President’s Message to the CARMA Membership

May-June, 2018

 
 

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CARMA PRESIDENT
CHUCK MISAK


NOTES ON THE NATIONAL SCENE:

I’m tired; tired of all of our money being spent to support Democratic political warfare on President Trump. Tired of the people who have been screaming “Impeachment” even before Trump took office.  I’m tired of Schumer, Pelosi, Warren, and Hillary talking trash—and not contributing one iota to the American condition.

NOTES ON THE STATE SCENE:

I have grave reservations about a $12.5 million marketing campaign, funded by us taxpayers of course, to bring about any significant change in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation financial condition. They have something like $500M left in the endowment and are losing $55M per year. The problem, as I see it, is a lack of interest in American history and the birth of our country. Obama added greatly to this lack of appreciation. What I don’t believe in is the adage: “Build it and they will come.” What I do believe in is: “A pot of gold will attract many interests.”

We are now awaiting the Senate to vote on MEDICAID expansion. After the “Tommy Tax”, I’m not going to guess what they will do.

NOTES ON THE LOCAL SCENE

I have asked the JCC BOS, now 3 times, what event occurred that led them to cancel the firm plan they had to reduce property taxes by 2 cents per $100? No answer…Yet.  If you want the answer, please ask them. Their address is on the JCC website.

I put the odds at 1:2 that the legislature will rescind the 1% sales tax increase, probably within 2 years, simply because I don’t think the marketing campaign is going to move the revenue meter very much.

NOW, think of the JCC BOS who went crazy and kept or spent all of this money (save a million or so they “needed” just in case another school was needed…down the road.)  They will have created positions or programs that can’t be funded if this sales tax goes away. What will they do then? Raise your property taxes?  Probably.  I’ve never seen any level of government eliminate a program once it is in full gear and operating. When it was first funded, it was a “desire;” then it turns in to a hard need…forever.

And lastly, you are spending some real big bucks, around $2M to rehab the old marina and the old house in the Boondocks. And you already provided $750,000 to a private individual to open his brewery on this Yacht Club property. Now the three facilities are being touted as “tourist destinations.”

When was the last time you heard of anyone taking a vacation to visit a brewery or a marina or an old house of little historical significance?  Insanity prevails. When have you seen a county think it their responsibility to run a marina? Never heard of it and I’ve launched boats all over the U.S. and, I’ve never picked a vacation spot simply to tour a brewery. Somebody or most of them are on peyote weed.

See you on Thursday, June 21st, when the guest speaker will be Tony Pham, Superintendent of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Williamsburg. Reservations may be done on this website from the Luncheon Reservations page. (See the menu bar at the top.)

 

Charles K. Misak, CARMA President