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Pete Visclosky votes YES to Rapists, Sex Offenders receiving Viagra under Healthcare Law.

Pete Visclosky is a man’s man.  He voted yes  to providing Viagra to sex offenders. AYFKM?

New item here.

The Congressional Research Service has confirmed Sen. Tom Coburn’s assertions that sex offenders not in prison could get Viagra and other drugs treating erectile dysfunction under health plans subsidized by taxpayer dollars.

That’s right, Pete Visclosky is requiring residents of Indiana to PAY for these creeps erections, setting aside that these dudes are convicted rapist, child molesters or other sex offenders. Is Pete a fan of hardened criminals? You decide.

What else did Pete Visclosky spend our money on when he voted YES (twice) to this healthcare law? Don’t bother to ask Pete, he never read the bill and he said so himself.

Pete Visclosky – The gift that keeps on giving.

Lake County Indiana Tea Party, Mark J. Leyva Homophobic?

To start this off, I participate in a variety of Tea Party events and have attended events where the Lake County Tea Party has been present.  I found the members friendly and enthusiastic in their promotion of the group motto, “Taking Action-Taking Responsibility-Taking Back America”.

From its inception by leader Mark J. Leyva, there has been suspicion that this Tea Party is exactly what the National Tea Party Patriots warned us about, the Republicans will attempt to take over the Tea Party for political gain.  The self-proclaimed Leader of this Tea Party, Mark J. Leyva is a perennial candidate for Congress, having run for that office hoping to unseat Pete Visclosky since 1998.  That is a long time and Mark is on his way into the Indiana Hall Of Fame as a perennial candidate, which by definition is a candidate who runs with little or no hope of winning. He just keeps running and running and when Mark Leyva wins the primary, it is a guaranteed win for Visclosky come November in the general election, as years of the Leyva vs Visclosky races have shown us. Pete Visclosky loves it and may even support Mark’s campaign from afar because if Mark wins, Pete wins.

The URL to Mark Leyva’s Tea Party site reads, “http://teamgopin.com/wordpress/”.  Read that again, it is “Team Grand Old Party (GOP) Indiana”.  He created his tea party site as an extension of the Republican Party. Those of us in NWI, knowing of Mark Leyva’s many political campaigns, smelled something foul when he claimed to be a Tea Party Leader.  His Lake County Tea Party has not yet captured much support in the area.  Lake County has a large population and with Mark in control of this Tea Party it has floundered in obscurity. To gather a 25 to 100 people at a rally = failure when you have population numbers that are greater than the next county over, Porter county, which has drawn 1000 people to its rallies. Quite a few Lake County people attend the Porter County rallies held by Faith Jones of the Northwest Indiana Patriots, (discussion board here.) Faith is a regular citizen who has no political aspirations, unlike Mark Leyva who jumped onto the Tea Party bandwagon to use it as a tool for his never-ending campaign for Congress. I might post more on another day, discussing the candidate forums where Mark Leyva talks about the Tea Party during campaign forums, speaking of his hopes the Tea Party will do what he has not been able to do in 12 years, and that being winning a general election. Unfortunately, the INTeaParty down in Indianapolis has fallen for the Leyva ruse and have been behind the scenes in assisting him. (Psst, Indy, S. Martin, we need to talk).

Wouldn’t it be fitting that the Democrats down south control the Tea Party of Lake County, purposely hindering the message of the Tea Party in Lake County so as to keep people uninformed and thereby secure another Democratic win in the primary and general elections? Hmm, we have the Indy Tea Party being duped by Mark and then we may have the Democratic Party from down south actually running the Lake County Tea Party. I say ‘may’ because the evidence is there, but I don’t have my hands on it, so I cannot make a claim aside from throwing in ‘maybe’s’.

Politics is a wicked game for Lake County which ranks as one of the most corrupt in Indiana, centering in East Chicago, Indiana.  (Do a little speculation as to what is going on behind the scenes and you will be on target at least once if not twice.)

Regarding the title of this post, I wrestled with what I would say.  I appreciate the Tea Party Movement for the massive informational conduit that the grassroots organization provides.  I hesitate to lay out any claims that may detract from the movement.  Yet, I cannot ignore the path that Mark Leyva has taken.  Most know that the Tea Party is under assault from the Democratic Left as being racist, homophobic, violent and anti-American along with a host of other insults. From what I have witnessed, the opposite is true of the Indiana Tea Parties in general with one exception in the homophobic category.  In the category of homophobic I believe that Mark Leyva promotes hate against homosexuals and he does this alone, no other Tea Party joins him in that crusade.

Yeah, I said it.  Mark Leyva has an irrational fear of homosexuals. I say this because this is not the first email where Mark J. Leyva has attacked a portion of the populace, used hate and fear-mongering to further his agenda. There are other emails as evidence.

Depending on his mood, Mark Leyva sends out what he calls, “Pass On Material” email blasts.

The Mark Leyva Tea Party email blast dated April 19th, 2010 has a disturbing link on the bottom left corner.  The link is titled: Crown Point HS 19 10.doc (27k)”.

I honestly do not click on his links most of the time, but I clicked on this one. For those that do not live in this area, there is discussion regarding the National Day of Silence that was held on Friday, April 16th. The article has 335 comments so far and is not stopping.

The National Day of Silence is described on their website as this:

On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

I will note that studies have found that the teen population consisting of Lesbians and Gays has the higher suicidal thought plus attempted suicide rate, higher than any other group. Our children, regardless of their sexual orientation, are killing themselves because they cannot stand living in a world where they are bullied and hated not only by their peers, but by adults. Mark Leyva is Catholic, does his religion condone homosexual hate, or has he strayed?

With the knowledge that our children are vulnerable and in need of help, how can Mark Leyva promote the letter I am about to post here?  Mark J. Leyva, who dreams of being a Congressman for Indiana District 1, who wants people to believe that he cares about Northwest Indiana, promotes the degradation and isolation of a vulnerable portion of our society. If Mark J. Leyva cared about Northwest Indiana he would have NEVER included the hate filled letter against teens in his email blast, he would have stood up for that segment of the population. Mark J. Leyva proposes to represent a select demographic during a stint in Congress; he will represent some of the people, not all of the people. He not only included that letter, he promoted it, and that in itself says he agrees with this hate filled diatribe against the vulnerable teens who are gay. So yes, that makes Mark J. Leyva homophobic. No two ways about it. 

Keep in mind that the Lake County Tea Party email blast this letter came with is an email that Mark Leyva approves. It is not like a discussion board where anyone can sign up and you never know what they will say.  Mark has to specifically cut and paste links in order to compose his email. Everything in that email is on purpose, selected and promoted and represents Mark J. Leyva, a candidate for Congress, District 1.  There are no gnomes that sneak in weird articles in the middle of the night, adding links to his emails. All of that is done by Mark Leyva.

So here is a letter that Mark agrees with and chose to add to his email blast. The author is unknown. Read it for yourself and ask how he can promote this unbridled hate, by an adult, aimed at teens who may be different from you.   Is this really what we want as a U.S. House of Representatives candidate?  You decide. Will this push another child to leave us, choose suicide, because she or he cannot stand living in this world?

Here is Mark J. Leyva’s approved message to the people:

Ok I am pissed to put it mild

This morning I got a message that

Crown Point High School

In Crown Point , In was

having a

“Day of Silence ”

on Friday April 16, 2010

This is a day of promoting

the gay life to our kids

: Four Things You Should
Know about Student Rights and Day of Silence (2010)blog.dayofsilence.org

It makes me disgusted that they are using

our tax dollars for this

I called the high school and district office and

left them with a piece of me..

The secretaries were shocked as I was at the high school when the
announcement was read over the pa

The district office wasn’t even aware of it yet

Please call and tell them they have a lot of nerve using our tax
money to promote this crap

and If you have a child in the public school system or know of any,
please

check and make sure how they will be observing this Friday at

their school..this is nationwide

They are after the kids..i would keep mine home if i still
had any in school

Sent with love for our children and our country

Pj

Please pass this on

Crown Point High School  663-4885

district office  663-3371

Indiana – American Legion Post 502- South Haven steps up to the plate, will serve as the Honor Guard at April 14th Patriot event.

The South Haven American  Post 502 steps to the plate and will carry the colors for the people of Northwest Indiana at the April 14th Patriot Rally. The rally begins at 3pm at the Valparaiso Courthouse, 16 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46385. The event held April 15th last year attracted approximately 1000 citizens.

In light of Cheryl Oprisko of the Portage High School Board making the participation of the JROTC a political issue, a group of fine veterans from the American Legion: South Haven Post 502 will serve as Honor Guard this Wednesday.  The Northwest Indiana Patriots who are hosting the rally in Valparaiso are very excited to have been contacted by Doug Patton who offered their honor guard services.

Douglas Patton contacted Commander Dick Motsinger of The American Legion: South Haven Post 502 with a request to post the colors for the April 14th event and permission was granted. The Honor Guard will assemble at the  post the colors and then leave. (See rehearsal photos below)

Included in this rally will be country singer-songwriter and recording artist John Berry who will lead the National Anthem and Emily Pastore, age 11, who will plays taps. Emily Pastore is the daughter of Rob Pastore, Candidate for U.S. Congress, District 1.

Doug Patton related his views on the issue and summed it up by saying “I am upset with involving kids in politics when all they were doing is posting colors and they do it very nicely.”

You can read the newspaper account here.

“Any time we can represent this country and the veterans, we are glad
to do it,” said Chrystal Brant of Portage, the post’s sergeant-at-arms
and auxiliary vice president.

Yesterday the American Legion Post 502 held a rehearsal. On Wednesday they will present in their Honor Guard uniforms. The team includes: Doug Patton, Rob Myers, Chrystal Brant, Greg Massom, Toby Parris and Frank Van Autreve.

I encourage everyone to attend the rally Wednesday and gives these fine veterans the thank you they deserve.

Below is a slide show of the great women and men who will carry the colors in honor of America. On a side note, you can see the Portage High School in the distance, across the field in a few shots.)

Who Are the Tea Partiers? Cheryl Oprisko says they are Extremists who Incite Violence. America says Differently.

Who are the Tea Partiers?

Cheryl Oprisko would have you believe that they are extremists, akin to terrorists who serve to incite violence. Really Cheryl? America disagrees with you.

Portage High School Meeting, Wed. 4-7-2010 Canceled

To all that may have intended to be there for the school board meeting for a discussion of the Northwest Indiana Patriots and the April 14th Rally where the ROTC would carry the colors has been canceled.

Cheryl Oprisko of the Portage Indiana High School Board declares that Northwest Indiana Patriots are Extremist. Declares Portage JROTC should be banned from carrying the Colors.

Northwest Indiana Patriots (NWIP) causing problems for the Portage JROTC or or does the real problem lie elsewhere? You decide.

Cheryl Oprisko, is a true American, backed by her husband Mark Oprisko. They are convinced that the Tea Party is a violent group of extremists and they must protect all children from exposure to a Tea Party event.  Never-mind that Tea Party events are a celebration of America where all events opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, a statement  honoring all veterans and the singing of the national anthem. Cheryl and Mark are upset that the Marine Junior ROTC from Portage High School in Indiana wants to carry the colors in the opening ceremony and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

(See the bottom of the article for the time and date of a meeting with the Portage school board to discuss Northwest Indiana Patriots and the JROTC). See UPDATE for location at bottom of article.
Is this a Northwest Indiana Tea Party Patriots tussle with the Portage ROTC? Some want to believe that this is a tussle, a fight. I think not. It is a discussion which will continue this Wednesday, Apr. 7th,  where those who may not know what a Tea Party is will have an opportunity to receive some firsthand information. I believe that some want it to be a ‘tussle’ as it suits their political agenda. They want to make it a fight between the Northwest Indiana patriots and the Portage High School.  It is just wrong headed of these pundits to create that atmosphere.  Talk about showing colors, we have seen some people who pretend to be with NWIP finally come out of the closet and acknowledge that they used NWIP to launch their political career and meanwhile they work behind the scenes to dismantle and slander that same organization. Creeps.

Is NWI Patriots causing problems with the Portage JROTC?  What is the problem? The Portage JROTC agreed to carry the colors and leave. The school board, accommodating the concerns of one person, Cheryl Oprisko, scheduled a meeting to further discuss the issue. Sounds pretty straightforward to me. It is a discussion, not a fight. The school board invited Northwest Indiana Patriots to this meeting, NWIP didn’t create this scenario, Cheryl Oprisko did. NWIP is responding to an invitation. I hear that one local candidate for office is going to grandstand the meeting in defense of the ROTC claiming that they will sully their reputation by associating with Tea Party event and NWIP. Hmm, when I checked his website, before and after he  came out as a politician, he had photos and videos of his very attendance at these tea party events. In fact, he managed to be a speaker at most of those same tea party events.  This should be fun to watch on Wednesday. He did a little dance on his website with a post to distance himself from NWIP. After using NWIP to advance his political agenda, he no longer needs them, saying that NWIP has ‘changed’. Nothing has changed with NWIP in 1 1/2 years, it is just politically expedient to bash NWIP.  He was for it before he was against it.

Oh horrors that our children desire to be patriots. The JROTC agreed to carry the colors, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and then leave.  Cheryl claims that the event is a poltical event.  I have attended these events and Cheryl has not, so I am trumping Cheryl and Mark Oprisko.  These events are an honoring of veterans and America. It is a gathering of people from all walks of life, your neighbors, your pastor, your friends, your countrymen who love America. I have witnessed 80 year old farmers attend alongside 20-somethings with their young families along with all the other groups represented in society as a whole. Yep, there are speeches regarding the current state of affairs, there are speeches on the Constitution and they do at times have a political bent. Our entire lives are affected by politics in some manner every waking moment of every day. You cannot escape it. The conversations and speeches at a Tea Party event are no different than what citizens may have around their coffee table any day of the year.  It just so happens that the people talking about America at a Tea Party have a microphone.  People who attend these events take what they want from what is said and leave the rest. On this particular day, the Portage JROTC is scheduled to open the event and then leave. They will not be exposed to any patriotism beyond that and this in itself should calm the worried and frightened.

Cheryl Oprisko was a bit rushed, imo, when she blurted to the Post-Tribune newspaper that Tea Party groups are extremist.  Poor choice of words, slanderous actually, when in this day and time, in the aftermath of 9-11, the word extremist easily equates with terrorist.  Cheryl did not do much thinking at all on this matter. My guess is that she reacted as a typical leftist reacts with name calling and trying to sway opinions through using emotionally charged words. Reality and truth have nothing to do when the Left has to protect children from groups openly showing patriotism. They will none of that.

Northwest Indiana Patriots (NWIP) is a legal, 501(c)3 non-profit educational charity. They cannot hold political events siding with one party or candidate over any other. In fact, I know it to be true that members of NWIP include Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens, You-Name-It.

So what is Cheryl really trying to protect children from when she says that the Portage Marine Junior ROTC should not carry the colors?

Me thinks she may watch too much Keith Olbermann, lame stream media and leftist talk radio or might have taken Nancy Pelosi’s seriously in her efforts to paint any Tea Party event as dangerous and filled to the brim with extremist and terrorist. If that was indeed the case, why did Nancy Pelosi and crew walk through the middle of hundreds of thousands of these violent extremists carrying a huge gavel to signal the passage of Obamacare?

This is on top of over 1 Million Tea Party extremist/terrorists bringing their violent tea party movement to the Capitol steps on Sept. 12th, 2009 where the largest known march on DC took place and there was not one arrest.

See all those little dots that looks like a field of flowers, that is the extremists crowd that took their concerns to DC on Sept. 12th., 2009. No arrests, no scuffles, no problems with over 1 million people in one place. Now THAT’s ‘extreme’.

See clipped article below.  Visit the link to read it in it’s entirety.

PORTAGE — The Portage Township School Board might have to move a special meeting scheduled for next Wednesday to decide whether to allow the high school Marine Junior ROTC unit to participate at a Northwest Indiana Patriots rally in Valparaiso on April 14. [Meeting is at 3pm, Portage HS Admin Bldg. , 3pm, Wed., April 7th]

At this week’s regular board meeting, member Cheryl Oprisko strongly objected to the cadets posting the American flag and leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the courthouse…which was announced on the group’s Web site www.nwipatriots.com .

“Parents brought this to me. I couldn’t believe it. I think this is an extremist group, and I don’t think our students should be affiliated with any political organization,” she said, telling the rest of the board about what she found on the site.

“I did get a phone call from a parent who was also concerned,” board member Deb Ekdahl said.

Oprisko’s motion to deny the permission for the appearance received no response.

Board member Bill Fekete said he recalled high school football players appearing at polling places for Democratic Party candidates.

“As a taxpayer in Portage, I have a real issue with sending students to an event like this,” said Mark Oprisko, Cheryl’s husband.

Board president Terry Hufford suggested the special meeting, to take place before April 14.

Portage Township Schools Supt. Michael Berta said senior Marine instructor Maj. John Johnston and Principal Caren Swickard will be at the special meeting and defended the cadets’ appearance.

“Our students have been asked to participate in the posting of the colors of our country, and that’s what they responded to. This is not an affiliation,” Berta said.

[Faith Jones, Founder of NWIP] noted that when the Valparaiso Board of Works granted a permit for the rally, city attorney David Hollenbeck said their previous meetings have been orderly and nonviolent.

Johnston said he took the request from Jones to Swickard, who approved it. Swickard also was contacted and said the involvement was “strictly nonpolitical” and the cadets would leave after performing their duties.

Meeting Information here.  (“The meeting has been moved to the West Cafeteria of the High School.
You will enter the building through Door F and turn right at the first
hallway. The cafeteria is the first door. There should be some signage.”)

Indiana Attorney General to Join Lawsuit against Obamacare health care reform

Alright, go Greg Zoeller.  Indiana decided to join 13 other states (possibly more to come) in a lawsuit against the federal government challenging the national healthcare reform law. It’s cheaper by the dozen so this means that the cost to the State to pursue this suit will be split between the 13 others. Whatever money does get spent you can blame Pete Visclosky. He is the one who brought this monster to our doorstep. I doubt that any legal fees between 14 states will come close to the $11 million Pete Visclosky took from Indiana, right out of the gate for just one line item in the massive 3000 page healthcare law.

The time is now to remove these non-representatives. Help elect Rob Pastore in the May 4th primary.

What most people do not realize is that the Founding Fathers NEVER intended for the federal government to grow to have the powers it currently has given itself. The states were to have the power and the feds were to be a sidebar deal with little to no impact on what happens to the citizens of any state.

The federal government is mandating you to buy health insurance or else you will be fined . How’s the Hopey Changey thingie working for you now? Those 16, 500 additional IRS agents will be sure to pick your pocket in a nanosecond  What’s next? Use your imagination, the Feds are.

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana will join a multistate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recently approved national health reform law.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Monday the state will sign on to a court case filed last week by 13 other states that claims Congress exceed its authority by creating an individual mandate to purchase health insurance.

“This is an insurance product that everybody, as a condition of being a citizen of the United States, will be required to purchase under the threat of penalties,” Zoeller said. “This is the first time the federal government has required people to purchase a commercial good.”

The Republican attorney general said it’s in the best interests of all Americans that the Supreme Court determine whether Congress has the power to impose such a mandate.

“This is such a large program that’s almost unprecedented that everyone’s going to need to know the answer whether this is constitutional or not,” Zoeller said.

With Zoeller now on board, 13 of the 14 state attorneys general suing to stop health care reform are Republicans. The new law was a legislative priority for President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and won congressional approval without a single Republican vote.

Zoeller said that while he believes the law was enacted through a fiercely political process, his motivation for acting has nothing to do with politics.

“I’ll stand by the proposition that when the sovereignty of our state government is in question, I think it’s really a responsibility to raise the challenge,” Zoeller said.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said last week he encouraged Zoeller to join the lawsuit. The attorney general’s office also received some 7,000 e-mail messages, 100 phone calls and more than a dozen letters supporting a court challenge.

By joining with other states in the lawsuit, Indiana will be able to save money compared to the cost of filing its own challenge to the health reform law, Zoeller said.

He wouldn’t estimate how much Indiana might spend on the case, but said “I doubt you’ll see a large figure at the end of this.”

The health reform lawsuit was filed in federal court in Pensacola, Fla., seven minutes after Obama signed health reform into law. The lawsuit will be amended soon to include Indiana and its claims, Zoeller said.

A Letter to the People, Lake County Indiana, Corruption, Pay-to-Play, Pete Visclosky

Below is a letter written by Christopher Mullins which addresses the corrupt state of Lake County, Indiana.  Please link, copy, paste, send to friends, enemies or whatever.  We have very little time to get honest representatives elected in the May primary.

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Christopher Mullins, and I have been active in conservative and pro-taxpayer causes, off and on, since 2000. Over the past ten years, I grew to admire the resiliency of the American public, their ability to stand up for what is right, to never countenance hatred against family values and our cultural heritage, and to glower over those politicians who hold little or no regard for ethical conduct.

I must then appeal to you, as a citizen who is greatly concerned with the direction our beloved country is going, to your belief in holding politicians liable for their machinations and their specious belief systems. As such, I must request you please take a deeper look at the unprecedented corruption, as well as the unsung political reform movement currently taking place here in Lake County, Indiana.

Much can be said of the staggering levels of corruption and graft, which has turned Lake County into a verifiable ‘Tammany Hall’ style syndicate, consequently enabling 80 years of Democratic rule in Indiana’s First Congressional District. For even the late Attorney General Robert Kennedy had remarked that Lake County was one of the nation’s most corrupt counties. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Merrillville), 26-year incumbent for Indiana-District 1, has the reprehensible distinction of being named one of the 15 most corrupt Congressmen, by the independent watchdog firm Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington (CREW). For example, Rep. Visclosky’s ties to the troubled, now-defunct lobbying firm PMA Group run deep, having secured more than $23 million in earmarks for PMA Group clients in 2008 (with $117 million total in earmarks for 67 projects), and another $10 million in 2009. Moreover, Visclosky has given other lobbying firms, such as K&L Gates, a similar “swift path to earmarks”. Given all of this, I weep for the people of Northwest Indiana; for Rep. Visclosky has only directed 3% of his earmarks to local businesses and nonprofit entities, depriving his own constituents of sorely needed financial resources.

Municipal governments in the region have also been subjected to such incredible graft. Robert Pastrick, the former mayor of East Chicago for 33 years, along with six shell corporations and two of his allies, was ordered to repay the city $108 million in their 1999 “sidewalks for votes” scheme. In rendering this verdict, District Judge James Moody declared Pastrick-run East Chicago a “corrupt enterprise”, which was the first time any federal judge has used such terminology to describe a city government. Furthermore, Pastrick’s successor, George Pabey, was indicted last month on embezzling city funds for remodeling one of his residences. Last but not least, 38 of 53 officials in East Chicago had been convicted of vote fraud in the 2003 mayoral Primary. Unfortunately, similar occurrences of gross corruption have also occurred in Hammond, Gary and Merrillville.

But what is not usually known, is the extent to which such large-scale corruption had permeated into the Lake County Republican Party. The Lake County Democratic Central Committee (LCDCC) had conducted a progressively ruinous campaign to ensure political control of the region, by paying off a handful of Republican officials, and/or respective relatives and business associates. The LCDCC seemed to conduct these efforts simply to sabotage honest, genuinely conservative Republican candidates. In other words, this small yet highly influential (i.e., LCDCC-connected) cadre of Republicans would routinely favor “patsy” candidates in a given Primary election, so that the Democrats could cruise to easy victories in the General election. A pointed example of this is former East Chicago Republican chair Bob Cantrell, who was sentenced to 78 months of jail in 2008, for 11 counts of ‘defrauding the public of honest services while working for a public entity’, “insurance fraud using the U.S. Mail”, and filing false tax returns. Cantrell has long been noted as a Democratic plant, claiming ties to the GOP while pulling the rug out from under honest Republican candidates in their Primary elections. What is unfortunate, though, is that strains of this puppetry still rear their ugly head in 2010, with multiple “planted” candidates (i.e., those that have not made any effort of campaigning, who cannot articulate their platform) trying to siphon votes off of candidates of honorable repute.

In general, things are rapidly changing for the better, however, as the extent of the corruption in Lake County has reached critical mass. Over the past twenty years, a highly spirited group of reformers have worked diligently to clean up the corruptors and infiltrators that had turned the Lake County GOP into a token opposition. St. John GOP Chairman Joe Hero and Hammond GOP Chairman Rob Pastore have spent their entire public lives working to make local Primary elections free and fair, without the pernicious tentacles of the corrupt LCDCC getting in the way. Highland GOP Chairman Mario Martini and former Highland Chairman Cy Huerter also strived to support and mentor honest, genuinely conservative candidates, in spite of apparent risks to their reputations. And former U.S. Attorney Joseph VanBokkelen strove to pursue corrupt politicians in every nook and cranny of the region, conducting unprecedented investigations and prosecuting several landmark corruption cases.

Citizens should be able to seek redress from their representatives, without “pay for play”. Yet this is how “politics as usual” has always been in Lake County. I have written several Letters to the Editor and Guest Commentaries, as well as a few dossiers chronicling ethics violations and general corruption, and I try to keep up the faith that things might change here. Though I know that more and more work needs to be done, in order to get the public to realize that graft and avarice from their elected officials is not acceptable, it is becoming more difficult by the day.

Please, I beg of you; there are several pro-reform, pro-taxpayer, genuinely conservative candidates running for local offices in 2010, who desperately need your moral and financial support. In my best estimate, these fine folks have allied themselves with all that is ethical and just, and have never been associated with “pay for play” and other such nefarious schemes. Rob Pastore is an example of such a candidate, in that while he has never run for political office, he has served the people of Hammond and Northwest Indiana without resorting to corrupt practices and ethical lapses. Yet in spite of the lack of mainstream media coverage, Pastore’s (and others like them) consistent message of eliminating the “politics as usual” is starting to gain traction with hard-working people all across Northwest Indiana. For it is this new breed of Republicans, both having an unmitigated commitment to fiscal and social conservatism, and lacking the devilish taint of corruption that had served to poison their efforts here in the past, which will help turn this long-suffering region around.

Thank you for reading this letter, and may God bless you and your families. These candidates, such as Rob Pastore and Cy Huerter, need your support: If you have anything to give, please open your hearts and contribute all that you are able. The time is now; for if we cannot manage to elect such honest, fundamentally good people in the Primary on May 4th, and subsequently in the General election, we may not have another opportunity to shatter the circle of corruption here for another 20-30 years.

Sincerely,

Christopher Mullins

Some Informative Contacts:

Northwest Indiana Patriots (Local Tea Party Group) – http://www.nwipatriots.com

CREW articles on Rep. Visclosky: http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/39810

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/43122

Rob Pastore, Candidate for District 1-IN, U.S. House: http://www.robpastore4congress.com

Cy Huerter, Candidate for State House District 11: http://www.citizens4cy.com

Pete Visclosky Costs the People of Indiana $400 Million Dollars by Voting YES to Obamacare.

For all that voted YES This Ones For You

Pete Visclosky removed $25 million dollars from the State’s budget right out of the gate with the new Obamacare law and this is just the first of many costs and losses of revenue (which translates into higher taxes) associated with this disastrous, unconstitutional law.  The money Pete is taking from the State of Indiana will grow in one decade to $400 million dollars. When asked if the healthcare reform bill was constitutional he said that he thought it was and that his wife is a lawyer.  What Mrs. Pete does for a living has no bearing here, but he thought it led credence to his voting in favor of this socialist takeover of 1/6th of our national economy.    He said that if we do not think it is constitutional we always have redress.  That right there folks is Pete Visclosky giving Indiana the finger, doing what he wants to do for his political career and saying, “So sue me.”.

In all of Pete’s January town halls he claimed that Indiana needed this legislation and that it would be very good for us.  When asked about the cost he said it was paid for. When it was pointed out the over $250 billion dollar cost for The Doctor Fix was not reflected in the bill he moved right along, never addressing the fact that this legislation would cost America over a trillion dollars. They fudged the numbers, left out The Doctor cost and made sure to sell it as being under a trillion.  This was before anyone knew that the federal government was also including the takeover of education in the form of Pell Grants and student loans. That gem was slipped in at the last minute. Who knew? The money they make from that takeover helps to offset the cost of this program.  Another jewel which he failed to mention is that the Medicaid prescription drug rebates, which Indiana fought hard for as revenue for the State’s programs will now be the property of the federal government. Indiana haveth, Pete Visclosky and the Feds taketh.

And if you as a citizen do not pay up for a health insurance policy, Pete has agreed to the hiring of an additional 16,000 IRS agents who will make sure the feds get their pound of flesh.  Thanks Pete.

Pete never uttered a peep when there was an issue with the abortion language.  He was voting YES regardless of what was in the bill, and no one knew what was in the bill.

Remember Obama and all of the Dems, including Pete Visclosky, saying that one thing that would happen immediately is that children with pre-existing conditions will get healthcare?  THAT LANGUAGE WAS NOT EVEN IN THE BILL.  They had to go back, after the bill was signed by Obama and add it in.  How is that for honesty and being true to America?  The only real accomplishment of this bill is that it creates a framework for the federal government taking over every aspect of your life.

You can read the article here:

New drug rules to cost state $25 million in 2011” (Bold and italics below are mine)

INDIANAPOLIS | While the most costly provisions of federal health reform won’t take effect until 2014, state officials determined Indiana’s budget will pay a price starting this summer.That’s because the new health law takes money from prescription drug rebates currently paid to state Medicaid programs and redirects those funds to the federal government.As a result, Indiana will lose $25 million during the 2011 budget year, which begins in July, and as much as $400 million during the next decade, said Anne W. Murphy, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

Kitchell forwarded Murphy’s letter to lawmakers on the StateBudget Committee, including state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, warning committee members there will more bad budget news to
come.

“There is still a lot of work to do to evaluate the extra costs imposed on Indiana taxpayers, which will eventually be in the billions of dollars,” Kitchell said.

According to Murphy, Indiana has done better than most states in negotiating favorable rebates from drug companies. This has “enabled Indiana to capture rebates well beyond the minimums established by the federal government,” she said.

But now that the federal government will receive the rebates instead of states, Indiana will lose more money than other states, Murphy said.

Thanks Pete Visclosky. You voted YES to this law because you think that the crooks and cronies in Northwest Indiana have the November General Election sewn up in a bag for you. You voted YES to this legislation that is not only damaging immediately to the State of Indiana, but is the gift that keeps on giving.  Indiana will suffer for decades and longer unless we vote you out of office and hire a true representative come November.

The reality is that you harm Northwest Indiana way more than you ever helped. When you repeated over and over during your January town halls that you were in favor of this federal takeover of 1/6th of the economy, when you repeated how great this will be for Indiana, you failed to explain that the only true benefactors will be the Federal Government.  I am sure you will write some political speech to explain away the consequence you thrust upon the people of Indiana and I am sure you are hoping that the people in Indiana District 1 forget about the financial pain you personally inflicted not only on your constituents, the State of Indiana, but the rest of the nation.

We will not forget what you did Pete and we will fight the corruption that put you in office and keeps you in office.  The people are awake now Pete and things will never be the same for you and your ilk.

The $400 million dollar loss in rebate revenues for the State of Indiana is just the tip of the iceberg.  More pain is coming and you can thank Pete Visclosky.  As of the signing of this unconstitutional healthcare ‘reform’ bill, the people of Indiana, according to Pete, do not deserve to retain the State’s savings from the prescription drug rebates, Pete believes the federal government deserves Indiana’s money.

Mind you that come November, Pete Visclosky will trot out a figure representing the amount of earmarks has has pushed through.  He hopes that no one asks him where that money went.  He hopes everyone thinks that money went to Northwest Indiana.  What he does NOT want you to know is that he gets 97% of his campaign donations from outside of the state of Indiana and that his earmarks are divided up between those contributors who are not companies headquartered in NW Indiana. While meandering through our wallets he holds up a happy face sign and claims that he has brought ‘all of this money back to Indiana.  Do not be fooled by his campaign rhetoric, dig down and find the truth. Find out where that money really went.

The majority  of the earmarks he claimed to have brought ‘home’ really never made it to Northwest Indiana, but Pete loves to claim otherwise. He guided millions of dollars of our money to companies out of his district. Sadly, prior to 2007, Congresscritters did not have to sign their name to earmarks. We will never know how many billions of dollars of earmarks were used to secure campaign contributions over a 26 year career in congress. As soon as they showed some light on earmarks back in 2007 they had a Who’s Who of Porking America, and Pete Visclosky was shown as being # 6 out of 435 representatives.  That is some accomplishment and that was back in 2007.  Since being under investigation for Pay to Play, Pete has drastically reduced his earmark requests, plus there is an election coming in November and he once again, will try to cover the truth with spewing out some ‘evidence’ that he is a good guy, serving Northwest Indiana. Yeah, right.

There is no mistake that something was and is dirty in DC with Pete Visclosky being investigated by the Department of Justice. Stroll through Taxpayers for Commonsense and see what is up with your representative

Bring your friends and vote in May for the primary election and vote for Rob Pastore.  He is the person who will be a true and ethical representative for US Congress in Indiana District 1.

Rob Pastore Meet & Greet, Question and Answer, March 27th., Valparaiso, Indiana.

Indiana, on May 4th, will choose a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 1.  This person will be the one to take Pete Visclosky out and to bring true representation to the people in Northwest Indiana.  We must rally on this day and take action.  You are invited to ask Rob Pastore questions and determine if he will be your representative. Visit with him March 27th.

Cross posted from NWIP Meetup site:

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” -Ronald Reagan

Hello Patriots,

1st District Candidate Robert (Rob) Pastore: Question & Answer / Meet & Greet Announcement

Congressional Candidate Rob Pastore welcomes the opportunity to meet with constituents to discuss your concerns as patriots. Rob is running in the U.S. House of Representatives, District 01, in the May 4th primary on the Republican ballot and then will face Pete Visclosky in the November general elections.

Leave your index cards at home.

This will be an open forum; allowing the individuals who attend this gathering the opportunity to present their concerns and be part of the discussion. Rob looks forward to this gathering and interaction with constituents on the issues facing the 1st Congressional District and the direction of our country.

Congressional Candidate Rob Pastore website:

http://www.robpastore4congress.com

Meeting date: Saturday, March 27th, 2010
Time: 1:30pm to +/- 3:00pm
Location: Valparaiso Library
103 Jefferson Street
Valparaiso, Indiana
46383-4820

Map: Here

Parking is available on the street and in gated lots to the West and North of the library building. The library lots are small. Look to park on the street or in a parking lot nearby. Many of the nearby lots have free 2 hour parking.

Be an active participant in our republic and learn about the leaders who will represent you in Washington.

See you there!