Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Sarah Palin: “Going Rogue” hits bookstores early | csmonitor.com

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GOP is 3-for-3 in PA special elections

There have been three special elections so far this year to fill vacant seats in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

Republicans have won all three seats, two in the Senate and one in the House, by safe margins.

The success the Republican Party has had bodes well for 2010 when all 203 seats in the state House and 25 of the 50 seats in the state Senate are up for re-election.

(The GOP lost its majority in the House in 2006 thanks largely to the backlash over the legislative pay raise and was unable to recapture the majority in 2008 primarily because of the Barack Obama landslide in Pennsylvania. With no major Democratic names on the ticket in 2010, the GOP has a chance to retake control of the House.)

The most recent contest, Tuesday's victory by state Rep. Bob Mensch in the 24th Senatorial District, was by far the GOP's biggest win of the year. Mensch defeated his well-financed Democratic opponent by a 2-1 margin.

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason took note of the GOP's undefeated streak in releasing the following statement congratulating Mensch:
"It is clear that Bob Mensch's message of reform and fiscal responsibility resonated with the voters," Gleason said. "We are confident that Bob Mensch will be a great leader for Pennsylvanians living in the 24th Senatorial District and a welcome addition to the state Senate."

"The Republican Party of Pennsylvania was proud to support the Mensch Campaign in this important race. This year, our Party has gone undefeated, enjoying three dominating victories in special elections around the Commonwealth. Our Party feels confident that these victories will provide our candidates with momentum heading into the upcoming statewide judicial elections where we will elect Judge Joan Orie Melvin to serve as our next Supreme Court Justice."
The 24th state Senatorial District consists of portions of Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. Mensch was elected to fill the term of former state Sen. Rob Wonderling, who resigned earlier this summer.

PA will ration swine flu vaccine

Department of Health Details Pandemic H1N1 Vaccine Distribution Plan for

Enrollment Surges at Pennsylvania's Community Colleges

Enrollment Surges at Pennsylvania's Community Colleges

Governor Rendell Proclaims Oct. 4-10 'Fire Prevention Week' in Pennsylvania

Governor Rendell Proclaims Oct. 4-10 'Fire Prevention Week' in Pennsylvania

Senate Democrats back abortion funding in health care bill

Leading Pro-Life Group Outraged by the Defeat of Pro-Life Amendments in Senate

'Political Talk' on WCHE 1520 AM

"Political Talk," a new weekly program offering an inside view of politics and the political process, with an emphasis on and how politics impacts your daily life, airs every Wednesday from 3-4 PM on WCHE 1520 AM and www.wche1520.com

"Political Talk" is hosted by Mike Pincus, a Chester County-based political consultant and strategist who has advised candidates and managed campaigns on all levels of government for the past 30-plus years.

In addition to his campaign work, Mike co-hosts "Talking Politics" with Tony Phyrillas, an award-winning political columnist for The Pottstown Mercury. "Talking Politics" airs every Thursday, from 5-6 PM, on WPAZ 1370 AM, and www.1370wpaz.com. It can also be heard at www.pottsmerc.com

Listeners may call 610-701-WCHE (9243) with comments or questions during the live show.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mensch wins PA Senate seat in landslide

Voter turnout was small but the victory was decisive.

State Rep. Bob Mensch won a landslide victory over Democrat Anne Scheuring to fill the vacant 24th Senatorial District seat.

Mensch defeated Scheuring by a 2-1 margin. In his home county of Montgomery, Mensch defeated Scheuring by a remarkable 72% to 26% margin. In Lehigh County, Mensch won by a 64% to 30% margin. In Bucks County, Mensch won by a 68% to 29% margin. The tightest race was in Northampton county, where Mensch beat Scheuring by a 53% to 42% margin.

With all 123 precincts reporting results, Mensch finished with 12,496 votes. Scheuring had 5,730 votes. Libertarian candidate Barbara Steever had 660 votes.

After three years in the state House representing the 147th District, Mensch moves to the state Senate, giving Republicans a 30-20 majority.

The 24th Senate District has been vacant since July when former state Rep. Rob Wonderling resigned to become president and chief executive of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

There's no indication when Mensch's seat in the state House will be filled. While Senate Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Republican, got to decide when to hold a special election for Wonderlng's seat, the task of filling Mensch's seat falls to Speaker of the House Keith R. McCall, a Democrat.

With Democrats holding a slim 104-99 majority in the House, don't look for McCall to move quickly on replacing Mensch in one of the safest Republican districts in the state. Don't be surprised if McCall puts off a special election until next year.

One other interesting note. There have been three special elections this year to fill vacancies in the state Legislature and Republicans have won all three races by wide margins. That does not bode well for Democrats heading into the 2010 election cycle when all 203 House seats and 25 Senates seats are up for grabs.

Stop government takeover of health care

No Promises

Hotline to Promote Stimulus Accountability, Transparency

Governor Rendell Announces Hotline to Promote Stimulus Accountability, Transparency

Norquist Urges Sens. Boxer and Kerry Not to Introduce National Energy Tax

Norquist Urges Sens. Boxer and Kerry Not to Introduce National Energy Tax

Check out the new look of The Mercury

I know a lot of people read newspapers online these days, but there's a two big reasons to actually buy a copy of the The Mercury on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Mercury, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, is unveiling a new look and refined content in tomorrow's print edition.

To celebrate the new changes to the print product, the newspaper is also including a historic 32-page keepsake section that features many historic front pages from the newspaper's nearly 80 years of covering Pottstown and the surrounding communities in Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.

"We've been working on some changes here at The Mercury — a redesign planned to be unwrapped to readers on Wednesday," says Nancy March, editor of The Mercury. "Some months ago we decided we were about due for an upgraded look. Like a person wearing a hairstyle that went out of vogue in the ’70s, a newspaper can find itself showing age instead of style. We decided it was time to try on a new look and update our appearance. Call it a makeover."

For more about the newspaper's redesign, check out this recent column by March.

Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 5 for November Election

Time is running out to register for the Nov. 3 General Election in Pennsylvania.

While there's no national races, you can pick the next Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and decide who runs various local, school board and county offices, including Common Pleas Court judges.

Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 5 for November Election

Monday, September 28, 2009

Catch a Falling Czar...

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Center turns the spotlight on another of Obama's radical advisers in this guest opinion:
Catch a Falling Czar...

Other issues may have taken a backseat to health care this summer, but now that the kids are back in school, parents have another subject on the brain--education. Earlier this month, President Obama turned more than a few heads with his back-to-school telecast, and parents are right to be concerned about what the administration will do for an encore. Most, including FRC, are hoping that the President's future plans won't include Safe Schools "czar" Kevin Jennings.

More than three months ago, we exposed the truth about Jennings, a long-time proponent of a radical, pro-homosexual agenda in schools. At the time, our concerns were met with little more than a yawn from the mainstream media. But today, as more Americans rage on about the shocking comments of "green jobs" czar Van Jones (who was forced to resign), the spotlight is back on the President's special-subject appointees. And in Jennings's case, it's better late than never. Fortunately, more press outlets like FoxNews.com and Lou Dobbs are picking up the drumbeat, and the Washington Times ran an editorial today demanding answers about Jennings's appointment.

Of course, one of the most shocking pieces of news about Jennings is a story he's told himself (in different ways at different times) about a young student who came to him and confessed that he was having sex with older men in a bus station restroom. Instead of reporting the high-risk behavior to the boy's parents, school administrators, or the police, Jennings's only response was, "I hope you knew to use a condom." If the President hand-picked Jennings to serve in educational leadership, the public has a right to know whether he violated reporting laws and covered up child sexual abuse. At the very least, he should know that making schools safe doesn't mean making them safe for homosexual predators.

Deer-Vehicle Collision Frequency Jumps 18 Percent in Five Years

Pennsylvania is No. 3 in the country on the list of most deer-vehicle collisions.

Deer-Vehicle Collision Frequency Jumps 18 Percent in Five Years

Ron Paul on 'The Daily Show'

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will be making a return appearance on The Daily Show Tuesday, Sept. 29 to talk about his latest book, "End The Fed," which challenges the constitutionality of the Federal Reserve.

From www.CampaignForLiberty.com:
The Congressman's latest release recently entered the New York Times' bestseller list at number six, mirroring the success of his previous book, "The Revolution: A Manifesto."

"End The Fed," has served as a rallying point for supporters of Paul's bill, H.R. 1207 The Federal Reserve Transparency Act, meant to shed light on the practices of the nation's central bank. Last week, the House Financial Services Committee held hearings on bringing more transparency to the Fed, this development came after increased support and a super-majority sponsorship of the bill in Congress.

The success of Congressman Paul's book and the "Audit The Fed" movement has given him a greater platform to spread his message of sound money and economic stability to the public, which seems to be growing ever more receptive since the economic crisis of last year.

The episode will air on Tuesday at 11:00 pm EDT, and again Wednesday at 7:00 pm EDT.
For more information on monetary policy go to www.CampaignForLiberty.com

Video: All the Tax Hikes Considered for Obamacare

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rohrer Warns Tax Dollars May Be Used To Buy Budget Votes

Legislative leaders and Gov. Ed Rendell should not use taxpayer dollars to "buy" rank-and-file lawmakers' votes for a tax increase, says state Rep. Sam Rohrer, R-Berks.

Rohrer believes recent media reports show that is exactly what could take place as Pennsylvania moves toward enacting a state budget.

"Harrisburg political leaders should not use your tax dollars to bribe their colleagues into voting to take more of your tax dollars," Rohrer said in a written statement.

While details about the $28 billion budget deal struck by legislative leaders and Gov. Rendell are murky at best, several media reports suggest possibly $100 million or more in legislative earmarks - known as "walking around money" grants (WAMs) - could make it into the final budget framework, Rohrer says.

Rohrer's concern surrounds a longstanding process where legislative leaders use WAMs to "buy" votes from rank-and-file lawmakers. In exchange for their votes on a controversial issue, rank-and-file lawmakers receive pork-barrel funding for projects in their district. The strategy is used by legislative leaders to ram rod unpopular legislation - including tax hike proposals - through the General Assembly.

"If this is allowed to happen, it would be double trouble for taxpayers," Rohrer said. "First, they'd have to pay for a pork-barrel project and then they'd have to turn around and pay for the tax increase."

Rohrer said he anticipated political leaders may try to use this strategy when the governor began talking about a Personal Income Tax (PIT) increase several months ago. That is why Rohrer introduced on June 22 a measure - House Bill 1751 - to prevent "vote buying" in the General Assembly.

"This is exactly why I introduced my bill in June," Rohrer said. "When a proposal like a tax increase cannot pass on its merits, legislative leaders attempt to buy the votes using tax dollars. Eliminating state earmarks would be the most significant change we could make in the budget process. Not only would it save millions of dollars by eliminating wasteful pork-barrel projects, but it would also save taxpayers billions of dollars through the avoidance of tax increases now and in the future."

Rohrer's bill is currently in the House State Government Committee, where it was referred after being introduced in the House more than three months ago.

GOP: Democrats ignore public's concerns on health care reform

Poll: Vast Majority of Employers Expect Health Care Reform to Increase Costs

Vast Majority of Employers Expect Health Care Reform to Increase Costs

AAA Campaign Aims to Pass Texting While Driving Bans in All 50 States

AAA Campaign Aims to Pass Texting While Driving Bans in All 50 States by 2013

Wake-up call for Obama and the far left

Najibullah Zazi Indicted for Conspiracy to Use Explosives

Inflation Could Spell End of U.S. Financial System

This is scary stuff. If the policies of Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are not stopped, we will see the collapse of the United States.

From the National Inflation Association:
It took 25 years for our national debt to double from $257 billion in 1950 to over $533 billion in 1975. Most recently, our national debt has more than doubled from $5.8 trillion in 2001 to its current level of $11.8 trillion in just eight years. Our national debt is now growing three times faster that it did decades ago, which means we should expect a very minimum of three times faster inflation.
Inflation Could Spell End of U.S. Financial System

PJTV Debuts 'Medically Incorrect' Show

PJTV Debuts 'Medically Incorrect' Show, Puts Health Care Reform Under the Microscope

Compliments of the U.S. Taxpayer

Thursday, September 24, 2009

NEWS from the PA Family Support Alliance

NEWS from the PA Family Support Alliance

PA GOP online petition against Obamacare

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's push for government-run, taxpayer-funded health care on Sunday's political talk shows.

From Gleason:
"President Barack Obama continues to believe that empty rhetoric will lead the American people to turn a blind eye to his attacks on their health care, but he is setting himself up for failure. With the number of Americans voicing their strong opposition to government-run health care growing larger every day, President Obama continues to ignore their cries for real reform. Yesterday, he even claimed the media was blowing the issue out of proportion! Rather than face the fact that Americans don't want to pay for a socialized health care system, President Obama continues to brush aside their criticism as a vast right-wing conspiracy. The President and members of the Democrat Party will finally realize that the criticisms his plan is facing are very real the next time Americans have the chance to vote. Their insistence on promoting government-run socialized solutions to the major issues facing our country has opened the door to a Republican revolution."

"We encourage President Obama and the Democrats in Congress to embrace real, market-based solutions to health care reform that will improve the economy as well as the lives of millions of Americans."
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania launched a new online petition last week where Pennsylvanians can sign-up to support our opposition to ObamaCare.

To sign the "No to Obamacare" Petition, go to http://www.pagop.org/healthcare/

'Talking Politics' on the radio today

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

Topics will include Pennsylvania's budget agreement winners and losers and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel entering the race for Pennsylvania governor.

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

If you can't receive the radio signal, you can listen to the broadcast online at www.pottsmerc.com or www.1370wpaz.com'

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Congressional Republicans Looking Out For American People



Republican Leadership Press Conference - September 23, 2009

Participants:
- Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
- Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA)
- Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN)
- Republican Conference Vice Chair, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Check out BankruptingPA Web site



The Commonwealth Foundation has launched a new Web site and public service campaign called BankruptingPA to educate taxpayers about "wild and unaccountable government spending."

The Foundation is looking for feedback to help it choose the most effective message and imagery to make this effort as successful as possible, says Commonwealth Foundation CEO Matthew J. Brouillette.

Visit the new Web site at www.BankruptingPA.com, click on the "VOTE" buttons n the right side of the page and leave comments or criticisms.

"Time is of the essence. Please help us ensure BankruptingPA is successful," Brouillette adds.

Spotted in a college parking lot in Berks County



Colleges are hotbeds of liberalism, but this vehicle was spotted in the parking lot at Penn State Berks Campus near Reading, PA. There is hope for the next generation, after all.

Pennsylvania Seeks Nominations for Businesses That Are 'Champions of Older Workers'

Pennsylvania Seeks Nominations for Businesses That Are 'Champions of Older Workers'

Participation in the New Post-9/11 GI Bill Continues to Grow

Participation in the New Post-9/11 GI Bill Continues to Grow

Montco GOP calls on Hoeffel to quit Elections Board

Montgomery County Republican Chairman Bob Kerns has asked Democratic County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel to step down from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Hoeffel announced this week that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor in the May 2010 primary election.

"Joe Hoeffel chairs the Montgomery County Board of Elections and can act in that capacity to advantage his candidacy for governor, Kerns said in a written statement. "He needs to step down immediately and allow for an alternate to be appointed in his place."

County commissioners who have run for office have traditionally resigned from the Elections Board "and I think Hoeffel needs to step down now," Kerns said.

"Elections should be free and fair. Hoeffel needs to step aside immediately to ensure he’s not setting the table for himself," Kerns said, noting that Hoeffel remained on the Board of Elections when he was a candidate in a contested election to be a Hillary Clinton delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The President Judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas has the legal authority to appoint a replacement to the Board of Elections once Hoeffel steps aside.

Hoeffel has been criticized frequently over the past two years for politicizing Montgomery County government. Under Hoeffel's tenure, several losing Democratic candidates have been hired to well-paying county jobs, prompting charges of cronyism.

In case of presidency in flames ...

Brouillette: Senate GOP can still protect taxpayers

Senate GOP can still protect taxpayers

By Matthew J. Brouillette

Earlier this year, state Senate Republicans drew a line in the sand, stating they would not support a budget that: 1) spends more than last fiscal year; 2) includes broad-based tax increases; or 3) puts Pennsylvania on an unsustainable spending path.

So how does their promise square with the $27.95 billion budget deal brokered with House and Senate Democrat leaders?

In July 2008, the General Assembly and Gov. Ed Rendell enacted a $28.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2008-09, despite clear warnings that such a level of spending would lead to a multi-billion dollar revenue shortfall. And even when the warnings quickly became reality, the state continued spending at virtually the same pace. In other words, while state tax revenues fell under $25 billion, Harrisburg still spent more than $28.2 billion in fiscal year 2008-09.

Thus, the over-spending of $3.2 billion in the last fiscal year is the only way the Senate GOP can claim that a $27.95 billion budget deal for fiscal year 2009-10 meets its first objective. Regardless, what is more troubling is the plan to continue spending far more revenue than what the state expects to receive in fiscal year 2009-10, hence the myriad of tax increases needed to generate even more spending money for Harrisburg.

Do the tax increases agreed to by the Senate GOP leaders violate their second objective of "no broad-based tax increases"? Not according to how they've chosen to define "broad-based" taxes. Apparently, the definition somehow excludes the hundreds of millions of dollars in higher taxes that will be paid through a retroactive increase of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax (CSFT).

In 2006, even tax-happy Gov. Rendell admitted the CSFT "hits Pennsylvania businesses-particularly manufacturers-hard. I am convinced that accelerating the phase out of this tax will do more to help Pennsylvania workers than any other business tax change we can afford to make at this time." Now he and legislative leaders want to raise it?

The reality, of course, is that higher businesses taxes are not paid by businesses at all. This multi-billion dollar tax increase will be passed on and paid by consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services, and by employees in form of reduced wages and benefits. If this is not "broad-based" then what is?

The CSFT isn't the only tax being raised by the Senate GOP. But since smokers are only 20 percent of the population, raising taxes on them could technically meet their "no broad-based tax increases" objective. However, research shows that the cigarette tax hits low-income and minority Pennsylvanians the hardest, and Pennsylvania's own experience demonstrates it is an unreliable and declining revenue source (as the tax increases, smoking declines — and revenue with it). So while non-smokers believe this tax will not affect them, the reality is that shortfalls in cigarette tax revenue will eventually be filled with higher broad-based taxes in the near future.

Economic modeling projections from the Pennsylvania State Tax Analysis Modeling Program (PA-STAMP), developed by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University, suggest the retroactive increase of the CSFT and the 25-cent per-pack increase in the cigarette tax will cost Pennsylvanians more than 7,800 jobs by 2012.

Although increasing taxes during a recession is bad enough, it is the increased level of spending to $27.95 billion that puts Pennsylvania on a rickety bridge to the future.

Spending at this level requires draining the Rainy Day Fund, using up one-time revenue sources, and cashing in on federal stimulus dollars that will vanish in 2011. Thus, in a few years, when the multi-billion dollar increase in payments for state and teacher retirees' pensions comes due, Pennsylvania will be faced with another multi-billion dollar budget gap. Filling that gap would require utterly unrealistic economic growth, deep spending cuts, or — the most likely outcome — even higher taxes on workers and job creators.

Lt. Governor and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati got it right on June 17 when he said, "The last thing we can afford to do is raise taxes on working people and job creators who are already struggling to make ends meet." Unfortunately, while Pennsylvanians are losing their pay, health care benefits, and even their jobs, the budget he — along with the House and Senate Democrat leaders — now supports will take even more.

By even the Senate GOP's own standards, this $27.95 billion budget deal falls short. It will continue to move Pennsylvania down an unsustainable path by further perpetuating Harrisburg's over-taxing and over-spending. The good news, however, is that the budget deal is not finalized, leaving the Senate GOP another opportunity to craft a spending plan that protects taxpayers and strengthens our economy.

Matthew J. Brouillette is president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation (www.CommonwealthFoundation.org), an independent, nonprofit public policy research and educational institute based in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Carsonia Carnival runs Sept. 23-26

The annual Carsonia Park Carnival is returning Sept. 23-26 at Byram and Harvey sts. in Pennside, Berks County.

Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Ride Specials on Wednesday and Thursday, where you can ride all night between 6-10 p.m. for just $15.

Live entertainment is scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m.

Don't miss the Arts & Crafts Show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The carnival is sponsored by Revive Antietam Inc., whose mission is to promote community spirit and awareness of the Antietam Valley area.

Newspaper: Radicals Wrote Failed Stimulus

Despite daily pronouncements by the Obama Administration and its media allies that the recession is over, some 15 million Americans are out of work. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are being shed every month.

The $787 billion "stimulus" package approved by Democrats and signed into law by Barack Obama was supposed to create millions of new jobs. It hasn't. What went wrong? It's becoming clear that the "stimulus" package was nothing of the sort. It wasn't designed to stimulate the economy. It was intended all along as payment to the far left that got Obama elected president and gave Democrats majorities in Congress.

From an editorial in Investor's Business Daily:
"If the stimulus isn't working, perhaps it's because it was largely written by a collection of leftist interest groups called the Apollo Alliance that counts among its directors a co-founder of the Weather Underground."

From the editorial: The Labor Department reported Friday that 42 states lost more jobs than they gained in August, and that 14 plus Washington, D.C., reported unemployment rates of 10% or more.

Michigan's rate rose to 15.2%, highest in the nation. Nevada, represented by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is second with 13.2%. California, home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is tied for fourth with Oregon at 12.2%.

Clearly, the stimulus bill that no congressman read is not working. As it turns out, no congressman may have written it either. It's largely the creation of a coalition of leftist organizations called the Apollo Alliance, whose primary interests are saving the Earth, environmental justice and redistributing wealth. They are not friends of job-creating capitalism.

Welcome to government of the activist, by the activist and for the activist.
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's Web site.

Depends on what your definition of 'tax' is

Consumers Ask Court to Stop DIRECTV from Taking Disputed 'Cancellation Fees' Out of Bank Accounts, Credit Cards

Consumers Ask Court to Stop DIRECTV from Taking Disputed 'Cancellation Fees' Out of Bank Accounts, Credit Cards

Cap and Trade Legislation Would Increase Uninsured by Millions

On the one hand, Barack Obama wants to cover uninsured Americans. On the other hand, the Cap-and-Trade bill passed by Demcorats would increase the number of Americans without health insurance. Sounds like the typical big government move Democrats are notorious for.

Cap and Trade Legislation Would Increase Uninsured by Millions

Abortion Opponents Launch Massive Grassroots Mobilization in 212 Cities

Abortion Opponents Launch Massive Grassroots Mobilization in 212 Cities

New AJC Film Highlights Iranian Nuclear Threat



New AJC Film Highlights Iranian Nuclear Threat

Candy and Fruit Flavored Cigarettes Now Illegal in United States; Step is First Under New Tobacco Law

Candy and Fruit Flavored Cigarettes Now Illegal in United States; Step is First Under New Tobacco Law

Monday, September 21, 2009

Gerlach seeks audit of ACORN

U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach is one of 28 members of Congress who signed a letter sent to the Inspector General of the Housing and Urban Development asking for a review of how the liberal activist group ACORN used taxpayer funds.

Gerlach (PA-6th District) wants HUD officials to make sure ACORN is held accountable for every dollar of taxpayer funding it has received, according to a press release issued Monday.

From Gerlach's press release:
In a letter to HUD Inspector General Kenneth M. Donohue, Gerlach requested a comprehensive audit of ACORN's finances to give the public some peace of mind that their hard-earned tax dollars have not subsidized corrupt or illegal activity.

"In the wake of new, but not unfamiliar, reports of criminal and illicit activity involving ACORN, I believe it is imperative that this organization’s finances be reviewed and investigated by your Department to determine whether improper and illegal use of federal dollars has occurred since ACORN first began receiving federal funds in 1994," Gerlach wrote.

The letter signed by 26 Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee and GOP Congressmen Mike Pence of Indiana and Pete Sessions of Texas.

Video of ACORN employees in New York and Maryland giving illegal advice to two filmmakers posing as a prostitute and a pimp prompted the U.S. Census Bureau to end its partnership with ACORN on Friday. The Senate voted 83-7 on Monday to cut off Housing and Urban Development funding slated for ACORN.

ACORN – which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- has been the focus of voter-registration fraud investigations in recent years.

Locally, two ACORN workers in March 2008 pleaded guilty in Berks County Court and were sentenced to jail for creating phony voter-registration forms in order to collect cash from the organization, according to the Reading Eagle.

In July, Dauphin County election officials have investigated over 100 suspicious voter-registration applications submitted by ACORN

And In September 2006, nearly 100 fraudulent voter registration applications were filed in Delaware County, prompting the District Attorney’s Office to issue an identity theft alert. All 100 applications were filled out by four individuals working for ACORN.

PA Insurance Commissioner Urges Consumers to Be Ready for Hurricanes, Severe Weather

PA Insurance Commissioner Urges Consumers to Be Ready for Hurricanes, Severe Weather

Taking Obama's Economic Advisors Back to School: Trinity College Team Wins PJTV's National Generational Theft Contest

Taking Obama's Economic Advisors Back to School: Trinity College Team Wins PJTV's National Generational Theft Contest

'Truth About Green' to Hold Nation's First Green Tea Party

'Truth About Green' to Hold Nation's First Green Tea Party

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Reaction to state budget deal

Gov. Ed Rendell said Friday night that there are no winners or losers in the compromise that ended Pennsylvania's 80-day-old budget impasse.

Don't believe him. There are always winners and losers in every budget agreement and this one is no exception.

If you smoke, you're going to pay more. If you support the arts in Pennsylvania, you are going to pay more. (The deal expands the state sales tax to cover tickets for concerts, museums, theaters, etc.)

If your church or nonprofit group uses bingo or other small games of chance as fundraisers, you're going to have to pay the state under a new tax inlcuded in the deal.

If you're a business owner, you're going to continue paying some of the highest business taxes in the country. And so on.

Although details are sketchy, (Rendell purposely declined to reveal many details until the rank-and-file state lawmakers are briefed next week), The Commonwealth Foundation offers some instant analysis based on what we do know.

The budget deal includes $821 million in tax increases and fails to address at least $1.7 billion in deficit spending from last years' budget, according to the Foundation.

The state's "Rainy Day Fund" will be exhausted with legislative leaders agreeing to spend the entire $775 million to balance the budget, according to the Foundation.

That's a risky move because the economy isn't getting any better and we could sitting on another huge budget deficit next summer.

Read more at the Foundation's POLICY BLOG

Thursday, September 17, 2009

PA unemployment rate rises to 8.6%

Pennsylvania lost another 8,800 jobs in August, according to new numbers released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

State officials tried to put the best possible spin on the bad news by pointing out that Pennsylvania's 8.6% unemployment rate "remained below the United States' unemployment rate, which rose three-tenths of a point to 9.7 percent in August."

Doesn't that make you feel better?

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was up 3.1 percentage points from August 2008, compared to an increase of 3.5 percentage points since August 2008 for the nation.

Since August 2008, Pennsylvania has shed 191,500 jobs!

Just a reminder that the governor of Pennsylvania is Ed Rendell, a Democrat, who has increased spending by $8 billion since 2003. Much of that spending went for various economic revitalization projects that Rendell claimed would bring more jobs to the state.

And in case you forgot, the Democrats also control both houses of Congress and the White House. If you're one of the 15 million Americans out of work, be sure to thank a Democrat in Harrisburg or Washington, D.C.

For a detailed breakdown of the employment numbers, follow the link below:

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: August 2009

Consumer Watchdog Says Insurers Must Answer Questions About Use of Employees as Mini-Lobbyists in Congress

Consumer Watchdog Says Insurers Must Answer Questions About Use of Employees as Mini-Lobbyists in Congress

Toomey, Orie Melvin coming to Berks Saturday

U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey and Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidate Joan Orie Melvin will the guests of honor at the annual picnic hosted by the Berks County Republican Party.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Cacoosing Meadows Park, Reedy and State Hill roads, Spring Township.

In addition to meeting the candidates, there will be food, entertainment and refreshments. (Committeepeople, YR's, McCain/Palin Volunteers and candidates are asked to bring a covered dish.)

For more information, visit www.berksgop.org or call the party headquarters at 610-374-1100.

'Talking Politics' on the radio today

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

Topics will include Pennsylvania's ongoing budget impasse, the 2010 political races heating up and the growing ACORN scandal.

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

If you can't receive the radio signal, you can listen to the broadcast online at www.pottsmerc.com or www.1370wpaz.com

PA GOP blasts Sen. Casey for 'blind support' of ACORN

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason is pleased that the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to deny federal housing funds to the controversial left-wing advocacy group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).

However, Gleason questioned U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr.'s decision to join six of his colleagues in support of ACORN funding.

"Sen. Bob Casey's blind support of this corrupt organization is questionable at best," Gleason said. "ACORN continues to be exposed as a corrupt organization that should not be receiving federal funds under any circumstance. The recent videos depicting ACORN on a number of occasions giving out advice on how to cheat and lie on your taxes were appalling and further confirmed my suspicions about this questionable organization.

"With all things we have learned about ACORN, I cannot understand how Senator Casey could support ACORN. Sen. Casey owes it to our Commonwealth and his constituents to explain his vote."

On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 vote in favor of an amendment that stripped out funding to ACORN in a housing and transportation bill. ("Senate Denies ACORN Funding," Politico, 9/14/09, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27153.html)

Casey, a freshman Democrat, was one of the seven votes against the amendment. ACORN is under investigation in nine states for allegations of voter registration fraud.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Poll: Liberals Oppose Healthcare for Illegal Aliens

Poll: Liberals Oppose Healthcare for Illegal Aliens

Don't Tread on Me: Obama Tire Tax Hits American Drivers

Don't Tread on Me: Obama Tire Tax Hits American Drivers

House Joins Senate in Proclaiming Sept. 16 'The American Legion Day'

House Joins Senate in Proclaiming Sept. 16 'The American Legion Day'

PA Game Commission Advises Motorists to Watch for Deer

PA Game Commission Advises Motorists to Watch for Deer

Poll Shows Liberals Opposed to Extending Taxpayer Funded Healthcare to Illegal Immigrants

Poll Shows Liberals Opposed to Extending Taxpayer Funded Healthcare to Illegal Immigrants

PA GOP: Sen. Bob Casey has some explaining to do over support of ACORN

In light of continuing scandals involving the far-left advocacy group ACORN, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to deny federal funding to the troubled organization.

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania inexplicably was one of the seven Senators to vote against the Senate resolution, cementing his reputation as a puppet of liberal extremists.

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason issued a statement saying he was pleased that the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to deny federal housing funds to The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN. However, Gleason questioned U.S. Sen. Bob Casey's decision to join six of his colleagues in support of ACORN funding.

Gleason's statement:
"Sen. Bob Casey's blind support of this corrupt organization is questionable at best. ACORN continues to be exposed as a corrupt organization that should not be receiving federal funds under any circumstance. The recent videos depicting ACORN on a number of occasions giving out advice on how to cheat and lie on your taxes were appalling and further confirmed my suspicions about this questionable organization.

"With all things we have learned about ACORN, I cannot understand how Senator Casey could support ACORN. Sen. Casey owes it to our Commonwealth and his constituents to explain his vote."
On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly by an 83-7 vote in favor of an amendment that stripped out funding to ACORN in a housing and transportation bill. ("Senate Denies ACORN Funding," Politico, 9/14/09, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27153.html) U.S. Senator Bob Casey was one of the seven votes against the amendment.

Newspaper: Liberal media downplays 9/12 rally

At least 75,000 (or upwards of 1.5 million Americans by some accounts) marched in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 12, against the Obama Administration, the Democratic-led Congress and out-of-control big government in general.

It was one of the largest citizen-demonstrations in the nation's history.

But the liberal media largely ignored the protest or worked overtime to spin the story as some fringe-element demonstrating against a black president.

Some of the best (and unbiased coverage) of the event could be found in European newspapers, argues Investor's Business Daily.

"When Americans have to turn to the foreign press for truthful reports of the size of popular protests in Washington, it's time to wonder: Are we dominated by "state-run media"? the newspaper asks.

From the editorial:
When a million people travel to our nation's capital to object to excessive government spending, and the taxes they have to pay to sustain it, it constitutes a grass-roots force to be reckoned with.

But underestimates of the crowds by the so-called "mainstream media," along with their focus on the most extremist signs and slogans they could find (gun rights, for instance, or the president sporting a Hitler mustache), gave administration officials an opportunity to downplay the march's significance.
Read the full editorial, "Taking It To The Streets," at the newspaper's Web site.

Online Networking Site Helps Conservative Students Organize

Online Networking Site Helps Conservative Students Organize

Monday, September 14, 2009

Anti-Obama rally planned for Philly

The Independence Hall Tea Party Association, which sent 14 buses from the Delaware Valley to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, is holding a rally against President Obama at 4 PM Tuesday, just prior to Obama's appearance at fundraiser for Sen. Arlen Specter at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

From a press released issued by the group:
"We are rallying against Obamacare, Cap and Trade, and this administration's massive expansion of the federal government" said Organizer Chris Clemency. "We want the President to understand that Saturday's march on Washington, attended by at least 1.5 million Americans, is just the beginning of our efforts to stop his agenda."

"In just six short months, President Obama has tripled the deficit and quadrupled the national debt," he said. "Never before in the history of America has the government moved so quickly to spend so much money—it will ultimately lead to high taxation and even higher inflation."
Obama will headline a fund raising dinner for turncoat Arlen Specter, who was elected as a Republican but recently switched to the Democratic Party in order to strengthen his re-election prospects.

"Both Obama and Specter represent the politics of old," said protest organizer Teri Adams. "They do not represent the politics of hope and change." "We will continue to hold these demonstrations and fight on until the American public realizes these men do not represent the people's interests, but their own."

The Independence Hall Tea Party Association is a grassroots organization formed after Philadelphia Tea Party II held on Independence Mall on April 18th as part of the Tax Week Tea Party Protests also held nationwide.

Visit the group's Web site at www.independencehalltpa.com

Watchdog Group: GM Money-Back Guarantee Paid for With Tax Dollars

Watchdog Group: GM Money-Back Guarantee Paid for With Tax Dollars

Carrie Prejean to Speak at FRC Action Values Voter Summit

Carrie Prejean to Speak at FRC Action Values Voter Summit

Saturday, September 12, 2009

'Tens of thousands' March on Washington



I was pleasantly surprised with The Associated Press' coverage of the March on Washington on Saturday, Sept. 12. The wire service, which largely ignored the Tea Parties throughout the year, moved a lengthy article and more than a dozen photographers of the protest. Also, it did not downplay the turnout, putting right there in the lead that "tens of thousands" of Americans marched against Obama and his big government schemes. You can read the AP story and view photos of the event at The Pottstown Mercury's Web site.

I'm not sure Obama and the far left realize what it waiting for them in 2010 and beyond. The Second American Revolution is here.

Also check out this post at one of my favorite blogs, Warning Signs

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

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Rendell: Legislative Budget Proposal Is Out of Balance, Fiscally Irresponsible

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell: Legislative Budget Proposal Is Out of Balance, Fiscally Irresponsible

Pennsylvania Banking Department Helps Set National Standards For State Mortgage Regulation

Pennsylvania Banking Department Helps Set National Standards For State Mortgage Regulation

Friday, September 11, 2009

Over 10,000 Have Viewed The Third Jihad as Part of 9/11 Free Online Streaming Campaign

Over 10,000 Have Viewed The Third Jihad as Part of 9/11 Free Online Streaming Campaign

ReadyPA Campaign Expands Online Using Social Media, Launches Facebook Fan Page

ReadyPA Campaign Expands Online Using Social Media, Launches Facebook Fan Page

And the memory still burns

Rep. Reichley to host series of town hall meetings in October

Rep. Doug Reichley (R-Berks/Lehigh) will hold four town meetings from Oct. 1 through 10 at different locations throughout the 134th District.

From Reichley's announcement:
"It has been an unusual year in the Capitol with a partial budget enacted and questions still remaining about when many essential government programs and schools will receive state funding," said Reichley, vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

"I hope we have a budget in place before these town meetings, but at this point, with Democrats pressing for 'recurring revenue' and Republicans insisting on budget cuts and no new taxes, the budget may not be resolved in a month."

Four town meetings are scheduled around the 134th Legislative District. Residents of the district who want to attend can choose from the following locations:
Thursday, Oct. 1

7 to 8:30 p.m.
Lehigh Lodge
2120 Route 100 South
Macungie, PA 18062

Friday, Oct. 2

8 to 9:30 a.m.
Bally Senior Center
425 Chestnut Street
Bally, PA 19503

Saturday, Oct. 3

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Cetronia Fire Company
18 South Scenic Street
Allentown, PA 18104

Saturday, Oct. 10

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Emmaus Fire Company No. 1
50 South 6th Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
Light refreshments will be served at each town meeting.

To RSVP or for directions, contact Reichley's district office at 1245 Chestnut Street, Unit No. 5, Emmaus. The phone number is (610) 965-9933. Reichley also has a Berks County office in the Bally Brook Industrial Park on 20 N. Front Street in Bally. The phone number is (610) 845-1425.

For more information, visit Reichley's Web site at RepReichley.com

Never Forget

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Obama's health care speech to Congress: What was the point?

Obama's health care speech to Congress: What was the point?

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Bulldozer

Think America is 'Unsinkable?'

Left unchecked, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid plan to run up higher deficits over the next 10 years than all American presidents and Congress have incurred in the last 230 years.

From DefeatTheDebt.com:
Think America is "Unsinkable?"

Every year, the government spends hundreds of billions of dollars it doesn't have, and we sink deeper and deeper into debt. We cannot afford to go down with this ship.

The national debt will grow by more than $9 trillion, according to an August 2009 report by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

How much is $9 trillion, or even $1 trillion? Confronted with enormous numbers like millions, billions and trillions, it's helpful to use comparisons with other contexts. For example, one million seconds will pass in just 12 days. One billion seconds is almost 32 years. And one trillion seconds? That’s 31,688 years. One trillion dollars is a lot of money, and over the next decade the US federal government will borrow that sum nine times over — more than $9 trillion.

In the next 10 years, the federal government will borrow trillions of dollars for spending it cannot afford. But the American people will eventually have to pay the price for this irresponsible borrowing.

Debt Disaster: It's closer than you think.

For more information, go to DefeatTheDebt.com

PA GOP response to Obama speech

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason issued the following statement about President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress:
"President Obama made another desperate attempt to pitch his plan for government-run, taxpayer-funded health care plan, the same plan that Americans have soundly rejected," Gleason said. "The President's speech was nothing short of a 'Hail Mary' pass made in an attempt to salvage a costly big government health care plan that most Americans do not want.

"The President's speech was short on details, and his assertion that the government can provide cheaper health care to more people than the current system without increasing the national deficit does not pass the smell test.

"Over the summer, Pennsylvanians made clear that they saw through the president's rhetoric and did not want to see a government takeover of their health care. I call on President Obama to listen to those concerns by ending his pursuit of big government programs and reach across the aisle to find solutions based on the same free market principles our country was founded upon."

New FRC Study: Estate Tax Repeal Will Increase Jobs, Grow the Economy, and Boost Government Revenue

New FRC Study: Estate Tax Repeal Will Increase Jobs, Grow the Economy, and Boost Government Revenue

Pennsylvania State Police to Offer Child Safety Seat Checks

Pennsylvania State Police to Offer Child Safety Seat Checks

Public Invited to Comment on Update to 12-Year State Transportation Program

Public Invited to Comment on Update to 12-Year State Transportation Program

New Nationwide Poll Finds Most Americans Want Medical Malpractice System Changes As Part Of Health Care Reform

New Nationwide Poll Finds Most Americans Want Medical Malpractice System Changes As Part Of Health Care Reform

'Talking Politics' on the radio today

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

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

If you can't receive the radio signal, you can listen to the broadcast online at www.pottsmerc.com or www.1370wpaz.com'

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How Much Is A Trillion Dollars?

The federal deficit for the current fiscal year is four times higher than it was under George W. Bush. And keep in mind that Democrats have controlled Congress since 2007 and have approved record spending and record debt since then.

Under Barack Obama, the national debt will reach astronomical and unsustainable levels as the U.S. heads toward bankruptcy and national suicide.

A non-partisan group called Defeat the Debt has launched a public service campaign to inform Americans how serious the debt problem is. Here is the first of three articles on the subject:

How Much is a Trillion Dollars?

The national debt is larger than ever before, and experts predict it will only continue to expand.

The national debt will grow by more than $9 trillion, according to an August 2009 report by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

In July of 2009, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation released their analysis of America's Affordable Health Choices Act. They estimated the bill would add an additional net deficit of $1.042 trillion over the next decade. In January of 2008, Social Security's unfunded liabilities were estimated at $6.6 trillion, and Medicare unfunded liabilities totaled more than $36.3 trillion, according to the GAO's Fiscal Year 2008 Financial Report of the United States Government. In addition to our current national debt of more than $11.6 trillion, our future obligations to Social Security and Medicare total $43 trillion.

How much is $9 trillion, or even $1 trillion? Confronted with enormous numbers like millions, billions and trillions, it's helpful to use comparisons with other contexts. For example, one million seconds will pass in just 12 days. One billion seconds is almost 32 years. And one trillion seconds? That's 31,688 years. One trillion dollars is a lot of money, and over the next decade the US federal government will borrow that sum nine times over — more than $9 trillion.

In the next 10 years, the federal government will borrow trillions of dollars for spending it cannot afford. But the American people will eventually have to pay the price for this irresponsible borrowing.

Debt Disaster: It's closer than you think

For more information, go to DefeatTheDebt.com

Trial Lawyer TV Ads for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Grew 1,400 Percent in Last Four Years, Study Shows

Trial Lawyer TV Ads for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Grew 1,400 Percent in Last Four Years, Study Shows

Dr. 'Smith' Comes to Washington: Angry Physicians From All 50 States Rally in DC on Sept 10

Dr. 'Smith' Comes to Washington: Angry Physicians From All 50 States Rally in DC on Sept 10

Welcome Back!

CNSNews.com - U.S. Comes in Second in Competitiveness Poll

CNSNews.com - U.S. Comes in Second in Competitiveness Poll

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Overexposed

PA GOP: Time For Obama Green Czar Van Jones To Go!





Of all the left-wing kooks Obama has brought into his administration, Van Jones appears to be the worst.

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is calling for Obama to fire Jones from his position as the administration's "Green Czar" in this press release issued today:
PA GOP: Time For Obama Green Czar Van Jones To Go!

If President Obama truly cared about bipartisanship, he would fire Van Jones today


HARRISBURG - Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding Van Jones, the man that President Barack Obama chose to serve as his "green jobs" czar.

"Van Jones, a self-avowed communist, has a history of radical behavior and I do not believe his recent apology for calling Republicans a profane name was sincere in the least," Gleason said. "It has become clear that President Obama maintains close relationships with people who have radical views about our country and clearly aren’t concerned with resolving our country’s issues in a bipartisan manner. Jones serves as a close advisor to the White House in a position where he was not elected or confirmed to serve.

"President Obama should remove Van Jones from this position immediately."

Fox News uncovered video of Obama Green Job Czar Van Jones disparaging Republicans at an energy lecture in Berkeley, California in February. During the seminar, Jones was asked why President Obama and Democrats in Washington were having trouble moving legislation, especially considering Republicans, with a smaller majority, didn’t have the same difficulties during the Bush administration.

Jones replied, "Well, the answer to that is, they're a--holes. That's a technical, political science term."

Additionally, it was revealed yesterday that Van Jones joined the "9/11 truther" movement in 2005 by signing a petition calling for an investigation into evidence that suggests "people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war." ("'Green Jobs' Adviser's Past Could Stir Trouble for White House at Critical Time," Fox News, 9/3/09, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/03/green-jobs-advisers-past-stir-trouble-white-house-critical-time/)
Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Friday, September 4, 2009

State Capitol Roundup

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

GOP Presents Bipartisan Budget Compromise to Conference Committee

In an attempt to reach an agreement to end Pennsylvania's budget stalemate, Republican Leader Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) this week offered a Bipartisan Budget Compromise to the joint House-Senate Conference Committee. House Republicans, in conjunction with a number of House Democrat members, developed the $27.5 billion balanced budget (House Bill 1943) that adequately funds all services in Pennsylvania without the need for new or higher taxes. It ensures nearly $2 billion in recurring revenue will be available over the next several years to balance the state budget without a single tax increase. It has the support of Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware County).

In contrast, House Democrat Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) put forward a counter proposal to his original budget bill; this new proposal cannot be balanced without a tax increase of up to $2 billion. House Democrats have yet to identify the specific taxes they propose adding or increasing for their proposed budget, but acknowledged that their budget would also increase the state deficit significantly by 2012. House Republicans believe this plan will inhibit the state's economic recovery by taking more money from hard-working families and small businesses who are already struggling to make ends meet.

With a clear lack of support for higher taxes among Pennsylvania citizens and lawmakers, the Bipartisan Budget Compromise offers the best opportunity to end the budget impasse and ensure vital education and human service programs get the funding they need. For the latest budget news, visit PAHouseGOP.com

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Mensch endorsed by taxpayer groups

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations has endorsed state Rep. Bob Mensch, the Republican candidate in a special election to fill the vacant seat in the 24th Senatorial District.

In making its endorsement, the PCTA noted Mensch's "unequivocal support for the enactment of Pennsylvania House Bill 1275, the School Property Tax Elimination Act, pending legislation that would abolish school property taxes for all Pennsylvania homeowners and restructure a crumbling, antiquated education finance system."

David Baldinger, PCTA spokesperson and the administrator of the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition (PTCC), said in a written statement: "For 30 years the residents of Pennsylvania have been deceived time and again by phony, unsound property tax relief schemes and false promises of property tax reform. Bob Mensch has taken a definitive stance on this vital issue with his pledge to work for the passage of House Bill 1275, legislation that will at last give legitimate, sustainable relief to the homeowners of Pennsylvania through total school property tax elimination."

Rebecca Heller of the Patriot's Voice, a PCTA member group, added: "We need more people like Bob Mensch who are willing to work for true property tax reform in a General Assembly that has historically avoided a resolution to this issue. The Patriot’s Voice wishes Bob Mensch much success in his bid for the District 24 Senate seat."

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations is an alliance of 33 grassroots taxpayer advocacy groups from across Pennsylvania that is dedicated to equitable education funding reform through the enactment of House Bill 1275, the School Property Tax Elimination Act.

Learn more about the group's efforts at http://ptcc.us

A special election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, to fill the seat held by former state Sen. Rob Wonderling, who resigned Aug. 1 to take a position as CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

The 24th Senate District covers parts of Montgomery, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties.

U.S. unemployment at 9.7%

As we approach Labor Day, the government reports that the U.S. lost another 216,000 jobs in August, bringing the unemployment rate to a 26-year-high of 9.7 percent. There are now nearly 15 million Americans looking for work. The Obama recession continues.

Statement of U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on August Employment Numbers

Is Your Congressman A Millionaire?

They're supposed to represent the people, but members of Congress have very little in common with the rest of us. One of the biggest gaps between constituents and their elected representatives appears to be income.

While Americans struggle to make ends meet in the current 22-month-old recession, Congress resembles an exclusive country club, where millionaires hang out.

The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress, has published a new list of the 50 wealthiest members of Congress.

No. 1 on The Hill's Rich List is Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic Party nominee for president, with a worth of at least $167.8 million (thanks primarily to his marriage to Theresa Heinz.)

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), placed second and third, with "hundreds of millions of dollars in assets," according to the newspaper.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the Top 50, with a net worth of $12.5 million. Also on the list is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is worth $9.6 million. (Nobody from Pennsylvania made the Top 50).

From The Hill:
Most lawmakers, like other Americans, have seen stark declines in their Wall Street portfolios, but their latest financial disclosures do not suggest they are hard-up despite the recession. The average member of Congress is worth at least $2.9 million, according to their reports, although several have also reported debts that exceed their assets.

The list is a bipartisan one. Of the 50 lawmakers on the The Hill's Rich List, 26 are Democrats and 24 are Republicans. For comparison, there are 256 Democrats in the House and 178 Republicans; in the Senate there are 59 Democrats and 40 Republicans.

The Hill based its analysis on annual financial disclosure forms that lawmakers are required to complete and file with the House clerk or Senate secretary. The disclosures are for lawmakers’ assets and liabilities as at the end of 2008. The reports are not models of transparency so the dollar numbers in the list are best guesses rather than precise figures.
Read the full story and review the list of the 50 richest members of Congress at The Hill Web site.

Captive Audience



NEWS ITEM: President Obama to address the nation's schoolchildren live from the White House, via the White House Web site and on C-SPAN, at 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 8.

CNSNews.com - Revision: Education Dept. Changes Suggested Classroom Activities for Students Who Watch Obama's Speech

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Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Hill Newspaper Has Released its Rich List, Identifying the 50 Wealthiest Members of Congress

The Hill Newspaper Has Released its Rich List, Identifying the 50 Wealthiest Members of Congress

State Legislators Oppose Cell Phone Tax

State Legislators Oppose Cell Phone Tax

Welcome Back From Vacation

'Talking Politics' on the radio

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

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

If you can't receive the radio signal, you can listen to the broadcast online at www.pottsmerc.com or www.1370wpaz.com

CNSNews.com - Revision: Education Dept. Changes Suggested Classroom Activities for Students Who Watch Obama’s Speech

CNSNews.com - Revision: Education Dept. Changes Suggested Classroom Activities for Students Who Watch Obama’s Speech

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March on Washington 9/12/09

New Pennsylvania Casinos Spur 20 Percent Revenue Increase in August

New Pennsylvania Casinos Spur 20 Percent Revenue Increase in August

Audio Bibles Reaching American Troops

Audio Bibles Reaching American Troops

Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 5 For November Election

Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 5 For November Election

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

American Liberty Tour kicks off Sept. 10



Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today announced the nationwide American Liberty Tour, an outreach effort to organize concerned citizens beginning on September 10. It is scheduled to stop in 18 cities across 12 states from California to Georgia until October 13.

Wilson called upon Americans nationwide to join the tour, and "to begin organizing to take back America from the Washington power elite through the establishment of a viable political movement in the defense of liberty, limited government, and free markets."

"Change will not come from Washington. Change will come in Sacramento, Tallahassee, Atlanta, and elsewhere. Change will come from individual Americans in their communities who are determined to save their nation from an unsustainable, unaccountable Leviathan in Washington," Wilson declared.

"Rallies are great for venting anger. But anger is not enough. The American people's best defense is action in their local communities," Wilson added. "So, the American Liberty Tour will be traveling across the country providing training to individuals. The hard left has been doing this kind of 'community organizing' for decades. Now, it's time to give them a dose of their own medicine."

The American Liberty Tour is a collaborative project of the American Liberty Alliance, American Majority, Americans for Limited Government and the Sam Adams Alliance, and will feature Adam Bitely (NetRight Nation), Ned Ryun (American Majority), Eric Odom (TaxDayTeaParty.com), Ken Marrero (American Liberty Alliance), Erick Erickson (RedState), "Joe the Plumber", Lloyd Marcus (The Tea Party Song), and many others.

For more information, check out the American Liberty Tour Web site, http://americanlibertytour.com/

PennDOT to Launch 511 System on Sept. 4

PennDOT to Launch 511 System on Sept. 4

Pennsylvania Game Commission to Hold State Game Land Tours for Public

Pennsylvania Game Commission to Hold State Game Land Tours for Public

New Pennsylvania Casinos Spur 20 Percent Revenue Increase in August

New Pennsylvania Casinos Spur 20 Percent Revenue Increase in August

Obama's 'Specific' Healthcare Speech: Will He Disavow Pledge-Breaking Tax Hikes in House Dem Health Bill?

Obama's 'Specific' Healthcare Speech: Will He Disavow Pledge-Breaking Tax Hikes in House Dem Health Bill?

Tea Party Express

200 days ... 200 claims ... 200 broken promises

Has it been 200 days since Barack Obama signed the centerpiece of his economic recovery plan, the $787 billion "stimulus" package passed the Democratic Congress?

How's that stimulus working out for you? No so well if you are one of the 2.2 million Americans who have lost a job since Obama signed the stimulus.

The Republican National Committee has compiled a 61-page recap of the Obama rhetoric and reality surrounding that stimulus plan.

From the report, CLAIMS VS. REALITY: Obama's Failed Economic Experiment:
It is appropriate on the 200th day of the stimulus to look back at exactly what the stimulus has accomplished. The answer is very little. What it has done, however, is give the American people a $787 billion bill they cannot afford. In this report, you will find 200 claims that President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, senior Administration officials and Congressional Democrats have made about the stimulus. None of these claims match reality.

When the stimulus passed, President Obama and Congressional Democrats promised the stimulus would be a targeted, timely and transparent effort to create jobs immediately. This compilation of 200 claims shows that promise has not been kept. Job losses continue, stimulus spending has been slow, and as even the Vice President has said, ― "we know some of this money is going to be wasted."

The Obama Administration and Pelosi-Reid Congressional Democrats have boldly declared that the stimulus is working and they have ― "rescued the economy," but facts are stubborn things. Unemployment is still high and the deficit is out of control. These are not reasons to declare victory.
I know the Kool Aid drinkers on the left will say that we have to give Obama more time, but 200 days is a long time to go down the wrong path. Eventually, we'll never find our way back unless we change direction.

Unemployment is rising, consumer confidence is lagging and the national debt is growing at astronomical rates under Obama. Are you better off today than you were six months ago?

From RNC Chairman Michael Steele:
"In the end, the stimulus is another failed experiment by the President that Americans cannot afford. Instead of creating jobs, millions are unemployed and billions have been added to our deficit. 200 days of this stimulus are 200 days too long."
You can download the full 61-page report in PDF format here.

Poll: 37% Congressional approval rating

Just 37% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. Congress has been controlled by the Democrats for the past three years.

The job approval number has dropped 12 points since April, the last time Pew surveyed Americans about Congress.

The 37% figure is the lowest favorable percentage in more than two decades of Pew surveys.

Although Americans are clearly disenchanted with the Democrats, they aren't exactly thrilled with Republicans.

From an Associated Press story on the Pew results:
Forty-five percent of respondents said they would vote for a Democratic candidate in their district or lean Democratic, while 44 percent said they would vote or lean Republican.

Four years ago the numbers favored Democrats 52 percent to 40 percent, as the party went on to gain control of Congress.

The survey found that favorable ratings for the GOP remain low at 40 percent.

Most of the shift in voting intentions occurred among political independents, who backed Democrats by a wide margin previously but now say they would back Republicans in their districts by 43 to 38 percent.
For more poll results, go to the Pew Research Center Web site.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Revenue Department Releases August Collections

Revenue Department Releases August Collections

Pennsylvania Department of Health Launches Online H1N1 Vaccine Registry

Pennsylvania Department of Health Launches Online H1N1 Vaccine Registry

White House Seeks to Capture and Archive Citizens’ Comments on its Facebook, YouTube, MySpace Sites

From CNSNews.com:
Anyone who posts comments on the White House's Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter pages will have their statements captured and permanently archived by the federal government, according to a plan that the White House is now seeking a contractor to carry out.

The Executive Office of the President is looking for a private contractor to capture and archive comments and information posted on social networking and new media sites where the White House has established a presence. While the Presidential Records Act (PRA) generally requires that the administration preserve information generated by the president and his staff, the White House says that in seeking to collect and preserve comments made by common citizens on social networking sites it is acting "out of an abundance of caution" to comply with the law.

In mid-August, the White House put out a "request for quotation" (RFQ)which seeks bids from private firms for the project. Under the terms stated by the White House, the contractor would have broad responsibilities in collecting information from White House related Web pages.

The RFQ for bids says the contractor is to "capture, store, [and] extract" information that will be transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for permanent storage. According to the White House proposal, the information involved will include the "capture of comments and publicly visible tags posted by users" on publicly accessible Web sites where the White House has established a presence.
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CNSNews.com - White House Seeks to Capture and Archive Citizens’ Comments on its Facebook, YouTube, MySpace Sites

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