Thursday, February 16, 2017

Republican Study Committee - Policy Solutions


The American Health Care Reform Act of 2017


Bill Text Two-Pager Section-By-Section Summary Supplement: SHDI Explanation


Fully Repeals Obamacare: AHCRA goes into effect on January 1, 2018 and fully repeals the president’s health care law.

Increases Access to Affordable, Portable Health Insurance: AHCRA levels the playing field between people who receive their insurance through their employer and those who purchase it on the individual market by creating a standard deduction for health insurance. Under the RSC’s plan, individuals with qualifying insurance receive a $7,500 tax deduction and families receive a $20,500 deduction.

Expands Insurance Access for Vulnerable Americans: AHCRA ensures those with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance by expanding federal support for state high-risk pools and expanding portability so Americans can easily move between insurance markets without fear of discrimination based on health status.

Spurs Competition Between Insurers: AHCRA allows people to shop for and purchase insurance plans across state lines, like other forms of insurance already allow. The plan also allows small businesses to pool together to negotiate for better rates.

The America Without Faith Project


America Without Faith in the News:

The Daily Signal Alliance Defending Freedom

What Is It?

The America Without Faith project is a tool developed by the RSC to understand the value the faith-based institutions contribute to America’s communities. How many people receive hot meals or have a place to sleep each night? How many shelters are constructed or counseling sessions provided? How do faith-based organizations provide for our fellow citizens and advance U.S. interests in ways our government alone cannot or does not? Does the solution to breaking the cycle of poverty lie within private, faith-based organizations, instead of a government leviathan bogged down by politics?

Why Is It Needed?

The Faith project aims to help Members of Congress and religious liberty advocates communicate about how important the work of faith-based groups are for our nation today, and how federal polices can affect these efforts. Over 45 million Americans live below the poverty line. Over 500,000 people in a single night experience homelessness in America. Over 15 million children live in households without enough to eat. American families, and families across the globe, are suffering. Despite more than 80 federal programs in place to provide federal welfare benefits at a cost of $1 trillion per year, the government is overspending and underperforming, and people are suffering.

At the same time, America’s religious institutions exist on shaky ground. Over the past decade they have faced repeated challenges to their very existence, including threats to revoke their tax-exempt status—the very thing that makes it possible for many of these organizations to do the good work that they do. In order for our government and Americans to truly understand the value of our religious community, we need to give a better understanding of how this community serves those in need and how much they provide to the social safety net in ways the government does not.

Contact: Jennifer Weinhart

Visit the America Without Faith Website

The Empowerment Initiative



Policy Ideas AEI Event

About the Empowerment Initiative

Too many Americans are trapped on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder. Conservatives believe that every individual deserves the opportunity to improve their economic circumstances, escape from poverty, and achieve their full potential. This notion that everyone has the God-given right to the pursuit of happiness is embodied in our Declaration of Independence. Instead of trapping individuals in a cycle of poverty, government should clear obstacles and encourage all to rise and achieve the American dream.

The Republican Study Committee continues to lead the way toward turning this positive vision into action. The RSC Empowerment Initiative, led by Representatives Andy Barr and Todd Young, is a task force of RSC members focused on combating poverty and reforming the welfare system to empower individuals, families, and communities. The reforms recommended by this proposal would restore the opportunity to pursue prosperity for millions of Americans.


Eliminate Marriage Penalties: If a low-income person receiving government assistance marries an employed person, their welfare benefits would be reduced or eliminated, sometimes by an amount larger than income of the employed spouse. These policies encourage broken families. The RSC recommends that Congress take steps to eliminate these penalties against the single best antipoverty measure: marriage and a stable family structure.

Restore and Implement Work Requirements: Building on the success of the 1996 welfare reforms, all federal benefit programs should be reformed to include work promotion requirements that would help people move away from dependence and toward self- sufficiency. Programs would be strengthened with such incentives. To be eligible for benefits, able-bodied adults without dependents would be required to work or be preparing for work, including participating in educational or job training programs, community service, or a supervised job search.

Reform the Earned Income Tax Credit: The tax credit should be simplified. Allowing the credit to be paid concurrently with a paycheck (rather than once per year under current law), in addition to reducing the difficulty of filing a claim, could help simplify the program and reduce low-income individuals’ reliance on paid tax preparers, who often file fraudulent overclaims. Paying the credit over a monthly schedule will also improve monthly budgeting for Americans, rather than embracing the habit of spending an entire tax refund at once on a luxury.

Food Stamp Reform: This proposal recommends that the House Agriculture Committee put forward legislation that would authorize the food stamp program as a block grant to the states, with funding subject to the annual appropriations process. Nutrition assistance funds would be distributed to states based on a formula that accounts for poverty and unemployment in each state. States would have flexibility to administer their own programs, subject to the common sense requirements outlined below, and supplement federal funds with state funds.

Federal Housing Reform: The federal government spends over $50 billion per year on housing assistance and development programs.The two largest programs, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance, provide subsidies for tenants to pay rent and for housing units to be subsidized. These programs are in much need of reform, as evidence suggests that beneficiaries “do not experience substantial improvement in education or earnings” while receiving assistance.

The Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0



The Budget Executive Summary


Balances the Federal Budget. Blueprint 2.0 balances the federal budget in just eight years, by 2024. In contrast, last year’s House budget balanced within a 10 year window. President Obama’s proposed FY 2017 budget never balances – ever. With national debt topping $19 trillion and interest rates soon set to surpass defense spending, the Blueprint takes a serious approach to reigning in overspending.

Reduces Rampant Overspending. Blueprint 2.0 includes more than 200 specific spending reductions and reforms that will save taxpayers $8.6 trillion over the next decade. By setting base discretionary spending at $974 billion and prioritize spending to provide for our national defense, we can ensure a brighter fiscal future for our nation.

Strengthens Our National Security.Blueprint 2.0 fully provides for our national security needs, so America can properly address the growing threats we face. This budget provides $574 billion for base discretionary funding in FY2017, along with $59 billion to carry out the Global War on Terror.

Promotes Pro-Growth Reforms. Blueprint 2.0 provides the principles for tax reform that simplify our sprawling, unintelligible tax code and make our system fairer for American families. The budget would set top tax rates at 25 percent, eliminate special interest tax breaks and loopholes and shifts collection duties from the scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service to the Treasury Department.

Restore America’s Social Safety-Net Programs. Blueprint 2.0 takes robust measures to rebuild America’s social safety net programs so they empower individuals, serve those who rely on them and endure for future generations.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare. Blueprint 2.0 fully repeals the president’s disastrous health care law and implements the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act (ACHRA) instead. ACHRA would increase competition, lower costs, improve access to care, and level the playing field between families and employers when purchasing the health insurance plan that best fits their needs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz - Redeemed & Steadfast

Ted Cruz just took Dems' Sessions hearing hypocrisy and killed it with FIRE


By: Maria Jeffrey | January 10, 2017

Cruz hits Obama DOJ at sessions hearing

Senator Ted Cruz | Youtube

During Senator Jeff Sessions’, R-Ala. (C,78%) Attorney General confirmation hearing today in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Tex. (A, 97%) pointed out numerous Democratic hypocrisies that have been manifested in the past few years and during the hearing. 

Democrats on the committee, especially Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (F, 0%) had been grilling Sessions on whether he would uphold abortion laws in the United States if he becomes Attorney General. Senator Patrick Leahy, D, Vt. (F, 6%) interrogated Sessions on LGBT rights, questioning whether Sessions would uphold civil rights laws as Attorney General. 

But did the Democrats care when Obama routinely flouted the law?

Ted Cruz wasn’t having it:

“When the Obama Justice Department sent millions of dollars of taxpayer money to sanctuary cities defying federal immigration law, the Democrats on this committee were silent. When the Obama administration refused to enforce federal immigration law…the Democrats on this committee were silent. When the Obama administration released tens of thousands of illegal aliens including rapists and murderers into the general population, Democrats on this committee were silent.”

Ted Cruz was kicking ass. And he wasn’t done. He pointed out Democratic hypocritical silence on Obama flouting the law and paying a ransom to Iran and for releasing Guantanamo terrorists without congressional approval.

Senator Cruz’s comments were met with acclaim from conservatives on Twitter:

Ted Cruz on Liz Warren: "Democrats Are The Party Of The KKK"


Posted By Tim Hains
February 8, 2017

Sen. Ted Cruz comments on Sen. Elizabeth Warren being silenced in the Senate for the duration of the confirmation process for Sen. Jeff Sessions to become Attorney General. She was accused of slanderous speech about Sessions.

"The charges Warren made against Sen. Sessions are demonstrably false, they are slanderous, they are ugly, and it is one of the crutches -- when the left doesn't have any arguments, they go and accuse everyone of being a racist. It is an ugly, ugly part of the modern Democratic party," Cruz said.

"The Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan," Cruz added. "The Dixiecrats, they were Democrats who imposed segregation... and yet now the Democrats just accuse anyone they disagree with of being racist."

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ned Eckhardt Television Production Scholarship

Rowan Professor Ned Eckhardt with Joyce Kavitsky'98 at the Ned Eckhardt Retirement & Scholarship Event on April 17, 2015

Join alumni, faculty and staff from the College of Communication & Creative Arts and the Radio/TV/Film department as longtime professor and mentor, Ned Eckhardt, is honored. Alumni and friends from the past three decades will be on hand to celebrate Ned and his impact on students and the industry.

Joyce Kavitsky'98 with Gena Lawless Krug'99, Pauline McAuley'99 and Heather Patterson'99 at the Ned Eckhardt Retirement & Scholarship Event on April 17, 2015



This scholarship, in honor of Professor Ned Eckhardt, recognizes the academic achievements of a student who exhibits exceptional skills in video production, including documentaries, episodic television, music based work, journalistic works, narrative stories, and new media video.

One scholarship will be given per academic year.

Requirements for Application

  • Students must be RTF majors with a production specialization
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Full-time matriculated status in the academic year for which application is being submitted
  • Junior or senior status in the academic year for which application is being submitted

Process of Application

Applications should be submitted via email to Diana Nicolae ( Please use the subject line “Ned Eckhardt Scholarship Application.” The annual application period is December 1st through February 1st. Please submit the following materials.

  • Current resume, highlighting academic and creative accomplishments
  • A short portfolio of applicants video/film work. Work may have been produced in a class, for a club, or independently. Links to projects are preferred
  • A 1-2 page statement of why video production and storytelling are important to the candidate
  • Interviews with finalists will also be scheduled

Ned Eckhardt has been teaching in the Rowan Communications Department since 1979. He holds degrees from Colgate University and Case-Western Reserve University. His specialties are television production and writing for television.

The television production courses are a dynamic mixture of technical and creative learning. Students have an opportunity to experience all of the jobs involved in quality productions. Rowan students have won many local and national television production awards, including student Emmys.

Eckhardt has been a producer for WCAU-TV, Channel 10 (NBC) Philadelphia, where his productions have won an AP Broadcaster's Award and have been Emmy and Iris award nominees. He has produced 14 documentaries since 1986. They have won over 20 local, regional, and national awards. Ned is currently writing a text on documentary production titled Life in the Lens.



On a family farm in a southern corner of rural New Jersey, one of the most fascinating stories in American history played itself out during two decades in the middle of the twentieth century. After World War II, thirty different ethnic groups from all over the world and the United States came to Seabrook Farms to live, work and rebuild their lives. In 1950 LIFE magazine called Seabrook Farms “the biggest vegetable factory on earth.” As these diverse groups created their new lives they became the first and only rural global village in the history of America. “I Remember Seabrook” is their story.

Timeline: a Documentary Odyssey

May 2001
I first heard about this extraordinary experiment in multiculturalism from friend and colleague, Charles “Chick” Harrison. He had just finished writing a book on Seabrook Farms for the prestigious New York publisher, Holmes and Meier. The book was called “Growing a Global Village.” One day, Chick walked into my office and said, “Ned, I have an idea for a great documentary!” When he told me the Seabrook story I thought it was compelling, and I’ve always been fascinated in the ethnic mix of America and the inspiring stories of so many immigrants who came to America with nothing. I told Chick, let’s do it!

June – October, 2001
With a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Chick and I researched the people who would tell the story, searched for archival footage, worked closely with the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Museum and its Director (John Fuyuume), and created a detailed outline for a 30 minute documentary. The outline was approved by the Historical Commission.

November – May, 2002
I wrote a detailed Treatment, Segment Rundown, and Narrative Line for the documentary. I secured permission for archival stills and moving footage from the Seabrook Cultural Center, the Luthern Church Immigration Services video archives, the Estonian Film and Video Archives, the Japanese American National Museum Video Archives, the War Relocation Authority Archives, and home movie footage from families that lived the Seabrook Farms story.

I received commitments from 17 Seabrook to be in the documentary, arranged for original music, contracted with a production company (Tommy Productions) for equipment and production crew, and secured a narrator (Larry Litwin) to narrate the documentary. The New Jersey Historical Society and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities approved the script and project, and funded the shooting and editing of the documentary for $20,000.

May – July, 2002
The interviews, B-roll and archival still photos were shot with a Sony PD150. The videographer was Tom Rosa, the president of Tommy Productions. The narration was finalized. The music was written and recorded by Bo Raines, a local19 year-old recording artist. Her grandfather had lived and worked at Seabrook Farms. Her music and lyrics greatly enhanced the documentary. I directed the interviews, B-roll shooting and caturing of the archival footage. Chick was the interviewer the Seabrook subjects spoke to.

July – September, 2002
“I Remember Seabrook” was edited by Tom Rosa and myself on a non-linear edit system using the edit program Final Cut Pro. The narrator was Larry Litwin, a reporter and anchor for KYW News Radio in Philadelphia, PA. The final length was 35 minutes.
Monday, October 21, 2002. 8:00 PM

“I Remember Seabrook” premiered in Bozorth Auditorium at Rowan University. A “standing room only” crowd of 140 people attended. Among the attendees were the 17 Seabrook people who appeared in the documentary, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission (Marc Mappen), the Social Studies Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Education (John Dougherty), and John Fuyuume, Director of the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Museum.

December, 2002
“I Remember Seabrook” won a Crystal Award of Excellence from the Communicator Awards. This is an international awards competition that drew over 3,500 entries.

March, 2003
“I Remember Seabrook” is being distributed by Holmes and Meier Publishing as a media companion to the book “Growing a Global Village’ by Charles Harrison.


“I Remember Seabrook” was created for two reasons. The first was to document this small but extraordinary story of the American Dream and Democracy in action. The second reason is to place this story in museums and schools so young people can experience and react to this study in multiculturalism.

Seabrook Farms was a success story that was based on hard work, sacrifice and tolerance. These qualities are essential for people to live together in harmony and mutual respect. Hopefully, the story of Seabrook will inspire others, and give them an appreciation of their ancestors and forbearers, who often sacrificed everything for their children.

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is a non-profit organization that sponsors creative problem-solving activities and competitions for young people between the ages of 8 and 22. Currently there are 14,000 schools in the United States that participate in the Odyssey of the Mind experience.

Worldwide, over 30 countries have schools participating in the OM program. Approximately 500,000 kids, from kindergarten through college, participate in the Odyssey of the Mind creative problem-solving program every year.

As their video consultant and producer, Ned Eckhardt has created many videos to promote Odyssey of the Mind and train OM teams, coaches and teachers in how to help kids tap into their creative potential. His video productions have won over 25 national and International awards, including a Silver Award from the Chicago International Film and Video festival, 3 Tellys, 2 Cindys, and Awards of Distinction from The American Communicator Association, the International Television Association, The Educational Press Association, and the American Corporate Video Awards.


For a 7 day period in late May, 1998, Ned Eckhardt got a chance to get up close and personal with the imagineers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He was there to shoot a video documentary of a unique, 4-day event: The Odyssey of the Mind 1998 World Finals competition.

The Event involved over 750 teams from 25 countries. The 16,000 people who attended the OM World Finals represented the largest single Event in the history of Walt Disney World. The competition sites were located at MGM Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom and the Wide World of Sports Complex.

The 35 minute documentary has been distributed worldwide by the OM Association and has won two prestigious awards.

A Distinguished Silver Award from the American Communicator's Association. This is the largest association of non-broadcast film and video producers in the world. In 1998 award competition there were over 3,200 entries.


A Silver Award from the International Television Association in the category of Special Events. ITVA is a professional film and video association that has members in 50 US States and over 30 countries.

Rowan Student Television Documentaries

Ned Eckhardt Course Descriptions, Etc.


The Rowan television studios and field production systems feature state-of-the-art production and post-production equipment. Field shooting is done with our new DVCPro digital cameras. Editing is done on DVCPro and Sony linear systems and AVID non-linear systems. Computer graphics are created on two Inscriber computers that produce broadcast level graphics. Digital FX are created on a DVE (Digital Video Effects) machine using a computer assisted production switcher or in the digital editing programs.

These are some of the courses that professor Eckhardt teaches......


This course introduces students to the principles and techniques of TV production. Students work in production teams within a professional television studio setting. Students gain experience in all phases of production, including conception of ideas, scripting, directing, editing, graphics and operation of equipment to produce television programming that airs on Channel 5, the university cable channel. This course is required of all R/TV/F Majors Course Objectives and Weekly Activities


This hands-on course provides experience in advanced television production. Students work in production teams that create, research, script, shoot and edit 28 minute programs for weekly airing on Rowan's cable Channel 5 and other New Jersey cable stations. Students work in the studio and the field, using top-level production and post-production equipment in preparation for professional career work in television. Programming segments are edited on analog and digital edit systems. Many of these programs have won local, regional and national awards. Course Objectives


This advanced production course combines extensive research and scriptwriting skills with sophisticated field production techniques. Students select subjects of local interest to feature in high-quality, 20 minute documentaries.

The documentaries are edited on analog and digital edit systems.Many of the documentaries have won prestigious awards, including a student EMMY. Course Objectives and Weekly Activities



This research and writing course focuses on the specialized field of TV program creation. Students study the structure and content of a wide variety of TV programs, analyzing target audiences, and examining the marketing structure of program selling and distribution. Students prepare a complete, original television program proposal as a required activity. In 1998 a student-created, prime-time program won the University Film and Video Association's Writing competition. Objectives