Thursday, August 30, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2177, August 30th, 2012

Congressman Paul Ryan at GOP convention. 


Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, whose budget plans have come to define conservative opposition to President Obama’s governing philosophy, accepted the Republican vice-presidential nomination on Wednesday as his party embraced the gamble that the small-government principles he represents have more political payoff than peril.  “Our president is not being true to our values,” Senator John McCain, the Republicans’ candidate in 2008, said at this year’s convention on Wednesday, “I trust Mitt Romney to lead us.” Before an audience of conservative party faithful gathered here for the Republican convention, Mr. Ryan, 42, sought to turn his relative youth to his advantage, saying he would stand with Mitt Romney in embarking on a generational struggle to protect the very social program — Medicare — that Democrats accuse him of trying to dismantle. “I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us,” Mr. Ryan said. “And I know that we are ready.” Fully embracing the vice-presidential nominee’s traditional role of leading the charge against the other party, he added, “After four years of getting the runaround, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Romney.” The excited anticipation for Mr. Ryan’s appearance here Wednesday was a resounding affirmation of his popularity with conservatives who have at times shown less enthusiasm for Mr. Romney. And Mr. Romney’s campaign hoped Mr. Ryan would help knit together a party whose primary-season tensions have bubbled to the surface at times during the convention. The session opened with a video tribute to Representative Ron Paul and included an appearance by his son, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, drawing boisterous cheers from some of the very delegates who had booed elements of the proceedings on Tuesday over what they viewed as slights to the elder Mr. Paul here and efforts by party leaders to squash the influence of grass-roots activists. (Rand Paul, unlike his father, enthusiastically endorsed Mr. Romney here.) Former President George W. Bush, whose spending policies are anathema to many of the ardent supporters of Mr. Ryan’s, gave an emotional filmed testimonial to both his father — with whom he appeared from the family vacation town of Kennebunkport, Me. — and Mr. Romney. “There is no question in my mind, Mitt Romney will be a great president,” he said.
Combined on line reports/New York Times. 


This is a fascinating article from the Pew Research firm. It is what guys like me has been suspecting for years, that the time from 2000 to this year has been the most unproductive for the middle class. 
As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some—but by no means all—of its characteristic faith in the future. These stark assessments are based on findings from a new nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that includes 1,287 adults who describe themselves as middle class, supplemented by the Center’s analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Fully 85% of self-described middle-class adults say it is more difficult now than it was a decade ago for middle-class people to maintain their standard of living. Of those who feel this way, 62% say “a lot” of the blame lies with Congress, while 54% say the same about banks and financial institutions, 47% about large corporations, 44% about the Bush administration, 39% about foreign competition and 34% about the Obama administration. Just 8% blame the middle class itself a lot. Their downbeat take on their economic situation comes at the end of a decade in which, for the first time since the end of World War II, mean family incomes declined for Americans in all income tiers. But the middle-income tier—defined in this Pew Research analysis as all adults whose annual household income is two-thirds to double the national median 1 —is the only one that also shrunk in size, a trend that has continued over the past four decades. In 2011, this middle-income tier included 51% of all adults; back in 1971, using the same income boundaries, it had included 61%. 2 The hollowing of the middle has been accompanied by a dispersion of the population into the economic tiers both above and below. The upper-income tier rose to 20% of adults in 2011, up from 14% in 1971; the lower-income tier rose to 29%, up from 25%. However, over the same period, only the upper-income tier increased its share in the nation’s household income pie. It now takes in 46%, up from 29% four decades ago. The middle tier now takes in 45%, down from 62% four decades ago. The lower tier takes in 9%, down from 10% four decades ago. For the middle-income group, the “lost decade” of the 2000s has been even worse for wealth loss than for income loss. The median income of the middle-income tier fell 5%, but median wealth (assets minus debt) declined by 28%, to $93,150 from $129,582. 3 During this period, the median wealth of the upper-income tier was essentially unchanged—it rose by 1%, to $574,788 from $569,905. Meantime, the wealth of the lower-income tier plunged by 45%, albeit from a much smaller base, to $10,151 from $18,421. About half (52%) of adults who self-identify as middle class say they believe Obama’s policies in a second term would help the middle class, while 39% say they would not help. By comparison, 42% say that Romney’s election would help the middle class, while 40% say it would not help. There is much more variance in the judgments of the middle class about the likely impact of the two candidates’ policies on the wealthy and the poor. Fully seven-in-ten (71%) middle-class respondents say Romney’s policies would help the wealthy, while just a third (33%) say they would help the poor. Judgments about Obama tilt the opposite way. Roughly four-in-ten (38%) middle-class respondents say his policies would help the wealthy, and about six-in-ten (62%) say they would help the poor. 


Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum did a very credible job the other evening at the GOP convention in Tampa. While I disagree with 99% of the things he says and stands for, Santorum continue to connect with people in the GOP right. In 2012, he made some serious missteps along the way but he was given the opportunity to speak in the 9PM eastern hour. You cab bet that if Romney falters in the General Election, you will see Santorum stake out a claim for the 2016 nomination early. And the right wing donors committed to guys like Newt Gingrich and others will be available to Santorum for the asking.
State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. 


College saving program deadline Aug. 31 You can help a child or other loved one make college more affordable by saving for tomorrow’s tuition at today’s rates with Pennsylvania's 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan. The state-sponsored savings plan ensures that if you save enough to pay for a semester of college or career school today, you are guaranteed to have enough to pay for a semester of college or career school in the future, no matter how much tuition has gone up. Nearly all colleges, universities, community colleges, and law, medical, or business schools qualify. To take advantage of last year’s lower tuition prices, you must enroll before Sept. 1. Free online enrollment in the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan is available through the state Treasurer's Office at Use the coupon code "Inspire." Pennsylvania also offers a second 529 plan, the PA 529 Investment Plan, in which returns are based on financial market performance. Contributions to both PA 529 plans are deductible from Pennsylvania income taxes, grow tax free and, when used for qualified educational expenses, are federal and state tax exempt. Both plans provide flexibility to pay for higher education expenses at most higher education institutions across the country. 




ECTV LIVE ......Parents will want to make it a point to watch ECTV Live during the week of September 3rd. Hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo have invited Karen Thomas of the PennState Extension Service back to the program in advance of her new schedule of classes designed to Strengthen the Family! The Strengthening Families Program is part of the PROSPER project which is an innovative model for bringing research-based, scientifically proven prevention programs to Lackawanna County in order to strengthen youth, families, and communities. The focus is on strengthening parent-child relations and problem-solving, building youth life skills, and teaching youth to avoid peer pressure or dangerous behaviors. ECTV Live is a Public Affairs program of Electric City Television shown on Comcast Ch19 each day at Noon and Midnight, Additional showings are offered on selected weekdays at 6pm. 


This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with State Senator John Blake about Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law, and what voters without proper identification need to know to vote this November. Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Dolly Woody, Heather & Davita about next Saturday’s Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure in downtown Scranton. And an encore of Brian’s interview with Dr. David Borenstein about Arthritis of the Spine, and how to treat it. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM


Tune in this Labor Day weekend for Saturday Night Live at the Oldies.  Shadoe Steele hosts the show from 7pm until midnight with ABC News on the top of the hour. This week's guest are Brewer and Shipley.
Matt Cartwright, candidate for Congress in the new 17th. Citizen's Voice photo.


Tune in this week when Tiffany Cloud welcomes 17th District Congressional candidate Matt Cartwright on WYLN TV’s Storm Politics. The program can be seen on WYLN TV 35 at the following times, THURS @ 9:30 PM • SAT @ 5 PM • SUN @ 11 AM, MON @ 9:00 PM • TUES @ 4:30 PM.
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Ilse Koch, also known as the "Witch of Buchenwald", commits suicide in the Bavarian prison of Aichach.......Nguyen Van Thieu is elected President of South Vietnam.......In Pennsylvania, Governor Shafer gets the report of the “Woodside Commission” that was the guiding light of the Constitutional convention. . The Preparatory Committee, consisting of the leadership of the General Assembly and chaired by the Lieutenant Governor as an ex-officio member, started its work within a week of the approval by the voters. John Ingram, then-Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League’s State Office, served as Executive Director of the Preparatory Committee. The Committee drafted procedures for the convention, provided manuals for the delegates, and generally paved the way for constitutional revision…… Luzerne County Labor Day celebrations are held in Wilkes Barre, Scranton, Hazleton and Pittston. Candidates from the area try to make all of the events pledging their support for the working man….and 45 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was Allentown’s own Jay and the Techniques with their first hit, “Apples Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”.


At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried to watch the GOP tonight and had to turn off Paul Ryan before he finished. I just can't take it how they flat out lie and distort the truth. I had a better time watch the Big Bang Theory and getting a cheap laugh.

At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAVID, Just wanted to mention that having little time so far today, I haven't done any reading but when I turned on my PC and got to AOL, their news, welcome screen was tearing Paul Ryan apart for all of his misleading and flat out lies in his speech. So it turns out I was justified in getting sick of his BS. I really wanted to watch but deep inside I knew what I was going to see. I really did want to see both sides of this election but I'm more dune now with these ***holes than I've ever been.

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey professor,

Will you promise to go away if the President is reelected too, please?
Your ***hole attitude has indeed worn thinner than the hair on your old head. To get respect it helps to be respectful rather than arrogant, condescending and out right insulting. You need a lesson in manners. Your tenure is revoked and your time is up!

the Dean

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hail to the Dean!!!


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