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Congressman Ted Poe's August Update

I hope y'all are enjoying the last few weeks of summer as August draws to a close and a new school year begins (and of course, a new football season too). This month, I’ve traveled across our district meeting with constituents and hearing about what’s on your minds.

Unsurprisingly, nearly everyone has voiced concerns with the crisis at the border and rightfully so.

at Aug 30, 2014 9:13 AM

Maps Show EPA Land Grab

Today I sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy demanding additional information about the agency’s motivation for having detailed maps assembled showing waters and wetlands for all 50 states. The maps, which were created in 2013 shortly after EPA proposed its Waters of the U.S. rule, had never been made public. When confronted at a hearing, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe agreed to release the maps.

These maps show the EPA’s plan: to control a huge amount of private property across the country. Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps. But the EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the alarming content of these documents. It’s time to give Americans a chance to make up their own minds about the EPA’s intentions.

at Aug 28, 2014 5:00 PM

A Federal/Local Government Action That Makes Both Conservatives And Liberals Flinch

Those of you, who know me, know that I am not a real big “government conspiracy” guy. However, I always love to listen to any conspiratorial story. I can easily listen to most suggestions of government conspiracy to cover up and hide and take over various aspects of our daily lives. I may not agree with those who propose these theories, but my goal is to always leave all conversations with people as friends first, and then to be more informed second.   Read more »

at Aug 28, 2014 3:32 PM

How to Thwart the NSA, For Real

What a great conversation with Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center and Off Now, about the Off Now initiative and handbook. Have a listen!

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at Aug 28, 2014 11:21 AM

Congressman Blake Farenthold introduces H.R.5308, the Justice Attributed to Wounded Sharks (JAWS) Act to halt foreign aid to countries that allow shark finning

A few weeks ago, I introduced H.R. 5308, the Justice Attributed to Wounded Sharks (JAWS) Act. The JAWS Act prohibits the granting of United States foreign assistance to countries that do not prohibit shark finning in the territorial waters of the country or the sale, possession, importation, or consumption of shark fins obtained as a result of shark finning.   Read more »

at Aug 28, 2014 8:05 AM

George Will: IRS is 'off the rails' and 'corrupted'

George Will, president of Judicial Watch, sat down with Bret Baier Tuesday to discuss the corrupt IRS. The lawyers for the Department of Justice have admitted that the "missing" Lois Lerner emails would be "too onerous" to retrieve.

I can just hardly wait until the IRS lawyers go into that courtroom and tell the judge it would be too onerous to stop obstructing justice in this case.   Read more »

at Aug 27, 2014 11:56 AM

Ferguson: A Libertarian View (Will Grigg On The Tom Woods Show)

Will Grigg, an outstanding writer and journalist on police and civil liberties issues (and much else), joined me the other day to give a libertarian overview of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Have a listen!

Get a commute-sized portion of liberty education Monday through Friday by subscribing to the Tom Woods Show on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss an episode! (I don’t post them all to YouTube.)

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at Aug 26, 2014 8:57 AM

The Red Tape Cutters

As your representative in Congress, one of my jobs is helping you deal with the government. I want to make sure you are aware that I have Red Tape Cutters in my district offices working to help you.

First, I’d like to share with you a success story. Last year, a local veteran came to us seeking help with his disability claim. He is a retired member of the Army Reserve with severe disabilities which prevent him from working. We did an initial inquiry and sent him an interim letter in early 2014.

at Aug 25, 2014 7:33 PM

Joe the Plumber shows brilliance again

One of my best friends is Joe the Plumber, a man made famous for daring to question Liberals’ Baby Black Jesus.

Joe is a friend because he pulls no punches, makes no apologies, but mostly because he DOES WHAT HE SAYS.   Read more »

at Aug 24, 2014 10:27 PM

No, Obama hasn’t Checked Out

Has Obama checked out? This is conventional wisdom, but conventional wisdom is wrong for even many liberals don’t truly understand the guy they helped elect. Obama hasn’t checked out, he has decided to rule America in a totally different fashion, from the executive branch. Obama’s goal is transformation of America, and one way he has transformed America is that he has ignored Congress. The bad news is that Congress has surrendered their role to Obama's executive orders.   Read more »

at Aug 22, 2014 3:53 PM


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