Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Calling All Texans to Prayer!

Today's Seniors Could See Social Security Checks Slashed by More Than $18,000 Under Obama Proposal

Today's Seniors Could See Social Security Checks Slashed by More Than $18,000 Under Popular New Proposal

Democracy Collapses in Europe: EU Cancels SIOA/SIOE Free Speech Rally -- Freedom From Jihad Flotilla to Launch on 9/11

Democracy Collapses in Europe: EU Cancels SIOA/SIOE Free Speech Rally -- Freedom From Jihad Flotilla to Launch on 9/11

Obama's Veterans Affairs Bans Mention of God at Funerals for Vets

Veterans Affairs Bans Mention of God at Funerals for Vets

New Website Launches for Frustrated Motorists, Just In Time for 4th of July Road Trips

New Website Launches for Frustrated Motorists, Just In Time for 4th of July Road Trips

Archie Bunker on Democrats

Governor Corbett Signs 'Fair Share Act,' Important Tort Reforms Now Law

Governor Corbett Signs 'Fair Share Act,' Important Tort Reforms Now Law

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations, Appointment

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations, Appointment

Coalition Applauds Introduction of Legislation to End Sunday Hunting Ban in PA

Coalition Applauds Introduction of Legislation to End Sunday Hunting Ban in PA

Monday, June 27, 2011

Archie Bunker is not happy with Obama

Columnist: Give Pennsylvania voters a say on school taxes

Why are school property taxes so high in Pennsylvania?

Nathan Benefield of The Commonwealth Foundation has a theory:
Every state in the nation limits the ability of school boards to raise property taxes. Eleven states don't give school boards taxing authority; 36 states require voter referendum on school budgets, property tax increases or all bond issues; and three states without referenda place a cap on school taxes. Pennsylvania counts among those with a referendum requirement — but our law is a toothless tiger that has become "referendum in name only."
The ideal solution would be the elimination of school property taxes in Pennsylvania. Short of that, the voters should get the final say on taxes.

Read the full column at the link below:

Give voters a say on school taxes - pottsmerc.com

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Take that, Al Gore

Best comment from today's Sound Off column in The Mercury:
We are fortunate to have lived through a 30-year spell of unusually agreeable weather and now they get hysterical over every weather event. Like our ancient ancestors we superstitiously believe that our behavior is responsible for bad weather. If you think we are a bunch of weak-minded fools, you are correct.

Columnist finds a conservative in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky does a half-decent job of profiling conservative blogger Aaron Proctor, whose Philly Decline blog focuses on the one-party rule (Democrats, of course) that has destroyed one of America's great cities.

Check out the article at the newspaper's website.

And check out Proctor's blog at Philly Decline.

Weekly Republican Address: 2.3 Million Jobs Lost Since Obama Took Office

CBO: Obama Stimulus Almost Doubled U.S. Debt

What do you get when you double the U.S. debt but fail to create the jobs you promised? One-term in office.

From The Washington Examiner:
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finds that President Obama's economic stimulus program helped nearly double U.S. debt.

The 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook, released Wednesday morning, reports that the "the combination of automatic budgetary responses" and Obama's stimulus "had a profound impact on the federal budget." According to CBO projections, before Obama's stimulus became law, federal debt equaled 36 percent of GDP and was projected to decline slightly over the next few years. Instead, thanks in large part to the stimulus, debt reached 62 percent of GDP by 2010.
Read the full story here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

American Crossroads "Recovery Summer"

Obama 'becoming an absolute monarch' on war powers, Dem says

President 'becoming an absolute monarch' on war powers, Dem says - The Hill's Floor Action

Sarah Palin film to debut in Iowa next week

Palin film to debut in Iowa next week - TheHill.com

American Exceptionalism: Gallup Worldwide Survey Names U.S. Most Desirable Nation

American Exceptionalism: Gallup Worldwide Survey Names U.S. Most Desirable Nation

Poll: Americans Believe Reporters Push Liberal Agenda

For all those reporters out there pretending they're not putting a liberal spin in their coverage, the American public is on to you.

From Rasmussen Reports:
Voters still think most reporters are politically biased and tend to view them as more liberal than they are.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that most reporters, when covering a politician campaign, try to help the candidate they want to win. Only 21% think most reporters put the emphasis instead on trying to offer unbiased coverage. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

A plurality (46%) of voters continues to feel that the average reporter is more liberal than they are. Eighteen percent (18%) say the average reporter is more conservative than they are, while 22% think their views are about the same. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
46% Say Average Reporter Is More Liberal Than They Are

Oscar-Nominated Actor Gary Sinise to Launch Sinise Foundation at National Press Club, June 30

Oscar-Nominated Actor Gary Sinise to Launch Sinise Foundation at National Press Club, June 30

PA Banking Department Warns Consumers of Suspected Scam

PA Banking Department Warns Consumers of Suspected Scam

Tom Quigley vs. Bernard Hopkins



It's crunch time in Harrisburg as the Pennsylvania Legislature works to meet the June 30 deadline for completing the 2010-11 budget, but there's always down time in the Legislature as the rank-and-file members wait for direction from the leadership.

During a break, State Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146th Dist., mugs for the camera with Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins, who was visiting the state Capitol this week.

Hopkins, a Philadelphia native, was honored by the House and Senate for his boxing achievements and community activities. The 46-year-old boxing legend recently won the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship, becoming the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title.

The National Exchange Club Letter to NBC Universal CEO- Pledge of Allegiance Under God Omission

Letter to NBC Universal CEO- Pledge of Allegiance Under God Omission

Governor Corbett Signs Two Bills

Governor Corbett Signs Two Bills

Obama in Pittsburgh: One Year Later



The Republican Party of Pennsylvania released a web video today called "One Year Later" regarding President Obama's visit to Pittsburgh.

PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason issued the following statement:
"Nearly one year ago, President Obama spoke at Carnegie Mellon University to defend his administration's poor handling of the economy. We took to the streets and found that with high unemployment and gas at nearly $4 a gallon, Pittsburgh residents don't believe that the economy has gone in right direction since President Obama took office. It's becoming clearer every day: President Obama can't keep his job if millions of Americans continue to lose theirs," Chairman Rob Gleason said.
According to a poll conducted in June of 2011 by Pennsylvania-based Susquehanna Polling and Research, 48% of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of the job that President Obama is doing versus only 41% who approve. 50% believe that it's time to give a new person a chance, versus only 44% who say that Obama should be reelected.

NJ Unions Lose, Taxpayers Win

Humiliating Defeat for NJ Unions - HUMAN EVENTS

Newspaper: Thorns to politicians who vote for bills they never read

Newspaper: Thorns to Democratic politicians who vote for bills they never read - pottsmerc.com

Thursday, June 23, 2011

LIFELINE - Rescuing Kids When Schools Have Failed

Michelle Obama: 'I can't stop eating French fries. But eat your vegetables'

Michelle Obama: 'I can't stop eating French fries. But eat your vegetables.' | Byron York | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner

CBO Releases Daunting Long-Term Outlook: Obama Will Bankrupt U.S.

NationalJournal.com - CBO Releases Daunting Long-Term Outlook - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Columnist: Obama's foolish legal approach to Libya

Liberal columnist Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post calls out Obama on his illegal war in Libya.

Obama's foolish legal approach to Libya - pottsmerc.com

Julia Hearthway confirmed as PA Labor Secretary

Pottstown attorney Julia K. Hearthway has been confirmed by the state Senate as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

See earlier story about Hearthway's nomination in The Mercury.

Governor Corbett Announces Senate Confirmations

The Public Pension Time Bomb

Study: To Fund Public Pensions, Taxes Must be Raised $1,400 Every Year for 30 Years | The Weekly Standard

Governor Corbett Signs Bill Banning 'Bath Salts,' Other New Drugs

Governor Corbett Signs Bill Banning 'Bath Salts,' Other New Drugs

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

All The President's Wars: How Foreign Policy Became One Man's Prerogative

Under Obama, U.S. Casualty Rate in Afghanistan Increased 5-Fold

The state-run Obama media remains silent.

Under Obama, U.S. Casualty Rate in Afghanistan Increased 5-Fold | CNSnews.com

Obama's Legacy: 'Debt will eclipse the size of our entire economy within a decade'

Statement by Bipartisan Policy Center's Steve Bell on the Latest Congressional Budget Office Report

New CBO Projections Should Spur Action on Fiscal Reform

New CBO Projections Should Spur Action on Fiscal Reform

Obama Fudging The Jobs Data

Barack Obama claims he created 2.1 million jobs since taking office. Economists say the U.S. has lost more than 2 million private sector since Obama took office, according to Investor's Business Daily, one of the nation's leading business publications. Would Obama lie?

Investor's Business Daily: Fudging The Jobs Data - Investors.com

Contractor couple accused of stealing $96K from Berks homeowners

A husband-and-wife contractor team has been charged by Berks County authorities with defrauding homeowners of more than $96,000.

Contractor couple accused of stealing $96K from Berks homeowners - pottsmerc.com

Sen. Toomey's Judiciary Committee Testimony



Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) introduced three nominees for the federal bench in Pennsylvania today at their Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. Sen. Toomey was joined by Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in welcoming Robert D. Mariani, nominee for U.S. district judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Cathy Bissoon and Mark R. Hornack, nominees for U.S. district judges for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Judicial Watch Statement on Congressional Ethics Panel Investigation of Rep. Alcee Hastings

Judicial Watch Statement on Congressional Ethics Panel Investigation of Rep. Alcee Hastings

Governor Corbett Requests Federal Disaster Aid for Five Counties

Governor Corbett Requests Federal Disaster Aid for Five Counties

CBO Forecast: Partly Cloudy, With A 100% Chance Of Utter Devastation

CBO Forecast: Partly Cloudy, With A 100% Chance Of Utter Devastation - HUMAN EVENTS

Christie Wins on Pension, Health Benefits Reform

Christie Wins on Pension, Health Benefits Reform - HUMAN EVENTS

Pennsylvania battles emerald ash borer beetles to save ash trees

Pennsylvania battles emerald ash borer beetles to save ash trees - pottsmerc.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Way More Golf

AZ Sheriff: Why More Troops at Korean Border Than U.S. Border?

AZ Sheriff: Why More Troops at Korean Border Than U.S. Border? | CNSnews.com

Bernanke to Invent New Term for Printing Money, Says NIA

Bernanke to Invent New Term for Printing Money, Says NIA

New Library Study: Demand Up for Technology, Budget Cuts Limit Access

New Library Study: Demand Up for Technology, Budget Cuts Limit Access

Quigley Bill Gets Tough on Retail Theft

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) that would grade repeat violations of retail theft with greater severity for individuals who have completed an Accelerated Rehabilitation Program (ARD).

Quigley says the legislation was prompted by repeated arrests for retail theft at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, which is part of his 146th Legislative District.

"The ARD program is valuable for individuals who made a one-time mistake, but completion of the program should still be considered as a first offense if an offender shows repeated contempt for the law," Quigley said in a press release. "Retail theft is not a victimless crime. Businesses lose billions of dollars annually to retail theft, and it’s the paying customers who absorb those costs."

Quigley said his legislation is in reaction to the case of Commonwealth v. Graeff, in which the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that because the definition of second offense in the retail theft statute did not include participation in ARD, a subsequent offense must be considered another first offense.

House Bill 1603 would correct this multiple first offense loophole, allowing prosecutors to charge defendants who participated in ARD but continue to break Pennsylvania’s retail theft law with a second-degree misdemeanor, Quigley said.

Quigley noted that this is consistent with how Pennsylvania treats DUI offenses, where second and subsequent offenses recognize completion of ARD as a first offense.

Limerick Township Police Chief William J. Albany supports Quigley's bill.

"This is an important bill that closes a loophole in the law which allows second-time retail theft offenders to receive a more lenient sentence reserved for first-time offenders," Albany said. "I would like to thank Rep. Quigley for the expeditious manner in which he addressed this issue after it was brought to his attention by Limerick Township police detectives."

The bill now goes before the full House for debate and consideration, according to Quigley.

Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance



A dedication to the NBC staffer who decided to edit the words "under God, indivisible" out of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Poll Finds Politics Increasingly Uncivil

Poll Finds Politics Increasingly Uncivil

Richard Viguerie: Huntsman's Candidacy Will Split the Pawlenty/Romney Vote

Richard Viguerie: Huntsman's Candidacy Will Split the Pawlenty/Romney Vote

Schlafly: Patent Reform Bill Still an Unconstitutional Attack on Small Business

Schlafly: Patent Reform Bill Still an Unconstitutional Attack on Small Business

Pennsylvania Democrat seeks in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Bill seeks in-state tuition for illegal immigrants - pottsmerc.com

So can we make it official now and say repeal of Obamacare saves money?

So can we make it official now and say repeal of Obamacare saves money? | David Freddoso | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner

The Dick Morris Poll: Perry Weak in GOP Field

Considering he's not even an announced candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry scored higher than Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman in this poll.

The Dick Morris Poll: Perry Weak in GOP Field

The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces July Programming

The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces July Programming

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Video: NewsBusted 6/21/11

Monday, June 20, 2011

Obama's Worst Nightmare: Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Your daily dose of liberal media bias

MSNBC's President Trumpets Lefty Identity: Our Network Is the 'Place to Go for Progressives' | NewsBusters.org

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Unemployment Benefit Extension, Reform Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Unemployment Benefit Extension, Reform Bill

State Police Inspections Find Most Child Safety Seats Improperly Installed

State Police Inspections Find Most Child Safety Seats Improperly Installed

Total Table Games Revenue Exceeds $50 Million for Third Consecutive Month

Total Table Games Revenue Exceeds $50 Million for Third Consecutive Month

PA Lottery Now on Facebook, Twitter

PA Lottery Now on Facebook, Twitter

Democrats Budget Plan: 'Blank Check'

Opinion: Numbers don't add up for Route 422 tolls

Numbers don't add up for Route 422 tolls - pottsmerc.com

10 Reasons Obama is a One-Term President

10 Reasons Obama is a One-Term President - HUMAN EVENTS

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Misery Index Under Obama Worst In Nearly 30 Years

How's this for change? Living in Barack Obama's America is a miserable experience for most Americans. Economic conditions under Obama are the worst in 28 years, according to economists. So much for Obama's promise of hope.

How Miserable? Index Says the Worst in 28 Years - CNBC

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) Deliver Weekly GOP Address on Free Trade



While Barack Obama continues to push his failed job-killing agenda, Congressional Republicans are baking pro-jobs, pro-growth policies.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Obama Blames ATM's For Current Unemployment



The Kool-Aid drinkers on the far left keep insisting Barack Obama is the smartest guy in the room, but every time he opens his mouth, you have to wonder if he's playing with a full deck.

National Museum of American History to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks

National Museum of American History to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks

Columnist John Hayward: A rebuttal of Obamanomics

The Fountain of Prosperity - HUMAN EVENTS

Coulter: Democrats Appeal to the Stupidest Voter

Coulter: Democrats Appeal to the Stupidest Voter - HUMAN EVENTS

Columnist: Higher taxes coming if Obama gets his way

Be prepared to pay higher taxes if Barack Obama wins a second term, says John A. Sparks, dean of the Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.

Higher taxes coming if Obama gets his way - pottsmerc.com

The Year of School Choice: 42 States Consider School Vouchers, Scholarship Tax Credits in 2011

The Year of School Choice: 42 States Consider School Vouchers, Scholarship Tax Credits in 2011

New Survey Shows 62 Percent Of Americans Support Marriage Between One Man And One Woman

New Survey Shows 62 Percent Of Americans Support Marriage Between One Man And One Woman

Gov. Corbett Signs Highway Designation Bill Honoring Korean War Veterans

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Highway Designation Bill Honoring Korean War Veterans

White House Defends Government Appointments of Big Obama Donors

NationalJournal.com - Carney Defends Government Appointments of Big Obama Donors - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

50 Things Every American Should Know About The Collapse Of The Economy

50 Things Every American Should Know About The Collapse Of The Economy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Long May She Wave



Today is Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

Poll: PA Voters Support Natural Gas Drilling By 2-1 Margin

Check out the latest Quinnipiac University Poll results on a variety of Pennsylvania issues here.

How's That Hope and Change Working Out for Obama Supporters?

How's this for karma?

Chad Stafko, writing at American Thinker, says Obama's policies have hurt the people who helped get him elected: African-Americans, College/Young Professionals and Low Income Families.

Will they support Obama in 2012 even though a vote for Obama is a vote against their own economic interests?

Stafko writes:
Barack Obama benefited from strong support among a number of demographic groups during his 2008 presidential campaign. In an economic sense, after two-and-a-half years of his presidency, those same groups which showed him the greatest support have suffered disproportionately more than others in the United States. Three Groups: African-Americans, College/Young Professionals, and Low Income Families. All have seen disproportionately more economic challenges than the general population during Obama's term in office. If the economy is their top issue, then they cannot support the man who has made their lives worse since he took office.
Read the full article at the link below:

Articles: How's That Hope and Change Working Out for Obama Supporters?

Lots of empty seats at Obama fundraiser

Lots of empty seats at Obama Miami fundraiser

RightOnline Sees Overwhelming Demand from Grassroots for Sneak Peek of Palin Movie, 'The Undefeated'

RightOnline Sees Overwhelming Demand from Grassroots for Sneak Peek of Palin Movie, 'The Undefeated'

FRC: National Science Foundation's Appalling Stem Cell Ignorance

FRC: National Science Foundation's Appalling Stem Cell Ignorance

The Bullying Academy, a Web-based Program for Schools Takes Aim at a Social Epidemic

The Bullying Academy, a Web-based Program for Schools Takes Aim at a Social Epidemic

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Lockheed Martin Space Systems to Eliminate Approximately 1,200 Positions

Most of the job cuts will come in Pennsylvania, California and Colorado.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems to Eliminate Approximately 1,200 Positions

1.9 Million Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than When Obama Signed Stimulus

1.9 Million Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than When Obama Signed Stimulus | CNSnews.com

Monday, June 13, 2011

Michele Bachmann: I'm Running for President

Unemployment is a Joke to Barack Obama

Happy Hour: Unemployment is a Joke | The Weekly Standard

The Obama Economy: Worst Since the Depression

The Obama Economy: Worst Since the Depression | The Weekly Standard

Weiner Will Keep Collecting $174,000 Congressional Salary While on Leave

Weiner Will Keep Collecting $174,000 Congressional Salary While on Leave | CNSnews.com

Mitt Romney Ad: Bump in the Road

Has the New House Majority Backed Bigger Spending Cuts?

Has the New House Majority Backed Bigger Spending Cuts?

Something Stinks in Washington, D.C.

Something Stinks in Washington, D.C.

Obama Laughs About Miserable Job Numbers

There's nothing funny about 20 million Americans being out-of-work, including the 3 million who lost their jobs since Barack Obama took office.

Follow the link below to watch a video of President Obama cracking a joke about the nation's unemployed.

Obama Laughs About Miserable Job Numbers - HUMAN EVENTS

Newspaper: Democrats' Tax-And-Spend Insanity

From Investor's Business Daily:
You have to wonder who's advising Democrats these days. With the economy stuck in a two-year, Obama-dug rut, their only new economic growth idea is to raise taxes and hike federal spending.
Democrats' Tax-And-Spend Insanity - Investors.com

Rep. Joe Pitts: Obama policies cost U.S. jobs

Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Pitts says Obama's anti-business policies are preventing U.S. firms from hiring.

From a recent op-ed:
Anyone who has owned or managed a business knows how many questions need to be answered before creating a new job. Do you really need another person, or can present employees become more productive? Will there be qualified applicants? How much time will it take to sort through all the resumes? Can the business afford to hire right now?

Before looking to hire new employees, a business owner has to be confident that the search will be worth the time and effort. The more uncertainties in the process, the more risky it will be to hire.

Unfortunately, now is a very risky time to hire. The May jobs report showed a net gain of only 54,000 jobs. Because of more Americans starting to look for a job, unemployment climbed to 9.1 percent.

Most recessions since the Great Depression have been followed by a rapid period of job growth. This time though we haven't seen that type of recovery. Last year's "Recovery Summer" never materialized, and this summer isn't shaping up to be much better.

Government stimulus has failed to hold down unemployment or create the conditions for a recovery. In fact, the increase in government debt contributes to economic uncertainty. Accounting for interest, the stimulus bill cost the government more than $1 trillion. Almost every dime of that money has been spent, but unemployment has barely budged.
Read the full column at the link below:

Obama policies cost U.S. jobs - pottsmerc.com

Columnist: Obama borrowing $58,000 per second

George F. Will: A government borrowing $58,000 a second cannot afford Obama's policy of Stimulus Forever, and there is this problem with TAA at any level: It is unjust to treat some workers as more entitled than others to protection from the vicissitudes of economic dynamism.

Appease and entitle - pottsmerc.com

Democrats - The Real Party of 'No'

Democrats - The Real Party of 'No' - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama says it will 'take years' for the economy to recover

Promises, promises. Barack Obama now says he'll need another four years to tinker with the economy.

Obama says it will 'take years' for the economy to recover fully - The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency

CCRKBA Brings 'Guns Save Lives' Campaign to Las Vegas

CCRKBA Brings 'Guns Save Lives' Campaign to Las Vegas

Your daily dose of liberal media bias

A Lower Low In Media Bias - Investors.com

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rep. Jim Gerlach: Fix Medicare now to avoid breakdown

Medicare is expected to run out of money in 9 years, but Democrats continue to play political games intead of sitting down with Republicans to fix the program.

Congressman Jim Gerlach recaps how Republicans plan to save Medicare in this op-ed.

Fix Medicare now to avoid breakdown - pottsmerc.com

Columnist: How obama is killing jobs

George F. Will does a nice job of summing up the failed Obama administration so far:

President Obama is sacrificing economic growth and job creation in order to placate organized labor. And as the crisis of the welfare state deepens, he is trying to enlarge the entitlement system and exacerbate the entitlement mentality.

A government borrowing $58,000 a second cannot afford Obama's policy of Stimulus Forever, and there is this problem with TAA at any level: It is unjust to treat some workers as more entitled than others to protection from the vicissitudes of economic dynamism.
Read the full column at the link below:

Appease and entitle - pottsmerc.com

Newspaper: Photo ID cards should not prevent anybody from voting

Editorial: Photo ID cards should not prevent anybody from voting (6/12/11)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

4,000 Participate in Students First Inaugural Tele-Town Hall Meeting

Over 4000 Participate in Students First Inaugural Tele-Town Hall Meeting

Five Months After Tucson Shootings, Most States and Federal Agencies Still Fail to Report Mental Health Records to National Gun Background Check Database

Five Months After Tucson Shootings, Most States and Federal Agencies Still Fail to Report Mental Health Records to National Gun Background Check Database

NewsBusted 6/10/11

ATR: Coburn Amendment Half-Baked Without DeMint Fix

ATR: Coburn Amendment Half-Baked Without DeMint Fix

Phyllis Schlafly: Congress Is Taking the 'Obamacare Approach' to Patent Reform

Schlafly: Congress Is Taking the 'Obamacare Approach' to Patent Reform

Crushing Debt and Economic Uncertainty are Discouraging Job Creation

Crushing Debt and Economic Uncertainty are Discouraging Job Creation

One for the Gipper: Pawlenty Roles Out Reaganesque Growth Plan

One for the Gipper: Pawlenty Roles Out Reaganesque Growth Plan

Weekly Republican Address 6/11/11: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Newspaper: End strikes by teachers in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is No. 1 in the nation in teacher strikes. Republican state lawmakers have introduced a bill to outlaw strikes, just as 37 other states have already done.

The Scranton Times-Tribune is the latest newspaper to support the legislation.

Editorial: End strikes by teachers, level field Bills propose incentives to achieve contracts - Opinion - The Times-Tribune

Also check out Stop Teacher Strikes in Pennsylvania for more information.

Ann Coulter: Liberal Contradictory Thinking

Economist Warns of Age Discrimination, Quality Loss in Obamacare

Economist Warns of Age Discrimination, Quality Loss in "Healthcare Reform"

Sarah Palin Documentary Coming Exclusively to AMC Theatres on July 15

Sarah Palin Documentary, The Undefeated, Coming Exclusively to AMC Theatres on July 15th

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Nominations

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Nominations

PA League of Women Voters Endorses National Popular Vote

PA League of Women Voters Endorses National Popular Vote

Napolitano: Concentrating Terrorists Screening Efforts on Muslim Men Under 35 is Wrong

Area lawmakers oppose Route 422 tolling

Five Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives whose districts border Route 422 say they will oppose any efforts to turn the highway into a toll road between Pottstown and King of Prussia.

The lawmakers said the tolling plan introduced by Democrat Joe Hoeffel will do little to ease traffic congestion on Route 422 but will force more traffic onto local roads.

Area lawmakers oppose Route 422 tolling (video) - pottsmerc.com

Columnist: Democrats Stealing the Election of 2012

If you can't win an election fair-and-square, just steal it.

The Obama Justice Department bolsters an organized effort to register illegals, felons and the dead as Democratic voters, says columnist Roger Hedgecock.

Stealing the Election of 2012 - HUMAN EVENTS

66% Say Private Sector Employees Work Harder Than Government Workers

Rasmussen Reports: 66% Say Private Sector Employees Work Harder Than Government Workers

Thursday, June 9, 2011

SE PA Lawmakers Oppose Route 422 Tolls



Five state representatives from legislative districts along Route 422 in Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties held a press conference Thursday afternoon along the busy highway to announce their opposition to a proposal to toll the four-lane highway. The lawmakers said the tolls would force traffic onto local roads and there is no guarantee that passenger rail service would ever be built to ease congestion on Route 422. The Republican lawmakers expressing opposition to the plan being pushed by Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, include Reps. Tom Quigley, Mike Vereb, Warren Kampf, Marcy Toepel and David Maloney.

Tolls on Route 422? Readers say NO - pottsmerc.com

Tolls on Route 422? Readers say NO - pottsmerc.com

75% Support Showing Photo ID At The Polls

75% Support Showing Photo ID At The Polls

Sen. Rafferty: Talk of tolling Route 422 is 'premature'

The man who will have a lot to say about whether Route 422 in Southeastern Pennsylvania ever becomes a toll road says any talk of tolling the highway is "premature."

Sen. John Rafferty Jr. (R-Montgomery), chairman of the powerful State Senate Transportation Committee, released the following statement Thursday regarding recent news accounts that Route 422 was being considered as a future toll road:
"There is no legislation pending in either the House or the Senate calling for the tolling of any specific roadways in Pennsylvania. And any thoughts or considerations of implementing tolling on any specific roads in the state to generate transportation funding are wholly premature. As chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, I have no plans to move anything adding tolling to Route 422 or any state roadway. In fact, we are currently in a holding pattern until the Governor's Transportation Funding Advisory Committee (TFAC) makes it recommendations later this summer. Even after that report is delivered, the Committee's recommendations are just suggested courses of action, not proposals that would necessarily become law."
Rafferty's 44th State Senate District includes many of the communities along the Route 422 corridor in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties and it's unlikely any plan to toll Route 422 will gain traction without his support.

National Black Chamber of Commerce Applauds Sen. DeMint for Introducing Amendment to Nullify Gainful Employment

National Black Chamber of Commerce Applauds Sen. DeMint for Introducing Amendment to Nullify Gainful Employment

Advocacy Group Releases Report on Benefits of Term Limits

Advocacy Group Releases Report on Benefits of Term Limits

PA State Police: Teams Inspect Nearly 1,300 Waste Haulers in May

PA State Police: Teams Inspect Nearly 1,300 Waste Haulers in May

MSNBC Host If There is Civil Unrest Because Of Unemployment It'sTotally ...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tim Pawlenty Proposes More Bold Solutions

Tim Pawlenty Proposes More Bold Solutions: IF You Can Google It, Cut It - HUMAN EVENTS

Columnist: Face the Truth - The Stimulus and Bailouts Failed

Let's Face the Truth: The Stimulus and Bailouts Failed - HUMAN EVENTS

'Food Stamp President' Barack Obama

MRC Study: Media Protecting 'Food Stamp President' Obama By Ignoring Growing Food Stamp Crisis | NewsBusters.org

Your daily dose of liberal media bias

Time, Newsweek Offered Cover Stories, 15 Pages to Mark Foley in 2006; But About 160 Tiny Words on Weinergate

Ann Coulter: Liberal Mob Endangering America

Republican accuses Obama of being out to lunch on the economy

Republican accuses Obama of being out to lunch on the economy - The Hill's On The Money

Lawmakers to respond to Route 422 tolling proposal

Four Southeastern Pennsylvania state legislators will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss the proposed tolling of Route 422.

The feasibility study by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission supports a plan to toll the roadway between Pottstown and King of Prussia despite widespread opposition from area residents and lawmakers.

Four members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Montgomery and Chester counties will weigh in on the report's findings during a 2 p.m. press conference at the 422 Business Center in Oaks.

Participating in the event are Reps. Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery), Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) and Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

All four have expressed reservations in the past about tolling Route 422.

For more about the tolling plan, check out this recent article in The Mercury.

Poll: Majority of Americans Say Obama is Too Liberal For Them

Only 24% Say They Share Obama's Political Views

Facebook Knows What You Look Like

Facebook Makes Changes, Lets Users Opt Out - News Story - WFTV Orlando

Newspaper: Voters should have a say in tax hikes beyond inflation

Voters should have a say in tax hikes beyond inflation (6/6/11)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Gingrich to Sign on to Strong America Now Plan to Cut Spending

Gingrich to Sign on to Strong America Now Plan to Cut Spending

Crime Watch PA Magazine Takes Anti-Crime Messages Statewide

Crime Watch PA Magazine Takes Anti-Crime Messages Statewide

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

DCNR Asks Residents to Help Win Trees for Pennsylvania State Parks

DCNR Asks Residents to Help Win Trees for Pennsylvania State Parks

Gov. Corbett Nominates Pamela Witmer to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Governor Corbett Nominates Pamela Witmer to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Obama is cooking the books

U.S. funding for future promises lags by trillions - USATODAY.com

Columnist: Paul Revere and All That

Paul Revere and All That - By Rich Lowry - The Corner - National Review Online

Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account

Score one for Sarah Palin. Historians back her account of Paul Revere's ride despute ridicule from the Mainstream Media, which got it wrong ... again.

Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account

UNBELIEVABLE OBAMA GAFFES, Mistakes, Lies, and Confusion

Route 422 tolling plan outlined to state panel

Tolling makes sense for some roads. Route 422 between Pottstown and King of Prussia is not one of them.

Route 422 tolling plan outlined to state panel - pottsmerc.com

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Obama's Stimulus Has Failed, His Record Is A Complete Disaster

Pa. schools hold more than $3B in reserve funds

Why are Pennsylvania school districts holding on to $3 billiion at the same time most districts are raising property taxes to make up for cuts in state funding?

Pa. schools hold more than $3B in reserve funds - pottsmerc.com

New York Times lurches further left as it continues to sink

Graying Deity Of Pre-Internet Journalism - Investors.com

Newspaper: U.S. Jobs Hole Just Got Deeper

Barack Obama's failed economic policies continue to kill U.S. jobs, according to one of the nation's leading business publications.

From Investor's Business Daily:
Two years into a "recovery," the unemployment rate leaps to 9.1% and just 54,000 new jobs are created. Is this just "bumps on the road to recovery," as the White House insists, or something more dangerous?
Read the full editorial at the link below:

U.S. Jobs Hole Just Got Deeper - Investors.com

Friday, June 3, 2011

Job Killers = Political Class

US Has To Create 250K Jobs A Month For 66 Months To Return To December 2007 Unemployment By End Of Obama's Second Term

Newspaper: Cut the size of the PA Legislature

EDITORIAL: Elected officials need to 'bite economic bullet' - delcotimes.com

Half of Last Month's New Jobs Came from a Single Employer — McDonald's

Half of Last Month's New Jobs Came from a Single Employer — McDonald's | The Weekly Standard

Obama ignores jobs report

POLITICO 44: Let's move on

Unemployment Rises to 9.1% in Wake of Sen. Bob Casey & Obama's Failed $787 Billion Stimulus

Unemployment Rises To 9.1% In Wake Of Casey & Obama's Failed $787 Billion Stimulus

Bipartisan Congress rebuffs Obama on Libya mission

More than 90 Democrats joined Republicans in calling out Barack Obama on his illegal war in Libya.

From The Washington Times:
Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya.
Bipartisan Congress rebuffs Obama on Libya mission - Washington Times

3 more chances to watch Tony Phyrillas on Pennsylvania Cable Network

This week's edition of "Journalists Roundtable," the popular political commentary program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, is coming to you from the offices of The Mercury in Pottstown.

The one-hour program airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. and again on Sundays at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., as well as Mondays at 10 a.m.

The show is hosted by Bill Bova. This week's guests are Tony Phyrillas, City Editor/Political Columnist for The Mercury; and John Aberle of WCHE 1520 AM in West Chester.

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

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area or check www.pcntv.com

Columnist: Pa. education: A state of emergency

Pa. education: A state of emergency - pottsmerc.com

Gov. Corbett Congratulates National Spelling Bee Champion and Third-Place Winner, Both from Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett Congratulates National Spelling Bee Champion and Third-Place Winner, Both from Pennsylvania

Game Commission Seeks Public Input on Final Enhanced Public-Private Landowner Partnership Program

Game Commission Seeks Public Input on Final Enhanced Public-Private Landowner Partnership Program

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan Recognized as Nation's Best

Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan Recognized as Nation's Best

NewsBusted 6/3/11

Newspaper: Dems Refuse To Deal With Their Fiscal Mess

Investor's Business Daily: Doing Nothing Isn't An Option - Investors.com

U.S. Unemployment Climbs to 9.1%

The U.S. Department of Labor released the May jobs report Friday showing unemployment climbing to 9.1 percent.

So much for the stimulus. So much for the bailouts. So much for deficit spending. So much for the socialist policies.

The Obama Recession continues into its third year.

Pennsylvania Congressman Rep. Joe Pitts issued the following statement:
"Millions of Americans are looking for jobs, but are finding few new opportunities. Today's jobs report is more evidence that the economic policies of this administration have failed. Trillions of dollars in government spending had an insignificant effect on employment and nearly doubled the national debt in less than three years.

Last November, the American people called for a new direction. House Republicans have energetically proposed solutions to empower job creators: reducing energy prices, cutting government red tape and reforming a burdensome tax code. We need the Senate and the President to work together with us on these jobs bills. Getting Americans working again has to be Washington’s first priority."

Articles: It's Official: The Left Is Out of Ideas

Articles: It's Official: The Left Is Out of Ideas

Pennsylvania Girl Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

14-Year-Old Pennsylvania Girl Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thomas Sowell Warned America About Obama in 2008

77,000 federal workers paid more than governors

77,000 federal workers paid more than governors - Washington Times

Taxpayer Watchdogs: $14 Trillion U.S. Debt Leaves No Room For Treasury-Backed Loan Guarantees For Energy Projects

Taxpayer Watchdogs: $14 Trillion U.S. Debt Leaves No Room For Treasury-Backed Loan Guarantees For Energy Projects

CNN Poll: Adults Disapprove of Obama's Handling of Deficit

CNN Poll: Adults Disapprove of Obama's Handling of Deficit 64% to 34% | The Weekly Standard

Rep. Joe Pitts: Obamacare Fails To Curb Costs

Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Pitts:
What we need is real competition and transparency. Something we don't get under Obamacare. We need patients to be able to make economic choices informed by their doctor, not a government board. Obamacare is doing little besides making our health care system more complex and more expensive. We have to start with repeal, and then we need real reforms. Reforms like purchasing across state lines, medical liability reform, and equalizing tax treatment for individuals. These are solutions that would truly bring down costs, improve the quality of care, and expand coverage.
Read the full column at the link below:

Obamacare fails to curb costs - pottsmerc.com

American Crossroads: Shutout

Nearly 300 State-Owned Vehicles to be Offered at June 6 Public Auction

Nearly 300 State-Owned Vehicles to be Offered at June 6 Public Auction

Catch Tony Phyrillas on 'Journalists Roundtable'

This week's edition of "Journalists Roundtable," the popular political commentary program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, is coming to you from the offices of The Mercury in Pottstown.

The one-hour program airs Thursdays at 8 PM and re-airs Sundays at 5 PM and 11 PM as well as Mondays at 10 AM. The show is hosted by Bill Bova.

The panel includes Tony Phyrillas, city editor/political columnist for The Mercury, and John Aberle of WCHE 1520 AM in West Chester.

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

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area or check the PCN website.

PA 'surplus' grows to $540 million

Although the state is saddled with a $4 billion debt left by former Gov. Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania has collected $540 million than anticipated with one more month to go in the current fiscal year.

Democrats want to spend the so-called "surplus" although they still haven't come up with a plan to cover the fiscal hole Rendell left behind.

Revenue Department Releases May Collections