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It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an
irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in
people’s minds.” –Samuel
Town Crier Committee Report
April 15, 2015
Many conservatives support the idea of consumption taxes, sales
taxes and user fees. It is a better way to raise revenue as it
involves more individuals. They also believe that such taxes
would have an ability to improve the economy only if they
replaced the existing taxes such as property and income taxes.
Sales taxes are usually promoted on the basis of promising that
the funds will be used for a popular purpose. In neighboring
Putnam County, for example, when the sales tax was voted in the
politicians promised that the money would be used to improve
roads. Few roads were improved and now the revenue is being used
to pay interest. When asked by a Tea Party member if the
rollback feature could be changed after the sales tax was in
place, Mr. Smith indicated that it could. Commissioner Smith, a
very gifted speaker, made a great presentation. However, the
distrust of the current Board of Commissioners and future boards
failed to convince many at the Tea Party meeting.
Commissioner Smith Meets his Socialist WorldOMG...Commissioner
Jeb Smith, himself, experienced the insanity of St.
bureaucrats gone bonkers.
exasperation of Commissioner Smith in recalling his own
experience, as Commissioner, of being excluded from the
meeting that following a request to lower
doors on a public building, was a wonder to behold. Mr.
Smith, speaking at the St. Augustine Tea Party, had a
controlled, public catharsis as he relived what all of
us have experienced in dealing with the dunderheads at
the county every day. So, the request to "lower the
doors" on a building that Mr. Smith had used for 20
years for 4H events, snowballed into a meeting of
lawyers, code enforcers, and bureaucrats that concluded
in a proposal to spend $3,000,000 on a new facility.
What's new? . The conclusion of the
matter is , St. John County employees have an
“Adversarial Attitude” in dealing with the public.
Instead of being helpful, the culture is to say,
"No.” It is all about them and not the public. Welcome
to the Socialist World, Mr. Smith.
Who's really in charge?
It takes no more than a casual encounter to realize that
it is the County administrator , Michael Wanchick, and
his army of bureaucrats. The battle cry, “Quality of
Life”, rings through the halls of county government.
“Quality of life” together with “Sustainability”,
clearly marks the direction of the Socialist bent. The
public is fed up with the growth in government. They
don't want it at the state or local level and they are
about to rebel at the federal level.
Put Mr. Wanchick in his place, Mr. Commissioner!
April 15, 2015
Commissioner Jeb Smith,
Sales-tax Issue and the Tea Party The drama
for the evening at the St. Augustine Tea Party meeting
on April 14, 2015, was Commissioner Smith’s defense of
his vote to study a sales tax increase in St. Johns
Mr. Smith's reason for
continuing the 'study' was to bring to light the fact
that farmers and businesses in his rural district are
getting hammered with absurd ad valorem tax increases,
yearly. He claimed that his farmer father's tax increase
was 21% this year. (A maximum increase for home owners
is 3%). Commissioner Smith's support for the
'study' was to find a way to equalize the tax burden.
Mr. Smith revealed that he got lots of angry
phone calls from constituents who were not pleased with
his voting for a sale-tax 'study’. Had Commissioner
Smith voted "No" on February 17th, on the second vote,
it would have killed the sales tax effort.
Mr. Smith championed the idea of imposing a sales tax
increase in St. Johns County if the revenue was used for
rollback ad valorem taxes. That way, more people would
be carrying the tax burden. This concept is not entirely
rejected by fiscal conservatives.
It is a Spending issue, not a
Of course, the Tea Party position is that they are “Taxed
Enough Already”. Frank Bailey, a new Tea Party member, recently
said after listening to a long, complicated presentation by
Denver Cook about the County’s budget, “Sounds to me like you
can solve the problem, just by cutting every department 10%. Any
business knows how to do this without disrupting activities and
the County can learn how
to do this as well.” The County has a spending problem and all
the talk about a sales tax, being pushed by the County
Administrator, is a diversion from recognizing the real
April 14, 2015
On Citizens and
Natural Born Citizens
By John Knapp
not disputing that Barack Obama is a U.S. Citizen. Nor do I
dispute that Marco Rubio is a U.S. Citizen. When Obama was
born, he had an American mother and a Kenyan father, so he
had a dual citizenship, one from each parent. When Marco
Rubio was born, his parents were still Cuban émigrés, and
not yet American Citizens, which in today's parlance, made
Marco Rubio an 'anchor baby'. Marco was born in 1971.
Marco's parents didn't get their U.S. Citizenship until
So, though both Obama and Rubio are rightfully
U.S. Citizens, neither are 'Natural' Born U.S. Citizens,
according to the Founders' meaning and intentions, because
neither was born to two American Citizen parents at their
time of birth. (Ted Cruz may have this same 'problem'....as
though it seems to be a 'problem' anymore.) Please
understand, I believe a President Rubio or a President Cruz
would very likely be The natural Reaganesque, whereas His
Disgracefulness proves himself daily to be a disciple of
The Natural-born Citizen concept was a very salient
point to the Founders, who thought enough of the idea that
they enshrined Constitutional restrictions for the offices
of President and Vice-President, so that all future
occupants of those two offices would, hopefully, have
political allegiance only to the United States.
Barack Obama is a textbook example of how blatantly ignoring
the Founders' wisdom on this can come back to bite America
on the butt. At best, Obama's allegiances are woefully
mixed. At worst, purposely intended to be anathema-tic
to American interests, both at home and abroad.....past,
present, and future.
It's not that hard to understand. The U.S.
Constitution plainly states in Article II, Section 1 : 'No
person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the
United States, at the time of the Adoption of this
Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the
There used to be this simple, well-understood
distinction, that there might be enough difference between
being a Citizen and being a Natural Born Citizen, to perhaps
matter at the highest level of American government. However,
over time the Supreme Court has managed to muddy the issue.
When the Constitution was written, it was accepted that
Citizenship comes down to the child through the citizenship
of the child's parents, that the citizenship of the parents
was simply a birthright-inheritance, to be automatically
conferred upon the child at the time of its birth.
The Founders would insist there was no such thing as an
'anchor baby', because the children of illegal immigrants
would inherit the citizenship of their parents, depending on
their parents' actual citizenship. The former orderliness of
American society is being destroyed, when our borders are no
longer recognized, whereby a flood of unknown illegal aliens
are able to Balkanize (i.e., 'invade') the country,
whereby the meaning and value of American Citizenship is
consequentially, substantially, and permanently
diluted......even in the pursuit of the highest office in
To prove the 'powers that be' still
recently paid any regard to the concept of what it means to
be a Natural Born Citizen, please ponder this: John McCain
was born in Panama of two U.S. Citizen Parents. Well before
the 2008 election got under way, a bill quietly went through
the Congress which stipulated that John McCain was a U.S.
Citizen, even though he was born in Panama. When McCain
eventually won the Republican nomination for President, the
RNC sent a form letter to all 50 state Attorneys-General,
notifying them John McCain was the Republican nominee for
President, that he was a Natural Born U.S. Citizen, and to
please put his name on their respective state's ballot in
November. I have a copy of that RNC letter to the Florida
Comparatively, when Obama was
nominated, the same sort of form letter went out to all 50
states' Attorneys-General, but that letter attested only
that Barack H. Obama was the DNC's candidate for President,
and to please list him on their state's ballot. The letter
was signed by Nancy Pelosi, but made absolutely no mention
of Barack Obama's Citizenship, Natural-Born or otherwise. I
also have a copy of that letter.
So, the Attorney
Generals of all 50 States failed to notice this glaring
discrepancy between the two letters. Or, they just didn't
care enough to ask any relevant Constitutional questions?
The American people have no idea of the fraud that
is upon them.
April 14, 2015
There is a revolution going on. Come join the
Stand up for individual Liberty.