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TRUMP Report Card
by Constance Hanna
conniehanna131@gmail.com

President Trump will be taking a different path to accomplish the rebuilding of our infrastructure. Every such plan that has come before has ended up being a federal boondoggle. The previous administration spent nearly one trillion dollars of our tax money, and practically nothing was accomplished. This week, President Trump released his plan based on six principles. First, $200 billion dollars of federal funds will be spent to spur at least $1.5 trillion dollars in infrastructure investments with partners at the state, local, tribal, and private level. Second, new investments will be made in rural America which has been left behind for too long. Third, decision making authority will be returned to state and local governments. Fourth, regulatory barriers that needlessly get in the way of infrastructure projects will be removed. Fifth, permitting for infrastructure projects will be streamlined and shortened. Sixth, America’s workforce will be supported and strengthened.
President Trump said, “Every dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, when appropriate, tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.”

Like last week’s budget bill, this one is hard to grade. Our infrastructure is decaying, and this is an intelligent way to approach fixing it, but we are in debt. I’ll give it a “B.” However, we need to figure out how to reduce our debt, Mr. President.
As every crazy, evil person in the United States knows, the children and teens in American schools are unprotected, soft, soft targets. These gun free, killing zones are almost irresistible to a certain mindset.

What can we do to protect students, teachers, and administrators?
Hire an armed guard for every school?

No. Every school shooting spree would just start with the unprovoked murder of the armed guard.
Japan did not invade the USA during World War II because they knew Americans had guns. They didn’t know how many Americans had how many guns or where they were, and that was the deterrent that kept them out.

President Trump’s tax reform plan continues to bring good news.
More than 350 companies have announced their intention to invest more than $150 billion dollars at home, and $4.2 billion dollars in bonuses have been paid to more than 4 million U.S. workers.
Congressional lawmakers are working to pass a new law to make the bonuses tax free. In honor of the minority leader, it will be called “The Crumbs Act.” Don’t you just love that?  In addition, dozens of American utility companies have announced that they will reduce rates due to the tax reform.

Thank you, Mr. President. Another promise kept! We’re firmly back in “A+” territory.

The President’s immigration policies are also producing results. Enforcement data show that last year 90% of all arrested illegal aliens had criminal convictions, or had been charged and were wanted. Naysayers are claiming that ICE agents are targeting “innocent” illegal aliens when statistics prove that just a little over 10% had no convictions or charges. However, convictions or not, since they entered the country illegally, how can they be called “innocent?” Another “A+.”

Some cities and states are making it easier for ICE agents. As one journalist put it, “Sanctuary cities are shopping malls for ICE!” Isn’t it kind of them to provide a target rich environment? Very efficient!

There are bound to be people on the teaching and administrative staffs of the schools in our communities who have concealed carry permits. Why not change the law to allow those folks to carry in schools? In fact, if they agree to carry while in school, why not give them free access to law enforcement shooting ranges? Why not give them 30 free rounds each month to use for practice?
Here’s another idea. Organizations like the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA) might want to give scholarships to pay for advanced gun skills courses that any school teacher or administrator wanted to take.

CCTA held “Committee of the Whole” meeting
by Hal James, CCTA Chairman hal@cctaxpayers.com

Members of The Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA) held a rare “Committee of the Whole” meeting this month to determine what issues CCTA wants to undertake to study and emphasize in our effort to influence public opinion and government actions at the local, state, and national levels. Considering that all members subscribe to our mission statement and the objectives stated in our By- Laws, it is not surprising that there was a lot of mutual agreement on what topics we want to work on.

What was a little surprising is that the first subject broached was the importance of the 2018 elections. How can a non-partisan organization participate in the election? To us, non-partisan means not participating on behalf of any political party. Party affiliation gives some hint of whether a candidate is fiscally conservative, socially liberal, and the like, or not, but is just a clue (barely). The word, “RINO,” wasn’t invented out of thin air. Therefore, much research is needed to determine how the candidate is likely to vote if elected. It’s very helpful if they have a track record of votes while in some public office to examine. As a group, we try to uncover that information, and as individuals, our members are free to work on individual campaigns. Many of us do, and we typically choose to work for Constitutionally conservative candidates. We’d love to see more candidates like that step forward; they’re needed. Finally, CCTA intends to hold elected officials accountable for how they vote by making
such courses might also want to offer free, or reduced cost, courses to teachers and administrators.  “Gun Free Zone” signs could be replaced with “Protected by Concealed Carry” signs.

Imagine a program like that had been going on in our eastern North Carolina schools for several years, and ask yourself what a school zone would look like to a crazy, evil mind then. Would he or she see it as a place to shoot so many gold fish in a bowl? A place where one is certain to be able to shoot students and staff with impunity for a number of minutes unchecked?
No! Now things will have dramatically altered. Thesure the word gets out. If you call yourself a “conservative” and vote for every spending opportunity you’re given, we will get the word out. Conversely, if you consistently vote as you promised us you would, we make sure that word gets out, too.

The next subject to come up was the plight of our NC Commercial Fishermen. We wholeheartedly support them. (Stay tuned, the NC Fisheries Association is planning a “Lobby Day” in May. Go to ncfish.org and sign up for weekly updates to keep up with the latest.)
Our National Security Committee takes great interest in NC House Bill 75 which clearly states how child molesters will be treated and includes punishment for the female genital mutilation practiced by some followers of Islam. The Committee and CCTA as a whole is also concerned about other practices of the followers of Islam which are incompatible with the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and our belief that all citizens are equal under the law. This includes, but is not limited to, practicing Jihad and Sharia law.

We can protect our schools
by Raynor James raynor@cctaxpayers.com

CCTA members agree that the battle to win back our school systems, to put God back in schools, to teach patriotism, conservatism, respect for a free economy, self-reliance, and to finally get Common Core out of our schools is far from over!
Included in respect for a free economy is the effort to rid our state of the scourge of the “Certificate of Need”
regulations that strangle our medical facilities and give unfair monopolies to big medical practices and hospitals, resulting in rural
thought process will have changed so that it runs to questions like, “Can that petite, blond woman be carrying a revolver in her cross-body bag?” “Does the coach have a firearm in his gym bag?” “Is any of the office staff armed?”  If we carry out this scenario, I am confident that crazy, evil people will go elsewhere; they will not be killing children, teachers, or administrators in our schools.

So what’s it to be? Are we going to sit around and knash our teeth? Are we going to listen to the whining regressives’ drivel about gun control? (Or, worse yet, act on that idiocy?) Or are we going to be responsible adults who step up to the plate and We can protect our schools
by Raynor James raynor@cctaxpayers.com

This Week’s TRUMP REPORT CARD by Constance Hanna Conniehanna131@gmail.com

This article appeared in The County Compass September 14-20 issue.
     The President plans to visit as many as 13 states in the next seven weeks to sell the need for tax reform.  He will concentrate on states he won during the general election that have a Democrat senator up for reelection next year.  These include Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  In some instances, cabinet members will follow the President’s visit to amplify his message.  This is a proactive strategy to energize voters to contact their representatives and senators and let their preferences be known.  Good luck, Mr. President!
     This week the President announced his seventh wave of Federal Judicial Appointments.  He nominated 16 individuals this time.  The Democrats continue to slow the appointments by using the full 30 hours of debate allowed for each nomination.  By mid-July each of the four previous administrations (Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama) had an average number of 190 appointments confirmed.  For President Trump, that number was 50.  In August, James Langford (R-OK) proposed reducing the debate time to 8 hours or less which would allow a debate and a vote on five or more appointments a week instead of one or two.
So far, this has not come to fruition.
     President Trump hosted Senators for a bipartisan dinner at the White House on Tuesday, September 12th.  Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) discussed advancing the Administration’s legislative priorities in general, and there was emphasis on tax cuts for American families in particular.  Michael Goodwin of The New York Post said that, although there is no guarantee for success, “History consistently rewards those presidents whose leadership produces results that reflect a broad consent of the governed.”
     Reflecting this same thought, President Trump said on Thursday, “When we set aside our differences — and it’s amazing sometimes how little our differences are — we put our country and the citizens of our country first.”
     I’d say the President had another “A” week, but it’s a good thing I’m not rating the Senate.  They’re not earning high marks, but maybe they’ll respond well to a shared dinner and shared ideas.  And maybe we should call them?!!

CCTA Wake Up Call -August 13, 2017

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This week we talked about how RINOs at all levels of government are stalling the movement in America toward more conservative government.  That movement threatens the control the establishment have had over education, the media, and entertainment.  That is more critical to the liberal/socialist cause than holding onto  the White House or the other branches of our government.

We also discussed our Open Meeting laws also know as Blue Sky Laws.  The Citizens for Better Governance in Beaufort County and CCTA in Craven County have had problems with the Commissioners of these counties failure to obey those laws.  In Craven, Chairman Tom Mark sequestered me and threatened me if I continued to interrupt Craven Board of Commissioners meetings to insist on adherence to those laws.

We also continued our discussion of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as the usurpation by the Supreme Court of powers it was never intended to have by the founders.

You will find this week’s Wake Up Call interesting and informative.

Hal

Scott Dacey’s Piece: Rebuttal or confirmation?

This billboard is minimally competitive with private practices???
 
     In July, I wrote an article about how Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey’svoting record is at odds with his campaign website which says he “is constantly working toward reducing the size of government.”
     Mr. Dacey proffered a piece for the August 3-9 issue of The County Compass.  I’m not quite sure if that piece was a rebuttal or a confirmation.   In it, Mr. Dacey mentioned that he was the only commissioner to vote against the original Craven County Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in New Bern, and said that once it was a done deal, he’d worked “to make certain it was implemented with the least possible intrusion into local private health care practices” and “with minimal expansion of government” thus acknowledging the validity of my complaints about competition with the private sector and expansion of government.  His complaint seemed to be that I didn’t go back to 2014 to find a vote he made that was conservative.
     He then acknowledged that he did vote for the FQHC in Havelock in 2016, but again said he “worked to make certain local health care providers would not be negatively impacted.”  Would you call the billboard pictured here an illustration of minimal competition with private practices?
 
     In addressing my complaints about his voting to train 20 clinicians in “grief counseling,” Mr. Dacey said I should be directing my concerns to the General Assembly.  Well, our various CCTA committees make a number of trips to Raleigh each year to do just that sort of thing, but if he were a conservative Commissioner, I would expect Mr. Dacey to make his own appeals to the General Assembly on that subject as it is the practice of the Board of Commissioners to make a number of requests to the General Assembly annually.
As to the $500,000 of taxpayer money to be spent on modifying rental property for use as a training center, I did err in saying it was “Craven County” taxpayer money.  Mr. Dacey makes a strong distinction between Craven County, state, and federal tax dollars, and I do not.  It is all money that comes out of your pocket and mine that would otherwise be available to buy clothes for school, put a new set of tires on the truck, or pay the fellow who repaired the window the children broke playing ball.
     As to his having voted to raise the county’s public transportation costs by adding a Municipal Planning Organization “by pretending communities as diverse as New Bern and Havelock were a single community,” I was busted!  Havelock wasn’t involved.  I should have said “communities as diverse as River Bend and Bridgeton.”
     Ah, well, I leave it to you, gentle reader.  Was the piece a rebuttal or a confirmation?

What do Federally Qualified Health Centers do? by Hal James   hal@cctaxpayers.com

     I heard a man brag on Fox News recently that, although he has not worked since 1987, he has first class health care.  How can that be?
     He continued by saying he gets health services from a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), so I wondered what FQHCs do.  There are 2 of them in Craven County, so I checked out what they say about themselves, and found they provide “comprehensive primary and preventive care” to residents of all ages “regardless of their ability to pay.”  Services listed include “annual wellness exams, sick visits, immunizations, lab services, and chronic disease management.”
     They say they’ll coordinate appointments with other health care providers, including specialists, and “provide you with tools and education that can help manage your care at home.”  Judging by the billboard pictured above, they must be formidable competition for private medical practices.  They also compete with the private sector when it comes to employing a work force.  These tax dollar supported health agencies are currently advertising for clinical charge nurses, RNs for postop recovery, a unit manager for an ER, and for behavioral health specialists.
     I wondered how wide-spread this is and found a list of “NC Healthcare Safety Net Providers” published by the NC Institute of Medicine.  There are 142 pages, and each page contains about 25 such providers.  That makes the grand total approximately 3,550 in NC alone.
    If someone works hard all his or her life, shouldn’t he or she get to keep the fruits of that lifetime of labor instead of being forced to pay for “excellent health care” for a nere-do-well?

August 8, 2017 – TRUMP Report Card by Constance Hanna

 TRUMP Report Card

by Constance Hanna

conniehanna131@gmail.com

This article appeared in The County Compass August 10-16 issue.

As part of “American Dream Week,” President Trump introduced the RAISE Act to address how green cards are issued in our immigration system. Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue joined the President in announcing their proposed “Reforming American Immigration and Strong Economy Act” to make America more competitive, raise wages, and create jobs for American workers. This act would limit immigration to the immigrant being issued a green card, his or her spouse, and minor children. Provisions of the current system that also admit adult siblings, adult sons and daughters, and parents would end. The Act would create a point system based on education, the ability to support one’s family, the ability to speak English, and age. The top scorers would be selected for green cards. The level of immigration would likely drop by 40 percent. Fixing immigration to admit fewer unskilled workers, phase out chain migration, and simplify the admission of exceptional talents will be an enormous accomplishment and will contribute to the health of our economy. A+

The Trump administration has quietly accomplished more than it appears. An article in “The Atlantic” points out that, amid the chaos surrounding the administration, it is remaking the justice system, rewriting environmental rules, overhauling public-lands’ administration, and greenlighting major infrastructure projects. The President’s appointment of conservative justices to lower court positions in record-setting numbers is an important part of this achievement. By his six month anniversary, the President had nominated 18 people for district judgeship vacancies, 14 for circuit courts and the Court of Federal Claims, and 23 for US attorney slots. In the first six months, President Trump nominated 55 people, and the previous administration, just 22. These youthful, conservative nominees will change the face of the courts for years to come. Ultimately, this could very well be considered the Trump legacy. A+.

It’s time for the President to end the bailout of Congress’ health care which is worth about $12,000.00 per year for each lawmaker. It was designed to exempt them from the law they created.

CCTA Wake Up Call 6 August 2017

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Rick started us off by observing that in his 1971 book, Rules for Radicals, Saul Alnsky coached the left to make a small number of people seem like more by raising a din.  He went on to say that William Barbour (Moral Monday) and Bob Hall (Democracy North Carolina) had used that tactic in NC, and pointed to recent events when the left stacked the responses to a Board of Elections hearing, and that led to new rules which Rick believes will have the effect of discouraging citizens from calling out cases of voting impropriety that they observe.  Rick believes we (conservatives) need to get better at influencing such things.

We talked about Grass Roots North Carolina’s planning a demonstration in Raleigh (which we observed would be over by the time the program airs) to call out RINOs in the NC Senate for sitting on HB-746, the Omnibus Gun Changes bill which would remove some of the infringements on our 2nd Amendment rights and whose primary sponsors are Chris Millis, Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Justin Burr.  We talked about the committee the bill is stuck in, who the chairman is, and how to use the General Assembly website to send email (or get phone numbers to make phone calls) to ask the chairman and committee members to report the bill out for a full senate vote.  (Timing should be great for doing that.)

We talked about how Article 1, Sections 9 and 10 of the U.S. Constitution forbid the federal government and state governments from issuing titles of nobility and how modern day politicians use the title that comes with their office as if it were a title of nobility for the purpose of making themselves seem superior to the citizens they should be serving.  A couple of examples were given.  One was national.  The other was an action by the mayor of an eastern NC town.

We got into the Raise Act and discussed the various ways passage of it would affect the issuance of future green cards and what that would do to future legal immigration.  We talked about a now deceased CCTA member who was the first member of her family to be born here (her parents were from Ireland), and how passionate she was about stopping chain migration, and how pleased we though she’d be if the Raise Act is passed.

Finally, we just started on the 17th Amendment and what it is, plus the fact that Mike Huckabee has tweeted an appeal to repeal the 17th Amendment, and what Alan West has said on the subject recently.  We ran out of time at that point, so next week we’ll discuss our views on the 17th Amendment and the reasons for them – among a bunch of other things, I can just bet!

OMNIBUS GUN CHANGES bill can still pass if we…

Dear CCTA Members and Friends,

Back in June, the NC House passed HB-746, the Omnibus Gun Changes bill.  This bill started out as a Constitutional carry bill, but there were not enough true conservatives in the House to pass it.  However, much work was done in the House Republican Caucus, and this bill (HB-746) finally passed and was sent to the Senate.  It is not as good as it once was, but, if passed, it WILL roll back some of the unconstitutional infringements that we’ve been living with.

What happened in the Senate?

Well, it passed the first reading and was referred to the Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee where it continues to languish today.  If you look at that Committee on the General Assembly webpage at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Committees/committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=Senate+Standing_148, you will find that approximately 600 other bills are keeping it company there.

What is this all about?

That committee is being used as a graveyard for bills.  However, some of them will probably be reported out and sent to the floor of the Senate and be voted on.  Some will pass.  Which ones?  Well, it’s popular to say, “Follow the money; who stands to benefit from this and as a result is making donations to Senators’s coffers?”  Historically, that has happened over and over again.

A new model may be emerging.  That model might best be described as “Follow what the activists are working on.”

If enough of us call or email Senator Bill Rabon (Chairman of the Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee) and ask him to have his committee report HB-746 out so that it can be voted on, we could help make it happen.  Grass Roots North Carolina is already working to get HB-746 passed.  Let’s join them and write or call…

Senator Bill Rabon, Chairman, Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee
919-733-5963
bill.rabon@ncleg.net

If you’re REALLY ambitions, you can scroll down the General Assembly webpage (see URL above) to where the committee members are listed, hover over each name, click and go to his or her info page, and call or write him or her, too!

Let’s get this done!  Oh, and we might want to thank Representatives Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, Chris Millis, and Justin Burr  the next time we see them.  They are the primary sponsors of the bill.

Sincerely,

Raynor

Raynor James, Chairman, CCTA’s State Legislative Action Committee

 

RINOs are strangling conservative legislation! by Hal James Reprinted from The County Compass

While the platform of the Republican Party is conservative to the point that one could almost imagine its being written by a CCTA member, the Party has many successful RINOs (Republicans in name only). At all levels of our government (US, NC, counties, cities and towns), two tactics are used by RINOs to get elected to public office. Let’s examine the first. Gain the support of Constitutional, conservative folks by attending their rallies, making speeches that would make you think they are one of us, appearing to be so when interviewed, etc. They do this because they know there is another block of voters which is going to vote for anyone with an “R” after their name over anyone with a “D” after their name. Together, the two voting blocks will likely prove to be the majority of voters in our neck of the woods.
The second tactic is to split the conservative vote by getting two people with the reputation of being able to gain the support of the conservative block to run for the office against the RINO, thus the RINO can win primaries without even having a majority vote.
Here in North Carolina, those two tactics have given us Senators Tillis and Burr, both of whom work to obstruct President Trump’s conservative agenda.
In our General Assembly, there is only a small block of about six conservaive Republicans.  The Senate is a little better. In Craven County, the Board of Commissioners (4 Republicans, 3 Democrats) almost without exception vote unanimously to approve every motion, and the county budget grows year after year. Imagine that! I believe the same situation exists in most counties in our area. Beaufort and Carteret do appear to have a few strongly conservative commissioners, but there are TOO MANY RINOs!
Savvy conservatives need to stop listening to politicians’ talk and start watching how they vote. Actions almost always speak louder than words!

Scott Dacey’s curious contradictions by Raynor James reprinted from The County Compass

In early July, Scott Dacey, a member of the Craven County Board of Commissioners, declared himself a candidate for the U.S. Third Congressional District Congressional seat currently held by Walter Jones.

Mr. Dacey refers to himself as a “conservative,” and his campaign website says that he “…is constantly working toward reducing the size of government,” but his voting record as a county commissioner shows a contradictory picture.  Mr. Dacey has voted to increase the size of county government many times.

Examples include Mr. Dacey’s voting to add a new Federally Qualified Health Center in Havelock (which requires new expenses for operating a building, paying for new employees to hustle up new “clients,” etc.), Mr. Dacey’s voting for a new program to enable Trillium (Mr. Dacey is on their board) to train 20 clinicians in “grief counseling,” Mr. Dacey’s voting to commit $500,000 of Craven County taxpayer money (plus $47,500 in 2018 and $95,000 each year thereafter) to create a First Street Workforce Development Center, and Mr. Dacey’s voting to have Craven County participate in a Metropolitan Planning Organization (by pretending communities as diverse as New Bern and Havelock were a single community) thereby raising the county’s public transportation costs.

Therein lie the contradictions.  Mr. Dacey says he “is constantly working toward reducing the size of government,” but virtually every vote he makes increases the scope of local government, the size of its staff, and the cost of both.

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