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"In amazement the whole earth followed the beast. They worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?"
"He [a future king whose heart is set against the covenant] shall seduce with intrigue those who violate the covenant; but the people who are loyal to their God shall stand firm and take action. "
Webmaster's Comments: As you read this article, ask yourself, "Who are these people to call our tax breaks illegal and fine us according to their standards?"
AFP · Reuters
Tuesday March 2, 7:07 AM
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union slapped multi-million dollar trade sanctions on the United States over illegal tax breaks given to US exporters, urging US lawmakers rapidly to repeal the measures.
Hours later US President George W. Bush urged Congress on Monday to quickly scrap the tax breaks.
Backed by a World Trade Organization ruling, the European Commission announced duties on a wide range of US goods entering Europe until the US Congress annuls the tax breaks under the Foreign Sales Corporation (FSC) law.
"Despite waiting for more than two years, the US has not brought its legislation in line with WTO rules. We are therefore left with no choice but to impose countermeasures," said EU trade commissioner Pascal Lamy.
"The name of the game is not retaliation but compliance: countermeasures will be lifted the day the FSC is repealed," he added.
The commission underlined that the level of sanctions is substantially less than the four billion dollars allowed by the WTO. The sanctions take the form of import duties starting at five percent, rising by one percentage point per month, on goods ranging from American meat to nuclear reactor parts.
As you read this article, ask yourself, "what is the problem that they are trying to solve?" And then ask yourself, "Has the love of most grown cold?"
From the Inner Harbor to the Bay Bridge, local and state homeland security authorities are beginning to build a regional network of 24-hour surveillance cameras that will first go live this summer in Baltimore.
The closed-circuit video surveillance system of public spaces will begin in the Inner Harbor by summer's end, and a $2 million federal grant accepted by the city yesterday will expand the cameras into downtown's west side by early November.
"We're trying to build a regional network of cameras," said Dennis R. Schrader, director of homeland security for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
What of privacy concerns raised by groups opposed to cameras constantly monitored by retired police officers or college students?
"We're at war," Schrader said.
President John Adams (1797-1901) said, "The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."
Unfortunately, our courts have increasingly become tools for powerful vested interests, and the constitutional protections of private property mean less and less each day....
But they cannot do it alone; we must help them. Remember Benjamin Franklin's admonition: "Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you."
The resolution, which cites the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Kelo v. New London, Conn., eminent domain issue, reads, in part:
"The taking clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment has historically been interpreted and applied to be conditioned upon the necessity that government assumption of private property through eminent domain must be for the public use;"
"The Georgia Supreme Court warned in its 1959 Bailey ruling, 'History teaches us that one of the first steps necessary to be taken in the establishment of a totalitarian form of government is to abolish the rights of private ownership of property;'" and
"The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered in the 2005 Kelo v. New London, CT case has now placed private property rights in jeopardy for uses not historically recognized and, further, has expanded the taking clause beyond 'public use' to allow private economic development..."
The resolution goes on to say that it is the moral obligation of all levels of government to protect private property rights.
Yes! Score one for the Stephens' County Commissioners!
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