Greenlight Pinellas was overwhelmingly defeated on November 4, 2014 by 62% of the voters of Pinellas County. 248 out of 299 precincts voted no with only the liberal conclaves in portions of St. Petersburg supporting it. It is obvious that Pinellas residents do not want to increase sales tax rates by 14% to the highest in the state (8 cents on the dollar) to build a $3 billion train that merely makes the wealthy and well connect richer off of government contracts and central economic planning. However, that has not stopped the “Yes for Greenlight” crowd who are vowing to try again. They point to the many failures in other cities like Denver before rail was approved. They claim that their $2 million combined taxpayer and private funded campaign couldn’t get “the message across” -even with all the media on their side. They claimed that they didn’t properly explain the mythical property tax swap. All of these are lies, rationalizations and excuses so the big government/crony corporatist alliance can try again to abuse the citizens with another attempt at this rail boondoggle. The message from Pinellas residents is simple: We don’t want higher taxes and we don’t want a commuter rail in our county. We do not consent to this project.
The video posted here* was recorded at Founders Corner monuments in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. McKalip, creator of the monuments and publisher of this blog, discusses one of the key founding concepts of America now being ignored by the political power structure in Pinellas: The Consent of the Governed. As the arrogant elite continue to ignore the citizens, there will be no choice but to find a way to replace the elected officials who care more about the support of their corporate cronies and their failed big government visions than the consent of the governed.
(*The Sunbeam Times and Dr. McKalip humbly request your forgiveness for some minor technical issues and a grammatical error in the video. Time is short and many demands are calling…)