Tammy Schack, small business owner of Bridgeview Mobile Station in Bemus Point for 12 years, gave the opening remarks at Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots general meeting, Jan. 28, at Lakewood American Legion.
"Who will want to do business in New York state?" she queried. This she said after explaining to members that four different organizations attempt to "sting" small business owners to ensure they are complying with the law. "So far, I haven't been stung, but they try," she said. Her establishment includes: gas station, laundromat, deli, firearms, liquor and lottery, in addition to sale of regular items. Regarding StartUp NY, tax-free zones for 10 years, Schack regards this as "fanny patting," making the idea sound good, but eliminating many businesses from inclusion, such as retailers, wholesalers, medical, dental, and businesses such as hers.
Schack also addressed Gov. Cuomo's quote about "extremists" leaving New York. "Conservative people are working people, family people, and church-going. I can't think of any hope except for tea parties joining force," she remarked. "Christians are on the back side of New York politicians."
Members saw a video on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement which expands NAFTA. It is an economic, legal, and political agreement among numerous countries, and is regarded as radical and unconstitutional; power is transferred to regions rather than remaining with each individual country. Participating countries would include: United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Peru, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and Vietnam. The Peterson Institute raises the alarm that TPP is a stepping stone for broader Asia-Pacific involvement, and a threat to U.S. sovereignty. Representative Tom Reed stated at his town hall meeting Jan. 21 that he is "for fair and free trade."
Other topics addressed were: Mark Levin's convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution; 74 percent of casualties in Afghanistan occurred during President Obama's term; daily deaths in New York were 1.2 from firearms, 3.5 by automobiles, 120 by heart attacks, and 281 by abortions; Retired-General Paul Valley's Operation American Spring is to be held in Washington, D.C. STTPP plans to attend this event. Buses will be available. The public is invited to attend meetings.