Monday, March 30, 2009

FRC Action Joins Coalition Effort Opposing Sebelius Nomination

FRC Action Joins Coalition Effort Opposing Sebelius Nomination

SAF Sues Eric Holder Over Gun Rights of Non-Resident American Citizens

SAF Sues Eric Holder Over Gun Rights of Non-Resident American Citizens

Guest Column: Obama taxes, spends, borrows too much

By Congressman Joe Pitts

President Obama has been spending the last couple of weeks attempting to sell his massive new budget plan. He recently held a prime time news conference in an effort to convince the American people, and, presumably, members of his own party in Congress, to sign up for his big spending, deficit increasing, tax raising budget.

Let me just be clear. The President's budget spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much. This is the most fiscally irresponsible budget in the history of our nation.

It raises taxes on every American family and business. The President has talked extensively about tax cuts for 95 percent of working families, but his cap and trade proposal would more than make up for those cuts with massive tax increases in energy costs that will be passed on to everyone who uses energy in any form.

The levels of spending in the budget are just staggering. During the tenth year of his budget, spending for just one single year would reach $5.1 trillion. In fact, if you add up all of the debt that's been accumulated by the 43 prior Presidents over the last 220 years, it comes to just half of the deficit spending the President is proposing over the next six years.

The administration isn't being honest about the true cost of the budget. They are manipulating the numbers with an overly optimistic economic outlook and unrealistic tax revenue projections. These are the very budget gimmicks the President claims to have done away with. In fact, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports that the President wants to spend $2.3 trillion more than the White House claims.

There are fundamental philosophical differences at work in this budget debate. The President and his allies in Congress believe that taxing, spending, and borrowing is the best way to reach prosperity. They believe the government can make better choices than you can regarding everything from your healthcare, to the kind of car you drive, to how much energy you conserve.

On the other hand, Republicans believe you cannot tax and spend your way to prosperity. We believe in limited government and personal responsibility. We trust the American people to know what to do with their money better than government bureaucrats. We believe the American people are wise enough to make good individual decisions for their families, their communities, and their nation. We no not believe government bureaucrats need to tell us which doctor to go to, which car to drive, or how to care for our families.

The budget put forward by the White House would reduce the tax deductions some individuals can take on charitable donations. That means a transfer of billions of dollars from charities to the federal government. According to Harvard professor Martin Feldstein, this provision will drain $7 billion a year from the very charities that are needed most during this downturn and deposit it directly in the hands of federal agencies. Obama must never have read Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, where the famous Frenchman described the heart of our strength as a nation is our community and civic organizations that we today call non-profits.

Republicans in Congress know that we cannot oppose the President's plans without having good solid alternatives ourselves. This is why this week we released the Republican Road to Recovery, a document that lays out our principles for getting our economy back on track. It includes a commitment to curb spending, lower taxes, and control the debt. It calls for limiting the federal budget from growing faster than family budgets, providing universal access to healthcare, lowering taxes, and keeping energy and fuel costs low. It calls for an end to the bailouts and reform of our financial system, and keeping the cost of living low by fighting inflation.

During his press conference, the President continually used the word "invest," and spoke about moving toward an era of "save and invest." I don't understand how adding $9.3 trillion to the national debt can be called saving. That sounds like borrowing and spending to me.

When reporters pointed out Republicans' criticism of these new debt levels, all the President could say in defense was that President Bush ran deficits. This is true. Spending too much is one of the reasons Republicans lost control of the White House and Congress. In fact, I voted against a third of my own party's regular spending bills because I thought they spent too much. But that doesn't let President Obama off the hook for his plan, and his deficit spending makes President Bush's pale in comparison. The deficit in the first year of President Obama's budget plan is greater than all eight of the budget deficits during President Bush's administration combined.

This budget does not invest in our future; it spends the prosperity of future generations before they have the opportunity to make it. Much like the so-called stimulus bill, this plan is nothing more than "generational theft."

Rep. Joe Pitts is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District.

RNC Celebrates Women's History Month

RNC Celebrates Women's History Month

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) Delivers Weekly Republican Address

What's wrong with Barack Obama's proposed budget for the 2010 fiscal year?

Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire has the answer:
"In the next five years, President Obama's budget will double the national debt; in the next ten years it will triple the national debt.

"To say this another way, if you take all the debt of our country run up by all of our presidents from George Washington through George W. Bush, the total debt over all those 200-plus years since we started as a nation, it is President Obama's plan to double that debt in just the first five years that he is in office.

"He is also planning to spend more on the government as a percentage of our economy than at any time since World War II.

"His budget assumes the deficit will average $1 trillion dollars every year for the next 10 years and will add well over $9 trillion dollars in new debts to our children's backs.

"He also is proposing the largest tax increase in history, much of it aimed at taxing small business people who have been, over the years, the best job creators in our economy. And further, he is proposing a massive new national sales tax on your electric bill. So that every time you turn on a light switch in your house, you will be hit with a new tax -- and it averages over $3,000 per household.

"These are staggering numbers and represent an extraordinary move of our government to the left.
Read the full GOP message below:

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) Delivers Weekly Republican Address

MyWireless.org Consumer Advisory - Beware of a New Form of an Old Scam: 'Missed Calls' from International Area Codes '649' and '809'

MyWireless.org Consumer Advisory - Beware of a New Form of an Old Scam: 'Missed Calls' from International Area Codes '649' and '809'

Engineering group gives PA infrastructure a D

Governor Rendell says 'D' Grade for PA's Infrastructure Demonstrates Need for Greater National Investment, Better Planning

Friday, March 27, 2009

The DREAM Act Illegal Alien Amnesty: A Bad Idea at the Worst Possible Time, Says FAIR

The Federation for American Immigration Reform has issued a warning about another attempt by Congressional Democrats to grant amnesty to illegal aliens.

"Once again, Congress is ignoring the interests and concerns of hard-working, law-abiding Americans in order to reward illegal immigrants and pander to the illegal alien lobby," said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "Even as American families are struggling, and nearly every state is facing a budget crisis, Congress is prepared to mandate huge additional burdens in the form of a massive illegal alien amnesty."

Read more at the link below:

The DREAM Act Illegal Alien Amnesty: A Bad Idea at the Worst Possible Time, Says FAIR

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rep. Pitts: How Congress Affects the Economy

FRC Action PAC Endorses Jim Tedisco for Congress

FRC Action PAC Endorses Jim Tedisco for Congress

PennDOT sponsors 'Pick It Up PA Days'

PennDOT Seeks Volunteers to Build on Roadside Cleanup Success

Tony Phyrillas on the radio today

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

"Talking Politics" can be heard every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM.

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

If you can't pick up the station's signal, you can listen to the program on your computer. The show is simulcast at www.pottsmerc.com and www.1370wpaz.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Want to Jump Start the Economy? Let's Get Back to Making Things

Want to Jump Start the Economy? Let's Get Back to Making Things

PA Gaming Control Board Fines Casino for Underage Gambling Violations

PA Gaming Control Board Fines Casino for Underage Gambling Violations

PA Gaming Control Board Fines Casino for Underage Gambling Violations

PA Gaming Control Board Fines Casino for Underage Gambling Violations

Card Check Exposed

Rohrer introduces 10th Amendment Resolution



Following up on a successful rally in Harrisburg to promote state's rights, Rep. Sam Rohrer, R-Berks, has introduced the 10th Amendment Resolution in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

"Together, we sent a strong signal to federal and state lawmakers that we expect them to live up to their commitment to defend the U.S. Constitution," Rohrer said of the 10th Amendment Rally on March 16.

To track the status of the 10th Amendment Resolution – House Resolution 95 – visit www.legis.state.pa.us (In the top-right corner of the Web site there is a box titled "Find Legislation By." Click on the circle to the left of "Bill #" and type in "HR 95" to view the legislation and track its progress.)

State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Berks/Lebanon, plans to introduce a similar resolution in the Pennsylvania Senate.

You can learn more about the state's rights movement at Rohrer's Web site

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Obama Giving Federal Small Business Money to Fortune 500 Firms

Obama Giving Federal Small Business Money to Fortune 500 Firms

Census Workers to Verify Addresses in the U.S.

More than 140,000 Census workers will begin canvassing across the United States on March 20 in an effort to verify 145 million addresses.

What can possibly go wrong?

Census Workers to Verify Addresses in the U.S.

RNC: A Taxing Night

RNC: A Taxing Night

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SOS Ballot Thanks Specter for Listening to Voters on EFCA

SOS Ballot Thanks Specter for Listening to Voters on EFCA

A.L.L. Condemns Obama Appearance at Notre Dame University

A.L.L. Condemns Obama Appearance at Notre Dame University

Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Applauds Senator Specter for Opposing Anti-Worker Card Check Bill

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is pleased with Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to oppose the job-killing EFCA (aka Card Check) bill.

Without Specter's support, the Democrats don't have the 60 votes needed in the Senate to pass the bill.

Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Applauds Senator Specter for Opposing Anti-Worker Card Check Bill

RNC: Debtor Days Ahead

RNC: Debtor Days Ahead

New Ad: Obama and Liberals Shouldn't Be 'Shocked'; American Issues Project Highlights the Hypocrisy of 'Change' Amidst AIG Bonuses and Overall Spending

New Ad: Obama and Liberals Shouldn't Be 'Shocked'; American Issues Project Highlights the Hypocrisy of 'Change' Amidst AIG Bonuses and Overall Spending

PA GOP to nominate candidate for vacant state House seat

The Pennsylvania Republican Party is holding a nomination session Thursday at 6 p.m. in Schuylkill County to find a candidate to represent the party for the special election to fill the vacated 124th House District seat in the state Legislature.

The special election will be held on Tuesday, May 19, in conjunction with the regular primary election in Pennsylvania.

The 124th House seat is open after Rep. David Argall won a special election to fill the 29th state Senate District seat.

Argall has held the 124th House seat for the past 24 years and the seat should stay in Republican hands.

"Dave Argall's big victory earlier this month gives our party a tremendous amount of confidence heading into this election," Pennsylvania GOP Executive Director Luke Bernstein said. "Like the nomination process we conducted in the 29th State Senatorial District late last year, we will again run an open and transparent conferee process. Good candidates win these races and I am confident that the Republican Party will select the best candidate to represent this district."

The Pennsylvania Department of State has determined that candidates' paperwork must be filed no later than Monday, March 30, to run for the 124th House seat.

Here's some more details about Thursday's event from the PA GOP:
Because the 124th House District is made up of more than one county, both Berks and Schuylkill counties, PA GOP Bylaws dictate that the state Party preside over the conferee meeting.

Conferees must be registered Republican electors that reside in the 124th House District.

County Party bylaws dictate the counties' conferee selection processes. Conferees are allotted based on the electoral results of last year's presidential race and distributed proportionally to each county. We have informed each county that there will be ten Republican conferees from Schuylkill County and seven Republican conferees from Berks County. Once the Party receives the names and the conferees are verified, the party will release a complete list of all seventeen conferees.

During the conferee meeting, each candidate will have the opportunity to make a short presentation. After each candidate has an opportunity to be heard, the conferees will vote to nominate a candidate to fill our Party's position on the ballot. A nominated candidate must secure a majority plus one of the votes cast to earn the nomination. No proxies will be permitted at this meeting, and only conferees will be permitted to vote.

Any registered Republican, 21 years or older, who has resided in the 124th State House District for at least one year may seek the Party's nomination.

All candidates interested in seeking the Party's nomination must contact Republican Party of Pennsylvania Political Director Chad Weaver by calling 717-234-4901, ext 118or by emailing cweaver@pagop.org so that we can ensure that every interested candidate receives all the details of the process.
Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Headlines

Camp Hill citizen-activist Bill McIntyre has been perusing the newspaper headlines lately and is having some doubts about the people running Pennsylvania and the United States, too.

Here is his latest mailing to "Friends of Responsible Government" and members of the Executive, Legislative & Judicial Branches of PA Government:
Dear Friends,

"Obama's plan: $9.3 trillion in red?" appeared as the lead headline at the top front page in today's Harrisburg Patriot-News. Another headline read "Rendell sees stimulus money as state's 'lifeline'" and appeared at the bottom of the page.

Headlines are defined as the most important items of news in a newspaper or broadcast news media. A well composed headline will draw the readers and/or listeners attention to the article that follows. Some headlines across the state that have caught my attention since my last letter were:

"Auditor General Wagner to audit liquor control board contract"

"Governor hires $100K publicist to tout stimulus money"

"GUILTY! BUT IS IT THE END OF AN ERA?"

"Fumo found guilty on all 137 counts"

"Fumo corruption case expands; others could be investigated"

"Pennsylvania lawmakers have history of criminal prosecution"

"Losses top $28 billion for 2 state pensions"

"Legislators want 'equitable' budget cuts"

"E-mail may tie DeWeese to scandal"

"DeWeese, Dems play tug-of-war with case file"

"Rendell says LCB deal should be investigated"

"President of PHEAA's fundraising arm fired"

"Former PHEAA head wants severance package"

It just goes on and on!

Do you get the idea that our nation and state are in deep dodo? We have mortgaged our future and future generations. Yet, government continues to grow and to spend beyond our means to pay for it all. One headline that caught my eye was "Speaker's pen gift adds $4,000 to Pa. red ink" by Eric Heyl of the Tribune-Review.

Eric wrote - "As is customary for new speakers, McCall rewarded all 203 well-compensated House members with a gift from their leader. He bought them each an $18.95 desktop pen set and purchased seven spare sets – spending nearly $4,000. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday."

I would have been impressed with Speaker McCall's generous gesture had he paid for the pens himself. Eric's article continues – "McCall's annual salary is $122,245, but he's having the public pick up the tab for the pens. McCall essentially is attempting to expense an outrageous and unnecessary expenditure, one that his bosses – state taxpayers – shouldn't tolerate."

With a projected $2.3 billion deficit in this year's budget, every penny counts. Speaker McCall evidently didn't listen to his grandmother who might have told him, like my grandmother told me; if you watch your pennies the dollars will take care of themselves. With our projected budget shortfall, $4,000 is pennies, precious pennies!

A very concerned,
Bill McIntyre
About spending ourselves into bankruptcy

Obama's Worst Nightmare

'Obama's budget spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much'

RNC: Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) Delivers Weekly Republican Address

Friday, March 20, 2009

Additional Benefits Now Available to Unemployed Pennsylvanians

Governor Rendell Says Additional Benefits Now Available to Unemployed Pennsylvanians

Obama enlists ACORN to help with 2010 Census

The Obama Administration is turning to ACORN, the radical group responsible for injecting voter fraud into the 2008 election, to help out with conducting the 2010 Census.

What can possibly go wrong?

Plenty, according to Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason, who issued the following statement:
"ACORN's actions last year certainly did little to earn the public's trust and I am sure that most Americans are concerned about this group's ability to deliver an accurate count," Gleason said. "News first broke that the President wanted to move the U.S. census into the White House, now he is enlisting the help of ACORN, a group that is widely believed to be consistently breaking the law. President Obama is trying to interject politics into the 2010 U.S. census, hoping to increase the reach of his Party throughout the country. It will be tough to trust ACORN's counts or any data they submit.

"With the economy in decline it is sad to see that the President is so concerned about the 2010 census. I also find it even more troubling that the Census Bureau wouldn't be willing to offer these jobs to the many hard-working men and women already looking for a job, rather than do political favors for groups that helped elect our current president."
Read more about the controversy, read "Obama blamed for ACORN's role in census" by Mike Wereschagin, in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Also check out this post at NetRightNation.com

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Mystery Solved'



RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Mystery Solved'

2009 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

There's just one week left to register for the 2009 PA Leadership Conference, the largest gathering of conservatives in the state.

The 20th anniversary conference will be held March 27-28, 2009, at the Four Points Sheraton, near Harrisburg.

For registration information and a complete roster of speakers and conference events, visit the PLC Web site, www.paleadershipconference.org

Debt Heads: Americans Follow Record $11 Trillion National Debt on Twitter

Debt Heads: Americans Follow Record $11 Trillion National Debt on Twitter

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bauer Calls Plans to Release Terrorist in the U.S. 'An Outrage...Confirming Our Worst Fears'

Bauer Calls Plans to Release Terrorist in the U.S. 'An Outrage...Confirming Our Worst Fears'

FRC Action Urges Senators to Vote No on Kagan Confirmation

Another radical nominated by Barack Obama to a key post in his administration is expected to be ratified by the Senate.

FRC Action Urges Senators to Vote No on Kagan Confirmation

PA GOP blasts Rendell for hiring 'budget publicist'

Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason is wondering why Gov. Ed Rendell is violating his own hiring freeze for a $100,000-a-year consultant to publicize how Rendell plans to spend the $18 billion the governor expects to receive in stimulus dollars from the federal government.

"Gov. Rendell's decision to hire a consultant to spread the word about his spending initiatives is outrageous," Gleason said in a statement. "Gov. Rendell proves once again that the taxpayers never win. He is using Pennsylvanians' tax dollars to publicize the egregious spending he is doing. Even more troubling is the fact that he gave the contract to a former employee. At a time when ethics are being questioned in Harrisburg, the governor's actions will do little to assure weary Pennsylvanians. So much for a hiring freeze!"

More from Gleason's press release:
According to a report from the Associated Press, Gov. Rendell is paying a former employee, Ken Snyder, $100,000 to publicize the programs he funds with the billions of federal economic stimulus dollars the state expects to receive.

Gleason concluded, "Democrats at every level continue to fail our nation on the economy. In the midst of an economic crisis, our President has spent more time filling out his NCAA basketball bracket and appearing on late night television than he has dealing with the fact that his Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner continues to make costly mistake after mistake. Here in the Keystone State, Governor Rendell is using the stimulus dollars to launch a media campaign to better his image in the media. I am not sure this is the 'change' people were looking for when they cast their ballots last November and I guarantee Rendell's publicist will do nothing to help our economy get back on track."
For more on the Pennsylvania Republican Party, visit its Web site, http://www.pagop.org/

NIA Says Americans Should Prepare for Hyperinflation

NIA Says Americans Should Prepare for Hyperinflation

Consumer Advocates Call on President to Fire Treasury Secretary Geithner

Consumer Advocates Call on President to Fire Treasury Secretary Geithner

PA Insurance Department Approves First-Ever 'Green' Discount for Homeowners Insurance

PA Insurance Department Approves First-Ever 'Green' Discount for Homeowners Insurance

Win Up to $2,500 by Entering the Please, No More Taxes! Video Contest

From our friends at The Commonwealth Foundation, who are always looking out for the taxpayer:
Need some extra cash? There's plenty of time left to enter the Please, No More Taxes! video contest!

The first-prize video will earn $2,500, while second and third-prize winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Entries will be judged based on how well they incorporate humor, creativity, persuasiveness, and accuracy.

Videos must be uploaded at http://www.youtube.com/group/nomoretaxes by 11:59 p.m. on April 5th. Winners will be announced on “Tax Day,” April 15th, 2009.

For complete contest rules and details on how to submit a video entry, visit PleaseNoMoreTaxes.org

White House Makes Correct Decision On Veterans Insurance Proposal

White House Makes Correct Decision On Veterans Insurance Proposal

RNC Announces February Fundraising Numbers

RNC Announces February Fundraising Numbers

Republican National Committee: 'AIG'onizing Admission

Republican National Committee: 'AIG'onizing Admission

PennDOT Offering Free Seat Belt, Traffic Safety Programs to Schools During Enforcement Wave

PennDOT Offering Free Seat Belt, Traffic Safety Programs to Schools During Enforcement Wave

RNC Chairman Steele Names Political Director

RNC Chairman Steele Names Political Director

'Talking Politics' on the radio

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

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

Among this week's topics:

Is the Obama Administration the most incompetent ever?

Is the Fumo conviction the tip of the iceberg in Pennsylvania corruption?

"Talking Politics" can be heard every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Three New Military Museum Exhibits Showcase History of National Guard in Pennsylvania

Three New Military Museum Exhibits Showcase History of National Guard in Pennsylvania

Childish behavior by Gov. Rendell

Here we go again.

Republican lawmakers suggest an alternative to Gov. Ed Rendell's tax-and-spend agenda that has sunk the state into a $2.3 billion fiscal hole and how does the governor respond?

With a patented Ed Rendell Temper Tantrum, complete with childish name-calling.

From an article by Brad Bumsted in today's edition of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

HARRISBURG — Republican Rep. Mike Turzai "must be nuts" for seeking a state tax cut when the state needs more revenue, Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday.

Turzai of Bradford Woods yesterday suggested reducing the state's 3.07 percent personal income tax to 2.99 percent, and more deeply cut the Department of Community and Economic Development's budget than Rendell proposed in February.

"It's ludicrous," said Rendell. He said it might mean a $20 tax break for most people.

With the state facing a $2.6 billion deficit and people losing jobs during the recession, the last thing Pennsylvania needs is Turzai's plan, Rendell said. "It's about creating more jobs and putting more money back into the economy," he said.

Turzai, the minority whip, fired back: "I think the governor is nuts for having overspent the last six years. He increased spending by 40 percent while the inflation rate increased 20 percent. He's absolutely nuts for mortgaging the future of our kids and grandchildren. He's borrowed over $6 billion that we will pay back to the tune of $10 billion, all to satisfy his insatiable appetite (for spending)."
Check out what POLICY BLOG has to say about Rendell's tactics, Who's Really "Nuts" on Economic Policy?

For more background on the GOP proposal, check out my earlier post, A GOP alternative to Rendell path of fiscal ruin

GrassrootsPA also has a response to the governor from House GOP Leader Sam Smith posted at its site.

PA to Track Consumer Complaints for Shoddy Home Improvement Projects

State Rep. Curt Schroder (R-Chester County) reminds residents that all contractors doing more than $5,000 of home improvement work annually must be registered with the state, effective July 1.

From a release issued by Schroder:
In an effort to provide residents with better information when choosing a contractor, details of the contactors' registration will be placed on contracts, promotional materials and business cards so that consumers may use the information to reference a statewide database of complaints.

Every year, thousands of Pennsylvanians file consumer complaints about home improvement contractors who take money and fail to perform satisfactory construction or repairs. These complaints typically increase during the spring, when homeowners are more likely to hire contractors to perform various projects.

There are several things consumers should look out for to protect themselves from disreputable or fraudulent home improvement contractors.

Unsolicited, traveling contractors who come to a home and point out specific problems should be met with caution. If they arrive in an unmarked truck or van and refuse to provide proof of insurance or references it is safe to say they are not reputable contractors.

Frequently, these scams begin with a claim to have just finished a job, and then offer a great deal on leftover material. They also employ high-pressure sales tactics like limited-time offers.

When hiring a contractor, homeowners should obtain a written contract that includes a start and finish date and a three-day right-to-cancel notice. Penalty clauses for late completion have also proven helpful in ensuring timely projects. Individuals should never sign a blank contract or hire a contractor that does not have a business card or local phone number and address. Also, final payments should be withheld until work is finished and homeowners are completely satisfied.

More information on the registration program and the complaints database is expected to be available in the near future as the attorney general's office continues with the program's implementation. For more information on consumer protection, or to file a complaint with the attorney general's office, visit Schroder's Web site at www.CurtSchroder.com

Pennsylvania Game Commission Releases 2008-09 Deer Harvest Estimates

Pennsylvania Game Commission Releases 2008-09 Deer Harvest Estimates

Valley Forge Kicks Off Runs in and Around National Parks

Valley Forge Kicks Off Runs in and Around National Parks

Obama Small Business Plan Dodges Major Problems

Obama Small Business Plan Dodges Major Problems

Gingrich Calls on Obama to End Bailouts

Gingrich Calls on Obama to End Bailouts

Obama Effort to End Armed Pilots Program an Outrage, Says CCRKBA

Obama Effort to End Armed Pilots Program an Outrage, Says CCRKBA

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A GOP alternative to Rendell path of fiscal ruin


We've tried it Ed Rendell's way for six years and look where it's gotten us: Massive budget deficits, high taxes and a lower standard-of-living for most Pennsylvanians.

Rendell is offering more of the same for the coming fiscal year: Higher spending and higher taxes.

House Republicans have a better idea: Reduce state spending, eliminate waste and cut taxes for workers and business owners.

Eliminating spending on wasteful government programs and giving money back to hard-working middle-class families and small businesses need to be top priorities for the 2009-10 state budget, Republican Whip Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) said Monday at a Capitol press conference.

"We need to bring fiscal sanity back to Pennsylvania's state government," Turzai said. "The governor's proposed cuts were a good starting place, but don't go nearly far enough. We need to make significant changes to the Commonwealth's budget and reprioritize spending on the programs that benefit our citizens the most."

Monday's presentation focused on additional cuts under the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and rolling back the Personal Income Tax (PIT) to 2.99 percent from the current 3.07 percent level.

Turzai plans to roll out additional cost-saving measures over the next couple of weeks.

From a press release issued by Turzai and Quigley:
During his 2009-10 budget address, Gov. Ed Rendell proposed eliminating 24 DCED programs, saving $135.6 million. Turzai proposes eliminating another eight programs to save an additional $169.8 million. The programs eliminated under Turzai and Quigley's proposal are: the Opportunity Grant Program, Infrastructure Development, Community Conservation and Employment, Infrastructure and Facilities Improvements Grant, Economic Advancement, Community and Regional Development and World Trade PA. By eliminating these programs, the state can reduce more than $300 million from last year’s expenditures and return that money back to Pennsylvania’s middle-class families and small businesses.

"With the state of our economy, the best thing we can do to improve our situation is to get money back in the hands of the people," said Quigley. "Reducing the PIT and increasing the buying power of Pennsylvania's families will raise confidence and allow people to spend more, which will help to pull us out of this slump."

"Small businesses and middle-class families are hurt the most during tough economic times," Turzai added. "Reducing the PIT to 2.99 percent will help Pennsylvania's families and small businesses better survive this economic downturn. As is often said, we cannot tax ourselves into prosperity. Now is the time to reduce taxes, put tax dollars back in the pockets of hard-working tax payers and improve Pennsylvania’s economy."
For more information, visit Turzai's Web site at www.RepTurzai.com

Obama Effort to End Armed Pilots Program an Outrage, Says CCRKBA

Obama Effort to End Armed Pilots Program an Outrage, Says CCRKBA

Guest column: Card Check will cost jobs

By Congressman Joe Pitts

There is a movement underway in Washington to take away the right of the secret ballot from American workers.

The Orwellian named "Employee Free Choice Act" is a bill that would allow for the establishment of a union if a majority of employees at a company signs a card as a measure of their support for unionization. This process, referred to as "Card Check," opens employees up to coercion and intimidation from parties on either side that may wish the employee to support or oppose the formation of a union.

The push to pass the bill is coming from union leaders, who have seen their membership decline from 24 percent of the workforce in 1977 to roughly 12 percent today. Their solution has not been to re-examine their political approach or the unrealistic demands that have contributed to the demise of American companies like GM and Chrysler. No, instead they have decided to ask Democrats in Washington to pay them back for their support at the polls by changing the rules of the game in order to serve their interests.

Right now, if employees want to form a union at their business, the National Labor Relations Board holds an election, in which the employees cast their vote in private, just like we do on election day. If a majority of employees vote in support of a union, the NLRB certifies the election and a union is formed.

Organized labor's leaders have long sought to make union organization easier, but the political environment has not been right for such a policy until now. Big labor turned out big in the November elections and put Democrats in charge. Now, they are asking for a payback, and Democrats in Washington look eager to oblige. In a recent speech to the AFL-CIO, Vice President Joe Biden was quoted as saying that organized labor "brought me to the dance a long time ago. And it's time we start dancing, man."

Publicly the best argument they can muster for enacting card check is simply that union membership has declined. Therefore, they argue, we must make it easier to establish unions in order to boost membership — and of course the dues that are often forcefully taken from workers paychecks. They even have the gall to claim that taking away the secret ballot would make the process fairer.

The secret ballot is a fundamental principle of American democracy. The notion that taking away the protection of the secret ballot somehow makes a process fairer is pure fantasy. If individuals want to join a union, they are certainly entitled to that right, and they can show their support with their vote. But if workers do not want to pay union dollars to be used to advance a political agenda they disagree with, they should also be afforded the same right to cast their vote free of coercion. And besides, what does getting rid of the secret ballot accomplish besides providing the ability of union bosses to intimidate employees into supporting unionization?

Yet, our principles are not the only thing that would be compromised by card check legislation. According to a new study by Dr. Anne Layne-Farrar, an economist with the non-partisan firm LECG Consulting, if card check was passed and union membership increased by 1.5 million workers in the first year — as its proponents claim —600,000 jobs would be lost as a result.

At a time when unemployment continues to rise, organized labor and Democrats in Congress continue to push legislation that will not only open employees to coercion and intimidation, but cost over half a million more jobs in our already hurting economy. The disconnect from reality is striking.

And the Employee Free Choice Act wouldn't just eliminate the secret ballot. It would put a countdown clock on arbitration that would have the effect of forcing employers to accept binding decisions from government arbitrators if no agreement is reached during the allotted time—without any vote by the company or its employees.

I believe we should protect all employees from intimidation and coercion — those who wish to form unions and those who do not. This is why I am an original cosponsor of the Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 1176). This bill would protect the rights of workers to have secret ballot elections when determining whether to form a union. It prevents unionization based solely on card check and bars recognition of a union that was formed without a secret ballot election.

Card Check is an assault on the principles of our nation, and would be a job killer during a time when we cannot afford to lose more jobs. Yet Democrats in Congress have given every indication that they intend to pass the so-called Employee Free Choice Act anyway. It will surely do nothing to help our nation recover from this increasingly deep recession, and may do damage in the long run that leads to future economic calamity.

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District in Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Obama on earmarks

Catholic bishops denounce Obama policy



Cardinal George Urges Catholics to Tell Administration: Keep Conscience Protections for Health Care Workers

Consumer Reports Poll: 66% of Americans Blindsided by Cost of Drugs; Many Not Taking Needed Medications

Consumer Reports Poll: 66% of Americans Blindsided by Cost of Drugs; Many Not Taking Needed Medications

7 Ways to Keep Health Coverage If You Lose Your Job

7 Ways to Keep Health Coverage If You Lose Your Job

American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

RNC: No Pot O' Gold?

RNC: No Pot O' Gold?

Monday, March 16, 2009

U.S. Department of Justice Makes Available $1 Billion in Recovery Act Funds for COPS Program

U.S. Department of Justice Makes Available $1 Billion in Recovery Act Funds for COPS Program

Cardinal George Urges Catholics to Tell Administration: Keep Conscience Protections for Health Care Workers



Cardinal George Urges Catholics to Tell Administration: Keep Conscience Protections for Health Care Workers

PennDOT Releases Final List of Projects for $1 Billion Federal Recovery Initiative

PennDOT Releases Final List of Projects for $1 Billion Federal Recovery Initiative

AIG Bonuses Should Be Delivered by FBI, Consumer Watchdog Says

AIG Bonuses Should Be Delivered by FBI, Consumer Watchdog Says

CDW: Hoffa's Card Check Gaffe Coincides With 20th Anniversary of Justice Department Requiring Teamsters to Hold Secret Ballot Elections

CDW: Hoffa's Card Check Gaffe Coincides With 20th Anniversary of Justice Department Requiring Teamsters to Hold Secret Ballot Elections

RNC: Chairman Steele Names Communications Director

RNC: Chairman Steele Names Communications Director

Tax Time an Opportunity to Provide Assistance to PA Military Families

Tax Time an Opportunity to Provide Assistance to PA Military Families

10th Amendment Rally in Harrisburg

A reminder from state Rep. Sam Rohrer, R-Berks:
This Monday at 12:00 noon, we will be holding our 10th Amendment – State of Independence - Rally. I want to remind you again of this event so that if you have not yet decided to join with us that you would consider doing so now. It's not too late. Sometimes, it's easy to think that such gatherings don't mean much. Let me assure you that this is not so. The greater the number of people who attend this event, the greater the message that will be sent.

PLEASE JOIN WITH US – AND BRING OTHERS WITH YOU

"The powers delegated by the Constitution to the Federal Government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State Governments are numerous and indefinite…" James Madison

Whereas I have no reliable estimate as to the number of citizens who will be with us, I have been very encouraged as we are hearing from people across the Commonwealth. Certainly, there is no better way to begin "drawing the line" than looking to our Constitution for direction and to the 10th Amendment in particular. So, please plan on coming and bringing others with you. We need to send a strong message to the Members of the General Assembly, the Governor, and to the media about this important nationwide concern.

WHAT: 10TH AMENDMENT – STATE OF INDEPENDENCE RALLY

WHERE: STATE CAPITOL ROTUNDA – HARRISBURG, PA

WHEN: MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009 AT 12:00 NOON
For more information, visit samrohrer.org

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Game Commission Praises Passage of House Bill 92

Game Commission Praises Passage of House Bill 92

Union members expose 'Card Check' tactics

Follow the Footsteps of the Molly Maguires

Follow the Footsteps of the Molly Maguires

Democrat Leadership Facing Opposition To Card Check From Within Its Own Party

Democrat Leadership Is Already Facing Opposition To Card Check From Within Its Own Party, says Republican National Committee

Obama Economic Advisor Warren Buffett Speaks Out Against Card Check



Obama Economic Advisor Warren Buffett Speaks Out Against Card Check

RNC Chairman Statement on Passage of Omnibus Spending Bill

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement on the Democrats passing a $410 Billion spending package loaded with more than 8,500 pork projects:

"President Obama will break his pledge to go through every line of the budget if he signs this omnibus spending bill. Like the stimulus bill and budget, this spending bill contains too much taxing, spending, and borrowing. Left unchecked, the Democrats' spending spree will grow our national debt and ultimately result in more taxes. Hard-working Americans deserve better from its leaders than the Democrats' tax-and-spend agenda."

If Majority Leader Reid Supports E-Verify Why Does the Senate Block Its Long-Term Reauthorization?

If Majority Leader Reid Supports E-Verify Why Does the Senate Block Its Long-Term Reauthorization?

100,000 Americans Sign 'Freedom Not Fear' Petition While Congress Introduces Destructive 'Card Check' Bill

100,000 Americans Sign 'Freedom Not Fear' Petition While Congress Introduces Destructive 'Card Check' Bill

Obama's First 50 Days: Devastating to Taxpayers

Obama's First 50 Days: Devastating to Taxpayers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Anti-Worker Card Check Bill Finally Introduced With Wavering Support

Anti-Worker Card Check Bill Finally Introduced With Wavering Support

PA Requests Disaster Declaration, Federal Assistance for Coatesville Fire Victims

Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell Requests Disaster Declaration, Federal Assistance for Coatesville Fire Victims

President Appears to Mandate Change in Education

President Appears to Mandate Change in Education

Institute for Policy Innovation: Let Us Read the Bill

Institute for Policy Innovation: Let Us Read the Bill

President Obama Calls on States to Lift Caps Limiting Charter School Expansion

President Obama Calls on States to Lift Caps Limiting Charter School Expansion

Five Remarkable Berks County Women to be Inducted into Take The Lead Hall of Fame of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA

Five Remarkable Berks County Women to be Inducted into Take The Lead Hall of Fame of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA

Rep. Joe Pitts blasts Card Check



Rep. Joe Pitts is an original cosponsor of The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 1176), which would protect the rights of workers to have secret ballot elections when determining whether to form a union. It prevents unionization based solely on "card check," a process that requires only a simple majority of worker signatures on cards without any privacy in order to unionize a workplace. The Secret Ballot Protection Act also bars recognition of a union that was formed without a secret ballot election.

'Tough Choices' Education Coalition Grows with Three Additional States Pledged to Reinvent Their Education Systems

Pennsylvania is not one of them.

So far, Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Utah have signed on to an "aggressive agenda" for education reform.

'Tough Choices' Education Coalition Grows with Three Additional States Pledged to Reinvent Their Education Systems

Congressional Quarterly Launches CQ StateTrack

Congressional Quarterly Launches CQ StateTrack

New Web Site Will Help Consumers Find Lowest Local Prices for Prescription Drugs

New Web Site Will Help Consumers Find Lowest Local Prices for Prescription Drugs

Union Watchdog Group Criticizes Backers of the Employee Forced Choice Act

Union Watchdog Group Criticizes Backers of the Employee Forced Choice Act

Obama Economic Policy Falters Without Small Business Stimulus

Obama Economic Policy Falters Without Small Business Stimulus

Monday, March 9, 2009

Warren Buffett opposes job-killing Card Check legislation



One of Barack Obama's top economic advisers opposes the Card Check bill that would force workers to join unions in open balloting. Big Labor wants it, but more American jobs will be lost. Go figure.

Executive Order on Embryonic Stem Cells 'A Sad Victory of Politics Over Science and Ethics,' Says Cardinal Rigali

Executive Order on Embryonic Stem Cells 'A Sad Victory of Politics Over Science and Ethics,' Says Cardinal Rigali

FRC Responds to President Obama's Misguided Decision on Stem Cell Science

FRC Responds to President Obama's Misguided Decision on Stem Cell Science

Rendell Announces Emergency Actions to Provide Immediate Economic Relief

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces Emergency Actions to Provide Immediate Economic Relief

Roundtable Calls President's Embryonic Stem Cell Decision: Bankrupt

Roundtable Calls President's Embryonic Stem Cell Decision: Bankrupt

Women's History Month Celebration in PA

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell, First Lady Honor Women in the Military During Women's History Month Celebration

Foundation Challenges D.C. Handgun Ban Scheme

SAF Challenges D.C. Handgun Ban Scheme

Bauer Calls Taxpayer-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research 'A Tragedy'

Bauer Calls Taxpayer-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research 'A Tragedy'

The Obama Trillion-Dollar Tax Hike and America's Charitable Sector

The Obama Trillion-Dollar Tax Hike and America's Charitable Sector

Consumer Watchdog: Health Insurers & Drug Companies Contributed $5.5 Million to Top 10 Senate and House Recipients Since 2005

Consumer Watchdog: Health Insurers & Drug Companies Contributed $5.5 Million to Top 10 Senate and House Recipients Since 2005

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Raises Consumer Awareness During National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Raises Consumer Awareness During National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Americans United for Life: Obama Administration Stem Cell Policy an Anti-Life Waste of Tax Dollars

Americans United for Life: Obama Administration Stem Cell Policy an Anti-Life Waste of Tax Dollars

Pennsylvania Department of Health Launches New Environmental Health Tracking Tool

Pennsylvania Department of Health Launches New Environmental Health Tracking Tool

Accountability Lies at the Heart of Charter School Success

Accountability Lies at the Heart of Charter School Success

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Congressman Roy Blunt Delivers Weekly Republican Address



Republicans have an alternative to Obama's socialized medicine proposal:

From the weekly GOP radio address by Rep. Roy Blunt:

"Americans are worried about their access to quality, affordable health care and they are looking for responsible solutions. Republicans agree, and we are committed to developing new and innovative solutions to fix what's broken, while making sure that we keep what works.

"Republicans are committed to access, affordability, competition and a quality system that puts patients and doctors in the driver seat.

"Just imagine a health care system that looks like a government run operation most of us are all too familiar with -- the local DMV. Lines, paper work, taking a number. Or how about another government agency -- the IRS.

"I don't want our health care to resemble that system and you probably don't either. That's why real competition is the key -- it encourages innovation so that the health care treatments and services available to you are the ones that you need and you want. Republicans are committed to common-sense solutions that promote competition and innovation.

"Not surprisingly the government never gets the price right: overpaying for some services, underpaying for others. It's also a system that leads to unfair rationing of care.

"Part of that comes from the backward way the government looks at problems. Washington is the only place that tells you how much they care about something based on how much it costs, instead of how well it works.

"America has the best doctors, health care providers and hospitals in the world. Republicans will lead the effort to make health care work for Americans. We'll also lead the fight against any proposals that undermine your ability to get the treatment the doctor you choose recommends."

Americans United for Life: Rescinding of Conscience Protections for Healthcare Providers Outrageous

Americans United for Life: Rescinding of Conscience Protections for Healthcare Providers Outrageous

Move to Daylight Savings Time Increases Risk of Drowsy Driving

Move to Daylight Savings Time Increases Risk of Drowsy Driving

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pitts: Obama budget will harm those who need help the most

RNC Announces New Chair of State Party Chairmen Committee

RNC Announces New Chair of State Party Chairmen Committee

ABC Launches Website to Educate Public on Card Check Legislation

ABC Launches Website to Educate Public on Card Check Legislation

Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Take Another Look at COBRA Options

Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Take Another Look at COBRA Options

Employee Free Choice Act Will Cost US Economy 600,000 Jobs in 2010

Employee Free Choice Act Will Cost US Economy 600,000 Jobs in 2010

Company donates tea for 'Tax Day Tea Parties'

The Portsmouth Tea Co. of Somersworth, New Hampshire, is joining the growing "Tax Day Tea Party" movement by donating the tea for the national protests.

From a press release issued by the DontGo Movement:
On April 15th the DontGo Movement (www.dontgomovement.com) in collaboration with Michelle Malkin, top conservatives on Twitter, and Smart Girl Politics will be hosting Tax Day Tea Parties in every state in America.

For the Tea Parties, the Portsmouth Tea Company (www.portsmouthtea.com) will be donating one pound for every participating state. They will be providing tea similar to what was used at the 1773 Boston Tea Party.

Marshall Malone, President of the Portsmouth Tea Company, says, "It's an honor to aid in the revival of liberty – fighting socialism rather than imperialism. The number of lives impacted is greater than our founding fathers ever imagined. We will choose our own stimulus package and offer $2 shipping until tax day."

DontGo Movement Communications Director Juliana Johnson added, "This highlights how many people are getting involved. We are so thankful to the Portsmouth Tea Company for supporting our cause. These are small business owners, working, everyday Americans who believe in our cause. We have more than 20 states holding Tax Day Tea Parties. We are growing every day. April 15th will be something this nation hasn't seen since 1773."

The goal of these protests is to call attention to the unprecedented wasteful spending by the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress.

Information on the Tax Day Tea Party can be found at www.taxdayteaparty.com

Obama Still Refusing to Address Fraud in Small Business Programs

Obama Still Refusing to Address Fraud in Small Business Programs

RNC: Tax and Spend Fever

Will Democrats Announce More Details On How They Will Finance New Health Care Proposals At Today's Summit?

The Republican National Committee wants to know.

RNC: Tax and Spend Fever

Obama's Raw Deal

The top conservative bloggers in PA

After one week at No. 2 on the BlogNetNews.com Influence Ranking, TONY PHYRILLAS returned to a familiar spot at No. 1.

TONY PHYRILLAS held the No. 1 spot for six consecutive weeks in January and February setting a record.

As The Bitter American noted earlier this week, conservative bloggers dominate the Influence Rank, holding the No. 1-5 spots for the first time since the rankings were launched in 2007.

Here's this week's Top 10:

TONY PHYRILLAS (1)

Pawatercooler.com (2)

THE CENTRIST (3)

GrassrootsPA (3)

POLICY BLOG (5)

Suburban Guerrilla (6)

Lehigh Valley Ramblings (7)

PolitickerPA (8)

The Sanatoga Post (9)

Lehigh Valley Somebody (10)

Catch Tony Phyrillas on radio

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 continued disarray in Washington over the economy, growing dissension among Democrats over Obama's massive tax-and-spend agenda and Pennsylvania's deepening budget crisis under Gov. Ed Rendell.

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

GOP now holds 30-20 PA Senate majority

With the exception of a few left-wing bloggers who thought the Democrat in the race had a chance, Republican state Rep. David Argall easily won a special election Tuesday to fill the vacant 29th District Pennsylvania Senate seat.

The only surprise was the margin of victory. Argall trounced his Democratic opponent by a margin of nearly 2-1. "The numbers are much better than we had anticipated," Argall told The Pottsville Republican.

The seat was left vacant when incumbent Republican Sen. James Rhoades was killed in a car crash last October. Rhoades won re-election in November, forcing a special election to fill the seat.

Unofficial returns show Argall, who represents the 124th House District, with 62.4 percent of the vote to 37.6 percent for Democrat Stephen Lukach Jr., who is the current Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts.

Argall received 20,786 votes and Lukach finished with 12,551.

Argall is a 13-term state House member and former House Republican Whip. He gave up his leadership post to run for the Senate.

Another special election will be held to replace Argall, who also won re-election last November. That special election will most likely be held during the scheduled primary election on May 19, with party leaders choosing candidates for the ballot.

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

Argall's victory gives Republicans a solid 30-20 majority in the Pennsylvania Senate.

For more on the special election, check out The Clarke Report, Schuylkill County's best political blog.

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Pro-Life E-mail Campaign to Congress Expands National Postcard Effort

Pro-Life E-mail Campaign to Congress Expands National Postcard Effort

Dem Double Standard: District Voting Rights v. Gun Rights

CCRKBA Blasts Dem Double Standard: District Voting Rights v. Gun Rights

Pajamas TV Unique Tea Party Protest Coverage

Pajamas TV Unique Tea Party Protest Coverage

Richard Viguerie: 'Rushification' is Inevitable Result of GOP Leaders' Incompetence

The Republican Party is still in disarray, according to Richard Vigurie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com.

From a statement issued today by Vigurie:
Broadcasters and commentators such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, and Michael Savage are seen as the de facto leaders of the Republican Party for a simple reason, Richard A. Viguerie said. "It's because no one else is acting like a Republican leader."

"The 'Rushification' of the GOP is the natural and inevitable result of the fact that those who are supposed to provide leadership -- Republican elected officials and party officers -- are doing little to bring the party back," said Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com. "Nature abhors a vacuum, and there is no vacuum in nature as empty as the leadership of the Republican Party today."

"The GOP absolutely refuses to replace the Congressional leaders who helped get the party and the country into this mess. There are many Republican governors campaigning for the Obama 'stimulus' plan that is wrecking the economy and will push America deeper into socialism. Gov. Jindal's speech was technocratic, without passion and toothless, and Michael Steele's foolish attack on Rush Limbaugh will, I'm sure, cost the party many millions in contributions."

The anger of grassroots conservatives continues unabated at the weak-kneed, spineless, earmark-loving Republicans.
Read more of Viguerie's scathing review of the state of the GOP at the link below:

Richard Viguerie: 'Rushification' is Inevitable Result of GOP Leaders' Incompetence

Support Grows for Stronger High School Graduation Requirements

Support Grows for Stronger High School Graduation Requirements

National Safety Council Introduces Distracted Driving Resource Kit

National Safety Council Introduces Distracted Driving Resource Kit

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Opposes Limits on Charitable Tax Deductions

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Opposes Limits on Charitable Tax Deductions

Mr. Vice President: 74% of Rank and File Union Members Oppose Card Check; Don't Forget About Them When You Address The AFL-CIO Labor Bosses

Mr. Vice President: 74% of Rank and File Union Members Oppose Card Check; Don't Forget About Them When You Address The AFL-CIO Labor Bosses

$5 Billion in Political Contributions Bought Wall Street Freedom From Regulation, Report Finds

$5 Billion in Political Contributions Bought Wall Street Freedom From Regulation, Report Finds

Monday, March 2, 2009

Attorney General Announces Settlement With a Wastewater Treatment Supplier Over Violations of the PA Steel Products Procurement Act

Attorney General Announces Settlement With a Wastewater Treatment Supplier Over Violations of the PA Steel Products Procurement Act

New Legislation Would Combat Tax Haven Abuse, Increase Transparency and Accountability

New Legislation Would Combat Tax Haven Abuse, Increase Transparency and Accountability

Treasurer McCord: Low-Interest Loan Program for Energy Efficient Home Improvements Saves PA Families Money

Treasurer McCord: Low-Interest Loan Program for Energy Efficient Home Improvements Saves PA Families Money

Auditor General: Sale of State Office Building in Pittsburgh A Bad Deal For Taxpayers

Auditor General Jack Wagner Says Sale of State Office Building in Downtown Pittsburgh Would Be Bad Deal For Taxpayers

Operation Rescue Launches Opposition to Gov. Sebelius' Confirmation as HHS Secretary

Operation Rescue Launches Opposition to Gov. Sebelius' Confirmation as HHS Secretary

Obama Budget Contains More than $1.6 Trillion in Tax Increases... Possibly As Much As $2.2 Trillion

Obama Budget Contains More than $1.6 Trillion in Tax Increases... Possibly As Much As $2.2 Trillion

Pennsylvania Heritage Week, Charter Day

Governor Rendell Proclaims Pennsylvania Heritage Week, Charter Day

One in 31 U.S. Adults are Behind Bars, on Parole or Probation

One in 31 U.S. Adults are Behind Bars, on Parole or Probation

Penn State Summer Camps Help Youth Gain New Knowledge and Explore Careers

Penn State Summer Camps Help Youth Gain New Knowledge and Explore Careers

RNC: Wrong Prescription

RNC: Wrong Prescription