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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Area Politicians To Meet With The Public On Monday, January 11, 2010

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Area politicians will meet with constituents and have a chance to share their concerns and questions in January.

An annual meeting is scheduled for 5:30PM Monday January 11, 2010 at the Fellowship Hall of Six Mile Baptist Church.

In attendance:
Senator Larry Martin
Senator Thomas Alexander
Representative Rex Rice
Representaive Phillip Owens
Representative B.R. Skelton
Representative Davey Hiott

* Click on individual names (above) to see their state website pages & biographies

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this open meeting.

To sign up to speak before the delegation, call the Pickens County Delegation office at 864-850-7070.

Those wishing to speak are allowed up to five minutes to address their issues.

President Of The Conservatives Of The Upstate, Junius Smith will speak about the lease purchase/school building program.

Six Mile Baptist Church
149 North Main Street
Six Mile, SC 29682

Monday, December 28, 2009

Conservatives Of America Website Officially Launched

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On December 19th, 2009 - CONSERVATIVESOFAMERICA.COM officially launched.

Check it out when you get a chance.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

January 2010 Meeting

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January 14, 2010

Conservatives Of The Upstate
Meeting at 6:30 PM @ 769 Belle Shoals Rd Pickens, SC 29671

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Friday, December 4, 2009

December 2009 Newsletter

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The Conservatives of the Upstate wish each and every person a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are tolerant of other religions and we expect others to be tolerant of ours. We are Americans not _____ - Americans. We enjoy freedom because all faiths and nationalities joined together and fought for it. We wish all ... peace and joy at all times, but when the light shines in the tower; Americans should rally to defend their freedom.

Our Christmas wishes this year include:

1. We wish for peace in Iraq and Afghanistan, and until this comes true; safety for our men and women of the armed forces.

2. We wish for Congress to return to the principals of government that our forefathers envisioned when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

3. We wish for our State Legislature to follow the Constitution of the State Of South Carolina as they agreed to when they took an oath of office to uphold it.

4. We wish that our Pickens County Council and School Board would refund the nearly $60 million dollars that they've over collected from the taxpayers, and that they will cease breaking the law, and stretching the truth about their operations.

5. We wish that politicians in this State will stop voting to increase the salaries and benefits of family members, would refrain from nepotism in the hiring of employees, and excuse themselves from such votes.

6. We wish for construction to be stopped on all the new schools until all litigation is resolved, the entity selected in the constitution pays for them, and taxpayers are refunded the money that has been so far illegally collected.

7. We wish for all the people who have had their homes foreclosed on because of actions taken in Washington, the State, and the County - that they may find homes so that they may have a place to live while the School Board enjoys the stadiums, gymnasiums, and buildings that are being built without the vote of the people as required by the constitution.

8. We wish that every citizen in the Upstate would devote careful and considerate time to undoing the damage done by politicians over the past years. Attend meetings, go to tea parties, learn about Saul Alinski, Piven and Cloward, the facts surrounding topics such as; sustainable development, health care, Cap & Trade, and Bernard Shaw’s theory of socialism.

9. We wish for the people to read and study the Holy Bible every day.

10. We wish for people interested in education to read Return to Pumpkinville -which can be obtained through the Conservatives of the Upstate. It offers solutions and improvements to the cost and performance of education.

11. We wish that those interested in educating themselves read, The Nature of Man and His Government, and Why Wages Rise. These books can be obtained through our Amazon affiliate links on our website found at: WWW.CONSERVATIVESOFTHEUPSTATE.COM.

12. We wish for those who invested in gold & silver, as recommended by this newsletter six months ago, to enjoy your 25% gain. (Beware of further investment until you see the market will be favorable.)

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Senator Larry Martin is doing exactly what we said he would do. According to the Greenville News he has filed a preliminary bill to “further clarify” the intentions of the General Assembly concerning the obligation of the State to pay for school construction done by the lease/purchase agreements. As it stands right now, the State is obligated to pay because a lease has been ruled an operating expense and not a bond expense by the South Carolina Supreme Court. Any decent accountant knows this. Let Senator Martin and other elected officials know that you will not support anyone who votes for his bill.

Call (864) 878-6105 to make your voice heard.

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As you know, the Pickens County School Board has borrowed (we think stolen) through over collection $400 million dollars to build and modify 13 schools. This is has been done while State of South Carolina faces 11% + unemployment, 1000s of repossessed homes, 600+ delinquent taxpayers, and test scores amongst our children continuing to go down.

* As reported in The Pickens County News: Over 30% of students could have failed at least one part of the Exit Exam test.
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Call your elected representatives and tell them you want them to quit spending! Remind them the that the $23 billion State retirement fund is under funded, and of the $1.4 trillion dollar deficit at the Federal level for just this year.

Call Jim Rex, State Superintendent of Education, and ask how it's possible to have budget cuts in education when the schools have had more money every year, including this one, and for the past ten years!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Republican Checklist

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Last week the Republican National Committee released a new checklist designed to expose some of the moderates in their party.

According to Indiana Republican National Committeeman Jim Bopp, who was the leading force in sculpting the “checklist” proposal; from now on, the RNC pledges that it will only back candidates who meet at least 8 out of these 10 requirements:

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like President Obama's stimulus bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers' right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership

Bopp said of the checklist:

“We can’t demand 100% agreement on the issues and we should welcome divergent views,” he said, “But a in accepting diversity, a party must stand for principle. I liked what Ronald Reagan said [at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1977] that a party must raise ‘a banner of bold colors and no pale pastels.’ We do this with a platform but we do nothing to hold anyone accountable. So the RNC gives money to [Pennsylvania Sen.] Arlen Specter in his ’04 primary battle and to [former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln] Chafee in his primary battle in ’06 and they both later switched parties. Now the RNC has given $250,000 to Scozzafava, who is a party switcher-in-waiting. People like being loosey-goosy, and they hate being held accountable. But accountability is what we need.”

Ronald Reagan Inauguration Speech.

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It's not so much that this a great speech. (it is)

It's no so much that he was a great speaker. (he was)

It's that you can tell he meant what he said and cared deeply about his country and his countrymen and wasn't just telling us what government was going to do, but more so, inform the people on what the government isn't there to do. This speech carried so much more passion and depth than Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country". Reagan's inauguration speech was a well thought out plan with all scenarios taken into account. Have we had such a clear vision since?

Monday, November 30, 2009

December Meeting

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December 10, 2009

Conservatives Of The Upstate
Meeting at 6:30 PM @ 769 Belle Shoals Rd Pickens, SC 29671

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Town Hall Meeting With Shane Massey: Running For House Seat District 3

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During the October Conservatives Of The Upstate meeting we held a "Town Hall Style Meeting" with Shane Massey. He spoke for close to an hour and a half.

Here's some information about Shane Massey:

• He is currently the SC State Senator representing Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda Counties. He was the first Republican to win his district Senate seat.

• He is running for (Federal) Congressional House of Representatives Seat / 3rd Congressional District (which is this area) He identifies himself as Republican.

• He ran for the State Senate on a promise to “shake up Columbia." He helped lead the fight for “on the record” voting rules change, and sponsored and passed earmark reform legislation in the Senate.

• He has campaigned for a plan to open Carolina coastal waters to an environmentally safe method for offshore exploration and acquisition of natural gas.

• He is a graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law.

• He is an active member of Providence Baptist Church stating that he has taught several Sunday School classes and currently serve as Chairman of Deacons.

• Shane says, "I fundamentally believe that Washington is broken. Congressional liberals, with plans for outrageous spending and government control of private business, are pushing our nation toward a form of European socialism."

One question asked of him ...

"Pickens County received a significant chunk of stimulus money for Medicaid ...part of this money was used to expand the medicaid offices in Pickens. When the state doesn't receive this money next year AND the stimulus money has to be paid back ... what will our state do?" The audience member continued ... "I can give you a partial solution. My wife works in social services. A significant portion of those that apply in her office are illegal immigrants with children born in this country. The children receive benefits. There is also a significant state investment in Spanish/English translators called "Habla". If this problem were rectified along with commerce amongst illegals taxed and licensed properly ... our state (and nation) could save a HUGE amount of money."


Shane Massey: "It's also a national security issue. I agree with your issue." He elaborated on illegal immigration and stimulus funds.

We encourage everyone to take a look at Shane's website:

HTTP://WWW.SHANE2010.COM/HOME



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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Real Estate Agents Argue Fairness Of "Point Of Sale" Property Tax Law

This article serves as proof Sen. Larry Martin is planning to change laws that will favor the schools and hurt property owners.

As reported in The (Charleston) Post and Courier:

South Carolina's property tax revisions of 2006 were set up to benefit homeowners and those who own the same property for many years, but those same changes resulted in big tax increases for anyone who bought property starting in 2007.

"I recognize the conundrum we've gotten ourselves into with local governments,"
said Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens.

[His] proposal is the basis for pending Senate legislation.

"My counsel back to them is that this is not an attack on their revenue stream but an attempt to keep South Carolina poised for growth."

The current laws took effect following overwhelming voter approval of a 2006 constitutional referendum.

The changes eliminated most school taxes on owner-occupied homes, raised the statewide sales tax by 20% in an attempt to make up for that lost revenue, and capped increases in the taxable value of any property that hadn't been sold or substantially improved to 15% every five years.

"A lot of property in South Carolina is bought as an investment, not as a home," Martin said.

"I heard the loudest complaints about point-of-sale out of the Charleston area in the spring of 2007, shortly after the law became effective."

In South Carolina, all properties are reassessed about every five years, as they were before the laws changed, but now a property's taxable value can only rise by 15% during a general reassessment. A 15% increase over five years is historically a modest rise, around the average rate of inflation, so the county-wide reassessments now have a limited impact on tax bills.

There already have been several versions of the proposed changes, which began earlier this year when the House passed bill 3272. The latest version of the bill was approved by the Senate Finance Committee, and would put a 15% cap on point-of-sale reassessments.

The Senate is expected to take up the potential property tax law changes in January.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cash For Congress Rally

Tonight, we attended a
BBQ & RALLY for Richard Cash.

He spoke for thirty minutes after a catered barbeque, slaw and beans meal.

Here is some of the information Cash gave at the rally:

• Unlike the other candidates that he'll run against in the June 8th Republican Primary ... he isn't a lawyer and hasn't held an office. He is a very successful businessman and a father of 8 children.

• He is running for (Federal) Congressional House of Representatives Seat / 3rd Congressional District. He identifies himself as Republican.

• The main focus of his campaign is a return to God and Family.

• He has led many pro-life campaigns in the upstate.

• He is a graduate of Furman University. He also attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.

• He and his wife are active members of Christ Church Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anderson SC.

• He says,

"I am absolutely committed to this country because of my 8 children, potential 30 grandchildren and my great grandchildren."


• He is for term limits and he promises himself not to serve more than 10 years.

• He had this anecdote:

"A recession is when your neighbor loses his job.
A depression is when you lose your job.
A recovery is when Obama loses his job."


• Richard compared America to a ship off course, currently in cold waters, ready to hit a large iceberg.

He also took what he called "The Bottled Water Pledge" as he held up a bottle of water. He said,

" I pledge to drink only bottled water while in Washington because there seems to be something in the water up there."


Take a look at Richard's website:

HTTP://WWW.SENDRICHARDCASH.COM


Conseratives Of The Upstate: November Newsletter

During the past six months, Conservatives of the Upstate has communicated some very important information to the people.

We have given a detailed history of the General Assembly, the Pickens County delegation, the Pickens County School Board, and the Pickens County Council.

* We pointed out that the people have lost their right to vote on the new school construction as required by the constitution of this state. We noted that Senator Larry Martin has refused to help us with an appointment to present our legal case to the State Attorney General; who at this point denies having spoken with Senator Martin about this issue.

* The Chairman of the School Board of Pickens County has admitted that they have been overcollecting taxes each year by underestimating the worth of a mil and the collection rate of the taxes at 95% rather than 100% - which they have been doing for the past 20 years. This has allowed the county and the school board to over collect $60 million, put the money in a contingency fund, and spend it on whatever they wanted. Even this spending procedure is illegal because the county and the school board cannot legally spend money collected for general expense on bond retirement or vice versa on bond money for general expense. Its even worse when they try to tell the teachers that there was not any money for needed supplies. So when these politicians tell you they have not raised your taxes, it just means they found another way to skin the public.

* Senator Martin is moving ahead quickly to change the laws that have been violated, and intends to do so at the next session of the General Assembly. Rumors have it that he intends to raise your taxes with some more of his statutory laws with help from his cronies like Senator Thomas of Greenville, and Senator Alexander of Oconee County. They intend to fire the Governor of this state because he made a mistake, shift more tax burden to the home owner, and change laws so the counties can rip you more. Senator Martin voted against the Governor over 275 times, On his watch, the state retirement plan is underfunded by over $20 billion dollars, while 17 counties spent billions on school construction. State spending increased 40% over three years while in the midst of over 11% unemployment.

* The performance of the schools has not been good because the system is broken. We did not need to mortgage every piece of taxable property in the state. We need vouchers. Our legislative delegation got the state performance test changed in Columbia so there will not be anything to compare performance year over year. If one looks at the state spending in proportion to the federal government, the state has done worse, but neither have done justice to the American people.

* Utiliity companies feel like they can come on your property, put in roads, lines, and poles in an unruly manner, and not be responsible for getting the property owners permissiion. We have had property owners threatened with emminent domain and other legal untruths, and they are forced to take legal action at great expense to protect their property. Our group appeared before the County Council, and pleaded with them that the DSO ordinance that they passed was illegal and unwanted. They have tried to sieze road frontage that has been legally paid for by the owners without compensation.

* At our November 12, 2009 meeting at the Blue Ridge Bible Church at 769 Belle Shoals Road, we offered help to any one in the general public to protest their county taxes. We gave out forms and delivered information to assist in the success of your claim.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mission Statement/FAQ/Contact

Conservatives Of The Upstate

MISSION:
 
Bring together like-minded conservative individuals to take action
 

BELIEFS:
God
Country
Sanctity of Private Property
Capitalism & Free Eneterprise
Limited Government

GOALS:

Stop illegal immigration

Lower taxes

Less government

Transparency in policy & finances in government

Accountability of government officials

Improve education

Eliminate nepotism

Eliminate Political Conflict Of Interest

Strict Constitutional Governing

Support 2nd Amendment


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Q: How can I participate?

A: The best way to participate is to come to a meeting and comment on this website. Meetings are held monthly. See the main page for posts on meeting details.

All comments are moderated on this website before publishing. If you care to leave your contact information it will be kept private. ANY identifying information from your comments will be removed. We respect your right to privacy and will never distribute your email, physical address, or phone number to ANY 3rd party.

Q: What can I expect at your meetings?

A: You can expect discussions and information about everything you can read in our mission statement above. We are also hosting occasional "Meet The Candidates" meetings.

Q: How can I support Conservatives Of The Upstate?

A: The best way to show your support is to come to a meeting, read this website, and get the word out. That bears repeating, The best way to show your support is to come to a meeting, read this website, and get the word out. Of course you may also generously donate with your time or money but we do not press for this. Conservatives Of The Upstate is a grassroots effort - your participation and our showing strength and growth in number is our goal.