Maybe this guy would have been better off sticking with his second major in college as a Music Education Major. He could at least teach school, although I’m not too sure if I’d want his political philosophy being spewed to my children. I know I certainly wouldn’t want to hire this man as an Attorney. It seems all he wants to do is take away your rights.
One other thing, have you figured in the cost of the legal challenges that this is going to have against it. This one won’t stop at the Oklahoma Supreme Court. This one will go all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Has violating our rights in the name of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce worth that much to you? If it is, then declare yourself for what you really are. A DEMOCRAT.
We will be watching this bill very closely. Should it pass either Chamber, or should it pass any further committees, we will call you out. It is next scheduled for the Senate Appropriations Committee which Senator Jolley Chairs. As he is the author of this bill, if he has any morals about him, he should recuse himself from any discussions and votes about this bill
Spanking the Charlie
It’s Not Just the Sooner Tea Party These Days
I was traveling out of the country when Charlie Meadows wrote the blog article that I am going to quote from and didn’t have the time to do the story justice but as I always say, things happen for a reason. Sure enough this week old Charlie himself points out that he got some major feedback. The following is from the previous OCPAC blog post/newsletter with my snarky comments in bold type:
A lot of folks told me they really enjoyed having the Lt. Governor
speak at OCPAC this past Wednesday. Todd is very intelligent, well versed on many of the issues of the day and certainly has a
charismatic personality which serves his excellent communication
skills very well. Absent a huge mess-up, Governor Fallin is sure to be re-elected in 2014 and it will be like a cake walk for Lt. Governor Lamb to obtain the Governor’s office in 2018 if he so choses. (sic) If you will log on to www.oklahomacpac.com, and hit the link to video’s you can see our program last Wednesday.
My God, next thing will be for Charlie to offer to have this man’s baby.
One of the interesting things about Todd’s presentation was the
complementary things he had to say about OCPAC. Things we have heard from speakers before, though it has been a while. He indicated that in many situations when ideas were being discussed, it often comes up as to where would OCPAC be on a particular issue? It is a testament to the years education provided by OCPAC as well as our activism and the financial support from our members that have earned that kind of concern. Is Charlie really this stupid not to pick up on the self abuse going on here?
The other kind thing Todd said about OCPAC was that we were considered to be the North Point on the compass of conservatism in the state of Oklahoma. Similar to what a former state senator said about us a number of years ago. This former senator was telling one of our members, not knowing the person he was talking to was a member, that OCPAC candidates probably wouldn’t win many races, but that we played a vital roll as the anchor for the Republican lawmakers, to help keep them from drifting off too far to the left. For an old man he sure do have a strong wrist.
I would suggest the only thing this former senator got wrong was the part about not many of our candidates would get elected. Over the past 7 election cycles we have raised close to $200,000 and contributed to candidates in 114 races. That effort has helped to elect 62 men and women to the state legislature. While I am the person that gets many of the kudos for our efforts as well as having to take the many arrows, the reality is that this organization belongs to the many people who support it, many of you for many years now. Folks will never know how humbling that knowledge is to me that folks have trusted our efforts for such a long time. Thanks so much to everyone who have made OCPAC what it has become today.
Okay, do the math. That is $1,700.00 per race, sure to make a loser into a winner. And can’t you see how a few hundred bucks is going to outweigh the hundreds of thousands that the State Chamber gives the politicians? Yes, I’m being sarcastic.
Now for this week’s OCPAC newsletter where old Charlie defended himself.
Several folks took me to task regarding my comments about Todd Lamb in last week’s e-mail. Whether they thought I was too gracious or perhaps was endorsing Todd for Governor in 2018, they just believe I went overboard in my comments. Yah think?
Therefore, let me set the record straight and partially correct one
part of what I said. Politically savvy folks understand that when a Lt. Governor appears and speaks in all 77 counties at least once a year, even on official business, that person is making contacts with key folks all over the state. That person is at least building relationships with folks, which will give the Lt. Governor a real opportunity to raise future campaign funds and have volunteers in every part of the state. Okay, only the political savvy folks understand Charlie’s wisdom. Who are you to complain?
I should not have suggested his election will be like a cake walk in 2018 if he chooses to run for the governor’s office at that time, none the less, all that time traveling all over the state will give him an advantage over others who have not done so. There are other state wide office holders, but most don’t make anywhere near the contacts as the Lt. Governor.
Because of term limits, all these candidates who have already won a state wide office will have to leave office and one or more of them may run for the governor’s office. Also, you never know if a congressional office holder might decide to run for governor or perhaps someone from the private sector. Therefore, my comments about Todd’s election as governor being a cake walk was too strong, at the same time, he is likely to be the perceived favorite. Clueless… completely clueless, thinking the cake walk comment was the problem.
Next, all the things I said about his personal charisma and speaking abilities, I stand by, but notice I didn’t suggest he was a bastion of conservatism as he is not. I don’t have his final lifetime average (that would cover 6 years in the Senate) from the Oklahoma Constitution Newspaper’s Conservative Index, but his lifetime average after 5 years was a 65. We draw a line at 64 and above as being acceptable, a 65 barely skates by the standard. Yes sir eee Bob, Charlie spits, not swallows.
The most important thing I said in last week’s e-mail was about the compliments he gave to OCPAC as being a significant player in the state of Oklahoma. When he stated we are the North point on the compass for conservatism, that suggests we are an important player. When he suggests that when the movers and shakers wonder where OCPAC will be on an issue as they are discussing ideas, that is another indication that we have an important part to play in affecting then direction of the state of Oklahoma. No Charlie, Lamb buttered your rotund posterior because he knew that you would spew vast amounts of undeserved praise and sell out the power of your group over the politicians for the insignificant trinkets of personal praise and access to the politician. OCPAC once was a potent player in conservative politics but that ended the minute the Republicans took control of the House and Senate and you didn’t hold them to their promises. Now you trade the power of your group for access, and the funny part is that you think they are doing you a favor speaking to your group while co opting half of them in the process.
That is why our supporters should be very pleased to realize what we have been able to accomplish in just 14 years as a Political Action Committee. Uh, Charlie… have you forgotten that we have a RINO infestation all across the state? You do realize that half of those 14 years the Republicans held the House and Senate?
That is also why I urge folks that have not become dues paying members as yet, to step up to the plate and join us, to help us increase the conservative influence upon the state of Oklahoma. The success of OCPAC depends upon the support of our dues paying members and activist friends as well as the work of our volunteer leaders, who don’t receive a dime for their efforts. That is yet one more reason for becoming a dues paying member, your dues monies aren’t wasted on overhead and salaries, it goes where it should, either to help elect conservative candidates or hold elected officials accountable. As compared to what Charlie? The John Birch Society? They pay salaries and overhead don’t they? Or OK-SAFE? Please elaborate.
The encouraging thing is that Charlie is facing some heat from his fellow OCPAC attendees over the excessive slobbering over politicians that by his own admission barely meet conservative standards. Wasn’t Todd Lamb the Lt. Governor when Obama Care was being shoved down our throats? Wasn’t he in office last year when the Personhood bill couldn’t get a hearing? One would hope that Charlie would eventually see the feedback for what it is;people becoming tired of eating lunch while politicians lie to their faces and donating money to a group whose leader sells out and becomes the politician’s whore
HOUSE LEADERSHIP PART 3
By the Watchman
For this installment of the comedy of errors section we’ll be discussing Representatives Dale DeWitt, an Assistant Majority Floor Leader. In other words, muscle for the Speaker.
We began our research with Representative DeWitt by going to his biography page at www.ok.gov
. Talk about a gerrymandered district, this one takes the cake. His district covers all the way from Enid to parts of Guthrie. I must say, he doesn’t represent any of them very well. As is the case with his biography page, we looked at the bills he submitted this year for consideration before the House. Four bills caught our attention. They are as follows:
HB 1925 Fish and Game Act. Dealing with fees for fishing licenses. Makes no changes in current law whatsoever. All this bill does is put his name on something during his last years in the legislature.
HB 1926 Fish and Game Act. Dealing with fees for hunting licenses. A repeat of HB 1925. Just another attempt at trying to get his name on the books.
HB 1927 Relating to Teachers Retirement System. Finally a new law, only this one will cost the tax payers. It seems this retired teacher would like to give a 1 time $500.00 to retired teachers who fall below the applicable federal poverty level. This one time stipend is to be paid out of the Teacher’s Retirement System Stipend Accumulation Fund and funded through “apportioned funds from sources provided by law.” I would like to ask one question. What about the rest of the people that fall below the poverty guidelines? This bill is nothing more than paying back the union that helped keep you in office.
HB 1928 Fish and Game Act. Again dealing with hunting licenses, but this time with eligibility. There are no changes from current state law in the bill. Once again this is a legacy bill on the part of this Representative.
We next went to www.votesmart.org
to see what information was available there. Not since 2004 has he let his constituents know where he stood on the issues. Back then he was for increasing the funding on everything except higher education and welfare. That included increasing the funding for the environment. He also felt it was necessary to increase taxes on alcohol, and gasoline.
Now one of the items that caught me as strange was he wanted to increase the penalties for some prisoners and juveniles that are charged with adult offenses, including harsher penalties for drug related crimes, but he apparently doesn’t want to spend any state funds to build additional prison space to house the offenders. What is he thinking we should do with them?
We next looked at his ratings and endorsements. He manages to get a consistent mid to high 80’s from the Research Institute for Economic Development. This shows a high pro-business leaning in his work. At the same time he shows an alternating average of 70% on year to 100% the next year in Family and Children Issues. It would appear that it depends on which year an election is coming up.
Mr. DeWitt is the only representative that we have ever seen that has had a rating from the Oklahoma Sierra Club of between 50% and 75%.
We next went to www.followthemoney.org
to look at his campaign finances. Just about every major member of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce donated to his campaign. We found the rebranded A.C.O.R.N affiliate here in Oklahoma had donated to his campaign along with the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies. These are both very liberal groups that no true conservative should ever accept campaign funds from. We only counted fifteen individual donations to his campaign and one of those was from a fellow house member.
We wanted to verify the individual donations so we went to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission web site at www.ok.gov
to see what information they had available. There were two individuals listed there that were not listed at followthemoney.org, but they were both last minute donations and could have been easily missed. What was troubling to us was he listed donations from Native American Tribal Governments as individual donations instead of donations from committees or organizations. These donations are the same as donations from Political Action Committees or corporations and should be treated as such.
We then went back and took a look at his voting record on subjects that mattered to most Oklahomans. Here is what we found.
HB 1397 Transvestite Birth Certificate Bill, Voted Yea, Liberal Vote
HB 2130 Obama Care, Voted Yea, Liberal Vote
HR 1004 Open Governance Bill, Voted Nea, Liberal Vote
HR 2171 Highway Bond Bill, Voted Yea, Liberal Vote
HB 1953 Governors Quick Action Fund, Slush Fund, Voted Yea, Liberal Vote
HB 1446 Illegal Immigration Bill, Voted No, Liberal Vote
HB 1647 Open Carry Bill, Voted No, Liberal Vote
SB 154 Quality Jobs Act, Voted Yea, Liberal Vote
These votes earned him a score of 25 on the RINO Index Rating. I hate to say this folks, but most of the Democratic caucus scored higher than this. How can this man claim to be a Republican? How can he legitimately hold a position of responsibility in the House Leadership team with a record like this?