This is a bad year for career Washington politicians, especially those who voted for the TARP Wall Street Bailout, earmarks or other legislation supported by the Democrats and Obama administration. All incumbents in Congress are vulnerable, except true conservative Republicans and big city Democrats who have a constituency controlled by ACORN, labor unions or organizations directing racial groups. The first big name Republican to take the fall was Sen. Robert Bennett, a three term incumbent from Utah, who won his last election with 68 percent of the vote.

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Everyone is in favor of clean water. In an honest and truthful world, only a fool would oppose efforts to promote clean water. We, however, are living in a sinister and deceptive world where truth is sacrificed for wealth and power. In a land ruled by Progressives, Marxists and fellow travelers, a legislative commitment to clean water tragically means a sinister plan for rulers to abolish ownership of private property by using well-organized and financed environmentalists motivated by greed.

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“There is no limit to what you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit!”

To a large degree, the survival of our republic rests on the people in the tea party movement. It must not be allowed to fail in its mission to educate the public with truth and support the Constitution without compromise.  Leaders of the various factions must be willing to share success as well as failure. The slogan above served me well from 1974 until 1980 when I was given a task that many thought was impossible. During the following decade President Ronald Reagan placed the slogan in a frame behind his desk in the Oval Office. I borrowed it from an old retiring Congressman a decade earlier. It is a great motivator in times of stress and success. 

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The Upcountry Tea Party seemed like a reunion for subscribers and readers of The Times Examiner. It was a distinct pleasure and honor to have dozens and dozens of readers come by The Times Examiner table and say hello at the Bi-Lo Center, Saturday. Many were friends we had not seen for a while and others were readers we had never met in person. Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for your kind remarks and support of this newspaper through the years. Your feedback has been a great encouragement. Publishing The Times Examiner has been a labor of love for the past 16 years. It is a unique publication with no equal anywhere. We believe it is an effective vehicle for informing the public of important issues.

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