Jul 26

Gov Candidate Renacci Scorecard comparison

On June 24th,  the four Ohio Governor candidates made presentations to Ohio’s Conservative group leaders in an all day event near Columbus.  Following that meeting,  Tom Z. from the We the People Convention ran a poll of the attendees in which Candidate Renacci came in first with a 61% (READ HERE). During Candidates Renacci’s presentation,  he was asked about his congressional score card ratings. His response was that his Congressional voting record paralleled that of […]

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Jul 26

VP Pence breaks tie to open debate in Senate on Obamacare replacement

Both parties in Washington D.C. know Obamacare is flawed and getting worse, but no Democrats and two Republicans voted Tuesday against opening debate to change things.

That meant it took Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie just to open up debate on reforming the country’s controversial health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

Goldwater Institute Director of Health Policy Naomi Lopez Bauman said there needs to be radical reforms to focus on access and affordability.

“Congress, lawmakers, really need to clean up this mess,” a mess Bauman said federal lawmakers created. “It’s the people in the states that are suffering as a result of these very misguided policies.”

Opponents of reform, such as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, said they hope Republican efforts fail.

“You cannot take helpless people, some who are working hard in jobs, two and three jobs at a time, that have no health-care benefits and say to them, ‘Sorry, our system won’t take care of you’,” Durbin said.

Bauman said people already are losing out because of high prices and lack of insurance and care options. She said two main reforms should be a priority.

“Return the regulation of insurance back to the states where it was before the Affordable Care Act and where it rightfully belongs,” Bauman said. “And what that would do is that would make it legal to sell insurance policies that better meets individuals’ needs and preferences.”

Bauman also said Medicaid should be a real safety net, not expanded to assist able-bodied people.

“What has happened under the Affordable Care Act,” Bauman said, “is that the federal government is basically providing a lot more money to states to provide benefits and coverage under the Medicaid program for able-bodied adults above the poverty level.”

That means tax dollars to provide services to the most vulnerable will get squeezed out even more, Bauman said, adding that the promises of many individuals keeping insurance, doctors and lower premiums fell apart, as she’s predicted for several years.

Even New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer acknowledged on the Senate floor the current law is flawed and needs to be fixed.

Despite revelations he’d been diagnosed with brain cancer, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain appeared on the floor and said ACA needs to be changed. He voted to allow debate but said he’s not promising to vote in favor of what ultimately comes out. He wants there to be bipartisan efforts to change the bill.

Durbin and others blasted leading Republicans for allowing for debate on reforms without unveiling what reforms were going to be on the table.

“The bottom line is that lawmakers in Washington created this mess,” Bauman said. “They knew from the beginning that the promises from the Affordable Care Act were not going to be delivered. We’ve seen, year after year, more failures.”

Any reform measures will now have to go through a process known as conference with the House before advancing to President Donald Trump’s desk.

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Jul 25

Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin score well in manufacturing report; Illinois not so much

The Midwest as a whole received relatively high grades in an annual rating of states’ manufacturing industries, but Illinois’ manufacturing sector is still struggling due to an unpredictable economic climate and unfunded public liabilities.

The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card gave Illinois a “C+” for the overall health of its manufacturing industries, but the state earned a “D” in the “Tax Climate” category and an “F” in “Expected Fiscal Liability Gap.” That latter estimates the state’s ability – or inability – to fund bond obligations and pension costs.

Illinois also received an average grade – “C+” – in “Human Capital,” which measures the education level of the state’s workforce in an effort to gauge how well it is serving manufacturers.

The study gave Michigan an “A” for the health of its manufacturing sector, while Ohio and Wisconsin both received “B” grades.

Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, echoed some of the points made in the Ball University study.

“Manufacturing is alive in Illinois,” Denzler told Illinois News Network, noting that manufacturers in the state employ about 570,000 people. “However, it is struggling.”

The state’s strengths include good colleges and universities and a great transit system, according to Denzler.

“Seventy-five percent of the nation’s freight comes through Illinois,” he said.

But an out-migration of jobs to other states and workers compensation costs that are the highest in the Midwest and eighth highest in the country continue to add to the state’s economic uncertainties, Denzler said.

Although Denzler said today’s manufacturing workforce in Illinois is second to none, the employers continue to deal with a skills gap as they try to hire new workers. Manufacturers need to hire 20,000 to 25,000 production workers and 5,000 engineers every year just to remain at a constant level, he said.

“The governor has put a focus on vocational education and trying to provide workers with the skills needed,” Denzler said, but lately there has been no money for job-training programs.

Manufacturers have some advantages in the near future, including a growing advanced-manufacturing industry around the Chicago area, he said. But the state needs major structural reforms and begin to live within its means, according to Denzler.

“Quite frankly, Illinois needs to change its focus moving forward,” he said.

Illinois did end it’s more than two-year-long budget stalemate last week, but it came at a high cost to both businesses and workers, who will both see tax increases.

“[Last week’s] action by the Illinois legislature will speed up the loss of manufacturing jobs and will further decimate our economy,” Greg Baise, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, said shortly after the state House voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of the tax hikes and budget bills.

Those knowledgeable about the manufacturing industries in other Midwest states questioned some of the conclusions in the Ball State University study. Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, took issue with the state’s “C-” grade in the “Tax Climate” category.

“I don’t think the Ball State report recognizes that Wisconsin’s Manufacturers and Agricultural Production Tax Credit reduces the corporate tax liability for qualifying companies from 7.9 percent to 0.4 percent,” Bauer said in an email to Illinois News Network. “Combine that with our right-to-work status and our recent regulatory and litigation reforms, and Wisconsin is clearly one of the most attractive states for manufacturing in the U.S.”

All of Illinois’ neighbors are right-to-work states – meaning employees can opt out of joining a union if they choose – which is another competitive disadvantage.

Professor Edward Hill, a faculty member at the Ohio Manufacturing Institute, took issue with some of the variables the study used to give Ohio a “C-” in “Human Capital.” The six states receiving “A” grades in this category were Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Washington.

“There are good manufacturers in many of these states, but none, with the exception of Washington and possibly Minnesota, can be claimed as centers of exceptionally skilled pools of manufacturing workers,” Hill said.

Still, Ohio is not doing particularly well in providing the type of skilled workers manufacturers need, he said, but all states likely have this problem.

“Manufacturers themselves are just waking up and taking ownership of the problem … and reinventing secondary and community college manufacturing training programs,” Hill said.

In Ohio, major employers such as Honda, Minster Machine, Lincoln Electric and Yaskawa Motoman are working hand-in-hand with educators to turn out a more skilled workforce, he said.

“We will see progress over the coming year,” Hill said.

Though Michigan was rated a top performer in manufacturing, it received “D” grades in both “Human Capital” and “Sector Diversification” in the Ball State study.

“It’s all tuned to just transportation,” Devaraj said, adding that the lack of diversification in Michigan’s manufacturing economy means that if any shocks hit that industry, the impact for the state as a whole will be major.

Recently released economic forecasts for Michigan have been positive. A University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, study said that the state recorded 28 straight quarters of payroll growth through the first quarter of 2017. But job growth should moderate through 2018, the report said.

“Manufacturing employment declines modestly over the forecast, reflecting the slowdown in the light vehicle sector,” the University of Michigan forecast said.

Devaraj stressed that manufacturing remains a key player in the U.S. economy, even as productivity gains have held down employment growth. Increased skill attainment by workers will help lower the risk of them being replaced by automation, he said.

“In reality, things are going really well in terms of manufacturing,” Devaraj said.

Back in Illinois, the state earned an “A” for the health of its logistics industries. That was due to a number of Illinois’ assets, including its central location, the value of shipped goods in the state and an efficient transportation system.

“Chicago is leading the pack in terms of the commodities flows,” Devaraj told Illinois News Network.

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Jul 24

Haupt: America needs group of Tom Paines to take government back from elites

“Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.”

– Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 10, 1776

The year was 1776 and the time had come for Americans to assert their independence from the British. This was the topic of contentious debate throughout the colonies in the summer of 1776. Though locked in a bloody struggle with British troops, the talk was not about battles won or lost. People gathered, in townships, villages, taverns and churches, to talk about one thing: Common Sense. This was the title of a scholarly pamphlet on the rights of man which captivated a country caught between war and peace. Its powerful arguments against empirical rule were both revered and questioned, which provoked oracular thought throughout the anxious colonies between loyalists and patriots.

“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe.”

– Paine

At the time, few knew who the author of this work was. Yet this enlightenment text was dramatically changing the attitude of many Americans toward their conflict with the English. At one time or the other, one of the political or intellectual elites was credited with the prodigious work of Paine since he never stepped forward to claim it. Paine knew a true leader remains anonymous so the people will believe they were the ones responsible for this new breed of insurgent thinking. He was keenly aware after watching revolutionaries across Europe; nobody can plan revolutionary change. It is a spontaneous combustion that is ignited by thought-provoking idealism. And Paine was so gifted to plant those seedlings that could be cultivated in the minds, hearts and souls of many others.

“One encourages intercourse, and promotes our happiness by uniting our affections.”

–Paine

Despite his humble beginning, Paine was admired and respected by founders such as George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Yet, his workingman’s perspective threatened the elites who wanted to design a government primarily to benefit aristocrats. To some, Tom Paine was the most hated man in America, and others, a light in the wilderness for those who sought direction, courage and leadership. Those who loved him for his benefaction of guidance saw Paine as the patriot that he was. And those who hated him thought of him as a trouble maker stroking his eccentric ego for indulgent narcissistic causes. And much of the legacy of that apprehensive animosity lives on by activist groups for one who thinks sovereign from them. They chasten those like Tom Paine who fail to court their compatriots.

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

– Paine

Paine had an unselfish ability to keep fellow patriots aligned for the common cause. Many feel his greatest contribution to our liberty was Common Sense, which demeaned the authority of the British and the royal monarchy. It was that pamphlet that brought the breath of freedom to the embers of independence. But few comprehend the significance of Paine’s The American Crisis. Paine wrote these articles during the Revolutionary War. His unrelenting inspiration for American patriots during this inexorable crisis kept the blood of liberty flowing freely in their veins. George Washington was so moved he recited The Crisis word for word to his sullen troops at Valley Forge.

“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”

– Paine

Paine rallied troops at The Battle of Saratoga, which is considered the turning point for America in the War. They stopped the southern advance of the British, which brought them French support.  Although this was a cardinal victory, their problems remained incessant. By 1781, the Continental Congress was bankrupt. Citizen support was dwindling faster than the English could enact a new tax. Army desertions were common place. The army was indigent and no longer united because the generals blamed others for this chaos. And once again Paine stepped forward and galvanized the troops. In 1781 at Yorktown, Paine motivated them to fight their best fight and they answered with their greatest victory. The colonies beheaded the great British Goliath to end the war.

“The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.”

– Paine

Throughout the decades, America has faced insurmountable crisis. But in those darkest of hours, a Thomas Paine stepped up to find a way to reignite the founding flames of republicanism. Many felt The Civil War would forever dis-unify our country once the last cannons fired at Palmito Ranch in 1865. Yet the day word reached the south that Lincoln had been assassinated, one southern telegraph operator saw this as a signal to begin the healing. And the entire south joined him. As word spread from the plains of Texas to the farms of Virginia that Lincoln had died, church bells rang for their fallen enemy.

“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”

– Paine

Again, America is in crisis. It’s a crisis planted in American polity with the election of Barack Obama and his socialization of the republic. When voters rebelled and elected Donald Trump, the left cried he was unfit for the presidency; just as the right had claimed about Obama. Each party can make a case but that isn’t the crisis, only a symptom of it. This won’t be resolved until the elitists are removed from party politics. Leftist elitists supported Obama whose agenda few ever wanted. And cynical voters then choose a man who ran against party elites. That signals to both parties, elites are the real problem.

“It’s the duty of every patriot to protect his country from its government.”

– Paine

The elitists have always moved policy, yet the average voter doesn’t realize this. In the past, party elites imposed their authority to benefit their pocketbooks. In a capitalist society, as long as voters benefit from the profits of industry they go along to get along. But party elites went too far under Obama. Leftist elites crossed over the path and those on the right counter-reacted. When far left elites endorsed social engineering to romance the progressives, party politics replaced the will of the people in government. With each invented crisis to gain support from his flock, Obama drove a wedge between the two parties and true republicanism that even Tom Paine would find difficult to close.

“Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.”

– Paine

After Obama’s reign, the two parties took sides and refused to back down. There’s a learning curve for every president and its far steeper without political experience. Obama had political experience, so one would think he could learn the job competently. But that never happened. From the day he took office, he acted like the bully in the school yard who cries “it’s my ball so we play my game or you can go home.” On the other hand, Trump had no political experience and is learning the art of governing the hard way; yet from day one the left has been bashing his inexperience inexorably. Elitists in his party excoriate him the worst.

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.”

– Paine

The elitists have painted us into a corner. To them, the only way to end this one crisis is to remove Trump from office with no constitutional justification or collective voter consent to appease the left. To subject the right to this punishment will not only acerbate the crisis in American polarity, it will prove that our democratic republic has lost all legitimacy. We need a group of Tom Paines to step forward and take back our government from the elites to end this crisis forever.

“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”

– Paine

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Jul 21

Primary plans are starting up

Ohio’s Republican voters have reached a breaking point and it appears once again will need to take matters into their own hands.  One web site, www.PrimaryPortman.com,  hosted by the NW Ohio Conservative Coalition appears to be putting into place plans to recruit and fund a primary opponent to Sen Rob Portman when his current term expires in 5 years. The NW Ohio Conservative Coalition, Ohio Republican PAC, and Ohio Citizens PAC have all been talking […]

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Jul 21

Ohio grants property tax relief to farmers, but some fear homeowners will pay a price

Ohio just modified how it calculates property taxes for agricultural lands in order to rescue farmers from soaring tax bills, but some fear the fix will eventually burden homeowners and provide less funding for some school districts.

The state’s operating budget, which was signed June 30 by Gov. John Kasich, alters a complex formula used to calculate the value of agriculture lands. The original goal of the Ohio tax program was to give farmers a property tax break and encourage the preservation of farmland by valuing such property according to its agricultural value, rather than its market value.

But a “perfect storm of circumstances” upended the formula in recent years, according to Jenna Beadle, director of state policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau. Farmers were hit with 300 percent spikes in their property tax bills at a time when farm income dropped by 50 percent, Beadle said.

“Nonfarm factors were inflating the CAUV values,” Beadle told Watchdog.org, referring to what is known as the Current Agricultural Use Value formula.

The CAUV reforms that passed Ohio’s Senate altered the formula in terms of appreciation of farmland values and equity buildup, which the author of the legislation, state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, said was inflating the valuation of agricultural lands.

The state’s Farm Bureau reports that the average savings for farmers’ land reassessments in 2017 will be about 30 percent. The changes will be phased in over six years so that the funding effects on school districts and local governments are not felt too abruptly, according to Beadle.

But Dr. Howard Fleeter, a consultant with the Ohio Education Policy Institute, sees the farmland tax reforms cultivating problems in the future. There’s little dispute about farmers suffering tax spikes in recent years, Fleeter said, but since 2014, the CAUV valuations have been trending downward in a way that would have eventually provided some relief without a major formula change.

“The problem is that not all farmers are getting the benefit of that formula yet …” Fleeter told Watchdog.org. “There’s a three-year lag for CAUV values taking effect.”

The idea of having farmland reappraised annually to help stabilize fluctuations has been proposed , but that hasn’t happened, he said. In turn, Fleeter is concerned that the approved CAUV reforms – which he says over time will result in a $60 million property tax shift from agriculture lands to residential areas – will overly burden homeowners and reduce funding to school districts.

“The pendulum swung from one end of the spectrum to the other,” he said, noting that the CAUV formula placed relatively low values on farmland in 2005, providing an 85 percent tax break to farmers, prior to reaching a peak in 2014.

Although Fleeter said the goal of encouraging farmers to keep their lands in production is sound, he sees the latest reform as a blunt instrument that may cause unintended consequences.

“It is possible there may be a legal challenge to this,” Fleeter said.

Jim Rowan, the executive director of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, echoed some of Fleeter’s concerns. If homeowners come away with a perception that they are being overly burdened due to the CAUV reforms, school districts may have a tougher time getting residents to approve tax increases in the future, Rowan said.

But John Fortney, spokesman for Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, defended lawmakers’ votes on the CAUV reforms as appropriate because Ohio farmers’ taxes had been doubling every three years.

“We’re not in the business of putting family farms out of business,” Fortney told Watchdog.org.

Lawmakers have also included language in the two-year budget blueprint to set aside funds – $10 million in fiscal year 2018 and $7 million in fiscal year 2019 – to help school districts whose school funding formulas are affected by the CAUV changes, he said.

“The legislature was aware of the potential impact on districts that are in more rural areas and addressed that as part of the budget,” Fortney said.

Overall, effects on nonagricultural properties should be minimal, he said, adding that the tax spikes farmers had faced needed to be addressed head-on to ensure fairness and sustainability.

“But it is true that as the formula is adjusted on agriculture use values, there will be some type of change on the residential values,” Fortney said.

Another benefit for farmers in the newly passed budget is that farmlands placed in year-round conservation to protect water quality will no longer be taxed as if they are in production, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio’s policy to encourage farmers to preserve their lands for agriculture dates back to the 1970s. The tax program is classified as a “differential assessment,” a system used for agriculture in several other states, but agriculture officials in Ohio describe the details of the state’s program as “unique.”

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Jul 20

GCTP Hosting Public Meeting on “The Deep State,” July 25, 2017, With John Michael Chambers

The Greene County Tea Party will be hosting Mr. John Michael Chambers as speaker at our public meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Xenia Community Center. Mr. Chambers is a dynamic speaker, commentator and writer, and will

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Jul 20

RNC puts pressure on Senate Republicans – REPEAL, OR ELSE

RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel sent the following e-mail out to all Senators and nationwide to all Republicans; ******** From: Ronna McDaniel Date: July 19, 2017 at 4:07:41 PM EDT To: Subject: Not what you voted for… Reply-To: You voted to repeal ObamaCare. President Trump wants to deliver on that promise. He is eager to rip ObamaCare to shreds, but some in the Senate are refusing to even put a simple repeal bill on his desk. […]

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Jul 19

Proposed legislation would open up records on federal pension recipients

A Florida congressman and an open-government organization have launched a campaign to make key information on federal pension recipients subject to public disclosure.

The legislation, which is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, would make information about pension recipients subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act. The information subject to public review would include the retiree’s name, monthly annuity amount, the retiree’s total contribution to the annuity, total wages earned and retirement date, according to a draft of the bill.

Federal employee pensions are currently hand-calculated inside a Cold War-era facility deep inside a Pennsylvania mountain using 28,000 filing cabinets, according to Adam Andrzejewski, the chief executive officer for OpenTheBooks.com, a watchdog group that works on behalf of government transparency issues.

“This legislation has the potential to pass with huge majorities in both houses and go straight to the president’s desk,” Andrzejewski told Watchdog.org.

Similar transparency laws on state public pension systems in states such as Illinois, California, New York and Oregon have resulted in the uncovering of abuses and corruption, he said. A federal law would allow citizens to engage in a robust debate over federal retirement payouts and also shed light on the system’s liabilities, according to Andrzejewski.

It remains uncertain just how serious the effort is, however. DeSantis’ office did not respond to requests for comment about the legislation, dubbed the Taxpayer-Funded Pension Disclosure Act, and there is no mention of it on a list of legislative priorities on the congressman’s website.

DeSantis did co-author an opinion article with Andrzejewski about this issue. That article said that in states with pension transparency, waste and mismanagement have been identified, including how two union officials in Illinois taught as substitutes in public schools for a single day and then retired to collect pensions with lifetime values of $1 million.

“Pulling this data out of the government’s underground pension cave and into the light will protect taxpayers, retirees and near-retirees who have a right to ensure these taxpayer dollars are well-spent,” DeSantis and Andrzejewski said in the co-authored 0p-ed.

Many observers have pointed to the debt-ridden federal retirement system as a source of concern, including Moody’s Investors Service.

“The unfunded liabilities of the various federal employee pensions systems, covering civilian and military employee benefits, amount to about $3.5 trillion, or 20 percent of the U.S. GDP,” or gross domestic product, Moody’s said in a statement last year.

Another nonprofit group that advocates for government transparency, the Sunlight Foundation in Washington, D.C., takes a more nuanced view of making the federal pension system subject to public disclosure. While there is a presumption of openness in the Freedom of Information Act, government also has an interest in protecting people’s privacy, according to the foundation’s deputy director, Alex Howard.

“It is conceivable that you could rank individual pensioners to expose them to public incrimination,” Howard told Watchdog.org. In addition, disclosures of personal information require a thoughtful, ethical review, and certain data would always have to be redacted, such as certain medical information or personal financial identifiers, he said.

And the test of whether disclosing pension information is in the public interest might vary based on whether the retiree is a public figure or not, according to Howard.

But the proposed pension transparency legislation does call for the exclusion of medical conditions and any data that identifies the retiree’s beneficiary, according to OpenTheBooks.com.

“We’re aware of absolutely no instances where this information can possibly be used to create identity theft,” Andrzejewski said.

His group’s website has published the salaries of 15 million federal, state and local public employees and has never run into a privacy concern, according to Andrzejewski.

“Not one single time did we run across any case of stolen identities or anything else,” he said.

Andrzejewski expects the campaign to attract bipartisan support in the same way that former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma teamed up with then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2006 to author legislation that placed federal “checkbook” payments on a public website.

Howard acknowledged that pensions can be used as vectors for corruption and that bringing more public scrutiny on how pension dollars are spent can help identify abuses of the system.

“It’s reasonable for the public to want to ask, ‘Who made those decisions and at what time?’” he said.

But Howard also stressed that government has to take care to be good stewards of such financial data and respect civil liberties of the parties involved.

“These are public records,” he said. “They are not our deepest, darkest secrets.”

Andrzejewski remains upbeat about the prospects of passing the pension transparency bill, saying that public employee unions might oppose the bill but would likely not win.

“I definitely think [President] Trump would sign it,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

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Jul 18

Haupt: Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

– Francis Bellamy

Those that crossed the Mason-Dixon Line to work in the Civil Rights Movement were shocked to experience denial of justice and the violation of their Constitutional rights. They entered a twilight zone in a mythical Orwellian novel. They gathered from around the U.S. for an adventure few knew little about. Some wandered to the delta of the Mississippi, the red hills of Georgia, and war zones of Montgomery to Selma for conviviality. Others came to listen to Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Joan Baez. But by the time they navigated Highway 61 back to the North, they knew why they’d ventured south.

“A nation that denies equal access to justice is a prison of malcontents.”

– William Howard

The Civil Rights Movement has taken on an air of inevitability in the popular imagination. Far too many have reduced its significance to a few heroic figures and the words “I have a dream.” The true purpose of the Civil Rights Movement has been distorted and romanced into something each individual, secular, political or religious group wished it to be for convenience or condemnation. The Civil Rights Movement had only one salient, underlying purpose: To banish the practice of denying equal justice to all Americans. Those ideals are embedded in every founding document. It remains an enigma why so many distort its historical significance, with false narratives promoted by liberal race baiters, media pundits and politicians.

“The true rule of law and justice in a judicial system is one in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others.”

– John Seales

Three documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have secured the rights of all Americans for over two centuries and are considered instrumental to our founding and philosophy of our nation. These are The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. In each founding document, they guarantee us equal rights and equal access to justice, which is the most indispensable right of all. Without access to justice, none of our rights are guaranteed or protected. Any American who does not covet their right of expedient access to justice is forsaking liberty. If we don’t protect that one right, it’s impossible to defend all others.

“The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.”

– Stonewall Jackson

Americans are continually at the mercy of lesser magistrates who cowardly subvert the provisions in our founding documents to deliver justice. Our right to justice is guaranteed by the Department of Justice, yet government subordinates regularly invent ways to abridge them. We hear about this on TV, see it in the fish-wrap and social media during high-profile trials, but hear little about the denial of justice by our local governments. We permit this to happen daily, yet this is a federal right and is disciplined by the DOJ!

“America was founded upon the doctrine of equal rights. Its cornerstone is the principle every man is endowed with access to equal justice to defend them.”

– Randal Hall

In hearing rooms across this nation, questionable legal practices are being reported to the DOJ to expose a miscarriage of justice in court proceedings. If a litigant cannot afford a high priced mouth-piece, they are appointed counsel. If they foresee an unfair advantage for the defense, they seek a change in venue, dispose of a capricious juror and recuse a judge. Although this is not a perfect system, most Americans have a fighting chance to improve their access to unabridged justice in our courts when they suspect malpractice. Even a green horn public defender will point out abuses of statutory protections to insure his client has access to justice.

– “Today, there are few times we are powerless to prevent injustice, but we must possess the knowledge on how to do so.”

– May Willard

The biggest offenders are not criminal or civil courts. We’ve all heard about the speed traps in our local “one-blink-of-the-eye speed limit signs” in rural townships. Although America has its fair share, they pale in comparison to the rights we thought we had and found out we didn’t have in local and state governments. These are rights denied at what are billed “informal hearings.” The only thing informal about these proceedings is how “informally” you find out they were anything but “informal.” Once a gavel is dropped, and the magistrate makes his decision, more times than not, you leave this “informal hearing” wondering if you just appeared before Judge Judy in a kangaroo court.

“One cannot bandage a mortal wound, that’s been inflicted by a miscarriage of justice.”

– Throe Bradley

This judicial deception has been going on for decades when offended citizens choose to protest any activity they have a right to in the governments they own. This is common when their property rights are violated. If their home or business is hijacked by eminent domain, the decision is etched in stone before the commission meeting. The hearing officer makes up rules as he goes along if they do not have Perry Mason there to scold him. If their rural neighborhood is rezoned to build a burger joint or county dump, notifications for these meetings are tacked on the bathroom door of the county seat or placed on page 10 in a local throwaway scandal sheet so they can call it legal.

“Those who make the law know best how to break the law without getting caught.”

– Albert Simms

States never reassess all counties at the same time. If they did this they’d have a tax revolt similar to California’s tax tsunami Prop 13 that rocked the U.S. like a New Zealand earthquake from east to west. “Prop 13 made the Gold Coast as infamous as Boston Harbor.” When a homeowner receives a tax bill for a Taj Mahal and they live in a 1,000 square foot home, they are forced to buy back their rights at dubiously “informal” tax hearings. The homeowner is guilty until proven innocent in the eyes of the taxman. The moment they arrive to face this hit squad, they are intimidated by the judge who is also the jury and only allows them to present what he wants to hear, not what they prepared. They feel like a Roller Derby skater in the “penalty box” wearing a dunce cap and wonder why! To this judge, just showing up is a capital offense!

“Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.”

– Dr. King

Denial of justice is generic in local tribunals. Most are semi-structured to mimic a fair legal process. There is no impartial verdict, to the detriment of the accused. It is decided in advance. This violates all formal judicial process. Rules are invented by the officer obtusely, which even the best jailhouse lawyer cannot defend! If you try to quote law, you are declared out of order. Humbling intimidation is the worst injustice of all. Taxpayers are made subservient to justice that is rationed to guarantee they lose. When a taxpayer is scolded for something insignificant to put them in their place, they are defeated before they have a chance to win or lose and sheepishly give in to the tax man to end this abuse! They quickly learn how it feels to be a punching bag in a federal penitentiary gym!

“Bullies are everywhere, but the worst kind of bully is one who bullies behind the cloak of law.”

– Eely Stalls

President Ronald Reagan once said, “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” The only way we can guarantee our access to justice is to know the law. If you feel violated in any way by a magistrate, you have the duty to file a formal complaint with your governmental controlling agency or the federal DOJ. You must know your rights and how to defend them!

“It takes great courage to stand alone against a judge whose best resource is to intimidate you when you and he both know you are innocent.”

– Reggie Stone

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Jul 14

Conservatives who attended Governors workshop favor Renacci

Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention, today announced the result of the first Conservative Coalition Tracking Poll which measures the current position of the four announced Republican Governor candidates among TEA Party and Liberty Group Activist, Social Conservatives, Gun Owners, Fiscal Conservatives, and Trump Democrats who formed the coalition that carried Ohio for Donald Trump in last year’s Presidential Election. The We the People Convention held a “Meet the […]

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Jul 09

Toledo City Council to restrict free speech

On Tuesday, July 11th, the President of Toledo City Council is scheduled to introduce an ordinance which would make it illegal for sidewalk counselors to minister to those going into the abortion mill on Sylvania Avenue or to offer alternatives to those going into Planned Parenthood. It restricts prayer vigils and the semi-annual Forty Days for Life vigils to days and hours when these facilities are not open. These limited hours, called “safe zones”, are […]

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Jul 07

Deja Vu – Ohio Republican Legislature refuses to stand up against Obamacare, Again

Four year ago, liberal Republican Governor John Kasich bypassed Ohio’s Republican Legislature and implemented Obamacare Medicaid Expansion using the “Controlling Board” Ohio’s Republican Legislature refused to file lawsuit against a fellow Republican Governor for the misuse of the Controlling board. Fast Forward to Today. The Ohio Republican Legislature,  refused to override liberal Republican Governor John Kasick’s line item veto that would have stopped Ohio’s bleeding of money into the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion system. Ohio Republican […]

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Jul 03

Thank you President Trump

Thank you President Trump. For decades,  the liberal left media and Socialist / Communist Democrat party have attacked every Republican in office.  Sadly, the Republicans response to these continued attacks has been to cower, hide,  and capitulate to whatever the Liberals and Democrats want. President Trump is the first Republican to fight back.  He’s the first Republican to tell the leftist, fake Media and the Socialist / Communist Democrat to go pound sand. Thank You […]

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Jun 30

10-month-old Charlie Gard and U.K. Government

“We’re not allowed to choose if our son lives and we’re not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies,”

Maybe you’ve read about Charlie who lives in the U.K. Charlie Gard is a 10-month-old baby who has a rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, one of only 16 children in the world with this disorder.

Charlie has loving parents who want to care for him the best they can. He is currently being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, but the hospital decided they can’t do anything more for Charlie. The hospital made the decision to take him off life support.  Trying to end his life; premature, without the consent of his parents, so that he could “die with dignity.”

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The parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, disagreed with taking him off life support and have raised $1.6 million to airflight Charlie to the United States for care. All the parents needed for this to happen was for the British hospital to release Charlie into their care as parents. Sadly, the UK hospital wouldn’t release custody, cue ongoing legal battle ending on July 27th:

  • 3 March 2017: Mr Justice Francis starts to analyse the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London

  • 11 April: Mr Justice Francis says doctors can stop providing life-support treatment

  • 3 May: Charlie’s paren ts ask Court of Appeal judges to consider the case

  • 23 May: Three Court of Appeal judges analyse the case

  • 25 May: Court of Appeal judges dismiss the couple’s appeal

  • 8 June: Charlie’s parents lose fight in the Supreme Court

  • 20 June: Judges in the European Court of Human Rights start to analyse the case after lawyers representing Charlie’s parents make written submissions

  • 27 June: Judges in the European Court of Human Rights refuse to intervene

For Charlies parents and people around the world this is heartbreaking and scary. American parents, friends, individuals…wake up, Universal Healthcare is the detriment to a thriving society! This is the effects of Universal Health Care: freedom and human rights are being mercilessly stripped away. Not just for people like Charlie, but for individuals, parents, grandparents, and every citizen the government deems as useless to society.

As an American society we no longer value life, but thank goodness we value ourselves. Because of individual healthcare, we can choose what we want for ourselves. The moment we start a centralized government based health care system, we are at the mercy of the government. Let me explain: in the United States people choose the level of healthcare insurance they want, which in turn they pay for themselves. This allows them the freedom to treat their illness in the way they choose. Under Universal healthcare, the government covers all medical expenses, which sounds great. However, this puts the power of choice in the hands of a governance board.

This is what is happening to Charlie. The government sees this little boy as an unneeded expense and a burden to society, thanks to universal healthcare. The government feels like this is the most humane way to dispose of him. His parents said, “Not only are we not allowed to take our son to an expert hospital to save his life, we also can’t choose how or when our son dies.”  His parents see him for his true worth in the sight of God and tried to give him the health care he deserves. But the government felt it unnecessary and unneeded to spare his life, so they are choosing to let him die.

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Universal Health Care will be the detriment of your children, your grandchildren, and your great grand children. The effects of it will be astronomical and you need to fight and speak up today against this flawed system that will cause unneeded death and crushing heartbreak for generations to come.

As American citizens we have to understand that fighting against universal healthcare is not a problem we can put off for tomorrow. Something has to happen today, the senate is currently debating regulations on the healthcare system which has colossal immediate and future implications. We as citizens need to stay informed, knowledgeable, and speak out against an overreaching government. As we celebrate freedom this weekend on July 4th, we are celebrating what people have fought so hard over the years to attain. Let us not be the generation who puts down our battle swords for the sake of “peace, comfort, or laziness,” resulting in years of bondage and death by the American government.

 

 

WRITTEN BY JENA POWELL: Jena Powell is co-founder of Blue Ash Media, a digital advertising company in Southwest Florida and VP of sales at Huntington Outdoor Advertising, a Midwest-based outdoor billboard company. She stays up-to-date in the political world through her involvement with Forge Leadership Network. She has a passion for small business, marketing, the Gospel, and politics.

 

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Jun 25

Judge Jeanine Pirro Slams Democrats Who Promote Hatred and Violence

Judge Jeanine Pirro argues that the trickling down of hate from many Democrats and many in the media is a danger to us all. While President Trump is focused on jobs, the economy and our safety and security, many

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Jun 25

GCTP Public Meeting on the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic, Tuesday, June 27, 2017

“The Drug Epidemic in Ohio and What We Need to Do”

The Greene County Tea Party (GCTP) will host Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Dr. Greta Mayer, CEO, Mental Health & Recovery Board, Judge Beth Cappelli, Fairborn Drug Court,

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Jun 12

RLCOH TAKES STAND ON SANCTUARY CITY TREND

REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS OF OHIO (RLCOH) TAKES STAND ON SANCTUARY CITY TREND IN OHIO AND HOUSE BILL 179 SEEKING REMEDY (Columbus, Ohio) June 9, 2017: This week, Columbus became the latest Ohio city making it illegal to assist federal law enforcement in administering immigration law.  While refusing to use the term “Sanctuary City,” Columbus nonetheless joined Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, and other Ohio cities barring cooperation with federal authorities fulfilling their duties under the law. The […]

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Jun 11

Big Media and Many Democrats Continue Deception About President Trump and Russian Influence

The Russians did work to influence the 2016 election, as they try to influence every election, but there is zero evidence that the Russians were able to change even a single vote! And even Democrat Alan Dershowitz recognizes that …

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May 28

Undercover Video Reveals the Truth about the Abortion Industry

prolife heart-baby-feet-clipart-_672-616An undercover video made at a National Abortion Federation conference leaves no doubt that people in the abortion industry know precisely what they’re doing when they kill innocent, helpless unborn babies! It also reveals that the selling of baby …

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May 27

President Trump’s Foreign Trip Shows American Leadership is Back!

Trump April 2017Most conservatives believe that President Donald Trump’s foreign trip has sent a strong message that American leadership is back! He made it clear that once again our friends in the world can count on the United States to lead

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May 20

Greene County TEA Party Hosting Special Meeting on Education Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Public Education Issues- Be Informed!

The Federal and State direction to local school systems is continually changing. Join us on Tuesday, 23 May, as the Greene County TEA Party (GCTP) hosts the Beavercreek School Superintendent, Mr. Paul Otten,

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May 14

President Trump Inspires Graduates at Liberty University

Trump at Liberty UniversityPresident Donald Trump gave his first commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday, encouraging “dreamers” to ignore critics, take risks, never quit, and remember that “in America we don’t worship government, we worship God.”
“America has always been a …

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May 10

President Donald Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

James Comey imagePresident Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, in what many say was a move that might have occurred months ago. James Comey had failed to uphold recognized legal procedures and failed to properly carry out his responsibilities

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May 09

Ohio Governors to meet in front of Ohio Conservatives

Yo’re invited to meet the four candidates who are running for Ohio Governor in 2018.  We have put together a special We the People Convention Event to be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Berlin Church in Lewis Center, Ohio. This is a private meeting intended to give TEA Party and Liberty Group Leaders and Activists direct access to the candidates who will be running for Governor. This event will NOT be a debate. […]

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May 06

Conservatives Call for Senate to Act Now to Repeal Obamacare

Heritage-foundation-logo-blueThe Heritage Foundation, along with conservatives across the country, is calling on the U.S. Senate to join the House of Representative in taking real action to repeal and replace Obamacare.  Obamacare is collapsing, with more and more insurers dropping …

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May 04

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Protect Religious Liberty

Religious-Liberty image from HillsdalePresident Donald Trump today signed an executive order designed to protect religious liberty, fulfilling yet another campaign promise! He declared “No one should be censoring sermons” during a White House Rose Garden ceremony, and added “We will not allow

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May 04

Vice President Pence Defends Budget Deal on Limbaugh Show

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Vice President Mike Pence and Rush Limbaugh had a heart to heart chat on the FY 2017 budget when Mike Pence called the Limbaugh show. Many believe that the budget is a total Democratic win and a Republican loss. …

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May 01

Hillsdale College Offers Free Course: “The Presidency and the Constitution”

Hillsdale College LogoHillsdale College is offering a great, free, online course, “The Presidency and the Constitution”. See the message below from Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn:

 

Dear Fellow American,

Donald Trump’s election gave voice to the growing conviction of …

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Apr 24

OLC Gun Raffle 1705

The Ohio Liberty Coalition is proud to offer our first of many gun raffle packages. Not only does this package have a phenomenal Ruger AR 556 rifle, but it also comes with a gun case, ammo, cleaning kit, eye & ear protection, extra magazines with a connector, and an Emerson knife to complete the package. Total prize value of this package is $1,500. Half of the proceeds from this raffle will be equally split between […]

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Apr 11

GCTP to Host Constitution Boot Camp, Saturday, April 22, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Xenia Community Center

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Greene County TEA Party is hosting a Constitution Boot Camp on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Presented by Building Blocks for Liberty, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the Constitution and help maintain our freedoms in this

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Apr 08

Limited Strike on Syria Shows Strength in the Face of Evil and Proves Trump is No Friend of Russia

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President Trump’s successful missile strike against a Syrian air base sent a strong message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated, warning our enemies and reassuring our allies! The action also shattered the illusion, pushed by …

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Apr 06

Jay Sekulow Calls for Grand Jury Investigation of Susan Rice

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Jay Sekulow is calling for a grand jury to impartially investigate the widening scandal: mounting evidence that Susan Rice and the Obama administration illegally used government surveillance assets to collect and leak classified information for a partisan political attack

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Apr 04

The People’s Justice

 

As the U.S. Senate holds confirmation hearings, the spotlight of the world’s greatest deliberative body will shine brightly on Judge Neil Gorsuch. Before donning the black robe of a Supreme Court Justice, the nominee is required to demonstrate impartiality, balance, and restraint before the law. These qualities, as opposed to conviction, passion, and persuasion are the true measure for a Justice of the People.

While it is the job of the Congress and the President to be proactive, it is the job of the Courts to be reactive. This separate but co-equal branch must serve as an unwavering and indifferent body against the passions of the majority. To quote U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, “The Constitution is a decidedly and intentionally anti-majoritarian document, it exists to protect our rights and liberties even when one might hold unpopular views.”

Yet, today things feel out of balance. In response to the seemingly unending political gridlock in Washington D.C., there has been significant growth of power in the Executive Branch over the last two decades. This growth has created a far-reaching bureaucracy of over two million unelected officials writing, executing, and adjudicating regulations, which reach into every aspect of our daily lives. The consolidation of such power into the hands of one branch of government sets a dangerous precedent for all Americans.

James Madison famously wrote in Federalist 62, “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood: if they be repealed or revised before they are promulg[at]ed, or undergo such incessant changes, that no man who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.” Our Founding Fathers recognized that tyranny was not limited to the British Monarchy in the late 18th Century; tyranny only requires an unchecked branch of government to thrive. Hundreds of thousands of federal regulations are an indication that it has found traction in the 21st Century U.S. Government.

According to Columbia Law Professor John Coffee’s estimate, there are as many as 300,000 federal regulations that carry criminal penalties. These regulations are far reaching, touching nearly every aspect of our lives, most often without our knowledge. The only thing that stands in between the People and the Government’s tyrannical overreach is the Separation of Powers doctrine. The preservation of liberties that all Americans enjoy are secured by this doctrine in the Constitution, which holds each branch accountable to staying in their “enumerated and delegated” lanes.

Whether conservative or liberal, every American should have an interest in a full revival of the Separation of Powers doctrine. When one branch outstrips its enumerated powers, the other two must respond in earnest in defense of the document they swore to defend and uphold. One step in the path of restoration of balance is the nomination of Supreme Court Justices who are willing to submit their personal political leanings in favor of adherence to the law.

The U.S. Senate has a tremendous opportunity to bring balance to the U.S. Government by evaluating a Supreme Court nominee through the lens of Constitutionalism. The American people deserve a Justice who does not represent the will of one party over another, but who represents the Constitution. Because this nominee embodies these principles, I suspect that Neil Gorsuch will be our next United States Supreme Court Justice, the People’s Justice.

“A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.” -Judge Neil Gorsuch

Jonathon-Jakubowski-Thumbnail-150x150Jonathan Jakubowski is the Executive Chairman of the Wood County Republican Party, Division Leader of SmartSolve, founder of Champions in Action, and advisory board member of the Forge Leadership Network

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Mar 29

MVCI Meeting on Article V Convention, April 3, 2017

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ARTICLE V CONVENTION

LAST HOPE FOR AMERICA OR A DANGEROUS IDEA?
Pro-Con or Con-Con: The Great Debate
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Washington Heights Baptist Church
5650 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45429

MVCI encourages

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Mar 29

President Trump Cancels Job-Killing Regulations

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President Donald Trump kept yet another campaign promise by signing an executive order canceling excessive Obama-era EPA regulations that have been killing jobs. He stated “The war on coal is over… We’re going to have safety, we’re going to

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Mar 22

Social Media Training Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at T J Chumps in Fairborn OH

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At the recent Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by the Greene County Republican Party, “Joe the Plumber”, who was the featured speaker, stressed the importance of using Social Media to further conservative thought and causes.

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Mar 21

“Tomi doesn’t speak for us”

We are not afraid to admit, we have never been real fans or followers of Tomi Lahren. Even from the beginning she seemed like a shill for Trump, certainly not the long-awaited feminine heroine we had in mind to stand up for principled conservatism.

Our initial feelings about her were confirmed last week when Lahren, a guest on “The View,” declared herself to be pro-choice (which is really just a nice way of saying that you’re pro-legalized murder). Her logic, “The government can stay out of my guns and stay out of my body as well.”

What’s more disheartening, is that she previously identified as being pro-life, claiming that abortion was the ‘murdering of an unborn baby,’ going on a tirade against Lena Dunham and her warped version of feminism. But when given the chance to bravely voice that and prove that Republican females are more than just a tanned, made-up face, she choked and caved, renouncing the Truth of abortion to garner the favor of a mostly liberal female audience.

It’s hard to see Tomi Lahren as anything other than a sellout who went on national television and took a shot at her own supporters by telling the world that all pro-life women are really hypocrites. That, or she really drank the post-modernist Kool-Aid and bought into relativist “truth.” Either way, she’s become a free agent of opportunity and it’s rather disappointing.

As three young conservative females, we wanted to set the record straight: Tomi Lahren is not the poster girl for our conservatism. We come from different backgrounds and different perspectives, as all women do, yet we are all united on this: Tomi Lahren’s “my truth” is not the Truth. Tomi has bought into the liberal idea that each person is entitled to their own personal reality that no one else has license to question or criticize. We know deep down there is such a thing as objective truth, and Tomi has turned her back on it for the sake of convenience or out of genuine apathy for abortion.

Let each us of us tell you why Tomi Lahren is #notmyconservative:

“As a young conservative feminist, it is the Tomi Lahrens of the Republican Party that concern me. They adopt the liberal version of feminism instead of courageously standing up to promote ours. They don’t believe in the Truth, so they make up their own. I want young women on the right to actually stand up for the rights of all women – including the unborn women which half of all abortions destroy; to fight the ridiculous yet institutional assumption that birth control and abortion are needed for women to succeed (maybe in a man’s world, but I thought the ‘future is female’?) To root their politics to an ideology, not their sex, to vote their conscience, not vow their blind allegiance to a Party, to think, not react, to learn, not just rant. I want them to know their ‘feminine genius’; that it includes a multitude of attributes (as they do), but that it should never cease to celebrate the power in female fertility and the unique ability to bring new life into the world, a power possessed only by women, something that men can never do. Refusing to celebrate what sets you apart from a man is a waste of a XX chromosome.”

-Jessica Kramer

“As a young conservative business owner, I understand how the world of business works. We are a capitalist society and I recognize that one must jump on opportunity when it presents itself to expand business and reach a new audience. However, the difference between leaders with principles and without them is their willingness to stand for Truth. Tomi Lahren saw the opportunity to further her career and instead of holding to Truth, she tossed it aside, for the sake of fame and money. She responded to negative feedback to her charade and in her usual blunt way stated, “this is my truth.” As conservatives, we should never trade principle for opportunity in a gimmick for attention. In light of her blatant disregard for life, and poor understanding of the constitution: Tomi Lahren is not my kind of conservative. I will not allow her shameless relativism to represent my age group, gender, and conservatism as a whole.”

-Jena Powell

“As a young conservative who is returning to school to pursue a degree in nursing, I have the immense privilege of caring for people in moments of great joy and unspeakable grief. If there is one thing I know to be true, it is that all people need clarity and compassion. Seeing a young conservative woman, with national reach, like Tomi Lahren, treat issues like abortion so flippantly is heartbreaking. What we need are clear, concise, compassionate voices that will not shrink away from the truth. Deep down we all know that the preborn are not just clumps of cells that are part and parcel of their mother’s body. We know they’re separate, distinct human beings. We know that whether a child was planned, or wanted has no bearing on whether the child is actually a human person who should be entitled to legal protection. Further, conservatives understand that inherent human value and dignity underscore our entire political philosophy. Unfortunately, there are few people who are willing to communicate these truths seasoned with grace. Tomi Lahren has flip flopped from a brash, uncompassionate display of truth to an outright denial of it. In a political atmosphere with plenty of hate and vitriol, we don’t need more shock jockey antics, we need grace, and candor. It’s time for young, conservative, pro-life millennials to take to the streets (and their social media accounts) armed with the truth and a commitment to communicate it clearly and compassionately. While we may not have national reach like Lahren, we have a responsibility to speak clearly to those who are in our spheres of influence, we cannot allow our voices to be co-opted.”

-Amy Williams

If the conservative movement does not stand for Truth, we stand for nothing. We cannot cower on the most important and controversial issues and be “Democrat-lite.” We must  instead counter the opposing worldview with unapologetic voices and sincerity. We must unite with one another and be unyielding, impenetrable, and unmoving. Now is not the time to stand back while people speak falsehoods under the banner of conservatism. Conservative isn’t a brand you get to claim, it’s a position you adhere to. Tomi Lahren has forsaken that position, and it’s up to us to reclaim the integrity of the label. As Americans our motto is life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Limited government, yes. But the ultimate rule of government is to protect life. In the end, the “conservative” who does not stand for life and Truth, will never be a person we can stand beside.

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Mar 21

Democrats Opposing Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court show their Radical Left Ideology

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Democrats who oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court are showing that they are all about politics and twisting the Constitution so they can impose their radical left ideology on the American people. They reject a true, unbiased

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Mar 20

Congressional Testimony Shows the Russians had No Effect on the Election!

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The mainstream media has been deceitfully pushing the “Russia hacked the election” story for weeks. But testimony in Congress has now revealed that the Russians had no effect on the voting for Donald Trump! But you can expect most …

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Mar 18

President Trump Works for Jobs, Growth, and a Better Future for All

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Donald Trump is calling for American economic nationalism to bring jobs, growth, industry, and a better future for all Americans. He is working to restore the greatness of an American industry that gave our brave soldiers everything that they …

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Mar 17

President Trump’s Budget Presents an Historic Opportunity for Conservatives

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President Trump’s budget presents an historic opportunity to actually reduce the size of the Federal government, refocusing the EPA on its basic mission of keeping the air and water clean and cutting billions of dollars in wasteful foreign …

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Mar 13

President Trump Exposes the True Nature of Planned Parenthood

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In the midst of all of the discussion about a potential Republican replacement for Obamacare, some people have not noticed that the current bill proposed by the House Republican leadership would stop all Federal funding of Planned Parenthood!

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Mar 12

ABA Gives Judge Gorsuch its Highest Rating for the Supreme Court

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The American Bar Association (ABA), in spite of its leftist political leanings, has given Judge Neil Gorsuch its highest rating to serve as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court! This should make it even more clear that Senators …

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Mar 12

Open Letter to President Trump Promotes Freedom

 

Open Letter to President Trump Promotes Freedom

President Trump is working hard to “Make America Great Again.” However, a major element in that agenda is to restore our freedom again. That needs to be clear as President Trump’s agenda is worked in the Executive …

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Mar 07

President Trump Signs New Executive Order to Help Protect America!

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President Trump has signed a new executive order to help protect Americans from potential terrorists from six terror-prone nations. The order replaces a previous order which was sidetracked by several very liberal federal courts, and resolves objections to …

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Mar 04

MVCI To Show Powerful Movie “Climate Hustle” Monday March 6, 2017!

MVCI Climate Hustle

Miami Valley Citizens Informed (MVCI) invites you to a free showing of the powerful movie, “Climate Hustle” which provides tremendous facts to help us fight the many lies of the left regarding “climate change!” Click HERE for more information

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Mar 01

A Powerful Speech to Congress and the American People!

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President Trump gave a powerful speech to Congress and the American people on Tuesday night! Even most of the biased media had to admit that it was a great speech, as he spoke on a number of issues important …

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Dec 04

Special MVCI Meeting This Monday 12/5 with Trevor Loudon

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MIAMI VALLEY CITIZENS INFORMED

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016
at
Washington Heights Baptist Church
5650 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45429
7:00 to 8:30 PM

GUEST SPEAKER – all the way from New Zealand:

MR. TREVOR LOUDON

“THE ENEMIES WITHIN”

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Nov 20

Donald Trump Excites Conservatives by Selecting Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

jeff_sessions_official_portraitSenator Jeff Sessions has been designated by President-elect Donald Trump as his choice to be Attorney General! Most conservatives are excited about this selection, since both Sen. Sessions and Donald Trump are committed to enforcing the law, including immigration

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Nov 03

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel to Speak at MVCI Meeting Next Monday November 7

MVCI logoMiami Valley Citizens Informed (MVCI) is having an important pre-election night meeting on next Monday, November 7, from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Washington Heights Baptist Church, 5650 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton Ohio 45429. MVCI has provided the

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Oct 31

WikiLeaks Expose Corruption at the Clinton Foundation

Tom Zawistowski 150Click HERE for a POWERFUL video from Ohio TEA party leader Tom Zawistowski: Look at how deflated these MSNBC reporters are about the latest WikiLeaks release Friday that showed the sleazy operation of the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation. …

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Oct 20

The Supreme Court and Immigration are Critical Issues in the Election

800px-Supreme_CourtIn the Presidential debate on October 19, several important issues were finally discussed:
Immigration was discussed, and Hillary Clinton was shown to be for open borders (by reference to a WikiLeaks email where she clearly states that fact). This

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Oct 16

CCV Presidential Race Election Guide Now Available

election-guide-2016-with-snip-of-pdf-pasted-into-ppt-saved-as-jpgIt is important for voters to realize that there are major differences on issues between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. To many conservatives, much of Clinton’s campaign (which includes most of the media) seems to be focused on insulting …

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Oct 09

A Critical Election: Two Visions, Two Americas

franklin-grahamFranklin Graham spoke in Columbus this week at his 47th stop on the Decision America Tour. We are standing at a crossroads in our history. We are about to choose one of two very different kinds of futures for …

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Oct 06

Gov Mike Pence Wins Vice Presidential Debate

Mike_Pence,_official_portrait,_112th_CongressMost observers felt that Indiana Gov Mike Pence did a great job at the VP debate Tuesday! Sen Tim Kaine looked to many like a disrespectful political hack as he constantly interrupted and hurled insults, while Pence kept …

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Oct 01

Pat Buchanan: Trump is Right on Trade Predators

buchanan-pat_editedDonald Trump and many other people feel that our country’s leaders have signed terrible trade deals and allowed other nations to take advantage of us in a major way, costing millions of American jobs and hundreds of billions of

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Sep 29

New Study: Donald Trump Economic Plan will give a Major Boost to the US Economy

trump_thumbs_up_low_res__previewA new study reports that Donald Trump’s economic plan would provide a major boost to the economy and millions of new American jobs. With the current economic “recovery” being the slowest since the 1940s, and near record numbers …

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Sep 29

ACT for America Presents Meeting on Dangers of Global Transformation on October 10, 2016, in Cincinnati

act-on-flagACT for America, Southwest Ohio, invites you to a presentation via Skype by Peter Wood at their October 10, 2016, meeting in the Cincinnati area. He will discuss the Technocracy movement that began in the 1930s and gained a …

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Sep 27

First Presidential Debate Shows Major Media Bias

2016-presidential-debates_editedThe first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was held this Monday, September 26, and the public seems to be about equally divided on who “won” the debate. However, many people feel that the debate moderator, Lester Holt,

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Sep 26

MVCI hosts an Evening with Tom Zawistowski Monday, October 3

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Miami Valley Citizens Informed (MVCI) is having an important meeting on next Monday, October 3, from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Washington Heights Baptist Church, 5650 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton Ohio 45429. MVCI has provided the details below

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Sep 25

Ted Cruz makes strong endorsement of Donald Trump

Senator Ted CruzOn Friday, September 23, Senator Ted Cruz made a strong endorsement of Donald Trump for President, giving six major policy areas which drive him to conclude that we must work strongly for a Trump Presidency.  On his Facebook page

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Sep 19

Donald Trump Calls for Stronger Measures to Prevent Terrorism

TrumpYoungstown August 2016In response to weekend attacks in New York and Minnesota, Donald Trump praised law enforcement and called for stronger policies to help prevent future attacks:

“In the past 48 hours, our law enforcement showed again that, without them, our …

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Sep 18

Donald Trump Presents Economic Plan to Boost the Economy & Create Jobs

Trump in WilmingtonOn Thursday, September 15, Donald Trump gave a strong economic policy speech in New York. He called for a major simplification in the nation’s complex tax code, with significant tax relief for middle class Americans. Trump also called for …

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Sep 15

Patriot Fair / Heritage Festival in Mason this Saturday, September 17

patriot-fair-lincoln-with-titleThe Patriot Fair / Heritage Festival in Mason this Saturday provides a powerful educational experience for children as well as adults! This year you can enjoy two great events at one place on the same day. The City of …

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Sep 15

Huber Heights Liberty Group Meeting September 20: “Developing a Family Emergency Communications Plan”

emergency-informationSeptember is National Emergency Preparedness Month. If an emergency/disaster occurred, and your family were in different locations, how would you get in touch with your loved ones if the phone lines were overloaded or down? How could you …

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Sep 11

Hillary Clinton has Apparent Health Issue, Forced to Leave 9/11 Memorial Service Early

hillary-clintonMany people have been questioning the state of Hillary Clinton’s health based on her history of concussion, falls, blood clots in her leg and head, and sometimes needing help on stairs. Another incident occurred today, as she was forced …

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Sep 11

Hillary Clinton Calls Millions of Americans “Deplorables”

Standing with TrumpAt a fundraiser in New York Friday night, Hillary Clinton made a comment that many consider very insulting to millions of Americans. “You know to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I …

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Sep 04

Donald Trump Addresses Enthusiastic Crowd in Wilmington, Ohio

Trump in WilmingtonDonald Trump gave a powerful, well received speech at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington last Thursday, September 1. The crowd was large and enthusiastic. Mr. Trump offered a number of solutions to the nation’s problems, including the following:…

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Sep 04

MVCI Meeting Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 7-8:30 PM

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It is not difficult to see that our nation is being divided along many lines including the ongoing debate of Capitalism vs. Socialism. Many college students leave University convinced that socialism is the preferred form of government. Capitalism …

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Sep 01

Donald Trump Gives Powerful Address on Immigration Policy

trump_thumbs_up_low_res__previewIn a major speech in Arizona this Wednesday, August 31, Donald Trump gave a powerful argument for his ten point plan to address the illegal immigration nightmare in our country. Together with him on the stage were a number

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Aug 31

MVCI Meeting Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 7-8:30 PM

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It is not difficult to see that our nation is being divided along many lines including the ongoing debate of Capitalism vs. Socialism. Many college students leave University convinced that socialism is the preferred form of government. Capitalism …

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Aug 30

Donald Trump Event Coming to Wilmington this Thursday at Noon

Standing with TrumpMost TEA Party members and conservatives are supporting Donald J. Trump to be the next President of the United States. Therefore, we would like everyone to be aware of the campaign rally to be held this Thursday at noon …

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Aug 28

Donald Trump Offers Common-Sense Solutions to Massive Illegal Immigration

TrumpYoungstown August 2016Donald Trump in a strong speech on Saturday, August 27, presented good common-sense solutions to the outrageous illegal immigration situation in the US, including “On Day One, I am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from

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Aug 26

Bill Bennett calls a Trump Victory Critical to the Future of the Supreme Court and Nation

Bennett imageMany conservatives are strongly supporting Donald Trump for President for a number of reasons, including the economy, the continuing massive illegal immigration, and the crisis with ISIS which has arisen under polices of President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

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Aug 24

Donald Trump Speaks Boldly on Today’s African-American Advancement Issues

trump_thumbs_up_low_res__previewMany conservatives are giving much credit to Presidential candidate Donald Trump for addressing the core issues which concern many African-Americans in a recent speech, pointing out how Democratic policies have brought misery, poverty, and despair to African-Americans and many

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Aug 24

New Evidence of Corruption in Hillary Clinton State Department

Mike_Pence,_official_portrait,_112th_CongressAfter the latest revelations from previously hidden emails involving Hillary Clinton, many are calling for an independent investigation of links between foreign and corporate donors to the Clinton Foundation and the actions of the Hillary Clinton State Department. Vice

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Aug 24

What crime victims think about criminal justice reform

Policy wonks and policymakers have a lot of opinions on criminal justice reform. And as Ohio pursues changes to its criminal code, both should listen to an important group of stakeholders not often heard: the victims of crime.

Intuitively, one might think that crime victims would want courts to lock up perpetrators and throw away the keys. In the minds of many, incarceration deters criminals from reoffending. However, a new study flies in the face of conventional wisdom.

A new, first-of-its-kind national survey by the Alliance for Safety and Justice unveiled surprising results regarding the views of crime victims on incarceration.

For example, 61 percent of crime victims prefer shorter prison sentences and want policymakers to focus on shifting resources away from incarceration toward prevention programs and rehabilitation.

Indeed, criminals with a history of addiction do not get sufficient rehabilitation services while incarcerated, making them more likely to recidivate. Focusing on rehabilitation and prevention programs will increase the safety of neighborhoods and reduce recidivism rates.

Perhaps more surprising, those who have fallen victim to a crime are four times more likely to be victims again at some point in their lives. That means those who are most likely to be crime victims would prefer society treat the underlying problem rather than lock people up and forget about them.

Victims know that offenders will one day reenter their communities and, without treatment and rehabilitation, the problems they bring won’t go away. In fact, according to the Alliance’s survey, 52 percent of victims of violent crimes believe prison makes offenders more likely to commit crime.

Crime victims don’t want revenge—they want safer communities.

Ohioans recognize that criminal justice reform is necessary to promote safety in our communities. That is why the Ohio Justice Recodification Committee was established: to spearhead criminal justice reform. The committee will make its recommendations for changes to Ohio law this fall.

Until then, members—and, in fact, all Ohioans—should read the Alliance’s survey to see where crime victims stand on public safety issues. Just like criminal justice reforms’ effects, their opinions are encouragingly surprising.

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Aug 20

Donald Trump Visits Flood-Devastated Louisiana

Standing with TrumpPresidential candidate Donald Trump, along with running mate Mike Pence, visited communities in Louisiana Friday that have been devastated by flood waters. He made a sincere effort to console the suffering and do what he could to help, …

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Aug 19

Conservative Leader Rep. Jim Jordan Strongly Endorses Donald Trump

Congressman Jim JordanOhio Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the most respected conservative Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, called for Republicans to get strongly behind the campaign of Donald Trump for President to reverse the declines in the pocketbooks

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Aug 18

10 things the National Education Association supports that have nothing to do with education

The NEA doesn’t stand for Nuclear Education Association. And yet, supporting a nuclear freeze is one of many issues backed by the national union that has nothing to do with the betterment of teachers professionally. Its members should have the freedom to choose otherwise.

Some issues supported by the National Education Association (NEA) undoubtedly will receive different reactions from union members. Moreover, these issues often have little to nothing to do with education itself. Below are 10 resolutions passed by the NEA, the national affiliate for the Ohio Education Association, that should raise more than a few eyebrows:

  1. urging all nations to work toward disarmament (see page 84),
  2. urging participation by the United States in deliberations before the International Court of Justice, (see page 85),
  3. supporting the nuclear freeze (see page 85),
  4. opining on covert and counterintelligence operations (see page 85),
  5. promoting statehood for Washington, D.C. (see page 84),
  6. opposing efforts to legislate English as the official language (see page 95),
  7. supporting efforts to abate climate change (see page 86),
  8. supporting “reproductive freedom” (see page 88),
  9. supporting the mandated use of helmets for bicyclists and motorcyclists (see page 92), and
  10. urging that no current government employee should be displaced due to efforts that shift people off welfare and toward work (see page 92).

People can have reasonable disagreements about the above-mentioned list. And certainly there will be teacher union members that fall on both sides of those policies. But should all union members really be compelled to support their organization’s stance on those issues, even if they have a deeply felt objection?

That is what National Employee Freedom Week, taking place this August 14-20, is all about. Giving all union members a choice about whether or not to support those causes through their own money irrespective of their own views—on nuclear policy or any other hot-button issue.

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Aug 17

Donald Trump Gives Strong Speech in Wisconsin August 16, 2016

trump_thumbs_up_low_res__previewDonald Trump gave a powerful speech in Wisconsin yesterday, August 16! He made a strong case for the need for law and order, especially to benefit the minority community. And he argued persuasively that the terrible state of …

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Aug 16

Donald Trump gives Strong Speech on Foreign Policy, Fighting ISIS

TrumpYoungstown August 2016Presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a major foreign policy speech on Monday August 15 in Youngstown, Ohio. A number of powerful points were made by Mr. Trump, including many which are largely ignored by the liberal media as they

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Aug 16

What National Employee Freedom Week means for Ohio workers

Should people be forced, against their will, to reach into their own pockets and give money to a cause with which they disagree? This is a question that thousands of union members in Ohio are confronted with every year. And their ability to make this decision is severely restricted.

That is why The Buckeye Institute is again partnering with the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) and more than 100 other groups in 42 states to raise awareness for National Employee Freedom Week, which runs August 14-20.

The goal of National Employee Freedom Week is to inform union members of their legal rights concerning membership as well as how their member funds are being used for purposes other than collective bargaining.

Of course, many union members are pleased with their representation, and that’s fine. However, there are also many who feel compelled to pay dues to an organization that spends their hard-earned dollars on issues with no connection to their union’s stated purpose of collectively bargaining on behalf of its members.

In Ohio, union members can block their money from being used for political activities by becoming what is referred to as an “agency fee payer.” This means that they are paying only for the direct representation offered by the union in collective bargaining. To learn more about this option, click here. One can also become a “religious or conscientious objector” where the dues are deducted but made payable to a charity.

Despite these options, there is only one way that current and prospective union members can assure themselves of complete employee freedom, and this is for Ohio to become a right-to-work state.

The Buckeye Institute has published numerous reports showcasing the economic benefits Ohio can reap from becoming a right-to-work state, including our 2012 report, Ohio Right-to-Work: How the Economic Freedom of Workers Enhances Prosperity.

However, this issue is about more than economics: No one should be forced to pay to join an association against their free will. This is the message of National Employee Freedom Week, and it is a message The Buckeye Institute has spoken in the past and will continue to give a voice to in the future.

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Aug 14

American Family Association Urges Boycott of Target Stores – Update

AFA Boycott Target imageThe American Family Association continues to call for a boycott of Target after the retail giant said it would allow men to use the women’s restrooms and dressing rooms in their stores, if they say they are a woman …

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Aug 12

Occupational licensing restrictions getting federal attention

Cumbersome barriers and bureaucracy associated with occupational licensing are now being scrutinized at the federal level.

The recent introduction of The Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles to Work (ALLOW Act) by U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (UT) would relieve the barriers many low-income Americans face when trying to secure a job. The measure starts small—affecting just military spouses, District of Columbia workers, and tour guides in certain national parks—but would start a much-needed conversation in Congress and state legislatures about licensing requirements in many professions.

Legal obstacles to employment hinder one of the most important qualities of the American economic system—the equality of opportunity. Alarmingly, the number of Americans participating in the labor force is nearing its lowest point since 1977. Because licensing requirements can deter people from pursuing a career or moving forward in their job, states are looking to reform such laws.

Ohio has been ahead of the curve in addressing occupational licensing. The Buckeye Institute’s Tom Lampman recognized the growing burden of occupational licensing laws well before the introduction of Sen. Lee’s proposal.

Sen. Lee’s measure enables Congress to exercise its jurisdiction in the District and on military bases to design several models for licensing reform. State governments can follow these models immediately.

The ALLOW Act also limits the creation of occupational license requirements in Washington, D.C. and promotes less restrictive requirements, like public and private certification. Certifications are favorable because they permit people to demonstrate their qualifications without spending excessive amounts of money on education and experience to qualify for a specific license.

In addition, the ALLOW Act creates a new office of supervision in Washington, D.C. for licensed occupations. That office will ensure minimal and reasonable occupational standards among the District’s licensing boards, which sometimes set ambiguous standards. That problem can be remedied with an office that promotes reasonable occupational benchmarks.

Workforce mobility and labor market efficiency will increase as a result of those changes. Occupational license entry requirements will be more unified since individuals will be certified for specific credentials. Public certification issued in any state on military bases for military spouses will also unify requirements.

Buckeye’s Lampman, too, favored voluntary certification because it “keeps the market open and competitive. Workers can choose whether to invest in the certification process and customers can choose whether certified workers are worth a higher price.”

License requirements vary from state to state, and workers are negatively affected by those differing requirements. The uniformity created in Sen. Lee’s proposal enables more workers to enter the economy and thus encourages greater competition, which leads to lower prices, new products, and more options for customers.

Reconsidering the approach to occupational licensing laws will permit the restoration of economic opportunity, and it will ALLOW – pun intended – more people to earn a living without having to conquer unnecessary obstacles to be considered “qualified” for an occupation.

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Aug 11

Powerful Economic Speech Made by Donald Trump

 

trump_thumbs_up_low_res__previewDonald Trump presented a powerful speech last Monday outlining his economic plan to make America grow again. The speech was well received and packed with ideas that may bring about major new economic growth. The current recovery has …

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Aug 11

Taxpayers wronged by Wright State

The Buckeye Institute believes in accountable government. That includes spending tax dollars on their specified purpose. Along those lines, recent actions – or inactions for that matter – by Wright State are wrong.

As described in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Wright State received $220,000 from state taxpayers to prepare security for the first presidential debate later this fall. Last month, however, Wright State canceled the event for a number of reasons, including needed security upgrades and their accompanied cost.

Of course, there is nothing wrong about that decision if university officials believed they really could not afford to host the debate. In fact, it was a good decision not to ask taxpayers for more money as a bailout.

So then Wright State returned the $220,000 to the state, right? Wrong.

Despite the university saying the money was spent on infrastructure that will benefit students, the money was earmarked specifically for the presidential debate, which is no longer taking place. Therefore, it makes little sense for them to hold on to the money for something they did not do.

Just consider if a contractor was paid to do a job that he or she subsequently backed out of for any number of reasons. Assuming the two parties didn’t build in a specific contractual arrangement for the contractor to keep the money, he or she would have to give it back. The same basic principle should apply to Wright State.

If Wright State needs money for other, non-debate expenses, it can ask for it and justify it on the merits of what those other expenses might be. (Important note: The Buckeye Institute is not a fan of earmarks in general. For more on this issue, see our pork report from earlier this year.)

But even if the state of Ohio isn’t asking for the money back, the university should return it anyway. To respect taxpayers and normal contractual agreements, that would be the Wright thing to do.

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Aug 09

GCTP Meeting August 23, 2016: “Socialism versus Capitalism”

 

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SOCIALISM versus CAPITALISM
Special speaker: Bert Wheeler, PhD, Cedarville University Professor of Economics
Featuring video by D. James Kennedy Ministries
When: Tuesday August 23, 2016 6:30pm Where: Xenia Community Center, 1219 W. Second St, Xenia Ohio
Open and …

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Aug 09

Dr. James Dobson Strongly Endorses Donald Trump

james-dobson-2Renowned Christian leader Dr. James Dobson has announced his strong endorsement of Donald Trump for President. Dr. Dobson stated “I have decided to endorse Donald J. Trump for President of the United States, not only because of my great …

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Aug 01

Let customers choose their energy provider, not government

When renewable energy is fully ready for primetime, it should not be artificially kept off the electrical grid just to prop up older technology. However, neither should it be forced on the grid to displace more reliable, cost-effective technology.

The problems with government intervention in support of favored energy resources are becoming obvious in Europe, as documented recently by the The New York Times:

Germany, Europe’s champion for renewable energy, seems to be having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation.

Hoping to slow the burst of new renewable energy on its grid, the country eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power and put a ceiling on additional renewable capacity.

Germany may also drop a timetable to end coal-fired generation, which still accounts for over 40 percent of its electricity, according to a report leaked from the country’s environment ministry. Instead, the government will pay billions to keep coal generators in reserve, to provide emergency power at times when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine.

Renewables have hit a snag beyond Germany, too. Renewable sources are producing temporary power gluts from Australia to California, driving out other energy sources that are still necessary to maintain a stable supply of power.

Ohio has a similar renewable energy standard. In light of such reports from Europe and even the United States, Ohio’s mandate deserves serious scrutiny. For more on this issue check out our own Joe Nichols’ report and my testimony to Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee last year.

Of course, renewable energy does have a future in Ohio’s energy mix. If and when storage becomes cost effective, renewables may even fully displace fossil fuels and nuclear power. But that day is not today.

The two main sources of renewable energy, wind and solar, are intermittent. That is, they don’t always produce electricity. Further, excess energy produced at non-peak demand can’t be stored cost effectively for use at a time when demand is most needed. In turn, the storage of renewables displaces resources that provide more stable energy, such as coal, natural gas, and nuclear.

This means consumers take it on the chin twice: the first time with the cost of subsidies to renewables and the second for subsidizing other sources to stay online.

Ohio’s electrical grid should be reserved first and foremost for energy resources that provide the most reliable, cost-effective service to consumers. If that’s coal today and wind tomorrow, fine. But our free economic environment should decide—not government.

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Jul 29

Buckeye to U.S. Supreme Court: Why are Europe’s skies freer than America’s skies?

COLUMBUS — Pilots have more freedom to “Uber up in the air” in Europe than they do in America because of a 2015 order by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Today, The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center urged the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse the FAA’s backward interpretation of the law and unleash the potential of the sharing economy.

For decades, the FAA’s “Expense-Sharing Rule” allowed private airplane pilots to post their flight plans on bulletin boards, enabling passengers to join their flights by sharing fuel costs. When Flytenow, Inc. put that practice online, the FAA deemed it illegal, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld by deferring to the agency. Buckeye’s legal brief challenges that ruling.

“Being home to the Wright brothers, we’re proud to represent Ohio at the U.S. Supreme Court and bring American flight into the 21st century,” Robert Alt, president and CEO of The Buckeye Institute, said. “If Europeans can have ‘Uber up in the air’ so, too, should Americans benefit from such cost-sharing services.”

In Flytenow, Inc. v. Federal Aviation Administration, The Buckeye Institute’s brief argues that the FAA’s order is arbitrary, antiquated, and inconsistent with its longstanding “Expense-Sharing Rule” for non-commercial flights.

“Why should pilots be able to speak on index cards but not on the internet?” Alt asked. “The only place this kind of rule makes sense is in a federal agency.”

Flytenow, Inc. has discontinued its operations since the Court of Appeals’ ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to take the case after it reconvenes in October.

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Jul 27

“Hillary’s America” is a Must-See Movie!

Hillarys america-web-resA special message from Greene County TEA Party President Dennis Crouch:

My wife and I just returned from seeing “Hillary’s America” on the big screen. An excellent, wonderfully produced and directed movie about history, a history that starts much …

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Jul 27

Free flow of information undercuts need for many regulations

A recent Forbes.com story articulates exactly why we need less, not more, government regulation.

In particular, the author notes how taxicab regulations once made sense when consumers did not have adequate information about the quality and safety of prospective drivers. In today’s “Uberized” world, however, where information is available at the tips of your fingers, the need for this kind of government paternalism is far less. In many cases, it’s non-existent.

As the author wrote:

Common models for taxi regulation can be traced back to the 1930s. During that time, regulations were promoted to combat what economists refer to as “asymmetric information” problems. These arose from passengers’ relative inability to know about the quality of various for-hire vehicle drivers. Additionally, passengers could not easily compare the costs of for-hire transportation options since taxis were usually found by waiting on the side of a road. These limitations led to regulations such as driver licensing requirements (an attempt to ensure universal quality) and common prices (so that consumers knew what they would end up paying).

While stringent taxi regulation may have made some sense in an earlier era, its justification does not apply to today’s ridesharing market.

Ridesharing services, similar to other sharing-economy companies, use dual-feedback systems. These features, which allow riders and drivers to publicly rate each other after trips, give passengers the ability to vet potential drivers. Ridesharing companies also have the option to cut ties with drivers who do not meet certain customer-service standards. Since ridesharing prices are advertised ahead of time before a ride is prearranged (with leading firms even offering fare estimates), set price regulations no longer make sense.

To create more jobs and more opportunity, we need to move away from 20th-century regulatory frameworks. This applies not only to taxis versus Uber and Lyft, but across the board—in Ohio and other states.

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Jul 22

Hillary’s America Opens in Theaters

Hillarys america-web-resIf you have any doubts about the importance of the election this November, or if you have friends or family who believe elections don’t matter, the new movie Hillary’s America could open your eyes concerning what is really at …

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Jul 11

Protect the Fourth Amendment!

WarrantThe United States House of Representatives is, once again trying to take away your freedom. They are planning a vote today on House Resolution 5606, which will expand our government’s surveillance powers. You must call your Congressman today. This bill with crush the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. Madison put a ‘shall not’ in the amendment for a reason…
 
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
 
In the wake of the tragic Orlando shootings, this is a ‘never let a good emergency go to waste’ situation.
 
From Kevin Boyd at rare.us, “In the wake of recent mass shootings, Monday night the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on an expansion of the Patriot Act, which significantly broadened government surveillance powers after 9/11. The proposed bill, H.R. 5606, expands Section 314 of the Patriot Act to cover non-terrorism or money laundering related investigations. Critics claim that the bill is a threat to the privacy of innocent Americans and is being rammed through Congress without debate.
 
Section 314 encourages law enforcement to share information with financial institutions on money laundering and terrorism. It also encourages financial institutions to share information with each other.”
 
From Congressman Justin Amash from Michigan,
 
Under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, the government may not conduct unreasonable searches and seizures. With limited exception, a search or seizure is unreasonable if it occurs without probable cause and a warrant. Section 314 of the Patriot Act attempts to sidestep this constitutional protection by treating a domestic criminal investigation like a foreign terrorism investigation, and H.R. 5606 extends the applicability to a much wider range of criminal investigations.
 
Call your Congressman and tell them ‘No’ on House Resolution 5606. We must protect the Constitution.
 
 
District Name   Phone
1 Chabot, Steve 202-225-2216
2 Wenstrup, Brad 202-225-3164
3 Beatty, Joyce 202-225-4324
4 Jordan, Jim 202-225-2676
5 Latta, Robert E. 202-225-6405
6 Johnson, Bill 202-225-5705
7 Gibbs, Bob 202-225-6265
8 Davidson, Warren 202-225-6205
9 Kaptur, Marcy 202-225-4146
10 Turner, Michael 202-225-6465
11 Fudge, Marcia L. 202-225-7032
12 Tiberi, Pat 202-225-5355
13 Ryan, Tim 202-225-5261
14 Joyce, David 202-225-5731
15 Stivers, Steve 202-225-2015
16 Renacci, Jim 202-225-3876

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Jul 05

Action Alert: House Resolution Violates the Second Amendment

SHALL-NOT-BE-INFRINGED-WHAT-PART-DONT-YOU-UNDERSTAND_modelThe United States House of Representatives is putting our Second Amendment at risk in a vote that could happen as early as today.

The vote is on HR5611.  This resolution will restrict the rights of US citizens to own firearms if they are on the Department of Homeland Security’s no fly list. The resolution will impact an American citizen that has committed no crime, has not been charged with a crime and has received no due process under the law – their rights are simply taken away.

You need to call your member of Congress and tell them to vote no.

The Second Amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Amendment doesn’t say ‘Shall not be infringed’ unless a government worker puts your name on some list.

This Resolution violates the Constitution and must be stopped. There is a good chance that it will pass, with Republican votes.

Call your Representative today. Comment on their Facebook and Twitter too, if you are active on social media.

District Name   Phone
1 Chabot, Steve 202-225-2216
2 Wenstrup, Brad 202-225-3164
3 Beatty, Joyce 202-225-4324
4 Jordan, Jim 202-225-2676
5 Latta, Robert E. 202-225-6405
6 Johnson, Bill 202-225-5705
7 Gibbs, Bob 202-225-6265
8 Davidson, Warren 202-225-6205
9 Kaptur, Marcy 202-225-4146
10 Turner, Michael 202-225-6465
11 Fudge, Marcia L. 202-225-7032
12 Tiberi, Pat 202-225-5355
13 Ryan, Tim 202-225-5261
14 Joyce, David 202-225-5731
15 Stivers, Steve 202-225-2015
16 Renacci, Jim 202-225-3876

Two members of the House are leading the charge to ask members of Congress to vote no – Justin Amash from Michigan and Thomas Massie from Northern Kentucky.

STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSMAN JUSTIN AMASH, MICHIGAN 3RD DISTRICT

House Republicans are pushing a horrendous bill this week. The gun section alone infringes the First, Second, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. We’re expecting a vote on #HR5611 in the House on Wednesday. More information here over the next couple days. You also can follow me on Twitter (@justinamash) for additional updates. #StopHR5611

STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSMAN THOMAS MASSIE, KENTUCKY 4TH DISTRICT

“We interrupt your Independence Day for this important message from my friend Justin Amash.”  Republican leaders in the House are bringing a gun control bill to the floor this week, and unlike the votes in the Senate that frankly were designed to fail, Republican leaders WANT this bill to pass.  I agree with Justin that this House bill violates several elements of the Bill of Rights, so I will be voting No.  A law to prevent you from purchasing a gun if you are guilty of any aspect of terrorism would make sense.  In fact that hypothetical law should require you also to go to jail.  Instead, we’re voting on a law that gives the executive and judicial branches broad authority to try and predict if you might one day become guilty, and if you fall into this category, your right to keep and bear arms will be denied.  #StopHR5611 #minorityreport

Thomas Massie and Justin Amash are working to defeat this massive DHS over reach which will give them, even more, power to take our freedoms under the guise of fighting terrorism. This resolution comes up for a vote on Wednesday. Please call your Congressman RIGHT AWAY and urge them to vote NO on this resolution.

Tell them “Vote No on HR5611, No more encroachment on our freedom!”

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Jul 04

Donald Trump is Coming to Cincinnati Wednesday, July 6, at 7 PM

 

Republicanlogo 553 wideDonald Trump is coming to the Sharonville Convention Center for a rally this Wednesday. Although many Conservatives have disagreements with some of the positions of Donald Trump, he has stood strong for securing our borders and stopping …

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Jul 03

GCTP Meeting July 26: Do We Need an Article V Constitutional Convention? (A Important Discussion of the Pros & Cons)

Ellen HortonMuch is being discussed on the need for an Article V Constitutional Convention. Have you made up your mind on this critically important subject? Do you need more information?  Is it prudent, will it correct the injustices we

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Jun 04

MVCI Meeting June 6 Features Jake MacAulay from Institute On The Constitution (IOTC)

MVCI logoMiami Valley Citizens Informed (MVCI) is hosting Jake MacAulay from the Institute On The Constitution (IOTC) on Monday, June 6, form 7 to 8:30 PM at Washington Heights Baptist Church, 5650 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio!

Jake MacAulay will …

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