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New SECC Means Emergency for Scott County Taxpayers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 10:39

SECC911For the past decade, taxpayers have felt helpless while Congress, along with the host of bureaucrats behind the scenes, spends our tax dollars like drunken sailors. Well, we may not be able to effect the change we desire at the federal level, but we absolutely can create such change here at home, at the city and county levels.

Since 2007, the creation, via Iowa Code 28E (new legislation that allows the formation of intergovernmental agreements to include emergency-management projects that cede jurisdictional authority to a newly created body), of the Scott Emergency Communications Center (SECC) has ballooned into a massive new expenditure on the backs of Scott County taxpayers.

Through a series of ever-intrusive policies, including burgeoning agency authority in the newly established SECC board that is autonomous of county supervisory oversight, and a “no-cap tax levy” as an ongoing and mandatory means to pay for the facility, including its building and operations, the SECC is scheduled to open for business in late March 2011.

 
What Makes You a Good, Loyal American? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 05:17

Thomas E. Woods Jr.’s recent Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century is a must-read book to understand what is at stake for each of us in the states, and what we the people can do to restore our constitutionally protected liberties.

But before we can restore anything, we must first be clear about what is lost, and how we lost it. In Chapter 4, “What Is (or Are) the United States, Anyway?” Woods opens with a fascinating inquiry: “Was the United States created by a group of independent political societies that established a federal government as their agent, reserving all undelegated powers to themselves? Or was the United States the creation of a single, undifferentiated American people?”

Woods asserts that the federal government was created by America’s original 13 colonies, operating as separate and distinct states, which established a compact, known as the Constitution for the United States of America, for dealing with foreign nations, common defense when necessary, and commerce between the 13 chartered states.

History, when studied in earnest, reveals that the various states’ ratification documents accepting the Constitution emphasized one dominant, overarching principle: Powers not specifically enumerated to the federal government in the Constitution are automatically retained by the individual states. No exceptions.

 
Finally, Solutions in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 05:15

Can we all finally agree that both major political parties are irrelevant and are in fact two branches of the same ruling party? Both have exponentially grown an inefficient and corrupt government via unsustainable increases in spending, including both social and corporate welfare, debt, and taxation. In retrospect, the differences in how each party governs couldn’t fill a coffee can.

Which means Americans can thank the mainstream media for perpetuating the myths that there are meaningful differences between Democrats and Republicans when there are virtually none; that a political challenge between the two is the only thing at stake; and that by supporting and voting one party over the other on election day, Americans are participating to create some desired change for the better.

It is an illusion. Americans have allowed themselves to be utterly manipulated by the media, which answers to the politicians, the largest infrastructure (food, energy, communications, medical, finance, and insurance) monopolies’ executives/owners, and the party leadership, all of whom control most of the purse, and the laws that protect that purse.

 
Refreshing Races to Watch in November PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 05:20

If there were any doubt that America has just one major political party with two branches, Democrat and Republican, it was permanently dispelled once the nation’s primaries ended. I would call it the Progressive Party, with Progressive Democrats on one branch and Progressive Republicans on the other. My definition of a “progressive” is one that believes in political change and social improvement by coercive governmental action. Under a true “republican” form of government, which our founding compact dictates, societal improvement comes from self-determination and mutual respect of each other’s property. The only thing that has progressed, under both major parties, is the size and burden of the welfare and warfare state, for this and future generations of Americans.

The evidence of the charade that the two major parties are not one and the same – and that the establishment media is complicit in maintaining this myth that there is a difference and you actually have choices – is this issue’s cover story on ballot access in Illinois. Further evidence is the Progressive Party’s vitriolic response to the Tea Party movement. Rather than engage Tea Party participants (an obviously growing and organized voting bloc) about their concerns, no matter which party their voter-registration card reads, the Progressive Party demonized them.

 
Sioux City Gubernatorial-Debate Sponsors Failed Iowans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd McGreevy   
Friday, 17 September 2010 14:32

Even before the June primary election, it was obvious a Terry Branstad/Chet Culver contest would mainly consist of sarcastic, distorted, personal, accurate, and not-so-accurate attacks.

Despite serving five terms as governor combined and a term as lieutenant governor and two terms as secretary of state respectively, neither 2010 candidate has published detailed plans on how he would lead the efforts to fix the problems that plague Iowa: spending, taxation, education, and governance.

So it is no surprise the two took their “fried eggs” and “cooked books” televised warfare live to the stage of the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City on Tuesday, September 14.

 
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