Friday, August 1, 2014

America has never been so vulnerable


Didn't we learn anything from 9-11? This has to be about the worst administration and the worst do-nothing president in decades--Many of these so called children who have crossed our border ILLEGALLY are teenagers and none of them have passports or any identification. We have no clue as to whom is entering our country. Here is an excerpt from Judicial Watch:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is allowing illegal immigrants go around airport security to catch planes without a photo identification required of all other passengers, a high-level DHS source tells Judicial Watch. It appears to be part of an Obama administration plan to expedite the transfer of tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)—mostly from Central America—that have entered the country through Mexico in the last few months. They are mostly coming in through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and authorities there are incredibly overwhelmed by the sudden influx.


Reports confirm that these illegal immigrant "kids" coming here in droves pose a potentially catastrophic risk to our country not to mention that six individuals from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen were recently picked up by U.S. border patrol near Laredo, Texas with 60,000 Iraqi dinars ($51.00) apiece on each one according to Breitbart.  It's no wonder that many people are sick of elected officials in both Parties. They are standing by doing nothing to protect our borders and our citizens. Why aren't you mad?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sunset 7-31-14

Spring Training Stadium in West Palm Beach

Representatives of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are focusing their pursuit of a shared spring training baseball complex on the 160 acres south of 45th Street between Haverhill Road and Military Trail....

City Commissioner Shanon Materio said today that before she decides on anything, she wants to see all the dollar figures. “The hard thing about baseball,” she said, “is quantifying what it brings to the city.” Commissioner Materio is correctly addressing this possible venture.

I guess the next time we see Scott Maxwell with his bat it might be up near 45th Street.


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Can't afford Crist

Let’s talk about jobs.

When Charlie Crist left office in 2010, 832,000 Floridians were without jobs. Unemployment tripled, taxes had spiked by $2.2 billion and small businesses were trapped under burdensome regulations.

Then, Governor Scott took office with the goal of putting Floridians back to work and creating jobs.

Four years later, thanks to Governor Scott’s dedication and leadership, Florida has achieved an incredible turnaround. In June alone, our state created 36,900 private-sector jobs--the most in the nation. And more than 620,000 private-sector jobs have been created since Governor Scott took office. With Governor Scott’s 40 tax cuts and 3,000 regulations eliminated, Florida has created the jobs needed to give families hope.

Jobs are booming in Florida. Watch the video below to hear from Floridians across the state about the work Governor Scott has done to move our state forward.

Florida is headed in the right direction—why would we want to go back?

Let’s Keep Working!
Andrew Abdel-Malik
Director of Digital Strategy
Republican Party of Florida

Our elected officials and their grades on Illegal Immigration



Vote AGAINST bonds

So "Sue me"

And they did!
Also, the word now is "injunction."  President Obama has pledged to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress" by the end of the summer. He has said that he will take unilateral action to deal with the issue of illegal immigration.  Is that a joke? “I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing. And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future,” he said. Read more at Breitbart.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tonight's Sky 7-30-14

Today at our wonderful Lake Worth beach

Year 2020 - The Vision

Don't feel alone on 2020 initiatives that can, might or will cost you BIG TIME. It seems that every legal citizen has been screwed in a 2020 of a different kind.

"The U.S. congressman said his trip to the border showed him the mind-boggling nature of the problem in a nutshell. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, described to a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee this  morning and how he saw illegal immigrants arrive on the border, claim asylum, and then be given a court date as far in the future as 2020. 'Meanwhile they get a work permit to compete against those legally and lawfully here', he said.”


Scary vision, isn't it? You can thank Obama and the Democrats.

Looking for Plan B - It's the Spending, Stupid

I say, find another Plan.  Develop a Plan B. No one should have to pay taxes on roads infrastructure for 34 years, a bond that begins in 2015 and ends in 2049 with the burden of the tax falling on those with higher property values.

Lake Worth is a dirt poor city.  Back in 2011 and after the 2010 Census was taken, it was reported that poverty in the U.S. had spread to 46 million people and that the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest continues to grow. Even retirees who used to come to Florida in droves are going to other places because their money has been devalued thanks to the Feds. They are looking for an affordable place to retire...they must be comfortable knowing that they will be able to live out their lives with the money they have saved. They sell their home in the north worth $500,000 and find that taxes and utilities are so high here that it is unaffordable for most to settle here as they have done in the past.

Instead, we have been getting a large immigrant population that has brought down the income average and property values have deteriorated beyond repair. We became a Sanctuary city, another thing you can blame on the federal government. Absentee landlords have not kept their properties up which further exacerbates the problem.  Fines are imposed and it takes forever to collect even pennies on the dollar and properties still look like hell. Our government continues to keep its head in the sand and it never discusses the real problems here in our city--slum, blight and crime.

Our budget has always had a line item for street improvements.  A few years ago it was reduced by one-half to $500,000 a year but this commission likes to play the blame game and they tell us it is 50 years of neglect and blame it all on past commissions--the present commission tells us that they are our saviors..  No, it hasn't been that at all.  If they want to blame anyone, blame the federal government for not enforcing our immigration laws. Blame the government and then blame Wall Street. The great recession/crisis was the result of high risk, complex financial products; undisclosed conflicts of interest; the failure of regulators, the credit rating agencies, and the market itself,  Wall Street was not reined in--no one was looking out for us, the American citizen. And as a consequence to all this greed, our country was affected beyond imagination. Lake Worth was wounded severely with people foreclosed upon and their investments going down the tubes.

As a consequence, all of our property owners and all those who rent (close to 60% of our housing stock is rental) are being courted to pick up the tab for infrastructure because the city says it no longer wants to patch and maintain the roads.  But the problem is, the city NEVER maintains anything it owns. It can't tax its way out of debt. People will sell; businesses won't come unless the Commission gives huge tax breaks like it gave The Lucerne. The Park of Commerce investment will never pay for itself. I always get a kick out of Scott Maxwell worrying that we delayed paying ourselves back the $500,000 towards our casino but he has no problem taxing the people for $9.6 million for the Park of Commerce infrastructure, an investment that will never be paid back for 100 years on land that we don't even own and voting to tax you $63.5 million. Your tax money is a means to some unexplainable end. Notice that this group doesn't talk about the Park of Commerce these days.

It’s a fantasy to imagine that raising taxes on every property owner that detrimentally affects those who own non-homesteaded or high-end property will solve our problem, a city with little money to operate.   Most of our revenues goes to salaries and pensions. Progressives want to take more money from those who have it. They throw offensive epithets or names as a way of abusing or insulting all those who disagree and who are against this tax calling us anarchists which is really ridiculous as most of them are communists and socialists who want the wealthy to pay for everything. They say we want to keep our city from all its potential. All I say is live within your means.  It's the spending, stupid.

I am still looking for Plan B.

Quote of the Day - Marco Rubio

The United States is a deeply compassionate country, as shown by the 1 million immigrants entering legally every year, but that's being abused. If Obama gives work permits to 5 million or 6 million people, there will be an additional surge of people coming because smugglers and family members will tout the action as a welcoming of immigrants. It's just a lure to bring more people over illegally."

~ Marco Rubio

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

No Trust; No Bonds

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These are a few of the photos in the Code Analysis of February 2013. If you notice, they resemble the graphics suggested by former commissioner, Suzanne Mulvehill, on how our downtown could look with taller buildings and who was torn to shreds for this that and the next thing and for similar graphics she showed prior to the height petition process. She was scorned, ridiculed and condemned...Lake Worth politics at its very worst.

Now, as the City has been so hypocritical regarding heights and LOST that election, how can you trust them by voting in $63.5 million so that they can spend, spend and spend some more?  Truth matters and so does trust.


Quote of the Day - Benjamin Netanyahu

"If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no? ‎more Israel."

 ~ Benjamin Netanyahu

Sunday's Rainbow

A single ray of light contains the seven colors of the rainbow and so does the human spirit, which reveals itself through seven degrees of consciousness according to this post on Facebook.Sounds good to me!

As Citizens Against Unfair Taxation started its campaign on Sunday to enlighten all of those who will be voting on the General Obligation bond that will put a stronghold on all property owners for over 30 years, this rainbow was a telltale sign of the reward that awaits at the end of the rainbow on August 26th--NO new taxes..

No trust; No bond.

Pam Triolo goes to Washington

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I'm headed to Washington DC tomorrow for some very important meetings over two days. I'll be meeting with FEMA to discuss the nearly 5 Million they say we owe back to them from the hurricanes of 2004-2005. Yes, 10 years later! Then I'm meeting with the US Department of Energy to talk about Electric Utility programs including the possibilities of Photovoltaic and compressed natural gas programs. You might remember the natural gas line we've been paying handsomely for? Also follow up meetings are scheduled with Senators and Congressmen and women regarding infrastructure funding to help offset our costs of fixing the roadways. Senator Clemens was very clear in a recent commission meeting what was at stake. I appreciate very much his commitment to help us! We are being proactive so we don't have to deal with issues like these again. Keep me in your prayers. I'll report back when I return.

UPDATE ON FEMA from the newly released FY 2013 CAFR (Audit) that was prepared by the Lake Worth Financial Department and audited by WatsonRice, our external auditors.  These figures are somewhat different than the FEMA reports of November and December 2012 as previously mentioned and there is no mention of the original questionable amounts, $470,244 and $6,998,095 in this report. Staff back then was turning in receipts for all sorts of personal items such as medicine and goods from Sam's Club.

If you want to see the facts and figures, Click here

It's no wonder they need to grab all that money!

The Bond

$131,013,442.00 (estimated)--30+ yrs--you will pay until year 2049

$ 2,075,000.00--cost of project management through this plan or 5 yrs.

The 21 projects are projected to be completed in the year 2020 but you will be paying until 2049.  They will begin in May 2015 as they will have to "sell" this bond. (What happened to the finance director?)

**If local property owners do not pay their property taxes on time in any given year, a government entity is required to increase its property tax rate by as much as is legally allowable in a following year to make up for any delinquencies. In the interim between the taxpayer delinquency and the higher property tax rate in the following year, the general obligation pledge requires the local government to pay debt service coming due with its available resources. (Wikipedia)

Alphabetized projects and start dates

By Year Chart