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GAA: D.C. in utter “chaos”

Grassroots Action Alert May 16, 2011
In This Issue:

1. The feds create debt ceiling “chaos”
2. Trump and Huckabee bow out
3. Ron Paul: GOP Candidate Opts In

1. “Chaos” As Govt. launches Debt Trickery

By borrowing money from two federal retirement funds, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner began a “debt issuance suspension period” and delayed the need for raising the federal debt limit until Aug. 2.

In a letter to key lawmakers, Geithner wrote, “I have determined that a ‘debt issuance suspension period’ will begin today, May 16, 2011, and last until August 2, 2011, when the Department of the Treasury predicts that the borrowing authority of the United States will be exhausted.”

Today, the federal government officially hits the $14.3 trillion ceiling.

Lawmakers have been engaged in highly charged, often partisan debates over raising the debt limit while calling for deep spending cuts. This weekend, several legislators laid out their demands and issued warnings about the $14.3 trillion debt.

Leaders in both parties contend they loathe raising the debt ceiling, yet do it out of obligation. Congress has raised the debt limit 78 times since 1960 in what has become a customary Washington habit.

Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley took D.C. insiders to task on ABC’s “This Week,” “The very first thing they need to do is — is make sure that they stop raising the debt,” she said. “They need to make sure that they balance their budget like every other state in the country, and we’ve got to get control of our spending. It is chaos in D.C. and they need to stop.”

ACTION: Go here to tell Congress, “Don’t Raise the Debt Ceiling.” It is time for Congress and the President to get serious about cutting spending.

2. Huckabee and Trump “fired up” but not enough to run!

Billionaire businessman and television celebrity Donald Trump has removed weeks of speculation by announcing that he would not run for president. His announcement came the same day that NBC announced its Fall TV lineup, which includes Trump’s showcase program “The Apprentice.”

Trump stated in his announcement letter, “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”

Meanwhile, saying, “all the factors say go; but my heart says no,” Mike Huckabee also removed himself from the 2012 presidential race.

Huckabee’s weekend announcement that he will not pursue the 2012 Republican Nomination has left the G.O.P. race wide open. According to USA Today, one G.O.P. strategist called the field of contenders “52-card pickup” and claimed Huckabee’s withdrawal “totally reshapes the race.”

Huckabee and Trump join Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, South Dakota Sen. John Thune and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence of potential contenders who have declined to run. Their decisions leave an already wide-open field even more unpredictable.

With two high-profile candidates backing out, what Republican candidate would you never vote for in the 2012 elections? Here is your opportunity to join the Patriot Action Network’s discussion on the field of Republican candidates.

ACTION: Click here to voice your opinion on who would be the absolute worst candidate the Republicans could run in 2012?
(OR) Click here to voice your opinion on who would be the absolute best candidate the Republicans could run in 2012?

3. Ron Paul says “Yes” to Presidential run

Under the banner “Restore America Now,” Ron Paul on Friday went to New Hampshire to announce his intentions to seek the GOP nomination. Saying “the revolution must continue,” Paul pleased his supporters with his anticipated announcement. Then he quickly headed to Iowa to address the “Campaign For Liberty” event.

As the founding father and former presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, Paul thinks his odds at gaining the GOP nomination have improved since his last campaign in 2008. He said people are finally “agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years. The time is right.”

ACTION: Go here to voice your opinion on Ron Paul’s candidacy.

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Key Action Items in this issue of the Grassroots Action Alert:


Don’t raise the debt ceiling!

Name the “worst” GOP Candidate

Your opinion on Ron Paul’s Candidacy

Dig Deeper
Key resources for this issue of the Grassroots Action Alert:

1. More about the federal debt ceiling  

U.S. Hits Debt Ceiling

Agreement Still Far Off

2. Donald trumps his candidacy. Huckabee’s heart says “no”

Trump’s announcement letter

Huckabee Opts Out

Who Benefits from Huck’s Absence?

3. Ron Paul’s Candidacy

More about Ron Paul

Ron Paul’s announcement


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