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Buncombe County Republican Men’s Club Upcoming Speakers

Mark Delk will be speaking at our March 9th meeting “The Party of Redemption”.
Mark Delk is a native of Transylvania County and a resident of Buncombe County. He has served in numerous roles within the Buncombe County Republican Party including: Precinct Vice-Chairman, Precinct Chairman, Member at Large, Parliamentarian, Chairman of the Rules Committee, Chairman of the Nominating Committee and as Chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party.
Mark presently serves as the Vice Chairman of the 11th District Republican Party. He serves as Chairman of the 11th District’s Rules Committee and has served as a member at large and in various other capacities in the 11th District Republican Party.
Mark also serves as a member of the NCGOP’s Central and Executive Committees and presently and previously has served on the NCGOP’s Rules Committee.
Mark’s primary field of study has been American Government and it’s legal system. Mark holds a Doctoral Degree in Jurisprudence from Wake Forest University and has focused his study heavily on The United States Constitution.
Mark presently holds one of the offices that is mandated in Article 2 of the United States Constitution (That of Presidential elector.) Mark Is the President of North Carolina’s Electoral College.
Henri Erti will be speaking at our April 13th meeting on Communism/Socialism.
Henri was born in Soviet Estonia, but grew up in Finland learning first hand how socialist ideas destroy the moral compass of a society through intellectually corrupt economic ideas.
His main focus is in macroeconomics and political economy. He currently resides in Greenville SC.
He has the following degrees: B.A in Business & Organizational Leadership – Brevard College, N.C and a M.A in International Political Economy – Dubrovnik International University, Croatia.
We meet the second Saturday of each month at the Ryan’s, 1000 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806.
Breakfast 8:30 am, Meeting 9 am

Stanford Dean: 8 Basic Skills We’re Failing to Teach Young People

FEE – The culture of coddling and protection we have built is the culprit.

Last week, former Stanford dean Julie Lythcott-Haims made a list of eight skills every 18-year-old should possess. The list ran as follows:

1.An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers.
2.An 18-year-old must be able to find his or her way around.
3.An 18-year-old must be able to manage his assignments, workload, and deadlines.
4.An 18-year-old must be able to contribute to the running of a house hold.
5.An 18-year-old must be able to handle interpersonal problems.
6.An 18-year-old must be able to cope with ups and downs.
7.An 18-year-old must be able to earn and manage money.
8.An 18-year-old must be able to take risks.

Straightforward and simple, right?

But according to Lythcott-Haims, the culture of coddling and protection we have built has made an 18-year-old with all of these skills a rare occurrence. Parents’ reluctance to give children chores, let them out of their sight, or even fight their own battles on the playground has, in essence, failed to teach basic responsibility to the next generation.

Author Dorothy Leigh Sayers sensed this same trend away from basic responsibility in her famous 1947 essay “The Lost Tools of Learning.” She noted:

When we think about the remarkably early age at which the young men went up to university in, let us say, Tudor times, and thereafter were held fit to assume responsibility for the conduct of their own affairs, are we altogether comfortable about that artificial prolongation of intellectual childhood and adolescence into the years of physical maturity which is so marked in our own day? To postpone the acceptance of responsibility to a late date brings with it a number of psychological complications which, while they may interest the psychiatrist, are scarcely beneficial either to the individual or to society. [emphasis added]

One doesn’t have to look far to see that today’s children are certainly plagued by “psychological complications.” Is it possible that simple training in responsibility is the pathway out of those problems?

This article was reprinted with permission from Intellectual Takeout

How the Myth of the ‘Robber Barons’ Began—and Why It Persists

Fee – The widely-accepted “history” of America’s Gilded Age was grossly inaccurate, but it told a compelling story that many fell for hook, line, and sinker.

The widely-accepted “history” of America’s Gilded Age was grossly inaccurate, but it told a compelling story that many fell for hook, line, and sinker.

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Note from the President: Burton W. Folsom is more than just my favorite historian. He’s also one of my very best friends. So I admit to some personal bias when I endorse his classic book, The Myth of the Robber Barons, as I’ve done on dozens of occasions. But even if I didn’t know him or didn’t like him, I would still say that it’s one of the best, most insightful books on American business and political history of the last century. The distinction he draws out between “market entrepreneurs” and “political entrepreneurs” has permanently altered historical interpretations of a crucial era in our past—for the better and with increasing effect as the years have gone by since the book’s first edition in 1991.

Now, a new edition—the eighth—makes its appearance with a new final chapter, excerpted here. What you’ll read below is about a third of that chapter, but it’s an excellent sample. Here, Dr. Folsom explores the question of how and why so many historians get the “robber baron” era precisely wrong, with a special focus on the deleterious impact of Matthew Josephson and his error-filled but influential book from the 1930s.

— Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education

Capitalism Worked, but We Were Told It Didn’t

We study history to learn from it. If we can discover what worked and what didn’t work, we can use this knowledge wisely to create a better future. Studying the triumph of American industry, for example, is important because it is the story of how the United States became the world’s leading economic power. “Free markets worked well; government intervention usually failed.

The years when this happened, from 1865 to the early 1900s, saw the U.S. encourage entrepreneurs indirectly by limiting government. Slavery was abolished and so was the income tax. Federal spending was slashed and federal budgets had surpluses almost every year in the late 1800s. In other words, the federal government created more freedom and a stable marketplace in which entrepreneurs could operate.

To some extent, during the late 1800s—a period historians call the “Gilded Age”—American politicians learned from the past. They had dabbled in federal subsidies from steamships to transcontinental railroads, and those experiments dismally failed. Politicians then turned to free markets as a better strategy for economic development. The world-dominating achievements of Cornelius Vanderbilt, James J. Hill, John D. Rockefeller, and Charles Schwab validated America’s unprecedented limited government. And when politicians sometimes veered off course later with government interventions for tariffs, high income taxes, anti-trust laws, and an effort to run a steel plant to make armor for war—the results again often hindered American economic progress. Free markets worked well; government intervention usually failed.

Why is it, then, that for so many years, most historians have been teaching the opposite lesson? They have made no distinction between political entrepreneurs, who tried to succeed through federal aid, and market entrepreneurs, who avoided subsidies and sought to create better products at lower prices. Instead, most historians have preached that many, if not all, entrepreneurs were “robber barons.” They did not enrich the U.S. with their investments; instead, they bilked the public and corrupted political and economic life in America. Therefore, government intervention in the economy was needed to save the country from these greedy businessmen. To read more click here.

Elizabeth Warren’s ‘New Deal’ Is Closer to National Socialism than Democratic Socialism

FEE – Senator Warren is proposing “the wholesale expropriation of private enterprise in the United States, and nothing less.”
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Barry Brownstein

In an episode of the HBO comedy series Crashing, libertarian Penn Jillette offered this provocative opinion:

The most important revolution in human history, more important than agriculture, more important than writing, is the scientific revolution. The scientific revolution came down to these three words: I don’t know.

Jillette added, “No institution, no church, no king, no power structure had ever said in history, I don’t know.”

The Greek historian Thucydides put it this way: “Ignorance is bold, knowledge reserved.”

It’s hard to find a politician willing to say, “I don’t know.” Senator Elizabeth Warren is no exception. Her ignorance is bold. Recently she proposed The Accountable Capitalism Act. Under her proposed law, Warren and others in government will pretend to know much about that which they know nothing—running every large business in America.
The Accountable Capitalism Act

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Senator Warren urges Americans to insist “on a new deal.” Under her Accountable Capitalism Act,

Corporations with more than $1 billion in annual revenue would be required to get a federal corporate charter. The new charter requires corporate directors to consider the interests of all major corporate stakeholders—not only shareholders—in company decisions. Shareholders could sue if they believed directors weren’t fulfilling those obligations.

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News & Updates From Senator Edwards

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From my Senate Desk

The NC Legislature convened for our short session on May 16. The first two weeks of the session were dedicated primarily towards the budget. This part of session has been widely recapped through the media and by other legislators, so at this time I will only add that both the House and the Senate have now overridden the Governor’s veto. The Governor’s budget include a tax increase and roughly a $470 million deficit due to a half billion dollar ‘spreadsheet error.’ The budget I supported invests $700 million additional dollars in public education, raises teacher pay by 6.5%, directs $200 million to other deserving state employees, and continues to grow our savings reserve.
In the most two weeks we have been working furiously to finalize statewide bills that must be sent to the governor. Later in this newsletter I will highlight some of those in which I think most followers would have the greatest interest.
I Will Meet With
Educators At Home
Approximately 19,000 teachers stayed out of work and forced schools to close around the state so they could descend on Raleigh May 16th. I am pleased that few from WNC made the choice to inconvenience their students, families, and educational staff.
I would like the opportunity to hear from teachers without them having to lose a personal day, or travel to Raleigh. If you are an educator and would be willing to meet with me to share your ideas or concerns please contact my local office at (828) 785-4177 or I will happily meet you at my Hendersonville office at a time that will be convenient for you including early mornings, days, evenings, or weekends.
School Safety at the Forefront
During this session the legislature has focused much of our attention to improve the safety of our school children. No parent should have to worry about their children when they drop them off at school each day. The tragedies that have been occurring demand action and we have responded.
In the budget, the legislature increased access to mental health professionals, provided additional funding for school resource officers and worked to help fund the creation of an app allowing students to report incidents or behaviors that make them feel unsafe. In this year’s budget we provided $35 million to these efforts.
HB670- Protect Educational Property was presented to the Governor on June 15th. This bill increases the criminal penalty for communicating threats of mass violence on educational property or places of religious worship from a Class 1 Misdemeanor to a Class H Felony. Additionally, it raises the punishment for making a false report about an act of mass violence on a school or place of religious worship a Class H Felony. The defendant of any crimes listed above would be required to be placed on supervised probation for at least one year, complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service, obtain a mental health evaluation, and comply with any treatment recommended as a result of the mental health evaluation. Upon completion of the conditions, the defendant would receive a discharge and dismissal of charges and would be eligible to apply for expunction of the charges. This bill received almost unanimous support.
While there is still work to be done, I am pleased with these bold actions and aside from the budgetary items they have received bi-partisan support.
Reduced Class Room Testing and Ensuring Low-Income Students Have Access to Advanced Courses
One of the most common issues I hear from teachers and parents is the over emphasis on testing of students, and the belief that reduced testing would offer time to focus on teaching. This week both the Senate and the House passed legislation which I supported that takes steps to reduce the testing burden on students in North Carolina and helps provide additional learning opportunities to thousands of children from low-income families across the state.
HB986 directs the state Superintendent of Public Instruction to study and make recommendations on ways to reduce local testing for students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
I am dedicated to improve outcomes for students in North Carolina, and after listening to teachers from around the state who are concerned that too much time is spent on testing, I believe that this bill is a first step towards reducing that testing burden.
The bill also makes changes to how students are enrolled in advanced math courses by directing that any student in grade 3 or above who achieves a “superior “score on their end-of-grade math test will automatically be enrolled in an advanced math course the following year.
These changes come after an investigation by the [Raleigh] News and Observer and Charlotte Observer last year found thousands of low-income children who achieve “superior” marks on end-of-grade tests are more likely to be excluded from advanced classes than their peers from families with higher incomes.
The NC Farm Act of 2018 Helps Protect the Right to Farm
This week both the Senate and the House pass the N.C. Farm Act of 2018. I supported this bill. It contains numerous provisions aimed at supporting the state’s largest industry and ensuring that farmers have the intended legal protections in the state’s right to farm law.
Senate Bill 711 clarifies provisions of the current right to farm law in order to protect farmers against unfounded nuisance lawsuits, often brought by out-of-state lawyers, attempting to put them out of business.
The Heroin
 & Opioid Prevention & Enforcement
On June 14 we presented SB616: Heroin & Opioid Prevention & Enforcement Act or the HOPE Act of 2018 to the Governor. This vital piece of legislation which I supported is an extension of the STOP Act which went into law last. The STOP Act limits opioid prescribing.
In 2017, 64,000 people in the United States died due to the opioid epidemic sweeping our nation. 3 North Carolinians die each day of an opioid overdose. All three counties in our district from 2010-2017 had 6-10 unintentional opioid-related overdoses per 100,000 people. The HOPE Act will give law enforcement the tools needed to help combat the growing opioid problem.
The HOPE Act protects patient safety by making it a class G felony for a first responder or home health worker to steal a patients drugs. It also makes it a class E felony for a healthcare provider to steal drugs by diluting a patient’s drugs or substituting a different drug than what the patient is supposed to receive. The HOPE act also creates a new criminal offense “death by distribution of a dangerous drug”, to hold drug traffickers and dealers responsible if they distribute drugs that aide in the death of another person.
The HOPE Act invests $10 million per year in community-based drug treatment and recovery services to help law enforcement’s efforts to bring low-level, non-violent offenders into treatment. It also invests $1 million per year to the life-saving overdose reversal drug naloxone, and $160,000 a year in the state drug take-back program SafeKids NC/Operation Medicine Drop.
While these two bills are just the beginning, I am proud to have supported their passage. I am confident that these steps will help combat the continued spread of opioid abuse will help ease the epidemic sweeping our state and District 48.
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