November 29, 2011
"If the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them." --Candidus Pen name of Samuel Adams during the era of the Sons of Liberty Source: in the Boston Gazette, 1772
Bill Haslam is the Republican Governor of Tennessee. Haslam was elected to office in 2010. He previously served as Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, from 2003 until his resignation in 2011. While he has an "R" behind his name, Haslam is no conservative. This is the story of how he intends to raise taxes on all Americans. The title of this article is "TEA," for Taxed Enough Already, the same acronym used by the Tea Parties.
First let's look at this phony right winger who calls himself a Christian Conservative. Haslam was born in Knoxville in 1958 and is the son of Jim Haslam, the founder of Pilot Corporation, the parent company of the convenience store and travel center chain, Pilot Flying J. He ran for Mayor of Knoxville partly because of a conversation he had with fellow RINO Bob Corker who was then mayor of Chattanooga, TN. Corker is now the junior RINO senator of Tennessee and he along with our Senior RINO Senator, Lamar Alexander and our Governor, Bill Haslam, is a big proponent of UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.
In Haslam's first mayoral race, he defeated Democrat Knox County Commissioner Madeline Rogero by a 52% to 46% margin. In 2006 Haslam appointed Rogero to Director of Community Development in Knoxville supposedly to keep her from running against him in the 2006 race. The prevailing strong rumor is that Rogero convinced Haslam to apply for a government grant (600 American cities have done so) that would award from $4 to $6 million tax dollars to the city to implement Smart Growth (SG) which is a major component of UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. To put it succinctly, Smart Growth is centralization of population within the city limits using only bicycle paths, public transportation, stack-em and pack-em high-rise living, and turning the rest of the formerly occupied rural and suburban areas back to pre-Columbian pristine days. (See Wildlands Project) We are now fighting the implementation of SG in Knoxville and four other surrounding counties under a regional plan called PlanET or Five Counties/One Vision and I and my cohorts are spending a great deal of time educating people about how we will lose our property rights and much more because of SG. Thank you Bill Haslam.
We have attended several of the PlanET forums where the proponents of Smart Growth allegedly solicit community input. However, at each forum we have seen, the facilitators have used the Delphi Technique to achieve the consensus for the desired input. Present at all three of these meetings were architects from Wallace Roberts & Todd, a Florida firm, who travel around the country implementing Smart Growth, probably with the guarantee of getting the contract to build the stack-em and pack-em high-rises in the city.
I was told by one of the top architects that they had just "finished up" Austin, Texas and somewhere in North Carolina. But listen to this statement by David Rouse, of Wallace Roberts & Todd, from a Chattanooga newspaper article in which he stated that he is "committed to an open process, and that property rights won't be impacted without the public's consent." Where is the outrage over this one sentence? Property Rights NEED TO BE PROTECTED! not trampled whether the public consents or not, the constitution says so!
A local Tea Party had been infiltrated with RNC folks who supported Haslam over the more conservative Lt. Governor, Ron Ramsey. They didn't like the fact that activists within the Tea Party had been at the polls in 2010 and had backed Ramsey rather than Haslam. Those same activists had also helped elect four out of five conservative candidates by their presence at early voting. Sadly, because of the infiltration and neutralization of the local Tea Party, who decided they would become a government 501(c)4 and neither oppose nor endorse candidates, the Tea Party did not have a presence at the early voting polls in the recent city mayoral race. If they had, we may have elected Republican Commissioner Ivan Harmon over extreme leftist and Sustainable Development proponent Democrat Madeline Rogero. Fighting SG and Agenda 21 in Knoxville has now become much more difficult and the proponents of this draconian UN Agenda 21 have become empowered.
Haslam was formerly a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, serve as co-chairs of the coalition, and like the majority of Mayors in the Coalition, they are Democrats. It is an ardently anti-gun organization and the ties this group has to ardent anti-gunners is quite apparent. The group even has ties to the California Microstamping law. Haslam resigned in early 2009 and paid the National Rifle Association $1000.00 for a lifetime membership so he could portray himself to the Tennessee electorate as a pro-Second Amendment Governor. Most opponents of Haslam believe his family money bought the Governorship for him.
One of Haslam’s first acts as governor was to roll back disclosure requirements, so it’s unknown how much he earned from selling his stock in EZ Corp, a Texas-based company that owned two pawnshops in Knoxville. Haslam rolled back disclosure requirements so that he and other officials had to list sources of income but not corresponding dollar figures. That decision has brought criticism from party leaders on both sides of the aisle, who say the result is less transparency for state government. Gov. Bill Haslam’s stake in a multimillion-dollar loan guarantee was sold to a prominent Knoxville developer three days after a report by The Tennessean uncovered the original transaction.
Looks like Bill Haslam's family, along with a lot of the Tennessee Republican establishment are supporting Mitt Romney. Due to the political ramifications, it is doubtful they would do this without the Governor's approval which leads one to believe that Governor Haslam is also supporting Mitt Romney. Here are the details regarding the support and the other corporations involved including the Governor's brother, Jim Haslam. Willard Mitt Romney is one of the worse RINO candidates, running a close second as fellow communist behind Third Wave Fabian Socialist and communist Newt Gingrich. Not much of the Obama doctrine would change with either of these two.
The State of Tennessee joined the Federal TSA in "Security Operations" on Tennessee Interstates and bus stations. According to the Tennessee Report, "The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security on Tuesday partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and several other federal and state agencies for a safety enforcement and awareness operation on Tennessee’s interstates and two metropolitan-area bus stations. The agencies conducted a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operation at scale complexes where trucks and large vehicles are weighed. The VIPR operation was also conducted at two regional bus terminals in Nashville and Knoxville. Why would a conservative Christian Governor allow the TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security to bring the TSA into TN and for us to be the "inaugural" state? Obviously along with our constitution shredding federal government, Haslam sees no problem with the state of Tennessee shredding the 4th Amendment to the Bill of Rights.
Now to get to the very gist of the reason for this article. What has so infuriated me about this phony Republican governor is the blatant attack on Tennessee's citizens for more taxation, not to mention the fact that he's wanting all of America to pay new taxes.
The subject of this article is straight out of the playbooks of what the Tea Parties allegedly are fighting. Unfortunately, my local Tea Party was long ago infiltrated by change agents for the Republican (RINO) party and neutralized to the point of being nothing more than a garden club. As I wrote in Part 4 of my article on the Tea Parties, I had brought up the subject of our governor pushing for an internet sales tax at this local Tea Party and absolutely nothing was done. In fact, I wasn't given the opportunity to speak to this issue at the local Tea Party for even the 10 minutes I was told I had.
Bill Haslam stated at the beginning of his term that he was going to contact all the other governors and push the federal Congress to pass a bill that would tax all internet sales even when the company purchased from via internet does not have a presence in your state. Internet retailers cannot be compelled to collect sales taxes if they have no physical presence in a state under a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Haslam wants to change this and in effect tax all Americans on every state's sales tax when we purchase goods from a company in another state and there is no presence of that company in our state.
Muddying the waters is the fact that our previous governor had made an agreement with Amazon to bring three shipping hubs to Tennessee, bringing with it approximately 1200 jobs. However, Governor Bredesen did not wish to tax the citizens of Tennessee when Amazon came here, so he had an agreement with Amazon that they could come to Tennessee without having purchases by citizens within the state taxed at our 9.25% rate. Immediately Haslam set out to change this when he became governor and now in two years all citizens of Tennessee will pay 9.25% sales tax when they purchase anything from Amazon. All for a lousy 1200 jobs! So, Haslam has cost us all more in taxes and now he even wants to tax the rest of the American citizens by pushing a NATIONAL INTERNET SALES TAX.
I don't know how many of you remember what it was like before the internet, but 15 years ago or so tons of catalogues were always coming in the mail. When customers ordered from any of those catalogues where the companies did not have a presence in their state, they did not charge any sales tax. It has always been that way. Yet, here we are with another Republican governor pushing more taxes on the people of Tennessee in an economy that is totally lackluster and stagnant. And not only on Tennessee, but on the entire citizenry of the United States. Talk about killing the economy even more!
To top it all off, Tennessee is headed by a Republican Governor and represented in the U.S. Senate by two Republicans who are pushing this tax along with our governor. Both Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are with Governor Haslam on instituting yet another new tax on America's overburdened citizens via the NATIONAL INTERNET SALES TAX. Of course both of our Senators are moderate RINOs at best, with the senior Senator Alexander being the worst socialist of the two. Is it any wonder we are considered the most corrupt state in the Union?
Where are the Tea Parties? It is Taxed Enough Already they stand for, isn't it? Why has there been no uproar about this across the state of Tennessee and throughout the country? Why has nothing been done to start a campaign against this new tax (as if we don't have enough of them already). And yes, I know it's part of the UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development/Smart Growth plan to tax us all into the poor house and rid the nation of the declining middle class, but come on people....where is the fight? Are you paying attention to what your Governor is doing?
How many times have I said, "A false friend is more dangerous than an open enemy?" And how many times have I written about the phony right wing and all the right wing UN-NGO (United Nations Non Governmental Organizations) groups being in bed with the left? We need numbers of people to write, call, send letters to your newspaper editors and speak about this at your group's meetings. I beg of you to cry out against this tyranny!
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We must be on our knees repenting for allowing our beloved nation to throw God out of the country. We must be on our knees repenting for allowing our country to murder 56 million babies in the wombs of their mothers. Are you pleading for mercy from the Lord God Almighty? Are you working to save our Republic? Are you going to Tea Parties who are nothing more than garden clubs, or are you actively trying to stop the onslaught of communism in our country by attending active groups?
I beg of you to get active and to take information to your pastors, your friends, your neighbors and to speak out because time is short and the satanic moneyed communists never sleep. It took strong men and women, submitting to God's Word and seeking His blessings, to build and defend America, home of the FREE and the BRAVE. It will take nothing less to keep it.
© 2010 Kelleigh Nelson - All Rights Reserved
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.