The LuLac Edition #2345, January 31st, 2013
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CORBETT’S LIQUOR PLANS
Governor Tom Corbett wants to sell the liquor stores. There are many who think this is a good idea. I do not. The State Liquor Stores have reinvented themselves in the last few years offering better qualities of wines and liquors. For the most part, the workers there are knowledgeable, cordial and helpful. Things are running smoothly. But Corbett and his cadre of anti government brethren want to privatize the stores. That is a bad idea for the following reasons: 1. State control will increase more crime. Go to New Jersey and check out some of the neighborhoods and their liquor emporiums. You want that in your neighborhood? You think out of town crime is bad now, just wait.
2. Workers being paid a decent wage (which is incentive enough to keep yourself on the straight and narrow these days) will be replaced by 9 buck an hour clerks who won’t give a rat’s ass if you’re 17 year old is getting a bottle. How will it be policed?
3. Finally, a onetime sale is not going to solve the problem. The State will be killing an annual Cash Cow that will yield a onetime payment to increase funding for education. Huh? No one will say it but education is the financial black hole in Pennsylvania. It is a money pit.
The first Governor I followed in earnest was Raymond Shafer. Ever since he served, nine Governor have talked about giving more money to education. For the kids. I mean where is the improvement? Education for our children will improve if parents get involved with their children’s education At the kitchen . It won’t happen by throwing money at it. Plus I want to see where the money made up from the loss of annual revenue is going to come from when the State Stores are dismantled. Bad idea.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Again with Tom Corbett. One of his staff must have found out that the Governor doesn’t need the permission of the Legislature to cut a deal to sell the Pa. Lottery. Bad idea again. The Pa. Lottery is one of the best run in the country and is the only one that gives its profits to Pennsylvania Senior. And they want to export it to an overseas company that has been very sketchy on details on how they’ll run it but certainly keeping their ears perks to give themselves bonuses when the sale goes through. And why the rush for a KENO game? I mean isn’t that going to be direct competition for the Casinos built a few years back? Corbett and Company have to learn that just because the government runs it, it isn’t all bad.
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On the President’s immigration bill, here’s what Matt Cartwright told the Times Leader: “Everybody knows that there are around 12 million undocumented aliens in the country,” Cartwright said. “I’d like to make taxpayers of these people and attempt to collect back taxes from them.” Cartwright said if only 5 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented aliens entered the workforce, it could mean a quarter of a trillion dollars in tax dollars collected. Cartwright assumes the best in the American Experience. He makes sense because when people have jobs, they pay taxes. Not every illegal is a gang member.
On the other hand, the One Note Johnny of the Pennsylvania delegation, Lou Barletta said the proposal – to provide amnesty for more than 11 million illegal immigrants – would be disastrous for the country’s already struggling economy and massive entitlement debt. “As new citizens, millions will be on the path to eligibility for public benefits,” Barletta said. Barletta’s view is typically cynical and expects the worst in his fellow man. Barletta thinks every illegal is going to shoot someone in the head on a street corner and be a gang banger looking to rob and roll anyone else. Look to the dire straits Hazleton is in. Barletta passed an anti immigration ordinance that most likely scared decent, hard working people from settling there. Why come to a city when you are told you’re not wanted. The remaining residents of Hazleton have to pay burdensome taxes because one of the factors was Barletta’s actions against a growing population that he mistook for takers, not givers. It is astounding that he is doing the same thing on the national level.
CONSOLIDATIONThere was a story in the Citizen’s Voice about a four year old girl who was having a SEIZURE. An ambulance was called but there was some type of political bullshit going on between Nanticoke and the Hanover Area Ambulance crews. So they brought a unit from Berwick to take the child to the hospital who was unconscious. Hanover officials said that she got to the hospital in forty minutes and that Berwick could get to Hanover faster than the Nanticoke Ambulance. Huh? This screams for consolidation of these little fiefdoms who can’t communicate. I don’t think 40 minutes to a hospital is anything to brag about. And people are bitching about guns killing people
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