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IRS Bullies Conservative Groups

IRS Targets Conservative Groups

The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday to conservative political groups for giving their tax documents extra scrutiny — validating the worst fears of Republican activists who have long accused the Obama administration of politicizing the process.

Roughly 75 groups were singled out using words like “tea party” or “patriot” in tax documents, Lois Lerner, who is responsible for overseeing tax-exempt groups, said on a hastily arranged conference call Friday afternoon.

“Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale,” the IRS said in a separate statement.

The announcement is the latest black eye for an agency that has been criticized by members of Congress from both parties, reform groups and conservative activists for its handling of politically active tax-exempt nonprofits…

You can read the full story here on Politico.

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Top Ten Lies from Ohio Democrats about Governor Kasich’s Jobs Budget 2.0

LIE #1: Governor Kasich’s budget includes a $7.1 billion tax increase. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern has said this countless times in news interviews that Governor John Kasich’s budget will increase taxes.

LIE #2: Governor Kasich’s budget “puts pressure” on colleges and universities to cut staff and resources. Ohio Democrats claim that Governor John Kasich’s Jobs Budget 2.0 cuts funding from colleges and universities and forces them to layoff teachers and cut resources.

  • FACT: Governor John Kasich’s proposed Jobs Budget 2.0 incentivizes colleges and universities to graduate students, not just enroll them. In collaboration with Ohio’s college and university presidents, Governor Kasich is refocusing funding for higher education to improve graduation and develop a more highly skilled workforce. [Proposed Ohio Jobs Budget 2.0]

LIE #3: Governor Kasich’s budget will “decimate school funding.” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern says this apparently trying to please his union boss friends that bankroll the Ohio Democratic Party.

  • FACT: It was Democratic Governor Ted Strickland that cut funds for education in his FY 2010-2011 Biennial Budget that was passed in 2009. This was the first time education funding was cut since 1992. Governor Kasich’s budgets never once cut state funds to education and instead proposed increases. [Biennial budget for FY 2010-2011, Department of Education budget]
  • FACT: One of the most powerful interest groups in education and labor, the National Education Association, gave $15 MILLION to advocacy groups. Almost one-third of that money ($4,718,000) went to fund the Ohio Democratic Party and the liberal super PAC group We Are Ohio. All of this was paid for with member’s dues money and not the union’s federal PAC. [Education Intelligence Agency]

LIE #4: Governor John Kasich’s budget grows by 20 percent. The Ohio Democratic Party and Chairman Chris Redfern have said that Governor John Kasich’s proposed Jobs Budget 2.0 will increase spending substantially from previous years.

  • FACT: This is wrong. The state budget increases by only a small percentage where it has a direct link to the federal budget, which increased substantially under President Obama.

LIE #5: Governor Kasich’s budget gives “rich folks” a $1.4 billion tax break. Ohio Democrats have tried to deceive Ohians for years.

LIE #6: Governor Kasich’s budget will tax Playstation games. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said on February 12, 2013 via Twitter that Governor John Kasich’s Jobs Budget 2.0 would tax Playstation games.

  • FACT: He is lying. Playstation games are already taxed. [Ohio Revised Code]

LIE #7: The group Innovation Ohio preforms an “Independent study.” The Ohio Democratic Party routinely references studies from the group Innovation Ohio in press releases concerning Governor John Kasich’s Jobs Budget 2.0 as independent and unbiased. 

  • FACT: Innovation Ohio is an ultra-liberal PR firm for the Ohio Democratic Party staffed by former campaign operatives for Governor Ted Strickland. In 2011, the Ohio Democratic House and Senate Caucus paid Innovation Ohio $40,000 to influence the State of Ohio Apportionment Board’s decision concerning redistricting. The Ohio Republican Party exposed the liberal group during a news conference held on February 7, 2013. [ORP News Conference]     

LIE #8: Governor Kasich cut $1.8 billion from the budget in education funding in 2011. The Ohio Democratic Party said in a news release on January 31, 2013 that Governor Kasich cut the state education budget in 2011.

  • FACT: Not one of Governor John Kasich’s budgets proposed cuts in state education funding. In fact, Governor Kasich’s Ohio budgets each proposed to increase funds to education. Democrat Governor Ted Strickland was responsible for the $1.8 billion cut from education in his biennial budget for FY 2010-2011 that was passed in 2009, which Governor Kasich then inherited.  Strickland cut state education funding for the first time since 1992. [FY 2010-2011 Biennial Budget; FY 2012-2013 Ohio Budget] 

LIE #9: Governor Kasich’s school funding proposal gives to rich school districts and discriminates against smaller ones. The Ohio Democratic Party made public statements in support of Superintendent Arnol Elam who wrote an open letter to parents about Governor John Kasich’s Jobs Budget 2.0. He then forced school children to carry the letter home in their backpacks.

  • FACT: Governor John Kasich’s new schools plan gives 400 percent more money to poor school districts more than wealthy ones. And the alleged political activity by Superintendent Arnol Elam is under investigation by the Warren County Prosecutor. [Proposed Ohio Jobs Budget 2.0]

LIE #10: Governor John Kasich wants to “tax everything.” The Ohio Democratic Party said that Governor Kasich’s Jobs Budget 2.0 raises taxes on everything.

  • FACT: The income tax cut proposed in Governor Kasich’s Jobs Budget 2.0 means more take home pay for Ohio families. The proposed sales tax cut means school supplies, Christmas shopping, and family dinner-night-out will cost Ohio families less. [Proposed Ohio Jobs Budget 2.0]
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Another Democrat Lie

The Democrats have lied countless times over the past week, but the biggest lie came on Valentine’s Day.

Here’s their claim.

“Kasich’s first budget put pressure on schools like Bowling Green State University (BGSU) which was hit hard with a $2.8 Million (4 percent) decrease in year-over-year state funding for fiscal year 2013 while being prevented from raising tuition and fees more than 3.5 percent annually.”

As ThirdBasePolitics put it: the dishonesty.

This lie is pretty easy to point out. In fact, the Democrats even reference it as a link in their blog post.

University Spokesperson David Kielmeyer said the move will save an estimated $5.2 million “which will be reallocated to other university priorities.”

Kielmeyer said the top priority is to provide competitive salaries for faculty and staff. BGSU now has 932 full time faculty members. 

The university is negotiating a first contract with the Bowling Green State University Faculty Association.

Plans for the faculty reduction were apparently revealed earlier this week at the monthly BGSU Faculty-Senate meeting during a report by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Rodney Rogers.

All of these positions will come from attrition, retirements and the expiration of some one-year teaching contracts,” the statement said. “Over time, students’ interest in areas of study changes, and the university must adjust to meet these evolving teaching needs.

In other words, the Democrats lied, again. Bowling Green State University says so itself that the quality of a student’s education will not be harmed. It makes no mention of Governor John Kasich’s budget.

We’ll even go one step further.

Here’s a statement from BGSU supporting Governor Kasich’s proposed budget when it was unveiled.

“While the new formula will negatively impact BGSU in the short-term, it is an important step in the right direction to address the challenges facing BGSU and higher education in Ohio.”

imageDecide for yourself who is telling the truth.  

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Thirteen Quotes to Inspire Republicans in 2013

As we celebrate a new year full of so much promise, we must be sure to reflect on all the opportunity before us, both as Republicans and as Americans. Here are 13 quotes for 2013, some words of wisdom to aid in this reflection:

image“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” - George Washington

image“I look with horror up at that clock that shows $15 trillion in the national debt, that’s the Sword of Damocles hanging over our children’s head.” – John Kasich

image“We stand for free peoples and free markets.  We will defend and support them.” – Condoleeza Rice

image“Our freedoms were born in the ideals of the Enlightenment and the musket fires of an historic revolution.” - John Boehner

image“I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.” - Frederick Douglass

image“Hey, I’m a Catholic deer hunter, I’m happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion.” – Paul Ryan

image“We proclaimed a dream of an America that would be ‘a shining city on a hill.’” – Ronald Reagan

image“For all our current troubles, Americans are still the hardest working, most innovative people on the face of the earth.  By trusting the American people, instead of government, we’ll continue to surprise and inspire the world.” – Rob Portman

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” - Alexis de Tocqueville

 image“The people are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” - Thomas Jefferson

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." - Thomas Jefferson

"Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebody else’s resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property." - Milton Friedman

image“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” - Abraham Lincoln

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Former Gov. Ted Strickland forgets Jon Husted is Secretary of State during the 2012 Electoral College ceremonies at the Ohio Statehouse. Husted hasn’t been Speaker of the House since 2009.

Ted Strickland was Governor in 2009 when Ohio’s unemployment reached its peak at 10.6% and over 400,000 Ohioans were out of work.

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ORP Chairman Bob Bennett questioned the motives of Democrat Ed Fitzgerald’s attacks on Governor John Kasich’s new Ohio Jobs and Transportation plan.
Why would Ed FitzGerald lead such an attack on a plan that creates an estimated 65,000 construction jobs and enhance Ohio’s aging infrastructure? It seems Ed FitzGerald is more interested in advancing his own political career than of caring for Ohio families.
Take a look at the image above to see who Ed FitzGerald tried to recruit to attack Governor Kasich’s new jobs plan. Does Ed FitzGerald not realize that Governor Kasich’s innovative new plan was endorsed by Democrats, Republicans, unions and businesses?

ORP Chairman Bob Bennett questioned the motives of Democrat Ed Fitzgerald’s attacks on Governor John Kasich’s new Ohio Jobs and Transportation plan.

Why would Ed FitzGerald lead such an attack on a plan that creates an estimated 65,000 construction jobs and enhance Ohio’s aging infrastructure? It seems Ed FitzGerald is more interested in advancing his own political career than of caring for Ohio families.

Take a look at the image above to see who Ed FitzGerald tried to recruit to attack Governor Kasich’s new jobs plan. Does Ed FitzGerald not realize that Governor Kasich’s innovative new plan was endorsed by Democrats, Republicans, unions and businesses?

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Congratulations Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. People are so mad over your plan to give money to kids that they filled up the Plain Dealer’s letter to the editor section against it today.
Mr. FitzGerald wants to spend $3 million on a San Fransisco style education program of which half the sum is wasted on bureaucratic management. Instead of trying to recreate a program that already exists, perhaps Mr. FitzGerald should invest in something like jobs.

Congratulations Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. People are so mad over your plan to give money to kids that they filled up the Plain Dealer’s letter to the editor section against it today.

Mr. FitzGerald wants to spend $3 million on a San Fransisco style education program of which half the sum is wasted on bureaucratic management. Instead of trying to recreate a program that already exists, perhaps Mr. FitzGerald should invest in something like jobs.

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Republican Leaders Working to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Republican leaders are working tirelessly to avoid our nation falling off a “fiscal cliff” and Democrats are refusing to cut spending under any circumstances. 

The term “fiscal cliff” comes from the Budget Control Act of 2011, which was designed to try and force Congress to come up with a new solution to reducing the nation’s deficit. (Remember the “super committee”?)  

The Act was written in such a way that if Congress did not pass a new deficit reduction plan, then certain automatic spending cuts would go into effect on January 2, 2013.

Below are some key points of the GOP’s effort to avert the fiscal cliff even as Democrats refuse to cut spending:

This week, Republican Leaders in the House of Representatives extended a new offer to President Obama that would avert the fiscal crisis through a balanced approach of spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform measures.

The plan offered by Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders is balanced, realistic and credible, and deserves serious consideration by the White House. The radical proposal offered by the White House last week calls for twice as much revenue as the President called for during the campaign and is unrealistic.

The President’s plan to raise taxes would negatively affect hardworking taxpayers, small businesses, and job creators. It is a slippery slope of bigger government that breaks the promise of spending cuts.

The Bowles plan, which was outlined last year by Erskine Bowles, a Democrat who led the president’s debt reduction committee, is a bipartisan solution that attacks our national debt at its core and offers significant spending cuts and new revenues from comprehensive tax reform with fewer loopholes and lower tax rates.

It took the White House THREE WEEKS to respond to the Republicans’ original offer. When the White House finally responded, it was a radical and unrealistic offer only meant to appeal to the ultra-liberal wing of the Democrats Party. The President is refusing to lead and the country can’t wait another three weeks for the White House to respond to this serious offer.

Raising taxes without cutting spending costs jobs. A proposal such as the one proposed by the White House, that raises revenue by raising tax rates cannot pass the House. A proposal that raises revenue by closing special-interest loopholes, making the tax code cleaner and simpler that supports job creation, can. The budget will never be balanced without economic growth.

The Republican proposal is a serious offer to forge a bipartisan agreement that will avert the fiscal cliff and begin to solve the debt problem in a balanced manner, without harming the economy. The Democrats must now decide which course to take.

Unrealistic proposals, campaign-style rallies that work to divide Americans instead of drawing them together make it more likely that a bipartisan agreement will be reached.

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49 Days, 49 Counts: Indicted Democrat State Rep. Still on Payroll

49 days and counting from being indicted on 49 criminal charges, including 45 felonies, disgraced Democrat State Representative Clayton Luckie continues to receive a taxpayer-funded salary.

Luckie is under federal indictment for 49 counts of criminal activity in one of the largest FBI investigations of the Ohio Democratic Caucus in Ohio legislative history. Forty-five of these counts, such as theft in office and money laundering, are felonies. Speaker of the House William Batchelder (R-Medina) immediately called for Luckie’s resignation when the indictment was issued more than a month ago.

"Enough is enough and the fact that Clayton Luckie continues to take a taxpayer paycheck while facing charges of lying, cheating, and stealing is a disgrace to the Democrat Caucus and an outrageous affront to the people of his district," said Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett. "Lukie has four times as many felony charges as Bernie Madoff and he still hasn’t resigned."

"Chairman Redfern, Minority Leader Budish, and other top Democrats offered lip service and slaps to Luckie’s wrist, but have done absolutely nothing meaningful to remove Luckie from office," said Bennett. "Democrat party leaders can force Luckie to resign today."

On November 14, 2006, Luckie, supported by former Governor Ted Strickland, was appointed by the Democrat Party to the 39th House District seat that was vacated by Dixie Allen after she left her seat to run for county commissioner as a Republican. Luckie’s October 10th indictment is a result of a continuing investigation by the FBI, which began 19 months ago, into the issue of payday lending legislation in the Ohio General Assembly.

The same investigation resulted in the conviction of former Democrat State Representative Carlton Weddington to three-year prison sentence for bribery, election falsification, and ethics violations. Weddington resigned from office after he was indicted.

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Clayton Luckie still on State Payroll

"Although he has been all but barred from voting on state matters, embattled Ohio Rep. Clayton Luckie continues to receive a paycheck as he waits out his final months in office." ("Indicted State Rep Still on Payroll," Dayton Daily News 11/14/12)

FBI Indicts Luckie after 1 ½ Year Investigation

"The most serious charge contained in the indictment is engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, commonly referred to as a RICO charge, in which it is alleged that Luckie used his office and the campaign committee in order to commit a series of unlawful predicate crimes such as theft in office, money laundering, and tampering with records, in order to establish, facilitate or carry on a series of illegal and corrupt acts. That charge is a first-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison." (Press Release, FBI Cincinnati, 10/10/12)

"From there, a forensic accountant at the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed a paper trail that revealed an alleged scheme by Luckie to siphon off as much as $130,000 in campaign cash for spending at casinos and furniture, jewelry and clothing stores, making a payment on a home equity loan and transferring money into his personal bank accounts, authorities said." ("Dayton Lawmaker Faces 45 Felonies," Dayton Daily News, 10/10/12)

Batchelder Calls on Luckie to Resign

"Speaker William Batchelder said Wednesday that Rep. Clayton Luckie has damaged the public’s trust in the House and should resign. Batchelder, a Republican, says it’s in "the best interest" of the Legislature and the people of Ohio that Luckie leave office." ("Ohio House Leader Calls on Lawmaker to Resign," Associated Press, 10/10/12)

Luckie Appointed by Joyce Beatty

"The Democratic Party plans to appoint Dayton school board member Clayton Luckie to finish the term of state Rep. Dixie Allen if Republicans appoint Allen to the Montgomery County Commission as expected." ("Controversy swirls around Allen’s decision to change party," Dayton Daily News, 7/18/06)

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Ohio Jobs Under Siege

It’s hard to imagine, but some Democrats are actually trying to block Ohio’s efforts to create jobs.
 
Just yesterday, a Democrat official in Cuyahoga County, for purely political and self-serving reasons, went so far as to try and demand that Ohio stop promoting its progress and stop trying to bring new jobs to our state.
 
Despite its incredible record of success in keeping and bringing jobs to Ohio, JobsOhio—Gov. Kasich’s innovative new job-creation effort—is being attacked by Democrats who are actively working against it.
 
Just look at JobsOhio’s results: in less than two years JobsOhio has already helped secure 101,616 Ohio jobs, $6.4 billion in capital investment, and $5.5 billion in payroll heading into the wallets of Ohio workers.

And the Democrat response? “Stop. Tear JobsOhio apart. Shut it down. Go back to the failed policies of Ted Strickland that led to 400,000 Ohioans losing their jobs.”
 
Make no mistake, Democrats have waged war against JobsOhio from day one.
 
In February, 2011, 95% of Democrats in the Legislature actually voted against creating JobsOhio;
 
Later that year, Democrat legislators Sen. Mike Skindell (Lakewood) and State Rep. Dennis Murray (Sandusky), together with a liberal activist group, sued JobsOhio to try to shut it down;
 
When Gov. Kasich convinced nationally-recognized job creator Mark Kvamme to come to Ohio and lead Ohio’s job creation campaign, Democrats cried foul and tried to push him out;
 
This year, State Sen. Mike Skindell and Rep. Murray, together with the same liberal activists, filed court appeals after losing previous lawsuits to try to keep their anti-jobs campaign going;
 
And now Democrats want JobsOhio to stop its new outreach campaign that helps grow and attract more jobs to Ohio.
 
Why are Democrats fighting these innovative efforts to get Ohioans’ back to work? Why are they opposed to Ohio continuing to do the same kind of job-creating promotion that governors of both parties have done in Ohio and other states for decades? I don’t have the answer but I know that efforts to create jobs should be above partisanship and that the Democrats’ efforts to block job creation are against Ohioans’ best interests.