Urgent call to action – SB 584, HB901

Attention Floridians:UN Habitat1, Vancouver, May 31 – June 11 1976
Land, because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlements, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. Social justice, urban renewal and development, the provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole.”

Their goal 50% + of Florida Land under conservation. They are half way there.

Florida Forever and the other environmental extremist feel that 28% ownership of Florida’s land is not enough. They have been calling the legislators to kill or alter bills SR 584 and HB 901. It is imperative that you call. They want the budget to include billions of our tax dollars for their salaries and to steal or condemn our land. Tell the legislators not to alter the bill.

Once out of private hands, Florida land is off the tax roles. Every time that happens, your taxes will go up until eventually your taxes will be too high and you will be forced to vacate your land. Your community will lose land and a tax base without your approval.

This has nothing to do with conservation, it has to do with money power and control. Don’t be Fooled.
Isn’t it time that unelected people STOP telling you what to do with your property.

If you want control of your private property you must call. Call the sponsors of these bills, thank them for sponsoring these bills and also tell them to stand strong against the environmental extremist, and keep the bill in its original language. Call now and leave a message, call Monday and leave another message.

SB 584 Senator Alan Hayes (850) 487-5011

HB 901 Rep Charlie Stone (850) 717-5022

Land Acquisition Florida Forever Date Acres Expense for purchase
2011 * 2464216 * 6,149,422,039.00
Conservation Easements 2011 * 425360 * 387,181,829.00
Everglades Trust 2011 * 67144.98 * 1,005,759,101.00

Total * 2956720.98 * 7,542,362,969.00
Approximate Tax Revenue Loss
$2000 per acre x 2956720.98 = $5,913,441,960.00 Yearly loss to Florida

http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/lessons/land/land.htm

The chart attached shows the land lost per county.
Look at your county and you will understand why your taxes are so high.
Example:
Broward County is at max land lost, Broward county has one of the highest tax rates in the county.

Call now to protect your private property, call often or they will.

Karen Schoen

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It is Time to Choose

The November election, for which absentee voting has already started, has been described as the “most important of our lifetimes.” Can that really be the case? Are Obama and Romney that different?

Deficits, new entitlements, foreign policy mistakes, polarization, corruption – these have all happened when both parties have been in power. Jimmy Carter projected weakness and gave us the Iran hostage crisis, high unemployment and inflation. Ronald Reagan ended the cold war, but gave us Iran-Contra and failed to control spending. George H. W. Bush left Saddam Hussein in power and raised our taxes. Bill Clinton raised them higher and gave us continuous scandals while enjoying a comfortable economy fueled by the Internet boom. And George W. Bush brought us back from the brink of 9/11, but added a new entitlement, grew the deficit and bogged us down in two wars through his preemptive strike doctrine. What of our current President?

Barack Obama has said he wanted to “transform America” – and has begun to do so. He has rejected “American Exceptionalism” and apologizes for what he sees as our transgressions – racism, colonialism, exploitation of the poor, and destruction of the environment. In setting about to “right these wrongs”, no other President in our history has attempted to change the very essence of America in such a fundamental way.

Our vote in this election is a referendum on this transformation, and perhaps our only chance to accept or reject what will likely become permanent in a second Obama term.

Why has America “worked” for 236 years?


Our first founding document, the Declaration of Independence, created a basic framework – our “first principles”, if you will.

  • We are endowed by our creator with “certain inalienable Rights”, and among them are “Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of happiness”
  • Governments are instituted to protect these rights.
  • Governments serve at the consent of the governed.

These principles of our founding have led to the basic characteristics of American life – that we have the freedom to make our own choices in life, that we have the right to own property, that we are guided by the rule of law not of men, and that we have the opportunity to rise to whatever level of society and wealth that our abilities permit. These characteristics have produced the world’s largest and most dynamic economy, equality of opportunity for all, and an immigration magnet that has drawn people to America from all over the globe.

With individual incentives to succeed, by making our own choices, creating our own wealth and keeping what we create, 300 million Americans exercising our own choices in pursuit of our own dreams create an environment that lifts us all, in ways that can’t be predicted. A few central planners, deciding what should be produced, the kinds of energy we are permitted to develop and use, how we can use our property, how our health care will be delivered – that sort of thinking is foreign to a successful, productive, innovative America.

Barack Obama is not the first to reject these positive forces as regressive and “unfair”. He is not the first to champion the “redistribution of wealth”, where the government takes from some through taxation and disburses to others it deems more worthy. He is not the first to use the force of government to intervene in the markets, picking winners and losers through crony capitalism where it is more important to have a good lobbyist than a good product or service. He is not the first to impose oppressive regulations through the EPA, the NLRB, the Interior and Energy departments, to stifle business growth and concentrate economic power in the hands of the state. He is the first American President in recent times though, to campaign on these principles as “fairness”, and castigate the producers and job creators as the enemy of the middle class, while encouraging dependence through unprecedented growth in the welfare state through food stamps, and the use of Social Security Disability as a kind of permanent unemployment insurance.

The President has been open about his plans and value system and there is very little left to the imagination. He actively promotes tax increases on the wealthy, limits on energy use through restricting permits and canceling the Keystone Pipeline, supports uneconomic enterprises like Solyndra, compromised religious freedom through the Obamacare contraception mandates, limited right-to-work laws by attacking the Boeing plant in South Carolina, and weakened property rights by intervening in the auto bailout to stiff the GM bondholders and Delphi pensioners. These are all detrimental to the economic engine that powers our success.

What has happened in the last four years and why has the economy not improved?


The Economic crisis of 2008: Preceded by the collapse of the housing bubble, itself precipitated by government intervention in markets (Community Reinvestment Act, Fannie/Freddie), global banks and investors were left with mortgage backed assets that were difficult to “mark to market” – precipitating a liquidity crisis. In response, TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, was introduced. Supported by both sides as necessary to inject liquidity into markets and prevent them from grinding to a halt, some would say TARP accomplished its goal, although others complain that some banks should have been allowed to fail. In any case, TARP was implemented during the Bush Administration and had bi-partisan support. All the subsequent economic actions taken by Barack Obama were implemented against the wishes of the Republican minority.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: ARRA, (aka “the stimulus”) pumped over $700B into state and local governments to prevent layoffs of union employees, green energy companies like Solyndra, and projects favored by Democrat politicians for their districts. (Note – this is not to single out Democrats – many Republicans including Paul Ryan asked for and received stimulus money for their districts. Since the Democrat majority wrote the bill though, most of the money favored their interest groups.) One estimate puts the amount of the stimulus that went to “shovel ready” infrastructure jobs (roads and bridges, etc) at less than 5%. The ARRA bill had no Republican support in Congress. Since this money was new, off-budget spending, it did not come from tax receipts but was borrowed – much of it from China.

The Auto Bailout: The “managed bankruptcy” of GM and Chrysler turned much of the ownership over to the United Autoworkers Union, stiffed the bondholders who would have been favored in a conventional (ie. court managed) bankruptcy, erased the pensions of Delphi employees and other non-union workers, closed a large number of dealerships owned mostly by Republicans, and left the taxpayer on the hook for tens of billions even to this day. This also had little bipartisan support.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: PPACA, (aka “Obamacare”), was delegated to the Democrats in Congress to write, and they returned a 2400 page monstrosity that many on both sides of the aisle admitted they did not read. In spite of a full year of noisy opposition in town halls, large rallys in Washington DC, polls showing overwhelming opposition to the bills, and 100% Republican opposition in Congress, it was rammed through by using a reconciliation process after the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts took away their filibuster-proof majority. Burdening one sixth of the economy with what will become a command and control health care system, Obamacare has done more than any other action to inhibit businesses from expanding and hiring. It should be noted that other major entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security had broad bipartisan support for passage.

In other actions, Barack Obama:

  • Reduced oil and gas leases on federal lands and offshore and blocked the Keystone Pipeline
  • Promulgated EPA regulations that will make it impossible to build or maintain coal fired power plants
  • Tried to prevent Boeing from building a plant in right-to-work South Carolina
  • Served up 4 years of deficits exceeding a trillion dollars
  • Raised the national debt to over 16 Trillion
  • Passed Dodd/Frank – which enshrines “too big to fail” and makes it difficult for small regional banks to survive
  • Grew the payroll of the Executive Branch by 25% to $177B in 2012
  • Rescinded ‘welfare to work’ requirements, implemented the “Dream Act”, and a cybersecurity policy by executive order against the will of Congress

How does Mitt Romney Describe it?


In answer to a question during the second debate at Hofstra, this was Mitt Romney’s summation of the Obama record:

We can’t afford 4 more years like the last 4 years:

  • He said by now unemployment would be at 5.4%, the difference from reality is 9 million Americans out of work
  • He said he would reform medicare and social security because they are on the road to bankruptcy – he hasn’t even made a proposal
  • He said he would put out an immigration plan to deal with our challenges – he didn’t even file one
  • He said he’d cut in half the deficit – instead he doubled it
  • He said families would see $2500 reduction in health care premiums – instead they went up by that much and full implementation of Obamacare will cost another $2500
  • The middle class is getting crushed under a president who doesn’t know what it takes to get economy working again
  • He claims creation of 5 million jobs – that’s after losing 5 million jobs – the number of people still looking for work is still 23 million
  • One out of six people are in poverty, 32 million on foodstamps when he took office – now 47 million
  • The economy is growing more slowly this year than last year, which was slower than the year before
  • The policies he put in place – Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, tax policies, regulatory policies, have not let the economy take off and grow like it could have
  • 5 million jobs doesn’t keep up with population growth, and the unemployment rate is down because people have left the workforce
  • Obama is great speaker but has been unable to fix anything – cut the deficit, reform medicare and Social Security, or get rising incomes (down $4300 per family)
  • This election is about who can get the middle class a bright and prosperous future

So why would Mitt Romney be a better choice?


You have heard the case AGAINST Barack Obama. Here is the case FOR Mitt Romney:

Experience and skills

  • Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, successful even with an 83% Democrat legislature.
  • Mitt Romney has been a successful Business Creator – both with Bain Capital itself as well as the many companies they helped start or recover.
  • Mitt Romney is a Humanitarian, with a track record of good works at the local level through his church and personal philanthropy.
  • Mitt Romney is a Problem Solver – he rescued the 2002 Olympics from bankruptcy and disaster.

Knowledge and worldview

  • Mitt Romney understands and respects the founding, the unique nature of the country, our keys to success
  • Mitt Romney had the proper reaction to the out of control debt and spending (“road to Greece”)
  • Mitt Romney has clear and simple spending priorities – “Is it worth borrowing the money from China to do this?”

Character

  • In spite of months of negative ads from the Obama campaign casting Mitt Romney as a liar, a scoundrel, an out-of-touch plutocrat, a woman-hater, a racist and many other despicable things, he has continued to run a positive campaign and after the first debate where the country saw him for who his is, is now respected and trusted by a majority in the polls.

Time to Choose


It is time to choose. You may agree with my assessment of the choices or you may not. You may approve of the transformation that is taking place or you may oppose it strenuously. Or you may feel that economic recovery is the task before us, not transformation, and it should have been for the last 4 years. Keep in mind that elections have consequences, and some of them are world-changing. It is now in your hands. Please choose wisely.

There’s no excuse not to volunteer!

If you want to volunteer for the GOP, there are now four GOP campaign offices up and running in Palm Beach County. Please consider volunteering your time at one of them between now and November 6.

West Palm Beach Victory Office
1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 650
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-370-3280
Cristina Caraballo ccaraballo@rpof.org
For directions to go: http://goo.gl/maps/5cpxG
EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK from 10 AM to 9 PM

Boca Raton Victory Office
1962 NE 5th Avenue, Boca Raton FL 33431
Phone: 978-914-4115
Ashley Walukevich, awalukevich@rpof.org
For directions go to: http://goo.gl/maps/WwLem

Boca Raton GOP Center
Boca Greens Shopping Center
19635 S. State Road 7 (next to Pinch-a-Penny), Boca Raton
561-910-1561
Open Monday-Friday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm

Jupiter GOP Center
810 Saturn Street, #28
Jupiter
Phone: 561-744-5522
******Open from Monday through Friday from 10am-8pm and 1pm-5pm on Saturday and Sunday****

*** The hours have just been extended.

Christian and Jews Standing with Israel Summit Aug 26th

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Dear Shannon,

Join other Romney supporters as we stand in solidarity with the State of Israel at a Christians United for Israel event this Sunday, August 26th.We’ll be meeting in the parking lot of Temple Beth El at 4:30pm and begin flag wavingoff site and across the street from the synagogue at the corner of 27th Street and N. Flagler Dr.  Our rally will only be outside the east entrance and not on the premises of the synagogue.

Pro-Israel Flag Waving!
August 26th at 4:30pm to 6:30pm
across the street from Temple Beth El
Please wear your Romney t-shirts and patriotic gear!
Bring your US and Israeli Flags!
Christians & Jews Standing With Israel Summit   
August 26th at 6:30pm
T
emple Beth El Synagogue2815 N Flagler DrWest Palm Beach, FL 33407

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/TDYqC

For more information on the event click here

Event is FREE  Seating is Limited  

Please RSVP here 

Vote and tell your friends and Action committee meeting Monday Aug 20th

 

Dear Patriots

Please get out and vote there are a number of primaries going on in our area that are Important.
If you need some help please check out the leaders pics on the main website at
Southflorida912.org

get out there early and call a friend to keep them accountable to vote as well!

Coming next Monday night we are meeting to have an action and leadership committee sign up and commit to bring us forward to the election in Novemeber.

If you want to be a part of this please email me and I can send you the meeting info. It will be next Monday night at 7pm.
Any one willing to get active and committed to working hard thru this Novemeber election cycle please email me ASAP Shannon @Southflorida912.org

Vote and tell others on Facebook and Twitter!

God Bless

Shannon and Doug Armstrong
561-506-5258

September 912 Meeting is the County Budget Meeting, 9/13/11

This is a call to action for next week’s county budget hearing, Tuesday evening, 9/13/11 at 6:00pm. The meeting is in the county government center, 301 North Olive in West Palm Beach. Come early as the meeting is expected to be crowded.

As you prepare for the meeting, here are some resources that may be useful:

Also check the “News Articles” tab on the TAB website for the latest budget stories from the Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel, and others.

Those on the “receiving” side of the budget will be out in force. Those of us on the “paying” side must also have their voices heard. If you can’t attend, send an email. Addresses for the commissioners and administrator can be found on right side of the TAB website, or you can email all at once at: BCC-AllCommissioners@pbcgov.org.

For some specific details about this meeting, see the 9/9 TAB email.

Charter Review – Call to Action – Deadline August 26, 2011

Back in June, the County began public meetings about its ongoing Charter Review. See my post
here. If you recall – the County Charter is its ‘constitution’ and describes Home Rule. There are 20 Home Rule or Charter Counties in Florida. Palm Beach County does not have a formalized Charter Review process, and this is the first comprehensive review to have taken place.

The Charter and the county’s charter review website can be found here. While there are a few changes that the Commissioners would like, citizens can input their own suggestions via the County Website. Suggestions are limited to 300 words per suggestion. Here is a link to the survey page. You can make as many submissions as you like.

Personally, I am not in favor of a few changes favored by several of the Commissioners – a) changing the county commission makeup to include a few at-large commission districts, and b) to have non-partisan elections for County Commissioners.

I have a few changes that I am submitting in order to make for better governance without bogging down the document or specifying so much detail that the slim charter becomes unmanageable. You may have others. If you would like to submit any of the ones listed below, just click on the [copy] to the right of the suggestion you would like to copy, and then cut/paste from the text that comes up and submit that to the survey link above. Each of my submissions are shorter than the 300-word limit per submission.

Friday, August 26, is the last date on which submissions will be accepted on the county website.

Review all boards and advisory committees every four years


Objective: Formalizes a review process to remove unnecessary, redundant, or obsolete Boards and Advisory Committees.

Precedent and wording from Broward County Section 2.09 F

The County Commission shall adopt procedures to provide for the review of the performance of all Boards, Committees, Authorities and Agencies at least once every four (4) years. As part of its review of the respective Board, Committee, Authority or Agency, the County Commission shall determine, by resolution, that the applicable Board, Committee, Authority, or Agency is needed to serve the public interest, and the cost of its existence to the citizens and taxpayers is justified. The review provision shall not apply to any Board, Committee, Authority, or Agency established by this Charter.

County Version of Smartcap (this is a TAB proposal)


Objective: Limits spending growth to population growth and inflation formula

Reference: State Revenue Limitation (CS/SJR958). The yearly adjustment factor is calculated based on the previous year’s cap, not revenue collected. This avoids the problem encountered by Colorado “TABOR” which caused excessive reductions in spending during an economic downturn.

Precedent: Brevard 2.9.3.1(a): http://www.brevardcounty.us/countycharter/charter-article2.cfm – s29 and City of Jacksonville Sections 14.08/14.09: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=12174&stateID=9&statename=Florida

Suggested wording: 1) For each budget year, county revenue collected is limited by the state computed adjustment factor defined in CS/SJR958. 2) Exemptions are allowed for unfunded mandates and certain other classifications of spending. 3) Emergency override is permitted with a super majority vote of the BCC.

Periodic Mandatory Review of the Charter by Independent Commission


Objective: Formalize the review of County Charter, instead of the ad hoc approach being taken during the current county review.

Precedent: 16 of the 20 Home Rule counties have a formal appointed* Charter Review Commission specified in their Charters. Period ranges from every 4 years to every 10 years. Size of Commission ranges from 10-15 individuals, with majority or 2/3 vote required to bring an amendment forward, and most scheduled to coincide with General Elections. *Sarasota County has an elected Charter Review Commission

Recommendation: Modify the charter to require a Formal review, by appointed review commission consisting of citizens, with an odd number of commissioners and majority vote, every 8 years, with results to coincide with a general election.

Debt Policy


Objective: Transparency and Accountability

Precedent: Charlotte County Sec 2.2.J
http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=10526&stateID=9&statename=Florida

Text from Charlotte County:

The county commission shall adopt and review annually, prior to April first of each year, a debt policy to guide the issuance and management of debt. The debt policy shall be integrated with other financial policies, operating and capital budgets. Adherence to a debt policy helps ensure that debt is issued and managed prudently in order to maintain a sound fiscal position and protect credit quality. Elements to be addressed in the debt policy shall include:

(1)The purposes for which debt may be issued.
(2)Legal debt limitations, or limitations established by policy (maximum amount of debt that should be outstanding at one time).
(3)The types of debt permitted to be issued and criteria for issuance of various types of debt.
(4)Structural features of debt (maturity, debt service structure).
(5)Credit objectives.
(6)Placement methods and procedures.

State of the County Quarterly/Annual Report


Objective: Transparency and Accountability by the administrative branch of the county

Precedent: Broward County 1.04 L: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=10288&stateID=9&statename=Florida
Lee County: 2.3.A.1.(a): http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?nomobile=1&clientid=10131

The County Commission shall require and the public is entitled to have access to a Management Report published by the County Administrator, and made public on a quarterly basis, detailing the performance of the County government offices, divisions and departments. The Management Report shall include, but not be limited to, a report on the receipt and expenditure of County funds by each County office, division and department, and a report of the expected and actual performance* of the activities of each County office, division and department.

*Performance shall include measurements (benchmark metrics like head counts against peer counties) in key areas/contingent liabilities for long term union contracts and capital projects/annual market comparison of salaries and benefits (peer counties and private sector), other issues.

Allen West—9 Step Action Plan

Volunteers Needed

The South Florida 912 is seeking volunteers to join our grassroots action team.

During the elections next year, this team will use a variety of tools to educate the public on the candidates and their positions. Methods will include making phone calls, walking neighborhoods, attending candidate rallies, and generally spreading the word about candidates who espouse our core principles and values.

In August and September, we are starting a pilot project to hone our skills, debug our tools, and work to prevent another increase in our county tax rates. Participants who complete an assignment on this project will receive formal recognition as a South Florida 912 Grassroots Activist, and be included in future team activities and events.

Projects will be starting the first week in August, so sign-up now! Given the August heat, most activities will involve making local calls from the air-conditioned comfort of your home, and attending several public meetings. If you can join us, please send a note to action@southflorida912.org and someone will contact you shortly.

Thank you,
The South Florida 912 Action Team

Call to Action – PBC 2012 maximum millage to be set on July 11th

We in South Florida 912 have been coalition partners and founding members of Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board.   You’ve heard about this for a year – now it’s time to act.  Read the details about the budget and background here,  and then go to the Tips and Talking Points for details on emails and speaking up at Commission meeting.

Time: 9:30 on July 11th with public comment to begin around 10am.

Place: 301 N. Olive, West Palm Beach Fl – County Commission Chambers

It’s time to act!

(note: the entire budget details can be found on the county site here.)

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