Category Archives: Centralized planning vs Individual freedom and property rights

0234_Proposed Local Improvement District (LID) to be pushed onto Evergreen, Colorado_ Dean Dalvit video June 6, 2017 at Evergreen Lake House

Donna Jack
July 17, 2017

A meeting in June, that will be considered
to have gotten “public input” and
to have shown “public support”

Not many people knew of the June 6, 2017 meeting at the Evergreen Lake House – nor did they know of its significance.  Questions were not allowed during the meeting, though people were promised that they could ask questions as soon as the formal presentation was over.  They were not told that they would be unable to ask any questions in front of other people, but would be broken up into groups after stretching their legs.

The Delphi Method or
Delphi Technique

This is the Delphi Method, a tactic I have witnessed repeatedly  in the Jefferson County Colorado public school district.  It is used at almost every one of their public forums and workshops.  No matter what the meeting, there is no real input from the public, no answering of questions, no discussion — at the most, people are “given choices” that are already on the table to pick from.  It is a tactic meant to keep people from asking any questions that are answered in public, and keep them from having any influence on public opinion and outcomes.  The outcome is “predetermined.”  No discussion is allowed for others to hear.  It is meant to muzzle people and guarantee that those in “control” can bully their own way through.

An excellent, detailed article you can read on this technique is :  “The Delphi Technique:  Let’s Stop Being Manipulated!” by Albert V. Burns.
http://www.vlrc.org/articles/110.html

“The process used to ‘facilitate’ the meeting is called the Delphi Technique. This Delphi Technique was developed by the RAND Corporation for the U.S. Department of Defense back in the 1950s. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.

“However, it was soon recognized that the steps of Delphi could be very valuable in manipulating ANY meeting toward a predetermined end.” Continue reading

0229_AMERICAN HEALTHCARE IN CRISIS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS_Parts 1-4_by “DOC”_July 2017

Donna Jack
July 7, 2017

Outline of “Doc’s” articles below:
Part 1: How Health Care Became So Expensive in America
Part 2:
Medicaid, and Why Single Payer Won’t Work
Part 3: Comparing the Costs of “Billed Through Insurance” to “Self Pay”
Part 4: Pre-Existing Conditions and More Free Market Solutions

Articles by “Doc” posted July 4, 2017.
An introduction by “Doc” and links to all four of his articles about
American Healthcare in Crisis.
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“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication, somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication, and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” – Thomas Sowell

AMERICAN HEALTHCARE IN CRISIS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
http://tipofthespear.net/spearofliberty/2017/07/04/american-health-care-in-crisis-problems-and-solutions/

We are truly at a crossroads in American healthcare.  The seemingly endless layers of regulations and requirements, as well as the overhead for the bureaucracy itself, are crushing it. 
 
Our healthcare system has become rife with corruption and inefficiency.  Special interests lobby politicians to force you to buy their services and pay for subsidies, while politicians leverage their influence to garner votes and enrich themselves and their friends. 
 
Doctors and patients have been reduced to being mere commodities. 
 
When Obamacare was being pushed through Congress, we were told premiums would go down; that we would get to keep our doctor; and that visits to the ER would decrease.  Exactly the opposite happened.  The government has exacerbated, if not created, this crisis. 

0228_Heartbreaking Video of a North Korean Refugee sharing about what she escaped_ Are North Korea, China and Russia Communist?_ Project Veritas James O’Keefe_Trevor Loudon_ Robert Buchar films_ YouTubes

Donna Jack
July 6, 2017/updated July 7, 2017

Introduction to “North Korean Refugee Tells Her Story.”

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Said by Ronald Reagan – quotations by Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 – 2004)

We must do our best to stand up for freedom, and protect our children from the “one world” “godless” teachings that are being infused into the minds of students in almost all public schools, and in many private schools — including Christian schools and other religious schools.  It begins in nurseries, pre-schools and day-cares – and continues in all forms of public (and even private) education – even at Christian universities and seminaries.  The popular media in our country continues the narrative of one world without God.

“Without God, all things are permitted.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Eliminate recognition of the existence and intervention of God, and you have totalitarian states.

A friend of mine who escaped Communist China tells a similar story as the young lady from North Korea — this similar story exists across the world — repeated accounts of the fear, brain-washing, and brutality like this young Korean witnessed and experienced as she grew up under Communism in China.

North Korean Refugee Tells Her Story.

 Listen to this dear young lady who is a refugee from North Korea.  Her account is heartbreaking…and a foreboding warning to us.  Centralized control leads to uncontrolled abuses.

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0215_Part 2_looking closer at Belittling Parents and Ignoring Evidence Won’t Work (by Jane Robbins)- links worth exploring

Donna Jack
June 14, 2017

This blog is a companion to Blog 0214.

The links in Jane Robbins’ article contain invaluable information – Her article Belittling parents and Ignoring Evidence Won’t Work.

Download her article in pdf here:
Link to the article online: https://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/belittling-parents-and-ignoring-evidence/.

Search on this website using her name, for other blogs with her material.
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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:58 AM
To: Donna Garner
Subject: BELITTLING PARENTS AND IGNORING EVIDENCE WON’T WORK — BY JANE ROBBINS — TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION — 6.7.17

Belittling Parents and Ignoring Evidence Won’t Work

The Collaborative for Student Success belittling parents and ignoring well-founded research that supports their arguments is a poor method of persuasion.

 

6.7.17 – Truth in American Education Continue reading

0207_The Federalist “Why Competency-Based Education will Deepen America’s Education — by Jane Robbins_Jeb Bush’s unparalleled influence on K-12 education

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017

http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/04/competency-based-education-will-deepen-americas-education-crisis/

The Federalist – May 4, 2017 article

Why ‘Competency-Based Education’ Will Deepen America’s Education Crisis

Do we really want a society in which every action a child takes from K-12 is incorporated into an economic planning algorithm that may control the rest of his life?
Jane Robbins

By

Despite his failure at presidential politics, Jeb Bush emerged from the recent campaign with perhaps unparalleled influence on K-12 education. Minions with ties to his Florida-based, Bill Gates-funded Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) are populating the U.S. Department of Education (USED) under Secretary Betsy DeVos, and FEE leverages Bush’s education legacy to push its preferred policies in multiple states. One of those policies is competency-based education (CBE).

0206_Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Implies Common Core Are ‘High Standards’ — she is wrong — by Dr. Susan Berry (May 6, 2017)_Dr. Sandra Stotsky_ Mike Pence_Dr. Jason Zimba_Dr. James Milgrim_Ze’ev Wurman

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017/update 12:52 p.m./updated 2017-05-15

THIS IS A FOLLOW-UP ON BLOG 0205–Go to Blog 0205 for background information connected with this article.

Comments about:   Common Core and ESSA – and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Common Core was coercively pushed on school districts and states across our country,  (using force and threats in addition to bribery) — it was deceptively implemented, keeps growing in its scope, and has not gone away.

Common Core was officially made federal law (ESSA) in December 2015.  If Betsy DeVos does not know that, or if she does and is hiding it, she should not be our Education Secretary.  We need someone who will honestly and thoroughly champion for local control of education — not just in words, and not just in little parts – but have local control truly be the top priority.

Go to the end of Blog 0205, for some links to other blogs on this website that deal with Common Core.  They contain information that will be helpful to people who know nothing about Common Core, and they are also excellent resources for people who have studied Common Core for years.

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5.6.17 – Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/06/education-secretary-devos-implies-common-core-high-standards/

www.breitbart.com
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says though Common Core no longer exists – itself a controversial statement – she hopes states will still “shoot high.”

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0201_Why Competency-based Education will Deepen America’s Education Crisis—by Jane Robbins

Donna Jack
May 4, 2017

Donna Garner forwarded this article across the country today.  Following are a few selections from the article.  You can link the article at:  http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/04/competency-based-education-will-deepen-americas-education-crisis/

Samples from Jane Robbins’
May 4, 2017 Competency-Based Education (CBE) article

“Our Choices: Minimum Competency Or Indoctrination. Some CBE proponents straightforwardly argue that education must be changed to focus less on instilling knowledge and more on training students in “twenty-first-century skills” such as creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Unencumbered by facts, the government can then establish its own definitions of what success looks like in those areas.”

“This is where CBE becomes much more dangerous than its predecessor OBE. Modern technology allows the training to be accomplished much more effectively, and with data-capture mechanisms that can literally reshape our children’s lives.”

“Slicing and Dicing Kids’ Minds for Market Digital learning uses interactive software to track the student’s every keystroke, and perhaps his psysiological reactions, to create a personal mind-map illustrating not just what the child knows but also how his brain works.  This is perfect for CBE.  Th Student can work his way through the different benchmarks at his own pace and have all his responses recorded and incorporated into an algorithm that shows where he is and where he’s likely to go.”

“According to the CEO of mind-mapper Knewton, the ed-tech companies will have so much data on each student that they can predict what he will do and tell him what he should do.  Few parents want the government (through the schools) to have this much information on their children, but of course, parents won’t be told how all this works.”

“CBE isn’t real education. It’s a mechanism for control. States must reject it.
Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project in Washington DC. She is a graduate of Clemson University and the Harvard Law School.”

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5.4.17 – The Federalist

“Why Competency-Based Education
Will Deepen America’s Education Crisis
By Jane Robbins
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0199_Part 5_HUD/AFFH grant money_I have met with Libby and a member of her staff_The county vote concerning HUD/AFFH grant money postponed until Congress acts

Donna Jack
April 27, 2017

Invited to search for accurate information about HUD/AFFH grants

A few weeks ago our County Commissioner Libby Szabo (Jefferson County Colorado – District 1) asked me to help her find accurate information.  She is being bombarded with information from two different sides — information making opposite claims, even about the same incidents.  She wants to know what is really true.

The question Libby is facing:  Should she vote to accept or reject HUD/AFFH grant money?

Because of Libby’s request to me, I have been diligently researching through the internet and books; have interviewed several people with insight and experience; have learned some things about Douglas County that has refused the HUD/AFFH grant money; and have reported in four previous blogs on this site some of the research up until last week.

Meeting two days ago with Libby and Kat

Last Monday afternoon (2 days ago) I met with County Commissioner Libby Szabo for several minutes.  Kat (one of her staff) joined us for another two hours.  Kat and I then continued talking another half hour, after Libby left to get some work completed before leaving for the day.

While I met with Libby and Kat, I heard some points of view and pieces of information new to me.  I have asked for documentation.  Some things were given to me at the meeting, and other information will be forthcoming.  I have studied what has been given to me so far — and will continue analyzing the information.  I will report back to them what I am finding.

Libby spoke at a meeting that night

After our meeting Monday afternoon, Libby spoke at the 285 Corridor Tea Party meeting in Evergreen that evening. Continue reading

0198_Part 4_HUD/AFFH _What is learned from the Westchester County NY 10-year incident_ HUD/AFFH forced excessive additional cost and imposed unwanted actions

April 19, 2017/revised June 21, 2017
Donna Jack

A Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes
For more information about HUD/AFFH, see Blogs 195, 196, and 197
or search:  “HUD/AFFH”
Decision & History_County of Westchester v. HUD – Decided September 25, 2015   (27 pages)

What is learned from Westchester County – New York’s
10-year incident? (See Blog 196)

The Federal Government can interfere with planning and zoning

The federal government can actually interfere with our planning and zoning, even if we don’t accept HUD/AFFH HOME and CDBG money aligned with the “New HUD rules.”

This is because of the 1968 Civil Rights Act,1   which is also known as the Fair Housing Act.  That law made most discrimination in housing illegal, and gave enforcement responsibility to HUD.  (Note:  “enforcement responsibility“)

The definition of “discrimination in housing” has been expanded over the decades.  We are continually at the mercy of HUD.  HUD decides how heavily they choose to control our planning and zoning.  They will insist that they are not controlling planning and zoning (which is illegal for them to do) – but they control “indirectly” through threats of loss of funding or threats of lawsuits or threats of huge fines.

As was learned in the Westchester New York HUD/AFFH case:  those in control of HUD decide how strictly to interpret the HUD rules.  Westchester was not a county that was avoiding “fair” housing.  They were being sued for non-compliance by a legal groups that was a left leaning social justice legal group.

Westchester went to HUD when they were being sued — assuming they would find an advocate there, and some relief.  Instead, they ended up losing funding, paying huge fines, and found themselves required to build additional “affordable housing”, and forced to place the housing into areas chosen by HUD.

People can argue that they were treated that way because they were not “honestly” following agreements — the attached document is evidence that they were not guilty of negligence.  I see no justification for the intrusion of HUD into the business of deciding where and what was to be built.

Agreeing to accept HOME and CDBG money
opens up more chance to be successfully sued

Because of the data required in the application for the AFFH HOME and CDBG funding, counties give updated information to HUD beyond what is known in the census data.  Even if it were the same information, it is still dangerous, because, as was told to Westchester County:  because they had signed the documents with all the information they had submitted, it was assumed they understood and agreed to all the implications of everything in the application — and therefore were guilty if they did not conform.  If they hadn’t signed the application, they could have then presented their case of defense.

Our commissioners put us in added jeopardy

When our commissioners make agreements to receive HUD/AFFH HOME and CDBG money, they give HUD much more information than the government has – much of which can be found in the census data, but other information yearly updated.  Submitting the data implies that we understand the conditions in our county, and actually condemns us if we go to court for not “affirmatively furthering fair” housing.  HUD decides what demonstrates compliance.

The content of the yearly application opens us up to more restrictions and liability — meaning there can be more effective coercion taking away from our local voices in planning and zoning.

Not only are we opened to more litigation,
but we agree to 10, 20, 30 or 40 years of oversight of facilities we “invest” HUD money into.

At  the least, our County Commissioners should not commit us to additional oversight.

Ask our County Commissioners to vote against accepting HUD/AFFH grant money.

Over 10 years ago, Westchester County New York signed up for the grant money.  Then a community activist group challenged them.  Westchester asked HUD for help, after which their serious troubles began.

To date, our commissioners have had to adjust their local plans or behaviors to some degree, to comply with past money accepted to help them  “affirmatively furthering fair housing.”  They have to continue paying for maintenance and oversight of projects to which CDBG and HOME money has contributed.

Now HUD has developed (by experimenting with other counties and cities across the country) how to take over more control of our neighborhoods, to make suburban neighborhoods “equivalent” to urban neighborhoods – to make suburbs “fair.” Continue reading

0197_Part 3_HUD/AFFH_ How to Contact our Colorado Jeffco County Commissioners – ask them NOT to accept HUD/AFFH money this month or ever again

Donna Jack
April 19, 2017

A Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes
Blogs on this site about HUD/AFFH, see Blogs 195, 196, and 198
More information about HUD/AFFH at the end of this blog.


Our County Commissioners will choose whether to accept HUD/AFFH
federal grant money.

Video explaining what HUD/AFFH has become

Contact all three of our commissioners by emailing:  http://jeffco.us/bcc/contact/
(To email them individually see later in this blog piece.)
Or leave messages for all three at:  303-271-8525
More Contact Information about our Commissioners below, near the end of this Blog.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
We have accepted two kinds of HUD/AFFH grant money in the past:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)

HUD can’t take away our local control but….

The federal government can’t take away our local control – but our County Commissioners can GIVE away control to the federal government by agreeing to HUD/AFFH terms in order to receive federal HUD/AFFH money.

The vote will be soon.

Before the end of this month (April 2017) our three Colorado Jefferson County, County Commissioners, will be voting whether to accept HUD/AFFH grant money  [Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment partnerships (HOME)].

Please call or email.

Please ask the Jeffco County Commissioners to vote against accepting the grant money.  If they do NOT accept the HUD/AFFH money, they retain their control as our County Commissioners — and we keep our planning and zoning decisions within our own county.

See Blogs 0195 and 0196  and 0198 for information about the disaster that HUD/AFFH has become.

The Commissioners’ job description is below –
(If they accept the grant money,
they sign over their responsibilities to the federal government)

 “The board provides leadership and vision in guiding Jefferson County government, and the commissioners are responsible for overseeing the organization and budgets of a wide variety of county programs designed to benefit citizens. Please view our organization chart.

“The commissioners hold numerous meetings and public hearings to set policies and make decisions regarding land use, transportation, open space purchases, social service concerns, community development, law enforcement, libraries, public health and many other vital issues.” Continue reading