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SE Oklahoma Should Not Be Left Behind

June 6, 2012

The outcome of Wisconsin’s Recall election is a clear expression by the citizens of Wisconsin — which echoes the sentiments of the majority of Americans across the land — Enough is Enough!

Beginning with many special elections prior to the 2010 cycle, which saw a near Republican sweep, through the historic 2010 election where Oklahoma Republicans realized clear majorities in both State houses and the entire slate of statewide elected positions, the direction of Oklahoma and of America has changed.

This shift is as unmistakable as it is necessary. It is imperative that SE Oklahoma not be left behind as America and Oklahoma direct their efforts toward pro-growth, pro-business policies while promoting individual liberty, economic freedom, and the protection of our natural rights.

Just as the voters of Wisconsin made a clear and decisive choice for true conservative and principled representation to compliment this shift and repudiate the failed policies of big government spending, intrusiveness, and progressive ideology, the voters of SE Oklahoma will have a clear choice on Nov. 6. We can choose to stay on the same old path and be left behind or we can choose the proper path of less intusive and more effective government.

Howard Houchen is the right choice for Oklahoma State Senate.  Let’s not be left behind.


www.howardhouchen.com

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Costello Endorses Houchen for State Senate

May 30, 2012

 

OK LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK COSTELLO ENDORSES HOUCHEN FOR OKLAHOMA SENATE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2012

CONTACT: info@howardhouchen.com; (888) 230-4856

 

Oklahoma City, OK –  In what promises to be a key pickup for Senate Republicans in the “Little Dixie” region of the state, long known for entrenched Democrats, Howard Houchen (R-Hugo) is gaining notice early in the race by picking up the high profile endorsement of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

 “When I ran for Labor Commissioner in 2010, I campaigned on my commitment to bring sound business practices and constitutional principles to State Government.  Howard Houchen shares these values and will be an invaluable asset to southeastern Oklahoma. He is unabashed in his love for his home region, and unashamed to stand strong for what is right for Oklahoma in general and right for SE Oklahoma in particular. I am proud to offer my endorsement of Howard Houchen as the right choice for State Senate, District 5,”  Labor Commissioner Mark Costello stated.

 Houchen will be facing Jerry Ellis (D-Valliant) on the November general election ballot. This race also has an unusual twist: Democrat incumbent Ellis, due to term limits, is only eligible to serve two years of the upcoming four year term. He will be forced to vacate the seat midway through the term if he is re-elected.

 Houchen commented,  “Commissioner Costello has a proven record of increasing government efficiency and accountability while controlling, and even decreasing, the costs to the hardworking taxpayers of Oklahoma. I share that vision and appreciate his leadership. I look forward to ensuring that the interests of the good folks in SE Oklahoma are heard loud and clear in Oklahoma City as we all work to achieve a more economically free and prosperous tomorrow.”

 Houchen is a graduate of University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science, and boasts an MA in National Security Studies from the American Military University. With extensive international and small business expertise, he is extensively published in multiple conservative publications. He proudly raises his two sons alongside his wife Jeannie in the S.E. Oklahoma community of Hugo. He and his family are avid hunters and sportsmen, treasuring the bountiful natural resources that are plentiful in our beautiful state and rural communities.

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Houchen Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma State Senate – District 5

April 13, 2012

Howard Houchen Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma State Senate

13 April, 2012 (Hugo, OK) – Howard Houchen, a former U.S. Congressional candidate from Hugo, Oklahoma, is very pleased to announce his campaign to represent the good folks of Oklahoma Senate District 5 in the upcoming election.

Houchen, a 4thgeneration “Okie”, is a successful small businessman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in National Security Studies from American Military University.  He is a devoted husband and father that has built a solid reputation as a grassroots leader but feels compelled to do more, stating that;

“I have called SE Oklahoma home my entire life.  There is no doubt we are the “Heart” of the heartland.  I have witnessed the increasing encroachment of government into our private lives and businesses, to the detriment of us in rural communities. We have seen jobs leave and populations decline throughout much of this district.  After so many calls for me to seek this position, there is no way I can just stand idly by and simply watch as Oklahoma City carves away at our ability to sustain and promote individual liberty and personal responsibility in the place we call home.”

Howard Houchen is well known in Oklahoma for his outspoken support of legislation which protects Life, Liberty, and Property while being very active in informing and resisting, and even defeating, legislation that threatens the freedoms of all Oklahomans and does not cater to party politics.  He stated:

“What is right is right and what is wrong, is wrong; regardless which party proposes the legislation. In 2012 and beyond, District 5 will be facing critical issues such as natural resources, property rights, job creation and retention, and just plain having a voice in how we govern ourselves.  How we handle these issues may make or break the livelihoods of many in this area, it is my duty to do everything in my power to make sure that these issues are handled with the citizens of District 5 best interests in mind.”

Houchen looks forward to an active campaign as an opportunity to better know his neighbors in SD5 and fully understand their concerns more deeply so that he can help produce and support the best solutions possible, as their State Senator, and actively resist those actions which are not. “It is time to return to government ‘of, by and for ‘We the People’ 

Oklahoma Senate District 5 is comprised of the entirety of McCurtain, Pushmataha, and Choctaw counties and the southern portion of LeFlore County and the eastern portion of Atoka County.  “The ultimate “stakeholder” in our system of government is we, the citizens.  Not special interest groups, not lobbyist, and certainly not politicians. I look forward to hearing from as many citizens in SD5 as possible so we can all work together to realize the prosperous future we and our children deserve.”

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AxXiom for Liberty_3-30-12 — OKD2 Republican Candidate Debate

March 30, 2012

Tonight on AxXiom for Liberty, from 6:00 to 8:00pm CST, Kaye and I welcome four of the six Republican Candidates for U.S. Congress in Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional District.  All six were invited but, only four chose to participate.  We welcome Dustin Rowe (www.roweforcongress.us), George Faught (www.georgefaught.com), Dwayne Thompson (www.dwaynethompson.org), Wayne Pettigrew (www.pettigrewuscongress.com), Dakota Wood (www.dakotawoodforcongress.com), and Markwayne Mullin (www.mullinforcongress.com).   Wayne Pettigrew and Markwayne Mullin will not be participating tonight…Kaye and I will explain, during opening, the reasons given to us for this and we will present and discuss the same type questions relative to Wayne and Markwayne as if they were appearing.  Kaye and I will ask the questions the grassroots want answered and have relayed to us over the past several months.  These are questions you will not be heard asked in candidate debates or forums…We ask the tough questions!

Tune in to AxXiom for Liberty on 102.3FM if you are in the OKC area.  If not, log-on to www.logosradionetwork.com to Listen Live.  You can also dial 512-485-9010 and listen via your phone.

The NEW White House Rural Council: A “Take-Down”

June 23, 2011

Point-by-Point “Take-Down” of  Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council:

Below is the White House link to the Press Release “explaining” Executive Order #13575.  You may want to view it first.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/09/obama-administration-establishes-white-house-rural-council-strengthen-ru

 

1). JOBS — You gotta be kiddin’ me! Yea, right…this administration has a stellar track record with job creation…NOT!  By the way…Government does NOT create jobs. 

 2). Agriculture Market… Expansion: Get Gov’t out of the market!!! The MARKET functions best when central-planners leave it alone, thus the term FREE-MARKET…you know, that thing that once made America the envy of the world!

 3). Innovation — Thru subsidies???? Huh? What??? You gotta be kiddin’ me! Leave us alone, let the market function, get out of the way, repeal most regulations and we’ll innovate like you’ve never seen (which, by the way, these folks have no idea what REAL innovation is).

 4.) Networks: More REGIONALISM here. BTW, REGIONALISM only serves to break-down representative government. Via REGIONAL councils, rather than elected representatives who are able to be held accountable, more rules and regulations will be foisted upon We, the people and we are left without avenues of recourse and redress of grievances.

5). Health Care — Nothing needs to be said about this, we know whats implied here: Centrally-Planned and managed Health Care that will, once again, drive costs up even more that will be chased by more of OUR hard-earned $$$.

 6). Education — Increase Post-Secondary enrollment rates??? Huh? What? Are they going to MANDATE enrollment? Are they going to now pay for college with MORE tax $$$? Increased Graduation rates for rural students in college? Huh? What? Is gov’t going to supply cheat-sheets or tax-payer funded tutors?  Lower standards (again) maybe?

 7). Broadband — this is already well in the works and once again Gov’t is interfering with the market by taking more of OUR $$$ (taxes and “fees”).

 8). Infrastructure — coordinate investment? Huh??? What??? Are we sooooo “stoopid” that we can’t “COORDINATE”?

 9). Ecosystem Markets — Here’s the REAL reason for this council. “Expanding opportunities for conservation”, Uh huh…yea…right. Let me translate this: Increased PRIVATE land management by the FEDs. That means that YOUR (OUR) private land can be used as we see fit IF…IF…IF…we do so the way “they” say we are allowed to do so.

10).  The history of government desires, and resulting policies, to “do good”  reminds me of what Ronald Reagan told us years ago:  “The nine most terrifying words in the English language — I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”   WE REALLY DO NOT NEED OR WANT GOVERNMENT TO BE MORE INVOLVED, YOU’VE DONE ENOUGH ALREADY…Thank you, and goodbye, now!

Statement on Boren Announcement to Not Seek Re-election

June 8, 2011

— 08 June, 2011 —

     Yesterday afternoon Rep. Dan Boren announced he would not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional District.  Rep. Boren had been elected to four consecutive terms to serve the interests of the good, hard-working citizens of Eastern Oklahoma and, I believe, in his mind he truly believed he worked toward this end and each election victory he secured served to reinforce that belief.  Rep. Boren served the citizens of Eastern Oklahoma, but, I do not believe he served them well.

     I actually like Dan Boren…you can’t help but like him.  I disliked Rep. Dan Boren as a representative of We, the people in Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional district as his actions (votes), more often than not, did not represent the values and principles of OUR nations founding which mirror the values and principles of the citizens of Eastern Oklahoma.  With that being said, and from Rep. Boren’s perspective, he did SERVE in a very trying position during very contentious times…for that I offer my appreciation and wish Dan Boren and his family nothing but the best in the days ahead.

     In the hours leading up to Rep. Boren’s official announcement, and persisting up to the writing of this statement, I have received over a hundred communications inquiring about the road ahead.  I truly believe OKD2 will become a Republican pick-up come Nov. 2012.  Several potential Republican candidates have already begun to appear in the public domain.  Former State Representative Tad Jones, Freshman State Senator Josh Brecheen, and current State House Representative George Faught (who has formed an Exploratory Committee) are among them. 

     This upcoming election season will bring a national political spotlight to OKD2, and deservedly so, the likes of which we have never seen.  After a total absence of National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) involvement in OKD2 during the past decade-plus, the NRCC began, two months ago, with robocalls targeting Boren’s district that signaled their intent to carry through with a promise which failed to come to fruition this last election cycle.  With Boren removed from consideration, Oklahoma’s slate of elected Republicans will now be free to support a Republican for this open seat.

     Over the past several months myself  and members of the campaign have been asked as to my aspirations regarding this congressional seat.  With the recent announcement, those questions have become a bit more persistent.  My answer now is the same as it was six months ago:  I have no plans to seek the Republican party nomination for U.S. Congress to represent Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional District.  We believe that efforts to restore constitutional government, openness, accountability, government restraint, fiscal responsibility, systemic prosperity rather than systemic decline, expansion of Freedom, and individual Liberty can best be focused by utilizing many of the other very important avenues.

     I look forward to the upcoming campaign season which will most assuredly culminate in the election of a true constitutional conservative to represent the wonderful folks of Oklahoma District 2…a representative OF the people which We, the people of Eastern Oklahoma require, deserve, and demand.

May God continue to Bless each and every one us

Thank you,

Howard Houchen

AxXiom for Liberty LIVE_5-20-11

May 20, 2011

 HOW FREE DO YOU WANT TO BE?

Tonight on AxXiom for Liberty, 6:00 to 8:00pm CST, Kaye and I may struggle a bit as we attempt to make sense of the insensible relative to Government programs designed to study (and most likely, implement) “Tax-by-the-miles-driven”.  Not much of an issue, on the surface, until you understand the TRULY invasive nature of the tools most likely to be used:  Can you say – “SUR – VEIL – LANCE”?  We will welcome, from Minnesota, Attorney Nathan Hansen: http://nathanmhansen.blogspot.com/2011/05/update-on-minnesota-department-of.html AND returning guest Dan Feidt: http://tc.indymedia.org/2011/may/tcimc-exclusive-contracts-intellidrive-mndot-military-industrialu-m-plan-gps-track-all-cars to discuss what they have discovered and thoroughly researched.

Kaye and I will also discuss some “interesting happenings” at the Oklahoma State Capitol this passed week when an Oklahoma Legislator said: “You ALL look the same to me”.  We will also present other issues Oklahomans and Americans need to be aware of and, we believe, very concerned about — including the Death of the War Powers Act, new accounts of Enemies of the State, and just what kind/form of government are we REALLY existing with and how do we function under this system.

Tonite promises to be another one of those “DON’T MISS” experiences as we dive into the REAL issues threatening the America-that-should-be.

Tune-in at 6:00pm CST or ListeLive at www.ruleoflawradio.com You can also ListenLive by dialing: 512-485-9010 on your phone.

The Question/Comment line is: 512-646-1984

Guess What, Barack? We Have OUR Keys Back!

November 4, 2010

We, the People…Have the Keys!

Howard Houchen

 

            In early 2010 Barack Obama’s handlers developed an analogy for him to splash about the airwaves and repeat at public appearances (over, and over, and over, and over, and over again).  The analogy was one of Republicans driving a car (the U.S. economy) into a ditch (deep recession) and the Obama Rescue Crew is called in to salvage the car and get it moving along the road to recovery.  As the story goes, the self-proclaimed Master Mechanic Obama and his Pit Crew (the Lackluster-Lackeys), successfully dislodge the car (the U.S. Economy) from the pit of despair (recession) and put it back on track only to have the Republicans ask for the keys back.  Pit-Boss Obama then tells us that “you” can’t have the keys back.  Hmmm…

            It has always been my contention that what THESE folks did to THAT car while it was at its most vulnerable could more readily be described as “vehicular stripping” and that the man in charge should be known as “Chop-Shop Barack” and that THOSE keys were never HIS in the first place.  Guess what?  The election results of Nov. 2, 2010 proved me, and tens of millions of American citizens, RIGHT!  Those keys are OURS and it is you, Chop-Shop Barack, who possesses no authority whatsoever to decide who gets the keys to OUR economy…They belong to We, the People!

            With a mighty heave and a resounding opening salvo, the citizens of these United States of America firmly rejected the policies of a central-planning “Ruling-Class” who incorrectly believed they were the “Keepers of the Keys”.  With this clear and concise action, Washington can no longer mistake our wishes.  Yes, we have our keys…BUT…we must secure them with vigilance and dedication to our stated principles.  We must never again allow citizen non-participation in this great American experiment in self-government to empower those in legislative positions whose philosophies run counter to OUR founding principles.  We ALL must stay engaged and steer OUR course. 

            As citizens, we are the “Keepers of the Keys” and with this comes the responsibility of ensuring our drivers steer a straight course, a course we have set for them.  Any deviation from the course that leads to greater freedoms, less government interference, lower taxes, more economic freedom, and security in our blessing of individual liberty must be met with swift and clear action on our part.  Yes, we have our keys but what we do with them from this point forward will be the defining characteristic of this movement to restore America to the mantle of history’s greatest and lasting achievements.

Rep. Dan Boren’s INEXCUSABLE Action on 9-29-10

September 29, 2010

Mr. Blued-Hog himself, OUR illustrious member of the Ruling Class in Washington, Dan Boren, has done it again – REAL GOOD ONE THIS TIME!

In a 210 – 209 vote, OUR U.S. House of Representatives voted to adjourn the House without EVEN CONSIDERING extension of tax-cuts (called the Bush Tax-Cuts).  Guess how OUR main-stream-media and self-described Blued-Hog Rep voted?  You know, the guy who runs around claiming to be all “I’m a fiscal conservative and I think we have too much government and too much spending and too many taxes…”, Mr. Dan Boren voted FOR adjournment while 39 fellow Dems (fellow Enablers) voted with Repubs to discuss the tax-cuts issue further.

Now, think about this…the vote was 210 to 209 for putting a nail in the extension tax cuts.  Two hundred and ten members of the Ruling Class have spoke for the entire country and they say we don’t want or need tax cuts!  Had Boren voted on his public rhetoric rather than his steadfast Progressive principle, the extension of tax-cuts would still be alive and well RIGHT NOW!

Single-handedly, OUR Representative in Washington – Mr. Dan Boren – has killed the possibility of a pro-business, pro-economic Freedom, less government piece of legislation.  DAN BOREN DID THIS!!!

(SEE Roll Call 546 at www.clerk.house.gov for this sickening display of arrogance)

When Deceit Fails, Try Leading

March 4, 2010

Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of all things associated with campaigning, I question if I heard, read, or saw something in the fashion it was intended.  Every now and then I even question if it occurred at all.  This brings me to the following observational question(s):  Didn’t Barack Obama mention, several weeks back, something about “HIS” administration becoming more attentive and focused on economic matters and that the economy was priority NUMBER ONE?  I thought he did…just double-checkin’.  What have we, the people, been inundated with over 90% of the time, since that announcement?  Hmmm…an increased push and focus on HEALTH CONTROL!!!  For like the 7 th. time in the last 10 months. 

Sure, we had some of the BILLIONS in unspent and unconstitutional stimulus funds diverted to a really nifty titled “Jobs Bill” (wait…wasn’t the stimulus itself supposed to create all those shovel ready jobs so unemployment wouldn’t go above 8%?).  The focus is still the same no matter how the deception is packaged – increase the central-planning nature and scope and reach of OUR federal government.

I have written many articles about the foundational purpose of this administration’s HEALTH CONTROL proposal and said from the very beginning its purpose was not helping people (that’s always the disguise), rather it was about helping government entrench itself, like a leech or some other parasite, into the lives of individuals and decisions of business.  The continued rabid push for HEALTH CONTROL in the midst of American economic decay illuminates the arrogant and deceptive nature of this ruling regime and highlights where THEIR priorities differ from OUR priorities.

 Today’s unemployment numbers (first-time filers for unemployment benefits) are being touted as something positive by the majority of the media accounts I am observing…imagine that.  Just look over the numbers though…first-time filers declined by 29,000 while extended benefit recipients climbed by 200,000 over last week!!!  I guess these are the same folks who are able to understand the “job saved or created” formula.

Members of the House–Members of the Senate–Mr. President, and all of your BRILLIANT czars and advisors: It’s The Economy!!!  Look…normally I wouldn’t offer advice like this but, these are not normal times.  You would have a much better shot at getting HEALTH CONTROL if economic conditions were rosy and folks saw that economic growth was not only sustainable but might even be capable of producing a surplus every now and then. 

American citizens want jobs and they want to say and believe they have confidence in government getting out-of-the-way of free-market principles and let Americans do what we do best – prosper!  Cut corporate tax rates and quit trying to implement policies and introducing regulations.  This will help alleviate the business community’s fears of YOU taking more of  what WE produce.  Cut personal income tax rates immediately and introduce a consumption-based (Fair Tax) tax system that is actually FAIR and implemented equally.  The unequal confiscation of OUR property by YOU is determined by YOU, not we, the people.  Is that how America was designed to function? 

 All of you with Progressive (to be read as statist or socialist) tendencies, you really aren’t that bright.  The arrogance is no longer capable of being cached by repetitive talking points and teleprompter readings to elementary school kids.  The perception-deception tactics are really getting old and we can see and smell them coming long before you actually trot their tired old bones out before us.  So…stop pushing so hard for CONTROL.   We are the one’s who are supposed to have that job and We are about to start pushing back.