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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 Citizens in Action Meeting: To Be Announced
Speaker: Open Microphone Event
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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...

Publications/Movies/Books...

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

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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 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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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)

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

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

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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

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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!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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
securefreedom.org


A couple of websites:
www.securefreedom.org

www.securethegrid.com
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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.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT
• Reduction in sea level -- to the depths of three sheets of paper.
• Reduction in global temperatures -- to .02 degrees Celsius.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
"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 . . ."
LEGAL CHALLENGE
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 described. Although his point was initially well taken, it soon became clear the Veterans and panelists who relied on Fairchild's assistance had not received decisions or benefits despite years of trying; moreover, one panelist believed Fairchild's initial legal conclusion he did not have a legitimate Gulf War Syndrome claim was ultimately shown to be incorrect, causing a delay in claim filing. Following the meeting, one Patriot reiterated his report that Mr. Fairchild was successful helping a relative with a VA related matter, perhaps in a different timeframe than the present crisis. During the ending of the meeting he shared the related comment, "he is one of the good ones." Other comments, both before and after the meeting, were not as positive.

One of our Patriots suggested the VA might become more efficient if it assigned single case managers to investigate and make claim award decisions rather than floating all claims in a fluid information system where original documents and other submission information currently gets lost. Mr. Fairchild responded with the counter argument the existing staff would spend "all of its time answering the phone." Ironically, on December 4, the news headline "VA Slammed For Not Answering Veterans' Calls For Help" chronicled a new scandal involving massive failure of the new VA hotline perhaps intended to get the apparent "phone" issue articulated by Mr. Fairchild (and apparently others) resolved. The article opened with the words "veterans are furious." Likewise, during the CIA meeting, "furious" response to the phone line point came from this reporter making the strong argument that VA inability to answer its own phones is a management failure and not a legitimate reason for delaying or denying any veteran a legal right to critical health care.

Although it was expressly stated up front the pointed counter argument was not directed at Mr. Fairchild personally, but rather at the the VA managers who are the focus of the national scandal, Fairchild immediately stood and walked out of the meeting. His action appeared consistent with his earlier statement "you catch more flies with sugar" and therefore left this reporter with the new concern VA personnel, but hopefully not Mr. Fairchild, may even be willing to cut off the conversation, therefore the claim process, if the pressure becomes to much to handle or they judge an applicant as a crank or chronic complainer. While VA claim workers may be justifiably sick and tired of being criticized for an Obama administration unable or unwilling to address the needs of veterans, CIA Patriots interested in discovering these and other facts hope the information will be used to improve the system. We would all like to believe the VA is not consciously willing to penalize veterans with PTSD should they express justifiable frustration or anger at unanswered phones and lost paperwork ("originals"), at times causing continued suffering or even death from delay or denial of due and legally owing medical care. Veterans should not suffer discrimination or other emotional blackmail simply because they exhibit anger, one of the most common symptoms of the PTSD resulting from battle trauma (or sometimes traumatic brain injury) or because they came home so sick or dysfunctional they have become homeless. To these points, in 2009 GOP leaders were outraged at suggestions some veterans rights groups had been labeled as "domestic terrorists" simply because their concerns seemed to embarrass the White House; and, as such, the political response was to intimidate them for expressing well grounded frustrations.

The experiences of our panel veterans courageous enough to remain in the meeting revealed more facts and stories of case mishandling which appeared both credible and sincere; unfortunately, Mr. Fairchild diminished his credibility with this reporter by walking out in apparent defense of the VA, or perhaps by misapprehending the points being made. He did not fully explain his reasoning for removing himself from the conversation. Absent Fairchild, one veteran went on to openly explain how a physician who examined him in Danville, Illinois appeared unwilling to accurately record his stated personal medical symptoms related to leg numbness - an essential fact finding element for fair and accurate claim approvals, and more importantly, for keeping fraud out of the process to protect the legal positions of both sides. His wife was present and corroborated his story.

After our Gulf War Veteran panelists told their stories, it was clear they had been diligent, sincere, and as honest as VA officials would permit them to be when making complete and proper claim submissions to the VA, sometimes getting reasonably effective assistance from the Indianapolis VFW; however, (1) the factual medical symptom information they were providing to VA representatives, including answers provided directly to doctors and repeated to them for clarity, was willfully falsified and disregarded on the paperwork under the control of these VA officials (according to one credible Veteran and his wife) and (2) the bureaucratic delays, outdated administrative procedures, malfunctioning web sites, unanswered phone lines, and lost paperwork were compounding claim processing time, causing erroneous denials, and generating unnecessary appeal cycles attempting to get it right after paperwork had been falsified. With respect to web site confusion, it was stated that the local VA services website displays a help link to the "Indiana Veterans' Service Officers' Association" which takes site visitors to a private advertising description and link leading to a retailer of home fireplaces, not the page expected to assist Veterans (unless they were in the market for a new fireplace).

The meeting wrapped up with conclusions about the problematic state of the Veterans Administration and the conclusion some of our local veterans are suffering in ways which appear consistent with national news reports of the VA crisis and its more recent hotline scandal. In a manner of speaking, and literally, this is an agency which is not always answering its phones, but the conversation is bound to continue without them, as will the fraud investigations and lawsuits, none of which will be sugar coated and will likely cost the taxpayers more than it would have cost to administer claims correctly in the first place.

One of our Patriots, Rokita campaign worker Al Parsons, took notes of the disclosures and problems on behalf of Congressman Todd Rokita; nevertheless, the most tangible result of the panel discussion was first hand proof the VA crisis is real and not a creation of Fox News. It seems the VA is not able to provide our Veterans with the legal benefits they earned by serving our country, instead cycling people through a maze of additional submissions, lost paperwork, illegally altered evidence, and additional interview burdens. If frustrated veterans act up, so to speak, it is not clear the VA will really cut them off entirely, but the concern remains present based on words and actions and news reports. Public reports have made it clear the VA quickly retaliates against its own internal whistleblowers; and, there are no assurances it isn't doing the same to those veterans who "act up" during the frustrating and lengthy claim process. These are the symptoms of cover up, not the normal product of an organized administration.

Finally, there were positive comments made about some practicing physicians at the local Soldiers Home, but the trick seemed to be finding a way to see these physicians and psychiatric counselors to obtain needed medical care. As the meeting concluded, the answer Citizens in Action hoped for regarding whether Indiana Veterans are being mistreated was not pleasing. Instead, it seems India

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... Read full report...

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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