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TEA party convention, Upcoming Luncheon, Top Priority Bills….

I am just amazed at how fast time flies by when you are chasing politicians.

There are many great things happening in Helena, Montana.  The new conservatives there combined with the good old guard are passing critical legislation to enhance our States Rights and reduce the bulging Schweitzer budgets.

This success in Helena could not have happened without your great support and voting conservative last November.

We have lots of work to do to continue working through legislation in Helena for next two months.  The progressive agenda on the left is being pushed hard in committees.  The State, County and local governments are lobbying hard to keep your taxes high, keep your healthcare costs high, limit your individual rights and freedoms, etc.. This is tragic but the true nature of government protecting their extravagant wages and benefits.  We at Montana Shrugged are fighting this push daily and we need your support on the bills as well as generous financial contributions so that we may forge ahead on this successful movement.

We have Montana’s First Annual TEA party Convention to be held in Helena on February 18-19.  Please make every effort to be there. This convention is historic for Montana as very few States have had a State Convention as yet. This puts Montana as leaders in this effort and puts our agenda of limited government, lower budgets, no deficits, lower taxes and prosperity for all on the fast track.

The details for the convention are on our website at  Please sign up before 10th of February to save extra fees.

If you do not know already, we now have 5000 email members.  This makes Montana Shrugged one of the largest groups, if not the largest group in America.  This is astounding and we thank you all for jumping on board.  Our voices are being heard loud and clear even though you do not see it in local news.  The movement is huge across America and with your help and contributions; we will make another huge change in 2012.

Historically, a party needs control of all three branches of federal government to make changes and the Democratic Party has been successful a considerable portion of time over past 100 years.  The Republican Party has only had this control for 4 years of that time. Hence we have many costly social programs that are bankrupting our great nation.    For example, President Johnson rammed through his Great Society in the 1960’s which immediately increase federal budget 35%.  These programs now represent over 60% of federal budget and are huge burdens on State budgets.  We need to fix these problems through instilling personal responsibility and accountability into the individual.  We need to improve the free enterprise system as we diminish the size of government as did President Calving Coolidge resulting in the Roaring Twenties.  Our mission is to reinstate the roaring twenties but 100 years later.  Are you with US?

Again, we can only do this with your continued personal and financial support.  Please send $50, $25, $10 or any sum you can afford. Remember that you are investing in America and its future.

Thank you and please come rally with US in Helena at the Convention.

Registration Form

Convention Agenda



We’ve all received those “canned” email responses (from Jon Tester)

I have to say Senator Tester, you are absolutely misguided and misinformed on the reasons healthcare and our budgets are in such dire straights.

It is the government on all levels with their fingers in the pie if you will.
Medicare, medicaid, prescription drugs, FDA, Social Security and so on…
Look at history and you will see that the proposals for all these plans presented little budget increases.  And history has shown that the numbers got completely out of hand as governments built their bureaucracies.
The only way this country is going to survive and thrive is for governments to cease their deadly grip on our prosperity.  The majority of government needs to be reduced significantly and soon.
Check out the Forgotten Man, Calvin Coolidge…He was the only President that successfully accomplished this task.  And the roaring twenties came alive. ..Well we want the roaring twenties back..
Obamacare is not good. It is not budget conscious.  It gives government supreme control over peoples healthcare decisions.  It will destroy our access to good healthcare..It will increase premiums out of sight and they are near that now.
Please go with the peoples voice which roared loud and clear last November and repeal Obamacare, cut the budgets and government spending, make people accountable for their benefits, privatize many of the wasteful agencies.  Let free markets rain.  Let people get back to work and get government out of their way.
We promise to you as the tea party grassroots people, that we are hell bent on fixing this problem with our without you.  Which way would you like to see it?
Our rally cry for 2012 is More of the Same.  WE intend on cruising into 2012 and make and even bigger upset in DC and the various States….America will begin to thrive and the  world will envy our success.
God Bless America

On Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM, Senator Jon Tester <> wrote:

Dear ____,


Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the Affordable Care Act.  I voted for this important legislation to reform our health insurance industry, so that people with health insurance no longer have to subsidize free health care for those without health insurance.  Our old health care system put Montana families at risk of losing everything.

The Affordable Care Act stops insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.  It prohibits those companies from dropping folks when they get sick.  And it prevents insurance companies from putting arbitrary limits on our health insurance benefits and access to medical treatment.

The law also gives tax incentives for small businesses to provide health insurance coverage for their employees.  It cuts waste and fraud out of Medicare. And it’s expected to save hundreds of billions of dollars over the long term.

I know some members of the House of Representatives are talking about repealing health insurance reform.  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently stated that repealing health care reform would raise the national deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars.  It is time to get serious about dealing with our debt, not add to it.

No legislation is perfect.  But I voted for health insurance reform because we needed to fix our health insurance industry and control costs.  Health care costs have broken too many Montana families.  The reform we passed last year will ensure that health care costs don’t continue to bankrupt Montana families and businesses.  It will keep Medicare strong for future generations.  And it’s tough on insurance companies.

Montanans sent me to the Senate to get things done, not sit on my hands.  I will continue to fight for access to affordable, quality health insurance for all Montanans.  The people of our state deserve nothing less.

I will continue to fight to make this new law better and to keep reigning in the cost of health care. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance.

Jon Tester
United States Senator


Tea Party Founder take on Constitution and local politics

Columbus MT Teaparty Meet and GreetDecember 11, 2010by Eric H. OlsenTeaparty–Past and PresentIn the strong tradition of the King of England, England set out to establish anew colony in North America. As they expanded the colonization the Kingcontinually imposed higher taxes and greater authority over the people andtheir properties.Over time, the colonists had to make a tough decision as to how to proceedfor their benefit. Should they put up with the King’s excessive rule or freethemselves from the tyranny.Let me start by giving you all a brief history of the teaparty movement withthe colonists and and steps made to create this great country. Then I willfinish with where does the teaparty movement stand today.December 16th 1773, Boston TeapartyA group of settlers calling themselves “The Sons of Liberty” boarded aBritish vessel carrying crates of tea shipped over from the Mother Country.These Patriots, dressed in Indian garb, threw more than 300 crates of tea intothe Boston Harbor as a protest to excessive taxes.July 6th 1775 Declaration of Cause and Necessity of Taking Up Arms.Let me quote from this strategic document some of their concerns.“But a reverence for our Creator, principles of humanity, and the dictates ofcommon sense, must convince all those who reflect upon the subject, thatgovernment was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought tobe administered for the attainment of that end”Key points here are that governments should promote the welfare ofmankind……not rule absolutely over our welfare.“We are reduced to the alternative of choosing an unconditional submissionto the tyranny of irritated ministers, or resistance by force. -The latter is ourchoice._ We have counted the cost of this contest, and find nothing sodreadful as voluntary slavery. -Honour, justice, and humanity, forbid ustamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallantancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us.We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations tothat wretchedness which invariably awaits them, if we basely entailhereditary bondage upon them”I have to ask you all now, are the current actions of our governments gettingexcessive? By excessive I mean are there too many fees, fines, taxes, rules,ordinances, regulations, directives, ????Are you afraid that we may be the first generation to hand off worseeconomic conditions to our children?As you can see our forefathers were concerned about the same situation backthen.And to further quote -“Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, andif necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable……..With heartsfortified with theses animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God andthe world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, whichour beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we havebeen compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of everyhazard, with unabated firmness and perseverance, employ for thepreservation of our liberties– being with one mind resolved to die freemenrather than to live slaves. “These forefathers were very serious in their reflections and judgments at thattime. They took what was happening to them very seriously and mostcertainly not lightly. They knew there were serious consequences to pay fortheir liberties but were willing to take them to continue their freedom in thenew found land called America.I ask all of you, are you concerned about your future in America NOW?Are you ready to fight for your freedoms in this great country? I am.We must be on the offensive utilizing all legal and political means that wecan to effect real change, to restore our Republic, to humble our governmentsaggression into our lives, to lower taxes, to increase individual freedoms.Are you ready….???July 4th 1776 Declaration of IndependenceWhen the colonists lost all hope with high taxes and physical abuses imposedupon them by the King, the final decision was made to declare independencefrom the tyranny.And I quote -“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people todissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another…… Wehold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal, that theyare endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that amongthese are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…..Do you think that our forefathers had just about enough at this point? Yes isthe answer.The Declaration of Independence goes on to detail the aggressions by theKing against the new country.We are not quite to the point of being so consumed by the governments thatwe espouse armed revolt, but, everyday it seems our liberties and ourfreedoms are being diminished.November 15th 1777Articles of ConfederationRules under which the newly freed States would organize were professed inthis document.And I quote–“ Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union between the states of………I. The Stile of this Confederacy shall be “The United States ofAmerica”. II. Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence,and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which not by this Confederationexpressly delegated to the United States, in Congress Assembled.Do you see the reference to States Rights here? Do you think our forefatherswere concerned about an overzealous overreaching federal government.Absolutely right..A famous politician quoted that the governments closest to the people rulebest… Amen to that.Do we have an overreaching federal government in this country? Hell yeswe do..Do we have wimpy federal mandate gorged local governments in thiscountry? Hell Yes we do.As you can see by results of last election change is in motion. The firstgrassroots Tsunami wave hit on November 2 this year and, as you all know,the second wave of a Tsunami is much more ferocious and deadly. Our planis to work with this movement and finish our ambitions to restore theRepublic in November 2012.September 17th 1787 Constitution of the United StatesOur new country was formed under the greatest document ever written tolayout a framework to govern people fairly.And I quote–“WE the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the commondefense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty toourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for theUnited States of America.”Wow, every time I read this document I get goosebumps.Do not let anyone suggest it is old and needs to change with the times. Thisdocument can and will rule a free class of people forever in time.December 15th 1791 The Bill of Rights (Ten Amendments)This document further directed the States and Federal government wheretheir responsibilities lay. As we all know, we the people ruled the countryand next to the people the States had independent sovereign rights. Lastly thefederal government was setup with duties to protect borders and directinterstate commerce, to put it in simple terms.So what have we accomplished since those glory days….Many more amendments that limit our freedoms.Activist judges.Corrupt politicians albeit there were undoubtedly some early on.A strong move towards socialist agendas which accelerated in the early1900’s as communism was moving about the globe.We can thank Woodrow Wilson for the Federal Reserve, 16th (the tax)amendment, 17th(take senators and congressmen from state control)Franklin Delano Roosevelt for Social Security and 90% business tax ratesamong other things.Lyndon Johnson for the Great Society or should we say the Great Destructionof Federal Budgets. Welfare, Medicare and Medicaid were started adding35% burden to federal budget. Those programs now represent 55% of federalbudget.And lo and behold, President Obama who gave us Stimulus, Tarp, ARRA,Bailouts, Cash for Clunkers, Obamacare, and multi trillion dollar deficitspending..In 234 years we have managed to take the greatest country from just that to aresounding what? Socialist leaning, ever apologizing, ever criticizingexecutive branch. Excessive deficit spending. Extreme social progams,overzealous government in majority of our lives. Is this what our foundersworked so hard to create. NO.Even worse than that since we entered WWII 68 years ago, we have seen ourcountry go from being worshiped as saviors of world to being laughed andscoffed at today. What is up with that? I say shame on our legislators andPresidents for letting this happen.I can only imagine that not only our forefathers but our grandfathers andfathers who fought valiantly for our freedoms are rolling in their graves ..The teaparty movement came to life in 2009 expressing concerns over thatstate of our country. Nationwide there are thousands of teaparty groups withtens of millions of membersI, personally, thank President Obama for doing the impossible, waking upAmerica. I have been trying for over thirty years.Montana alone has over twenty teaparty groups. We as Montana Shruggedare the largest and most active.The participants in this movement are concerned citizens. We are concernedabout the future of our country. WE are concerned about the damagingpolicies of the Obama regime. We believe in :Limited GovernmentsBalanced budgets but only after cutting them firstAbsolutely no deficit spending unless warranted in times of war.Lower taxesHigher wages-Prosperity for allControl of our bordersStrong and efficient militarySo in closing, I say to all of you and all the wonderful politicians that are heretonight and heading to Helena after the first of the year.We got your back.We will support you and your efforts in addressing our nations concerns.But if we see your stray from this path, rest assured, we will have adiscussion with you.So with all that said, I bid you all adieu..No that is French ….so I bid you all a good night.God Bless America.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, many of us will be paying more for the turkey on the table- on average 28 cents per pound more than last year. This cost hike is mainly due to the increased costs of feed for the turkey farms, a main ingredient being corn. Corn prices continue to rise, affecting many farming and ranching enterprises including the beef industry.

Corn crops are being diverted to make bio-fuels, mainly ethanol. But this leaves less corn for traditional uses such as feed for animals such as turkeys and cattle. This makes the cost go up as demand increases for the corn. But with ethanol producers receiving subsidies (your tax $$$) from the federal government, there is no slowdown of ethanol production and our costs for food will continue to rise. And all of this in the cause of going “green”.

Going “green” is going to kill America- and the environment. A study by the ETC Group (an international environmental organization) actually has determined that energy from so-called “green” bio-fuels are -hold your breath- more harmful to the environment than energy derived from sources such as coal. This information was published recently in an 84 page report and was reported by Fox News ( for more information, click this link Bio-Fuels More Harmful Than Coal )

If ethanol production was not subsidized by the federal government, it would be a much smaller or even non-existent industry. Anytime that anything is subsidized it is basically a failed experiment. If it was really a good idea, and profitable to the producers, it would be done- without any subsidies- in the name of making true profits. That is how capitalism works.

Add to the above drawbacks the fact that ethanol is a far less efficient fuel and there really is no upside to this so-called “green” bio-fuel.  Cap and trade legislation may be dead in Congress, but the EPA is going full steam ahead with implementing regulations that will basically enact a lot of the cap and trade components. This is basically governing by regulation instead of legislation. Non-elected green liberal progressive appointees in the EPA are deciding the future path of America’s energy policies instead of our elected officials.

A big scam is being pulled on the American people in the name of going “green”. We need to be aware of this and urge our elected officials to end subsidies (your tax dollars) for these failed bio-fuel experiments. It will strengthen our economy, and reduce our tax burden at the same time.

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