Oct 16

Jim Renacci Raises More than $1.75 Million in Third Quarter

Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) raised more than $1.75 million in the third quarter of 2018. More than 76 percent of Renacci’s donations were from Ohioans.

In contrast, Sherrod Brown has gotten most of

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Oct 16

Sherrod Brown Fled the Building after U.S. Senate Debate, Jim Renacci Stayed to Answer Questions from Reporters

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

After the recent Ohio U.S. Senate debate in Cleveland, both candidates were given the opportunity to answer media questions and to expand on or clarify any issues that came up during the debate.

Jim

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Oct 16

Toledo area volunteers make 5,500 calls for NRA / Jim Renacci

Volunteers from the Oregon Republican Club, Toledo Tea Party, Greater Toledo Republican Club, and the UT College Republicans gathered last night at the Margaret Hunt Senior Center and worked the phones for US Senate candidate Jim Renacci and the NRA. David Conte, NRA, said over 15 volunteers participated in the call center and made just a little over 5,500 calls in the 2 hour spree. We had a few new faces. David sat down with […]

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Oct 09

FRC Action Points Out Disgraceful Behavior by the Left during the Kavanaugh Hearings

Below is some good commentary from the legislative arm of Family Research Council (FRCAction) on the disgraceful behavior of the left during the Kavanaugh hearings (Many conservatives believe that this disgraceful behavior will become even worse if the Democratic

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Sep 27

MVCI Meeting October 1 with Dan Regenold Addressing “Rules for Radicals”

MIAMI VALLEY CITIZENS INFORMED
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018
7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM 
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH
Why has the left been so successful in demonizing and often defeating conservative, constitutionally minded

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Sep 21

NW Ohio Volunteers make over 2200 calls for NRA / Jim Renacci

Thank you Greater Toledo Republican Club, Oregon Republican Club, NW Ohio Teenage Republicans,  Toledo Tea Party, NWOCC, and all the volunteers that helped out.. On Monday night, these volunteers made over 2,200 calls for the NRA and Jim Renacci for US Senate.  We had a few new faces helping and NRA Representative David Conte took the time to walk each of the new people through the process.  After a few minutes and a couple phone […]

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Sep 17

Over 500 candidates on NWOCC’s statewide electronic slate card voter guide.

Toledo, OH:  The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition (NWOCC) has created an electronic conservative voters guide, an E-Slate card, for the November 2018 elections. Available at www.vote2018ohio.com, NWOCC has attempted to identify Ohio’s most conservative candidates, in every county, and in every race. The e-SLATE card contains over 500 candidates running for office in Ohio.  Other than the two political parties, nowhere in the United States of America has any group or organization put forth such […]

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Sep 12

Sen. Sherrod Brown Raising Big Money from Lobbyists

 

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

Sen. Brown has raised the most money from lobbyists — $430,226 – during the 2018 election cycle, according to new data from the Open Secrets database.

Republican National Committee (RNC) spokeswoman Mandi …

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Sep 07

SHAMEFUL Ohio GOP State Central Committee refuses to vote on endorsing Jim Jordan for Speaker.

Jim Jordan is a very serious threat to the Deep State in Washington DC, , AND  right in our very own Columbus, Ohio.  As a threat,  we find the House of Representative and the Ohio Republican party are pulling out all the stops to protect and provide cover to those who want to stay in power with the status quo and will fight any attempts to bring the power back to the people. At today’s […]

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Sep 05

Rep Jim Jordan to Speak at MVCI Meeting Monday, September 10, 2018

 

MIAMI VALLEY CITIZENS INFORMED (MVCI)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
7:00 to 8:30 PM
Washington Heights Baptist Church
5650 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH. 45429

MVCI is pleased to announce that our special guest speaker this month is:  

CONGRESSMAN 

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Aug 31

Chief Justice O’Connor Cites ‘Catastrophic’ Effects of Issue 1

Too many people in our criminal justice system are there because of substance abuse disorders. This is undeniable. We know that substance abuse disorders are a major driver in criminal justice spending. We also know that through long-term treatment and therapy, those addicted can lead law-abiding, productive lives. Issue 1 on Ohio’s November 6 ballot purports to address this problem by reducing drug possession penalties and directing the savings from reduced incarcerations to expanded drug […]

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Aug 30

Millennials May Love Socialism, But Socialism Won’t Love Them Back!

Americans’ heavy flirtation with socialism continues, and nowhere is that more evident than in America’s youth. For many millennials, socialism appears to be both a viable and desirable replacement for capitalism. It isn’t, on any level. We are failing

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Aug 10

Ohio’s Conservative groups team up with NRA to support Renacci

In 2016,  Conservative group volunteers from across Ohio worked with the NRA’s Political Victory Fund (NRA_PVF) to make hundreds of thousands of phone calls to Ohios Voters to inform them of Donald Trumps stand on the 2nd Amendment rights. We’re happy to announce that the NRA-PVF once again has stepped up to the plate.  With the help from the same volunteers we’ll be manning the phones to tell Ohio’s voters that Senate Candidate Jim Renacci […]

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Aug 09

New York Times Shows Gross Anti-Christian Bigotry in their Attack on VP Mike Pence

Franklin Graham comments (via his Facebook page) on the anti-Christian bigotry of the New York Times and the need to pray for Vice President Pence and his family:

The New York Times published a slanderous, vile op-ed piece about

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Aug 09

Ben Shapiro LIVE at Young America’s Foundation 40th annual National Conservative Student Conference

Much has been said about Socialism of late, and the Democrats seemed to have coined the term “Democratic Socialism.” This talk is by Ben Shapiro, a political scientist and Harvard Law graduate who has a huge following, particularly with …

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Aug 05

EPA Releases a Long-Delayed Report Showing Ethanol Hurts the Environment

We have been told for years that Ethanol, as a renewable source, is good for our environment and the government continues to mandate gasoline contain 10% ethanol in every gallon of gasoline. In fact, efforts have been made …

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Aug 01

DC Bus trip – Rally for the Republic – Support for Jim Jordan as Speaker

We are looking into the possibility of a bus trip to Washington DC to attend the Rally for the Republic event to support Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House…  This event is being hosted by Freedom Works. Rally for the Republic featuring Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Mark Meadows Wednesday September 26th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM United States Capitol (West Lawn) East Capitol St. NE & First St. SE Washington, DC 20004 […]

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Jul 31

Study says ‘Medicare For All’ Would Cost $32.6 Trillion Over Ten Years

The single-payer health care system advocated by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) and an increasing number of Democrats under the tagline “Medicare for all” would cost the federal government $32.6 trillion over the next decade, according to a …

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Jul 31

DeMint: Jim Jordan Is Being Railroaded

If you’ve heard the recent allegations against Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and you suspect that he’s being railroaded by the liberal media, you’re absolutely right. Former Senator Jim DeMint, founder of the Senate Conservatives Fund, has explained why the

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Jul 28

Recreational Marijuana Has a Big Negative Impact on Society

Many are pushing for legalizing recreational marijuana. We would be wise to look at all of the negative effects in Colorado where marijuana was legalized. Since legalizing recreational marijuana, Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related traffic deaths, …

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Jul 28

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a Powerful Voice for Religious Liberty

Everyone who values religious liberty and wants to preserve the rights of all Americans should hope and pray that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice by the U.S. Senate!

Writing for the Washington Times Thursday, House …

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Jul 28

Family Picnic in NW Ohio

The weather was perfect for last nights family picnic in NW Ohio.  The NW Ohio Conservative Coalition, Toledo Tea Party  teamed up with Lucas County Republican clubs to host a family style Picnic at Sidecut Park in Maumee Ohio.    Almost 100 people attended, we had marshmallow roast, and a lot of food.  (I did,t see any fishing poles..) We had a couple special guests show up,  Lucas County Treasurer candidate Lori Brodi stopped by with […]

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Jul 26

Colorado Conservatives Fight Back Against Classroom Bias

Several members of the University of Colorado Board of Regents are pushing to prioritize diversity of political thought on campuses statewide, and it’s an effort that’s being praised — and joined — by conservative students who say they’ve faced

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Jul 25

Heritage Action Supports Republican Efforts to Fix Health Care

The House will vote this week on a series of Health Savings Account (HSA) reform bills that will increase health insurance choices and help lower costs. The respected conservative organization Heritage Action notes that many Republicans are taking steps

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Jul 21

‘Pig Book’ Spotlights 232 Earmarks Amid Pork That Wastes Taxpayers’ Money

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 2018 Congressional Pig Book, the 26th edition of the group’s exposé on pork-barrel spending. CAGW President Tom Schatz was joined at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. by Sens. Jeff Flake …

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Jul 20

Libertarian Candidate Travis Irvine Files for Governor

Columbus – Filmmaker Travis Irvine and Ohio business owner Todd Grayson turned in their Petition for Candidacy for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, on Wednesday. They will be officially launching their campaign at an event in Columbus in the coming weeks. Irvine and Grayson will be on the ballot at the General Election on November 6th. Citing his concerns for the gross neglect of Individual liberties by the Ohio Governors office as reasons for entering […]

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Jul 17

Ohio Tea Party Poll Shows Close Races for Ohio Senator and Governor

An Ohio TEA Party organization has released a poll showing close races for Ohio Senator and Ohio Governor. In the Senate race, conservative Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, a strong supporter of the policies of President Trump, is running against

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Jul 10

Kavanaugh Nomination to the Supreme Court Cheered by Conservatives

The nomination by President Trump of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court has been cheered by conservatives who value the Constitution and the rule of law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said “He is widely …

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Jul 07

Democrat Richard Cordray, Candidate for Governor of Ohio, Seems to have a Nazi Problem

Richard Cordray, Democratic candidate for Governor of Ohio, seems to have an unfortunate habit of comparing Republicans to Nazis! Could this be an indication of just how far to the “left” he stands?

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Jul 04

Ten Quotes from Billy Graham on the United States of America

As the U.S. celebrates Independence Day, these ten quotes from Billy Graham are a reminder of how much Mr. Graham loved his nation and desperately wanted to see his fellow Americans know the peace and love of God.

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Jun 28

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement from the Supreme Court Cheers Pro-Life and Values Voters


To replace retiring Justice Kennedy, President Donald Trump has promised that he will appoint a well-qualified conservative who will interpret the law based on the intended meaning of the Constitution. The prospect of such an appointment is encouraging conservatives

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Jun 28

Ohio Christian Alliance Promotes Voter Registration Sundays

Ohio Christian Alliance is encouraging churches to conduct non-partisan Voter Registration Sundays, with the first to be held on July 1, 2018. It is important that American Christians be good stewards of the gift that God has given us

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Jun 28

MVCI to Host Patriotic U.S.A. Birthday Celebration Next Monday, July 2, 2018

MIAMI VALLEY CITIZENS INFORMED
MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018
6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM 
*Refreshments at 6:30 program at 7 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S.A.!
WASHINGTON

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Jun 28

Ruling that stops forced union fees leaves Union PACs scrambling

The JANUS vs AFSCME ruling means one of the AFSCME’s largest activist PACs will be  scrambling for funding. Below is a list of Contributions from AFSCME for the two years 2017 and 2018. AFSCME , Washington DC contributed over 2.5 million dollars to one of their Political Action Committee activist organization “For Our Future“..  This is just one union,  You can’t even imagine the amount of money that Unions divert to politics. Now that forced […]

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Jun 04

A Victory for Religious Liberty – Supreme Court sides with Colorado Baker who Refused to make Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couple

In a victory for religious liberty, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Colorado baker who declined to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage ceremony.

After six years of relentless attacks from the Colorado Civil Rights

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Jun 02

Franklin Graham Calls for Christians to be Involved in Politics

Franklin Graham has been on a mission to urge Christians to stand up and engage the political process. In a recent interview, he stated “I don’t think that Christians should be silent.”
He also added “We need Christian

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May 28

President Trump Proposing Title X Rule to Help Pro-Life Groups

Many Conservatives are thrilled with President Donald Trump’s proposed rule to cut off Title X federal family planning funds from abortion providers. The rule would make the money available to organizations that fight for the rights of unborn children

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May 28

Institute on the Constitution Leadership Training on Saturday, June 16, in Tipp City, Ohio

IOTC will sponsor a great Leadership Training event on Saturday, June 16, in Tipp City, Ohio. The deadline for registration is June 9. Contact Ricki Pepin at the email or phone number provided in their information below:

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May 17

Rep. Mark Meadows Calls for Border Wall, Supporting President Trump

Rep. Mark Meadows is calling on Congress to stop efforts toward an illegal alien amnesty bill, and support the Goodlatte immigration bill supported by President Trump. The Goodlatte proposal would end chain migration, eliminate the diversity lottery program, fund …

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May 14

Move of American Embassy to Jerusalem is Important to Christians

The U.S. has made history as our great nation has legitimized the State of Israel, our ally and friend, by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital. Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is …

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May 12

Massive Media Bias Against President Trump Continues

Massive bias against President Trump continues in the American news media! See the evidence below from Ohio Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski, which says that 90% of the coverage of President Trump in the “mainstream” media continues to be

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May 06

MVCI to Hold Special Meeting on Monday, May 7, with Focus on May 8 Primary Election

MIAMI VALLEY CITIZENS INFORMED
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018
7 PM to 8:30 PM
Washington Heights Baptist Church
UPDATE ON OHIO with TOM ZAWISTOWSKI
MVCI will be showing excerpts from a recent presentation

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May 02

Beyond the Opioid Epidemic: May 15 Meeting in Xenia Addressing Addiction and Mental Health

It’s been one year since our Attorney General Mike DeWine and a panel of local experts described the opioid/heroin crisis during a well-attended seminar. A team is returning to report on what is working well and challenges we face

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Apr 11

Institute on the Constitution Announces Special Event for Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Institute on the Constitution is pleased to announce a Graduation/Reunion/Outreach Event for Graduates of any of their courses, PLUS their friends and family.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

WHERE:  The Covenant at Sugar Grove, 7875 S. Kessler-Frederick Road, Tipp …

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Mar 29

MVCI to Host Candidates Forum Monday April 2, 2018

MIAMI VALLEY CITIZENS INFORMED

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018
7 PM to 8:30 PM
At
Washington Heights Baptist Church
CANDIDATES FORUM
Primary elections are just a few weeks away and that is when

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Mar 22

Tom Zawistowski Denounces Massive 1.3 Trillion Dollar Spending Bill Passing Through Congress

Respected Ohio Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski has issued a powerful press release condemning the massive spending bill that has been accepted by many in Congress:

 Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio TEA Party organization the We the People

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Mar 15

Important GCTP Public Meeting March 27, 2018, in Xenia, Ohio

You are invited to an important Greene County Tea Party (GCTP) public meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. We will have a great video dealing with the important topic of the  “Bible and Politics” by D. …

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Mar 03

MVCI Hosting Lisa Watson’s “Sleeping With the Enemy” Monday, March 5, 2018

 

MIAMI VALLEY CITIZENS

INFORMED

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018
7:00 –  8:30 PM
Washington Heights Baptist Church 
MVCI and the “Diogenes – GDWR Supper Club” are excited to jointly present Lisa Watson

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Feb 17

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor Presents Strong Conservative Views at MVCI Meeting January 29, 2018

The upcoming May 8th Primary Election is of great importance because that is the BEST opportunity to support the candidates of your choice rather than waiting until the November general election when your choice is limited to a vote …

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Feb 14

“Social Justice Movement”: Why Americans Should be Concerned, GCTP Meeting Thursday, February 22, in Xenia, Ohio, with James Murdoch, Ph.D. of Cedarville University

Dr. Murdoch, Senior Professor of History at Cedarville University, will be speaking on the importance of the “Social Justice Movement” and its’ impact on the expansion of government into the culture and lives of the American people. He will

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Feb 06

Candidate Renacci to Speak at joint MVCI & Greene County Tea Party Event

MIAMI VALLEY CITIZENS INFORMED
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
7:00 to 8:30 PM
Washington Heights Baptist Church
For decades the motto of the Boy Scouts of America has been…”Be Prepared.”  It is good

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Feb 04

The Full Text of the Nunes Memo on FISA Abuses

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

On February 2, 2018, The White House authorized the release of the House Permanent Select Committee memorandum of January 29, 2018, on the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and

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Feb 03

House Memo Raises Serious Concerns About Government Abuses

The released House memo raises serious questions about government surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign! Every American, regardless of their politics, should be very concerned about the possible use of the powerful DOJ and FBI to attack political

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Feb 01

Conservatives Not Welcome!

Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), a new conservative activism organization at the University of Cincinnati, will be hosting pro-life speaker Star Parker on February 15th, and UC is charging them a $2,000 security fee, even though the event does

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Feb 01

Warning! OH HB 160 Would Elevate Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Protected Class Status!

The Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee heard testimony on a bill, HB 160, on Wednesday, 31 January at 9:30 a.m. that would punish schools, ministries, businesses and families that don’t want to allow biological men in

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Jan 25

MVCI and GCTP Holding “Meet the Candidate Night” with Rep. Jim Renacci Monday, February 12, 2018

Miami Valley Citizens Informed (MVCI) and Greene County Tea Party (GCTP) are happy to announce a “Meet the Candidate Night” with Rep. Jim Renacci Monday, February 12, 2018! It will be held from 7 – 8:30 PM at Washington …

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Jan 25

MVCI Holding “Meet the Candidate Night” with Mary Taylor Monday, January 29, 2018

 

Miami Valley Citizens Informed (MVCI) is happy to announce its “Meet the Candidate Night” with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor Monday, January 29, 2018! It will be held from 7 – 8:30 PM at Washington Heights Baptist Church, 5650

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Jan 23

Stanford Student Groups Call for Resignation of Professor with Antifa Ties

 

(The Student Free Press Association is a nonprofit organization run by veteran journalists to help beginning journalists. With our higher-education news website, The College Fix, we work with college-aged writers, bloggers, tweeters, podcasters, and viral video makers …

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Jan 23

Under President Trump, a Healthy Respect for HHS

Candidate Donald Trump listed a major goal of “draining the swamp.” It appears that President Trump is making much progress within the HHS!

When the American people elected Donald Trump, they won a lot more than the White House. …

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Jan 23

FBI and DOJ – Connecting the Dots!

This interview with former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova lays out the extent of the criminality in the DOJ and FBI and the Constitutional crisis facing us! The interviewer is Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Jan 21

Truth of America’s Founding, Your Heritage and Mine – Special Seminar Next Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Xenia, Ohio

Final Opportunity to Register

The Truth of America’s Founding – Your Heritage and Mine

A One-Day-Seminar

Greetings Members, Colleagues, and friends in Christ –

Do you know America’s purpose – why and how it was founded? Do you know …

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Jan 13

Truth of America’s Founding, Your Heritage and Mine – Powerful Seminar Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Xenia, Ohio

Greetings Greene County Tea Party Members, Colleagues and Friends,

Americans need UNITY if we are to grow strong again as a people and nation.  But how do we achieve that?  Christians and other concerned citizens can begin to build …

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Jan 07

Truth of America’s Founding, Your Heritage and Mine – Special Seminar Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Xenia, Ohio

Dear Greene County Tea Party Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Are you aware of or alarmed by how many of our freedoms we are losing in America, particularly the freedom to express our strongly held religious views both in conversation …

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Dec 28

Supreme Court Rejects Lower Court Roadblock to Elimination of DACA Program

Good day, and we hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

A message from Washington, where the news reflects the politics of illegal immigration at year’s end: The Daily Signal, the news arm of the Heritage Foundation, and Alden …

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Dec 19

Democrats’ Assault on Tax Bill Appears Desperate and Dishonest

The left’s hysterical attacks against the GOP tax bill, which was passed by the House Tuesday and was expected to win Senate approval, tells you something big is going on. If the tax bill becomes law, Republicans will be

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Dec 17

Mike DeWine and Jon Husted To Meet and Greet in Miamisburg Thursday, December 21

It is important for everyone to become familiar with the candidates for Ohio Governor in 2018!

On Thursday, Dec 21, Mike DeWine and Jon Husted will be holding a campaign style meet and greet at Think Patented in …

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Dec 10

Conservatives Support President Trump’s Decision to Move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump has been criticized for his decision to start the process of moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. But most conservatives strongly support the decision for a number of reasons, including (1) it recognizes the

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Dec 07

Heritage Foundation Analyzes Republican Tax Bills

The Heritage Foundation has reduced the 479 pages of the Senate Tax Reform Bill and compared it to the current law, House bill, and Heritage recommendations that the House/Senate Conference Committee should consider! With both the Senate and House …

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Dec 04

Supreme Court Gives President Trump a Major Travel Ban Victory

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave President Donald Trump a big victory as it ruled in favor of President Trump’s travel ban affecting residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The justices said the policy can take full effect despite …

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Dec 02

President Trump Embraces the Celebration of Christmas

President Obama and most of the Left promoted making society more and more secular, including avoiding public reference to Christ during the Christmas season. In sharp contrast, President Trump has brought a strong return of the true meaning of

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Dec 02

No Evidence of Anything Unethical by President Trump

In spite of wishful thinking by many in the mainstream media, there continues to be NO evidence that President Trump has done anything illegal or unethical! Conservatives need to unite behind President Trump to Make America Great Again for

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Nov 09

MVCI to Host Secretary of State Jon Husted on Monday, November 13, 2017

It is important for all Conservatives to be well informed about candidates running for Ohio governor in 2018. One big opportunity to learn more is at the Miami Valley Citizens Informed meeting next Monday, November 13:

 

MIAMI VALLEY

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Nov 05

Ohio Issue 2 on Prescription Drug Pricing – Important Information for Election November 7, 2017

Many Conservatives have significant reservations about Ohio Issue 2, which deals with the pricing of prescription drugs, and it is important for all voters to be informed! The information below was compiled by Dennis Crouch, President of the Greene

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Nov 02

Planned Parenthood Promotes Widespread Abortion in the Black Community

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a blatant racist, and the organization continues to promote widespread abortion in the minority community! In spite of this, almost all Democratic politicians continue to endorse funding Planned Parenthood with hundreds of millions

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Oct 26

Jake MacAulay, CEO of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), to speak at GCTP on November 16, 2017

We are indebted to CEO Jake MacAulay, of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC) for taking time to speak at the Greene County Tea Party (GCTP) Public Meeting. An exceptionally knowledgeable and dynamic speaker, he speaks on the Law

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Oct 24

NFL Continues to Allow Players to Disrespect the American Flag

The National Football League continues to ignore the wishes of the public as they allow players to kneel or do other actions disrespecting the flag during the national anthem. Their business is suffering as a result, as more and

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Oct 18

National Security Briefing by ACT in Cincinnati Tuesday, October 24, 2017, with Philip Haney & Jim Simpson

 

ACT for America has announced at National Security Briefing next Tuesday in the Cincinnati area. They state “ACT for America is committed to recruiting, training, and mobilizing citizens community by community to help protect and preserve American culture

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Oct 08

Vice President Pence Leaves Game to Show Respect for the Flag and All It Represents

Vice President Mike Pence walked out on his home-state Indianapolis Colts Sunday when members of the opposing team kneeled for the National Anthem. He later tweeted this statement:
“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will

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Oct 06

Wright State to Host Summit on October 16 to Help Fight the Opioid Crisis

Wright State is playing a key role in a new initiative by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and will host a summit October 16 designed to throw the spotlight on the dangers of opioid abuse and the importance of …

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Oct 05

White House Rips Senate Panel for Continuing Russian Investigation

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders criticized the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, a day after the panel said its probe into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials remains open.
“The Senate Intel Committee told us yesterday

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Oct 01

Thoughts on the NFL and the National Anthem

Thoughts from Dennis Crouch, Greene County Tea Party President:
As a retired Air Force military man and combat veteran I have fought for our flag. There is no higher symbol than the flag that expresses the values that made

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Oct 01

Vote to Protect Unborn Babies Expected Tuesday, October 3, 2017

As House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has stated “Science is increasingly showing by eight weeks children in the womb react to touch, by 20 and if not before, they feel pain,” McCarthy said. “Not only can they feel pain …

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Oct 01

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Sep 19

London Bombing Shows Danger of Islamification in Europe. Is the US Next?

The terrorist bombing Friday of a train on the London Underground, which injured 30 people was yet more evidence of a painful truth: the Islamification of the United Kingdom and Europe is well under way. Many now fear that

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Sep 11

Haupt: The White House press secretary, reporter or employee?

 “The news media isn’t there to tell you what has really happened. It’s there to tell you what it wants you to hear. It’s there to make their editors and advertisers happy, not inform you.”

– Joan Wheston

Thomas Carlyle praised political philosopher Edmund Burke, who publicly recognized the press as gatekeepers of a democratic society to protect it from government. As Parliament opened in 1787, Burke proclaimed, “There are three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sits the Fourth Estate, far more important than they all.” Though the press, lawyers and other non consorts have had access to governments throughout most reported history, Burke designated the press, as the lynchpin to secure the people’s government. He conceded an ill informed public was the subject of tyrannical abuse.

“Education is the cheap defense of nations.”

– Edmund Burke

Before the 19th century, the U.S. press didn’t have much interest in the White House since Congress was so accessible and eager to trade scoops for votes. But in 1893 during Grover Cleveland’s presidency when economic chaos gripped the nation and reporter William Pierce bullied his way into the White House, things changed. As Cleveland failed to right the economic ship and sway public opinion, the reporters capitalized on this Panic of 1893. A hyperbolic press ruined the Democratic Party’s image, which floundered dismally for decades. The yellow dogging of these reporters helped incubate the ontogeny of the progressive era.

“A nation run by reporters is a nation run by fools.”

– Alan Strong

In 1904, Teddy Roosevelt invited rain-soaked reporters into the White House. They were awestruck as he offered them an office to work in and brought them coffee and a meal. And this was the birth of the White House Press Corps. But as always, when you give the press an inch they stretch it to infinity. Soon, reporters grew their presence and influence and shortly they weaseled into previously un-chartered “off limit” enclaves. It was this tradition that has morphed into an uncontrolled arm of government used to control public opinion rather than to report the news. Far too many of these former reporters have forgotten:

“A free press needs to be a respected press.”

– Tom Stoppard

By 1933 when FDR took office, he realized the powerful weaponry of the press in pitching his “Bad Deal,” which set the stage for today’s political news circus. By now, the charges of the White House press secretary environed dealing with newspapers as well as radio media. This fueled the engine for FDR’s fabinistic social re-engineering. Secretary Stephen Early was a coy and able hireling for a cagey FDR. As a former journalist and elected official, he held the tools to delude press releases and promote FDR’s agitprop to reporters. He was keenly adept in helping FDR to subvert legal protocol to suppurate progressivism.

“Dangerous masters depend on a few willing servants.”

– Aldo Dolores

Press secretaries cautiously grapple presidential antics to appease the press. At times, they must breach journalistic ethics to barter news releases. They obfuscate facts in a way that sounds more optimistic than misanthropic to these famished predators. Secretary Mike McCurry was the first to televise live press briefings under Bill Clinton. Little did they know the White House would become Peyton Place-East. One of these briefings opened the can of worms where Monica Lewinsky was hiding out. As this soap opera crept into every U.S. home, it became the hottest topic on the comedy circuit since Watergate. In an interview years later, McCurry said he and Clinton regretted they ever authorized broadcasting TV briefings. “That was the dumbest thing we ever did!” Obviously, there isn’t any doubt:

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

– George Carlin

The job of press secretary has less security than that of the guy who hired them. Most remain on the job only a few years because it’s impossible to continually sugarcoat the blunders of their boss. They are not only hired and fired faster than a Vegas comedian can tell a bad joke, they are under the scrutiny of social media and alternative journalism and can’t play hide and seek with the truth. Maybe that’s why few women have ventured into this dark field of journalism? Bill Clinton’s first press secretary, Dee Dee Meyers, abruptly quit without notice. Obviously, few people wonder why. Dana Perino was admirable under George W. Bush but left to take a position as a political analyst.

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.”

– Joseph Conrad

Presidents have unique and combative affinities with the press and the secretary works for them.

It is the reporter’s duty to disregard party hype and report genuine news. Some secretaries lose sight of their journalistic duties but reporters can’t. Last decade proved presidents can’t effectuate while at war with the media. Media segued further left, and turned the other cheek to progressive failures and took the liberty to report them.

“Liberal news outlets and their activist readers routinely reiterate the incendiary rhetoric and accusations fed to them by progressive politicians.”

– R. Kliner

The presses’ romance with the White House has been checkered since it’s up to them what they spin and how they spin it. And since the recent political divide, it has festered into a mass-media infection. To insure a progressive victory, with the help of liberal White House cronies they turned an economic downturn into the “Eve of Economic Destruction.” And after eight years of helping Barack Obama rewrite the Constitution, confidence in media dropped to 32 percent, its lowest in Gallup poll history. Since the election of Donald Trump, it’s down another 8 points! With arrant assailing of Sean Spicer and their tenacious underpinning of his new press secretary, Sarah H. Sanders, the third woman in history to permeate their good ol’ boys club, their credibility has gone belly up.

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b****, OK.”

Madonna

Author Bernie Mares wrote, “Thank God I’m a journalist and no longer a reporter.” Yes, a reporter’s job isn’t easy but it was their career by choice. A good one disseminates the truth, even it they fall in disfavor with their editor or the White House. When they sit behind a typewriter they know they have no friends. A bad one goes along to get along if it sells papers or increases ratings. He will prostitute his oath of truth and dignity to please an editor or the White House. A D.C.  press secretary dawns a dissimilar hat the day he takes the job. He’s no longer a good cop or a bad cop, but an employee on the payroll.

“The boss is always right even when he’s wrong.”

– Blaine Fulbright

The best press secretaries have seen their job as two-way streets: from principle or pragmatism. Not only to convey White House minutiae to the media, but to represent the press in high councils of the government. There’s much to be admired about their work and dedication. But even the best ended up pounding sand when they showed more loyalty to their master rather than their oath of allegiance to the Fourth Estate. When asked about Watergate, Nixon’s patriotic and competent press secretary retorted:

“If my answers sound confusing, I think they are confusing because questions are confusing and the situation is confusing, and I’m not in a position to clarify it.”

– Ron Ziegler

Plutarch wrote, “No man delights in the bearer of distorted truth.” White House press reporters are distorting news worse than a fable written by a bad comic book science fiction writer. The enemy is not the press secretary, they are only the messenger. Let’s not continue to kill the messenger, but reporters who breach the ethics of their trade.

“Journalism is a profession. It takes skill, courage and conviction. If a writer does not possess that talent, they become a news reporter.’’

– Carla Rice

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Sep 07

Frederick Douglass Expert to Speak at University of Dayton and Greene County on September 11, 2017

 

Frederick Douglass was by far the most famous Black Republican who rose from slavery to prosperity. A number of groups are sponsoring several events featuring prominent speaker, K. Carl Smith to share the inspiring story of Frederick Douglas.

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Sep 06

Many agree: Time for Congress to act after DACA decision

Illinois’ two Democratic U.S. senators agree with President Donald Trump on one one aspect of DACA: Congress now needs to act.

After calling Trump cruel, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Congress needs to step into the DACA fight.

“I have always held out the hope that President Trump would keep his word and ‘take care’ of the Dreamers. After all, the president told America, ‘We love the Dreamers,’ ” Durbin said in a statement. “Starting this countdown clock will require Congress to act fast.”

Democrat U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said much the same thing. So did Trump, for that matter.

And so does Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy expert at the Cato Institute.

“The ball is now in Congress’ court,” Nowrasteh said. “It is their job to pass a law. To provide a long-term solution to this immigration problem, specifically to try and legalize a lot of these DREAMers who were brought here as children.”

The Trump Administration said it ended President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy because it exceeded his Constitutional authority when he ordered as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants to be able to stay in the U.S. The White House said Trump is willing to work with Congress to find a solution.

Nowrasteh said the problem may be getting Congress to agree with itself.

“It’s a big ‘if.’ Congress hasn’t passed a substantive immigration bill since the 1990s,” Nowrasteh said. “This is different because the DREAMers are a very sympathetic group. I don’t think any bill that includes E-Verify, or a border wall, or a RAISE Act will pass because those are so unpopular.”

The president’s decision to end DACA won’t mean any changes for anyone for the next six months, and could allow some DREAMers to stay in the U.S. for as long as two years.

Nowrasteh said no matter what you think of DACA as policy, the best solution for all sides is to have Congress act.

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Sep 05

Foes of Ohio drug-pricing initiative see many side effects for state

An Ohio ballot initiative that aims to cut prescription drug costs for millions has drawn opposition from health officials, business groups and community organizations, all of whom find the measure’s promises hard to swallow.

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, which will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot, would mandate that the state government pay no more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. Typically, the VA gets discounts of about 24 percent.

Supporters of the initiative, which was spearheaded by the California-based AIDS Heathcare Foundation, say it will benefit four million Ohioans, save about $400 million annually and help get drug companies to mend their ways.

But opponents view the measure as ludicrous, unworkable and simplistic, and they say the promised cost savings are illusionary. If passed, the initiative would actually raise drug costs for the majority of Ohio residents, they say.

“The other side has a very easy issue to demagogue, and they do it all the time,” Dale Butland, spokesman for Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue, told Watchdog.org.

Three quarters of state-purchased drugs in Ohio go to the Medicaid program, which already gets a discount of 23.1 percent, Butland said. Ohio negotiates further discounts through private agreements as well, he said.

“Ohio is already paying very close, if not the same, as the VA …” Butland said. “The alleged savings that the ‘yes’ campaign talks about is simply not there.”

And though the initiative says the state would have to spend no more than the lowest drug price paid by the VA, it’s not possible to know the lowest price because the VA also negotiates voluntary discounts with drug manufacturers that are not disclosed, according to Butland.

Because the initiative does not apply to those with private health care, Ohioans insured through their employers could see their drug prices go up, he said. If drug manufacturers are told they have to sell their products to certain buyers at a lower rate, they could opt to recoup any losses by raising the costs for those not covered by the initiative, Butland said.

The campaign opposing the drug price initiative sees its role as educating voters about the proposal’s details. A similar proposal in California lost by a 53-to-47-percent margin last November, but it started out with an 80 percent approval rating, he said.

“By election day, a lot of Democratic voters thought this really wasn’t a good idea,” Butland said.

The opponents have endorsements from 70 statewide organizations in Ohio, including medical associations, business and labor groups, and community organizations. Several former Ohio Medicaid directors have joined the opposition as well, saying that uncertainties about how market forces would play out make it a risky deal for taxpayers.

But Dennis Willard, spokesman for Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices, sees the current drug pricing market as dysfunctional, with drug companies having the ability to raise prices at will. The idea that Ohio already receives drug discounts of more than 20 percent is both inaccurate and illogical, Willard said.

“Drug companies would not be spending tens of millions if this had no impact on their bottom line and their price gouging,” he told Watchdog.org.

Any drug discount is actually split between the federal and state governments, with the feds getting the vast majority of it, according to Willard.

“The discount is tied to Obamacare, and we do not know the future of Obamacare at this point,” he said, adding that the discount does not apply to all Medicaid recipients.

One statewide medical organization supporting the measure is the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, which sees the high cost of drug treatments as a crucial issue for patients and one state and federal lawmakers have not solved.

“This initiated statute is far from perfect, simplistic and flawed in many respects, and may not be the best approach for addressing high drug costs,” the academy said in a statement. “But, because of the inaction of state and federal lawmakers, it is all we have. By supporting this issue, we hope to send a message to legislators — the exorbitant cost of medications and the negative impact those costs have on patients must be addressed.”

But the Ohio Pharmacists Association rejects such notions, arguing that the measure contains no requirement that pharmacies would be able to purchase prescription drugs at the VA rate. So if the measure passes, pharmacies serving Medicaid patients could end up having to pay the going commercial rate from their suppliers while receiving a smaller reimbursement from the state government, according to Antonio Ciaccia, director of government and public affairs for the association.

Under such a scenario, pharmacies that have 40 to 50 percent of their business with Medicaid could not afford such a squeeze and would have to go out of business, Ciaccia said, adding that Medicaid is already underfunding pharmacies.

“This will just exacerbate the current landscape,” he said.

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Sep 04

Open the Books: Tracking military weaponry and war machines flowing to America’s local police departments

[Last] week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s plan to distribute military gear to state and local law enforcement agencies. The rule change means weapons typically reserved for war-time use – tracked armored (tank-like) vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vessels, grenade launchers, bayonets, and firearms with ammunition of .50-caliber or higher – will start flowing to local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program.

Yes, the story is familiar. In 2016, we sounded the alarm at Forbes about the Obama administration sending heavy weapons to local police departments. We noted that people of good faith on both the left and right were raising serious concerns regarding civil liberties and the growth of government.

Today, the same questions are valid: What’s the legitimate law enforcement purpose for these weapons? Does the militarization of local police threaten our civil liberties?

Search our OpenTheBooks interactive map for all weaponry transferred to the 6,500 local, state and other federal police agencies across America since 2006. See it all – in your hometown, park district, forest preserve, junior college, university, county, state police – or federal agency such as Homeland Security, Interior and the Justice Department – across any ZIP code!

What military gear will you find in your local police department? Here’s a sample of our findings:

 – In Illinois, the College of DuPage received 14 fully automatic M16 rifles. The police department in Wheaton (pop. 53,000) picked up 68 M16 and M14 rifles plus five pistols (.45 caliber). Evanston – a small community known to promote gun control ordinances – procured 20 M16 rifle.
– In Ohio, the Department of Natural Resources received 240 fully automatic M16 and M14 rifles. Why? To enforce hunting laws?
– Mine-resistant armored vehicles (49) were transferred to many small towns and counties in Florida including Baker County (pop. 27,000), Leesburg (pop. 22,400), Hallandale Beach (37,113), and Suwannee County (pop. 43,000).

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Sep 04

Haupt: The forgotten faces of American labor

 “As we celebrate Labor Day, we honor the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers’ rights, which are so critical to our strong and successful labor force.”

– Elizabeth Esty

The dynamic contributions of our ladies of past generations are overshadowed by today’s “mock feminism.” Real American women had a profound effect on our society, economy, and our liberty during the course of our history. One needs only to look at the strategic roles women played during our war times. From the Revolutionary War’s “Molly Pitcher” to the thousands in our military today, our nation’s women have timely impacted our historical conflicts. They transformed necessity into opportunities for women today. This was cogent during Worl War II, when more than 200,000 women served in the military, and more than 6  million flooded the American workforce from 1941 to 1945.

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

– Margaret Thatcher

Rosie the Riveter is a U.S. cultural icon, representative of the patriotic American women who worked in factories and shipyards during WWII. Many of these patriots produced munitions as well as other strategic war supplies to propel our troops to an allied victory. These women stepped up and took jobs their male counterparts left behind. Male workers in machine shops and foundries needed replacing and they answered the call. Rosie the Riveter became a symbol of our women’s new economic and social power. Her story spread worldwide as images of female war-workers appeared in allied countries. They became media icons on government posters that encouraged us to support the war!

“Strong woman harvest the spoils of war with coy ennobled valor.”

– W. Howard

Today, few Americans are fully aware that women played an important part in providing them with many opportunities in the workplace. These are a result of the strategic roles that our mothers and grandmothers played in WWII. Unfortunately, what little knowledge we have is often limited to those such as Rosie the Riveter. We hear of the wives and mothers left to manage households, waiting to hear from their soldiering spouses abroad. Rosie was a trail-blazing feminist who captivated the world with her female might. But there were many essential roles our patriotic women filled during the second Great War that contributed greatly to our labor force. They are the forgotten “faces of labor.”

“It is amazing what a woman can do if only she ignores what men tell her she can’t.”

– Chris Carns

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, our government called upon our factories to produce war goods. The workplace atmosphere was often tense. This was due to resentment of labor union bosses dictating policy to reluctant manufacturers throughout the 1930s. Many companies were feeling the sting of aggressive attempts to control free markets. The last thing they wanted was the feds flexing their mussel over production-line, war-time profiteering. To appease them and minimize past friction, they sent an olive branch to our zealous women. They trained them and helped care for their children. The UAW produced a poster in 1942 showing management and women aligned maintaining an assembly line. This powerful poster read:

“Together We Can Do It!”

– UAW

The need to mobilize the population behind the war effort was so compelling, political and social  leaders agreed men must change their perceptions of gender with a national emergency at hand. This brought about sacrifices, new jobs, new skills, and opportunities for America’s women.  The new U.S. secret weapon was the women who mobilized to meet the new challenges demanded of  them. As U.S. government and industry rapidly expanded to meet wartime needs, our women made this possible. Women were needed to fill traditional male jobs and roles during the war and needed little encouragement to answer the call. As each U.S. factory retooled for war production, this greatly expanded industrial output made women the nation’s most dominant labor force. Our women kept the country running, working night shifts and weekends to meet the pressing needs of our war machine. They showed the whole world:

“We make the things that matter, matter.”

– Teresa Funke

Before the war, many occupations were reserved for men in most states. But the war changed this quickly. Women contributed in a variety of ways to preserve world liberty and national peace. They labored in factories and became civic leaders. They sold war bonds, rolled bandages, coordinated blood drives, and ran civil defense teams. They tended Victory Gardens, and entertained returning troops on leave. They recycled scarce materials needed by our armies. They managed the strains of rationing gas, tires, sugar, meat, silk; shoes, and even “nylons” and many other necessary war commodities. And they did this while sustaining their families, though many knew they would face mourning after the war. They were aware that:

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

– Plato

Before the war, there were few opportunities for women to make full use of their academics. But the government knew they needed qualified leaders to teach and to train, and turned immediately to readily identifiable women. The government was fully aware of the unleashed power possessed by our women in scholastic institutions. They tapped into this energetic labor force immediately. And they responded with fervor from networks of university-trained women. Women were recruited for government service, education, military and civilian management jobs. Our “Government Girls” came from all over the country to Washington, and ran our ever-expanding war-time machine. They were the army fighting on the home front behind lines to defend us and support the war.

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”

– Gloria Steinem

After the war, some women returned to their former places in society, while others refused to do so. Many had learned new skills and were prepared to use them, and they continue to contribute each day to our nation. Many knew they had finally achieved that economic and political clout they had not entertained before the war. They proved they were capable in any chosen role and have made remarkable contributions to industry, politics, and the military for decades since. And industry today is reaching out to qualified women as a result of the attainments of our WWII women. It was our American women who proved:

“Work is valued by the social value of the worker.”

– Gloria Steinem

The intent of Labor Day is to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a day of national tribute to the contributions so many made to the prosperity of our nation. The Industrial Revolution is considered the birth place of the modern labor movement. Although in 1830 women first appeared in this mechanized evolution, it was during WWII they brought the greatest influx of new faces in history to our workforce. They dispelled the mores and attitudes that reflected primeval values of past generations. They delivered lasting dignity to working women around the world. They opened doors that had been nailed closed. They challenged the credibility of social limitations with righteous indignation.

”Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

– Margaret Thatcher

America as well as organized labor benefited from these women. They voyaged into un-chartered waters and laid the cornerstone for modern labor today. Women are no longer an underclass in the work force because of these brave feminists.

“The abolition and suffrage movements progressed because we were never damaged by division; we should always remember that.”

– Gloria Steinem

 

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Aug 30

Haupt: Obamacare, corporate America’s stepchild

“Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the Socialized State.”

– Vladimir Lenin

The Social Transformation of American Medicine, by sociologist Paul Starr depicts the rise of our sovereign medical profession and how it became such a vast enterprise. He claims the autonomy of our medical professionals has been responsible for its evolution. He establishes their role as unique in our society and details how they used private capital to do this. Starr, a liberal activist in healthcare circles, admits government contributed moderately in developing the world’s greatest healthcare industry. But he cautioned, to maintain it, it would take corporate control of healthcare under government supervision to maintain it as the need for increased services became necessary in the future.

“Some feel the only way to survive is to sell out to establishment politics.”

– Jeri Keys

Transforming our free-market medical industry into a socialized nightmare came with the passage of Obamacare in 2009. When Obama led his “hit-squad” to the torture chamber that Christmas Eve, he had secured deals with corporations and special interest groups like AARP, the AMA and insurance companies. With the stroke of a pen he turned Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hide. His hocus pocus pulled off the most dastardly hat trick in American medical history. Like Dr. Jekyll, he convinced major players they would reap big profits with federal mandates to buy products from them. But like Mr. Hide, he deceptively fooled Americans while embellishing corporate conglomerates the real benefactors.

“It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Obama knew he could not sell socialized medicine in a country built on a free market. He cleverly skewed his sales pitch claiming his magical healthcare elixir of federal pixie dust was the panacea. He rallied select target industry players to endorse his plan. Then he could take small incremental steps at “reforms,” regulations and mandates that would eventually lead to rationing services and coverage. This would allow government to ration medical care and liability by consolidating free-market medicine under corporate banners. His corporate comrades would love this since they’d be off the hook providing health benefits and send employees off to Obama exchanges. Obama gave them a double dose of Kool-Aid.

“Yes, you can fool some of the people all of the time.”

– Al Thorn

Walter Scott said; “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” Only a few years later people are waiting for the unicorns at their doorsteps to tote them off to local healthcare resorts, where mythical Tinkerbell wizards will cure them with magic wands. They’ll be waiting till the “12th of Never.” Instead of increasing access to services, ObamaScare limited their choices in the free market. Now the feds are dictating the coverage we must buy, and what insurance must cover, and every doctor must write a thesis to justify this. What happened to the free market? If everyone sells the same product and they know you must buy it, they will just kick back and wait for the phone to ring.

“A monopoly renders people complacent with mediocrity.”

– Neil Parcey

To progressives, freedom means their right to usurp our God-given rights so they can exploit the vulnerability of the public. When their dream of socialized medicine forced our trusted PCPs to abandon their practices and join corporations, this was a perilous blow to all Americans. When the public saw them fall, one by one, they envisioned Obama’s ultimate goal was a single-payer type healthcare system. When all individual medical providers ultimately disappear and are absorbed into HMO’s conglomerates, they will administer healthcare under government jurisprudence. One Obama spokesman said, “We can no longer pay for healthcare under the current PPO model. We must phase out all fee-for-service care for us to survive. We’ll pay doctors a finite amount to take care of a defined population, within our parameters, not theirs.” Even communist Karl Marx realized the importance of our personal care physicians: “Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.”

As America watched their healthcare system erode under the rubric of mandated insurance, they rebelled. The next general election they replaced most of the progressives that had ganged up on them and stole their free market health care. This new group of Congressmen promised to dump Obamacare in favor of a legitimate free market system to assist in providing healthcare for all. But these promises went the way of the corset. And we have been re-electing them as our insurance premiums go through the roof! Although the House voted to defend Obamacare four times since then, nobody has come up with an alternative plan.

“Sometimes is takes intuitive thinking to come up with a plan that really works. That is something Congress is incapable of doing.”

– Theo Blane

One of the key ingredients of President Donald Trump’s campaign whistle stomping was to repeal the dreaded ObamaScare Americans despised more than a trip to the dentist to get a tooth pulled.

He talked a good talk and the people listened, and he had grandiose solutions that would make everyone happy. His plan would reduce premiums and provide assistance for those in need, and not arm wrestle anyone into buying something they didn’t want. He wanted to reduce the work our doctors did for the government so they could work more for us. This sounded great until Congress stepped in, and fooled with his proposal to appease their favorite sons. By the time they got done detonating his bill, it was just another Obamcare in disguise.

“Whenever everyone puts their two cents in, you end up with a bank filled with depositors who get little or no return.”

– Roy Small

There is no question, Obamacare will soon self-destruct. And the Trump administration along with the Republican Congress is faced with a crisis when it bites the dust. Most of the co-ops are gone. A large portion of the exchanges have only one plan to choose from. Money earmarked to shore up insurance companies has dried up. All attempts to secure funds to support Obamacare have been challenged in court. Although our economy, our medical system and our patients must be freed from the grip of this monster, if Congress can’t fix it now, maybe they should just watch it implode. Then they will be forced to prudently address real free market healthcare reform.

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

– Milton Friedman

It is the essence of pragmatism to acknowledge ObamaCare is not working. From its inception, too many ingredients of Obamacare were consolation prizes to Democrats, insurance companies and big corporations. We cannot “tweak” or reform Obamacare, we need to wait for it to self destruct so liberal Americans who thought they were getting the deal of a lifetime understand that free market healthcare is the only real deal of them and our doctors. In America, nobody is denied medical care at a trauma center or a county hospital. And there are many state and federal programs to assist all those in need.

“Some people need a hand up for help but too many want a hand out.”

– Jill Provo

If we wait long enough, Obamacare will collapse. It’s a fact Obamacare is bankrupting the nation with disastrous consequences.  It is suicidal. But if that is the only way we can open up health care to more competition outside of federal mother-henning we must watch this happen. Healthcare is not a government responsibility. Each of us is responsible to buy our own. Let’s hope sanity prevails, before more doctors go belly up. Congress must repeal ObamaCare for the good of all. If you recall, Karl Marx said, “First you socialize medicine and everything else follows like night follows day.”

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Aug 27

Krug: Let’s get real about fake news

Fake news is so passé, but we can’t get past it.

Seriously, it’s been probably, what, at least 15 seconds since someone accused someone else of stretching a story to suit their needs, twisting a fact, a comment or an image to fit nicely into their narrative, or engaging in an all-out peddling of baloney.

Or is it bologna? No matter.

The reason we can’t get past fake news is that we secretly love it. And we love to accuse each other of selling it. Yes, baloney and fake news. And neither is too terribly good for us, but that doesn’t stop us from consuming them when nobody is looking.

Let’s skip right past the blatantly awful and contrived stories that have no basis in fact. These are the clickbait stories of inland sharks, miracle pills and most outright political condemnations. These stories are so transparently untrue that a person of average wherewithal and news savvy can immediately determine they are false.

From there, they may have entertainment value in their creativity, but they present no reason for readers to accept them as factual.

Nonetheless, stories such as these entrap the casual news consumer, and those unwilling to think at a level that requires more than the ability to swipe left or right, or communicate effectively without emojis.

If this is you, and you can’t – or won’t – see through stories such as the ones I have illustrated, and still consider them as part of fake news, stop reading here. Please.

I can’t help you. You can’t help you. Nobody can help you, and you can return to whatever it was before I wasted the past four minutes of your happy existence.

No, when I think of criteria for fake news, I stop to ponder stories that have been twisted, manipulated or presented without regard for fairness or accuracy.

These stories would seem plausible, resonate as possibly containing the truth, but – upon closer inspection – are missing some details or pieces, or lack in context and completeness. They require further reasoning or research to confirm initial suspicion that the story is too good (or too bad) to be true. Remember the old game “Two truths and a lie?”

It’s reasonable to expect that a roomful of reporters can participate in the same news conference, take comparable notes, capture the quotations correctly and come away with different stories. Reportage is, after all, a human function.

Perhaps the reporters’ angles are different. Perhaps they represent publications with a specific focus or niche audience that cares intensively about a single issue. Perhaps their news outlet assigned them to focus on a subject that only was a small piece of the news conference because it has special import to their defined geography.

Or maybe these men and women with the notebooks and pens came with their story already written and weren’t really interested in what was said as much as what they think they heard. To think that some journalists don’t start with a story before their reporting begins is to be naïve.  We’ll leave that noble but insulated perspective to academia.

If you hold yourself to a journalistic standard, the goal always is to present your story truthfully. So if the reporter who authored the story you are reading consistently skips facts, lacks the intellectual ability to hold seemingly opposing concepts in their mind and then weigh them fairly or just wants to get home for dinner by 6 each night, well, their stories will fall short of the ideal.

And while there certainly are acts of commission in creating fake news, lazy reporting and inherent bias that goes unrecognized would be key contributors to why it continues to plague journalism.

Before this lands as an outright condemnation of reporters and their ability to perform without prejudice, consider that the rope they walk has been pushed farther away from the safety net. While your local news outlet may have managed to maintain the veneer of health by holding on to its top reporters, or replacing them when they’ve moved on, the backline defense of copy editors and fact-checking has all but evaporated. At the same time, the stakes for error-proof reporting have gotten higher.

In the context of a news operation, the vast majority of the content should be news. That is to say original reporting, or source-cited material, that attempts to identify the news fairly and with context.

Television and digital media are frankly awful at maintaining this measure, and for obvious reasons: Most do not have the financial capacity to invest in reporting, and instead lean on “experts” to riff on the news rather than report it. Newsgathering is expensive, relative to other forms of content for publication.

News ahead of an opinion on the news is good practice. Opinion leading news? Not so much. If your news source subscribes to this pattern, metaphorically (or perhaps euphorically), find a better source.

Reporters have to work hard to fairly create the stories on the beats or within the niche they cover. A story that took you 5 or 10 minutes to read may have taken 5 or 10 hours – and in some cases much longer – to report. They intrude into people’s lives for a living. Some do it far better and far more professionally than others. Some make the world a better place to live in by exposing truth. Some don’t and operate as if they are tenured and untouchable.

Journalism is challenging work. It requires intelligent people with curiosity, confidence and mental dexterity. It takes long hours, and the courage to ask difficult questions to people who oftentimes are difficult. Said another way, you have to give a damn about things that matter, while not giving a damn about what people think of you.

But don’t cry for people in the media. They know the job and its demands before they get into it, or soon after they start. They’re not providing a volunteer service, haven’t answered a calling from a higher power, and are compensated for their time and quality of work. The market determines their value, and they have the opportunity to apply for jobs doing something else, somewhere else anytime they’d like. Nobody is stuck in a journalism job that doesn’t want to be stuck in a journalism job.

In just about every conversation I have with someone who wants to know what they can do about fake news, I offer the same advice: Call it out as false, and detail why. Point out the flaws. Identify the errors of commission as well as those of omission, accuracy and context.

Above all else, stop sharing baloney.

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Aug 25

Ohio legislature moves to crack down on local government credit, debit card abuse

Two Ohio representatives have submitted a bill that would curtail the kinds of  local government debit and credit card misuse that, in one recent instance, allowed the administrator of a small village to charge more than $700,000 in personal items to taxpayers.

House Bill 312, introduced late last month, would ban debit cards for all but “law enforcement purposes” and require local government entities to establish policy limiting credit card use. Though it provides some latitude in how those policies are written, it does specify that the policy must include rules on credit limits, who is authorized to use the card, and what constitutes acceptable use.

The bill appears to have received at least some tepid support among municipalities. Kent Scarrett, executive director of the Ohio Municipal League, told Watchdog.org that though his group is always concerned about state mandates on local government, it remains neutral on the bill.

“We don’t oppose it – there were some changes we sought and received,” Scarrett said. “It’s kind of in the vein of good government and setting some guidelines … it’s something we’ve already been talking to our members about, and we’re kind of following along.”

The bill, sponsored by Reps. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, and Kirk Schuring R-Canton, comes in light of a recent report by the state auditor, summarizing $1.2 million in local government card fraud discovered through 35 investigations since 2011.

In its most high profile example, the administrator for the Village of Mt. Sterling – with just over 1,700 residents – used over $724,000 in public funds to buy personal items ranging from a washer and dryer for his girlfriend, to a camper. Nearly half of the expenditures were made using the village credit card. The fraud, which began as early as 2012, was only discovered after the manager, mayor and the village’s fiscal officer simultaneously retired in 2016.

The manager, Joseph Johnson, faced 10 felony counts and ultimately entered into a plea deal in which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and an agreement to repay the $724,000.

 

After finding that many of the instances of fraud stemmed from poor or lacking credit card policies, State Auditor David Yost sent out a survey to local government entities to determine the extent to which local government controlled credit card use. Though roughly 90 percent of respondents claimed to have some form of policy in place, a majority of those did not spell out “allowable expenses” as part of that policy.

“The response and findings were solid and provided the framework for the auditor and several state legislators to pursue … policies to safeguard credit-card use and protect taxpayers,” a representative for the Auditor’s office, Benjamin Marrison, told Watchdog.org. “In the meantime, the findings have encouraged local government employees, citizens and others to more closely examine credit and debit card spending, limits and policies.”

A representatives of the State Auditor’s office said that HB 312 was written in close consultation with the auditor’s legislative team.

Illinois’ most prominent action on limiting credit card use came in a state Supreme Court ruling nearly a decade ago against the former mayor of the City of Pekin, who used the town’s credit card for gambling-related cash advances during his term beginning in 2004. After he was caught, People v. Howard made its way to the the Illinois Supreme Court, which disagreed with the former mayor’s argument that since he repaid the withdrawn funds from his personal accounts, it was not misconduct. It ruled that the violation of the policy from the outset was a violation of the Illinois Constitution, regardless of whether the money was ultimately returned.

Since then, the Illinois Municipal League has warned members that even paying a double-occupancy fee for an accompanying spouse at a professional development event should be booked first with personal funds and reimbursed minus the fee. Like Ohio, Illinois’ rules on local government credit and debit cards appears to be at the discretion of local entities.

The Ohio bill also addresses increased oversight of credit card use, which the auditor advocated as part of its report. The report highlighted a township in Franklin County where the fiscal officer spent nearly $40,000 on unauthorized purchases over two years, including retail stores, amusement parks and more. In the ensuing investigation, it was uncovered that local policy made the officer responsible for not only deciding who received the township’s credit cards, but also for signing the monthly payment checks to those cards, and “maintaining support for expenditures.”

“In other words, she had total power over using and accounting for debit and credit cards,” the report said. “With no one looking over her shoulder, it was a situation ripe for exploitation.”

Provisions in the bill help enforce checks and balances, including regular reviews of credit card purchases by boards and councils and, for instances where local government has limited home rule, rules against appointing the fiscal officer to be the credit/debit card compliance officer mandated by the bill.

The ban on debit cards appears to stem from concerns expressed in the auditor’s report that such cards can be used for difficult-to-trace cash withdrawals.

If passed by the Ohio legislature, local governments in Ohio would have three months to establish a policy, or submit to a board policy.

The Ohio Senate and House are scheduled to reconvene floor sessions in September.

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Aug 23

Ohio, Pennsylvania among states with highest student loan debts

Ohio and Pennsylvania’s first- and third-place finishes on a recent national ranking of student indebtedness comes as no surprise to those familiar with the issue in the two states.

The personal-finance website WalletHub earlier this month released the study, which showed residents of Ohio, Mississippi and Pennsylvania carrying the heaviest student debt load among all U.S. states. Ohio ranked No. 3 in the category of overall student loan indebtedness and No.  20 among states in providing grants and student work opportunities.

Pennsylvania came in fourth in student loan indebtedness and 19th in offering grants and student work opportunities. The state was No. 2 in the category of highest average student debt.

“Both states are struggling with student loan indebtedness,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez told Watchdog.org in an email. “Ohio and Pennsylvania each have an average student debt of over $30,000, and over 66 percent of students have student loan debt. That’s one of the highest rates in the country.”

The study also found parallels between the two states in terms of the low availability of student jobs. Citing numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indeed.com, WalletHub found that there were only six to seven student jobs per 1,000 civilians aged 16 to 24 in each state’s labor force, according to Gonzalez.

Several factors explain why the two states finished so high on the student debt ranking, she said.

“The issue comes down to [the availability of] grants for public schools, student jobs during school to deter borrowing and employment post-college,” the WalletHub analyst said.

And the debt numbers could encourage out-migration of students to other locales, according to Gonzalez.

“There might be better opportunities in other neighboring states,” she said.

Victoria Jackson, a state policy fellow at Policy Matters Ohio, a nonprofit research institute, said Ohio’s ranking on the WalletHub study comes as no surprise. Indeed, a Vanderbilt University study earlier this year rated the state 45th in college affordability.

For the lowest-income families in Ohio – those making under $31,000 annually – it would take 81 percent of their earnings to send a family member to an Ohio public university and 31 percent  to attend a community college, Jackson said.

Student debt numbers have been exacerbated by the actions of for-profit colleges, the low level of state financial aid to students and lack of regulation of loan services, she said.

“We’re finding that loan servicers are making it hard for people to pay back their loans,” Jackson told Watchdog.org. Often, students are eligible for less-burdensome income-based repayment plans but were not told about such options, she said.

Typical for-profit college career programs in the state offer graduates earnings that are so low that they fail to end dependence on food assistance, according to Jackson. Their graduates’ annual earnings come in at more than $9,000 below that of certificate earners at public colleges and universities, she said.

“The outcomes for students who attend them are so poor that it’s important to draw attention to them,” Jackson said.

For-profit colleges also tend to prey on veterans, people of color and women, and they operate in an environment where there’s little regulation or oversight, she said.

Ohio could help address its student debt problem by prohibiting for-profit colleges from receiving state grants, increasing regulation of loan services and expanding funding for Ohio College Opportunity Grants, she said.

Jackson pointed to a report from Philanthropy Ohio that found the state ranked last in the Midwest in access to need-based financial assistance for higher education students.

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, which provides financial aid services to higher education students, has also been tracking the trend of increasing student debt in the state, according to spokesman Keith New.

“As a public servant, we’re trying to chip away at the student loan debt,” New told Illinois News Network.

The state agency has been conducting outreach efforts at high schools to encourage students to borrow only what they need and to ensure they will have the ability to pay back the loans, New said. The agency also operates a website, Mysmartborrowig.org, to encourage students to engage in thoughtful borrowing practices.

“We are very sensitive of the growing student loan problem in Pennsylvania …” he said. “The key to reversing it is through increasing financial literacy and empowering students at an early age to be smart in making borrowing choices.”

And because the numbers of high school graduates in Pennsylvania have been declining due to changes in demographics, the agency has been able to better meet the financial needs of students due to declining applications for aid, he said.

The agency also offers loan forgiveness programs for those in the fields of public service and teaching.

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Aug 21

Haupt: Why traditional media segued to the left

“Edmund Burk designated the Fourth Estate as watchdogs of government; the press.”

– Albert Clogen

The media has long been regarded as the most important force in government. It is considered the heart and soul of democratic egalitarianism. Thomas Carlyle is a legendary writer and considered the most conspicuous social commentator of his time. He saw the press as instrumental to the birth of democracy, spreading facts and opinions and sparking revolution against tyranny. Carlyle was the first luminary who recognized the importance of the press during the French Revolution. He said, “A Fourth Estate, of able editors, springs up, increases and multiplies; irrepressible, incalculable.”

It is a simple fact that a functioning democracy requires informed citizens. Since our coordination of jurisprudence is a government of “we the people,” rule by the people entails that the people should be informed. And no governing body can operate without knowledge of the issues on which it is to rule. In a representative democracy, the role of the media is a key ingredient to the success of this ability to rule. It not only has an obligation to inform the citizens, it is responsible for bridging the communications gap between the government and voters. It is their duty to indubitably elucidate complex national policy, and …

“Write to be understood, and speak to be heard.”

– Lawrence Powell

Singer Jim Morrison told us, “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.” It is the media’s responsibility to make the actions of the government known to the public. They have a duty to give equal representation to all opinions as a source of public information. Without media, the loop between the government and the public welfare no longer exists. This makes media indispensable in a functional representative democracy. Without an unbiased media, a utilitarian democracy has little chance of surviving. Regardless of public opinion, the media’s obligation is to report and inform not to trade appeasement for approval.

“Ratings don’t last. Good journalism does.”

– Dan Rather

Today the Fourth Estate has taken a back seat from professionalism. The evolution of the liberal media since the 1950s clearly validates how they have dishonored their once-esteemed vocation. The great “sell out” started after WWII. Media was used to promote the war effort and the networks took notice. And now with national TV in every home, our media outlets realized they had a captive audience. For most all national networks, this was a financial blessing, but for the public it was a curse as they traded ethics for dollars.

“Money often costs too much.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

But why did they choose the Left and not the Right? After WWII, there was a tremendous focus on higher education. And since many of our universities converged on teaching liberal ideology, they received grant money to promote the liberal model of the economy and its benefits to our society. As a result, new journalists, reporters and news anchors were indoctrinated by liberal professors about the evils of capitalism and the damage done by the free market. This played right into the hand of the left as these reporters became liberal robots.

“When yellow journalism replaced real reporting, it forever displaced the Fourth Estate in Parliament’s reporter’s galley.”

– Sir Walter Ebson

By the late 1950s, far left politics dominated most major national newspaper media organizations. And once television became popular, liberals saw how Americans could be influenced by it. This is when they made their move to gain control of the networks. With predominance over them, they controlled all prime time TV and used this valuable air time to sway a gullible public into believing the liberal ideologues would save them. And since news media and political parties share crucial geographic boundaries, this was an obviously beneficial marriage of influential entities. And because all “media markets” and “voting districts” share the same characteristics, they were collectively able to buy predominant market shares. It is with these combined resources they have been manipulating elections for decades:

“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”

– Edmund Burke

The media also realized since the larger U.S. cities are controlled by the far left, the vast majority of newspaper readers and TV news-watchers in these cities must be Democrats. Since the media did not want to alienate their markets’ voters, they bought into the leftist agenda. Yet this is actually a bit of an oxymoron. What came first, the chicken or the egg? While both the media and Democrats are ultimately dependent on their demographics for survival, the Democratic Party is the one that controls the populations of the major cities; not the media. The media simply nurses from its udder, which keeps it nourished. The left must remain diehard bedfellows with the media to maintain their politically-social dominance.

“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”

– Rob Heinlein

Plutarch stated, “In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.” Instead of liberating voters from perjury-emanating spin-hacks, the right of center depends on new age media to defy them. But this only reaches their base while the left sustains inclusive exposure. Traditional media is firmly entrenched in progressive ideology and willingly espouses this while the right-of-centers call talk radio hosts and vent about this bias. When the right has had occasions to retort, they failed to sway public opinion with mundane repartee. Liberal media continues to control markets by demagoguing half-truth opinionated news, claiming this aggrandizement is reporting.

“Truth does not sell nearly as well as a cleverly contrived disingenuous fairy tail.”

– Chadwick Black

The left keeps the wheels of deception running with well-oiled spin. They feed the media unlimited agitprop to enhance their rhetoric of helping the poor, punishing the rich, and chastening those who contribute most to our nation. The media in turn pontificates this re-branded federalism with gallant enthusiasm that helps them expand federal programs and bring federal dollars into urban markets that support their patronage. Now, reporters espouse more hyperbole than a science fiction writer. They’ve been trained liberalism is synonymous with journalism by federalist professors. CNN’s Jeff Zucker’s nose grew greater than Pinocchio’s when he said, “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it”.

In establishing our independence, the pen and the press had a merit equal to that of the sharpest sword. Newspapers were pivotal in the making of America. As the only mass media of the time, they fanned the flames of rebellion, which sustained loyalty and ultimately brought independence. Without the contributions of Ben Franklin, Tommy Paine and some of our lesser known writers, we would still be begging Parliament for tax relief so we could buy tea and crumpets!

“What motivated the British to colonize much of the world was they were looking for a decent meal.”

– Max Harrison

The progressive media has catechized our nation into divide. The last eight years of reporting was abhorrent. We had an administration that ruined free markets, the job market, ravaged national and international security, and was praised for it. Americans have been dumbed down by spoiled brats with typewriters. Anyone who has not discovered the many new sources for altruistic journalism is an obvious candidate to buy a 1985 Yugoslavian Yugo. Dr. King told us “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Republicanism can’t survive without a candidly ingenuous Fourth Estate.

“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.”

– Vladimir Lenin

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Aug 15

Congressman: Repealing death tax would be ‘nirvana’

It was Founding Father Benjamin Franklin who said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” One Illinois congressman wants to disconnect the two by eliminating the so-called death tax.

Tax reform is one of the major issues being pushed by the administration of President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, recently shared what’s been concerning his constituents the most.

“Less government,” Shimkus said. “Individual responsibility, lower taxes, more personal freedoms and liberties.”

While tax reform has been elusive so far in Washington, Shimkus said one issue he hopes to get right is eliminating the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax.

“We don’t want triple taxation,” Shimkus said. “We want a simple code that says, ‘You’ve got income, you’re gonna be taxed on income. You’re not going to be taxed on assets evaluations over families, over generations and force people to sell farms.’”

Tax reform is going to happen, Shimkus said, it’s just a matter of what reforms and when.

“So now it’s a matter of how you get lower rates,” Shimkus said. “To get lower rates you have to reduce what we call the loopholes, or the exemptions and all that stuff, and that’s what the fight is going to be.”

As for the estate tax, Shimkus said it doesn’t just hit family farms with triple taxation.

“It could be the automobile repair shop down the street now,” Shimkus said, “with that much assets and just a building and equipment.”

Shimkus said repealing the estate tax would “be nirvana.”

Even if Congress abolishes the federal estate tax, Illinois still levies levels the tax at the state level.

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Aug 14

Haupt: Abandoning the gold standard created legalized theft

“The gold standard kept us honest and forced us to control out of control spending.”

– Lane Brody 

Alan Greenspan told us, “Gold is a good place to put money, given its value as a currency outside of the policies conducted by governments.” This basic truism certifies that money has emerged by evolution from the market process. It was not invented by governments. For centuries, economic forces contributed to the evolution of world monetary systems. The security of nations has always been judged by how they manage their money. Those with stable economies have fewer social and political conflicts. Nations that don’t practice credible guardianship of their currency continually fight for survival. There is nothing more destructive to any society than a government that cannot manage their finances competently. Although we’ve been told “Money can’t buy happiness,” that wise comic Groucho Marx reminded us that, “It certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.”

Centralized banking systems have been around for centuries. Dutch merchant Johan Palmstruch formed Stockholms Banco in Sweden 1657. But this bank ended in disaster when the value of the paper currency exceeded the amount of dalers backing it. When customers learned this, there was a run on his bank and it collapsed. In France 50 years later, John Law, a Scottish womanizer and gambler once convicted of murder and exiled by England, talked the French into helping him open a central bank, the Banque Générale backed by government IOUs. His inept blundering caused the bank and the economy to collapse. Law was banned from France forever. Palmstruch and Law both forgot:

“Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No.1.”

– Warren Buffett

The first legitimate paper currency issued by European governments was distributed by colonial governments in North America. The shipment of goods between Europe and the colonies took so long, the colonists often ran out of cash. To pay for luxury items, due to a shortage of currency, the colonial governments used IOUs. This practice of “trading paper for goods” started in Canada, a French colony, in 1685. Military personnel were issued denominated playing cards signed by the governor to pay for goods instead of French coinage. Although primitive, this system of bartering worked well for their colonies: As Plato told us in 390 BC: “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

By the mid 1800s, most countries adopted the gold standard. This guaranteed paper money could be redeemed for its value in gold. This also facilitated trade since it no longer had to be done with heavy gold bullion. It increased trust in world currencies since paper currency had value tied to a precious commodity, gold. And in 1913, America created the Federal Reserve to stabilize gold and currency values. Since printing money not backed by gold created hyperinflation, their goal was to keep inflation low and guarantee the health of the dollar. But that did not last. We soon would learn that:

“Governments lie; bankers lie; even auditors sometimes lie: gold tells the truth.”

– Lord Mogg

In 1900, The Gold Standard Act officially placed the U.S. on the gold standard. America remained on the gold standard until President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his Congress passed the Gold Reserve Act in 1933. It required all gold and gold certificates held by the Federal Reserve to be surrendered to the U.S. Treasury. All contracts and currency that required redemption in gold were declared null and void. He justified this claiming we wanted to stop the run on banks. But contrary to his populist propaganda, his real motive was simply to gain control of our money supply. He was planning massive, expensive socio-economic programs that required capital. Controlling the gold supply would give him money to do this. He knew:

“He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.”

– James Garfield

Before 1934, the government was allowed to print $20.67 in paper money for each ounce of gold.

After FDR did his damage, it increased to $35; a difference of $14.33. By doing this, the value of the gold held by the government increased by over $3 billion! This enabled FDR to create $3 billion in new money out of nothing. He then used it to fund his expansion of government. In doing so, FDR flooded the market with currency, which initially helped the economy. However, this cost us dearly. FDR devalued U.S. paper money by 41 percent to finance his “Bad Deal.” This brought more uncertainty to industry and discouraged investment. Like our former president, he was totally unpredictable? As author Ivan Panin commented, “Of the future, man knows least; yet, about this, he worries most.”

Reaction by the rest of the world to FDR’s actions was immediate. When they heard the U.S. pulled off of the gold standard, it stunned world leaders and seriously damaged world monetary markets. It also locked in pestiferous worldwide economic nationalism. Skyrocketing tariffs, trade subsidies, manipulated fiat currencies became universal and global leaders lost faith in the U.S. economy.

Sweden, Holland, and France shortly abandoned the gold standard. This fiasco left international financial markets demoralized. FDR’s idea of a one size fits all economy failed the international litmus test. Author Dean Koonts reminded us that, “One man’s idea of perfect order is another man’s chaos.”

Removing us from the gold standard caused irrevocable damage. And the passage of FDR’s next Bad Deal made matters worse. He spent like a junkie on a money fix. When the Treasury tightened its grip on currency, this economic uncertainly prolonged the Depression until WWII. FDR went too far. His credibility suffered ineluctable damage and the spell he cast over his Congress vanished quicker than Genie can go back into her bottle. Most of his legislation to expand government was rejected en masses by Congress. They knew we were headed to the “eve of destruction.” As Milton Freeman said, “The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus.”

Four decades later, in 1971, the remaining U.S. ties to the gold standard were severed by President Richard Nixon. Desperately in need of money to pay for the Vietnam War he dubiously inherited from former President Lyndon B. Johnson, he unilaterally canceled the direct convertibility of the U.S. dollar to gold.  And we have had wafting free floating fiat currencies since. Later, he told critics: “Well, I screwed it up real good, didn’t I?”

Since we’ve been divorced from the gold standard, we have suffered three atrocious recessions. Unemployment has been as high as 11 percent. These are horrendous numbers compared to the post WWII era, from 1947 to 1970, when we averaged less than 5 percent. Since government has the power to manipulate the quantity and value of our money, it controls the economy but not our free markets. U.S. Keynesianism has usurped the role of free enterprise and it has created a new era of austerity at the expense of prosperity.

“We pay dearly each day for the cost of free money.”

– Chadwell Black

It’s impossible to return to the gold standard now. But we can resurrect the “classical school” of economics. The health of our economy is dependent upon its valued-real money supply and our free markets must adapt to the changes in equilibrium necessary for “laissez faire” government to work. This is the only responsible way for us to remain independent and maintain individual liberty. Every country that has taken control of their economies also found it necessary to restrain freedom and re-engineer society.

“A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

– Milton Friedman

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Aug 09

New health care plan would make smaller, bipartisan reforms

A number of Congressional members have begun working on a new alternative health-care plan after the last effort to replace Obamacare stalled. But a healthcare expert says it’s likely too late.

The Problem Solvers’ Caucus, consisting of a bipartisan group of 43 House members, introduced a plan to try and combat the coming spike in health-care costs. Companies have until Aug. 16 to lock in their rates and decide whether they’ll participate in a county’s marketplace.

Reps. Dan Lipinski, a Democrat, and Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, both from Illinois, are members of the 43-member Problem Solvers Caucus. The caucus unveiled a health-care plan last week that wouldn’t be as far-reaching as Obamacare or the American Healthcare Act, which stalled last month in the Senate.

The new plan would make small reforms that have been largely agreed to by both parties. Republicans persuaded Democrats to go along with raising the small business exemption from 50 employees to 500. Democrats pushed to maintain levels of Medicaid expansion.

The centerpiece is funding for the cost-sharing reduction program designed to keep premiums low. Without that, insurance companies have indicated that rates would skyrocket for high-risk or low income patients. President Donald Trump has hinted that he may pull that funding, but the bipartisan plan would appropriate it.

The plan also includes coverage for chronic and pre-existing conditions, repealing the medical device tax, and giving states the ability to do business with companies across state lines.

Kinzinger said there are still ways to improve health care for people over what’s out there now.

“Unless the Senate can somehow pull a rabbit out of a hat this month, there is going to be a failing of the health-care system,” he said. “Let’s explore areas of common ground between Republicans and Democrats to try to help give people a better health-care system.”

In a release, Lipinski said their plan will likely see detractors looking to blame the other side of the aisle for a collapse of the health-care industry.

“Some partisans in both parties may even believe that if the ACA fails, the other side will get blamed in the next election,” Lipinski said. “Others will oppose it because they want the ACA to collapse.”

Naomi Lopez Bauman, director of Healthcare Policy for the Goldwater Institute, thinks the failure to repeal Obamacare has killed momentum on more health-care votes in D.C. She thinks that any more action this year will be to simply subsidize providers to keep them offering plans.

“Anything that they’re going to do this late in the game is going to basically involve throwing money at the exchanges,” she said. “After the debacle that was repeal and replace, there’s just not much appetite for the heavy lifting on major health-care reform this year.”

She says that Trump could force the issue of reform by making lawmakers subject to the Obamacare exchanges.

Insurance companies must submit whether they will participate in a county’s exchange by Aug. 16.

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Aug 07

Haupt: America and the Roman Empire’s political downfall

“At the height of its mastery, Rome was the pulsing heart of the earth. The day the empire fell the world learned even the most stalwart empires can fail if avarice replaces prudence.”

– Solon Greco

There is not a continent on this planet where one cannot unearth the fallen ruins and silent stories of forgotten great civilizations. Tales of their broken past lay buried deep within the earth under the canopy of the bustling industry, imposing skyscrapers and apartment duplexes of a modern world. These fallen empires that once stood mighty among the most prodigious and influential societies of their respective era, all met their eventual demise for various reasons. There is a salient consensus on one collective attribution for failure; delusive management of finances and excessive taxation.

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”

– Plato

The overarching criterion for determining the collapse of these governments lays in their inability to deliver political goods and services coerced by their citizens. When supply doesn’t meet demand, it is impossible to sustain security and preserve law to regulate and supply blood to the arteries of its legislative body. This strangles their ability to officiate, and severely limits their functional capacity. It eventually cuts off their oxygen and they self-suffocate. There’s no timeline for failure. Some self-implode, with a total collapse of all institutions. Others fall without a whimper. There are no violent revolutions, or catastrophic natural disasters. Instead, they quietly fall victim to collapse unable to manage the central population. This is a consequence of man.

“In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed defeats disorganized democracy.”

– Matt Taibbi

The Roman Empire reached its zenith in the 2nd century. At that time, there was unprecedented stability and prosperity. This powerful kingdom was an example of good stewardship. The Empire was ruled with authority and obedient restraint. Rome was a pillar of strength no man challenged. As their economy blossomed they became the world leader in the arts, education, and commerce. Their institutions and culture had a lasting influence on language, religion, architecture, and law. The value this brought to expansionism throughout the modern world was more significant than anyone will ever fathom.

“Rome was great in arms, in government, and in law.”

– Goldwin Smith

But the decline of Rome became inevitable due to its immoderate and unmanageable greatness. Once all foe had been conquered, prosperity ended. Its aftermath was moral decay. Rudimentary principles of governing the lives of citizens became irrelevant. Incompetent leaders led to political necrosis, corruption and instability. The Senate and the Emperors were sullied with power, and thought themselves as cardinal gods. Inordinate spending led to economic decline, skyrocketing debt, oppressive taxation, inflation, and a devalued currency. Class warfare and cuts in the military further burdened the republic. Increasing dependence on municipal gratuities stifled incentive in favor of support from the treasury.

“Rome was great as long as she had enemies who forced her to a vision of unity and heroism. When she had overcome them, she then began to die.”

– Webb Dante

Rome’s fall from grace as the epitome of world powers was less unpredictable than the weather in Tennessee. Who would ever think the mightiest of all mighty empires in the history of man would stumble into oblivious demise, without taking up arms to maintain its dignity? Although their future was clearly written on the Coliseum walls, they refused to remove the blinders that sheltered them from indulgent sins of omission. The magistrates frolicked in fruition, while intellectual mediocrity, over-population of the urban areas, disease ridden streets, prostitution, homosexuality, alcohol and drug abuse all led to social and legal putrefaction. This ultimately caused Rome’s collapse. This is what ended Classical Antiquity along with the fall of the great Roman Empire.

“Today, Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.”

– Richard Meier

The history of this once great republic was omnipresent in the minds of America’s founders as they created our republic centuries later. As a consequence of their deliberations and obvious reliance on divine providence, our founders shaped the United States, fashioned as the modern equivalent of the Roman Republic. And the similarities are illusory and uncanny. The Roman Republic was established in 509 BC by the overthrow of Roman King Lucius Tarquinius Superbus and expulsion of the Etruscan theocrats by the Latin Italic tribes from the south. And America is a prime example that history repeats itself. The Republic of the United States was birthed in a bloody revolution against the British King George over 2,000 years later.

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience?”

– George Bernard Shaw

Despite the efforts of our founders to set a different course than that experienced by our Roman predecessors, an analysis of these two great republics is inevitable. There are stark congruencies between them. Both societies were the pre-eminent entities in military might and economic power. They were leaders in culture, commerce, technology and ideas. Today, the world turns to America for guidance and leadership. In the heyday of the empire, Publius Cornelius Tacitus claimed even “things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.” Thus today, as Romans claimed “all roads lead to Rome,” America projects the same image: All roads lead to the U.S.

“America, just as Rome envisioned, considers the U.S. unequaled in national character and strength.”

– Tibius Culens

Roman politicians had difficulty disjoining public and private liabilities. As a consequence, public services declined while pet projects of the public officials and their patrician sponsors grew at the expense of their citizens. Multitudinous failed reforms were resisted by the patricians that parrot the partisan battles in America today. Middle class Romans were cowed by slave labor much as rising technological change and the transfer of entry level jobs overseas threaten our middle class. The inability of the opposing political parties of the Republic, the Optimates and Populares focused on political gain rather than tasking the people’s work. America too faces a political system transfixed in political party idealism; too shamelessly egomaniacal to govern.

“To run an effective political party you need a degree of tribalism, it’s the glue that holds everyone together.”

– Charles Kennedy

Roman Senator Tacitus said, “Great empires are not maintained by timidity.” The Roman Republic survived 500 years and the American Republic has weathered around 250 years. America lingers on facing major challenges that could negatively affect its future. We lack the ability to satisfy the economic demands of too many at the expense of a few. Our social divisions over priorities and growing unrest caused by a negative political environment heighten the likelihood we could parallel the final stages of Rome. Let’s hope we heed this atrophy before we garner the fate of Rome. The power to do this lies in our hands, not in the politicians. A republican government belongs to we the people, not politicians. We can only hope we have the courage to stop history from repeating itself.

Thomas Sowell said, “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” If we lose sight of culpable governing, future civilizations will be walking on our memories.

“Our Republic has chartered a path similar to Rome. If we don’t change course, America will end, as a replay of Rome.”

– Tiberius King

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Aug 05

New Evidence of Hillary Clinton Pay-to-Play Scheme

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