TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – November 2011

Straw Poll

The results of the Presidential straw poll from the Cape County Tea Party Meeting are:

Gingrich 16
Cain 12
Paul 7
Romney 2
Perry 2
Santorum 1
Gary 1
Bachmann 1

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Pam Dixon

Our speaker, Pam Dixon, forwarded some more information below.

They post all updates on the Lt. Gov’s constitutional challenge to his facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Kinder/6127526025  To be notified of activity, Facebook users need to “Like” the page, then you will be notified via your FB Newsfeed when an update is posted.

If anyone wants to contact the Lt Gov office, the information is:

These are the articles that Pam distributed at the meeting:

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/obamacare-is-bigger-than-roe-v-wade/

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577038232724779286.html?KEYWORDS=obamacare

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Takeaway Activism – Budget Control Act of 2011

There are two items for  TTTT Takeaway Activism in November 2011.

We told you there would be homework!!

First… …The Super Committee is Coming!!  The Super Committee is Coming!!  The Super Committee is Coming!!

As you know, the Congress and the President came up with a grand plan to assuage you and me (The Tea Party) called the Budget Control Act of 2011.  The Super Committee has been meeting and will likely come back with spending cuts (made of ether) and revenue enhancements — tax increases.

Even Jo Ann Emerson signed a letter asking the Super Committee to exhaust “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues.”

Revenues = Tax Increases.  Period.

We’re told she will hold the line on taxes, but… …she signed a letter asking the Super Committee to exhaust “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues.”  She didn’t sign a letter saying that the Super Committee should close tax loopholes for foreign companies.

Roy Blunt is on the tax bandwagon to make sure that ‘fairness’ is the law of the land.  Many Tea Party members, in principle, agree with taxation based on consumption at the retail level, but NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO RAISE TAXES.

And, we certainly know that our other Federal Representative, Claire McCaskill, will be on-board with tax increases.  She voted for the ObamaCare Tax and Spend plan TWICE!

So, this month, we ask you to contact your Federal Representatives for the State of Missouri to tell them to CUT THE DAMN SPENDING!!  The Tea Party’s advent was caused by the out-of-control spending at the Federal level, and we will not accept one dime in new taxes until they prove that they can CUT THE DAMN SPENDING!

These votes may be coming up this week, so please contact them immediately.

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Takeaway Activism – Town Hall Meeting

Next, we’d like to ask you to go on a field trip!  Please plan to attend the League of Women Voters town hall meeting next month.  They complained that the turnout was low last time (because of wintry weather).  This time they are holding the meeting at noon on a Tuesday… …to ensure they have a low turnout?!?!

The details on the meeting are below, but it will be held at the Cape Public Library on December 6th at 12:00pm.

Elected officials to participate in town hall meeting next month

By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian

Quarries, casinos and former federal buildings — the area’s top elected officials can expect questions about these and other high-profile topics at a town hall meeting scheduled for next month.The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri is hosting its second such meeting at noon Dec. 6 at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.

Officials scheduled to attend include Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr, Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger, Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy and state Reps. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson.

“There’s plenty for people to be interested in,” league president Sue Brockett said. ” … It’s where you live. It impacts your daily life what the city council does or what the county commission does. There’s a lot going on in the city and I think people are interested in it.”

Each official will be given 10 minutes to speak at the outset of the meeting and a Q-and-A will follow, Brockett said. Audience members will be given a chance to write questions on cards beforehand and the league is also accepting suggestions via email at lwvsemo@starband.net.

Rediger will likely talk about such topics as road projects, Isle of Capri’s new casino and Broadway corridor enhancement work, he said.

“I’ll just kind of touch on the obvious things,” Rediger said. “I always like to join the League of Women Voters on any project they’re working on. They’re a dedicated group that’s trying to get more information out there.”

Brockett also expects questions about other issues, including the sale of the former federal building on Broadway, the quarry near Saxony Lutheran School and possible state legislation.

Brockett also would like to see more involvement from the public at these town hall meetings. Last year, only a small crowd attended, though she noted that it was a wintry evening.

State legislators were the only participants in the meeting last year, so the league added Rediger, Lohr and Tracy in an effort to generate more interest.

“We wanted to broaden the scope and broaden the audience,” Brockett said. “There’s a lot to talk about and we’re trying to make it relevant to the people who are here.”

Oh yeah… …The Super Committee is Coming!!

Veteran’s Day – A Soldier’s Story

h/t suggestsoft.com/

In thanking the members of CCTP who are also Veterans of America’s Armed Forces, I asked if any members had a particular story from their time in the service that they’d like to share.  I received this reply from Mike:

I didn’t choose the honor either, I didn’t have the option, they chose it for me. It didn’t seem like all that much of an honor to have SBD or KP or dumpster watch at night, sleeping in the  mud under a tree, in a driving rain that lasted for days didn’t really make me feel all that honorable either. The pay was much less than honorable, $72.15 a month, before taxes. Yes, even people who made less than $1000 per year had to pay taxes way back then. Seem’s like most of the honor comes after you get home??? Oh well, maybe not so much.

My family first arrived on these shores in the mid 1600’s, and have been involved in just about every major conflict and a lot of minor ones before this nation was created and since. My Dad was infantry, by choice, in WW2, landed on Normandy Beach, was in all 5 major battles in europe, has more metal in him than most new car’s, and just past his 99th birthday on his way to becoming a Centaur. I knew I just couldn’t make it across that Canadian Border humping all that weight. Did I do it for the Honor?   Not mine, I was doing just fine working in a steel mill.

Would I do it again?? Hell Yes, In a heartbeat. It was good for me, it made me grow up and become cognizant of the world around me and BLA, BLA, BLA, and besides, the Military gets to play with all the newest and neatest toys.

Do I think we should reinstitute the draft? Yes. It was seldom a good thing at the time for individuals, but it was great for the nation as a whole. Instead of a bunch of simpering eyebrow pinned fools running around with their names tattooed on their foreheads you had guys come back with a sense of responsibility and more than a little bit of an idea about how things worked in the real and unreal worlds in which we all co-exist.

Thank you Mike for your service, and God Bless You!

Blunt’s Turn

It’s an apropos blog title today because every other representative of Cape County’s Tea Party members has been the topic of this week’s blogging AND it describes a serious turn towards liberalism and big government by Missouri’s freshman Senator.

h/t aolcdn.com

I couldn’t believe when an article came across my Internet Wires reporting that Roy Blunt was the Co-Sponsor of a new bill to enforce sales tax collection on Internet Purchases.

From Brian R. Hook…

The Marketplace Fairness Act would close what the Republican from southwest Missouri describes as a tax loophole, leveling the playing field between local and online retailers.

The Marketplace Fairness Act:  I don’t think anything could sound more Obama-esque!

At 7:00am on Friday 11/11/11, Jamie Allman of St. Louis’ KFTK 97.1 was scheduled to interview Blunt.  I fired off an e-mail to Jamie requesting that the Marketplace Fairness Act be a topic of discussion.

Here are a couple of statements from Mr. Blunt before the tax fairness discussion:

Are we going to be the United States of Europe; or are we going to be who we want to be…

The president’s view of this is clearly different than mine…

…We have to make a different decision; get our spending under control; get our programs under control.

What have we learned from [list of countries]…and other European countries? If your government gets bigger than you economy can support, it creates a huge, and maybe even unsolvable, problem.

Are we going to be the United States of America – where opportunity is the goal – rather than just sort of an equal division of everything that’s out there to divide.

Well, apparently, Mr. Blunt thinks that, here in America, we’re not collecting enough taxes… …and that’s just unfair. Here is the pertinent part of the discussion

Jamie: ~~Sales Tax. Is it Controversial?

Blunt: It is a little controversial; I’m for it; I’ve always been for it. What that would do would be to create a pattern where states could participate; they’d have to make the choice to opt in where the merchant who does $500 million of business over the internet would have to collect the sales tax when they do that business.

Wrong Mr. Blunt; your bill taxes SMALL business that sell $500,000 worth of goods – not $500 million

Blunt: It’s a fairness thing; it’s a fair tax equity thing. The local merchant who’s trying to be there on the Main street on the corner not even far from here or across the street from here… their products all have that – whatever it is where they live – that 5 or 6 or 7%.

Jamie: Yeah they’ve got to pay it.

Blunt: And if you get that mailed to you, you’re not paying that tax right now; though actually technically, under most state laws, including ours, you’re supposed to then voluntarily send the sales tax to the state. And, of course, we know what happens with that.

Jamie: Right

Blunt: So this is not “Taxing the Internet”. This is saying that if you buy things on the internet, you pay a tax, the same tax you’d pay if you bought it from the grocery store across the street.

Jamie: And here’s the issue, I think, for some people if they’re against this. Let’s put it this way. Let’s have no sales tax at all. But if you’re going to have a sales tax; everybody ought to be sharing that burden in terms… there’s no reason an internet company from California ought to be at a competitive advantage over a company right here in MO.

Blunt: That’s right. If you don’t pay that – your share of the tax – who takes care of the sidewalk in front of your house? Who takes care of the police department or whoever else is dependent on that tax? And so, this is a tax fairness…. I think for years, it’s been confused with the government trying to manage or tax use of the internet – which I’m not for. Now this is just saying, if you buy on the internet – and this is much less complicated all the time too ya know – if your GPS can hone in on a picture of every address in America, they can pretty closely figure out exactly what the sales tax would be for that address with a not-very-complicated program. You apply that program; send the money to the states; the states figure out how to distribute it in the fairest possible way.

Mr. Blunt, which side are you on?  The keep the government as small as possible side?  Or, the let’s make a giant sales tax collection bureaucracy side?  In your discussion with Jamie this morning, you came down on both sides.

But, considering I am a proponent of abolishing the 16th Amendment in lieu of all taxation via Consumption Taxes, I don’t disagree that we need to be able to apply taxation to the final (first) purchase of an item or service.

However, as Mr. Blunt surely knows, we don’t have a taxing problem in the U.S. right now, WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM.  He is clearly not paying attention to his constituents or holding to his word when he co-sponsors a bill that provides an increase in revenue to the Government.  No matter what kind of spin he tries to put on it, if I’m paying $10 of taxes to the government, and he puts through a bill that makes it become $11 worth of taxes… …IT’S A TAX INCREASE!!

And Mr. Blunt, it seems you are tone deaf to the regulations already stifling America’s small businesses AND to the millions of Americans that are unemployed or underemployed.  A new regulation to require such businesses to track this level of detail taxation will require new, costly and unproductive accounting activity within their firms.  And the customers will suddenly be paying 7% more (let’s call it 7% inflation) for the goods and services they spend time and effort locating for the best possible price.

Yes, Mr. Blunt, it’s your turn… …your turn to be the topic of this blog; your turn towards bigger government; your turn towards ignoring your word on taxation; your turn towards ignoring that unemployed / underemployed don’t need a 7% increase in their purchase cost; your turn to sound like Obama and his doctrine of Fairness.

Now is NOT the time for big government and more taxes.  IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID!!

MOSIRA: Still Waiting For Reply

On October 8, 2011, I sent the following e-mail to the Missouri Legislature representatives of Cape Girardeau County as well as to the Cape County Tea Party Members:

Greetings to CCTP and to our local MO Representatives!

Attached is a document (here) prepared by a MO Constitutional Lawyer named Ron Calzone in response the passage of the MOSIRA bill in Special Session.  Ron runs a web site mofirst.org.

I am far from an expert on constitutional issues and Missouri Law, but assuming he’s correct, I have a request for our local Senate and House Representatives that receive this e-mail and voted FOR this legislation.

I would ask that in direct reply to this e-mail, or in your weekly Capitol Reports, that you:

  • Discuss why you voted FOR this legislation
  • Refute the unconstitutionality claims made by Mr. Calzone
  • Refute the claim that the legislation allows public funding for embryonic stem cell research and human cloning

I suspect other Libertarians and Conservatives, like me, believe picking winners and losers with our tax dollars is nothing more than crony capitalism and a perversion of the Missouri Constitution.

Thank You!
Brian Bollmann

For the record, the House Members that represent Cape County voted as follows:

  • 157 Donna Lichtenegger – Yea
  • 158 Wayne Wallingford – Nay
  • 159 Billy Pat Wright – Yea
  • 160 Ellen Brandom – Yea

As best I can tell, the Missouri Senate used a voice vote on SB7 and Senator Crowell’s vote is not recorded in the public record.  Pursuant to the e-mail above, I asked him separately about his vote.

Senator Crowell,

It appears that SB7 (MOSIRA) was a voice vote in the Senate?  I assume that means there is no record anywhere?

How did you vote?

As a Missouri resident and voter, I’m disappointed that the people I hire to act on my behalf in the Missouri Legislature would ever be allowed to act (vote) without my ability to review how they acted (voted).  Each vote must be recorded to allow constituents to properly evaluate the performance of their representatives.

The point I am getting to is…

No one on this list of representatives has replied in any way to my request.

If one of the representatives has addressed my questions in their Capitol Report, I’d be glad to attach that reply to this posting.

To that end, I ask you to consider contacting your representative to explain why they voted for taking your tax dollars and giving them to corporations – picking winners and losers by enslaving you to labor for their efforts.

See the Rep Contact Info page on this site for contact information

Eat The Rich

THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH RICHES IN AMERICA TO PAY WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING!

Emerson Signs On To Raise Your Taxes

From Americans for Prosperity

A group of 100 U.S. Representatives sent a letter to the so-called Super Committee urging the handpicked group of twelve legislators to consider “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues” in order to reach the committee’s goal of $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years. In Washington speak, this is code for raising taxes.

Among this list is 40 Republicans whose capitulation encouraging the committee to raise taxes is troubling. We shouldn’t be surprised to see 60 Democrats seizing on the opportunity to drive a wedge between conservatives intent on restoring economic growth by keeping taxes low and Republican lawmakers who are starting to throw in the towel on keeping pressure on Democrats to cut spending.

The letter includes the sentence:

To succeed, all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table

In Washington-speak, this means tax increases, and your local House Republican signed the letter.

When you fought against the debt-ceiling increase earlier this year, you knew Tax Increases would be their solution.  And, now you see the fruit of Congress’ Super Committee will indeed include Tax Increases.  Spending will continue to rise at an astronomical rate, the debt will continue to increase, and our children and grandchildren will be further enslaved to the spineless representatives of our current generation.  When will you make them stop?

Contact your Congressman and tell them NOT ONE DIME OF TAX INCREASES UNTIL YOU BALANCE THE BUDGET. PERIOD!!  A lack of taxation is not the cause of this problem.  IT’S THE SPENDING! STUPID!!

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.
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Your OWS / Tea Party Checklist

The only thing missing at the bottom is that Obama, the DNC, and elected Democrats from sea to shining sea SUPPORT the Occupy Wall Street thugs and criminals…

 

h/t Michelle Moore / desmond.yfrog.com

 

…and called the Tea Partiers all of the following:

  • Hostage-Takers
  • Stupid
  • Uneducated
  • Extremist
  • War-Mongers
  • Sycophants
  • Neophytes
  • Islamophobic
  • Old
  • White
  • Angry White Dudes
  • Angry Mobs
  • Astroturf
  • Right Wing
  • Nut Jobs
  • Fringe
  • Koch Suckers
  • Hobbits (okay that was McCain, but he is a liberal so there’s that)
  • Foolish
  • Bizarre
  • UN-American
  • KKK (Luther Campbell – http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2010-05-13/news/the-tea-party-is-the-kkk/) /

… and of course… ….Racist and Terrorists

 

Who Would Oppose ‘No More Tax Forms’?

One of the bonuses for getting out of the world of the Income Tax is that, with consumption taxes, you don’t fill out any forms at the end of the year.  My 2010 Tax filing for the State Of Missouri included the forms:

  • MO-1040h/t wfpl.net
  • MO-A
  • Add’l Dependents
  • From 1040 (Federal)
  • Schedule A (Federal)

My Federal Income Tax filing include the forms:

  • Form 1040
  • Schedule A
  • Schedule D
  • Schedule E,p2
  • Form 5695
  • Schedule M
  • Capital Loss Carryforward Worksheet
  • Tax Payments Worksheet
  • Charitable Contributions Worksheet
  • Student Loan Worksheet
  • Carryover Worksheet

Of course, there’s no way the average American knows all the forms to be completed and either uses a program to complete their taxes or seeks the services of a professional.  Costs, including fees for electronic filing and direct deposits, exceed $150 per year.

Get rid of income taxes; get rid of all those forms!

Enter United For Missouri, Let The Voters Decide, and Art Laffer (who must have been a zygote when he was cheif economist for President Reagan).  These groups are working in Missouri to end the Income Tax in favor of a State Consumption (Sales) Tax.  There is extensive information available on their web sites about the benefits of the switch to a Consumption Tax.

But, the usual big government / big money / deep pocket forces are lining up against what’s best for Missouri and America.  A report from John McMillen about the opponents to the plan crossed my e-mail today:

Wednesday night 11/2/11. Just got back from St. Louis…”Let Voters Decide” held a conference at the Double Tree Hotel conference room in Chesterfield, on the 2012 initiative to replace Missouri’s income tax with an increased sales tax.

Art Laffer, Reagan’s chief economic advisor, dubbed the father of supply side economics, was guest speaker. Doctor Laffer had reviewed the analysis of the “Let Voters Decide” proposal and was highly complementary of the proposal and very excited about what it will do to bring business incentives and a job growth environment back to the state of Missouri.

Missouri currently ranks 48th (that’s 2nd from last) for economic growth among all states in our nation. We can not continue allowing this current corrupt income tax system to be used by politicians as mechanism to pick winners and losers, rewarding their political backers and donors through tax credits, and special tax loop holes for their lobbying friends while conversely punishing the rest of us taxing (forcing from us) what we EARN all in order to advance their political agenda.

Dr. Laffer was very optimistic that the “Tax Relief for Missourians” initiative making it to the 2012 ballot and being voted in by the people.

However, this is going to be a hard fight. There is heavy opposition mounting to keep the people’s earnings subject to the will of state politicians, instead of the rightful owners of those earnings… the people who earn it.

Claire McCaskill’s 2008 campaign manager has joined forces with the opposition group “the Missouri Budget Project” and is putting together a coalition of opposition forces mimicking our “United for Missouri’s Future” by adopting the name “Coalition for Missouri’s Future”…. one thing is for certain, Missouri’s future and the future of Missourians is definitely at stake.

This new coalition is made up of Chambers of Commerce in some areas, AARP, Missouri School Board Association, the Teachers Union, Missouri Broadcasters Association, Missouri Realtors Association.

Thousands of Missouri citizens, members of these organizations will be sadly misinformed and scared into refusing to listen to both sides to make a rational logical decision.

In addition to this, there will be boat loads of special interest money from the usual left wing sources flooding our state to defeat this measure.

Dr. Laffer is correct. The entire political landscape of the nation will be focused on this battle. We have the opportunity for Missouri to be the first state in the union to abolish the income tax that taxes what YOU earn, and replace it with a tax on what YOU choose to SPEND. YOU pay your tax when YOU VOLUNTARILY choose to SPEND; NOT through COERCION FROM AN ALL POWERFUL STATE.

Jim Moody is the chief lobbyist and spokesperson for the Missouri Budget project. Mr. Moody is a former republican Missouri House member and budget committee chairman under Ashcroft. This of course always heavily emphasized in media releases and is touted to imply serious credibility.

However, one of the chief proponent spokesmen for this initiative is Carl Bearden, also a former republican House member and former speaker pro tem and also a former chairman of the House Budget Committee who was term limited out in 2007. But this highly credible item is never mentioned in any press reports on this controversial and extremely critical issue.

Mr. Bearden has formed a coalition of United for Missouri’s Future, Missouri Club for Growth, and Let Voters Decide.

Here‘s an AP press release telling only one side of this issue which is typically the case. The central message is their usual false assertions that getting rid of the income tax and replacing it with an increase in state sales tax on a broadened tax base is: “regressive” “hurts the poor and the elderly” “unfair” “bad idea” “decreases revenues” etc, etc. this is their usual tired worn out rhetorical talking points which are all blatantly false because they ignore offsetting positive features in the proposal that neutralize or eliminate these negative assertions and assumptions.

The only way we can win our freedom from the evil dibilatating effects of the income tax is for all grass roots conservative organizations to join ranks with “Let Voters Decide” stand up and fight back against this well funded, well connected, media favored, deceptive opposition coalition that gets diverted funds from various unions, liberal progressive donors, and front groups created with George Sorros funding.

It will take a cooperative active network of like minded conservatives to educate and spread the facts to our friends, family, and neighbors.

I appreciate the opportunity to share as Paul Harvey would say, “The rest of the Story” with facts and data that exposes the truth so YOU CAN DECIDE intelligently for yourself.

Check out these sources to do some research on your own, if you haven’t already.

Democrats and certain establishment Republicans crave big government power and graft.  They will forever fight against true simplification of the tax structure, and it’s up to Conservatives and Libertarians to join the battle to complete this mission.


Getting Cained

Bill Clinton was accused of rape, sexual assault, and impeached for lying under oath about an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Liberal Media?  Crickets.

Barack Obama wrote a book in which he admitted using cocaine and marijuana

Liberal Media? Crickets.

Someone leaks to Polit(bur)ico that Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment in 1992.

Liberal Media? ON FIRE!!

However, to date, no one has identified the larger problem that has surfaced in light of the Herman Cain Sexual Harassment kerfuffle:

Herman Cain - 01

The real problem? No one in Cain’s campaign has enough political prowess to think, This story will come out; we better get in front of it; we better time the release; we better choreograph the response; we can make this work for us.’

No. Mr. Cain’s staff did none of that, and it appears possible that the release of this news came through a supporter of another Republican in the Presidential Primary contest.

How adolescent is Mr. Cain to think that something such as this would not come out?  How juvenile is his staff to not prepare for its broadcast? What other skeletons will jar his campaign?

Sadly, while we really like the straight-talking Cain, he may be ripe for more scandals… …as a third sexual harassment accuser is coming to light.  But, beyond that, his ‘chops‘ continue to be less than impressive.

I am no fan of the politics of this company’s owner.  But, your humble blogger was amused by a design from T-Shirt Hell today:

I may not already hate the next president, but I do hate the fact that I don’t have a good Conservative, well-versed, intelligent candidate to get behind!