Monday, May 28, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Effective November 1st, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services will begin screening welfare recipients for drug use as a condition of eligibility. House Bill #2338, authored by five Republican State Representatives- Liebmann, Bennett, Billy, Roberts and Vaughn and State Senator David Holt, (R-OKC), requires DHS to screen adults for drug use who apply for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The legislation allows DHS to request a drug test if there is reasonable cause to believe the applicant is illegally using a controlled substance. If the applicant refuses to participate or is determined to be using an illegal drug, they could not receive the assistance. With the passage of HB #2338,
Two other states-
This bill was not without its critics. They claim drug testing for
Critics of the bill point to other addictions- drinking, gambling, smoking- and say many welfare recipients are using our tax dollars to fund those addictions. That is certainly true, but it is not the taxpayer’s responsibility to fund any addiction. I’m not convinced it’s the taxpayers ‘responsibility’ to lend a hand to those that need a hand up. You certainly can’t find that in the US Constitution. That said, most citizens would support a safety net program to help their fellow citizens who truly need help. Americans are generous people, but none would support a program that allows drug addicts to use tax dollars to support their habit. This law is needed, because it will help ‘defund’ the drug business in
Monday, May 14, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
I believe the job of National Committeeman fits me. Grassroots activists within our Party who have been involved for decades agree and overwhelmingly support me in this race. They know I have been there for years and will be there for local and statewide candidates. In addition, five people from Oklahoma who have held RNC positions believe this job fits me and have endorsed me.
BTW: The 8th annual Stephens County Fish Fry is Saturday May 19th in the Stephens County Rodeo Arena. It starts at 6pm. Tables of 10 are $250 and that includes 2 tickets to a private reception/photo op with Senator Anthony Sykes, our keynote speaker. If you are a County GOP elected official and you want to see how a GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISER is executed, buy a table, get your core volunteers and travel to Duncan next weekend. You'll see grassroots volunteers doing everything and in the process changing their government!
Call or email me to make your reservations today. Win or lose Saturday, I will be frying fish the following Saturday to raise money to get local, and statewide conservative Republicans elected. Come join us- I can guarantee you a good time.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Have you known people who owned something they didn’t know they owned? Well look in the mirror- that person is you, the taxpayer. According to a US Government Accountability Office(GAO) report ten years ago, over thirty(30) federal government agencies control hundreds of thousands of real property assets worldwide, including facilities and land, worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Many of these assets are no longer consistent with agencies’ missions. Others are no longer needed. And many of the assets are in an alarming state of disrepair. The report said that twenty four federal agencies (including the Department of Defense) reported over 45,000 underutilized buildings that cost
Here’s the kicker- the report said the GAO couldn’t provide an accurate inventory of what the federal government owned in real property. The report states: “Our own internal documents contained data that is unreliable and of limited usefulness. Therefore decision-makers, such as Congress and the OMB, do not have access to quality data on what real property assets the government owns, their value, how efficiently assets are being used and what the overall costs are involved in preserving, protecting and investing in them.”
In 2010, Dr. Coburn published, “The Oklahoma Waste Report.” You can view the report in its entirety at http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=4f875398-b8bd-4fff-a37a-2cfe984bc3ec. In it he details wasteful federal government spending in