Thursday, September 19, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2521, September 19th, 2013


State Representative Darrly Metcalfe. (photo: theczechwordpress).


The other day State Representative Darryl Metcalfe called a news conference in Harrisburg to deride Governor Tom Corbett’s policy on expanding Medicaid for low income people in the state.
Metcalfe said he doesn’t want to raise taxes on Pennsylvanians, as all Americans are affected by the 2 percent increase in Social Security portion of the payroll tax passed by Congress. He suggests to avoid increasing taxes, the state should opt-out of the Medicaid expansion through Obamacare.
By opting out of the state Medicaid program, he will be throwing away federal dollars that will help fund the program. Now it is true that it will add people to the Medicaid rolls but these are people deeply in need and it will be 2 billion dollars out of 27 billion dollar budget. Metcalfe is so worried about Pennsylvania taxes but has done little to reduce his staff as well. As the perks he gets as a Legislator. I’d think Metcalfe would be more credible if maybe he’d start paying for his own health care and stop trying to screw the working poor, many who can’t even buy medication because they don’t have coverage.
Tom Corbett is being reasonable and responsible, Darryl Metcalfe is being a petty little man who just likes to make noise and is not taking seriously by thinking Pennsylvanians. He not only is a mean spirited loudmouth but an idiot. Which proves anyone can be elected to the State House in Pennsylvania. 

Senator Mike Lee. (Photo:


Senator Mike Lee is running an ad on the radio urging people to defund Obamacare. He is touting the fact that if the President’s health care plan comes to fruition, it will cost Americans 800,000 jobs, destroy the 40 hour work week and put the economy in a downward spiral. Really?
The Affordable Health Care Act will In every State and for the first time under Federal law, insurance companies are required to publicly justify their actions if they want to raise rates by 10 percent or more.
The law bans insurance companies from imposing lifetime dollar limits on health benefits – freeing cancer patients and individuals suffering from other chronic diseases from having to worry about going without treatment because of their lifetime limits.
The health care law extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by ten years. From 2010 to 2012, Medicare spending per beneficiary grew at 1.7 percent annually, substantially more slowly than the per capita rate of growth in the economy. And the health care law helps stop fraud with tougher screening procedures, stronger penalties, and new technology.
That’s just a few of the things Mike Lee, a Congressional bully will not tell you. Because it is the truth and he hasn’t had an acquaintance with that in a long time.
There is an enrollment period for health care exchanges so people looking to game the system, signing up when they get sick just won’t be able to.
Mike Lee and his ilk are really part of the reactionary section of the Republican party that are so desperate, they use scare tactics. And they lie. 

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. (Photo:



Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s ban on driver’s licenses for the children of illegal immigrants was upheld by a state judge. The President, as you recall said in June that some young immigrants would be protected from deportation. The Department of Homeland Security has said immigrants with work permits issued under the policy are lawfully present in the U.S. Brewer’s decree said that immigrants could not have Arizona State driver’s licenses. Legal immigrants can have them but immigrant children who got here before the age of 16 and are not yet 30 and been here for five years can serve in the military, go to college, high school, or get a GED. But in Arizona, not a driver's license. This denial by Arizona is mean and punitive. It robs young people of essential needs of transportation in getting a job or an education. Does Brewer think these people are going to be joyriding across the border? The Republican party talks about how they want people to be self reliant, to help grow the country and to be entrepreneurs. But with this action, they are hampering that effort.The Huffington Post reported that Brewer said, "This portion of the ruling is not only a victory for the state of Arizona – it is a victory for states' rights, the rule of law and the bedrock principles that guide our nation's legislative process and the division of power between the federal government and states”. Hysterical!!! I am old enough to remember when the opponents of Civil Rights in the 60s said the same thing, states rights, division of power between the federal and state governments, all of that crap. The only difference between Brewer and her ilk is that they haven’t started bombing churches with little girls in them. YET.

State Representative Kevin Haggerty. (Photo: LuLac archives).


State Representative Kevin Haggerty took a lot of heat when President Obama came to town regarding his stance on jobs, taxes and the deterioration of Scranton. Here is a Legislative idea he shared with us: 
This legislation would immediately cap taxes at 25 mills and allow the people to have a voice regarding if taxes would go any higher.
We are living through horrible times in the city of Scranton. I have been a very out front representative regarding our changing county government (nearly 75% of the people want a new system in place). The below legislation will also help create a stronger economy in our area. When the vast majority of the people are taxed to death, it simply means they can not save or spend- and that is no way to recover an economy.
In the near future, it is my intention to introduce legislation that amends the Home Rule Charter & Optional Plans Law within Title 53, specifically, §2962(b), which provides for taxing power for local municipalities and governing bodies.
The genesis for this legislation is to correct a legislative oversight that is now codified into state statute via Tiltle 53, §2962(b). Essentially, this section gives local governing bodies the authority to override their Home Rule Charter provisions when levying taxes in excess of an expressed, written threshold in the Home Rule Charter.
This all stems from HB 1175 of 1983, Act No. 170 which created the last sentence of §2962(b), and from that, a 2006 Commonwealth Court Ruling which cited the section to side with defendants:
In the opinion issued in Musewicz v. Cordaro, Munchak, and Lackawanna County,Commonwealth Court found that a 48% take hike by then Lackawanna County Commissioners Munchak & Cordaro was legal and did NOT violate Lackawanna County’s Home Rule Charter, and thus, local government rule of law.
Specifically, the court sided with its lower counterpart (Common Pleas) and the County Commissioners citing state case law precedent; local law was preempted by state statute – Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) , Section 2962(b). Essentially, state law supersedes local charter provision(s).
It is my belief, and that of my constituents, that local governing bodies should not be above their own Home Rule Charters – essentially, Title 53, Section 2962(b), nullifies a municipality’s home rule charter – my legislation intends to reverse that.
The last sentence of 2962(b) was never intended to have the scope ascribed to it by Commonwealth Court. To be clear, the Court’s reading of current section of statute is correct, but the section has unintended consequences, and should be reversed so that a Home Rule Charter is not in essence, violated by inappropriate and unauthorized, excessive taxation.


Wilkes Barre resident Bruce Simpson who announced for Mayor of Wilkes Barre just a few weeks ago has now announced he will not run for Mayor. The election is in 2015.

Congressman Matt Cartwright.  (Photo: LuLac archives).

Cartwright Introduces Legislation to Provide Coverage of Audiology Services for Medicare Beneficiaries

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced the introduction of the Help Extend Auditory Relief (HEAR) Act with the support of 8 members of Congress.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one third of individuals over the age of 65, and nearly half of those over 85, report some degree of hearing loss. Within Pennsylvania, 1,601,000 residents report some degree of hearing loss, which represents 12.9 percent of the state population.
The HEAR Act would provide Medicare coverage for hearing rehabilitation services, including a comprehensive audiology assessment to determine if a hearing aid is appropriate. The bill would also extend Medicare coverage to hearing aids.
“We must continue to strengthen Medicare as seniors struggle for access to affordable healthcare,” said Cartwright. “After years of hard work, Pennsylvania’s seniors have earned the right to a high quality of life during their golden years.”
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), people aged 50 and older with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, anger and frustration, emotional instability and paranoia than those who wore hearing aids.
The National Grange has endorsed the HEAR Act.
"Hearing loss is becoming a normal occurrence for many Americans, especially senior-aged Americans who are already struggling to pay all of their healthcare costs. Hearing aids need to be covered by healthcare plans, including Medicare, to ensure that these patients have access to a basic tool that could dramatically improve their quality of life,” said Grace Boatright, Legislative Director of the National Grange. “The Grange is happy to support this bill and we hope to see it passed in the near future."



ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will welcome Karen Thomas of the PennState Extension to their program during the week of September 23rd. Ms. Tomas will discuss plans for a Free public program designed to strengthen families which gets under way in October. ECTV Live can be seen daily on Comcast Ch19 throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.


This Week on Sunday Magazine. The theme this week is children's health. Brian Hughes speaks with chiropractor Joe Leonardi about Childhood Obestity Awareness Month, during the month of September.And Brian speaks with health expert Stuart Tomc about how to add a "brain boost" to your child's lunchbox. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM.


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The semi-legendary 100 Club Punk Festival ignites the careers of several influential punk and post-punk bands, arguably sparking the punk movement's introduction into mainstream culture.....Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. by agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet....Patricia Hearst is sentenced to 7 years in prison for her role in a 1974 bank robbery (an executive clemency order from U.S. President Jimmy Carter will set her free after only 22 months).
President Gerald Ford performed well in what was the first televised presidential debate since 1960. Polls taken after the debate showed that most viewers felt that Ford was the winner. Carter was also hurt by Ford's charges that he lacked the necessary experience to be an effective national leader, and that Carter was vague on many issues. Take a look for yourself

…in Pennsylvania, Senator Hugh Scott proclaims that the Ford performance in the debate was right on target and that it could only help the President’s prospects….
Former WNEP TV anchorman Garry Essex.  (Photo: Carl Abraham). 
in LuLac land, new anchor of WNEP TV’s nightly news Gary Essex makes a huge splash. WNEP, now called The News Station totally revamped its set, presentation and news team. News Director Eldon Hale unveiled Essex as the new anchor after Labor Day and the public reaction to the newscaster was extremely positive. The fall of 1976 brought a seismic shift in the way news was presented in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The impact has lasted until present day when WNEP still gets mere than a 60% share of the audience for news broadcasting and thirty seven years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was"Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry.


At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Simpson quit before he was even ahead? OHHHH SAY IT ISNT SO YONK!

At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congress today voted to "defund" all National Parks, the US Military VA system all Food Stamp
programs and any and all programs designed to assist the poor. In a closed session vote they raised their salaries by 300% and extended their benefit package to include all congressional relatives including cousins. This was all done in the best interest of the Country they so love, but refused to serve in time of War. They are also considering a vote to impeach President Obama and replace him with the rightful winner and superior candidate Mitt Romney. Further by acclaimation any and all mention of Franklin D. Roosevelt is forbidden and all credit for our victory in WWII is to be bestowed on a great American, the late Douglas Mac Arthur who should have been named President for life and been allowed to attack China following his great success in Korea. The Alien and Sedition so successful during WWI is also to be reinstated immediately.
God Bless America

Joe McCarthy

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upton Sinclair long ago said, "the American people will take Socialism but they wont take the label." He ran for office as a Socialist and got nowhere, then ran for the same office with the same ideas and was almost elected.Something to think about.
People in my experience often don't know what Communism is but they are damn sure they don't like it. I wonder how many would know what a true Democracy is? How many have actually read the Constitution?
I would prefer a Democracy, however flawed so please save the vicious rhetoric. Just thinking out loud on this Friday afternoon
and exercising my freedom to do so.


At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I heard Sen. Lee's outrageous lies about Obamacare on WILK, I actually called the phone number he urged everyone to call immediately. After listening to a recorded sales pitch packed with more lies to buy some stupid book and then donate money to Sen. Lee and his bandits, I finally talked to a real person. I told the unfortunate woman at the other end of the line how Sen. Lee is harming me and my family, especially my seriously ill granddaughter, as well as the entire country. Needless to say, those con artists didn't get a damn dime out of me.

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had we as a country listened to Douglas "There are no Chinese Troops in Korea" (there were over 300,000 at the time) MacArthur we would have pressed on and engaged in War with China. Hell, were still stuck in Korea. No Dugout Doug was no Hero or brilliant planner. He was a megalomaniac and a very foolish old man.

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of Mice and Men or in this case Rats! Its the old I've got mine screw you attitude so prevalent today. A sad commentary

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said... couldn't find a worse picture of Mr. Metcalfe and Governor Brewer?

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wild Cherry was a Cleveland group I believe produced by Car Maduri and signed to EPIC by the late Steve Popovich, a friend of mine for many years.

At 11:32 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE couldn't find a worse picture of Mr. Metcalfe and Governor Brewer?

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As implementation of the President’s health care law continues to run into problem after problem, it’s clear that this law is simply unworkable. However, instead of repealing or delaying the law entirely, the President is issuing special exemptions and favors for the politically connected and powerful.

From the very beginning President Obama said “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” What he really meant was “if you like your plan and you have powerful Washington connections, you can keep it.” Sadly, the rest of America is stuck under the weight of this massive, devastating law.

The list of groups that want out from under the onerous burdens of the law continues to grow by the day.

Congress and their staff

When ObamaCare was passed, Senator Chuck Grassley inserted an amendment that required all members of Congress and their staff members to purchase insurance from one of the new health insurance exchanges. Senator Grassley argued that if these exchanges were good enough for you and me, they were good enough for Congress.

However, like so many things with this law, that is easier said than done. Staff members complained about the cost of buying insurance since they’d lose their generous taxpayer-provided insurance. Congressmen complained that they might lose good staff members who didn’t want to be forced into these bureaucratic monstrosities. Instead of fixing the glitches, President Obama and his administration simply waived the problem away. Now, all members of Congress and staff members have an ObamaCare exception that no other American has.

Labor Unions

Labor Unions supported ObamaCare from the very beginning becoming important cheerleaders for the administration. But as we get closer to the January 1 roll-out, union leaders are realizing just how bad ObamaCare is for their members. In July, Presidents of the Teamsters, UNITE-HERE and United Food and Commercial Workers sent House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a scathing letter detailing many of the problems Americans face with this law. The law will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week” and confirms that many employers are cutting employees’ hours.


According to ObamaCare, all employers with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health insurance coverage or face a $2,000 per employee fine. This unprecedented mandate imposes incredible costs on business across America that will continue to grow with the cost of health insurance. Large employers focused their attention on the Obama administration begging for a concession and they got it. Over the Fourth of July holiday, the Obama administration secretly announced that the employer mandate—but not the individual mandate—would be delayed until 2015.

State of Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the blueprint for ObamaCare, or so we were told. Again and again, supporters said to look at the success of reforms in Massachusetts, ObamaCare simply instituted those nationwide. But now, even Democrats in the Bay State are demanding waivers from ObamaCare. ObamaCare will have an “adverse effect” on insurance in Massachusetts requiring immediate action. Even the ObamaCare-supporting Boston Globe is warning of the “one-size-fits-all” approach. If the so-called reforms are unworkable in Massachusetts, where will they work?

Restaurants in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s district

This trend isn’t new. When ObamaCare was in its infancy, the Obama administration began handing out waivers to employers for various other provisions of the law. In early 2011, the administration issued waiver after waiver to politically connected businesses. In April of 2011, almost 20 percent of the waivers issued were for restaurants and hip nightclubs in former-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district.

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We keep delaying things.

Why don't we just delay the whole bill PERMANENTLY and come up with a REAL solution that REALLY is affordable and that REALLY will take care of everybody?

Does anyone remember when the government felt everyone deserved a house of their own? Pushing the banks to approve sub prime loans? Some success they had there, huh?

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Yonk, at what point do we cut back on all these cradle to grave benefits? Or we don't...just let those mean spirited Republicans and crazed Tea Partyers continue to give more to the have nots?
As always, you friend
Joe V

At 9:33 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

So Yonk, at what point do we cut back on all these cradle to grave benefits? Or we don't...just let those mean spirited Republicans and crazed Tea Partyers continue to give more to the have nots?

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Play that funky that funky music!!!!

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about:


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