Mar 21

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


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


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 15

Ohio pauses ESSA implementation

Ohio education officials are delaying their ESSA implementation plan until fall, giving the state more time to gather feedback on issues such as statewide testing and teacher evaluations.

The move was popular with the Ohio teachers union and state legislators focused on education policy, who complained to Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria that residents demanding less testing and simpler state report cards are being ignored.

A new testing and accountability plan is required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal law that replaced the Bush-era No Child Left Behind.

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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


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!


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!

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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 03

The case against Case: College ignored own policies in biased sexual assault investigation

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CASE LAW: A student alleges anti-male bias in sexual assault investigations at Case Western Reserve University.

In a scenario that has become common on college campuses, a school ignored its own policies when conducting a sexual assault investigation, according to a new lawsuit filed against Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

John Doe and Jane Doe, as they’re referred to in court documents, met in August 2014 during freshman orientation. John was a sophomore and part of the orientation team. Jane was an incoming freshman. The two became friends and eventually entered into a sexual relationship, according to the suit, filed March 1 in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

The two saw each other frequently, with John advising Jane on her courses and taking her shopping when she asked. But things changed on Sept. 13, 2014, when Jane asked John for space and said she needed time to think about her feelings. John says in his lawsuit that he was disappointed, but accepted Jane’s request.

Early in the morning of Sept. 14, however, a friend of Jane’s texted John that she wanted to see him. John says in his lawsuit that he was confused because just hours earlier Jane had asked for space. But shortly after the text from a friend, Jane herself texted and asked John to come meet her. John left his friends to find Jane, who had her arms around another man.

John was against disappointed, and turned to leave, but Jane ran up to him an asked to sleep at his fraternity house. The two went back to Jane’s dorm so she could change before returning to John’s fraternity, where he says he made her dinner and the two played billiards for a while.

Jane allegedly told John she wanted to sleep with him, so they went to the fraternity’s basement to be alone. They began kissing and things progressed in a way they had numerous times before. There was sexual contact, but they did not have intercourse, according to John’s lawsuit.

While facing each other on the couch, John’s lawsuit says, Jane “suddenly” pushed him away, got up and began crying. John was confused and tried to comfort her, and drove her back to her dorm when she asked. John apologized on the way home, not knowing what had gone wrong. He thought maybe she had been upset that he broke his promise to give her space, even though it was at her request. On the way back to her dorm, Jane again said she needed time apart to think about their relationship.

The next day, the two met up again and Jane again said she wanted to stop seeing John so frequently. After this, John texted Jane, sent her gifts and spoke to her when he saw her.

Several weeks later, John says in his suit, he gave up.


A month later, Jane’s friend – who worked with the school’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Director of Student Affairs Shannon Greybar Milliken – suggested Jane speak with Milliken about John.

Jane had told this friend she “was just trying to process her feelings” about John, but was encouraged to report the incident on the couch as a sexual assault.

When Jane met with Milliken on Nov. 25 (weeks after John stopped contacting her) she did not request an investigation, according to the lawsuit, but one was initiated anyway. Before the investigation was underway, however, Milliken asked Jane if she needed support resources or academic accommodations.

When a student makes an accusation of sexual assault to her college, she may be given special accommodations, such as a change in dorms or classes.

Sometimes, however, those accommodations may provide an incentive to make an accusation. Accommodations can be helpful for actual victims, but they can also provide grounds for a shaky or unsure accuser to become locked into a story, fearing that if they later recant they may lose their privileges.

John’s lawsuit doesn’t explicitly make this assumption, but it should be noted that the accuser was failing one class and was allowed to repeat that class without her grade point average dropping or being removed from the school’s nursing program.

John wasn’t informed of the accusation until Dec. 10, two weeks after Jane spoke with Milliken. He was presented with a “no contact” order, and the next day he received an email telling him to meet with Trina Jones, a department assistant at the Office of Student Affairs. John wasn’t informed what the meeting would be about and did not say he could bring an adviser. John also wasn’t made aware that he would be meeting with Milliken and not Jones.

John showed up to the meeting “blindsided,” because there had been no “discussion of his rights and responsibilities or the CWRU policies and procedures,” according to the lawsuit, and without being informed he could bring an adviser.

Case Western policy states that accused students should also have access to support services, but when John told Milliken that he had been severely depressed, stopped going to classes for two weeks, dropped a course and was struggling in Spanish, Milliken offered him no assistance, according to the lawsuit. During that first meeting, John told her he was “having troubling verbalizing things lately. I was told I have a depression based aphasia. I have an impairment in the speaking portion of the brain. It is induced, so I have been taking pills.”

Despite learning of John’s disabilities, Milliken didn’t stop the interview or call in support, according to the lawsuit. Instead, Milliken asked John what happened during the alleged incident with Jane. John is religious, and told Milliken that he “became tempted to do things that were not moral.” John was referring to sex, but Milliken apparently took this as an admission of guilt.

Milliken asked Jane and John if they felt safe on campus. Jane said she did, John said he didn’t, but still was not offered any support services.

Milliken also during this meeting showed John a chart that outlined the disciplinary process, but told John she would be “skipping” most of it, but provided no explanation as to why.

A week after John’s interview with Milliken, on Dec. 23, John texted Jane trying to apologize for whatever he did to make her upset. He also wished her “peace for the holidays,” according to the lawsuit. Jane reported this text to Milliken, as it had broken the no-contact order.

When John returned from the holiday break, he again met with Milliken. This time Milliken asked him to confirm his earlier statements and proceed directly to a hearing. John says in his lawsuit that at this time he requested a formal investigation. Milliken kept a “Sexual Misconduct Check List” during the investigation, and claimed in it that it was she, not John, who requested the formal investigation due to the “seriousness of accusation.”

This checklist also claimed John had made a written statement. John says in his lawsuit that he never provided a written statement.

‘He didn’t stand a chance’

The hearing against John was stacked against him.

Fourteen witnesses were interviewed between Feb. 9 and 24, 2015, but John was never allowed to review or respond to their statements prior to his hearing. Additional witnesses were interviewed the day of John’s hearing, and one was interviewed the day after. The witnesses weren’t required to appear before the hearing board, so John couldn’t challenge them at his hearing, either.

Their statements were included in the investigation report, which was not provided to John before his hearing. John was allowed to see the report for only 20 minutes – the day after – his hearing, in order to allow him to prepare for his appeal.

Jane also wasn’t required to attend the hearing. Milliken didn’t provide the panel with the written accounts from Jane or any of the witnesses, and instead provided only her summaries, in violation of school policy.

Without any way to defend himself, John was found responsible and received a two-year suspension, a permanent ban from campus residency, a continued no contact order with Jane and the status of persona non grata.

John was given three days to appeal, which he did. Again without the ability to properly defend himself, John’s appeal failed, and, incredibly, his sanctions were increased to a three-year suspension. John would later find out that the Appeals Board Chair also worked for the school’s Title IX office.

John is alleging bias in the investigation.

He says in his lawsuit that Milliken and other CWRU employees ignored Jane’s “inconsistent and varying account of the events,” which were included in the investigation report. For example, Jane wrote in her formal complaint that she “did not give consent for the oral or vaginal sex performed by [John Doe],” yet John maintained throughout the investigation that there was no sexual intercourse. Jane also began her interview by being unsure of whether penetration occurred, and “assum[ing]” John had touched her breasts, to saying for certain that John had vaginal intercourse with her. John maintains he did engage in sexual acts with Jane, but did not have intercourse with her on the night of the alleged incident.

John also alleges he was “lured” into “a false sense of security when they falsely assured him it would be in his best interests to cooperate and tell them everything.” He says they also forced him to sign an agreement accepting the suspension by promising him he could retain his scholarship upon returning to CWRU.

John also alleges bias throughout the investigation because Milliken – who had conducted the investigation, including interviews with Jane, John and witnesses, and provided the investigation report to the hearing board with her recommendation to find John responsible – had written her thesis just one year previously, titled: “The Dangerous Reality: Sexual Risk Taking Among College Women.” The thesis focused on the depression and eating disorders experienced by women who engaged in casual sex. Milliken concluded in this thesis that “we have an epidemic in higher education regarding the sexual risk taking of college students, in particular women.”

John believes Milliken showed an anti-male bias during the investigation, in particular by describing his actions toward Jane as “wanting to control” her. He is suing CWRU for violating the anti-sex discrimination statute Title IX and his due process rights, and for breach of contract, alleging the school violated its own policies while investigating him.

In a statement to Watchdog, John’s attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, said the disciplinary process taken by CWRU assured a finding of responsibility against John.

“The absurdity of the discriminatory process at CWRU exemplifies how the single-investigator model used in so many higher education Title IX procedures denies due process to respondents by allowing one person, who at CWRU had a documented bias against accused males, to determine the outcome,” Miltenberg said. “John Doe couldn’t question his accuser or the witnesses. He was not provided with the report detailing the evidence against him. He didn’t stand a chance.”

No representative of Case Western spoke with Watchdog because schools refuse to comment on ongoing legal matters related to Title IX cases.

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Mar 03

GOP lawmaker confronts Kasich on Ohio’s green-energy mandates

In the final days of 2016, Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed legislation that would have delayed the state’s renewable energy mandates from going into effect for two years.  Instead, they are set to resume this year.

Now state Rep. Bill Seitz is pushing to get rid of these costly regulations altogether.

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XXXXXX: Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed a temporary freeze on the state’s renewable energy mandate in December. Now critics are pushing to repeal the “renewable portfolio standards.”

Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards require utility companies to derive an increasing share of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar. By 2025, 12.5 percent of utility power must be generated from renewable energy. Financial penalties are imposed for failure to meet the mandate. Ohio utilities currently derive 2.5 of their electricity from renewables.

The Ohio legislature imposed a two-year pause on these mandates in 2014 while a newly established Energy Mandates Study Committee examined whether Ohio should revive them. After the committee recommended legislators indefinitely suspend Ohio’s portfolio standards, the legislature sent to Kasich’s desk a measure that would have delayed implementation until 2019.

Kasich vetoed the bill two days after Christmas. In a statement released with the veto, the governor said “Ohio cannot afford to take a step backward on the economic gains that we have made in recent years… and arbitrarily limiting Ohio’s energy generation options amounts to self-inflicted damage to both our state’s near and long-term economic competitiveness.”

In response, Seitz plans to introduce legislation this session that would extend Ohio’s renewable energy target deadline to 2027 and turn it into a voluntary goal instead of a state mandate.  These changes would effectively abolish Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards.

“What we are now saying is we are going to scrap the renewable portfolio mandates in their entirety and [replace] them with goals,” Seitz told the Ohio Energy Management Conference in Columbus on February 21. “We are confident that [utilities] will probably meet the goal without any state mandate holding a gun to their head.”

His proposal would dramatically reduce the regulatory burdens that renewable portfolio standards impose on Ohio. A 2015 study from the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University predicts renewable energy standards will have a “lasting negative effect on [Ohio’s] economy.”

The study estimates Ohio’s renewable energy portfolio standards will eliminate 29,366 jobs, reduce personal income by $258 million and increase electricity costs by $1.92 billion by 2026.

Another study, from the Columbus-based Buckeye Institute, found renewable portfolio standards increase energy prices, slow job creation and diminish economic activity.

“When electricity prices rise, electricity-intensive businesses tend to reduce their energy consumption, says Orphe Divounguy, an economist at the Buckeye Institute. “Reducing industrial energy consumption means that industry cuts back on production and hiring.”

A major victim of Ohio’s green mandates is one of the state’s largest private-sector employers, Timken Steel.  The manufacturer estimates annual operating costs for two Canton-based steel plants increased by $2.9 million as a result of these rules.

“Electricity is our third highest production cost,” former Timken lobbyist Peggy Claytor said. “A mere change of 1/10th of a cent per kWh, impacts our electricity bill to the tune of $1 million.”

Timken’s experience is common in states with renewable portfolio standards. According to the Institute for Energy Research, the average price of electricity is nearly 40 percent higher in states that mandate renewable energy than states that don’t.

While the raw numbers are bigger for large institutions like Timken, environmental regulations disproportionately harm poor families, said Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

“The higher electricity costs will fall most heavily on lower-income families and the weight of the adverse economic impact will disproportionately impact Ohio’s African-American households,” he said.

Seitz is confident his proposal will spare Ohio’s residents from rising energy costs and overcome Kasich’s opposition.

“We will do our part by launching a full scale effort to totally repeal these (former Gov. Ted) Strickland-era mandates,” he said. “With veto-proof majorities [this] session, we are optimistic of success.”

Seitz’s bill will face an uphill battle.  Although Republicans control enough seats in Ohio’s House and Senate to override a veto with a three-fifths majority vote, many Republican legislators support Ohio’s renewable energy mandates.

When Kasich vetoed the delay bill in December, they didn’t even try.

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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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Feb 13

A quick guide to Ohio’s changing charter school landscape

A little more than a year out from an overhaul of the state’s charter school assessment system, Ohio’s charter sector is in a period of transition.

Crain’s Cleveland Business has a guide to the changes that have happened and those that are on the horizon at the local, state and national levels.

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Jan 18

Ohio charter law shows early signs of success

Researchers who studied the first year of Ohio’s charter school reforms say the 2015 law is “bringing promising changes to the state’s charter school sector.”

A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute cites tougher oversight of Ohio charter authorizers and governing boards as key components of the overhaul.

The authors note that this is a first look only, “an early (and important) checkup on the implementation of HB 2, and to prompt action, if needed, to ensure faithful implementation of Ohio’s much improved charter school law.”

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Jan 03

Accel may take over I Can schools in Ohio

Consolidation could be coming to Ohio’s charter school sector.

The I Can charter school network is considering turning its schools over to the Accel network, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Accel founder Ron Packard said the move “would be less of a purchase than a transfer of leadership.”

Accel has taken over 23 schools in Ohio over the past two years and, the paper reports, “has made strong initial academic improvement in several.

I Can has five schools in Cleveland, with other campuses in Akron and Canton, as well as one in Indiana.

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Dec 23

College football meccas are no havens for homesharing

Alabama is the heavy favorite to win this year’s college football playoff, with Clemson, Ohio State and Washington looking to unseat the defending champion Crimson Tide. But fans of the challengers can take some solace in knowing the University of Alabama’s hometown of Tuscaloosa is dead last in at least one category — homesharing.

Considering many of the 250-plus NCAA Division One teams attract enough out-of-town fans on football Saturdays to double the hometown populations, embracing the sharing economy seems like a no-brainer to meet fan demand and allow property owners to earn extra cash.

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In fact, a homesharing upstart called “Rent Like a Champion,” which started as a student housing service for Notre Dame fans, has grown so much that it currently pairs fans with local homeowners on football weekends in more than 20 college towns across the country.

In Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye fans can rent like a champion — even though the team couldn’t even win half its conference — with the virtual blessing of city regulators. Roomscore 2016, a project of the R Street Institute, graded 59 cities on their short-term rental (STR) rules. And Columbus tops the hometowns of all playoff peers with an A-minus.

Tuscaloosa, on the other hand, has had a short-term rental ban on the books for decades. This earns the city an automatic “F” according to R Street metrics that include legal framework and restrictions, tax collection, licensing requirements and “hostile enforcement” of STR regulations.

But city leaders are taking a fresh look at the issue, quarterbacked by council member and Alabama grad Matt Calderone. He says because homesharing already takes place in Tuscaloosa despite rules on the books (listings for the Crimson Tide’s 2017 season are already posted on Rent Like a Champion), it’s time city rules match reality.

“On a home-game weekend, we become one of the largest cities in the state of Alabama. And we become one of the most densely populated places in America,” Calderone told “So certainly there’s a demand and it would be impossible for us to build so many hotels to accommodate all those people.”

Calderone is quick to credit more than just football for the growing occupancy demand. He says the recent past has seen an influx of companies such as Mercedes, and a student body that’s doubled in just 12 years, with a majority of students now hailing from other states.

“I think that’s something that’s missed — when you have students that can’t afford or can’t make it home to Oregon or Texas or New York for Christmas or Thanksgiving or even just for a visit,” he said. “I think it’s nice to have options for parents to come in a home environment and visit with their children or just visit the city of Tuscaloosa in general.”

Right now, Calderone and his Administration and Policy Committee are collecting input from hotels, neighborhood communities and downtown groups. He expects a full report in the coming weeks, which he hopes will eventually lead to fair rules for all.

“We want to properly regulate it to keep a healthy economy and have enough protection in there for our neighborhoods and to make sure that we’re benefiting from potentially any lost tax revenues,” Calderone said.

Not making the grade

Coming up with STR rules when there were none before, however, does not guarantee a better grade.

Consider Clemson, S.C., home of Clemson University and college football’s second ranked Tigers.

Like Tuscaloosa, short-term rentals were not legal in Clemson until city leaders approved a new ordinance in June. The measure, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, almost exclusively addresses football:

“Unlike other municipalities where both the municipality and the residents may be largely, or even entirely, dependent upon year-round tourism, Clemson experiences an influx of tens of thousands of visitors in connection with an average of seven Clemson University home football games and one spring game each year, and, on a somewhat smaller scale, for University graduation ceremonies. Thus, tailoring the short-term residential rental ordinance to meet the specific and unique needs of the community appears both necessary and proper.”

Clemson is not on R Street’s list, but the new requirements are onerous enough to earn the city at least a “D-minus” using the R-Street metric — nearly as low as cities that ban short-term rentals altogether.

Among the provisions that deduct points from STR friendliness in Clemson: limiting dwellings to just 25 days per year for STR use; ongoing compliance inspections; and occupancy caps per dwelling of no more than two per bedroom and ten total.

In addition, “non-owner-occupied” STRs are not allowed to rent to more than two unrelated occupants at a time. Which could put a damper on a group of people related only by their wish to attend a football game.

In the meantime, R Street awarded Seattle a B+, which is good news for fans the University of Washington, the number four ranked football playoff team.

But fans heading to Atlanta to see the Huskies play Alabama on New Year’s Eve will find themselves in another “F” city. As with Tuscaloosa, STRs in Atlanta, along with Denver and Oklahoma City, are effectively illegal, earning failing grades from R Street.

Tampa, Fla., like Clemson, is not on R Street’s list. But  the site of the national title game on Jan. 9 would likely not make the grade either.

The Tampa city attorney’s office responded to a request for clarification on the city’s STR rules saying city code “does not define or specifically regulate short-term rentals per se,” but the use is limited by zoning district. And the zoning districts can include “dwelling units” or “hotel/motel uses” — neither of which, according to city code, allow dwelling units or rooms within them of less than a week.

Biting the hand that feeds them

As it turns out, the shining spot for the college football playoffs is Glendale, Ariz., where Ohio State faces Clemson in the New Year’s Eve semifinal game.

For starters, Arizona is home to a first-in-the-nation state law called the “Home-Sharing Act.” The measure, enacted in May, prohibits local governments from banning STRs while allowing them to enforce local nuisance rules and prove need for any new regulations.

The law also reforms the tax structure to keep it simple and fair for all parties.

Christina Sandefur, executive vice president of the free-market Goldwater Institute in Arizona, wrote the model bill for the Home Sharing Act.

She says college football crowds are prime examples of why local governments should not turn homeowners into criminals for simply wanting to profit from an in-demand service.

“Cities shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds them!” Sandefur tells “Instead, they should embrace innovations that allow property owners to share their homes with travelers – it’s extra money for homeowners, greater – and often less expensive – options for travelers, and beneficial for local communities.”

Sandefur says plans are in the works to replicate the Arizona Home-Sharing Act in other states, including Tennessee, where the Beacon Legal Foundation recently won a lawsuit over Nashville’s homesharing cap.

WHERE THE TUSCALOOSA: Nick Saban has built a powerhouse at Alabama, but the city has been less successful in opening up to the sharing economy.

“We have better opportunities in states where cities have banned or severely restricted homesharing, but nothing has been done on a statewide level,” she said.

R Street scholars agree smart regulation is possible.

“With simple rules in place, regulators can protect the public interest and ensure that competition happens in the open marketplace, not in the back rooms of city councils or state legislatures,” their report concludes.

In Tuscaloosa, a place that welcomes competition on the football field, city leaders are taking a different approach with short-term rentals — less emphasis on winners and losers, and more on conciliation.

“We like our historic neighborhoods. We like having families like myself all the way to retired folks to professors in there. I think that’s part of the character of towns. Finding that balance is something we’re cognizant of,” Calderone said. “At the end of the day, I do see us moving in a direction of a regulated activity.”

As Tide coach Nick Saban might say, it’s a process.

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Dec 14

Five developments in Ohio education

As 2016 draws to a close, the Thomas Fordham Institute decided to share five interesting developments in Ohio education policy to wrap up the year. The piece, written by Ohio Research Director Aaron Churchill, includes ESSA accountability, more data accessibility, and open enrollment.

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Dec 04

Special MVCI Meeting This Monday 12/5 with Trevor Loudon

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Dec 01

Judge: Accused students have right to cross-examination

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DUE PROCESS WIN: A judge ruled that accused students deserve to cross-examine their accusers

An Ohio judge has ruled that a student accused of campus sexual assault potentially had his due-process rights violated when he was denied the ability to cross-examine his accuser.

John Doe, as he’s identified in court records, and his attorneys filed a preliminary injunction against the school in order to halt his suspension, which was set to begin Dec. 10. Judge Michael R. Barrett, of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, halted the suspension, claiming the University of Cincinnati student has a reasonable chance of prevailing in court on his claims of due-process violations.

According to the original complaint and the judge’s decision:

The case arose from an encounter between Doe and a female student identified as Jane Roe. Doe, a graduate student, met Jane on the dating app Tinder in 2015. After speaking online for a few weeks, the two agreed to meet. Doe said that on Sept. 6, 2015, Jane went to his apartment, where the two started to kiss and make out.

Doe said the encounter escalated quickly and the two removed their clothing. Doe retrieved a condom, to which Jane said “hold on.” The two talked for a while before engaging in sexual intercourse. After the encounter, Doe said the two continued to hang out in his room. Jane allegedly said she did not want the encounter to be a “one-night stand,” but Doe didn’t call her again and couldn’t contact her again through Tinder.

Nearly a month after the encounter – on Sept. 28, 2015 – Jane reported to UC’s Title IX office that Doe had sexually assaulted her. One month after that, on Oct. 30, 2015, Jane was interviewed by UC’s then-Title IX coordinator, Jyl Shaffer. Jane at that time claimed the encounter happened on Aug. 30. She said she agreed to meet Doe for dinner and then planned to study, but Doe asked her to study at his apartment. She agreed, and had a glass of wine while she worked at his place.

Jane said she and Doe talked and flirted and eventually began to kiss. She claimed Doe took her dress off and “kept progressing,” although she did not tell him to stop. She said the two engaged in sexual activity and eventually intercourse. Doe then walked her to her car.

Jane was interviewed by Shaffer a second time on Nov. 6, 2015. Jane in that interview claimed Doe had been forceful with her, and that there was no explicit conversation about engaging in sexual activity. She said Doe made her feel guilty, even though she never said “flat out, no. I don’t owe you sex.” She said she merely responded with phrases such as “I don’t know.” During this interview, she also acknowledged that at one point during the sexual activity, she was on top of Doe.

On Dec. 18, 2015 – nearly four months after the encounter – Jane also reported the incident to UC police. She now told police that she “set a line for herself for no sex” but that Doe became forceful while they were kissing. The UC police investigated and reported to the Cincinnati Police Department and the investigation was closed without any charges being filed.

It wasn’t until Feb. 19, 2016 – now nearly 6 month after the sexual encounter between the two – that UC’s then Title IX Program Coordinator Remy Barnett notified Doe by email of the accusation against him. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter in 2011 regarding Title IX – the anti-sex discrimination statute that now requires schools to adjudicate sexual assault – but only specified that accused students be notified of the outcome of an investigation. The letter did not require schools to promptly notify accused students of accusations (or even that the accused needed to be notified at all). Some schools, however, list in their Title IX procedures whether the accused should be notified.

UC is rare in that it includes a section on its Title IX website to assist accused students (many schools offer no such assistance to the accused, but numerous resources for accusers). The school’s Title IX procedures, adopted in 2014, also state that “Within seven days of the filing of a complaint, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator or designee will generally initiate a meeting with the respondent.”

Jane was interviewed yet again on Feb. 24, 2016. This time she said Doe was “strange” and “creepy.”

Asking questions

Doe was finally interviewed by Barnett and Shaffer, the Title IX coordinator on March 7, 2016.

Doe’s motion before the court includes notes from the UC investigation. In a stark difference to notes about interviews with Jane, the notes about Doe’s interview contain editorial comments from Shaffer, including a line claiming “Several times during the interview [John Doe] appeared to be processing to himself out loud.”

Jane was interviewed yet again on March 15, 2016, and this time said she did not tell Doe she did not want to have sex after he retrieved a condom, but instead said she tried to “redirect” him. She also acknowledged that she consented to certain sexual activity.

Barnett, UC’s Title IX program director at the time, had told Doe that she would interview witnesses on his behalf who knew where he was “during the incident alleged.” Barnett, however, interviewed multiple witnesses on behalf of Jane who had no first-hand knowledge of the incident.

Jane did not show up for the Administrative Review Committee (ARC) hearing on the case, thus denying Doe a chance to cross-examine her. Neither Doe nor Jane presented witnesses at the hearing. A Title IX coordinator didn’t attend the hearing. Doe was not told ahead of time that Jane would not attend the hearing. He had prepared multiple questions to be asked of her (most schools do not allow traditional direct cross-examination but may allow students to submit questions to be asked of the opposing party).

Instead of any kind of a traditional hearing, the ARC Chair read a summary of the Title IX investigation file, which included statements from Jane, Doe and Jane’s witnesses. Normally, UC required such statements in the absence of the actual person to be notarized, but these statements were not. UC officials claimed in court that they didn’t need to notarize the statements because they notified Doe of the charges against him. The university cited two court cases in its defense of this matter, but as Barrett wrote in his decision, those two cases “do not address whether a statement must be notarized in accordance with a school’s own procedures.”

During Doe’s hearing, the ARC Chair explained that normally the committee would be allowed to ask questions of the accuser regarding the Title IX report, but since she was not there, they would just move on. The chair asked Doe if he had any questions regarding the report.

“Well, since she’s not here, I can’t really ask anything of the report,” Doe responded. “Is this the time when I would enter in like a situation where like she said this and this never could have happened?”

The ARC chair told him he’d have time “in just a little bit to direct those questions.”

But after that, the ARC chair concluded the Title IX presentation, and again said that if the accuser had been there, Doe could have asked her questions. Doe was then allowed to summarize his side of the story.

Doe and his attorney told the court that had he been allowed to cross-examine Jane, he “could have questioned her about inconsistencies in her statements and the accommodations Jane Roe likely received from UC, such as changes in homework deadlines, grades, classes, schedules, and examination schedules or, in certain instances, job opportunities.”

Doe said he could have “demonstrated issues of credibility and that the accommodations provided to Jane Roe created a significant incentive for her to fabricate the allegation of sexual assault.”

UC countered that the district court in which this case was being heard had recently stated that “there is no general due process right to cross examine witnesses in school disciplinary hearings.” Barrett, however, included a clarifying statement from the same court, which concluded that cross-examination was essential in cases where there was a choice between believing an accuser or the accused.

Barrett also held that allowing students to submit written questions to be asked of opposing parties, as UC does, doesn’t necessarily violate due process rights. But in Doe’s case, because Jane did not attend the ARC hearing, and Doe was not notified in advance of this, he was not able to cross-examine her.

“While this is not to say that UC’s procedures must require the complainant to be present, at the very least, Plaintiff should have had the opportunity to submit written cross-examination questions to the ARC Chair in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct,” Barrett wrote.

Thus, Doe “adequately demonstrated that there is a likelihood of success on the merits of Plaintiff’s due process claim,” Barrett wrote.

Barrett also concluded that if the suspension against Doe was not halted, the UC student would face irreparable harm to his future. He also found that since UC permitted Doe to remain on campus during the investigation, it didn’t see him as a risk to other students.

‘Pleased with this decision’

The decision from Barrett is a win for accused students because it affirms the importance of being able to cross-examine one’s accuser.

In a statement to Watchdog, Doe’s attorney, Joshua Engel, praised the court’s decision.

“We are very pleased with this decision,” Engel said. “We are especially pleased that Judge Barrett recognized that cross examination is vitally important in the ‘he said, she said’ type cases. Without cross examination, an accused student has no ability to effectively challenge the credibility of his accuser and allowing an accuser to hide behind an investigative report undermines the reliability of any decision.”

Colleges can’t typically respond to the specifics of these cases, but UC spokesman Greg Vehr told WCPO-9 that the school would comply with Barrett’s decision.

“[UC] makes every effort to follow all Department of Education requirements and guidelines to resolve sexual assault and other Title IX-related complaints, and to continually monitor and update the processes we use in responding to any incident of sexual misconduct reported to us,” he said.

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Dec 01

Ohio civil forfeiture reform bill set to pass next week

A bill designed to curb civil forfeiture practices in Ohio is set to pass next week despite opposition from the state’s law enforcement community.

The U.S. Justice Action Network, a coalition of conservative and progressive organizations, and fellow proponents of the bill appear to be closing in on victory after an eighteen-month battle for reform.

The bill, which passed the state House in May, is expected to see a Senate vote next week. Originally the bill would have eliminated the practice of civil forfeiture entirely. Opposition from prosecutors and police chiefs pushed lawmakers to amend the measure to allow for the seizure of assets valued at more than $25,000.

Critics of the bill such as John Murphy, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, argue that the state’s civil forfeiture law provides sufficient protections and says concerns regarding abuses are the result of overreach by authorities in other states.

Supporters say it strikes an appropriate balance between protecting the interests of private citizens and those of law enforcement.

Robert Alt, president of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, emphasized the bill’s potential to reverse the negative public perception of law enforcement spurred by forfeiture abuses.

“This will remove that stain with how it is perceived that they are operating,” he said.

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Nov 28

Online school loses appeal on attendance

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio’s largest online charter school, has lost an appeal against a ruling on how attendance is measured. The ruling allowed the state to use the amount of time a student is logged in to calculate enrollment and, thus, funding.

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Nov 28

Michigan lawmakers, regulators poised to choke out electricity choice

White Pigeon Paper Company, located in a tiny corner of Southwest Michigan, is the nation’s last family-owned mill in North America that produces clay-coated recycled paperboard.

“We are it,” White Pigeon Vice President and General Manager Dave DiBiaggio tells “And it’s a very difficult, competitive marketplace.”

Already saddled with monthly power bills of $250,000, and his electricity provider set to double rates, DiBiaggio decided in 2012 to leave his utility and try his luck in the state’s electricity choice market. He calculated that going to an alternative energy supplier would save his company $575,000 per year.

Michigan law allows 10 percent of its electricity customers to buy their power from an alternative energy supplier. The rest is controlled by large utility companies like DTE and CMS Energy in most of the state. In the area where DiBiaggio lives, the monopoly utility is Indiana Michigan Power (owned by American Electric Power, or AEP) and is operated by a different regulatory system than that of DTE and CMS.

But a pricing gambit by AEP killed DiBiaggio’s options before he even had a chance to make the switch.

“Of course [AEP] will sit there and say, ‘Oh yeah, you can shop around for electricity,’” he said. “But what they did was increased the transmission rates that they charge competitors to use their lines so significantly that they can’t be competitive.”

Here’s what happened. AEP got federal regulators to approve a formula for “capacity charges” in Michigan and Ohio. These are fees paid by alternative suppliers who buy incumbent utilities’ power for resale, but don’t generate their own electricity. And since the incumbent utilities are responsible for not only producing electricity, but ensuring it always has the “capacity” or ability to do so, they should collect a fee from alternative suppliers who buy their power, but don’t give any back.

So capacity charges themselves aren’t the problem, says R-Street electricity policy manager Devin Hartman. The problem is how they’re determined. Normally, state regulators use annual surveys by regional transmission operators to figure out capacity needs and charges. But Hartman says this new scheme by which the utilities call the shots undercuts the value of choice.

“Alternative suppliers should have to pay market-based capacity rates which they factor into their retail offerings rather than an administratively determined surcharge,” Hartman told

RELATED: A lesson from the land of Lincoln: electricity competition works

The fees are assigned on megawatt per day basis — that is, how much it costs utilities to continuously run one MW of power for a full day. For example, a one MW power plant with a one dollar capacity charge gets one dollar per day from alternative suppliers. If the plant can produce 500 MW, it gets $500 every day.

AEP asked Ohio regulators for a capacity charge of $355 per MW/day, and $394 per MW/day in Michigan, claiming that’s how much it needed to keep plants ready to run at full capacity.

Given that Ohio market prices at the time were about $16, these proposed charges were excessive enough for regulators there to hire an auditor. The auditor (who was coincidentally based in Michigan) discovered AEP threw everything but the kitchen sink into its calculation — rates of return, costs of construction in progress, costs of plants not being used and payroll and benefits for eliminated positions, to name a few.

Eventually, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved a $188 capacity charge. This capacity charge hike doesn’t appear to have harmed Ohio’s alternative suppliers as consumers, businesses and industries have reportedly saved $15 billion in electricity costs between 2011 and 2015.

Michigan regulators also didn’t accept AEP’s proposed capacity charge of $394/day. Instead of reducing the fee, as in Ohio, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) raised the fee nearly 50 percent — to $588/day.

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CHARGED UP: Same regulatory mistakes could doom all electricity choice in Michigan

The result, according to Maureen McNulty-Saxon, a spokesperson with electricity choice advocacy group Energy Choice Now (ECN), was that electricity choice in southwest Michigan died overnight.

“Until the actions of the MPSC in 2012, there was a robust electric choice program in AEP’s territory of southwest Michigan,” she said. “Today, there is no participation in the electric choice program there.”

And now, she warns, Michigan legislators are on the verge of doing the same thing to the rest of the state under a hotly contested electricity reform bill passed by the Senate on Nov. 10, and goes to the House this week.

“Under Senate Bill 437, the MPSC is tasked with implementing a ‘capacity charge’ from Consumers Energy and DTE to be imposed on schools and electric customers,” McNulty-Saxon said in a statement sent to lawmakers and other stakeholders.

The incumbent utilities claim retiring coal plants are driving the need for investment into natural gas and other energy sources, and alternative suppliers need to pay their share. So tucked into the bill are several layers of requirements for alternative suppliers, including how capacity charges are set. McNulty-Saxon says the formula is nearly identically to AEP’s formula that wiped out the choice market in 2012 — essentially swapping PUCO for MPSC as state regulators, and AEP for DTE and CMS Energy as the monopoly utilities.

“It’s the poison pill utilities have used in Michigan before,” she said.

DiBiaggio is dismayed that the hundreds of millions of dollars saved by many of Michigan’s public schools and universities, hospitals, local governments and businesses could eventually disappear as alternative suppliers get squeezed out of the choice market, just as it did for him.

“You’re talking about jobs, you’re talking about tax dollars going into this little community in southwest Michigan.” he said. “[Now] this is a serious issue for the whole state of Michigan. And I’m just at a point where I’m very frustrated with the whole situation. Because the folks in Lansing haven’t really heard us. They don’t get it. They really don’t get it.”

And even less competition among electricity providers means prices could soar above rates that are already highest in the Midwest and 12th in the nation.

“I’ve got friends who run paper mills down in South Carolina and Georgia, and they’re paying two cents a kilowatt. How are we going to compete when we’re paying seven?” DiBiaggio asked. “If they put enough of us out of business, where are they going to put their electricity then?”

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Nov 20

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

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Nov 10

School board, teachers union outline ways to end Louisville teachers strike

The Louisville Education Association and Louisville Board of Education issued letters outlining what needs to happen for a teachers strike in the Ohio city to end.

The LEA asked for the district to bring in a mediator to help settle the dispute. “With meaningful negotiations, the LEA hopes to end this dispute and begin the healing process for everyone involved,” according to the letter, which was posted to the union’s Facebook page Monday.

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Nov 07

Ohio set to back away from new graduation rules before implementation

They haven’t been implemented yet, but it already seems that Ohio is planning to lower its new graduation requirements amid concern too many students won’t be able to meet them. “It’s important to get this right, and not graduating in some cases 50 percent of students is not acceptable,” said Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering.

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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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Nov 03

In double standard, Dems sue GOP over poll monitoring

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HAULED INTO COURT: Democrats are accusing the Republican National Committee, chaired by Reince Priebus, of violating a 1982 court ban on poll monitoring by the RNC.


A court ruling that outlaws “ballot security” efforts by the Republican National Committee gives the Democratic National Committee free rein to run its own election-watch operations.

Under the decree, the RNC must obtain Democrats’ approval before training and placing poll watchers or conducting other forms of election-integrity operations.

The 1982 consent decree and its legal double standard came to light last week when Democrats accused the RNC of coordinating with the Donald Trump campaign, allegedly to suppress minority turnout.

U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez in Newark, N.J., ordered Republicans to turn over to Democrats any written or verbal agreements relating to voter fraud, ballot security, poll watching and poll monitoring.

Democrats charged, as they did in a 1981 New Jersey gubernatorial contest that spawned the consent decree, that the RNC attempted to suppress minority voting. The Republican Party accepted the terms of the decree, which is due to expire next year.

Democrats have filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and Arizona, seeking court orders barring Republican groups in those states from coordinating with the Trump campaign, or Trump adviser Roger Stone, to photograph or question voters at predominantly minority polling places, Bloomberg News reported.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former federal election commissioner and fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, confirmed that Democrats are not held to the same standards and restrictions now applied to Republicans.

“The original consent order from two decades ago is ludicrous. It appears as if it tried to restrict the RNC from having poll watchers in polls as allowed under specific state laws,” he told

Spakovsky called the terms of the decree “unjustified and unconstitutional interference with state election rules.”

Ironically, the ballot-security programs that initially got the RNC in trouble were subsequently adopted by federal election officials.

“The goal was to find outdated voter registrations, and 10 years later federal law was reformed to clean the voter rolls. That’s what RNC did. Now they’re handcuffed,” said Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the nonpartisan group True the Vote.

Bloomberg reported that Vazquez rejected the DNC’s request for a temporary restraining order against the RNC. The judge said he would make a final ruling before the election on whether the RNC has violated court orders.

Vazquez set a hearing for Friday.

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Nov 02

Ohio county with plenty of broadband looks to build its own network

An Ohio county is considering building a fiber-optic network even though several providers in the area already offer broadband-capable speeds.

The Stark County Area Broadband Task Team recently heard a presentation from Magellan Advisors in which the consulting firm advised the county to create a broadband authority and consider a 130-mile middle-mile fiber-optic backbone with an estimated cost of $22.5 million.

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STARK COUNTY: The Ohio county looks to build it’s own “middle-mile” fiber backbone, although the area is already well served by private providers.

That plan could result in several more government-owned municipal broadband developments.

“An additional benefit of the middle-mile fiber backbone, is that it would provide political sub-divisions the ability to develop their own fiber initiatives,” Magellan wrote.

Stark County leaders began looking into the issue in 2014, entering with the mindset that internet access should be considered as important as power, water or sewer service — even dubbing the project page outlining the plans The Fourth Utility.

“We can’t afford not to do this,” Stark County Commissioner Richard Regula said at the presentation at Kent State University Stark campus.

In its analysis of the Stark County internet market, Magellan picked a number of residential and commercial sites by address, selected randomly in various sections of the county. Magellan’s team contacted each telecom provider identified as operating wireline services in the market to determine service availability.

The consultant noted there are two provider options for most addresses, hardly making Stark County a high-speed internet desert.

Twelve of 13 randomly selected residential locations could get Time Warner internet with speeds up to 50 megabits per second — or twice the Federal Communications Commission’s standard for broadband — for $64.99 per month. Slower speeds were also available for lower monthly rates.

All 10 randomly selected business locations could get speeds of at least 18 mbps, which puts them only slightly lower than current broadband standards. They do pay much more, however — $210 per month for those buying the Time Warner 50 mbps plan.

Magellan identified nine private providers that operate within the county as part of its report.

The company didn’t return a call from on Wednesday requesting comment on the report.

Greg Lawson, senior policy analyst for the free-market oriented Buckeye Institute, said that given the internet landscape of Stark County, there’s no reason for government to get into the business.

“The only true justification is to provide service to underserved areas,” he told Watchdog, noting that even then there are usually other options available such as wireless service on phones.

“When you’ve got multiple providers who are providing adequate service, you’ve got what you need,” Lawson added.

The backbone suggested by Magellan would connect 140 community anchors, such as libraries, schools and hospitals and provide 1-gigabit capable download speeds within 1,000 feet of more than 8,000 businesses.

The consultant said the project would pay for itself within 20 years with “conservative projections,” while also noting the county could tap a number of federal program to pay the upfront costs, including the FCC’s Connect America and Healthcare Connect funds and the Rural Utility Service’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program.

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LAWSON: Governments should only build broadband in underserved areas, and even there other options are usually available.

The task team notes that a good portion of Stark County’s commercial activity and population center is along the North-South Whipple corridor, and is looking first at deploying loop fiber-optic architecture there to capture the area with the likely largest demand.

“One of the findings the Task Team has found in previous broadband initiative failures were overly ambitious build-out plans based upon flawed assumptions and a lack of subscribers per mile. By addressing this dense corridor first, a network could capture the densest subscribers per mile in the county, before addressing additional phases to provide service to other regions,” the task team wrote.

“Using a deliberate, phased approach will help mitigate risk of large capital costs vs subscriber take-up rates as well as the possibility of disruptive technology change.”

Technology change is a factor governments must consider in an increasingly wireless world that could one day make fiber obsolete. Google Fiber, for example, which is pivoting toward wireless, has been called “a dead business model walking.” The next iteration of wireless — 5G — is expected to offer 1 gig speeds, and AT&T is testing technology to send broadband along power lines.

RELATED: Verizon says 5G ‘wireless fiber’ pilot program to start in 2017

Lawson said government broadband projects have been popping up in parts of Ohio with more frequency recently, with “a lot of pie in the sky thoughts” for enticing business relocations or vastly improving emergency communications. He argues those plans rarely work out as expected — and tend to be much more costly to taxpayers — and that broadband implementation should be left up to the private sector.

“There’s no question [broadband] is an important part of our lives, but it’s not power, it’s not water, it’s not sewer,” he said. “It’s not a core function of government.”

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Oct 31

WikiLeaks Expose Corruption at 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 20

Agile Networks also got sweetheart tower management deal in Ohio

An Ohio-based company that recently received an exclusive contract to manage Indiana’s communication network also benefited from an “unusual deal” in its home state.

Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services paid Agile Networks about $2.2 million last year to maintain the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System that carries voice and computer traffic of more than 50,000 emergency responders. As part of the deal, Agile Networks gets to sublease space on 82 towers that are part of that system.

Because the state pays the tower electric bills, as the Columbus Dispatch reported, Agile pockets money from T-Mobile, which has installed its equipment on the towers to beam its cell phone and wireless internet signals. The state told the newspaper it doesn’t know how much money T-Mobile is paying Agile for the sublease.

The publication noted that monthly tower rentals by phone carriers can range from $1,000 to several thousand dollars, which could reap up to $1 million for Agile Networks.

Why did Canton-based Agile Networks get such a sweetheart deal? So the state could avoid trouble with the Internal Revenue Service while also working toward a goal of growing internet access in rural regions of the Buckeye State.

The IRS places a 10 percent private-use limit on government property built using proceeds from tax-exempt bonds, such as those towers. So while the state can’t lease the space to providers like T-Mobile, another private company like Agile Networks can sublease that space to skirt the federal law.

Kurt Kauffman, capital finance director in the state Office of Budget Management, told the Dispatch he was unaware of other agreements like Agile’s that allowed a contractor to sublease state property for profit in order to comply with IRS regulations.

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FACILITATOR: Agile founder and CTO Kyle Quillen said his company’s deals will help facilitate rural broadband expansion in Indiana and Ohio.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, was appalled by the deal.

“It’s a company double dipping,” he told “Let’s be honest. This is what they’re doing. When you’re getting taxpayer dollars you need to service the taxpayers and not line your pockets in other ways.”

Agile Networks recently signed a somewhat similar deal in Indiana to manage and market that state’s communications infrastructure. It will pay Indiana $50 million for the 25-year rights to manage the network, including gaining control over the state’s cell and radio towers, fiber-optic cables and streamlined rights of way. The state said the move will help expand broadband to rural areas, but in-state telecom providers wrote a letter saying the deal “subsidized an out of state competitor and made them a middle man, increasing the barrier to growth of Rural Broadband in Indiana.”

RELATED: Indiana telecom providers call state’s exclusive network deal ‘short-sighted’

Agile Networks spokesman Garrett Robertson didn’t return Watchdog’s call seeking comment.

Company founder and chief technology officer Kyle Quillen defended the deal in the Dispatch while also declining to reveal how much the private company makes off of the T-Mobile sublease agreement.

“T-Mobile never would have gone onto those sites without our network there,” Quillen told the publication. “Part of the rationale is that without Agile investing the money … [the state towers] would have gone underused and not help facilitate connectivity in rural areas.”

Agile Networks also pays the state about $700,000 annually to lease 146 towers on which it has installed its own equipment. The company then sells access to its broadband network primarily to resellers.

Brent Skorup, research fellow in the technology policy program at the Mercatus Center, said such public-private partnerships are relatively new but they are becoming more common. He noted Pennsylvania has a similar deal, and Kentucky recently partnered with Australian company Macquarie Group for its statewide KentuckyWired broadband network.

He sees these profit-sharing deals as pernicious in the long term.

“It seems to me when states have profit sharing they’re not going to want competition in there that could harm the state’s profits,” Skorup told Watchdog.

He noted the lack of competition is likely to keep prices higher, as companies with monopoly service lack incentive to reduce rates to customers.

“I think these deals pose real risks, not only to taxpayers, but also subscribers of these services,” he said.

And once states feed at the trough in the short term, it will be hard to convince lawmakers to dial back the deals in the future.

“I think it’s unwise for states to give exclusive deals to companies,” Skorup said. “These have to be watched closely.”

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Oct 19

Ohio to spend $500,000 in online education battle

Ohio education officials have had a $500,000 expenditure approved for their legal fight against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Ohio’s Department of Education claims ECOT has been inflating attendance numbers, while ECOT says the state is using requirements that are not part of state law in a “vendetta” against the online school.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Sep 19

Donald Trump Calls for Stronger Measures to Prevent Terrorism

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“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”

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Sep 11

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

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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

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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

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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

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Aug 24

New Evidence of Corruption in Hillary Clinton State Department

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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

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Aug 19

Conservative Leader Rep. Jim Jordan Strongly Endorses Donald Trump

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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

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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


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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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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
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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!

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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 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

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Jul 04

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


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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!

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Jun 04

Constitution Boot Camp Coming to Xenia on June 18, 2016!

Constitution banner 1548 wideThe Constitution Boot Camp presented by Building Blocks for Liberty is coming to Greene County on Saturday, June 18. The Constitution has been critical to maintaining our freedoms throughout our country’s history, and it important for us to …

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May 09

Brigitte Gabriel to Speak on Dangers of Sharia Law

 Brigitte Gabriel pictureBrigitte Gabriel, one of the most prominent speakers in America is coming to Ohio. She will speak in Columbus, OH on May 15, Middletown, OH on May 16, and in Cleveland (Roadview Hts.) on May 17.…

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Apr 29

MVCI Meeting with Publius Huldah Monday May 2, 2016

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Come to the Miami Valley Citizens Informed (MVCI) meeting this coming Monday evening, with special guest speaker, Publius Huldah, U.S. Constitutional expert. She will be speaking on “Why Are Europe & the USA Permitting Islam To Take Over Their …

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Apr 24

American Family Association Urges Boycott of Target Stores



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Apr 02

Supreme Court Signals Support in Little Sisters Case in Support of the U.S. Constitution


Catholic stainglassEvery since the passing of the “Affordable Care Act” in 2010 by the Obama Administration, the issue of mandating that religious organizations, against their religious convictions, must comply with providing contraceptives and abortifacient coverage, among many other mandates, …

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Mar 13

CCV Action PAC Endorses Senator Ted Cruz for President

Senator Ted CruzCitizens for Community Values Action PAC (CCVA PAC) is endorsing Senator Ted Cruz for United States President in the 2016 Ohio Primary Election taking place this Tuesday, March 15.

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Mar 11

Ted Cruz wins Ohio and Florida Conservatives United Preference Poll

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Six months of polling among Ohio and Florida Conservatives have produced the same winner in their Presidential Preference Polls.  Read here to see how this poll can affect the respective Primary Elections on March 15, 2016.


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Mar 03

FRC Action Prepares a Values Voter Presidential Voter Guide



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FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of Family Research Council has prepared a 2016 Values Voter Presidential Voter Guide, where they list their evaluation of the positions of the remaining presidential candidates. (Note that Gov. Jeb …

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Feb 06

Republican Debate #7: Winnowing

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Feb 06

Republican Debate #6 Recap: Narrowing

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Jan 30

Meet the Candidates Nights: In Montgomery Co Monday February 1 & In Greene Co Thursday February 18

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MVCI will sponsor a Meet the Candidates Night on this Monday, February 1, for candidates running for election in Mongomery County in the March 15 Ohio primary election. The candidates forum will take place from 7 to 8:30

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Jan 28

A Two-Way Republican Race By the March 15 Ohio Primary?


Republicanlogo 553 wideThis article describes the “Proportional” and “Winner Take All” primary process of the Republican Party. Dick Morris also explains his rationale why the Republican list of candidates could be down to “two” by 15 March. Since the …

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Jan 26

Appeals Judge Slaps Her Party with a Challenge



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Jan 17

On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen”

Senator Ted CruzAn article published in the Harvard Law Review, March 2015, long before the current distraction regarding Ted Cruz’s citizenship clearly shows that he indeed is an American Citizen and therefore is eligible to run for President of the United …

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Jan 14

GOP Debate #5 Recap: The Top 9

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Jan 12

Come to the CVA Defend Freedom Tour at the Hope Hotel January 23, 2016!

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Concerned Veterans for America is excited to bring the 2016 Defend Freedom Tour to the Hope Hotel in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday evening, January 23, 2016. This event will bring together veterans, military family members, and patriotic Americans to …

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Dec 19

Women in Combat: Venus Ascending into the House of Mars

On December 3, 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all combat jobs will be open to women with no exceptions. He was quick to add, “…as long as they qualify and meet the standards.”

His announcement received little attention. Probably because women have already an increased military presence and the idea of restricting any jobs to women is now so archaic as to be nonsensical. But if that were completely true, why did Carter feel he had to make a qualifying statement?

Before looking into Carter’s (actually President Obama’s) policy change, it’s important to acknowledge that since the dawn of time, women have fought, when necessary, in traditional male military roles. And today, military women are put in harm’s way when assigned to combat areas while in support roles.

What is different in the new policy is that women will now participate in all combat roles as a matter of policy versus as a matter of necessity. A turn of events with many potential consequences; of which I will limit myself to three.     

Mars versus Venus

Many traditionalists would argue women typically don’t have the physical strength and the male-warrior persona necessary to perform combat duties. This line of argument is often popularly put in terms of the differences in Mars and Venus (DMV).

However, feminists often point out that any gender differences are minor or are conditions of upbringing. Nevertheless, when convenient, feminists love to point out the violent nature of men and the nurturing disposition of women; the very characteristics of Mars and Venus. In fact, the subtle effect of Venus in the house of Mars has not gone unnoticed.  Over the past several decades, the influx of women into the military has led to the expression “the feminization of the military.”   

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Part of the problem with the DMV argument, from both the Left and Right, is that warfare has changed drastically since when the primary requirement was to drive a 50 pound ax into your enemy’s skull. Today, you can kill your enemy from an air conditioned room in Virginia while being eight months pregnant.

But we can’t leave the argument there, because what we’re really talking about are not women piloting drones but being grunts. Drones have a purpose, but it’s the grunts, the boots on the ground, that win wars; that is, if their political leaders allowed them to win.

Therefore, the DMV argument really gets down to, given some objective standards; can women be grunts, let alone members of Special Forces? The short answer is, yes. But now we get into Carter’s qualification conditions.

If we could discuss this topic rationally, the problem would be put in terms of an equality of opportunity. Let’s set X much greater than Y and say at this time X% of males are capable of meeting combat standards but only Y% of women are. Then we should be satisfied to see those “natural” ratios in combat ranks. (Special Forces numbers might differ.) These ratios may naturally adjust over time if in nature versus nurture, nurture has an edge.

However, we cannot discuss this rationally, because the new policy will quickly devolve to sexism and equality of outcome. And thus, over time, politics will require a quota system to ensure the ratio of men and women in combat roles is the same as in society. And with that quota system come the lawyers, the changes in standards, and the potentially dangerous outcomes for both the men and women in the trenches.

There are indications, discussed here, that this is already happening.

Mars and Venus share foxholes; Mars bridled

If it was just a case of DMV, we could wrap up the discussion now. But then there is the second issue that deals with male/female sexual tension and its negative consequences to combat readiness. If you argue that men and women serving together as grunts sharing a foxhole is different than men and women writing software sharing a cubicle, your words would fall on national leaders who see, hear, and speak no evil.  

In all cultures, human sexual norms are a complex set of rules that are sometimes dictated down by a ruling class as opposed to being allowed to evolve organically. Progressives view historical western sexual norms as patriarchally driven. Therefore, if there is a sexuality problem with men and women working as closely as sometimes is required for grunts in combat, it is a male problem and must be suppressed and replaced; something which is rigorously occurring in the military today.

This issue is cousin to the transgender locker room problem. Here the Left would also argue that opposition is the result of conditioning and must also be suppressed and replaced; something which is rigorously occurring in society today.  

But my aim here is not to solve problems of human sexuality. My only comment is, “If life were only that simple.”  

Venus’ Motherhood Devalued

The new policy can thank society’s devaluation of motherhood for partial support. Patriarchalism aside, a primary reason why societies protected women from combat was because of their value in the reproductive process; a process where men were mostly a fungible commodity. A tribe could easily afford to lose a substantial number of young male warriors, but no tribe could survive with an equivalent loss of young women; in battle or in changing cultural norms.

The Left has successfully detached men from their traditional parental and gender roles and Liberals are fighting aggressively to do the same for women. This is why Carter’s qualification statement was really meant to cut off criticism from traditionalists. As discussed above, it has no real meaning under equality of outcome.

It’s difficult to say where all this will go or what unforeseen problems this new policy will create. On the other hand, it may work with no major detrimental consequences! But the military is just a reflection of the society it serves. So one thing is certain; we have seen great changes in our society over the past few decades and will see many more in the future as we leap blindly into our brave new world.

[RELATED on OCR: “Wandering in the American Cultural Desert Like a Stranger in a Strange Land”]



Tony Corvo is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with a Ph.D. in physics. He is active in local Beavercreek, Ohio politics and is the author of All Politics is Loco: Musings from the Conservative Next Door. He and his wife have two grown daughters. He writes extensively on local issues. Many of his recent articles can be found at

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Dec 15

Recapping Republican Debate #4: “Elite Eight” and the Economy

The fourth Republican debate’s “main event” was held on November 10, 2015 at the Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee, WI and was hosted by Fox Business and The Wall Street Journal. Moderators were Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo, and Gerard Baker. The winnowing process continued as Gov. Chris Christie (NJ) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR) were moved to the earlier session, which had dropped former Gov. George Pataki (NY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) from its group. The standings were from data of four more recent national polls.

From left to right on the television screen, we had Gov. John Kasich (Ohio since 2011), Gov. Jeb Bush (Florida 1999-2007), Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida since 2011), Donald Trump (real estate developer), Dr. Ben Carson ( Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital 1984-2013), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas since 2013), Carly Fiorina (CEO of Hewlett-Packard 1999-2005), and Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky since 2011).

Debate questions will be listed in the order they were given with a commentary and analysis at the end of this article.


[Cavuto to Trump: Many protestors are asking for $15/ hour minimum wage. New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the first to propose it to his state workers. As Trump’s tax plan exempts couples making up to $50,000 from federal taxation, are you sympathetic to the call for a $15 minimum wage?]

Trump: He is not. Recalling his belief that the U.S. doesn’t win anymore, too high wages is part of the problem causing our inability to compete globally. “I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out. They have to work really hard and they have to get into that upper stratum. But we cannot do this (increase in the min. wage) if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it.”

[Cavuto to Carson: He was asked to comment on the difference between his position that one minimum wage doesn’t fit all and that, perhaps, there should be a lower starter wage vs. the protestors who want nothing less than $15/ hour.]

Carson: “People need to be educated on the minimum wage. Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases. It’s particularly a problem in the black community. Only 19.8% of black teenagers have a job… If you lower those wages, that comes down.”

He recalled is first job working as a lab assistant and others, he would not have been hired if he was required to be paid “a large amount of money.”   However, it gave him the various experiences to “become a responsible individual.” All of this allowed him “to ascend the ladder of opportunity in this country. That’s what we need to be thinking about… rather than how do we give them everything and keep them dependent.” (loud applause)


[Cavuto to Rubio: Since the senator called the Democratic debate a “night of giveaways”, what does he feel should be taken back?]

Rubio: He began that despite the fact that his parents were not rich (his father was a bartender and his mother was a maid), they were successful. They were able to buy a home in a stable neighborhood and ensured their children were better off than they were. They also retired with dignity. This is the “American dream,” but it’s really a universal dream held throughout the world.

“It is a reminder—that every country in the world has rich people. What makes America special, is that we have millions and millions of people who are not rich, but through hard work and perseverance are able to be successful. The problem is that today people are not successful working as hard as ever because the economy is not providing jobs that pay enough. If I thought that raising the minimum wage was the best way to help people to increase their pay, I would be all for it, but it isn’t. In the 21st century, it’s a disaster. If you raise the minimum wage, you’re going to make people more expensive than a machine. And that means all this automation that’s replacing jobs and people right now, is only going to be accelerated.”

“Here ‘s the best way to raise wages: make America the best place in the world to start a business or to expand an existing business. Tax reform and regulatory reform, bringing our debt under control, fully utilizing our energy sources so we can reinvigorate manufacturing. Repeal and replace Obamacare and make higher education faster and easier to access, especially vocational training. And for the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers. (cheering) And if we do that (cheering) and if we do this, if we do this, we will be able to increase wages for millions of Americans and we will be able to leave everyone better off without making anyone worse off.”


[Bartiromo: A Facebook question concerning what the candidates will do to address our nearly $20 trillion in federal debt. To Kasich: Since he helped balance the federal budget under President Clinton, what steps does he offer now (especially in view of others’ tax plans which would raise the deficit) with the deficit’s interest payments schedule to triple over the next few years and Social Security heading toward insolvency?]

Kasich: First of all, in his state of Ohio, the minimum wage has increased slightly. Secondly, he understands difficult times. His father was a mailman and his grandfather was a coal miner who died from black lung disease. It took very little for his town to turn toward desperate financial times. His tax plan would cut taxes without adding to our children’s’ debt. It would also lower taxes for businesses so that they would be more likely to stay here. And only his budget would get to a balanced budget by the end of a second term.

“We hear a lot of promises in this debate, a lot of promises about these tax cuts, or tax schemes that sometimes I call them. Hillary and the Democrats promise everything on the spending side, we’ve got to be responsible about what we propose on the tax side. Yes, lower taxes, lower spending. My web site: will show exactly how we balance the budget. I balanced the budget in Washington as the chief architect and I balanced in Ohio for one reason: when you balance the budget and cut taxes, people get work. And our most important moral purpose, as leaders in the political system is to make sure we create an environment for job creation so people can live their dreams and realize their God-given potential. That’s why it’s so important. And for those at the bottom, we’ve got to do what we can to train them so they can move up. But to just the other way is not acceptable.”

[Bartiromo to Kasich: “Did you want to name any specific steps, sir?]

Kasich: Reduce growth of Medicare from 7% to a 5% growth and he has several ways to do that. In Ohio, the Medicaid growth went from 10% to 2.5% without cutting benefits or dropping anyone. He’s an innovator and doesn’t care about what special interest groups or lobbyists want. In addition, “we freeze non-defense discretionary spending for eight years. We also put an increase in defense spending. Our tax cuts balance out and at the end of the day we get to a balanced budget.”


[Bartiromo to Cruz: The International Monetary Fund1,2 has lowered its expectations for growth in the U.S. and a likely recession again next year. What other elements are needed besides his 10% income tax and 16% business tax to actually create jobs?]

Cruz: “Economic growth is foundational to every to every other challenge we have.” In the last seven years. Our economy has averaged only 1.2% growth annually, “and the IMF is telling us that this is the normal. But it doesn’t have to be.”

There are three ways the government can assist the economy. The first is tax reform and he has a “bold and simple flat tax, 10% for every American that would produce booming growth and 4.9 million new jobs within a decade. The second is regulatory reform… and the third element is sound money. Every time we’ve pursued all three of those, whether in the 1920’s with Calvin Coolidge or the 1960’s with JFK or the 1980’s with Ronald Reagan, the result has been incredible economic growth. We have done it before, and with leadership, we can do it again.”

(Bartiromo: “Thank you, sir.”)
“Excuse me.”
(Bartiromo: “Governor Bush”)
Bush: “Yeah.”
Kasich: “I’d like to make a comment.”
Bush: “You’ve already made two comments, John. It’s my turn.”
(Bartiromo: “We have more questions for you Gov. Kasich coming up.”)
Bush: “I got about four minutes in last debate and I’m going to get my questions now.”
Kasich: “I appreciate that, Jeb, and I’m all for ya. But at some point I want to talk about a value added tax and an eleven twelve trillion dollar tax cuts that will put our kids way deeper in the hole than they’ve been…”

[Bartiromo, regains order with this question to Bush: According to the participation rates3, 40% of Americans are without a job or have given up looking for one. He has promised a return to 4% growth which we haven’t seen since 2000. What specific regulations would he change and how they lead us to the 4%?]

Bush: Lack of growth makes more reliant on government which adds to the deficit. Tax reform is needed and he claimed The Wall Street Journal called his the most pro-growth tax proposal of all the candidates. He would eliminate a lot of deduction and cut the corporate rate to 20% and “allow full expensing of investing, which would create higher wage jobs.”

“On the regulatory side, I think we need to repeal every rule that Barack Obama has in terms of work-in-progress. Every one of them! (cheering) And start over. For those that are already in existence, the regulation of the internet, we have to start over, but we ought to do that. Clean Power Act, we ought to repeal that, and start over on that. The Waters of the United States Act, which is going to be devastating to agriculture and many industries, we should repeal that.” Why? Because the “economic costs far exceed the social benefit.”Small businesses are closing faster than are being started. Hillary Clinton hives Obama’s economic policies an “A” — astounding in the light of the fact that 10% of people either aren’t working or have given up. “One in seven are living in poverty, that’s not an ‘A.’ On e in five children are on food stamps. That’s not an ‘A’. It may be the best that Hillary Clinton can do, but it’s not the best America can do.” (applause)

[Baker to Fiorina: How will she respond to the claim that Democratic presidents are better at creating jobs than Republicans, based on the fact that monthly job creation for the Obama years has been around 110,000; 240,000 for the Clinton years and only 13,000 during George W. Bush’s years?]

Fiorina: She met a fortyish woman recently who expressed fear for her children’s future. While it’s true that problems from our government have increased under the Democrats, “but the truth is this government has been growing bigger and bigger, more corrupt, less effective, crushing the engine of economic growth for a very long time. This isn’t just about replacing a Democrat with a Republican now. It’s about actually challenging the status quo of big government. Big government has created a big business called politics. And there are lots of people invested in that big business called politics. Specifically, we need to actually do five things to really get this economy going again.

  • We need to go to zero-based budgetting4 so that we know where every dollar is being spent. We can challenge any dollar, cut any dollar, move any dollar. (applause)
  • We need to actually reform the tax code. Go to a three-page tax code. Yes, there are plans which will reform our tax code to three pages.
  • In addition to rolling back what President Obama has done, we need to do a top-to-bottom review of every single regulation on the books. That hasn’t been done in fifty years.
  • We need to pass the REIGNS Act5 so Congress is in charge of regulation, not nameless faces bureaucrats accountable to no one. We’ve become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws.
  • And finally, we actually, yes, have to hold government officials accountable for their performance.

All of this has to be done and the citizens of this nation must help a President Fiorina, get it done. We must take our government back.” (to increasing applause)


[Baker to Paul: Fifty years ago, the average CEO salary was twenty times that of the average worker. Now, it’s about three hundred times. Does this gap matter?]

Paul: “Absolutely…It seems to be worse in cities run by Democrats. Governors – . (applause) States run by Democrats and the country is currently run by Democrats. So, the thing is, let’s look for root causes.”

But the Federal Reserve is also responsible by artificially keeping interest rates below market rates, which has made it more difficult for average Americans to earn interest. It’s almost to the point of negative interest. Created money has first gone to the large banks in New York, but has not filtered into the economy. Income inequality is couple with a devaluation of the currency which hurts the poor the most. Do we really want the Federal Reserve to have such control over interest rates and we also need root causes determined for events like the housing crisis. “But the bottom line is if you want les income inequality, move to a city with a Republican mayor or a state with a Republican governor.” (applause)


[Cavuto to Carson: As his campaign is being scrutinized more than Sen. Barack Obama’s in 2008, does he feel his campaign is being hurt by it, especially since his brand is one of trust?]

Carson: “Well, first of all, thank you for not asking me what I said in the tenth grade, I appreciate that. (laughter) But uh, (Cavuto: (I’ll just forget that follow-up!”) The fact of the matter is, you know, we should vet all candidates. I have no problem with being vetted. What I do have a problem with, is being lied about. And then ,putting that out there (applause) the truth. And, I don’t even mind that so much if they do it about everybody like people on the other side. But, when I look at somebody like Hillary Clinton, who, who sits there and tells her daughter and a government official that, no, this was a terrorist attack and tells everybody else that it was video. Where I came from, they call that a lie. And, uh – (cheering applause) I, I think that’s very different from, you know, someone misinterpreting when I said I was offered a scholarship to West Point, that’s the words that they used. But, I’ve had many people come and they’ve said the same thing to me. That’s what people do in those situations. We have to start treating people the same and find out what they really think and what they’re made of. People who know me, know that I’m an honest person.”


[Bartiromo to Trump: The Obama Administration is appealing to the Supreme Court, a recent court decision striking down his plan to prevent deportation of five million immigrants living here illegally. These immigrants have a great impact on our economy. What would he do about it?]

Trump: He was thrilled with that decision “and we don’t have enough of those decisions” against Obama’s tendency to write executive orders at will. Illegal immigration is hurting us economically and from many standpoints. Drug problems in the inner city are related to this. “The courts have not been ruling in our favor. And it was a 2-1 decision and it was a terrific thing… We are a country of laws. We need borders. We will have a wall. The wall will be built. The wall will be successful. And if you think walls don’t work, all you have to is ask Israel. The wall works, believe me, properly done. Believe me.” (applause)

[Bartiromo to Trump: “Can you just send five million people back with no affect on the economy?”] — then Trump vs. Kasich

Trump: “You have to bring people, you have to send people out. Look, we are, Maria, we are a country of laws. We either have a country or we don’t have a country. We are a country of laws. Going to have to go out, and they’ll come back, but they’ll have to go out, and hopefully, they get back. We have no choice if we’re going to run our country properly and if we’re going to be a country.”

Kasich: “Maria, can we comment on that?… Can we comment on that?” (Baker: “Yes, one quick comment, yes sir.”) He recounted that 1986, President Reagan said law-abiding immigrants could stay, but we didn’t build the wall effectively. “We need to control our border just like people have to control who goes in and out of their house. But, if people think we are going to ship eleven million people, who are law-abiding, who are in this country and somehow pick them up at their house and ship them out of Mexico, to Mexico? Think about the families. Think about the children. So, you know what the answer really is: if they’ve been law-abiding, they pay a penalty, they get to stay. We protect the wall. Anybody else comes over, they go back. But for the eleven million people – come on folks, you know we can’t pick them up and ship them across, back across the border. It’s a silly argument. (applause) It’s not an adult argument. It makes no sense.”

Trump: “All I can say is, you’re lucky in Ohio that you struck oil, that’s for one thing. Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower, good President, great President, people liked him. “I Like Ike,” right? The expression: “I Like Ike,” moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border, they came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn’t like it. Moved them waaay south, they never came back. (laughter) Dwight Eisenhower. You don’t get nicer. You don’t get friendlier. They moved a million and a half people out. We have no choice. We have no choice. (followed by a little chaos)

Kasich: “He mentioned my name …(more chaos)… You’re not going to have my back. I’m going to have my back. I want to say a couple things here. First of all—“
Trump: “You should let Jeb speak.”
Kasich: “We have grown—we have grown in the state of Ohio (more undecipherable Trump comments evoking laughter) Hold on, in the state of Ohio, in the state of Ohio, we have grown 347,000 jobs. Our unemployment is half of what it was. Our fracking industry, energy industry, MAY have contributed 20,000, but if Mr. Trump understood the real jobs come in the downstream not in the upstream, but in the downstream. And that’s where we’re going to get our jobs. But Ohio is diversified and little false little things, sir, they really don’t work when they come o the truth. So, the fact is that I’m suggesting, we can’t ship eleven million people out of this country. Children would be terrified and it will not work… And someone’s …. (talked over)”

(talking over Kasich after the governor’s buzzer) “…built an unbelievable company worth billions and billions of dollars. I don’t have to hear from this man. Believe me, I don’t have to hear from him.” (laughter, then boos)

[Baker: “Mr. Trump, you yourself said let Gov. Bush speak.”]

Bush: “Thank you, Donald, for letting me speak at the debate. That’s really nice of you. (laughter) What a generous man you are.” The governor said it’s impractical and against our American values to attempt to deport twelve million immigrants at a rate of 500,000 per month.

“It would tear communities apart. (cheering) And It would send a signal that we’re not the kind of country that I know America is. And even having this conversation sends a powerful signal. They’re doing high fives in the Clinton campaign right now when they hear this. (quiet) That’s the problem with this. We have to win the presidency. And the way you win the presidency is to have practical plans.” He said that we need to provide for a plan to earn legal status: they must pay a fine, work, not commit crimes, learn English and do all of this in an extended period of time. (cheering and applause)

As Baker tried to ask Rubio— Trump: “We have millions of people online, right now, trying to come into this country. Very, very unfair to the people who want to come into our country legally. They’ve gone through the process. They’re online. They’re waiting. Very, very unfair to them. That I can tell you. (scattered cheering)


[Baker to Rubio: The transformation of economy creates anxiety. Many fear that innovators and investors will reap most of the rewards. With more machines on the job and more purchasing online, “many traditional jobs are just going away. How do you reassure American workers that their jobs are not being steadily taken by machines?]

Rubio: We’re not experiencing just an economic downturn, “but a massive transformation.” The difference is seen even just over the last five years, not to mention 15-20. “It took the telephone seventy-five years to reach a hundred million users. It took Candy Crush one year to reach 100 million users.6 (laughter)  The world is changing faster than ever and it is disruptive.” We are in competition with dozens of developed economies and we’re losing “because we have the highest business tax rate in the industrialized world, because we have regulations that grow by the billions every single week. Because we have a crazy health care law that discourages companies from hiring people, but because we’re not fully using our energy resources, because if we did, it would bring back all kinds of growth, especially in manufacturing. And because we have an outdated higher education system. Our higher education system is completely outdated. (gradual applause from stark silence) It’s too expensive. Too hard to access and it doesn’t teach 21st century skills.”

“If we do what needs to be done: tax reform, regulatory reform, fully utilize our energy resources, repeal and replace Obamacare and modernize higher education, then we can grasp the potential and the promise of this new economy. And we just won’t save the American dream, we will expand it to reach more people and change and change more lives than ever before. And truly, this new century will be a new American century.” (cheering and applause)


[Baker to Cruz: He has proposed delaying the retirement age and lowering Social Security benefits. How is this different from the Paul Ryan plan to move to federally funded private plans, and the infamous “pushing Granny over the cliff” commercials of the Left?]

Cruz: “Well, my mom is here, so I don’t think we should be pushing any grannies off cliffs.” His plan has been misstated. For seniors, he proposes no changes now. It’s for the younger workers that he’s proposing a gradual raise in the retirement age and slower increases in benefits and allow them to keep some of their money in a personal retirement account, which can later be given to their children, instead of sending it to the federal government.

Going back to the previous discussion, “the Democrats are laughing. Because if the Republicans join the Democrats as the party of amnesty, we will lose. (applause) And, you know, I understand that when the mainstream media covers immigration, it doesn’t often see it as an economic issue, but I can tell you for millions of Americans at home watching this, it is a very personal economic issue. And I say the politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande. Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving sown the wages in the press! (laughter and applause) Then, we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation! And I would say that for those of us who say that people ought to come to this country legally and we should enforce the law, we’re tired of being told that it is anti-immigrant. It’s offensive. I am the son of an immigrant who came legally from Cuba to seek the American dream. And we can embrace legal immigration while believing in the rule of law. And I would note, try going illegally to another country. Try going to China, or Japan. Try going to Mexico. See what they do! Every sovereign nation secures its borders and it’s not compassionate to say we’re not going to enforce the laws and we’re going to drive down the wages for millions of hard-working men and women. That is abandoning the working people.” (applause and cheering)


[Bartiromo: Going to a Facebook question from Dewayne Wesley Cato, “How do we get rid of the regulations that are choking our businesses?” Some companies are more willing to pay the fines than to offer Obamacare, others are lowering working hours to avoid being required to do so. To Fiorina: “What specific ways will you alleviate the pressure on small businesses?”]

Fiorina: Obamacare must be repealed because it’s failing those it was supposed to help and “it’s crony capitalism at its worst.” It was the drug, insurance and pharmaceutical companies which helped to write this bill and they are the ones benefitting from it. Because big government has been growing for the last fifty years, and under the leadership of both parties, companies have to bulk up to deal with this. Only the large companies who have all of the lawyers and accountants can figure out this massive bill. Then the states have o deal with this “high risk pool.”

“Health insurance has always been a cozy little game between regulators and health insurance companies. We need to try the free market. The free market, (applause) where people actually have to compete. And, we ought to have the government insure that you must, and I don’t use that term often ‘the government ought to do something,’ that every health care provider ought to publish its costs, its prices, its outcomes because as patients we don’t know what we’re buying.” Our key to success is our innovation and willingness to be entrepreneurs which is why need to cut down the size of our government. Our strengths are being crushed by a 73,000 page tax code, by a “regulatory thicket,” and by politicians who aren’t accountable for the poor jobs they do. And, “we need to get to a 3-page tax code and, yes, that plan exists.”

[Bartiromo: If Obamacare is repealed, what is the alternative?]

Fiorina: “The alternative is to allow the states to manage the high risk pools for those who really need help. Look, I am a cancer survivor.   Okay? I understand that you cannot who’s battled cancer just become known as a pre-existing condition. I understand that you cannot allow families to go bankrupt if they truly need help, but I also understand that Obamacare isn’t helping anyone. We’re throwing more and more people into Medicaid. Fewer doctors are taking those payments. The point is, Obamacare is crushing small businesses. It is not helping the families it was intended to help.” So we need to try something different: the free market.


[Cavuto: Carson is in favor of a system similar to tithing, up to 15% while Trump says wealthier people should pay a higher rate. “So, whose plan would God endorse, doctor?” to Carson]

Carson: His use of tithing refers to proportionality. Regardless of the amount paid everyone still receives the same benefits. However, deductions and loopholes must go, too. He disagrees to those who say not having the deduction for mortgage payments would discourage home ownership. [note: but he likened it to pre-1913 when there was no such deduction— but there was no income tax either!] He did have a point in that pre-1913 people were generous to charitable organizations, and that with more income through lower taxation, they will be more generous. (applause) His plan also has a rebate for people at the poverty level. As his system helps to get the economy moving, “there will be a lot more opportunities for poor people not to be poor people.”

[Cavuto to Paul: Doesn’t his 14.5% flat tax cause a “near term budget crisis?”]

Paul: Money is best spent in the private sector, so he wants to shrink the federal so “that’s it’s so small you can barely see it.” (strong applause) His tax plan is the only one that is part of a balanced budget plan. He has three separate plans, each of whom would reach a balanced budget within five years. The key is cuts – which no one wants to discuss. He would also eliminate the payroll tax. While especially Democrats would complain that it would therefore give wealthier people more back, it is the proportionality concept which Carson has explained. In this way, everyone gets a tax break. The same 14.5% tax for individuals and businesses and the business tax would pay for Social Security. Deductions for home mortgage and charity would remain in place.

[Bartiromo to Cruz: While everyone would like tax cuts, how can he cut them so much without running up the deficit?]

Cruz: For a family of four, no taxes on the first $36,000, including payroll. Above that, a 10% on everyone so that billionaire hedge fund executives would not pay less than their secretaries do. His business tax of 16% for all companies would mean that big corporations would no longer pay little to no tax. His site gives the details. His plan eliminates the payroll tax, the death tax, the corporate income tax and abolishes the IRS. (applause) “Incredible economic growth” results, impacting all income levels. Exports would not be subject to the tax, but imports would be. It would allow the U.S. to compete on a level playing field.

[Bartiromo:  How is this paid for?]

Cruz: According to the Tax Foundation, the static cost of the plan is $3.6 trillion over ten years, but when factoring in the growth, it is around $768 billion, far less than the other proposals. It produces more growth and abolishes the IRS. His $500 billion in cuts include elimination of the IRS, the Dept. of Commerce, the Dept. of Energy and HUD. His web site lists the twenty-five specific programs to be cut.

[Bartiromo to Bush: Tax reform is important to Republican primary voters. Would he guarantee it in the first year of his term?]

Bush: He wants to shift power away from Washington and simplify the tax code to spur economic activity. It must be the highest priority “or we’re stuck with the new normal of 2% growth… which means declining income for the middle class. It means more than six million people are stuck in poverty than the day Barack Obama was inaugurated. It means, it means more demands on government… In this economy, the disposable income of the great middle is down twenty-three hundred bucks… Jobs are being created, but they’re lower income jobs than the ones that were lost.” He recalled some supporters who, if they had that $2,300, would got to South Carolina to start a business.

“Hillary Clinton’s approach to this is more top-down, more regulation, more taxes, more government and it will destroy our economy.”

[Baker to Rubio: His plan has large child tax credits for low income families. A similar plan he proposed in the Senate would have cost $170 billion per year. Doesn’t this add another burden to the federal budget?]… then Paul vs. Rubio

Rubio: The most important job which any of us will ever have is being a parent, not president, because the most important unit in society is the family. “If the family breaks down, society breaks down.. and no one is born with values. They have to be taught to you in strong families.” That’s why a pro-family tax code is so important. “Families that are raising children are raising future tax payers… In thirty-five out of fifty states, child care costs more than college… and if that can’t make that payment (child-care) every month, they can’ work… I am proud that I have a pro-family tax code.”

Paul: “Neil, there’s a point I’d like to make here. Neil, a point that I’d like to make about the tax credits. We have to decide what is conservative and what isn’t conservative. Is it conservative to have a trillion dollar expenditure? We’re not talking about giving people back their tax money. He’s talking about giving people money they didn’t pay. It’s a welfare transfer payment. So, here is what we have: is it conservative to have a trillion dollars in transfer payments, a new welfare program that’s a refundable tax credit. Add that to Marco’s plan for a trillion dollars in new military spending, you get something that looks to me not very conservative.”

Rubio: “No, I get my sixty seconds to respond. He was talking about my tax plan. So, let me begin with this: I actually believe, first of all, this is their money. They do pay it. It is refundable, not just against the taxes they paid to the government, but also on their federal income tax, it’s refundable against the payroll tax. Everyone pays payroll tax. This is their money, it is not our money. And here’s what I don’t understand. If you invest that money in a piece of equipment, if you invest that money in a business, you get to write it off your taxes. But if you invest it in your children, in the future of America, and strengthening your family, we’re not going to recognize that in our tax code. The family is the most important institution in society [talked over by Paul: “It’s important, but nevertheless, it’s not very conservative, Marco, how is it conservative?”] And, yes, I do want to rebuild the military. I know that Rand is a committed isolationist, I’m not. I believe that the world is [as Paul laughs] stringer and a better place when the United States (enthusiastic applause) is the strongest military power in the world.”                         

Paul: “Marco, Marco, how is it conservative, how is it conservative to add a trillion expenditure for the federal government that you’re not paying for? How is it conservative [Rubio: “Are you talking about the military, Rand?”] to add a trillion dollars in military expenditures. You cannot be a conservative if you’re going to keep promoting programs that you’re not going to pay for.” (applause)

Rubio: “We can’t even have an economy if we’re not safe. There are radical jihadists beheading people and crucifying Christians. A radical Shia cleric in Iran trying to get a nuclear weapon. (growing applause) The Chinese taking over the South China Sea. Yes, I believe the world is a safer – no, no, I don’t believe, I know that the world is a safer and better place when America is the strongest military power on the– in the world! (near standing ovation)

Paul: “No, I don’t think we’re any safer. I do not think we are any safer from bankruptcy court. As we go further and further into debt, we become less and less safe. This is the most important thing we’re going to talk about tonight. Can you be a conservative and a liberal about military spending? Can you be for unlimited military spending and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to make the country safe/’ No, we need a safe country. But, you know we spend more on our military than the next ten countries combined? I want a strong national defense, but I don’t want us to be bankrupt.”

(Fiorina and Cruz attempted to speak next, Cruz prevails)

Cruz: “This is the middle ground that brings both of these together. (both talking) This exactly right. We have to defend this nation. You think defending this nation is expensive, try not defending it. (applause) That’s a lot more expensive, BUT you can do that and pay for it. You can do that and also be fiscally responsible. You know I mentioned the twenty-five programs I put out today that I would eliminate them. Among them are corporate welfare like sugar subsidies, let’s take that as an example. Sugar subsidies. Sugar farmers farm on roughly 0.2% of the farmland in America. And yet, they give 40% of the lobbying money. That sort of corporate welfare is why we’re bankrupting our kids and grandkids. I would end those subsidies to pay for defending this nation.”

Fiorina: “Gentlemen, this why, this is why we must combine, actually, zero-based budgeting with tax reform. Because unless we can examine and cut and move every single dollar of discretionary spending in the federal government, we cannot reform taxes and reduce spending at the same time. Ask yourself this question: How is it possible that the federal government gets more money each and every year which the federal government has been doing, receiving more money every year for fifty years under Republicans and Democrats alike and yet, never has enough money to do the important things? The answer: all the money is always spoken for, all the money is spoken for. So we have to go to zero-based budgeting which is a simple idea. By the way, there’s been a bill for zer0-based budgeting. It exists. It can be voted on. Every dollar must be examined. Any dollar can be cut. Any dollar can be moved. We have to go to a three-page tax code. You lower every rate, you close every loophole. Why? Because the government uses the tax code to decide winners and losers. You have to strip the corruption out of the tax code t pay for it. You have to know where every single dollar is being spent. You can cut where you need to. You can invest where you need to. The two go hand-in-hand.” (applause)

Before Baker could ask Trump—Trump: “We have to make our military bigger, better, stronger than ever before so that nobody messes with us. And in the long run, it’s going to save us. I agree with Marco, I agree with Ted, we have no choice. And I can tell you this, with certainty, we all have a different tax plan, some I don’t totally agree with. But one thing we understand, each one of those tax plans is better than the mess that we have right now.” (applause)

[Baker to Trump, then Kasich broke in]

Kasich: “…I think you were coming to me. I hate to crash the party, Mr. Baker, but you know it’s fair.” (but to no avail)


[Baker to Trump: You have said that you would rather have no deal than the one just signed involving eleven countries. Economists says that trade brings growth and several presidents, including the last three Republican presidents have been for international trade. Why are you against this?]

Trump: The recent decent is one “that is going to lead to nothing but trouble.” It gives China a terrific advantage. It’s so complicated, “5,600 pages long,” that nobody has read it much like Obamacare. This trade deal is such a bad deal as it gives all these other countries a huge edge. He prefers individual deals with each separate country because we lose so much on international trade. He mentioned the great trade imbalances we have with China, Japan and Mexico. “I’m a free-trader 100%, but we need smart people making the deals and we don’t have smart people making the deals.”

[Baker: Tariffs only cover 20% of our trade. Which parts would he change?]    

Trump: Currency manipulation is the most popular means by which India, and especially China, take advantage of the U.S., yet it was not even mentioned in the trade agreement. “So I say it’s a very bad deal, should not be approved. If it is approved, it’ll just be more bad trade deals, more loss of jobs for our country. We are losing jobs like nobody has ever lost jobs before. I want to bring jobs back into this country.”

Paul: “Hey, Gerard, we might want to point out China is not part of this deal.” (laughter)

[Baker: The point is that if this deal is not approved, it would give China another opportunity to grow its trade leadership by replacing the U.S.]

Paul: True, China doesn’t like the deal since it involves its competitors. But the point, and he agrees with Trump, “we should negotiate from a position of strength, and we should also negotiate using the full force and the constitutional power that was given to us. I think it’s a mistake that we give up power to the presidency on these trade deals. We give up the power to filibuster, and I’m kind of fond of that power, (laughter) we give up the power to amend. And I think one of the big problems we have in our country over the last century really, so much power has gravitated to the executive branch. Really Congress is sort of a bystander. We don’t write the rules, we don’t make the laws. The executive branch does. So, even in trade, and I am for trade, I think we should be careful about giving so much power to the presidency.” (applause)


[Bartiromo: Last year, terrorist attacks rose 61% according to the Institute for Economics and Peace. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria had the majority of the deaths. To Carson: You were against having troops in Iraq and a large presence in Afghanistan, “do you support the President’s decision to now put fifty special ops forces in Syria and leave 10,000 troops in Afghanistan?]

Carson: Having the special ops there is better than nothing. This Putin’s base for spreading his influence and e must oppose him. It’s a complex situation, even China is there. We have been ineffectual, but cannot “give up ground there.” We need a global perspective. Jihadists want to destroy our way of life. We have to make them look like losers because their perceived success is helping their recruiting. We must destroy their caliphate. Iraq’s oil fields would be a good place to start. However, containing them won’t be enough. “Our goal is not to contain them, but to destroy them before they destroy us.”

HOMELAND SECURITY (and a little Trump vs. Bush and Fiorina)

[Bartiromo to Bush: Homeland security is the biggest area of concern on Facebook during this debate. “What is the biggest threat facing America today?]

Bush: Islamic terrorism. We have also found that when we pull back from an area, something bad fills the void. Because Obama doesn’t believe in American leadership, we have a caliphate the size of Indiana in the Middle East. In addition, they are recruiting here in America. “We should have a no-fly zone in Syria” and create safe zones there for the four million Syrians fleeing instead of having them go to Europe. Lack of American leadership has resulted in Iraq speaking to Russia where, not long ago, Russia had no influence. Obama and Hillary Clinton do not believe we have a role to play over there and, in addition to the physical threats, it will negatively impact our economy.

[Bartiromo to Trump: In a 2012 debate, Obama called Mitt Romney a “Cold War dinosaur” for saying that Russia is our biggest threat. Events since then show that Romney had a valid point. Trump has said he would have a good relationship with Putin to fix things. “So what does President Trump do I response to Russia’s aggression?]

Trump: The problem is not only Russia. North Korea already has nuclear weapons. We are also having to face the Iran deal, one of the worst deals of any type anywhere, “and it’s a disgrace.” China is also a major problem which doesn’t get the attention it deserves. He knows Putin from their time together on an episode of “60 Minutes.” “But, if Putin wants to go in and knock the hell out of ISIS, I am all for it, 100%. And I can’t understand how anybody would be against it. (Bush said, “They’re not doing it.”) Hold it! They blew up – wait a minute, he blew up a Russian airplane. He cannot be in love with these people. He’s going in and we can go in (as Bush shakes his head on the split screen) and everybody should go in. And as far as the Ukraine is concerned, we have a group of people and a group of countries, including Germany- tremendous economic behemoth. Why are we always doing all the work? We are – I’m all for protecting Ukraine and working, but we have countries that are surrounding the Ukraine that aren’t doing anything. They say ‘keep going, keep going you dummies, keep going protecting us.’ And we have to get smart, we can’t continue to be the policeman of the world. We owe 19 trillion dollars. We have a country that’s going to hell. We have an infrastructure that’s falling apart, our roads, our bridges, our schools, our airports. And we have to start investing money in our country.” (some applause)

Bush: “Donald, Donald is wrong on this. He’s absolutely wrong on this. We’re not going to be the world’s policeman, but we should sure as heck better be the world’s leader. That’s, there’s a huge difference. Without us leading (rising applause), voids are filled. And the idea, that it’s a good idea for Putin to be in Syria, let ISIS take out Assad and then Putin will take out ISIS. And that’s a board game. That’s like playing Monopoly or something. That’s not how the real world works. We have to lead. We have to be involved. We should have a no-fly zone in Syria. They are barrel bombing the innocents in that country. If you’re a Christian increasingly in Lebanon or Iraq or Syria, you’re going to be beheaded. And if you’re a moderate Islamic, you’re not going to be able to survive either. We have to play a role in this to be able to bring the rest of the world to this, to this issue before it’s too late.

Trump: “Assad is a bad guy. But we have no idea who the so-called rebels, I read about the rebels, nobody even knows who they are. I spoke to a general two weeks ago, he said, he was very up on exactly what we’re talking about. He said, ‘You know, Mr. Trump, we’re giving hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment to these people. We have no idea who they are.’ So, I don’t like Assad. Who’s going to like Assad? But we have no idea who these people and what they’re going to be and what they’re going to represent. They may be far worse than Assad. Look at Libya! Look at Iraq! Look at the mess we have after spending two trillion dollars, thousands of lives, wounded warriors all over the place who I love. Okay? All over. We have nothing! And I said keep the oil. And we should have kept the oil, believe me. We should have kept the oil. And you know what?! We should have given the oil, we should have given big chunks to the people that lost their arms, their legs and their families, their sons and daughters, because right now, do you know who has a lot of that oil? Iran and ISIS!

Fiorina: “You know, Mr. Trump fancies himself a very good negotiator. And I accept that he’s done a lot of good deals. So, Mr. Trump ought to know we should not speak to people from a position of weakness. Senator Paul should know that as well. One of the reasons that I’ve said that I would not be talking to Vladimir Putin right now, although I have met him as well, not in a green room for a show, but in a private meeting. (scattered laughter then cheering) One of the reasons I’ve said I wouldn’t be talking to Vladimir Putin right now is because we are speaking to him from a position of weakness, brought on by this Administration. So I wouldn’t talk to him for a while, but I would do this: I would start rebuilding the sixth fleet right under his nose, rebuilding the military, ah, missile defense program in Poland – right under his nose. I would conduct very aggressive military exercises in the Baltic states so that he understood we would protect our NATO allies and (unintelligible—time bell) allies. And I might also put in a few thousand troops into Germany, not to start a war, but to make sure Putin understands that the United States of America will stand our allies.”

“That is why Governor Bush is correct. We must have a no-fly zone in Syria, because Russia cannot tell the United States of America where and when to fly our planes. (as Bush smiles and nods on the split screen) We also have a set of allies (amidst rousing cheers) we have a set of allies in the Arab Middle East who know that ISIS is their fight. They have asked us specifically over and over again to support them. King Abdullah of Jordan, a man whom I’ve known for a very long time, has asked us for bombs and materiel and we have not provided it. The Egyptians are asking us to share intelligence, we are not, I will. The Kurds have asked us to arm them for three years, we are not, I would. The Egyptians, the Saudis, the Bahrainis, the Kuwaitis, the Emiratis, the Kurds, all of these, people I know by the way, understand ISIS is their fight, but they must see leadership, support and resolve from the United States of America. And we must have the strongest military on the face of the planet and everyone has to know it.” (rising cheers)


[Cavuto to Paul (as the audience continued to cheer for Fiorina): You have said that it would be a mistake to exclude Putin from discussions. Do you believe that the Iranians should be included in any talks about Syria?]

Paul: It would be “naïve and foolish” not to talk to Russia. Hillary Clinton as well as some Republican candidates support a no-fly zone over Syria, “where Russia already flies.” They are there at the invitation of Iraq. While he doesn’t suggest that this is a good thing, “you need to know what you’re getting into.” A no-fly zone means that “you are going to shoot down Russian planes. If you are ready for that, be ready to send your sons and daughters to another war in Iraq. I don’t want to see that happen… You can be strong without being involved in every civil war around the world.” As he brought up that Ronald Reagan was strong but (Fiorina interrupted with “Ronald Reagan walked away from Reykjavik” Paul: “Could I finish with my time?” and Trump chided her for doing so “Why does she keep interrupting everybody, terrible.”) “I’d like to finish, I’d like to finish my response basically—“ (Rubio: “If I may respond.”) This is an incredibly important question and the question goes to be: Who do we want to be our Commander-in-Chief? Do we want a Commander-in-Chief who says something we never did throughout our entire Cold War? To discontinue having conversations with the Russians. I’m not happy about them flying over there. But I’m not naive enough to say ‘Well, Iraq has them flying over their air space,’ we’re just going to announce that we’re shooting them down. That is naïve to the point that it’s something you might hear in junior high.”

[Cavuto to Paul: Without a no-fly zone, what would his strategy be?]

Paul: He would not arm our enemies or ISIS (some cheering). Many who want the no-fly zone were also in favor of arming Al-Qaeda which became ISIS. “… the dumbest and most foolhardy notion. Most of the people up here supported it… some of them still do. That’s how ISIS grew. We pushed back Assad and ISIS was allowed to grow in the vacuum. So the first thing to do is don’t arm your enemies.”

Rubio: “I’ve never met Vladimir Putin, but I know enough about him to know he’s a gangster.” Despite his $3 trillion economy is a disaster, he’s building up his military “in a rapid way.” He understands strength. Everywhere he has attacked, it’s because he’s testing a weakness. He sees that Obama has no strategy and our allies don’t trust us. There is just one country in the Middle East which is pro-American free enterprise democracy – Israel. “And we have a President that treats the prime minister of Israel with less respect than what he gives the ayatollah in Iran. And so our allies in the region don’t trust us.” (cheering) Putin is edging us out of our influence there and we do have a vested interest in the Middle East. ISIS is everywhere in that region. They are recruiting our own people. “And they don’t hate us simply because we support Israel, they hate us because of our values. They hate us because our girls go to school. They win or we win. We had better take this seriously. It’s not going away on its own.” (applause and cheering)


[Baker to Kasich: Hundreds of U.S. companies have been cyber-attacked by the Chinese military while Chinese investments grow here. The WSJ reports that China is planning to take over a major hotel chain in the U.S. Would you stop them?]

Kasich: We have the ability to destroy the mechanisms of these foreign cyber-attacks. We should arm the Ukrainians. Ensure that Eastern Europe and the Baltics know that “if the Russians move, we move.” There should no-fly zones in both the northern and southern Syrian borders. A first fly-in might be allowed, but not a second time. “Saudi Arabia, cut off the funding for the radical clerics, the ones that preach against us. But they’re fundamentally our friends. Jordan, we want the king to reign for a thousand years. Egypt, they’ve been our ally and a moderating force in the Middle East throughout their history.” The Cleveland Clinic is opening an operation in the Gulf states, indicating a peaceful relationship. Regarding Israel, “we have no better ally in the world.” We should not criticize them in public. Kasich gave the President credit for moving a naval force into the South China Sea to remind them that they don’t own it. He supports the TPP7 because it not only represents economic ties which help many of our citizens, but opens the possibility for strategic alliances against the Chinese. “They’re not our enemy. But they’re certainly not our friend.” To beat Hillary Clinton, we need to be sure that our economic and military programs are solid. He has the governmental CEO abilities, proven in D.C. and in Ohio, to ensure that our “number add up” and the proposals we make to voters are solid.


[Baker to Bush: Hillary Clinton said she would not bail out the banks if we had another financial crisis like the one in 2008. Would you?]

Bush: We shouldn’t have a repeat if we would raise the capital requirements for the banks, and it would also lessen the load on community banks. The result of Dodd-Frank8 is that banks have a higher concentration of risk. The problem with this Act is exemplified in an Iowa bank. It has four branches and $125 million in assets. Its compliance costs went from $100,000 to $600,000 in a two-year period even though it did not have one loan go bad during that crisis. The real economy has been hurt by the vast overreach of the Obama Administration. Hillary Clinton is opposed “to all of the things that would sustain economic growth” because she is captive to the Left as evidenced by her change from approval to disapproval of the TPP and the Keystone Pipeline.

[Baker to Bush: You can’t seriously guarantee that there won’t be another financial crisis, can you?]

Bush: No, he can’t, but it could be prevented. The large banks have even more control of assets now “and that is the wrong approach to take.”

[Baker to Carson: Despite the efforts of legislators, the big banks are bigger than ever. J.P.Morgan Chase has had its assets increase by 40% to $2,3 trillion. Should banks like Chase be broken up?]

Carson: We need policies which don’t make it easier for the big banks to become bigger. Overall, big corporations gain advantage with current laws and policies such as low interest rates which promote stock buy-backs, thus increasing stock prices artificially. Our regulatory situation creates these issues of concern.

It took less than one hundred years for our new nation to become the number one economic power in the world. We did that because of an atmosphere which encouraged entrepreneurs and investment. Our “creep of regulations has turned into a stampede which is involved in every aspect of our lives… and it hurts the poor and middle class much more than it does the rich… Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton won’t tell you that that’s the thing that’s really hurting the middle class and the poor. They’ll say it’s the rich. Take their money, but that won’t help. You can take all of the rich’s money and it won’t make a dent in the problem that we’re having. We have to return to the principles that made America great. ” (applause)

[Baker to Carson: “Just to be clear, just to be clear, you wouldn’t, you wouldn’t favor breaking up the big banks. Do you think they’re big enough, they’re OK as they are?”]

Carson: He doesn’t want to tear any companies down, but we need to fix the real problems and “not tinker around the edges.”

Rubio: “He’s right on point there. Do you know why these banks are so big? The government made them big. The government made them big by adding thousands and thousands of pages of regulations. So, the big banks, they have an army of lawyers, an army of compliance officers. They can deal with all of these things.” The small banks, however, can’t hire the staff necessary to handle these requirements. Thus, the big banks get bigger and the small banks struggle and sometimes don’t survive. Dodd-Frank has actually codified the “too big to fail” institutions, what it was supposed to prevent. And the big banks seem to know that they are indispensible. “This is an outrage. We need to repeal Dodd-Frank as soon as possible.”

Kasich: He said that Bush was trying to say that it should be that he people invested in the banks are at risk, not the taxpayers. Regarding Wall Street, greed is the problem. While the free enterprise system has produced the greatest wealth for the world, its good points are shot down when good, solids values are absent. Wall Street needs a good lesson in ethics.

[after a little confusion, Cavuto to Cruz: Facebook indicates that almost one million people had listed Wall Street as their concern and that not enough people have been punished. “Would you go after the crooks that Bernie Sanders said have gotten away with a financial murder?]

Cruz: Absolutely. And with regard to the question which the others avoided, he would “absolutely not” bail out the banks if the same crisis hit again. (applause) “The biggest lie in all of Washington and in all of politics is that the Republican Party is the party of the rich. The truth is the rich do great with big government.” The net result of the big banks getting bigger is that small businesses can’t get loans. Six of the ten wealthiest counties in the U.S. surround Washington D.C. That says a lot about who benefits from big government.

A recent case showed the unfairness of regulations when a Chicago woman, Sabina Loving, testified before a Senate hearing that Cruz held. She started a small tax preparing firm in the South Side. The IRS used an old statute known as “The Dead Horse Act” to promulgate new rules for tax preparers. The regulations exempted those with fantastic means, but she, as a small business, would have had to pay $1000 per employee – and go out of business. She sued the IRS and won. The IRS which was “picking the big guys over the little guys” lost in this case, but not all can win justice in these matters.

[Cavuto to Cruz: So, are you saying you would let a big bank fail?] and Kasich vs. Cruz

Cruz: Yes, he would, but the Federal Reserve has a role to play, too. Those in charge seem to be guessing which way the economy is going. Loose money led to a great rise in real estate and commodity prices. “In the third quarter of 2008, the Fed tightened the money and crashed those asset prices which caused a cascading collapse. That’s why I am supporting getting back to rules-based monetary system, not with a bunch of philosophers kings deciding but tied ideally –” (Cavuto: For whatever reason, you would let a Bank of America fail.”) He would not bail them out. The Fed should tie our currency to a stable level of gold and be the lender of last resort. “It’s not a bail-out, but a loan at higher interest rates, that’s how central banks have worked.” We had a gold system and a good system for 170 years. “We need to get back to sound money which helps in particular, working men and women.” Those with power and influence are the winners in this government.

Kasich: “When a bank is ready to go under and depositors are getting ready to lose their life’s savings, you say we believe in philosophical concerns. You know what an executive has to decide… when there’s a financial crisis or a crisis with Ebola, go there and try to fix it. Philosophy doesn’t work when you run something.” On-the-job training for the presidency doesn’t work. The last eight years prove that. He may not be pleased with what the Fed is doing, but turning it over to the Congress “so they can print the money. That would be a very bad approach.”

Cruz: “Why would you then bail out rich Wall Street banks (Kasich: “I wouldn’t.”), but not mom-and-pop, not Sabina Loving (Kasich: “No, I didn’t say that.”) Well you just said an executive knows when to step in and bail out a bank.”

Kasich: “They were talking about what you would do with depositors, would you let these banks shut down. My argument is going forward, the banks have to reserve the capital so that the capital, the people who own the capital start pressuring the banks to not take these risky approaches, Ted. But at the end of the day – (Cruz: “So you said you’d abandon the philosophy, abandon the principle, but what would you do if the bank was failing?) If during, if during (as Cruz talked over) Because if during, I’ll tell you what, I would not let the people who put their money in there all go down. (Cruz: “So you would bail them out.”) As an executive I would figure out how to separate those people who can afford it versus those people, the hard-working folks, who put their money in those institutions (some boos). No, no, let me say another thing. Here’s what I mean by that. Here’s what I mean by hat. When you are faced, when you are faced in the last financial crisis with banks going under, with banks going under and people, people who put their life’s savings in there, you gotta deal with it. You can’t turn a blinds [sic] eye to it. Now going forward, that’s one thing. If you had another financial crisis perhaps there would be (talked over).”

Fiorina: “Could I just say as a chief executive who’s had to make tough calls to save jobs and to grow jobs. I think what’s interesting about Dodd-Frank, is that it’s a great example of how socialism starts. Socialism starts when government creates a problem and then government steps in to solve the problem. Government created the problem. (applause) Government created the problem of a real estate boom. How did we create it? Republicans and Democrats alike, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, everybody gathered together. Republicans and Democrats said home ownership is part of the American dream. Let’s create a bubble, then government stepped in, by the way under President George W. Bush, banks were told, encouraged, told really to buy other banks, to take money. And now what do we have with Dodd-Frank: the classic of crony capitalism. The bigger have gotten bigger. Fifteen hundred and ninety community banks have gone out of business. And on top of all that, we’ve created something called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a vast bureaucracy with no Congressional oversight that’s digging through hundreds of millions of your credit records to “detect” fraud. This is how socialism starts, ladies and gentlemen. We must take our government back.” (applause and cheering)

[Bartiromo to Rubio: If Hillary Clinton does become the Democratic candidate, you will be facing someone with an impressive resume. (laughter) Why should people vote for you instead of someone “who has been much closer to the office?”]

Rubio: (stifling his laugh and amidst the laughter of the crowd) “This election is about the future, about what kind of country this nation is going to be in the 21st century. This election is actually a generational choice… For over 2-1/2 centuries, America has been a special country. The one place on earth where anyone from anywhere can achieve anything. A nation that’s been a force for good on this planet. But now, a growing number of Americans feel out of place in their own country. We have a society that stigmatizes those who hold cultural values that are traditional. We have a society where people, millions of people, are living paycheck to paycheck… because the economy has changed underneath their feet. We have young Americans who owe thousands of dollars of student loans for a degree that doesn’t lead to a job. For the first time in thirty-five years, we have more businesses dying than starting. And around the world, every day brings a new humiliation for America. Many, the direct consequence of decisions made when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of the United– State.” [note: I get choked up, too, when I think about what she and the President have done to our country and the world.]

“This election is about the future and the Democratic Party and the political Left have no ideas about the future. All of their ideas are about the same, tired ideas of the past: more government, more spending for every issue before America their answer is a new tax on someone and a new government program. This nation is going to turn the page and that’s what this election should be about. And as I said on the first debate, if I am our nominee, they will be the party of the past. We will be the party of the 21st century.” (cheering applause)

Cruz: “And, Maria, I will note, she’s got a lot of experience, but her policies have proven disastrous. If you look at foreign policy, every region on the world has gotten worse. Under her leadership, we abandoned the nation of Israel. Under her leadership, radical Islamic terrorism has been on the rise. Under her leadership and Obama’s leadership, Iran is getting $100 billion and on the verge of getting a nuclear weapon… Hillary Clinton embodies the cronyism of Washington.” (cheering applause) If elected, he’ll veto any law which exempts Congress. “The law should apply evenly to every American.” (applause)

[Cavuto to Trump: As one of the most successful capitalists, he has disapproved of some who have given it a bad name by sending money overseas to avoid taxes. His plan gives what might amount to a one-time bounty to bring some of that money back, “so they still keep the loot and only pay a small price to bring it back.”]

Trump: Except for Carly Fiorina, no one on the stage talks about a “corporate inversion.” Companies instead of moving to other states are moving to other countries. Getting that money back into the U.S. is about the only thing Republicans and Democrats agree on. After 3-1/2 years, nothing has been accomplished. It’s probably about $2.5 trillion, but he believes it’s much more than that. That money could be used to rebuild and invest in our nation. His plan of a 10% tax rate would accomplished this and a lot of people think it’s a great idea. He would get rid of some “bureaucratic problems and roadblocks.” It would rebuild the country and jobs. (some cheers)

[Bartiromo to Paul: He was one of fifteen Republicans to vote for an amendment that “human activity contributed to climate change.” The President has announced aggressive plans to cut carbon emissions. Is it possible to continue our path toward energy self-sufficiency and still pursue “a meaningful climate change program?”]

Paul: He would first repeal the Obama regulations on our energy. (cheering) “including the Clean Power Act” Man has a role in the climate, but so does Nature. “The planet s 4-1/2 billion years old.” The various geologic ages have produced hotter and colder times than we have now. There have been higher levels of carbon in the air than we have today. “We need to look before we leap. The President’s often fond of saying he wants a balanced solution.” We have to balance cleaner air with the economy. “He’s devastated my state. I say the President’s not only destroying Kentucky, he’s destroying the Democrat party down there because nobody wants to associate with him.” We need all forms of energy: solar, wind, hydro, but will still have coal and natural gas. Shutting down all of the coal plants will either make some of our cities very cold or very hot. We need an “all of the above” policy.

Bush: Our nation’s reduction of carbon emissions is not because of Solyndra.9, 10 It’s not because of the Washington bureaucrats, but because two existing technologies coupled with innovation has made natural gas an American success story as well as an environmental one. Fifty per cent of the economic activity during the Obama years has been because of the energy sector and Hilary Clinton wants to suppress it. In Florida, they were to make land purchases and clean-ups because they had a growing economy, 4.4%.

CLOSING STATEMENTS (applause and cheering assumed)

Paul: “We’re the richest, freest, most humanitarian nation in the history of mankind. But we also borrow a million dollars a minute. And the question I have for all Americans is: think about it. Can you be a fiscal conservative if you don’t conserve all of the money? If you’re a profligate spender, you spend money in an unlimited fashion for the military, is that a conservative notion? We have to be conservative with all spending, domestic spending and welfare spending. I’m the only fiscal conservative on the stage.

Kasich: “Well, ladies and gentlemen, if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders were to win this election my 16-year old, I, I worry about what their life is going to be like. You know the conservative movement is all about opportunity. It is about lower taxes. It’s about balanced budgets. It’s about less regulation. And it’s about sending power, money and influence back to where we live, so we can run America from the bottom up. In addition to that, once we have the power, the money and the influence with programs we shift out, each of us have a responsibility to reach out and rebuild our families, to make them stronger and connect our neighborhoods. All of that together: wealth, connection, family, America’s greatest days are ahead. We must win this election.

Fiorina: “Imagine a Clinton presidency. Our military will continue to deteriorate, our veterans will not be cared for, and no, Mrs. Clinton, that situation is not exaggerated. The rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer. The middle class will continue to get crushed. As bad as that picture is, what’s even worse is that a Clinton presidency will corrode the character of this nation. Why? Because of the Clinton Way: say whatever you have to, lie as long as you can get away with it. We must beat Hillary Clinton. Carly Fiorina can beat Hillary Clinton. I will beat Hillary Clinton and under a President Fiorina, we will restore the character of this nation, the security of this nation, the prosperity of this nation, because as citizens we will take our government back.”

Bush: “Jane Horton is sitting with my wife today. Her husband, Chris, was killed in action in Afghanistan. And Jane spends her time defending and fighting for military families. They’re both heroes. I don’t think we need an agitator-in-chief or a divider-in-chief. We need a commander-in-chief who will rebuild our military and restore respect to our veterans by revamping and fixing a broken Veterans Administration. That’s my pledge to you. I ask for your support. Thank you.

Cruz: “Fifty-eight years ago, my father fled Cuba. As he stood on the deck of the ferry boat with the wind and salt air blowing, he looked back at the oppression and torture he was escaping. And yet, he looked forward to the promise of America. His story is our story. What ties Americans together is we are all the children who risked everything for freedom. America is in crisis now. I believe in America and if we get back to the free market principles and constitutional liberties that built this country, we can turn this country around. I believe that 2016 will be an election like 1980, that we will win by following Reagan’s admonition to paint in bold colors, not pale pastels. We’re building a grass-roots army. I ask you to join us at and we the people can turn this nation around.”

Rubio: “Ours is, the story of America is an extraordinary story. It is the story of a nation that for over two centuries each generation has left the next generation better off than themselves. But now, because Washington is out of touch, through the fault of both political parties, for the first time in our history, that is in doubt. And that is what this election must be about, because if the next four years are anything like the last eight years, our children will be the first Americans ever left worse off by their parents. This election is about making a different choice: about applying our principles of limited government and free enterprise to the unique issues of our time. And if we do, will not just save the American dream, we will expand it to reach more people and change more lives than ever before. And the 21st century can be a new American century. So tonight, I ask you for your vote. And I ask you to join us at my web site,”

Carson: “In the two hours of this debate, five people have died from drug related deaths. A hundred million dollars has been added to our national debt. Two hundred babies have been killed by abortionists. And two veterans have taken their lives out of despair. This is a narrative that we can change, not we the Democrats, not we the Republicans, but we the people of America because there is something special about this nation. And we must embrace it and be proud of it and never give it away for the sake of political correctness.”

Trump: “Thank you. Over the years, I’ve created tens of thousands of jobs and a great company. It’s a company I’m very proud of, some of the mist iconic assets anywhere in the world. And I will tell you and I don’t have to give you a web site because I’m self-funding my campaign. I’m putting up my own money. I want to do something really special. I want to make our country greater than it’s ever been. I think we have that potential. We cannot lose this election. We can-not let Hillary Clinton, who is the worst Secretary of State in the history of our country, win this election. We will fight. We will win. And we truly will make this even more special. We have to make it better than ever before and, I will tell you, the United States can actually be better than ever before. Thank you.”


All of us interested in this election process have our favorites. Even though no candidate is perfect, it is reassuring to know that every Republican candidate is superior to whatever the other side will offer next year. What needs to be done is to choose the most electable candidate.

If it were merely about issues and integrity, a Republican win would be a certainty. Unfortunately, we live in a world where many on the Left feel compelled to vote for someone simply because that candidate has two “X” chromosomes – even when that individual is not viewed as trustworthy! The Republicans have a woman candidate of their own; unlike Secretary Clinton, she does not lack competency, honesty, and integrity. Carly Fiorina has travelled just as extensively as Hillary Clinton. Unlike the former Secretary of State, Fiorina has working relationships with key foreign leaders and has a track record of accomplishments. Also, as Charles Krauthammer pointed out, “She can say things about Hillary Clinton that no man can. And she knows it.”11

Speaking about those who can go toe-to-toe with Mrs. Clinton in a debate, Chris Christie (who was just announced as a member of the Dec. 15 “main event”) has the street smarts. While he is a little too much to the middle or even a shade to the left of center for some Republicans, there is no doubt he could deal with the innuendos and downright false attacks which the Democrats served up to Mitt Romney and will likely volley again. (see footnote #12 on Harry Reid)     

Dr. Ben Carson’s presence on the ticket would bring the Left’s veiled racist attacks to full bloom. Already, we’re seeing frivolous questions concerning the accuracy of his statements about his youth. His integrity is impeccable, so the Democrats need to do something/ anything to take the heat off lengthy list of Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds both on her own in the federal government as well as when she was pulling strings during Bill Clinton’s administration.

Dr. Carson is also attractive for being an “outsider” who does not allow politically correctness to cloud his decision-making process. He is not an expert in all areas facing a President—no one has or will ever be.   He will bring a surgeon’s leadership to the White House, one that can make decisions without micromanaging or having to carry out every part of the procedure by himself. He also should win the confidence of those voters who are looking for someone they can trust to handle those myriads of issues that spring up post-inauguration for which no one could have predicted during the campaign.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz neutralize the Democrats’ attempt to own the minority card as each are first generation sons of immigrants. They prove that rising from humble non-American beginnings is not an exclusively Democratic trait. It is very annoying to the Clinton Party that these two Hispanics along with a woman and an African American are running for the Republic nomination. Rubio and Cruz have the intelligence and compassion to be virtuous leaders.

Rubio also specializes in pro-family issues which are essential if we are to rebuild the society the United States used to represent. Cruz is strong on the Constitution. We would never see Obama-like executive orders in his presidency. For many aging generations, the Democratic Party has billed itself as the party of youth. Those days are over and these two gentlemen are poised to grab the baton from them.

John Kasich has accomplished more in state and federal government than Hillary Clinton could in three lifetimes. Kasich’s electability problem stems as much from his lecturing and “self-righteous”11 style as it from his occasional tendency to answer the question he wants to and avoid the issue presented to him. Just like all of the other Republicans in the hunt, he would do a better job than H.Clinton/Sanders, but would not likely catch the fancy of those voters who go for style and pizzazz over what is truly necessary: substance.

Jeb Bush has a similar predicament as Kasich does, and it’s aggravated by the fact that his father and father and brother have already lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. While he has far more accomplishments than Mrs. Clinton, some fear a “Bush dynasty” more than a “Clinton dynasty.” Besides, since the election of Obama checked off the need for a minority as Commander-in-Chief, the next box to fill is that of a woman in the White house, so this Bush is running at the wrong time. (Remember, Carly Fiorina is disqualified because a “real” woman would not align with the Republican Party.)                         

Rand Paul passionately wants to defend the Constitution as President. His willingness to fight the good fight despite the odds is both rare and admirable. Unfortunately, he believes that being a “true” conservative is the ultimate goal. He is correct in that recent Republicans have squandered the opportunity to fix some major problems by caving in instead of pushing their weight around a little. His fellow Kentucky senator, Mitch McConnell has saddled himself with that label. But stubbornness can be a vice, too. Paul’s hero, President Reagan, proved progress can be made even in the most contentious of situations if you “take what the defense will give you” as they say in football. His desire for a balanced budget amendment exemplifies his inability to discern between outcomes desired most of the time and those that are truly non-negotiable, such as inalienable rights.

Then we have Donald Trump. His success in business has few equals in our history – imagine what he could have accomplished in the less-restrictive era of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, etc. He promotes himself well and is asking us to believe that he would do the same for the United States. Perhaps, yes, or perhaps so long as he gains much, too.

Part of his following is due to his willingness to say what bothers him and it resonates with many who are fed up with Washington nonsense. Often, however, he also says things that encourage women and minorities to look for someone else. In some ways, he appears to be the Republican version of what the Democrats have been throwing at an unsuspecting public and getting away with: speak loud and don’t worry if what you are saying has any merit or is even accurate.

Couple these traits with his friendship with the Clintons and others on the Left and he could just be a plant by the Democrats to derail the Republicans. It would be the perfect storm. While Democratic supporters often fall for that stuff, the Left knows that enough voters on the other side would see through it, not pick Trump, tempting him to break as a third party, thus assuring the presidency doesn’t change hands.

The Republican Party has way too much talent this time. It would be a shame if its message is not conveyed sufficiently bring us back to an Age of Faith, or at least Reason, instead of our accelerating Age of Feeling.13


Oscar A. (Tony) Rubio is a writer who merges the lessons of history with current events to suggest a better path. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and believes that our national mood would be improved if we listened to more Big Band and Jazz as we look forward to the White House changing occupants on January 20, 2017. Tony blogs at and

All opinions expressed belong solely to their authors and may not be construed as the opinions of other writers or of OCR staff.


1 – “The IMF, also known as the Fund, was conceived at a UN conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, United States, in July 1944. The 44 countries at that conference sought to build a framework for economic cooperation to avoid a repetition of the competitive devaluations that had contributed to the Great Depression of the 1930s.”

The IMF’s responsibilities: The IMF’s primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other. The Fund’s mandate was updated in 2012 to include all macroeconomic and financial sector issues that bear on global stability.”

2 – “The IMF advises its 188 member countries, encouraging policies that foster economic stability, reduce vulnerability to economic and financial crises, and raise living standards. It provides regular assessment of global prospects in its World Economic Outlook, of financial markets in its Global Financial Stability Report, and of public finance developments in its Fiscal Monitor, and publishes a series of regional economic outlooks.”

3 – “ The country’s labor force participation rate – which measures the share of Americans at least 16 years old who are either employed or actively looking for work – dipped last month to a 38-year low, clocking in at an underwhelming 62.6 percent.”

4 – “A method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period. Zero-based budgeting starts from a “zero base” and every function within an organization is analyzed for its needs and costs. Budgets are then built around what is needed for the upcoming period, regardless of whether the budget is higher or lower than the previous one.”
“ZBB allows top-level strategic goals to be implemented into the budgeting process by tying them to specific functional areas of the organization, where costs can be first grouped, then measured against previous results and current expectations.” from

5 – “Last Tuesday, by a vote of 243 to 165, the House passed H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015, known as the REINS Act. Introduced in the House by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), the bill “would require any executive branch rule or regulation with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more — designated by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a ‘major rule’ — to come before Congress for an up-or-down vote before being enacted.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced the companion legislation, S. 226, in the Senate.”

“The Judiciary Committee’s report on the bill explains that back in 1996, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) was implemented as an attempt to get control over the large number of regulations coming from the federal government. But only one regulation has been undone using CRA, while 60,000 regulations have come into being.” From “The REINS Act will keep regulations and their costs in check,” by Neil Siefring,, 8/4/2015

6 – “Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puzzle video game released by King on April 12, 2012 for Facebook, on November 14, 2012 for iOS, on December 14, 2012 for Android, on December 11, 2014 for Fire OS, on September 6, 2012 for Windows Phone, and July 29, 2015, for Windows 10 and Tizen. It is a variation on their browser game Candy Crush.”

7 – Trans-Pacific Partnership,

8The five best aspects of this Act according to “consumer and reform advocates” and the five worst aspects in the opinion of “financial firms and their allies” are described in “The 5 Best and 5 Worst Regulations in Dodd-Frank,” by Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Fiscal Times, 7/19/2011, Five best: 1) Mortgage market reform 2) Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 3) Oversight of derivatives 4) Power to address systemic threats 5) Investor protections. Five worst: 1) New capital standards and derivative rules 2) Interchange fees 3) The Volcker rule 4) Overlapping rules of the road 5) No housing reform.

9 – “Solyndra misled government to get $535M solar project loan: report,” by Kellan Howell and Stephen Dinan,, 8/26/2015.

10 – “Hillary Clinton’s billionaire fundraiser got sweet deal in Solyndra collapse,” by Ben Wolfgang,, 12/10/2015.

11 – “Kasich fading at stage left, Paul drifting off stage right,” by Charles Krauthammer,, Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/15/2015

12 – “Harry Reid is proud he lied about Mitt Romney’s taxes,” by Ashe Schow,, 3/31/2015.

13—A paraphrase of Bishop Sheen’s “The reason why chastity is on the decline is that we live in a sensate culture. In the Middle Ages, here was an Age of Faith, then came the Age of Reason in the eighteenth century; now we are living in the Age of Feeling.” From The Quotable Fulton Sheen, edited by George J. Marlin, Richard P. Rabatin and John L. Swan, an image book by Doubleday, New York, 1989, taken from Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1980.










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Dec 13

Hillary at the Bat: A Ballad for the Republican Party Sung in the Year 2016

When a weapon or a tactic provides an army an advantage, it is referred to as a “force multiplier.” One of clearest benefits of a force multiplier is it allows an army to have fewer troops or weapons than its enemy. For example, a general can have a million soldiers but it would mean nothing against a nuclear weapons armed enemy willing to use them.  

However, force multipliers do not have to be as devastating as nuclear weapons. It is sometimes claimed that William the Conqueror defeated Harold the Great at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 because William’s French cavalry used stirrups, allowing them greater stability on their horses against the Anglo-Saxons. And the rest is history.

This is something the Right has to understand when we cite polls showing the ratio of people claiming to be conservative versus liberal to be about two to one. Even if this ratio is accurate, when you have the media, academia, Hollywood, and a number of other institutions on your side, you have quite a number of force multipliers to convince the independents to join your side.

In regards to Hillary’s campaign, in addition to Hillary’s force multipliers providing her cover for her alleged transgressions, there is the infighting within the Republican Party between the party’s “Establishment” and “Rebels.” The former associated with candidates such as John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie, and the latter associated with candidates such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina.

This schism is real; with many on both sides claiming they will not support the GOP primary winner if he or she is from the other camp. Therefore, Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency look pretty good, with the likelihood of her scandals and alleged legal problems getting the better of her bordering on wishful thinking.

Yet, sometimes wishful thinking provides the emotional lift needed to get through an ordeal. Thus, the Right also has a force multiplier in dealing with Hillary’s indiscretions. That force multiplier is the FBI.  

With that in mind, and with all due respect to Ernest Thayer’s great 1888 baseball poem, “Casey at the Bat,” I offer to the Right, Hillary at the Bat.


The outlook wasn’t brilliant for Hillary C that day;
Campaigns had run their course and had nothing left to say.
Democrats have always counted on voters giving them a pass;
But this time an eerie silence fell upon the progressive class.

A straggling few saw their faith go into deep despair;
The rest clung to a hope that today seems oh so rare.
But Hillary said she’d be the country’s first female boss;
And some put up even money that Hillary would avoid the loss.

There was the server problem and that whole Benghazi deal;
But she said the former was a farce and the latter wasn’t real.
So upon their stricken membership, grim melancholy we did see;
For some believed Hillary might not keep the White House a big D.

But the server problem seemed to crash, to the wonderment of all;
And Benghazi, to no one’s surprise, off the radar it did fall.
And when the dust had lifted, it was very plain to see;
There was her foundation getting cash, and Hillary on MSNBC.

Then from countless liberal throats there rose a lusty scream;
It rumbled through faculty lounges, it curled their vegan coffee cream;
It rattled Planned Parenthood, and threw “the reverends” for a toss;
For Hillary, mighty Hillary, was saying the campaign was not a loss.

There was ease in Hillary’s manner as she stepped onto the stage;
There was fight in her bearing, like a tiger freed from her cage.
And when, responding to the cheers, she cackled with bursting glee;
No member of the DNC could doubt ’twas Hillary to the T.

Millions of eyes watched her as she prepared to deliver her tome;
And countless tongues hung low from the Hamptons down to every home.
Then while the mainstream media nervously shifted their hips;
Defiance gleamed in Hillary’s eye, a sneer curled Hillary’s lips.

And now one by one the election results came hurtling through the air;
And Hillary stood a-watching them in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy future president, the results unheeded sped;
“We got this in the bag,” said Hillary, “Strike one,” the Fox host said.

From conference rooms, full with people, there went up a muffled roar;
Like the beating of storm-waves on a stern and distant shore.
“How dare they vote Red?” shouted a democrat as room to room he ran;
And it’s likely they would have revolted had not Hillary raised her hand.

With a smile of Liberal charity, Hillary’s visage shouted “Yes we can;”
As she stilled the rising tumult by saying not every state can be a fan.
She winked and smiled to her loyal staff, as more election results flew;
But Hillary still ignored them, and the Fox host said, “Strike two!”

“Sexists!” cried the maddened liberals, and echo answered same;
But one sneerful look from Hillary and the audience turned tame.
They saw her face grow stern and cold, they saw her hairspray strain,
And they knew that Hillary wouldn’t let another state go Red again.

The sneer is gone from her lips, her teeth are clenched real tight;
She adjusts her pastel pants suit a little to the right.
And now the Fox host opens his mouth, and now his words did report;
And now the air is shattered by the force of Hillary’s retort.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
Somewhere folks are laughing with a loud and vigorous roar;
But there’s no joy on the Left – Hillary lost the race and the FBI is at her door.



Tony Corvo is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with a Ph.D. in physics. He is active in local Beavercreek, Ohio politics and is the author of All Politics is Loco: Musings from the Conservative Next Door. He and his wife have two grown daughters. He writes extensively on local issues. Many of his recent articles can be found at

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