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Remember the Heroes, Not the Politicians  
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on May 11, 2017 - reprinted with permission

    I want to give you some further info about property taxes.

First, the bill that had been so carefully crafted by the local governments (AB43) died. It fell victim to the 2/3 majority required to pass any tax increases and as I reported to you last month the Republicans are back in their "No tax increases" mode.

    So, we can breathe a sigh of relief about property taxes, right? Not hardly. Last month I said, "I would not turn a blind eye to the possibility that some bill that will attack the cap could come out of nowhere." Boy, was I wrong. Look at this lineup: SB489 - ACR7 - SJR14. Those are just the ones I've picked up on and they are all looking to either kill the cap or render it irrelevant. You can look them up on the Legislative website if you want to.

    For my part I sent a copy of the two graphs from last month's Foghorn and a brief note to every legislator on 5/11. I tried to warn them that fooling around with property taxes is like playing with unstable nitro. Property taxes are hated more than any other tax. They're regressive. They attack people in their homes and people won't sit still for it.

I'll track these as best I can and keep you informed but heaven only knows what may happen during the end-of-session madness.

    Subject: AB274 - This bill sought to have Nevada join with eleven other states that have enacted the "Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote." This is an extremely well-funded and well organized attempt to eliminate the Electoral College (despite what its supporters say).

    We are not a democracy. We are a republic and the Electoral College like the U.S. Senate exists to impose a republican (small "r") check on the abuse of majority rule power inherent in the democratic (small "d") process.

We don't really have a national election for the Presidency every four years. We have 50 plus DC independent state elections. This structure gives small states like Nevada a real, not just a token, voice in deciding who becomes President.

    In any case after the election there was an editorial map produced by a "Ramirez" that redrew the U.S. and it was titled, "The US Election Without the Electoral College." It showed four states, California, Texas, Florida and New York with Illinois and Ohio as smaller, secondary entities completely dominating the process. The other 44 States and DC? Nothing.

I thought it was a powerful visual and faxed it up to all the legislators, with a short note on 3/23/17. It died on 4/14/17 - Standing Rule 14.3.1. Did the map have something to do with it dying? Who knows. It might have and if it did we all owe a debt of gratitude to "Ramirez.".

    I cannot stand crony capitalism. The huge amounts of public money going to these corporate welfare queens like Tesla, Switch, Faraday Future, the Raiders and all the others that are treating the people's Treasury like their private ATM just drives me crazy. All these capitalists must do is say the magic word: "Shazam"? No. "Open Sesame"? No. The magic word is "JOBS!" That's all they must say and our leaders fall all over themselves to hand over our money. Then they tell us what an incredible return on our "investment" we're going to get.

    Really? Do you really believe these corporate moguls are committed to Nevada? Let me offer a dose of reality: "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains." -Thomas Jefferson

          May 29th is Memorial Day. I hope we will all take some time, even if only a moment or two to remember those who gave their "last full measure of devotion." -Lincoln at Gettysburg

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