Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bob Hope defines a Democrat

Tax-cut extension cost nothing

Tax-cut extension cost nothing

Time Mag Headline 'Holiday Blizzard: More Signs of Global Warming'

Time Mag Headline 'Holiday Blizzard: More Signs of Global Warming'

PennDOT Announces Year-End Contracting Results

PennDOT Announces Year-End Contracting Results

Senate Ethics Committee Will Not Punish Senator Dodd for Corrupt Real Estate Deal

Senate Ethics Committee Will Not Punish Senator Dodd for Corrupt Real Estate Deal; Dismisses Judicial Watch's Senate Ethics Complaint as Dodd's Term Ends

Obama's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

Obama's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year - pottsmerc.com

Cleaning up Ed Rendell's mess

Amazing how much damage Ed Rendell has done to Pennsylvania over the past 8 years. Despite $8 billion in new spending and billions more in borrowing, Rendell failed to solve any of the state's major problems and is hading the mess to Gov.-elect Tom Corbett.

Rendell gives Corbett handbook of challenges ahead | PoconoRecord.com

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sen. Roy Blunt: Obama chose 'ideology' over 'jobs'

Obama Death Panels Return in 2011

Government Death Panels will soon be deciding who lives and who dies as Obama's bureacrats begin to implement new Obamacare provisions starting Jan. 1

Bureaucrats Secretly Implement ObamaCare

Global Warming Buries New York Under Snow

Global Warming Buries New York Under Snow - HUMAN EVENTS

Press 1 For English

Teachers in the Reading School District are learning Spanish? Shouldn't the students be learning English?

City teachers learning Spanish

State Sen. Michael O'Pake, 1940-2010

State Sen. Michael O'Pake has died

14 places to slash federal spending

Democrats and their big-government allies are always arguing there's nothing to cut from the bloated federal budget.

The folks at Reason magazine beg to differ, offering 14 specific programs or agencies that could be slashed to save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

My favorite:

End (or at Least Audit) the Fed:
The Fed is the biggest bastion of central planning in the American economy, and eliminating it would both move us toward a freer market and remove history’s most powerful enabler of government waste. If that’s politically impossible, auditing the Fed would at least peel away the bank’s veneer of inscrutable wizardry to reveal the feckless dithering at the heart of U.S. monetary policy.
Read the full article, "How to Slash the State: 14 ways to dismantle a monstrous government, one program at a time," here.

State Police: Seven Killed, 264 Injured in Crashes During Holiday Travel Period

State Police: Seven Killed, 264 Injured in Crashes During Holiday Travel Period

Governor Rendell Orders Flags at Capitol, Berks County to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Sen. Michael A. O'Pake

Governor Rendell Orders Flags at Capitol, Berks County to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Sen. Michael A. O'Pake

Alarming Rise in 2010 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities

Alarming Rise in 2010 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities

The Obama Recession Continues

Two in Five Americans Feel Less Secure Financially Than One Year Ago

2010 Disaster Recap

State Sen. Mike Folmer closes Berks office

No need to keep a Berks office (12/26/10)

Taxman spying from above

Pennsylvania State Rep.-elect Mark M. Gillen is troubled by the government's use of aerial reconnaissance to spy on property owners.

Young's column had powerful implications (12/26/10)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Newspaper: PA Legislature should put teeth in the state Sunshine Act

Legislature should put teeth in the state Sunshine Act (12/22/10)

PA Turnpike Makes U-Turn



Here's what we do know: Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will go up Jan. 2, 2011.

Up until today, motorists who pay cash would not know how much the tolls would be because the bureaucrats at the Turnpike Commission decided to print tickets without prices on them.

That controversial (and stupid) decision has been overturned.

But tolls are still going up thanks to a plan pushed a couple of years ago by Gov. Ed Rendell and Democrats in the state Legislature.

Turnpike makes U-turn, decides to print tolls on tickets - pottsmerc.com

New Videos Highlight Human Impact of Lawsuit Abuse

New Videos Highlight Human Impact of Lawsuit Abuse

Center for Immigration Studies Analysis of the Census: Population Up 27 Million in Just 10 Years

Center for Immigration Studies Analysis of the Census: Population Up 27 Million in Just 10 Years

New Census Data Reveal Immigration is Fueling Runaway U.S. Population Growth

New Census Data Reveal Immigration is Fueling Runaway U.S. Population Growth

Judicial Watch Praises New 'Tea Party Congress' Move to Preserve Office of Congressional Ethics

Judicial Watch Praises New 'Tea Party Congress' Move to Preserve Office of Congressional Ethics

Friday, December 17, 2010

ICE will now provide heart surgery, biopsies and psychiatric care to detainees

ICE will now provide heart surgery, biopsies and psychiatric care to detainees - National Immigration reform | Examiner.com

New Videos Highlight Human Impact of Lawsuit Abuse

New Videos Highlight Human Impact of Lawsuit Abuse

U.S. DOT Proposes Rule to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

U.S. DOT Proposes Rule to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

Ousted Lawmaker Energized By New Job

Hey, Pennsylvania taxpayers, your tax dollars will now go to ousted state Rep. David Kessler to study using algae as an alternative fuel. Pork-barrel spending at its worst.

Ousted Lawmaker Energized By New Job - Regional News - Berks Story - WFMZ Allentown

Krauthammer to headline Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

The 2011 PA Leadership Conference, featuring the largest gathering of conservatives in Pennsylvania, has lined up one of the sharpest conservative thinkers in the world for this year's event.

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and a Fox News commentator, will be the dinner speaker at the 2011 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held April 8-9 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill, Pa.

From a press release announcing Krauthammer's appearance:
"We are excited to have Dr. Krauthammer as the next in a long series of influential conservative speakers to address the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference," said Lowman Henry, President of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council which organizes the event. "In an era when many commentators offer only shop worn analysis, Dr. Krauthammer stands out as a thoughtful voice of reason who injects logic and perspective into the public debate."

The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is the premiere annual gathering of public policy conservatives from through the commonwealth and beyond. The conference features well known national speakers, and a who's who of state-level government and policy leaders offering commentary and panel presentations.

Dr. Krauthammer was named by the Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America. Since 1985 he has written a syndicated column for the Washington Post, winning the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1987. His column now appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide.

A contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and to the New Republic, Dr. Krauthammer is a Fox News contributor appearing nightly on Fox's evening news program Special Report with Bret Baier. He is also a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.
Complete information and registration for the 2011 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference can be found at the conference's newly redesigned website, www.paleadershipconference.org

Newspaper: Repeal automatic COLA for politicians

From the editorial pages of The Pottstown Mercury:
THORNS to the state Legislature for continuing the practice of automatic cost-of-living adjustments even though many legislators give them back or donate the money to charity. We don't want our tax dollars going to the charity of choice for lawmakers; we want the money to stay in the state coffers. The Legislature, along with members of the executive branch, including the governor, and judges receive an automatic cost-of-living adjustment each year under a 1995 law. This year, the COLA for lawmakers kicked in Dec. 1, while the higher pay for judges begins Jan. 1. Pay for rank-and-file legislators increased from $78,315 to $79,623 on Dec. 1, while higher-ranking officials are paid more. Instead of legislators giving it back, the law should be repealed.
Roses for soliciting public input in schools' chief search - pottsmerc.com

Tax Deal Passes, GOP Wants Permanent Cuts

Take a look at the final votes to extend the Bush Tax Cuts - 277-148 in the House and 81-19 in the Senate, with solid Democratic majorities in both chambers. But this only a two-year extension. When more Republicans join Congress in January, let's push for a permanent extension to get the U.S. economy moving again.

Tax Deal Passes, GOP Wants Permanent Cuts - HUMAN EVENTS

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Poll: Bob Casey's Job Approval Sinks

Casey's Job Approval Sinks, but He Is Polling Well for 2012 : Roll Call

The next to collapse

Dems driving businesses under with high taxes

The United States leads the world in something - the highest corporate income tax. And Democrats wonder why we've had 10% unemployment for the past two years?

A Rate Which Lives In Infamy - Investors.com

Corbett Inaugural website launches

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov.-elect Jim Cawley's Inaugural website has launched at www.CorbettCawleyInaugural.com

The theme of the new Republican administration is "Rebuilding Pennsylvania," which is a big task after the disastrous eight years of the Rendell administration.

The website provides detailed information on the Inaugural activities. Pennsylvania residents can also find information on how to reserve and purchase tickets for Inaugural events.

The site will be updated right up until the January 18, 2011, Inauguration.

Gallup Poll: Obama loses some backing from liberals

Gallup Poll: Obama loses some backing from liberals - latimes.com

More than 1.4 Million Stranded Holiday Drivers Expected by AAA

More than 1.4 Million Stranded Holiday Drivers Expected by AAA

The Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S.

Seventh Annual Farmers Insurance Study Ranks the Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S.

Getting your money's worth?

It costs $318 million a year to operate the Pennsylvania Legislature. Anyone think they're getting their money's worth?

Commission: Legislature's spending fell last year - pottsmerc.com

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Survey: Most Pa. residents believe economy will improve

Survey: Most Pa. residents believe economy will improve - pottsmerc.com

The Obama Constitution

DCED Secretary Says Harrisburg is 'Financially Distressed' Under Act 47

Another U.S. city run into the ground by Democrats.

DCED Secretary Says Harrisburg is 'Financially Distressed' Under Act 47

FRC, Members of Congress, Governors, and Conservative Leaders Release Open Letter Calling for Civil Debate, End to Character Assassination

FRC, Members of Congress, Governors, and Conservative Leaders Release Open Letter Calling for Civil Debate, End to Character Assassination

First Annual 'Index of Family Belonging and Rejection' Finds Only 45 percent of American Children Growing Up In Intact Families

First Annual 'Index of Family Belonging and Rejection' Finds Only 45 percent of American Children Growing Up In Intact Families

Most Americans Will Still Consider Showing up to Work When Sick This Cold & Flu Season, National Survey Finds

Most Americans Will Still Consider Showing up to Work When Sick This Cold & Flu Season, National Survey Finds

2012 Presidential Election: 18 Republican Contenders and President Obama Ranked By Communications Skills

2012 Presidential Election: 18 Republican Contenders and President Obama Ranked By Communications Skills

TIME Names Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder and CEO, The 2010 TIME Person of the Year

TIME Names Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder and CEO, The 2010 TIME Person of the Year

Monday, December 13, 2010

Governor Christie: Telling it like it is; Getting things done

Vote for the Most Outrageous Liberal Media Quotes of 2010 at MRC.org

Vote for the Most Outrageous Liberal Media Quotes of 2010 at MRC.org

Newspaper: Solution to property taxes within Legislature's reach

Solution to property taxes within Legislature's reach (12/12/10)

Mark Levin: ABC Edited Out Palin's Mention Of My Book

'The American Dream' Trailer

The American Dream Trailer from American Dream on Vimeo.

Three Organizations Launch Comprehensive Earmark Request Database

Three Organizations Launch Comprehensive Earmark Request Database

Mount Penn water customers urged to conserve

Mount Penn water customers urged to conserve

Reid's Lame-Duck Lands Bill Threatens Border Security

Reid's Lame-Duck Lands Bill Threatens Border Security

Richard Viguerie: Cuccinelli Obamacare Court Victory is a Major Win for the Tea Party

Richard Viguerie: Cuccinelli Obamacare Court Victory is a Major Win for the Tea Party

Landmark Praises Court Ruling in VA 'Obamacare' Suit

Landmark Praises Court Ruling in VA 'Obamacare' Suit

Federal Judge Gets It Half Right in Striking Down Health Care Law

Federal Judge Gets It Half Right in Striking Down Health Care Law

Don't Forget to Report Deer Harvests

Don't Forget to Report Deer Harvests

You call this pension reform?

This is Ed Rendell's idea of pension reform. The bill, which was backed by the teachers union, was passed with the support of Rendell and the Democratic majority in the state Legislature.

From The Associated Press:
Structural changes passed last month in Pennsylvania's large pension plans for state government workers and school district employees will still leave taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in new costs in the coming years.

The cost to the state government and school districts will go from $1.25 billion this year to just under $2 billion next year, but the average annual price tag for the coming decade amounts to $5.3 billion.
Pension law leaves taxpayers with $5B annual cost - pottsmerc.com

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Let's Compromise

Liberalism in 120 Seconds: Global warming alarmists vs. sanity

Cuckoo In Cancun

The global warming crowd may be suffering from hypothermia.

From Investor's Business Daily:
Still think those who continue to push the idea of man-made climate change are well-grounded and rational? Think again.

Consider Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She opened the U.N's global warming conference last week with a prayer to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon.

This mythological supreme being of fertility is supposed to be good for sending rain for crops. Maybe that's the sort of blessing Figueres had in mind when, from Cancun's — no joke — Moon Palace, she called Ixchel "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving" and hoped delegates would be inspired by her.

And did we mention that the multitasking Ixchel is also some kind of jaguar? Given her many roles, is it really reasonable to ask her to also save the planet from global warming?

But then if she did that, the alarmists wouldn't have to take junkets to balmy resorts in December to save the world from mankind.
Read the full editorial at the link below:

Cuckoo In Cancun - Investors.com

National Inflation Association Addresses Bernanke's '60 Minutes' Interview

NIA Addresses Bernanke's '60 Minutes' Interview

Obama Unravels…

NRO's Jim Geraghty: "Watching Barack Obama in a press conference discussing the tax deal, it feels like we’re watching his presidency lose all coherence."

Obama Unravels… - By Jim Geraghty - The Campaign Spot - National Review Online

Offshore Drilling Ban Will Limit Job Growth and Raise Fuel Costs, Harming American Consumers and Economy

Offshore Drilling Ban Will Limit Job Growth and Raise Fuel Costs, Harming American Consumers and Economy

Public Invited to Visit the Governor's Residence during Holiday Season

Public Invited to Visit the Governor's Residence during Holiday Season

Governor Rendell Announces Appointments

Governor Rendell Announces Appointments

Governor Rendell Reminds Residents of Dec. 31 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline, Free Application Assistance Available

Governor Rendell Reminds Residents of Dec. 31 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline, Free Application Assistance Available

'Surrender'



A dedication to Barack Obama for caving in on the Bush Tax Cuts. Maybe we can repeal Obamacare while we're on a roll?

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

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

Friday, December 3, 2010

Obama: Fool Me Four Times

Newspaper: Thorns to greedy PA judges

From the editorial pages of The Pottstown Mercury:
THORNS to Pennsylvania judges for disregarding the tax burden on Pennsylvania residents by leasing luxury automobiles including Cadillacs, Mercedes and high-end SUVs. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Sunday that 25 jurists in the state lease cars under a provision that reimburses them up to $600 a month; 13 opt not to lease vehicles. The state began paying for cars for appellate judges in 1990, and the practice continues despite other elected and appointed state officials who use cheaper fleet vehicles to keep costs down. The state's top judges are among the nation's highest paid. Some make in excess of $175,000 a year, yet lease high-end vehicles at taxpayer expense. Among the judges' cars are $568 a month for a 2010 Cadillac driven by Chief Justice Ronald Castille and $450 a month for a 2010 Mercedes Benz driven by Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy. Supreme Court Justice Max Baer leases a 2010 GMC Acadia from his brother's Washington dealership for $510 a month. One person quoted in the news article called it symbolic of a "culture of arrogance." Sound like Harrisburg?
Roses to state rep for helping remodel Boyertown office - pottsmerc.com

Unemployment Rate Climbs to 9.8%

The failure of Barack Obama's economic policies is complete. The U.S. unemployment rate for November rose to 9.8% - with the number of unemployed Americans climbing from 14.8 million to 15.1 million.

All this despite trillions of dollars in federal spending to "stimulate" the economy and reduce unemployment.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today:
"Today's jobs report showing unemployment jumping to 9.8 percent only confirms that President Obama's agenda of out-of-control spending, higher taxes, and bigger government has the economy moving in the wrong direction. Despite the clear message sent in last month's elections, Democrats continue to ignore the American people by remaining focused on enacting a host of liberal priorities that will do nothing to create jobs. All the while, they have left a massive job-killing tax increase hanging over the heads of every single American family and small business, prolonging the existing economic uncertainty that has kept employers from hiring. Instead of continuing the same wish-list mentality that pushed through big government Democrat programs in the face of high unemployment and record deficits, Democrats should work with Republicans to start putting the American people's priorities first – getting our country back on a path to economic prosperity and making sure no one sees a tax hike on January 1st."

Roses to State Rep. David Maloney for helping remodel Boyertown office

Republican David Maloney hasn't taken office yet in the PA Legislature, but he's already saving money for constituents in Berks County's 130th District.

Roses to state rep for helping remodel Boyertown office - pottsmerc.com

Lame duck president clings to Obamacare - pottsmerc.com

Nat Hentoff: Lame duck president clings to Obamacare - pottsmerc.com

Editorial: Time to kill automatic political pay hikes

Editorial: Time to kill automatic political pay hikes - delcotimes.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rep.-elect David Maloney turns down pay raise

Republican David M. Maloney won't take office until January, but he's already paying dividends for constituents in the 130th State House District.

Maloney announced Tuesday he will not accept the automatic 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment increase that members of the Pennsylvania Legislature gave themselves.

The automatic COLA raise was enacted in 1995 and gives a yearly pay raise for state legislators, members of the executive branch, including the governor, state judges and other state officials. (Gov.-elect Tom Corbett has also announced he will not accept the raise.)

Maloney issued the following statement: "Taking the increase is simply not the right thing to do. I have met so many people in our district this year who are truly struggling to pay bills, taxes and keep their homes. With Pennsylvania's high unemployment at nearly 10% and many of those out of work will be seeing the end of their unemployment benefits soon and as the Social Security Administration said there will be no increase again for our seniors, this is not the time for a COLA increase."

Maloney said he will return the COLA to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.

"It is the people's money. We also have a nearly $5 billion dollar hole in our budget coming next year so every belt needs tightening. The State Legislature needs to lead by example."

Maloney, a reform candidate who unseated Democratic incumbent Rep. David Kessler, represents the 130th district, which includes Boyertown, Birdsboro, Fleetwood and Earl, Douglass (Berks), Ruscombmanor, Amity, Rockland, Pike, Oley, Union and Colebrookdale townships and parts of Exeter Township.

The TSA's new theme song: Comply With Me

GOP Leadership Press Conference

Pennsylvania Department of State: Disciplinary Actions Taken Against 80 Licensed, Commissioned Professionals, Organizations

Pennsylvania Department of State: Disciplinary Actions Taken Against 80 Licensed, Commissioned Professionals, Organizations

Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Moratorium On Cost of Living Salary Increases for Public Officials

Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Moratorium On Cost of Living Salary Increases for Public Officials

Rep. Toepel District Office Moving to Red Hill

State Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-147th Dist., will move her district office from Schwenksville to Red Hill, effective Dec. 1.

The address of the new district office is 80 Gravel Pike, Unit A, Red Hill, PA 18076.

Toepel's district office phone and fax numbers will also change. The new phone number will be 215-679-3082. The new fax number will be 215-679-3156.

Office hours for the new district office will remain the same, opening Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toepel's current district office located in Schwenksville is closed as of Nov. 30.

Toepel, who won a special election in May to fill the remainder of former state Rep. Bob Mensch's seat, won a full two-year term to the state House in November.

Sen. Lamar Alexander and Leading Conservative Commentators Examine Prospects for Limited Government in the 112th Congress

Sen. Lamar Alexander and Leading Conservative Commentators Examine Prospects for Limited Government in the 112th Congress

Ralph Peters: Obama Is "Gutless" For Not Taking Down Wikileaks

RealClearPolitics - Video - Ralph Peters: Obama Is "Gutless" For Not Taking Down Wikileaks

GOP Rep. Buyer Blasts Acting Dem Speaker: "This is why the People have T...

Democrat Response to the Elections: We Just Need More Illegal Voters

Democrat Response to the Elections: We Just Need More Illegal Voters

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

Democrats Defect to GOP

And the hits just keep on coming!

From The Associated Press:
Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party's final indignity this year.

At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year's legislative sessions draw near.

The defections underscore dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party — particularly in the South — and will give Republicans a stronger hand in everything from pushing a conservative fiscal and social agenda to redrawing political maps.

Largest Federal Employee Union Denounces Obama Administration Proposal to Freeze Pay

Largest Federal Employee Union Denounces Obama Administration Proposal to Freeze Pay

Rep.-elect David Maloney to relocate district offices

Here's one way to save taxpayers a few bucks: Do-it-yourself.

Newly-elected state Rep. David Maloney, a contractor by profession, will pitch in to re-do his two district offices in an effort to save his constituents some money.

In addition to relocating his two offices in the 130th House District, Maloney will pick up a hammer and nails and help with the interior refurbishing of the facilities.

Maloney, a Republican, ousted two-term Democratic incumbent David Kessler to represent the Eastern Berks County seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

From a press release issued by Maloney:
State Rep.-elect David Maloney says he will offer constituent services for residents of the 130th House District at two new offices.

The southern part of the district will be serviced at a new office at 515 Old Swede Road (Rt. 662) Douglassville in the Old Swede Office Complex.

"This office will allow easier access to the residents of Amity, Douglassville, Birdsboro, Exeter and Union townships," Maloney said.

The Boyertown office will move from South Warwick Street to 46 E. Philadelphia Ave., next to the landmark Bause’s Drug store.

"Rent and utilities for the two new locations will be less expensive than what was offered to us to stay at the old locations," Maloney said. "Neither of the old offices were wheelchair accessible. Now both offices will be."

Maloney, who has a background in construction, said he will help re-fit the Boyertown office space himself to save taxpayers some money.

Move-in dates for the Douglassville office will be Dec. 6 but phone and computer lines may not be in place by then.

"The Boyertown office phone number will remain the same as before, 610-369-3010 and we will do our best to retrieve messages and return calls until we are fully functioning at 46 E. Philadelphia Ave. We hope to have our Boyertown re-fit done by the end of December for sure. We will have a new phone number for Douglassville and new email addresses. Our offices will also have a new 130th District website that we will make public as soon a possible," Maloney explained.

Maloney does not take office until Jan. 4 when he takes his oath in a ceremony at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

Open House dates for both offices will be announced when they are both fully operational.

The Greecing of America, Simplified

State Rep.-elect Maloney announces new district office locations

State Rep.-elect Maloney announces new district office locations - pottsmerc.com

Hey Democrats: Don't ignore, distort facts

Don't ignore, distort facts (11/26/10)

Editorial: Just say no to automatic hike in pay for state officials

If your Pennsylvania legislator does not turn down the automatic pay raise coming their way on Dec. 1, you should vote them out of office next time around.

Just say no to automatic hike in pay for state officials (11/29/10)

Governor Rendell Signs 22 Bills

Governor Rendell Signs 22 Bills

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Empty Suit

America's Standard (Before Obamacare Ruins It)

From Investor's Business Daily:
Health Care: Those who wish to nationalize medicine point to America's low position in world health rankings. But when a rich Saudi who could go anywhere for treatment chose, where did he go? America, of course.

When King Abdullah flew out of Saudi Arabia Monday to be treated after a blood clot had complicated a slipped disc, he didn't choose France, Italy, Britain, Canada, Morocco, Oman or Cyprus, all nations that stand higher than the U.S. in the World Health Organization's ranking of health care systems.

Neither did he stay in Saudi Arabia, travel to relatively nearby Malta or Greece. He avoided Andorra, Spain, Monaco and the United Arab Emirates, again, all judged by WHO to have better health care than the U.S.
So why is Barack Obama trying to dismantle the best health-care system in the world? Read the full editorial at the link below:

America's Standard - Investors.com

Bill O'Reilly: The Borrowed Buck Stops Here

From Bill O'Reilly's latest column:
"It is one thing for a loopy newspaper columnist to demand socialist reform. It is quite another if a sitting president buys into it."
Read the full story at the link below:

Bill O'Reilly: Bill's Column - The Borrowed Buck Stops Here

The Day the Dollar Died

Turkey, the European Union, and Creeping Islam

Turkey, the European Union, and Creeping Islam

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rep. Turzai Dispels LCB Revenue Myth

PA House Republican Caucus - Turzai Dispels LCB Revenue Myth

Dem Ed Rendell on PA Losses: 'Voters Don’t Always Vote On Logical Reasons'

Dem Ed Rendell on PA Losses: 'Voters Don’t Always Vote On Logical Reasons'

Survey: Pennsylvania Motorists Believe They Are Safe Drivers

Survey: Pennsylvania Motorists Believe They Are Safe Drivers

U.S. House Speaker-Elect Boehner Joins Visible Vote

U.S. House Speaker-Elect Boehner Joins Visible Vote

NJ Gun Group Sues State to Restore Citizens' Self Defense Rights!

NJ Gun Group Sues State to Restore Citizens' Self Defense Rights!

Soldiers' Angels Continues Growth in Supporting Troops

Soldiers' Angels Continues Growth in Supporting Troops

GOP Makes Big Gains Among Hispanics

GOP Makes Big Gains Among Hispanics

Study: Obama Beats Elder Bush's Record to Become Most-Traveled President in First Two Years of Term

Study: Obama Beats Elder Bush's Record to Become Most-Traveled President in First Two Years of Term

Video - Woman Who Was 'Exhausted Of Defending' Obama Loses Her Job

RealClearPolitics - Video - Woman Who Was "Exhausted Of Defending" Obama Loses Her Job

Pardon Yourself

Local lawmakers talk about pay raise coming their way

Tom Caltagirone and Dante Santoni, the last two Democratic state House members left in Berks County, do not appear to have a problem with taking a pay raise while their constituents suffer.

Local lawmakers talk about pay raise coming their way

Local lawmakers talk about pay raise coming their way

Tom Caltagirone and Dante Santoni, the last two Democratic state House members left in Berks County, do not appear to have a problem with taking a pay raise while their constituents suffer.

Local lawmakers talk about pay raise coming their way

NJ lawmakers approve tough law to fight bullying

NJ lawmakers approve tough law to fight bullying - trentonian.com

NJ lawmakers pass bill regulating overpaid school superintendents' contracts

NJ lawmakers pass bill regulating overpaid school superintendents' contracts - trentonian.com

Corbett inherits staggering fiscal mess

Corbett inherits staggering fiscal mess - pottsmerc.com

Harrisburg payjackers strike again

Top Pa. officials to get 1.7 percent pay raise - pottsmerc.com

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pay raise for PA politicians kicks in Dec. 1

Christmas comes early for members of the Pennsylvania Legislature, already among the highest paid "public servants" in the United States.

An annual automatic cost-of-living increase kicks in Dec. 1 for state lawmakers, judges and other elected officials.

From The Associated Press:
Pennsylvania's legislators, judges and top state officials are about to get automatic pay raises of 1.7 percent. Newly elected and returning legislators will get their raises starting Dec. 1, officials said Monday.

The annual salaries for rank-and-file legislators will increase from $78,315 to $79,623. Salaries for legislative floor leaders will rise from $113,468 to $115,364.
Read the full story here.

Mutiny on the Goodship Obama?

Mutiny on the Goodship Obama? - HUMAN EVENTS

Teach Your Kid How to Sense BS

Friday, November 19, 2010

Don't Touch My Junk

The worst attorney general ever

Michael Gerson on Eric Holder:

When Failure is a Habit

Berks County Patriots urged to keep up political pressure

Sound advice from Nathan Benefield to the Berks County Patriots: "In the November 2nd election we sent a message. That's only the beginning. We need to be vigilant and make sure Governor-elect (Tom) Corbett keeps the promises he made in the campaign."

Berks County Patriots urged to keep up political pressure

Third National Poll Confirms: Americans' Concern About Nasty Politics Continues to Climb

Third National Poll Confirms: Americans' Concern About Nasty Politics Continues to Climb

Newspaper: Fire Eric Holder

From Investor's Business Daily:
The acquittal of a Gitmo detainee of the murder of 224 people shows the stupidity of civilian trials for those at war with us and the blind incompetence of an administration that believes in them.

Attorney General Eric Holder should be fired. Failing that, he should have the decency to submit his resignation, which should be promptly accepted. He is the architect of a policy that treats mass murder like a bank robbery and gives perpetrators the functional equivalent of a slap on the wrist.
Read the full editorial at the link below:

Fire Eric Holder - Investors.com

Thursday, November 18, 2010

UN IPCC Official Admits 'We Redistribute World's Wealth By Climate Policy'

BREAKING: UN IPCC Official Admits 'We Redistribute World's Wealth By Climate Policy'

'Veterans Paid the Price, Cut Debt Elsewhere,' Says The American Legion

'Veterans Paid the Price, Cut Debt Elsewhere,' Says The American Legion

Richard Viguerie: 56 Conservative Leaders Rally Behind Senator Jim DeMint

Richard Viguerie: 56 Conservative Leaders Rally Behind Senator Jim DeMint

Texas Public Policy Foundation Report Gives States Options for Pushing Back on Federal Overreach

Texas Public Policy Foundation Report Gives States Options for Pushing Back on Federal Overreach

S&P: US Healthcare Costs Rise 7.08% Over the 12-Months Ending September 2010

S&P: US Healthcare Costs Rise 7.08% Over the 12-Months Ending September 2010

Democratic state lawmaker busted on marijuana charge

On the same day most Pennsylvania newspapers ran a story from The Associated Press that revealed that 19 members of the state Legislature had criminal records, a Democratic state representative was busted for allegedly smoking marijuana at a tailgate gathering at a Pittsburgh Steelers game.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
State Rep. Paul Costa faces a court hearing on a citation accusing him of smoking marijuana during a tailgate party outside a Pittsburgh Steelers game, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Undercover Pittsburgh police Officer Alex Lee Myers was patrolling the parking lots outside the Oct. 3 game at Heinz Field, which the Steelers lost to the Baltimore Ravens, and said he saw Costa, 51, a Democrat from Wilkins, sharing a joint with another man.

"He adamantly denies that he smoked any marijuana," said Costa's attorney, Phil DiLucente. "No narcotics of any kind were found on him. In fact, he detests marijuana."
Rep. Costa has represented the 34th House District since 1999. He ran unopposed for re-election to a new term on Nov. 2.

Read the full story at the newspaper's website.

Krauthammer to headline Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

The 2011 PA Leadership Conference, featuring the largest gathering of conservatives in Pennsylvania, has lined up one of the sharpest conservative thinkers in the world for this year's event.

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and a Fox News commentator, will be the dinner speaker at the 2011 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held April 8-9 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill, Pa.

From a press release announcing Krauthammer's appearance:
"We are excited to have Dr. Krauthammer as the next in a long series of influential conservative speakers to address the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference," said Lowman Henry, President of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council which organizes the event. "In an era when many commentators offer only shop worn analysis, Dr. Krauthammer stands out as a thoughtful voice of reason who injects logic and perspective into the public debate."

The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is the premiere annual gathering of public policy conservatives from through the commonwealth and beyond. The conference features well known national speakers, and a who's who of state-level government and policy leaders offering commentary and panel presentations.

Dr. Krauthammer was named by the Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America. Since 1985 he has written a syndicated column for the Washington Post, winning the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1987. His column now appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide.

A contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and to the New Republic, Dr. Krauthammer is a Fox News contributor appearing nightly on Fox's evening news program Special Report with Bret Baier. He is also a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.
Complete information and registration for the 2011 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference can be found at the conference's newly redesigned website, www.paleadershipconference.org

Newspaper: Time for PA to make teacher strikes illegal

Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in teacher strikes. Thirty-seven other states have banned teacher strikes. It's time for Pennsylvania to do the same.

Time for state to make teacher strikes illegal - pottsmerc.com

Psst! Housing Market News Was Really Bad Wednesday; To AP, That Means It Was Really Good

Psst! Housing Market News Was Really Bad Wednesday; To AP, That Means It Was Really Good

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Union Members: Where Do Your Dues Go?

Special AP report: 19 lawmakers in Pa. have arrest records

Drug offenses, gun charges, theft and drunken driving turned up in the backgrounds of some state lawmakers when the entire Pennsylvania General Assembly was checked against public records, news accounts and other sources, according to reporter Mark Scolforo.

Special AP report: 19 lawmakers in Pa. have arrest records - pottsmerc.com

PA GOP: Tone-Deaf Bob Casey Jr. Still Supports Harry Reid

Lockstep liberal Bob Casey Jr. supports Harry Reid for Senate Majority Leader.

Republican Party of Pennsylvania

Richard Viguerie: Conservatives Rejoice Over 'Prodigal Son' Republicans - No Earmarks

Richard Viguerie: Conservatives Rejoice Over 'Prodigal Son' Republicans - No Earmarks

Government Employees Owe Billions in Delinquent Taxes

Government Employees Owe Billions in Delinquent Taxes - CNBC

New Documentary Exposes the threats to American Parental Rights



New Documentary Exposes the Threats to American Parental Rights

Pa. workplace fatalities down in 2009

At last, we can thank Barack Obama and Ed Rendell for something.

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, Pennsylvania had 166 workplace fatalities in 2009, down from 241 in 2008.

I'm guessing the reason workplace fatalities in Pennsylvania were down last year is the fact that hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians lost their jobs and had no workplace to go to thanks to the failed policies of Ed Rendell and Barack Obama.

Read more: Pa. workplace fatalities down in 2009 at the Philadelphia Business Journal website.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Union pension bailout bill awaits Rendell signature

The Pennsylvania House overwhelmingly passed a flawed pension "reform" bill Monday that does little to reform the golden pension plans enjoyed by government workers and teachers and will end up costing Pennsylvania taxpayers billions of dollars.

A number of Republicans joined the lame duck Democrats in pushing the bill through.

The Commonwealth Foundation, an independent, non-profit public policy research and educational institute based in Harrisburg, offers some insight into HB 2497:
HARRISBURG, PA — The Commonwealth Foundation expressed disappointment with today's passage of House Bill 2497, which defers significant pension costs on to future generations while failing to adequately reform the state's largest defined benefit pension systems.

"We attempted to bring fiscal sanity to the pension discussion, but the reality was that self-interested unions were successful in drowning out the voice of the taxpayers," said Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation. "Despite arguments to the contrary, this bill didn't 'save' the taxpayers any money. Taxes will still be going up with this 'reform' next year — $646M more just to pay for PSERS and SERS — and every year thereafter. But it did prevent moving new employees into a Defined Contribution plan — a major victory for labor unions like PSEA, AFSCME and SEIU."

"Yet we remain hopeful that a new administration and new legislature will begin the process of fully reforming Harrisburg to protect the taxpayers in the future," said Brouillette. "Many lawmakers voted for HB 2497 as the 'first step' to pension reform. We look forward to working with lawmakers who understand this cannot be the final action, and with new leaders who understand the need for real pension reform and controlled spending."
The only silver lining on this cloudy day is the fact that the Legislature can revisit the pension fiasco in 2011 when both chambers will be controlled by Republicans and Gov.-elect Tom Corbett will take office.

The Commonwealth Foundation has posted a complete roll call of how the House voted here.

Vote NO on HB 2497

The Commonwealth Foundation offers 13 reasons why the Pennsylvania House should reject HB 2497, aka the teachers union pension bailout bill.

Read the article at the Foundation's website and contact your state House member to urge a NO vote on HB 2497.

Deloitte Poll: Consumers Express Mixed Views About Health Reform

Deloitte Poll: Consumers Express Mixed Views About Health Reform

Pennsylvania Revenue Department Updates Online List of State Tax Liens

Pennsylvania Revenue Department Updates Online List of State Tax Liens

New Report: Hunger Reaches Record High

New Report: Hunger Reaches Record High

Criminal background checks of legislators raise many questions

How much do you know about the person you elected to the Legislature? Nineteen members of the Pennsylvania Legislature have criminal records, according to a recent investigation by The Associated Press.

Criminal background checks of legislators raise many questions - pottsmerc.com

G20: Obama and the Chinese Reporter—Ugly, Painful and Embarrassing

Friday, November 12, 2010

Newspaper: 6,600 state workers owe PA back taxes

No wonder Pennsylvania is broke. It's own state workers don't pay taxes.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported earlier this week that more than 6,600 state workers - essentially 1 in every 11 state employee - owes the back taxes.

Why did it take Pennsylvania this long to go after the 6,600 state workers who owe money?

This is the kind of stuff that went on right under Ed Rendell's nose for 8 years.

Let's hope Gov.-elect Tom Corbett will put a stop to the fleecing of taxpayers.

Read the full story at the Harrisburg Patriot-News website.

Department of State: Automatic Recount Not Warranted for Nov. 2 General Election

Department of State: Automatic Recount Not Warranted for Nov. 2 General Election

Study: Fiscal-Issue Ballot Measures Not Always Followed

Fiscal-Issue Ballot Measures Often - But Not Always - Followed National Election Trends, Study Finds

Ray Stevens - Come to the USA

PA lawmakers who broke the law

The Associated Press has put together an investigative story exposing some of the legal troubles that Pennsylvania lawmakers have gotten themselves into over the years.

A total of 19 current members of the Legislature have arrest records, according to The Associated Press.

The story, written by By Mark Scolforo, will be published starting Sunday in most Pennsylvania newspapers:

Here's a preview the wire service sent to its member newspapers:
HARRISBURG — Drug offenses, gun charges, theft and drunken driving turned up in the backgrounds of some state lawmakers when the entire Pennsylvania General Assembly was checked against public records, news accounts and other sources. At least five lawmakers were found to have convictions of criminal offenses and six others with convictions in cases that were later expunged or stricken. Another five who turned up in the AP investigation with records of arrests or citations either won acquittals or their cases were dropped.

A How-To Guide on Cutting Spending

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Senator Casey and Senator-Elect Pat Toomey Working Together to Create Jobs

Lame-duck session scheduled in Pennsylvania

Lame-duck session scheduled in Pennsylvania

Local Tea Party toasts election results

The Valley Forge Patriots had a lot to do with getting conservatives elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature and to Congress on Nov. 2, 2010.

Local Tea Party toasts election results (video) - timesherald.com

Investigation: 19 PA lawmakers have arrest records

The Associated Press has put together an investigative story exposing some of the legal troubles that Pennsylvania lawmakers have gotten themselves into over the years.

A total of 19 current members of the Legislature have arrest records, according to The Associated Press.

The story, written by By Mark Scolforo, will be published starting Sunday in most Pennsylvania newspapers:

Here's a preview the wire service sent to its member newspapers:
HARRISBURG — Drug offenses, gun charges, theft and drunken driving turned up in the backgrounds of some state lawmakers when the entire Pennsylvania General Assembly was checked against public records, news accounts and other sources. At least five lawmakers were found to have convictions of criminal offenses and six others with convictions in cases that were later expunged or stricken. Another five who turned up in the AP investigation with records of arrests or citations either won acquittals or their cases were dropped.

Veterans Day 2010

'Media Malpractice... How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted'

George Will Nominates NPR Funding as Budget Cut Number One

George Will Nominates NPR Funding as Budget Cut Number One

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New leadership team for PA House unveiled

Here are your leaders in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives come January, when Republicans will hold a 112-91 majority, the largest in more than a decade.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Rep. Sam Smith (66th District, Jefferson County). Smith has served as leader since 2003. In 2000, Smith was elected whip until April 2003, when he was elected majority leader after the death of Speaker Matthew J. Ryan. Smith was first elected to the House in 1986, succeeding his father, former Rep. Eugene "Snuffy" Smith.

MAJORITY LEADER: Rep. Mike Turzai (28th District, Allegheny County). Turzai was first elected to the House in 2001. He previously served as whip during the 2009-2010 legislative session. In 2006, he was elected Republican Policy Committee chairman.

MAJORITY WHIP: Rep. Stan Saylor (94th District, York County). Saylor was first elected to the House in 1992. In the 2009-2010 session, Saylor served as the Republican Policy Committee chairman.

APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN: Rep. William Adolph (165th District, Delaware County). Adolph was first elected to the House in 1988. Today, he was elected to his first full term as Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Last year, he was elected to the position to replace former Rep. Mario Civera, who resigned.

CAUCUS CHAIRMAN: Rep. Sandra Major (111th District, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties). Major was first elected to the House in 1994. She was re-elected to her third term as Caucus Chairman.

POLICY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Rep. Dave Reed (62nd District, Indiana County). Reed was first elected to the House in 2002. He is currently chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee.

CAUCUS ADMINISTRATOR: Rep. Dick Stevenson (8th District, Mercer and Butler Counties). Stevenson was first elected to the House in 2000. This is his first election to House leadership.

CAUCUS SECRETARY: Rep. Mike Vereb (150th District, Montgomery County). Vereb was first elected in 2006. This will be his first term as Secretary.
A couple of quick thoughts: Only one woman on the leadership team? It's 2010 and women make up more than half the population of Pennsylvania. Republicans need to do a better job of getting women elected to the Legislature and giving them real clout. On the other hand, House Democrats have done no better, with just one female on their leadership team over the past two years. Rep. Turzai is a solid conservative and one of the smartest people in the Legislature. He should help usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility in state government. Rep. Mike Vereb, in just four years in Harrisburg, is making one of the quickest leaps to a leadership post in House history. He's a stand-up guy and will give Montgomery County a bigger say in the Legislature.

Read the full release from Rep. Smith's office at the link below:

Rep. Sam Smith - Republican Leader of Pennsylvania House of Representatives - New PA House Republican Majority Chooses 2011-2012 Leadership Team

Rep. Smith Comments on Republican Majority in Upcoming Legislative Session

Local News Station Uncovers Proof Terrorists Crossed Mexican Border

Department of Health Encourages Pennsylvanians to Get Vaccinated for Flu

Department of Health Encourages Pennsylvanians to Get Vaccinated for Flu

Governor Rendell Announces Appointments

Governor Rendell Announces Appointments

Gary Sinise: Help build memorial for disabled veterans

Examination of NPR Board Finds Overwhelming Liberal Dominance

American taxpayers should not be funding liberal propaganda.

Examination of NPR Board Finds Overwhelming Liberal Dominance

Constitution group to celebrate 5th Anniversary

The Constitutional Organization Of Liberty (COOL), a conservative, non-partisan political action committee, will be celebrating its Fifth Anniversary on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

Mark Thomas, Chairman for COOL, said that the group was looking forward to commemorating five years of constitutional education in Pennsylvania.

"It is really kind of amazing to think that just a few years ago, a small group of local conservatives organized themselves to begin educating people about the Constitution, and now they have become a statewide resource for constitutionalists," Thomas said. "Our objective and primary focus is, and always has been, educating the people of Pennsylvania about the principles our country was founded on, and we are fulfilling that mission."

State Sen. Mike Folmer, one of the original organizers of COOL and a current board member, said he was excited about having an event to commemorate COOL's anniversary.

"So much has happened over the last few years, it's almost hard to imagine that all of this begun just five years ago," Folmer said. "Between the expanded courses we offer and the broadening range of locations where classes are conducted, it really is quite impressive all that COOL has accomplished."

Folmer noted that while the initial focus of COOL was Lebanon County and south central Pennsylvania, the group has made course presentations as far away as Bradford and Pittsburgh, and one of the group's instructors was nominated for an annual award presented by the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Committee.

In addition, COOL was a Patriot Sponsor of the 2010 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Harrisburg and a sponsor of the 2010 LIVEFREE PA event in Palmyra.

The 5th Anniversary banquet will be held at the Lantern Lodge in Myerstown, and with comments to be made by Folmer, Thomas and Lowman Henry of the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference.