Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lefty's Bar


Top 1% of US taxpayers pay as much as the entire bottom 95%

In case you were dumb enough to fall for Obama's line that the rich aren't paying their "fare share," here's proof that the top 1% of income earners pay as much in federal income taxes as the bottom 95%. Feeling pretty stupid? You probably should have stayed home on Election Day.

The top 1% of US taxpayers pay almost as much in federal income taxes as the entire bottom 95%, and half of that bottom group paid no taxes at all in 2010

Obama, Democrats to usher in higher taxes in 2013

A reminder of where taxes are headed in 2013

Obama OKs $11B in Pay Raises For Biden, Congress, Government Workers

Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

PJTV: Evan Sayet Talks About His Latest Book "The Kindergarden of Eden"

Sen. Roy Blunt Delivers Weekly GOP Address On Avoiding The Fiscal Cliff

Record number of U.S. bank failures since Obama took office

Facts and numbers on U.S. bank failures since 2008

Friday, December 28, 2012

Obama Orders Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

Get ready to dig deeper into your pockets so the permanent political class in Washington, D.C., can line its own pockets. Feeling a little stupid for voting for Obama again?

Obama Orders Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

'One Nation Under Fraud' Documentary


Thursday, December 20, 2012

The 7 most illuminating economic charts of 2012

The 7 most illuminating economic charts of 2012

Ironic: Teacher pension funds invest in gun makers

Interesting that the people who supervise investments for the nation's massive teacher unions did not have a problem investing in gun manufacturers before the school massacre in Connecticut. Now they're scrambling to divest their portfolios.

From The Associated Press: 
For years, the gun industry has been a reliable investment, attracting tens of millions of dollars from some of the nation’s largest retirement funds. The firearms business has been strong, driven by relaxed laws for carrying concealed handguns and by buyers who feared that tighter gun restrictions were more likely under President Obama. 

But after the bloodbath in Connecticut, the practice is under review in at least four states, including two of the most populous, California and New York.
 I guess as long as the pension funds were returning a solid profit, it didn't matter where the money was placed? What say you liberals?

Teacher pension funds reconsider investments in gun makers

9 in custody for child porn in Berks

9 in custody for child porn in Berks, 4 underage victims found

America's growing government class under Obama

Paul Kengor: America’s growing government class

Pennsylvania launches government transparency website


 

   
    Governor Corbett Unveils PennWATCH Transparency Website (via PR Newswire)
   

       HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett ushered in a new era of transparency and accountability in state government today with the launch of Pennsylvania's transparency website, known as PennWATCH at http://www.pennwatch.pa.gov. Corbett was joined today by the…
   

 

 

The Ugly Politics of Piers Morgan

The Ugly Politics of Piers Morgan

Scott Walker: Conservative of the Year 2012

Scott Walker: Conservative of the Year 2012 - Human Events

The great global warming swindle


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Slaying The Dragon


New Committee Chairmanships for Pennsylvania Senate

Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, has announced committee chairmanship assignments for the Senate's 22 Senate Standing Committees.

"We are fortunate to have members from various backgrounds and regions across our Commonwealth who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Harrisburg," Scarnati said. "Membership of committees will be announced prior to the reconvening of the Senate on January 22, 2013."

Republicans still control the Senate, but they will have a smaller margin for the 2013-14 session. The GOP lost 3 Senate seats in the November election, making the party breakdown for the next two-year session, 27-23 in favor of Republicans. 

Senate Standing Committee Chair Assignments:

  • Aging & Youth – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24)
  • Agriculture & Rural AffairsSenator Elder A. Vogel, Jr. (R-47)
  • Appropriations – Senator Jake Corman (R-34)
  • Banking & Insurance – Senator Don White (R-41)
  • Communications & Technology – Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-40)
  • Community, Economic & Recreational DevelopmentSenator Kim L. Ward (R-39)
  • Consumer Protection & Professional LicensureSenator Robert M. Tomlinson (R-6)
  • Education – Senator Mike Folmer (R-48)
  • Environmental Resources & EnergySenator Gene Yaw (R-23)
  • Finance – Senator Mike Brubaker (R-36)
  • Game & FisheriesSenator Richard Alloway (R-33)
  • Inter-governmental Operations – Senator-elect Scott E. Hutchinson (R-21)
  • Judiciary Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-12)
  • Labor & IndustrySenator John R. Gordner (R-27)
  • Law & JusticeSenator Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr. (R-10)
  • Local GovernmentSenator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-30)
  • Public Health & WelfareSenator Patricia H. Vance (R-31)
  • Rules & Executive Nominations – Senator Dominic Pileggi (R-9)
  • State Government Senator Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13)
  • Transportation Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44)
  • Urban Affairs & Housing Senator David G. Argall (R-29)
  • Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Senator Lisa Baker (R-20)


Inquiry harshly criticizes Obama State Department over Benghazi attack

Inquiry harshly criticizes State Department over Benghazi attack

Monday, December 17, 2012

Columnist: It's not the 'gun culture,' it's the American culture

Excellent column by J.D. Mullane about the root causes of the evil that visited Sandy Hook, Conn., last Friday:
To see the Sandy Hook massacre as unique to its circumstances, apart from all the others, is to avoid an uncomfortable topic. What feeds and enables this madness is not the “gun culture.” It’s the American culture.

We’ve cheapened human life. We snuff it when it is helpless and inconvenient. In three states (so far) we legally euthanize it when it is old, infirm and a burden.

The cheapness of human life permeates our popular entertainment. With movies, television and song lyrics, nihilism is, literally, in the air.

Evil is glamorized. Check the thrill-kill video games “Modern Warfare,” “Resident Evil 6 — You Are Dead,” “Sleeping Dogs” or “TheWitcher 2.” The violence is barbaric.

Yet, on Dec. 25, millions of these games will be presented as gifts to young people who will play them on Christmas Day.

Who seriously argues that this stuff has little influence on attitudes and behaviors?
 Read the full column at the link below:

Columnist J.D. Mullane: It's not the "gun culture," it's the American culture - phillyburbs.com:

Could Pennsylvania Be Next For Right To Work Legislation?

Could Pennsylvania Be Next For Right To Work Legislation?

Gov. Haley picks Tim Scott to replace DeMint

A female governor whose parents emigrated from India picks a black Congressman to fill the open US Senate seat in South Carolina. Let's see how racist liberals spin this one. Republican Tim Scott would become the only black in the 100-member Senate. Looking more and more like the Democrats are the party of old white guys.

Gov. Haley picks Tim Scott to replace DeMint - The Hill's Ballot Box

What Makes A Country Prosperous?

Pa. Legislature must take action on property tax reform

EDITORIAL: Legislature must put recommendations into action - delcotimes.com

Friday, December 14, 2012

PA Rep. Schwartz: Gun control laws would have prevented Conn. school shootings

Here we go with the knee-jerk reaction of left-wing politicians.

Democratic Pennsylvania Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz: "We can work to prevent these situations from happening again by engaging in a serious conversation about the issue of gun violence in our country."

Schwartz is rumored to be a 2014 candidate for Pennsylvania governor.

Dear Rep. Schwartz: A depraved, mentally-disturbed person who would target innocent children is not going to be deterred by additional gun control laws.

The killer could have used  a knife or a bat or his hands to kill his victims.

The debate should be about how we treat the mentally ill in this country, not about guns.

Charitable deductions on the chopping block

Charitable deductions on the chopping block - Conservative News

More Global warming hysteria

Steve Goreham: Global warming blamed entirely on the United States

Guest column: Obamacare Not Ready For Primetime

By Congressman Joe Pitts

It has been nearly 1,000 days since President Obama signed his health care bill into law. With the Supreme Court upholding much of the law earlier this year and the political situation in Washington staying the same following the election, the administration will have free reign to implement the President’s vision for health care.

I vigorously opposed the bill because I believed it would fail to deal with our biggest health care problem: rising costs. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office could not back up the President’s claims that the bill would make health care less expensive in the foreseeable future. For many people, their premium is already going up.

This week, the Associated Press reported that insurers will be charging a new $63 fee in the coming year. When Obamacare was being considered this was just one of the many fees and charges hidden from consumers. Taxes will be assessed on insurers, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies but the real people footing the bill will be patients.

The taxes are all set to be collected, but Obamacare’s benefits aren’t quite ready for primetime yet. The centerpiece of the law is the establishment of health care exchanges in the 50 states. Exchanges could be a good idea, if they were truly an easy way for insurers to offer plans and for consumers to have real choices.

The law gives states a choice about whether to create and operate the insurance exchange within their borders. States can also choose to “partner” with the federal government to create an exchange or leave the responsibility completely up to Washington.

Republicans are typically the party that promotes federalism, so it may be initially confusing to find that many Republican governors have decided to let the federal government run the exchange in their state. In fact, this week Governor Tom Corbett announced that Pennsylvania would elect not to create a state-based exchange.

There are some fundamental problems that make it unwise for a state to create one of these exchanges on behalf of the federal government. First of all, the rules aren’t actually written yet. The Department of Health and Human Services avoided putting out any detailed regulations governing state-based exchanges until after the election.

Throughout this year, governors and other state officials from both parties and from across the country wrote detailed letters to Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius asking for information. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and I also wrote the Secretary asking her to reply promptly. Some letters elicited no response and others were barely acknowledged. Important questions remain unanswered.

Secondly, even now, the guidance from HHS is not enough for states to determine how much it would cost to set up an exchange. These insurance marketplaces have to be up and running by September 30, 2013. With the rules still largely undefined, states would be starting a race without knowing what the track looks like or whether they have enough gasoline to get across the finish line.

Finally, even with the little guidance that is out there it is evident that states will not be in the driver seat. How these exchanges will be structured will be determined almost completely by bureaucrats in Washington.

At this time, only 14 states have elected to run their own exchange. Twenty-four states have decided to leave it up to the federal government. It makes perfect sense. The “choices” states will be able to make in setting up an exchange are largely illusory.

Because the federal government hasn’t been doing their job in providing guidance, states are reluctant to help share the burden. HHS did not anticipate running so many exchanges in so many states. The President’s health plan simply won’t work without these marketplaces. They will be the only way for individuals to reliably purchase insurance that meets government requirements and avoid new tax penalties. The clock is ticking, and there is no telling whether Obamacare will be ready.

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

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pennsylvania Rejects Obamacare Insurance Exchange


 
 
 

   
    Governor Corbett Announces State-Based Insurance Exchange Decision (via PR Newswire)
   

       HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today released the following statement, along with a letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, regarding the state's decision on the establishment of a state-based health insurance…
   

 

 

526,421 family farms threatened by new Obama death tax

526,421 family farms threatened by new death tax | WashingtonExaminer.com

I'm Betting This Has Something To Do With Obamacare

I’m Betting This Has Something To Do With Obamacare | RedState

Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome to Obama's Second Term: Medco plant in NJ lays off 102 workers

Medco plant lays off 102 at Willingboro site - phillyburbs.com: Willingboro: willingboro, layoffs, medco, franklin lakes, automated mail-service pharmacy

Corbett: Pa. lacks political will to pass ‘right-to-work’

If Michigan can pass a right-to-work law, why can't it happen in Pennsylvania?

Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature and the governor's office.

No more excuses. The only way to bring back jobs to the Keystone State is to pass a right-to-work law.

Corbett: Pa. lacks political will to pass ‘right-to-work’

Surprise: New insurance fee in Obamacare hits U.S. workers in 2013

Breaking news from The Associated Press for all the idiots who voted for Obama: Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It’s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. 

Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

Missing: 15 million jobs from the private sector

The Jobs Gap | Missing: 15 million jobs from the private sector

Prager University: If Good and Evil Exist, God Exists

Why the Republican Party Can't Win Without the Tea Party

Why the Republican Party Can't Win Without the Tea Party

Newspaper: Pa. property tax reform plan should lead to action

The Pottstown Mercury continues to lead the battle for property tax reform in Pennsylvania.

Pa. property tax reform plan should lead to action

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What the hell is a holiday tree?

In effort not to offend, Chafee offends many (12/5/12)

Montco Commissioner Bruce Castor eyes challenge to Gov. Corbett

After two years of uninspired leadership, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett could be facing a challenge from within the Republican Party if he wants to seek a second term in 2014.

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. says he is thinking if challenging Corbett in the Republican primary. Castor also challenged Corbett 10 years ago in the GOP primary for Pennsylvania Attorney General, which Corbett went on to win.

Montco Commissioner Castor eyes challenge to Gov. Corbett

Ruth Marcus: This is Obama’s idea of compromise?

A liberal Washington Post columnist says Barack Obama is looking to humiliate half of his constituents instead of bargaining in good faith with Republicans.

Ruth Marcus: This is Obama’s idea of compromise?

Obama's Blunders: The Housing Market

Sen. Pat Toomey: How to tackle entitlements and avoid the cliff

Sen. Pat Toomey: How to tackle entitlements and avoid the cliff

Berks County visitors bureau launches new website

Berks County visitors bureau launches new website - bctv.org - News for Berks County and Reading, Pa: Economy