January 8th 2017 newsletter
One Simple Change to Plug the Billion Dollar Budget Hole and Put Oklahoma Education Financing in Order for Decades to Come
What happened was that HB1017 was signed into law on April 25th, 1990. The bill reduced class sizes, raised teacher salaries, and increased spending. Since then the Oklahoma teacher/student ration has dropped to around sixteen students per teacher.
Historically the teacher student ratio was around 27 kids per teacher until the teachers unions pushed for more teachers in the nineties. Ironically Oklahoma was ahead of most states in adopting fewer students per teacher. Meanwhile from 1970 to 2010 the number of students increased by 7.8%, the number of teachers increased by 60%, and the number staff and administrative workers increased by 138%. Today teachers are almost outnumbered by non teaching staff and administrators.
And student achievement in math and reading scores? They have barely budged at all.
The effect on class size and the effect on test scores has been studied extentsively.
Adding one child per class in Texas lowered the average test score by only one half of one percent so doubling class size from 15 to 30 might have an effect of 15% lower test scores according to this study but once you look again at the reading and math scores in the first graph you realize the loss of grades doesn't scale at all. In other words doubling the class size would have minimal effect.
There is also the effect of more school days per year, adding 30 days to the school year has been shown to increase test scores by 15%. The graph below shows what would happen if you factored an increase in the number of kids per teacher.
The effect of offsetting the loss of test scores potentially caused by more students per teacher is vastly overridden by increasing the number of school days by fifty. Right now kids are in school 180 days out of the 365 days per year, or 50% of the time. Eliminating all holidays, breaks, and summer vacation would leave 260 days a year, so increasing the school year from 180 to 230 days leaves 30 days for holidays, breaks, or vacation.
How to pay for this? Simple, teaching is a part time job as we have it configured, 1080 hours per year minus personal days, sick days, and such brings it down to around 1050 or a little over 26 weeks of work if you break the required hours into a forty hour work week that the rest of society works. Double the number of students per teacher halves the cost per student for the teacher salary, from over $3300 to $1600 per student. Adding ten percent raise to the teacher salary costs less than $5000, but that teacher is teaching twice as many kids, half as many teachers are needed, half the employment taxes and health insurance. The cost for teaching 30 kids has gone from $100,000 to $55,000.
Getting the Oklahoma billion dollar budget hole plugged is going to take some changes. Local retail sales are falling along with the sales tax revenue as people vote with their pocket books. Seven hundred thousand Oklahoma students will cost $2,100.000,000 in teacher salary if we keep class size at 15 students per teacher but only $1,120,000,000 if each teacher taught 30 kids per class. There is more than a billion dollars in savings to plug the upcoming budget hole.
Now add to that by getting the number of administrators down to around one per fifty teachers, more than enough to monitor performance, do payroll, and handle human resources. Let the student counslers go, let go the teacher aides, let go all the useless mouths that are being fed and not teaching kids the three R's or impacting test scores. The school employees that are left will have to work for a living like the taxpayers.
Now, that is the logical reasons why we should look hard at the laws governing class size and make the needed changes in the school year to cover any potential drop in test scores. And the emotional reasons is that Oklahoma just rejected a 22% increase in sales tax to pay for the lazy and inept educational system.
Any legislator that supports raising feeds or raising taxes or taxing currently untaxed services is going to walk into a huge buzz saw. That is a promise.
Carol Bush, AKA the Pariah of the Oklahoma Legislature
Back on Christmas day we ran the story of new Tulsa area legislator Rep. Carol Bush’s horrendously offensive interview with a small Tulsa media outlet. The last story in this newsletter will re hash the gaffes and trash talk in the interview so this article is going to cover the blowback . The article had been mentioned on one blog by the 20th of December but no action had been taken.
The December 25th 2016 Sooner Tea Party Newsletter went out early, at 5:48 pm and within six minutes the first House members were opening their copy and forwarding it to others. That night, Christmas night, House leadership had ordered one of the House Whips to contact Rep. Carol Bush and to make an example out of her. Within hours Bush was calling to apologize to a fellow House member that she had slandered, fulfilling part of the orders she had been given by the House Whip at the direction of House Leadership. Then on Thursday of this week Rep. Bush had apologized in person to her entire entering class and at 8:58 am on Friday she had apologized to the entire Republican Caucus via the email below:
Dear members of the Caucus,
I want to apologize for an article that was recently published in the Tulsa area. I was not only misquoted, many of the comments were taken out of context. I have apologized to Representative Bennett and I ask for your forgiveness as well. I am always available if any member would like to meet with me and further discuss.
Please know I have learned my lesson with the media and rest assured it will not happen again. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to working with each of you to further our agenda for this coming legislative session.
Representative Carol Bush”
The fact that House leadership had jumped on her with both feet isn’t unexpected as she was a McCall supporter and had received campaign contributions from the McCall PAC. This vicious attack upon the Republican Causcus, Trump, and Christians in Oklahomans reflected upon Speaker Charles McCall in a very harsh way. However the speed that they jumped on Rep. Bush was commendable.
One should never make excuses when making an apology as it negates the apology by disavowing the true cause. Rep. Bush claims she was misquoted and taken out of context yet the person interviewing her has been her friend for 35 years…
And her closing…. Respectively… meaning in order or in sequence… exactly what does that mean in context with her apology? Is she so ignorant that she doesn’t understand the difference between respectively and respectfully? Was she so careless in writing the apology that she failed to read it before sending it?
Bush was appointed as vice chair to Health Services and Long Term Care, obviously a position she desired given her support for assisted suicide here in Oklahoma. Has she been stripped of that vice chair post yet? If so why is House Leadership dragging their feet on this issue? The conflict of interest alone in that she wants to bring assisted suicide to Oklahoma so she can kill off her own mother (admitted in her interview with the Tulsa Voice) is enough to remove her from any position of authority.
The Rep. Dan Kirby scandal along with the Rep. Carol Bush scandal is the first real challenge to Speaker Charles McCall’s leadership. Both have made the Oklahoma Republican Caucus a laughingstock and both issues need dealt with decisively and completely. Allowing these issues to fester will set the wrong tone in the coming session.
Tulsa Republcians Men's Club
Happy New Year!
The Tulsa County Republican Men's Club would like to invite you to our monthly meeting January 11th at Oklahoma Joe's BBQ 6175 East 61st Street, Tulsa, Ok at 11:30am open
and 12 noon gavel down and end at 1PM.
Membership time, Membership time, Membership time...
Men Membership $20
Women Membership $10
Out of County Membership $10
We will install officers and have this months speaker Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating who is currently a senior partner in the international law firm of Holland & Knight. Formerly, he was the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. The ABA is a 140 year old association that represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the ...nation's $13 trillion banking industry and its two million employees.
Keating became ABA's president and CEO on January 1, 2011 and stayed through December 31, 2015, following seven years of service as the president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers, and after serving two terms as Oklahoma's 25th governor.
Born in St. Louis, Frank grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law
degree from the University of Oklahoma. His 30-year career in law enforcement and public service included service as an FBI agent; U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor; and Oklahoma House and Senate member, including service as a Republican senate leader.
He served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice, and Housing departments. His Justice and Treasury service gave him responsibility for all federal criminal prosecutions in the nation and oversight over agencies such as the Secret Service, U.S. Customs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Marshals, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service and all 94 U.S. Attorneys. As assistant secretary of Treasury and general counsel and acting deputy secretary of HUD, Keating worked on banking issues that are demanding attention today—including housing finance, lending practices, securitization and Bank Secrecy Act issues.
In 1993 Keating returned to Oklahoma to run for Governor. He won a three-way race by a landslide and was easily re-elected in 1998,
becoming only the second governor in Oklahoma history to serve two consecutive terms.
As the governor of Oklahoma, Keating won national acclaim in 1995 for his compassionate and professional handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. In the aftermath of the tragedy, he raised more than six million dollars to fund scholarships for the nearly 200 children left with only one or no parents. His accomplishments as Governor include winning a successful public vote on right-to-work, tort reform, tax cuts, and major road building and education reform.
Keating is the chairman of the Board of the Washington based Bipartisan Policy Center and recently served on the Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force, a group of former cabinet members, elected officials and key stakeholders of both parties that recommended a series of tough measures to address the nation's fiscal challenges. He also served on the BPC’s Housing Commission. He was previously chairman of the Advisory Board of Mt. Vernon and president of the Federal City Council. He also served on the boards of the National Archives, the Jamestown Foundation and as chair of the National Catholic Review Board.
Keating also is the author of four award-winning children's books, biographies of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, and Standing Bear, the Ponca Indian chief who argued Native Americans deserve the same rights as white Americans. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees. He and his wife Cathy live in Oklahoma City, OK.
They have three children and ten grandchildren.
Come out this month and let's give a big Tulsa welcome for Governor Frank Keating!
Men Membership $20
Women Membership $10
Out of County Membership $10
Darren Gantz, President
Michael Phillips, Vice President
Billie Bell, Treasurer
Cherie Cook, Secretary
Charlie Biggs, Chaplin
Dave Bell, Sergeant at Arms
Another Form of Attacking Christians Rep. Bush
By the Watchman
Why is it that we seem to repeatedly have trouble with candidates and elected officials from the Tulsa area? We certainly hope it’s not like what’s going on in Creek County. There one person decides whether or not you can run for office. We know that Tulsa has a strong GOP presence and party apparatus. So why didn’t this candidate, now elected Representative get properly vetted? Who dropped the ball? Does the vetting of candidates need to be turned over to a professional group within the party appointed by the State Chair? All we can say is something must be done. There are far too many Democrats in Republican Clothing coming from the Northeastern part of the state for this to be a fluke.
In an undated interview on the tulsavoice.com she was the epitome of pride, arrogance and braggadocio. She was over confident since she was talking with a longtime friend in the interview. She probably was of the opinion that he would leave some of her more obnoxious remarks out. That must be why he’s not working for the lame stream media. He didn’t. That must have come as a surprise to her. She does appear to be a failed business woman, but then how much business can a surf shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma do. We would call it a bad business decision. She worked for the Tulsa Crime Commission, but little to nothing has been done about the high crime rate. She worked for the Health Department for a period of time where her one big accomplishment was getting soda machines out of the schools. Now she managed to get herself elected by hiding her true colors throughout the campaign. Nice job of vetting candidate’s people.
Then without any idea as to what has actually happened in the state as far as school financing goes, she agreed with the interviewer that Oklahoma has cut the education budget more than any other state since 2008. She hasn’t any idea that education spending has actually increased every year except last year. Most of the funds went to hiring administrative staff instead of teachers. Administrators were hired at a rate of 4 to 1 over teachers. Using the Tulsa Public Schools as an example, they laid off almost 150 administrators and over 100 teachers. Instead of using the funds saved from the laid off administrators to retain teachers, they gave the remaining administrators a healthy pay raise claiming it was because they had to do more work.
She is pro-abortion in some instances, against Charter Schools ever receiving a dime of the funds parents have paid into public indoctrination schools. She’s a firm believer in Obamacare, pro-gay rights and pro-tax increase on everything including the failed cigarette tax from last year. She’s an advocate for a “Luxury Tax” and any other tax increase that might cross her desk. That’s not even a moderate Republican stance. She’s a full blown Democrat.
She started making enemies at her first Republican Caucus at the state Capital. Sticking with her liberal play book she attacked the Christian legislators the worst. She said “Okay, it was fine, a reunion of sorts for many, but then John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) spoke and I thought I was back at ORU and that was offensive. It was a prayer revival. Bible thumping and it shouldn’t have been,” Lady you could have expressed your view and walked out. No one made you stay. She goes on to say “And it wasn’t just offensive to me—I am sitting in a row of about ten people and we’re all looking at each other thinking What are you doing? Oh I’ll pick a fight with him. We need to muffle his megaphone. And how the hell does he keep getting re-elected? Let’s start there.” Lady we Conservatives are wondering how the hell you ever got elected.
She went even further. In a display of contempt for any religion she stated that Christians like Rep. John Bennett “sucks the energy out of real legislation and embarrasses the state. It has not gone unnoticed that this Christian gentleman that you have decided to deride and pick a fight with has not said a word against you. We recognize that you are entitled to your beliefs, however you should be willing to recognize the beliefs of others simply because the majority of the people who voted for you were Christians. We ask who is the most honest and dependable. It’s certainly not with some Democrat dressed as a Republican who isn’t even brave enough to put her party affiliation on her campaign literature. It certainly not from some hippie want to be that is so lack of guidance that they open a surf shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During that same interview she demonstrated her complete lack of knowledge about the politics of the country when she made this statement “Yes absolutely. When I was campaigning, I’d knock on doors and ask questions, try to go deeper, and one woman said she’d never let her kids go into a public bathroom again because she didn’t want them kidnapped and raped.” She didn’t stop to think of what was happening in Oklahoma at that time. Many stores and shopping malls even some schools were going to gender neutral bathrooms. Instead she did this. “And I Thought Oh dear God the ignorance. I said do you know who the pedophiles are? It’s usually your white, next door neighbor. I laid into her because I was so angry about the ignorance.” We can understand that anger. She herself has displayed a great amount of ignorance herself. She cuts a man down for his religion and then uses the Lords name in vain. We don’t know what her religion is, and don’t care. She needs to keep her religious views to herself and stop using the Lords name in vain.
Now this has to be the most disheartening detail about the vetting of this candidate now Representative. By her own admission Bush was recruited to run for the office by former Democrat Jeannie McDaniel. She even advocates for an assisted death law in Oklahoma to deal with her ill mother. That’s a position the Democrats have stood for as a National Party for a couple of decades. There are other options that have been available for decades. She could use one of those, but this gives the appearance of someone in a hurry for an inheritance.
We next went to her campaign web site to see what she had on the issues. This is what we found Issues - Vote Carol Bush
. We find her talking about the budget gap from last year yet she never mentions the anticipated $900 million dollar budget gap they face for this next year. She appears to be completely unaware of the lucrative tax credits given to various industries throughout the state. Is she even aware that while they struggled, and failed, to close that $1.3 billion dollar gap in the budget last year they made permanent one of the juiciest tax credits in the state. That was bought by campaign donations to the right people from the Governor on down through the Senate and House. Meanwhile the children of the state keep getting the short end be3cause of campaign contributions. That has to be one of the most idiotic moves ever made by any voting body worldwide ever and it was done for the lust of power.
The next article of interest we found was this Carol Bush (Oklahoma) - Ballotpedia
. We were surprised to find this much information on the site so soon after the election. The only information we gained from this was the number of individuals who voted for her. She based her campaign on three hot button issues in the state. The same issue most candidates ran on and she has little understanding of. She goes as far as to claim her work with the Crime Prevention Network gives her firsthand knowledge about sensible criminal justice reform. This is a statement she let stand well after criminal justice reform had passed in the state by voters in two state questions. How much softer on crime does she want to get?
We next went to www.votesmart.org
to see what information they had available on her. We started with her biography page and found no additional information about Ms. Bush on file.
We next went to the Issue Position page and found these two items Issue Position: Budget - Public Statements - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart
and this Smart. We found that the wording of these two items are exactly like those written on her campaign web site. This indicates to us that someone inside her campaign submitted the information to Votesmart.org. We also noted the fact that one of her key issue items was missing from this page.
The next article of interest we found was this Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce - Oklahoma and Tulsa BizPAC
. Despite what they claim to be, this group is often found to support the candidate they feel they can have the most influence over. They did so in this case. They donated $1,000.00 to Carol Bush. This organization has ties to the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.
The next article of interest we found was this MuskogeePolitico.com: RINO Alert: HD70 Rep. Carol Bush shows true colors
. We urge you to open this link and read the article for yourself. People often refer to Oklahoma as the reddest state in the union, but they also refer to us as the most corrupt state in the union. This is one of the reasons why. This failed Surf Shop owner wants to turn our Oklahoma Values into those of California. The MuskogeePolitical.com was being polite in calling her a RINO. She is pure leftist Democrat in the Hillary Clinton mode through and through.
The next article of interest we found was this One of the good ones - The Tulsa Voice - December A 2016
. Now in all fairness the individual who wrote this story did admit in full disclosure that he had known Carol Bush since the days of the failed Surf Shop. We all know that the Northeastern part of the state leans to the left more than the rest of the state however calling a candidate or Representative who misrepresented herself throughout the campaign cannot be called one of the good ones in any bodies book unless you are a Democrat at heart. Her complete lack of understanding of the state budget and the problems facing the state are so bad that she should resign her position immediately.
We next went to the site www.theguardian.ok.gov
to see what they had on her campaign finance reports. There was a lot of ground to cover. She first filed for office on Jan., 11 2016. There was an error and she had to refile on Jan. 16, 2016.
For the reporting period of Jan 01, 2016 through Mar 31, 2016 we found that all of her campaign finance collections were from individual donors. However we also found that she lacked the confidence in fellow Oklahoma business’s to trust their services and conducted a lot of business for campaign material out of state. It would seem that someone that was concerned with the state budget and unemployment would have spent that money closer to home.
For the time period of April 01, 2016 through June 13, 2013 we once again found that a vast majority of her campaign donations came from individuals. One of those donations stood out as it came from one of President Obama’s biggest campaign bundlers and a profiteer from the collapse of the solar panel company. Needless to say we tax payers lost our shirts in that debacle.
May 10, 2016 George Kaiser $1,000.00
She also accepted a contribution from a Political Action Committee. That is considered a special interest group.
May 20, 2016 Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police 93 PAC $ 250.00
For the time period of Jun 14, 2016 through Aug 08, 2016 we found an almost equal amount of donations between individuals and corporations, unions and political action committees. It should be noted that this is the first time she closed a reporting period with a debt in her campaign. We’ve listed a few below.
Aug 03, 2016 Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police 93 PAC $ 750.00
Jun 21, 2016 Oklahoma BIZ PAC $1,000.00
For the period of Aug 08, 2016 through Oct 24, 2016 her donations from individuals was more than doubled by corporations, unions and political action committees. Below is some of what we found.
Sep 05, 2016 Citizens for Justice $2,500.00
Oct 17, 2016 Center for Legislative Excellence $1,000.00
Oct 17, 2016 Greater OKC Chamber Pac $ 500.00
We could go on, but it just gets repetitive. Before her first day in office we can already tell that she is a Chambercrat. She’ll do the bidding of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce no matter how repugnant it might be.
Rest assured that the information we have found and had not been disclosed to the votesmart.org site before is on its way to them so they can have a better picture of this Representative. Representative Bush your lying and deceit has brought you to our attention. No one, not even you have the right to belittle someone’s Christian belief. You can rest assured that this organization will be watching every proposal you make, every vote that you make and every unconstitutional action you try to take and we will call you on it. Our advice is to surrender your seat now. We have no place in our government for bigots like you.