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  1. Magenta

    Fugitive Slave Act

    Mr. Speaker, I don't see any pressing need for the federal government to address this issue at this juncture. It seems to be more likely to sow division than unity. It would behoove this body to continue development of internal projects such as additional roads, reconsidering our tariffs in light of their effects, and promotion and preservation of our language, rather than focusing upon the slavery issue. I yield.
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    Journalist 6

    Jeffrey Franklin has taken The Carolina Statesman national.
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    1792 Business Financial Update

    The Carolina Statesman, 1792 Newspaper Name: The Carolina Statesman Owners: John McNair, 33%; Jeffrey Franklin, 33%; James Tyson, 33% Editor: Jeffrey Franklin Revenue: $96,000 (96 * 1000) Expenses: $65,450(Total from expenses listed below) Operating Expenses: $48,000 (96,000 * 50%) Editor Salary: $9,600 (96000 * 10%) Connecticut Taxes: $500 (5 * 1000 * 10%) Delaware Taxes: $400 (4 * 1000 * 10%) Georgia Taxes: $600 (6 * 1000 * 10%) Maryland Taxes: $600 (6 * 1000 * 10%) Massachusetts Taxes: $100 (4 * 1000 * 2.5%) New Hampshire Taxes: $300 (3 * 1000 * 10%) New Jersey Taxes: $800 (8 * 1000 * 10%) New York Taxes: $250 (10 * 1000 * 2.5%) North Carolina Taxes: $1500 (15 * 1000 * 10%) Pennsylvania Taxes: $900 (9 * 1000 * 10%) Rhode Island Taxes: $500 (5 * 1000 * 10%) South Carolina Taxes: $700 (14 * 1000 * 5%) Virginia Taxes: $700 (7 * 1000 * 10%) Annual Profit: $30550(96,000 – 65,450) $10,183 to John McNair $10,183 to Jeffrey Franklin $10,183 to James Tyson
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    1792 Business Financial Update

    The Carolina Company, 1792 Company Name: The Carolina Company Owners: James Masterson CEO: John McNair Revenue: $4,254 FCT (2): $1,322 (661*2) CIT (3): $972 (324*3) NRMR (1): $639 (639*1) AAM (1): $801 (801*1) EMA (5): $565 (113*5) Expenses: -$1,063 Taxes: $425 (4254 * 10% in NC) CEO Salary: $638 (4254 * 15%) Annual Profit: $3,191 (4254 - 1063) $638 to John McNair $3,191 to James Masterson
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    1792 - 1793 Federal Budget

    Mr. Speaker, I think it is an inaccurate assertion made by the member from Rhode Island. It is clear that revenues from the tariffs were sufficient to address our government operations and interest payments on our debt. It was simply the temporary cost of the Residence Act which caused the budget to become imbalanced. Future proposals should keep this in mind. I yield.
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    Relief for the Northwest Territories Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have been, and shall continue to be, vigorously opposed to the concept and implementation of a standing army, as such an entity is a constant threat to order, liberty, and freedom. This, however, being a temporary army for a singular, specific purpose is more reasonable and prudent. I shall support it. I yield.
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    Uniformed Services Act

    Nay to Final Passage
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    The Carolina Statesman

    Revolution Continues to Reign in France, Sparking Prussian-HRE Reaction Turmoil and revolution continue to plague the French, with members of their royal family reportedly attempting to flee their country only to be discovered and covered in disgrace. The flight has reportedly caused a marked turn in support for King Louis XVI, with many outside of Paris dismayed at the King's abandonment of reforms and seemingly the abandonment of his duties to the French people. Radical republicanism is spreading throughout that country, alarming French neighbors. King William II of Prussia and Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II made a joint declaration in support of King Louis XVI, calling for the King's freedom and to allow him to return to power. The declaration states that Austria and Prussia will go to war to restore the French king, so long as the other European powers also went to war with France. Despite the unlikelihood of British agreeing to such a war, French revolutions are interpreting the statement as a threat of war. These European affairs are deeply troublesome and we must be on guard against radical Jacobin influence from France. Similarly, we must hold close to our American ideals recently written into the US Constitution. Thus, we must reject the proposal for the establishment of a national army that could be used to entangle us in European wars. State Tax Rates Changing throughout nation: Carolina Embraces Modest Changes, Massachusetts matches New York Tax rates have recently changed in several different states across the country. Massachusetts, benefiting from the tariffs passed in the recent Congress, is electing politicians who attempt to limit economic trade that would aid the southern states. They are also lowering taxes to a fiscally irresponsible 2.5% rate for both businesses and newspapers. It seems impossible that their state, recently matching rates in New York, will be able to afford internal improvements to their roads and government systems. Meanwhile, South Carolina has changed their tax rates in a prudent manner. They have lowered their newspaper tax to 5%, but have raised their business tax to 12%. These changes should afford that state the opportunity to construct new roads and improve existing ones, while also potentially providing funding for a publicly-funded state university, appropriations for Carolina artillery, or further development of local theater culture. It seems certain factions in the northern states, while advocating for a stronger national government, are deliberately weakening the power and influence of state government. Yet in the southern states we are seeing factions that prefer to strike a balance and empower their own states rather than relying solely upon the national government for economic stability. Vermont-New York Impasse May Be Broken A bill in New York recently passed on a vote of 45 Ayes and 43 Nays in the New York Assembly, and it seems likely that the bill will be signed by the Governor. The bill would release that state's claims upon lands in dispute with the Vermont Republic and give those claims to the federal government. However, the federal government would have to enter into negotiations with Vermont, and demand that Vermont provide compensation to the New York government. It also requires one representative from New York be at any such negotiations. If there is a representative from New York at negotiations between Vermont and the United States government, it seems likely that such a representative would cause much consternation and likely destroy diplomatic decorum by demanding too much from Vermont in return for relinquishing the claim. Indeed, depending on the reading of the wording, it seems as if New York would only relinquish their claims to the federal government after the approval of hypothetical negotiations, not before. We also are unaware of Vermont's intentions. Do they even want to join our union anymore? Would any free person want to join a nation, supposedly founded upon ordered liberty, yet seems intent on reckless expansion, centralized armies and monies, and mimicking the behaviors of the European powers? We must reject reckless expansion and the centralized standing armies that many in government are demanding.
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    Uniformed Services Act

    Aye to both
  10. John McNair has been seen in Columbia speaking with various members of the South Carolina legislature. He has been expressing his dismay at the lack of action in the national capital related to debts incurred during the revolutionary war and that the national government could not, and should not, be relied upon to address the debt issue. He also expressed alarm that cotton tariffs and potential retaliatory tariffs could negatively impact state finances as well. He also has been urging for the funding of ironworking furnaces owned by the state utilizing local iron ore and permanently dedicated to the domestic manufacturing of cannons, mortars, and howitzers. He also praised the recent founding of the Carolina Statesman and urged its reading and promotion. Succinctly, he proposed: Business Taxes shall be raised to 20% for purposes of addressing state debt incurred in the revolutionary war and fund the cannon-making facilities. Newspaper Taxes shall be reduced to 5% to aid the fledgling newspaper industry within the state.
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    Tax, Debt, Newspapers, and Arms

    John McNair has once again been touring Columbia, although he has changed his proposals. He still advocates for the state funding of cannon-making facilities, although only to increase business taxes to 12%. He continues to advocate for a reduction in newspaper taxes to 5%.
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    Vermont Resolution Act

    Nay on passage
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    Southwest Territory Act

    Nay on passage
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    Uniformed Services Act

    Mr. Speaker, NO! I object to the motion for unanimous consent. We do not have the funds to address our debts, let alone a new centralized army. This act proposes redundancies and contradictions of purpose. To have both an 'Army' and a 'National Guard' is clearly a distinction that means one is to be aggressive and the other defensive in nature. We have no need to be aggressive to our neighbors. Aggressive is what has led to Vermont running into the arms of the British Empire, rather to our supposedly freedom-loving republic. If we are to create a nation of free people we can not be re-creating the same institutions that we so recently rebelled against. I yield.
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    Motion to Reconsider

    Mr. Speaker, The Southwest Territory Act and Vermont Resolution Act were both recently considered by this body and a vote was held without an announced time, nor was sufficient time given for the vote! Standing precedent in the previous session was both to announce the amount of time given for a vote, as well as holding the vote open for a 72 hour period, which neither of the recent bills was given. Further, vote tallies for both bills were never published, the bills were simply announced to have been passed. This is utterly improper procedure. I motion to reconsider both bills, give a proper allotment of 72 hours for the vote, and have any vote tallies be published after the vote.
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    Cultural Simulation Act.

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    1791 Business Financial Update

    Newspaper Name: The Carolina Statesman Owners: John McNair, 33%; Jeffrey Franklin, 33%; James Tyson, 33% Editor: Jeffrey Franklin Revenue: $58,000 (58 * 1000) Expenses: -$40,075 (Total from expenses listed below) Operating Expenses: $29,000 (58000 * 50%) Editor Salary: $5,800 (58,000 * 10%) Annual Taxes: $5,275 Delaware Taxes: $300 (3 * 1000 * 10%) Georgia Taxes: $500 (5 * 1000 * 10%)) Maryland Taxes: $400 (4 * 1000 * 10%) New Jersey Taxes $400 (4 * 1000 * 10%) New York Taxes: $175 (7 * 1000* 2.5%) North Carolina Taxes: $1,300 (13 * 1000 * 10%) Pennsylvania Taxes: $400 (4 * 1000 * 10%) South Carolina Taxes: $1,200 (12 * 1000 * 10%) Virginia Taxes: $600 (6 * 1000 * 10%) Annual Profit: $17,925 (58,000 – 40,075) $5,975 to John McNair $5,975 to Jeffrey Franklin $5,975 to James Tyson
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    1791 Business Financial Update

    Company Name: The Carolina Company Owners: James Masterson CEO: John McNair Revenue: $4,063 FCT (2): $1,322 (661*2) CIT (3): $909 (303*3) NRMR (1): $614 (614*1) AAM (1): $673 (673*1) EMA (5): $545 (109*5) Expenses: -$1,015 Taxes: $406 (4,063 * 10% in NC) CEO Salary: $609 (4,063 * 15%) Annual Profit: $3,048
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    Vermont Resolution Act

    Mr. Speaker, I do not know if I would go so far as to say this bill is unconstitutional. Certainly, the federal government can negotiate with the Vermont Republic about any number of issues, but I would reiterate my previous assertions that creating a diplomatic delegation and attempting any negotiations at this time is rather pointless due to New York's history and claims on the matter. I yield.
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    Private Diary of James Masterson

    Early 1791 The issues related to Vermont continue to vex our political bodies. The house is considering a bill to send diplomats to negotiate a compromise between New York and Vermont, but we have no awareness of New York's intentions. It's hard to imagine them ceding their claims when they seemed willing to go to war on their own scarcely a year ago. Maybe it would be best to simply let Vermont be their own republic and we can attempt to establish trading relations with them. We are also considering matters related to expansion, but I believe we'd be better served by focusing upon internal development. I am utterly dismayed that the various states seem hell-bent on disregarding the constitution and desire to construct their own armies. I was skeptical of the necessity of centralized tariffs, but compromised on the matter and promoted those tariffs to promote national unity and address national debt. But perhaps I was naive and should have opposed those tariffs to prevent these establishments and expenditures upon new armies. McNair has sent me word that he has been in better spirits lately. It seems the rate of expansion of the Carolina Statesman has been highly profitable, and this has improved his temperament. I heard that he previously was in a fit of rage to the point he wanted to be governor yet his rage blinded him into being unaware of the year of election. Franklin has become married! I am amazed that he would do such a thing. It is well understood you can not turn a lady of the night into the lady of your life, but apparently he foolish believes he can overcome such obstacles.
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    Private Diary of James Masterson

    1789 While Debate on Bills H 1-1 and 1-2 are being conducted. I recently dispatched a considerable sum of money to my partner, John McNair. He is a financially prudent man and I trust him to create much industry with such capital. Already, I have heard word of his intentions to create several theatres throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, construction has already begun on the venues. A place to see a show with a beautiful woman sounds quite lovely. He had spoken to me of his desire to create an American version of the Charleville musket. That musket was used recently in the war for independence and to have the capacity to create a similar arm here on this continent would do wonders for national pride. I spoke in the House today. We are going to need some tariffs, but I hope to mitigate the worst effects of them and perhaps we can provide some means of protection for some of the industries in the Carolinas. If that is not obtainable, I fear we may need to actually consider imposition of domestic taxes. That outcome should be avoided.
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    Vermont Resolution Act

    Mr. Speaker, Perhaps the Speaker needs to acquaint himself with a hearing trumpet or bone conduction device. I am going to reiterate: I am not suggesting, nor have I suggested, that the state of New York should negotiate with the Vermont Republic at any point in time. I am stating that the federal government engaging in negotiations on matters related to New York's claims upon disputed lands when New York itself has not ceded such claims, nor shown any inclination towards ceding those claims, to the federal government, or any other entity, is unlikely to be beneficial. If New York were to cede their claims, as was recently done in certain territories held by North Carolina, then perhaps, perhaps, a delegation would have the possibility of being fruitful. As it stands, this act would treat New York as the quasi-sovereign nation (which the Speaker purports to object to) with the federal government negotiating a compromise between it and the Vermont Republic. Let New York cede their claims of territory to the federal government, and then we can have a proper negotiation between the federal government and the government of the Vermont Republic regarding those claims. I yield.
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    Vermont Resolution Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am not suggesting the state of New York should negotiate this matter, nor would I want them to do so. That would likely lead to war, if their aggressive and belligerent tendencies were to be continued were they to negotiate. Yet, there is nothing nonsensical about following proper procedure and adhering to the rule of law. Hasty, excessive, and ill-considered actions has led to this situation wherein the Vermont Republic now seems opposed to joining this new nation, whereas it was assumed to be a forgone conclusion that they would join this nation and its government just a couple of years ago. We must not confound the situation by repeating the mistakes of the New York state government. To wit, as of now, I am unaware of the state of New York ceding its land claims to this federal government, it makes no sense to attempt to negotiate a compromise on behalf of a state government which has shown no inclination to compromise on the matter of their claims at this time. To send a delegation with the purpose of compromise, when such negotiations could be thwarted due to intransigence of the New York assembly seems to be an exercise in time-wasting. If the state of New York cedes their claims, if they are to recognize the bellicosity of their prior rhetoric, then perhaps we can pass an act more specific to this matter; but for now this proposed act of negotiation is too vague and possibly countermanded by the state of New York to be fruitful. I yield.
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    The Carolina Statesman

    Insults Boil New York Assembly The debate in the New York state legislature turned belligerent recently during their debate upon their state's recent decision to reduce business and newspaper taxes within that state. Federalist James Tyson @LM32, who is considered to be a candidate for Governor of that state, disparaged the opposition to lowering taxes presented by Republican Ethan O'Rourke @Russ. Tyson is reported to have suggested that O'Rourke's opposition to the tax reductions was motivated by his holding of assets in another state. This paper's research has found that Mr. O'Rourke has an ownership interest in Freedom Works, a company primarily interested in manufacturing, armaments, and territorial issues, which is based in Pennsylvania. In response to this allegation against O'Rourke's honor and integrity, O'Rourke demanded satisfaction and it appeared that blows or even a duel would be necessitated. Ultimately, Mr. Tyson rescinded his assertion and it appears the matter has been dropped and the New York legislature will attend to more pressing issues. It seems possible, but unlikely that ownership in a Pennsylvanian company would motivate a New York's representatives decision on taxes. While obviously Mr. O'Rourke would have a fiduciary interest pertaining to Pennsylvanian tax rates, it seems unlikely that such ownership would influence his decisions on New York tax rates. It seems Mr. Tyson was largely motivated to question the loyalties of Mr. O'Rourke and bolster his own credentials within New York politics. If such a tactic will be rewarded in the next gubernatorial election remains to be seen. Massachusetts Governor Tests Constitution Over Slavery The recent decision by Massachusetts to replace respected John Hancock with strident Federalist Jay Johnstone @Shiggyis proving to be disastrous for the state of Massachusetts, its reputation, and the stability of these United States. His first act upon becoming Governor was to attempt to pass a law prohibiting escaped slaves from being returned to their masters. This is in flagrant violation of Article 4, Section 2 of the national constitution which reads: "No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due." Perhaps recognizing that this measure would not be approved into state law by the Massachusetts legislature, Governor Johnstone relented upon learning of Georgian intentions to file suit on the matter. Not willing to accept his lack of authority to implement his unconstitutional desires, the Massachusetts Governor has created further acrimony and attempts to damage the national constitution by barring free people, in pursuit of escaped slaves and in the course of their duties, to enter into the state of Massachusetts. It is a grand irony and disgrace that under the guise of freedom, the Governor would again assault our Constitution, which reads: "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States." The Governor of Massachusetts, nor any other state, does not have any authority to prohibit the entry of citizens from another state from entering into it. The Constitution was agreed upon and ratified on the basis that confederation was failing and states prohibiting citizens from entering and exiting states from one to another was harming national unity. We should not support a governor that attempts to throw out the ratified constitution because he has a fit of pique on the matter of slavery. State Militias Harming Constitutional Order The North Carolina state legislature recently passed a bill to implement a state militia. They did so in a narrow 52 Aye, 48 Nay vote which followed the path forged by the states of Virginia (86-9) and New York (95-2) last year. The narrower margin is largely attributed to the efforts of Representative James Masterson and the Carolinian skepticism of central authority and armies. Nevertheless, concerns and arguments about Cherokee raids carried the day. Yet these militias easily have the ability to become permanent standing armies for the states, which is expressly prohibited by our national Constitution. Much emphasis is made in the legislation about it being a permanent 'guard' and it remains to be seen how there is any difference between that and a permanent army. With provisions in the legislation for funding of these armies on an annual basis, along with various ranks and terms of service stipulated, it seems the difference between a "permanent guard" and a "permanent army" is simply one of semantics. We fought a revolution with a principle objection to the idea of standing armies being antithetical to a free people. Our constitution explicitly prohibits states from having standing armies. We call upon the people in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina to reject the siren's song of a 'permanent guard' as these are simply permanent armies under a different name. We call upon the people in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina to remove the state legislators who would impose these state armies upon a free people and the consumptive taxes that come with them. We call upon our national government to recognize what these states are doing is grossly unconstitutional and to act against it.