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Why You Should Know Your Farmer/Rancher – Example TURKEY

4 Aug

Today, Cargill recalled 36 MILLION pounds of turkey believed to contain salmonella.

This is disturbing because number one, we would think that a huge multi-national corporation would have better control over its operations, and number two, the whole reason they have to recall so much is because of the inhumane food-supply-chain that cannot track millions of animals that are raised and slaughtered.

I eat meat – I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with eating meat.  HOWEVER, I do my best to know where it came from – when I do that, I am creating my own security and guarantee against sickness.  If I know and trust who is raising and humanely slaughtering an animal, then I can put my trust into that person, and feel like they have both of our best interests in mind.

When we bring FOOD closer to home, we protect our health and economies.  It is a simple concept, but can have profound reverberations in our own communities and ultimately this country.

Make a stand to know where some of your food is coming from – it could be the difference between life and death.

Day 10 – Storm on the Horizon

28 Jun

A view of a Thunderhead on the Horizon in Pueblo County, Colorado

Often people say “what can one person do to make a difference”, or “I can’t do anything, I am only one person”.

What we have to remember is that everything is made up of a collective of “just one”.  Like that thunderstorm on the horizon – just one water particle would hardly be visible or perhaps ‘meaningful’, but all together, those particles are very very strong.

The powers that be tend to divide us; we categorize each other into this or that faction, we fight each other based off of affiliation or ideology, we focus on the problems versus being actionable in our own solutions.  We are smart people, and we are capable of helping ourselves.

Fearing an outcome is a waste of time, and yet we are afraid.  Each of us has within us the power to shape our own lives – if we take control of this, then as a collective we re-engage our liberty.  You see, we are “just one”, but if we focus on ourselves, our communities and country will grow stronger.

So perhaps a list of action-items to start working on would be helpful.  We will be working on this throughout our journey, and will look forward to any input our followers and communities may have.

Tisha

 

 

Days 8 & 9 – Festivals & Basic Economics

26 Jun

The King & Queen are a paraded around in the Kingdom - Larkspur, Colorado

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to the City of Larkspur for the 35th anniversary season of their Colorado Renaissance Festival.  For eight weekends, starting in June, artisans, actors, actresses, and vendors create a festival that is not only fun and entertaining, but also brings in significant tax revenues for the city, county, and state.

Businesses, organizations, and special events are an effective means for “creating wealth”.  By producing and selling items and services, these products and services are then taxed, and these taxes contribute to the general well-being of the city, county, and state where these activities take place.

So, wouldn’t it make sense to foster these types of revenue-producing activities?  It seems like a no-brainer, however, leadership in local, state, and the federal government can sometimes overlook the tools that helps these businesses, organizations, and special events to thrive.

Here are some ideas, gathered by who we have talked to so far:

1.  Don’t have redundant fees – if you pay a fee in one county or city, then you should not have to pay that same fee for every place that you operate – you have to pay taxes in every city and county, and that should be enough – redundant fees make it hard for small businesses to do business in other parts of the state.

2. Banks had received “bailout” money under the auspices that they were to help loan to small businesses – this is not happening.  Banks should not be sitting on that money and instead aiding with small businesses loans and lines of credit so that small businesses can stabilize their cash flow during these trying economic times.

3. Government is supposed to help to ensure a “fair playing ground”.  Favoritism at any level of government should not be permitted and there should be a fair playing ground for businesses to compete.

4. Spending millions of dollars in recruiting companies to come to your town only makes sense and is justified if the amount of wealth created from that activity exceeds the amount of “breaks” given to those companies.  If this money was used to nurture small businesses that are already in existence (the concept of economic gardening), then you may actually be able to create more prosperity using these small businesses that don’t seek tax breaks or incentives that can come back to bite the entity giving them.

Every day we go out and decide how to vote with our dollar – arguably the most powerful means of making a difference.  The summertime brings us festivals and activities that are an inherent part of Colorado and beyond.  We can learn something from the success of these events, and help other areas to prosper by creating an environment where small businesses can thrive.

To the Week,

Tisha

Day 6 – Ice Cream Trucks, Farmers Market Regulations, & Brown Rice Tea

24 Jun

I had to throw in the ice-cream truck because as I walked outside I heard in the air the melody to “When the Saints Go Marching In” and saw a nicely decorated vehicle advertising delicious ice cream treats driving by.  It is amazing that they are still able to operate with the immense amounts of rules and regulations that local health departments are privy to making them follow.

In this past week I have talked to several small producers in the Southern Colorado area that have a bad taste in their mouth with local regulations, especially those from health departments.  Now, there is a place for having a health department, so let’s not jump to the conclusion that I am saying there should not be some type of governmental agency involved on some level.  However, when the health department actually HALTS the development of small businesses because of layers and layers or red tape and stagnating procedures, that is really unproductive.  We had first-hand experience with the Farmers’ Market that we ran in Pueblo, Colorado.

Are there specific rules and regulations that you would like to tell us about?  I would sure like to know – it is time that we work together with local governments to make it easier for small businesses to not only keep their doors open, but also thrive.

This evening I am sipping on a favorite drink of mine that I thought I should mention because it is very good for one’s immune system.  Brown Rice Tea – and I would try to find an organic brand – is packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin B (great for stress), and other minerals.

Delicious!

Tisha

Day 5 – Saluting Our Veterans

23 Jun

Today was a quick trip up to El Paso County, where several military bases remind us of those men and women who defend and have defended our country.  Walking into most any business, in any part of town, one sees those troops who are active duty in their uniforms, we are also surrounded by veterans, and still others lay resting – those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom.

As a former military wife, and someone who has seen and felt the effects of our current wars, I always thank the men and women who have given their lives to this endeavor.  We are incredibly blessed to live in a free country (even at times when it seems quite un-free), and our gratitude towards our troops and veterans should be a part of our lives in one way or another.

So, the next time you see someone in uniform, or someone who is a veteran – thank them, shake their hand, and let them know that you care.  It can make all the difference in the world.

Tisha

Day 4 – Flag Poles in Pueblo West

22 Jun

Today was such a good day.

A brief visit out to Pueblo West revealed more conversations with small business owners who are facing the crunch, but are working very hard to make things happen regardless.  Americans are resilient creatures you know.

Today there was a conversation about a flag pole.  A small business out in Pueblo West wanted to have a 60-foot flag-pole on their property.  Local ‘zoning” didn’t put a complete stop to it, but made the process pretty hard, so these folks had stopped trying.  That’s too bad, since a 360-degree view of their place looks something like this:

A 60-foot flag pole would probably stand out, but it sure wouldn’t deprive the landscape of any value (in my humble opinion of course).  As a matter of fact, it would probably be really good for their business and really good for the community (because in my book, there is nothing wrong with flying an American flag).

Just another little “perk” of local government’s decisions that affect our liberty and freedom to express ourselves.

More adventures tomorrow,

Tisha

Day 3 – Taxpayer Money at Work

21 Jun

Until recently, I felt myself capable of following directions on signs and cones regarding the speed and direction at which to travel.

On a recent trip to Walsenburg (CO) in Huerfano County, there was some type of construction being done (it is tourist season, and in Colorado that means high-time to start working on the roads), and thus, we were delayed, waiting to go along our way.

Once the man changed his sign from “STOP” to “SLOW”, a state vehicle pulled out with the following two electronic signs and actually LED US (with us following behind) along 2 miles of road, with those signs flashing.

Now, not to sound uncouth, because I am sure there were good intentions behind this clever maneuver to actually have this $60K state vehicle go in front of the oh-so-irresponsible driver, however, don’t you think that the $60K may have been better spent on something else?  Or, maybe we are that incompetent and need that constant signage in front of us to be able to drive from Point A to Point B.  If that is the case, well, I will ponder that.

Taxpayer money is serious business because it is the blood, sweat, and tears of hard-working Americans, and in this case, hard-working Coloradans.  It should be used frugally and wisely.

Until tomorrow,

Tisha

Day 2 – Solar Power AMAZING Force for Liberty

19 Jun

Tisha Casida, Independent Candidate for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District

Today was a day to remember the potential of solar power (and wind for that matter) in Southern Colorado.  Now, there are other resources to be tapped as well (like natural gas and oil), however, there is often an abundance of sun and today, while campaigning on the corner of 1st Street and Santa Fe in Pueblo, I got to really experience that.  Solar Roast Coffee, a local coffee store that uses a proprietary solar-powered roaster to roast their beans, actually started its operations in Pueblo because of that sun-potential.  A powerful espresso drink, made with organic coffee beans and a renewable resource – AMAZING.  I love this country.

Sunday –  a day of rest – we praised our blessings earlier at a mass at Holy Family Parish.  Then it was off to meet WE THE PEOPLE.  With my “Will Work for Liberty” sign and flags, we handed out cards and shook hands while enjoying the beautiful day.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your background is, how much money you have, or what your political affiliation is – we are here to be a voice and a vehicle for connecting our communities together.  It is time to put government back in control of the people – and that starts right here with you and me.

To tomorrow,

Tisha

Packing Up

18 Jun

After a lot of thinking, talking, and praying, I have decided it is time to start the journey.

It has been many many years since I read “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, however, for some reason that is what keeps going through my head when I think about traveling through Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which is over 54,000 square miles.

I, and sometimes “we”, (if I can get my dog and/or campaign manager to come with me), will start traveling throughout the district, camping out at a KOA near you.

We are looking for 200,000 liberty-lovers over the next 17 months.  That is nearly 400 people per day (392.16 to be exact), so we are going to need your help.  There will be chocolate, beer, hot dogs, cigars, and pocket constitutions to be shared.  You can join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and antidotes.

To the West!

The Liberty Bus Tour – Day 1 Reflections

21 Sep
The Liberty Bus sits outside of downtown Pueblo, Colorado

Day 1

Officially my journey started at 7:46PM, MST on August 28, 2010.  We made it about 100 feet before pulling into Loaf N’Jug – cigars for Gordy and an emergency pack of American Spirits for me.   Although I have always had faith in my own personal strength, patience, and vicissitude – I have never been on a bus traveling across the country; hence, nicotine.

We are now heading south on I-25 towards Santa Fe.  It is actually the next morning; we stayed at a very nice KOA run by Denny Matthews – it was situated near Las Vegas, New Mexico (www.koa.com).  He cooked us a hearty breakfast this morning and sent us on our way – Godspeed Denny!

Lessons learned thus far:  I do not fit into a size 5/6 pair of sandals no matter how princess-like I believe my feet to be.  And, isn’t it amazing the spirit of Americans – traveling like nomads across the country – seeking peace, experiencing companionship, enjoying nature.  Freedom and the ability to go anywhere we want and do anything we want is what made this country so great.  An ability to take responsibility and be self-sustainable – to survive, on our own, without anyone else’s help, power or influence is what has embraced Americana and brought millions of people to this country from all over the world.

The crisp New Mexico air chants – survival, I am free, I move, I breathe – I am free.

Founder of The Good American Post, Tisha T. Casida, is traveling across the country with the Liberty Bus from Liberty in America.  Join he through the adventure here at www.goodamericanpost.info.