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Jack Roeser is Chairman and founder of Otto Engineering Inc. a manufacturer of electronic control and communication switches for aerospace, medical and industrial uses. Otto’s success is marked by the high precision and quality of its products. Jack has received over 50 patents in Electrical, Mechanical, Machinery and Marine products. In 1994, he ran for Governor in the Republican primary, receiving 26% of the primary vote. For over 25 years, Jack has been an advocate of education reform through the application of free market principles and of school choice. Jack's sport is sailing; he has won the Chicago - Mackinac race among many others.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Al Gore is rushing around proclaiming his religion of “global warming.” This is not the first time he has rushed off with some “inconvenient truth.”

The following letter was written about his “invention of the internet:”

August 2, 2000

To Rush Limbaugh

Dear Rush,

Senator Gore, who claims to have invented the internet, wrote an article for Scientific American in Sept. 1991. In it he lays out the need for the government to provide the fiber-optic network and also to train people how to make it work.

Let’s flash back to Nov. 1987 when my company, OTTO Engineering Inc., hooked up its engineering computers on Ethernet to our business and manufacturing inventory systems operating on a server using an entirely different language (Basic) and operating system. We did it using the TCP/IP Bridge, Transmission Controls Protocal/Inernet Protocol. Our small company, 250 employees at the time, certainly wasn’t the first to use the TCP/IP Bridge, which today hooks up all the World Wide Web.

Isn’t it strange that Gore was unaware that the problems of transmission and reception of diverse languages had been solved to such and extent 4 years previous to his article that a small company with a two person information department could do it?

How about the many companies that installed the fiber optic network many times over without a by your leave or government financing?

The worldwide web was actually built by a bunch of faceless unpaid nerds who found it a great adventure.

Gore is a big government guy. The dangerous side of this man is that he is sure he is right when he isn’t. Will Rogers said, “It ain’t the things we don’t’ know that hurt us so much but the things we think we know that ain’t so.”

Revealing quotes from Gore’s 1991 article:

1. “A high capacity network will not be built without government investment.”

2. “Federal Research Funding is also needed to train people in computational science.”

3. “The private sector cannot afford to build the high speed network we need and may not even be convinced of its value.”

4. “Federal leadership is needed to provide direction and coordination.”

5. “Without federal funding for the national network, we would end up with a Balkanized system, consisting of dozens of incompatible parts.”

6. “The alternative is to wait until other nations show us how to take advantage of this technology, and they will.”

Al Gore has more faith in the Federal Government than he does in American and its free people. We people have the reverse impression of Gore and his Federal government.

Jack Roeser, Founder and Chairman- Otto Engineering, Inc.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Auto Unions + Teacher Unions = Disaster

But for a heroic stand by Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, you wouldn’t be able to buy a car made in America. That major industry would have gone the way of American TV manufacturers like Zenith, who built an industry and then saw it go overseas.

The year was 1948 and the battlefield was the Taft–Hartley Amendment. The old Labor Relations bill, called the Wagner Act, allowed union contracts that required a worker to join the union if he wanted to keep his job. Imagine that. You had to pay dues and abide by the contract whether you wanted to or not, or whether it was racket dominated, Communist influenced, or just plain stood for issues you did not embrace. The Taft-Hartley Amendment changed that law with right-to-work protection that freed an employee from forced unionization.

Senator Dirksen, then a Congressman, understood that no American worker should have to kiss the ring (put other personal part of choice here) of either his employer or his union agent. Dirksen argued on behalf of T-H, particularly Paragraph 14B which contained a provision whereby any State legislature could pass a law returning that economic right to the American worker- a man did not have to belong to the union to hold his job.

Dirksen was the greatest orator of his day, possessing the kind of wisdom and judgment which, as now, are all too rare. He spoke against forced unionization at home and in Congress; he filibustered; he refused to cave to the powerful unions and their toadies in Congress. Dirksen made them accept 14B, and it’s still there.

Twenty-one states have since enacted the exception honoring the freedom from unfair force. But in legislatures in states like Illinois and Michigan, the battle for 14B exception was pitted against such powerful unions as Walter Reuther’s United Auto Workers that wielded massive political budgets and bludgeoned legislatures and manufacturers into line.

Time passed. As the automobile union lords dumped expensive, low-quality, gas-eating rust buckets on us, the public clamored for quality and efficiency. The unholy combine of big business and big labor began to lose out.

Today, the remaining domestic auto companies are saddled with unreasonably high costs in wages, health care, and pensions. They are all headed for bankruptcy. You can still buy an auto made in America, but not by the oligarchs of the past. These days, the industry is led by foreign manufacturers who have set up operations in the 21 states that passed 14B. They pay good wages to American workers who perform a quality job under reasonable work rules.

In Illinois, we are losing the last of the domestic auto manufacturers due to the failure of our legislature to enact 14B. That short-sightedness is extending its ruin to the K-12 education industry under domination of a government monopoly ruled by the biggest, richest, greediest union of them all- the Illinois Education Association, a chapter of the National Education Association.

Their price in taxes is high and getting higher. Their education is the “rust bucket” of low quality service.

The similarity to the auto union is clear. The pension plan foisted off on us by this 800 pound gorilla, the IEA, is $23 Billion in the hole. As things stand, Illinois taxpayers are obligated to pay that out of the state’s General Revenue Fund, probably $2 Billion next year alone.

A public school bureaucracy operating as a government-coferred monopoly and an entrenched union that regularly funnels campaign money to state legislators and local school board members are giving us the most expensive, lousy education in the industrial world. Russia, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, and Korea do far better at less cost. They operate under principles of educational freedom which follow the American ideal better by far than our own schools.

So how do we break this stranglehold? We can start by enacting 14B legislation in Illinois to get free of bad unions, and by enacting vouchers for kids to restore purchasing power to us customers.

Senator Everett Dirksen was as great as he sounded. Where is his equal today? The answer is “Nowhere.” It’s up to you to fight for your free American rights.

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