentalist lobbies.
The fundamental reason for high gasoline prices is that the supply of oil is not keeping pace with demand. By increasing supply through the use of our domestic resources, we can begin reducing the pressure on prices. So in June, I called on Congress to open up more of America's domestic oil resources for exploration -- including offshore exploration of the Outer Continental Shelf. The American people overwhelmingly support this proposal. But throughout the summer, the leaders of the Democratic Congress refused to allow it to come to a vote. The fundamental reason why supply has been restricted is because the government has put restrictions on its production. Government regulations have made it more difficult for new energy corporations to enter the market with new supplies. Established energy entities have lobbied government and received political protection from competition, to the detriment of consumers.
At the very least, Congress should take action on three common-sense energy solutions that enjoy bipartisan support.  
First, Congress should open the way for environmentally responsible offshore exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf. Experts believe that these areas could eventually produce nearly 10 years' worth of America's current annual oil production. This exploration is now banned by a provision included in the annual interior appropriations bill. Congress should remove this restriction immediately.  
Second, Congress should expand access to oil shale -- a domestic resource that could produce the equivalent of more than a century's worth of imports at current levels. Last year, however, Democratic leaders slipped a provision blocking oil shale leasing on Federal lands into an omnibus spending bill. They should lift that ban immediately.  
Third, Congress should extend renewable power tax credits to spur the development of alternative sources of energy like wind and solar. They should make these credits long term and expand them to cover all forms of low-emission power generation -- including nuclear power. In the long run, increasing production of low-carbon electricity can help us reduce our addiction to oil by allowing us to power a new generation of plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered vehicles.  
This Congress has earned a reputation as one of the least productive in history. Throughout this year, Democratic leaders have ignored the public's demand for relief from high energy prices. This is their final chance to take action before the November elections. If members of Congress do not support the American people at the gas pump, then they should not expect the American people to support them at the ballot box.  
Thank you for listening.  

Kevin Craig's Platform:

Additional "Liberty Under God" Resources

Public Problems, Local Solutions

Rebuilding the Gulf Coast: Entrepreneurs
The ingenuity of entrepreneurs can make a significant difference in whether a disaster-stricken area rebounds or stagnates.
Case study 1 Alicia Cool, Bloomers Flowers
Who does a better job of providing disaster relief: the government or the private sector? A reprint from the Independent Review.
Case study 2 Casey Kasim, Discount Zone
Natural disasters are called "acts of God," but the severity of their effects depends upon factors such as insurance regulations.
Big box retailers such as Wal-Mart were extraordinarily successful in providing help to damaged communities. This article explores why private retailers mounted an effective response.
Case study 3 Ben Cicek, Da Parish Coffee House
How has the Small Business Administration done in providing disaster loans to those affected by the Gulf Coast Hurricanes?
Case study 4 Ronda DeForest, Flour Power
Can Louisiana compete in the global economy?
Case study 5 Tim Williamson, Idea Village
Entrepreneurship in the arts is helping to rebuild New Orleans.
Case study 6 Luis Colmenares, Artist


A Shocking Ideology  |  Curtis Melvin
Naomi Klein "hollows out" logic.
The Great Debacle  |  Daniel Sacks
Douglas Brinkley's The Great Deluge leaves the reader wondering, "Why?"
Tales of the City  |  Randal O'Toole
What is a City? raises more questions than it answers.
Picture This  |  Erin Agemy and Rosemarie Fike
Thomas Neff filters New Orleans's stories through his lens.
A summary of research


On Energy:

Revolution Won't Come in a Day

John Adams once wrote that the American Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis began legal challenges to the Writs of Assistance. He lost the case, but "American independence," Adams wrote, "was then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15 years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence (1776). Then another seven years of war was required before a Peace Treaty was signed (1783), and then six years before the Constitution was finally ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And Jefferson said we shouldn't go 20 years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."

The Internet Can Speed up the Revolution

Here are ways you can help.

Communicating with Government and Media

  • Contact Congress -- this is from the JBS website, powered by "CapWiz," from Capitol Advantage. Lots of organizations use capwiz. If you don't want to go through the JBS, search for capwiz on Google and find another organization that uses it.
    Notice that you can also contact media through this webpage.
  • Action E-List
    Sign up for the JBS Action E-List and be notified when you can make a critical difference on important issues.
TWIC - A Backdoor Real ID Card
Real ID is dying. But the Department of Homeland Security has a new plan to subject every American to a national ID card anyway. They plan to pick off one occupational field at a time, starting with the maritime industry. One man is fighting back. Meet him, and help stop this backdoor Real ID plan.
Stop the Killer Horse Hormones
The FDA "outlawed" the use of Estriol, an estrogen medication that's bio-identical to human estrogen. Doctors must now prescribe animal-derived estrogen instead. Are bio-identical hormones dangerous, while animal-derived hormones are safe? No. The practice of medicine is moving to chemically identical to human hormones and away from animal hormones. Learn why the FDA decided to endanger women's health in this way, and take action.
End Asset Forfeiture
If the government suspects you used your house or car in a crime, they can take it and sell it at auction. They don't even have to prove your guilt. They call this practice civil asset forfeiture, but it's really theft. It violates the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 14th Amendments. It also encourages law enforcement to put profits before justice. Tell Congress to end civil asset forfeiture.
End Asset Forfeiture

Iraqis Vote

Support an Iraq Referendum
Americans keep debating when, how, or if to leave Iraq. Maybe we should ask the Iraqi people what they want. After all, it's their country. Tell Congress to request that the Iraqi government hold a public referendum on the U.S. occupation. Learn more »

Make Congress read the laws it passes!

The 'No Legislation Without Representation' Conference

Make Congress read every word of every bill they create before they vote on it.
Urge your Representative and your Senators to sponsor's “Read the Bills Act” (RTBA).

Unelected bureaucrats create tens-of-thousands of new dictates each year. Making rules is the job of Congress, not bureaucrats. has drafted the “Write the Laws Act” to end bureaucratic “legislation without representation.” Click here . . .

Cap and Trade

"Cap and Trade" is not the way
The politicians seem to be unifying around "cap and trade" as a way to cut CO2 emissions. If they take this step it may be the largest increase in the size, scope, and intrusiveness of government since the creation of Medicare. Worse still, it may not even achieve its purpose. Please tell Congress to oppose "cap and trade." Learn more »

Support Ron Paul's “American Freedom Agenda Act”
The politicians have done great harm to this country in response to the 9-11 attack. A bill has been introduced that will undo much of that harm.
Learn More »

Strike at the Root

Iraq Waste

Iraq Waste
Big government prospers through failure. Each new failure is used to justify more spending and new powers. Wasteful spending in Iraq is the latest example. One way to change this is to hold government accountable. A new bill in Congress seeks to provide some of the needed accountability. Please support it. Learn more »

Stop The War FOR Terror

Stop the War for Terror
U.S. policy has inflamed the Middle East. It has made terrorism more likely rather than less. We seem to be fighting a war for terror, rather than on terror. This policy must stop. The place to start stopping is with Iran. We must not attack Iran. War with Iran would devastate our economy, disrupt world oil supplies, and recruit more terrorists. Click here to stop this war before it starts.

The Democrat Party Radio Address:

The The Democratic Radio Address was a Barack Obama commercial delivered by Connecticut Congressman John Larson, as well as hype for "The New Direction Congress" -- the most ineffective do-nothing, lowest-rated Congress in history. He told the stories of three people who have to pay high energy prices, due primarily to the policies of both parties in the federal government over the last few decades. The Democrats propose more government action on top of past government action.

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