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  Please Help | December 31, 2010 | Digg This

Dear Friend of the Constitution,

I would like to wish you my very best regards in the new year.

As I prepare TCC’s 2011 legislative strategy, I seek your help to support our top priorities with your most generous possible financial gift.

The current Congress was dangerous to our liberties. The American people have spoken loudly, and the message for the new Congress is to stop and reverse President Obama’s socialist agenda and cut government spending.

You can count on TCC to fight for votes to repeal ObamaCare and to block funding to implement it. The death tax must be killed for all time and the temporary extension of the tax cuts must be made permanent.

There is so much which together we can do in the new year, and we can make serious progress in 2011 with your most generous possible financial gift.

The House now has the opportunity to pass conservative bills, although these may be rejected by the Senate and vetoed by Mr. Obama. Thus the pressure will be on conservatives to compromise and cave in to pass ‘compromise’ bills which Obama will sign. This is a phony bargain and falling for this trick will preemptively surrender the strength of the new Congress to the President.

By holding firm, even if good bills are vetoed, we are actually strengthening our position and setting up for 2013 when we may get such bills signed. Each veto strengthens the conservatives in Congress and forces the President to offend the majority of Americans to appease his Leftist friends.

The most important message you must constantly reinforce with your Senators and Representative is "No Compromise."

  • We must hold firm on a full and complete repeal of ObamaCare, not just removing a few pages from the 2,000 page socialist bill and claiming it is fixed.
  • Prohibit spending money to implement ObamaCare.
  • Pass border security — no amnesty: build a 2,000 mile border fence to seal the border from drugs, gangs and illegals, and protect it with sufficient troops.
  • No compromise on cap-and-trade/energy/carbon taxes. Pass a bill to block the EPA from controlling carbon as a pollutant. Americans must not suffer massive hikes in energy prices.
  • Hold a Congressional investigation to determine if impeachment is warranted.
  • Investigate abuses of power and potentially illegal or unconstitutional actions by Obama officials.
  • Vote NO on all Constitutionally deficient judges and justices. A vote to confirm a pro-abortion judge or justice, for example, is a vote for abortion.
  • Rebuild our defenses to counter threats from Red China, Iran, and other regimes.
  • Make permanent the temporary extension of the tax cuts.
  • Kill the death tax entirely. Don’t compromise on returning to rates from past years.
  • Defeat all tax increases of any type under any name, including a European-type VAT" tax.
  • Pass tax cuts to help the economy recover, not spend billions more on stimulus spending.
  • Slash the budget. Eliminate entitlements.
  • Defeat all unconstitutional bills.
  • Block any bills which would lead to making Puerto Rico or Washington, DC into states.
  • End the Fed! We will work with Ron and Rand Paul to audit the Federal Reserve and restore accountability to monetary policy.
  • Repeal WTO and NAFTA to regain Congressional control of trade policy.
  • All these issues make the work of The Conservative Caucus (TCC) even more urgent and more important. Unless conservatives unite and lead the charge to block and repeal Obama's agenda, the new majority in the House could be co-opted by special interests and as with the last time the GOP ran Congress, the result could be business-as-usual and no action to repeal Obama’s agenda.

    I invite you to participate to help TCC reach Americans across the country with legislative alerts; expansion of our nationwide weekly television program, Conservative Roundtable; hold news conferences and public events; reach talk shows and media outlets; build a greater army of volunteers and activists who will flood Congress with letters and petitions; and take many other important actions which will result in greater pressure on Congress to block and repeal the Obama agenda.

    Please join our efforts with your maximum donation, by signing up to receive our email alerts, by taking action, and telling your friends.

    Please let me know your thoughts as we begin the new year.

    We share a great love for our beloved nation and the blessings it has provided. Let’s resolve to restore America to greatness. Your donation will enable TCC to fight to block Obama’s radical agenda, and to defend our Constitution. I will be grateful for your support.
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    With personal best wishes, I am


    Howard Phillips

    The Conservative Caucus (TCC)

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      Talk Radio | December 30, 2010 | Digg This

    I did one hour live on December 22 with Bill Federer on his radio program which is broadcast on several dozen stations around the country – mostly Christian radio, and which, according to verified reports, has an audience of more than five million people. We were able to discuss all of the key projects of The Conservative Caucus (TCC), including the COALITION FOR A CONGRESSIONAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, defunding Obamacare, elimination of the Death Tax, making English the official language, opposing amnesty in all of its forms, et cetera.

      Merry Christmas | December 21, 2010 | Digg This

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes
    for the New Year


    Howard Phillips, his family, and
    the staff members and their families of
    The Conservative Caucus (TCC) and
    The Conservative Caucus Foundation (TCCF)

      Bob Marshall and Christine O'Donnell | December 17, 2010 | Digg This

    Del. Bob Marshall

    Christine O'Donnell

    The Virginia Tea Party event, held on December 7 at the Harvest Moon restaurant, was attended by me, along with 250-300 other people. There were probably 20 or 30 speeches in the course of the evening, including an excellent presentation by Bob Marshall.

    The highlight of the evening was the concluding address by Christine O’Donnell, who impressed me with her eloquence and her knowledge of American history.

      Afghanistan Policy | December 13, 2010 | Digg This

    I told Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post that I personally believe that the U.S. should immediately get out of Afghanistan, and that the money being spent there ought instead be spent on rebuilding our Navy and Air Force.

    I said that the Constitution Party at its recent meeting in Fort Worth passed a resolution calling for complete and immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan, and that I did not know which of the potential 2012 Presidential candidates had taken a non-neocon stand on the issue (except for our friend, Ron Paul).

    I also told Miss Terkel that she should see The Great Game which Sam and I saw in D.C., and which is now receiving great reviews on Broadway. It documents the folly of British and Russian involvement in Afghanistan.

      Abolish the Death Tax | December 9, 2010 | Digg This

    News Release from The Conservative Caucus


    For further information, contact:
    Howard Phillips, 703-281-6782

    Permanent Abolition of Death Tax Must Be Ultimate Goal

    The Obama-Republican tax deal is a step in the right direction, but now the Republicans must remain committed to total abolition of the Death Tax, said Howard Phillips, Chairman of The Conservative Caucus (TCC).

    "It is a bitter pill to see this death tax, set at zero since the beginning of this year, continue in modified form. The Republican leaders in both Houses of Congress should publicly commit themselves to permanent and total repeal, just as they have committed themselves to permanent extension of the other Bush tax cuts."

    Phillips described the Death Tax, which is imposed on inheritances, as both economically harmful and morally indefensible. "Family businesses, including farms, must either spend money on life insurance rather than investing it in the business, or they must risk finding themselves forced to sell their businesses in order to pay a huge tax."

    Phillips also pointed out that the Death Tax is predominantly imposed on savings that were already taxed when earned, and on the purely nominal increase in asset value caused by inflation. There is no inflation adjustment for the Death Tax, as there has been for the income tax.

    The Death Tax, which was phased out by Bush tax legislation with total repeal during 2010, would be restored by the Obama-Republican proposal for two years, but at a lower rate and with a higher exemption.

    The Conservative Caucus (TCC) is a grass roots action organization, formed in 1974. It was active in defeating the SALT II Treaty, repealing the Catastrophic Coverage Act, blocking the Clinton health-care takeover, impeaching President Clinton, and preventing unconstitutional representation for the District of Columbia in the House of Representatives.


      Conservative Roundtable | December 8, 2010 | Digg This

    Tom Deweese on
    Conservative Roundtable

    We taped three excellent editions of Conservative Roundtable on November 10 featuring Dan Stein, President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Peter Ferrara with the Institute for Policy Innovation on a variety of economic topics, and Tom DeWeese with American Policy Center regarding sustainable development.

    Watch Conservative Roundtable on Youtube or on cable TV.

      U.S. News | December 2, 2010 | Digg This


    Beginning when I was about 11 years old, U.S. News & World Report was my most highly valued source of information, edited at that time by David Lawrence. The last page of each edition contained extremely helpful analyses of key elements of the Constitution of the United States. Much of my love for the Constitution, and knowledge of it, is owed to the great David Lawrence, whose funeral I was privileged to attend many years later at the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

    Unfortunately, the current edition of U.S. News & World Report is a typical left-of-center rag which does not provide substantive advice or information unavailable elsewhere. Today, the best alternative to the former U.S. News & World Report is the New American, published weekly by the John Birch Society.

      Repeal ObamaCare Website | Digg This


    For further information: contact:


    Charles Orndorff: 703-938-9626

    Americans 'Send Them a Message' to Repeal ObamaCare!

    The Conservative Caucus (TCC) launched the "Pledge to Repeal ObamaCare" campaign at Americans are urged to visit and print the Pledge to Repeal ObamaCare and get their Senators, Representative and candidates for the House and Senate to sign the pledge.

    Howard Phillips, TCC’s Chairman, announced the campaign and the launch of, "This is a vital step in repealing Obama’s Socialist medicine scheme, to help keep the pressure on members of Congress to resist the influence of special interests and liberals in both parties who will be lobbying to avoid repealing ObamaCare.

    Make no mistake, there are many powerful individuals and companies who will quickly learn how to profit from health care rationing and other elements of Socialist medicine; they will fight efforts by Americans to repeal this dangerous scheme."

    Mr. Phillips invited Americans to pass the word to their friends; "As concerned citizens, your action and that of your friends can make the difference, and I invite you to visit now and send ‘them’ a message."

    In conclusion, Mr. Phillips noted the effectiveness of videoing pledge signing and deliveries, "Under the scrutiny of a video camera, you may find members of Congress and candidates more willing to be courageous and sign the pledge to repeal ObamaCare, than in the quiet of their office with special interests looking over their shoulder."

    The Conservative Caucus (TCC) is a grass roots action organization, formed in 1974. It was active in opposing the ObamaCare bill, defeating the SALT II Treaty, repealing the Catastrophic Coverage Act, blocking the Clinton health-care takeover, and impeaching President Clinton.

    Watch the video: Here's HOW to Stop Obamacare Socialized Medicine

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      Home Schooling  | Digg This

    Recently I was asked "If you were going to homeschool your own children today, what curriculum and method would you choose?".

    I am, in fact, helping to homeschool four of my grandchildren, and my method is very simple: a) I share life experiences with them, b) I give them books to read which I think are of particular value and importance, c) I ask them to write reports on each of those books, d) I emphasize vocabulary and grammar, et cetera. So far, each of them is doing very well on their College Board tests and college admissions.

    My youngest son, Sam, was homeschooled, even while he resided in his mother’s womb, and he was accepted at every college to which he applied, including Hampden-Sydney, William and Mary, Virginia Military Institute, Christendom College, and The Citadel. In most cases, he was offered scholarships.

    We had no fixed curriculum, but we made sure he was well versed in the Constitution, the Bible, current events, history, et cetera.

    You also ask "If you were going to invest in career education today, where would you place a bet on demand for the future? What skills would you develop in order to be a viable worker in the economy of the future?".

    My answer is very simple. There will always be a demand for integrity, energy, as well as verbal and written communication skills.

    Good men are hard to find, and they usually will have no problem whatsoever in finding suitable opportunities.

    Thanks for asking.
    Howard Phillips

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