Thursday, February 26, 2009

Majority of Public Believes Corporate America Needs New Moral Direction

Majority of Public Believes Corporate America Needs New Moral Direction

Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban Would Reduce Jobs, Not Crime

Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban Would Reduce Jobs, Not Crime

RNC Chairman Statement on Minnesota Recount

RNC Chairman Statement on Minnesota Recount

Obama Lied to Gun Owners, Says CCRKBA; Attack Plan Revealed by Holder

Obama Lied to Gun Owners, Says CCRKBA; Attack Plan Revealed by Holder

Report: 'Antiquated' Laws in Most States Tilted Against Homeowners Are Fueling the U.S. Home Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis

Report: 'Antiquated' Laws in Most States Tilted Against Homeowners Are Fueling the U.S. Home Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis

RNC Announces New Director of Coalitions

RNC Announces New Director of Coalitions

RNC Chairman Statement on House Passing Omnibus Spending Bill

RNC Chairman Statement on House Passing Omnibus Spending Bill

Phyrillas on the radio today

Be sure to tune in to "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" today at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

Topics for this week's show include the huge debt the Obama Administration is piling on the American taxpayer and the future of newspapers.

You can call the station at 610-326-4000 with questions or comments.

"Talking Politics" can be heard every Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM.

The one-hour show is simulcast at www.pottsmerc.com and www.1370wpaz.com

Sen. Rafferty wants state police barracks re-opened

State Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr., R-44th, has asked Gov. Ed Rendell and the State Police to re-open the Skippack barracks in Montgomery County on a full time basis.

Rafferty thanked State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski for his recent comments at a public hearing in which he stated that the pilot program instituted by Gov. Rendell was not working and said he would ask the governor for an exemption to the hiring freeze to re-staff the Skippack barracks.

"I respect Col. Pawlowski for the courage of his convictions," Rafferty said in a statement.

The Skippack barracks is in Rafferty's district.

State Police began closing the Skippack Barracks for 16 hours every weekday and all weekend in December 2006 in a cost-cutting move.

Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, a clerk is available to answer phone calls and assist visitors, according to Rafferty. However, after these hours the barracks "go dark" and all calls and visitors are directed to an automated ACC which redirects the caller or visitor to a Consolidated Dispatch Center (CDC).

In other words, it's unlikely you'd find a state trooper at the Skippack barracks if you stopped by for help.

"My concern is for the public safety," said Rafferty, chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee. "People expect that a state trooper or official clerk will be at barracks when they go there,"

The state Senate overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 318 in May 2007 which would have required all State Police barracks to remain open 24 hours a day, every day, Rafferty said, but the was not considered by the Democratic-controlled state House Representatives in the last session.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

PennDOT Extends Deadline for Safe Driving Radio Contest

PennDOT Extends Deadline for Safe Driving Radio Contest

FRC Commends Effort to Protect Pro-Life Riders, Prevent Taxpayer Funded Abortions

FRC Commends Effort to Protect Pro-Life Riders, Prevent Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Penn State Faculty Report on Validity of Local Graduation Assessments in Pennsylvania

Penn State Faculty Report on Validity of Local Graduation Assessments in Pennsylvania

Bailout Bill Does What U.S. Government Cannot

Bailout Bill Does What U.S. Government Cannot

Talking to Your Kids About Tough Economic Times

Talking to Your Kids About Tough Economic Times

Court Ruling Will Help Preserve War Memorials

U.S. Supreme Court Rules 9-0 to Protect Govt. Monuments

Pew Survey Finds Crime Top Problem Facing Philadelphia

Pew Survey Finds Crime Top Problem Facing Philadelphia

Economic Stimulus Comes Up Short, Say Turnaround Experts

Economic Stimulus Comes Up Short, Say Turnaround Experts

Should Judges Control US Immigration Policy?

Should Judges Control US Immigration Policy?

Business Owners Say Obama Should Reduce Small Business Taxes and Free Up Lending

Business Owners Say Obama Should Reduce Small Business Taxes and Free Up Lending

More Than Half of Americans Say Family Skimped on Medical Care Because of Cost in Past Year; Worries About Affordability and Availability of Care Rise

More Than Half of Americans Say Family Skimped on Medical Care Because of Cost in Past Year; Worries About Affordability and Availability of Care Rise

Blunt Response to President Obama's Address

Blunt Response to President Obama's Address: "Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt"

Governor Bobby Jindal's Republican Address: 'Americans Can Do Anything'

Governor Bobby Jindal's Republican Address: 'Americans Can Do Anything'

RNC Chairman's Response to President Obama's Address

RNC Chairman's Response to President Obama's Address

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monopoly Money

Potential Gun Rights Crisis Imminent in Washington, Notes Senior Rights Activist

Potential Gun Rights Crisis Imminent in Washington, Notes Senior Rights Activist

Governor Rendell Announces Nominations

Governor Rendell Announces Nominations

'Media Malpractice' Documentary to Premiere at National Press Club February 26th

Media Malpractice Documentary to Premiere at National Press Club February 26th

Obama's Speech to Congress Will Ignore America's Top Job Creators

Obama's Speech to Congress Will Ignore America's Top Job Creators

Sign the Petition



Americans for Limited Government today launched StopBailouts.net, an online petition in response to President Barack Obama's $2.8 trillion financial plan to urge Congress to halt what ALG President Bill Wilson termed the "greatest theft in human history."

From a release issued by ALG:
"Throughout 2008, and now into 2009, Congress, the Treasury, and the Federal Reserve have otherwise committed, appropriated, borrowed, and printed some $10 trillion for the largest financial bailout ever," said Wilson.

By Wilson's count the bailout is "astronomical on an order not yet seen: $2 trillion in FDIC assurances, $1.75 trillion in Federal Reserve commercial paper purchases, $900 billion in term auction facility lending, $600 billion to insure money market funds, $600 billion to cover Fannie and Freddie's worthless mortgage-backed securities, $550 billion for discount Federal Reserve loans, $500 billion to insure FDIC deposits, $300 billion for FHA mortgage relief, $250 billion for Citigroup debt, $225 billion for securities loan facility lending, $200 billion for Fannie and Freddie's debt, $112 billion for A.I.G., $700 billion for the TARP, and finally, $787 for 'stimulus.'"

"Now, the Obama Administration wants the American taxpayer to once again take responsibility for the irresponsible by committing more than $2 trillion to keeping delinquent borrowers in homes they can't afford and bailing out banks that were forced by government to make the bad loans in the first place," Wilson added.

Wilson is urging angered citizens to take action in addition to signing the petition by contacting their Congressmen and Senators.

"Congress can put a stop to all of this nonsense, but they will only do so if their constituents keep up the pressure on members," said Wilson.
Sign the petition at http://stopbailouts.net/

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hoffa Denounces Hershey for Exporting American Jobs to Mexico

Hoffa Denounces Hershey for Exporting American Jobs to Mexico

Catch 'Journalists Roundtable' on Sunday

The popular "Journalists Roundtable" program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network is coming to you from the offices of The Pottstown Mercury this week.

The one-hour program hosted by Bill Bova airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on cable systems throughout Pennsylvania. The program will repeat Sunday at 5 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

This week's program features Tony Phyrillas, city editor/political columnist for The Mercury; Lisa Mossie, columnist for The Norristown Times-Herald; and Evan Brandt, reporter/columnist for The Mercury.

PCN is shown on Comcast Channel 98 in Berks County; Service Electric Cable Channel 23 in Berks/Lehigh counties; and Comcast Channel 186 in the Pottstown area.

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area.

State Capitol Roundup

Here's this week's State Capitol Roundup courtesy of state Rep. Bob Mensch, R-147:

Budget Testimony Paints Bleak Economic Picture for State

The first week of budget hearings held by the House Appropriations Committee involved discussions of several notable issues, including the Gaming Control Board, Department. of Transportation, and the administration's economic research firm, Global Insight. Global Insight predicted the state's unemployment rate will continue to increase in Pennsylvania until at least December 2009. Once the national economy begins to turn around, the firm said Pennsylvania's economy will lag behind by approximately 12 to 18 months. These dire economic projections underscore calls by House Republicans to cut spending and re-evaluate programs in the face of a $2.3 billion deficit.

Hearings Provide Few Answers for Gaming Industry Questions

The governor's push to expand gaming in the state by legalizing video poker machines was given a serious look during hearings held by the House Appropriations Committee with the Department of Revenue, Pennsylvania Lottery, Gaming Control Board, State Police and the Attorney General. Unfortunately, none of the agencies that testified were able to answer basic questions about the governor's proposal for video poker machines. None of the testifiers were able to discern a difference between video poker and slot machines. Ed Trees, the director of the Lottery Fund, acknowledged that slots parlors and the proposed gaming expansion plan would have a negative impact on the Lottery Fund.

Lawmaker Unveils Proposal to Establish Budget Timeline, Prevent Furloughs


State Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) has introduced several proposals to streamline the Commonwealth's annual budgeting process. Under the first proposal, the House of Representatives would be required to pass a general appropriations bill by June 1, and the Senate would be required to pass the same bill in some form by June 15. A final product would need to be passed by June 30. In the event of a missed deadline, the pay for legislators of the offending chamber or chambers would be docked. Another proposal would also prevent future furloughs of state employees in the event of a budget impasse. In previous years, the threat of furloughs has largely been used to serve a political purpose by creating pressure to take up initiatives unrelated to the budget.

LIHEAP Still Open to Those Seeking Help with Home Heating Costs

Assistance to individuals struggling with home-heating costs this winter remains available through Pennsylvania's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligibility for this year was expanded to 210 percent of the Poverty Income Guideline. As a result, an additional 80,000 residents are eligible to receive help through the cash grant portion of the LIHEAP program. A family of four with an annual income of up to $44,443 can qualify for LIHEAP. LIHEAP, which is funded by the federal government and run by the state Department of Public Welfare, helps low-income households pay their heating bills. For more information, call LIHEAP at 866-857-7095 or visit Rep. Mensch's Web site at RepMensch.com

Congressman Dave Camp (MI-04) Delivers Weekly Republican Address

Congressman Dave Camp (MI-04) Delivers Weekly Republican Address

Friday, February 20, 2009

Executive Director to Lead Task Force on Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Attorney General Appoints Executive Director to Lead New Task Force on Review of Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Hoffa Denounces Hershey for Exporting American Jobs to Mexico

Hoffa Denounces Hershey for Exporting American Jobs to Mexico

PA Awards $21.5 Million for 144 Growing Greener Projects

Two Berks County projects are on the list:

Berks County Conservation District -- $90,435 to install agricultural best management practices including a manure storage facility on three farms in the Maiden Creek watershed.

Borough of Kutztown -- $54,932 to install agricultural best management practices to protect the borough's drinking water wells.

Governor Rendell Announces More Than $21.5 Million Investment in 144 Growing Greener Projects to Improve Water Quality

Consumer Watchdog to U.S. Senate: Don't Leave Consumers Out of Health Reform Debate, Public Opposes Mandatory Purchases of Private Insurance & Supports Opening Medicare to Everyone

Consumer Watchdog to U.S. Senate: Don't Leave Consumers Out of Health Reform Debate, Public Opposes Mandatory Purchases of Private Insurance & Supports Opening Medicare to Everyone

CNN Rejects Ad Celebrating Obama's Life

CNN Rejects Ad Celebrating Obama's Life

New Ad 'Every Single Day' Says the Excessive Spending Spree Must Stop

New Ad 'Every Single Day' Says the Excessive Spending Spree Must Stop

Not All Spending Is Equal, Says CIRT

Not All Spending Is Equal, Says CIRT

RNC: A Disappointing Month

Obama's First Month Has Been Marked By Wasteful Spending, Failed Bipartisanship, and Questionable Ethics, says the Republican National Committee.

RNC: A Disappointing Month

Thursday, February 19, 2009

AARP Pennsylvania Launches Toll Free Help Line to Aid Consumers During DTV Transition

AARP Pennsylvania Launches Toll Free Help Line to Aid Consumers During DTV Transition

Stimulating conversation



The Obama "stimulus" plan will be the topic of conversation on "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

You can call the station at 610-326-4000 with questions or comments during the live broadcast.

"Talking Politics" can be heard every Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM. The one-hour show is simulcast at www.pottsmerc.com and www.1370wpaz.com for those who can't get the radio station's signal.

The "stimulus" bill also dominated the discussion of this week's edition of "Journalists Roundtable" on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, featuring Tony Phyrillas on the panel.

Tony Phyrillas on TV tonight

The popular "Journalists Roundtable" program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network is coming to you from the offices of The Pottstown Mercury this week.

The one-hour program hosted by Bill Bova airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on cable systems throughout Pennsylvania. The program will repeat Sunday at 5 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

The panel for Feb. 19 edition will be Tony Phyrillas, city editor/political columnist for The Mercury; Lisa Mossie, columnist for The Norristown Times-Herald; and Evan Brandt, reporter/columnist for The Mercury.

PCN is shown on Comcast Channel 98 in Berks County; Service Electric Cable Channel 23 in Berks/Lehigh counties; and Comcast Channel 186 in the Pottstown area.

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area.

Preservation Board Protects Additional 4,682 Acres of Prime Farmland From Development

Preservation Board Protects Additional 4,682 Acres of Prime Farmland From Development

Pennsylvania Exports Up 18 Percent in 2008

Pennsylvania Exports Up 18 Percent in 2008

RNC: Trading Positions: After Two Years on the Campaign Trail and a Month in the Oval Office, Do We Finally Know President Obama's Position on NAFTA?

RNC: Trading Positions: After Two Years on the Campaign Trail and a Month in the Oval Office, Do We Finally Know President Obama's Position on NAFTA?

RNC Statement on Obama's Canadian Trip

RNC Statement on Obama's Canadian Trip

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Don't Believe What You Hear on Countdown: Keith Olbermann's Factual Errors

Don't Believe What You Hear on Countdown: Keith Olbermann's Factual Errors

RNC Goes On Air In NY-20 Special

RNC Goes On Air In NY-20 Special

Tony Phyrillas on 'Journalists Roundtable'

The popular "Journalists Roundtable" program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network is coming to you from the offices of The Pottstown Mercury this week.

The one-hour program hosted by Bill Bova airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on cable systems throughout Pennsylvania.

The program will repeat Sunday at 5 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

The panel for Feb. 19 edition will be Tony Phyrillas, city editor/political columnist for The Mercury; Lisa Mossie, columnist for The Norristown Times-Herald; and Evan Brandt, reporter/columnist for The Mercury.

PCN is shown on Comcast Channel 98 in Berks County, Service Electric Cable Channel 23 in Berks/Lehigh counties and Comcast Channel 186 in the Pottstown area.

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area.

Six Things You Should Know About the 'Stimulus'

Six Things You Should Know About the 'Stimulus'

Saturday, February 14, 2009

How to spot a RINO

Why Republicans oppose Obama stimulus bill

Among the objections voiced by Republicans to the Obama/Pelosi stimulus: "the bill isn't temporary because it calls for a permanent expansion of government that could add hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal budget every year."

Read a transcript of the full GOP response by following the link below:

Senator Lisa Murkowski Delivers Weekly Republican Address

Friday, February 13, 2009

Final Economic Stimulus Bill Permits Americans' Personal Health Information to Be Sold for Research and Public Health Purposes WITHOUT Patients' Consent

Ask your Democratic member of Congress what this has to do with stimulating the economy.

Final Economic Stimulus Bill Permits Americans' Personal Health Information to Be Sold for Research and Public Health Purposes WITHOUT Patients' Consent

Rep. Gerlach opposes largest spending increase in U.S. history

The House of Representatives just voted 246-183 to approve Barack Obama's $787 billion "stimulus" plan, without a single Republican supporting the massive pork bill.

The 1,071-page bill goes to the Senate, where Democrats will approve it with the help of the three RINOs (Republican In Name Only), including Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, voted against the biggest federal spending increase in U.S. history and said the bill is so massive that Washington could send a check for more than $10,000 to every family of four in the 6th District.

I live in the 6th District and I'd love to get my hands on a check for $10,000.

From a press release issued by Gerlach's office:
"Instead of getting checks from Washington, generations to come will be giving more of their hard-earned paychecks to the federal government to pay for this spending plan that tops $1.1 trillion when debt costs are added," Gerlach said. "It's fitting that this bill is being rammed through the House on Friday the 13th because it's truly a nightmare for our children and grandchildren who will be stuck paying off the mountain of debt. What started out as a process to get Americans working again degenerated into a big-government spending spree.

"Some have tried to claim that this legislation is crucial to rebuilding our roads, bridges, and highways and giving a boost to our public transit systems. However, just 3.5 percent of the $787 billion will be spent on highway and bridge projects. And nearly twice as much -- $15 billion -- will be spent on giving $1,000 tax breaks to individuals who do not pay a penny in federal income tax as will be spent on public transit -- $8.4 billion. With spending priorities like that, it's no wonder that nearly 60 percent of the people in a Jan. 23 Rasmussen Poll feared too much government spending would occur in the next two years.

"I understand that this is a time of extreme economic uncertainty and that we have an obligation to work on policies that help American workers collect paychecks instead of pink slips. However, I am confident that most of my constituents are just as puzzled as I am about how many jobs will be created by spending $650 million on digital television converter box coupons."

"Congress has missed an historic opportunity to roll up our sleeves and work together with President Obama on a bipartisan bill. Republican proposals to ease the tax burden of the unemployed by eliminating the federal income tax on unemployment benefits were brushed aside. And legislation that I have sponsored to reward American companies that provide health insurance and retirement benefits to workers and keep their headquarters on U.S. soil was never considered."

The Daily Watchdog

The Center for Public Integrity has launched a new blog called The Daily Watchdog, which will compile investigative reports from around Washington, D.C. -- from the Government Accountability Office to Inspectors General to Congressional oversight committees.

"We'll be compiling these (often-overlooked) investigative reports, so you don't have to go searching for them," the Center said in announcing the new site. "The Daily Watchdog is your go-to resource for the latest results of important federal investigations."

Be sure to bookmark the site and check it often. The Democrats are back in power in Washington, but I'm afraid little has changed.

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Claims Can Be Filed Online on Presidents Day

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Claims Can Be Filed Online on Presidents Day

Toll-Free Line and Online Form Available to Report Unsafe Driving, Improper Pennsylvania State Vehicle Use

Toll-Free Line and Online Form Available to Report Unsafe Driving, Improper Pennsylvania State Vehicle Use

Blunt Votes Against Trillion Dollar Spending Package

Blunt Votes Against Trillion Dollar Spending Package

Here's $5 billion in spending PA can cut

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and his crack economic team couldn't find much fat to trim from state spending, which now tops $60 billion a year.

In announcing his $29 billion 2009-10 General Fund budget last week, the governor proposed $750 million in additional spending despite the fact the state is headed toward a $2.3 billion deficit by June.

Instead of making much-needed cuts in spending, the governor came up all sorts of schemes to increase revenue, including legalizing video poker machines and raising tobacco taxes.

The Commonwealth Foundation, an independent, non-profit public policy research and educational institute based in Harrisburg, has stepped in to help the governor make some cuts.

"There are billions of dollars in wasteful spending that must be cut immediately in order to restore Pennsylvania's fiscal and economic health," Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, said in announcing the release of a new report, "Government on a Diet: Spending Tips 2009."

The report offers suggestions on how the governor and Legislature can eliminate $5 billion in "unhealthy state government spending that is impeding prosperity and burdening taxpayers."

From a statement issued by Brouillette:
"We can reduce state spending without jeopardizing our most vulnerable citizens. We want the citizens of Pennsylvania to be more aware of how state government is misspending their hard-earned tax dollars, and we hope lawmakers use this report as a guide for ending the economically destructive tax-borrow-and-spend approach."
The report, co-authored by Nathan Benefield and Elizabeth Bryan, identifies wasteful spending on non-core state government functions, including: corporate welfare, "Yellow Pages government" and self-service government.

Examples include:

1. $75 million in tax credits for Hollywood executives to produce films, including $5.7 million in credits for "Zach & Miri Make a Porno."
2. $225,000 for a parade in Philadelphia.
3. $200,000 to restore golf courses.

To obtain a copy of the 24-page report, visit the Commonwealth Foundation Web site or call 717-671-1901

Broken Obama Campaign Promise Will Kill American Jobs

Broken Obama Campaign Promise Will Kill American Jobs

Thursday, February 12, 2009

RNC Statement on Lincoln and NAACP Anniversaries

RNC Statement on Lincoln and NAACP Anniversaries

First Sexually Dangerous Individual Committed Under New Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act

First Sexually Dangerous Individual Committed Under New Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act

Gerlach Blasts Liberal Attack Ad

Pennsylvania Congressman Jim Gerlach, a moderate Republican targeted by a far-left advocacy group for not supporting the Obama stimulus plan, fires back in this press release issued by his office today:
Despite President Obama's call for changing the tone in Washington, liberal interest groups have reverted to their old, partisan tactics in a radio advertising campaign targeting Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) for standing with taxpayers and voting against the largest spending bill in U.S. history.

"President Obama stood on the steps of the Capitol on Jan 20 and pledged to usher in an era of unprecedented bipartisanship in which all ideas about turning around the economy and putting Americans back to work would be considered," Gerlach said. "It was hailed as a refreshing call to change politics-as-usual in Washington. However, as soon as I and other members took a stand and expressed serious philosophical differences with a bill crafted solely by House Democrat leadership, the Democrats unleashed their allies to pressure lawmakers by spending $200,000 on political ads running on radio stations in several congressional districts, including mine. That is not the politics of change; it’s more politics as usual. And at a time when we need to be working together to stem job losses and stabilize our financial system, it's inexcusable."

"While the details of the conference committee report cobbled together behind closed doors have not been released, I remain opposed to any bill with massive new spending on items that do nothing to immediately put people back to work and simply increase the size of government and continue piling up debt that our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay off."

My constituents understand that spending $2 billion for our national parks or $45 million for fish passage barriers and ATV trails are unlikely to make sure workers receive paychecks instead of pink slips, Gerlach said.

He added the same goes for spending $600 million for new cars for federal employees and $44 million for repairing the building housing the Agriculture Department.

Arlen Specter must go

Arlen Specter turns 79 today. That's considered young for the U.S. Senate, but it's clear after Specter's defection to the Democrats on the "stimulus" bill that it's time for Specter to retire from the Senate (His current six-year term ends in 2010).

At the very least, Specter should change his party registration to Democratic since he has abandoned the Republican Party time and time again.

From political commentator Lowman S. Henry, writing at Lincoln Blog:
Specter's willingness to abandon his party on the stimulus package is an ominous sign for what will happen on what will be the most critical vote of this legislative session: Card Check. The bill that would take away from workers the right to a secret ballot when deciding whether or not to form and join a union is the litmus test. If Specter defects, labor unions will have the 60 votes they need in the senate to invoke cloture and pass the bill. It would be the single biggest legislative defeat for the business community and worker rights in history.
Also check out a new column from pundit Dick Morris on "Benedict Arlen."

Morris says Specter, along with fellow RINOs Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe "have sold out their party, their state and their supporters."

From Morris' column:
Collins, Snowe and Specter had a chance to send a message to Obama that he had to deal with the Republican Party to avert a filibuster. They could have made it clear that genuine bipartisan cooperation was necessary to pass legislation. These three senators, pledged to cut taxes and oppose massive growth in federal spending, could have demanded a 2-to-1 ratio for tax cuts over spending, rather than the reverse, as Obama is succeeding in getting.

Instead, the three wimped out and caved in for peanuts from Obama. In doing so, they completely stripped their party of any leverage. There was no point in having gotten 41 votes if the three weakest links could sell the party out.
Specter has no business running as a Republican. Pennsylvania voters deserve better.

Taxpayer Watchdogs Urge 'No' Vote on Stimulus, Announce New Alliance to Cut Wasteful Spending

Taxpayer Watchdogs Urge 'No' Vote on Stimulus, Announce New Alliance to Cut Wasteful Spending

Lincoln's Life Chronicled on Stamps

Lincoln's Life Chronicled on Stamps

Stimulus Bill Ignores America's Biggest Job Creators

Stimulus Bill Ignores America's Biggest Job Creators

Americans Reject Pork in Stimulus Bill, According to an ATI-News/Zogby Poll

Americans Reject Pork in Stimulus Bill, According to an ATI-News/Zogby Poll

Richard Viguerie: Stimulus Bill Will Make Charities the Pawns of Government

Richard Viguerie: Stimulus Bill Will Make Charities the Pawns of Government

'Talking Politics' on the radio today



State Rep. Bob Mensch, R-147, will be the guest this week on "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

Mensch will offer his views on the state budget, the current fiscal crisis and recent rules changes by House Democrats that undo Legislative reforms.

You can call the station at 610-326-4000 with questions or comments.

"Talking Politics" can be heard every Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM. The one-hour show is simulcast at www.pottsmerc.com and www.1370wpaz.com

End pay-to-play in PA, GOP says

A group of House Republicans introduced a package of bills today to end "pay-to-play" politics in Pennsylvania.

The bills are aimed squarely at Gov. Ed Rendell, who has awarded more than $1 billion worth of no-bid contracts to politically connected firms during his six years as governor.

From a press release issued by the GOP lawmakers:
"The recent allegations of corruption against Blagojevich, the swirling situation surrounding the award of millions of dollars in no-bid legal services contracts by Governor Ed Rendell to his old law firm, and now the information that Deloitte Touche has turned the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) into its own satellite office compel all Pennsylvanians to be concerned about the manner in which the public dollars are being spent," said state Rep. Douglas Reichley. "The disclosures over the last year of possible favoritism in awarding contracts leads us to worry that Pennsylvania is not immune to the perception that it’s not what you can do but who you know that gets you preferential treatment in government contracts. Pennsylvania needs laws in place to ensure that nothing like this can ever occur in our state."

During his six years in office, Rendell has taken advantage of a weak state law to give preferential consideration to former associates in his former law firm and campaign contributors who have received lucrative contracts for state services without any competitive bidding.
Read the full statement at Reichley's Web site.

And this from an article in today's edition of The Harrisburg Patriot-News by reporter Jan Murphy:
House Republicans, reacting to state Auditor General Jack Wagner's preliminary audit findings on questionable practices that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in technology contracts for Deloitte, called for state contract reform and a criminal investigation.

At a Capitol news conference, state Rep. Doug Reichley, R-Lehigh/Berks, outlined a list of bills aimed at ending what they describe as "pay-to-play politics in Pennsylvania" and afterward urged Attorney General Tom Corbett to investigate whether improprieties occurred involving Deloitte's work on state contracts as well as Gov. Ed Rendell's administration's failure to cooperate with auditors.

A report in today's edition of The Patriot-News shares findings from Wagner's preliminary audit that cites allegations ranging from vendor favoritism to no-bid contracts, along with concerns about the agencies' secrecy surrounding documents that led to Deloitte landing state contracts.
Read "House Republicans call for contract reform, criminal investigation" at The Patriot-News Web site.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Monday, February 9, 2009

National Children's Study to Hire 50 Field Interviewers in Montgomery County, PA

National Children's Study to Hire 50 Field Interviewers in Montgomery County, PA

Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates Electronic Health Records for Every American by 2014 - With No Opt-out Provision

Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates Electronic Health Records for Every American by 2014 - With No Opt-out Provision

Senator Specter Supports Stimulus Bill Lacking Safeguards Preventing Hiring of Illegal Aliens in Pennsylvania

Senator Specter Supports Stimulus Bill Lacking Safeguards Preventing Hiring of Illegal Aliens in Pennsylvania

Obama wants to rig Census Bureau to create permanent Democratic majority

William Warren, writing at GetLiberty.org, says the Obama administration is attempting to pull off one of the most nefarious power grabs since the Watergate era.

Obama is moving the Census Bureau out of the Commerce Department and into control of the White House in a blatant attempt to politicize the counting of Americans.

Why should you be concerned? Because the Democrats, who helped carry out the biggest voter fraud campaign in U.S. history in the November 2008 election, will now attempt to redraw Congressional districts to ensure a permanent Democratic Party majority.

From Warren's column:
If controlling the executive branch and maintaining a majority in both houses of Congress was not already enough power, President Obama is now poised to expand his sphere of authority to engulf the Census Bureau as well.

According to a recent article in CQ Politics, President Obama’s administration will be keeping the as-yet-unnamed director of the Census Bureau on a tight leash and under a watchful eye. Adding an extra layer of significance to this is the fact that the next national head-counting—performed every 10 years—is scheduled for 2010.

As the article explains, a senior White House official stated last Thursday that the director will "work closely with" the Obama administration—rather than reporting solely to the Commerce Secretary.

This story comes on the heels of an even more troubling report the previous day that the Census Bureau director would "report directly to" the Obama administration and completely bypass the Commerce Secretary. Apparently, the White House officials toned down the rhetoric after Republicans "accused the White House of attempting to gain advantage in the politically delicate process of counting Americans and of violating the law by circumventing the Commerce secretary."
Warren cautions about allowing the Obama power-grab to succeed.

There is no question that the Census process should be firmly off-limits to politics. The firewall of separation that has guarded the delicate head-counting process from potential corruption must not be breached at this time.

Barack Obama has promised transparency time and time again. Allowing him and Rahm Emanuel to dictate the activities of the Census Bureau would equate to nothing less than a veiled totalitarian power-grab and be yet another step away from the "hope and change" the Obama campaign so misleadingly promised the American people.
Read the full column, "Resisting the Politicization of the National Census," at GetLiberty.org

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Growing the Economy: Three Models of Failure, Three Models of Success

Growing the Economy: Three Models of Failure, Three Models of Success

Is the Treasury's Plan to 'Go Japanese' Doomed to Fail?

Is the Treasury's Plan to 'Go Japanese' Doomed to Fail?

Lincoln's Life Chronicled on Stamps

Lincoln's Life Chronicled on Stamps

Congressional Quarterly Launches CQ Financial Transcripts

Congressional Quarterly Launches CQ Financial Transcripts

Stimulus Bill Ignores Firms That Create Ninety-Seven Percent of New Jobs

Stimulus Bill Ignores Firms That Create Ninety-Seven Percent of New Jobs

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Dude, where's my country?



I don't subscribe to Newsweek magazine any more. It took a sharp left turn about two years ago and has been openly rooting for Barack Obama since he announced his presidential bid.

As much as I enjoy reading George F. Will's commentaries, I didn't trust the political agenda put forth every week by the magazine.

But I am intrigued by a cover story this week about the United States moving toward a Socialist nation.

NEWSWEEK Cover: We Are All Socialists Now

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

NEWSWEEK: We Are All Socialists Now

NEWSWEEK Cover: We Are All Socialists Now

Saturday, February 7, 2009

RNC Statement On Obama's Pro-Union Executive Order

RNC Statement On Obama's Pro-Union Executive Order

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Delivers Weekly Republican Address

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Delivers Weekly Republican Address

Santoni, Caltagirone, Kessler, Seip vote to undo reform

The "Year of Reform" is a distant memory in Harrisburg.

With a five-member majority in the state House of Representatives, Democrats moved quickly to reverse most of the reforms enacted last year to prevent the kind of maneuvering that brought middle-of-the-night votes to legalize slot parlors and grant politicians outrageous pay raise.

It's business as usual in Harrisburg as the professional politicians erased rules designed to make the people's business more transparent.

The new House leadership is firmly in control of the same political hacks who have given Pennsylvania the reputation of having the most corrupt state government in the country.

From an editorial in today's edition of The Pottstown Mercury:

Not only have the House Democrats proven that business goes on as usual in Harrisburg, but they have undone the hope for change their own Speaker's Commission on Reform had begun.

The Democratic leadership and membership in the House have demonstrated just how seriously they view the opinions of Pennsylvania voters.

Apparently, not seriously at all.
Read the full editorial, "House Democrats undo last year's reforms with party-line vote on rules," at the newspaper's Web site.

PleaseNoMoreTaxes.org



POLICY BLOG has launched a new Web site, PleaseNoMoreTaxes.org and is sponsoring a "Please No More Taxes" video contest where you can win $2,500!

Now that's change you can believe in! It's more than Obama is offering in tax breaks.

Check out the new Web site to see how much of your money Pennsylvania is spending and what you can do about it.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jim Gerlach for governor

U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, who represents Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, announced today has formed an exploratory committee to run for governor of Pennsylvania in 2010.

In addition to filing the necessary paperwork establishing a committee to help him raise money, Gerlach also launched a new Web site, www.GERLACHFORPA.com

"We are taking this process one step at a time," Gerlach said in a statement. "At this early stage we are very excited about the support we've received, and that's why I've decided to move forward with the exploratory committee. Although this isn't a declaration of my candidacy, it will allow us to ratchet up our travel around the state to speak with political, business and community leaders, help our 2009 statewide judicial candidates, conduct polling and determine if there is a clear path to victory. I suspect that by late spring we'll know whether to formally move forward with a campaign for governor."

Gerlach said his decision to take the next step toward the governor's mansion came after discussions with longtime friends, supporters, family members and political leaders across the state.

"I believe Republicans in Pennsylvania are looking for a winner and a leader who has the experience and ideas to solve the problems faced by the taxpayers, families and seniors of Pennsylvania," Gerlach said. "The exploratory committee and I are dedicated to the governing principles of smaller and smarter government, creating good paying jobs, ensuring retirement security, cutting government waste and no new taxes."

Gerlach spokesman Mark Campbell said his boss has shown he can attract voters in a highly-contested part of the state.

"Congressman Jim Gerlach is a proven winner, surviving two Democrat wave elections in one of the most difficult congressional districts in the country and winning this past fall with his largest margin of victory ever," Campbell said. "Gerlach also earned more votes in his district than any other Republican candidate on the ballot. All this despite an overall net gain of 50,000 Democrat registrations and President Obama carrying the top of the ticket with 59% of the vote."

Gerlach has been one of the few bright spots for Republicans in Pennsylvania, holding the 6th District seat despite major efforts to unseat him by the Democratic Party.

In 2006, after national pundits counted him out and Democrats spent $7.3 million to defeat him, Gerlach won by 3,000 votes in the same year Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell carried Gerlach's district with 66% of the vote, Campbell notes.

Does Gerlach have a chance? Gerlach is well known to voters in the nine counties in the Philadelphia and Allentown TV media markets, which accounted for nearly 40% of all votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, Campbell says.

And remember that little-known congressman from Erie by the name of Tom Ridge? He ended up winning two terms as Pennsylvania governor.

Gerlach will continue to operate his congressional fundraising committee until a final decision is made on his 2010 statewide bid, according to his staff.

Gerlach has said he will run for only one office in 2010, so it's likely he will give up his Congressional seat.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Deer Hunters Reminded to Submit Report Cards; Game Commission Announces Deadline for Ads in Digest

Deer Hunters Reminded to Submit Report Cards; Game Commission Announces Deadline for Ads in Digest

The Audacity of Hype: Wasting Taxpayer Lives and Taxpayer Dollars

The Audacity of Hype: Wasting Taxpayer Lives and Taxpayer Dollars

Republican National Committee: They Said It! Democrats on Wasteful Stimulus Spending

Republican National Committee: They Said It! Democrats on Wasteful Stimulus Spending

AmericaSpeakOn.org Launches Americans: 'Use Your Voice!'

AmericaSpeakOn.org Launches Americans: 'Use Your Voice!'

Catch Tony Phyrillas on radio


Tune in Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM for a special edition of "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus."

State Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th Dist., and state Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146th Dist., will offer a Republican perspective on Gov. Ed Rendell's annual budget address.

The governor has proposed a $29 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

"Talking Politics" can be heard Thursdays at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM. The one-hour show is simulcast at www.pottsmerc.com and www.1370wpaz.com

The OOPS! President

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How dumb is Nancy Pelosi?



In case you can't make out the sound portion of the video, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said the following to a question about unemployment: "Every month, 500 million Americans lose their jobs."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently 305,748,952 men, women and children living in the United States. Even if you add the 12 million illegal aliens to the total, how does that up to 500 million, Nancy? No wonder the U.S. economy is in the tank. We have people like Pelosi running Congress.

Senate Stimulus: 300,000 Jobs for Illegals?

Senate Stimulus: 300,000 Jobs for Illegals?

NTLC: Abolishing Income Tax Could Solve Obama's Nominee Dilemma

NTLC: Abolishing Income Tax Could Solve Obama's Nominee Dilemma

New Poll: Obama Voters Reject Big Labor's Card Check Agenda

New Poll: Obama Voters Reject Big Labor's Card Check Agenda

Firearm Sales Continue Upward in January

Firearm Sales Continue Upward in January

A GOP perspective on PA budget crisis


Tune in Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM for a special edition of "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus."

State Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th Dist., and state Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146th Dist., will offer a Republican perspective on Gov. Ed Rendell's annual budget address.

Rendell is scheduled to present his 2009-10 budget to the Legislature at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"Talking Politics" can be heard Thursdays at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM. The one-hour show is simulcast at www.pottsmerc.com and www.1370wpaz.com

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Newly Released Data Confirms 90,000 or 1-Out-of-Every-8 Convicted Sex Offenders Created MySpace Pages in Past Two Years

Newly Released Data Confirms 90,000 or 1-Out-of-Every-8 Convicted Sex Offenders Created MySpace Pages in Past Two Years

FRC Applauds the Withdrawal of Senator Daschle for HHS

FRC Applauds the Withdrawal of Senator Daschle for HHS

Fidelis: Obama Picks Porn Lawyer for #2 at Justice

Fidelis: Obama Picks Porn Lawyer for #2 at Justice

Steele Announces RNC Transition Team

Steele Announces RNC Transition Team

Green Jobs Are Not Always Good Jobs: New Report Finds Wide Variation in Quality of Jobs in Climate-Friendly Sectors

Green Jobs Are Not Always Good Jobs: New Report Finds Wide Variation in Quality of Jobs in Climate-Friendly Sectors

Gallup Poll: Most Americans Disapprove of Mexico City Policy Reversal

Gallup Poll: Most Americans Disapprove of Mexico City Policy Reversal

Conservative Foundation Decries Republican Self-Deception on Immigration in Wake of November Defeat

Conservative Foundation Decries Republican Self-Deception on Immigration in Wake of November Defeat

New Undercover Video Shows Tucson Planned Parenthood Hiding Rape of 15-Year-Old Girl

New Undercover Video Shows Tucson Planned Parenthood Hiding Rape of 15-Year-Old Girl

Be your own lobbyist at www.MakeWashingtonListen.com

Americans are Leaving Their Mark on Washington's Politics at MakeWashingtonListen.com

Obama May Support Venture Capitalists' Move to Dominate Government Small Business Programs

Obama May Support Venture Capitalists' Move to Dominate Government Small Business Programs

Rendell Deficit Tops $1.1 Billion

Another month, another depressing tax collection report from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

Acting Secretary of Revenue Stephen H. Stetler announced Monday that Pennsylvania collected $2.2 billion in General Fund revenue in January, which was $261.7 million, or 10.7 percent, less than anticipated.

Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $13.3 billion, which is $1.1 billion, or 7.5 percent, below estimate, Stetler announced.

With five months left in the 2008-09 fiscal year, Pennsylvania may have to revise its projected deficit yet again. The most recent guess by Gov. Ed Rendell is that the state will finish the fiscal year with a $2.3 billion deficit.

A few highlights (or should I say lowlights) from the January revenue report:
* Sales tax receipts totaled $799.6 million for January, $55.9 million below estimate. Sales tax collections, year-to-date, total $5 billion, which is $238.5 million, or 4.5 percent, less than anticipated.

* Personal income tax (PIT) revenue in January was $1.1 billion, $141.2 million below estimate. This brings year-to-date PIT collections to $5.7 billion, which is $275.9 million, or 4.6 percent, below estimate.

* January corporation tax revenue of $103.3 million was $18.1 million below estimate. Year-to-date corporation tax collections total $1.5 billion, which is $152.8 million, or 9.4 percent, below estimate.
You can read the full report at the link below:

Pennsylvania Revenue Department Releases January Collections

For a Republican perspective on the massive budget debt under Gov. Ed Rendell, check out recent posts containing information from Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks) and Rep. Curt Schroder (R-Chester).

Monday, February 2, 2009

Yet Another Immigration 'News' Conference That Never Mentions Immigration, Says FAIR

Yet Another Immigration 'News' Conference That Never Mentions Immigration, Says FAIR

Figures Show Substantial Increase in Pennsylvania Exports

It's good to see Pennsylvania is exporting something other than people.

Governor Rendell Says Newest Figures Show Substantial Increase in Pennsylvania Exports

PA Gov. Rendell Congratulates Steelers on Super Bowl Win; Reminds Fans to Enter Essay Contest

PA Gov. Rendell Congratulates Steelers on Super Bowl Win; Reminds Fans to Enter Essay Contest

Obama House Guests

'A trillion dollar pork barrel spending spree'

Writing in The Pottstown Mercury, Congressman Joe Pitts, who represents Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District, explains why he and every Republican member of Congress voted against the sham stimulus bill put forth by Nancy Pelosi on behalf of President Obama.

From Pitts' column:
Newspaper editorial pages across the ideological spectrum, from the Wall Street Journal to the Washington Post, have pointed out the lack of actual stimulus in the Democrats economic stimulus plan. I would like to point out some of the most egregious examples of such spending that were included in the bill that passed the House.

Fifty million dollars will go to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), whose recent expenditures include $95,000 for the American Ballet Theatre in New York City and $300,000 to restore an outdoor sculpture collection in Miami, Florida. In fact, the bill provides fewer funds for small business tax relief in the form of expensing than it provides for the NEA. That's more money for art than the small businesses that will create jobs to get our economy moving again—hardly economic stimulus.

Another $650 million will go to subsidize the purchase of TV converter boxes, and $3 billion will be spent on prevention and wellness programs, including $335 million for sexually transmitted disease prevention education.

Not wanting to leave out the federal bureaucracy, the bill included $600 million to buy new cars for government workers. This is in addition to the $3.5 billion a year the federal government already spends to acquire, operate, and maintain a fleet of about 642,000 trucks, passenger cars, and other vehicles.

Another $1 billion was allocated to be spent for the follow-up to the 2010 Census. The follow-up will not even begin until April of 2010.

In fact, the only thing bipartisan about this bill was the group of lawmakers voting no in the House, as several Democrats crossed the aisle to oppose the plan.
Read the full column at the newspaper's Web site.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Obama Policy Threatens House Democrats, says Washington Senior Rights Activist

Obama Policy Threatens House Democrats, says Washington Senior Rights Activist

Punxsutawney Phil Says It's Not Over - More Winter to Enjoy in 2009

Punxsutawney Phil Says It's Not Over - More Winter to Enjoy in 2009

Corporate Lobby Blocks Better Stimulus Plan

Some of President Obama's earlier campaign promises that would have directed hundreds of billions of dollars back into the middle class economy may have been killed by an intensive and well-financed lobbying campaign backed by some of our nation's largest corporations, says the American Small Business League.

Feeling voter remorse yet?

Corporate Lobby Blocks Better Stimulus Plan