Wednesday, September 2, 2009
From coast to coast, Americans are showing up in an absolute “ground swell” of spontaneous opposition to a takeover of our entire health system by big government. I saw it happen in Kansas a few weeks ago when 1,500 people packed an auditorium to express their disdain for their US Senator. I’ve seen it happen all over Indiana. And, while in DC, the Halls of Capitol Hill were packed with Americans who took time and spent their OWN money to fly-in and encourage their Representatives to vote NO.
As President Obama declared this morning that HE will now “engage” on this issue and push even harder…that is a signal to all of us across the State to “re-engage”. Every Congressman that was brave enough to hold town hall meetings when they were back in their districts heard loud and clear that Americans want the US Government to take their hands off of their health care. Now that members of Congress are returning to DC, they have to answer to their other bosses, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. They need to keep hearing from us…by phone, email or written letter. Liberty and freedom reign when the American people stay engaged and let their voices ring!
There is another issue to watch closely at the Federal Level. A Senate bill is quietly moving along that would transfer the power and authority of Internet regulation from Homeland Security to the White House…need I say more? This is being billed as a “cyber safety” issue but it is clear in the bill that the President, at his discretion, can shut down the entire Internet system that every residential, business, private customer uses if there is an “emergency”. It’s a fairly scary concept because the word, “emergency” isn’t defined. I’m keeping my eyes on that one.
I have been named to the Summer Study Committee of the Legislature to study the topic of Alcohol and all issues relating to alcohol bills. We begin next week and are looking at the issue of whether or not to overturn the Sunday sales concept of alcohol in Indiana, selling cold beer in convenience stores/gas stations, liquor permits, etc. It should be an interesting issue and one that will definitely result in legislation in the January session.
I am continuing to work on bills that I will file or co-sponsor in the next session. If there is an issue you want addressed in the upcoming session…now is the time to act. Call or email me and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for staying plugged into the process.
You can also follow me on Twitter: jackiewalorski or connect with me on Facebook!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
A rally will be held to refute three nationalized issues that will affect our area greatly; Cap & Trade, Card Check and Government takeover of your PRIVATE HEALTH CARE.
The rally will be at Nelson's Golden Glow Headquarters at 607 Nelson's Pkwy, Wakarusa, IN 46573 at 1:00PM, BUT you MUST be there between 10:30-11:00! After 11:00 Barack Obama's secret service will be barricading the streets and you will NOT be able to get in. The press conference will be outside and it will take place REGARDLESS of the weather, make sure you come prepared rain or shine. This will be our chance to gain NATIONAL MEDIA EXPOSURE.
If you are OPPOSED to these critical issues, then this will be YOUR ONE opportunity to stand up, voice your opinion and get your message across to DC.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My husband and I lived in this type of health care in the European Union and it is a first class disaster. The most vulnerable people in a government run system are the people that get sick! The young and old or people in the middle with chronic or incurable conditions quickly lose access. That’s the reason why people in other countries will sell their houses and make life-altering adjustments to get the money to come to the US to access state-of-the-art health care.
The second issue I learned about yesterday is the issue that is pure socialism and NEVER works; it is called “price-fixing”. The Government would set the price at which reimbursement would be paid for a patient’s care. For example, the bureaucrats in Washington, DC would decide how much you will pay for an office call to your doctor, for a CT scan if you need one, an MRI, or a hospital stay. As a legislator, I can tell you that the government has been up to $10 million dollars in default to our local hospitals right here in Michiana and our entire coalition of elected officials go and fight to get their money, and that’s ONLY to pay for the back log in Medicaid payments. Forcing all Americans on to a government run system that has not adequately run ANY health program efficiently is an impending nightmare.
Thirdly, we all know there is no such thing as “free” health care….nothing is free. This program has a price tag of more than $1.5 trillion dollars. One Congressman told me yesterday that he was excited about trimming $1 billion dollars off of that $1 trillion dollar price tag…sorry, but there is a long way to go between a billion and a trillion and it will have to be paid for in tax dollars. We cannot afford “free” health care.
I left there yesterday with a sense that, unless the American people rise up and say, “no way”…this is going to pass in some type of modified form. This certainly isn’t a partisan, political issue, this is about our families and our own lives. I implore you to pass this email around, call Rep. Joe Donnelly and Senator Evan Bayh and tell them to vote NO…not to modify the bill but to vote NO and start over.
If you have questions about this issue for me, email me back and I will get you an answer. I don’t want to see the lives of Hoosiers and Americans jeopardized over an “experiment” that hasn’t worked in any country…let alone the greatest country on the face of the earth!
Please call today and keep calling.
State Rep., Dist. 21
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I spoke with Managing Editor, Greg Halling, to express concern as to why they would publish something that isn’t legal here and in today’s editorial they equate this decision with printing birth announcements even if the babies are born “out of wedlock” but being born out of wedlock isn’t illegal and the birth is still recognized by the State as legitimate. It’s the voters in Indiana that choose the laws and the community standard by which we live and are governed. Mr. Halling’s number is 574-294-1661, the CEO of Federated Media which owns The Truth is Mr. John Dille 111, and he can be reached at 574-295-2500.
On another issue, PLEASE take another minute and again, call your Congressman, either Joe Donnelly or Mark Souder and express your NO vote on the Nationalized Health Care issue. The President declared last night that he wants this program on the fast track and on his desk by August….that means a vote in less than three weeks. This issue will probably be decided by the Blue Dog Democrats, of which Joe Donnelly, is one. It is critical that we don’t let the best health care system in the world be dismantled by a government takeover.
My husband and I know, first hand, what it’s like to live in a country with socialized medicine and it’s horrific. When we were missionaries in Eastern Europe, nearly every nation used the same, broken model of socialized medicine and the only way they could contain cost, was to limit access. Therefore, the minute a citizen went from the “asset” side to the “liability” side, getting health care was nearly impossible. Doctors quit working because they made no money, conditions rapidly deteriorate in hospitals when no new ones are built and equipment isn’t replaced because of lack of funds. “Important people or VIP’s” will have connections to move to the front of the line, if there is a special need, while others wait for months. The actual “value” we place on life in this country will completely deteriorate.
As a legislator, I am involved in this same situation, as I battle for constituents’ lives when they fall through the system of Medicaid. When it’s Friday at 5pm and some bureaucrat hasn’t filed a paper, or lost it on their desk, or an “I” isn’t dotted or a “T” crossed and an ill person is denied access to their doctor, their prescriptions…when those moments happen, you need an elected official whose willing to move mountains on behalf of helping people in need. Elected officials at the State and Federal level do this every day. We all have staffs who know how to intervene in these critical situations because they happen all the time. These situations will multiply by the millions with government making decisions about the lives of individual Americans.
Ask your Congressman to slow this train down, regroup and come up with a plan that maintains private insurance and protects individual choice. This is still the United States of America but if we sell out our own, individual futures to the government as the banks and auto industry have done there won’t be anyone left to “bail” us out when this program fails, it will cost actual lives…..that cost is too high.
Please call Congressman Joe Donnelly today at 202-225-3915 or locally at 574-288-2825 and call Congressman Mark Souder at 202-225-4436 or locally at 574-533-5802. We only have a small window of time to hold off a government takeover…this is by far the most important issue facing our fellow citizens today. Thank you!
Reminder to those of you walking with me in the Elkhart County 4H Fair Parade, we will be meeting at 12:30 in the LinWay Shopping Center parking lot and the parade begins at 1:30pm. Please feel free to bring a friend! It should be a beautiful day and there is usually 30,000 people on the parade route! See you on Sunday!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
In the meantime, the South Bend Tribune is reporting today that Obama’s team has “volunteers”, or perhaps paid ACORN employees, canvassing the West Side of South Bend….knocking on doors, just like a political campaign, “selling” Obama’s national health care to the neighborhood.
On the State side of “politics”, House Speaker Pat Bauer is in that same paper bashing the budget that was just passed in the Indiana General Assembly, complaining that it didn’t spend enough money even though, he, as House Speaker, controls every single bill that comes to the floor for a vote. The only way to “spend” more money in Indiana is to raise taxes so there is more money to spend and we said NO which protected taxpayers. So, today, Bauer is actively “selling” his opposition to a budget that he allowed to pass!
On the local side of politics this morning, there is the St. Joseph County Council and the City of South Bend using “scare tactics” to raise the Option Income Tax this upcoming week. South Bend is threatening to layoff and cut off their own vital first responders in order to get their residents to beg for another tax. Why is it that Mishawaka’s mayor just cut their budget, laid off 25 people, left 10 other positions empty and balanced their budget and didn’t touch one police officer or firefighter?
Why are these community leaders using scare tactics and running their tax increase campaigns like political campaigns? It’s interesting that at the National, State and Local level….there is a common thread running through all of the political rhetoric that is tied to either your health or your pocket through new, massive taxation….it seems to be fear and intimidation of working Hoosiers and Americans.
When rational discussions don’t produce the results that the other side wants, they resort to what they know best, winning elections through fear. So, while the other side is running campaigns on national health care, raising taxes at every level…it’s about time OUR side shakes off this “fear” and gets moving.
Instead of feeling powerless and overwhelmed, let’s grab ourselves by our bootstraps and engage in this battle before we lose it! I encourage every Hoosier to “wake up”, reach deep inside of your selves and emerge with a resolve like a pit bull that “enough is enough” and we’re taking our role seriously as a voter and a Hoosier. While the other side is knocking on doors, we should be doing the same. While the other side is filling up local newspapers with their “spin” and rhetoric…we should be sharing our opinions by the thousands! While the other side is raising money, gearing up for the 2010 elections….we should raise more…let’s embrace capitalism, not run from it! Let’s embrace the issues of today and confront them head on…not give into fear!
This week, write your US Congressman and US Senator and tell them to vote NO on National Health Care, Cap and Trade and massive tax increases…also write to your local papers and tell them the same thing! Show up at the Council meetings in St. Joseph County and express your opinion on raising taxes without budget cuts!! Rise up and be an active participant in this battle and engage the other side on the front line!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
There’s good and bad in every budget. I didn’t write this budget nor was I at the table, as a minority House member but there was a great deal of collaboration between the House Republicans, Senate Republicans and those Democrats that wanted to be involved. The budget puts us in a stable position as our economy continues to fluctuate. More importantly, this budget does not set us up for a massive tax increase by spending down every stabilization fund. It also has cut nearly 10% from every State agency, which I believe is important. Thanks again to all of you for getting involved in the process, it made a difference!
Just a reminder: I will NOT be in the Walkerton Parade this weekend, on Friday, July 3rd. I had to previously cancel my spot in the parade because we were told to cancel ALL plans and plan on being in Indianapolis all week and possibly into the weekend. Thanks to those of you who were going to walk, but I will not be there this year.
The next parade is the BIG one at the Elkhart County 4H Fair on July 19th. I need as many walkers as possible there. Either call my voicemail at 574-293-6622 or email Rebecca@faulknerstrategies.com to confirm for that parade!
Thanks again and have a GREAT 4th of July weekend!
State Representative, District 21
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Also: for those of you who heard me LIVE on WFRN this morning, we have a new abortion clinic opened in Fort Wayne, Indiana that is performing “chemical” or “medical” abortions using RU486 and a combination of drugs that induce miscarriages to be done at home. This “take home abortion kit” has successfully skirted virtually all of Indiana’s laws that protect young girls and adult women from the risks of infection and complications that arise from botched abortions. Stay tuned on further legislative measures that we will be taking to change this situation.
Finally: Call House Speaker Pat Bauer and tell him to QUIT playing political games with YOUR tax money and to get a budget passed and END this special session of the General Assembly!!! The Governor has now embarked on a mission around the State to ask House Democrats to vote with their districts and not their “boss” so we can pass a responsible budget that doesn’t raise taxes.
This is an important hour for America as we look squarely at the Cap and Trade bill, a HUGE utility tax increase and at the State level…another giant tax increase if we don’t pass a responsible budget NOW.
I have already called Rep. Joe Donnelly and am hoping you will do the same. This is important.
Thank you very much.
Monday, June 22, 2009
On another note, summer parades begin!! I would enjoy the opportunity to have you join me in walking or riding bikes for the upcoming parade season! Saturday, June 27th, is the Lakeville Parade, and lineup is at 8am, and the parade begins at 9am. The parade lines up behind the Subway Shop on US 31 South and ends at Newton Park. The following Saturday, July 3, the Walkerton Parade is an evening parade, line up at 6:30pm, parade begins at 7:30pm, and begins at Urey Middle School and ends at the High School. Sunday, July 19th the Elkhart County 4H Fair Parade is HUGE and begins at Noon at the Linway Plaza in Goshen. I might be riding my bike this year in some of the parades but we’ll have a truck with water for the walkers and candy for the kids. It’s always a lot of fun!
Please RSVP for any parades to Rebecca@Faulknerstrategies.com or call and leave me a message at 574-293-6622.
Thanks and stay tuned!
State Representative Jackie Walorski
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We also found out that there is a tax increase coming into St. Joseph County through a new Regional Transportation Board AND we beat down an amendment offered by a local House Democrat that would have had a $2million dollar earmark for another Community Center in South Bend. I, along with 5 other Republican colleagues, raised so many questions and objections to “earmarking” when we need to be “cutting” that Bauer killed Niezgodski’s amendment by pulling it off the table.
We are back in session tomorrow at 10 am and it will be interesting to see what the vote is on this first round of a horrible budget. I will be shocked if the Democrats have 51 members to vote on a bloated, overspent, pork barrel budget. We’ll see.
Thanks for all of your comments and feedback. By keeping up the pressure on lawmakers, especially the Speaker, we can make a difference in these next 2 weeks!
Thanks Again and Stay Tuned!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Special Session of the General Assembly has become a 3-ring circus….under the direction of the ringleader himself, Speaker Bauer. It is due to his theatrics during the regular session that we’re even in Special Session….costing more taxpayer dollars. Now, he’s in charge of yet another 3-ring circus and this one is in full swing.
Let’s be clear why the Governor called the Legislature into this session…to pass a balanced budget. To simply pass a budget that only spends as much money as it takes in. Instead, Bauer has brought other issues to the table that absolutely could and should wait until January. One ring of the circus is going to introduce and debate a CIB bailout bill that will include more gaming in Indiana and they might even have a gaming bailout bill. Another ring is taking direct fire at FSSA and the Governor, again wasting more time and taxpayers money on an issue that could and should wait until January.
While the rings are spinning the clock is ticking. Monday, Day 2 of session, the House was due to convene at 1:30 p.m. but the Speaker didn’t “convene” us until 4:50 p.m.…we sat there in Indianapolis, at taxpayer expense, for 3 ½ hours! So, when we did convene we said the pledge, signed in our attendance and adjourned in 4 minutes.
One might think that perhaps the Speaker of the House is intentionally wasting time and money so that it will be impossible to have a budget by the end of June and then blame the Governor for shutting down the State of
Hoosiers should be outraged. I am. Yesterday, I left my house at 9:00 a.m. and returned home at nearly 10 p.m. and was in session for 4 minutes. It’s these kinds of antics that erode the public’s trust in government and lead to higher taxes and less accountability.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Unlike our friends at the federal level, we absolutely cannot SPEND our way out of the financial tight spot we are in...the only way to balance the budget is to spend less than we are receiving in revenue, which means cutting more spending out of the plan. I believe taxpayers have had enough of government spending their hard-earned money!
At the hands of the Speaker of the House, businesses also got blasted this session with the largest tax increase in the history of Indiana ! During a recession and a 20-yr. low in the economy....this Democratic House voted to INCREASE taxes on ALL businesses by $315 million next year and $365 million dollars the following year to "aid...not FIX" an ailing Unemployment Compensation Fund. I voted NO to protect the struggling companies in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties ...we MUST do a better job of protecting and creating jobs!!
The Speaker of the House was also successful in killing any conversation about property tax caps, the protection of traditional marriage amendment and he killed ALL pro-life bills.
The Governor will be calling the Indiana House and Senate back into session in the next few weeks to hopefully pass a leaner budget that protects taxpayers.
There were a variety of other bills that passed this session. I co-authored HB 1468 which has become known as the "puppy mill bill". I had worked for 6 months to craft legislation that would bring some accountability to the "bad actors' in the commercial dog breeding world while not promoting heavy-handed government. We were able to deliver on that by giving the Attorney General the authority they needed to seek uncollected or unpaid sales and income tax on this multiple billion dollar industry. We also included in that bill increased animal cruelty statues that will allow local prosecutors to handle complaints of animal cruelty and neglect. That bill generated more input from Hoosiers than any other bill including the budget this session. People are passionate about their animals...on both sides of the issue.
Thanks again for all of your comments and concerns this session. If you want to give me input on the upcoming special session, as it pertains to the budget, please do! I am coming down on the side of "less spending"....I hope you are too!
Indiana State Representative
Thursday, April 9, 2009
On the heels of the
“This is yet another egregious example of elected officials betraying our American values,” Rep. Walorski said. “
The Defense of Marriage Amendment so far has been unsuccessful in the Indiana General Assembly. If the resolution is passed by two consecutive, separately elected General Assemblies and Hoosier voters as part of a referendum, it would become part of the Indiana Constitution.
Thirty states, comprising almost two-thirds of the country’s population, have approved constitutional amendments defining and defending marriage.
“I am absolutely confident the Defense of Marriage Amendment would have overwhelming bipartisan support in the House,” Rep. Walorski said. “Today’s events in
Speaker Bauer has taken the position
The Indiana Senate has passed the Defense of Marriage Amendment four times — 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 — but the state House has passed the amendment only once, in 2005, when Republicans were in the majority.
The Indiana Senate has passed the Defense of Marriage Amendment four times — 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 — but the state House has passed the amendment only once, in 2005, when Republicans were in the majority.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Is it any wonder that the State Democratic Party has stood silent as the entire nation has followed the unfolding of this unbelievable story in Indiana...the cover up of a rape allegation from an agency receiving multiple millions of federal Medicaid dollars?
It was certainly interesting to learn that of the three people that probably read this blog, the State Democratic Party seems to be following every word I say and are expending time and energy in doing so. Makes me think there must be some big announcement coming in this investigation, if they are going to this extent to create a smoking mirror and diversion. Maybe it's time they focus on something that really matters...not personal attacks on a legislator but safety of Hoosier young people at the hands of Planned Parenthood.