Government Is Greed, Public Works Are About The Benjamins

Government Is Greed, Public Works Are About The Benjamins

By Lowman S. Henry

It is a law of nature that bureaucracies and government agencies always crave a larger share of the public treasury. In Pennsylvania, the undisputed leader of the pack is the public education establishment which has a voracious and insatiable appetite for taxpayer dollars.

A close second is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) which is always clamoring for more money – much more money. The public education and transportation behemoths have two traits in common: no matter how much their budgets are increased it is never enough, and neither shows any significant improvement in performance resulting from constant funding increases.

PennDOT kicked up the most recent funding controversy by floating a plan to place tolls on several major bridges in the commonwealth, supposedly to maintain and upgrade the structures. Predictably, the idea has been met with stiff opposition from commuters and the potentially affected industries.

Governor Tom Wolf has never met a tax he does not like – until now. He is empaneling a special commission to develop a plan to replace the state’s gasoline tax with a new funding scheme. The increased fuel efficiency of gas-powered vehicles coupled with the trendy push for electric cars threatens to drive gas tax revenue downward. The goal of the commission, of course, is to increase the flow of funding into PennDOT’s coffers.

At 58.1 cents per gallon, Pennsylvania’s gas tax is the second-highest in the nation behind only California. Just a few years ago, in 2013, higher taxes were levied on producers, the practical impact of which was to add about 30 cents per gallon to the price of gasoline for a cumulative hit of over $2 billion per year to motorists. Now, the agency is claiming it needs an additional $7 billion per year to maintain the state’s roads and bridges.

For decades successive governors and legislatures have slapped band-aides on Pennsylvania’s transportation funding formula. That approach has had a particularly negative effect on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which is a separate state agency. In 2007 a law went into effect that has siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars from Turnpike coffers into PennDOT, some of which the commission has had to borrow. That in turn has triggered steep annual increases in turnpike tolls, more than doubling fares over that time frame.

The labyrinth that is state transportation funding is further complicated by the continued financial drain caused by public transportation. Both PennDOT and a portion of those turnpike dollars subsidize public transit systems. The biggest, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in the Philadelphia region and Port Authority Transit (PAT) in Pittsburgh are bloated, inefficient, and inept bureaucracies that have been resistant to reform due to union-driven political pressures.

Against this backdrop, Governor Wolf has ordered the establishment of a special commission to develop recommendations for changes to the current system of transportation funding. In a departure from his usual go-it-alone approach to governing, Wolf seeks to include legislators and transportation industry representatives on the commission.

This, however, should be viewed with great suspicion. The commission’s charge is to find a way to eliminate the gas tax and find funding alternatives with the goal of adding billions of dollars to the transportation budget. It is indeed time for the development of a comprehensive restructuring of transportation funding. But just throwing more money into the pot will not solve the problem.

Also needed is a streamlining and restructuring of the entire array of transportation entities operating in the state beginning with the Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and extending to the regional public transportation agencies. The system is beset with administrative bloat, funding inequities, and antiquated labor contracts.

There is universal agreement that roads and bridges, public transit, railroads, and airports are vitally important to the economic vibrancy of Penn’s Woods. Rather than take the politically difficult, but necessary step of developing the comprehensive plan needed to knit all the above together, state policymakers have taken the easy way out by just throwing money at whatever crisis happens to develop.

This is a unique opportunity to systematically address Pennsylvania’s transportation needs. Hopefully, the governor’s commission doesn’t turn into yet another way to simply suck more money out of taxpayers’ wallets but rather takes the first steps toward developing a sustainable transportation system.

Lowman Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal and American Radio Journal. Leo Knepper and Lowman Henry had a chance to talk about the Governor’s proposal. That video can be found below.

Government Is Greed, Public Works Are About The Benjamins
Government Is Greed, Public Works Are About The Benjamins

Hunter Lost His Gun In Domestic Tiff Reportedly

Hunter Lost His Gun In Domestic Tiff Reportedly — Joe Biden is pushing for gun control. Seriously? He can’t even get his family to do the responsible things 99.999 percent of legal gun owners do.

You heard about that right?

Yes, Hunter Biden and Joe’s daughter-in-law Hallie violated gun laws and common sense safety concerns after a domestic tiff.

Hunter Lost His Gun In Domestic Tiff Reportedly
Barry, Joe and Hunter

This occurred Oct. 23, 2018 near Wilmington.

Just be clear, Hallie was not Hunter’s wife. She was the widow of Biden’s other son Beau. Hallie was merely Hunter’s paramour. Playas like Hunter can expect tiffs with their mistresses, though, no matter how temporary.

Anyway, Hallie threw Hunter’s .38 caliber revolver into a trash can outside Janssen’s Market which is across from Alexis I. du Pont High School breaking numerous laws. Why did Hunter have a handgun anyway? For what it’s worth, he lied through his teeth on the ATF Form 4473 to get it.

See the part about Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?

Hunter is most certainly an unlawful user of controlled substances.

Anyway, the then former vice president apparently did his best to cover up for him. Secret Service agents were reportedly dispatched to the gun dealer, StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply, and demanded the paperwork for the transaction from the owner Ron Palmieri.

Palmieri rightfully refused, but later turned over the papers to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which is the proper authority.

The Secret Service claims it has no record of its agents investigating the issue which would have happened while Biden was preparing his presidential campaign.

Sure. We believe them. LOL.

Hunter Lost His Gun In Domestic Tiff Reportedly

Pennsylvania Court Corruption Would Be Stifled By HB 38

Pennsylvania Court Corruption Would Be Stifled By HB 38

By Rep. Russ Diamond

Pennsylvania is known for its chocolate, its mountains — and its many opportunities for corruption.

In the days leading to my introduction of House Bill 38, I received the usual and expected rebuttals from mainstream journalists and Harrisburg lobbyists. I was accused of inserting gerrymandering into judicial elections and disenfranchising voters, while at the same time lectured about how “merit selection” (involving a 13-person panel) would somehow not disenfranchise them.

I can’t say I am surprised. As an outsider in Harrisburg, you can always expect pushback from special interests and the media who are always in their pocket.

Still, it makes you wonder why on earth every group of lawyers, journalists, and unions are against a bill that would seek to diversify the geographic makeup of our appellate courts. And then you remember the real problem you were seeking to solve in the first place before all of the “critics” descended: corruption.

My bill would not just diversify the gender, demographic, or geographic makeup of our appellate courts. It would also chop at the deep-seated subversion of justice in Pennsylvania.

Corruption is not something we should tolerate or ignore. It’s an embedded weed that has deep roots and has strangled other plant roots underground along the way.

For too long, Pennsylvanians have been given a raw deal by our judicial system and have been the butt of jokes about our public officials. From House speakers to trial court judges to traffic court judges, to Supreme Court judges, the commonwealth has had its fair share of judicial malpractice and public corruption.

The simple fact of the matter is that Philadelphia and Allegheny have been playing by their own rules while people like my constituents in Lebanon County suffer.

Of the most recent seven appellate court judges convicted or accused of serious crimes, four of them were from Allegheny or Philadelphia. Of the 19 judges on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the court that decided that Speaker Bill DeWeese and Speaker John Perzel do not need to pay fines for their crimes, 12 of them are from Philadelphia or Allegheny.

You see, the current system of statewide elections for appellate court judges breeds a political class exempted from the rule of law.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, the major special interest group pushing against my bill, noted in its own April 2017 study that our commonwealth “has not been a stranger to judicial scandals.” The group perceived the ethics of our higher court judges to be of such concern it issued a report in 2011 on the state’s judicial disciplinary system.

But instead of proposing a decentralization of power that could help prevent such corruption from encompassing government, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is proposing to move power away from the voters into the hands of a politically savvy merit selection board.

Real reform gives Pennsylvanians a fair shake instead of rigging it for the politically connected.

That’s why every special interest, media outlet, and lawyer lobbyist is against my bill. Unfortunately for them, they won’t dissuade me and other honest legislators. We will fight to get this bill approved so it becomes a ballot question, giving you a voice and opportunity to end corruption in our judicial system.

Rep. Diamond, a Republican, represents the 102nd District in the Pennsylvania House.

Pennsylvania Court Corruption Would Be Stifled By HB 38

(Note: CAP CEO, Leo Knepper had an opportunity to speak with Rep. Diamond about the proposed amendment on February 1, 2021. The video of the interview can be seen below.)

Pennsylvania Court Corruption Would Be Stifled By HB 38

Squish Fitzpatrick Follows The Cartel Crowd

Squish Fitzpatrick Follows The Cartel Crowd — Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA1) was among the 11 Republicans who voted to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA14) of her committee assignments.

Squish Fitzpatrick Follows The Cartel Crowd
Congressman Squish Fitzpatrick

All Democrats voted to do so.

Marjorie was a follower of the Q conspiracy movement, which we have written about, and which we feel is far, far, far less damaging to this nation than the Beltway conspiracy movement.

Actually, the Q slogan “Where we go one, we go all”, often seen as WWG1WGA, is something we see as a positive answer to the divisive garbage promoted daily by the establishment in all its outlets.

White privilege? A guy with light skin out of work in Cambria County is somehow more “privileged” than a sports has-been with dark skin who signed a mega-million dollar contract with a slave owner?

Why is the concept even considered?

How has Fitzpatrick sought to remove Maxine Waters (D-CA43) from her committee assignments for the real hate she spewed and the real suffering she cause?

How about his non-attempt to get Eric Swalwell (D-CA15) removed from his assignments for his relationship with a Chinese spy? He sits on the Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence, after all.

How about Sen. Diane Feinstein of California for her relationship with a Chinese spy for that matter? And that’s not even going into matters involving hubby Richard Blum.

Why has Fitzpatrick not done these things?

Because he is a squish.

Squish Fitzpatrick Follows The Cartel Crowd

Apple Deleting Telegram App?

Apple Deleting Telegram App? — We have received a report —from Lin Wood no less — that Apple will be deleting the Telegram app from their phones without notice.

To stop this follow these directions:

Apple Deleting Telegram App

Apple Deleting Telegram App?

Corporate Fascist America, OWS Was Right

Corporate Fascist America, OWS Was Right — The mask is off corporate America and the means it plans to use to control the populace comes right out of 1984 or maybe the Book of Revelation.

Will it demand a mark on our hands for us to buy and sell? It seems they may soon have the power if they don’t already.

What makes us laugh is the idealistic socialists who think they have won something. They really think the reach of the Gates and Bezos and Buffet will decline.

Silly children.

It’s going to grow along with its heavy-handiness. Look at Biden’s cabinet picks.

For the record we still maintain the vote fraud was real and massive, and Biden is an illegitimate president. Saying this was once solidly protected speech.

Prominent politicians, though, that would be you Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John “Fascist” Fetterman, are saying it should be a crime. If the Democrats pack the courts, as some think, maybe it will be in a few months.

Dominion Voting Systems is threatening lawsuits left and right against those saying there are problems with their machines.

Rather than using courts to squelch the questions, the matter would once have been resolved by examining the machines as was done in Antrim County, Mich.

Of course, Dominion refutes what was found in Antrim County, but shouldn’t that just mean more investigation? Why the, rather fanatical, opposition to examining machines and ballots?

The matter would be far more likely to get resolved and the nation united.

But that’s not going happen. It’s not the will of the plutocrats.

The laugh’s on you Occupy Wall Street. And us too, for that matter. Actually, on everyone who is not in line for a six-figure government pension.

Alternatives to Twitter and Facebook are multiplying. We’ve long championed Gab. One that might be even better is Kreatyr.tv. We’ve begun using it regularly. Here’s an interesting little tidbit we found regarding the price of insulin.

Here’s a parable to help you get through the next few years:

Plato saw Diogenes washing vegetables. “If you knew how to pay court to the king, you wouldn’t now be washing vegetables,” he said.

Diogenes responded “If you knew how to wash vegetables, you wouldn’t now have to pay court to the king.”

Corporate Fascist America, OWS Was Right
Corporate Fascist America, OWS Was Right

China Bought Dominion Fact Checked

China Bought Dominion Fact CheckedThis story hit a nerve. It’s getting “fact checked” by self-proclaimed gatekeepers at Facebook and elsewhere.

Things have evolved and some of the criticism is legitimate. For instance, it is correct to point out that the securities sold by Staple Street Capital went to UBS Securities Co., LLC.

This is UBS’ New York affiliate, not the UBS Securities Co., Ltd. that is openly affiliated with the Chinese communists, and which we incorrectly cited as the purchaser.

On the other hand, some of this evolution is in a far more frightening direction. It turns out that  three of the board members of UBS Securities Co. LLC are Chinese according to NTD.com.

Two of them, at least, have close ties to the Chinese government, according to NTD, and by the fact-checker for that matter.

We think that’s worse. The enemy you see is less dangerous than the one you don’t.

The “fact checker” says the UBS Securities didn’t buy Dominion Voting Machines but appears merely to have used the $400 million to acquire a partnership in Staple Street Co., Dominion’s owner. This was a month before the election.

How exactly is that better?

We are not offended by the fact checking. We are offended/angered/frightened, however, that these well-financed media “authorities” are more concerned about this story than the influence the Chinese government has obtained over one of our major voting machine suppliers.

It’s also worth noting that in another serendipitous coincidence, a company controlled by a rabid partisan Democrat acquired in July voting machine maker Hart InterCivic.

Below, is the original story about the Chinese and Dominion.

It’s not a theory when you have the documentation. Just saying that for my conspiracy theory fans.

Staple Street Capital III, L.P. sold $400 million in securities to UBS Securities Co., Ltd. as reveled 12:15 today, Dec. 1, by attorney Lin Wood in a cryptic tweet to a link to the sale’s SEC Form D.

The SEC Form D was filed Oct. 8.

Form D is the required notice for companies that have sold securities without registration under the Securities Act of 1933 under certain conditions.

The filing must be within 15 days of the sale.

Staple Street Capital is the New York-based, private equity firm that acquired Dominion Voting Systems in July 2018.

Dominion voting machines were used in 28 states, Nov. 3.

Many think they could be programmed to flip votes from one candidate to another or delete votes for an undesired candidate.

UBS Securities Co., Ltd. is a Chinese investment bank controlled by the Chinese government.

That’s right, it looks like the Chinese ran our election, at least in a lot of places. Do not concede Mr. President.

China Bought Dominion Fact Checked
China Bought Dominion In October
China Bought Dominion Fact Checked
China Bought Dominion Fact Checked
China Bought Dominion Fact Checked

Treason War And Election

Treason War And Election — If you haven’t seen this snippet from Tucker Carlson’s Dec. 7 program where Di Dongsheng, a professor at Renmin University in Beijing and a flunky of the Chinese Communist Party, saysat the top of America’s core inner circle of power and influence, we have our old friends” you can check it here:

Di implied the “old friends” were behind Biden’s campaign.

 But now we’re seeing Biden was elected [laughter]. The traditional elite, the political elite, the establishment, they’re very close to Wall Street. So you see that, right? Trump has been saying that Biden’s son has some sort of global foundation. Have you noticed that? Who helped him [Biden’s son] build the foundations? Got it? There are a lot of deals in all these. [laughter, applause]

Yeah, and now it’s been established that Hunter Biden is the subject of a criminal investigation despite the pre-November squawking denials of the “old friends” in the establishment. If Hunter is owned, “The Big Guy” is too.

And it’s also been established that the Chinese targeted — and co-opted — American political figures, academics and, it’s safe to assume, media members.

These included former Democrat presidential contender Congressman Eric Swalwell of California’s 15th Congressional District, who was tapped for the House Intelligence Committee in his second term, an unusually fast track.

The Chinese appeared to have begun nurturing Swalwell when he was a Dublin City councilman. Kinda makes your stomach sink if you think about it.

The 2020 Election might have been an act of war. Treason was certainly involved.

Don’t doubt that Trump is the winner.

Treason War And Election
Want to have some fun? Show Joe Biden this and ask him to grab his dog’s tail while taking a shower.
Treason War And Election

China Bought Dominion In October

China Bought Dominion In OctoberThis story hit a nerve. It’s getting “fact checked” by self-proclaimed gatekeepers at Facebook and elsewhere.

Things have evolved and some of the criticism is legitimate. For instance, it is correct to point out that the securities sold by Staple Street Capital went to UBS Securities Co., LLC. This is UBS’ New York affiliate, not the UBS Securities Co., Ltd. that is openly affiliated with the Chinese communist, and which we incorrectly cited as the purchaser.

On the other hand, some of this evolution is in a far more frightening direction. It turns out that  three of the board members of USB Securities Co. LLC are Chinese according to NTD.com.

Two of them, at least, have close ties to the Chinese government.

We think that’s worse. The enemy you see is less dangerous than the one you don’t.

One of the “fact checkers” says that USB Securities didn’t buy Dominion Voting Machines but merely used the $400 million to acquire a partnership in Staple Street Co., Dominion’s owner, a month before the election.

How exactly is that better?

We are not offended by the fact checking. We are offended/angered/frightened, however, that these well-financed media “authorities” are more concerned about this story than the influence the Chinese government has obtained over one of our major voting machine suppliers.

It’s also worth noting that in another serendipitous coincidence, a company controlled by a rabid partisan Democrat acquired in July, voting machine maker Hart InterCivic.

Below, is the original story.

It’s not a theory when you have the documentation. Just saying that for my conspiracy theory fans.

Staple Street Capital III, L.P. sold $400 million in securities to UBS Securities Co., Ltd. as reveled 12:15 today, Dec. 1, by attorney Lin Wood in a cryptic tweet to a link to the sale’s SEC Form D.

The SEC Form D was filed Oct. 8.

Form D is the required notice for companies that have sold securities without registration under the Securities Act of 1933 under certain conditions.

The filing must be within 15 days of the sale.

Staple Street Capital is the New York-based, private equity firm that acquired Dominion Voting Systems in July 2018.

Dominion voting machines were used in 28 states, Nov. 3.

Many think they could be programmed to flip votes from one candidate to another or delete votes for an undesired candidate.

UBS Securities Co., Ltd. is a Chinese investment bank controlled by the Chinese government.

That’s right, it looks like the Chinese ran our election, at least in a lot of places. Do not concede Mr. President.

China Bought Dominion In October
China Bought Dominion In October
China Bought Dominion In October
China Bought Dominion In October
China Bought Dominion In October

Treason Never Prospers, Right Joe?

Treason Never Prospers, Right Joe? –Joe Biden has been hidin’. A major candidate avoiding the public is unprecedented in the fortnight before a presidential election.

Treason Never Prospers, Right Joe?
C’mon man, sometimes treason does prosper

What could be the reason?

Well, has it ever before occurred that documents belonging to a close family member been revealed to indicate treason by the candidate?

Yeah, we’ll use that word. We’ve used it before.

Hunter Biden’s laptop left at The Mac Shop, a  a Wilmington, Del. computer repair store, has revealed among many other things, that Hunter was looking to get $850K per year in a do-nothing job with Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co., along with equity which included 10 percent going to Dad.

There is only one logical reason we haven’t been protecting US IP and industry from the People’s Republic Of China since the Clinton years.

Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.

John Harington

Treason Never Prospers, Right Joe?