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!