Friday, December 21, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Under the federal government's "Lifeline" program, more than 16 million Americans are receiving free phone service at the expense of United States taxpayers. The program has grown by 76% under President Obama.
The program offers free service to anyone who is at or below 135% of the poverty level.
So, did you get your Obama phone?
Monday, September 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
On Thursday, the House is scheduled to vote on whether or not Attorney General Eric Holder should be held in contempt for failing to provide documents to Congress related to Operation Fast and Furious, an Obama-administration program which not only left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead, but also left a body count in the hundreds across the Mexican border.
The White House exerted executive privilege over the documents (at the request of AG Holder) to shield them from the House and eventually, the public.
Executive privilege can be exerted over deliberative documents within the Executive Branch of government. Doing so however, provides a tacit acknowledgement that the White House was involved in the deliberation of some facet of the operation, which has been denied. In the absence of such deliberation, the exertion of executive privilege would be invalid.
Like the economy, the White House would prefer to forget about Fast and Furious. It is so far from their mind, they couldn't even remember the name of Brian Terry - the Border Patrol Agent killed with a Fast and Furious gun:
If AG Holder refuses to provide the requested documents, his richly-deserved contempt should be confirmed by a vote of the House on Thursday.
Monday, June 4, 2012
From the Luzerne County Republican Committee Statement on the Election of Steve Smith
For immediate release.
Contact: Terry Casey
WILKES BARRE, PA – The election of Steven Smith to the Republican Committee of Luzerne County (LCRC) has received media coverage in the last few days. We are grateful to the Anti-Defamation League and other media outlets for bringing to our attention the racially charged and disturbing background of this man from Pittston. We unequivocally denounce Mr. Smith and his abhorrent views and would like to make it clear that in no way do his personal views reflect the views of the Republican Party.
Mr. Smith was elected as one of two Republican Committeemen from Pittston City Ward 4. He was elected with only one write-in vote – a vote that was most likely his own. The other two write-in votes cast in this ward went to Mr. George Carmean, a long-time committee member of the LCRC.
Pennsylvania State election code allows any registered Republican or Democrat to write their name in to become a member of the County Committee. The Bylaws of the Luzerne County Republican Committee indicate that the only qualification for election to the County Committee be that one has been a registered Republican for the two years preceding their election. There is no other eligibility requirement in this regard. Also, there is no express provision in the bylaws of the LCRC that would authorize the Executive Committee or the District Committee to “expel” a member of the Committee for his or her “beliefs.”
The Luzerne County Republican Committee does not endorse or represent any of the hateful views of Mr. Smith, nor did any of the voters in Pittston City or Luzerne County. The efforts of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and its affiliated media organizations to portray anything otherwise are incredibly disingenuous, shameful, and insulting to all residents of Luzerne County. Their efforts, however, are indicative of the underhandedness in which they are willing to engage to advance their hypocrisy and political aims.
Mr. Smith elected himself to the LCRC with one vote. For media outlets like “Think Progress” or others to suggest that the people of Pittston, let alone the voters of Luzerne County, support this man in any significant number is shameful and insulting to all of the residents of Pittston and Northeast Pennsylvania, Democrat or Republican. In an ill-researched post on ThinkProgress.org, Adam Peck wrote that, “Smith is also an active member of local Tea Party groups, a network that he used to gain support for his bid for the committee seat.” This claim is blatantly false. Smith has been banned from the NEPA Tea Party Facebook page and has not been welcome at their meetings. Peck’s suggestion that Smith used the Tea Party network to gain support for his committee election would be laughable if this were not such a serious accusation. This “story” is indicative of the underhanded, self-serving tactics used by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and a happily complicit media, and illustrates the deep hypocrisy and lies they are willing to engage in for the basest political purposes.
The Republican Party has a long and proud history of supporting and promoting Civil Rights for all Americans and any racially intolerant views are unequivocally not welcome in the County, State or National Republican Parties. The nation’s first abolitionists were Republicans, no one fought harder for the abolition of slavery than Republican President Abraham Lincoln, The first African-American to run for President was Republican Frederick Douglas, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 would not have been passed without the support of Republican Senators from the Northeast, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was made a National Holiday by Republican President Ronald Reagan. The issue at this time, however, is not the Civil Rights credentials of the Republican Party. The issue at this time is the hypocrisy of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
We sincerely regret the efforts of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party to create a political football out of an issue that both Democrats and Republicans should be anxiously ready to agree upon. In fact, the Luzerne County Democratic Party has joined with the LCRC to denounce Mr. Smith and his involvement, stating that, “Steve Smith obviously does not represent the Luzerne County Republican Party in any way, shape, or form.” We applaud the efforts of the Luzerne County Democratic Committee to join us in not only denouncing Mr. Smith, but to return political discourse to focusing on key issues at hand, like creating jobs and fixing our economy. We encourage the Pennsylvania Democratic Party to do the same.
Friday, May 25, 2012
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Monday, April 23, 2012
As they said in February, S&P is likely to follow suit for many of the same reasons.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
In an interview with the Citizens Voice, Democratic Congressional candidate Matt Cartwright demonstrated the contempt he has for the Tea Party and their pledges.
Frequently, issue organizations propose a pledge or a survey where they ask respondents to promise to their constituents to do or not do something. This allows the organization to get a candidate on the record and in writing on their particular issue.
One such organization which Cartwright seems to take issue with is Americans for Tax Reform or ATR. ATR proposes a pledge to candidates for office that they will not raise taxes on their constituents.
Terrible isn’t it? A politician that promises not to raise taxes and puts it in writing so no one can dispute it.
You would think an attorney like Cartwright would appreciate the concept of getting something in writing. Especially when awarding someone a position as powerful as writing all of the laws of our nation.
Admittedly, pledges are only worth the integrity of the person signing them. For instance, had Democratic Commissioner Corey O’Brien pledged to not raise taxes in writing instead of just saying it, it probably would not have prevented him from breaking his promise and raising them by 38%.
But, none the less, pledges and surveys help voters make informed decisions and avoid the “spin” of politicians – the same “spin” which Cartwright seems to advocate for. Arguing against pledges is arguing against transparency, something that does a disservice to the electorate.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Philly.com reports that Philadelphia City Commissioners are investigating potential voter fraud at the polls. A red flag went up when 83 polling locations in the 2011 Primary showed more votes cast than voters.
But hey, we don’t need a Voter ID law in Pennsylvania right?
Despite spending much of his recent speech time talking about the “Buffet Rule,” President Obama did not apply it to himself.
The Obamas show joint income of $789,674 and an effective tax rate of 20.5% - far less than the 30% he has been demanding under his proposed tax changes for anyone making a million a year. The President could argue that he didn’t make enough to qualify for the higher rate since he only brought in around $800 K but this was a perfect opportunity to lead by example. Taxpayers are allowed to self-pay higher taxes, presumably for deficit reduction. The first family failed to do so.
And, that scrappy kid from Scranton, Joe Biden, donated a whopping 1.5% of his joint income to Charity. The Bidens show joint income of $379,035 and a total of $5,540 donated to charity. Both the President and Vice-President also have the added benefit of having their living and travel expenses paid by the taxpayers of these United States.
On the subject of travel expenses, the White House has been less than cooperative on explaining how the taxpayers are reimbursed for campaign-related travel (Federal law requires reimbursement for campaign travel.)
The Washington Times reports that the Obama campaign machine has surpassed both Presidents Bush and Clinton on campaign travel, racking up 191 fundraisers by early March and only reimbursing a little over $5,500 in 2011 despite a 1998 estimate that Air Force One alone costs $57,000 an hour to run.
Dunmore- Rose Ann Gaetano, Dunmore, PA announces her candidacy for Delegate and Alternate to the Republican National Convention in the new 17th Congressional District in the upcoming primary election, April 24, 2012.
Rose is a resident of Dunmore PA and has been active in Republican Politics for over 30 years. She serves as the current Republican Committee Women representing Lackawanna County, member of the Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women, member of the PA Federation of Republican Women. Rose attended the Republican National Conventions in 2002, 2004 and 2008. In 2008, she was elected as delegate and alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention where she was the top voter getter for both delegate and alternate delegate in the 11th Congressional District. The Pennsylvania Convention Delegation appointed her to serve on the Rules Committee for the 2008 Convention.
Rose has been active in the local community, where she is an active member of UNICO National Scranton Chapter and recently services as co-chairperson of the group’s community service day. Rose is also a member of the Dunmore Lions, Operation Honduras, Family to Family, Daffodils Days for America Cancer Society, member of Century Club in Scranton and a former board member of Pennsylvania for Human Life Scranton Chapter. Graduate from Dunmore High School, Lackawanna Beauty School and is retired from HarperCollins Publishers, Dunmore, PA.
Gaetano has never taken her role in the republican party lightly, and always taken the opportunity to speaks out for what she truly believe in. Rose continually strive to be a role model to increase the effectiveness of women in the cause for responsible government through political participation and activism. In the current economic climate, it is extremely important, for men and women alike to become involved.
Rose looks forward to attending National Convention in Tampa, Florida representing the people of the new 17th Congressional District.
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Friday, April 13, 2012
It appears that when President Obama said:
he was only really talking about his own family.
In the video below, you will see Hilary Rosen attacking Mitt Romney’s wife.
Rosen assails Ann Romney for “never having worked a day in her life.” I guess raising five children isn’t work to Ms. Rosen.
Ann Romney responded and defended her decision to raise her and Governor Romney’s children. In that defense, she could have also pointed out that she has raised her five children while coping with a debilitating disease, MS.
To their credit, the Obama campaign is now attempting to distance themselves from their advisor and her profoundly stupid remark. In a bold display of bias however, the MSM is assisting on that front by carefully creating as much separation between Rosen and Obama as possible - something that didn’t occur when Governor Romney’s campaign advisor made the recent gaff about an etch-a-sketch. Obama advisor David Axlerod and the MSM acted as though Mitt Romney himself made the comment.
Does President Obama believe that parents that choose to raise their children instead of develop a career should be characterized as Ms. Rosen, his advisor, did? We likely will never know, since the MSM isn’t asking that question of the President.
But, it raises a common theme among Democrats, that parents that choose to raise their children instead of having strangers and school systems do it for them are somehow second-class citizens. The Pro-Choice party only believes in choices when you make the “right” ones, the ones that they agree with.
And really, does anyone honestly believe that today’s children would not benefit by more time with their parents?
In America, we are guaranteed equal opportunity. Every citizen has the ability to pursue any career, any goal, or any objective that does not infringe on the rights of another. Ann Romney, like every American, could have chosen to go after any of the prestigious acronym titles out there. She could have worked to become a CEO, CFO, MD, DO, etc.
Instead, she choose to focus on only one title, MOM, which along with DAD are two of the most important titles any person can have.
Mrs. Romney, like many of the other parents out there made a choice. A choice that infringed on the rights of no one. A personal choice that she made privately. A choice that she likely believed to be in the best interest of her family and her children.
A choice likely motivated by one thing…love.
Her choice, like that of other Moms and Dads out there that make a similar one, should be respected by all, including the President and his operatives.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Well, that’s the truth of it. Though, if you heard about the poll through the MSM, you might have missed the comparison to Obama’s numbers in the Keystone State.
The margin of error for the poll was +/-5% making the difference between Obama and Corbett indistinguishable.
Besides the difference in reporting, the real difference is that Corbett has been in office for a little over a year and has until November of 2014 to get buy-in from the electorate in Pennsylvania on his policies.
Lots of time left for Corbett to make his case.
President Obama has been in office for 3 ½ years and has about 7 months left to get the Pennsylvania to forget $4 a gallon gas, the government takeover of healthcare, his unconstitutional wars, his failed stimulus boondoggles, his bailouts, and the $5.25 trillion Obama added to the national debt.
Not so much time left for Obama to make his case.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
On April 6, the Scranton Times editorial page writer(s) penned another attack on Pennsylvania’s attempt to eliminate voter fraud by requiring that voters show a photo ID before they vote.
In case you missed it, Republicans backed a bill that would subject voting to the same ID requirements as buying a pack of cigarettes, a cocktail at happy hour, or cashing a check.
For the critics that believe voter fraud is impossible, here’s a video showing how easy it is for a guy to get U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot in a state with virtually the same requirements as PA.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
In his July 3, 2010 weekly address entitled A SOLAR RECOVERY, President Obama announced $2 billion in Department of Energy spending to two energy companies.
President Obama promised that one of the two companies, Abound Solar, was to create 2,000 constructions jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs by producing “millions of state-of-the-art solar panels each year” and was touted as one of the “many clean energy investments in the Recovery Act.”
Abound had ties to Northeastern Pennsylvania and a then-sitting United States Congressman, Paul Kanjorski. Paul Kanjorski’s nephew, Russell Kanjorski, was Vice-President of Marketing at Abound Solar.
Russ later jumped ship on Abound and it seems like it was a smart move. Abound recently announced that they would lay off about half of their workforce.
Abound seems to be going the way of Solyndra.
The Obama Administration is fixated on propping up industries like solar energy that cannot exist in our United States marketplace without taxpayer-funded subsidies. And, for all their talk of renewable energy, much around solar is anything but renewable.
Solar panels themselves require replacement and disposal. When they aren’t requiring water for steam turbines, they are using it for washing mirrors and panels and cooling auxiliary equipment. Not to mention the incredibly toxic elements used in the panels themselves like lead, cadmium, and greenhouse gas nitrogen triflouride.
Until the United States gets serious about streamlining the permit process for manufacturing, the solar industry will continue to be dominated by China. No amount of taxpayer loans will change that.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Two short years ago President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also goes by the alias OBAMACARE).
On March 23, 2010, President Obama took steps to:
Create $525,000,000,000 in new taxes on the American people.
Increase health insurance premiums on young people by $504 dollars a year.
Cost the American People 1,760,000,000,000 over the next 10 years.
Remarkably, 17 people still support this legislation in Lackawanna County as evidenced by the video below:
You might think that you are safe from Obamacare since President Obama said if you like your current plan you could keep it. Not so fast. Obamacare is likely to leave more than half of all employers without a grandfathered plan. And, if you work for a small business (like most Americans do) it could be as bad as 80% without a grandfathered plan.
This video goes over some of the other broken promises of Obamacare:
Monday, March 19, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
As both GoLackawanna and the Scranton Times have reported, donors to the commissioners’ campaigns have been given jobs in the new administration. The commissioners adamantly defend their picks, claiming that the donations have nothing to do with their hiring decisions. As a matter of fact, they say that they don’t even know who contributed to their campaign.
That raises an interesting question.
Candidates for office have political committees. When they file their campaign finance reports, they sign and swear out an affidavit in the presence of a notary. It states:
I swear (or affirm) that to the best of my knowledge and belief this political committee has not violated any provisions of the Act of June 3, 1937 (P.L. 1333, No. 320) as amended.
Can you swear out a statement that your authorized political committee didn’t break any laws without reviewing your report? If you review your report, can you still claim that you don't know who contributed to your campaign?
There is nothing illegal about accepting campaign contributions that are accurately and fully disclosed in accordance with the law. But this excuse – politicians don’t know who contributed to their authorized campaign committees – just doesn’t sit well.
How about when a politician says that he is looking to hire people that have the right “contacts and connections”?
This is not the way to rebuild trust between the government and the governed.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
It is a generally accepted principle that politicians play to their base – especially in an election year. There is nothing remarkably surprising about that.
Take, for instance, federal employees. In 2010, President Obama imposed a pay freeze on federal employees. Considering both the high rate of pay and generous benefit packages that federal employees receive, this wasn’t very surprising. Particularly when you consider the sad state of affairs that the American economy finds itself in.
President Obama also grew the number of bureaucrats dramatically. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management figures demonstrate that President Obama added 173,000 new bureaucrats to the Executive Branch in the first two years of his administration alone, bringing the total number of employees in just this area to 2,133,000.
That’s a lot of votes.
Just in time for the 2012 Election, President Obama is now proposing an $800 million pay raise for American bureaucrats.
A politician giving away election-year raises to his employees is all too common. What is really surprising is that while President Obama is proposing a near-billion-dollar raise package for some employees of the federal government, he is eviscerating others. Namely, the United States Armed Forces.
The President has long been hostile towards our Armed Services. Previously, he tried to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to bill individual Veterans’ medical insurance policies to pay for care that was related to service-connected medical conditions. When outrage mounted, he backed off.
Now he is targeting Tri-Care. The President’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay 30-78% more for their healthcare while leaving the federal civilian unionized employees healthcare untouched and while proposing the aforementioned raises.
Federal paper-pushers get raises while soldiers and their families get increased healthcare costs.
Could it be because the brave men and women that serve the United States traditionally support Republicans?
Whatever the reason, President Obama should immediately abandon this attack on military families. The last thing our troops should be worried about is their medical bills.