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Taxed Enough Already!
Can America’s Wealthy Class
 Shoulder the Liberal Load?

The new mantra of AOC and other liberal leaders these days is to tax the rich. The arguments sometimes suggest America's fat cats didn’t really earn what they have, so it is high time to take some of it back, better yet, take all of it (over 50 years). Socialist candidates say they want to redistribute wealth fairly. We say Americans are Taxed Enough Already, so we decided to put a calculator to their crazy socialist tax policy ideas.

What if we butcher all the pigs?

AOC vaguely refers to the “tippy top” of the upper class while Elizabeth Warren, a multi-millionaire herself, wants to limit the slaughter to people with assets in excess of $50 million. If she dropped the number much lower, she herself could wind up in the gilded pen. In reality, the private jet crowd with assets over $50 million represents a very small subclass of the rich, so just to make mathematical sense of the new liberal redistribution model we had to expand the base by lowering the wealth cutoff to $ 5 million, which is to say family taxpayer asset totals including all bank accounts, stocks, bonds, real estate, yachts, and so forth. Sorry Senator, you’re in the pen with the rest of the rich pigs and ready for the liberals to feast on.

There are about 2 million Americans successful enough to enjoy a net worth over a million dollars, the "one carrot" number many blue states now consider merely being a member of their successful middle class. One million dollar net worth is sometimes referred to as beer and pretzels rich. In the eyes of politicians, the $ 1 - 5 million net worth demographic group proves delicate because it encompasses large donor bases for both parties. As such, these folks are not yet fat enough for the liberal tax slaughterhouse, nor would it be wise for Democrats to ever suggest it.

What if the pigs revolt?

One of the ways the rich get richer is by watching the lips of politicians. At best, the mainline media will give an occasional blink through a peephole into $5000 a plate dinners and birthday bash fundraisers. In truth, these events may be fun but are often not particularly relevant to how Senate campaigns raise millions for a run. The fact is the "real" donors, with established budgets, agendas (often unspoken), and candidate screening approaches, seldom attend plate fund raisers; and, when they do, nobody asks them for a check at the door. Conversely, they may send in a check but pass on the filet and not even attend. The agenda for them is not about a party. The donor class communicates with campaign finance directors and they almost always meet with candidates one on one.

Opensecrets.org provides demographics expanding the media peephole into the real  world of campaign finance. First, with a US population over 320 million, the actual number of people who donate over $200 is quite small - less than half a percent. Federal election rules cap individual donations (by a person to a candidate, to a PAC, etc.) at $2700. If there is a spouse name on the check, double it. States operate under their own rules. The percentage of the population called "max donors" who exceed the $2700 limit is a mere .07 percent of the population. or about 224,000 people. It is difficult to be precise, but this number correlates roughly with known wealth statistics and suggests net worth among this group above $ 4 million ("Cruise ship and Disney" rich).

Within this group, it is reasonable to believe most are independent thinkers, yet there is evidence candidates are discussed among them at cocktail parties and on the golf course; and, of course, there is a known group of "Koch followers" who seem to set their budgets and pick candidate recipients with notable correlation. Justifiably, the public, the media, and even the candidates all recognize mixing money and Washington can be problematic. Unfortunately, for most politicians, cutting off the "pigs" is a proven path toward political failure. It is what it is, like it or not, at least until the system changes.

If elected officials draft or support legislation provocative to the real donor class, they take a risk. At times, this even appears to gridlock the government. Still, simple microeconomics suggests taxes, family budgets, and political action all tend to be fungible and/or mutually offsetting. If the family jet needs an unexpected  turbine overhaul, something else might give; for example, passing on the next art auction. When the tax bill goes up by $ 25,000, it isn't necessarily a reason to lose sleep if the $50,000 election budget can be adjusted to make up the difference.

For finance directors, raising campaign funds can be a bit like walking through a casino, pulling on the handles but not always knowing for sure why a jackpot hits here, but not there. Prior to the Trump Effect, which raised stock prices 30 percent, political campaigns were feeling a different "Trump effect" as a notable donor shortage developed. It seems a billionaire claiming he didn't need OPM ("other people's money") in order to win was being taken literally by the donor class. Swamp spray was landing on other candidates who relied on the real donor class to win.

In full context, the idea of pulling a tax break away from the real donor class is somewhat analogous to demanding payment of a University parking ticket from the nice widow who's name is on the building. It's touchy, to say the least; and, as recently taught, Jeff Bezos doesn't want the Amazon name on a New York building if politicians begin suggesting they should be writing Amazon a bunch of "parking tickets." Mr. Bezos probably took no pleasure in cracking the whip on utter nonsense; however, he has an obligation to protect both himself and his shareholders from utter nonsense.

Yes, successful politicians on both sides of the aisle are smart enough to get all this, recognizing both donor and candidate can lose if the relationship becomes strained. The real question for each elected official lies in where public rhetoric stops and tangible action begins. Talk is cheap and there is always a chance to clear it up in the "one on one." In defense of politicians, if the field offices are flooded with complaints about a company's consumer abuses or fraud, the company owner is not going to be invited to the next birthday bash.

How much real wealth is there?

Moving the porker weight limit up a notch to $5 million plus means a mere 178,000 taxpayers can be called targetable “rich.” This also happens to represent few enough votes to cause real political  trouble, but enough money to end political careers. Rather than take Starbuck's Howard Schultz trial balloon as real intent to run as an independent, the wiser party leaders and finance directors should more correctly view it as dropping a hint. When one of the biggest boars lets out a growl, it needs to be taken seriously.

So, beginning with 178,000 hefty pigs in the corral, if we butcher them all by taking every last penny of their wealth in order to pay down the national debt, then we could theoretically reduce the total amount owed by about $4 trillion, leaving a collapsed economy and between $17 and $18 trillion still due and owing by the new Socialist States of America.

If AOC wamts to hand all of the “tippy top” harvested money out in the form of FREE stuff and guaranteed incomes, then her policy calculates out to be a once in a lifetime windfall of just over $13,000 per person.  Setting the collapsed economy aside, while this might seem like a big chunk of money, it doesn’t even pay a first year of FREE college tuition, nor does it pay for a year of FREE health care in non-adjusted Obamacare dollars. It certainly doesn’t pay for both, which is what AOC, Bernie, Liz, Kamala, and their followers claim is a right. Don't forget, the national debt already levies nearly $70,000 per US citizen, so maybe some folks would prefer to reduce their tab to $57,000? Or would that categorize them as wealthy and not paying their fair share; thus, subjected to yet higher taxes?  Strike one, AOC.

If AOC elects to apportion yearly payments rather than hand over a lump sum check for $13,000; then, computing based on an average US citizen lifespan of 78 years, each citizen would be entitled to get a whopping $167.00. House Leader Pelosi might say this is not even a full crumb. Even if we change the Constitution to adopt Elizabeth Warren’s 50 year property confiscation plan (2 percent a year), the number is still only $ 260 a year – that should fix everything, right? Wrong. Strike two, Senator.

What if we don’t butcher all the pigs at once?

Correct, we exaggerated what AOC actually said to make a point. We would be first to admit AOC never said she wanted to grab all of it at once. It was Elizabeth Warren who proposed taking a bite out of each pig every year while keeping them alive for 50 years, kind of like culling the ever growing herd of rich people. Recall this story - while  commenting on why there was a three legged pig in the barnyard, the farmer quipped it was such a good and loyal pig the family didn’t want to eat it all at one time.

As opposed to Warren, AOC merely wanted a ridiculously huge percentage of the money the richest pigs earn each year. In the Netherlands, nearly everybody rides a bicycle to work because so little of their paycheck is left after 70 percent taxation. Instead of keeping what they earn, they get to smoke pot, so keeping people from getting behind the wheel seems to work out well for Dutch policy makers.

OK, we get it. Analyzing AOC's plan seems easier said than done; nevertheless, investment maven and billionaire Warren Buffett, another liberal bulldog barking away for wealthy folks to pay up, says most investors generate long term average income of 6.7 percent each year on their investments. He ought to know, so let’s do the math. Although Buffet's return estimate may be inflated being a compounded tax free average, we elected not to reduce it by these factors because even the inflated revenue number fails badly.

If you are willing to believe that none of AOC’s or Warren’s pig class assets are tied up in yachts, jets, mansions, vacation homes, luxury cars, and other non-income producing property, we were can compute a number using Buffet’s opined return percentage to estimate gross income for the group. Per AOC’s prescription, we then took just 70 percent of that amount in order to leave 30 percent in the trough, or more politely stated, a bit of Jet-A still left in the Hawker. This proposed tax policy would allow AOC and/or Warren to hand out their “proverbial check” (the value of FREE stuff) in the amount of $625.00 for each American. Yet again, this number is pathetically short of the real costs of FREE tuition expenses and/or FREE medical care.

At the 90 percent non-marginal tax rate some liberals prefer, the check amount increases to $804.00, still far short of funding the liberal mission. By February 2019, AOC narrowed her statement, saying she only wanted to tax those people with incomes exceeding $10 million dollars annually; at the same time, bitterly complaining to the interviewer, "Why should we build a heliport for Jeff Bezos?" Huh? Did Amazon lose her package? Did he stiff her on a tip when she was a Manhattan bartender?

Clearly, 2000 rich taxpayers is a small fraction of our 178,000 headcount - just over 1 percent. We already included AOC's 2000 "tippy" toppers (and their helipads) in the $625 calculation earlier, so the new number only drops lower when AOC decides to let some of the pigs out of the gilded pen. Her one percent of the one percent of the one percent revenue number would prove immaterial to the size of the federal budget; thus, her idea and mindset weigh out as basic helipad envy. We can't say if  aspirin would help; but, if AOC's heartache would be reduced by Congressional policy encouraging rich people to fly commercially, then perhaps she could ask the TSA folks at Newark Airport to practice up on their people skills? Just a suggestion to bring both sides of the aisle back together.

Did anyone explain to AOC how brilliant folks like Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, might also make $10 million in a single year even though they are not billionaires? Perhaps Mr. Schumer, who advocates for New York's entertainment industry, can inform AOC how prior year Broadway show development losses are limited to a mere $3000 carryover deduction per year if and only after the box office finally turns a profit. In plain words, current tax law states if you put $ 15 million into a show over two years, open the box office, and are lucky enough to make a profit, you are entitled to a maximum $3000 tax deduction. As a point of fact, Mr. Miranda struggled for many, many years to achieve his dream of making Hamilton into today's hit; and, success stories like his are exactly what makes America great.

Would you bet the farm for the chance to pay 70 or 90 percent of your success to AOC and her socialist gang? Not on your life. Let people keep more of the money they earn, and it will motivate more. Finally, everyone should have a little faith the hard working, "comfortable" ones will adopt their charities and causes, just like Mr. Manuel, Mr. Gates, Mr. Bezos, and dozens of others.

In every case, giving every benefit of the doubt, our calculated numbers always fall way below the Pelosi crumb threshold, a whole crumb being $1000. Non of this insanity will generate FREE college and health care for America. Our only savior is hard work by everybody. Strike three, liberal ladies, back on the dugout for all of you. See you next time America holds an election; for now, you're all benched.

Is the money just in the wrong hands?

The vast majority of business owners hate firing people but love handing out bonus checks; knowing all too well firing someone represents a loss and handing out bonuses means there was extra profit. Fair minded folks dream of a world where everyone can enjoy free college and medical care, or even the basics like food and a bed to sleep in. A few Republican politicians caught flack for sleeping in their offices while commuting to Washington to help find ways to solve America's problems, but AOC isn't going to face that kind of challenge in her new DC digs. Back to point, history proves no elite class, and no government currency printing press, has enough financial capacity to make real progress unless a vast majority of citizens work hard to improve their own standard of living. If it’s about the economy; then, it’s all about motivating people to work hard. Kennedy did it and nobody maligned him; in fact, America made it to the moon. Not only have socialist governments confiscated all the wealth of a targeted affluent group and soon failed, a few even targeted their hated rich to be sent off to work camps in order to glean every last ounce of labor, as if stealing all their assets was not "moral" enough. Yes, AOC told the interviewer "moral" with respect to her notion of why Amazon and Mr. Bezos ought to hand it over. Each time, without exception, these policies failed catastrophically.

Almost like the theory taught in a first year physics course, it sometimes seems like money, labor, and, to a some extent, energy, are all easily interchangeable in a modern economy. An elected leader with an undergraduate degree in economics merely needs to toss a handful of each on the scales in just the right amounts and the economic engine will run magnificently, right? Wrong.

The liberal Lorax may argue there is plenty of free energy ready for solar and windmill harvesting, but actually capturing that energy is where reality hits home. If you're thinking this is analogous to harvesting tax money from the wealthy class, you're getting it. The Lorax is a story book for children and the central character never actually calculated the BTU’s in the hundred car coal train which passes through Hinsdale, Illinois every morning on its way to keeping Chicago working. No liberal policy prophet bothered to determine how many wind turbines it takes to replace just one heaping coal car. Even the elite Kennedys fought the idea of wind farms disrupting their Cape Cod view of the ocean. Irrespective of what happens on election day, both the laws of physics and the principles of economics are unforgiving. In this respect, being elected is kind of like flying a plane, driving an eighteen wheeler, or performing live: If you screw up, someone pays. Make the campaign declaration, "Gravity will reverse," and voters will expect answers when the ball still falls.

Idealistic liberal Bill de Blasio seems to  channel theories of free energy when he talks about plenty of money in New York being in the wrong hands. Strike one for Bill. The actual wealth available falls far short of his political dreams; and, just like building enough windmills, he utterly fails to address the cost and consequences tied to harvesting all the free money he thinks is there. Try capitalism, Bill. It was working pretty well for the last few guys who had the job.

When it comes to tax policy, we must remain wary of taking assets away from people with proven track records investing capital to create jobs, income, and wealth. Political elites who have already amassed trillions in red ink are a bad place to invest our hard earned savings. If you owned $10,000 in Apple stock, would you sell it, take the cash down to your local bartender, and say, "Hey, take this money and see what you can do with it for me."

The rest of our calculations show President Trump has already put more money into the hands of ordinary Americans that any of these whacky socialist ideas ever could. As President Trump achieved all of this for America, he even got to keep his 757, hotels, golf courses, and other property. Now, that's a true capitalist - makes other people richer without losing any of this own money. To add to the chagrin of liberals, mad Maxine Waters even had to schedule her recent street protest on a national holiday because so many of her supporters are now working. Thank you, Mr. President.

All theories of economics and physics set aside, President Trump simply motivated more Americans to work a little harder than the last guy who had the job. Obama was focused on things that divide us. Under President Trump's leadership, enough people were willing to work hard to Make America Great Again that America did start becoming great again. He had their back. Home run.

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Agenda for our Dec 6 Citizens in Action Meeting: Election Review and Candidate Appreciation
Speaker: November 8 Candidates and YOU
Date: Dec 6, 2022
   Location: Walts Other Pub, 3001 South 9th Street
Time: 1800 - 2000 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Join Fellow Patriots for Our Dec 6 Meeting

Join us as we review the results of the November 8th election, recognize the Candidates who stood up to run and discuss how to win MORE next time! We will also preview the upcoming General Assembly session starting in January. Bring your ideas, observations and determination! See you then!

About our Citizens in Action Organization meetings...
Citizens in Action is pleased to present new and interesting luminaries, political leaders, candidates, and subject matter experts every month to help educate Tippecanoe County and Indiana voters.
Always on Tap:

     Letters to editors and communications with elected officials. News/war/scandal/recaps...
     What keeps you awake at night?
               Out of control spending? Exploding gasoline prices and electric rates? Political self dealing?
                       Retaliatory IRS audits? Secret surveillance? Hypocrisy? Property confiscation?
                                 Who's in your wallet?
     Reports from other meetings/national trends/candidates willing to take action. More...


Book: Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets by Peter Schweitzer, Government Accountability Institute ("Every American should read this book.")
Book: Is Administrative Law Unlawful?  by Pilip Hamburger ("...to control Americans through its own administrative rules")
Book: The Liberty Amendment by Mark Levin ("...an outstanding scholar and intellectual force multiplier for liberty.")
Book: The Pentagonists: An Insider's View of Waste, Mismanagement and Fraud in Defense Spending by Ernie Fitzgerald ("fired... for violating the code of silence regarding military waste")
Book: The Corruption Chronicles: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government by Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch ("...exposes Obama administration secrecy, secrets, and corruption")
Movie: America Imagine the World Without Her by Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan ("Besides being entertaining, this movie includes interesting facts every American should know.")

"Every American should read the Constitution." - TP Lafayette Leader

Please join us...   and join our movement towards a common sense America!

If  you would like to be a featured speaker, please reach out to us via email.

MISSION STATEMENT: We will work to restore limited government, fiscal responsibility and responsible, transparent representation through citizen action and education. We recognize that we must exercise constant vigilance in order to preserve the blessings of liberty and to uphold the Constitutions of the State of Indiana and the United States of America.

Recap of Our November 1 Meeting - Our Congressman visits Lafayette CIA this Tuesday!
Speaker(s): Congressman Jim Baird (IN-04)


Recap of Our Sept 6 Meeting - Meet the Pro-Parents and Kids TSC and LSC Candidates
Speaker(s): Diane Kelley, Sara Bagsby, Chuck Hockema, Matthew Morris

Recap of Our Aug 9 Meeting - JOIN US TUES TO SAVE OUR SCHOOLS!
Speaker(s): Tammy Murray, Esq and Mike Smith, Tippecanoe Election Office

Recap of Our July 5 Meeting - CIA Welcomes Successful House Liberty Candidate
Speaker(s): Becky Cash H25 Republican Primary Winner


Recap of Our June 7 Meeting - CIA welcomes Jason Huber!
Speaker(s): Jason Huber (R) Sheriff Candidate

Recap of Our May 10 Meeting - CIA Welcomes Senator Buchanan NEXT Tues:
Speaker(s): State Senator Brian Buchanan

Recap of Our March 1 Meeting - What our Schools are exposing to Hoosier students
Speaker(s): Rhonda Miller, President of Purple for Parents Indiana

Recap of Our February 1 Meeting - What our Schools are exposing to Hoosier students
Speaker(s): Rhonda Miller, President of Purple for Parents Indiana


Recap of Our Jan 4 Meeting - Meet THE CHALLENGERS to the status quo
Speaker(s): Danny Niederberger, James Waters, Oscar Alvarez, Richard Bagsby, April OBrien

Recap of Our December 7 Meeting - An Evening with State Senator Ron Alting
Speaker(s): Ronald J. Alting

Recap of Our November 2 Meeting - Candidate for Indiana Secretary of State
Speaker(s): Diego Morales

Recap of Our Tuesday October 5 Meeting - Registration... Voting... And Those Infamous Machines...
Speaker(s): Tippecanoe County Clerk Julie Roush

Recap of Our September 7 Meeting - Mayor Roswarski Town Hall
Speaker(s): Mayor Tony Roswarski


Recap of Our August 3 Meeting - An Evening with Congressman Jim Baird
Speaker(s): Congressman Jim Baird (R) D4


Recap of Our July 6 Meeting - CIA Welcomes State Treasurer Candidate Daniel Elliott
Speaker(s): Daniel Elliott, Morgan County GOP Chairman


Recap of Our June 01 Meeting - CIA Welcomes Representative Don Lehe
Speaker(s): Rep.Don Lehe (H25)


Recap of Our May 04 Meeting - CIA Welcomes Senator Buchanan!
Speaker(s): State Senator Brian Buchanan


Recap of Our April 6 Meeting - CIA Welcomes Curtis Hill!
Speaker(s): Former Attorney General Curtis Hill

Recap of Our March 2nd Meeting - CIA welcomes Tippe. Co. Commissioner & GOP Chair
Speaker(s): Tracy Brown


Recap of Our Feb 2 Meeting - Federal & State Update: How YOU can take ACTION!!
Speaker(s): Citizen-Patriots like YOU!


Recap of Our January 12 Meeting - Where We Are Now and What's Ahead?
Speaker(s): Citizen-Patriots like YOU!


Recap of Our November 9 Meeting - CIA welcomes Mayor of Lafayette on MONDAY Nov 9th!
Speaker(s): Mayor Tony Roswarski


Recap of Our Oct 13 Meeting - CIA welcomes Sheriff Goldsmith on SECOND Tues
Speaker(s): Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith


Recap of Our Sept 1 Meeting - CIA welcomes Rep. Don Lehe and Candidate James Hass
Speaker(s): Rep. Don Lehe and Candidate James Hass

Recap of Our AUG 4 Meeting - CIA welcomes Congressman Baird!
Speaker(s): Representative Jim Baird IN-04


Recap of Our July 7 Meeting - State Senator Buchanan joins us this Tuesday!
Speaker(s): Senator Brian Buchanan, SD-7


Recap of Our May 19 Meeting - Superior Court 4 Candidate Forum and Primary Preview
Speaker(s): Kimberly Wright, Matt Sandy and - we hope - Jonathan Dean


Recap of Our March 03 Meeting - Meet Brian Roth and plan for primary
Speaker(s): Brian Roth, USN (ret)


Recap of Our February 4 Meeting - Meet gubernatorial candidate Brian Roth (R)
Speaker(s): Brian Roth, USN (ret)


Recap of Our January 7 Meeting - Meet AG Candidate John Westercamp
Speaker(s): John Westercamp, Esq.

Recap of Our December 3 Meeting - Senator Brian Buchanan joins us!
Speaker(s): Senator Brian Buchanan


Recap of Our Nov 5 Meeting - Meet AG Candidate John Westercamp!
Speaker(s): John Westercamp, Candidate

Recap of Our October 1 Meeting - Pre-Election Issues and Candidates
Speaker(s): GOP Municipal Candidates and YOU


Recap of Our Sept 3 Meeting - Meet our Tippecanoe County Clerk
Speaker(s): Julie Roush, County Clerk and GOP Vice Chair


Recap of Our Aug 6 Meeting - Meet our Tippecanoe County Clerk
Speaker(s): Julie Roush, County Clerk and GOP Vice Chair


Recap of Our June 4 Meeting - What goes on behind the scenes at the Statehouse?
Speaker(s): Micah Clark, Executive Director AFA of Indiana


Recap of Our May 7 Meeting - Senator Brian Buchanan joins us at 6 PM sharp!
Speaker(s): State Senator Brian Buchanan SD-7


Recap of Our April 2 Meeting - Wabash River Enhancement Corp and General Assembly update
Speaker(s): Stanton Lambert Executive Director and YOU


Recap of Our March 5 Meeting -

Pints and Politics With Conservative Leader Todd Rokita

Speaker(s): Todd Rokita, Former US Congressmen and Corporate Executive

Recap of Our February 5 Meeting - Report from the TOP at the Statehouse!
Speaker(s): Al Parsons & Mike Morris & YOU


Recap of Our January 8 Meeting - Mid Term Election Wrap Up at NEW LOCATION!
Speaker(s): Alan & David Ford

Recap of Our December 4 Meeting - Lafayette CIA welcomes Senator Buchanan
Speaker(s): Senator Brian Buchanan


Recap of Our Nov 6 Meeting - Meet Author David Lantz on Election Evening
Speaker(s): David Lantz


Recap of Our October 2 Meeting - CORRECTION: Local Government and You
Speaker(s): Julie Roush, Fairfield Township Trustee


Recap of Our Sept 4 Meeting - The Patriot 104.3: Talk Radio Has Returned to Lafayette!
Speaker(s): Ski Anderson, Program Director


Recap of Our Aug 7 Meeting - Field Organizing for the 2018 Election
Speaker(s): Brittany Daniel Wallace


Recap of Our July 3 Meeting - Pre-Independence Day Meeting
Speaker(s): Alan & David Ford


Recap of Our June 5 Meeting - Post Primary Recap and General Election Planning
Speaker(s): Ben Grieser with Mike Braun For Indiana


Recap of Our May 1 Meeting - West Lafayette Police Chief Q & A
Speaker(s): Chief Jason Dombkowski, Candidate Tippecanoe Co Sheriff

Recap of Our April 3 Meeting - Meet Jared Guy Thomas Candidate IN-4
Speaker(s): Jared Guy Thomas

Recap of Our March 6 Meeting - Meet Jim Baird - Candidate for IN-4
Speaker(s): Jim Baird (Indiana House Rep Dist #44)


Recap of Our February 6 Meeting - IN-4 Candidate Steve Braun will join us!
Speaker(s): Steve Braun


Recap of Our January 2 Meeting - IN-4 Candidate Jim Baird will join us!
Speaker(s): Jim Baird


Recap of Our December 5 Meeting - LEARNING FROM OUR PAST and CHARTING OUR FUTURE
Speaker(s): DJ Tucker, Program & Membership Director Tippecanoe County Historical Association

Recap of Our November 7 Meeting - Draining the Swamps in DC and Indy
Speaker(s): Justin Stevens, Americans For Prosperity


Recap of Our October 3 Meeting - The KEY race of 2018! DUMP DONNELLY!
Speaker(s): YOU!!!

Recap of Our September 5 Meeting - IN-4 Candidate Diego Morales will join us!
Speaker(s): Diego Morales

Recap of Our August 1 Meeting - The KEY race of 2018! DUMP DONNELLEY!
Speaker(s): YOU!!!


Recap of Our June 6 Meeting - 2018 Preview of State Races
Speaker(s): David and Alan Ford


Recap of Our May 2 Meeting - Indiana Attorney General at Tippecanoe Public Library
Speaker(s): Attorney General Curtis Hill


Recap of Our April 4 Meeting - Law Enforcement and Youth Justice Reform
Speaker(s): LPD Chief Patrick J. Flannelly


Recap of Our March 7 Meeting - Taxes, and more taxes!!
Speaker(s): Chuck Hockema


Recap of Our February 7 Meeting - The Election Results Analysis & Indiana's Gas Tax
Speaker(s): David and Alan Ford


Recap of Our January 3 Meeting - The Feds' Ongoing Assualt on Property Rights
Speaker(s): Paul Morinville, President of US Inventor


Recap of Our December 6 Meeting - The Election is over. NOW what?
Speaker(s): YOU!!!

Recap of Our November 1 Meeting - Voter registration system vulnerabilities and campaign wrap up
Speaker(s): Dave Bangert Lafayette Journal & Courier


Recap of Our June 7 Meeting - Primary wrap up and pre-convention review
Speaker(s): YOU!!!


Recap of Our April 5 Meeting - PRIMARY PREVIEW:
Speaker(s): Mike Morris, Moderator


Recap of Our March 1 Meeting - Is an EMP a real threat?
Speaker(s): Cindy Noe

Cindy gave an impassioned (and disturbing) presentation on the threat of an EMP and catastrophic, long term power failure. She also detailed the general lack of any sense of urgency at the Federal and State levels. Below is a list of books she recommends for further study and action:

Blackout Wars
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry

Apocalypse Unknown
The Struggle To Protect America From An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry

Electric Armageddon
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry

The three book above may be purchased through either Amazon or www.createspace.com

Lights Out
Ted Koppel
Crown Publishers
Available at Amazon or bookstore

Guilty Knowledge
Center for Security Policy Press
Phone (202) 835-9077
Email: info@securefreedom.org

A couple of websites:

Read full report...

Recap of Our February 2 Meeting - The Clean Power Plan and how it affects Indiana:
Speaker(s): Stephanie McFarland, APR

Some points to bear in mind when writing your elected officials and the media:

The Clean Power Plan
Impacts on Indiana
AUGUST 3, 2015
President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the finalization of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) – a controversial regulation intended to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.
• Reduction in sea level -- to the depths of three sheets of paper.
• Reduction in global temperatures -- to .02 degrees Celsius.
"Now, one of the ways America is leading is by transitioning away from dirty energy sources that threaten our health and our environment, and by going all-in on clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar . . ."
In developing the CPP, EPA abandoned the longstanding interpretation of section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. Rather than set an emission standard based upon what available technology could achieve at... Read full report...

Recap of Our January 5 Meeting - The Gangs of Tippecanoe County
Speaker(s): Aaron Johnson, County Juvenile Probation Officer

Aaron provided a VERY informative and disturbing presentation of the local Gang situation. He shared the benefit of his 14+ years experience and research as a County Juvenile Probation Officer with us. The 23 patriots in attendance had many questions and comments. Of course, NONE of his clients had 2 parent homes. Things we can do to mitigate? Mentor (Big brother/Big Sister/Scouting/Church Youth Groups/etc. Thanks, all!

Recap of Our December 1 Meeting - Blue Print for Freedom:
Speaker(s): Connie Eckert, mother, small business owner, and former teacher

Connie's mixed/multi media presentation was an eye-opening synopsis of how far the Progressive/Left has permeated our society's institutions. Education (public AND parochial)and many churches have fallen in line with Common Core, Agenda 21 et al. But she didn't stop there: Blue Print For Freedom shows us how and where we can push back against this insidious disease by targeting and/or withholding monetary support and our individual efforts. Thanks SO MUCH, Connie! And GOOD LUCK in your upcoming run for the State House (H83)!

Recap of Our November 3 Meeting - CIA Meeting on Religious Liberty
Speaker(s): Dr. Ron Johnson, Jr., Senior Pastor at the Living Stones Church in Crown Point, IN

From Al Parsons: "It was an action- packed meeting Tuesday night. Kevin is an excellent speaker. And, to my surprise and that of Mike Morris, our majority leader Sen. Hershman showed up about 15 minutes late. Kevin didn’t know and did a great job, talked about the “fix” being in at the State House.

After he finished, we introduced Hershman. He had been invited but never responded and just showed up. I suspect that will teach him to be more organized.

Hershman spoke for 7-8 minutes, denied the fix was in and wanted to know Kevin’s legislative sources. Of course, Kevin was not going to reveal his confidential sources. Then Hershman berated us a bit for being over concerned, said he would not support the LGBT proposal if it impacted religious freedom, etc.

I watched his face while Kevin spoke. I think he was surprised that the Pastor’s Alliance is organizing. And, I think he got the message that we are going all in to oppose SOJI. Timing was accidental but great! One of our best... Read full report...

Recap of Our October 6 Meeting - James Harris Vetrans Affairs Officer
Speaker(s): James Harris, Vetrans Affairs Officer

James Harris, (MAJ, USA, Retired) spoke for a few minutes on his new position and how he planned to do outreach to area Veteran's. BEST OF LUCK, Jim!
Our table at the Lafayette Gun Show handed out about 100 US and Indiana Constitutions. We collected about 50 names/POC's.
Thanks to Rick Dewitt from the MCTP for helping out!!

Recap of Our September 1 Meeting - Review, Planning and Open Forum UPDATE
Speaker(s): YOU

Round table patriot discussions included an update from Paul Morrinville who has been fighting to help inventors preserve intellectual property rights. He discussed how a $1000 per plate dinner in Washington turned Committee members against independent patent owners and in favor of infringing corporations.

Recap of Our August 4 Meeting - The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC):
Speaker(s): John Pickerell of Montgomery County will speak

Recap of Our June 2 Meeting - Taxed Enough Again?
Speaker(s): Ron Holcomb, CEO Tipmont REMC

Presenting to a packed room, Tipmont REMC CEO Ron Holcomb gave his perspective on the electric power future for his customers.

Holcomb reported that the rate of power plant retirements across the country due to proposed environmental regulations can cause reliability risks to the electric grid. The National Electric Reliability Council (NERC) has sent a report to the Environmental Protection Agency urging caution in forced retirement of base-load plants that don’t meet the new requirements. Reducing CO2 levels by 20% can also negatively affect rates. (Some estimates range from 30-60%, editor’s note.)

The CEO noted Tipmont’s generation and transmission company (Wabash Valley) has one of the most diversified power supply portfolios in the state. “This diversity strategy is important to manage the risks presented by all fuel types,” he said.

“Renewables (solar, wind, etc.) are gaining traction… due to declining cost, “he continued. On a residential scale, they are... Read full report...

Recap of Our May 5 Meeting - The Google War on Patents
Speaker(s): Paul Morinville, US Inventor

Paul Morinville stood up against a multi-million dollar corporate lobby and started winning. He worked at a grass roots level going door to door in Washington, found partners with common interests, and even helped design a new online way for everybody to collaborate. His presentation was an inspiration to everyone who dreams of ending the coin operated, big money controlled law making in Washington.

Recap of Our April 7 Meeting - School Safety
Speaker(s): Aaron Gilman, TSC School Resource Officer

School safety is both professional and personal for speaker Aaron Gilman. His wife teaches at a county high school and his children are in a county elementary school. This recognized School Resource Officer (SRO) provided an overview of the Tippecanoe County School system safety program.

Recap of Our March 3 Meeting - Planning for 2016 and The American Future
Speaker(s): Leaders, Members, and Others

This open mic meeting will help shape the American Future. New members were welcomed who shared ideas for 2015. Citizens in Action patriots are already working on state issues like education and writing to Federal regulatory agencies to oppose EPA overreach on air standards affecting our power plants, driving energy costs up. For our Second Amendment friends, we continue to address phony government classification of hunting ammunition to illegal ban sales.

Recap of Our February 3 Meeting - The Constitutional Patriots
Speaker(s): Lee Crannell

Lee Crannell is one of the founders of the Central Coalition of Indiana Tea Parties which helps patriot groups work together on important issues, including Common Core. He is also recognized in the business community and aerospace industry as a successful executive and leader. Lee addressed how we can join forces and unite our common interests to help Indiana preserve all of the freedom and opportunity afforded by our United States Constitution.

The Constitutional Patriots of Carmel, Indiana understand the Constitutional limits on government and are recognized for nearly 5 years of effectively influencing the Indiana legislature to stay within its boundaries.

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and the government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become a legalized version of the first." - Thomas Jefferson

Recap of Our January 6 Meeting - New Year Kickoff Meeting
Speaker(s): Open Microphone Meeting

Patriots and team leaders joined together to discuss ideas to help grow our ranks in 2015 along with political and social issues which should be on the agenda. Outreach and education programs were discussed along with ideas for the Citizens in Action message and upcoming opportunities to spread the word to other interested and concerned citizens.

Recap of Our December 2 Meeting - The State of the Veterans Administration
Speaker(s): A Distinguished Panel

Our December meeting gave panelists an opportunity to share their experiences navigating the bureaucracy encountered by local veterans trying to claim earned VA benefits. Two Gulf War veterans and our local CIA leader described their claim submission processes and the frustrating, never ending re-submission and decision process. The Veterans Administration was planned for representation by Randall ("Randy") Fairchild; however, Mr. Fairchild opened by advising our Patriots that he is not actually an employee or representative of the Veterans Administration. He works for "The Veteran Services Office," a local government function which provides a social worker of sorts to help Veterans understand VA benefits rules. As such, Fairchild is without authority to assure the proper handling of VA claims.

Fairchild explained his mode of assistance as trying to win results through understanding benefits rules while being nice to VA claim handlers on behalf of local Veterans, hopefully catching more flies "with sugar," as he... Read full report...

Recap of Our November 6 Meeting - Election Day: Celebration, a Little Commiseration, 2016 Kick Off
Speaker(s): Open Mic Meeting

The evening after the polls closed was characterized by weather best described as chilly and rotten, but Patriots sill arrived to discuss how we will grow our ranks and contribute to educating American voters through 2016 and beyond.

Plans include new "missions" which let every Patriot come forward with experience, talent, and motivation to become part of America's new leadership.

Our top focus areas were also presented: Grow membership, promote the US Constitution, and support our local and national candidates who support fiscal responsibility, smaller government, and our Constitution.

After we completed a successful annual business meeting, Patriots shifted locations to watch the election results, hear Republication Todd Rokita accept another term in office, and congratulate Chuck Hockema for taking on Tippecanoe County's toughest and oldest incumbent, almost winning and making it clear her liberal agenda is losing its glitter here in Tippecanoe... Read full report...

Recap of Our October 7 Meeting - Common Core, True Facts Exposed
Speaker(s): Susan Lile and Dave Read

Indiana citizens and dedicated Patriots Sue Lile and Dave Read delivered a well researched presentation on the Common Core mandate and agenda, including informative background on how the No Child Left Behind Act evolved as the financial leverage point to force the Common Core political and profit agenda upon the American people.

Education expert Dave Read spent 34 years with education publisher Herff Jones where he held senior executive positions. He is active in his community and Dave is a leader of The Tea Party of Hamilton County. Sue Lile is a small business owner in Zionsville holding equally impressive credentials, including being co-founder of Constitutional Patriots and a Vice President of the Indiana Tea Party. Sue is also serves on the education committee within the Coalition of Central Indiana Tea Parties.

Very few topics impact the long term prospects for America as much Common Core. Its frightening potential to carry out hidden long term political and financial agendas is a central issue for Hoosiers and Americans nationwide. According to polls, the majority of Republican and Democratic voters nationwide to do not support Common Core and its hidden "Big Brother" agenda.

On March 24, 2014 Indiana Governor Pence was applauded for breaking our state away from the Common Core mandate, only to have his political duplicity exposed before a month had passed. Indeed, our ambitious governor had merely renamed a near carbon copy of the same educational agenda used by Common Core. Perhaps his thinking was to appease both the overwhelming objections of Hoosiers and powerful Republican business interests from the education industry copyright holder, testing, software, and textbook publishing segments. Regardless of what Pence might have been thinking when he misled concerned Indiana citizens, in the eyes of many Hoosiers and Patriots, the ill-fated political move is now viewed as a "big lie" to the people of Indiana, likely to permanently sideline chances of ever gaining support for a White House run.

So how can Common Core drive an otherwise talented politician to throw a promising career away for a cause most Republicans and Democrats do not support? We'll let you decide. In the meantime, here are some of the Common Core facts Dave and Sue presented to our Citizens in Action Patriots:

-Before it all began, Indiana's educational standards ranked among the highest in the nation. We were never a state with standards which would leave any child behind. Moreover, the opportunity to obtain a college preparatory education was assured in every school system. Simply stated, Indiana's educational system wasn't broken; rather, it was one of the best in the world, notably effective and efficient, and college admission was virtually guaranteed for any child with motivation and ability.

-The State of Indiana spends $6.5 billion on education while local governments spend another $3.5 billion on their school systems; but, the Federal government only contributes about $1 billion more. Concerned Hoosiers continue to ask why the Federal agenda still controls 100 percent of our education standards (after Pence credibility problems were exposed over real educational independence)?

-The Federal funding contribution to local schools (about 10 percent) is a remnant from the "No Child Left Behind" policy voted into law during the Bush administration. Adopting the new IN Standards that were approved by the SBOE and signed by the Governor does not really carry the financial leverage claimed by the advocates of these newly adopted standards. Even if the state does not apply or receive the 'waiver' there is MINIMAL financial penalty. In fact, regardless of whether or not the state satisfies the No Child Left Behind Act requirements, the Federal supplement cannot be taken away simply because it declines to apply or receive the federal waiver. This dirty little secret is something the Common Core advocates don't want you to know! Moreover, the U.S. Congress has been careful not to get too close to highly controversial Common Core legislation, introduced rarely, if at all. The topic has become the "third rail" of educational politics, leaving implementation of Common Core, and responsibility for the results, up to the executive branch as an Obama Administration "pen and phone" activity. State governments, on the other hand, undeniably have full control over their educational policies and systems, as a matter of law. In other words, Hoosiers do not need to put up with Common Core politics just to get a 10 percent Federal budget supplement for schools.

-The Common Core Standards were developed using a $250 million Gates Foundation grant because the Federal Government cannot use taxpayer money to develop mandatory educational standards, and Congress passed no law authorizing such funding, nor would it. This fact alone makes Common Core suspect by experts as having the potential of being both self-serving for the education industry commercial stakeholders while having the potential to drop curriculums to a lowest common denominator in order to access Race to the Top funding. The result is to "dumb down" those states which had stellar educational standards while hopefully raising standards in states who historically ignored the quality of their educational infrastructure (and are satisfied accepting Federal money in exchange for adopting any standard). The inference points to a trade of Republican support motivated by profits from nationwide testing and school books (and software) while gaining support from Democrats by giving more of your tax dollars to blue states with historically underfunded and poorly managed schools.

-The Common Core standards for math and reading are confusing, at best, but more importantly, the Gates Foundation work product has never been tested to be proven effective across the country's diverse educational environments. Dave passed out 3rd grade written examples with the words "subtracting with an expanded Algorithm," "models for subtracting," and "subtracting 3-digit numbers across zeros" written above some examples of simple subtraction problems alongside largely incoherent handwriting which appeared to interpret what was intended (emphasis added). This frightening document suggests the Federal government is tossing out what has been proven to work and replacing it with a massive social and mind experiment! Do you really want your child to be turned into a government lab rat? Do you really want Indiana's elementary education taken over by aging computer programmers and their experimental algorithms for learning?

-Within our local school system, reports of administrator implementation appear mixed and sometimes mysterious. Suggestions some school administrators have pressured teachers to use "the curriculum" (otherwise 2014-2015 teacher assessments will reflect non-compliance) have not always been mirrored in other local schools, and it is unclear whether productive board level policy is even under discussion. Contracts for teachers are delayed for this school year, still up in the air pending decisions on precisely how teacher assessments will be completed. Still, the real question remains: How long will our most talented teachers be permitted to use their tried and proven lesson plans before "they" force teachers to dumb down to the level of Common Core?

Sadly, and so often the case when any central control Big Gov agenda is slowly and secretly forced upon uninformed people, Common Core has become the new experimental platform to force states to teach what the Federal government thinks is best (and politically useful) for our children. It appears to be a very rare example of bi-partisan cooperation between party minority groups motivated by self-serving interests: Profit hungry corporations readily willing to generate national educational materials reflecting the political beliefs of our current President, even reflecting how Obama wants your children to think about his dream for a new America. Yikes! (Form more on Indiana education, please watch the Glenda Ritz video linked in the right column)

Recap of Our September 2 Meeting - Transparency, Taxes & Opportunity
Speaker(s): Candidate Chuck Hockema

District 27 state representative candidate Chuck Hockema presented important government transparency and tax system issues in an interesting PowerPoint presentation. As if we are not "Taxed Enough Already," Chuck revealed an amazing collection of Indiana taxation programs which simply cost more to administer than they generate in revenue. It is past time to get smart and stop this government waste right here in Indiana. He presented opportunities bound to have a positive impact on all Hoosiers, and you are encouraged to cast your vote to make Indiana government operate more efficiently and productively for everyone. Chuck studied economics and finance at Purdue and focused his law school studies on tax issues. He is a lifelong entrepreneur and has started several local businesses.

Recap of Our August 5 Meeting - A Meeting of the Minds....
Speaker(s): Steve Meyer (D) and Rebecca Trent (R) - Candidates for Superior Court 2 Judge

Lafayette Patriots learned about credentials, experience, and motivations driving two candidates to run for Superior Court 2 Judge:Lafayette Patriots learned about credentials, experience, and motivations driving two candidates to run for Superior Court 2 Judge:

"Superior Court No. 2 is one of seven courts of record in Tippecanoe County. Along with Circuit Court and Superior Court, it hears major criminal cases (murders, Class A, B, C and certain Class D felonies), dissolutions and plenary civil cases. . The judge of Superior Court No. 2 alternates with the other judges in hearing emergency petitions. The Magistrate assists Superior Court No. 2 in conducting initial hearings and setting bond. The Juvenile Magistrate assists in hearing cases involving child support delinquency."

Citizens in Action thanks our candidates and patriots for coming out for this important, pre-election day event. Candidates began by answering planned questions about their qualifications. Of course, Citizens in Action then... Read full report...

Recap of Our July 1 Meeting - The Convention of States
Speaker(s): District Captain Diane Gomez

If you think the folks in Washington may be stepping out of bounds, all you need to do is find 34 states to agree with you, then get them all together for a "convention of states." If at least 38 states agree with your idea, the law of the land will change.

Diane Gomez introduced Mark Levin's scholarly book and analysis of Article V of the United States Constitution and discussed Indiana Senate Pro Tempore David Long's Model Legislation for amending the Constitution. Diane provided her thoughts on how this approach to restoring America is becoming real. Patriots tired of Washington excuses, scandal, and waste are seriously exploring this constitutionally sanctioned approach to solving the unprecedented big government dysfunction. Here's how it works:

1. At least 34 states submit applications for a convention dealing with the same subject.
2. Congress then must set a date and time for the start of the convention.
3. The convention drafts language for proposed amendments on the topics... Read full report...

Recap of Our June 3 Meeting - On the record... News Media, Editorial Content, and Politics
Speaker(s): Columnist Dave Bangert

Dave agreed to share his thoughts on the rapidly changing media business, including how this staple of the American breakfast table is changing like never before. Our planned agenda included a two way discussion of news media, editorial content, and politics, including Dave's thoughts on how they all mix... and, then he heard from you.

Dave gave us tips on becoming relevant in the public dialog, including how to approach editors and reporters with a story idea or your opinion. Regardless of whether you're "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" or just interested in letting folks know about a really cool event, like this one, Dave delivered tips on how to jump over the wall to get yourself, and your ideas, in the news. Dave advised, "It's a little like fishing. You won't catch a fish every time you throw a line in, but keep trying."

Recap of Our May 6 Meeting - Washington's War on Patent Ownership - The Politics of Patents
Speaker(s): Paul Morinville, Independent Inventor

Paul Morinville is an Indiana independent inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of Independent Inventors of America, a non-profit inventor support organization. When Washington politicians launched an assault on the US patent system, the private intellectual property rights of patent owners, Paul decided he could not stay home and ignore it.

"Imagine owning a farm where other people show up and grow crops on your land, then keep all the profits. If you try to stop them, the government calls you an evil land owner troll and proposes a law to block you from suing squatters illegally farming on your land. That's what's happening in the world of patents."

The simple bargain you can make with the United States Patent Office is this: When you agree to share your secret, you get a twenty year right to exclusively own your invention - clearly a property right like any other that must be protected by law and the courts. Obviously, patent rights (like any other property rights for that matter)... Read full report...

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