Saturday, December 31, 2005

A Little Dose of Media Bias


I found this gem on the Herald (Sharon, PA) web site. I just thought I'd share.

Bush refuses relief
By Cary Snyder
Herald Staff Writer

President Bush may have single-handedly put several hundred local steelworkers out of a job Friday when he refused to impose a quota on the surge of Chinese pipe imports.

I'm not sure how much more bias Snyder could show, but this sentence is chock full of leftist babbling. Here's what Snyder "forgot" to consider:

- The mills are run poorly. Perhaps they have bad management and do not do well keeping the company in the black. The owners lack vision. They treat their employees poorly.
- EPA regulations are constraining the mills. The burdensome regs make it financially impossible to upgrade the sites. The government actually makes it cheaper to run an inefficient shop than to upgrade under the regs.
- The unions are inefficient and costly. With healthcare always on the rise, many companies (i.e. Ford and GM) are simply geting swamped by the cost burden they carry. If they want to renegotiate the costs, the unions threaten to shut down the plant. So, by shouldering the heavy costs, the plant shuts down, anyway.

Clearly, these three options would be major reasons that would "put several hundred local steelworkers out of a job." You would have to be either an incredibly incompetent or unbeliveably biased reporter to overlook them and claim that Bush may have "single-handedly" put workers on the street.

I would bet Snyder has talent, so that leaves one option.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!!

May the joy and the peace of the season fill your homes and may Christ's blessings fill your hearts.


"...the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.'" Luke 2: 10-12


Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

What if Santa Claus Became a Socialist?

Instead of giving freely, as good, old Saint Nick would, a liberal Santa would destroy the hopes and dreams of children everywhere. After all, one must be concerned about the common good, right? Take from the rich, and give to the poor. No one should have too much - that simply isn't fair. And socialism is based upon the desire for everyone to be treated fairly, regardless of whether they earned that right or not.

Socialist Santa would break into houses with the power of the Federal government and confiscate toys from children.

- If their parents made more than $30,000 per year, he'd take 20-40% of their toys.
- If their parents made more than $50,000 per year, he'd take 30-50% of their toys.
- If their parents made more than $80,000 per year, he'd take 40-60% of their toys.
- If their parents made more that $100,000 per year, he'd take 50-80% of their toys.

Of course, Santa would take public transportation and deliver toys at the slowest possible rate to the poor and needy. Come to think of it, he'd hire the labor unions, at incredible cost, to deliver the presents. Unfortunately, this would be the slowest, most inefficient way possible. To pay off the massive debt, Santa would have to sell most of the toys, but the cost would be too high for the poor to afford them. Isn't that the socialist way?

Instead of a season of joy, it would be a season of misery. Just like in France...all the time.

The Most Depressing Time of the Year - For Libs

I'd hate to be a liberal democrat this time of the year. Actually, I'd hate to be a liberal democrat ever.

The Christmas season is in full swing. Despite the liberals' efforts to squash Christmas, the public love to embrace this holiday. No matter how much libs hate to admit it, the holiday is truly a Holy Day as we recognize and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (hence, Christ-mas). Our nation was founded by people with strong Christian beliefs. Those beliefs permeate our society - and the libs are tormented by it.

People are generally happier. People are giving and receiving presents. People are generally more patient. Liberals always wake up angry, waiting to be offended yet another day. They look for reasons to hate life - especially American life. They search for injustice, and if they can't find any, they make it up.

The economy is roaring. The Fed has been slowly raising rates to keep inflation in check. The economy is hot. Jobs are being created, people are buying and selling, and Federal taxation is lower. There is no sign of the economy slowing down. Liberals hate capitalism, and like it or not, the Christmas season is chock full of capitalism. They have to endure happy people buying carloads of gifts. And worse - they have to witness joyful people cheerfully giving to that ostracized Christian group, the Salvation Army.


One of my favorite bumper stickers of all time said, "Annoy a liberal: work hard and be happy". That pretty much sums up their mindset, and it is only amplified this time of year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Democrat Wish List

During this Christmas...err...winter season, be sure to think about your democrat friends and neighbors. They have a huge wish list to help return them to power. I know that I'll be working extra hard to make sure they get nothing...or better yet - coal! Clean, efficient coal.

Dem Wish List
- More US troops killed in Iraq (helps that retreat strategy)
- As many aborted babies as possible
- Any babies that survive Planned Parenthood and NARAL should be impoverished and reliant on the government
- The weather to be too cold or too hot (all from "global warming" - right?)
- Gas prices as high as possible
- Terrorists freed from Gitmo and all secret prisons
- More "torture" stories that slander our troops
- More beheadings (so Dems can blame terrorism on our troops)
- No WMD found in 2006 (please, please, please)
- The economy tanking
- More hurricanes (Bush makes them happen, you know?)
- Iraq elections failing and the country falling apart
- Iran to get nuclear weapons
- Bin Laden et. al. to remain in hiding
- Al Qaida to become larger and stronger


There's likely a lot more, but let's not appear too greedy, okay?

So, what is the one thing these "wishes" have in common? They are all anti-America. They all harm America. The Dems have worked so hard in their hatred of Bush and capitalism that they only do well at the ballot box when America is hurt.

I'm sure you traditional, conservative Dems are proud of the leaders of your party...

Friday, December 02, 2005

Retailers' Rejection of Christmas

They want your money, but they don't want your Savior. Retailers are once again dumping the "C" word during the holiday shopping season. Thankfully, many citizens and groups are taking a stand. USA Today has taken notice:
Chains also may be responding to a push by groups such as The Catholic League and American Family Association (AFA) against a generic "winter holiday."

The AFA cited 10 retailers (Kroger, Dell, Target, OfficeMax, Walgreens, Sears, Staples, Lowe's, J.C. Penney and Best Buy) for omitting Christmas in ads. It urges shoppers to go where Christmas is recognized.

"If you are going to make your earnings on the year because of Christmas, why should you be ashamed to call it Christmas?" asks AFA President Tim Wildmon. "People don't buy Thanksgiving gifts."

Lowe's got special note for hanging "holiday tree" banners on lots at its 1,175 stores. It pulled them after complaints. "We wanted to call a Christmas tree what it is," says spokeswoman Chris Ahearn.

The Catholic League says it scored a victory when it pushed Wal-Mart to have a Christmas category on its website, which had Kwanzaa and Hanukkah gift sections.
Frankly, I'm surprised that Wal-Mart put itself in the crosshairs. It is traditionally true to American heritage and core values. I am pleased to see that it has reversed course.

Sadly, many of the stores listed are major donors to the GOP - and they still cower to political correctness. Target, Walgreens, Sears, Staples, Dell, and JC Penney are consistently among the top donors in their industries.

If you are going to spend your money this Christmas season, I also encourage you to patron stores who aren't afraid of ACLU and political correctness.


EDIT: A quick check of Lowe's web site brought some disappointing results. If you want to find Christmas decorations, they are under a category lamely named "Holiday Living."

Home Depot is no better...perhaps worse. Its site lists a ho-hum "Holiday Page" that has plenty of "holiday trees." Just in time for your New Year's Tree? Good grief!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Murtha Dumps on the Troops

We now know, thanks to Howard Fineman, that Rep. John Murtha's press conference calling for withdrawal from Iraq was just a stunt devised with Nancy Pelosi. He was once again dumping on the administration and the war in Iraq. This man has never been a hawk.

Now Murtha is dumping on the troops. Despite how the dems always say they support the troops, they just can't help themselves when they are in front of a microphone.

Murtha announced yesterday that the Army is "broken, worn out" and "living hand to mouth." Well, the Army isn't a building. It isn't a weapon. It's troops!

We have the greatest military in the history of the world. We have the best training, the best technology, and the strongest will to fight because our troops know all about sacrificing for freedom.

Murtha has said he doesn't want another Vietnam-style loss. Well, as a decorated Vietnam veteran, he should know that when politicians turn on the troops and the mission, the enemy is emboldened. We had Vietnam won in 1968, but the angry left (including the pols) demoralized our troops and uplifted the enemies. The war slogged on until we pulled out years later.

Shame on you, Rep. Murtha. You are demoralizing our troops and aiding the enemy. You, sir, are the cause of Vietnam-style quagmires.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Here's to two crazy days of shopping!

I love it when the economic engine of the US economy gets a kick in the pants. The news so far is that retail sales are up over last year, so that is always good news.

Unfortunately, there's a Republican in the White House, so the Old Media still finds the need to dig and dig until they find something dire. So, today, you'll see headlines like "brisk holiday sales, but not good enough."

Glad to hear corporate monsters and little businesses alike are doing well.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you and yours have a terrific turkey day!

Lots of things for which to be thankful...
- God has blessed me with a super family
- God has blessed this mighty nation
- There are thousands of men and women willing to fight for my family and this nation

...and the list can go on and on.

Take the time to list some reasons why you are thankful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Fun Friday Punditry

Many pundits have held up Condi Rice as a great candidate for President in the 2008 election. Ms. Rice is definitely qualified for the job and may, perhaps, be the most brilliant person to ever hold the office. Interestingly, Ms. Rice is single.

Imagine this scenario: To find a veep, she scours the country for a suitable candidate. She finds a solid conservative governor or senator for the ticket. By odd chance, he happens to be single, as well.

During the many long days, they grow fond of each other. They begin to date. Eventually, he pops the question and Condi accepts.

Can you imagine a situation where a sitting President marries a sitting Vice President? Obviously, that has never happened, but does it seem so far fetched? What would it be like? Talk about a marriage under a microscope!

Enjoy the thought.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Mercer County, PA Still Counting...

Counting write-in votes continues at the Mercer County courthouse. The off-year general election was November 8, 2005.

Election chief Dr. Tom Rookey noted that there are lots of write-in votes to count and that they are "trying for (the) end of the week." That projection places the posting of results as November 18. The results can be viewed here.

Mercer County, Like Greene and Beaver Counties, had to scrap the UniLect Patriot electronic voting machines after they were decertified by the state. The Patriot machines had an unusually high amount of errors. Mercer County has resorted to using optical-scan ballots. The ballots are read by machine, but the write-ins must be counted manually.

There were 22,116 ballots cast in Mercer County--a disappointing 28.84% of registered voters.

When asked if his office will list all of the write-in votes, Rookey replied, "We will post winners. We will not post numbers that do not effect races." Fans of the civic duty will not get to indulge in reading the clever votes cast for such ballot stalwarts as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Spongebob Squarepants.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Young Politicos

At the beginning of the year, I wrote a story about Chris Portman, former teenage mayor of Mercer, PA. He surprised the nation by gaining office at a young age, but shortly thereafter, he ditched the job out of frustration. He lacked the fortitude to stay the course.

Another election has come and gone, and now we have two more young mayors...some of the youngest ever elected.

The citizens of Linesville, PA have elected Chistopher R. Seeley. Hillsdale, MI residents elected Michael Sessions. Both mayors-elect are 18...barely.

In the words of Jerry Seinfeld: "Not that there's anything wrong with that!"

In a time where most youth only care about the latest Play Station or Xbox release, these young pols are stepping up to affect change. They care about their communities and they want to make a difference.

Behold the sweeping changes in PA, spearheaded by the Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania. When the state legislature gave itself a massive pay raise, the citizens were angry. But YCOP stepped up, raised money, and bought radio ads and billboards to shame the politicians into repealing the raise. Other groups and citizens joined in and the repeal is now underway.

Young people have passion. When properly harnessed, it can be a great tool for helping a community, a county, a state. The biggest hurdles are discipline and experience. Colleges are overrun with passionate people who have no frame of reference for their passions. They lack discipline and tact and trample on others to push an agenda. They are the stereotypical know-it-alls that give youth a bad name.

Best wishes to the new mayors and other young politicos around this great country. Have courage. Have fortitude. Take your time and deliberate issues. Seek guidance. Learn as much as you can. And never let some "old whippersnapper" tell you that you are too young to make a difference!

Happy Veterans Day!

Today is the day when we salute all of our veterans. When you are out and about, be sure to thank any vet you meet. Be sure to say a prayer for our fighting men and women currently deployed around the globe.

Also, make sure you take time to remember those who have fallen in service to this great country. Freedom is definitely not free. Thanks, veterans!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Grove City General Election 2005



Hurry up and wait...
Voting went very well! Many thanks to those who came out and voted for me. The rain stayed away for most of the day and nearly 300 residents of Ward 5 came out to fill in the ovals.

Unfortunately, the results won't be available for up to a week. The Elections Office has to sort through the 22,000+ ballots by hand to manually count the write-in votes throughout the county. I'm sure it isn't a fun job, but I am thankful for their efforts!

Congratulations to the Republican winners in Grove City!
- Jeff Black won his first general election and will retain his Ward 5 seat on council.
- Council President George Pokrant won re-election in Ward 1.
- Andrea Folkertsma won a seat on the council, representing Ward 2.
- Randy Riddle won election to remain mayor.
- In the only true race in the borough, Matt Fischer easily won the job of tax collector.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

2005 General Election on Tuesday!

There are two major items of interest for Grove City residents on this year's ballot. One has statewide ramifications and the second has local ramifications.

First - the school board vacancies. There are four open seats and there are four people on the ballot. All four are incumbents. All four have voted for bloated budgets and have raised your taxes...multiple times. They have spent large quantities of money giving raises to administration after declaring the money is for the students. They have held illegal meetings and have broken procedural policy well over 70 times in this year alone. They will be re-elected.

So, why is this important? Because it is time to send them a message. Just because their names are on the ballot, it doesn't mean you have to vote for them. Leave it blank. Write in a candidate. Make a choice and take a stand. Let them konw that the majority of residents decided they aren't the ones to do the job.

Second - the retention of state judges. There has never been a time in state history when judges have not been retained. This time must be different. Judges Newman and Nigro have been complicit in the whole pay-jacking fiasco. They have made the "unvouchered expenses" provision possible. Yes, the lawmakers are in the process of repealing the pay raise, but the judges still want theirs.

Whether they deserve it or not has become irrelevant. They have conspired with the lawmakers and the governor to fleece the Pennsylvania citizens in the middle of the night without public debate. They need to be sent a message that we will not accept an immoral pay grab. Enough is enough.

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Go vote. Every vote does count. Every vote is important. And every non-vote is important, as well. The GC School Board and the State Supreme Court have had their time in the limelight. They have been fleecing us 'til we're black and blue. Time to repay them with a black eye.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Bomb Threats Plague Grove City High School

For the fifth time (maybe sixth or seventh when you read this) in a month, Grove City, PA has had the high school evacuated because of bomb threats. Officials are scratching their heads over a solution to the problem.

Initially, students would leave the notes in the bathrooms. Some school board members and citizens recommended putting cameras in the bathrooms, but that was dismissed by the school solicitor as illegal. Besides, who would you entrust to watch your child go to the bathroom?

The administration closed most bathrooms and posted monitors at the open ones. Students would have to sign in and out, then the monitors would check to see if any notes were left.

As predicted, the students adapted and left notes in the hallway.

Officials need to get tough with the student body. They should have manditory Saturday classes - even if the threat halts classes for a hour. Cancel extracurricular activities. Someone who has done one (or all) of these threats has bragged to another student about it. Soon the students would turn on each other.

Once the police get their hands on a student, make an example of him or her. Nail the perp to the wall with a felony conviction. Try the student as an adult. Put someone in jail.

In our day and age, we can't go soft with a "it was just a joke - no one got hurt" excuse. The past dozen years are littered with small schools that have been terrorized. We can't let someone get away with crying "wolf."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Old Media: Yay! 2000 War Dead!

Surprise, surprise - the Old Media is celebrating the death of our soldiers. They always talk about the count, and now it has hit another anti-war propaganda milestone.

2000 US troops have died while freeing the Iraqi people. Instead of celebrating their sacrifice, the OM use the total to blast the policies of the Bush administration.

In two years, our troops removed a brutal dictator, freed millions of people, established order, formed a government, held elections, created a constitution, and oversaw successful elections. All of this in the Middle East!

We have always had at least 130,000 troops in theater. To only lose 2000 is absolutely remarkable. It speaks volumes of our fighting men and women, their commanders, and their Chief.

It is truly sad when your blind hatred of a person (Bush) keeps you from appreciating these momentous times. It is truly sad when your blind hatred of America and its conservative capitalist ways makes you want to turn the Iraqi victory into a Vietnam-style loss.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Old Media Gasps at "Staged" Bush Teleconference

President Bush had a teleconference with a small group of troops yesterday. He chatted about the war against Islamic terrorism and thanked the troops for their service. He also fielded some questions.

Instead of reporting on the event, "ace" reporterette Deb Riechmann (AP) broke the big, big story: the teleconference was *gasp* staged!

Either this reporter is an absolute rookie or she is incredibly biased. Has this woman ever covered Hillary Clinton - or heard of her "listening" tour?

Politicians often stage events. Obviously, you don't want some wacko asking Bush a question about the US Forest Service when he is taking time to talk to troops about the War on Terror. Another reason is that events need to be coordinated to overcome any difficulty that may arise. Imagine being the aide in charge of a global teleconference and something goes down - if you aren't ready to handle it, your butt will be in the unemployment office.

This inight, offered by White House press secretary was buried in the article, of course:
...Thursday's event was coordinated with the Defense Department but that the troops were expressing their own thoughts. With satellite feeds, coordination often is needed to overcome technological challenges, such as delays, he said.

"I think all they were doing was talking to the troops and letting them know what to expect," he said, adding that the president wanted to talk with troops on the ground who have firsthand knowledge about the situation.


The reporter nearly seemed surprised that the troops gave the prez an "upbeat" assessment of the war. Well, duh - if you are constantly looking for negatives to blast Bush, you obviously miss a lot of the positives. Talk to pretty much any military man or woman - they are proud of all the good things they have done.

Sure, the event was staged. All events are. But to focus on the arrangement is yet another example of media bias. The reporters can talk to the troops if they want to get the "real" answers...ooops...they have, but the troops won't give them the answers they want.

I guess the only thing left is to hype a non-story into a story.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Gerhard Schroeder, Germany's Al Gore

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has lost re-election. He refused to concede. His party even organized a power-sharing plan to keep Schroeder as Vice-Chancellor.

He has now lost the post he has held since 1988. He has been beaten by conservative leader Angela Merkel.

Yahoo News/Reuters reports:
...conservatives narrowly beat Schroeder's SPD in a September 18 general election, but failed to win enough seats to build a majority with their preferred coalition partners.

"I will not be a part of the next government -- definitely not be part of it," a tearful looking Schroeder told a rapt audience of union members in his home city of Hanover.


When Schroeder realized it was time to go, he did the trendy liberal thing - blast President Bush and America. He had sharp criticism for the US not leaping to the aid of Katrina victims. Since he likely watches CNN, he obviously missed the facts about the NOLA mayor and LA guv dropping the ball. He likely missed the facts pertaining to the incredible speed of the federal government and charities. To caught up in hatred of Bush to let the facts get in the way.

Another liberal sore loser on the world'd political stage. Maybe he'll pack on 50 pounds, grow a beard, and yell a lot over the next several months. Isn't life grand?

Friday, October 07, 2005

Thank You, Sgt. Graham - Rest in Peace

A friend of my family lost his life while serving in Iraq. He was the first person that I've known to die during combat operations. Shawn Graham was a good friend of my older brother, and thus a friend of mine. We went to high school together and I graduated in the same class as his sister.

Shawn loved his country, as does his whole family. His father and brother also serve in the armed forces and have seen duty in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Shawn became a Marine because his dad's example. Shawn's brother became a Marine because of Shawn's example.

Shawn was a tough guy, but had a great sense of humor. He was easy to like because he had a good nature under that tough exterior.

I recall a story that my brother told me - one day while walking home from school, Shawn tripped on the uneven sidewalk. He sprung to his feet and the first thing he did was look to see who saw him. He had to be careful not to tarnish the tough-guy image. My brother and another friend had a good laugh at Shawn's expense. But Shawn laughed, too and took it in stride.

Here is his latest story from KDKA/AP:
A Grove City man, who served in Iraq, was laid to rest in his hometown, Wednesday.

Shawn A. Graham, 34, was killed in Baghdad last week when the vehicle he was riding in rolled over.

There was silence on S. Broad Street, as Graham’s family waited on one side of the church steps – the National Guard on the other – to see Graham on his final trip.

“We’re so proud of him, proud of the military. We support the military 100 percent,” said Kathleen Graham, the soldier’s mother.

Family and friends made their way out after the service, while grove city residents crept out of businesses and lined up the street, saluting and standing in quiet reverence, recognizing the contribution of Graham and every solider who has made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Everybody needs to be aware of the sacrifice that all these guys are giving for us,” said Brenda Nelson told KDKA’s Sonni Abatta.

“And it may not even be for us directly here, but because of what they’re doing, fighting for freedom, and that’s what we stand for.”

Shawn Graham was a sergeant in the Army National Guard's 124th Cavalry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, out of Fort Worth, Texas.


Semper Fi, Shawn. Thank you for keeping my country, my state, my town, and my family safe. My children never knew you, but they will know of you.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Iraqi Progress Ignored by Dems, Old Media

Harry Reid and the dems want answers about Iraq. They continually blast Bush and the GOP for all of the failures in the war on terrorism. Now, Reid wants to know if there is any good news in Iraq.

Well, since Reid is a beltway guy, you'd almost understand why he wonders if there is good news out of Iraq. Truth be told, he's the senate minority leader. He gets the briefings. He has access to the classified reports. Heck, he has the Internet and is able to look up good news like anyone else.

The Old Media and dems (redundant, I know) have a full-scale blackout on the good news in Iraq. They downplay the elections while over-reporting the car bombs. They ignore the number of schools built while trumpeting every US combat death. They dismiss the millions of Iraqis who now have freedom while they focus on the handful of Baathists who liked it better under Sadaam.

Reid knows although we lost nearly 2000 troops, we've killed tens of thousands of terrorists - but he can't bring himself to give credit to the troops. Reid knows that our troops are loved by the Iraqis and welcomed with cheers, even to this day - but he can't give credit to Bush's plan.

The dems have been on the wrong side of history for at least a couple generations. They continually whine, moan, and complain from the sidelines. What has Reid done for the cause? What have the dems done to help our troops, not hinder them? When have you heard a dem support the troops and the mission (they are one and the same, you know)? They blast the operations and slander the troops whenever they get the chance (Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, anyone?).

Thank God for a president who is willing to do the right thing and free oppressed people and protect our borders. Thank God for troops who are willing to risk their lives for total strangers in order to bring about peace for all races. The dems hate when the president says the US needs to stay the course. The Iraqis are hoping that we do.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

PA Club for Growth to Welcome PA Legislators


From a PACFG press release:

When the General Assembly reconvenes Sept. 26, legislators will be welcomed back to the Capitol by taxpayers demanding fiscal responsibility and a repeal of the pay-raise during the "Rock the Capital" on the Capitol steps.

The "Rock the Capital" rally scheduled for Monday, September 26, 2005, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm is being sponsored by ten broad-based organizations, including the Pennsylvania Club for Growth. Several guest speakers, music and a visual feast of political props will be featured before citizens enter the Capitol to meet and greet their representatives.

Bob Durgin from WHP Radio in Harrisburg will broadcast live from the Capitol Steps from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Durgin will display and deliver petitions with more than 100,000 signatures opposing the pay raise during his live broadcast.

The Pennsylvania Club for Growth, which has been an outspoken critic of the pay-raise and wild spending habits of state legislators, will be on hand to fuel the fire. All taxpayers from across the Commonwealth are encouraged to attend the rally and let their legislators know how they feel about the pay-raise and higher taxes.

Later in the evening, the Pennsylvania Club for Growth, will be hosting a $150-per-person fundraiser featuring National Club for Growth chairman Pat Toomey. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will be held a block away at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers. Money raised from the event will be spent in the effort to replace wastrel, self-serving legislators with ones who will fight for low taxes and smaller government.


For more information about either event, contact Kathryn English at (717) 541-5000, Kathryn@paclubforgrowth.com.


That is all...now spread the word!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Random Thoughts on Katrina

Louisiana - Blue state...Dem governor, senators, congressman, state house, state senate. New Orleans...Dem mayor, city council. Total chaos, no cooperation, tons of red tape. Nothing but whining and "gimme-gimme-gimme" in the aftermath. No self-reliance - only waiting for the federal government to take care of them.

Mississippi - Red state...GOP controlled. Very little whining, tons of self-reliance and faith-based charity. Rolled up the sleeves on Day One. Appreciates the federal help and doesn't bite any hand that feeds them. Positive outlook on future, thankful for what they have.

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Why is it that the poor can be hauled all over New Orleans to vote a dozen times, but they can't be hauled out of the city? Jesse Jackson said it's because there is nowhere to take them. Duh! Just get them out of the way of the hurricane and figure it out later! Besides, shouldn't there be an action plan in place?

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Speaking of action plans, why didn't the N.O. mayor use the school buses to save the people in the city? He wanted them saved with tour buses, that's why. He let people die because school buses weren't good enough. I don't care if it's a bicycle - if a hurricane is coming, get those people to safety!

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Hey, senator Landrieu - before you continue to keep running your pie hole about Bush's failures at fixing the dikes, ask yourself what you (or your Dem cohorts) did to shore them up in the last 10, 20, 30 years. You Dems ran the state, but funneled all of the FEMA money to your pork projects. Shame on you!

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Looters are one of the lowest forms of life on the planet. No one needs a big-screen TV to make it through a flood. Ever.

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Lots of finger pointing by Dems. Simply put, Bush lacks the authority to send troops into a sovereign state. Period. The angry, wacko left is always saying Bush wants a police state...well, he had the chance to have one in N.O. and didn't do it. And if he did, then the Dems would be complaining how Bush sends troops into every situation and didn't give the local government time to respond.

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Watching and listening to the Dems always reminds me of one of Jim Quinn's sayings: "The Liberals whine while the adults do the work."

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Compare the actions of mayor Rudy Giuliani during the Muslim Terror Attacks (with no advanced warning) with the actions mayor Ray Nagin during the hurricane and flood (with several days of warning). One got to work, the other yelled and cursed and whined in front of the TV cameras as a partisan, PR opportunity.

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After all of the violence, after all of the whining, after all of the begging for government handouts...how willing would you be to take in a N.O. refugee? I'd take in a Mississippi hurricane victim, but they are too busy rebuilding their lives by themselves.

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FEMA is not a first-response agency. They only have 2500 full-time employees. They provide support after the local government gets things under control. If the local government fails, it surely isn't FEMA's fault.

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So, the video feed from N.O. proves that Bush is a racist? Well, 75% of N.O. is black. Most of N.O. is poor. Who do you think will be on the TV when the hurricane hits?

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The N.O. aftermath and the response are awful reminders of what happens when you allow government to control your life. They suppress your desire to work, to survive, and to rebuild. You eventually expect them to take care of you, cradle to grave. What a pathetic sight.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Blame Game on Gas Prices

I have no time for knee-jerk, emotion-based responses to rising gas prices. If you don't want to spend the time to discover why they are so high, quit whining! If you want some education, you have found it.

Some folks are trying to boycott buying gas for a day to “stick it to the evil oil companies.” Don’t fall for this nonsense, folks. If you don't buy gas that day, you'll fill up the day before or the day after...still buying the same amount of gas! Quit buying gas for a week. Drive slower. Ride a bicycle.

When you are ready to make a real difference, call your US Representative and Senators and tell them to let the oil companies EXPAND. It is next to impossible to drill for oil in our own country! We haven't built a new refinery in 29 years! There are so many governmental regulations and lawsuits by environmental extremists that it simply isn’t cost effective to build a new pumping station or refinery.

As far as gouging, it is purely supply and demand. If the world is craving more oil and gas and plastics...the price goes up. It is a fact that we rely on too much foreign oil. As China and India grow their economies, they consume more oil from OPEC countries and drive the price up.

It is a fact that we aren't refining enough fuel. After Katrina, we are simply unable to shift production to other facilities. As a result, prices jump. Needless to say, the halt in extraction and refinery in the Gulf region is killing price right now. We were running at 95% capacity before we lost a huge percentage of our capabilities when Katrina hit. If we aren't refining enough gas...the price goes up.

Another reason why gas refineries are at capacity is because there are approximately 40 different types of gas that have to be formulated for different parts of the country. Gas isn't gas. Some states and cities require different blends for environmental reasons. Chicago uses 4 different types....

Thankfully, the EPA is relaxing the "special blend" standards for a limited time. With the relaxation of standards, gas will be gas and it can be produced more efficiently and prices will drop.

So, why do gas stations keep raising the price so much for the gas they already have (and bought at a lower price)?

This one is simple...the price at the pump is based upon the cost to replace what is in the tanks. If the station owner sold his gas at $2.75 a gallon, but market forces drove the value of gas to $2.99 a gallon, he would not have the cash to replace it.

He has to sell it at $2.99 so he can turn around and buy another gallon.


Now, quit whining!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Old Media shows its Communist Stripes

The Old Media are breathless again. They are reporting with great fervor and feigned outrage at another story of utmost importance. Setting aside their lust for US military body count statistics and Cindy Sheehan's now-lunatic rnatings, the OM has a new target.

Televangelist Pat Roberts has suggested that the US assassinate Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.


According to Yahoo News:
...Robertson said killing Chavez would be cheaper than starting a war to oust him. Getting rid of Chavez would stop Venezuela from becoming a "launching pad for communist influence and Muslim extremism," Robertson said.

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said. "We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator."

Obviously, it is not US policy to assassinate world leaders. And there are many other ways to remove Chavez from the presidency - a position he obtained with massive fraud, but ultimately blessed by Jimmy Carter, the former president who hasn't met a terrorist he didn't love.

The real story is how the media is in full spin mode - and they have two purposes: damage conservatives by going after a self-appointed leader and rushing to the aid of another communist dictator.

Get out the fainting couch. They never report the rantings of the left - especially when they call for the assassination of president Bush. When a conservative with big name recognition notes that assassinating a dictator is an option, they freak out.

They fawn all over dictators any chance they get. They have always loved Castro. They blame the US military for picking on Saddam. They blast Bush for bullying Jong-Il.

Is there a dictator that they don't love?

Perhaps - but the problem lies in their definition. "Dictators" - at least in their minds - have a Christian faith. They support capitalism, liberty, and freedom. They use the military as a defense mechanism. They trust the people to do the right things. They believe in rugged individualism.

The OM has such a twisted view of the world. And because of that, they hated Regan. And, my, how they hate Bush now.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Young Conservatives Strike Back



The Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania have started a new campaign to keep the pay grab on the front burner. The web site, InformedPA.com, calls residents to action by supporting billboards and radio spots. Several clever mock-ups show what can be purchased for $500.

YCOP founder, Chris Lilik, has a great write-up on his blog, GrassrootsPA.com.

In YCOP style, the boards target any politician - regardless of party - that voted for the pay raise.

Please consider supporting InformedPA. Keep the politician's feet to the fire. Purchase a board for your area and let your state representative and/or senator that the revolution starts now!

Better yet, consider running for office...and help throw the bums out!

Friday, August 12, 2005

The disgusting actions of Cindy Sheehan

Yes, she lost her son Casey in Iraq...

But, this lady has a political agenda. Note the differences in her versions of her meeting with President Bush as noted by Brit Hume:
...just after meeting Mr. Bush last year, she told the paper, "I now know [the president is] sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."

Last weekend she said, "He acted like it was a party. He came in very jovial— like we should be happy that...our son died for [the president's] misguided policies."

Notice the buzz words that she has learned in her year of reflection. "Misguided policies" is a term straight out of focus groups and liberal extremist talking points.

Why would Bush want to meet with her again? If he does, you know that she's going to come out of the meeting with a fabricated story. No one else on the planet has claimed that Bush was "jovial" in his approach to the loss of troops.

Look who is siding with her in her emcampment - facists, communists, the extremist anti-war left. Fenton Communications (who works for MoveOn and other Soros groups) is feeding her talking points. Sheehan writes for Michael Moore. Do you have any doubt where she stands?

Look who is against her. Her own family has released a statement backing the troops and Bush. They are distancing themselves as far as possible:

The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.

Sincerely,
Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.


They are proud of Casey and they should be. He joined the military and was proud to serve. His mother wanted to take him to Canada, but he said that it was his duty to go.



Sheehan met Bush once. Just like all of the other parents. Why does she deserve another meeting, when all she does is salivate over the chance to trash him?

Thursday, August 04, 2005

When a Vacation is not a Vacation

Pundits and politicians are slobbering all over themselves as they breathlessly report on President Bush's "record-long" vacation. They can't believe that he takes the job so lightly that he would stay away for so long.

First of all, do you really think Pelosi or Kennedy are sitting in the capitol rotunda at this hour because the work of the American people must be done?

Secondly, do you really think that Bush is sitting on the couch with the remote all day? His staff goes with him to Crawford. He has daily meetings. He hosts other world leaders. He acts on intelligence and directs the military.

The big difference? Bush is in a different location. It's no secret that the primped and pampered press corps hates Crawford. There are no elitist functions. No trendy hotspots to see and be seen. They hate Texas. It's so...conservative.

The pundits also hate the idea of Americans seeing video of Bush clearing brush, chopping wood, and simply looking rugged. They know men admire a guy who gets his hands dirty. They know women swoon for a hard-workin' man.

They hate that Bush gets things done. Whether on the ranch or in Iraq, Bush simply gets things done.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Random Thoughts....

Jane Fonda is going on an anti-Iraq War tour. Has anyone told her that the war is over? Has she been glued to al-CNN for so long she thinks that all is lost? Does this woman ever do anything for the troops?

The Space Shuttle fleet has been grounded - again. Seems more foam came off the main tank. NASA put everything on hold until they can solve the problem. Here's the $2 solution: quit using the foam! It is only there to please the environmentalists. They need to keep the fuel cold, but enviros cried about the use of freon. Bring out the insulating foam! I'm sure the crew of the Columbia is greatful....

Extreme Extremists - are there any Supreme Court nominees that the dems would like? Even if Bush nominated Ted "My Car Has Killed More Than Your Gun" Kennedy, he'd be defeated because the dems just couldn't bear to give Bush a victory.

Extreme Extremists, Pt. 2 - why are we bogging down gitmo with trials? So, our tropps might have used a dog to scare prisoners...big, hairy deal. I bet the appeasers in London wish the terrorists used dogs on the subway. Someday, the US appeasers will understand - and when their loved one is killed by a homicide bomber in Manhattan, they'll still blame Bush.

Department of Redundency Department - why do people say "past history" or "very unique"?? History is the past. Unique things are one-of-a-kind, so they can't be very, really, kinda, quite unique. Also, you can't have a First Annual anything. It has to be the second occasion to be annual. Otherwise, it's inaugural.

Lance Armstrong is a superhero. You gotta love a Texan who embarrasses the French. The sickening part of the 2005 Tour de Lance was John Kerry showing up to hog some world media air time. What the heck was he doing there, anyway? Oh, yeah...the race is in France.

My Apologies for Slacking...but I had a good reason

I'm sorry for not blogging since the pay raise fiasco. My wife gave birth to our second child, a bouncing baby boy! He was 9lbs, 12.8oz and 21.25in long. Wahoo!

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To keep the story short, he had some breathing problems and had to be sent via LifeFlight to one of the Pittsburgh area hospitals.

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After a nine-day stay, he was released and is now doing very well at home.

My wife is doing very well, and our daughter is adjusting to the change quite nicely.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

They Taxed, and Now They Spend...on Themselves

Hat tip to phillyburbs.com.

In the dark of night, when thieves come to steal and destroy, the PA legislature voted to increase their pay a whopping 16 percent.

The legislature is now the second-highest paid in the nation. Governor Rendell will sign the bill as he visits Washington DC.

The pay hike follows on the heels of last year's tax increase. It also follows statements from 1995 when legislators claimed the last pay hike scheme would eliminate the need for future raises.

List of the guilty:

House raise votes

Senate raise votes

House budget votes

Senate budget votes

London Under Attack!


Several explosions have rocked the public transportation system in London this morning. Multiple explosions have been reported in the Underground subway system and three buses have destroyed from blasts.

Multiple deaths have been reported and there are scores of casualties.

London has shut down their subway system.

There have been no claims of responsibility, but the scale of the attack and the coordination all point toward terrorism. Yesterday, London was awarded the rights to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Of course, it is unclear if the attacks have anything to do with the Games, the Iraq war, the G8 Summit, or some other cause.

Either way, terrorism is now fully involved in London. The government has been strongly supporting the War on Terror, but at the same time, they have been very careful to coddle the Muslim extremists among them. The poor British residents have also been stripped of their guns - a decision that has left a country with very little home defense.

The liberal "feel-good" policies have come back to haunt them. God be with the British people.

To all the peaceniks protesting the G8 Summit: Welcome to the War on Terror!


EDIT: There are now over 50 deaths and over 700 casualties. It seems there were three blasts on the subway and one on a bus. An al Qaida splinter group has claimed responsibility, but there hasn't been any way of verifying that claim.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Politicians Bathing Themselves In Money



Pennsylvania legislators already make a lot of money. They also get tremendous perks - $128 per day in walking money and nearly $8000 per year for auto expenses. They also get an automatic, annual, cost-of-living raise - last year's was over 5%. Well, now they want more. $10,000 per year more.

And politicians wonder why the public hates them. So, how will they pay for the planned raise? Why, raise your taxes again, of course!

There isn't much that is more insulting than hiking taxes to give yourself a raise for a job you did so poorly that you had to hike taxes.

Job growth is stagnant and young people are leaving in droves. Why do PA pols feel that now is the best time to continue to take pay raises and ask for more? Shamefully, the legislature is controlled by the once-fiscally responsible GOP. The conservative streak in elected officials is nearly dead - only a handful remain.

Let's hope that pro-growth conservative groups, such as the Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania and the PA Club for Growth can stir up enough grassroots angst to stop the insanity.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Dems, Old Media: 4,435 US Casualties Too Costly



After the Declaration of Independence, the US defeated Britain, the world's largest empire, in the Revolutionary War. The cost for freedom? 4,435 servicemen were killed.

Indeed, our brave soldiers fought a nearly impossible war - outnumbered and outgunned in nearly every battle. They lost many battles, but they stuck to their dream - a free America.

Imagine today's Old Media breathlessly reporting each terrible loss of life. Imagine how they would ghoulishly await each milestone so they could declare the failures of the US military and the policy of the leadership.

Imagine if the colonists who opposed military action were like the spineless Dems who try to undermine the leadership and the troops at every turn. Imagine them going to London to say that the US had no business being free and that the monarchy was admirable and honest. Imagine them saying that the Americans couldn't handle self-rule and that their culture couldn't handle democracy.

Thank God our forefathers had the mettle, courage, and moral clarity to stick to their dream.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

When Iraqis Stand Up, US Will Stand Down




President Bush hit a home run last night in his speech to the troops, the nation, and the world. We aren’t going to back down. We aren’t going to change tactics. We aren’t going to immediately withdraw our troops. Liberals and terrorists everywhere are wetting their beds.

An ABC radio news feed this morning said that during the speech, "Bush tried to link the War on Terror with the war in Iraq." Tried to link? What was this reporter thinking? To leftists, Iraq is just a diversion. A move of revenge on behalf of George H. W. Bush. A war for oil (love those low gas prices).

To the rest of the world, the war in Iraq is a war against terrorism. The same terrorism that fired upon our troops daily as we patrolled the UN-sanctioned no-fly zone. The same terrorism that trained Al Qaida troops south of Baghdad. The same terrorism that used chemical weapons on Iraqis and the neighboring countries.

Libs hate the fact that Bush did something instead of talking about it. They hide the truth about the successes in Iraq and how the citizens cheer our troops daily. Then they highlight the doom and gloom from the war and claim that Iraqis don’t want us there.

Bush threw that back in the libs’ faces last night. He talked about how we set goals and how we met them. He mentioned new goals and how we will get there. He said we’ll be there until the job is done. Bravo!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Karl Marx, Call your Office!

Socialism was just given a huge push forward in the USA today. Private property rights were nearly eliminated by the liberals on the US Supreme Court.



According to Yahoo News (AP):
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses — even against their will — for private economic development.


Scary news. It used to be that local governments would only remove residents for infrastructure improvements (widening roads) or building schools. Now, if a developer wants your land, he/she just has to appeal to the local government. If your local government says, "yes" to the developer, you are out of your land - no matter what.

So sayeth the libs on the Supreme Court. O'Conner, Rehnquist, Thomas, and Scalia dissented.

Private property rights are the bedrock of this nation.

If there is a time to contact your local, state, and national representatives, the time is now. I have my calls into State Representative Dick Stevenson, US Congressman Phil English, and US Senator Rick Santorum. I'll keep you informed of their stances.

UPDATE: Stevenson told me what I feared to be true - there isn't anything that can be done at the state level. Just hold your local mayor/council responsible and hope we get some new Supreme Court justices.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Art of the Non-Apology Apology



Senator Dick Durbin has "apologized" for his remarks comparing the US troops with Nazis, Soviet gulag operators, and Pol Pot killers.

Actually, he never offered remorse over his words. He only apologized "if" anyone was offended. Obviously, a lot of people were offended. Durbin chose to say "if" instead of "that" as his qualifier.

He specifically targeted the people who found it offensive. What about the people who believe in his comparison? What about Durbin himself? He never took back his words.

The Dems never rushed to condemn Durbin. They think the same way he does. Durbin still needs to go, but it requires Republicans to keep that spine straight.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Tax Hikes are Contagious



The Grove City school board isn't the only fiscally irresponsible group in Mercer County. After the GC board upped property taxes, others are joining suit. According to The Herald (Sharon, PA), the following hikes have been approved:

- Sharon, up 2 mills
- Hermitage, up 1.75 mills
- Greenville, up 3 mills

Although this action is disgusting, how many residents will have the nerve to complain, but do nothing productive at election time?

How many residents sit on the couch and skip their duty to vote?

How many residents pull that Democrat lever over and over and expect change? The Shenango Valley is controlled by Dems. The residents should be jumping for joy over the tax increase. They voted for it over and over and over every time they keep putting the same party in office.

Democrat or not, there is still no excuse for not being able to live within your means. If the board can't make ends meet, they should work until they can - and that doesn't include the option of forcing citizens to pay more with the barrel of a government gun.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Give Dems Enough Rope...and They'll Hang the Troops



Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has now crossed the line and absolutely blasted our troops, as they fight the war. Howard Dean, Christopher Dodd, and Ted Kennedy are just a few Dems in line to bash America and demoralize the troops. But, Durbin has compared them to the Nazis, the Soviet gulag operators, and the Pol Pot killing squads.

All this over the Gitmo "abuse" that has the Dems and media heading for the fainting couches.

Truth be told, this is purely about the desire to get Bush. In their minds, they must do all they can to keep Bush from getting any credit. That now includes the disgusting display from Durbin.

If you have any doubts, ask yourself why there has been no condemnation by the party? It took them months to finally condemn Dean's inflamatory insults. But when you constantly claim to support the troops, why would you sit on the sidelines for days as a Dem compares them to the worst in the history of mankind?

Don't hold your breath waiting for the Dem condemnation of Durbin.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Grove City School Board Hikes Taxes (again)

Shame on the GC school board for failing to live within their means yet again. Last night, the board unanimously voted to implement an enlarged budget for the 2005-2006 school year. The resolution, which was seconded by Jim Crow, called for an increase of 3 percent.

There were two resolutions...one for the bigger budget, then one for the raise in taxes.

Oddly, when the vote for the millage increase came about, Jim Crow and Sue Schepp voted "no."

Very similar to the famous John Kerry line..."I actually voted for the 3% tax increase before I voted against it."

If the board passed the first, but not the second, it would have to find a way to come up with the money other than a tax increase.



Jim Crow


Sue Schepp

Kudos to Crow and Schepp for voting against the hike. However, it would have been nice to hear an explanation of their yes/no votes during the time for discussion.

Schepp was recently re-elected, so the politics of her vote are not clear. Crow will be up for re-election in 2007. He squeaked by during his last election after another candidate withdrew. Perhaps he is seeing the winds of change the were stirred up during the recent election? Perhaps he is listening to a public that is tired of tax increases?

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Sham of Ending World Poverty



Lots of politicians and Hollywood-types are running around in a new effort to end world poverty. Sounds like a great, lofty, feel-good goal, but is it even possible?

1. All dictators would have to be forcibly removed. Poverty is a weapon that dictators use to keep the people down. As long as the dictators remain, there will always be poverty.

2. Poverty is a relative term. The cost of living in some locations is much lower than other places. Also, people who find contentment view poverty in a totally different way than those who always crave more.

3. Socialism and communism would have to be eliminated from the Earth. These economic plans teach people that they don't have to work hard because the government will seize someone else's money to take care of them.

4. People have to want to be "rich." It takes hard work. It takes a religious view of contentment. There are many humans who strive to be successful, but unfortunately, there are many who are simply lazy. Those people need incentive to work. Removing social programs that coddle will motivate the lazy.

In short, try to find feel-good politicians and Hollywood-types who are pro-military, pro-republic, pro-capitalism, pro-contentment, and pro-hard work...and then you can truly work toward ending poverty.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Why Take Dems' Rhetoric Seriously?

I love rhetoric, but dems have been pounding the "over-the-top" button an awful lot lately.

Enter Charles Rangel.



Definitely not a stranger to outlandish comments, Rangel might have outdone himself when he spoke with WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter. He told them that Bush's reasoning for going to war in Iraq was as bad as the Holocaust.

Hat tip to NewsMax:
"It's the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country. This is just as bad as six million Jews being killed. The whole world knew it and they were quiet about it, because it wasn't their ox that was being gored."

What a wacko. His lust for power is so great that he seeks to diminish one of the world's tragedies in a sad attempt to ruin a political opponent.

The WMD charge (based on evidence from around the world) was only one part of the justification for war. The US freed 50 million oppressed people. Hitler killed 4-6 million Jews out of hatred.

The only true comparison is that Bush is like FDR - sending our brave men and women to kick the butt of a ruthless dictator. Of course, it would kill Rangel to admit that.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Dem Polls, Dem Polls...



Famously non-partisan Washington Post and ABC News (ha-ha-ha) have put together a new poll that shows some curious findings. Americans are skeptical - if not cynical - about the war in Iraq.

From NewsMax (edited for space):
The survey found that Americans continue to rank Iraq second only to the economy in importance -- and that many are losing patience with the enterprise.

Nearly three-quarters say the number of casualties is unacceptable, two-thirds say the U.S. military is bogged down, and nearly six in 10 say the war was not worth fighting.

More than four in 10 think the U.S. presence in Iraq is becoming analogous to the experience in Vietnam.

52 percent said war in Iraq has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States, while 47 percent said it has.

52 percent disapprove of how Bush is handling his job, the highest of his presidency. 56 percent disapproved of Republicans in Congress, and an identical proportion disapproved of Democrats.

There are a few options in explaining this poll:
1. The questions were misleading to produce the desired "hate Bush" result for which the WP and ABC are well known.
2. The Old Media is still relatively successful in producing "hate Bush" newscasts that totally ignore the good news.
3. History education is so inept at this country that citizens have no idea what an ugly war looks like.

The Vietnam War killed tens of thousands more military than the war in Iraq. We just celebrated the D-Day invasion - a single event that killed more Allied forces than the US has lost in the war in Iraq.

As far as daily attacks on our troops - Saddam attacked our pilots over the no-fly zone daily, but the Old Media never cared enough to report the situation. Of course, there was a Dem in the White House at the time....

It's time for some perspective.

Show Rendell's Unions the Money!



The state assembly wants more money. Seems that they don't make enough money as it is (not to mention their boatload of perks). So far, there have been enough lawmakers with some humility to kill the self-approved raise.

Now Rendell is in on the act. He told lawmakers that he would approve their pay raise if - and it's a big if - they raise the state minimum wage. He wants to raise it a whopping $2 per hour above the federal level.

It's shameful, to say the least. It's a minimum wage for a reason. Those with no skills or ambition make minimum wage. And those people are few and far between. Most companies already pay above minimum to attract quality employees.

So why raise it? Simple. Many union contracts are tied to the minimum wage. Raise the wage, boost the union contracts. PA is already well known as a business-unfriendly state. Why would any legistator vote to allow this to happen?

Demand better.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Commonwealth Foundation's Spend-o-meter Unveiled

Speaking of taxation, the Commonwealth Foundation has unveiled its Spend-o-meter.



Local and state politicians spend about $3,238 per second, $194,292 per minute, $11,657,539 per hour, and $279,780,940 per day, according to Commonwealth Foundation President Matthew J. Brouillette.


And you think that your local school board has no affect on your life?

Monday, June 06, 2005

Here Comes the Tax Man

Grove City School Superintendent Bob Post wants more money from the residents in the district - and the school board is more than willing to give him the approval to take it. For the second year in a row, the board will vote to increase the tax rate.



Of course, this rate hike comes on the heels of Post and Assistant Superintendent Tom Bell receiving increases in salary. Both men are paid considerably more than the mayor of Pittsburgh. Tom Murphy, call your office!

Instead of living within their means, the neglectful school board will use the full power of government resources to force residents to pay. Grove City is not a wealthy town and there are many elderly residents with fixed incomes.

In a recent board meeting, Post defended the rate hike as necessary to pay salaries. He noted that if a plumber costs $60/hr, then you pay him $60/hr.

No, Mr. Post...if you don't have the money in your bank account, you find a cheaper plumber or find another way to get the job done.

Grove City residents can only hope retirement ends Post's career before he can rob the citizenry again.