Many thanks to our Congressman Ted Yoho for his NAY vote on the Continuing Resolution, a vote for fiscal responsibility! He is standing firm for our principles and we are very fortunate to have him represent us! Please read his statement below.
“Sep 17, 2014
Washington, DC – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) voted against H.J. Res. 124 – Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015. The continuing resolution provides funding for federal agencies at current fiscal year 2014 levels until December 11, 2014. Congressman Yoho also voted against an amendment to H.J. Res 124, which would authorize the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to provide assistance including training, equipment, supplies, and sustainment to appropriately- vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups and individuals. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement after his votes.
“I could not, in good faith, vote for a continuing resolution that is basically kicking the fiscal can down the road. The House has been doing its job, passing seven appropriations bills that would fund the Federal Government. These bills are sitting in Harry Reid’s Senate collecting dust. Because the Senate is failing to do their job, we are forced to pass a resolution to keep the government running for 72 days? There is no reason we should have reached this point. It is unacceptable.
“I also could not support the amendment funding the Syrian opposition forces, because it does not address the true threat – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Instead, it creates the potential to involve the U.S. more deeply in the Syrian civil war. Furthermore, the amendment was too vague in how it would vet the Free Syrian Army members who receive our equipment; much less what equipment they would receive.
“Make no mistake, ISIL must be stopped. However, I felt the amendment will just repeat a history in which we fund, arm and train fighters because we believe that the enemy of my enemy is my friend only to see those supposed friends later turn those weapons and training on us. Instead, I believe the President should seek new Congressional authority that is narrow in focus, duration and scope coupled with a strategy that will defeat ISIL and not embroil the U.S. in a seemingly endless, larger conflict. A component of this strategy must be border security. I am introducing a security bill to aid in the prevention of people with western passports with known affiliations or ties to foreign terrorist groups from entering the U.S. The world has a moral obligation to stop such evil. An evil, if left unchecked, will eventually wind up on our shores.”
For those of you who missed the first two workshop you have two more opportunities to comment on what is being planned for county east side development. We strongly urge you to attend as the success or failure of this plan will greatly impact all citizens of Alachua County!
The public workshops for the Envision Alachua Sector Plan (EASP) application, have been scheduled by Alachua County. These workshops are for Alachua County Commissioners, the Planning Commission and County Staff to hear public input on the EASP. The workshops are being hosted and facilitated by Alachua County. Please consider attending one or several of these meetings. Tell family and friends who support this community-shaped plan to attend these meetings. Your voices are critical to this approval process.
County Workshops on the Envision Alachua Sector Plan:
September 16, 5:00 to 9:00 PM at County Administration Building, Second Floor, Room 209, 12 SE 1st Street in Downtown Gainesville – Topic: Natural Resources
September 22, 5:00 to 9:00 PM at County Administration Building, Second Floor, Room 209, 12 SE 1st Street in Downtown Gainesville – Topic: Transportation & Economic Development
In light of Obama’s demand for more tax dollars to “fight ISIS” this article is very important. What is the real motivation for more money? Since 9/11/2001, the United States government has professed that we are being protected from Muslim radicals by waging a desultory war in Afghanistan and Iraq, all the while bringing more and more immigrants to our country under political asylum. Although asylum is certainly a compassionate foreign policy in many instances it should not go unheeded that our country is now being overrun with refugees who are not being vetted properly such as what is occurring on our southern border. And the Muslim presence continues to grow as evidenced here in Alachua County by the lauding of the University of Florida’s newly unveiled Center For Islamic Studies. We are at a critical crossroad for our national sovereignty and citizens need to be prepared for the consequences should we give away our country’s borders.
“Since the early 1990s, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has selected more than 200,000 refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States. Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq.
Syria could soon be added to the mix in the midst of that country’s brutal civil war. The Obama administration has been greasing the skids for the Syrian refugees for months, WND has learned, and the refugees will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/u-n-to-dump-flood-of-muslim-refugees-on-u-s/#q4mr8xjLvXDMM0qs.99
In what has become the modus operandi of the progressive Republican party the citizenry are about to be nailed yet again over the next three days as the House caves in to Obama’s demands. Not only is Congress poised to deliver everything the tyrant wants it will also revert back to funding the feds with a continuing resolution thus turning its back on the hard won return last year to a real budgetary process. All because Harry Reid has let the budget presented by Congress to sit on his desk with no Senate action. Citizens, pull out your wallets and surrender your sovereignty – we’re in for a nasty, bumpy ride.
“House Republicans are poised to extend the Export-Import Bank’s charter well into next year, despite decrying the agency as an antiquated vestige of crony capitalism. They will fund the federal government until mid-December without much of a fight. And, most notably, they are rapidly moving toward giving the White House authority to arm and train Syrian rebels, despite deep misgivings about their ability to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and even deeper distrust of Obama’s foreign policy.”
Burger King has merged with a Canadian company, Tim Horton’s, for many reasons but the one reason that will overwhelmingly benefit BK’s employees and customers is the lower tax rate for this hugely successful corporation. Congratulations and kudos to BK!
“Burger King has acquired Tim Horton’s for $11.4 billion U.S. While an optimist may hope this acquisition produces the donut technology needed for a mass-marketed Luther Burger, a realist has to acknowledge that it’s probably about corporate inversion.
Simply put, corporate inversion means a corporation reincorporates in a lower-tax country abroad. The common justification of taxation is that the government provides the public goods that business needs to prosper. But the United States is unique in that it taxes corporations at 35 percent regardless of where the income is earned, and hence regardless of whether the corporation benefited from any public goods.
“When a firm operates in a competitive environment, a reduction in tax rates translates into reduced prices for consumers. No one usually complains when firms find cheaper ways to produce and then pass these savings on to consumers. It is only a strange form of patriotism, driven largely by political interests, that equates love of country with the love of the IRS.”
For those of you who truly work for a living, how do you feel about funding limitless vacation time for the unemployed?
“Only 18.9 percent of Americans who were unemployed (in surveys conducted from 2009 through 2013) spent time in job search and interviewing activities on an average day, according to BLS. Yet 40.8 percent of the unemployed did some kind of shopping on the average day–either in a store, by telephone, or on the Internet. 22.5 percent of the unemployed, according to BLS, were shopping for items other than groceries, food and gas.”
“An unemployed person—on the average day—was more likely to spend time on shopping, sports and recreation, socializing and leisure, than they were searching for and interviewing for a new job, according to BLS.
According to BLS, 96.7 percent of the unemployed spent time during the average day participating in “socializing, relaxing, and leisure” activities and spent, on average, 5.93 hours on those activities—or more than twice the number of hours they spent job searching.”
“A far better explanation for the billions going to the campaign coffers of Washington politicians and lobbyists lies in the awesome government power and control over business, property, employment and other areas of our lives. Having such power, Washington politicians are in the position to grant special privileges, extend favors, change laws and do other things that if done by a private person would land him in jail. The major component of congressional power is the use of the IRS to take the earnings of one American to give to another.”
“We Americans have asked, demanded and allowed congressmen to ignore their oaths of office and ignore the constitutional limitations imposed on them”
Great article about UK’s Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party. Read it in its entirety and note that the prominence of the third party (which is still decidedly a minority position) has taken over two decades. In light of the catastrophic conditions we currently face in the United States one must decide: do we have the luxury of time to bring a third party to prominence? Or do we co-opt the progressive Republican leadership of the GOP?
“Farage said of the Republican Party in the U.S. “If I was living over here, I would say to myself alright number one we’ve got to reclaim our party—we’ve got to take it away from being safe and establishment, because that way you’re never going to win because the Democrats have certain built-in advantages. If you are unable to reclaim your party, you might have to do a UKIP.”
“Outsiders loathed by the establishment, UKIP’s brand of conservative populism has been infectious throughout Britain. Farage’s party is now remarkably poised to—depending on how it does in next May’s election for House of Commons seats—become the minority party in a coalition government with the Conservatives, colloquially known as Tories, giving it considerable power. In the U.S., conservatives have warred with moderates over the soul of the GOP for decades, from the Goldwater era to the most recent fights over Tea Party primary challenges and immigration legislation.”
Forcing employee mandates on employers always has a deleterious effect on the workforce even though the government and mainstream media maintain the opposite. This article gives an example the dynamics of which can be applied to every forced compliance in the workplace.
“Amid all the focus on boosting the minimum wage and legislating living wages, virtually no one seems to have noticed what is happening to the workweek in low-wage industries.
Since December 2012, private industries paying up to about $14.50 an hour have added, on net, 972,000 nonsupervisory jobs with an average workweek of a mere 17.7 hours, an IBD analysis finds.”
Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/economy/090514-716193-worst-job-stat-keeps-getting-worse.htm#ixzz3CjkWu1v5
Do the remaining true patriots in our country possess the political will to remove the Republican progressives?
“That which can not continue, will not continue; the Progressive RINO Establishment believe they are insulated by wealth and power from what We the People will predictably experience should we shun our duty to band together as patriots in pursuit of the Constitutional Conservative’s goal to restore our American Constitutional Republic: yet their ill-gotten wealth and power is a transient commodity built upon the founding documents they view with contempt and maliciously disregard.
We the People aren’t losers. We are Americans, and winners if we chose to be. We have the opportunity, if we will simply make the choice to to embrace the work ethic and values—the virtue and principles—so prevalent among the Founders and Framers, and bequeathed to us through their brilliant discourse in document form as the Declaration, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Rule of Law.”
Very funny and very telling. Read full article.
“We’ll have to wait to see if Obama, the hustler from Chicago, comes to Florida to campaign for Charlie. In the meantime, Billy-Bob Clinton, the hustler from Hope, Arkansas, will be in Miami Friday to feel our pain and whoop up Crist, the hustler from St. Petersburg. Professional courtesy.”
A new poll concerning our next generation, commonly known as millenials, has showcased that millenials feel financially secure and are quite optimistic about their economic future. Couple that with a slightly earlier poll that revealed millenials expect government to take care of all basic needs, such as housing, food and medical care. Let’s also throw in their parents, many of whom have buffered consequences for their children’s decisions. This all adds up to what I call the juvenilation of the millenials: a concerted effort to keep the next generation adolescent and unable to shoulder the responsibilities of adults, never mind the responsibilities of individual freedom. It is time for us to raise our expectations of this generation and teach them the skills they need to become productive adults in a free market society.
“You will remember that one of the glorious achievements of 19th-century reformers was to end the evil of the monstrous “putting-out” system and its home work for adults. But homework for modern children in the 21st century is A-OK. Here’s a brilliant new idea. If we are going to force kids to work, they should get paid for their labors, just like All-American adults. I am not suggesting that kids should get paid for attending school, nothing so radical as that. I am suggesting that we allow them to get jobs. For pay.”
For a long time, the City ofGainesville (since 1960) and Alachua County(since 1995) have been charging a “utility tax” to GRU customers. Specifically, our local governments have:
1) applied their “utility tax” at the maximum “not to exceed” rate of 10% to the customer charge, which is not a “purchase” within the meaning of Florida Statute §166.231.
2) applied their “utility tax” to the separate mandatory State Gross Receipts Tax without authorization. Moreover, since the “utility tax” cannot be applied to “Fuel”, but the Gross Receipts Tax must, “Fuel” is being taxed indirectly despite an express §166.231 (1) (b) statutory prohibition. This is being done inconsistently on electric but not gas bills – despite the fact §166.231 applies to both.
3) the GRU surcharge for Out-of-City residents is likewise miscalculated as described in paragraph 2 above.
For a complete explanation, copies of the refund requests pending and other money saving tips, please go to www.grutaxrefund.org. For assistance in applying for your refund, please contact Jim Konish @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
We urge all GRU ratepayers to act. Our local governments must be held accountable for the erroneous and unfair application of this “utility tax” and surcharges on our already way too expensive GRU bills. The City of Gainesville and GRU are collecting over $10,000,000 in “utility tax”, and $9,000,000 in surcharges annually. Alachua County and GRU are collecting approximately $3,500,000 annually. And as our rates continue to rise so will this onerous tax and surcharge. You cannot afford to ignore this!
Common Core Action Meeting – Thursday August 7th
From John Beck:
Many of you attended the Common Core meeting at Countryside Baptist Church on July 15th. Dr Pesta’s presentation was the best I have seen in the two years I have been working to repeal Common Core. If you did not see the presentation, you can view a similar one here https://fpeusa.org/index.php/
At that meeting, Florida Representative Keith Perry agreed to work on passing legislation to repeal Common Core. Tim Marden, Newberry City Commissioner, and I have scheduled a Common Core Action meeting to get together to coordinate our support for Representative Perry’s effort to repeal Common Core here in Florida. You can read Tim Marden’s editorial on Common Core here: http://www.gainesville.com/
It is important that we all have accurate information. This unified effort will save us all time and money. After speaking with several other leaders around Florida it will be important to review this information with you. This will maximize our efforts moving forward and to increase our chances of success. The meeting below will be to organize the group and focus our efforts. Bring pen and paper.
Please find the FACEBOOK EVENT HERE and RSVP or you can RSVP by email to Commoncorersvp@aol.com , the room only holds 40 people so don’t delay. Please promote the event by inviting friends, teachers, and others interested in our children’s and grandchildren’s education future.
- Educational Review
- Area Efforts
- Follow Up Task Assignment
Perkins Restaurant (map/directions) W Newberry Rd Gainesville Just East of I-75, in the semi-private room
Food: 6:30pm (please get there a little early to order some food/drinks)
Meeting Agenda: 7pm-8:30pm
Thursday August 7th
From Keith Westbrook, PhD., Chairman, Conservative Party of Florida
Dr. Keith C. Westbrook Ph.D.