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

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