Monday, June 22, 2015

Forgotten Taxpayers

In a letter to the editor, Lackawanna County's Democratic trio of Commissioners respond to a letter to the editor about the stadium at PNC Field.  In the letter, they state "no taxpayer funds were used in the construction or will be used in the maintenance of PNC Field."  They go on to say "The reconstruction of PNC Field was funded with a combination of state grant funds and borrowing covered by the lease payments from the Yankees and our hotel tax fund."

No taxpayers funds were used?

Where do the Democrats running Lackawanna County believe grant funds come from?  And who, but taxpayers, pay the hotel tax?

This, from Wansacz and Staback, both former state representatives.  Even "Cheese" O'Malley, the third Democratic commissioner, should have a grasp of grant funds given his experience on the Scranton School Board.

The government does not produce a product.  It takes from those it governs and applies that taking to the administration of government, including grants.

Too often, the taxpayers are forgotten by out-of-touch politicians like this bunch of Democratic Commissioners.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

House Votes to Repeal Death Tax

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act.

This bill repeals the federal estate tax, a.k.a. the death tax.  As it stands today, the federal government can swoop in and demand a large chunk of an estate upon death.  This impacts family-owned businesses and farms, often forcing them to sell off a part of the estate to satisfy the IRS.

Republican Reps. Tom Marino and Lou Barletta voted to do away with the death tax.  Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright voted against repealing the death tax.

Roll Call here.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Marino to Host Senior Fair

In a release, Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Tom Marino announces his fifth senior fair since taking office in 2011.

WHEN: Monday, April 27th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM

WHERE: VFW – Selinsgrove Post No. 6631, 940 US Rt. 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

A full list of vendors participating in the event can be found by clicking the link above.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cartwright Votes Against Holding IRS, Lois Lerner Accountable

As a candidate, Democratic Matt Cartwright made clear his contempt for anyone associated with the Tea Party.  As a Congressman, that distaste for the Taxed Enough Already crowd was apparent in a recent vote to hold the IRS and Lois Lerner accountable for using the taxing power of the federal government as a political weapon.

Last night, by a vote of 231-187, Lois Lerner was held in contempt of congress for failing to cooperate with an investigation into alleged illegal targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.  Democratic Cartwright voted against this measure making clear that he and House Democrats support using the IRS as a bludgeon to pursue groups based on their political beliefs.

To recap:
And the Democrats in the House like Matt Cartwright are apparently OK with that.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Region Most Miserable in PA

The people that make up the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area are among the most miserable souls in all of these United States, according to Gallup.  The survey, dubbed the State of American Well-Being, was started eight years ago and collects information from  physical and emotional health to financial security and many issues in-between.  178,000 surveys were completed nationally, yielding these results.

This region, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, is dominated by Democrats.

Democratic Scranton has been financially distressed since the 1990's and its all-Democratic government just made yet another installment of a tax-smackdown on its residents.  Unions are threatening to take city assets and businesses are fleeing Scranton like rats on a sinking ship.  Democratic Wilkes-Barre is in better financial shape than Scranton (which really isn't saying much) but leads the region in murders and is apparently so incompetent, they cannot even operate gas pumps correctly.

Taken together, this Democratic region also boasts the highest unemployment in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Financial mismanagement of government and the sky-high taxes it necessitates will destroy any local economy, given enough time.  Corruption will hasten the process and further diminish any faith people might have in their leaders, which certainly has occurred in this region.  It is difficult, if not impossible, to expect the residents of a region to feel good about the situation they find themselves in.  The question is when will their level of misery be high enough that they actually do something about it by rejecting their present leaders and the ways of the past for fiscal hawks that won't waste their money or raise their taxes so their economies can begin to grow again?