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It’s the Popularity Stupid: My Common Sense Take on Republican Victories in 2014

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Friday, November 7th, 2014

This is article 1012 of 1014 in the topic Obama
As a political scientist, I think the reasons for Obama’s unpopularity are straightforward. He messed up his Obamacare website, screwed up with ISIS/Ebola, and left us with an economy with stagnant wage growth and low workforce participation. Things suck right now and the voters were right to blame Obama.

Basically, he is an incompetent, affirmative action president, incapable of doing the daily tasks necessary to succeed as president. He should have moderated his policies, parked his ideology, met regularly with congressional leaders, and spent less time on the golf course.

This was all quite predictable. He had no relevant job experience as a manager or as a leader of a large organization, much less an executive position in the federal bureaucracy. My take is that he surrounded himself with sycophants who played in to his enormous ego and allowed him to be lazy about the jobs of learning how to be president.

I met Obama while he was a sophomore at Occidental College and it never occurred to me that he had what it took to be president, much less be a successful president. He was lazy, into parties, intellectually frail, and a somewhat passive observer of life. He seemed like an average white guy to me. I’m not surprised to see that he has lost more congressional seats than any recent president, a casual review of his resume would lead any objective observer to think his time in office would be a train wreck.

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.

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Obituary for Kenneth A. Korbut Beloved Brother, Cousin and Uncle

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Friday, July 18th, 2014

This is article 43 of 45 in the topic Memorials
In the photo above, from left to right, we
see Ken’s childhood friends Donnie and
Mike Carroll, Chester Korbut – Ken’s father,
and Ken himself.

Kenneth A. Korbut, 60, of Milford, MI died July 13, 2014, at the home of his cousin Kevin Lawrence also of Milford, MI.

Kenneth was born December 26, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were Chester and Eleanor Korbut. He was married to, and later divorced from, Henrietta Anaya. Kenneth worked as a journeyman carpenter in the construction business. Over the course of his life, he lived in various locations in both CA and MI. He enjoyed surfing, camping and spending time with his friends.

Kenneth is survived by his sister Patricia M. Drew of Laguna Niguel, CA; by his niece Michele Smith and her two children Alyssa and Dylan Smith of Huntington Beach, CA; by his cousin Kevin Lawrence and his two children Alexis Lawrence and Kelly LoGiudice, and by his cousin Michael Faivor of Austin, TX. Kenneth is also survived by his friend Ronald McNally. Kenneth was predeceased by his brother, Jim Korbut, 62, of Seal Beach, California on April 20, 2013.

Kenneth graduated from Warner Middle School in Midway, CA in 1968. While he was a student at Warner, he was elected the Christmas Snowball King which recognized him as being the school’s most popular male student. Kenneth played varsity football during his junior and senior years at Fountain Valley High School from which he graduated in 1972.

There will be a memorial service for Kenneth on Sunday July 27, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Highland Adult Activity Center on 209 N. John Street in Highland, MI. For more information on the memorial service, please telephone Kenneth’s cousin, Kevin Lawrence, at (248) 755-1195.

Consistent with the wishes of his sister, Kenneth’s cremains will be returned to CA and – at a later ceremony — scattered into the Pacific Ocean.

The family is requesting that memorial donations be made to support the college education of his niece’s daughter, Alyssa Smith. Please make all donations payable to Alyssa Smith and send them to the following address: Alyssa Smith, 5772 Venturi Drive, Huntington Beach, CA  92649. All memorial contributions to Alyssa’s college education will be gratefully acknowledged and wisely spent.

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.

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Dr. Drew’s CA Voter’s Guide for Constitutional Conservative – Tea Party Activists

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This is article 24 of 46 in the topic 2014 Elections

I thought I’d take a moment and load up my recommendations for the June primary from the point of view of a Tea Party activist. If you feel I’ve made any mistakes, please leave me a comment below and I’ll look into the issue further. Most of these recommendations are based on the offices that are most important to Tea Party activists living in Orange County, CA. I’ve borrowed liberally from the folks at the Orange County Tea Party Blog and the great work done by Kelly Hubbard. I’ve also borrowed from the Orange County Register when I had no other sources.

Governor of CA:
Tim Donnelly – is currently a State Assemblyman. He is a true proven conservative who has a “never give up spirit” with lots of positive energy. He has strong family values and a hard work ethic. He holds steadfast to the principles of free enterprise, defending liberty, restricting government regulation, and upholding the constitution.
Lieutenant Governor:
Ron Nering – The grassroots activists of the Republican Party represented by the California Republican Assembly voted overwhelmingly to support former state Republican Chairman Ron Nehring for Lt. Governor.  The group, with membership across California, has consistently backed Nehring over the years during successful campaigns for state Republican Party leadership posts. “The members of the CRA are drawn to politics because of solid ideas, and our goal is to put those ideas into action,” Nehring said.
Secretary of State:
Pete Peterson – He earned his Masters in Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and was a Public Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Attorney General:
Orly Taitz – Orly is a friend of mine and I would vote for her even if she was registered as a Democrat. We could not go wrong with her as our new Attorney General.
Controller:
Ashley Swearengin – Mayor of Fresno.
Treasurer:
Greg Conlon – Greg Conlon gained hands on experience serving two of California’s most critical agencies. Governor Pete Wilson appointed Greg to both the California Public Utilities Commission, where he served for two years as president and four years as Commissioner, and to the California Transportation Commission, where he served for three years as Commissioner.
State Board of Equalization: 
Van Tran – I have always liked him. In my view, Diane Harkey has too much baggage to be a good representative for the Republican party.
California Insurance Commissioner:
Ted Gaines – currently in the State Senate and has been a solid conservative voice.  He is a 5th generation Californian and has been a direct insurance broker for the past 30 years.  He has great family values and has filed a lawsuit against Covered California to stop the cancellations of policies and to demand more accountability. He has a high 95.6 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association rating.
State Senator – 36th District:
Patricia C. “Pat” Bates – She has been around a while. I do not hear too much negative about her.
Member of the State Assembly – 73rd District:
Jesse Petrilla – He is a local Tea Party sensation who deserves your support.
Orange County Board of Supervisors:
For the 5th District
Robert Ming – currently Councilman of the City of Laguna Niguel, former Mayor. He is a proven conservative, has strong family values and a hard work ethic as well as a strong advocate for the 2nd Amendment.

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This is Not a Cherry: Painting on the Night George Zimmerman Was Declared Not Guilty

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Monday, July 15th, 2013

This is article 159 of 199 in the topic Liberalism

I’m struck and saddened by how out of touch with reality the left has become in our country. The absurd idea that Zimmerman hunted down Trayvon Martin is the latest urban myth that the low-information voter seems to be buying into. I find this quite creepy.

The inability of the truth to impact the consciousness of so many people seems to be causing grave damage to our nation. We live in a world were people honestly believe that Obama was never a Marxist socialist, that our current economic woes are due to the Bush administration, or that Trayvon Martin did nothing to make his killing legally okay.

Somehow, eventually, people will wake up to the reality of their senses and the guidance of their common sense. In the meantime, I think it is up to those of us in the Tea Party Movement to speak the truth and remind others that the truth is real and it has long-term consequences. As they say, “This is not a cherry.”

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Mimi Walters Formally Enters Congressional Race – Should Be Looking for a Bigger Irvine Apartment

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

This is article 345 of 377 in the topic Elections

Mimi Walters, circled in yellow, at a special birthday
celebration for her chief-of-staff, standing above her.

As you may know, a career politician, State Senator Mimi Walters has announced that she is a candidate for the Congressional seat currently held by Rep. John Campbell. Rep. Campbell, as far as I can tell, was forced into retirement by those of us in the district disgusted by his RINO status and his relative disinterest in actually meeting with and talking to his constituents. In the picture above, you can see Mimi Walters celebrating the birthday of her chief-of-staff – bending over her. In her website, however, she calls more attention to her roles as a wife and mother of four. Odd…

Walters ran poorly in her recent race for state Treasurer. She is termed out of her current office. Her family business is in trouble with the state of California and with its former employees who now assert she has not been paying them on-time for their work. Sadly, she still received endorsements from Representatives Ed Royce, Supervisors Pat Bates, Shawn Nelson and Janet Nguyen and Assemblywoman Diane Harkey. I guess not paying your employees and living largely off money you earn from the State of California is not a big sin in some circles. (The Harkey family also has questionable business practices.) Personally, I have found Walters to be one of Orange County’s least friendly public servants. She has pretty much snubbed me in any public encounter where I have bumped into her. I guess, in this sense, she will be a representative much along the lines established by John Campbell. Mimi possesses only a B.A. degree from UCLA. She has a minor background in business, finance and local government. Her professional career only lasted for seven years when she served as an investment executive. Her credentials seem less than spectacular and she strikes me as yet another pathetic affirmative action candidate. Ironically, she has won all three awards that are issued by the Orange County Republican Party, being named Local Elected Official of the Year in 1997, Volunteer of the Year in 1998 and Legislator of the Year in 2005. Of course, this is the same group that fought hard to promote Sheriff Carona despite the fact that he was cheating on his wife or supported Rep. Campbell despite his vote for TARP and his bizarre support for gays in the military. Most recently, Walters was in the news for claiming that she lived in Irvine in a one bedroom apartment that lacks a dishwasher. As a recent lawsuit noted: 

The suit goes on to say that from 2008 until earlier this year, Walters’ official State Senate website said, “She and her husband, David, live in Laguna Niguel with their four children.” In May 2012, the suit says the site was changed to say, “She and her husband, David, live in Irvine with their four children.”

“If the present language on the website is truthful,” the suit says, “5 adults and 1 child reside in (a) 570 square foot studio apartment.

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Too Close to Home: More Details Regarding the Rogue IRS Agent(s) in Laguna Niguel

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Saturday, June 8th, 2013

This is article 258 of 307 in the topic Taxation/IRS

I just saw a new article by Eliana Johnson in National Review On-Line (NRO) which helps explain a little more about why it is so outrageous that the Obama administration is blaming rogue agents in Cincinatti when – in truth – this scandal is much wider than that and spreads all across the country.

You can see Johnson’s article by clicking here.

The bottom line is that the new details leaking out of the IRS now show that only one IRS agent here in Laguna Niguel is targetted for further investigation. I assume Elizabeth Marquez is the one under investigation for discriminating against Tea Party groups. She was the person giving the business to the Patriots Educating Concerned Americans Now (PECAN), a Redding, California conservative group.

Apparently, Marquez’s letter, dated January 31, 2012, asked 55 questions, including a demand for ‘complete copies of the organization’s website that is accessible to members only.’ This is just an outrage.

As Johnson writes: “The broad sweep of the current investigation indicates that IRS agents nationwide were targeting conservative groups, which belies the explanation initially offered by the inspector general, the IRS, and the Obama administration that the targeting originated with a handful of “rogue” employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office. It also suggests that the orders for that targeting, or the approval for it, may have come from the top lawyer at the agency — an individual appointed by President Obama himself — or from one of his deputies.”

For a look at the letter that Elizabeth Marquez sent to the folks at PECAN, click on this link.

As Karl Rove pointed out this weekend: “People sitting in Cincinnati, Laguna Niguel, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., listen to people like Sen. Max Baucus, Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Obama. When President Obama goes out in 2010 and calls these groups ‘a threat to democracy,’ he’s blowing a dog whistle.”

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White Like Me: Thoughts on Young Obama’s Prom Photos

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

This is article 39 of 44 in the topic Obama, Who Is He?

TIME has just published pictures from Barack Obama’s prom night in 1979. For me, these photos are more evidence of something I have thought for a long time – young Obama seemed like a white guy.

Greg Orme, Kelli Allman, Barack Obama and
Megan Hughes at Allman’s parents’ house in Honolulu.

Despite the Obama mythology, these new photos show that the young Obama was dating a white girl named Megan Hughes and hanging out with other white people including his basketball teammate Greg Orme and fellow student Kellie Allman. It was Kelli Allman (née McCormack) who provided these new photos to Time. She is pictured second from the left.

One of the most puzzling things to me about contemporary politics is the way so many people seem to think that Barack Obama is a black man. As one of the folks who got to know him while he was at Occidental College, I can report that I thought of Obama as an average white guy in terms of his IQ and his cultural inheritance. This, of course, should not be so surprising since Obama was raised by his white mother and his white grandparents nearly his entire life.

The young Obama that I knew was mainly interested in hanging out with white guys and white girls (like me and my radical girlfriend) or with his radical Muslim friends. I interacted with young Obama on various occasions between 1980-1981 and I can report that I never saw him hanging out with black students. Never.

Obama, of course, has done a lot of work to create a politically and socially advantageous black image for himself. In his autobiography, for example, I have called attention to how Obama converted my white college era girlfriend into a big black woman.

This ruse needs to end. The young Obama I knew was nothing like the young black people I knew at Occidental College. He did not come from an underprivileged background. He did not have any of the hostility to white people that I sometimes saw among blacks at Occidental College. All the reports we have so far indicate that young Obama was dating white women, hanging out with his white roommate – Phil Boerner – at Columbia, and generally living a white lifestyle imbued with radical, socialist ideology.

I remain amazed that a guy as white as me managed to game the affirmative action system all the way into the White House. I expect future generations, however, will see through this ruse and render judgments that reflect the actual evidence of Obama’s life including these new photos.

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How I Confronted Obama Biographer David Maraniss

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Sunday, November 4th, 2012

This is article 31 of 44 in the topic Obama, Who Is He?

I pushed the envelope of citizen journalism a little further this week by introducing myself to Pulitzer-prize winning journalist David Maraniss. According to Maraniss, his research for Barack Obama: The Story took him to Hawaii, Indonesia and Kenya. Unfortunately, he did not have the time to Google search me or review any of the five books, multiple blog posts, YouTube videos or hundreds of websites that feature my take on young Obama’s ideological extremism.

Ironically, Maraniss got awfully close to confirming the details of my 1980 Christmas break debate with young Obama, a debate that reveals just how radical Obama was as a college student. Maraniss reports young Obama was in the San Francisco area at precisely the time when I indicated I first met and debated him. Maraniss, in fact, talked at length with my college-era Marxist girlfriend – Caroline Boss – at whose home the debate took place. Maraniss goes so far as to report that Caroline was part of the composite character “Regina” in Dreams from My Father.

I managed to converse with Maraniss during his recent visit to my alma mater, Occidental College, on October 29, 2012. My wife and I arrived at Occidental’s Thorne Hall early and picked out seats near the front. I learned Maraniss sees young Obama as a largely apolitical figure generally more interested in personal growth than raw political power. In Maraniss’s view, young Obama was largely untouched by the radicalism of either my ex-girlfriend or of his Pakistani roommate, Hassan Chandoo– the older student who admitted to his youthful Marxism in David Remnick’s The Bridge. Maraniss sees no evidence that young Obama was interested in pursuing elected office. For Maraniss, Obama’s lust for power only kicks in just prior to Obama’s application to Harvard Law School. Maraniss’s portrait of young Obama, of course, is absolutely inconsistent with my face-to-face observation that young Obama was 100% committed to preparing for a Communist revolution in the United States and was actively grooming himself to play a leadership role in that highly anticipated, potentially violent conflict.

Maraniss called for questions and I stood up. Speaking into a microphone, I dropped my well-rehearsed bombshell before an audience of about 200 listeners: “Mr. Maraniss, my name is John Drew. I’m a former professor and a former Marxist.” This opening line got a laugh.

“For several years now,” I continued, “I have been very public about my time with Barack Obama at Occidental, where he and I and my girlfriend were all fellow Marxists. A number of conservative authors have asked me about this and published my account in bestselling books. You’ve interviewed my girlfriend and others in our radical circles, but not me. I’d love to talk with you. Would you be open to that? I’m not looking to sell my story or for increased name recognition. I just want to share the truth.”

Maraniss’s response was curt. “Of course,” he said, “ I’m open to talk with anyone.” He shut up and immediately moved on to the next question. Nevertheless, I could see I was on his mind since Maraniss mentioned me by name two more times during his question and answer session. The good news is that he was nice enough to assert that he was not sure of my motivations.

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Dr. Drew’s CA Voter Guide: A Tea Party Activist Reviews CA Ballot Propositions

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Sunday, October 14th, 2012

This is article 1091 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

Dr. Drew Hangs Out At
Southern California Beach

I thought it would be helpful to list my take on the California state-wide ballot measures. These were very confusing and took time to sort through. In general, I am proceeding along the lines that less is more and that it is probably a good idea to have fewer new laws than more new laws. (I am borrowing a lot of this information from the Orange County Register, even though I am saying “No” more frequently than they suggest…)

Proposition 30 – NO

Tax Hike: It is a silly idea to raise taxes right now. It is a better idea to cut the pay of government employees and trim back our bloated California government.

Proposition 31 – NO

2-Year Budget: Just creates a new layer of local government.

Proposition 32 – YES

Union Funds: This is the most important measure on the ballot and the only one I feel really strongly about voting yes on. It would prohibit union contributions to state and local candidates. It would also impose a ban on automatic paycheck deductions for political purposes by unions. Public employee unions are killing us and this is one of the few ways for us to fight back.

Proposition 33 – NO

Insurance: I just do not understand how this helps consumers and I think it is probably better for the legislature to figure this one out.

Proposition 34 – NO

Death Penalty: If you vote yes on this one, then California would no longer have a death penalty. I think we are all better off when these bad guys are no longer alive. At the very least, it keeps liberals from the future from freeing these people to hurt still more innocent victims.

Proposition 35 – NO

Sex Trafficking: Looks like it just adds more complexity to the existing law. As I said, I am in the mood of seeing government do less and less.

Proposition 36 – NO

Three Strikes Law: This would weaken the state’s 18 year-old three strikes law. Frankly, I do not think there should be any crime at all. I do not understand how it helps us to allow these folks to roam free, terrorizing their law abiding neighbors. If you cannot avoid harming other people – in big or minor ways – then I do not want you on the streets.

Proposition 37 – NO

Food Labeling: This looks like an issue that would be better handled by the marketplace. If you do not want to eat genetically modified food, then I think there are providers out there to meet your needs.

Proposition 38 – NO

Tax Hike: Again, just another trick to raise revenue to pay the inflated, unfair salaries of unionized government employees.

Proposition 39 – NO

Tax Hike: This would eliminate the option for companies with headquarters out of state to choose the least-burden some formula for paying their California taxes. Just looks like more anti-business hate from the state.

Proposition 40 – YES

Redistricting: I just do not see any major advantages coming out of changing the existing rules or districts. This looks like more unnecessary instability. A “No” vote would reject the new state senate districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Committee.

My simple advice is to only vote YES on 32 and pretty much ignore everything else.

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Trust Me, I’m from the Past

by John C. Drew Ph.D. on Saturday, October 13th, 2012

This is article 27 of 44 in the topic Obama, Who Is He?

I watched Mitt Romney dominate the presidential debate immediately after viewing the time travel movie, Looper. If I had access to time travel, I would use it now to leverage my role as the only person on Earth willing to testify that young Obama was a genuine Marxist socialist in 1980. Energized by Romney’s performance, I am asking myself what can I do – right now – to forestall a real life enactment of the future imagined by Rian Johnson, writer and director of Looper. After all, Johnson’s vision looked so bleak that my wife’s reaction was to say: “Looks like Obama won.”

If I had the advantage of time travel, I would go full on Bruce Willis right now. I would go to 2008 and introduce myself to the television studios of Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

I believe public knowledge of my face-to-face confrontation with young Obama’s ideological extremism in 1980 would have helped prevent Obama’s election in 2008. My account of Obama’s anticipation of a Communist revolution would have alerted voters to the reality that Obama was not a bipartisan politician, but rather a long-standing advocate of class warfare and other hateful ideas promoted earlier by the likes of Frank Marshall Davis. My story would have highlighted the real Obama, the Obama who asserted, as he did at a at a Martin Luther King Day speech at the University of Chicago in 2002, “that rich people are all for non-violence” simply because “they want to make sure people don’t take their stuff.”

I would share with the people of 2008 that Obama is stuck in the ideological past. He is a partisan extremist who cannot imagine doing what Clinton did to save the American economy or uplift the black urban underclass. Obama is the sort of ideological purist who would never pivot to the middle. I would tell the people of 2008 that Obama’s lack of bipartisan skill would blow a perfectly good deal with House Speaker John Boehner for reducing the federal deficit. Instead of cutting the deficit in half, I would tell them Obama will increase the deficit more than all the presidents before him. I would alert the people of 2008 to the fact that Obama would be eager to weaken the previously rock solid work requirements of welfare reform. I would repeat a key line from the movie: “Trust me, I’m from the future.”

Lacking the option of time travel, I still think my story helps explain why it was fairly easy for Mitt Romney to defeat Barack Obama in an informal debate. I can report that young Obama was no genius. I saw signs of that young Obama last week when Romney pointed out that in 25 years in business he had never seen a special tax break for corporations who send jobs overseas. Obama – without his teleprompter and entourage of liberal sycophants – is apparently incapable of reacting forcefully to a verbal punch from a true business and political heavyweight.

Temperamentally, I remember young Obama treated my more accurate understanding of world history with an abrupt, even demagogic hostility. I distinctly remember young Obama’s dismissive, arrogant attitude even as I was presenting him with compelling evidence that Marxist theory was dead wrong at predicting the path of European social and economic events.

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