The LuLac Edition #961, Oct. 2nd, 2009
HUGHES FOR JUDGE
Hughes fr Luzerne County Judge, Cocktail Party
Location: The Woodlands Inn and Resort, Wilkes-Barre, PA
MARGIE FOR JUDGE
Event: Meet and Greet for Margie at the Taurus Club
"North Scranton Rally for Margie" Rally.
Start Time: Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm
End Time: Friday, October 9 at 9:00pm
Where: Taurus Club"
GOVERNMENT & BUSINESS
Our friend Joe Leonardi sent this along. With a hot Congressional race coming up as well as a stalled State Legislature, this is worth eyeballing.
When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen is they reduce their staff and workers. The remaining workers must find ways to continue to do a good job or risk that their job would be eliminated as well.
Wall street, and the media normally congratulate the CEO for making this type of "tough decision", and his board of directors gives him a big bonus. Our government should not be immune from similar risks. Therefore:
Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members. Reduce Senate members from 100 to 50 (one per State). Then, reduce their staff by 25%.Accomplish this over the next 8 years
(two steps/two elections) and of course this would require some redistricting.Some Yearly Monetary Gains Include:$44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X $165,200 pay/member/ yr.)$97,175,000 for elimination of their staff. (estimate $13 Million in staff per each member of the House, and $3 Million in staff per each member of the Senate every year)$240,294 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.. $7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel ear-marks each year. (those members whose jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government pork earmarks are at $15 Billion/yr). The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and improve efficiencies. It might even be in their best interests to work together for the good of our country! We may also expect that smaller committees might lead to a more efficient resolution of issues as well. It might even be easier to keep track of what your representative is doing. Congress has more tools available to do their jobs than it had back in 1911 when the current number of representatives was established. (telephone, computers, cell phones to name a few)Note: Congress did not hesitate to head home when it was a holiday, when the nation needed a real fix to the economic problems. Also, we have 3 senators that have not been doing their jobs for the past 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all have been accepting full pay. These facts alone support a reduction in senators & congress. Summary of opportunity:$ 44,108,400 reduction of congress members.$282,100, 000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff. $59,675,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members. $37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members. $7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of congress members. $8,073,383,400 per year, estimated total savings. (that's 8-BILLION just tostart!)Big business does these types of cuts all the time.If Congresspersons were required to serve 20, 25 or 30 years (like everyone else) in order to collect retirement benefits, tax payers could save a bundle.
Now they get full retirement after serving only ONE term.
45 YEARS AGO: THE COLLAPSE
Oct. 2nd, ’64 Phillies.
The Phillies finally recover from their streak of losses beating the Cincinnati Reds on this day 4-3. Chris Short goes 6 innings but Ed Roebuck gets the win in relief. Dick Allen hits a triple and Tony Taylor, Bobby Wine and veteran add on Vic Power providing outstanding defense. Pete Rose is held to 0 for 3. The Phils remain a game and half back. The Reds are in second ½ game back. The next game is Sunday October 4th. First place St. Louis plays The Mets and lose. Bob Gibson is bested by Al Jackson and hope springs eternal for the Phils and the Reds.
In Photoplay magazine, Hedda Hopper announces that Sophia Loren and Paul Newman will star in the film version of Arthur Miller's play, After the Fall, with Loren in the role that was written about Marilyn Monroe. The film was never made……..Three thousand student activists at University of California, Berkeley surround and block a police car from taking a CORE volunteer arrested for not showing his ID, when he violated a ban on outdoor activist card tables. This protest eventually explodes into the Berkeley Free Speech Movement…..release their first album, The Kinks (album).– Twenty-three men and thirty-one women escape to West Berlin through a narrow tunnel under the Berlin Wall……..in Pennsylvania 16,000 United Mine Workers Union members get a contract renewal. The new pact calls for an increase in vacation pay by $25.00 a week to a total of $185.00 per week. The contract called for three paid holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Memorial day. Other holidays such as New Year’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and John Mitchell day will be observed but not paid unless worked. W.A. Tony Boyle, the union President made the announcement. The contract lasts for 2 years. The last contract was 1959…..You think politics is a contact sport today, how ‘bout this. More than 500 Wilkes Barre City Committee People showed up for a 6th District Meeting called by Chairman Attorney Ralph Johnston. The headquarters were jammed and workers spilled out onto East Market Street. City Mayor Frank Slattery and Treasurer Walter Lisman addressed the crowd…..in Lackawanna County’s 10th Congressional District, Attorney James Haggerty steps up his bid to unseat first term Congressman Joseph McDade. Haggerty is the son in law of the powerful publisher of the Scranton Times…..and 45 years ago, the number 1 song in LuLac land and in America was “Dancing in The Street” by Martha and the Vandellas.