CONTENTS: PA House Bill 1330; Cain on 7/4; Freind – Corbett sweet to unions; Charen – Nixon/Obama; Kessler – facts, Strong – Facts; Perry/Bachmann buzz NH; Jewish Dems chuck BO; BOCare won one in Cincy; Tax the Jet owners; Tax Cheat – Raise debt limit; Business in TX; Amazon leaves CA; Arab Spring passes; Paw challenge to Asaad; Klein – Audacity of Hope; Klein – Van Jones makes TEA; Guzzardi – $62/8M to Gaming; Hanson – Petraeus to CiA; Commanding Heights; Minnesota closed; Conservative books; Agenda 21 for dummies; Savage naps
Announcements at p. 8 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
July 1, 1863: The three-day Battle of Gettysburg began. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
July 1, 2011: The American Treasury is managed by a tax cheat…
PA House Bill 1330
We need everyone calling Corbett’s office , your Senator, and your State Representative demanding their not attaching a voucher entitlement program (like SB1) to the HB 1330 EITC bill which was passed by the house. It seems that Republicans are determined to get a voucher entitlement program which includes those that qualify for a free lunch at the expense of those footing the bill. Taxpayer’s children will be left in the failing schools. We need them to pass Curt Schroder’s bills which are equitable for all students.
Paula Stiles, firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY
The house and senate leadership had a meeting last night and negotiations are back on. The Senate Education Committee is meeting today to amend HB 1330 (EITC expansion bill) to include voucher and charter school reform language. All of the specifics of the bill have not yet been worked out according to Students First.
WHAT, NOT WORKED OUT? Where is the transparency. Pennsylvania citizens are entitled to know what the legislature is doing prior to a vote.
UNITEPA AND THE GRASSROOTS COALITION FOR REAL SCHOOL CHOICE wholeheartedly support Representative Quigley’s bill HB 1330 which successfully passed the house a few weeks ago 190-7. We also support Rep. Curt Schroder’s bills which would rescue every child in a failing school and alternatively give every child in the state the same opportunity regardless of income.
We do not, however, support any entitlement voucher amendment attached to a favored bill. This is bad policy and unethical.
It is crunch time! Demand transparency and accountability.
Diana Reimer, email@example.com
Herman Cain at Fair Tax Booth, July 4th, Independence Mall
1-3 PM. If you are interested in attending or volunteering, please contact: Doug Dash at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-858-6919, or John O’Rourke at 732-458-9271 or email@example.com. We hope to see you there! FairTax Grassroots Team, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Freind, PhillyMag: “Gov. Onorato —Err, Corbett — Gives Unions Sweetheart Deal”
“… common sense dictates that with high unemployment, decreased tax revenues, large deficits, and, most significantly, massive pension obligations, governors would take whatever steps were necessary to ensure that their state, and its citizens, remain solvent, especially when it comes to negotiating public-sector union contracts….
“And while we’re on the subject of the state’s finances, let’s set the facts straight about the current budget….even Governor Spendell, who never saw a spending increase he didn’t like, would have been forced to reduce the budget to close the $4.2 billion budget deficit.
“The real deficit is closer to $7 billion because no one in Harrisburg wants to address the real fiscal situation. The budget was passed last year on ghost revenue: $400 million from the tolling of Interstate 80 (which never got tolled); $800 million raided from the MCARE fund (used to offset high medical malpractice rates) which, in all likelihood, will be ordered repaid by the state Supreme Court; federal Medicaid dollars that were budgeted to be $800 million but in actuality amounted to $595 million; and a $1.1 billion revenue shortfall after ten months of last year’s fiscal year.
“This shortfall seems to have simply vanished off the books. Of course, do that with your own business — and you go to jail….”
Mona Charen, NRO: “President Nixon, er, Obama”
“How many times have we heard awestruck references to Barack Obama’s history as a law professor? Many came from the man himself, as when he told a crowd at a 2007 fundraiser, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means, unlike the current president, I actually respect the Constitution.”
“Does he? At his press conference on June 29, the president was asked whether he thought the War Powers Resolution — which he has flamboyantly flouted in the case of our armed conflict with Libya — was constitutional. His reply, during which he managed to inject yet another reference to his credential as a law “professor” — he was actually not a professor but a senior lecturer, but never mind — expressed the most flippant disregard for law that we’ve heard from an American president since Richard Nixon jousted with David Frost…”
Glenn Kessler, WaPo: Missing Facts in Press Conference
“The president, clearly intending to increase pressure on the GOP, lambasted Republicans for, in his words, refusing to get rid of “tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires” before cutting aid to the less well-off. He also addressed questions on Libya.
“Let’s parse some of his answers and explain what he means — and how factual he was…”
Jonathan Strong, Daily Caller: BO’s War on Facts
“President Obama’s “corporate jet” line from his press conference Wednesday is crashing along with a host of other claims that fact-checkers dismissed in the hours after his speech…”
Daily Caller: Perry & Bachmann Buzz New Hampshire
“Thursday, a local New Hampshire news outlet reported that Perry, despite never visiting the state or announcing his candidacy, is receiving the most “buzz” in that key primary battleground. (Perry gains on Romney in new poll; Bachmann also rising)
The New Hampshire Union Leader reported that Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann “are the two Republicans generating the most buzz in New Hampshire GOP circles as the summer heats up.”
Ben Smith, Politico: Jewish Dems Casting Off BO
“David Ainsman really began to get worried about President Barack Obama’s standing with his fellow Jewish Democrats when a recent dinner with his wife and two other couples — all Obama voters in 2008 — nearly turned into a screaming match.
“Ainsman, a prominent Democratic lawyer and Pittsburgh Jewish community leader, was trying to explain that Obama had just been offering Israel a bit of “tough love” in his May 19 speech on the Arab Spring. His friends disagreed — to say the least.
“One said he had the sense that Obama “took the opportunity to throw Israel under the bus.” Another, who swore he wasn’t getting his information from the mutually despised Fox News, admitted he’d lost faith in the president.
“If several dozen interviews with POLITICO are any indication, a similar conversation is taking place in Jewish communities across the country…”
Daily Caller: Cincinnati Appeals Upholds BOCare
Two appeals are still in the pipe, including Judge Vincent’s opinion. A guy named Kennedy on SCOTUS may save or break us.
“CINCINNATI (AP) — In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, a judicial panel in Cincinnati on Wednesday affirmed an earlier ruling that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage.
“A conservative law center had challenged the provision, saying that it was unconstitutional and that Congress was overstepping its powers.
“The three-judge 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel delivered a long opinion with disagreement on some issues.
“The 2-1 majority opinion was written by a Jimmy Carter appointee and agreed with by a George W. Bush appointee. The dissenting judge was appointed by Ronald Reagan…”
USA Today: 6th Circuit Loses 15 in a Row
“The court owns the longest losing streak in the country over the past two years at the U.S. Supreme Court, which reviews decisions and corrects mistakes made by the nation’s top appeals courts.
“The Supreme Court has examined 15 rulings from the 6th Circuit since 2008 and has thrown out every one of them.
“In each case — from death penalty appeals and tax disputes to disagreements over election law — the Supreme Court found critical errors that tainted the 6th Circuit’s decision.”
WSJ: Tax the Jet Owners
“In his news conference today, the president said: “I think it’s only fair to ask an oil company or a corporate jet owner that’s doing so well to give up that tax break….I don’t think that’s real radical.”
“Asking private-jet owners to give up tax breaks may not be that radical. And it probably would be supported by the vast majority of the nonjet-owning voters.
“The problem is that most of the people that would be subject to the higher taxes the president wants aren’t likely to be private-jet owners. Someone earning $250,000 a year–among those scheduled for a tax increase in 2012–is unlikely to afford a jet–or even a few charter trips on a jet…”
Bloomberg: Little Gain from Jet Tax
“President Barack Obama’s proposal to end a tax break for corporate jet owners, a repeated refrain in his news conference yesterday, would achieve less than one-tenth of 1 percent of his target for reducing the federal deficit.
“Changing the provision would put $3 billion into the Treasury over a decade, said two congressional aides familiar with the proposal. Democrats want to require companies that use jets for business purposes to write off the cost over seven years, instead of five years allowed under current law, said a congressional aide and a White House aide. Airplanes used for charter or commercial flights already must be depreciated over seven years.
“Obama mentioned the corporate jet break six times…”
Peter Schroeder, The Hill: Geithner – Raise the Debt Limit
“Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has made yet another attempt to convince conservative lawmakers they have no choice but to raise the debt limit.
“In a lengthy letter sent to 17 Republican senators Wednesday, Geithner offered a broad takedown of the argument that the debt limit need not be raised to avoid a default. He called such an idea ‘radical and deeply irresponsible,’ ‘unwise,’ ‘untested and unacceptably risky’ and ‘futile.’”
Dennis Miller Interview with Andrew Puzder of CKE Restaurants
I caught their interview about 1 AM and retrieved some of it from Miller’s site…
CKE is the parent company of Hardees and Carl’s Jr. He plans to build 300 restaurants in Texas in the next year but none n California aside from replacing existing operations. Puzder’s reasons include his one-and-only call from a governor: Rick Perry thanked him for investing in Texas. His other reasons are more substantial, including the average delay of six weeks from application to the start of construction. California requires eight months. (Nick Gillespie of Reason has a CD outlining steps that Cleveland took that moved it from California’s model closer to that of Texas.) Joker…Obama’s health care may cost CKE enough that it has to cancel its plans for a Texas chain.
Puzder sounded like a businessman. He also sounded up on reciprocity theory. You do swaps only in continuing relationships. First time and last time trades are prime opportunities for swindles. Obama also knows this but pretends that business will still trust him….
Poundstone, Willliam (1992) Prisoner’s Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb. NY: Anchor.
Daily Caller: Amazon Bolts California
“California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Wednesday requiring online businesses to pay state sales tax, calling it “a common sense idea,” but Amazon and other large online retailers said they no longer see the business sense in staying in the Golden State.
“Amazon and Overstock.com both announced shortly after the bill was signed that they will be closing all of their affiliate programs in California. Affiliates are small websites and businesses that sell products through sites like Amazon and receive a small commission…”
Politico: Egypt – Arab Spring Is Over
“The U.S. has decided to formally resume contact with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group – which does not recognize Israel – in a move that could further alienate some Jewish voters already skeptical of President Barack Obama, it was reported.
“One senior U.S. official said the Brotherhood’s rise in political prominence after the forced departure of former President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year makes the American contact necessary.
“The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing… It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency,” said the official, who confirmed the news to Reuters on condition of anonymity…”
Barry Rubin, Pajamas: Reuters Disguised Shift to Brotherhood
“…We are supposed to believe that only Israel and the Jews will be upset about the Obama administration moving closer to a radical antisemitic, anti-Christian, anti-American, anti-Western, pro-terrorist group that wants to repress women, kill gays, and overturn pretty much every existing government in the region. But just those Jews and their friends will be upset. You know, just like in the 1930s when certain people said that opposition to the totalitarian threat of those years was just coming from the Jews…”
Michael Ledeen, Pajamas: Pawlenty Challenges Asaad
“Who else in American public life is calling for regime change in Syria and Iran, and recognizes that bringing down the Tehran regime is “the ultimate goal we must pursue?”
He’s right, and it’s encouraging that at least someone is saying it. Perhaps some of the other candidates will see fit to start talking seriously about national security above and beyond the debt, unemployment, and so on. The country is at risk on both fronts, foreign and domestic, and our future success and survival depend on our winning on both fronts.
Aaron Klein, WND: Audacity of Hope Departs for Gaza
Obama’s Siraj Investments?
“…The U.S. ship, with 50 passengers expected on board, departs for Gaza today as part of an international flotilla attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
“The Jewish state maintains the blockade to ensure against Hamas arming itself by sea. The terrorist group had been caught several times attempting to smuggle weapons, including rockets and advanced missiles, into Gaza by sea.
“WND reported last month the organizers of the American ship appealed to Obama to “protect” their ship.
“Last week, six members of Congress wrote Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to “do everything in [her] power” to help “ensure the safety of all American citizens on board The Audacity of Hope.”
“The members of Congress are Reps. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio; Bob Filner, D-Calif, D-Mo., Sam Farr, D-Calif.; Bob Filner, D-Calif.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. Kucinich initiated the letter…”
Aaron Klein, WND: Van Jones Starts a TEA Party
“A new movement led by communist revolutionary group founder Van Jones seeks to counter the tea party while petitioning for a progressive agenda that includes “making Wall Street and the super-rich pay their fair share.”
“The organization, dubbed ‘The American Dream Movement,’ is partnered with a slew of radical groups funded by billionaire George Soros…”
Bob Guzzardi: $62.8 Million to Gaming Commission
The Senate’s Leadership, specifically, Senate Appropriations Chair Big Government Big Spender Big Borrower Jake Corman and his Big Government allies, Sen. Dominic Pileggi and Sen. Joe Scarnati and Senator Jane Earll, Sen. Tomlinson of Bensalem stripped the Vereb Amendment (this could be called the Vereb-Schroder Amendment – Curt Schroder has been stalwart from the Senate Bill and did not allow even a consideration by full Senate of this Amendment. This matter was presented as “all or nothing”; either vote for the Appropriation as has been done in past or shut down the casinos because regulators won’t get paid; the “kill the children’s cat” strategy which is so effective.
The purpose of the amendment was to separate the investigate and enforcement branch of gaming from the executive and policy making branch to separate powers as a check and balance to the some of the conflicts of interest found by Pennsylvania Grand Jury. In my opinion, this is common sense legislation, checks and balances, separation of powers, are keystone of limited and good government.
SB 1062 appropriates $62, 823,000 taxpayer dollars to The Gaming Control Board. These are casino receipts designed, originally, to go to property tax relief but now going to self-serving bureaucrats.
Victor Davis Hanson: David Petraeus – to the CIA
Interviewed by Hugh Hewitt, 6/30/2011 … The CIA is a way to lower Petraeus’s “political profile.” Hanson also reminded us of a Martian’s Puzzle: Why do we give money to our enemies but take it away from our friends? Mubarak is gone and we’re trying to murder Gadhafi but welcome the Muslim Brotherhood as it takes over Egypt. A strong partnership with Iran is probable despite Sunni/Shia differences. A block congeals from northwest Africa to Iran.
Hanson is brilliant… www.VictorHanson.com …
Arnold Kling & Nick Shultz, National Affairs: Commanding Heights
“By “commanding heights,” Lenin meant the critical sectors that dominated economic activity — primarily electricity generation, heavy manufacturing, mining, and transportation. Because these industries were the foremost drivers of employment, production, and consumption in Russia — and because they were the essential growth sectors in any economy of that era that sought to be called “modern” — government control of these particular sectors meant government dominance over the economic life of the nation. A communist government could afford to permit relatively free markets in less significant sectors, Lenin thought, because as long as it controlled those industries that formed the heart of the economy, it effectively controlled the whole.
“Throughout much of the 20th century, communist and socialist parties around the world continued to see government dominance of these industries as a key goal. The commanding heights of the economy became crucial battlegrounds in the struggle between advocates of central planning and defenders of market economics.
“In America today, few people champion government control of the industries Lenin saw as the commanding heights. On the contrary, these sectors have been largely deregulated, and market forces have, for the most part, been permitted to govern their development for decades. Defenders of the market might therefore imagine that they have won, and that the struggles that remain are peripheral debates.
“But such a declaration of victory would be dangerously premature…”
Star Tribune: Minnesota Closed
“Dayton renewed his call to tax the rich; GOP pointed to harm of long-term debt. The governor and legislative leaders worked into the evening in a last-ditch bid for resolution. Talks imploded Thursday between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders in the final hours before a midnight deadline, and Minnesota began a historic government shutdown.
“This is a night of deep sorrow for me,” Dayton said in an address at 10 p.m. that was punctuated by jeers and hisses from Republicans, including some lawmakers.
“The governor said his last offer would have raised income taxes only on those earning more than $1 million a year — an estimated 7,700 Minnesotans, or 0.3 percent of all taxpayers, according to the Revenue Department.
“Republicans rejected the proposal, Dayton said, because they “prefer to protect the richest handful of Minnesotans at the expense of everyone else.”
“Republican leaders made their own statement, saying Dayton’s proposal for dealing with the projected $5 billion deficit would cause irreparable harm to the state’s economy for generations…”
Seth Liebsohn: Conservatives’ Books
He and Tevi Troy put together:
The Bible, Whitaker Chambers – Witness; Barry Goldwater – Conscience of a Conservative; Allan Bloom – Closing of the American Mind; Fred Hayek – Road to Serfdom; Myron Magnet – The Dream and the Nightmare; Charles Murray – Losing Ground, Jonah Goldberg – Liberal Fascism. Add to the list, please: Mark Levin, Liberty and Tyranny.
Agenda 21 for Dummies
Thanks, Patriots of SE Michigan,
Mike works long hours. He also naps and his favorite trick is to hang one hand over the edge of the couch, his car keys in that hand. After fifteen minutes, he drifts to sleep, his hand relaxes, the keys drop to the floor, and he wakens…