By Gary Triplett An Easton, Pa. man, frustrated over property taxes, visited the local tax office and paid in dollar bills — all $7,143 of it.
One bill at a time.
Local news reports identify the man as Robert Fernandes of Forks Township.
The scene, posted on YouTube, has generated more than 15,600 views — in less than a week.
In the video, Fernandes carries a duffel bag filled with bundled bills, which he proceeds to stack on a counter. He brings doughnuts, offered to “anyone who is inconvenienced here today.”
The tax collector tells Fernandes his protest should probably be directed elsewhere, toward the school board, maybe, which is in charge of setting property tax rates.
“I’m not doing this to make anybody’s life more difficult,” Fernandes tells the collector. “Unfortunately, I wish the same could be said, you know, for me and many others whose lives are more difficult for having to pay property taxes.”
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Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:43 pm
ODE TO COMMON SENSE
Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Brilliant !!
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense , who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– And maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
– I Know My Rights
– I Want It Now
– Someone Else Is To Blame
– I’m A Victim
– Pay me for Doing Nothing
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
If you still remember him, share this with others. If not, join the majority and do nothing
Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:18 pm
By Gary Triplett The White House, Washington
Hello, everyone —
In the early hours of September 15, 2008, five years ago last Sunday, Lehman Brothers announced it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Lehman was a giant of the financial system — the fourth-largest investment bank in the US, a firm that employed thousands of brokers and analysts, with billions in assets that were suddenly worthless — and its collapse sent shock waves through the global economy.
Suddenly, it was obvious that the next president of the United States would inherit a staggering economic crisis. But the challenge that President Obama was forced to confront didn’t just begin in 2008. Even before Lehman Brothers, middle-class security had been slowly eroding for decades as jobs became obsolete or were shipped overseas.
So as we mark this anniversary, we’ve asked senior staff from across the Obama administration to sit down and talk about the moment when key decisions were made — the factors they weighed, the results of the actions that President Obama took. What we’ve put together is a behind-the-scenes look of the decision-making process that you won’t find anywhere else.
Check out the story of America’s recovery, then share it with your friends.
By the end of 2008, the economy was shrinking by an annual rate of more than 8 percent, our businesses were shedding 800,000 jobs a month, and credit was frozen for families and small businesses. We were in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. On the day that I first began working in the White House in 2009, the auto industry was on the brink of collapse and the President was wrestling with how to help the millions of families in thousands of communities who would have been devastated if the motor companies died.
That’s the lens through which President Obama saw his responsibilities, and it’s a consistent theme in all the stories we’ve collected. Every decision he made was meant to stop the economy from spiraling out of control, put people back to work, and reverse the trends that had buffeted middle class for decades. The task was nothing short of monumental — to clear away the rubble of the crisis and lay down a new foundation for sustained economic growth in the United States.
There’s no diminishing the severity of the challenge we’ve overcome together, and we’ve got a lot more work to do to rebuild an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead. But five years after Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, we want to help everyone get the context and see the full picture.
Take a minute to learn more about where we are five years after the start of the financial crisis:
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
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Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:05 pm
By Gary Triplett Long time radio newsman/commentator Paul Harvey created the original of this homily around 1965. It was updated as the years went by and therefore versions of it vary over time. It is a warning to America about its own decay.
Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:11 pm
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Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. And to mark Lincoln’s historic, moving speech, President Obama sat down and penned a very personal, handwritten tribute for display at the Lincoln Presidential Library.
Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:23 pm
By Gary Triplett Today, Neil Cavuto on Fox News, discussed the newly proposed federal legislation that would raise the federal gasoline tax to be nearly doubled from 19 cents per gallon to 34 cents per gallon. His valid concern was where the taxes collected at the pump and excise taxes levied on the oil companies have gone… accountability. This concern is evidenced by taxes collected over the years versus road and bridge conditions today throughout the country. Now, Congress is proposing throwing more money at the problem without resolving accountability concerns of an already broken and unaccountable system.
Since there has been no comment, suggestion, amendment or addendum to the proposed fuels tax legislation above of nearly 2 1/2 years ago, I assume that whatever the federal government wishes to do with our money is simply “OK”. Have we truly become so passive or complacent for something as basic as what we pay for fuel that we will simply allow our representatives to continue to be irresponsible? The fuels tax is so basic that it affects, directly or indirectly, everyone regardless of age or economic status.
Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:00 pm
By Gary Triplett Navigating to the “White House Blog”, I find it very difficult for anyone to post a comment, as other blogs. It seems to only be an advertisement to the Obama agenda.
Possibly we may find that the White House today is not concerned of the “people” that know less.
Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:21 pm
Oreilly is a forceful man during his interviews on his show, but was required to be much more subdued during an interview with the President. He certainly was not his typical robust self knowing the interview would be over if he stepped over a boundary. What a terrible shame anyone should need to feel “careful” while interviewing the highest elected employee of our nation. When the “people” ask a question of it’s elected “employee”, the employee should submit, not create an environment of superiority. Only the “people” allow this attitude of their employees.
Corporations and small owned businesses elect and employee their CEO or leader of their business based upon popularity… do you think? Why do we elect our President and so many other we hire to an office without education, experience and knowledge to do the important jobs we need them to do? In our last election, many black Americans of African origin voted upon race ONLY without regard for qualification. Many others voted for a dream or utopia. Quite obviously, those that voted, based upon our current electoral conventions, re-elected Obama.
During the interview by Bill O’Reilly and Obama during Super Bowl Pre-Game, the President gave all efforts to justify his actions or inactions. Those that were successful, he credited himself with. Those that were not as successful, he gave credit to his subordinates and placed responsibility for any failures upon them… or some”thing” else. Obama always had an answer, but never did, during the interview, or anytime else, ever take responsibility for anything less than successes.
The words: “The Buck Stops Here” should be incorporated into the pledge an elected official must take when entering any office throughout our nation. Integrity and humility is not taught to or learned by all of us that run for office.
Who doesn’t want our nation to succeed? We all have our own ideas and thoughts of how that should be done. One way it won’t succeed is by following history and the things that we should have learned that don’t work. We shouldn’t repeat them.
Thank you President Obama and Bill O’Reilly for the time you spent for this interview.
Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:23 pm
By Gary Triplett For years, the United States has felt, since Clinton manipulated the markets that allowed for the huge real estate boom during his term. We’ve been paying for it ever since and have also given away our sense of family and God. Family has long provided that true teaching of right and wrong and of the “golden rule’ and love of neighbor with God as it’s base. However, greed and selfishness, with government policies, creates an extreme pressure upon these values as most, in the short term, go down the path of least resistance in order to get and have what they wish, at any expense to anyone else.
In other words, we have been lavishing in our extremes of pleasure while eliminating our industrial power. Mortgages to buy homes and property at artificially inflated prices have been plaguing us with foreclosures and government bailouts. The result has been that the rich get richer and the price tag has been greater national debt that is sold to China. Who will repay these debts and at what expense?
Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:57 pm
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Most churches still do God’s work without desire of $$ except to give help, hope and community to so many. What we should be doing, instead of looking for more money in taxes, is to elect our nation’s residents that are well educated and have ethics enough to cut spending. It’s so easy, if anyone offer themselves to be elected to stand up to the job.
ncreasing taxes in this day and age is always the wrong answer. Giving the government the power to shut down the freedom of religion is wrong and dangerous. Anyone who has operated in the non-profit world on the conservative side of things over the last 2-3 years knows how dangerously powerful the IRS can be. Also, just to be clear most churches, at least in Virginia, are not corporations. Also, since churches don’t publicly report revenues, the figure reported for them is more of less made up.
I stand behind churches to continue to be exempt from taxation. Although I’m a Baptist, one great church I found of true value is “First United Methodist Church” in Hanover PA. They offer food, money or life emotional help without question.
What I’ve found troublesome with some churches is their missionary work only to find “numbers” in how many churches they build overseas. While living in Bucharest for a number of years, I found so many that need. I offered a food van to distribute food and let them know the church that gave. No church I contacted was interested… only to tell me that their funds were to build churches.
Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue May 13, 2014 9:41 pm
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