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Washita Valley Weekly
“My Community Magazine”
August 15, 2018
God Bless America
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Chickasha, OK 73018
“I’ve learned more about politics from this man than
most anybody. Couldn’t be more proud to see an annual
award named after him - The Steve Fair Young Repub-
lican at Heart Award....perfect”. Matt Pinnell
Paid for by Steve Fair
Matt Pinnell
is the next generation of Oklaho-
ma leadership. He has the temperament, ex-
perience and vision to be a difference maker
for Oklahoma. I worked with Matt when he
was State GOP Chairman and when he was
the National Director of State Republican Par-
ties for the Republican National Committee.
His ability to build coalitions and get people
who disagree to pull on the same end of the
rope at the same time is extraordinary. Our
next Lt. Governor must be someone who can
do just that. They must help existing busi-
nesses grow and SELL OKLAHOMA to poten-
tial businesses. Matt can do that. I unreserv-
edly endorse
Matt Pinnell for Lt. Governor
If you have questions, email me.
Steve Fair
Oklahoma Republican National Committeeman
4th District Chairman- OKGOP
A conservative view of national, state and local politics
Steve Fair is the Chairman of the 4th Congressional
District for the Oklahoma Republican Party. He may
be reached by phone at 580-252-6284 or email at
Read more at stevefair.blogspot.
com. The views expressed in this column are his
and his alone and does not necessarily represent
the views of the Oklahoma Republican Party.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a political lobbying group (501 C-4)
founded in 2004 by Wichita, KS, businessmen Charles and David Koch. AFP’s
stated goal is to “recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the poli-
cies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every
American live their dream – especially the least fortunate.” AFP claims over 2.5
million members and over $85 million in annual revenue. They have over 700
donors who contribute more than $100,000 annually to the organization. AFP was
instrumental in the growth of the Tea Party movement and have always politically
leaned libertarian/conservative.
Two of President Trump’s former key political campaign operatives have an
AFP background. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s first campaign manager, and
Stuart Jolly, his first National Field Director, were state directors for AFP - Le-
wandowski in New Hampshire, Jolly in Oklahoma.
Since their inception, AFP has almost exclusively backed Republicans, but
that may be coming to an end. Recently, Charles Koch, 82, told a group of AFP
donors that working with Democrats who want to reduce financial regulations
and government spending is on the table. He admitted that might be uncomfort-
able for some die hard Republicans in the room. Koch, said he regrets support-
ing politicians who “say they are going to be for these principles we espouse, and
then they aren’t. We are going ... to hold people responsible for their commit-
ments.” This was clearly a departure from Koch’s normally ‘back the ‘R’ in the
race’ strategy.
AFP announced they do not plan to back the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in
North Dakota - Kevin Cramer - because he supports President Trump’s trade poli-
cies and hardline stance on immigration. The ND seat is one where Republicans
are hopeful they can defeat a Democrat incumbent. Koch’s support was consid-
ered crucial for financing Cramer’s bid. Three observations:
First, AFP has never been a true grassroots organization. While marketed
as one, AFP’s primary goal has always been to push AFP’s agenda by using the
established GOP network of Party leaders. Republican volunteers have been
siphoned off from the traditional Party infrastructure by AFP, often times with the
cooperation of GOP leadership. AFP donors and leadership have been willing to
use the grassroots GOP and help fund Party activities so long as it furthered their
agenda, but when President Trump announced trade politics AFP doesn’t agree
with, the loyalty ended.
Second, AFP has clearly contributed to the ‘too much money in politics’
problem. Campaigns cost money and GOP candidates at all levels run to AFP
with their hand out hoping to get a check. AFP was willing to give it out and help
finance slick marketed campaigns, knowing someday they would collect on their
Third, candidates should recognize every donation comes with strings. When
Koch says he will hold people ‘responsible for their commitment,’ he means he
will withhold campaign donations from those who don’t do his bidding. It’s his
money and it’s his right to withhold it, but do we really want elected officials - of
any political persuasion - to be so obligated to their donor base? If so, they have
become no more than a puppet and the donor, the puppet master.
Since AFP plans to start working with progressives, time will tell whether AFP
will be as successful infiltrating the Democrat Party as they have the Republican
Just a Little Government Help
TO: Honorable Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C
Dear Sir,
 I have been evacuated from New Orleans because the flood took my old trailer
and beat up car. I thought I might go into business to supplement my welfare
 My friend over at Wells, Iowa, received a check for $1,000 from the Govern-
ment for not raising hogs. Right now I’m getting extra help from the government
and Red Cross while I’m displaced but when that stops I want to go into the “not-
raising-hogs” business.
 What I want to know is, in your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to
raise hogs on, and what is the best breed of hogs not to raise? I want to be sure
that I approach this endeavor in keeping with all governmental policies. I would
prefer not to raise razorbacks, but if that is not a good breed not to raise, then I
will just as gladly not raise Yorkshires or Durocs. As I see it, the hardest part of
this program will be in keeping an accurate inventory of how many hogs I haven’t
 My friend, Peterson, is very happy about the future of the business. He has been
raising hogs for twenty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was $422
in 1991, until this year when he got your check for $1000 for not raising hogs. If I
get $1000 for not raising 50 hogs, will I get $2000 for not raising 100 hogs? I plan
to operate on a small scale at first, holding myself down to about 4000 hogs not
raised, which will mean about $80,000 the first year. Then I can afford an airplane.
 Now another thing, these hogs I will not raise will not eat 100,000 bushels of
corn. I understand that you also pay farmers for not raising corn and wheat. Will
I qualify for payments for not raising wheat and corn not to feed the 4000 hogs I
am not going to raise?
 Also, I am considering the “not milking cows” business, so send me any infor-
mation you have on that too. In view of these circumstances, you understand that I
will be totally unemployed and plan to file for unemployment and food stamps.
 Be assured you will have my vote in the coming election.
Patriotically Yours,
Ima Taker
Be Careful what
you eat
 A Doctor was addressing
a large audience about food
choices. “The material we put
into our stomachs is enough
to have killed most of us sit-
ting here, years ago. Red meat
is awful. Soft drinks corrode
your stomach lining. Chinese
food is loaded with MSG.
High fat diets can be disas-
trous, and none of us realizes
the long-term harm caused
by the germs in our drinking
 However, there is one thing
that is the most dangerous of
all and we all have eaten, or
will eat it. Can anyone here tell
me what food it is that causes
the most grief and suffering
for years after eating it?”
 After several seconds of
quiet, a 75-year-old man in the
front row raised his hand, and
softly said, ‘Wedding Cake?’
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