Honest Medical Bill

This off the internet image of an honest medical bill comes courtesy of Cathy Martin who appears to have gotten it from Mint Press News. Our critique would be that the advertising costs are inflated while the lobbying, campaign gifts and CEO bonus are drastically deflated.This off the internet image of an honest medical bill comes courtesy of Cathy Martin who appears to have gotten it from Mint Press News.

Our critique would be that the advertising costs are inflated while the lobbying, campaign gifts and CEO bonus are drastically deflated.

An Honest Medical Bill is this morning’s Off the internet.

Trump Excites For A Reason

By Chris Freind Trump Excites For A Reason

Bout time!

It’s been 31 years since the Republican Party had a real, honest-to-God candidate running for president. Someone with charisma and a sense of humor, a natural communicator whose populist message resonates and transcends party lines, gender and age. And, God forbid, someone who actually knows what he stands for, and isn’t afraid to say it.

Better late than never.

Thank you, Donald Trump.

With all those attributes packaged into one person, versus many candidates possessing only one or two, you’d think the Republican hierarchy would be thankful for Trump’s candidacy. But rather than embracing it, too many are criticizing, even demonizing, it.

Donald Trump is the best thing for the Republican Party, but the GOP leadership is too dumb to see it.

The GOP field is crowded, ranging from libertarians to Big Government Republicans. Given that the party has been shut out of the White House for eight years, and the odds (electorally) are not exactly in their favor in 2016, the exchange of bold ideas in a drawn-out primary is exactly what is needed. Yet, that’s precisely what the GOP hierarchy abhors.

After the 2012 debacle, they wanted a neat, quickly wrapped-up primary that they could better control, where their “anointed” one could take the nomination with as little intra-party battling as possible. So new rules were adopted by the Republican National Committee, designed to tip the process, even more than it already was, in the Establishment’s favor.

Now, they naively think that will smooth the way for Jeb Bush, who embodies business as usual.

They are wrong.

How hard is it to see that orchestrating coronations over elections, strong-arming nominations for those with big wallets and whose “turn it is,” doesn’t work?

How have they fared since Reagan and his 49-state near-sweep in 1984? Bob Dole and John McCain were pathetic. George Bush I was elected only because of Reagan’s legacy, and the Democrats put up an even weaker candidate (Michael Dukakis). George W. Bush lost the popular vote, and was the unmitigated disaster that led to Barack Obama. And Mitt Romney, despite the imbeciles who blame his loss on the “liberal media” and Chris Christie’s praise for President Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, may have been worst of all.

Given the president’s dismal performance the last eight years, this election is eminently winnable for Republicans. But with the party’s new rules, and small states still playing God, honest debate takes a back seat, and party bosses largely retain their ability to choose whom they like, will of the people be damned.

The lesson is to embrace primaries. Contrary to conventional “wisdom,” protracted primary battles are good for, not detrimental to, the eventual nominee. They make candidates measurably sharper, and ready them for the bruising general election.

Bottom line: When you run boring, business-as-usual hacks, you lose. McCain, Dole and Romney personified that, as did Al Gore and John Kerry. And the lesser of two evils wins. Just look at 2012. Despite a dismal economy, runaway spending, real unemployment over 15 percent, a world on fire and a pervasive pessimism, Obama routed Romney. That election should have been a home run for the Republicans. Instead, they struck out before coming to bat. But even more inexcusable is that the exact same scenario is, by design, playing out right now.

At least it was, until The Donald showed up.

When Trump first announced, he generated huge headlines, more because of the novelty of who he was, rather than his vision for America. His candidacy made for great late-night TV jokes, sassy editorials, and snickers among the “elite,” who looked at Trump as an egomaniac who would fade quickly after his latest “publicity stunt” went up in flames.

They were right about one thing. There were flames — his candidacy caught fire. All of a sudden, despite a number of gaffes, “Trumpmania” started overtaking America. He is generating the largest crowds of any candidate, exhibiting great poise on talk shows, and is showing a depth of real-world knowledge that surpasses that of “seasoned” politicians.

It was a level of success that probably even surprised Trump himself, and with it, a different Donald Trump has emerged. Each day, the bragging billionaire with the flair for the dramatic — honed by hosting an incredibly successful reality TV show — is slowly morphing into a serious candidate, one who has catapulted from joke to contender. But why?

Is it because he can’t be bought? Partly. And even though the political graveyard is littered with wealthy candidates (Ross Perot, Mitt Romney), people have the sense that Trump is different. Perot came across as a flake, and Romney was perhaps the most out-of-touch candidate in memory. Neither one could pass the “could you have a beer with this guy?” test. Trump does, with flying colors, as he genuinely seems to have his hand on the pulse of the people.

Is it because Americans realize that government is failing at virtually every level, and that electing career politicians only makes matters worse? And that it is finally time to run the federal government like a business, instilling accountability and tightening the belt, just as families and businesses do? And that Trump’s business acumen could right the ship? Partly.

But the big reason Trump has ignited a firestorm is because finally someone has the guts to call things as they are, political correctness be damned. He doesn’t worry about “offending” people’s hypersensitivities, and naturally gravitates to taking on the “white elephants” in the room that virtually every other candidate avoids. He isn’t driven by pollsters, and he doesn’t need focus groups to advise him on tie color, hairstyle, or the Middle East. And while his brash style will continue to earn him scorn from the pundits and the “I’m-offended-by-everything” crowd, his style of talking to people (not above or down to them) has generated significant support. Trump understands that you can’t be all things to all people, and that by being himself, he will win over hearts and minds.

Granted, he made some mistakes (hit John McCain on his policies, not war record, and talk about how to solve the immigration issue with an iron will and compassion, rather than being perceived as anti-immigrant), but people will forgive him so long as they believe he is speaking from the heart and maintaining the courage of his convictions.

The more Trump calls out his opponents — Democrat and Republican — without reverting to a canned script of non-answers, the more he will shake up the entire presidential field. And what a breath of fresh air that would be.

Donald Trump doesn’t “need” the hellacious road that accompanies a run for president. The fact that he chose to place himself, his family and his entire life under the microscope on the world’s biggest stage, is proof enough that his candidacy isn’t a stunt.

Like him or not, America, and the Republican Party in particular, could do a whole lot worse that someone who tells the truth and articulates a “City on a Hill”-type vision for the nation. By his nature, Trump is a gambling man. And while maybe The Donald won’t be the last guy standing, his candidacy is turning out to be the best Trump card the Republican Party has had in a long time.

Oh, and Hillary: Be careful what you wish for. You just may get it.

Trump Excites For A Reason

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GOP Donors Betrayed By Mullen Spending

GOP Donors Betrayed By Mullen Spending
State Republican bosses are spending big in an attempt to get this Democrat-supporting union boss elected to the State House.

By Leo Knepper

Campaign finance reports were filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State last Friday, July 24. Although they are not yet available online, we spent some time reviewing the filings and wanted to pass on some interesting information to our readers.

GOP-endorsed candidate and union boss, Paul Mullen raised $52,700 directly from union-affiliated political action committees (PACs). He also received a $10,000 contribution from County Council Member David White’s PAC. White owns a union mechanical contracting company. The direct union PAC contributions represent over 50 percent of Mullen’s fundraising total for the report.

Mullen also benefited indirectly from the generosity of the House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC). The HRCC contributed $150,000 to the Pennsylvania GOP’s PAC. The GOP’s PAC then spent $88,825 on campaign materials provided by Hallowell and Branstetter, who are Mullen’s campaign consultants. Based on conversations we have had with folks in the 161st district the state GOP has sent at least 10 direct mail pieces to voters.

If you are a donor to the state GOP or the HRCC, you should be asking yourself if electing a union boss is how you want your money being spent. The argument that a Republican union boss is better than a Democrat certainly does not hold water. Having someone in the Republican caucus, who is likely going to continue collecting a paycheck from the union, will make closed-door strategy sessions meaningless. Mullen is opposed to moving state employees into a 401k style system; opposed to paycheck protection and opposed to enacting right-to-work laws. If the caucus is ever in a position to move those types of legislation, how likely is it that Mullen will not spill the beans to his buddies in the labor movement and keep his campaign promise to fight against these reforms?

If there are any further developments related to the Aug. 4 special elections, we will pass them along. Otherwise, we will let you know the election results as soon as they become available.

GOP Donors Betrayed By Mullen Spending

School Tax Hikes Are Mostly State Mandated

School Tax Hikes Are Mostly State Mandated
Lisa Esler wants to end the state-mandated school tax hikes.

A letter from an Aston GOP committeewoman in yesterday’s (July 30) Delaware County Daily Times blasted Lisa Esler, the Republican running a write-in campaign for the vacant 161st District Pennsylvania House seat, for being part of a school board that raised taxes in each of the last three years.

It ought to be noted that the votes by Penn Delco School Board for the tax hikes were overwhelming.

There is a reason for this. School boards in Pennsylvania are mandated by law to fund numerous things, pay expensive contracted raises to people who can negotiate without the concern of being replaced or removed, and pass a balanced budget.

It is not far off to say it is impossible for a school board not to raise taxes. In fact, you can even say the state legislature has passed the buck to make the boards — that are staffed by unpaid concerned citizens — do the dirty work in imposing unnecessary spending on property owners for the benefit of the lobbyists and special interest that are the true constituents of our political class.

Lisa Esler knows this and is running to change this. If ever-increasing property taxes are your concern she’s the one who should get your vote.

Her opponent, Paul Mullen, the county’s AFL-CIO President, is endorsed by the teacher union which has been the primary obstacle to educational progress in Pennsylvania. Quick quiz how often are bad teachers fired? The PSEA overwhelmingly gives to Democrats. That it is ignoring the D in this race should give one pause.

Further, one of the few issues upon which Mullen has taken a stand concerns his declaration that he will oppose all significant reforms to the underfunded state pension programs that even if instituted will still cause property taxes to explode.

School Tax Hikes Are Mostly State Mandated

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Abortion Union Connection

Tom C sent a fascinating link regarding the defense the AFL-CIO made regarding the revelation that Planned Parenthood makes mucho money from the sale of body parts from humans whose lives were purposely taken during abortions. Abortion Union Connection

Planned Parenthood provides comprehensive healthcare services to women across the country,”  sadi AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Calls to defund it based on doctored undercover recordings are politically motivated and wrong. We support its core mission of offering safe healthcare services to women in need.”

Planned Parenthood has performed 1.6 million abortions in the last five years and abortion to adoption ratio is 201 to 1. Abortions make up about 94 percent of the group’s pregnancy related services.

Anyway, why is the labor union taking a stand on this rather than, well, illegal immigration?

And how does AFL-CIO Delaware County Council President Paul Mullen feel about defunding the monsters at Planned Parenthood?

Abortion Union Connection

Pennsylvania Monopoly Government

By Scott Wagner Pennsylvania Monopoly Government

I have been a private sector business owner for over 35  years– over the span of my business career I have learned many lessons.

Lesson # 1 – The costs for your products or services have to be less than the pricing for your products or services to make a profit.

No profit means you are out of business – thousands of businesses fail every day in America because the owners did not understand the pricing – cost – profit rule.

There is also another very large dynamic in the business world – competition!

Competition is a factor that does not allow a business to just raise prices whenever it feels like it.

Many business owners fail several times before they succeed – success does not happen overnight – success takes hard work, skill and perseverance.

At some point in a small business owners career, he or shee will have spend a large amount of time lying awake at night staring at the ceiling wondering how they are going to solve an issue in their business, obtain financing or just outright survive a recession or fierce competition.

– and you really don’t have to spend much time keeping your costs under control – are you interested?

There is one business that is a monopoly out there and it is called “The State of Pennsylvania”.

The current Governor of Pennsylvania has sent a notice to all Pennsylvanians that he intends to raise prices.

The Governor wants to raise prices on a lot of products in PA and he doesn’t care about controlling or reducing costs.

In April, an article from Watchdog.org reported that “Philly ghost teachers made more than $1.7 Million Dollars last year”.   Click here for the full article.

Last Sunday Philly.com reported that in Philadelphia “No-bid schools contract is costing millions”.   Click here for the full article.

In July of 2014 an article was published “Welfare fraud in Pennsylvania”.  Click here for the full article.

The welfare fraud article states:

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, 2013 welfare expenditures were $28 Billion Dollars – 44% of the state budget – and are projected to rise to $32 Billion Dollars in 2015.

Welfare costs will grow for the foreseeable future in both dollars and as a percent of total expenditures. This trend must be reversed.

Former Auditor General, Jack Wagner, estimated that welfare fraud represents 10-15% of total state expenditures, or $2.8 billion  to $4.2 billion  of stolen taxpayer funds.

$400 million  to $675 million  annually could be attributed to food stamps and cash assistance program fraud alone.

While there has been some progress over the last three years in reducing welfare fraud, more action is necessary.

WOW………..

On-going welfare fraud, ghost teachers, no bid school contracts in Philadelphia.

So where is our Governor ??

Governor Wolf is running around PA telling everyone that we have to raise revenue by taxing more products and services and by increasing current taxes – “Earth To Governor Wolf – how about resolving the many out of control cost and fraud issues in PA first before you raise our taxes”.

Let me be clear again with the message I have repeated hundreds of times – “Harrisburg does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending problem”.

In the beginning of my email that I talked about competition – Pennsylvania has competition – and a lot of it – South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky to name a few.

They have low taxes – lots of undeveloped land for large businesses to locate there and public sector unions do not control their state capitols like they do here in Pennsylvania.

To all Pennsylvania taxpayers who understand my message today, and agree that Pennsylvania must get the out of control costs and fraud under control – I ask that you reach out to the PA State Senator and House member who represents you and tell them to stand tall against Governor Wolf and his budget agenda.

I am fed up and I have had enough of “Tax and Spend”.

Are you fed up also?

Sen. Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Pennsylvania Monopoly Government

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