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October 2012

 


Becker for the 65th State Representative District
The election will be November 6th. I’ve raised $52,000 and expanded my donor base to over 360 people in six different states! Donation size has ranged from $1 to $1,000 and has averaged $79. You could donate for FREE! You may know that a $50 per taxpayer dollar-for-dollar tax CREDIT (It is $100 on a joint return.) is available every year. The “Ohio political contributions credit” is on line 55 of your Ohio IT 1040. Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back. Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state offices") qualify for this credit. That is why you will be able to help me, to help you, and have it cost you nothing. I’m Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos regarding my candidacy:

Introduction (38 seconds)

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Energy (55 seconds)

Pro-Life (42 seconds)

Creation Science and Evolution (42 seconds.)

State Government Spending (45 seconds)

Donate (50 seconds)

State Government (37 seconds)

 

 

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State Ballot Issues
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Beckerisms
The following is from Gary Bauer and is a very good description of President Obama:

S.O.S. -- STOP OBAMA'S SOCIALISM!
"I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world's ever known."-- Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, October 16, 2012
"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." -- Barack Obama, speaking to Joe the Plumber October 2008
When it comes to the free enterprise system that has made America the envy of the world, what does Barack Obama really believe? The evidence is overwhelming that Barack Obama is not the free enterprise crusader he now claims to be. Let's examine Obama's statements, actions and his agenda.
I. "I Chose My Friends Carefully … The Marxist Professors And Structural Feminists…"
In his autobiography Dreams From My Father, Obama writes about his days at Occidental College in Los Angeles. His comments about his friends are very revealing: "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets."[1]
These are the people and influences that Barack Obama "carefully" chose. Why was he attracted to "Marxist professors and structural feminists"? Presumably because they shared values.
II. "I Believe In Redistribution"
Speaking 14 years ago at Loyola University, Barack Obama defended Big Government activism. Here's an excerpt of his remarks: "I think that what we're going to have to do is somehow resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all. There has been a systematic, I don't think it's too strong to call it a propaganda, campaign against the possibility of government action and its efficacy. …What that means, then, is as we try to resuscitate this notion that we're all in this thing together … the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody's got a shot." [2]
"Redistribution" is not in the vocabulary of believers in free market capitalism. Committed socialists believe in redistribution.
III. "Coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change."
During a 2001 interview with WBEZ, a Chicago public radio station, Obama made some shocking statements about the Constitution and his view of government. Specifically Obama suggested that the Constitution reflects the "fundamental flaw" of this country -- slavery and racism -- and added that this flaw "continues to this day." Obama said: "Generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can't do to you. Says what the federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf."[3]
The Founding Fathers were trying to protect the people from the creation of an authoritarian state. They did not want to create a government big enough to give you everything you want, because, as the saying goes, such a government would be big enough to take everything you have.
But Obama wasn't finished. He describes his solution for solving America's "fundamental flaw" -- Socialism and government-imposed redistribution of wealth. Obama goes on to state that the Warren Court wasn't "radical" because it "never entered into the issues of redistribution of wealth."[4]
Amazingly, Obama even faults the civil rights movement for not sufficiently engaging in "community organizing:" "One of the, I think, the tragedies of the civil-rights movement was … that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change." [5]
That is Obama's philosophy: America and our Constitution are "fundamentally flawed," America must be "fundamentally transformed," and socialism is the solution.
IV. "When you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
Four years ago, as then-Senator Obama was walking through Ohio neighborhoods, he encountered Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber. Mr. Wurzelbacher wanted to buy a plumbing company at the time and pointedly asked Obama if his tax policies would raise his taxes and those of other small business owners. Obama responded: "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's going be good for everybody. If you've got a plumbing business, you're gonna be better off if you've got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now everybody's so pinched that business is bad for everybody, and I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."[6]
V. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that."
During a July campaign stop in Virginia, Obama delivered an ode to Big Government that would make any left-wing socialist proud. Here's what Obama said about America's small business owners and entrepreneurs: "Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, 'Well, it must be because I was just so smart.' There are a lot of smart people out there. 'It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.' Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."[7]
In Obama's mind, government creates jobs, and business owners have been successful, not in spite of government, but because of government. So they should be happy to pay higher taxes. Those comments revealed Obama's socialist, collectivist mindset as much as his remark to Joe the Plumber about "spreading the wealth around."
"I actually believe in redistribution."
"The actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change."
"Spread the wealth around."
"If you’ve got a business -- you didn't build that." Barack Obama in his own words. Spoken like a true socialist. Now let's consider his actions.
VI. The New Party and Jeremiah Wright Barack Obama began his quest for public office by joining the far-left socialist New Party in Illinois, which was started by political operatives from Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign. [8] To them, the Democrat Party was too conservative and progressives needed a "new party" to join. A November 1996 editorial in the leftwing Progressive Populist states, "New Party member Barack Obama was uncontested for a State Senate seat from Chicago."[9] (Obama ran as a Democrat, but sought support and endorsements from the leftwing fringe, like the New Party.) An August 1996 article in New Ground, a publication of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, makes it clear that Obama was actively seeking the support of New Party radicals, who were joined at the hip with ACORN: "Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration."[10]
Another major left-wing influence on Barack Obama was his pastor and spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright. To fully appreciate the extent of Wright's influence, consider this excerpt of a 2008 Rolling Stone article: "This is as openly radical a background as any significant American political figure has ever emerged from, as much Malcolm X as Martin Luther King Jr. Wright is not an incidental figure in Obama’s life, or his politics. The senator 'affirmed' his Christian faith in this church; he uses Wright as a 'sounding board' to 'make sure I'm not losing myself in the hype and hoopla.' Both the title of Obama's second book, The Audacity of Hope, and the theme for his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 come from Wright’s sermons. 'If you want to understand where Barack gets his feeling and rhetoric from,' says the Rev. Jim Wallis, a leader of the religious left, 'just look at Jeremiah Wright.' "Obama wasn't born into Wright's world. …Obama chose Trinity United. He picked Jeremiah Wright. Obama writes in his autobiography that on the day he chose this church, he felt the spirit of black memory and history moving through Wright… [Emphasis added.] "Obama has now spent two years in the Senate and written two books about himself, both remarkably frank… When you read his autobiography, the surprising thing -- for such a measured politician -- is the depth of radical feeling that seeps through, the amount of Jeremiah Wright that's packed in there."[11]
"Obama chose Trinity United. He picked Jeremiah Wright." What was it about Wright and his church that attracted Barack Obama? Jeremiah Wright is famous for damning America, much like Barack Obama who believes the country is "fundamentally flawed" and in need of a "fundamental transformation." Wright is a follower of black liberation theology, which is Marxism dressed up in the gospel of economic justice.[12]
(Liberation theology, embraced by communists in Latin America, was rejected by the Vatican for subjugating individual spiritual concerns to material concerns.) Jeremiah Wright's church adopted a "Values System" that included a "disavowal of the pursuit of middleclassness" -- a phrase Karl Marx might well have used.[13]
While the media and other apologists are quick to dismiss Obama's past relationships with radical groups like the New Party and individuals like William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, they are extremely relevant to today's campaign for the White House. These relationships are a window into Obama's mindset and worldview. They tell us a lot about who he is, what he believes, how he governs and the policies he pursues.
VII. Taxes
Consider this exchange between ABC's Charlie Gibson and Barack Obama during a Democratic primary debate in April 2008:
GIBSON: All right. You have, however, said you would favor an increase in the capital gains tax. As a matter of fact, you said on CNBC, and I quote, "I certainly would not go above what existed under Bill Clinton," which was 28 percent. It's now 15 percent. That's almost a doubling, if you went to 28 percent. But actually, Bill Clinton, in 1997, signed legislation that dropped the capital gains tax to 20 percent. … And George Bush has taken it down to 15 percent. …
GIBSON: And in each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased; the government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down. So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?
OBAMA: Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness. We saw an article today which showed that the top 50 hedge fund managers made $29 billion last year -- $29 billion for 50 individuals. And part of what has happened is that those who are able to work the stock market and amass huge fortunes on capital gains are paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries. That's not fair.…
GIBSON: But history shows that when you drop the capital gains tax, the revenues go up.
OBAMA: Well, that might happen, or it might not. It depends on what's happening on Wall Street and how business is going." [14]
This exchange again demonstrates Obama's socialist instincts. Whether or not the policy is sound doesn't matter. What matters is Obama's sense of "fairness." Government will decide what's "fair" and government will decide how much of your hard-earned income you get to keep.
Obama and his fellow class warriors neglect to mention that those 50 hedge fund managers likely paid in excess of $4 billion in taxes. They seem to conveniently forget that the top 1% of taxpayers pay roughly 37% of all income taxes collected. The top 10% of earners pay 70% of all income taxes collected.[15] How's that for "fairness"?
Obama wasted months earlier this year talking about the so-called "Buffett rule." While it may make for a good sound bite to suggest that a billionaire like Warren Buffett should pay a higher tax rate than his secretary, it is nothing more than rhetoric over substance. Politico's executive editor Jim VandeHei labeled it "total gimmickry."[16]
According to government estimates it would raise $47 billion over ten years.[17]
That's less than $5 billion a year when Obama's running deficits well in excess of $1 trillion or $1,000 billion a year.
VIII. Cap And Trade
Barack Obama is a major proponent of cap and trade legislation. Environmentalists claim it is necessary to save the planet from green house gases. But it is not an environmental policy. It is a massive tax on something everyone needs with the potential to generate tremendous revenues. It is a national tax on energy. Flip a light switch, pay a tax. Turn on your computer, pay a tax. Think of the impact on energy-intensive businesses like manufacturing. It's a job-killer. It's also a socialist's dream come true. Here's how the New York Times described the "logic" of Obama's carbon cap and trade tax scheme: "On energy policy, Mr. Obama's budget will show new revenues by 2012 from his proposal to require companies to buy permits from the government for greenhouse gas emissions above a certain cap. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the permits would raise up to $300 billion a year by 2020. "Since companies would pass their costs on to customers, Mr. Obama would have the government use most of the revenues for relief to families to offset higher utility bills and related expenses. The remaining revenues would cover his proposals for $15 billion a year in spending and tax incentives to develop alternative energy." [18]
If the goal is to raise $15 billion for spending on alternative energy, why is the administration proposing a tax 20 times larger than the revenue it is seeking to generate? The answer is right there and it has nothing to do with alternative energy. It's all part of Obama's plan to "spread the wealth around," as he admitted to Joe the Plumber. Once this massive new tax has been imposed, Obama plans to "redistribute" 95% of it back to families he deems worthy of "relief." Obama's cap and trade plan was a massive redistribution of wealth scheme. Why should the government tax $300 billion out of the economy only to give back $285 billion of it? There is zero logic to this, but that's socialism. The government is going to take money from the hard-working productive citizens (via higher utility bills) and "redistribute" it to favored classes. All the while Barack Obama and Al Gore will tell you this is being done for the good of the planet. Fortunately, cap and trade was so radical that it failed to pass the Senate even though Democrats held a super-majority of votes. Unfortunately, Obamacare was not stopped in the Senate.
IX. Obamacare
The health care reform law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is Barack Obama's signature first-term accomplishment. Given the size and importance of America's health care industries, taking over our health care system has long been a major goal of the American left. Rep. John Dingell, Jr., (D-MI) introduced nationalized health care legislation every year for over fifty years. His father, Rep. John Dingell, Sr., began fighting for universal health care coverage in 1935.[19]
Health care spending accounted for more than 17% of America's economy in 2009.[20] Trillions of dollars are at stake. Control of our health care and all it entails -- our lives -- is at stake. Former Democrat Governor Philip Bredesen of Tennessee opposed Obamacare because it created perverse incentives for businesses and state governments to cancel their employee health insurance and dump everyone into the government exchanges. Here's how Bredesen described the potential impact on Tennessee in a 2010 op-ed: "…we'll also have to pay a federal penalty of $2,000 for each employee because we no longer offer health insurance; that's another $86 million. … But if we keep our existing insurance plan, our cost will be $346 million. We can reduce our annual costs by over $146 million using the legislated mechanics of health reform to transfer them to the federal government. … Our thought experiment shows how the economics of dropping existing coverage is about to become very attractive to many employers, both public and private." [21]
According to a February 2011 survey by a management consultancy firm, 30% of employers were likely to drop health insurance coverage by 2014 due to Obamacare regulations. The survey found that "the number rises to 50 percent among employers who are highly aware of the health care law."[22]
No, you won't be able to keep your current health insurance. This is not an accidental side effect. Speaking before an AFL-CIO audience in 2003, Barack Obama declared his support the socialist single-payer model.[23]
 And he has spoken openly about phasing out employer-provided health insurance coverage. In 2007 Obama said this before an SEIU audience: "My commitment is to make sure that we have universal healthcare for all Americans by the end of my first term as President. …But I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There's going to be potentially some transition process."[24]
Obamacare was designed to destroy private health insurance and eventually result in a government-run nationalized healthcare system. And like Obama's cap and trade scheme, Obamacare results in massive redistribution of wealth. Consider this excerpt from the Huffington Post: "Obamacare is designed to increase the health care coverage of Americans but doing so will, in part, yield something else: Wealth distribution. The Affordable Care Act will raise taxes by $52,000 on average for families among the top 1 percent of earners in order to finance $250 to $2,000 worth of health benefits for the poorest half of American families by 2016."[25]
Once the public becomes dependent on the government to provide their healthcare, higher and higher taxes on everyone will become necessary to support bigger and bigger government, and Obama's fundamental socialist transformation of America will be complete.
X. Conclusion
In this report, you have read a brief summary of Barack Obama's left-wing ideology. He "carefully" chose Marxists as friends. He joined fringe third parties. He was attracted to a radical anti-American church. He has articulated socialist views. And he has pursued redistributionist policies in his legislative agenda. Let me leave you with this observation. A recent study attempted to identify the wealthiest individuals of all time and surveyed more than 1,000 years of history.[26] What struck me was that half of the individuals on the list came from a nation that has been in existence for very little of that time. They were Americans. America's free enterprise system has done more in less time to generate more wealth and lift more people out of poverty than any other economic system known to man. Marxism failed. The Soviet Union is gone. Europe is collapsing under the weight of its socialist welfare state. America has difficult choices ahead. But the correct direction is clear. As Ronald Reagan said, "Government is not the solution to our problem." On November 6th, for the sake of our country and children's futures, we must stop Obama's socialism!

Event Calendar

November 6, 2012
Election Day

December 4, 2012

Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

January 16, 2013
Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

March 1, 2013
Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner

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