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John Becker
, CTP, MBA
Republican State Committeeman and Candidate for the 2012 Ohio House of Representatives

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The Becker Report
Volume IV, Issue X
July 21, 2011

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Becker Endorsed by Family First PAC!!!
This is a HUGE endorsement! Family First PAC has the highest standards and only endorses candidates who pass very strict criteria. This ensures that only the most conservative and family friendly candidates can qualify for endorsement. Additionally, I am honored to be their first candidate to be endorsed for the 2012 election cycle.

Becker signs Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge
That's in addition to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge that I personally handed to Grover Norquist, Americans for tax reform.

Congratulations
Jean Schmidt is a US Chamber of Commerce 2010 Spirit of Enterprise Award winner.

State Central Committee Meeting Minutes
The following is an excerpt from the June 24, 2011 meeting in Columbus:
Chairman DeWine asked for a motion to endorse Senate Bill 5. Chairman DeWine recognized member, John Becker, who moved the following resolution:
WHEREAS the State of Ohio seeks to reverse job loss and alleviate an $8 billion budget deficit; and
WHEREAS the State of Ohio seeks to improve its tax climate which presently ranks 46th in the nation; and
WHEREAS public sector employee pay and benefits for three decades has accelerated at a rate far higher than private sector pay and benefits; and
WHEREAS Senate Bill 5 seeks to provide local government with the tools to alleviate policies that have led to an ever-increasing cost of government  at the expense of individual and business taxes and liberty; and
WHEREAS Senate Bill 5 will slow the pace of property and other tax increases locally, and of income taxes at the state level; and
WHEREAS Governor John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly have put forth a reform agenda that is dedicated to improving Ohio’s business climate and restoring job creation;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Ohio Republican Party State Central and Executive Committee, do hereby formally endorse and support Senate Bill 5 to proclaim and defend the importance of taxpayer rights.
Charles Knight seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Video Central
Ohio Medicaid Russian Drug Smuggling Investigation (23+ minutes)

Editorial
This came from my brother who works in the securities industry. You may, or may not, agree with his analysis and/or proposals, but he is an expert in his field.

My dearest brother John,
I love America and all that it is and can be. I believe it to be the greatest nation in the history of mankind. Yet, today, I am gravely concerned that we, as a nation, stand on the edge of a great precipice. Threatening our greatness like the swords of Damocles are the twin evils of excessive debt and no growth. The decisions we make today will continue that greatness or reverse course to an abyss of mediocrity.
Therefore, I offer six solutions, if taken immediately, will create jobs, lower gasoline prices, reduce carbon emissions, reduce foreign oil imports, generate growth and will save this nation.
1. The federal government should immediately direct the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) to eliminate the ability to buy oil futures on margin (borrowed money).
The oil market is not driven by supply and demand as you would expect and hope, but rather by speculators, who, using high amounts of margin, dictate the price. For evidence see 2008 when oil hit $140 and most recently, May 10, 2011 where the CME slightly raised margin requirements and oil immediately slid from $115 to $99. This action alone would send gasoline prices to $2.50 to $3.00 a gallon thus giving every American more money to spend and boost the economy. Cost to government- ZERO.
2. Corporate taxation:
    a. Declare a tax holiday for 2011 and 2012 for corporations to repatriate their cash from foreign operations back to the U.S. without taxation. Currently US corporations have trillions of dollars overseas because the US corporate tax rate is the highest in the world. Bringing this cash home would place corporations in the position to invest, expand, and hire in the USA.
   b. After the holiday, permanently reduce the corporate tax rate to be equal to our foreign competitors. Liberals here have to understand new math. 10% of something is greater than 35% of nothing.
3. Simplify the tax code. For individuals and corporations, the tax form known as the 1040 for individuals should end at line 22, page 1, which is called total income. At this point, you multiply by 10%, 15%, or 20% and that is what you owe. NO DEDUCTIONS.
    $0 to $30,000                  no taxes
    $30,001 to $100,000        10%
    $100,001 to $250,000       15%
    $250,001                          20%
This is simple and fair.
4. Energy policy. Our nation needs to pursue a portfolio of energy approach that encompasses all energy sources and does not favor one over the other or bets on one.
We need oil, natural gas, coal, solar, electric, nuclear, and wind. Now some of these are now and some are maybe in the future. We can't ignore today’s known (fossil fuels and nuclear) for the maybe future, nor can exclude researching what might work in the future (renewables).
   a. We need to immediately embrace natural gas as a bridge fuel to the future. We have 200 years of natural gas reserves. By converting our 18 wheelers to natural gas, we would eliminate oil imports from the unfriendlies, reduce carbon emissions, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. The federal government should immediately pass a natural gas act to offer tax credits to any company that buys an engine that runs on natural gas. Although 18 wheelers make up 5% of all vehicles, they consume 40% of the fuel. Also, the federal government could immediately mandate all federal vehicles be converted to natural gas as a show of leadership. Currently, we are importing oil and getting ready to export natural gas.
   b. We need to drill in the Gulf and the Arctic. This creates jobs and energy independence.
   c. We need to build nuclear power plants in safe locations. This creates jobs and energy independence. The federal government should offer interest free loans to any utility that wants to build one. Currently, a utility cannot charge customers for something that doesn't produce electricity. Also, there should be one standardized set of blueprints that is government preapproved to reduce the permitting time from 10 years to 6 months.
5. Social Security. Raise the retirement age from 65 to 70 for everybody under age 50. Life expectancy was 65 in 1930. It is now 80. Same for Medicare. This saves money.
Means test social security. Look, once you’ve gotten out what you put in, why should you get more if you make over $100,000? Does anybody really believe Warren Buffet should still be getting social security checks? This saves money.
6. Immigration. The problem with immigration isn't that we have too many illegal immigrants, but too few legal immigrants! The lawful immigration process in this country can take 10 years! We moved millions through Ellis Island in a few years! So, the federal government should establish Ellis Island type facilities along the border and in the 25 largest metropolitan areas. Then, the government declares that within two years, all illegal immigrants must apply for legal immigration. The presumption is immigration is granted unless there is evidence to suggest otherwise, (criminals, drugs, etc.) After the two year period, all illegals are immediately deported. We then get to tax all our new Americans. After all, immigrants built this country and made it great.
This isn't rocket science. We just need leadership.
God bless our nations and leaders in government.
James C. Becker

Becker for 2012 Ohio House of Representatives
The 2012 Primary Election is 8 months away and only 6 months until early voting. I’ve raised more than $21,700 and expanded my donor base to over 250 people! Donation size has ranged from $5 to $1,000. YOU could be my largest contributor for a donation greater than $1,000. All contributions have been from individuals only. I’m Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos regarding my candidacy:

Introduction (38 seconds)

Second Amendment (36 seconds)

Taxes (49 seconds)

Energy (55 seconds)

Pro-Life (42 seconds)

Creation Science and Evolution (42 sec’s.)

State Government Spending (45 seconds)

Donate (50 seconds)

State Government (37 seconds)

 


Past Events
July 16, 2011
About 20 people attended the Southern Ohio GOP Chairs Assn. meeting in Jackson. Ohio Supreme Court candidates Judy French and Sharon Kennedy attended. Ray “Moose” Dutey was the only chairman from my five counties to attend. My SCC colleagues Kay Ayres and Kay Reynolds attended. Ohio GOP Political Director Bruce Tague also attended. SB5 was a primary discussion point of the meeting.

July 14, 2011
Paul Odioso emceed the Miami Twp Tea Party meeting. He also covered
SB5 and issues covered by the Buckeye Institute. George Pattison gave the crowd an update on his campaign for municipal judge. Calvin Pauley discussed the issue of Duke Energy “smart meters.” Bob Turner questioned the need for Clermont County water rates to increase 21 percent since 2007. Ed Humphrey was on hand to explain the facts and a Q & A followed. Ed and I were the only two elected officials who attended. About 20 people were there including county prosecutor candidate Vince Faris and trustee candidate Mark Keitel.

July 8, 2011
Kevin Coughlin and Dana Walch were the featured speakers at the Center-Right Coalition meeting. A Q&A followed. My SCC colleagues Mary Ann Christie and Christa Criddle also attended. It was great to share a table with Joe Platt and Thea Shoemake.

July 5, 2011
Rebecca Heimlich emceed the Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity and Chris Finney of COAST were among the featured speakers.

June 28, 2011
Glenn Beck's Rumors of War II was the featured Tea Party movie at the Union Twp (Clermont County) Civic Center. About 60 people attended.

Event Calendar
July 17 - 23
Adams County Fair in West Union

July 22, 2011
I will be guest hosting the
TIB All Stars Radio Show from their Fairfield studio.

July 22, 2011
State Dinner in Cleveland featuring
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

July 24 – July 30
Clermont County Fair

July 26, 2011
Scioto County GOP Club meeting in New Boston at 7pm

July 28, 2011
Anderson Twp Tea Party meeting at Anderson High School at 7pm

July 28, 2011
Brown County GOP Club meeting

July 29 – July 31
Anderson Days

July 30, 2011
Governor John Kasich at the Sharonville Convention Center. Doors open 12:00pm and event begins at 12:30pm. To attend email Josh Gerth at Josh.Gerth@am.jll.com. Josh will need your email, name, and phone number so you can be sent a ticket.

August 1, 2011
Union Twp (Clermont County) Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center at 7:00

August 2, 2011
National Night Out at Veterans Park in Union Twp (Clermont County) at 6pm

August 2, 2011
Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

August 8 - 13, 2011
Scioto County Fair in Lucasville

August 9, 2011
Scioto County GOP Central Committee meeting in New Boston at 7pm

August 11 - 14
Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show in Georgetown

August 11, 2011
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting at the Civic Center at 7pm

August 12 - 13, 2011
Taste of Clermont County in Batavia

August 13, 2011
Brown County GOP Golf Outing and Picnic

August 19, 2011
Anderson Twp GOP Club picnic

August 24, 2011
Clermont County Central Committee meeting at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

August 25, 2011
Anderson Twp Tea Party meeting at Anderson High School at 7pm

August 25, 2011
Brown County GOP Club meeting

August 25 - 28
Ohio Tobacco Festival in Ripley

August 30, 2011
Scioto County GOP Club meeting in New Boston at 7pm

September 2, 2011
First Friday Luncheon sponsored by
Government Strategies Group at 12pm

September 6, 2011
Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

September 6, 2011
CCV's 24th Annual Golf Classic at the Glenview Golf Course (Cincinnati)

September 13, 2011
Scioto County GOP Central Committee meeting in New Boston at 7pm

September 21, 2011
Clermont County Central Committee meeting at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

September 22, 2011
Anderson Twp Tea Party meeting at Anderson High School at 7pm

September 26 – October 1
Brown County Fair in Georgetown

September 27, 2011
Scioto County GOP Club meeting in New Boston at 7pm

September 29, 2011
Brown County GOP Club meeting

September 30, 2011
State Central Committee meeting in Columbus

October 8, 2011
Southern Ohio GOP Chairs Assn. meeting in Jackson at 9:30 am

October 11, 2011
Scioto County GOP Central Committee meeting in New Boston at 7pm

October 13, 2011
Evening for Life at the Kolping Center at 5:30/6:30 pm

October 19, 2011
Clermont County Central Committee meeting at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

October 25, 2011
Scioto County GOP Club meeting in New Boston at 7pm

October 27, 2011
Brown County GOP Club meeting

November 16, 2011
Clermont County Central Committee endorsement meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

December 1, 2011
Ohio GOP Christmas Party in Columbus

December 2, 2011
State Central Committee meeting in Columbus

August 27 – 30, 2012
Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida

Distribution:

Tim Rudd,
Clermont County GOP Chairman
Paul Hall,
Brown County GOP Chairman
Harty Wallingford, Adams County GOP Chairman
Dr. Terry Johnson,
Scioto County GOP Chairman
Ray “Moose” Dutey, Lawrence County GOP Chairman


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