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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

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Interview with Congressman Walter B. Jones

 

RESOLUTION

OPPOSING ANY CHANGE

IN THE DEFINITION OF A COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATION

WHEREAS, commercial fishing is a vital part of North Carolina’s history, heritage, and culture and represents a crucial component of the economy for Dare County and other coastal communities; and

WHEREAS, according to the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, the sales impact of the harvesting and sale of commercial secl.food is $388,325,000 and the income impact of employed commercial fishermen is $166,066;000; and

WHEREAS, the definition of what constitutes commercial fishing in North Carolina has been determined by th-e General Assembly and has long been established in section 113-168 of North Carolina’s General Statutes; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) is now unde1taking an action to consider changes in the definition of a commercial :fisherman; and

WHEREAS, among the items that the MFC proposes to consider is a requirement that those holding Commercial Fishing licenses must have 50 percentoftheir earned income- from                  the  Trip Ticket Program, genetate 36 Trip Tickets per year, and require those who do not have Trip

Tickets to show proof of $10,000 or more income per year; arid

WHEREAS, no other professional license issued by the State dictates a percentage of income or rhim.mumincome requ:irnment or level of participation in order to qualify; and ,

WHEREAS, the requirements that are being considered by MFC, or any other adverse change they may propose to the definition of Commercial Fishing, would have aha1mful effect on many

of the hard working North Carolinians who now engage in commercial ffshing and already suffer because of government ovenegulation that imposes severe quotas and unnecessary restrictions on fishing seasons, limits, and gear forcing many to talce on additional.jobs and engage in pait­ time businesses in order to responsibly support their families; and

WHEREAS, this latest attempt to redefine commercial fishing is not the first time that the Marine Fisheries Commission haslooked at this matter; and

WHEREAS, over seven years ago, in October of 2010, the Marine Fisheries Commission empaneled a Fishing License Review Taskforce, which examined in detail the requirements for hold.mg a commercial fishing license and concluded that the definition contained in the General

Statutes was adequate and therefore there was no real need to modify the definition of what constitutes a commercial fishe1man;. and

WHEREAS, furthermore, the Final Report from the Fishing License Review Taskforce clearly stated its recommendation that ”no changes are needed to the existing definition.”NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners supports the definition of commercial fishing that has been determined by the duly elected members of the North Carolina General Assembly and reflected in the North Carolina General Statutes.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners strongly opposes the unnecessary effort that is now underway by the Marine Fisheries Commission to reexamine the definition of commercial fishing, and urges all coastal communities to adopt similar resolutions, and encourages all residents to vigorously voice their concerns about the latest attempt by the Marine Fisheries Commission to once again redefine commercial fishing.

Adopted this the 5th day of February, 2018.

ATTEST:

Thomas F. Mark, Chairman

Gwendolyn M. Bryant, Clerk to the Board

What is a “Commercial Fisherman?”  

WATCHDOG REPORT
One would think a commercial fisherman is someone who goes out in a boat with the intent to catch enough fish to earn a profit by selling them to people who would like to eat them, or by selling them at wholesale prices to a “fish house” which would then sell them to the folks to eat, right?
Well, not so fast! Apparently, bureaucrats (you know, those unelected bossy folks who think they know better than everyone else) working for the North Carolina government need a much finer definition of what constitutes a “commercial fisherman” in order to properly over-regulate them.
Defining the term “Commercial Fisherman” was the subject of a recent meeting of a North Carolina Fisheries Commission committee held in Morehead City. Some of the brilliant suggestions they came up with follow.
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if 50% of their earnings come from fishing. (Now that one is wonderful. If a fisherman lucks out and finds something that pays a little bit more than commercial fishing during the time they’re not fishing, they have to tell some bureaucrat about it, and suddenly they’re not commercial fishermen anymore? Just what makes a fisherman’s non-fishing time the business of the bureaucrat anyway?)
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if they have three dozen trip tickets per year. (Lord! Do these folks have to ask the government’s permission to go fishing? And get a “trip ticket” before they leave the dock? Isn’t this taking the game of “Mother-May-I” way too far?)
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if they can provide bureaucrats with proof they have paid crew members an income of $10,000 or more per year. (Why is this any business of the bureaucrats? What if the fisherman goes out and doesn’t catch any fish? What if he or she decides to lay low awhile and try again when the season changes; can not paying crew enough money one year cause them to lose their license to fish???)
The rest of the suggestions these unelected bureaucrats came up with in Morehead City seem equally ludicrous to me. What’s worse, they seem designed to cause fishermen to lose their commercial fishing licensesIt actually looks like a campaign designed for the sole purpose of prizing the licenses away. What kind of government runs its entrepreneurs out of business?
To better understand this horror story, take a look at Michelle Malkin‘s recent video on the over-regulation of commercial fisherman. It appeared on CRTV recently, and you can find it at https://www.crtv.com/video/s2e11-preview–fishing-wars–drowning-in-regulations.
In addition, to get an even better understanding of what our North Carolina commercial fishermen are dealing with, listen to CCTA’s “Wake-Up Call” this Sunday (fm 107.1 at 11 a.m. with a replay at 8 p.m.). Jerry Schill is on the program with Rick and our panel, and the whole show deals with the situation. Jerry has been with the North Carolina Fisheries Association for years, formerly as its President, and currently as its Director of Government Relations, and man does he know his subject!
Plus, to keep up with all the (unfortunately) continuing drama, go to www.ncfish.org and request to be on the list to get urgent updates.
Respectfully submitted,
Hal James
CCTA Watchdog Committee Chairman

Craven County Board of Commissioners Support our Commercial fishing Industry

At the most recent Craven County Board of Commissioners meeting, during the Citizens Petitions agenda item, Jerry Shield, Glenn Fink and I petitioned on behalf of our North Carolina Commercial Fisherman explaining the great pressure the recent efforts to reduce their number by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commision by narrowly defining what a commercial fisherman is. Our last Watchdog Report went into that in some detail. If you missed it your can read it by clicking HERE.

During the Commissioners’ Report agenda item at the end of the meeting, Commissioner Scott Dacey introduced a resolution he proposed to support our commercial fishermen and their families (incidently, when I say “fishermen” I mean men and women).

The Resolved clauses are as follows:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners supports the definition of commercial fishing that has been determined by the duly elected members of the North Carolina General Assembly and reflected in the North Carolina General Statutes.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners strongly opposes the unnecessary effort that is now underway by the Marine Fisheries Commission to reexamine the definition of commercial fishing, and urges all coastal communities to adopt similar resolutions, and encourages all residents to vigorously voice their concerns about the latest attempt by the Marine Fisheries Commission to once again redefine commercial fishing.

Adopted this 5th day of February, 2018.

Signed by Chairman Thomas F. Mark and Clerk to the Board, Gwendolyn M. Bryant.

You can read the entire document if you wish by clicking HERE.

 

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Nunes Memo

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Jerry Schill – NC Fisheries Assoc.

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WORK FORCE NON-DEVELOPMENT?

WATCHDOG REPORT
January 22, 2018
Tammy Childers, Executive Director, Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, recently presented an update on the Board’s activities to the Craven County Commissioners.
Among other things in her introduction, Ms. Childers stated that she was tasked to measure the success of the Board.  That was the last time she mentioned anything about successes.
What she did say is that Eastern Carolina workforce Development has an annual budget of $5.6 million dollars and a full time work force of five (5) employees!  She also gave a lot of demographic data you can find many other places at much less cost.  She discussed the “STEM” programs in the community colleges and high schools in glowing terms, as if that Board had invented it.  However, she said ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAMS!  She provided no data on the number of jobs the people they have “assisted” have gained.  In fact, she acknowledged the lower than state averages of employment for their “service” area.
Commissioner Liner pointed out that she had not provided any such data, and I thought to myself, “PLEASE, GEORGE, HIT THAT HARD!”  Sadly, he dropped the subject after a short remark.  What a shame.  Commissioner Jones asked, “Why is unemployment increasing?”  If he got a straight answer, I did not hear it.
Judging from their funding of boards such as this one, the Craven County Board of Commissioners seems hell bent on providing us with a big, expensive, unproductive government!
Respectfully submitted,
Hal James
CCTA Watchdog Committee Chairman
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