I am OUTRAGED that this is even being considered! In the wake of economic calamity, lack of jobs and soaring unemployment, Federal spending like there's no tomorrow, and our elected NC legislators are considering giving a multi-millionaire in Charlotte $62 million of OUR PHONY MONEY for something he can afford to do for himself?
PLEASE TELL US — WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU ALL THINKING?!?
This is a perfect example of Corporate Welfare, something that supposedly "both political sides" are against, right? Or perhaps this is another perfect example to us NC residents how corrupt our state bureaucrats really are!
Please tell us, who among you believe THEFT of public funds is LEGAL? Who among you is getting kickbacks from this proposition? Who among you should we NOT elect during the next voting cycle? We presume EVERYONE of you corrupt representatives who actually VOTE for this CORPORATE WELFARE is a THIEF and we WILL vote you OUT next cycle — you can count on it!
Not only will giving this millionaire do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for NC residents who are financially struggling to survive, but it's yet another example of how gov't at ALL levels has FAILED to fulfill its proper role — to protect the RIGHTS of individuals and UPHOLD the US Constitution.
If the NC Legislature goes through with this, We the People of NC will have no other recourse than to organize an all out NC State TAX STRIKE (based upon the First Amendment Accountability Clause (https://sites.google.com/site/infinitylibertyworks/home), for violation of the US Constitution as well as your oaths of office as our NC representatives.
We the People will accomplish this through various grassroots individuals within organizations across the deceptive political spectrum who ALL agree that CORPORATE WELFARE is wrong. We will petition the State of NC for a redress of this grievance and we will prevail!
Consider yourselves notified. Examine your motives and your actions. Remember your OATHS of OFFICE. We the People are watching YOU!
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From: "North Carolina Campaign for Liberty" <email@example.com>Subject: It's a ShakedownDate: February 18, 2013 12:22:24 PM EST
Dear bernard b,
First it was bailouts for Wall Street. Taxpayer cash for Fannie, Freddie, and AIG.
Then bailouts for "automakers" (which was really code for Obama's Union cronies.)
Then the failed "stimulus."
Then a complete cave-in on the fiscal cliff, with taxes going up for everyone with no spending cuts.
But that's not enough. When it comes to government picking your pockets for the benefit of billionaires, it's never enough.
Now Jerry Richardson and the Carolina Panthers want whatever you've got left, and they're going to use state government to get it!
Bank of America Stadium was built in 1996. It's less than 20 years old, and Jerry Richardson and the Panthers own it, lock, stock and barrel. But if Jerry has his way, the NC General Assembly will give him $62.5 million to renovate his stadium.
Not loan. GIVE.
You see, Jerry has a long wish list. He wants $28 million in new escalators. $59 million in new video and ribbon boards, along with a new sound system. $62 million for new seats, and $25 million in "technology upgrades."
And he wants you to pay for it. Why? Well, as he puts it, “They’re so coveted (NFL franchises). They (owners) don’t have to pay for them. There are only 32. That’s the reality.”
Right now you might be thinking, "Wait, that's more than the $62.5 million he's asking from the state."
That's right, it is. That's why Jerry Richardson and the Panthers also want the City of Charlotte to jack up their taxes. He's pressuring the NC General Assembly to pass a bill giving the Democrat-controlled Charlotte City Council (which thinks this is all a terrific idea, by the way) permission to increase Charlotte's prepared food and beverage tax--so the city can give Jerry another $144 million.
In his Tea Party response to the State of the Union address, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said, "What America needs is not Robin Hood, but Adam Smith."
I agree, but this isn't even robbing the rich to give to the poor. Jerry Richardson (whose net worth is somewhere around $500 million) wants to rob from everyone to spend on himself.
This has to be stopped. Corporate welfare is the worst kind of welfare. The Charlotte City Council has already eagerly agreed to this massive highway robbery, but they still need the state's permission to jack their food taxes through the roof. Unfortunately, Republican leaders in Raleigh are trying to duck the issue.
When asked about this giveaway, Rep. Bill Brawley (firstname.lastname@example.org) said, "There will be a referendum."
Translation: I don't want to make a decision, so I'll punt it to voters.
Speaker Thom Tillis said that while he's opposed to direct state money going to the Panthers, he's willing to consider letting Charlotte Democrats raise taxes to force Charlotte citizens to foot the bill.
None of this is acceptable. What's needed is for state leaders in Raleigh to stand up to this shakedown attempt and refuse to give state money to the Panthers, and also refuse permission for Charlotte Democrats to rob Charlotte taxpayers.
Right now, today, look up your NC Senator and NC House Representative's contact information here and send this message:
Dear Sir (or Madam,)
I have just heard that you are considering giving taxpayer money to Jerry Richardson and the Carolina Panthers to renovate their privately-owned stadium. This is an outrageous request to pick the pockets of North Carolinians for the benefit of a private organization.
No economic benefits outweigh the importance of protecting the public trust. Theft is theft, even under color of authority. It is simply not the role of government to fund professional sports.
I insist that you vote against any funding request to give the Carolina Panthers state money, and I further demand that you vote against any bill giving the City of Charlotte permission to increase their prepared food and beverage tax to benefit the Panthers, or any other professional sports team.
I will be watching this story via updates from North Carolina's Campaign for Liberty.
North Carolina Taxpayer
Please also take a moment to sign Campaign for Liberty's "NO BAILOUTS FOR SPORTS MILLIONAIRES" petition. Your signature will send a loud and clear signal to Raleigh that you won't tolerate having your pockets picked to turn football into another government-subsidized boondoggle.
Finally, please call House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Tell them to vote NO on state money for the Panthers and NO to jacking up Charlotte taxes for the Panthers!
Speaker Thom Tillis:
Senator Phil Berger:
NC's Campaign for Liberty will keep you informed on how this fight to keep crony capitalists out of your wallet progresses.
NC State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty
P.S. Jerry Richardson and the Carolina Panthers are petitioning the NC General Assembly for taxpayer money to upgrade their privately-owned stadium. Please sign Campaign for Liberty's petition to keep crony capitalists from picking your pocket! Also be sure to contact your state senator and representative and tell them to oppose bailouts for sports millionaires!