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Tulsa County GOP State Committee Members Newsletter - January

Tulsa County GOP State Committee Members Newsletter - January

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Confession: I‘m a Conservative, Christian, Home Schooling Mom and I Support Decriminalization of Cannabis by Joanna Francisco

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Confession: I‘m a Conservative, Christian, Home Schooling Mom and I Support Decriminalization of Cannabis by Joanna Francisco

Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs by TC Ryan

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Tulsa GOP State Committee Members Newsletter
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Tulsa County GOP State Committee Members
January 2014
Confession: I‘m a Conservative Christian Home
Schooling Mom and I Support Decriminalization of annabis
by Joanna Francisco
I certainly do not claim to be an expert on this subject although I find the topic very intriguing on several levels. Its medicinal  benefits, the origin of its prohibition beginning in the 1930s, the economic and political aspects of its prohibition including industries that benefit financially from its illegality, the influence of law enforcement/prison for profit industry, the history of its use
 both medicinally and recreationally predating the 1930s “Reefer Madness” propaganda campaign…cannabis is a very complex and
interesting topic. The more I learn, the more I am prompted to speak up on behalf of rep
ealing prohibition. And so that‟s what I have been doing
recently. As soon as I began sharing my views publicly, numerous people suffering with various health conditions began reaching out to me  privately, desperately seeking allies in their fight to end prohibition in Oklahoma so that they can treat their afflictions legally. Since there is such a stigma attached to cannabis use, many are reluctant to speak out. Some even fear that simply requesting this treatment from their doctors could put their jobs and families at risk. A sampling of folks I have spoken with recently include: the family of a police officer who was severely injured on the job and whose government approved medical care and pharmaceuticals have not
improved this person‟s health at all
, but instead have created a whole host of extremely negative side effects rendering this person  practically incapacitated; a veteran suffering with PTSD who would rather let his PTSD go untreated than risk the dangerous side effects, such as suicide, of his doctor-prescribed pharmaceuticals; a young woman trying to get off of her prescribed serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (anti-depressant) due to the side effects she was experiencing; a home schooling mother who suffers from a rare condition which cannabis has proven successful in treating - but she cannot legally obtain this treatment in OK and her health has drastically declined as mainstream American medicine
Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs
by TC Ryan
Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs… How many times have you
heard a politician repeat that word?
„We
need 
 
to tax for more jobs.‟ „We
need 
 
to spend for more jobs.‟ „We
need 
 
more debt for more jobs.‟
With every tax package and with every new bond the state, city, or county put together that is their rally cry. But what does it really mean? When a politician tells you that they are here to create  jobs what they are really saying is that they believe they know best the ways in which to spend your money. They are saying that they are better suited to centrally plan your life than you are in living your life. You see, when government sectors talk about jobs and  job creation they are relying on the transfer of wealth, from your pocketbook to theirs, to be able to fund their grand schemes. More often than not their grand schemes of job creation amount to allowing for some  businesses to gain an advantage over other businesses through tax incentives like lower or zero property tax or not having to pay rent or paying rent well below market value for use of publicly owned buildings or  property. Other incentives include good ole fashion cash money: your cash money. Unfortunately for us, and our pocketbooks, politicians are not omniscient, cannot foresee the future, and do not know what is best for every consumer. But, by continually pursuing these types of actions, politicians are telling you that they believe they are.
Macy’s:
I was excited to learn that Macy‟s had decided to move into Tulsa County. I thought, „Hey!
That is great! More jobs mean a boost to our
economy!‟ Then I learned that in order to get Macy‟s
into the Tulsa area our Governor and politicians in
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Tulsa GOP State Committee Members Newsletter
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continued from page 1, TC Ryan
Owasso, amongst others, had to bribe them with taxpayer dollars. The glaring question when politicians use tax dollars to  bribe companies into an area is this: What happens when a different city offers them even more money to move into their area? What hap
 pens when Tulsa, or Owasso, or Jenks cannot take enough of the taxpayers‟ money to satisfy the corporation in
question? They will move. They will take their business where they can get the most cash and the most incentives. This type of policy is unsustainable.  Now usually when we are talking about this sort of crony capitalism it is in regards to big corporations like American Airlines,
Maytag, Macy‟s and the like. So, if government is constantly providing handouts to the big guys, what happens to the li
ttle ones? What happens to the startups, the mom and pop shops, the online dealers? They end up subsidizing the big guys through
taxation and eventually it will affect their business. I‟ve personally seen a mom and pop online shop shut down because of th
e increase in federal and local regulation and taxation. When government picks winners in the market, they inevitably pick losers and the consumer ends up paying the price.
What can we do?
We all want a prosperous city, county and state right? Then instead of allowing politicians to drain the taxpayer/ the consumer dry we should be actively advocating for policies to lower all taxation, property and income, and to lower all fees and local regulations making it easier for all entrepreneurs to pursue their endeavors which would allow for consumers to decide the ups and downs of the market by their purchasing power instead of allowing for government to play dictator of the market. Or simply, we need to free the market. Jan 21 at 8:30 am and Feb. 3 at 9:30 am in Room 119 of the Tulsa County Ray Jordan Administration Building, 500 N. Denver Ave, you will have the opportunity to voice your opinions on crony capitalism as there will be public comment on
whether or not your Tulsa County Commissioners should allow Macy‟s to receive tax incentives that other business do not
receive. Please attend if you are able and invite others to do so as well. TC Ryan State Committee Republican Party of Tulsa County TC_Ryan@yahoo.com 

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