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We Believe in Oklahoma
Chisholm Trail Community News
January 02, 2019
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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.
I need to talk to you.
That one sentence has the power to
make you remember every single bad
thing you did in your whole life.
Start the year by
saving lives!
January is National Blood
Donor Month
 Oklahoma Blood Institute is urging all healthy
Oklahomans, ages 16 and up, to take only
about an hour of their time to give blood. Each
blood donation can save the lives of up to three
Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood
drive with Duncan Chamber of Commerce
on Thursday, January 3, from 2:00 to 5:30 at
Duncan Chamber of Commerce.
Each blood
donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-
sleeved T-shirt.
 “Some of our friends and neighbors are facing
another year of difficult and life-threatening
health challenges,” said Daren Coats, Vice
President of Western Division Operations of
Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Someone needs
blood every two seconds, and the supply must
be constantly renewed. We are inviting all
Oklahomans to make a resolution to give blood
in the new year.”
 Whole blood donations can be made every 56
days. Platelets can be donated up to 24 times
a year.
If donors opt not to take the T-shirt,
Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary
donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center
assistance in developing countries.
As the nation’s 6th largest non-profit blood
collector, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors
provide every drop of blood needed for patients
in more than 160 hospitals statewide. It takes
nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs.
 Appointments to give blood are not required
but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood
Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting
President Trump threatened- via Twitter- on Friday to close the southern border if Congress doesn’t fund
a border wall. He also threatened to cut off aid to Central America if they don’t stop the forming of caravans
in their countries. His incoming Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said the POTUS is serious and would close
the border if the Democrats don’t give him funding for the wall. This came after congressional Democrats
‘walked away from the table,’ according to Mulvaney. ‘The Democrats have simply shutdown the discussions.
They did not even counter us,” he said. Apparently Trump had backed off his $5 billion dollar request to a
smaller number, but the Democrats believe by holding their position, Trump will cave to their removing the
request from the overall budget. The only federal employees getting paid during a government shutdown are
the 535 members of Congress. During the 2013 shutdown, 248 members refused their salaries or donated
them to charity. We will see if that happens this year. Three observations:
First, border security should not be a partisan issue. Democrats and Republicans should be able to agree
that knowing who is entering the country is important and that keeping criminals out of the U.S. is good policy.
Illegal immigration is what it is- illegal. The United States has a very defined method of entering the country.
Those who choose to ignore it are breaking our laws- pure and simple. When Democrats claim people entering
our country illegally have a right to do so, they ignore the rule of law and we cease to be a country.
Second, permanent immigration reform must be addressed. Many of those who come to America illegally
do so because the current legal process is cumbersome and takes years to complete. Because of our Laissez-
faire attitude toward illegal immigration, they simply break the law because the law is not enforced. Both
Parties agree the process needs fixing, but they can’t come to a common sense solution because of partisanship.
Without true immigration reform, the wall will be just a deterrent to illegal immigration- it will not stop it.
Third, this standoff is about the 2020 elections. Democrats believe they can take back the White House and
both chambers in two years if they energize their base. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D, California, said, “young voters
in the country are telling the Democrat Party to “go big.” ‘Going Big’ means to get angry at someone, to catch
an attitude and get in someone’s face. Young progressive voters want the newly elected D’s to do something
about guns, immigration and climate change. Meanwhile, President Trump needs to deliver on one of his chief
campaign promises- to build a big beautiful wall on the southern border. If he doesn’t deliver, he will likely
not be reelected. If the Democrats don’t deliver on their promises, they will likely suffer defeat at the ballot
box. Both have to ‘go big,’ or disappoint their political base that is critical for electoral success in 2020.
‘Going Big,’ will get a lot of attention and media coverage and play well with a political base, but it will
not solve the nation’s problems. Civil discourse, focusing on fixing the obvious problems, bipartisanship and
finding common ground will. Not negotiating is not ‘going big’- it’s going home.
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