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Gov. Fallin: Oklahoma Will Not Pursue a State-Based Exchange or Medicaid Expansion

Press Release

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gov. Fallin: Oklahoma Will Not Pursue a State-Based Exchange or Medicaid Expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement announcing that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of a state-based exchange or participate in the Medicaid expansion in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):

“For the past few months, my staff and I have worked with other lawmakers, Oklahoma stakeholders and health care experts across the country to determine the best course of action for Oklahoma in regards to both the creation of a health insurance exchange and the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Our priority has been to ascertain what can be done to increase quality and access to health care, contain costs, and do so without placing an undue burden on taxpayers or the state. As I have stated many times before, it is my firm belief that PPACA fails to further these goals, and will in fact decrease the quality of health care across the United States while contributing to the nation’s growing deficit crisis.

“Despite my ongoing opposition to the federal health care law, the state of Oklahoma is legally obligated to either build an exchange that is PPACA compliant and approved by the Obama Administration, or to default to an exchange run by the federal government. This choice has been forced on the people of Oklahoma by the Obama Administration in spite of the fact that voters have overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to the federal health care law through their support of State Question 756, a constitutional amendment prohibiting the implementation of key components of PPACA.

“After careful consideration, I have today informed U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of its own health insurance exchange. Any exchange that is PPACA compliant will necessarily be ‘state-run’ in name only and would require Oklahoma resources, staff and tax dollars to implement. It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans, and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of the nation.

“Furthermore, I have also decided that Oklahoma will not be participating in the Obama Administration’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would be unaffordable, costing the state of Oklahoma up to $475 million between now and 2020, with escalating annual expenses in subsequent years. It would also further Oklahoma’s reliance on federal money that may or may not be available in the future given the dire fiscal problems facing the federal government. On a state level, massive new costs associated with Medicaid expansion would require cuts to important government priorities such as education and public safety. Furthermore, the proposed Medicaid expansion offers no meaningful reform to a massive entitlement program already contributing to the out-of-control spending of the federal government.

“Moving forward, the state of Oklahoma will pursue two actions simultaneously. The first will be to continue our support for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s ongoing legal challenge of PPACA. General Pruitt’s lawsuit raises different Constitutional questions than previous legal challenges, and both he and I remain optimistic that Oklahoma’s challenge can succeed.

“Our second and equally important task will be to pursue state-based solutions that improve health outcomes and contain costs for Oklahoma families. Serious reform, for instance, should be pursued in the area of Medicaid and public health, where effective chronic disease prevention and management programs could address the trend of skyrocketing medical bills linked to avoidable hospital and emergency room visits. I look forward to working with legislative leaders and lawmakers in both parties to pursue Oklahoma health care solutions for Oklahoma families.”


Oklahoma testing the water on Health Insurance Exchange

Kaye Beach

Nov. 10, 2012

Read the article below carefully.  All sorts of mixed messages.  I think this is a ‘testing of the water’  to see what reaction the “possibility” of fulfilling the rejected healthcare reform agenda garners from the public.

This would be a good time to contact state officials and remind them of your position on the issue.  Here is the action list from the July 7, 2012  Oklahoma Rally For Healthcare Independence;

Call the Governor’s office and your state elected officials and tell them Oklahomans still don’t want ObamaCare in the state of Oklahoma.
Tell them:
1. NO to the health insurance exchanges—either state-based or other-wise. Insurance exchanges, state-based or otherwise, are a key compo-nent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”). No insurance exchanges = no ObamaCare!
2. NO to any expansion of Medicaid in the state of Oklahoma—The country is broke and we cannot afford this!
3. Terminate the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust (OHIET) – This unelected entity is busy working to establish and imple-ment the foundations that make “Obama Care” work. This unelected body has no legislative oversight and is not accountable to the People of Oklahoma—they do not represent the interest of the people!

Health exchange still a possibility in Oklahoma

Nov. 10, 2012 Tulsa World

Gov. Mary Fallin’s administration signaled Friday that it is still considering partnering with the federal government to establish a health insurance exchange in the state – although a decision may not come for some time.

The state Attorney General’s Office has asserted in federal court that “Oklahoma has not established or elected to establish an exchange, and does not expect to do so,” but Fallin’s staff seemed to reopen the issue this week when a spokesman said the governor “is continuing to explore the state’s options as they relate to health insurance exchanges.”

In an expanded statement Friday, Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said Fallin’s staff doesn’t feel pressed by a widely reported “deadline” for states to report their exchange intentions to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by next Friday.

“The November 16 ‘deadline’ to submit a plan for an insurance exchange is an internal agency deadline, not in statute, with no obvious penalties for states that do not meet it,” Weintz said. “After reviewing ACA guidelines and conferring with other states, our policy staff does not believe it is true that Oklahoma will necessarily be subject to a federal exchange if it misses the November 16 deadline.”

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Medicaid expansion is the new SQ 744

Tom Coburn, Congressional Republicans Ask Governors Not To Implement Health Care Exchange

Kaye Beach
July 3, 2012
If you were wondering what Dr Coburn thinks about the implementation of the controversial Health Care Exchanges-wait no more…The good Doctor says NO!
From CapitolBeatOK
Patrick B. McGuigan
Published: 03-Jul-2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – Twelve U.S. Senators and 61 members of the U.S. House have written every governor in America, including Oklahoma’s Mary Fallin, asking the state chief executives to oppose implementation of health care exchanges under the controversial Affordable Care Act. The new developments unfolded as turmoil continued to surround what might be the most contentious judicial decision in the modern era.
Meanwhile, grass roots activists in Oklahoma are organizing a rally at the Oklahoma state Capitol for Saturday, July 7.  (link to more info)
Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn of Muskogee joined several colleagues in signing the letter. Leading the charge to gather signatures on the missive was U.S. Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Happy Monday! Oklahoma Slips in a New Health Insurance Exchange Bill for ‘ObamaCare’

Kaye Beach

Feb. 26, 2012


Tomorrow, Monday Feb. 27th, a new Health Insurance Exchange bill is  to be presented in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  The language for the Exchange is expected to be inserted into SB1629


Please make calls or send emails to the committee members right away and tell them to VOTE NO on the Health Insurance Exchange bill!

(Contact info below)


Oklahoma is one of 28 states that has filed suit against the federal government to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law.

Last legislative session, the legislation needed to enable creation of the Health Insurance Exchange was discovered by sharp eyed activists, it was exposed and rejected by Oklahomans and ultimately, Oklahoma legislators.   In April of 2011, this push back also led to Gov. Fallin returning 53 million in federal funds for the creation of the Health Insurance Exchange.

The majority of Oklahomans like the majority of Americans are adamantly opposed to a federal takeover of their health care but our elected representatives seem not to care and keep pushing forward no matter what we say or do. (More info on this here)

Some legislators claim that by implementing the health insurance exchange ourselves we can retain more control over the system than if we wait and allow the federal government to do it for us.  Participating in our own undoing is insane!

From ExposingHealthCareReform.com

  •  “Do you want a computer making life and death decisions, or your doctor?” – Health care reform is really about replacing our traditional medical system with a non-human, technology-based universal health care system.
  • “Do you want the whole world to know your most intimate secrets?” – This system will replace real doctors with virtual doctors; globally share your most intimate information with people you don’t know, severing the once-confidential relationship between patients and doctors.
  • “Do you want your medical records accessible by the government, without a search warrant?” – Our medical records (which include mental health counseling) used to be held as private and inviolate. Under health care reform (“Obama Care”) these records would be accessible not only by the Department of Homeland Security, but thousands of others, including foreign governments.



Please call or email the committee members first thing and tell them that the absence of this exchange is all that stands between us and the federal takeover of our health care and that building the exchange undermines the legal case against the flawed health care reform mandates.

Tell the Committee members to VOTE NO on any Health Insurance Exchange Bill!


Senate Health and Human Services Committee Members

Agenda for 2/27/2012
Sen Brian Crain                 405-521-5620      crain@oksenate.gov
Sen Sean Burrage             405-521-5555     burrage@oksenate.gov
Sen Rick Brinkley              405-521-5566      brinkley@oksenate.gov
Sen Constance Johnson  405-521-5531      johnsonc@oksenate.gov
Sen Rob Johnson              405-521-5592      johnsonr@oksenate.gov
Sen Dan Newberry          405-521-5600      newberry@oksenate.gov
Sen Steve Russell             405-521-5618      russell@oksenate.gov
Sen Jim Wilson                 405-521-5574     wilson@oksenate.gov
Sen Brian Bingman          405-521-5528     bingman@oksenate.gov

The Vedict is in on Health Exchanges and Guess What? The Majority of OK Voters Won’t be Pleased

Kaye Beach

Feb. 23, 2011

The majority of Oklahoma voters have made it clear that they do not want ObamaCare or the health information exchange that plugs our state into ObamaCare.  Apparently what the citizens of Oklahoma wants doesn’t really matter because the Oklahoma legislature is pushing forward regardless. They say they are going to build a “state-based, free market health insurance exchange”  They can call it anything they want but they fact is that we are building it for the purpose of fulfilling the ObamaCare mandate.  We should not be enabling the government takeover of our health care!

These legislators are pulling every trick in the book to insure that Oklahoma is in compliance with the unconstitutional federal health care mandate.

OK-SAFE reports;

Joint Committee Finally Releases Report – Big Surprise! They Want Exchange AND Another Trust

OK-SAFE, Inc. – After almost a two month delay, the Joint Legislative Committee on Federal Health Care Reform has finally released it’s final report, 3 weeks after the start of OK legislative session.

The Governor and Leadership had seen the committee report much earlier, and legislation implementing the committee’s findings has already been planned and reserved.

No Big Surprises

The Legislature’s February 22, 2012 press release contained no big surprises, especially for those who have been following this state’s years-long implementation of health care reform, via both the HITECH Act of 2009 and PPACA (“Obama Care”).

There was no real surprise either, when yesterday (2/21/12) it was confirmed that SB 1116, a bill to repeal the title of law that created the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust (OHIET), would not get a hearing in the Senate.

The Senate Leadership, and it’s author Sen. Brian Crain, made sure the bill would not get heard.

February 22, 2012 Press Release Excerpt:

“The committee’s final report (attached) recommends that Oklahoma: Continue to fight the federal health care law in court; better educate the public about ways to improve their health; prepare for a dramatic expansion of Medicaid eligibility due to PPACA; begin developing a market-based state health insurance exchange in order to prevent imposition of a federal exchange in Oklahoma; form a permanent legislative committee to monitor issues related to the federal health care law; and increase medical residency programs in order to address current and future doctor shortages – particularly in rural areas.

What the committee is not mentioning here is the fact the work to align Oklahoma with all the technology provisions of both the HITECH Act of 2009, and the PPACA, has already been started, facilitated by legislation creating electronic health records, and by the creation of a public trust called the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust, or OHIET.  If the state builds an exchange, it may say OKLAHOMA (Insure Oklahoma) on the outside, but the inside functionality, and IT standards, will be all federally compliant and interoperable.

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AxXiom For Liberty Live Friday Feb 3 6-8 PM CST

AxXiom For Liberty with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen Friday Feb. 3 from 6-8PM  CST.

Today is the National NDAA Protest Day!

Have you let your congressman know how you feel about their vote on this dastardly bill?

Find out how they voted and contact them today!


Much thanks to The Oklahoma Constitution for publishing an article about my lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma;

Biometric Photo for State Driver’s License Challenged



Tonight Howard and I have two very special guests lined up for you.

Listen Live Online at LogosRadioNetwork.com

First up is Benjamin Domenech from the Heartland Institute to speak with us about the problems with PPACA (ObamaCare) mandated State Insurance Exchanges.


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), sometimes referred to as “Obamacare,” requires states to establish and operate health insurance exchanges by 2014. States that create their own exchange must comply with federal requirements, and the exchange must be approved by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If a state opts not to create its own exchange, PPACA provides that the federal government will implement one for the state.

Read more from Kendall Antekeier, Legislative Specialist with the Heartland Institute

**Mr Domenech and Ms..Antekeier will be in Oklahoma discussing this issue on Feb. 7th and 8th**

Benjamin Domenech is managing editor of Health Care News and a research fellow at The Heartland Institute.

Benjamin joined The Heartland Institute in 2009 after several years working and writing on national health care policy, beginning with a political appointment as speechwriter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, and continuing as chief speechwriter for U.S. Senator John Cornyn during the Medicare Part D debate on Capitol Hill.

In addition to his work with Heartland, Benjamin is currently editor of The City, an academic journal of faith, politics, and culture, published by Houston Baptist University. He previously worked as a book editor for Eagle Publishing, where he edited multiple New York Times bestsellers in the arenas of politics, history, and sports. He was a founding board member of Redstate, a prominent conservative activist community site, and co-hosts Coffee & Markets, an award-winning daily podcast focused on politics, policy, and the marketplace.

Educated at the College of William & Mary and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Benjamin regularly writes opinion columns for the Washington Examiner and RealClearWorld, and in 2009 he was chosen as a Journalism Fellow by the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Christine.

 Jenni White, ROPE

Also joining us will be the incomparable Jenni White, President of ROPE,  Restore Oklahoma Public Education.

Jenni has Master’s Degree in Biology and  taught science for nearly a decade.  She is a wife and mom of four and a full time political activist focusing on improving Oklahoma’s education system.  She is one of our favorite guest on AxXiom For Liberty and tonight Jenni will fill us in on what to watch out for in the upcoming legislative session in regards to Oklahoma education and we will discuss concerns about the changes taking place in our schools in the name of reform.

“The Federal Government Wants Your Children – or What is the P20 Council?”

Jenni will be at H&H Gun Range for the High Noon Club at 12:00pm on Friday, February 10th, giving a presentation entitled, “The Federal Government Wants Your Children – or What is the P20 Council?”

She writes;

It is about how the federal and state governments are collecting and sharing personal data from children in public schools WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT. Oklahoma is actively attempting to find ways to collect data from HOME SCHOOL students as well.



**Benjamin Domenech will be speaking on Health Care Exchanges and the Health Care Reform law at three separate events.  The public is cordially invited to attend on or all of these events.

Times and locations;

Tuesday, February 7th at  approximately 9:30am (following session) at the Okla. Capitol in the  House Chamber.

Wednesday, February 8th at  9:00am at the State Capitol in room 512A

Wednesday, February 8th at noon for the OCPAC weekly meeting held every Wed. At  Italiano’s Resturant, 4801 N. Lincoln Boulevard

Oklahoma Defend Your Health Care Freedom! Important Meetings Begin Feb. 7th

Kaye Beach
Oklahoma state Rep. Charles Key  has  wants to extend an invitation to you to learn about Health Care Exchanges, The Affordable Care Act, and what we can do in Oklahoma to protect Oklahoma.
Three meetings will be held that are free and open to the public and features talent and expertise from the highly respected Heartland Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to finding and promoting ideas that empower people.
Benjamin Domenech, managing editor of Health Care News and a research fellow at The Heartland Institute is the guest speaker sharing his knowledge on the subject at all three meetings.
Rep. Key writes;
Health Exchanges have become a controversial issue as they are mandated by The Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare.  Many states have challenged their constitutionality and others have passed laws nullifying implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or parts of it, in their state. These exchanges are the cornerstone of The Affordable Care Act and without the exchanges ObamaCare cannot be fully implemented.  Understanding our options as a state are very important not only because this law is a major piece of legislation but because it will fundamentally change our way of life.Each presentation will not be the same although each will include discussion of the effect of Health Care Exchanges & Reform information.
Times and locations are:
Tuesday, February 7th , 2012 at approximately 9:30am (following session) in the  House Chamber
•Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at  9:00am in the Oklahoma State Capitol, room 512A
•Wednesday, February 8th 2012 at noon  OCPAC (Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee)  meeting  Italiano’s resturate
 4801 N. Lincoln Boulevard
The Supreme Court may hear and rule on the constitutionality of the the individual mandate this year.  In the meantime we must take steps to protect our health care system from being nationalized.  Understanding the Health Exchanges is absolutely critical to preventing a complete takeover of our personal health care.  Put one or all of these important meeting on your schedule and be there so that you can help defend your freedom.

Oklahoma Legislators Examine Federal Health Care Law Wed. Sept 14th 9AM

Kaye Beach

September 7, 2011

OK-SAFE keeps us informed.

The first Joint Committee Meeting on the Federal Health Care Law is set for Sept. 14th 9 AM at the OK State Capitol.

Mark you calenders and be there.   90% of winning is just showing up.  (its true!)


First Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law Meeting Notice – Sept. 14, 2011

This first meeting appears to be featuring some of the key members of the Health Insurance Exchange Steering Committee from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.  The OHCA is the recipient of the federal grants to implement health care reform, including a $1 M planning grant, as well as being the intended recipient of the $54 M Early Innovator Grant the state accepted then “rejected” earlier this year.

Committee co-chairs are Sen. Gary Stanislawski and Rep. Glen Mulready. Every Oklahoman with concerns about the implementation of health insurance exchanges (now “marketplaces”), the use of electronic medical/health records and medical privacy should try to attend this meeting.  This looks to be an all-day meeting, so come prepared to spend some time.

The entire notice is below, including the joint committee members.

Future meetings are to be held in Tulsa, and then again in Oklahoma City.  Dates and times are not confirmed at this time.

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Countering HHS Doublespeak on Health Insurance Exchanges

Kaye Beach

August 12, 2011

If you remember nothing else from the following Health Freedom Watch article article-remember this about so-called “state based” health insurance exchanges;

“Who administers the exchanges, however, is unimportant. What counts is who writes the rules that govern them. Those rules will be written entirely in Washington”

Remember this date too-Sept. 14 2011 in OKC-the Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law, a special legislative committee that will study how the new federal health care law affects Oklahoma, has its first meeting on Oklahoma City.



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its first set of proposed regulations on the American Health Benefits Exchanges required under President Obama’s health “reform” law. The deadline for public comments is September 28 , 2011 . In its announcement on the proposed rules, HHS officials claimed that exchanges:

  • are state-based competitive marketplaces;
  • will offer individuals and small businesses the same affordable insurance choices as members of Congress; and
  • will provide Americans clout.
However, the claim that exchanges are “state-based” is countered by 811 uses of the word “require” in the first set of proposed regulations, according to Chris Jacobs of the Republican Policy Committee, as reported by Politico Pulse. Shortly after the release, HHS was forced to retract a key part of its claim:
Trumpeting the advent of the exchanges, the administration said Monday that they would “give Americans the same insurance choices as members of Congress.” However, in response to questions after a news conference on Monday, health officials acknowledged that this claim was not necessarily correct.
Under the rules, an employer may allow employees to choose any health plan at a given level of coverage. But an exchange may also allow an employer to limit its workers to one or two health plans – far fewer than the number available to members of Congress and other federal workers.
The claim that exchanges are competitive “marketplaces” with choice and clout is also challenged by the fact that the law outlaws catastrophic major medical insurance and limits insurance options in the exchanges to managed-care plans.
Calling an exchange a marketplace is a carefully crafted strategy. Herndon Alliance published a two-page paper that strongly encourages using the word “marketplace” when discussing exchanges. Its list of “good words” – which includes “control,” “choice,” “consumer” – features the word “marketplace” with the following statement:
[T]his term was preferred over exchange. Public associates marketplace with purchasing and exchange did not conjure up the notion of purchasing. Also use marketplace not market (the public identifies “market” with groceries)
HHS asserts that the draft proposal gives states significant flexibility to build an exchange that works for them. But Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute has already refuted that assertion in National Review:
[S]upporters have sought to frighten Republican governors into implementing the law by holding out the nightmare scenario of the federal government’s administering the exchanges. Who administers the exchanges, however, is unimportant. What counts is who writes the rules that govern them. Those rules will be written entirely in Washington. (Emphasis mine)
Four more exchange regulation proposals will be published. Despite the rhetoric, it’s clear that Washington intends to govern the states through the exchanges. As evidence, using a word search feature, here is a list of key words and the number of times they appear in the 62-page proposed “Establishment of Exchanges” rule, the longest of the first set of proposed rules:
Public comments are due by 5 p.m. September 28, 2011. Refer to file code CMS-9989-P for the Exchange Framework rule or CMS-9975-P for the Reinsurance, Risk Corridors and Risk Adjustment rule. Electronic comments can be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov .

Health Freedom Watch is a monthly email newsletter published by the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (formerly Citizens’ Council on Health Care), a national nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to support patient and doctor freedom, medical innovation and the right to a confidential patient-doctor relationship. Health Freedom Watch provides reports on national and state policies that impact citizens’ freedom to choose their health-care treatments and practitioners, and to maintain their health privacy – including genetic privacy. Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is not affiliated with any other organization. © Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.

“Affordable Insurance Exchanges: Choice, Competition and Clout for States,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HealthCare.gov, accessed August 3, 2011.
“Obamacare Exchange Regulations: More New Federal Requirements” email from Chris Jacobs, Republican Policy Committee, July 11, 2011.
“The Exchange (The Competitive Health Marketplace),” Herndon Alliance, accessed August 3, 2011.
“Obamacare Can’t Be Fixed, and Now is the Time to Dismantle It,” Michael Cannon, National Review, March 21, 2011.

爱达荷华人社区 Is America being Shanghaied? AxXiom For Liberty Radio Tonight

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Radio with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen,

爱达荷华人社区 Is America being Shanghaied?

Shanghaied-to put by trickery into an undesirable position.

Listen Live from 6-8 pm CT on Rule of Law Radio

First, we will be speaking to Ron Black, conservative media commentator (best know as the 400 lb Gorilla of Oklahoma Media) about  Oklahoma’s Jam in June to Benefit Bikers Against Child Abuse

“As China seeks to make inroads in becoming an economic power inside the United States, they are not just planning to build factories and hire workers, but instead create whole cities and economic zones based on what has already been done on the mainland of ChinaLink

We are pleased to bring you two very knowledgeable guests to discuss this important issue.

Vicky Davis, former systems analyst and investigative researcher located in the soon to be People’s Republic of Idaho.

See-Foreign Trade Zones Inland Ports Trojan Triangles for Vicky’s research
You can find all of Vicky’s work at http://www.channelingreality.com/


Amanda Teegarden, the Executive Director (and highly regarded researcher in her own right) of OK-SAFE, Oklahoma’s ever reliable advocates of sovereignty and free enterprise.  http://www.ok-safe.com

Idaho has been all over the news recently as Americans discover that,

“China Wants To Construct A 50 Square Mile Self-Sustaining City South Of Boise, Idaho”

Vicky Davis has been on top of this situation since the start.  Back in January Vicky joined Howard and I on Axxiom For Liberty to talk about Idaho’s Gov. Butch Otters deal making with the Red Chinese or  “Trojan Triangles”  as she describes the plan.

see Jan 14th SHOW NOTES or listen to the podcast here

China seeks to build a city and economic zone in the state of Idaho

June 13, 2011 Kenneth Schortgen Jr   Finance Examiner

As manufacturing and American jobs continue to flow out of the US and into foreign countries offering better tax incentives, regulations, and cheaper labor, one place in America is offering China the opportunity to bring their model of planned economy to our borders.

That place is the state of Idaho, and plans are being made right now to build a 50-mile self sustaining city and economic zone that has the approval of the state’s Governor.

The US government has already created up to 257 foreign trade zones in America, and besides the one being planned in Idaho, Chinese companies are also currently in talks with the states Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania 

Perhaps the most famous of these “special economic zones” is Shenzhen.  . . .If the Chinese have their way, we will soon be seeing these “special economic zones” pop up all over the United States. –. – Idaho Statesman via End of the American Dream

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We were warned.

More about Shenzhen’s special economic zone-

Excerpts from China’s All Seeing Eye by Naomi Klein 2008

Thirty years ago, the city of Shenzhen didn’t exist. Back in those days, it was a string of small fishing villages and collectively run rice paddies, a place of rutted dirt roads and traditional temples. That was before the Communist Party chose it. . .to be China’s first “special economic zone,” one of only four areas where capitalism would be permitted on a trial basis.

The theory behind the experiment was that the “real” China would keep its socialist soul intact while profiting from the private-sector jobs and industrial development created in Shenzhen.

. . .China today, epitomized by Shenzhen’s transition from mud to megacity in 30 years, represents a new way to organize society. Sometimes called “market Stalinism,” it is a potent hybrid of the most powerful political tools of authoritarian communism — central planning, merciless repression, constant surveillance. . .

Like everything else assembled in China with American parts, Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you.

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We have experienced very pointed efforts by security technology peddlers to prevent laws from being passed in Oklahoma that would protect the people in this state from the very same repressive technology that the same organization is peddling in China.

What is good enough for Communist China is good enough for Oklahoma

May 17, 2010 By Kaye Beach

Why was HB 2569, a good bill that would have protected Oklahoma residents from the risks and insecurities of RFID technology embedded in required identification documents such as state driver’s licenses and state ID cards vetoed?             

It appears as though the same industry lobbyists that are helping China to enslave its citizens are also involved in killing HB 2569.  Here is the letter Richard Chace, the CEO of the Security Industry Association, wrote to Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry urging him to veto the bill.  And here is SIA’s press release bragging about their successful intervention in state politics to further their cause.

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But Oklahoma officials would never do to our state what is being done to the people in Idaho, would they?  Read on.

Sleeping with the Enemy – U.S. Governors to Pair Up with Chinese Officials

OK-SAFE wrote this interesting article yesterday that informs us that on July 15-17, 2011 Governor Fallin will be pairing up one on one with Chinese dignitaries to talk about issues like job creation, education and health at a US-China Governors Forum in Salt Lake City Utah.  If you are very curious about just what will be going on at this meeting you are going to have to stifle it.  This is to be a closed door meeting.  No media or public will be permitted to attend.

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Oklahoma: The Reddest State Gets a Little Redder

. . .Here is a  press release regarding an recent visit to the Oklahoma State Capitol by dignitaries from the Chinese Consulate. The article was published on the website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China but I didn’t see this in the local news.

The press release says that Gov.Fallin  and Lt.Gov Todd Lamb met with three Chinese Consulate dignitaries including Consul General  Gao Yanping at the Oklahoma Capitol to discuss “exchanges and cooperation between China and Oklahoma in all fields”

Apparently Gov. Fallin has been very enthusiastic about China-U.S. exchanges ever since she was the Lt. Gov.

The meeting in Utah between our state Governors and Chinese provincial party secretaries and Governors will be the first of two according to OK-SAFE who is has filed a Freedom of Information request in order to locate documents that should be publicly available in order to find out more.

We need to be asking some questions about this.

Sleeping with the Enemy – U.S. Governors to Pair Up with Chinese Officials