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Usama Dakdoc – June TTTT Speaker

We received this note from Usama as we look forward to him speaking at our Third Tuesday Tea Time in June:

If you are not doing so already, you may listen to Usama’s daily radio program, Monday through Friday, at 12:30 pm Central time zone, on www.vcyamerica.org

h/t thestraightway.orgYou may also go to our website and click on the Multimedia button on the left side of the home page. Scroll down to the title “Radio Program”  and listen to the Archived program of your choice. We are in the process of adding the programs that have been aired since Sept. 5, 2011 and then new programs will be added after they are aired on VCY Radio.

In these 1/2 hour programs Usama goes into detail in a systimatic way in his teaching the truth about Islam. He is seeking to educate people about Islam and also reach the Muslims with the truth of the Bible.

We hope that you will listen to these programs and send your friends to listen as well. It is up to all of us to educate those we love.

May God’s blessing be on you,

Usama and Vicki

Missouri Bureaucracy To Increase Taxes On Farmers

Below, Senator Crowell brings to light yet another fiefdom in the Missouri Bureaucracy…

— The Keep-It-Complex-Stupid Tax Commission.  —

…’Eight Categories based on Land Quality blah blah blah’ and ‘Valuation Increase from $985 an Acre to $1,065 an Acre yada yada yada’.

So, just how many people does it take in this tax bureaucracy to track eight categories of land quality and valuation changes per acre?  How about we fire them from the government and hire them into the ‘real’ economy?

The Founders enacted a system by which taxation is distributed equally among the people.  THREE times the Founder’s asserted that taxation be distributed equally among the people.

The Constitution’s references to taxation:

Article I, Section 2, Clause 3:

Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…

Article I, Section 8, Clause 1:

The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises…but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States…

Article I, Section 9, Clause 4:

No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

We suspect they felt that method of taxation was best for the States as well, and Missouri needs to follow the Founders’ lead.  The answer is a consumption tax and a Free Market system… …not a bunch of games with a taxpayer funded Missouri State Tax Commission.

Senator Crowell’s Capitol Report:

Attention Southeast Missouri Farmers

What Do YOU Think?

Agriculture is Missouri’s No. 1 industry and the backbone of our state economy. We rank second in the country for number of farms, and agricultural goods are one of our main exports. How Missouri’s farms fare is often tied, or even attributable, to how our state fares.

Agriculture is more than simply an industry in Missouri, though; it’s a way of life, a core part of our state identity.  Families have been farming Southeast Missouri for almost 300 years, and it is my hope they will be given that opportunity for centuries to come.

It is important we foster and protect agriculture in Missouri.  Farming is a volatile business, and farmers are at the mercy of the weather, a constantly shifting market and overhead costs that are rising.

Now, with a decision by the State Tax Commission, they’re facing a tax reassessment.  The State Tax Commission voted in December 2011 to raise assessment values on the most productive farms in Missouri by approving new productivity values, the evaluation of a land’s potential earnings.  Productivity values are used to calculate a farm’s property taxes, so any increase results in higher property taxes for those farmers.

Missouri farmland is split into eight categories based on land quality.  The best quality is grade one, with the worst being grade eight.  The Commission’s decision would increase productivity values on farmland grades one through four by 8 percent, or an average of 18 cents per acre.  A property that produces the most dependable crop yields would see its valuation raise from $985 an acre to $1,065 an acre.

I need you to seriously consider if this is the time to make this type of change.  What do you think?  The economy is still unstable, and production costs have steadily risen in recent years.  Farms all over Missouri continue to struggle.  Last year was particularly devastating, as severe weather flooded farmlands in parts of the state and excessive heat led to rampant drought in others.  More than 100 counties were declared disaster areas.

However, the last time the productivity values on farms were raised was 1995.  And non-farm related property taxes have raised dramatically during the same time period.  There may be a legitimate argument for adjusting these values, considering the commission evaluates them every two years but has not increased the values in 17 years.  In that time, the overall Missouri Net Farm Income has nearly doubled.  And, this value increase will only affect higher-quality land, farms that should, in theory, be doing better than others.

Two years ago the commission sought to increase the productivity values by 29 percent.  I filed a Senate Concurrent Resolution to prevent this from happening, which successfully passed, blocking the increase.  This year, Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, has filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 19, a similar measure that would stop the commission from raising the values this year, 2012.  If the Senate is to block the commission’s decision, though, we must act quickly.  The Legislature must pass the resolution within 60 days to block reassessment.

I am asking for your thoughts on this issue.  It can be easy to get caught up in the swell of data and statistics surrounding an issue, so your opinions mean the most to me; I look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Me

As always, I appreciate hearing your comments, opinions, and concerns.  Please feel free to contact me in Jefferson City at (573) 751-2459.  You may write to me at Jason Crowell; Missouri Senate; State Capitol; Jefferson City, MO  65101, or email me at: jcrowell@senate.mo.gov or visit me on the web at http://www.senate.mo.gov/crowell.

Certainly, we don’t want to raise taxes at a time when Missouri’s economy is so fragile, so Senator Crowell and the Missouri Tax Commission should hear a resounding, ‘NO!’

But, let’s also ask Senator Crowell and his fellow legislators to fight at the root of the problem.  Stand up and stop the tax gimmicks.  Rid us of the corrupt Income and Property Tax system in favor of a tax on consumption… …equally distributed among the people.

THAT is social justice.

Then, we won’t need someone sitting in some cubicle calculating categories and productivity values.  If the land is good, it will grow more; it will sell more; it will be taxed more.

If you need a better reason to vote for the Missouri Taxpayer Releief Act, you won’t find one.

Is it Easy to Visit Our State Capitol?

From the desk of Missouri State Senator Brian Nieves:

One of the things I think all senators and representatives look forward to is when actual “real people” — folks from back home — come to visit us. My office is one where constituents are welcomed and encouraged to visit, BUT, unfortunately, there are certain segments of our population who have difficulty doing so. Why? In addition to the challenges inherent to a building that is more than 100 years old, we also have the challenge of limited parking. Our Capitol building houses 163 representatives and 34 senators, as well as multiple members of the executive branch. On any given day, there are many, sometimes hundreds, of visitors who need to visit with their elected officials and have their voices heard. Over the last 10 years, I’ve become increasingly upset to see persons with disabilities, particularly those who became disabled in the service of our great nation, having to park blocks from the Capitol and travel long distances to get to the building! I have, on multiple occasions, quietly filed legislation to correct this problem by changing the way parking is reserved at our Capitol, but have received little or no support. You may wonder why our politicians would resist fixing this obvious problem and I’ll tell you why… The only way to expand handicap parking is to reduce or eliminate the premium, reserved parking held for members of the press. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard legislators indicate they’re unwillingness to “tangle” with or get in to a battle of sorts, with the press! Legislators are, with good reason, afraid to upset the press and typically try to avoid doing so. Why? Very simple, have you ever heard the old adage, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel?” There is a very, very good reason that adage is so well known and I can tell you from personal experience that when you tangle with the press, it gets ugly! Several members of the press have written ugly, insulting and downright attacking articles, editorials, and opinion pieces in the recent days since I filed my expansion of handicap parking bill. Two reporters have written “hit pieces” about me filing my parking fix that are so ugly that many people read them and immediately called me to express how sad they were to see members of the press act like such bullies! One reporter’s article was entitled, in big bold print, “Nieves is an Embarrassment” and it only got worse from there. Both of these so called “news reporters” had not written anything about me for a long time but WHAM! As soon as I file a bill to replace the press parking with handicap parking, they suddenly feel the need to attack, attack, attack! Do I feel like a victim? Not at all. Do I feel intimidated by the obvious attempts to bully and cajole? Not at all. Will I be forced by the press to sit silent while our disabled veterans have to trek to the Capitol from two blocks away so that healthy, able bodied members of the press park right up front? Never!

h/t mo.govLet me share a story and answer some of the reporters’ attacks… Recently, I had the honor of hosting visitors from back home. One of these visitors was a man who, at 70 years of age, has seen more combat in the service of our Republic than you or I could imagine in our worst nightmare. He is a disabled combat veteran and is highly decorated for valor, but guess what? You got it, no handicap parking! On that very day, I introduced SB 694 to correct the injustice he and countless members of our disabled community have endured while trying to visit their Capitol. To answer the reporters… Did I introduce the bill with a bit of fire? Yes! Did I call out the press? Yes! Was I understandably upset about what had happened to my constituent, a true American hero, that day? Yes! Am I sorry for not acting more “Senatorial” in my introduction? No! I am tired of milquetoast politicians ruling the day and will not be counted among them, if that upsets members of the press, so be it. One of the reporters is a veteran and I honor his service but why, why won’t he stand up and do what is right? Why does he attack me for simply trying to right a wrong? Is his dislike for me so strong that he can’t see past me to the issue at hand? I’m here every day of session and I know there are not enough handicap parking spots. I also know it is wrong for a private, for-profit industry to be granted free parking while our disabled veterans park two blocks away. I call upon these reporters to withdraw their fight against me and this rightful bill and endorse my plan to give more access to folks with disabilities and particularly our disabled vets. I will also mention that both these reporters asked me to give up my parking and I’d like to remind them both of something they already know, but failed to mention. My parking is in a secured underground area that is a long walk from the Capitol! Giving up my spot does nothing for disabled folks because they’d still be traveling just as far, but press parking is right up close! These reporters know they are wrong and I will gladly work hand-in-hand with them to work out a “parking fix” that will still allow them a spot, but not at the expense of allowing easy access to those who truly need it. To the reporters — I’m sure I will never look, act, speak, have the demeanor, or carry myself in a manner that is pleasing to you but it’s time to put our differences aside and fix this! My phone number is (573) 751-3678 and I’ll be eagerly awaiting your call.

So, here are some of the attacks on Senator Nieves that he mentions:

Here is the story by the emissourian.com.

Here is one from stltoday.com complaining about American’s First Amendment rights to petition (lobby) their government.

Here is the ‘Embarrassment’ piece he mentions in the emissourian.com that also complains about the First Amendment right to petition their government.  Ironic that they bring up the $500 in World Series tickets – information that’s available because of the transparency laws that created an atmosphere for ALL citizens to watch their government.. …and not just trust the left-wing press.

708,000 More Unemployed In January = Dip In Unemployment Rate?

When I see BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), why do I think BLS = Bulls**t?

This week, the Obama apologists in the Main Stream Media trumpeted the BLS report that the Unemployment Rate dipped to 8.3%.

Then, the new/real media (bloggers and Santelli ) started looking into the numbers and wondering why 1.2 Million Americans suddenly dropped out of the labor force.  Check here and here and here.

The bottom line is the answer to the question, “How many people are unemployed?”  And, in the Bureau of Labor Statistics own figures, you can find pretty easily (if you believe this number) that the number of Unemployed went UP by 708,000.

h/t bls.gov

As far as the masseuses and contortionists that converted an increase of 708,000 in unemployed Americans to a dip in the Unemployment Rate, “These are not the droids you are looking for.”

Missouri FY 2013 Budget Summary

Thanks to Donna Lichtenegger for forwarding summary information on Governor Nixon’s proposed 2013 budget below:

h/t mo.govEconomists are generally predicting a slow but steady recovery for the U.S. economy which is still struggling with unemployment at 8.5%. There is a positive sign with the four-week moving average of weekly initial unemployment claims falling and stabilizing below 400,000 since November. Missouri is fairing slightly better than the national economy with unemployment currently at 8.0%. Certainly this is an improvement when compared to the record unemployment of 9.6% a year ago.

With this in mind, forecasting state revenues for Missouri’s upcoming fiscal year has been challenging. The revised Consensus Revenue Estimate (CRE) for the current FY2012 is 2.7% or $7.301 billion Net General Revenue (GR) collections. The CRE agreed to by the House, Senate and the Governor for FY2013 is for GR to grow at a less than average rate of 3.9%. This would result in Net GR collections of $7.586 billion. This amount would return tax collections available for the budget to slightly above the actual collections for FY2009. The CRE for FY2013 would provide an increase in net collections of $285 million above the original CRE that use used to craft the FY2012 budget.

However, the FY2012 budget also has more than $500 million of one-time Federal Budget Stabilization Funds that are supporting current programs, including the K 1-12 School Foundation Formula. These funds will not be available for the FY2013 budget. In addition, there are a number of mandatory increases in FY2013 which will require the commitment of GR funds such as the need for a $90 million increase in the state’s match rate for our Medicaid program.

The Governor’s proposed budget includes: carrying over funds, reductions, eliminations, cost containments, administrative savings, debt refinancing, generation of additional revenues from debt collections, other revenue efficiencies, increased Gaming fees and a tax amnesty plan. Approximately $88.7million of these enhanced revenue proposals will require additions and/or changes to current state statutes.

The Governor’s FY2013 budget is balanced through the following components:

  • $191.7 million savings through efficiencies and reallocations in the Medicaid program
  • $89.0 million reduction for 4-year higher education institutions. This is a 14% decrease from the appropriations for FY2012
  • $64.3 million in additional debt collections and other revenue efficiencies
  • $51.8 million increase from a tax amnesty plan
  • $41.0 million savings through debt restructuring
  • $29.3 million in reduced staff and administrative costs in state agencies
  • $16.9 million reduction for community and technical colleges, also a 14% decrease from the appropriations for FY2012
  • $15.0 million in additional lottery revenue through advertising and other Lottery Commission initiatives
  • $7.0 million reduction in biodiesel subsidy payments
  • $2.0 million reduction in local public health agency grants

Items that are prioritized in the Governor’s FY2013 budget include:

  • $3.009 billion for the Foundation Formula, including an overall increase of $5.0 million with a General Revenue increase of $203.2 million needed in part to also offset lost Federal Budget Stabilization Funds
  • $99.8 million to provide funding for K-12 transportation at the same level allowed after the Governor’s $8.0 million expenditure restriction in FY2012 appropriation
  • $105.5 million to maintain available funding for the A+, Bright Flight, and Access MO Scholarship Programs, including a general revenue increase of $25.0 million to partially offset the loss of MOHELA funds
  • $23.6 million for a 2% salary increase for state employees, effective January 1, 2013
  • $14.9 million to maintain funding for the Customized Jobs Training Program
  • $4.0 million for innovations in science and technology as authorized in the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act
  • $31.0 million of increased gaming fees to provide a more stable revenue source for the state’s seven veteran’s homes

Now Open: KKK Breast Cancer Screening Centers of America

In the the wake of the Susan G Komen Foundation pulling its funding for Planned Parenthood, this news item was generated:

In a Thursday press release, the Democrat-founded KKK proudly announced the opening of the KKK Breast Cancer Screening Center in Sunset Groves, Missouri.

National Director of The Knights, Pastor Thomas Robb, said, “Breast cancer screenings, such as breast exams or mammograms, help detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. These breast cancer detection tools can save lives. More than nine out of 10 women who detect breast cancer early live at least five years — and many live much longer.”

“KKK doctors and nurses teach patients about breast care, connect patients to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and follow up to make sure patients are cared for with the attention they need and deserve.

KKK’s Thomas Robb continues, “Some women may put off breast cancer screenings.They may be afraid of being diagnosed with breast cancer, they might not know they should be screened, they may have a hard time finding the right health care provider, or they may have concerns about the exams. It’s important not to let these fears and concerns get in the way of your health.”

“If you have questions or concerns about breast cancer, the KKK is here to help.”

When questioned by reporters, Robb asserted that none of the $487 Million in Federal funding from the American Taxpayer or the Komen Foundation $780,000 in grants would be used to further the KKK’s other activities of murdering Republican Candidates, burning crosses, and dragging and lynching blacks.

In related news…

  • Jesse Jackson has flown to the St. Louis, Missouri area to stand up against this travesty.
  • On MSNBC, Al Sharpton is bemoaning the use of Federal funding to support an organization that also promotes the lynching of blacks and burning of crosses – no mention was made of Republican candidate murder.
  • Liberals and Progressives nation-wide are demonstrating at the White House and outside the Susan G Komen Foundation offices for their support of these Breast Screening Centers.

Yes, folks, it’s a bit of hyperbole.  But, it is a surreal and apropos picture. The same people who would stand up against the KKK receiving federal funding for Breast Exams would stand with Planned Parenthood – an organization that MURDERS Babies.

It’s simple, they are human babies.  If they are not human babies, what species are they?

They are innocent.  They are vulnerable.  They deserve the utmost protection from the barbaric statists, progressives and liberals that would end their life.

Kudos to the Komen Foundation for ending their tacit sanction of the murder of unborn humans.

Update:

SHAME on Komen for reinstating the funding of a group that murders innocent babies.

$50.00 Lesson

I’ve received this a few times via e-mail, and with one minor alteration, I thought it would be good food for thought today:

I recently asked my neighbors’ little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President someday.

Both of her parents, Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?”

She replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.”

Her parents beamed with pride.

“Wow…what a worthy goal.”  I told her, “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that! You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and rake my yard, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house. ”

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50? ”

I said, “Welcome to the Tea Party.”

Her parents still aren’t speaking to me.