Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On.




THERE IS A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKING GOING ON

THE WATCHMAN

It goes without saying that the state of Oklahoma has experienced a major upswing in the number of earthquakes we have on an annual basis. Oil producers would like you to believe that injection wells are not to blame for this. Environmentalist will have you thinking that all the contaminated water being put back in the ground will contaminate the safety of your drinking water. We have a staff member who has felt only one or two of these earthquakes but then again he slept through a 7.2 magnitude earthquake while he was stationed in California in the military. We are not here to make a judgement on this, however we are here to present to the public some information that they most likely missed on the evening news or any newspaper.

What got us interested in this story was this article . This is a report on a deposition given by the former state lead seismologist stating that he was pressured by his bosses and even the President of Oklahoma University, David Boren, to make injection wells less of a reason for the cause of the earthquake swarms we have been experiencing. Those people put the life, health and wellbeing of all Oklahomans below the needs of the oil and gas industry. Looks like President David Boren is stepping down at just the right time.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Fallin's Lies



DO YOU THINK THIS POLITICIAN
WOULD LIE TO YOU?

IS SHE CAPABLE OF LYING TO THE STATE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES?

THE ANSWER TO BOTH WHOULD BE YES

THE WATCHMAN


Why in the world has it become natural for politicians to lie? Two of longest serving members of the U.S. House of Representatives consistently vote against the values of the U.S. Constitution, yet they come home every time and campaign as Conservatives. Our entire state legislature, with a few exceptions, does the same thing. As an example the Oklahoma State Constitution orders that a state Constitutional Convention be held every twenty years. The last one was held in 1974. That should tell people something. We the People of the State of Oklahoma have not had a Constitutional Government since 1994. That is over twenty three years that they have willfully and knowingly plundered the state and the people for their own benefit.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Low Standards


WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS ARE YOU
REALLY A REPUBLICAN IF YOU LOWER YOUR STANDARDS
THE WATCHMAN

  It's not often that we see a National Party member return home to run for a statewide office. We have such a case here in Oklahoma in the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's race for 2018. We all are aware that the job as Lt. Governor is not a glamorous office to hold. They often get stuck holding the leftovers and trying to make them work. Party politics aside we'll introduce you to a well-known name and face to the Oklahoma GOP faithful. We are long in remembrance of this man and what he has wreaked on the Oklahoma Republican Party.

  We came across this article first . We were surprised to see some of the endorsements, others not so much. There is nothing this man has done for the Republican Party except allow liberals to run for office. He's had to witness it himself. Two of our state Representatives ranks among the worst in the nation. He did turn the state into the reddest state in the nation, but at what cost has it been on those who pay their salaries within the state. Jobs are down, growth is level and taxes keep getting higher because the Republicans he helped get into office have no self-discipline when it comes to spending your tax dollars.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Todd Lamb & The Slush Fund Shuffle


A Blast from the Past, Corn Vs. Lamb
2010 election ad screen shot

TAXPAYERS AND CITIZENS SUFFER IN LOSS OF SERVICES WHILE THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT COMMITS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE
THAT GOES UNPUNISHED
THE WATCHMAN

Here we are in the middle of November and they still haven't completed the work on the budget. We are getting close though. In the middle of this budget battle, some very disturbing things are coming out of the Health Department. We are all aware that the Health Commissioner resigned a week or so back. Preston Doerflinger was appointed to replace him. This sudden resignation had consequences. Those consequences have yet to be felt by the people who performed the fraud, but are already being felt by the citizens of the state of Oklahoma.

The first article of interest we found that directly affects the budget was this This is a direct resort of the lack of oversight by the state legislature and the state auditor. The biggest fault lies in the lap of Governor Fallin. Having unqualified people in positions that are so vital to the health and welfare to the citizens that are in dire need of these services is an indication that she is unqualified to sit in the chair as Governor of the State of Oklahoma.

The next article of interest we found was this . We were amazed at the disclosures in this article. This makes a case for the immediate resignation of the Governor and the Lt. Governor. The state was warned three years ago by the Attorney General and the F.B.I. about the shenanigans going on at the Department of Health and they did nothing. Their incompetence has left the tax payers with an additional $30 million dollar hole to fill.

The next article we found was this. This article indicates that the House passed a bill to give the Health Department the funds they requested in order for them to pay their personnel next month, yet we've been unable to see any indication that the Senate has taken any action on the legislation or that it has been approved by the Governor. They must be following the "Never let a crisis go to waste rule" at the capital these days.

This article tells you a lot about the shady accounting done at the Health Department . This article also turns the spot light on to the TSET program. It was discovered that the State Health Department was forced to end an $8.5 million dollar program with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust that was funding grants for things like lighted walking trails at city parks. Since when did lighting walking trails in city parks become the responsibility of the Tobacco Settlement Fund or the State Health Department for that matter?

The next article we found was this. We feel that they are more than incorrect in this matter. Like the legislators they seem to feel that raising taxes is the only option that we have to dig ourselves out of this financial mess the state is in. They have forgotten a few items. The government is overgrown and bloated. It should be cut down to size either by layoffs or retirements. Then there's that $60 million dollars a year they spend on trinkets they hand out to visitors to their offices. Taxpayers shouldn't be responsible for that. They want the trinkets they should pay for it out of their campaign funds or their own pockets. There is also income tax reform. Instead of those that make the least paying the higher percentage of their income on taxes turn it around and let the upper class pay more of their fair share.

The next article we found was this. This story involves the budget committees for both chambers where they passed a proposal for a budget.

The next article of interest we found was this. We actually looked at all three channels in the Oklahoma City market and it was like they all seemed to have the same script writer. We only posted the one. This vote was scheduled for the House floor for Wednesday morning, but didn't actually pass until Wednesday afternoon.

Then we found this article . We urge you to open the link and read this article. This explains the political tricks and games the Speaker used to get this bill passed. For a banker he's pretty dishonest. Directly below we've included the tally board from Wednesday's House vote on HB 1019X. Find your legislator and let them know how you feel about their vote.

The next article we found was this . Now this is not a factual report from the news channel. Here we have several Senators complaining about the $60 million dollars in cuts that the agencies are going to have to absorb and they are complaining about it. We contacted the news channel about the factual error they made about all agencies having to take a cut. The House and Senate are not going to take a cut in the $60 million dollars they get annually for trinkets they hand out to visitors to their offices. Shocking isn't it. Let the common citizen suffer while those who make the decision keep laying on the fat.

Then the end of the special session saw the light. We found this article . To us this appears to be a piece of lazy reporting. It is nothing more than a rehash of the report of the House of Representatives report on the vote held on Wednesday and at the very end you'll find where the Senate voted to approve the legislation by a vote of 29 to 14.

The next article we found was this . This is the only good news to come out of this special session. The bad news out of this is that it doesn't become effective until November of 2018.

Even though we're almost two months past the start of the special session the Governor is still not happy with the results. She wanted her massive half billion dollar tax hike. She let her opinion be known to the press.

Throughout this debacle the members of our state legislature leadership and the Governor have proven that they are incapable and unwilling to make the hard decisions when necessary. We as a state are paying directors of various departments more than we pay our Governor. There are even a few Superintendents of School Districts making more than our Governor. The problem not only starts with the Governor and legislature, it permeates through the entire structure of our elected officials. Gary Richardson has said it more than once and we'll say it again, Oklahoma doesn't have a revenue problem it has a spending problem.

In conclusion there is only one thing that can be done to lower the cost of running the Government of the State of Oklahoma. Slash the number of people in the staff of government. It's bloated and cumbersome. Pass a law that any campaign funds a legislator may have in their account when they are removed or resign from office are forfeited to the Oklahoma Election Board to help cover the cost of a special election. Change the election laws to where there is only one election day per year. These measures in themselves will save the taxpayers a lot of money.

This special session could have been completely avoided. Our legislators need to start paying more attention to the calendar than anything else. They should resolve themselves to address no other legislation, except emergency funding for a disaster that has occurred in the state, until such time as a budget is passed. If they find they are unable to do that they should resign from their office. We once again call for a vote of no confidence in the Governor, the President pro tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Threats and intimidation is no way to be a leader.

Then after all of this, Governor Fallin throws a temper tantrum and vetoes the legislation passed. She has not announced plans for a second special session but has indicated they will be soon. We would highly recommend that the next special session include articles of impeachment against the Governor.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Republican Candidate For Senate 37


THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE
FOR DISTRICT 37
THE WATCHMAN
As we promised here we begin the look at the Republican candidate for the State Senate being vacated by Senator Newberry. The candidate is Republican Brian O'Hara. We took a lot of time in researching Mr. O'Hara simply because we wanted to be fair and accurate.

The first article we found was his campaign web site. We found it interesting in that he broke from recent trends and actually indicated on his web site that he did represent the Republican Party. That in itself is something we have been seeing less and less of from our candidates.

We first looked at his meet Brian page here. He tells you a little about his background and his family. More importantly though he tells you about three core values that will guide him in any decision on a vote he must make. He also points out his record of voting no on tax increases as a board member of the City of Jenks.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Speaker Fails To Keep Agencies In Line

  
...Ah, nothing smells a good as the smell of roasting RINOs on a crisp fall morning!


AFTER YEARS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND OVER SPENDING THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DARES TO TELL THE CITIZENS THAT WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE TAX HIKE AND NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT IT
THE WATCHMAN

Here we are in November of 2017 and the state still hasn't figured out how to plug the hole in their budget. We find it rather remarkable that those who chose to fill the ranks of leadership in the state of Oklahoma can remain so inept at doing their jobs. We don't just mean our legislator's either. We are speaking of the lack of leadership from the Governor, Mary Fallin. This has truly turned into a state of we the unwilling led by the unqualified to do the unnecessary for the ungrateful. It is high time that you stop refunding your corporate donors and work for the people of Oklahoma for a change.

We all know that the state government is being run by the Republican Party. They control all of the state wide offices and a majority in the House and Senate. The Republican Party has always alleged to have stood for smaller government and less regulation. We ask why have the last eight years seen a continuous growth in both the size in government and the regulations imposed on businesses. What ever happened to the Republican Party Platform?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bullying & Intimidation: The Politics of RINO-ism



BULLYING & INTIMIDATION
THE POLITICS OF THE RINO REPUBLICANS
AND THOSE WHO LACK THE CAPABILITY TO LEAD
THE WATCHMAN

As we are all aware, the budget mess continues at the state capital. When they allowed Mr. Doeflinger to burn through the states rainy day fund with impunity they even failed to call for an audit of the fund to see where the money went. That is complete stupidity. All they do is say he had the authority and let it go. Why is that drunk still working for the state? Is he a boy toy of Governor Fallin?

What first brought our attention to this story was this article . This is dated October 17, 2017 from the SoonerPolitics.org online Newspaper. It's a short article but it gets directly to the point. It would appear that Governor Fallin took lessons from former President Obama while he was in office. She is now guiding her administration and state agencies are entering a political warfare of bullying and intimidation and the legislature along with the middle class and poor of the state of Oklahoma are the targeted opponents.

The weapon chosen for this assault on the dignity of every Oklahoman is terror. Not the terror of blowing up buildings or mass shooting, but the terror of threatening those citizens in need of specialized services the ability to have access to them. This is similar to the Obama tactic of closing down access to open air monuments and military cemeteries a few years ago but fully staffing Camp David so he could have all of his little perks.