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Parliamentary Procedure – Republican Style Videos Online

Note: Be a Part of the American Process: Vote in the Primary & then Attend your Precinct Convention held Primary Election Night, usually at the polling place!

There you will help select delegates to go to District Convention as well as pass resolutions for the Texas Platform. This is where EVERY Primary voter is heard and can influence their Texas Party. The more conservative the delegates, the more conservative the Party. Please join us!

Parliamentary Procedure – Republican Style Videos Online

Butch Davis

Butch Davis

Presentation by Butch Davis, fmr. Harris County Republican Parliamentarian, occurred on April 10, 2012.

  • Video Presentation by Louis “Butch” Davis with PowerPoint and downloadable Cheat Sheet
  • Butch is an extraordinary Parliamentarian. He is the one we all work to send to the Republican National Convention because of his expertise and his conservatism!
  • Butch is also the one who alerted everyone to the machinations of Romney’s campaign to control the delegates the States elect to go to the RNC so we could mitigate the worst of it in Tampa.

Lou “Butch” Davis gave us a fine introduction to the Parliamentary Procedure used by the Republican Party at its conventions. Kingwood TEA Party requested him to teach the class because of the large number of new Patriots attending the State Convention in June who had no idea what to expect. He was gracious enough to allow me to record his presentation so those who could not attend could view the class before going to State.

For those of you who don’t know Butch, here are a few of his qualifications:

  • State party parliamentarian for the Republican Party of Texas
  • Former Senate District Chairman for 6 years
  • Member of State Rules Committee for 4 state conventions
  • Attended all state conventions except 2 since 1980.

Parliamentary Procedures – Republican Style is, of course, also valuable for those who want to get involved in their local political process in March 2010.

Butch has kindly provided us with a Cheatsheet to take with you to conventions, as well as his PowerPoint that I have saved as a .pdf so you can follow along as you watch the video. (Click on links to open or save a copy.)

Thank you, Butch!!!

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The Surprising Moral Case For Free Enterprise

Free Enterprise is based on those needing jobs, goods, or services freely contracting with others to purchase those items or services at a mutually agreeable price. It is a win – win situation for both parties. Not so when the government gets involved and burdens some participants with arduous regulations dictating which products or services must be utilized, and/or placing taxes or minimum wage regulations into the mix.

A good video summary of Arthur Brooks’ book, The Road to Freedom, with five two-minute segments.

Policies based on the Moral Case for Freedom:

Tax Reform:

    In 2011 46% of households had zero or negative federal income tax liability.
    In 2010, 60% of families received more from the government than they paid in taxes.
    Individual and corporate tax compliance costs $163 billion, more than $500 per person.
    The U.S. top combined corporate tax rate is the highest in the industrialized world.
    “Tax reform is a great opportunity to make a fairer system that will encourage economic growth and unleash the creative power of the American people. ”— Chad Hill, AEI

Entitlements:

    Most seniors have withdrawn more from Social Security and Medicare than they paid in.
    The Medicare hospital care fund has been running a deficit since 2008.
    Social Security will be insolvent in 2036.
    The U.S. currently spends 9.9% of its GDP on entitlements.
    The Social Security system still leaves almost 10% of seniors in poverty.
    “People need a hand up, not a hand out. All policy direction should be to empower individuals to run their own lives.”— Rupert Murdoch, founder, chairman and CEO, News Corporation

Job Creation

    We are experiencing the longest high-unemployment streak since the Great Depression.
    The real unemployment rate is 10.4% when discouraged workers are counted.
    18% of young Americans said they delayed marriage due to job worries or unemployment, and 23% delayed starting a family.
    “We can spark an economic recovery by unleashing the job-creating power of business, especially small entrepreneurial businesses, which fuel economic and job growth quickly and efficiently.”— Charles Schwab, founder and chairman, Charles Schwab Corporation

Economic Growth

    While average economic growth from 1950-2000 was 3.6%, from 2000 to 2010, economic growth fell to 1.7%.
    To lower our deficit to 5% of GDP, we need to achieve a year-on-year 4% growth rate.
    Every 1% of additional growth today will double real incomes 72 years from now.
    “I grew up with great values and tremendous opportunities … I want my three kids and other’s people’s children to have the same opportunities that I had.”— Joe Ricketts, founder and former CEO, TD Ameritrade

National Debt

    U.S. debt is 100% of annual GDP, which most economists characterize as an unsustainable level.
    In 2011, the U.S. borrowed about $4,152 for every person in America, totaling $1.3 trillion.
    Servicing the national debt will cost $1 trillion per year by 2023 under current policy.
    Closing the spending gap through increased revenues over 25 years would require a 56% tax hike.
    “For far too long, short-sighted politicians have paid for today’s promises with tomorrow’s prosperity. If Congress doesn’t take serious action to reign in federal spending, our generation will be heirs to a legacy of higher taxes, more debt, and fewer opportunities.”— Fara Klein, Brown University

Here is Arthur Brooks’ video on the Surprising Case for the Morality of Free Markets.

Don't eat your dog: The surprising moral case for free enterprise

Watch this video on YouTube.