Poll: Economy puts crimp on Obama
Economy puts crimp on Obama - TheHill.com
Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
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· Americans are generally satisfied with how well the current healthcare system meets their needs. More than one in three (36%) says the system meets their needs very well, and another two in five (43%) say it meets their needs pretty well, leaving about one in five (20%) Americans who feel the system is not serving their personal needs. These proportions have not changed since the health care reform law was passed.You can review the full poll findings here.
· Americans are still divided about reforming the country’s health care system. About half (46%) of adults believe the system works well and needs only minor changes while about the same proportion (45%) believes the system needs a complete overhaul.
· Nearly nine in ten (85%) respondents report the health care they receive is about the same as it was before the health care reform law passed, and three in four (74%) say the reform law has had no effect on them personally.
· More people believe the health care reform law will make the health care system worse (42%) than better (32%) and fewer than one in three (30%) believes the law will bring down the long-run costs of health care.
· Two in five (44%) respondents believe the health care law should be repealed.
· More registered voters say that President Obama is doing only a fair (29%) or poor (29%) job as president than say he is doing an excellent (9%) or good (32%) job.
· More voters disapprove than approve of how President Obama has handled the economy (43% approve, 50% disapprove) and the situation in Libya (39% approve, 43% disapprove).
· More registered voters believe program cuts (30%) rather than tax increases (11%) should be used to balance the budget, but nearly half (46%) of voters believes that both spending cuts and tax increases should be used to balance the budget.
· Registered voters have more confidence in the president's ability to handle the federal budget (54% express confidence) than in Congress’s ability to do so (41% express confidence).
· A majority (54%) of Americans approve of using nuclear power to produce energy, while one third (33%) oppose the use; however, half (50%) oppose building more nuclear power plants, while two in five (42%) would favor doing so.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Voters overwhelmingly believe that taxpayers are not getting a good return on what they spend on public education, and just one-in-three voters think spending more will make a difference.Read the full poll results at the link below:
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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Monday, April 25, 2011
Big Labor's incessant bellyaching over having to give up anything -- while cash-strapped state governments have nothing left to give -- has reached a retching new low: a threat from a Michigan union honcho to weaponize government jobs.Read the full editorial - "Weaponizing' public service: Big labor's threat" - at the newspaper's website.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011
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Friday, April 22, 2011
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Friday, April 15, 2011
The great attraction of liberalism is the sanctimony it supplies to true believers. It lets them feel like they're better people, by imposing their morality on lesser beings through compulsive force. This is built right into the name of the "Patriotic Millionaires," which implies that any wealthy person who opposes higher taxes is unpatriotic. Making other people struggle with higher taxes is worth whatever they would have to pay their accountants to dodge the tax increases they advocate. Of course, since a lot of these liberal millionaires have their wealth tucked into assets that would not be taxed, and report relatively little taxable income, they're automatically protected from the burdens they demand on high income.The Government Owns Your Prosperity - HUMAN EVENTS
Thursday, April 14, 2011
How do I make a contribution to the U.S. government?
Citizens who wish to make a general donation to the U.S. government may send contributions to a specific account called "Gifts to the United States." This account was established in 1843 to accept gifts, such as bequests, from individuals wishing to express their patriotism to the United States. Money deposited into this account is for general use by the federal government and can be available for budget needs. These contributions are considered an unconditional gift to the government. Financial gifts can be made by check or money order payable to the United States Treasury and mailed to the address below.
Gifts to the United States
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
"Last year, Democrats controlled the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, and they still couldn't pass a budget on time. Now, President Obama wants a budget do-over, filled with tax hikes and more spending. It has become clear that what we really need is an election do-over to get a real, fiscally responsible leader in the White House. Pennsylvanians are not only fed up with government spending, we are tired of having a President who hides from tackling tough issues for months on end, and in the final hour swoops in with a pretty speech. We don't need rhetoric, we need leadership," Gleason said.
"It's clear to everyone except the President that our country doesn't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Republicans have stepped up to fill the leadership void by offering solutions to shrink the deficit without succumbing to tax hikes, which will only fuel our addiction to Washington's spending problem rather than helping curb it. In Gov. Tom Corbett, we now have this type of courageous leadership in Harrisburg, and we now need the same from Washington."
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
"For the past eight years our welfare system has been a leaky faucet, but House Republicans are getting out the wrench and turning off the tap," said Quigley. "Our taxpayers could never afford this lack of oversight into state funds, but especially during this budget crisis, it is imperative that we account for every single dollar the hard-working citizens of this Commonwealth send to state government."More information about Quigley and the WelFAIR package are available at RepQuigley.com
Quigley's House Bill 1261 was introduced as part of the House Republican's WelFAIR package, which will restore fairness, accountability, integrity and responsibility to welfare programs. Other bills in the package include:· House Bill 1297, which would institute drug testing for applicants convicted of a drug felony within the past five years."Public funds should be held to the highest scrutiny and strictest standards – that is what our taxpayers deserve," said Quigley. "We must ensure that the people using Access cards are those for whom benefits are intended, that the people receiving assistance meet all eligibility requirements and that taxpayer dollars are not being spent to purchase drugs or tobacco. I am proud to be a part of this effort, and I am hopeful these bills will make their way to the governor's desk soon."
· House Bill 1251, which would increase penalties for welfare fraud.
· House Bill 1254, which would prohibit the purchase of tobacco products with Access cards.
· House Bill 392, which would require photo identification on welfare benefit cards.
· House Bill 960, which would create an Income Eligibility Verification System.
· House Bill 1301, which would implement new guidelines and restrictions on the existing Medical Assistance Transportation Program.
· House Bill 1312, which would assist people in moving from welfare to work with job transition loans, rather than the current grant program.
House Bill 1261 will now go to the Senate for consideration. The House also approved House Bills 960 and 1251.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
By any measure, it is one of the largest in the nation. A 2009 study by the National Conference of State Legislatures ranked Pennsylvania’s legislative branch second in total spending (behind California), second in per capita spending (Alaska), and second in spending as a percentage of general government operations (Nevada).Pa. legislative staff size makes for budget target - pottsmerc.com
The NCSL said Pennsylvania employs about one of every 11 state legislative employees in the nation, with barely 4 percent of the country’s population.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
"Eliminating wasteful Washington spending and erasing crippling budget deficits are critical to creating jobs and getting our country moving forward. The historic spending cuts contained in this agreement represent a responsible first step toward ending the borrowing and spending binge of the last two years. This agreement also means that our brave men and women in the military who are getting their jobs done in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world will not miss a paycheck. Our work is not finished. I look forward to enacting real solutions for eliminating unnecessary spending and creating an environment where job creators here in the 6th District can hire workers and thrive."
Friday, April 8, 2011
"While I'm disappointed that this was so difficult, I am glad that the House and Senate have reached an agreement to keep the government open. Our troops will be funded for the rest of the year, and there will not be a lapse in important services. We have made real cuts to the federal budget, but we will have to work harder still to get our budget under control."
"I supported this short-term spending bill because Congress has finally acknowledged that it can no longer keep kicking the can down the road and a compromise has been reached for fiscal year 2011 funding. I am pleased that a government shutdown has been averted tonight and look forward to carefully reviewing the fiscal year 2011 spending bill when it arrives in the Senate. Hopefully, we can soon get back to addressing the nation’s pressing issues such as private sector job creation, gas prices, the debt limit, and a fiscally responsible budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
"But it is Glenn Beck who will have the last laugh. His media empire is now so expansive, he doesn't need the daily grind of TV news analysis. The guy has a hot website, The Blaze, has a syndicated radio program, even has an imprint at a prestigious publishing house. Plus, his speaking fees could considerably reduce the national debt."Bill O'Reilly: Bill's Column - The Beck Factor
"Let's stop demagoguing potential tuition hikes and consider addressing the real culprit: salaries, benefits and the sheer numbers of faculty and administration needed to run our state-related universities."Real culprit in rising higher education costs - pottsmerc.com
Thursday, April 7, 2011
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"President Obama has long since forgotten Gulf workers, who are suffering as his administration chokes off new permits for offshore drilling. Now other Americans can rightly wonder whether he has forgotten about them too. Maybe if President Obama had to fill his car each week he'd understand the pain that all Americans are feeling now.You Don't Need a Nobel Prize to Know Less Oil Means Higher Prices
"It doesn't take a Nobel Prize winner to understand that when you don't permit new drilling, you're going to find less oil and prices will rise. It's time for President Obama to level with the American people and admit that his policies are designed to increase prices for oil so demand will decline.
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Ann Coulter on the vicious cycle: "The high salaries and magnificent benefits paid to government employees are used to fund the public sector unions, which then funnel a portion of that money back to the Democrats, who vote for the pay packages of government workers. The unions function as a pass-through from the taxpayers straight to Democrats running for re-election."Thanks For Raising My Taxes - What Else Can I Do For You? - HUMAN EVENTS
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sen. Rafferty and Karen Hegedus, Limerick's director of parks and recreation, encourage both township residents and any resident of the 44th Senatorial District, to attend and learn more about how to help preserve our natural resourced and in the process save money.
"We have a diverse group of vendors, service providers, community organizations and entertainers who have expressed a willingness to participate either as an exhibitor or a sponsor of the event," Sen. Rafferty said. "Each has made a commitment to encourage a positive environmental stewardship."
"This expo is a wonderful opportunity for residents to learn more about alternative energy options and ways we can all be more environmentally friendly in our daily lives," Rep. Vereb said.
The event, which will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., is free to the public, and is expected to feature more than 40 vendors and attract a diverse group of people, from families to students and environmental clubs, educating guests on how individuals and communities can positively impact the environment.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
"With the launch of what may be the first billion dollar campaign in history, Barack Obama is stocking his campaign coffers while Pennsylvania families are forced to fund his massive liberal tax and spend agenda. All the while, his big government policies have failed to jumpstart our economy and thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians are still looking for work. After a first term defined by prolonged joblessness and record setting debt, Obama's promise of 'hope' and 'change' have only resulted in people 'hoping' to get a job and clinging to the 'change' left in their pockets.
"There is no doubt that Pennsylvania will be the eye of the storm for the 2012 Presidential election. Barack Obama is not popular with Pennsylvania voters who are disenchanted with his agenda, know the federal stimulus failed and believe Obamacare is the worst piece of legislation to ever make its way out of Washington, D.C. The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is committed to delivering Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes to our Republican presidential nominee next year."
The states where overall welfare use by immigrant households with children (legal and illegal) have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62 percent); Texas, California, and New York (61 percent); Pennsylvania (59 percent); Minnesota and Oregon (56 percent); and Colorado (55 percent).Study Finds High Welfare Use by Immigrants
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Monday, April 4, 2011
Between 2009 and 2010, the average "Taxpayer Score" in the House rose from 38 percent to 42 percent. The Senate's average increased from 39 percent to 45 percent. The Senate had an all-time low of 28 percent in 1988 (the House hit bottom that same year, at 27 percent). The highest marks were reached in 1995, when House and Senate averages were 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively.The 2010 Rating and a searchable Rating database dating back to 1992 is available at www.ntu.org
In 2010, 79 lawmakers attained scores sufficient for an "A" grade and hence were eligible for the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" – an increase from the 55 who earned top grades in 2009. Meanwhile, 264 Senators and Representatives captured the title of "Big Spender" for posting "F" grades – just three shy of the 2009 record.
Rep. Jeff Flake continued his record streak as "Taxpayers' Best Friend" in the House (scoring 97 percent), holding on to that distinction for an eighth consecutive year. Not to be out-done, Sens. John McCain and Sam Brownback posted the highest score NTU has ever recorded coming in at 99.5 percent.
On the other end of the scale, five lawmakers had scores that rounded to a rock-bottom 2 percent: Reps. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Gary Ackerman (D-NY) in the House; and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Carl Levin (D-MI) in the Senate.
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* 26 Months Straight Of High Unemployment Above 8 Percent
* Nearly 1 In 7 Americans Are Living Below The Poverty Line
* Over 43 Million Americans Are On Food Stamps
* One-Third Of Income In America Comes From Welfare
* Record Number Of Home Foreclosures
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Pennsylvania's Legislature became large as a result of movement to prevent corruption by business interests. Over the years, the corruption has come from within.Read the full editorial here.
The time has come to clean up Harrisburg, starting with downsizing the Legislature. Cuts are coming down across the board in Pennsylvania — they should come at the top as well.
Friday, April 1, 2011