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The Sorry State of Education & Politicians in Arkansas


House Speaker Jeremy Gillam (R) Judsonia, AR and Committee Chair Bruce Cozart (R) Hot Springs and their gang of 15.

Leaders of this group hired “Solution Tree” without knowledge of some legislative members and the Dept. of Education awarded a $4 million contract without bid. S.T. claims to help educators in Kindergarten through 12th grade, and allegedly raises student achievement through a wide range of conferences (the ever-present “conferences”), customized school district solutions, long term professional development according to today’s Democrat-Gazette.

The first mission is S.T.’s Professional Learning Community (PLC). Their website states members work to clarify what each student must learn, accompanied by monitoring.

The PLC assimilates the teachers all together.

Representative Bruce Cozart says “if Johnny is having a problem in one area in math, the English teacher can say Johnny is having a problem with us and he probably needs to read a little better, so she (the teacher) can fix that up and pick that up on that end”.

Rep. Cozart…that is one of the most discombobulated statements I have ever heard. When you speak of little Johnny don’t you really mean little Juan? From the statement you just made perhaps you should join little Juan. Rep. Cozart, just what is it the PLC is going to fix? For your information, the public education system is a major part of the swamp and it cannot be “fixed”. Simply put, here is why. “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted”. Vladimir Lenin.

The public school system is a blueprint copied from Lenin—“group think”. Cultural Marxism in full bloom in the government school system, by design, attempting to reduce the white male to nothing more than a mass of protoplasm & a complete dumb-down of all to the lowest common denominator—students indoctrinated by teachers who are victims of same philosophy, resulting in Egalitarianism.

All that is left for the criminally corrupt government is the amalgamation of whites, i.e. extinction. Notice the Jews are the authority in keeping their race alive—no assimilation.

Finally, “I am tired of Arkansas thanking God for Mississippi. I think it’s time we raise our education in Arkansas”…this gem in concert with Rep. Cozart, by Rep. DeAnne Vaught (R), Horatio. Rep. Vaught, precisely what are you saying?

Don’t any of you know the first step to improving education is to refuse federal money and return it to the local levels with re-introduction of demanding curricula? The next step is to disallow illegal aliens from attending and bringing down American students.

Continue to sleep & trust, my friends, and…..

The two statements made by the two politicians also demonstrate the academic inadequacies of the Arkansas Legislature.

Incumbency—a Toxic Weed—Fatal.

Joe McCutchen

Questions re Files/Pitsch/Hutchinson/Ft. Smith

Is it possible—what if? October 21, 2017

This hypothetical narrative, accompanied by some facts, begins with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and could end with the Governor.
The Governor acts like a Progressive with both feet in the DC & Arkansas swamps, an important fact in the narrative.

“Talk Business” broke the story May 16, 2017 in Little Rock that Sen. Jake Files (R) was allegedly the subject of an FBI criminal investigation, absent Lee Webb. Curious! The next day (Hutchinson’s Screw) Rep. Mat Pitsch (R) boldly announced to the media, “He will enjoy serving as the next new Republican State Senator”. Was the fix in? Did Pitsch anticipate Files had fallen on his sword?

Question: At that juncture why did Hutchinson not demand Files resignation? 10/21/17 the Governor still mum re: the Senator’s undergoing a number of investigations, along with his refusal to resign his State Senate seat, all in view of the fact the FBI has/had him under investigation. It is said that during one of the investigatory FBI summons Files stated he was cooperating, yet in a civil deposition he pled the 5th Amendment.

Another question & purely conjuncture: What action against Files, if any, would be taken by & if Hutchinson called an emergency session of the Arkansas legislature? Files remains a sitting member in the current Arkansas Senate and is Chair of the Senate Revenue and Tax Committee. If he remains in the current legislative body would this act not be fraught with constitutional & legal problems?

Now the matter of Files legal difficulties moved up the Arkansas River to Fort Smith pertaining to the now defunct River Valley Softball Complex that Files & partner Lee Webb (D) a county employee that were awarded a contract to build the Complex, another curiosity and potentially corrupt act by the Fort Smith City Government. Webb, as stated is also an active government functionary and appears to be a phantom in the current criminal investigation.

The nexus between the Fort Smith city government and Files & Webb’s contractual agreement has been going on well before at least March, 2014. The Fort Smith Board has refused to divulge why these two elected politicians (huge conflicts of interest & maybe more) were awarded the potentially lucrative contract—no transparency. Was the contract between the two parties (Fort Smith & Files/Webb) a pay-off, a quid pro quo deal, incompetence, or some other arcane involvements? It is known Files & Webb spent well over $2 million taxpayer dollars, plus “in kind” services (e.g. National Guard, Gary Grimes—dirt work) replete with no City oversight—NONE during the 5 year period. Why? After the project was identified as a failure in 2017, $27,000 or more made its way from the AIDC to WAPDD to the City Board and ultimately into the hands of Senator Files. What prompted the Board to continue funding an abject failure?

Could it be there is a working arrangement in Fort Smith comprised of the City Government, Special Interests, coupled to Files & Webb? Have all & more entities abused a plethora of city, state and federal government taxpayer funds, and leverages available to government and their cronies?

For example: The nascent Marshal’s Museum, billed as a private endeavor—not so! How many millions did Senator Files pump into Sam Sicard’s & Richard Griffin’s museum? Perhaps from the GIF, accompanied by grants, New Market Tax Credits, and perhaps a plethora of more taxpayer funded operations.

It appears the powers behind the Museum operation are First National Bank CEO Sam Sicard, Richard Griffin (long time czar of the constitutionally corrupt HUD & owner of a construction company) & a host of lesser lights.

An FOIA directed to the officers & attorney for the museum resulted in the redaction of names of seed donors & other pertinent data in this ultimately government venture.

It appears that both Sicard & Griffin have had substantial financial dealings with Files—to what end & why? Particularly with Files laundry list of failed corporate ventures. All that is left in the Files political quiver is the politically potent Chair of the previously mentioned State Revenue & Tax Committee; that allegedly cemented their former quid pro quo relations? If & when the Museum becomes functional who claims ownership & maintains it and if it fails, then who picks up the tab?

The city & county have contributed thousands of dollars in cash and in-kind resources to the 50,000 sq. ft. Museum behemoth, coupled to federally produced commemorative medallions, paid for by middleclass taxpayers. It looks like these ongoing downtown projects are enhancing the value of the downtown property owners and would not Sicard’s & Griffin’s economic & political pyramid do the same at taxpayer expense?
President Trump has a pool of candidates to select from for nominations for Federal Prosecutors, i.e. the Western District of Arkansas. In the selection of Federal Prosecutors, Senator Boozman, Congressman Womack & Gov. Hutchinson will probably make the choice. Federal Prosecutors seem to be chosen due to their past political deeds and/or political connections, not legal prowess.

In this narrative the Federal Prosecutor selected may be tied to a caveat. The caveat: the individual appointed will not initiate prosecutorial measures against Sen. Files because of what he knows. With that said, could Gov. Hutchinson be the primary force that creates the caveat to be inserted into the appointment? As insurance and for what?

At this point Files behavior has been one of arrogance and smugness. One would think with the legal baggage he is carrying he would present the opposite.

Maybe Files is holding the winning hand after all—that is a headful of dirty linen that may have been carried out by Hutchinson & his minions and of course including the Fort Smith City Government, and some of the insiders who may have leaned on Files for political/financial favors.

If the legal winds are blowing toward prosecuting Files, he may have to play his alleged hold card which is, if the principals in this matter threaten to prosecute Files, will he blow the whistle and reveal all the possible dirty tricks employed by the aforementioned that conceivably could bring down the Hutchinson regime as well as involvement with the FS city government– and Files would skate? Hypothetically the key is their choice of a Federal Prosecutor, accepting the caveat.

This hypothetical narrative, in the main, actually has become all too common in federal, state & local government.

Wake up Americans: Incumbency is a toxic weed—fatal.

Joe McCutchen

Hutchinson/Pitsch/Files…a Toxic Mixture


A definition for the word Screw: the warden, in this case Gov. Asa Hutchinson conveys his orders to the Screw (as in prison guard) Representative Mat Pitsch. When the warden wants someone or group in the yard (General Assembly) rubbed out, beaten up, thrown in the hole, etc. the Screw is informed by the warden who he wants taken out. The Screw then approaches the targeted stoolies to carry out the Warden’s (Hutchinson’s) demands and only has to look the stoolies in the eye and nod; the job will be done, lacking violence in the above case. The political theater & the stage are now set for Asa & Mat to perform their nefarious legislative Acts in the Arkansas House of Representatives, i.e. raise taxes, etc.

In Arkansas the above is the Modus Operandi in the House of Representatives “Yard”. Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Warden, Rep. Pitsch, the Screw and the General Assembly, the prisoners, should one or more disobey–better do their bidding or no plums.

I have written 9 articles commencing on March 25, 2015 and ending August 27, 2017. The titles of 3 such articles:
1. Files/Pitsch/Hutchinson…Out of Control Government

2. Files/Pitsch Republican high political drama

3. Who will replace Files?

The first day it became known publicly that Senator Jake Files was being investigated; Pitsch boldly announced to the media he will enjoy serving the next session as the new Arkansas State Senator, i.e. the seat being vacated by Jake Files. How was it that Pitsch the Screw so arrogantly & confidently was so sure of inheriting Files’ position? Do you see a picture evolving?

A deal was cut by Western Ark. Intermodal Authority (WAIA) and was awarded a startup cost of $142,857 from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) and contracts with Western Arkansas Planning & Development Department (WAPDD) for an $11,000 monthly expense. WAPDD is the same organization that awarded Files $27,000 for some unpaid activities in conjunction with the softball complex that he & Lee Webb were hired to develop… a huge failure due to the incompetency of the Fort Smith Board of Directors’ lack of oversight and the pillaging of Files & Webb. A more than curious hire. Is there any relationship between WAIA and RITA and does Pitsch run both regional entities?

Pitsch runs RITA, in all likelihood WAIA and is a State Representative where he spends at least 6 months a year languishing at the Capital, along with extensive travel. His absence from RITA for 6 months poses the question, is his RITA salary cut in half? Do you believe with his numerous government affiliations he has ever served “we the people” one day?

Now specifically to the Screw: WAPDD cut another curious deal that awards newly created “Consultant” & State Rep. Pitsch $7,400 per month, he also receives $40,188 as a legislator plus $29,975 per diem and other expenses (?) from the Ark. State House. He also received $8,103 in support for travel, and other nefarious activities outside the state….for a grand total of $166,076.00. More than just triple dipping, all unconstitutional carried out by many State Representatives & Senators acting in dual capacities as State Reps/Senators and now “Consultants”.

So Joe Blow now can contact a “Consultant” (any elected House member who chooses to be one) and in this case a State Rep (like the Screw), allowing legislative palms to be greased, thence the Reps do their bidding, i.e. introducing their bills, receiving appointments, favors, etc. Pitsch is also involved in another racket as an officer WAIA. These are all “regional” operations that take control of cities, thereby neutralizing citizens’ influence in their home cities by non-elected persons who enjoy the benefits of 501c3’s, 4’s, etc. financed by you!

Take a look at WAIA and observe who the officers are, most of who are city administrators, mayors, county judges, and consummate insiders, etc. Whose interests do you believe they represent?

Pitsch is also on the panel of the new Cultural Marxist Government educational program called “Vision 2023”…an extension of Common Core. The Screw is everywhere Big Government exists.

As a sidebar, in all probability there are only 5 bonafide elected officials in the Ark. General Assembly who cannot be purchased: Senator Bryan King & Rep. Josh Miller probably the only 2 Constitutionalists, and there are 3 others who are very close, Senators Linda Collins-Smith, Terry Rice & Rep. Dan Sullivan

In my long life there have been some good governors and many bad ones, beginning in 1945 with Sid McMath (D) (decorated Marine), Francis Cherry (D)—both excellent governors, which brings me to the 2017 Governor. My belief is that we the people are recipients of the most corrupt & in some cases criminally so and self-serving government since before 1945. This of course is Asa Hutchinson (R/CM), who by the way, is using his PAC to defeat at least one of the five excellent legislators listed above. In Asa’s many years sloshing around in the welfare taxpayer trough, he has never had successful results, e.g. U.S. Attorney (Mena/Barry Seal/Medellin Drug Cartel), Congressman (illegal Mexican drug cartels/distribution centers NWA while increasing the illegal alien invasions exponentially), U.S. Border/Drug Czar (open borders, opining that “illegals could not sleep for fear of deportation”), and now as the Ark. Governor has created 340,000 new welfare recipients—able-bodied males, unemployed, not married, no children under a program Hutchinson has ironically named “ARKANSAS WORKS” and expanded the number of Arkansas government employees.

Jake Files was Asa’s point man in the Senate and the Screw Pitsch is Asa’s choice to take Files place. That pretty well sums it up.
Quoting Founder & Patriot Patrick Henry, in this case government is a collection of “rapacious harpies”—Dems, Repubs, & RCM’s.

Joe McCutchen

P.S. Hutchinson proclaims to be a Conservative and an Evangelical, a man with “Arkansas Values” (?) and a “Visionary” (raising taxes). Hogwash!

INCUMBENCY IS A TOXIC WEED—FATAL—OBSERVE! The road to slavery & the guillotine.

Files/Pitsch/Hutchinson…out of control government

Like a Bond the “Fix” is ready to mature. August 27, 2017

Feb. 26, 2017 I wrote an article titled “Deep City Fort Smith” that called attention to the inept & corrupt behavior of a number of the county’s politicians. I further stated that Representative (the Screw) Matt Pitsch would assume Senator Files Senate seat when he fell on his sword. On May 16, 2017 news of Files alleged criminal activities were beginning to be reported.

Before you could say Jack Robinson, the House Screw appeared the next day in Business in Politics. Pitsch stated “I’M EXCITED TO MOVE TO THE SENATE AND CONTINUE REPRESENTING OUR COMMUNITY”. How about that for arrogance and double-dealing inside trading by Pitsch & unnamed others?

Sheer conjecture: Obviously there was a sordid deal cut long before Files was to fall on his sword, between I believe, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Doyle Webb, Pitsch & Files. Regardless if I’m wrong about the fix dealers, there was and is a fix. One thing for sure, Hutchinson was involved. You know, he’s the guy that has “Arkansas Values” and he is diligently working to remove the 3 real conservatives in the Arkansas legislature.

Pitsch’s total employment revolves around government and is nothing more than an automaton for government, and a double-dipper & maybe more of taxpayer funds.

Hutchinson’s government has proven to be a nest of charlatans. I will cite three other corrupt deals the Republican legislators and Hutchinson have crafted.

1. Issue 3, which clothed itself in ethics when actually it extended term limits and increased legislator’s salaries significantly.

2. Hutchinson and his family & other Republican minions created a hoax named “Arkansas Works”, which in due course created another 340,000 welfare addicts.

3. Hutchinson, along with the entire national, state, & local Republicans are now working to destroy our Founding Father’s 7th Amendment, i.e. a guarantee of trial by jury of one’s peers (our only protection), and replace it with Government politicians dictating outcomes. They call it “Tort Reform”. State government has already been bought off by nursing homes, hospital chains & large corporate interests.

In order for the Screw to be named to the Senate by Hutchinson, Senator Files must wait to resign until there is no time left for a Special Election.

The taxpayers have been betrayed by Republican office holders, top down. There are only a few office holders in government that is not self-serving, one being the President of the U.S., Donald Trump…at least at this point and bravo, not a Republican. Same corruption & criminal behavior can be said of the Democrats.


Joe McCutchen

Files/Pitsch Republican high political drama

Double-dipper Ark. House of Rep. Screw, Matt Pitsch (R) , by his own words has assumed Sen. Jake Files (R) Senate seat.

I wrote an article titled Deep City Fort Smith, Feb. 26, 2017 that called attention to inept & corrupt behavior of a number of Sebastian County’s politicians.

I attached a P.S. to the article & stated that double-dipper and House Screw Rep. Pitsch, would assume Sen. Files Senate seat when Files fell on his sword. This very thing happened today, May 16, 2017. The Deep City article may be found at

Talk about counting your chickens before they hatch here is a direct quote from Rep. Pitsch that appeared in Talk Business & Politics. Quote: “I’m excited to move to the Senate & continue representing our community”.

I don’t claim to be prescient, just experienced in how sleazy politicians are and how foolish & uneducated the voting masses are.
Incumbency is a toxic weed.

Joe McCutchen

Who will replace Files?

And who will be the replacement? April 13, 2017

Who will the 2 Fort Smith nabobs (Griffin & Sicard) choose to replace the disgraced Ark. State Senator Jake Files?

The most likely candidate at the present time appears to be the active double-dipper Republican House Majority Leader Ark. State Rep. Matt Pitsch/also RITA Director. His allegiance?

He has proven himself worthy by being efficient and unforgiving in the capacity of performing the duties of being the Ark. House of Representative’s Screw. He’s shown his worth to the 2 nabobs by his rapid rise in the higher (insiders) echelons of government, which identifies him as a good dependable government soldier, i.e. an enemy of “we the people”.

Actually the 2 nabobs may have already chosen the Screw and haven’t yet officially anointed Rep. Pitsch as their newest replacement Gofer. However, there may be others applying for the job and it will prove interesting to see if any will come forth and what baggage they will be carrying.

After all, “Public Service” is so noble.

Joe McCutchen

Secrecy & “Tort Reform”

A quote attributed to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither, and will lose both”. February 11, 2017

The Arkansas legislature, in this case under the direction of State Senator Gary Stubblefield (R) offers a bill bent on erecting another wall of secrecy between we the people and the government that paralyzes the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act pertaining to the number of security officers & law enforcement officers on the 33 college & university campuses as well as the public schools regarding all information about their numbers, records, security plans, procedures, studies, measures, ad infinitum. Why do law enforcement’s huge numbers deserve this type of protection? They don’t!

This all-encompassing legislation has no basis for existence, it is simply another government protection racket aimed at neutralizing we the people with the built in foundation for continuing expansion, e.g. Secretary of State Mark Martin wants the same for the Capitol Police.

The inordinate numbers of attacks on our freedoms listed above provokes the question, what next? This measure, if enacted, simply opens the door for more secrecy in other government venues.

Police forces are militarily trained, equipped, fusion centers available, and utterly no necessity to enact more freedom-killing legislation. Members of the Ark. legislature constantly refer to themselves as conservative—just exactly what is it they are conserving? Republican legislators are indeed a very dangerous breed if the Constitution and its Bill of Rights are dear to you.

Another example of a potential crime being promoted before our very eyes: SJR8, commonly known as the RNC’s (Republican) “Tort Reform” that savages our 7th Amendment that guarantees the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers, not a “trial” controlled by a collection of bribe-taking Republican legislators, lobbyists, bureaucrats & other self-servers.


It is inconceivable that these bribe-taking Republican betrayers would dare take away what our Founding Fathers fought so hard to give us and have it replaced by self-serving state legislators & at the behest of other parasites, i.e. nursing home operators, hospitals, corporations, etc.–only to enhance their bottom line. Who do you put your trust in, politicians or your neighbors?

Ask the Honorable Asa Hutchinson and your elected representatives their positions on this proposed slaughter of the 7th Amendment.

Joe McCutchen

Political Trojan Horse may “Hoist them by their own Petards” while the “Bell Tolls for Them”

Another giant Trojan Horse—Tort Reform—Arkansas SJR8—A gift from the Political Gods, originally allegedly to reduce the costs of healthcare. As in all political bills offered, identify first who the lobbyists represent—that will tell the tale.
February 7, 2017

Citizens better look at this Trojan with a microscope because it affects not only their pocketbooks but their & their loved ones very lives. Issue 3 caught you with your pants down, let that one alone awaken you. This Horse bombs our 7th Amendment right to trial by jury.
Tort Reform we have been conditioned to believe will bring healthcare costs down while the truth is that the bought off legislators are pandering to nursing homes, hospitals, & any industry or entity that might cause neglectful injury or death to innocent victims and don’t want to face the financial penalties a jury might award on a one on one basis, based on facts & evidence. Those responsible are willing to bribe with mega bucks to prevent that occurrence because juries personally see the horrendous effects on victims and reward according to severity.

The bill is written obviously so tortuously that this is an educated interpretation of what it actually does…which is definitely not in favor of any victim.

This odious SJR8, introduced by Sen. Missy Irvin (who works for her Doctor husband’s clinic)…by the way, malpractice is the 3rd leading cause of deaths, up to 400,000 per year in the U.S. This Bill would cap injury/death remuneration at $250,000, no matter the irresponsibility or the poor judgment causing the catastrophic suffering/pain/injury/death…that figure includes attorney’s fees and any outstanding frighteningly large medical bills. The victim could easily end up with nothing according to this bill.

Whether neglect in a nursing home, a doctor’s malpractice, or any individual or corporation wrongful acts causing you or your loved one losing their limbs or life, the evidence/responsibility/accountability is wiped out by political fiat, reducing your worth to $250,000 or less regardless of the consequences to you.

Which brings us to an intriguing question. Do these lobbyists, politicians, bureaucrats, businesses who do harm to others believe themselves to be bulletproof? Do they have a hidden clause to protect themselves from this cannibalistic bill? If not, the law of unintended consequences cannot be controlled or foreseen. The individuals & their families & friends in this cabal vociferously advocating for “Tort Reform” are not immune from being victims of the bill they so righteously portray, whether from ignorance or pay-back…the consequences will be the same.

When one of them is killed or maimed will they be content with the cap or will they be screaming for the 7th Amendment—the right to trial by jury of their peers? Wrongful death or injury is just that. WRONGFUL. That means accountability, of making amends, of righting the wrong as best as possible…you know; that antiquated idea of responsibility for wrong actions.

If this bill passes, one might even hope that the perpetrators are victims of their own unintended consequences or as Shakespeare’s Hamlet described so eloquently regarding those planning his assassination when he plotted they be “hoisted with their own petard.” (That is an idiom that means “to be harmed by one’s own plan to harm someone else” or “to fall into one’s own trap”, implying that one could be lifted (blown) upward by one’s own bomb, or in other words, be foiled by one’s own plan.) Trojan Horse bombs? Poetic justice?

SJR8 conspirators, if you succeed, Hemmingway also perhaps described you… “therefore never send to know for whom the (funeral) bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”

~Barbara McCutchen

P.S. the legislator Betrayers/Misinformed sponsors proudly list their names publicly for all to see:

Sen. Missy Irvin [R]
Rep. Bob Ballinger [R]
Sen. Blake Johnson [R]
Sen. Bill Sample [R]

Rep. Brandt Smith [R]
Rep. Sonia Eubanks Barker [R]
Rep. Rick Beck [R]
Rep. Mary Bentley [R]

Sen. Cecile Bledsoe [R]
Rep. Kenneth Bragg [R]
Rep. Karilyn Brown [R]
Rep. Frances Cavenaugh [R]

Rep. Bruce Coleman [R]
Rep. Charles Collins [R]
Rep. Bruce Cozart [R]
Rep. Dan Douglas [R]

Rep. Deborah Ferguson [D]
Rep. David Meeks [R]
Sen. David Wallace [R]
Rep. Andy Davis [R]

Rep. Jim Dotson [R]
Rep. Trevor Drown [R]
Sen. Eddie Williams [R]
Rep. Les Eaves [R]

Rep. Jon Eubanks [R]
Rep. Joe Farrer [R]
Sen. Jake Files [R]
Rep. Grant Hodges [R]

Rep. Mickey Gates [R]
Rep. Justin Gonzales [R]
Rep. Kenneth Henderson [R]
Sen. Bart Hester [R]

Rep. David Hillman [D]
Rep. Mike Holcomb [D]
Rep. Steve Hollowell [R]
Sen. Jonathan Dismang [R]

Sen. Jane English [R]
Sen. Jim Hendren [R]
Rep. Lane Jean [R]
Rep. Logan Jett [D]

Rep. Kim Hendren [R]
Sen. Lance Eads [R]
Rep. Lanny Fite [R]
Rep. Jack Ladyman [R]

Rep. Tim Lemons [R]
Rep. Mark Lowery [R]
Rep. Robin Lundstrum [R]
Rep. Roger Lynch [R]

Rep. Michelle Gray [R]
Rep. Stephen Magie [D]
Rep. Austin Mccollum [R]
Rep. John Payton [R]

Rep. Rebecca Petty [R]
Rep. Aaron Pilkington [R]
Sen. Jason Rapert [R]
Rep. Marcus Richmond [R]

Rep. Laurie Rushing [R]
Rep. Johnny Rye [R]
Rep. Jim Sorvillo [R]
Rep. Nelda Speaks [R]

Sen. Greg Standridge [R]
Rep. James Sturch [R]
Sen. Trent Garner [R]
Rep. Deann Vaught [R]

Rep. Jeff Wardlaw [D]
Rep. Les Warren [R]
Rep. Danny Watson [R]
Rep. Richard Womack [R]

An Ode to the Protection Racket

Political theater and an odious ode praising some local Arkansas state legislators. February 5, 2017

State Rep. Matt Pitsch, a double-dipper and big government disciple apparently thinks the Arkansas Legislators’ protection racket needs some greasing.

In today’s edition of the T.R. , Rep Pitsch politically massages himself, State Senator Jake Files, State Senator Terry Rice, Rep. George McGill, Rep. Charlotte Douglas, & Rep. Justin Boyd.

Out of the six, two are betrayers to their constituencies; that would be Sen. Files & the author, Rep. Pitsch.

When the matter of SJR8 comes to a vote, fondly called Tort Reform, pushed by Republicans for at least 10-12 years, and if passed would destroy Amendment 7 of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights which guarantees the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers, and place that right in the hands of politicians, in this case, those owned by nursing homes, hospitals, medical practices & corporations. A vote FOR SJR8 is a declaration of war against the lives of their Arkansas constituents and overtly giving the finger to our Founding Fathers.

Rep. Pitsch, a double-dipper & a champion of big government. He is employed federally by RITA and the state as a Representative. Where do you believe his allegiances lie? There is room left for his constituents. At the end of his first term he was chosen as the Speaker of the House for his second term which indicates he cut a huge number of spurious deals.

Pitsch alluded to Sen. Jake Files only in terms that Files is Chairman of the Capital’s Senate Revenue Tax Committee. “That means simply he has the opportunity to oversee every dollar the state spends.” What irony. The Senator and a companion recently bankrupted a Fort Smith city project in a cash grant awarded them in the amount of $1.08 million and other financial considerations that were awarded to them for the construction & completion of an 8 field softball complex, replete with amenities. No mention if City Manager Carl Geffken and the City Directors are going to audit Files & Webb, a must. And Files is the Official in charge of spending all state tax dollars!

Files also borrowed some $30,000 from a state lobbyist to cover a hot check and he also tapped what I believe came out of the General Improvement Fund a while back for $1 million plus directed to the nascent Marshal’s Museum (promoted as a “private endeavor”), and the list of nefarious financial ventures (multitudes of failed corporations) continues…all smelling like quid pro quo.

The question in my mind regarding Pitsch & Files, are the voting citizens in their respective districts that stupid?

The jury (non-legislator) is still out on Rice, McGill, Douglas, & Boyd’s stance on the freedom killing Republican Tort Reform bill SJR8. And of course the other two mentioned will fall into this category.

Pitsch’s column is titled, “Area Sees Vital Shift in Leadership”. Other than political massaging and an attempt at cover-up, please tell me Rep Pitsch, why do you feel it necessary to praise yourself and the other 5 in your article, particularly in view of your constituency sell-out? Smells like the proverbial protection racket.

Joe McCutchen

LTE re idiotic no caps on gov’t spending!

Another Infamous Issue 3 September 16, 2016

Issue 3—would remove the cap on all state-issued bonds amendment which would allow the state to issue unlimited bonds to a corporation, association, institution, or individuals to help finance economic development projects & services.

Issue 3 on the November ballot is described as a “multi-pronged measure (theoretically) promoting economic development”.
Issue 3, promoted by Regional Chambers of Commerce.

Issue 3 is a reach-out for acquisition of unlimited political power and mischief.

The National Chamber of Commerce is the largest financial advocate of mass immigration, open borders, illegal labor and amnesty. Are enablers & advocates for outsourcing jobs via NAFTA, GATT, TPP—billed as “free trade”—Not free!

Issue 3 would effectively add to Arkansas government’s own wealth and the wealth of its favored groups.

If passed, the Arkansas government & legislature will be in a position to dominate the entire state economic system, replacing the private sector.

The word “regional” equates to losing individual cities’ political & economic influence.

An example of a super-project gone awry–the failed Lockheed-Martin $87.1 million expansion in Camden, Arkansas.

Revealed: Doug Coutts, Senator Tom Cotton’s Chief of Staff, son of Robert Coutts, a former executive at Lockheed, now owner of the company Missile & Fire Control facility in Camden. Robert Coutts & wife gave thousands to Cotton’s senatorial campaign.

David Ray, a former spokesman for Senator Cotton, regarding the failed Lockheed deal, “Arkansas taxpayers shouldn’t be fronting for one of the largest & most successful companies in the world”. Ray continued, “Streamline regulations that will benefit all businesses, not just one hand-picked company”.

The matter of the failed Fort Smith Mitsubishi plant. Total cost? Status & cost of the arcane Arkansas State University located in Queretaro, Mexico?

Giving politicians’ carte blanche spending ability is gross stupidity.

Joe McCutchen