Will our Congressmen Wilt or Stand up for Our Constitution?

“This power over the purse, may in fact be regarded as the MOST COMPLETE AND EFFECTUAL WEAPON with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, FOR OBTAINING A REDRESS OF EVERY GRIEVANCE, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”  James Madison Federalist No. 58.

Our House of Representatives has ALL the power it needs to stop this executive branch blatant Constitutional breach.  Will they use it or will they be cowards too scared about getting reelected to actually act in accordance with the oath they took to defend the Constitution?

My Last Comments As A Commissioner

Pending something unforeseen, our actions as commissioners have come to an end.  These are my last comments as a member of Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners.  Very simple, but I KNOW that if we do this, Cabarrus County and the United States will be blessed!

A plan to save America in 60 seconds; that’s worth watching right?

I know I am an imperfect messenger for this message, but I thank Jesus for the opportunity to serve our comminity.  I hope God blesses you richly.

Here is the detail of the first act of Congress and President Washington.  I mispoke when I said St. Mark’s Cathedral, it was St. Paul’s: http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=19942

GOP Leaders–Evaluate Yourselves Using The Constitution, NOT Relatively Compared to the Democrats

My hope for the GOP–As a Christian, I can always find someone behaving worse than me.  If I compare myself to him, I look pretty good.  However, when I turn back to the Bible and compare myself to God’s word, I look pathetic and realize the need for repentance and change.  I pray our GOP leaders will stop comparing themselves to the Democrats, where admittedly the GOP is better, and start comparing themselves to the Constitution and our founding fathers.  Realize we need real change, not the superficial change discussed in elections, and then do that!

To Restore America In The Future, Go Back To Our Past

Until we get leaders willing to stand up for God and the Constitution, electing either party will make no difference.

The leaders of both of our political parties today will continue moving America down the WRONG path. As long as we keep electing them, America will fall further in despair. We need to reform at least one party to stand up for the Constitution and the Bible. Folks, this is the story of the first Inauguration. As their first official act, the President and Congress consecrated America to God.

http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=19942

Borrowing About To Sky Rocket As Boards Approve Most Expensive Elementary School In County History

By a 3-2 vote of the Board of Commissioners and a 6-0 vote by the Cabarrus County Board of Education, the two boards agreed to build the most EXPENSIVE elementary school in Cabarrus County HISTORY.

Mind you, as a county, we have over $400 million of debt and we need to build several new/replacement schools in the next couple years because we have not built one in several years. As you recall, there is no plan as to how to fund all of these schools except to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars.  Click on this post, you will see VIDEO evidence that borrowing is the only plan.  http://jasonoesterreich.com/2014/01/12/the-current-plan-is-to-borrow-borrow-borrow/

Once again, the school board favors building facilities over teachers and students.  My neighbor is literally collecting $10 from each neighbor to fund teacher assistants at R. Brown McAllister.  At the same time, we see the School Board’s priority is building the most expensive elementary school in county history.

Mount Pleasant Middle School RestroomBy the way, as noted in my comments, the money being used for this additional funding of the new elementary school was taken from Mount Pleasant Middle School.  Yes, the same Mount Pleasant Middle School that did not have stalls around a toilet–you can see the pictures here http://jasonoesterreich.com/2014/05/01/mount-pleasant-middle-school-the-facts/.

These boards have both been doing this for years.  Until you hold them accountable, they will continue.  Here are some other examples: http://jasonoesterreich.com/2014/04/27/government-waste-the-pictures/

Here are my full comments from last night.

 

Christians Have Been Voting For Gay Marriage With Their Dollars

Christians are not victims of the judiciary; we’ve been consistently voting for gay marriage and other unbiblical policies with our dollars and time.  In a capitalist society, we vote every day with our dollars and our time (with respect to the media).  Capitalism is very simple—the products that are desirable to the consumer are rewarded with purchases, the products that are undesirable go away because they are not financially supported.  When you spend your dollar on a product, you are voting for more of that product.  With respect to the media, spending time watching or listening to a program is a vote for similar programming (see note below for the details).

Supreme CourtFrom a practical perspective, most Christians vote for certain policies in political elections one time every two or four years, but several times every day we vote with our dollars and time for opposite policies.

If you want a society that doesn’t glamorize pre-marital sex, divorce, lust, gay marriage, greed, materialism, etc., then don’t vote for products and programs that glamorize those things.  The folly of rewarding A while hoping for B.  Understand that businesses and media shape culture and culture determines policy.  You see, the progressive media and businesses have been using products and programs to desensitize our society to sin (and normalize it) for a long time.  So, if you want biblical policy, we need a culture that does not promote unbiblical policy.  Unfortunately, Christians reward the businesses and media that promote sin and alter our culture to an unbiblical policy and then hope for biblical policy.

This is a basic causation analysis.  Christians partially cause the society to be the way it is and then complain about the way it is.  We are “victims” just like everyone else; refusing to acknowledge our responsibility for the result.

In I Thessalonians 5:21-22, Paul says, “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”  In my opinion, Christians have not been examining everything carefully.  Instead, with respect to most things, we have been conformed to the worldly views of our nation and accept its determinations of what is good and evil.  Realize that in the last few decades, our nation has been altered from a nation of Christian principles to a nation of moral relativism.  Thus, we cannot trust its examination of things and must independently examine everything for ourselves.

Obviously, all the nuances of this analysis are not included here.  One could write an entire book on motives and details.  I simply wanted to convey the very basic truth that as Christians, we are not victims; we are part of the cause.  Society will continue to erode until Christians decide to stop rewarding that erosion, and it won’t happen one second sooner.

 

*The media gives you programming for free in exchange for being able to expose you to advertisements.  When you expend your time viewing or listening to a program, they sell your time to the advertisers and make money.  So the more time you give them, the more money they make, the less time, the less money they make.  So when you spend your time watching programming, you are voting for more of that substantive programming.

 

Exposing the Lies, Deceit, and Evil of Morris, Honeycutt, and Cabarrus Jobs Now

Time and time again, Commissioner Morris and Cabarrus Jobs Now have been caught lying and deceiving our voters (Commissioner Morris and soon-to-be-commissioner Diane Honeycutt co-founded Cabarrus Jobs Now together as a Political Action Committee).

When evil uses lies and deceit to take power from the innocent and unknowing, we must stand against it.

This morning, the Independent Tribune published an article stating that Commissioner Morris’s lies resulted in two library employees being suspended for 3 days each.  Also, in response to such behavior, the county manager had to send out a memorandum to county volunteers and the public stating, “First and foremost I want to apologize for any false, inaccurate, or misrepresentation of factual information that may have been distributed to you from our library staff.”  Commissioner Morris used the library staff and our county volunteers to spread lies.  http://www.independenttribune.com/news/morris-oesterreich-square-off-over-library-woes/article_5b9a77d8-4714-11e4-943e-001a4bcf6878.html

Here is video from our last meeting of me confronting this behavior.  He makes no effort to deny his behavior (the video runs through the end of the meeting so you can see he NEVER tries to refute this):

Cabarrus Jobs Now John Day Full mailerThis group has a pattern and practice of lying.  I’m  sure you remember this flyer.  They spent thousands of dollars sending this direct mailer, which said “behind closed doors, Cabarrus County Commissioners Chris Measmer and Larry Burrage awarded a $151,000 no-bid contract to their political crony John Day following his resignation as Cabarrus County Manager.”  Even the county attorney acknowledged in our official meeting that this is TOTALLY FALSE—here is the video.   This time, I explicitly ask Commissioner Morris if he wants to deny this (again he did not deny it):

 

Finally, in addition to the tens of thousands of dollars Cabarrus Jobs Now spent telling you Ms. Honeycutt is a “conservative Republican”, Ms. Honeycutt spent thousands on the attached flyer.  FIVE times she tells you she is a “conservative” Republican. See Honeycutt Mailer (just first page).  A tiny amount of research will quickly reveal she was not telling the truth.

Carolina Plott Hound Outs the Fakes

Commissioner Morris used county resources to spread lies and Cabarrus Jobs Now and Ms. Honeycutt spent approximately $100,000 spreading theirs.  You need to be aware that after they are seated, 4 out of the 5 sitting commissioners will have received significant campaign support from Cabarrus Jobs Now.  If they will lie like this to gain a little power, they are going to lie to increase and keep power.  Moreover, they likely are trying to impact other races this November.

“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them”  Ephesians 5:11

Fees: The City’s Silent Tax Increase

I read in the City of Concord’s  magazine that Mayor Padgett said the state legislature has declared a “War on Cities.”  When you start looking at all the fees we pay to our city, perhaps it is more fitting to talk about the city’s War on its Citizens.

Have you noticed how many fees we are now paying in addition to all the taxes?  For instance, I received my tax bill for a trailer I own.  The trailer is valued at $500.  The tax rate for Cabarrus County is 70 cents per $100 of value, so my county tax obligation is $3.50.  The tax rate for Concord is 48 cents per $100 of value, so my city tax obligation is $2.40.

Then, in addition to paying my taxes, the City of Concord tacks on a $15.00 vehicle “fee”.  Put this in comparison, my taxes are 70 cents/$100 and 48 cents/$100 for the county and city, respectively, and this “fee” is $3/$100 of value.

Seriously, this fee is 425% of my county tax and 625% of my city tax on this trailer (this is addition to the extra $19 “registration fee”).

Also, did you know the reinstatement “fee” for a $10 alarm permit is $100?  Seriously, the reinstatement “fee” is 10 TIMES the cost of the permit.

Fees are the new silent tax.  You continue to pay more and more!

City of Concord Fees

Fathers: Build Your House (Your Families) On Rock

Fathers–I want to encourage you to build your house (i.e., your families) on the rock of Jesus Christ.  God can use that obedience in amazing ways.

I went to the Star Spangled Sunday event last night celebrating the 200th anniversary of our Star Spangled Banner.  I took this picture of these two faithful men.  This is Rafael Cruz (Ted Cruz’s father) and Flip Benham (Jason and David Benham’s father).  These two men built their houses on the rock of Jesus Christ and because of their obedience, God has servants that He can use.

Fathers–when you are obedient to the Lord with your family, you never know how God can use that.  But we must be obedient first and train our children in His ways so that they can be fruitful for Him.

Rafael Cruz Flip Benham

Dear Progressives—The Bible Does Not Support or Compel Big Entitlement Programs

For years progressives have told us that the Bible compels Christians to contribute to an enormous government without objection for growing big government entitlement programs.  This fake theology is not only Biblically defective, but it is tremendously damaging to God’s overall design for our culture.

For instance, during the 2008 election, then candidate Barack Obama told Rick Warren that America’s biggest failure as an institution is our failure to follow Matthew 25:40, which states “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’”

I have heard this line of reasoning several times as a commissioner.  Do not buy into this argument; it is wrong.  The progressives use this verse  to promote an agenda that includes dependency on the government instead of God and one’s self.

First, the plain language of this verse shows it is not about government performing a task, it is about how individual Christians will be judged.  The verse doesn’t say, “to the extent that you contributed to your government and your government did it to one of these brothers of Mine”.  It says, “to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine . . . .”  This verse calls individual Christians  to act for Jesus; not to simply write a check to the government and let them take care of it.

render_to_caesar pictureJesus was clear that what you give to the government in taxes has nothing to do with what you do in performing your duties as a Christian.  When speaking to the Pharisees in Matthew Chapter 22 (just three chapter earlier) about paying taxes, Jesus said “Then render to Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”  Taxes are not rendered to God, they are rendered to today’s “Ceasar”.  In Matthew 17:24-27, Jesus showed that even in those times taxes were collected unjustly (“that which is has been already and that which will be has already been” right!).  Like the Roman system described in Matthew 17, the American tax and spend system is wicked; it is not righteous.  Taxes are not God’s way of implementing the “love thy neighbor” commandment!

Second, as I mentioned above, this is a tremendously damaging fake theology because instead of Christians giving and pointing people to God, the government gives and points people to government.  In 2 Corinthians chapter 9, God makes this clear.  Paul is writing to the church at Corinth about a commitment they made to give to the Jerusalem church.  Verses 13 & 14 are right on point here: “Because of the proof given by this ministry [the Corinthians], they [the Jerusalem saints] will glorify God for your [the Corinthians] obedience to your [the Corinthians] confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your [the Corinthians] contribution to them [the Jerusalem saints] and to all, while they [the Jerusalem saints] also, by prayer on your [the Corinthians] behalf, yearn for you [the Corinthians] because of the surpassing grace of God in you [the Corinthians].

This says that the Jerusalem church was pointed to God when the Corinthians gave them a gift in God’s glory.  Upon receiving such gift, the Jerusalem saints pray for the Corinthians, as they are now in fellowship.  God is pretty amazing.  He set this up so that when we “love our neighbor”, it points them to God and we now pray for each other in fellowship.  The progressives don’t want this.  Instead, they want to take God out of this transaction.  They want Christians to give to the government, then the government will give to the people.  Guess what this does?  It points the recipient of the gift–not to God–but to the government.  Anybody wonder why government has become so many Americans’ god?

As Christians, it is time to actually engage (i.e., sacrifice some of your time instead of watching TV) the government and reduce these programs (we learned today that the food stamp program is so poorly run people can buy pot with their food stamp card).  We must take back the responsibility for “loving they neighbor”.  That is the Christian principle.