Politics in the Region
By. Chris Stritzel
As the protests and rallies take place across the nation to remove statues and monuments from public areas continue, everyone, on the Left and Right, are failing to realize why these things are here. There are statues and monuments commemorating historic figures like Composers, Presidents and Civil Rights activists. There are also statues and monuments to people who are really bad in terms of what they did and how they did it. Leading up to the Trump Presidency, groups on the left and right sides of politics kept quiet on statues and monuments that were either controversial or significant. Most of the time, they kept quiet because most people didn’t know what these statues are and what they represent. Once people began seeing the Confederate Flags being taken down at State Houses across the South, things heated up to the tensions of where we are now.
As Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) of New Orleans removed his city’s confederate memorials and monuments, similar movements were instituted across the nation to remove the history of the past for a more politically correct future. All was forged under the “Resistance” movement to combat Donald Trump and Republicans across the nation. Most of the monuments and statues removed were never even heard of or mentioned by anyone, yet, someone was concerned and got them removed. In St. Louis, the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park caused a stir when the city began taking it down as the deed of ownership was found and was handed over to the Civil War Museum in Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Louis County. The dispute was handled and the Monument was taken down as the “Resistance” thought they won a key battle in St. Louis.
But wait, there is more.
As the removal of statues continues to heat up, and countless White Power and ANTIFA battles take place, one has to question the sanity behind both groups and quite frankly, both sides of the political aisle. Fingers are being pointed at each other and the media carries on labeling Rightwingers “Racists”, “Dirt”, “Scum”, “Rapists”, and my personal favorite “Nazis”. Knowingly, these people refuse to condemn and name ANTIFA, who have done far worse than the Alt-Right, because those are the mainstream individuals “voters”. As the chaotic events unfold, and Presidential Parks, Statues and Names are threatened for removal, many must think, “how crazy are we?”
Well, here is the deal, Common Sense Rightists and Leftists understand what the situation is. They don’t want the statues and monuments to come down because they symbolize “history”. Then you have the Far Left and Far Right individuals who either failed History Class or dropped out of school before learning the facts about our nations history. All they see these things as “Symbols of White Supremacy” or “Racism”. Quite frankly, a Statue or Monument of some Confederate or historic individual is not going to come to life and start blurting out things that some find “hurtful”. It’s just is not going to happen. Yet they continue to be brats and yank statues down and destroy property like the uncivilized protesters in Durham, North Carolina.
The protesters there said that they would, “protest peacefully”. They didn’t, they lied. They had a “hoot fest” and ripped a statue down, kicked it, spit on it and vandalized the place. Meanwhile, the hack of a governor in North Carolina, Roy Cooper (D), tweets that “there are better ways to remove a monument”. Hello sir! But did you too fail history class and common sense class? Because what these barbarians did was destroy property for the sake of their supposed peaceful “Resistance”. And you wonder why so many people hate each other in this country, you sir are openly accepting it and therefore promoting the “Resistance” to find other ways to remove them safely. Either way, they will be breaking the laws and causing a major issue that will further cause race relations, and political relations, to diminish.
I must ask, did the statue or monument ever do anything to you? It triggered you? That’s not a valid reason to remove it. Most of you people didn’t even know what it was when you drove or walked by until one of your king made a big hoopla about it. Furthermore, to the Alt-Right, you should be ashamed for giving these people a bigger voice by getting involved. And while the Alt-Right was doing their own thing, the Alt-Left should have kept their mouths shut to avoid the situation that we saw in Charlottesville.
Where are you people on the numerous Vladimir Lenin statues in this country? Did you know Communism has killed over 100 million people? So why are we celebrating a failed regime? Because the Alt-Left CRAVES Communism. At their rallies, they hold up flags of the famous "Hammer and Sickle", the two major icons of Communist revolutions. For the Alt-ight, Nazi and Confederate flags fly high. All 3 are disgusting things that have all failed. Clearly you people did not get the memo on the USSR, Confederacy or the Third Reich worked out. Maybe a quick google Search would help out?
In the end, statues and monuments are there for us to remember the past in our good and bad times. They, as well as learning about history, makes us remember not to repeat the atrocity’s of the past. Statues and monuments are not just there to piss people off, they are there for a purpose, and whether you like them or not, you have to respect it. If you do not respect them, there will be more Charlottesvilles across the nation.
To the Alt-Right, White Supremacists and Others, stand down. It won’t help you or your cause, out at all. Furthermore, stop inciting violence against those you disagree with.
To the Alt-Left, BLM, ANTIFA and the “Resistance”, stand down. You people are not helping anything but promoting the Alt-Right’s quest for the media to cover them as well as hurting race relations. You people also make your Democratic Party look like a nuthouse they way you act. Shape up. If you say you are the better person, prove it. Stop being the little brats you are.
To the both of you, the mainstream media, Democratic Representatives, Technology Companies, Social Media Companies and assorted SJWs, research the 1st Amendment. It protects speech that all of you hate. No matter what, it is what the founding fathers wanted and it stays that way. It would do you good to learn a thing or two.
By. Eli Karabell
To all the fans & readers of BuildingSTL, I was on a short vacation handling some personal business, that is why you have not seen my entries lately. Have no fear though, I am back at it with another compelling piece about the need to improve the current facilities at City Hall.
St. Louis City Hall first opened as the Governing capital of the City of St. Louis in 1898. Since that time we have had over 10 Mayors serve out of this wonderful Republican sanctuary & countless Presidents of the Board of Alderman. The need for improvement has always been a major concern to the occupants & taxpayers of City Hall. In 1923, one of Mayor Kiel's (R) greatest achievements was the USD$87 Million bond issue that was passed by the Citizens of the City. This successful Bond laid the groundwork for many fantastic achievements in the City, including, but not limited to the further improvements needed at City Hall. This bond also completed the work for many of the greatest public works achievements in the History of the City. The City Hall of today was greatly benefited by the passage of this successful bond issue in 1923. Mayor Kiel went on to accomplish some of the most important achievements of any St. Louis Mayor. He died in 1942, after a failed run for U.S. Senate.
Not surprisingly since that time, little to no Major public works project has been done at City Hall. Most of the projects dealt with either one neglected aspect of City Hall or another. The problem with that approach is it asks the Resident/Taxpayer to pay a large swath of Money for the purported installation of improvements, then when the swath of taxpayer money is handed over to the City, the misallocation of resources takes place. Basically the Money is not being spent properly for the purposes in which the Money was intended to be spent. For example I take a trip to City Hall to renew my Driver License, when I reach one of the entrances to City Hall, I surprisingly see no ADA compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-104/pdf/STATUTE-104-Pg327.pdf) entrances. Now for the Majority of the Citizens who enter that entrance, this is no problem at all, but for the minority of people in wheelchairs who need to have accessibility to the Tucker Avenue Entrance & the Parking lot entrance on Clark, this is a major problem. Imagine if we had a wheelchair bound Mayor or Alderman, how much of an Inconvenience this could pose? According to a City official, who will remain unnamed for security purposes, this will pose a major issue, since the only major entrance point for a disabled person to City Hall is through a tunnel. A tunnel? That is not good precedent at all. The point being made here by the Author, is we need all entrances at City Hall to be (ADA) compliant like the Missouri or Illinois State Capitols. This is vitally important to prevent lawsuits & make sure all of the Residents of the City of St. Louis are properly served, catered & helped when entering the building they so heartily pay the bill for. All entrances of City Hall must be made (ADA) compliant, the only excuse for not doing this is a precise lack of effective Leadership by City leaders. Effective leadership would make these changes immediately. This is a Must, Not Optional. City Leaders Must Address these Facilities Issues. Now.
Another important issue is the Lack of accessible Water Fountains in City Hall Public Areas.
This interesting issue was brought to my attention, again when I went to renew my Driver License, with my entrepreneurial attitude & spirit, I automatically thought of ways to add new features to City Hall, after one of the City Marshall's informed me that there was no Public Water fountain nearby or anywhere in the entire building, I spoke with several others at City Hall & they all told me that a Public Water Fountain would be greatly needed at City Hall. It is stupid, ineffective & not helpful to have at least one or two Public Water Fountains at City Hall. This is an issue which we must solve & putting new Water Fountains at City Hall is very important. So important, I see this as being a testament of poor leadership at City Hall, a good leader not only provides consensus for his population, uses tax dollars wisely, but in addition, provides great services for the amount of tax that is being funneled into the City Hall. I look I pay taxes, everybody pays taxes, not to have at least a suitable facility to stay hydrated if your a City Hall visitor is a major problem. In Short, the City of St. Louis must install new water fountains across the City Hall, since as the Unnamed City Official stated there are NO Major plumbing issues preventing the suitable placement of Water Fountains. This is very important & critical.
In closing, City leaders must provide great services for there citizens, this is not currently being done & has to change.
With effective leadership this would not be a problem. City Leaders must solve issues for the Residents before looking at what is Politically Expedient.
By. Chris Stritzel
Let this be a rallying call. A call to move St. Louis forward and to truly strengthen our City. We have to take matters into our own hands when electing officials to serve us. We have elect people who will serve the people and not themselves. The government must also get smaller, more efficient and effective. This plan is to truly make us great again and make sure that we keep our self above the drowning stage. Let’s get started.
Reduce the Board of Aldermen.
In order to get the it running in a useful and helpful manner, we must reduce the size of the Board of Aldermen from 28 members to just 3. Yes, three. These three members would no longer be deemed "Aldermen" but rather as "Council Members". Each of these three members would preside over "districts" rather than "wards". The name change and number change is just the beginning. The districts are not made up by population but rather the areas that we define each region as in our City. The Northern district's boundaries are simply anything North of Delmar to the County Lines. The Central district's boundaries are Delmar to the North and Manchester-Chouteau to the South and the Southern district's boundaries are Manchester-Chouteau to the County Lines. The new system would also mean that agreements and legislation can be agreed upon faster since three members will, be able to work together to move the City forward. For this to work in a efficient way, the members can only preside over their district for a limit of 2 terms.
The St. Louis City Council, as it would be named, would be entirely different than the current Board of Aldermen. It will save us money, instead of paying each member of the Board of Aldermen $45,000 (x28 = $1,260,000 for all Aldermen) a year, the new Council Members will be paid at $90,000 (x3 = $270,000 for all members) a year. That is nearly $1 Million saved to be put towards other things like overtime pay for the Police and better safety technology (lighting, shots potters, real time policing, etc). For the President of the Board of Aldermen, the position will be renamed and titled "Deputy Mayor". The position will pay the same and the individuals job is to preside over the City Council and step in to the Mayor's position if he or she resign, are impeached, or die in office (almost like the Vice President). The current Board of Aldermen President's secretary would be renamed "the General Secretary of the Council" and will take roll call and pass legislation onto the Mayor's desk. He or she will also be responsible to take over if the new "Deputy Mayor" fills in for the Mayor in an event as mentioned above.
All of the jobs in this section would be full time. If an individual would like to earn more money, he or she would have to get a job outside of government in their free time to prevent "cross talk corruption".
Streamlining and Cuts
An important piece in running a modern City is having departments that are easily accessible and available. Many departments in the City exist that honestly shouldn't exist. Many of them are money black holes. In order to modernize and streamline the government, cuts and merges would have to happen if we are to save a ton of more money. Here are some examples of how we are going to make these changes.
- Parks, Recreation and Forestry currently spend close to $33 Million yearly. If all three were merged, this can be easily be cut down to around $26 Million. The city can shed maintaining Tower Grove Park and hand it over to the Botanical Gardens or a private entity. Furthermore, the same can be said with Soulard market. Both would take $1 Million from this division. The admiration for this can be cut to only 5 members and take out $4 Million out of this fund. Furthermore, operation Brightside must be reconsidered and all money put into this must be withdrawn and allocated towards the health division to continue the operation. Recreation can shed nearly all of its nearly $2 Million and hand off facilities to Private Entity's and the YMCA. This is where the $7 Million decrease comes from. $5 Million in this can go to a savings fund and be allocated toward the Police department for safety features and Officer overtime pay as well as an increase in pay for the Police Officers.
- Communications- STLTV and the Communications department are a big waste of money all away around. All of the money allocated towards this can be withdrawn and put into the savings account for later usage.
In just these two instances of streamlining and cuts, we can save nearly $10 million yearly while making the government more modern. By doing this same sort of thing to other departments, the Government would begin to shrink and consolidate until only the necessities are needed. By time this is over nearly $175 Million can be saved and allocated to different things, that is how much money is wastefully spent that can be saved.
Removing the Partisan System
Political parties in a City like ours are a joke. One controls the entire city, it is corrupt and doesn't get anything done. Other parities are ousted as if they are a piece of trash. This needs to change. Modern cities (like Kansas City) have taken the idea of political parties and thrown them out the window for a system of government ran solely by Independents. This system allows people of other political backgrounds to be given a chance since their political party will remain unknown. This can help open the door to other members of opposite political parties will will be listened to more and could help fix our city. Doing this system will help solve our issues by getting ideas form all sides of the political spectrum rather than just one.
This new system is more modern and efficient for the future and would really help make us greater in the long run as politicians will have to look at the City rather than party to come up with ideas to make us better.
City County Merger?
Nope. We still have lots to change and fix before the county even considers welcoming us as one of their own. The list of things we need to fix is so large that It all stems form what was laid out here today and in future posts.
As time goes on, more posts similar to this will be added completing a plan that will lay the foundation for a smarter St. Louis.
By. Eli Karabell
The 28th Ward Special Election to fill Mayor Lyda Krewson's vacated Aldermanic Seat is heating up to be a very important Aldermanic race. Why is this race so important? Because we are at a point in the City of St. Louis's history where it is vital to the health of the entire City to make the tough choices, actionable items & strategic initiatives that will ultimately Build STL. The most able - bodied & prepared candidate to accomplish these mighty tasks is the one & only, Honorable Steven C. Roberts Sr. the most qualified, honorable & ready for the job candidate who has run for the Board of Alderman in the past 20 years. The 28th Ward, after years of failed leadership, needs the wonderful new ideals, concepts & values that Steve Roberts brings to the table at City Hall. As my previous articles have attested to in exceptional quality, Steve Roberts has the spirit of exceptionalism, grace & virtue that is needed at City Hall. Steve Roberts also has the experience, time in at the plate & care for this wonderful City that the 28th Ward needs in an exceptional leader. This Special Election is not only about a new spirit of Leadership for the 28th Ward, it is also about who has the necessary abilities proven by character to operate successfully a large, diverse Ward such as Ward 28 & again Steve Roberts has proven time & time again that he is the Man for the job to unite the City in a spirit of respecting diversity of opinion & beliefs & moving the City in a united direction of growth & general progress. The Roberts campaign message since its launch, has been to Unite the City for Progress with its brilliant slogan: A City United for Progress. The message that portrays is absolutely what the City of St. Louis needs for an Alderman. Somebody who can BuildSTL, move the City in a United direction of progress & create a truly equal playing field for all the wonderful residents of Ward 28. Real representation starts with electing leaders, like Steve Roberts, who understand pragmatism, working across aisles, chambers & boardrooms thus creating the City we all want to be. Steve Roberts has the intention of creating a wonderful Ward 28 & moving this City in a direction of growth & progress. Everybody in the City can unite under those fantastic ideals & Steve Roberts is exactly the amazing statesmen to get the job done. St. Louis needs growth, building & general consensus on important issues. We need unity, not disunity in order to grow into a vibrant, successful City. The exact statesmen to get this complex job done is the Honorable Steve Roberts, because like I stated so strongly in my previous articles endorsing this fantastic & graceful City leader, Steve Roberts has the business acumen, experience & love for helping his fellow men & women of the 28th Ward, to accomplish these great tasks for the City of St. Louis. Be rest assured 28th Ward voters, when you cast your ballots for the Honorable Steve Roberts for Alderman on Tuesday July 11th, know that he will be your voice of leadership, compassion & grace at the St. Louis Board of Alderman. The Board of Alderman needs great statesmen like Steve Roberts, we now have the unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to pursue excellence, greatness & grace for the 28th Ward. In short, The fantastic voters of the 28th Ward MUST elect the Honorable Steven C. Roberts Sr. to the Board of Alderman on July 11th 2017. Additionally as I mentioned to the Voters of the 28th Ward in my first article officially endorsing the Honorable Steve Roberts for Alderman, the Author of this article humbly encourages you to bring 45 of your friends & neighbors to vote for Steve Roberts on Tuesday, July 11th (This Tuesday!) . Remember if you need more information on the candidacy of the Honorable Steven C. Roberts Sr. to the Board of Alderman, please visit his website at www.RobertsforAlderman.com - This is a crucial election & we must elect grace, leadership & excellence on July 11th 2017. Get the Job Done for Steve on July 11th 28th Ward! Time to execute for Steve Roberts!
The City of St. Louis needs bold, fresh ideas in order to accomplish the all - important goals of taking the first steps in a United Mission to Build STL. Recently we had 12 water main breaks on a Thursday evening across the City. The author's family was affected by such a break, the whole side of West Pine Blvd for over 453 feet appeared like a swollen lake of dirty muddy water due to the Water Main under the street cracking. This occurred all day yesterday across all parts of the City of St. Louis. I realized the Water Department is greatly underfunded, under appreciated & not given clear directions for how to accomplish tasks such as performing daily maintaining of the vital Water system of the City. I mention all this simply to state that the City of St. Louis has major leadership problems stemming from long under - utilized tools to FIX these seemingly simple issues. For example with the proper leadership in all City Gov. Departments, we would not have issues with 120 year old pipes breaking, rather with the proper funding & leadership from all City Leaders & departments, the City of St. Louis would be undertaking proper utilization of the Tax Base & doing weekly, monthly & yearly routine checking, replacing & innovating of the entire City sewage & water system. I directly correlate these issues the City witnessed last night, to a failure at the highest levels of leadership to let the Laws of atrophy to creep up upon the City, when what we desperately needed was effective Leadership to fix the water system before the crisis situation happened, as it happened last night with multiple main breaks across the City of St. Louis. Simply with a new generation of Graceful, Competent, Leadership such as Steve Roberts, who has had to meet deadlines in private business & as a Former Alderman, knows how to modernize, prevent & bring the proper kind of leadership the City so desperately needs. Mr. Roberts understands as many local politicians do not fully grasp, the Longview & the Power of Big Picture innovation to power a City's growth to greatness. All of Mr. Roberts life he has strived for excellence, service & love for the City of St. Louis. St. Louis needs Steve Roberts & we need new Leadership at City Hall. A new day must dawn for the City of St. Louis. Steve Roberts is the dawn of the New Day at City Hall.
Thus, with all that being stated, the citizens of the 28th Ward this Tuesday must elect the Honorable Steven C. Roberts Sr. to the Board of Alderman. For today & tomorrow & the future of the City of St. Louis.
Please refer back to the Author's previous articles on the Honorable Steven C. Roberts Sr. for more information on his wonderful campaign, candidacy & service to the City of St. Louis for over 45 years. Finally, have confidence in the future of the City with Steve Roberts as the 28th Ward Alderman. He is ready to get the job done for the 28th Ward & the City of St. Louis.
The Dawn of a Bright New Future is Upon us with Steve Roberts as your 28th Ward Alderman.
On Tuesday, July 4th (Very Patriotic Day), former Libertarian Candidate for President (who came in second behind Gary Johnson in the primaries) has changed his party and announced that he is running for Senate as a Republican to replace Claire McCaskill. The decision has kept the mainstream media completely silent* on his candidacy because they know he poses a threat to Claire. Being an outsider and from rural Missouri will give a majority of the state a voice to go along with Roy Blunt and to assist the President’s agenda and not resist it (like Claire). Besides this, I am going to take a step back and tell everyone why the mainstream media refuses to report on his candidacy.
The Missouri Media is afraid of Austin. As said earlier, they know that he poses a threat to Claire, but how? The answer is simple, his ideas. Austin brings ideas that are close to the hearts and minds of the working people of Missouri. A class of people who have been forgotten by Claire and the Mainstream Media. Because of this, Austin has presented the citizens of Missouri a new voice to represent them in their Federal Government in Washington. He also wants to put America First, a big no-no for the leftists and mainstream media. The media knows this and does not want him in office because of those reasons.
But the people will not listen to media’s narrative of Austin. The people want results, not critiques of the individual before he gets a chance to show what he’s got.
As an outsider, some think he doesn’t have name recognition. NEWSFLASH: he does! Austin, being a former Presidential Candidate has his following and name recognition. With nearly 150k social media followers, he can spread his message that can further be spread by his followers to get his message across. In addition to this, right wing media outlets, like the Blaze, have reported on his candidacy and have made it clear that he is running, and that he is serious about it too.
Out of the candidates that are anticipated to win, Austin wasn’t on this list, nor ever considered for the list. He surprise candidacy has shocked the establishment and they know that he has a high chance of winning. So what is the establishment’s idea? To launch the biggest political hit piece in Missouri Senate history. The establishment will launch so many hit pieces on Austin that it will make the Eric Greitens vs Establishment feud look like school yard stuff.
But I am here to say something different, we are not going to hit on Austin.
Austin represents the CORE VALUES that represent this organization fully. That is why I am supporting him. And while a meeting will have to be called to determine whether or not to endorse him for the Primary (and hopefully general election), I am personally endorsing him. If he makes it to the General Election in 2018, it will be my first General Election to ever vote in, and I am very excited.
I am am tired of the establishment and I want change. I want to get a voice in DC that represents the people of his state in a manner that the majority of Missourians love. In my opinion, if he gets or does not get the exposure, his chances of winning are 75-25, very high chance considering how poorly Claire McCaskill has done. So let’s get this thing going!
AUSTIN’S EARLY ENDORSEMENTS
- Dana Loesch
- Eric Brackley
- Dave Rubin
- Ron Coleman
- Republican Liberty Caucus
OTHER CANDIDATES IN THE RACE
- Tony Monetti (R)
- Claire McCaskill (I-D)
To learn more about Austin Petersen and his candidacy, click the button below.
*- The Kansas City Star is the only Mainstream Media outlet reporting on Austin’s Candidacy.
After a surprising State Government vote, our neighbors to the East voted to increase their taxes 32% permanently which would supposedly help the State's financial crisis. Turns out, the tax hike would only further seal the state's fate as a bankrupt Midwestern State. Because income taxes would be rising 32%, chances of people paying such high taxes are extremely low. Because of this, Illinois would fall even further into bankruptcy. Besides the economic hardship that Illinois is facing, it was not caused by the people, it was caused by the people that the citizens elected to serve them, the Politicians.
The Politicians in Illinois have lead their once great state down the path of bankruptcy and corruption. Because of this, their state is in the issue that they are currently facing. An excellent example of this corruption is former Governor, Rod Blagojevich, trying to sell now former President Obama's Senate seat. This was caught in Rod was indicted and sent to prison where he remains. Besides this, many back door deals that aren't public, but we know they're going on, could be very well weakening their state further. Then the third reason why Illinois is in a hole is because of the City of Chicago.
Chicago is the third largest City in the United States. Even thought they have million of citizens who can pay taxes to fix their roads and maintain other infrastructure, they don't have enough. Some say they are bankrupt. So the state of Illinois gives Chicago tax money to run their machine and try to stabilize the city so they don't end up like Detroit. Even then, they still have issues funding individual departments such as the Chicago Police Department. The lack of money to stabilize the CPD is so large that the crime levels are flying up faster than the Department can handle. That is a reason that Donald trump is sending the feds into Chicago to try to being crime down before it is to late.
Not only is corruption and wasteful spending taking its toll on the state, but Illinois has been without a budget for three years. Three years without a budget has taken its toll. Bruce Rauner called a special 10 day session to get a budget put in place for the state, yet the politicians over looked this and goofed off until the last minute where a sample budget passed, but wasn't meant for real world use. So what did Mike Madigan and his politicians create for a budget? RAISE THE INCOME TAX! Of course... unless you want your state's tax base to flee from high taxes which will only hurt your state.
Clearly Mike and Friends didn't really think this through. That is why Bruce Rauner says that he will, "Veto Mike Madigan's permanent 32% Tax Hike the minute it reaches my desk". A good response from the governor who is pushing hard to get a budget and not a scam to take more tax dollars away form the people of the State. But, here comes the backlash, the Democratic Party in the state sees this as a desperate move by Rauner to save his Governor seat as the latest Governor race takes shape. Bruce Rauner says that, "This is not the case", and "I am going to get taxes lowered for Illinoisans so it grows our economy". The Democrats do not believe this at all.
So, as the gubernatorial race heats up, the Democratic Party's argument is that "Rauner is bad. His plan is bad. He is a Billionaire and doesn't represent us!" Well, stop for one minute. Your Party's leading candidate is J.B. Pritzker, little do you people know that he and his whole family are billionaires. Turns out, J.B's net worth is $3.6 Billion, but he hasn't made tis known. Further more, he is running as an Anti-Establishment candidate when in 2008, shortly after Obama was elected, Blagojevich tried to sell J.B. Obama's vacant Senate seat (CHICAGO TRIBUNE). True corruption at its finest. Lies spewed by the Left have led to this issue appearing. To the many who will vote for Mr. Pritzker, don't be surprised if he doesn't bring change, he is the definition of the establishment.
But hey! There is always a mathematician running! Mr. Daniel Biss (Democrat). Whoopee (Sarcasm intended). Yet another individual who claims he is for the people but has been a do-nothing politician in Springfield. He voted to raise the taxes 32%. Anti Establishment my ass. Even the sane people of Illinois will see through his lies and see who he really is. Mr. Biss is a do-nothing, just because he is a mathematician doesn't make him any better than J.B. Pritzker. If anything, Mr. Pritzker is smarter because all the money he has made. But neither of these two are as smart as the incumbent Governor who has pushed to make both sides work for the people in one of the most populist governorships in Illinois' history.
So how did I go from the 32% tax increase to the 2018 Governors race? Simple, the answer is Corruption. Corruption has torn Illinois apart and the State can no longer afford to be led by such incompetence that it will begin to affect neighboring states. How? Corruption is like a disease, it spreads when untreated. Sooner or later, if Illinois doesn't solve their debt and corruption issues, nearby states that are vulnerable will begin to feel the heat and will crack under the pressure.
So, has Illinois lost their minds? Well, the people and Governor Rauner haven't but the Politicians, they have lost their minds. The Governor and the people should work together to get the budget passed that they want without raising their taxes before it is to late. Even though the State Senate Votes tomorrow on the planned budget, possibility of it passing without raising taxes is very slight since they have vowed to pass the 32% increase.
UPDATE: 7/4/17- Bruce Rauner Vetoed the 32% tax hile but the Senate Overided this decision. It goes to the house that can uphold the override or go with the Veto. If the tax goes in effect, I would like all sane people of Illinois to vote those representatives out of office because your taxes are going to be unbelievably high.
What do you think? Should Illinois continue down the path it is going or pause and reconsider where they are? Tell me in the comments section below.
By. Chris Stritzel
It has been a controversial issue of whether or not we can have bikers in the street along with vehicular traffic. Many are for it just as many are against it. As you can tell from the story title, I am very much against it. This whole website is against bike lanes. Our counterpart, NextSTL, is for them, but that is strictly based on ideological differences between us and them. Besides that, the safety precautions that have been taken to make these lanes a reality are nothing more than a joke.
It is no laughing matter. The lanes were simply painted on the ground to keep cars off the lanes and allow bike riders to ride along side of them. This has lead to numerous occasions where said bike riders were hit by a car or injured in some other way because of where these bike lanes are situated. Many say the fix to this is simply “protected bike lanes”. This idea however is in no way doable, and it isn’t doable because of one simple reason, the city of St. Louis is bankrupt.
The City has paid for the paint to be out on the ground where the lanes are and to maintain the bike routes all to please around 2% of the civic population. Not even a majority of the people will use them in their life times, but we have to cater to the minority... right? No! We do not have to cater to them in any way,. Just because they think they can be in the street with cars doesn’t mean we should allow it. We aren’t California or, Los Angeles, or New York City where we have a traffic and pollution problem, we are simply a small city with none of these issues. If we have any of these issues, that are minimal at best compared to those two cities. We simply do not need them.
Because we do not need them, but have them, we have created a whole new issue, dense traffic. Believe it or not, a whole driving lane was taken up for these lanes. However, because of this, everyone driving in one lane is not smart and causes traffic that surely pisses people off on the streets. When this argument is presented to bikers, their answer is for everyone to dump cars and use bikes and public transit. I say, stop, pause, what?
1. People with health problems and physical issues can’t ride bikes that much because of those issues.
2. Public transit here is a joke. It isn’t safe or efficient and hasn’t helped us out since the day it was founded
3. Doing these would almost certainly screw over the safety departments because if cars disappear, roads will disappear, then in an emergency, the ambulance, police car or fire truck couldn’t get to you because of the lack of roads.
Besides this, bike riders think they own the place. They believe they don’t have to follow or obey any of the street laws. Most of them blast through all stop signs and red Lights, and they wonder why they get knocked on their ass. It’s not the driver of the cars problem if you blast through a light or stop sign and plow into a car who had the right of way. In my personal opinion, If you people would wait, maybe you would learn a thing or two. I’m surprised you havent with all the injuries happening because of this right here.
But the bike riders answer to this issue is simply, we need protected bike lanes! Well, as said earlier, the city is bankrupt and can not afford to build a whole bike system just for the 3% who use it. It is not efficient. So what do we do? We dissolve the bike lanes and ticket any bike rider who sued the street. Bike riders have no respect for the laws or the normal person driving a car. I can justify these changes.
1. Dissolve the system: If we dissolve them, bike riders will still be able to bike as they please, but just not in the street. They will be able to use the sidewalks to ride in, as I did when I was younger, and go to the numerous parks with trails to ride around in.
2. Ticket them: The Police Department has, on tickets, a selection for bike riders. The Police must start to enforce the rules and take whatever methods of force are needed to enforce the laws and stop the purge of streets.
It will be hard for the 3% to get used to the way things once were, but for the 97% who don’t use the bike lanes, we will be happy to see the roads back in the way they were before.
So, my message to bike riders is that you don’t control the roads. If you believe you control the roads, you have a new thing coming. Keep acting like assholes and see how that works out for you. You will learn quickly that your planned “bike supremacy” won’t work. We no longer have to obey and cater to your demands, we have the right to turn you down. So move over. Remember, we were pulled from the Paris Climate Agreement, and just becuase the Mayor signed us up into a coalition doesn’t mean we have to obey it. I know you people side with that, but a majority of us could not give a care for this law. We abide by what the President, Congress and Senate says, not they Mayor of a smal Midwestern City. So live with it. You people DO NOT control the streets. You have NO power. So stop being assholes and obey the rules or forever regret your stupidity for riding in the street when you get knocked on your ass. It is solely your fault for making that idiotic choice. We are coming for your precious “safe space” lanes becuase, like myself, we have zero tolerance for your low IQ decisions that have taken our roads away from us and have unfairly used or tax money to benefit you, the people in that 3%. Suck it up, go ride on trails and use your logic for the better of you. Commonsense individuals see what you are doing, so it’s best you stop. Get out of our roads and use the trail system dammit. Our tax money isn’t being wasted on a trail system that you people don’t use. If it is being wasted, givenor Greitens should dissolve trails, like the Katy trail. We don’t have the cater to you people anymore. You all deserve to get a ticket and a taste of the law. So suck it up and face the consequences.
Now, here are two examples of some “winners” who want to make your commute worse and just breaking the law. But who cares, these people could care less! They truly are winners!
By. Eli Karabell
Being a Muslim - American is a wonderful honor, responsibility & sacrifice. The hardships my Islamic Community has faced have been extreme in many nations, where War, famine & general banditry are the norm. I grew up a Jewish - American who became a Muslim - American. One of the biggest struggles are community faces is the general lack of strength in dealing with the hard - hitting issues we as Muslims are facing in the worldwide Ummah (Community) of 1.6 Billion people. We are ruled by the impulsive natures of dangerous Sheikhs, Imams & Political Leaders who are constantly running the religion as if it is there own personal bank where they can deposit all of there bad ideas. Most if not all Muslims are wonderful people, but as a community we must root out the Terrorists, the Anti - American zealots & the Muslims who may be a threat to worldwide security & safety. This article is not an attack against the extremists, rather it is a treatise targeting the real core issues in the Muslim community we face. I know from experience as a Muslim Elected official in the U.S. Republican Party & a Patriotic American, that Islam & the U.S. go hand in hand like Apple Pie. The issue the American - Islamic community must face is the fact that we have dropped the ball on securing the Islamic religion for the future generations & defeating the terrorists. Why? Far too many Muslim leaders so called, have been consistently uncritical of Islamic Radicalism in the West, even delegating the issue to a second class problem, when in reality it is a first class issue deserving a first class solution. For example, the Organization CAIR (Center for American Islamic Relations) has been completely uncritical of Islamic Radicalism while fighting & focusing its much dispersed energy into arguing against the exact groups & Pro - Muslim organizations who have attempted to cure the plague of Islamic Radicalism. Take the situation with the much publicized Pro - Trump event titled 'Make America Whole Event' at the Dar - Al - Jalal mosque in North St. Louis County, the major issue with this particularly failed event, is the fact that the organizer intended to setup Pro - Trump supporters who are in fact Muslim (Like the Author), with a Liberal witch-hunt type event where his canned speakers would shut down the other side, thus gaining positive news for his organization & disproving the counter - sides arguments. The issue here is a Muslim vs. Muslim 'Gotcha' event, where one side is winning & the other side is losing. A terrible kind of divisive identity politics, which is exactly what the CAIR organization has been doing to the American - Islamic community for many years. Misrepresenting Muslims views, opinions & attitudes about the U.S. & Creating a false - narrative that has led to more Islamic Radicalism. Groups that feast off of Muslims being oppressed & condemned include CAIR & ISNA, which without Islamophobia would be bankrupt financially. Again, Islamophobia is not a Major issue in the United States, in the Authors opinion* the so - called Islamic Advocacy organizations such as CAIR & ISNA have been creating a false Islamophobia narrative to sell to certain Liberal organizations who are attempting to pervert the Islamic faith in the U.S. & the world for cheap, sick political gains. Islamophobia is a packaged, bought & sold problem created by groups who may be well - intentioned but sadly are counterproductive because they are really, merely harming American - Muslims by there attitudes towards Islam & general assumptions about what American - Muslims believe & think. Now I am of course not saying that all Muslims are going to believe these narratives, weather false or true to there current thinking. But the big 'But' here is the Fact that Worldwide ever since the Fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, Muslims have been directionless. What do I mean by directionless you may ask? Islam before 1923 had a Sunni Caliph who actually had some authority to appoint Qadis (Islamic Judges) & scholars of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) to take action on Major issues affecting the community such as Social, Health & Imperial issues. Once the Sultanate of the House of Osman (Ottoman) family abdicated after the end of the First World War, the Muslim world was left in a large open vaccum that was eating there traditional world alive. For Perspective the Ottoman Empire was the Dominant Power in the Muslim world from 1453 to 1923, a Period of 470 Years, that is over twice as long as the U.S. has been a Nation. How would the U.S. look if the U.S. had no Federal Government in Washington? Not very stable. My point proven exactly. The Modern problems we see in the Middle - East can be directly rooted to the Breakup, Fall & Competing National identity movements that succeeded the Ottoman Empire in 1923. Now moving back to issues at the Home Front. As American Muslims we find a vaccum of bad representation, poor leadership & general stagnation in the Community in the U.S. Why do we find this issue? Because most of the Sheikhs, Imams & Qadis here in the U.S. are so afraid of what the Radicals in the Islamic Community will do that they refuse to openly condemn, criticize or issue public statements against the Radical Islamic terrorists, who are the real threat to the American - Muslim community. As an American - Muslim & Leader of the Community, I will wholeheartedly tell the BuildingSTL audience that Muslims are 100% committed to seeing America succeed & Love this Country. We must as an Islamic Community fight the scourge of Radical Islamism, Support the President Trump's agenda of defeating the Losers & building a truly united Islamic Faith. Again we Must as Muslims be more involved in the American Political System, help the Country succeed & Make America Great Again. If Muslims truly want real change, desire to feel represented & Build Unity, then we have to as a Community start Building America, instead of tearing it down. No Wonder we are not always respected as a Community among communities in the U.S. because we have not sufficiently earned that kind of respect due to how we handle situations, its not what happens, but how you handle what happens to you that determines your exceptional character & faith. We need an American Sultan who will step - forward, move the Islamic Community to a full seat at the Table in the U.S. If Muslims want change in the U.S. then the American Sultan must stand up & move the pendulum away from the destructive, false, narrative of Islamophobia & into the light - narrative of Muslim - Unity Worldwide. As we say in Islam, when there is Fitna (Conflict, War, Famine etc) the Person must withdraw, while I disagree in this rare moment in time, in order for Muslims to have proper representation in the U.S. & for the False Narrative of Islamophobia perpetuated by organizations like CAIR & ISNA to be squashed, The American Sultan of the Muslim Community in the U.S. must start a political campaign to discredit any group or organization within the U.S. Muslim Community who desires to see Muslims divided & demoralized. The Time is now for Real Change among American Muslims. Start Now or Never Start my Dear Respected Brothers & Sisters.
The American - Muslim community in order to prosper & succeed for the future, has to make some hard choices regarding what its priorities are, commitments to excellence can be & what role the Muslim Community can play in Making America Great Again. The Islamic Community has a huge potential for growth & excellence, but the problem is a lack of genuine statesmanship in regards to effectively getting the right people on the leadership bus & the wrong people off the leadership. Far too many mentally - ill, quacks & losers are in important positions in the Worldwide Islamic Community. Islam as a religion needs to Modernize, adapt & effectively use innovation to fight, defeat & demoralize the Terrorists once & for all. Muslims MUST Work with the Russian & Syrian Governments to finally wipe the awful sickness known as extremism off the face of the Earth like anti - virus drugs works on killing a virus. Islamic Radicalism is a virus & must be treated as such. Defeat the Terrorists Period. No debate anymore regarding that point. We all despise the Terrorists, simply just defeat them & move on. Ignore the doubters to this point. They fail to realize how little they truly know. Islam is American & America Loves Islam. United We Stand, Divided We Fall.
American Muslims need an American Sultan. Who will that be, time will tell us all. In the meantime, my plea to American - Muslims & Muslims worldwide is too to remain vigilant & seize this opportunity to Make Islam Great Again.
By. Eli Karabell
The Honorable Steve Roberts has been a City of St. Louis Alderman, Business & Civic Leader plus a Resident of the 28th Ward for over 25 years. That is why I am writing this full endorsement Article of the Honorable Steve Roberts for 28th Ward Alderman, here this afternoon.
I have personally known this great person for many years & I can tell you can't find or meet a better qualified, more able - bodied & fantastic person then Steve Roberts. Steve Roberts has served his community in so many important & meaningful ways. From raising a wonderful family (His son is the Missouri State Rep. for District 77), to building communities & Building St. Louis. His projects have helped shelter, foster & create safe places for families & children to grow up, be safe & live in vibrant neighborhoods. Much of the City of St. Louis comeback in the last 20 years can be attributed to the positive Media coverage St. Louis has received from there amazing projects & work. Steve Roberts has built the Roberts Tower downtown, rehabbed the Theater right next door to the Tower & redeveloped formally abandoned/vacant properties in Many North St. Louis neighborhoods such as Penrose & the Greater Ville. Steve Roberts has created a truly fantastic family business with his Excellent brother Mike Roberts, a business which continues to help grow & prosper St. Louis. Steve Roberts also redeveloped the Current & Extremely popular Aldi Market at Roberts Marketplace at Delmar & Kingshighway (My Family Shops at Roberts Marketplace every week!) Steve Roberts & Mike Roberts have been more responsible for Building St. Louis then any other family in the History of the City. When they started in business, the City was on its last legs, but with there amazing leadership, business ethics & tireless love of the City & its redevelopment potential, the Roberts companies were able to Build STL & help create many livable, walkable & safe neighborhoods, that before there leadership & smart business sense came in, were on there last legs. Steve Roberts is not only a great & honest businessman but a wonderful gentleman & one of the all - time legends of goodness for the City of St. Louis. I grew up watching the Roberts Properties meteoric rise to greatness & I can say that I could not be more proud to see such a wonderful person run for Alderman of the 28th Ward. A man of Excellence in every Arena of Life.
With all that being said, the Citizens of the 28th Ward must Elect the Honorable Steve Roberts to the Board of Alderman on July 11th. Steve Roberts is the most qualified, honest & kind - hearted person to run for Alderman in my Lifetime. Honorable Steve Roberts will make a truly excellent & outstanding Alderman of the 28th Ward. Steve Roberts understands business sense, how to Build STL & most importantly how to Move St. Louis in a New Direction where all citizens have a voice & a seat at the Table & at City Hall. Importantly & rarely mentioned, Mr. Roberts understands the concerns of the residents of the 28th Ward better then no other, since Mr. Roberts has lived in the Ward much longer then any of the other candidates, Mr. Roberts has a unique perspective on how to improve life for the residents of the Ward, unlike his competitors who have lived in the Ward for a very short period of time. Mr. Roberts competitors have no experience like Mr. Roberts does, How many have Heard of Mrs. Vossmeyer of Mrs. Navarro before this election? Answer: None. Same question to Mr. Roberts: All of St. Louis. Why is that a great attribute? Knowing people & how to operate in the City make for great leadership naturally, Mr. Roberts has the experience to lead the 28th Ward from a multiple vantage points because of his previous experience as a successful Alderman, Businessman & Family Man. His competitors have none of those positive attributes. There attributes are more of liabilities then assets. The only person who is not a liability, but is an asset is the Honorable Steve Roberts. Steve Roberts will make a fantastic Alderman for all of the reasons listed above. I fully encourage everybody who reads this article to retweet it, repost it & to share with your countless friends & neighbors in the 28th Ward. The 28th Ward Must elect Steve Roberts to the Board of Alderman on July 11th. Steve Roberts will be the Alderman of Excellence in the City of St. Louis.
Remember bring 45 of your Friends out to Vote for Steve Roberts on July 11th & encourage all your friends, relatives & neighbors to Vote for this wonderful gentleman on July 11th. Additionally, Encourage all your fellow residents, neighbors & friends who live in the 28th Ward to Drive, Walk or take Public Transit down to the Board of Election Commissioners (Location: 300 North Tucker Blvd, Corner of Olive & Tucker) in Downtown St. Louis to cast there ballots early for Steve Roberts so we can guarantee an Election absentee victory over Heather Navarro & Celeste Vossmeyer on July 11th. Voting early is going to assist in making Sure we can elect Steve Roberts to Victory, on his quest to Build STL & create a truly viable seat at the table for all citizens of the City of St. Louis as the 28th Ward Alderman. Remember again, VOTE Early for Steve Roberts before July 11th. After reading this article if you could go down to the Board of Elections & Cast your ballot early for Steve Roberts, you would make my day! Get the Job Done 28th Ward Voters & Make St. Louis the City we all know it can be by electing Steve Roberts on July 11th!
As the day broke today, many people opened the news app on their phone to see some news about the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park. It wasn’t the kind of news to be expected however. Many would’ve thought the news would say that today the Monument comes down with no exceptions. Well, that wasn’t it instead, it was about where it will go next. Reports have said that the monument has been sold to the Civil War Museum in Jefferson Barracks Park in suburban Lemay in St. Louis County.
Besides this, news got out on Peggy Hubbard’s FaceBook page about the owners of the monument. Surprise! The owner of the monument is and was never the City of St. Louis. It was on loan to the City by no other than the Daughters of the Confederacy. Yes, believe it or not, the owners are not the City of St. Louis. Becuase of this, the city is breaking its own laws listed in the Charter (The City’s Constitution). Here they are...
Any statue or monument structure that is donated PRIVATELY by a part, CAN NOT be removed WITHOUT the sole written consent by those that donated said structure.
Any monument, statue or free standing structure CAN NOT be removed WITHOUT consent and IS the property of the donor(s).
Designation of place in owners name, statues/monuments are the SOLE property of Donor. The authority to remove donated structure in public space CAN NOT be removed with out the permission of donor(s)
FOR THOSE WHO WANT THE REAL CODES:
22.04.060 - Donations.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is authorized, with the approval of the Board of Public Service, to accept and take charge of, for and on behalf of the City, all donations made to the public parks, places or squares of the City by private individuals or societies. It is hereby made his duty to devote and apply donations strictly to the purposes for which they were made. (Ord. 49771 § 1 (2), 1960: 1960 C. § 220.040.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307, 9631, 9796
22.04.070 - Statues.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry shall be authorized with the approval of the Board of Public Service on the submission of proper plans and sketches to allot space of ground in any of the public parks, places or squares as may be required for the erection of any monument, statue or other work of art or utility in commemoration of the services of the beneficence of any person or society who may offer to provide same at their own expense. (Ord. 49971 § 1 (3), 1967: 1960 C. § 220.050.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307, 9488, 9631
22.04.080 - Designation of places by donor's name.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry shall have authority to designate officially certain places in the public parks, places and squares which have been improved by private donations by the name of the donor, and he shall in all such cases file a copy of the articles or stipulations of donation with the register.
(Ord. 49771 § 1 (4), 1960: 1960 C. § 220.060.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307
Therefore, what is going on with the Confederate Memorial is unlawful and the daughters of the Confederacy can legally sue the City over the unlawful removal of a piece of the memorial. But, there is a twist in it. Remember the first paragraph? The Civil War Museum owns it now. But how?
After the Deed to the monument was found by the recorder of deeds, early this week, it caused controversy and was sold yesterday to the Civil War Museum it self. So now, the monument can have two hits against it. Even the Civil War Museum has the receipts to prove that they purchased it. So now, the city has to listen to the new owners of the structure. Whatever the city does, it will be unlawful. Peggy Hubbard responded to my request about this issue with this response.
”If the Mayor continues...then Yes, a lawsuit against the city will happen. She is NOW saying they lost the monument by default? How? It was NEVER the city to begin with. The Daughter's Of The Confederation headquarters in Virginia was NEVER notified. Missouri chapter is STILL in existence and active was NEVER notified. The mayor broke the law and ignored the city ordinances”
In short, Lyda will be getting herself into a huge issue over a piece of history that isn’t even hers or the city’s. So there you have it. The Confederate Memorial is not City property, it is private property being loaned to the city. From here, I have no clue where this is going to go, but I can say, it isn’t going to be pretty whatever happens.
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*Parts of this story were learned from Fox 2 News. Read their story by clicking below.