Thursday, December 24, 2009

What if Bush had done that?

Good article on how different the Media is treating Obama vs Bush with hard facts.


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28764.html

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Congressman breaks 4 promises in 1 day!

Below is an article from http://www.gouverneurtimes.com
http://www.gouverneurtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7623:owens-to-break-campaign-promises&catid=60:st-lawrence-news&Itemid=175

Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress
Northern NY News
Written by Nathan Barker
Friday, 06 November 2009 12:04
GOUVERNEUR, NY - Congressman-elect Bill Owens was sworn in at noon today.

Owens indicated in a press release released shortly afterwards that he was now in favor of the the "Affordable Healthcare for America Act" bill in direct contrast to his earlier position during the election campaign.

According to Politico.com, Mr. Owens assured voters that he felt the public option had no place in the health care reform bill. Contrary to that position, Mr. Owens now indicates that he intends to vote in favor of the bill even though it now contains a public option.

UPDATED: A spokesman for Congressman Owens indicated correctly that Mr. Owens had recanted his solid position against public option later in the campaign, clarifying that he did not wish public option to be a 'litmus test' for the Health Reform bill and that on Oct. 30th, several days prior to the election, in a debate had stated that he generally supported the public option as it was now written (at that time.)

Mr. Owens also indicated during his campaign that he was firmly opposed to cutting Medicare benefits, taxing health care benefits, and increased taxes on the middle class in any way as you can see clearly in the screenshot below, taken directly from Mr. Owens' campaign website.



Click to enlarge image

The House Health reform bill contains sections that cut Medicare benefits, tax existing health care benefits, and increases taxes on the middle class, yet Mr. Owens stated today that he will now vote in favor of those things contrary to what he had promised the voters of NY's 23rd Congressional District that he would vote against.

Mr. Owens indicated in his press release today that "This legislation will reform the insurance industry and provide increased access to affordable healthcare without taxing healthcare benefits, cutting Medicare benefits or raising taxes on the middle class, and that is exactly the direction we need to go."


When The Gouverneur Times attempted to contact Mr. Owens to clarify this information, we received no direct response to our phone or email inquiries. Both FactCheck.org and the Congressional Budget Office agree that HR 3962 contains potentially hundreds of billions of dollars in planned cuts to Medicare, yet Mr. Owens indicates that he supports this legislation and says that it does not cut Medicare benefits. Either Mr. Owens has been snowed or the public is about to be.

HR 3962 also includes a range of various taxes on middle-class families as well as language to repeal tax relief already in place. Has Congressman Owens blindly followed Ms. Pelosi's rhetoric in believing that the end to a tax cut is not the same thing as an increase in taxes or is he hedging his bet with very carefully chosen words?

HR 3962 now also contains language that allows illegal immigrants to be covered under the legislation. When The Gouverneur Times attempted to contact Mr. Owens for clarification of this language, we received no response other than the press release heretofore mentioned. Specifically, we asked if illegal immigrants would be forced to purchase healthcare insurance as citizens will be and whether or not they would be forced to do so at standard rates or if they would qualify for the public option subsidy.

The Associated Press said this morning that: "House leaders said that, in keeping with the Hispanic Caucus' demands, there was not likely to be any prohibition added to the House bill against illegal immigrants shopping in the exchange."

In a speech made to Congress a short time ago, President Obama had stated that the bill would not contain support for illegal immigrants - a statement for which he was called a "liar" by Rep. Joe Wilson. Rep. Wilson was severely chastised for his comment at the time though it would now seem to be true.

The mixed-up mess that was the 23rd Congressional District Special Election was a close race between Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Doug Hoffman. Many feel that it was unlikely Mr. Owens would have won those crucial few thousand votes if the voting public was aware of his intent with regard to the Health Care bill. The majority of residents in this district do not support the Health Reform bill as it is now written and many feel like they've become victims of a fraud perpetrated by their chosen candidate.

Breaking campaign promises is not unusual for politicians... it's a cliche. This is almost certainly a record though. Mr. Owens broke no less than 4 promises in his first 24 hours in office.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Stricklands rating is DOWN

Below is an article that appears on the Dayton Daily News website 10/30. www.daytondailynews.com

Gov. Strickland’s Ohio approval rating drops to 48 percent; Obama at 52 percent
By William Hershey | Friday, October 30, 2009, 09:03 AM

Gov. Ted Strickland’s approval rating among Ohio adults has dropped to 48 percent in an Ohio Poll released on Friday, Oct. 30, the first time it had been below 50 percent in five Ohio Polls dating back to May 2007.

Gov. Ted StricklandIn the same poll, the approval rating for Strickland’s fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama, dropped to 52 percent, down from 63 percent in an April 2009 Ohio Poll, sponsored by the University of Cincinnati.

The poll also showed a glimmer of optimism about better times to come. Thirty three percent said economic conditions in Ohio were getting better, up from 20 percent in April and more than double the 12 percent in May who said things were getting better.

University of Cincinnati poll showing approval ratings for Gov. Strickland since May 2007.The drops in approval ratings has more immediate significance for Strickland, who’s up for re-election next year, than for Obama, just finishing the first year of a four-year term.

Eric Rademacher, Ohio Poll co-director, noted in an e-mail that more Ohioans - 48 percent - approve of Strickland’s job performance than disapprove - 37 percent.

“However, his approval has dropped 20 points since May of 07, which is almost identical to his increase in disapproval since,” Rademacher said. “So, that is a trend Strickland will want to reverse as we go into 2010.”

Other key poll findings:

*More Ohioans - 49 percent - disapprove of Strickland’s handling of the Ohio economy than approve - 41 percent.

*A majority of Democrats - 52 percent - approve of Strickland’s handling of the economy while a majority of Republicans - 58 percent - and independents - 59 percent - disapprove of how the governor’s handled the economy.

*Fifty percent of Ohioans approve of Obama’s handling of foreign affairs overall, down from 62 percent in April.

*Forty five percent of Ohioans now approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, down from 56 percent in April.

*Most Ohioans rate U.S. economic conditions as either fair - 45 percent - or poor- 47 percent, about the same as April.

*Also, most Ohioans also rate Ohio economic conditions as either fair - 39 percent - or poor - 52 percent -, again about the same as April.

The poll was taken from Oct. 14-Oct. 20 with 808 adults across the state and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

Monday, October 26, 2009

School board intimidation? You decide....

Below is a strand of e-mail that has been passed to me a few times today. Now, I'm not throwing this up to pursuade anybody one way or the other. I'm putting this up to start a conversation and hear what some folks have to say. I'm curious to know because I've gotten this on more than one occasion today. Is it really a School Board member trying to intimidate an organization, or is it a candidate trying to win an election? You tell me your thoughts. Remember, please keep it clean and respectful.
-If you read the bottom e-mail first and move up the post it makes a bit more sense... (I believe "Tim" is a director/chair/president of a local football organization)

*To my knowledge the below e-mail strands are legitimate. The GCYR does not endorse either candidate. While Rob Dotson has addressed the GCYR at a monthly meeting, there is always a standing invitation to all candidates, and elected officials in Greene County. Email addresses have been removed from the strand.*






The intimidating methods used by certain Members of the Board of Education, please review. Understand a Board Member has no authority or power outside of the Public Meetings unless voted on by the Board for certain responsibilities. If anything a sitting member of the Board of Education has to be very careful not allow a perception of Abuse of Power or Conflict of Interests. Please read below and decide for yourself.

Rob Dotson
Candidate for Beavercreek Board of Education

Peg:
Let me clarify my involvement with the Football Parents Club. I met (name removed) a few times at football games I attended. After the Centerville game...which my wife and I attended...I introduced myself to Tim (last name removed), President of the Football Parents Club. I asked Tim if I could address the Football Parents Club. Mr. (last name removed) made it clear that they could not endorse a candidate or get involved in the election. He did not have a problem with me attending, since I was a Beavercreek School Parent with children that will be playing Eager Beavers next year and eventually participate in Beavercreek Football Team. During the meeting, Mr. (last name removed) clarified to the parents attending that my presence was not an endorsement.
I was told by a former PTO president that you had attended and spoke at PTO meetings while running for the Board of Education. I don't see my request to participate in the Football Club meeting any different from your appearances and participation in PTO meetings during past election cycles, PTO's are also 501(c)3 organizations. In my opinion, other candidates have equal opportunities to pursue organizations and fellowship with their members within the School System. Board Members really should be attending these organizations on a regular basis.
My discussion with the Club covered my High School Football background, including my All-Conference and Alabama Academic All-State status, as well as, receiving the Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete award. I discussed how football builds character and will influence these young people throughout their lives. I did ask about parent's concerns, as should all candidates. I shared my position that all programs representing Beavercreek City Schools should strive for excellence. The Beavercreek Band is a wonderful example of how dedicated students, parents, staff, and administrators can develop a program that rises to the very top of National recognition. Issues that the parent's conveyed to me about the Band and support of the Band, I directed back to the principal, athletic director and superintendent. Board members in no way have any authority or power, influence, or represent the Board outside of public Board meetings without a vote of the Board. I am sure you are aware of this. I don't see Mr. Absher's opinion of what we discussed at the meeting as an endorsement.
Peg , I will say how deeply disturbed I am with your e-mail to Mr. Absher, a dedicated parent volunteer. In my opinion, this type of intimidation and threatening communication is inappropriate for a sitting Board Member. I respect and appreciate your work for Beavercreek City Schools, especially your efforts with Mr. Morrison to secure improvements to the Football Stadium...which does support other activities outside of football. It is also my opinion that your e-mail brings credence to the innuendo and rumor about your intimidation methods and the use of your position to improperly influence administrators and organizations.
With respect and admiration,

Rob Dotson
Candidate Beavercreek Board of Education

Tim:

I am very deeply disturbed to read this message. First, the football
club, I believe, operates as a 501(3)(c) nonprofit in support of the
school district. I believe you have just put that nonprofit status at
risk. You are not a Political Action Committee and I believe if you
check with your attorney you are going to find that you have gone beyond
your charter.

Inviting a political candidate to attend a school related function for
the purposes of giving his pitch for election is a foul. The candidate
should know better, as well.

In addition, your support of this candidate to entities in the business
community is a representation of the school district. You simply have
no authority to do this. It appears that the district is backing your
endorsement.

I am referring this to the district authorities who deal with these type
of issues for their action. Meanwhile, since I really don't want to see
any harm come to the Football Club (who do you think was half of the
team that got your field, anyway?) I would make some suggestions:

You owe the other five candidates and audience with the same people, and
it cannot be on school grounds.
You, and the candidate, owe the other five people an apology as well. I
think you better send and email to all the people this one has been sent
to telling them where the meeting you are scheduling will be.

This is a very serious matter. I suggest you get on it. Any one of the
candidates, or the district can file a complaint that will definitely be
supported. You have nicely documented it for us.


Peg Arnold






*****Update*****
This is the article that appeared on the Dayton Daily News website 10/28. Just some more details to ponder...

By Christopher Magan, Staff Writer
10:30 PM Tuesday, October 27, 2009
BEAVERCREEK — A school board candidate’s visit to a football booster club meeting and subsequent e-mail from the club president offering information about his platform has upset other candidates.

Robert Dotson, one of five candidates for three school board seats, visited a Beavercreek Football Club meeting at the high school earlier this month to “talk about what concerns parents had.”

After the meeting, the group’s president, Tim Absher, sent an e-mail to some club members offering information about Dotson while acknowledging the club couldn’t officially back a candidate.

Generally, Ohio law prohibits nonprofit organizations from getting involved in campaigns. There are exceptions for public forums and other events when equal time is offered to all candidates.

Dotson’s visit and Absher’s e-mail raised a red flag with two sitting board members, Peg Arnold and Joyce Carter, who feared the move could put the group’s nonprofit status in jeopardy.

“I’m very concerned about making sure we play by the rules,” said Arnold, who sent a message to the club warning about the conflict. Arnold denied rumors she has campaigned at parent teacher organizations in past races.

Allowing only one candidate to speak to the group is unfair, Carter said.

Kim Grant, another candidate, said if Dotson broke the rules she didn’t think he did so maliciously. Candidate Donna Dempsey declined comment.

Dotson said he went to the booster meeting because he was interested in the club and was not campaigning.

“It just came down to talking about football and (club members) concerns,” he said.

Dotson added that he felt Arnold’s letter to club president Absher was “intimidating and threatening.”

Absher said Tuesday if there was an appearance of conflict it was an “innocent mistake on my part.”

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Voter Registration deadline is coming up!!!

If you aren't registered to vote...be sure to do so! Details below.


http://tinyurl.com/yaopknp

Ohio Young Republicans Announcement

Ohio Young Republicans Announces

Ohio Young Republicans State Convention and Election of New Officers


Toledo, Ohio - September 26, 2009 - Young Republicans from all across the state of Ohio convened upon Toledo, Ohio to hold the annual Ohio Young Republican State Convention. During the course of this exciting weekend, attendees were treated to a variety of great speakers and events. The election of new state officers was conducted, and Ryan Johnson was chosen as the new Ohio Young Republican State Chairman. Having more than 30 counties chartered in the State of Ohio, the Ohio Young Republicans are one of the largest federated clubs with the Young Republican National Federation.

As the oldest political youth organization in the United States, the Young Republicans (YRs) have long been an instrumental part to the growth and success of the Republican Party. Through networking and education, YRs are garnering a better understanding of the issues of the day and impacting elections across the country. The organization is comprised of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40.

With the upcoming election in 2010, the Young Republicans will be vital to the success of the Republican candidates across the state of Ohio. Utilizing a variety of outlets, including Facebook and Twitter, the Ohio Young Republicans will make its strategy and vision known. Under Chairman Johnson's leadership, the OYRs are looking forward to producing many victories in 2010 and years to come.

Ryan Johnson, Chairman (Lake Co., OH)

Ryan Johnson is a lifelong resident of Lake County and graduate of Mentor High School. He attended John Carroll University and Lakeland Community College.

He is employed as the Sales Manager for Royal Oak Recycling in Cleveland.

For the past five years he has served as Vice President of the Lake-Geauga Young Republicans.

Since 2007 he has also been the National Committeeman for the Ohio Young Republicans.

He is the former 2nd Vice Chairman of the Lake County Republican Party and sits on their Central Committee.

Ryan currently resides in Concord Township.

The Ohio Young Republicans

State Board

Elected Officers
Chairman - Ryan Johnson, Lake Geauga Cos.
Co-Chairman - Katy Hill, Montgomery Co.
Treasurer - Stacey Disterhof, Greater Cleveland
Secretary - Sarah Spence, Cap City
National Committeeman - Andy Ballard, Belmont Co.
National Committeewoman - Monique Cox-Moore, Stark Co.
Executive Regional Vice-Chair - Zach Upton, Greene Co.
Northwest Regional Vice-Chair - Jeff Simpson, Toledo Area
Northeast Regional Vice-Chair - Roak Zeller, Trumbull/Portage Co.
Central Regional Vice-Chair - Sara Molski, Cap City
Southwest Regional Vice-Chair - David Barger, Darke Co.
Southeast Regional Vice-Chair - Sara Marie Brenner, Delaware Co.

Appointed Staff
Executive Director - Chase Francis, Hancock Co.
Communications Director - Mary Jo Kubicki, Warren Co.
Parliamentarian - Dan Tierney, Cap City
Legal Counsel - Dan Barham, Cap City
Assistant Treasurer - Candice Miller, Greater Cleveland


County Chairman

Ashtabula County - Jason Strong
Belmont County - Andy Ballard
Blue Chip (Greater Cincinnati) - Charlie Norman
Butler County - Michael Oster
Cap City (Franklin Co.) - Dan Barham
Champaign County - Greg Harvey
Darke County - David Barger
Delaware County - Sara Marie Brenner
Fairfield County - Brad Lutz
Greater Cleveland - Joe Amschlinger
Greene County - Zach Upton
Hancock County - Chase Francis
Hardin County - Brad Heckathorne
Harding Area (Crawford, Wyandot, & Marion Counties) - Brian Osborne
Huron County - Alan Furey
Knox County - Tyler Fehrman
Lake Geauga Counties - Don Trivisonno
Lawrence County - Lisa Brown
Licking County - Mike Frazier
Mercer County - Greg Homan
Montgomery County - Rhonda Borgerding
Morrow County - Jeremiah Wagner
Muskingum County - Kristen Hardcastle
Ottawa County - Jennifer Widmer
Perry County - Justin Johnson
Portage/Trumbull Counties - Roak Zeller
Putnam County - Justin Barnhart
Stark County - Monique Cox Moore
Summit County - Matt Timbrook
Toledo Mavericks (Lucas Co.) - Jeff Simpson
Warren County - Desiree Batsche
Wayne County - Matthew Long

Union County - Betty Lassiter

Committee Chairs

Bylaws - Dan Tierney, Cap City
Campaign - George Brown, Greater Cleveland
Credentials - Mary Jo Kubicki, Warren Co.
Finance - Amy Sabeth, Lake-Geauga Co.
Public Relations - Mary Jo Kubicki, Warren Co.
Resolutions - Nick Wahoff, Cap City
Site Selection - Chase Francis, Hancock Co.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

When Bush spoke to school children...

Just in case anyone has forgotten when President Bush spoke to school children and the uproar it caused....


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/When-Bush-spoke-to-students-Democrats-investigated-held-hearings-57694347.html

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Petro not going to run....

thanks to friends at www.rightohio.com for passing this info along...


I have word from credible sources that former Attorney General Jim Petro will not be running for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Petro is simply too busy making piles of money with Stan Chesley, and has even allowed his domain name, JimPetro.com, to expire.

http://www.rightohio.com/2009/07/19/jim-petro-is-not-running-for-chief-justice/

Saturday, August 8, 2009

GOP Looking to Pounce!!

This article was found at www.daytondailynew.com

By Laura A. Bischoff, Staff Writer
6:42 PM Saturday, August 8, 2009
COLUMBUS — After years of being down and out, Ohio Democrats hit a winning streak: capturing the governor’s office and a U.S. Senate seat in 2006, and winning control of the Ohio House and delivering Ohio for Barack Obama in 2008.
But a sour economy, two potentially expensive primaries and internal squabbles could hurt the Democrats going into the 2010 election cycle, according to key people on both sides of the aisle.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern is worried that potentially bitter primaries could hurt the Democrats’ chances in 2010.
“I think primaries tend to ... diminish resources,” he said. “In a period of time when we should be focusing on the other side, we’re looking inward. That’s never helpful for a party.”
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine said, “It gives us a great opportunity. Nobody is handing us anything. We’re not taking anything for granted, but it gives us a great opportunity.”
Here are some of the issues the Democrats face:
• Gov. Ted Strickland’s popularity is tumbling as Ohioans are starting to pin the struggling economy on him. Quinnipiac University polls show 46 percent of Ohio voters approved of Strickland’s job performance as of June, down from 63 percent in February.
• So far, party leaders failed to avoid a costly primary that pits Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner against Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher for U.S. Senate.
• Democrats will have a primary in the secretary of state’s race. Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown — Brunner’s friend — and state Rep. Jennifer Garrison, D-Marietta, are both running.
• Garrison got into the race last week, leaving her House seat vulnerable for the GOP to pick off. The Democrats control the House by a razor-thin four-seat margin.
• Attorney General Richard Cordray is being challenged by well-known former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, who lost his re-election bid in 2006.
• The state party gave Treasurer Kevin Boyce $225,000 — 44 percent of his fundraising — to run for election. His opponent, state Rep. Josh Mandel, R-Lyndhurst, raised $1 million without a check from the GOP.
“We feel very good about Kevin Boyce’s candidacy. We know with some additional attention and resources he’ll be elected to a full, four-year term,” Redfern said. And he added that the party has at least two promising candidates interested in running for Garrison’s seat.
Both parties will make a full-court press for governor, auditor and secretary of state, who each sit on the Apportionment Board, which redraws legislative district lines after the U.S. Census. The political party that controls the Apportionment Board can draw the districts to its advantage for years to come.
“The way things are lining up for 2010, it looks like a pretty competitive election,” said University of Akron political scientist John Green. He added that if the economy still looks grim in the fall of 2010, it could be tough on incumbents.
Contact this reporter

at (614)224-1624 or

lbischoff@DaytonDailyNews.com.




http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/politics/gop-looking-to-pounce-on-democratic-stumbles-241135.html

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kasich event....SUCCESS










What a great event today at Beef O' Brady's with the next Gov. of Ohio, John Kasich! Thanks to all that attended...hope to see everyone again soon.

Enjoy the pictures!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Kasich Update!

Good afternoon everyone!
I know how much you all love to hear from me twice in one day but I wanted to pass along some information about the KASICH MEET AND GREET in Greene County.

The Dayton Daily News will be at the event and has already started publishing articles about our club and the event. http://tinyurl.com/mcjt8j

I hope you are able to attend. Kasich will arrive at Beef O'Brady's at 3:30.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Help us welcome JOHN KASICH!

The Greene County Young Republicans would like to Welcome Candidate for Governor of Ohio, JOHN KASICH, to Greene County.

Please join us on Wednesday August 5th for a Meet and Greet session with JOHN KASICH.

The event will be at Beef O'Brady's in Beavercreek at 3:30 pm.

Lets show John Kasich what a great Republican organization we have in Greene County!

I hope to see you and your friends on Wednesday!

For more information on John Kasich, please visit his website at www.kasichforohio.com

Friday, July 24, 2009

ObamaCare at its best....

This is from an e-mail from a friend...



In case you missed this on Fox, the only station to air it, Obama did propose that the military instruct our soldiers to purchase their own heath insurance.


I don't care what your political views are...you must read this. Another look at our president, unbelievable!!!!

And I just checked Snopes - he did propose this, the ass.


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HERE IS HIS RESPONSE WHEN HE BACKED OFF FROM HIS DECISION TO LET THE MILITARY PAY FOR THEIR WAR INJURIES..........SEND THIS TO EVERYONE TO SHOW JUST WHAT HE THINKS OF OUR MILITARY WHO FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AND GET HURT PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM!!!


Bad press, including major mockery of the plan by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 million annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty.


The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal.


"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained..


"Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.."


"I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country," Obama continued. "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."


DOES HE PAY FOR HIS OWN INSURANCE???? NO, WE DO!!!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Obama is tracking lower than Carter!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/presidential-approval-tracker.htm

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mike DeWine to announce....

MIKE DEWINE WILL ANNOUNCE
HIS INTENTIONS TO RUN FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE AT 10:00 A.M.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009.

ON THE

SECOND FLOOR OF GREENE COUNTY'S COURT HOUSE.

PLEASE COME AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Dinner at the White House...

Once upon a time, I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being scrutinized by the administration, but I paid it no mind. I live in a free country. There's nothing that the government can do to me if I've broken no laws. My wealth was earned honestly, and an invitation to dinner with an American President is an honor.

I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief of Staff, and joined the President in a yellow dining room. We sat across from each other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was embossed on the china. Uniformed staff served our dinner.

The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen.

"Sorry about that," said the President. "Andrew is very hungry."

"I don't appreciate..." I began, but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. It was just a dinner roll. "Of course," I concluded, and reached for my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward, took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp.

"And his brother Eric is very thirsty." said the President.

I didn't say anything. The President is testing my compassion, I thought. I will play along. I don't want to seem unkind.

My plate was whisked away before I had tasted a bite.

"Eric's children are also quite hungry."

With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out from under me. I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and watched as it was carried from the room.

"And their grandmother can't stand for long."

I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be sport for some game. I reached for my coat, to find that it had been taken. I turned back to the President.

"Their grandfather doesn't like the cold."

I wanted to shout- that was my coat! But again, I looked at the placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled. Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and walked to a phone on an elegant side table. I learned shortly that my credit cards had been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied, my retirement and equity portfolios had vanished, and my wife had been thrown out of our home. Apparently, the waiters and their families were moving in. The President hadn't moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the phone into its cradle and turned to face him.

"Andrew's whole family has made bad financial decisions. They haven't planned for retirement, and they need a house. They recently defaulted on a subprime mortgage. I told them they could have your home. They need it more than you do."

My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table and knelt on the floor. The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate his steak and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the small grey circles on the tablecloth that were water drops.

"By the way," He added, "I have just signed an Executive Order nationalizing your factories. I'm firing you as head of your business. I'll be operating the firm now for the benefit of all mankind. There's a whole bunch of Erics and Andrews out there and they can't come to you for jobs groveling like beggars."

I looked up. The President dropped his spoon into the empty ramekin which had been his creme brulee. He drained the last drops of his wine. As the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette and leaned back in his chair. He stared at me. I clung to the edge of the table as if were a ledge and I were a man hanging over an abyss. I thought of the years behind me, of the life I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime of work, risk and struggle. Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board between us.

What had I done wrong?

As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine, and bared a million teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands.

"You should have stopped me at the dinner roll," he said.

Obama's numbers are slipping....

http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

An article from our neighbors to the North...

Canadian insight into the Obama Thing..
What is astounding is that it comes from Canada, a, so far, more left Country than the U.S.

http://www.thecanadianpress.com/about_cp.aspx?id=104

Obama’s White House is Falling Down
By Daniel Greenfield Thursday, June 11, 2009

In the sixth month of his presidency, Obama has turned an economic downturn into an economic disaster, taking over and trashing entire companies, and driving the nation deep into deficit spending expected to pass 10 trillion dollars.

Abroad, Obama seems to have no other mode except to continue on with his endless campaign, confusing speechmaking with diplomacy. It is natural enough that Obama, who built his entire campaign on high profile public speeches reported on by an adoring press, understands how to do nothing else but that.

Ego driven photo op appearances and clueless treatment of foreign dignitaries

While the press is still chewing over Obama’s Cairo speech, this celebrity style coverage ignores the fact that Obama’s endless world tour is not actually accomplishing anything. Instead his combination of ego driven photo op appearances and clueless treatment of foreign dignitaries have alienated many of America’s traditional allies. Those who aren’t being quietly angry at Obama, like Brown, Merkel or Netanyahu, instead think of him as as absurdly lightweight, as Sarkozy, King Abdullah or Putin do.

While his officials carry out their dirty economic deeds, Obama responds to any and every crisis as if it were a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical, with a cry of, “Let’s put on a show.” Thus far Obama has put on “shows” across America, Europe and the Middle East. And what the adoring media coverage neglects to cover, is that Obama’s shows have solved absolutely nothing. They
have served only as high profile entertainment.

Neither alienating America’s traditional allies, through a combination of arrogant bullying and ignorance, nor appeasing America’s enemies, has yielded any actual results. Nor does it seem likely to. Islamic terrorism is not going anywhere, neither are the nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran. While Obama keeps smiling, the global situation keeps growing more grim.

At home, if Obama was elected as depression era entertainment, the charm of his smiles and his constant appearances on magazine covers appear to be wearing thin on the American public. Despite the shrill attacks on Rush Limbaugh or the Republican Enemy of the Weak-- the Democratic party of 2009, is polling a lot like the Republican party of 2008. The Democrats have suddenly become the incumbents, and the only accomplishment they can point to is lavish deficit spending, often on behalf of the very same corporations and causes they once postured against.

The European Union Parliament’s swing to the right cannot be credited to Obama, though doubtlessly some European voters seeing socialist economic crisis management on display in the world’s richest country decided they wanted none of it, but it is part of a general turning against federalism. And Obama’s entire program is dependent on heavily entrenching federalism at the expense of individual and state’s rights. Yet that is precisely his achilles heel with independent voters who are polling against more taxes and expanded government. And no amount of speeches by Obama can wish away his 18 czars or the national debt he has foisted on generation after generation of the American people.

That leaves Obama with a choice between socialism and the independent voter. And thus far he has chosen socialism.

Obama’s tactic of hijacking Bush Administration era policies on the economy and the War on Terror, and exploiting them as trojan horses to promote his own agenda, have left him coping with a backlash from his own party, as well as general Republican opposition.

His Czars are meant to function as the bones in an executive infrastructure accountable to no one, but a lack of accountability isn’t just another word for tyranny, but for incompetence. A functional chain of command is accountable at multiple levels if it is to function effectively. Obama’s White House by contrast is in a state of over-organized chaos, the sort of organized disorganization that undisciplined egotistical leftists naturally create for themselves, complete with multiple overlapping levels of authority and no one in charge but the man at the top, who’s too busy doing other things to actually be in charge.

Dennis Blair as National Intelligence, who collaborated with the Muslim genocide of Christians in East Timor, trying to muscle out the CIA to create his own intelligence network, is typical of the kind of chaos being spawned by every chief in an expanding government bureaucracy working to make sure that all the Indians answer to him. Similarly the National Security Council wrestling with the State Department, highlighted by Samantha Power getting her own specially created NSC position to butt heads with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, illustrates the state of conflict and chaos in American foreign affairs. A state of chaos so pervasive that incompetence has now become commonplace, and no one can even be found to double check the spelling of a Russian word that is meant to be the theme of American’s diplomatic reconstruction with Russia, or to pick out a gift for the visiting British Prime Minister..


Meanwhile on the economy, Obama exploited the ongoing bailouts, transforming them from bailouts into takeovers meant to shift the balance of power in what had been a democracy and socially engineer not only corporations, but the lives of ordinary Americans. But the public’s patience with corporate bailouts is at an end, most Americans were never happy with them to begin with, and want them to end. The death of Chrysler at the hands of Fiat and the UAW might look like a victory in the union ranks, but it doesn’t play too well outside Detroit. And tacking on CAFE standards that will kill the pickup truck and the SUV will badly erode Obama in the swing states, if exploited properly in 2010 and 2012. Despite the constant media barrage, orchestrated out of the White House, the public is growing disenchanted with the performance of Obama and the Democrats.

With unemployment booming and the economy dropping, the jobs aren’t there and the spending is out of control. Republicans today are polling better on ethics and the economy, than the Democrats are. That shows a trend which is likely to register in the mid-term elections in 2010, in the same way that the EU parliamentary elections served as a shock to the system.

In the opposition, Republicans are free to embrace the rhetoric of change, to champion reform and push libertarian ideas about the size and scope of government. In turn all Obama has is his celebrity fueled media spectacle world tour. A charade now serving as a parallel to the depression era entertainment that functioned as escapism in a dour time. But before long, it may be Obama that the American public will want to escape from.


Obama has tried to play Lincoln, Reagan, JFK and FDR-- but in the end he can only play himself, a shallow, manipulative and egotistical amateur who is in over his head, and trying to drag the country down with him. Obama’s White House is falling down and while the flashbulbs are still glittering and the parties are going on in D.C. and around the world, Obama and the Democratic Congress may be headed for a recession of their own.

Friday, June 19, 2009

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

YR's at Habitat for Humanity!

Some of our members recently helped Habitat for Humanity build a home in Xenia.





Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ohio GOPTV

Starring our very own Representative Martin!


Kasich Video

This is easily my favorite video of the year so far.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Psalm 2008-2012


OBAMA IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT.

HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL FACTORIES.

HE RESTORETH MY FAITH IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

HE GUIDETH ME IN THE PATH OF UNEMPLOYMENT.

YEA, THOUGH I WALK THRU THE VALLEY

OF THE BREAD LINE I SHALL NOT GO HUNGRY.

OBAMA HAS ANOINTED MY INCOME WITH TAXES,

MY EXPENSES RUNNETH OVER MY INCOME,

SURELY, POVERTY AND HARD LIVING WILL FOL LOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF HIS TERM.

FROM HENCE FORTH WE WILL LIVE ALL THE DAYS

OF OUR LIVES IN A RENTED HOME WITH AN OVERSEAS LANDLORD.

BUT I AM GLAD I AM AN AMERICAN, I AM GLAD THAT I AM FREE. BUT I WISH I WAS A DOG AND OBAMA A TREE.

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred..
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

.....Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Here's the stats. You make the call.


http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/06/023741.php

A site called Innocent Bystanders is doing the wonderful service of tracking unemployment numbers against the projections that the Obama administration used to justify the $800 billion, pork-laden "stimulus" bill. The Obama administration projected what unemployment would be if the bill was passed, compared to what would happen if there was no "stimulus" package. Unfortunately, reality has taken a quite different turn--unemployment is much worse than the predicted "no stimulus" scenario. In fact, looking at the trend line, it seems obvious that the $800 billion bill has had no impact whatsoever--no positive impact, anyway.

It's not too often that one can declare, on the basis of a single graphic image, that a particular piece of legislation has been a failure, but I think this is such a case
It's not too often that one can declare, on the basis of a single graphic image, that a particular piece of legislation has been a failure, but I think this is such a case.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Speaker VS Speaker

Newt Gingrich, a Republican, served in the House from Georgia from 1978 and
as House Minority Whip in 1989. He was Speaker of the House from 1995 to
1999.

During that time he never made use of military aircraft.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California , is current Speaker of the House.
The Pentagon provides the House speaker with an Air Force plane large enough
to accommodate her staff, family, supporters, and members of the California
delegation when she travels around the country. But, Pelosi wanted routine
access to a larger plane. It includes 42 business class seats, a fully
enclosed stateroom, an entertainment center, a private bed, state-of-the-art
communications system, and a crew of 16. Pelosi wanted "carte blanche for an
aircraft any time", including weekend trips home to San Francisco. Pretty
nice but very expensive perk!

Her Air Force C-32 costs approximately $15,000 an hour or approximately
$300,000 per trip home.

And she has the guts to confront the Big Three CEOs for flying their
corporate jets to Washington!

We haven't heard any comment on Queen Pelosi's snit about having to ride
home in the small private, economy jet that comes with the Speaker's job.
Remember how Madame Pelosi was so aggravated that this little jet had to
refuel while transporting her to California every week? Remember that she
insisted on a luxurious 200-seat jet to fly her to California nonstop,
instead?

Washington legislators who observed the Madame's Big Fat jet grinned with
glee as everyone was informed that Nancy 's luxury Jet will require American
tax payers to buy thousands of gallons of expensive jet fuel every week. She
only works 3 days a week but her gas-guzzler luxury jet flights home, to
California, cost taxpayers $60,000 one way! As Joe noted, 'Unfortunately we
have to pay to bring her back on Monday night,' so there goes another
$60,000.

That is $480,000 per month or an annual cost to taxpayers of $5,760,000. And
she complains about the cost of the war? She could take the smaller jet
which she says would cramp her style -- but since her flying in style takes
precedence over war costs -- what the heck, eh?

Military families in this country do without while this woman, who heads up
the most do-nothing Congress in the history of our country, spends lavishly
to fly herself and associates to and from California every week.

Madame Pelosi expects you and me to conserve our carbon footprint by driving
smaller cars and buying a bicycle pump to over-inflate our tires for better
economy while she and her cohorts waste tax payer dollars.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Next Meeting!

Just wanted to remind everyone that the next meeting of the Young Republicans is Tuesday night at Beef O Brady's. We will start at 7 o'clock. I'm very excited about some of the things we have to discuss and hope everyone can bring a friend!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Some interesting questions....and answers....

http://massdiscussion.blogspot.com/2009/05/one-where-kyle-gets-me-thinking.html

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Taylor Announces Re-Election!

This is a article published online at www.DaytonDailyNews.com


Auditor Taylor to seek re-election, not U.S. Senate seat
By William Hershey | Friday, May 15, 2009, 02:16 PM
State Auditor Mary Taylor well seek re-election next year and not run for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. George Voinovich, according to Greg Gantt, Montgomery County GOP chairman.

Auditor Mary Taylor
The state Republican Central Committee on Friday, May 15, endorsed Taylor for re-election.
Gantt said he was informed of Taylor’s decision earlier in the week and was pleased.
Taylor, however, would not confirm her decision, but issued this statement:
“I appreciate the endorsement of the Ohio Republican State Central Committee and Executive Committee. I will make an official announcement of my intentions for 2010 later next week.”
State GOP offficials, however, had wanted to avoid a primary and were pleased.
“Mary Taylor has done an outstanding job as our state auditor for the last two years, keeping the governor accountable, which is what she’s supposed to do,” said John McClelland, Ohio GOP spokesman.
News of Taylor’s decision followed the announcement on Tuesday, May 12, from Democratic Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper that he’s running for auditor next year.
Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern wasn’t impressed with Taylor’s decision.
“I think if you ask 10 Ohioans who Mary Taylor is, nine wouldn’t know and the tenth wouldn’t return your phone call,” said Redfern. He said the winner in the auditor’s race will be the candidate who works hardest at jobs such as meeting the voters and Pepper “is that kind of candidate.”
The auditor is on the five-member Apportionment Board that will draw new state legislative districts after the 2010 census.
Taylor’s decision avoids a battle with former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area for the GOP Senate nomination. Cleveland-area auto dealer Tom Ganley also has said he plans to seek the nomination.
On the Democratic side, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher are seeking the nomination.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Austria fights Guantanamo!

This is an article that appears at www.DaytonDailyNews.com

Austria introduces bill to bar Guantanamo detainees from Buckeye state
By Jessica Wehrman | Thursday, May 7, 2009, 05:35 PM

U.S. Rep. Steve Austria does not want former prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba sent to Ohio - and he’s introduced a bill to keep it from happening.

Austria, R-Beavercreek, introduced a bill Thursday, May 7, to keep enemy combatants currently housed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from being transferred to prisons in Ohio. The bill also bars the use of federal dollars to build facilities in Ohio to house enemy combatants from Guantanamo.

Austria’s bill -Â cosponsored by U.S. Reps. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, Jim Jordan, R-Urbana and Pat Tiberi, R-Columbus - comes after a handful of lawmakers from other states, including Minnesota and California, introduced similar bills to keep Guantanamo prisoners from being sent to their state.

Austria said he and other members of Congress are worried that President Obama, who promised during the presidential campaign to close Guantanamo, hasn’t crafted a plan for where to send the approximately 245 detainees currently located there.

Obama earlier this year issued an executive order to close the Guantanamo detention center. On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee turned down Obama’s request for about $80 million to move prisoners from Guantanamo because he had yet to release a plan for where he intended to send them.

“I don’t believe Congress should approve the administration’s request for funds until they have a clear plan in place of how they’ll be relocated and where they’ll be relocated that ensures the safety of all Americans,” he said.

This bill is Austria’s first standalone bill since he came to Congress in January, although he has also attached an amendment supporting greater military pay raises to an earlier bill.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mary Taylor finds overlooked Medicaid funds!

Press Release

$122.2 Million in Medicaid Savings Overlooked

April 29, 2009
Columbus - Auditor of State Mary Taylor today said ideas to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Ohio’s Medicaid program and save hundreds of millions of dollars in the process continues to be overlooked by state policy makers at a time when Ohio’s budget is in distress.

Members of the Ohio House disregarded a proposal to implement several recommendations from the Auditor of State’s Medicaid Performance audit with potential savings to Ohio taxpayers of $122.2 million annually.

“I have been asked, ‘What would you cut?’ to solve the state’s budget crisis,” Taylor said. “Since I took office, I have discussed practical solutions and proven practices from the Medicaid Performance audit that could result in hundreds of millions in program savings. Unfortunately my solutions to save tax dollars and make Medicaid more efficient and effective continue to be ignored.”

The proposal, offered as an amendment to the state budget by Representative Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania), includes eight Medicaid performance audit recommendations. Three of those recommendations would result in annual savings of $122.2 million. They are:

Full implementation of a statewide E-prescribing program – $62.2 million
Implementation of a disease management program for certain Medicaid recipients – $54 million
Coordination of benefits for Medicaid recipients who also belong to a private health insurance plan – $6 million
The five remaining recommendations from the Auditor of State’s performance audit would result in improvements to management efficiencies if implemented.

As a state legislator in 2005, Taylor introduced a measure that was included in the state’s biennial budget bill directing the Auditor of State to conduct a performance audit of Medicaid.

The initial performance audit, released in December 2006, provided the incoming administration with 109 recommendations to improve Ohio’s Medicaid program and cut costs without slashing critical services. The original recommendations, if fully implemented, had the potential to save taxpayers more than $400 million annually.

A subsequent Medicaid status report update, released by Taylor in December 2008, identified 54 recommendations – totaling more than $302.8 million – that have not been implemented.

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http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/NewsCenter/Press/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=685

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

3 Dems found guilty of Voter fraud

I wanted to post this article for all those that cast this blog into the fire last year when a "plan" was posted exposing the possibility of voter fraud. Looks like the dems were the only ones to actually commit voter fraud.



3 voting advocates guilty
By Barbara Carmen
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

1 hour ago


Three staff members for Vote Today Ohio, an independent get-out-the-vote organization supporting Barack Obama, pleaded guilty in Franklin County this afternoon to improper voting. The three came to Ohio from states where Obama was likely to win in an effort to swing Ohio's electoral college vote toward their candidate, Judge Charles A. Schneider said. The judge gave all three 60 days in jail but suspended it if they paid a $1,000 fine. He also ordered a year's probation.

The three are Daniel Hausman, 32, and Amy Little, 50, both of New York, and Yolanda Hippensteele, 30, of California. They told the court they had good intentions when they registered to vote and cast ballots the same day in early voting at Veterans Memorial.

"I was paying rent and living full-time in Ohio," Hippensteele told the judge, "I didn't attempt to vote in another state. ... I think it's all a misunderstanding. I have a profound respect for the voting process."

Assistant Prosecutor Brian Simms said the three later tried to rescind their registration and cancel their votes; two were successful. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien had warned visiting campaign staff members that they shouldn't vote here if they didn't plan to stay after the election.

Schneider told the three that "rescinding your request is like giving back the money once you've been caught."

http://mobile.dispatch.com/articles/191344561

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

No Pork for Austria!

Here is an article from the Dayton Daily News. Looks like Congressman Austria is taking a stand against Pork!

No earmark requests for Austria
By Jessica Wehrman | Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 12:06 PM

His predecessor was once referred to as “Porker of the Month” by an anti-earmark watchdog, but if U.S. Rep. Steve Austria aims to fill former U.S. Rep. Dave Hobson’s earmark-securing shoes, he ain’t doing it this year.

U.S. House members were asked to post all their earmark requests on their websites earlier this year. For Austria, R-Beavercreek, it was easy: He hasn’t asked for any earmarks.

Austria spokeswoman Courtney Whetstone said Austria opted not to request any earmarks because of the current economic climate.

As for the rest of the delegation: House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-West Chester, makes it a policy not to request earmarks. U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, asked for three, one in Lima, one in Mansfield and one in Findlay and U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, asked for two, one in Cincinnati and one for a corridor between Cincinnati and Clermont County. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, meanwhile, requested nearly 50, many benefitting Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which also adjacent to Austria’s district.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Upcoming Panel Discussion

Many of you attended the recent Dayton tax day tea party to take a stand against big spending on every level of government. The huge impending deficit and economic death spiral our country is in is quite possibly the biggest and most destructive issue our generation faces. We all agree, the time to take a stand- to make a difference, is now. With one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and pathetic economic situations- Ohio faces huge economic obstacles and it is sure to be the number 1 issue in the 2010 OH elections. However, we have to understand the issues if we're going to change anything. So this is your chance to get a full report on the state of the state of Ohio- on Monday April 27th you are invited to attend a forum discussion with OH House Rep from the 70th district, Jarrod Martin. Rep Martin took office in Jan 09 and hit the ground running with discussion, revision and the passing of the 09 OH State budget. He will be speaking on the Transportation Bill, the General Budget and how it was effected by the money OHIO took from the Economic Stimulus Bill passed. Join fellow YR's from Montgomery and Greene counties at Montgomery Co Republican headquarters at 369 W. First St in Dayton Suite 200 at 7pm.
Come prepared to ask questions and weigh in on our economic future.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Ohio GOP TV

Monday, April 13, 2009

GCYR Upcoming events

Hello all,

Hope everyone is staying dry during these April Showers. Had an excellent meeting last week at Beef O'Brady's. Thanks to everyone who attended and a special thank you to our new members from Bellbrook! Couple of upcoming events to keep in mind....

April 15th : Dayton Tea Party -Please let me know if you are planning to attend.
April 20th : Greene County GOP lunch at Beef O' Bradys beginning at Noon.
May 5th: Next Greene County YR meeting. 7 pm at Beef O'Bradys.

Hope to see everyone at the upcoming events.

"I inhaled. That was the point."- Barack Obama

Zach Upton
GCYR President
www.gcyr.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Representative Martin's new blog!

www.jarrodmartin.blogspot.com

Obama the myth....

Five Obama Myths
In an interesting op-ed, former RNC spokesman Alex Conant concludes that "much of the conventional wisdom about Obama is wrong."

He lists the five biggest misconceptions:


Obama is bold. "Actually, he is overly cautious."
Obama is a great communicator. "Cut away the soaring rhetoric in his speeches, and the resulting policy statements are often vague, lawyerly and confusing."
Obamaland is a team of rivals. "His closest advisers -- those who actually shape his thinking, strategy and policies -- are loyal and, by all accounts, like-minded."
Obama is smooth. "Despite being deliberate, Obama is surprisingly gaffe-prone."
Obama has a good relationship with the media. "Working with the hundreds of reporters who covered the Obama campaign last year, I was struck by how many of them would quietly complain about Obama's borderline disdain for the press."

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2009/03/18/five_obama_myths.html

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Poor thing, needs some sleep.

Here is some foriegn policy we can believe in. I'm not sure if this is the "hope" or "change" policy he laid out for us.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4953523/Barack-Obama-too-tired-to-give-proper-welcome-to-Gordon-Brown.html

Hugo encourages Obama to move to Socialism...

http://www.drudgereport.com/flashco.htm

Monday, March 2, 2009

Doesn't seem real transparent to me...

Gov. Strickland is late for his audit. I thought he ran two years ago on a platform of government transparency???


This is an article from the DaytonDailyNews.com
Auditor Taylor: Strickland tardy in turning over records for audit
By William Hershey | Monday, March 2, 2009, 02:18 PM

Auditor Mary Taylor on Monday, March 2, said she can’t audit the state’s books for the last fiscal year because Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration so far hasn’t turned over the necessary financial records.

Taylor, Ohio’s only Republican statewide executive officeholder, said the delay appears “unprecedented” and calls into question Democrat Strickland’s commitment to being transparent and accountable to the voters.

“How will the governor know where to go fiscally if he doesn’t know where he’s been?” Taylor asked at a press conference at her office.

State Auditor Mary Taylor
The financial records she needs detail how much money the state took in, how the money was spent and how much was on hand on June 30, 2008, the end of the last fiscal year.

Taylor sent a letter to Strickland, House Speaker Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, and Senate President Bill Harris, R-Ashland outlining her concerns. She also sent the letter to William Shkurti, Ohio State University senior vice president and chairman of the State Audit Committee.

Strickland spokeswoman Amanda Wurst said that Strickland was “concerned about the delay and has asked the Office of Budget and Management and other agencies to pull this information together as quickly as possible.”

Taylor said she understands there have been problems with the state’s $158 million OAKS payroll and accounting system but added that her office had been able to pull the data it needed for its audit from the system.

Strickland understands that state agencies are completing their financial reporting with this system for the first time, said Wurst.

“I am aware of the burden of implementing a new accounting system, however, failing to prioritize preparation of financial statements stands in the way of a timely audit and I believe the taxpayers of Ohio deserve nothing less,” Taylor said in the letter.

The auditor also said the lack of an audit on the state’s financial condition could affect the bond rating, which determines how much it costs to borrow money.

If a school district or local government had been this tardy in providing the records, Taylor said she would have declared it “unauditable” which in some cases would have resulted in financial penalties. There is no deadline for the state to provide the financial records for the audit, she said. She said she might discuss establishing such a deadline with the legislature.

Taylor’s letter comes with the current fiscal year set to expire June 30, 2009, and the legislature now working on a new two-year budget in the midst of a major economic slowdown and decline in state revenues.

I WANT A DIVORCE!

This is an e-mail that has been circulating around...

DIVORCE AGREEMENT


Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950's, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way. Here is a model separation agreement:

Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them).

We'll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal aliens. We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks. We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood.

You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks and war protesters.. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.

We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N.. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

We'll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right. We'll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute Imagine, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya or We Are the World.

We'll practice trickle down economics and you can give trickle up poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.

Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you ANWAR which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.


Sincerely,

John J. Wall
Law Student and an American

P.S. Also, please take Barbara Streisand & Jane Fonda with you

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lets recap class...

OBAMA'S TWO-WEEK RECAP

1. The American people elect a black president with a total of 42 days experience as a U S Senator from the most politically corrupt state in America whose governor is ousted from office. The President's first official act is to close Gitmo and make sure Terrorists civil rights are not violated.
2. The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm a black Attorney General, Eric Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo Terrorists.
3. The CIA Boss, Leon Penetta with absolutely no experience, has a daughter Linda we find out, that is a true radical anti-American activist who is a supporter of all the Anti-American regimes in the western hemisphere.
4. We got the most corrupt female in America as Secretary of State; bought and paid for.
5. We got a Tax Cheat for Treasury Secretary who files his own taxes.
6. A Commerce Secretary nominee who withdrew due to corruption charges.
7. A Tax cheat nominee for Chief Performance Officer who withdrew under charges.
8. A Labor Sec'y nominee who withdrew under charges of unethical conduct.
9. A Sec'y HHS nominee who withdrew under charges of cheating on his taxes.

And that's just the first two weeks . . . but who's counting.
America is being run by the modern-day Three Stooges ~ Barrack, Nancy , and Harry ~ and they are still trying to define stimulus.
Stimulus is where the government gives a smidgen of your tax dollars back to you making you feel so good about yourself [stimulated] that you want to run out to Wal-Mart and buy a new Chinese-made HDTV and go home and watch Telemundo!

Bush was right all along...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

No guys, really no rush....

President Obama has spent weeks trying to rush congress to pass some sort of stimulus bill. Now that congress has passed it, President Obama has taken the weekend off. Sounds like a hurry up and wait situation to me...

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02152009/news/nationalnews/whats_the_rush__155255.htm

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Obama's new Tax Plan

Would Create Budget Surplus, Experts Believe

President Barack Obama is mulling a controversial new tax program that would require members of his Cabinet to pay taxes owed under the Federal tax code, the White House confirmed today.
While the unorthodox tax proposal is reportedly "only in the planning stages," it is being eyed as a possible way to balance the Federal budget.
"According to projections, if members of the Cabinet actually paid their taxes, we could wind up with a budget surplus in excess of $18.2 billion," said Obama economic adviser Paul Volker.

Mr. Volker said he strongly favored the plan, but added, "Fortunately for me, I'm not officially in the Cabinet." But imposing taxes on Cabinet members may be easier said than done, critics of the plan warn. "Remember, these people are not used to paying taxes," said one White House source. "They are going to be hopping mad about this."

Another wrinkle in the plan is how the taxes would actually be collected, with President Obama reportedly favoring a cash-at-the-door entry fee for every Cabinet meeting.
"If they don't have the money, they don't get in," said the source. "They're not going to be able to just sail into the White House for free like the Jonas Brothers."

When told of Mr. Obama's plan to make his Cabinet members pay taxes, Fmr. Sen. Tom Daschle responded, "Whew! Sounds like I dodged a bullet."

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Portman announces new Campaign Manager!

www.RobPortman.com



PORTMAN FOR SENATE HIRES LEADING POLITICAL STRATEGIST AS CAMPAIGN MANAGER

Cincinnati, Ohio - Rob Portman announced today that he has hired leading political strategist Bob Paduchik as his campaign manager. Paduchik will begin his new role with Portman for Senate on February 7.

"Bob is a star in Ohio politics. He's one of the most successful political strategists in Ohio and a high integrity guy who is well respected across the board. I am honored that after all of the successful races he has managed in Ohio that he is joining our team as campaign manager," said Portman. "This will be a hard fought contest and we need the best team that we can put on the field."

"Making Rob Portman Ohio's next Senator is critically important to the future of Ohio and to the nation," said Paduchik. "I'm proud to be a part of Rob's campaign which has already secured an unparalleled level of grassroots support."

Bob is leaving his current role as a strategic public affairs consultant to assume the campaign manager position for Portman for Senate.

Over the last twenty years, Bob has earned extensive experience in Ohio politics, most notably delivering the battleground state as the Ohio Campaign Manager for President George W. Bush's reelection. He has also worked on several successful Gubernatorial and Congressional campaigns.

Bob also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Intergovernmental, External & Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy in 2001.

Bob is a native of Tallmadge, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Akron. He and his wife, Amanda, and their two children will relocate to Columbus, Ohio.

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Paid for by Portman For Senate Committee.
www.RobPortman.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Way to go Congressman Austria!

Our own Congressmen is working hard for us. One of the Ohio Republicans to stand against the Stimilus package...

http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/01/28/stimulus.html?sid=101

Obama misses an important event...

I'm not sure if this was the type of change he implied but this is the change we got.

Let me know if you see this in any printed newspapers...

Obama Snubs Nation's Heroes, Becomes the First President to Skip Ball Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients in Over 50 Years

Barack Obama may have stumbled over his words briefly during his inauguration, but he made an even bigger blunder later Tuesday evening. The newly sworn-in President opted not to appear at what should have been one of the most important Balls on his agenda that evening - The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball.
The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball was begun in 1953 for President Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration. The event recognized recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. There were 48 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance, who were undoubtedly disappointed by the Commander-in-Chief's failure to show. Over the past 56 years and 14 inaugurations, no President has skipped this event - until now.
The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball is sponsored by the American Legion, and co-sponsored by 13 other veteran's service organizations, including those such as the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Instead of attending this ball honoring our nation's heroes, Obama was busy making stops at 10 other official balls. Obama and his wife's first stop was at the Neighborhood Ball. From there they went to the Home State Ball for Illinois and Hawaii, the Commander-in-Chief Ball, the Youth Inaugural Ball, and the Home State Ball for Delaware and Pennsylvania. They finished off the night with brief appearances at the Mid-Atlantic, Western, Midwest, Eastern, and Southern regional Balls.
Celebrities were a plenty at the balls, with Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Mary. J. Blige, Faith Hill, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, will.i.am, Sting, Mariah Carey, and Leonardo DiCaprio in attendance at the Neighborhood Ball. In addition, the other nine balls also featured a star-studded lineup including Kanye West and Kid Rock at the Youth Ball, Marc Anthony at the Western Ball, and Cheryl Crow at the Western Ball.
It was the party without all of the celebrities that Obama skipped. The very people who he sought to have support him during his candidacy and campaign, who have fought to protect this country, were snubbed in favor of publicity and the opportunity to rub shoulders - yet again - with the out-of-touch Hollywood elite.

A Letter from Jarrod Martin...

Dear Friends,

As you know, Governor Strickland gave his State of the State
Address before a joint session of the Ohio General Assembly. The
Governor addressed many of the issues facing Ohio.

I applaud the Governor's efforts and look forward to reviewing the
details of his proposals once we receive the budget next Monday. I
have attached the text of the Governor's address for your review.

The text may also be reviewed online at: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/x1086113744/Text-of-Ohio-Gov-Ted-Stricklands-State-of-the-State-address

Please feel free to share your thoughts on the Governor's proposals
with me by e-mail at: district70@ohr.state.oh.us


Sincerely;

Jarrod


Jarrod B. Martin
State Representative
70th House District

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Interesting numbers

http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2009/01/voinovich-retirement-blessing-in.html


Just something to look at.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jobless rates highest in 22 years

The Dayton Daily News reported this morning that the amount of people not working in Ohio is the highest in 22 years. In 2006 Gov. Strickland ran on a platform that he was going to fix Ohio's economy...guess we will still have to wait for those campaign promises.

On a side note, does anyone know who the Governor of Ohio was 22 years ago? Thats right Dick Celeste, the last democrat governor to serve in Ohio. Anyone else seeing a trend?

http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2009/01/23/ddn012309jobsweb.html

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Obama's BlackBerry

This is something I can almost agree with Obama on. I wouldn't want to give up my cell phone either. Think about it, no cell phone, no e-mail, no text messages. I would put up a fight too if I were in his position.


Obama not giving up BlackBerry without a fight
Posted: 11:54 AM ET


From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Obama is finding it difficult to give up his BlackBerry.
(CNN) — Barack Obama faces a host of challenges when he assumes the Oval Office later this month, but the hardest personally for the president-elect might just be relinquishing his cherished BlackBerry.

Those who follow Obama on a regular basis know the president-elect is constantly on the addictive e-mail device. But the Secret Service, as well as Obama lawyers, are concerned it could easily be hacked and are demanding the new president hand over the BlackBerry before he moves into the White House.

But in an interview with CNBC Wednesday, Obama made clear he's not giving it up without a fight.

"They're going to pry it out of my hands," the president-elect said.

"You know, this town's full of lawyers. I don't know if you've noticed…and they have a lot opinions. And so I'm still in a scuffle around that, but it–look, it's the hardest thing about being president. How do you stay in touch with the flow of everyday life," he added.

The Secret Service also made President Bush give up e-mail when he assumed the presidency, and former President Clinton, during whose term e-mail became widely-used, sent a grand total of two e-mails while president — one as a test to see if it worked and the second to former Sen. and astronaut John Glenn before he went back into space in 1998.

But in the interview Wednesday, Obama suggested keeping his BlackBerry is one way he could stay connected to the real world.

"I've got to look for every opportunity to do that – ways that aren't scripted, ways that aren't controlled, ways where, you know, people aren't just complimenting you or standing up when you enter into a room, ways of staying grounded," he said.


http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/01/08/obama-not-giving-up-blackberry-without-a-fight/

President of the Rotary?

In this article Chris Redfern compares being chair of the Ohio GOP to being President of the Rotary Club. "Somebody's got to do it". Is that a swipe at the Rotary Club? I'd like to see a new group emerge. "Rotarians against Redfern".

This article appears on the Dayton Daily News website on 1/17/2009.

Kevin DeWine takes over as Ohio GOP chairman
The former state representative is the first state party leader from the area since before The Great Depression.
By William Hershey

Staff Writer

Saturday, January 17, 2009

COLUMBUS — It wasn't so long ago when Ohio Republicans, led by their 69-year-old chairman, were stumping for a 72-year-old presidential candidate and gearing up for a 2010 U.S. Senate race with a 72-year-old incumbent.

In a flash, those days are gone.

Friday, Jan. 16, capped a week of generational change for the Ohio GOP. First, Sen. George Voinovich announced he wouldn't seek re-election in 2010, opening the door to former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, 53, who quickly jumped into the race and racked up enough endorsements to emerge as the frontrunner. Then on Friday, the party's central and executive committee unanimously elected Fairborn's Kevin DeWine, 41, as state chairman. DeWine replaces Bob Bennett, who began leading the party when Barack Obama was still a community organizer in Chicago. DeWine becomes the first state GOP chairman from this area since Arthur Nixon of Dayton in 1928-29.

At the committee's meeting in suburban Columbus, DeWine praised Bennett's nearly 21-year tenure, which included GOP wins for all statewide executive offices in three straight elections — 1994, 1998 and 2002.

But Republican fortunes plummeted in 2006 and 2008, and DeWine wasted no time calling for a fresh start for a party led in the 2008 election by an aging standard bearer, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

"Going forward, we must be brutally honest with ourselves," said DeWine, a former four-term Ohio House member. "The last four years have not been grand for the Grand Old Party. In many ways, the party of Lincoln too often has been divided against itself."

DeWine said it's tempting to look for the "next Ronald Reagan," but the party instead should look to candidates such as Louisiana's Republican governor Bobby Jindal, Portman and Ohio state Auditor Mary Taylor. All are at least a generation younger than McCain and Voinovich.

In his luncheon speech, Portman also looked to the future, even putting together a potential GOP ticket for 2010, adding Taylor, state Sen. Jon Husted, former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine — Kevin's cousin — and former U.S. Rep. John Kasich to a list obviously including himself.

Republicans, Portman said, are "hungry for change."

"They want to take this state back," he said.

Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said he doesn't envy DeWine. "I suppose being the new chairman of the Republican Party in Ohio is kind of like being president of the Rotary Club," he joked. "Somebody's got to do it."

But Redfern added that the new chairman shouldn't be taken lightly.

"It's a passing of the torch," he said. "I understand as Democrats we've got to work that much harder."


Contact this reporter at

(614) 224-1608 or

whershey@DaytonDailyNews.com.