CONTENTS: “Fair” development propaganda; Thiessen – GOP Budget leverage; Sowell’s spending cut; Williamson – Rich getting poorer; Trump – GREAT interview w WSJ; Carpenter – teacher’s frozen; Freind – BO drills; Krauthammer’s election calls; Hanson – California edge of chaos; Calif tchrs love Philly cop-killer; Chang – China’s collapse; Terry Jones to try Muhammed; Zogby – PSU budget; Guzzardi – Pitt’s bucks; Guzzardi – legislative payroll; SB1 pulled; “Fair”(?) development & BO’s campaign; Pat – News from Texas; Atlas Shrugged.
Announcements at p. 6 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
1861: Fort Sumpter’s commander, Major Robert Anderson negotiated a truce on April 13th. Meanwhile, some of the press recognized the attack on Sumpter as a manipulation by Abraham Lincoln.
“GM’s demise in 2008 was the culmination of decades of poorly designed automobiles, reckless cannibalization of the company by its union, and a corporate culture that both tolerated and fostered terrible business practices.” David Freddoso (2011) Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy, 17
See article (below) by Marc Thiessen. Call Washington today and tomorrow…my understanding is that nothing has been voted on or signed…
Thursday, April 14th: “Fair” (!) Development
7:30 PM – 9:00PM
Victory Christian Fellowship, J.P. Mascaro & Sons Building
2650 Audubon Road, Audubon, PA 19403
Patriots – please try and attend this meeting on Thursday, April 14th.
It is about UN Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development. At the bottom of the invitation is a newspaper article in which one of our Republican representative’s favors this type of thing. Funny. When asked about it at a recent breakfast, Mr. Gerlach knew nothing but now he is quoted in the newspaper.
“Public Meeting on Regional Opportunity”
with HUD Region III Administrator – Jane Vincent
and other regional policy-makers
“Too many of our towns struggle with concentrated poverty, low tax bases, high property taxes and insufficient revenues to maintain quality public services and schools. Join us in a public meeting to call for fairness in housing policy and balance in our region.”
Featured Presenter: David Rusk, Regional Policy Consultant and Author
You can RSVP at FirstSuburbsProject@gmail.com
See also: http://www.demographia.com/db-rusk.htm and Rusk’s book at http://www.brookings.edu/press/Books/1999/savamr.aspx
April 16th: Hillsdale College – Economic Liberty and the Constitution
With Mike Pence! Information, registration at
Atlas Shrugged, Part 1
April 15th “It blew me away!” Sean Hannity http://www.atlasshruggedpart1.com/?gclid=CMmjxKLU56cCFcE65QodkQUYaA
Marc Thiessen, WaPo: “$38 Billion? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”
“For all the drama surrounding the narrowly averted government shutdown, this was just the warm-up round. The real budget fight begins in a few weeks, when Congress must take up legislation to raise the federal debt limit. Emboldened by their success in wringing $38.5 billion in spending cuts from the Obama administration, Republicans will use the debt-limit vote to demand spending cuts and reforms that will make these most recent reductions look like a small down payment. They will succeed — because this time around President Obama has no leverage to stop them.
“Going into last week’s showdown, the conventional wisdom held that Republicans were in the weaker negotiating position — in danger of repeating the debacle of 1995 when President Clinton succeeded in blaming them for shutting down the government and used the standoff to rescue his flagging presidency. Yet on Friday, Republicans succeeded in forcing Obama to accept some of the largest spending cuts in history. Why? Because the president wisely recognized that the political landscape had changed dramatically since 1995. If Obama was confident voters would have blamed the GOP for a shutdown again, the government would be closed as you read this. Instead, the president caved.
“What does portend for the coming debt-limit fight? It means Republicans hold all the cards. After all, if Obama was not willing to allow a temporary government shutdown on his watch, he certainly will not allow a cataclysmic government default. As Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently warned Congress, default would “cause a financial crisis potentially more severe than the crisis from which we are only now starting to recover.” President Obama will not allow this to happen under any circumstances. Unlike his threat last week to veto a short-term spending bill and let the government close, he has no such leverage when it comes to the debt limit.
“If negotiations stall, House Republicans could pass a series of small debt-limit increases, with spending cuts attached, to keep the government solvent. Obama would be in no position to veto such temporary measures — because his veto would cause the government to default. Republicans can keep doing this until Obama capitulates…”
Thomas Sowell, TownHall: A Spending Cut
“Since everybody else seems to be coming up with plans on how to cope with the skyrocketing national debt, let me try my hand at it too.
“The liberals’ easy solution is just to increase taxes on ‘the rich.’ But, if you do the math, there aren’t enough of ‘the rich’ to cover the huge and record-breaking deficit.
“Trying to reduce the deficit by cutting spending runs into an old familiar counter-attack. There will be all kinds of claims by politicians and sad stories in the media about how these cuts will cause the poor to go hungry, the sick to be left to die, etc.
“My plan would start by cutting off all government transfer payments to billionaires. Many, if not most, people are probably unaware that the government is handing out the taxpayers’ money to billionaires. But agricultural subsidies go to a number of billionaires. Very little goes to the ordinary farmer….”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The Rich Aren’t Getting Richer”
“…There’s a good deal of socioeconomic mobility in the United States — more than you’d think. Our dear, dear friends at the IRS keep track of actual households (boy, do they ever!), and sometimes the Treasury publishes data about what has happened to them. For instance, among those who in 1996 were in the very highest income group isolated for study — the top 0.01 percent — 75 percent were in a lower income group by 2005. The median real income of super-rich households went down, not up. The rich got poorer. Among actual households, income grew proportionally more for those who started off in the low-income groups than those that began in high-income groups….”
Great Interview: The Donald vs. Kelly Evans of the WSJ for 15:22
According to CNN yesterday, Donald Trump is tied with Huckabee for first; Mitt is fifth. Mark Levin yesterday described Trump as a distraction. A caller to Bennett described the Donald as unqualified, inexperienced, and disingenuous. The next five callers insulted the earlier one and reminded us that Reagan started with Bonzo. And Donald will have to deal with Herman Cain, another tough, experienced fighter… I suspect Bob’s ex-wife may right about Trump. He sounded confident, courteous, stubborn, and competent…He’s a problem for the GOP because of the minds, hearts, and bellies who got in line first…
Kelly Evans, Wall Street Journal, to Mr. Trump : “There are people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs who embody the best of American capitalism…” Kelly at this early moment in the interview sounded irritable and a tad arrogant. In the next ten minutes Trump moved her from spitting to impressed…
Kelly should also know that Mr. Gates was arrested December 13, 1977 in Nevada for running the red and driving without a license. More importantly, he left Harvard with computer code that he designed but with government-grant equipment. He leveraged DOS into IBM and CPM – arguably a superior system – out. He spent the next three or four decades as the software robber baron.
See, for $0.99, from Alibris, James Wallace & Jim Erickson, 1992, Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, NY: Wiley. Great read!
Sean Carpenter: West Chester Teachers Agreed to One-Year Pay Freeze
“This is a legitimate pay freeze – no step increases, no column increases, no raise. It is across every employee in the district, from the Superintendent on down.
“Hopefully this news will reverberate throughout the region and help our local school districts.”
Christopher Freind, PhillyMag: Obama Drills
“Because no new oil refineries or nuclear power plants have been constructed in over three decades, one leader in particular has been attempting to reduce America’s insatiable appetite for imported oil. Last year, he opened up over 500,000 square miles of coastal waters to oil and gas exploration for the first time in over twenty years, including the Atlantic Coast, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and northern Alaska.
“He summed up why: “The bottom line is this: given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth, produce jobs, and keep our businesses competitive, we’re going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.”
“…It’s no surprise that this call for drilling was a ‘bitter disappointment for environmentalists and Democrats’….
“The surprise, however, is that this leader happens to be the head of the Democratic Party – –none other than President Barack Obama….”
Charles Krauthammer: From the PA Leadership Conference
Thanks Bob and Bill Wheatley of Lower Merion:
“Charles Krauthammer asked: Has the American Experiment Failed? Will we be able to keep a Constitutional Limited Representative Republic based on Rule of Law and the protection of Individual Liberty? Will Americans choose the European Social Democratic Welfare State?
“I’ll predict that, barring some dramatic event in the lead-up to election that makes Obama look like an idiot and his Republican opponent look like a genius, Obama will win re-election. I’ll further predict that his re-election will not have coattails, and the Republicans will gain in the House and the Senate. (emph added, jb)
Americans in general are very worried about the deficit and the stability of the dollar. At the same time, 48% of the earning population pays no income taxes at all, and receive some sort of government aid. Half of those who work for a living work in jobs that are dependent on government money. Most of those working in jobs dependent on government money earn enough to pay income taxes. Combine those who pay no taxes (and are on some form of welfare) with those who work in government-supported jobs, and you have 75% of the population.
Acting in their self-interest, enough of those will vote for Obama to re-elect him. Also acting in their self-interest, enough will vote for Republicans in House and Senate to keep some form of emergency brake on increases in Federal spending. Americans like a divided government.”
Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas Media: California & a Razor’s Edge
A creature makes its environment as it chooses the things that fit best with its nature. While making worlds that fit our abilities some of us underachieve, and others of us reach too high and too fast, crossing our personal “edge of chaos.” Hanson masterfully uses this concept in his description of California. It also fits what we’re doing ourselves and our nation…
“We calibrate California’s decline by its myriad of paradoxes. The nation’s highest bundle of gas, sales, and income taxes cannot close the nation’s largest annual deficit at $25 billion. Test scores are at the country’s near bottom; teachers’ salaries at the very top. Scores of the affluent are leaving each week; scores of the indigent are arriving. The nation’s most richly endowed state is also the most regulated; the most liberal of our residents are also the most ready to practice apartheid in their Bel Air or Palo Alto enclaves.
“We now see highway patrolmen and city police, in the manner of South American law enforcement, out in force. Everywhere they are monitoring, watching, ticketing — no warnings, no margins of error — desperate to earn traffic fines that might feed the state that feeds them. I could go on. But you get the picture that we are living on the fumes of a rich state that our forefathers brilliantly exploited, and now there is not much energy left in the fading exhaust to keep us going.
“I see California in terms now of the razor’s edge with disaster not far in either direction. A postmodern affluent lifestyle hangs in the balance here without a margin of error.”
Carolyn May, DailyCaller: California Teachers Love a Philadelphia Cop-Killer
“At the CFT’s 2011 Convention in late March, the delegates passed 30 resolutions, from solidifying support for anti-bullying legislation to supporting transitional kindergarten. Among the resolutions largely pertaining to education and collective bargaining rights was Resolution 19 – to ‘Reaffirm support for death row journalist.’
“‘Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Federation of Teachers reaffirm its support and demand that the courts consider the evidence of innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ the Committee Report reads….”
Gordon Chang, Forbes: The Collapse of China
For a decade, Mr. Chang has warned of China’s economic collapse. He elaborated most recently on the 11 PM segment of John Bachelor’s WABC Radio program. China just had its first quarterly deficit ($1 billion) in seven years and faces inflation of 15-20% in food prices for consumers and factory materials have gone up 5-10%. Commodities that feed Chinese factories have increased prices globally and the Chinese balance of trade dropped dramatically. Domestic consumer demand is stagnant. The People’s Liberation Army has increasing control of Beijing – a city of 260 million – and directs the politics in North Korea where there is now famine…
Terry Jones to Dearborn and Michigan’s Largest Mosque
“On Lenin’s birthday (b. 1870) this year we will have the pleasure of witnessing, most of us from afar, the following event:
“Dearborn, Michigan, PRESS CONFERENCE, April 22, 2011
“We understand that there have been some questions as to whether or not we are actually coming to Dearborn, Michigan on April 22nd. We want to make that clear so that there are no misunderstandings.
“We will definitely be in Dearborn, Michigan, and will stand in front of America’s Largest Mosque:
The Islamic Center of America 19500 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI on Friday, April 22
“We will hold a PRESS CONFERENCE at 5:00pm across the road from the mosque. We will be talking about jihad, sharia, and the radicalization of Moslems in America. Participating with us, will be Ahmed Abaza, of The Truth TV. email@example.com
“If you are not celebrating Lenin’s birthday, passing on the cake and ice-cream and red flag-waving and Party favours, you might care instead to follow this event instead.”
“Not content with burning the Islamic holy book the Quran, Florida pastor Terry Jones plans to hold a trial of the Prophet Mohammed for ‘crimes against humanity.’
“The desecration of the Quran last weekend sparked huge protests in Afghanistan that left dozens dead, including two UN workers who were beheaded.
“Jones insists his message is not intended to cause any violence or gain exposure for his small Gainesville church: ‘We are actually not doing it because we desire to be killed, we are not doing it because we desire publicity. We really believe our message is that important, that the radical element of Islam is a danger to our society.’…”
Charles Zogby, PA Secretary of the Budget: PSU’s $$$$$$$$$$$$
“The principal fact is a number: $4.2 billion. That is the budget deficit the Corbett Administration was handed the day we took office.
“You see, the previous administration spent eight years increasing spending by 37 percent though revenues only grew by 25 percent. The spending continued even after the recession hit in 2008 and revenues fell by more than $3 billion. The end result was the use of $2.65 billion in federal stimulus funds, $750 million in one-time revenues, and $665 million in budget gimmicks — a total of $4.1 billion — to create a huge funding cliff for the new governor now that all those funds have gone away.
“It was the previous governor and the continued pattern of irresponsible spending that brought us to this moment.
“The question Gov. Corbett had to face wasn’t whether to cut. It had to be done. The question was what to cut….”
Bob Guzzardi: Pitt’s $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
The University of Pittsburgh is another billion dollar education corporation and a very big business that The Forgotten Taxpayer is forced to fund. These nice people, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and Dr. Patricia Beeson, Vice Chancellor and Provost, lobby the state government to use its police power to threaten me to pay them. I should no more be forced to fund UPITT, a terrific corporation, than to fund Wal*Mart. “The Corbett/Zogby approach of selectively, sequentially shutting down these subsidies is fully supported by The Forgotten Taxpayer.
Jake Haulk, Ph.D. and Frank Gamrat, Ph. D. of the Allegheny Institute provide an analysis:
“‘Pitt is the largest public university in the Pittsburgh area. In the 2003-04 academic year its overall budget was $1.36 billion. For the current academic year, it has grown to $1.889 billion—an increase of 39 percent over seven years…Given the size of their budgets, how deeply will the Governor’s budget cut? Pitt stands to lose $80.2 million from its state subsidy, which amounts to only 4.2 percent of its budget.
While Pitt’s budget was increasing by 39 percent over these seven years, its enrollment (including all campuses) increased by less than 6 percent (the main campus in Oakland grew by 7.6 percent)
Looking at budget per enrollee provides a more comparable picture of costs at these universities. With a $1.889 billion budget and 35,700 students in the current academic year, Pitt’s cost per enrollee stands at $52,900. For the 2003-04 academic year, with a $1.36 billion budget and 33,700 students the cost per student was $40,250. Thus, the cost per student at Pitt has grown by 31 percent, almost double the inflation rate.’”
Bob Guzzardi: Legislative Boom
This doesn’t make Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Taxpayer happy as the exceptional team of Brad Bumsted and Debra Erdley report that Pennsylvania Legislative Payroll Is Bigger Than Ever and the Forgotten Taxpayer is looking at Edward “It is what it is.” J. Nolan. Read this article, Taxpayers, you will start thinking Tar and Feathers.
We have to wonder what Republican (?) Majority Floor Leader Dominic Pileggi and Republican (?) Senate Appropriations Chair Jake Corman. Because it would be uncivil to tar and feather Sen. Pileggi, there are voters who are plotting something even more terrifying to a politician: A Primary. I am reading that the very smart, very astute, real deal Constitutional Common Sense Fiscal conservative activists at Coalition for Advancing Freedom in southern Chester County are may have a candidate to challenge Sen. Pileggi. There are many, all over the state, who will support the effort. Et tu, Jake?
Coalition for Advancing Freedom plotting a primary for Sen. Pileggi? Scarier than Tar and Feathers!!!
“Just yesterday, we learned that SB 1, called “the best we can do” by its proponents,
had been amended to give lip service to middle income families. After reading the
Amendment, we came to the conclusion that the bill needed further improvement–which
would require more time for negotiations.
“At 5:54 PM this evening (Tuesday), we received word that the bill was being pulled for further
consideration!” … Teri Adams, Independence Hall TEA Party
“Fair” Development on April 14th …. BO’s Philadelphia Campaign?
Everyone who could leave Philadelphia, left. Taxes are high, manners are bad, entitlement and complaining reign, cars are stolen, and the Traffic Commission has been taken over by bigger crooks from Washington. Nutter’s city empties and needs money from its former citizens for its bad schools, thugs, hungry contractors, and hungrier unions….
News from Texas – “Screwed…”
I have a mutant friend in Texas – a conservative who teaches in a University. Pat shared this while she remarked that it’s pretty realistic…
“It was the first day of school in the USA for a new Indian student named Chandrasekhar Subramanian who entered the fourth grade. (Maybe he was Bangladeshi.)
The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American History. Who said ‘Give me Liberty or give me Death’?” She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Chandrasekhar, who had his hand up.
“Patrick Henry, in 1775,” he said.
“Very good! Who said ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth’?”
Again, no response except from Chandrasekhar. “Abraham Lincoln, in 1863,” said Chandrasekhar.
The teacher snapped at the class, “Class, you should be ashamed… Chandrasekhar, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do.”
She heard a loud whisper, “Damn those Indians.”
“Who said that?” she demanded.
Chandrasekhar put his hand up. “General Custer, 1862…”
At that point, a student in the back said, “I’m gonna puke.”
The teacher glares around and asks, “All right! Now, who said that?”
Again, Chandrasekhar says, “George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, in 1991…”
Now furious, another student yells, “Oh yeah? Suck this!”
Chandrasekhar jumps out of his chair waving his hand and shouts to the teacher, “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!”
Now with almost mob hysteria someone says, “You little brat. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.”
Chandrasekhar frantically yells at the top of his voice, “Michael Jackson to the child witnesses testifying against him, in 2004.”
The teacher fainted.
And as the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, “Oh crap, now we’re really screwed!”
AND CHANDRASEKHAR SAID QUIETLY,”I’M PRETTY SURE IT WAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOVEMBER 4, 2008.”