Northwest Georgia Tea Party is participating in this grassroots coalition. Editor
Grassroots Coalition Formed to Oppose TIA / T-SPLOST
Launches TrafficTruth.net website to inform voters about TIA / T-SPLOST vote on July ballot.
May 1, 2012, Roswell, GA – Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC, announces the launch of their grassroots campaign to inform voters of the truth about the proposed regional transportation sales tax (T-SPLOST).
On March 31, 2012, approximately 75 grassroots activists representing several organizations, along with elected officials who opposed the 1% sales tax, gathered at Adventure Outdoors in Marietta, Georgia, to educate themselves on the proposed 1% sales tax statewide referendum.
“We put out the invitation to various grassroots organizers to meet under one roof and learn more about this tax. We were very pleased with the response from across the state as far south as Valdosta,” said Jack Staver, chairman of Transportation Leadership Coalition.
The result of this meeting was a coordinated effort to oppose the sales tax that is touted to alleviate traffic congestion in the metro Atlanta area. From this meeting and subsequent meetings and conversations, the Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC (“TLC”) was formed.
The focus of TLC is to educate the public on the claims of MAVEN (Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network), a pro-sales tax advocacy group, and Untie Atlanta (Citizens for Transportation Mobility), David Stockert, chairman, who is also CEO of Post Properties. The primary education vehicle for TLC will be its website, TrafficTruth.net, as well as email and social media.
Some of the key points of TLC are:
Proposed rail projects will not relieve traffic congestion.
T-SPLOST is not a “temporary tax;” Ultra-expensive projects will require billions more to complete than the allocated tax amount.
There is a ‘Plan B’.
“MAVEN is well funded to the tune of $2,000,000, some of which is through the unconstitutional use of taxpayer money from CID’s. We are truly a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization that is self-funded through donations,” said Staver. “We dispel the myths about traffic solutions claimed by ARC through our fact sheet, which can be downloaded from our website, TrafficTruth.net. The 2-page document provides voters with real facts and real numbers that rebut every falsehood from ARC, MAVEN, and Untie Atlanta.”
Other organizations are also opposed to the tax plan including the NAACP, Sierra Club, 9-12 projects, Georgia Campaign for Liberty, and Tea Parties. While these groups all oppose the tax for different reasons, the T-SPLOST is proving to TLC that there are clear issues with the plan and the tax across the board.
“One big question is why is it legal for an organization like ARC to use taxpayer dollars to tell lies and falsehoods to the voters? If the T-SPLOST was such a great idea, why do they need $2 million plus an additional $6 million from Untie Atlanta for an advertising campaign to spin it and sell it to the people of Georgia? One would think they could deliver a winning message without resorting to lying to the voters. And finally, why would the people of Georgia want to give up local control, also known as ‘home rule’?”
TLC is encouraging public debate on the topic to include both sides of the issue.
About Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC
Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC, is an all-volunteer organization that has come together in the belief that the State of Georgia can do a much better job of transportation planning than passing the largest tax hike in Georgia history and spending the money on politically-favored rail projects, trapping us into a tax situation that will continue forever. We believe that if Georgians understand the facts about the project list and the proposed management of the funds and projects, they will overwhelmingly reject it.
Ryman Hall, 2203 S Dixie Highway
It’s a critical time. Come , meet with citizens who want to make a difference.
Hear Northwest student, Beau Patton, report on his meeting with his Congressman, Tom Graves. What do you think a high school student wants to talk about? Come, find out.
An all-time favorite, Joel Foster of Americans For Prosperity will speak of critical issues such as Insurance Exchange, Charter Schools for Georgia, and Obamacare including the upcoming rally in Washington to oppose it.
Bring a friend—invite like minded citizens.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
CATOOSA COUNTY TEA PARTY
Lunch Bunch meets at Portofino’s Pizza in Ringgold, GA at 11:30 a.m.
Let’s have a Town Hall everyone welcome.
Friday, March 23, 2012
DALTON TEA PARTY
Town Hall Luncheon meeting this week
at Kelly’s Restaurant. Dixie Hwy (S. Thornton). 2 miles S of Bryman Plaza. Still 11:30. Buffet. Large meeting room.
Want to be “core group”? Stay in the loop?
TUESDAY MARCH 27TH,
WALKER COUNTY TEA PARTY MONTHLY MEETING
I just wanted to give everyone a final reminder of the meeting this Tuesday (3/27/12) of the Walker County Tea Party.
We will meet at the Dari Dip in Lafayette. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm, preceded by a Meet & Greet at 6:30.
Walker County Tea Party
**“WASHINGTON DC RALLIES”**
If you would like to take part in a Rally about the Repeal of Obamacare, there are two next week:
Tea Party Patriots, March 24
Americans for Prosperity March 27:
We will be demonstrating to the media and the world, the TEA Party movement is alive and well.
March 27, 2012
Caravan to DC to stand at Supreme Court to protest the Obamacare decision. If interested, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO STOP THE T-SPLOST
Be part of the Team and Let’s “Ax The Tax”
WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 9:30 am
WHERE: Adventure Outdoors2500 South Cobb Drive Southeast Smyrna, Georgia 30080 (just down from the corner of Windy Hill and S. Cobb dr, by Dobbins Air Base. Take Windy Hill exit off I-75, drive West past the two par 3 golf courses, over Atlanta Rd and take a left on South Cobb Dr. Adventure Outdoors will be a short distance the right.)
If you have never seen Jay Wallace’s Gun and Outdoor Storeyou are in for a treat!
GIVE UP A SATURDAY MORNING AND STOP THE T-SPLOST, IT WILL BE TIME WELL SPENT.
WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY CHAIRS TO RENT FOR THIS EVENT
PleaseRSVPto; Dianne –handdevore@ATT.net678-585-0737 before you read another email and help us to plan for this event.
Hitler called for von Hindenburg to sign an emergency decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
The emergency decree canceled all individual and civil rights, placing power in the hands of Hitler and his party. It became illegal for Germans to express their opinions freely, or to assemble to hear political speeches or for any other reason. And the decree made it legal for Hitler and his Brownshirts to control what was published in newspapers or broadcast as news over the radio; to open mail, read telegrams, and listen in on telephone conversations; to search houses without warning; to confiscate personal property; and to rule by dictatorship in any of the states of Germany, whenever Hitler thought it necessary.
With von Hindenburg’s decree on February 28, 1933, Hitler became Germany’s dictator.
Georgia residents, some of you may already have the gold star on your drivers license. Check it out. Look on the back, there is a 3d image with a gold star on some of your drivers’ license. Add this to your Agenda 21 /OBAMACARE watch list. Cathie, Admin. PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS RADIO PROGRAM FROM 1787 RADIO NETWORK
The REAL ID Act imposed federal guidelines that States must adopt for their state driver’s licenses and identification cards. Furthermore, those federal guidelines include international standards. Why is that important? There is only one reason to set international standards and that is allow for international sharing of the information. So while we continue to debate whether or not Real ID is a national ID card, the truth is that it is actually an international ID.
The federal guidelines for REAL ID are comprised of 18 benchmarks.
Benchmark #1. Mandatory facial image capture and retention of such image.
At least eleven States have met all of 18 benchmarks that constitute Real ID.
Even if your state was one of the 25 that have passed either a law or resolution against Real ID, the federal government doesn’t find that fact to be any obstacle at all to continuing to force the states to implement Real ID. Your state is most likely still working to implement Real ID. Real ID compliant driver’s licenses will be marked with a gold star.
How can that be? Well, the policy is simply not being called “Real ID”although the benchmarks are the exact same ones set for Real ID.
“. . .many state motor vehicle departments are quietly doing the work to meet the law’s initial 18 benchmarks.” http://tinyurl.com/4rgrv87
The ASI card, also known as “the card with the star,” is marked with a gold star indicating that it’s materially compliant with the Real ID Act’s regulations and can be used as identification for federal purposes” March 22, 2010 Nevada link
So right under the noses of our state legislators, some of whom went to bat and got a law passed to prohibit Real ID,the administrators of State Departments of Public Safety or the Departments of Motor Vehicles are continuing to work on enrolling us all into an international biometric ID as though nothing ever happened. Neat trick huh?
That is a great idea and if those in charge on both the state and federal level had more respect for the American people and the law, this response should be adequate. The reality is that those in charge are not following the rules, they are too busy circumventing them.
They will do the same thing with the blatantly unconstitutional Health Care Reform Bill or any other DC mandate for that matter if we do not speak up.
Just saying NO! doesn’t seem to be working very well.
The states should be the guardians of their citizens’ domicile information and only share this data when the federal government has a legal need or right to know.
Back to our “Gold Star” resistors down in Florida who are demonstrating appropriate outrage to the situation that they have found themselves in.
Those Sneeches who do NOT have a star will be prohibited from:
- Accessing Federal facilities;
- Boarding Federally regulated commercial aircraft;
- Entering nuclear power plants; and
- Any other purpose that the Secretary shall determine.
That’s right! Janet Napolitano can add ANY other purpose that she decides should require the “gold star” at her sole discretion. She doesn’t need your approval or even the approval of the person you elected to represent you- your congress person.
Do you have a little gold star on your driver’s license and what does this star mean?
What happens if you don’t get the “gold star”?
This Florida resident and co-host of the radio show “Liberty Underground”, explains why the “gold star” is where he draws the line.
Read more about Florida and getting the “gold star card”
Liberty, once lost, is lost forever!
Mark West, President
Chattanooga Tea Party
Government run health care is the best example of everything wrong with the federal government.
It is financially reckless. No one knows what it will ultimately cost – or where the money will come from.
Additionally, ObamaCare will grow the federal government into every aspect of our lives. It will grow government into a massive bloated bureaucracy making health care decisions that directly affect you. In fact, the federal government must hire more than 17,000 IRS agents to enforce the law.
We need your help to stop Government run health care!
Join thousands of patriots who oppose ObamaCare. Come to Washington, DC and be a part of the Road to Repeal Rally on March 24.
ObamaCare is set to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States the following week and we need your help to send a strong clear message to the big government types who are bent on trampling our personal choice and freedom.
Join us on Saturday, March 24, 2012, for the Road to Repeal Rally.
SIGN UP NOW! http://roadtorepeal.com/
Catoosa County Tea Party
“We the People”
Constitutionally Limited Government
Our next Tea Party meeting will be on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Acoustic Cafe in Ringgold, GA 30736 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ending at 8:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Dean Kelley from the Northwest Georgia Tea Party. He will be speaking about Agenda 21
What is Agenda 21? : Smart Growth? Sustainable Development? Is it fact or fiction? One definition of it is……That it is an environmental action plan adopted by the United States under the first president George Bush 41. It will affect our Private Property Rights, Establish Control Over Agriculture, Water Resources and Education as well as Our American Economy. Come hear Mr. Kelley and decide for yourself.
Acoustic Cafe has a full menu everyone welcome to enjoy dinner or snacks at your own expense.
For Directions to Acoustic Cafe go to the link below.
Acoustic Cafe http://ringgoldacousticcafe.com/
You can find this phone call request by proceeding to
This week, Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) plans to bring his Irish guest worker bill up for a vote. The legislation would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to add the Republic of Ireland to the E-3 visa program. If passed, an additional 10,500 visas would be available to workers from Ireland to compete for U.S. jobs. The two-year visas can be renewed indefinitely.
This is bad legislation that would bring in more foreign workers to compete against unemployed Americans. Please call your U.S. Senators and ask them to oppose S. 2005, Sen. Brown’s Irish guest worker legislation.
Published: 10 March, 2012, 00:52 RT
Only days after clearing Congress, US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events — essentially criminalizing protest in the States.
RT broke the news last month that H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, had overwhelmingly passed the US House of Representatives after only three lawmakers voted against it. On Thursday this week, President Obama inked his name to the legislation and authorized the government to start enforcing a law that has many Americans concerned over how the bill could bury the rights to assemble and protest as guaranteed in the US Constitution.
Under H.R. 347, which has more commonly been labeled the Trespass Bill by Congress, knowingly entering a restricted area that is under the jurisdiction of Secret Service protection can garner an arrest. The law is actually only a slight change to earlier legislation that made it an offense to knowingly and willfully commit such a crime. Under the Trespass Bill’s latest language chance, however, someone could end up in law enforcement custody for entering an area that they don’t realize is Secret Service protected and “engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct” or “impede[s] or disrupt[s] the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.”
The Secret Service serves as the police that protects not just current and former American presidents, but are also dispatched to monitor special events of national significance, a category with a broad cast of qualifiers. In the past, sporting events, state funerals, inaugural addresses and NATO and G-8 Summits have been designated as such by the US Department of Homeland Security, the division that decides when and where the Secret Service are needed outside of their normal coverage.
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund tells the International Business Times that the Trespass Bill in its current form “means it’s easier to prosecute under ‘knowingly,’” instead of both knowingly and willfully, “which is an issue because someone could knowingly enter a restricted but not necessarily realize they are committing a crime.” Speaking with IB Times, Verheyden-Hilliard tries to lay to rest claims that the Constitution will be crippled by the Trespass Bill, but acknowledges that it does indeed allow law enforcement to have added incentive to arrest protesters who could be causing a disturbance.
“[HR 347] has been described as a death knell for the First Amendment, but that isn’t supported by the facts,” Verheyden-Hilliard adds. “This has always been a bad law.”
Gabe Rottman of the American Civil Liberties Union adds to IB Times, “Bottom line, it doesn’t create any new violations of the law.” So far, however, it has raised awareness of the levels that the US government are willing to go to in order to make it harder to express ones’ self.
Under the act, protesting in areas covered by Secret Service could land a demonstrator behind bars, and the thing about the Secret Service (in case you couldn’t tell by their name), is that they don’t always make it clear where they are. You could even say that the service they provide, at times, is kept secret.
Presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are now officially covered under Secret Service protection, making it a federal offense to disrupt a campaign stop. That means whether it’s by way of a glitter bomb protest or causing a disturbance on the same Holiday Inn hotel floor that Santorum is staying in, doing such could cause a bit of a legal battle for the persons involved.
Although the G-8 Summit originally scheduled for Chicago this spring would have made much of the Windy City a protected area where crimes could easily be tacked on to arrested protesters, the event was moved this week to the presidential retreat at Camp David. In turn, many have suggested that the White House is only going out of their way to limit protesting rights. While a Chicago summit would have meant the Trespass Bill could have been enforced in the same area where thousands of demonstrators were expected to protest, moving the event to a heavily fortified rural location will instead deter protesters from likely coming close atto the meeting at all.
And before you forget, the president can now detain you for getting too close to his front yard, order your assassination if the country considers you a threat and lock you away for life with no charge if you’re alleged to be a terrorist. You, on the other hand, can’t yell obscenities at Newt Gingrich without risking arrest.