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ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP ABSENT AT
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTITIVES THIS SESSION
By the Watchman
We are living through perhaps the worst time in the history of the State of Oklahoma. At a time when the leadership of the House and Senate had within their grasp the opportunity to set a new course for the political and financial future of this state, they opted to violate the State Constitution and dare the Citizens of Oklahoma to take them to Court. Their desire will soon be granted. We found this news report dated the 8th of June, 2017 'I think it was to me just a matter of time:' Lawmakers unsurprised by tobacco lawsuit | KFOR.com. What makes this more despicable is that they knew it would be challenged and didn't care.
The Speaker of the House made a massive turn to the left when the session started this year. This is evident here Freshmen Legislators & The Abandonment Of Principles - Sooner Politics.org. There were thirty nine freshmen Republicans that entered the House and Senate this year. Out of those only four Representatives and 2 Senators voted consistently with the Constitution on two of the key revenue bills. That is disgusting. Rest assured we have a copy of those votes and those that violated the state Constitution will see their name in this column in the near future.
The first article of interest we found was this There was nothing strange or unusual about the individuals changing their votes. Once the Majority Floor Leader declared the bill to no longer be Revenue Increase Bill, they switched in order to make their voting records look better for their next campaigns. They'll go back to their districts and say we at least tried. That is a pure bald faced lie. It is a revenue increase bill and they failed to follow the State Constitution in order to pass it. Just because some brown nosing Representative is appointed to be the Majority Floor Leader doesn't give him or any of the elected individuals the right to break the law.
The person behind this betrayal to the state and the citizens is the Speaker of the House. We started by going to his official web page here Speaker Charles McCall - Oklahoma House of Representatives. There is little information to be gained from this site. We can usually get more information from a Senator's page than what he has provided on his.
The next article of interest we found was this Charles McCall - Wikipedia. We highly recommend that you open this link and read it. We find it highly disappointing that a man that is a banker who works with money and budgets his entire life and he has failed to listen to the repeated reports from the State Treasurer of revenue decline for over twenty-four consecutive months. For the first time in over two years the State Treasurer has reported an increase in revenue and that didn't happen until this week. I cannot believe people trust him with their money.
We next went to www.votesmart.org to see what information they had available. We started with his biography page here Charles McCall's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. There was no information on this page that was new to us.
We next went to the Voting Records page here Charles McCall's Voting Records - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. His voting record is rather abysmal. While we are still ranking the individual members for the 2017 RINO list, Speaker McCall only abided by the State Constitution fifty (50%) percent of the time in 2016. There are several Democrats that had higher scores.
We did go to the ratings and endorsements page here Charles McCall's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. We see here that he is showing the habit of more and more politicians these days. Repeated attempts to receive answers on where he stood on positions were left unanswered. That has the effect of being able to tell the constituents what they want to hear, not where he actually stands. To us that is a position of cowardice.
We next went to the Ratings and Endorsements page here Charles McCall's Ratings and Endorsements - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. We urge you to open the link and read the section for yourself. Here is some of what we found.
2012 Oklahoma for Life Inc. 100%
Business and Consumer
2015-2016 National Federation of Independent Business 100%
2016 The Oklahoma Constitution 59%
2015 American Conservative Union 79%
2016 Sooner Tea Party 50%
2014 Sooner Tea Party 35%
We could go on and on with these but it gets very repetitive. This indicates that he is more worried about staying in office than doing what's right for the Citizens of his District and the State of Oklahoma.
We next went to the Campaign Finance page here Charles McCall's Campaign Finances - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. The data was provided by www.followthemoney.org. There was a total for individual donations of only 18 people. They provided $35,851.00 to his campaign. We found that a little hard to swallow so we knew we had to check elsewhere.
The next article we found was this Charles McCall - Ballotpedia. What is interesting about this article is that it even discloses the bills that were passed by both Chambers but failed to reach an agreement in conference committee. There is a very good likelihood that these bills will return next year.
In an article written on December 20, 2015, a prediction was made that seems to have come true this year. You can read that article here Al Gerhart: All Hell Breaks out if McCall is Elected Speaker. The candidates for Speaker last year not only included Mr. McCall, but also included Rep. Leslie Osborne. She withdrew her candidacy for Speaker after being promised the position of Chair of the Appropriations Committee. The lack of leadership of both of these individuals led to the total disaster of the budget that we ended up with this year. To date only the tobacco companies have filed a challenge to the bills, but many more are expected. What makes it worse is none of these unlawful taxes needed to be levied against the taxpayers. They failed to even consider removing enough of the tax credits they give to the funders of their campaigns to even close the gap in the budget. They wanted the citizens to pay. This is a prime example of them not working for us, but working for the Chamber of Commerce instead.
The next article of interest we found was this . We would urge you to open this link and read the article. This is a sitting member of the House who has been pushed out of leadership positions by our liberal leadership who has urged the people to take this to court. This is consistent with his first statement after the end of the session which you can read here . The House and Senate passed the budget this year after repeatedly violating the Oklahoma State Constitution. Revenue bills were passed that originated in the Senate is a violation. Passing revenue bills within the last five days of the session is a violation. These clowns must have gone to school at the Obama School of writing and passing legislation.
To make matters worse, the State of Oklahoma has not had a Constitutionally based government in 23 years. Our state Constitution calls for a State Constitutional Convention to be held every twenty years. The last Constitutional Convention was held in 1974. Several legislators have tried to get a bill through the House and Senate over the last several years to have one held, but they all died in committee. Has their lust for power gotten so big that we as citizens are now being denied our rights under our State Constitution? We believe that it has.
The next article we found was this 24 Lawmakers Said 'No' to Controversial Tax Ploys - Sooner Politics.org. We urge you to open this link and read it. If your Representative or Senator is listed here give his office a call and at least say thanks for trying. We know we have at least 24 lawmakers who want to do the right thing for their constituents.
The next article of interest we found was this Governor Mary Fallin Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bill - Story. We have stated many times in the past that being soft on crime is no solution to the prison overcrowding problem. Oklahoma has had this problem for decades. They first went to the private prison solution and realized that to keep those beds full in private prisons they needed tougher sentencing laws. Here's an idea for all you people who are incapable of thinking outside the box. To cut the recidivism problem and ultimately the prison population, teach the non-violent offenders a trade in a craft they can use outside of prison. This can be done by having these inmates train in the construction fields while they are building extensions on to the existing prisons. It's a trade they can use to provide an income for themselves and to support their families.
We next went to www.guardian.ok.gov to see what information was available on his campaign finances. For the last campaign cycle it did indicate that most of his campaign donations were received from special interest groups. He has already opened his campaign offices for the 2018 campaign. Corporations continue to donate to his campaign at an almost three to one pace over individual contributors. In short anyone that wants to run against him better has filed already.
We can only conclude from the horrendous performance of the House of Representatives that there was a complete loss of control of the members. In a state considered the reddest state in the union there was a role reversal this year. The Democrats were the ones trying to make since while the Speaker and the Chair of the Appropriations committee taxed everything they could, and still left a $400 million dollar hole in the budget. Mr. Speaker your lack of knowledge shows.