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‘Joe the Builder’ Offers Simple Tool For Voting in 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 27 February 2012 15:25
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Remember Joe the Plumber? We met him four years ago when he asked then-candidate Barack Obama about taxing small businesses.

New for 2012: Meet Joe the Builder. He’s got something to say, too, but he’s talking to voters.

Joe Scott, a successful Massachusetts general contractor, is the author of The Joe Dial (www.friendesha.com), a book that boils down observations gleaned from hundreds of thousands of business deals, negotiations and other interpersonal transactions into a simple rule for human analysis. It’s easily applied to every person in the world and it’s “a tried-and-true compass for navigating many a sticky social and family situation,” Scott says.

Apply his Joe Dial to the election process and making a decision couldn’t be easier.

Here’s how it works:

“Every person falls into one of three basic categories,” he says. “They’re either a taker, a giver or a take-and-giver. Figuring out which category a person – or company, community, organization – falls under tells you what your basic approach for dealing with them should be.”

Most people fall somewhere in the middle of the dial. But there are small clusters at both extremes.

• The pure taker: The person who thinks only of himself and what he can get out of another person or a situation. He’s willing to do just about anything to get what he wants. The first signs of a taker are arrogance, lying, exaggerating, bullying and manipulating.

• The pure giver: The generous, empathetic, self-sacrificing person. Pure givers think only of others and will give everything they have, emotionally, physically and financially, to fill a perceived need.

• The giver-takers: They care about themselves and other people, to greater or lesser extents depending where they fall on the spectrum. They may be basically takers with an occasional giving impulse, or people who tend to be empathetic and sharing with a definite streak of selfishness. The most balanced, are people who bob back and forth between the least extreme qualities on the give and take scales: sharing, tolerant and helpful, but not necessarily self-sacrificing, or selfish, expectant and happy to receive but not bullies or thieves.

Scott says once you decide where on the scale a person falls, you know how to deal with them because you can anticipate how they’ll respond.

Scott applied the Joe Dial to politics and found the takers are easily identified: They’re voters who want something for nothing and the politicians willing to say and do anything to get votes.

“Don’t vote for the politician whose message is basically, ‘Vote for me, I’ll give you free,’ ” Scott says. “They’re the candidates who offer lots of freebies, promises they know they can’t deliver. But, because they’re takers, they don’t think twice about lying to get what they want.”

There may also be some extreme givers who believe everyone deserves to have certain things, whether or not they work for them.

“Unfortunately, politicians learned a long time ago that the easiest way to win votes is to promise people free stuff. Not only do they satisfy the existing takers, they create new ones, which means more votes,” Scott says.

Giving more and more freebies -- housing, food, medical care -- is financially unsustainable, he says. Taxing the rich to feed the power ultimately saps the economy of investors and job creators.

Listen for the giver-takers, Scott says. They’re the politicians who may see a need for government intervention but they recognize it must be paid for – by all who benefit. And they have a feasible plan for that.

“I don’t advocate for a particular candidate or even a particular party,” Scott says. “I’m just using the basic rule of human analysis that’s helped me thrive as a builder and a real estate developer.”

About Joe Scott

Joe Scott owns a multi-million-dollar construction and development company, Scott Construction, in Haverhill, Mass. He’s a master carpenter, master mason and real estate developer who’s also a boat captain, licensed jet pilot, lobsterman and father of five. Catch the popular “The Joe Dial Show” on YouTube.

 
The Tea Party Express traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio this week to proudly endorse Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Kremer   
Friday, 24 February 2012 15:02

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Josh Mandel, US Senate Candidate from Ohio
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It is the focus of the Tea Party Express to take conservative control of the U.S. Senate, and we are proud to announce our endorsement of Treasurer Josh Mandel in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race. Josh is the perfect candidate to replace Sherrod Brown, Washington’s most liberal senator according to National Journal.
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Josh Mandel accepting the Tea Party Express endorsement from Chairman Amy Kremer and Chief Strategist Sal Russo at a press conference in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sherrod Brown is grossly out of touch with the citizens of Ohio and Americans across the nation.  Brown has consistently voted for more spending like ObamaCare and the failed $800 billion stimulus while ignoring the nation’s $15 trillion debt and growing budget deficit.  We need conservative legislators in Washington who understand the dire fiscal situation of our nation and who are willing and able to fix it. As State Treasurer, Josh Mandel was recognized for successfully implementing conservative investment strategies and sharp management of the state’s finances. While our nation under Obama’s leadership was receiving a credit downgrade, Ohio received a credit upgrade thanks to Mandel!
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US Senator Sherrod Brown, a steady supporter of President Obama, Obamacare and the failed stimulus packages
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However, on top of getting our fiscal house in order, we must implement policies that encourage economic growth. Mandel not only campaigns as a conservative, he has the courage to legislate as one. As a city councilmember, Mandel successfully led the charge for one of the state’s only property tax rollbacks ever. He has been a proponent of oil and gas exploration in Ohio that could create up to 200,000 new jobs and has shown commitment to improving the business climate by cutting taxes and letting taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money.
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Mandel is added to a distinguished list of Senate endorsements from the Tea Party Express for the 2012 election, including Attorney General Jon Bruning in Nebraska, Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Indiana, and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz in Texas.

 
“'Joe the Plumber' Joins '9-9-9 The Revolution' in Congressional Bid” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Hoekstra   
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:42
Herman Cain to Join Joe Wurzelbacher for Ohio Events
(Atlanta)  A familiar name has joined Herman Cain's ever-growing "9-9-9 The Revolution". The former businessman and former presidential frontrunner today announced that Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. 'Joe the Plumber', has pledged his support for Cain's 9-9-9 economic growth and jobs plan.
Wurzelbacher is running as a Republican in Ohio's 9th Congressional District. The seat has been held by Democrat Marcy Kaptur for 30 years, and due to redistricting, she will face 10th District Representative Dennis Kucinich in the March 6th Primary election.
A simple, honest and bold question posed in 2008 to then-candidate Barack Obama about his small business tax plan launched the Ohio plumber into the national spotlight. Obama's answer that  spreading the wealth around is “good for everybody” exposed the presidential hopeful for harboring a dangerous socialist agenda. Now, as a Congressional candidate, 'Joe the Plumber'   wants to fight back after spending the “last 3 years watching now-President Obama make good on his threat of spreading the wealth around.”
On this battle, Wurzelbacher has an ally in Cain. In fact, a January 14, 2012 post in the Daily Beast favorably compared the two:
“Wurzelbacher shares with Cain an appetite for devolving power from the federal government to the states—and a zeal for tax reform. He, too, would like to blow up the federal income tax...In its place, Wurzelbacher favors a fair tax and a flat tax, and proclaims that Cain’s infamous “9-9-9” plan is better than “what we have now.”
Cain agrees and welcomes 'Joe the Plumber''s simple, honest and bold attitude to “9-9-9 The Revolution”.
“Joe is an unconventional candidate, just like I was,” Cain remarked. “He shows a true working man's appreciation for what it is to be a good steward of the hard-earned money the government takes from us in the form of taxes.”
“Joe the Plumber agrees that 'blowing up' the current federal tax code is paramount to the success of this nation.” Cain also joked, “And we have seen first hand he's not afraid to tell the president so.”
Wurtzelbacher's support adds his name to a list of more than a dozen 2012 U.S. Candidates who are committed to thoroughly reading the '9-9-9' legislation that is being drafted, and then working to make '9-9-9' the law of the land.
Cain and Wurtzelbacher will ride the “Cain Revolution” bus through Ohio on Friday, February 24 for a series of scheduled stops on Joe the Plumber's “Jobs for Ohio” tour. Among the appearances:
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                                      5:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Private Reception                      Chairman's Reception
Don Umerley Memorial Hall                            Stranahan Theater
21016 Hilliard Blvd.                                        4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.
Rocky River, OH                                 Toledo, OH
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM                                        6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Public Rally                          Lincoln Day Dinner
Don Umerley Memorial Hall                            Stranahan Theater
21016 Hilliard Blvd.                                        4645 Heatherdowns Blvd
Rocky River, OH                                Toledo, OH
8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Oak Harbor Rally
Open to Public
Ottawa County Fair Banquet Facility
7880 W SR 163
Oak Harbor, OH
Candidate commitments to '9-9-9' are just a part of the much broader Cain’s Solutions Revolution. To learn how this revolution is coming to life  – across the nation, in our states and in our local communities, please visit www.cainconnections.com.

 
“U.S. Senate Candidate Joins '9-9-9 The Revolution'” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Hoekstra   
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:59
Cain: "Another Voice Will Boldly Speak for 'We the People' in Washington, D.C."

(Atlanta) "9-9-9 The Revolution" has added yet another name to its ever-growing "army of 'Davids'"". Today, businessman and former presidential frontrunner Herman Cain announced that U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra (R-Holland) has pledged support for Cain's 9-9-9 tax reform plan.  

Hoekstra is running for the Senate seat currently held by Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat who Cain says has only perpetuated the failures of the Obama administration. "With her consistent voting pattern on economically disastrous legislation such as Obamacare and stimulus, Sen. Stabenow has a proven track record of aligning with failure," Cain said. "This is why we need bold leadership to stand up to the Goliath that has become our government. This is why we need candidates who are not afraid to give their power back to the people where it belongs."

"Adopting my '9-9-9' tax plan is one way to do just that," Cain added. "I'm delighted to have Pete on board with '9-9-9' The Revolution."

Hoekstra's formal support means he is committed to thoroughly reading the '9-9-9' legislation that is being drafted, and then working to make '9-9-9' the law of the land.

"I have long been a supporter of the fair tax but have to give Herman Cain credit for coming up with a simple solution to improve our tax code that the American people can support," Hoekstra said. "I'm ready to do what I can as a member of the U.S. Senate to bring common sense solutions like '9-9-9' to the American People and end the tax code as we know it."

Hoekstra's formal endorsement brings the number of '9-9-9'-supporting candidates to more than a dozen - a number that continues to grow on a near-daily basis.

Mr. Cain will join Hoekstra for the launch of his 'Patriots for Pete Tour' with Herman Cain on Thursday, February 23. Scheduled grassroots event stops include: 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM                                     4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kent County GOP Headquarters                   Big Sky Diner
725 Lake Michigan Drive NW                       1340 Ecorse Road
Grand Rapids, MI                                          Ypsilanti, MI
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM                                     7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Radisson Hotel                          Polish Cultural Center
100 West Michigan Ave.                               2975 East Maple Road
Kalamazoo, MI                                             Troy, MI

Candidate commitments to '9-9-9' are just a part of the much broader Cain’s Solutions Revolution. To learn how this revolution is coming to life  – across the nation, in our states and in our local communities, please visit www.cainconnections.com.

 
Ron Paul Leads Obama in Key Swing State of Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:37
Holds largest margin of victory among GOP rivals
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul beats President Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup in the key swing state of Iowa according to the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.

Congressman Paul bests President Obama 49-42 percent, the largest margin of victory for any of the other GOP contenders. Obama would beat Newt Gingrich 51 percent to 37 percent, while Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney would beat Obama by four percent and two percent, respectively, both within the +/- 4 percent margin of error for the poll. In 2008 President Barack Obama beat Senator John McCain by nearly 10 percent in Iowa.

Notably, Paul wins 55 percent of the under-30 vote, a demographic that Obama won 66 percent of in Iowa in the 2008 general election.

“This is just more evidence of the fact that Ron Paul is the only candidate who can beat Barack Obama,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “In order to win back the White House Republicans must nominate a candidate who can provide stark contrast with the failings of the current administration and Ron Paul is the only candidate advocating for something other than the dismal, status quo policies.”

The poll surveyed 611 likely Iowa voters between February 12th and 15th.

Full poll results can be found here.

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