Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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.