Monday, December 21, 2009

Healthcare Update

In a late night effort to keep an arbitrary “before Christmas” deadline on the Senate Healthcare Proposal, it has become apparent that serious wrangling had to occur to get the magic 60 votes.

The awarding of x million tax dollars to benefit Democrat Louisiana Senator Mary Landrou’s home state is now infamously known as the “Louisiana Purchase.”

Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson faces serious outrage for securing the exemption of Nebraskans from ever having to pay for the unfunded mandate of increased medicaid funding. Instead, everyone else will foot the bill for Nelson’s Nebraska. This one has been dubbed the “Corn Husker Kickback.”

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Dodd secured $100 million in federal funding for the construction of a University Hospital which at time of writing has yet to be named (hopefully that isn’t an indication that it will be named for Dodd.)

Vermont and Massachusetts also won extra medicaide monies.

So besides higher taxes, the gutting of medicare, government intrusion into 1/6 of the US economy, and unfunded mandates for nearly every state (those with Senators not adroit enough to secure your tax dollars for their use in their state) what does this leave under the tree for you and me?

It might throw something in towards the new Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton (and might explain why Dodd’s hospital has yet to be named.)

Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Colburn was quoted by in the same CNBC story as saying “This process is not legislation…this is corruption. It’s a shame that the only way we can come to a consensus in this country is to buy votes,” referring to the late-night deals performed by Democrats to secure the 60 votes necessary to pass the bill.

Colburn is correct and activists should work to kill the bill.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mayor Lou Barletta Enters Congressional Race for PA-11

According to his announcement video, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta will enter the 2010 Congressional Election as a Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s 11th District.

The theme of the campaign seems to be “Unfinished Business.”

Reminiscent of the Reagan vs. Carter debate of 1980 he basically asks the question “Are you better off today than you were in 2008?”

Not many can answer that question in the affirmative.

Barletta also nails it by hitting on the frustration many Americans feel that Washington (read Kanjorski) is out of touch, has lost focus, and has forgotten about the people of this great country.

As reporters and pundits argue the differences and similarities between the 2008 and 2010 elections, one important fact must be examined. Paul Kanjorski may not be in this race after the Primary Election (or at all.)

It is assumed that Paul Kanjorski will run this race for the 14th time but he has yet to announce his intentions. If he does run, Kanjorski will have a primary opponent the likes of which he has not seen in a very long time. Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien is certainly green but to his credit he pulled a major upset victory in the 2007 Lackawanna County race for Commissioner. O’Brien isn’t afraid to mix it up either. In his announcement he stated that “we deserve to receive our fair share of federal tax dollars. And we deserve a Congressman who will put that money in your pockets, not his own pockets” alluding to the ethical challenges Kanjorski has faced in the past.

This is going to be a wild one!