Mecklenburg Declaration II needed against sinful Democrat Tar Heel taxers

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Promoted by Dan McLaughlin. Your daily reminder that raising taxes is what Democrats do.

By Mike DeVine, Legal Editor of The HinzSight Report and TMR

[Charlotte, N.C., located less that ten miles from the South Carolina birthplace of former President Andrew Jackson, is the county seat of Mecklenburg County (the birthplace of President James K. Polk) and DeVine aka gamecock's home for the past three years.]

A year before Thomas Jefferson wrote the U.S. Declaration of Independence, a group of Mecklenburg's forefathers broke with England. May 20 marks the 233rd anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

Both 18th Century Declarations were precipitated by the unprovoked British attack on fellow colonists at Concord and Lexington, which followed a Tea Party in Boston Harbor due to taxation without representation.

Earlier in this 21st Century Mecklenburg County representatives refused to abide by a referendum of those they represented opposing a new tax to fund a light rail line that ended up costing the taxpayers many times more than the estimated cost.

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This month, the North Carolina state Democratic Party elected government officials not only refused to reduce taxes on gasoline that are hurting lower income families and small businesses, but also now propose new taxes against the "sins" of tobacco and beer.

Meanwhile Charlotte-Douglass International Airport reels from skyrocketing jet fuel, and Tobacco state motorists near the border cross into the Palmetto State to save up to 20 cents per gallon on diesel and Ethyl.

The same Democratic party governor that seems to want more Tar Heels to move to South Carolina, also opposes drilling for oil off the coast.

I ask who is the greater sinner: Minimum wage workers whose after tax wages wouldn't cover their transportation costs back and forth to work and three McDonald's dollar menu meals a day for a family of one, much less a six pack of Budweiser and a pack of Winstons or Salems OR a political party that confiscates the means to pursue life, liberty and happiness in the tenth largest of these United States?

I say the latter.

Lower income families have to get to work and eat. Higher gasoline prices cause the price of food to rise. A great percentage of these people can't afford vacations. Increasingly they can't even afford the temporary pleasure of a beer and smoke.

I say that the Democratic Party is the party of the Let-them-eat-cake-gated-community-rich that has been at war against lower income families for at least 40 years.

In the 1960's, their welfare programs kicked the black man out the house and made Uncle Sam daddy as part of its insidious plan to create victim-dependants on them and their bureaucrats.

In the late 1970's through last week, they used a victimless Three-Mile Island and Exxon Valdez (see also snail darter, rat copulation environment) to: restrict expansion of areas within the United States to explore for oil, and prevent the building of more oil refineries and nuclear power plants.

The oil and nuclear power industries hire lots of non-college graduates at better pay that textiles plants.

Neither the Soviet Union, Usama bin Laden, Hugo Chavez nor the ruling Mullahs of Iran could have devised a better plan to weaken the United States than the one the liberal Democratic Party elected officials have implemented under the guises of environmentalism or their religion, The Al Gore Church of Man-Made Global Warming.

I propose a new Mecklenburg Declaration, but this time we preserve the original:

Q. Don't some people doubt that it happened or that it was created after the fact?

The controversy arose because the original documents and notes of the famous meeting were lost to a house fire in 1880. Still, there is vast evidence that the story is true and the MecDec existed.

In a letter dated June 30, 1775, North Carolina Royal Governor Josiah Martin wrote: "The Resolves of the Committee of Mecklenburg surpass all the horrid and treasonable publications that the inflammatory spirits of this Continent have yet produced."

MecDec deniers point to the fact that there is no original copy left. The original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation was also lost to a fire; do we deny that happened?

Subsequent events also support the event itself. May 20, 1775, is on the state flag and state seal. John Adams wrote on reading a copy of the MecDec: "The genuine sense of America at that moment was never expressed so well before, nor since."

The new DeVine-Gameock-One man with courage makes a majority-(see maverick)-Mecklenburg Declaration would:

1 - Demand that Republican N.C. Gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory promise to oppose any new "sin" taxes and seek to reduce state gasoline taxes to the average rate of our neighboring states in Georgia, South Carolina Tennessee and Virginia.

2 - Demand that McCrory agree that he would not oppose oil drilling off the coast of NC, nor the building of new nuclear power plants or oil refineries in the state.

3 - Demand the above from all candidates for public office in the state.

4 - Demand that the federal government eliminate taxes on gasoline.

5 - Demand and end to the War on Tobacco.

6 - Demand that John McCain visit ANWR and take pictures that compare to those of the Grand Canyon, and to them stand in front of those pictures and tell us how they are the same.

America faces a test of character, much of which was 30 years in the making and for which no short term solution is possible barring the "alternative fuel" (see alchemy) miracle the left thinks is just one government program away (see nationalization of oil and auto industries and the hydrogen car that GM and Ford are hiding behind a curtain?).

Meanwhile, as lower income families are increasingly desperate, democrats pour salt in the wounds with secular "sin" sermons, all while they seek to use the "sin money" to fund largess to make sure they keep their jobs.

(Governor Mike - let us let illegal aliens take college spots from NC citizens - Easley has a 10 foot commute from his bed to his desk while most of us non-governors have to drive an average of 12-14 miles to and fro, and don't tell me we should eat cake, I mean move closer to work, because we can't afford to move either you chumps!).

Fellow republicans, and especially fellow conservatives (esp of the fiscal kind), lend me your ears and brain (no hearts required! this is not a class envy argument):

It is no sin to make the point that our policies help lower and middle income families nor to point out that policies of the democrats hurt them and are morally bankrupt.

I do not propose Keynesian economics. I do not propose tax cuts only for the poor. No!

I propose proven result producing supply side economics sold as such with the added aside, if you will, that hey, these policies also help all these folks that the democrats pretend to champion!

Mecklenburg County declared Independence before John Adams hired Thomas Jefferson to do the same. Mecklenburg County's number one rooster crows now that it is dawn for McCrory and McCain.

The Mc's need to heed the MeckDec. North Carolina and America need you now.

"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

7) Sin taxes WILL be imposed on all state elected officials. The constitution will authorize special sessions of the legislature to deal with the surplus.

Christopher Gadsden was an American patriot if ever there was one. He led Sons of Liberty in South Carolina starting in 1765, and was later made a colonel in the Continental Army. In 1775 he was in Philadelphia representing his home state in the Continental Congress.
Col. Gadsden presented to the Congress an elegant standard, such as is to be used by the commander in chief of the American navy; being a yellow field, with a lively representation of a rattle-snake in the middle, in the attitude of going to strike, and these words underneath, "Don't Tread on Me!" Link

Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business … frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise.Ronald Reagan

Mexican issue with their oil production over the next ten years?

Oil price pressures may just be warming up until we have to use our second amendment rights, I'm guesstimating not threatening, to force environmentalists out of the courts, and politicians to see the need for own domestic supply- and to be wary of further reconconquista efforts for lack of opportunity south of the border.
The Fed needs to raise rates, cut the corn subsidies and ethanol production, in an effort to halt the inflationary pressures.

I believe you are going about this wrong. First off, gas taxes fund the roads and at the state level I believe almost all of the income really does go to road work and something like 70-80% at the Federal level does as well though I'm sure someone here probably knows the real percentage. Of course all those bike paths sure might look like smart planning if gas hits $10 a gallon :)

But seriously, do you like your roads and bridges? If you do then pay for them. Who better to pay for them than the people and companies who use them? I can't think of a fairer tax than that. It's a consumption tax, heck it's even like a flat tax based on usage! :)

Taxes on tobacco and alcohol probably raise enough money to pay for the extra costs these addictions cost everyone else. I guess any habit that requires 1-800 lines and AA meetings and stuff to get people who WANT to stop to actually overcome their addiction is fair game in my book to get taxed...

A nuclear plant in NC isn't a bad idea, but is anyone looking to actually build a multi-billion dollar refinery without monstrous tax incentives that we'll end up paying for? They take like 30 years to pay off and who knows what will happen in that time. If we're near peak oil production why would we need new refineries? I think expanding existing ones is a simpler plan and is what has been happening slowly for a while. I mean demand is up over the last 30 years, but we haven't built a new one in all that time have we? We don't need a new one now. Heck, if we were to build one wouldn't it be better to try a shale to oil plant or whatever that it's called?

So, uh, instead of complaining about sin taxes and refineries I don't think anyone wants built, or gas taxes it's fun to point at right now but stupid to do, why not go find stuff that can be cut from the budget and lower income taxes instead?

By doing it that way, an inordinate amount of the funding hits lower income families. All Americans benefit from roads. It should be paid for out of general revenues.

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

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- Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene !

And don't get smug, RedStaters, 'cuz you're next!

Here is some logic for you. Try to follow.

My God doesn't punish. If your God punishes, then your God is not my God. Does your God punish?

The Constitution is my God given rights that cannot be taken away by government. Now, where does your punishing God’s thought stop and mine begin, I will tell you were, oppression stops with the Constitution. It is freedom from religion as Religion.

Not a spammer, but when one arguement fits more than one situtation, why retype. It does say that wheels are spinning in your arguements. Nothing new.

That automatically demotes it.

I learned the same thing from a previous front-pager. Just weigh exactly how important the edit is before you make it. The gods on Olympus don't like having their poker games interrupted.

Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated. -- IMAO

procedure over substance.


Please. What is harsher is for RS to waste the talents of one of the few conservatives that have a regular column in the dead tree msm.

This is not about GC. This is about RS.

I just wonder if its because I dared to include some criticism of JM.

My God is in Heaven.

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

It unpromotes if you edit. RS3 is coming!

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acting like an IT nerd with access to the book.

substance over procedure


Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

Not a rule, just one of those RS 2.0 glitches.

Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated. -- IMAO

Edit at will, email when you do.

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ps> If I haven't said, GREAT blog.

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and GC agrees.

It is imperative that we elect McCain as the 44th President.

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

_I keep telling people that "sin" taxes are a great danger to freedom. Maybe you do not smoke, dip, or gamble online. But once we allow "those people" to pay our way, sooner or later, you will become one of them. The latest thing out is fat people cause global warming. Can a Haggen Dazs "sin" tax be far behind?


Molon Labe!

thanks for not being absent, 'tee

god bless

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

I am here with Charlotte, libtard headquarters for NC.

For those stating the case for the gas taxes paying for the roads and bridges...please note that NC used to go by a slogan of "first in roads, last in schools" now we seem to be last in both. Our gas tax (State is 27 cents per gallon) is one of the highest in the nation...and I dare to think that any sufficient portion of the taxes paid by anyone west of Raleigh (state capitol) is coming back to their roads.

What we need is light rail, and we need to pay for it. We need a baseball stadium downtown and need to pay for it. We needed the Bobcats arena (and team) downtown and needed to pay for it....the bottom-line in Charlotte is we need to be bigger, we need to grow and we need to pay for it....DON'T even think about moving out of Mecklenburg County...b/c we are not going to build your roads to allow you to commute back to your jobs...we are going to build light rail..which you will not use, and make it unbearable to the point you will conform.

I am ashamed of this City and County and I have lived here my entire life.

I hope McCrory can/will do the things you is time that we had a voice in our own state.

Stranded in a blue section of a red state.

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