Monday, January 21, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3988, January 21st, 2019

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 2019


Sunday, January 20, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3987, January 20th, 2019

MAKING AMERICA NOT SO GREAT AGAIN

It is two years to the day that President Trump took office. From day one he has not inspired anyone to their better angels but has been an inspiration to those closet racists who now feel free to show us who they really are. The effect Trump has had on young people is stunning. His lack of knowledge and his pride in it that lack of anything normal  has emboldened people of all ages to be "just like him". 
Witness what happened over the weekend when a Catholic School from that bastion of inclusion, Kentucky dissed a Vietnam War Veteran who happened to be a native American. 
This behavior should not stand when a snot nosed jerk wearing a MAGA Hat made his sorry ass famous this week. 
BTW, the school and the kid were at a Pro Life rally in D.C. I wonder if they even knew WHY they were there? 
Protecting life inside the womb is fine but when you show disregard for life outside of it, show disregard for the dignity of life at any age, then you're a thug and a bully. 
The apple of this incident didn't fall very far from the Trump tree! 
This was meme worthy and here are a few. 


Thursday, January 17, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3986, January 17th, 2018

MARINO BAILS 

The quitter. Tom Marino (Photo: LuLac archives) 

12th District Congressman Tom Marino announced today that he will resign his Congressional seat to accept a job in private business. He said he was in public service for many years and had an opportunity in the private sector.
Plus he’s resigning NEXT WEEK! That must be some humdinger of a job. Marino had to have an inkling when he was running in the general election and there are many people on Social Media, Republicans who think he might have warned them. I disagree because once elected, someone can do whatever they want with the seat.  Jobs that make you want to leave Congress don’t come suddenly now do they?Or maybe they do. Or maybe there are underlying reasons we don't know about.
The saving grace is since elected in 2010, he has pretty much kept a low Legislative profile. He almost became the Drug Czar but taking himself out of the running might have been the best thing he could have done for himself personally. 
It is shame though that voters in the old 10th got rid of Chris Carney a demonstrated leader and even in the primary picked Marino over Dr. David Maderia in the primary. Maderia would have been way better because of his more passionate conservatism. But Marino was no slouch in that department and the voters in the old 10th and the new 12th didn't seem to have buyer's remorse. 
Marino told news reporters he will work to create new jobs. Even though we've disagreed with him more times than not, we wish him well and the best as he exits Congress. 


DIAPER DON HAS ANOTHER TANTRUM

So old Diaper took out his pique on Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not providing military aircraft in her trip to the Mideast. Not surprising because this overgrown child has no class.
But what is concerning is that Trump made known her location in a War Zone. Diaper, diaper, diaper……so full of it.

PELOSI WANTS TRUMP TO SUSPEND STATE OF THE UNION
The Speaker and The President (Photo: CNN)
In an extraordinary move, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Trump NOT to give his State of The Union address.
Citing security constraints from the partial government shutdown, asked President Trump on Wednesday to scrap his Jan. 29 State of the Union address, and a bipartisan group of senators called on him to reopen the government while they negotiated a compromise on border security.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has reopened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on Jan. 29,” Ms. Pelosi said in a letter to Mr. Trump on Wednesday. She suggested he forgo the annual presidential ritual of addressing a joint session of Congress in a televised speech during prime time and submit a written message instead.
Ms. Pelosi’s proposal served as a reminder to Mr. Trump that, with Democrats in control of the House, she has the power to frustrate his agenda and upend his plans amid a prolonged stalemate over his demands for a wall on the southwestern border.
Two things here.
1. The President will not say anything new.
2. Security concerns are real. Unlike Trump who thinks there are criminal immigrants around every corner, Pelosi’s concerns are real. The President for his own safety should listen.
But he won’t. (LuLac, New York Times)

CASEY, COLLEAGUES PRESS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE FEDERAL CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEES RECEIVE PAY
Senator Robert Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Senator Bob Casey alongside 33 of his Democratic Senate colleagues, urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to direct federal agencies to work with contractors to provide back pay to compensate low- and middle-income contractor employees for the wages they have lost during the shutdown.
“Contract workers and their families should not suffer the consequences of a shutdown that they did not cause,” The Senators wrote to the OMB Acting Director. “Low-wage service contract workers perform jobs that are absolutely vital to the government, such as food service, security, and custodial work. Many of these workers live paycheck-to-paycheck, and cannot afford to pay their rent and other bills if the shutdown continues.”
Under their existing authority, Senators argued, federal contracting officers should use provisions that allow them to modify the terms of the contract to work with contractors to provide back pay for employees who lost wages as a result of the government shutdown.

JUDGE STRIKES DOWN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN TO ADD A CITIZENSHIP QUESTION TO 2020 CENSUS

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro (Photo: Philly.com)
The Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census was not only unlawful but also bad for Pennsylvania.
Josh Shapiro and a coalition of attorneys general and cities, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, have been fighting back -- and yesterday, they blocked the addition of the citizenship question. A federal judge struck down the United States Department of Commerce’s citizenship question on the census in a big win for our democracy.
This victory is a crucial step in the fight for fair representation, and Josh will keep working to ensure that the 2020 census be conducted in a fair way.
Including an unlawful citizenship question would have driven down participation rates and compromised the census’ accuracy, particularly in areas with large immigrant communities. It could have meant our Commonwealth losing on our full share of federal resources, including funding for law enforcement, schools, and emergency services.

MEDIA MATTERS


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BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week's guest will be Jennifer Pennington, Coordinator of this weekend's Martin Luther King holiday events in Scranton. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox .Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.

ECTV LIVE


ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome John Gleason from the Keystone Mission to the program during the week of January 21st. Mr. Gleason will discuss the current needs of the mission which deals with the homeless problem in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties. He'll also discuss the non profit agency's efforts to secure a new building where Keystone and other agencies can coordinate efforts to help those individuals.

The shows will air several times daily on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and will also be rebroadcast on the electric city television YouTube page!
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.


BUDDY RUMCHEK

Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:20 and 8:20 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”

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SUNDAY NIGHTS!

1969

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An explosion aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 27 and injures 314.
The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 4.... The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5, which docks with Soyuz 4 for a transfer of crew. Two cosmonauts transfer from Soyuz 5 to Soyuz 4 via a spacewalk while the two craft are docked together, the first time such a transfer takes place. The two spacecraft undock and return to Earth two days later. Student Jan Palach sets himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia; 3 days later he dies......In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution displays the art of Winslow Homer for 6 weeks.....Richard Nixon is sworn in as the 37th President of the United States.

An assassination attempt is carried out on Leonid Brezhnev by deserter Viktor Ilyin. One person is killed, several are injured. Brezhnev escaped unharmed...in Pennsylvania Republican delegations go to D.C. to see Nixon sworn in....in Scranton Mayor James Walsh says he will run for another term as Mayor and in LuLac land and America the number one song was "Hooked On a Feeling" by B.J. Thomas.





Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3985, January 16th, 2019

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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A hot topic in every election season is the raising of the minimum wage. If you take a look at where this state stands, we are way behind the curve if not the 8 ball. The Citizens’ Voice editorialized about it earlier in the month about why we need it in the Commonwealth and that’s today’s “Write On Wednesday”.


PENNSYLVANIA SHOULD RAISE MINIMUM WAGE

Millions of workers across the United States have begun the new year with a brighter outlook because their state legislatures or local governments, or both, have mandated higher minimum wages.
In Pennsylvania, however, Republican legislative majorities cling to hoary and discredited notions, promulgated by narrow special interests, that boosting the minimum wages will harm workers and the economy.
Due to that political cowardice, Pennsylvania remains an island of poverty-level wages at the bottom rung of the ladder. It’s minimum wage is the federal minimum of $7.25, which was established in 2009.
State lawmakers shamelessly have maintained that Bob Cratchit-like minimum wage while ensuring that their own compensation automatically increases each year without a debate or vote.
Pennsylvania is surrounded by states that have raised their minimum wages over the last several years, yet have not experienced the economic calamity that supposedly flows from such sensible policy.
Nationwide, 20 states have raised their minimum wages with the dawn of the new year, from a nickel-an-hour in Alaska to $1-an-hour in Maine, Massachusetts and California. In several conservative states, notably Arkansas and Missouri, voters mandated significant wage increases by referendum after legislators declined to act. And more than 20 large cities have raised base wages beyond the state levels.
Gov. Tom Wolf likely will propose a minimum-wage increase in his budget address in February. State lawmakers should adopt one as a simple matter of economic justice. For them, doing so would produce the bonus of reduced reliance on expensive state-funded social services and increases in state income and sales tax revenues.
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/raise-state-s-minimum-wage-soon-1.2429225

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3984, January 15th, 2019

WOLF IS SWORN IN AS PA. GOVERNOR; FORMER BRADDOCK MAYOR FETTERMAN BECOMES LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Tom Wolf was sworn in today, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, for his second term as Pennsylvania governor. "I ask you to choose hope over hopelessness, empathy over apathy," Wolf said in his inaugural address. "I ask you to choose action over passivity. I ask you to take the future of our commonwealth into your own hands and help lead us forward."
The new Lieutenant Governor, John Fetterman, was sworn in about two hours before Wolf, in the Senate chambers. Fetterman, a York County native, gained notoriety as the dressed-down, hands-on mayor of Braddock in western Pennsylvania.
(Photos: billypen.com )

Monday, January 14, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3983, January 14th, 2019

YOU F----D IT UP': DONALD TRUMP RIPS MICK MULVANEY IN FRONT OF DEMOCRATS OVER FAILED SHUTDOWN TALKS: REPORT
(Photo: Business Insider)
In case you’re wondering if this government shutdown will end very soon, well bottom line is it won’t. The impasse will not be blamed on Democrats but the President himself who is not even giving hos own appointees the chance to make this sordid part of our governmental history go away. Axios reported that President Donald Trump ripped Mick Mulvaney in front of Democratic leaders over his new chief of staff’s handling of shutdown negotiations, according to a new report.
Trump’s frustration boiled over during a Jan. 4 meeting in the White House situation room, where he and Mulvaney were meeting Congressional leaders of both parties to discuss border wall funding, Axios reported Sunday night.
After Trump repeated his demand for $5.7 billion to build the wall, Mulvaney suggested the White House would be open to a figure somewhere between the president’s wish and Democrats’ offer of $1.3 billion.
“Trump cut him off ... 'You just f---ked it all up, Mick,'" a source who was present in the room told Axios. "It was kind of weird."
According to the Axios report, that account was confirmed by another source who was also in the room. The second source said Trump had become irritated with Mulvaney’s negotiating tactics.
He was supposed to shake thing up, be a deal maker, fix things as only he could. Yeah well that ain’t happening is it?


GOOD LUCK TOM WOLF

Your blog editor and the Governor. (Photo: LuLac archives)
Governor Tom Wolf embarks on his second term as Governor in Pennsylvania. Wolf will continue being the unconventional Governor and look for him to be a moderate force in this new 4 year term. You’re not going to see grand initiatives or sweeping reforms. The Governor still has a GOP House and Senate to deal with. You won’t see any grandstanding or chest thumping either of big policy plans either. That is not Wolf’s style. But what you will see is a continuation of the goals he set as Governor from 2015 to the present.
Baseball enthusiasts called it “Small ball”, not going for the fences. Bill Clinton had a satisfactory run working with the GOP as did former Governor Ed Rendell too. Wolf will put his nose to the grindstone and work on the following that will most likely,. barring an unforeseen emergency in the next four years.
He won in 2014 by his strong support Pennsylvania’s public schools; he’ll be a vocal proponent of stronger gun reforms, maintaining stronger and geographically broader economic growth; lowering the state’s corporate net income tax.
We wish Governor Wolf luck and success in the next four years!

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LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE ON PCN

Inauguration Day is January 15, 2019. PCN will be there, LIVE at the Capitol and in studio for a full day of coverage. Then join us in the evening as we take you LIVE at the Inaugural Celebration. Coverage begins at 10 AM.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3982, January 13th, 2019

13 QUESTIONS

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1. What are your thoughts on that career politician Pelosi taking the reins?

I think it’s a good thing. She actually came to her career late after raising her children. She will be a formidable champion for the middle class and a foil for the President and his gutless party.

2. Thoughts on Dan Meuser and his stance on the wall?

He is falling in lockstep with a policy that could have been fixed years ago. But he supports the fact that federal workers will not get paid all because of the vanity and ignorance of his man Trump. I feel so sad for the new 9th. Let's see how much he cares about building up a rural business corridor while he’s in the minority supporting a wall.He's more concerned about Trump's campaign promises than his own.

3. Do you see comparisons to the GOP with the 2020 gaggle of Democratic candidates running?

Comparisons to what, 2012, 2016? I think I’d compare it to 1972 when about 15 Democrats were running. The vote was so split up that George McGovern prevailed because of the rule changes as well as the sheer amount of candidates. 

4. What frustrates you the most about the Trump era of history?

That people don’t understand it or cherry pick examples to back up their debates.  I wish they realize that their support of him will rival all the bad political decisions ever made in the world. Plus it’s a crime that he doesn’t understand history either.

5. Your team fired its Coach after 13 years. Any thoughts on the Pack and will it be back?

Any Packer fan should always be grateful to McCarthy for winning a Super Bowl. But it was time and in due time, the Pack will be back. Football more so than baseball has a quicker rebound cycle.

6. Can you still believe in God and forgo creationism?

Yeah I guess you could but it would have to be a hard thing to explain. If you are a Christian fundamentalist you disagree with the evidence of common descent of humans and other animals as demonstrated in modern genetics which are based upon the conclusions of modern evolutionary biology,and geology. The Roman Catholic faith has said that they do recognize evolution. No less an authority that Pope Francis said, "God is not a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life...Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve."
The polling data reflects a split. According to a 2014 Gallup survey, "More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans believe humans evolved, with the majority of these saying God guided the evolutionary process. However, the percentage who say God was not involved is rising."A 2015 Pew Research Center survey found "that while 37% of those older than 65 thought that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years, only 21% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 agreed.
It is more of a debate in this country than in Europe. You’d have to believe in terms of common sense that evolutionary biology had a hand in the diverse array of living beings. Look at Noah’s Ark. A pair of each species in an ark? Would that include n African Elephant that produces 300 pounds of waste every day? Or the animals that were discovered after the Ark's Journey?
I think if you believe in a being, and live your life in a good, decent manner, this question is just something that when you meet your maker, will not be on his or her top list on whether or not you get into paradise or not.  (LuLac, wikipedia, Newsweek)

7. Your year end features were awesome. What is the longest one to do?

The deaths are the most labor intensive  Plus because this is an online site, I even update them long after publication if I forget someone. Thanks for noticing our hard work which we do as a LuLac tradition even if it cuts into our Holiday time.

8. Is Haley Bianco as nice and bubbly in person as she is on TV?

Even more so. What you see is what you get. She is really great to be around.

9. Andrew McCutheon is back In Pennsylvania. As a Pirate fan what do you think of that?

He went looking for the money, the Pirates never pulled the trigger and gave him what he wanted, the Giants and Yanks didn’t work out and now he’s a Fightin' Phil. Good to see him back here but I’m wondering who is paying him after those two stops. Like is his check an aggregate of three teams?Crazy, crazy baseball contracts.

10. Any interesting reads lately?

Yes I have been reading Conservative books to get a better read on why people voted for Trump. Got through “Hillbilly Elegy”, “Republican Like Me” and “How the GOP Lost It’s Mind”. All were good and gave me an understanding into the anger that produced a Trump win. But he was just the right guy at the right time as all of this blew up.The only thing never addressed though was why the GOP has become a party of personality than principle to values.

11. I stopped drinking cold turkey on New Years Day but I love the bars. What do you drink when you area at a bar or a political function and can I use it as a substitute to maintain my sobriety?

Oh my, 13 Questions is great. Now I’m an alcohol counselor.Hey, stay with your plan though. Good for you!  I like Ginger Ale and Cranberry Juice. Nobody asks what it is (if you’re worried about peer pressure) and it tastes good and is cheap.

12. Any thoughts about ending LuLac?

The numbers guy in me took over toward the end of the year. 14 years in, 4,000 editions closing in, the grind and the time away from family and friends. But the last few week have been rewarding because people who wait tables, people I see in grocery stores and on the street say they enjoy it even if they sometimes disagree with my premises. The best compliment I got was from a woman who said it should be taught in civics classes in middle school, so kids could understand local and state government. That kind of changed my mind to keep going. When I told Mrs. LuLac about what people said she told me she gets comments all the time about what we do. So, with good health, enough bandwidth and God’s plan, we’ll keep going.

13.What will be the lasting legacy of Donald Trump's Presidency? 

It will mirror his business career. Anyone who came in contact with him was diminished and would have been better off had they not met him. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3981, January 10th, 2019

DIAPER DON EDITION


There was so much this President provided this week.  

TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION PLOY! 

Here’s why Donald Trump is using immigration as his teething ring. Trump knows he is being investigated by 17 different entities. Immigration and his tough stance (unreasonable if you ask me) will be his exit strategy. When the Mueller investigation comes crashing down, and Trump resigns, gets lead out in cuffs or just has a nervous breakdown, he can tell his minions that the investigations were not about his criminality but that they were started because he was tough on immigration. He was persecuted and the people that are up his butt……………will believe it.
That’s why he refuses to make a deal. The man is ignorant but not stupid when it comes to his own survival.

TRUMP’S ACCUSATION ON DEMS WALL SUPPORT WRONG AND HIS SUPPORTERS BELIEVE HIM

Diaper Don said he doesn’t  understand why the Democrats are so wholeheartedly against his wall. They voted for it in 2006. Then-Sen. Obama voted for it. Sen. Schumer voted for it. Sen. Clinton voted for it. So he has people not understanding why Democrats are now playing politics just because little Diaper Don is in office.

HERE’S WHY! IT WASN’T A WALL BUT A FENCE!

The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was passed by a Republican Congress and signed by President George W. Bush, authorized about 700 miles of fencing along certain stretches of land between the border of the United States and Mexico.
The act also authorized the use of more vehicle barriers, checkpoints and lighting to curb illegal immigration, and the use of advanced technology such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles.
At the time the act was being considered, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer were all members of the Senate. (Schumer of New York is now the Senate minority leader.)
Obama, Clinton, Schumer and 23 other Democratic senators voted in favor of the act when it passed in the Senate by a vote of 80 to 19.
Originally, the act called on the Department of Homeland Security to install at least two layers of reinforced fencing along some stretches of the border. That was amended later, however, through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, which got rid of the double-layer requirement.
Currently, 702 miles of fencing separates the United States from Mexico, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
So how does that compare to Trump’s wall?
Trump plans for the wall are vague, but here’s what we know.
He said the wall doesn’t need to run the nearly 2,000 miles of the border, but about 1,000 miles because of natural barriers. He said it could cost between $8 billion and $12 billion, be made of precast concrete, and rise 35 to 40 feet, or 50 feet, or higher.
That’ a guess. But to say the Democrats supported what old Diaper is screwing around with is just a lie.


TRUMP WALKS AWAY

The President tried bribing Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer with Baby Ruth candy bars and M&Ms. He then asked the Speaker and Minority Leader if he could have his wall.
They said no. He said “We have nothing to talk about” and left the room.
Just like a……………well, let’s have Len Barry finish it for us shall we?
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TRUMP NEVER MENTIONED FEDERAL WORKERS

In his speech the other evening, Trump never mentioned the 800,000 federal workers without paychecks. He never took the offer of a deal from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to open the government and then negotiate the wall.
He advised that Federal workers would have to make adjustment. The bottom line here is that once you miss a paycheck, you can’t make it up. But Trump who had everything handed to him or something he stole doesn’t understand the working class. He is a disgrace not only as a President but a human being.

TRUMP HURTS FARMERS, BUYS PORK FROM BRAZIL

U.S. taxpayers will buy about $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm under President Trump’s bailout program, which was designed to help American farmers hurt by the administration’s trade war, according to documents released Wednesday.
JBS, one of the biggest meatpacking companies in the world, will sell 1.8 million pounds of pork products through a Trump bailout program that buys surplus commodities from farmers and ranchers, say records published by the Agricultural Marketing Service, a branch of the Agriculture.

CASEY CALLS IT SMOKE AND MIRRORS

United States Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives) 
U.S. Senator Bob Casey said the following about the President’s address on the ongoing Trump shutdown:
“President Trump shut down the government to force the construction of a wall that security experts say won’t work. A concrete or steel wall is not border security. Instead of continuing his shutdown, President Trump should commit to signing the Republican bills passed by the Democratic House that would reopen the government and secure the border with over $1 billion in funding.
Once the government is reopened, Congress should have a substantial debate on how to fix our broken system and begin work on legislation that mirrors the bipartisan 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill. That legislation passed with 68 votes in the Senate and provided $40 billion in funding for border security. It also provided order, rules and certainty for individuals and businesses and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.”

THEN THERE’S MARINO AND MEUSER

These guys gave these two quotes to the Times Leader Bill O’Boyle about Immigration and the shutdown. They were beauts.
“Illegal drugs, crime, and gangs that continually hurt communities across the US have surged across our southern border and are exacerbating the existing crisis that has endangered Americans and those who have taken the dangerous journey".
WRONG Tommy! But you’re a failed Drug Czar wanna be and most of the drugs don’t come on the personal effects of women and kids that your party separated from their families. Tommy Boy YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS since 2018 and your leadership along with your party has been LIMP and IMPOTENT!
Then there’s Danny Meuser who said, “He showed why it’s so important that Democrats come to the table, negotiate in good faith, put an end to the shutdown and provide for our border security".
Democrats HAVE been at the table but your sainted god of a President you genuflect in front of Danny had  agreed to a DACA compromise but then was lead by the nose by the right wing. He had his 5 million bucks but got scared of Anne Coulter! Really? Anne Coulter? The only one not negotiating in good faith is your boy Diaper Don!

MEDIA MATTERS


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This week's guest will be PennDOT Spokesman James May. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox .Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.

ECTV LIVE

ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome Cathy Hardaway to the program during the week of January 14th to unveil plans for this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday celebration!

The shows will air several times daily on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and will also be rebroadcast on the electric city television YouTube page!
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.

IRREGULRS THINK TANK BREAKFAST
ABOUT THE IRREGULARS

The Irregulars are a collection of independent entrepreneurs coming together to collaborate and share our life’s experience with the intent of continued personal growth. Understanding that knowledge is power and the best weapon is ultimately a collection of free thinkers willing to share, grow and learn is paramount. We continually strive to be one step ahead of ordinary and two steps behind mundane. That doesn’t make it uneven, just irregular.
BREAKFAST
The Irregulars are excited to welcome back attendees and others to this Saturday’s THINK TANK breakfast at Irem Temple Country Club this Saturday, January 12. Come meet Honorable Jeff Swire, Infantryman and Combat Engineer U.S. Army, Ret., and learn about his mission to serve wounded warriors at Patriots Cove in Noxen. Jeff has titled his presentation "Patriots Cove - A New Mission" and everyone attending will find his topic to be very heartwarming. Ask questions, meet colleagues, and start developing new friendships. Patriots Cove serves veterans and first responders who incurred a mental or physical injury or illness as a result of their service. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and buffet-style breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $11 per person. Breakfast is over when the last person walks out the door. Attendance requires pre-registration. We ask that you respond to this email if you are attending.

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JEFF SWIRE -PATRIOTS COVE – A NEW MISSION

Jeff Swire was born and raised in Noxen PA. He entered military service in 1988 and medically retired February 2014 with over 20 years of honorable service as an Infantryman and a Combat Engineer with one combat deployment to Iraq from 2004 to 2005. He also completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business/Business information systems in August 26, 2016 from Liberty University with honors. Jeff is currently performing the duties as the CEO of his home based business called “CanCuddler” started in 2013 and Co-Founder and President of his Nonprofit “Patriots Cove” started in the Fall of 2017

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1969

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Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 701 crashes into a house on its approach to London's Gatwick Airport, killing 50 of the 62 people on board and two of the home's occupants.......The Soviet Union launches Venera 5 toward Venus.....The final passenger train traverses the Waverley Line, which subsequently closes to passengers...The Soviet Union launches Venera 6 toward Venus.....Led Zeppelin, the first Led Zeppelin album, is released in the United States.

Martial law is declared in Madrid, as the University is closed and over 300 students are arrested.
American football: The New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, 16-7. Joe Namath is the MVP of the game
e….….in Pennsylvania, Senator Hugh Scott sayshe will most likely work with President Nixon’s agenda as the new Ptresident takes the reins…in Luzerne County the stalemate for the split between Commissioneres Wideman and Crossin is broke when the Democrats give the Chairmanship of the party to Pittston Mayor Robert Loftus and fifty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was "Wichita Lineman"  a leftover hit from '68 by Glen Campbell.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3980, January 9th, 2019

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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I saw an interesting letter in this week’s Citizens’ Voice where the author wrote about how church leadership in the Roman Catholic Church needed redeeming. It is compelling and interesting.

BISHOPS NEED TO REDEEM THEMSELVES

Editor: During my formative years of education at Catholic schools, whenever a student was in trouble, the sisters would say, “Now how are you going to redeem yourself?”
They didn’t want a lip service response. They wanted an action plan, written down, attested to and signed.
Since the clergy sex abuse scandal has eroded the credibility of the Catholic Church, the U.S. bishops need to redeem themselves.
Pope Francis says the cause of the sexual abuse crisis is clericalism. Clericalism is the political power of the clergy. It subverts Christianity, which holds that priests are servants of the laity and not the other way around.
The practice of restorative justice is a way of dealing with wrongdoings and violations of social trust. The U.S. bishops could redeem themselves by taking on an action plan and fulfilling it: solving the migrant crisis.
It is an action that goes beyond retreats, documents on racism and encyclicals. We don’t want anymore documents; we want results.
First, a new bishop would have to be appointed to replace the ineffective Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Second, the bishops would have to put down their costumes and replace them with boots on the ground. Catholic Relief Services is already in place at the border — stressed to the limit.
If the U.S. bishops truly want to restore credibility to the flock, working alongside the laity as equal partners in solving the migrant crisis would exhibit restorative justice and wipe out clericalism.
Joanne Dahms
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/bishops-need-to-redeem-themselves-1.2429888

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3979, January 8th, 2019

CARTWRIGHT ANNOUNCES OVER $9 MILLION IN HHS FUNDS FOR LUZERNE COUNTY HEAD START

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Cartwright announced that Luzerne County Head Start received $9,136,837 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These funds are used for the continuation of high quality, comprehensive, early childhood education.
This is HUGE. The grant is just for Luzerne County and for a program that has a 250 to 300 person waiting list. For too long early intervention in education was waylaid by the GOP elections in the state in 2010. That election nearly put in peril, Governor Ed Rendell's work on early childhood intervention.
This funding will reach those kids on that waiting list and hopefully give a living wage to those case workers who have in their hands the future of our population.
For years Cartwright as a member of the minority has brought home dollars for the public good. Now in his new role as a member of the majority, you will see this guy really rock and roll.
And his work will bemefit the middle and lesser classes.
Luzerne County Head Start offers Pre-K, Early Head Start, and Head Start programs for children in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. These comprehensive programs provide social, nutritional, and educational services to children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
“This grant is an investment in our children – the future of our country. Early childhood learning is vital to strengthening our economy and our country,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Appropriations Committee. “I applaud Luzerne County Head Start on receiving this award and their dedication to enhancing the quality of life for children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”


BAKER NEW CHAIR OF IMPORTANT SENATE COMMITTEE 


Senator Lisa Baker (Photo: Times Leader)
State Senator Lisa Baker will become the new Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee holds hearings on on the qualifications for appointees to state and county courts that com,e out of the Governor’s office.
Baker replaces three decade veteran Stewart Greenleaf.
The appointment was announced by the Senate leader of the GOP.

Monday, January 07, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3978, January 7th, 2018

SUSAN COLLINS WILL RUN AGAIN
Collins (Photo: CNN)
There are news reports that Maine Senator Susan Collins will run again for another term. Collins pretty much has been the tease of the Senate giving her come hither thoughts on bi partisanship then pulling back and reverting to GOP form. She’ll string out President Obama on the need for Health Care nut not vote for it. She’ll wear a hair shirt and bemoan the conduct of Brett Kavanaugh in his youth but then fall in line that would make a Gestapo high stepper green with envy. She has become so tiresome that I no longer hear what she has to say.
Susan Collins' floor speech defending Brett Kavanaugh was outrageous. She tried to minimize the credible allegations leveled against him and was a key vote for putting him on the Supreme Court.
Democrats will need to show Susan Collins that 65% haven't forgotten what she did -- and she can expect a reckoning at the ballot box. If you want to help defeat the Senate tease, here’s the link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2020-senate-dems?refcode=DPE-FD-20190107-ANNOUNCEMENT_DS-2018Pros&recurring=auto&amounts=250,150,100,50,25,10&amount=5&firstname=David&lastname=David%20Yonki&email=yonkstur@aol.com&addr1= &city=Wilkes%20Barre&state=PA&zip=18702&phone=&employer=&occupation=

SARAH SANDERS CALLED OUT BY CHRIS WALLACE

Fox News Chris Wallace called out Sarah Sanders lie who kept on propping up the President’s false claim that 4,000 people coming into the border are terrorists. Check it out:


TRUMP ASKS FOR TV TIME ON TUESDAY NIGHT, CLAIMING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY
President Trump will address the nation tomorrow. A few tips:
No need to tune in. Here’s what he will say.
Pelosi, Clinton, The Wall, rapists, terrorists.
Watch the Movie Channel or ESPN.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3977, Janary 6th, 2019

MAYBE I’M AMAZED

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that this government shutdown could have been avoided very easily by President Trump is he just didn’t cave into the pressure of the Talk Show hosts of the right wing. The issue here is that this President just can’t make up his mind. The next time a Republican brings up Obama’s red line in the sand, I’m gonna tell them about what this guy did or didn't do to get this deal done.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that when all is said and done, the only Trump child by his first two marriages, will be the only one not tarnished by his corruption. I remember when the New York snobs went after Marla Maples (wife #2) as a less than but looks like she raised a daughter (Tiffany) with the smarts enough to stay out of subpoena land.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that we breath in 13 pints of air every minute.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is amazed himself that he might be under indictment for his tenure in the current administration. Zinke is facing several federal probes, including the "Montana land deal" in which a foundation of Zinke's and the chairman of energy firm Halliburton, David Lesar, were accused of wrongdoing in relation to a development project in Zinke's home town of Whitefish, Montana.. Nicole Ghio, a manager of Friends of the Earth, said in a statement that "Zinke's highly questionable ethics have finally caught up with him."  Only the best people, right Donald?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that so many white Americans make this statement that the country is changing and they (old white guys) will be in the minority soon. Here’s the deal. The country is comprised of 64% non Hispanic people, (translation: WHITES) 17% Hispanic/Latin, 12% African American and 6% Asian. Then all the other nationalities make up the rest. Two questions on this:
1. Why are they acting so aggrieved, even more so than actual minority groups?
2. Do they not realize that 64% is a majority?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that 40% of twins invent their own language/
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that it has been 30 years since the Chicago Bears faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Fog Bowl. That game was incredible in the sense that a fog settled over Soldier Field. It was New Year’s Eve 1988 and Mike Ditka against Buddy Ryan. The Bears won. There’s a rematch later today. Go Foles!
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that people call Nancy Pelosi a career politician. She only came on the scene in 1986. Mitch McConnell has been there longer and she started her career at 47 after raising her children and being married to the same person for years. Those loudmouths criticizing her back a thrice married blowhard. I just think their  criticism of Pelosi is hysterical given their support Trump.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…but not, that our Vice President is doing more to get the government back on track than his boss. Pence might be auditioning for the top job after the fall of Trump and both may not realize it.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…pleasantly so that there is such a thing on line called Candywarehouse. Wow, it’s great but be careful. It can be addictive.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the name of the new bio on Babe Ruth by Jane Levy is called “The Big Fella”. Somewhere the late Terry McNulty who used that moniker on WARM Radio is smiling with amusement. 
(wikipedia, LuLac) 

Thursday, January 03, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3976, January 3rd, 2018

PELOSI CALLS OUT IMPOTENT REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN HER SPEECH

Pelosi with our good friend Karel Zubris (Photo: Zubris FB)  


and with Mark Barrett aka Duke from Dallas. (Barrett FB page)
Newly-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a number of veiled shots at President Donald Trump, trolling the president and his party throughout her speech without ever mentioning his name.
Highlighting the Republican preference for helping the wealthy, Pelosi promised to “redeem the promise of the American dream for every family, advancing progress for every community,” a policy that may not sit well with the GOP, which for years has fought against those priorities
“We have no illusions that our work will be easy and that all of us in this chamber will always agree. But let us give a pledge that when we disagree we respect each other and we respect the truth,” added Pelosi, who recently accused Trump of being resistant to facts.
She pledging a “transparent, bipartisan, and unifying” Congress, and in a not-so-subtle trolling, promised to send legislation re-opening the government to the Senate, where Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to block the bill from even reaching the floor.
The new speaker also co-opted Trump’s presidential campaign slogan, saying “We will make America more American by protecting DREAMers.”
Pelosi closed her speech by citing Republican presidents Reagan and Bush, another not-so-subtle dig at her Republican opposition, and then gaveled the House into session.
She quoted Ronald Reagan and the inert GOP Congressman who did SHIT for 8 years sat on their smug asses with their little puss face on.
Ms. Pelosi………..do it without them. The late Robert P. Casey Senior used to say “You will be judged by what you did when you had the power!” The little men scowling will be judged as little, vapid, empty suited men they are. men
Show them how it’s done! (AP, CNN, LuLac)


ED BROMINSKI SAYS GOODBYE

Ed Brominmski (Photo: LuLac archives)
Ed Brominski, one of the great political legends of our time has announced that he will resign as a Luzerne County Council member. “Bromo”., “Edd”, or “The guy with the Golden Vette” was a political mainstay for the last 45 years in Luzerne County. Whether it was as Swoyersville Mayor, Luzerne County Commissioner or as a County Council member, with Brominski you knew where you stood.
He was successful in politics just as he was in athletics and teaching. But he had a passion for good government and giving working class people a fair shake.An old time pol, Bromo never missed a wake of a good friend's family or neighbor. It wasn't about votes but about human decency.
I was happy to have a few breakfasts with him when he was running for various offices after his time as County Commissioner. The sessions were entertaining and enlightening.
Though a Democrat to the core, Edd would give a politician his due, party or not when he was critiquing their work. With the current President, Edd was working overtime in calling out the insanity of the President and in particular the gutless cowards calling themselves modern day Republicans.
See Brominski never understood that lack of character because when he gave an opinion, if he believed it was in the best interests of the people he represented, he never worried about the consequences of his own political skin.
Brominski is stepping down because of health concerns. We hope his outcomes are good and we hope to still see him holding court at Bakehouse with “his table” of friends.
He has contributed a lot to this county and we wish him nothing but good health as he steps into the sundown of a career marked by passion for the people he always represented with honor and a little bit of irascibility. He did that just to keep them guessing.

CARTWRIGHT SWORN-IN TO THE 116TH CONGRESS
Me, Atty Marion Munley Cartwright and our favorite Congressman. (Photo: LuLac archives)
Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright released the following statement after being sworn-in to the 116th Congress:
“I was honored to be sworn-in today as a Member of 116th Congress. I’m looking forward to the next two years working with my colleagues to promote policies that will benefit and strengthen working-class families by creating jobs and rebuilding America.”
“Northeastern Pennsylvania reflects the make-up and spirit of much of the country. I understand both the hardships and the concerns that many rural and small-town Americans have. What would help is for the Congress to focus on infrastructure rebuilding, shoring up Social Security and Medicare without cuts, making health care more affordable, and reducing the high cost of prescription drugs. I will be a strong advocate for these and other policies geared to restore hope and opportunities for all.”
Cartwright is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, serving on the Subcommittees for Commerce-Justice-Science and Financial Services & General Government. Cartwright is also a member of the House Leadership, serving as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and a member of the Steering and Policy Committee.
This will be Rep. Cartwright’s fourth term representing Northeastern Pennsylvania but his first term representing the new PA-08 congressional district which includes Lackawanna, Wayne, and Pike Counties and portions of Luzerne and Monroe Counties.


CARTWRIGHT ANNOUNCES $3,074,309 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS) GRANT TO RURAL HEALTH CORPORATION OF NORTHEASTERN PA

I have always had a special place in my heart for The Rural Health Corporation. In the 80s I actually did slide show advertising  for them and served on their advisory board. So I was glad to see our Congressman giving them a leg up on some worthwhile projects. But I guess my question is why could Matt Cartwright, a guy in the minority get this grant for rural Pennsylvania when Tom Marino is in a rural district and a bosom buddy of Trump? Just wondering.
Anyway, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) has awarded a $3,074,309 grant to Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern PA in Wilkes-Barre.
“This funding will continue to provide families and individuals with the preventive care and treatment they need to live healthy lives,” said Rep. Cartwright a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Community health centers remain a crucial part of our system to provide everyone with access to affordable, quality care.”
The Health Center Cluster Grants Program is awarded on a competitive basis to grantees that have demonstrated quality care to their communities and is overseen by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration agency.
Congressman Cartwright continues to be an advocate for community health centers and health equity in Northeastern Pennsylvania and throughout the country. He recognizes the important role local health centers play in providing care to underserved communities.

WHY APPLE IS TANKING?

Wall Street plunged on Thursday after slowing U.S. factory activity on the heels of a dire revenue warning from Apple Inc fueled fears of a global economic slowdown.The magnitude of Apple's holiday quarter revenue shortfall sent shockwaves through the technology sector, which pulled all three major U.S. stock indexes down more than 2 percent, with the Nasdaq posting a 3 percent loss.
Apple is tanking because of the Trump tariffs and China. The phones are getting screwed as well as its workers. Yep, making Amurika great again Diaper Don!

For those who doubt the tariffs  have not had an impact on Apple or..........wonder if I'm kind to dogs and children, (I am overwhelming so)  here's a link: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4159352-trump-tariffs-impact-apple 


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ECTV LIVE



ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome Dave Williams from the Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio network to the show during the week of January 7th to outline activities at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show. It's the biggest Agriculture show in the country and admission is free!
The shows will air several times daily on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and will also be rebroadcast on the electric city television YouTube page!
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.


BUDDY RUMCHEK

Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:20 and 8:20 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


1969

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Ohio State defeats USC in the Rose Bowl to win the national college football championship for the 1968 season. For all those college football fans who read LuLac, here’s the whole game…

Rupert Murdoch purchases the largest-selling British Sunday newspaper, The News of the World.....People's Democracy begins a march from Belfast to Derry City, Northern Ireland to gain publicity and to promote its cause....The Government of Spain hands over Ifni to Morocco.....Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 701 crashes into a house on its approach to London's Gatwick Airport, killing 50 of the 62 people on board and two of the home's occupants....The Soviet Union launches Venera 5 toward Venus……in Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer says that he was never contacted for any position in the Nixon Administration and will serve out his term….in Lackawanna County word is that Eugene Peters is ready to jump in the race for Mayor of Scranton and fifty years agho this week the number one song in America and LuLac land was “I'm Gonna Make You Love Me” Diana Ross & the Supremes & the Temptations

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The LuLac Edition #3975, January 2nd, 2019

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY
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MITT ROMNEY SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER....
AND THE TRUMP MINIONS WHINE ON FACEBOOK!!!!!

Mitt Romney, the newest Senator from Utah really put it to Donald Trump. He is an unusual commodity in Washington, an incumbent Republican Senator who has the balls to tell the truth about old Diaper Don. It is delicious, it is worthy of truth and it is our first "Write On Wednesday" of 2019.
The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.
It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.
It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.
To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.
The world is also watching. America has long been looked to for leadership. Our economic and military strength was part of that, of course, but our enduring commitment to principled conduct in foreign relations, and to the rights of all people to freedom and equal justice, was even more esteemed. Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world. In a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden believed the American president would “do the right thing in world affairs.” One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent.
This comes at a very unfortunate time. Several allies in Europe are experiencing political upheaval. Several former Soviet satellite states are rethinking their commitment to democracy. Some Asian nations, such as the Philippines, lean increasingly toward China, which advances to rival our economy and our military. The alternative to U.S. world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal.
The world needs American leadership, and it is in America’s interest to provide it. A world led by authoritarian regimes is a world — and an America — with less prosperity, less freedom, less peace.
To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment. Our leaders must defend our vital institutions despite their inevitable failings: a free press, the rule of law, strong churches, and responsible corporations and unions.
This comes at a very unfortunate time. Several allies in Europe are experiencing political upheaval. Several former Soviet satellite states are rethinking their commitment to democracy. Some Asian nations, such as the Philippines, lean increasingly toward China, which advances to rival our economy and our military. The alternative to U.S. world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal.
The world needs American leadership, and it is in America’s interest to provide it. A world led by authoritarian regimes is a world — and an America — with less prosperity, less freedom, less peace.
To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment. Our leaders must defend our vital institutions despite their inevitable failings: a free press, the rule of law, strong churches, and responsible corporations and unions.
I remain optimistic about our future. In an innovation age, Americans excel. More importantly, noble instincts live in the hearts of Americans. The people of this great land will eschew the politics of anger and fear if they are summoned to the responsibility by leaders in homes, in churches, in schools, in businesses, in government — who raise our sights and respect the dignity of every child of God — the ideal that is the essence of America.
Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah and the party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be sworn into the U.S. Senate on Thursday.