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Senator Casey Ignores Democratic Candidate Brian Kelly’s Request to Debate:
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – December 29, 2011 - Brian Kelly, Democratic US Senatorial Candidate from Wilkes-Barre PA, publicly announced today that he has invited Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. of Scranton, PA to a televised debate in a modified Lincoln Douglas style at the Barney Inn in Wilkes-Barre PA.
Kelly emailed the Senator on December 15, and promised to wait seven days, hoping to be able to include Senator Casey’s response in this press release. After fourteen days, Senator Casey has not responded.
“Senator Casey knows that I am just an ordinary Pennsylvania citizen and just as he has ignored my pleas and the requests of other Pennsylvanians over his five years in the US Senate, the Senator has again chosen to ignore what is best for Pennsylvanians, hoping that you and I will simply go away. However, I have no plans to go away, and with America in dire need of recovery, I bet you have no plans to go away either.” Kelly said.
RRR: A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and Job Creation
During his speech announcing a run for the US Senate against incumbent Robert P. Casey Jr. at Fisher’s Barney in on October 21, 2011 in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, in response to a question, Brian Kelly introduced the first three prongs of his now infamous RRR plan for economic recovery and job creation. Each prong of course is represented by a solitary letter, “R.”.
Kelly hails from Wilkes-Barre and both his campaign announcement and his RRR plan were greeted by the Democrats and Republicans with abundant applause. Earlier in the week, Kelly had similar outings in Philadelphia and Harrisburg where he received the endorsement of the Independence Hall TEA Party and the Independence Hall TEA Party PAC.
Upon his return from the week of announcements, Kelly immediately began to write the RRR book, which is subtitled, A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and Job Creation. Take the link to read it.
The EPA loves Mother Nature but is not very fond of human beings!
During his speech announcing a run for the US Senate against incumbent Robert P. Casey Jr. at Fisher’s Barney in on October 21, 2011 in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, in response to a question, Brian Kelly introduced the first three prongs of his now infamous RRR plan for economic recovery and job creation. Each prong of course is represented by a solitary letter, “R.”. Even before that, Kelly had begun to address his campaign against the major over-regulations, from which Americans suffer in business and in their personal lives.
Kelly hails from Wilkes-Barre and both his campaign announcement and his RRR plan were greeted by the Democrats and Republicans with abundant applause. Nobody wants government in control of their lives. Earlier in the week, Kelly had similar outings in Philadelphia and Harrisburg where he received the endorsement of the Independence Hall TEA Party and the Independence Hall TEA Party PAC.
Upon his return from the week of announcements and endorsements, in addition to beginning his work on a book reflecting the salient notions of his campaign, which he called RRR, available on this site for free, Kelly read and reread the book he had in progress and which was almost completed. This earlier book was titled, Kill the EPA, the book which we are now discussing. We have a lot more to say about Kill the EPA, right here an this site. Take the link to read it.
America and Americans First
You and I both probably know a lot of fine people, who are non-citizens, who are here legally on a visa or on a green card. This thesis is not to suggest that we send any of them back home until their visa is up. As nice as we are to foreigners in America, assuring they have jobs as a condition of staying in America, we need to take care of Americans first.
There are lots of different visa categories all over the alphabet, and just about each of them involves a foreign national gaining a job, often a very good job, in the United States. Whose job is it that they get? Think about that! It may be yours.
Nobody can suggest that the H-1B visa is the most devastating permission slip for aliens to take American jobs. However, there is no question that this particular visa and several like it do take away our best jobs and give them to people who are not Americans. So, it is no wonder our children who graduate from the finest schools cannot find work.
Big Government Doesn't Work
The government of the United States was once run by the people. That is how it was set up and that is how it was intended to be. Today, the national government is so big, way too big, and the leaders are so brash that in many ways they do whatever they want, and we the people can go to well, you know where.
Why would the US government grant over 1.1 million temporary work visas last year to foreign nationals with more than that scheduled for this year? Are we not in a major recession? Why would the US government grant over a million permanent residence documents (green cards) last year with even more to come? A green card as you may know is an official US document issued by the U.S. government to aliens, allowing them to have permanent residence and to work legally in the United States.
The bottom line as I see it is: “If you like Barack Obama and his progressive policies, you are ‘gonna’ love Bob Casey.”
As I was evaluating the items to include in the platform for my run for the US Senate, I was able to use the existing detailed work of conservative Alan Keyes to help quantify all of the many issues faced by the American people. By the way, Alan Keyes is a phenomenon, who ran against Barack Obama for Senator from Illinois. Keyes knew something about Obama then that we Democrats are only now discovering.
The unknown senator with the Casey family name
The late Robert Casey Sr. is recognized by most Pennsylvanians and many Americans as a good man and a very good past governor of Pennsylvania. Robert Casey Jr. in his own right is also very well known but not as well known as his father. He too may very well be a good man. Unfortunately, for Pennsylvanians, Casey Jr. is not a good Senator. If he were representing the interests of California or Nevada, Casey Jr. might be OK, but he has not been good for Pennsylvania.
Nobody would suggest that Robert P. Casey Jr. is good for nothing because he is a very good Senator for Barack Obama. When Casey takes the time on occasion to emerge from Obama’s pocket, he represents Obama and the interests of left wing progressives in the Democratic Party very well. Unfortunately, he does not do the same for the working class people of Pennsylvania.
The Casey / Obama Record
Casey Jr. purports to represent Pennsylvania while his report card says something else. The man is so deep into Obama’s camp that even if he loses his Senate race, and I hope to help him in that regard, he may be seen for years after his loss, still hanging onto Obama’s coattails looking for more orders.
One thing for sure, from my examination of the Senator’s record, future generations will not find his name in the archives of senators who have significantly helped Pennsylvanians.
Those, who know the Senator’s record, have a lot to say about him and those who pay attention are not very pleased with that record. Here is an Internet quote from a blogger that sums up much of the sentiment:
“… just look at his voting record since he got to Washington. He [SIC] name may as well be Obama.”
Obama and Casey are a team in Washington, for sure. Analysts find him in lockstep with the Obama agenda even when Obama is voting against the pro-life agenda. So, why does Bob Casey say he is pro-life when he is not? Is he a hypocrite? You will have to make that call.
Bob Casey Jr and the Romanelli Election Scandal of 2006
The Democratic Party leaders knew they had the right name and they were intent on ensuring that the new real Robert Casey would win his 2006 bid for the U.S. Senate. The history of lawsuits filed since then suggests that to assure Casey’s election, they committed a few illegal acts. For many, this is hard to believe but for the rest of us, we continue to ask, who else is going to jail!
In their zeal to elect their man, Bob Casey Jr. from this man’s vantage point, they subverted the most intrinsic right of an American – the right to vote. But, they had it all going for them so why not assure a good guy’s election? After all, the power structure at the time was in their favor. Remember, corruption spawns more corruption when opponents are weak.
You see, it is well documented that the power brokers illegally utilized staff members to challenge the nominating petitions of Carl Romanelli of Wilkes-Barre. Some have gone to jail in the famous Bonusgate investigations, but President Nixon, whoops, Bob Casey Jr. has remained unknown and anonymous and quite slippery regarding any blame coming his way.
He is the unknown senator, and his stealth behavior may keep him from getting thrown in the slammer but it should not give him an intrinsic right to gain reelection to the US Senate – just because he thinks we are stupid! Check this out this link for more information.
If Casey Is pro-life, why does he vote the other way?
Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. claims to be pro-life; but is he pro-life? If he is pro-life then one would expect the major pro-life organizations to be supporting him. But, they are not. Instead, they are gunning for him? For all of the good Casey does for Obama, why do you suppose that Miguel H. Diaz, and not Pat Casey, the Senator’s brother, was appointed as Ambassador to the Holy See? Some pro-life organizations several years go saw Pat Casey as a shoe-in for the position and yet it did not happen.
Around the same time as the flurry about Pat Casey was happening, and Scranton’s Bob Jr. was ready to sell out his Catholic stock, an unknown Bishop with an Italian surname exactly the same as a new Congressman from Scranton PA was complaining to the newspapers, to the TV, and surely to the papacy that Senator Casey and Vice President Biden, who loves saying he is from Scranton, PA were not acting like Catholics.
As the bullets cometh:
The introduction to this very boring listing of platform point after platform point has some elements of excitement which you may enjoy. I would advise you to make the trip. Click Here to Take the Run!
For those that choose to stay right here, thinking these are the cliff-notes version, they may not make as much sense as if you had waddled through the intro first. But, in America, it is your choice. Thank God!
The Major Platform Categories
As the categories are listed in alphabetic order. The items within the categories are arranged in no significant sequence.
- A child has a God-given right to life from fertilization to natural death.
- All unborn children are persons, not masses of flesh.
- Abortion is "prohibited" in Declaration of Independence- prohibit abortion.
- Embryonic stem cell research experiments with human life.
- Need a Constitutional amendment defining life from conception.
- Abortion is unjust and immoral.
- Mothers have no right to take a fetus’ life.
- Only exception is to preserve life of mother.
- I am pro-Mom and pro-Baby.
B. Budget & Economy
There Is No Free Lunch!
From the email bag -- email is as received.
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The following is very interesting and can be summed up in one short sentence.
There are two classes of people in this country; Those who work for a living, and those who vote for a living!!!
This is a great derivative of the old saying: “There ain’t no free lunch.”
I AM FORWARDING THIS EMAIL THAT I RECEIVED TODAY. IT REFLECTS THE FEELINGS OF A LOT OF PEOPLE
I have never heard this said as plain or as well. Class warfare at its worst.
The folks who are getting the free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff, can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.
Allen West: Obama's Recognition of Pre-1967 Borders 'Beginning of the End' for Jewish State -- Thursday, 19 May 2011 03:19 PM -- By Newsmax Wires
Conservatives led by Florida Republican Allen West Thursday were quick to blast President Barack Obama's game-changing recognition of a Palestinian state existing along Israel's pre-1967 borders — a decision that many described as an existential threat for the Jewish state.
"Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state," said West, R-Fla., one of the leading Tea Party thinkers in the House Republican freshman class," West said in a prepared statement.
"From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, controlled by Jordan’s Arab army.
Obama Health Care Will Cover Every American...except Those Exempted By Its 1,040 Waivers
Bruno Korschek (BK) writes: [Not an alias for Brian Kelly (BK) ]
There are many reasons to doubt the effectiveness of the many components of Obama Care. The latest set of numbers from the Department Of Health and Human Services (HHS) adds another layer of doubt that the political class really had any sense of reality when they passed the legislation. Less than a year after the legislation was passed, HHS has already granted 1,040 waivers to the law to various organizations across the country.
This raises some pretty obvious and simplistic questions:
* If this law is so good, why have so many waivers been granted so quickly for temporary exemptions from the law?
* How could the architects of this law not have even a clue that it would adversely affect so many Americans so quickly (the healthcare blog from "The Hill" estimates that these 1,040 waivers/exemptions cover about 2.6 million Americans).
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This one is from my financial adviser. Now this is really scary. Eleanor
We all know how Senator Robert P. Casey is in lockstep with President Obama, so technically this could have been written about Casey. When you read Chuck Green’s piece below, simply substitute Casey for Obama and it should work.
Excellent read.......... Here's an opinion piece by Chuck Green who writes "Greener Pastures" for the Denver Post Aurora Sentinel...one of the more liberal papers in the country. Additionally, Mr. Green is a life long Democrat...[as am I] so this is rather a stunning piece...
Obama is victim of Bush's failed promises
Greener Pastures Column
Barack Obama is setting a record-setting number of records during his first year in office.
- Largest budget ever.
- Largest deficit ever.
- Largest number of broken promises ever.
- Most self-serving speeches ever.
- Largest number of agenda-setting failures ever.
- Fastest dive in popularity ever.
Wow! Talk about change.
Let us not take our Constitutional Republic for granted!
Prior to 2008, Lets Go Publish! specialized in tech books only but this new book by our # 1 tech book author, Brian W. Kelly is a must read for anybody, and that certainly includes hard working tech guys trying to figure out how to save their jobs and keep their hard earned money. Also, while you are at it, please include the rest of America that in this recession is simply trying to get by one day at a time.
Take the link on the picture or below to buy this book! One deep look into Taxation Without Representation, and you can see that taxation, self-serving politicians, offshoring, etc. are very germane to all citizens, especially in the U.S. and especially in this, the age of Obama.
Brian Kelly is running for the Senate in 2012 for the exact reasons he wrote this book and the others that you can link to from this site. Kelly is very upset at what is happening to America.
This book answers the questions you have been asking to which there have been no answers
Most Americans are aware of the major battle regarding health insurance and healthcare “reform” that was at its peak in the fall of 2009 and hit crescendo in March 2010. Congress got ready and then spent more than a trillion dollars on a government take-over of healthcare while robbing Medicare of $600 Billion.
The purpose of the take-over was,
purportedly, to improve the lives of just 17% of the people -- those that the government determined to have no access to healthcare (a determination with which many constituents tend to disagree).
About Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly is married to the former Patricia Piotroski and the couple resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania as they have all their married life of thirty-five years. They are the proud parents of three adult children, Brian, Michael, and Katie.
Brian Kelly was born and "raised" in Wilkes-Barre PA. He attended St. Boniface Grade School and Meyers High School. At Meyers, he was a member of the National Honor Society and on the sports side, Brian was both a pitcher and a catcher on the Meyers High Baseball team. He was also active in many school clubs as well as the student council.
He won an academic scholarship to King's College and with the help of a National Defense Student Loan, and the Work-Study Program he graduated cum Laude with a degree in Data Processing, the pre-cursor degree to Business Information Technology. While at King's, Kelly was a member of two honor societies, the King's Aquinas Society, and the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. Brian played varsity Baseball for the Monarchs as a catcher and then as a starting pitcher in his Junior and Senior years.
Question: I have read a lot of the stuff on your site and, other than that you don't seem to be a normal Democrat, and I am not so sure about that, why should I vote for you?
Answer: Thanks for the question. I wrote many of the things on this site myself so I am not sure if you mean all of them or just some of them. If you have really read them all, please let me know what it is that disturbs you.
I am not sure that I can convince anybody that I am worthy of their vote. The fact that an ordinary guy permits himself or herself to go through this process, it is so painful, in my opinion, that ought to be enough. I believe in a representative democracy it ought to be easier for all Americans to run for office. Let me take a crack at this question though it intrinsically annoys me. Don't hang up early on this... OK?
About being a normal Democrat, perhaps you are right. I don't seem to be one because I am not in today's thinking. The Democrats have changed, not me. I'd like to think that I am how Democrats once were when my dad was a staunch Democrat and he convinced me to change from Independent to Democrat. Perhaps Democrats should be that party again.
The key phrase in all of this is "for the people." Democrats had always been for the people. It was always implied that the people were Americans. Today, Democrats have an extremely hard left agenda like as if Russia was a good place to live. I do not think that way. Since Progressivism, Socialism, and Communism have proven to be bad for the people, wherever they are brought forth, a Democrat Party that is hard left is for just a few people. It is not for the common, hard working, regular American person.
Your parents and my parents would have disdain for a party that seems, as its goal, to assure people they can be dependent on government and all will be OK. That is not my Democratic Party.
Whenever socialism is attempted, it fails miserably. See Cuba, Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Vietnam, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe for further information. The US was built on economic freedom and that is why it has always been the largest, most prosperous economy. Countries that are relatively free in economic terms tend to grow much faster. So, do any of us think that more Obama style crippling progressive regulations will help any time soon?
These are really tough economic times. Job losses are almost as bad as during the Great Depression, and there appears to be nobody at home in the government as far as helping private industry create jobs. A plague of fiscal irresponsibility is gripping the nation and it won't let go because at least 67 Senators from the 111thCongress have yet to face their public. Like the 33 that felt the deep roasting breath of the people, these 67 will have their day, but they seem to believe that they are immune.
The public did a reasonable job of cleaning the House in 2010 but even there, we still have work to be done. Pennsylvanians should be proud of the work we did to help stop the slide to socialism in the House. One thing is for sure with socialism, no jobs are necessary.
Millions of Americans today worry about simple things like how to pay their mortgages, feed their families, and heat their homes. Washington, like Nero while Rome was burning, is fiddling its way in a sea of inexperience and / or just plain incompetence. If there were smart men in Washington doing what they are doing on purpose, it would be criminal! We would put them all in jail! Wouldn't we? Yes, we would!
Pennsylvanians Need to Instruct Their State Lawmakers To Permit Democracy in Pennslyvania!.
Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey, Jr. was born April 13, 1960. Right now, he serves as the senior U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He was elected in 2007 as a Democrat, having solidly defeated Rick Santorum in the General Election. But some very dark shadows loom over his legitimacy. The Press in Pennsylvania is so kind to the Democratic Senator, however, that many people may not even know Casey has some dark shadows. Casey is a local hero.
In mid May 2011, for example, Students for Life and the Cardinal Newman Society sent a letter to the president of Villanova University, Father Peter Donohue. Casey was scheduled to receive honors at Villanova's Commencement. The letter urged the Catholic university to rethink honoring Casey due to the his pro-choice voting record. Casey insists that he is pro-life but his record indicates that is a lie.
In fact, there are a number of shadows about Senator Casey that are not very well known. Many Pennsylvanians for example, are unaware that besides Rick Santorum, Mr. Casey had another challenger in 2006. A Wilkes-Barre native from the Green Party named Carl Romanelli decided to run in the 2006 general election.
Bye Bye 16th Amendment, the Corporate Tax, & the IRS!
The Fair Tax
How does the 16th amendment help business? It authorizes the "progressive" income tax. We all know that more than a mechanism to feed the government's need to defend us, and to enable highways to be built and other things that individuals cannot do by themselves, the income tax is used for wealth redistribution.
The workers somehow do not like that, but the non-workers, especially the deadbeats, really do. It is good to help the helpless. It is not good to make people helpless. So, it is not good to help make poor people out of those who otherwise would be fruitful contributors to their own lives. Yet, we know this is what government does all the time. The sixteenth amendment provides the funding for the big government appetite.
The notion of giving to those who should not need anything returns nothing to the people. The government really decides way too much for the people. And, the government is mostly full of dunderheads, blockheads, and pigheads who don't know their back end from a hole in the ground.
The income tax is a convenient vehicle to manage the people's purchases via tax exemptions, credits, and deductions. How does government know what is good or bad for you or for me? We know they use the three branches of government to determine this information. Again, they use their elete DBP team trio-- (dunderheads, blockheads, and pigheads).
Question: Who the heck do you think you are coming out of retirement, never having been in government or politics, other than one failed attempt for Congress, challenging one of the finest Senators Pennsylvania ever had. Shouldn't you just stay retired?
Answer: Thank you for the question. I know who I am. I am really not excited about the prospects of picking up, uprooting my family, and heading to Washington. I worked for several years in New York when I was with IBM, but I was only 21 years old at the time. When IBM chose to transfer me to Scranton, PA., , , , I was very happy to come back home to Northeastern PA (NEPA), to join my father and mother and brothers and sisters --- who all lived close by. Family is very important in my life. I have lived in NEPA all my life, other than those few years.
I am 63-years old but I seem 21 in my mind. I am so much smarter now than when I was really 21. Growing old has some great benefits which can only be learned by growing older. And, yes, in my life, the "wiser" part came right along with it.
I feel that I have something to offer to my country and it is the right time in my life to help. I am no longer twenty-one years old, and I know a lot more about life than when I first worked in Utica, NY. I am wise enought to not want to be a politician and I promise not become one. Moreover, I think that the government of the people is too important to leave it just to politicians. Maybe that gives you an idea of who I am. If you are still reading, it gives me an idea of who you are!
If I were not so upset with our National Government, and its elite demeanor, and its unresponsiveness to the people, I would not feel the need to run for this important office. Since it is a six year office once elected, I do not plan to ever run for office again. I plan to be elected as your US Senator, but of course, that is up to you.
Answer: That is a very good question?
First of all, I have not yet made the decision but I am close. Two words can summarize why I would be motivated to run for the Senate in Pennsylvania:
As a husband and father, my family is very important in this decision. Four years ago, in the Congressional decision, I considered running and my family and I discussed it at length and I decided not to run. Then two years ago, for the run against Paul Kanjorski, I got major encouragement from my family, though there was still some trepidation about the potential impact on our family unit. We'd like to remain reasonably private and regular people. At the same time, there are other factors.
This time, more than a year later, I am seriously considering running for the Senate of the United States of America. My family agrees that things are not as good in America as we would like. They would prefer that one of their uncles would step forward so that we could have honest government. My family and your family know that our biggest problem is our representation in the House and the Senate. We have sent away numerous representatives who have dishonored us and so there is very little trust that either House of Congress will do the right thing. The safe approach for America is that Congress must go, and one of our trusted family members should take over their vacated positions.
I would be happy to defer my candidacy to a like-minded person if one shows up. Short of that there are a lot of things that are wrong with our country.
Are you sure Robert P. Casey is a good man?
He sure looks nice... but....
Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey, Jr. was born April 13, 1960. Right now, he serves as the Senior U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He was elected in 2006 as a Democrat, and began serving in 2007. He solidly defeated Rick Santorum in the General Election, no ands or ifs about that.
But, because he so aggressively worked to remove a green party candidate from the ballot using funding from the State of PA when he was the Treasurer, there are many who speculate his allegiance to Barack Obama has less to do with their bowling prowess than it does with Obama being able to offer a Presidential Pardon if the Senator finds himself in the "Bonusgate" Big House.
Many do not know that Mr. Casey had another challenger from the Green Party named Carl Romanelli. The story of Casey’s poor treatment of Romanelli is available in another article on this site. Casey’s contumelious treatment of Romanelli is certainly cause for any freedom loving Pennsylvanian to throw Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. out of office at your first opportunity. To permanently stop the challenger from the Green Party, Casey threw Romanelli under the bus’s big wheels while the bus was still moving.
America should take care of Americans first and not give foreigners advantages over US citizens.
The US Visa programs have been used by corporations and a complicit Congress & President to sell out American intellectuals and skilled service workers and perhaps even worse than that, recent American College graduates. The scam continues even now while Americans are unemployed in record numbers. The Visa Program had noble beginnings and there is no obvious problem with the type of people who come in on visas. However under certain visa types, employers get a big bonus as they can access foreign technical talent for slave wages while putting well schooled and talented Americans out of a job.
When I was an active IT Consultant, one of my clients was able to obtain an H-1B visa for an executive from South Africa. He was a very bright guy. They were not the nicest of employers. His salary was about 1/3 of the other executives. Why was that? Because he was in many ways an indentured servant to the company. If he messed up or made any demands, they held the rights to his visa, and they could deem that he be sent back to South Africa at the drop of a hat.
As a demonstration of how endearing this company was to this foreign national, when he finally became a citizen, he immediately gave his notice and moved to Florida. They could not do without him. You know what they say about payback. They agreed to pay him a full executive salary while in Florida so that he would run their sophisticated purchasing software over the Internet for them while he had a real full time job in Florida. Some stories work out well. Could not have happened to a lousier bunch of guys.
“Have all you like, somebody else is paying?”
Were you ever in a conversation with a friend with opposing political views, and he or she would not accept even the simplest premise for compromise if it went against their ideology? Sometimes it is tough even to enjoy a beer under those circumstances.
Why is it that despite all the logic in the world being on your point of view and the case you build, there are some people that would rather be way wrong than to accept it?
If they think orange is a conservative color, it is the only color they dislike. Do you know people like that? If you told them the rich pay enough taxes, they would come up with nine million stories about how the poor are poor because the rich are rich. Their solution always is to make the rich, unrich, and make the poor, unpoor.
I have another conundrum going on in my personal life this year and I am having two-way conversations with myself about an important matter. I am taking the side of me, and the other me is taking the side of what I expect from my liberal progressive friends. Yes, I have many of them as ideology and likeability are not the same. But, don't worry about me.... I'll work it out. In the meantime consider the fine American brews at the Menger hotel across from the Alamo. Tell 'em Teddy sent ya!
Would the hard working parents of the baby boomers not be surprised?
Something happened to the Democratic Party since I first joined. I was just twenty-three years old. I spent my first two years as a voter registered as an Independent and then my father helped me understand that in PA, being Independent meant that I could not vote in the primaries. So, I changed from Independent to Democrat, like my dad. We were very close and talked a lot about how things were in America and in the neighborhoods for years and years.
Before my dad passed away, he and I spent a lot of time talking about the way things had changed in the Democratic Party. We both noticed the big change. The change was not good. It moved the party into being more and more progressive / socialist and the party no longer stood for individual liberty and freedom. In many ways, the Democratic Party moved so far left that it left even the liberals far behind in the rear view mirror. What had been liberals compared to these new progressive / socialist Democrats were actual conservatives. Under today's norms, JFK would be classified as a conservative. Like most Americans growing up in the 1960s, JFK remains as one of my heroes.
My father, though never a rich man, loved the American dream. As part of those who believe in the dream, my dad believed deeply that we should all work hard, get the best wage that we can, and we should be able to keep what we earn. As a brewery worker, my dad thought much like other hard laborers in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and that included the miners.
Dan Flood Is the inimitable Congressman from Northeastern pennsylvania.
Some of you may have heard that Brian Kelly does a reasonably fine imitation of the Congressman. Kelly also has a mustache.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is a fine day in Northeastern Pennsylvania indeed. Today we were able to obtain through processes known only to a few special people what appears to be a bonafide endorsement of Brian Kelly for US Senate by none other than the former Maestro of Wyoming Valley himself, Congressman Daniel J. Flood.
Click here to hear the Congressman from the past offer some comments about himself and a person --- yes I did say hear.... Well, let's let the Congressman tell you himself... sorta
Why is the federal government dictating educational precepts and policy to states, the foundation of our republic, when the fed, the biggest bully in the world, can't get much of anything right?
Eliminating federal involvement in K–12 education is one of my top domestic priorities for education. The Constitution offers no provision for federal meddling in education.
Ron Paul says that, "It is hard to think of a function less suited to a centralized, bureaucratic approach than education. The very idea that a group of legislators and bureaucrats in D.C. can design a curriculum capable of meeting the needs of every American schoolchild is ludicrous."
As the federal government has exerted more control over education, what has happened? I don't need to tell you because you know. "The deteriorating performance of our schools as federal control over the classroom has grown shows the folly of giving Washington more power over American education." Do you really want an American bureaucrat determining the education your child receives. When were the children of your favorite last politician, from state offices to the White Houses so pleased with the system they created that they insisted that their children realized the benefits? Actually, that's Washington-speak for saying, "hey, they won't send their kids to those schools. Doesn't that tell it all? So, why should we?
Keep your guns. The people have the right of self-protection and the founders expected that good government would not last and would need to be replaced. The people have the right to form a new government when the old government rots in place.
The last stanza of Cheyenne, a TV western hero played by Clint Walker is:
"Move along, Cheyenne --- Next pasture's always so green. Driftin' on, Cheyenne don't forget the things you have seen, And when you settle down where will it be? Cheyenne! Cheyenne!"
From Hugh O'Brian in Wyatt Earp:
"Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, brave courageous and bold, long live his fame and long live his glory, and long may his story be told."
Cheyenne Bodie was a drifter who held many odd jobs, and because the West was dangerous, he packed a six-shooter. Wyatt Earp was a lawman, and his job was to take care of the bad guys. As such, he carried a big gun and he knew how to use it.
You may argue with me but there are lots of stories from the old west and from today's America in which the armed have saved their families by being armed.
Countervailing Powers: Unions, Corporations, Government, etc.
Those with power sometimes do not know how powerful they are while those without power know very well how weak they are. The have's always have and the have-nots, have not but they do their best to survive. So it has been from the beginning of time as the law dictates, "survival of the fittest."
Are humans above it all? Is there just a little bit in a human that is animal. Is it possible that part really is not as good in its spirit as man's best friend, the wonderful creature Canis familiaris domesticus, most often referred to simply as dog,. Are humans or dogs more inclined to do the right thing if called upon accordingly? Tough question! I look into my wonderful dog's eyes and I always know which way he is going to go.
As we go back to the turn of the century we find certain humans who had lots and lots of material goods as well as lots of power. These folks were truly captains of industry and they were referred to using that term as well as by the less flattering term of "Robber Barons." We all know who they are from our American History classes. John D. Rockefeller, Milton S. Hershey, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Cornelius Vanderbilt were the headliner robber barons of the period. They were all shrewd, cunning, and some might add, "heartless" businessmen.
These Robber Barons were indeed captains of industry and they were indeed, robber barons.
Hello Pennsylvania Residents
Along with many other conservatives on the Democratic and Republican parties, I am very concerned about the impact of the debt on the future viability of the United States. We placed a Congress and a Senate in charge of appropriations over the years and neither side of Congress have been good caretakers. Moreover, neither party has done its job, though the most egregious violations were during Obama and the 111th COngress. Their job would get failing grades in my classroom. This current 112th Congress is a bit better but it is afraid of its own shadow. The 111th was the worst ever. Their public opinion ratings show that the public knows how inept they were. Many are no longer with the OCngress because of their poor showing.
Our own Senator, RObert P. Casey, Jr., a good man perhaps in other ways, has yet to meet one of these huge spending bills, laden with earmarks and pork and paybacks and bribes and corruption, that he has not liked. When the wallet is empty, it is empty... unless, of course your Baptismal name is G-O-V-E-R-N-M-E-N-T.
When your personal wallet is empty and you've emptied the wallets of your neighbors besides, you have an addiction and need help. Let us help the spending addicts in Congress by keeping them home this time out. Let's start with our own six year senator, Robert P. Casey, Jr.
The Road to the poor house is in sight, and there is no Bob Hope to block the way.
Let's face it. during this recession, families all over the country have been forced to make tough budget cutting decisions just to make ends meet. Yet, somehow, our elite friends in Congress can't do the same thing? They know they are spending too much. Why don't they stop? Why don't they act fiscally responsible. It is because of one of two reasons: 1. They don't want to or 2. They do not know how.
In either case, it's irresponsible! The American taxpayers deserve better fiscal management than what they get from Congress. The American taxpayers donot represent a bottomless pit of money that Congress can appropriate any way that it wants!
Third World Nation
Since the beginning of our big economic slide, a slide caused by liberal banking laws such as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), people from even very small European countries look at us now as if we are a third world nation. That makes us the world's newest and the world's largest banana republic. We can thank Barack Hussein Obama for that trick as George Bush thought much more of America than to put her down.
We don't grow many bananas -- at least on the mainland, but we sure have forgotten how to be fiscally responsible. It is shameful that we keep digging a bigger financial hole while our president apologizes at every opportunity for the mere fact that God permits Americans to live on the same planet with those of other nations. After the President's Apology Tour that he undertook shortly after inauguration day, he did all he could to show that he is a world citizen and not an American, and therefore non-Americans can trust him. They apologies for Americans was the gravy of his message.
Debt / Deficit -- Payable to Communist China
Politicians Are Liars
When I complain about the government, it is not the regular American people who are employed in the process of government that are the issue, it is clearly the leadership. It begins with the President and then Congress and then the entrenched high level bureaucrats. The fact is that Government by itself produces nothing, period. It does create huge bureaucracies of mostly unneeded people, which deprive those who pay their salaries of the liberty os spending their own money.
Government takes and squanders. It mismanages and corrupts while it seeks full control. That is why the founding fathers wanted limited government. Politicians are liars. Under liars in the dictionary is a compaosite peicture of your favorite politicians. As W. C. Fields would say, they have made prevarication an Art. Government is made up of politicians. The Government lies frequently to achieve its objectives.
When the government creates government jobs, who pays for these jobs? They are paid for by an already overtaxed private economy -- by you and by me. Does it not make perfect sense that government would seek to expand its payroll since every new bureaucrat becomes a likely advocate for even bigger government and the entrenched politician and bureaucrats become even more powerful.
Let's get rid of the IRS. Who would not like that?
"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."
Way back in February, 1913, the 16th Amendment was ratified by the states and thus it became a part of the Constitution. As such, mostly everybody who is affected by income tax would like it to go away. Even Congress cannot summarily get rid of it. It will take another amendment to the constitution to make that happen and that is not easy. But, if I am elected your Senator, you can be assured I will push to get the ball rolling as well as the implementation of most parts of the elements of the FAIR tax as well as the reduction in the corporate income tax as discussed in other essays.
America ought to have the lowest corporate income tax so that we can invite companies from across the world to build their plants in America. Americans are OK working in good jobs for companies that like to hire Americans.
All of this fits in with the notion of the Fair Tax. Freeing corporations of their tax burden so they will produce more in the US is a big part of the Fair Tax.
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