“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.”
~ John Adams
“We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberty.”
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”
“The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
By Publius Huldah
April 19, 2014
For 100 years, the federal government has usurped powers not delegated to it in our Constitution.
What should we do about it? Should we reclaim our existing Constitution and put an end to the usurpations?
Or should we “modernize”the Constitution by delegating to the federal government the powers it has usurped – so as to legalize what is now unconstitutional?
Mark Levin begins “The Liberty Amendments” by saying he doesn’t believe the Constitution requires “modernization through amendments”. But he then proposes a series of amendments, six of which modernize our Constitution to delegate to the federal government most of the powers it has usurped during the last 100 years.
And each of his six amendments does the opposite of what its title promises .I’ll show you.
Levin’s amendment to “limit the federal bureaucracy” [p 99-100 of his book]
But today there are numerous agencies in the Executive Branch of the federal government. Where is the constitutional authority? What Article, Section, and Clause authorizes the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Energy, Labor, Transportation, HHS, HUD, DHS, EPA, SBA, etc., etc., etc.?
There is no constitutional authority! Accordingly, all these agencies are unconstitutional as outside the scope of the powers delegated in our Constitution.
“The people are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
We showed this documentary at a General Meeting sometime ago. Please review it to refresh your memory.
By Publius Huldah
September 21, 2013
What Mark Levin says in “The Liberty Amendments” in support of an Article V convention is not true.
On one side of this controversy are those who want to restore our Constitution by requiring federal and State officials to obey the Constitution we have; or by electing ones who will. We show that the Oath of Office at Art. VI, last clause, requires federal and state officials to support the Constitution. This requires them to refuse to submit to – to nullify – acts of the federal government which violate the Constitution. This is how they “support” the Constitution!
We note that the Oath of Office requires obedience to the Constitution alone. The Oath does not require obedience to persons, to any agency of the federal government, or to any federal court.
We understand that resistance to tyranny is a natural right – and it is a duty.
We have read original writings of our Framers and know what our Framers actually told the States to do when the federal government violates the Constitution: Nullification of the unlawful act is among the first of the recommended remedies–not one of which is “amendment of the Constitution.”
It is already proved in “James Madison Rebukes Nullification Deniers” that our Framers endorsed nullification by States of unconstitutional acts of the federal government. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison summed it up as follows:
The claims of the nullification deniers have been proven to be false. To persist in those claims – or to do as Levin seems to do and ignore the remedy of nullification – is intellectually and morally indefensible. So why don’t they apologize to the public and recant their errors?
Instead, they continue to tell us that what we need is a “convention of the States” (which Levin and his mentors insist is provided by Article V of the Constitution) to propose amendments to the Constitution, and that this is the only way out.
Yes, they tell us, the only way to deal with a federal government which consistently ignores and tramples over the Constitution is …. to amend the Constitution!
Do you see how silly that is?
Now go watch the video:
Nullification The Rightful Remedy
Q: Who is behind this push for an Art. V convention?
A:The push to impose a new Constitution by means of an Article V convention (and using a “balanced budget” amendment as justification) started in 1963 with the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. 1 Today, it is pushed by:
• Hundreds of progressive (Marxist) groups listed here
• George Soros
• Michael Farris, Esq., of “Convention of States” (COS), and author of the “parental rights” amendment which delegates power over children to the federal & state governments.
• Nick Dranias, Esq., of the Compact for America, Inc., whose “balanced budget” amendment imposes a new national sales or VAT tax on the American People.
• Former law professor, Rob Natelson.
• Nullification denier and law professor, Randy Barnett, who proposes an amendment which delegates to Congress the power to regulate “emissions” [EPA now exercises usurped powers].
• Nullification denier and birther denier, Mark Levin, Esq., whose “balanced budget” amendment legalizes Congress’ unconstitutional spending and does nothing to control the debt.
Now go watch the video:
Nullification The Rightful Remedy
“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.”
~ Abraham Lincoln, 1856
“Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.”
~ John Adams
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards: and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”
~ Samuel Adams
So this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause.
“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
61) Obamacare gives people an annual tax increase of up to $12,214 for earning one more dollar of income
In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare is a tax.
Obamacare gives some people a tax increase if they increase their income by one dollar. The amount of this tax increase depends upon the person’s age, income, and marital status.
According to the Obamacare calculator, the extreme case of this occurs with a 64-year-old married couple with a combined income of $62,041. Under this scenario, according to the Obamacare calculator, Obamacare gives them an annual tax increase of $12,214 when their income increases by one dollar, in the case of their income going from $62,040 to $62,041.
This amounts to a marginal tax rate of 1,221,400%. That’s not a typo – the marginal tax rate on that one dollar of additional income is more than one million per cent.
SALEM CIVIC CENTER ALTERNATIVE
TOPIC: Civic Center Remediation and Remodel
REGARDING: Benefits of Alternate Vision PROVIDED BY: Salem Community Vision OUTLINE
BY: Gene Pfeifer
The following outline presents the primary repairs, improvements and remodeling that are beneficial to the area Community; the City of Salem as a public body; the Salem taxpayers; Staff; and Consumers.
The process is defined as open public forum discussions of “wants” versus “needs”
· Prioritizing “needs” with a budget relevant to the appetite and ability of the Public as to bond impact;
· Establish the general scope with a budget limit;
· Focus on the design premise that, “Form follows function”;
· Use “micro” solutions, fix what needs to be fixed, rather than “macro”, tear down and rebuild;
· Provide an RFP for a “design and build” process, all the responsibility in one contract, that must conform to and foster the “needs” and budget expectations, similar to the benefits and outcome gained by the Courthouse Square Remediation;
· Award the contract based on local professionals as an important part of the design and build team;
· Only award the contract subject to the defined scope meeting the budget expectation, with no loopholes for changes for predetermined conditions.
The police headquarters function would be best if relocated. The Police Chief has defined his mobile police squad as being always ready and available, and function as many fully manned “substations” around the City. Most of the active police force units being on the road, it is unnecessary to have their perpetual presence at City Hall.
When needed to testify in Municipal Court, there would be a break in their other police responsibilities regardless. However, placing the Municipal Court in the same relocation of the police could reduce costs as well as time.
As to a police presence for the benefit of the elected officials, or staff, envision one full time policeman at the “Security-Visitors’ Information Center” at the base of the new elevator to Council Chambers. A second would be on duty any time the Municipal Court would be in session.
All sections of the current Civic Center are in urgent need of deferred maintenance, structural and weatherization repairs, and seismic upgrading. Some of this work should have commenced four decades ago. To save the integrity of the functional assets of the Civic center, this work can no longer be delayed. This speaks strongly towards not just the reasonable continued use of the asset; but the assurance of safety to the public, even the public servants, who are unmindful that a hazard could occur at any moment; big earthquake, or not.
PROBABLE BOND FAILURE OF CITY’S PROPOSAL:
Should a bond election move forward with the city’s present proposal, it would probably fail. That interprets to the reality that most of the funding that continues to be directed towards the current path will be wasted. The worst reality is that the “needs” will be further procrastinated. All then to further damage facilities in need of repair, exposure the public to unsafe conditions and the inability to implement the improvement of the Police Public Safety Facility into a more appropriate and safer location.
II. ALTERNATE VISION
Public Access and Reception:
· New east walkway from South Liberty
· Covered bench area along open landscaping into the Atrium
· New signage close to Liberty entrance
· New one way west bound driveway flow to the right from current S. Liberty approach that flows directly onto Vern Miller Plaza
· New elevator at the NE corner of the Council Chambers
· New glass enclosed “Security-Visitors’ Information Center” at base of elevator
· Police attendant: security awareness
· Staff attendant: visitor information and bill drop off
· Elevator lobby at Council Chamber level
· Elevator landing and lobby at Vern Miller Plaza level
· Direct access to street level parking on “Plaza”, alternating with Plaza functions
· Two unisex handicapped restrooms on Council Chamber level
· Use of Vern Miller Plaza for Saturday Market and other public use functions
· More public awareness and appreciation for the “Mirror Pond”
· Direct accessible access from Council Chambers to Vern Miller Plaza for Council related open air functions
Council Chamber Improvements:
· Rearrange presentation
· Council common seating and view direction
· Common direction for Council and Public audiovisual presentations
· Add new aquatic plants.
· Fix and improve aeration system.
· Consider natural livestock for pond maintenance and esthetics.
· Seed other life forms.
Existing North Parking Structure:
· All 215 existing parking structure spaces will be saved.
· Remove all concrete finish caps on weather-exposed areas.
· Replace all membrane and drainage systems.
· Remediate structural water damage.
· Replace large concrete planter boxes with system segregated from primary membrane.
· New smaller planter assemblies to integrate with alternating plaza function and parking stalls.
· Consider possible expansion design planning over the same lower level north parking structure footprint for Vern Miller level parking; for needs in the future.
The Atrium, a Valuable Asset: If the atrium was to be removed, it would be a very expensive process and hazardous to all occupants.
· Correct all the flashing problems.
· Put the skylights on a regular maintenance and cleaning program.
· Seismic remediation with large architectural bracing complimentary to the mass of the Atrium artistic assembly
· Atrium cover could allow for future office space expansion if necessary.
Remodel Space Vacated by Police:
28,000 sq ft to be remodeled for repurposing
· Remodel would be for new department needs, not redecorating. Per staff, $543,000.00 will be saved by relocation from other Salem lease locations.
Seismic Upgrades Throughout:
· The following areas will be upgraded in respect to current Code expectations; with emphasis on occupant safety and secondly, for building longevity:
o North Parking structure;
o Council Chambers;
o Primary Office building;
o Library parking structure.
· The expansion and contraction problem relevant to the connection between the North Parking-Council Chambers structure and the Atrium-Office will be segregated with an assembly consistent with the different modulus of expansion.
Disruption of Staff and Consumers:
· Less intrusive with “micro” solutions
· The completion of the police facility on a separate site will be accomplished without interruption of the Civic Center employees or the current police functions.
· After the Police have relocated, work may begin on the 28,000 sq ft for “micro” seismic and remodeling solutions.
· Personnel may be relocated without moving to other outside lease locations.
· The 28,000 sq ft to be utilized by the current City staff population prior to completion of the whole facility and then relocation of other off site City personnel.
· Some staff may have to temporarily use a portion of the Library.
· During work on the North Parking structure, parking will need to be at the “window to the west” and at the Library.
· Prior preparation for installation of prefabricated structures for the seismic improvement of the Atrium will allow highly technical completion in a matter of a few days.
· Police efficiency and City process not interrupted one hundred percent as it would be in the City’s proposal to keep the Police at the current location.
· The “micro” solutions prevent any new construction in the lower, less stable alluvial materials in the Mirror Pond area.
· The existing structures on the toe of the South Salem highlands should experience less liquefaction in a seismic event.
· No new construction will occur in the flood hazard zone next to Pringle Creek; such area is only about 25 ft higher in elevation above the summer gravel bar in the Willamette Slough.
· The Mirror Pond location is one of the lowest in the core area of the City of Salem and exposed to a possible 150-year flood.
· Salem’s key public safety facility will then not be located in an environment subject to flooding in an inappropriate manner, as now is Salem Memorial Hospital.
1) This alternative is more sustainable.
By use of “micro” solutions, only a specific portion of existing buildings will be renewed. There will hardly be any new construction. That means that far less new manufactured materials will be necessary, less natural resources, less fossil fuels, less manpower and less valuable revenue. This would be a great example of sustainable conservation of our Oregon resources.
Also, there will be about 300 parking spaces available by simply utilizing current assets. That also means that there are 300 spaces available for City staff and Consumers, rather than only 135 if the Police stayed on in this location. Therefore, there is room for office personnel expansion into the future and much less confusion than if the Police presence remained.
2) The Police Safety Facility relocates elsewhere.
· Relocation in a more expandable location will allow a long-term commitment without relocating or truncating the growth of the general City staff or the police needs.
· A separate building location would allow it to be expandable.
· A building set back farther from the street would be safer.
· A building with no parking under it would be safer.
· A facility with a perimeter fence, like our State Police and Armory, would make the vehicles and structure safer.
· Location on a wider, more open arterial would make faster access to crime and disaster events, and a safer perimeter.
3) This Alternative Solution provides great savings to the Public.
This alternate repair and remodel method of the Civic Center may cost $20 million.
The relocation of the Salem Police, and possibly the Municipal Court, by example of cost comparison to the Eugene Police relocation, assumes a cost goal of $20 million.
That is a $40 million combined cost goal; with the Police Facility and Civic Center repairs and upgrades as separate projects, and potentially separate financing or bond solutions.
The City currently acknowledges that the Civic Center and Police Facility, if built on the same current “Urban Island,” would cost in the neighborhood of $80 million. This, however, has no regard to the probability that the entire staff will need to be located relative to disruption, safety hazards, and just the logistics of where is everyone going to have space when all the parking, the Atrium, the demolition are in the “macro” mode and all the employees need the same space?
Relative to the experiences apparent in the ODOT remodeling and the Courthouse Square displacement, relocation costs will be in the millions. Therefore, the current path may cost $90 million or more.
The same could be said for this alternative model, but it is less disruptive. So, using $90 million for the City’s current proposal, and $45 million as the alternate, the ultimate bond costs over 20 years at 5 percent or so, may be a relative $135 million to $67.5 million. This is a difference in savings of $67.5 million.
The notion that building on property that is now private and subject to property taxes, should not be considered, needs to be corrected. A site appropriate for an alternate police location may cost $1.5 million. Let’s use $2 million. So, the current rate per thousand for property taxes is just under $20.00. Using $20.00, if this property went off the tax rolls it would be a loss of public funding equal to $20 times 2,000, or $40,000.00 per year, or, compared to the same bond period, times 20 years, or $800,000.00. Even if the City purchased a $10 million dollar building to remodel, it would be 10,000 times $20 equals $400,000.00, times 20 years, or $4,000.000.00.
These lost property tax numbers are very small in comparison to the additional property taxes of $67.5 million that may be resultant from the City’s current proposal.
Additionally, we know that the City would save $543,000.00 per year by no longer paying for lease space that the City currently occupies off site and will be moved into the space made available when the Police move out of their current 28,000 sq ft at the Civic Center.
Note two things. This outside lease issue means the City apparently is currently leasing outside space for $1.62 per sq ft costs. And the $543,000.00 shall be saved whether the Police build at the current Civic Center Urban Island, or elsewhere.
4) This Alternate Solution for a bond is more likely to be approved.
It seems abundantly apparent that the Citizens of Salem may pass a bond that costs them as much as $67.5 million less over 20 years and does a better job functionally, socially and fiscally; for them as Owners of the public assets, as Property Tax Payers and as Consumers.
How does Eugene Field School look, feel and function after the completion of a locally proposed 50/50 Solution for Eugene Field School and SFSD Rural Schools?
As a Silverton family drives up, they are greeted by a “new” building. The ugly PVC that was draped over the Water Street entry is gone; the original brisk architecture with its corbels, crowns, central arched feature with trophied sconce are permanently back.
Looking up at the mansard roof they see new architectural roofing. The windows look new, no longer surrounded by pealing paint.
As they approach the front entry, there are double wrought iron gate systems that secure the front courtyard, along with a similar iron fence perimeter that extends each way beyond the hard surface.
As they walk under the now stable shadow of the entry, there is a large sturdy steel frame on either side of the entry doors that reflects the substantial seismic remediation that has been completed throughout.
Upon entering, they are greeted by the smell of fresh paint and new carpet. The new colors are very pleasing and the old drab brown carpet is gone. Now completely enveloped in fire resistive finishes, they are happy to see that the original wood wainscot has been restored. The hallways are brighter than before with three new skylights which open to the atmosphere to release the heat of a fire if it should occur. However, push back the worry, there now are fire sprinkling heads in the ceiling. It is comforting to know that the building is protected everywhere; including in the attics.
The activity in the gym presents them with an all new structure, with 26 feet drywall ceilings, and ten new high windows which simulate the original architecture. And, there are people sitting in the balconies!
What else will they find?
“A” Street has been vacated: “A” St. has been widened about 24 ft and is no longer an open public street. There are now 20 angled parking spaces for parents to let off children and the bus parking remains. There are steel control gates at First and Water Streets.
HVAC and air quality: Tests for air quality have been good in the past. Now there is fresh air, better foundation and attic ventilation, plastic ground cover in the crawl space, and new HVAC, gas heat and air conditioning with (1) five ton thermostat per two classrooms; all which make the air quality even better.
Energy efficiency: There was no insulation previously. Now there is R 30 in the walls and R 38 in the attics, including the gym. There are proper window awnings over the classroom windows on the Water Street side.
Seismic: All occupants are protected by sheer wall construction around the entire perimeter with 2×10 studs and ¾ inch plywood inside all exterior veneers. Steel portal frames tie these continuous sheer panels together. Interior and exterior sheer panels extend from the foundation up through the attic to the roof diaphragm. New steel portal frames and sheer are in play shed.
Electricity: All class rooms now have more than enough electrical outlets for modern day classroom learning. There are no knob and tube conditions. Exiting and emergency lighting are in function.
Restrooms: There are two new fully handicapped restrooms, and each with a handicapped shower. There is an allowance for replacing old fixtures if needed.
Schedule: All work may be consummated in two well planned summer construction periods; without interference with school safety activities.
True sustainability: Since much of the original structure will be renewed and the major new construction is the gym, the reality is that far less new manufactured products are necessary, less fossil fuels, less manpower, and less valuable revenue are consumed. This is a great example of Silverton conservation.
True local collaboration: This comes from a 46 year design build specialist, with primary consensus from well established Salem (local) professionals: Bill Pease, structural engineer; Geoff James, architect; Dalke Construction.
Method: Use of a RFP for a design-build proposal with a specific, not to exceed, budget goal. This places all responsibility on one common contract; no excuses.
SFSD Rural schools and 50/50 bond satisfaction: If an $8 million bond is proposed, this budget of 4.4 million for Eugene Field would leave $3.6 million for the rural schools; or such configuration as town and rural public input deems appropriate before the actual bond election.