"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

~The First Amendment to the United States Constitution

9/12 Taxpayer March On Washington

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Virginia 7th District Voters Steve Edwards & Byron Jamerson

traveling to the 9/12 Taxpayers March on Washington today

Steve Edwards and Byron Jamerson today announced their support for Floyd Bayne for Congress.  Both are residents of Henrico County in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.  Steve is a U.S. Navy veteran and Byron is a plumber in his family’s small business.  “I am voting for Floyd Bayne for Congress!” Steve shouted as he held up his sign.  Byron added, “Floyd will fight for the regular guy, the small business owner, and the U.S. Constitution.  We need people like Floyd Bayne in Congress!”

Both will attend the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington rally that begins at noon today in our nation’s capital.

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Categories: Congress, News

History Repeats Itself

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

8/28/1963

8/28/2010

The Case for Local Control

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Consider:  The President supports building a Mosque at Ground Zero.  So, why can’t the people of Orange County, Virginia build a Walmart?

The case against it

From “The Free Lance-Star” Saturday August 14, 2010

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The Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and six nearby residents are suing the Orange County, Virginia Board of Supervisors over its approval of a special-use permit to allow Walmart to build a 138,000-square foot Supercenter a quarter-mile north of State Route 3, near the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, about 3 miles from our home at Lake of the Woods.  The plaintiffs claim that the Orange County zoning ordinance doesn’t “give reasonable consideration to the objective of protecting against destruction or encroachment upon historic areas” and that the Walmart site is part of the Civil War battlefield.

“We’re arguing that there is a substantive defect in the ordinance,” Rosenbaum said. “The plaintiff wants the county to adopt an ordinance that goes along with the state statute.

Orange County Attorney Sharon Pandak argues that there is no federal or state law that addresses what needs to be included in a zoning ordinance in regard to battlefields and that it is up to each locality to set historic preservation provisions in their zoning ordinances.

The suit also claims supervisors failed to comply with the county’s comprehensive plan and that the Planning Commission made procedural errors in the course of three separate votes on the permit.

In addition to the county, defendants include Walmart and the owners and developer of the 51-acre parcel where the store is to be built.

The trial is set for January 25, 2010.

The case for it

According to Walmart’s website, here are the benefits of this development project:

The project is expected to create approximately 300 new jobs, the majority of which would be full time positions.

  • In 2008, Walmart Stores and Sam’s Club gave $13,497,262.00 in cash and in-kind donations to local causes and organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Virginia. Through additional funds raised through stores and clubs throughout the state, Wal-Mart contributed and raised a grand total of $14,753,255.00 as a result of its presence in Virginia.
  • An independently-certified study showed that Wal-Mart saves the average American household more than $2,500 per year, regardless of where they choose to shop.
  • Shoppers will also benefit from Wal-Mart’s $4 Prescription Drug Program that has saved customers more than $1.6 billion dollars since it was introduced.
  • 17 acres of land – one third of the total project area – will be preserved for conservation and left in a natural state.
  • Walmart is leading a global sustainability effort to reduce energy consumption through a variety of initiatives that will also be used at this store.
  • The average wage for regular, full-time hourly associates in Virginia is $11.20 per hour (Walmart Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets). Additionally, associates are eligible for performance-based bonuses.
  • Nearly 2/3 of all our management associates company-wide, began their careers as hourly associates.
  • Wal-Mart collected on behalf of the state of Virginia more than $277.4 million in sales taxes in 2008.
  • Wal-Mart paid more than $30.5 million in state and local taxes in the state of Virginia in 2008.
  • The new store will help fulfill the County’s goal of diversifying the economic base that will help fund various projects and priorities.

Should Orange County, Virginia be permitted by the court to build the Walmart?

Categories: Economy, News

The Time Has Come For All Americans To Step Up!

July 8, 2010 1 comment

Our federal government is really in a bind. It has become so large now that it cannot fix itself, but that is what it tries to do.

Something that really drives me nuts is this notion that employees of our government must sell things to each other. The sheer amount of money and energy spent selling so called ‘good ideas’ and ‘personal agendas’ is overwhelming. But there are bigger problems.

Our government is broken. It is badly in need of repair. The only way to fix it is to cut off the money. Stop paying for it. Require the budget to be balanced and only spend what it takes in.

Will that be painful…yes! But what is the alternative, more government spending? I think not.

To get the conversation going, why don’t we push senior entitlements out to age 85 for everyone under 55 today and for those under 60 cut all the senior benefits in half.  Reduce federal government payroll costs by 25 percent with an immediate across the board pay cut, and cap federal executive pay at $125k for all government employees including the Congress. We must restore the civic duty of service and not continue to bankroll federal corruption.

It’s time for drastic measures America. We all need to step up. There is no easy way out. Government employees and Congress are incapable of fixing it from the inside. They lack the knowledge and the incentive. Reform can’t happen under the current spending arrangements and it won’t happen unless the American people step up.

TaxPayers say, “Lower the Damn Costs!”

May 25, 2010 2 comments

If you work for the government or a company that works for the government, who is your customer?  Is it your boss, or a contracting officer, or some tenured bureaucrat (public or private) that ensures you get paid?

I suggest that if you work for the federal government in any form – military, civilian, contractor, then you work for the American People and your customer is the U.S. Taxpayer.  There are many stewards in the government that can claim to represent the people (elected, appointed, and other government officials).  How do you think they are serving their customers?

What do U.S. Taxpayers get from their government?  Besides security, entitlements, and a range of services, don’t they get to pay for it all?  Is the cost of running the government at record highs?  Who is to blame for that?  The Congress and President for sure… but I think we are overlooking a big part of the problem – government bureaucrats – those tenured pathetic assholes that are stinking up our country.  They hide and the American People can’t see them, but like termites they are burrowed in our government departments eating away at taxpayer dollars.

So, whether you work for the federal government or a company that works for the government, the next time you hear about “the customer” – think about the American People and the U.S. Taxpayer.

Are you meeting THEIR needs?  Do you even know what they are?

The Gloves Are Coming Off

March 11, 2010 4 comments

Mixed Signals On Transparency

February 7, 2010 1 comment

Highlighting the disconnect between the Democrats in Washington and the American people, the President says that if Democrats would just stop watching cable news or reading blogs things would be better for them on Health Care.  Senator Harry Reid admits that’s what he has done all along.

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