Sgt. David Steffan

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Sgt. David Steffan, a 1992 graduate of La Veta High School, joined the Colorado National Guard in 2002. After attending basic training and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers School at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, he was assigned to Detachment 1, 947th Combat Support Engineer Company, Trinidad. The unit completed missions in Germany, South Dakota, and Wyoming before being deployed to Iraq on Sept. 11, 2005.While in Iraq, Steffan served as Bravo Team Leader, 1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, 947th Engineer Company, 54th Combat Engineers, attached to First Marine Expeditionary Force, Al Anbar province.

The unit’s mission entailed road construction and repair, support of Marine and Armored Cavalry outposts, site security and transportation. In addition to his duties as leader, Steffan operated a Meerkat mine detector, drove lead gun truck in convoys and operated various types of construction equipment. He earned the Army Commendation Metal operating an armored grader as part of Operation Steel Curtain, keeping Al Queda operatives from infiltrating from Syria. Recently, Steffan joined his unit in rebuilding the Fruita Reservoir #1, on the western slope, ensuring an adequate water supply for that small community.

Thank you, Sgt. David Steffan, for serving us and our country. You are one of our Huerfano (Colorado) Hometown Heroes!

God, I Love This Country

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GOOD AMERICAN POST HERE!

Sometimes it is fairly easy to get wrapped up into the warp of angry people, dangerous issues, and the lack of consensus when it comes to understanding what is REALLY going on in our Country, The United States of America.

But, I have to say, as I was driving around today, there is really nothing more beautiful than seeing the American flag waving in the wind.  There is nothing more empowering, nothing more freeing.

And, it is really no more complex than that.  To my fellow Freedom Fighters, Patriots, and God-Fearing Citizens.

– Tisha Casida

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Know Your Local Economy, It Can Save You!

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We cannot preach enough, and you will hear us do it again and again, how important it is to KNOW your small business-owners, know your farmers, know your soldiers, know your teachers, and know and support your students.  This is our economy, and supporting these groups around you is so important.

We came across a very cool organization that we are investigating, and thought we would pass it onto you!

It is the 3/15 Project  http://www.the350project.net/home.html

Budget from a Concerned Citizen

Who am I?  I’m 27 years old, I have just received my MBA, and I own my own business.

I am doing numbers-research via the internet at 10:00 at night while chatting on Gmail, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, and my iPhone.

And I am determined to show people what I would do if I were president.  Today’s observation is the Federal Budget.  Let’s break it down real quick:

In 2008 the United States government spent $3 Trillion on General Budget expenditures.

–       $2.5 trillion was paid by FEDERAL TAX REVENUES

–       $459 billion (DEFICIT) was paid for by BORROWING

THIS IS WHERE THE MONEY GOES: (Stats from Center on Budget & Policy Priorities http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1258)

Defense & Security = 21%, or $625 Billion

Social Security = 21%, or $617 Billion

Healthcare (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP) = 20%, or $599 Billion

Safety Net Programs = 11%, or $313 Billion

Interest on National Debt = 8%, or $253 Billion

Benefits for Federal Retirees & Veterans = 6%

Scientific & Medical Research = 3%

Transportation Infrastructure = 3%

Education = 2%

Non-Security International = 1%

All Other = 5%

So, not being an economist, an elitist, or a believer in Government-hand-outs (versus HAND-UPS (thank you Mr. Thompson for that analogy)), I have revised the budget as follows.

We have to shave the 18% of the budget which is borrowed spending BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT GOVERNMENT HAS TOLD US TO DO – THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN RULES – And I don’t want my kids paying for these congressmen’s stupid business decisions.

So…..we have to shave off $459 billion…the END GOAL (and there would be some pain and heartache in the middle, but dangit, we can handle it) would be:

Defense & Security = 21%

Social Security = 21%

Healthcare (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP) = 10%

Safety Net Programs = 5.5%

Interest on National Debt = 0%

Benefits for Federal Retirees & Veterans = 6%

Scientific & Medical Research = 3%

Transportation Infrastructure = 3%

Education = 7.5%

Non-Security International = 1%

All Other = 4%

What we have done here is take off 10% from Healthcare and 8% from servicing the national debt – there went our 18%.

NOW, do not fear, we have re-allocated some of our funding for “Safety Net” programs to “Education”, where we feel that we can help boost our future and our economy to the point of being able to eliminate some of that safety-net. By providing opportunities and venues for students to learn and grow (as well as eat nutritional foods that help them think), we are very confidant that we can eliminate some of this safety-net spending.

CONFIDENCE.  Something that our fore-fathers would be proud of.  RESPONSIBILITY.  Something we should all take when it comes to our health.  EDUCATION.  The true variable for sustainably growing our economy.

– Tisha Casida

LUDICROUS

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GOOD AMERICAN POST HERE!

I think when we get right down to it, we need to ask the real hard questions.

Like, how in the world did we end up here in the first place?

How did our Country get to the point where a Health Care bill is 1,500 pages, written by lawyers, and not even understood by our congressmen?

How did we get to the point, where our Representatives won’t listen to us while marching 2 million people on the front lawn of the Capitol?

Well, we got lazy, not all of us, but a lot of us, and I am certainly one of those people to blame.

So, now, we know we have a big problem, now we need to fix it.  We will fix it by mobilizing the masses of people that make up the American consumers and constituencies.

WE THE PEOPLE, will create the New Media using the Free Market.

And we will get our country back to a place where bills can be read and understood by our representatives and by the American people.

– Tisha Casida

LCPL Travis P McConnell

LCPL Travis P McConnell, USMC
Field artillery, Cannoneer, Quebec Battery 5-14, Aurora, CO
Basic training at MCRD, San Diego, CA
Combat training at Camp Pendleton, CA
Field artillery schooling at Fort Sill, Laughton, OK
Travis has been in the Corp for three years and is a graduate of LaVeta High School, 2003.  Travis and his wife, Nickeya, have two children, Skyla and Sean.  He is currently on the LaVeta fire department and a correctional officer at Huerfano County Correctional Facility.  Travis is due to deploy to Afghanistan in 2010.  Thank you, LCPL McConnell, for serving us and our country.  You are one of our Huerfano Hometown Heroes! (Southern Colorado)

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S. 1242 Government Ownership Exit Plan Act of 2009

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-1242

A direct “summary” from this website:

Prohibits the federal government from acquiring, directly or indirectly, any ownership interest in a troubled asset described in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) that was purchased from a financial institution by the Secretary of the Treasury.

Requires the Secretary to divest the government of any such interest not later than July 1, 2010, with exceptions allowing ownership interests of not more than six months if: (1) divestiture would have a significant adverse impact on taxpayers; and (2) there is a reasonable expectation that a waiver would allow recovery of the cost of acquiring such interest. Amends EESA to state that the limit of authority to purchase troubled assets is $700 billion (under current law, such limitation, reduced by $1.259 billion, is described as “outstanding at any one time”).

Requires all repayments of obligations arising under EESA, and all proceeds from the sale of assets acquired by the government under that Act, to be paid into the general fund of the Treasury for reduction of the public debt. Makes it unlawful for an officer or employee of the executive branch to knowingly make, with the intent to influence, a communication regarding a significant management decision of a recipient of EESA assistance to any officer or employee of the recipient.

Makes the Financial Stability Oversight Board responsible for reviewing the ownership interest termination provisions of this Act. Establishes requirements for reports by the Secretary on: (1) ownership interests; (2) plans for compliance with this Act, including for winding down and divestiture; and (3) ending conservatorship and direct ownership by the government of the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, respectively).

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Operation Can You Hear Us Now?

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A group/campaign is organizing folks around the Country to have their voices heard.

These voices want CLEAR, CONSISTENT, NON-BIASED News Media.

Being an alternative to the main-stream-media (MSM) ourselves, we couldn’t agree more.

For More Information, Click here: http://www.operationcanyouhearusnow.com/

Know Your Farmer – Joey Medina of Medina Farms

OLNEY SPRINGS – My name is Joseph Joaquin Medina. I was born to Manuel and Linda Medina on March 14, 1977 in Rocky Ford, Colorado.  I am the owner and grower of Medina Farms, a hydroponic growing facility located in Olney Springs, Colorado.  I specialize in lettuce and herb production (mainly basil). I am the fourth generation of farmers in my family in Southeastern Colorado.

I grew up on a farm – my father used to grow sugar beets in Boone, Colorado.  I can recall being a child riding on the tractor with my father as he farmed.  Drought hit Southern Colorado in the late seventies and early eighties and it caused my father to quit that operation.

My grandfather, Manuel Pinon Medina, farmed in Southeastern Colorado since the fifties. Sugar beets and onions were the cash-crops at that time.  There was a large sugar beet factory in Sugar City, Colorado which my family farmed for.  Crowley County was a very profitable region for this sugar-beets during this period of time.

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We also harvested corn and milo.  As I grew into my high school years, we primarily grew corn for grain and alfalfa or hay.   We have also ventured into ranching, which I am looking forward to taking part in by raising Buffalo.   You can grow feed for Buffalo through hydroponics.   This will be another means to supply the community with a fine and healthy product.

I believe in sustainability and that hydroponics will be the future of farming, especially with the water issues that we face. I am very thrilled to be part of this growing movement and am looking forward to spreading the awareness of sustainable farming operations.  I can be contacted at: 719-469-7053.

See the entire Fall 2009 Good American Post, Southern Colorado at: http://goodamericanpost.com/news.html

The Greatest Insult – Where is the Support for Our Troops?

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Watching the debates go back and forth via news-commentary, as well as within the offices of our Country’s government, it is appalling to me to see that there are so many questions around the increase of troops in Afghanistan.

I love our troops, God, I love our troops.  These are the people that sacrifice their lives to defend our freedoms.  I can tell you right now, that I, as a concerned citizen, want our soldiers to have the PEOPLE and EQUIPMENT that they need to fight.

There is no greater insult to the men and women of our Country, than to abandon them in their time of need.  Period.  It is disgusting.   I am not a general, I am not the President, I am not a soldier, but I do know, that those troops out there deserve their Country to back them, and it better happen.  Or, in honor of Sarah Palin, I have to say, that, there will be a very special place in hell for those people making decisions that hurt our troops.

– Tisha Casida

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