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Answers to American Poverty are Obvious but Ignored

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Bill Whittle Explains the Conservative View on Racism

for those who would rather watch than read!







By: William Green, Ohio State Director, Frederick Douglass Foundation;

      Thomas Zawistowski, Executive Director, Portage County TEA Party



Akron, OH - May 1, 2015 - Black Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said this week, while reflecting on the upcoming 50th Anniversary of former Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes becoming the first black mayor of a major American city, "Sadly, not that much has changed in 50 years. We are still addressing aging infrastructure, poverty and issues on the police department." His comments are both insightful and problematic. 


They reflect what we are seeing in Baltimore today, and in Ferguson and New York and in fact every major American City over the past 50 years. A total failure of the regressive Democratic party statist big government philosophy that started with Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and has seen its peak with the failed policies and unchecked social spending of outgoing Democratic President Barack Obama who is the embodiment of that failed philosophy. They also indicate that Mayor Jackson and his equally befuddled counterpart, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, not only don’t know why their shared philosophy is failing, but have no clue how to fix it. This is no mystery.


Conservatives in the TEA Party movement and those who have studied and celebrate the teachings of successful black American heroes like Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and Sarah Breedlove, will not accept the excuses and the attempts by liberals, and their allies in the media, to deflect blame for what is in fact their failure. The Democrats and the left own this - lock, stock and barrel. The problem in Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson and all over our nation are two fold - families and jobs. The answers to those problems are not unknown, they are ignored by those who benefit from these failed policies.


It boggles the mind that Democratic Party acolytes, like Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer, would dare suggest in the middle of the social tragedy laid bare in Baltimore, that after Americans have spent $22 Trillion dollars in the past 50 years on the Democrats’ failed “War on Poverty,” that the solution is “more federal spending.”  In Baltimore we spend over $16,000 per year per student, second-most in the nation, to have less than 50% of High School seniors pass the High School Assessment test.  We pay over $35,000 to a single mother, with two children, on government assistance,10th highest in the US.  Baltimore is in fact the poster-city for the radical regressive Democratic party statist big government philosophy, and it has failed. Miserably.  Just like Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and all the Democratic Cleveland Mayors since Carl Stokes, have failed to deliver on the promise they make to inner city black voters year in and year out, that they will deliver jobs and “equality” and “social justice,” and they never do. They only deliver more poverty and dependency and hopelessness. It’s all a lie.


It is a fact that more black families had fathers and mothers than white families in the US before the 1960’s. Lyndon Johnson, and the Democrat majority who controlled Congress, destroyed the black American family when they changed welfare laws to provide strong economic incentives for poor women to not have husbands. These laws actually penalize a family financially if a woman has a husband - under the guise of compassion for single women with children. These Democratic-party-passed and maintained laws are the real “war on women” in America today.  The result has been a devastating decrease of blacks growing up in two-parent households, from 72% in the 1960’s to around 33% today.  You get what you incentivize for, and they got what they wanted - poor and black Americans on the Government Plantation for decades.  Just like LBJ predicted.


Hypocrites like the NAACP, the Black Congressional Caucus, and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, along with race hustlers like Sharpton and Jackson, have known this for decades and done NOTHING.  Even when they have had the power to fix it. Did President Obama move to change the welfare laws when the Democrats controlled all three branches of our federal Government in his first term? He did not. Where was their concern for these inner city blacks then when they could do something about it? Remember Democrats have controlled the White House and the Congress 70% of the time since 1960. They are to blame. If we change the welfare laws to incentivize two-parent households, that’s what we will get, and young blacks will have fathers - which is also a big part of the solution to the black youth incarceration rate. We call on those of both political parties in Government to do this NOW if they are serious about solving the main cause of poverty.


The second part of the solution is JOBS.  Not government handouts, not government jobs, but REAL private sector jobs. This is a two-step process. First, to get a job you need an education.  To get an eduction you need an education system that is focused on student outcomes, not on adult job security.  To get an education system that serves students, you need to create competition for those students’ dollars so that a parent can get the best education for their child that money, our tax money, can buy.  Why don’t we have a free market education system? For one reason and one reason only: because giving parents a choice about their children’s education undermines the power and control of the statists who control the Democratic Party. Let us not mince words, the teachers Unions are little more than a way for the regressive left to extort money from taxpayers to fund their agenda and the Democratic party. 


Newly-elected Republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, has already been taken to the “political woodshed” by the radical regressive union-controlled democratic machine for daring to suggest that they should have more charter schools in Baltimore because their public schools had an “F” rating.  “Hypocrite” is too kind a word for those who oppose these obvious fixes.  “Racist” would be more appropriate terms for those Democrats who killed eduction reform in Washington, DC and New York City and everywhere else in our nation. Their actions INTENTIONALLY keep the poor uneducated as a form of political control. Those are the people who deserve the blame for Baltimore. Those are the people the media should be investigating. Taxpayers are paying the equivalent of college tuition for K-12 students and are ending up with unemployable teenagers who can’t graduate from high school, let along go to and graduate from college. 


Even if they go to college, they would likely not get an education that would prepare them for a productive career that provides lifetime prosperity and security for their family. Instead they would get indoctrinated like Stephanie Rawlings-Blake did at bigoted Oberlin College where the radical regressive liberal “professors” taught her flawed statist anti-american philosophy so that she could go on to create more poverty and oppression of the very people they “claim” to defend. 


If we want to end poverty, we need to restore the application of key American principles to public education at all levels - rigorous study of science, math, economics and history, with a focus on personal responsibility for learning, support for competition for grades, and rewards for achievement. The “Nanny State” has failed. It is time for parents and relatives to take back control of the responsibility for our children and their future. That is the first step toward job creation and it MUST be implemented.


The second step, is embracing capitalism, free enterprise and ownership of private property. Something abhorrent to statists like Barack Obama, Frank Jackson, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Demonizing all businesses, business owners and the wealthy as corrupt, greedy, and responsible for all the ills of our society doesn’t create jobs. That is why the Democrats do it, to keep the poor and blacks on the Government Plantation. We must commit to unleashing the economic power of capitalism and free enterprise that made our nation the most prosperous in the history of the world.  President Obama, you and your party did not build the historic prosperity of Baltimore and Detroit and others that made them once great cities - business and industry did!  Your policies destroyed that prosperity.


So, what’s the second part of creating jobs after fixing the education system?  How about making all areas of the country with a 20% or more poverty rate Tax-Free Zones for all businesses? You get what you incentivize for right?  No local, state or federal taxes would be a huge incentive for business owners to move their businesses to the inner cities. The local, state and federal government would make their money from the income taxes earned by employees, and from the property taxes from the rising value of the homes those employees would now be able to purchase. You want jobs? Let’s also remove all business regulation, except those really required for health and safety, on all businesses in the Tax-Free Zones.  If we do that, we’ll have foreign companies moving businesses to our inner cities!  None of that works, however, without the commitment to create competition in our schools. You can’t do Step 2 without Step 1.


It is long past time, 50 years past time, for American taxpayers to wake up and demand that the insanity stop. That the radical regressive statist anti-capitalism Democratic destruction machine be stopped.  Black lives do matter, and so do white and Hispanic and Asian and all Americans lives.  All of us have suffered from this flawed ideology for too long. This didn’t happen by accident, it was planned and executed by the regressive statist left through the Democratic Party. It can be fixed if we demand that the welfare laws be changed NOW.  Demand that all parents and student get vouchers NOW so that they can have the power to hold teachers and administrators accountable. Demand that our governments at the local, state and national level pave the way for businesses to create jobs and stop pretending that having 93 million American adults NOT working is “good for our economy.”  This is the reform that these protest marches should be demanding if they really want to fix the problem and help the people they claim to care about. They don’t need “Justice” they need fathers and jobs!

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 16:51

PCTEA to Host Fund Raising Seminar

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FOR RELEASE - Sunday, March 1 , 2015
Portage County TEA Party to Host Fund Raising Seminar
For Ohio Nonprofits on March 21st
Mogadore, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party today announced that it would be bringing trainers from the Leadership Institute in Washington, DC to put on a full day Fund Raising Training Seminar on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Comfort Inn in Brimfield.  The Seminar is open to any nonprofit organization that would like to improve their fund raising operations and will be taught by Chris Doss from the Leadership Institute and one or two other staff members. The event will start at 8:30 AM on March 21, 2015 and end at 4:30 PM.  Lunch will be provided along with class materials. The cost is only $25 per person and checks, made out to the Portage County TEA Party, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 253, Mogadore, OH 44260.  Seating is limited to the first 50 reservations received. For more information, call the Portage County TEA Party office at 330-474-3878.
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their area so that they can participate in their self-governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 12:51

Letter to Senator Portman concerning DHS Funding

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Dear Senator Portman,

I am writing on behalf of the Officers and the 2,600 members of the Portage County TEA Party to ask you to use your influence to convince Senator McConnell to change the Senate rules in order to pass the House version of the Department of Homeland Security funding bill.  In our opinion, it is your duty Senator, and Senator McConnell's and all the Republicans that TEA Party groups around the nation elected, so that Republicans could have control of the Senate, to honor your oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. All credible legal experts, even those on the left, agree that the President's actions are an over-reach of the Executive Branch and are in fact Un-Constitutional and should not be allowed. 
The bill passed by the US House fully funds the DHS but explicitly does not fund the amnesty for illegal immigrants that is being unlawfully implemented by the Executive Branch under direct orders of the President.  For Senator McConnell to suggest that following Senate rules, which former Senate Leader Harry Reid had no problem changing to achieve the goals of the left, is somehow more important than your Oath of Office and defending the very essence of the US Constitution is beyond contemptible. Not to mention the fact that during his campaign in Kentucky, and during most of the Senate campaigns around the nation, he and the Republican Party promised the voters that they would take the "necessary action" to stop the President.
We hereby demand that you and the rest of the Republicans in the Senate keep your oath and take whatever action is necessary to defend our Constitution and the rule of law.  To protect the millions of low income Americans, particularly blacks and legal hispanics, who will face unfair competition from these illegals if you do not take action to protect them. Not to mention the middle class tax payers who's hard earned tax dollars will be used to subsidize this illegal action against our will.
The time for excuses is over, we will not accept your or anyone else's excuses. The people spoke loudly in November and they said "Stop Obama's destruction of our nation."  They did not say loudly "protect the senate rules!" We trust that you will pass our message on to Senator McConnell and to your fellow Republican Senators and that you will all do your jobs as the House has done.

If the President want's to veto funding for the Department of Homeland Security than let him put the safety of the American people in jepardy for his own crass political ambitions.  Remember, your job is not to serve the Washington, DC based media or to serve the defenders of the President's actions. Your job is to serve the people in your states who elected you to office.

Tom Zawistowski
Executive Director
Portage County TEA Party
P.O. Box 253
Mogadore, OH  44260
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Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 17:53

Husted raises concerns about Illegals voting in Ohio

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Dear Friends,

Recently, I delivered a letter to President Obama concerning his executive actions on immigration, which dramatically expand the potential for illegal voter registrations in Ohio. Today in Washington, D.C., I testified during a congressional hearing to further voice those concerns.

As the chief elections official for the state of Ohio, I simply cannot allow this expanding loophole to go unaddressed. Anyone who doubts the impact of this risk should consider this: 72 Ohio counties conducted recounts in the last three statewide elections alone. Of those cases, 51 officials and 19 issues were decided by just one vote or tied

I take my responsibility to safeguard Ohio's elections system very seriously. The recent executive actions could jeopardize the integrity of our voter rolls. I hope you will join me in demanding that only eligible voters be able to vote in our federal, state and local elections.

I promise to remain committed to my responsibility to all Ohioans: Making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.
Jon Husted

P.S. You can read my letter to President Obama by clicking here and you can read my testimony by clicking here.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 12:19

PCTEA to Show Support for Police and Firefighters in wake of Ferguson and NYC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Portage County TEA Party Announces Effort
to Support our Local Safety Forces
Mogadore, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that it's members would be taking cookies, cakes and pies to local police and fire departments over the next week to thank them for their service to our communities.  The effort is partially in reaction to the statements that have been made attacking police officers in particular after the events in Ferguson, MO and New York City.  
Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party said, "In light of the attacks by the left on the integrity of our police officers across the nation, after the shooting in Ferguson and the choking death in New York, we felt we that we needed to speak out and take action. It is important that we as citizens, stand with our law enforcement and emergency services personnel against these over-reaching attacks because we all know that the vast majority of police and firefighters do an excellent job in protecting our families and our property. To degrade all police officers because of the actions of a few is just wrong. While there are clearly issues that these incidents, and the ones in Cleveland, have exposed and that need to be addressed, and we support any honest efforts to do so, the vast majority of public servants deserve our thanks and appreciation, not our scorn. We want them to know that they have our support and appreciation."
Zawistowski concluded by saying "Actions speak louder than words, so our members will be visiting their local police and fire departments over the next week to personally thank them for their service to our communities. It is a small gesture, but an important one, particularly at Christmas time and during Hanukkah, which should be a time of peace and love, not hate. We thank all of those who keep us safe for their service."
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individuals to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their areas so that they can participate in their self-governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

PCTEA Fund Raising Dinner and Auction December 5th

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2014 Dinner Flyer

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 November 2014 12:03

TEA Party Patriots Ad Hit Joyce on Obamacare

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Dave Joyce just can't defend his position on Obamacare.

We need Matt Lynch in Congress to fight Obamacare until it is gone!

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FreedomWorks for America and Activists Rally to Un-Seat Rep. David Joyce in OH-14

FWFA Executive VP Adam Brandon will make a special announcement about the OH-14 race

WHAT: FreedomWorks for America Executive Vice President Adam Brandon will join a coalition of conservative groups across the state of Ohio at a rally in Chagrin Falls to make a special announcement in the OH-14 race.

The rally will include the distribution of 1,000 yard signs and other voter education materials. Other group representatives will include: Tom Zawistowski (Portage County TEA Party), Chuck Laughlin (Lake County Liberty Coalition), Dana Adams (Summit County TEA Party), Ralph Spampanato (Stark-Tusc 9/12 Group), Pastor Ernie Sanders (Geauga County TEA Party), and Dom Sciria (Cuyahoga Valley Republicans).

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014 beginning at 11:30am ET.

WHERE: Clubhouse in the Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail, Bainbridge, OH 44023

WHY: Ohioans are ready to take their government back from unions and special interests. Rep. David Joyce is a bought-and-paid-for politician who is financially backed by Washington insider PACs, including thousands of dollars from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Main Street PAC run by lobbyist and former Rep. Steve LaTourette. Rep. Joyce has also received tens of thousands of dollars from building trade and transportation unions.

ABOUT FREEDOMWORKS FOR AMERICA: FreedomWorks for America is a grassroots service center to a community of over 6 million activists supporting candidates who believe in individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government. For more information, please visit www.FreedomWorksforAmerica.org or contact Jackie Bodnar at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:17

Monthly Meeting TONIGHT!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Candidates to Speak at PCTEA Monthly Meeting
Kent, OH - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that three of the four candidates for County Commissioner will speak at the groups Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, March 18th as well as one of the Ohio House Candidates. Republican Primary candidates Sabrina Christian-Bennett and Kristen Kline-Morris and Democratic Primary Candidate Angelo Battaglia will all speak. Vicki Kline, also a Democratic candidate for County Commissioner, had a scheduling conflict and will attend a future meeting.  Linda O'Brien, the Republican candidate for Ohio House in the 76th District will also speak at the event. The event will be held at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center, at 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH 44266. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.



Monthly Meeting Monday June 17th

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Monthly Meeting Open to the Public - Monday, June 17th


Our Government is Targeting TEA Party Groups and individuals through the IRS, capturing your Verizon Phone Records, recording every email and web site you visit through the PRISM program. What does it all mean to the ordinary American and how will this affect you personally?  Come to the Portage County TEA Party meeting this Monday, night June 17th and find out.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88, just North of Ravenna in Portage County.  
Distinguished Law Professor David Forte from Cleveland State University will be the opening speaker followed by a presentation on the IRS Targeting by Portage County TEA Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Join your fellow citizens Monday, June 17th in Ravenna for this informative presentation, and learn what we as citizens can do to stop this abuse of power and restore Constitutionally limited Government.
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