Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina and current chair of the Freedom Caucus joined a small group of Lincoln Club members to give them a D.C. update.
Tomi Lahren’s new book Never Play Dead: How the Truth Makes You Unstoppable is an excellent manual for today’s professional and successful women as well as up and coming young girls. While the constitutional conservative movement has several leading male voices such as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Prager, Ben Shapiro, and Charlie Kirk, it lacks representation of young, successful women.
In fact, Tomi Lahren is the only self-made media millionaire under 40, and at twenty six years old, already has a net worth of $3 million and growing. She is also the youngest political talk show host in history, and has millions of dedicated social media followers, many of them young women who have never had a chance to see a successful woman of her age make it in politics.
In Never Play Dead, Tomi explains that one of her critics was trying to silence her, diminish her influence and question her intelligence by calling her Barbie after President Trump shared her message. Tomi shot back, saying, “Barbie is a multibillion-dollar industry so call me Barbie all you want.” The response is brilliant as it shows young women they don’t need to apologize or be diminished for being pretty or feminine, and smart. Tomi shows her readers you can have it all, if you are willing to own it and not play a victim.
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Last Thursday, the Orange County Board of Education (OCBE) passed a budget for 2019-2020 with reductions in the spending that was requested by Orange County Department of Education Superintendent Al Mijares.
Some might be concerned that a reduction in education department spending could hurt our kids.
In fact, the opposite is true.
We cut the budget to help our students by scaling back the department’s excessive political and conference travel spending.
Significantly, our budget cuts do not touch spending that affects the quality of education, such as teacher compensation or school funding.
Rather, we have simply made tailored — and overdue — reductions to the county’s lobbying, conferences and travel budgets.
Consider the more than $150,000 that the county education department spent on lobbying last year, much of it in support of Assembly Bill 1505, which threatens charter schools’ growth and long-term existence.
Despite the board’s opposition to AB1505, the county education department and its lobbyists worked to undermine charter schools in Orange County.
They teamed up with the California Teachers Associations to ask county school districts, superintendents and school board members in April 2019 to write letters of support to the state Assembly in Sacramento to support AB1505.
The department used county staff and OCDE budget money earmarked for lobbying to implement an anti-charter school agenda.
These lobbying efforts against charter schools run counter to the expressed values of the board.
We believe that charter schools and parental choice are vital components of the best possible education environment for OC residents.
Indeed, charters are some of the best performing and most in-demand schools in the county.
In addition, department staff spent more than $1.2 million on out-of-county travel junkets last year, which are a nice perk, but have little to no value for improving student academic performance.
These travel expenses, which cover the costs of hotel rooms, meals, rental cars and conference administrative fees, are not consistent with the department’s budget priorities and the funding shortfalls for county schools.
The department also exposed itself as a poor steward of county fiscal resources during its disastrous and unilateral lawsuit initiated in 2016 against the Orange County Employment Retirement System (OCERS) over a pension dispute.
The board was kept at a distance from this lawsuit that was based on little more than Mijares’ own far-fetched legal conjecture.
This quixotic lawsuit ended up costing taxpayers more than $2.4 million, with OCDE and OCERS each incurring about $1.2 million in legal fees — funds which should have gone to students and teachers.
The department lost that suit in 2017, then wasted more money filing an appeal, and lost again earlier this year.
Throughout the lawsuit, the department ignored my objections that as county trustees the board should have oversight or at least some input on this expensive legal adventure.
The budget we adopted, with targeted cuts to travel and lobbying, brings some fiscal discipline to counter the department’s long history otherwise.
Expect to hear dire claims of “school budget cuts” from supporters of the status quo who would like to keep their lobbying and travel perks.
But in reality we are simply cutting the fat.
Orange County residents, parents and students should support the board’s efforts, and their counterparts across Southern California should demand the same from their own local elected officials.
Ken L. Williams serves on the Orange County Board of Education, representing District 3. Read Ken's full bio HERE
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California Wants to Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist
A new model curriculum for ‘ethnic studies’ is a handbook for classroom propagandizing.
California’s Education Department has issued an “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum” and is soliciting public comments on it until Aug. 15. The legislatively mandated guide is a resource for teachers who want to instruct their students in the field of “ethnic studies,” and was written by an advisory board of teachers, academics and bureaucrats. It's as bad as you imagine.
Read the rest from Lincoln Club member Williamson S. Evers HERE
Listen to Evers on Nightside with Dan Rena discussing the article HERE
Williamson M. Evers is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a former U.S. assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation and policy development. Evers was the leader of the Trump transition’s agency review for the U.S. Department of Education.
Lincoln Club of Orange County held a special private meeting with Garrett Marquis a Deputy Assistant to the President and serves as Senior Director for Strategic Communications and Spokesperson for the National Security Council.
Garret briefed the intimate group of 25 members on a variety of issues from the Trump Administrations strategy in relation to Venezuela to how the Administration is working with partners to contain and ensure Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons.
A sincere thanks to Garret, an Orange County native, for making time to meet.
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Awesome breakfast with National Securuity Council Spokesman, @GMarquis45. Thanks for stopping by the @LincolnClubOC! So awesome to meet an OC native working so closely with @realDonaldTrump and good friend of the Club @AmbJohnBolton. pic.twitter.com/ccLqBwLupI— Seth Morrison (@TheSethMorrison) July 26, 2019
Donald Trump Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Republican National Committee Co-Chair Tommy Hicks joined the Lincoln Club of Orange County and New Majority at a joint event in support of Trump Victory 2020.
The Hill is reporting that $2.5 million was raised for Trump Victory on the swing through California. Technology entrepreneur and founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, also spoke at the joint lunch.
"On Friday afternoon, Luckey attended an afternoon reception sponsored by the conservative groups New Majority and Lincoln Club at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach."
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It's every hard-working citizen's nightmare: an obnoxiously high gas tax coupled with an increase in pay to the politicians who created it. An OCGOP intern took to the streets to assess the public’s opinion on the recent gas tax increase, prompting citizens to reevaluate their district representative. The responders expressed frustration with the tax increase when they learned that 40% is going to the general fund rather than to much-needed road repairs and infrastructure.
California Policy Center, Reform California, and several other organizations pulled together to host a summit and celebration for the one year anniversary of the Janus Decision at the Supreme Court.
The featured lunch speakers were former Governor and Senator Pete Wilson and Mark Janus, the named plaintiff in ground breaking Supreme Court Victory Last year.
Lincoln Club has been proud to partner with California Policy Center since the very beginning of their formation and enthusiastically cheer on their progress in the battle against the political influence of public employee unions.
It was an honor to host award-winning historian Victor Davis Hanson for this month's Freedom Forum! Dr. Hanson recently wrote The Case for Trump to explain the true story of how Donald Trump has become one of the most successful presidents in history. Dr. Hanson's presentation at the Fashion Island Hotel focused on how President Trump was able to overcome insurmountable difficulties and why his presidency was necessary to unseat the old established order.
In spite of overwhelmingly negative media coverage, sixteen well-qualified Republican rivals, and Clinton's quarter-billion-dollar war chest, Donald Trump not only won, but can now take credit for a booming economy. Dr. Hanson believes that President Trump’s victory in 2016 can in large part be attributed to his ability to connect with middle America. In the last election, six million people voted for Donald Trump for President who hadn’t voted in the 2012 presidential election (or at least didn’t vote for Mitt Romney).
Dr. Hanson also discussed the 2020 presidential race, saying that "this is President Trump's election to win or lose." The candidates against whom President Trump is running are talking about reparations, infanticide, a 70% income tax on the rich, abolishing student debt and ICE, and letting convicted criminals vote. He predicted that President Trump has a 55%-60% chance of being reelected.
Afterwards, Dr. Hanson stuck around to answer questions, sign copies of his book, and chat with our members.
Here's an interview Victor Davis Hanson did for American Thought Leaders from Epoch Times on the same topic as his freedom forum speech.
Lincoln Club members have had a great month of April really getting out into the community. No one does it better than Lincoln Club member Marc Ang. Marc throws monthly community events through his non-profit Asian Industry B2B. The Epoch Times and reporter Ian Henderson recently covered one of these events.
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Opposition to Assembly Bill 329 (AB-329), a K-12 sexual education law that was enacted in 2016, recently has been brought to the limelight by Orange County, California, activists who demand that it be repealed. Those against the law claim the curriculum takes precious time away from children's standard curriculum and teaches children about sexuality at too young of an age, encouraging promiscuity.