Friday, October 31, 2008

Obama's Sliding Tax Scale

Republican National Committee: Obama's Sliding Tax Scale

Election Day Spirit



Most people have a campaign sign or two on their lawn, but this Berks County homeowner has put a lot more work in her display, decorating her front yard with life-size cardboard cut-outs of candidates and other assorted characters. The woman behind the display is Reading-area artist Vickie Rhodier, whose political cartoons have been featured on this blog.

Heritage Calls on TV Stations to Stop Airing Obama's False Ad

Heritage Calls on TV Stations to Stop Airing Obama's False Ad

RNC: Obama's Promise Breaker

RNC: Obama's Promise Breaker

RNC: The Choice

RNC: The Choice

Republican National Committee: The Chicago Boys

Republican National Committee: The Chicago Boys

Obama the Cheapskate

"Barack Obama would 'spread the wealth' as president, but until lately the Obamas were giving less than 1% of their own high incomes to the needy and neglecting even poverty-stricken blood relatives," says Investor's Business Daily, which has found another serious character flaw in the would-be president.

From an editorial in Investor's Business Daily:
Sen. Barack Obama is apparently quite a cheapskate when it comes to giving to charity. From 2001 to 2004, the tax returns for Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Obama show less than $8,500 in donations out of the nearly $1 million they made.

In 2005 and 2006, with book royalties making them millionaires, their charitable contributions rose to about 5% of income. But how "charitable" are some of the causes Obama supports? In 2006, for instance, he gave more than $20,000 to the notorious Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Imagine that. Giving tens of thousands of dollars to someone who preaches "not God Bless America; God damn America!" from the pulpit. It remains incomprehensible that John McCain chose not to hammer home Obama's close association with Wright. The Wright issue has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with radical ideology.
Read the full editorial, "All Charisma, No Heart," at the newspaper's Web site.

Anti-Obama Activism Planned in 50 Cities

Anti-Obama Activism Planned in 50 Cities; "'Main Street' America Unite: Obama is not 'Main Street!'" Sunday and Monday, Nov. 2 & 3

Thursday, October 30, 2008

LA Times has its hands full

PA Absentee Ballots for Most Voters Due to Counties on Friday

PA Absentee Ballots for Most Voters Due to Counties on Friday

500 Clerics Pray Obama Repents on 'Federal Sex Policies'

500 Clerics Pray Obama Repents on 'Federal Sex Policies'

ATR: Myth vs. Fact: The Obama Infomercial Lies to Taxpayers About Obama Tax Hike

ATR: Myth vs. Fact: The Obama Infomercial Lies to Taxpayers About Obama Tax Hike

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Slippery Slope'

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Slippery Slope'

Economists warn against Obama tax policies

A group of 357 leading American economists have issued a joint statement warning that Barack Obama's economic policies would be disastrous for the U.S. economy.

Here's is their statement, posted online, along with their names:
Barack Obama argues that his proposals to raise tax rates and halt international trade agreements would benefit the American economy. They would do nothing of the sort. Economic analysis and historical experience show that they would do the opposite. They would reduce economic growth and decrease the number of jobs in America. Moreover, with the credit crunch, the housing slump, and high energy prices weakening the U.S. economy, his proposals run a high risk of throwing the economy into a deep recession. It was exactly such misguided tax hikes and protectionism, enacted when the U.S. economy was weak in the early 1930s, that greatly increased the severity of the Great Depression.

We are very concerned with Barack Obama's opposition to trade agreements such as the pending one with Colombia, the new one with Central America, or the established one with Canada and Mexico. Exports from the United States to other countries create jobs for Americans. Imports make goods available to Americans at lower prices and are a particular benefit to families and individuals with low incomes. International trade is also a powerful source of strength in a weak economy. In the second quarter of this year, for example, increased international trade did far more to stimulate the U.S. economy than the federal government's "stimulus" package.

Ironically, rather than supporting international trade, Barack Obama is now proposing yet another so-called stimulus package, which would do very little to grow the economy. And his proposal to finance the package with higher taxes on oil would raise oil prices directly and by reducing exploration and production.

We are equally concerned with his proposals to increase tax rates on labor income and investment. His dividend and capital gains tax increases would reduce investment and cut into the savings of millions of Americans. His proposals to increase income and payroll tax rates would discourage the formation and expansion of small businesses and reduce employment and take-home pay, as would his mandates on firms to provide expensive health insurance.

After hearing such economic criticism of his proposals, Barack Obama has apparently suggested to some people that he might postpone his tax increases, perhaps to 2010. But it is a mistake to think that postponing such tax increases would prevent their harmful effect on the economy today. The prospect of such tax rate increases in 2010 is already a drag on the economy. Businesses considering whether to hire workers today and expand their operations have time horizons longer than a year or two, so the prospect of higher taxes starting in 2009 or 2010 reduces hiring and investment in 2008.

In sum, Barack Obama's economic proposals are wrong for the American economy. They defy both economic reason and economic experience.
For more, check out the Economists for McCain Web site.

RNC: Obama and Guns

RNC: Obama and Guns

Newspaper backs Gokey in 130th state House race

The Pottstown Mercury has endorsed Richard Gokey for the 130th state House District in Berks County.

Gokey, the reform candidate, is running against incumbent Democratic state Rep. David Kessler.

The Mercury cited Gokey's support for the elimination of property taxes and his business background as the main factors for electing Gokey to the state Legislature.

For more endorsements in legislative races in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties, visit the newspaper's Web site.

For more on Gokey, visit his campaign Web site, http://www.gokeyforpa.com/

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Newspaper endorses Fuhs for 11th District Senate seat

The Pottstown Mercury has endorsed Republican Stephen Fuhs for the 11th state Senate Disrict, which covers most of Berks County.

Fuhs is the reform candidate seeking to unseat state Sen. Mike O'Pake, who has seved in the Legislature for 40 years.

From the newspaper's endorsement editorial:
The race for Berks County's 11th state Senate District features Reading City Councilman Stephen Fuhs challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael O'Pake, who has held the seat since 1972.

O'Pake has accomplished laudable things in the Senate, most notably his work for prescription drug assistance for senior citizens (PACE) and health insurance for children (CHIP), but in recent years he has shown his alliances more than once to the systemic problems in Harrisburg. He voted for the pay raise in 2005 and supported a state budget proposal this year that held known deficits before it was even signed. He was on the board of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency where excessive spending on gifts and lobbyists was exposed.

Although he claims to support tax reform, O'Pake favors his own plan rather than championing support for the property tax elimination bill formerly known as the Commonwealth Caucus Plan.
Fuhs, who has a background in business and the Secret Service, supports the tax elimination plan and reducing state business taxes.

It's time for a change: We endorse Stephen Fuhs in the 11th District.
The newspaper is also endorsing state Rep. Tom Quigley for re-election in the 146th state House District.

For more endorsements, visit the newspaper's Web site.

For more on Fuhs, visit his campaign Web site, http://fuhsforpa.homestead.com/

For more on Quigley, visit his campaign Web site, http://www.votequigley.com/

Republican National Committee: Risky Business

Republican National Committee: Risky Business

RNC Denounces ACORN's Charges of Voter Suppression

RNC Denounces ACORN's Charges of Voter Suppression

RNC: Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations

RNC: Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations

RNC: Ex-Subprime Bank Executive Finances Obama

RNC: Ex-Subprime Bank Executive Finances Obama

RNC: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

RNC: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Taxpayer group grades Congressional candidates' Stances on Fiscal Issues

Before you vote on Nov. 4, find out how Congressional candidates voted on fiscal issues.

Taxpayer Group's Database Tracks Hundreds of Congressional Candidates' Stances on Fiscal Issues

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Taxpayer group releases 2008 Voter Guide

The Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition, the citizens' group leading the fight to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania, has released its 2008 Voters Guide.

Before you to go the polls on Nov. 4, find out if your Pennsylvania Legislator has supported efforts to get rid of school property taxes.

The Voters Guide can be found at the group's Web site, http://ptcc.us

The Guide offers comments on how committed lawmakers are to the elimination of property taxes and also lists PTCC endorsed candidates.

PTCC previously announced two major endorsements for the Pennsylvania Legislature. In the 11th Senate District, the group is supporting challenger Steve Fuhs. In the 50th House District, the group is backing challenger Greg Hopkins.

Pennsylvania taxpayers have demanded property tax relief for decades, but the Harrisburg politicians have failed them. If you send incumbents back to the Legislature, expect the same results.

'ACORN Uses Public Funds to Steal Elections, Now Your Gun Rights,' Says SAF

'ACORN Uses Public Funds to Steal Elections, Now Your Gun Rights,' Says SAF

Taxpayer Group's Database Tracks Hundreds of Congressional Candidates' Stances on Fiscal Issues

Taxpayer Group's Database Tracks Hundreds of Congressional Candidates' Stances on Fiscal Issues

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Keep The Change'

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Keep The Change'

RNC Announces Pennsylvania Swing of 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour

RNC Announces Pennsylvania Swing of 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour

Newspaper: Vote 'NO' on PA ballot question

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is urging Pennsylvania voters to reject a request by the Rendell Administration to borrow $400 million for water and sewer projects.

From an editorial in today's edition:
The language of the referendum is too vague. And its proceeds are ripe for political machinations. The money is tied to no specific project. What's to prevent Gov. Ed Rendell or legislative friends of the nearly half-billion dollars in new borrowing to direct this money to pet "economic development" projects in, say, the Poconos?

So, we're "against" infrastructure help, right? Wrong. It's just that there are better ways to finance these vital upgrades without yet again diving into the taxpayers' pockets so deep that the soles of their feet are cut.

Government-types are delusional if they don't think there's $400 million in state budget waste. And what about all that glorious be-all and end-all money from slots machines?
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's Web site.

I also recommend a NO vote to send a message to Harrisburg that elected officials have to start living within their means.

Workers and the Economy Will Be Biggest Losers Under Democrat's Rule in DC, Warns EmployerReport.com

Workers and the Economy Will Be Biggest Losers Under Democrat's Rule in DC, Warns EmployerReport.com

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Keep The Change'

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Keep The Change'

Republican National Committee: Liberals in Lockstep

Republican National Committee: Liberals in Lockstep

Glenn Beck is voting for Sarah Palin

Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has an interesting post today about where popular radio talk show host Glenn Beck stands on the 2008 presidential race.

Beck has endorsed Sarah Palin (and by extension, John McCain).

Beck says he considered all the presidential candidates and found them all lacking:
I don't see any of them that actually believe in you, who actually is you, except Sarah Palin. So I'm going to pull the lever for John McCain and let the Lord sort it out. I want somebody that just, whose compass points north. Even though all these candidates think their compass points north, it doesn't. It's pointing east and some places it's pointing south. In Barack Obama it is pointing south. He says that it's pointing north, it's to you, but it's not. It's to the government, it's to Washington, it's to the special interests. John McCain I think points somewhere maybe northeast. It's in the right direction but it's not right. Sarah Palin points to you. I'm casting my vote for Sarah Palin.
Read the full post at Zito's blog.

Republican National Committee: Liberals in Lockstep

Republican National Committee: Liberals in Lockstep

ACORN Owes Millions in Taxes

ACORN Owes Millions in Taxes

Follow the Leader

Monday, October 27, 2008

A guide to Pennsylvania rednecks

In response to recent comments by U.S. Congressman John Murtha that his constituents are racists and/or rednecks if they don't vote for Barack Obama, radio host and political commentator Doug Giles offers his own guide to Pennsylvania voters.

From Giles' column:
I have a question for my readers: Do you think Murtha works on being consistently ridiculous or does it come naturally? I think it's a natural gifting that's right up there with Gary Busey's brilliance.

Look, if not buying Barack's gobbledygook makes one a redneck then all I have to say is ... Yee-frickin'-haw! Slap some Charlie Daniels on the CD player, boil some crawdads and pass the moonshine, Jedediah, because I too ain't buying what he's a sellin'.
Here's a sampling from Giles designed to help Pennsylvania voters decided where they stand.

* If you think "socialism" when you hear Barack say "change," then you might be a redneck.

* If you think there's nothing about San Francisco that a rise in the ocean level could not cure, then you might be a redneck.

* If you think slick politicians who rise from a political dung heap like Chicago might not be the fresh breeze they purport to be, then you might be a redneck.

* If you think Michael Moore is John Murtha and Joy Behar's love child, then you might be a redneck.

* If you actually believe Obama's close buddy Bill Ayers when he says he's an anarchist, a Marxist and is unashamed of bombing the Pentagon and the Capitol building, then you might be a redneck.

* If you think Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for 20 years, is more unhinged than a spider monkey that just had turpentine poured on its butt, then you might be a redneck.

Read the full list, "Pennsylvanian Voters: You Might Be a Redneck If ..." at Gile's Web site, http://clashradio.com/

'End pay-to-play cronyism in Harrisburg'

Pennsylvania voters can send a strong message to Harrisburg on Nov. 4 by electing a Republican majority to the state House and enlarging the GOP majority in the state Senate. That's the only way to end the free-spending of the Rendell Administration and help push reform measures blocked by Bill DeWeese and the Democrats.

The op-ed below was originally published in The Mercury.
End pay-to-play cronyism in Harrisburg

By Rep. Doug Reichley

As the 2007-2008 legislative session concludes, reformers in Harrisburg can list few true accomplishments that have fundamentally altered the atmosphere in Harrisburg. We failed to restrict cronyism and end "pay-to-play," two aspects of an old boy network that continues to run rampant in the halls of the Capitol.

In late September, state Reps. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Glen Grell (R-Cumberland), Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) and I introduced a package of bills, along with legislation previously introduced by Rep. Craig Dally (R-Northampton), to end the "Pay-to-Play" mindset that has descended on Harrisburg during the Rendell administration. However, House Democrats turned their backs on this attempt at sweeping reform of blatant governmental abuses.

What were we trying to accomplish with this legislation? Over the last two years, the governor has utilized loopholes in state laws regulating how contracts for the purchase of goods and professional services are issued. Simply put, our legislation sought to prevent the governor from awarding lucrative no-bid contracts to political supporters and former associates.

The first glaring example of this was revealed last year with the award of a contract for more than $1 million to the governor's former law firm Ballard Spahr under the "emergency provisions" of the procurement code. Taxpayers footed the bill for legal work to write the law which would have imposed tolls on the I-80 federal highway and increased the very unpopular Pittsburgh drink tax. Not only was this contract improper in light of the dozens of lawyers employed by the governor, the Department of Transportation, and the four legislative caucuses, but there was not anything resembling an "emergency" to justify the award of this no-bid contract to the law firm which currently employs the governor's former chief of staff, former deputy chief of staff, and the husband of the woman the governor chose as State Treasurer.

The governor's questionable no-bid handouts also resulted in a computer systems company winning the contract for a data powerhouse with the Department of General Services. This contract was extended without allowing competitors to bid on the contract, which is worth more than $4 million. This no-bid award was justified on the grounds it was in "the best interest of the Commonwealth," even though there were other service providers who wanted to submit a bid on the project, but they never found out about this opportunity until after the contract was extended.

Finally, the no-bid reward process hit a new low this year when the governor's Office of General Counsel gave a contract without competitive bidding to a Texas law firm to handle a lucrative lawsuit on behalf of the Commonwealth against a drug manufacturer. This same firm donated $26,000 to the governor's last campaign in 2006, provided the use of a personal jet worth $14,000, and donated another $10,000 to the Democratic Governors Association which happened to be headed by Rendell at the time. Was this just a coincidence?

These are not just petty examples of the unbridled use of power in the Capitol. Attorney General Tom Corbett has uncovered allegations of the assignment of contracts worth millions of dollars by both House caucuses which were awarded on a no-bid basis. Our legislation would be an important step to improve transparency in the operations of state government, but would also result in savings to taxpayers by obtaining competitive bids from prospective vendors.

We attached three of our bills as amendments to a procurement code bill on the House calendar, but House Democrats led my Majority Leader Bill DeWeese ignored these good government measures at a time when people have had it with the cronyism in Harrisburg.

DeWeese and House Democrats shunned the outcry to clean up Harrisburg in the most substantive way in the last two years. Based on this record, does anyone really believe Rep. DeWeese and the House Democrats can be leaders for reform in the Capitol.

State Rep. Doug Reichley is a Republican who represents the 134th House District in Berks and Lehigh counties.

RNC: Pennsylvania Election Fraud

RNC: Pennsylvania Election Fraud

Trick-or-Treat Obama style



The cartoon above is the work of William Warren and is distributed by Americans for Limited Government. In recent years, William has swept the college cartoonist awards, and last year, upon graduation from Wake Forest, he was presented with the highly coveted Charles M. Schulz Award by the Scripps Howard Foundation. For more information about Americans for Limited Government, visit www.getliberty.org

Republican National Committee: Obama's Redistributionist Economics

Republican National Committee: Obama's Redistributionist Economics

Obama Sex Policies Ignite Pastors, Rabbis, According to The Judeo-Christian View

Obama Sex Policies Ignite Pastors, Rabbis, According to The Judeo-Christian View

RNC: Barney's Big Mouth

RNC: Barney's Big Mouth

Obama's House of Cards

Obama's House of Cards

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Report says Obama Inaugural Address already written

Don't bother to vote on Nov. 4, folks. The liberal media and ACORN have already elected Barack Obama as president.

The Democratic Party nominee is so sure he's got this election in the bag that he's already written his inaugural address, according to none other than The New York Times, the official newsletter of the Obama Campaign.

RNC: AUDACITY WATCH: Obama Inaugural Address Already Written

The Election Choice: Taxes

If you want to pay more taxes, elect Barack Obama.

If you want to pay less taxes, elect John McCain.

The Election Choice: Taxes

The return of Jimmy Carter

A peak into the future if Barack Obama is elected. Higher taxes and a cut in defense spending are in order. That means a return to the Jimmy Carter era. A weak economy and humiliation from our enemies.

Republican National Committee: They Said It! Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on Increasing Taxes and Cutting Defense Spending

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Worried About Your 401(k)? Start Asking Obama About the Corporate Income Tax Rate

Worried About Your 401(k)? Start Asking Obama About the Corporate Income Tax Rate

Gerlach, Williams earn key endorsements

Here's a shocker. The Philadelphia Inquirer, the state's most liberal newspaper, has endorsed two Republican candidates for Congress. You heard it right.

The newspaper is backing GOP challenger Craig Williams for Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District over incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak.

Here's what the newspaper says about Williams:
Voters, though, have an equally impressive choice in Williams, 44, who saw military service with the Marines in Operation Desert Storm and also as a military lawyer. Williams' star factor stems from having spent his high school years in Alaska, where his brother eventually went on to write speeches for Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin gave Williams a shout-out in a campaign ad.

On issues, Williams brings a welcome fiscally conservative outlook. Electing CRAIG WILLIAMS also would help assure balance in the House under the Democratic ascendancy that appears to be under way.
The Inquirer is also urging voters to re-elect Rep. Jim Gerlach in the 6th Congressional District over Democratic challenger Bob Roggio.

Here's what the newspaper says about Gerlach:
Always a thoughtful lawmaker dating back to his years as a state senator and state representative, Gerlach, 53, seeks a middle ground in the GOP caucus. It means he's strong on the environment, transit and other infrastructure investments, but in step with the Bush administration's tax cuts and other core Republican policies of limited government. A measure of his success is support from labor as well as business interests.

Former business executive Bob Roggio has made politics a second career and avocation, but he still may be to the left of this district on a range of issues. If JIM GERLACH can maintain his independence, he's best for the 6th District.
Read the full endorsement editorial on SE Pennsylvania Congressional races at the newspaper's Web site.

Blunt: Democrats' Long History of Rewarding ACORN

Blunt: Democrats' Long History of Rewarding ACORN

Over 2.5 Million Watch CatholicVote.com Video

Over 2.5 Million Watch CatholicVote.com Video

Tony Phyrillas on the radio today

Tune in for predictions on state and national races on this week's edition of "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

You can join the conversation by calling the station at 610-326-4000.

"Talking Politics" can also be heard live online at http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and http://www.pottsmerc.com/

RNC: Former PA Governor Tom Ridge Joins 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour Through Keystone State

RNC: Former PA Governor Tom Ridge Joins 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour Through Keystone State

U.S. Election Will Cost $5.3 Billion, Center for Responsive Politics Predicts

U.S. Election Will Cost $5.3 Billion, Center for Responsive Politics Predicts

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Voter registration reaches record 8.7 million in PA

A record-setting 8.73 million Pennsylvanians are registered to vote as of Oct. 20, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Of that total, 4.4 million voters registered as Democrats; 3.2 million as Republicans; 458,617 under no affiliation; and 568,065 as "other."

There were 8.36 million registered Pennsylvania voters prior to the 2004 General Election, according to a state press release.

Despite growing reports of voter registration fraud allegations involving the group ACORN, the Rendell administration says it does not anticipate any problems with the Nov. 4 election.

That brought a sharp rebuke from the Pennsylvania Republican Committee, which filed a lawsuit on Friday against the state and ACORN, claiming that ACORN has filed fraudulent voter registration forms.

"The U.S. District Attorney's office is investigating fraudulent voter registrations in Philadelphia and local law enforcement officials and agencies are investigating issues in several other Pennsylvania counties," PA GOP Chairman Robert Gleason said. "Why aren't Governor Rendell and Secretary Cortés questioning the activities of a group that has burdened county election officials with potentially bogus registrations which will prevent legitimate registrations from being cast on Election Day?"

To read the full statement by the PA GOP, visit the party's Web site, http://www.pagop.org

Change or more of the same?

Steve Fuhs, the reform candidate for Pennsylvania's 11th state Senate District has come up with catchy way to remind Berks County voters that they can make a huge change in state politics this year.

Simple signs stating, "After 40 years, it's time for a change," have sprung up all over Berks County.

The signs refer to Fuhs' opponent, state Sen. Mike O'Pake, who has served in the state Legislature for the past 40 years. O'Pake wants another four years in Harrisburg.

Fuhs supports the elimination of property taxes, lower state spending and reduction in business taxes to stimulate the state's economy and create jobs. He also supports a variety of reform measures in state government.

For more on Fuhs, visit his campaign Web site.

Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Election Forecast Predicts Democrats Will Gain 3 Seats in Senate, 11 in House

Election Forecast Predicts Democrats Will Gain 3 Seats in Senate, 11 in House

Tax Calculator Reveals How Much Obama Tax Hikes Will Cost

Americans for Tax Reform and Rutledge Capital Release Version 2.0 of Obama-McCain 401(k) Tax Calculator

RNC Launches New Web Site: 'RNCDonors.com'

RNC Launches New Web Site: 'RNCDonors.com'

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Be Greek For A Day

If you're anywhere near Berks County this weekend, the place to be is Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, which is hosting its 38th Annual Greek Food Bazaar.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the largest ethnic food festival in Berks County on Oct. 17, 18, 19 for the best in Greek food, music and culture.

All the food is cooked on the premises by church members using traditional Greek recipes.

The most popular dish is Athenian-style chicken, which comes in a platter with a side of rice pilaf or pastitsio (layered Greek pasta, seasoned with chopped beef topped with béchamel) and Greek-style string beans cooked with tomatoes and seasonings, a Greek salad featuring feta cheese, and roll and butter for $10.

On Friday, Plaki (fresh fish fillet baked with vegetables, herbs and wine) is available as a platter in the main dining hall.

There are also a la carte items, such Gyro (marinated beef and lamb slices) and Souvlaki (pork shis-ke-bob) sandwiches, Calamari (squid) cooked in tomatoes and wine; Moussaka (eggplant casserole) and Arni Psito (roast lamb) as only the Greeks know how to make. All dishes are available to eat-in or take-out.

A variety of imported Greek wines and the popular Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, will be served. (Beer and soda is available for less adventurous visitors).

While enjoying a meal in the main dining hall, visitors are treated to Greek dance music by Stavros & Maria, a brother-sister musical duo from the Reading area, who are also church members.

After a hearty meal, there’s plenty to see and do on the church grounds. An Agora (Greek market) room offers packaged Greek foods and prepared dishes to go. The Kafenio (Greek coffee house) features fresh-brewed Greek-style coffee, rice pudding and pastries.

Visitors can also shop in the gold jewelry room and Greek gift shop, featuring many items imported from Greece.

Visitors can also see one of the largest collections of Byzantine iconography in the United States. Free guided tours of the church interior are provided every hour.

A popular stop for all visitors is the pastry room, where you can pick between favorites such as Baklava (almonds, butter, and honey layered in flaky pastry), Teelikta (walnuts, butter and honey rolled in flaky pastry); Kourabiethes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar), Koulourakia (Greek twisted butter cookie) and Galaktobouriko (a filo pastry filled with custard and moistened with honey syrup).

Another Greek delicacy is Loukoumathes (honey balls) a warm dough pastry topped with honey, cinnamon and chopped nuts. Honey balls are made fresh Saturday and Sunday only. Also try the Baklava Sundae for a unique taste treat.

Bazaar hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Admission and parking are free in the church lot. Additional parking is available at the adjacent Holy Name High School. The event is held rain or shine.

The church is located at 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., about one mile from Business Route 222 South (Lancaster Avenue).

For directions, call the church at 610-374-7511 or visit the church’s Web site, www.stsconstantinehelen.org

Republican National Committee: FBI Investigates ACORN for Voter Fraud

Republican National Committee: FBI Investigates ACORN for Voter Fraud

RNC Launches New Ad: 'Chair'

RNC Launches New Ad: 'Chair'

Evidence of Voter Fraud In Ohio, Says Republican National Committee

Evidence of Voter Fraud In Ohio, Says Republican National Committee

'Demand a Character Check from Obama'

It's Time to Demand a Character Check from Obama

By William Owens Jr.

What in the world is going on within the minds of all Americans? How much more questionable association and potentially illegal activity do we need to witness regarding Senator Barack Obama before we seriously consider the implications of the risk that he poses against this country’s safety, independence, and patriotism?

There is a reason for this "rush to the edge of socialism" of the part of Obama. The American people have simply forgotten about our history. We have simply lost focus on who we are, based on where we have come from.

On June 23, 1775, on the day George Washington left the city to take command of the Continental Army Reverend William Smith said, "Religion and liberty must flourish or fall together in America. We pray that both may be perpetual."

In 1774, Thomas Jefferson said, "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time."

The very axiom of America's identity is founded upon freedom of choice, freedom of religion, and freedom to think the way we choose to think, not being coerced into believing any message that is void of these fundamental ideals.

Truth is, Obama talks so much about his fundamental differences, but says nothing about where they come from. If you look closely at his character and the character of others that he espouses and associates with, you will find not simply a problem but a REAL DANGER! Because Obama is evasive about so many things you have to surmise that he is lying. Yes – lying. Consider this:

- For example, while Obama promises to give tax cuts to 95% of middle class America, he refuses to make clear that only 40% of Americans would even qualify for such a tax cut. This is a fallacy.

- When he tells us that we will receive the same medical coverage as him and his wife, he fails to tell us that supply (doctors) and demand (patients) makes this mathematically impossible, unless GOVERNMENT decides who gets the operation or medicine and who doesn't. This is socialized medicine!

- When he justifies the rights of women to have choice regarding the child that is in their wombs, he most definitely ensures that the race of Black Americans continues to decline.

- When he denies association with an un-repented terrorist—and then admits his association only after the evidence of it comes to the forefront — he simply validates how he would bring corruption within the highest office of the world.

Obama's campaign strategy is definitely not to bring unity among Americans. Rather, it is to create division through class warfare by articulating the grievances of the people to the people in hopes of creating himself as the agent of "change." However, he fails miserably in articulating a clear administration that will guide this country with a firm, experienced outlook that embraces the sentiments of Jefferson and Reverend Smith. We must never forget that ours is the oldest Republic in the world and could never exist outside of the Judeo-Christian faith based Constitution and Bill of Rights that we hold dear.

Obama's old playbook of socialistic adopted politics is patterned after a socialistic regime. He adopts the practices of a "global mindset" rather than an American one. Teenage boys don militant style uniforms and chant, "Yes, we can!" (See WorldNetDaily). They might as well yell, "Hail Barack." Once we began to hail anyone, we lose our identity and instead, forget how to think and act for ourselves. Think back to communistic Europe; it's the same pattern and will have the same effect.

I say, "Demand character references from Obama;" I say, "Validate his integrity based on his record," and I say, "Prove his associates by demanding a thorough inquisition on who they are, what they believe and what they have done." If the sum total does not equal life liberty and the pursuit of happiness — while celebrating the divine nature of the Constitution — Obama (and no man who does not qualify) should become president of these United States of America, land of the free, and home of the brave.

William Owens Jr. is author of seven books, including "Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts." He is president and founder of Higher Standard Enterprises Inc., a multi-media company focusing on publishing books and developing productions that speak to the issues of country and community. He has been featured on radio and TV shows throughout the country regarding numerous issues within the scope of politics and religion. He resides in North Carolina.

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McCain's new best friend: Joe the plumber

Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Toledo, Ohio, who confronted Barack Obama about taxes, could end up swinging the election to John McCain.

Wurzelbacher asked Obama to explain how the liberal Democrat's plan to raise taxes for Americans earning $250,000 or more would not hurt small business owners.

Obama had no explanation other than to say that "When you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

That means Obama plans to take money from small business owners and "spread" it around to people who don't pay taxes.

There's another word for Obama's scheme. It's called welfare.

That brief exchange between Wurzelbacher and Obama crystallized the basic choice in this year's presidential election. Obama is pushing big government, higher taxes, socialized medicine. McCain says he will freeze government spending and cut taxes.

McCain made reference to Joe the plumber numerous times in Wednesday's presidential debate, saying he doesn't want to raise taxes on Joe or any other working American.

From The Associated Press:
Wurzelbacher watched Wednesday night's debate and said he still thinks Senator Obama's plan would keep him from buying the small business that employs him. About Senator McCain: "He's got it right as far as I go." Even so, Mr. Wurzelbacher declined to say who was getting his vote. He said he was surprised that he was called "Joe the Plumber" repeatedly during the debate. "It's pretty surreal, man, my name being mentioned in a presidential campaign."
If McCain pulls out this election, he may have to offer Wurzelbacher a job as White House plumber.

Catch Phyrillas on radio today

Tune in for predictions on state and national races on this week's edition of "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

You can join the conversation by calling the station at 610-326-4000.

"Talking Politics" can also be heard live online at http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and http://www.pottsmerc.com/

Americans for Tax Reform-Fact Checking the Debate

Americans for Tax Reform-Fact Checking the Debate

RNC: 'Senator Government'

RNC: 'Senator Government'

Richard Viguerie on the Presidential Debate: 'Where Did THIS John McCain Come From?'

Richard Viguerie on the Presidential Debate: 'Where Did THIS John McCain Come From?'

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Richard Viguerie: Obama's 'Spread the Wealth' Blunder Reveals His Real Goal for America - Socialism

Richard Viguerie: Obama's 'Spread the Wealth' Blunder Reveals His Real Goal for America - Socialism

Five Things You Might Not Know About Obama's Small Business Tax Hikes

Five Things You Might Not Know About Obama's Small Business Tax Hikes

Obama vs. Obama on Bonehead Moves

Obama vs. Obama on Bonehead Moves

McCain visits Montgomery County

John McCain made a campaign stop at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell Tuesday to unveil a new package of economic initiatives to help middle class families.

From a story about the visit published in The Mercury:
McCain closed his speech by assuring that America will continue to lead the world's economies and America will prosper and will be safer. Yet it cannot be done unless we are prepared to act swiftly, boldly and with courage and wisdom, he said.

"I know what fear feels like -- it is a thief in the night who robs your strength. I know what hopelessness feels like -- it is an enemy who defeats your will," he said. "I felt those things once before. I will never let them in again. I'm an American and I choose to fight."

"Fight for a new direction in our country. Fight for what's right in America. Fight to clean up the mess of corruption. Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead," McCain said. "Fight for justice and opportunity for all. Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history. Now let's go win this election and get this country moving again!"

Read the full story and watch video highlights of the visit at The Mercury Web site.

Phyrillas on the radio Thursday

Tune in for predictions on state and national races on this week's edition of "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

You can join the conversation by calling the station at 610-326-4000.

"Talking Politics" can also be heard live online at http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and http://www.pottsmerc.com/

RNC: Obama Tells the Tax Truth

RNC: Obama Tells the Tax Truth

Five Things You Might Not Know About Obama's Small Business Tax Hikes

Five Things You Might Not Know About Obama's Small Business Tax Hikes

RNC: The Coming Liberal Thugocracy

RNC: The Coming Liberal Thugocracy

Americans for Tax Reform Calls Obama 'Tax Calculator' Inaccurate and Misleading

Americans for Tax Reform Calls Obama 'Tax Calculator' Inaccurate and Misleading

RNC: Biden Routes Campaign Cash to Family, Their Firms

More of the same from the ultimate Washington, D.C., insider, Joe Biden.

RNC: Biden Routes Campaign Cash to Family, Their Firms

RNC: Fraudulent ACORN Voter Registrations Continue to Grow in Philadelphia

RNC: Fraudulent ACORN Voter Registrations Continue to Grow in Philadelphia

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

RNC: Spreading the Virus

RNC: Spreading the Virus

RNC: The Coming Liberal Thugocracy

RNC: The Coming Liberal Thugocracy

Republican National Committee: Obama's Insufficient Funds

Republican National Committee: Obama's Insufficient Funds

Phyrillas featured in The New York Times

What is Pennsylvania's leading conservative blogger doing in The New York Times, the flagship paper of the Obama Media?

Somebody has to talk some sense into the far left.

The New York Times interviewed me Monday for an article on how bloggers are covering the political race in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.

They also gave me an opportunity to write a guest column on the role of a conservative blogger in influencing the outcome of the race.

The story has a couple of factual errors in it, but I have to give The Times credit: They did not edit my guest column.

You can read The New York Times article, "Road to November: Keystone State Bloggers,"
by Rebecca Cathcart, and my column at this link:

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/13/road-to-november-keystone-state-bloggers/

Obama's Radical Pro-Abortion Views

The Family Research Council has launched a media campaign to inform voters about Barack Obama's radical pro-abortion record, which includes support for partial-birth abortion and a law that denies medical care for a baby born after a botched abortion.

Follow the link below for more information on the campaign and a link to view one of the TV commercials produced for the FRC.

FRC Action PAC Launches TV, Radio Ad Campaign on Obama's Radical Pro-Abortion Views

McCain vs. Obama on Worker Freedom

McCain vs. Obama on Worker Freedom

Republican National Committee: In Case You Missed It - Obama and ACORN

Republican National Committee: In Case You Missed It - Obama and ACORN

Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Friday, October 10, 2008

Economists warn against Obama policies

One-hundred leading American economists, including five Nobel Prize winners, have released a joint statement saying Barack Obama's economic proposals would be disastrous for the United States.

"Barack Obama's economic proposals are wrong for the American economy," the statement concludes. "They defy both economic reason and economic experience."

Here is the full statement:
Barack Obama argues that his proposals to raise tax rates and halt international trade agreements would benefit the American economy. They would do nothing of the sort. Economic analysis and historical experience show that they would do the opposite. They would reduce economic growth and decrease the number of jobs in America. Moreover, with the credit crunch, the housing slump, and high energy prices weakening the U.S. economy, his proposals run a high risk of throwing the economy into a deep recession. It was exactly such misguided tax hikes and protectionism, enacted when the U.S. economy was weak in the early 1930s, that greatly increased the severity of the Great Depression.

We are very concerned with Barack Obama's opposition to trade agreements such as the pending one with Colombia, the new one with Central America, or the established one with Canada and Mexico. Exports from the United States to other countries create jobs for Americans. Imports make goods available to Americans at lower prices and are a particular benefit to families and individuals with low incomes. International trade is also a powerful source of strength in a weak economy. In the second quarter of this year, for example, increased international trade did far more to stimulate the U.S. economy than the federal government's "stimulus" package.

Ironically, rather than supporting international trade, Barack Obama is now proposing yet another so-called stimulus package, which would do very little to grow the economy. And his proposal to finance the package with higher taxes on oil would raise oil prices directly and by reducing exploration and production.

We are equally concerned with his proposals to increase tax rates on labor income and investment. His dividend and capital gains tax increases would reduce investment and cut into the savings of millions of Americans. His proposals to increase income and payroll tax rates would discourage the formation and expansion of small businesses and reduce employment and take-home pay, as would his mandates on firms to provide expensive health insurance.

After hearing such economic criticism of his proposals, Barack Obama has apparently suggested to some people that he might postpone his tax increases, perhaps to 2010. But it is a mistake to think that postponing such tax increases would prevent their harmful effect on the economy today. The prospect of such tax rate increases in 2010 is already a drag on the economy. Businesses considering whether to hire workers today and expand their operations have time horizons longer than a year or two, so the prospect of higher taxes starting in 2009 or 2010 reduces hiring and investment in 2008.

In sum, Barack Obama's economic proposals are wrong for the American economy. They defy both economic reason and economic experience.
For a complete list of the 100 economists who signed the statement, visit www.johnmccain.com

Members of Congress Urge Justice Department to Investigate Alleged ACORN Voter Fraud

Members of Congress Urge Justice Department to Investigate Alleged ACORN Voter Fraud

RNC: State GOP Leaders Accuse ACORN of Vote Fraud

RNC: State GOP Leaders Accuse ACORN of Vote Fraud

Fuhs challenges O'Pake for Berks state Senate seat

A Republican who broke a Democratic Party monopoly in the City of Reading, is attempting to unseat a 40-year incumbent in the race for the 11th state Senate District seat.

Stephen Fuhs, the only Republican on the Reading City Council, is challenging state Sen. Michael A. O'Pake, who has served in the Legislature for 40 years.

O'Pake is the No. 2 ranking Democrat in the Senate. He voted "yes" on the legislative pay raise in 2005 and took the money early as unvouchered expenses, a practice ruled illegal by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

This is the first time O'Pake is facing Berks County voters since the pay raise debacle.

O'Pake also served for 20 years on the board of directors of PHEAA, the scandal-ridden student loan agency.

During a recent televised debate, O'Pake complained about his inability to get anything done in Harrisburg because Democrats are the minority party in the Senate.

That prompted Fuhs to counter that argument by asking Berks voters to elect a Republican who can work with the majority.

Fuhs is running on a reform platform and supports the elimination of property taxes.

For more on the race, check The Mercury.

Is Obama the cause of financial meltdown?

Has anyone else noticed that the bigger the lead Barack Obama takes in polls the more the stock market drops?

Investors have lost $2.5 trillion so far during the month of October. The same 10-day period corresponds with a widening lead for Obama over John McCain in most election polls.

It appears that Wall Street is signaling that an Obama presidency would spell disaster for the U.S. economy.

If you think things are bad now, wait until Obama imposes higher taxes, more government regulation, forced government-run health-care and restricts trade.

Does an Obama presidency remind anyone of the Jimmy Carter years? Double-digit inflation, interest rates at 20 percent and a malaise that hung over the U.S. economy for years.

This is what Obama is offering and investors are reacting by pulling out of the stock market in anticipation of an Obama presidency.

Check out this post at PAWaterCooler, "100 Economists Sign Letter Opposing Barack Obama’s Economic Policies"

RNC: Bogus Voter Sign-Ups May Draw Charges

RNC: Bogus Voter Sign-Ups May Draw Charges

Republican National Committee: Attorney Investigates ACORN Registrations, From Florida Today

Republican National Committee: Attorney Investigates ACORN Registrations, From Florida Today

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Thursday, October 9, 2008

NRA endorses McCain

You can't say this comes as a surprise. The National Rifle Association has endorsed Republican John McCain for president.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who also serves as chairman of the NRA's political action committee, is planning to announce the group's endorsement at stops in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Missouri, Colorado and Nevada.

McCain "cast more than 60 votes in the Senate in support of the Second Amendment," LaPierre said.

Contrast that with Barack Obama, who supports gun control measures and has said the Second Amendment is subject to interpretation. Obama criticized the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that said the Second Amendment guarantees the right of citizens, not militias, to bear arms.

Along with the endorsement, the NRA's Political Victory Fund is planning newspaper ads and television spots to remind gun owners that McCain will protect their rights while Obama would restrict gun ownership if he's elected president.

Although McCain has not always supported legislation pushed the NRA, the fact that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is a member of the NRA, helped the group decide who to endorse in the 2008 race.

"She's a hunter, she's a Second Amendment supporter and she's a tremendous asset to the ticket," LaPierre told The Associated Press.

Palin received an A-plus rating from the group when she ran for governor in 2006.

LaPierre also noted that the NRA doesn't always endorse presidential candidates.

The group backed President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 but did not support Bob Dole in the 1996 race against Bill Clinton or George H.W. Bush in the 1992 race against Michael Dukakis.

For more information, visit the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund Web site at http://www.nrapvf.org/

RNC: ACORN's Voter Registrations Questioned

RNC: ACORN's Voter Registrations Questioned

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Survey: Obama would be a disaster for economy

A survey of 751 CEOs of major American companies conducted by Chief Executive magazine finds that Sen. Barack Obama's economic and tax policies would be disastrous for American workers.

CEOs surveyed said they prefer Sen. John McCain's economic plans by a 4-1 margin.

"The stakes for this presidential election are higher than they've ever been in recent memory," said Edward M. Kopko, CEO and Publisher of Chief Executive magazine. "We've been experiencing consecutive job losses for nine months now. There's no doubt that reviving the job market will be a top priority for the incoming president. And job creating CEOs repeatedly tell us that McCain's policies are far more conducive to a more positive employment environment than Obama's."

Some CEOs who responded to the survey went as far as to say this of Sen. Obama: "Some of his programs would bankrupt the country within three years, if implemented."

Obama's tax policies, which scored the lowest grade in the poll, are particularly unpopular among CEOs, Kopko said.

"Overall, many CEOs are concerned about the future of the U.S. economy and its ability to compete in the global market, but they look to John McCain and hope that this self-described political maverick may yet shake up established thinking and not give into to the tired policies of the past," Kopko said.

It's amazing that anyone with a basic understanding of economics would consider voting for Barack Obama. His plan to raise taxes on working people and investors and increase the federal debt while imposing government health-care on businesses is a recipe for disaster.

To read the full article and see more of the survey results, visit the magazine's Web site.

Breakfast with Tony Phyrillas

Guess who's speaking at the monthly breakfast meeting of Women EXCEL (Executive's Coalition for Excellence & Leadership)?

That's right. Tony Phyrillas. The topic for the Oct. 17 event is "Woman and Politics."

If the prospect of having breakfast with Tony Phyrillas sounds appealing to you or you're interested in finding out more about EXCEL, visit http://www.ywcatricountyarea.org/

'Talking Politics' with Dick Gokey

Dick Gokey, the reform candidate for the 130th state House District, will be this week's guest on "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

Gokey, chairman of the Amity Township Board of Supervisors, is attempting to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. David Kessler. For more about Gokey, visit his campaign Web site, http://www.gokeyforpa.com/

You can join the conversation by calling the station at 610-326-4000.

"Talking Politics" can also be heard live online at http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and http://www.pottsmerc.com/

New Ad Says Liberals' Support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the Root of Financial Crisis

New Ad Says Liberals' Support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the Root of Financial Crisis

Job Creators Prefer McCain 4-To-1 Over Obama

Job Creators Prefer McCain 4-To-1 Over Obama

AIM Launches First Ever 'Boycott The New York Times' Campaign, Web site

AIM Launches First Ever 'Boycott The New York Times' Campaign & Website

Obama Campaign Unlawfully Misuses Proprietary Firearms Industry Media List Says Trade Association

Obama Campaign Unlawfully Misuses Proprietary Firearms Industry Media List Says Trade Association

Tennessee Man Indicted for Alleged Hack of Governor Sarah Palin's E-Mail Account

Tennessee Man Indicted for Alleged Hack of Governor Sarah Palin's E-Mail Account

Felon Accused of Voting Violations

Felon Accused of Voting Violations

Gerlach earns an 'A' from veterans

It's report card for members of Congress.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has released its 2008 Congressional Report Card, rating members of Congress on their support of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) earned an "A" from the group, his campaign reports today.

"IAVA Action's 2008 Congressional Report Card recognizes those lawmakers who refused to compromise on the most important issues facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans," said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). "From passing a new GI Bill to increasing VA funding by over 10 billion dollars, the 110th Congress has made tremendous progress on behalf of America's newest generation of heroes. Over the last two years, Congressman Gerlach has demonstrated that he is a great friend to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.IAVA Action is proud to give Congressman Gerlach an A and would like to thank him for his leadership on these critical issues."

From a press release issued by Jim Gerlach For Congress:

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans.

"Congressman Gerlach is proud of his record of supporting the brave men and women courageously protecting our freedom on the battlefield and treating them with tremendous dignity and respect when they return home," said Mark Campbell, Gerlach political director. "He looks forward to continue working on behalf of veterans and their families."

Gerlach also has been endorsed by the National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition and Veterans' Vision.

To read more about the IAVA Report Card, visit the group's Web site.

Voter fraud in Ohio

BOE Questions Suspicious Voter Registration Cards

RNC: ACORN's Voter Registrations Questioned, From Connecticut Post

RNC: ACORN's Voter Registrations Questioned, From Connecticut Post

Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Roy Blunt on Presidential Debate in Nashville

Blunt Statement on Presidential Debate in Nashville

Obama Flip-Flops on Pledge to 'End Diversion of Federal Small Business Contracts to Corporate Giants'

Obama Flip-Flops on Pledge to 'End Diversion of Federal Small Business Contracts to Corporate Giants'

RNC Chairman Duncan Responds to Presidential Debate

RNC Chairman Duncan Responds to Presidential Debate

Richard Viguerie: McCain Failed To Nationalize Election, Did Not Do What He Needed To Do

Richard Viguerie: McCain Failed To Nationalize Election, Did Not Do What He Needed To Do

RNC: 'ACORN Office in Vegas Raided in Voter-Fraud Probe,' From Associated Press

RNC: 'ACORN Office in Vegas Raided in Voter-Fraud Probe,' From Associated Press

Monday, October 6, 2008

PA drowning in sea of red ink under Rendell

State Rep. Sam Rohrer, R-Berks, a frequent critic of massive state spending under Gov. Ed Rendell, says time is running out to re-open Pennsylvania's red-ink budget to avoid a potential tax increase next year.

With only three scheduled session days remaining before the Legislature takes another break to campaign for the November elections, Rohrer cited a recent Pennsylvania Revenue Department report that shows September revenue collections were $160 million lower than anticipated. It was the third straight month the state spent more than it took in and there are still nine months to go in the current fiscal year.

The red ink means the governor and Legislature must re-open the $28.3 billion General Fund budget for 2008-09, Rohrer says.

"When I called for a zero-growth budget throughout the entire budget negotiations, and again when I called for the immediate re-opening of the out-of-balance budget just a few weeks ago, I did so based on the grounds that the out-of-control spending would need to be checked," Rohrer said in a written statement. "The recent release of September revenue collection numbers has confirmed my arguments for no new taxes, no new spending and no new borrowing yet again."

Rohrer said the state budget signed by Gov. Rendell is "effectively unconstitutional" because it "deliberately ignored clear economic predictions about the level of revenue that would be available to the Commonwealth."

Rohrer said he is not surprised by the September numbers "and neither should any of my colleagues or the governor."

Rohrer also said that tapping into the state's Rainy Day Fund to address any future budget deficit is illegal because the budget crisis was anticipated by state officials.

"Under these circumstances, draining the Rainy Day Fund is not an option," Rohrer said. "This fund is clearly reserved for unanticipated emergencies. If the governor continues to spend recklessly, we will certainly have an ever larger fiscal emergency on our hands, but it certainly will not be unanticipated."

The Associated Press reports that Pennsylvania is now facing a budgetary shortfall of up to $1.3 billion. Some lawmakers project a $2.5 billion deficit by 2010, which also happens to be Rendell's last year in office.

State spending has increased by nearly $8 billion since Rendell became governor in 2003.

Rohrer said Rendell's recent call for a hiring freeze, ban on out-of-state travel and reduced spending by state agencies is not enough.

"Now it is beyond absolutely clear that Gov. Rendell's arbitrary cost cutting in several departments was inadequate and short-sighted," Rohrer said. "Now is definitely the time for drastic spending reductions, rather than more lame duck excuses which will only lead to further inaction."

Rohrer said the state must re-open the budget and allow for legislative and public input to create a fiscally responsible, balanced, zero-growth state budget.

"With ever-increasing fuel and food prices, not to mention Pennsylvania's unaddressed school property tax crisis, even considering raising taxes or borrowing against the tax dollars of future generations is absolutely unconscionable," Rohrer said.

90 Economists Warn Coloradans Against Harmful Effects of Amendment 58

90 Economists Warn Coloradans Against Harmful Effects of Amendment 58

RNC Files FEC Complaint Against Obama Campaign

Barack Obama is financing his campaign with illegal contributions from foreign nationals, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission.

RNC Files FEC Complaint Against Obama Campaign

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Saturday, October 4, 2008

McCain office opens in Berks County

With 30 days to go before the Nov. 4 election, the McCain Campaign opened a Berks County headquarters Saturday afternoon.

Berks County GOP Chairman Mark Gillen was on hand to open the headquarters at 5001 Perkiomen Ave. (Route 422 west) in Exeter Township.

The grand opening celebration ran from 3 to 5 p.m., with a steady stream visitors stopping by to pick up campaign signs, bumper stickers and literature for the McCain/Palin ticket as well as other GOP candidates, including Congressman Jim Gerlach, Steve Fuhs, running for the 11th state Senate District, and Dick Gokey, a candidate for the 130th state House District.

Gillen said the office will be staffed seven-days-a-week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Election Day.

Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to stop by the office to sign up.

During a pep talk to volunteers, Gillen predicted McCain will surprise conventional wisdom (and the polls) by winning the presidency.

Gillen also announced that the Berks County office has free tickets to attend a Road to Victory Rally with John McCain and Sarah Palin scheduled for Lehigh Univeristy in Bethlehem on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Doors open 10:30 a.m.

Several GOP volunteers also discussed a growing problem of campaign sign thefts in Berks and Chester counties.

Berks Republicans are also promoting the party's annual "Berks GOP Newsmaker Dinner," scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17, at The Inn at Reading. The speaker hasn't been announced yet, but the entertainment will include country star Pat Garrett singing his tribute to Sarah Palin, "Moose Shootin' Mama."

Anyone interested in attending the dinner can call 610-374-1100.

For more about the Berks GOP, visit the party's Web site, http://berks.mygopsite.com/

Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook' Says Republican National Committee

Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook' Says Republican National Committee

RNC: Obama & Acorn Fact Sheet

RNC: Obama & Acorn Fact Sheet

Friday, October 3, 2008

Richard Viguerie to Governor Palin: Washington, D.C. is the Problem - Not Wall Street

Richard Viguerie to Governor Palin: Washington, D.C. is the Problem - Not Wall Street

Unions turn on Ed Rendell

Big Labor is turning on Gov. Ed Rendell.

Specifically, the Service Employees International Union doesn't like the governor's recent hiring freeze, leaving some 5,000 state jobs vacant.

Government jobs has always been the trump card for tax-and-spend liberals like Rendell. Democrats who can't deliver government jobs don't have much else to offer.

But the good times are over for Rendell, who has increased state spending by nearly $8 billion since taking office in 2003.

The state is facing its worse fiscal crisis in 20 years, thanks largely to Rendell's free-spending ways over the past six years.

Pennsylvania has run up a $281 million budget deficit in just the first three months of the 2008-09 fiscal year.

If the trend continues, the state is facing a $1 billion deficit. The only way to make up the shortfall is to cut services (and jobs) or raise taxes.

Rendell pushed through a $1 billion increase in the state income tax as soon as he took office in 2003. He'll probably call for a much bigger tax increase after the Nov. 4 election.

If you like paying higher taxes, keep the Democrats in control of the state House. If you want to stop Rendell, send more Republicans to Harrisburg on Nov. 4.

Follow the link below to read the union's "sky-is-falling" press release about the hiring freeze:

Service Employees Union Blasts Rendell Hiring Freeze

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New RightChange.com Ads Seek to Separate Rhetoric and Reality on Wall Street Bailout

New RightChange.com Ads Seek to Separate Rhetoric and Reality on Wall Street Bailout

Phyrillas named PA editor for Red County.com

Red County.com, a California-based political magazine and Web site, has expanded to Pennsylvania.

Red County.com, which concentrates on "grassroots politics from the center-right," has named Tony Phyrillas as its Pennsylvania editor.

From a Red County.com press release:
We are proud to introduce Red County Montgomery, Pennsylvania. The focus of this new site will be to provide right-of-center insight and analysis of local politics in the Montgomery County area. We will also be covering statewide and national issues affecting the lives of Pennsylvanians.

After an exhaustive search, Red County has selected Tony Phyrillas as editor of the Montgomery County site.

Tony Phyrillas is a leading conservative columnist and blogger based in Pennsylvania.

We are very happy to welcome Tony to the Red County team and look forward to his outstanding analysis of Montgomery County politics.

Republican National Committee: Updates Added To 'NotYourAverageJoseph.com'

Republican National Committee: Updates Added To 'NotYourAverageJoseph.com'

'Talking Politics' with Stephen Fuhs

Stephen Fuhs, a reform candidate for state Senate, will be the guest on "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus" today at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

You can join the conversation by calling the station at 610-326-4000.

Fuhs is a Reading City Councilman attempting to unseat state Sen. Mike O'Pake in Berk County's 11th Senate District.

"Talking Politics" can also be heard online at http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and http://www.pottsmerc.com/

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Felons Paid to Register Wisconsin Voters

Felons Paid to Register Wisconsin Voters

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'BarackBook'

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'BarackBook'

New 'Sarah-Cuda' Bow To Help Support National Association for Down Syndrome

New 'Sarah-Cuda' Bow To Help Support National Association for Down Syndrome

'Vote Pro-Life' Radio Ad Running on Stations in More than a Dozen States

'Vote Pro-Life' Radio Ad Running on Stations in More than a Dozen States

Don't tell Al Gore, but the Earth is cooling

In case you missed it, there was a terrific editorial in Investor's Business Daily exposing the charlatan Al Gore.

On the same day Gore was spewing more hot air about his junk science of global warming, real scientists at NASA released information that says the Earth is entering a period of global cooling.

From the editorial:
On the same day Gore spoke, scientists involved in NASA's Ulysses project reported that the intensity of the sun's solar wind was at its lowest point since the beginning of the space age — one more indication that the sun, the biggest source of energy affecting the Earth, is getting quiet.

The weaker solar wind appears to be due to changes in the sun's magnetic field, but the cause is unknown. Sunspots, which normally fluctuate in 11-year cycles, are at a virtual standstill. In August, the sun created no visible spots. The last time that happened: June 1913.

The results of the Ulysses spacecraft's mission, according to Jet Propulsion Laboratory project scientist Ed Smith, show that "we are in a period of minimal activity that has stretched on longer than anyone anticipated."

The consequences for Earth are enormous. The lack of increased activity could signal the start of what is known as a Maunder Minimum, an event that occurs every couple of centuries and can last as long as a century. It leads to extended periods of severe cooling such as what happened during the Little Ice Age.
Read the full editorial, "The Day The Earth Cooled," at the newspaper's Web site.

The truth is out there

The truth is out there. You just have to get past the liberal media to find it.

Here's some of the most interesting posts on Pennsylvania blogs:

WRITEMARSH! and GUNSERVATIVELY! both have startling information about Gwen Ifill, the moderator of Thursday's vice presidential debate. Turns out Ifill has written a pro-Obama book that will be released next year. Makes you wonder which ticket Ms. Ifill will be rooting for, doesn't it?

And speaking of Obama, POLICY BLOG has an interesting post about the failure of government-run health care in Massachusetts. Obama wants to offer a similar plan nationally. The Massachusetts plan is $4.2 billion in the hole. Imagine the debt (and higher taxes) under Obama-care.

TONY PHYRILLAS say the 2008-09 state budget is already $281 million in the red (and there's still nine more months to go in the fiscal year.)

SAVE THE GOP says we need to "Trust Capitalism" and not the Washington politicians.

POWERBLOG! tackles liberal media bias against Sarah Palin.

IS THIS LIFE? spotlights a new Chuck Norris column on conservatives in Hollywood. The same column was also recommended by TONY PHYRILLAS yesterday.

PENN PATRIOT'S BLOG has a guest column, "Why I Am Voting For John McCain."

LINCOLN BLOG
has some thoughts on the Wall Street bailout before Congress.

Cardinal Rigali Urges Respect For Human Life, Opposition to 'Freedom of Choice' Act

Cardinal Rigali Urges Respect For Human Life, Opposition to 'Freedom of Choice' Act

Child Safety Coalition Announces Stop Internet Predators Awareness Week

Child Safety Coalition Announces Stop Internet Predators Awareness Week

RNC Launches 'Obama Spend-O-Meter'

RNC Launches 'Obama Spend-O-Meter'

Barack Obama's 'Fight The Smears' Website Is Guilty of Their Own Smear Campaign

Most Powerful 527 Ad of the 2008 Presidential Campaign to Be Unleashed Today in Pennsylvania and Michigan; Ad Also Proves That Barack Obama's 'Fight The Smears' Website Is Guilty of Their Own Smear Campaign, Claiming the Ad Would Never Air and Was a 'Scam'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'