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The issues in today's news

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The issues in today's news are Tea Party issues, American issues. They are not left or right or the property of one party or another. It is simply fiscal reality that needs to be dealt with. This past April the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees produced their annual report. What follows is an excerpt from their summary.

 


Lawmakers should not delay addressing the long-run financial challenges facing Social Security and Medicare. If they take action sooner rather than later, more options and more time will be available to phase in changes so that the public has adequate time to prepare. Earlier action will also help elected officials minimize adverse impacts on vulnerable populations, including lower-income workers and people already dependent on program benefits.

Social Security and Medicare are the two largest federal programs, accounting for 36 percent of federal expenditures in fiscal year 2011. Both programs will experience cost growth substantially in excess of GDP growth in the coming decades due to aging of the population and, in the case of Medicare, growth in expenditures per beneficiary exceeding growth in per capita GDP.

 


 

Excerpted from the government's summary report.  http://www.ssa.gov/oact/TRSUM/index.html

 

Eye opening video, inside view of the progressive movement

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Anita Montcrief is an ACORN whistleblower and knowledgeable expert on Leftist Ideology and funding sources. In these two 9 minute videos she tells the hidden story of ACORN-Leftist corruption of our election system at the C-PAC Orlando, FL meeting in September 23, 2011. She exposes ACORN’s “wish list” which includes: universal health care, Card Check, Cap & Trade, and vastly increased power fro the EPA to destroy industry. (a tip o' the hat to Paul Saunders for this find)


 

Part One

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The UN arms treaty - will it violate the 2nd amendment?

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Discussion on what we can do about this is found in our discussion forum: UN Arms Trade Treaty

 

Last Updated on Monday, July 16, 2012
 

The Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare

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Court House with Scales of Justice

Press Release from the Lehigh Valley 9/12 Group/Tea Party 6/29/2012

Re: The Supreme Court Decision on ObamaCare

The Lehigh Valley 9/12 Group/Tea Party is greatly disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision ruling that ObamaCare can be regarded as constitutional if the associate fees are treated as a tax. This ruling sets a precedent for giving license to the federal government to impose similar demands covering any product or service it determines are “in our best interests”. It is a tragic blow to both state and individual sovereignty and represents a substantial and frightening loss of individual freedom.

The details about the hundreds of little tyrannies in this law are only of secondary concern. The unifying fundamental battlefield to fight for ObamaCare’s repeal is—that the law violates the unalienable individual rights of medical professionals and patients to freely make choices that are theirs by right and by the blood of the hallowed line of patriots who died to protect those rights.

Hopefully this constitutional assault will awaken all those citizens who have not yet become aware of the concerted effort of “liberal progressives” to transform our government into a centralized socialist state.

As Justice Roberts has said “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices”. That is why we, the voting public, must do our homework and know the voting record of the ones we elect into office.

The Lehigh Valley Tea Party meets the first Friday of the month at the Chrin Community Center. For more information go to our website at www.lvtp.org

The Executive Board of the Lehigh Valley 9/12 Group/Tea Party

Last Updated on Thursday, June 28, 2012
 

Pennsylvania is not Wisconsin

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It's been over a week since the election in Wisconsin seemingly indicated that voters of every stripe are ready to reward leaders who are willing to tackle the tough issues. And for the past week it has been a study in contrasts, seeing business as usual here in the Keystone State.

On Monday, PA House Bill 1776 was tabled in the State House Finance Committee. This was the legislation that would have ended the use of property tax as a vehicle to fund public schools. It was controversial in that it was a “tax-swap” that looked to other means to finance education. But if it stays bottled up in a committee it doesn't get discussed or amended and it could just die without any consideration at all. We may argue on the different ways school funding may be handled, but the idea of abolishing a tax that makes every property owner literally a paying tenant of the government sounded like a principled move to many.

Catching bits and pieces of local politicians on the TV was no better. Legislators of both parties giving speeches as to why Harrisburg should retain it's control of liqueur stores. Another one in her home district pontificating on the importance of parks. Teachers rally in Harrisburg, again. Like I said, business as usual. Pennsylvania is not Wisconsin.

What was Wisconsin supposed to mean? How does it apply here? There the state has enacted labor reform laws that have empowered the local governments when it comes time to bargain with the unions. This has given those local governments the ability to avoid the cutbacks in services they would have otherwise had to. Too often our local boroughs and school districts are hampered by the dictates of the state. They end up cutting services or school programs because, the way the state regulations are written, that is their only option. Currently there is a PA House Bill (HB 1369) to end teacher's strikes in Pennsylvania. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Will it also be tabled in committee?

Political Inertia

Diogenes searching for an honest man

The fact that Wisconsin's reforms are bearing fruit and earning the support of voters should be a lesson for every politician willing to learn. It is up to us to to push the issues and point out these lessons and make sure the politicians know the very real consequences of not learning them. A comfortable politician is like the leopard that can't change his spots, the office holder already has his own inclinations and personality. If he hasn't moved yet it's because he needs an incentive to overcome his own personal political inertia. We need to give them reasons to move...

Diogenes, the legendary cynic, was known for carrying a lit lantern in the daytime giving the excuse that he was, “looking for an honest man.” Sometimes it seems the Tea Party movement is in just as futile a search, “looking for the principled politician.” What it really needs to do is shine that lantern into the eyes of the current establishment and wake them from their slumber. We see what works, what effective office holders can do. We must demand as much from our own.

Last Updated on Sunday, June 17, 2012
 

A call to action!

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Please contact your US Senators ASAP by phone, email and/or fax, regarding the following.

The Utility MACT rule will expand the already vast powers given to the EPA by the Clean Air Act, increasing red tape and imposing billions in new costs on the economy.

EPA’s Utility MACT rule (up for a vote very soon, possibly by Monday 6/11/12) is purportedly designed to reduce mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants, BUT even the EPA admits this will have almost no health or environmental benefits. The real goal is to shut down coal plants across the country and fulfill the President’s promise that “if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can—it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

There’s a lot at stake. Unless the Senate acts, power plants that produce enough energy to light 15 million American households will be forced into early retirement. More than a million U.S. jobs will be destroyed in the coming years. Electricity bills will increase by an average of 12% nationwide and by as much as 24% in coal-heavy regions.

Enough is enough when it comes to absurd Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations!

What can be done to stop the Utility MACT?

Support S.J Res. 37 (introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe) which, if passed, will overturn this awful EPA Utility MACT rule (an unnecessary and costly regulation).

Without the Senate on board, there’s no chance to stop the EPA.

Please call your Senator right now and ask them to support S.J Res. 37

Senator Bob Casey
Washington, DC
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6324
Toll Free: (866) 802-2833
Fax: (202) 228-0604
contact Casey online click below
www.casey.senate.gov/contact/

Senator Pat Toomey
Washington, D.C.
502 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-0284
online, click below
www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact


The information above was received from the Lehighton 912 Project and Americans for Prosperity (please see the discussion board for more on this subject):

 

A response from the Governor

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We're still watchingFor the last couple of months we have urged attendees of our monthly general meetings to send postcards out to politicians on various matters. One of the issues was given as follows: "Even though PA is fighting the PPACA (ObamaCare) in court, the administration is going forward and creating the health care exchanges that it mandates. Governor Corbett has taken $34 million in federal money to develop contingency plans for the implementation of the law he says is unconstitutional." With that message the Governor's address was listed. We think we have received an answer. To read what the Governor has sent us please click "Read more..." directly below here.

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Last Updated on Sunday, June 3, 2012
 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Here are the videos that were viewed during our "Everything You Need to Know About ObamaCare (but didn't know who to ask)" meeting:

Links to the rest of this video series by Dr. Jill Vecchio:

Pt 2 Costs A:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1pjVN1PQ0w&feature=channel

Pt 3 Costs B:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSZvLJV-LuE&feature=channel

Pt 4 State Exchanges and Employers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD8bInqBazI&feature=channel

Pt 5 Doctors and Patients: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mroaiJfQuMk&feature=related

Pt 6 Judicial/Constitutional issues:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpa_JXbg4c0&feature=related

Pt 7 Ideas for Real Healthcare Reform:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDk_GhE9Q1E&feature=related

And a video that we didn't have time for:

 


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