Forsyth County Tea Party Officers for 2015

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The Tea Party opened nominations for a new slate of officers in September. During this time we did not receive more than one qualified candidate for any position. Due to this fact, we move that those who stepped forward to take on those responsibilities automatically assume the office for which they have applied, barring any objections from voting-eligible members of the Forsyth County Tea Party.

** Thanks to all those who “stepped up to the plate.” **

Below are the résumés for those who have qualified for the leadership positions of Chairman, 1st Vice Chair, and Treasurer.

 

$200 Million Forsyth County Transportation Bond – A Bad Deal for Forsyth County Taxpayers

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Recently, many residents of Forsyth County have received a mailer concerning the $200 million Forsyth County Transportation Bond. The giant glossy postcard begins by claiming that we “…can keep our money in Forsyth and begin road projects as soon as next year.” That sounds good, right? But what are the facts behind the slick marketing campaign? Are impressive graphics, “happy talk,” a $200 million debt enough to solve the traffic problems of Forsyth County? Every time citizens approve a bond referendum, they are signing a blank check and trusting the government to do the right thing.

The mailer states that, “Unless we pass the Forsyth Transportation Bond, our money will be given to Atlanta and other parts of the state instead of invested locally to address our traffic congestion that continues to gridlock our community.” In addition, there is a bullet point that states, “Funds Matched Dollar-For-Dollar.” These are, perhaps, the most egregiously disingenuous statements of all. The fact of the matter is that the tax money from Forsyth County IS ALREADY being given to fund road projects in Atlanta and other parts of the state. The bottom line is that if this bond passes, we will be taxed twice and to add insult on top of injury, we will probably have to raise taxes to cover the cost.

In addition, while there is the promise that funds will be matched with state and federal dollars, this is NOT a guarantee — and let’s not forget that these are dollars which we are already owed because they have been collected previously in fuel and other transportation taxes. The citizens will be obligated to a bond that will cost us $200 million, while the state and the federal governments might contribute $93 million; an amount that does not meet the “dollar-for-dollar” standard that is touted in by the authors of the mailer. (Perhaps they’re using Common Core math.) In fact, several years ago, Forsyth County signed a contract with the state of Georgia in which the state “guaranteed” state funds. It remains an unfulfilled promise reminiscent of, “…if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

The county government WILL NOT be obligated to complete the projects listed on the mailer – a veritable “wish list” of road projects for anyone who has to deal with a daily commute from Forsyth County. The implication is that if this bond is passed, the projects will be completed immediately without a multiple year wait – “…next year [yes, bolded on the flyer], instead of the 10-20 year timeline.” It is a “siren song” that is meant to tempt the voters and convince them that they can have their wish today – instant gratification without any cost. It has been difficult, however, to get the Commissioners to commit to any of the listed projects for certain. They will only say that they are “a priority.” The only thing this bond WILL do, for certain, is create a major debt obligation on the citizens of Forsyth County; and if the revenues to cover the bonds do not come in, then the government has the unlimited authority to raise taxes to meet the bond obligation.

Write the editors of our local publications and tell everyone you know, this is NOT a good deal for the taxpayers of Forsyth County! Time is short and we must vote against increasing our debt burden with NO guarantee of results or accountability should those results fail to materialize.

DEADLINE EXTENDED!! — 2015 TEA PARTY OFFICER ELECTIONS

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We are now in the process of nominating and electing Forsyth County Tea Party Officers for 2015. If you are interested in serving, please submit a document with your name, a short bio (one or two paragraphs) which includes a brief description of your history with the Tea Party movement and any other political causes. You should also include the reason(s) you are seeking the position.

Leadership positions are as follows:

• Chairman
• 1st Vice Chair
• 2nd Vice Chair
• Treasurer
• Secretary

You will need to be a paid, voting-eligible Forsyth Tea Party member in order to run for a leadership position. The deadline for this submission is Sunday, October 19, 2014 in order to have candidate information ready for our members for the October 2014 meeting on Monday the 20th.

The new officers will be announced at our November monthly meeting on Monday, November, 17, 2014.

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The Forsyth County Tea Party

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014!

Register to VoteYou can’t make your vote count if you aren’t eligible to vote. Don’t be disappointed when the polls open, make sure that you, and your friends and family, are registered to vote, and that the registration is up to date.

In April of this year, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office introduced a new online voter registration system called OLVR. While traditional voter registration is still available, this gives prospective voters an opportunity to register beyond the traditional county Registrar’s Office, or by snail mail. You can also register and find out other important voter information with the new app called GA Vote, which is available at the iTunes App Store.

Time is growing short; the deadline to register in order to be eligible to vote in the 2014 Election, no matter what method you choose, is Monday, October 6, 2014.

*** Don’t forget about Advance Voting! If you can’t get to the polls on Election Day, or you just want to avoid the Election Day scene, then Advance Voting is for you. Your county Registrar’s Office has all the information. You can also exercise the option to vote absentee. Absentee ballot applications can be found here –> http://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/absentee_ballot_app.pdf. ***

Video – August 2014 – State Rep Mike Dudgeon Discusses Article V, Convention of States

Videos of Speakers from Our July 2014 Meeting

At our monthly meeting on Monday, July 21, 2014, we welcomed three guest speakers.Tea Party member and author, Betty Sue Prollock, discussed her new book, “The Abominations of the Obama-Nation.”

Forsyth GOP Chairman, Brad Wilkins, spoke about how the Tea Party and GOP could work together to elect conservative candidates.

Robert Chambers, of the Hwy 20 Coalition, addressed issues concerning the expansion of Georgia State Highway 20 and the importance of citizen involvement in the decision-making process.

[If you miss any of our meetings, you can still hear our guest speakers via our videos.]

The Cost of Discouraging Achievement

The following video gives a socio-economic and cultural perspective on what happens in a society when need becomes a virtue and success a vice. Could the USA be far behind?

Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal.

– Frederic Bastiat

Intolerable!

What and who are the Tea Party? What is their motivation? How did it get started? Why would the establishments of both major political parties be happy to see them go away?

Watch “Intolerable!” and find out.

 

First They Came for the Parents…

Do Not Question Authority

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When is it time to speak up and speak out? When it’s easy? The faction (in both political parties), that is unrelenting in its push for the adoption of the Common Core standards in public education across the country, is so threatened by the exposure of required course content that they are resorting to strong-arm tactics to silence opposition.

A parent attending an open school board meeting in New Hampshire was trying to awaken fellow parents as to the nature of the “literature” to which high school freshman, including his own daughter, were being exposed. He was handcuffed, arrested, and removed from the meeting ostensibly for speaking outside of the two-minute speaking limit. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/06/watch-what-happens-when-one-parent-speaks-out-at-a-school-board-meeting-about-a-controversial-book-assigned-to-his-daughter/

If there is nothing to fear from the Common Core Curriculum Standards; if this man’s only “violation” was exceeding the two minute speaking limit; if we actually have “local control;” then why was this man handcuffed and arrested. He wasn’t merely ejected and escorted from the meeting – he was arrested. Is it the object of the “powers that be” to instill a fear of speaking out in the public at large? What was done to this man is a sign of cowardice by the authorities. Why are the proponents of Common Core so fearful of an open and honest debate? If Common Core is as great as they say; if Common Core is truly superior to anything that came before it; if parents have absolutely nothing to fear about the implementation of the Common Core Curriculum standards; the advocates of Common Core would welcome open and honest debate – they would not try to shut it down and marginalize the opponents of Common Core a la Saul Alinsky.

Most of you have heard this countless times, but it cannot be stated often enough:

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
– Edmund Burke

The time to speak out is now. It’s not easy to do so, and those who do are subject to derision and, in some cases, persecution; but we only lose the fight when we give up.

[First they came for…]