Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Grove City Borough Launches Web Site!

The Technology Committee of Grove City Borough Council unveiled its Web site at last night's regular council meeting. The site (http://grovecityonline.com/) was created to provide a way for residents and visitors to easily gather information about the borough. It features news alerts, borough information, borough contacts, political contacts, and various forms.

This is the first time the borough has had a Web site.

The recently formed Technology Committee is made up of Rich Talbert (chair), Dr. Joe Pisano, and Patrick Chapman.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Grove City Borough Council Considers Tax Shift

The Grove City Borough Council is considering a tax shift - raising the Local Services Tax (LST) to the state maximum of $52 and reducing property taxes by 1.5 mills. This shift would be budget neutral, meaning the taxation will be a one-to-one tradeoff.

The shift would remove a burden of taxation from property owners by reducing current borough millage a whopping 37.5%. The budget shortfall would be replaced by increasing the LST on those who work in the borough and earn more than $10,000 per year.

Reasoning: I believe the property tax to be an immoral tax. America is partly founded on the right to pursue private property ownership. Try not paying your taxes and see who really owns your land. If I can find a way to lower property tax, I'll do it. On top of that, consider that the Grove City Area School District will hike your taxes every chance they get. Borough residents can use some relief, especially those on fixed incomes. Besides, why should property owners be major funders of the tax system - a system that punishes them for working hard to simply own property?

Also, concerning the LST, consider that there are hundreds of people who enter the borough to work each day, who fully enjoy the services of the borough without having to pay for them. This tax simply recovers some of those funds to provide infrastructure and police/fire protection.

Ultimately, I'm not a fan of either tax, but given the choice between the two, I can understand the LST a lot more than the property tax.

Grove City Borough Prepares 2009 Budget - 27th in a Row without Tax Hike

Grove City Borough Council will review the 2009 budget at its regular council meeting tonight at 7:00. The budget, as put forward by Borough Manager Vance Oakes and the Finance Committee, is balanced and calls for no increase in taxes. There will be no spending from the reserve fund, either.

This budget marks the 27th year in which Council passed a budget without a tax increase. As drafted, property taxes will remain at 4 mills.

One mill equals $45,000.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day!

If you know someone who has served, take a moment out of your day and thank them for putting aside their lives to protect yours.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Forget about 2012...and 2010!

If we want to make fundamental changes to the Republican party and work toward a conservative agenda to sweep the Commonwealth, then we need to take our eyes off 2010 for a moment. Next year is huge.

In three months, the grassroots efforts begin. PA requires petitions to be filled out for all offices, so we must find conservatives who are willing to run for all of the municipal offices. Want to make a difference? Run for borough council or school board. Most people don't just decide to be a senator one day. They start "small" and build up to the regional, state, and federal offices.

Three months. That's all we have to find good, solid, conservative candidates. Are you on the sideline? Or do you want the ball?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

There's No Crying in Politics!

Sure, you're down and out, but we've been here before. Do you hang your head? Do you whine like a Hollywood liberal and threaten to move? No! You suck it up because America is worth the fight! We have only three months until petition time for local races...what are you going to do about it? We need to get rid of the RINOs that have destroyed the Republican party and the country. We need YOU to suck it up and get your butt on the ballot.

Remember, the ineptitude of Carter gave us the blessing of Reagan. The ineptitude of the Clintons gave us the Revolution in 1994.

Stick with it, folks. Don't allow yourself to whine today. You're an American! We have some tough fights ahead, so we need you on board. Now get to work!

The Death of the Moderate

If there is one thing that we learned in the 2008 election, it is that being a moderate is a losing position. For months, conservatives cringed every time we heard John McCain brag about working with others across the isle. We fell out of our chairs when we heard him proclaim that Democrats would serve in his administration. We gave up on McCain – until he picked Sarah Palin.

Palin gives conservatives hope. She tells us what we want to hear and she isn’t afraid to say it. She isn’t ashamed to say it. She loves America and she idolizes Reagan. Her feet are firmly planted with conservative roots.

It was picking Palin that energized the base. It was picking Palin that motivated us to pick up McCain and drag him kicking and screaming across the finish line. He did everything he could to lose the race. He avoided all of the issues that called out Obama’s credibility. He praised Democrats instead of criticizing them. He was afraid of offending them. Instead, he chose to actively offend his base. And now he’s going back to the senate.

Like Rush has always said, you’ll never find a book Great Moderates in American History. They have no core. They have no value system other than self-preservation. They have no compass. They only have a guiding inner voice that tells them that everyone simply wants to get along.

We don’t! We want to win and we want our ideas to win! We cling to the Bible, the Constitution, and our guns. We believe that the Founding Fathers were right. We believe the USA is the greatest country ever blessed by God, and we want someone who will stand up for her and her ideals. We want another Reagan.

Yet moderates flee from Reagan. They see his two landslides as flukes. After each consecutive loss, they think the answer is to run even further to the left. To rephrase Reagan, “I didn’t leave the Republican party; the Republican party left me.”

Moderates have made their bed and now they must lay in it. Unfortunately for them, it’s a death bed. Moderates, go away. We knew thee and we rejected thee.

Obama Wins

Obama defeated McCain. Here are the totals:

Popular Vote
McCain: 55,386,310
Obama: 62,443,218

Vote %
McCain: 46%
Obama: 52%

Electoral Votes
McCain: 147
Obama: 349

In other news
- English lost (one RINO down!)
- Brooks won (one RINO to go...)
- Stevenson won (YAY for conservatives!)
- Metcalfe won (YAY for conservatives!)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Massive Turnout in Grove City

Went to vote with my family at 2:15. Our ward (ward five) has 1091 registered voters, so a heavy voting day is in the low 300s. I was number 452! I've never seen numbers this high, period.

The good news: My ward is the most conservative in Grove City, which is a conservative stronghold in Pennsylvania. Let's hope that others in the "T" are showing up in droves to combat the massive fraud in Philly.

Surprise! Democrat Vote Fraud in Philadelphia


FOX: LEVENTHAL (Alleged Black Panthers Voter Intimidation)

JANE SKINNER: breaking election news, we have reports of possible voter intimidation in some way -- pennsylvania. republicans saying that two black panthers have been blocking the doorway of one polling locations. rick, what are the details on this? what are you hearing?

RICK LEVENTHAL: i do not even know where to begin, but we have reached a polling place in the city of philadelphia. one of the two black panthers who was allegedly blocking the door is standing right over here, with an accused us of intimidating voters because we were here with a camera and microphone. he did not answer questions, other people here have confirmed that another person in black panther attire was holding a night stick and apparently the concern was that they were intimidating people who were trying to go inside to vote. a republican poll observer actually called the police, the police were here and we miss them, they came and left. that person called the police is here. why don't you tell us -- step down off the curb, if you do not mind. what is going on here?

CITIZEN: we got a phone call that there was intimidation going on. i walked up to the door, two gentlemen in black panther guard, one brandishing a nightstick, standing in front of the door. they closed ranks as i walked up. i am a veteran, that does not scare me. i went inside and found full- watchers, they said they had been here for an hour -- i went inside and found poll-watchers, they said that they had said not to let people outside because black people are going to win no matter what. at that point, i spoke to him, we would not get into a fistfight, i said, and i called the police.

LEVENTHAL: the person with the nightstick was escorted away, which i just confirmed inside. but the implication is that you were telling me that the black panthers were there to intimidate white voters from coming to this location?

CITIZEN: anyone who is not going their way, i do not know. someone in front of a polling place with a nightstick, that is intimidating for all voters.

LEVENTHAL: this is the first time i have heard of black panthers being stationed outside of a polling place. the one gentleman who is still here, he is a poll-watcher?

CITIZEN: yes, and he can wear what he wants.

LEVENTHAL: the other person was not allowed to be there with a nice that?

CITIZEN: you cannot stand with a nightstick anywhere, that is a weapon. obviously, you cannot stand around with a weapon menacingly in your hand under any circumstances.

LEVENTHAL: that is situation, as far as we know it. we have heard of other incidents in the city, including voting machines breaking down. we heard of an incident not far from here where far -- all three machines broke down. people did wait, most of them. lines have dissipated. i have not made it inside yet, we had a skirmish in front of the door. apparently there is voting going on as well. at this point, apparently anyone who wants to vote here can vote here.

SKINNER: i know that they do not have enough people to man ever falling site, but as far as you understand the police have come and gone. is anyone monitoring in case someone is still hanging around?

LEVENTHAL: well there are poll watchers still standing here, we’ve been to at least a half a dozen polls around here and I haven’t seen any police officers, they don’t want a police presence to intimidate some voters, they did escort one gentleman out of here

SKINNER: It’s true in some places they don’t want police on sight, plenty going on there for you

2008 Election Predictions

Here's the That's Rich prediction list for today's election:

- Massive turnout, including 100% (or more) turnout in Democrat precincts, especially in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Chicago
- Reports of voter fraud rampant across the country
- Democrats suing counties and towns to keep polls open so they can squeeze in the latest busload from another town
- News organizations doing all they can to "call the race" for Obama before results are in, so they can suppress voter turnout in other states

Don't let them get away with it, folks. Stay confident, stick with the plan. Vote for America.

2008 Mercer County Election Results, Pennyslvania Election Results

Here they are, folks! Here are the links to the results (links not "active" until polls close)

Mercer County Election Results by Race

Mercer County Election Results by Precinct

PA Election Results

Analysis to come...

Election Day, 2008!

For political junkies, it's a wonderful time of the year! It's time to pick a new president, among other things.

Get out and vote, folks!

Monday, November 03, 2008

The Philosophy of “Gimme”

Talker Jim Quinn described a run-in with an early-twentysomething guy, who was lamenting that his family was hurting as they tried to live on $20,000 per year. This guy was voting for Obama so that he would be given more stuff.

Quinn explained how liberty is a function – something that is used to go and do anything you want to do. Liberty is the solution for the human condition. Liberty is not going into the grocery store and having six different laundry detergents from which to choose. Liberty is having the ability to work as little or as much as you want to achieve as little or as much as you want.

Given the state of education in this country over the last couple generations, it was obvious to Quinn that this young guy was beaten down by socialism and that the American experience was a failed one. He likened it to trying to explain to a fish what “wet” means.

Here’s what every American under 40 needs to relearn: Don’t spread my wealth, spread my work ethic!

Obama or America?

Ezra Taft Benson, Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower Administration said these extremely chilling words two generations ago:

“I have talked face to face with the godless communist leaders. It may surprise you to learn that I was host to Mr. Khrushchev for a half day when he visited the United States, not that I’m proud of it. I opposed his coming then, and I still feel it was a mistake to welcome this atheistic murderer as a state visitor. But, according to President Eisenhower, Khrushchev had expressed a desire to learn something of American Agriculture — and after seeing Russian agriculture I can understand why. As we talked face to face, he indicated that my grandchildren would live under communism. After assuring him that I expected to do all in my power to assure that his and all other grandchildren will live under freedom he arrogantly declared in substance:
'You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you’ll fall like overripe fruit into our hands.’

You may like Obama’s words. You may hate Bush. But how much hatred must you have for America and her ideals to vote for Obama – a man who has espoused Marxist philosophy?

Gut check time…where do you stand? For America or against her?