The LuLac Edition #1010, Nov. 17th, 2009
Governor Ed Rendell blew through Northeastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday and as usual he made some news. The Governor went from Scranton to Hazleton and made known his disdain for the way government is conducted in the state. He also went on record saying that judges should be selected my merit. Rendell told WNEP TV that many attorneys talk to him about wanting to run for Judge but don’t because of the rigorous efforts to mount a fundraising campaign. Rendell also took on the lobbyists' saying to gauge the influence they have all you need do is look at the campaign contributions to legislators. With that clout,changes in tax laws are almost impossible. The Governor repeated his mantra heard often during the budget battle that 10 companies in the state including Wal-Mart and QVC, have $1 billion or more in sales in Pennsylvania, but still benefit from a 1 percent discount established in the 1920s for early submission of sales tax payments. Rendell ran through a laundry list of products and services exempted from any taxation, including candy and gum, bottled water, helicopters, gold bullion, legal fees, out-of-state sales of horses and trout (but not salmon). Those exemptions cost the state $4.3 billion in taxes.
That new breast cancer study that recommends mammograms for women over 50 and not before is pretty stupid if you ask me. I have known many women under 50 that benefited from early intervention. To me it’s almost as if we are being set up for some type of medical plan that might not insure any women’s mammography. A controversial new breast cancer study recommends women wait an additional 10 years and get routine mammograms at age 50 instead of 40. The study also recommends subsequent testing every two years instead of every year. But breast cancer patients who are in their 40s said without that mammogram, they wouldn't have known they had the disease. And you really can’t blame them. What do you say to the millions of volunteers for the Susan Komen Foundation who have been busting their asses for years to make this a serious issue? What do you say to those people saved by early intervention? If anything makes the case for an individual to take care of their own health care needs this misguided testimony/recommendation is it.