The Minimum Wage Poison Pill

As we approach the 2014 General Election, with president Barack Obama set to occupy the White House for two more years, the stakes are higher than ever. As usual, Democrats across the country focus on phony issues, such as a Republican “War on Women,” the widening income gap between the rich and the non-rich, and bogus claims of being champions of the middle class.

In terms of domestic policy, they express support for the “middle class,” while doing everything in their power to turn America into a two-class society: the very rich… whose wealth they only wish to plunder… and the very poor, who, in return for an endless array of government handouts, will be expected to do nothing more than to pull the Democrat lever on Election Day.

In foreign affairs, they express outrage over the gruesome crimes of radical Islam… such as the recent beheading of an Oklahoma City woman by a radical Muslim co-worker… yet they oppose any and all effort at what they see as “racial profiling.” They find moral equivalency between the anti-Christian genocide of radical Islam throughout the Middle East, and the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic in years past.

They express support for high quality public education, but the teachers unions… who own a controlling interest in the Democrat Party… dictate that Democrats oppose any and all voucher proposals, causing the greatest damage to the hopes of minority parents who want to see their children receive a quality education. They ignore the fact that throwing more money at public schools does nothing to increase the quality of a public school education. Instead, at the behest of the teachers unions, they demand that class sizes be reduced, that new school buildings be constructed, and that teacher salaries be increased… all the while regaling their low-information voter base with the cynical lie that Republicans want to “cut benefits to kids.”

They express a desire for the budget discipline of the 1990s… a direct result of Ronald Reagan’s “trickle down” economic policies and the election of a Republican Congress… and they support the notion of cutting the deficit in half, while supporting every new spending scheme hatched by liberal social planners. (In their 2000 platform, they announced that Democrats would entirely eliminate the public debt by the year 2012. Clearly, they had not heard of Barack Obama.)

While expressing a desire to curb the influence of lobbyists, they attempt to convince low-information voters that Republican administrations are dominated by lobbyists for business interests. Yet, no previous administration has been as heavily staffed and influenced by special interests as is the Obama administration. And while they express strong support for an electoral system that is “accessible, auditable, and accurate,” they insist that every attempt to curb vote fraud is nothing more than a Republican scheme to oppress the black vote.

On the healthcare front, they express a desire to provide healthcare insurance for 30-40 million uninsured, to improve the access to and quality of healthcare for all Americans, to substantially reduce the cost of healthcare for everyone, and to do it all without increasing the number of doctors, nurses, and hospitals. Like president Barack Obama, they see no contradictions in any of this. These are obviously people who would promise, with a straight face, that they could stuff 10 lb. of (excrement) into a 5 lb. Bag. All we need to do to make these magical things happen is to elect more Democrats to public office.

Democrats want to use the tax code to discourage the outflow of jobs overseas. Yet they have no problem with the fact that the United States has the highest corporate tax rate of any developed nation. They express a desire to cut taxes for every working family, including those who pay no federal or state income tax, but they exclude tax relief for the “millionaires” who are expected to provide good-paying jobs for the poor and the middle class.

And finally, while fast food workers go on strike demanding a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, a 107 percent increase, Democrats prescribe a poison pill for the U.S. economy with a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage standard from $7.25 cents per hour to $10.10 per hour a 39.3 percent increase. In doing so, they scoff at studies which show that, for each 10 percent increase in the minimum wage, 1-2 percent of jobs in the nation simply go away. For unskilled entry-lever workers, each 10 percent increase in the minimum wage results in a decrease of 4-5 percent in the number of entry-level jobs available… the jobs most often held by teens, the poor, and the unskilled.

According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a majority of those who worked at minimum wage jobs in 2013 were 24 years old, or younger, while only 0.8 percent, less than one in a hundred, of those 24 years old, or older, work for a minimum wage.

Minimum wage increases are major job-killers. According to a 2014 report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, an increase in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour would reduce the total number of jobs available by approximately 500,000. For the most part, these are the jobs currently held by all those fast food workers who fill the streets, demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage. And if those who clamor for a $15 per hour minimum wage are anxious to learn what happens to a job market with a minimum wage of that magnitude, they won’t have to wait long. In early June 2014, the Seattle city council voted to increase the minimum wage in that city to $15 per hour, the highest in the nation.

A report by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) tells us that, of every dollar of revenue coming into restaurant cash registers, approximately 33 percent goes to salaries and wages. The remainder of that dollar of revenue goes to cover the cost of food and beverages, other costs of doing business, and a small net profit for the owner. According to NRA statistics, the profit margin of restaurants varies, depending on the size of the average check per patron. Those with average checks under $15 per person… e.g., McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc… produce average profit margins of 3 percent, while those with checks of $15 to $24.99… e.g., The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, The Cheesecake Factory, etc… produce profit margins of roughly 3.5 percent, the highest in the industry.

According to a recent report by Gingrich Productions, a good measure of the impact of minimum wage laws can be found in the European experience. Among those countries with no minimum wage… Austria, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland… the median unemployment rate is just 5.2 percent, while the median jobless rate stands at 11.1 percent in countries with minimum wage laws… more than twice that of those without minimum wage laws.

But there is a much larger issue than the question of whether we should have a statutory minimum wage of $10.10 or $15 per hour… an issue that Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are not anxious to talk about. I refer to the question that more and more minimum wage workers are asking themselves, which is, “Why should I work 40 hours a week at $10.10 per hour, when I can earn more by staying at home and living off the public dole?”

A 2013 Cato Institute study tells us that, in 33 states and the District of Columbia, welfare benefits pay more than the current $7.25 per hour, while in 13 states, welfare benefits pay more than $15 per hour. In Hawaii, for example, the pre-tax “salary” of stay-at-home welfare recipients is $60,590 per year, or $29.13 per hour when compared to a 40-hour work week, while in Washington, DC, the hourly rate for just staying at home is $24.43 per hour. At the lower end of the spectrum among states where sloth is more lucrative than honest toil, the hourly rate for stay-at-home welfare recipients in South Carolina is $10.53 per hour… 43 cents more than the $10.10 minimum wage proposed by Democrtats.

So what do we do to fix the problem?

Instead of catering cynically to the poorest of the poor as a political constituency, as Democrats do, we should be asking exactly how an individual in this, the land of opportunity and economic freedom, can still be working at a minimum wage job when he/she is 24 years old, or older. That circumstance can only be explained by pointing out that a great many people simply make very bad choices in their lives.

But Democrats are clearly more interested in purchasing a “nanny state” constituency than they are in doing what is necessary to really help people lift themselves out of poverty. As one writer, Charles M. Blow, has said, “Much of what happens in Washington occurs at the intersection of political advantage and earnest intentions.”

What is clear is that we cannot perpetuate a system in which it is more lucrative to take a welfare check than it is to earn an honest living. In order to throw off the bonds of that insanity our options are only two. First, one might ask, why not raise the minimum wage to $25 or $30 per hour so that those who work can earn more than those who don’t, or won’t? The answer is, a $25 or $30 minimum wage would literally wreck whatever is left of our fragile economy and price us completely out of world markets.

The one remaining option is to do what we did in the mid-90s when a Republican-controlled Congress forced a Democrat president, Bill Clinton, to sign what was called “welfare-to-work” legislation, requiring those on public assistance to also find honest employment. The country experienced real economic growth, balanced budgets, and a pay-down in the national debt.

The choice is ours. What was done in the 1990s can be done again. But in order to do that we must first have a president who understands at least a “smidgen” about the intricacies of the U.S. economy. That means that our first priority must be to rid ourselves of Barack Obama, sending him back to his Kenyan roots where he can actually learn a thing or two about micro-economics.

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‘Ringing Hollow and Phony’ Senator Bill Nelson Plays King Canute

The ancient King of England, Denmark, Norway and “some Swedes” was King Canute (985-1035 AD).  Modern writers have ascribed to him a story in which he took his courtiers down to the sea and in a fit of royal arrogance, commanded the tide to not come in and soil his regal boots. The tide won.

On Thursday, Florida’s Democrat Senator Nelson and others tried in a modern equivalent, to repeat old King Canute’s famous act by standing amongst the newly installed tidal pumps and pipes of Miami Beach and in effect commanding the tides to stand back. This time, though, the pumps worked well and many areas of Miami normally with inches of water on the roads were bone dry. King Canute would have proved his point as well a thousand years ago if he had Nelson’s pumps and a sea wall surrounding him!

The occasion was during one of many so-called “king tides,” and was a convenient backdrop for Senator Nelson to continue to spread the myth of manmade climate change while stumping for Charlie Christ and dissing his Republican opponent, current Florida Governor Rick Scott.

King tides are the result of a natural alignment of the Sun, Moon and the Earth that maximizes the gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans thereby making tides higher than normal. In any case, the $15 million spent on the equipment to cure the problem worked just fine. That’s it. Problem solved! Hat’s off to the city engineers for fixing a problem that politicians, mostly Democrats like President Obama, Senator Nelson and candidate Crist have wasted $30 billion of taxpayer money trying to solve.

So here we are in Southeast Florida at “ground zero” for climate change. According to the Democrats and major environmental organizations, this is the most sensitive spot in the United States to sea level rise – the primary ill-effect of CO2 emissions. Yet, supposedly the worst effects of man’s industrial CO2 output has been cured with only $15 million worth of good plumbing and a few talented civil engineers.

The scare tactics of Senator Nelson, Charlie Crist and others in the Democrat party that Miami Beach flooding is but a sign of things to come, continues to ring hollow and phony.  The reasons are widely available for those who deal in facts and not political correctness. Here they are:

First, global warming (a.k.a. climate change), the nemesis for all global coastal regions, actually ended eighteen years ago, by one measurement. That’s right folks. THERE IS NO GLOBAL WARMING! Second. Not only has global warming ended, but the Earth’s oceans and atmospheres have been COOLING for roughly eleven years! Third and most important, the Sun has gone into a once-every-206 years ‘solar hibernation’ which ALWAYS, brings record cold climate lasting for decades. Fourth, with these solar cold cycles also come our worst earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, making the cold eras even more destructive to crops, livestock, and people. Fifth, this normal natural cycle will bring much colder oceans and shrinking sea levels for decades. By 2030 we should be at the same sea level we were in 1810! Please tell all you know – THERE IS NO THREAT TO ANYONE FROM SEA LEVEL RISE CAUSED BY MANKIND’s CO2!

What does all this mean? It means that we have been deceived by our leaders who wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. It means we have been conned by local, state, and federal officials and corrupt scientists using bad climate science as a tool for achieving political objectives.

This sad era in the history of the US is fortunately coming to a close as the Sun’s hibernation cuts back on the energy by which it warms us, bringing a long, potentially dangerous cold epoch. In the past, these solar events have brought massive global crop failures, social upheaval, and loss of life.

Here are our choices, for the elections in November, if not the rest of our lives. We can believe in the omnipotent, greenhouse gas politicians of today as in the story of the arrogant King Canute. Or, we can believe in honest, objective climate science and natural cycles.

How will you chose?

Democrat Governor: Legalizing Pot Was ‘Reckless.’ A New Study Proves Him Right [+Video]

The top Democrat in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper, said Monday during a gubernatorial debate that legalizing marijuana in Colorado was “reckless.” His Republican opponent, Bob Beauprez, agreed.

According to The Huffington Post, Hickenlooper said, “I think for us to that that [legalize recreational use] without having all the data, there is not enough data, and to a certain extent you could say it was reckless.”

Hickenlooper is right and wrong.

He is certainly correct, and gets credit for admitting that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado was reckless. As we have shown hereherehere and here, the negative social costs are proof positive that this radical experiment is not only reckless, but dangerous.

But Hickenlooper is wrong that there is “not enough data.”

As former Obama administration drug policy expert Kevin Sabet has said, the trope that marijuana is harmless and non-addictive is a myth. His book, “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana,” is a must-read for anyone who actually wants “the data.”

But now there’s even more “data.”

pot in bottles

Marijuana and cannabis-infused products are displayed for sale at a marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado. Source: AP.

A definitive study published this week by the Journal of Addiction by professor Wayne Hall of Kings College London shows that marijuana is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and is a gateway drug to other illegal dangerous drugs.

Hall’s research, conducted over the past 20 years, confirms what other studies have shown:

  • Regular adolescent marijuana users have lower educational attainment than non-using peers;
  • Those users are more likely to use other illegal drugs;
  • Adolescent use produces intellectual impairment;
  • It doubles the risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia;
  • And, not surprisingly, increases the risk of heart attacks in middle-aged adults.

Hickenlooper’s warning to other states should be heeded. Legalizing marijuana is reckless, no matter what the pot pushers say to the contrary.

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Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land Remembers when times were good in pre-Obama Michigan

Ultra-liberal Democrat Congressman Gary Peters who is running for U.S. Senate Michigan is an Obama agenda enforcer.

Whenever someone made their initial lie bigger, my late mom would say they added yeast to it. Not only did Gary Peters parrot Obama’s infamous lie that if you like your doctor and healthcare plan you can keep them, Peters added yeast to Obama’s insidious deception by telling Michigan families that Obamacare would strengthen Medicare and lower costs.

In typical Obama regime cold callous political-agenda-over-human-life fashion, Peters says he would vote for the exact same Obamacare bill. Folks, people are going through hell because of Obamacare — Cancer patients losing trusted doctors who saved their lives and millions have lost healthcare plans that they loved.

Rest assured, a vote for Peters is a vote for Obama’s War on America as founded and continuing the same liberal Democrat policies which have brought down Michigan. I will be polite and not rant about the mess liberal Democrat policies have made of Detroit. Folks, these people, the Democrats, are pathetic.

After six years of Obama’s failed Murphy’s Law presidency, this guy is still out there trying to fire up audiences with his old “Hope and Change” line. The last thing that this unconscionable conman and his minions such as Peters want is real hope and real change. What Obama and company really strives to maintain is their same-old failed destructive Democratic Party policies.

Every time a Republican dares to seriously address the issues that have been destroying Michigan for years and seeks to implement common sense solutions, they are vilified; called racist, sexist and so on. You know the drill. Low-info voters believe the lies and vote again for the same Democrats responsible for creating the mess. It truly is sickening.

Along with everything else that is on the decline in Michigan, black youths are murdering each other in record numbers.

Meanwhile, Obama, the Democrats and Rep. Peters continue to snuggle together riding the huge elephant in Michigan’s living room that is causing all the problems; political correctness.

So, if you wish to support the continuing decline of Michigan, vote for Obama’s homeboy, Gary Peters. His name is spelled P-E-T-E-R-S.

But folks, Republican Terri Lynn Land who is running against Peters for U.S. Senate Michigan remembers.

Terri Lynn Land remembers a time when Michigan was first. First in industry. First in innovation. First in creative ideas which prospered America.

Terri Lynn remembers that Michigan’s strong middle class helped build this country.

A dark cloud of policies out of Washington in recent years have made Michigan’s glory days a distant memory. Irresponsible spending has residents overtaxed. Absurd regulations choke innovation and investment.

Energy restrictions have increased gas and electric costs for Michigan families and businesses.

Michigan’s middle class was hurt by unfair trade deals. Obama’s open border has depressed wages and taken away good-paying jobs.

Michigan families need and deserve a senator who will fight to restore Michigan to its rightful place, first. Terri Lynn promises to do just that.

Terri Lynn Land remembers. 

Enthusiasm Is With Republicans in Massachusetts

BOSTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In an Emerson College Polling Society/WGBH News poll released today, John Chapman (R), candidate for Congress in the Massachusetts 9th  Congressional District, has a five point lead (45%-40%) over incumbent William Keating (D). The poll has Charlie Baker (R) extending his lead to five points (45% to 40%) over Martha Coakley (D) in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race.

Voters were asked if they were more or less enthusiastic about this year’s election than previous elections and it appears that the Republican candidates are attracting the more enthused voters with 56% voting for Chapman compared to 31% who chose Keating. Baker’s supporters are also expressing more excitement. Among those who support Baker, 58% are more enthusiastic about the upcoming election, compared to only 34% of Coakley supporters.

When asked which issue would most influence their vote for governor, 31% chose job creation followed by healthcare (20%), education (14%), and taxes (11%).

Issues play a significant role in candidate preferences, with those who find taxes most important supporting Baker over Coakley 77% to 6%. On job creation, his margin over Coakley is 51% to 37%. Voters who prioritize education and healthcare prefer Coakley, 58% to 39% and 52% to 38%, respectively.

In the heavily Democratic Commonwealth, GOP candidates must take nearly a 2:1 vote margin among Independents in order to secure victory. Chapman holds a solid lead (54% to 28%) among unaffiliated voters and Baker is ahead of Coakley 56% to 25%.

Coakley has a slight lead with women voters (44% to 42%) and Chapman is tied with Keating 39% to 39% among females. Conversely men appear to be lining up with Republicans as Chapman holds a 10 point lead and Baker has a 14 point lead among males.

President Obama holds a favorable rating statewide 51% to 43%, but within the 9th district his image is reversed, with only a 37% favorable rating and a 58% unfavorable opinion.

Keating has higher overall name recognition than Chapman; however, his favorability is only 35%, to 42% unfavorable. Chapman is less well known, but more well liked. His favorability is at 36% to 15% unfavorable.

Baker also holds a favorability ratio of 53% to 35%, while Coakley’s ratings are 46% favorable, 49% unfavorable.

Voters are split on who will win with 43%, picking Baker and 42% picking Coakley. However the supporters of each candidate have doubts about the outcome. Of Baker’s supporters, 78% think Coakley will win, while 68% of Coakley supporters think Baker will win.

Baker, who was raised in Needham and lives in Swampscott, draws support from both areas. He holds a 14-point lead over Coakley (57% to 33%) on the North Shore, and is ahead by 6-points in Norfolk and Suffolk counties. Coakley’s biggest advantage (43% to 31%) is the Worcester/West region.

Chapman enjoys greatest support in Barnstable County and the Islands, where he leads 48% to 38%, and is up by 6 points in Plymouth County. Keating fares best in Bristol County, where he has a 4-point edge. Despite Chapman’s strong showing, 47% of voters expect Keating to win, while only 22% expect Chapman to triumph.

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These Emerson College Polling Society polls were conducted October 6-7The polling sample for the gubernatorial race consisted of 500 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/-4.33%, and the sample for the 9th District Congressional District consisted of 370 likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 5.25%. Both surveys have a 95% confidence level, and were conducted using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The full methodology and results can be found at www.theecps.com.

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GOP Selling Out on Homosexuality: Carl DeMaio Target of “Tactical Vote”

Speaker Boehner to hold fundraiser Saturday for ‘proud gay” candidate who backs homosexual “marriage” and abortion rights. San Diego Pro-Family Coalition Urges ‘Defensive Tactical Vote’ Against Carl DeMaio, Openly Homosexual Activist Republican Congressional Candidate.

Carl DeMaio (right) with his homosexual love, Johnathan Hale.

Carl DeMaio (right) with his homosexual love, Johnathan Hale.

Folks, the internecine war in the Republican Party between social conservatives and libertarians who want to abandon abortion and homosexuality as major issues in the Party is bubbling to the surface. The following is an open letter signed by some leading Christian pro-life and pro-family advocates in San Diego–most notably pastor Jim Garlow, who led the victorious 2008 campaign for California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative defending marriage. The letter urges concerned  San Diego Christians to cast a “tactical vote” against openly homosexual Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, who supports homosexuality-based “marriage” and abortion rights. DeMaio’s campaign TV ad declaring himself a “proud gay American” who eschews “divisive social agendas” (even as he embraces them) is below [more analysis follows beneath video]:

All across America, GOP leaders are walking away from or downplaying the Party’s principled pro-family and pro-life platform. Their assumption is that this will help the Party win “moderate” votes and hence elections–a plan that didn’t work out so well for 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney (who, among other dubious stances, came out for open homosexuals in the Boy Scouts). The message from GOP elites in Washington is loud and clear: social issues are a drag on the Party; ignore them to win. But few Republican big shots seem to consider this relevant political question: how many social conservatives will walk away from the GOP or simply not vote–or be far less energized to volunteer for and fund a given GOP campaign–than they would be had a well-rounded social conservative been nominated?

This is precisely what is happening in San Diego. [See this Barbwire story to learn how the San Diego GOP endorsed and favored DeMaio in the Republican primary.]

Speaker of the House John Boehner will be raising funds for DeMaio Saturday. This piece in The Hill newspaper describes the GOP’s posture of backing homosexual candidates:

Last December, Boehner shot down calls for the NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] to abandon gay GOP candidates, arguing the party needed to make better inroads with gays, women and minorities following the party’s poor showing in the 2012 election.

Through his various fundraising committees, Boehner has donated the maximum $14,000 to both DeMaio and [openly homosexual GOP Massachusetts congressional candidate Richard] Tisei this cycle, records show. The NRCC also is spending big in those races, pouring $2.3 million to help DeMaio in his bid to unseat freshman Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.). It’s spending another $1 million to prop up Tisei’s campaign against Democratic nominee Seth Moulton, who ousted Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) in the primary.

“Our decisions on the Republican nominees we support will not be based on race, gender or sexual orientation, but will be based on the strength of their candidacy and their ability to defeat Democrats,” NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said.

Morally and spiritually speaking, the GOP’s new openness to homosexuality and abortion tears at the soul of principled Christians who otherwise would be naturally inclined to vote Republican. These are moral Truth voters whose first allegiance is to God–and who are grieved to watch a Party that claims to be “pro-family” and pro-God tolerate–and then champion–candidates espousing social evils like sodomy-based “marriage” and abortion-on-demand. God does not support Republican-backed homosexuality any more than He does the common Democratic variety. Sin is sin.

[See this recent speech by Gov. Mike Huckabee assailing the GOP abandonment of traditional marriage as an issue.]

From FOX News icon Brit Hume prematurely and perhaps wishfully (as a loyal Republican drinking the Kool-aid) declaring this week that the same-sex “marriage” issue is over as a political issue–to Michigan’s Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger accepting $50,000 from “gay” activist financier Tim Gill, the GOP’s capitulation on homosexuality is accelerating. AFTAH is non-partisan, so we do not get involved in elections. But we do report trends, and the GOP trend of watering down or abandoning key moral principles–and selling its soul for “gay”-friendly campaign cash–has the very real potential to drive millions of people of faith from the Party. – Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH.org; Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera

Open letter reprinted from “Republicans & Independents for Scott Peters“:

Defensive Tactical Voting: Which candidate will do the least harm?

As you prepare to vote: 

Christian conservatives face a moral dilemma in a key San Diego election race.

We know we have a clear choice in voting between the candidates when one of the candidates stands in opposition on issues relevant to the Christian community: life, marriage, religious freedom… Obviously we vote for the candidate who is in-line with biblically based values.

But how should we vote when both candidates share virtually the same views, and stand in opposition to those values?

Some people choose to simply abstain from voting, out of frustration with both candidates.  However, staying at home on Election Day might provide the margin of victory for a candidate who will do far greater damage and harm to society.

Such a race, we believe, calls for a different type of strategy when voting. Rather than sitting out the election, and potentially allowing a candidate who will cause great damage to win an election, we suggest a strategy that we call “Defensive Tactical Voting.”

What is Defensive Tactical Voting? Simply this: voting for a candidate who, while doing some damage to society, will do less damage than the other candidate(s) on the ballot. And who will provide a greater opportunity for defeat in a future election. We are aware of the fact that this strategy cannot always be applied broadly, but only to specific races.

An example of such an election is the 52nd Congressional District in San Diego, CA. Two candidates are running: Incumbent Democrat Scott Peters, and Republican Carl DeMaio.   Both candidates are pro-abortion and pro-same sex marriage. Both candidates are liberal and “progressive.” Yet one of these candidates will do far more damage to the moral fabric of our society than the other.

That candidate: the Republican candidate, Carl DeMaio.

Why is Carl DeMaio so damaging as a potential Congressman?

Here are a few reasons:

DeMaio is an avowed LGBTQ activist (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning).

The LGBTQ movement believes in a genderless society, where God’s order of male and female is denied. Their goal is much greater than that. It is to impose their views upon us, with the intent of abolishing our rights to freedom of religious conscience, coercing us to affirm homosexual practice and to forever alter the historic, natural definition of marriage. Allow us to be clear, in court cases all over America, it is now overwhelmingly evident that religious liberty and the radical homosexual agenda can not co-exist. Authentic biblical believers are losing their right to the first amendment expression whenever the homosexual agenda gets its way.

DeMaio has made it very clear that if he were elected, he would cater to the LGBTQ activists. Here is a newspaper interview comment from Carl DeMaio: “When I’m elected mayor, I will be one of the highest ranking LGBT officials in the nation. And the highest ranking Republican LGBT official. While my focus will be on fiscal and economic reform in San Diego, I also recognize the opportunity and obligation to serve as a role model for the LGBT community. We are currently evaluating several organizations and efforts to define the best way for me to serve as a role model.” Gay San Diego, Sept 7, 2012

Carl DeMaio is young, with a charismatic personality. If Carl DeMaio were elected to Congress, those within the GOP who desire to destroy historic one-man, one-woman marriage, and those who desire to destroy life in the womb, would likely attempt to increase DeMaio’s influence and stature within the Republican Party – becoming the poster child for the emerging left wing of the GOP. And as an incumbent, he would be virtually impossible to defeat.

But perhaps of greater danger is the fact that his rise in the Party would contribute greatly to a seismic shift: a loss of basic moral and family values in the Republican Party platform.  DeMaio will actively advocate a platform where foundational moral and family issues would essentially be removed from discussion, looking virtually identical to those planks in the Democrat platform.

Peters wants to change the direction of our country through his Party. DeMaio wants to change the country and his Party entirely. If DeMaio is elected, he will do so. And he will leave us as biblical Christians without a political home.

If you want further proof of DeMaio’s desire to remake the Republican Party, go directly to the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, which is published by Johnathan Hale, DeMaio’s homosexual partner. (Yes, you read that right, DeMaio’s partner publishes the homosexual news for San Diego.) In this article DeMaio makes his intentions clear.

Please understand that our concerns lie not with Mr. DeMaio’s personal issues with same-sex attraction, but with his activism geared towards changing core values that protect life, the family and religious freedom.

In other words, those who hold to the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of family (meaning a biblical marriage, and two parent, one man-one woman, father and mother families), and the freedom to exercise religious conscience, would no longer have an active voice in American government.

DeMaio is a member of the Republican Party. Carl DeMaio, however, does not endorse the platform of the Republican Party–particularly the pro-life and pro-marriage planks of that platform.

A vote for Democrat Scott Peters will send a message to the Republican Party: “Defend your Party platform and its conservative values, and return to promoting and endorsing candidates who vocally support the entire platform. If you do not, we will keep voting for the opposition, and you will keep loosing elections. ”

Consider this: if you abstain from voting, that is a one vote (-1) difference. However, if you do not vote for DeMaio, but rather vote for Peters, that is a 2 vote (-1, +1) difference.  Your vote for Peters could make all the difference. (Please note that we understand that some will be unable to cast a vote for either candidate, and we are not asking you to violate your conscience before the Lord.)

In the 52nd Congressional District of San Diego, we encourage a vote for Democrat Scott Peters. Why? Not because he stands for our values – he does not.  We are supporting a vote for Scott Peters because he will do less damage to our nation then will his opponent:  Carl DeMaio. And will allow us an opportunity to correct the situarion in two years.

As a sidenote, we would urge fellow Republicans and Independents in Massachusetts and Oregon to vote for the Democrat opponents of the two Republican candidates, who likewise oppose the Republican Platform. They are: Democrat Seth Moulton, rather than Republican Richard Tisei, (MA 6); and Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon, rather than US Senate Republican candidate Monica Wehby.

Please join this movement, in order to keep the candidate who could do far more damage, Carl DeMaio, out of Washington. Consider voting for Scott Peters in the November election. While many of us do not align with Scott Peters politically, we align even less, morally and ethically, with Carl DeMaio.

God bless you and your family,

God bless America,

As a growing movement, additional names will be added in the near future.  If you would like your name added to the list below. please email info@RepublicansandIndependentsforScottPeters.com

Kamal Alsawaf
Dean Broyles
Dr . Gary Cass
Chris Clark
Frank Dowse
Dr. Jim Garlow
Pat Hansen
Penny Harrington
Jim Holman
Frank Kacer
Attorney Charles Limandri
Kathryn A. Marler
Timmerie Millington
Mary Moran
Claire Reiss
Allyson Smith
John Waring
Anne Wigdahl Subia
Amy Vance

The persons listed above have signed this letter as individuals, not representing any organization, nor are they working in association with any other organization. They are private citizens who jointly signed this letter when they discovered they shared a common view. You are invited to join them by emailing going to:  info@RepublicansAndIndependentsForScottPeters.com and asking for your name to be added to the list.

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Why Every AMERICAN Must Vote!

The most common statement about today’s elections is that “elections don’t matter!” Yet, never has there been a moment in history when it was more critical for every AMERICAN to vote very carefully!

The reason can be stated in a single sentence… Because every non-American and anti-American will vote!

I choose to believe that the non-Americans and anti-Americans do not yet outnumber the AMERICANS, and all recent polling data supports that belief, showing more than 70% opposed to current federal leadership. But it won’t matter if the enemy outnumbers Americans at the polls.

Disenfranchisement

Not all U.S. residents of legal age are eligible to vote in U.S. elections. Yet many of them do vote in elections illegally and here’s how.

Under the U.S. Constitution, disenfranchisement of citizens convicted of crimes, especially federal crimes or felonies, is legal and just punishment for the crimes committed. It’s a highly just and practical punishment in a country governed of, by and for the people via the election process, preventing criminals from having equal access to determine the future of a nation, along with decent law-abiding citizens.

However, it is left up to each state to determine which crimes justify disenfranchisement and whether or not that loss of voting rights will be permanent or temporary, until the sentence is served. As a result, we do have convicted felons voting in elections today.

The current felon count is estimated at 6 million, 38% of whom are black and 20% of whom are Hispanic. Barack Obama and nearly all democrat politicians support returning all voting rights to convicted felons. Some republicans like Rick Santorum, have also fought to reinstate voting rights for felons.

In Richardson v. Ramirez (1974), the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of felon disenfranchisement statutes, finding that the practice did not deny equal protection to disenfranchised voters. Except for Maine and Vermont, every state prohibits felons from voting while in prison.

As of 2010, only Kentucky and Virginia continued to impose a lifelong denial of the right to vote to all citizens with a felony record, absent some extraordinary intervention by the Governor or state legislature.

Since criminals will vote, law-abiding citizens MUST vote.

Even without amnesty, millions of illegal aliens will vote in this election. If you live in a state that does not require any proof of legal citizenship or form of ID to vote, illegals will vote in your state. If your state issues drivers licenses to illegal aliens, illegals able to prove residency in your voting district and show proof of ID via their driver’s license will vote in your state.

Because illegal aliens will vote, legal U.S. Citizens MUST vote!

Because DEAD people vote democrat in every election, LIVE Americans MUST vote too!

The Lies People Buy

Since felons, illegal aliens, dead people and dual residency voters WILL vote in the election, who is the target of all efforts to keep voters at home or focused on third party fantasies on Election Day?

YOU ARE!

People seeking to vote themselves more wealth redistribution WILL vote, and so will millions of illegal aliens, felons and dead people. People with dual residency will vote in more than one district, and all of them have been trained to do so by the Democratic National Committee and their community organizing surrogates, in direct violation of all existing U.S. Election laws.

In 1982, the Republican National Committee settled a law suit filed by the Democrat Party by signing a consent decree agreeing to never challenge voter fraud in any “minority” districts, where 99% of all voter fraud takes place in the country. So, in “voter fraud districts,” voters of all illegal types can do whatever they want with total impunity.

(NOTE: The RNC consent decree only applies to the RNC, the “national committee.” Individual state Republican Parties can and must challenge election fraud within their own state election districts. All election rules are set and enforced by the state party.)

All current efforts to convince American voters to stay home or vote 3rd party in protest are aimed at YOU, the pro-American voter, the only people standing in opposition to Obama & Co. – Obama supporters are NOT the subject target of all efforts to demoralize voters. YOU ARE!

That’s why every American MUST ignore these lies and VOTE!

Which Elections are Important?

The last election is over and the next election is two years away. That alone makes THIS election the most important election.

Only the votes that are cast can count. Only votes cast wisely can have a positive impact.

As a general rule, the people have it backwards today. The true priority importance of elections is as follows…

  1. Local and State level elections are critical. The idea that there is no difference between Republican and Democrat is largely true at the federal level. But at the state level, nothing could be further from the truth. In terms of economics, peace, freedom and morally sound states, the top 10 best run states in the country are all run by Republicans, and the worst states in the country are all run by Democrats. Federal policies only affect us locally when local politicians are as bad as the federal politicians. (READ Balance of Powers)
  2. The local primary is the most important federal election of all. Bottom up government begins at the primaries. Who we have to choose from in a general election is decided at the primary earlier in the year. People complain that they only have people to vote against in the general election. But this is only true because voter turnout is lowest in the primaries. Further, because many states have open primaries, allowing the political enemy to cross party lines in the primary and help select our candidates for the general election. CLOSE THE PRIMARIES!
  3. Second to the primaries is the mid-term election, wherein the balance of congressional power can shift towards or away from the Executive Branch. When the vast majority of Americans agree with the direction of the country, voter turnout in the mid-terms is generally and reasonably low. But when over 70% of the country believes the country is headed in the wrong direction, it is critical to take away all congressional support from the Executive Branch in the mid-term election. Today, House Republicans have refused to impeach the most impeachable Executive Branch in history because they don’t currently control the Senate which must hold the impeachment trial. The people will have ONE opportunity to change that dynamic next month. They MUST hold the House and take the Senate.
  4. The presidential election is actually the least important in any Constitutional Republic wherein the Executive Branch has the most limited federal authority. Only when congress and the judiciary fail to uphold their oaths of obligation can the Executive Branch behave like a dictatorship. The people get to decide who is in congress and congress holds the broadest federal authority under the U.S. Constitution, not the president or the judiciary.

The people have it backwards. Traditionally, the presidential election gets the best voter turnout, mid-terms trail and primaries have the lowest voter turnout. This must change immediately! Because everyone who wants to destroy America will vote, regardless of their eligibility, EVERY TRUE AMERICAN MUST VOTE in order to counter that corruption in the election systems.

Making Sure Every American Vote is Counted

Massive voter fraud was reported to Congress in the 2012 election cycle and members of Congress were unable to do anything with the evidence as a result of the 1982 consent decree prohibiting the Republican Party from contesting election fraud in “minority” districts.

Meanwhile, evidence of disenfranchisement of the Military vote also went unchallenged by Congress.

So, pro-American change is solely up to AMERICAN voters.

The only way Americans can shift the balance of power in their own direction peacefully is to show up in massive numbers, overwhelming all of the anti-American voters and election fraud.

American voters must vote. They must also volunteer to poll watch and be the checks and balances to assure honest elections in their own districts. The people must challenge what the RNC long ago agreed not to challenge, “minority bloc voter fraud.”

The 2014 mid-term election is likely the very last chance Americans will have to overwhelm their enemies at the polls, moving the nation away from the global leftist assault on freedom and liberty and towards a continued march back to American principles and values.

People have been asking for six years now – “what can we do?”

YOU CAN VOTE! You can make sure that your vote isn’t wasted on candidates who can’t possibly win races. You can make sure that both chambers of the federal legislature are stripped away from Barack Hussein Obama and his merry band of Marxists. You can make sure that the most impeachable administration in U.S. history is impeached!

That, you can do!

People, who won’t do at least that, will never stand up to this criminal cabal anywhere else by any other means. Believe it!

President of Sarasota Teachers Union calls Superintendent White’s bluff — sends out another ‘political email’

PUBLISHERS NOTE: I, Dr. Rich Swier, regret having used the term “illegal” in this and any other article to describe actions by Ms. Pat Gardner and the SC/TA.

Superintendent Lori White has been called out by the Sarasota Teacher/Classified Association (SC/TA) President Pat Gardner. Who will prevail? Many are calling this a direct challenge to Superintendent White’s leadership as the district Chief-Education-Officer.

As we reported SC/TA President Patricia “Pat” Gardner and SC/TA Treasurer Kevyn Fitzgerald, the union representative at Riverview High School, have been using the district official email service to repeatedly send out political and harassing messages to all district employees in violation of District policy. Superintendent White’s staff admitted that:

Outside of the SC/TA’s ability to communicate with the employees, you [Dr. Rich Swier] are correct that our procedures state that the district email system is not to be used for, among other things, political campaigning.

Superintendent White then sent a reminder to all employees of this prohibition. The reminder stated:

As our community is in the midst of a number of political campaigns, I want to remind all employees about the School Board’s Information Technology Guidelines and Procedures which prohibit, among other things, using the School Board’s email system for any communication that may be perceived as political campaigning. While I encourage all our employees to be civically engaged in the electoral process, this engagement should not occur on work hours, nor should the School Board’s email system be used for this purpose.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Photo of Pat Gardner from SC/TA website.

Gardner has ignored Superintendent White’s reminder. Gardner and Fitzgerald sent out the following message in direct violation of School Board policy:

From: Fitzgerald Kevyn
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 2:14 PM
To: REDACTED
Subject: FW: Newlsletter – Info for Restricted Class

From: Gardner Pat
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 1:50 PM
Subject: Newlsletter – Info for Restricted Class

Please forward:

They’re running scared and starting to play dirty. I’m on the blogs today with a story that I’m doing illegal things by sending out email to my members. They used a picture of me from 12 years ago, so I’m feeling pretty good about that. Here I go again:

Get those absentee ballots in as soon as possible.

Our endorsed candidates are:

Charlie Crist – Governor
Ken Marsh – School Board District 1

Our suggested candidate is George Sheldon for Attorney General.

NO on Amendment 3.

We will be getting Ken Marsh signs in the office and will deliver them if you would like them or feel free to pick them up. Let us know if you would like any. Ken Marsh will be doing sign waving and I will try to send out his schedule if you would like to join them.

Have a great day.

Pat

What will Superintendent White do now?

We have sent a request to Superintendent White and have not received a response as of the posting of this column.

This is a test of Superintendent White’s leadership and her staff’s ability to enforce school board policy equally upon all district employees.

“PreCog Audience” – Software that is poised to hand control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans

ARLINGTON, Va., PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The data and analytics firm Evolving Strategies, in concert with the largest campaign technology firm in the world, Aristotle, have developed a new technology – the “PreCog Audience” – that is poised to hand control of the Senate to Republicans.

The PreCog Audience (PcA) consists of the voters in the “Big 4” Senate states that should be targeted because these voters will be persuaded by a specific message – and that will change their vote. The PcA includes each and every one of the more than 13 million voters in ColoradoIowaLouisiana, and North Carolina that have been determined — right now, in advance — who will be persuaded.

“Is it a crystal ball? It’s as close as we can get,” said Adam Schaeffer, Director of Research at Evolving Strategies. “Is it a game-changing weapon for the Right this election season.”

“We are making available to Republican campaigns an exclusive product that no one else is offering. It has the potential to push Republican candidates to victory in the final weeks of this election cycle because you can now be certain your efforts are hitting the right voters with the right message. It’s political precognition.”

“Evolving Strategies now has access to our 190+ million records, including 4,000 election boards, county clerks and voter registrars, as well as party affiliation, race, exact age, vote history and school board districts,” said Aristotle CEO John Aristotle Phillips. “This is very powerful information, and we are honored to be working with such an innovative company.”

Background on PreCog Audience:

The team of PhDs and data scientists at Evolving Strategies utilized bleeding-edge, proprietary machine-learning techniques to analyze data from over 600,000 voters across the Big 4 Senate states involved in the largest known experiment in the history of political campaigning on the Right — ultimately predicting how a message will shift an individual voter’s support before it’s been delivered.

The PreCog Audience is the easy-to-use product resulting from this complicated work – an audience composed of all the individual voters needed to win an election.

Evolving Strategies will only offer access to the PreCog Audience to political operatives and organizations on the Right.

Evolving Strategies is now taking a limited number of pre-orders for the PreCog Audience. In addition to direct sales through Evolving Strategies, Aristotle, with more than 2,000 political clients throughout the world, will offer these audience lists through their platform as a super-premium item, exclusively to conservative operatives and organizations.

Evolving Strategies is a data and analytics firm dedicated to understanding human behavior through the creative application of randomized-controlled experiments.

VIDEO: Florida Women talk about the ‘War on Women’

Women from central Florida have produced a new video titled “War on Women.” They cover issues of real importance to women and expose those who are really producing policies that harm women and their families.

The war was started by Charlie Crist, and women reply to his “War on Women.”

Please watch this compelling video:

Video courtesy of the Villages TEA Party.

Anything Peaceful: What is libertarianism all about? by Max Borders

When an idea becomes popular, those who fear it will try to redefine it. These redefinitions can be cruel or simply wrong — often by design.

Those for whom the ends justify the means are not interested in being charitable about your position or in trying to pass any “ideological Turing test.” So it’s incumbent upon libertarians to set the record straight at every turn. In doing so, it’s important not to misfire the elevator pitch. If you’ve only got a minute or two, how do you talk about what it means to be a libertarian?

I can think of no better way to sum up a worldview than Leonard Read did with the title of his 1964 book Anything That’s Peaceful. We at FEE have taken to saying “Anything Peaceful” for greater concision, but the idea is simple: “Let anyone do anything he pleases,” Read said, “so long as it is peaceful.”

For most libertarians, ethics, law, and economic thinking more or less originate in this single imperative.Academic philosophers might have a field day with this formulation. Let them go about their critiques, counting angels on pinheads while the rest of us widen and deepen our movement.  We might have walked many different paths to get here, but for any number of reasons, we have made this our prime value. And for my money it’s the easiest and best way to talk about our philosophy between the lobby and the 10th floor.

Now, if you’re new to libertarianism, you might be curious about why we are so focused on Anything Peaceful. Here’s a tidy top 10 list that sums up in more detail how libertarians think about things:

  1. Free, peaceful people are seeking out and striving for their particular form of happiness.
  2. Free, peaceful people tend to flourish in a condition of peace and freedom.
  3. Free, peaceful people will pursue a billion experiments, any of which could improve human well-being.
  4. Free, peaceful people come together voluntarily to build communities.
  5. Free, peaceful people are enormously creative — and gravitate to excellence.
  6. Free, peaceful people do not harm others, take others’ property, or pollute the environment.
  7. Free, peaceful people share and help others without coercion.
  8. Free, peaceful people reasonably question authority.
  9. Free, peaceful people don’t use others as ends to engineer society, redistribute wealth, or build utopias
  10. Free, peaceful people tend to be more tolerant, respectful, and even loving.

Elsewhere I’ve discussed the idea of different moral languages that get us to the goal of peace and freedom.

Anything Peaceful unpacks an idea in another phrase, the so-called “nonaggression axiom.” (I’ll pass over pointless quibbles about using any less verbose form.) Despite the conceptual similarity among these terms, I’d suggest libertarians drop negative formulations in favor of Read’s.

You see, even if we’re looking at the same picture, any gestalt can highlight negative and positive aspects. We libertarians who care about expanding our movement and making it more influential should urge others to adopt the positive form. Anything Peaceful is beautiful and ennobling. It captures what’s aspirational about freedom while celebrating the conditions that give rise to flourishing.

Is the Anything Peaceful philosophy for you? That’s between you and your conscience. But one might ask: Are the other values you hold dear competing or complementary? If you embrace the ideas of peace and cooperation, you might be ready to call yourself a libertarian. Anything Peaceful may appear to be just a slogan. But it is much deeper. It is an outlook.

As libertarians, we know that in a condition of freedom, virtually anything is possible. Despite accepting the truth that society is not ours to design or control, we take inspiration from appreciating that wonderful things sprout, align, and accrete like the multicolored flora and fauna of a coral reef. The unpredictability of free people working together to make life better is not, for us, something to be feared, but rather celebrated.

Those who embrace the Anything Peaceful philosophy will betray a mien of limitless potential. You can see it in our eyes, because we have left the acrimony of politics and power behind in favor of solving problems, forming communities, and creating experiences for others.

And while we occasionally rail against the State — with its monopoly on the initiation of force — that railing does not define us. The desire for Anything Peaceful does. Because where there’s freedom, there’s a sacred fire, vaguely Promethean, which impels us to create, to improve, and to leave for future generations traces of a human community that realized its potential. At least for a while.

MaxBordersVEsmlABOUT MAX BORDERS

Max Borders is the editor of The Freeman and director of content for FEE. He is also co-founder of the event experience Voice & Exit and author of Superwealth: Why we should stop worrying about the gap between rich and poor.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of FEE and Shutterstock.

VIDEO: On Borders, Ebola and Illegal Immigration

PASCO, Wash.,/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Clint Didier, former NFL football player, businessman and candidate for Congress in Washington’s 4th District, released a video regarding the borders, Ebola and illegal immigration:

FULL TEXT OF THE VIDEO

“Swine Flu, Dengue Fever, Ebola, Tuberculosis, Enterovirus D68. None of these horrible diseases and maladies belong in America. They are here, in large part, because our federal government has refused to put the safety of the American people first and secure our borders.

“National Security is supposed to be the #1 job of our federal government, but the bureaucrats inWashington, D.C. are failing us miserably. Millions of dollars have been spent to create an illusion that our borders are secure. Yet in reality, hundreds of illegals have already crossed our porous borders from a multitude of countries including many associated with Jihad and terrorism; and South American drug cartels operate along our southern border with seeming impunity, recruiting young illegals to join and carry out the unspeakably violent activities of the transnational gangs (such as the notorious Mara Salvatrucha – MS-13) on American soil.

“This must end now!

“When Phoenix is the number two city in the world for kidnapping and drug cartels intimidate and violate every law of civility with little or no response from our federal government, you know something is terribly wrong.

“We are a nation of immigrants. The debate and problems we have today are not about legal immigration, but illegal immigration! This debate is also a matter of national security.

“We must secure our borders first and foremost – before any other discussions!

Ronald Reagan said that a nation which cannot control its borders is not a nation. I want to protect the American people from disease, illegal drugs and terrorism.

“I’m Clint Didier, I’m running for Congress, and it is my solemn vow to put the interests and SAFETY of the American people before ANY political interest.”

Adrian Wyllie’s Libertarian Dream to Be the Next Ross Perot!

A Vote for Adrian Wyllie = a Vote for Obama Big Government & Charlie Crist!

Adrian Wyllie, third party candidate for governor of Florida claimed in a Naples News article that he’s fighting against “a growing totalitarian state in Florida.” This is a bizarre accusation directed towards our current free market governor, and national republican governors, who have proven 10th amendment track-records against big government and overreaching authority.

Adrian Wyllie must be spending too much time campaigning in beer halls, as he’s overlooked Florida’s impressive turnaround. The first thing Governor Scott did was unpopular when he cut the budget, then he followed by eliminating thousands of confiscatory regulations. Scott was then able to be generous with his “It’s Your Tax Money $77 Billion Budget.” Thanks to Governor Scott’s command of finance, hard-work and policies of pro-growth, pro-business and pro-taxpayer, he’s able to enrich Floridians! Hardly a totalitarian state!

Adrian Wyllie’s quest for a third-party Ross Perot-play will accomplish what he loves to hate … the return of big government. Wyllie, along with the liberal press, repetitively refers to Governor Scott as “unpopular.” This technique is used by the Left to destroy successful opposition and leave voters dissatisfied about voting. After all, Dr. Joseph Goebbels used this strategy effectively: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Wyllie sounds like a nice guy with Utopian dreams but he won’t be too popular when All Aboard Florida trains roll into town at 110 miles per hour, followed by the national European-style rail boondoggle, full-blown Obamacare with Death Panels and the full force of Common Core standards to “dumb down our kids.”

The Naples News article by William March reveals some insight into Adrian Wyllie as a candidate and, frankly, reveals a sophomoric agenda to contest designer beer regulations – even when that legislation did not pass! Wyllie brags about “being arrested for driving without a license” sounds juvenile compared to the creeping threat of ISIS, Ebola and out-of-control immigration.

Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who directed a Senate review of all spending during the past year was shocked by Wyllie’s draconian budget cuts of 30%: “The idea that we can slash one-third of the state budget is fanciful and would decimate public schools.” Insolvency is not a remedy for Wyllie’s so-called freedom platform to: “abolish environmental regulations, marriage licenses and eliminate property taxes, fully legalize pot and convert Florida to the gold standard.”

There is no honor throwing Florida’s fate back into the hands of the Obama-backed Charlie Crist failures as federal spending rushes by the second towards $18 trillion! While Wyllie admits he’s on bankruptcy-watch, Governor Scott’s checkbook savvy has turned Florida around with Republican principles. If Adrian Wyllie cares about Florida, he should drop out of the race to support the continued successes of the past four years!

Yet Wyllie’s self-promoting disregard for the facts gives an un-serious air to his contest and, as he told students at St. Petersburg College, he doesn’t want to be governor anyway. Why in the heck is he running?

The math is clear… potentially a three-way race could attract votes for both small government parties to split the vote in favor of the failed ex-governor Charlie Crist as a ticket to the Obama/Crist Big Government Spending Spree!

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The Carson question: To run or not to run?

With all the speculation swirling around whether Ben Carson will run for president next year, many people have called me or stopped me on the street to seek my opinion. So, I decided to put on my “political” hat and give my analysis of his possible candidacy.

Dr. Carson is a 63-year-old native of Detroit, an accomplished author and a retired, trailblazing neurosurgeon. On Sept. 6, 1987, Dr. Carson made history when he became the first surgeon in medical history to successfully separate conjoined twins. He led a team of surgeons during a 22-hour procedure on Patrick and Benjamin Binder, eight-month old twins from Ulm, West Germany. Dr. Carson and his team spent months evaluating the twins before agreeing to undertake the very risky surgery — and many more months planning the execution of the procedure once they’d decided.

As a political operative with many decades of campaign experience, I am alarmed at the number of candidates who seek elective office with little thought or planning. They seem to get intoxicated with people whispering “sweet nothings” into their ear about how great a candidate they would be and how they would be a great senator, congressman, etc.

So I would strongly caution Dr. Carson: Tread carefully before deciding to run for president. Most of the people who are telling you to run will refuse to give you money if and when you throw your hat into the ring. They will come up with all types of excuses as to why they are financially unable to give you a contribution, despite all the months of exhorting you to run. Remember, “When all is said and done, there’s more said than done.”

Dr. Carson burst upon the political scene last year at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he made a speech criticizing President Obama’s health plan, with Mr. Obama seated nearby on the same dais from which Dr. Carson spoke. Many conservatives and whites cheered; many liberals and blacks jeered. All of a sudden, Dr. Carson became the “flavor of the month” for conservatives and Fox News. I would strongly remind Ben that this is short-lived, as Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal is now the new flavor of the month. He, too, will soon be cast aside in turn.

Remember Luke 6:26: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Remember, too, that Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on a donkey to shouts of “Hosanna, Hosanna to the King” — and the very next day these same people shouted, “Crucify him.”

I would hope that Dr. Carson has both blacks and white folks advising him in his deliberations. I am thoroughly embarrassed that most black Republicans and conservatives rarely, if ever, have any “real” blacks around them. They rarely, if ever, have blacks in any positions of authority or power. Let me emphasize that I am not just talking about having blacks who are personal friends; I am referring to blacks who are actually political operatives.

I would warn Dr. Carson: Don’t be another Herman Cain or Sarah Palin. They were both very talented people, but they refused to study the issues deeply enough to be taken seriously as candidates. Talking in “bumper sticker” sound bites does not make you a viable candidate.

When I sign a new client who is a professional athlete, an entertainer or a politician, I help him do what I call a “forensic assessment” of his life to supply me the basis for the strategic plan I then put together on his behalf. Here are a few questions that Dr. Carson should consider before deciding whether to run or not:

In one sentence, why do you want to be president of the U.S.?

What unique skills do you possess that would make you a good president?

What encounters with law enforcement have you ever had in your life?

What encounters with law enforcement have you ever had in your life?

Are there any legally, morally or ethically disqualifying things in your past that the public is unaware of? (Herman Cain should have never run for president with all the issues with women in his past. He allowed his ego to cloud his judgment.)

Finally, what are the top three issues that you will base your campaign on?

In Dr. Carson’s case, I would add a second phase to this assessment. I would strongly encourage Dr. Carson to make his own argument against running for president. In other words, play devil’s advocate with himself. If he can withstand this exercise, then and only then would I encourage him to move forward.

As with a complicated surgery, it takes months of planning just to make a decision to mount a campaign for the presidency; and just as much time to plan the execution of it.

Dr. Carson must begin to lay out his vision for America in very specific details. He will have to convince America that he is not just another Obama — a great life story, a good speaker, but no relevant experience. America doesn’t need another great speech. We need a great vision and someone who can execute it.

Winston Churchill once said: “To every man, there comes a time when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a great and mighty work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”

Winston Churchill once said: “To every man, there comes a time when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a great and mighty work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of LifeNews.com.

Sarasota School Board Candidate Ken Marsh gets a little help from his union friends

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Patricia “Pat” Gardner, President SC/TA.

PUBLISHERS NOTE: I, Dr. Rich Swier, regret having used the term “illegal” in this and any other article to describe actions by Ms. Pat Gardner and the SC/TA.

Democrat Ken Marsh is in a run off for the Sarasota County School Board in District 1. Marsh has been endorsed by the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association (SC/TA). An investigation has revealed that two officers of the SCTA have been using their official school board email accounts to promote Marsh, denigrate a sitting school board member, promote Charlie Crist for governor and take positions on a variety of political ballot measures. These two individuals are SC/TA President Patricia “Pat” Gardner and SC/TA Treasurer Kevyn Fitzgerald. For example an email from Pat Gardner reads:

—–Original Message—–

From: Gardner Pat

Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:37 PM

Subject: List of Contributors to Bridget Ziegler

Please forward:

Bridget Ziegler will be in a run off election for the District 1 School Board seat with Ken Marsh in November.

SCTA endorsed Ken Marsh. Bridget Ziegler will not say if she voted for or against the referendum because she voted against it. Attached is a list of contributors to her campaign. This information came right from the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections web site.

[ATTACHED FILE LISTING DONORS TO BRIDGET ZIEGLER’S CAMPAIGN]

>Please be aware that all e-mail to and from Sarasota County Schools is subject to the public records laws of Florida.

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Kevyn Fitzgerald, SC/TA Treasurer, teacher Riverview High School.

Kevyn Fitzgerald, who works at Riverview High School, forwarded an email from Gardner during school hours which reads:

From: Fitzgerald Kevyn

Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:55 AM

To: REDACTED

Subject: FW: Information for Restricted Class

From: Gardner Pat

Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:57 AM

Subject: Information for Restricted Class

Please forward:

Yesterday, I heard from a frustrated teacher at one of our elementary schools that one of her colleagues had announced in the lunch room that she didn’t know who she would be voting for in the Governor’s race. She was shocked and, truthfully, so am I.

We have a screwed up merit pay system ready to hit us right in the face. No one can understand the formula. They don’t have the tests. It is the biggest mess I have ever seen.

Rick Scott signed this bill into law before the session was even finished in his first year. He couldn’t wait. Charlie Crist had a similar version of a merit pay law and he vetoed it the year before. So how hard is it to make a decision?

Scott cut the education budget his first year by 1.3 billion dollars. Yes, the economy was in a shambles. However, Scott’s proposed budget called for cutting 1.75 billion dollars. Even the GOP led Legislature said no. So how hard is it to make a decision?

Scott championed and signed the bill to take 3% from your salary for retirement. He did not put it into the FRS. He used it to fund the state budget. Now they want everyone to go into a 401K. This proposed law has failed twice but they will keep trying. Crist will veto any law that will hurt the FRS. So how hard is it to make a decision?

What is next with Rick Scott? Will they try to limit your sick time? Will they reduce the number of days you can cash in at retirement or worse, take them away altogether? If this man wins everything is up for grabs. He will have nothing to lose.

So, how hard is it to make a decision? [Emphasis added]

NOTE: A flyer titled FAST FACTS For Florida Teachers and Public School Employees was attached comparing Crist to Scott.

You would expect senior SC/TA officials to know the rules concerning use of the school board email system. The Sarasota County Schools Information Technology Guidelines and Procedures, page 28, under the heading “Appropriate Use of E-mail” states the following:

Sarasota County Schools guidelines prohibit certain types of e-mail. These include mail that may be perceived as harassment, political campaigning, or commercial solicitation. Chain mail is also prohibited. Violators will be subject to loss of computer access privileges, as well as additional disciplinary action as determined by the Sarasota County Schools disciplinary procedures. Certain types of e-mail, including but not limited to harassing e-mail, may also subject the sender to civil or criminal penalties. [Emphasis added]

Gardner and Fitzgerald, with others, appear to be willfully ignoring these guidelines by using school board computers and the internal email system, during school hours to send emails that “may be perceived as harassment or  political campaigning.” The teacher mentioned in the Fitzgerald/Gardner email is clearly known to all those who overhead the lunchroom conversation. Both emails are promoting a particular candidate for public office.

So, what has Superintendent Lori White done about these, and other, violations of school board policy?

Scott Ferguson, Communications Specialist Sarasota County Schools, in an email sent on behalf of Superintendent White states:

Ms. Gardner and Mr. Fitzgerald are representatives of the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association.

Pursuant to the collective bargaining agreements between the School Board and the SC/TA, the Association has the right to use the School Board’s email system to communicate with employees regarding union business. Specifically, the instructional bargaining agreement stipulates, in Article IV-G:

E-Mail and Computer Access

1. The employer shall provide access to the Board’s electronic mail delivery system to the Union as a means of communications with the employees.

2. The employer agrees to provide access to a computer and the electronic mail delivery system for the senior Union representative at each worksite.

3. E-mail communications between the employees and the Union and/or its building representatives involving Union business will be considered a private communication not subject to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.

4. When the Administration deems it necessary to read an employee’s e-mail, the employee will be so notified in a timely fashion. Such notification will include the reason for such interception. The e-mail of an employee will not be read by an unintended party without providing such notice to the affected parties.

5. The Union will reimburse the district a sum of $250 per year or the actual costs; whichever is higher.

Thus, the SC/TA has the contractual right to use the School Board’s email system to communicate with district employees for its own business. The School Board does not monitor these private communications, and they are not the subject of discipline.

Outside of the SC/TA’s ability to communicate with the employees, you are correct that our procedures state that the district email system is not to be used for, among other things, political campaigning. Superintendent White has sent a reminder to all employees of this prohibition.

So what action did Superintendent White take, after we notified her of the violations, exactly? Superintendent White sent out the following to all school board employees:

REMINDER TO ALL EMPLOYEES

As our community is in the midst of a number of political campaigns, I want to remind all employees about the School Board’s Information Technology Guidelines and Procedures which prohibit, among other things, using the School Board’s email system for any communication that may be perceived as political campaigning. While I encourage all our employees to be civically engaged in the electoral process, this engagement should not occur on work hours, nor should the School Board’s email system be used for this purpose.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Of course since the school board does not monitor these union “private communications” and “they are not the subject of discipline” then Superintendent White cannot know if her reminder will be honored. The only way to know for sure is to follow the school board procedure and revoke Gardner and Fitzgerald’s email privileges at least temporarily.

Imagine what would happen if a student used the school board computer system to politic, what would happen to that student? Perhaps Marsh needs to reconsider who his friends are? Or perhaps Sarasota County voters should consider Marsh and his union friends as “birds of a feather who flock together”?