Send Parents To Jail If Their Kids Bully Other Children?

send parents of bullies to jail

North Tonawanda, a town located in western New York, instated a new rule on Oct. 1 that allows parents to be fined $250 or be sentenced to 15 days in jail if their child violates city laws two or more times within a 90-day span.

Lock up the parents for a kids misbehavior? Is this good policy?

Christine Morgan, a teacher of 31 years says: “‘Bullying’ is now used to cover anything and everything from actual assault to mild unwelcome comments: and nearly all the ‘bullies’ I encountered in 31 years of teaching were children who had their own issues. Some parents need to get off their phones and do some parenting. Jail is not the answer: doesn’t address the victim’s problems and doesn’t produce ‘better’ people when the culprits return to society.”

The use of generalizations – in this case, ‘bullies’ – sets a broad spectrum of people into a group which is then easily the target of a politically-correct government.

“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” – John Philpot Curran, July 10, 1790

How can you and I exercise Eternal Vigilance when we have children, businesses, and all manner of social activities?

We do so when we choose to do so. What can we do? We can vote, learn the issues of the hour, debate ideas and solutions among ourselves, and communicate with our elected representatives.

Along the way to recovery, let’s prohibit the grouping of our students under the banner of ‘bullying’.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Why I Will Vote AGAINST the Rockwall ISD 2015 Bond Election

13 October 2015 AD
Two bond elections preceding this 2015 school bond election were held in 2006 and 2007.election_2015_-_school_bond_graphic
 
The 2006 bond was split into three propositions:
Proposition 1 (passed) $62,550,000
Proposition 2 (failed) $10,851,000
Proposition 3 (failed) $6,825,000
 
Rockwall ISD voters approved $63 million for construction of schools but opposed $18 million for athletic facilities that included the multi-million dollar natatorium.
 
After defeat of the $18 million propositions in 2006 by a sound majority over 55%, Joy Greenwalt, Renae Murphy’s predecessor was quoted in the Rockwall Herald-Banner to say, “The district respects and appreciates the community support and voter confidence in Rockwall Schools. The three-proposition bond program was designed to give taxpayers a choice in light of national, state and local needs.”
 
The following year Rockwall ISD came forward with another bond election with no choices whatsoever, except take-it-or-leave-it. That 2007 singular proposition was for $198 million.
 
I remember a real estate person standing in that same room at Harry Myers Recreation Center making a presentation at the time in which the propositions – THE CHOICES – were simply lumped into one big $198 million take-it-or-leave-it proposition.
 
Choices, options, inherently have at least two items from which to choose. Take-it-or-leave-it is NOT a set of right choices.
 
We in Rockwall are not unfamiliar with a government that does not represent the will of the people.
 
In 2004, we the people said a resounding “no” to a multi-million dollar courthouse bond election. In 2005 it came a second time and we said Hell No. Under the leadership of a clever county judge, commissioners court discovered they could build it without voter approval using $30 million in tax notes, meaning we were overpaying property taxes to the county, and build it without our approval.
 
I personally recognized the need for a new courthouse, but I believed we didn’t have enough good information and I and others most certainly did not want it on prime commercial real estate along I-30.
 
We see the same spirit in Rockwall ISD administration in this and the last bond elections. I hear the voice of that real estate person all over again.
 
RISD administration discovered the secret to getting what it wants while denying voters the freedom to choose what we pay for.
 
I am asking our voters to vote AGAINST (EN CONTRA) this bond proposition and demand RISD administration come back with SEPARATE, individual propositions and a proper defense of those propositions.
 
Democratic elections demand good information and the district has done a very poor job of making a case for a quarter-billion dollar bond election for which the total real cost will exceed one billion dollars in taxes through the life of this bond.
 
RISD has done a good job marketing this bond election with colorful brochures and its publicity campaign, but it has not done an effective job of informing voters.
 
I will vote AGAINST (EN CONTRA) this bond election.
 
John White
Rockwall, Texas
Election Day is November 3, 2015. Early Voting is the 19th of October thru the 30th of October.
For more information, click on this link of the Rockwall County Elections Department.

Volkswagen Latest Casualty of Big Government – How does this affect you?

24 September 2015 AD/11 Tishrei 5776

Global Warming, Benghazi, Iran Nuclear Deal, Operation Fast & Furious
Adding to the ’round table’: Global Warming, Benghazi, Iran Nuclear Deal, Operation Fast & Furious

Automobile Manufacturer Cheats to Satisfy Federal Regulations

Fox News: Volkswagen CEO Quits Over Emissions Cheating Scandal

Fox Business: Volkswagen CEO Resigns Amid Emissions Scandal

Here’s what happened. Somewhere in the line of authority at Volkswagen, someone made a decision to have a software means to defeat emissions testing. Manufacturing enterprises, particularly very large ones, put a lot of pressure on employees to meet deadlines and cost projections. Ultimately, it’s all about upholding “shareholder value”. In this case, shareholder value suffered and will continue to do so for a season.

Why would Volkswagen decide to install “defeat devices” to evade clean air standards? Why would any decision maker choose to get around U.S. federal emissions standards?

Let’s start with automobile dealers and work back to the factory

2012 report to the American Automobile Dealers Association by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) describes the effects of overburdensome federal regulations on dealerships.

  • (Page-1) “…the average dealership incurred $182,754 annually in federal regulatory compliance costs for regulations pertaining to employment, business operations, vehicle financing, sales, marketing, and vehicle repair and maintenance. These regulatory costs comprised 21.7 percent of the average dealership’s 2012 before-tax net profits, or nearly $2,400 per dealership employee. Regulations pertaining to employment, accounting, and vehicle financing made up more than 63 percent of the estimated federal regulatory compliance costs.
  • (Page-1) “The $3.2 billion spent on regulatory compliance in 2012 was passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices; resulting in an estimated economic cost (total of lost sales revenues and lost consumer plus producer surplus) to light vehicle dealerships of $7.7 billion, and a 10,550 reduction in direct dealership employment. The overall impact on the U.S. economy—including direct, indirect, and expenditure-induced effects—is estimated at $10.5 billion in lost economic output and more than 75,000 fewer jobs in 2012. Every $1 increase in a dealership’s regulatory compliance costs results in $3.28 in lost output in the U.S. economy and a net loss to the U.S. Treasury of $0.44.

The CAR report of 2014 indicates ever increasing costs of compliance.

When considering both new and used vehicle sales, the mean cost per vehicle is $100. While this figure does not seem very large, the average dealership would have needed to sell 106 new and used vehicles in 2012 to recoup its regulatory compliance costs.

Impact of Federal Regulations on Automobile Manufacturers

A 2012 study commissioned by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) reports (page 29):

“The annual number of economically significant regulations affecting the manufacturing sector has grown by approximately 80% since 2009 after maintaining a relatively stable level between 1995 and 2007, and the number of non-major regulations has been generally growing since 2004 with a clear acceleration after 2009. While the figure shows a dramatic drop in the number of non-major regulations after 1993, this is an illusion because, in September 1993, President Clinton issued Executive Order 12866, which modified the OIRA regulatory review process. In particular, EO 12866 focused OIRA’s review on major or “significant” regulations,34 (i.e., those having an annual impact of $100 million or more on the economy), a measure that greatly reduced the agency’s review of non-significant regulations.”

Conclusions

As government grows, liberty diminishes. As government grows, so do taxes to support it.

Nameless, faceless bureaucrats not elected by the People work tirelessly and endlessly to create ever more onerous regulations that drive Americans to find ways around those regulations.

A book authored by Harvey A. Silverglate, “Three Felonies A Day: How The Feds Target The Innocent”, we learn how each of us is probably committing as many as three federal felonies each workday.

Excerpt

The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes three felonies a dayhome, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior

Fascism and tyranny are inversely proportional to the size of government. Isn’t it time to tell Congress to pare down the size of federal agencies and eliminate all that do not conform to constitutional enumerated powers.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

 

Ever Growing Federal Government: Greater Threat to Liberty Than Muslim Terrorists

19 February 2015

So, you have nothing to hide!

“…the fact remains the U.S. government has grown to gargantuan proportions and so have the number of laws on the books and abuses against citizens. A recent article reported, “The Congressional Research Service cannot even count the current number of federal crimes. These laws are scattered in over 50 titles of the United States Code, encompassing roughly 27,000 pages.” Moreover, there might be an excess of over 10,000 additional administrative laws and regulations on the books. James Madison, the master builder of the U. S. Constitution noted in Federalist Paper #62, “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” – By Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. February 17, 2015 12:20 pm

As someone wisely warned, all tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

I urge you to read and study the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers and statements of our founding fathers.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” – Declaration of Independence

Our rights come from God, not government. The chief duty of government is to protect and preserve the rights of its citizens. Is this happening today in America?

How can I justify the title? President Barack Obama declares “climate change” is a greater threat to America than Muslim terrorists. Therefore, his EPA, DOE and other alphabet soup agencies have united to go against us, the citizens of this country. We, they believe and so act, are the enemy, not Islamic terrorists. Reference: Obama’s National Security Strategy Lists Climate Change Among ‘Top Strategic Risks’ To U.S.Your duty is to become educated, well informed on our history, our form of government and current events.

God save America.

John White

Texas DPS – Agency Gone Rogue? Move Over, Eric Holder

22 August 2014 AD

Jerry Berggren challenges Texas Department of Public Safety on fingerprinting all Texas drivers

Every Citizen A Suspect?
Every Citizen A Suspect?

His challenge: HAS THE TEXAS DPS GONE 9 FINGERS TOO FAR? CANDIDATES’ RESPONSE

“I have a perspective on politics that some people may interpret as arrogance. You see, I believe that our elected office holders owe me an answer on policy questions. They owe me this answer personally. The reason they owe me this answer is that they hold their position at my and my fellow citizens’ pleasure. I do not work and pay taxes for their benefit, I work and pay taxes for mine, and elected office holders are stewards of my financial contribution to government. Because of this attitude, I will be (mostly) fair in my accusations and applause for those self same office holders.

DPS was purposely deceptive?
DPS was purposely deceptive?

“So it was, as I read the news in my newsfeed on the morning of August 15th, I came across an article in the Dallas Morning News, Watchdog: Lawmakers say they didn’t give DPS OK to fingerprint. [The original article was published on August 2nd, but I was just catching up from having been on vacation.] Like the lawmakers cited in Dave Lieber’s article, I was “furious.” Well, maybe not furious, more like disgusted.

“There is a reason I am concerned with this practice: I have one son who will be getting his first license and another who will be getting his first license as an adult, both during the first week of September….”

Read the full blog http://jerryberggren.com/has-the-texas-dps-gone-9-fingers-too-far-candidates-response/

Dallas Morning News: Watchdog: LAWMAKERS SAY THEY DIDN’T GIVE DPS OK TO FINGERPRINT

"...you can't trust government"
“…you can’t trust government”

“Several state lawmakers tell The Watchdog they’re furious with the Texas Department of Public Safety for its new program that fingerprints all driver’s license applicants.

“Under the program, the state will collect complete fingerprints of every Texas driver with a license within a dozen years. Previously, the state collected only a thumbprint.

“The lawmakers say they didn’t know the program was launched earlier this year until reported by The Watchdog, and they never gave approval through state law.

“One says he believes DPS was purposely deceptive to avoid public scrutiny and a privacy debate. He says that alone shows why governments can’t be trusted to protect our privacy….”

Read the full article from the DMN http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/watchdog/20140802-watchdog-lawmakers-say-they-didnt-give-dps-ok-to-fingerprint.ece

John White

Rockwall.Conservative@gmail.com

Government Tyranny: A Greater Threat to Liberty Than Muslim Terrorists

Obama scrambles to hold onto defense jobs – for now. To be sure, after November elections, he will lay the ax to DOD spending. Why?

Do you remember his famous statement, when he said he wants to create “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the U.S. military, to advance his “objectives” for America? I do and I hope you will never forget, either. Here his plans from his own mouth:

While you were distracted by ObamaCare and other matters, Obama has been assembling his civilian national security force. It’s called the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

How do sworn law enforcement officers differ from soldiers? Law enforcement officers are sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws; soldiers, on the other hand, are sworn to follow orders.

DHS recently awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract for 450 million rounds of .223 and .40 caliber hollow-point ammunition. Folks, there aren’t but about 310 million Americans in all 57 states (by Obama’s count).

DHS crotch-groping, property seizing and naked-body scans have now expanded from airports to all public mass transportation: buses and trains.

Even before the expansion to buses and trains, DHS deployed test-bed roadside mobile screening stations on the highways of Tennessee, probably to gauge public reaction before nationwide deployment.

If Obama wins re-election, this is what I expect:

1-Dismantling of DOD forces
2-Rapid and large-scale expansion of DHS forces on our soil
3-Near total economic collapse, an engineered event intended to create national state of emergency
4-Seizures of arms – or at least an attempt at it
5-Riots in America’s streets
6-Racial violence
7-Censorship
8-Expanded government control of American businesses, a la Cuba

How do I know these things? Do I invent these scenarios? No, I just read a lot of credible news about current events.

Not since King George declared martial law over New York and Boston have we experienced a greater threat to our personal liberty.

Action: become an informed citizen by participating in local GOP and TEA Party activities. We must register red-blooded Americans to vote and we must get them to the polls. November elections, if we have them, will be determined by voter turnout.

Why No Jobs? We’re ‘Turning Gold Into Dirt’

Here’s the deal: You’re going to start a business or expand the one you’ve got now. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in – as long as it’s legal.

But, I can’t give you any capital – you have to come up with that on your own.

I won’t give you any labor – that’s definitely up to you. And when you hire employees, I’ll punish you for doing so with a payroll tax and I’ll force you to buy health insurance, according to my specifications, whether you want it or not.

What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where you’re allowed to operate your business.

That’s my role in the affair: to tell you what to do.”

The Government

The above is an abstract from a Chuck Missler video titled: Why There Are No Jobs In America

What the government wants to punish, it taxes.

  • It’s wrong, in the eyes of government, to be successful, unless you’re an employee of the government or an elected Democrat. The more you make, the more the government confiscates.
  • It’s wrong, in the eyes of government, to hire employees. Not only does the government confiscate employee earnings before the employee sees them, the government also taxes employers for hiring employees.
  • It’s wrong, in the eyes of the government, to build capital essential to growing your business. In the eyes of the government, your money isn’t your property – it’s property of the government.

Manufacturing and services leave behind trash, cuttings, scraps and left-over materials. But, the government, particularly the EPA, will confiscate hard-earned capital if they find anything left behind.

The Bible says, “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” – Proverbs 14:4

This proverb basically says, “When you’re productive,providing products and services, there will be trash, cuttings, scraps and left-over materials. But, out of all that stuff left behind, wealth increases.”

Onerous government regulations are the chief reason there are fewer and fewer jobs in America.

The progressives in charge of the Fed attempt to “stimulate the economy” by manipulating currency. Manipulating currency can create altered states of reality, but only for a very short time. Ultimately, as Lea Iacocca said, “Someone has to make something.”

“Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought nothing out but loads of dung. That was their return cargo. “London turns dirt into gold. Rome turned gold into dirt.””

Excerpt from “The Martyrdom of Man,” by Winwood Reade, 1872

Source: The Plight of American Manufacturing, by Richard McCormack

America, like Rome, is turning gold into dirt.