Monday, August 20, 2012




Our 12 noon meeting for Wednesday, August 22nd will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. We will have several
items on our agenda for this week’s meeting. A representative for the
soon to be released film, LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE will talk to us about
the film and play a trailer for us on our TV system. It is due to open
in theaters on September 14th. Our main speaker will be Oklahoma
County Sheriff candidate, Darrell Sorrels. In addition, OCPAC Vice
President Bob Donohoo will discuss our accountability efforts toward
incumbent lawmakers.

Our goal at OCPAC is not necessarily an ever larger majority of
Republicans in the legislature, now our goal has shifted to electing
the highest quality of Republican lawmakers as possible. If that means
challenging liberal lawmakers such as Guy Liebmann and others then so
be it. Of course we hope for the highest quality of candidate as
possible, candidates who have sound conservative principles and will
go on to stand up for moral issues as well as work to see that we have
a business friendly environment where entrepreneurial genius can rise
to the top and succeed. Under that scenario, there will be a greater
demand for labor, which will in turn cause the wages for employees to
increase. That will benefit Oklahoma as a state and everyone wanting
to benefit from that positive economic environment will have that

Just a reminder, to see any of our meetings we have recorded and put
on you tube, just log on to our new web-site at:
.  Once on the home page, click on the video tab and all of the
meetings we have recorded are easily accessed.


State Representative Jason Murphy (R-Guthrie) has been writing a
series of columns on the high cost of higher education, its causes and
what can be done to bring those costs down. Warning, these articles
are not politically correct, nor are they sensitive to the feelings of
the profiteers of higher ed. The title of this article is:  “Popping
the higher ed bubble”

“I have found it interesting that it has taken so long for technology
to bend the cost curve for Oklahoma higher education entities. Just as
in many other areas of the business world, Oklahoma universities
should have developed the ability to provide effective administration
with far fewer people due to advances in technology. In the free
market this is cutting overhead and driving down costs in so many
areas. These savings offset many of the inflationary pressures such as
increased health costs.

However, in Oklahoma, higher education as a whole hasn’t realized
these savings and as I have described in the past two columns, has
grown spending far faster than inflation. This means the higher ed
experience is in a bubble. It is drastically overpriced and will face
a day of reckoning.

Just as the housing bubble was propped up by lose monetary policy and
debt, the higher ed bubble is also fueled by debt. The federal
government feeds the bubble by making it so easy for students to incur
thousands of dollars of debt. Too many students don’t act like logical
free market participants who demand the best product at the lowest
possible price. Instead, they take the free money from the government
and take on a debt that will haunt them for years to come. In fact, as
a whole, Americans owe about $900 billion in student loan debt.

This unsustainable set of bad policies must come to an end--and they

In his 2011 state of the state address, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called
for the creation of $10,000 four-year bachelor degree programs. His
effort initially was opposed by some within the Texas higher education
community, but students at multiple Texas universities are obtaining
their degrees for less than $10,000 today. In fact, students at Texas
A&M San Antonio can secure an information technology degree with an
emphasis on cyber security for $9,700. Those who hold this degree
typically get paid between $16 and $40 per hour and likely will start
their jobs with little student loan debt hanging over their heads.

Perry wanted Texas universities to provide the $10K degree by
leveraging web-based instruction, creating innovative teaching
techniques and establishing aggressive efficiency measures. Online
coursework clearly offers one of the foremost tools for driving down

Ironically, just last week, Oklahoma State Rep Pat Ownbey circulated a
letter from one of his constituents showing that they were paying
$1,025.52 for just one online course from the University of Oklahoma.
Of that amount, $389.90 was the cost of tuition and the rest was fees.
Even though this student may never set foot on campus during the
duration of the course, for just one course he will pay more than a
tenth the cost of getting an entire degree at Texas A&M San Antonio.

The higher education bubble has started to burst in Texas. In
Oklahoma, even when some of our higher education institutions are
using technology to deliver a service, they are still gouging the
student. It’s not supposed to work that way. Technology is supposed to
drive down the cost of education.

A key component of the plan obviously orients around web-based
coursework. The University of Oklahoma’s current online education
model is completely backwards. The university should shift cost away
from online course offerings because online students don’t use campus
services. They cost far less to serve.

By failing to lead the way in offering reduced cost online access,
local universities risk failing to establish market share in higher
education venues of the future.”

If anyone has a comment for Representative Murphey, he can be reached
via e-mail at, on Facebook at
JasonMurphey and

I have been republishing these columns because I believe the cost and
value of higher ed is one of the biggest shams being perpetuated on
the citizens of Oklahoma. If you have read my opinions for any length
of time I often refer to education in general as the “education
industry” because it is actually a business. It is really more about
the power and wealth of those who make their living under the guise of
educating, mostly young people, than it is about actually educating
those same clients. That of course not to say that there aren’t many
dedicated teachers, because there are, they are just caught up in a
troubled system.

I will not hold myself out to be an expert on education, but the study
of the industry and what actually is necessary for peopled to be
educated has been a focus of study for me for the past 25 plus years.
I have a rather large section of my personal library dedicated to
books about education, written by many of America’s leading critics of
our modern “education system”.


Recently the general manager of ABC’s KOCO 5 News station in OKC
offered an editorial opinion about the need to pass more laws making
it easier to pass burn bans and stiffer penalties  for those who break
those laws. One of the problems with any tragedy, is there is always
someone, maybe many, who immediately jump on the bandwagon for
government to come to the rescue and solve the problem. While I might
not have a problem with increasing the punishment for causing damaging
fires, I suggest we really look at the value of a burn ban.

Before the horrible wild fires broke out in Cleveland and Oklahoma
counties, those counties had already had a burn ban in effect for
several weeks. On the morning of the afternoon that the fires broke
out, Governor Fallin issued a statewide burn ban and then that
afternoon all hell broke lose. Please do not misunderstand me, I am
not trying to suggest or imply that Governor Fallin is at fault. What
I am trying to say is think, think, think, did any of the burn bans
prevent these fires? Of course not, most fires are set by arsonists,
low life smokers who don’t want their cigarette butts in their
vehicles so they toss them out a window (no amount of burn bans will
prevent them from doing this) lightening strikes or industrial

There is a certain segment of the population that never watches a news
cast, never reads a newspaper or never listens to anything on radio
other than some form of pop culture. They don’t pay attention to the
rules and for the most part they don’t obey the rules. You can
announce all the burn bans you want and it won’t mean a thing to these

While watching the news the other night I was shocked and had to
reverse the TV and listen again as the report said that 85 percent of
all the homes burned or destroyed were not insured! I visited with a
person at the insurance commission and was told the number was
correct. It was suggested that many of the burned homes were mobile
homes or older homes that are paid for or have been in a family for
more than one generation and passed down.

In many cases these homes are in heavily wooded areas and covered by
rural fire departments which generally have a high (in this case a
higher number is worse) ISO rating. Therefore, the cost of insurance
to value being insured is much higher than in a larger city with full
time firefighters and fire hydrants well spread out over a particular

Then I remembered about 25 years ago when my wife and I lived in a
mobile home in Southern Logan county with heavy woods all around us.
We paid the home off and made a conscience decision to self insure.

Our premium at the time was about $500 per year with a $1,000
deductible and the coverage value was for about $15,000. Therefore, we
took $1,500 (1 years premium and one year’s deductible as insurance
coverage is for one years at a time) and put that money into an escrow
account. I knew our greatest risk was in the early years, but if we
had no claim in 10 years then we would fully have the money to replace
the value based on our insurance policy. After about 4 years we moved
into a small home about a mile away and rented out our mobile home. At
that time I took out a policy for rental property and of course the
rent easily took care of that cost. We then had the four years of
savings ($6,000) to do with as we chose.

Point is, all insurance is a gamble. Insurance companies “expose”
themselves to the risk of a substantial payout and in turn we pay a
premium for that exposure. If those that lost their homes without
insurance were disciplined and self insured, they won’t be totally
without resources. If on the other hand that was not the case, they
will be faced with starting over again which will be much easier on
young people than those that are older. Even with that all said, that
does not mean that they do not have needs and people of charity will
certainly help to some degree in those needs.


*  MONDAY EVENING  -  MOORE AREA  -  U.S. Senator Tom Coburn will host
a town hall meeting, 6:00 p.m. Monday August 20th at the Brand Senior
Citizens Center, 501 East Main in Moore. I always urge conservatives
to attend these meetings and try and ask the first question to set the
tone of a meeting. Otherwise, those who nurse on the government teat
are the ones that show up and continually ask for more government
largess. Coburn may have copies of his new book, THE DEBT BOMB
available for those wanting to purchase one.

*  MONDAY EVENING  -  CLAREMORE AREA  -  Oklahoma 2nd Amendment (OK2A)
is bringing Larry Pratt, the national director of Gun Owners of
America (the no compromise defender of the 2nd amendment), to Oklahoma
for appearances on both Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s appearance will
be at the JM Davis Gun Museum, 330 N JM Davis Blvd in Claremore at
6:00 p.m.

*  TUESDAY AFTERNOON  -  McALESTER AREA  -  Larry Pratt will be
speaking at 12 noon at The Meeting Place 104 East Choctaw Ave in
McAlester. Lunch will be available for purchase.

*  TUESDAY EVENING  -  OKC AREA  -  Larry Pratt will be speaking at
the H&H Gun Range in OKC at 6:30 p.m. The location is 400 S Vermont
Ave, Suite 110.

*  TUESDAY EVENING  -  TULSA AREA  -  The Tulsa Area Republican
Assembly (TARA) will host their monthly meeting, Tuesday August 21st,
6 for dinner and 7:00 p.m. for the speaker. The location will be the
Golden Corral on 71st street and Mingo in Tulsa. Speaking will be Jim
Bridenstine, Republican nominee for Oklahoma’s first Congressional


With half of August over we are a little over half way in membership
dues toward meeting the full match of $1,500 by the end of August. We
need to raise about $600 more dollars which would be 12 memberships at
the base membership of $50 or one or two memberships at the $180 or
$360 level will really help us meet the matching challenge.

We are now at 237 dues paying members for this year which is exactly
20 more memberships than last year at 217. We are interviewing some
very good candidates for office and we want to be able to help the
ones our members select with as large a contribution as possible. I
would say OCPAC is as effective of a place as possible to contribute
to candidates as very little of your dues are consumed in overhead and
we do our best to ferret out the true conservatives from those who are
not. A candidate appearing at OCPAC is not a guarantee for our
support. During the primary season there were at least 4 that appeared
that did not garner our support and there will be those coming before
us now that will not receive our support.

With the help of conservatives from all over the state, we are slowly
making a positive difference. I want to thank everyone who has already
joined and urge others who have considered joining to do so now.
Instructions on how to join are below.

You won’t want to miss this week’s meeting.

Charlie Meadows

Monday, August 6, 2012




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, August 8th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. Our program for this
Wednesday will be back to interviewing Republican candidates for the
state legislature who will be on the ballot in November. Invited to
appear this week are Bobby Cleveland, Slaughterville, Jason Smalley,
Stroud, Willard Linzy, OKC and Arthur Hulbert of Fort Gibson (Mr.
Hulbert has re-scheduled for the 14th). In addition, our dues paying
members as of July 25th who are present at our meeting will vote to
determine if we will endorse George Faught in his run-off race for the
2nd Congressional race. This would be an endorsement only as we do not
contribute in federal races.

Speaking of Representative Faught, we recorded our meeting last week
and that program is up on you tube. We also have a different web-site
address which is easier to access. Once you log on to
you simply click on the video tab and all of our meetings which we
have recorded are easily accessed. If you want to see the George
Faught meeting it will be the first one in line and then Trevor Loudon
will be the next one in line. If you have not seen Mr. Louden’s
program as yet, you are missing some very important information.


Many have seen Pastor Dan Fisher’s presentation of the Black Robed
Regiment which starts out with Dan dressed with a Clergy robe on as he
role plays the famous Pastor Muhlenberg of the War of Independence
era. At the end his Sunday sermon, Pastor Muhlenberg takes off his
black robe and reveals his continental army officers uniform
underneath and then tells his congregation that this is a time for war
and leads over 300 of the men of his congregation off to war.

A Christian Hollywood producer has recently become aware of Dan’s DVD
of the event and is very interested in producing either a documentary
or movie based on the information in Dan’s DVD. As such, the producer
is moving very fast and wants to bring a professional film crew to the
small church at old Fort Reno, just West of El Reno to produce a
trailer, which could be used to sell the idea to a major studio for a
high quality documentary or perhaps a movie.

Therefore, Dan needs a few folks dressed in clothing which at least
reflects clothing worn in the early days of Oklahoma, late 1800s. If a
movie is ever to be made, certainly a costume director will make sure
the clothing worn is of the 1776 era, but for now, early Oklahoma
prairie clothing will be fine. The setting will be in a church, and
needed are men and women of all ages and a few children. If you have
clothing that will work and can be at old Fort Reno on Tuesday
morning, I believe at 10:00 a.m., then please contact Dan and let him
know you can help. There will be no speaking parts at this time,
especially needed are some men, young to older. Contact Dan at:


I recently expressed the thought that the Oklahoman’s editorial page
is transitioning back toward its more conservative roots and I still
stick by that idea. In fact, this past Monday, the lead editorial
titled: “Fewer carve-outs could boost state’s economy” could have been
written by me. The editorial brought up so many of the positions we
have stated at OCPAC over the years when it comes to the struggle of
how to best stimulate the economy. I will have the editorial at this
week’s OCPAC meeting for folks to read.

During the primary election period Pastor Paul Blair was hit hard by
Senator Clark Jolley’s political hit men for his 7 words: “are
aerospace jobs more important than yours?”. These professional hatchet
men who specialize in truly negative campaigning, claimed those words
were proof that Paul Blair promoted class envy and yada yada yada.
Yet, the Oklahoman ended the mentioned editorial by basically raising
the same question that Paul was addressing and that is, why does
government pick and choose the winners and losers rather than create
an environment where all businesses can succeed? Paul was never
against aerospace jobs, he just simply supports free market economics
rather than an Eastern European styled central planned economy.

The Oklahoman has also done a great job of exposing the increased
budget for the Oklahoma Youth Expo which went from a traditional
$125,000 per year appropriation to over $2 million for this year. The
Oklahoman had decried the process of the behind closed doors planning
with House and Senate leadership, who work out deals with the
Governor’s office in secrecy and then expect lawmakers to support what
is presented to them. Now the House and Senate leadership and
Governor’s office are all pointing fingers at each other since they
have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Under public
pressure, nobody seems to remember who requested the increase which
will benefit an organization directed by a big time Republican

On the other hand, as with all times of transition, there may be times
when the Oklahoman comes up short on doing a good job on its editorial
page. I would suggest that was the case on Friday, July 27th with
their editorial: “Background check: Runoff voters should scrutinize
candidates”. One of the races they high-lighted was the Shawnee race
between Ed Moore, endorsed by OCPAC, and Ron Sharp, endorsed by the
State Chamber of Commerce which, in my opinion, is the leading
organization promoting an economy based on central planning which
tends to pick  and chose the winners and losers when it comes to
business opportunities.

In the editorial they pointed out 3 problems with Ed Moore, only one
of which I believe was relevant, except that it was 28 years ago when
Ed was in the Senate and in his last year missed a lot of votes and
had a lot of absences. Of course something that happened 28 years ago
is not relevant for today as people can change and I am confident Ed
will never use such bad judgment again if elected to another term in
the Senate. Of course the Oklahoman didn’t mention that Ed was the
most conservative Senator in the legislature during the first 3 years
of his term and even received an award by the Oklahoma Constitution
Newspaper for being the best Republican in the Senate.

However, the thing that most disturbed me about the Oklahoman’s
editorial was when it said: “In 1992, a preacher accused Moore of
stealing a mailing list from his organization to use for Moore’s
fundraising efforts.” While it is true that a well known TV preacher
did accuse Ed of stealing his donor list, if the Oklahoman would have
done a better job of researching what happened they might have found
out that an Oklahoma County judge threw out the testimonies of a
couple of preachers, then the TV preacher withdrew the complaint and
re-filed the charges in Cleveland County. There a judge presiding over
case number CJ-1990-2014 denied the TV preacher’s restraining motion
with the following:



The TV preacher subsequently filed a motion for reconsideration on
5-6-91, which was also denied on 5-9-91 as the record shows.

The point is, had the Oklahoman actually taken the time to contact Ed
Moore for his response to the allegations or done the research on
their own, they should not have even mentioned those allegations. I
believe they simply relied on old press releases or campaign materials
Ed’s opponents used against him 20 to 28 years ago. Ed Moore has a
history of being a conservative lawmaker who didn’t go along to get
along, even within the Republican party. When we had our interview
process for that senate seat, Ed’s survey was excellent and his
performance was outstanding, far better than his opponent. Ed should
be elected to this seat and deserves the support of non-establishment
conservatives and the general Republican electorate.


Recently OU President David Boren (often referred to as King David at
the legislature) has been acting like a whiney butt cry baby as he has
expressed the dire situation of higher education having an ever
smaller percentage of its operating income coming form state
appropriated funds.

However, State Representative Jason Murphy (R-Guthrie) has a little
different take on the big picture reality of the situation. Following
is a copy of one of Representative Murphey’s weekly e-mails on the
subject which was also printed in the Edmond Sun as well as the
Guthrie News Leader:

7-17-12,  “Higher education spending continues to skyrocket

The Oklahoma Regents of Higher Education recently approved a new round
of tuition increases including about an 8 percent increase at UCO.

You may have noticed that those who are supporting these increases are
asserting that higher education revenues originating from appropriated
tax dollars have declined, thus justifying the increases. They point
to the University of Oklahoma budget and say that in 1980, 38 percent
of OU’s budget came from appropriations while today, just 18 percent
originates from appropriations.

It is true that appropriated tax dollars make up a significantly less
percentage of higher ed budgets than in past years. But there is much
more to this statistic that those who favor tuition increases probably
aren’t saying.

Consider the following fiscal data from the 2001-11 time period.
During this time the amount of your taxpayer dollars appropriated each
year to higher ed increased from $816 million to $945 million. In both
cases this figure represented 15 percent of total state
appropriations.  Appropriations increased and higher education’s share
of the appropriated money did not decrease! Actually, payments to
higher education from the state’s governmental activities fund
increased from $835 million to more than $1 billion.

So if appropriations actually increased, why did the percentage of the
universities’ budgets originating from appropriations drop?

During the 2001-11 time frame, spending by higher ed increased from
$2.2 billion to just under $4.1 billion. Total net assets (accounting
for massive amounts of depreciation) increased from $1.9 billion to
$5.8 billion. Expenditure per student served increased from about
$10,000 per student in 2001 to about $16,000 per student in 2011.

The amount of debt increased from $293 million to $1.2 billion.
Interestingly, higher ed now has more debt on the books than even the
Turnpike Authority. In 2001, the authority owed $1.3 billion and at
the end of FY 2011, they owed just more than $1 billion. The amount of
higher ed incurred capital lease liability was at $64 million in 2001
and now stands just shy of $1 billion.

This massive increase in spending has fueled an extensive bureaucracy.
In fact, there are now an estimated 32,000 full-time positions within
the higher ed system. To put this into perspective, consider that the
remainder of state government agencies contain about 37,000 positions.
With our modernization and streamlining efforts, I expect the day is
soon approaching when higher ed will have more employees than all of
state government.

Where did the money come from for all of this extra spending if it was
not appropriated?

A few years ago the Legislature gave away its power to stop tuition
increases to the Regents of Higher Education. This huge mistake has
resulted in significant tuition increases just about each and every
year. This, combined with fees and fines and perhaps federal funding,
have driven up budgets, thus making them much less reliant on
appropriated dollars.

It is especially ironic for higher ed to now blame the Legislature for
the tuition increase by erroneously claiming the Legislature has
failed to fund higher ed.

Those who point to the ratio of appropriations to budget are
camouflaging a massive expansion within the higher education
bureaucracy that I believe is mostly unmatched anywhere in state
government. Worse, they are justifying the fact that the burden for
paying for this expansion has been placed on the backs of Oklahoma
students who must go deeper into debt to pay for their education.

The legislature should reclaim the ability to stop these increases.
The regents clearly do not have the will to put a stop to the out-of-
control tuition hikes. Next week, I intend to describe some of the
constructive and common-sense solutions to cut costs and bring an end
to these increases.”

If my memory serves me correctly, Republicans passed legislation to
take that control back, but Governor Henry vetoed the legislation.
Taking that control back during next year’s legislative session should
be a high priority for state government which is fully controlled by a
Republican majority. However, that may be more difficult than appears,
simply because “King David” wields significant power in the halls of
the marble pork pen at 23rd and North Lincoln regardless of which
party is in control. Time will tell. One other thing on the subject of
higher ed. It is the most important area of state government that
needs a strong dose of openness and accountability. Will the
Republicans step up to the plate and get that done next year?


*  WEDNESDAY  -  TULSA AREA  -  The Tulsa County Republican Men’s Club
will host their monthly luncheon on Wednesday August 8th, 12 noon, at
the Hibachi Grill Restaurant, 7425 South Memorial Drive in Tulsa.
Speaking will be Jim Bridenstine, Republican nominee for the 1st
Congressional district and Pat Key, candidate for Tulsa County Clerk.
Key faces fellow Republican Dean Martin in the Republican runoff on
August 28th. The public is invited, if you need more information call
acting President Bob McDowell at (918) 451-1051.

*  FRIDAY & SATURDAY  -  DURANT AREA  -  Fairview Baptist Church in
Durant, Oklahoma is sponsoring, The Patriots Conference - Reclaiming
America’s Christian and Constitutional Heritage. The location will be
Fairview Baptist Church at 1200 West University Blvd in Durant. The
times will be on Friday August 10th from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. and then
on Saturday, August 11th from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon.

Among others, speaking will be Former Texas District Judge Rene Diaz,
a national speaker for David Barton’s Wall Builders, a pro-family
organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes,
with an emphasis on our religious, moral, and constitutional heritage.
Also speaking will be Paul Blair, former offensive tackle for OSU and
then the Chicago Bears, now of the Bott Radio Network; Reclaiming
America for Christ and Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church of Edmond. In
addition, State Representative Sally Kern (R-OKC & Bethany) who
authored the book, “The Stoning of Sally Kern” will also be speaking.
For more information log on to: or call (580)


In last week’s e-mail I mentioned a dollar for dollar matching
challenge through the end of August. Over a third of that money has
already come in as of last Wednesday. I want to urge folks to step up
to the plate and join OCPAC now so we have adequate funds to support
those quality candidates we find that will be going into the November
elections. Instructions on how to join will be just below, following
my sign off.

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows