The LuLac Edition #3299, September 15th, 2016
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Democratic Caucus has elected him to serve on the House Committee on Appropriations, the panel that makes annual spending decisions for all federal agencies and is considered one of the most powerful committees in Congress.
Here’s what this means to our area. Cartwright joins two Congressional icons (at least around here) Joe McDade and Dan Flood who previously served on that committee during their tenure. Many of the things we take for granted now are here because of those two men who knew how to compromise and get things done for the folks here in this region of the state. This couldn’t happen to a better leader who will make life for this area better than it is now.
For fully one-half century, between the end of World War II and the turn of the millennium, northeastern Pennsylvania had strong and able representation on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.
“For almost a generation now, our area has not had a voice on Appropriations. I am happy to say that the wait is over. This is not only a great honor, but also an opportunity to shape spending that can have a tremendous effect on the lives of seniors, veterans, children, students, commuters, federal workers, federal contractors, and military service personnel,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Every discretionary dollar goes through the Appropriations Committee, and I intend to use my voice and vote on the Committee to protect the health and retirement security of my constituents and to help spur economic growth in the 17th congressional district.”
“I welcome Matt Cartwright as the newest member of the House Appropriations Committee,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. “Congressman Cartwright has been a vocal and effective leader on behalf of Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District. I look forward to his joining Appropriations Democrats as we work to invest in hard-working American families, create more good-paying jobs, and build a stronger America.”
The House Appropriations Committee serves an indispensable role as the originator of all annual federal spending bills, as referenced in Article I of the Constitution. Each year, under normal operating procedure, twelve spending bills are reported to the full House covering areas such as transportation infrastructure, energy development, military construction, education and student loan programs, rural development, environmental protection, and homeland security. Appropriators wield the “power of the purse” at the programmatic level and enjoy close working relationships with federal agencies and offices as their yearly budgets are set.
“Municipal officials, regional planners, business managers, nonprofit directors, and constituents in the 17th congressional district are not shy about letting me know what’s important to them, and I intend to make those concerns and desires my top appropriations priorities,” continued Cartwright. “To me, this appointment is an opportunity to be even more responsive to the needs of the six counties I represent, and to help them grow and thrive, even as budgets are tight.”
“We’ve seen comparatively restrictive discretionary budgets under the 2012-enacted sequester law, which runs through 2023,” Cartwright added. “That’s a law we need to rethink, especially where additional strategic investments would create jobs.”
“Matt Cartwright has consistently proven himself to be a forceful and effective champion for America’s hard-working families,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Congressman Cartwright’s tireless leadership has been invaluable to House Democrats’ effort to build a stronger America for all Americans. In his new role on the Appropriations Committee, Matt Cartwright will be a powerful voice for a budget that invests in America, creates more good-paying jobs, and strengthens hard-working families.”
It appears that GOP Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence was walking a very successful diplomatic tight rope in this campaign. Pence was supporting Donald Trump but keeping the crazy aspects of the Donald out of his wheelhouse. But that ended the other day before Congressional group of leaders when he refused to repudiate David Duke to them. Pence has shown his true colors.
I’m not saying he is a racist like Duke. But what I am saying is that he is a coward who refuses to take a stand on something so obvious. The GOP basket cases on FB yammer about Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd being members of the Klan in their youth. Byrd repudiated the Klan. Strom, another case. But the fact is Pence proved he stands for only his own ambition. Like the old song says, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
The President went on the campaign trail for Secretary Clinton the other day and was in his element. Obama touted Clinton of course but put in stark terms why Donald Trump is not fit to lead anything. Look this guy was not my first pick, disappointed me by not getting Universal Health care and everything else he could have accomplished with that two House majority. But he is at his best when he is making a point in the most basic ways.
OH THOSE PESKY E MAILS!!!! So Colin Powell had his e mails hacked and he pretty much scolded Hillary Clinton for being greedy, having too much hubris. He lamented that her team should have taken his advice on the e mails.
But what he didn’t say about Hillary Clinton was that Benghazi was her fault! So who am I going to believe on this one? My Facebook friends or Coln Powell? "Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt," Powell wrote. "Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who (thought) Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place."
But Powell noted that "blame also rests on his leaders and supports back here. Pat Kennedy, Intel community, DS and yes HRC."
Kennedy was the under secretary of state for management at the State Department.
Powell gave blame to everyone for this unfortunate incident. You would think that Hillary was in a drone directing the whole damn thing.
Witch hunt, yeah Halloween’s coming! Sounds right. Except that all the questions have been asked and answered. Sometimes we don’t get the answer we want.
If your child is thinking of entering the medical profession, DON’T LET THEM! At least not here in LuLac land. After the Hillary Clinton heath incident the other day, I was stunned that so many of my Face book friends are practicing medicine! They predicted death, they predicted collapses, they even diagnosed the stages of the pneumonia.
Well I’ll tell ya, next time I get a little twinge, screw Geisinger! I’ll just go on the old Face book machine and get me a prescription.
Pennsylvania businessman and former Army officer & Desert Storm veteran Otto Voit blasted Governor Tom Wolf today on the news that his administration is withdrawing an additional $1.2 billion to meet short-term obligations. This is the third time this year that Harrisburg has borrowed money in order to meet its obligations," Voit pointed out. "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
Less than one month ago, in August, State Treasurer Tim Reese withdrew $400 million in order to cover the state's August expenses. The withdrawal came from a $2.5 billion loan that Governor Wolf took out earlier in the year.
Voit also pointed to lack of attention paid to the Treasurer's office as problematic:
"We need an independent Treasurer who will not entangle himself the political games that Harrisburg plays. Of Pennsylvania's past six treasurers, five have used the office as a stepping stone to higher office and three have been indicted. The media hasn't paid attention to this race because our past treasurer's haven't paid attention to their responsibility."
Voit has expressed his commitment to the Treasurer's office by pledging not to seek another office. He has called for a two-year budget and a "no budget, no pay" policy, holding the governor and state legislature responsible for the state's fiscal well-being.
Additionally, Voit has introduced PACheckbook.com--an interactive website where all the state's finances-revenues, expenditures, salaries, contracts, etc.--are available to the public to be downloaded and analyzed.
"It's time for a responsible professional to fix Harrisburg. We are balancing our fiscal future on the backs of our children. That will stop on day one when I'm treasurer."
About Otto Voit
Otto Voit has over 30 years of experience in the fields of finance, accounting and operations. His experience includes serving as CFO for an Inc. 500 company, CFO & partner in a software company, and CFO & President of an international dental and cosmetic manufacturing company.
Otto is also a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and previously served with the 101st Airborne Division. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. Mr. Voit resides in Berks County, Pa with his wife of 27 years, Sheryl.
Our friend Carol Zubris sent us this message and we’’d like to share it with you. Stephanie Capece Sciandra of Pittston was diagnosed in the spring of 2014 with cervical cancer. She n underwent a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment only for the cancer to return in the fall of 2015. Three more months of chemotherapy followed after the second diagnosis but, the cancer was not gone. Stephanie continues to battle for her daughter as well as her family while attempting to find another course of therapy.
Stephanie has been teaching ice skating at the Toyota Sports Plex for over two decades and a proud member of The Diamond City Figure Skating club which she choreographs figure skating exhibitions, training for competitions, and the learn to skate programs along with Skating Coaches: Amy Frederick, Lisa Cosgrove and (myself) Karel Zubris. We have been skating together for over thirty years and our sister needs our prayers and financial help. Please help get the word out about this event that is scheduled for this Saturday, September 17th at the Toyota Sports Complex from 1 to 5 pm.
Brian Hughes speaks with Harvey's Lake resident historian Sandra Serhan about the 235th anniversary of the founding of Harvey's Lake, and a big event to commemorate that anniversary coming up on Sunday.
And Brian speaks with advertising consultant Mike Kleha about "Advertising in the Age of the Empowered Consumer".
Sunday magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM, and 6:25am on Magic 93.
ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender welcome Mary Garm to the program during the week of September 19th to discuss the Fall programs at Lackawanna counties Libraries. ECTV live is seen on Comcast cable channel 19 (61 in some areas) in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. The program airs three times daily (Noon, 6pm, and Midnight) throughout the week.
Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. . The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.
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.
The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V. www.105theriver.net www.doowopsockhop.net.
Nikita Khrushchev, 77, Soviet leader dies…….
and 45 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” by Paul & Linda McCartney.