Letter To Toomey

I sent this about an hour and a half ago to Sen. Toomey:

Dear Sen. Toomey

I’m sure you are getting a lot of grief for the proposal by Sen. Manchin and yourself to expand background checks for firearm purchases.

And you deserve it.

Still, I don’t hate you and you can continue to chalk me up as a supporter albeit with concerns that you are catching Potomac fever.

I do wish that you and other Republicans would stop playing defense and take the offense. How about you start making the case about the benefits of private firearm ownership. Our murder rate, for instance, is at a near low for my lifetime despite (because?) the number of states allowing concealed carry rose from 10 to 41 since 1980.

Philadelphia is a less dangerous city that it was in the ’80s & ’90s. Really. How about pointing things like that out?

Regarding mass school shootings it would also be nice if someone noted that  they didn’t occur — the first was the Grover Cleveland School shootings in 1979 that inspired the song “I Don’t Like Mondays — when the children started the day with a prayer and looked at the Golden Rule on classroom wall.

And, of course, when our society recognized that helpless life was something to be protected and not defined away for the sake of convenience.

I don’t think that is a coincidence.


Letter To Toomey


Letter To Toomey

Man Steals Obama’s Brain, Gets 7 Years

Eric Brown, a career criminal from Richmond, Va.,  was given a seven-year sentence, yesterday, for stealing a truck containing President Obama’s brain.

“The theft of government property is a serious offense,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Roderick Young said, who outlined Brown’s “nightmarishly long” criminal record.

The truck had no White House markings, but inside it was
loaded with speakers, microphones, Obama’s brain, a laptop computer,
podiums and other items used in presidential appearances. The van was
empty when it was recovered on the other side of town the next day, and
some of the items were later recovered at Maryland pawn shops.

Authorities declined to speculate as to whether this was the reason for the President’s recent lengthy “vacation.”

Pundits note that stealing a brain from Vice President Biden would not be possible.

Ex-Californians Say Texas Is Where It’s At

In the last five years, 150,000 Californians have moved to Texas.  Of course, a lot more Mexicans than that have moved to California some wag might note. Still, Texas has gained 400,000 jobs while California has lost 640,000, and the Lone Star State was responsible for 47 percent of national job growth.

By the way, Louisiana, which despite having had a conservative reputation was in the Democratic pocket at the state-level until Katrina, has since the hurricane and the ensuing fiscal conservative Republican — note the fiscal conservative part, Gov. Corbett — takeover has dropped from 47th to 13th in the Chief Executive rankings as to best states in which to do business.

For the record, Pennsylvania ranks 43rd on the list. Hey, look at the bright side: it beats New Jersey (45th) and New York (49th)

Hat tip Chuck Martini


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Toomey Gives Response On Gun Bill

James J. Fitzpatrick, the Southeast Pa. regional manager for Sen. Pat Toomey,  has sent the following response to Mary Ellen Jones of the Delaware County Patriots regarding proposed firearm background check legislation that Toomey and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) are supporting.

On the gun issue, first I think we have come a long way. When it started out they were talking about bans, registries, and magazine limits. When the back and forth debate is whether or not to slightly expand background checks I think it is a win either way with this President.

Second, on the background check issue. We were approached by Sen. Machin’s office to potentially broker a deal on certain private sales and transfers. Right now in PA if you wanted to sell me a handgun/pistol, I would need to go to a federally licensed dealer to receive a background check. If, however, you wanted to sell me a rifle, or any other type of long gun, I would not need to do that. We think there is a potential room for a deal in that space given that many gun owners already require individuals to whom they are selling long guns or rifles to go through a background check. I think Pat’s thinking on it is at the very least on these transactions, the check would reduce the likelihood that someone would be selling to a felon, someone with a past of substance abuse, or someone that has a past of mental illness. It would also in turn protect the seller from liability on the back end if anything were to happen with the gun they sold.

With that said, these are simply conversations at this point between Manchin and Pat. No bill has been written and one will not be on the floor until next week at the earliest.

Ed note: The above message was sent April 9. A vote to start debate on the measure passed cloture in the U.S. Senate the afternoon of April 11 by a 68-31 margin preventing a filibuster. The Toomey-Manchin amendment has yet to be added.

Toomey Gives Response On Gun Bill

Toomey Gives Response On Gun Bill

Delco Pats Hear Matt Brouillette

Matt Brouillette of Commonwealth Foundation gave an upbeat but realistic talk to the Delaware County Patriots, this evening, April 10 about solving Pennsylvania’s and the nation’s problems.

Brouillette said that it wasn’t a matter of Republicans versus Democrats but rather of David versus Goliath that was pushing us to fiscal disaster and poverty. Pennsylvania, he said, had a State House in which the GOP held the largest majority either party has had in decades and that the Republicans controlled the state Senate here by a greater margin than their counterparts in Texas.

Unlike in Texas, though, it is Goliath that rules. Many of the state Republican legislators have joined against the taxpayer who is David.

He noted though that one uses a slingshot to beat Goliath and not another giant. In Texas, where the union dues of state workers are voluntary, state unions dump about $12 million in political campaigns. In Pennsylvania, they spend $50 million. Pennsylvania, remember, has half the population.

He said the stones for the slingshot are new laws to allow union workers to pay their dues voluntarily. He cited Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana as having gotten very positive results for average citizens with such laws. He said that in 2012 when Obama was handily winning Michigan an amendment was overwhelmingly voted down — which obviously required the support of a lot of Obama voters — that would have made the mandatory collection of union wages part of the state constitution. It was that, he said, that set things up for the entire state going right-to-work, an event the possibility of which would have been laughed at just a few short months ago.

He noted that unlike Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who initially said he would not sign a right-to-work bill, our own Tom Corbett has expressed a willingness to do so from the beginning if one would reach his desk.

Brouillette had generally nice things to say about Corbett, albeit he slammed his unwillingness to get before the public and said he would fire a lot of staffers, who he thought to be encouraging this, if he were running things.

He said the privatization of Pennsylvania’s state store system is not  a done deal and is being held up by Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, the Bucks County Republican with strong ties to the existing system, who chairs the Senate’s Law and Justice Committee. He noted that privatizing the state stores would cut about $1.5 million from union political contributions.

Brouillette, a former history teacher, said that the conventional Tea Party message is compassion-based. He noted that each of his four children is going to start his or her working lives with $60,000 government debt. He said that one of his neighbors, a retiree, has to work an extra job selling tickets to pay his property tax. He said another neighbor has laid off his seven employees from his small building company and has become a one-man business. All this suffering is related to existing governmental policies.

The next meeting of the Delaware County Patriots is tentatively scheduled for May 20. The topic will be Common Core Standards in Education.

Delco Pats Hear Matt Brouillette

Delco Pats Hear Matt Brouillette

Medicaid Non-Profiting Is Where The Big Bucks Are

Chuck Martini of Upper Providence has informed me that Peter Campanelli is pulling down $2,876,700 as CED of Institute for Community Living in Manhattan which provides Medicare-funded services for New Yorkers.  He also notes that Dennis Verzi, who is vice president of continuing care at Maryhaven Center of Hope on Long Island, which also provides Medicare-funded services for the Empire State, pulls down $1,003,980. And just a vice president mind you. Why Verzi makes more than his CEO Lewis Grossman who gets a measly $643,484.

If you can’t take $2,876,700 to the bank, here’s something you can — one-percenters who support government social programs because they claim to “care”, don’t. At least about others.

You can also bet your bippy this crowd supported Obama and his fellow Democrat thieves.

Medicaid Non-Profiting Is Where The Big Bucks Are

Medicaid Non-Profiting Is Where The Big Bucks Are