A Two Month Drama, The Battle of the Lakota Levy

A Chronology of the No Lakota School Levy Campaign,

New article in the Enquirer:

Lakota Schools basically got caught inflating the deficit numbers. They’ve changed the projected deficits three times since April. First at $28 million, second at $10 million, and now it’s down to $4 million.

What this means is that when pressed, the School System found ways to cut their costs without impacting the service to the customer, the community. Just think what they could do if they could bring their wages and benefits down to what everyone else was making, instead of the inflated wage the education profession expects now.

Check out that Enquirer article here.


There has been so much that has occurred over the last 8 weeks regarding the No Lakota Campaign, I thought I would put all that information in one place, so everyone has easy access to it. It would be impossible to put a link to every article here, but I must regulate it to just the key points.

• Here is the big one, the release of the top wage earners at Lakota, which exhibits why they have a financial crisis they imposed on themselves by lack of discipline.


• This is the first visit to WLW’s Scott Sloan Show where we reveled to most of the Midwest why Lakota and other school systems are drowning by their expenditures.


• This was the second visit to WLW, this time to Darryl Parks show on the following Saturday.


• To put things in perspective for much of the mail I was getting, from people who obviously don’t understand basic economics, I did a video which was featured on The Blaze.com, using a bullwhip trick I knew to explain the problem of public sector employees getting in the way of private sector needs.


• After seeing the video I did for The Blaze.com, The Enquirer did a story about my metaphor of using bullwhips to describe cutting unneeded costs from public budgets.


• After all the positive coverage, which came because the group I’m working with had brought up truly legitimate questions that seldom get asked, or dealt with in the press, the Pro Levy people decided to attack the largest voice that had helped us ask those basic questions. As usual with public employees, they seek to silence anyone that questions them. “They use the squeaky wheel gets the grease” trick and hope if they yell loud enough they can silence any criticisms leveled in their direction. This is the standard organized strategy using The Delphi Technique in order to build consensus among voters. Lucky for us, 700 WLW had the guts to stick with the story.


• Due to the request of many of the Pro Levy people who started to see the error of their own view points, I published a budget idea so they could see that there were actually options to what the school system had been telling them.


• Then I published the numbers of how much the State of Ohio had cut from Lakota and reviewed the previous levy attempt in May of 2010.


• And I summed up the situation involving all parties involved in the Lakota School Levy.


• We received a letter from a person that is very much against the school levy that has children in the school system. I published it here to remind everyone why fighting this levy was important.


• Here I show a collection of interviews that show that Lakota should have seen the financial crises coming, but did not act in time to avert any potential trouble. Instead of dealing with the true problems, they reverted to just asking the tax payers of the community for more money.


• The Pro People went on the Scott Sloan show to try to refute everything the No Levy people, and specifically, I had been saying. What ended up happening was Scott Sloan read the Lakota Teachers contract on the air, which proved to be indefensible.


• By popular request, I did another whip trick video to explain the difference in budgets from what a Yes vote gives the district, and what a No vote gives, and why establishing a budget amount is important.


• At the Lakota School Board Meeting on October 11th, 2010 the No Lakota Levy people showed up in force to speak out against the levy in front of the board. Virtually no Pro Support people showed up to speak in favor of an indefensible and audacious levy increase to impose upon an economically ravaged community.


• Some kids were caught trying to steal our No Lakota signs which point to a larger, more organized attempt to steal away the opposition’s message in order to sneak the tax through with uninformed voters.


  • Here I am on WLW again to discuss the sign theft and other dirty tricks that have occurred.

Rich Hoffman


Don’t Drink the Lakota Kool-Aid

I continue to hear this preposterous notion that people should vote for this Lakota School Levy in order to preserve the value of their home.  That comment, which seems to be the only argument left by the Pro Levy people, is in my view one of the most selfish, and uneducated statements someone could make. 

What we’ve learned over the last two months is this: the levy is about preserving very lucrative teacher contracts that extend to large state wide and national unions.  They’ve made themselves so large and powerful, a local school board can no longer deal with the influence yet we are expected to pay locally as though our school system is still community run.  This levy is NOT about children.  It’s about money and security.  Nobody wants or expects teachers to work for free.  It is excessive to have an average salary of over $60,000 per year plus benefits!  That’s called mismanaging the budget.  If a single teacher gets cut, or a bus doesn’t pick up a child, it’s by choice to protect very inflated wages and benefits.  It’s all about money and union influence, nothing more. 

Second we’ve learned that the deficit numbers have went down over the last 6 months.  They started at $28 million, and then were at $10 million, and now they’re at $4.2 million.  What that means is that once people pull up their boot straps, good people can accomplish a lot, and that’s what the No Levy People have been trying to say all along.  

And lastly we’ve seen what Pro Levy People are willing to do to win.  They’ll steal signs.  They’ll threaten large radio stations, and they’ll call people names who step up and point out what should be obvious. 

If the people who move to Liberty Twp, and West Chester only move here for the schools then they’re as shallow and selfish as the real estate agents who are more concerned about their own pockets then the health of the community. 

Don’t buy the Kool-Aid the Pro People are selling.  Visit us at NoLakotaLevy.com for the facts. 

Rich Hoffman


I Want Your Money Film Review

I Want Your Money:

I Want Your Money is an ambitious documentary from filmmaker Ray Griggs that my family and I caught at Newport on the Levee in downtown Cincinnati. I have to say I am grateful to the AMC Theaters for offering this film on its opening night.

It is wonderful to see that on the same day, two films were released, Waiting for Superman, and I Want Your Money. We have all grown tired of the documentaries that feature a leftist slant particularly Michael Moore.

I enjoyed Moore’s Roger and Me, but since then, he has progressively moved in the direction of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, which was written in the 1500’s. Michael Moore’s last film about capitalism was a far cry from his sincere attempts in Roger and Me. He has become corrupted by his media star power, and therefore lost to ideology. Such a concept as utopia is an infantile and unproven theory. And it has been infuriating that so many movements have emerged to embrace these silly ideologies like a utopian society, socialism, and Marxism and wrapping all these ideas into a political philosophy called progressivism.

Watching I Want Your Money took me back to the 7th grade when I helped campaign for Ronald Regan by giving a speech defending his military spending proposals in my school history class. And watching Regan and his speeches again in not only real footage, but also appearing as a cartoon character that is trying to teach Barack Obama how to be a good president took me back to the 80’s and reminded me just how powerful and positive that time period had been.

I had forgotten just how messed up Jimmy Carter and all the previous administrations had left our country. When Regan became president, it was a time of Clint Eastwood movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger was still a tough guy, before he became beat up and abused by the unions of California, which was covered in the film, and Bruce Willis was a rising star. Men were still proud to be men in the movies. And that’s why it was appropriate that a cowboy actor was president.

Watching Regan’s speeches were almost surreal. Since Regan left office in 1988, there has been so much said about how slow, dimwitted, and uninterested he was in government. Now, with years to assist my experience, I understand why those comments emerged. They were to suppress the memory of what Regan did.

It is those same elitist voices that are proclaiming that the Tea Party are a bunch of “hicks” or any number of adjectives used in a derogatory manner toward those that do not share the warped philosophy of Thomas More. I’ve personally heard it all my life.

I started wearing a cowboy hat in the fifth grade. It was because Clint Eastwood, and Burt Reynolds wore them, and those were my favorite actors at the time. Reynolds wore one in Smokey and the Bandit, one of my all time favorite films, and Eastwood wore them in many films, particularly the spaghetti westerns he’s so well known for. So I have heard plenty of public ridicule for my love of cowboy hats. Most people just look funny at you. Not many say anything, especially when they know you are confident in your appearance. But many people just don’t understand the significance. Those are the types of people that have bought into all the crazy leftist stuff. And being comfortable in your manhood is not something leftists like. And they don’t just target men. If you’re a woman, and you like being a woman, their wrath comes at you as well. That’s because progressives need to point out what’s imperfect because they need society to attempt to achieve philosophical perfection, which they offer. But all they have to stand on are half-baked ideas by half baked philosophers.

So it was really refreshing and it really took me back to the cowboy hat wearing Ronald Regan when much of the film was set at his ranch. There was a great scene of Regan signing his massive tax cuts on a foggy day at the range dressed coolly informal in a jean jacket. It makes you wonder why more people have missed the magic of Regan up to now.

But this great documentary captures the essence of where the United States is now. And it does a great job of capturing the meaning of the Tea Party. It does a great job of explaining the debt. And it successfully shows how foolish many of the progressive philosophies are, and how they’ve virtually ruined everything they’ve ever touched.

So if you can, see this movie. Support filmmakers like this with a ticket bought. Don’t wait to see it on DVD. If this film does well, more films will be produced like this. Hollywood is watching. So vote by going to see this film at the theater.

And yes, the progressives are upset: Take a listen.

Rich Hoffman