The LuLac Edition #1824, November 5th, 2011
The GOP: Greed Over People. They proved that Thursday night. Will it have a ripple effect on Tuesday, Election Day?
Tom Leighton's mailer both sides to city residents.
GOP SCREWS US AGAIN
They did it again!!! ! The Republican Senate killed the Infrastructure Bill by 9 Votes Thursday night. Every Republican voted no along with CT Senator and party turncoat Joe Lieberman and 1 weak kneed Democrat. They did it according to Sen Mitch McConnell of Kentucky because it called for a new tax. Want to hear how big that tax was? That new tax was .7% on those who earn (not have) over a million dollars a year. The first million in earnings would not be affected, only the amount over that and they said it was too much to spend to support Ronald Reagan's program to invest in our infrastructure today for the sake of tomorrow. Tens of Thousands will not go to work. Roads and bridges in the United States will continue to go to ruin. The average American earns $26,000 per year and average income for the 1% is 11 million dollars a year. Mitch McConnell along with Erik Cantor of VA and Speaker Boehner of Ohio feel they must protect the income of that 1% more than put average Americans back to work to rebuild our infrastructure.
Okay, again the nation GOP screwed the working, middle class American to do the bidding of the rich. The sad part is that those people who have not pot to spit in will defend these national Republicans because they believe the GOP party line about bootstraps and independence. That’s fine but this national party since 2001 has been stealing the middle’s class’s boots. You can have bootstraps without a boot.
To be clear, for the third time in three weeks, Senate Republicans filibustered a bill to create jobs – this time through rebuilding America’s crumbling roads and bridges.
These lawmakers won’t lift a finger to put people back to work and get our economy moving again. Meanwhile, Republicans in the House found time to debate and pass a reaffirmation of “In God We Trust” as our national motto, which has been in place since 1956, was reaffirmed in 2002, and again in 2006.
As President Obama said, “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”
Okay, so what. What does this have to do with the local elections? Plenty. Like a ripple effect, the actions of the national GOP do not bode well for the very likable and well intentioned Lou Barletta. Same goes for Tom Marino. But the anger runs deep. Here is just a sampling of a few e mails I got regarding this latest development.
“I was all set to vote for a few Republicans for County Council but the heck with that. I’m going for Hatchko and all the Independents. Plus Bromo and Boback. The Republicans aren’t for us”.
“This is where i'm starting to agree with Corbett. no voting for a republican because they support the policies of these national Republicans that are making it impossible to buy bologna and bread”.
“Yeah, I’m going to vote for the local Republicans like Ruckno, Haas and that singing fool Kelleher. Then a few weeks later I’ll see their asses on PCN at the Pennsylvania Society while we get ten buck an hour jobs”.
“After yesterdays Senate vote, I will never vote for any Republican on any level. The idiots in Washington who are fighting to protect the 1% would not have the ability to do so without local support. A baby Rattler has the same dangerous venom as his mama.”
Will there be a backlash locally from the Senate action? I don’t think it will have that big of an effect to make a difference, these e mails notwithstanding. But it can help anyone on the bubble trying to decide among a Democrat, an Independent or a Republican. The Dems win hands down.
WILKES BARRE MAYOR’S RACE
Tom Leighton has finally used some part of his war chest to reach Wilkes Barre voters. Leighton sent out a mailer chronicling his achievements as well as a plug from Al Boscov. (You can see the mailers at the top of this edition. ) Political and media observers are surprised that Leighton has not yet spent money on Radio, TV, and billboards. He has instead been relying on signage and now mailers.
COPE ON AIR
Lisa Cope has been running a schedule on WILK Radio. Her ad is effective and concise. She urges voters to choose the person, not the party.
SUMMERS ON LINE
If you look at the Times Leader, Betsy Summers is running on line advertisements.