I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which grant[s] a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. James Madison
Harford Campaign for Liberty
July 24, 2012
Forest Hill Knights of Columbus Hall
23 Newport Drive, Forest Hill
It is likely that Mr. James Madison would frown on the recent actions of our county government. Join us this month and learn how Harford County taxpayers have funded an $850,000 gift to Smith’s Detection. We’ll also update you on:
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Did you see the County Council meeting last Tuesday? Here’s a quick video recap:
Bel Air, MD July 16, 2012
On July 10th the Harford County Council voted 5-1 on a Resolution to grant up to $100,000 from taxpayers of Harford County to a multi-billion dollar company that manufactures TSA-used body scanners in Edgewood, MD.
The Harford Campaign for Liberty opposes this use of taxpayer dollars and will continue to work to inform the public about this legislation.
Resolution 12-15 was introduced by Council President Boniface, R – At-Large, at the request of Harford County Executive David Craig, R, via the Economic Development department. This resolution also authorizes the State of Maryland to lend $750,000 to Smith’s Detection Corporation, a London-based firm that specializes in Detection equipment like x-ray scanners and bomb-detection equipment. While it is called a loan the $750,000 is actually a gift. The “loan” requires no payments during the first 10 years & the “loan” is forgiven after 10 years. The “loan” gift from the state of MD required a 10% match of funds from Harford. Yet for some reason County Executive Craig proposed an increased tax payer gift from $75,000 to $100,000 from Harford.
The motion to approve the handout to Smith’s Detection was entered by Councilman “Capt’n” Jim MaMahon, District C. It was seconded by Councilman Dion Guthrie, District A. The roll call vote to pass 15-12 was as follows: For: Guthrie D-A, McMahon R-C, Shrodes R-D, Slutzsky R-E, Lisanti D-C. Against: Woods
You can see the video of the Harford Handout here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIJDFByKvdI
The role of government is to protect the rights and freedoms of the people and not to give taxpayer-funded handouts to large, wealthy, multinational businesses.
A vote in favor of this resolution was a vote in favor of crony socialism that works opposite the best interests of a free society & free markets. With this resolution the County Council is picking winners and losers in Harford County, and ought not be suffered by free people.
For information on the bill, see it here:
Fiscal note here:
Some Facts about Smith’s Detection–
Smith’s Group, PLC, is a multi-million dollar company based in London, UK. In 2011, they reported profits of $661MM. Here’s their website and the Consolidated Income Statement for 2011: http://www.smiths.com/ar11/consolidated-income-statement.aspx
-On 7/2/ 12 announced a $16.9MM contract with the federal government at Aberdeen Proving Ground to produce chemical agent detectors.
-On 6/29/12 announced a $248.5MM contract ,the largest ever, with the Army, for “non-intrusive inspection systems and hardware” to scan people, vehicles, and cargo in Afghanistan. The Army is expected to take delivery by 8/31/14 (The Obama administration has stated that almost all of our troops will be out of Afghanistan by 2014).
-On 4/9/12 announced a $27.5MM contract for chemical agent detectors, communications adapter kits, another military items.
-On 3/26/12 Announced a $122MM contract to supply detection systems to the Doha Airport in Qatar, UAE
-On 12/1/11 announced a Navy contract of $9.4MM for meteorological devices
Smith’s Detection’s location in Edgewood, MD received an Enterprise Zone Tax Credit. Since 2006, they have paid only 20% of their property taxes due to the County and State. This will phase out over time by 2016. They are also eligible for an income tax credit equal to at least $1,000 per employee hired at this location, and $6,000 per ‘economically disadvantaged’ employee over three years.
Clearly, Smith’s Detection is not in need of a $750,000 gift from the state of Maryland courtesy of the tax payer to expand their Edgewood facility nor $100,000 from Harford taxpayers to train their workers.
The Smith’s Detection Edgewood location currently employs 215 people, with plans to add 100 more jobs that will be moving to Edgewood from a location in Canada. There is no guarantee those workers will live in Harford. The average wage for these jobs will be $74,000 of which only $54,000 impacts the purported revenue stream to Harford County.
Call the County Council today to let them know your thoughts on the wealth redistribution from Harford & Maryland taxpayers to large multi-million dollar, multi-national corporations & their generosity with your money.
Council President Billy Boniface:
James “Capt’n Jim” McMahan
Richard C. Slutzky
Mary Ann Lisanti
County Executive David Craig
The mission of Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.
The Harford Campaign for Liberty meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 23 Newport Drive in Forest Hill, MD at 7PM.
Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves. -Thomas Jefferson
Harford Campaign for Liberty
April 24, 2012
Bel Air Knights of Columbus Hall
23 Newport Drive
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Featured Speaker – Karen Kiawitkowski – USAF – Ret
Our guest speaker is Dr. Karen Kwiatkowski, a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel with extensive experience at the Pentagon and National Security Agency. She is the author of several books on U.S. policy in Africa and was featured in the 2005 film “Why We Fight.” Since retiring she has been a vocal critic of the corrupting influence of politics on military decisions.
She currently seeks office in Virginia’s 6th district and hopes to bring her seasoned Goldwater Republicanism to constituents now represented by a supporter of the National Defense Authorization Act and The Stop Online Piracy Act. Her genuine conservative principles have earned her the endorsements of Republican Party figures as well as fiscal and constitutional conservatives.
What’s a Party Platform? Betcha Didn’t Know That….
Dave Pridgeon will speak on the construction of party platforms and provide some unique insights that will shock & amaze you.
Keep the Wolves at Bay
Campaign For Liberty Announces Special Guest Speaker Karen Kwiatkowski (USAF Retired)
Karen U. Kwiatkowski is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel whose assignments included duties at the Pentagon and a variety of roles within the National Security Agency. Since retiring, she has become a noted critic of the U.S. government’s involvement in Iraq. Ms. Kwiatkowski is primarily known for her insider essays which denounced a corrupting political influence on the course of military intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Her most comprehensive writings on the subject appeared in a series of articles in The American Conservative magazine in December 2003. In a March 2004 article on Salon.com “The New Pentagon Papers” she wrote:
“I witnessed neoconservative agenda bearers within Office of Special Plan (OSP) usurp measured and carefully considered assessments, and through suppression and distortion of intelligence analysis promulgate what were in fact falsehoods to both Congress and the executive office of the president.”
While in the Air Force, she wrote two books about U.S. policy towards Africa: African Crisis Response Initiative: Past Present and Future (US Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2000) and Expeditionary Air Operations in Africa: Challenges and Solutions (Air University Press, 2001). More recently, she has contributed or co-written several books on neoconservatism and foreign policy. She contributed to “Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas,” (Variant Press, 2008) and “Why Liberty: Personal Journeys Toward Peace and Freedom” (Cobden Press, 2010). She has been featured in a number of documentaries, including “Why We Fight” in 2005. She has written extensively for LewRockwell.com since 2003.
Ms. Kwiatkowski was raised in western North Carolina. She received an MA in Government from Harvard University and an MS in Science Management from the University of Alaska. She has a PhD in World Politics from The Catholic University of America; her thesis was on overt and covert war in Angola, A Case Study of the Implementation of the Reagan Doctrine.
She began her military career in 1982 as a Second Lieutenant. She served at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, providing logistical support to missions along the Chinese and Russian coasts. She was then assigned to the National Security Agency (NSA), eventually becoming a speechwriter for the agency’s director. After leaving the NSA in 1998 she became an analyst on sub-Saharan Africa policy for the Pentagon. Kwiatkowski was in her office in the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11, 2001. From May 2002 to February 2003 she served in the Pentagon’s Near East and South Asia directorate (NESA). While at NESA, she wrote a series of anonymous articles, Insider Notes from the Pentagon which appeared on the website of David Hackworth. Ms. Kwiatkowski left NESA in February 2003 and retired from the Air Force the following month.
Kwiatkowski was raised as a Goldwater Republican and registered with the party from 1981 until 1994. She joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and spoke on military and foreign policy at that party’s national convention in 2004. She returned to her Republican Party roots in 2011, and has entered politics with the hope of joining Ron Paul, Justin Amash and others in the House Republican Liberty Caucus. She is endorsed by a past Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, as well as by a range of other fiscal and constitutional conservatives.
On August 18, 2011, Kwaitkowski formally announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Virginia’s 6th District. She is challenging ten-term incumbent Representative Bob Goodlatte for the nomination.
Ms. Kwiatkowski is at the center of a grass roots revolution brewing against the ten term career politician, Bob Goodlatte, who in recent months voted to raise the debt ceiling (July 2011), voted for the habeas corpus eliminating NDAA (May 2011), and introduced and co-sponsored the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
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