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It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” –Samuel Adams

Town Crier Committee Report

April 18, 2015

Hillary Decimated by Palin in Today’s Poll

The media and party polls continue to play each other off with this candidate or that one being beaten by Hillary. When another candidate beats Hillary, there is the proverbial declaration of “within the margin of error too close to call”. This is a never ending theme to fill airtime. The Town Criers ask you to consider their random poll. The Town Criers are a Committee of the St. Augustine Tea Party and have been conducting polls and interacting with the national audience in historic St. Augustine for over four years. [http://www.examiner.com/review/a-look-at-town-crier-s-history]

The poll taken April 18, 2015 is actually the second time the Criers pursued this question, “Who would you vote for Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton?” On January 31, 2015, the Criers first asked the question. The purpose was to gauge the effectiveness of the media’s distortion and ridicule of Sarah Palin, and to test the effectiveness of the rejection of Sarah Palin by both political parties. The results of that poll were: 74% Palin, 6% Clinton and 20% neither.

Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy for president, the question was asked again. The reader should bear in mind that this is not an opinion poll strictly from St. Augustine residents. Very few people on St. George Street, on any one day are from the city. St. George Street is populated by people from every state in the union, and many countries of the world. The poll was random and face-to-face. Only American citizens of voting age were allowed to participate.

Palin Wins Hands Down

The results of today’s poll are:
                   1. Palin          79%
                   2. Neither     14%

                   3.  Clinton       7%

The “Big Red Sign” pictured above Always Wins!

According to the Tea Party, the Communists in America have been hiding under the names Liberal, Progressive, Marxist, and Socialist since the 1920’s. For practical purposes the Democratic Party’s leadership is Communist. The GOP’s leadership is always looking to what other people think and doing what other people say. This “rudderless” party is adrift. They are like “fellow travelers” in the cold war sense. The Council on Foreign Relations operatives in both parties are leading this country to a New World Order. In 2009 and 2010, it was the Tea Party that stopped their total takeover. http://www.examiner.com/article/tea-party-stopped-the-communist-take-over-of-the-usa-2010 “No one saw the Tea Party coming. Now, it is alive in the people. So The Big Red Sign always wins,” a Tea Party spokesman said. Continuing, “When the sign is exposed to the public, it either awakens one, or gives assurance to others that their belief is not alone. In the minority cases it infuriates those who wish to remain in hiding.” Today this reporter witnessed an individual who said, “That sign it infuriates me!” The response from the Town Crier was, “Thank you, that’s what the sign is intended to do.” The majority of people now understand truth behind the sign. Others are awakened. America’s enemies are infuriated because for 100 years they have been able to hide. The Tea Party’s job is to bring truth, into a world of deception and corruption. Truth always wins.

“I had no idea that the Town Crier Committee Report would be read around the Country when I first wrote about the Tea Party’s problems with the local Republican activists here in North East Florida. Little did I know that the GOP had a co-op or destroy plan in store for the Tea Party movement as a whole.

We were naďve back then. We thought the GOP was just like us, patriots. But, sadly, we learned they were party loyalist first. They marched to the tune of the party bosses right or wrong, and not to the values of the Constitution.

Both the Obama’s IRS gangsters and the GOP attacked the Tea Party movement and tried to destroy us and declare us dead. But lo and behold! The new world of the “Internet Media” has sprung up. Despite the attacks of the gangsters in the White House and their buddies in the GOP, we are getting the message out; Obama is a Communist and a Muslim sympathizer. We are still here and growing our base. Look at all the young people joining our ranks."

Lance Thate, Editor and Publisher

April 15, 2015

Commissioner Smith Meets his Socialist WorldOMG...Commissioner Jeb Smith, himself, experienced the insanity of St. Johns  County bureaucrats gone bonkers.

The exasperation of Commissioner Smith in recalling his own experience, as Commissioner, of being excluded from the meeting that following a request to lower  the overhead doors on a public building, was a wonder to behold. Mr. Smith, speaking at the St. Augustine Tea Party, had a controlled, public catharsis as he relived what all of us have experienced in dealing with the dunderheads at the county every day. So, the request to "lower the doors" on a building that Mr. Smith had used for 20 years for 4H events, snowballed into a meeting of lawyers, code enforcers, and bureaucrats that concluded in a proposal to spend $3,000,000 on a new facility. What's new? .     The conclusion of the matter is , St. John County employees have an “Adversarial Attitude” in dealing with the public. Instead of being helpful, the culture is to say, "No.” It is all about them and not the public. Welcome to the Socialist World, Mr. Smith.
Who's really in charge?
It takes no more than a casual encounter to realize that it is the County administrator , Michael Wanchick, and his army of bureaucrats. The battle cry, “Quality of Life”, rings through the halls of county government. “Quality of life” together with “Sustainability”, clearly marks the direction of the Socialist bent. The public is fed up with the growth in government. They don't want it at the state or local level and they are about to rebel at the federal level.
Put Mr. Wanchick in his place, Mr. Commissioner!

April 15, 2015

Commissioner Jeb Smith, Sales-tax Issue and the Tea Party The drama for the evening at the St. Augustine Tea Party meeting on April 14, 2015, was Commissioner Smith’s defense of his vote to study a sales tax increase in St. Johns County, Florida.

Mr. Smith's reason for continuing the 'study' was to bring to light the fact that farmers and businesses in his rural district are getting hammered with absurd ad valorem tax increases, yearly. He claimed that his farmer father's tax increase was 21% this year. (A maximum increase for home owners is 3%). Commissioner Smith's support for the 'study' was to find a way to equalize the tax burden. 

Mr. Smith revealed that he got lots of angry phone calls from constituents who were not pleased with his voting for a sale-tax 'study’. Had Commissioner Smith voted "No" on February 17th, on the second vote, it would have killed the sales tax effort.

Mr. Smith championed the idea of imposing a sales tax increase in St. Johns County if the revenue was used for rollback ad valorem taxes. That way, more people would be carrying the tax burden. This concept is not entirely rejected by fiscal conservatives.
Many conservatives support the idea of consumption taxes, sales taxes and user fees. It is a better way to raise revenue as it involves more individuals. They also believe that such taxes would have an ability to improve the economy only if they replaced the existing taxes such as property and income taxes. Sales taxes are usually promoted on the basis of promising that the funds will be used for a popular purpose. In neighboring Putnam County, for example, when the sales tax was voted in the politicians promised that the money would be used to improve roads. Few roads were improved and now the revenue is being used to pay interest. When asked by a Tea Party member if the rollback feature could be changed after the sales tax was in place, Mr. Smith indicated that it could. Commissioner Smith, a very gifted speaker, made a great presentation. However, the distrust of the current Board of Commissioners and future boards failed to convince many at the Tea Party meeting.

It is a Spending issue, not a Revenue issue

Of course, the Tea Party position is that they are  “Taxed Enough Already”. Frank Bailey, a new Tea Party member, recently said after listening to a long, complicated presentation by Denver Cook about the County’s budget, “Sounds to me like you can solve the problem, just by cutting every department 10%. Any business knows how to do this without disrupting activities and the County  can learn how to do this as well.” The County has a spending problem and all the talk about a sales tax, being pushed by the County Administrator, is a diversion from recognizing the real situation.


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