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STRIKE DAY! Taking It Up a Notch – Take the Poll!

The Traditional Patriot“, Robert of San Jose, CA, a feisty Constitution lover started the ball-rolling on this idea and I’m so glad to have the privilege of working with him.

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STRIKE DAY

The Federal Government has gone over the edge.

While we have a deficit of $65 trillion+*, the 111th Congress and our President just keep spending, spending, spending.

Our elected representatives are ramming pieces of legislation into law faster than a speeding bullet and they don’t even know what’s in them.

Our money supply is controlled by a shady, extra-constitutional entity that has no oversight and carte blanche to print monopoly money at will, devaluing our currency and implementing a stealth tax by way of inflation.

Money is just a uniform way of valuing a product, good, service, or time. When you work, you are being compensated for your time. When government taxes you, they are taking some of your time, taking some of your life away.

Since government spending has reached levels so far beyond what can possibly be repay edwithout levels of taxation well into the future that are astronomical, government will be taking more and more of our time, more of our lives away. Based upon what has already been spent, government will be taking a lot of our childrens’ and our grandchildrens’ time, and therefore, their lives, as well.

Many of us know – THIS MUST STOP!

We make phone calls, we send faxes, and emails to the point of locking up websites and switchboards, where staffers shut off fax machines, but they’re still not getting the message.

We’ve taken to the streets in millions at Tea Parties and they still do not get the message.

Since our previous efforts to get through to government don’t seem adequate by themselves to get the point across, and we cannot wait until 2010 to vote people out of Congress, we need to take further action:

It’s time to crank it up a notch!

We need to hit government right where it currently lives; in its pocketbook.

Government’s pocketbook is tax dollars. Government entities tax every aspect of our daily lives from the income earned through our jobs, homes we live in, communication services we use such as our phones and internet, gas we put in our cars,  our leisure activities from the adult beverages we may drink to the hotels we stay in on vacation. Even in death, the government wants a cut through estate / inheritance taxes.

All of these activities are some form of commerce from which layers of government benefit.

In order to get the message across that it is time for government to be reduced in size and power to its proper role, we must choke off access to our money by shutting down as many avenues of tax collection as possible.

We propose a STRIKE, meaning that anyone who agrees that government is over the edge, pledges to refrain from all exchange of commerce.

What would a strike entail?

  • Do not go to work.
  • If you own a business, close for the day.
  • Do not shop for goods or services such as gas, groceries, movie rentals, clothing, fast food, pizza delivery, car maintenance, hair cuts, etc., etc.
  • Do engage in any banking transactions of any kind such as ATMs, drive thru, loan closings, etc.
  • Do not make major purchases such as a car, appliances, property, or a TV.
  • Do not engage in financial markets such as stock transactions, 401k account changes, etc.

There is NO question that this requires sacrifice from everyone who participates.

We do not suggest that if you are in an employment situation that is tenuous due to a downturn in your industry, that you risk the loss of your job. Go to work if that’s the case. You can do your part by otherwise not engaging in any commerce whatsoever.

A strike could be effective if it were a one time thing  BEFORE Congress leaves for the August break. We propose Friday, July 31.

A strike could be even more effective if we do it once a month (the last Friday) thereafter UNTIL WE GET THE DESIRED RESULTS.

We want to know the level of support for this idea – so please take the poll, below:

Currently, this poll is available on @apackof2′s site, just click the graphic of the poll to go to the post located there, the poll is at the bottom:

This idea was discussed on the Tuesday, July 14, on the Constitutional Liberty Coalition Gets Grizzly radio show. The first part of the show concerns the subject of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, through the first half hour. The portion of the show that covers the STRIKE DAY concept runs for one hour, and Robert from San Jose is on the show for the duration.

*The estimate of Federal debt includes unfunded obligations like business bailout guarantees, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

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The Federal Government Now Locking Down Your Location

http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/media/2009/032309a.htmMost Recent Update: May 4, 2009

The US Census Bureau: Now Big Brother?
The US Census Bureau: Now Big Brother?

On April 14, a fellow Nebraskan located in the rural, northeast part of the state reported to me that Census workers are using a hand held device that looks like the signing device carried by UPS workers to log citizens’ GPS coordinates.

Keep in mind the official Census doesn’t begin until 2010.

As the census worker approached the front door of the home, he was logging the information into the device. Apparently, the census information being taken is being tied to the GPS coordinates. Obviously, the information is going to be uploaded to a central database.

What on earth would the government need to log your GPS location for?

My friend questioned the Census Bureau worker closely. He asked the worker directly what he was doing with the hand held device and the worker stated he was logging the GPS coordinates of the residence. He stated that he was doing this everywhere he went and that Census Bureau workers across the country were doing the same.

He noted that workers had been instructed to log the GPS coordinates of anything that looked like a dwelling, including park benches and cardboard boxes.

He particularly questioned the worker about why it was being done. The reply was not helpful or comforting. The worker said he had signed a binding agreement that he could not discuss the project with anyone, including his wife.

Clearly, this kind of intricate system with the hand held devices could not have been devised overnight, and certainly not since the Stimulus Bill was passed on February 17.

We have to ask ourselves what the Federal Government would be doing logging all our locations when the Census isn’t even supposed to begin for almost a year and why would they need to pinpoint location so specifically?

I received a comment on my original post of this story from another Nebraskan:

I thought it was strange when I had a visit from a Census Bureaucrat Fiday. When he knocked on my door I was so preoccupied with making the badges for the Tea Party that it didn’t occur to me to ask questions. He acted kinda nervous so I just grabbed the paper he was handing me and closed the door.

It was a strange situation. When I looked out the window he was still hanging around on my driveway looking around the side of my house. Went to get the phone to dial 911 and when I got back to the window he was gone.

Nebraska is definitely not the only state where this is occurring.  I have spoken with several other people, one of whom was in California. On April 24, that gentleman reported his sister had been “visited” by a Census Bureau Worker.
The sad thing is, she thought perhaps she was being specifically targeted. The fellow hadn’t heard about these coordinate mapping activities occurring elsewhere. At least he can assure his sister she is not a “target”.

That little anecdote is noteworthy in that it is the example of how something doesn’t “feel right” about government workers logging in peoples’ coordinates. People should not feel they are being watched by their government.

Add to it the DHS report on “right-wing extremists” and what you have for some people at least, is a feeling that they are being intimidated.

I have received additional comments on other venues where this post has appeared:

Speaking for myself only:

1. The Bureau is conducting an address canvassing operation now in order to know where to send or deliver questionnaires and what kind of questionnaire to deliver to each location (college dorms and nursing homes aren’t done the same way as houses and apartments).

2. There are some parts of the country where locations don’t correspond to mailing addresses (PO Box or Rural Route areas). The Bureau sends enumerators to hand-deliver questionnaires unless a mailing address can be obtained. Likewise, enumerators come out to residences to follow up on unclear or missing information. A GPS fix gives them an accurate means of locating the residence.

3. The map spots help place people in the right census tracts (statistical areas) so that state legislatures can complete the 2011 redistricting properly.

4. Census data associated with a particular person or address, including map spots, are covered by 13 U.S.C. § 9. They are made available only to sworn Census employees on a need-to-know basis. Sharing these data with ANYONE, including other government agencies, carries a $250,000 fine and a prison sentence.

The above is clearly well thought out. I appreciate that very much. I do have trouble with the following:

The Bureau is conducting an address canvassing operation now in order to know where to send or deliver questionnaires and what kind of questionnaire to deliver to each location (college dorms and nursing homes aren’t done the same way as houses and apartments).

Fair enough. If the sole purpose of logging GPS coordinates is to know where to deliver a questionnaire, why are park benches and cardboard boxes being logged? Are they really going to deliver questionnaires to these locations?

It has nothing to do with Big Brother. I’m one of those Census workers you are worried about. All we’re doing–and it’s not a secret–is updating and correcting the bureau’s address database, to ensure that surveys are sent out to existing addresses. We’re not recording any personal info about the people living at the addresses. The gps coordinates are tied to addresses, not people. One of the uses will be, eventually, to help Census takers–sent to follow up at households that don’t mail back their surveys–find the addresses they are sent to visit. That’s it. Honestly.