Monday, September 30, 2013

Does BHO = GWB in 2014?

Recent polls have shown a dramatic decline in President Obama's approval rating.  In the most recent Reuters/Ipsos Poll, President Obama's approval has dropped to 39%.

Only 35% of Democrats strongly approve of the job President Obama is doing.  23% of Independents and 12% of Republicans also approve.

When looking at President George W. Bush's numbers during September of his first year after his re-elect, we find that Bush also had a 39% job approval number.

It's interesting to compare how the media reported these two numbers during the same time period for each president.  When Bush scored a 39, it was reported as:
Bush's job rating continues to drop
Poll shows president's performance approval at low point
(CNN) -- President Bush's job approval rating continues to plummet, with 39 percent of Americans surveyed in the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll supporting his performance, compared to 58 percent expressing disapproval.
Contrast that with President Obama:

Actually, we can't do that because no one seems to be reporting President Obama's current GWB-like numbers...imagine that!

President Bush's low approval led the Republican party to major failure in the 2006 elections.  No Republican won a House, Senate, or Gubernatorial race that was held by a Democrat in 2006.  Democrats captured the House and selected Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, the Senate with a 49-49 tie (because two Independent senators went with the Democrats making it 51-49), captured the majority of governorships 28-22, and the majority of state legislatures 23-17 (remaining were split.)

Will President Obama's Bush-like numbers spell the same for Democrats in 2014?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Democrats May Kill PA Transportation Bill

In June the Pennsylvania Senate passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan transportation funding bill by a vote of 45-5.  The bill would pump $2.5 billion into fixing Pennsylvania's roads and bridges as well as other transportation and infrastructure needs across the Commonwealth.

Majority Leader Turzai has called for an up or down vote on the Senate measure.  Some Republicans oppose the measure, largely because they believe it either spends too much or increases taxes and fees too much.  Democrats in Pennsylvania have rarely met a tax increase or fee increase they didn't like.  In fact, when they ran things under Governor Rendell, their legacy was explained as "tax increases, and proposed tax increases, along with record spending and borrowing."

So why are they opposing transportation funding?  Because they don't want Governor Corbett to claim a legislative victory.  In short, they're playing politics.

Pennsylvania's bridges are among the worst in the nation.  If a representative has a principled opposition to raising taxes and fees (think Grover Norquist's No-Tax Pledge,) they should vote no.  But if they aren't opposed to raising taxes or fees in the Commonwealth, they should come up with a better excuse for allowing Pennsylvania's infrastructure to crumble than politics.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Jack White - Freedom at 21

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gun Ban at Starbucks

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent an open letter to the American people asking that lawful firearm owners disarm before entering one of their stores or using their outdoor seating areas.

What prompted this letter is the use of their establishments to host events in support of the Second Amendment.

If a lawful American wants to carry a gun, and lots of people do, they should carry a gun within the confines of the law.  In Pennsylvania, open carry is legal.  Concealed carry is also allowed with proper licensing.

Private property owners also have rights.  If they wish to limit otherwise lawful behavior on their property, their wishes should be respected.  They should conspicuously post their policy so that no one unwittingly enters their property in a manner that is inconsistent with their desires while also proclaiming their position for the world to see.  And, if a private property owner like Starbucks imposes on your rights in a way you disagree with, the appropriate response is to no longer do business with them.

It's really that simple.

A concealed carry permit costs as much as $25 in Pennsylvania.  If Luzerne County is expecting to bring in $150,000 just this year in permit fees, that's 6,000 concealed carry holders in one year that could take their dollars elsewhere.  Businesses are in business to make money.  Until business owners understand there is a financial cost to attacking the civil rights of law-abiding citizens, they will continue to do so.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Will You Help Kickstart World War III?

Will you help President Obama start World War III?  The Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants, did you know he's friends with Jay-Z? wants to know.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Patriot's Day 2013

Today, on 9/11, we have two anniversaries to remember.  The first, is the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center that claimed 2,977American lives.  The second, is the one year anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans.  The four Americans killed in Benghazi:

Navy Seal and Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" Device recipient Senior Chief Petty Officer Tyrone S. Woods
Petty Officer, First Class Glen Anthony Doherty
U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith
U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens

On this day, Patriot's Day, fly your flags at half-staff and, during a moment of silent reflection, remember those that were taken from us far too early.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cartwright Indecisive on Syria

As far as our local Members of Congress, Republican Tom Marino was the first out of the gate against war with Syria.  Barletta wanted to wait until he had a classified briefing to make a decision.  After the briefing, he released a statement opposing President Obama's call to bomb Syria.

The head scratcher is Democratic Congressman Matt Cartwright.

Above is an interview he gave over the weekend.  He said he wanted to see the evidence with his own eyes.  In essence, the same thing that Barletta said about getting his briefing.  Post briefing, Cartwright is still undecided.

Interestingly, Cartwright brought up hearing from constituents at town halls...still haven't been able to track down any that he had during his August vacation.  Maybe he was talking about other members.  Or maybe still, he had a town hall that we haven't heard about.

Matt Dietz, Cartwright's Republican opponent, issued a release calling for Cartwright to oppose President Obama's efforts to attack Syria.

During his interview, Cartwright says 80% of his constituents oppose attacking Syria.  He has had his briefing where he can see the evidence.  What more will it take for Cartwright to make a decision on Syria?

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Willie Nelson: Whiskey River

Friday, September 6, 2013

Cartwright Town Halls?

Has anyone come across a town hall meeting with Democratic Congressman Matt Cartwright?

By navigating his press releases you cannot find a single announcement of a town hall meeting during his August vacation from Congress.

When President Obama and Vice-President Biden came to his district he was conspicuously absent, blaming an unidentified "scheduling conflict."  If the President and Vice-President of the United States of America visiting your district isn't enough for Democrat Matt Cartwright to avail himself to the public, what is?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Democrats Call for War

Above, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee claims that "dozens" of countries will stand with the U.S. in attacking Syria...though she won't name a single one.

Democrat Hillary Clinton backs President Obama's call for war in Syria.

Former Democratic Senator and current Secretary of State John Kerry supports Obama's call for war and won't even rule out "boots on the ground" (below.)

Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is lobbying for war.

Where does your member of Congress stand? If you don't know, you should ask. Quickly.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Frack Yeah!

The United States has benefited greatly by the use of fracking, according to a new report.

From Bloomberg:
In 2012, the energy boom supported 2.1 million jobs, added almost $75 billion in federal and state revenues, contributed $283 billion to the gross domestic product and lifted household income by more than $1,200, according to the report released today from IHS CERA. The competitive advantage for U.S. manufacturers from lower fuel prices will raise industrial production by 3.5 percent by the end of the decade, said the report from CERA, which provides business advice for energy companies.

The United States needs to produce its own energy.  Fracking helps facilitate American energy independence while also directly creating jobs, supporting other industries, and saving working families money on their energy bills.

The groups that oppose fracking must concede that if we were to meet their demands and stop developing our own energy here in the United States, we must also have higher energy costs, less jobs, and less money in our pockets.

Instead of knee-jerk opposition, the anti's should support American energy while demanding safety, security, and environmental protection.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Republicans Push to Eliminate Obamacare Exemption for Congress

Republican Senators Mike Enzi and David Vitter have introduced legislation to make members, political appointees, the Vice-President and President pay out-of-pocket for their healthcare.

Currently, the Federal Government picks up the tab for 75% of their premiums.

This legislation would also reverse the recent Obama Administration decision to remove members of Congress and their staff from the requirements of Obamacare.

If Obamacare is good enough for the American people, why isn't it good enough for President Obama, members of Congress, or their staff?

Rollcall has more here.