Friday, July 16, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1238 July 16th, 2010



Former Delaware Governor Pete Dupont wrote an interesting article about a possible Hillary for Clinton Presidency run in 2012. This is fascinating fodder but I think needs to be taken with a grain of salt. First off DuPont is a GOP statewide rival of Vice President Biden. Second, DuPont is a GOP moderate out in the cold given the current hillbilly right wing climate of the national GOP. He ran for President in 1988 and was very articulate but equally unsuccessful. Third, the article seems to be wishful thinking on the part of the GOP who is hoping the Dems become as hopelessly divided as they are at this point. And given power politics it looks like a slam against Biden because if Obama was challenged, he’d name Hillary (like he should have in ’08) to the ticket. To be sure progressives, or liberals like myself are pretty peeved at the “no balls” approach Obama has taken with certain issues like health care, the wars and the Middle East. The very fact that he is losing those progressives makes articles like this news worthy. And while it is not “Write On Wednesday”, here’s the article:
America's economy is failing to produce jobs, increase growth or raise confidence, and it will likely get even worse next year. Our federal government's spending has increased to $3.7 trillion this year from $2.98 trillion in 2008. Publicly held national debt is up by $2.4 trillion in less than two years, to about 63% percent of GDP from 40%, and is expected to reach 70% by 2012. Add in the unemployment rate, which has remained above 9.4% for over a year, and America is clearly failing economically.
Next January the economy will be further depressed by increasing tax rates. The top income tax rate will rise to 39.6% from 35%, and the phase-out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions will effectively lift the top bracket to about 40.8%. On New Year's Day the tax on dividends is scheduled to go up to 39.6% from 15%, and come 2013, ObamaCare will add another 3.8%.
Other bad public policies will further drag down the economy. ObamaCare will increase individual costs and expand the deficit. Failing energy policies, from Washington's inept response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to its effort to limit tapping America's oil supplies, will drive up our use of imported foreign oil beyond the current 67% of our country's oil consumption.
Add together all these increases in government regulation, spending and taxes and a dim employment outlook, and the result is a dramatic national decline in support of the White House, Congress and their administration of our national policies.
So what can be done to change America's policies and make our economy stronger? For one thing, we could elect a president with different thinking. Almost any Republican candidate would have that, and, as we will see in a moment, there is one obvious Democrat who would change our course too.
And why would the Democratic Party want to do that? Because the re-election of President Obama is becoming more problematic. The latest Rasmussen Reports polls show the dramatic decline of the presidential approval index, the difference between those who "strongly approve" of Mr. Obama's performance and those who "strongly disapprove." It began at plus 25% when the new president was sworn in, and has steadily declined to minus 13%.
It isn't just the president whose poll numbers are falling fast. According to recent Harris polling, Vice President Biden viewed favorably by 26% of the public and unfavorably by 45%. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does even worse, 20% positive to 49% negative. A June Nevada poll gave Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, 33% approval and 52% disapproval.
But the greatest contrast and most interesting statistic is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ratings: 45% favorable and only 35% unfavorable.
That is not surprising, and there are some obvious factors that suggest she might have a chance of defeating President Obama if she were to challenge him for the 2012 Democratic nomination.
First, as Peggy Noonan wrote earlier this month, the conclusion one hears from most "normal" American people is that the president "is in over his head, and out of his depth." Even most progressives agree that "the Obama presidency has been a big disappointment," according to Eric Alterman of The Nation. That means there's a big opportunity for Mrs. Clinton.
Second, she is physically and intellectually strong enough to take on a difficult campaign. She showed that running against Obama two years ago.
Third, she is one of the most experienced prospective candidates the Democratic Party has had in a long while: wife of a governor, U.S. first lady, senator and now secretary of state. This is a good record to run on as someone who knows how the government works.
Fourth, she is an experienced foreign-policy adviser who understands the threats to our national security: unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, rising threats of nuclear capability in Iran and North Korea, and uncertainties in Pakistan.
Fifth, experience will be even more important to voters in the 2012 presidential election, whose 2008 gamble on someone with little experience is proving costly. Finally, Washington's deadly left-liberal policies that have propelled the American economy in a very bad direction can be turned around. If Mrs. Clinton made the case that America must get rid of the huge debt the current administration has created, must create much better economic growth with lower tax rates, and must strongly assist employer job creation, she would appeal to a broad voter coalition.
All this must be obvious to the inner circle of the current president's administration. So what is he to do? That's pretty simple--just add his secretary of state to the 2012 ticket as his new running mate.
We don't know whether Mr. Obama is already thinking about making this kind of change next year, but we do know he needs some very good policy outcomes to be re-elected. And if none of these Obama changes come to pass, Mrs. Clinton could put together a very effective campaign to get the nomination for herself.
Considering how badly things are going in America just now, that could turn out to be a slam dunk for her and the disgruntled Democratic Party.


The Rendell administration stated the obvious this week. The Statewide Gaming is not doing what the Rendell people thought it would for property tax relief of Pennsylvania home owners. Ya think????


Steve Corbett was talking about the once grand Luzerne County Courthouse and the cracks in the structure. The place is in need of repairs. Maybe if we had all the money the crooks at under the dome stole, we could fix that rotunda up nicely. Or maybe we can open up a skate park on the North Street Bridge side of the Courthouse directly across from Courthouse Towers. Last Friday afternoon, Mrs. LuLac and I observed a young “skate kid” doing his finest imitation of Tony Hawk off of those steps. Yeah, he was there a good half hour. Having the time of his life, (no helmet of course) and riding that concrete surf. Only in Luzerne County.


Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta who I think had the best line over the death of Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, “George is up in heaven trying to fire Billy Martin again” is up on TV with an impressive ad. He is of course running against Congressman Kanjorski. And a new poll has Barletta looking pretty good. But the caveats to that are he paid for the poll and had similar results before. But here’s the ad:


Many people in the Wilkes Barre Area were expressing outrage over the appointment of one Renee Pizzella, the daughter of Plains Township resident and former Wilkes Barre Area School Board member Frank Pizzella. Now first off, to be fair, the young lady has credentials. She educated herself and earned them. If you are serious about school, it is hard work. She was a full time substitute which is a hell all on its own. All that said, here’s the problem. There had to be other applicants just as qualified. There had to be other young women or men versed in Home Ec who wanted that job. Renee and Frankie Pizzella are not the problem. They are making the use of every opportunity afforded to them. And those chances come from the voters in the entire Wilkes Barre Area School District. I cite as a prime example Harry Haas. In the last election, Harry Haas, an educator himself who actually talked about ideas about American kid’s performances vs. foreign students was beat out by old time political hack Phil Litinski. The voters chose to pick a relic over a guy with ideas. The school board then has the chance to redeem itself and maybe pick Haas for a vacant seat. What do they do? Choose another political hack, Gary Polakowski who gave Sue Henry a line of bull “I’m all about the kids” when he was appointed. Wilkes Barre Area voters want this crap, they must because they keep on electing these people. Christine Katsock being called a “traitor” by Sue Henry today, well Sue has a tendency to be too nice once in a while. Here’s the point boys and girls, Pizzella may be watching ESPN News with his ankle bracelet in his house while he is serving his sentence and the others guys from the board are doing jail time. But the system they gamed is still in place. And obviously doing well. And as far as Sue Henry saying that Renee Pizzella should have walked away from the Wilkes Barre Area School District and applied elsewhere, here’s my take on that: why should she? Her outcome was just fine. Thanks to the geniuses who vote in Wilkes Barre Area School Board races.



British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson flies to Moscow to try to start peace negotiations about the Vietnam War (the Soviet government refutes his ideas)...Gemini 10 with astronauts John Young, Michael Collins) is launched. After docking with an Agena target vehicle, the astronauts then set a world altitude record of 474 miles (763 km).......The Hough Riots break out in Cleveland, Ohio, the city's first race riot……..Statewide, the Pennsylvania State Highway Department sets a record by spending nearly one half millon dollars in cleaning up litters thrown out of cars by highway motorists. That dollar total breaks an all time state fiscal record……and in Pittston Mayor Robert Loftus advises city residents to brace for a major tax increase in 1967…..and the number 1 song in America and LuLac Land was “The Pied Piper” by Crispian St. Peter.

Another song making the rounds in the summer of '66 but was being banned by radio stations because of its implications regarding people with mental health difficulties was this one by Napoleon the 14th.


At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Eddie, Go!!!!

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Pizza Pete said...

Renee Pizzella paid her dues by substituting for two years. Regardless of who her father is, she and any other wannabe teacher who puts the time and effort into substituting deserves a full time job when it oens. To me, that makes her the best qualified.

Hass may very well be a guy with ideas but do we need another school teacher on any school board? If Hass is serious about winning, he might want to consider running as a Democrat. As a Republican he starts out in the hole and by the time he climbs out, he is way behind. Comalin all y ou want but this is a Democratic area and as a blue collar area, that's the way it should be. What have Republicans done for the blue collar worker? Oh yeah, I forgot ...... they just killed unemployment so I guess that's their way of saying, "let them eat cake". No pizza for Republicans who just don't understand the importance of an unemployment check adn no Seat for Hass if he stays in the Just say NO to everything Republican Party.

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have noticed that LA Tarone is getting a big push at WILK. Is Corbett the next to go?

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Mayor Bill said...

Speaking of gambling, last year when the budget was passed 101 days late by Eddie and Rep. Mundy, table games were approved. BUT--guess what? No money from table games is going to property tax relief for 5 years! It's going into the States rainy day fund that they used to help balance the budget. They have to cut spending! And reform the state government.

At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow team Hillary looks so energetic.

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of these freaking school board members should be stripped of their duties. Dr. Namey exit the stage. How honest could these board members be in their real jobs if they are so sneaky and so corrupt in a gig that pays nothing to them at least its not suppose to. Word on the street that two other school board members family members are next in line to get jobs as well. Also checkout all the freaking hirings who are related to school board members but just have different last names. The thing that gets me is that these teachers getting hired are cocky about and go around town telling people that they are getting jobs. We have to do away with the school boards because they are horrible. Luz county stop voting for these same horrible candidates when an election comes up. Also look at the hiring of the guy from Pittston who was hired as a Probation Clerk whose father is connected to the corruption. Oh yeah and watch that lasy do nothing Moses guy from LCCC get a slap on the wrist that guy is a cartoon character.

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Bob Cordaro out of sight (and rumoured to be a "gumshoe in NYC") and AJ Munchak layin low and Corey OBrien not self promoting or running for something, its apparently left for Mike Washo to
speak out or do something...
Thats why its so quiet at the Commissioners Office where re- writing recently written rules for County Parks seems to be a top priority.
Weve got trials coming up in the Fall and things will ramp up considerably. The Lac may never surpass the Legendary Luzerne for complete corruption, but what comes to light will be very interesting. Lookin forward to a Fall Classic in Lackawanna County.

the Old Lacklander

At 9:04 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I have noticed that LA Tarone is getting a big push at WILK. Is Corbett the next to go?

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And has anybody checked out Lackawanna County where 'Super Lawyer' Robert Foley was busted for his scheme to stock up on prescription medication from as many doctors as possible?
Looks like Super Foley ran into some Kryptonite!

At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Superlawyer hell! What about the 30Doctors who were happy to write scripts because he presented himself well and was a lawyer. Hey Docs, Lawyers are the most mistrusted people in the country.
Its for good reason.
Wonder if the firm will stay with the SuperLawyer Ad Campaign. They better all get capes for the next photo shoot!

At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WILK is in major need of revamping. Personally, I would prefer Kevin Lynn to Sue Henry. I just can't take her anymore but I try. Usually, I can get about 15 to 20 minutes then its over to WARM 590 to relax from her steady barrage of irritating voice and opinions. I miss Kevin Lynn. At least Kevin had well thought out opinions and he stood by them. He just couldn't handle the jerks who call and can't say what they want. He is right that they should think about what they want to say and be prepared to say it. Kevin was rude but pure -- there was no doubt about where he stood and he could explain his position with logic. If I were Pizza Pete, I would give Kevin a pizza but no pizza for Sue.

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think WILK is boring, try WEJL. I listen because I am a Phillies Fan.
After Mike and Mike the day is done. Cowherd? really sucks and the rest of the afternoon is fluff.
The Phillies Games include the same commercials in the same order both locally and on the network. Frequent misses on the hook-up result in long periods of canned crowd noise and the promos and liners are at least a decade old.
Ya gotta tune out the spot breaks and be a Phillies Fan to listen, but for some reason there's something about baseball on the radio if youre over 50.

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 2:02
Its your youth. Its the fifties and some of the sixties. Its almost Patriotic listening to ballgames on the radio!
I remember the Floyd Patterson-Ingmar Johansenn fights on the radio, must have been '58 or '59.
And great football games with great announcers.
I still listen to Phillies Games on the radio. It aint great, the voices arent that good, but its baseball and it works .

Waverly Bob

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pizzella thing is a real disgrace. But Yonk is right on the money, nuthin is going to change until we start voting these fools out. And just what planet is Jeff Namey living on? Sad.

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote these fools out you will get a whole new batch. Example Christine Katsock. She was the reformer, now she is the enabler. Politics will always change good people. Live life and stop worrying about this crap. No one can change it, the system will change them first.

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(edited) what do u expect the rest are just fools. Look at some of the names in the school system and the county and they are all the same. The Majikes family is an example of one. The Wb area school district has more dead weight then you will find in a junk yard.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barletta is on the air way to early. Even though he had a good fundraising quarter he doesn't have the cash on hand to waste. The NRCC and the RNC have shoved an unlubricated telephone pole up Barletta's ass in 2 elections now. They promised him the world and when he put himself on the line they stiffed him like a 2 dollar hooker.

The national committees are well aware that even if Lou wins, which he may, he won't win re-election.

There is a wave of discontent against Congressman Kanjorski, President Obama and the dems that are in power. This was the same scenario when Reagan won and a republican took the seat, for one term. It wouldn't even matter if Lou were competent he will lose reelection so the national committees won't sink a dime into Lou's election effort.
Spending money now is stupid, plain and simple. The average voters will just tune out, or worse, there will be a blow back against Lou because they will tire of hearing from him.
Or even worse the same fate will befall him that befell the Lackawana county commish, he will run out of money and not be on the air in the crucial weeks just before the election.

WASTING money this early is just silly. Kanjo is self destructing, the economy is failing why spend money this early? Hold on to it for when you need it. Lou gets plenty of free media because he is an elected official and his race baiting and fear mongering. Why spend cash?

Whomever is advising Lou is a dunce.


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