News from Tea Party Manatee

Published Friday, March 20, 2015
PALMETTO, Fla -- Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16) will hold a town hall in Palmetto on Saturday, March 21st.
Congressman Buchanan is hosting the listening session to seek input on jobs and the economy.
The Town Hall will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at Palmetto City Hall, 516 8th Ave W, Palmetto, Florida.
If you are interested in attending, please call 941.951.6643.
Congressman Buchanan has held similar town hall events across the Suncoast over the past few months.
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Published Sunday, November 16, 2014

The people who have entered our country by illegal means are quite insistent that they be referred to as “undocumented workers.” There is a very good reason they wish to be referred to in this manner.

Most of these people who entered illegally are, in fact, documented. They have social security numbers and drivers licenses. Albeit obtained illegally. In purchasing these documents, they have committed a felony. These documents were obtained by stealing the identity of a legal American citizen. This is not a victimless crime.

In addition, they commit another felony when they fill out and sign the federal form I-9 which presents this stolen identity as their own and sign the form attesting that this information is true and correct.

Up to this point, they have committed two felonies.

If they obtain a legitimate job and are obligated to have taxes withheld from their pay - the again lie on the form and usually say that they have 9 dependents so as to not have any Federal Income Tax withheld from their pay check.

For many years I encountered this practice when I was a Federally licensed IRS Enrolled Agent. This criminal behavior escalates when they file their federal tax return. When they pass the “green card test” (illegal documentation) and the “substantial Presence Test”. This last test allows them to be treated as a resident alien if they have been in the US for a few years. Again, this is left up to their honest judgment.

Now, let me tell you what they are entitled to when they file their tax return. First they qualify for the earned income credit. A CREDIT is money the government will pay you even if you owe no tax. A person who claims 3 dependents and earns $13,000 a year is entitled to a credit of $5,700 from the government. In addition, this same person is entitled to a Child Tax Credit of $1,000 per child. Remember, these children, if in fact they exist and if they are a dependent, are all using stolen identities.

So by filing a tax return using falsely obtained documents an illegal alien can pay no taxes and receive a check from the Treasury in the amount of $8,700.

To further compound the illegal activities, these people are entitled to Medicaid, food stamps and cash assistance. Their children are entitled to free schooling, free medical, free dental, free school meals (3 per day including summers) free school uniforms.

It costs more to educate these children of illegal aliens because we need ESOL teachers for their classrooms. I am sure there are other benefits that I have omitted but you see the point about calling them undocumented workers.  

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Published Thursday, November 13, 2014

"We should be very concerned about an attempt by the School District to extend the 1/2 cent Sales Tax for capital projects. At the June 24th workshop, the district was informed that $3 million of the 2009a sales tax bond was unaccounted for and that documentation - including emails related to that bond - had disappeared. Under McGonegal, State and Federal auditors repeatedly charged this school district with having undocumented charges and questionable costs... and, as we know, after the board approved having law enforcement investigate the unaccounted for spending of bond funds, this district received a prolonged assault to replace fiscal advocates Carpenter and Aranibar.

The community will not support any extension of the Sales Tax referendum in Manatee County until (1) all funds related to the Bonds are appropriately and accurately accounted for, (2) strict policies and procedures guiding the spending and documentation of such funds is in place, (3) community-member based oversight is restored to monitor the funds, and (4) any criminal misconduct as it relates to the spending of designated funds is prosecuted and those parties involved are permanently removed from the School District."  

James Ferguson…/20140812/ARTICLE/140819905  

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Published Thursday, June 19, 2014
What the commission is seeking is to find a way to inject itself into a CAUSE where it doesn’t belong and this cause will be expanded and expanded and expanded until everyone is covered by the County-regardless of whether other governmental programs are available or not.  read more»

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
"You are attempting to intimidate and chill my speech."  read more»

Published Friday, June 13, 2014
"Until you obey the law of the Constitution, you continue to erode the principles which made America the shining city on the hill where everyone had opportunity if they wanted it. Government charity is a hole that no one ever crawls out of. "  read more»