Friday, September 30, 2011

Democrats: Suspend Elections

Figure you’re pretty much toast in the next election? Cancel it! We can just start them up again in a few years if we feel like it.

That’s the gist of what Democratic Governor and Chair of the 2012 Democratic Convention Bev Perdue said.

The Democrat’s frustration is understandable. President Obama is polling very badly. Some Democratic officials are advising candidates not even to have their picture taken with him. The President’s cabinet is a mess, plagued with scandal, after scandal, after scandal.

Or, this might have been wishful thinking for Perdue, considering she is up for re-election in 2012. Like the President, she has been mired in scandal. Unconstitutional taxes, taxpayer-funded trips, abuse of power charges, and fines for election law violations have all punctuated her time in public office.

Regardless of the motivation, this is just plain wrong. Politicians need to be accountable to the people. The only method reserved to the people to hold them accountable is an election. If Democrats fear an election loss to Republicans, they should reexamine their policies…not cancel elections.

Ethics Probe of Democrat Leighton Advances

In July, we wrote about Democrat Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton’s practice of giving jobs to family members. As a refresher, the State Ethics Committee position on conflicts of interest:

"No public official or public employee shall engage in conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest is defined as use by a public official or public employee of the authority of his office or employment or any confidential information received through his holding public office or employment for the private pecuniary benefit of himself, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated." – PA Ethics Commission

Based on local reporting, it appears the State Ethics Commission has found reasonable cause to move from a preliminary inquiry to a full-scale investigation. This investigation however, could take as long as a year to complete.

UPDATE: The Citizen's Voice now reports that the State Ethics Committee erred when it stated it was moving to a "full investigation." The truth appears to be that the investigation is still in the "preliminary inquiry" stage.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Democratic Senate: Screw NEPA, Let’s hit the Beach

On Friday, Senate Democrats rejected the stop-gap measure passed by the House of Representatives to keep the government open beyond October 1 and to fund FEMA.

FEMA is slated to run out of money over the weekend.

Democratic Senator Harry Reid cited the need to “cool off” and decided to hold off voting on funding for disaster relief in until Monday…after Senate Democrats return from their beach retreat in Kiawah, South Carolina.

Where the hell is United States Senator Bob Casey on this?

Is this the type of leadership NEPA deserves from its native-son-turned-Senator? If Casey sits back and allows his colleagues to sip mai-tais on the beaches of South Carolina instead of fighting to fund disaster relief for NEPA, the voters of Pennsylvania should need no further demonstration of exactly how out of touch he and his fellow Democrats are with the needs of the Commonwealth.

Thank God for Lou Barletta. (Click here to watch his press conference today.) He knows what it means to fight for the people of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Obama’s New Snitch Site

President Obama has launched his newest snitch website – Attack Watch. It’s like his Fight the Smears or, just with crappier web design. It still preserves President Obama’s paranoid, oppressive request that you report your neighbor for speaking negatively about him.

Are we the only ones that find it creepy that the President of the United States has now for the third time asked us to snitch on our neighbors? And worse, that he is still attempting to collect intelligence on people that disagree with him?

Our President’s insecurity aside, asking the American people to again “Report an Attack” from your neighbor should be chilling to anyone concerned with civil rights and civil liberties. It also raises questions of his fitness to serve. Meaning, if he cannot handle people disagreeing with him politically, how does anyone maintain faith that he can handle the likes of someone like Ahmadinejad?

Sadly, the media is again silent. The fourth estate should be all over any attempt to stifle free speech and silence dissent. Yet their response is deafening silence.

Is it 2012 yet?

Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?

Steven Crowder takes a look. What do you think?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Liberals Attack Clinton's Disaster Response Policy

The Republicans understand it is their responsibility to come together to support disaster relief for NEPA. What escapes the radical left is that they also realize that they have a responsibility to do so in a way that is consistent with the interests of the taxpayers that will foot the bill. Apparently, the new left finds fault with the Republican policy of finding a few billion dollars somewhere in our bloated $3.5 trillion budget so that the people in NEPA can get the help they need. The money has to come from somewhere. Maybe they would prefer we borrow money from China to finance our recovery.

Why invoke Clinton? President Clinton himself used offsets several times during his presidency for disaster relief:
  • May, 1999 - Clinton enacted legislation that included emergency spending for farm disasters and “unmet” disaster needs from prior natural disasters and $2 billion in offsets.
  • May, 1998 - Clinton enacted legislation that included disaster relief for tornadoes, flooding, and ice storms and $2.5 billion in offsets.
  • June, 1997 - Clinton offset disaster relief for the flooding in the Red River of the North, Minnesota River and tributaries.
  • July, 1995 - Clinton offset emergency funds for disaster assistance including the recovery from the Oklahoma City Federal building bombing.
I guess it says a lot if Bill Clinton's policies are now too far to the right for the modern left.

This doesn't represent a policy change on the part of Republicans, it represents a consistent, pay-as-you-go federal funding policy - something missing from Washington for far too long.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

King Samir Shabazz Update

Hey, remember this guy?

He was the New Black Panther party leader that the Obama administration refused to prosecute for intimidating voters in Pennsylvania.

He now has a series of “Black Survival” videos for our youth. Some highlights below:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Honesty from Dems on Taxes

In the video above, a scene from Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman's town hall meeting is caught. In it, Sherman admits that taxes are used, in the Democrat's view, to redistribute wealth.

Most notably, Congressman Sherman talks about the Estate Tax, A.K.A. the Death Tax. The Congressman admits that the Estate Tax is designed to have the "effect of preventing multi-generational, almost nobility levels of wealth."

Democrats believe taxes are designed to prevent wealth and, when it occurs, redistribute it as the politicians see fit.

Thank you, Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman, for your candor. You have effectively and clearly communicated the Democratic view on taxes.

Flashback: PA Dems Attacked Corbett for Emergency Readiness Ads

Above is one of Governor Tom Corbett's emergency preparedness commercials which ran in August. It appears, in the face of the flooding that occurred, the Governor offered some sage advice.

At the time, PA Democrats took the opportunity to turn it into a political hit, taking Corbett to task for warning seniors to prepare for an emergency.

In light of the flooding disaster in NEPA, PA Democrats in general and their spokesman Mark Nicastre in particular, owe Governor Corbett an apology. It is likely that those that took Corbett's advice a month ago are in far better shape than those that did not. It should be similarly apparent that emergency preparedness and flood damage isn't a political football to play with as Nicastre and the PA Democrats have done in August.

Their attacks are, in a word, disgraceful.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bill Whittle: The Truth is Out There

Enough with the Class Warfare and Race Baiting

“When anybody preaches disunity, tries to pit one of us against the other through class warfare, race hatred or religious intolerance, you know that person seeks to rob us of our freedom and destroy our very lives.” – From a cartoon that kids 50 years ago could understand.

Without even trying, these Democrats seem to be able to cover all bases in the cartoon.

Thankfully, politicians like Representative Allen West (R-FL), aren't afraid to call out other politicians for engaging in this.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Ron Paul Ad Attacks Rick Perry

Labor Day Hostility

So much for the new tone.

VP Biden to AFL-CIO:
"You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates. You are the only non-governmental power, the only non-governmental power, the only one that has the power and the capacity to stop this onslaught."

Jimmy Hoffa Junior was President Obama's warm up act in Detroit. He shared the same thug-rhetoric many have come to expect from these guys.


White House spokesman Carney does the Kabuki dance.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Chris Carney Rumors

Rumors have been circulating about Democratic ex-Congressman Chris Carney re-entering public life and running for Congress. A map, circulated online, helped fuel speculation since it had Pennsylvania’s 11th District changing to include Susquehanna County.

Without being too cynical, in politics, you should follow the money. Before seriously considering a Carney challenge to Barletta, reporters should look to his fundraising. According to the FEC, Chris Carney raised a whopping $4,000 in his most recent report. He spent $2,795 and still has $19,255 in debt and somehow ended with a negative cash on hand balance of -$6,749. During the same period, Barletta raised 95x’s more money than Carney and ended the cycle with a little more than a quarter-million dollars on hand.

In 2008, Carney spent $14.51 per vote to keep his seat. His $2.3 million grabbed him a 56% win against a bruised Chris Hackett in 2008.

In 2010, Carney only had $1.6 million to play with. In vain, Carney upped his spending to $18.45 per vote and still took a beating from Republican Tom Marino. Marino raised and spent less than half of what Carney did and won decisively.

It should be apparent that the wheels have fallen off of Chris Carney’s fundraising operation.

When you really get into the details of the map, you see that the following counties are part of the “new” district: Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Pike, Monroe, Montour, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming. Of those, Luzerne is shared between districts, Columbia and Monroe are Barletta’s, Montour, Pike, Montour, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming all used to be Carney’s.

In 2010, Barletta racked up 69% of the vote in Columbia, 57% of his portion of Luzerne County, and 54% of Monroe. Carney received 52% of the vote in his very small portion of Luzerne County, 43% of Montour, 39% in Pike County, 43% of Susquehanna, 40% in Wayne County, and 45% of Wyoming County.

If this new district were to be constructed, the majority of the counties would be from Carney’s district – the people that know him best and rejected him soundly in the last election. So, putting aside the money issue and considering his immediate past electoral performance, Carney is a non-starter.

Last to consider, what is he doing now? After the voters tossed Carney in 2010, Carney scored a job with BAE Systems, a big defense contractor. According to legistorm, BAE Systems was on the receiving end of $58,040,000 in earmarks during the 2008-2010 cycle – the majority of which were Democrat-sponsored earmarks.

That’s a pretty cushy position for a guy like Carney to land.

So, let’s recap. Speculation surrounds Carney entering a congressional race based on a map that includes, a large part of his old district – a district which gave him his pink slip in 2010. The counties to be added in particular all rejected him or, in the case of a shared county, rejected his neighboring Democrat. He has a good job in the defense sector that he would likely have to leave to enter into this new campaign which, he seems unable to fund considering so far he raised a little more than five times the amount your average girl scout troop makes selling cookies.

Sorry folks, but this seems to be a case of media-fueled speculation to try to sell newspapers. Nothing, absolutely nothing suggests that he will seek to run again for Congress. And, based on the information above, that is about the smartest call he can make. If 2010 election results and his present fundraising numbers are any indication, Carney isn’t prepared to run for Susquehanna County Commissioner, let alone Congress. And, considering he couldn’t even win his home county of Susquehanna in 2010, that’s probably a stretch as well.

This one appears to be a media fabrication or worse, wishful thinking on the part of a left-leaning press. Sorry guys, but your slip is showing on this one.

Crowder Has Gas!! (Union Munchkins)

Shale Projection Dialed Back

Generally, it is hard to argue against the benefits of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania without entering into fantasy to make your point. That is why anti-drillers jumped on a new Penn State report as their latest bit of evidence against drilling in PA.

In 2010, Penn State released a study that indicated that, in 2009, the drillers created 44,000 jobs and boosted the economy by around $7.1 billion. A new study by Penn State released in August dials back earlier projections to 23,000 jobs and $3.1 billion.

News sources like the Scranton Times-Tribune were quick to point to the new study as part of their anti-drilling meme. They actually chide the state for using “false” information to develop policy while themselves allowing patently false information that is inflammatory to permeate their paper.

Take, for instance, this letter to the editor. It is relatively even tempered in comparison to some of the letters the editors allowed through. In this letter though, the writer makes the statement that Marcellus Shale drilling is destroying Pennsylvania’s forests. That is a very serious charge. Penn’s Woods are a great resource which Pennsylvanians are very serious about protecting. Did the writer substantiate that claim in some way? They don’t appear to.

The newspaper was right to say that policy decisions need to be made on facts, whatever the facts may be. But the paper should take its own advice and not fall victim to misinformation being advanced on their editorial page.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pay to Play Obama

Questions surround Obama “Green Jobs” company after it takes half-billion dollar loan, files for bankruptcy.

Democrat Hazleton Mayoral Hopeful Loses It

That’s the only way to describe Hazleton Democrat Grace Cuozzo’s rambling attack of Republican Mayor Joe Yanuzzi. Yanuzzi replaced Lou Barletta as Mayor of Hazleton after Barletta was elected to Congress.

The Standard Speaker reports that, in response to Yanuzzi’s questions as to Cuozzo’s ability to serve, Cuozzo popped off saying Yanuzzi is “dumber than they come.” She attacked Yanuzzi’s age, pointing out that he is 74 and that the average male life expectancy is 74.8. She also pointed out that Yanuzzi has diabetes and high blood pressure and that he was fat.

Worse, this was sent in an email to the paper. That means this wasn’t an off-the-cuff moment for Cuozzo.

Hazleton, like many small towns across Pennsylvania, faces very serious challenges. The city needs a steady, experienced hand directing its actions. Cuozzo’s bizarre, frantic attack suggests both instability and immaturity – neither of which are qualities Hazleton voters should look for in their next Mayor.

Franklin & Marshall: PA Voters Don’t Like Obama & Casey

The latest Franklin & Marshall poll of Pennsylvania voters is out and it spells trouble for Democrats.

56% of Republicans, 48% of Democrats, and 68% of Independents think Bob Casey is doing a sub-par job as US Senator. Only 5% overall think Casey is doing an excellent job.

President Obama fares much worse. 88% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats, and 80% of Independents aren’t happy with Obama. Only 41% of Pennsylvania voters think he deserves re-election.

Additionally, no doubt to the chagrin of Big Labor, 56% of Pennsylvania voters support getting Pennsylvania out of the booze business by selling our liquor stores to balance the budget.

Lastly, 66% of Pennsylvanians support gas drilling/Marcellus Shale development in the commonwealth.