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SEIU’s SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDAL

By RICHARD MCCARTY

While so much attention is being focused on the allegations of sexual harassment in Hollywood, there’s another sexual harassment scandal that is not getting anywhere near as much coverage. That scandal is at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a major campaign supporter of Democrats, and its Fight for $15 campaign.

SEIU, which is composed of janitors, security guards, child care workers, government employees, grad students, and adjunct professors, among others, is one of the largest unions in the country; its Fight for $15 campaign advocates for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The scandal began with allegations against Scott Courtney, formerly an SEIU Executive Vice President. Seven SEIU staffers accused Courtney of having sexual relationships with young staffers who were then promoted. Just last month, Courtney married an SEIU staffer. Furthermore, “more than a dozen current and former staffers … said complaints about top-level staff on the Fight for $15 were an open secret.” They also alleged “that complaints about abusive behavior by organizers who reported to top strategist Courtney led to no action.” Amidst an investigation, Courtney resigned from the SEIU late last month.

The Washington Free Beacon talked to a former Fight for $15 organizer. She spoke of the “the broad environment of misogyny at [the union],” and stated that she had “personally experienced sexual harassment from two people in supervisory positions.” The organizer claimed that, although she reported her harassers to human resources, it did not seem to accomplish much. Speaking of one of the harassers, she said, “His behavior didn’t change. He had an attitude of entitlement and misogyny and the feeling he could get away with really egregious comments.”

Caleb Jennings, who led SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign in Chicago, was fired late last month. Jennings was accused of creating a toxic work environment and having a “sexist and aggressive” attitude. Over a year ago, 50 staffers signed a letter urging his firing. Included in the letter was an allegation that he had shoved a staffer into a doorframe and subsequently fired her. That former staffer, who is also an immigrant, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB found that she was wrongly fired and awarded her $20,000 in back pay. She declined to take her old job back and stated, “I wouldn’t want to work for someone who assaulted me.” If the allegations against Jennings are true, it is unclear how he managed to keep a job at all, particularly one at an organization that claims to fight for workers’ rights.

Although no explanations have been provided publicly, two other Fight for $15 leaders have recently left their jobs. Mark Raleigh, who led the Detroit chapter of Fight for $15, was fired; and Kendall Fells resigned earlier this month. Fells departure is notable because he was the national organizing director for Fight for $15 and was a leading spokesman for the campaign.

After the latest departures, an SEIU spokeswoman stated the following. “These personnel actions are the culmination of this stage of the investigation which brought to light the serious problems related to abusive behavior towards staff, predominantly female staff.”

What makes the scandal even worse is the Fight for $15 campaign’s hypocrisy. On its website, the campaign asserts that “four in ten women working in fast food restaurants deal with sexual harassment on the job… This has to stop. WE have to stop it.” Yet, while the campaign was busy crusading against sexual harassment in fast food restaurants, it was ignoring serious problems in its own organization.

It is good that SEIU is finally decided to investigate its scandal and admit that it has had “serious problems,” but the union is still rather late in arriving at this conclusion. Because SEIU’s sexual harassment scandal was so widespread and reached so high into the organization, the Department of Labor should investigate to see whether any dues money from hard-working SEIU members was used to buy the silence of sexual harassment victims.

Richard McCarty is the Director of Research of Americans for Limited Government Foundation. You can read more of his articles at www.netrightdaily.com.

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THE TELL-TALE HEART COMES TO PASS IN CALIFORNIA

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Assault rifle-wielding madman, Kevin Neal, shot his wife to death and stuffed her under the floorboards of their rural home before descending on a senseless rampage less than 24 hours later. Neal then went to Rancho Tehama Elementary School on Tuesday morning and sprayed the place with bullets, along with several other locations. Neal was then shot to death by police. He wounded 10 people, including seven children. One child remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Assistant Tehama County sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters Wednesday morning that Neal, 43, apparently shot his wife to death Monday and cut a hole in the floorboards of their home to hide her body. Johnston said, ”He shot her at some point, probably late Monday…put her body in the floor and covered her up. We believe that’s probably what started this whole event.”

On Monday neighbors admitted to police that they heard quarreling at the Neal home. Oddly enough, no one alerted authorities. Johnston said, ”They thought it was a domestic violence incident between Mr. Neal and his wife. It was unreported to the sheriff’s office, no one called it in.” This wasn’t the first time neighbors experienced disturbances from the Neal home. Johnston’s deputies had been called to the Neal home multiple times in the past after neighbors reported gunshots coming from the house.

Johnston said, ”Every time we responded we would try to make contact with Mr. Neal. He was not law enforcement friendly, he would not come to the door. His house was arranged in a manner where we couldn’t detect him being there.”

Neal had apparently obtained two semi-automatic rifles legally but manipulated in some sort of illegal manner. After Tuesday’s shooting, cops seized these two weapons and Johnston declined to elaborate on the matter any further.

Oddly enough family members and authorities reported that Neal had a documented history of mental health issues and was out on bail for stabbing a neighbor in January. Therefore it is unclear and completely suspicious how Neal could’ve obtained these military-grade weapons at all.

Neal’s family said that he moved to Tehama from North Carolina to try and dampen his severe bouts of paranoia and get closer to nature but that didn’t seem to help him. It was also stated that Neal often had marathon phone calls with his mother, ranting about his neighbors running a suspected meth lab out of their home.

Sheridan Orr, the gunman’s older sister told the Daily News Wednesday morning, “He would get wound up and I think she spent a lot of time calming him down. He would be irrational, irate and uncontrollable, and scream and yell. It was difficult to manage him. I don’t know how she put up with it.” On Monday, he told his mother “I’ve done everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area.” It was only a day later that Neal killed his wife and took an assault rifle and two handguns on a 45-minute rampage through Rancho Tehama — a small town 135 miles north of Sacramento. He carried back up ammunition in a military style assault vest during the carnage.

Authorities said around 7:50 a.m., it is believed that Neal began the rampage outside his home fatally shooting his roommate and a neighbor. He then stole a victim’s white pickup truck and drove toward the nearby elementary school. He began firing at random out the window of the truck while en route.

Just before 8 a.m., Neal rammed the stolen truck through a school gate right before squeezing off nearly 100 rounds, explained witnesses. Neal killed two more people and wounded several adults and children on their way to class. The school stalled the massacre by initiating an emergency lockdown system just as Neal set his sight on the school. This horror show would have been far worse if Neal had gotten inside the school. Luckily cops arrived minutes after the school lock down and shot Neal to death.

Johnston said, ”It is monumental that that school went on lockdown. I really truly believe we could have had a horrific bloodbath at that school.” It’s interesting how the brutal Tehama assault came nearly five years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, and just nine days after Devin Kelley killed 26 worshippers at the First Baptist Curch in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Is there a common thread that links these senseless massacre’s together or are they just random acts of violence by unstable humans at the end of their rope?

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PEACE DEAL IS ON THE TABLE BETWEEN TRUMP AND KIM JONG UN

By DEVON ST. CLAIRE

President Donald Trump’s State Department has worked out a plan for peace with Pyongyang despite months of fiery rhetoric about totally destroying Nor Korea. On a recent trip to South Korea, Trump said, “It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and to make a deal that’s good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world,” Trump has a more optimistic and diplomatic tone than before.

On October 30th Joseph Yun, the State Department’s top North Korea official, told the Council on Foreign Relations that the US would resume direct dialogue with Pyongyang if it ceased missile tests for 60 days. Even though it was near the 60-day mark, the most recent missile launched on September 15 will not count, since North Korea had not previously agreed on a 60-day pause. But North Korea could easily meet the two-month limit and may have already been planning to.

The 60-day freeze is only a prerequisite for talks, however it isn’t all that’s needed for peace. North Korea and the US hold totally opposite goals and views of how the talks should play out. Therefore, nothing guarantees that talks will turn into peace. However, communication is key in all successful relationships so there is hope. Just as the US does with China, Russia, India, and others, North Korea wants the US to accept it as a legitimate nuclear-weapons state. And North Korea needs to give up its nuclear weapons entirely for the US to be content.

Unless they actually talk, neither side can find out where the other would make concessions. Today, the US and North Korea have no formal relations and talk through a diplomatic back channel. Kim and Trump exchanged nuclear threats over the summer causing record-high tensions but formal meetings between officials is of utmost importance and could definitely diffuse the tension.

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DANIELLE NICOLETTE NAJARIAN: AN ORIGINAL ACTRESS FROM THE GARDEN STATE

By STEPHEN GUTHRIE

“There is always hope, for those who seek to find it,” states the highly intellectual and multi-talented actress, Danielle Nicolette Najarian.

Danielle was born and raised in New Jersey. At age 4 she began rigorous training as an actress. She worked as a theater actress for many years and then blossomed into a film and television actress. Along with acting she is a trained dancer, singer and a stunt woman. Today she works in both L.A. and New York in film and television alongside stars such as Will Smith, Christian Slater, Felicity Hoffman, Amy Brenneman, Taye Digs, Tim Daly, Emmy Award Winner Rami Malek and many others.

Danielle is a uniquely designed actress possessing an elegant exotic appearance on the outside and a powerful thick-skinned nature on the inside. It’s these qualities, along with her deep raspy voice, that lead Casting Directors to call her in for strong female roles such as police officers, military personnel, lawyers, psychiatrists, superhero’s and even villains. For this very reason she gained experience as a stunt woman who is proficient in martial arts, hand to hand combat, and guns. In her spare time Danielle likes to hike, work out at the gym and even edit films. She holds a degree in Psychology and is a humanitarian that raises awareness on issues like domestic violence and abuse.

Not many can work amidst the high pressure and million dollar budgets that come with Hollywood productions, but Danielle has a track record of delivering quality work in only a few takes. Her latest role on FOX’s Gotham had to be captured before they lost sunlight. As tensions rose amidst crew, and millions of dollars were on the line, Danielle nailed her shot with ease way before the sun set. Danielle is excellent under pressure and when asked how she was effected by a crew of people relying on her to deliver the shot she said, “I didn’t even notice that some were holding their breath when Danny Cannon said ACTION. It’s funny, the moment my director calls action is the moment when I can finally breath.”

We asked Danielle how does she prepare for the intensity that comes with her job. Her response was, “You can never fully prepare for the day ahead. It’s just like any other job in life. There are ups and downs all the time and the spotlight can sometimes act as a microscope. Unless an individual cultivates strength within themselves, self discipline, and self love the weight can become too much for anyone to carry and people will crumble.” She went on to say, “All I can do is work on myself and prepare for my role. What ever happens around me is separate from me, it’s out of my control. When I view the world from that perspective I am free to be me and deliver exactly what I was hired to do.”

While speaking with Danielle I noticed she possesses an extraordinary essence to her that is rare and only seen in major stars. She knows who she is, she is humble, genuine, welcoming and not the least bit judgmental. She is so easy to talk to that I found myself doing a lot more talking then usual in my interviews. I wanted to know so much about her, but was limited on time. Yet, the question the begged to be answered was how is she able to remain so positive, upbeat, bubbly and loving in an industry that can be so cut throat and difficult to remain loyal in. Danielle said, “I don’t usually notice what others think of me. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t care or it’s just not something that’s important to me. All that matters is if I am true to me. I have a lot of love to give and sometimes people don’t understand it because they are not used to receiving love, but that’s okay. I love them anyway… Haha… the more jacked up they are the more I love them. Life is a wonderful gift and I aim to enjoy it as long as there is air in my lungs. Besides, LOVE is not contingent on what others do or don’t do. LOVE is a choice I get to make… simply because I can.”

I then asked Danielle how she deals with rejection in Hollywood and this was her response, “I don’t really think much about rejection. I’m either meant to be a part of a production or I’m not. If I’m chosen to bring a role to life, then I have what the role needs to be successful. I give every role 100% of me. I embrace the movie or television show completely and all that comes with it. If I’m not chosen for a role, then it wasn’t meant for me. Besides, I wouldn’t want what came along with it anyway.”

I had so many questions for this dynamic powerhouse of a woman that I could sit and talk with her all day. But the last question I was able to ask her was, How did you know you were meant to be an actress? She replied, “I must have been 4 or 5 years old when my mother was helping me run lines for a role I landed in a play. She said I memorized my lines very quickly and she was impressed with what I did with the role. She then informed me that people did this for a living, they were called ‘actors.’ I kept the thought in mind and a few years later someone came up to me after one of my performances. She was so moved by my role that she was choked up. She thanked me for giving her a different perspective on life and helping her feel again. I felt complete, like my job was done and somehow it’s been my job ever since.”

Danielle is currently working on the east coast appearing in award winning television shows like MR. ROBOT and GOTHAM. She has an excellent resume of quality roles under her belt working with award winning artists in the industry. Danielle also admitted that she does not accept every role she is offered. She’s a lot like actor, Daniel Day Lewis in the fact that she would rather have a few quality roles that leave a lasting impact, rather then hundreds of roles that are forgotten the next day.

When she’s not on set you might be able to see her Hosting interviews on the Red Carpet at different film festivals. Where ever her career takes her, it is clear New Jersey definitely is Danielle Nicolette Najarian’s home. And just as other New Jersey natives like Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Whitney Houstin, Danny DeVito, John Travolta, and Frank Sinatra; Danielle is paving the way as a beacon of hope that dreams can become reality, for those who can believe it to be true.

You can learn more about Danielle’s career and view her credits at… http://www.imdb.me/DanielleNajarian

 

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REJECTION: A ROOT OF ADDICTION

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

A man or woman can suffer for years with inner torment when a message of rejection is driven into the heart and allowed to infect the core beliefs. Just as the lies go deep it can seem like healing for the wounds of rejection can seem so far away.

This is how it happens:

Someone verbally or physically hurts us, with abuse, rejection, neglect, or abandonment. Then we accept and agree with the lie that “I must be scum, because this person didn’t love or value me.” The lie gets reinforced every time we fail, make a mistake or someone mistreats us. We feel anger then we get depressed. Then we look for a way to cope because the emotional turmoil and pain are unbearable.

This is where many people will shut down their hearts. Others will medicate their pain with sex, drugs, alcohol, work-addiction, hobbies, family, or sports. Some even try to resolve the pain in their hearts by  putting massive expectations on their loved ones. The lie that they can’t be accepted as they are becomes reinforced once more when they cannot find healing through loved ones. This causes them to sink further into the cycle of depression, anger, and medicating pain the wrong way.

We blow up at every perceived slight, real or imagined. We are ready to go off at any moment and become a walking time bomb. We are left more miserable than before when our medication of choice wears off or is no longer fun. Others are left more empty, guilt-ridden, angry, and depressed when they take bigger risks and go for a more intense high.

Finally, they hit rock bottom. They get in trouble with the law, they lose their job, or their wife walks out the door. They are finally willing to take a long hard look in the mirror when the pain of the consequences is now more severe than the pain in their heart. It is difficult to get out when more and more problems arise if a person does not deal with their wounds of rejection. In addition to facing and feeling the wound in their heart, they now have to fight a very strong battle of addiction to their pseudo-medication. These individuals will remain vulnerable to repeated relapses if they merely skim the top of the weed and don’t pull it out by the root. These are the people who only deal with their sinful coping mechanisms while avoiding the deeper heart issues that lie beneath.

In order to truly live, and live a life of lasting freedom, love and joy the wound of rejection must be healed. If you seek healing from rejection expect a battle to ensue. You may even hear “You don’t want to go there… it’ll hurt too much. Do you really believe you’re anything but a piece of garbage? The love of God is for other people, not a screwup like you. Many people have said you’re worthless and there’s no hope… can they really be wrong?” The heat will be turned up from every side.

1. Someone you loved, respected, or desperately needed hurt, rejected or abandoned you.

Refuse to medicate this truth any longer. You were let down, and it was painful. Your heart has been empty and lonely for years, and you’re crying out for love and acceptance. If you’re seething in rage for what they did, own it. Talk this out with a trusted friend or counselor, and/or journal it out with your higher power.

2. Now take a hard look at how you interpreted what happened; what you internalized about who you are.

Ask for guidance and revelation from the Holy Spirit; this will be especially important. No Sunday school answers or quoting of scripture allowed here, that’s another way to avoid your pain.

Here are some lies that many buy into:

•I can’t get it right.

•I can’t please others.

•I am worthless.

•I am rejected.

•I cannot be loved as I am.

•There’s no hope.

•I am dirty; soiled. No one would want me if they really knew how filthy I am.

•I am ugly.

•I deserve what happened to me; to be rejected.

•God doesn’t love me.

It’s two different things between what we believe and what we know. What you believe drives your actions; if what you know doesn’t make it to your heart then you’ll be more prone to falling into sinful coping patterns.

Don’t hurry this step. It may take a period of weeks, or even months to discover your wounds. Talking it out with a trusted friend, counselor or writing out your thoughts may help. Sorrow may come when you dig into your heart in this area, don’t run from it. Allow yourself the space to grieve if you’ve experienced loss. A major part of the healing process is to feel grief. Admit these lies that you’ve believed, admit that they are not true and admit it out loud with a trusted friend or counselor. All of this brings the feelings to the surface so they can be felt one final time and the individual can finally break free.

There are no short cuts in life. Sometimes the only way out is through.

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WHAT IS THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM?

By PRINTUS LEBLANC

On Tuesday, a radical Islamist launched a terrorist attack against pedestrians and cyclists, blocks from the World Trade Center in New York. The terrorist adopted the tactics of other attackers in Europe by using a vehicle as a weapon, in this case, a rented Home Depot truck. Shortly after the suspect was subdued by police, his identity and how he came to be in the U.S. became known. The man that killed eight and injured more than a dozen was an invited guest.

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov entered the U.S. legally through what is known as the Diversity Visa Lottery Program in 2010. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was amended in 1990 with the passage of the Immigration Act of 1990, S. 358. The 1990 bill increased the number of family-based immigration visas, created five occupational categories, and created the diversity visa lottery program. The program was designed to encourage legal immigration from countries that were “underrepresented” in the current immigration flows.

The program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas available every year. The visas are divided among nations from which immigrant admissions were lower than a 50,000 over the preceding five years. To be eligible for the visa program, the alien must have a high school education or the equivalent, or two years’ experience in an occupation which requires at least two years of training or experience.

Since the inception of the program, there have been numerous examples of fraud and misuse. A 2007 Government Accountability Office report about the program stated, “At 5 of the 11 posts we reviewed, consular officers reported that the majority of DV applicants, lacking access to a computer or internet savvy, use “visa agents” to enter the lottery. Some agents take advantage of DV applicants; visa agents in Bangladesh have intercepted applicants’ program documents and charged ransoms of up to $20,000 or coerced applicants into sham DV marriages. Consular officers at 6 posts reported that widespread use of fake documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and passports, presented challenges when verifying the identities of applicants and dependents.”

A Congressional Research Service report about the program found evidence of human trafficking, reporting, “Some might reference the 2009 arrests of Lassissi Afolabi and Akouavi Kpade Afolabi, who coerced foreign nationals into human trafficking and forced labor rings by paying for the diversity visas if they listed the trafficked young women as their own family on the visa application.”

The program has survived more than a few attempts to end it, with the closest coming in the mid-2000s.

In the 109th Congress Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) introduced the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, H.R. 4437. The legislation passed the House with bipartisan support in December of 2005. One provision of the bill eliminated the diversity visa program. Unfortunately, despite a Republican majority, the bill was stalled where all good legislation goes to die, the Senate.

Following the attack, the President called for Congress to act and end the program. The good news for the President is there is already a bill that does that.

Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Purdue (R-Ga.) have introduced the Reforming American Immigration for the Strong Employment Act (RAISE Act), S. 1720. The bill focuses U.S. immigration policy on merit and need, instead of the familial based system currently in use. The legislation also terminates the lottery program.

The President has endorsed the Cotton legislation and should make it the centerpiece of his immigration policy.

Clearly, the program is highly flawed. It has been used in human trafficking, bribery, and now terrorism. It is time to end the program, and Congress can act. They can pass the RAISE Act and dare any House Member or Senator to vote against an immigration policy that puts the priorities of foreigners over the priorities of Americans.

Printus LeBlanc is a contributing editor for Americans for Limited Government

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KEVIN ROONEY FIGHTS CRISIS ON BEHALF OF DISTRICT 40, GOP SLATE HEADED FOR SUCCESS ON ELECTION NIGHT

By Temple Li

New Jersey State Assemblyman Kevin Rooney has spent over 20 years in public service, being elected and re-elected, on several occasions, to the Wyckoff Township Committee. He has also held the positions of mayor and deputy mayor; he was the Mayor of Wyckoff as recent as 2016.  Additionally, Rooney has led a successful career in business, serving as vice-president for a multi-state company, and now being a partner in HMS Global Holdings.

Throw in the mix, that he is currently running in the state assembly race in Legislative District 40, with his election on Tuesday. Rooney’s GOP running mates are standouts like him. Christopher DePhillips, who is running for the other District 40 Assembly seat, is also a former Wyckoff mayor and committeeman – and he is a well respected Garden State attorney. Incumbent State Senator Kristen Corrado is the pair’s senate running mate. Hailing from Totowa, Corrado is a very popular Passaic County leader, having served multiple terms as the Passaic County Clerk; she is also a lawyer.

The group has been working tirelessly to ensure that District 40 remains with Republican leadership. Although their Democrat opponents – Thomas Duch, Christine Ordway and Paul Vagianos – have not gained much traction in their quest to become elected state legislative officials, the GOP candidates take nothing for granted – and are not over-confident in their 2017 election journey. They’ve been noted for seven-days-a-week campaigning.

The Democrats are formidable in career backgrounds. Duch is a former state assemblyman and former Mayor of Garfield. Ordway is a CPA who previoulsy worked for a large accounting firm. Vagianos teaches at Manhattan College, and owns a small restaurant in Ridgewood. However, they are out of touch with the vast majority of voters in New Jersey’s District 40. They favor socialized healthcare, and have tax plans that are in line with those of Phil Murphy and Nancy Pelosi – which means that they want to re-distribute wealth, and that hurts hard working taxpayers. They are not favorable to Second Amendment rights, and even denounced a gun range in Wayne.

Corrado, Rooney and DePhillips, on the other hand, are in lock step with the needs of the District 40 constituency. On their website, they state:

“Despite spending $35 billion dollars a year, our state government is failing at nearly everything.

  • Property taxes are crushing middle class families and forcing senior citizens to make the devastating decision to leave their homes, family and friends to move to more affordable states.
  • Property taxes are also making it hard for young people, Millennials, to afford their first home; as a consequence New Jersey is losing many of its brightest young, talented people.
  • Businesses are fleeing New Jersey, which has one of the worst business climates in the nation. There is too much regulation, too many layers of government and too many rules to follow in New Jersey.
  • Our state’s infrastructure is a national disgrace; our roads and bridges are falling apart — many have been deemed unsafe by civil engineers.
  • Our state employee pension system is a $70 billion dollar ticking time bomb that threatens to bankrupt the state. In fact, Moody’s Investor service recently downgraded New Jersey’s credit rating AGAIN largely because of the state’s pension problems that were created 20 years ago.”

In making these firm statements, Corrado, Rooney and DePhillips have demonstrated that they understand these pressing problems and have plans to remediate them.  They have stressed that they want to “make it fair to taxpayers.” And helping veterans, while creating more jobs for New Jerseyans, are stated top priorities for them.

The District 40 Republican candidates’s website clearly – and passionately – lays out their issues. Their Democrat adversary’s website, however, does not appear to present specifics about their stances, although in an October 5 press release from them they promised that an issues page would be found on the site. Duch even stated in the press release, “We want residents of the 40th District to know where we stand on the issues. While we have released many of our ideas and solutions, the page is by no means comprehensive. New Jersey has many problems. We focus on 10 key issues on our site.” If the specified “10 key issues” are on the Democrats site, they are difficult to locate as this publication was unable to access them after repeated attempts.

In addition to their strong, position-oriented campaign and relentless constituent outreach during the campaign cycle, each Republican candidate has spent considerable time furthering their other commitments related to their service. Rooney, for example, just this past week announced plans to extend his persistent dedication to a obviating a drug pandemic that seemingly is rampant throughout New Jersey and America (a pandemic that District 40 has not escaped). The assemblyman has joined forces with” A Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey” to share information about the link between prescription painkillers and heroin.

“Our goal is to have teachers, coaches, and parents use this information to discuss the epidemic with their students and children,” said Rooney. “If we can teach families and communities about the known pathways to addiction, we can stop this rising epidemic which has impacted us all.

“There is a stigma attached to addiction – parents think it could never happen to their child, or they may be afraid to confront the fact their loved one has a problem. But addiction is a disease, and no one is immune,” continued Rooney. “For far too many people, addiction begins at home in the medicine cabinet. It’s important for families to understand how dangerous unused painkillers can be.”

Rooney has made fighting the opioid crisis a priority during his public service tenure. As mayor of Wyckoff, he was instrumental in obtaining a permanent medicine drop box in the township. As an assemblyman, he introduced legislation highlighting a rising trend in addicts using their pets to access prescription painkillers.

“Take inventory of the medicines in your home, dispose of any unused, unwanted and expired medicine, secure the medicines you keep, remember to take your prescription as directed, and speak to children about the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs,” he said. “There isn’t a family or community immune from the disease of addiction, and a message of opioid abuse prevention, awareness and education to all NJ families, in all venues, is lifesaving,”

So, bravo to Rooney and his efforts. They likely will be one of the many reasons why he and his GOP companions will be celebrating next Tuesday when their election results will be tallied. Also because they want nothing more than to lower the tax burden for the hard working residents of their communities – a position that their Democrat opponents do not seem to understand.

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WITH ALL THE EVIDENCE OF RATIONING AND CRUELTY, WHY IS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE STILL BEING PUSHED BY DEMOCRATS?

By PRINTUS LEBLANC

The newest reports coming out of the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K. are genuinely frightening. The latest plans from the NHS is Hertfordshire are considered to be the some of the more extreme measures introduced yet. The new rules will ration care to smokers and the obese. The NHS will mandate smokers quit smoking and take a breathalyzer test before getting treatment, and those considered obese will have to lose weight.

Many pushers of socialized medicine have said rationing doesn’t happen in civilized countries. Many love to say everyone gets great healthcare in countries with socialized medicine unless you’re overweight or happen to smoke.

But the fun doesn’t stop in the U.K. There are examples of failed socialized medicine across the globe the politicians would only open their eyes.

A recent survey of Canadian wait times was shocking. The survey found an average wait time of 20 weeks for medically necessary treatment. 20 weeks may seem like a lot, but if you live in New Brunswick province, you’re waiting for 38.8 weeks. 20 weeks is double the wait time it was in 1993.

Sweden was once a health care model for the world. But that is hardly the case anymore. The 2016 Euro Health Consumer Index painted a grim picture of the Bernie loving Swedish healthcare stating, “the notoriously poor Swedish accessibility situation seems very difficult to rectify, in spite of state government efforts to stimulate the decentralized county-operated healthcare system to shorten waiting lists by throwing money at the problem (“Queue-billions”). Sweden now has the highest healthcare spend per capita, (after the three super-wealthy countries, see Section 4.1) together with The Netherlands and Austria. “Throwing money at a problem” is obviously not an effective way of problem-solving…. Particularly cancer care waits, not least in the capital Stockholm, seem inhumane!”

Bernie Sanders is constantly praising Sweden’s model as a goal for the U.S. Perhaps the Democrat Senator from Vermont should take a trip there and do a little research.

Socialism has not only collapsed the healthcare system in Venezuela, it has also collapsed the economy and is well on its way to collapsing the country. The system is working so poorly in Venezuela that the leadership fires people that give bad news.

Health Minister Antonieta Caporale was fired after releasing data that showed a 76 percent increase in malaria, a 66 percent increase in pregnancy-related deaths, and a 30 percent increase in infant mortality. Those don’t sound like the numbers of a successful healthcare system.

Cuba is another socialized nation that has earned praise from the left. If only they took a closer look. Cuban doctors are exported like products to foreign countries to serve as revenue raisers for the central government. Many Cuban doctors are now suing the Cuban government and host governments on the grounds of slavery. The doctors are treated like indentured servants and must do what the government tells them to do. What do you think will happen to medical school enrollment in the U.S. if this was how doctors were treated?

While patients are being denied care in national healthcare systems around the world, Sanders is driving the bus to lead the U.S. into oblivion. Sanders has introduced S. 1804, Medicare for All Act of 2017, a bill that would absolutely put the government in charge of your healthcare. It is further disturbing 16 Members of the Senate have cosponsored the bill. It is scary to think 35 percent of Democrats in the Senate are pushing for a failed system.

Why do socialized healthcare advocates continue to want systems that have clearly failed? This is not theory. Multiple month wait times in Europe, slavery in Cuba, and a total collapse in Venezuela are petri dishes to study. When you study them, socialized medicine doesn’t work.

With all the access Members of Congress have to news sources, healthcare data, and foreign government information you figure they would be able to see a pattern. Will you please quit trying to force the U.S. into a failed system and allow us to have a healthcare system based on the free market? You know, the same principles that lowered the prices and raised the quality of TVs, cars, and computers.

President Trump campaigned to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Speaker Paul Ryan promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare. Now news reports out of the U.K. are giving Congress a real reason to worry about the rationing and cruelty of socialized medicine. Will somebody please repeal and replace Obamacare before it’s too late?

Printus LeBlanc is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government.

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FREEDOM FROM SELF-SABOTAGE

By E. J. NICHOLAS

In order to break free from self-sabotage you must do what it takes to break free from any negative spirit, mindset or habbit. There is a limit to how much freedom can be achieved from self help alone in recognizing, understanding and overcoming what lies beneath our self-sabotaging tendencies. We need to find the root of the problem or the block that is preventing us from making the change before we can completely break free.

We are empowered to transform only what we are able to acknowledge and accept. Unconditional love can transform anything. It can be hard for some people to love and accept themselves for who and what they are, no matter what. None-the-less, love and acceptance frees you from guilt and liberates you from limiting beliefs and misplaced allegiances.

As your self questions like, are you standing in your own power? Have you released the need to control, to dominate (or to be controlled, dominated)? Or are you giving your power away to destructive emotions and sabotaging your happiness, peace of mind and success? If you are ready to break free from self-sabotage and to fulfill your potential fully and completely consider some of the ways to be happier and empowered below.

If so, hopefully this article – and the tips below – will point you in the direction of greater personal empowerment and happiness.

1. Recognize and admit that you are sabotaging yourself and your happiness.

The only way to truly break free from a problem, we have first to recognize it, admit it, own it, so we can then work through it.

2. Identify the ways in which you self-sabotage

In this it is helpful to weigh up the pros and cons associated with the different ways in which you sabotage your hopes, plans, relationships, career, etc.

3. Understand why you are sabotaging

Get to the core dynamics of your mind that are the root cause of your pain, suffering and lack of empowerment.

4. Choose to change – be willing to let go and start anew

When change is imposed we tend to resist it, but when we choose to take responsibility for changing, we step back into our own power.

5. Allow yourself to transform

Change is about doing, whereas with transformation there can be a great deal of undoing and reprogramming necessary.

6. Consider Holistic Therapies that could help such as:

Counselling; Hypnotherapy; NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming); EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique); TFT (Thought Field Therapy) and Healing modalities that facilitate consciousness expansion.

7. Celebrate each step in freeing yourself from self-sabotage

Acknowledge and reward yourself for each and every success in breaking free from harmful patterns of thinking and behavior.

8. Live in the moment and stay alert

Acknowledge without guilt or recrimination any ‘backsliding’. Work out what led to it then get back on track.

9. Reinforce what works well for you

Mix with and continually seek out like-minded people who will support, not undermine your progress.

10. Help others

What’s worked for you could set someone else free. Wherever possible, share your successes so others know there is hope for them as well.

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