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  • September 01, 2013 3:09 PM | Anonymous
     
     During the 1988 Republican Convention, then Vice President George H. W. Bush uttered a phrase that would destroy his Presidency undefined “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

    Just two years later, voters realized they had read a lie on President Bush’s lips. He negotiated a budget agreement with Democrats in the United States Congress that raised taxes. Republicans in the House of Representatives rallied against their own President. Ed Rollins, then Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, advised Republicans to campaign against the President in 1990. “Do not hesitate to distance yourself from the President,” Rollins wrote in a famous memo. President Bush demanded congressional Republicans fire Rollins, but the House Republicans held on him. The House GOP lost a net of 8 seats and the Senate GOP lost 1 seat.  ...

    “Read my lips, no new taxes” has become “We’ll do anything to stop Obamacare.” The only saving grace is that the former led to the Gingrich Revolution of 1994, fueled by Republicans who decided they had to take their party back. Perhaps the later will lead to the Cruz Revolution.

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  • September 01, 2013 2:46 PM | Anonymous
    Wanted to let everyone know that John Emmons got interviewed by WHYY on Thursday night as part of Heritage Action's Defund Obamacare event in Wilmington.  He was asked to represent the local Sentinels and speak to the media.  Interviewing him was Taunya English from WHYY.
     
    She makes two references to him in the linked article.  (http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/08/30/defund-obamacare-demint),  One is a quote taken from the interview and the other is some spin she put on one of his responses.  English asked him about how he communicates with others regarding his activist work.  He responded that he uses emails, tweets, etc.  In the interview she did the next day on the program "Here and Now" with Robin Young, she slipped in that John only had 145 followers on Twitter implying his "circle of influence" is very limited.  Some people don't understand quality over quantity.
     
    That is normal treatment from liberal progressives so it is neither unexpected nor surprising.  What we should be concentrating on is getting Reps. Pitts, Meehan and Gerlach to publicly state that they will refuse to vote in favor or any continuing resolution (CR) that contains any funding for Obamacare.  They may provide diversion by stating that they support the Meadows letter, but the real question is how will they vote.  Ask them that directly and see what response you get.  What we need to hear is, "I won't vote for any CR that contains funding for Obamacare".  
     
    The time to defund Obamacare and stop this insidious cancer is now.  It's time for our federal representatives to dig deep and take a stand for us...America...We the People.  
  • August 11, 2013 9:21 PM | Anonymous
    To the Times:


    As a parent, taxpayer and Penn-Delco School Board director, it troubles me that our lawmakers don’t know how to “represent” the best interests of their constituents. Does common sense even exist in Harrisburg? If so, why do our legislators refuse to deal with the looming burden that we taxpayers will soon have to bear because of unfunded mandates or laws that favor special interests?

    The unfunded Public Employees Pension Fund is the largest financial crisis in Pennsylvania’s history, yet our elected representatives act like they just found out that the piggy bank is empty. Why is there no urgency to reform the system? Do they even care about the hardship most taxpayers will face in order to make up for the deficit?

    Bids for public projects for school districts and municipalities must be based on prevailing wage, an arbitrary wage level for contracts over $25,000. This can cost the taxpayers as much as up to 30 percent more than a private business would pay for similar projects. Some representatives are considering raising the threshold to $100,000 which is still insufficient since most projects exceed that amount. My guess is that politicians wouldn’t pay that wage for their own personal projects so why don’t they end the prevailing wage mandate for their constituents?

    Here’s another measure that will benefit the taxpayer. It is time to stop collecting public union dues. Our legislators need to pass Paycheck Protection bills HB1507 and SB740 which will force the unions to collect their own dues. Currently schools and municipalities deduct dues directly from public employees’ paychecks and send it to the unions who then use the dues to lobby lawmakers to vote in the union’s favor. This legislation is in the best interest of the taxpayers yet these bills are not moving in Harrisburg. Can you guess why?

    Teacher strikes hold children and taxpayers hostage to union demands and therefore are not permitted in 37 states. To our discredit, Pennsylvania leads the country in teacher strikes. The “stop teachers strikes” movement is growing strong yet it is being ignored by our lawmakers. Why?

    Common Core Standards is an untested nationwide reform that many feel will lead to a federal takeover of local education. In addition, there are grave concerns about privacy since the schools are required to collect a lot of data on each child (and their parents and home life). Federal money enticed the Pennsylvania State Board of Education to approve this initiative undefined without the consent or knowledge of our legislators. The Stop Common Core in Pennsylvania movement is growing stronger every day. Harrisburg will be holding hearings in August. Parents need to get informed and get involved.

    One of the primary functions of the state government is to fix our roads and bridges, not to sell liquor. Wouldn’t it make sense to get out of the liquor business and use the proceeds to pay for our roads? Why is the Senate having so much trouble passing liquor privatization? And again, ending prevailing wage would decrease cost for these projects.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to issues and legislation that should have been addressed in Harrisburg. Are we willing to accept the fact that union kingpins and their water-carriers in Harrisburg are more worried about their next election than doing what is right for those they represent?

    Again, as a parent, taxpayer and school board director, I am tired of the games played in Harrisburg which threatens our lives and the future security of our children who will bear the burden of their unethical behavior. Shame on you! In the real world many of them would have been fired a long time ago.

    Here is my advice to any elected official who might read this: “Moral courage is taking the right and principled path, not the most politically expedient one.” Maybe if you took that path, Pennsylvanians would begin to believe that Harrisburg can work for all its people and not just a select few.

    Wake up Pennsylvanians! Harrisburg is being run by wolves in sheep’s clothing and taxpayers are the least of their priorities.

    Lisa Esler of Aston is a member of the Penn-Delco School Board.


    Published: Saturday, August 10, 2013 on Daily Times  www.delcotimes.com

  • July 28, 2013 4:34 PM | Anonymous
    Guest Post: How The Establishment Will Attempt To Bring Down The Liberty Movement

    Submitted by Tyler Durder on 07/26/2013 and by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market Blog,

    How does one destroy an idea? Further, how does one destroy the truth? Corrupt governments have been struggling with this dilemma since men wore loincloths and worshiped fire. Fortunately for those of us in the “lower strata” of social organization, honorable ideas and indelible truths have a life of their own. Even when a culture as a whole remains oblivious and unguarded, the facts tend to rise to the surface one way or another. The reality which elitists at least partly understand, is that the truth cannot be destroyed, but it can be forgotten, at least for a time.

    This is a never-ending process. New generations arise, greater awareness builds, old but astonishing concepts of freedom are rediscovered, and the machine must struggle once again to keep the cogs in line. The truth is a metaphysical force. When you do battle with the truth, you do battle with the universe, and the universe's Kung Fu is superior to your Kung Fu.

    Oligarchs and tyrants still attack the foundations of natural law and natural liberty by conning the public into believing that these inherent belief systems are “antiquated” or “passe”, but this strategy has a limited effect as long as strong freedom champions exist. Liberty based movements and organizations are often tenacious, intelligent, socially savvy, and much more willing to sacrifice themselves for their cause than the enemy is willing for his cause. The truth, when wielded by formidable warriors, rolls forward like a high velocity electric storm.

    Because of this dynamic, criminal governments and their puppeteers have taken a simpler path, moving to cripple and defame the speakers of truth in a manner that they hope will stain and sully the truth itself.

    In the past decade, the Liberty Movement has grown beyond all expectation. Millions of people have been jolted from their intellectual sleep to discover a nation and a world on the brink of economic, political, and moral collapse. They have seen beyond the veil. They have been disgusted. And now, they are preparing to fight back. Among those with open eyes are certain standouts; those individuals and groups who were railing against the establishment and its maniacal methods long before it was fashionable. These men and women are leaders, in the sense that they are teachers rather than managers. They do not control the movement, but they do INSPIRE the movement.

     
  • July 08, 2013 2:11 PM | Anonymous
    Did you hear anything about the unemployment report for June released last Friday?  The headlines (if you looked in the right places) proudly proclaimed "195,000 jobs added in June".  That's great until you take a closer look and see where these jobs were created.
     
    In a nutshell, well over half of those jobs were created in the leisure & amusement (gambling) industry, temporary services, building material & garden supply arena (seasonal) and "credit intermediation" financial services.  That's not exactly something to be proud of.  Meanwhile, the economy lost another 6000 manufacturing jobs...the jobs that are critical for a strong, vibrant middle-class. 
     
    On a bright note, federal employment ticked down again.  Let's hope that accelerates and continues for at least the next decade.

    Excerpts from the June Bureau of Labor Statistics Report

    Employment increased in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and financial activities.    

    Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 75,000 over the month. Employment continued to rise in food services and drinking places (+52,000) and in amusements,gambling, and recreation (+19,000).    

    Professional and business services added 53,000 jobs in June. Job gains occurred in management and technical consulting services (+8,000) and in computer systems design (+7,000). Employment in temporary help services continued to trend up (+10,000).   

    In June, retail trade added 37,000 jobs. Within this industry, employment rose over the month in building material and garden supply stores(+9,000) and in motor vehicle and parts dealers (+8,000). Wholesale trade employment continued to trend up in June (+11,000).

    Health care added 20,000 jobs over the month. Employment continued to trend up in ambulatory health care services (+13,000).

    Employment in financial activities rose by 17,000 in June. Over the month, 6,000 jobs were added in both credit intermediationand related activities and in insurance carriers and related activities.

    Federal government employment continued to trend down in June (-5,000) and has declined by 65,000 over the past 12 months. Employment in other major industries changed little in June.

  • July 04, 2013 10:54 AM | Anonymous
    Happy Birthday, America!  Congratulations, we are now 237 years old!  This is a day to celebrate our independence and prosperity, and to reflect on how we got here.  When the Founders declared our independence, it was an exciting and world-changing moment.  But it was also a very sobering moment for the danger and peril they were putting themselves in.  The dye was cast.  There was no going back.  They were, indeed, brave and courageous men as they risked everything they had, loved and cherished for a cause greater than themselves.  We salute them this day and pledge to work tirelessly to keep their dream alive and strong.

    Please take a moment today to read the Declaration of Independence and read the article below.  Again, Happy Birthday America!

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  • July 01, 2013 8:21 AM | Anonymous
    A $100 million database set up to store extensive records on millions of public school students has stumbled badly since its launch this spring, with officials in several states backing away from the project amid protests from irate parents.

    The database, funded mostly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is intended to track students from kindergarten through high school by storing myriad data points: test scores, learning disabilities, discipline records - even teacher assessments of a child's character. The idea is that consolidated records make it easier for teachers to use software that mines data to identify academic weaknesses, games, videos or lesson plans would then be precisely targeted to engage specific children or promote specific skills.

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  • June 30, 2013 6:46 AM | Anonymous
     
         How do we expect to ever see pension reform when many of our top "leaders" are double-dipping on pensions?  They say they earned this and it's legal, but is it right and moral?  If you're drawing a salary of $174,000, do you think you should also be accepting a pension of $90,000?  Not in my book.  Let's see some true leadership from the top for a change.

    Nearly One in Five Members of Congress Gets Paid Twice

    They draw government pensions from previous work in addition to their congressional salary. The practice is called “double-dipping.”


    About 90 members from both chambers collected a government pension atop their taxpayer-financed $174,000 salary in 2012, National Journal found in an examination of recent financial records. Including a dozen newly elected freshmen who reported government pensions last year, the number now stands above 100. That’s nearly one-fifth of Congress.

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  • June 19, 2013 6:34 AM | Anonymous
    Sen. Chuck McIlhinney introduced his liquor "reform" plan which falls short in delivering the convenience, selection, and pricing that Pennsylvanians demand.  His proposal, which keeps the state-owned and operated liquor stores as well as the government-run wholesale monopoly of wine and spirits cannot be considered privatization.

  • June 13, 2013 11:28 AM | Anonymous
    With 17 days left until the state budget deadline, Gov. Tom Corbett is in the home stretch trying to clinch one of his top priorities undefined liquor privatization.

    But opponents aren’t letting that happen without a fight.

    The next three weeks promise to culminate a decades-long emotional debate one way or the other, a debate that intertwines policy, morals, money and consumer freedom


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