The art of political class misdirection

Over the years our local, state and federal governments have grown more and more intrusive in micro-managing everything from education to the economy to national defense.  The federal government is bad enough at misallocating national defense dollars, especially with intervention by congress, but even local and state governments can’t help themselves by throwing taxpayer dollars away to influence national defense spending which never was and never will be in their job jar.  Non-federal governments not only spend billions on lobbying for defense dollars, they are willing to divert scarce resources from legitimate national security requirements to the political class, undermining economic and national security in the process.  The 2003 BRAC Initiative Agreement between Greene County Commissioners and the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) provides us with the perfect example. …

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A look back

Letter to the Editor published in August, 2012 Why would we celebrate Congressmen Mike DeWine, Dave Hobson and Steve Austria? Dear editor:  I just received my invitation to the Greene County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner; the theme, “A tribute to our 7th Congressional District Congressmen.” Really? Now here are three career politicians who never met a budget deficit they didn’t like, never voted against raising the debt ceiling; Advanced NAFTA, GATT, China’s entry into the World Trade Organization and the unconstitutional Fast Track Trade Negotiation Authority for the President, and worst of all, supported unconstitutional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that gained nothing, but cost the U.S. beyond comprehension in terms of blood, sweat and tears for generations to come. The simple truth is DeWine’s Hobson’s and Austria’s …

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The Third Paradox

OCGJ began 2014 with the Anuszewski-Zinn Paradox and 2015 with an analysis of the bazaar contradictions manifest in the Clayton Luckie/James Schmidt public corruption trials and sentencing. If you remain unconvinced that Ohio has the best system of justice money and influence can buy, Judge Tracie Hunter’s lynching should put you over the top. To be clear, OCGJ does not question that Dennis Anuszewski, Clayton Luckie and Tracie Hunter committed crimes and/or misdemeanors. However, the issue is not whether or not they broke the law; it is the outrageous departure from due process that led to their convictions and sentencing compared to consummate Republican insiders, Monte Zinn and James Schmidt. The comparison between James Schmidt and Tracie Hunter removes all shadow of a doubt that something is rotten …

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The Clayton Luckie-James Schmidt Paradox

OCGJ began 2014 with the Anuszewski-Zinn Paradox which documented bazaar contradictions in the outcome of two court cases more than a decade apart, but within virtually the same judicial and law enforcement infrastructure.  We will begin 2015 with a similar analysis of two other cases related to Clayton Luckie and James Schmidt, two elected officials forced out of office by ethics violations, one receiving a three year prison sentence and the other probation and community service. A good intelligence analyst earns his bread and butter by detecting what changes and what doesn’t.  A great intelligence analyst earns hers the same way, but doing it in real time or near real time.  The same can be said for any law enforcement investigator, investigative reporter or whistleblower.  So what was …

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A look back at OCGJ’s first year

It’s hard to believe this our 53rd post in 2014…..and that’s not a typo.  Since January 1st, 2014 fell on a Wednesday, there were 53 Wednesdays in 2014.  In any case, we’d like to pause and look back on our first year…..where we started…..where we are today…..and where we’re headed.  For starters, our “business plan” is on track.  Although we have not gained many visible followers, we sense some of the right people are reading our blog with regularity, not to mention our archive documenting nefarious activity by the political class continues to grow without being challenged.  As I review our CONOPS and frequently asked questions, our focus has not wavered since our inaugural post on January 1st, 2014.  But before we launch into 2015, it’s worth our …

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Merry Christmas 2014

  May we all be blessed with peace, justice and freedom in 2015 and beyond.   Merry Christmas,   Ohio Citizens Grand Jury

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Don’t confuse fairness with justice…

…or unfairness with injustice Political class freedom redistribution (Conclusion) In our 10-part series, Political Class Wealth Redistribution, OCGJ detailed well-documented cases of the political class money laundering citizen class tax dollars, the most egregious explained by the secretive 2003 BRAC Initiative Agreement between Greene County and the Dayton Development Coalition, a private non-profit corporation.  Instead of spending $1.9 million on economic development as the Ohio Revised Code dictates, the Coalition redistributed our tax dollars for over-the-top salaries to Coalition executives, the Greentree Group (a big GOP campaign donor), and The PMA Group, a defunct lobbying firm that gave illegal campaign contributions to dozens of congressmen including Dave Hobson and Steve Austria. The political class is very prolific at redirecting our tax dollars toward insider cronies, but they often take that …

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Cronyism alive and well in Ohio

Political class freedom redistribution (Part 6)  According to his LinkedIn profile, former Greene County Prosecutor Bill Schenck began his law career in private practice with Mike DeWine, Thomas Rose, Greg Lockhart and Steve Haller.  When this five-some first hooked up in the 70’s when they were in their 20’s who would have thought they would rise to such elite status in the political class?  DeWine went on to be a U.S. Senator and Ohio Attorney General; Thomas Rose, a judge serving in one of 89 U.S. District Courts; and Greg Lockhart is a former U.S. Attorney (there are only 94 in the U.S.), and current Partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister.(3)  Compared to these three high-powered resumes Bill Schenck and Steve Haller may have fallen short of the …

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Political class freedom redistribution, Part 5 The Good: Ricky Jackson is a Black American in the citizen class who spent 39 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  Mr. Jackson was freed in November, 2014 after Eddie Vernon, who when he was 12-years-old claimed he was an eye witness to the murder allegedly committed by Jackson and the Bridgeman brothers, Wiley and Ronnie. Vernon recently recanted his testimony, saying he kept quiet because investigators threatened to imprison his parents.  The Ohio Innocence Project has been working the case since 2010, but not until Eddie Vernon backed off his incriminating testimony did the case find legs to exonerate Mr. Jackson.  After his release Jackson said at first he felt hate toward Vernon, but later came to forgive …

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Mike DeWine took $2100 from 15-year-old

Political class freedom redistribution (Part 4) Last week OCGJ took a deep dive into the Ben Suarez case where U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Gaughan dropped campaign finance violation charges from the prosecution’s case and gave Suarez 15 months for witness tampering. The dropped charges include making corporate donations, donations in others’ names, conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements. Today OCGJ reports we have compelling evidence that supports probable cause that Mike DeWine and Dave Hobson insiders committed those same crimes. Travis and Lisa Greenwood own The Greentree Group, a “mom and pop” defense contractor founded by Sam Greenwood, Travis’ father and former government employee in the Senior Executive Service. As many senior Department of Defense leaders do, Sam Greenwood leveraged his government service into a lucrative …

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