JANET – Screwed again; AFP Take Action; DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE; CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY; Pray USA.
THE DEBATE: LAST – Winners & Losers; DRUDGE LINKS
LEADS: WILLIAMSON – Yale’s idiot children; HARLEY & McNAMARA – Safety zones for blacks; DURAN – Read TPP (5600 pages) yourself; ERICKSON – BO loses in court, again.
PA: STAUB – Sales tax; KNEPPER – Budget shells; FIELD – More charges for Kane.
END NOTES: BREITBART – Starbucks cups; SPENCER – Hamtramck 1st Muslim council.
Janet: “We are about to be screwed again”
“From a news piece on WTAE-TV:
“One new idea under discussion could provide a cornerstone of the cash Wolf is seeking: diverting the roughly $600 million in slot-machine gambling receipts that school districts currently pass along to homeowners as property tax reductions. That stream of money would shift to the state treasury, while negotiators are discussing an increase in the state sales tax to offset reductions in local school property taxes, another concept that is important to Wolf to improve equity in school funding. The new money from a higher state sales tax would replace the diverted slot-machine dollars to schools – and then some.”
“The problem here is not the loss of gambling revenues but the increase in the sales tax to replace them. If the sales tax is increased for this purpose it will kill the HB/SB 76 funding stream and elimination will be dead forever. We will, instead, be given another half-baked “relief” measure.
“This plan will be discussed in Harrisburg on Monday and it is URGENT that we do all that is possible to kill it. PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IMMEDIATELY TO TELL HIM OR HER THAT ANY INCREASE IN THE SALES TAX THAT DOES NOT RESULT IN ELIMINATION IS UNACCEPTABLE.
“In addition, call House Majority Leader Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173, and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377, with the same message: ANY INCREASE IN THE SALES TAX WITHOUT ELIMINATION IS UNACCEPTABLE! DO IT NOW AND PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO DO THE SAME.”
AFP/Pa: Take Action on Sales Tax
After 5 months of holding out against a tax increase, it seems there is an agreement in Harrisburg to raise your sales tax.
Former Governor Rendell promised that if the legislature voted for gambling revenues, you wouldn’t have to pay property taxes. Now the legislature is considering taking $600 million from gambling money and diverting it to the general fund.
But part of this deal is an increase in the sales tax to 7.25 percent. That’s a 21 percent increase in your sales taxes. Some of that will go to property tax relief, so they say. This is not a path to a prosperous Pennsylvania. This is simply a path to higher taxes.
Send a message to your legislator – no tax hikes, no gimmicks in the budget. Decrease spending, fix the pension system and privatize liquor stores. Nothing else will be acceptable.
Anna McCauslin PA Policy Director Americans for Prosperity
Valley Forge Patriots: November 13th
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2015 6:30 P.M.
P.J. Ryan’s, Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA
Please go to the above web site and RSVP!
CALLING ALL VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS – Support Our Troops
Once again we will be honoring our Service Members by joining AdoptaPlatoon’s 10th Anniversary “Holiday Stockings for the Troops” campaign.
Please come and help us with this project.
We are asking two things: please bring a donation, $10. or more if you can, and please be prepared to write Christmas Cards.
Adopt-a-Platoon will package and send the gifts and cards.
Each stocking/care package costs $31.00.
An entire Platoon of 40 would cost $1240. We might not get there but let’s do the best we can for these men and women who sacrifice for us and spend the holidays far from home.
VFP plans to become a more project focused organization. We would welcome your ideas and help to move this effort forward.
ACTION ITEM: About 3A.M. Saturday morning the U.S. Senate voted to pass a continuing resolution (CR) approving $80 billion in new spending through the end of Obama’s term in 2017 and increasing the Federal spending limit. The House passed the bill last week.
Amnesty, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood are still funded, despite Republican election promises.
We urge all members to contact their Representatives and Senators to tell them:
I am very disappointed in your backing down on your campaign promises to defund amnesty and Obamacare and to reduce government spending. I am very disappointed in the continued funding for PP, an organization under strong suspicion of selling baby body parts from aborted and from born alive , then, murdered babies. Your voting record will significantly and negatively impact my support for your reelection bid in 2016.
Senator Pat Toomey – (202) 224-4254, email at http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact
Senator Bob Casey – (202) 224-6324, email athttps://www.casey.senate.gov/contact
Rep. Pat Meehan – (202) 225-2011, email at https://meehan.house.gov/contact
Rep. Ryan Costello – (202) 225-4315, email at https://costello.house.gov/contact
November 17th, Pray USA/PA
Subject: Pennsylvania Leaders Calling For Prayer – RSVP Today
Don’t miss this historic event on November 17th at at 6:00 pm EST in Harrisburg. RSVP below! Senator Stewart Greenleaf and Rep. Rick Saccone would like to invite you to the PrayUSA PA event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Prayer Caucus Network and the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. It is part of the extraordinary, nationwide initiative, PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer that was birthed on March 7, 2015 at the LIFFT America Religious Liberty Summit. Sixteen members of Congress and 36 state legislators, representing 25 states, gathered to coordinate an effective strategy to challenge the growing anti-faith movement in our country. As a first unifying step, in a solemn and historic ceremony, all who were present signed a Call to Prayer for America Proclamation.
Nearly 900 government leaders, 50 organizations and over 130,000 citizens have said, “Yes” to the nationwide prayer initiative launched earlier this year in a strong and determined effort to realign the country with our Judeo-Christian heritage and see God heal this land. Mark your calendar now! Find out more about the PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer movement.
We rally at King of Prussia mall on Saturdays from Noon til 3 starting Oct. 31. Please try to attend and bring chairs, water, and appropriate signs. We rally on Rt. 202 by the Wells Fargo Bank. We reach thousands of people at that site and now that the holidays are coming we will reach many more.
THE DEBATE . . .
I listened to the opening debate on KXML, AM 1540, Cedar Rapids. Christie was loud, Jindal lucid. (Highlights are available at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/ )
The main debate (WHAM, 1180, Rochester) – Jeb had a quaver, Ben was quiet, Kasich a salesman, and Don an announcer. Carly –was lucid and informed but a pair of Cubans led the orchestra. Rubio tried to bribe families to vote for him but needs to ripen for another 4-8 years; Ted/Carly should be unbeatable . . . Ted wants to abolish the IRS, Commerce, Energy, & HUD . . . again, unbeatable! See Cruz, Ted, NRO: Five for Freedom http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426886/ted-cruz-five-freedom
John Last, Weekly Standard: “Winners & Losers”
“. . . Ben Carson: It’s impossible to tell how he did. He looked at sea on substantive questions. Yes, as the boss noted, his weirdly effective tactic is to never criticize other candidates so that they don’t get extra time to respond to him. If you liked Carson before tonight there’s no reason for you to like him less.
“Donald Trump: For people who’ve been waiting for Trump to be exposed in a debate, this might have been it. Rand Paul shivved him for conflating China with TPP. He testily complained about Carly Fiorina “interrupting.” And his answers on Syria, ISIS, and Vladimir Putin seemed both amateurish and wildly out of sync with where Republican voters are. This may not sound like much, but the totality of it was pretty bad.
“On the plus side, though, Trump got into an immigration pile-up early with Jeb Bush and John Kasich in which he was clearly the only one committed to securing the border and denying amnesty to illegal immigrants. That can only help.
“Marco Rubio: This performance wasn’t as strong as his last. Rubio started out talking vocational training and the nexus of family stability, virtue, and economic growth—basically the Santorum 2012 playbook.
“The general consensus going into tonight was that the other campaigns would be headhunting him. Yet instead of getting targeted by Ted Cruz, the only real tussle Rubio got into was with Rand Paul over military spending. There are fewer easier wins in politics than being on the business end of a Paul who’s waving a pen in the air and lecturing about slashing military spending and staying out of foreign affairs. It’s better to be lucky than good, but it’s best to be both.
“Ted Cruz: If you were forced to pick a winner, it would probably be Cruz. He picked the right fights—with Kasich and Paul. He gave a dynamite explanation of how illegal immigration impacts wage growth and was generally impressive. With each passing debate he looks more like a finalist.
“Jeb Bush: Easily Jeb’s best debate just on the basis of his explanation of regulatory reform. Mind you, this is a very, very low bar. And his second biggest moment was going all-in for amnesty without even the fig-leaf of “controlling our borders.” It’s possible that Bush did well enough to keep his donors for a few more weeks. It’s extremely unlikely that he won many votes.
“Rand Paul: Rand fans are going to think their guy had a great night because he got to fly his isolationist flag. In reality, what he did was highlight, over and over, how thoroughly out of step he is with Republican voters on foreign policy. Rubio tagged him early as a “committed isolationist”—the “committed” was a nice touch—and Paul only reinforced that frame. There aren’t a lot of Republican votes for that position.
“John Kasich: Hurtling toward his inevitable partnership with No Labels, Kasich was angry, dismissive, hectoring, petulant, and often incoherent. Like Jindal in the first debate, you can always expect agro from candidates with nothing to lose.
“Carly Fiorina: She probably had the single strongest moment of the night in her blistering, detailed, canny riff on how she would approach Putin. If she’s going to get a third-look from voters, tonight might prompt it. . .”
Drudge Links (11/11/15)
DRUDGE POLL: TRUMP, CRUZ, PAUL, RUBIO TAKE LEAD AFTER DEBATE… REPUBLICAN MEET FOR 4TH TIME… Bartiromo booed for praising Hillary’s ‘impressive resume’… CRUZ: ‘I’m Tired Of Being Told I’m Anti-Immigrant. It’s Offensive’… CARSON: ‘I’d consider keeping Yellen at Fed’… HURT: Bush, Kasich seal fates by pandering to illegals… POLITICO: FOX PLAYS IT SAFE… Black Lives Matter protesters burn American flag outside debate…
LEADS . . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Yale’s Idiot Children”
Again, the CNS does not mature until age 26 . . . raise the voting age!
“Hysterical Yalies protest a free-speech panel.
“New Haven, Conn. — Really, Yale — you shouldn’t have! All this for little ol’ me?
“It wasn’t really for little ol’ me, in fact. On Friday, I was honored to be a guest of the William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale, where I participated in a panel on freedom of speech with the wonderful writer Harry Stein and Professor Bradley A. Smith, a noted law scholar. The Yale kids did their screaming best to prevent us from having a conversation about free speech — the Yale kids are utterly immune to irony — but the event went much as planned. Coming and going, we were chanted at by idiot children screaming, “Genocide is not a joke!”
Of course it isn’t.
“Yale kids, on the other hand . . .
“For the first several years of my life, I thought that ‘Yale man’ was a synonym for ‘caveman,’ because the only references to Yale I’d ever heard were from Thurston Howell III, who greeted displays of barbarism with ‘Heavens! A Yale man!’ I thought of that when the police officer was obliged to carry the shrieking protester out of the venue where he’d come to put a stop to our free-speech discussion.
“If you’re wondering about the genocide thing, so were we. Turns out it’s a fairly typical college story — which is to say, a fairly stupid story — the short version of which is that Yale’s sensitivity babysitter sent out a pre-Halloween e-mail reminding all the smart Ivy League kids not to dress up like Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer; Professor Erika Christakis offered a reply bemoaning that college campuses have become “places of censure prohibition”; a few students consequently went bonkers because their safe spaces were being invaded; and — here’s where we come in — Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, one of our panelists, remarked that these hysterical ninnies were acting like Professor Christakis had burned down an Indian village. . .” www.nationalreview.com/yale-free-speech-protest-ironic
Also: Eric Harley & Gary McNamara (Red Eye Radio, 760 AM, (Detroit/Dallas) commented this morning about black students at a Missouri college. The students – including 15 members of the football team, want “safety zones” where only blacks are allowed. Isn’t this called “segregation”? See http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/11/us/university-of-missouri-racism-protest/index.html
Also: Connor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: “Campus Activists Weaponize ‘Safe Space’”
Also: Mark Levin, 11/10/15
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: The University of Missouri and liberal media have created a completely fake issue. What is happening at Mizzou continues a strategic and relentless assault on the American citizen. Any claim that an entire university is systematically racist needs to be backed up with evidence; we can’t trust the media on this issue. Evidence should be provided for the “poop swastika” that resulted in President Tim Wolfe’s firing. Universities have become rat nests for leftists and we need to end subsidies for university bureaucracies.
“Also, the biggest job killer in America is our federal government and the Democrat party, with all their rules and regulations. They are destroying oil workers, coal workers, and fisherman. The federal government is hostile to success and wealth creation and it needs to put in check.”
Nicole Duran, Washington Examiner: “Obama aAsks people to read TPP deal themselves”
“President Obama on Tuesday morning asked people to make their own judgment about the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact by reading it themselves online.
“‘Along with the text of the agreement, we’ve posted detailed materials to help explain it,’ Obama wrote in an op-ed for Bloomberg. ‘It’s an unprecedented degree of transparency — and it’s the right thing to do.’
“‘Not every American will support this deal, and neither will every member of Congress. But I believe that in the end, the American people will see that it is a win for our workers, our businesses and our middle class. And I expect that, after the American people and Congress have an opportunity for months of careful review and consultation, Congress will approve it, and I’ll have the chance to sign it into law,’ Obama added.
“On Monday, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tweeted out a picture showing just how hard it might be for the average person to read the deal. His tweet showed a pile of paper about three feet high on his desk. . .”
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Barack Obama Loses Big in Court. Again.”
“President Barrack Obama’s plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally has suffered another setback in court.
“In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas-based judge’s injunction blocking the Obama administration’s immigration initiative.”
“I await the President deciding to simply ignore the court. It wouldn’t surprise me. But there will be hell to pay if he does. No silly, not from Congress, but from the federal court system. They may give him a lot, but they will not be ignored.”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Plan to hike sales tax to break Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate under fire”
“The price of breaking Pennsylvania’s five-month budget impasse apparently will be the second-highest statewide income tax in the nation.
“Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers have agreed on the broad framework of a budget deal that would increase education funding by $350 million and raise the statewide sales tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent to generate an estimated $2 billion for school property tax relief.
“The agreement is expected to also include pension reform and changes to the way alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania, though those two components have yet to be fleshed out.
“Those two aspects of the deal would mark victories for Republican lawmakers, but the sales tax hike presents a potential political minefield, especially for the GOP. It has already prompted quick and intense rebuke from conservative organizations, as well as a grassroots group lobbying for the elimination of school property taxes, not just a temporary reduction. . .”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Potential Budget Agreement Looks Like a Shell Game and Tax Hike”
“According to media accounts, there is some movement on the state budget, and it sounds like a bad deal for taxpayers:
“Under the preliminary deal, state spending would rise to $30.7 billion, up about 6 percent from last year’s approved budget. It would be boosted by about $500 million in slot-machine gambling revenue that is currently passed along to homeowners as school property tax cuts. That money would be diverted into a restricted account to pay for public school employee pension obligations.
“The loss of that money for school property tax cuts would be replaced by about $2 billion expected from a state sales tax increase to 7.25 percent, up from the current 6 percent. The rate would rise to 8.25 percent in Allegheny County, where it is currently 7 percent, and to 9.25 percent in Philadelphia, where it is currently 8 percent.” (Emphasis added)
“Here is the shell game; right now $500 million from slots is being used for property tax ‘relief’. The higher sales tax rate will add $2 billion to that pot. If this were dollar-for-dollar tax relief, $2.5 billion would be paid out to taxpayers, but that is not what happens. Instead, the original $500 million from slots will be spent on pensions leaving only $2 billion for property tax relief. Therefore, this plan is a $500 million tax increase.
“Making matters worse, the agreement does not eliminate the pension system for new state employees. Rather, it puts a ‘cap’ (at this point undefined) on pension benefits and adds a 401-k style plan for anything above that cap. We talked about a similar proposal here. The Republicans also have not secured a commitment from the Governor for liquor store privatization.
“To sum up: the new budget proposal increases taxes, has weak pension reform, and may not privatize the liquor stores. In short, it is a terrible plan. If this budget plan or something similar becomes law, House and Senate Republican leaders will have abandoned fiscal sanity and should be held accountable.
“Click here to contact the legislature and let them know you can’t afford higher taxes.”
Nick Field, PoliticsPA: “Kane Will Face Trial on Additional Charges”
“Attorney General Kathleen Kane will be facing even more criminal charges.
“These new developments involve a felony count of perjury and two misdemeanors, false swearing and obstruction.
“They stem from Kane’s insistence during testimony that she had not signed an oath to never reveal grand jury information from any case since the current system was set up in 1980. Agents found the signed oath in her office last September.
“Kane’s lawyer Gerald Shargel asserts that the AG simply doesn’t remember signing the document. . .”
END NOTES. . .
BreitbartLondon: “Starbucks Scrambles Out New Veterans Perks After #RedCups Fury, ‘It’s Great For The Brand’ Says CEO”
I wished a Starbucks server “Merry Christmas.” He glared at me. Does Chick-fil-A serve latte?
“Starbucks has scrambled out a press release announcing new veterans perks as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, in an obvious bid to quell right-wing anger over its controversial, anti-Christmas “Red Cups”.
“The news, first broken by Breitbart London last week – soon picked up and became an international news sensation, with both Christian and non-Christian groups incensed over Starbucks’ whitewashing of Christmas from its traditional Red Cups.
“But now Starbucks has taken the step of press releasing on a new veterans policy – including the hiring of more former U.S. military personnel, as well as a plan to provide “partners who are current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces with an additional tuition-free education to extend to a spouse or child”.
“While the Starbucks Red Cups story started in London, England, most of the citizen anger has been expressed in the United States, after Christian groups and individuals seized on the Breitbart London scoop. Recently, U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump even implied that it might be time to boycott Starbucks over its anti-Christmas sentiment. . .”
Robert Spencer, PJM: “Hamtramck, MI, Becomes First U.S. City with Muslim-Majority Council”
“Literally hours later, the city’s proud multiculturalists realized they had a problem on their hands.
“The nation’s first, but certainly not last, majority-Muslim city council has just been elected in Hamtramck, Michigan, a historically Polish city. But before anyone could break out the sparkling grape juice and toast our new diversity, Ibrahim Algahim — a Muslim activist in Hamtramck – crowed at a victory party:
Today we show the Polish, and everybody else.
“Multicultural euphoria, meet Islamic supremacist reality. Algahim, at least, was not ready to link arms and sing “Kumbaya,” as the diverse peoples of Hamtramck marched towards multicultural harmony. Randy Wimbley of Fox 2 Detroit reported:
[H]istory [was made] in Hamtramck as voters elected the first majority Muslim city council in the country.
“But rather than ease racial tensions, the comments from a Muslim organizer threaten to divide. [Algahim’s comment] may create or widen the rift between the growing Muslim and shrinking Polish community in Hamtramck.
“One of those with rising tensions was one of the defeated — and Polish — city council candidates, Cathie Lisinki-Gordon:
‘I’m shocked that he said that. I’m a very good friend of his. I cannot believe that he would ever profile any select group. Especially when his community has felt ostracized and profiled for many years.’
“So ostracized and profiled … that they were able to gain a majority on the city council. . .”