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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

The Flat Tax Is Not Flat and the FairTax Is Not Fair

During the 912dc March on Washington we saw signs promoting FairTax and people handed out literature regarding FairTax. At local and national events, demonstrations, protests I have personally witnessed the FairTax people being active. That is just my observation and imo, just because they have organized themselves to be more visible, their presence at Tea Party meetings, rallies and protests doesn’t equate to FairTax being a better option than Flat Tax or any other of the concepts being floated out there.

I am one that wants information. So when I am constantly handed FairTax info, I become suspicious and ask ‘What is this FairTax stuff and why is it being shoved in my hand and held in front of my face. What’s the deal with  this?” I know that any pro FairTax promo handout is not going to give me the real scoop on the downside of that crusade.

With that in mind, I located an analysis and have shared it below.  Mind you, I am still researching for information and I urge others to dig deeper also. Since FairTax and Flat tax are the two positions that have donned boxing gloves, I will share what I have found regarding those two positions. Please feel free to add your two cents.

(Read the entire article below the cut)

The Flat Tax Is Not Flat and the FairTax Is  Not Fair

by Laurene M. Vance

This talk was given at the 2009 Austrian Scholars Conference at the Mises Institute. It is available as an MP3 audio download.

Our current income tax system, inaugurated in 1913 with the adoption of the 16th Amendment, began with a 1 percent tax on taxable income above $3,000 ($4,000 for married couples). A series of surcharges of up to 6 percent were applied to higher incomes, with the maximum rate being 7 percent on taxable income over $500,000. Less than 0.5 percent of the population ended up paying income tax.

From these humble beginnings, the income tax soon blossomed, thanks to World War I, into a tax with a minimum rate that doubled and a maximum rate that reached 77 percent on income of over $1 million. The rates did not fall significantly until 1925. In the middle of the Great Depression, the top rate rose to 79 percent. During World War II, the tax rate for those in the highest income bracket reached an astounding 94 percent. The Internal Revenue Code of 1954 resulted in 24 brackets with rates ranging from 20 to 91 percent. The top rate remained at 91 percent until 1964. Under the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 and the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the top marginal tax rates were lowered to 50 and 28 percent respectively. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 established the current tax brackets of 10, 15, 25, 28, 33, and 35 percent.

There is no question that the federal tax code is too long, too complex, too intrusive, too confusing, and too inequitable. The members of Congress responsible for the tax code would not even disagree. As a consequence, cries for tax reform can always be heard from every quarter – and especially around election time. There are even organizations dedicated solely to tax reform, such as Americans for Tax Reform, Reform AMT, Citizens for Tax Justice, and Americans for Fair Taxation. Since the federal government is always looking to increase its revenue while at the same time making Americans feel better about paying their taxes, it has also climbed aboard the tax-reform bus, most recently in 2005 when President Bush formed the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.


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Visclosky Makes CREW’s Most Corrupt Members Of Congress List

Visclosky Makes CREW’s Most Corrupt Members Of Congress List

http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/summaries/visclosky.php (full article)

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has named Indiana’s U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D) to its list of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress. He joins such luminaries with that distinction as U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. John Murtha (D-PA). CREW focuses on Visclosky’s practice of trading earmarks for campaign contributions as a key member of a Defense appropriations subcommittee. “If Rep. Visclosky traded earmarks for campaign contributions, he may have committed bribery and honest services fraud and he engaged in conduct that does not reflect creditably upon the House,” CREW writes.

Take a look at Pete’s major Campaign donors here:

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00003813&type=I

Top Contributors

Pete Visclosky

Contributor ↓ Total ↓ Indivs ↓ PACs ↓
PMA Group $212,200 $186,700 $25,500
United Auto Workers $105,000 $0 $105,000
United Steelworkers $95,000 $0 $95,000
Teamsters Union $93,200 $200 $93,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $88,500 $0 $88,500
Sheet Metal Workers Union $82,000 $0 $82,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $78,200 $0 $78,200
ProLogic Inc $78,000 $66,000 $12,000
Laborers Union $77,200 $0 $77,200
General Atomics $73,149 $19,150 $53,999
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union $72,000 $500 $71,500
Renco Group $66,450 $41,950 $24,500
Van Scoyoc Assoc $63,059 $55,400 $7,659
International Longshoremens Assn $59,500 $0 $59,500
Carpenters & Joiners Union $59,250 $0 $59,250
SAIC Inc $57,000 $6,000 $51,000
21st Century Systems $54,650 $45,850 $8,800
Northrop Grumman $51,500 $0 $51,500
Planning Systems Inc $49,900 $41,100 $8,800
Ironworkers Union $49,500 $0 $49,500

This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the -1 – Career election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Why (and How) We Use Donors’ Employer/Occupation Information

METHODOLOGY

NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 1989 – 2010 election cycles and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Sunday, August 09, 2009. (“Help! The numbers don’t add up…”)

Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact the Center.

Is there any question now as to why Pete laughs at the American People and ignores us? He has the Unions lining his campaign coffers and in return he votes on legislation that further embeds organized labor into our capitalistic system. Organized labor is another brick in the socialist wall. If unions can get a leg in with ‘Card Check’ and unions are in bed with the federal government, the Feds will be able to control the workforce, using unions as an extension of big government. Gone are our grandmother’s days when Unions represented the people. Today’s Unions have morphed into power and control hungry businesses. They get dirty right along with the politicians that they bed.

Pete Visclosky is so deep in bed with the organized labor crowd that there cannot be any decision regarding the people made by him that doesn’t give unions the leading edge and the primary benefit.

Where are the challengers to Pete Visclosky in 2010? Please don’t tell me that the Republican party has intentions of rolling over and playing dead again. Someone tell me what the heck the Indiana Republican Party is doing? Why do I not read or hear anything from them? Where is the fundraising? No candidate? In the entire area of Indiana District 1 there is not a single person who has their shit together enough to actually campaign and have a reasonable chance of positioning themselves as a viable candidate? Where is the Republican Party, at another golf outing, festival?