How Did We Get In This Mess?

Source: The Second American Revolution

Tuesday 9/21/2010

OF POLITICS, BUSINESS AND STIMULUS

There are a few things the main stream media and the liberals fighting for their political lives don’t want you to know about how we got into the current mess we’re struggling to overcome.

In the free enterprise system, most if not all successful businesses are constantly looking several months ahead to predict the business environment to determine the best course of action to ensure the profitability and sustainability of their companies.

When American businesses evaluated the election results from

November, 2008, what they saw was a disaster in the making for the American

His Royal Arrogance

economy. Not only was the newly elected President the most anti-business, anti-free market President in recent history, but he was given carte blanche to implement his “share the wealth” agenda because of the overwhelming majorities he enjoyed in the Congress.

When the dust settled, the Democrats had a huge majority in the House, the most socialist Speaker in history, and they also had a filibuster proof Senate majority as well.

Unfortunately, the administration and Congress lived up to their anti-business billing, running up trillions of dollars in debt, taking over large portions of the economy to be run out of Washington, making a mockery of bankruptcy laws in the process, passing an enormously debilitating national healthcare system and thousands of pages of new regulations (many unread and most without any hearings or public input).

It is no coincidence that, beginning just after the election results were final and extending for 6 months, businesses, anticipating the DC attacks on profitability and operating in the survival mode, shed 4 million jobs. The unemployment rate went from 6.6% in October 08, before the election, to 9.6% just 6 months later…all in reaction to the anti-business environment this new administration and lap dog Congress represented.

President Obama has told us publicly that we cannot hold him accountable for the more than 2.1 million jobs that vanished between his election and his inauguration…and a compliant press have echoed his “Blame Bush” mantra, the truth is that his “hope and change…share the wealth” philosophy of government sent businesses scurrying for safety before he could put his agenda into place and punish successful entrepreneurs.

"It's Bush's fault" - BHO

Since May 09, having achieved a sustainable level of labor expenses, businesses have reduced the number of layoffs and in some cases actually added a small number of employees. Therefore, the unemployment numbers have stabilized but there has been no appreciable growth (except in the public sector).

The administration expresses frustration that American businesses have stockpiled several trillion dollars in capitol they have not reinvested in their companies. But, with the uncertainty of the future of the business environment, facing possible huge increases in energy costs, unknown liability in wake of the healthcare bill, 1000s of pages of new regulations, with more threatened and the looming tax increases promised by this administration, is it any wonder they are hesitant to invest in this economy?

HOWEVER:

In keeping with the premise that successful businesses are always looking ahead, as the potential for a significant change in the political environment in DC this November becomes more certain, the stock market has begun to rally. If Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and are able to balance the power in the Senate, promising a friendlier legislative environment and reduced federal spending and, if the current tax rates are extended across the board, those companies looking to the future, will begin to reinvest in the economy, private sector jobs will begin to reappear and we will see the return of a vibrant and growing economy.   Please recognize however, that the economic environment described in this paragraph is the antithesis of what the Obama/Democrat government has pursued these past two years.

Their trillion stimulus package is emblematic of their philosophy and explains in tragic detail why their big government approach is not the answer.

While this administration, the Democrats in Congress and the press are proclaiming, “It’s not as bad as it could have been.” they are either ignorant of the facts or intentionally misleading the public.

The Congressional Budget Office, in scoring the stimulus bill for the Congress said on February 3, 2009, (two weeks before the stimulus bill was signed into law) that in the long haul, the stimulus bill would be worse than doing nothing.” Judging by the results 20 months later the CBO projection was spot on and the Administration is flat wrong…it is worse than if they had done nothing.

Why has the CBO projection proven true?

Although difficult to quantify exactly, most economic models predict that one dollar of government spending injected into the economy recycles three times giving a major boost to private sector spending, thus creating demand and jobs. The Democrats used this model to promise that unemployment would not go above 8% if the stimulus bill was passed.

The problem is, that the models also show that the approach they chose, siphoning a trillion dollars from the private economy to wash through the Washington bureaucracy before returning it to support labor unions and public sector jobs, means that only about 35 cents of every dollar drawn from the economy is returned…so the stimulus bill, at best, has added less than 10 cents return for every dollar spent.

But even worse, these same economic models show that if the stimulus money is borrowed, the return is closer to a loss of 10 cents for every dollar spent; therefore, the CBO was correct in projecting that borrowing a trillion dollars to stimulate the economy would be worse than doing nothing.

Could the government have achieved the desired economic stimulus and avoided the extended pain of the recession?

The $3 return on every dollar invested could have materialized if the “investment” had not been taken from the economy and sent to Washington in the first place. Instead, if a trillion “tax holiday” had been established, leaving the money in the private sector…the resulting $3 trillion boom would have greatly shortened the economic downturn and resulted in a much quicker recovery than we are currently experiencing.

Remember these economic truths when you vote November 2nd!

Capt Jim Kinney, USN (ret)

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PARTY OF KNOW – A VITAL ONE VOTE REVOLUTION

Are you ready, I mean really ready to vote on November 4th?  Can you walk into the polls completely confident for whom to vote in every race on the ballot?  We can no longer afford to skip elections, vote part way down the ballot, or not be informed as to the character of the candidates on our ballots.  Thankfully, there is a solution to the dilemma.  Please come and invite your family, friends, and neighbors.

The Rockwall County Republican Women’s A.C.T.I.V.E. Committee will present:

“A VITAL ONE VOTE REVOLUTION”

September 18, 2010

Rockwall County Republican Women’s A.C.T.I.V.E. Committee will present crucial information for Rockwall County voters on September 18, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the Rockwall High School cafeteria and will include:

¶  Review of the November 2, 2010 ballot

¶  4 compelling reasons to vote

¶  Opportunity to register to vote

¶  Dates for early voting

¶  Duties of the candidates’ offices

¶  Helpful websites to access vital information about candidates.

¶  Voter rights and etiquette.

¶  Constitutional Amendment information

¶  Importance of voting for qualified Judges.

Although candidates will not be speaking, many will be present to meet you and answer any questions you may have.

A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30.

Keep an eye on http://www.rcrw.org/index.html for updated information.

“…There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. … Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing.” — Daniel Webster, June 1, 1837

Stephen Broden – Proven Moral & Spiritual Leader for Dallas

Steve Navarre asks Stephen Broden about unity among conservative black Americans and Latino Americans. Broden clearly indicates that the core values of the Conservative Hispanic Society are his values.

Stephen Broden is challenging Eddie Bernice Johnson, long-time Democrat, apparently misrepresenting Texas 30th District.

Johnson seems to be riding the wave of corruption characterized by leading Democrats and the sitting President.

Lively Rebukes Rockwall Council For Forcing PD-32 On Citizens

Open letter from Fred Lively to Rockwall City Council

Editorial note: We owe a debt of gratitude to the only two conservative council members who opposed this subterfuge – Mark Russo and Cliff Sevier. Before the vote, Cliff delivered a factual, concise report on the state of high-density, multifamily housing in Rockwall.

I offer a special thanks to Fred for his letter.

JNW

September 8, 2010

PD 32 has passed but at what cost?  Do the people of Rockwall even know what PD 32 entails?  Do the neighborhoods in proximity to the Harbor have a clue about the 1,161 multi-family units that have been zoned on the ‘Hill’, that area between the Harbor and Horizon and Summer Lee?  Does this community understand that nearly $25 million dollars of tax payer money are already in the Harbor development which is now in Chapter 11?  Has this council bothered to properly inform the voters that another similar amount could be involved in helping fund the development of the ‘Hill’?  Please, explain to the voters, Mr. Mayor and council members what Tax Increment Financing means. Explain what happens when property taxes don’t service the debt. Please, explain to the voters how the city will service the debt if a private developer is bankrupt.

Am I misinformed?  How would one know unless one attended every council meeting these past months or went and pulled the public document regarding re-zoning of the ‘Hill’?   Why has this council not been out there speaking to groups and sharing the good news of this massive government lending program? In my opinion, the specific re-zoning facts have been particularly vague through all of this.  What has happened to full disclosure?

In Mr. Cecil’s own words to me, this will be good for Rockwall.  Really?  How can this city continue to act like a developer?  Is that the role of government?  The citizens of Rockwall are no different than the millions of Americans across the country who are about to vote for limited government and reduced spending. Why must this city, Rockwall, be so arrogant as to think we can go on our merry way spending, raising taxes and ignoring the will of the people?  We vote locally too!

Respectfully submitted,

Fred Lively

1545 Summer Lee Dr

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS – TEA PARTY RALLY

UPDATE: October 7, 2010 0550 hours

PERFECT STORM

Obama is growing the government while his policies are shrinking the economy. It’s a perfect storm that threatens more than our standard of living, it threatens our liberties.

What will Obama be doing on October 14? MTV will host “A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA” when the president will “rock the vote” in a town hall-style meeting, preconfigured, well rehearsed and set up to appear spontaneous.

WE THE PEOPLE

While Democrats are pouring on the campaign dollars to expand their control of the House of Representatives, We the People still have our votes. Too long Democrats and their RINO (Republican In Name Only) compatriots have blocked conservative legislation. It’s time to grow our conservative majority and take back OUR House.

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS – TEA PARTY RALLY

Join us on October 14th in Greenville to meet with conservative members of, and candidates for, the Texas House of Representatives. Master of Ceremonies, Gary Freedman, “The Voice of Rockwall”, will welcome speakers and guests and move the program along for an interesting and engaging evening.

This will be an UN-rehearsed, spontaneous “rock the vote” for patriots all over East Texas, from the eastern side of Dallas County to the borders of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Jodie Laubenberg (District 89) and Dan Flynn (District 2) co-host the event at the campus of Crossroads Assembly of God Church, 1501 Joe Ramsey Blvd., Greenville, Texas, at the southwest corner of the intersection of I-30 and US Highway 69, next to Greenville Chrysler. Click here for Google map.

Featured speakers are Erwin Cain (District 3), Cindy Burkett (District 101), David Simpson (District 7) and Congressman Ralph M. Hall (CD-4).

After individual presentations, the speakers will form a panel to answer questions. If you have questions, John Stacy, our moderator, will be accepting written questions for the panel.

This all-weather, indoor, air-conditioned venue with ample parking, assures an evening uninterrupted by whatever weather that comes our way.

DATE: October 14

TIME: 6:30 PM

 

Rockwall County TEA Party Patriots

 

Don’t Mess With Texas Event and BBQ – Sept. 18, 2010

Let’s see a show of hands from those who think the future of Texas is in no danger of takeover by the socialist Democrat party. None? Good, I knew I wasn’t alone.

Leo Berman - District 6

The socialist Democrat party is investing millions on political races in Texas.  The Texas Democratic Trust has accumulated over $10,000,000 to take over Texas government. When you include RINO (Republican In Name Only) legislators like Speaker Joe Straus, you come to realize that Democrats actually control the Texas Legislature, now. You didn’t know?

What happens when socialist Democrats control the state legislature? Let me count the ways.

  • Joe Straus appoints liberal RINO’s and Democrats to the most powerful committees
  • Joe Straus appoints Bert Solomons as Chairman of the State Affairs Committee to keep ALL legislation to control the presence of illegal aliens in Texas
  • Joe Straus appoints Todd Smith as Chairman of the Elections Committee thereby keeping the Voter ID Bill from the floor, despite the fact 93% of House Republicans supported it and the Senate had already passed it.
  • Joe Straus appoints Delwin Jones Chairman of the Redistricting Committee from where Democrats can re-draw legislative lines, further moving Texas to the left.
  • Key issues like the anti-abortion legislation Texans want go wanting.

What can we do? Let’s set in place a genuine conservative Republican as Speaker of the House – Leo Berman is our man for such a time as this.

Don’t Mess With Texas Event and BBQ

Kaufman County TEA Party Patriots invites you to a BBQ and silent auction at Kaufman High School, 3205 S. Houston Street, Kaufman, Texas. Keynote speaker is Texas State Representative Leo Berman.

High School seniors, you need to take charge of your future. Did you know that over 48% of teens could not find employment this summer? What happens when you go out on your own? It’s time for you to be thinking about your future and how you can influence Texas state legislation to create a prosperous environment for your generation.

Tickets are only $25 per person. I encourage you to contact a member of the Kaufman County TEA Party Patriots steering committee for tickets. In Rockwall, call John White at 972-771-3514 for tickets – “We Deliver”.

Kaufman County TEA Party Patriots

Rockwall City Council Agenda for 9-7-2010

AGENDA

ROCKWALL CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

City Hall, 385 S. Goliad, Rockwall, Texas 75087

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – COUNCILMEMBER RUSSO

III. PROCLAMATIONS / AWARDS

1. Constitution Week

2. National Preparedness Month

IV. OPEN FORUM

Here is your opportunity to express your thoughts about the city budget and the PD-32 (planned development) for 1,200 multi-family dwellings on the Hilltop area, southwest corner of Horizon and I-30.

In open forum, citizens can speak on any topic. Council will niether answer questions nor take action. The purpose of open forum is to garner public commentary.

V. CONSENT AGENDA

1. Consider approval of the minutes from the August 13, 2010 Council

Budget Work Session and take any action necessary.

2. Consider approval of the minutes from the August 16, 2010 regular city

council meeting and take any action necessary.

3. Consider approval of the minutes from the September 2, 2010 special city

council meeting and take any action necessary.

4. Consider a resolution authorizing continued participation with the Atmos

Cities Steering Committee (ACSC) and take any action necessary.

5. Consider approval of an ordinance approving a negotiated resolution

between Atmos Energy Corporation and Atmos Cities Steering

Committee regarding Atmos’ Rate Review Mechanism Filing and take any

action necessary. (1st Reading)

6. Consider approval of a resolution expressing support for the FY 2011

Rockwall County Emergency Services Corporation budgets and take any

action necessary.

7. P2010-014 – Discuss and consider a request by Christopher McCluskey

of Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers for approval of a replat of Lot 5,

Block A, Rockwall Crossing Addition, being a 1.41-acre tract zoned (C)

Commercial district, and take any action necessary.

8. P2010-015 – Discuss and consider a request by Joshua Millsap of Bury +

Partners DFW, Inc., for approval of a replat of Lot 9, Block A, Rockwall

Business Park East Addition, being 12.661-acres zoned (C) Commercial

district and situated along the south side of IH-30 west of SH 205, and

take any action necessary.

VI. APPOINTMENTS

1. Appointment with the Planning and Zoning Chairman to discuss and

answer any questions regarding cases on the agenda and related issues

and take any action necessary.

VII. PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS

1. Hold a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed fiscal year

2011 budget, and take any action necessary.

2. Z2010-011 – Hold a public hearing and consider approval of an

ordinance for a request by Eric Cotney of Axium Solar for approval of a

Specific Use Permit (SUP) to allow for a “Utility Installation, Other Than

Listed,” specifically the installation of solar panels on the roof of a home

located at #4 Soapberry Lane, being Lot 5, Block A, Grady Rash Addition

and zoned (SF-10) Single Family Residential district, and take any action

necessary. (1st Reading)

VIII. ACTION ITEMS

1. Discuss and consider a request by Mr. Pablo Sanchez, the owner of 250

Nicole, for an exception to the front yard fence height requirements within

PD 75, and take any action necessary.

2. Z2010-012 – Discuss and consider approval of an ordinance for a cityinitiated

request to amend (PD-32) Planned Development No. 32 district

(Ord. No. 08-11), specifically by rezoning the land described below to

expand the district boundaries; by incorporating a Concept Plan that

applies to land now zoned PD-32 and the added land, and that divides

the district into sub-districts; by establishing land uses for each subdistrict;

by prescribing development standards for each sub-district; by

defining procedures for approving development within the district; and by

defining types and locations for streets within the district, and establishing

standards for the construction, design and streetscape for such streets.

The Commission and Council also will consider requests to expand the

boundaries of PD-32 by rezoning approximately 1.15-acres from (GR)

General Retail district, approximately 3.08-acres from (C) Commercial

district, and approximately 11.21-acres from (PD-7) Planned

Development No. 7 district, thereby increasing the size of PD-32 to

approximately 78.89-acres overall, generally located along the south

service road of Interstate 30 and west side of Horizon Road, and take any

action necessary. (1st Reading)

3. Z2010-012 – Discuss and consider approval of a resolution adopting

design guidelines as an appendix to the approved ordinance for Planned

Development District No. 32 (PD-32), also known as the Harbor District,

and take any action necessary.

4. A2010-001 – Discuss and consider approval of an ordinance for a Cityinitiated

request to annex four (4) areas totaling approximately 824.91-

acres overall and contiguous to the existing City of Rockwall city limits

line, and generally described as follows:

a) Area 1 – 538.90 acres located West of SH 205, South of FM 549 and

Northeast of Hanby Lane

b) Area 2 – 111.80 acres located north of FM 1139 and east of FM 549

c) Area 3 – 81.96 acres located along the west side of Rochell Road south of

SH 276

d) Area 4 – 92.25 acres located along southeast side of FM 550 south of SH

276

(1st Reading)

5. Discuss and consider initiating an amendment to the Unified

Development Code relative to deck/patio covers (pergolas) within the

takeline overlay district, and take any action necessary.

6. Discuss and consider initiating an amendment to the Unified

Development Code relative to demolition delay within the Historic Overlay

district, and take any action necessary.

7. Discuss and consider initiating an amendment to the Unified

Development Code relative to wineries as a permitted land use, and take

any action necessary.

8. Discuss and consider capital improvement planning and take any action

necessary.

9. Discuss and consider left turn lane and traffic signal modifications at

Ralph Hall Parkway and FM 3097 and take any action necessary.

IX. CITY MANAGERS REPORT TO DISCUSS CURRENT CITY ACTIVITIES, UPCOMING MEETINGS,

FUTURE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES, AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS.

1. Departmental Reports

Finance Department Monthly Report – July 2010

Police Department Monthly Report – July 2010

Internal Operations Monthly Report – July 2010

Building Inspection Monthly Report – July 2010

Recreation Monthly Report – July 2010

Harbor PD Monthly Report – July 2010

Fire Department Monthly Reports – July 2010

2. City Manager’s Report

X. HOLD EXECUTIVE SESSION UNDER SECTIONS 551.072, 551.074 AND 551.087 OF TEXAS

GOVERNMENT CODE TO DISCUSS:

1. Deliberation regarding the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real

property.

2. Personnel Issues, including Board, Commission, and Committee

Appointments, and Related Matters.

3. Commercial or financial information regarding business prospects that the

City seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the

City of Rockwall and with which the Board is conducting economic

development negotiations.

4. Pursuant to Section 551.071(2) of the Open Meetings Act: Consultation

with attorney with regard to a matter that it is the duty of the attorney to

consult with the Council pursuant to the Attorney Client Privilege under

the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of

Texas.

XI. TAKE ANY ACTION AS RESULT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

XII. ADJOURNMENT

This facility is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Request for

accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting. Please contact

the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 771-7700 or FAX (972) 771-7727 for further information.

I, Kristy Ashberry, City Secretary for the City of Rockwall, Texas, do hereby certify that this Agenda was

posted at City Hall, in a place readily accessible to the general public at all times, on the 3rd day of

September, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. and remained so posted for at least 72 continuous hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.