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Frank Scaturro to Speak at Jan 9th Club Meeting

Frank_Scaturro-cropFrank Scaturro is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 4th Congressional District (NY-4). Frank believes our nation is at a tipping point, and if we do not turn things around, we could face many more years of decline. That is why he is offering the voters of Nassau County a real choice for principled new leadership that will finally represent the people.

As a principled new voice, Frank will work to make our Federal government accountable to the people again, reign in out-of-control spending, and reduce a crushing federal tax burden that hurts Long Island citizens and businesses.

Frank was born in New York City in 1972 and raised in New Hyde Park following his family’s move to that community in 1973. His father, who had emigrated from Italy as a boy, was self-employed in a commercial air conditioning and refrigeration repair business for several years. He later became the supervisor of maintenance and operations at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and then held a similar position at Chaminade High School in Mineola. His mother studied physical therapy at Nassau Community College and worked near home as a secretary at an insurance agency and several law firms. Read more…


Merry Christmas from QVRC!!

We at the Queens Village Republican Club wish for you and your loved ones to have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas


QVRC Meeting & Announcements – Date Change

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NEXT GENERAL CLUB MEETING:
THURS, JAN. 9, 2014 AT 7:30 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

2014-LOGO

FEATURED SPEAKER:
Frank Scaturro (R-C): Candidate for U.S. Congress, 4th District

INSTALLATION OF NEW CLUB OFFICERS:
by Efraim Spagnoletti: City Councilman, City of Glen Cove

TRANSITION OF CLUB LEADERSHIP:
Philip T. Sica: Farewell Address
Phil Orenstein: Welcome from the President

Trattoria Lucia Restaurant: 247-63 Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose.


Club Christmas/Chanukah Party Featuring Great Food, Friends and Speakers

The Club’s annual Christmas/Chanukah Party was held on December 5, 2014, about a month after Election Day when Republicans were still recovering from hard fought campaigns in a deep blue city that just experienced the lowest voter turnout in 50 years. But the room was packed to the rafters with spirited Club members, friends and volunteers from the recent campaigns. Due to a clerical error on the part of the reservations department, nearly 20 more people showed up exceeding the count we had given to the restaurant, which threw the caterers into a bit of a tailspin.


A murdered Marine and his father’s fight for justice

The continuing story of LCpl Greg Buckley, Jr. and his father, Greg Buckley, Sr., who spoke in harrowing detail at last year’s Lincoln Day Dinner, about his son’s murder by terrorists in Afghanistan and his quest for justice for his son. This article was published in the South Asian Times and other publications.

By Robert Golomb


YOU HAVE A VOICE…USE IT!

register todayThe Queens Village Republican Club has launched a voter registration and membership drive in order to accomplish the Club’s mission as stated on www.facebook.com/qvgop: “To elect Republicans to public office who believe in the founding principles of our Constitutional Republic: individual liberty, small government, free markets and strong national defense.” Here are some important details for registering voters and some talking points to go person to person and win hearts and minds.


Queens Village Republican Club Christmas/Chanukah Party

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THURS,  DEC. 5,  at 7:30 PM

Annual Christmas/Hanukkah Party

Trattoria Lucia Restaurant
$35 per person. See details below.

Christmas and Chanukkah-smGUEST SPEAKERS
Nickolas Chkheidze: 

President/Founder of the
American Georgian Community Organization,
will speak on coming to America and integrating the
Georgian Community into American Society.

 
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Trattoria Lucia Restaurant: 247-63 Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose.

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The Club meeting on December 5th will be devoted to our annual Christmas & Chanukkah Dinner Party. The cost is $35.00 per person and includes salad, penne a la vodka pasta course, entree, dessert, coffee/tea and soda. The cost includes tax and tip. Trattoria Lucia’s entree choices are eggplant parmigiana, tilapia oregenata, chicken francese and pork chop with vinegar peppers. Please RSVP. We need a count for the restaurant but you may pay at the door. Call 718-343-8830 or email at jtrent8830@aol.com to make your reservation. We look forward to seeing you all and celebrating the holidays Together!

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ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

NickolasNickolas Chkheidze, a Medical doctor by training and vocation, has always been conditioned to provide help, no matter the circumstances and whether there was a medical case or not. These personal qualities, as well as great organizational skills that he displayed, made Mr. Chkheidze a perfect candidate to spearhead the New York Georgian community movement in 2003 and to stay its leader throughout the years. The community organization “Tvistomi” that he has built is associated today with the entire American Georgian diaspora and its critical issues and aspirations. It’s impossible to list in this brief paragraph all the completed or ongoing projects, programs, events, and initiatives that have been launched and successfully accomplished with Nickolas’ personal and deep involvement and supervision, whether these were the ones under “Tvistomi” label or beside it. As the network around Tvistomi grows, Nickolas seems to handle the proceedings even better, remaining thus the best person for the job. His democratic and liberal style of management is very effective and a joy for the rest of us.

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CLUB MEETING TIME, LOCATION & DIRECTIONS

Trattoria Lucia Italian Restaurant
247-63 Jericho Turnpike
Bellerose, Queens, NY 11426
phone: 718-343-2185
Time: 7:30 pm – Free coffee, soda and cake.
8:00 – 10:00 pm – QVRC General Club Meeting
*December 5th Meeting and Dinner Party will commence at 7:30 pm
Directions: 5 blocks east of the Braddock Ave./Cross Island Pkwy intersection on Jericho Tpke.  For public transportation, take the Q36 or N24 buses. 5 blocks from Bellerose LIRR Station. Parking is available in the Queens County Savings Bank parking lot next door.

CLUB ALREADY PLANNING FOR NEXT ELECTION

registerVOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

The Queens Village Republican Club has launched a voter registration and membership drive to lay the groundwork for winning future elections. Here are some of the talking points, facts and figures to help get the message out. This is a battle for the hearts and minds of our fellow New Yorkers.

 

We are the true defenders of minorities, the poor and hard working Americans while liberal Democrats have made their lives worse.

Recent remarks by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio attest to the fact that he is a believer in big government and hostile to the free market when he said to some of the city’s biggest business leaders: “Everything you heard about me is true. . . I am not a free-marketeer. . . I believe in the heavy hand of government.” Clearly he is a radical leftist who believes that it is the role of government to secure equality and fairness for all the downtrodden. Democrat socialists like de Blasio paint themselves as defenders of the underdog and champions of minorities, women, children and the poor. They smear Republicans and Conservatives as their oppressors and selfish defenders of the rich and powerful. In truth it’s the other way around. The policies of Democrat administrations have made the lives of minority and poor Americans worse.  It’s our pro-individual policies to reduce the size and scope of government and our free market principles that empower people and give their lives dignity and fulfillment. We need to make it known that we are the defenders of minorities and the poor as well as the hard working middle class Americans, and that the Democrat socialists are the enemies of the people and have destroyed their lives, their families and their neighborhoods and will continue to do so.

New York is not de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” myth, but One City with opportunities for all to achieve the American Dream.
De Blasio and his fellow liberal Democrats love to point out the income inequalities between the rich and the poor, gender bias epitomized by Conservative’s so-called “war on women” and their accusations of racism directed at the NYPD for allegedly “targeting” Blacks and minorities for 90% of the “stop, question and frisks” in New York City.

The left has falsely painted America as a class society of the “haves” and “have-nots” with class, race and gender hierarchies instituted to keep people down. But millions of immigrants come from their mother lands of rigid social class structures to America for the chance to move up the ladder and better their lives. Wherever they come from, they seek independence, self-reliance and opportunity and the chance for their kids to do better and achieve the American Dream. Nobody seeks to be dependent upon government. Rather it is thrust upon them as government hand-outs by liberal politicians seeking their votes. U.S. Treasury Department figures bear out the fact that America is a highly mobile opportunity society.  The findings show that in 1996 nearly 60% of all taxpayers in the lowest tax bracket moved up into a higher income bracket a decade later. By the same percentages, the top 1% of all earners landed in a lower income class a decade later. We Republicans are the advocates of upward mobility and opportunity for all and the realization of the American Dream.

The poorest cities in America are run by Democrats. The most business friendly states are run by Republicans.
Facts on the ground provide the best arguments to make for who is best to lead city and state governments. The 10 poorest U.S. cities have had mostly Democrat mayors since the 1960’s. Likewise, states governed by Republicans slaughter Democrats in business friendliness and overall economic competitiveness. According to the 2013 annual study by CNBC, 13 of the top 14 states in the nation ranked best for business are led by Republican governors and legislatures.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the four poorest cities in the U.S., Detroit, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Cleveland have had big government Democrat mayors for the past 25-60 years. Detroit, America’s poorest and the most dangerous city has had a Democrat mayor since 1961, Buffalo since 1954, Cincinnati since 1984, and Cleveland since 1989.

Democrats have ruled Detroit and run the city into the ground in the past 52 years, 20 years of which Detroit was led by Mayor Coleman Young, a member of the Democrat Party and Communist Party as well. Before the Democrat socialists took over, Detroit was one of the richest cities in the world with the highest per capita income in the U.S. Today it is the poorest large city in the nation with 2/3 of its population gone leaving behind a tragic city of rising crime and despair with nearly one half of its inhabitants unemployed or no longer looking  for work, over a third living on food stamps and 75% of its children born out of wedlock. This is the result of the corruption of the ruling elected officials and their socialist policies attacking wealth, private industry and white people, which was designed to insure their long-term political domination by running Republican and Conservative voters out of town.

New York City is headed in the same direction after a 20-year renaissance since Mayor Giuliani began his pro-active crime reduction policies, pro-business programs and welfare to workfare incentives. Mayor Bloomberg built on that progress. But previous Democrat administrations produced a long spell of violent crime and murders causing over one million people to flee, property values to plummet and businesses to suffer and close their doors. Our population has grown by 1.3 million since those dark days.  Today our streets are safe, annual murders are down from a high of over 2000 during Mayor Dinkins’ years in office, to a little over 400 today. Broadway, the tourism industry, restaurants, music, the arts and local businesses are thriving. But with de Blasio and a leftwing administration and City Council, we may see all the gains gone in a flash.

To be continued in future issues. These talking points were gathered from “Government vs. the People” by David Horowitz and John Perazzo, available from www.Frontpagemag.com , Governor Scott Walker’s new book “Unintimidated”, Forbes columnist Mark Hendrickson and other sources.  If you would like to suggest additional talking points, please email me at maduroman@att.net.


Taking the ‘big foot’ of government out of places it doesn’t belong

www.mushkaphotography.comAbe Fuchs, former candidate for State Assembly and Queens Village Republican Club member asks the question, “why is it necessary for the government to take over the entire industries of health insurance care and education?” He responds that “Government has a role in limiting the dark forces of private industry and to offer a safety net for its citizens in need, but government should not take over private industry!” The following article is a comprehensive argument in response.

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 Trendhunter Fashion presents renowned photographer Miles AldridgeReligious wars, racial divides, business legal battles or romantic jealousies are all understandable on some level because they involve deep emotional attachments or basic competing interests but why do people get worked up over methods of education or the dispensement of health insurance?

Education is a service as is the administration of health insurance. There are many other services that are part of our economy such as accounting, legal, restaurants or even other types of insurance. Why don’t other types of insurance such as auto, home or life insurance get such scrutiny or take on such controversial status? Is it because education and health care insurance have become corrupted?

Before the mid 1600’s educating children was done by the family, church or through apprenticeships. The first public or town school was the Boston Latin School founded in 1635. By 1642 all of the New England colonies made town schools compulsory. In 1837, Secretary of Education of Massachusetts, Horace Mann, instituted a common curriculum for all schools statewide, based on a model known as “common schools.” This uniform and free public school system caught on in the North and eventually in most states. However by 1862 a Southern critic of this educational method questioned its proficiency by mocking the educational level of the captured Northern soldiers based on the misspelled words in their letters.

The growth of private schools however was stymied because of laws called the Blaine Amendments introduced in 1875 which prohibited tax dollars for private education. The nation being mostly Protestant, resented the heavy inflow of Irish Catholics in 1840 and didn’t want to fund the Catholic schools that were starting. These Blaine Amendments exist even today in 38 of the 50 states, ours being among them. Thus it is understandable how by the end of the 1800’s private schools were outnumbered by public schools. Fast forward in history – now three quarters of high school graduates need remediable education to attend college and the Jewish Orthodox community as well as others who send their children to private schools, scramble to pay for their tuition bills even as they’re paying taxes to keep the corrupt public schools in business.

The history of  hospital and physician insurance date back to 1929. Privately based Blue Cross and Blue Shield were pioneers of such insurance. Some unions also got involved in providing coverage for their members. However what really shaped the state of modern health coverage was when the government got interested in promoting employee based plans as a means of compensation for not allowing employers to raise salaries for their workers during World War II when labor was needed to fill military slots. In 1954 federal legislation allowed for health plan funding to be tax exempt. Naturally employer based health plans became dominant in the market place while individual health plans took on a second class status with insurance companies because individuals not employed or associated with an organization were suspect and therefore charged more.

Subsequently, the government threw a blanket of coverage for the elderly and the indigent. In 1965 Congress enacted Medicare which paid for hospitalization and subsidized physician costs for those over 65 and Medicaid was enacted to cover the same for low income individuals. Fast forward in history -according to a CBS 2010 report, Medicare is defrauded by $60 billion a year and organized crime, at times, consider Medicare fraud an easier hustle than drug dealing.

However our government was not satisfied with the state of individual coverage and President Clinton attempted to enact universal coverage for all Americans but it failed to pass in Congress. In 1996 however, further health care legislation was passed known as HIPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) which would help those who lost coverage when becoming self employed or through job loss to maintain their health coverage.

The truth is that many individual plans had problems of consumer abuse. Policy holders were dropped or rates were raised for those who incurred a high pay out of medical claims. Weisel clauses in fine print were inserted in policies or just straight out substandard policies were issued to customers without the policy holders’ knowledge similar to those who obtained a subprime mortgage without the lender’s or homeowner’s knowledge of their content.

In both industries of education and insurance, artificial markets were either facilitated (employer tax exempt health plans) or coerced, by taxing parents of private school children for other children’s education. The status quo of these institutions is what the public by and large have come to accept as the norm. However both of these need to be liberated from the dominating force of government and allowed to flourish in the marketplace. Interstate competition would be good for the insurance companies akin to school choice for education. Also, as those on the Right have argued, limiting jury awards for malpractice suits, which the public ultimately pays for, could make a serious dent in the estimated $50 billion annually that is spent by the health care industry by practicing defensive medicine (unnecessary procedures just to cover oneself in case of a lawsuit).

Regulation has a place in government and it places a safeguard to the greed of some in the free market place. Practically every industry under the sun is now regulated, arguably many times what is necessary, and very few businesses are under regulated. The Financial Accounting Standards Board sees to it that accountants adhere to acceptable standards of accounting. The Food and Drug Administration sees to it that we don’t get sick when we eat in a restaurant. The Dept. of Transportation assures the product safety of the automobiles that we drive. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners regulate the insurance industry. We get it and society agrees for the most part that services and products need governmental oversight.

What the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare gets wrong is that it makes consumers buy policies that aren’t necessarily suited for them. An older woman does not need maternity care in her policy and one should be able to judge for themselves whether they should have drug abuse treatment or mental health counseling in their policy. However what presents a major impediment to the viability of Obamacare is that it allows for people to pay a penalty for not obtaining health insurance ($95 in the first year for individuals and $2,000 for an employer) and then be eligible to obtain insurance once having a preexisting condition! That’s like not buying fire insurance for one’s home and then calling the insurance company for a fire policy once the house is on fire! 

The roll out of Obamacare was a disaster due to a malfunctioning website. Later, an uproar ensued from the fact that 5 million insurance policies had been cancelled due to noncompliance to the new guidelines and millions more were slated for cancellation, this, despite Obama’s reassurances to the contrary. Pressure subsequently descended upon the President, even from his own party, and he agreed to attach a waiver to the Affordable Care Act allowing these policies to remain valid for an extended year. However, after a year many of these may not be replaced because of higher premiums and the young and healthy may opt for the no-insurance penalty which would derail the success of Obama’s health insurance reform. Obamacare needs a net plus of 7 million policy holders to succeed. Any bets?

So why is it necessary for the government to take over the entire industries of health insurance care and education? Education has not proven efficient under direct government control and neither have Medicare and Medicaid. Standards and regulation can apply to education and health insurance as well as vouchers for each. Paul Ryan’s plan advocated for vouchers for Medicare and vouchers for education are being successfully implemented in different states. Government has a role in limiting the dark forces of private industry and to offer a safety net for its citizens in need, but government should not take over private industry! ‘Big Foot’ is good for movie viewing of prehistoric creatures but you don’t want ‘Big Foot’ walking into your place of business.


Annual QVRC Christmas/Hanukkah Party

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NEXT GENERAL CLUB MEETING: THURS, DEC. 5, AT 7:30 PM

Trattoria Lucia Restaurant

Annual Christmas/Hanukkah Party

Save the Date!
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christmas_bellsNext month’s Club meeting on December 5th will be devoted to our annual Christmas & Hanukkah Dinner Party. Special speakers will be announced. Save this date. It will be a splendid and spirited annual event. 
 
The cost is $35.00 per person and includes salad, penne a la vodka pasta course, entree, dessert, coffee/tea and soda. The cost includes tax and tip. Trattoria Lucia’s delectable entree choices are eggplant parmigiana, tilapia oregenata, chicken francese and pork chop with vinegar peppers. Please RSVP to Jim Trent at jtrent8830@aol.com or leave a phone message at 718-343-8830. You may pay at the door. We look forward to seeing you all and celebrating the holidays together!

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CLUB MEETING TIME, LOCATION & DIRECTIONS

Trattoria Lucia Italian Restaurant
247-63 Jericho Turnpike
Bellerose, Queens, NY 11426
phone: 718-343-2185
Time: 7:30 pm – Free coffee, soda and cake.
8:00 – 10:00 pm – QVRC General Club Meeting
*December 5th Meeting and Dinner Party will commence at 7:30 pm
Directions: 5 blocks east of the Braddock Ave./Cross Island Pkwy intersection on Jericho Tpke.  For public transportation, take the Q36 or N24 buses. 5 blocks from Bellerose LIRR Station. Parking is available in the Queens County Savings Bank parking lot next door.

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