Dear Tea Party Patriots,
Welcome to the third installment of our monthly newsletter in which we update you on the upcoming events and initiatives of the South Bay Tea Party. You are receiving this newsletter because you signed up with us or an affiliated Tea Party. If you wish to be removed from this list, please click the unsubscribe button below.
ATTN: Late breaking action item. Call U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe · United States Senate · Washington, DC 20510, Phone: (202) 224-5344. Tell her to vote against the Democrat written Baucus Bill. Tell her as a Tea Party Member you plan to give a contribution to whomever, opposes her next election if she votes as a Democrat.
The second general meeting of the South Bay Tea Party will take place later this month! Stay tuned for more information on the date, time, and speakers.
Location: El Segundo Library, Friends of the Library Room
CAN YOU HEAR US YET!!! The countdown begins to the 2010 elections! We want our politicians to remain aware that we are still here, are more vigilant than ever, and are watching their every move.
Time: 4:30 – 5:30
Location: In front of Jane Harman’s office.
2321 E. Rosecrans Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245
September 4th Jane Harman Protest
Thank you to all who participated in this successful event! We had around 100 people show up and line the streets of Rosecrans in protest to Jane Harman’s stance on H.R. 3200 and her refusal to hold a townhall meeting during the August recess. Needless to say we definitely brought the townhall right to her own front door! For some photos of the event, click here.
September 12th – 9/12
With estimates ranging from 60,000 to 1 million people who attended the 9/12 March on
September 12th – 9/12 West
For those fellow Patriots who were unable to attend the D.C. event, the west coast decided to throw their own 9/12 event at the
September 30th – South Bay Tea Party First General Meeting
The South Bay Tea Party would like to express our tremendous gratitude to everyone who came to our very first South Bay Tea Party general meeting at the El Segundo library. We would also like to extend a warm thank you to Dr. Tom Lagrelius for speaking to the group on health care reform. If you want to get more involved remember to sign-up for a committee! These include the Membership, Outreach, Communications, Planning, and Speaker’s Bureau. If you are interested please send an email with your name, contact information, and committe(s) you are interested in the subject line to email@example.com. Also, don’t forget to read a book or two from our recommended reading list!
Measure UU -
Text of the measure: To maintain essential City services including police, fire, improving stormwater quality and other general governmental services, shall an ordinance be adopted amending the City's utility users' tax to remove an exclusion that currently allows an electrical plant owned by a subsidiary of a large corporation to pay no utility users' tax on natural gas, with annual audits, public review of all expenditures and without raising individual taxpayers' taxes.
Our position: Against. Measure UU is a hidden double tax that punishes the residents of
The California Legislature has adjourned as of September 12th, but what they left behind was a pile of 700 bills for Governor Schwarzenegger to either sign or veto. So far he has done nothing. The reason for such a delay is that the Governor supposedly wants a water deal reached before deciding on the bills. But time is running short. If by October 12th the Governor has not signed or vetoed the legislation before him it automatically becomes law.
HR 554 – The “Read the Bills” Bill
Originally introduced by Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas) and Brian Baird (D-Wash.) back in June, the “Read the Bills” bill would require all non-emergency legislation to be posted online for 72 hours before it is voted on. The legislation has since been stuck in committee but a discharge petition has been filed by the sponsors. If signed by at least 218 members of the House this would force Speaker Pelosi to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
Our position: In favor. The American People should be allowed to read any and all legislation that is put to a vote in Congress. We have the right to know what our elected officials are doing since we are a government of the People, by the People, and for the People.
We rely on dedicated members like you to help us get the word out to others who are dissatisfied with our public officials and the governments in
Policy White Papers
We’re working on several white papers dealing with healthcare, energy, and education policy. We’d like to present these ideas to you and to policy experts. We want to be proactive and provide solutions to the problems that face all Americans. You can read our Health Care white paper here.
By Nathan Mintz,
The First Time Home Buyer's Tax Credit is one of the numerous half baked provisions written into the Stimulus that was Rahm-rodded through Congress earlier in the year. It's basic premise is to provide an 8000 dollar tax credit for first time home buyer's (defined as anyone who hasn't owned a house in 3 years or more) in order to stimulate demand for housing.
Sounds good on paper right? Unfortunately, it follows the same twisted logic as "Cash for Clunkers" - using modest government tax incentives to try to "front-load" future consumption into the present. As we recently saw with "cash for clunkers",thisFurther, since the incentive is to buy big ticket items like cars which are purchased on credit, this only further serves to lever up American families that should be paying off debt rather than going further into it.
Fortunately, this awful provision was expected to be sunsetted at the end of the year...or so we thought. Now, there are signs that Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) may be willing to join with Democrats to extend this awful (and at $45 billion/year, very expensive) tax credit. He declared his support for extending it on ABC's This Week, this morning (October 4th).
Obviously, extending this disastrous incentive will only prolong the inevitable correction of housing prices that has to occur. Further, it will distort supply/demand unnecessarily in areas that experienced minimal impact from the housing bubble (like
In the spirit of holding both sides of the aisle accountable to principles of fiscal responsibility, Senator Cornyn's office received the following message this evening. We urge you to contact his office here and do the same:
But I was extremely disturbed to see you on ABC's This Week this morning supporting extending the "frontloading" 8k tax credit for first time homebuyers with Charles Schumer. This costly program, is an analog in housing to the same bad policies that "cash for clunkers" is based on. Namely, you are trying to artificially stimulate demand by moving future consumption forward. The mechanism for making this possible will be through further leveraging of Americans into mortgages they cannot afford that are being enabled through artificially low interest rates. Have we learned nothing from the last two years?
I urge you to reconsider your position on this critical issue. If we are to see an end to this recession, we must enable market forces to naturally correct distortions in supply and demand without government interference. Since
As cash for clunkers showed in textbook fashion this past month, the temporary boost in sales volumen you get from an incentive like this is more than offset by the "hangover" you get later. Please take heed to the words of Ronald Reagan in this regard and delegate housing prices to the free market "Government's solution to a problem: if it moves, tax it. If it still moves, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." Don't fall into this big government trap. We expect better of our conservative Senators than that.
We are 13 months away from letting this Congress know that we are fed up with
This is a time for us to hunker down for the long haul. It is time we commit to finding ways to influence our children and grandchildren. We need to commit to preparing by first reading the book list on the South Bay Tea Party web site, then we need to commit to buying DVDs like “Media Malpractice” and “Not Evil, Just Wrong” and sitting down with our children/grandchildren and neighbors and discussing the content. You need to prepare yourself for answering your neighbor’s questions next summer and fall as you go door to door to campaign for candidates that we support. Also join one of our action committees above.
We had 503 people at Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done. If 500 people walk neighborhoods and reach out to 50 people each weekend for 10 weekends that is 250,000 people that can be reached for our slate of candidates. The last race that had any real challenger for our district was in 2000 where we would have won if the Libertarian’s had voted for the Republican. We only needed 6,000 votes to win. This is winnable.
In 2002 there were 334,000 registered voters and only 153,000 of those were Democrats and 181,000 Republicans and Independents so Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done. We have many other opportunities for winning our community back to common sense and we will be discussing these in upcoming newsletters.
You: Let’s say all this spending causes 10% inflation like it did in the 70’s. So if you rent your apartment or house and pay let’s say for the sake of easy math $1,000 a month and $12,000 a year, then your expense will go up by $1,200 per year. You will be then be $1,200 poorer because of 10% inflation. But let’s say you own a $10,000,000 house like Jane Harman probably does then because it goes up 10% in value because of inflation she becomes $1,000,000 richer. She does that by stealing $1,000 from 1,000 people who rent. So now you know why the elite in Washington and Jane Harman in particular have voted for all this spending because it benefits the elite.