President John Adams, born in 1735, uttered the famous line, “A government of laws, and not of men.” If the current Gang of Eight “comprehensive immigration reform” bill passes, you won’t need to wonder if Adams line is still true. It won’t be.
Progressive Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is funding ads by “Americans for a Conservative Direction.” The ads praise the Gang of 8 bill. A new ad touts the 20,000 new immigration agents on the border!! Isn’t that what Republicans have been demanding?
But several paragraphs down in the bill, Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano has complete discretion to substitute other measures she finds equally effective, or no measures. They lie!
‘This [Gang of Eight] bill guarantees three things: amnesty, increased welfare costs and lower wages for the U.S. workforce,’ [said Sen. Sessions]… ‘It would be the biggest setback for poor and middle-class Americans of any legislation Congress has considered in decades…’ But all Democrats can see is their new voters. We must return the U.S. Senate to Republican control in 2014.
The Congressional Budget Office figures the bill will allow 46 million immigrants by 2033. Your congressman needs to find a backbone. Let him/her know. The House can stop this!
Northern IL Tea Party meets the 3rd Thursday in Rockton at 6:30, 302 W. Main Street.
Northern IL Tea Party
IL Flat Income Tax Preserved
Please join me in thanking both the Illinois Senate and House Republican caucuses for their unanimous opposition to the progressive income tax. Leaders Radogno and Cross and their members should be commended for their efforts to maintain a flat income tax, preserving one of Illinois’ few pro-growth policies, while opposing another massive tax increase on Illinois families and businesses.
June 27, the Senate and House Republicans released a statement stating their caucuses “stand united against recent efforts to push a progressive income tax increase on the residents and businesses in Illinois.”
As you know, opposing Democrats’ attempts to impose a progressive income tax has been a top priority for AFP- Illinois. Since proponents of the progressive tax require a 3/5 majority in the House and Senate to place the amendment on the 2014 ballot, your efforts to educate your neighbors and contact your legislators are very important. AFP will continue our work to preserve the flat tax in Illinois by educating Democrat members of the General Assembly of the reasons why this is a job-killing proposal and bad for Illinois’ future.
We also want to commend Sens. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) and Mike Connelly (R-Naperville) and Reps. David McSweeney (R-Cary) and Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) who have sponsored resolutions opposing the progressive income tax and led the effort in their caucuses.
Illinois is currently tied for the second-worst unemployment rate in the country at 9.1% and can ill-afford this sort of harmful proposal that will inevitably lead to fewer jobs, discourage entrepreneurship and leave Illinois families with less money.
Please take a moment to thank the legislators who have stood with us to oppose the progressive income tax and continue to take action to ensure your legislators understand that the progressive tax will harm our state.
Illinois State Director
Americans for Prosperity
Morrison Council Corner
Morrison City Council met on June 24, 2013 with all aldermen present, all city department heads present and all city officers present except City Clerk, Schroeder. Barb King took the minutes.
Mayor Pannier made several announcements. He thanked the new aldermen for taking the training for aldermen. He stated if residents get a notice for water line insurance it is NOT being promoted by the city.
The consent agenda was approved. D.J. Sickley Construction will receive the partial payment for completion on Well #5 Well House. Ordinance #13-19 to amend the enterprise Zone for the Assisted Living Center was approved. Resthave will be borrowing $300,000 at 3% for 10 years from the Revolving Loan Fund….it is great that this is being put to good use! The Meadowbrook Subdivision Preliminary Plat (where Cozzie Corners will be placed) was approved. A resolution to designate at least $11,500 of Motor Fuel Tax for engineering that area was approved after much discussion (aldermen still would like more spent on street repair) trying to squeeze it out of the budget.
Sunday Liquor Sales was brought forward for discussion. Heroes Tap – Shane and Wendy Gallentine were present and happy the council was entertaining allowing bars to be open on Sundays. Council noted all fees were raised a year ago so it would not be fair to raise them again. After much discussion a possibility for the new ordinance/resolution would be to allow bars to be open on Sundays (if they want to); no added fees for this privilege; time frame to be open would probably be Noon until 10:00 pm. These were discussion topics…..probably will be voting at our next council meeting.
The City was asked to help pay for a floodway/floodplain study ($10,000) near Rock Creek/French Creek area. Nothing can be built in a floodway – in a flood plain you can build. There was an error in an old study, so it is possible the area could be developed. Harvey Zuidema asked if we could get more information like maps, etc. for further discussion.
Wastewater Rates: At this time we are not ready to establish rates. A resolution will have to be passed with the rates set high enough to cover repayment of the estimated $23,000,000 Loan from the IEPA to show the city will repay the loan in 20 years. Harvey asked if there was anything we could do for individuals with fixed incomes. It was stated that in 2009 the first 1000 gallons of water used was included in the base rate….so that has been done.
Council went into executive session. Upon returning it was announced the council authorized the mayor to solicit for private owned property to purchase.
The Morrison City Council will have a special Budget 101 informational meeting on July 1, 2013 at the County Board Room at 7:00 pm. The next Morrison City Council Meeting will be July 8, 2013 at the County Board Room at 7:00 pm. Come and take part in your city meetings. All Public Comments are welcome at the beginning of the meetings! See you there!
A Morrison Taxpayer
COMMENTARY – A Perfectly Natural July 4th
By Dr. Paul Kengor
Will you be celebrating Natural Law this July 4th? You should be. Your Founding Fathers did.
In declaring their independence and asserting their God-given rights, the Founding Fathers—particularly the pen of Thomas Jefferson—acknowledged the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” These were no minor things. Indeed, maintained the Founders, you were entitled to them. (These were days when an entitlement meant something rather than any new thing.) The Founders believed that, in the course of human events, they had at long last arrived at that point where they and their countrymen could rightfully assume these rights “among the Powers of the Earth.” They were not only declaring their independence from the British Crown (itself a huge deal); they were asserting self-evident truths and claiming certain unalienable rights that were theirs not only as Americans but as humans.
So, what of this Natural Law stuff? What did and does it mean? And why does it still matter?
“There can be no doubt that those delegates in Philadelphia who adopted that Declaration believed in, and based the nation’s independence on, the Natural Law,” states Robert Barker, professor emeritus of law at Duquesne University, and an eloquent expert on the subject. Addressing the American Founders Lecture Series, held quarterly at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Club by the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Barker defines Natural Law thusly: “God, in creating the universe, implanted in the nature of man a body of law to which all human beings are subject, which is superior to manmade law, and which is knowable by human reason.”
The Natural Law as understood by the Founders, says Barker, was the same that for two millennia had been a “traditional and essential” element of Western civilization.
To illustrate the point, Barker marshals the likes of Aquinas, Sophocles, Aristotle, and Cicero. Among them, he cites Sophocles’ play Antigone, where the heroine (of the same name), condemned to death by an unjust king, informed the king that he was violating a superior, natural law. “I had to choose between your law and God’s law,” she told the king, “and no matter how much power you have to enforce your law, it is inconsequential next to God’s. His laws are eternal, not merely for the moment. No mortal, not even you, may annul the laws of God.”
As Aristotle put it, the Natural Law is a universal law that transcends earthly regimes and stands common to all human beings, “even when there is no community to bind them to one another.”
Cicero saw Natural Law as true law. He wrote: “True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting…. It is a sin to try to alter this law … and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.” He added that “whoever is disobedient” to the Natural Law “is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature.”
The Natural Law is profound and profoundly true. Sadly, it has been profoundly ignored and rejected by modern liberals/progressives and the nation as a whole. We could rattle off a litany of examples, but a major one occurring right now is the issue of “same-sex marriage.” The idea of a man and a man or a woman and a woman marrying one another is an unequivocal violation of the Natural Law. It is an arrangement gravely contrary to human nature. Unfortunately, today’s liberals/progressives could care less; they are fine with happily embracing any and all violations of Natural Law in pursuit of their own new, enlightened laws. It’s part of that glorious “fundamental transformation” of America.
Beyond liberals/progressives, there are countless millions of ordinary Americans who likewise could care less. Their idea of America and July 4th is hot dogs, beer, and fireworks. Natural Law? Sounds boring.
Well, it isn’t. Few things are actually as exhilarating, uplifting, redeeming. Think about it: the Creator implanted in you—that is, in your very nature—a body of truth and law to which you and all human beings are subject; it is superior to manmade law, and it is accessible and knowable by human reason. Sounds like something worth knowing.
— Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, and New York Times best-selling author of the book, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.” His other books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”
By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District
Intimidation: Does it accomplish its objective – ever since I was first elected eleven years ago, I’ve received pledges I’m expected to sign. They seem so innocuous and noninvasive. Example, “I pledge not to raise taxes”.
I’ve seen these issues backfire so very often. A recent example occurred involving each of the forty seven members of our Illinois House Republican Caucus that merits sharing it with you. A very well meaning freshman member created a resolution, advocating keeping Illinois income tax at a non-graduated rate as opposed to a graduated income tax. Common sense stuff for the conservative that I am! I didn’t see the need for a resolution but the gentleman felt it was a great idea so like forty three of my colleagues I signed on as co-sponsor.
Here is where the backfire rears its ugly head. Both sides of the political process have their fringes. First, and most importantly, my colleagues who did not sign on did that for the right reasons. I’ll just leave it at that, they owe an explanation to no one, in particular high dollar special interest groups who do their best work by trying to intimidate great people.
Mailers are very expensive endeavors. The fringe groups are saturating the mail boxes of my colleagues’ constituents, who did not sign the resolution, with the following “Illinois flat state income tax is under attack from lawmakers in Springfield who are pushing a progressive income tax amendment to the constitution”.
Fortunately, fiscally conservative lawmakers are signing a resolution opposing that amendment. Forty four of forty seven of them are on board…But Not Your Representative, call or email now and tell _ _ _ Ah yes; intimidation - isn’t it a wonderful thing. As for the representative who created the resolution, I think he just learned a very valuable lesson and hopefully not at the expense of his friend and colleague.
Last week I wrote of the need for politeness and that much more is accomplished with sugar than vinegar. Perhaps intimidation is a successful ploy in certain arenas. I personally find it repulsive and I hope the forty four of us who signed on pull off to send the message that their ploy isn’t working.
As the next election cycle begins with announcements and television advertisements, more smear campaigns and efforts at intimidation of good people will increase. It is so important to get the facts before you buy into their hogwash.
SB1920 ended up being the last bill of the session much to the anger of the many same sex marriage advocates in the galley as their bill was not called due to lack of support.