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100 Days of Freedom Challenge

I received this Challenge from my Congressman, Pete Olson. It is something we can all do to make a difference when we feel powerless and unheard in the present climate. His email reminded me of another blog post I commented on a few weeks ago. Take the time and speak with your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Don't shy away from this topic, you might be surprised by the number of people who agree with you. We can make a difference by connecting with others through our own grassroots effort.

Dear Friend,

Over the past 100 days, Congress and the new Administration have undertaken the most massive expansion of government our country has ever seen.

They have concentrated power and by virtue of monumental spending bill after spending bill, they will be raising taxes to redistribute what Americans earn - again, this concentration will benefit the government. . . not you or your family.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies claim this unprecedented effort is necessary to improve your quality of life and reduce inequalities in our country. By spending trillions of dollars we do not have, creating debt (in many cases to foreign nations) we cannot repay, and expanding or creating huge new federal programs, Speaker Pelosi is suggesting you will be better off by being dependent on the government.

I reject that notion and I hope you will as well.

America was not designed to sustain a government this immense, with powers so vast and intrusive to our families, small businesses, and communities.

Some facts about the first 100 Days of the new Congress:

• The federal budget deficit has QUADRUPLED from 2008 to 2009 and will continue to run in the Red for as far as predictions can be made.

• The federal government now "owns" U.S. banks and automobile companies - the Administration is making decisions about which CEO's should keep their jobs, what cars should be made, and how businesses should be run.

• Nancy Pelosi's "new budget" will add another $5.7 trillion of debt to our nation - this amounts to $48,000 of debt per family.

• The "new budget" would impose a $646 billion energy tax which will increase your family's utility bills so a new nationalized health care system can be established.

House and Senate Democrats have already stated that in order to help fund all the new spending, they will let their much heralded (but extraordinarily meager) $400 middle-class tax break expire by the end of next year. So much for their "commitment" to our families.

Now It is Your Turn - 100 Days of Freedom!

American Democracy thrives when people participate. So, I am issuing a challenge.

Over the past 100 days, liberal elites in Congress have concentrated power and are stubbornly marching our country down a disasterous path.

For the next 100 days, I challenge you to speak with one person a day by e-mail, phone, or in person in your neighborhood, workplace, or network of friends. Share with them your frustration with the massive spending, debt, and burden this Congress is placing on our country. And let them know we can take back our country by working together and rejecting these policies.

With the bullet points and deficit graph above, I've put together a simple handout for you to use and forward to your friends. Or make your own handout with your thoughts and concerns! If only 10% of the people receiving this e-mail help with this effort, we will reach hundreds of thousands people in our area by the end of July.

The first 100 days of the Nancy Pelosi led Congress has been all about expanding government, making your family more dependent, and taking your hard earned money to fund special interest programs. You have the power to make the next 100 days about freedom and stopping our dangerous slide toward socialist governance.

I have set up a special e-mail for this "100 Days of Freedom" effort - please send me your updates, photos, and stories about what you have done to help forward the cause of less government and more independence for our families. Please e-mail your successes to:!

Thank you for your continued support - I look forward to hearing from you!

Pete Olson

The Handout

"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases."
-- Thomas Jefferson

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