Becker for President?
The rumors are not true. I have not been touring Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina. I am hereby officially announcing that I am not running for president at this time. Regarding the 2016 presidential campaign, I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected. (Phrase borrowed from William Sherman.)
US Supreme Court on Obamacare
The surprise vote was Chief Justice Roberts. He was correct with his logic but applied it incorrectly. He argued that the intent of the legislation should prevail. That's correct when studying the Constitution or decades-old laws. What was the intent of the founders? What was the intent of the Congress at the time? However, this was a recent law. Intent and plain wording was eloquently argued in both directions. It is the job of the Congress to clarify intent when laws are poorly drafted. We do that regularly in Columbus. When a law is being misapplied or unintended consequences arise, the General Assembly fixes it. Likewise, the Court should have ruled that the plain language is what it says and itís up to Congress - not the Courts - to make the correction. Verdict: The Court was wrong.
US Supreme Court on Marriage Expansion
The Court was so wrong on this one, I hardly know where to start. Without regard to the topic at hand, the states - not the Courts - have the right to decide public policy. The Court, once again, abused the 14th Amendment (1868). As late as circa 1960, every state had laws against sodomy. Therefore, to argue that homosexual marriage is a Constitutional right is absurd on its face.
The language of the majority opinion is identical in every way to arguments in favor of sibling marriage and parent - adult child marriage. Furthermore, the language drew close parallels to arguments favoring polygamy. Prediction: Some form of group marriage will be legal within ten years. The question isnít if; but when.
Marriage equality has never been in question. No state has ever forbid people from marrying. Laws are created to maintain an orderly society and to protect the institution of marriage. And now, all bets are off.
Avid readers of The Becker Report know that I've regularly written about the dangers and abuses of the judiciary. Unfortunately, they once again have proven me correct.
By creating new law out of whole cloth and finding new meaning in the Constitution that had been unthinkable during its authorship, the US Supreme Court has once again shown that we are ruled by men rather than law. Thomas Jefferson warned that the Constitution would be a thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary.
Where is the outrage? Why does the congress and the people let the oligarchy of little kings (judiciary) get away with this? President John Adams may have answered that question when he said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Congress can fix this.
Congress has the power to impeach and to eliminate and recreate courts. (Don't look for any leadership on that one.)
While speaking at an American Heritage Girls event this past weekend, I described people of faith and traditional values to be the new counterculture. We need new leadership in government to come out of AHG, Trail Life USA, and other organizations committed to traditional Judeo-Christian Values.
Ohio House of Representatives
I voted "NO" on the state budget (HB 64) for multiple reasons including:
∑ Continued excessive spending of both state and federal dollars.
∑ Continued funding for Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
∑ Continued funding for Planned Parenthood (through the Department of Health budget).
∑ Continuation of the Ohio Marriage Penalty.
∑ Cigarette tax increase.
∑ New needle exchange program (that was slipped into the budget with no debate, discussion, or casual mention).
HB 257 - Becker Budget
In summary, the provisions of HB 257 include:
∑ Slow (state only) spending growth by $1.3 billion from HB 64 (state budget).
∑ Reduce income tax rates proportionally.
∑ Phase out income tax over five years.
∑ Slow "all funds" growth by $6.2 billion from HB 64.
∑ Eliminate Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
∑ Defund Planned Parenthood.
∑ Eliminate the Ohio Marriage Penalty.
∑ Allow sales tax refunds for Core charges.
∑ Allow Governor Kasich's proposed severance tax to apply to public lands only.
∑ Expand Indigent tort reform.
∑ Prohibit double dipping in the state pension system (grandfather in current double dippers).
Chris Rock - How not to get your ass kicked by the police! (<4 minutes): Warning Ė This video contains obscene language (but I love the message).
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) turned the tables on the media and asked them questions about Benghazi (<4 minutes)
The Becker Budget Interview with Karen Kasler (6 minutes)
League of Women Voters Candidates forum: John Becker vs. Democrat opponent (28 minutes)
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)
July 7, 2015
Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm.
July 11, 2015
Constitutional Boot Camp from 9 am to 3 pm at GOP HQ in Batavia.
July 14, 2015
Fundraiser for Jason Nagel at Eastgate Receptions from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for $100.
July 26, 2015
Ohio Pro-Family Forum in Columbus
July 26, 2015
Clermont County Fair Parade in Owensville.
July 26 through August 1
Clermont County Fair.
Becker for State Representative
Ranked a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
"Becker...is arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
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