Just raise taxes?

The City of Plantation has yet again insulted her citizens.  The two exceptions notwithstanding, our magnanimous city council members ignored the wisdom of the people who opposed the rise in millage and went ahead and increased the property tax.  So really what are we talking about here?  The council’s challenge was to cut around $650K out of the budget without tapping into the reserve, which they “had to” to avoid emergency services cuts, to the tune of about… oh wait who cares we’ll just raise taxes if it doesn’t work out.

I digress.

Most that approached the council did not favor the tax increase.  One officer defended against a suggestion about instituting a furlough 2 times the next fiscal year.  I cannot say I blame him; however there are modifications that could make this work.  I would say that if they extended the hours on the four days that the city’s employee’s work in order to ensure that they get 40 hours then there should not be much of a problem.  However, let’s not be silly here and allow the logic to get twisted.  We do not want any negative repercussions befalling our emergency services.  This is the distortion of reality that liberal minded councilmen like to pass as sound logic, especially when the elitist Councilman Levy “educates” us on the economic “law” of rise in costs of goods and services.  At least he agreed with the citizen who suggested the furlough option.

However, the biggest slap to the face was a promise breaker’s excuse as to why he voted for the millage rate increase.  This promise breaker is Councilman Ron Jacobs.  Yes folks the very man who ran his campaign on the notion that he wouldn’t raise taxes if elected.  I won’t waste much time with it but spineless certainly come to mind.

Councilwoman Uria casted a no vote, and along with Councilwoman Stoner, we have some hope up there on the dais!  Her reasoning is one that affects us all, including city employees as they face rises in utilities (FPL) and things like home insurance increases.  Unfortunately, certain council members are just blind to the obvious.

The point is, City Council of Plantation, we have our eye on you, and the outlook is not pleasant.  As stated a few times, the budget is just a guideline.  Make sure you find a way to cut the $650K without costing the tax payer, your employer, any more money.

The CONSTITUTION

This Saturday is an important day in the founding of our country and one we should all take pride in and celebrate. Without this document there would be no freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I find it quite ironic that on Constitution Day the whacko left, communists and marxists, are planning a “day of rage.” They must think they are in the middle east or north Africa. This Saturday should be a time that we all reflect on our lives in the United States and what the Constitution has given us. We are exceptional and we need to make sure that we continue to stress this point. Be sure to ask at least 3 people if they have read the Constitution recently and if they say no hand them a pocket Constitution so they can be sure to read it and also let there children read it. Here are a couple of quotes to think about.

“We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times.” –George Washington, letter to Philip Schuyler, 1777

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character…” –Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education, 1789

“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass.” –George Washington, letter to Benjamin Lincoln, 1788

I do hope we will all offer a “…firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor.” These are the last words of the Declaration of Independence and everyone today should accept this pledge to continue and strengthen the United States.

God Bless all of you and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!

Beware the Corporatist!

Right, Left, Center?  Forget about it.  The bigwigs got us all by the “you know what”…  But be wary because they created the confusion and lies. Then they spread this propaganda and it has us running in circles.  The Corporatists are the ones in control of the media, big biz, big pharm, big everything.  The message they send to the right claims that the left is wrong and vice versa.  Remember they are the ones who pushed Washington with the mantra, “TOO BIG TO FAIL.”  Now if they weren’t the ones pulling the strings then why would they be too big to fail?

So while they leave our economy in shambles, the Federal Government props them up, and we’re left holding the bag.  Watch your candidates closely and dive deeper into their records, for the actions of their past will dictate what they do in the future.  The message is clear, read the arguments of our Founders when they discussed the Constitution, listen to the warnings in the Federalist AND Anti-Federalist Papers.  The Anti-Federalists may have more bearing on our present day so look there first.  We have precious little time and the stakes couldn’t be higher!

Don’t get stuck on stupid…

Why is it that no one understands that the Founders abhorred tyranny?  These men never expected the President to be able to make a law, or burden the citizens, with the stroke of a pen!  They fought against such behavior.

Furthermore, they never wanted the Federal Government to have such control either.  The whole purpose of Federalism was to keep the States sovereign!  If you want to know what they were intending there is ample resources to learn from.  I suggest you start with the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers.  Follow the hyperlinks and you’ll get to a place where they read them to you!  GO THERE NOW!!!

So please if you’re stuck, get unstuck ASAP!  Pick a President who doesn’t think that the position has any other purpose than to carry out the laws passed by Congress, and don’t pick a Senator or Representative that thinks they have the authority to stray from the Constitution!

GIVING UP OUR FREEDOMS

We are all “dumb and dumber.” FPL has installed over 325,000 “smart meters” in Broward county and from what I can tell no one has even commented about the invasion of privacy and violation of my Constitutional rights under Article 4, “Implied Consent.”
Granted that these may allow the homeowner to save on the electric bill, but this is only half of the equation. This is another way that they can capture data and sell it unbeknownst to us. We should all be screaming from the rooftops to stop this intrusion by big brother. Of course FPL will paint a wonderful picture. They want you to think that this is all for our benefit.
NOT TRUE!!!!
The following is an article from the Sun Sentinel that talks about all the good it can do.

http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/fpl-plans-to-install-more-%27smart-meters%27-to-help-customers-save-money

It all sounds great until you understand the real ramifications. They can capture and store when you turn lights on and off, when you use you HDTV, when you are on the computer, and at what times you do your laundry and the list can go on and on. This represents the possibility that FPL will ultimately control when you can run your AC, watch TV and do dishes or take hot showers. Does this sound good to you? A socialist state is right around the corner.

Please watch this you tube video and then cut and paste the letter, fill in your specific data and send to FPL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNFr_j6kdI
From:
Energy Customer’s (your)Name
Street Address
City State Zip

To:
FPL
Street Address
City State Zip

Date of letter

NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY

Dear (Energy Provider) and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,

If you intend to install a “Smart Meter” or any activity monitoring device at the above address, you and all other parties are hereby deny consent for installation and use of all such devices on the above property. Installation and use of any activity monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. “Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whose activities were recorded.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
10. Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.

I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes “Smart Meters” and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other occupants, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance and endangerment of health and safety, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by “law” or not..

This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of smart meters due to the criminal violations they represent.

Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved.
Signature
All of us have got to stop the spread of this contagion immediately. Please follow up with your electric provider and maintain your Constitutional rights.
Let’s start screaming loud and long.

An Expression of the First Amendment

One does not have to look any further than Wisconsin for the evidence needed to see how the left is grabbing for power.  In the results of the recall election we see that the truth in their intent is not about the people but their power.   After Governor Walker’s success in ending the stranglehold the unions had on the education system we see some impressive results.  In a report from postcresent.com you can see that a surplus is forthcoming and jobs are in fact being created.  All this is happening while the classroom sized are shrinking and money has become available to afford merit pay for teachers.

The recall election, which was a clear indicator of how the people can win elections, helped demonstrate that there is still common sense out there somewhere!  According to an MSNBC.com report, the recall election results have devastated the progressive and power hungry (they forgot that part) organized labor unions plans for the future.

Now there are many propagandists out there pulling for the left, claiming that Governor Walker cooked up the deficit so that he could go union busting but look no further than their own reporting.   Thankfully there are those out there practicing what was once called due diligence in terms of journalism.

So how does this relate to the First Amendment?  Well we must understand where in the First we are talking about.  There is an implied “clause” commonly referred to the Right to Associate.  This basically means that under the jurisprudence that affirms the Right to Associate, an organization does not have to allow a person entry based on the ideals and morals the organization wishes to portray, if that person doesn’t uphold the same standards.  Based on this holding, we see the implications of the First loosen the death grip that the unions had on the State’s finances.  Here’s how it was, teachers could not get hired without belonging to the union.  A clear violation of the First Amendment. The union did all their negotiating which included where the teachers received their insurance from.  The union essentially owned the insurance company  and being since these organizations controlled all the bargaining power the State was in an utter choke hold because of the contracts that were signed.  Then the Governor stepped in and with a sound legislature the right to associate was restored to the teachers and lo and behold we have a surplus in the state.  Logic prevails again.  The country should take note.

Something else to ponder here.  The 10th Amendment reserves the rights left over to the States, and many think that that is the only way to nullify garbage Federal laws.  The right to association can and should also be used.  States are sovereign and so are the citizens of the U.S.  See Bond v. U.S.

Next week there will be another recall regarding those Democrats that left the state during the debacle and I would be certain the left will be mounting something against Walker as soon as they can.  We’ll be watching…

Whispering Bastiat, Marx the Destructor (Good vs. Evil)

The coercive power of government is clear, and there should be no doubt as to whether we live in a “nanny” or “police” State.  The question is where do we get our distinctions?  Perhaps a quick review of Frederic Bastiat’s, The Law, juxtaposed with Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto, is in order.  Most people are aware of the Prussian born Marx, but not many know or have even heard of Bastiat.  As taken from the Mises website: CLAUDE FREDERIC BASTIAT was a French economist, legislator, and writer who championed private property, free markets, and limited government. Perhaps the main underlying theme of Bastiat’s writings was that the free market was inherently a source of “economic harmony” among individuals, as long as government was restricted to the function of protecting the lives, liberties, and property of citizens from theft or aggression. To Bastiat, governmental coercion was only legitimate if it served “to guarantee security of person, liberty, and property rights, to cause justice to reign over all.”

The following is a brief compare and contrast of the two.  I am not claiming to be an expert on either but when I read both of these theses I was hooked.  Even on a superficial level I agree with Bastiat as under no circumstance does his method require a tyrant and always works against any that try.  It is also bottom up control, the firmest foundation to form a government on.  The basic premise of our Constitution is echoed in “The Law” with special emphasis on the Bill of Rights, often forgotten.

The men would both agree that laws are the tools with which society is framed.  Regardless of what the laws are, their roles are, in one form or another, played out to shape society into either one of pure liberty or pure control.  Bastiat states, ’Dictatorship’ need not involve an actual dictator. All that was needed was ‘the laws,’ enacted by a Congress, or a Parliament, that would achieve the same effect: forced conformity.”  Bastiat actually spoke to the point that the laws that should be enacted do not “plunder” the citizens that live under them.  Diametrically opposing this view is Marx.  In his purview the State is to own all the capital, that no private property or “plundering” exists because the government “represents” the working and regulates every level to keep the peace.  Marx’s 10 planks of Communism are the basis for which his ideal government is to be formed.  Whether a government is a representative form of government or an oligarchy, one thing is for certain; both men see the role of laws as the means to shaping society.

“It is not because men have made laws, that personality, liberty, and property exist.  On the contrary, it is because personality, liberty, and property exist beforehand, that men make laws.”  This statement made by Bastiat, sums up why the notion of justice’ is needed in society.  The human condition seems to be centered on the idea throughout all of history. To Bastiat, justice exists when the individual can act on his own accord without the intervention or “plundering” of government.   Justice equals liberty.  As Bastiat put it this way, “Nothing therefore, can be more evident that this: The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense; it is the substitution of collective for individual forces, for the purpose of acting in the sphere in which they have a right to act, of doing what they have a right to do, to secure persons, liberties, and properties, and to maintain each in its right, so as to cause justice to reign over all.”  Or basically put, government is there to provide security to the individual in order for the individual to act out his own desires insofar as that the individual doesn’t violate the liberties of others.  Marx, on the other hand, doesn’t recognize the individual, only the State.  His understanding is that if you remove property from the individual and put it in the hands of the State, the source of conflict, private property, is eradicated and therefore all are equal.  He says it directly, “the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”  To Bastiat, justice is defined by protecting individual property, and to Marx it is the exact opposite.

It is imperative to use the proper lens when reviewing any new laws passed in this country.  If you wish to protect private property, then you must oppose any law that stems from the point of view of plundering.  However, there is and always will be a need for the State.  This is where our Constitution comes in.  It sits as the barrier between utter licentiousness and the burdensome hand of government coercion.  Taxes must be paid to support the protection of the land and its citizens, but they should not favor any class.  The Fair Tax or a flat tax would work well in this case.  Private property must stay safeguarded from the intrusion of governments and their agencies.  The way to protect these rights is to understand where the government develops its ideologies.  Rest assured you will find insight into these ideologies starting with these two men, Federic Bastiat and Karl Marx.