LEADS: PUZZANGHERA – ‘Net fees; McCAUGHEY – OCare taxes; PHELPS – Hillary to shock people.
ISR/IRAN: JOSCELYN – WH lied to Iran; HENNINGER – Obama doctrine; Julien – No guarantees.
PA: SNYDER – Ups & Downs
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN; VFP request for help
ANNOUNCEMENTS: April 10th – Valley Forge Patriots, April 27th, “Standardized” showing in Wayne. VFP: Smart Meters.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Treddyffrin Trail Watch.
“Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” Booker T. Washington
LEADS . . .
Jim Puzzanghera, LA Times: “FCC’s net neutrality rules open door to new fee on Internet service”
“Recently adopted net neutrality regulations soon could make your monthly Internet bill more complicated — and potentially more expensive.
“Every month, consumers pay a small fee on their phone bills for a federal program that uses the money — a total of $8.8 billion raised nationwide last year — to provide affordable access to telecommunications services in rural areas, underserved inner cities and schools.
“Now the fee could start appearing on broadband bills too, in a major expansion of the nearly two-decade-old Universal Service Fund program.
“It’s not clear yet, however, if most consumers would end up paying more in total USF fees than they do now.
“In approving the tough rules for online traffic in February, the Federal Communications Commission put broadband in the same regulatory category as phone service, opening the door for the charges. . .”
Betsy McCaughey, NY Post: “If you hated tax day before ObamaCare . . .”
“This year, ObamaCare is making the least popular day — April 15 — even worse.
“For about one in four tax filers, it’s turning out to be a nightmare, with extra paperwork and penalties. And for high earners or anyone selling a piece of property or business, ObamaCare means higher taxes.
“If you enrolled in ObamaCare in 2014 and got a subsidy to pay for it, you’re at risk of losing your refund.
“Surprise: You may even owe Uncle Sam money. Only 4 percent of people who signed up for ObamaCare got the correct subsidy, so a whopping 96 percent will see their tax bill adjusted, some up and others down.
“Who would design a system that’s right only 4 percent of the time?
“Worse, the IRS sent out bungled subsidy information to some 800,000 filers, and now nearly all of them are being told they’ll have to wait, maybe until Oct. 15, to straighten it out. Too bad if they need their refund to make a mortgage payment.
“And good luck getting help from IRS staff. Even IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admits the agency is answering only 43 percent of calls, and that’s after an average of 26 minutes on hold.
“No matter what your politics, you’ve got to agree this isn’t working. . .”
Jordyn Phelps, ABC: “Rand Paul Predicts Hillary Clinton Revelations Will ‘Shock People’”
“Sen. Rand Paul spent part of his second day as an officially declared presidential candidate hinting that big revelations are coming ‘soon’ about the foundation headed by the Clinton family, but declined to divulge specifics, pointing out ‘it wouldn’t be a secret anymore’ if he did.
“‘I think there are things that went on at the Clinton Foundation that are going to shock people, and I think they’re going to make people question whether or not she should be president or not,’ the Kentucky Republican said, speaking to reporters after his first campaign rally in New Hampshire. . .”
Reuters: “Rand Paul up, Clinton down in 2016 presidential poll”
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Hillary Clinton has slipped against leading 2016 Republican candidates in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a poll released on Thursday that cited damage from the furor over the former secretary of state’s emails.
“The Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll also showed Clinton in a close race with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who declared his candidacy on Tuesday.
Clinton, who is expected to announce her White House bid this month, is tied with all the Republican candidates in Colorado and almost all of them in the early voting state of Iowa, the poll said.
“‘It isn’t just one or two Republicans who are stepping up; it’s virtually the entire GOP field that is running better against her’ since the last swing state survey on Feb. 18, pollster Peter Brown said in a statement. . .”
ISR/IRAN . . .
Thomas Joscelyn, Weekly Std: “Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses WH of ‘Lying,’ Being ‘Deceptive,’ and Having ‘Devilish’ Intentions”
“. . . Earlier today, Khamenei broke his silence on the supposed ‘framework’ the Obama administration has been trumpeting as the basis for a nuclear accord. Khamenei’s speech pulled the rug out from underneath the administration.
“Khamenei accused the Obama administration of ‘lying’ about the proposed terms, being ‘deceptive,’ and having ‘devilish’ intentions, according to multiple published accounts of his speech, as well as posts on his official Twitter feed.
“Khamenei also disputed the key terms Obama administration officials have said were agreed upon in principle. Economic sanctions will not be phased out once Iran’s compliance has been “verified,” according to the Ayatollah. Instead, Khamenei said that if the U.S. wants a deal, then all sanctions must be dropped as soon as the agreement is finalized. Khamenei also put strict limits on the reach of the inspectors who would be tasked with this verification process in the first place.. . .”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “The Incredible Obama Doctrine
“Speak softly and claim to carry a big stick, which you have no intention of ever using.
“‘You asked about an Obama doctrine,’ Mr. Obama said. ‘The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.’
“In nine words, Mr. Obama explained what has been going on the past six years, culminating in what we now see is the nucleus of the Obama worldview, an accommodation with Iran.
The corollary of the Obama Doctrine, as the president explained, is that if engagement with a hostile power turns dangerous, everyone in the world knows that U.S. ‘military superiority’ will emerge and prevail. In case of emergency, Uncle Sam will break glass.
“Mr. Obama then offered an example of how this would work—U.S. support for Israel: ‘What we will be doing even as we enter into this deal is sending a very clear message to the Iranians and to the entire region that if anybody messes with Israel, America will be there.’
“This statement, and indeed the Obama Doctrine, is a hoax. . .”
Cyril Julien, Yahoo!: “Iran’s Khamenei says no guarantee of final nuclear deal”
“Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday that last week’s hard-won framework accord with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme was no guarantee of a final deal and that much work remained.
And President Hassan Rouhani added that Iran would not sign any final agreement unless “all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the same day.”
“‘What has been done so far does not guarantee an agreement, nor its contents, nor even that the negotiations will continue to the end,’ Khamenei, who has the final word on all matters of state, said on his website. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 4/10 Ups & Downs
“Kathleen Kane. What can you say at this point? On top of everything the Attorney General is already dealing with, she has somehow managed to add even more. This week, Kane chose to fire the head of the appeals office, James Barker, as part of a supposed “restructuring”. Barker, however, was one of the people who testified to the grand jury that recommended charges against Kane. Therefore, one has to wonder if this was another attempt at political payback. Then, it was revealed that the spokeswoman (Kane’s SIXTH) who insisted the AG wasn’t firing Barker for personal reasons, is stepping down. This whole saga has turned into a farce, except instead of the commonwealth laughing at Kane, it will soon be the entire country laughing at us.
“Pat Toomey. Since their close 2010 contest, political observers have kept an eye on a potential rematch next year between Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak. Additionally, Sestak had the Democratic field to himself and embarked on a headline-grabbing walking tour of the state. As a result, the results of the latest Quinnipiac Poll were a major win for the Senator. The survey found Toomey leading Sestak 48% to 35% head-to-head. Soon afterward, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski indicated he is on the verge of challenging Sestak in the Democratic primary. We also learned major Democratic leaders are leaning on Josh Shapiro to get in the race. Finally, the icing on the cake for Toomey was the $5,400 from 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner Jeb Bush.
“Lynne Abraham. The former District Attorney needed to grab all the headlines coming out of the first televised Philly Mayoral debate. Unfortunately for Abraham, she did it in the worst way possible. The 74-year old fainted just a few minutes into the event and scared her opponents and the viewers when she fell to the ground. Before the night was out, some were asking if she would even stay in the race. Abraham has gone to significant lengths to prove Tuesday night was a fluke, and it probably was, but it happened at the worst possible time. If she had fainted at a campaign event or one of the countless other forums that have been held, it would have been bad but she could’ve bounced back. The camera, however, is cruelly unforgiving.
“Jim Kenney. In contrast to Abraham, Kenney had a string of positive developments this week. First, a PPP poll conducted for an organization that supports him, found Kenney with a one-point lead over Anthony Williams. While not a perfect poll, it was the first sign that the ex-City Councilman is building momentum. The real coup, though, was when he won the support of a group of black progressive Northwest Democrats, led by State Rep. Dwight Evans. Also, while awful to acknowledge Abraham’s loss could be Kenney’s gain in terms of the questions surrounding her health. Of course Williams’ campaign finance issue, while small and likely to be quickly forgotten, was yet another negative story this week for one of Kenney’s rivals.
“Marijuana Legalization. During such a busy week, it would be easy to miss the major shift that has taken place in the commonwealth. A new Quinnipiac poll found that a slim majority of Pennsylvanians favor legalization of marijuana. Meanwhile, an even larger majority support medical marijuana. Given such numbers, we may start to see this issue gather some steam in the months and years to come.”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (04/09/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: We’re witnessing the complete evisceration of American citizenship and the destruction of the American identity through waves of illegal immigration and open borders. Democrats seek to change the electorate in order to seize power and are using immigration to import votes. The left’s open arms to illegal immigrants approach is a complete injustice to the American citizen and taxpayer funding the left’s social engineering. The U.S. won’t be defeated by Islamo-nazis in the Middle East, but from within.
“Also, President Obama’s foreign policy of negotiating with sworn enemies to America continues with his engagement doctrine. He is destroying freedom movements in countries like Cuba and Venezuela by ensuring the tyrannical regimes remain entrenched. He is negotiating on their terms, not ours, and is making no effort to reform or unseat their corruption. Obama is using freedom against freedom, and is more comfortable being surrounded by tyranny than liberty.”
Betty: VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS – REQUEST FOR HELP
The VFP are anxious to Rev things up and reactivate certain projects.
In order to do this, we will need some additional help. Janet Warnsdorfer is going to retire from membership mailings so we need someone to step forward to fill that position. It entails sending out meeting announcements, keeping the email list current, and welcoming members to meetings. Basically, it is a membership chairman position that can be tailored to suit capabilities.
We also want to reactivate our legislator visit program that was very successful. This requires a Legislator Relations Team. Responsibilities include: Maintaining a list of legislator contacts; federal, state, and local; Taking the lead in arranging visits to legislators; Helping train team members to make legislator contacts; and preparing petitions and written information to legislators. To make meetings meaningful, we also need an Issues Research Team. Responsibilities include: Researching issues; Preparing resource packages; Being knowledgeable on current issues; Coordinating with the Legislator Relations Team.
Please respond to Betty at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest in working with the VFP. We will also be discussing these needs at our meeting on Friday, April 10.
Thank you, Betty Dunkel-Hernon for the Valley Forge Patriots
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . . April 10th, 6 PM: VF Patriots SPECIAL SMART METER MEETING
PJ Ryan’s, Bridge St., Phoenixville.
Some of our members that have PECO as their electric service provider are being threatened with service being shut off if they refuse to have Smart Meters installed. We will be having a short meeting after the conclusion of the Valley Forge monthly meeting to addresses this problem. Anyone that would like to attend please plan to arrive at 6:00 PM to introduce ourselves so we know who is on board. Hope to see you there!
Rumor: Some legislator’s son is running our smart meter program . . . I plan to go off-grid sometime this summer . . .
PaPUC: ARE SMART METERS REQUIRED IN PENNSYLVANIA?
“Yes. Pennsylvania’s Act 129 of 2008 requires the state’s seven largest electric distribution companies (EDCs) to develop energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) plans and adopt other methods of reducing electricity used by customers – including the use of smart meters by their customers. The EDCs impacted by Act 129 are Duquesne Light; Met-Ed; Penn Power; PECO Energy; Penelec; PPL Electric Utilities; and West Penn Power.
“The Public Utility Commission (PUC) is charged with implementing Act 129 and helping consumers and electric utilities reduce energy consumption, especially at peak times during the day. Smart meters are being installed in new construction and at individual customers’ request, with the goal of all customers utilizing smart meters by 2023. . .” (emph added, jb)
April 10th, VF Patriots
PJ Ryan’s, Bridge St., Phoenixville.
Wondering what other Tea Party and Patriot groups in PA are doing?
Want to learn more?
Come to the VFP meeting on Friday, April 10 at 6:30pm
Our speaker, Marion Douzou is a French citizen who is working toward a Ph.D. in “American Studies”. The subject of her dissertation is “Tea Parties in Pennsylvania”. She has been studying and interviewing tea parties and other citizen activist groups throughout the state. She has also worked with the Commonwealth Foundation in Harrisburg. Marion will be presenting an overview of her findings at the Valley Forge Patriots April meeting. This a great opportunity for us to hear about the health of the Tea Party movement in PA, what other groups are doing and learn how we may be able to work together and be more effective.
We are looking forward to hearing about other citizen activist groups in Pennsylvania.
The VFP is also concerned about Governor Wolf’s budget proposal that calls for significant tax increases, does nothing about the looming pension crisis, nor the archaic state store system.
We will be doing another post card blitz to our state legislators to fight against this budget. Please come out and help us with this effort.
Additional information to follow. You may sign up at www.meetup.com/VFP-teaparty09/ .
Joanne: “Standardized: Lies, Money, & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education”
The documentary “Standardized” that will be shown in Wayne on Monday, April 27, 7-9 PM. This same documentary was shown in Bryn Mawr in February and approximately 100 people attended. All are welcome.
The Saturday Club, 117 West Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA
Janet: Track the RINOS
“If you would like to follow your Representative and our Senators, go to this link:
A good way to see what our Rino’s are doing in D.C.
Treddyffrin Trail Watch
If you enjoy our newTrail system in the township, we invite you to be our eyes and ears while you bike, jog, or walk. Our program entails helping people with directions, points of interest, rest areas, and reporting needs for attention.
You will meet officers from our Bike Squad, Motorcycle Officers, and the County Park Rangers.
Please help us!
For more information, contact the Tredyffrin Police Department’s Community Policing Office. 610-408-3654. Email: Officer Rhonda Carroll, email@example.com.