Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Top Five Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2009 Announced

Top Five Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2009 Announced

83% of Small Businesses Say 'No' to Health Care Public Option

Small business owners know Obamacare will put many of them out of business.

83 Percent of Small Businesses Say 'No' to Health Care Public Option

2010 Stamp Program Unveiled

2010 Stamp Program Unveiled

'The Top 10 Conservatives of 2009'

John Hawkins loves to make lists and he's usually right on the money.

His latest: A list of "The Top 10 Conservatives of 2009" -- you know, the people the mainstream media ignores. (I was little disappointed I didn't make the list, John). The list will surprise you.

From his column:
Let's face it: if you're conservative, you're not going to get your proper due from the mainstream media for your accomplishments. Case in point: Barbara Walters named Michelle Obama the most fascinating person of 2009. Really? Based on what? Her big arms? Her terrible fashion sense? The fact that she's married to the worst President in American history?

I mean, you could understand if Walters named Michelle's husband the most fascinating person of 2009. He is at least the President and it is fascinating to wonder if there's anything going on in his head beyond clichés about hope and "must read teleprompter" repeated over and over.

Of course, Barack Obama was Barbara Walters' most fascinating person of 2008. Wonder who'll be next in 2010? Joe or Jill Biden? In any case, just in case no one else does it, I want to give a little credit where credit is due to some of the conservatives who made a real difference in 2009.
Below is Hawkins list and check out the full column at to find out why they made the Top 10.

10) Andrew Breitbart
9) Marco Rubio
8) Rush Limbaugh
7) Jim DeMint
6) Carrie Prejean
5) Dick Cheney
4) Sarah Palin
3) Glenn Beck
2) James O'Keefe & Hannah Giles
1) The Tea Party Movement

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Obama signs debt ceiling increase to $12.4 Trillion

How high will the U.S. deficit go? Depends on how long Democrats stay in power. If you'd like to bury your children and grandchildren in debt, keep voting Democrats back into Congress. If you think it's time to stop the madness, vote Republican in 2010.

From Reuters:
Obama Signs U.S. Debt Limit Increase Into Law

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law an increase in the U.S. national debt limit to $12.4 trillion, the White House said in a statement.

Congress approved an increase in the debt limit from $12.1 trillion on Thursday, winning two more months of funding for a record U.S. deficit as Obama tries to stimulate economic growth after the country's worst recession in 70 years.

Critics say Democrat Obama is making the deficit worse, but the White House blames the recession and unfunded cuts in taxes and prescription drug aid, which were all inherited from his Republican predecessor George W. Bush.

The U.S. government posted a record $1.4 trillion deficit in the fiscal year ended September 30 and is on track during the current fiscal year to spend at least $1 trillion more than it collects.

The debt has more than doubled since 2001, thanks to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax cuts and the recession, which has caused tax revenues to plunge and safety-net spending to rise.

Secretary Janet Incompetano

What was the worst media malpractice/dereliction in 2009?

What was the worst media malpractice/dereliction in 2009?

Climategate? The lack of coverage of the Tea Parties? Sarah Palin? ACORN?

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Time to fire Janet Napolitano

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Further evidence Obama is soft on terrorism

It doesn't appear that Barack Obama's Muslim-heritage or his dazzling personality have won the U.S. many friends among the radical Islamic community.

Let's review what Obama has done in the past year to make life easier for Islamic radicals whose stated mission in life is to kill American citizens:

Obama has released dozens of terrorists from Guantanamo and plans to close the military prison entirely.

He intends to bring some of the world's most dangerous terrorists, captured on the battlefield, to United States soil for trial in civilian courtrooms.

He's traveled the world to apologize for U.S. foreign policy and has canceled major weapons system. The groveling hasn't worked, either.

The scheduled surrender in Afghanistan announced recently by our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president hasn't done the trick.

What's it going to take or how many Americans have to die before Barack Obama and his far-left cronies in the White House begin to take terrorism seriously?

The Nigerian man charged with the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard Northwest Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, reportedly spent time in Yemen after graduating from a London university in 2008. According to ABC News, Abdulmutallab has told authorities that, while in Yemen, Al Qaeda operatives crafted the explosive device which was sewn into Abdulmutallab's underwear.

"Yesterday just highlights the fact that sending this many people back — or any people back — to Yemen right now is a really bad idea," said Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. "It's just dumb… If you made a list of what the three dumbest countries would be to send people back to, Yemen would be on all the lists."

"I think it's a major mistake," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said about prisoner releases to Yemen. "I don't think Guantanamo should be closed, but if we're going to close it I don't believe we should be sending people to Yemen where prisoners have managed to escape in the past… Obviously, if [Abdulmutallab] did get training and direction from Yemen, it just adds to what is already a dangerous situation."
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

9,500 Visitors to Mount Penn GOP

My site counter has recorded 9,500 unique visitors to MOUNT PENN GOP since I started the blog in the spring of 2007. That's a nice round number. Thanks for visiting and come back again.

Bribery 101 by Democrats

If Democrats are doing something good for the country, why did the party bosses have to spend so much taxpayer money to bribe Democratic members of Congress into voting for the "health care reform" bill? Just wondering.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Friday, December 25, 2009

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Poll: Just 29% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

The American people left a lump of coal in Barack Obama's Christmas stocking this holiday season.

Just 29% say the U.S. is heading in right direction, according to Rasmussen Reports.

And the poll was conducted before the Senate approved the disastrous Obamacare bill that will raise taxes and increase insurance premiums for tens of millions of Americans.

From Rasmussen Reports:
Just 29% of U.S. voters now say the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest level measured since early February, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

The percentage of voters who felt the country is heading in the right direction remained in the narrow range of 31% to 35% from July to early November. For the previous three weeks, however, confidence in the country’s current course has held steady at 30%.

The majority of voters (65%) continue to believe the nation is heading down the wrong track. The latest finding is up slightly from last week and has remained fairly consistent for months. In the weeks just prior to Barack Obama's election, more than 80% of voters felt that way.

This time last year, 17% said the country was heading in the right direction, while 77% said it was heading down the wrong track. Following Obama's inauguration in January, voter confidence in the direction of the country began steadily increasing, peaking at 40% in early May. Since then voter confidence has steadily declined.

Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans and 74% of unaffiliated voters believe the nation is heading down the wrong track, findings that have held roughly steady for months. Democrats are more closely divided on the question: 52% say right direction, 38% say wrong track. Just nine percent (9%) of GOP voters say the United States is heading in the right direction.
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Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Passage of Food Safety Legislation

Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Passage of Food Safety Legislation After Closure of Capitol Cafeteria

Consumer Watchdog: Democrats Sell Out American Taxpayers

Historic Expansion of Health Insurance Coverage Cedes Control to Medical/Insurance

'One Solitary Life'

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years, He was an itinerant preacher.

He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth — His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

[Twenty] long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

— This excerpt is from a sermon by Dr. James Allan Francis in "The Real Jesus and Other Sermons," a collection published in 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia.

The Original Christmas Story

The Christmas story as told in the Gospel According to Luke 2:1-20:

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

"(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

"And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of David,)

"To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

"And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

"And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

"And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

"And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

"And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

"But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

"And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Americans United for Life Offers Urgent Legal Briefing for Senator Nelson

Americans United for Life Offers Urgent Legal Briefing for Senator Nelson

12 Days of Obamacare

How The Grinch Stole Health Care

Obama Poll Numbers Plummet

Rasmussen Reports has recorded the lowest job approval numbers since Barack Obama took office in its latest poll.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

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Americans United for Life Files Brief Detailing Abortion's Suicide Risk

Americans United for Life Files Brief Detailing Abortion's Suicide Risk

Senator Landrieu Closes Office: Constituents Turned Away at the Door, Callers Reach Only Busy Signals

Senator Landrieu Closes Office: Constituents Turned Away at the Door, Callers Reach Only Busy Signals

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Who you gonna trust with your family's health care? Harry Reid and Barack Obama or your doctor?

More than 500,000 U.S. doctors oppose the Obamacare bill about to be rammed through the U.S. Senate.

To date 43 state, county and national medical societies, representing nearly one‐half million physicians, have stated their public opposition to the Senate healthcare overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). It is time for Congress to slow down, take a step back, and change the direction of current reform efforts to ensure that it is done right!
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Governor Rendell Signs Bill Honoring Slain Pennsylvania State Trooper

Governor Rendell Signs Bill Honoring Slain Pennsylvania State Trooper

Gerlach: Health Care Bill Brings Blizzard of Spending, No Real Reforms

U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate's rush to pass a health care bill before Christmas:
"While Mother Nature was dumping a record-setting amount of snow on southeastern Pennsylvania this weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrat leadership colleagues unleashed a blizzard of taxpayer dollars in a frantic attempt to pass a health care bill that has more to do with scoring political points than making insurance affordable and improving the quality of health care. And American taxpayers will be paying for these deals aimed at paving the path to government-controlled health care long after the snow melts.

"After promising Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu $300 million in taxpayer dollars last month in exchange for her vote, Reid struck backroom deals that will force Pennsylvania taxpayers to help finance a $1.1 billion Medicaid bailout over the next 10 years for Nebraska, Massachusetts and Vermont. That is in addition to an estimated $2.2 billion Pennsylvania taxpayers will have to cover during the next decade if the Democrats’ health care proposal becomes law. Reid also slipped in a $100 million earmark for an unidentified hospital in an unidentified state to build a new facility.

"This avalanche of spending would be bad enough. But the Senate bill also retains the same job-crushing taxes and big government bureaucracy contained in the House health care bill, which I voted against on November 7. Taxes would climb by about $400 billion per year. That includes a $2 billion per year tax on medical testing products that help detect ovarian, breast and pancreatic cancer; products used in hip-replacement surgery and to help patients heal broken limbs; heart stents used in life-saving operations; and other medical devices. This tax would hit Pennsylvania particularly hard because of the approximately 600 medical device manufactures in the Commonwealth that employ roughly 20,000 people in jobs that often pay more than $50,000 per year.

"All of this taxing and spending will result in a bill that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed would raise health insurance premiums by $300 per year for individuals and $2,100 per year for middle-class families. That’s unacceptable.

"Rather than buying votes, leaders in the House and Senate should be working on medical malpractice reforms that could save patients up to $140 billion per year and other bipartisan measures that would increase competition among private insurers to lower the cost of premiums and give consumers greater freedom and choices in buying coverage. I will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve these goals."

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tell Arlen Specter – Don’t Be Reid’s 60th Vote

Reform candidate challenges incumbent in 130th House Dist.

Two-term state Rep. David R. Kessler will face a Republican challenger in 2010.

David M. Maloney Sr. has announced he is seeking the Republican primary nomination to challenge Kessler, a liberal Democrat who won the traditionally Republican Eastern Berks County House district in 2006.

"As a patriotic Republican, I feel that 2010 will be a critical election year as we the people, rise up to stop expanding government and the over-reaching of the Democrats in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.," Maloney said in a prepared statement.

Maloney has lived in rural Pike Township with his wife and four children for the past 30 years. He served on the Oley Valley School Board from 2005-09.

As a self employed carpenter for the past 25 years, Malone said he has seen "the effects of this down economy and the hindrance government has placed on job growth."

His platform includes getting government out of the way of creating jobs; the elimination of school property taxes; Personal property rights; reducing the size of government; and improving public school performance and accountability.

"I would work to reduce taxes and eliminate wasteful programs," Maloney said. "I believe the job of our elected officials is to serve and represent the people, not the people supporting career politicians. I approach this campaign with a servant's heart and a deep affection for the people I have lived with in this district from the time I was a young boy."

Since announcing his intention to run for the state Legislature, Maloney says he has been encouraged by the positive reception he has received from residents of the 130th District and "it has confirmed and reinforced my decision; a decision I made humbly and prayerfully."

Among Maloney's civic activities are serving on the "Victory Mile" committee at Boyertown High School, an American Cancer Society Relay For Life Team Captain, member of several area sports clubs and associations, and serving as a PIAA official.

Maloney will formally announce his candidacy before friends and supporters on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Multi-Service building in Boyertown.

Former state Rep. Dennis Leh, a Republican who held the 130th Dist. seat for 20 years, will serve as Maloney's campaign chairman.

The 130th District includes Amity Township; Birdsboro; Boyertown; Colebrookdale Township; Douglass Township; Earl Township; Exeter Township (Districts 01, 03, 06 and 07); Fleetwood; Oley Township; Pike Township; Rockland Township; Ruscombmanor Township; and Union Township.

'First-ever mandatory abortion tax on the American people'

Statement of Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life

FRC Asks - 'Is There No Democratic Senator Who Cares About Life?'

FRC Asks - 'Is There No Democratic Senator Who Cares About Life?'

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pennsylvania's Next Fiscal Crisis

An excellent Letter to the Editor originally published in The Pottstown Mercury from a Chester County resident about the ticking time bomb of public pensions that will hammer Pennsylvania taxpayers in the next few years thanks to the neglect and ineptness of Gov. Ed Rendell and the Pennsylvania Legislature.
Pennsylvania's next fiscal crisis: Public pensions

In June 2007, I wrote a letter in The Mercury about my objections to taxpayer supported pensions. It is more important than ever to terminate this policy immediately.

I just read where the Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System is going to need $4 billion annually in additional tax revenue to support their programs. The projected needs will rise from $617 million this year to $1.1 billion in July, and then hit nearly $4.2 billion in July 2012. These same types of programs have bankrupted the major auto companies and there is no way the taxpayers can afford to fund such an out-of-control system! It's obvious that our governor and legislators are going to do absolutely nothing to help us, since they feed from the very same trough.

All taxpayer-supported pension payments should be terminated immediately and those employees should be allowed to contribute to a pension plan of their choice and suffer from market losses just like the rest of us.

Our "public servants" must be sent back into private life without the obscene perks they've been accustomed to. Call your legislators and voice your opinion before this situation becomes any worse. If our suggestions to these self-serving individuals fall on deaf ears, we need to make them pay at the ballot box.


Nice Work If You Can Get It

While millions of Americans struggle with unemployment and declining wages, Uncle Sam is paying big salaries to federal workers.

From The Washington Examiner:
While many workers in the private sector have despaired of a pay increase in the past few years, Congress takes care of federal employees with annual raises, awarding 3.9 percent in 2009, 3.5 percent in 2008 and 2.7 percent in 2007.

The average pay for the nation's 1.9 million federal workers is a little over $71,000, with the 372,041 federal workers in the Washington area earning an average of $94,047. The average salary for the nation's 108 million private-sector workers is $50,028.

While the proposed pay increase for next year is relatively small, the boost combined with an increase in federal government salaries amid a looming budget deficit crisis and the nation's 10 percent unemployment rate managed to raise some eyebrows.

"I about fell off my chair when I saw that the number of federal employees making more than $150,000 have more than doubled in the last 18 months," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican. "While the American people are hurting, the federal government is padding its pocket. This is totally inappropriate and unacceptable."
Federal salaries targeted as private sector pay stagnates | Washington Examiner

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Schroder blasts 'disgraceful' tactics by Rendell, Eachus

Rep. Curt Schroder, R-155th Dist., the Republican chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, said in a prepared statement Thursday that Gov. Ed Rendell and House Majority Leader Todd Eachus (D-Luzerne) have destroyed any credibility they may have had with state universities and the public after insisting that legislation authorizing table games in the Commonwealth had to pass before state universities could be funded.

"House Republicans had insisted that the money needed to fund the universities of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln was there all along and that the universities were being used as pawns in Rendell's and Eachus's determination to expand gambling in Pennsylvania," said Schroder. "Now the majority leader, who for weeks had been towing the governor's line, admits that the money is indeed there and that the governor should sign the legislation on his desk to release the funding.

"For weeks, the universities, students and their families have had to endure the possibility that substantial tuition increases would be necessary if the state's appropriation did not come through. Students have had to entertain the possibility that they might not be able to afford to return to college for the spring semester. It was a cruel and unnecessary exercise - all to satisfy the gambling ambitions of Rendell and Eachus," Schroder said.

At a Capitol news conference earlier in the day, Rendell said he will sign legislation that the House passed earlier this week, releasing $700 million for the universities.

The House did not take up table games legislation, pushing a possible vote on the issue until early 2010.


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Making a list ... checking it twice

Americans for Tax Reform has released its 2009 Naughty and Nice List featuring a lot of well-known Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

In case you haven't figured it out, Biden and Pelosi are on the "Naughty" list, which also includes former Gov. Jon Corzine, Rep. Charlie Rangel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Chris Dodd, Rep. Barney Frank and Rahm Emanuel.

Why it's a virtual who's who of everybody running Washington ... and running this country into the ground.

The "Nice" list is overwhelmingly Republican: House Republican Leader John Boehner, Sen. Mike Johanns, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Rep. Darrell Issa, Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Tom Price.

For the complete list, visit the ATR Web site.

Listen to Howard Dean for once

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

"This bill does more harm than good."

-- Dr. Howard Dean on the Obamacare bill under consideration by the U.S. Senate

Needle In A Haystack

NIA Names Bernanke Villain of the Year 2009

NIA Names Bernanke Villain of the Year 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Poll: 52% Give Obama Failing Grade

There's nothing scientific about it, but an online poll conducted by The Mercury found 52% of participants giving President Barack Obama failing grades of D or F for his first year in office. More readers (35%) gave Obama an "F" than any other grade. The next highest total (17%) gave Obama a "D."

The full survey results are listed below:

What grade do you give Obama's first term?
A+ (4%)
A (9%)
A- (4%)
B+ (9%)
B (6%)
B- (5%)
C (12%)
D (17%)
F (35%)
Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Religious persecution is alive and well

New Pew Forum Study Measures Government Restrictions, Social Hostilities Related to Religion in 198 Countries

Bob Casey Sr. lectures Bob Casey Jr. on abortion

Quigley Votes No on Gambling Expansion

Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) released the following statement regarding his opposition to the expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania with the legalization of table games:
"This legislation is bad public policy for Pennsylvania. Allowing table games will only compound the many problems we have already seen from the slots parlor law and does not include the necessary reforms to ensure that Pennsylvania residents are protected from corruption. The answers to our state's financial woes do not lie in preying upon the most vulnerable citizens, who are the most likely to suffer from a gambling addiction and who often have lower incomes.

"The procedures used in obtaining passage of this legislation defy good government and will certainly provide ammunition for those seeking to question the constitutionality of this bill in court. At a time when so many legislators are fighting to improve the integrity and transparency of the General Assembly, it is disheartening to see the controlling party playing games with the House operating rules."

Vereb Votes 'No' on Gambling Expansion

Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) released the following statement regarding his vote against expanding Pennsylvania's gaming industry to include table games:
"I cannot in good conscious vote for a bill that was rammed through the legislative process and appeals to too many special gaming interests. The House Democratic leaders used bully tactics and dishonest parliamentary procedures to limit open debate on legislation that will have severe effects on the residents of this Commonwealth. It is disheartening to watch such a flawed piece of legislation pass through the House.

"It's a well known fact that the original gaming bill has needed fixed since the day it was signed into law. This was our opportunity to fix the errors of the past and bring meaningful reform to Pennsylvania's gaming industry. The bill that was passed by the House today is as flawed as the bill that originally legalized slots. Since elected to the House of Representatives in 2007, I have fought to clean up state government and change the way the House does business. I thought that we were on our way to making significant changes, but sadly, the floor activities of the past two weeks prove that we have returned to the days of backroom deals and political games."

PA Agriculture Department Coordinating 2nd Annual Food Drive

PA Agriculture Department Coordinating 2nd Annual Food Drive

FRC Action to Host Live PrayerCast Tonight on Health Care Reform

FRC Action to Host Live PrayerCast Tonight on Health Care Reform

GW Battleground Provides Initial Insights in the 2010 Elections

GW Battleground Provides Initial Insights in the 2010 Elections

Video: Seniors Will Not Forget

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Is Tom Corbett the next Dick Thornburgh?

Is Tom Corbett the next Dick Thornburgh?

By Lowman S. Henry

It is always interesting to look back at history to find situations similar to those we currently find ourselves in as a guide to what actions we should take, or perhaps to foretell the future.

The military is often accused of "fighting the last war" because the pitfalls of the most recent conflict frequently dominate discussions on how to deal with the current threat. Policymakers are always trying to right the wrongs of the unintended consequences of their last efforts at government intervention.

But no group of people is more prone to looking at precedent than candidates, campaign types, and the pundits who pontificate upon the campaigns. Since I am or have been in all three of those categories the upcoming race for governor of Pennsylvania is an irresistible target for comparison.

Specifically, is Attorney General Tom Corbett the political reincarnation of Dick Thornburgh? The parallels between the 1978 GOP gubernatorial primary and the upcoming 2012 contest are startling. It is, as Yogi Berra once observed "déjà vu all over again."

Tom Corbett has staked his political future on rooting out corruption in Harrisburg. It is a massive undertaking. Not only has he indicted the former Republican speaker of the state House of Representatives, he now appears poised to take down the number two and number three Democrats in that same chamber. And, there is every indication he won't stop there.

Coming on the heels of the middle-of-the-night pay jacking uproar and the Bonusgate scandal, the current capitol corruption scandal has Pennsylvanians furious at state government. People across Penn's Woods are demanding reform. They want someone to clean up the mess, and Tom Corbett is doing the job.

Rewind the tape to 1978. In 1978, the Commonwealth was reeling from years of corruption in the administration of Democratic Gov. Milton Shapp. Indictments, perp walks, convictions, and jail terms dominated headlines in the state's major newspapers. The voting public was sick and tired of the sleaze in Harrisburg.

At the time, Dick Thornburgh was a young U.S. Attorney in the western district of Pennsylvania. He resigned his position to mount what was viewed as an uphill campaign for governor. Thornburgh did, in fact, face virtually insurmountable odds. First, he entered a hotly contested primary that included such big names as Arlen Specter, Bob Butera, who had served as Republican leader in the House, and Henry Hager, the Senate President Pro Tempore, among others.

Riding a wave of regional support, Thornburgh defeated his primary foes and was immediately installed as a significant underdog as he headed into the General Election campaign against popular and populist Pittsburgh Mayor Peter Flaherty.

Flaherty, however, ran a terrible campaign and a scandal weary electorate turned to Thornburgh. Thornburgh prevailed in an upset and went on to clean up Harrisburg.
As we approach 2010, a similar dynamic exists within the minds of the voting public. And again, a corruption-busting attorney has emerged from the west not only promising to clean up Harrisburg, but actually doing it.

Although critics will charge Corbett cannot pursue a corruption investigation at the same time as he runs for governor, that issue will have little salience. He did it last year while running for re-election. And, the public is going to place a higher priority on rooting out corruption that it will on Tom Corbett spreading himself too thin.

Adding to the strength of the 1978 analogy is the recent entry into the race of state Rep. Sam Rohrer from Berks County. Rohrer shares a geographic base with the third GOP contender, Congressman Jim Gerlach of Chester County. And Corbett is likely going to face a General Election opponent from the west: either state Auditor General Jack Wagner or Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.

But no two elections are exactly the same. Rohrer in particular complicates Corbett's scenario. Since 1978, the Republican electorate in Pennsylvania has become substantially more conservative to the point where ideological conservatives dominate in primaries. Corbett is acceptable to the conservative base, but Rohrer is one of its stars. This could give him traction far beyond his tiny legislative district base.

As the next few months unfold the voting public will be looking for Tom Corbett to successfully prosecute those he has indicted while simultaneously running a credible campaign for governor. He will be, as he has for the past couple of years, walking a political tightrope. So far Tom Corbett has done that successfully, but if he stumbles and falls, Sam Rohrer could be the sleeper who picks up the baton.

Lowman S. Henry is chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research Inc., a Harrisburg-based non-profit, educational foundation, and host of the American Radio Journal. E-mail him at

Grading Obama

The Mercury is conducting an online poll, offering readers an opportunity to grade Barack Obama's first year as president. I've already cast my vote. You can vote at the newspaper's Web site.

**Extended Deadline** Video Contest with $5,000 CASH Prize!!!

**Extended Deadline** Video Contest with $5,000 CASH Prize!!!

'My Government Went to COP15 and All I Got Was This Lousy Economy'

'My Government Went to COP15 and All I Got Was This Lousy Economy'

Accuracy in Media's Kincaid Reveals Secret Plan for $700 Billion Global Tax

Accuracy in Media's Kincaid Reveals Secret Plan for $700 Billion Global Tax

Accuracy in Media's Kincaid Reveals Secret Plan for $700 Billion Global Tax

Accuracy in Media's Kincaid Reveals Secret Plan for $700 Billion Global Tax

Senate Democrats Face Moment of Truth on Obama Tax Pledge

Senate Democrats Face Moment of Truth on Obama Tax Pledge

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rohrer to address Albright College graduates

Pennsylvania State Rep. Sam Rohrer, who is also a candidate for governor, will the guest speaker at the Winter Commencement at Albright College in Reading.

The school announced that 124 students from both Albright's traditional undergraduate program and Accelerated Degree Completion Program will receive diplomas at Albright College's Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 19. Diplomas will be presented by President Lex O. McMillan III. The ceremony will be held in Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m.

Rohrer, who represents Berks County's 128th House District, will be the main commencement speaker, the school announced this week.

First elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1992, Rohrer is the ranking chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. He also serves on the House Finance Committee and previously served as the ranking chairman of the Game and Fisheries Committee and has spent 12 years on the House Appropriations Committee.

Best known as the architect and prime sponsor of the School Property Tax Elimination Act, Rohrer has earned statewide recognition as the champion for property tax reform.

He hopes to parlay that work in his bid for Pennsylvania governor in 2010.

PA Department of Health Begins Landmark Oversight of Home Care Services

PA Department of Health Begins Landmark Oversight of Home Care Services

American Highway Users Alliance Demands Congress Act Now to Restore Trust

American Highway Users Alliance Demands Congress Act Now to Restore Trust

Twelve Days of Holiday Safety From the American Red Cross

Twelve Days of Holiday Safety From the American Red Cross

Saturday, December 12, 2009

12/12/09 Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

The 100 most influential political figures in Pennsylvania

Politics magazine will publish a list of the 100 most influential Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania in its January 2010 issue (with Gov. Ed Rendell as a guest editor no less), but the magazine has released the list online ahead of this weekend's Pennsylvania Society dinner.

Alex Roarty compiled the Republican list. Sean Coit compiled the Democratic list. Roarty and Colt also provide their rationale for picking the people on the list.

Rob and Chris Gleason: Rob, the Republican state chairman, has an active role in statewide races and has done a good job trying to fill leadership void in a party without a sitting governor or U.S. Senator. His brother Chris raises the money as the party’s finance director.

Bob Asher: Consummate behind-the-scenes power broker remains the first name people mention when putting together a list like this.

Richard Mellon Scaife: His money alone would put him in the top 10, but the editorial perch af- forded by his conservative Tribune-Review newspaper also makes him one of the most powerful media voices in the state.

John Brabender: His reach extends beyond Pennsylvania, but he remains the go-to consultant for many statewide candidates. Brabender was the senior strategist for Tom Corbett’s campaign and helped mastermind Tom Ridge’s election victories.

Mike Long: Long is the campaign guru who has helped mastermind Republican domi- nance in the state Senate in recent years despite the state’s leftward shift.

Fred Anton: The long time Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association leader funds much of the conservative infrastructure in the state, such as the right- of-center think-tank Commonwealth Foundation.

Rob Bickhart: A fundraiser extraordinaire, Bickhart is now the national finance director for the Republican National Committee.

David Girard-diCarlo: The former Ridge and Bush money man turned U.S. Ambassador to Austria is back in the U..S. and at a new law firm that likes political action.

Rick Santorum: The former senator can be seen on Fox News and can be read in the Philadelphia Inquirer. While he lost his seat, the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire love him. Presidential rumblings have once again put him in the national spotlight.


David L. Cohen: Cohen is first an executive VP at Comcast but is really much more. In November, Philadelphia Magazine said Cohen “wears more hats and wields more power than any Philadelphian in recent history.” Tied to Rendell, Obama, the University of Pennsylvania, and others, Cohen knows and influences everyone.

John Estey: An attorney with Ballad Spahr, Estey is Rendell’s former chief of staff and chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. He’s also out front for his law school classmate’s campaign for governor (Dan On- orato). Estey’s presence at Ballard Spahr ensures the firm’s continued influence.

Neil Oxman: If you’re running a statewide campaign in Pennsylvania, Oxman is the first person you call for advice on how to do it.

Ken Jarin
: An attorney at Ballard Spahr, Jarin is also the chief labor negotiator for the Commonwealth and the city of Philadelphia and a must-know for anyone with political ambitions in Philadelphia or statewide.

Matt Casey: One of the most talented trial lawyers in Pennsylvania at his firm, Ross Feller Casey, Casey is young, extremely sharp, and connected. Plus, he is a very close adviser to his brother, Sen. Bob Casey.

Shanin Specter: A founding partner of Kline Specter, Shanin Specter is one of the most successful lawyers in the country and an opinion maker among Pennsylvania’s powerful trial lawyers. He is also the closest adviser to his father, Sen. Arlen Specter.

Bob Brady: He’s not on this list as a Member of Congress, but rather as the head of the Philadelphia Democratic Party. Little happens in Philadelphia politics without Brady’s knowledge and approval.

Alan Kessler: Rendell named Kessler finance chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and with good reason. When Democrats need to raise money in Pennsylvania, Kessler is the first person called. Kessler is the chair- man of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, and is known as a strong advocate for clients.

Mary Isenhour: The Democratic Party executive director is as influential as she is well- liked throughout the commonwealth.

T.J. Rooney: As the Democratic chairman in a state with a Democratic governor, Democratic state House chamber, two Democratic U.S. senators and 12 Democratic U.S. House members, Rooney is a guy who knows everyone.
For the full list of the 100 most influential Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania, go to the magazine's Web site.

Stop The Madness!!!

A dead-on Letter to the Editor originally published in The Mercury from a Berks County resident who makes a convincing case that you have to be insane to put your faith in government in the face of overwhelming evidence that government will always let you down.
A sane person knows government always fails

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

Programs thrust upon us instituted by the federal government over the years, using our tax dollars, have all had the same end result:
Social Security — 74 years to get it right — broke
Fannie Mae — 71 years to get it right — broke
Freddie Mac — 39 years to get it right — broke
War on poverty — 45 years to get it right — broke
War on drugs — 48 years to get it right — broke
Medicare — 44 years to get it right — broke
Medicaid — 44 years to get it right — broke
U.S. Postal Service — 234 years to get it right —broke
Cash for Clunkers — 1 year to get it right — broke
Federal Housing Administration — 75 years to get it right — broke
Highway Trust fund — 53 years to get it right — broke
Federal Unemployment Trust Fund — 74 years to get it right — broke
Department of Energy — 32 years to get it right. Created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, it has ballooned to 16,000 federal employees with a budget of $24 billion a year. We now import more oil than ever before. Failure.
Now the federal government wants us to believe that this new government-run health care system will end with a different result. If we believe that, we are nuts!


Friday, December 11, 2009

WPAZ goes silent

The Pottstown area's only radio station went off the air without warning Thursday morning.

From a story by Michelle Karas in The Mercury:
UPPER POTTSGROVE — WPAZ radio abruptly went off the air Thursday morning after an announcement by station ownership that the business was closed and is for sale.

Mitchell Scott, CEO of Great Scott Broadcasting, owner of the station, said the decision to close the local radio station and sell it was a "tough call."

"Hopefully it's only temporary," said Scott, a Lower Pottsgrove native who currently resides in Ocean City, Md. "We're talking to buyers every day. We're hoping someone buys it."
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Sarah Palin on Climategate

If you suffer from Palin Derangement Syndrome, stop reading now.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a longtime skeptic of the global warming hoax, weighs in on the growing Climategate scandal in an op-ed published by The Washington Post.

From Palin's op-ed:
With the publication of damaging e-mails from a climate research center in Britain, the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point. The revelation of appalling actions by so-called climate change experts allows the American public to finally understand the concerns so many of us have articulated on this issue.

"Climate-gate," as the e-mails and other documents from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia have become known, exposes a highly politicized scientific circle -- the same circle whose work underlies efforts at the Copenhagen climate change conference. The agenda-driven policies being pushed in Copenhagen won't change the weather, but they would change our economy for the worse.

Without trustworthy science and with so much at stake, Americans should be wary about what comes out of this politicized conference. The president should boycott Copenhagen.
Read the full column, "Copenhagen's political science," at the newspaper's Web site.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

A Convenient Truth - Al Gore

Medicare Report Confirms Health Care Takeover Plan is a Fiscal Disaster

Medicare Report Confirms Health Care Takeover Plan is a Fiscal Disaster

Controversy Over Reid Fundraiser Exemplifies Need for Fair Elections

Controversy Over Reid Fundraiser Exemplifies Need for Fair Elections

Controversy Over Reid Fundraiser Exemplifies Need for Fair Elections

Controversy Over Reid Fundraiser Exemplifies Need for Fair Elections

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Home Fire Season Alert

Home Fire Season Alert

Businesses on Pennsylvania's Tax Delinquent List Now Owe $8 Million

Businesses on Pennsylvania's Tax Delinquent List Now Owe $8 Million; 32 Firms Added to List

Small Businesses Share Stories of Frivolous Lawsuits

Small Businesses Share Stories of Frivolous Lawsuits

Teamsters Oppose Senate Plan to Tax Health Insurance Plans

Teamsters Oppose Senate Plan to Tax Health Insurance Plans

U.S. News Media Group Names 2010 America's Best High Schools

U.S. News Media Group Names 2010 America's Best High Schools

WPAZ 1370 AM goes off the air

WPAZ 1370 AM, a popular radio station serving the Pottstown area for nearly 50 years, abruptly went off the air this morning.

The station's corporate owner, Great Scott Broadcasting, told employees it was pulling the plug effective immediately to concentrate efforts on more profitable stations the company owns, reports The Pottstown Mercury.

In addition to golden oldies, WPAZ carried Phillies baseball games and Penn State football games but was best known for its extensive coverage of high school football in the tri-county area of Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.

The station also carried popular public affairs programs, including "The Nick Lawrence Show" and "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus."

For more details on the end of WPAZ, check out Friday's edition of The Mercury.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Barney Frank Endorsement Shows Joe Sestak's Liberal Colors

From a press release issued by Toomey for Senate:

Barney Frank Endorsement Shows Joe Sestak's Liberal Colors

Allentown, PA – It is not a coincidence that Joe Sestak's first congressional endorsement comes from Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) — one of Congress' most liberal members and a key player in exacerbating the housing crisis.

Today, Joe Sestak will proudly accept Rep. Frank's endorsement. The question is will he also proudly defend Rep. Frank's left-wing record and his role in the housing crisis?

Housing Crisis:

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, and later, as its chairman, Rep. Barney Frank should have used his leadership position to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and warn the nation of the housing bubble growing bigger by the day. Instead, he used his position of power to make things worse.

After an accounting scandal plagued the government-sponsored enterprises in 2003, Barney Frank led the resistance against reform, declaring: "These two entities —Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing" ( New York Times). As recently as July 14, 2008, Rep. Frank said, "I think this is a case where Fannie and Freddie are fundamentally sound; they are not in danger of going under (CNBC)."

Rep. Frank could not have been more wrong. By September 2009, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were tumbling towards bankruptcy and taxpayers were forced to pour $200 billion into the government sponsored enterprises. Today, taxpayers have not gotten their money back, and remain on the hook for more than $5 trillion in guarantees for Fannie and Freddie’s assets.

"In his short time in the U.S. House, Joe Sestak has already demonstrated a Barney Frank-like tendency for fiscal irresponsibility and taxpayer-funded bailouts," said Toomey Communications Director Nachama Soloveichik. "He has eagerly supported the bailouts of the Wall Street banks and the auto companies, and is touting a bill that would force families who did not borrow too much to pay for mortgages of those who did.

When it comes to putting taxpayers on the hook for trillions of dollars, Joe Sestak is giving Barney Frank a run for his money."

Columnist: Be very afraid of Obamacare

Syndicated columnist and liberal icon Nat Hentoff plans to publish a three-part series on the many troubling aspects of Obamacare. Hentoff is scared to death about a government takeover of health care and says you should be too.

The highlights below are from his first column, "Be scared: Obamacare endangers Americans' lifespans"

Hentoff writes:
Much of the press coverage of the Democrats' health-care legislation, now fiercely embattled in Congress, focuses on the public option, the actual long-term costs and tax increases, and the amendment barring funding for abortions, but the cold heart of Obamacare is its overpowering of the doctor-patient relationship — eventually resulting in the premature ending of many Americans' lives for being too costly.

To call the dangers of this legislation "death panels" obscures the real-life consequences to Americans, not only the elderly, of a federal government-run health-care bureaucracy. In the Senate bill, for instance, Medicare doctors whose treatments of certain, mostly elderly, patients costs more than a set government figure each year, will be punished by losing part of their own incomes.

Is this what presidential candidate Barack Obama meant by "Change we can believe in?" Even if you voted for him, is this the change you will believe in if your doctor is overruled by the government in his or her treatment decisions about you?

Remember those federal bureaucrats recently ruling on breast cancer screening? Dr. James Thrall, chairman of the American College of Radiology and a Harvard Medical School professor, said the resulting furor of dissent by doctors showed (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 18) that rulings "based on costs and large group averages, not individuals" lead him to fear that, "we are entering an era of deliberate decisions where we choose to trade people’s lives for money."

Is there anything you want to say to your representatives in the House or Senate before the final vote is taken? If you don't act urgently now, you may become part of another collective statistic — American annual death rates.

I'm scared, and I do mean to scare you.

We do not elect the president and Congress to decide how short our lives will be. That decision is way above their pay grades.
Read the full column here.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Baucus nominated girlfriend for U.S. Attorney job - -

I'm sure she's got the right qualifications for the job. Sleeping with a U.S. Senator being right at the top of the list.
And don't forget Baucus is a Democrat. Ethics rules don't apply to Democrats.

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Show Me Yours First

New License Plates Honor PA Veterans

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is offering special vehicle license plates honoring veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, according to Senator Bob Mensch (R-24).

"The new plates feature the applicable branch of service emblem or logo on the left side of the plate," said Senator Mensch, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. "The plate also bears the word 'Pennsylvania' across the top and the name of the applicable branch of service at the bottom."

Honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to obtain one of the plates by completing Form MV-150, the U.S. Military Veteran Registration Plate Application.

The form is available online at:

Veterans should send the completed form along with a certified copy of their DD-214 and a $20 fee to PENNDOT, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 1101 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104.

Residents of the 24th District may also obtain the form and assistance in submitting it by contacting any of Senator Mensch's District Offices listed on his Web site,

Friday, December 4, 2009

CNBC Vs. Climategate truth

Governor Rendell Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Pearl Harbor

Governor Rendell Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Pearl Harbor

New Actuarial Analysis Shows Senate Bill Would Significantly Raise Premiums

New Actuarial Analysis Shows Senate Bill Would Significantly Raise Premiums

Legion to Support WWII Veteran's Fight for Flagpole

Legion to Support WWII Veteran's Fight for Flagpole

Pennsylvania State Police Join MADD in 'Tie One on for Safety' Campaign

Pennsylvania State Police Join MADD in 'Tie One on for Safety' Campaign

Governor Rendell and First Lady Invite Public to Visit the Residence During Holiday Season

Governor Rendell and First Lady Invite Public to Visit the Residence During Holiday Season

Tax Coalition Endorses Sam Rohrer for Governor

No surprise here. A coalition of nearly three dozen taxpayer groups has endorsed state Rep. Sam Rohrer, R-Berks, for governor of Pennsylvania.

Rohrer, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, has been the leading proponent of eliminating property taxes in Pennsylvania.

A member of the Legislature since 1993, Rohrer is the primary sponsor of House Bill 1275, the School Property Tax Elimination Act.

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations sees Rohrer's election as the best chance of killing the state's onerous school property tax.

From a press released issued by PCTA:
Rep. Rohrer has, through many legislative sessions, introduced the School Property Tax Elimination Act, legislation that would abolish school property taxes for all Pennsylvania homeowners and restructure a crumbling, antiquated education finance system. During the announcement of his candidacy on Nov. 17, Rep. Rohrer emphasized that school property tax elimination will be one of the five main planks of his campaign platform and a priority of his administration.

Rebecca Heller of The Patriot's Voice, one of the PCTA member groups, said, "Sam Rohrer is not just a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, he is a true statesman and patriot. Rep. Rohrer selflessly devoted many years of his life to work for the citizens in his district. I do not live in his district, but because of his initiatives, I have always felt he was "my" representative. His goals have always reached much further than district lines. We will work for Sam Rohrer as hard as he has always worked for us."

Joel Sears of the York County Taxpayers Council, a PCTA member group, added: "The first time I met Sam, I knew there was something special about him. He is a true servant of the public whose principles align him with the vast majority of Pennsylvanians, not just his constituents. His approach is tireless, independent of any special interest groups, and always focused on the 'rightness' of the outcome. I am proud and privileged to know Sam."
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations is an alliance of 35 grassroots taxpayer advocacy groups from across Pennsylvania that is dedicated to equitable education funding reform through the enactment of the School Property Tax Elimination Act. For more about PCTA's efforts, visit the group's Web site.

For more information on Rohrer's bid for for governor, visit his campaign Web site,

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

PA issues warning about H1N1 e-mail scam

This consumer warning issued today by the Pennsylvania Department of Health:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health urges computer users not to open a fraudulent e-mail that claims to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and asks individuals to create a "personal H1N1 vaccination profile."

Anyone receiving this e-mail should not open it and delete it immediately. The fraudulent e-mail links to a fake Web site that attempts to collect personal information. Clicking on the embedded link in the e-mail puts users at risk of having a malicious code installed on their computer.

Some Pennsylvanians have coincidentally received this e-mail after registering for the Department of Health's H1N1 vaccine clinics, but there is no relation. Pennsylvania's online vaccine registration system is safe to use and does not ask registrants to provide any personal information other than their name.
For additional information, call 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) or visit

PA GOP: Obama Sends Mixed Signals on Afghanistan

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding President Obama's speech Tuesday night:
"Although the President's decision to make a commitment to the war in Afghanistan took far too long, I believe that he made the right call. In fact, I thought it was the right decision back in September when General McChrystal requested more troops and resources to achieve victory. The only thing the President's months of indecision did was erode the public’s support for our important mission there.

"Even last night, the President continued to send mixed signals regarding this war. The President announced that we were increasing troop levels and resources to win this critical war, and then simultaneously discussed an exit strategy. These mixed signals undermine the ability of our troops to succeed before their boots even hit the ground. Telegraphing our movements to our enemies is never a good strategy and the President still needs to convince our troops, allies and even our enemies that he is serious about winning this war.

"Looking for reaction from Pennsylvania's U.S. Senators, I found it shocking that Senator Arlen Specter has chosen to further his run to the far left of the Democratic Party by stating his opposition to the President's plan to increase troop levels and resources in Afghanistan. Senator Specter continues to prove that he will do and say anything to get elected."

Pro-Life Response to the Abortion Lobby's 'National Day of Action' Effort to Fight the Stupak-Pitts Amendment

Pro-Life Response to the Abortion Lobby's 'National Day of Action' Effort to Fight the Stupak-Pitts Amendment

TEA PARTY: The Documentary Film

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Costly Recount = Same Results

Anne E. Lazarus of Philadelphia won the fourth open seat on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, according to a recount conducted in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

Lazarus was also the winner on Nov. 3, but one of the losing candidates refused to waive his right to a recount based on the vote margin, triggering the costly recount.

The final cost of the recount will not be known until all counties submit requests for payment, says Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes, but the secretary earlier estimated the cost at $1.3 million.

Unofficial returns previously reported by the counties indicated Lazarus had won, but three other candidates trailed her by less than one-half of 1 percent of the total number of votes cast for the office, according to Cortes.

The close margin triggered a recount in all 67 counties -- the first required by 2004 amendments to Pennsylvania's Election Code, Cortes said.

"I am encouraged that the state's first recount confirmed the election was conducted in a fair and accurate manner," Cortes said.

The returns provided by the counties in the recount are as follows:
* Judy Olson: 954,065
* Sallie Mundy: 870,091
* Paula Ott: 807,327
* Anne E. Lazarus: 726,917
* Robert J. Colville: 724,830
* Temp Smith: 723,117
* Kevin Francis McCarthy: 714,237
* Teresa Sarmina: 690,682
* Marakay Rogers: 127,492
The top four candidates win seats. The losing candidate who asked for the recount was Temp Smith.

Lazarus actually moved up one spot in the final vote tally. She came in fourth in the Nov. 3 vote count, but edged Rogert J. Colville in the recount numbers.

A variety of factors contributed to minor differences between the vote totals calculated in the recount and those reported in unofficial returns, most notably absentee ballots, military overseas ballots and provisional ballots, Cortes said.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Monday, November 30, 2009

Say No To Government-Run Health Care

Senate Democrats: The American People Be Damned!

The latest Rasmussen Reports poll has 41% of Americans supporting the Democrats' health care legislation, but 53% opposed to it. So, of course, Congressional Democrats will push ahead with an ill-conceived plan that will add to the national debt, increase the federal bureaucracy, raise taxes and kill jobs.

From Rasmussen:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of voters nationwide favor the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. Fifty-three percent (53%) are opposed to it. Those figures include 22% who Strongly Favor the plan and 40% who are Strongly Opposed.

Support for the legislation is up three percentage points from a week ago. However, last week's results were the lowest level of support ever recorded for the plan. With the exception of a few days following nationally televised presidential appeals for the legislation, the number of voters opposed to the plan has always exceeded the number who favor it.

While advocates say the plan is needed to control the cost of health care, 56% of voters now say it will have the opposite impact and push prices even higher. Just 17% believe passage of the plan will lead to lower costs.

Fifty percent (50%) believe passage of the legislation will lead to a lower quality of care while just 18% believe the care will get better.
Read more poll numbers an analysis at Rasmussen Reports.

What are Democrats trying to hide?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Poll: Just 31% Say U.S. Headed in Right Direction

How's this for a vote of no confidence on Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats?

Only 31% of American voters say the country is heading in the right direction, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national survey.

From Rasmussen Reports:
The percentage of voters who feel this way has remained in the narrow range of 31% to 35% since late June, but voter perceptions of the nation’s current course have only been this low two other times this year, the last time in early October.

Following President Obama’s inauguration in January, voter confidence in the direction of the country began steadily increasing, peaking at 40% in early May. While down since then, the latest finding is still four points higher than the week Obama took office and up 10 points from the week he was elected president in early November.

The majority of voters (64%) continue to believe the nation is heading down the wrong track, up slightly from last week. This finding has remained fairly consistent for months.
Read more at Rasmussen Reports

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Impeach Obama movement growing

If you can't wait until the midterm elections to put a stop to the radical Obama agenda, you can add your name to the growing campaign to impeach Barack Obama.

"How long must we wait ... how long should we sit back and permit Barack Hussein Obama to rip apart the fabric of this country before we take action? Why are we calling for the Impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama? Radio-personality Tammy Bruce may have said it best: '... ultimately, it comes down to... the fact that he seems to have, it seems to me, some malevolence toward this country, which is unabated.'"
To learn more about the campaign or sign the online petition, visit

Schroder Picks Up More Endorsements for Congressional Campaign

State Rep. Curt Schroder has announced the endorsement of seven fellow state lawmakers representing portions of the 6th Congressional District.

"I am pleased and honored to have the support of colleagues who know me well and have worked with me on many efforts to improve our region" Schroder said in a release.

State elected officials supporting Schroder include:
State Rep. Tim Hennessey (PA-26) Chester County

State Rep. Chris Ross (PA-158) Chester County

State Rep. Sam Rohrer (PA-128) Berks County

State Rep. Jim Cox (PA-129) Berks County

State Rep. Doug Reichley (PA-134) Portions of Berks and Lehigh Counties

State Rep. Kate Harper (PA-61) Montgomery County

State Rep. Michael Vereb (PA-150) Montgomery County
Schroder said the endorsements are an indication that he is the only candidate with the right experience to step into the 6th District Congressional seat.

"The problems we face mean the next Congressman from the 6th District will need to be prepared to get to work from day one," Schroder said. "I look forward to working with these elected officials as well as leaders from across the district to restore economic prosperity in our communities and create jobs in Pennsylvania."

Curt Schroder was first elected to represent the 155th District of Pennsylvania in the State Assembly in 1994. He and his wife reside in East Brandywine Township with their two children.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Generic Ballot Favors GOP

If the midterm Congressional elections were held today, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would be out of a job, with significant loses predicted for the Democratic Party.

Republican candidates maintain a six-point advantage over Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot published at Rasmussen Reports, which shows that 44% would vote for their district's Republican congressional candidate while 38% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.

What could cost Democrats control of Congress is independent voters, who are expressing widespread disapproval of the way Democrats are running Congress.

Voters not affiliated with either party continue to heavily favor Republicans, 41% to 24%, the Rasmussen survey found.

Read more at Rasmussen Reports.

Friday, November 20, 2009

PA among 'Terrible 10' Most Regressive Tax States

Working families in Pennsylvania pay a far higher share of their income in state and local taxes than their wealthiest counterparts, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy.

Other highlights (or low lights) from the study:
* Pennsylvania families earning less than $19,000 - the poorest fifth of Pennsylvania taxpayers - pay 11.3% of their income in Pennsylvania state and local taxes.

* Middle-income Pennsylvania taxpayers - those earning between $35,000 and $56,000 - pay 9.6% of their income in Pennsylvania state and local taxes.

* The richest Pennsylvania taxpayers - with average incomes of $1,369,600 - pay only 5% of their income in Pennsylvania state and local taxes.

* After accounting for federal deduction offsets, the discrepancy is even starker: the poorest fifth pay 11.2% of their income in state and local taxes, middle-income families pay 9.1%, and the richest Pennsylvanians pay 3.9%.

* Washington, Florida, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Alabama were named as the 10 Most Regressive Tax States. Pennsylvania ranked ninth.
The review the entire report, "Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States," follow the link below:

New Report Ranks Pennsylvania Among 'Terrible 10' Most Regressive Tax States

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS