Oak Park Plays Annual Shell Game with Property Taxes

Here’s the “big news” from Oak Park:

Orland Park trustees on Monday night approved rebating a portion of the village’s property tax paid by homeowners this year.

A total of $2.2 million is being earmarked for the program, with applications being accepted this fall. Postcards with application instructions will go out in late October or early November.

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Okay, here’s my problem with this.

Rebating $2.2 million means that Oak Park levied $2.2 million too much.

OR, let’s assume for the moment that they were levying exactly what they thought they would need, even on a conservative estimate.

Why? why?

Why not use the current $2.2 million surplus to “buy down” the levy for next year, so Oak Park residents don’t have to pay so much out-of-pocket, and then wait so long for this so-called “rebate?”

That’s what Park Forest, and other wise municipalities, do, year after year after year after year.

Sending a “tax rebate” and then levying more than you need, so that you can send a “tax rebate,” well, that’s just bad politics and a dishonest shell game.

If you aske me.

Tea Partiers Behave Like Communists: Shut Out Media, Attack Media, Claiming Public State Property Is Private

This was filmed on the public lawn of the Arizona State Capitol on September 7, 2013 where the "We Are America Tour" added Arizona racist, former State Senate President President Russell Pearce. Pearce is famous for SB1070 and his association and endorsement of neo-Nazi JT Ready, who killed an entire family before killing himself in 2012. The local racists have worked closely with FAIR for years. I was there to film the speakers. It’s a safe guess that if Minute Man Founder Chris Simcox wasn’t sitting in jail for multiple counts of child molestation that he would’ve been a speaker at this event also. Is it any wonder why they didn’t want the "liberal Media" filming them? For my own safety, I refused to leave without a police escort. It took over 7 minutes for any law enforcement to arrive.

The video is edited only for length.

For the most accurate info on these groups like BALA or We Are America or tea party, racists and others part of this event, read here: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com

Video: Former President Bill Clinton Explains the Affordable Care Act

On Wednesday, September 4, President Clinton delivered remarks from the Clinton Presidential Center on the critical role a high quality, affordable and accessible health care system plays in the United States and any country’s economic and social well being. Throughout his public career and now through the work of the Clinton Foundation, President Clinton has championed increasing access to health care and improving health systems for everyone.

I Don’t Trust the Government with All This

Wow.

This has been going on for quite some time.

I don’t trust the government with all this.

Not. At. All.

From the New York Times:

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show.

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