Thursday, January 29, 2009

NBC Sacks Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad



More than 700,000 people have watched the ad online, but NBC, the low-rated TV network that now caters to the far-left, won't allow the pro-life spot to be telecast during the Super Bowl.

Why would a corporation turned down money during these economic times?

The real reason NBC won't show the ad: It finally settles the abortion debate.

The ad can be viewed at www.CatholicVote.org

NBC Sacks Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

Rep. Schroder: Rendell overspending led to PA fiscal crisis

A guest opinion from state Rep. Curt Schroder, a Republican who represents the 155th House District in Chester County.
Budget crisis tied to Rendell overspending

The news is going from bad to worse for the state Treasury. Gov. Ed Rendell recently announced that Pennsylvania's budget deficit could exceed $2 billion by the end of this fiscal year.

Now, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) is traveling across the state telling citizens that lower than projected sales and income taxes, and the rush of newly unemployed citizens taking advantage of state-sponsored relief programs, are to blame.

Not so fast.

For Rep. Evans to suggest that the nation's economic downturn is the primary reason for our state's budget crisis is disingenuous. It is, however, accurate to say that it is the result of the Rendell administration's propensity to over spend. In fact, Rendell's budgets have routinely increased spending beyond the rate of inflation.

From 2002 to the current 2008-09 budget, state spending increased by 38.6 percent while the rate of inflation rose by only 19.5 percent. Even before the state budget was passed in July, there were signs that revenues were not coming in according to Rendell administration projections.

Several House Republicans strenuously objected to spending increases and the expansion of programs supported by one-time revenues, and Senate analysts were warning of deficits reaching into the billions. Inflated revenue projections and the use of one-time revenue sources are a prescription for fiscal disaster. Just weeks after the budget passed, Pennsylvania was in a financial crisis.

For eight straight months, the administration’s revenue projections have been well below estimates.

By the end of December, the state's revenue shortfall exceeded $814 million. Rep. Evans is telling citizens he will rely on federal economic stimulus money, the state's Rainy Day Fund and tax and fee increases to bail out the Commonwealth.

Economic stimulus money and the Rainy Day Fund would provide only temporary relief.

What Pennsylvania really needs are meaningful spending cuts and sound and sustainable fiscal policy. We cannot allow the mismanagement of the budget to be the excuse for a new tax increase.

Back on Track

Catch Tony Phyrillas on radio

"Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" can be heard at 5 p.m. Thursday on WPAZ 1370 AM.

Discussion topics will include the state's runaway fiscal crisis and the Democrats' "stimulus" package approved by the House.

You can call the show at 610-326-4000.

The program is simulcast online at www.1370wpaz.com and www.pottsmerc.com

Stimulus Bill Misses the Mark for Education

Stimulus Bill Misses the Mark for Education

NBC Sacks Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

NBC Sacks Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

National Survey Shows Union Members Oppose Card Check

National Survey Shows Union Members Oppose Card Check

FAIR: Obama Rushing to Pass the Economic Stimulus Package While Delaying Vital Protections for American Workers

FAIR: Obama Rushing to Pass the Economic Stimulus Package While Delaying Vital Protections for American Workers

More Pennsylvanians Are Without Insurance and Health Care, Insurance Department Survey Shows

More Pennsylvanians Are Without Insurance and Health Care, Insurance Department Survey Shows

Obama Dropped Small Business Stimulus Plan Days Before the Election

Obama Dropped Small Business Stimulus Plan Days Before the Election

Get Small Biz Advice From the Ask an Expert Blog at www.score.org

Get Small Biz Advice From the Ask an Expert Blog at www.score.org

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Business group: Obama plan will do little to help economy

"The 'economic stimulus' measure that passed the House includes too much spending that has little to do with helping the economy, and not enough for small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them survive, create jobs and grow their firms," says Karen Kerrigan, president & CEO of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. "We fear this will do little to help the economy."

Kerrigan hopes the Senate can improve the bill before it is sent to President Obama for his signature.

Small Business Group Says House-Passed Stimulus Bill Needs Work

Blunt Votes Against Democrats' Debt Plan

Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt explains why he voted against the stimulus bill:

"Just seven percent of the trillion dollars in this legislation is slated for immediate use and the rest funds everything from buying bureaucrats cars to refurbishing federal buildings. That's certainly not a package that will help our economy recover any time soon, but it is a package that our children and grandchildren will be repaying for generations to come."

The Democrats' plan will cost every American over $2,700, Blunt says in a release.

"The size of the package passed by the House today is staggering compared to past stimulus plans," Blunt says. "When President Franklin Roosevelt was facing 25 percent unemployment during the Great Depression, his entire 'New Deal' proposal would cost just half of the current trillion dollar package after being adjusted for inflation."

Blunt Votes Against Democrats' Debt Plan

Sarah Palin launches PAC

Sarah Palin is here to stay.

Much to the chagrin of the elite media that despises a strong female leader who espouses traditional America values, Gov. Palin has launched her own Political Action Committee.

The move could be a prelude to a presidential run in 2012 and it can also help the Alaska governor raise money for other conservative candidates.

Sarah Palin's Official PAC is dedicated to "to building America's future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation," according to the Web site.

More on the committee's mission:
SarahPAC believes America's best days are ahead. Our country, founded on conservative principles and the fight for freedom, must confront the challenges of the 21st century with integrity, innovation, and determination.

SarahPAC believes energy independence is a cornerstone of the economic security and progress that every American family wants and deserves.

SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all. Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals.
Visitors can sign up for e-mail alerts, donate to the PAC or learn more about Palin.

The Web site is http://www.sarahpac.com/

Blunt Votes for Public Safety, Opposes Digital TV Delay

Blunt Votes for Public Safety, Opposes Digital TV Delay

Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces Settlement With Countrywide Financial Corporation Worth More Than $150 Million

Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces Settlement With Countrywide Financial Corporation Worth More Than $150 Million

Economic Stimulus Package Offers Little Help to Seniors in Poverty

Economic Stimulus Package Offers Little Help to Seniors in Poverty

'Talking Politics' on WPAZ 1370 AM

"Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" can be heard at 5 p.m. Thursday on WPAZ 1370 AM.

Discussion topics will include the state’s fiscal crisis and the federal “stimulus” plan debated in Congress.

You can call the show at 610-326-4000.

The program is simulcast online at www.1370wpaz.com and www.pottsmerc.com

Bay Buchanan, Others Argue Immigration Control Vital for the Future of the GOP

Bay Buchanan, Others Argue Immigration Control Vital for the Future of the GOP

Business Community Addresses Pennsylvania Budget Deficit

Business Community Addresses Pennsylvania Budget Deficit

RNC: A 40-Year Wish List

RNC: A 40-Year Wish List

PA DCED Encourages Local Leaders to Begin Implementing Tax Collection System Reform

PA DCED Encourages Local Leaders to Begin Implementing Tax Collection System Reform

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Latino Voting in 2008: Part of a Broader Electoral Movement

Latino Voting in 2008: Part of a Broader Electoral Movement

A conservative Democrat in the U.S. Senate

FAIR Urges Sen. Gillibrand to Resist Special Interest Pressure to Change Her Stance on Immigration Policy

IRS is hiring in PA

With the unemployment rate climbing, the Internal Revenue Service has hundreds of job openings, including some in several Pennsylvania locations.

From an IRS announcement released today:
IRS is Recruiting Hundreds of Revenue Officers

PHILADELPHIA - the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking qualified Revenue Officer candidates for positions in the following IRS Office locations in Pennsylvania:

· Altoona
· Bethlehem
· Harrisburg
· Jenkintown
· Lancaster
· Philadelphia
· Scranton

Applicants must apply by February 20th; See www.usajobs.opm.gov for more information on how to apply.

Interested applicants must be a United States citizen and have a bachelor's degree (with superior academic achievement – 3.0 or higher overall or 3.5 or higher in major) or equivalent work experience or a combination of education and related work experience.

Examples of related work experience include:
¨ Reviewing individual/business financial condition, ability to pay debt
¨ Evaluating assets, equity and credit
¨ Collecting delinquent payments
¨ Establishing or operating a small business and/or administering a budget
¨ Counseling individuals on tax filing and paying obligations
¨ Dealing with various legal instruments (i.e.: leases, wills, deeds and trusts)

Revenue officers are trained in both tax law and collection techniques necessary for the collection of delinquent taxes and delinquent tax returns. Duties include conducting research, interviews, investigations and analysis of financial information for assigned cases, often at the taxpayer’s home or business. Revenue officers counsel taxpayers on their tax obligations and determine how they can best resolve their delinquencies, while also ensuring that their rights are protected.

Starting salary varies by geographic area based on costs of living adjustments and range between $38,177 - $44,976.

Individuals interested in a challenging career with excellent benefits, training and strong growth potential are encouraged to apply. Get the details at http://www.jobs.irs.gov/home.html. Application information is available at www.usajobs.opm.gov

New Report Addresses How Local Governments Can Successfully Navigate Current Fiscal Crisis

New Report Addresses How Local Governments Can Successfully Navigate Current Fiscal Crisis

Avoiding Madoff-Style Ponzi Schemes: 12 of The Best Resources for Investors

Avoiding Madoff-Style Ponzi Schemes: 12 of The Best Resources for Investors

Tax Analysts Announces 'New Directions in Policy'

Tax Analysts Announces 'New Directions in Policy'

Marcellus Shale Driller Heats Up Homes in Pennsylvania With $50,000 Donation

Marcellus Shale Driller Heats Up Homes in Pennsylvania With $50,000 Donation

Obama Will Give Small Business Contracts to Fortune 500 Firms and Venture Capitalists

Obama Will Give Small Business Contracts to Fortune 500 Firms and Venture Capitalists

Monday, January 26, 2009

PA counties: Property Tax Reform No. 1 Issue for 2009

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, which represents all 67 counties in the Keystone State, has released its legislative priorities for 2009.

As in previous years, topping the list of nine priorities is property tax reform.

The association, which bills itself as the voice of county government, says its legislative priorities cover a wide variety of issues, but carry a common theme: "Our communities' needs are many, and cutting funding for critical services at the state level does not automatically result in cost savings."

"Failure to adequately fund mandates, and thus passing responsibility to local taxpayers, shifts the tax burden but does not reduce it," says Jim Kennedy, a Butler County commissioner and president of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

Property tax reform, which has eluded state lawmakers for more than 30 years, remains the No. 1 priority of county officials, Kennedy says.

"Counties continue to advocate options that will allow county elected officials to select fairer revenue sources, more compatible with local economic conditions, in return for a reduction in property taxes," Kennedy said. "As in previous years, our top priority is tax fairness. We will continue to call on the General Assembly to authorize optional local tax bases such as the sales tax or the personal income tax in return for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in property taxes. But tax fairness also includes measures that affect the tax base and how services are funded, and this is why we are advocating to restore the ability to assess oil and gas interests."

Here's the list of priorities released by the county officials:

1) Tax Fairness
2) Commonwealth Budget Issues
3) Court Administration/District Attorney Funding
4) Clean And Green
5) 911 Services
6) County Recycling Fee Authorization
7) Dedicated And Adequate Funding For Mass Transit, Local Roads And Bridges
8) Marcellus Shale
9) Mentally Ill Inmates/Specialty Courts

You can download an eight-page report with more details on each issue at the Association's Web site, http://www.pacounties.org/

American Life League Statement on Pelosi's State-Enforced War on Preborn Babies

American Life League Statement on Pelosi's State-Enforced War on Preborn Babies

Additional Weeks of Emergency Unemployment Benefits Available in PA

Governor Rendell Says 13 Additional Weeks of Emergency Unemployment Benefits Provide Immediate Lifeline for Thousands of Families

Coalition for a Democratic Workplace New Ad: 'Big Labor's Got a Problem'

Coalition for a Democratic Workplace New Ad: 'Big Labor's Got a Problem'

PA has $25M in Green-Energy Development Funding

Job-Creating, Green-Energy Development Funding Available, Governor Rendell Says

Gov. Rendell Signs Execution Warrants for Berks County Man

Governor Rendell Signs Execution Warrants for Mikal Moore and Ronald Francis Puksar

PA offers tax credit for volunteer emergency workers

By Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr.

Under the Volunteer Retention and Recruitment Tax Credit -- Act 66 of 2008 -- volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance workers may receive a tax credit for active service.

The provision, which was included in the 2008-09 state budget, provides a $100 credit against state personal income tax liabilities for volunteer fire and emergency medical service workers for the 2008 tax year.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I voted to move this measure to the full Senate which then passed it. More than 90 percent of municipalities in Pennsylvania rely on volunteer firefighters and first responders and it is hoped that this will help with recruitment and retention of our important emergency first responders.

A comprehensive report prepared by a bi-partisan group of legislatures, local government officials and emergency response representatives listed the top priorities and what legislative action needed to be taken.

With so many fire companies losing members, the number one priority was retention and recruitment strategies. In the last 25 years, the number of volunteer firefighters has dropped by more than half, from more than 150,000 to less than 70,000 today. We need to do something to keep them.

It is vital that Pennsylvania play a larger role in maintaining the viability of volunteer emergency service organizations. According to a Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services study, the value of services provided by our volunteer first responders is estimated at $6 billion. Without these dedicated volunteers, the cost to the Pennsylvania taxpayers for firefighters' salaries and benefits would be staggering. The cost of funding a tax credit for first responders is nowhere near that figure.

Pennsylvania's volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance personnel may qualify based on activities performed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008. Applicants must be designated as "active volunteers" based on a point system prepared by the State Fire Commissioner and EMS Director.

Volunteers must earn a minimum of 50 points during the calendar year to be eligible for the tax credit. Points are accumulated based on response rates, attendance at training courses and meetings, sleep-in and standby times and holding elected and appointed positions, as well as for lifetime memberships and certifications, military leave and related administrative and support activities.

SB 1314 originally called for $100 tax credit in 2009, increasing each year by $100 until it reached $500 a year; it would be retained each year thereafter. But before the final budget was passed, it became a one-year tax credit, moved up to the current tax year and put into the tax reform code.

This is an important first step, but must once again be addressed in the legislature this session. In fact, work already is underway to re-introduce a fire tax credit package to include tuition credits at state-owned universities and community colleges and for employers of first responders.

These first responders are the backbone of the community and deserve something for their hard work and service.

The money situation trimmed this to a one-year tax credit this year. But even this was extremely important since it marked the first time there has ever been a tax credit for first responders.

This was precedent-setting and the Senate felt it vital to get the tax credit on the books, even if only for one year, and then with it in place, come back this session and get a permanent package in place.

Eligible volunteers must file a PA-40 Schedule OC-V form along with their 2008 State Personal Income Tax Return to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The Department of Revenue posted the OC-V tax form on their Web site (www.revenue.state.pa.us) along with the other 2008 tax documents. The form can also be obtained by calling the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at 1-800-363-2050.

The deadline is April 15, but with limited funding, qualified first responders should apply as soon as possible.

My deepest gratitude to all our first responders. Thank you.

State Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr. is a Republican who represents the 44th Senate District in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties.

Senator Collins to Oppose Treasury Secretary Nominee's Confirmation

Senator Collins to Oppose Treasury Secretary Nominee's Confirmation

Reaction to Gillebrand Proves Democrats Still Party of Gun Control, Says CCRKBA

Reaction to Gillebrand Proves Democrats Still Party of Gun Control, Says CCRKBA

Bill Gates: Change Limits and Funding Rules for Public Charter Schools

Bill Gates: Change Limits and Funding Rules for Public Charter Schools

SCORE Launches the 'Accelerate Your Success Program' to Help Small Businesses Recover from the Recession

SCORE Launches the 'Accelerate Your Success Program' to Help Small Businesses Recover from the Recession

Democrats try to undo legislative reforms

Emboldened by their five-seat majority in the state House of Representatives, Democratic Party leaders are moving quickly to undo many of the legislative reforms enacted in Harrisburg over the past two years.

DemocracyRisingPA, the reform watchdog group, has issued an "urgent alert" warning that "when the House resumes session on Tuesday, the Democratic majority will propose new rules that will turn back the clock to the bad old days of the Pay Raise of 2005, the slots gambling law and other stealth lawmaking. A summary - not an actual draft - began circulating in the Capitol at the end of last week, but it is not available to the public on the House web site. Members of the 2007 Speaker's Commission on Legislative Reform received a briefing on the changes last Wednesday, according to House sources."

Citizens and media who want to know how their representatives plan to vote and why will have to act fast, DemocracyRisingPA says. "Although the current temporary House rules don't expire until February 6, Democratic leaders plan to rush the new rules to a vote on Tuesday. If House Democrats have their way, it may be the last time citizens are able to ask such questions about any important legislation before it's too late," DemocracyRisingPA says on its Web site.

From the DemocracyRisingPA post:
The Bottom Line

The Democrats' proposals will make it much harder for citizens to know what their government is doing in time to express their opinion either for or against proposed laws. They would repeal reforms adopted with great fanfare just two years ago through the Speaker's Commission on Legislative Reform. Among dozens of proposals, House Democrats propose to:

* Render meaningless the rule requiring the House to stop session at 11:00 p.m. unless three-fourths of the members vote to continue.

* Repeal the rule allowing citizens and their representatives at least 24 hours to see amendments before voting on them, at least 24 hours to consider bills after their last amendment, and at least 24 hours before a vote on a report by a conference committee. Conference committee reports, such as every budget and the Pay Raise of 2005, are often the most complicated, controversial and important laws proposed in any session. As in the past, the proposal would allow action after as little as six hours.

* Repeal the rule prohibiting the Rules Committee from amending bills after they have been considered by another committee.
Read more and learn how you can fight the effort to turn back the reform movement at the DemocracyRisingPA Web site.

32 Million Adults Still Won't Be Able to Read, Write, or Apply for Jobs

32 Million Adults Still Won't Be Able to Read, Write, or Apply for Jobs

Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Per Capita Rate of Black Homicide Victimization

Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Per Capita Rate of Black Homicide Victimization

President Obama's Reversal of Mexico City Policy 'Very Disappointing,' Says Pro-Life Committee Chair

President Obama's Reversal of Mexico City Policy 'Very Disappointing,' Says Pro-Life Committee Chair

New Poll: Union Members Oppose Big Labor's Card Check

New Poll: Union Members Oppose Big Labor's Card Check

Republican National Committee: Goldman Sachs Echoes CBO Report on Democrat Stimulus Plan

Republican National Committee: Goldman Sachs Echoes CBO Report on Democrat Stimulus Plan

New Law Eliminates Need For PennDOT to Replace License Plates Every Ten Years

New Law Eliminates Need For PennDOT to Replace License Plates Every Ten Years

PA Fish and Boat Commission Seeking Candidates for at-Large Boating Seat

PA Fish and Boat Commission Seeking Candidates for at-Large Boating Seat

Pennsylvania Asks Experts, Public to Help Shape Recommendations to Address Climate Change

Pennsylvania Asks Experts, Public to Help Shape Recommendations to Address Climate Change

National Thought Leaders Urge Obama Administration to Address Education Crisis

National Thought Leaders Urge Obama Administration to Address Education Crisis

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bauer Notes Conflict Between Life and Death in Obama's Executive Orders

Bauer Notes Conflict Between Life and Death in Obama's Executive Orders

Obama Administration Quick to Exploit Women in Developing Nations Says Americans United for Life Action

Obama Administration Quick to Exploit Women in Developing Nations Says Americans United for Life Action

Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Greater Control of State's Administration of its 16,637 Vehicles

Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Greater Control of State's Administration of its 16,637 Vehicles

U.S. bailout package will spark inflation and shift the burden to foreign investors: CIBC World Markets

U.S. bailout package will spark inflation and shift the burden to foreign investors: CIBC World Markets

Media ignores pro-life march again

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has a good point about the mainstream media ignoring pro-life events, such as the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., where 200,000 Americans protested abortion-on-demand.

From Perkins:
The media considers a dozen war protesters newsworthy, but why not 200,000 pro-life witnesses? As those of you who have visited Washington, D.C. on January 22 know, the tradition of the press ignoring America's biggest pro-life event is almost as old as the March itself. Over the years, the scant coverage hasn't deterred us. Instead, we have banded together to find new ways around it. One of the most popular vehicles has been the rise of the conservative blog.

Today, FRC hosted a power-packed line-up of the who's who in the online pro-life community, many of whom are changing the face of the abortion debate over the heads of the "mainstream" media. Along with a standing-room-only crowd, the fourth annual Blogs for Life conference attracted some key Hill leaders, including speakers Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa). It was also the subject of a feature article in today's Washington Times.

Speaking of making a difference, a core group of Republican members marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by making pro-life speeches in the House chamber last night. We applaud them for remaining faithful to their convictions and representing the majority of Americans who believe that our inalienable rights include the right to life.
For more on the March for Life, check out this story in the Washington Times.

ReadTheStimulus.org

"$850 Billion, 334 pages, and counting ... somebody needs to read it!"

The fine print in Barack Obama's "American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009" are staggering.

Before we pour more money down a rat hole (remember the $750 Billion Bailout bill that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid foisted on us last year?), send a message to your representatives in Congress to put the brakes on the ill-conceived government expansion that will increase the national debt by nearly $1 trillion.

Read more at ReadTheStimulus.org

H/T POLICY BLOG

Thursday, January 22, 2009

No Policies From Obama to Stop Diversion of Federal Small Business Contracts to Fortune 500 Firms

No Policies From Obama to Stop Diversion of Federal Small Business Contracts to Fortune 500 Firms

Say 'No' to Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

Taxpayer Movement Urges Chairman Obey to Say 'No' to Funding Abortion

Hope is Not a Strategy: A Letter to President Obama

Hope is Not a Strategy: A Letter to President Obama

Obama Gives the Unborn a 24-Hour Reprieve

President Obama Gives the Unborn at Least a 24 Hour Reprieve, Postpones $441 Million Bailout of International Abortions, Says Family Research Council

RNC Chairman on March for Life

RNC Chairman on March for Life

PA Game Commission Announces Final Phase of Transition to Point-of-Sale Electronic License System

PA Game Commission Announces Final Phase of Transition to Point-of-Sale Electronic License System

Blunt Marks Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Signs Letter in Defense of Pro-Life Legislation

Blunt Marks Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Signs Letter in Defense of Pro-Life Legislation

Catch Tony Phyrillas on radio

Tune in to "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" at 5 p.m. Thursday on WPAZ 1370 AM.

If you can't receive the radio signal, the one-hour program is simulcast online at www.1370wpaz.com and www.pottsmerc.com

Pennsylvania Most Pro-Life State in America, California Least, According to Americans United for Life State Rankings

Pennsylvania Most Pro-Life State in America, California Least, According to Americans United for Life State Rankings

Seventy-Five Percent of Future Jobs in PA Require Education Beyond High School

Seventy-Five Percent of Future Jobs in PA Require Education Beyond High School

Insurance Commissioner Welcomes Withdrawal of Proposed IBC/Highmark Consolidation

Insurance Commissioner Welcomes Withdrawal of Proposed IBC/Highmark Consolidation

Report: Thousands of PA High School Graduates Head to College Unprepared

New Higher Education Data Shows Thousands of Pennsylvania High School Graduates Head to College Unprepared

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What will Obama do with terrorist prisoners?

In an obvious concession to the far-left, President Barack Obama has taken the first step to closing the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Closing Gitmo "would further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice," read the draft executive order, a copy of which was leaked to The Associated Press.

The most obvious question is what will happen to the 245 al-Qaida and Taliban members capture on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan?

Will Obama release them so they can kill more Americans? Will he bring them back to the continental United States? Where will they be housed?

And the broader question Obama has failed to answer: How does the closing make America safer?

"Guantanamo and the incarceration and interrogation of its inhabitants have saved thousands of American lives and untold tragedy," Investor's Business Daily wrote in a recent editorial. "While it has existed, America's enemies have had a harder time plying their trade."

I haven't heard too many members of Congress volunteer to accept the terrorists in their home states once Gitmo is closed.

I have a couple of suggestions for where to move the 245 terrorists, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

My first option would be the Yucca Mountain salt mines the government spent billions of dollars tunneling out to store spent nuclear fuel rods. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has blocked the use of Yucca Mountain for its intended purposes. How could Reid object to housing terrorists in Nevada? It's safer than nuclear waste, right Harry?

Another possibility is California, preferably the home district of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who owns vast vineyards. Pelosi could sponsor a work-release program putting the terrorists to work picking grapes.

As for housing them, I'm sure the Hollywood community would embrace their al-Qaida and Taliban brethren. Sean Penn, Barbra Steisand, Tim Robbins and the rest of the Hollywood left could take in the Gitmo prisoners.

If those two options don't suit Obama and the Democrats, how about turning the terrorists loose in the Chicago area? Obama spoke of shared sacrifice in his inaugural address. He can do his part.

Europeans cheer closing of Gitmo

The European Commission is pleased with President Barack Obama's decision to close the terrorist prison camp at Guantanamo in Cuba. And we all know how much Europe has done to support the War on Terror, don't we?

European Commission Vice President Jacques Barrot, responsible for Freedom, Justice and Security, issued the following statement on Guantanamo:
"I strongly welcome that one of the first actions taken by President Obama has been to turn the page on the sad episode of the Guantanamo prison. As European Commissioner for Justice, this is a strong symbol for me. I have confidence in the United States and light will now be rapidly shed on the situation of prisoners at Guantanamo. These persons must be subject to a lawful and just process to finally establish the true nature of their actions. Of course, the fight against terrorism must remain a major priority for the United States and Europe. We must be united in this fight, but always in the absolute respect of human rights. To establish contact with the new American administration, I plan to visit the United States in the near future."

Fasten your seatbelts

Actuaries Laud Obama Medicare and Social Security Message, Call for Bipartisan Solution

Obama talks a good game, but what are the chances of getting Social Security and Medicare reforms through a Democratic Congress?

How about slim and none and slim just left town.

Actuaries Laud New President's Medicare and Social Security Message, Call for Bipartisan Solution

Sen. Brownback, Rep. McMorris Rodgers to Speak at Blogs for Life 2009

Senator Sam Brownback and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to Speak at Blogs for Life 2009

Obama's 'Newer Deal' Likely to Raise Deficit

Obama's 'Newer Deal' Likely to Raise Deficit

Economic Downturn May Push Percentage of Uninsured Motorists to All-Time High

Economic Downturn May Push Percentage of Uninsured Motorists to All-Time High

National Movement to Protect Secret Ballots in State Constitutions: Save Our Secret Ballot Launches in GA, OK, SC, SD and ND

National Movement to Protect Secret Ballots in State Constitutions: Save Our Secret Ballot Launches in GA, OK, SC, SD and ND

Timothy Geithner's Claims Contradicted by the Facts; Obama Must End 'Distraction' of Nomination as Banking Crisis Deepens

Timothy Geithner's Claims Contradicted by the Facts; Obama Must End 'Distraction' of Nomination as Banking Crisis Deepens

Monday, January 19, 2009

Eagle Forum Hails President Bush's Commutation of Border Guards' Prison Sentences

Eagle Forum Hails President Bush's Commutation of Border Guards' Prison Sentences

FAIR Applauds Commuting of Sentences for Ramos and Compean

FAIR Applauds Commuting of Sentences for Ramos and Compean

President George W. Bush Grants Commutations

President George W. Bush Grants Commutations

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops letter to Obama

Bishops Urge New President to Keep Laws on Conscience Rights, Foreign Aid for Abortion, Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Obama Stimulus Plan Breaks Campaign Promise to Small Businesses

Obama Stimulus Plan Breaks Campaign Promise to Small Businesses

In a Sea of Obama Love, There's a Voice of Patriotic Resistance

In a Sea of Obama Love, There's a Voice of Patriotic Resistance

Something familiar about Todd Eachus

Reform advocate Eric Epstein, a veteran observer of the Harrisburg scene, is not impressed with the "new" Democratic House leadership in the state Legislature.

Epstein is very familiar with Rep. Todd Eachus, the new House majority leader.

From Epstein's Capitol Domes blog:
On Monday, the Pennsylvania Legislature's "new" majority leader, Todd Eachus, announced that the House of Representatives was under "new management." The same day, the "new" majority whip, Bill DeWeese, introduced HB 21 to promote table games at Pennsylvania casinos. The next day, Dan Surra, former majority caucus administrator, landed a "new" job during a hiring freeze.

Alakazamm! Whoosh! Everything is fine.

Wait a minute. I think we've seen this magic act before.

Who is the new magician?

Eachus voted to increase his salary 22 percent from $69,648 to $85,102, defended the pay grab and kept the money. Mr. New Management never paid back the unconstitutional pay raise.

Eachus is a protégée of indicted former Whip Mike Veon. In fact, it was Mr. New Management who retired Veon's campaign debt. "Mike's contribution as a leader to our collective effort meant a lot to us," said House Majority Policy Chairman Eachus of Luzerne County, who chairs the campaign committee. But the committee's other three leaders -- Reps. Joe Preston, Dan Frankel and Jennifer Mann -- apparently had no knowledge of the two payments
As that great British philosopher Pete Townshend once said, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Read Epstein's full blog posting, "Todd Eachus: New boss, same magic tricks," at Capitol Domes.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Rendell keeps digging deeper hole

And you wonder why Pennsylvania is facing a potential $2 billion budget shortfall?

Gov. Ed Rendell continues to defend the hiring of political crony Dan Surra to a $95,000 patronage job despite a hiring freeze that has left 5,000 other state jobs unfilled.

Rendell now admits the state's General Fund deficit will likely reach $1.6 billion to $1.9 billion by the the end of June. Republican lawmakers say the deficit could top $2.1 billion.

"Everyone has to understand that what has happened leaves us no option," Rendell said this week. "We're going to have to cut virtually every program that there is."

But giving a $95,000-a-year-job to an ousted state lawmaker is not among the cuts Rendell is willing to make.

Reporter Brad Bumstead has more on Rendell's hypocrisy and "Go to hell" attitude toward Pennsylvania taxpayers in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

From Bumstead's article:
"Let me stress, I reserved the right when I announced the hiring freeze to make exceptions," Rendell told reporters while visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show. During a speech at the farm show, he boosted his predicted budget deficit for 2008-09 from $1.6 billion to $1.9 billion.

Rendell said he did not create a special job for Surra, but he acknowledged the DCNR job was not posted and others weren't considered.
The Democratic governor's decision to hire Surra, a Democrat who failed to win re-election to the state House of Representatives in November, has been universally panned by the state's newspapers.

From The Pottstown Mercury:
THORNS to Gov. Ed Rendell for creating a job for a former state legislator, violating a hiring freeze imposed during the current state budget crisis ... Rendell also has slashed hundreds of millions of dollars from the budget to help offset a projected $1.7 billion shortfall this fiscal year. Creating a job for an ousted legislator in this fiscally-stressed environment was a slap in the face to state taxpayers. The governor should know better.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

PA unveils www.identitytheftactionplan.com

Rendell Administration Unveils Updated Tools to Help Consumers Guard Against Identity Theft

TARP Inspector General Asked to Investigate Citigroup and Bank of America Donations to Rainbow/PUSH; Bailout Recipients Headline Jesse Jackson Fundraiser

TARP Inspector General Asked to Investigate Citigroup and Bank of America Donations to Rainbow/PUSH; Bailout Recipients Headline Jesse Jackson Fundraiser

RNC: Holder - From The Archives

RNC: Holder - From The Archives

FRC to Host Blogs for Life 2009

FRC to Host Blogs for Life 2009

Driver charged in death of state senator

The untimely death of Pennsylvania state Sen. James J. Rhoades has taken an even more tragic turn.

The driver of the pickup truck that struck Rhoades' vehicle head-on on Oct. 17, 2008, was driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Thomas Senavitis, 45, Lehighton, had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit, police announced Wednesday.

Rhoades, 66, a seven-term Republican from Schuylkill County, died of multiple injuries on Oct. 18, 2008. His wife Mary was seriously injured.

Police have charged Senavitis with DUI, vehicular aggravated assault while under the influence, vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and several traffic violations.

The Associated Press reports that Senavitis denied any responsibility for the crash at his arraignment Wednesday. Senavitis maintains he was not drunk at the time of the crash, according to the AP. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

Rhoades was re-elected posthumously to an eighth term in November.

A special election will be held March 3 to fill his seat. The Republican candidate is state Rep. David Argall. The Democratic candidate is Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Steven Lukach.

The 29h Senatorial District includes parts of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Major Media Excuse Obama Nominee's Failure to Pay Taxes

Major Media Excuse Obama Nominee's Failure to Pay Taxes

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

'Talking Politics' on the radio

Tune in to "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" at 5 p.m. Thursday on WPAZ 1370 AM.

If you can't receive the radio signal, the one-hour program is simulcast at www.1370wpaz.com and www.pottsmerc.com

Keeping an eye on the PA Legislature



Those very helpful folks at The Commonwealth Foundation have launched a new Web site to help Pennsylvania residents keep an eye on the state Legislature.

PennsylvaniaVotes.org provides "concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Pennsylvania House and Senate," according to the site.

Visitors can search bills and votes by legislator, category or keyword.

Guests can also post comments about bills and discuss other state policy issues on the Web sites' forums. People have already left comments on Judicial Elections, Transparency and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing.

PennsylvaniaVotes.org also features handy links to other Web sites that offer information about public policy issues.

New Children's Book Addresses Cyber Bullying

New Children's Book Addresses Cyber Bullying

Statement from John Phillips, CEO of Aristotle Regarding the Internet Safety Technical Task Force Report

Statement from John Phillips, CEO of Aristotle Regarding the Internet Safety Technical Task Force Report

Department of Health Urges Pennsylvanians to Prepare For Dangerously Cold Weather

Department of Health Urges Pennsylvanians to Prepare For Dangerously Cold Weather

Taxpayer Watchdogs Offer List of 'Ax-Ready' Programs as Alternative to Mayors' Pork Projects

Taxpayer Watchdogs Offer List of 'Ax-Ready' Programs as Alternative to Mayors' Pork Projects

Obama Must Withdraw Geithner Nomination

Obama Must Withdraw Geithner Nomination

New Airline Passengers Rights Bill Takes Flight in 111th Congress

New Airline Passengers Rights Bill Takes Flight in 111th Congress

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Why We Need Secure Driver Licenses - Educational Series Release

Why We Need Secure Driver Licenses - Educational Series Release

Area lawmakers to host health expo

Two SE Pennsylvania lawmakers are hosting a Disease and Disability Resource Expo to help provide constituents with a healthy start to the new year.

Sponsored by state Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr., R44th, and state Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150th, the Expo is planned for Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arcola Intermediate School, 4000 Eagleville Road, Eagleville.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and promote the many resources available to residents living with, or those who know someone living with a range of diseases and disabilities from cognitive to physical, youth to elderly.
The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to www.senatorrafferty.com or www.repvereb.com

'State of the States' Report Predicts Key Trends for 2009

'State of the States' Report Predicts Key Trends for 2009

National Governors Association Urges States to Restore Value to High School Diplomas

National Governors Association Urges States to Restore Value to High School Diplomas

High School Students Invited to Help Promote Safe Driving Through PennDOT Radio Contest

High School Students Invited to Help Promote Safe Driving Through PennDOT Radio Contest

Union Backed Ponzi Scheme

North America Leads World in Economic Freedom, 2009 Index Finds

North America Leads World in Economic Freedom, 2009 Index Finds

RNC: Clinton - From The Archives

RNC: Clinton - From The Archives

Department of Justice Observes AMBER Alert Awareness Day

Department of Justice Observes AMBER Alert Awareness Day

Pennsylvania DCNR to Offer Electronic Filing, Series of Workshops to Help Streamline Grant Process

Pennsylvania DCNR to Offer Electronic Filing, Series of Workshops to Help Streamline Grant Process

RNC: Dems push politics above the people

From a statement issued by the Republican National Committee:
Harry Reid and Dick Durbin have placed Washington politics above the people of Illinois or transparency. Democrats had every opportunity to strip Governor Blagojevich of his power to appoint a U.S. Senator, but ultimately they accepted a Blagojevich appointee rather than risk losing a Senate seat in a special election.
RNC Statement on Democrats Seating Blagojevich Appointee

2030 Challenge Stimulus Plan Gains Momentum

2030 Challenge Stimulus Plan Gains Momentum

DEP, Drilling Industry Create Partnership to Explore New Wastewater Treatment Technologies

DEP, Drilling Industry Create Partnership to Explore New Wastewater Treatment Technologies

Monday, January 12, 2009

The top blogs in PA

The "Influence Rankings" of Pennsylvania bloggers for the first full week of 2009 have been posted at BlogNetNews.com

TONY PHYRILLAS is No. 1 and THE CENTRIST is No. 3.

That's a nice way to start off the new year.

Below is the Top 10 list with conservative bloggers highlighted.

Pennsylvania's Most Influential Political blogs

Rank Blog Prev
1 TONY PHYRILLAS 2
2 Pawatercooler.com 3
3 THE CENTRIST 4
4 Suburban Guerrilla 5
5 Comments From Left Field 6
6 Lehigh Valley Somebody 7
6 POLICY BLOG -
8 GrassrootsPA 19
9 PolitickerPA -
10 Young Philly Politics 7

Massive Tobacco Tax Increase by Congress Spells Even More Economic Disaster for Jobs and State Economies

Massive Tobacco Tax Increase by Congress Spells Even More Economic Disaster for Jobs and State Economies

RNC Statement on Minnesota Senate Race

RNC Statement on Minnesota Senate Race

RNC: A Threat To McCain-Feingold

RNC: A Threat To McCain-Feingold

Historical and Museum Commission Salutes Pennsylvania's First Farmers at Farm Show

Historical and Museum Commission Salutes Pennsylvania's First Farmers at Farm Show

Don't allow Democrats to end secret ballots

By Pat Toomey

The nation's most powerful labor unions have been lobbying heavily for a law, misleadingly named the Employee Free Choice Act, that would take away workers' basic rights to a secret-ballot vote on union representation. It would allow unions to organize through a poorly regulated "card-check" process instead.

Many politicians have been falsely characterizing the card-check law as an essential part of an economic-recovery program. In reality, it would deepen the recession.

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is the only Republican who has joined the Democratic senators voting to advance the legislation. That isn't the kind of leadership a state with a broad industrial base needs.

By stripping workers of their rights, the act would undermine businesses and workers, causing further declines in American employment and productivity in an economy that desperately needs both.

Labor unions can play a constructive role as bargaining agents for workers, provided they are accountable to their members through a democratic process. But compulsory membership, monopoly privileges, and unchecked power can harm the workers whom unions are supposed to help.

The Big Three car companies are a case in point. Unfortunately, if card check becomes law, some of the factors behind the collapse of Detroit's automakers may help ruin the employers in your town, too.

The Employee Free Choice Act actually would take away employees' choices by essentially forcing them to unionize. Despite the claims of this legislation's advocates, it is a relatively simple matter to form a union under current law. If there is authentic employee support for unionizing, then organizers need only win a majority of votes in a private balloting process.

The legislation at issue would replace the freedoms protected by fair elections with the intimidating, divisive card-check policy. Workers could be directed to sign authorization forms in public — in front of coworkers and union officials. The opportunities for intimidation and coercion are obvious.

As Americans, we know that the right to a secret ballot is a cornerstone of a democratic society. Any proposal to deny voters a secret ballot in presidential, congressional or local elections would be considered ludicrous. So why should workers voting on their fates in the workplace be denied the same fundamental right?

Once this card-check procedure puts a union in place, mandatory dues would be deducted from workers' paychecks. Surely, middle-class families can't afford to lose more of their hard-earned income against their will.

The law also would invite more of the kind of government overreaching we have seen in Detroit. For instance, it calls for government arbitrators to resolve contracts without votes by workers.

That's one of several ways in which our communities would be increasingly manipulated by outsiders under this legislation. Forget about small local unions with deep ties to local workers and businesses. With the lack of accountability that card check would bring about, directives would come top-down from national and international labor unions. Local unions could be subsumed by their national headquarters, which may be ignorant of local economic conditions, regional growth, or job creation.

That's one of the basic problems with the Employee Free Choice Act: It treats all businesses and all communities the same, regardless of the nature of local economies or the needs of local workers.

The card-check legislation takes what the private sector does best — job creation — and puts it in the hands of people who have never created a single job. Jobs aren't created by government arbitrators or union bosses; they're created by the small businesses and local entrepreneurs who would be hit hardest by this law.

Even though most Americans — and even a majority of union members — think fair workplace elections conducted by secret ballot are preferable to card check, Congress doesn't seem to be listening. And given the economic crisis, this is precisely the wrong time to be sacrificing the interests of American businesses and workers.

The government will likely step in to save the auto industry because of the prevailing belief that it's too big to fail. But if the auto industry can be brought to the brink by big labor, what about America's small businesses? By definition, they are small enough to fail, leading to lost jobs and investment.

That's why stopping the Employee Free Choice Act is an important part of any economic-recovery plan. Let's hope Congress realizes that before it's too late.

Pat Toomey, a former Republican congressman from the Lehigh Valley, is president of the Club for Growth, a conservative public policy group.

Comical



The cult of personality surrounding Barack Obama has gone from the ridiculous to the absurd. Obama as superhero? Gimme a break!

Did you hear the news that Marvel is featuring 'The Chosen One' in a special edition of Spider-Man comics?

Your heard right. Obama and Spider-Man team up to save the world.

From an Associated Press account:
The comic starts with Spider-Man's alter-ego Peter Parker taking photographs at the inauguration, before spotting two identical Obamas.

Parker decides "the future president's gonna need Spider-Man," and springs into action, using basketball to determine the real Obama and punching out the impostor.
Obama thanks him with a fist-bump.

Obama has said that as a child, he collected Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. His Senate Web site used to have a photo of him posing in front of a Superman statue.
Amazing Spider-Man Issue #583 goes on sale Jan. 14 for $3.99. Don't be surprised if the comic book sells out.

And keep an eye out for the Obama breakfast cereal coming soon to a store near you.

The Next Giant Taxpayer Pork Project is on the Runway

The Next Giant Taxpayer Pork Project is on the Runway

As Israel Defends Itself, Jews Come Under Attack

As Israel Defends Itself, Jews Come Under Attack

State Highway Safety Officials: Hang Up and Drive

State Highway Safety Officials: Hang Up and Drive

Saturday, January 10, 2009

President Bush Salutes U.S. Troops

President Bush used his weekly radio address to salute the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

"America's Armed Forces have liberated more than 50 million people around the world -- and made our Nation safer," Bush said. "They have taken the fight to the terrorists abroad so that we have not had to face them here at home. And the world has seen something that almost no one thought possible: More than seven years after September the 11th, there has not been another terrorist attack on American soil."

Read the full text of the radio address at the link below.

Radio Address by President Bush to the Nation

Agriculture Secretary Opens 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Agriculture Secretary Opens 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Weak Jobs Report for Nation Likely Spells Trouble for Pennsylvania

Weak Jobs Report for Nation Likely Spells Trouble for Pennsylvania

New Report: U.S. Infrastructure Overwhelmed by Influx of Immigrants

New Report: U.S. Infrastructure Overwhelmed by Influx of Immigrants

Blunt Reintroduces Bill to Help Lower Price of Gas

Blunt Reintroduces Bill to Help Lower Price of Gas

America's New Top Spy

PA Farm Show runs Jan. 10-17




The 2009 Butter Sculpture, commissioned for the 93rd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, was unveiled in Harrisburg this week. The sculpture, made up of 900 pounds of butter donated by Land O' Lakes Inc., is dedicated to the Pennsylvania National Guard. The scene depicts a Guardsman saluting his family as he prepares for deployment. The 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show, billed as the largest indoor agricultural event in America, runs from Jan. 10-17 at the the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, off Exit 67 of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, with the exception of the last day ending at 5 p.m. Admission is free, but parking is $8. Shuttle buses will take you to the show from nearby parking lots. For more information, visit http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us

Moving out ... of Pennsylvania

Will the last person leaving Pennsylvania please turn off the lights before you go.

POLICY BLOG has an interesting post about the fact that more people are leaving Pennsylvania than are moving into the state.

The United Van Lines 2008 migration study, detailing shipments into and out of each state, shows 58% of movement leaving Pennsylvania, ranking as the 4th highest outbound state, POLICY BLOG reports.

The main reason people move is economics. There simply are not enough opportunities for people to support themselves in Pennsylvania, thanks to seven years of fiscal mismanagement by the Rendell administration. High property taxes are also forcing older residents to abandon their homes.

Despite increasing state spending by nearly $8 billion, Pennsylvania is losing thousands of jobs, its roads and bridges are crumbling and the state is projecting a $2 billion budget deficit. That's Rendell-onomics for you.

From POLICY BLOG:
"Despite what Governor Rendell may claim about his success restoring Pennsylvania to prosperity, this is the continuation of a long trend in which Pennsylvania's economic and tax climate drive residents and businesses away."
Read the full post at POLICY BLOG, which also features links to other articles about the state's economic and tax climate.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Friday, January 9, 2009

Does the Border Fence Work?

Does the Border Fence Work?

Weak Jobs Report for Nation Likely Spells Trouble for Pennsylvania

Weak Jobs Report for Nation Likely Spells Trouble for Pennsylvania

Caroline Kennedy's qualifications

Big Labor vs. America Workers

Big Labor Goal: Emulate China

By Laurel Lynn Petolicchio

Emboldened by the election of President Barack Obama and Democrat control of the House and Senate, Big Labor is no longer hiding their true beliefs. They want total control of all business in the United States even if it means a huge leap backwards for American workers.

In a recent commentary, Jonathan Tasini, former head of the National Writers Union and American Rights at Work (an AFL-CIO front group) and blogger who supports forced unionism, stated: "When it comes to unions, we should be more like China." Tasini then went on to praise the Chinese government for their 2008 legislation that granted huge privileges to the communist Party controlled All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) but prohibiting all unions that were not part of the ACFTU.

Under this new legislation, Chinese employees have no freedom to join any union that is not ACFTU nor do they have any right to stop ACFTU bosses from getting monopoly bargaining rights. They may not object to the union fees removed from their wages and benefits. This legislation, passed by the communist-controlled Chinese government, is another nail in the coffin of freedom for the Chinese people.

Tasini went on to confirm what every liberty-loving American already knows: the proposed "Employee Free Choice Act" (otherwise known as "Card Check") is the top item on America's Big Labor's agenda. Tasini's support for the Chinese crack down on unapproved labor unions indicates that Big Labor wants to put the US one step closer to making us more like China. How ironic that China has never been the poster child for safe working conditions, worker rights and individual freedoms.

Americans overwhelmingly believe that unionization should be a choice, not mandatory. That conviction is based on the understanding that Americans believe they have the right to association with those people and groups that share their interests and values.

Americans also believe that union fees should not be mandatory. They don't like or appreciate the notion that they might be forced to pay for something they never supported to begin with.

Unionization of private industry has been on a gradual decline for years and, based on recent statistics, has fallen below 8% of the American work force. This means that Big Labor is not only teetering on a complete loss of it’s political and social clout but it also failing to raise the kind of revenue ala dues it was able to in the past.

Consequently, Big Labor is turning to Big Government in order to push through legislation like "Card Check" in order to salvage what influence they have left, and it does not matter how many individual worker rights are lost in the process.

"Card Check" should be a wakeup call to all freedom loving Americans. Unions who promote forced union legislation are the problem, not the solution. America has always been the beacon of Freedom but if "Card Check" is passed, how long will it be before we start carving at other critical individual rights of the people in order to satisfy the whims of a few power brokers?

Laurel Lynn Petolicchio lives in Lebanon County and is an advocate for open labor policies in Harrisburg.

State Museum Invites Pennsylvania Artists to Participate in Annual 'Art of the State' Exhibit

State Museum Invites Pennsylvania Artists to Participate in Annual 'Art of the State' Exhibit

Republican National Committee: Will Rep. Hilda Solis Face Questions About Her Own Support for Secret Ballots for Congress But Not for Workers?

Republican National Committee: Will Rep. Hilda Solis Face Questions About Her Own Support for Secret Ballots for Congress But Not for Workers?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Governor Rendell Releases New Poll: Majority of Americans Ready to Pay for Better Infrastructure but Demand Accountability

Governor Rendell Releases New Poll: Majority of Americans Ready to Pay for Better Infrastructure but Demand Accountability

Richard Viguerie: McCain Attempts to Lead Without a Message or Following

Richard Viguerie: McCain Attempts to Lead Without a Message or Following

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Launches New Website and Design With New Tagline 'Analyzing, Educating and Collaborating for Patient Safety'

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Launches New Website and Design With New Tagline 'Analyzing, Educating and Collaborating for Patient Safety'

RetireSafe to Congress: When It Comes to Tax-Relief, Don't Forget Struggling Seniors!

RetireSafe to Congress: When It Comes to Tax-Relief, Don't Forget Struggling Seniors!

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Says Latest Performance Report Shows How Taxes Are Spent to Improve Services, Promotes Transparency

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Says Latest Performance Report Shows How Taxes Are Spent to Improve Services, Promotes Transparency

President-Elect Obama and the New Congress Must Address the Eroding Sense of American National Identity

President-Elect Obama and the New Congress Must Address the Eroding Sense of American National Identity

National Report Card Shows Gap Between PA Graduation Rates and Success After High School

National Report Card Shows Gap Between PA Graduation Rates and Success After High School

Rendell Names PA Latino Affairs Commissioners

The 17-member panel includes a Berks County resident, Olga I. Perez of Reading.

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Names Latino Affairs Commissioners

Obama Ignores Economic Experts on Stimulus Plan

Obama Ignores Economic Experts on Stimulus Plan

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Releases New Print Campaign Urging Labor Secretary Nominee Hilda Solis to Protect Secret Ballots

Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Releases New Print Campaign Urging Labor Secretary Nominee Hilda Solis to Protect Secret Ballots

See 'Fireproof' for free



It was one of the biggest box-office hits of 2008, but you probably never heard of the movie because of its Christian-based themes.

Produced for $500,000, the film "Fireproof" grossed $33 million at the box office, making it one of the most profitable films of the year.

It's still playing in some theaters, but you have an opportunity to see the movie for free thanks to a Berks County church.

Exeter Bible Church, located off Route 422 near Birdsboro, is offering a free screening of "Fireproof" on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. The film is rated PG.

The church is also planning to launch a "Fireproof" Group Study on Jan. 25 through March.

Here's a synopsis of the film from the church's Web site:
Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside burning buildings, it's his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it's another story. After seven years of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare. While hoping The Love Dare has nothing to do with his parents' newfound faith, Caleb commits to the challenge. But can he attempt to love his wife while avoiding God's love for him? Will he be able to demonstrate love over and over again to a person that's no longer receptive to his love? Or is this just another marriage destined to go up in smoke?
For more information about Exeter Bible Church or directions, check the church's Web site, http://www.exeterbiblechurch.org/

Gun Sales Continue to Increase

Gun Sales Continue to Increase

FRC Urges Support for Broadcaster Freedom Act

FRC Urges Support for Broadcaster Freedom Act

Pennsylvania Helping a Record Number of Low-Income Residents to Stay Warm This Winter

Pennsylvania Helping a Record Number of Low-Income Residents to Stay Warm This Winter

Monday, January 5, 2009

'Talking Politics' on WPAZ 1370 AM

"Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" returns from a two-week hiatus this Thursday.

"Talking Politics" is back on the air at 5 p.m. Thursday on WPAZ 1370 AM.

If you can't receive the radio signal, the one-hour program is simulcast at www.1370wpaz.com and www.pottsmerc.com

RNC Statement on Minnesota Election Contest

RNC Statement on Minnesota Election Contest

Viguerie: Richardson Scandal 'the Shape of Things to Come'

Viguerie: Richardson Scandal 'the Shape of Things to Come'

Group to host forum on ending teacher strikes



A Chester County organization is hosting a breakfast forum later this month to discuss ways Pennsylvania taxpayers can help end costly teacher strikes, something 37 other states have accomplished.

From a Chester County ACTION press release:

Pennsylvania remains the "Teacher Strike Capitol" of the U.S. In the past 7 years, PA has had 82 teacher strikes, more than all other states combined, including two strikes here in Chester County.

HOW CAN WE PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?

School board members will be up for election in 2009!

Our next Chester County ACTION Breakfast features Simon Campbell, President of Stop Teacher Strikes Inc.

Saturday, January 17, 8:45 am

Holiday Inn West Chester
943 South High Street,
West Chester, PA 19382

Make your reservations now—Members $25, Non-Members $30,
Table of 8 $150 ... yearly membership renewal $25 per family

CCACTION
PO Box 571
West Chester, PA 19381

Phone: 610-696-2590
E-mail: info@chestercountyaction.org

www.chestercountyaction.org

Obama Stimulus Bill May Include Loopholes For Venture Capitalists

Obama Stimulus Bill May Include Loopholes For Venture Capitalists

Rendell to Legislature: End Paroles for Repeat Violent Offenders

PA Gov. Rendell to Legislature: End Paroles for Repeat Violent Offenders to Keep Communities Safe

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Rendell Deficit tops $814 Million

Pennsylvania ran up a $156.6 million budget deficit in December, the eighth month in a row the state has spent more money that it took in.

The budget deficit for the current fiscal year has reached $814.5 million.

The projected budget deficit for the fiscal year that runs from July 2008 to June 2009 is $2 billion. That's 'b' as in billion.

For more on the state's sagging tax revenues, click on the link below:

Revenue Department Releases December Collections

Phyllis Schlafly Endorses Ken Blackwell for RNC Chairman

Phyllis Schlafly Endorses Ken Blackwell for RNC Chairman

Friday, January 2, 2009

Open for business



The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records is open for business.

"Ensuring open and honest government is a bedrock principle of democracy," says Office of Open Records Executive Director Terry Mutchler. "It can only be attained through the unfettered exchange of information between citizens and their government."

Spend some time at the new Office of Open Records Web site and familiarize yourself with the new law. Pennsylvania residents will determine how effective the new law will become. Arm yourself with knowledge and prepare to defend your rights.

In order for the new law to have teeth behind it, citizens must utilize it against secretive government agencies and bureaucrats. Make Terry Mutchler your new best friend.

The Web site is located at http://openrecords.state.pa.us/

PA offers help for unemployed

Unemployment Compensation Service Phone Lines Open Later, Now Include Sundays

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Department of Health Recognizes January As Cervical Health Awareness Month

'Shutterbugs' Invited to Capture PA Farm Show on Camera

'Shutterbugs' Invited to Capture PA Farm Show on Camera