Vote Michael Lee Steenbergen for Place Three in the Granite Shoals Texas City Council Election
Michael Steenbergen was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1956. At the age of ten his family moved to the Kansas City area in Kansas. At age twelve Steenbergen moved to San Antonio, Texas and two years later he moved to McAllen, Texas where he completed high school, graduating with honors and two full academic scholarships to Texas colleges. The scholarships were based on his high GPA and public speaking including 4 years on the debate team. He selected the scholarship to the University of Texas where he completed 90 hours towards a government degree before he moved to Arkansas where he joined his family in opening Spring Crest Drapery Center as a ¼ stock holder and partner.
In 1980, Michael Steenbergen moved back to Texas and continued selling products for the family business until 1983 when his family invested in a new business franchise venture called Fantastic Sam’s. Starting with the purchase of three store outlets in Austin, Texas, Steenbergen and his family expanded to 12 outlets and two cities (6 stores in Austin and 6 stores in San Antonio.) Michael became the regional manager of the business and developed extensive business skills over the almost ten years he ran the stores. Steenbergen handled everything from designing advertising campaigns to running construction crews for the finish out of new lease locations. He wrote a detailed employment manual based on Texas employment law which was upheld through dozens of State administrative decisions over the years. He also handled employee relations, training, payroll, and tax preparations. During the expansion of this business, Steenbergen and his family became an independent Texas company called Shears Plus.
When the matriarch of his family sold the family business, Steenbergen turned his interests toward computers and became a Microsoft Certified Professional in internet development. He established a personal business called Web-a-dex Internet Services where he continued to use his management skills as he offered web site building and internet ranking services. He moved to Lago Vista, Texas where he continued as a web site consultant.
When the family purchased CJ’s Gifts in Marble Falls Texas in 2006, Steenbergen moved to the area where he managed the business and still continued with web development contracts. He expanded the gift shop into the t-shirt business using graphic skills he learned in web site construction. While he was operating the business they landed several large clients including HEB in Marble Falls and Huber International.
In 2010, Michael Steenbergen used all of his life skills and became a political consultant. Since that time he has worked with campaigns and political groups, including elections ranging from Lieutenant Governor to several U.S. Congressional elections. His last major political project was the campaign of Dr. Marco Montoya for United States Congress in 2014 where he served as a key staff member. Michael now works part time for Advantage Sales and Marketing, and continues with his political consulting. He is currently running for City Council in Granite Shoals, Texas.
He has served as both an Election Judge and Election Clerk for Burnet County in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles respectively. He performed these duties at the Granite Shoals Fire Station in Precinct 18. From 2010 to 2014 Steenbergen served as a Deputy Voter Registrar for Burnet County.
Having worked with several US Congressional campaigns, Michael Lee Steenbergen comes to the Granite Shoals City Council election with a background of political activism using modern technology.
Steenbergen sees a lack of Hispanic voter input in a city that is predominately Hispanic. Being bilingual, from the border of Texas, Steenbergen has always promoted voter input from all voters.
Engaging the citizens of Granite Shoals in City Council and Government activities should be given high priority. Democracy works best if the eligible voting population is directly engaged through both social and political gatherings. A City funded “Festival” should be developed.
The City needs to create an atmosphere of openness and welcoming towards businesses. City government preventing R and R Appliances from moving into our area appears unfair and without a proper foundation. Preventing other business development has been counterproductive to healthy growth for Granite Shoals. Ryder’s Bar and Grill was shackled with early closing hours, preventing its ability to compete on equal basis with other similar businesses in the area.
Efforts to develop a modern waste-water system should continue.
The roads need to be developed and engineered for the future.
The possibility of investing in a golf course at the same time as an effluent system is implemented should be considered.
The parks and sports activities for youth such as basketball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, volleyball nets should all be developed further.
The investment in the City Hall and property should be maximized for the greatest return for local citizens.
Steenbergen continues to review the records of City Government as regards both past and proposed actions.
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Michael Lee Steenbergen for Granite Shoals Texas City Council Place Three (3)
The State Committee of the Texas Democratic Party has degraded the true meaning of being a member of the Democratic Party. Running the Party like a mini “mafioso”, the true Democrats of Texas have been sidelined in favor of a corrupt and self empowering group that have money and power as their most apparent goals and not the welfare of the people of the State of Texas. Michael Steenbergen, a life long Democratic activist and true Texas liberal has seen the degeneration of the Party and a group of self serving men take control over the last five years. In a decimated shambles in 2010, the Party was ripe for a takeover by men with their own agendas, and again, not men with an eye to the future of Texas for all Texans. To get an idea of the issues involved, here is the last demand letter that Steenbergen presented to the Texas Democratic Party after a year and a half of patiently seeking no more than apology for the wrong doing of Glen Maxey in calling him a fraud on Facebook. Steenbergen, a Democratic Party Precinct Chair, Communications Director and Webmaster for the Burnet County Democratic Party went public this morning and called to retain a lawyer to file suit late this afternoon.
Texas Democrats: Do Not Ever Vote for Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa Again! – Michael Steenbergen
Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa
Executive Director Will Hailer
Texas Democratic Party
4818 East Ben White Blvd, Suite 104
Austin, Texas 78741
July 28, 2014
Dear Chairman Hinojosa and Director Hailer:
Having given more than ample effort and time to conciliation of grievances against the staff of the Texas Democratic Party I am now progressing to formalize claims and make demands for mitigation of damages incurred because of these actions. In a personal review of Texas Civil and Criminal Statutes including Vernon’s Civil Statutes I have found what I believe to be violations of a variety of these laws and statutes by the Texas Democratic Party staff resulting in tangible damage to myself and the Generationist Political Action Committee (GENPAC).
The Generationist Political Action Committee (GENPAC) is known, through the public presentation of its communications department, the Generation Party Democratic Caucus, on Facebook and the World Wide Web. GENPAC is known to have affiliation with Democratic Party organizations through its legal filings with the Texas Ethics Commission, as clearly indicated in its listing of political committees to which it has the legal right to contribute on the original and amended form GTA appointing the general-purpose committee’s campaign treasurer.
Further, I believe I can prove actions by Texas Democratic Party staff have been willful, malicious, reckless, fraudulent, defamatory, deceptive, and unfair. I also believe these actions were exercised in a manner that restrains trade and commerce, and violates constitutional civil liberties. I also believe these actions are to the detriment of Texas, the United States, the Democratic Party (national), the Texas Democratic Party (state), and in particular to myself and GENPAC.
1. Glen Maxey and Internet Post Defaming the Generation Party Democratic Caucus (Generationist Political Action Committee)
2. Glen Maxey and Electronic Communication Defaming the Generation Party (Generationist Political Action Committee) and Michael Steenbergen
3. Will Hailer and Electronic Communication Defaming Michael Steenbergen
4. Glen Maxey and Phone Call Defaming Michael Steenbergen as a Professional Political Consultant
In late January of 2013 Glen Maxey used the public Facebook web page of the Texas Democratic Party to defame and attack the Generationist Political Action Committee, the Generation Party Democratic Caucus and myself Michael Steenbergen. He went further and communicated directly to our Fundraising Chair claiming we were fraudulent. The damages incurred were tremendous including the resignation of the Fundraising Chair the week we were to begin expansion through fundraising. These actions were reckless, malicious, fraudulent, deceptive and defamatory culminating in restraint of trade and commerce. These actions damaged both the Texas Democratic Party and GENPAC as evidenced by an immediate empirical and significant drop in public participation for both groups on Facebook.
Despite protest and request for a cessation and for a retraction, it took a significant number of days and a ‘herculean effort’ to even get the defamatory public posts removed. I have a record of the link to the defamatory material that was eventually removed. No retraction was ever forthcoming and the public impression that I was a fraud and the PAC I founded was a fraud remained and was never mitigated. I have ample communications including meeting with the Executive Director, Bill Brennan, of the Texas Democratic Party and empirical Facebook statistics to prove this claim.
In late March of 2014 Will Hailer stated in an email that I “yelled” at a Texas Democratic Party staff member. I recorded that late March phone conversation and that statement is blatantly untrue. Will Hailer copied that accusation to U.S. Congressional candidate Dr. Marco Montoya, my employer, and to the wife of the Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, Cynthia Mendiola Hinojosa, a political associate. Glen Maxey followed up with a phone call to Dr. Montoya a few days later in his position as a Texas Democratic Party staff member stating that he, and by inference or declaration, the Texas Democratic Party, preferred not to work with me.
The result of these actions by staff of the Texas Democratic Party was the termination of a unique contract for employment with a remaining value of approximately $12,000. This is evidenced by a written letter from Dr. Montoya terminating my employment contract because of these actions and what he called a resulting ‘loss of face’ with the Texas Democratic Party.
Because of the complaints of other Democratic activists in Texas, and public statements by will Hailer at a Texas Democratic Party public seminar (Candidates Forum at the AFL CIO Building with around a hundred witnesses) about a “blacklist” of political consultants and groups not to use, I claim that these actions are endemic to the Texas Democratic Party and pervasive. This does not serve to benefit the political processes of the State of Texas nor the United States.
I ask for retraction of the false statements per Texas law and make the following demands:
1. Within 30 days, public acknowledgement of the validity of myself as a Democratic Party activist and supporter in Texas and the Generationist Political Action Committee as an active Democratic Party supporter on the same Facebook page that was used maliciously as described above.
2. Within 30 days, communication by certified written letter to Dr. Montoya and Cynthia Mendiola Hinojosa that the statement that I yelled at Texas Democratic Party staff was entirely false with an expression of regret for the statement that was made by email.
3. Within 30 days, a formal statement by certified mail repudiating the actions and statements of Glen Maxey as regards myself and as regards the Generationist Political Action Committee and our communications department, the Generation Party Democratic Caucus.
4. Within 48 days, payment of the $12000 in monetary loss that I suffered through actions of Texas Democratic Party staff.
5. An immediate assurance, within 12 days, by the Texas Democratic Party Executive Director that these malicious actions, defamation and practice of “blacklisting” will cease and desist so as to stop preventing my further employment as a Democratic Party consultant in Texas.
Should these demands, or a reasonably close approximation of these demands, not be met I will pursue charges and claims against the Texas Democratic Party, and individual staff members named, in court. In a show of good faith, I offer once again to meet with Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Will Hailer to discuss this matter, however this offer does not change the timing of the demands, or rule out legal action on my part to recover damages and achieve a cure for said actions.
In addition to legal recourse, be on notice that if no actions or communications to mitigate damage are forthcoming I intend to address these issues with the Texas Ethics Commission, Texas Secretary of State, Texas Attorney General and the Democratic National Committee. I also reserve the right to address these issues in public forum. Making me whole does not take precedence over stopping the damage being caused to Texas and the United States through the improper and malicious use of political party status by staff members of the Texas Democratic Party.
That there exists the appearance that Glen Maxey directs official Texas Democratic Party support to groups he is associated with or personally supports while diminishing support for independent or new Democratic Party groups is reprehensible. Glen Maxey’s actions imply possible use of his political position for illegal suppression of competition. That Will Hailer as Executive Director has been drawn into this behavior of “blacklisting” other Democrat Party members and Democratic Party groups is sad. I believe all of these actions have forfeited the right of the Texas Democratic Party political committee to the franchise and name “Democratic Party.”
Michael Lee Steenbergen
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Please join Hidalgo County Democratic Women for our Summer Membership Luncheon
All Democrats Welcome
Our Special Guest:
The Honorable Lupe Valdez
Sheriff, Dallas County
With remarks by Olga Maldonado, Mercedes Police Chief
Saturday, July 12
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Costa Mesa Restaurant,
1800 South Main St., McAllen (Main and Exp. 83 Frontage)
Sheriff Lupe Valdez supervises the chief law enforcement agency in Dallas County and the 7th largest jail in the United States. She is nationally acclaimed for her reforms within the department, previously mired in corruption, low morale and human rights violations. Now in her third term, Sheriff Valdez is the first Democrat to hold the office in 25 years. She is noted for:
First and Only Latina Sheriff in the United States
Democratic National Committee Member
Immigration Reform Committee
Texas Democratic Women Member
Recipient of TDW’s 2013 Mae Jackson Female Elected Official Award
Lunch plates available
RSVP appreciated, not required:
In an effort to create a better government for the United States, the Generation Party Democratic Caucus endorses Dr. David Alameel for Senator from Texas in the November 2014 general election. His background in business and success in financial development qualify him as an educated and effective candidate for U.S. Senator. Please learn more about Dr. Alameel at http://alameelforsenate.com/
One of many events attended by Generation Party Democratic Caucus Officers was an after party at the “W” in Austin Texas followed by dinner at the “16″. The W event was for a group of specially invited Democratic Party candidates and activists. considered to be among the most loyal and faithful Texas Democratic Party members.
Read the Texas Attorney Generals discriminatory and racist 54 page brief on why it is acceptable to disenfranchise minority voters if they are Democrats.
Email Campaigns Major Breakthrough for GenParty!
There are some serious political actions occurring in Texas right now. Our last two posts are to break the bugle call to battle with a last moment of relaxation and friendship. It is about to get very serious here in Texas when the Governor strikes out on his own against the will of the State’s electorate and confronts the Federal Government at every level. It will soon be time to forget the decades of tolerance and indifference to the literal raping of the resources and wealth of this nation and our States. It is not just a Texas problem anymore. The Governor Rick Perry has set this State on a course towards civil war itself, an abominable thought in this modern world. Join with us as we stand against his tyranny. We are the 99%. Do not ever forget it!
Michael Steenbergen, Co-founder of the Generation Party Democratic Caucus
Declaration of War on the Republican Party of Texas
As sentiments have become incensed over the last two years at the Texas Republican ‘rape of Texas’ by using it to create political agenda, opposing the Federal government at every turn, lawsuit after lawsuit to gain publicity for our self serving Texas executive leadership.
Coming soon a formal Declaration of War by the Generation Party…
The Line in the Sand
by Michael Steenbergen – February 26, 2013
Generation Party Democratic Caucus
Battleground Texas had a fantastic first day of ‘fighting’ yesterday! News reports and media appearances heralded the arrival of the Battleground Texas executive team in Austin, Texas to launch the project. From morning News shows to late night talk shows, Battleground Texas was the ‘talk of the town’ across the state and the nation, invoking immediate blustering and challenges from Texas Republican Party members, including the Governor. A line in the sand has truly been drawn, and Battleground Texas is asking citizens of the state to step across it and help with the fight for the Democratic Party side.
Some of the media commentary and appearances yesterday and today …
CBS: Could Texas become a swing state?
ABC: Democrats Advance Effort to Turn Texas Blue
Washington Post: Obama campaign veterans launch effort to turn Lone Star State blue
Colbert Report: Battleground Texas – Jeremy Bird
Perry issues challenge to “Battleground Texas” swing state effort
Chad’s Morning Brief: Battleground Texas Launches
Obama political operatives relocate to “Battleground Texas” to make it a swing-state
Vote Out the Republican Party Obstructionists
Representative Lloyd Doggett of Texas supports and opens the GenParty Spirit of Texas Rally in Marble Falls.
Representative Lloyd Doggett of Texas supports and opens the GenParty Spirit of Texas Rally in Marble Falls.
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Vernon Turner, Texas Writer
Vernon Turner, Texas Writer
ECONOMIC THEORY DILEMMA
The Dilemma of Economic Theories
by Vern Turner
There are many gloom and doom artists out there writing about t
he demise of our world conflicts in economics and social behaviors. I have quoted several books, articles and authors in past columns who either offer a solution or redefine the problem. Some even go so far as to define the cause of our dilemma centered on the unequal distribution of goods, services, food, water and freedom from disease as a disconnect between rates of biological and sociological evolution (The Watchman’s Rattle – Rebecca Costa). Others derive today’s Western version of capitalism from the 16th-19th century loot-and-plunder tactics of Europeans against indigenous populations (What is America?: A Short History of the New World Order).
The following three quotes define, I think, why economic systems associated with capitalism are so easily perverted from its original intent. Economic theory either resists or ignores the natural intention of humans to fend for themselves first, fend for the tribe next and to acquire, by whatever means possible, those resources that will ensure the survival of the tribe and the individual. A truly socialistic society, therefore, theoretically cannot exist.
“The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of syste
m”. – Milton Friedman
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone”. – John Maynard Keynes.
“Unregulated capitalism will destroy itself from within”. – paraphrased from Karl Marx.
Obviously, history has shown that these three statements have been, to varying degrees, accurate. It is how they are balanced during any given period that determines how well or how poorly the society does while operating under capitalism. When there is sufficient money circulating, more people do well. When the money is being hoarded or moved to offshore banks, fewer people do well and only the wealthiest get richer.
The dilemma that neither Friedman nor Keynes anticipated was created by the voraciousness of capitalism. Because, during their time, there were still resources to exploit; indeed they seemed endless and new ones were discovered all the time. The driving motive for profit made people ceaseless innovators to not only increase profits through invention, but to make products faster and cheaper in order to continually increase profits. Now those resources are drying up. We’ve roamed the entire planet looking for more oil and gas, for example, while the sun continues to provide free energy sufficient to run dozens of Earths every day. We ignore solar energy applications mostly because it doesn’t show short-term profit under today’s capitalism.
Investors today are only interested in growing businesses
that show growing profits. I recently listened to an “analyst” say that investors were losing interest in Apple because it showed little growth lately and indicated slow near-future growth. “Oh, Apple is still hugely profitable, but investors need to see growth before they will risk their money”, he said.
If this is true throughout the world of investment, finance and stockholding, then good and great companies that don’t grow will see their stock value decline, thus reducing their new investments, even though they are making lots of money. How is this possible?
It’s the greed thing. Greed is the element of survival for humans. We developed it consciously when we learned how to stash food and resources during lean times in order to survive them. More must be better. Gree
d has evolved into a necessity of living in today’s world of wealth. Now, wealth MUST grow, or the wealthy person doesn’t feel so wealthy and thus insecure. So, what is wealth?
Is wealth the assurance of longer life? Sort of. If you are wealthy you can afford the finest in private care, while those of less wealth may not be able to afford that care – in the United States, anyway. We’re still struggling with the concept of universal health care that the rest of the world has realized improves their entire society. In those countries, money is spent on the general population instead of on just the few who want to control wealth, and
who get to be wealthy.
This is the model of Milton Friedman and his stratified society economic plan: Supply-side economics. This idea to control wealth by having the wealthy control it instead of the government regulating it has been tried a couple times in our history and resulted in catastrophic economic failure each time – except for the wealthy.
During these times the citizenry rebelled and the government was once again “allowed” to regulate wealth distribution and even make programs that kept people from starving to death or creating another revolution. A
nd this was in the 20th century! The cries for small government, mostly from the Republican Party, resulted in an even bigger government with a Congress pretty much bought and paid for by the wealthy – presumably to do the bidding of those “contributors”.
Here is the dilemma in a nutshell. We are running out of familiar resources. We are loath to invest in renewable energy resources because they aren’t immediately profitable. Yes, the profit motive creates innovation for new ways to become more profitable and for more people to become richer, but the lords of finance have to decide there is a market. Supply-side ec
onomics stifles innovation because it ignores the greed of those controlling capital that send it away from our own economic engine. The Keynes approach allows government to stimulate growth both in job creation and available capital so that more citizens can improve their lives through gainful employment, taxes, etc. It keeps money circulating – lots of it.
Finally, Marx and Engels floated too much idealism while ignoring the hoarding, greedy nature of humans actually working and sharing their society with one another. Communism stifles innovation and makes despotism too easy to form in controlling the anti-communistic instincts of people still living and thinking like it was 50,000 B.C.
Now that we’ve identified the d
ilemma, what do we do about it?
The Secretary Treasurer of the Generation Party Democratic Caucus has been a domain broker for over 20 years now and is leading an internet offensive against the Republican Party in Texas. In this role, Michael Steenbergen did not blink an eye or flicker even a finger as he led GenParty in purchasing the entire sweep of the DemocraticTexas domain name set: .Com, .Net, .Org, .Info. The political group is developing rapidly a new network of Texas Democratic Party related domains.
This would supplement what the Texas political action committee already controls under web Guru Steenbergen’s tutelage, which is a powerful set of politically oriented and networked domains.
National Democrats are taking steps to create a large-scale independent group aimed at turning traditionally conservative Texas into a prime electoral battleground, crafting a new initiative to identify and mobilize progressive voters in the rapidly-changing state, strategists familiar with the plans told POLITICO.
The organization, dubbed “Battleground Texas,” plans to engage the state’s rapidly growing Latino population, as well as African-American voters and other Democratic-leaning constituencies that have been underrepresented at the ballot box in recent cycles. Two sources said the contemplated budget would run into the tens of millions of dollars over several years – a project Democrats hope has enough heft to help turn what has long been an electoral pipe dream into reality.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: GenParty purchases http://battlegroundtexas.info/
Makes Bid for Major Role in Battle!
- Democrats Make Stand at “Battle Ground Texas”: Draw Blue Line in the Sand