Remember a Vet; Matt Brouillette, Budget; 7/2 Rally for America; Independence Day Parade.
BREXIT: WILL – Britain’s revival; PETERS – Plucky Brits; YAHOO! – Donald & Brexit; NRO – Shock of Brexit; FRENCH – Progressives stumble.
LEADS: ERICKSON – Guns; HALPER – Clinton coke; NY POST – Hillary’s lies; TIMMERMAN – Hillary matches new web site; DANIELS – “LyingCrookedHillary.com”
END NOTES: GELINAS – New Jersey pension disaster.
Remember a Vet!
Matt Brouillette, Commonwealth Foundation, Subject: Finish strong!
“June 24, 2016
“I know the desire and pressure to finish the FY 2016-17 budget on-time is high, and everyone wants to get out of Harrisburg for the summer.
But I want to encourage you to not just get it done, but to get it done right. Unfortunately, what I’m hearing right now about negotiations is quite discouraging so I wanted to urge you to:
- Continue standing up for taxpayers—all of them, not just some or most. Resist the temptation to justify certain tax increases because they only harm this or that group. Don’t let Gov. Wolf divide and conquer you, or your constituents, by taxing anyone unfairly or unequally.
- Refuse to undermine the victories you just secured in the FY 2015-16 budget battle. The taxpayers benefited because you refused to surrender to Gov. Wolf’s demands. Increasing spending by 5% (when inflation is under 1%) and extracting another $1 billion in new/higher taxes from working Pennsylvanians would be a massive give-back of what you just won for them.
- Don’t accept the hyperbole and heated rhetoric. Remember, last year Gov. Wolf claimed we had a $2.3 billion deficit that would require $4.6 billion in new and higher taxes. He argued that if you failed to close that deficit, raise taxes, and increase spending, you would have to cut “a billion dollars from education, a billion dollars from human services. We’re going to have cuts the likes of which this Commonwealth has not seen in a generation, if ever.”
“You didn’t buy into Gov. Wolf’s wild claims and unreasonable demands. Not only did you balance the budget, but you did so without raising taxes while boosting education and human services spending. Instead of “cutting a billion dollars from education,” you increased it by $250 million (and that’s not counting the additional $550 million in education pension spending). Instead of “cutting a billion dollars from human services,” you increased it by $83 million.
“So as you work to complete the FY 2016-17 budget, I want to encourage you to not just get it done but get it done right. Stand up for taxpayers, build on the good things you accomplished in FY 2015-16, and pass a no-tax, fiscally-responsible budget.
Follow this link to send your own message now!
Rally for America
A Rally for America will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 2 at the Conference Center at Valley Forge, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville, Pa. 19460.
It is sponsored by WFYL 1180AM. The cost $10 which gives access to speakers and music along with the center’s pool or $14.50 which includes lunch.
To reserve a lunch email info@1180Wfyl.com.
Speakers are Steve Piotrowski, Stan uberfel, Larry Denver, Zach Groff and Sandy Groff.
Janet: Independence Day March, July 4th
Our secession from Great Britain will be honored this year with George Washington crossing the Delaware River in a boat, in tow, while our professional singer is aboard entertaining with Patriotic songs. We plan to have Revolutionary soldiers in costume, and the original 13 colony flags. Events that have happened over the recent years will be memorialized to raise awareness to the crowd. Feel free to uphold your God-given and 2nd Amendment right.
Bring your different American flags. Dress in Colonial garb. Wear your red, white, and blue.
Bring large and easily read posters. Bring banners (we need attendees to hold quite a few that we have). Bring your family. We need proud Americans to throw out 50 pounds of candy, and literature pertaining to our organization.
Afterwards, for whoever cares to gather on the outside patio in the center of the village at Basta Pasta, 4052 Skippack Pike, will have themselves a lot of fun with the dozens who join
us for great food, drink, and conversation!
Plan to join us at 10a.m. at the Skippack Fire Company, 1230 Bridge Road
(right off of Rt 73/Skippack Pike) to plan our lineup. The parade begins at 11,
and lasts approximately one hour. Jane Taylor Toal, CEO Citizens for Liberty, PO Box 782, Oaks, PA, 194546; Telephone: 484-424-3619
BREXIT . . .
George Will, NRO: “Britain’s Welcome Revival of Nationhood”
“Britons voted to reclaim their history and national identity.
“The Leave campaign won the referendum on withdrawing Britain from the European Union because the arguments on which the Remain side relied made Leave’s case. The Remain campaign began with a sham, was monomaniacal with its Project Fear, and ended in governmental thuggishness.
“The sham was Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempt to justify Remain by negotiating EU concessions regarding Britain’s subservience to the EU. This dickering for scraps of lost sovereignty underscored Britain’s servitude and achieved so little that Remainers rarely mentioned it during their campaign.
“Project Fear was the relentless and ultimately ludicrous parade of Cassandras, ‘experts’ all, warning that Britain, after more than a millennium of sovereign existence, and now with the world’s fifth-largest economy, would endure myriad calamities were it to end its 23-year membership in the EU. Remain advocates rarely even feigned enthusiasm for the ramshackle, sclerotic EU. Instead, they implausibly promised that if Brexit were rejected, Britain — although it would then be without the leverage of the threat to leave — would nevertheless somehow negotiate substantially better membership terms than Cameron managed when Brexit was an option. . .”
Ralph Peters, NY Post: “It’s no surprise the plucky Brits are leading the anti-Europe revolution”
“The Spanish Armada, Waterloo, the Battle of Britain and Brexit: Once again “Little England” boldly defied a European tyranny.
“Coincidentally, Friday’s vote also blocked another German move to dominate Europe. Other parts of the United Kingdom — Scotland and Northern Ireland — wobbled, but the English and Welsh stood firm in the cause of liberty and their way of life against the European Union’s tyranny of faceless clerks in Brussels.
“This was a triumph of democracy over bureaucracy, of the average citizen over a new aristocracy, of cherished identity over the left’s dreams of a global meta-state.
“For now, economic hysteria reigns, irrational, vindictive and bewildered. But just as things never turn out as well as politicians promise, they rarely turn out as badly as “experts” warn.
“The UK is not going to sink like Atlantis, nor can EU states afford to lose the business they do with the Brits. The economic aspects will work themselves out. Some Eurocrats will be spiteful, but, in the end, the business community will decide.
“What’s critical is that, at last, one state called the EU’s bluff. . .”
YAHOO!: “For Trump and Brexit voters, echoes of the same frustrations”
“MAYBOLE, Scotland (AP) — At the heart of the campaign that led Britain to vote to leave the European Union was a desire to regain independence lost amid a globalized world. It’s the same kind of feeling that Donald Trump rode to become the presumptive Republican nominee in the U.S., where he campaigns to put ‘America first’ and ‘make America great again.’
“‘I love to see people take their country back. And that’s really what’s happening in the United States,’ Trump told reporters this weekend during a visit to his golf resort in western Scotland.
“The anxiety that drove the stunning ‘Brexit’a decade in the United Kingdom, as waves of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe arrived as the global economy plunged into recession. In the years since, right-leaning leaders have stoked populist concerns about their impact on wages, as well as fears about the loss of ethnic identity, which runs deep in parts of largely white rural England and Wales.
“‘There’s a real feeling things have changed and they’ve changed too fast,’ said Muriel MacGregor, filling up her car at a BP station on her way to work as a clerk at a hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland.
“MacGregor, 52, said that, unlike many of her friends, she proudly voted for ‘leave.’ ‘This isn’t the country I remember from growing up. I don’t know exactly what happens next. I don’t think anybody does. But I really feel like we needed something different, because this isn’t working’ she said.
“Britain’s vote shattered the stability of continental unity forged after World War II and sent markets across the globe tumbling. But the move to divorce the U.K. from the 28-nation bloc and its government in Brussels was celebrated by those who felt the changing country has lost its way since linking up with the rest of Europe . . .”
NRO: Reflections on the Shock of Brexit
“. . . Among the central arguments of those favoring Brexit was that the Brussels system was dangerously undemocratic and that British voters and MPs had lost the power to propose, amend, or repeal failed or oppressive laws. This was a passionate concern among English people who had grown up in a self-governing democracy, who may have fought for it in wars, and who simply couldn’t understand why the loss of their democratic rights didn’t worry their opponents. Yet again and again liberal journalists treated this passionate belief as either abstract or a cover for more primitive emotions and bigotries. Democracy as such was rarely given weight in Remain or liberal debates on the cost/benefit analysis of Brexit. They treat multinational political institutions as such unalloyed goods that it would be impolite to raise questions about such defects as a democratic deficit. Has the knowledge class/meritocracy/cognitive elite/nowhere people/etc., etc. developed not only an intellectual snobbery towards the rest of society, but even an impatient, dismissive contempt for democracy that cannot be openly avowed but that does influence its other political attitudes?
This is not an entirely theoretical problem. In the next day’s wrap-up of the results, some Remain supporters expressed such boiling anger at their defeat that they came up to the very brink of demanding a second referendum or some dilution of the decision to leave the EU. One can imagine their seeking to do either or both of these things when interest and enthusiasm have evaporated. That’s why the observations of the distinguished Scottish-American political theorist Richard Rose on the significance of this referendum are so key:
‘The referendum result was doubly decisive. . . . Given a chance to cast a ballot in which every vote counted equally, the turnout was 72.2 percent, higher than at any general election since 1992. The total vote cast for exit, almost 52 percent, is higher than that won by any British governing party since 1931. It is almost half again as much as David Cameron’s party gained in winning a majority of seats in the House of Commons at last year’s general election or that Tony Blair took in leading Labour to victory at the 2005 general election . . . a margin of more than 1.2 million votes in favour of exit is more than enough to satisfy the classic British stand that a margin of one vote is enough for victory.’
“In other words, this is a verdict that parliamentarians or ideologues will not be able to challenge at some later date. It has ironclad political legitimacy. As our own recent troubles with the First, Second, and Fifth Amendments currently show, however, the best rules are useless without men and women courageous enough to defend them.”
David French, NRO: “Brexit and the End of International Progressive Inevitability”
“. . .Is it any wonder that citizens of one of the greatest and strongest nations in human history would recoil from an international order that was proving mainly that it could enrich an elite without seeming to lift a finger to preserve the nation’s core values and traditions — the very things that had made it great and strong? Is it any wonder that citizens of other great countries are —wondering what loyalty they owe to that same elite?
“And so we launch yet another phase in human history, where what’s old — nations pursuing their own interests — is new again. On one end of the European continent sits Russia, a nation that is flexing its muscles and seeking to reclaim its traditional power. On the other end is Britain, a nation that has reclaimed its independence and now faces an uncertain future defining its new relationship with the world.
“Across the ocean, America faces its own crisis. Our technocratic elite has constructed its own self-serving system — one that mirrors the very system that Britain rejected yesterday. Our politics are more uncertain and chaotic than at any time in decades. We can’t predict what will happen. But one thing I do know — history never truly had a ‘side.’ Instead, it is the story of action and reaction, and no outcome is inevitable.
“Britain has acted. The world is set to change, and history can’t tell us ‘what’s next.’”
LEADS . . .
Erick Erickson, Townhall: “We Must Rethink Guns”
Thx Ted! Please note, once the police invaded, the Pulse was no longer a “gun-free” zone!
“. . . America, we have a gun problem. To solve it, we can and should do one thing immediate. We should make it vastly easier for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. We need many, many more guns in America in the hands of law-abiding citizens who know how to use them.
“The political left in this country abhors the idea, but it is the only solution. President Obama likes to talk about Australia. That nation rounded up the guns of its citizens years ago, having passed a law rejecting private ownership of handguns. But Australia, unlike the United States, did not have a second amendment to its constitution.
“Whether the American left likes it or not, citizens of the United States have a constitutional right to gun ownership. Not a single proposal before the congress would do anything about the hundreds of thousands of young black men who die from handgun violence. The Democrats’ proposals would only stop long barrel rifles, the guns least likely to be used in instances of gun violence. In fact, the tragedy at Columbine during the Clinton presidency happened after passage of the assault weapons ban.. . .”
Daniel Halper, NY Post: “Clinton White House was den of coke, mistresses: ex-Secret Service officer”
“. . . As someone who guarded the Oval Office during the Clinton presidency, Byrne, in an exclusive interview with The Post, tells how he witnessed “the Clinton machine leaving a wake of destruction in just about everything they do.”
He says he has also seen Hillary’s “dangerous,” abusive, paranoid behavior.
“It’s like hitting yourself with a hammer every day,” says Byrne, pounding a fist into his open hand, of the former First Lady’s explosive anger.
In his new book, “Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate,” out Tuesday, Byrne makes no apologies for his anti-Clinton motivations.
“ ‘America first’ is in my blood,” he writes, sounding very similar to another presidential hopeful.
“ ‘America first’ is in my blood,” he writes, sounding very similar to another presidential hopeful.
Byrne says he wants Americans to “vote [their] conscience,” but pledges to make sure “they have all the information that they need.”
For one, he thinks the Clintons’ own behavior bred an immoral White House culture.
Byrne revealed to The Post during the interview that Clinton staffers used cocaine on the job.
“There were some drug issues,” Byrne says. “Some people would come in to work in the morning, and they were barely walking, they would drop stuff off at the office, and go to the restroom where they would come out minutes later happy as a clown.”
He also exposes the “jogging list” for the first time.
“In the beginning of his first administration, when President Clinton was jogging outside, women who were dressed as if they were going clubbing or working out, started showing up at the southeast gate,” Byrne explains. “The agents . . . would get the women’s names, and run them to see who they were. . .”
“Buried by last week’s Brexit furor was fresh news of Hillary Clinton’s efforts to cover up her abuses of power at the State Department. Two distinct Associated Press scoops show her concealing evidence.
“One is just a single e-mail that she chose not to hand over in her supposedly complete dump of her work correspondence. It’s far from the first one recovered from other sources, but it’s telling because she opted to delete just the one e-mail in a long exchange with top aide Huma Abedin.
“And because it’s a clear acknowledgment that Clinton’s reliance on her homebrew server posed risks.
“It was November 2010, and Abedin had urged the secretary to get onto the state.gov e-mail system or look at “releasing your email address to the department” because State’s spam filter was blocking messages from clintonemail.com.
“No, came Clinton’s reply: “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible” — almost certainly meaning, accessible to Freedom of Information Act requests.
“And it directly contradicts her repeated claims that she relied on the private account purely to avoid having to use more than one device.
“The other AP story uncovered the fact that Clinton had scrubbed at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation funders, etc., from her official State calendar. . .”
Kenneth Timmerman, The Hill: “Hillary lives up to lying crooked website”
“Clinton and corruption are two words irrevocably associated with each other since the days of the Whitewater land deal and Mrs. Clinton’s 100-for-1 winnings as a first-time cattle futures trader in the late 1970’s.
“Those early deals revealed the Clinton business model that flourishes today. Unlike Donald Trump, it has nothing to do with creating real wealth. Instead, it is all based on selling access and influence.
“It remains a mystery why an FBI public corruption investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State has not been front-page news since it was first revealed in January.
“It is no mystery, however, why Mrs. Clinton never appointed an Inspector General for the entire time she served as Secretary of State. Based on the recently released State Department IG report, we now know how much she had to hide.
“Many of the facts about Mrs. Clinton’s apparent selling of favors for cash have been reported in the media – and then promptly ignored. Donald Trump has promised to mainstream the facts in speeches around the country. His campaign has just announced it will soon launch a new website, LyingCrookedHillary.com.
“Here are just a few of the most egregious examples of Mrs. Clinton’s corruption scandals:
“The commodities trader who ‘bought’ his appointment to a Top Secret nuclear weapons security advisory board. Mr. Trump began speaking about commodities trader Raj Fernando on Friday, just hours after ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross broke the storythat tied Mr. Fernando’s appointment to the prestigious International Security Advisory Board in 2009 to his donations to the Clinton Foundation.
“Newly released emails, acquired by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act, show that career Department officials questioned Fernando’s appointment because he had no national security experience. Other emails show that Mrs. Clinton and her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, bypassed the normal nomination process to put Mr. Fernando on the board.
“It turns out Mr. Fernando was a major donor to the Clinton Foundation. It’s hard not to see the quid pro quo.
“Corrupt self-dealing at Laureate University. The Clintons’ tax returns show that the former president earned $16.46 million between 2010 and 2015 as “honorary chancellor” for Laureate University, the largest for-profit college company in the U.S. During that same time, Mrs. Clinton’s State Department awarded grants to Laureate and its affiliates worth $55.2 million. . .”
Kit Daniels, Info Wars: “TRUMP LAUNCHES LYINGCROOKEDHILLARY.COM”
LyingCrookedHillary.com is rolling out a list of Hillary lies over time, and the first lie listed is “Hillary Lies to Benghazi Families.”
“‘Hillary has no shame! The Benghazi attacks were a preventable tragedy disgraced further by Hillary’s web of lies,’ the site published by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. states. ‘She knew within hours that the attacks in Benghazi were a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest due to a You Tube Video, but she lied anyways.’
“‘She stood in front of the flag-draped coffins of four Americans that died serving their country and peddled the lie that the video was to blame both to the victims’ families and the American public.’
Trump, however, doesn’t have to do much to paint Hillary as ‘crooked;’ a Gallup poll revealed that a huge portion of Americans – not just Trump supporters – view Hillary as a ‘liar.’”
END NOTES . . .
Nicole Gelinas, NY Post: “New Jersey’s pension apocalypse is looming”
“If Chris Christie lands a spot in a Donald Trump White House, New Jersey residents won’t be sorry to see their governor go. Christie leaves his state in worse shape than when he found it 6 ¹/₂ years ago.
“Christie and the legislature have to finish up the state budget this week (the fiscal year starts July 1). If you take a look at Jersey’s latest $34.8 billion budget proposal, you understand why Christie spent the past year as far away from Trenton as possible.
“New Jersey’s in crisis — not your run-of-the-mill budget crisis where you cut spending here and raise taxes there, but a slow-motion death spiral. And this is during the eighth year of a national economic expansion, when the state should be doing well. . .”