The LuLac Edition #3004, July 30th, 2015
Here’s my take. She needs the money now. She needs to solidify her base of support. She needs commitments now. The meet and greets for the average Joes and Janes will come. And they’ll love her. Book on that.
During the very first Presidential campaign I volunteered for, Humphrey in 1968, it was a big deal when Humphrey met the 1 million dollar mark in money raised. That happened in late October. The campaign and financial world of Presidential politics is a different animal now. It would be nice to have Mrs. Clinton stop and chat but this is a careful campaign. True believers will understand that aspect and not take offense.
Plus we as Democrats have to accept that there is a class system. It exists in America. Those who could afford to go…went. The political class went. It would be like missing your kid’s Holy Communion. The regular Democrats, the $25.00 buck a head guys and gals will get their turn.
But not now.
Medicare turns 50 today. As a youngster in the hot summer of ’65, I remember watching TV in the afternoon as President Johnson signed the act into law with former President Harry Truman. Both Mr. Truman and his wife Bess got the first two Medicare cards. For 50 years, it has been a reliable guarantor of the health and welfare of older and disabled Americans by paying their medical bills, ensuring their access to needed health care services. Plus it has protected them from potentially crushing health expenses. Medicare is popular now but Congress created the program only after a long and deeply ideological struggle that still reverberates today.
There were cries of socialism, big brother and every thing else the fear mongers of the day threw at the law. Just like The Affordable Care Act critics, Medicare opposition was loud and unreasonable.
The House took up consideration of the bill on April 7th, and passed the bill the next day by a vote of 313-115 (with 5 not voting). In July the Senate passed it 68-21 (with 11 not voting). Lyndon Johnson knew that he needed to pass the bill when he had a majority in both houses. He knew that there might be compromise but no concession to a party that lost an election. There might have been noises about disruptions from the GOP but Johnson made sure they were squashed like bugs.
On the 50th anniversary of a landmark achievement for America, we can only wish that the current President wielded a tad more power when he might have passed a Public Option. BTW, no one tried to repeal Medicare. They’d never dare.
“Significant decreases in demand for coal power generation have negatively impacted workers and communities that have relied on the coal industry for decades,” Rep. Cartwright said, member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. “This legislation will assist struggling coal communities throughout the Appalachian Region overcome the challenges associated with changing natural resources markets”
In addition, $5 million dollars will be allocated towards funding the design, construction, and operation of large-scale projects to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources.
The focus of the legislation is to assist struggling coal communities diversify their economies, increase human capital development, and stimulate economic growth.
To fund these investments, the legislation will close coal royalty loopholes in the federal coal royalty payment system, loopholes that coal companies have exploited for decades to avoid paying royalties on federal coal.
Recent reports and investigations from the Government Accountability Office and the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior have revealed that the government is not collecting full royalty payments from private mining companies extracting coal from public lands. Some coal mining companies are selling coal to subsidiaries at artificially low prices to decrease royalty payments. A recent Headwaters Economics report found that coal sales to subsidiaries and other non-competitive activities cost the federal government as much as $139 million in royalty payments every year. As a result, the bill would be deficit positive and provide additional funding to States that produce coal on federal land while improving transparency in the coal market.
“NRF’s Heroes of Main Street have shown through their voting records that they care about retailers, big and small, and value the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “By backing our policy priorities, they show their commitment to a prosperous Main Street and to the long-term growth of retail – our nation’s largest private sector employer.”
Barletta, who frequently conducts “Main Street Tours” in localities across the 11th district, has been talking to business owners and consumers to hear their concerns and suggestions. He cites his conversations with merchants and citizens as good sources for ideas. The NRF highlighted key votes on policies on health care, tax reform, and workforce policies that work for employers and employees alike. Barletta is also a strong supporter of the Remote Transaction Parity Act, formerly known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, which levels the playing field among brick-and-mortar retailers and Internet sellers with regard to the collection of sales tax.
“As a former mayor, I have seen first-hand how much our cities and towns depend on our local merchants to keep our economy moving and create good jobs for our citizens,” Rep. Barletta said. “Local retailers make up the backbone of our economy, and they cannot be left behind.”
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. businesses that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans.
Wilkes-Barre author Brandon Halsey will be signing copies of his new horror novel Bliss at this weekend's Monster Mania horror convention in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Taking place from July 31st - August 2nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Monster Mania promises to be the biggest horror convention on the East Coast.
Featured guest include such icons as Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) Neve Campbell (Scream) Brad Dourif (Child's Play) Danielle Harris (Halloween) and many, many more.
The convention will also host film screenings, exclusive cast reunions, and the opportunity to meet numerous horror and pop culture superstars.
“The signing at last spring's Monster Mania was my best showing yet and I'm very excited to be back,” Halsey said. “The promoters behind Monster Mania have a stellar reputation and even non-horror fans would be impressed by the large attendance and sheer size of the show.”
Bliss is also available for purchase on all major online merchants, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the author's own website.
Brandon Halsey will be signing books at Monster Mania during the following times:
Friday: 4PM - 10PM
Saturday: 10AM - 7PM
Sunday: 10AM - 5PM
ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender will welcome Bob Shlesinger to the program during the week of August 3rd to talk about plans for this year's Scranton Jazz Festival.
ECTV Live can be see on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired three times each day during the week.
This Week on Sunday Magazine
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Becca Darling about the 3rd Walk for Debbie's Darlings, coming up next Saturday at the Dallas High School track to benefit needy kids going back to school.
An encore of Brian Hughes' interview with bankruptcy attorney Chuck Tatlebaum, who discusses the future of shopping malls, and has some advice for the new owner of the Mall at Steamtown in Scranton.
Frankie speaks with Mike Zimmerman and Meghan Kennedy about the 7th Annual Paulie Friedman 5K Walk/Run coming up next Sunday as Misericordia University in Dallas.
And Brian speaks with chef Ingrid Hoffman from the Food Network about healthy Summer grilling.
Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.
Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”
Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.
Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “Somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.
President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000, and to more than double the number of men drafted per month - from 17,000 to 35,000…..The Beatles second movie Help! premieres..
President Lyndon B. Johnson B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid…………………Cigarette advertising is banned on British television….Pennsylvania Senator Joe Clark calls the Medicare legislation one of the most significant legislative acts of the 20th century since FDR began Security Security…in LuLac land, Washington finds that both Pennsylvania representatives, Dan Flood and Joe McDade support the Medicare Bill..and fifty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was a combination of doo wop, soul and pop, “I'm a Happy Man” by The Jive Five