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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brzezinski: "Its easier to kill a million people...than it is to control one million"

Scary words from the old man, huh? Here's a decent article about the newly political awakening masses from today's offering on InfoWars

Taxed Out! Limbaugh dumps NYC real estate

WSJ reports that Rush has had it with NYC taxes and sold his condo on 5th Avenue.

Limbaugh complains on air about his numerous tax audits and decided to put his money where is mouth is and is getting out of Gotham. In a March 2009 rant he called "El Rushbo to New York: Drop Dead" he vowed to sell. And true to his word, he did just that. He even cut his price to get out. Gotta love a guy who owns his words.

Although he's pocketing a few million, he will have to pay tax for selling it. The NYC and New York state "transfer taxes" add up to about $300,000. It is reported that NYC also charges El Rushbo tax every day he works in NYC, which he cut back to just 15 days a year. I'm reasonably sure that few souls in NYC miss the guy.

Last week, Rush speculated that LeBron James bypassed NYC over the tax burden and joined the Miami team to save $12 to $20 million a year in state income tax.

In other El Rushbo news, InfoWars is thrilled that it seems Rush finally caught on to the great and powerful Oz behind the curtain and now preaches the truth that both parties are controlled by weak old men behind the curtain, with our political system as nothing more than an illusion designed to make us think we have a choice.

Relatively, while taxes aren't low enough here, Indiana is a deal. Heck, El Rushbo is #1 in Indiana, Steve Hilbert's mansion and Tim Durham's place is up for grabs, and no doubt he would make plenty of friends here among the anti-tax crowd. Indiana would make for a fine refuge during the upcoming Florida hurricane season!

There is a professional virtual tour of the Hilbert Estate with old photos from the 2006 Decorator Show House in case you are curious. The place is selling "as is", an indication there might be maintenance issues. Conseco accepts sealed bids up to August 27th on the place, and if you want it, you need to enclose just a $100,000 deposit. That's chump change for El Rushbo!

If you would like to invite El Rushbo to buy a fine estate in Indiana, write to him at ElRushbo@eibnet.com and tell him we have a decent record of fighting taxes.

Baldwin to launch national directory of Patriot Businesses

Ok, I love this. Pastor Chuck Baldwin is launching a directory of patriot businesses! It's free advertising! I work in internet advertising sales and I know the biz pretty well. This is a great opportunity to get free internet exposure, drive new web traffic, or find honest hard working American small business owners who deserve your business.

In a column he penned today, he writes:

"we will list patriot business owners State by State, so fellow patriots across the country can locate and support those businesses that are friendly to the cause of freedom. Frankly, I am sick and tired of supporting businesses (many of them big businesses) that have absolutely no fidelity whatsoever to the cause of liberty or independence. In fact, some of these businesses openly (or even clandestinely) support freedom's enemies. And while we may never be able to totally stop trading with these Judases, it would be nice to know which businesses in my area are owned and operated by honest-to-God patriots. I would happily trade with such people. How about you?"

If you own a business and want to be listed, he asks that you submit your information. Click this link to read the details. It's easy, quick, and just might help you land some new freedom loving clients and new friends who value liberty.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The day the Marion County Libertarians & City Councilman Ed Coleman left me

Last night City Councilman Ed Coleman voted for the convoluted water transfer that ties our water to bonds in the millions (we're still not sure how much) for short term sidewalk updates to be paid for with 30 year notes.

Did Ed Coleman create a dialogue with the Libertarians before he took a vote? Not really. He discussed it behind closed doors with the Marion County leadership. I wrote to Ed last week and told him where I stood on the issue and that if he voted for this screwy deal, he would no longer have my support. To which he replied that he didn't appreciate the threatening tone coming from a "friend". I had to remind him he was my city councilor. Afterall, that's how we met in the first place.

Ed told me I would have to wait until the vote to know where he stood on the matter. So much for Libertarian transparency, accountability, etc. The whole thing about where Coleman stood on this vote was cloaked in secrecy for some reason. I found the secrecy disgusting as if the Marion County LP is now some kind of insiders club of the outcasts. What the LP is supposed to be is open and accountable. It's supposed to espouse small government, not more debt.

They know there are massive problems with this deal, yet their insider group decided to go for it anyway and had Coleman keep it a secret until last night.

Ed Coleman had a chance to create a dialogue before the vote with all of you here. I gave him keys to the blog more than a year ago. He promised to write about important matters in the council in effort to create an open dialogue with citizens. Did he do that for us? Nope! Did he keep his promise to me to communicate with the citizens? Nope!

In fact, Ed Coleman made just one entry. He promised the following to HFFT readers:

"I personally plan to post once or twice a week. I will be posting on the big issues that pertain specifically to Indianapolis. I plan to keep you all informed on the goings on in the city council and provide my own take on each issue. I hope to get great feedback as I will be using your opinions and advice to help in my decision making process to help make Indy the great city that it can be."
Ed Coleman proved on Monday he is just another politician full empty promises.

Most citizens who comment in the newspaper articles and on blogs across all party aisles seem to think the water deal is a shell game with the people coming out on the losing end. We were all over the blogs posting opinions. Yet, Ed with keys to talk directly to you, did nothing.

The insider political elites were the ones gunning for for this deal that will enrich God knows how many people at our expense. Even Melina Kennedy, poised to challenge Mayor Ballard in next year's election, was in silent support of it. But then, her employer is going to handle the paperwork. That's gotta be worth a few mil, huh Melina?

Here's an encouraging word I got today about my agonizing decision to sever ties with the LP and declare my Independence. It didn't come too soon.

"Consider yourself liberated from the narrow-minded political patters of the 20th Century! We are going to do what George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and so many other patriots could only dream about: Develop an America where all of it's citizens are enabled and empowered to fulfill their ambitions for the greater good of the whole community, without being inhibited through cleaver lies and friendly imposters posing as advocates of justice. So, let the pain of your Libertarian betrayal become the catalyst of change in our attitudes and actions as we develop the beloved and ideal community, starting with the most vulnerable our republic; the poor!"

Friday, July 23, 2010

Why Not Another World War?

Why Not Another World War?

Peter Schiff suggests we launch an all out WWWII and if we can't find any takers, we go ahead and have another Civil War...but with a twist. You gotta read his column! It's quite brilliant!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Public "Servant" Andre Carson rudely ignores his employer...the U.S. taxpayer!

How rude! Carson not only ignores the young man, but he gets on the cell phone and pretends this taxpayer (his employer) does not exist! Race aside, this shows the utter contempt Andre Carson places on people who aren't in his "elite" circles. Say what you want about his grandmother, but she would never behave this way! You might not agree with Julia's policy ideals, but she didn't treat people as if they did not exist like her seed does.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Feds to start tracking gold and silver purchases

It is a good idea to buy as much gold and silver as you can over the next year and a half.

According numismaster.com:

…the Health Care Bill mandates, according to Numismaster.com, Starting on January 1st in 2012, S federal law will require coin and bullion dealers to report to the Internal Revenue Service all gold and silver coin purchases and sales greater than $600.

No that is not an error, they tacked the gold coin tracking regulations into the health bill. They are just tacking stuff on wherever they can.

Hat tip: Infowars.com

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Expulsion of race baiting tea party infiltrator

Race is being used to divide America. The left sends infiltrators into the tea party to pose as racists. Here is a racist poser who admits he is not with the tea party. He is repeatedly asked to leave and told his beliefs will not be tolerated.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Welcome To My Tea Party blog gets awesome facelift !

Diana Vice is still blogging away at Welcome To My Tea Party. The blog looks better than ever with a big, easy to read font and packed with juicy details of the activities we see from wayward public servants.

In my opinion she's one of the best around. Her speciality is reporting on school administration and school board corruption. Her constant target these days is James Mervilde. From junkets to Israel on taxpayer time to the cover up involving the private security contract given to Securatex, Washington Township Schools (above all) protect the political patronage without looking out for the taxpayers' interests.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Letter to IBJ: Morality of using water and natural gas as collateral to the bond banks

Dear Editor,

By way of introduction, I am the Libertarian woman who led the property tax Indiana Tea Parties in 2007. Not only did our 2007 activism provide the catalyst necessary for the defeat of incumbent Mayor Peterson and the democrat control of city council, but most importantly our work led to a statewide local government spending decrease this year of $3.1 BILLION compared to 2009.

Indiana spending numbers are published data on Indiana Department of Local Government Finance spending reports. 
SEE: http://hoosiersforfairtaxation.blogspot.com/2010/06/2010-indiana-local-government-spending.html for reference.

We are thrilled to be on the right trajectory. Had the residents of Meridian Kessler not taken to the street in front of the Governor's Mansion on the 4th of July 2007 with literal garden pitchforks early in the crisis, Indiana and Indianapolis would not be in the good fiscal shape she is today compared to the rest of America.

In July 2007, at the beginning of our citizen activism, we did not understand the big picture that caused the property tax crisis. No one knew exactly what brought on the nightmare that made some of our residents' tax bills increase by as much as $1000 a month. Our state legislature blamed most of it on the elimination of the business inventory tax shifted over to property owners and we learned that was only part of the picture. The ugly reality of the true big picture was still hidden to us then.

Eventually that summer we came to understand the main cause of our people's property tax nightmare was the direct result of decades of the use of our property by politicians as collateral to the bond banks.

Our private property was made vulnerable to foreclosure by politicians for tax to pay for local government spending schemes such as school football stadiums, swimming pools, the downtown library debacle that tripled spending projections, and bloated salaries of far too many public school administrators who protect their political township fiefdoms above the education of Indiana's children. Our former mayor, we believe, was even bonding operating costs to run the city.

Today, the good news in Indiana is that is politically impossible to use property tax to finance wayward government spending. The bad news is that the politicians now seek new public resources to use as collateral to the bond banks and the new resource in their cross hairs is vital to our most basic human need for survival. They now target our water and natural gas as collateral to fund much needed infrastructure improvements the current city administration wants to make next year (coincidentally) when they are up for election.

Everyone is in agreement that we need to make these long over due infrastructure improvements to the city's sidewalks and sewers. Most of the proposed improvements have a guaranteed lifespan of 10 years. Yet the bonds, proposed to be held by the collateral of our water and natural gas utility rates, are for 30 years. This is not responsible borrowing.

On the plus side of the city's thinking, by doing these infrastructure projects in this economy we'll get good deals from the construction industry and decent bank rates too. However, no one from the city has engaged our top licensed independent private (not union) contractors for bids to my knowledge. They don't have a seat at the table. And perhaps that is because they have not paid a campaign donation for a private sit down at an elite downtown steak house with our mayor. I don't know for sure.

On top of it, the windfall the city will receive from the bonds is not a consistent number in their rhetoric. If you check, you will see the numbers they quote attached to this deal can vary from time to time by millions. I guess they hope we are not paying close attention.

Mayor Ballard's administration spent in the neighborhood of $9.3 million, according to the Indy Star, on studies and a PR campaign to sell this new ReBuild Indy bond banking scheme to us. Yet, no one in City Hall I have found will discuss the the morality of offering up something as vital to human survival as water as collateral to banks.

SEE: http://www.indystar.com/article/20100614/LOCAL18/6140325/Utilities-sale-s-extra-costs-bring-scrutiny

The People of Indianapolis are David against Goliath. We cannot independently raise $10 million to generate studies and a public relationship campaign to justify not bonding our water and natural gas as collateral to the banks. Yet, we all know that debt to banks is bringing America to her knees.

Common sense dictates that holding a natural resource such as water and natural gas as collateral to a bank for a debt is akin to putting one of our own children up as collateral.

The city suggests to the people, who are widely opposing this deal in the citizen blogging community, that we must offer up another solution to fix the city's sidewalks as if the sky will fall if we don't buy into this scheme. No doubt these improvements must be made.

However, are they more important than the $15 to $18 million per year they want to offer up to the Pacers? Are these infrastructure improvements more important than bailout out the Circle Centre Mall? Are these improvements more important than the millions planned to spend on yet another proposed rehab stab at the City Market? Are these improvements more important than the new buzz we're hearing to turn the former Central State Hospital into yet another sports complex?

Common sense dictates that we raise cash to make the much needed infrastructure improvements. The city has assets it can sell. I'm not sure what all of these assets are, but we have real estate that is sitting unused. Some of it is in the hands of township governments who hoard it. Perhaps uncovering these unused real estate assets sitting empty will give more reason to the argument to eliminate the fiefdoms of township government.

Perhaps instead of spending more millions on yet another rehab of the City Market, we should sell it (with lots of rules and provisions to protect its historic integrity) to savvy developers who are in the business of risk and know what to do to make that asset sizzle because it is their expertise. Maybe we should do the same with the big parking lots in the former Market Square Arena spot.

Maybe we should unload a golf course and divert parks personnel over to the worthy urban farming project this administration is working on right now...a project that holds promise to transform inner city lives by giving over land under thousands of boarded up houses for gardens and local sustainability, nutrition, and well being of our people. I can't say enough good words for the potential this project holds to transform the lives of our people and defeat the cancer that now rots our inner city.

I don't know all the answers. In part, because I don't have $10 million to spend on a study and unlimited time to devote to this matter, although it is on my heart day and night. What I do know is that is immoral to attach our city's water and natural gas to bonds our children and grandchildren rate payers for infrastructure improvements in an election year.

Before we go to the bond bank, let's assess our "cash in the attic" and all the real estate we can let go to liquidation for cash. And let's make sure our priorities are balanced by secure water and energy resources will be affordable long into the future to even our poorest residents. 


Melyssa tells NAACP she hopes it's ok to be black & conservative in America!

Hi Ben Jealous,

I looked and looked, but could not find documentation or proof of the N-word hurled at Andre Carson and the others as alleged. I can't take a politician's word for anything on face value. Can you blame me? It's not like they don't lie to us.

On the other hand, I did see the You Tube clip of a black conservative called the N-word by an SEIU member at a health care town hall in Missouri. The SEIU guys then beat up this black man and sent him to the hospital. It appears they attacked him because he was black and a conservative with a Gadsen flag. Maybe you guys heard of him. His name is Kenneth Gladney.

I was hoping back then the NAACP would have stood up for Kenneth Gladney in this recorded and well documented incident where there is hard evidence.

I hope it is ok by the NAACP to be black and conservative in America!


P.S. Ben, let's not let our hypocrisy silence us either! Peace, brother!

NAACP email to Melyssa


We are not backing down.

Yesterday, the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the racist acts of Tea Party protesters. The backlash from the Tea Party has been furious.

But we are not an organization that shies away from controversy. The NAACP was founded on hope, not hate -- and we will not stand idly by as racists work to divide our nation.

Add your name to our pledge to unify America and stop the racism:


The NAACP does not have a problem with the Tea Party, nor its existence. We have a problem with their acceptance and their welcoming of prejudice into their organization.

And in case there is any misunderstanding about what defines racism, let me be clear.

In March, racial slurs were hurled at members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they passed by a Tea Party health care protest in Washington, DC. Missouri Representative Emanuel Cleaver was spat on. People at the rally held signs covered in bigotry.

That is racism. That is racism filled with hate, ignorance and acts of violence. And we will not stand for it.

We are calling on all Americans to stand for the values that have made our country the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sign the pledge now:


The past year has been one of major triumphs and major setbacks in the fight for racial equality. But we will not let bigotry silence us.

We are one people. We are one nation. And we are all NAACP Americans.

Thank you for your support,

Ben Jealous
President and CEO

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

INDY LEADERSHIP: National laughing stock :(

I don't want my city to be known for this. I worked hard to help get Mayor Ballard elected. And it wasn't so that national bloggers would blog about what stupid morons we are.
--Melyssa for HFFT

Pacers Screw Indianapolis, Don't Even Kiss Them Afterward
This might be the worst of all taxpayer-funded bailouts: the city of Indianapolis will pay at least $33 million to keep the Pacers for the next three years — not even with a new arena, but just to maintain the status quo.

Keep in mind the Pacers are playing in Conseco Fieldhouse rent-free. Keep in mind the building is only 11 years old. And keep in mind they signed a contract to play there through 2019.
It's apparently not good enough any more. The Pacers have been grumbling about the costs of playing in Indianapolis, and have threatened to pack up and move if they don't get some more cash for the city. It's a ransom, plain and simple.

The city caved, and taxpayers are on the hook for $10 million annually for the next three years. That's more than half of the team's operating costs. And if that's not enough, they're going to chip in at least $3.5 million for improvements to the arena.

It's clear that Indianapolis needs the Pacers more than the Pacers need Indianapolis. But usually when a team holds a city hostage, they at least toss them a bone: a shiny new arena, or an extension of their contract with the venue. Not here. This is just a blatant cash grab by the Pacers, taking millions of dollars just to agree to live up to the terms of the deal they happily signed.

Pacers getting $33.5 million to stay [Indianapolis Star]
Send an email to Barry Petchesky, the author of this post, at mailto:barryp@deadspin.com?subject=http://deadspin.com/5584948/pacers-screw-indianapolis-dont-even-kiss-them-afterward.

Field of Schemes goofs on Indy sucker leadership

How embarassing to be the laughing stock of the country right now. As America enters the Great Depression, Indy's city leadership makes sure the town's billionaires get one over on us.

July 12, 2010
Indy to pay Pacers $33m over three years for no damn reason

It's a couple of weeks late, but the Indiana Pacers have obtained their boodle: The city of Indianapolis has agreed to pay the Pacers $10 million a year for the next three years (plus $3.5 million for a new ribbon ad board, among other things) to play at Conseco Fieldhouse, the taxpayer-funded arena that the team plays at rent-free and keeps all revenues from. That's less than the full $15 million in annual operating costs — the Pacers' only arena-related expense — that the team owners said they wanted the city to cover, but not a whole heck of a lot less, especially considering that the Pacers' lease isn't actually up yet.

In exchange, the city gets a commitment by the Pacers to stay in town ... for three years. After that, the team could break its lease and leave town with a smaller penalty, which would dwindle to zero by 2019, the year that their lease is actually set to expire. I don't think the Indianapolis Star used my quote, but what I told their reporter was something along the lines of "This is a pretty crappy payoff for $30 million in government subsidies."

For its part, Deadspin, with its classic understatement, called the deal "the worst of all taxpayer-funded bailouts," "a ransom, plain and simple," and "a blatant cash grab by the Pacers, taking millions of dollars just to agree to live up to the terms of the deal they happily signed."

None of which I'd argue with, though I would take issue with Deadspin's contention that "Indianapolis needs the Pacers more than the Pacers need Indianapolis," given that there aren't a heck of a lot of cities with NBA-ready arenas, and certainly not with Indianapolis' fan base. It seems like the city's Capital Improvement Board caved to a major local business player — which may be partly explained by the fact that the CIB's president is a former aide to this guy.

The CIB still needs to vote to cough up the dough, which it plans to pull out of its operating budget. Yes, that's the same operating budget that ran out of money last year and had to be propped up with a $27 million state loan; with this in mind, at least one state representative says he wants to block the Pacers deal. Best of luck with that: The Pacers may not be able to beat anyone in the NBA Central, but they're unstoppable when going one-on-one with Indianapolis elected officials.

Posted by Neil deMause in Indiana Pacers

Monday, July 12, 2010

Which city wanted (and could afford) the Pacers?

Press Release from Mayor Ballard's office:

I wanted to update you on today's announcement regarding the 3-year agreement reached between the City's Capital Improvement Board and Pacers Sports and Entertainment. As you know, since I campaigned in 2007 my pledge has been to tackle the City's challenges in an honest and responsible manner and to improve City services while maintaining my top priority of protecting our taxpayers. The CIB agreement with Pacers Sports and Entertainment honors that pledge.

This agreement is about Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers did not ask and we would not consider helping with team operating costs. The Fieldhouse is a City-owned public building that must be run with or without the Pacers. It is less expensive for the City, and therefore the taxpayers, to keep the Pacers as the prime tenant.

When you spend as much time out in the community as I do, you hear a lot of opinions. I understand there is a lot of frustration with the recent performance of the Indiana Pacers and I know there are people who don't want the City to do anything to keep the team here. But the value and impact of keeping the Pacers in Indianapolis goes far beyond their most recent win-loss record.

It's imperative for people to know that the economic impact of losing the Indiana Pacers was estimated at $55 million per year with a direct impact to local government of $18 million per year. Also, nearly 1000 jobs are directly related to the Pacers and Fever playing in Conseco Fieldhouse - and the number of jobs grows exponentially when you include all activities in the Fieldhouse and the nearby employers dependent on downtown activity.

In addition to considering the loss of jobs and tax revenue, it's critical for residents to understand that Conseco Fieldhouse is a City-owned building. Without the Pacers as the prime tenant, taxpayers would have to shoulder the entire cost of operating the Fieldhouse without the benefit of tax receipts - a total estimated at $15-18 million per year. Finally, it is important to factor in our City's status as a sports capital and the role it plays in recruiting employers and conventions to Indianapolis, which in turn generates significant tax revenue.

Even while considering all these facts, the agreement was not reached easily, but the alternative was far worse. We could not afford to lose the Pacers to another city. Therefore, we reached a 3-year agreement which preserves the $55 million annual economic impact, the $18 million annual direct impact to local government, and we protected thousands of jobs and taxpayers. Most importantly, the $10 million in financial assistance to operate our City-owned facility for 3 years comes without any additional tax increases.

The millions of dollars generated by tax revenues from the Fieldhouse and downtown activity help fund improvements in your neighborhood, and many of the 66,000 people with jobs tied to our hospitality industry are your neighbors. I'm asking for your help to communicate some of the lesser known facts behind this decision over the coming days because preserving the economic and marketing viability of our City affects all of us. I hope I can count on you to voice your support both publicly and privately.


Gregory A. Ballard
Mayor of Indianapolis

Friday, July 9, 2010

Update from City Council President Ryan Vaughn on the city water bond deal

On the earlier blogpost from yesterday, I inserted an update from Ryan. It's here in italics.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I got my tin foil hat, do you?

"There's a government inside the government & I don't control it!" --Bill Clinton

Here's a little straight talk from the former Candian defense minister, Paul Hellyer

Common sense solution to city's sidewalks

Over on Abdul's blog there is a good discussion going between a thoughtful liberal who calls himself "Think Again", City Council President Ryan Vaughn, and Abdul's readers about the transfer of the city's water company to Citizen's Gas and the bonds that would be issued in the deal to pay for infrastructure.

TA wrote a short analysis of why the deal is bad and, to his credit, Ryan Vaughn responded (in red ink) with his response. It is a must read for anyone who is following the proposed utility transfer. Vaughn's response mirrors what the mayor's office and his lawyers want. TA's analysis seems to be more in line with what The People are saying about the deal.

Unfortunately, we don't know for sure the exact number of the gargantuan bond that will be issued to Citizen's Gas. The number we hear from the politicians changes a lot depending, I guess, on which politician is talking and what day it is.

Every citizen in Marion County ( who is not directly profiting from this bond deal) is seeing huge blinking DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! signs. If you know of a citizen blogging in favor of this deal, please let me know.

Update 7/9/10: Ryan Vaughn emailed me to say that 62% of the people polled want the transfer and the bond deal. I replied to ask for the wording of the poll question and how, when, and where the poll was implemented. I explained to Ryan that most of the people I am currently and unscientifically polling don't understand the deal and when it is explained that our water and energy are being used as collateral, they are recoiling. I seriously doubt if the poll question plainly states to our citizens that their water is being used as collateral on the debt.

Because Ryan (to his credit) is so forthcoming in communication, I seriously doubt that he won't give me the exact language of the polling question. I also believe that he is pushing/selling is what he feels is right. However keep in mind, Ryan's work environment is Barnes & Thornburg lawyers inside one of the top mover/shaker law firms of the city,
and are legal counsel on record to Veolia Water. His influences are likely much different than yours and mine.

President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the other self-serving elitists among his administration effectively forced the health care bill down the throats of Americans AGAINST OUR WILL! It will likely cause the Democrats the House of Representatives and Obama his presidency.

Surely, our Mayor, "The People's Mayor" would not resort to tactics like Obama used to force something we don't want upon us. Or would he? He seems to be doing just that.

Here's a common sense idea. Let's raise some good old fashioned CASH! Cash has power and it doesn't have consequences down the road. CASH doesn't have interest due to the banksters.

Let's examine first which areas of the city are most in need and exactly how much it will cost using the best deals we can get from our local private qualified licensed contractors."

Let's fix our infrastructure in easily manageable and transparent stages starting with whatever area is most in need of attention. Let's raise the cash as we go.

I know we have a bunch of assets we could sell that no one would miss. Things like all that real estate sitting empty. Let's start there.

Another option is to see if the public would write a one time cash check to the city to take care of the most urgent of needs. This might not be a hard sell if The People were backing the idea.

And finally, a suggestion was made to me today by property tax activist, Dave Bond, that if we did issue bonds, why couldn't those bonds be backed by the cash of our own citizens? We could run it like a credit union. That way those who ponied up cash could be paid the interest as a return, rather than hold a vital human need (water and energy) as collateral to the banksters.

I am open to anyone challenging me as to why these ideas are not prudent and why they should not be our first course of action before we offer up VITAL collateral to more borrowing from the bond banks. Banks and interest are bringing America to her knees!

We all know this to be true. It is time to collectively say we are not having it! NO MORE!

The use of our homes as collateral led to the property tax crisis. Our homes were used as an unending revenue source until The People could take no more. Surely, we learned from that colossal mistake. Surely, somewhere deep inside our lost Mayor Ballard, he gets it.

These deals always, I repeat ALWAYS, cost us way more in the long term than the upfront promises of politicians. They always turn ugly.

The politicians pushing this on us must turn off this path! Let's raise the cash and sell some of our under used and unnecessary assets instead.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bill Still: The Secret of OZ / Solutions For a Broken Economy

There are four parts to this Alex Jones interview. This is part one. The other parts are on You Tube. It is a fascinating interview and filled me with hope that we can beat this vampire sucking the life and wealth from our earth. Stiller says that Iceland is standing strong against the banksters and states that only Iceland and the U.S. can lead the planet through this blatant hijacking of our wealth by the big banks (like JP Morgan Chase).

Oh Happy Day! I quit JP Morgan Chase Bank

A month or so ago, I set up my new membership account with a federal credit union. You should too!

Today I quit my account with JP Morgan Chase.

Ask yourself this, if Chase can figure out millions of our bank accounts to the penny, then why can't they account for where their TARP bailout money went?

The guy who closed my account had no answer. He alluded to me being an internet conspiracy nutcase (of course).

I gave my Chase branch a copy of the 30-page report prepared by Catherine Austin Fitts of the Solari Group. The report, Disclosure in the Precious Metals Puzzle Palace, exhaustively details and footnotes the evidence that Chase, along with the other usual bankster suspects, are systematically manipulating the gold and silver markets by selling paper for precious metals they don't have. They are running it like their usual unaccountable ponzi schemes.

Again, ask yourself. If these banksters can figure millions of people's accounts down to the damned penny, why is it they cannot account for where our money (the TARP funds) was spent?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Becky Williams pens letter to Marion County citizens

I've always liked Becky Williams. I think the lady has a whole lot of moxy and genuine love of The People. She's also a dedicated and unselfish public servant. Please read her letter to us asking for help, and lend her a hand. She deserves the office.
--Melyssa for HFFT

If you are as concerned as I am about the property tax issues affecting the residents of Marion County, I hope you will join me in the fight for change. By the current assessor’s own admission, there are currently 33,000 property tax appeals, many of them going back to the 2006-07 tax years! It is imperative that these appeals are handled in a timely manner! Currently, customer service is practically nonexistent. Each and every property owner rightfully expects to be assessed fairly, accurately, and efficiently, whether it’s their personal, residential or commercial property. This can only happen if the assessor is experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated to the taxpayers.

I began working in the Franklin Township Assessor’s Office in 1985. In 1999 I was elected township assessor. During my tenure I have been president of the Indiana Assessor Association, Inc. (IAAI), co-education director and personal property instructor. I have organized numerous conferences for 800+ participants and worked with the legislature on assessing issues.

Knowledge and education are vital in the operation of the assessor’s office. This year Indiana implemented the Level III Certified Assessor – Appraiser certification. I was awarded mine on January 26, 2010.

This past fall I received calls from several community leaders and a number of Marion County residents urging me to seek the office of Marion County Assessor. After prayerful consideration and family discussions, I decided to accept this challenge. The May primary awarded me the endorsement of the Marion County Republicans.

I have been actively involved in civic and political issues for over thirty years. I’ve served on the Franklin Township Advisory Board, Civic League, Positive Growth Committee, and as a consultant to the Franklin Township Economical Development Committee and the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, to name a few.

I am excited by the opportunity I might have to correct the property tax problems, but before I can serve I must conduct a very aggressive campaign. It will take a strong and dedicated grass roots organization for me to be successful in this election. With thousands of brochures to purchase, hundreds of yard signs to order, and scores of radio ads to buy, I will need your help.

Your contribution, made payable to “Elect Becky Williams” will help to bring experience, dedication and knowledge to the office of Marion County Assessor. No amount is too small, since small donations can add up quickly. In addition, if you would like to help my campaign by distributing yard signs, making phone calls, knocking on doors, or other volunteer activities, your help would be greatly appreciated. Call me at 317-446-0673 or send me an e-mail at beckywilliams1@comcast.net to volunteer.

Let’s work together to correct the property tax problems once and for all! Please help me in my journey to restore common sense, dedication, customer service, and equitable assessments to the Marion County Assessor’s Office. Thank you in advance for your encouragement, generous support and prayers!


Becky Williams