Archive for the ‘Ron Black’ Category

Black on Taxes

February 15, 2008

“An interesting story ran on KTOK yesterday. Their methane gas filled dome correspondent interviewed Speaker Chris Benge about the down-turn in revenues and that there is a distinct possibility that there will be no decrease in the tax rate. But what really struck me was how the story was told.” Read more (3rd story)

"Rush" To Judgment

February 6, 2008
“Wild Oklahoma” host, blogger, and former radio personality Ron Black, has agreed to contribute his thoughts from time to time on OKPNS. His first piece is on the national conservative talk show hosts and decision ’08.

By Ron Black

Something very strange happened on the way to the polls…Rush Limbaugh inserted himself, making the booth very crowded indeed.

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and others have made the decision to reach out to conservative voters by playing an intellectual game of three card monte, hiding the truth about who the “real conservative” may or may not be in this race. For three months, nationally syndicated talk radio hosts have put together concerted effort to undermine the credibility of Sen. John McCain’s candidacy as a so-called conservative while at the same time, forgetting the inconsistencies of all of the GOP candidates. By way of illustration:

1. Rush, Sean and Laura have advocated for Mitt Romney because McCain’s position on illegal immigration is too “liberal.” Evidently, they have forgotten the fact that Mitt Romney has a shady past on immigration.

2. Syndicated talk radio has targeted McCain as a liberal because he worked with Kennedy on the arguably deplorable McCain/Kennedy Immigration Plan. But wait a minute – didn’t our hero, Ronald Reagan, grant 11 million illegal immigrants amnesty? And didn’t Mike Huckabee provide tuition breaks for the children of illegals in Arkansas? They (syndicated talkers) talk about how illegal immigration is a “national security issue,” but our ports are not? Didn’t Rush Limbaugh himself support the turning over of our ports to the UAE – to Dubai Ports World? Pot. Kettle. Black.

3. Syndicated talk radio has overlooked Mike Huckabee’s insatiable appetite for increased taxes as Governor of Arkansas.

And the icing on the rhetorical cake has been the issue of the 2nd Amendment. Mitt Romney still supports a ban on so-called assault weapons because they look so darned scary. Yeah. That, friends, is a conservative posture, isn’t it?

The reality of this Presidential election cycle is that we’re choosing from the evil of a whole bunch of lessers and the end result is so-called talkers doing so out of both sides of their mouths. While they attempt to crucify John McCain for the fact that he’s not a member of the John Birch Society, the polling results underscore the fact that they are unbelievably out of touch with the average Republican voter.

The average Republican voter knows full well that Hillary presents the biggest problem for American economic growth – not John McCain. One wonders how long it will take Rush and Sean to figure that out…

Quote of the Day: Ron Black – "Neither Political Party in Oklahoma Can Take the Moral High Ground on Ethical Issues"

February 1, 2008

“I’ve said it before and will again – neither political party in Oklahoma can take the moral high ground on ethical issues. My party (Republican) needs strong leadership with a clear message of reform and repentance. Gary Jones, my good friend and GOP Chair, must take the lead in fulfilling his campaign promise – that the consultants will no longer run the party and that we will return it back to the people. Without that strong leadership here in Oklahoma, the GOP might as well grease up, bend over and be prepared to take it this fall.” Read more…

Ron Black: "Speaking of Televangelism, What Will Be The Fate of ORU?

November 16, 2007

“The sharks are circling, smelling blood in the evangelical waters and are ready to devour Christian-based educational institutions because they are, well, Christian. While not being a fan of Oral Roberts or his style of ‘blab-it-and-grab-it’ message, I would not at all rejoice in seeing ORU crumble as a result of a handful of bad apples. Oral Roberts, Richard Roberts, Robert Tilton, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Rod Parsley, Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch and the rest of the modern-day Johann Tetzels are at the bottom of the spiritual food chain as far as I’m concerned but it is tragic to see an Oklahoma university fail because of poor (spiritual, not financial) leadership.” Read more…

AP: Oral Roberts Provost to Resign if School’s President Stays

Counterpoint: Progressive Presumption

October 24, 2007

Oklahoma Gazette:

By Ron Black

Progressives and conservatives have more in common than we care to admit (in public, at least). We desire efficacious and transparent government, we expect our elected officials have an understanding of the Constitution (or at least be able to spell “constitution” — with a few notable exceptions), we desire less governmental intrusion in our personal lives and both embrace free speech. Progressives and conservatives share yet another thread: single-issue pontificators whose alligator mouths are much larger than their mockingbird posteriors.

Some more vocal progressives would argue that they are at the top of their game and poised to gain coveted ground because of the perception of the war in Iraq as well as alleged scandals with Republican leadership. But the most recent Oklahoma City school bond issue would contradict such delusion. The holy grail of progressives is education (read: education funding), and with some of the lowest voter turnout in Oklahoma history, the progressive base either has forgotten why it came to the dance in the first place or, more likely, stayed home altogether.

Sure, the school bond issue received the overwhelming support of 78 percent, but only about 14,200 eligible voters broke away from “America’s Next Top Model” reruns to hit the polls. It’s rather like boasting of being class valedictorian at your home school. Sorry, but as we like to say around deer camp, “that dog don’t hunt.” The only thing “staggering” about the victory is how few people made the decision to give Oklahoma City Public Schools an additional $248.3 million. Read more…