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OBAMA 2011: Wanted Sequester Cuts. OBAMA 2013: Against Them (Video)

Posted by FactReal on February 19, 2013

OBA-MANIPULATION
2011 Obama defends automatic spending cuts (Nov. 21, 2011):
“Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No.” “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.”

2013 Obama predicts Armageddon if sequester cuts go through (Feb. 19, 2013):
“So these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy. They will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls. This is not an abstraction — people will lose their jobs.”

(H/t: TheRightScoop.com)
RELATED
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Illegal Immigration Costs $113 Billion to US; Illegals Pay only $13 Billion in Taxes

Posted by FactReal on February 4, 2013

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A NET FISCAL BURDEN ON U.S. TAXPAYERS
A 2010 study found that:
1) Illegal aliens get more in government services than they pay in taxes
Illegal aliens impose more than $113 billion per year in costs on the U.S. government at all levels — federal, state, and local — and pay only $13.4 billion in taxes, creating an annual net fiscal deficit of almost $100 billion, which have to be paid by the U.S. taxpayers. (Scroll down for table.)

2) Illegal aliens file tax returns to get free money from the IRS
As we previously reported, illegal aliens file income tax returns to get “refunds” from the IRS thanks to tax credits like the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). At the federal level, their tax credits exceed what little income taxes they owe. E.g., illegal aliens owe $1.6 billion in taxes, but are able to deduct $3.9 billion as tax credits, resulting in a net refund of $2.3 billion from the IRS to the illegal aliens. (Scroll down for table.)

These tax benefits are the main reason why some illegal aliens file tax returns — not because they suddenly care about the U.S. laws … laws they broke when they entered this country illegally, when they decided to work without authorization and use fake or stolen identities.

TOTAL COST OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION (In Million US dollars)
EXPENDITURES
on Illegal Aliens
TAXES
COLLECTED
from Illegal Alliens
NET FISCAL
BURDEN
on U.S. Taxpayers
FEDERAL $28,795 $9,457 $19,339
STATE/LOCAL $84,211 $3,955 $80,255
TOTAL $113,006 $13,412 $99,594
See Table 19 (Page 79)
Federal Expenditures on Illegal Aliens
EDUCATION
Supplemental for poor children of illegal aliens (Title I) $1,332,900,000
Education programs for migrant students (Title I, Part C) $236,900,000
Supplemental for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students (Title III Program) $538,000,000
Post-Secondary Education
(In 2009, children born to illegal aliens received $19.4 billion in Pell Grants.)
N/A
Education Subtotal $2,107,800,000
MEDICAL
Emergency Medical Care $250,000,000
Fraudulent Use of Medicaid $1,235,000,000
Medicaid Cost of Childbirth $1,238,100,000
Medicaid for Children $1,626,800,000
Other Medical Outlays $1,600,000,000
Medical Subtotal $5,949,900,000
LAW ENFORCEMENT
State Criminal Alien Assistance (SCAAP) $330,000,000
Criminal Aliens in Federal Prisons $678,400,000
Byrne Grants $24,300,000
Detention and Removal $2,545,000,000
Project Safe Neighborhoods $39,500,000
Residual ICE Functions $2,824,000,000
Exec. Office of Immigration Review $222,500,000
Southwest Border Prosecution $33,000,000
National Guard $642,000,000
Coast Guard $500,000,000
Law Enforcement Subtotal $7,838,700,000
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (WELFARE)
Free and Reduced Meal Program $2,264,600,000
Cash Assistance of Needy Families $1,030,000,000
Housing Assistance Programs $787,000,000
Child Care & Development Fund $633,000,000
Public Assistance Subtotal $4,714,600,000
GENERAL EXPENDITURES
General Expenditures Subtotal $8,184,400,000
TOTAL $28,795,400,000
See Tables 1-5 (Pages 12-31)
State and Local Government Outlays on Illegal Aliens ($M)
Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at
an annual price tag of nearly $50 billion.
K-12 LEP** UNIV. MEDICAID SCHIP+ JUSTICE WELFARE+ GENERAL* TOTAL($M)
Alabama $159.2 $27.7 $26.3 $6.1 $18.7 $21.4 $38.3 $298
Alaska $62.4 $12.6 $7.8 $2.4 $6.8 $16.7 $29.9 $139
Arizona $1,390.5 $279.6 $259.8 $60.5 $339.7 $85.5 $153.0 $2,569
Arkansas $129.9 $26.1 $19.4 $4.2 $17.9 $16.7 $29.9 $244
California $9,226.9 $1,855.5 $87.9 $2,486.8 $434.4 $3,169.8 $1,611.0 $2,883.7 $21,756
Colorado $805.3 $161.9 $198.6 $53.0 $146.9 $30.4 $54.4 $1,451
Connecticut $456.1 $91.7 $72.8 $30.8 $61.0 $87.6 $156.8 $957
D.C. $153.2 $32.9 $12.6 $6.0 $31.1 $27.3 $48.9 $312
Delaware $140.5 $19.3 $24.1 $6.4 $20.3 $33.9 $60.8 $305
Florida $2,780.1 $559.1 $530.6 $129.2 $578.9 $317.1 $567.6 $5,463
Georgia $1,453.5 $217.8 $265.5 $52.0 $194.6 $77.1 $138.0 $2,399
Hawaii $70.8 $14.2 $13.3 $3.0 $11.1 $15.3 $27.3 $155
Idaho $93.6 $18.8 $18.7 $4.3 $23.1 $10.5 $18.7 $188
Illinois $2,046.7 $430.3 $93.2 $570.8 $154.4 $379.7 $328.7 $588.3 $4,592
Indiana $310.5 $62.4 $56.4 $15.2 $37.6 $45.3 $81.1 $608
Iowa $147.6 $29.7 $28.0 $8.6 $23.3 $40.3 $72.2 $350
Kansas $215.8 $43.4 $1.5 $41.9 $11.6 $31.6 $34.4 $61.6 $442
Kentucky $124.3 $25.0 $18.5 $5.5 $22.1 $46.9 $83.9 $326
Louisiana $109.5 $22.0 $17.5 $4.2 $19.2 $18.4 $32.9 $224
Maine $18.7 $3.8 $2.0 $0.9 $3.5 $13.2 $23.7 $66
Maryland $921.4 $295.7 $174.2 $62.1 $137.7 $47.7 $85.5 $1,724
Massachusetts $839.3 $168.8 $144.0 $71.1 $152.1 $174.5 $312.4 $1,862
Michigan $314.1 $63.2 $62.4 $25.2 $66.0 $142.6 $255.3 $929
Minnesota $305.3 $61.4 $70.7 $28.7 $62.8 $77.2 $138.1 $744
Mississippi $59.9 $10.4 $9.4 $2.1 $7.8 $6.1 $10.8 $106
Missouri $133.6 $26.9 $25.6 $8.3 $21.2 $44.0 $78.8 $338
Montana $16.0 $3.2 $2.0 $0.7 $2.6 $2.6 $4.7 $32
Nebraska $126.0 $25.3 $0.2 $24.8 $7.6 $26.4 $18.4 $33.0 $262
Nevada $691.1 $139.0 $149.7 $32.8 $152.0 $9.5 $17.0 $1,191
New Hampshire $54.6 $11.1 $8.8 $3.9 $7.8 $15.5 $27.7 $129
New Jersey $2,209.8 $228.3 $334.4 $174.9 $335.7 $69.7 $124.8 $3,478
New Mexico $345.1 $69.4 $0.7 $41.7 $22.5 $67.8 $21.8 $39.0 $608
New York $4,879.4 $946.3 $22.2 $675.2 $281.6 $865.3 $648.2 $1,160.3 $9,479
North Carolina $1,032.4 $207.6 $190.5 $59.5 $155.4 $149.7 $267.9 $2,063
North Dakota $15.4 $3.1 $2.5 $0.9 $1.9 $3.3 $6.0 $33
Ohio $211.4 $42.5 $41.7 $14.6 $51.8 $144.5 $258.7 $765
Oklahoma $204.1 $41.1 $0.6 $43.4 $9.8 $37.2 $46.3 $82.8 $465
Oregon $354.2 $71.2 $60.7 $19.0 $110.8 $31.9 $57.1 $705
Pennsylvania $450.5 $125.4 $78.1 $33.0 $74.3 $221.0 $395.6 $1,378
Rhode Island $158.7 $27.4 $23.8 $14.8 $21.9 $11.3 $20.3 $278
South Carolina $221.6 $44.6 $30.2 $7.2 $28.0 $21.2 $37.9 $391
South Dakota $13.5 $2.7 $2.8 $0.7 $3.9 $5.5 $9.8 $39
Tennessee $231.8 $49.8 $53.5 $14.2 $41.4 $55.9 $100.1 $547
Texas $5,089.0 $1,023.4 $25.9 $1,167.5 $250.7 $727.9 $212.9 $381.2 $8,878
Utah $239.2 $48.1 $2.9 $57.7 $9.9 $53.8 $14.8 $26.5 $453
Vermont $18.4 $3.7 $2.2 $0.7 $2.0 $12.9 $23.0 $63
Virginia $882.7 $401.7 $205.0 $60.4 $132.6 $79.8 $142.9 $1,905
Washington $639.3 $128.6 $7.7 $146.2 $46.0 $127.2 $148.9 $266.5 $1,510
West Virginia $14.7 $3.0 $1.6 $0.5 $1.3 $17.9 $32.0 $71
Wisconsin $288.9 $58.1 $1.3 $48.2 $13.5 $68.1 $145.1 $259.7 $883
Wyoming $26.3 $5.3 $3.4 $0.9 $5.5 $6.4 $11.4 $59
TOTAL $40,883.0 $8,269.9 $244.1 $8,553.1 $2,270.4 $8,687.2 $5,484.9 $9,817.9 $84,211
* Free and subsidized school meal costs are included with General outlays.
**LEP = Limited English Proficient
See Table 15 (Pages 70-71)
Federal Taxes Collected from Illegal Aliens
Income Tax $1,635,000,000
Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) for Illegal Aliens ($1,777,800,000)
Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) ($2,160,000,000)
Net Income Taxes Collected ($2,302,800,000)
Net Income Taxes Collected ($2,302,800,000)
Social Security Tax $7,000,000,000
Medicare Tax $1,637,100,000
Excise and Miscellaneous Taxes $2,489,700,000
Employer Taxes (FUTA & Income) $632,600,000
TOTAL $9,456,600,000
See pages 33-41, and Table 6 (Page 41).
State and Local Taxes Collected from Illegal Aliens
Property Tax $1,378,400,000
Sales Tax $2,332,600,000
Income Tax $244,200,000
TOTAL $3,955,200,000
See Table 17 (Page 76) for breakdown by state.
SOURCE
– Martin, Jack and Eric A. Ruark, “Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers,”
Federation for American Immigration Reform, Washington, DC, July 2010. (PDF)

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Illegal Aliens Got $4.2 Billion in Tax Credits from IRS in Year 2010
IRS incentivising more illegal immigration
MEXICAN IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE TOUGHER THAN U.S. LAWS

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US Senate Kills Bill to Stop Obama’s Transfer of Weapons to Egypt

Posted by FactReal on February 1, 2013

OBAMA ERA: WEAPONS FOR ISLAMIC RADICALS BUT NOT FOR AMERICANS
All Democrats and several RINO-Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to block an amendment trying to stop Obama from sending $1 billion worth of F-16 fighter jets and Abrams tanks to the Islamic radicals now in power in Egypt. (Scroll down to see how each Senator voted.)

CNSNews.com reported:

The U.S. Senate Thursday defeated an amendment that aimed to prevent the Obama  administration from transferring F-16 fighter aircraft and Abrams tanks  to an Egypt in disarray.

A vote to block the measure proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) – an amendment to the debt limit bill – passed by a 79–19 vote.

In a strong-worded floor statement Paul questioned the wisdom of  providing the sophisticated weaponry at a time when “many see Egypt  descending into chaos.”

He based his argument on the Egyptian government’s conduct, President  Mohammed Morsi’s expressed radical views, and the possibility that the  weapons could be used in a future conflict against Israel.

“I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently  governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently  that Jews were ‘bloodsuckers’ and ‘descendants of apes and pigs,’” he  said. “This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality that we  would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.”

SEE HOW YOUR SENATORS VOTED
A ‘No’ vote here would have stopped Obama from transferring these advanced weapons to the Egyptian regime.

Roll call vote: YES = 79, NO=19, Not Voting=2 on the motion to table (to block) Senator Rand Paul’s Amendment No. 9 whose purpose was to “prohibit the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense articles or services to the Government of Egypt.”

YEAs —79

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt* (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn* (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe* (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns* (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —19

Boozman (R-AR)
Coats (R-IN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Fischer (R-NE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Lee (R-UT)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)

Not Voting – 2

Kerry (D-MA) Murray (D-WA)
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) explained:

[M]any see Egypt descending into chaos. What is President Obama’s response to this? To send them some of the most sophisticated weapons we have: F-16 fighters and Abrams tanks. I think this is particularly unwise, and this legislation will stop it.

I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently that ‘Jews were bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and pigs.’ This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality we would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.

I think it is a grave mistake to send F-16s and tanks to a country that detained American citizens on trumped up political charges. On a country that currently is still detaining Egyptian citizens on trumped-up political charges.

I think it is a blunder of the first proportion to send sophisticated weapons to a country that allowed a mob to attack our embassy and to burn our flag. I find it objectionable to send weapons, F-16s and tanks, to a company that allowed a mob chanting “death to America” to threaten our American diplomats.

* UPDATE: Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill to “suspend military sales to Egypt” with conditions. His bill (PDF) was co-sponsored by Republican Senators Blunt, Coburn, Johanns, and Lee. The bill was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

RELATED
Obama sending F-16s and tanks to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood regime
Transcript of Senator Rand Paul’s speech

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Obama Gov’t Wastes $10.3 Billion in Improper Unemployment Payments in 2012

Posted by FactReal on January 31, 2013

CNSNews.com reports:

The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance program paid out $10.3 billion in benefits in 2012 to people who should not have received the money, according to the Department of Labor (DOL).

The data provided on the government website, paymentaccuracy.gov, shows those payments amount to 11.42 percent of all the unemployment insurance checks handed out – an increase from 11.36 percent in 2011 and in excess of the government’s “target” for overpayments of 9.66  percent.

[…]

The “program contents” portion of the website states that 70 percent of the $10.3 billion that was paid out in 2012 was done so through one of three scenarios: “individuals did not meet their active work search requirements, continued to claim UI benefits after they had returned to work, or were ineligible for benefits because they voluntarily quit  their jobs or were discharged for misconduct.”

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Lies of Teachers Video Showing ‘The Rich’ Urinating on ‘The Poor’

Posted by FactReal on December 6, 2012

LIBERALS MAKING OUR KIDS STUPID
Using a crude image of “the rich” urinating down on “the poor” is the latest left-wing propaganda from a teachers union to advocate for higher taxes on the so-called rich. After all the excessive government spending, public unions still want more. Their addiction to taxpayer money is insatiable.

The California Federation of Teachers produced a video aimed to indoctrinate our kids by demonizing the rich, vilifying success, and inciting class envy. Proud socialist and multimillionaire (1%er) actor, Ed Asner, narrates the video that claims the rich obtained their wealth by pushing for tax cuts and by creating tax loopholes (which they equate to tax evasion.) According to the video, rich people’s greed led to the decline of schools, roads, public transportation, libraries, etc. The financial crash was also the fault of rich people, who later were the only ones who obtained government bailouts and are now blaming public employees for the fiscal problems in the nation — claims the teachers’ video.

These teachers thought it was a great idea to explain to kids the concept of “trickle down economics” (according to liberals) by depicting the rich (1%) urinating on less-affluent Americans (the 99%). Here is screenshot of that video section:

The California Federation of Teachers’ video is little more than unsurprising leftist propaganda, aimed to indoctrinate children with no basis in fact. Leftist, multimillionaire (1%er) actor Ed Asner narrates this video that claims the rich obtain their wealth through tax cuts, tax loopholes, and even tax evasion
Watch video here.

THE VIDEO IGNORED THESE FACTS
FINANCIAL CRASH
Clinton and Democrats Created the Financial Crash (More here.)
Democrat Barney Frank’s Legacy: Housing Crisis and Prostitution Ring
How Democrats created the mortgage crisis with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

TAXES
IRS: Taxing ALL Rich People Not Enough to Pay U.S. Deficit
Confiscation of Wealthy Americans’ Money Will NOT Work
The Rich Pay More Taxes…and Higher Tax Rates
47% Pay no Federal Income tax (CNN report)
Bill Clinton’s Tax Increases Slowed Growth
Soaking the rich will only cover 0.5% of Obama’s New Spending (The Buffett Rule)
Obama 2009: The Last Thing You Want is to Raise Taxes in a Recession (Video)
Low capital gains taxes benefit you
Illegal aliens got $4.2 billion from IRS using tax loopholes even if no income tax was withheld or paid.
97% of Americans Pay less than 12% Tax Rate
The top 1% of wage earners in the U.S. pay about 33% of all the income taxes, and the top 5% pay more than half of all the taxes

BAILOUTS
Billions in stimulus spending went to help bail out homeowners and education programs
Obama’s student loan bailout paid by waitresses and construction workers

LIBERALS LOVE RICH LIBERALS
The Left LOVES multi-billionaire George Soros who pushed for bank bailouts and bought politicians
Democrats love “Fat Cat” Lobbyists and spend weekend together in Miami Beach
Michelle Obama’s $10 million vacations paid by taxpayers while Americans suffer
Richest celebrities supported Wall Street protests against the rich
Liberals love crony capitalism
Obama rewards rich donors with state dinner at taxpayers expense

UNIONS
Public unions’ exorbitant lifetime pensions are destroying city budgets and homeowners
Public employees retiring in luxury on the back of tax payers
The teachers union and other public-sector unions invest in Wall Street
Average teachers receive $56,500 salary plus $43,505 in benefits…paid by taxpayers

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Vote ‘NO’ on New Municipalities Miami Charter Amendment (Election: Nov. 2012)

Posted by FactReal on November 3, 2012

CREATING NEW CITIES MEANS MORE TAXES & MORE BUREAUCRATS
If Miami-Dade voters approve the charter amendment for the creation of new municipalities on the November ballot, it will make it easier to create cities out of unincorporated Miami-Dade which would lead to double-taxation (county taxes and city taxes), a new layer of politicians and bureaucrats trying to control your life, new costs (pensions, salaries, benefits for the politicians and labor unions), duplication of services, etc. Currently, residents in unincorporated Miami-Dade pay the lowest property tax rate and have to deal only with county officials.

The commissioners legislation (pages 9 -11) behind this proposed charter amendment states that groups pushing for the creation of new cities will have less requirements and more time to collect signatures to force residents in unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County to become a new city. If the voters approve this charter amendment, the pro-city groups will have 6 months to obtain signatures from only 20% of the electors in the proposed incorporation area. The current ordinance calls for 90 days to obtain 25% of the electors’ signatures.

The incorporation charter amendment, which would add a new section to the Charter (the county constitution), appears as follows on the November 2012 ballot:

Charter Amendment Pertaining to Changes in Municipal Boundaries and Creation of New Municipalities

Shall the Charter be amended to:

  • Require the County Commission to consider the benefits of any proposed annexation of commercial areas, when approving or authorizing an annexation
  • Establish alternative procedure for creation of new municipalities in unincorporated areas of the County by petition which provides conditions for creation of new municipalities and a single election to approve the creation of a new municipality and approve its Charter, instead of two elections for these purposes?

INCORPORATING INTO A NEW CITY IS BAD FOR YOUR POCKET & YOUR LIBERTY
A Miami-Dade resident explains why incorporation is bad idea. Catherine Christofis explained the negative consequences of incorporation in her opinion article titled ‘Charter proposal not fair to unincorporated areas.’ Here are some excerpts from her article:

Unincoporated Miami-Dade — UMSA, in government shorthand — has the lowest property tax rate compared to almost all cities. UMSA residents also pay less in car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, cell phones, land lines, FPL bills, etc., because they don’t have fees/surcharges added to their bills.

UMSA’s business owners don’t have to deal with obtaining two occupational licenses (local business tax).

The UMSA business owner just gets one from the county, thus not having to pass on higher costs to the residents in the area. UMSA’s homeowners don’t have to go to two building departments to get plans approved; they just have to go to the county. But a city’s residents/business owners first have to get the county to sign off (per a 2008 law) and then get the final permits from the city’s building department. Twice the work, time and money.

Almost all the residents of Miami-Dade County use the resources of the county — police, fire, Water & Sewer, Solid Waste and the public library system. So what advantage does incorporation bring to residents? Self-determination. That means you get a new group of politicians determining what things are appropriate for you and your property. […]

Then your politicians will also determine what salaries they want to get paid. The mayor, council members, clerks, code enforcement, unions, city attorneys and more personnel will be needed for that City of Gold (for them). They will start with a token amount and then gradually vote themselves generous pensions, expense accounts, travel accounts, etc. Don’t forget the lobbyists — they will be on the payroll, too.

UMSA does not have to deal with much of that stuff. No duplication of services. The county answers to UMSA and vice-versa. […]

The proposal by the Charter Task Force is not good for cities, either. Residents of cities have on various occasions said No to annexing other areas, but their city councils have not always listened.

After reading the ballot language on this incorporation issue and the other ballot items, voters will have to decide. But without the background information, it is impossible to make an informed choice. After intense study, my own decision on incorporation is definitely a big No!

For her full article, go to h ttp://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/16/v-print/2894790/charter-proposal-not-fair-to-unincorporated.html.
Or click here if the Miami Herald deleted the online version.

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