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"Here I close my opinion.  I could not say less in view of questions of such gravity that go down to the very foundations of the government.  If the provisions of the Constitution can be set aside by an Act of Congress, where is the course of usurpation to end?  The present assault upon capital is but the beginning.  It will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich; a war growing in intensity and bitterness."


                            -- Justice Stephen J. Field, (1816-1899) US Supreme Court Justice
                                                               Source: United States Supreme Court opinion, Pollock v. Farmers Loan & Trust Co. (1898)



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STATES' RIGHTS (click here for more)


Taxpayers to cover legal fees

COLUMBIA — Taxpayers are writing a blank check to cover spillover costs in the battle over $700 million in stimulus cash that is being waged in court. But Gov. Mark Sanford and opposing litigants argue that what is at risk is more significant than the legal fees being rung up.


Voting out the Union but not Secession
Daily Kos - Berkeley,CA,USA
He had a rerun of his show after Governor Perry of Texas made his remark about Texas Secession. Unlike Gov Perry, I did pay attention in American History ...



Click Here To Read 24 States’ Resolution on Sovereignty and States’ Rights

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Nationwide Tea Party Coalition (April 15)


Greenville Tea Party (Greenville, SC) 02/27/09 (YOUTUBE)


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The Southern National Congress  

Become A Delegate!

Today the Southern National Congress (SNC) released seven resolutions called Remonstrances and Petitions for a Redress of Grievances, passed by the Congress during its historic first session December 5-7, 2008 in Hendersonville, NC. 100 Delegates from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia met to take up matters of great concern to the Southern People. After a spirited and well-informed debate, the SNC passed the remonstrances dealing with these vital issues...



Early this year, selected delegates representing the People of each of the fifty states will convene in Philadelphia to debate our constitutional crisis and establish practicable strategies the People can take, en masse, to peacefully reclaim Liberty and restore Constitutional Order.  These historical proceedings will be known as the “Continental Congress 2009.”


UPDATE #19: Continental Congress 2009

This update regards the upcoming historic Continental Congress 2009 event to be held later this year. As part of CC 2009, delegates selected by the People from each of the fifty states will convene to discuss the Government’s ongoing violations of the Constitution and strategies the People can employ to peaceably curtail the abuse.


States' Rights and the Growing Rebellion - A Status Report

After decades of uninterrupted drift toward a socialist state and a bloated federal bureaucracy, the legislatures of a number of states are beginning to take matters into their own hands.





Ron Paul on CNN: The financial system has collapsed
Liberty Maven - Reston,VA,USA
Ron Paul appeared on CNN American Morning this morning and talked about the contradictory actions the Obama administration is taking to help curb our ...


U.S. Discussing Creation of New Agency to Regulate All Banks

Senior administration officials are considering the creation of a single agency to regulate the banking industry, replacing a regulatory patchwork that failed to prevent banks from falling into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, according to three people familiar with the matter.


U.S. ‘Problem’ Banks Rise to 15-Year High, FDIC Says

May 27 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. “problem” banks climbed 21 percent to the highest total in 15 years in the first quarter as provisions set aside for loan losses weighed on earnings, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.  The FDIC classified 305 banks as “problem” and their total assets rose 38 percent to $220 billion, the highest since 1993, the agency said without identifying any lender. The FDIC said its insurance fund slumped 25 percent to the lowest level in 15 years.


Tilson: Banks Face $1 Trillion of Losses Ahead

Whitney Tilson, managing partner of money manager T2 Partners, says banks aren't nearly out of the woods yet, as the credit crisis continues to evolve. Banks already have taken their hits on structured financial products, Tilson says. "The next wave is plain vanilla loans sitting on banks' books that are defaulting at unprecedented rates."


Stimulus to dead people 'won't go to waste'
NEWS.com.au - Australia
THE $40 million in stimulus payments made to dead people and expats was not being wasted, Federal Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner said. ...


New Zealand hikes borrowing, shelves tax cuts as global recession ...
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
But the government will ensure "debt does not skyrocket out of control" by capping growth in new government spending at 2 percent a year, ...


The California Bailout is Next on Obama's Spending Agenda
Battle over Proposition 13 returns 30 years later and journalists still don't like it.


Philippines May Cut Interest Rate a Fifth Time as Growth Slumps
Bloomberg - USA
Slowing growth is crimping tax collection, threatening President Gloria Arroyo's ability to implement 330 billion pesos ($7 billion) of government spending ...


Best tools for local governments to track stimulus spending
Sound like technology spending? Joaquin Gonzalez, director of research at government consulting firm CivicUS, says a third of that money will ultimately be ...


Bonds mixed as investors digest auctions
CNNMoney.com - USA
In an effort to spur the economy into recovery, the government has initiated scores of stimulus programs. The spending initiatives have left Uncle Sam with ...


Turkish Bonds Fall on Concern Government Won't Sign IMF Accord
Bloomberg - USA
Government borrowing is increasing after spending widened the budget deficit to 20.1 billion liras ($13 billion) in the first four months, ...


How is China Spending their Stimulus.. and How Many of Their Loans ...
Forex Hound - New York,NY,USA
... in the Chinese economy as the export markets remain moribund and the sugar high from government spending that are stoking factories begins to wear off. ...


Chrysler Cures a Bankruptcy, but Tests Loom

Chrysler will have some benefits with its new partner, Fiat, but it will be competing in a brutal marketplace that may make bankruptcy court seem like a refuge.


Talks Fail to Secure Deal on Loan for G.M.’s European Unit


German officials narrowed the field of potential buyers of Opel and the rest of G.M.’s European operations to two companies, but failed to agree on a crucial bridge loan to keep Opel afloat.


    U.S. Expected to Own 70% of Restructured G.M.


    DealBook: What G.M.’s Bondholders Are Hoping For


Visteon Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection


Auto parts supplier Visteon Corp. said it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as the company struggles with reduced demand from automakers.







Fact Sheet: E-Verify (Read This And Send It To Your Elected Officials – Don’t Let Them Get Away With Lies About This Program)

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

E-Verify (formerly known as the Basic Pilot/Employment Eligibility Verification Program) is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the program.   E-Verify is free and voluntary and is the best means available for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security Numbers.

Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

The SAVE Program enables Federal, state, and local government agencies and licensing bureaus to obtain immigration status information they need in order to determine a non-citizen applicant's eligibility for many public benefits. The Program also administers employment verification pilot programs that enable employers to quickly and easily verify the work authorization of their newly hired employees.


Facts About the Social Security “No-Match” Letter

Each year, employers file a Wage and Tax Statement (Form W-2) with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to report how much they paid their employees and how much they deducted in taxes from employees’ wages throughout the year. SSA sends a “no-match” letter when the names or Social Security numbers (SSNs) listed on an employer’s Form W-2 do not match SSA’s records.



US-VISIT is a continuum of security measures that begins overseas and continues through arrival and departure from the United States to ensure the person crossing our border is the same person who received the visa.


A Law Enforcement Partnership 287 (g)

Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE)

ICE ACCESS (Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security) provides local law enforcement agencies an opportunity to team with ICE to combat specific challenges in their communities.  The 287(g) program is only one component under the ICE ACCESS umbrella of services and programs offered for assistance to local law enforcement officers.

ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers (IMAGE)

To combat unlawful employment and reduce vulnerabilities that help illegal aliens gain such employment, the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program was initiated in 2007. The goal is to assist employers in targeted sectors to develop a more secure and stable workforce and to enhance fraudulent document awareness through education and training.


The Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT)

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-wide system for the storage and processing of biometric and limited biographic information for DHS national security, law enforcement, immigration, intelligence, and other DHS mission-related functions, and to provide associated testing, training, management reporting, planning and analysis, or other administrative uses.


Secure Communities: A Comprehensive Plan to Identify and Remove Criminal Aliens

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is improving community safety by transforming the way the federal government cooperates with state and local law enforcement agencies to identify, detain, and remove all criminal aliens held in custody. Secure Communities: A Comprehensive Plan to Identify and Remove Criminal Aliens, will change immigration enforcement by using technology to share information between law enforcement agencies and by applying risk-based methodologies to focus resources on assisting all local communities remove high-risk criminal aliens.


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                              ü   Illegal Aliens & Diseases

                        ü  Guide to State and Local Action to Deterring Illegal Immigration

                        ü  Nonimmigrant Visas

                        ü THE MS-13 THREAT: A National Assessment by the FBI

                                  ü  The Law Against Hiring or Harboring Illegal Aliens



IMMIGRATION (click on this line for more)


Cartels use children to breach U.S. border

Drug cartel members are using a variety of fronts and subterfuges - from fake tamale stands to child decoys - to gather intelligence about enhanced U.S. border security and exploit weaknesses to send in people and drugs, according to a new report obtained by The Washington Times. The findings, by the U.S. Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, underline the growing threat to U.S. security from a porous border. Mexican drug cartels continue to probe for gaps in border defenses while fighting one another and Mexican authorities in a violent conflict that has killed more than 7,000 people in Mexico since the beginning of 2008. U.S. authorities also worry that terrorist groups could exploit vulnerabilities in border security.


Court pick seen as tied to immigration issue
Washington Examiner - Washington,DC,USA
Democrats on Capitol Hill know that passing an immigration reform bill this year is unlikely now that they are already bogged down with energy and health ...


Nomination of Judge Sotomayor is no substitute for immigration reform
Daily Kos - Berkeley,CA,USA
by ImmPolitic09 UPDATE: Political pundits and opponents of immigration reform have speculated that the President is using Judge Sotomayor's nomination to ...


White House amnesty summit to be held outside of public view  

...During a meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this past May, President Obama promised to hold a forum on immigration reform. As FAIR previously reported, "according to senior administration officials, Obama will speak publicly about the immigration issue in May."


12 charged in alleged human trafficking scheme

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say 12 people and three companies were involved in a scheme to lure illegal immigrants to the U.S. to work as "modern-day slaves" in 14 states. Federal officials announced Wednesday that a federal grand jury in Kansas City issued a 45-count indictment against the 12 defendants that included labor racketeering, forced labor trafficking and immigration violations.


3 people arrested in immigration stakeout
Corpus Christi Caller Times - Corpus Christi,TX,USA
By Susan McFarland (Contact) CORPUS CHRISTI — Surveillance for wanted persons by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement led to the arrest of three people ...


Indictment alleges trafficking in foreign workers
Kansas City Star - MO,USA
... under the threat of deportation,” said James Gibbons, acting special agent in charge of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in a written statement. ...


Brown: American Jobs for American Citizens
Boston Globe - United States
Can anybody tell me why our legislators are in collusion with anti-sovereignty, pro-illegal labor, free traders, who have devastated the less skilled ...


If You're a Transgendered Illegal Alien, Oakland's for You! [Mark ...
National Review Online Blogs - New York,NY,USA
The pro-illegal immigration crowd is trying to get Oakland, Calif., to join San Francisco and New Haven in issuing ID cards to illegal aliens. ...


Immigration Checks on Criminals Could Increase Deportations
U.S. News & World Report - Washington,DC,USA
Currently, many local police jurisdictions lack either the time or the resources to verify the immigration status of those in custody. ...


The New Jersey Gubernatorial Race: Why You Should Care
The Washington Independent - Washington,DC,USA
Lonegan today accused Christie of ignoring the “illegal alien” problem because he only brought 13 cases against illegal immigrants in seven years as US ...


PolitickerNJ - NJ,USA
“Steve Lonegan and I worked together to stop the illegal alien invasion in our country now being facilitated by Barack Obama,” Gilchrist said. ...


Bill Boyne: Obama takes a step toward immigration reform
Post-Bulletin - Rochester,MN,USA
Millions of other illegal immigrants will face hardships of that kind unless a more generous immigration policy is adopted. It should be noted that this ...


CSC wins $27M order from US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Bizjournals.com - Charlotte,NC,USA
CSC has won a $27 million task order from US Citizenship and Immigration Services for records digitization. Falls Church-based CSC (NYSE: CSC) signed the ...


24 Arrested in Early Morning Maritime Smuggling Attempt
BorderFire Report - Euless,TX,USA
Illegal Alien Trucker Kills Family A state appellate court upheld the jury verdict, including the mention of the driver as an illegal immigrant, ...


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Security and Prosperity Partnership and the North American Union

(click on above title in red to learn about the SPP and their planned strategy)


It's Not a Conspiracy... It's Just a Cover-Up!


The Bilderberg Plan for 2009: Remaking the Global Political Economy

From May 14-17, the global elite met in secret in Greece for the yearly Bilderberg conference, amid scattered and limited global media attention. Roughly 130 of the world's most powerful individuals came together to discuss the pressing issues of today, and to chart a course for the next year. The main topic of discussion at this years meeting was the global financial crisis, which is no surprise, considering the list of conference attendees includes many of the primary architects of the crisis, as well as those poised to “solve” it.


Bilderberg Plans For Economic "Recovery"
OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USA
Of course, with the Security and Prosperity Partnership due to be implemented in 2010 he would be able to tell the people we are getting out of NAFTA while ...


EU Banks on More Control
The New American - USA
US participation in multinational arrangements such as NAFTA, the FTAA, the Security and Prosperity Partnership, and the World Trade Organization are first ...


U.S., Canada OK Cross-Border Enforcement

Detroit Free Press

The United States and Canada adopted an agreement to allow law enforcement authorities of both nations to share personnel and cross the border more easily to fight human, drug and weapon smuggling on waterways that separate them. The agreement allows officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and U.S. Coast Guard to ride each others' vessels for joint patrols and specific enforcement operations.


Global swine flu deaths top 100

The global swine flu death toll marched past 100 on Wednesday with one new fatality reported in the United States and four more in Mexico, the two countries where the first outbreaks were reported. Prior to the latest North American deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had reported the global toll at 95, with 13,398 people in 48 countries infected with the A(H1N1) virus since it was first uncovered last month.


US offers resolution on Cuba's re-entry into OAS
Reuters - USA
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend the OAS general assembly on Tuesday in Honduras, where a majority of the group's 34 members are likely to ...


US and Jamaica team up to disrupt lottery scams
The Associated Press
The task force includes agents from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency as well as Jamaican personnel, including roughly 15 police ...


U.N. Red and U.S. "Progressives" Plan Socialist World Government

While meaningless United Nations hand-wringing over the North Korean nuclear weapons program garners the headlines, the world body is moving ahead with a global conference to lay the groundwork for world government financed by global taxes. The communist head of the U.N. General Assembly is leading the effort, but he is getting crucial support from “progressive” economists who advise the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party.  The United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, previously scheduled for June 1-3, will now take place on June 24-26.






EDUCATION (click on this line for more)

Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate

President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a "cyber czar," a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the nation's government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan. The adviser will have the most comprehensive mandate granted to such an official to date and will probably be a member of the National Security Council but will report to the national security adviser as well as the senior White House economic adviser, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are not final.


Should Obama Control the Internet?

The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF) gives the president the ability to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any "critical" information network "in the interest of national security." The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition would be left to the president.


Giving Failure a Pass

By: Evelyn B. Stacey

SACRAMENTO – The Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest in California, spends $10 million a year to “house,” with full pay and benefits, about 160 teachers deemed unsuitable for the classroom, according to “Failure Gets a Pass,” a recent series in the Los Angeles Times.


Texting may be taking a toll on teens

Spurred by unlimited texting plans, American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008--nearly 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier. And the phenomenon is beginning to worry physicians and psychologists, who say it is leading to anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury, and sleep deprivation, reports the New York Times.


Turning Around Troubled Schools
U.S. News & World Report - Washington,DC,USA
In 2008, Arne Duncan, then leader of Chicago Public Schools, was so fed up he approved what usually is seen as a nuclear option: To save the school, ...


Extra school officers worth the investment
Suffolk News-Herald - Suffolk,VA,USA
The safety of children attending public schools continues to be a challenge for teachers, parents and administrators. Currently, the SPS has an assigned ...


Education overhaul facing big hurdles
Boston Globe - United States
In fact, had the state not infused millions of dollars into public schools and adopted rigorous academic standards, the achievement gap between low- and ...


Education is not alone in cutbacks
Central Florida Future - Orlando,FL,USA
Spending on public education has always been a top priority for taxpayers and as of 2004, 84 percent have indicated that they feel education spending should ...


Bubbles and advice from an insider
Beliefnet.com - New York,NY,USA
We're doing everything we can to keep from having to deal with our problems straight on." Is it possible that higher education might be the next bubble to ...


RI sees 81% of schools' scores improve
Providence Business News - Providence,RI,USA
By Ted Nesi PROVIDENCE – Four-fifths of Rhode Island's 297 public elementary, middle and high schools met their annual targets for improving reading and ...


Study: Virtual schools can help cut costs

New research suggests that more K-12 public school students will take classes online and will have longer school days in the next decade--and academic improvement and cost savings are two big benefits.


Recession imperils loan forgiveness programs

In states across the nation, college loan forgiveness programs are on the chopping block as the state agencies and nonprofit organizations that sponsor these programs are getting less money from the federal government and are having difficulty raising money elsewhere as a result of the financial crisis, reports the New York Times.


States consider basing college funding on graduation rates

States fund public colleges primarily based on how many students are enrolled. But a number of legislatures are considering policies that instead would link funding to whether students graduate, USA Today reports.


Tennessee passes cyber-bullying legislation

Tennessee legislation aimed at preventing cyber bullying is headed to Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is expected to allow it to become law, reports the Commercial Appeal.


UC Berkeley students to take laptops to children in Africa

A team of UC Berkeley undergraduates has won a grant from the One Laptop Per Child foundation to distribute 100 laptops to children in a small village in Uganda this summer, reports the San Jose Mercury News.


Bill would fund internet safety education

A federal lawmaker has introduced internet safety legislation that, if passed, would authorize roughly $175 million--$35 million a year for five years--for internet safety education and training to help make children, parents, and educators aware of proper online behavior and the dangers the internet poses. Key words: internet safety, internet education, sexting, internet safety funding


New iPod rules touch off heated debate

A new policy by the University of Missouri School of Journalism requiring incoming students to have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or similar device has touched off a heated debate about the limits and possibilities of technology -- as well as corporate influence -- in academia. Key words: University of Missouri School of Journalism, iPod, iPhone, Apple, iPod Touch, education, technology


Duncan outlines school reform agenda

Rewarding effective teaching, expanding the learning time, collecting meaningful data, and transforming underperforming high schools are the four key areas the U.S. Department of Education (ED) plans to target in the next year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told school stakeholders at the Center for American Progress's "Resource, Allocation, Reinvestment, and Education Reform" conference May 18. Key words: Center for American Progress, Arne Duncan, effective teaching


Portland Public Schools Partners with Certica Solutions to Improve ...
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Certica Solutions today announced that Portland Public Schools (PPS), the largest district in Oregon with 46000 students, ...


Capella University Enters New Public Service Leadership Market ...
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
“Capella's School of Public Service Leadership is addressing this unmet, growing need in public service education. Complex public service challenges involve ...



Education Reporter




EMINENT DOMAIN AND PROPERTY RIGHTS (click on this line for more)


KDBC - el paso,TX,USA
Among the property rights at issue is whether the government will allow property owners vehicle and farm equipment access. If they are allowed access, ...


Sonia Sotomayor: Where She Stands On Business
U.S. News & World Report - Washington,DC,USA
One could argue that by expanding local governments' use of eminent domain for redevelopment, Kelo might help small businesses by creating new commercial ...


Sotomayor's Appellate Opinions Are Unpredictable, Lawyers and ...
New York Times - United States
In a 2006 property rights case, she upheld a town's effort to take private property for redevelopment. But in 2002, she supported property rights in a case ...


Sotomayor: The Emerging Picture of Judicial Activism
Dakota Voice - Rapid City,SD,USA
Port Chester which was a property rights involving the egregious use of eminment domain to take private property. According to Richard Epstein, ...


Hayden delays charter plans
Steamboat Pilot - Steamboat Springs,CO,USA
The commission has one issue to revisit: eminent domain. Commission members have said they don't want the town to have free reign to condemn property for ...


Appeals Court: Renters lack right to compensation in eminent domain
Arizona Capitol Times - Phoenix,AZ,USA
The dispute stems from an eminent-domain action taken in January by the Arizona Department of Transportation. The agency seized Cardi American's ...


"Rights of the Unborn and Property Owners"
TPMCafé - New York,NY,USA
I am primarily concerned with the rights of fetuses and property owners. See, that fella is already born and we don't really know whether he owns a house. ...


Eminent domain back before the courts in Missouri
Kansas City Star - MO,USA
(AP) — Missouri's courts are again involved in a battle over potential ballot measures restricting the use of eminent domain to take private property for ...


Kavanaugh: Eminent domain could help blighted Fiesta Village
AZ Central.com - AZ,USA
27, 2009 09:43 AM Mesa City Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh has asked city staffers to look into whether the city should use eminent domain and possibly ...


Government Board Rejects Pipeline Plan, For Now
MyStateline.com - Rockford,IL,USA
The board says the pipeline's path makes sense, but wouldn't grant Enbridge eminent domain to take land to lay pipes. A group of 200 landowners near ...


A Whiter Shade of Pale and 50 Ways to Lose Your Freedom | KXNet ...
From the Progressive era to the New Deal, [ ] property was by degrees ostracized from the company of rights.25 Something new, called economic rights, ...

Property rights and the fight against climate change
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
Weak institutions, ineffective legal systems, rampant corruption and regular explosions of violence combine to result in insecure property rights throughout


Development without eminent domain is fairer
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - St. Louis,MO,USA
Business and residents in north St. Louis should not approve eminent domain as part of any development plan. North St. Louis can be developed without ...

Business disputes 'blight' designation'
Chronicle-Telegram - Elyria,OH,USA
Fauber's concern is the city would ultimately use eminent domain to take the property from AMCOR for other re-development. Director of Public Service Robert ...




Highland fears losing reserve fund if state borrows against ...
Press-Enterprise - Riverside,CA,USA
By CHRIS RICHARD If state officials borrow against local property taxes to balance their budget, it will erase almost all of the $1 million reserve that ...


Texas House approves bill to exempt injured veterans from property ...
El Paso Times - El Paso,TX,USA
The bill lawmakers approved Wednesday would implement that exemption and allow other disabled veterans deductions on their property taxes based on their ...


Props defeat might mean $700K less for city coffers
Malibu Times - Malibu,CA,USA
If it chooses to collect municipal property taxes, the state must repay the entire amount within three years. Thorsen said the city's current proposed ...


Lower taxes: Silver lining of falling home prices
Can you at least get a break on your property taxes? In some cases, yes. Many municipalities' tax bills are due in May, and the tab for 2009 could be lower. ...


House gives disabled vets tax relief
Houston Chronicle - United States
... allowed in a state constitutional amendment approved by voters — would give totally disabled veterans complete exemptions from homestead property taxes. ...


New Jersey's Gubernatorial Race, Part I: Governor Corzine Proposes ...
Tax Foundation - Washington,DC,USA
Due to unfunded mandates imposed by the state on several byzantine layers of local government, New Jersey property taxes are among the highest in the ...


Questioning the property tax "circuit breaker"
North Country Public Radio - Canton,NY,USA
These are exactly the kind of costs that are kicking a huge hole in county budgets and driving up property taxes. (Health care is the single biggest chunk ...


Bill would exempt green home improvements from property tax increase
Legislative Gazette - Albany,NY,USA
Currently an individual is exempt from paying property taxes for 15 years if they include a solar energy, wind energy or farm waste system at their home. ...


Residents blast Vt. budget options
Rutland Herald - Rutland,VT,USA
That will result in higher property taxes, said Frank Davis, a retired teacher from Derby Line. "It's regressive and unfair," he said. ...



Taking Liberty – How Private Property Is Being Abolished In America

OBESE GOVERNMENTWaste, Fraud and Abuse (click on this line for more)

Networks Ignore Trillion-Dollar Price Tag of Climate Cap Bill

The media regularly hype the threat of global warming as well as proposed fixes for it, but when a cap-and-trade bill left committee last week the networks were strangely silent about a policy that would raise energy prices for all.


Governments' Drug-Abuse Costs Hit $468 Billion, Study Says
New York Times - United States
By ERIK ECKHOLM Government spending related to smoking and the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs reached $468 billion in 2005, accounting for more than ...


Sotomayor Ruled Fish Must Be Protected from Power Plants Regardless of Cost-Benefit Analysis

(CNSNews.com) - Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, ruled in a 2007 case that power companies must protect “fish and other aquatic organisms” from being sucked into cooling vents regardless of the costs, saying the EPA was not allowed to use a cost-benefit analysis in measuring power companies’ compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court disagreed.


Latest budget proposal eliminates CalWORKs, lets out inmates early

In California's latest doom-and-gloom announcement, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Department of Finance on Tuesday proposed closing the state's main welfare program, releasing nonviolent prisoners one year early and shuttering up to 80 percent of state parks to shrink the state's $24.3 billion budget deficit.


Reject the Value-Added Tax, Rein in Spending Instead
Heritage.org - Washington,DC,USA
The Washington Post today ran an article on the possibility of lawmakers enacting a value-added tax (VAT) to pay for soaring government spending. ...


Cardin announces earmark requests
Frederick News Post (subscription) - Frederick,MD,USA
Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, released a list of $1.2 billion in earmarks Wednesday. Four projects are in the region, including a community college health ...


'2009 Tennessee Pork Report' shows $580M in waste
WATE.com - Knoxville,TN,USA
By ANN KEIL NASHVILLE (WATE) -- The Tennessee Center for Policy Research and Citizens Against Government Waste released its 2009 Tennessee Pork Report on ...


New CASA* Report Finds Federal, State and Local Governments Spend ...
PR Newswire (press release) - New York,NY,USA
The report found that the largest amount of federal and state government spending on the burden of substance abuse and addiction -- $207.2 billion , or 58 ...


Congressional privilege derailed bribery charges
The Free Lance-Star - Fredericksburg,VA,USA
(AP) — A former Louisiana congressman promised to dole out federal earmark money in exchange for bribes but was never charged with misconduct for fear of ...


Landrieu, Vitter request earmarks for Louisiana projects
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com - New Orleans,LA,USA
Mary Landrieu, D-La., has requested $3.8 billion in earmarks in the 2010 federal budget, while Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has asked for $1.1 billion. ...


Paterson threatens to impose NY spending cap
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
The Democratic governor was frustrated with legislative leaders who haven't even introduced or debated his proposal for a spending cap tied to a three-year ...


Democrats to launch fight on $450B highway bill
The Hill - Washington,DC,USA
The 2005 bill included $24 billion in earmarks. One famous earmark not included in the final 2005 bill would have paid for the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere” ...


NC House Democrats say proposed cuts are for real
Forbes - NY,USA
It's impossible to avoid hurting classroom instruction with such cuts when public education comprises more than half of state government spending, ...


Despite budget shortfall, town gets $46000 bins
Chicago Tribune - United States
The earmark is specifically for the town to buy new recycling bins. All four Republicans on the committee voted against the earmark, while all 12 Democrats ...


Presidential Fundraising Trips Leave Taxpayers With Hefty Tab
No one would suggest he not travel," said Leslie Paige, media director for Citizens Against Government Waste. "What is most important for taxpayers is how ...


Crapo and Risch's $2 billion wish list for Idaho -- out of ...
IdahoStatesman.com - ID,USA
Until ethics reforms took effect this year, senators didn't have to make their earmark requests public, so it's impossible to look at previous years to ...


Tennessee Pork Report Focuses On $500 Million In "Waste, Fraud And ...
The Chattanoogan - Chattanooga,TN,USA
In partnership with Citizens Against Government Waste, is "the only extensive examination of the waste of taxpayers' money committed by politicians and ...


Earmarks for Campaign Cash?
Common Dreams (press release) - Portland,ME,USA
John Murtha (D-PA) has received considerable press over the years for adding so-called earmarks to defense spending bills that benefit large campaign ...


Funding plan needs better road map
Centre Daily Times - Centre,PA,USA
Members have submitted almost 7000 earmark funding requests. For the first time, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee told members they ...


Millionaires Go Missing

Here's a two-minute drill in soak-the-rich economics:

Maryland couldn't balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. And because cities such as Baltimore and Bethesda also impose income taxes, the state-local tax rate can go as high as 9.45%. Governor Martin O'Malley, a dedicated class warrior, declared that these richest 0.3% of filers were "willing and able to pay their fair share." The Baltimore Sun predicted the rich would "grin and bear it."


Murtha Wove A Web Of Companies And Contracts
BNET - San Francisco,Ca,USA
The other eighty-nine percent of their contracts have been directed earmarks. This is easy to do as the Representative or Senator writes the earmark in such ...


VOTER FRAUD (A Bi-Partisan Phenomenon)


Dems compound voter ID error
San Antonio Express - San Antonio,TX,USA
Nevertheless, Republicans in the Texas Senate found the issue of Election Day voter fraud to be of such paramount importance that they broke the Senate's ...


Beware of claims of voter fraud
Kansas.com - KS,USA
But he also brings the prime talking point that voter fraud is rampant in Kansas, which four-term Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh called "utterly ...




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