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Ron Paul Endorsed by Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 15:56
Oleson represents the second-most populous county in Iowa and has many Republican, civic affiliations
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson has endorsed Ron Paul for the presidency.

Attracted to Congressman Paul’s commitment, character, and courage Mr. Oleson said, “Ron Paul has the principals and conviction necessary to solve our national budget woes.  With our national debt over $14 trillion, the spending by Washington D.C. continues to mortgage the fruits of our labor to fund programs we don't need and can’t afford.  Ron Paul puts people before politics and will work to ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit a strong economy and prosperous nation, not one saddled by debt.”

Brent Oleson is an attorney residing in Marion, Iowa with his two children.  For many years, he has been an active participant in Iowa politics – serving two terms on the Republican Party of Iowa's State Central Committee, six terms on the Linn County Central Committee, and as a Republican Party of Iowa Platform Committee Member.

Representing Iowa’s second-most populous county of 211,000 residents, Oleson was elected to his district with over 58 percent of the vote in the heavily Democratic county.  Mr. Oleson also serves on the boards of the Linn County Republican Party, Eagles Club, Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Marion Economic Development Corporation, Cedar Valley Humane Society, and Trees Forever.

“We’re pleased to count Brent Oleson’s endorsement among the many ones that will help our campaign achieve a strong top-three showing in January,” Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers said of the upcoming caucus.

Ron Paul Endorsed by Mayor-Elect Shawn Dietz of Hampton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Monday, 19 December 2011 16:36
Franklin County Tea Party co-founder and county GOP vice chair calls Paul “honest and consistent”
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that Mayor-Elect Shawn Dietz of the City of Hampton, located in Franklin County, has endorsed Ron Paul for the presidency.

In making his endorsement, the mayor-elect cited Paul’s ‘Plan to Restore America,’ as well as a full complement of issue stances that distinguish the 12-term Congressman from Texas from other Republican competitors.

“We’re pleased that incoming Mayor Dietz has endorsed Ron Paul, and has done so with such conviction,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers, referring to the mayor-elect’s attached letter.  “Endorsements by Iowa’s political, faith and civic leaders are what promise to propel us to a strong top-three showing in the caucus.”

Mayor-Elect Dietz is co-founder of the Franklin County Tea Party, and Vice Chair of the Franklin County Republican Central Committee.  A former factory worker who was laid off due to 2008 government-imposed economic collapse, he also is a husband and father of three children.

The full text of Mayor-Elect Dietz’s letter to Iowans follows:

To my fellow Iowans:

With our nation's founding principles in jeopardy of extinction, elections at all levels of government are increasingly more imperative to the survival of our Republic; none more visible and important than that of the office of President of the United States.

Only one Republican Presidential candidate has provided a detailed plan of how he proposes to make major Federal Government spending cuts, $1 Trillion in his first year as President.

Only one Republican Presidential candidate has presented logical plans to address important issues to my family, my neighbors, and myself; such issues as national security, illegal immigration, life, monetary policy, foreign policy, debt, and ending overseas nation building.

Only one Republican Presidential candidate has been honest and consistent in his positions for 30+ years.

Only one Republican Presidential candidate continues to fight unapologetically for the restoration of American Government to the United States Constitution.

Only one Republican Presidential candidate unconditionally supports our troops by promising to immediately bring them home to their families where they belong.

Only one politician in my lifetime, and likely for many generations, has so accurately and passionately represented the self-evident Truths laid out in the Declaration of Independence; "...that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..."

I’ve asked myself this question, WHY do I love this country? The answer was simple. Liberty. The next question was who to support for President in 2012. Today it is with great pride as a co-founder of the Franklin County Tea Party, as the Vice Chair of the Franklin County Republican Central Committee, and as the Mayor-Elect of the City of Hampton, Iowa that I officially announce my endorsement of the Champion of the Constitution, Texas Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul for President in 2012. Please join me at the January 3rd Iowa Caucus and vote to Restore America Now with a vote for Ron Paul…

For Liberty!

Shawn Dietz
Hampton, Iowa


Statement From Herman Cain PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Friends of Herman Cain   
Monday, 19 December 2011 16:36
In response to continued media enquiries Herman Cain released the following statement:

“I am no longer a candidate for elected office, nor have I been since suspending my campaign almost two weeks ago. Having millions of Americans supporting my candidacy and solutions for our country was humbling and immensely gratifying”, said Herman Cain. “Though my candidacy has ended, I continue debating the appropriate role of government in society and fighting for more fiscal discipline and solutions to America's problems.”

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New Guide to GOP Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Social Security Unveiled PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Owens   
Monday, 19 December 2011 16:33

(Washington, DC)Today, Social Security Works unveiled a new guide which reveals that the top six Republican Presidential candidates agree: If they had their way, they would cut or do away with Social Security, America’s most successful insurance program. The guide shows that when these Republican Presidential candidates say we need to “save” Social Security, what they really mean is we need to end Social Security.

“Iowa caucus-goers should know that the Republican candidates are out of touch on the issue of Social Security,” said Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works.  “Tea Partiers, mainstream Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all overwhelmingly support Social Security, oppose benefit cuts, including opposing raising the retirement age, and oppose trading the program’s guaranteed retirement income for the gamble of the Wall Street ‘casino.’  In contrast, as the guide reveals, the Republican candidates favor raising the retirement age and partially privatizing the program.  They outrageously defame Social Security by calling this trust, which holds workers’ hard earned contributions, a Ponzi scheme, a fraud, or even, unconstitutional, notwithstanding that its constitutionality was upheld three-quarters of a century ago.”

“The Republican candidates – all six of the front-runners – could not be more out of step with the American people!  Americans -- Democrats, Independents, and, yes, Republicans -- overwhelmingly support Social Security and oppose the kinds of radical cuts and changes the Republican candidates favor. They can’t afford to have their benefits cut   and they do not want Wall Street bankers and other campaign contributors to steal their and their children’s Social Security,” said Eric Kingson, co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign.

Social Security provides benefits to nearly 600,000 Iowans, including more than 70,000 Iowa workers with disabilities.  With less than three weeks to go before the Iowa Caucuses, Social Security has a lot at stake on the caucus outcome.  The brief guide below includes such horrible gems as “fraud” and “privatization” language from Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, and Rick Santorum.

Called Social Security A Fraud, Ponzi Scheme, or Unconstitutional

Wants to Raise the Social Security Retirement Age

Supports Some Form of Privatization


[Social Security] “is a tremendous fraud. no company could get away with this, they’d be thrown in jail if they ever tried to do what the federal government did with people’s Social Security money.”

Fox News, February 17, 2010

Voted to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, which would cut benefits by up to 20 percent for new beneficiaries when fully phased in.

–Voted Yes on Republican Study Committee Budget, Roll call Vote 275, April 15, 2011

“But people that are younger than [10 years away from retirement], they need to have some options in their lives, so that going forward they can have an ownership of their own Social Security, their own retirement.”

Fox News, February 17, 2010


“it is a fraud and a lie the way that congress deals with Social Security.”

Cain-Gingrich Debate, november 5, 2011

No position stated.

“any candidate who is not prepared to give younger americans the right to choose [a private account] has no serious plan for Social Security.”

–Cain-Gingrich Debate, November 5, 2011


“Technically, [Social Security is unconstitutional]. …there’s no authority [in the constitution for it].”

–(Fox News Sunday, May 15, 2011)

No direct position, but Paul sees it as irrelevant since he would dismantle the entire program and allow people to opt-out of Social Security.

–(MSNBC interview, April 27, 2011)

“But I want to privatize the retirement funds and put the responsibility on the individual.”

–(CNN Situation Room interview, September 8, 2010)


Social Security “is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. …the idea that [young people] are working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them… is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.”

–Iowa Caucus event at the Vine Coffeehouse,


“if you’re a forty-five year-old or less, we’re going to move that retirement age up to sixty-nine or seventy.”

Town Hall, 9/5/11

“if only the new Dealers had been kind enough to allow workers to make their own choice about whether to participate [in Social Security]. as we know from experience, individuals would have done better on their own [with private accounts].”

–Fed Up, 2010, page 61


“There simply is no [trust] ‘fund’ safely invested somewhere… to put it in a nutshell, the American people have been effectively defrauded out of their Social Security. … let’s look at what would happen if someone in the private sector did a similar thing… They would go to jail. But what has happened to the people responsible for the looming bankruptcy of Social Security? They keep returning to congress every two years.”

–No Apology, 2010, pp. 172-3

“Alternatively, we could gradually raise the retirement age. this does have a certain logic to it…”

–No Apology, 2010, p. 173

“One thing that [President Bush] proposed, and it’s a good idea, is to take some of that money, or all of that surplus [Social Security] money and allow people to have a personal account.”

town hall, 6/5/2007


No position stated.

“I proposed [raising the retirement age] back in 1994, and I think that’s an option that has to be on the table.”

–(Meet the Press, June 12, 2011)

“We’re in the middle of a phase-up [in the retirement age] to age 67…We need to continue to do that.”

–(Remarks at Lancaster, SC, September 13, 2011)

“Personal retirement accounts provide individuals—not the government—with control and ownership. and they hold the promise of a greater return for future generations than what they are promised by today’s Social Security system.”

–(the Hill, March 1, 2005)


Lt. Governor Simon supports campaign finance reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathryn Phillips   
Monday, 19 December 2011 16:16

CHICAGO – December 15, 2011. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon submitted testimony to the Governor's Campaign Finance Reform Task Force during a public hearing today in Chicago.

Simon stated: “I would like to commend the Campaign Finance Reform Task Force for continuing the important work of the Illinois Reform Commission, which helped pass the first campaign finance limits in the history of this state. As a logical next step, I support a public finance system for judicial elections in Illinois that does not use general revenue dollars but is instead funded through an increase in court filing or lawyer registration fees. The perception that any judges could be unduly influenced by campaign contributions is something that our democracy and judicial system cannot afford to ignore.”

Simon is a former Jackson County prosecutor and served on the Illinois Reform Commission, which was created by Governor Quinn in 2009 in the wake of former Governor Blagojevich's arrest. Governor Quinn created the Campaign Finance Reform Task Force in 2010 to review the implementation of the first phase of campaign finance reform and to study the feasibility of public financing or other reforms.


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