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So, according to Congressman Graves’ most recent useless “Straight Talk” email he sends to his constituents, we need a Farm Bill. After you see these two videos you will be quickly reminded why we no longer “need” anything in Washington.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is coming under fire for hosting a “compulsory”*  ”Cultural Sensitivity Training” program that required some intriguing participation of those in attendance. In addition to being implored to bang on tables, everyone in the room was instructed to chant, in unison, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens.”

But that’s not the full extent of the curious elements surrounding the session, as the lead trainer also joked that he doesn’t like the word “minorities” and that he prefers to replace it with “emerging majorities.”

After nine months of waiting for the government to release the video content, clips of the three-hour session were published this week by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. It was on May 18, 2012, that the organization first made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to secure the footage.

Hey, Sam, say it with me! “Thank you black folks!”

Congressman, make sure you learn that “minority” is not the best word to use, can you say “emerging majorities?” Give me a “bam!”

One of the great ironies of this all is that the “Straight Talk” email appeared in my inbox on February 18. Judicial Watch broke this story on February 14.

“Straight Talk” should be used to educate and engage citizens about the corruption in Washington. Instead, Congressman Graves and his staff continue to send these emails out with the appearance that nothing is really wrong. Washington is completely out of touch and out of control! There should be no Farm Bill, there should be not one penny of funding given to the USDA until we can be assured that our money is not being wasted on foolishness like this!

Below is the Feb. 1st edition of Straight Talk with Sam, the Congressman’s e-newsletter. In it Congressman Graves discusses Obama’s spending “freeze.”

Freeze Spending At Reasonable Level

We’ve all heard the cliché about closing the barn doors after the horse has bolted. The lesson is that you cannot prevent a problem that has already happened. But that is exactly what the President proposed to do in his State of the Union speech.

He proposed a spending freeze on non-defense, non-homeland security discretionary spending. Discretionary spending is the spending over which Congress has direct control. Other programs, like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, are entitlement programs whose spending increases are based on a formula.

I agree with the President that we need to rein in Washington spending. However, we need far more than a spending freeze to repair a budget deficit that was $1.4 trillion last year and is projected to be $1.35 trillion this year.

The programs that the President is now proposing to freeze already received an enormous spending increase of 17.4% last year. Yes, we need to freeze spending, but not at last year’s budget-busting levels. Congress overspent last year. We need to freeze spending at a more reasonable level. It’s disingenuous to talk about fiscal discipline after approving one of the largest spending sprees in history.

For far too long, Washington has simply increased spending without worrying about where that money would come from. I’m glad that Congress is at least discussing spending less money. However, the time for half-hearted measures is over. We must begin to make tough decisions about our priorities. We need to get the horse back in the barn.


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Below is Congressman Graves newsletter, he addresses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s insane bonuses. I agree!

We Need to Stop Taxpayer Funded Bonuses and Bailouts

A bonus is defined as something that is in excess of what is due. Some college and professional coaches get bonuses when their teams win championships. In Washington, bonuses are given even when you lose taxpayer money.
This week, we learned that the Chief Executive Officers and top administrators of government-run Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will earn $42 million in bonuses. These are the same two government-sponsored institutions that have cost taxpayers more than $110 billion and have put us at risk for another $2 trillion in potential losses.
On Christmas Eve, the Obama Administration announced that it was removing the cap on the amount of taxpayer aid available to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Both institutions have been shielded from the executive compensation limits that the administration put in place for companies that received Troubled Asset Relief Program funds. The CEOs for these institutions have a base salary of $900,000 and will now receive bonuses of $5 million each.
Only in Washington can it make sense to give out $5 million bonuses, but tell our seniors that there is no money available for a cost of living adjustment to social security.  Instead of handing out millions in bonuses, Washington ought to be restructuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac so that taxpayers get their money back.
We can start by canceling taxpayer funded bonuses to failing institutions. I, along with 70 of my colleagues, have written to the Treasury Secretary asking him to do just that. Taxpayer funded bailouts and bonuses have to stop.

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