Thursday, November 8, 2012

Progress vs. preservation turns into an ugly ordeal - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Progress vs. preservation turns into an ugly ordeal
Here is a great story on the Landmarks Commission. They are a powerful, secretive and unsupervised group of community leaders with their own agendas. There is absolutely zero oversight from the Metro Council or Mayor's Office but they have the power to stop construction, assess penalties and order restorations. Essentially the Commission is Judge, Jury and Executioner rolled into one well hidden group.
Did you know that they have declared 80 different structures landmarks just as the properties were being purchased?
So why would the Commission jam up projects? Ask the former owner of Ginny's Dinner who the Commission targeted and eventually drove into bankruptcy.....

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Judge Charlie Cunningham screws up the 37th State Senate District race

Louisville, KY - The 37th District Kentucky State Senate Race just got even worse. At issue is whether Republican candidate Chris Thieneman meets the residency requirement to run for the seat. In May of this year Thieneman was proven eligible by the courts and went on to win the Republican primary. I should know I filed the challenge myself.

This should have ended the issue.

It didn't thanks to the typical shenanigans of one Jennifer Moore of the Democratic Party.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

US Economic Perspective Remains Shaky

USA 2012 Election Return Projection Map
By Clarence Amador

The economic crisis ended in 2009, so why is the US economic outlook still so unstable nowadays? There are plenty of factors why the economy has failed to pick back up because the financial crisis passed. Political gridlock in the united states government makes it impossible to predict what exactly the laws and regulations soon will be. The healthcare mandate which was passed is being litigated in courts , and this mandate could prove expensive to several company owners.

Consumer spending is still at very low levels, and lots of clients are selecting to save rather than splurge. Americans with no jobs in high numbers and many have lost their homes and retirement funds. The national financial debt continues to climb devoid of end in sight, and the price of gas, energy, and foodstuff are at incredible levels. With all of these problems it's no surprise that the perspective for the financial system isn't favourable.

The US economic outlook nowadays reflects many factors. The trade debt for the USA will be over $600 million by the end of 2012. The rate of economic growth is quite small at around 2%. Numerous companies are waiting to see what happens in the presidential elections before making any employing or expansion plans. Job growth is also very low, and the new jobs being made are usually not high wage jobs that promote the middle class.

Numerous economic professionals predict that the poor economy will continue for at least another 18 months, and possibly much longer. Similar things that are bringing down the US economy are also dragging down other economies across the world also. It will take some more time before individuals become more confident regarding their financial condition, and the future of business rules.

The US economic outlook is still uncertain according to some because of the mixed signals given and the changes in direction that the US Government continues to take.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

How To Run For President - A Republican's Guide To The White House

Dog Dancing on Water
First Lesson, Dance Like You Mean it!!!
By Mitt Rome

There comes a time when every politician starts letting you know that the other politicians are to blame for whatever ails the country and they have the secret formula to solve all of the problems. That time always comes around during election season, and heats up for presidential elections.

Republicans have a standard set of talking points that they like bring up, and regardless of what they said before in public, all of their viewpoints must now appeal to the base. Everything from abortion, to gun rights, and to taxes must be reframed to be pro-life, pro-gun lobby, and against any form of taxes.

Abortion rights have been in place since 1972 with little change since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling. No republican president has proposed legislation to change that ruling, but during campaign they've all talked about it.

The republican narrative is based on simple messages that speak to the uneducated masses, or wealthy individuals that stand to gain from having the masses adopt policies that are against their own best interests.

One of these simple messages is lower taxes. It's a no brainer to support lower taxes. It means that in theory you get to keep more of your own money and you keep the government out of your pocket. After all, don't you have better things to do with your tax money than the government? Unfortunately life is not that simple.

Nobody likes paying taxes, but the real question is, do tax cuts actually stimulate the economy? Imperial evidence would tend to suggest that there is no correlation between low taxes leading to economic growth. On the other hand, tax revenue is used to pay for public goods like roads, airports, the sewer system, and sidewalks.

Even if you don't fly or drive, it's likely that those things are still quite important to maintaining your quality of life since they are part of the infrastructure that is used to carry your mail, bring in food that you eat, and bring gas for the car you drive. All of those things have one thing in common; they are public goods that are funded by tax revenue. No one wants to pay for those things, but they improve the quality of life for everyone.

You may argue that you believe in personal responsibility, but how far can you take that argument? Will you grow your own food, have a personal oil well in your back yard where you convert the output to petroleum, and a septic tank and landfill where you deposit your waste, and self-educate yourself. Even if you did have all of those things you would still require things like a system to enforce the rule of law so someone doesn't show up in your kingdom and steal your water, oil, or food.

That scenario may be a bit extreme, but it is a good example that illustrates that most people can't go at it alone. There are benefits that everyone enjoys from tax revenue that has been collected from a wide variety of people.

With all of that said, if you're running for president and you're a republican candidate, you must go all in and claim you want to eliminate taxes, and reduce government. There must be tough talk on international affairs and lean towards the extreme on social issues.

If all of that doesn't pay off in the polls, it's time to not just blame your opponent, but to also blame the liberal media. The reason for lagging poll numbers is never your fault, it's the fault of the crazy liberal media.

There are outrageous convention speeches to empty chairs, and speeches that require so many fact checkers that it could lower the unemployment rate, but if your marathon time just doesn't add up, it could be a sign that your team is losing the race. In that case, maybe a little less pandering to the wackos of your party might actually get you a bit further in your quest to claim victory.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Presidential debate: The aftermath

Reprint from our sister site at www.LouisvillePolitics.com

Louisville, KY – In an earlier article we simply asked the question in regards to the Presidential debate, does anyone care? It would appear that many indeed do. There can be no doubt that Republican challenger Mitt Romney owned President Obama in the first debate of the season.

Many were left to ponder whether Obama’s heart is really in this race at all. The President came off as either bored, under the influence, defeated, or flat didn’t care either way. You can insert your own excuse here ______.

For myself I saw a man who looked like a child getting scolded for having his hand in the cookie jar. Romney did that well in the debate folks. He showed a contrast between a pretender and a leader.

It wasn’t pretty.

But do the debates really matter?

Thanks to social media these days we can get a clearer more accurate picture of instant reactions.
Romney gained an immediate surge amongst independents and undecided voters after just this first debate so it would appear that debates still matter.

What should come as no surprise is the instant downplaying of the significance of the debate itself and the immediate attacks by not only the Obama campaign, which is predictable, but the mainstream as well once again.

While the democrats reluctantly agree Romney won the debate they, with the help of the MSM, downplayed the win as insignificant and decided to go on the offensive against Mitt Romney’s claims. What makes it even funnier?

Obama says Romney owes the American people the truth.

Mr. President, with all due respect to the office, if anyone owes the American people any truth at all, it is you who has been the most secretive, lying, and manipulative President I have seen in my lifetime. I don’t say these things callously.

Lies about your past, your religious leanings, and so many other things frankly scare the hell out of many Americans. The “truth” is that when one gets so wrapped up in their own lies they generally have no choice but to go on the attack against others accusing them of having the same problem.

Besides truth is in the eye of the beholder.

There are always three sides to every story. Yours, mine, and the truth.

Truth is a relevant term to those who choose what they want to believe then distort the “facts” to adhere to what they want the outcome to be.

Sounds like political polling doesn’t it?

The truth is that any candidate running for office will use facts, figures, and argue that they have a plan. Another truth is that for partisan hacks they will never believe anything from their party opponent. Another one?

Not every fact or figure can be logically explained as truth to everyone? Ask any scientist.
In a future article we will address some of the so-called “lies” of Romney’s statements. You will find that they weren’t the lies that the liberal MSM want us to believe. Or the President for that matter.
Mr. President you remind me of a typical man with a bully complex. When you don’t get your way you find a way to blame others and attack them because they found a way to get theirs. When faced with certain accountability you abuse the power of the office we entrusted you with to get the
outcome you want. Need proof?

Check out executive orders of this administration. When given the opportunity to be “Presidential” and defend yourself and your policies face to face you showed us a weak ineffective leader who essentially cowered in fear to Romney.

It is a lot easier to attack someone’s character, morality, and fortitude when hiding behind fictitious campaign ads then it is to say the same things to their face and deal with the consequences. Bullies typically back down when faced with an equal opposing force.

You proved that Wednesday night.

That is a childlike quality not an adult leadership one. And that is one more reason President Obama has failed.

When you lack substance use someone else. The references to Bill Clinton and your administration were insulting to anyone who believed Clinton did a good job. You sir are no Bill Clinton.Nor have you shown any inclination to follow his lead. Until you need him for reelection purposes.

As I have admitted many times over I actually voted for Obama in 2008. Bush was as bad as billed, McCain was no option, and I, being open as always to trying something new, decided to take that chance.

It was the worst vote in my 30 years of voting and one that must be corrected. Mitt Romney showed me why.

No I don’t believe Romney is great, nor do I follow traditional party line thinking. In this election we have two choices (no offense to Gary Johnson or other candidates) we will have either Mitt Romney or Barrack Obama as President for the next 4 years. Of the two do either really stand out as perfect?
Nope.

Romney simply is …….what we need right now.

A CEO with a lifetime of business experience who actually understands how markets work and has shown himself to be a willing partner to the opposite side. In short someone who can lead by example but be open to the discussion.

Is Romney who he portrays himself to be at all times? Of course not.

With the exception of a very few, many people are not who they portray themselves to be 100% of the time. And that’s ok. That’s human.

Think I’m lying? Be honest about the relationships in your life. Not just your loved ones, but expand that to include your co workers, bosses, and anyone else you come in contact with.

You will find that my statement is true.

I waited a day intentionally to discuss the debate because I was eager to see if Romney would get a fair shake with the MSM or if they would aid and abet Obama once more. Hoping for the former I realized quickly that the latter was happening.

And that’s the saddest part of all.

What did MSM do on Thursday? Instead of being “fair and balanced” when attacking what they consider Romney’s inaccuracies (actually by their own fact checkers words they fall short in proving they were lies), they went on the attack claiming Romney wanted to kill Big Bird and predictably trying to make the so-called 47% argument once again.

Using “Big Bird” as an example of how far out of touch Romney is, by implying that one expenditure was his only way of reducing the deficit, a miniscule expense at any rate admittedly, what they failed to do was see exactly why that statement was important. Considering those same funds account for only 15% of the funding for PBS one can argue they don’t need the money anyway.

No one could rationally believe that a CEO of Romney’s caliber would be stupid enough to think that eliminating public broadcasting funds would fix the economy. But what it did tell us is that Romney is willing to look at expenditures at every level, no matter how great or small, to fix this out of control spending government.

That’s what business leaders do.

Those small things add up to big money.

While Obama’s handlers, like the lying David Axelrod and the complicit MSM media, have decided to hold Romney accountable to his statements ask why the same does not apply to the President himself.

Did we hear any detailed plans on how he would fix the economy or address America’s shortcomings? No. Instead what we hear are once again repeated statements from his 2008 campaign.

Those tactics worked coming on the heels of the Bush failures in some ways.

The President cannot play that card again with any rational voter. We simply know that he has had 4 years to follow through on the claims he made then and has been a dismal failure in his attempts, or lack thereof, to implement them.

Romney won because he was substantive, informative, and showed leadership.

All in contrast to our current President.

Keep it up Gov. Romney. You may not be perfect but you are what we need right now.

I can live with that.


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Friday, September 21, 2012

What did we learn from Chicago teachers?

As we go forward after the Chicago Teachers strike there are many questions to be asked. For starters, if a teachers union can strike against the school system and force kids out of school, why can't parents do the same thing?

The Chicago teachers strike was sold as a bill of goods that does not stand up to scrutiny.

Union leadership stated one of the concerns was classroom size yet that was not addressed in the final product.

The major reasons the teachers went on strike included two simple facts. One they wanted more money, and two they didn't want to be held accountable to standardized testing requirements as part of their evaluation process.

Yet none of these factors had anything to do with the education of our children who suffered the consequences for it.

Why strike now?

The union wanted to ensure they were relevant. In an election year in a predominantly Democratic base who always seeks, and receives union support for their candidates, they wanted to send a message and thought they could win this way.

In short, hold the Dems, in this case Mayor Emmanuel and his good buddy President Obama's, feet to the fire and get what you want. Never mind those that suffer along the way. The sad reality is they will vote for the Democratic Party regardless.

According to a HuffPo article B. Jason Brooks, director of research at the Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability, other states, he said, base up to 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation on student performance, while Chicago's evaluation is limited to 30 percent.

In order to justify pay raises in the private sector you must have accountability for results.

In Chicago the teachers get paid an average of $76,000 annually, not a bad salary compared with most private sector jobs, and yet the results of education are not positive.

The Chicago high school graduation rate is much lower than the national average yet the teachers received a 17.6% pay raise over 4 years. Hard to make a case for the raise with these results is it not?

80% of Chicago school kids live in poverty and depend on the free lunch program for their daily sustenance and they had to miss school for a week. What does that say about commitment to our school kids?

How many meals did the teachers miss that week?

Not many.

Chicago schools also face a $665 million budget shortfall which just grew by another $75 million due to the new contract.

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has announced that schools will have to be closed to lower that gap meaning that more teachers will be laid off to pay for it. So much for solidarity eh?

Get mine because I have seniority and let lesser senior people be out of a job so I can get more?

So what does all this mean for JCPS?

It paints a picture of our future in education here.

With the recent Court ruling upholding busing many believe we are facing a similar future economically. I tend to agree.

The cost of busing is reportedly a staggering $100 million. How much of that money could be used to update classrooms, provide necessary materials, feed our school children, (insert example here).

How much of that $100 million alone could be saved and hire more teachers if we went back to neighborhood schools?

How much better could our education be if we had higher qualified teachers, smaller classroom sizes, and a focus on actually learning in the classroom if we saved some of that money?

How much more involved could parents be in their kids school activities if they were going to school closer to home in their own neighborhood? Would this help eliminate some of the arguments of lack of parental involvement?

Let's eliminate the double standard shall we?

If teachers can go on strike for better benefits for themselves then parents should be afforded the same opportunity for their children.

Parents should unite and strike the schools themselves. Keep the kids home until we get a definitive plan to better our education system and a plan that will benefit our kids and their parents.

If the greatest investment we can make in our lifetimes is the investment we make in our children, then we must demand a better return on that investment.

The outdated social experiment we call busing through JCPS has not given us any value for our money so we must now demand it.

I say parents need to stand up for our kids. It is our responsibility to do so and clearly no one within the system cares about our kids. They only care about how much they can get on the backs of our children.

Parents unite as one, just as the union teachers do, and say no more!

No more busing that is not producing any results.

No more standardized testing that tells us absolutely nothing.

No more pay raises for teachers until we have proven results.

No more BS from the JCPS school board, the JCTA, or the elected officials.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

If teachers can strike for betterment of their situation then we must also do the same for the betterment of our kids.

It is their future after all. Do we want a better one or the same old tried and failed system we enjoy now.

We talk about choice in our education system everyday. Today the choice is yours.

What will it be?

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Kentucky leaders react to ObamaCare Ruling

Kentucky leaders react to healthcare decision - wave3.com
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; "pundits will talk a lot today about what they think today's ruling means and what it doesn't mean. But I can assure you this, Republicans won't let up whatsoever in our determination to repeal this terrible law and replace it with the kind of reforms that will truly address the problems it was meant to solve."
'The bill was sold deceptively as a non-tax and emphasizing Republican intentions to repeal and replace the law.'

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Reality of Obamacare

So many people are arguing over whether Obamacare is legal and/or necessary. We at Louisville Politics of course have been arguing against Obamacare for obvious reasons. The overreaching of this President, and others before him no doubt, in the efforts to destroy the individual in America is yet one example.

But here is another.

From my personal experience this Act does not do anything to address real insurance reform or lower insurance costs. My own plan is one in which many would consider a “good” plan. It is also provided through my wife’s employer. As someone who pays attention to their Dr bills, on the rare occasion I actually go to one, many things have been noticed.

For starters since my Dr accepts my insurer, they agree to a lower office visit cost in their agreement with them. What does this mean?

When I visit the Dr’s office, generally no more than twice a year, the regular cost of the visit is $75 BUT the negotiated lower cost to my insurer is $35. Sounds like a great deal so far right?

It would seem so except I also am required to pay a co-pay of $30 for my visit leaving my health provider on the hook for a whopping $5.

You read that right. My insurer pays approximately $10 per year to my Dr while the employer pays thousands for their “coverage.”

The average cost for these benefits to my wife’s employer are roughly $5000 per year and the insurer pays out $10 and I pay out $60.

That’s a pretty sweet deal for the insurance provider isn’t it?

There also is a deductible of $250 per year, required by my insurer, that I must pay before they pay anything. Once that deductible is paid then the insurer picks up the balance from there.

Did I mention I see the Dr twice a year generally for a standard checkup? That my costs are generally $60 while my insurer pays $10? Still wonder how they pay themselves these incredible bonuses each year?

At 48 years old I would expect my healthcare costs to go up in the near future no doubt but I also believe I am reflective of the majority of us that get to my age. Simply put?

I have been fortunate enough to have health insurance paid for through my, or my wife’s, employer since I was 18 years old, but until recent years I never needed a Dr on a regular basis and as such I would not have been burdened with a healthcare tax by the Government.

This would leave me with more money to provide for myself. Today, in a fractured economy at best, we are now penalizing those like me at a “young” age and forcing them to pay for coverage they don’t necessarily need or can afford. That is the tragedy of Obamacare.

Throw in that Obamacare will increase taxes by a minimum of $500 Billion, or that Medicare will be cut by an additional $500 Billion to offset the costs, resulting in a zero sum game seemingly.

The reality is that even by conservative estimates, through the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the costs of Obamacare will exceed $1.7 Trillion in the next ten years. So where will the money come from?

From the largest tax increase in U.S. history we call Obamacare.

Who will pay for it? Generations yet to come.

That is the tragedy of this unneeded and unnecessary legislation.

More than 75% of employers surveyed state that this will keep them from hiring new employees. All at a time when we need jobs worse than we have since the Great Depression.

Factor in that there is zero reason for a private employer to offer or provide healthcare insurance for employees anymore we are left to ask what happens next?

What will happen if private employers eliminate healthcare coverage to their current employees? What once was considered a “benefit” now can be considered a hindrance to profits.

What if the youth of America in the workforce decide to opt out of healthcare coverage in favor of a higher wage? In today’s economy, if faced with a decision that will get you an extra $1 in wages for example versus accepting company supplied medical benefits you don’t feel you need, what will the decision be?

What if the employer decides that his healthcare costs are $5000 annually for the employee and decides to offer a bonus equal to half of that amount on a yearly basis? Your cost is roughly $695 a year in the tax for not having insurance, but your employer is offering you $2500 to opt out.

When faced with the reality of needing more and more to feed and house yourself what would you do?

Most I believe would opt for the higher wage, and why not? It’s simple math.

And those people will end up using government resources for medical at our expense which will raise exponentially the cost of Obamacare. These costs will certainly cost us trillions of dollars if employers decide to do this.

When faced with a penalty of paying a few hundred dollars a year for not having insurance, and receiving thousands in potential wages by opting out, how exactly is that reforming healthcare?

Who is left to pay for Medicare at that point? The states are. This of course adds yet another burden to the budgets of our states at a time they can’t afford more unfunded federal mandates.

Even if the feds decide to pay for the total cost of Medicaid to states where will the money come from? Higher taxes to the feds who now have the right to tax anything they want according to the SCOTUS decision today.

Including any behaviors they deem unacceptable.

And this is freedom?

While the Supreme Court ruled that the states cannot be penalized for not expanding Medicaid, the reality is that more and more states will be forced to do so by the citizens of that state who do not fully recognize the consequences of this Supreme Court decision.

What happens to those people who depend on Medicaid/medicare when the money runs dry?

Money is a limited resource regardless of how many trillions of dollars the Federal Reserve prints up. There has to be value behind it and we can’t print our way out of debt.

Didn’t we fight against an oppressive government before?

The American Revolution was the result of a series of social, political, and intellectual transformations in early American society and government, collectively referred to as the American Enlightenment. Americans rejected the oligarchies and aristocracies common in Europe at the time, championing instead the development of republicanism based on the enlightenment and understanding of liberalism. Among the significant results of the revolution was the creation of a democratically elected representative government responsible to the will of the people….

We have continued to see a power grab by the feds resulting in what can only be described as a hostile take over of our Constitution. President Obama has proven that he will use “executive orders” to circumvent states rights and individual rights accordingly.

There was not much doubt that Obama would declare an “emergency” and use an executive order to circumvent Congress and enact Obamacare if the SCOTUS had ruled against it. He has shown a willingness to circumvent Congress by using this during his term already.

There also can be no doubt that had Obama lost this fight the would use retaliatory tactics against those that opposed him. Ask Arizona how that works.

Was this the Hope and Change so many voted for?

The reality is that even if Romney is elected President he will use this same failed logic to end Obamacare, that is if he is to be believed with his public statements that he will repeal Obamacare.

It may be his only option, but that doesn’t make the use of the privilege any better than Obama’s.

It is time that Congress repeal the Act of 1933 that essentially gives every President the right to circumvent Congress authority.

More than at any other time in our brief history America is under attack. Not by a foreign enemy but a domestic one.

The enemy is not Obama alone, no it is indeed the collective elected leaders who continue to follow the failed logic that there can be no personal responsibility and that government will pay for it all.

We are the government folks. The government makes no money and provides no product.

What they do is take from us and give to others. What happens when they can’t take anymore from us? What happens when they can’t pay for everything anymore after people have gotten used to having others take care of them?

The failed logic of this mentality is beyond phenomenal.

The reality is that Obamacare has made our choices for us.

Is it time for the American Revolution part II?

Wake up America this is the pandora’s box that sets the future and it doesn’t look good……

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

$80B a year for food stamps, but feds won't reveal what's purchased

Add to the total a $125,000 bill for the Freedom of Information request?????
Top secret: $80B a year for food stamps, but feds won't reveal what's purchased - Washington Times
Besides we know where the Food Stamp money is going.............
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WHERE DOES BULLYING END

Louisville, KY - Most that read the headline will automatically assume this article will address the bullying against children, or groups such as the gay community. Sorry to disappoint you.

No I want to ask the business and community leaders one question, where does bullying end?

We are now spending millions each year promoting an anti bullying message in regards to our children but leadership requires that one lead by example. This is where we fail.

During the Jim King case I defended, and won, hundreds of these leaders would write and offer information of other alleged improprieties by King and his daughter, sitting Judge Katie King. When I filed charges against former Councilwoman Judy Green the same rule applied.

It seemed everyone had a new story to tell and the mantra was contact Springston with info and he will do the work for us. In short they wanted to hide out of fear of being bullied by the elected establishment.

We are not talking about average citizens here folks. We are talking about recognized community leaders, business owners, and those who seemingly have power and influence. None of whom contribute any money or resources whatsoever to aid in the fight. Why not? Is it not in their best interests to do so?

Of course it is but I understand that they will suffer needlessly if they are associated in any way with someone who dares take on the political establishment. I'm not alone many fight the fight everyday in their own way.

I can and would never give their names because I believe in confidentiality as anyone who has ever read one story here can attest. Sources deserve to be protected so we can get at the truth and they always will be protected here as they know.

But now with Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's current debacle, these leaders are once again calling  wanting me to fight the fight for them. I will do so as it is the right thing to do but we have to ask ourselves one question.

Why would they call me?

Those with the resources and time to do the hard work feel as though they can't. Why?

Because they are scared of repercussions from the elected. The elected leaders bully them into silence. From threats of IPL investigations, to zoning problems for developers, the list is long and endless. Harass anyone who stands against the elected status quo into compliance. I have been told  so many examples it would make you sick.

Instilling that fear is how the bullies win at all levels. Including our government bullies. Bullying is bullying.

It doesn't matter whether the bullying involves a child or an adult. When you allow others to control you out of fear you are empowering the bully.

What message does that send to the bully? What example does that set for our kids?

The message clearly is that, "if you have something to lose let others control you, that is an acceptable behavior."

And that is the fundamental problem. Our own government leaders wear you down through harassment and intimidation. All with their unlimited resources that is our tax money.

Is there a price for standing up against bullies? You bet. I pay the price everyday.

My non fear of bullies has cost me a great deal both personally and professionally. From the standard not so subtle IPL visits sent as a warning, to the phone calls threatening me and my family, and much worse. It has cost me income and my standard of living.

Sorry folks but the reality is nothing in life is free. There are repercussions for our actions.

Is it worth it? You bet. So why would I be OK with that?

Because it's important to hold OUR elected leaders accountable.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin.

The words by Franklin ring true more today than ever. What are we sacrificing for our own benefit. Temporary safety from those that would oppress us? Our own elected leaders?

As a veteran I took an oath to stand against all enemies foreign and domestic. I believe when we adult leaders cower in fear instead of standing up for what is right, then we have allowed the enemy to come into our house.

When it involves fear of our own elected leaders then that enemy is a domestic one.

Recently, a friend reminded me of Socrates with his comments to a previous article at Louisville Politics. "Socrates said that the highest role of a citizen philosopher was to be a “gadfly.” By that, he meant that the proper function of citizenship was to be a constant irritant to those in power."

During his defense when on trial for his life, Socrates, according to Plato's writings, pointed out that dissent, like the gadfly, was easy to swat, but the cost to society of silencing individuals who were irritating could be very high. "If you kill a man like me, you will injure yourselves more than you will injure me," because his role was that of a gadfly, "to sting people and whip them into a fury, all in the service of truth."

In modern and local politics, gadfly is a term used to describe someone who persistently challenges people in positions of power, the status quo or a popular position.

I agree and unless we continually hold the powerful elected accountable then we cannot move forward.

While we consistently preach the message of no more bullies to our kids, when does that message resonate with the messenger itself?

How can we sit idly by and allow ourselves to cower in fear to our ELECTED government?

Socrates also stated, "I only know that I know nothing."

I agree with this in many areas but I do know one thing from practical experience. As a child I was bullied. I was a little guy compared to today, and an easy target accordingly, but I found out one thing.

When I finally chose to quit being victimized and stood up for the first time against a bully something strange happened.

The rest disappeared.

I learned my lesson. Standing up for one's self makes a difference. As an adult today I have learned that it not only makes a difference in my life it does in others as well. Ask Jim King and Judy Green if the costs of their arrogance and attempts at bullying were worth it. In a few weeks ask Barbara Shanklin the same thing.

Bullying takes all shapes, forms, and sizes. It knows no boundaries to age, race, color, or religion. Or government.

The only allegiance a bully has is to himself. He must oppress you to feel better about himself. His power reinforces his well being. The same is true of our elected. In a sense it is also reflective of those who choose to hide from bullies for fear of losing something. Whether it be money or status.

Standing up to these bullies makes a difference in people's lives. Not just your own. It is a positive to the majority of the people that these elected leaders are supposed to serve. That's what happens when you stand up for truth, ethics, morals, and values.

I have received too much mail to count thanking me for my efforts in gaining accountability against the elected leaders who abuse our trust. To each of you my sincerest thanks.

I am one man, one voice, who has the courage to move forward and force accountability from those that would abuse our public trust, our money, and our values.

But I am left to wonder. If one man can accomplish so much, what would happen if others joined forces and stood up as one?

I will continue rising up until the day I die. It is that simple. Each of us deserves to be heard and recognized. That has always been the intent of the MyViewMatters mantra. Empower yourself and others will follow.

In the meantime, I will continue to be the voice for each of you until you feel it is safe to do so on your own. All of us deserve a voice. For you business leaders I will gain accountability for you. All you have to do is contact me and ask.

But I have to admit.

It sure would be nice to have some help along the way.............

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

WISCONSIN RECALL SHOWS UNIONS ARE IN TROUBLE

On the Ed Springston Show last night the Wisconsin recall elections were discussed. What did the election prove? Can unions survive?
Springston went where most won't go and discussed the future of unions and the meaning of the results.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

ED SPRINGSTON SHOW TACKLES WEST END VIOLENCE

The troubles in the West End have been going on for decades largely thanks to failed leadership by those Democrats such as Abramson and Fisher. The Ed Springston Show tackles the issue head on.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

OBAMA HAS ISSUES, JP MORGAN PROVES BAILOUTS WERE A MISTAKE

Louisville, KY - Springston does it again. Last night on the Ed Springston Radio Show he once again outed President Obama's lies and deceptions. JP Morgan shareholders file a lawsuit against the CEO for a $2 billion loss, And of course shenanigans in the 3rd District caucuses.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

ED SPRINGSTON SHOW TACKLES OBAMA, ABRAMSON, AND MORE!

MVM Radio's Ed Springston Show tackled the latest from Louisville tonight. The parking authority of River City (PARC), is now empowered to scan ALL vehicles that park downtown to see IF they have outstanding parking tickets.

Former Mayor and current Lt Governor trying to operate in secrecy as he tried to order the LRC to leave cameras OFF at a Tax Reform meeting.

Local developer Jonathan Blue threatens local citizen with legal action for disagreeing with him on his VA site property.

Finally President Obama is bragging about a one month surplus that doesn't even exist!

These stories and more below!


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Sunday, May 6, 2012

MVM RADIO'S DALE "THE TRUTH" GILLESPIE TACKLES THE TSA

TNT radio with Dale "The Truth" Gillespie focuses on Senator Rand Paul's fight to end the TSA. Paul knows from experience about the invasive tactics of the TSA as he was himself subject to the pat down by them. Muslim women are exempt from the invasive tactics including unmasking their face from their burkhas.

From unfair exemptions for drivers licenses to unfair and illegal pat downs by TSA, If the intent was to be more secure then why have exemptions?

Gillespie runs the gamut of all that is wrong with freedom in America today.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

PAUL PICKING UP DELEGATES,MSM DECEIT

Louisville, KY - MVM radio's "Ed Springston Show" tonight focused on many things. Newt Gingrich finally "suspends" his campaign effectively leaving the race for the GOP Presidential nod, Ron Paul picking up delegates and mainstream still has false totals.

Speaking of MSM, they continue manipulating the news for their own ends. Using Trayvon Martin as a racist case while ignoring other stories like the Daniel Adkins murder in Arizona, ignoring mob attacks by blacks against whites, and more.

Finally, new information reveals that illegal immigrants received over $4.2 billion in illegal tax refunds in 2010 claiming child care credits for nieces and nephews who have never set foot on American soil. When will the number one Kentucky Attorney Jack Conway investigate and show us how much we are losing?

Don't miss this show folks.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ZIMMERMAN RELEASED, MSD STILL A JOKE, AND MORE!

Louisville, KY - Check out the latest on the Ed Springston Show from last night.

While Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman was released on bond yesterday, the real story is why is mainstream not being held accountable for their manipulation of this tragedy? MSNBC gets nailed for editing a 911 call and mainstream continued attacking Zimmerman without evidence.

Evidence that now includes a clear picture of the back of Zimmerman's bloodied head perhaps corroborating his story of self defense.

In the meantime the case of murdered white 29 year old mentally handicapped Daniel Adkins has still not received any attention while his 22 year old black shooter remains free and unnamed. Double standard MSM.

While Greg Fischer continues to act like he is changing stuff in Louisville, his actions continue proving otherwise. We take a look at his latest MSD appointments tonight and have to ask: What the hell are you thinking Mr. Mayor?

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

GOP PRIMARY STILL A JOKE, UPDATES ON TRAYVON MARTIN CASE

Tonight's Ed Springston Show had some technical issues at the beginning so please fast forward to the 7 minute mark for the show.

In the meantime, the GOP primary is discussed. Santorum drops out, Paul still getting screwed, and Gingrich just needs to go.

Update on Trayvon Martin and Daniel Adkins, and more. Tune in below:


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

RICK SANTORUM DROPS OUT

Last night on the Ed Springston Show Santorum drops out, Trayvon Martin case getting stranger, and more! Listen in below.



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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DANIEL ADKINS DEAD AND OBAMA DOESN"T CARE

Tonight on the Ed Springston Show we tackled the issue of a slanted MSM media and the tragic death of Daniel Adkins, a 29 year old mentally disabled white man shot by a 22 year old black man at Taco Bell. While the MSM continues slanting theTrayvon Martin case, the case of Daniel Adkins has been ignored. You can read here for more on the story: Daniel Adkins

In the meantime tune in to the show below for the discussion. What do you think?




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Saturday, April 7, 2012

April 1st American History Lesson

Founding Fathers compared to the Beatles. LOL

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

ISRAEL VERSUS IRAN-IS IT OUR PROBLEM?

Louisville, KY - Tonight we discussed the Israel and Iran arguments and ask the question: Why should we care? Is it the responsibility of the US to defend Israel when their own Prime Minister says they don't need us?

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA A RACIST?

Is President Barack Obama a racist? Thanks to Presdient Obama's statements on the Trayvon Martin case, Springston asked this question on The Ed Springston Show tonight. Check it out folks if you dare.......


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

THE POWER LIES IN YOU

For many years now those who follow my work know of the MVM mantra. MVM simply has always stood for "My View Matters." It began as a concept designed to remind me daily that my view does indeed matter and my voice has the right to be heard. It is a belief I live by and I use it daily now when involved in speaking engagements or public events in the hopes that it will somehow help others believe the same thing I do.

That each of us matter and we deserve to be counted.

I have challenged many throughout the years to pay heed to this simplest of concepts in the hopes that they would finally realize their own power as individuals. I believe self empowerment aids us in our  daily lives.

It seems that We The People have forgotten that when it comes to our daily lives we are the ones who control the path we are on.

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

Whether that be the simplest of decisions, like what's for dinner for example, to deciding on our elected leaders and the direction that we collectively want to work towards, we continue to allow ourselves to be led by someone else's decisions that may or may not be what we would want for ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, or indeed our Nation.

For anyone to honestly believe that the trends in our daily lives are not alarming I beg to differ.

Look around you.

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

Our daily lives are being destroyed by the political powers that be who feel there will be no recourse in their actions. We have allowed them to think this is acceptable behavior.

Unemployment, welfare, education, price of gas, anything and everything is being exploited for the good of the powerful at the expense of most of us.

We continue to be lied to and led by an out of control mainstream media who prefers to tell us what to believe instead of giving us the facts and letting us decide for ourselves. Think I'm wrong?

Look to the GOP Presidential primary election and see just how much the process is tainted and the cover up of the simplest reporting in order to force feed us an establishment choice. We are sitting idly by and allowing it to happen.

Look at the lost freedoms we face in our Nation as a result of such things as the Homeland Security Act, which gives us a false sense of security, the NDAA, which allows our government to storm our homes with Uzi's if they so choose without any charges against us, among others.

People will only give you what you are willing to accept. 

Ask yourself are you better off today then you were 4 years ago and you won't be surprised by the answer. Most I talk to give me a resounding NO. It's no surprise to me but reinforces what I have always believed.

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

Here at home in Louisville, KY the problems that we continue to face are the same ones that our elected leaders have promised to fix for decades yet we still continue to have high poverty, poor education, and no economic prosperity to speak of for the average Louisvillian.

From the Cordish Group debacle, false crime reporting, and the economic injustice to the West End.

Cover ups by Councilmen such as David Tandy who went to Baltimore to see the Cordish Group, and gain accountability for our free money given to them, yet signed a non disclosure agreement so he couldn't show us they were above board.

Of course Cordish Group has asked for another $850,000 of our money and we will give it to them.

Even after they reneged on the original deal and got kicked out of the Starks Building for failure to pay back rent.

As Metro Council President and a lawyer he should know better, but he knows....

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

Buying elections such as elected Councilman Jim King did for his daughter Judge Katie King yet both are still in office.

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

Crime any better? Nope.

We were supposed to believe that it would improve under former Chief Robert White and we were treated to hands off accountability because he was African American. We couldn't hold him accountable out of fear of being labeled racist if we did.

What did we gain? Nothing. 

Race relations still did not improve, our Police Department worked in fear instead of doing their job, cronyism within leadership positions, and false reporting of crime statistics. Crime rates didn't improve. The reporting of them changed to hide the obvious.

Our "leadership" in Jerry Abramson knew of White's failed leadership past and lied to we the people when hiring him. Of course Abramson lied to the people of Louisville for over twenty years with no recourse. Why?

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

Has education improved? Nope.

Louisville has some of the worst ranked schools in Kentucky though we are one of the largest budgets. Why?

Because once again we have been promised changes that never develop due to poor leadership. Kentucky ranks in the bottom of education across the Country and largely because of the failures of the Jefferson County education system.

A system that cares more about the money than the education of our children.

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

Why do I bring all of these issues up?

The one thing they all have in common is politics. The game has always been the same and we the people continue to allow it. Politics affect each and every aspect of our daily lives yet it is the one thing most don't want to get involved in.

Private business like Cordish gets our money because of their connections in Beshear, Abramson, Tandy, and others.

Our police department relies on federal money so our politicians force them to manipulate data to get to it regardless of the real problems.

Our education system relies on federal money so our  leaders lie, cheat, and steal an education from our children to line their pockets.

See a pattern here? Follow the money. Money equals power to our elected entrenched and we the sheep have no problems letting them believe it.

We continue to elect these same people who are screwing us over and over again. What have they learned trhoughout this process?

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

Behavior is a learned thing.

When one is abused and they go back to the abuser, they have just taught the abuser that this is acceptable behavior. It is now a learned part of the abuser's behavioral process.

If someone constantly demeans you and you let them do it, you just taught them that treating you in a demeaning way is acceptable behavior.

As we continue to allow ourselves to be lied to and manipulated into losing our freedoms everyday, we are in fact telling our leadership this is acceptable. How so?

Because we refuse to get involved and let them know it is not. Most choose to allow others to tell them how to live their lives instead of taking responsibility for their own choices in doing so.

People will only give you what you are willing to accept.

I refuse to follow the path our elected leaders are taking us down.

I refuse to accept their behavior in destroying my America, my Kentucky, and my Louisville.

I will no longer be a victim to their abuse.

Why?

Because My View Matters.

Does yours?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TSA, ALEC BALDWIN, AND MORE ON MVM RADIO

MVM Radio is at it again

MVM Radio's "The Ed Springston Show" took a slightly different turn than usual Monday night. Of course we covered the insane TSA patdown of a 3 year old in a leg cast and a wheelchair, but then Springston decided to rant against the hypocritical so called "hollywood stars" such as Alec Baldwin for actually being dumb enough to think they matter.

Oh yeah Bristol Palin thinks she does too.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SPRINGSTON TELLS IT LIKE IT IS ON MVM RADIO

As usual Springston holds no punches by taking on the latest bridges fiasco, the Cordish group, and even planned parenthood fraud. Check out the latest show below:



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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Republican Presidential Candidates Have Issues

Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words. This picture on the other hand nails the opinion of most of voting Americans of the Republican Presidential race. Romney, Santorum and Gingrich need to wake up to the reality of the Tea Party voters. Ron Paul is still a factor because the Plutocrats are completely disconnected and living in a fantasy world created by their wealth, privilege and press releases.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kirk Cameron Anti Gay?

Kirk Cameron responds to anti-gay comments flap 
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Kirk Cameron is experiencing a new sort of growing pains over his anti-gay remarks. Former "Growing Pains" star Cameron went on the defensive on Tuesday, responding to the ... more »
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Marvin Quasniki 2012

Marvin E. Quasniki's Fireside Chat

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

LMPD's New Police Chief, Steve Conrad

As I predicted weeks ago Steve Conrad will be named Louisville Police Chief at a news conference in a few minutes.

What does this mean for Louisville and Kentucky?

First of all Steve Conrad is a firm believer in Community Oriented Policing, Statistical Analysis (CompStat) and firm but fair management. Louisville's Police Officers and civilian employees should see a return of morale, energy and enthusiasm as the tyrannical disciplinary practices of the Robert C. White administration are surely tossed out.

For the Public, expect to see a much more proactive and efficient police department that leverages the tools it has to maximize their results on the streets. With a return of a centralized Gang Squad and Street Crimes Unit Chief Conrad has put tools in his back pocket to address problems without waiting until the next staff meeting.

To those that will criticize this choice consider that of all the candidates Chief Conrad is the only one who runs a large police department, served as a Deputy LMPD Chief AND was the primary architect of the merger of LPD and JCPD into the LMPD.

Good Choice Mr. Mayor

http://www.wdrb.com/story/16980665/mayor-to-announce-new-police-chief

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kennedy Bridge repairs loom - Louisville, Kentucky

Motorists will see 30 consecutive days of lane closures on the Kennedy bridge and this will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

After Sherman Minton Bridge opens, Kennedy Bridge repairs loom


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LOUISVILLE KY WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT AND MORE

Louisville KY-.The lawsuit of Lana McGown is just starting. Ms. McGown is the next victim of Public Works under the gestapo of Ted Pullen and Betty Younis. We need a Kentucky Criminal Attorney to nail Ted Pullen and Younis. One more case that will cost we the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars because of mismanagement via harassment and age discrimination.

This episode of the Ed Springston show delves into the redistricting farce in KY. Just why has it taken over a year to redistrict and still mess it up? House Democrats and Senate Republicans are the problem. Meanwhile we still don't know just who to vote for accordingly

Springston raises the question of just why Israel is so important in our foreign policy discussion. we continue to waste money defending Israel when clearly they don't need it or ask for it. Why not leave them alone?

Tune in below for the discussion.


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Monday, February 13, 2012

FOP won't endorse Louisville Ky police chief

Sometimes silence says more than words. Could the FOP be seeing the writing on the wall by not choosing sides?
This could only mean they fear Yvette Gentry is now the front runner.
Four more years of fear, intimidation and wrongful terminations for LMPD employees and politically motivated prosecutions of our citizens anyone?


FOP won't endorse police chief candidate - WDRB 41 Louisville

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