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Okay, I am done, I have had enough of Mayor Funkhouser. This is why I do not believe in bi-partisanship. Bi-partisanship should be translated as, violate your principles and values so we all can just get along. It fell apart about a month ago when I found out that our Mayor was a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). I know, you are thinking, what’s wrong with being against “illegal guns”? Here is the catch, it’s a rhetorical device used to get you on the side of those that will do anything to deny American’s their Second Amendment rights. Below is a correspondence I had with the Mayor on this issue.

Here is the correspondence between the Mayor and I.

Mr. Mayor,

I have supported you for some time, defended you against the KC Star, and actually was considering voting for you in the next Mayoral primary. Well, not now. Resign from Mayors Against Illegal Guns! It’s a front group for taking away my second amendment rights. MAIG claims on its website that it wants to work with the NRA. That’s an outright lie!

See the below attached article.

Bloomberg’s Phantom Mayors http://www.nraila.org/Issues/Articles/Read.aspx?id=388&issue=011

Here is the Mayor’s response:

Dear Mr. Palmer,

I have no secret agenda.  I am opposed to illegal guns (and illegal aliens, illegal drugs, and most things illegal).  I have said on the record what Corey Booker says in this article – homicides in my town are not committed by people carrying legal weapons.  I support the 2nd Amendment (although no part of the constitution is “sacred” to me – it is foundational law for our country but it is not Holy Writ).  I will oppose the NRA when I think they are wrong – they are simply one more pressure group – just like La Raza.

I support our police – and they very much support the Mayors’ Coalition Against Illegal Guns.

This issue – illegal guns – is only one of many issues that matter to me and that I think are vital to the future of our city.  You and I are going to agree on some issues and disagree on others.  If there’s another candidate for Mayor with whom you agree on illegal guns, and you choose to support him or her despite their stance on other issues, that is, of course, your choice.  I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and opinions with me as long as I am your Mayor.  And when the next election rolls around I hope you change your mind and decide to support me.

All the best,

Mark

So I responded.
Mr. Funkhouser,

I do appreciate the response.

One question, maybe you could help me out here. Just what is an illegal gun? Considering the fact that every aspect of the firearm industry is controlled or regulated in one aspect or another, from manufacturer to point of sale. It’s hard to grasp what an “illegal gun” really is, other than a useless rhetorical device. It puts the blame on the wrong thing. The firearm is simply the means to the end in a crime, it’s not the problem, nor is it the cause.

That’s a heck of a stretch, comparing the NRA to La Raza. I assume you did that as just an example of an interest group, but I worry that you might be saying that the 1 million plus members of Americans who support the NRA are just as extreme as the racists in La Raza. I really doubt that’s what you are saying, but you might want to clear that up.

You do not support the 2nd Amendment if you support Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns. I am sorry, you can believe that all you want, the reality of the situation is as such. MAIG has attempted to repeal the privacy protections of the Tiahrt amendment and lobbied against right to carry reciprocity. I assume that you know that this group was started by Mayor Bloomberg and that he has repeatedly used personal money to lobby against the law abiding freedoms of millions of Americans? Maybe he could be spending his millions on helping police officers fight crime, reducing poverty inside of his city, and prosecuting criminals to the fullest extent of the law instead of infringing upon the rights of millions of law abiding citizens.

Mayor, 80 mayors have resigned from MAIG in the last 2 months, nearly 20% of those originally signed up to MAIG. You can be 81, I hope you open your eyes to what is really going on.

Best Regards

The Mayor briefly continued:

Dear Mr. Palmer

The most common type of illegal gun is one that has been stolen.

There are people who admire La Raza and do not see them as racists.  There are also people who admire the NRA.  Each is a lobby group created to advance a political position.

I believe my eyes are wide open.

If 80 mayors have resigned from MAIG to avoid political risk, so be it.  I do what I believe right regardless of the political consequences.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

All the best,

Mark

Well, I should have known. Why was I surprised though? The Mayor has consistently been a supporter of Obama. A tweet the other day said it all. “Despite all the critcism (sic) I hear, everytime (sic) I hear a senior administration official I have renewed confidence in the President.”

I mean, really? The same President who nominated a communist to be the Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones. The same President who seems to have no trouble with FCC Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd. The same President who stated on Wednesday that the reason Massachusetts voters voted for Scott Brown is because they were angry at Bush. The same President who continues to not listen to American’s as he tries to ram a health care bill down our throats that we don’t want. Yeah, Mr. Mayor, renewed confidence in Obama, whatever you say.

Kansas City, this mayor, is out of touch with reality, he must be dealt with after we get through November. As much as we thought that he may have been a “conservative” Democrat. I believe the proof is in the pudding, or, the leftist positions the Mayor currently holds.

Dear Mr. Palmer

The most common type of illegal gun is one that has been stolen.
There are people who admire La Raza and do not see them as racists.  There are also people who admire the NRA.  Each is a lobby group created to advance a political position.
I believe my eyes are wide open.
If 80 mayors have resigned from MAIG to avoid political risk, so be it.  I do what I believe right regardless of the political consequences.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.
All the best,

Mark

There are very few people in life that make my blood boil as much as Claire McCaskill. Claire thinks she is so bright at times and appears to be on the side of Missouri. I don’t buy it and I don’t think many Missourians do either. Below you will find her most recent e-newsletter equipped with clever ClayCoMOPolitics comments explaining why Claire, as usual, is being a fraud.

Dear Friend,

In today’s economy, every dollar matters. We’re all making do with less right now, and I’m working on holding Congress to the same standard.

(ClayCoMOPolitics Comment: No Claire, you are not, sorry. You have been just as guilty of spending way more than we have. While you have been somewhat more fiscally disciplined the last month or so you still voted for TARP and the Obama “bailout.” I suspect you would vote for more if it wasn’t for the fact that you are in a state that Obama couldn’t swing in the election and you know that your political future could put you back on the couch watching the TV in 2012.)

It’s unacceptable for Congress to keep up its current spending habits when Americans are tightening our belts. How can we teach our kids to prioritize expenses and be fiscally responsible if leaders in Washington won’t?

(ClayCoMOPolitics: Great question! But considering you have voted for the $787 billion dollar stimulus, $6 billion to federalize charities, $400 million for corporate welfare for charities, and $4 billion dollar bailout for the post office I don’t think it’s one for you to ask. Who knows how many times you have voted for bills that have increased spending in Federal departments this year? I don’t have the time to research those votes but last I remember we have increased spending something like 15% in the operating budgets of other Federal departments. I don’t know how much responsibility you had in the last two years of the Bush administration either?)

I owe it to you, my bosses in Missouri, to tell you how I’m working to introduce some fiscal responsibility:

  • I’ve introduced Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) legislation, which would require Congress to find a way to pay for all new entitlement spending or tax cuts, rather than adding to the national deficit. (ClayCoMOPolitics Comment: Let me help you understand this. PAYGO legislation is not necessary because all that has to happen is for our ruling class to STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON’T HAVE! Notice how PAYGO requires for all new entitlement spending to be paid for by spending or, KEY PHRASE HERE, “WOULD FIND A WAY TO PAY FOR”. PAYGO could and probably would simply mean higher taxes and yet more ignorant spending by those in WADC. Claire probably wouldn’t bat an eye on raising your taxes.
  • Senate colleagues and I urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to create a Senate Budget Task Force, charged with making recommendations on long-term fiscal issues.
  • I pledge to you that I will only vote for a health care reform bill if it’s deficit-neutral. (ClayCoMOPolitics Comment: That’s nice Claire, you are so kind. But you didn’t say you would not vote for something that raises American’s taxes. Deficit neutral simply means that it’s paid for somehow, that could easily mean tax increase, and invariably would when you look at how efficient the Federal government is.)
  • I continue to be one of the few in Washington who reject the flawed process of earmarking. (ClayCoMOPolitics Comment: In fairness you have been good about talking about doing this and have seen no evidence to refute the claim.)

Read more about these efforts to curb deficit spending.

It wasn’t easy to put myself through college and law school by waitressing, and I made hard choices to keep myself on a budget as a single mother after my first marriage, but life experiences have taught me a thing or two about balancing a checkbook – as they do for most Missourians.

When I came to Washington, I brought my Missouri values and experiences with me – the value of a dollar from a day’s hard work and the importance of saving and fiscal accountability.

I am optimistic that these reform measures will put us back on a path to financial sustainability, and that we can get the economy moving for the heartland again.

Read more now about how I’m working to restore financial responsibility in Washington.

I promise to keep working hard to represent Missourians like you.

All best,

Senator Claire McCaskill

I don’t know about you folks, but I am sick and tired of Claire McCaskill. She is an elitist politician that has no connection to the common Missourian. You see, you may not realize this, but Claire is the 17th richest member of the Congress. Total assets, 16.04 million dollars. I thought Democrats hated the rich? Claire my wife and I are happy with our combined middle class income. My wife and I worked our butt off to get where we are and would like you to quit meddling in things you don’t need to. I don’t want a public option offered, I don’t want to pay for other people’s health care. I can’t stand Medicare and want out of the system and you will find many younger American’s who would agree. It’s called a responsibility not a right!

I would also like to list some other things about Claire that are pertinent:

  • Never denounced ACORN but has had close ties in the past with them.
  • Never had any comment about Van Jones. A radical self-avowed communist who this President put in the White House willingly.
  • Has a either a misinformed staff, or a staff that is told to outright lie to constituents, because I couldn’t get a straight answer out of them about her position on FCC diversity chair Mark Lloyd. You see Claire is on a committee that oversees the FCC but her WADC staff told me that I should direct my concern to the Presidency. Honest question Ms. McCaskill; why haven’t you said anything about a guy who thinks that Chavez was a great guy and thinks he can tax talk radio 100% of their operating expenses? I just want an answer that’s all!

Don’t forget to call Claire and tell her NO PUBLIC OPTION NO MATTER HOW IT’S PACKAGED. 1-202-224-6154

Just like I did last Friday I decided to call Senator Bond and Senator McCaskill’s DC office and inquire of their positions on the FCC Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd. For those that don’t know about Mr. Lloyd here is a brief examination.

I love quotes because you can’t argue with them. The first three come from his 2006 book Prologue to a Farce:

“It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press… This freedom is all too often an exaggeration…At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.”

“The FCC should be fully funded with regulatory fees from broadcast, cable, satellite, and telecommunications companies. The FCC should be staffed at regional offices at levels sufficient to monitor and enforce communication.”

“Federal and regional broadcast operations and local stations should be funded at levels commensurate with or above those spending levels at which commercial operations are funded, this funding should come from license fees charged to commercial broadcasters. Funding should not come from congressional appropriations. Sponsorship should be prohibited at all public broadcasters.”

Going further in this same book he proposes license fees equal to their TOTAL OPERATING COSTS and that money should be used to fund public broadcasting. I assume it’s obvious, but I am going to point this out. It would be impossible for a private company to pay a tax equal to their operating costs especially if that tax was suddenly levied by the FCC in the guise of a fee. This is an outright attack on the first amendment and freedom of speech.

So what did our Senators say?

First Mr. Bond’s office. I asked the question and was told that the Senator does not have a position on Mark Lloyd. I politely encouraged him to take a position and do something about this individual. One hopes that he will follow the same path as he did on Friday with Van Jones.

Second, Ms. McCaskill’s office. For those that have called Ms. McCaskill’s office, you know it’s kind of like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Except you actually have a good idea, because whoever bought these chocolates bought them at the dollar store, so there is a good chance they won’t be very good.

I asked my question and the first response was that she had no stated position but would pass the comments along. Then the conversation became entertaining. The the staffer said basically the same thing I was told on Friday by one of the other staffers. “You know you really ought to direct your comments at the White House because this was an executive level appointment.” So I reminded the staffer that this is actually some place that Ms. McCaskill should have a position because part of her role in the legislature is to keep an eye on the other level of government. Plus at the end of the day she is a representative who was once a citizen, one would think this might bug her.

So then the staffer decided that she was going to ask me a question. She asks me how Mark Lloyd’s idea of a license fee on talk radio is an infringement on the first amendment. Fair enough it’s not directly related but the effect of the action is the issue at hand. You know if there was any larger proof that basic economics is as well understood by American’s as they understand the Chinese language, I don’t know where you would find it. So let me lay this out for people who think this way. If you levy a fee on a business equal to its operating costs then you are effectively forcing that business to double it’s costs! It will not survive, there is no way to derive enough revenue from consumers. The bread and butter of talk radio is advertising revenue. Do you honestly think that an advertiser is going to continue to advertise if their costs to advertise just doubled?! 

Mark Lloyd seems to think that talk radio is 91% conservative and 9% progressive. Mark Lloyd is a progressive. By even concocting such an idea his intentions are clearly obvious. This would be an infringement on freedom of speech and our first amendment rights. Inaction by Ms. McCaskill and Mr. Bond would be a direct dereliction of their duty to defend and protect freedom of speech in this country. At the end of the day, they are citizens of this country so it is their freedom of speech as well we are discussing here. They ought to be screaming from the rooftops about this appointment. Instead, Ms. McCaskill’s staffer wanted to interrogate me.

Please call Senator McCaskill and Bond’s DC office if you live in Missouri and let them know how you feel.

Bond 1-202-224-5721

McCaskill 1-202-224-6154

An update and a correction 9/8/09 6:26 PM

Something was pointed out to me and I wanted to put this out there. It makes this even worse for Ms. McCaskills office. You see Ms. McCaskill is on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee. If you look at the jurisdiction of the committee here you find that the third item on the list is COMMUNICATION! Should we interpret Ms. McCaskills staff member’s comments as dishonest or incompetent?

Apparently the diversity officer is not an executive level appointment but one who is chosen by the FCC chairman J. Genachowski. I apologize, I was incorrect. But, this makes Ms. McCaskill’s staffer completely wrong. This isn’t something I should address with the White House and in fact I am talking to the right people and they don’t even know it. What is going on in McCaskill’s office and why isn’t her staff properly informed?