Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, reacted today to the 4-3 decision by the US Supreme Court to ignore the lawful Constitutional votes of tens of millions of Americans, and impose their own ideological view about what marriage should be, in a ruling that undermine the entire Constitutional concept of States Rights. Zawistowski said “The ruling by the Supreme Court Friday is no surprise. It is equally illogical and unlawful as yesterday ruling on Obamacare. Which is demonstrated by Robert’s hypocritical dissent today which completely contradicts his own ruling yesterday. Clearly the US Supreme Court is no longer operating within the bounds of the US Constitution or the concept of the rule of law. They cannot legislate morality and this ruling does not change the hearts and minds and values of the vast majority of Americans who don’t need elitist judges to tell us what words mean, or what natural marriage is, or what is in our bible, or how to live our lives.”
Zawistowski concluded by saying, “While this may appear to be a Conservative’s and a Christian’s darkest hour, today, I am thinking about December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor. I am thinking about Winston Churchill, who while saddened by the tragedy of that day, was also filled with joy and hope because the Japanese had “woken a sleeping giant”. Finally the American public had seen that they could no longer stand on the sidelines. That they had to join the fight against evil or be consumed by it. I believe that today, and this week with TPP and Obamacare and other events, is the beginning of a similar awakening that will lead to a similar outcome for the left. I and my fellow Americans look forward to continuing the fight to protect and defend our Constitution and our way of life in the months and years ahead. Like Churchill, while the fight may be long and bitter, the ultimate victory will be all the more sweet.”
Akron, OH – Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, derided the Supreme Court 6-3 ruling to uphold the Obama Administrations decision to provide healthcare cost subsidies to people enrolled in the Federal Healthcare Exchanges. Zawistowski said “I think we should all go out and break any law we want today, because we are no longer a nation of laws. You can say that you simply “interpret” the meaning of the words in any law, any way that serves your needs. I’ll drive 70 in a 55 mile per hour zone today, because 55 doesn’t really mean 55 in my opinion, or in the law that Congress passed, because I have to get to the next appointment on time and it was not the “intention” of Congress for me to be late because that would cost me money. Right? This ruling shows that US Supreme Court does not uphold the rule of law. They can’t even read English. They rule on what the “outcome” of the ruling will be not on what the law actually says. That is not their job. That is the job of Congress. They should have said to Congress, the law says what it says and if you didn’t mean it to say that then Congress needs to fix it. But the Court did not rule that way and that is the problem.”
Zawistowski continued, “This ruling shows that we now have no separation of powers. The Supreme Court feels that it must do the job of Congress. Everyone is doing the job of Congress except Congress, which insist upon giving all of it’s power to the Executive branch and is now conceding it to the Supreme Court. The “Law of this Land” is the Constitution, this ruling and the previous ruling by the Robert’s Court proves that the Constitution does not exist. The Governing class is free to interpret any law, any way they want, regardless of the actual written words, to implement their agenda.”
Zawistowski concluded, “Obamacare has never had the majority of Americans behind it. Obamacare has been jammed down our throats by elitist of both political parties. Every branch of government has participated in this unlawful, unconstitutional takeover of our healthcare system. We in the TEA Party Movement have stood against this law from the beginning for three reasons. The first is the preservation of our personal Liberty. Throughout history, dictators and despots have moved to take over healthcare as a means of controlling the population. If Government controls your healthcare, they control you. That is the intent of Obamacare, not to give healthcare to those who cannot afford it, but to destroy the individual freedom and liberty of American citizens to make their own healthcare choices.
Second, we stood against Obamacare because we knew that it would increase the cost of healthcare for all Americans dramatically and artificially because it eliminated competition. The result has been that we have all seen a 40% tax increase on our healthcare cost, something that no one would have supported if that were disclosed during the passage of the law. Which is why it was not disclosed as Jonathan Gruber so boastfully pointed out.
Third we knew it would drive down the quality of healthcare by eliminating innovation and by driving doctors out of the medical industry. Not only are doctors dropping out in record numbers and retiring earlier, they are no longer encouraging their children to enter the field. The result is a collapse in the quality of healthcare and an inability to meet the growing healthcare needs of an aging population.
The TEA Party Movement will not stop this fight to replace Obamacare with a Free Market alternative that returns control of our healthcare to individual Americans and their doctors. Any candidate for any office who does not commit to replacing Obamacare, will not get our votes in coming elections regardless of party. The Republican’s in particular who have run and been elected on the promise to “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” now must fulfill that promise or face the consequences from an angry electorate.”
Lots of things are important in life, it’s just that some things are more important than others. While it is important, and even exciting, for some to talk about all the Presidential candidates, the reality is that we are more impacted by out of control government locally than we are federally. All the flawed policies, and wasteful spending, that the federal government implements, are implemented by your state and local government. Common Core being one egregious example.
Instead of taking up your time watching the “bright shiny object” of the Presidential races, particularly in 2015 when nothing they say changes anything, we need to recognize a critical opportunity to do something that is much more important and much more attainable in 2015. We need You to run for school board in your local area.
Now it has always been important for your movement to try and take back our schools by taking over the school board and we have been successful in some case in doing that. However, this year the stakes are higher than ever. Why? Changes in the teachers retirement system.
The State Teachers Retirement System changed the rules a few years ago and is now going to calculate teacher and administrator retirement benefits based on the five highest years of income instead of the three highest years. The result being a lower base rate. Plus they have changed the rules about who can retire and when. The result being that many teachers who don’t retire in the next two or three years will lose approximately 11.5% of their annual income for life. That’s a huge incentive for teachers and administrators to get out now and that is exactly what is happening.
Why is that important to Conservatives and why does it make winning school board seats more important now than it has ever been? Well as conservatives, we are concerned about taxation. A large part of our property taxes go to school districts. (Even if you rent, you pay the property taxes through your rent, the landlord doesn’t pay them!) In 99% of school districts, those taxes only go up, they never come down. Even when we have less students, they spend it anyway. While we have been successful in defeating some levy renewals, we have not had enough success, because the schools would often make a case that they could not survive any cuts because their expense kept going up. Uninformed people in the community believe it, and therefore, we have been able to defeat new levies but not renewal levies. However, that is all about to change – if we take action NOW.
It is critical that we win school board seats this year, because all of these teacher and administrator retirements are going to save school districts millions of dollars in salaries. These retires are the highest paid employees in the schools and they are going to be replaced with young teachers who should cost about 40% of what the old teachers were making. So, for example, one school district in Portage County announced that they have 18 teachers retiring this year. Each of them cost the tax payer $100,000 per year or more in salary and benefits – yea the 20% you pay above their pay for health insurance and for their retirement that teachers like to pretend is not part of their salary. So, that school district is going to save $1.8 million next year and then only have to spend $720,000 to replace them. Saving $1.08 million per year for years to come. That is only the beginning because more teachers will be retiring next year and the year after that. For this small district, the saving will come out to over $3 million per year! For big school districts, it could be much more!
Now, do you think the unions are going to let the school board give that money back to the taxpayers like they should? Of course not, they are going to spend it all. They will be demanding not 3% annual raises but 5% or more until it is all gone – because the school board can afford it! Unless we act, the school board will do it, because they are all former teachers, the husbands or fathers of teachers or former administrators. Once again the fix will be in UNLESS we do something about it!
With these savings, school boards should be in a position to not even put some renewal levies on the ballot. We will be able to argue for the first time that they don’t need the money because of all the retirements. But it will be a lot easier if we are sitting on the school board with a majority and we can vote not to put the renewal on the ballot! Otherwise they will keep putting them on the ballot multiple times and lying to the tax payers until they are passed despite the fact that they don’t need the money!
They are already laying the groundwork. One of the administrators in our area has already been quoted as saying “Districts will save money with the lower salaries of beginning teachers, but will have to increase the supervision and monitoring in the classroom”! So, let’s get this straight. Even thought they graduated from college and are certified to teach, and the superintendent hired them because they are qualified to do the job they hired them to do, we are going to have to pay to hire more high paid administrators to “monitor” these new teacher because they really aren’t qualified! Got it? Yea right. This chart shows that the biggest problem in public schools in the ridiculous increase in non-teaching staff:
It gets worse. In Avon Lake Ohio the citizens were dumb enough to just pass a 10 year renewable levy!! Isn’t that interesting. Why would they do that? Why would the school board recommend that? Well, now when all those teacher retire, they won’t have a levy come up for renewal for 10 years, during which the Union will distribute all that money to teachers and administrators so when it comes up for renewal, they can plead poverty AGAIN!
This is why YOU must consider putting yourself on the ballot this year to run for School Board. If you are on the school board, you can decide how this money is spent, or if it is returned to the tax payers. The deadline is the first week of August to put your name on the ballot. You simply go to the Board of Elections and flll out a form. You may need a few signatures depending on your county, but never more than 5. The election is in November. So, from August until November you have to get out and ask for the community to vote for you.
Now, School Board races are what they call Non-Partisan, meaning you don’t run as a Republican or Democrat or Libertarian. Second, most school board have five members. Depending on your school board, their may be three seats up for re-election or there will be two. When you run, all candidates are usually running for all the seats. So, if their are two open seats, the top two vote getters win the seats. We need to get as many of us to run as possible and even if you are not up to running, you need to find someone who will and help them win by going door to door for them and asking your neighbors to support them. Best of all, these are low cost races. You need some signs and materials to hand out when you go door to door and perhaps a robo call or two.
Just know, that the Union is thinking the same thing. They will use your tax dollars, extorted through forced Union dues, to fund their Union candidates. They have databases of every person in your community who will vote yes on just about any levy. They will work to turn out their vote for Union candidates and you have just got to out work them and take those seats.
I wanted to spell this out for you so that you had time to consider running, or to find someone to run who has great name recognition in your community and who you could support. This is why the TEA Party exists. To cut taxes and hold people we elect accountable so that they spend our hard earned taxes wisely. This year is the year that we can really make a difference. Litterally, in many cases, if you could cut property taxes by not renewing a levy, it could make the difference between a senior citizen on social securty being able to keep their home! They are being force to sell their homes because they can not affort the property taxes and their social security income has not been increase in years. Let’s make the choice to take back some of our money this year and help everyone in our community without hurting the students at all! Run for School Board!