Dear Independent Conservative Voter,
Please tell us your position on each of the following proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution: Your voice will help us get a sense of how our members stand on these issues.
Currently we suggest the following on 1, 2, 3, 4, 9: YES and on 5, 6, 7, 8: NO, however we still want your opinion. Let us know what you think. We're listening
Pros & Cons of the Nov. 5th Constitutional Amendment Election
Proposition 1 (HJR 62) The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.
PROS: The surviving spouses of service members killed in action are as deserving of a residence homestead property tax exemption as the surviving spouses of totally disabled service members, who were extended such an exemption just two years ago.
CONS: If the legislature continues to expand the categories of property owners who receive property tax exemptions, local governments may have to raise property taxes in order to generate the same amount of revenue.
Proposition 2 (HJR 79) The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.
PROS: Would shrink state government since both are defunct.
Proposition 3 (HJR 133) The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.
PROS: Texas is one of the few states that still assesses an inventory tax, a fact that places state businesses at a competitive disadvantage. Prop. 3 would extend the tax exemption period on storing aircraft parts in the state and provide more tax relief to aerospace manufacturers, which often hold parts in inventory for an extended period of time.
CONS: Instead of granting extensions, the legislature should consider eliminating the antiquated and punitive inventory tax.
Proposition 4 (HJR 24) The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.
PROS: Prop. 4 would apply only to veterans who were disabled during their military service and who received a home from a charitable organization. This tax exemption would be appropriate considering the sacrifices made by these veterans.
CONS: Singling out specific groups for property tax exemptions could erode local property tax bases and undermine uniformity in taxation.
Proposition 5 (SJR 18) The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.
PROS: Texas is the only state in which seniors cannot get reverse mortgages. Under current law, seniors have to purchase a home with a conventional mortgage and then take out a reverse mortgage on equity in the new home. Prop. 5 would allow Texas seniors to combine these steps into a single transaction, thereby saving money on closing costs and allowing them to move into a new home without a mortgage payment.
CONS: Loosening these restrictions by allowing reverse mortgages for the purchase of homes could make Texans more vulnerable to future financial difficulties.
Proposition 6 (SJR 1) The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.
PROS: Ensuring an adequate water supply is vital to the public health and continued economic well-being of the state. The amendment would create two funds to help finance key
projects in the state water plan by pulling about $2 billion from the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund).
CONS: Taking $2 billion out of the fund could result in a credit downgrade and curtail the state's ability to deal with a revenue shortfall. Spending Rainy Day funds for infra-structure projects that already have access to capital would be inappropriate, given that education and transportation are also taking from the fund. Instead the state should ease regulatory burdens that currently hinder the development of an adequate available water supply in the state.
Proposition 7 (HJR 87) The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.
PROS: Would allow home-rule municipalities to choose how to fill city council vacancies. This amendment removes the requirement to hold a mandatory and costly special election for those positions.
CONS: Prop. 7 could increase the opportunity for corruption in local government by allowing city officials to avoid elections and appoint political allies.
Proposition 8 (HJR 147 and SJR 54) The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
PROS: Prop. 8 would remove a provision in the Texas Constitution that sets the maximum tax rate for districts in Hidalgo County at 10 cents per $100 valuation of taxable property value. This rate is far lower than the rate available to other Texas counties. The 83rd Legislature enacted HB 3793, which includes procedures for Hidalgo County to create a hospital district with a maximum tax rate of 75 cents per $100 property valuation. The amendment would allow local officials and voters to create a sorely needed hospital district.
CONS: Prop. 8 could open the door to an increase taxes for Hidalgo County property owners.
Proposition 9 (SJR 42) The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
PROS: Would authorize the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to use additional disciplinary actions--including public admonition, warning, reprimand or required additional training-- against judges or justices after a hearing. The current law allows the SCJC to issue a public censure or recommend a judge's removal or retirement.
CONS: Current constitutional provisions are appropriate because they help ensure that formal proceedings are used only in the most serious cases of alleged judicial misconduct. This protects the confidentiality of judges and shields them from public exposure resulting from unwarranted allegations and from those unhappy with the results of a case or from political opponents.
Sources: Texas Legislative Council, House Research Organization, and The Texas Tribune, 9/5/13
We'll report any changes from our Voters Picks back to you as soon as possible, since early voting is going on now!!
Remember this - these off-year elections often give us a voice in determining our laws, and many bad ones just because of low voter turn-out. Sometimes only 10% of eligible voters show up to vote. That means you are voting for nine other people who are too lazy or uninformed to bother voting.
Here's the Force Multiplier in the equation - if you get ONE MORE PERSON to vote with you on these recommendations, then you and your friend have the voting power of 20 no-shows! And if you get ten voters to vote with you, you are voting 100 times, and even better, you are cancelling out 99 of the Low Information Voters.
That is exciting. Just ten friends. You can do it!
Independent Conservative Voters
5% of America approves of Congress. That means 95% of Americans disapprove of Congress. This writer posits that 5% approval essentially amounts to the friends and family members of elected officials, Government employees and Military personnel under orders to support the government. (Funny if not so sad) This writer trusts all agree that 95% disapproval requires that the majority of the rank and file members of both the alleged Republican and alleged Democrat Party disapprove of Congress. Despite this, our Provdaesque Major Media insists on running with the spin that it’s the alleged Republican Party that is in trouble?
Enough. This rank and file American writer sees this Obamacare Government Shutdown for the "Wizard of Oz - Never mind the man behind the curtain" spectacle that it was. This spectacle was intended to divide, conquer, distract and confuse WE THE PEOPLE. This rank and file American writer will Speak Truth to Power at President Barrack Obama and Congress while at the same time informing his fellow rank and file Americans of the true nature of the activities of the "man behind the curtain" that this Wizard of Oz spectacle was intended to distract them from.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
Though you would-be aristocrats think little of Rank and File Americans, WE THE PEOPLE are able to see through your deceptions. Congress just may not hear about it because many fear the retaliation and blow back of Speaking Truth to Power. What a shameful lot you Congressfolks are for making individual Americans choose between their unalienable Right to the Pursuit of Happiness and holding you folks accountable.
What planet do you people who constitute America's present Ruling Class live on? Have you never heard of this wonderful communication device called the internet? Do you not know that Major Media no longer has a monopoly on the flow of information to we rank and file Americans? Do you not know the aristocracies of Old World Europe were torn down by the ease of communication caused by the relatively primitive printing press? All over the internet, Rank and File Americans are shouting, "The emperor has no clothes".
Now able to compare notes, We rank and file Americans have came to the conclusion that our elected officials seem to be managing and manipulating us like livestock instead of representing in the fashion the Founders envisioned. You know, that Natural Law, Unalienable Rights, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Rule of Law thingy that you folks find so lame and constraining.
There is a rank and file American saying"
"Fool me one, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me!"
CONGRESSIONAL INSIDER TRADING
Let us begin with Congressional Insider Trading!
Let it be known that we rank and file Americans who comprise WE THE PEOPLE have not forgot about Congressional Insider Trading. Congress got caught and exposed by 60 minutes! (Hats off to 60 Minutes!)Congress passed some lame, half-hearted legislation making it illegal for Congressfolks to engage in Insider Trading (which was/is already illegal for the rest of rank and file America) President Barrack Obama signed it into law. And then Congress gutted and repealed that reform while America wasn't paying attention! And President Barrack Obama signed that to. What is your malfunction?
Congressional Insider Trading allows Congressfolks to...
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Those were my thoughts.
Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.
If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps you should contact your local elected officials and let them know. If you are afraid of repercussions, snail mail it anonymously and ask them to respond in the local paper or their own monthly/quarterly internet newsletter. Even if this article refers to something outside you geographic area, it still likely applies to your location. Remember all those taxpayer training junkets we taxpayers send the bureaucrats on? They all learn the same “livestock management” techniques to use on WE THE PEOPLE.
And that leaves WE THE PEOPLE with this conundrum: While our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny; WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy.
Finally, this article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar
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If nothing else, Obamacare has separated the sheep from the goats (Republicans from the RINOS) and revealed who the self-serving wolves are in the Republican Party. It couldn't be more clear that many of the Republicans in D.C are as implicit in passing and PROTECTING this unwanted, unconstitutional, poorly planned, and too expensive entitlement as the Liberals. I am no longer buying their insincere attempts and deceptive show of support of the Conservative principles outlined in the Republican platform. I am no longer buying their contrived deals that they regretfully make at the end of every battle. They are either the biggest losers or it is intentional! The Kentucky Kickback is the last slap in the face that I need to come to my senses and get off of this merry-go-round.
This wasn't an easy conclusion for me to come to and admit. I lived for 16 years in the most Conservative area in Maryland, and I was blessed with Republican representation at almost every level. Most of them have stood valiantly and firmly on Republican/Conservative principles. I know that my Republican friends, especially those running for office, will say that I am wrong and that I am hurting the Party. I guess they need a few more slaps in the face or maybe they are even RINOs in training. The Republicans in D.C. have once again caved to the demands of the Progressive Liberals. If the RINOS want to blame the TEA Party for the shutdown, I want to blame establishment Republicans for their embarrassing but predictable surrender where they gave away everything and then some. Ted Cruz is not the "laughing stock." The RINOs are a joke who while the world watched they once again sold out the best interest of the people for personal financial gain or political career-building capital.
The Liberals (politicians and media) are probably quite pleased with themselves for creating, encouraging, and nurturing the rift between the RINOs and the Tea Party. That is just what Liberals do. I am not nearly as offended by them as I am by those in my own Party who denounce, degrade, and distance themselves from the Tea Party. Instead they should look up and see the cavalry coming! The Tea Party are the soldiers in this political fight who will volunteer to go to the front lines for them if they are not willing or able to go! The Tea Party would have their backs! They are stiff-arming their greatest defense! Why would they do that for any other reason than self-interest? They are just as smug and just as elitist as the Left.
I am more determined than ever after this last cowardly and costly surrender to vote for principles over party. I will promote principles over party. I will campaign for principles over Party. I will debate issues not Party lines. If and when the RINOs decide to really put up a fight for the principles in their own platform...I will run to the front lines and I will get their back. Until then....I would not be against a third party. There. I said it.
As I sit here and try to think of a great topic to write about I can’t help but feel frustrated and uninspired. I constantly find myself so angry about our country’s current state that I can never focus on just one topic. I feel as if I am being pulled so thin by a faceless group of elitists who only care about their own power and stature. It has gotten to the point where I don’t even want to watch the news or go on web pages like Drudge Report. It just seems like everything sucks! I am so tired of feeling this way. I use my writing as an outlet to express my passion, but lately my frustration level has well exceeded my passion. I am to the point where I am so disgusted by our elected officials that I could just scream.
There is such a feeling of resentment brewing inside of me that I have gotten to the point where I loathe Democrats and their socialistic agendas. They have never worked. I have completely lost faith in the Republican Party to fight for limited government and sound fiscal policy. The Republicans have had a few superstars come to the plate - such as Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz - but that had to be immediately shut down by biased journalism. OK so the media is Obama’s puppet and we have all known that for quite some time now. No brand new information there. But what gets me are senior Republican officials siding with Democrats on extremely important issues such as Obama-care because Ted Cruz did not get permission to speak freely from the kids who have been playing the game a lot longer. Then there is the filibuster from Rand Paul over drone strikes on American citizens. He had every right to express his concerns and to inform the American people what their government is doing to us. But that’s not how John McCain saw it. Senator McCain stooped to where I thought only liberal progressives treaded and that is childish name calling. How dare Rand Paul speak without permission from the Republican branch of the “I Love Big Government” fan club.