No Action On Debt Ceiling Won’t Hurt Grandpa

No Action On Debt Ceiling Won’t Hurt Grandpa — For those fearful  that the elderly will be thrown in the street and bankers will repossess the Statue of Liberty if the debt ceiling is not raised Aug. 2 here are some facts courtesy of MarketWatch.Com that will rest your troubled souls.

Tax revenue for August is expected to be $200 billion.

Now, interest on the debt will be $29 billion, Social Security outlays will be $49.2 billion (hey, wasn’t that supposed to be in a separate “lockbox” fund?????), Medicare and Medicaid outlays will be $50 billion, and $5.8 billion will be spent on active duty troop pay and veterans affairs programs.

So that leaves $66 billion without having to spend beyond our means.

The problem is that Obama wants to spend $300 billion for August.

Well as Mick Jagger once said, you can’t always get what you want.

And with the facts on the table it looks like you don’t even have to try real hard this time to find that you get what you need.

There will be dire consequences to any Republican who votes to raise the debt ceiling.

 

No Action On Debt Ceiling Won’t Hurt Grandpa

Texas Don’t Mess With; Pa. Is A Mess To Begin With

Texas Don’t Mess With; Pa. Is A Mess To Begin With — Columnist Chris Freind has just got back from Texas and tells me that there is a world of difference between that state and ours — and not in our favor.

Chris notes that Pennsylvania ranks 43rd in economic performance while Texas is number one. He notes that Pennsylvania is dead last, in fact, with regard to labor competitiveness due to the influence of unions and trial lawyers.

Texas, on the other hand, is a Right To Work state, has no state income tax and has aggressively passed legal reform measures reducing litigation costs to historic lows.

This means that 40 percent of all new jobs created in the current “recovery” have been in Texas and that Texas is only one of three states to have gained jobs since the recession began in December 2007, which not coincidentally, is not long after the Democrats took over control of Congress.

Check out Chris’ column at PhillyMag.Com

Obama Forehead Has Dubya

Obama Forehead Has Dubya

As his administration slowly sinks under the weight of the tumult of our times, and as he finds himself taxed far beyond the level of his rather limited competency, a strange, mysterious mark has begun appearing on our president’s pulsating forehead.

What could it possibly mean? It could only be the Mark of Dubya as it seems to appear when he is blaming George W. Bush for something.

It’s like a curse of some sort.

Pretty scary kids.

The photo was taken by Keith Koffler of WhiteHouseDossier.Com at Obama’s July 11 press conference.

 

Obama Forehead Has Dubya

Ant & Grasshopper For The 21st Century

Ant & Grasshopper For The 21st Century Courtesy of Fran Coppock.

OLD VERSION:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION:
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green…’

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize and ramshackle, the once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2012

Does President Obama Care About Seniors?

President Obama has just told the nation that he couldn’t guarantee senior citizens would get their Social Security checks if the America’s debt ceiling is not raised on Aug. 2.

Republican congressional leaders have said otherwise, but the question  arises as to why the President is being so intransigent in resolving the issue if he thinks this is going to happen.

Doesn’t he care about our elderly?

0 Reads Constitution Backwards

Tea Party activist Bob Guzzardi informs me that Obama/Geithner cannot default because of the 14th Amendment doesn’t permit them to.

“The Ds are reading 14th Amendment backwards,” Bob points out. He says that Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito explains at 2:18 in the video at this link the 14th Amendment doesn’t allow default and, in clearest reading, requires that debts be honored.

Kudos To The Inquirer

Kudos To The Inquirer

I was ready to nominate the Philadelphia Inquirer for the Walter Duranty Prize after seeing the front page teaser on  on its Currents section yesterday, July 10.

It read “The miracle in Venezuela” and had a smiling picture of Hugo Chavez who is that republic’s top banana.

It turned out, however, that the miracle described in an excellent story by Andres Oppenheimer was the way that extraordinarily oil-rich nation had become an economic basket-case under the direction of an ideological incompetent.

So, will the Inquirer endorse Barack Obama again in 2012?

Note the headline on the web version uses the phrase ‘reverse miracle’ so apparently others were preparing Duranty nominations as well.

Cecelia Evens Shout Out For With Pen In Hand

Cecelia Evens Shout Out For With Pen In Hand — Big shout-out to Dr. Cecelia Evans who has been running With Pen In Hand  for 11 years.

This wonderful writing workshop at the Media Fellowship House, 302 S. Jackson St., Media, Pa. 19063, gets a varied crowd of those interested word-craft with ages ranging from elementary school to senior citizens.

It meets 10 -noon Saturday mornings and 5-6:30 Wednesday evenings.

For information check out this, unfortunately, dated site.

And congratulations to Jaimson who, during the July 9 session, managed to make 42 three-letter or better words out of the letters found in the word “information.’

 

Cecelia Evens Shout Out For With Pen In Hand

 

Cecelia Evens Shout Out For With Pen In Hand

Bachmann Wins Philly Independence Day Straw Poll

Bachmann Wins Philly Independence Day Straw Poll — The Third Annual July 4th Tea Party on Independence Mall, featuring Herman Cain and Ambassador John Bolton, drew over 1,500 this year and included seven other speakers including the Honorable Anna Little and American Energy alliance spokesman, Dan Simmons.  The program lasted slightly over two hours.

Cain, a businessman and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, is seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for US president. This is believed to be his first appearance in Pennsylvania after he announced his candidacy, although it was not necessarily a political one.

“He was here for the right reason, to honor the Declaration of Independence,” said Teri Adams, president of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, which sponsored the event along with the Cherry Hill Tea Party of New Jersey and the Diamond State Tea Party of Delaware.

Despite Cain’s presence, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN6) finished first in the presidential straw poll according to unofficial tallies.  Cain finished second.  Ms. Adams noted that several Ron Paul votes were disqualified after event officials caught some of his supporters stuffing the ballot box.  Paul, Christie, and Perry finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

This year’s event was named the 2011 Energy Independence Day Tea Party and a Declaration of Energy Independence, written by  Association member Lin DeCesare, was read by Association co-founder Don Adams after Ms. DeCesare was unable to attend due to illness.  The audience then voted to adopt the Declaration of Energy Independence by acclamation.

“Ever since Richard Nixon, presidents have declared for energy independence,” Adams said. “Congresses have come and gone and we’re as dependent on foreign energy as we were in 1973.”

Adams noted that last year, because of the excessive heat, only about 1,000 people attended the Proud to be an American July 4th Tea Party which featured commentator Bill Kristol as keynote speaker. Over 2500 attended the 2009 inaugural in which the late Herb Denenberg had the honor.

Adams said 20 groups involved with promoting limited government were involved this year. He also praised for WPHT talk show host Dom Giordano for his support. Giordano was among the speakers.

Among those receiving awards were Joey Vento, owner of the legendary Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia, who was given the 2011 Patriot of the Year Award, and Lancaster resident Sharon Cherubin of UNITEPA who won the 2011 George Washington Tea Party Leader of the year Award.

Weekly Standard editor and Fox News contributor, Bill Kristol, received the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award for Courageous Journalism, in absentia.

Other award winners were:

Betsy Ross Activist of the Year for Delaware, Kristin Sherman;
Betsy Ross Activist of the Year for New Jersey, Bill Miller;
Betsy Ross Activist of the Year for Pennsylvania, Carol Klein and Phil Schieber.

One disappointment was that story, while covered by the Daily News and featured on several TV broadcast stations, it was not picked up by either the Philadelphia Inquirer or KYW News Radio.

Associated Press photos of the event ran in several publications throughout the nation, including the Washington Post.

The Independence Hall Tea Party’s next event on Independence Mall will be Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

Check out the group’s website at independencehallteaparty.com or call 215-690-4043 for more information.

 

Bachmann Wins Philly Independence Day Straw Poll

Palestinian Accountability Act

Palestinian Accountability Act
By Bob Guzzardi

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-Ill8) will be introducing the Palestinian Accountability Act. Although it is likely to fail because of Democratic opposition, a vote will expose those who stand with Israel in its front line war with America’s enemies and the appeasers. There is no reason, as far as I can see, to finance terrorists. The Islamists are at war with Israel and with America. What is the point of financing those who are trying to destroy us and our values?

As RedState’s Daniel “Red Meat Conservative”  Horowitz point out: “For years, Democrats have played the game of voting for inconsequential resolutions, while tabling anti-PA bills with teeth, so people like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz can profess that they are just as pro-Israel as Republicans.”
In my view, every Democratic partisan is an Obama Enabler. Supporter an Enabler serves little purpose.

FYI Personnel is policy and Rep. Joe Walsh attended the ZOA’s Washington Mission lunch in May 2011.

RedState’s Daniel “Red Meat Conservative”  Horowitz

“Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) is introducing legislation today that will finally halt the open-ended commitment to the Palestinians.  No, a few hundred million dollars in cuts will not balance the budget; however, we should not be sending one red cent to terrorists anywhere in the world.

Additionally, the bill withholds all funds from the PA beginning in 2012 unless there is an independent audit of the PA budget.

Also, our $250 million in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the organization that harbors Palestinian terrorists under the guise of humanitarian aid, would be terminated unless the shady organization undergoes a similar audit.  Hopefully, those audits would be performed by the CBO instead of the State Department.  Furthermore, Walsh’s bill would withhold funds from the UN if any of its agencies recognize a Palestinian state later this year.

The bill won’t pass under suspension (2/3 majority threshold) because most Democrats won’t support it.  Nevertheless, they should schedule a conventional vote on this bill to see who truly stands with Israel.  For years, Democrats have played the game of voting for inconsequential resolutions, while tabling anti-PA bills with teeth, so people like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz can profess that they are just as pro-Israel as Republicans.
It’s time to see who stands on principle and is willing to end the ‘don’t ask don’t tell policy’ regarding Palestinian terror.”

 

Palestinian Accountability Act