“In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to do for them.” —A. Lincoln Fall 2011 • Newsletter
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton addressed over 200 members and guests at the 49th Annual Dinner and Membership Meeting, which was held on May 13 at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. Vice President Dr. Kerry Reynolds was named the Member of the Year, and Dr. James Huang, chairman of the Local Elections Committee and co-chairman of the Healthcare Innovations Subcommittee, was named New Member of the Year.
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President’s Message Membership Committee New Member Spotlight New Member Spotlight/ Communications Committee Legislative & Issues Committee Local Elections & Programs Committee Make Sacramento Shudder 2011 Meetings Calendar Lunch Program: Andrew McCarthy The Great Pension Debate Annual Dinner Breakfast Program: Jeff Flake Lunch Program: Rep. David Schweikert
Greg Arbues, Michael Reynolds, Bob Fish, and guest
Juan Forster, Rep. David Schweikert, and Pat Douglass
Rep. Jeﬀ Flake, Bob Loewen, and Pat Maciariello
is summer, Club members also enjoyed visits from Arizona Congressmen Jeﬀ Flake and David Schweikert and columnist Andrew McCarthy. “e Great Pension Debate” prompted a lively conversation between author/columnist Steven Greenhut and OC Employees Association manager Nick Bernardino, while a panel discussion on statewide redistricting exposed the ﬂaws of the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s ﬁnal maps. Continued on page 8.
President’s Message By Robert W. Loewen
hen Americans observed the tenth anniversary of 9/11 last month, I kept returning to the story of United Flight 93. Within a short time after lifting oﬀ from Newark Airport, terrorists seized the airliner, originally scheduled to San Francisco, and through their cell phones the passengers, each an ordinary American like you and me, quickly learned that theirs was one of several battles being fought in an undeclared war sprung by surprise against their country that day. And just as quickly, the passengers became citizen soldiers, staged a revolt to retake control of the aircraft, and gave their lives by forcing the terrorists to crash the plane into an empty Pennsylvania ﬁeld so that they could not complete their mission, whatever it was.
Political courage is also needed for a principled stand on immigration reform. Congressman Pete Sessions, chair of the National Republican Congressional Caucus, came for a breakfast visit recently, here for Ed Royce’s annual BBQ at Knott’s Berry Farm. Sessions advised that his district has the largest Hispanic voter registration of any Congressional district not represented by a Hispanic. Asked how he wins, he answered simply that he emphasizes (1) Republicans’ message on the American Dream is better than the Democrats’, and (2) on immigration reform he favors secure borders and a guest worker program without a pathway to citizenship.
e 2012 election cycle is shaping up as a monumental test of political courage on several fronts. Stop Special Interest Money Now will be on the ballot in 2012. We are about to submit nearly 850,000 signatures, of which only 505,000 signatures need to be valid. So absent outright fraud by state workers, the initiative will get on the ballot. en the campaign begins. If you want to get an idea of what the ﬁght will be like, watch the TV series “Planet Earth” on DVD and fast forward to a place where you can watch a cornered wild animal ﬁght for its life.
is, of course, is quite similar to the policy being proposed by Teresa Hernandez’s subcommittee on immigration. ere will be a vote of all Club members on this policy soon. Conservatives have been shooting themselves in the foot for too long in this issue, and it is important for the Lincoln Club to help them ﬁnd a path that is consistent with conservative principles and also allows our party back into the hearts of this growing demographic.
e Monied Special Interests will not take this lying down; they will scratch and claw for the power they have held so long. Especially the unions. In Wisconsin, the unions visited stores near the State Capitol; if they did not display a sign supporting the unions’ political position, they were harassed. One consultant who fought for a Right to Work initiative in Oklahoma tells the story of one of his colleagues who went through a full set of tires that he lost to knife slashes. We have been saying it for years: this is the last best hope to save California, but it will require passion, resolve, tenacity and sheer stubbornness to win. We must have the political will to stand against the Special Interests, who will say or do anything, and stop at nothing to defeat this measure.
Finally, in 2012 our party must have the courage to tell the truth about entitlements. Social Security and Medicare have been called the “third rail” of politics. But if no one talks about entitlements, they can’t ever be ﬁxed, and they really need ﬁxing. Paul Ryan started it, but many of our Presidential candidates still demur when the subject comes up. If a handful of passengers on United Flight 93, all ordinary Americans, can size up the situation as they did and organize themselves to stage a successful revolt against the terrorists, thereby preventing what could have been a horrifying fourth successful mission that day, then voting Americans can ﬁgure out who is telling the truth about entitlements. “Cut spending” is just a slogan unless we are willing to undertake structural reform of entitlements. at will take courage. Which of the candidates has it?
Robert W. Loewen
Membership Committee Update By Patrick Maciariello, Membership Committee Chairman
ovember 2012 is over a year away, but election season is in full swing. As your new Membership Chairman, I’m excited to help our Club strengthen our numbers, and consequently, our inﬂuence in the business community as well as federal, state, and local politics. Our goal is simple – “220 by 2012.” at is, having 220 members by Nov. 2012. Easy enough to remember, but how do we do it? Each of you joined the Lincoln Club for diﬀerent reasons. Maybe you wanted to meet our elected oﬃcials in person, or felt passionate about a particular issue. Or maybe you were just tired of yelling at the TV, of sitting on the sidelines as major policy decisions were being debated and decided. I will bet that there are plenty of other people like that in your own circles. Like-minded Republicans who have an opinion
about the presidential candidates, who fear a second Obama term, or worry about the sinking state of California and want to do something about it. ese are exciting times. Look what we have been able to do this year alone – from qualifying an initiative on the statewide ballot to all of the great speakers you’ll read about in these pages. None of this would have happened without you. But imagine all that we could accomplish with 20 more people like you added to our ranks as we head into 2012. Reach out to them. Ask them to do something rather than waiting for someone else to change California. e Lincoln Club is a great place to start.
Welcome New Members We are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Lincoln Club. We tried to collect as many photos as possible, so if your photo is missing, please send it to Clare Venegas and it will be included in the next edition. If you see one of these members at future Lincoln Club events, please make them feel welcome! A special ‘ank You’ especially to their sponsors.
Travis Allen Wealth Strategies Group
Rex McKown Pelican Coast Real Estate
Ethan Temianka Patriarch Properties
Hon. David Brickner JAMS
Walter Myers, III Microsoft
Craig Young e Lincoln Partners
Michael Gates Sullivan, Ballog, & Williams, LLP
Stephen Fry Fry Steel Co.
omas Lamons Cummins & White, LLP
Mario Rodriguez Jonathan Grey and Associates
Miguel Orozco Law Oﬃce of James G. Roche
NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Robert Micone, LPL Financial Why did you decide to join the Lincoln Club? What attracted you to the Club? I want to make a diﬀerence in the Conservative movement. What do you consider to be the most important political or public policy issue? What issues are you most passionate about? Mandatory, conﬁscatory union misrepresentation. Issues: Lower taxes, smaller government, and repeal of Taft-Hartley.
If you could hand-pick the next U.S. president, who would you choose and why? Newt Gingrich is the smartest man in town and knows how to assemble coalitions. What is something that most people may not know about you? I am an accomplished championship tournament Bridge player.
Welcome Returning Members Jo Ellen Chatham Edison
Dr. James Leslie Advanced Composite Products and Technology, Inc.
Carmen Leslie Daniels Fibers, Inc.
Manuel Ramirez Ramirez Jimenez International
Dr. Julian Whitaker Whitaker Wellness Institute
Connie Whitaker Whitaker Wellness Institute
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NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Walter Myers III, Microsoft Why did you decide to join the Lincoln Club? What attracted you to the Club? I had been considering the Lincoln Club for some time, but didn’t realize the club was committed to responding to key issues in terms of making concrete policy recommendations. Over the past few years, I have come to love policy discussions, particularly on illegal immigration. So when I learned the Lincoln Club was working on this issue, I jumped at the chance to get involved. What do you consider to be the most important political or public policy issue? What issues are you most passionate about? e most important issue clearly is economic policy. Our government ignores the Constitution, spends too much, and dampens economic growth through overregulation of business and an anti-competitive tax structure. We are close to becoming a welfare state instead of an opportunity society. If we continue in this regard, we will follow in the footsteps of Greece and Italy. I am also passionate about solving the illegal immigration problem, and overturning Obamacare in favor of a market-based solution.
If you could hand-pick the next U.S. president, who would you choose and why? If I could hand-pick the next the next US president, it would be Rep. Mike Pence. Pence is a solid conservative who stands on principle and won’t compromise his core values. I believe he would surround himself with the best economic minds (not academics), would make sound policy decisions, accept responsibility for his decisions, and would change course if circumstances dictate. In a word, he would provide leadership, and I believe we would be a more prosperous, disciplined nation with him as president. What is something that most people may not know about you? Most who meet me think I’m a political junkie, but I’m actually not. My deepest interests outside of work are Philosophy of Mind, Quantum Mechanics, Anatomy, and Cellular/Molecular Biology. I am so involved politically because I am deathly afraid of the direction of this country.
Communications Committee Update By Dan Baren, Communications Committee Chairman
ver the summer, the Communications Committee hosted several ‘Social Media 101’ workshops to teach Lincoln Club members the basics about social media sites, such as Facebook. About 40 members learned how powerful social media can be in spreading the word about the Lincoln Club and issues that we care about.
We also experimented with Facebook advertising as a way to build our brand recognition among local conservatives in the Orange County area. New member Ethan Temianka developed a series of short, catchy ads that were strategically targeted to appear on the Facebook pages of people who self-identify as conservatives. e goal was to get them to “like” our Facebook page and build a network of people that would see information we posted on the Club’s Facebook page. It is an extremely cost-eﬀective way to advertise, as we only spent about $530, yet yielded over 1.1 million impressions.
Social media is not a passing fad. Last year, the amount of traﬃc on social networking sites exceeded that of email. ere are nearly 1 billion Facebook users in the world – 350 million alone use Facebook on their mobile phones! So if you are not yet on Facebook or Twitter, and would like to help us share information about the Lincoln Club with your friends, please contact Clare or Beth to get started. Finally, I encourage any member who has a talent for messaging and publicizing our brand to consider joining this committee. Our eﬀorts leading up to the 2012 election will be critical as we hope to engage new members and energize our friends to make President Obama a one-term president. Join us for our our next meeting - Wed., Oct. 26 at 5:15 pm at the oﬃces of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher.
Legislative Committee Update By Michael Reynolds, Legislative Committee Chairman
hough our committee has been dark for most of the summer, we are looking forward to election season and will soon begin evaluating the initiatives that qualify for the June 2012 ballot.
For our ﬁrst meeting in September, our special guest will be Lou Penrose, district director for U.S.Representative John Campbell. Lou will discuss the drama of the debt crisis that unfolded this past summer in D.C. and share some thoughts on what we can expect this fall from Congress. In October, the committee will evaluate the so-called “Amazon tax” initiative, which is being circulated for signatures as of this writing. In July, our “old is new”, tax-loving Governor signed a new law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax for online purchases by California customers—even though most of those retailers have no physical presence in California. By all accounts, Amazon is pouring money into the initiative to repeal the law and it will surely be on the June ballot.
designed to alert the Club to good and bad legislation just over the horizon. ese may include the “Taxpayer Protection Act” involving immigration reform and a referendum on state senate redistricting that should have the attention of all Orange County Republicans. e committee has already discussed and voted on two other initiatives that are slated for June – a cigarette tax euphemistically disguised under the name “Cancer Research Initiative” (why not call it “e Hope and Change Act?”) and an initiative to limit state spending -- and will be bringing those recommendations to the Board as the election approaches. If you like being on the inside track of public policy issues, then join our meetings. We meet on the ﬁrst Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the oﬃces of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. All members are welcome!
We will also brieﬂy discuss ballot initiatives in circulation that have not yet qualiﬁed, as part of our “early warning” system
Issues Committee Update By Kathy Gremer, Issues Committee Chairwoman
he Issues Committee in general deals with ﬁnding solutions to current public policy issues; to correcting negative perception of the Republican Party; and to generating new Republicans from traditionally Democratic groups such as minorities, students, etc. To that end, two subcommittees have been formed which are dealing with policy solutions as well as perception issues: e Immigration Reform Subcommittee led by Teresa Hernandez has developed a practical policy statement which is currently undergoing ﬁnal revisions in order to obtain Board approval and ultimately general membership approval. e statement contains practical solutions to the current problem of approximately 20 million illegal immigrants as well as a temporary work permit program to meet the demands of American businesses without providing either amnesty or a labor black market.
e Healthcare Innovation Subcommittee is jointly led by Dr. Marcy Zwelling and Dr. James Huang. e committee has engaged in passionate debate about areas of reform that could improve the current US healthcare system without destroying what is exceptional
about it. ese recommendations are secondary to the subcommittee’s primary goal of repealing the Patient Protection and Aﬀordable Care Act (Obamacare). Both Marcy and James have substantial inﬂuence within their respective associations, with the state of California and with Congress. e committee has members from various related industries: physicians, durable medical equipment manufacturers, a health insurance broker, etc. As with the Immigration Committee, the ﬁnal recommendations will be submitted to the Board of Directors and then the general membership for approval. Any Lincoln Club member that would enjoy providing input to these two subcommittees or to the general Issues Committee is encouraged to join the debate. e Healthcare Innovations Subcommittee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 PM. e Immigration Reform Subcommittee normally meets on the second ursday of each month at 5:15 PM. e Issues Committee meets on the last ursday of each month at 5:15 PM. All meetings are held at the oﬃces of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Local Elections Update By Dr. James Huang, Local Elections Committee Chairman
s the new chair of the Lincoln Club’s Local Elections Committee, I am happy to continue the great work of my dear friend, Ivan Marks. I am also very thankful for the continued support of Robert Fish, Hon. Jeﬀ Lalloway, and Hon. Kevin Curry in serving the committee. During the summer, the Local Elections Committee had a guest speaker and discussions about the upcoming 2012 election cycle. We had a wonderful meeting with Hon. Steve Baric who is the vice-chairman of the California Republican Party, president of the California Republican Lawyers Association, and a Rancho Santa Margarita City Councilman. He discussed his campaign for Rancho Santa Margarita city council. He further discussed the possibilities of strengthening the supporting role of the CRP and the Lincoln Club in local elections. In the process, we learned of what makes a successful campaign given the prevalence of social media and the internet. It still revolves around the core message, organization, and the personal contact.
For the upcoming 2012 election, the Local Elections Committee will further study how to make our committee more eﬀective through improving the endorsement process, supporting our endorsed candidates, educating on pertinent issues, and monitoring whether our endorsed candidates adhere to our conservative principles over politics. Various cities and city councils will face issues regarding recalls, budgets, pensions, and public safety policies. Many of the issues are currently on the forefront of our state and nation. As a result, the Lincoln Club endorsement will be highly anticipated and decisive. Please join us as we prepare for the 2012 election. Normally we meet every ﬁrst Wednesday from 8-9 AM at Farmers & Merchants Bank (4695 MacArthur Court, Newport Beach), but in October, we will meet on October 12 at noon at Farmers & Merchants bank. Lunch will be provided.
Programs Committee Update By David Bahnsen, Programs Committee Chairman
rom the instability in the Middle East to the debate on the debt ceiling, our lunch programs over the past six months have covered a lot of exciting ground.
Most recently, two Congressmen from Arizona – Rep. David Schweikert and Rep. Jeﬀ Flake – both solid conservatives spoke to Club members about the recent debt-ceiling debate and the continuing debt crisis. It is easy to let the Administration’s ineptitude and Democratic spin machine, aka the mainstream media, make you feel as if America’s best days are behind her, but knowing there are more members like Schweikert and Flake in Congress gives me hope. In May, we welcomed former UN Ambassador John Bolton as the keynote speaker at our 49th Annual Dinner. Bolton’s incisive perspective on the instability in Egypt, Syria, and throughout the Middle East and the Obama Administration’s response was invaluable.
Last spring, the Club partnered with the OC Forum and Paciﬁc Research Institute to host a sold-out debate on public employee pensions between Steven Greenhut, the editor of CalWatchDog.com, and Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees’ Association. Nearly 200 people packed the Paciﬁc Club to witness ﬁrst-hand any bloodshed, but alas, it was a largely civil affair with OC Business Journal editor Rick Reiﬀ moderating. is fall promises more excellent programs, covering topics such as immigration reform and guest speakers such as Rep. Allen West. Who knows, maybe even a Presidential candidate or two?? Send me your speaker and program ideas –firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make Sacramento Shudder By Michael D. Capaldi, Chairman Emeritus • As seen on FlashReport.org
ou may remember a California with the newest highways, schools that set the standard for achievement, a university system for everyone, and the best jobs in the world. But today, our government kills jobs, blows oﬀ infrastructure, and so clearly cheats children of an education that it leaves them unprepared for the brutal global competition that’s already landed at their door. ink about a diﬀerent California, one where corporations and unions gave no money – not a dime – to candidates, and where no one, whether a private employer or a union, could amass hundreds of millions of dollars from workers’ wages and use that money to dominate politics. at’s what Stop Special Interest Money would do for California. Last year alone, $716 million was contributed to California’s state-level candidates and campaigns, according to the National Institute for Money in State Politics. MAPLight.org says 79% of their campaign funds were raised outside of state lawmakers’ home districts. How can we count on a legislator to represent her community when only twenty percent of her campaign funding comes from inside it?
We already know labor unions, particularly public employee unions, amass money, play power politics, and so often abuse state and local ﬁnances. But have you ever looked at the political heft of corporations in Sacramento? I’m not talking about the job-making small and medium-sized companies, but big, competition-killing businesses, corporations that would sooner sneak a regulation into law to slam a rival than to compete with it in the open market. In one year alone, 2010, Anthem Blue Cross paid $376,000 into state legislative campaigns. at represents contributions to races in nearly 70% of assembly and state senate oﬃces. PG&E, a government-protected monopoly, spent $561,000. Mammoth AT&T invested more than $760,000 in campaigns for 98% of seats in both houses. e list goes on. By our count, corporations contributed over $18 million to state legislative races alone, not including races for governor, other constitutional oﬃcers, and local oﬃces. California’s needs and hopes are buried under a landslide of special-interest money. see Make Sacramento Shudder on page 11
2011 Meetings Calendar The latest information on upcoming meetings and events can be found on our website – www.lincolnclub.org.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Second Thursday of each month, 7:30 am at The Paciﬁc Club October 13 November 10
Last Thursday of each month, 5:15 pm at GD&C October 27 November 24
IMMIGRATION REFORM COMMITTEE
First Tuesday of each month, 5:15 pm at GD&C October 11 November 1
Second Thursday of each month, 5:15 pm at GD&C October 6 November 10
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Last Wednesday of each month, Noon at GD&C October 26 November 30
HEALTHCARE INNOVATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE Third Tuesday of each month, 5:15 pm at GD&C October 18 November 15
LOCAL ELECTIONS COMMITTEE First Wednesday of each month, 12:00 noon at F&M Bank October 12 November 2 LOG IN TO LINCOLNCLUB.ORG FOR ANY UPDATES TO OUR CALENDAR
Lunch Program: Andrew McCarthy, March 30, 2011
Andrew McCarthy and Karen Lugo
Carol Paulsen, Chairman Rich Wagner, and Ginger Modiri
Ivan Marks and Andrew McCarthy
Kathy Gremer, Dr. Claire Friend, and Laurel Mann
Chuck DeVore, Howard Klein, Andrew McCarthy, and David Bahnsen
The Great Pension Debate: April 25, 2011
Chuck DeVore and Steven Greenhut
From left, Nick Berardino, Rick Reiﬀ, Steven Greenhut
Greg Arbues, Michael Reynolds, Bob Fish, and guest
Hon. Al Frink and Bob Sparr
Moderator Rick Reiﬀ
Nick Bernardino and Steven Greenhut
Peggy Huang, Walter Myers, III, and Dr. James Huang
Sally Pipes with Laurel Mann and Dr. James Huang
Sally Pipes, PRI President and CEO
Steven Greenhut, CalWatchDog.com
Make Sacramento Shudder continued from page 9 Stop Special Interest Money has one simple goal: It attacks corruption and potential corruption at every point where money changes hands between big special interests and big government. It stops both corporations and unions from directly contributing to a state or local politician’s campaign. It bans all employers – corporations and government agencies alike – from taking money out of employees’ wages and handing it over for politics. It bars government contractors from contributing money to oﬃcials who can award them contracts.
If you think we still have a government for the people, you’re not living in California anymore. You’re living in the State of Denial. e day the initiative passes, Sacramento will shudder. Stop Special Interest Money deals with the worst abuses, corruption and near corruption, in politics, attacking at every point where millions of dollars change hands between special interests and big government. We will return California’s government to its people.
49th Annual Dinner: May 13, 2011
Alinde and Rick Herron
Ambassador John Bolton
Hon. Al Frink and New Member of the Year, Dr. James Huang
Bob Loewen and Member of the Year, Dr. Kerry Reynolds
Bob Sparr with Amb. John Bolton
Brooks Corbin and Paul Louchis with guests
Dale and Sandi Dykema with Peter and Nancy Ganahl
David and Joleen Bahnsen with Amb. John Bolton
Don and Jasmina Boulanger with Amb. John Bolton
Dr. Ken and Kathy Schwarz with Amb. John Bolton
Ethan Temianka and Sharon Chan
Greg Arbues, Carol Smoot, and John Saunders
Harry and June Rinker with Amb. John Bolton
Bill and Patty Pollak
Hon. David Brickner with Amb. John Bolton
Hon. Robert and Susie Ming with Hon. Linda and Wayne Lindholm
49th Annual Dinner: May 13, 2011
Howard and Janet Klein with Amb. John Bolton
Ivan Marks with Pat and Robert Micone
JeďŹ€ St. Onge and Laurel Mann
Jim and Donna Morrison with Amb. John Bolton
Jim and Pat Lindsey with Pat and Stephen Casey
John and Lois Mastrocola
Laurie and Bruce McDonald
Madison Spach, Bob Sparr, and Jim Morrison
Michael Capaldi with Amb. John Bolton
Opening performances by Blue Lantern Vocal Jazz Ensemble, South County School of the Arts
Rich and Jennifer Wagner with Amb. John Bolton
Rick Muth with Amb. John Bolton
Rod and Pat Douglass with Amb. John Bolton
Ronna and Frank Singer
Steve and Linda Borowski
Supervisor John and Trina Moorlach with Amb. John Bolton
Breakfast Program: Rep. Jeff Flake, June 28, 2011
David Bahnsen, Rich Wagner, and Juan Forster
Rep. Jeﬀ Flake
Juan Forster, Rep. John Campbell, and Bob Loewen
Rep. Jeﬀ Flake, Bob Loewen, and Pat Maciariello
Juan Forster, Dan Livingston, and guest
Rep. John Campbell and Hon. Jeﬀ Lalloway
Rep. John Campbell
Lunch Program: Rep. David Schweikert, Aug. 25, 2011
Dave Wensel, Bruce McDonald, Michael Reynolds, Ivan Marks, and Hon. Al Frink
Dr. Kerry Reynolds, Kathy Schwarz, Barbara Richardson, and Carmen Leslie
Rep. David Schweikert
Juan Forster, Rep. David Schweikert, and Pat Douglass
Mike Finch and Dr. Kerry Reynolds
Ivan Marks, Elizabeth Copley, and Hon. Gary DeLong
Shannon West and JeďŹ€ Mathews
Steve Knoblock and Mel Trudell
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