Barbara Anderson Remembered

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Rest In Peace Barbara Anderson

You can view the CLT Press Release from this link.

A very comprehensive list of remembrances from CLT:  Tributes on the passing of Barbara Anderson

Link to Barbara Anderson’s columns on CLT’s website:
Columns by Barbara Anderson – CLT

Barbara Anderson’s Farewell Column
Fighting pirates with the Lost Boys

Chip Ford’s CLT Commentary

There’s so much to read here that I’ll let it speak for itself.  What more can I say, but that I promised Barbara to keep CLT fighting for the taxpayers for as long as possible as her legacy.

Make a contribution to CLT in Barbara’s memory

From Patrick Humphries:

On Friday, April 8th, 2016, Barbara Anderson passed away at the age of 73, after recently battling leukemia. She was for many years the Executive Director for Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT). She was a libertarian, a friend of the Tea Party, and a lover of the American system.

I got to know her a little bit, seeing her occasionally at the Friday Morning Group Meetings that CLT organized. She would turn out for some Tea Party meetings and rallies when she could (very rare, she was not too mobile). I also communicated with by email from time to time.

One unique connection I had with her was Atlas Shrugged. I personally love the book and promoted the movies, as a way of promoting the book. The movies came out in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Barbara was NOT a fan of the movies (many fans of the book were not). She agreed it was a way to promote the book, but did not like the way it was adapted for the screen (she did recognize it was a nearly impossible task – a mini-series would be best). I did give her a “Who Is John Galt” bumpersticker and T-Shirt, which I think she enjoyed.

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From her last (posthumous) column Fighting pirates with the Lost Boys:

“Having promised Peter Pan that I wouldn’t grow up, I could never answer the question ‘what do you want to be when…,’ but volunteer activism became a lifetime career as a taxpayer advocate, which let me hang out with the lost boys and fight pirates.”

I realize now I am much poorer for not having known her better.
RIP ma’am. From a lost boy in a state of too many pirates.

Tax Day Rally 2014

Barbara spoke at our Tax Day Rally at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common on April 13, 2014. The link to a video of the speech is here and below. I asked her to prepare a short biography, which I include below. She was tough but fair, respected by all, and an exceptionally strong advocate for the taxpayers of Massachusetts. And upon her passing, and reading some of these items, I really wish I had known her better.

This is the biography Barbara prepared as an introduction for her at the Greater Boston Tax Day Rally on April 13th, 2014.

Barbara Anderson

 Barbara Anderson is the Executive Director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. She had attended Penn State University. Early on she had been a lifeguard and swimming instructor. She has been in Massachusetts since 1971, currently residing in Marblehead.

She started with Citizens for Limited Taxation as a volunteer in 1977 (and gathered 4800 signatures on a petition for a state tax limit) and then became an administrative assistant. From 1980 on, she has been the Executive Director.

She has been a columnist formerly for the Patriot Ledger and is now a weekly columnist for the Salem News Eagle Tribune newsgroup. She also co-hosted programs with Jerry Williams and Howie Carr in the 1980′s and 1990′s.

She has been on commissions for Governors King, Weld and Cellucci on government restructuring, funding, and fiscal policy. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Taxpayers Union. In 1999 she was the recipient of the fourth Lifetime Taxfighter award from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association.

 

Rest in Peace Barbara.

State Committee Races | Presidential Primary

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STATE COMMITTEE RACES

Every four years, along with the Presidential Primary, people elect their respective State Committee representatives for their political parties. This is true of both the Democrat and Republican Parties.

This year, the Republican State Committee race has become particularly contentious, since Governor Baker is determined to consolidate power within the Republican Establishment. This involves a PURGE of those that in any way may be inclined to put PRINCIPLES FIRST, and PARTY SECOND.

 

Red Mass Group has a great series of articles on the subject, linked here.

As noted in the Boston Herald Charlie Baker faces backlash amid bid to reshape GOP state committee (Feb. 25, 2016):

Gov. Charlie Baker’s aggressive push to reshape the Republican state committee with dozens of his own candidates is angering conservatives who are bracing for a tight race Tuesday as a red-hot presidential primary hits the Bay State.

The dynamic is also raising alarms because nearly 20 of Baker’s picks are state employees.

And as noted in the Boston Globe, some very insane things are occurring. Baker recruited a recent DEMOCRAT to replace an exceptionally hard working staunch Republican activist! Baker attempts to muscle conservatives out of GOP state committee (Feb 19, 2016):

For example, Baker and Polito endorsed 29-year-old Neil St. Clair, a newcomer to the party, for a committee seat now held by conservative activist Steven W. Aylward of Watertown.

Aylward, who did not want to comment, was a leader in the 2014 campaign to repeal automatic increases to the state gas tax, a battle that brought a swath of antitax, pro-Baker voters to the polls. Baker even credited Aylward with playing a key part in his razor-thin victory over Democrat Martha Coakley.

Adding to the insult is that Baker’s choice, St. Clair, recently moved to Boston’s Back Bay from New York, where in June 2011 he had registered as a Democrat. St. Clair, who registered as a Republican last fall, said he is drawn to Baker’s moderate Republican brand and has offered to help. He is vague about how the Baker endorsement came about.

Since $300,000 was given to 20 or so state employees, there is an effort to confirm that it is all above board, as noted by the Boston Herrald (Feb 27, 2016), Ethics complaint eyed as bid to thwart Baker.

Also note: since a number of these candidates for State Committee are state employees, they are – BY LAW – prohibited from raising money in any way, shape or form. Which, in the case of promoting or helping to elect Republicans, should be a major focus of their work (which should be an important portion of the job for a Republican State Committee person).

The solution:  VOTEREFORM.ORG

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We have to elect Conservative activists to the GOP State Committee – activists who are fed up with the corruption and incompetence that exists in the Commonwealth. We are also fed up with the MAGOP Establishment and its reluctance to stand fast on the Conservative principles that made America the world’s greatest success story. 

This is the MAGOP Establishment that last year was on the verge of taking away the ability for local activists to elect delegates to the national convention, and leaving it up to the Establishment to decide who goes and who does not. It was only the fear of this election which caused the vote to remain in the hands of the people. With this consolidation of power, they will no longer be answerable or responsive to the people.

You must vote for the grassroots Republican State Committee candidates who are committed to reforming the Massachusetts political landscape – men and women who firmly support lower taxes, less government, and protecting national sovereignty by eliminating illegal immigration.   

Action: visit VOTEREFORM.ORG today to identify and support those who embrace conservatism and want to reform state government.

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PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

Most of you have probably been following the Presidential Primary process. I ran into a Democrat and had a discussion about it: “Pretty dismal field this year…. I can vote for a crook or someone who didn’t hold a job until after he was 40.” He wasn’t happy with the Republican field either, and had some choice comments about them…

To note:

GBTP is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates. We do inform our members and leave it to them to decide.

Whoever you end up supporting (assuming your preferred candidate didn’t drop out and you cannot support any of those remaining), I suggest you keep these things in mind:
  • No one is the perfect candidate. We need to select the most conservative candidate that can win in the general election
  • Too many times we have had candidates present themselves as something they are not. You need to look for a constitutional conservative. One who speaks of the Constitution freely and often. The best litmus test for this factor – someone who speaks of shrinking government or eliminating agencies – not simply making it work better or more efficiently.
  • Find a candidate who is consistent across as many issues as possible. A candidate who appears responsible in one area, shrinking or getting rid of government programs, but speaks of re-working, or worse yet, increasing government power in other areas, will most likely gravitate to big government solutions.
  • A constitutional conservative will have the same philosophy as Reagan’s: “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.

Choose wisely. The stakes are too high, and the country needs to be turned around NOW.

13 Hours – Benghazi – more media to share to promote

This is simply a posting with media links, which I hope to update over time (and I will include a “last update” note). Our post discussing the movie is here:  GBTP: 13 Hours – Benghazi – The Movie (Opens Jan. 15th)

Last Updated: Monday 1/15 @ 0850.

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Link to the movie website:  13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi | Movie Site and the Trailer:  13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Official Trailer

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Media: Alternate News Outlets (Esp. One America News)

One of the major complaints from Tea Party activists, people who are involved politically who want to shrink the size and power of government, is that the Main Stream Media (MSM) reports (or buries) news in ways favorable to the progressive agenda.

I refer to my “alternate news cycle” – realizing many people not into politics do not utilize the resources I do. I list a few below.

Broadcast (Video) News
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“Kelo” in our back yard (Somerville)! Time to act – Institute for Justice

Institute for Justice: Somerville property owners file major lawsuit to stop unconstitutional land grab

The City of Somerville Massachusetts is planning to take 279 (!) privately owned properties using eminent domain as part of a redevelopment plan. Thankfully, some local property owners have filed a lawsuit to fight back.

They are being helped in their efforts by the Institute for Justice, but they need our help and publicity.  They are looking for more litigants to sign on to the suit. If you know anyone who pays property taxes in Somerville who may want to join the suit please let me know as soon as you can. Even if you only know someone who might know someone, that might be helpful as well. Please see http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/63853 and http://stopunionsquaretakeover.org for more information.

The Institute for Justice is the excellent organization which fought against the government (federal, with local involvement too) in the Motel Caswell case, which was won back in 2013.  From the IJ website, discussing their battle years ago:

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Ramping up the Global Warming FRAUD

One of Obama’s “final frontiers” in his drive to “fundamentally transform” the United States is to implement “hope and change” in the realm of global warming / climate change / climate resilience / Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Climate Warming…. or whatever.

There is a hearty band of truth tellers attempting to bring sanity to the argument. A couple of weeks ago Tony Heller at Real Science posted Record Crushing Fraud From NOAA And NASA Ahead Of Paris.  The article notes the media was ramping up its global warming fear-mongering prior to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, being held in Paris, from November 30 to December 11.

In particular Mr. Heller draws attention to: Record-crushing October keeps Earth on track for hottest year in 2015 – The Washington Post.

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Common Core – Petitions to Repeal Delivered to Sec. of State’s Office!

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CONTACT:  Donna Colorio, 508-450-0104 and dcolorio2014@gmail.com

END COMMON CORE MASSASSACHUSETTS
Delivers Certified Petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office

Today at 2:00 pm, End Common Core MA, a ballot question committee of citizen activists, teachers, parents, concerned citizens, and elected officials opposed to Common Core’s standards and PARCC tests will deliver over 80,000 certified signatures for their initiative ballot question campaign to restore the state’s pre-Common Core educational standards from 2010.

Donna Colorio, recently re-elected to the Worcester School Committee, serves as Chairperson of the End Common Core MA ballot question.  “We’re excited to deliver our certified petitions today. Each signature represents an individual who cares about the future of the Massachusetts’ educational system. With our initiative petition, we’ve started the process to return to our proven pre-2010 Massachusetts standards.”

On July 21, 2010, twelve appointed members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to abandon our SUPERIOR Massachusetts Standards in exchange for federal dollars and the adoption of the unknown, unproven Common Core Standards.

After the hard work of gathering more than 110,000 raw signatures, the direction of this petition is clear.  “Frustrated teachers and parents all over the Commonwealth signed this petition and thanked us for working to restore education excellence back into the classroom.”  Colorio said “The mandate is obvious, Common Core is wrong for Massachusetts.  The time has come to stop this educational experiment on our kids and End Common Core in Massachusetts.”

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Constitution Day – 2015!

Last year for Constitution Day we wrote a post called  What is your child’s school doing to observe Constitution Day?  I would recommend that post as it contains a great deal of information and links to materials to help remind people, especially school children, of how unique and wondrous a document The United States Constitution is.  We also noted in the post several points of law about how Massachusetts is to mark Constitution Day:

  • In Massachusetts the law requires “In all public elementary and high schools American history and civics, including the constitution of the United States, the declaration of independence and the bill of rights…shall be taught as required subjects for the purpose of promoting civic service and a greater knowledge thereof, and of fitting the pupils, morally and intellectually, for the duties of citizenship.” (ALM GL ch. 71, §2)
  • The requirement for the Governor of Massachusetts to proclaim Constitution Day (ALM GL ch. 6, §15A). Governor Patrick has proclaimed Constitution Day in two of his seven [eight] years in office (in 2011 and 2012).  Section 15A. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the seventeenth day of September as Constitution Day and recommending that it be observed by the people with appropriate exercises in the schools…”

I decided to inquire if Governor Charlie Baker would issue such a proclamation. Well, ask and ye shall receive!! With the assistance of the Governor’s Constituent Services, I suggested some text, and then the Governor came up with his own. At some point it will be linked on the Issued Proclamations page.

UPDATE: The Issued Proclamations page was updated – here is the link to the Constitution Day Proclamation.

To follow up, I am asking the Governor’s office to see if there are any plans to recommend  classroom instruction on the Constitution (either by the Governor, or by Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser).

Whether or not some formal edict is sent out, it still would be worth your while to ask your schools, and your children’s school teachers, if they have any plans to teach the Constitution. Again, there are materials aplenty listed in post  What is your child’s school doing to observe Constitution Day? 

And since I was the one to request the proclamation, I am the (proud) recipient of the document. Below is a picture of the document, followed by the text of the proclamation. Enjoy!

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Whereas Our Founding Fathers, in order to secure the blessings of liberty did ordain
and adopt a Constitution for the United States of America on September 17, 1787
establishing the world’s first government of the people, by the people, and for
the people; and

 Whereas The United States Constitution is the oldest national constitution
in the world still in continuous use; and

 Whereas The Constitution has server as a model for the constitutions of many nations,
including Germany, Japan, India, and South America, and international written agreements such as
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and

Whereas These hallowed words should be embraced by all citizens, so as to fully
understand the value and importance of the Constitution and in order to support,
preserve and defend it against encroachment; and

 Whereas September 17, 2015 marks the two hundred and twenty-eighth anniversary
of the signing of the United States Constitution, providing a historic opportunity for all
Americans to remember the achievements of our Founding Fathers and to reflect
on the rights and privileges of citizenship, as well as its responsibilities,

 Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
do hereby proclaim September 17th, 2015, to be,

 CONSTITUTION DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take
cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Eighteenth Day of August, in the year two thousand and fifteen, and of the
Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-ninth.