The LuLac Edition #1193, May 28th, 2010
NO KIDS PLEASE
Mr. President, don’t tell us your kids are asking about issues of the day like the oil spill in the Gulf states. Even if they are, don’t tell us. President Jimmy Cater once told the American people that his daughter Amy asked about nuclear proliferation. And we see how the Cater Presidency turned out.
BARLETTA ON SALLIE MAE
Paul Kanjorski can take credit for the loss of 100 jobs at the Sallie Mae student loan center in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, thanks to his support of the Nancy Pelosi agenda and the government takeover of the nation’s health care system. In March, Kanjorski ignored the will of his constituents and supported the $1.2 trillion, 2,200-page health care bill. The bill included legislation that made the government stop subsidizing banks to provide student loans; instead, the government would lend directly to students itself. The change directly threatened the 1,100 jobs at the Sallie Mae center in Hanover Township. A Sallie Mae spokesman told the Citizens’ Voice, "The student loan provisions buried in the health care legislation intentionally eliminate private sector jobs at a time when our country can least afford to lose them.” (March 23, 2010) Kanjorski got nothing in writing, but he assured us that all 1,100 local jobs would be safe. (Scranton Times, March 22, 2010). He told the Times, "I'm thoroughly convinced that the district's jobs that would be negatively affected will not be negatively affected." Sadly – but not unpredictably –Kanjorski was wrong. “Mr. Kanjorski sided with Nancy Pelosi’s radical agenda of asking over the healthcare system when he knowingly jeopardized these and other Sallie Mae jobs for nothing more than a verbal assurance. Today, 100 residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania have to start looking for new jobs because of Mr. Kanjorski’s foolish decision,” said Lou Barletta, Hazleton mayor and 11th Congressional District candidate. “Mr. Kanjorski knew he was putting 1,100 jobs in his own district at risk when he voted with Ms. Pelosi. His reckless actions show that he is out of touch with his constituents. Mr. Kanjorski needs to tell these 100 Sallie Mae workers why he chose Nancy Pelosi’s agenda over their jobs.”
KANJORSKI ON SALLIE MAE
Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski (PA-11) provided the following statement regarding the potential layoff of about 100 employees from the Sallie Mae facility in Hanover Township. He met today with officials from Sallie Mae and has had continuing discussions with the U.S. Department of Education and the Administration about how to try to keep the jobs in Northeastern Pennsylvania. “I am disappointed that Sallie Mae has decided to cut jobs at their servicing center in Northeastern Pennsylvania even though it will continue to service loans at the facility and nationwide,” said Congressman Kanjorski. “I am closely working with Sallie Mae, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Administration as they work through the expansion of the direct lending program, and to help keep the Sallie Mae jobs in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Since I began my service in Congress, I have worked first and foremost to create jobs in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and I will continue to do everything that I can to help keep jobs in our communities.” Click here to view Congressman Kanjorski’s statement for the Congressional Record on the health care reform legislation. In it, he states that he was, “greatly disturbed when the student loan legislation was hastily attached to the health care reform bill at the last minute because of the impact it would have on the 1,100 Sallie Mae workers in my district…Education Secretary Arne Duncan assured me that he will use all of the tools at his disposal to help ensure that these workers will remain employed.” Congressman Kanjorski voted against H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, which passed the House in September 2009. Click here to view his statement on H.R. 3221.
HIGH FENCES/GOOD NEIGHBORS
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is making good on a threat to build a fence around her Wasilla home to keep her new neighbor — an author who is writing a book about her — from peering in. Palin, told a reporter outside the gate of her lakeside home Thursday about having to build a fence to protect her family's privacyPalin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, took to Facebook on Monday to "welcome" author Joe McGinniss, who'd previously written a critical magazine article on Palin. She said he was renting a house next door to her for the next five
McGinniss, author of such best-selling books as "The Selling of the President," "Blind Faith" and "Fatal Vision," is planning a book, tentatively titled, "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously." It could be on book shelves next year. Gotta love that Facebook.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Fidel Castro declares martial law in Cuba because of a possible U.S. attack…in Pennsylvania the Statewide GOP begins the process of interviewing candidates for the position of Lt. Governor. The election was won by Walter Allessandroni who died in a plane crash on May 8th………the Tobyhanna Army Depot hosts an air show show to celebrate veterans and Armed Forces month. An HU-16 went over the depot grounds and parachuted a huge cargo onto the airfield……and 44 years ago the number 1 song in America And LuLac land was "Strangers In the Night" by Frank Sinatra.