The Strongsville Republican Club is dedicated to informing voters of issues important to the community and to promoting candidates who will work for good government.

Unless noted otherwise, our regular meetings are held at the Strongsville Old Town Hall (18825 Royalton Road) at 7PM on the second Monday of each month.

Any patriot interested in today's issues is welcome to attend.

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Cleveland's Long-term Benefit to Hosting the RNC in 2016

With LeBron James coming home and the Republican National Committee selecting our city to host the GOP's 2016 presidential nominating convention, it has been a great month for the city of Cleveland.
As a lifelong Cavs fan, I join my fellow Clevelanders of all political persuasions in the hope of "King James" bringing a trophy back to Northeast Ohio. However, as a conservative, I'm incredibly excited about how beneficial it will be to both our city, and the Republican Party, for Cleveland to be at the epicenter of one of the most important conventions in recent memory.
Since setting up shop in 2005, I've had the privilege of running the largest, and one of the only, Republican political firms in the Cleveland area.
Through the work we do, I've been able to bring in countless political consultants from all corners of the nation. They've seen the great things our city has to offer, and many have commented on the potential we have to showcase it to a larger audience. I couldn't be more thrilled that the realization of that optimism has finally come to fruition. Like many businesses here, we've grown our company in tandem with the astonishing revival that has happened here in Cleveland. To that end, few would argue against the premise that being awarded the 2016 GOP convention is a milestone in our resurgence that we all should be proud of.
I've been involved in Republican politics for some time now, so, as you would expect, I was present at the last two conventions in Tampa and Saint Paul. I witnessed firsthand the positive impact they had on local businesses. The service industry in Cleveland will certainly thrive during the convention.
However, there will also be a long-term benefit as a result of the days of positive media exposure our city will have as we are at the center of a highly anticipated presidential election. Furthermore, once we excel at hosting a convention of this stature, it will open the door to many future possibilities. Some of our country's largest financiers and many people of great influence will be spending a lot of time here. 
We have the chance to showcase all our city has to offer and encourage these individuals that she is worth investing in. Put simply, from a business standpoint, this is a great opportunity for Cleveland.
As a conservative, I would be remiss if I did not reflect on the political benefit of Cleveland hosting the convention. By the 2016 election, our country will truly be at a crossroads. We will have endured eight years under President Barack Obama. Ohioans, like a majority of Americans, will be hungry for a new direction. They will be craving a path with more jobs, lower taxes and a true plan to reduce our debt and deficit. I am certain that Republicans will be best poised to offer that alternative.
As we've seen in years past, the Buckeye State will once again be one of the most important swing states. Our 18 electoral votes will be hotly contested by both the Republican and Democratic nominees, and with a significant number of votes coming out of Cuyahoga County, this region of Ohio will certainly be important for the GOP. Sure, there are going to be countless phone calls, scores of pieces of political mail, and relentless television ads to try and sway votes. Arguably, more political television advertisements are bought in the Cleveland market than almost anywhere else in the country. Thus, nothing can replace the earned media and personal attention this part of the state will receive from the Republican Party during the convention.
In closing, regardless of party, at heart, we are all Clevelanders. We love this city and are incredibly proud to show her off. It is an honor for the RNC to choose us, but it will be a privilege for everyone who visits to be able to experience the Cleveland we call home. We have a lot of work to do before 2016, but I am confident we will do Moses Cleaveland proud.
Shannon Burns is the founder and CEO of Victory Solutions LLC, one of the largest political firms in the Cleveland area, which specializes in new technologies and services to assist Republican campaigns around the country.

Where do we go from here? A message from RPCC Chair Rob Frost

Now that we have had some time to reflect after the November elections, many party members have been asking me, "where do we go from here?" I know as well from many of the organizations that I have visited and from our local elected officials that there is concern about the future direction of the Republican Party at the national, state and local levels. Indeed, many of the party faithful are wondering if we should change our focus and reorder our priorities.

It is helpful to recall that on this date 36 years ago, February 6, 1977, Ronald Reagan gave a speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee that resonates today. He opined that "we are currently in the midst of a re-ordering of the political realities that have shaped our time." Reagan, speaking on his 66th birthday, went on to say, "we who are proud to call ourselves 'conservative' are not a minority of a minority party; we are part of the great majority of Americans of both major parties and of most of the independents as well."

When Reagan spoke in 1977 Republicans were facing difficulties very similar to what we face today. He saw a conservative future, and we know from history that his vision was true. Let us heed Reagan and not mistake confusion in our messaging for problems with our core beliefs. We know our principles are sound, and we will hone our focus and direct our efforts towards what is most needed at the national, state and local levels.

We have the opportunity to set an agenda where we can lead in those areas of the country most in need of conservative principles and where conservatism can work to cause dramatic change. It is an urban agenda, one that encompasses opportunity, enterprise and education reform and which can strike the fires of belief and hope in those with the most to benefit from a conservative message: minorities and underprivileged families.

We are seeing this agenda being put forth in a number of other states, but it is here in Ohio that Republicans are setting a national example. Governor John Kasich has worked steadfastly to reduce bureaucracy, regulatory burdens and complex tax structures to achieve an amazing turnaround in private sector job creation and business development. He has gotten the state's budget out of the red and has developed a comprehensive energy strategy. As a result Ohio is leading the Midwest in job creation and has seen its unemployment rate fall faster than the rest of the country.

Governor Kasich partnered with the Mayor of Cleveland to implement educational reforms that bring accountability to teachers and provide greater options for students. More recently, the Governor's educational financing initiatives have drawn the praise of educators and administrators and will cause dynamic and creative changes in school choice and educational performance.

We have the opportunity here in Cuyahoga County to further develop this urban agenda. Part of our strategy must be a clear plan for communicating our message and making sure it is heard by those desperately in need of the hope that jobs and growth will bring. Due to our successful support of county reform, we have Republican County Council members who will provide leadership and clarity as we work to re-establish Greater Cleveland as the economic engine that sustains Ohio as a Midwestern powerhouse.

We will also be working with our local mayors, state and national representatives and senators to implement workforce development and business creation initiatives. And we will be fighting tirelessly for transparency and accountability with all of our elected officials.

As Ronald Reagan said at the conclusion of his speech at CPAC:

Our party must be based on the kind of leadership that grows and takes its strength from the people. Any organization is in actuality only the lengthened shadow of its members. A political party is a mechanical structure created to further a cause. The cause, not the mechanism, brings and holds the members together. And our cause must be to rediscover, reassert and reapply America's spiritual heritage to our national affairs.

As we celebrate today the anniversary of President Reagan's birth, I believe that we are at the beginning of a new age of opportunity for conservatism and the values that it brings to Cuyahoga County. As we work on the important local elections this year and look forward to the elections of 2014, let us work together to seize that opportunity and win from within.

Strongsville Makes National News in Japan

A local Presidential caucus hosted by the Strongsville Republican Club Monday was covered by a news crew from Japan, bringing international attention to town and underscoring Ohio's role in the March 6 primary.

The crew hopes to use an Ohio suburb to illustrate the flavor of the election to Japanese viewers, said Jumpei Yoshioka, a correspondent with the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Nippon Hoso Kyokai).

"Through this small event, we want to get a big picture," Yoshioka said.

The Japanese media is following the Republican Presidential primary closely, he said.

"American politics is really important for Japanese people," he said.

The crew was planning a trip to the United States when they spotted an online notice about the Strongsville meeting.

"They called me and asked if they could cover it," said Dave Gusman, president of the Strongsville Republican Club.

On Monday night, about 75 people listened to representatives from four campaigns -- Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum -- and voted in a straw poll that saw Romney win by a one-vote margin over Paul.

Santorum was third and Gingrich came in a distant fourth.

Yoshioka said Japanese people generally like President Obama and were surprised to learn there is a serious threat to his re-election.

"Four years ago, the American people were so enthusiastic (about Obama)," he said.

The caucus was a first for Strongsville, largely because this is the first Presidential primary in recent history not already decided by the time Ohioans went to the polls.

"This is great for the party and great for the country, because it gives the candidates a chance to get the issues out there," said Gusman, who predicts no candidate will have more than 50 percent of the delegates by the time the Republican National Convention starts.

Yoshioka, producer Yuko Matsuda and a two-man technical crew arrived in Cleveland Monday.

The crew plans to visit Michigan next and remain in the United States through Super Tuesday.

From the Strongsville Patch

Congratulations to Our Republican Candidates!

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Congratulations to the following Republican candidates on their recent election victories on November 8th: 

Mayor - Tom Perciak
Ward 2 - Mat Schonhut
Ward 3 - Jim Carbone 
Ward 4 - Scott Maloney
School Board - Carl Naso
School Board - Richard Micko
School Board - Ruth Brickley 

The swearing-in ceremony for city offices is on Monday evening, January 2nd at 7 PM at the Strongsville Rec Center. Refreshments will be served following the swearing-in ceremony.


Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this event! 

Please note that the first City Council meeting of 2012 is January 2nd at 8PM.

If not the Tea Party, then Who? By John Palmer

The attacks against the ordinary concerned citizens who call themselves "the Tea Party," are coming fast and furious. It would seem the Tea Party is responsible for the debt crisis, the credit downgrading, and removing the brakes from granny's wheelchair .

It is hard to believe that only a year ago, I was recalling how the Canadian newspapers were advising their people not to get involved in the running of the government like their neighbors to the South. They advised leaving that to the "experts." Judging from the congressional approval ratings, one wonders whether that term could be used for our senators and representatives.

If not for the Tea Party, who would sound the warning that our future economic viability is vulnerable without drastic spending cuts? We Tea Party citizens become informed about the government and those elected to represent us. I believe we gave many conservative representatives a backbone to stand up for what they believed in, but didn't have the outspoken support of the people before. They were not sent to Washington to mark time while their elder colleagues continued to dole more out of the treasury than was in it or coming into it.

These freshman representatives and the few new senators were sent to do something now, as in immediate, to reign in the irresponsible and unsustainable spending or else we would be exactly where we are now - the same predicament. Due to our baseline budgeting schemes, the agreed upon cuts are not really cuts. There is only a slower increase to the spending.

Standard and Poors downgraded our credit rating not because of the Tea Party. It was downgraded despite the Tea Party's best effort to cut spending. It was downgraded because real spending wasn't cut and there was an impasse to cut it.

President Obama vowed to veto a bill with more spending cuts. Republicans got the best they could with some significant cuts (really smaller increased spending,) but not enough to make the Tea Party and the rest of the world happy about the U.S. economic future. The world regards our debt as being riskier now.

If you want to be upset with the Tea Party, be upset that we couldn't shake enough sense into Harry Reid and President Obama to rescue our economy. Be upset that we couldn't take full advantage of the opportunity to force our leaders to be responsible.

One final word about taxation. The majority of the so-called "rich" are just those a little better off than you, and are paying the brunt of the tax burden. Expanding that burden isn't balance. During this economic downturn, removing more dollars from the private sector will only hurt economic expansion and job growth. This hurts all, but especially will hurt those struggling to get or keep a job. It is irresponsible to put up more obstacles to a real recovery.

John Palmer

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We've Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers

Wall Street Journal Editorial
April 1, 2011


If you want to understand better why so many states’ from New York to Wisconsin to California’ are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

Every state in America today except for two’ Indiana and Wisconsin’ has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees’ twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida's ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York's.

Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. The leaders in government hiring are Wyoming and New Mexico, which have hired more than six government workers for every manufacturing worker.

Now it is certainly true that many states have not typically been home to traditional manufacturing operations. Iowa and Nebraska are farm states, for example. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers. West Virginia is the mining capital of the world, yet it has at least three times more government workers than miners. New York is the financial capital of the world’ at least for now. That sector employs roughly 670,000 New Yorkers. That's less than half of the state's 1.48 million government employees.

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