Ken Van Doren's blog
Early on in the movement, I crossed Tea Party Patriots off my list of organizations that I, as a Tea Partier could support. Why you ask? In large part, because Newt Gingrich was one of their spokesmen. I thought it a bad joke to hear Sean Hannity say so many times, "We have to hold the feet of newly elected Republican congressmen to the fire, and now, here to talk about that, is NEWT GINGRICH??????? (Emphasis added.) Newt is one of the more spectacular liars and hypocrites of our time. He pretends to be conservative, yet has little appreciation for the constitution, limited government, and invidual freedom. Newt lionizes FDR, thinks government should be involved in our economy, promoted useless "national greatness" public works projects, and got rich as a lobbyist. NOPE, not my kind of Republican. But given all that it came as no surprise when in a recent straw poll, TPP members gave Newt and Romney more than 51% of votes.
The late great columnist/author/economist Henry Hazlitt wrote an interesting book titled “The Conquest of Poverty.” In it, he postulated that those who take more in government benefits than they pay in taxes should be disqualified from voting and from holding public office. Why? Because this created a conflict of interest, as those who feed at the trough have every incentive to enlarge it. Ultimately, he said, this would weaken our economy and undermine our prosperity. Fast forward a couple decades, and today, direct government costs are some 48% of our total economy, and regulations add around 14% more. So the REAL cost of government is zeroing in on 2/3 of our economy, and the economy basically sucks.
As Chris Muller pointed out previously, the Schiller/Kapanke and other sigs had some significant irregularities. Here is a message from We the People of the REpublic patriot group, re: anti-fraud efforts:
Verify The Recall has announced a new registration on its website that will allow individuals who did not sign a recall petition to be notified if their name or address is found on a recall petition! After all of the recall petition information from the GAB is entered into our database, the "No Sign" Registration list will be immediately checked against the recall petition data. Anyone who signs up for the "No Sign" Registration will be alerted that their name (or address) was found on a recall petition. That person will then be responsible for filing an individual challenge against their own "signature."
You may register for the "No Sign" Registration list here.