WTP warns Loudoun Board: Drop Home Improvement Tax Ordinance

Posted on May 24, 2010 by Quallurce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 24, 2010
Contact: Donny Ferguson, 703-200-3669 or donny.f@loudoun.gov

WTP warns Loudoun Board:  Drop Home Improvement Tax Ordinance

WASHINGTON — Western Tradition Partnership, America’s largest grassroots opponents of environmental extremism, issued the following statement Monday evening following the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ public hearing on the proposed Home Improvement Tax Ordinance:

Led by the nose by radical environmentalists, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors deeply underestimated citizen opposition to their massive new Home Improvement Taxes.  It is shameful to have locked homeowners out of the stakeholder input process, while making sure to include the radical environmentalist groups who fund and support certain supervisors’ campaigns.

Shame on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

The overwhelming majority of citizens who took time out their evenings to speak out clearly and articulately made their point – they realize this is the latest in a long line of radical green scams.  Just like the proposed “cap and tax” scheme in Congress, the Board’s Home Improvement Tax scheme is intended to use high taxes to bully citizens into compliance with the radical green agenda.

The few activists who defended the Home Improvement Tax Ordinance were, as usual, condescending and unyielding in their insistence the Board steamroll over citizen opposition, referring to the people of Loudoun County as “selfish and slothful” to daring to question the power of the Board to impose Home Improvement Taxes with as little debate or amendment as possible.

Even worse, this radical, inflexible plan does nothing whatsoever to address problems with the Bay. It does, however, pump massive amounts on taxpayer cash into County coffers, providing a safe habitat for government bureaucrats.

Radical environmentalists have declared war on suburbia, and certain Loudoun Board members are more than happy to target their own constituents.

If the Board did not get the message from citizens Monday night, Western Tradition Partnership will state it again – drop the Home Improvement Tax Ordinance and drop your cozy relationships with radical, arrogant ecosocialists, or we will hold you accountable.

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Loudoun County, Va. supervisors urged to vote no on greens’ Home Improvement Tax

Posted on by Quallurce

The following letter was sent to each member of the Loudoun County, Va. Board of Supervisors Monday urging them to turn down their proposed plan to impose massive new Home Improvement Taxes, typically $3,700.00 for a simple deck. 

Radical greens are using concerns about runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, to which backyard improvements contribute virtually nothing, to turn Loudoun’s private homes and property into the latest front in their war on suburbia.

May 24, 2010
     
     
     
Chairman Scott York
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
1 Harrison St., S.E., Fifth Floor
P.O. Box 7000
Leesburg, VA  20177-7000
     
Chairman York:

Western Tradition Partnership strongly recommends the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors immediately stop plans to impose new Home Improvement Taxes under the “Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act,” which in reality a Home Improvement Tax Ordinance.
     
We are not fooled.  This has nothing to do with protecting the Chesapeake Bay. 

This new Home Improvement Tax Ordinance does more to protect the habitat of government employees than the Chesapeake Bay, and turns the homes of Loudoun residents into the new front line in the radical environmentalists’ war on suburbia. 

It is ludicrous to claim the construction of small decks, toolsheds and other home improvements in part of Loudoun County is responsible for pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, and even sillier to force Loudoun residents to pre-pay thousands of dollars in new Home Improvement Taxes.  
     
The fact is small home improvement projects in Loudoun County have nothing to do with the current condition of the Bay. 
     
Rather, the same radical greens who have always railed against suburbia are exploiting the concerns of well-meaning people to advance their extreme agenda.  It is disappointing to see Loudoun supervisors falling in line with such a destructive political agenda.

The radical greens who used to wage war against communities like Loudoun County with the slogan “If you build it, we will burn it” now want to tax residents into never building it to begin with. 

Mountains of confusing county permits and massive Home Improvement Taxes have replaced Molotov cocktails as the environmentalists’ weapon of choice.

Make no mistake, just as the purpose of the proposed carbon taxes in the Cap and Tax bill is to stop Americans from using energy, the purpose of the new Home Improvement Taxes is to stop Loudoun residents from improving their homes.
     
At a time when foreclosures and economic woes have sent property values declining, it makes little sense to force Loudoun residents to pay thousands of dollars in new Home Improvement Taxes.

I can tell you from my own seven years of personal experience serving with three Boards of Supervisors how important simple home improvement projects are to making communities safer and more livable.  The fact is neighborhood blight is a self-replicating problem, and one that leads to increased crime and gang activity. 
     
The new Home Improvement Taxes make it harder for Loudoun residents to maintain their neighborhoods as the beautiful, livable communities that prevent crime from finding root.

In the end, only two communities benefit from the Home Improvement Tax Ordinance, and neither are the Chesapeake Bay.
       
Passage of this new anti-property rights ordinance, along with its massive Home Improvement Taxes, only provides new jobs and fat paychecks for government employees, and advances the destructive anti-suburbia agenda of the radical greens.

It is the Loudoun resident who suffers, robbed of his or her property rights and forced to pay, up front, massive new Home Improvement Taxes that in the end do nothing to protect the Chesapeake.
     
Western Tradition Partnership strongly recommends the Board immediately drop the proposed Home Improvement Tax Ordinance.

Sincerely,

Donny Ferguson
Western Tradition Partnership
National Director of Media and Public Relations
Donny.F@westerntradition.org

Kentuckians reject green agenda in Senate primary

Posted on May 18, 2010 by Quallurce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Contact: Donny Ferguson, 703-200-3669 or donny.f@westerntradition.org

Kentuckians reject green agenda in Senate primary
Opponent Grayson tied to radical green Aspen Institute

WASHINGTON – Western Tradition Partnership urged legislators Tuesday evening to rethink their support of the environmentalist agenda after Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s mud-flinging, low-road U.S. Senate campaign spun into in the ditch, losing to pro-jobs upstart Dr. Rand Paul.

“For someone with such disturbing ties to the radical green elites, Trey Grayson certainly has no problem polluting the public discourse,” said Donny Ferguson, WTP National Director of Media and Public Relations.

“Americans are sick and tired of politicians who one day offer empty promises to protect their job, but the next flaunt their ties to the elite activists pushing anti-jobs legislation.  Actions speak louder than words.  They want their representatives to oppose radical international green schemes as a matter of unshakable principle, not to fling angry attacks while palling around with the most radical green groups.”

WTP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  The group mailed roughly 100,000 households informing Kentuckians where Paul and Grayson stood on the issues of environmental extremism and the responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

The group urged residents to contact Paul and encourage him to continue supporting a pro-jobs prosperity agenda and opposing all forms of “cap and trade” legislation, and to contact Grayson to urge him to explain his ties to the Aspen Institute, a far-left international think tank advocating taxes on carbon dioxide intended to suppress American economic activity and drive up utility prices.  Angry, deceptive attacks on pro-jobs groups hurled by Grayson in his website did not rule out his supporting a massive national energy tax proposed by liberal Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Western Tradition Partnership is a 501(c)(4) grassroots lobbying organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  For more information, go to http://www.westerntradition.org.  For more information on this issue, or to schedule an interview, contact Donny Ferguson at 703-200-3669 or donny.f@westerntradition.org.

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WTP asks Trey Grayson to explain his left-wing ties

Posted on May 14, 2010 by Quallurce

WTP asks Grayson to explain his left-wing ties
Grayson touts association with liberal international think tank calling for national energy taxes

WASHINGTON — America’s largest grassroots opponent of environmental extremism called on Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson Friday to explain his association with a left-wing think tank calling for national energy taxes.

Founded in 1950, the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute hosts numerous conferences and speakers claiming capitalist activity is causing the planet to heat up. Grayson, running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, was named an Institute Fellow in 2005 and has promoted his intensive training by the group.

“With radical greens calling for a job-slaughtering national energy tax, why is Trey Grayson proud of the fact he was trained by the left-wing activists behind it?  Trey Grayson should come clean with Kentucky and tell citizens why he’s working with these anti-jobs activists,” said Donny Ferguson, WTP National Director of Media and Public Relations.

Institute President Walter Isaacson was a prominent figure in the “Arctic Expedition for Climate Action 2008,” a political insider event hosted on a luxury cruise ship that Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former President Jimmy Carter, Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and disgraced openly socialist former Obama advisor Van Jones coordinated strategy to promote legislation aimed at reducing America’s economic output.
 
“9/11 truther Van Jones?  ‘America is evil’ Jimmy Carter?  Obama’s right-hand man Andy Stern?  Who else is Trey Grayson proud to pal around with?,” asked Ferguson.

On March 27, 2009 the Institute later gave Jones, Obama’s “Special Advisor for Green Jobs,” its Energy and Environment Award.  Jones was later forced to resign from his White House position after it was revealed he was involved in organizations claiming the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were staged by the Bush administration.

Grayson also redistributed Institute press releases on the taxpayer-funded Secretary of State website.  Other members of his 2005 class included liberals Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek, then-Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and then-New York City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz.

Meek and Romanoff are also working to pass national energy tax legislation.

Its Business and Society Program “is dedicated to developing leaders for a sustainable global society.”  The “sustainable society” movement is based on the false premise that capitalism, specifically the affluent United States, is destroying the planet, and the only way to sustain human life is to suppress economic activity, beginning with the U.S.

Supported by grassroots members, WTP is a fast-growing, grassroots-supported non-profit organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  For more information, go to http://www.westerntradition.org.  For more information on this issue, or to schedule an interview, contact Donny Ferguson at 703-200-3669 or at donny.f@westerntradition.org.

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Leaked documents reveal Kerry-Lieberman national energy tax scheme

Posted on May 12, 2010 by Quallurce

Reason magazine’s Ronald Bailey reports today the blog Green Hell has a leaked preliminary analysis of the Kerry-Lieberman national energy tax bill set to be unveiled later today.

We’re still looking at the documents, but wanted to pass the information on to you ASAP.

Bailey writes:

Dubbed the American Power Act, the bill sets out an overall cap on carbon dioxide emissions which falls to 17 percent below 2005 emissions by 2020, 53 percent by 2030, and eventually cuts emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The emissions permits would be auctioned off by the federal government subject to a gradually rising price floor and ceiling.

The bill divides the economy into three sectors, industry, electric power generation, and transportation. Besides transportatioon, the cap would apply only to facilities that emit 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, about 7,500 factories and power plants. In order to reduce the sting of higher energy prices, the bill promises to rebate some of the auction revenues to consumers by reducing their bills from local electric utilities and eventually throught a direct rebate program.

The bill subsidizes nearly every sector of the energy production, including renewables, nuclear, coal, and gas, as well as subsidies to electrify transportation. The scheme also risks trade wars by setting up countervailing carbon tariffs against countries that do not tax their energy production.

Cap and Tax claims its first job

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Quallurce

Cap and Tax claims its first job
Popular 14-termer Alan Mollohan thrashed by W.V. Democrats over carbon tax support

WASHINGTON – Western Tradition Partnership urged legislators Tuesday evening to rethink their support of carbon taxes after Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV,) a 14-term incumbent who hadn’t faced a serious race in 18 years, was unceremoniously bounced from office Tuesday by Democrat primary voters angry with his early support of “cap and trade” legislation.

“Cap and tax has already killed one job in West Virginia and it hasn’t even passed yet,” said Donny Ferguson, WTP National Director of Media and Public Relations.  “West Virginians sent a clear message Tuesday.  Kill cap and tax immediately and instead pass pro-jobs, pro-energy legislation.”

Mollohan was trounced by state Sen. Mike Oliverio in a shocking upset (56 percent to 44 percent with 71 percent of precincts reporting.)  Mollohan was an early supporter of cap and tax, only voting against the bill at the last minute after intense opposition by his constituents.  Oliverio pounced on Mollohan’s support, telling Democrats the congressman couldn’t be trusted to protect their jobs.

“While Mollohan ultimately opposed the proposed limits on such greenhouse gases as carbon released by burning coal, Oliverio says it was too little, too late,” the liberal Huffington Post reported May 9.

WTP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  The citizens’ group educates the public and lobbies legislators on issues of environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

Western Tradition Partnership is a 501(c)(4) grassroots lobbying organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  For more information, go to http://www.westerntradition.org.  For more information on this issue, or to schedule an interview, contact Donny Ferguson at 703-200-3669 or donny.f@westerntradition.org.

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