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My friends,

It's only been a week since we last met, and yet, so much has happened in the past week, that I am sure has you feeling over-whelmed and helpless. This is what we have been watching and unfortunately waiting for. What you are seeing is classic Cloward-Piven strategy, overload the system to force the progressive agenda. Watch what the left hand so you don't know what the right hand is doing. Unfortunately for them... We Are Still Watching!!!

Take a deep breath and remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Rahm Emanuel once preached "Never let a serious crisis go to waste..." All the "scandals" that we have heard over the last month, now they are trying to back door "Amnesty". On both the federal and state level, we are seeing Common Core be forced onto our children, Governor Corbett is considering caving on his stance on the Medicaid expansion, not to mention Agenda 21 and Smart Meters! So much going on, it can be nerve wracking, and boy they aren't wasting any time at all!

Now, once again, limited government activists are being beckoned to Washington. I've been contacted by more then a few people to ask if the group will be sponsoring a bus trip. My answer is kind of a good news bad news thing. Unfortunately, I must tell you,  NO, the LVTP will not be able to sponsor a bus. With the short time period that we were given, our bylaws do not allow us to spend that kind of money without a full membership vote. No one wishes more then I do that we received this information sooner.

But here is the good news!! I know a member who is looking into renting a van to go down Washington. Now, this is not set in stone, and if this member DOES get a van, and has space- I will let everyone know through an email blast. (SPACE WOULD BE EXTREMELY LIMITED AND YOU WOULD BE EXPECTED TO PAY PART OF THE COST FOR RENTAL AND/OR MILAGE) But that's not all!!!! I've been on the phone all day, looking for buses that are leaving within relative driving distance from our area. The closest buses I found are leaving from New Jersey. I asked their local coordinator to send me their information, which is attached below (These buses are sure things guys!)

But now you're saying, Joan, I just can't get off from work. I know this is super super important stuff. I just don't know what I can do!??!?! Don't fret. I'm going to tell you! First though, let's have a frank discussion... After the marching and protesting is done, we go home, and say, “Well, I've done my part. Can't do much more- with how many people were there, there's no way they could ignore or forget about us.” I've got news for you. They DO ignore us. They DO forget about us. We must ALWAYS make our voices heard. Let's be honest, we need to keep the pressure on, it's what the other side is doing. Why aren't we? It requires YOUR action. The Tea Party is not a social club. We are happy if you come to meetings, we all need to keep learning, we are way behind the learning curve, but lets not forget why we are here... We are trying to protect YOUR individual rights! We can not do this alone. YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT!!! We need YOU to step into action. NOW IS THE TIME!!!! If we loose this battle, the war is almost surely lost. It's time to stop watching at the sidelines....You MUST step upClick Here to find out how!

Last Updated on Saturday, June 15, 2013
 

An Open Letter to all Congressman and Senators

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On June 7 during our regularly monthly meeting Joan Campbell the chairman of the Lehigh Valley 9/12-Tea Party group read the following letter to our membership.

The letter will be sent certified to our representatives in Congress, the Senate and the press. Approximately 130 of our members have signed this document. If you were unable to sign, please print out this letter, sign it, get your friends to sign it and send it to your congressman and senator.

This is an important time for us as a nation to take a stand. Stand with us! (For a nice copy to print out and sign please CLICK HERE (2 page pdf)


Lehigh Valley 9-12 Project/Tea Party GroupLVTP logo

June 7, 2013

An Open Letter to all Congressman and Senators:

The Lehigh Valley 9-12 Project/Tea Party Group, representing constituents in Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania, echoing Tea Party sentiments across the nation, is writing to you regarding the recent White House scandals that have been highlighted in the press recently. Benghazi, IRS Intimidation, HHS Donation Scandal, Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice Phone Tap and as of today the NSA PRISM scandal. It is unclear how many more wrongdoings will be uncovered. However all the scandals we know about are examples of this administration's abuse of power and blatant failure to accept responsibility for these abuses.

The First Amendment of the Constitution reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” In the past six weeks, we have seen every part of this inalienable right trampled and abandoned. This is not a Left or Right issue that can be ignored at will, this is an American problem that defies the American people's basic constitutional rights and it needs to be fixed.

These controversies are the result of lies, cover-ups and gross incompetence. The American people deserve the truth! We the people say “No More!” We demand that our representatives in Washington stop putting party politics and ideology ahead of public interest. We demand that public investigations be done thoroughly and with due diligence and have justice served swiftly to those involved in these usurpations and atrocities, no matter how high up the chain of command that these violations go.

For too many years, the American people have sat idly by and watched their individual rights and freedoms slowly erode away. To quote Senator Rob Portman of the Senate Finance Committee, “The Tea Party was right, the government has overstepped its bounds!” We demand a vote of no confidence against any and all public servants that have allowed governmental agencies be used for intimidation.

We respectfully petition you to take steps to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency and every governmental agency that is not constitutionally mandated so that they may never be used to intimidate any American citizen again. We call on you to take steps to eliminate and defund every agency and program that stifles the principles of free enterprise, individual rights and free will and return those powers to the states as outlined in the 9th and 10th Amendment.

We simply ask that you honor your oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

Respectfully Submitted,

The Lehigh Valley Project 9-12/Tea Party Group

Joan Campbell, Chair

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Last Updated on Sunday, June 9, 2013
 

Lehigh Valley Tea Party Statement on IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups

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The Lehigh Valley Tea Party has followed the rules since its creation in 2009. Our organization has tried very hard to do everything the way we're supposed to. We consulted lawyers and advocacy experts about legal options for non-profit grassroots organizations, and applied to the IRS for tax exempt status just like non-profit groups engaged in all kinds of activities do all over the nation every day.

We believe that the Lehigh Valley Tea Party provides a vehicle for patriotic Americans with a wide variety of political affiliations to voice their opinions and become more educated about the important issues of the day. We are not a political organization, and our group's bylaws specifically prevent us from endorsing or opposing political parties or candidates.

Although the Lehigh Valley Tea Party group was not selected by the IRS for an audit, news of a sudden flurry of harassment spread like a panic among all Tea Party organizations nationwide. In many cases, the IRS demanded that tea party and other patriotic groups who were engaged in the application process report on every comment on their Facebook pages, or to turn over lists of attendees or donors. It was understood by the groups which were targeted in this way that this was uncommon treatment, and many groups attempted to inform the media about this clear discrimination against conservative groups, but there was little coverage of the issue.

Suddenly, as a result of the news of enhanced scrutiny of some tea party groups, no one knew what we were allowed to say or whether we were permitted to take public positions on important issues at all without affecting our ability to obtain tax exempt status. This uncertainty had a chilling effect on our every undertaking. Some of our members even expressed that they believed we were allowing the IRS to bully us into silence.

Although our application seemed to have been held up for over a year, the Lehigh Valley Tea Party Group has recently been granted 501(c)(4) status as a non profit group focused primarily on education, which has been our organization's mission since the group was formed. We are grateful that we were not specifically targeted for enhanced scrutiny, but recognize that we could have been.

It is outrageous that the Internal Revenue Service would target organizations for special scrutiny based upon their view of our government's policies, and whether or not those organizations agree with any presidential administration. While our group espouses responsible fiscal policies such as balanced budgets and lower taxes, the last time we checked the Constitution guarantees us the right to express those positions.

It's frightening to think that any administration would direct the IRS to make it more difficult for groups which disagree with its own point of view to obtain the non-profit status which should be available to all legitimate organizations, regardless of ideological positions. Our concerns about this powerful entity are magnified because the Internal Revenue Service has been tasked with implementation of many of the provisions of the new health care law. Obviously, we don't know yet who directed the IRS to single out Tea Party organizations, but we will be watching the ongoing investigations very closely and support Congressional hearings to find out exactly who is responsible for this outrage.

 

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The Governor Responds

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Stopping the Smart Meter Dictatorship Established By PA Law

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A member of the Energy & Environment Action Committee wrote to Governor Corbett to ask if PA Law allowed customers to OPT-OUT of the Public Utility Commission (PUC)  Smart Meter deployment program and law in PA. The answer below from the PA PUC was a loud NO! unless Tea Party members contact their PA Reps. and PA Senators and DEMAND that they pass a customer OPT OUT for this dictatorial, individual-rights-violating program.

The justification for the Government-ENFORCED, energy usage reduction Smart Meter program is that the power companies cannot supply enough electricity into the future because:

1.) the environmental movement is using every means possible, including backdoor legislative deals and frivolous lawsuits, to eradicate or delay new power plant construction,

2.) environmental activists have taken over government environmental agencies and are using their regulatory power to FORCE the shutdown of large numbers of coal-fired power plants that are the backbone supplying U.S.  energy needs.

3.) these same environmental activists (aka fanatics) oppose nuclear power, oil-fired power plants, and natural gas power (aka hydraulic fracturing) plants, that is, every inexpensive energy source known to man.

4.) environmentalists plus solar and wind lobbyists have conned PA legislators into a sweetheart deal where the PA legisaltors have MANDATED by law (HB-2405) an annual ratcheting-upward of "renewable energy" projects onto the backs of the power companies.

These "renewable energy" projects are unjustifiable from:

a.) a moral (redistribution of wealth, discriminatory subsidizing of government-favored industries) perspective,

b.) an engineering perspective (every solar or wind project requires installation of completely-redundant, duplicate, back-up power capacity using natural gas-fired turbine power) which wastes taxpayers money, and

c.) an economic perspective (Europe is abandoning renewable energy because it is causing customer electric bills to skyrocket).

My comments on the letter contents below appear in square brackets  [  ].

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Dear Ms. X:

Chairman Robert Powelson asked me to respond to your inquiry to Gov. Corbett concerning the legislative mandate for the development and deployment of smart meters in the Commonwealth, and the ability of electric customers to “opt-out” of the smart meter program. We appreciate your inquiry and the issues that you raise.

Currently, Pennsylvania law does not provide for a customer “opt out” of their utility’s smart meter program. HB 2186 and HB 2188 were introduced by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland and Somerset) to amend Title 66 (Public Utilities) that would partially repeal Act 129 and allow consumers to opt out of having smart meter technology installed at their premises during a mandated 15-year period, as well as require consumer consent in order to share information from electric meters with government agencies. Legislative hearings have been held on the proposed bills, however, to date neither bill has passed the General Assembly and, as things stand now, there is no opt-out provision for electric customers wishing not to participate in their utility’s smart meter program.

By way of background, the deployment of smart meters is a result of PA Act 129 of 2008, which puts the PUC in charge of implementing the law and guiding consumers and electric utilities toward achieving the overall goals of reducing energy consumption and peak electric demand. The state’s seven largest electric distribution companies (EDCs), including Met-Ed, are required to develop energy efficiency and conservation plans (EE&C) and adopt other methods of reducing electricity used by customers - including the use of smart meters by residential customers. This is mandated in the law. [FrownThe only reason these energy reduction laws exist is because of environmentalist activism based on their scientific myth - the global warming crisis.]  If there were any changes to the law, those changes would need to be initiated in the General Assembly. At this time the PUC is not aware of any proposed changes to Act 129 so the PUC and the EDCs continue to fulfill their responsibilities under the law.

The utility industry is in a phase of rapid change due to rising energy demand, increased number of customers and their demands, market de-regulation, increased cost, energy theft, etc. As a result, the industry has identified demand side management as an essential solution – and smart metering is seen as a key component in the implementation of an effective demand side management program[ FrownDemand-side management is a cutesy leftist term to cover-up the fact that government is violating the customers' individual rights just like in a totalitarian state.] As noted above, still being weighed in the General Assembly is the feasibility and practicality of a smart meter “opt-out” program at a time when Pennsylvania’s major electric distribution companies are quickly moving forward with the development and deployment of smart meter technology across the Commonwealth.

Under Act, 129, reductions are achieved in phases through both EE&C and demand side response programs, which are approved by the PUC and include such things as high efficiency appliances and HVAC rebate programs; and smart-meter technology plans that permit two-way communication, can record usage on an hourly basis, and provide automatic control of electric consumption by the customer, utility and a third party with customer consent. [ Frown This is a sad joke on us because the "utility" (the power company) takes orders from the government and, thus, without your consent, the government can order the power company to shut off your heat or air conditioning.] At present, smart meters are to be installed in new construction and at the customer’s request, with the goal of all customers utilizing smart meters by 2021. [ Frown Here is the eco-fanatics and statists end goal -- to have every PA customer under the totalitarian power of the state by 2021. Bye, bye Freedom and free personal choices.]

All meters, including smart meters installed by an electric utility must meet the rigorous and comprehensive accuracy and reliability requirements contained in the Commission’s Regulations at 52 Pa. Code §§ 57.20 – 57.25. Smart meters are capable of recording total electric use on at least an hourly basis. The Commission has directed electric utilities to pursue the ability to provide 15-minute or shorter interval data to support rate programs or conservation programs that utilize this level of granularity. Such capability is to be offered and provided only upon customer request. While a smart meter may have the capability to record customer usage every 60-minutes or less, it cannot identify or record what appliances or equipment are using the electricity or any activity associated with the electric use. The recorded data simply allows the electric customer or that customer’s designee to know their total electric use for each hour or whatever interval the customer requests.

The Commission believes that it was the intent of the General Assembly to require all covered electric companies to deploy smart meters system-wide, and to do so in a manner that empowers a customer’s ability to control their electricity use, as well as their privacy. [ Frown This is statist arrogance par excellence. They must think we are all idiots. To declare that a dictatorial government takeover of the control of your electricity usage "empowers a customer’s ability to control their electricity use" is the height of statist brazenness.] Thus, the Commission will continue to ensure that the electric utilities implement the universal installation of smart meter technology in a manner that meets the intent of the General Assembly.[ Frown This states that the PUC Gestapo wil continue to implement the "universal" final solution onto the power companies for ending your control of your electricity usage.]

Thank you for your inquiry and interest in this issue. I have copied Chairman Powelson’s office on my reply.

Sincerely,

Dave Hixson

PA Public Utility Commission

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James Madison on the Destructiveness of Too Much Law

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 "It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow."

--James Madison, Federalist No. 62, 1788

All that it takes to destroy freedom is make the law so extensive that it becomes totalitarian.

 


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