Blog

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

Free ipad

I want to win it!

2 reactions Share

CHARLES LOLLAR FOR MD GOVERNOR SPEAKS ON ISSUES

   CHARLES LOLLAR FOR MD GOVERNOR SPEAKS ON ISSUES

    I first became aware of Charles Lollar on January 13, 2010. I remember it vividly because it was at a TEA Party on a cold night in Annapolis. I think it was the only TEA Party that I have ever attended after dark. Lawyer's Mall was filled to capacity in protest of O'Malley's budget mismanagement and the anticipated new taxes to be proposed in that legislative session. The event had been organized by Americans for Prosperity, but I was there with the Hagerstown TEA Party. There were several dynamic speakers there that were able to tap into the fervor of the crowd, but none better than a man named Charles Lollar. As I heard him speak I began to work my way through the incredible crowd hoping to see the man behind the charisma. I'm not going to pretend that I wasn't intrigued to see a black man who was a Republican and who seemed to "get" the TEA Party, especially since the movement had been maligned by Liberals and branded as racists. I was fascinated. Beyond that he was able to almost "preach" Conservative principles unscripted, intelligently, and with a passion that I am sure convinced all who were there that he indeed shared our principles, our concerns, and our hopes for going forward. I knew nothing more about him, but I felt right then and there that he would play an important role in the future of Maryland politics. Over 4 years later I have learned that he is not only a charismatic speaker, but that he is highly educated (Political Science, B.A. and an MBA), a decorated Marine (Officers Candidate School), a devoted family man (married 20 years with 4 daughters), and someone with a grasp on Conservative issues like no other.  I attended the Charles Lollar for Governor Meet and Greet last night and I was not disappointed.
 
 
Huge Rally in Annapolis in 2010
   
    The event was held in a trendy setting, where good food and drink were available, and cool music played in the background. It had all of the expected promotional materials like palm cards, signs, and T-shirts and even the expected raffle for a very classy hospitality basket. Team Lollar did a great job of organizing the event. I immediately noticed something different about this candidate's event, and that was that he was actually greeting and meeting with people for at least an hour before the event. I don't mean hobnobbing with Republican elected officials...he was going from table to table talking with regular people. When he came to my table I asked him several of my own questions about issues in addition to some that had been texted to me to ask on other's behalf. His answers were so forthright and succinct that it almost through me off task. I asked him if I could have a chance to talk to him again after he spoke and he said that he would be available. He was not introduced by Republican bigwigs or marched out with pomp and circumstance. He just grabbed a mic and did what Charles Lollar does. He spoke about issues. 
    He started by saying that he believes that many people are asking the wrong questions. We are struggling in this state. There is a mad exodus of businesses from the state. People need jobs and they are over taxed and over regulated. Yet people are asking him what he is going to do about social issues. He couldn't have spoken a TEA Party precept more precisely if it had been dictated to him. Many people do not realize--because of the Liberal media smear campaign against the TEA Party--that although individual TP members may feel strongly about certain social issues, in the spirit of compromise and cooperation they have always avoided them as a group or organization. This is what he said:
"I am not running to be your priest. I am running to be your governor. There is a very real difference between those two occupations. If you want me to be your pastor and tell you  how to live then let's get out of the governor business and start a church and I will tell you how to live. My job as your governor, if I am honored enough to serve you, is to be held accountable for every penny that you sent to Annapolis. To make sure it is spent properly and what is not spent properly should go right back to you the taxpayer." 
Can I get an "Amen"?
   
     As if we needed convincing that this state is struggling, Lollar rattled off some statistics. In the last 5-7 years we've lost 40,000 jobs. We have lost 6,500 small businesses, taking with them $5.5B in revenue. [We historically lose revenue when taxes are excessive.] In one fiscal year the state budget has gone from $34.6B to $36.9B. That is an increase of $2.5B or 7.5%. In that same fiscal year the Consumer Price Index cost of living grew only 1.5%. "That means that your government grows at 5 times the rate of your pocketbooks...and why do we need 74 new taxes over 7 years? There is nothing left to tax!" Lollar then laid out his 5-part plan for economic growth:
  1. Control Spending.
  • Tax Payer's Bill of Rights- Legislatively ensuring that our government no longer grows faster than our CPI. 
  • Return to Zero-based Budgeting- Starting with what we spent last year and not with a wish list for which we increase taxes in order to obtain all that we want.
  • Hiring/Employee Budget Accountability by Department Secretaries..
"The governor of Maryland controls the budget. So whenever the governor decides to, he can make the hard decisions to balance it...whether he does so or not. Yes the legislators vote it up and down and they can propose taxes against it, but the governor controls it."
    2.   Regulation Reform. Create a Citizens Industry Review Board to work in conjunction with the EPA. The board will be made up of volunteers, so there will be no cost to the taxpayer. They will have experience in their respective industries and create common sense solutions that respects the environment, but does not senselessly burden the business owners, farmers, watermen and the economy as a whole.
"No longer will academia regulate any industry without experience."
    3.  Transparency.
  • No appointed boards or commissions with the power to raise taxes and fees.
  • No raiding the Transportation Trust Fund to balance the budget.
  • This governor will understand that I work for you and you do not work for me.
"We will not allow non-legislative non-elected bodies or commission boards to increase your fees or your taxes going forward. That should be left to those who are elected, and not to those who are appointed."
    4.  Education.
  • School Choice so that children are not trapped in a school that is operating below standards just because of where they live. Wherever the child goes to school his parent's tax dollars will follow, either by voucher or tax credit. Schools will be competing for your children!
  • Internships in high school especially for those seeking a trade instead of a degree.
  • Teacher training out of their districts and maybe even out of the country in order to expand their teaching experiences and perspectives.
"The often touted No.1 ranking in education is not based on standardized test scores. It is based on dollars spent per student as well as the number of teachers affiliated with or a part of our public union. They know that! What we need is less and less students needing remedial courses in order to get into college." 
  5.  Repeal taxes.
  • Rain Tax
  • Progressive Gas Tax
  • Taxes on pensions of First Responders
"With the Rain Tax we are the laughing stock of our region."
    The following is a Q & A exchange with the audience (only parts appear on the video due to technical difficulties) and also from my interview. The answers are mostly paraphrased.
1. Q [Audience]: What will you do to make a college education affordable?    
    A: Overall the cost of in-state tuition is quite affordable at just under $9,000 a year. Two things that can help:
  • Educational Trust Funds. Start early saving for your children and grandchildren.
  • Repeal or amend the Dream Act. You cantnot have one group of people paying into the system and another group not paying into the system (illegal immigrants) and then have both groups receive the same benefits. Somebody has to pay the difference between the in-state ($9,000) and the out-of-state ($28,000) tuition and it is the taxpayer. This has nothing to do with racism. It has to do with fairness and this act could lead us into financial trouble. We can't afford it.
2. Q [Audience]: How exactly do you propose to cut taxes?    
    A: Poor spending decisions and wish-list budgeting has led to this tax burden. We plan to:
  • Create a board to look at each one of the 74 taxes to determine how many we can eradicate.
  • Enact a flat 5% tax rate across the board.
  • Look at casinos for future tax revenue (when asked by the audience).
3a. Q: Do you feel as do some establishment Republicans that you need to distance yourself from the TEA Party?      
      A. No. I have always identified with the TEA Party on issues. I have presented TEA Party principles to some very tough audiences...as you might imagine.
3b. Q: Why do you think establishment Republicans do not embrace the TEA Party?      
     A: I think it threatens their status as career politicians. Politics was never meant to be a career. The founding fathers intended for elected officials to work jobs. They were to serve from January to March and then go home and work their jobs.
4.  Q: Do you think that Plan Maryland has adversely affected farmers?     
    A: Yes. Plan Maryland seeks to target growth and resources towards an urban environment making it hard or in some cases impossible for farmers to sell their property or to get a loan against their property. I do not think that rural Maryland is being served by this administration.
5. Q: Where do you stand on fracking? Do you think that technology has now made this a safe industry?   
    A:  "It is time!" We do not need to spend anymore taxpayer money on research and studies. It is being done successfully and safely in our neighboring states, and they are horizontally fracking and taking our resources and revenue. This could bring major economic growth to Western Maryland.
6. Q: Do you think that SB281 went too far?    
    A: Absolutely. They have no right to define what kind of firearms our citizens may own. The 2nd Amendment is the right of every citizen to protect themselves with whatever firearm they choose to purchase.
7. Q: Hagerstown is a dying city. How can the state help revitalize our downtown?    
   A: This administration does not want to help Hagerstown in a big way or they would have enabled fracking in Western Maryland, improved I-81, and created the highway by-pass that has been discussed for years. [I wish that I had been able to ask him to explain this further.] They are putting more state resources into the larger urban centers of the state and giving the rest of the state little to nothing.
8. Q: Hagerstown had been negotiating with a minor league baseball team to build a new stadium. The team has since decided to leave town, but the possibility of building a new stadium is still being considered. Do you think that public funds should be used to build stadiums?    
   A: Absolutely not. "The day is over for taxpayer money for stadiums. The Governor is in charge of the budget. You will not see a stadium in my budget."
9. Q [Audience]: Would your administration make any changes to the pension plans of First Responders?    
    A: I think that we can find ways to make a better life for our First Responders. I think that their pensions should be like my combat pay was in Kosovo...tax free.
10. Q: Where to you stand on increasing the minimum wage?          
     A: I think that it inflates the whole system and winds up costing the wager earner and consumers more in taxes and increased costs that are passed down to the consumer. I think that lower taxes and smarter budgeting are the answers.
11. Q: What do you think of Common Core?      
      A: "It is unconstitutional."  For a video of the full answer on Common Core go to http://youtu.be/F1rnB_e_NsQ.
  
    In the end, he asked for volunteers but only if they could be committed to sticking to the issues and resisting the urge for bickering and nasty campaign tactics. He admonished everyone to stick to the issues.  Privately I asked him about the rumors that his campaign team was "falling apart." He said that he cannot control every word that comes out of the mouths of 100 or more volunteers, but that once he was informed that one volunteer had used terms degrading to the developmentally challenged he took care of it and that person is no longer with the campaign. He said that his team is united and focused and moving forward. Based on the event that evening...I would have to agree with him.
You can see the video of his speech by going to http://youtu.be/CqPm_WP0r9E.
Visit the Charles Lollar for Governor website at http://www.lollar4governor.com/.
2 reactions Share

SGP: Correcting THE VIEW's perspective of reality (& Obama's Press Conference)



On November 12, 2013, this writer found himself accidently watching
"The View". Within 15 minutes, this writer was enraged by some the the
comments being made by Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg & alleged
Repubican Joe Scarsborough. This writer was so angered, he felt it
prudent to wait at least a day to respond.


OBAMA'S PRESS CONFERENCE


In
the meantime, President Obama decided to give a press conference today,
November 14,2013. Before we address correcting "The View's" perspective
of reality, let us give appropriate time to President Obama's Press
Conference. President Obama has admitted he lied about keeping your
current insurance and your current Doctor.

At the same time, it is
illegal for us rank and file Americans to make fraudulent
misrepresentations to induce another to enter into a contract. Any
contract which a rank and file Americans fraudulently induces another to
sign is null and void and unenforceable. America's Foundation provides
that "All People are created eaual". Another Foundation of America is
the Principle of the "Rule of Law". Ergo, All People being created equal
are to be ruled by the same set of laws and legal standard. Further,
the Natural Law upon which this country is founded, provides that "Truth
is established by the Individual using their own observations and
reasoning". (Proof Country Founded on Natural Law http://t.co/rZswNupbeO )

The
margin of passage of Obamacare was so narrow that Obama's admitted lies
likely affected the outcome. Being fully informed, the overwhelming
majority of Americans have established truth for themselves and and
reject Obamacare. Ergo, in a nation predicated on "All People created
equal" the just, honorable and only course of action is to rehash the
debate with WE THE PEOPLE fully informed and recast the votes. But,
alas, Obama is not only a liar, but he is a Progressive.


Does The View's perspective of reality match yours?
For
those unaware, the philosophy of Progressive Government Doctrine is that
masses do not know what is good for them and, therefore, the
Progressive Educated Elite are authorized to lie to the masses to get
them to do what the Progressive Educated Elite proclaim is in their best
interests.(You just can't make this stuff up, research it yourself).
With the forgoing introduction, all that is left to be said that
President Obama is a liar. He subscribes to a Goverance Doctrine of
Progressivism which specifically authorizes lying to the masses. To
wit, at today's Press Conference President Obama just made some more
misrepresentations and told some more lies to advance the Progressive
Agenda. And further, telling WE THE PEOPLE we can keep our present
original healthcare insurance for another year does not make the promise
we could keep your health insurance "period" any less of a lie.

Finally,
It just seems to this writer that before WE THE PEOPLE turn over 1/6 of
the economy to the government, there should be an intellectually honest
debate and vote to do so. Just call me crazy and unreasonable.(sarcasm)
That having been said, even now, this writer feels he has devoted too
many words to today's Obama Press Conference.


THE VIEW


Which
brings us to "The View". Ladies and Gentleman of November 12, 2013
program, today I will address you with respect as a fellow American,
presuming you have the best interests of rank and file Americans at
heart. This courtesy is only extended to you because at this point
because this writer doesn't know whether representations and statements
you made that offended this writer and fellow Americans were made as a
result of lack of knowledge or with intent to allign yourself against
the best interests of WE THE PEOPLE. (President Obama recieved no such
courtesy as he is full aware of his duplicitous agenda) This writer
would ask you to "strike your colors" after reading this article so that
this writer and WE THE PEOPLE may know whether you are freind or foe to
the best interests of rank and file Americans. [On this episode of The
View, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny
McCarthy were the cohosts and Joe Scarsborough ,alleged Republican and
author of "The Right Play", was the guest host)

That having been said,
it angers this writer to the core to hear others assert what his or
anyone else's alleged perspective of reality is. Barbara Walters
barking "They need to stop...

To continue to read for free, please click here: http://goo.gl/iiY8g9

Those were my thoughts.
In Closing:

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

Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

In Liberty,

Don Mashak
The Cynical Patriot
http://twitter.com/dmashak
http://Facebook/Don.Mashak
Don Mashak Google Plus http://goo.gl/1AUrE

WE THE PEOPLE TAR #WETHEPEOPLETAR
http://WETHEPEOPLETAR.blogspot.com
http://facebook.com/WETHEPEOPLETAR
http://twitter.com/WETHEPEOPLETAR

End the Fed(eral Reserve Bank System) #ETF
National http://bit.ly/ta3Rju Minneapolis http://bit.ly/tjZJKF

Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
http://BringHomethePoliticians.com

Lawless America #LawlessAmerica
http://LawlessAmerica.com

Term Limits #TermLimit
http://TermLimits.org

Justice in Minnesota #JIM
http://JusticeinMN.com

Critical Thinking Notice - This author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking (http://bit.ly/ubI6ve)
in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not
passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this
author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust
and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate
you to the contrary of your perspective.

3 reactions Share

Happy Anniversary SGP!

Happy Anniversary SGP!

1 reaction Share