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Beware of a referendum question that glitters – it only appears gold

Posted October 22, 2017, 11:58 am

all-that-glitters-is-not-gold-3Citizens beware! All that glitters may not be gold.

On the ballot Nov. 7 is a referendum, something to which most people pay very little attention, but which can profoundly affect their lives and well-being.

The referendum asks: “Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing the local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property within the local taxing jurisdiction, rather than limit the exclusion to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property, which is existing law?”

Wow, you may say, who wouldn’t want their property tax to disappear? Pennsylvanians have argued for decades that property taxes present an unfair burden to senior citizens and low-income property owners. Why, many ask, should I effectively rent my house from the government?

Lowering or eliminating property taxes is a cause that politicians can, and do, jump on with glee. It’s motherhood, apple pie and all that. It’s always popular with voters.

If the proposed amendment is approved, enabling legislation would have to be put forward in order to implement it. Implementing legislation provides the mechanism for local government, school districts and county government to replace the revenue lost by not collecting real estate taxes.

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Pennsylvania: Critical Preemption Bills Stalled Out in Both Chambers

Posted November 20, 2017, 9:32 am

remoteWith only a few session days left in 2017, neither Senate Bill 5 nor House Bill 671 have made it to the Governor’s desk. As reported by the NRA-ILA earlier in the year, local governments continue to enact gun control ordinances in violation of current law. Please contact your state Senator and state Representative and urge them to SUPPORT these two bills! Click the “Take Action” button below to contact them.

State firearms preemption was enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature over three decades ago to avoid the possibility of a complex patchwork of regulations across the state making it difficult for responsible firearm owners to ensure that they are following the law. However, in defiance of current law, local governments continue to debate gun control ordinances.

Citizens with no criminal intent should not be placed in jeopardy of running afoul of local restrictions they don`t even know exist simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another. Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.

Both HB671 and SB5 would correct this problem by ensuring laws regarding firearms and ammunition are uniform across the state. It is imperative that one of these bills passes this year to ensure that gun owners and sportsmen are able to exercise their rights equally across the Commonwealth.

Click for full story: https://www.nraila.org/articles/20171116/pennsylvania-critical-preemption-bills-stalled-out-in-both-chambers

Republicans pick state Rep. Rick Saccone as nominee for March 13 special election

Posted November 13, 2017, 9:41 am

rickOne half of the ballot in the special election to replace Congressman Tim Murphy in the 18th District is set: After two rounds of voting, Republicans chose state Rep. Rick Saccone of Elizabeth as their nominee for the March 13 contest.

“We got to rile up the base” to support President Donald Trump’s agenda, Mr. Saccone told over 200 “conferees” gathered Saturday morning at the Southpointe Golf Club.

Afterward, he told reporters that advancing Mr. Trump’s agenda — on issues like increasing military investment, lowering taxes, thwarting gun regulations, and ending abortion — was a top priority. “People expect us to fight for it and defend it, and I will,” he said.

Mr. Saccone, 59, is a pro-gun conservative. Since being elected to the state House in 2010, he has proposed bills to expand gun rights, limit abortion, and to advance a culturally conservative agenda that includes posting “In God we Trust” at public schools.

Click for full article: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2017/11/11/Republicans-chose-Rick-Saccone-nominee-March-13-election/stories/201711110118

The Democrats and Taxes

Posted November 3, 2017, 9:15 am

199551_5_President Trump and the administration have proposed a tax reform plan. It may not be everything that all people desire, broad plans never are, but it is certainly a step in the right direction and deserves our support.

Predictably, the Democrats have instantly reverted to class division tactics and talking points about the plan “favoring the rich”. It certainly does not as this article clearly demonstrates.

We need to let our elected Republican congressmen and senators know that tax reform needs to get done and done now. Do not let perfection stand in the way of progress. Delaying tax reform and Obamacare repeal will only assure disaster next year.

Dave

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The playbook is always the same: When a Republican president proposes allowing people and businesses to keep more of the money they earn the talking points come out that it is tax cuts for the rich, that it will harm the middle class and poor, and will increase the deficit. Normally it is hard to give concrete examples because the tax code is so complicated but Trump’s is finally an effort to truly simplify so I thought I would give some real World examples:

A family of four making $60,000 (around the median family income in the U.S.) would get their first 24,000 tax free and there next $36,000 at 12% which is $4,320 in taxes. Then they would get a $3,200 tax credit for their two children because Trump is proposing doubling the existent credit to replace personal exemptions. The net tax would be $1,120 or around 1.8% of income. The families could live in low tax states or high tax states and could rent or own their home. They would all pay the same. That looks extremely fair. That looks like the simplified system would truly help the significant majority of people.

Let’s look at a family of four making $1 million. Let’s say they have $100,000 in mortgage interest and charitable deductions leaving a taxable income of $900,000. Their blended tax rate would probably be around 30% with a top rate of 35%. So their tax would be $270,000. They would not get the child credit because they make too much.

Click for full article: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/11/the_democrats_and_taxes.html#ixzz4xNCPxxzN

Liberals Plan to ‘Scream Helplessly at the Sky’ on Election Anniversary

Posted October 26, 2017, 10:53 am

hillaryNow this seems to be a really constructive idea, something that liberals would dream up. They can do it from their safe spaces and not risk saying anything anyone can quote or that is not PC. Actually, they would be pretty much reciting the Democratic Party platform.

Dave

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The rage is still strong in some Trump opponents, who plan to band together to “scream helplessly at the sky” on the one-year anniversary of the 2016 election.

Facebook events around the country invite people to gather together and let out a “primal scream over the current state of our democracy” on Nov. 8.

The idea came from Boston, where people will gather in America’s oldest park, the Boston Common, to scream. Other liberal cities like New York, Austin and Philadelphia picked up the idea.

Special Election News – 18th Congressional District

Posted October 25, 2017, 8:52 am

67564By this time most of you have probably seen news stories that Gov. Wolf has declared that the Special Election to fill the Congressional Seat in the 18th Congressional District, Congressman Murphy’s former seat, will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The winner of that election will serve the remainder of the current term that runs until the end of 2018.

Concurrent with that announcement, State GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio has announced that the Conferee Meeting to determine the Republican candidate for that election will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

This will mean a very busy political season for us in Washington County.

There will, of course, be the Special Election for the congressional seat. Then there will be a Special Election to fill the State Representative seat in the 48th District that will be vacated by Brandon Neuman in January. Along with that will be the regular Primary and General Elections in 2018.

The state and national Republican Parties will be looking to Washington County for leadership in turning out the vote. Our job is electing Republicans. That will be our focus.

-Dave

Rick Saccone Experience & Integrity matter in Congress

Posted October 19, 2017, 10:56 am

The best reason yet for boycotting the nfl

Posted October 17, 2017, 7:48 am

nfl-boycottWell, how’s your NFL season going? Mine is just fine without football. As noted in the article below, I, too, am boycotting the NFL. No respect for the flag, the national anthem and our nation means no support from me – and apparently a whole lot of other folks judging from abysmal TV ratings and increasingly empty stadiums.

For me it’s simple. I refuse to support a bunch of way overpaid, oversized prima donnas who get paid to entertain inject their left wing politics into what is supposed to be sport. Sure, we all understand free speech but they do not have the right to choose the venue for their exercise thereof. I don’t really care what any of them think. If I watch, I want to see football.

Teams and league management are weak willed and gutless in the matter. Roger Goodell has flipped more often than a gymnast on the issue and still hasn’t taken a discernible position that benefits either the league or the fans who pay his obscene salary.

So kneel on, NFL. I don’t care what happens but know this; the days of the big paychecks are numbered.

– Dave

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As a fifty-year follower of the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys being my team, and someone who waits eagerly each year for the season to start, I really thought it would be like going cold turkey on a booze addiction to ever give up my favorite sport. This year, adding to the anticipation, there was a brand new 65-inch Sony sitting just a few feet from the recliners and the waiting fireplace. I was set for the season.

And then those foolish young black players decided imprudently to follow the league’s biggest loser in his flag- and anthem-disrespecting protest against supposed oppression of blacks in America. Like many in the NFL fan base, I was initially angered but unsure what to do about it. My uncertainty didn’t last long – on week three, when my Boys linked arms and knelt prior to the game, with owner, Jerry Jones, right in the middle, this ol’ Cowboy fan changed channels and hasn’t watched anything from the NFL since.

Click for full article: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/10/the_best_reason_yet_for_boycotting_the_nfl.html#ixzz4vl9x2CYl