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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The August 18th meeting of The 9-12 Project in Mentor, OH.
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094
About the American Policy Roundtable
A generation ago, a handful of "ordinary people" began meeting together out of a growing concern for America. Their conversations, prayers, and research led to the founding of an "extraordinary" public policy effort that would blossom into the American Policy Roundtable.
Recognizing that America is - at its core - a commitment to ideas and principles, the Roundtable was established with the mission of restoring the historic Judeo-Christian principles to American public policy. The Roundtable seeks to fulfill this mission statement by meeting three core objectives:
1) Rekindling the American Spirit -- by telling the story of Liberty everyday.
2) Building networks of leaders, who will help others join in the adventure of responsible citizenship.
3) Overcoming evil in civil society by promoting positive alternatives in public policy.
To accomplish these objectives the Roundtable model is built upon state-based public policy organizations, established in strategic states, all working to change America from "the bottom-up." Each state-based Roundtable organization serves under the auspices of the Board of Trustees of the American Policy Roundtable.
Impacting public policy is a process that requires multiple areas of activity. Competing in the realm of ideas is critical, but alone cannot prevail in a Constitutional Republic. Good government also requires constant vigilance in the Legislative and Judicial process as well as a constant flow of new leaders to serve in public office. The Roundtable model incorporates the necessity of this "three-pronged" approach to public policy.
The meeting is at Lakeland Community College in the A Building (behind the clocktower). There will be signs up to help you find the room. The room, A2101, is on the second floor. Going in the front of the A Building, go down the hall to the book store. Turn right at the book store. Go down the hall toward the Breakers cafeteria and turn left and head down the hall. take the elevator or stairs to the second floor and you will be outside the meeting room door.
There is a $2 Meeting Room Fee. This fee is waived for Active Members who have paid their yearly dues. Children 17 and under may attend free.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The House Rules, RULE XIII, under Calendars, Section 1 (d) states:
(d) Each report of a committee on a public bill or public joint resolution shall contain the following:
(1) A statement citing the specific powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the law proposed by the bill or joint resolution.
Why doesn't everyone write a letter to their Congressman asking why they don't follow this rule?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Yesterday we were collecting signatures for the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment.
We set up in front of Timothy Allen Jewelers on Mentor Avenue. The News-Herald was there and wrote a nice article. You can read about it here:
It was a great event with lots of people signing. Betsy Ross and Sam Adams stopped by for a while and we appreciate their help.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) is renewing his call that Gov. Ted Strickland form an independent, bipartisan oversight board to monitor federal stimulus spending after a TV report that state officials used stimulus money for the "Cash for Appliances" rebate program to hire a Texas company that outsourced call center duties/jobs to Central America.
LaTourette and several other House Republicans, including Leader John Boehner (R-OH), wrote Strickland in March, 2009 and November, 2009, urging the creation of the stimulus oversight board.
Strickland told them an oversight board wasn't necessary and that he favored a Deputy Inspector General.
LaTourette said he can't believe stimulus funds intended to spur hiring in Ohio were used to hire a Texas company that outsourced the work to another country.
"This just reinforces the need to have better oversight over the stimulus funds," LaTourette said.
According to LaTourette, there was a televised report by WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, where an Ohio state official defended the hiring of Texas-based Parago, Inc., since it had experience with rebate programs, but acknowledged she didn't know the Texas company would outsource the work.
The WCMH report said the state signed a contract worth about $500,000 with Parago to run Ohio's appliance rebate plan because it had experience with rebate programs, according to LaTourette.
"It's no wonder only 6 percent of Americans believe that the Stimulus Bill created any jobs. To be fair, it does look like Governor Strickland used the funds to create some jobs -- in Central America," LaTourette said.
"To suggest an Ohio company couldn't be trusted to run the appliance rebate program is insulting, and paying a Texas company nearly half a million dollars to use a call center in Central America is astounding. This is not 'Cash for Appliances,' it's 'Cash for Incompetence.'"
During the report, LaTourette says WCMH's Patrick Preston interviewed Nadeane Howard, Director of the Ohio Department of Development's Energy Resource Division.
Howard was asked why a Texas company was running the $10 million Ohio appliance rebate program instead of an Ohio company.
"Ohio has one of the largest Energy Star rebate programs in the country," Howard says, in the report. "We could not trust it to someone who had not done this kind of work before."
Howard further said ODOD stands behind its decision to hire the Texas firm even though it did not hire Americans to answer phones at the call center.
Howard was asked specifically if she knew the company would outsource the call center duties to another country.
"We did not know that initially. The moment we found out, the director of this agency issued a request to Parago to please on-shore their call center," Howard told Preston.
The company did not comply with the request and LaTourette said he was dumbfounded by the explanation the state provided to the television reporter.
"They don't have an on-shore call center that they can utilize, so with the program winding down, it still resides offshore," Howard said.
LaTourette said the Columbus Dispatch reported in March, 2009 that "a divided Ohio Controlling Board" approved the contract with Parago to administer the $10.5 million appliance rebate program for Ohio.
The vote was 4-3. Nine companies submitted proposals to run the program, including two from Ohio. The report said Parago would be "paid $357,300 to cover administrative costs, and was selected based on strengths including experience with appliance-based rebates, according to the request submitted to the board."
The Dispatch reported in May, 2009 about delays in issuing appliance rebates and noted that Parago had 795 consumer complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau in the last three years, but the company has an A+ rating from BBB.
The report said appliance rebate programs in Texas, Minnesota and Iowa were experiencing problems getting through to phone banks and delays in rebates.
LaTourette said he doesn't know if those states used Parago as well.
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