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Big Government is Back … And it Wants You to Pay

It seems the “era of big government” has returned with a vengeance, and it wants you to pay.

Although the new President and newly-elected Congress have only been in office for a short time, it’s not too soon to take stock of what they’ve accomplished. It’s important to keep in mind that all of this has been done against the backdrop of a serious and rapid economic decline, the worst since the Great Depression:

  • More lawsuits against employers with enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which eliminates time limitations on pay and other workplace discrimination claims.
  • More big government health care with enactment of legislation substantially expanding the scope and cost of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Even more big government health care with a new federal subsidy for COBRA health continuation coverage and new employer notification requirements.
  • More big government spending with a history-making $800 billion deficit package called the “economic stimulus bill.” Three quarters of this “stimulus” package is spending, most of which will not actually occur until after this year is out and can’t be seriously considered “stimulative.”

On top of this, the Obama Administration’s $3.6 trillion federal budget--sporting a record deficit of $1.2 trillion--includes a 9% increase in discretionary domestic spending and a massive $1.4 trillion tax increase that will affect everyone.

Make no mistake: pro-free enterprise forces are now on the defensive in Washington, DC.

The good news is that there’s also an election on the way.

The political parties and candidates on both sides are already gearing up for tough and expensive campaigns in competitive states and Congressional Districts across the country. And there are sure to be a lot of them. In the Senate, as many as 20 GOP-held seats may be up in 2010, along with 17 Democrat-held seats.

In the House of Representatives the campaign committees are now constructing “target” lists of “their” seats that are particularly vulnerable and opposition seats to contest. The lists on both sides are certain to be long, given President Obama’s now-stratospheric approval ratings, and the fact that the GOP holds fewer seats than at any time since 1992 and the likelihood that Democrats hold an unusually high number of GOP-leaning districts.

With so much at stake in the 2010 mid-term congressional elections, NAW’s Wholesaler-Distributor Political Action Committee (WDPAC) intends to participate to an as-yet unsurpassed extent in supporting pro-business, pro-growth candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. As you know, pro-free enterprise forces have lost considerable ground in both houses of Congress in recent election cycles, ground we must begin to reclaim in the 2010 mid-term elections.

As you can expect, WDPAC is already receiving urgent requests from candidates – incumbents, challengers, and those running in open seats – for financial support.

Given what’s at stake in the 2010 mid-term Congressional elections, please consider making a donation to WDPAC’s Political Action Fund, which contributes 100 cents of every dollar collected to WDPAC-endorsed candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

For more information or to make a contribution, please go to:
http://www.naw.org/govrelations/contribute.php

Many thanks.