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COLLEGE REPUBLICAN MONTHLY!

JUNE 2013

Table of Contents LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN..........................................3

PICTURES FROM 2012-2013....................................................4-7

ARTICLES..................................................................................8-10 Alexander Miller........8 Chris Chaney............. 9

INTRODUCTION TO NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD......11-12

LETTER FORM THE EDITOR...............................................13

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The George Washington University College Republicans 800 21st Street, NW Suite 422 Washington, DC 20052 gop@gwrepublicans.org www.gwrepublicans.org

Alexander Miller, Chairman Class of 2017: Welcome to the District and the GW community! I am Alexander Miller and am incredibly honored to serve as your GW College Republicans Chairman for the 2013-2014 school year. I am a Junior, studying Philosophy and Public Affairs in Columbian College. Growing up in the heavily democratic city of Scranton, PA, I could not be more excited to be a part the GW College Republicans. I have served on the GWCR Executive Board as Freshmen Representative, Vice Chairman, and now Chairman. I am excited to use these experiences to revolutionize our organization and bring an even stronger conservative message to campus. We are all very excited to welcome you to GW. Here at GW, you have incredible opportunities ahead of you. Our organization is focused on offering those once-in-a-lifetime #OnlyAtGW moments, building leaders, and creating long-lasting friendships. In the past, our organization has brought keynote speakers such as Karl Rove, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Jeb Bush, and most recently, Dr. Ron Paul! We offer our members incredible campaign trips, which have included Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts  (including  admission  to  Mitt  Romney’s  Election  Night  Party).   While the speakers, trips, and events are incredible opportunities, I have found the best part of this organization to be the incredible friendships that are formed. Throughout your time with the GWCRs you will have the opportunity to meet some incredible people. Some of these connections may lead to future jobs, and many will likely lead to lifetime friendships. I am a firm believer that this organization can transform a college career, as it certainly has for me. Take a moment this summer and get to know your executive board. We are all on facebook and available via email if you’d like to chat. Our goal is help make your experience with the GWCRs as incredible as our experiences have been. On behalf of the entire 2013-2014 Executive Board, congratulations on admission, and welcome to GW! We look forward to meeting you in the fall. Best,

Alexander Miller Chairman, GW College Republicans Alex@GWRepublicans.org

Promoting the conservative message at GW

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COLLEGE REPUBLICAN MONTHLY today, I have learned the industry inside and out from the best of the best. From traveling to the world’s largest machinery and manufacturing shows with MZM, I have had the opportunity to witness the industry in the type of “backstage” fashion. This exclusive look has showed me both the beauty and the beast of manufacturing. The beauty arises from the incredible movements and functions of the machinery. The Alexander Miller synchronized actions of a fourIn addition to being a fullhundred foot long gear time student at GW, and acting production line are comparable as Chairman for the GW to a well-choreographed dance. College Republicans, I am The art of the steam and proud to define myself as an smoke, clink and clank of the entrepreneur. In June of 2012, I machines starkly contrasted officially became a business with the grease and grime that owner with a license and awaits people like me and charter presented by the machinery riggers, underneath Commonwealth of and inside of the complex parts. Pennsylvania to MZM Group I never dreamed of being a face LLC. MZM is an industrial in the manufacturing industry, machinery company but after spending days upon headquartered in Scranton, PA. days working with machinery, We focus primarily on the you learn to love it a little bit. buying and selling of machines The beast of the industry is for the manufacturing industry not just the grease and grime in the United States. covered gears, but more so the Prior to entering the story behind the industry. This business world, I knew very decade is the first time since little about manufacturing and the Industrial Revolution that machinery. I could, very manufacturing employs less elementarily, assist in rigging than 10% of the US workforce. (moving and transporting) Once powerful workshops are machinery due to a few days becoming vacant lots in spent with a family friend’s response to the economy, and rigging company. My industrial even more so, the heavy knowledge however ceased at regulations of the Obama that. From June of 2012 to Administration.

MANUFACTURING: THE NOT-SODREAMY DREAM OF A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR & THE WITNESSED EFFECTS OF A HEAVILY REGULATED INDUSTRY IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

JUNE 2013 Manufacturing is not a hot issue to many news outlets. And for that reason, the new regulations placed on the industry are not heavily reported. However, witnessing firsthand what these regulations can do, I assert that they should be receiving headline coverage. Some regulations come from the EPA regarding chemical compounds and other manufacturing waste. Some regulations arise from new business taxes. However, the most notable regulation that I’ve heard from manufacturers arises from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Leading up to the 2012 election, I traveled to our headquarters office to meet with some clients wanting to tie-up some end-of-the-year procedures. Politics were an inevitable topic. In the unemployment hot-spot of Scranton Pennsylvania lies what I called a “breeding ground” for liberals. What I found, however, argued this notion. Speaking with a once very powerful and prosperous manufacturing owner, I saw the struggle that Obamacare causes firsthand In 2008, this gentleman employed over 50 works. He employs 8 today. Both supply and demand has remained generally consistent (with a slight dip in demand in response to the economy). He has let go of over 40 workers... PAGE 8


COLLEGE REPUBLICAN MONTHLY in many ways, the world. The men and women, who work their 9-5 drilling and grinding in response to the economy, and polishing metal, give new regulations, and primarily foundation to each and every Obamacare. Now barely structure we pass. If you want making enough to pay overhead to see the real working America this gentleman has considered and you want to see the true letting go even more workers. effects of a big-time However, once again with Washington bill, step inside a regulations, it will actually cost small warehouse in the him more to let another fullboondocks of Pennsylvania. time employee go than it wold Odds are I’ll be there, and I’d to pay that employee’s salary. be happy to show you the truth. This gentleman is faced with two options: barely pass by and God Bless the Red, White, & acquire some debt, or close and Blue lose another nine jobs in this economy. He was not the only owner CONSERVATISM who emphasized with the ALIVE AND WELL IN struggling industry. Another OKLAHOMA gentleman the owner of on to Chris Chaney he largest manufacturing warehouses in the area which is You won’t hear about it nearly vital for the local from the lame-stream media, economy, said he would be but conservatism is alive and closing up for an early well in Oklahoma. Elected by retirement if Obama was rehis peers in January, T.W. elected. I am yet to hear if he Shannon is the youngest person kept that decision. After and the first African-American speaking with eight owners, not to serve as Speaker of the one argued against these points. Oklahoma House of If the liberal folks of Representatives. In the “Year of Northeastern Pennsylvania Republican Women,” Mary hold these opinions of the Fallin was elected in 2010 as the current regulations and first female governor of economy, I feel they must hold Oklahoma. some truth. It is clearly not just Governor Mary Fallin and conservative jargon. Speaker T.W. Shannon are the At the end of the day, I am driving force behind the proud to be involved in the conservative reforms taking manufacturing and machinery effect in Oklahoma. And industry. This industry contains they’re working. Currently the backbone of America and unemployment in Oklahoma

MANUFACTURING Con’t

JUNE 2013 stands at 5.0%; a full two and a half percentage points lower than the national average. During Fallin’s first year as Governor (March 2011February 2012) Oklahoma’s economy grew by 10%. And during this most recent 12month period (March 2012February 2013) the state’s economy continued to grow albeit at a lower rate. Perhaps some of Texas’ good fortunate is blowing north. Shannon and Fallin wasted no time launching their conservative agenda. Both of the flagship item, personal income tax cuts and worker compensation reform, have become law. On 7 May 2013 HB 2032 was sent to Gov. Fallin’s desk for her signature. The bill, authored by Speaker Shannon, lowers the state’s personal income tax rate to 5.0%. Cutting taxes sends a powerful signal that Oklahoma is serious about implementing pro-growth policies that benefit business and families. With Texas, which has no personal income tax, to the south and Kansas, whose top rate rest at 4.9%, to the north, if Oklahoma hopes to remain competitive for businesses and residents enacting tax relief is a good first step. Oklahoma’s business community has long bemoaned the state’s complicated and expensive worker’s compensation system. And they should; total cost of worker’s... PAGE 9


COLLEGE REPUBLICAN MONTHLY program subject to the Federal Arbitration Act compensation claims are much Worker’s compensation higher in Oklahoma when reform has long been a compared to neighboring legislative priority in states-nearly twice as high... Oklahoma; it’s a testament to Oklahoma ‘s average perFallin’s leadership-and case of partial disability costs commitment to conservative hover around $47,000. The principles-that finally allowed it regional average is $25,000. The to become law. The burdensome cost have caused aforementioned reforms are some national employers to major political victories that think twice about opening would prompt most politicians locations in Oklahoma. While to take a victory lap. Fallin and pitched as a way to protect Shannon show no signs of workers, Oklahoma’s current slowing down any time soon. system put their jobs in On May 10, Fallin signed jeopardy and hampers another bill sponsored by Oklahoma's economy. Shannon. HB 1908 directs the On 6 May 2013, businesses’ Department of Human Services complaints morphed into to air public service cheers. Gov. Fallin signed SB announcement touting 106 which changes the current marriage as a way to combat court-based system into an poverty. I do not believe that administrative one. Other key marriage was a tool in Lyndon provisions include: Johnson’s arsenal when he • Revamp the indemnity launched his “War on Poverty;” benefits system to make it kudos to Fallin and Shannon for more predictable and easier turning to civil society to to administer without the alleviate a societal ill instead of need for attorney a government program. involvement On the education front, • Allows Oklahoma Shannon and his leadership employers to opt out of team have introduced worker’s compensation legislation to prevent the system and administer work Oklahoma Department of related injury benefits to Education from implementing employees through qualified Common Core standards. benefit plan These one-size fits all, Washington, DC education • Allow Oklahoma employers who remain in the mandates are nothing more than a Trojan Horse for worker’s compensation government indoctrination. system to develop an alternative dispute resolution Where in the Constitution does the federal government

OKLAHOMA CON’T

JUNE 2013 have any authority over education? Shannon recognizes that the answer to this question is nowhere. His efforts to stop needless government intrusion into the classroom are commendable. If history is any guide. Shannon will have a little trouble shepherding this latest conservative reform to Fallin’s desk. The conservative reforms championed by Shannon and Fallin that are now law-and those pending- will make Oklahoma a better place to live and work. Many Republican officials talk about and promise to enact the kinds of reforms passed in Oklahoma, but few ever do. The dynamic duo in Oklahoma stands as a strong symbol for conservative leadership; they stuck to their principles and delivered results. As age 35, Shannon has a long future in the Republican Party ahead of him. He would bring welcomed changes to Washington- on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue. http://newsok.com/oklahomaseconomic-growth-slwingreports-show/article/3761324 http:// www.insurancejournal.com/ news/southercentral/ 2013/05/05/291282.htm

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Our New Executive Board for 2013-2014 Alexander Miller Chairman

Peyton Zere Vice Chairman

Sarah Swanbeck Secretary

Sean Kumnick Director of Political Affairs

Eric McGowan Treasurer

Alex Pollock Director of Public Relations

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Letter from the Editor

Hello Everyone! My name is Jamie and I am the 2013-2014 Director of Publications. I will be a sophomore next year and the majority of my greatest freshman memories involve CR and all the friends I have made in this great organization. I look forward to creating a Monthly magazine but the task involves many more people than just myself. If you would like to help create this monthly magazine by writing articles, songs, poems, etc. please contact me at jsawicz@gwmail.gwu.edu! I look forward to working with the talented, young conservatives at GW to create an amazing publication each month!

The views expressed in the CR Monthly represent those of our members, and are not necessarily the views or positions of the College Republican National Committee, the DC Federation of College Republicans, or the George Washington University College Republicans.

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