Barbara Neurohr | Citizens Against Government Waste

Barbara Neurohr

CAGW Chairman's Circle Member and Tea Party Patriot

3/11/10

Spend a few minutes talking to Barbara “Barbie” Neurohr of Homosassa, Florida, and you will learn of her great love for America and burning desire to preserve what’s best in this country and pass it on to future generations.  An acquaintance of CAGW’s late co-founder, J. Peter Grace, Barbie is one of the organization’s most loyal and long-standing members.  She first joined CAGW in 1988 and in 2005 became a member of CAGW’s monthly giving club, the Chairman’s Circle.   

Born in 1929 in Boston, Barbie and her family moved around Massachusetts and New York during the Great Depression, finally settling in Garden City, Long Island.  Barbie contrasts the truism her family lived by – “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” – with the attitude of many of today’s youngsters who are “spoiled…with so much materialism that they lose sight of the important values in life.”   

She goes on to lament the lack of “patriotic messages in the public school system” today, recalling her own public school education, which stressed history and patriotism.  She fondly remembers reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in class and recounts how one teacher told her class, “Buttons ought to pop off your vest, you should be so proud to live in America.”   After  she became a mother herself, Barbie says she posted patriotic sayings in her kitchen to instill a love of country in her three sons. 

Graduating from Elmira College in upstate New York in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in languages, Barbie met her future husband while he was attending the University of Pennsylvania’s dental school.  Married in 1950, she worked for Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia until her husband graduated in June 1952.  He opened his dental practice in Manhattan, though the couple continued to reside in Barbie’s adopted hometown of Garden City. 

In 1993, Barbie’s husband retired from his practice, and the couple began to split time between a home in Florida and a condominium in Islip, Long Island.  Florida became her permanent residence in September 1999.          

Barbie met Peter Grace while working in Manhattan as her husband’s office manager.  She describes Peter as a “darling character, whom everyone liked,” so much so that one of the practice’s dental hygienists nicknamed him “Peter Rabbit” for his energy and affability.  Barbie notes that, even back then, Peter felt the “country was going the wrong way.”  She recounts how Peter gave her a copy of his book about the Grace Commission, Burning Money, which she has to this very day, and how the book and Peter were instrumental in her embracing fiscal conservatism.  She describes herself today as a “conservative’s conservative.”

In addition to supporting CAGW, Barbie’s list of charities includes The Heritage Foundation, U.S. English, and several veterans’ organizations.  She is also actively engaged in the Tea Party movement in Florida.  Barbie hopes all the disparate Tea Party factions will unite to oppose what she regards as a dangerous and largely unchecked tilt to the left in Washington.  “The left is too powerful, taking away so many of our rights,” Barbie says.  She supported the successful candidacy of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown for the Senate seat long held by the late Ted Kennedy and had hoped that by breaking the Democratic leadership’s filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Brown would be able to block the Obama Administration’s health-care reform plan. 

Barbie asserts that the nation’s “politics have become a cesspool” and says that she looked forward to the inevitable “second revolution” in the November, 2010 congressional elections.  Because she wanted to see individuals elected to office who will “advance American leadership and freedom in the world, replace a culture of entitlement with one of mutual responsibility, and restore religious liberty in the public square.”   
 
Not content just to sit in an armchair watching national events unfold, Barbie considers being on the front lines as a Chairman’s Circle member in CAGW’s “war on waste” her patriotic duty.  Speaking of her partnership with CAGW she says, “I think together we have made big inroads in reducing earmarks and what could have been expensive boondoggles and saved an awful lot of money because of our efforts.” 

 

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