Concerned citizens of Haskell,Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburgh Counties: 02-22-18

The Republican Party plans to pay for its tax scam with cuts to entitlements, That means Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security!

House Speaker Paul Ryan, speaking to Ross Kaminsky on his radio talk show, said that the House would be working to reform entitlements in 2018, calling them “the big drivers of our debt,” during a discussion about the Republican tax bill. (CNN Sophie Tatum)

There it is,Paul Ryan just admitted that after providing $1 trillion in tax breaks to the top 1% and large corporations, Republicans will try to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and help for the most vulnerable Americans.” Senator Bernie Sanders declares.

Though Ryan specifically mentions Medicare as being the “biggest entitlement that’s got to have reform;” the “big drivers of our debt” are the Republicans who just added $1.7 trillion to our national debt.

The Republican Party has no comprehension of the lives of the working men and women who drive this nation’s daily economy. Commenting on Twitter, Paul Ryan announced how wonderful and exciting it was for a woman in Wisconsin who just found out that she would now be having a dollar and a half ($1.50) more in her pay check each week due to the Republican Tax Scam. Once he was told how insane that remark was, he pulled the comment.

These kinds of remarks are now standard trash talk from the Republican Party who does not recognize, that what they are talking about are not “entitlements.” These are hard earned benefits that working men and women paid for with our blood, sweat and tears. We earned these benefits!

The average tax cut for the 1% in 2018 is $51,140. The average tax cut for the .o1% in 2018 is $193,380. If you make less than $75,000 a year you lose under the GOP Tax Scam. (The Plum Line Greg Sargent) How big is your tax cut?

The Republican Party, with people like Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell continues to seek ways to steal from the most vulnerable in our nation and refuses to find solutions to our most basic problems: our national debt, gun violence, our economy, our lack of infrastructure and our lack of positive global relations.

The Republican Party continues down the wrong road driven by their insane leaders, their excuses, and their finger pointing. All of the Republican delegates from Oklahoma, House and Senate, voted for this massive give-a-way and are now seeking ways to make the working men and women in Oklahoma pay for it.

Now more than ever we need to elect Democrats to every level of service. Many people voted to elect Republicans and those same Republicans, once elected, dismiss all who voted for them. Now is the time to elect Democratic people who will listen and respond to your call in order to balance the representation of power. With your support and perseverance. change can be made for all of us. Without your involvement in the political process, nothing will change.

Our leaders in politics and business need to know that you cannot serve two masters. If money and ego is your number one master, then everything else will be lost.

Join us the ‘Party of the Working Man and Woman’ Be active in shaping your future! Next Democrat Meeting-February 23-noon-Eastern Oklahoma State College-President’s Dining Hall-Wilburton-Democrat Committee: Roy Alford, Byron Bohanon, Les Brelsford.

 

Les and Ruth Brelsford
Berachah Farm
Red Oak, Oklahoma 74563

Concerned citizens of Haskell,Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburgh Counties: 02-15-18

Since the Oklahoma Lawmakers have decided that there are no real issues to consider, like our continuing failed budget crisis, the Legislature is considering several bills this session that would change voting laws. Bills that would require voters to show proof of U.S. Citizenship, which will prevent some from voting, and others that would make voter registration automatic.

House Bill 2912 by Rep Mickey Dollens, D-Oklahoma City and House Bill 3029 by Rep Emily Virgin,D-Norman would both require the State Election Board to develop a system to allow the Department of Public Safety and driver’s license agencies to submit information about eligible voters to the state board which would send the info to the County Election board. The person would then be registered to vote. Both bills have been referred to House Committees.

House Bill 3285 by Rep John Ennis, R-Enid, would bar individuals who have been convicted of a drug related crime from voting.

They need to be of right mind when they go to the ballot box as much as possible. Then you’ve got elections that can be thrown one way or the other by people who really have no clue about what’s going on” John Ennis is the one who has no clue. The bill has been assigned to the House Ethics and Elections Committee.

In 2014, only about 30% of the state’s citizen who were of voting age cast a ballot, which means Oklahpoma ranks eighth-lowest in the nation. (U.S.Election Assistance Commission’s report. )It would seem that our problem in Oklahoma is not people trying to vote even if they are not “in their right mind,” but that few Oklahomans are invested in the political process. We should be making it easier, not harder, for everyone to vote and determine their own destiny.

House Bill 3341 by Rep Sean Roberts,R-Hominy, would require anyone registering to vote, updating their voter registration, or showing up at the polls to vote, provide a birth certificate, a passport, naturalization documents or other documents proving U.S. Citizenship.

Oklahoma voters are already required to show identification before voting, but the bill would require the voter to provide additional documents before registering to vote or casting a vote at the polling place. How many of us in SE Oklahoma have a passport or even know where our birth certificate is?

This bill, House Bill 3341, was written by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group of lobbyists that craft legislation to be introduced in state legislatures around the country. Our legislators are incapable of writing their own bills and rely on legislation written by lobbyists.

Ryan Kissel, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Oklahoma said both House Bill 3285 and House Bill 3341 would restrict the ability of people to vote.

Kissel said House Bill 3341 is based on the false assumption that there is a large amount of fraudulent voting. Such laws restrict the ability of people who are low income, elderly, or persons of color to vote. People who are often Democrats.

Why any lawmaker feels compelled to continue to act upon these lies about fraud in our election is beyond me. Frankly, it’s delusional. Roberts is either doing this knowing that the narrative he is furthering with legislation like this is false or he has bought into the delusion himself. Either one is unacceptable.” Kiessel said. (A complete story is at The Frontier , Clifton Adcock)

Legislators are neglecting the duties of their office and that is exactly why this state falls behind in every positive category and leads the list of negatives. This Legislature has a Republican majority in the Governorship and both Houses, but they consistently prove that they are incapable of governing.

Many people are running for elected office this year and as voters it is our duty to hear everyone, from both parties, on the campaign trail and make wise decisions in November, 2018.

Join us the ‘Party of the Working Man and Woman’ Be active in shaping your future! Next Democrat Meeting-February 23-noon-Eastern Oklahoma State College-President’s Dining Hall-Wilburton-Democrat Committee: Roy Alford, Byron Bohanon, Les Brelsford.

Les and Ruth Brelsford
Berachah Farm
Red Oak, Oklahoma 74563

Concerned citizens of Haskell,Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburgh Counties: 02-08-18

 Currently there are many people running for state office and that is a good thing for our democracy. However, candidate yard signs do not make for trusted employees committed to serving the people.

In past elections many people placed their trust and cast their vote for people they felt would dedicate their time and energies working to solve the overwhelming problems facing this state. Those same legislators trashed that trust and those votes and refused to dedicate their time and energies for the betterment of the people who elected them.

Republicans, the majority at the Capital, have spent this past year spending a lot of time doing nothing but ‘backing up’ to pick up their paychecks. In a nut shell, such actions constitute theft from the very taxpayers that elected them.

They completely ignore the needs of the people and bad-mouth the state employees who are expected to keep the state government running smoothly. Rep John Bennett R-Salisaw, called those same state employees, terrorists. (11-01-17 KOCO News)

Oklahoma’s Republican leadership has a long history of bad behavior. Early on, it was Governor Frank Keating calling teachers ”slugs,” then he claimed that Oklahoma college graduates could not properly fill out a job application. Later on, Frank Keating was asked by a media reporter, how he would deal with teachers and their organization, the OEA. Keating’s smart alec reply was “homicide.” Still later, Republican Labor Commissioner, Mark Costello called state employees “feral hogs,” but when confronted by a TV reporter, he said he didn’t mean state employees, he meant teachers. (Oklahoma Democrats Wallace Collins)

Many legislators play lip service to the importance of education, but out of the other side of their face, they demean school teachers by not funding education and not valuing the role education plays in our lives.

This year is an election year, so one more group needs to step up, and that is the candidates for governor. I was disappointed to read that some of the so-called leaders of Step Up are supporting gubernatorial candidates who are opposing the revenue plan. This certainly makes their “step up” support seem superficial. Instead of holding their candidates accountable, they are supporting them even as the candidates go around the state whipping up opposition to revenue increases by touting the nonsense that we have a “spending problem, not a revenue problem.” (Oklahoma Policy Institute Gene Perry)

When the Democratic minority brought forth their ideas to solve the budget crisis this past year, the Republican majority refused to allow debate.

The Step Up idea is only a first step in solving the funding problems for this state. Speaker of the House, Rep Charles McCall R-Dist 22, has said that he thinks he has the votes necessary to pass the Step-Up proposal. The Republcians have spent the past year neglecting their duties with their lack of governing and will now sign on to any proposal that lets them walk away from their responsibilites once again!

Because the Republicans are the majority, they dictate what is brought to the floor for debate and, therefore, hold the majority of the responsibilty for doing nothing. The Democrats are responsible for not forcing the Republicans to action. The people are responsible for only paying lip service to their concerns and voting too many Republicans into office. A balance of both parties keeps everyone in check.

Join us the ‘Party of the Working Man and Woman’ Be active in shaping your future! Next Democrat Meeing-February 23-noon-Eastern Oklahoma State College-President’s Dining Hall-Wilburton-Democrat Committee: Roy Alford, Byron Bohanon, Les Brelsford.

Les and Ruth Brelsford

Concerned citizens of Haskell,Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburgh Counties: 02-01-18

Republicans control the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House. Instead of working to improve the lives of working families, they chose to spend the last year attacking health insurance for millions, and passing a reckless tax scam that rewards greedy corporations and millionaires at the expense of working families. The Republcians have pushed this country into a downward spiral of $trillions of debt our great granchildren will be paying for at the expense of services, healthcare and a better quality of life.

Republicans shut down the government for three days in January and then signed a short term funding bill extending funding to February 8,2018.

Democrats agreed to bipartisan legislation that their base vehemently opposes in order to avert a prolonged shutdown. Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump were unwilling to meet them partway. Their refusal to compromise isn’t governance—it’s reckless obstruction at the expense of this country.

Oklahoma Republican Congressmen are ‘lap dogs’ for a dangerous President. The latest CBS poll finds mostly negative reviews of Trump’s job so far: 53% overall say he’s been a poor President , and even more say he’s weakened the US position in the world more than strengthened it while 55% say that under Trump the country has been losing at things it tries to do.

According to the recent Gallup poll, (1-9-18) other nations’ approval of U.S. Leadership under President Trump hit a historical low of 30%. This signals a 18 point drop from a year earlier when 48% approved of the national influence under former President Barack Obama.

At the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump was, once again, an embarrasment for our country. During his speech he was laughed at and booed by the assembled world leaders. To a warm reception, French President Emmauel Macron used his speech in Davos to roast Trump’s climate denial position.

‘President Trump showed up with nothing but his racist brand of 1920’s isolationist politics. His presence has been contextualized by other world leaders as a selfish and a dangerous bully in the same tier as ‘leader’ Vladimir Putin.” (Think Progress Natasha Geiling) A partial video clip of Trump’s speech is at World News Video.

World leaders are focused on the need for global cooperation to deal with climate change and are committed to their task without the United States. The TransPacific agreement is also moving ahead without the U.S. ,ceding its position as global leader to China.

Our nation continues to get the bills for Donald Trump’s ever-open mouth, and the sticker price continues to be quite high, indeed. Travel to the U.S. has been on the decline ever since President Donald Trump took office, and new data shows the slump translates to a cost of $4.6 billion in lost spending and 40,000 jobs.

“The repercussions in the travel industry are due solely to Donald Trump not being able to control himself from making racist or xenophobic or just-plain-humiliating statements against the residents of every last country on Earth.”

(Daily Kos By Hunter)

Our country is no longer a beacon of truth and justice for the world because of the actions and words of our leaders and those who accept such conduct!

Join us the ‘Party of the Working Man and Woman’ Be active in shaping your future! Next Democrat Meeing-February 23-noon-Eastern Oklahoma State College-President’s Dining Hall-Wilburton-Democrat Committee: Roy Alford, Byron Bohanon, Les Brelsford.

The important issues facing voters this November are the State Questions

Concerned citizens of Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburgh Counties: 10-06-16. By Les Brelsford

The important issues facing voters this November are the State Questions. Voters must have a reasonable understanding of these complicated issues. They may sound good but they may not be good for our state. Last week we reviewed State Questions 777,779 and 790. This week we will review the wording of the following State Questions in an attempt to help the voters understand them.

State Question 776

This measure adds a new section to the Oklahoma Constitution, Section 9A of Article 2. The new section deals with the death penalty. The section establishes State constitutional mandates relating to the death penalty and the methods of execution.

Under these constitutional requirements:

The Legislature is expressly empowered to designate any method of execution not prohibited by the United States Constitution.

Death sentences shall not be reduced because a method of execution is ruled to be invalid.

When an execution method is declared invalid, the death penalty imposed shall remain in force until it can be carried out using any valid execution method.

The imposition of a death penalty under Oklahoma law shall not be deemed to be or constitute the infliction of cruel or unusual punishment under Oklahoma’s Constitution.

(This amendment does not seem warranted as the State of Oklahoma already practices these powers.)

State Question 780

This measure amends existing Oklahoma laws and would change the classification of certain drug possession and property crimes from felony to misdemeanor. It would make possession of a limited quantity of drugs a misdemeanor. The proposed amendment would reclassify certain drug possession cases as a misdemeanor. The amendment would increase the threshold dollar amount used for determining whether certain property crimes are considered a felony or misdemeanor from $500 to $1,000. Property crimes covered by this change include: false declaration of a pawn ticket, embezzlement, larceny,grand larceny, counterfeiting or issuing bogus checks.(Approval of this SQ would help the problem of prison over-crowding by allowing non-violent offenders to be punished in other ways than lengthy incarceration.)

State Question 781

This measure creates the County Commission Safety Investment Fund if voters approve State Question 780. This measure requires the office of Management and Enterprises to determine how much money was saved on a yearly basis because of State Question 780.The amount determined would be distributed to communities to provide community rehabilitation programs such as mental health and substance abuse services. (SQ781 would provide more funding for our epidemic drug abuse problem and mental health issues)

State Question 792

This measure repeals Article 28 of the Oklahoma Constitution and restructures the laws governing alcoholic beverages through a new Article 28A.The new Article 28A provides that with exceptions, a person or company can have ownership interest in only one area of the alcoholic beverage business-manufacturing, wholesaling or retailing. Retail locations like grocery stores may sell wine and beer. Liquor stores may sell products other than alcoholic beverages in limited amounts. With one exception the measure will take effect October 1,2018. (Approval of this question would entice more large companies like Costco to locate franchises in our state and boost a sagging economy)

It is important to note that these State Questions will change the Oklahoma Constitution and should not be taken likely. Each State Question can be completely reviewed on the web at Oklahoma Secretary of State.

To save our rural schools and hospitals, vote Democratic, a vote for the working man and woman!