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A Tale of Two Economies

Posted April 16, 2018, 10:09 am

Charles-Dickens“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…. it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Was Dickens really talking about our economy?

Over the past 17 years, this nation has traveled from the best of times to the worst of times and now, under President Trump, is leaving a season of darkness and returning to a spring of hope.

Swings in the economy are driven primarily by government policy and decisions as they relate to regulation, taxing and spending. Government decisions are often premised on forecasts and assumptions. Some turn out better than others but all can have profound impact.

A great example of this reality is looking today at the federal budget and tax policy in 2001 and what occurred in the intervening years.

To use the words of Charles Dickens, 2001 might be regarded wistfully as “the best of times” and why not. Things were good. The Dow Jones Index was near its all-time high of 15,000, G.W. Bush had just assumed the presidency and the U.S. Government had a balanced budget. Yes indeed, 17 short years ago, this nation had a balanced budget because the President and the congress worked together to produce such a plan. This was possible because we had just experienced four years of 4.4% real Gross Domestic Product (the total value of everything produced by all the people and companies in the country – GDP) growth for a number of reasons.

My point here is not to dissect the reasons for “the best of times” but, rather, to point out our national propensity to assume conditions will continue forever, ignoring the causality.

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Rest in Peace Barbara Bush

Posted April 18, 2018, 9:55 am

636592608803549526-D01G2LLINE16V2-7P6-X-12-LINES-502157At age 92, Barbara Bush has left this life to be with her Father in Heaven.

Mrs. Bush was an unceasingly gracious, charming and loyal person, a friend to all. She lived a true life of service, always ready and eager to work for and with others for worthy causes, large and small. She took special interest in literacy projects.

She loved and was loved. She always had a good word for the White House staff from the lowest to the Cabinet members.

She and President Bush were married when she was 19 years old and were in love for the 73 years of their marriage. She is one of but two First Ladies, the other being Abigail Adams, who were also mothers of Presidents.

Barbara Bush set a high standard for First Ladies. She was truly graceful, charming and engaging. Rest in Peace, Mrs. Bush.

Republicans choose O’Neal as special election candidate in 48th district

Posted January 29, 2018, 10:10 am

86537563Saturday morning, 66 of the 78 Precinct Committee People in the 48th Legislative District (Canonsburg to Washington) met at the Washington Country Club to select a Republican candidate for the Special Election for State Representative for the seat vacated by Brandon Neuman. They chose Tim O’Neal.

Tim will be a great candidate and exactly the type of candidate we need to carry our party forward in the county.

We were fortunate to have three excellent candidates for the position and the “campaign” for the nomination was conducted just as one would hope Republicans would conduct such a campaign. It was about qualifications and issues with no personal attacks. The speeches at the Conferee meeting were excellent and demonstrated that we have a good “bench” of talent in the party.

What a difference between our selection meeting and the Democrat’s meeting. They had 21 of their 78 people show up (with six wandering in later) and they left with dissention and threats of protests. Our meeting ended in unity, enthusiasm and excitement with State Senator Camera Bartolotta making a brief but excellent case for working together to elect our candidate and turn the district red.

Congratulations to all involved. It’s a great time to be Republican.

-Dave Ball

On the first ballot, South Strabane Township resident Tim O’Neal prevailed over a pair of Republican hopefuls to appear on the May 15 special election ballot for a seat in the state legislature previously held by Brandon Neuman.

The vacancy occurred because Democrat Neuman, now a Washington County judge, resigned his seat in the state House Dec. 31. The winner of the special election will serve for the remainder of 2018.

O’Neal, a U.S. Army veteran, will do battle against Democrat Clark Mitchell Jr., an attorney whose rallying cry was, “Let’s keep the 48th District blue,” when he won his party’s nomination Jan. 14 at VFW Post No. 191, Canonsburg.

Hoping to “flip” the seat, the Republican nominee Saturday at his own nominating convention at Washington Country Club countered, “Let’s make the 48th District red. Right now, I’m ready to be your state representative.

“I’ve worked the coal mines, fought in Afghanistan, I support our energy industry and they’ve returned that support,” he told the conferees.

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The Only Word is Disgraceful

Posted February 2, 2018, 10:55 am

4387926750834On Tuesday night, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address. He spoke of the greatness of America and the progress it has made in the past year. He spoke of the achievement of America’s people, of shared victory and shared pain. Mostly he spoke about WE the People. He used the pronoun “we” 129 times and “our” 104 times while using “I” only 29 times. What a welcome relief from the ego-in-chief that preceded him. This is important because this nation is about we, us working to achieve common goals.

The President then spoke of goals achieved. He spoke of Tax Reform, of a resurgent economy and 3 million Americans who have received tax cut bonuses.

He talked about eliminating onerous regulations that have resulted in a healthy economy.

He spoke about freeing this nation from trade deals that punished American workers and the American economy.

He talked about keeping America safe by defeating ISIS and freeing our military to operate as they need to.

During his talk, he introduced real Americans, real American heroes who have fought for our nation and people who exemplify what America stands for. What great moments. Members of the House and Senate were frequently on their feet applauding these heroes and America’s accomplishments – except the Democrats.

In an absolutely infantile display of obstinance, they sat on their hands and refused to rise, even for a decorated military hero, a young boy who developed a program to put wreaths on veteran’s graves, a young man who walked thousands of miles on crutches to get to freedom or two families who had lost children to gang violence.

The Democrats refused to applaud a strong economy or low unemployment. Black Democrat legislators were unable to applaud the lowest rate of black unemployment in history. Nancy Pelosi looked like she had swallowed a bushel of lemons. Chuck Schumer looked more dead than alive as did Bernie Sanders.

The behavior of the Democrats can only be described as disgraceful. Childish, disrespectful of the American people and boorish are probably not far behind.

One can only conclude that the Democrats are opposed to America doing well. That they are opposed to higher wages, lower unemployment, a higher stick market and business returning to this country. Why else would they be so glum at the mention of this news?

Make this point clearly to people when discussing the Special Election for Congress pitting Rick Saccone, a solid Republican who embraces all that the President talked about and will work to keep that momentum going against his young and inexperienced Democratic opponent who, despite what he says, will do exactly what Pelosi says. What Pelosi will tell this young Democrat to do was on full display during the President’s speech. That is not what we want – or can afford – in Washington.

We must work hard to send Rick Saccone to Washington on March 13.