Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mississippi: Haley Barbour's State of the Union Speech

Thank you Speaker McCoy and Governor Bryant, and thanks to you in the Legislature for your warm
General Freeman is with us tonight. While we don’t have as many of our National Guard in harm’s way
as we have in past years, we should never forget to be thankful for their sacrifice and the sacrifice of
others in uniform – law enforcement, fire fighters, corrections and conservation officers, EMTs. Please
join me in a moment of silent prayer for those men and women and their safety and success.
This is the eighth and final time Marsha and I will appear on this podium for me to deliver my State of the
State address.
When Marsha and I married, 39 years ago, I knew I had outmarried
myself. Over the last seven years you
and the people of Mississippi have recognized that fact, too. She not only has joined me at each of these
occasions, she also has been part of the work I have tried to do for our state, especially in the grueling
weeks and months after Katrina.
As I composed this last State of the State address I couldn’t help but think how much has changed in these
seven years. To start with, I did the speech on my new iPad. In 2004, iPad is what Marsha called what I
did to my weight during Christmas.
Reflecting back, it was essential that state government make a number of significant changes when I stood
up here the first time in January 2004.
The state budget was in awful shape with an enormous shortfall, and we had about $3 million of
unallocated monies in our Rainy Day Fund; lawsuit abuse had created a health care crisis in our state, and
every small business in Mississippi was one lawsuit away from bankruptcy; despite a surging drug
epidemic, the drug enforcement budget had been cut by almost 40 percent; and though the national
recession had been over for more than two years, the need for job creation was first on the minds of nearly
every voter.
Mr. Speaker, I vividly remember the first time we ever visited. You told me that campaigning for reelection
in 2003 you had gone down a country road and, at each of three houses in a row, someone had
lost his job that year.
Legislators, I applaud you and your predecessors on the actions you took to deal with these and other
problems. It wasn’t easy or always pretty. Sometimes we battled, but we accomplished a lot, together.
While it took twoplus
years, we got our budget back to where the state spent no more than it received in
annual revenue, and we quit raiding balances in special funds. We replenished the Rainy Day Fund to its
statutory limit of $375 million and created other reserves to cover potential federal liability. And we did
it without raising anybody’s taxes.
Despite the worst recession in generations and a steep drop in revenue, we’ve kept our budget balanced by
cutting spending and without depleting all our reserves. If you adopt my budget recommendation for next
year, FY 12, the new governor and legislature who follow us will have some $200 million left in reserves
for FY 13, plus our school districts have more than $450 million in their reserve funds.
I realize this is an election year, and every penny of appropriated spending has a constituency. You will
get pressure to spend more for this and spend more for that.
As Governor I have cut the budget by a total of about $700 million in just the last two years. Just as our
constituents have cut back, they expect state government to cut back. They know the alternative is raising
taxes, because government has no money except what it takes from taxpayers. The people of Mississippi
deserve to keep more of what they earn, and we owe it to the people of Mississippi not to raise taxes and
to control spending.
Not only do I urge you not to consider tax increases this year, I implore you to keep spending at a level
this year that protects more of our reserves for next year. That is the way to stop any tax increases in
Remember, what we have accomplished in controlling spending over seven years can be lost in only one
Our first year you passed and I signed the most comprehensive tort reform law in the country, and it
worked. Medical liability premiums have declined by 61 percent, and the number of medical liability
cases filed against Mississippi physicians fell 90 percent within one year of the law’s going into effect.
Tort reform also has been a major factor in economic growth and job creation.
Starting that first year, we implemented significant, successful changes to spur the creation of more,
higher paying jobs for our people. We reorganized the Development Authority, gave it outstanding new
leadership and began our Momentum Mississippi campaign. MDA’s results are striking. This team has
supported businesses that created 64,666 jobs in this state.
We created our new Department of Employment Security and expanded it to take over workforce
development and job training. The State Workforce Investment Board was established, and the
Workforce Enhancement Training or WET Fund came into existence through a diversion of the
unemployment insurance tax, a tax you also cut by 25 percent that same year.
Now, every year, the WET fund puts about $20 million into workforce development and skills training at
our 15 community colleges, which do a great job. A study of graduates of WET fund financed programs
show they make $4,300 more per year than before that training, and our improved, skilled workforce has
been a reason companies like Toyota, GE Aviation, PACCAR, Severstal and a long list of very hightech
energy companies have come to Mississippi.
Coupled with workforce quality, the State has focused on attracting advanced manufacturing with
advanced materials. We’ve targeted aerospace, automotive and energy, as well as service sectors. We’ve
also beefed up our efforts to help existing businesses.
The results include a 27percent
increase in personal per capita income despite the recession. This is the
15 th highest increase in the country over this sixyear
While we’re not immune to the effects of the national recession, we’ve fared better in other
measurements, too. For instance, while our unemployment percentage has increased, it has done so at a
rate about half as great as the nation as a whole.
In law enforcement, we have fought the scourge of illegal narcotics with a vengeance. In 2005 you
passed laws to reduce the production and use of crystal methamphetamine. When the criminals learned
how to get around those laws, you made the necessary changes, and they are working. In the first six
months of this fiscal year – July 1 to December 31, 2010 – 68 percent fewer meth labs have been
reported; meth arrests are down 62 percent; the number of drugendangered
children has fallen 76 percent.
Congratulations to the Bureau of Narcotics, the Department of Public Safety, and to you for making the
needed legislative changes.
To keep law enforcement where we want it, I’m announcing tonight that I will dedicate $7.3 million of
the governor’s discretionary funds to hold a troopers’ school this calendar year. If you will join me in
moving motor carrier enforcement from MDOT to the Department of Public Safety, freeing up 40 current
highway patrolmen, that would mean nearly 100 more state troopers on the road.
Finally, I am proud that Mississippi cast the highest percentage of its vote of any state in favor of the
Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman; and that in
2004, my first year, after we worked together to enact comprehensive prolife
legislation, Americans
United for Life, a national righttolife
organization, named Mississippi “the safest state in America for an
unborn child.”
Yes, you have accomplished a lot. Positive change has been the norm, and Mississippi, despite the global
recession, is a better place in so many ways than it was seven years ago.
Even with this progress, we all know there’s more to be done. While state government can’t eliminate
many effects of the national recession, we can improve the way we do things, and, in turn, improve the
lives of our citizens, the education of our children and the prospects for our employers and employees.
Last week I announced the Division of Medicaid appears to be on track to run a surplus of $4050
this fiscal year, probably because of less utilization than projected.
Congratulations to the Division of Medicaid for an outstanding job of managing this enormous program
and controlling its mammoth costs.
Let me remind you what a change that represents. When I became Governor, Medicaid costs were
skyrocketing. System controls were so weak, that the last year before I entered office, Medicaid spent $79
million of state funds and didn’t even enter the cost on its books. Many of you will remember the Special
Session we held to clean up that mess.
I’m pleased to tell you and the people of Mississippi that today our state Medicaid program is run with
compassion and efficiency for its beneficiaries and their providers and for the people who pay for it: the
taxpayers. The federal authorities reported last year that Mississippi’s Medicaid error rate is 3.47 percent,
the fourth lowest in the country. The national error rate is more than twice as high.
Because of this surplus I have instructed the Division of Medicaid to exercise its authority under state law
to use a portion of this FY11 surplus to create 7,800 additional slots for eligible Medicaid beneficiaries to
receive homeand
care. Currently we have a waiting list of 6,100 beneficiaries who are
waiting to be provided care in their homes and their communities. I expect the entire 7,800 allocation to
be filled this fiscal year.
Both Senator Hob Bryan and Representative Steve Holland, who chair the Senate and House Public
Health Committees, respectively, are outspoken proponents of increased home and community based care
for people on Medicaid. Both are Democrats, but I appreciate our agreement and our ability to work
together for this purpose.
The increase in the number of home and community care slots will lead to a broader, stronger
infrastructure to deliver such services across the state that, in the long run, will provide better healthcare
at lower cost. This will be a blessing to both the beneficiaries who want to, can and should be receiving
care and services at home and in their communities . . . and to the taxpayers.

Last week you started this session by funding a loan for Stion, a cuttingedge,
manufacturer of
thin film solar panels, which will build these panels in Hattiesburg, investing $500 million and employing
1,000 people within six years. I applaud committee chairs Senator Dean Kirby and Representative Percy
Watson on that. We all know a big job creation project is a great way to start a session.
The national recession notwithstanding, job creation will pick up in our state this year. As evidence of
that, in the first three quarters of 2010, Mississippi saw more new jobs and investment than were
announced in all of 2009. Toyota and its suppliers have stepped up hiring. GE Aviation, EADS and
PACCAR are adding employees, while new companies like Twin Creek Technologies in Southaven and
Schulz in Tunica will be operational this year. Nissan, which had an outstanding year in 2010, is also
ramping up, including introduction of its new light commercial vehicle.
Agriculture had a tremendous year last year. Because farming does not directly employ that many people,
some lose sight of how large and important a part it plays in our economy.
In 2010 total value of our crops, including poultry and timber, was nearly $7 billion, a record. And
commodity prices are promising for this year. We can’t forget how important agriculture and forest
products are to our State and communities.
I mention these things because our goal has to be to grow our economy faster than the nation as a whole,
and we can do it. We have to focus on our advantages: low taxes, a friendly business climate, rational
regulation, abundant natural resources and especially a first rate, affordable work force. And we’re
committed to continuous improvement of that great workforce.
Our four research universities have become more effective engines of economic growth. All four have a
lot to offer. Mississippi State’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Studies and Raspet Flight Center; the ECenter
at Jackson State; the Polymer Institute at USM; and the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at
Ole Miss are obvious resources that major and small employers find terrifically useful. And companies
like SemiSouth in Starkville, FNC in Oxford and WarmKraft in Taylorsville spun off from our research
Further, our community colleges have been and remain critical in the enormous and continuing
improvement of skills in our workforce. Toyota said the main reason it chose Mississippi for its newest
assembly plant, the most sought after economic development project in the country that year, was the
quality of our workforce.
And I remember well when the Vice Chairman of General Electric, one of the biggest manufacturers in
the world, announced GE Aviation would locate a facility to make composite jet engine fan blades and
assembles in Batesville. He said, “This is the most sophisticated manufacturing General Electric does
anywhere in the world, and we’re going to do it in North Mississippi.” What a tribute to our workforce!

percent of our state’s kids go to public schools. To have the kind of workforce to succeed in
the 21 st century, we start in K12.
Our schools are getting better. Our last NAEP scores were up more than the national average, and the
rate is going down. But that improvement is not enough.
We need to make dual enrollment easier and more common. The students can learn more, and their
parents will save money as college credits are earned while in high school.
In constrained budget times we must put more resources into the classroom and reduce what is spent on
administration. We must continue to focus on improving the quality of teachers coming out of our
colleges of education, while simultaneously using technology more in teaching our kids.
Finally, because competition is good in every sphere, I urge you to reform Charter School law so more
children can benefit.
With excellence in education we will keep pushing for job creation. Hopefully, the federal government
will start making it easier for us, instead of harder.
Congress’ passage in the lameduck
session of an extension of the Bush tax cuts removes a critical
obstacle to economic growth. For two years the threat that the President and the Majority in Congress
would let the largest tax increase in history go into effect this month was an enormous cloud that retarded
investment and job creation. Now it’s gone.
We still have federal policies that stifle economic growth: If the Obama Administration’s health care
mandates actually go into effect, employers don’t know what their costs and responsibilities will be, so it
impedes hiring; uncertainty about the DoddFrank
financial services law and its implementation stymies
investment; and the gigantic deficits and resulting purchases of trillions in US treasuries by the Fed mean
all that money can’t go into financing private sector projects.
More obvious every day, the Obama Administration’s energy policies are driving up the cost of energy.
Gasoline costs more than three dollars a gallon because the administration’s energy policy can be stated in
one sentence: Increase the cost of energy so people will use less of it.
Don’t take my word for it. Remember the President said in 2008 that his capandtrade
plan would
necessarily cause electricity prices to skyrocket, and Energy Secretary Chu said the country needed for
our gasoline prices to increase to what they are in Europe. That’s six to nine dollars a gallon! Sunday’s
Clarion Ledger includes a column by Dr. Shughart at Ole Miss that catalogues example after example of
the Environmental Protection Agency’s antienergy
efforts, all of which drive up energy costs.

Well, we don’t need higher fuel prices in Mississippi; but other than litigation and encouraging our
Congressional delegation, we can’t change federal energy policy; even when it closes down oil and gas
production in the Gulf and costs thousands of jobs in the Gulf states.
But we can continue to make Mississippi an energyreliable
state. We have an energy policy, and it’s
“more American energy.” We promote all forms of energy that can compete in the market place
successfully; all of the above plus conservation and efficiency.
More American energy means more energy security and less of our money going for foreign oil, often
sold by countries that don’t like us. Abundant, affordable energy will help American business, especially
manufacturing, stay competitive in the global marketplace. And, of course, that means more jobs and a
better quality of life for Americans.
The current federal policy of more expensive energy so people use less energy is not an energy policy. It
is an environmental policy; one that hurts the economy, blocks job creation and ultimately reduces
standards of living in America.
We can’t repeal that bad policy yet, but in Mississippi we’ll continue our state policies that generate
higher skilled, better paying jobs while making us an energyreliable
Your support in that has been and remains indispensable. It contributed to Mississippi Power’s new $2.5
billion coalfired
plant in Kemper County; Entergy’s $500 million investment to increase output at Grand
Gulf Nuclear Station by 13 percent, and SMEPA’s $500 million in upgrades. Chevron continues to invest
hundreds of millions at Pascagoula, its largest refinery in the U.S.; next door to Chevron, Gulf LNG is
half way finished with its $1plus
billion liquefied natural gas terminal. Denbury’s tertiary recovery
projects have helped increase the state’s oil production. Bluefire has begun construction of a cellulosic
ethanol plant in Fulton, and Enerkem has plans to build a wastetoliquid
transportation fuels facility in
Pontotoc. Ergon and Bunge’s $100 million ethanol plant in Vicksburg is fully operational.
This quarter Twin Creeks’ facility in Senatobia will begin manufacturing solar panels. Stion’s operations
will begin this year, and Soladigm’s ultrahigh
tech dynamic window plant in Olive Branch will be in
production this year as well.
Finally, we’re optimistic that Kior soon will be breaking ground in Columbus for its first biocrude
refinery, and Rentech has purchased a site for its coal to liquid motor fuels facility in Natchez.
These projects are generating more than $10 billion in capital investments in our state and creating
thousands of jobs. Many of these projects will result in new markets and higher prices for Mississippi
farm and timber products and our lignite coal.

Critically, many will reduce energy use or reduce emissions. In fact, the Mississippi Power Kemper
County plant is the first commercial scale coalfired
power plant in the U.S. with carbon capture and
sequestration. Its emissions will be the equivalent of a natural gas fired facility.
Tourism is and will remain a large employer in Mississippi and a big piece of our economy. Further,
tourism helps our image.
While Mississippi has suffered from a negative image all my life, people who actually visit here almost
always go home with a better impression and a positive experience.
In 2007 I recommended to you that we build a Civil Rights Museum in our state. The Civil Rights
struggle is an important part of our history, and millions of people are interested in learning more about it.
People from around the world would flock to see the museum and learn about the movement.
A commission headed by former Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson and former federal judge
Charles Pickering developed a design and a plan. The proposal went sideways because of a disagreement
about where the museum should be located.
Recently I’ve talked with Justice Anderson and former Governor William Winter, and they have
recommended a solution to me. I’m presenting it tonight because this is the year to get this museum
going. It is the 50 th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders and the 150 th Anniversary of the start of the Civil
Governor Winter and Justice Anderson recommended we build the Civil Rights Museum adjacent to the
proposed Mississippi History Museum at the existing site in downtown Jackson.
I urge you to move this museum forward as an appropriate way to do justice to the Civil Rights
Movement and to stand as a monument of remembrance and reconciliation.
As I close I want to return to Mississippi’s leading the nation out of the recession.
We are well prepared to make a major leap forward. We saw it in the surge that was cut off by the
national recession in 2008. This period was marked by increasing employment, rising incomes, replacing
jobs with higher skilled, better paying jobs.
We can get back on that roll. We have advantages over other states, but what we need most is attitude.
And we showed that “cando”
attitude after Katrina.
When the Coast got obliterated by the worst natural disaster in American history and hurricane force
winds extended 240 miles north up to West Point, our people didn’t whine or mope. They weren’t
looking for somebody to blame.

No, Mississippians proved themselves to be strong, resilient, selfreliant
people. They got knocked flat,
but got right back up and went to work; went to work helping their neighbors as well as themselves.
And the country and the world noticed. I can’t tell you how many times after the storm other governors,
or senators, or CEOs told me, “Haley, you’ve got to be proud of your people.” And, of course, I was.
You know, it is true that the Lord works in mysterious ways. Today I realize the response of our people
to Katrina and its devastation has done more to help the image of Mississippi than anything else that’s
happened in my lifetime.
People saw our state and our people in a new light. They gave us a chance to compete for their business,
their vacations, their expansions. That got us on a roll.
Now we’ve got to get back on that roll. The country and world have a new image of our state. They’re
prepared to give us a chance, to let us compete.
So it is up to us to meet the challenge; no, the opportunity. If we grasp this opportunity, it will propel
Mississippi to our rightful place as a leading, thriving state in the fastest growing section of the country.
It was once said, “Mississippi is the most underestimated place in the country, and Mississippians are the
most underestimated people.”
Well, today, after Katrina, we’ve learned to quit underestimating ourselves. We’ve proven to the world
what Mississippians are made of. And the world likes what it saw … and sees.
Now it is up to us to seize this moment.
The stakes are simple but huge: In this decade Mississippi mothers and grandmothers can see their
children and grandchildren choosing to stay in Mississippi because Mississippi is the best place to build a
successful career, to have the most opportunities and to enjoy this sweet land’s quality of life. That’s the
dream of every mother and grandmother, and with the right attitude and hard work, we can make it
Thank you for all you have done to change our state for the better. Let’s keep moving forward together.
God bless you and God bless America.

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The Gettysburg Address

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

-- Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

List of the Enumerated Powers of Congress

Section 8: The Congress shall have power To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;

To establish post offices and post roads;

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;

To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;—And

To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

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1st Frederick A.C. Muhlenberg, Pennsylvania, Apr 01, 1789

2nd Jonathan Trumbull, Connecticut, Oct 24, 1791

3rd Frederick A.C. Muhlenberg, Pennsylvania, Dec 02, 1793

4th, 5th Jonathan Dayton, New Jersey, Dec 07, 1795

6th Theodore Sedgwick, Massachusetts, Dec 02, 1799

7th-9th Nathaniel Macon, North Carolina, Dec 07, 1801

10th, 11th Joseph B. Varnum, Massachusetts, Oct 26, 1807

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13th Langdon Cheves, South Carolina, Jan 19, 1814

14th-16th Henry Clay, Kentucky, Dec 04, 1815

16th John W. Taylor, New York, Nov 15, 1820

17th Philip P. Barbour, Virginia, Dec 04, 1821

18th Henry Clay, Kentucky, Dec 01, 1823

19th John W. Taylor, New York, Dec 05, 1825

20th-22nd Andrew Stevenson, Virginia, Dec 03, 1827

23rd John Bell, Tennessee, Jun 02, 1834

24th, 25th James K. Polk, Tennessee, Dec 07, 1835

26th Robert M.T. Hunter, Virginia, Dec 16, 1839

27th John White, Kentucky, May 31, 1841

28th John W. Jones, Virginia, Dec 04, 1843

29th John W. Davis, Indiana, Dec 01, 1845

30th Robert C. Winthrop, Massachusetts, Dec 06, 1847

31st Howell Cobb, Georgia, Dec 22, 1849

32nd, 33rd Linn Boyd, Kentucky, Dec 01, 1851

34th Nathaniel P. Banks, Massachusetts, Feb 02, 1856

35th James L. Orr, South Carolina, Dec 07, 1857

36th William Pennington, New Jersey, Feb 01, 1860

37th Galusha A. Grow, Pennsylvania, Jul 04, 1861

38th-40th Schuyler Colfax, Indiana, Dec 07, 1863

40th Theodore M. Pomeroy,New York, Mar 03, 1869

41st-43rd James G. Blaine, Maine, Mar 04, 1869

44th Michael C. Kerr, Indiana, Dec 06, 1875

44th-46th Samuel J. Randall, Pennsylvania, Dec 04, 1876

47th J. Warren Keifer, Ohio, Dec 05, 1881

48th-50th John G. Carlisle, Kentucky, Dec 03, 1883

51st Thomas B. Reed, Maine, Dec 02, 1889

52nd, 53rd Charles F. Crisp, Georgia, Dec 08, 1891

54th, 55th Thomas B. Reed, Maine, Dec 02, 1895

56th, 57th David B. Henderson, Iowa, Dec 04, 1899

58th-61st Joseph G. Cannon, Illinois, Nov 09, 1903

62nd-65th James Beauchamp Clark, Missouri, Apr 04, 1911

66th-68th Frederick H. Gillett, Massachusetts, May 19, 1919

69th-71st Nicholas Longworth, Ohio, Dec 07, 1925

72nd John N. Garner, Texas, Dec 07, 1931

73rd Henry T. Rainey, Illinois, Mar 09, 1933

74th Joseph W. Byrns, Tennessee, Jan 03, 1935

74th-76th William B. Bankhead, Alabama, Jun 04, 1936

76th-79th Sam Rayburn, Texas, Sep 16, 1940

80th Joseph W. Martin, Jr., Massachusetts, Jan 03, 1947

81st, 82nd Sam Rayburn, Texas, Jan 03, 1949

83rd Joseph W. Martin, Jr., Massachusetts, Jan 03, 1953

84th-87th Sam Rayburn, Texas, Jan 05, 1955

87th-91st John W. McCormack, Massachusetts, Jan 10, 1962

92nd-94th Carl B. Albert, Oklahoma, Jan 21, 1971

95th-99th Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Massachusetts, Jan 04, 1977

100th, 101st James C. Wright, Jr., Texas, Jan 06, 1987

101st-103rd Thomas S. Foley, Washington, Jun 06, 1989

104th, 105th Newt Gingrich, Georgia, Jan 04, 1995

106th-109th J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois, Jan 06, 1999

110th, 111th Nancy Pelosi, California, Jan 04, 2007

112th, 113th, 114th John Boehner, Ohio, Jan, 2011

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  • Cheryl Ladd
  • Chris Evert
  • Chuck Norris
  • Cindy Williams
  • Clint Black
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Connie Stevens
  • Craig T. Nelson
  • Crystal Bernard
  • Curt Schilling
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Danny Aiello
  • Darryl Worley
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Dave Smalley
  • David Lynch
  • Deanna Lund
  • Delta Burke
  • Dennis Franz
  • Dennis Miller
  • Dick Van Patten
  • Dina Merrill
  • Dixie Carter
  • Don Shula
  • Drew Carey
  • Eazy-E
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck
  • Emma Caulfield
  • Ernie Banks
  • Ethel Merman
  • Eva Gabor
  • Frankie Avalon
  • Gail O'Grady
  • Gary Sinise
  • Gerald McRaney
  • Ginger Rogers
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Gretchen Wilson
  • Hank Williams
  • Hank Williams Jr.
  • Heather Locklear
  • Heather Whitestone
  • Hedda Hopper
  • Heidi Montag
  • Helen Hayes
  • Hilary Duff
  • India Allen
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Jackie Mason
  • Jaclyn Smith
  • James Brown
  • James Caan
  • James Caviezel
  • James Woods
  • Jamie Farr
  • Jane Wyman
  • Janine Turner
  • Jason Sehorn
  • Jeanette MacDonald
  • Jeff Baxter
  • Jennifer Flavin
  • Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Jinx Falkenburg
  • Joan Rivers
  • Joe Escalante
  • Joe Perry
  • John Elway
  • John Malkovich
  • John Ratzenberger
  • John Rich
  • Johnny Ramone
  • Jon Cryer
  • Jon Voight
  • June Allyson
  • Kansas
  • Karl Malone
  • Kathie Lee Gifford
  • Kathy Ireland
  • Keith Morris
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Kelsey Grammar
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Kerri Strug
  • Kid Rock
  • Kim Alexis
  • Kirk Cameron
  • Lance Armstrong
  • Lara Flynn Boyle
  • Larry the Cable Guy
  • Laura Prepon
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Lee Ann Womack
  • Lee Greenwood
  • Lee Ving
  • Leeann Tweeden
  • Lorenzo Lamas
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Lorrie Morgan
  • Lou Ferrigno
  • Louella Parsons
  • Lynard Skynard
  • Lynn Swann
  • Margaret Hamilton
  • Marie Osmond
  • Mark Chesnutt
  • Martina McBride
  • Mary Hart
  • Mary Lou Retton
  • Matt Hasselbeck
  • Maureen O'Hara
  • Meat Loaf
  • Mel Gibson
  • Merle Haggard
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Mike Ditka
  • Mike Love
  • Morgan Brittany
  • Naomi Judd
  • Nick Lachey
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Norm McDonald
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  • Patricia Cornwell
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  • Paula Prentiss
  • Pete Sampras
  • R. Lee Ermey
  • Rachel Hunter
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  • Ric Flair
  • Richard Petty
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  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Rip Torn
  • Robert Conrad
  • Robert Davi
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  • Roger Penske
  • Ron Silver
  • Salvador Dali
  • Sam Shepard
  • Sammy Haggar
  • Sara Evans
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  • Scott Baio
  • Sela Ward
  • Shannen Doherty
  • Shawnee Smith
  • Shirley Jones
  • Shirley Temple
  • Skrewdriver
  • Stephen Baldwin
  • Styx
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  • Tim Tebow
  • Tippi Hedrin
  • Tom Clancy
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  • Travis Tritt
  • Type O Negative
  • Victoria Jackson
  • Vince Flynn
  • Vincent Gallo
  • Wayne Newton
  • Wilfred Brimley
  • Yaphet Kotto
  • Yvette Mimieux
  • Zig Ziglar

The Interested American Ranking of the Presidents of the United States of America

Abraham Lincoln
Ronald Reagan
James Madison
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
John Adams
James K. Polk
William McKinley
Calvin Coolidge
William Taft
George W. Bush
Theodore Roosevelt
James Monroe
Andrew Jackson
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Harry S. Truman
Benjamin Harrison
John F. Kennedy

Zachary Taylor
Benjamin Harrison
Ulysses Grant
Grover Cleveland
Chester Arthur
Martin Van Buren
John Tyler
William Henry Harrison

George HW Bush
John Q. Adams
Gerald Ford
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
Rutherford B. Hayes
Warren Harding
Andrew Johnson
James Buchanan
Herbert Hoover
Bill Clinton
Richard Nixon
Franklin D. Roosevelt
James Carter
Woodrow Wilson
Barack Hussein Obama
Lyndon Baines Johnson

45 Goals of the Communist Party (1963)

  • 01. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
  • 02. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
  • 03. Develop the illustion that total disarmament by the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
  • 04. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
  • 05. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
  • 06. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
  • 07. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
  • 08. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under the supervision of the U.N.
  • 09. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
  • 10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
  • 11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
  • 12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
  • 13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
  • 14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
  • 15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
  • 16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
  • 17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
  • 18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
  • 19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
  • 20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
  • 21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
  • 22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
  • 23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
  • 24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
  • 25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
  • 26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
  • 27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
  • 28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
  • 29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
  • 30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
  • 31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
  • 32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
  • 33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
  • 34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
  • 35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
  • 36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
  • 37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
  • 38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
  • 39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
  • 40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
  • 41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
  • 42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
  • 43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
  • 44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
  • 45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

List of All United States Supreme Court Justices

Jay, John (1789-1795)
Rutledge, John (1789-1791), (1795)
Cushing, William (1789-1810)
Wilson, James (1789-1798)
Blair, John Jr. (1789-1795)
Iredell, James (1790-1799)
Johnson, Thomas (1791-1793)
Paterson, William (1793-1806)
Chase, Samuel (1796-1811)
Ellsworth, Oliver (1796-1800)
Washington, Bushrod (1798-1829)
Moore, Alfred (1799-1804)
Marshall, John (1801-1835)
Johnson, William Jr. (1804-1834)
Livingston, Henry Brockholst (1806-1823)
Todd, Thomas (1807-1826)
Duvall, Gabriel (1811-1835)
Story, Joseph (1811-1845)
Thompson, Smith (1823-1843)
Trimble, Robert (1826-1828)
McLean, John (1829-1861)
Baldwin, Henry (1830-1844)
Wayne, James Moore (1835-1867)
Barbour, Philip Pendelton (1836-1841)
Taney, Roger Brooke (1836-1864)
Catron, John (1837-1865)
McKinley, John (1837-1852)
Daniel, Peter Vivian (1841-1860)
Nelson, Samuel (1845-1872)
Woodbury, Levi (1845-1851)
Grier, Robert Cooper (1846-1870)
Curtis, Benjamin Robbins (1851-1857)
Campbell, John Archibald (1853-1861)
Clifford, Nathan (1858-1881)
Swayne, Noah Haynes (1862-1881)
Miller, Samuel Freeman (1862-1890)
Davis, David (1862-1877)
Field, Stephen Johnson (1863-1897)
Chase, Salmon Portland (1864-1873)
Strong, William (1870-1880)
Bradley, Joseph P. (1870-1892)
Hunt, Ward (1872-1882)
Waite, Morrison Remick (1874-1888)
Harlan, John Marshall (1877-1911)
Woods, William Burnham (1880-1887)
Matthews, Stanley (1881-1889)
Gray, Horace (1881-1902)
Blatchford, Samuel M. (1882-1893)
Lamar, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus (1888-1893)
Fuller, Melville Weston (1888-1910)
Brewer, David Josiah (1889-1910)
Brown, Henry Billings (1890-1906)
Shiras, George Jr. (1892-1903)
Jackson, Howell Edmunds (1893-1895)
White, Edward Douglass (1894-1921)
Peckham, Rufus Wheeler (1895-1909)
McKenna, Joseph (1898-1925)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell Jr. (1902-1932)
Day, William Rufus (1903-1922)
Moody, William Henry (1906-1910)
Lurton, Horace Harmon (1909-1914)
Hughes, Charles Evans (1910-1916), (1930-1948)
Van Devanter, Willis (1910-1941)
Lamar, Joseph Rucker (1910-1916)
Pitney, Mahlon (1912-1922)
McReynolds, James Clark (1914-1946)
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz (1916-1941)
Clarke, John Hessin (1916-1922)
Taft, William Howard (1921-1930)
Sutherland, George (1922-1942)
Butler, Pierce (1922-1939)
Sanford, Edward Terry (1923-1930)
Stone, Harlan Fiske (1925-1946)
Roberts, Owen Josephus (1930-1945)
Cardozo, Benjamin Nathan (1932-1938)
Black, Hugo Lafayette (1937-1971)
Reed, Stanley Forman (1938-1980)
Frankfurter, Felix (1939-1965)
Douglas, William Orville (1939-1980)
Murphy, Frank (1940-1949)
Byrnes, James Francis (1941-1942)
Jackson, Robert Houghwout (1941-1954)
Rutledge, Wiley Blount (1943-1949)
Burton, Harold Hitz (1945-1964)
Vinson, Frederick Moore (1946-1953)
Clark, Tom C. (1949-1977)
Minton, Sherman (1949-1965)
Warren, Earl (1953-1974)
Harlan, John Marshall (1955-1971)
Brennan, William Joseph Jr. (1956-1997)
Whittaker, Charles Evans (1957-1965)
Stewart, Potter (1958-1985)
White, Byron Raymond (1962-2002)
Goldberg, Arthur Joseph (1962-1965)
Fortas, Abe (1965-1969)
Marshall, Thurgood (1967-1993)
Burger, Warren Earl (1969-1995)
Blackmun, Harry Andrew (1970-1999)
Powell, Lewis Franklin Jr. (1971-1998)
Rehnquist, William Hubbs (1971-2005)
Stevens, John Paul (1975-2010)
O`Connor, Sandra Day (1981-2005)
Scalia, Antonin (1986-present)
Kennedy, Anthony McLeod (1988-present)
Souter, David Hackett (1990-2009)
Thomas, Clarence (1991-present)
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (1993-present)
Breyer, Stephen Gerald (1994-present)
Roberts, John Glover Jr. (2005-present)
Alito, Samuel A. Jr. (2006-present)
Sotomayor, Sonia (2009-present)
Elana Kagan (2010-present)

Ranking Countries by Economic Freedom

Hong Kong
New Zealand
United States
United Kingdom
The Netherlands
Saint Lucia
South Korea
El Salvador
Czech Republic
United Arab Emirates
The Bahamas
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Costa Rica
Trinidad and Tobago
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Cape Verde
Kyrgyz Republic
Dominican Republic
Burkina Faso
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sri Lanka
Cote d'Ivoire
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
Equatorial Guinea
Central African Republic
Sierra Leone
Republic of Congo
Solomon Islands
Democratic Republic of Congo
North Korea

Not Indexed:

Source: 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.

The Bill of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Right to Work States

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

Top Conservative Colleges in America

Ave Maria University, CONS
Benedictine College, CONS
Brighham Young University, PR08, CONS,
Calvin College, USN06,
Cedarville University, EHOW
Christendom College, YAF10, CONS,
College of the Ozarks, YAF10, PR08,
Evangel University, CONS
Franciscan University of Steubenville, YAF10, CONS, EHOW
Grove City College, YAF10, PR08, CONS,
Harding University, YAF10
Hampden-Sydney College, PR08,
Hillsdale College, YAF10, PR08, CONS
The King's College, YAF10, CONS,
Liberty University, YAF10, USN06, CONS,
Newberry College, CONS
Ohio Wesleyan University, EHOW
Patrick Henry College, YAF10, CONS,
Regent University, YAF10
Saint Vincent College, YAF10
Thomas Aquinas College, YAF10, CONS,
Thomas More College, YAF10
United States Airforce Academy, PR08
United States Coast Guard Academy, CONS
United States Merchant Marine Academy, PR08
United States Naval Academy, PR08
University of Dallas, PR08, CONS
Wheaton College, PR08
Wisconsin Lutheran College, YAF10

CONS — Conservapedia
PR08 — Princeton Review 2008.
YAF10 — Young America's Foundation 2009-2010.
USN06 — US News and World Report 2006.

The Worst Mass Murderers in History

1. Mao Tse Tung (China) Roughly 70 million murdered.
2. Josef Stalin (Soviet Union) Roughly 23 million murdered.
3. Adolf Hitler (Germany) Roughly 12 million murdered.
4. Ismail Enver (Turkey) Roughly 2.5 million murdered.
5. Pol Pot (Cambodia) Roughly 1.7 million murdered.

Hirohito (Japan)
Vladimir Lenin (Soviet Union)
Saddam Hussein (Iraq)
Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)
Kim Il Sung (North Korea)
Ion Antonescu (Romania)
Fidel Castro (Cuba)
Che Guevara (Argentina)
Robespierre (France)
Idi Amin (Uganda)
Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)
Radovan Karadzic (Bosnia)
Francisco Franco (Spain)
Osama Bin Laden (Al-Qaeda)