November 21, 2014

Oct. 15, 2009 — Nov. 21, 2009

One of the first times we caught a glimpse of what Anne Marie would look like.
She was beautiful here and even more beautiful when she was born. 

November 18, 2014

Oklahoma Pols Should Be More Like Walker, Brownback

Reflecting on the recent GOP tsunami, OCPA distinguished fellow Andrew Spiropoulos says "we should celebrate the victory of conservatives throughout the nation against a coordinated campaign of calumny and deceit funded by leftist billionaire George Soros and a small army of local Soros wannabes."
In addition to political candidates, they have funded phony news operations and policy think tanks for the purpose of spreading leftist agitprop disguised as legitimate journalism and policy research. Their recent stock in trade is spreading the big lie that we have reduced education spending in this country. They want to hide that we have spent billions and billions more on education in the last 30 years and, when you look at student achievement, we have nothing to show for it. 
Moreover, Spiropoulos says Oklahomans should savor — and learn something from — the victories of Scott Walker and Sam Brownback.
It is true that the Walkers and Brownbacks had to fight hard for their victories. Our state elected officials, from Gov. Mary Fallin on down, were re-elected by greater margins. But their victories, like that of our listless legislature, were empty. They didn’t win because of their achievements. They won because they weren’t Democrats. Maybe if they try to be more like Walker or Brownback, Oklahomans will have something to celebrate in four years.
I encourage you to read the entire column here.

November 11, 2014

November 11

I won't ever forget this day. The day He gave us a miracle.

I took Oliver out this Sunday to take some pictures. He asked if he could take "Mammie's Lamby".

I'm thankful that Oliver remembers her too, even if he hasn't met her yet.

November 10, 2014

Pilate Took Water and Washed His Hands in Front of the Crowd

Great story in The Oklahoman yesterday about how "young gamblers are more susceptible to developing an addiction." My favorite sentence in the article:
A spokesman for the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, which represents more than two dozen tribes, referred questions to the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, which declined comment.

November 07, 2014

Palpitations, Trepidation over 'Ruination' Legislation

"Oklahoma doesn't want to end up an income-tax sandwich" between Texas and Kansas, Gov. Mary Fallin once noted. OCPA president Michael Carnuccio agrees. Today in the Journal Record, he says the time has come to move forward with Gov. Fallin's plan to "chart a course toward the gradual elimination of the state income tax."

As you might surmise, not everyone is on board with the idea. Oklahoma's institutional Left, for example, is appalled at the very mention of it. Democratic politicians -- and many Republican politicians -- don't like it. Tax consumers don't like it. As a quarter-million-dollar-a-year school bureaucrat in Jenks warned darkly, "Elimination of the personal income tax in Oklahoma will see the ruination of this state." (To which Joy Hofmeister replied: "I agree 100%!" Which was disappointing.)

Fortunately, some of Oklahoma's political leaders understand the benefits of tax reduction and can articulate them. Oklahoma's commissioner of labor, my fellow Bartlesville native Mark Costello, is duty-bound to "foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of this state." Recently on KOKH FOX 25, Commissioner Costello chatted with Carnuccio about the benefits of tax cuts.

November 06, 2014

Where Is the Money Going?

As Dr. Greg Forster has previously noted, there's a tremendous amount of bloat in Oklahoma's monopoly school system. I encourage you to read his article, but if you want to understand the concept in 15 seconds or less, I present the following.