Friday, January 29, 2010

Curtis' Blog Moved to New Website

The Coleman for U.S. Senate blog has been moved to the campaign's new website at New blogs will be posted there. Subscriptions and RSS feeds are available at the new site.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Let's Stop it Now!

Tomorrow’s Massachusetts special election for United States Senate is presenting us with a extraordinary opportunity to stop the liberals’ 60-vote super-majority in the U.S. Senate – and therefore to stop the government’s unconscionable takeover of our personal healthcare decisions.

As you know, Scott Brown is running for this open United States Senate seat, and the most recent polls indicate that it is an extremely close race which will go down to the wire. Every vote will make a difference, so your help is needed to get out the vote for Scott Brown. We can and will win this election for Massachusetts and for all of America with your help.

I am asking you to join me in making calls to Scott Brown supporters from your home. It is very simple. Just visit this page:

Getting Scott Brown voters to the polls will be critical. Tomorrow is predicted to be quite cold. Your phone calls to voters -- and your friends -- in Massachusetts will help ensure that there is a strong turnout for Scott Brown

Scott Brown – and America - needs your help in the next 24 hours!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Pledge to Fight for Arkansans

The failing, flailing leadership of the Democratic Party of Arkansas (DPA) attempted to do the impossible yesterday – defend the indefensible, condescending, “I know better than you,” “I don’t care what Arkansans think” vote of Sen. Blanche Lincoln for the healthcare bill that recently passed on an entirely partisan vote in the U.S. Senate.

In a press release brimming with desperation, inaccuracies, and exaggerations – the DPA challenged Republican U.S. Senate candidates to pledge to repeal a bill that would constitute the government’s takeover of every Arkansans’ personal healthcare decisions. Like so much of their statement, their challenge badly missed one essential fact: there is no bill to repeal.

However, I gladly accept the real challenge. Today, I’m pledging to continue to fight with and for an overwhelming majority of Arkansans who clearly do not want this atrocious bureaucratic intrusion into the most personal and private parts of their lives. Together, we’ll continue the battle to stop this bill from ever becoming law and to prevent this horrific government takeover of 1/6th of the entire U.S. economy.

Arkansans are much more intelligent and well-informed than the DPA seems to give them credit. They understand that this bill represents the most sweeping erosion of personal liberty in our lifetime. If enacted, it will create the following:

• Sharp increases in taxes and health insurance premiums.
• Unbearable new costs for small businesses, destroying thousands of jobs at a time when more Americans are out of work than in the last quarter century.
• Sharp cuts in Medicare benefits for our seniors.
• An unprecedented and unconstitutional requirement for all Americans to buy health insurance.
• An unfunded and unconstitutional mandate requiring States to dramatically increase their state tax-funded Medicaid programs.
• A monstrous addition to our national debt, further mortgaging our children’s and grandchildren’s futures.
• The most significant increase in federal funding of abortions since Roe vs. Wade.

Blanche Lincoln, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi ignore the fact that the goal of improving healthcare for all Americans can be achieved without the government’s ill-fated takeover of our healthcare system. The simple fact is that we can make healthcare more accessible by making healthcare more affordable. But we’ve got too many people making the rules who – like Lincoln, Reid, and Pelosi – have never had to make a payroll or provide health insurance for their employees.

We can make healthcare more affordable and more accessible with simple but very effective steps, including these:

1. Eliminate the costs of unnecessary ‘defensive’ medical tests and procedures by making frivolous and unjustified lawsuits more difficult.
2. Help Americans become healthcare ‘value shoppers’ by expanding health savings accounts.
3. Lower premiums by making health insurance more competitive by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines.
4. Increase benefits for home healthcare and managed care which have as their objective letting Americans avoid long and expensive stays in hospitals – ultimately dramatically lowering the costs of healthcare.
5. Eliminate the fears of losing one’s healthcare or of not having pre-existing conditions covered by allowing employees to own their policies, with premiums reimbursed by employers with pre-tax dollars.
6. Make private individual health insurance premiums tax deductible.

With backroom bribes, midnight votes, and closed-door political payoffs, it hasn’t been hard to recognize how bad this bill is. What’s difficult to understand is how anyone could pretend to defend it.

We need healthcare reform, but this bill makes the problem worse and I will do everything in my power to defeat it. It is my most sincere wish that Sen. Lincoln would re-think her position when the conference report comes back before the Senate. Now, it is HER turn to answer to the people of Arkansas. "Will you represent the values and views of Arkansans, Sen. Lincoln?"

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Death Tax Needs to Stay Dead

The death tax expired at midnight on December 31, 2009. But don't look for its obituatry in today's newspaper, because it is not expected to stay dead.

Since 1916, Americans have been subject to a blatant redistribution of wealth called the “federal estate tax.” Also called the “death tax”, this is a tax you are required to pay when you inherit an amount above certain limits from your parents or family. The tax rate can be as high as 55 percent. It is not uncommon for heirs to have to sell the inherited assets just to pay this tax. In other words, the federal government gets the majority of your inheritance – not you.

For instance, more than a dozen family-owned timber farms no longer exist in Arkansas because families had to sell their farms to big out-of-state corporations to pay death taxes. Hundreds of Arkansas jobs were lost because this tax targets the capital used by family business owners and farmers to create jobs.

The 2001 tax act began the phase-out of the estate tax. The amount of assets exempt from the tax went up over the years, while the tax rate on bigger amounts went down. At midnight on December 31, 2009, the death tax disappeared – for one year only. If nothing is done, the estate tax returns in 2011 under 2001 rules. Then you will be able to shelter $1 million from the estate tax, while larger amounts will be taxed at a maximum rate of 55 percent.

The Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated that nearly 600,000 families will be subject to the death tax over the following 10 years. With a tax rate as high as 55%, former Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Holtz-Eakin estimates small businesses would be forced to reduce their payrolls by more than 500,000 workers [1]. This would be a disaster for an economy still deep in recession.

Although this tax may be the most blatant example of the federal government’s intrusive efforts to redistribute the hard-earned wealth of its citizens, repeal of this tax is not about protecting the wealthy. This is about creating jobs and protecting working families. With our unemployment the highest it’s been in 26 years, Holtz-Eakin found that Congress could create more than a million new jobs just by acting now to permanently repeal the federal death tax.

The permanent repeal of this counterproductive and destructive tax would create thousands of new jobs in Arkansas and help Arkansas’ working families. And the federal government’s tax revenues would actually increase, because the taxes generated by the new jobs created will actually exceed the amounts that would have been collected from death taxes.[2]

I appreciate Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s thus far unproductive efforts to moderate the impact of this onerous tax. If Sen. Lincoln really wants to protect Arkansas families and farms, she will forcefully support the permanent repeal of the death tax. The time for compromise on this immoral and counterproductive tax has passed. The death tax needs to be permanently put out of our misery.

[1] Holtz-Eakin, Doug; “Changing Views of the Estate Tax: Implications for Legislative Options”; February 2009.
[2] Entin, Stephen, “Economic Impact of the Estate Tax: Effects of Various Possible Reform Options,” American Family Business Foundation, June 2009, page 3,