Presque Isle County TeenAge Republicans- Most Outstanding in the Nation

Small town teens make a great impact.
Three years ago, four teenagers in a very small town found themselves talking about politics often. They decided they wanted to do something about the direction of the country, and started a group, The Presque Isle County Teenage Republicans.

Since then, the group of four has grown to a group of 45, the chairman of the group has become the chairman of the State of Michigan Teenage Republicans, and the Presque Isle County Teenage Republicans have gotten the honor of being the “Most Outstanding In The Nation,” from the national Teenage Republicans (TARS) at their recent national conference.

The award for the most Outstanding Teenage Republican Club in the Nation was awarded to the Presque Teenage Republicans on Friday, July 29th at the closing banquet of the Conference. There to accept the award were the three delegates from Michigan, who are also office holders in both the county and state TARS organizations: Sierra Centala, Secretary of the Michigan TARS, Becky Talaske, Vice-Chairman of the Presque Isle TARS, and Vinny Szczerowski, Chairman of the Presque Isle TARS and Chairman of the Michigan TARS. This award a testament to the dedication the Presque Isle TARS have for their county, state, and nation as a whole. This small, rural area is very lucky to have the largest Teenage Republican group in the state of Michigan, and now the most Outstanding Teenage Republican group in the United States of America.

Throughout the past three years, the group has held their own fundraisers, bakesales, and rummage sales, in order to fund their own trips to the TARS conferences and to Lansing for several meetings, conventions and leadership conferences. Every time they raised funds, they gave half of the proceeds to Operation Uplink through the local VFW, and other military causes. These kids have truly shown what teamwork, leadership and care for a cause means.

Always ready to campaign, work parades, and help elect Republicans, these kids have worked very hard, but they enjoy the fun. Leading while in high school sets a path of leadership throughout life, and we can expect great things from these teens.

Their enthusiasm and love for their country, along with their work ethic, political curiosity and accomplishments have set them apart, and I asked a few of them about their views and experiences.

Our new has been with the group for almost three years. Why did she join? “I don’t know much about politics, but I always heard a lot of good remarks about Republicans and I want a positive future for me and my children.” Abbey said. The group got the award on the same day Abbey was crowned queen.

Erin Kuznicki, longtime secretary of the PITARS answered the same question, “I decided to join the group to learn about politics, and I like what I’ve learned so far.”

Becky Talaske answered similarly, “I joined to learn about politics and I think it’s good to learn now, while we are young. We have to turn our country around.”

I asked Vinny Szczerowski, (I know, it’s pronounced, stud-ut-ski) the chairman of the group and chair of the Michigan TARS, why he started the group. Vinny said, “In response to the 2008 elections and the surge of liberalism in the country as a result of the election, we decided to start the group to promote conservatism in the youth.”

It’s been difficult to accept, but the Michigan GOP has not shown a lot of interest in the group, many appeals for funding help and interest have gone unanswered and rejected. I asked Vinny how that impacts the group, which now fills leadership positions in the Michigan TARS. “Maybe they don’t realize the power of the youth, perhaps they don’t know that to harness that energy is so crucial in the upcoming election.” he said.

How do other teens get involved? “Well, now is the best time, this next year will be a major battle. The first thing is to try to find like minds. If you talk about the direction of the country with kids who agree with conservative principles, that is a great place to start. Then, try to contact someone in your local county party to help you begin. Then, organize meetings, adopt a constitution, and contact the .” Vinny said.

I’ve heard of the young Republicans, I asked Vinny if that is different from the TARS, “Yes, we tried three years ago when we were 14 to join the young Republicans, but they are strictly 18 and up. So that is why we connected with the TARS.”

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Devoid of Leadership and Hungry to Appease

I read every post Dan Riehl writes.  Today I saw, and I stopped everything and read it.
What struck me the most was some of the language used.

A Democrat-controlled Senate and White House will never pass the kind of serious plan we want as Conservatives.

Or said another way, “We are only half of a third.”

Today, on the Rush Limbaugh Show, Speaker Boehner called in, here is part of that exchange:

SPEAKER BOEHNER: Well, listen, now we’re getting into budget talk. It’s $7 billion in budget authority below the current year. It’s $26 billion below in actual outlays that go out the door — and again, remember, we made big cuts from last year into this year. We’re gonna make more cuts going into next year. When have you ever seen a Congress in that one-third of the budget actually spend less from one year to the next? And we’re gonna do it two years in row, and frankly we might even get to three years in a row.

RUSH: Okay. So we’re gonna raise the debt limit in this deal through probably — you think it will probably go to next March or April, somewhere?

SPEAKER BOEHNER: Yeah. First, if this bill were to pass, the President could ask for an increase in the debt limit up to 95% of the cuts. Remember one of the principles here: We are not gonna increase the debt limit by anything more than what we’re willing to cut spending. I’ve said the cuts have to exceed it, he’d have to ask for it.

RUSH: He gets the new trillion dollars.

SPEAKER BOEHNER: Trillion dollars roughly and will take them probably into February, maybe March.

RUSH: Right, so he gets that immediately but the cuts are spread over ten years?

SPEAKER BOEHNER: That is correct. That is correct.

It sounds to me like we are handing Obama a trillion dollars and we get 7 billion in spending cuts out of it. Sorry if I’m not towing the line here, but many House members promised over and over again that they would cut $100 Billion in the first year. Then that got reduced to 38.5 Billion, and then 356 million. Now, we are promised $1.2 Trillion in discretionary spending cuts over 10 years which means actually one year for sure, and that year we can count $7 Billion in cuts.

Now, Dan is telling conservatives to get behind this Boehner plan, saying he agrees with that it’s a pretty darn good plan. I respect them both, but they are wrong.

Oh you are just being belligerent Jen, oh, you don’t know diddly squat about the debt/deficit/budget processes and the political games being played, Jen, oh, it’s easy to just always say no, isn’t it Jen? Think you’re so smart, why don’t you tell us what your plan is, Jen?

I can hear all of that. This is not a good plan, it is not. And anyone can see that it does nothing for conservatives, and that is the whole problem with it.

The whole reason Boehner is in the Speaker position is because of conservatives. Conservatives, that is, the tea party, be they independents, former Democrats, or anti-establishment Republicans are the only reason Boehner has that job, and he will not admit it, and now it seems the fellows want to go along with it just to present this horrible mess again next spring.

I’m against this plan, because it is devoid of leadership. I do not agree with the boys that we cannot expect anything from a Democrat controlled Senate, when we won the majority in the House and the State houses across the nation. But we didn’t win because we are Republicans, we won because we said we would do everything in our power to do what was right by the folks who put us there.

It is a symptom of having no leadership that the Speaker presents this plan that asks the Democrats where to get the spending from. He said in the interview with Rush today, “There really are Democrats who want to cut spending, and I’m confident that our members can go in there and make the case for why America needs to act because the greatest risk to our country is not missing August the 2nd. The greatest risk is that we do not make the cuts necessary to put our financial house in order.” Really? And who are they? Will Harry Reid put them on your panel?

No. No Deal.

Am I supposed to be swayed by the logic that this Boehner plan really puts Obama up as a spendaholic right during the election season? Um, hello? We are already here! We are already engaged in this fight! What, do you think we just forgot how to google and read? We don’t need to be reminded he is bad! We need a reason to fight for the Republicans!

Obama already threatened to veto it, do we have another one in the wings? Or, as we wait for the final countdown to default, (which will not happen, yet Boehner keeps repeating it like it is the truth,) what will we give up? Sorry to be cynical but, with Boehner’s track record of capitulation, it’s just a matter of time, isn’t it?

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Economic Brutality

Originally printed July 23rd, 2011 at


In a 2001 radio interview, then Illinois State Senator Barack that our Constitution described a bunch of negative rights, things government cannot do, as opposed to things government can do.  That the Constitution says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.

We have come to find out that he governs consistent with that lament, with government , and providing the conditions to make us go along.

We cannot drive our SUVs.
We cannot build coal plants.
We cannot eat what we want.
We cannot be comfortable in our homes.

There has never been an American President who denounced the American way of life like Barack Obama does.  During his campaign, he pointed to all of the above in our domestic policy as atrocities committed by Americans against the world.  It can be shown that since day one Obama has set into motion an authoritarian and punishing economic policy that amounts to economic assault and battery on the American People, all the while,

The American People are for the most part, hardworking, resourceful, industrious and innovative. It is hard to beat us down, and keep us down.  Obama’s domestic economic policy had to be far reaching, all encompassing, putting obstacles in the way of those who wish to produce.

Inflation is said to be stable, but since energy and food prices are not included in the equation, even though it’s not being measured for a concrete example, as if it is officially not happening. The administration argues that inflation was worse under Bush, and whips out .  Of course, combined with and groceries create a misery index, which is felt not only in our households but at the places we do business.  In the private sector, the pain is being felt, but it is not just an unexplained bumpy ride, it is being inflicted upon us.

Invisible taxation due to regulation costs American families more money than necessary.  Take for example our President’s push toward a green economy.  Wind and solar are subsidized while oil and coal . He and his party pushed hard for a global warming bill that promised to decrease consumption of oil and coal and natural gas. But when gas prices reach their highest level ever recorded in America, he released the strategic oil reserves and spoke glowingly of drilling, proving that he believes that an increase in oil .  Regardless of whether or not he , he sold off millions of barrels with no plans to replace what has been sold.  At the same time, his administration argues that we cannot get immediate relief from drilling, and so just like that he discounts and avoids the practice, forcing Americans to pay more money for something he is causing to be scarce.

Electricity costs are rising, mainly because the Obama administration has been effectively decreasing the supply of coal to coal mining companies, while at the same time, using taxpayer money to prop up solar and windmill use and their advocacies, as well as playing favorites with . He has taken a cheap, abundant resource and made it hard to get. He has used terribly flawed science to convince Americans that using coal, no matter what innovation and ingenuity American minds can invent to decrease its output of emissions, that it can no longer be used.  Never forget that the cap and trade bill that died in the Senate said specifically that its main purpose was to decrease the use of coal, oil and natural gas.  Should we ignore that he has worked to that end?

And when presented with a disaster that kills 11 people and pours unfathomable amounts of crude into the ocean, his response is not only slow, it focused solely on the environmental aspect and was violent, looking and his cabinet member keeping his “boot on the neck” of the company at fault. We remember that BP paid out billions, but do we remember that the event killed 11 Americans?

By the way, is any of this Christian? Any of it? Is it Christian to scoff and scorn? To prop up some and tear others down? To lead with disdain for freedom?

While flying on Air Force One with reporters from the New York Times, Obama was asked if he was as some would call him, a socialist. The that of pouring money into the banking system, it was started under Bush. His argument, in essence was, that he is not a socialist because he , and Republicans aren’t socialists, so he can’t be one. But when arguing with Congress, Obama said he did not want to hear anything from the Republicans because they are the ones who got us into the economic mess we are in. He said they can come along for the ride, but they have to sit in back. If Republicans are to blame for getting us into this mess, and he continues their policies but doesn’t want their input, how can the conclusion not be that he is intentionally worsening the problem? He claims he didn’t start the fire, but is vigorously fanning the flames.

His administration is looking for . A commission made up of several agencies in the administration is targeting snack foods and cereals that do not comply with regulations they made up. They are forcing companies like Kellogg’s and others to change their recipes or give up their target market. The companies are given the choice of changing the product, or losing their customer base. The companies have to decide, and then finance their choice. All because a few people in an authoritarian administration decided on limits and arbitrary levels of ingredients acceptable to the administration.

, it is minimizing farmland for food, and it is not getting into the tanks of vehicles because there is not enough pumps installed to pump it, and there won’t be any time soon.  Not to mention the difficulties of many Americans to purchase new vehicles during this, “greatest recession since the depression.”

In 2008, during a campaign speech to avoid going into hedge funds, instead go into the service industry. Are we supposed to be surprised that Obama is singling out hedge fund managers in this debt deal?

What is striking is once he receives any hint of resistance from the American People, he resorts to violent rhetoric. That’s how it begins.

When Obama decided to punish AIG and others, he said that his administration was He actually had union members carrying signs and shouting and threatening people in their homes.

When talking to union members, he said of the Republicans,

He told the Republicans during the debt talks that, “the debt ceiling should not “be used as a gun against the heads” of Americans to retain breaks for corporate jet owners or oil and gas companies.”

Interestingly, Obama was applauded as a dove when campaigning. It was said by his supporters that his foreign policy would be employing what they thought Bush did not. That he would be the one to use diplomacy, as said, “If George W. Bush was a cowboy, Obama is a group hug.”  In the two and a half years since his presidency began, he has not fulfilled that characterization since we are involved very heavily in the Middle East militarily.  However, his domestic policy is not dovish either.  It can only be concluded that the President’s “group” is not the American people, and that he is interested in punishing them through the economy.

It is the President is presiding over a passed-down horrible economy, nor is it that he is unknowingly making it worse.  Economic brutality is being inflicted upon us by our own President.

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