Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Union Leaders Put Members On The Ropes

First GM, then Ford...

Massive layoffs and plant closings are sweeping the UAW-strangled auto industry. They finally have realized that they can't pay for 100% of health benefits. They can't afford to pay someone $30/hr to put lug nuts on a car. They can't afford to pay people to sit around until someone needs a union-certified broom pusher.

Hey, UAW - you've been living high on the hog for decades. Now it's time to pay the bill. Congrats.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Quiz: Should the US Pull Out of Iraq?

Who said these comments:

...polls that show an overwhelming majority...want the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

...war in Iraq is raging with no let-up...

...figures show the number of...dead and wounded is increasing not to mention the massive material losses, the destruction of the soldiers' morale there and the rise in cases of suicide among them.

The different from what the Pentagon publishes. The sensible people realize that Bush does not have a plan to make his alleged victory in Iraq come true.

And if you compare the small number of dead on the day that Bush announced the end of major operations in that fake, ridiculous show aboard the aircraft carrier with the tenfold number of dead and wounded who were killed in the smaller operations, you would know the truth of what I say. This is that Bush and his administration do not have the will or the ability to get out of Iraq for their own private, suspect reasons.

we can build Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been destroyed in this war. There is no shame in this solution, which prevents the wasting of billions of dollars that have gone to those with influence and merchants of war in America who have supported Bush's election campaign with billions of dollars — which lets us understand the insistence by Bush and his gang to carry on with war.

Who said it?
A) Howard Dean
B) Ted Kennedy
C) Michael Moore
D) Al Gore
E) Osama bin Laden

The disgusting truth is that they all said it. The above quotes are from the latest bin Laden tape. But, you have heard the same comments from the other choices on the list. You have heard them from other socio-marxists, such as Murtha, Pelosi, Kerry, Clinton, et. al.

The Democratic party does not want us to win. They have the same views of America as bin Laden. They share the same feelings and are more than willing to broadcast it to the world.

And the terrorists killing our troops are listening.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Madness of PennDOT Bureaucracy

Not many people love a bureaucracy. It's a living organism that feeds off itself. It loves the status quo.

Because of its nature, bureaucracy defies logic. If an idea makes sense, it gets burdened by the anchor of inefficiency. Case in point: the PA Vehicle Code does not allow tire tread surfaces to be exposed. Tires may be covered by flares. Flares can only be 3" wide. This width limit is already narrower than the flares that come standard on Jeeps and some trucks. If a 4X4 owner wants to get slightly bigger tires to go off road, the current flare regulation forbids it.

I've been working with State Representative Dick Stevenson and PennDOT to have the 3" width bumped up to 8" wide. Sounds simple, right?

It has been nearly two years since I initiated the process. And we are still waiting on PennDOT. Needless to say, the wheels of progress turn very slowly at this bureaucratic monster.

To complicate matters, the 2007 Jeep Wrangler was just unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. It comes with newly designed flares that are about a foot wide - 4 times wider than the state allows!

If it takes two years to increase the flare width from 3" to 8", imagine how hard it will be to increase it to include the new Wrangler. Oy!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Grove City Borough Council Sworn In

GROVE CITY, PA – Newly elected mayor Randy Riddle administered the oath of office to the winners of the 2005 general election.

*Tooting my own horn* I won the write-in election to the four-year seat vacated by Karen Shaffer, who decided not to run for re-election. The seat is located in the fifth ward of the borough.

According to the Herald (Sharon, PA), I received 105 votes, which was the most garnered by any write-in candidate in Mercer County. Thank you voters! 198 seats were determined by write-in voting.

Jeff Black won the two-year seat in ward five, which was up for special election. The term fills out the remainder of Mayor Riddle’s council term. Other council winners were George Pokrant, Joel Bigley, Richard Slagle, and Andrea Folkertsma.

Pokrant was unanimously voted by council to remain president. Bill Limberg was also unanimously selected to remain as vice president.

Numerous issues face council this year, such as downtown revitalization and water treatment plant rennovation/expansion. Council hasn't raised taxes in over 20 years. It's time to keep the streak alive!