The Forsyth Precinct March 2009
The Newsletter for Informed and Concerned Voters
Volume 3, Issue 3
Kindley seeks job as North Carolina’s next GOP chairman By John Staples FPN staff writer
GOP State Chairman candidate Marcus Kindley
Sen. Richard Burr starts caucus on terrorism
Guilford County GOP past Chairman Marcus Kindley is a big man with a big plan. He expresses it simply and directly and comes right to the point. He wants to be the next chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. His intention is emblazoned on the top of his business card just above his picture and also in his website address: www.ncgopchairman.com. His plan for becoming the next state party chairman is simple and elegant: convince the party faithful and the party hopeful that he’s the best qualified man for the job. He’s taking that message to Republican conclaves throughout the state. He spoke at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Forsyth GOP last month and laid out his plan in no uncertain terms. “First of all,” he says, “we need to create a party people can believe in.” Secondly, he says the party’s success will depend on the message it is sending the people of the state, both Republican and Democrat. Personally, he likes to remind his listeners of what U.S. Representative Howard Coble said of him: “Watch out for Marcus Kindley because he’ll put you to work.” Politically, he says the Republican Party in North Carolina “doesn’t have a young farm team” it can depend on and it needs to build that team and send it out to do the job that needs to be done. That job, he says, is getting out the message of what it means to be a Republican. “If you’re not a proud Republican, you need o go find someplace else,” he says, “because there’s no such thing as a non-partisan election.” He wants the party faithful to look at his experience in life and in business and make up their own minds about his qualifications for the state job. He said that in 2004 the Republican Park in Guilford County raised $50,000 in September and See ‘Marcus Kindley,’ page 7
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will look into terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction. The Winston-Salem Republican announced Friday that he and Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, are starting the Senate Caucus on WMD Terrorism. The bipartisan group of eight senators will highlight the problem of terrorist groups obtaining nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and discuss policy responses. The other members of the caucus are Democratic Sens. Evan Bayh and Russ Feingold; Republican Sens. James Inhofe, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson; and independent Sen. Sen. Richard Burr
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A pastor with guts!
When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!
Conservatives welcome Netanyahu victory
Chad Groening - OneNewsNow The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry says she is pleased that conservative leader Benjamin Netanyahu will be Israel’s next prime minister. Israeli President Shimon Peres has chosen Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government. Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, believes Israelis realized that Israel will need a leader who will be able to act without the support of the United States. “Basically Israel now has to go at it alone, which is actually fulfillment of scripture. Zechariah 12 through 14 prophesies that to happen. They have to go at it alone in this world. America is going to be tougher and tougher on them under this new administration, which will be more pro-Islam than it will be pro-Israel,” she contends. “And they want a leader who will not cave. And the only one that Israel could see that would not cave is Benjamin Netanyahu.” Friday’s announcement means that Netanyahu now has six weeks to put together a ruling coalition. The Jerusalem Post says his liberal rival, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, will not join any Netanyahu coalition. It will be made up with parties to the right of The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the Likud. prayerin protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. Abraham Lincoln’s was famous for The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India , Africa and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his his sense of humor. He used it to get radio program, ‘The Rest of the Story,’and received a larger response to this through tough times and to make points with politicians and military officers and program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and whole- bring cheer to disheartened citizens. He heartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘one nation called humor “an emollient” that “saves me much friction and distress.” under God.’ Asked how he could makes jokes at extremely serious times, he answered, “I laugh because I must not cry.” He was known for his sense of humor long before he became President. During his one term in the U.S. House of Representatives in the mid-1840’s, he made only one major speech. According to one historian, it was so funny he had not only the other CongressAbraham Lincoln men laughing, but had the House clerks a suit for $2.50 against a penniless man so busy laughing that they did not record and could not be talked out of it. Lincoln his speech for the Congressional Record. charged him a retainer of $10, gave $5 to Thus, the speech is lost to history except the defendant who promptly paid the $2.50. for a few bits and pieces that CongressThis completely satisfied the angry client, men recorded in letters home. who felt he had won his justified revenge. As a lawyer, Lincoln rode circuit with other judges and lawyers. Once, The Forsyth Precinct when Lincoln’s friend and fellow circuit rider, Ward Lamon, tore his pants at the Jack. Stewart.....Publisher & Editor seat just before entering court, several Nathan Tabor...Associate Editor Dick Vann.....Production & lawyers started a subscription paper and Distribution Manager passed it around the courtroom to raise Dave Plyler....Advertising Director the money for a new pair of pants. When John Staples...Copy Editor & the paper got to Lincoln, he wrote, “I can Technical Adviser contribute nothing to the end in view.” The Forsyth Precinct is published by As a lawyer, Lincoln often discourthe new Forsyth Precinct staff. It is eaged people from bringing unnecessary mailed to anyone requesting it, as well lawsuits. Once, a man wanted him to bring as to Republican Party
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Communist: Obama works to nationalize U.S. economy Says president pushes radical agenda By Aaron Klein © 2009 WorldNetDaily President Obama is “considering” a radical agenda to nationalize the U.S. financial system, the Federal Reserve Bank, and private industries such as energy and other sectors whose future is “problematic” in private hands, claims the leader of the Communist Party USA, Sam Webb. In a major speech focused on Obama titled “Off and running: Opportunity of a lifetime,” the CPUSA leader also alleges Obama’s administration is considering turning education, childcare, and health care into “no profit zones;” rerouting investment capital from military infrastructure to “green economy” projects and public infrastructure; and waging a “full scale” assault on global warming. “We now have not simply a friend, but a people’s advocate in the White House,” declared Webb at a recent speech in Ohio for People’s Weekly World Communist newspaper. “An era of progressive change is within reach, no longer an idle dream. Just look at the new lay of the land: a friend of labor and its allies sits in the White House,” Webb proclaimed. He stated Obama and the “broad coalition that supports him will almost inevitably have to consider – and they already are – the following measures: -- Public ownership of the financial system and the elimination of the shadow banking system and exotic derivatives. -- Public control of the Federal Reserve Bank. -- Counter-crisis spending of a bigger size and scope to invigorate and sustain a full recovery and meet human needs – something that the New Deal never accomplished. -- Strengthening of union rights in order to rebalance the power between labor and capital in the economic and political arenas. -- Trade agreements that have at their core the protection and advancement of international working class interests. --Equality in conditions of life for racially minorities and women. -- Democratic public takeover of the energy complex as well as a readiness to consider the takeover of other basic industries whose future is problematic in private hands. -- Turning education, child care, and health care into “no profit” zones. -- Rerouting investment capital from unproductive investment (military, finance and so forth) to productive investment in a green economy and public infrastructure. -- Changing direction of our nation’s foreign policy toward cooperation, disarmament, and diplomacy. We can’t have threats, guns and military occupations on the one hand and butter, democracy, goodwill, and peace on the other. -- Full scale assault on global warming. -- Serious and sustained commitment to assisting the developing countries that are locked in poverty and misery.” Webb lauded Obama’s $800-plus billion so-called stimulus package as “a good bill that will ease the pain of this crisis, create jobs, and begin to reflate the economy.” He explained labor unions, which he said were instrumental in Obama’s election, must work to keep the White House in check by “exercis[ing] an enormous influence on the political process. Never before has a coalition with such breadth walked on the political stage of our country,” he said. Indeed, in an article just after last November’s election titled, “Special Interest or Class Consciousness? How Labor Put Obama in the White House,” Political Affairs reported on polling data released that revealed the extent of union support for Obama. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, sponsored a poll showing union members supported Obama by a 6830 margin and strongly influenced their family members.China asks the U.S.
Housing Flop By the Editors National Review Online The problems with Barack Obama’s proposed Homeowner Affordability and Stability plan are several. The first problem is that the $75 billion proposal is, in fact, a $475 billion proposal: $75 billion to subsidize the renegotiation of mortgages and a $400 billion capital injection into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises at the center of the housing market’s troubles. The bill cannot be evaluated without taking into account its actual price, which turns out to be nearly six-and-a-half times the figure currently on Washington’s lips. The second problem is the structure of the program itself. Obama proposes to shore up Fannie and Freddie, and to encourage mortgage companies to renegotiate terms for four to five million homeowners by offering lenders a bounty of up to $1,000 for each mortgage modified, along with monthly payments running into thousands of dollars over several years, for as long as borrowers remain current on their obligations. Under current standards, mortgage lenders cannot refinance a loan if the outstanding debt exceeds 80 percent of the house’s value. President Obama proposes to undo this prudent standard and allow refinancing for up to 105 percent of the house’s value, so that “upside down” borrowers will be eligible to participate. This will produce mortgage-backed securities based on debt that exceeds the value of the underlying assets and is a recipe for further instability. So, cui bono? Put simply, this program is designed to benefit Fannie and Freddie shareholders, not the great majority of Americans struggling with their mortgages. The only loans that can be restructured are those held in Fannie/Freddie portfolios or securitized by the twins. Just in time to benefit from a refinancing boom, Fannie and Freddie plan to raise their fees to as high as 3.5 percent on April 1. (Note that date, taxpayers, and ask yourselves who is being played for the fool.) And only a tiny slice of homeowners will be eligible — those who are in relatively weak positions (house payments exceed 31 percent of gross income) but not too weak (house payments do not exceed 38 percent of gross income) and who are, despite their mortgage difficulties, still creditworthy enough to pass bank underwriting standards. Fannie and Freddie get new capital, new income, and better loans in their portfolios. Most homeowners get nothing, and taxpayers get the bill. Fannie and Freddie, which ought to be disbanded, will survive to continue distorting both markets and politics. A third problem with this plan is that it relies on a financial calculation that may prove to be mistaken. President Obama argues that his approach will prevent foreclosures in numbers sufficient to arrest the slide in real-estate prices. But fore-
See ‘Housing Flop,’ page 4
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China asks the U.S. the trillion-dollar question And because it already knows the answer, its position is this: “We hate you guys.” We hate you guys.” This was the message Luo Ping, director general at the China Banking Regulatory Commission, gave the United States. “Once you start issuing $1 trillion, $2 trillion … we know the dollar is going to depreciate, so we hate you guys, but there is nothing much we can do.” “Except for U.S. treasuries, what can you hold?” asked Luo. “Gold? You don’t hold Japanese government bonds or UK bonds. U.S. treasuries are the safe haven. For everyone, including China, it is the only option.” Yu Yongding, a former adviser to the Chinese central bank, said that China should seek guarantees that its $682 billion holdings of U.S. government debt would not be eroded away by “reckless policies.” He Zhicheng, an economist at Agricultural Bank of China, the nation’s thirdlargest lender by assets, stated that such a guarantee would be “one of the prerequisites for more purchases.” The U.S. has voted to spend trillions of dollars, and the Chinese are the only ones really asking that trillion-dollar question: Where will all that money come from? Foreigners buy around $200 billion of U.S. debt each year. In 2008, this accounted for just under half of the total $459 billion deficit. The minimum deficit forecast for 2009 is $1.35 trillion. Somehow the U.S. is going to have to attract a lot more cash if it wants to continue having what it can’t pay for. This will probably mean raising the yield on treasury bonds—giving more interest to people who buy the bonds. This is what China is afraid of. If the U.S. raises bond yields, then all the bonds already on the market will be less desirable, and therefore worth less. The Telegraph estimates that a 5 percent increase on bond yields could lose China $119 billion. That’s why the Chinese “hate” the U.S. Recklessly borrowing and spending cash means countries will become more and more reluctant to fund America’s debt addiction. Already China is getting fed up. Soon it may stop buying bonds completely. And when that happens, it is all over for America.
Housing Flop Continued from page 3 closures are only one wound in that bleeding market. The other factors are arguably more meaningful and less tractable: Houses were overvalued to start with, there is a glut of supply on the market, fewer Americans are looking to buy a first house or to upgrade to a more expensive one, those who are shopping for houses have less access to credit than they did a year ago and must pay more for it, and the broader economic downturn has many Americans looking to pay down existing debts and hesitant to take on new ones. The effect of preventing some foreclosures at the margins will probably be overwhelmed by these deeper economic tides. And President Obama probably is overestimating the number of foreclosures that would be prevented in any case: Historically, about half of the homeowners who renegotiate failing mortgages end up defaulting under the new terms. Given that lower house prices help as many people as they hurt — every transaction has a buyer and a seller — house prices probably ought to be allowed to continue declining on their own schedule, but here supply and demand run up against politics: First-time homeowners tend to be younger and less affluent, and to have less political influence, than longtime homeowners. And neither group is as politically connected as Fannie and Freddie, the actual beneficiaries of this plan. Refinancing mortgages may be a good idea, and there is, in fact, a refinancing boom under way, a consequence of historically low interest rates. The relatively small group of in-deep but creditworthy homeowners who could be helped by Obama’s plan already are positioned to refinance at better rates, or to move from variable-rate loans to low-drama fixed-rate mortgages, without a $475 billion government intervention. Many of them already have done so. With that in mind, Obama’s proposal solves few problems, if any, and has the potential to create many new ones, as other government attempts to manage the real-estate market reliably have done. Obama says he believes in “what works.” This doesn’t.
Around the World Mexican gangs in border town kill 1 cop every 2 days until police chief resigns By Julie Watson, Associated Press CNSNews.com Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - Gunmen killed a police officer and a jail guard Friday and left signs on their bodies saying they had fulfilled a promise to slay at least one officer every 48 hours until the Ciudad Juarez police chief resigns. The slayings were a chilling sign that criminal gangs are determined to control the police force of the biggest Mexican border city, with a population of 1.3 million people across from El Paso, Texas. Ciudad Juarez police have long come under attack, and many officers have quit out of fear for their lives, some after their names appeared on hit lists left in public throughout the city. Police officer Cesar Ivan Portillo was the fifth officer killed this week in Mexico’s deadliest city. Police already were on “red alert”—meaning they could not patrol alone— after cardboard signs with handwritten messages appeared taped to the doors and windows of businesses Wednesday, warning that one officer would be killed every 48 hours if Public Safety Secretary Roberto Orduna does not quit. Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz insisted Friday that he would not back down. “We will not allow the control of the police force to fall in the hands of criminal gangs,” he said. More than 6,000 people have been killed in drug violence across Mexico over the past year as gangs battle each other for territory and to fight off a nationwide crackdown by the army. Nearly a third of the slayings have taken place in Ciudad Juarez, and more than 50 of those dead are city police officers. Violence also has spilled across the border into the U.S., where authorities report a spike in killings, kidnappings and home invasions connected to Mexico’s murderous cartels. Homeland Security officials have said they will bring in the military if the violence continues to grow and threatens the U.S. border region. “The violence is spreading like wildfire across the Rio Grande,” said George Greyson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. “It’s a major national security problem for us that is much more important than Iraq and Afghanistan.” Also Friday, the U.S. State Department renewed a travel advisory warning Americans about the increased violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Some Mexicans have questioned whether President Feline Caldron’s twoyear, nationwide crackdown on drug gangs was worth all the killings. But Caldron and his administration have defended the fight, with Economy Secretary Gerard Ruin Mattes saying on Wednesday that if Mexico gave up its fight against the cartels, “the next president of the republic would be a drug dealer.” Portillo and city jail guard Juan Palo Ruin were killed as they left their homes before dawn to head to work, city spokesman Jaime Toreros said. Three days earlier, assailants fatally shot police operations director Sacramento Peruse, the chief’s right-hand man, and three other officers who were sitting with him in a patrol car near the U.S. consulate. The bodies of Peruse and one of the officers were sent to their home states Thursday to be buried, and the city planned to hold a ceremony Friday for the two others from Ciudad Juarez. City spokesman Jaime Toreros said police have been asked to patrol with See ‘Mexican gangs,’ page 7
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Sen Burger wants bill to keep illegals out of state’s community colleges State Sen. Phil Berger wants to make sure illegal immigrants don’t attend community college. The Republican leader filed a bill last week that would amend state law to prohibit anyone who is not “lawfully present in the United States” to take classes at a community college in North Carolina. In August, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to bar illegal immigrants from community colleges after a motion made by then-Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue. But Berger said he fears the decision could be reversed. “I’m concerned that the decision may have been made to advance a politically popular position, and now that the election’s over, they may go back to what they had done before,” he said. “All this bill would do is codify the existing policy.”
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Around the World Sen. Harry Reid pushing for climate change bill, but not offshore drilling By H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press CNSNews.com The Nevada Democrat in an interview with The Associated Press said the Senate will take up energy legislation in a couple of weeks “and then later this year, hopefully late this summer do the global warming part of it.” Climate legislation will be among the most complex and contentious issues facing Congress. While there is widespread agreement among both Democrats and Republicans — as well as across the business community — that global warming must be addressed, there remains a sharp divide over the details of a climate package and how best to limit the cost. Nevertheless, Reid said he is convinced many senators want to move on the issue this year, ahead of international climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December. We have to take a whack at it,” Reid said in a telephone interview late Thursday. He said failure to act “would be neglectful.” Along with climate, Reid, who is up for re-election next year, has assumed a high profile on the need to promote “clean energy” such as wind, solar and biomass that do not produce carbon dioxide, the predominant greenhouse gas. These are also energy projects popular in Reid’s home state, where several major solar projects are under way or planned. Next week, Reid will participate in a “clean energy” forum being convened by the Center for American Progress. Others participating will include former President Bill Clinton, possibly former Vice President Al Gore,and senior Obama administration officials. Reid said the energy legislation expected to be taken up in the coming weeks will be limited largely to promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency — priorities of the Obama White House. It is expected to say nothing about offshore oil development, or address the growing debate over whether the federal government should wield greater power in locating high-voltage transmission lines — an area of conflict between Washington and the states. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is crafting a national requirement for utilities to use renewable energy to generate electricity — at least 4 percent within two years, rising to a minimum of 20 percent over the following decade. Reid said he favors a 20 percent renewable standard for utilities, but added, “We’ll get by with what we can.” Many states already have requirements for utilities to use renewable energy, but attempts in Congress to establish a national mandate have fallen short repeatedly because of regional divisions. Lawmakers from the Southeast particularly have argued that utilities in their area would be hard pressed to meet a federal standard because they lack wind or solar energy resources. Reid said he also favors some additional tax incentives aimed at spurring energy efficiency, especially for construction of more energy efficient buildings. “We’ve got to give people incentives to build better buildings and also do something about the buildings that are there right now,” said Reid. But Reid said he doesn’t expect the Senate to tackle the issue of offshore oil drilling again. While Congress last fall ended a drilling moratorium that covered 85 percent of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, Reid said he’s convinced that Obama’s Interior Department will protect those areas where drilling shouldn’t be allowed. I don’t think we need to do anything legislatively,” he said.
Hamas to resettle in U.S. from www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488 President Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to settle in the United States at American taxpayers’ expense. Sure, what can go wrong when we allow hundreds of thousands of people who have been, as Mark Steyn memorably described, “marinated” in a “sick death cult,” who voted for Hamas, and 55% of whom support suicide bombing/murders in the United States. By executive order, President Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinians. Egypt won’t take them. Jordan won’t take them. Syria won’t take them. Saudi Arabia won’t take them. All of the Arab countries - every one of them - have allowed the Palestinians to fester for over 60 years. Meanwhile, generation after generation have become more and more radicalized. Their lives are unproductive - they “live” to die as martyrs - yearning for the rewards of the world beyond. The “presidential determination” will allow hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States. The determination was signed on January 27th and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4th. President Obama’s decision, according to the Register, was necessitated by “the urgent refugee and migration needs” of the “victims.” Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006. Let’s review some of Obama’s most recent actions since he was inaugurated about one month ago: * His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory. * His first one-on-one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television. * He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted. * He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed. * He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11. * Today we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees to move to and live in the U.S. at American taxpayer expense. Anyone else see a pattern here?
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Marcus Kindley Continued from page 1 October. In November, it turned out 77 percent of the registered Republicans in the County. “When we started, we were 70,000 votes behind. We won for Elizabeth Dole.” He said he wants to bring of his organizational and fund-raising skills to the state party. “There are lots of things we can do differently,” he says, implying that the message is the medium for success. One of his messages is that he is not a typical politician looking for the next highest office. “I’m not running for higher office,” he said. “The first thing I want to do is to take the people in this room and come out with a set of Republican principles we can believe in....I have the track record to prove what can be done.” Kindley owns a stock brockerage firm he began from scratch and he wants to apply his organizational skills in business to the state GOP machinery. “I want a check list for every county chairman,and I want a book of people who support the party at the street level,” he says. Overall, he says the party has to find its common principles, put those principles into the message it sends to the people of the state and work hard to convince people to overturn the “dictatorship of the Democrat Party in North Carolina.” He says it won’t be an easy job, as the last election proved, but is a job worth doing.
State GOP leaders promote reform, transparency Echoing public calls for an open and accountable state government, Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger (RRockingham), House Republican Leader Paul Stam (R-Wake), and Representative Ric Killian (R-Mecklenburg) today highlighted two legislative initiatives intended to affirm steps taken by Governor Perdue to boost public confidence in decisions made by North Carolina’s Board of Transportation and provide an opportunity for additional public scrutiny of state government hiring decisions. The first bill would adopt and write into law Perdue’s Executive Order Number 2; that policy requires all Transportation Board members to affirm, in writing, that they are not voting on any transportation projects in which they have any financial interest. The bill, like the Governor’s policy, also provides the Transportation Secretary additional authority in awarding highway construction projects, plans and contracts. “Public confidence in the Department of Transportation and the Board of Transportation has suffered because of
scandals and questionable decisions made during the administration of Democratic Governor Mike Easley,” said Senator Berger. “Governor Perdue has taken a good first step to begin to restore the public trust that is needed in order to face our state’s transportation challenges. That step will be even more effective if it is given the force of law and written into our statutes. I commend her actions and encourage her to continue these needed and appropriate reforms.” Berger’s second bill, if passed, would make letters written by elected officials, in support of or in opposition to hiring decisions, for state positions
Mexican gangs continued from page 4 their guns in their hands. Reyes Ferriz earlier ordered police to travel in groups of three patrol cars, with two officers in each vehicle. Orduna has not spoken publicly since the threats. A retired army major, he took over as chief in May after former Public Safety Secretary Guillermo Prieto resigned and fled to El Paso following the slaying of his operations director. For Orduna’s protection, the city has built his bedroom at the police station so he does not have to go home. He also travels in different vehicles when he does go out.
matters of public record and subject to public disclosure. Currently, letters from an elected official to support a hiring decision may be a key factor in that decision, but may be hidden from the public as part of someone’s personnel file. "All too often, the perception is that state hiring decisions have more to do with relationships rather than merit,” said Senator Berger. “The public has a right not only to know if their elected officials are making recommendations in connection with state hiring, but also to determine whether hiring creates or promotes the appearance of a pay-to-play culture. Enabling the public to examine the connections behind hiring decisions is one
way to ensure we have employees and appointees with the needed qualifications and necessary skills to appropriately discharge their public duties. “An open and transparent government is essential in securing public trust,” said Representative Killian. “In fact, I consider ‘establishing trust’ a fundamental element of leadership. We as legislators, regardless of political affiliation, on behalf of our constituents and all residents of North Carolina should champion all efforts to make our state government open and transparent.” Senator Berger, Representative Stam and Representative Killian urged Democrat leaders to consider these bills.
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Around the Nation Our Social Security Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (and some older ones) didn’t know this, be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what’s what. And it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat of Republican. Facts are facts! Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised: 1) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary. 2) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes into the Program, 3) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year, 4) That the money the participants put into the Independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the General Operating Fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and, 5) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income. Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month — and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the federal government to ‘put away’, you may be interested in the following: Q: Which political party took Social Security from the Independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it in to the General Fund so that Congress could spend it? A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratically-controlled House and Senate. Q: Which political party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding? A: The Democratic Party. Q: Which political party started taxing Social Security annuities? A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the U.S. Q: Which political party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants? ....and my favorite.... A: Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, they began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them even though they never paid a dime into it! Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away! And the worst part about it is, uninformed citizens believe it! If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe changes will evolve. Maybe not, some Democrats are awfullysure of what isn’t so. But it’s worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to? Actions speak louder than bumper stickers. And Congress gives themselves 100 percent retirement for only serving one term!
‘A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.’ Thomas Jefferson
Gov. Perdue breaks state hiring freeze to put two old friends on payroll RALEIGH— In February, Governor Beverly Perdue returned from vacation and quickly created two new North Carolina jobs. First, she hired Dempsey Benton to head the newly created Office of Economic Recovery & Investment to coordinate and track North Carolina's federal stimulus funds. Benton will be paid $98,500 annually in his new position. Next, she appointed Ted Vaden, News & Observer public editor, to serve as deputy secretary of communications at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Vaden will be paid $117,403 annually. There is currently a hiring freeze across state government. Governor Perdue told ABC 11 in Raleigh when asked about the hires, "I don't try and defend the decisions I make." GOP Chairman Linda Daves made the following statement: "As the state faces a budget crisis, soaring unemployment, and state government faces a hiring freeze, what is Governor Perdue doing? The GOP’s Linda Daves governor says that she is not defending the decisions she makes. Apparently, Governor Perdue is hiring political cronies to do that for her. What she needs to do is stop putting her political interests ahead of the best interests of North Carolinians. Governor Perdue must produce a comprehensive plan to address the state's budget shortfall immediately. Creating new departments and adding to the bureaucracy of state government is not the best way to Share the new do that. N.C. DOT needs to stop wasting money and start building roads. No amount of good PR can cover over the massive failures that are happening in the with a friend! department. One thing is for sure. If GovSimply refer them to: ernor Perdue keeps making decisions like forsythprecinct.com this, those in charge of the spin machine will be earning their keep."
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