The Suffering Caused By Stupid People Setting Policy

ConocoPhillips  announced, yesterday, that it is joining Sunoco in ending oil refining in the Philadelphia region if it cannot find a buyer for its refinery in Trainer.

Joining the Obama bread-lines — or SNAP lines rather — will  be 400 workers,

Also hundreds of hazardous-waste impregnated acres useless for anything but oil refining will be idled and the United States will become further dependent on Hugo Chavez for  gasoline.

And of course a large part of the  tax base of tiny Trainer and the Chichester School District, which includes Marcus Hook which is the site of one of the Sunoco plants, will disappear.

Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Pa7) has been warning that this was going to happen almost since he took his oath.

Maybe you can’t blame irrational environmental zealotry entirely for this economic and strategic havoc  but no way can it be absolved.

Clearly no attempt was made by the Obama administration to communicate with the plant’s owners regarding attempts to save the plants. There appears to have been no offer to grant waivers — even temporary ones — regarding the ever increasing regulatory burdens which it was placing on them  to save the jobs and the infrastructure.

In other news related to the suffering caused by stupid people setting policy, the cost of health insurance rose 9 percent since 2010.

But, but, but that wasn’t supposed to happen with ObamaCare.

When stupid people who set policy say something is going to happen, bet otherwise.

More Kudos For Pat Meehan

Freshman Congressman Pat Meehan  (R-Pa7) used the skills he honed as the Delaware County District Attorney who convicted John duPont and the U.S. Attorney who took down State Senator Vince Fumo to get a  hapless ATF bureaucrat to fess up that a whole lot of federal agencies were involved in a convoluted scheme to smuggle guns to Mexican drug cartels in the name of law enforcement.

The bureaucrat was William Newell who was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives’ special agent in charge of  Operation Fast and Furious which began in  October 2009 on the watch of Attorney General Eric Holder.

He told Meehan during a congressional hearing, Tuesday, July 26, that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency,  the Internal Revenue Service, and the FBI all knew about it.

At least the Washington bureaucrats who run those agencies.

Fast and Furious was allegedly a ‘sting’ operation in which the feds twisted the arms of gun dealers in Arizona to sell 1,800 firearms — most of which were AK-47 style semi-automatic rifles — to straw buyers for the drug cartels and which were allowed over the border to Mexico without the knowledge of the Mexican government or even U.S. agents in that country.

Newell could not explain how the United States would prosecute those drug cartel bosses in whose hands the weapons wound up.

It would be fodder for a sitcom except that a lot of innocent people were killed by those guns including U.S. law enforcement officers.

The Mexican government is not happy.

Some are saying that the real motivation behind Operation Fast and Furious was to make gun dealers and Second Amendment defenders look bad which would plough the ground for stricter gun control.

You are not paranoid if they really are out to get you.

Quick question: have you read about Meehan’s performance in any of his hometown media?


More Kudos For Pat Meehan

Pat Meehan’s Constituent Conference Call

Kudos to Congressman Pat Meehan for the innovated conference call he just completed (noon, July 20) with residents of his PA7 district wisely avoiding gatekeepers with a well-deserved reputation for hostility to conservatives.

Among the many issues Meehan touched upon was the way unnecessary and counter-productive over-regulation from Washington is destroying Delaware County refineries and Chester County pharmaceutical firms.

It doesn’t help Mother Earth any for our oil to be refined in Nigeria rather than Marcus Hook.

Meehan Describes Debt Crisis During Marple Event

Meehan Describes Debt Crisis During Marple EventMeehan Describes Debt Crisis During Marple Event — Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Pa7) went  well over his allotted hour this afternoon, March 24, to field questions from a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 in the commissioners room at the Marple Township Building.

Meehan, sober and serious, in his introductory comments described the debt crisis illustrating it by noting how the Chinese, our biggest creditor, could build three of their latest strike fighter jets with $50 million left over every day on what we pay them in interest on our debt.

He noted that the arguments now in Washington about budget cuts exclusively concern discretionary spending which makes up but 20 percent of our federal government’s total spending.

Meehan said the Republican-controlled House had sent the Democrat-controlled Senate a budget which cut $60 billion in this discretionary spending and which was rejected by the Senate. He said that for the last 5 weeks the government has been funded via “continuing resolutions” written by the House which have equaled cuts in spending of $2 billion per week. He said that government spending was entirely funded by continuing resolutions in 2010 speculating that the then Democrat House majority did not want the nation’s debt to be fully revealed in an election year.

Why the Republicans sought only $60 billion in cuts initially when their new strategy extends to $104 billion in cuts was not something Meehan explained.

When Meehan mentioned government shutdown the room erupted in cheers. He made it clear in the course of the event, though, that was an avenue he was very reluctant to pursue.

The first person who asked a question was a woman who said her children were federal employees and her son-in-law was in the military just back from Afghanistan and said that they had told her that their superiors said they were not going to be paid if there wasn’t a budget.

Meehan said he didn’t see that happening and that there were a lot of people spreading scare stories.

One person demanded that foreign aid be investigated pointing out that we had been giving Libya billions of dollars and are now bombing them. Another, to loud cheers, said that if federal salaries are cut the ones going to congressmen must be the first.

Defunding Obamacare, a topic being broached on the web and on many radio talk shows, was brought up. Meehan said that its defunding could not be addressed via the continuing resolution process under the congressional rules to which all agreed at the beginning of the year.  He said he was not going to violate the rules as Nancy Pelosi did.

It was a similar answer to one he gave a young man about defunding Planned Parenthood of its annual $360 million taxpayer gift.

The young man, who said he was a federal employee, said he would rather lose his paycheck than see Planned Parenthood continue getting the money.

Meehan took a question from a woman who brought up a personal issue regarding what she said was a “corrupt” Delaware County judge. She said she brought the matter to Meehan’s attention 16 years before while he was Delaware County district attorney. He listened patiently and referred her to his staff.

Meehan noted that he had meet with a group of before the citizens’ town hall and revealed that unlegislated regulations are crushing them. He described how the Environmental Protection Agency has become a law unto itself. He said that it is now demanding the county’s oil refineries add $30 million cooling systems for the water they use for other cooling processes and which is recycled clean, eventually, into the Delaware to keep fish from getting confused.

He noted that the refineries employe 2,000 persons directly with another 4,000 more jobs connected to them. He feared the refinery owners might choose to shut them down rather than deal with the EPA’s overreach.

Meehan pointed out that the local refineries are dealing with unregulated competitors in places like Nigeria which can refine oil into gasoline for pennies on the barrel.

Lisa Esler of the Delaware County Patriots told Meehan that a perception is developing that Speaker of the House John Boehner is weak and too willing to cave-in to the entrenched bureaucracy and  that he had better do a better job of defending and explaining himself.

Several told Meehan that compromise was a bad word.


Meehan Describes Debt Crisis During Marple Event

Embattled DCCC Cuts Back In Philly Market

The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is cutting back its Philadelphia television ad buys until the final week of the campaign which starts Oct. 26. The plan originally called for heavy advertising for the last two weeks.

The DCCC is the national campaign arm for Democrat U.S. House Candidates.

The market which includes New Jersey and northern Delaware  has numerous endangered Democrat seats including Pa7 where former federal prosecutor  Republican Pat Meehan is fighting Democrat state Rep. Bryan Lentz for the seat being giving up by Democrat Joe Sestak; Pa8 where Democrat incumbent Patrick Murphy is down in the polls to Republican challenger Mike Fitzpatrick; Pa13 where Democrat incumbent Allyson Schwartz has found herself wary over-the-shoulder glances at Republican Dee Adock; and NJ3 where incumbent Democrat John Adler is taking desperate measures against Republican challenger John Runyan.

And of course in Delaware there is a Republican-held seat being given up by Mike castle which is contested by Republican  Republican Glen Urquhart and  Democrat Lt. Gov. John Carney.

Hat tip to

Tea Party Asks Stalking Horse To Quit In Pa

How Jim Schneller got on the ballot isn’t helping him with Tea Party groups to which he claims to have allied himself.

Schneller is an independent candidate for the Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Joe Sestak. The major party candidates in the race are Republican  Pat Meehan, who is a former Delaware County district attorney and federal prosecutor, and Democrat Bryan Lentz, who represents the 161st District in the State House.

It has been learned that about 4,800 of the approximately 7,900 signatures Schneller acquired to get on the ballot were collected by Lentz volunteers including Swarthmore Democrat Chairwoman Colleen Guiney, Nicholas Allred of the Swarthmore College Democrats andSpringfield activist Rocco Polidoro.

Since 4,200 names were needed, Schneller would have been over a thousand shy on his own.

Polidoro, btw,
says he has cooled substantially on the Democrat Party in the last year
but is still behind Lentz.

Anyway, the action appears likely to backfire on Lentz. The publicity concerning the  act has made him look old-school schlocky and the district’s Tea Party groups are disassociating themselves from Schneller.

A letter sent to Schneller from the Independence Hall Tea Party Association signed by Don Adams and The Delaware County Patriots expresses concern and disappointment with his 3rd party candidacy and asks that he withdraw his candidacy “which Bryan Lentz feels will benefit his campaign.”

FWIW, Schneller says he hadn’t realized that it was Lentz supporters circulating his petitions.

Presumptive GOP 7thD Nominee Unloads On Corrupt Bill Filled With Backroom Deals

The former U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Delaware County District Attorney who is going to almost certainly be the Republican nominee for the Pennsylvania 7th District Congressional seat being vacated by Democrat Joe Sestak for a senate run has spoken out on the health care disaster passed last night by the House of Representatives.

“Dems rammed through legislation that raises taxes on middle class & represents a government takeover of 17% of the economy,” Pat Meehan said on Twitter. “This is a bad bill filled with corrupt backroom deals to secure a bare majority of support. (The) bill could not stand on own merits.”

His expected opponent in November, State Rep. Bryan Lentz (D-161) has called the travesty “The type of common-sense starting point we need to lower costs for the consumer, improve the quality of care and help stabilize our economy.”

Where does the Democrat Party find such geniuses.

Hey Lentz, how about we put in the restrictions on access to lawyers that we just put on access to doctors and nurses and drugs? How about we restrict the actions of lawyers as we just did the actions of doctors and lawyers and drug makers?

It should be noted that Sestak voted for the bill, and was an enthusiastic backer.

It Looks Like Pat Meehan 2010

It looks like Pat Meehan will be the GOP nominee in 2010 for the seat being vacated by Congressman Joe “I Believe The World’s Burning To The Ground” Sestak (D-Pa.7).

Craig Williams, the ’08 nominee, has endorsed Meehan and said he will work hard for him. Meehan was the federal prosecutor responsible for Philadelphia and its eight surrounding counties from Sept. 17, 2001 until July 15, 2008 when he left for the law firm of Conrad O’Brien Gellman & Rohn.

The was speculation he was going to try for governor.

Meehan was nationally recognized for his prosecutions involving corruption during the Mayor John Street administration in Philadelphia.

Before becoming a U.S. District Attorney,  Meehan, 53, of Drexel Hill, was the Delaware County District Attorney with his highest profile cases the prosecutions of John DuPont for the murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz in Newtown Square and Arthur Bomar for the murder of Aimee Willard in Marple. Both murders occurred in 1996.

Meehan was a star hockey player at Bowdoin College and was a NHL official for two years.

Frankly, I would have preferred Williams but Meehan is fine.

Frankly, considering the mess the Democrats are making of things, I think I would vote for Triumph the Insult Dog over anyone who would give Nancy Pelosi two more years as Speaker of the House.

It Looks Like Pat Meehan 2010
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