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between Church and State." Who coined the Phrase? Give up?
Answer: Thomas Jefferson - one of the founding fathers of this
great Nation and a creator of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment
to that same Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, wrote a Letter
to the Danbury Baptist Association, referring to the First Amendment to the
US Constitution. In it he said:
"To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim
Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist
association in the state of Connecticut.
"Believing with you that religion is a
matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to
none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of
government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with
sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared
that their legislature should "make no law
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church &
State. Adhering to this expression of the
supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I
shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments
which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no
natural right in opposition to his social duties.
"I reciprocate your kind prayers for the
protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and
tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my
high respect & esteem."
Jan 1, 1802
From the U.S. Library of Congress
CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS THE ENEMY AND TRAITORS TO AMERICA by R.
Extremist Conservative Republicans are selfish, power hungry,
hateful of the poor, disloyal to the nation and its people,
dishonest, avaricious, scornful of the nation's history, the dignity
of its institutions, its standards of political morality, and
its vision of advancement for all the people. The Extremist
Conservative Republicans love war as long as they and theirs do not
have to put on helmets and carry guns into the fighting. They use
lies to start wars that kill hundreds of thousands of innocents and
thousands of our own military service people. They love massive
war-time profits, unavailable to their rich masters if war is
Those Extremist Conservative Republicans hate the
rest of us, which they must, in order to pass away from themselves
and onto us, the financial burdens and losses their crimes, schemes
and thefts cause. They are prolific, incessant, and destructive
liars. They are blasphemers for they insist that their hateful and
destructive deeds are the work of God. They are apostates for they
gleefully attack the poor, the immigrants, the old and the sick, of
whom God has commanded all of us to be mindful.
There is no reasoning with them, for all their logic is built on
false premises. There is no appealing to them for honor's sake for
they have lost all sense of shame and have no honor, there is no
appealing to them for the nation's sake for that it what they hate
Eric Cantor has always supported
a Conservative position especially when it comes to Church and State issues.
It is apparent from the data collected, that the first amendment may be in
danger from his past and future actions.
Upon calling his office and asking about the
Eric's religion of
choice, we find that Shintoism,
Islam, and everything except
Judaism and Christianity "..aren't "Real" religions." What is a
real religion, Mr. Cantor? What you have
been practicing? Read the following and remember: "By their Works may
they be known."
(Remember it is best to investigate on your own when
looking at allegations about anyone. ) Don't believe us,
think for yourself and investigate for yourself! And remember, the
First Amendment Coalition does not represent any political party nor do we
recommend any political candidate, nor are we involving ourselves in the
"Eric Cantor is one of the great pulsars of our times: a
collapsed gravity well of unblinking stare. People innocently walking
down the street, are drawn into his orbit,
helplessly drawn in by how utterly dense he is. They cannot escape the
completely impenetrable mass of
evil darkness surrounding his
mind and become totally crushed & moronized by him."
By a Friend of
Contains excerpts from
By Steve Benen
published on 01/2/2012
CBS’s “60 Minutes” ran a
good profile on House
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) last night, but there was one
portion of the interview that was especially important.
this video, it starts at about the 10:19 mark. For those who can’t watch
clips online, Cantor told Lesley Stahl, “Nobody gets everything they
want.” Asked if that means he’s ready to compromise with Democrats, the
oft-confused Majority Leader replied that he’s “ready to cooperate.”
Stahl, of course, noticed word choice, and pressed Cantor on the
difference between cooperation and compromise.
led to this exchange:
Stahl: But you know, your idol, as I’ve read anyway, was Ronald
Reagan. And he compromised.
Cantor: He never compromised his principles.
Stahl: Well, he raised taxes and it was one of his principles not to
Cantor: Well, he — he also cut taxes.
Stahl: But he did compromise —
Cantor: Well I —
that point, Cantor’s press secretary, off camera, interrupted the
interview, yelling that Stahl was lying when she said Reagan raised
taxes. As Stahl told “60 Minutes” viewers, “There seemed to be some
difficulty accepting the fact that even though Ronald Reagan cut taxes,
he also pushed through several tax increases, including one in 1982
during a recession.”
Let’s call “some difficulty” a dramatic understatement.
Unfortunately for Cantor and his press secretary, reality is stubborn.
The facts are indisputable: in Ronald Reagan’s first term, he signed off
on a series of tax increases — even when unemployment was nearing 11% —
and proceeded to raise taxes seven out of the eight years he was in
office. The truth is, “no
peacetime president has raised taxes so much on so many people”
particular interest is the “Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of
1982,” the largest of Reagan’s tax increases, and generally considered
the largest tax increase — as a percentage of the economy — in modern
American history. In fact, between 1982 and 1984, Reagan raised taxes four
times, and as Bruce Bartlett has explained
more than once, Reagan raised taxes 12
timesduring his eight years in
Why do Cantor, his press secretary, and Republicans everywhere deny what
is plainly true? Because reality is terribly inconvenient: the GOP demi-god
rejected the right-wing line on always opposing tax increases; he
willingly compromised with Democrats on revenue; and the economy soared
after Reagan raised taxes, disproving the Republican assumption that tax
increases always push the nation towards recessions.
other words, Reagan’s legacy makes the contemporary Republican Party
look ridiculous. No wonder Cantor’s press secretary started yelling:
Stahl was bringing up facts that are never supposed to be repeated out
Excerpt from an article posted on slate.com by
Jonathan Easley June 27, 2011 and from an article posted to the
Washington Monthly by Steve Benen.
Steve Benen is a
contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the
publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington
Monthly blog, Political Animal.
Many of us got a good laugh at House
Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) expense
a year ago, when we learned about his
poor investment strategies. The oft-confused
Republican invested $15,000 in a bet against U.S.
government bonds, effectively expecting inflation to go
up. That didn’t happen.
A year later,
this is arguably even more interesting.
What do Bill Gross, Evan Newmark
and Rep. Eric Cantor have in common? They’re all
betting against Treasury debt!
But only one of these men has been
involved in heated negotiations over the
government’s debt ceiling, and that’s Eric Cantor,
No. 2 Republican in the House.
Mr. Cantor, who walked out of debt
discussions with Vice President Joe Biden last week,
owns up to $15,000 in shares of the ProShares Trust
Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury ETF, Salon notes today,
updating a Wall Street Journal report on this from
a provocative point: Eric Cantor is helping drive
debt-reduction talks. Indeed, as of last week, he was
single-handedly derailing those talks. What went
unreported at the time, though, is that Cantor
personally stands to “reap a small financial windfall
from his investment in a mutual fund whose performance
is directly affected by debt ceiling brinkmanship.”
According to his latest financial
disclosure statement, which covers the year 2010 and
has been publicly available since this spring,
Cantor still has up to $15,000 in the same fund.
Contacted by Salon this week, Cantor’s office gave
no indication that the Virginia Republican, who has
played a leading role in the debt ceiling
negotiations, has divested himself of these holdings
since his last filing. Unless an agreement can be
reached, the U.S. could begin defaulting on its debt
payments on Aug. 2. If that happens and Cantor is
still invested in the fund, the value of his
holdings would skyrocket.
“If the debt ceiling isn’t raised,
investors would start fleeing U.S. Treasuries,” said
Matt Koppenheffer, who writes for the investment
website the Motley Fool. “Yields would rise, prices
would fall, and the Proshares ETF should do very
well. It would spike.”
Cantor’s office claims the investment
is simply part of a balanced portfolio. I have no
evidence to the contrary. It’s hardly a stretch, though,
to suggest prominent officials should avoid these kinds
of conflicts of interest.
When Eric Cantor shut down debt ceiling
negotiations last week, it did more than just rekindle fears
that the U.S. government might soon default on its debt
obligations -- it also brought him closer to reaping a small
financial windfall from his investment in a mutual fund whose
performance is directly affected by debt ceiling brinkmanship.
Last year the
Wall Street Journal reported
that Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had between
$1,000 and $15,000 invested in ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+
Year Treasury EFT. The fund aggressively "shorts" long-term U.S.
Treasury bonds, meaning that it performs well when U.S. debt is
undesirable. (A short is when the trader hopes to profit from
the decline in the value of an asset.)
According to his latest
financial disclosure statement,
which covers the year 2010 and has been publicly available since
this spring, Cantor still has up to $15,000 in the same fund.
Contacted by Salon this week, Cantor's office gave no indication
that the Virginia Republican, who has played a leading role in
the debt ceiling negotiations, has divested himself of these
holdings since his last filing. Unless an agreement can be
reached, the U.S. could begin defaulting on its debt payments on
Aug. 2. If that happens and Cantor is still invested in the
fund, the value of his holdings would skyrocket.
"If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, investors
would start fleeing U.S. Treasuries," said Matt Koppenheffer,
who writes for the investment website the Motley Fool. "Yields
would rise, prices would fall, and the Proshares ETF should do
very well. It would spike."
The fund hasn't significantly spiked yet because many investors
believe Congress will eventually raise the debt ceiling.
However, since Cantor abruptly called off debt ceiling
negotiations last Thursday, the fund
is up 3.3 percent.
Even if an agreement is ultimately reached before Aug. 2, the
fund could continue to benefit between now and then from the
uncertainty. (One tactic some speculators are using is to "trade
the debt ceiling debate" -- that is, to place short-term bets on
prices as they fluctuate with the news out of Washington.)
Salon's Andrew Leonard calls the debt ceiling negotiations
"Washington’s titanic game of chicken,"
and the longer the game goes on, the more skittish the bond
markets will become.
"Cantor's involvement in the fund and
negotiations is not ideal," Koppenheffer said. "I don’t think
someone negotiating the debt ceiling should be invested in this
kind of an ultra-short. We can only guess how much he
understands what’s in his portfolio, but you’d think a
politician would know better. It looks pretty bad."
Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring noted that
U.S. Treasury bonds make up a large portion of the congressman’s
pension, and said investment in ProShares ETF serves to balance
that investment and to diversify his portfolio. Disclosure forms
indicate that Cantor has considerable personal assets, including
real estate in Virginia worth up to $1 million, and a number of
six- and seven-figure loans to private entities and limited
liability companies. So his investment in ProShares ETF
represents only a small portion of his overall portfolio -- but
that share could grow a little larger just over a month from
Jonathan Easley is
an editorial fellow at Salon. Follow him on Twitter
Borowitz Report) – In what members of both parties are hailing as
an important first step on the road to a deal on raising the debt ceiling,
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner today came to an agreement
that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) is a douche.
Mr. Obama and Rep. Boehner made the dramatic announcement in the East Room
of the White House late Sunday afternoon.
“Speaker Boehner and I have come to an agreement that Eric Cantor is a
douche,” the President said. “We’ll see if we can build on that.”
The breakthrough reportedly came Sunday morning, but both sides spent
several hours hammering out the language before agreeing on the word
“Boehner had been pushing hard for ‘dickwad,’” said a source familiar with
the discussions. “He was concerned that using a like ‘douche’ could be
alienating to his base because it’s French.”
While skeptics cautioned that agreeing about the douchiness of Eric Cantor
is still a long way from agreeing on raising the debt ceiling, a new poll
shows that Messrs. Obama and Boehner have broad public support for their
position on the congressman from Virginia.
According to a new poll of likely voters, 56 percent agreed that Mr. Cantor
is a “douche,” 32 percent agreed that he is a “asshat” and the remainder
characterized him as a “dxxhead,” “cxxksxcker” or “motxxrfxxker.”
“With all the partisan bickering in Washington, the American people should
rest assured that we all agree on one thing,” said Rep. Boehner. “And
that is, Eric Cantor is one irritating mofo.”
Last week Alan mentioned how Eric Cantor is
denying emergency disaster relief funds to tornado victims in
Joplin, MO unless they are first paid for with politically-motivated
spending cuts. Today on CBS’ Face the Nation Cantor doubled down on
using the tornado victims as political hostages for spending cuts to
clean energy. He compared the situation to that of a family facing
an unexpected expenditure.
"Because families don’t have unlimited money,”
Cantor said. “And, really, neither does the federal government."
I could go into all of the different macroeconomic
reasons why comparing the budget of the United States federal
government to that of a typical American family is one of the most
moronic and ignorant analogies ever made, but that is an argument
for another day. The much larger issue with Cantor’s comments are
the disdain and callousness he is showing towards the Joplin
victims, his vile political opportunism, and worst of all, his
Murshed already pointed out here last week,
the one word that immediately comes to mind for this -- heartless. While
they were mourning their dead in Joplin today, Cantor's on the television
still hostage taking before allowing them some help. I'm not sure how much
more that party has to do to prove that they hate the working class in
America, but they seem determined to make sure everyone knows it with this
WASHINGTON -- Two weeks after House
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed a question about the possibility of
the lower chamber's spending bill killing government jobs with the words "so
be it," Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
offered similar sentiments.
plan to cut $61 billion
from current spending levels would take a heavy toll on employment,
destroying 700,000 jobs by 2012, according to an independent economic
analysis by Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics. The study, released on Monday,
predicted that the GOP bill would slow economic growth by 0.5 percentage
points this year.
In his weekly Capitol briefing with
reporters, Cantor acknowledged that the Republican stopgap budget bill,
known as a continuing resolution or CR, might increase unemployment. But he
argued that the government should not be creating jobs if that means
creating greater deficits.
"What kind of jobs is he talking about? Is
he talking about government jobs? If so, why is the government hiring people
it can't afford to pay?" Cantor asked. "This is obviously an unsustainable
solution and something we're trying to correct in our CR."
Boehner expressed a similar lack of
sympathy on Feb. 15 for government workers who could lose their jobs under
the GOP plan. "In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal
government has added 200,000 new federal jobs," Boehner said. "If some of
those jobs are lost, so be it. We're broke."
will move forward
this week with a two-week stopgap funding bill that would reduce spending by
$4 billion over those 14 days, mostly by targeting items Obama proposed
eliminating in his 2012 budget and programs funded through earmarks, which
the GOP has vowed to block.
Senate Democrats have indicated
willingness to cooperate on the bill, lessening the chance of a government
shutdown when the current funding resolution expires on March 4.
star Eric Cantor has apparently heard about this little problem with his
party — you know, how the “Republican base” has gone batshit insane,
because they hate the coloreds so much that they’ve decided no matter
what, Barack Obama isn’t “really” president because there is something
fishy about his virgin birth in Bethlehem 6,000 years ago, because
we all know a colored cannot be president of White America. Cantor’s
solution: Blame the librul media!
according to his own spokesman, “finds it ironic that those most
eager to talk about the President’s citizenship are in fact some of his
biggest cheerleaders — whether it’s Chris Matthews or others on MSNBC,
the Huffington Post, or camera toting liberal bloggers chasing people
through the streets of Washington.”
WTF, really? The birthers have been at this for TWO
YEARS, long before Obama had the nomination, let alone the presidency.
It was a full year ago that Obama’s campaign provided the
whatever-you-want-to-call-it (Certified Placenta of the Pineapple King
of the Sandwich Islands?), and it is only because these people will
not shut up that finally, during the comical slowest news month of
the year, that the evil Liberal Media finally picked up on what
shit-for-brains clowns like Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs are saying on the
cable news EVERY NIGHT.
Arlington, Va., real estate, $500.001-$1 million; Loan to Richmond
Resources Hickory Park, LLC for commercial real estate, $500,001-$1
million; loan to Richmond Resources Ltd for real estate development,
$250,001 to $500,000; Water Tower Associates LLC stock,
$250,001-$500,000; Band of America accounts, $250,000-$500,000;
Media General deferred compensation stock, $250,001-$500,000.
Major sources of unearned income:
Rent from the Arlington property of $15,001-$50,000; Interest from
the Virginia Credit Union accounts of $2,501-$5,000; Weyerhauser
Company stock dividends, $2,501-$5,000
Bank of America mortgage on Arlington real estate, $250,001-$500,000
Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) , a GOP leader who rode to power on the
grassroots wave of tea-party activists, is a multi-millionaire with
financial investments in some of the nation’s largest corporations.
His true net worth is
likely to be far greater than the above would lead you to
believe because lawmakers are only required to reveal a
broad range of their financial holdings and the value of
their primary residences is not mandatory in the
disclosures. And, as is the case with Cantor’s
spouses are required to reveal the stocks and other assets
they hold at the end of the year, not their annual income
from the jobs they hold.
which all members of Congress had to file Wednesday unless specifically
granted an extension, are designed to disclose the financial holdings of
lawmakers in order to provide some transparency in their legislative
maneuvering so voters can be aware of any potential conflict of
Cantor, 48, is a former lawyer whose
wife has become a financial powerhouse in Richmond, Va.
Cantor's wife, Diana, earned
undisclosed salary from Alternative Investment Management, LLC and fees
as a director or trustee for Media General, Inc., Domino's Pizza, Inc.,
and the Virginia Retirement System. Media General, the
communications conglomerate, owns, among other media properties, the
Richmond Times Dispatch.
More than ten percent of the Cantor
family holdings — totaling more than $350,000 — came from stock and
stock options in those two companies, according to the whip’s disclosure
Cantor met his wife, Diana Marcy Fine,
they were married in 1989.
freshman at George
Washington University in 1981, Cantor worked as an
intern for House
of Virginia and was Bliley's driver in the 1982 campaign.
Cantor worked for over a decade with
his family's small business doing legal work and real estate development.
He served in the
Virginia House of Delegates
from 1992–January 1, 2001. At various times he was a member of committees on
Science and Technology, Corporation Insurance and Banking, General Laws,
Courts of Justice, (co-chairman) Claims.
In February 2009, Cantor led
Republicans in the House of Representatives in voting against the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
and was a prominent spokesman in voicing the many issues he and his fellow
Republicans had with the legislation. Cantor voted in favor of a 90%
marginal tax rate increase on taxpayer financed bonuses, despite receiving
campaign contributions from
Position on Israel
Cantor supports strong
legislation to cut off all U.S. taxpayer aid to the
and another bill calling for an end to taxpayer aid to the Palestinians
until they stop unauthorized excavations on the
Temple Mount in
to a claim by the State Department that the United States provides no direct
aid to the Palestinian Authority, Cantor claimed that United States sends
about US$75 million in aid annually to the Palestinian Authority, which is
administered by the
U.S. Agency for International Development.
Cantor has also claimed that Congress approved a three-year package of
US$400 million in aid for the Palestinian Authority in 2000. He has also
introduced legislation to end aid to Palestinians
In May 2008, Cantor said that the
relationship America has with Israel is "a constant reminder of the
greatness of America."
In November 2008, following
election as President, Cantor stated that a “stronger U.S.-Israel
relationship” remains a top priority for him and that he would be “very
outspoken” if Obama "did anything to undermine those ties."
The Cantors have three children, Evan,
Jenna, and Michael. Mrs. Cantor's mother, Barbara Fine, lives and manages
the cooking and shopping in the Cantor household, which is
In August 2008 news reports surfaced
that Cantor was being considered as
running mate, with
McCain's representatives seeking documents from Cantor as part of its
vetting process.However, in May 2009, a source
who claimed affiliation with the
denied those reports, calling them "a complete and total joke", and blaming
"Cantor’s PR people" for being responsible for the false reports.
Additionally, a book by
Dan Balz and
outlining the McCain campaign does not mention Cantor as one of the a
possible running mates considered by McCain.
The idea for Cantor to be McCain's
running mate was supported by conservative leader
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