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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Campaign Contributors Lookup

Campaign Contributors Lookup

If these political contributors had just given their money to a worthy cause like helping to develop new businesses in Hendry County that would create more jobs for residents as well as offer more opportunity to residents for shopping at home.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

How Long Do We Have?

I have always heard about this democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print. God help us, not that we deserve it.
How Long Do We Have?
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.'
'A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.'

'>From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.'
'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years'
'During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage'
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: 'In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare...' Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the 'governmental dependency' phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
We need to realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

Sunday, January 15, 2006


Short of taking a page out of history and recreating the "Boston Tea Party", all US Taxpayers have an opportunity to throw off the shackles of taxation slavery called the US Income Tax. A bill is in Congress under the title of the FAIR TAX BILL that will eliminate the IRS. and all Federal income taxes. and no more W 2 wage withholding.
The FAIR TAX BILL is in the US Senate as SR25 and in the US House as HR25, and you should be using all and any means at your disposal to force your Senators and Representatives to get the bill out of committee and up for vote and into law. Up to now, all proposed tax reform has been one ridiculous, convoluted ponzt scheme after another, only serving to further subjugate the working, middle class.
The FAIR TAX would eliminate the IRS and all of it's dysfunctional, discriminatory codes, and policies, with a national sales tax at the register. FAIR TAX would tax wealth not wages, earnings or profits. Other than the shock of not seeing any taxes withheld from paychecks, you keep ALL that you earn, and only pay taxes when you spend. The FAIR TAX currently has over 35 sponsors in Congrees with hundreds of economists, industry, labor and taxpayer groups rallying for it's passage and implementation. It's your money!! Take it BACK!!!
-T. W. Bill Neville

Monday, June 27, 2005

Guess Who? You'll be surprised

Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and who's employee's have the following statistics:

29 have been accused of spousal abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
19 have been accused of writing bad checks
117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
3 have done time for assault
71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
8 have been arrested for shoplifting
21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

Can you guess which organization this is? Give up yet?
It's the 535 members of the United States Congress. The same group of Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Social Security Reform

What do you think about the privatization of the Social Security funding?

Some of the comments that I have gotten from local residents are:
  • Raise the upper contribution limits.
  • Make the politicians contribute to the fund and receive the same benefits.
  • Stop borrowing from the Social Security fund.
  • Invest the fund into high yield investments.

Nobody I have spoken with wants to have to worry about investing because they don't know how and feel that investors will steal their money.

One of Hendry County citizens wanted President Bush to know how she felt about his plan. The following is the link to a video made by KARE TV in Minneapolis MN where Suzanne Harper went to make her position known.


If you have a suggestion that you want to make known please post it on this blog.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

What the Media doesn't tell you.

  • Did you know that 47 countries have re-established their embassies inIraq?
  • Did you know that the Iraqi government employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?
  • Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq?
  • Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers?
  • Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2004 for the re-established Fulbright program?
  • Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5- 100-footpatrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a navel infantry regiment.
  • Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operation squadrons,9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft which operate day andnight, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 bell jet rangers?
  • Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?
  • Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?
  • Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?
  • Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.
  • Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?
  • Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq andphone use has gone up 158%?
  • Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consist of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?
  • Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?
  • Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a recent televised debate recently?
  • Did you know that the 80 Billion dollars that the US is spending for the democracy in Iraq is going back into the US economy creating new jobs?

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Wasteful spending

As the LaBelle Airport continues to operate at a loss and the Aviation economy is in a slump, Hendry County staff recommended and County Commissioners approved the expenditure of millions of tax dollars for the purchase of additional land to widen and extend the runway. If these expenditures are made it will remove taxable lands from our tax base.

The only justification given for this expenditure is that the State has grant monies available. Putting in the improvements at the airport is only the beginning. Will there be grant monies available to keep up with the necessary maintenance of the runway? So far the airport has not even been able to repair the facilities or cut the grass. Is there a plan to fund the operation of the airport over the next 10-20 years?

Many comments from professional aviators have noted that the LaBelle Airport is to close to residents and businesses, which in the future will cause safety and noise issues that could close the airport.

After 911 and the hurricanes many Aviation businesses have filed bankruptcy. The cost of a new or used Aircraft exceeds the majority of income levels in Hendry County. The major users (30) of the LaBelle Airport are ultralight and homebuilt aircraft. These aircraft do not buy aviation fuel, which is supposed to be the major source of income.

The cost of Aviation fuel, which is $3.00-4.00 per gallon has grounded may weekend flyers. Income and unemployment levels in Hendry County reduce the number of student pilots due to the escalating costs of learning to fly.

Hendry County only has thirty thousand people and it has two airports. The other airport is Air Glades, which consists of 2500 revenue-generating acres. The Air Glades Airport serves both Glades and Hendry County residents. From an economic standing it is centrally located in the County and a maximum of 30 minutes from the farthest boundaries of the County and is located near major arterial roads.

There are two other major Airports within 30 minutes from LaBelle and that is Immokalee and South West Regional.

Thousands of tourist and locals ride on roads in Hendry County that are substandard, dangerous and need improvements. The commissioners and staff continually argue that the County does not have enough money to make the improvements.

The statistics speak for themselves. If this was your business do you think your advisors or the bank would let you invest this amount of money without a visible return on your money or a plan?

Voice your concerns about this waste of tax dollars, make a point of attending the County Commission meetings this year and learn more about how your tax dollars are being wasted.