Ohio Citizens Grand Jury Blog

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To know justice you must know mercy

Political class freedom redistribution (Part 2) After last week’s post we received some push-back on OCGJ’s notion that Dennis Anuszewski’s 10-year history of downloading and viewing child pornography is arguably a victimless crime. To some, it’s black and white; if you...

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Political class freedom redistribution (Part 1)

The Anuszewski-Zinn Paradox For the past ten weeks OCGJ has focused on those sectors of the political economy that benefit most from redistributed citizen wealth. Lobbyists, lawyers, non-profit executives compensated by tax dollars and pay-to-play kickbacks to elected officials characterize...

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Operational Risk Management (ORM) 101

Political class wealth redistribution (Conclusion) For the past nine weeks OCGJ has focused on various sectors of the political economy that benefit most by citizen wealth redistribution. Politicians, lobbyists, political consultants, earmark recipients, the military-industrial complex, academia, not-for-profit organizations, attorneys and...

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Moral hazard, risk and wealth redistribution

Political class wealth redistribution (Part 9) Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently expressed grave concerns about the “growing gap between the rich and everyone else…..” (Source: Martin Crutsinger Associated Press, Dayton Daily News, 10/18/2014).  Crutsinger observes this is unplowed ground...

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Money, truth and the legal battle

Political class wealth redistribution (Part 8) In “Truth and the legal battle”, Hirschleifer and Osborne analyze the two main factors that determine relative litigation success….. (1) The truth and (2) resources expended by each litigant. (Source: Jack Hirschleifer and Evan...

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The “not-for-profit” deception

Political class wealth redistribution (Part 7) To some, the “not-for-profit” tag on a private corporation may conjure up thoughts of charity, sacrifice and selfless dedication to the public good. That notion couldn’t be further from reality for most non-profits designated...

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The real danger in state controlled education

Political class wealth redistribution (Part 6) Last week President Eisenhower’s video recorded in January 1961 warned us against the “unwarranted influence and rise of misplaced power by the military-industrial complex.” The same can be said about public and private education....

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“Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry…”

 Political class wealth redistribution (Part 5) Let’s begin today’s post with a short video by President Eisenhower recorded on January 17, 1961.  More than a half century ago the President and former 5-star Army General warned of the “unwarranted influence and rise...

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PMA’s Magliocchetti takes the fall

Political class wealth redistribution (Part 4) Earlier in this series OCGJ addressed Dave Hobson’s and Barb Schenck’s passage through the revolving door from Congress and congressional staffer to CBD Advisors, a Beavercreek lobbying firm they formed in 2010. We cited...

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The ultimate insult

Political class wealth redistribution (Part 3) We’ve all heard the phrase “An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.” Two Republican political operatives recently revealed their shameless disrespect for the notion that public servants are paid to serve the...