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Democrats celebrate success, look to future

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Missouri Agriculture Secretary Jon Hagler speaks to the crowd at the SEMO Democrat Caucus rally Saturday night at the Dexter Elks Lodge. A good crowd turned out for the event which is held annually to help raise money for local Democratic clubs and the SEMO Caucus.
The SEMO Democrat Caucus rally Saturday night provided a time for area Democrats to celebrate the success of the Democratic Party in the 2008 elections and look toward the future. All three guest speakers at the rally emphasized the need for Missouri Democrats to work to get a Democratic majority in the Missouri House of Representatives. All three speakers expressed their frustration with the legislature's failure to implement Governor Jay Nixon's policies.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan was the first to take the podium, and she declared her intentions of putting a Democrat in the other US Senate seat which would make it the first time that Democrats held the governor's office and both senate seats since 1964. Carnahan has announced her candidacy for the senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kit Bond (R) who is retiring. The other US Senate seat is held by Democrat Claire McCasKill.

The event was a celebration for Bootheel Democrats. A Democrat, Barack Obama was elected president, and the Democrats now control both the US House and Senate. Democrats control all but one of the state constitution offices and are now taking aim at the state legislature, according to Briney Welborn. Welborn fired up the crowd early with his attack on the Republican agenda.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan urged support for her bid to become a US Senator at the SEMO Democrat Caucus rally Saturday night. Carnahan is the only announced Democratic candidate for the position currently held by Sen. Kit Bond who is retiring. US Representative Roy Blunt is the only declared Republican candidate for the 2010 race, though other Republicans have expressed interest.
Carnahan told those present that her campaign for US Senate was going to be critical. She noted that Republicans would put it high on their priority list in their bid to restore the Republican majority in the US senate. She said she looked forward to the campaign.

"We need to jump start the economy for everyone, not just for the big boys," Carnahan stated.

Carnahan outlined what she considered to be the biggest issues that would be debated in the senate campaign. Those issues were the economy, health care reform, energy policy and education. She noted that the cost of health care was "eating up government budgets," and that something has to be done to make it affordable for all people. She added that small business was being particularly crippled by the rising cost of health insurance, and faced hard decisions about providing that benefit to its workers. She also took aim at the petroleum nations in the Middle East and emphasized her position that America needs to find an alternative energy source to stop the reliance on oil countries.

State Auditor Susan Montee was the next to speak and she commented about the economy, "things are really tough." She picked up on comments from Welborn and Carnahan stating, "We've got to do something about the legislature." She said it was not realistic to think that Democrats could take the senate, but it was possible for them to be the majority in the house.

Montee said she believed she would be targeted by Republicans in the next election because the Republicans need someone in a constitutional office at the Capitol in their quest to retake the governor' office. She asked for the support of all those present and urged them to donate to her campaign.

"The only way we can move forward is to get a Democratic House," said Montee.

Dr. Jon Hagler was the keynote speaker and he followed Montee. Hagler is the Missouri Secretary of Agriculture.

He opened by stating, "Missouri deserves better. Government should be the government you sent, not the government they sent."

"What does the Democratic Party stand for if not for the people that work with their hands?" Hagler asked the crowd.

He said the Democrats needed to always keep in mind that they are the party of the "working people." He said as secretary of agriculture he seeks to gain input from the farmers in Missouri in an attempt to set policy based on their needs. He said he would not be doing service to his position if he was out in the state trying to tell farmers how to do their job.

He summed up his office policy by saying it revolved around four beliefs. The first belief focuses on the use of common sense. He said common sense should always prevail. Secondly, he declared "I work for you and not special interests." His third belief is that his employees should always be involved in whatever is asked of them. "If its not your job, then you don't work here anymore," he related. Lastly, he said his final belief was "nobody cares about rules, the guiding factor should be values, fairness and mostly results."

He said the best way to rebuild the economy is to build it from the "small ones like Dexter, up."

Several other prominent Democrats were in attendance at the rally Saturday night. They included House Minority Leader J.C. Kuessner of Eminence, House Caucus Chairman Terry Swinger from Caruthersville, Minority Whip Leader Linda Fisher from Bonne Terre and former senator Maida Coleman.

Swinger presented a House of Representatives memorial plaque to Kathryn Mooney Skelton in honor of her father, Elvis Alexander Mooney, who died recently. Elvis Mooney was a longtime Stoddard County attorney and Democrat.

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Yeah....our Democratic controlled House and Senate have done so well over the past 6 years. Please remember, Congress approves every dime spent.....so who IS to blame for our national mess we are in?

Again, these arrogant, spineless, educated idiots from BOTH parties are part of the problem. Can we just have a do-over?

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 2:10 PM

As a conservative, Bible believing Christian, ordained minister, and an hourly wage earning employee at Tyson foods,I'd like to respond to some of the key points these speakers made.

1. We don't want another Democratic controlled State Legislature! Our state income tax is already too high. With Democrats in control, you can kiss the Fair Tax idea goodbye.

2. The Democratic controlled U.S. Legislature, with a far-left president in the White House, is shoving the liberal agenda through which means higher taxes, confirmation of liberal judicial appointments, and a complete reversal of ALL Pro-Life legislative victories.

3. The Democratic Party is NOT the "party of the working people". It is the party of the social welfare state. Indeed, most of the platforms of the various socialist parties were adopted by the Democratic Party in FDR's New Deal. In fact, Woodrow Wilson's economic plan was socialistic. All three pillars of tyranny: 16th and 17th Amendments and the Federal Reserve Act were adopted in 1913 by a Demcratic Congress and Democratic President Woodrow Wilson.

4. The best way to build the economy is by going back to our Constitution. The Federal Reserve has taken Congress's responsibilities of coining money. Andrew Jackson, the first Democratic president was against a national bank. The Federal Reserve is the national bank and it needs to be abolished! State and Federal income taxes and the various property taxes are violations of our Bill of Rights which says we have a right to property. The graduated or progressive income tax is nothing more than Marxist re-distribution of wealth. I say, abolish the income tax and the IRS! Let the American people keep every penny they earn! A Fair Tax plan is the way to go!

5. The Democratic Party doesnot represent the values of hard working Americans and doesnot represent the traditional Christian moral values of Sanctity of Human Life and sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.

6. Shannonhoon is right!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 3:28 PM

Y'all come to the TEA Party at West Park on July 4th from 1-3pm! Rob Mayer is the key note speaker. There will be other speakers. Come and let your voice be heard! Protest against Big Government. Best of all, it's FREE! By the way, the TEA Party Movement didn't start with the GOP and didn't start as a protest against Obama!


-- Posted by swift on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 4:31 PM

Swift.....more of the same at your tea party. Arrogance running wild on both sides my friend.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 5:08 PM

Hoon, you are dead on my man. Both parties are in bad shape and we are going to continue to pay for that. They system has eroded and so here is the result.

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them!

-- Posted by layne staley on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 10:44 PM

Sure am proud of Al Gore though...who looks to make a reported 8 BILLION (with a B) dollars if the cap and trade legislation passes. Seems he owns some bogus carbon emissions company and will profit big time as he has ever since conning people into believing the earth is warming. I am sure some on hear slobber when they see his name.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 8:06 AM

It's a sad that the death of Michael Jackson is worthy of news coverage and the Crap and Trade legislation (which will cost us thousands of dollars each if passed) is not. Seeing Al Gore's name makes me spew... not slobber.

-- Posted by jimi hendrix on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 8:21 AM

What a crock. Does anybody believe what spewed out of their mouths? All they want is campaign money and your vote to give them power over the people. Then they'll take your money through taxation and spend it to help their career. I don't think any politician cares about anything except themselves and their ego after they serve their first term. From then on, it's all about power and control.

-- Posted by tonopahrick on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 2:39 PM

TeraPatrick has this thing figured out also! Congrats. Wouldn't it be great if EVERY incumbent lost their next election? Clean house, start over and get to work serving the people and not themselves and their arrogant simple minds.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 9:47 AM

Hoon, don't you think the TEA Party at the West Park Saturday would be successful? I agree with you about the two major parties and all; I haven't been a Republican since 1989 when I registered American Party in New Mexico. I tend to vote mostly GOP and have never voted for a Democrat for U.S. Congress, governor, or president.

In my opinion, this TEA Party is non partisan. I'm fed up with the federal government and both major parties: deficit spending, the Federal Reserve, IRS, income tax, property tax, the New World Order, Crap 'n Trade, NAFTA, etc. Most of y'all are too! Let's go and let our opinions be seen and heard!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 2:57 PM

Overall Swift....I agree. But your tea party has some of the same arrogant power hungry ego driven political hacks that I am talking of. You CAN't go to a political event and get away from it. They are also part of the problem. I tend to pay attention to Boortz, a Libertarian, the most. I crack up at our new Messiah's policies and how they are ONLY hurting our country, how his defense policies are identical to W's, and how he gets a free pass on it all. Latest sign our government is out of control: passage of bill fining you if you don't purchase health insurance, made behind closed doors of course. How did Ted Kenedy get in charge of ANYthing? What a darmn joke.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Fri, Jul 3, 2009, at 8:11 AM

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