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July 2014



August 6th Fundraiser for John Becker Featuring Ohio Speaker of the House Bill Batchelder

Ohio Speaker of the House, Bill Batchelder, will be coming to Clermont County to do a fundraiser for me on August 6th at Pattison Park Lodge in Owensville from 5:30 - 8 PM. The address is 2228 US 50, Batavia, OH 45103. RSVP to me by Monday so that I can ensure enough food, beer, wine, and desserts. As a special treat, my wife has been busy creating homemade buckeyes. The suggested donation is $100. Contact me at or call 513-753-6440.
A Story of Compassion: This is an original short story by my brother, James C. Becker
In ancient times; there was a city next to the ocean where fishing was its largest industry. Hard times had befallen two men who had lost their jobs and were unable to feed their families. So they went into the city seeking compassion. They came across a man named Democrates who was the district governor of the city. He promised to give them fish every day to feed their family. They asked what might be required of them to accept such generosity. Democrates said nothing except for your support should someone oppose me.
Now there was another man in the city by the name of Pachydermes. The two men approached Pachydermes seeking compassion. Pachydermes offered to give them a fishing pole and train them to fish. They asked what might be required of them should they accept such generosity. Pachydermes said nothing. But I must give you an admonition and a promise. It will be hard work, but the harder you work, the more prosperous you will become.
The two men discussed the offers of compassion with each man choosing a different offer.
Ten years later, the man who accepted Democrates offer complained that there was not enough fish and he should have bread as well. Democrates told him we have no more and to go to the fisherman and ask for bread and fish. So the man went to the fisherman who he had been with 10 years earlier. In that time, the fisherman had become quite prosperous, owning several boats and employing a hundred men. The man asked the fisherman for bread and fish. The fisherman said, “I will give you a pole and teach you to fish.” The man left.
When he returned to Democrates, Democrates asked, "Did he give you the fish and bread?" The man told Democrates no, but that the fisherman had only offered him a job. Democrates asked him, "Why didn't you accept the job?" The man said, "The work was hard and I haven't worked in ten years." The man told Democrates, "I have supported you for 10 years against all who opposed you. Can't you do something?"
Democrates then ordered a legion of his guardsmen to the fishing village to commandeer 25% of all the daily catch. When this happened, the fisherman had to let go many of his workers.
Ten years later, the supporters of Democrates demanded we need more than fish and bread. We need wine and cakes. Democrates feared losing the support of his followers, so he ordered another legion of men to the fishing village and told them to commandeer 50% of the daily catch! Now the fisherman had to lay off an enormous amount of his workers.
Another ten years passed, and the supporters of Democrates once again became restless, this time demanding a minimum wage although they didn't work. Democrates, fearing his loss of power, once again sent his legion of guardsman to the fisherman and told them to commandeer 75% of the daily take.
Now when the fishermen heard this, after the first day, they agreed among themselves that this was too much of a burden and resolved to leave this place. So, under the darkness of night, they gathered all their belongings and gear, and sailed away from this place in search of a new world.
When word spread in the city that the fishermen had left, panic and rioting ensued. Within days, there was total anarchy. Within weeks, there was disease and massive hunger and, soon thereafter, death due to starvation. Democrates was hidden away with one of his supporters, but he could not escape the inevitable. His supporter said, "Look at your cat, Democrates. Even he starves although the mice and rodents are plentiful." Then Democrates, with his last breath said, "You can't feed a cat with cream and food in the kitchen and expect him to go catch mice."1
During the time of starvation in the city, the fisherman traveled for many weeks upon the ocean. Finally, they saw the new world they had sought rising up in front of them, young and green and full of promise. They landed in the new world and named the continent Independence. They then issued a great Declaration of Independence extolling all its virtues.
Over the next 250 years, the nation of Independence went on to become the most prosperous nation on the planet and perhaps even the history of man. Great inventions, feats of engineering, works of art, music, literature and entertainment abounded. It was such a long and glorious history that the teachings of Pachydermes and Democrates were long forgotten.
Then one day a foreigner arrived in Independence. He called himself The Llama. He was a young and ambitious man, but not particularly accomplished nor possessing any real skills. However, he did possess a splendid gift of oratory. On his travels, he had accidentally stumbled upon the ancient writings of Democrates. To say he was inspired by them would be an understatement. His discovery was more like an epiphany.
He then began to give speeches in Independence. He told the crowds their incomes were unequal and it was the defining problem in Independence. The crowd roared and chanted OH! LLAMA! OH! LLAMA! He responded I CARE! I CARE! The crowd was frenzied and chanted back OH! LLAMA CARES! OH! LLAMA CARES!
At this point in history, the historical record goes blank. One can only hope that The Great Nation of Independence recalled the teachings of Pachydermes and what made Independence the greatest nation in the history of man.
1. This quote is from Olav Thon who is Norway's wealthiest resident on young Norwegians spoiled by the welfare system.


Ohio House of Representatives
The list of bills that I've sponsored include:
HB 188 eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty. (Ways and Means Committee)

HB 191 corrects the definition of a machine gun. (Transportation Committee)

HB 210 prohibits law enforcement from destroying firearms and requires that they be sold to federally licensed firearms dealers (FFL). (Transportation Committee)

HB 234 allows hunting with suppressors. (Senate)

HB 236 allows public sector employees with concealed carry licenses to carry into government buildings. (State and Local Government Committee)

HB 240 eliminates the February and August special elections. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 244 elevates the crimes of rape and child molestation to capital crimes subject to the death penalty. (Judiciary Committee)

HB 250 allows for two weeks of early voting concluding the Friday before the election. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 255 reforms Medicaid and saves taxpayers $1.5 billion per year. (Health and Aging Committee)

HB 263 specifies that early voting days and hours shall be M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 266 prohibits the board of elections from sending out unsolicited materials and prohibits pre-paid postage. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 269 requires photo ID for voting. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 271 expands immunity from malpractice litigation for health care professionals providing free services to the poor and uninsured. (Insurance Committee)

HB 285 eliminates double dippers. (Health and Aging Committee)

HB 305 makes Ohio a closed primary state and allows voters to change party affiliation at any time other than 30 days prior to an election. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HJR 8 is a constitutional amendment expanding term limits to all state and local offices and setting them at 12 years with a few exceptions. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HCR 37 is a resolution for Ohio's General Assembly to ask the US Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Federal District Judge Timothy Black. (Judiciary Committee)

HB 340 is the Firearms Freedom Act based on the Montana law that asserts state sovereignty over intra-state commerce. (Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee)

HB 351 prohibits private and public insurance companies from covering abortions. The only exception is ectopic (tubal). (Insurance Committee)

HB 357 provides taxpayer relief from the sales tax on core charges such as batteries and other automobile parts. (Ways and Means Committee)

HB 372 permits water skiers and the like to utilize a rear view mirror rather than a spotter on boats and personal watercraft. (Transportation Committee)

HB 396 permits all married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to file Ohio tax returns separate without regard to how they filed their federal returns. Under the current practice of the Ohio Department of Taxation, only homosexuals are allowed this privilege. (See IT S.) And therefore, only homosexuals are currently allowed to avoid the Ohio Marriage Penalty and maximize both federal and state tax benefits. HB 396 aligns statute with current practice and solves the litigation problem based on the Equal Protection Clause. (Ways and Means Committee)

HB 403 is a follow-up to HB 236 and allows all citizens, with concealed carry permits, to enter most public buildings.(State and Local Government Committee)

HJR 10 is a constitutional amendment allowing for recall elections for all state and local elected officials. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 420 is employee parking lot carry. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 475 allows the courtesy of flashing headlights to warn of hazards such as police radar. (Transportation Committee)


Video Central
The Case for Israel: Bill Whittle (8+ minutes)
Common Core: Should our Children be Standardized? (46 minutes)
Common Core: Flawed Testing (55 minutes)
Time Lapse Map of European Borders (3+ minutes)
How Ryan Anderson Responded to a Gay Man Who Wants to Redefine Marriage (4+ minutes)
Ryan Anderson Talks About Difference Between Law's Interest in Contracts, Marriage (<2 minutes)

Older Clips
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about "Stand Your Ground" (HB 203) (3 minutes)
John Becker on Ch. 10 News in Columbus regarding the impeachment of Judge Black (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about HB 244 (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about Medicaid (2 minutes)
John Becker radio interview with Chris Long, Ohio Christian Alliance (25 minutes)

Event Calendar
August 5, 2014
National Night Out in Union Twp from 6 pm - 9 pm
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm

August 6, 2014
Fundraiser for John Becker featuring Ohio Speaker of the House, Bill Batchelder, at Pattison Park Lodge in Owensville from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm for $100

August 7, 2014
"A Day at the Races" fundraiser at Belterra Park for Joe Uecker from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm for $100

August 25, 2014
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center

Becker for State Representative
Ranked a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
“ arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House,” said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
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