Current Count

When 2013 started, Show Me 4 Life had 250,063 pins. Now, one year later, our collection has more than doubled. We currently have 580,708 pins. This is nearly 93% of our goal!

My church family has been a HUGE blessing in processing the 330,000+ pins which have been received in the last 12 months. Thank you all!

(Photographs courtesy of Joshua Stevenson.)

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Processing Station

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Repair Station

Painting Station

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Painting Pins

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Filling Station

Filling Station

“No Taxation Without Representation!”

(The following is a guest post written by Ania Bishop, a young pro-life advocate.)

The voting citizens of Jackson County, MO, have an important decision to make on November 5th, 2013. (Note to voters living outside of Jackson County: Please help us fight this tax by praying and informing your friends who live in Jackson County about it.)

“No taxation without representation!”

This cry resounded in the Thirteen Colonies during the years before the American War for Independence. The American colonists had previously enjoyed the same rights as Englishmen, but now they were being forced to pay taxes imposed by King George III and the British Parliament. The colonists had no representatives in parliament, so they believed this taxation to be unjust. They endured through the Navigation Acts (1763), Sugar Act (1764), Quartering Act (1765), Stamp Act (1765), Townshend Acts (1767), Tea Act (1772), and finally, the Intolerable or Coercive Acts (1774).[1] These acts, among other occurrences within the colonies, stirred the colonists to action—they realized the time had come to fight to protect their God-given rights as individuals.

Today, we are facing a vote that will determine whether or not we have an additional half-cent sales tax in Jackson County. “But that’s nothing in comparison to the taxes the colonists faced” you may be thinking. Before you continue in that thought, please carefully read the ballot language for the special election on November 5th, 2013:

QUESTION No. 1

Shall the County of Jackson impose a sales tax at the rate of one-half of one percent for a period of 20 years solely for the purpose of promoting economic development by establishing a medical research and development institute in collaboration with and governed by an independent board composed of Children’s Mercy Hospital, Saint Luke’s Hospital, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and Jackson County, that would create healthcare related jobs in the County and develop medical cures and discoveries for human diseases? All of the proceeds of this tax shall be deposited in a special account separate from the Jackson County general fund and any other special funds and utilized only for the purposes approved by the voters and set forth herein. An annual independent audit of these funds will be overseen by an oversight and audit board appointed by the County Executive and will be reported to the public and the Jackson County Legislature. [Underlining added by author.]

                                               

Now that you have read the ballot language, you may be simply reluctant to think of paying another tax. But this ballot issue is much deeper than just another tax. Let’s examine several points regarding the phrases found within its scope:

1.       TAXES DO NOT CREATE JOBS

“Economic development” refers to “job creation,” “job opportunities,” “commercialization of new products,” and the “starting up of new companies.”[2] Proponents of this tax would have you believe that voting ‘yes’ would “create hundreds of jobs and generate hundreds of millions in economic growth.”[3]

According to Freedom Inc., “…The translational research tax may create high paying jobs for people who already have high paying jobs. Now is not the time to ask the poor, the unemployed and the underemployed people who can least afford it to bear the burden of an additional tax for 20 years.”[4] If you look at the “equality” aspect of this sales tax, it would be unfair to take money from the poor to pay the rich, making them richer! The basic Jackson County sales tax is currently 5.5%, so if the tax is approved, it would jump to 6%. (Kansas City’s sales tax rate is already 7.8%, and would jump to 8.5%—the same as Overland Park’s sales tax!)[5] The 5.5% figure does not even include Independence, Blue Springs, and other areas within Jackson County which already have higher sales taxes.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines TAX, v.t. To lay, impose or assess upon the citizens a certain sum of money or amount of property, to be paid to the public treasury, or to the treasury of a corporation or company, to defray the expenses of the government or corporation, &c. Think about it: since when did “imposing a certain sum of money upon the citizens” create jobs? Taxes burden the economy, stifle business growth, and drain hard-working citizens of their income. Taxes may reallocate jobs, but they DO NOT create them!

2.        “TRANSLATIONAL  MEDICAL RESEARCH” IS TOO VAGUE

Revenue from the sales tax would pay for “translational medical research” and “expanding the research currently being performed on illnesses that affect the minority community in Jackson County.”1 (“Translational research” is “…used to ‘translate’ findings in basic research quickly into medical practice and meaningful health outcomes”)[6]

While medical research is generally thought to be positive, this vague specification leaves the door wide open for any kind of research—including unethical  experiments, human cloning, and human embryonic stem cell research. (There is no pro-life protective language found in the Jackson County Legislative documents for the tax.)[7] Harvesting embryonic stem cells takes the life of a human being, thus denying the God-given rights of an individual. Science has already proven adult stem cells to be safe and effective, resulting in actual clinical treatments for patients, while embryonic stem cells have not—so why should we, as taxpayers, be funding ineffective and harmful research? History has taught us that government-controlled research with little or no limitation results in the downfall and destruction of a nation (i.e., Hitler’s Nazi experimental research on the Jews in Germany.)

The power to tax is the power to destroy

3.       HOSPITALS STAND TO GAIN—NOT CITIZENS

The sales tax increase would raise an estimated $800 million over the next 20 years. The ballot language refers to “an annual independent audit of these funds”—but guess who is in charge of appointing the audit board? The Jackson County Executive, Mike Sanders, who voted to put the tax on the ballot in the first place! This gives the “independent audit board” no real accountability.

Hospitals already make plenty of money which could be used for medical research, and private individuals should be free to donate money at their will for such purposes—taxpayers should not be forced to fund research. Consider also that the hospitals and research institutes benefitting from this tax have ties outside Jackson County. There is no guarantee that the revenue would stay within the county (or state, for that matter), meaning that Jackson County citizens would possibly be funding outside research!

We have examined only a small portion of the impact a half-cent sales tax would make on Jackson County citizens within the next 20 years. Please continue to research, share with others, and vote “NO” on Tuesday, November 5th!

The time has come for us to be stirred to action, and fight for our God-given rights as individuals, just as our Founding Fathers did so many years ago. LIBERTY, OR TAXES—WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?


[1] All-American History Volume 1 by Celeste Rakes

[2] Phrases are taken directly from the Floor Amendment in the County Legislature of Jackson County, MO, August 26th, 2013.

[3] Promotion flyer paid for by Committee for Research Treatments and Cures

[6] Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “Translational research”

[7] Missouri Right to Life Memorandum on Jackson County Ballot Issue for Sales Tax, Nov. 5, 2013, www.missourilife.org

Online Fundraiser–Applications Close Tomorrow!

With a total count of 502,908 pins, Phase 1 is nearing completion, but we still need an additional $730 to finish this portion of the memorial. Estimated expenses for Phase 2 are $6,000+.

In an effort to raise the funds necessary to proceed with this project, Show Me 4 Life has organized an online service and business product auction. Through Saturday, October 12, 2013, we will be accepting applications for those wishing to donate services or business items to this pro-life, Christ-honoring cause. Below is a list of suggested services:

Computer Repair, Photography, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical work, Blacksmithing, Web Site Design, Accounting, Tutoring, HVAC, Piano Tuning, Hair Cuts (Barber or Beautician services), Pet Grooming, Yard work, Painting, Typing, Editing, Baking, Sewing, or House Cleaning in teams

If you are willing to donate your time and skill in this endeavor, please visit http://sm4lfundraising.com/online-auction/donating-services/ and submit your application.

For those of you wishing to donate gift cards or your company’s product, please complete this form: http://sm4lfundraising.com/online-auction/donating-business-items/.

Bidding will begin on Monday, October 14, 2013, and will close on Monday, October 21, 2013, at midnight (CST).

If you have any questions, please call 816-518-1380 or e-mail me at emptytomb@showme4life.com.

Where We’ve Come from and Where We’re Going

Our very first display was in March of 2012. We were attending the Pro-Life Action Day in Jefferson City and had 69,823 pins in these three containers.

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With each showing, the collection grows. By October of 2012 it had grown by nearly 100,000 pins. This was our display at Missouri Right to Life Western Region’s fundraising banquet that year.

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Three months later, we had over 250,000 pins.

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A couple of weeks ago, we set up the display once again for Missouri Right to Life Western Region’s Stand Up for Life Banquet. There were exactly 403,841 pins on these tables. The collection had grown by over 245,000 pins since its display at MRL’s fundraising banquet in 2012.

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Now, with additional pins received and another 91,200 pins on the way, we have achieved 80% of our goal! The end is in sight! But, of course, we will not leave these pins in cheese ball containers. The collection of 625,000 diaper/safety pins is only Phase 1. In Phase 2, we will begin construction of the memorial itself.

The pins will be displayed in clear, infant-sized caskets which will be set off in cross-shaped frames. While illustrating the tragedy of innocent lives lost, this memorial will also beam with the hope and forgiveness found only in and through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Please Note: The overall design of this memorial may be subject to change.

Help Us Hit 500,000 Pins—Donate Today!

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Show Me 4 Life has been blessed with the resources to purchase over 80,000 pins! An additional $55.26 is all we need to raise the total count over 500,000 pins! Will you consider making an online donation TODAY?

If you cannot spare a full $55 right now, that is okay. Every little bit helps!

As always, donations of pins or money may be mailed to our P.O. Box:

Show Me 4 Life
P.O. Box 881
Oak Grove, MO 64075

(Please make checks payable to Show Me 4 Life.)

Thank you for your support!

Two Upcoming Displays and a Thank You

Upcoming Displays:

Show Me 4 Life’s current collection will be on display twice this week.

The first of these events is Missouri Right to Life Western Region’s Stand Up for Life Banquet in Independence on Thursday, September 12.

Two days later, the collection will be displayed in Kansas City at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference’s Show Me Life Breakfast on Saturday, September 14.

Pins or monetary donations will be gratefully accepted at both locations.

Thank You:

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to my church family. At a recent congregational retreat, they ate FIVE tubs of cheese balls . . . .

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. . . and gave me the empty containers. 🙂

Now all we need to do is fill them so they look like this . . . .
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