OCP Responds to Editorial Criticizing Levy Calls

November 13, 2017

Editor
Ravenna Record Courier
206 East Erie Street
Kent, Ohio 44240

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in response to your opinion piece posted on November 12, 2017 titled “Editorial: Elections pluses and minuses.” In the first paragraph you state that I communicated “clearly false information” concerning the levies on the ballot on November 7th.  Let me point out that what I communicated was not false, and was not intended to be false, it was based on what was stated in the legal statement of the actual ballot language. The ballot language fails to differentiate between “Appraised Value” vs “Assessed Value.” The Appraised value is what your home is worth on the open market, the Assessed value is what the county appraises your home at for tax purposes.

In the ballot language for Field for instance, the legal statement on the ballot issue says “Tax being an additional tax of 8.3 mills at a rate not exceeding 8.3 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 83 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.” Is it for each dollar of the Appraised valuation or Assessed valuation of the property being taxed? It is not clearly stated. I think we all can agree that the ballot language, which is actually dictated by the state all the way down to words that can be used and even what type size can be used, is anything but transparent. Instead of helping to inform on the issue so voters know what they are voting for or against, it is designed to obfuscate by using language not commonly used to discuss property value. Stating property valuation in terms of cents per $100 dollars in valuation is like describing gas milage by the cost in cents to drive 100 feet.

How about adding some perspective as well. They are always talking about how little the additional tax is, but they don’t tell the voter what the total cost actually is in their community!  While the new levy for a fitness center in Kent, which thankfully failed, would add “just” $172.80 per year in taxes to the Assessed value of a $60,000 home (worth $175,000) it would in fact raise the total taxes on that home to $4,550 per year or $379 PER MONTH!

Now I will admit that I was not specific enough in my language in our robo calls either. I did not use the words Appraised or Assessed, as I was just using the actual non-precise ballot language as the basis for the description of the new tax in our calls. However, when I said in the case of the Crestwood levy that “a person who owns a $100,000 home, or rents one, will pay $450 per year in new taxes.” That statement is true even if you insert the word “Assessed” into the statement as property with an “Appraised Value” of $285,000 would have an “Assessed Value” of $100,000 and would therefore pay an additional $450 in taxes, as I stated.

Now, since your newspaper falsely accused me of communicating “clearly false information” let’s talk about the school districts and other government entities who actually do intentionally communicate “clearly false information” when trying to pass a levy.  Your reporter, and many of those who complained about our call, took issue with my statement that these new taxes will be paid by renters as well as home owners. To your reporter’s and your newspaper’s credit, in your initial story you printed my explaination that of course renters pay these taxes because their rent must cover the total expenses involved with the rental property. However, school districts and other government agencies routinely and intentionally leave out this fact not just in the ballot language but in their presentations to the public as well. The US Census shows that 31.3% of homes in Portage County are not owner-occupied, but are renter-occupied, which is a huge block of voters – all of whom pay these taxes through their rent. However, through omission, school districts and other government agencies intentionally want these voters to believe that they can vote for these taxes to get the benefits without paying for them.  That is “clearly false.”

Then there is the other “minus” from the election where, in your opinion, tax payers “claim they can’t afford any tax increase”, as if there is no evidence to support their position, and you opine that “there has to be a better way to ensure our schools have proper funding.”  We do properly fund our schools and have all our lives, but we simply can’t afford any more, and we are not getting what we pay for as far as educational outcomes. Take a look at the Report Cards for the Schools in Portage County. Even you admit in your coverage that schools have declining student enrollments and yet have increasing expenses. Why is that? How can you have less students, on whom schools are supposed to be spending our money, and have increasing expenses unless the schools are being mismanaged?

What you nor the school districts talk about is how in the past three years something like 33% of the oldest and highest paid teachers have retired because of dramatic changes in their state retirement plan.  If a teacher did not retire by last June, they could lose as much as 11% of their retirement for life based on the new rules. So, every school district in Portage County has had dozens of teachers retire who’s cost to tax payers, including $24,000 per year in health care costs in many cases among other perks, approaches or exceeds $100,000. They have been replaced with younger teachers who are paid $60,000 including benefits. This has saved each school district millions per year in costs, and where has that money gone?  Plus, with lower student enrollment, why are some of them even being replaced?  Why are classroom student sizes so small, when there is no evidence of improved student achievement?  This practice adds more teachers at our expense and provides no benefit! That is mismanagement. In the real world taxpayers live in, if you make less product, you spend less money.

Not to mention the insanity of school districts wanting to build new buildings with 30 years mortages when they have no idea what type of buildings, if any, students 25 years from now will need!  I always find it interesting when public school systems sell old buildings and Christian schools buy them up and fix them up for their purposes because buying old buildings keeps costs down compared to building new ones. We should not be building any new school buildings in Ohio today, particularly since we have seen zero improvement in educational outcomes in districts that have built new buildings. We should be modernizing our old buildings, and consolidating buildings and even school districts themselves to be more efficient with the money taxpayers already pay. The bottom line is that not only should these school districts not be asking for new levies, we should be repealing existing levies and they should be giving taxpayers some of their money back as student enrollment declines and teacher costs drop! The problem is not “proper funding” as you assert in your editorial, it is “proper management” and respect for the taxpayers’ money.

It has been said that “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.” Stop putting the same levies up over and over again. It is long past time to stop the insanity of our failed public school systems, which have not failed due to the lack of funding, but have failed because it’s focus is on creating well paying jobs for adults, instead of creating superior educational outcomes for students. This is proven by school districts like Ravenna and Crestwood who only spend 66% of the money on classroom instruction and the rest on highly paid and/or unnecessary administrators. To quote my “friends” in the teachers union every time a levy comes up “Don’t you care about the children?” It’s pretty clear our schools, not individual teachers, but the unions and the administrations, care very little about the children while caring a whole lot about themselves!

It should be noted that none of the renewal levies were defeated in Portage County because we have not yet decide to take that path. All of the increases were defeated by large margins in part thanks to our calls educating the public. Since the TEA Party began in 2009 it is estimated that the educational efforts of the Portage County TEA Party has saved Portage taxpayers as much as $14 million per year in unnecessary taxes. That is a total of $110,000,000 in savings while still providing “proper” funding for schools, cities, parks and rec and the county. We are proud to have provided these services to our community.

Thomas R. Zawistowski
President
Ohio Citizens PAC

TEA Party Groups Settle with IRS on Targeting Charges

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 26, 2017

IRS SETTLES WITH PORTAGE COUNTY TEA PARTY AND 35 OTHER GROUPS
ADMITS WRONGDOING AND ISSUES APOLOGY

WASHINGTON – Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) announced that they have agreed to settle the lawsuit brought by the Portage County TEA Party and 35 other TEA Party and conservative groups for the targeting of TEA Party Groups during the Obama Administration. In the settlement the IRS acknowledges that its treatment of the TEA Party groups was wrong, details how it has installed procedures to assure that such targeting never happens to any other Americans ever again, assured the TEA Party groups that they would not be subject to any future scrutiny by the IRS, and expressed “its sincere apology” for the way it had treated the groups.

Paragraph 40 of the Settlement states, “The IRS admits that its treatment of Plaintiffs during the tax-exempt determinations process, including screening their applications based on their names or policy positions, subjecting those applications to heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays, and demanding of some Plaintiffs’ information that TIGTA determined was unnecessary to the agency’s determination of their tax-exempt status, was wrong. For such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology.”

Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party said, “It has been a long and hard fight for justice. I, and the thousands of members of the Portage County TEA Party both past and present, are very gratified by the settlement agreed to today with the Internal Revenue Service. We accomplished our goals of exposing the tyranny of our government under the Obama Administration, doing something to stop it, and making sure it doesn’t happen again as I announced at our Washington press conference on May 16, 2013. Not many people can take on any government agency, let along the IRS, and win. We thank the ACLJ for the tremendous multi-year legal effort representing us in court. We thank Congressman Jim Jordan, Darrel Issa, Trey Gowdy, Senator Ted Cruz and others for stopping the attacks by the IRS after we made them aware of the Targeting. The bottom line is that, with this Settlement, no one can deny that the IRS targeted American citizens because of their political beliefs and that it was wrong to do so. They admit that, and much more, in the Settlement, just as Lois Lerner admitted it back in 2012.”

Zawistowski continued, “This process started for us in 2010 when we first applied to be a 501(c)4 tax-exempt organization. The targeting by the IRS started in 2011 right after the TEA Party had stunned the Democrats by electing 64 Republicans to take back the US House in 2010. The IRS Targeting continued right through the 2012 election and cost our organization both membership and donations as people were afraid that the IRS would come after them personally simply for being a member of the Portage County TEA Party. Other groups across the nation suffered the same damages. The goal of the Obama Administration was to use the IRS to shut down the TEA Party Movement to insure President Obama’s re-election in 2012. While they did not succeed in permanently crippling the TEA Party movement, as we proved in 2016, President Obama did manage to illegally use the force of the Federal Government to weaken us enough to narrowly win re-election with the help of a terrible Republican candidate in Mitt Romney.”

Zawistowski concluded, “It is wrong that people like Lois Lerner, Holly Paz and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen could not even be fired for their actions under the laws of the time, and in our opinion should have faced criminal charges, for what they did to thousands of American citizens who were just using their constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Since the targeting by the IRS, Congress actually passed a law, which was written by Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci, that now allows the IRS to fire any employee that inappropriately takes action against any American taxpayer. I would also note that this settlement does not affect the continuing class action law suit being brought by dozens of TEA Party Groups against the IRS that is working through the Federal District Court in Cincinnati. I am still active in that suit as a representative of the Ohio Liberty Coalition of which I was the President during the time of the targeting. Neither the suit settled today nor the one in Cincinnati gets to the reasons why the targeting was initiated by the IRS. Only a DOJ appointed Special Counsel would have the ability to truly investigate who in the Obama Administration was involved with the IRS Targeting and we are still hopeful that one day the American people will come to know the truth about this horrific abuse of government power.”

Call Mike DeWine and Demand Ohio Join the NC Law Suit against the DOJ – 800-282-0515

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May 18, 2016

 

The Honorable Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General

30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

Dear Attorney General,

On behalf of the group leaders, members and citizens represented by the names below, we write to urge your office to join our Great State of Ohio in the Federal Lawsuit filed by the State of North Carolina and joined by the State of Texas, against the Federal Department of Justice.  We ask you to do this to prevent the DOJ’s “radical reinterpretation” of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments adopted in 1972, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 which is intended to deny women and children in Ohio with the right to privacy in the bathroom, locker room and shower that they have long enjoyed.

While we respect the right of all Americans, so called “transgendered rights” are not absolute and should not trump other citizen’s constitutional rights of privacy, free expression, or religious freedom. As Governor McCrory’s complaint observes, North Carolina’s law attempts to strike a balance between these competing rights and interests by providing accommodations in public facilities for transgendered individuals. But this balance is not what the Department of Justice wants to secure. Instead, it wants transgender rights to trump all other rights claims.

The text of Title VII (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” This statute was enacted by Congress and signed by the president. Title VII says nothing about gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Nevertheless, the Department of Justice, purportedly enforcing Title VII, alleges that “sex” as used in the statute should be interpreted to include one’s chosen “gender identity.” Thus, according to the Department of Justice’s interpretation, conditioning access to public restrooms, locker rooms, and prisons on the basis of one’s biological sex markers (such as male genitalia) is discrimination on the basis of gender identity, which is tantamount to discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII. In the words of the governor’s complaint, this is a “radical reinterpretation of Title VII.” Who could disagree? Sex is not gender and gender is not a protected class. Congress has been clear on that topic.

Furthermore, as Robert McFarland from the Witherspoon Institute points out, the Tenth Amendment continues to reserve powers to the states unless they are enumerated among federal powers. Thus, the most fundamental question regarding the legality of the Department of Justice’s demands is simply this: what enumerated power allows you to demand that the governor of the state of North Carolina, or Ohio, cease and desist enforcement of North Carolina’s laws? What constitutional authority allows the Obama administration to tell North Carolina or any state that it must allow individuals to enter restrooms on the basis of their chosen gender identity rather than on the basis of their biological reality? Let alone that every school in the United States, including Ohio, must allow this radical revocation of women’s rights!

It is clear, that Ohio must defend it’s Constitutional rights and the individual rights of our women and children. There is an intent in this action by President Obama and the radical leftist in his administration, not to protect transgender rights which were not an issue before this action, but to create a divisive issue and a new victim class in order to promote their anti-american agenda. We must not be bullied by our Federal Government and we must take immediate action to defend our individual rights. It is your duty as our legal representative in such matters to take decisive action on our behalf. We ask you as Attorney General of Ohio to join the suit immediately and to encourage other state Attorneys General to follow your lead.

Respectfully,

Tom Zawistowski, President

We the People Convention

Dennis Crouch, President

Greene County TEA Party

Mary LeQuyea

Cleveland Prays for Life

Cynthia Meyerson

Summit County Tea Party

Gary Woodburn

Zanesville Patriots

Debbie Gonda

Westlake 912 Group

Joyce Hammer

Toledo Tea Party

Richard and Metta Hahn

Westerville TEA Party

Anne Kaczmarek, President

Portage County TEA Party

Denver Sallee

Lake County Right to Life

Pastor Ernie Sanders

Geauga TEA Party

Denise Robertson

Preble County Commissioner

Pastor Walter Moss

Black ProLife Coalition

Melanie McVay

Summit County Tea Party

John Becker

Clermont County Tea Party

Carol Greenberg

Conservative Outlooks

Ron and Deb Baker

Top of Ohio Patriots

Jacqui Fetsko

Lake County Right to Life

Deborah Parker

Miami Valley Citizens Informed

Carl and Doris Crawford

Eastern Ohio Concerned Citizens

William A. Hanchosky

Hanchosky Posterity Concern

Janet Todaro

Liberty Camp

Molly Smith, President

Cleveland Right to Life

Keith Graber and Janet Graber

Stark-Tusc 9/12

Marlene Johnson

Green County TEA Party

Kathleen J. Burch, Psy.D. (Mrs. Rodger L. Gamblin)

Rodger L. Gamblin, Ph.D.

South Montgomery County Liberty Group

Anita Rymer

TEA Party Patriots

Susan L Boggs

Pickaway County Republican Central Committee

Gary P. Harper

Wayne County 9.12 Group

Sue Ellen King

Ohioans for Workplace Freedom

Lester Ellcessor, Chairman

The Top of Ohio Patriots Tea Party

Roderick Clay

Westerville Tea Party

Linda Harvey

Mission America

Lori Viars

Warren Co. Republican Party Executive Committee

Ricki Pepin

Institute on the Constitution

 

Carolyn Destefani

Sugarcreek Township Trustee

Dennis W. Egbert

Highland County TEA Party

Larry Heller

Clermont County Tea Party

Ethlyn Kennedy

Lorain County Totally Engaged Americans

Barbara Burkard

Ruth Thompson

Donna and Tom Czechowski

Beverly Laurito

Miami Valley Citizens Informed

Ohio Citizens:

Renata Walters

Donald and Sue McElrath

Mike and Anna Rehl

Kirsten Keusal

Linore, Michael, Kaitlin, Brian and Bethany Burkard

Lee Redkey

Angela Adam

Paul Chapman

Gary L. George, MD

Shirley Paulus

William Slater M.D.

Rhonda and Larry Mills

John M McCarty

Nancy Capps

Mark Niezgodski

Carole Weston

Garrett W. Dunn

Dr. Ed and Mrs. Dot Kurz

Anthony Ziehler

Douglas Coleman-Roush

Ron Wise

Ruth King

Lisa Moore

Brenda and Lanny Derreberry

Ed & Sharon Roloff

Jean George

|C. Maureen and Bernard Spearman

Hallie Simpson

Teresa Bowling

Linda Lallathin

James & Judith Blackburn

Marvin Schlabach

John Zastawnik

Mark A. Sherman

Richard Monroe

Rosalie Elliis

Keith and Terri Lustig

James H. Kuenzli Sr.

Brian Ames

James Tasker

Bill Reilly

David L. Dosky

Patricia Shaw

Judy Bruns

Madge Jones

Norm and Carol Miller

Gary Burden

Jennie Granato

Ronnie and Teresa Bowling

Larry and Debbie Stewart

Ray Angel

Greig McDonald

Ginny and Ed Riechman

Andy Keusal

Raymond & Cecelia Knispel

Nancy and Dennis Muntean

Cindy Berner

Elaine Fouts

Carol and Scott Barker

Richard and Judy Rogers

Jeannie Craig

Deborah Anderson

Lisha Nienhaus

Mary McCarthy

Matt Pfeiffer

Marilyn Cross

Penny Nickel

Nancy Jensen

Patrick W Fogarty

Judy Cornett

Mary and Page McGirr

Betty L. Smith

It is time to end the Corruption in the Ohio “Republican” Party

We are going Restore OUR Republican Party!

The Ohio “Republican” Party has been taken over by political operatives who sell the votes of “Republican” Politicians in the Ohio House and Senate, and in the US House and Senate, to monied special interests who want political favors.  You have NO Representation in Government, because the Ohio “Republican” Party only recruits and funds campaigns for phony “Republicans” who agree to do what the lobbyists tell the Party Leadership to do. 

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The Ohio “Republican” Party State Central Committee only endorses incumbent “Republicans”. The Ohio “Republican” Party has no platform and does not require candidates to prove that they believe the Republican values and principles that we believe. They simply “rent” the “R” to the highest bidder and when you go to the polls to vote, you think that you are voting for a Republican when you are not. That is why 66% of all Republican votes believe that the “Republican” Leadership has “Betrayed” them. Because they have!

What are we going to do about it?  

To “Restore” OUR Republican Party, we need to take back control of the County and State Central Committees. Then we can recruit and endorse only candidates who prove that they will vote or govern according to Republican values and principles when they are elected. The Ohio Citizens PAC along with other TEA Party and Conservative Organizations in the State have recruited 55 candidates to run for the 66 seats on the Republican State Central in an effort to win a majority and replace the current Chairman. We need you to vote for them in your Senate District and let everyone you know that they need to vote for them as well!

Click Here to Find Our Endorsed State Central Committee Candidates in YOUR Area!

Click Here to Find Our Endorsed State Candidates who will NOT “Betray” You!

Click Here to Find Our Endorsed Federal Candidates who will NOT  “Betray” You!

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Time to DEMAND Answers!

It’s Time to Demand Accountability!
 
It is high time for you to demand some answers from the members of the State Central Committee who have been endorsing candidates who are not Republicans and who have used the power of the state to destroy our nation. The people on this Central Committee have given you people like John Boehner, John Kasich and Rob Portman. All of whom talked a good conservative game, but when it was time for action, they were total liberals on immigration, medicade expansion, natural marriage, raising the debt ceiling, common core and so much more.
 
The people resonsible for not only allowing those phony Republicans and so many more in our House and Senate and other offices to be on the ballot, but often for making sure that they are the only choices you had on the ballot are on this list below. They are responsible for your anger about being betrayed by “Republicans” you have elected and you need to hold them responsible!
 
It’s Time to Start Asking Questions and Demand Answers!
 
So, I want you to call the representative from your Senate District, or send them an email, or confront them in person and ask them these five questions:
 
1) Have you personally made it clear that you demand that the Ohio Republican Party  adopt the National Republican Party Platform so that the State Central Committee would have a standard by which to judge both incumbent and potential candidates?
 
2) Do you or anyone in your family get paid by any government agency? Does this affect the way that you vote on State Central Committee?
(We are investigating this and will expose those who do not tell you the truth.)
 
3) Are you a Convention Delegate for John Kasich and if so did you vote to endorse him as a member of the State Central Committee? If so, why did you not think that you had a conflict of interest in doing so, and why do you think that it was fair not  to have any other Republican Presidential Candidate considered for endorsement by the Ohio “Republican” Party?
 
4) Would you vote to change the ORP By-Laws so that you are no longer restricted to only endorsing incumbents, and could instead endorse the best Republican?
 
5) Would you vote to replace the current ORP Chairman, Matt Borges?
 
Call these people, and ask them these questions. Right now, you need contact your Representative and make it clear that you are NOT happy with how the Ohio “Republican” Party is run. Make sure that they understand that you know that they are responsible for allowing that to happen and you want it fixed.
 
Tom Zawistowski
President
 
P.S. – If you don’t know what Senate District you are in CLICK HERE
Ohio State Central Committee List by Senate District:
 
District
FirstName
LastName
City
Email Address
Phone
1
Cheryl
Buckland
Findlay
419-420-1687
1
NOT
RUNNING
     
2
Dee
Talmage
Ottawa Hills
419-535-1605
2
Mark
Wagoner
Ottawa Hills
419-531-0487
3
Jo Ann
Davidson
Columbus
614-864-8879
3
David
Goodman
New Albany
614-933-1011
4
Patti
Alderson
West Chester
513-779-0055
4
Gary
Cates
   
5
Stephanie
Garrett
West Alexandria
937-469-4890
5
NOT
RUNNING
     
6
Pat
Flanagan
Dayton
937-434-0734
6
Judy
Westbrock
Dayton
937-885-7492
7
Bob
McEwen
Cincinnati
513-257-2259
7
Michelle
Schneider
Cincinnati
513-251-6598
8
Mary Anne
Christie
Cincinnati
513-561-2224
8
Alex
Triantafilou
Cincinnati
5133477277
9
Stanley
Aronoff
Cincinnati
513-235-7177
9
Crystal
Faulkner
Cincinnati
513-607-7041
10
Steve
Austria
Beavercreek
937-609-8355
10
Brenda
Lewis
Xenia
937-376-2159
11
Bill
Delaney
Toledo
419-654-4251
11
Meghan
Gallagher
Toledo
419-474-0400
12
Keith
Cheney
Lima
419- 228-7040
12
Ranae
Lentz
Bellefontaine
937-599-5265
13
Matt
Cox
   
13
Joyce
Houck
Willard
419-935-8549
14
Kay
Reynolds
Lucasville
740-259-2869
14
Greg
Simpson
Milford
513-678-8249
15
Carolyn
Petree
Columbus
614-461-1919
15
Doug
Preisse
Columbus
614-443-2631
16
Susie
O’Brien
Upper Arlington
614-560-4070
16
Stephen
White
Dublin
513-225-0505
17
Phil
Bowman
Jackson
740-286-4823
17
Bonnie
Ward
Waverly
740-835-1539
18
NOT
RUNNING
     
18
Mary
O’Toole
Newbury
440-564-5098
19
Teri
Morgan
Powell
614-888-6095
19
Craig
Schweitzer
Deleware
 
20
Diana
Fleegle
Zanesville
740-319-5782
20
Pat
Hennessey
Zanesville
740-454-2841
21
Joe
Miller
Cleveland Heights
216-932-8465
21
Susan
Rodman
Cleveland
216-381-5861
22
Dan
Drockton
Medina
216-392-6725
22
Sharon
Ray
Wadsworth
330-461-3599
23
Doris
Durica
Cleveland
216-941-5080
23
Robert
Frost
 
216-621-5415
24
Brad
Lamb
   
24
Nancy
Suhadolnik
Strongsville
440-846-6666
25
Dan
Carter
Pepper Pike
216-392-4509
25
Denise
Verdi
Timberlake
440-564-5098
26
Lisa
Cooper
Marysville
740-666-0957
26
John
Matthews
Caledonia
419-845-3122
27
Lauren
LaRose
Copley
330-631-8888
27
Bryan
Williams
Fairlawn
330-773-9061
28
Jim
Simon
Akron
330-256-3870
28
NOT
RUNNING
     
29
Curt
Braden
North Canton
330-497-7082
29
Sarah
Brown
Alliance
330-823-6091
30
Marilyn
Ashcraft
Marietta
740-373-6830
30
Jim
Carnes
St Clairsville
740-695-0856
31
Gary
Burkholder
Pataskala
740-964-1769
31
Betty
Montgomery
Columbus
614-205-7883
32
Casey
O’Brien
Jefferson
440-294-2811
32
Melissa
Pope
Ashtabula
440-969-9762
33
Dave
Johnson
Summitville
330-332-8697
33
Tracey
Winbush
Youngstown
330-720-0000

OHIO “REPUBLICAN” PARTY VOTE FRIDAY WILL ELECT TRUMP OR CRUZ – NOT KASICH!

We the People Convention, Inc.

P.O. Box 6211 • Akron, Ohio • 44312 • 866-427-9257 • 800-846-4632 (Fax)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 7, 2016

OHIO “REPUBLICAN” PARTY

VOTE FRIDAY WILL ELECT TRUMP OR CRUZ – NOT KAsICH!

Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention, said tonight that by its actions Friday morning (1/8/16) at it’s State Central Committee Meeting, the Ohio “Republican” Party, will demonstrate why Republican Primary voters will vote to elect Donald Trump or Ted Cruz in the March Primary. Zawistowski explained “On Friday Morning the corrupt Ohio “Republican” Party is planning to vote to endorse John Kasich, proving that their is no Republican Party in Ohio, their is only the Kasich Machine. The survey’s that I have done, and I have seen, show that John Kasich currently has the support of 12% of Ohio Republican voters who are highly likely to vote in the primary. By voting to endorse Kasich Friday, they are exposing the fact that they do not represent the 88% of real Republicans, most of whom are supporting Trump or Cruz. This is why survey’s show that 66% of all Republicans feel that they have been betrayed by their party leadership – because they have been. Their own actions are fueling the anger and resentment which will cause real Republicans to vote in droves for Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in March.”

Zawistowski continued, “They do not represent the Republican Party, they are frauds. A real Republican State Party would stay neutral and respect the right of the Republican electorate to pick the candidate of their choice through a fair and open election process. Particularly when that Republican State Party is hosting the National Convention. On Friday, at the ORP State Central Committee meeting in Columbus, the ONLY people you will see who are real Republicans, and who will be voting against endorsing John Kasich, are the regular citizens elected by the TEA Party Movement in 2014. These Patriots will be the only ones defending Republican values and principles as the Chairman uses bribes and intimidation to force the other committee members to bend to the will of the Kasich Machine. You can be sure that they will make the vote a “secret ballot” so that none of those who vote to endorse Kasich, and betray the wishes of the Republican voters in their districts, can be identified. However, we in the TEA Party know who they are, and we look forward to the March primary where our candidates to replace them will be making known what they have done to every Republican Primary voter in the District.”  

Obama’s Legacy as a pompous, pandering job killer . . .

The President Has Thrown Working People Under the Bus of His Legacy

 

Washington, D.C. (November 6, 2015) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today regarding the Administration’s decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

President Obama today demonstrated that he cares more about kowtowing to green-collar elitists than he does about creating desperately needed, family-supporting, blue-collar jobs.  After a seven-year circus of cowardly delay, the President’s decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline is just one more indication of an utter disdain and disregard for salt-of-the-earth, middle-class working Americans.  The politics he has played with their lives and livelihoods is far dirtier than oil carried by any pipeline in the world, and the cynical manipulation of the approval process has made a mockery of regulatory institutions and government itself.  We are dismayed and disgusted that the President has once again thrown the members of LIUNA, and other hard-working, blue-collar workers under the bus of his vaunted “legacy,” while doing little or nothing to make a real difference in global climate change.  His actions are shameful.

 

In its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Keystone XL Project Executive Summary, issued in January 2014, President Obama’s own State Department concluded that building the Keystone XL “is unlikely to significantly affect the rate of extraction in oil sands.”[1]  Worse, reviewing the impact of notbuilding the Keystone XL, the same report concluded that, “the total annual GHG emissions (direct and indirect) attributed to the No Action scenarios range from 28 to 42 percent greater than for the [Keystone XL].”[2]  But facts apparently mean as little to the President as the construction jobs he repeatedly derided as insignificant because they are “temporary.”  Ironically, the very temporary nature of the President’s own job seems to be fueling a legacy of doing permanent harm to middle- and working classfamilies.

 

From this decision on the Keystone XL, to the attack on quality healthcare through the so-called “Cadillac Tax,” to his efforts to ship good jobs overseas through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Barack Obama’s disdain for working people is evident. The President may be celebrated by environmental extremists, but with this act, President Obama has also solidified a legacy as a pompous, pandering job killer.

Rush Limbaugh Praises TEA Party Movement

This is a partial transcript from the Rush Limbaugh show on Wednesday, September 2, 2015:

The Trump Movement Isn’t About Conservatism — It’s About Americanism

September 02, 2015

RUSH:  Look, my point is, here’s a piece that just cleared. Who wrote it? Doesn’t matter. You’re gonna find out anyway some point. “Trump Has Succeeded in Convincing Conservatives to Discard Their Principles Overnight.”  Okay.  This will provide an excellent opportunity.  Conservative principles.  What good are they if all that’s ever done with them is written about?  What good are conservative principles if all anybody ever does is talk about it?

What good are conservative principles if that’s all they are, if there’s no associated lifestyle? If there’s no associated action, if there’s no associated political objective with it, what good is it?  I, for one, am tired of conservatism being nothing more than some intellectual feast every day.  Let’s look at the Tea Party as an example here.  The Tea Party movement is one of the most important political movements in this country in our lifetimes.

Let’s look at how powerful the Tea Party movement was and is.  The Tea Party movement came into existence in 2010 as a result of real-world events, not because the members of the Tea Party had read a bunch of conservatism.  They hadn’t read a bunch of books, and they hadn’t read a bunch of websites, and they hadn’t read a bunch of columns, and they hadn’t read a bunch of blogs.

What they were was angry and scared over what they knew Obama was doing that threatened the country and the future of their children and grandchildren, specifically with Obamacare and the spending that was happening with this administration. They could see this country’s future literally circling the drain, and so people who had no formal political experience in their lives — meaning they had never been part of a campaign. They hadn’t.

Maybe the most they’d ever done is put signs in the front yard.

They had voted and that was it. But they had no professional, political experience in their lives, and they came into existence, and there wasn’t a single person that was leading them. There wasn’t a single person that served as the creator of the movement.  It was a grassroots effervescence that bubbled up resulting from real-world events that these people manifestly opposed and were frightened by.

The Tea Party movement was so big and so threatening to the left that they had to create their own fake version of it, which was called Occupy Wall Street.  Occupy Wall Street was everything the Tea Party wasn’t.  Occupy Wall Street was made up.  It was designed.  It was planned, it was executed, it was created, and it was created as a counter.  It was made to look like it, too, was organic — except it opposed the Tea Party.

It supported Obama.  It supported the Democrat Party.  It supported liberalism.  And the media wrote about it as though it was as organic as the Tea Party.  But it wasn’t.  It was bought and paid for by Democrat donors.  It was nourished by the Democrat Party and leftist organizations left and right.  It had organized protests. It had organized locations and organized activities.  It had donations to it.  It had specific purposes.

The Tea Party was never so organized in that sense, because it was all organic.  Now, you would think that something like this that just arose from seemingly nowhere — that existed specifically to oppose and stop Barack Obama — you would think that the Republican Party would make tracks to embrace these people.  You would think that the Republican Party would do everything it could to build a bridge.

The Republican Party is smarting, it’s in pain, it’s whimpering around because it’s just got shellacked in the 2008 election. Obama wins; all appears lost! “He’s got health care. He’s done the stimulus. There’s no stopping him,” and here comes a movement of people — average, ordinary Americans, never involved in politics before — and they are huge in number. They are willing to donate.  The Democrat Party is scared to death of them.

The Republican Party has a built-in majority with the Tea Party.  All they have to do is build a bridge rooted in opposition to Obamacare.  It’s made to order.  The Republican Party was, in my estimation, given — not for anything they did — a majority.  And the Republican Party made not one move to embrace the Tea Party.  Some individual Republicans did, and the Tea Party ended up having members or like-minded people elected, such as Ted Cruz and others.

But the Republican Party and the Democrat Party (the Washington DC establishment), rather than try to form an accord and try to form an alliance, tried to destroy it.  The inside-the-Beltway establishment tried to destroy the Tea Party.  Now, the inside-the-Beltway establishment is made up of these people today writing about who’s giving up and sacrificing their conservative principles.  If the Tea Party was anything, it was conservative. And if it was made up of anything, it was made up of conservatives.

At that point, they weren’t obsessed with what the principles of conservatism were because that was a given.  That was understood.  The opposition to Obama is naturally conservative.  That’s what these people already were.  All they had to do was join!  All they had to do was be inspired.  All they had to do was be motivated, welcomed in. But they weren’t.  They were ostracized, by the Democrat Party especially.

Did the Republican Party do much to help the Tea Party when it was in that mess with the IRS?  The IRS tried to deny tax-exempt status to all those Tea Party organizations, fundraising groups. Where was the Republican Party in there trying to help ’em out, represent them, bashing the IRS, joining in the effort to diminish Lois Lerner and her efforts?  The Tea Party was bashed, impugned, ripped to shreds daily by the Drive-By Media.  The media tried to make it look like a bunch of Looney Tune nutcases.

The Republican Party made not one attempt to help, and then these are the people upset over what’s happening with Trump?  This is not about conservative principles.  This is not about who has them and who doesn’t and who’s sacrificing them or who’s giving them up or discarding them.  What this is about is a whole lot of Americans thinking they had representation in Washington, and they’ve discovered they don’t.

They’ve been giving money at a political party. A political party has been campaigning promising to do X, Y, and Z and they’ve been getting voted for. They’ve been given majorities House and the Senate. But that’s where it’s all stopped, at the party level.  The Tea Party didn’t die. The Tea Party can’t be killed because it isn’t one person. It isn’t an official movement; it does not have a headquarters building.  You can’t bomb it, you can’t nuke it, you can’t do anything to it.

It’s there, it’s growing, and it’s gonna continue to grow, as long as Washington remains unresponsive, which Washington appears to be more and more unresponsive as the days go by.  So all these people that have got their underwear in a wad over people supporting Trump? They need to look in the mirror to explain why.  If they really want to know why all this is happening, they just have to look in the mirror.  You can only tell people they’re stupid and dumb so many times.

You can only tell ’em they’re unsophisticated so many times when they’re staring the loss of their country in the face with this invasion illegal immigration and Obamacare and all of these executive orders that Obama’s doing, and there’s not a single ounce of apparent opposition to any of it!  It’s not about conservative principles, and these people that are writing about it in those terms are simply, I think, doing what they can to marginalize Trump and his supporters in an apparently convoluted effort to maintain support for the RINOs or the establishment or ruling class, whatever you want to call them.

Anyway, I have to take a break.  I want to get back to the phones here, folks.  I could spend another 20 minutes explaining this, but I think you get it, at least my thoughts on this by now.