The Privilege of Voting – Presidential Election 2012
For the first time, my first born child is old enough to vote and he’s taking the privilege of voting in the Presidential Election 2012 as seriously as any good American citizen. My goal as a parent has always been to raise productive members of society who can add to the common good by being active citizens in a country where exercising our collective rights is really a privilege.
And that’s where we get off track sometimes. Voting is a privilege that many have fought and died for which is why it kills me every election day to hear the media tell us that roughly half of our citizens even bother to vote. And I fear that today, the Presidential Election 2012 will be no different.
H.R. 4646 is bill introduced to the US House of Representatives by Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2] on February23, 2010. It is called the Debt Free America Act.
A more insidious piece of legislation could not exist.
According to www.govtrack.us, Debt Free America Act – States as purposes of this Act the raising of sufficient revenue from a fee on transactions to eliminate the national debt within seven years and the phasing out of the individual income tax. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose a 1% fee, offset by a corresponding nonrefundable income tax credit, on transactions that use a payment instrument, including any check, cash, credit card, transfer of stock, bonds, or other financial instrument. Defines “transaction” to include retail and wholesale sales, purchases of intermediate goods, and financial and intangible transactions.
In plain speak, the US government wants to tax us on every monetary transaction we make including buying and selling items and withdrawing and depositing our money. (more…)
Community involvement starts with the people who actually live there. It warms my heart to see businesses within the community look for ways to aid through educational opportunities or strengthening neighborhoods. But if we the people don’t actively involve ourselves in our local communities, then shame on us.
In order for a community to remain vital, it must partner with business and stay actively willing to dialogue. But we must not fall for the same marketing tactics that cause us to become customers. It is easy to woo with free give a ways. Our communities are too important to allow human psychological triggers to color our major decisions.
Stay involved, stay focused and stay real. Most importantly, stay involved in your community.