Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Group urges PA to raise tax on beer

A group that bills itself as the alcohol industry watchdog says many states, including Pennsylvania, should consider higher taxes on beer to make up for budget shortfalls.

Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wyoming have not passed a beer tax increase in 50 years or more, according to the Marin Institute.

From a press release the group issued today: "Astonishingly, in 47 states, the decrease in real value of the current beer tax (due to inflation) ranges from 25 percent to over 75 percent. Included with the maps is a handy table that chronicles all the data state-by-state including current beer tax rates."

This is graphic proof that Big Alcohol lobbying efforts are extremely effective at preventing sound public policy and balanced state budgets," said Michael Scippa, advocacy director at Marin Institute. "Their well-funded influence peddling is especially effective when coupled with generous campaign contributions."

"We hope state legislatures and governors looking for alternatives to draconian cuts to budgets and services will use this data," Simon added. "Then enact long-overdue increases to beer taxes and index them to inflation to prevent future losses."

Read the full release at the link below. You can also check out the group's Web site to see where your state stands on beer taxes.

State Governments Neglect Beer Taxes

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Working for the government ... until April 9

From the non-partisan Tax Foundation:
Tax Freedom Day will arrive on April 9 this year, the 99th day of 2010.

That means Ameri­cans will work well over three months of the year, from January 1 to April 9, before they have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obli­gations at the federal, state and local levels.

Tax Freedom Day arrives a day later in 2010 than it did in 2009, but more than two weeks earlier than in 2007.

This shift toward a lower tax burden since 2007 has been driven by three factors:

* The recession has reduced tax collections even faster than it has reduced income;
* President Obama and the Congress have enacted large but temporary income tax cuts for 2009 and 2010, just as President Bush did in 2008; and
* Two significant taxes were repealed for 2010 as part of previous legislation, the estate tax and the so-called PEP and Pease provisions of the income tax.

Despite all these tax reductions, Americans will pay more taxes in 2010 than they will spend on food, clothing and shelter combined.

• Each state has its own Tax Freedom Day. Alaska's is earliest on March 26, and Connecticut celebrates last on April 27. High-income states pay much more in federal taxes, and they often have higher state-local taxes as well. Joining Connecticut in the latest celebrations are New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Washington. Alaska is joined in early celebration by Louisiana, South Dakota, Mississippi and West Virginia.
Tax Freedom Day for Pennsylvania comes on April 13. Pennsylvania ranks 11th among the states on the list of worst tax burden, according to the Tax Foundation.

Read the full 8-page report at the Tax Foundation Web site.

PatriotPledge.org Launches the Patriot Pledge

PatriotPledge.org Launches the Patriot Pledge

2010 Sammies Winners Announced

2010 Sammies Winners Announced

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekly GOP Address: Repeal and Replace Obamacare



In the Weekly Republican Address, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell discusses the flawed health care bill passed by Democrats and why it should be repealed and replaced.

McConnell says, "In one of the most divisive legislative debates in modern history, Democrats decided to go the partisan route and blatantly ignore the will of the people. Americans opposed this legislation, and, now theyre clamoring to see it repealed and replaced. Democratic Leaders and White House officials may be celebrating their victory this week, but most of the rest of the country is not. Most people arent interested in celebrating a bill that makes their lives more complicated, takes more out of their paychecks and puts decisions theyre used to making themselves into the hands of federal bureaucrats."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rep. Reichley: Rendell Budget a 'Sham'

Rep. Doug Reichley (R-Berks/Lehigh), vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after Tuesday's passage of House Bill 2279, Gov. Rendell's latest $29 billion red-ink budget proposal:
"It is no coincidence that the budget bill that passed today was voted on exactly 100 days before the June 30 deadline. Unfortunately, the governor and his allies would prefer to pass a bill that does not bear any reality to the financial difficulties faced by many families, businesses and organizations rather than to pass a fiscally responsible spending plan for Pennsylvania. The governor's proposal, passed with unanimous support from House Democrats, spends far more than the state is taking in, exceeding tax revenue by billions of dollars, and relying on deferred payments into state employee and teacher pension funds. Such reckless spending only compounds the problem we are currently facing.

"The governor's budget also unwisely uses a whistling through the graveyard approach by basing his spending plan on receiving $850 million in federal aid for Medical Assistance, the state-administered health care plan for the poor, elderly, and disabled in Pennsylvania. The problem is there is no telling if and when the state will receive those federal funds. The governor and his supporters in the House Democratic Caucus should have learned after seven years of missing budget deadlines that you do not achieve a balanced budget by crossing your collective fingers and wishing for federal aid.

"We need to act now to protect against tax increases in the future. We need to act now with further decreases in state spending. We need to fix foreseeable problems with the state employees and public school employees retirement systems before we reach the tipping point.

"Clearly, the bill that passed today is not the bill that will become law. It's a sham, designed to provide taxpayers with the illusion that the budget process has started in earnest. This is not a real, negotiated, fiscally sustainable budget. We will all end up paying for it, well beyond when the governor leaves office."
Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

How's that Obamacare working out for you?

How's that Obamacare working out for you? As well as the Obama "stimulus" package?

Employers are already warning workers about higher health-care costs and reduced benefits, according to The Wall Street Journal.

From a new WSJ editorial:
Even before President Obama signed the bill on Tuesday, Caterpillar said it would cost the company at least $100 million more in the first year alone. Medical device maker Medtronic warned that new taxes on its products could force it to lay off a thousand workers. Now Verizon joins the roll of businesses staring at adverse consequences.

In an email titled "President Obama Signs Health Care Legislation" sent to all employees Tuesday night, the telecom giant warned that "we expect that Verizon's costs will increase in the short term." While executive vice president for human resources Marc Reed wrote that "it is difficult at this point to gauge the precise impact of this legislation," and that ObamaCare does reflect some of the company's policy priorities, the message to workers was clear: Expect changes for the worse to your health benefits as the direct result of this bill, and maybe as soon as this year.
And this is just the beginning of the havoc Obamacare will create.

Read the full editorial here.

A Tale of Two F-Bombs

A Tale of Two F-Bombs: WaPo, MSNBC, CNN Bothered By Cheney in 2004, Not Biden Six Years Later | NewsBusters.org

The Media's Myth of Right Wing Violence

The Media's Myth of Right Wing Violence | NewsBusters.org

ACORN arm in Pennsylvania takes new name

ACORN arm in Pennsylvania takes new name - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Maloney supports Corbett plan to file lawsuit against Obamacare

David Maloney, Republican candidate for the 130th state House seat, said he agrees with Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett's plan to file a lawsuit to protect the citizens of Pennsylvania whose rights will be violated by the health care reform legislation signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday

From a press release Maloney issued:
"I saw nothing in the health care bill that addresses access to insurance purchasing across state lines or tort reform. States will be forced to spend millions of dollars to defend their own state constitutional rights." Corbett is discussing legal strategy with attorneys general from ten other states (Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Texas, Utah, Washington, North Dakota and South Dakota and Virginia).

Maloney said "I believe and I hope the courts will find the health care reform legislation unconstitutional. I also support PA House Bill 2179, sponsored by Rep. Curt Schroder (R-Chester/Delaware), which would enable Pennsylvania citizens to reject federally mandated health care and maintain control of their health care choices."

Schroder's bill proposes to amend Pennsylvania's constitution, enabling citizens to reaffirm their right to make their own health care decisions by putting the question to the voters at the polls. HB 2179 would stop the federal government’s proposed takeover of health care at Pennsylvania's borders and it would prevent a similar government takeover of health care at the state level, such as the single-payer system that has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House.

Maloney said "House Bill 2179 would protect the freedoms and liberties of Pennsylvania residents from massive federal government intrusion by putting health care decisions back in the hands of the citizens. HB2179 would do this by amending our state constitution, effectively removing the hand of the federal government from our pockets and ensuring the rights of Pennsylvanians to choose their health care plans and providers. We the people are the last line of defense against massive government intrusions to take over health care."

HB 2179 is pending in the House Insurance Committee.
For more on Mononey's campaign, visit his Web site.

Rep. Mike Pence: 'This Fight is Not Over'

Gasoline pump prices highest since October 2008

Be sure to thank Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi for rising gas prices. The Democrats have broken their promises (surprise, surprise) to allow more drilling for oil off American shores. So consumers will pay $3 for gas all summer. Another reason to vote out Democrats in November.

Gasoline pump prices highest since October 2008 - The Mercury (pottsmerc.com)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rep. Quigley: Democrats' Budget Built on a House of Cards

State Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 2279, which is Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed budget, minus the taxes Rendell wants to pay for the $29 billion spending plan:
"By relying on yet-to-be-approved federal funds, this legislation builds our budget on a house of cards. We should not allocate $850 million in federal money we only hope to get, but we should focus on the resources we know we have. This budget is the epitome of writing a check the taxpayers might not be able to cash, and it is irresponsible.

"For the past two budget cycles, Pennsylvania outspent its means. We are expected to end the year with a more than half-billion dollar deficit, which is a clear sign that this is not the time to increase spending. This budget calls for a $1.2 billion, or 4 percent, spending increase. Pennsylvania’s families continue to scale back their personal budgets, and this proposed state spending growth is not reflective of our current economy.

"I will continue putting my efforts into examining ways to make state government more efficient, and I am hopeful the Senate will amend this bill with a more realistic spending goal that will shield Pennsylvania families from future tax increases. We need to adopt a budget that is practical and sustainable."
The budget bill passed the House by a vote of 107-89, mostly along party lines, and now goes to the Senate for consideration. Since Republicans hold a 30-20 majority in the Senate, they will likely discard the Rendell/Democratic budget and craft their own spending plan.

Tuesday's House vote was essentially a publicity stunt by House Democrats. March 23 marks 100 days before the constitutional deadline to approve the budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. You'll recall that the Legislature was 100 days late with in approving the 2009-10 budget.

Rohrer Video: Give Me Liberty in 2010

Horrocks seeks GOP nod in 128th House District

A second Republican has announced plans to seek the party's nomination for the 128th state House District. The seat will become vacant at the end of the year because incumbent state Rep. Sam Rohrer is not seeking re-election, opting instead to run for Pennsylvania governor.

Jeff Horrocks is a member of the Twin Valley School Board. This is his first run for the state Legislature. Also running is Mark M. Gillen, former Berks County Jury Commissioner and former Berks County Republican Party Chairman. For more on Gillen, click here.

Read more about Horrocks at the link below:

Twin Valley school director Horrocks seeks GOP nomination in 128th Legislative District

Reichley wants another term in state House

Reichley seeking 5th 2-year legislative term in 134th District

Newspaper: 'Enacting A Lie' called Obamacare

From a new editorial in Investor's Business Daily:
Sunday's vote exposed the ugly truth that ObamaCare is not really about health care at all. It's all about who pays for it and who controls it — in effect a massive wealth-redistribution scheme.

Those who believe this will lead to some medical nirvana will likely be disappointed. Fact is, this poorly designed monstrosity will lead to lower-quality care, higher costs, fewer practicing physicians, higher taxes and fewer jobs.

We've done more than 150 editorials in the past year or so documenting these problems. Democrats surely understand them. Yet, despite a recent CNN poll showing that 59% of Americans oppose ObamaCare, Congress approved it anyway.

Why? Because it's not really about health care. It's the largest wealth grab in American history, masquerading as health care "reform," another step in the socialization of Americans' income in the name of "fairness" and "spread(ing) the wealth around," as Obama himself has put it.

That's why we call the program a lie.
Read the full editorial, "Enacting A Lie," at the newspaper's Web site.

Patrick Henry rolling in his grave



On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

If Patrick Henry were alive today, he probably would have said "Give me liberty, or give me debt!" in response to the trillions of dollars of debt that Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats have piled on the American taxpayer.

For the latest numbers on the National Debt Clock, click here.

Illegal Amnesty Would Further Undermine American Workers

Illegal Amnesty Would Further Undermine American Workers

'We The People Losing Control Of Government'

We The People Losing Control Of Government - Investors.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Peg Luksik: Social Values Took A Backseat ... Again

Peg Luksik, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, issued the following reaction today to the House's passage of President Obama's health care reform package:
"This is what happens when our social values take a back seat to fiscal issues. This is about the responsibility of individuals and the family to take care of one another, not rely on the government," Luksik said. "The federal government has descended even farther into fantasy land, deciding that you now have a right to have someone else pay for your health insurance. The problem is, 'someone else' just doesn't exist...it's you. Where is the story of the 75 year old widow who worked her whole life, raised a family, and just got a letter from her doctor that he can no long accept Medicare because of its low reimbursement rate? Where were the stories of uninsured individuals who qualify for Medicaid but have been on the waiting list for a year or more because the states can't afford the coverage?"

Luksik explained that the government takeover of health care is at it's core a social issue rather than a fiscal one. While applauding House Republican efforts to kill the bill, Luksik pointed to last night's debate as a prime example of the necessity for her candidacy.

"Nights like last night are precisely why I'm running for US Senate," Peg explained. "We need individuals with strong social values in Congress. We need people in Washington that understand what is at stake for American families, not just in terms of how much they pay in taxes, but what they pay in dignity and liberty. We can't even begin to fix the taxing and spending problems in Washington until we understand that it is a culture of dependence that drives those issues. It is our social problems that are driving the fiscal problems. I want to go to Washington and be a voice that understands that the change starts at home. Freedom begins at home."
For more information, go to http://www.pegluksik.com

Sam Rohrer on Obamacare vote: 'Stunning disregard for the constitutional rights of every American'

State Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks), who is also seeking the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor, issued the following statement Monday in response to the approval in the House of Representatives of the health care overhaul bill:
"Last night the world watched the U.S. House of Representatives act with stunning disregard for the constitutional rights of every American, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. What passed under the rally call of civil rights and human dignity was in fact one of the strongest challenges to individual freedom in a generation.

In winning passage for the healthcare overhaul using every unsavory procedural tool, threat and backroom promise, they broke faith with their own pledge of openness and transparency. But far worse than hollow campaign promises is the shame in knowing that public officials who knowingly violate their oath to defend the Constitution, commit an act far more injurious to the public trust than bowing to raw politics.

If and when President Obama signs this unconstitutional healthcare bill into law, the roadmap for Pennsylvania’s legal challenge is clear. From the disintegration of the separation of powers between the state and federal government to the misapplication of the Commerce Clause to the lack of congressional authority to apply a direct tax on citizens, the Congress has given us an obvious framework to oppose this bad law.

As Pennsylvania's governor, I will use the powers of the office to defend the rights of every citizen to make private decisions, like the purchase of health insurance, for themselves. I will vigorously defend the responsibilities of our elected state legislative bodies, under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, to make decisions about any restructuring of laws that regulate the conduct of health insurance companies and providers. This is simply not the role or right of the federal government.

In my administration, I will never hesitate to defend the constitutional rights of every citizen. This will be my first and highest priority."
For more about Rohrer's campaign for governor, visit http://www.samrohrer.org/

Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Will File Lawsuit to Block Health Care Reform Legislation

Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Will File Lawsuit to Block Health Care Reform Legislation

Do the Math

From a post by Michael F. Cannon at The Cato Institute Web site about the real costs of Obamacare:
The CBO's scoring rules don't paint the full picture of what the health care plan before Congress would really wind up costing Americans. The truth is, Obama plan would vastly increase the size and scope of the federal government, and increase our already record federal deficit.

Democrats have so thoroughly gamed the budget process and the Congressional Budget Office's scoring rules that the official cost estimates of the Obama health plan reveal but a sliver of the legislation's full cost. The Obama plan would vastly increase the size and scope of the federal government, and increase our already record federal deficit.

To hear Democrats tell it, the CBO projects the legislation would cost a mere $940 billion over the next 10 years. The CBO said no such thing: that figure pertains only to provisions aimed at expanding health insurance. Other spending provisions bring the cost to $1.2 trillion.

Then there's the additional $208 billion that Democrats plan to spend on physicians who participate in Medicare. Democrats moved that into a separate bill to reduce the apparent cost of the main health care bill. Including that spending in the estimate completely wipes out the Obama plan's professed $138 billion of deficit reduction. After correcting for that gimmick (and accounting for how the two measures would interact), the CBO estimates really indicate that the Obama plan would increase federal deficits by $59 billion over the next 10 years.

Even worse, Democrats hid another $1.5 trillion by preventing the CBO from scoring the legislation's hidden taxes. At present, when Congress takes money from workers and gives it to private insurers, the CBO counts that as a tax. The Obama plan's "individual mandate" would force workers to give money directly to private insurers, which the president's economic advisers admit is also a tax. If history is any guide, those hidden taxes would cost roughly $1.5 trillion – but you won't find any such estimate in the CBO's score.

If you've been keeping count, we've revealed the actual cost of the bill is nearly $3 trillion. But to believe this legislation would cost "only" $3 trillion, we would have to assume that after President Obama signs it into law, it would be rushed to the National Archives and entombed within an impenetrable vault where it would never again be touched by God or man.
Read the full post at the link below:

Do the Math — Obamacare Would Increase Deficits by $59 Billion | Michael F. Cannon | Cato Institute: Commentary

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State Legislators Last Line of Defense Against ObamaCare

State Legislators Last Line of Defense Against ObamaCare

Bauer Says the Only Remedy for the 'Tragic Mistake' of the Health Care Vote Is at the Ballot Box

Bauer Says the Only Remedy for the 'Tragic Mistake' of the Health Care Vote Is at the Ballot Box

Pro-Life Movement Vows to Replace Members From Pro-life Districts Who Voted for the Most Pro-Abortion Bill Ever Passed by Congress

Pro-Life Movement Vows to Replace Members From Pro-life Districts Who Voted for the Most Pro-Abortion Bill Ever Passed by Congress

Citizen Group Says Despite House Vote, Government-Run Health Care Can Still Be Stopped

Citizen Group Says Despite House Vote, Government-Run Health Care Can Still Be Stopped

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Key House Democrat: 'There Are No Rules Here ... We Make Them Up As We Go Along'

Rep. Joe Pitts: 'This is a career-defining vote on the life issue'

Rep. Bart Stupak accepted his 30 pieces of silver from Barack Obama on Sunday to give the Democrats enough votes to pass a government takeover of health care.

Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16) issued the following statement following the announcement that President Barack Obama will issue an executive order addressing the concerns pro-life Democrats have with the Senate health bill:
"From a pro-life perspective, I find absolutely no comfort in this executive order. This puts the fate of the unborn in the hands of the most pro-abortion president in history.

"This is a career-defining vote on the life issue. Any member of either party who votes for this bill will never again be able to claim they have always stood for the most important and fundamental of all human rights.

"I congratulate the many pro-life Democrats who continue to hold firm on principle and who will join me in voting against this terrible bill later today."
Barack Obama had a lifetime pro-life rating of 0 (zero) percent during his Senate career from the National Right to Life Committee, according to Pitts, and a 100 percent pro-choice rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Video: What Will Obamacare Do For You?

Jon Voight, Michele Bachmann to speak at 'Code Red' Rally

Actor Jon Voight, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Dr. Milton Wolf, Obama's Second Cousin, Will Speak in Opposition of Obamacare at Washington, D.C., Rally

Tea Party Patriots Gather in Opposition to Government Takeover of Health Care

Tea Party Patriots Gather in Opposition to Government Takeover of Health Care

Buying Votes for Health Care Bill With Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

Buying Votes for Health Care Bill With Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

Judicial Watch: Slaughter Rule Unconstitutional



Judicial Watch: Slaughter Rule Unconstitutional

A 'Yes' Vote Is a Vote for Taxpayer-Funded Abortion, Says Americans United for Life Action

Life Counts Campaign Mobilizing Thousands in Key Districts Today

Sunshine Act Needs Some Teeth

Elected officials routinely break the law by conducting the public's business behind closed doors. A new bill would increase the maximum fine from $100 to $1000 for violators.

Support House Bill 1324 to put some teeth behind Pennsylvania's Sunshine Law. It's your money these people are spending. You have a right to know where it goes.

Read this editorial in the Reading Eagle:

Richmond supervisors circumvent the Sunshine Act (3/18/10)

Also check out this editorial in The Pottstown Mercury

Would Obama Lie?

Medicare is broke. Social Security is broke. The postal service is broke. The entire federal government is broke. Why am I having such a difficult time believing that Obamacare will end up reducing the federal deficit, just like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi say?

From POLITICO:
The Democratic health care bill would cost $940 billion over 10 years and cut the federal deficit over the next two decades — figures that should help ease the worries of fiscal hawks who have been reluctant about supporting the sweeping measure.

The bill would reduce the deficit by about $130 billion in the first 10 years and by $1.2 trillion over the second 10 years. It will expand coverage to 95 percent of Americans, according to Congressional Budget Office figures released Thursday by House Democrats.
Why do I have such a hard time believing the government? Would Obama lie?

Congressional Budget Office releases health bill estimates - Patrick O'Connor and Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com

Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS

Rep. Kate Harper faces challenger in 61st District

Six-term incumbent Republican state Rep. Kate Harper will face a challenger in little-known Democrat Mary Lou Readinger for Montgomery County's 61st House District.

From a story in the Lansdale Reporter:
State Rep. Kate Harper, R-61st District, is eager to publicly debate Mary Lou Readinger, her Democratic opponent in November.

"Unlike most incumbents with good name recognition, I am more than willing to appear with her in front of large crowds," Harper said. "I'm happy to meet with the people and allow them to ask questions. Let the voters decide who has better qualifications."

Harper said she views any election year appearance as an opportunity to update her constituents on state government.

"What we do affects their lives," she said. "Most people have no idea what is going on."

Readinger, a member of the Plymouth Township Council, would not commit to any joint appearances.

"I'm not going to decide on that right now," she said.
Read the full story at the link below:

Harper faces challenge in 61st District - The ReporterNews: Serving North Penn, Indian Valley and neighboring communities

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'Kill The Bill' Events

MORE CITIZEN ACTIONS PLANNED THROUGH WEEKEND: Unprecedented TEA Party & Grassroots Coalition Aligns to 'Kill The Bill'; Rally Saturday at Capitol, Other Events Across Country

Thursday, March 18, 2010

TV Ad: Appointment of Congressman's Brother 'Suspicious Timing'

League TV Ad: Appointment of Congressman's Brother 'Suspicious Timing'

Pennsylvania Kids 'Kick Butts' on March 24

Pennsylvania Kids 'Kick Butts' on March 24

Who is Pia Varma?



Pia Varma is running for Congress. She has no political experience and she's fine with that.

In fact, that's the appeal of her campaign. We've seen what the "professional politicians" have done with this country. Why not give regular person a chance?

Pia Varma is a Republican running in Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District. The seat has been held by Democrat Bob Brady since 1998.

Varma ran a full page ad in The Philadelphia Inquirer this week with a simple message: Hate Philly Politics?

If the answer is yes, you should vote for Varma. If you like the job Congress is doing, keep political insiders like Brady in office.

Find out more at www.votepia.com

Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania's May Primary is April 19

Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania's May Primary is April 19

PennDOT Encourages Groups, Individuals to Help Beautify Pennsylvania

'Pick It Up PA Days' to Run April 17 - May 1

PennDOT Encourages Groups, Individuals to Help Beautify Pennsylvania

U.S. Bishops Provide Resources Explaining Flaws in Senate Health Care Bill

U.S. Bishops Provide Resources Explaining Flaws in Senate Health Care Bill

Monday, March 15, 2010

'Breathtaking' Ad Targets Arlen Specter

The handwriting on the wall

With 69% of Americans opposed to Obamacare, Congressional Democrats will put their political lives on the line if they support the plan, according to pollster Douglas E. Schoen.

The handwriting on the wall - Douglas E. Schoen - POLITICO.com

The Jihadists Next Door

What is the Obama Administration doing to uncover home-grown terrorists?

From an editorial in Investor's Business Daily:
While the essential ingredient in these cases is militant Islam, we have to wonder if the left isn't making otherwise normal Americans vulnerable to such treasonous seductions. After all, the hate-America lobby — led by the American Civil Liberties Union and often cheered by the media — has comforted even the most guilty in the war on terror, including the 9/11 mastermind and other Gitmo detainees.
Read the full editorial at the link below:

The Jihadists Next Door - Investors.com

POLITICO survey: The tea party's least favorite Republicans

A POLITICO survey: The tea party's least favorite Republicans - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com

2010 Census Forms Arrive in 120 Million Mailboxes Across Nation

2010 Census Forms Arrive in 120 Million Mailboxes Across Nation

Video: Will Obamacare Pass?

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Driver Veered Off to the Left

Former Berks County GOP chairman seeks 128th House Dist. seat

Former Berks County GOP Chairman Mark M. Gillen wants to succeed state Rep. Sam Rohrer for the 128th state House seat in Berks County.

Like Rohrer, who is giving up his Legislative seat to run for Pennsylvania governor, Gillen is a fiscal and social conservative.

Former Berks County jury commissioner seeking House seat

The Budget That Devoured America?

The Budget That Devoured America? - Investors.com

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Why workers need secret ballot protection

Here's a perfect example of why secret ballots are essential when workers are asked to join a union.

Chester County prison guards overwhelmingly (155-35) rejected a move to join the Teamsters.

Imagine the pressure if the workers could not vote by secret ballot under the Card Check scheme being pushed by Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats.

Prison guards vote against unionization - The Daily Local News

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'Sunny Award' winners announced

Four Pennsylvania government Web sites were named winners of the "Sunny Award" today, marking them as some of the best state and local government Websites for transparency by Sunshine Review, a pro transparency organization.

The Pennsylvania winners are Avon Grove School District, Brandywine Heights Area School District, Philadelphia County and the state Web site.

From a Sunshine Review press release:
Award winners are among only 39 Web sites in America earning an "A" transparency grade from more than 5,000 analyzed. Sunshine Review's "Transparency Checklist" analyzes Web sites for information about budgets, meetings, elected and administrative officials, permits and zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying, public records, and taxes. The "Checklist" measures what content is available on government websites against what should be provided.

"Sunny Award winners deserve recognition for making information available to citizens and for setting a transparency standard that all governments can, and should, meet," said Mike Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review. "Access to information empowers every citizen to hold government officials accountable for the conduct of the public's business and the spending of taxpayers' money. Official accountability is the corner stone of self government and liberty."

Sunshine Review is a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. The Sunshine Review wiki collects and shares transparency information and uses a 10-point "Transparency Checklist" to evaluate the content of every state and more than 5,000 local government websites. Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and an accountable government.

Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the Web sites of all 50 states, more than 3,140 counties, 805 cities, and 1,560 school districts.
For more information, visit www.sunshinereview.org

The liberal answer to everything



See related editorial, "Pennsylvania in crisis: Take the right road," at The Pittsburgh Tribune Review Web site.

Radio Ads Warn Congressional Democrats 'People Are Watching'

Americans for Responsible Health Care Launch Radio Ads Targeting Seven Democrats, Warning 'The People Are Watching'

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tea Parties to Kick Off 'Take the Town Halls to Washington' Tonight

Tea Parties to Kick Off 'Take the Town Halls to Washington' Tonight at 7:30 PM

PA needs a constitutional convention

From DemocracyRisingPA:
It's Our Turn!

For too long, Pennsylvania's citizens have suffered some of the lowest standards of public integrity in America in a state government that has failed to meet basic requirements such as on-time passage of a state budget.

Despite the clear will of the people, our government has failed to improve itself. As a result, most people -- including reform advocates in the legislature itself -- now believe that only a Constitution convention can fix all the problems with our state government. They want a convention where ordinary citizens can propose and debate changes with due deliberation and without undue delay.

Polling in January 2010 showed that 72% of PA voters believe we need a Constitution convention, up from just 24% in 2005. After witnessing scandal after scandal and missed budget deadlines year after year, citizens are eager to accept responsibility for creating a government they can believe in.

The first step on the road to a Constitution convention is a referendum. The petition below asks lawmakers to put the referendum on the ballot in November of 2010. In short, it says, "Let the people decide whether we need a Constitution convention and what aspects of government we want the convention to address."

If you agree, please sign the petition. It will take only a few minutes, but it will send a loud and unmistakable message to lawmakers: The citizens of PA deserve a chance to vote on whether to have a Constitution convention.

Remember: A Constitution convention cannot change the Constitution. It can only recommend changes. Changes can take effect only if voters approve the convention's recommendations at another referendum.
To sign the petition, click here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Federal deficit on pace to surpass last year's $1.4 trillion record

How much more damage can Obama do to the U.S. economy?

From The Hill:
The 2010 federal deficit is on pace to top last year's record budget shortfall of $1.4 trillion, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.

The independent budget office said Thursday the deficit for the first five months of the fiscal year, which started in October, was $655 billion, an 11 percent increase over the deficit five months into fiscal 2009.

The larger deficit so far is due almost entirely to a drop in tax revenue. The level of government spending was unchanged from last year to this year, but tax receipts went from $861 billion to $796 billion.
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Federal deficit on pace to surpass last year's $1.4 trillion record - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Weekly GOP Address: Obamacare Must Be Stopped



Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL): "In the next 10 days, Democrats in Washington will try and jam through a massive government takeover of health care. It would raise taxes, slash Medicare benefits and destroy American jobs. It would put federal bureaucrats in charge of medical decisions that should be made by patients and doctors. And it must be stopped."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Up In Smoke

Sen. Bob Mensch: State Budget Redux

State Budget Redux

By Sen. Bob Mensch

On Feb. 9, Gov. Ed Rendell delivered his eighth — and final — budget, and not surprisingly the greatest applause during the speech was for his statement to have the budget finished by June 30. It's not surprising this comment would be met positively. After all, last year was painful and caused a lot of financial difficulty for Pennsylvanians.

But when I'm asked if I think the budget will be done on time this year, my response is a skeptical, "I doubt it." The newly proposed budget is, in my opinion, not affordable, not sustainable, and must be rejected by the taxpayers and the legislature — but more on that in a moment.

First, let's look at history. We have not had a budget completed on time in any of the past 7 years — but that has not always been true. To find the next most recent budget that was not completed on time, you have to go back through many administrations, to I believe, Gov. Raymond P. Shafer in the late 1960s. So past performance by this administration is not encouraging.

And when we take a closer look at last year's budget mess, you will realize that the House majority leadership (Democrat) did not even put a budget in front of the House until July 13. That's right, despite the Constitutional requirement for a balanced budget to be completed by June 30, the House majority leadership decided to ignore the Constitution and do what it wanted. More importantly, last year's budget was unaffordable, just as this year's budget is unaffordable, so there is a great probability there will be another "battle" similar to last year’s 101-day impasse.

Some residents just want us all to go along and agree, but had we last year we'd have higher taxes this year, and we'd have even worse spending that we can't afford. Please realize that February 2010 is the 24th consecutive month of negative revenue collections by our state. That's right, we haven't been able to meet our spending obligations for two solid years. Yet this year's proposed budget has a further spending increase of $1.155 billion, and it includes two very significant tax increases — a sales tax increased designed to raise $1 billion or more; and an onerous business tax strategy that will chase more jobs out of Pennsylvania.

We can't afford the increased spending. We can't afford to pay more in sales taxes. We can't afford to lose any more jobs from Pennsylvania. So when someone suggests there is disagreement about this year's budget, instead of someone asking why we can't all just agree, the question should be why must the administration insist we need to spend more than we can afford?

The sales tax proposal will hurt our seniors with new taxes on medical and pharmaceutical services. We'll all pay more for financial and legal services. We'll all pay new taxes on 74 new categories of items to be taxed — we can't afford it.

Our businesses will be further stressed for providing jobs. Pennsylvania is already the 44th lowest state in new jobs creations. But the solution offered by the administration is to "close the Delaware loophole," which is actually a tax increase.

The easier solution is just lower our corporate tax rates to be competitive with other states — we presently have the highest rate in the nation - and then our businesses won't feel the need to incorporate in Delaware. But the strategy offered in the budget is actually a tax increase so don't look for a lot of compromise on corporate net income tax.

I welcome any comments regarding these thoughts. Call me at 215-529-1215 or write me at bmensch@pasen.gov

State Sen. Bob Mensch is a Republican who represents the 24th District, which includes parts of Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties.

Obama Proposes Health Care Bill Fully Funding Abortion

Obama Proposes Health Care Bill Fully Funding Abortion

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

More Beer Summits

PA GOP: If At First You Don't Succeed To Pass Government-Run Health Care, Try Again! And Again! And Again! And Again…

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding the President's latest push for his government-run health care experiment.
"Today, the American people learned that, when it comes to reforming our health care system, President Obama and Washington Democrats are more concerned about 'getting it done' than getting it done right," Gleason said. "Despite nearly a year of failed attempts to push their government-run health care experiment through Congress, Democrats refuse to stop and listen to Americans who have legitimate and substantive concerns about this cornerstone of an extremely liberal agenda.

"Over the past year, Democrats have employed closed-door meetings, late night votes and even taxpayer-funded bribes in an attempt to pass government-run health care, but to no avail. Now, President Obama is leading the charge of this last-ditch effort to pass legislation that will raise taxes, kill jobs and drive a government-sized wedge between patients and their doctors.

"President Obama may be saying that 'now is the time to make a decision,' but continues to ignore the fact that the American people have been soundly rejecting the Democrats' government-run health care plan for nearly year."

Republicans cast doubts on Senate parliamentarian

Republicans cast doubts on Senate parliamentarian - Manu Raju - POLITICO.com

Rep. Pitts to hold townhall meeting March 8

Congressman Joe Pitts, R-16th Dist., will hold a townhall meeting on Monday, March 8, from 7 – 9 p.m., at Cocalico Middle School, 650 South 6th Street, Denver, Lancaster County.

While the focus will be on creating jobs and reviving the American economy, Rep. Pitts will listen to all concerns of constituents in 16th District.

From Pitts:
"Congress continues to be distracted by a highly ideological fight over health care. I think we need to concentrate on enacting policies that will revive our economy and create new jobs, not a bill that puts Washington in charge of one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

"However, the current leadership in Congress is not going to keep me from working across the aisle on productive solutions to get Americans working again. I look forward to a productive discussion with 16th District residents about moving our country forward."

TV Ads Target Dahlkemper to Vote 'No' on Obama-Pelosi Plan

TV Ads Target Dahlkemper to Vote 'No' on Obama-Pelosi Plan

Whales and Government

TV Ads Target Kanjorski to Vote 'No' on Obama-Pelosi Plan

TV Ads Target Kanjorski to Vote 'No' on Obama-Pelosi Plan

Young voters increasingly identify with conservative politics

Young people have figured out you can't put food on the table on just Obama hope.

From a story in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by Salena Zito:
A recent Pew Research Center report said 40 percent of voters ages 18 to 28 lean Republican, up from 30 percent last year. Fifty-four percent of those voters said they lean Democratic, down from 62 percent last year.

n the 2008 presidential election, voters ages 18 to 29 backed President Obama over Arizona Sen. John McCain by a 2-1 ratio. But that demographic did not show up to vote in the 2009 gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. ABC News exit polling showed people younger than 30 accounted for 9 percent of the voters in New Jersey, down from 17 percent in November 2008, and 10 percent in Virginia, down from 21 percent in 2008.
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Young voters increasingly identify with conservative politics - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Video: Republican Leadership Press Conference

Sen. DeMint warns about White House land grab

DEMINT: White House land grab - Washington Times

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

TV Ads Target Carney to Vote 'No' on Obama-Pelosi Plan

TV Ads Target Carney to Vote 'No' on Obama-Pelosi Plan

Newspaper: A Blizzard Of Lies From Al Gore

The editorial staff at Investor's Business Daily picks apart Al Gore's latest fiction about global warming in a must-read editorial.

From the editorial:
If hyperbole and chutzpah had a child, it would be the opening paragraph of Gore's op-ed in Sunday's New York Times. Gore surfaced from the global warming witness-protection program to opine that despite admissions of error and evidence of fraud by various agencies, we still face "an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it."

Perhaps he's trying to protect his investments as he knows them, for he is heavily involved in enterprises that deal with carbon offsets and green technology. If the case for climate change is shown to be demonstrably false, a lot of his green evaporates like moisture from the ocean.

As for the Himalayan fraud, Gore says it's one of "at least two mistakes in thousands of pages of careful scientific work" from the IPCC and its chief, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri. Yet Dr. Murari Lal, an editor of IPCC's Fourth Assessment report, has admitted to the London Daily Mail that he knew the 2035 data were false, but included them in the report "purely to put political pressure on world leaders."

That's what it was all about, the creation of scary scenarios based on flawed computer models and manipulated data to promote government action and control. Now the curtain has been pulled back to reveal Al Gore shivering in the cold like the rest of us.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's Web site.

Study of Tea Party Activists Reveals Motivations of Political Movement

Study of Tea Party Activists Reveals Motivations of Political Movement

Young voters are wising up

Young voters increasingly identify with conservative politics - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pat Meehan on food stamp abuse

Recent news accounts have food stamps being used for items such as liquor, Viagra and porn. This is what happens when the government is in charge of something. Congressional candidate Pat Meehan has some thoughts about the waste of your tax dollars at his blog.

Food stamp abuse

Newspaper: When the pension bill comes due, blame the Legislature

Incumbent state lawmakers seeking re-election this year such as Tom Caltagirone and Dante Santoni Jr. should be held accountable for the estimated $903 million in unfunded pension liabilities they imposed on taxpayers when the lawmakers voted to raise their pensions by 50%.

Follow the link below to read an excellent editorial in the Reading Eagle about the pension mess career politicians created.

When the pension bill comes due, blame the Legislature (2/28/10)

TV Ads Target House Members Who Voted for Obamacare

The League of American Voters (USALeague.com) has launched a major TV ad campaign urging 13 House members -- including three vulnerable Democrats from Pennsylvania -- to vote "No" on the Obama-Pelosi plan to take over health care.

The first wave of the League's TV ads zero-in on Congressmen Mike Arcuri (NY), Christopher Carney (PA), Baron Hill (IN), Steve Kagen (WI), Paul Kanjorski (PA), Alan Mollohan (WV), Nick Rahall (WV), Tom Perriello (VA), Dan Maffei (NY), Mark Schauer (MI), Zach Space (OH), Harry Teague (NM), and Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (PA).


TV Ads Target House Members Who Voted for Obamacare

Warren Buffett: Time to scrap Obamacare

When billionaire Warren Buffett (the second richest man in America behind Bill Gates) speaks, people tend to listen.

From POLITICO:
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett advised President Barack Obama on Monday to scrap the health care bill and start over.

In an interview with CNBC, Buffett said the current bill does not focus on controlling costs, which he sees as the central problem that must be addressed to reform the system. He added that while he does not like the Senate bill, he'd vote for it in preference to doing nothing.

"What we have now is untenable over time," said Buffett, an early supporter of Obama's candidacy. "That kind of a cost compared to the rest of the world is really like a tapeworm eating, you know, at our economic body."
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Warren Buffett would scrap health care bill - Andy Barr - POLITICO.com

Video: Obamacare will bankrupt America

Few taxpayer friends from Pa. in Congress - The Mercury Opinion: Pottstown, PA and The Tri County areas of Montgomery, Berks and Chester Counties (pottsmerc.com)

Few taxpayer friends from Pa. in Congress - The Mercury Opinion: Pottstown, PA and The Tri County areas of Montgomery, Berks and Chester Counties (pottsmerc.com)

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