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Monday, June 29, 2009

Congressman Mac Thornberry speaks up!

I received this from my Congressman. He is a great Representative and understands what is happening to this Country. Please read! And send to anyone you think will listen. Click Here for his website

Dear Friend,

A few weeks ago I shared my concern that Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic majority in the House would soon force a vote on a global warming bill. Although I voted NO and strongly oppose the legislation, the cap and trade bill has passed the House. This 1000+ page bill may be the largest tax increase in the history of our country. It will erode the quality of life for each of us, it will make it harder for a lot of people in our area to earn their living, and it will raise the cost of practically everything we need or want. The consequences for rural areas will be especially severe. Below is a discussion of some of the ways the bill will affect agriculture. But it is only one example of the damage this bill will do to our country if it becomes law. The fight is not over because the bill still must pass the Senate, but this radical bill is now one step closer to becoming the law of the land.


Mac Thornberry
Member of Congress

The Impact On Agriculture

More than 100 national and state agriculture associations publicly opposed the global warming bill, H.R. 2454 - The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. They include the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cotton Council, The Fertilizer Institute, American Farmers & Ranchers, American Meat Institute, and the National Corn Growers Association.

The Heritage Foundation, one of Washington’s top think tanks, has done an analysis of the economic impact of H.R. 2454. According to a Heritage Foundation analysis, farm income would drop $8 billion in 2012, $25 billion in 2024, and over $50 billion in 2035 -- decreases of 28 percent, 60 percent, and 94 percent, respectively. The average net income lost over the years 2010-2035 would be $23 billion, which is a 57 percent decrease from the base year. Additionally, construction costs of farm buildings would rise by 5.5 percent in 2025 and 10 percent by 2034. By 2035, gasoline and diesel costs are expected to be 58 percent higher and electric rates would be 90 percent higher. Importantly, 25 percent of U.S. farm cash receipts come from agriculture exports. For some crops, over 50 percent of sales result from exports. With the high costs imposed by this bill, U.S. farmers will be at a severe disadvantage compared with farmers in nations which do not have a cap-and-tax system and correspondingly high input costs.

For our own area, a preliminary analysis by the National Cotton Council of the direct energy costs related to production, ginning, marketing, and yarn spinning costs indicates that every 10% increase in input prices will increase costs by at least $175 million for the industry. The estimate, which should be viewed as a lower bound, does not fully account for the ripple effects that higher energy costs will have on all industries that supply inputs to the U.S. cotton and textile industry.

Cotton is an excellent example of the reason we should all be deeply concerned about the international disparity that this bill would establish for U.S. industries. China and India, the two largest cotton and textile producing countries, are competitors with U.S. cotton in the international market. Both countries are significant and growing contributors to the emissions alleged to cause global warming, and both have thus far refused to sign onto any agreement to curtail their emissions. The additional production costs that will result from implementation of the provisions of H.R. 2454 will place U.S. cotton and cotton products at a clear disadvantage in international markets, which are critically important to the U.S. cotton industry.

Rural America Targeted by Allocation Scheme

According to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the monthly residential electricity bills in 25 states will increase 15 to 28 percent for every $20/ton of carbon dioxide allowances. Rural households already spend 58% more on fuel than urban residents as a percentage of their income.

H.R. 2454 distributes free allowances for carbon emissions to utilities under a formula by which both electricity sales and historic emissions levels are weighed. The effect of this scheme is that rural utilities which rely on coal-generated electricity, and thus have higher emissions levels, would not receive enough allowances to cover their emissions. 80% of the electricity that rural cooperatives generate comes from coal-fired power plants, which serve 40 million Americans. The bill does not provide enough free emissions allowances to regions of the country that are more reliant on coal. These utilities will then be forced to purchase allowances from utilities with surplus allowances, those that rely on hydroelectric and other energy sources with lower emissions levels. The cost of the electricity they produce will go up.

Farm Inputs Will Be Hit Hard

The fertilizer industry is a good example of the secondary impacts of this bill. The nitrogen industry in the United States, which produces agricultural fertilizer, has experienced declines over recent years due to the high cost of natural gas. Because H.R. 2454 would cause natural gas prices to skyrocket even further, this industry, upon which farming relies, is especially vulnerable. There are currently 27 ammonia plants operating in the U.S. -- mostly in rural areas. These plants each employ between 100 and 150 people with average salaries of $70,000 and benefits. The higher costs imposed by this global warming bill would cripple this industry’s competitiveness and force businesses to close or relocate abroad. Reduced fertilizer production domestically would increase costs for U.S. farmers and in turn raise the price of food at the supermarket.

It should also be noted that reduced nitrogen fertilizer production in the U.S. would likely lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions globally, as plants move to countries with less stringent environmental regulations. The U.S. already imports 55 percent of its nitrogen, 83 percent of which comes from nations with no climate change policies in effect. H.R. 2454 would exacerbate this problem. During Congressional testimony, the CEO of the Fertilizer Institute noted that within ten years there may be no domestic fertilizer plant left in the United States.

Conclusion: Higher Taxes, Fewer Jobs, And A Lot More Government Interference In Your Life

State Comptroller of Texas Susan Combs said on June 9, 2009, that if passed, H.R. 2454 could cost Texans 164,000 jobs and shave $25 billion per-year off the state's total economic output.

To place these numbers in perspective, according to a study by the Heritage Foundation, the impact on Texas District 13 will be substantial. We can expect to see a Gross State Product (GSP) Loss in 2012 of $449,910,000 and an average GSP Loss, 2012–2035 of $895,750,000. We can expect to see a Personal Income Loss in 2012 of $552,780,000 and an average Personal Income Loss from 2012 –2035 of $320,150,000. Our Non-Farm Job Loss in 2012 is projected to be 4,102 and our Average Non-Farm Job Loss, from 2012–2035 is projected to be 3,006.

In addition to its economic impact, H.R. 2454 establishes a myriad of new federal agencies intertwined with at least 21 existing agencies to reallocate trillions of taxpayer dollars in a supposedly fair and efficient manner. According to the U.S Chamber of Commerce, the bill will impose 397 new federal regulations that require traditional agency rulemakings. Along with these new regulations the bill imposes over a thousand mandates and even mandates efficiency requirements on electric appliances like Jacuzzis.

The bottom line is passage of H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, means higher taxes, fewer jobs, and a lot more government interference in each of our lives.

Here is a list of the Republicans who voted FOR: Or Didn't vote:
Republicans who voted yes for Cap & Trade

Bono Mack, Mary (CA 45)
Castle, Michael N. (DE at large)
Kirk, Mark Steven ((IL 10th)
Lance, Leonard (NJ 7th)
LoBiondo, Frank A. (NJ 2nd)
McHugh, John M. (NY 23rd)
Reichert, David G. (WA 8th)
Smith, Christopher H. (NJ 4th)

Republicans who didn’t vote

Flake, Jeff (AZ 6th)
Sullivan, John (OK 1st)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Smart Professor

This was a pretty smart Professor:

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that
he had never failed a single student before, but had once
failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that socialism worked, and that no one
would be poor and no one would be rich, that it was the great

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in
this class on socialism. All grades will be averaged and
everyone will receive the same grade." (So no one would fail
and no one would receive an A.)

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got
a B.

The students who studied hard were upset, and the students who
studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied
little had studied even less, and the ones who studied hard
decided they wanted a free ride, too, so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling
all resulted in hard feelings, and no one would study for the
benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told
them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the
reward is great, the effort to succeed is great. But when
government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want
to succeed.

(Could not be any simpler than that..)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What causes Arthritis?

> A drunken man who smelled of booze sat down on a
> subway next to a priest.
> The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with
> red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn
> coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.
> After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked,
> "Say Father, what causes arthritis?"
> The priest replies, "My Son, it's caused by loose
> living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your
> fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath."
> The drunk muttered in response, "Well, I'll be damned, " Then returned to
> his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man
> and apologized. "I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long
> have you had arthritis?"
> The drunk answered, "I don't have it, Father. I was just
> reading here that the Pope does."
> Make sure you understand the question before offering the answer.

I am guilty. Father forgive me for I have sinned! Every time I open my mouth.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Jana

I tried to call but you had a really busy day. Hope it was a great one.
This picture was taken Mother's Day weekend when I drove to Jana's for a Mother Daughter Tea at Jana's Church. We were trying to get a "Mother/Daughter" picture look alike for a contest our local paper was having. If you would just puff that hair up a little more we might have won the contest. Everyone says Jana looks like her mother. Sorry Jana. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bible School

My youngest 2 grandchildren were here last week for Bible School. Hogan 4 and Ella 2 l/2. They loved it. Ella loves playing the DVD and singing the songs and doing the hand motions. As her mother said to me today..."She is so much like her Aunt Lana". Here they are getting ready with names tags in place to go to Bible School

Last week 4 churches in our little town of Munday joined together and had a great Bible School. I loved Bible School as a child growing up. We lived wayyyyyyyy out in the country and we attended a Baptist Church but everybody within 20 miles attended this church. That is where I got my early training. I became a Christian when we lived in Olton, Texas at the age of 9 in a Cumberland Presbyterian Church. I will never forget that night. My mother had gone to California to be with my sister Tia Juana who was having her first baby James Robert Caddel. My Dad took us kids to the revival we were having and we BOTH GOT SAVED. Now that's another story for another day.

Back to my Salvation. I do believe that a person must be "born again" as Nicodemus said in John 3. When a person is "born again" he becomes a new creation. Ephesians 2: talks about being made alive in Christ.
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We moved to a little community about 18 miles east of Kress, Texas and lived for several years. Those were my memories of Bible School.

Last week I helped with Bible School. The Theme this year was Crocodile Dock. It was really good and a lot of people put a lot of work into making it fun and a learning adventure. I think at one time or another all of my grandchildren have come to Munday and attended Bible School. I haven't always been able to help every day but the past few years I have had the pleasures of being a Crew Leader and "following" 4-5 kids from class to class. Each year it gets better. The reason I put the scripture from Ephesian 2:10 (For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.) is to explain why I think some people are called to work in Bible School. You see, God prepared in advance a work (Bible School) for me (and all those other precious people who worked so hard) to do. He created and prepared others for a different work but for me I was prepared to help with Bible School. I especially want my children and grandchildren to be taught of the Lord.
Is. 54:13-14 13And all your [spiritual] children shall be disciples [taught by the Lord and obedient to His will], and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children. 14You shall establish yourself in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God's will and order): you shall be far from even the thought of oppression or destruction, for you shall not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near you.

That is a beautiful promise for us and for our children.

This is the last night in front of some of the props. Aren't they just darling?

He was just a little boy,

On a week's first day.
Wandering home from Bible school,
And dawdling on the way.

He scuffed his shoes into the grass;
He even found a caterpillar.
He found a fluffy milkweed pod,
And blew out all the 'filler.'

A bird's nest in a tree overhead,
So wisely placed up so high.
Was just another wonder,
That caught his eager eye.

A neighbor watched his zig zag course,
And hailed him from the lawn;
Asked him where he'd been that day
And what was going on.

'I've been to Bible School ,'
He said and turned a piece of sod.
He picked up a wiggly worm replying,
'I've learned a lot about God.'

'M'm very fine way,' the neighbor said,
'for a boy to spend his time.'
'If you'll tell me where God is,
I'll give you a brand new dime.'

Quick as a flash the answer came!
Nor were his accents faint.
'I'll give you a dollar, Mister,
If you can tell me where God ain't.'

Here is a picture of 3 of my 5 kids. Kameron Redder, Kobe Rameriz, and Denice Arroyo. They were such a blessing and I can just see that Kameron (the blonde in the middle) walking home from Bible School one day and telling someone, "I'll give you a dollar mister if you can tell me WHERE GOD AINT."

I pray when these kids get my age they will look back on their Bible School Days with the fond memories that I have of mine.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

We have been following the progress of little Clay Fite who was badly burned on February 14. They started a blog to keep friends and family up to date on daily progress. Read the good news today.

Here is the first post.

Clay(Fite) was admitted to the Parkland Memorial Hospital today for extensive burns over his little body. Chance had put a bag of trash in the burn barrel and started the fire then went into town for some things. Carson (age 10), Cody (age 6 - will be 7 on Feb 23) and Clay were out playing in the yard and decided that the fire had burned down too low and needed a little "help" to finish off the trash. One of the boys grabbed a can of gas out of the storage shed and coaxed another to "put it on the fire." Clay had climbed up close to make sure the job was done right, and as the gas hit the fire, it mushroomed up into the sky. Deidra was in the house and heard the explosion and immediately ran out the back. The front of Carson's pant leg was on fire and he managed to get it out then helped put out the fire that had started in the yard and on the fence. Cody was hitting flames off the back of his neck and somehow extinguished them. He only suffered minor burns to the back of his neck and a burn on the back of his right ear and singed hair. Although his brothers were partially protected by the burn barrel itself, Clay was right in the line of the fire, and when DeeDee saw him he was engulfed in flames. In DeeDee's panic, she grabbed the water hose and doused Clay to put out the fire. The 911 call that DeeDee placed claimed that they could not pinpoint the address. With 911 on the line and calling Chance from her cell phone, Chance ended up arriving within seconds from the grocery store. Chance immediately scooped up Clay and had him at the hospital in no time. The two other boys were taken to the hospital, treated and released. Clay ended up with burns on his face, head, back, stomach, arms, hands. He was wearing boots and jeans so the lower parts of his legs are fine. Clay was flown to Dallas with his dad by his side. Some friends drove DeeDee (she was in no condition to drive)to Dallas and they arrived within 15 minutes of the helicopter. Clay is in critial condition in the Burn Intensive Care Unit here at Parkland Memorial Hospital. The wonderful care of the staff in the burn unit has been great. Not only the staff, but other families of burn victims have been a huge help to the Fite family during this time. (End of first post but you can go here to read more.

There are things in life that we don't understand and one of them is why a child would have to suffer. I am always reminded of a verse of scripture my pastor quoted that has stayed with me.

Deu. 29:29 "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law."

That accident is "one of the secret things" but one thing that God has revealed to me over the years is II Cor. 1:3- 5 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; (4) who comforts us in all our afflictions so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (5) For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ."

We are able to comfort others because we have gone through trials and were comforted by God. I know the Fite family has been comforted because they have said so and I know they will comfort others. Praise Be To The God of All Comfort.