Governor Tom Corbett officially the best Governor money can buy...

If you’re in Pennsylvania – and you need help from the police – you’re screwed. That’s because Republican Governor Tom Corbett – who already slashed $900 million out of his state’s education budget – is now targeting the police budget. According to Patriot-News, Corbett wants to cut the police department budget by 5% - essentially laying-off 500 cops. That could result in Pennsylvanians who need 9-1-1 emergency help having to wait DAYS before police can respond.

The Pennsylvania State Trooper Association President Bruce Edwards acknowledged the disastrous consequences of Corbett’s latest proposed budget cuts saying, “I don’t want to sugarcoat it. That’s what’s going to happen.” Of course – all of this could be avoided – if only Governor Corbett made gas fracking corporations pay their fair share in taxes. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that doesn’t tax frackers. One reason why: Corbett got $835,000 in campaign contributions from oil and natural gas companies.

Choosing big polluters over public safety makes Governor Tom Corbett officially the best governor money can buy.


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Erik300 12 years 27 weeks ago

Thom, you said that Obama has had 14 months of continuous job growth. But its actually now 21 months.

Obama: US has created jobs in private sector 21 months running -

US president Barack Obama says his most pressing priority is to get the US economy growing faster, after the US Department of Labor announced unemployment in America had fallen to 8.6% in November, its lowest level since March 2009. He also urged Congress to extend its payroll tax cut past the 31 December deadline

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DRichards 12 years 27 weeks ago

Explaining to a 5-Year Old Why the Indefinite Detention Bill DOES Apply to U.S. Citizens on U.S. SoilPosted on December 14, 2011 by WashingtonsBlogYou Don’t HAVE to Lock up Joey For The Rest Of His Life Because He Called You A Mean Name, But You CAN Lock Him Away And Throw Away The Key And Then Falsely Accuse Him Of Being a Suspected Bad Guy If It Would Make You Happy

In response to my essay documenting that the indefinite detention bill does apply to American citizens on U.S. soil, a commentator posted:

Can somebody explain to me like I am 5, why [one of the bill's provisions - which discusses U.S. citizens] does not protect citizens?

Yes, let me explain it in words that even a 5-year-old can understand …

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stonesphear 12 years 27 weeks ago

There's more than one way >>>> <<<< to balance the budget. You can place more cash at the disposal of the consumer and balance the budget through commerce or you can plunder jobs, and the commerce that arises there of, in order to balance the budget.

The former gathers momentum through commerce the latter proceeds from one short fall in the budget to the next as jobs decrease and cost of living out paces salary for the employed.

Rocket science ?

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leighmf 12 years 27 weeks ago

Match! Frick and Frack- Cities Service Oil and Fort Wayne Bank Bulding, Inc., Tulsa, where Frick was an Officer of FWBB, in The Petroleum Club Building on Pepsico Place 1966-1991:

Frick-n-Frack, a poem by leighmf, who is not responsible for the way things have turned out

Frick-n-Frack, by the Railroad Track,
will dress your kids in burlap sack,
get 'em hooked on booze and crack,
petrol burgers, and the cigarette pack.

Frick-n-Frack are the national supplier
of every addicted American buyer.
"Electricity shall soar unpleasantly higher,"
as the crow flies south speaks Mr. Magwire.

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2950-10K 12 years 27 weeks ago

leighmf, Nice work!

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2950-10K 12 years 27 weeks ago

One way to sum up the situation.......humanity pays for Corbett's $835,000 donation with the loss of 500 jobs. One execrable villain gets his way, 500 hard working citizens get their lives ruined. Smells Republican to me!

Next time police are told to TARGET an OWS site maybe they should think about Corbett's budget TARGET first.

leoqueen 12 years 27 weeks ago

How will it turn out? It could turn out like what happened to my friend in Richmond, CA after their government laid off a lot of police to save money. Someone attempted to carjack my friend's Cherokee in a pretty nice neighborhood by stepping out in front of her car holding a very large pistol in both hands, pointed at her face. Fearing he would shoot her anyway, she ducked down below the dashboard and floored it, running over him as he shot out the windshield. The carjacker she didn't see shattered her rear window as she sped away. She stopped at the nearest brightly-lighted convenience store and called the police emergency line. She was told they did not have time to come out and see if there was a dead body in the road or investigate her story, and that they would contact her later at home. A week later she got a form in the mail to use in reporting it.

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ohyougotit 12 years 27 weeks ago

I can agree that cutting education is not good. It is outragious. However, I do NOT agree that cutting the police budget is bad. They have WAY to many police now, and they DO NOT spend their time answering calls from the public. They spend it protecting the wealthy by harrasing the Occupy Patriots and fleecing the public by setting up traps to ticket innocent victims as they drive down our roads! If I am driving unsafe, weaving in and out of traffic, give me a ticket. Paying them with OUR tax dollars to sit somewhere waiting for someone to cross some line on the road with no traffic in sight, or turning left with no traffic in sight, or making a U-Turn, or going 15 MPH over the speed limit, or any other TOTALLY ridicules rules designed ONLY to raise revenue is INSANE!

All they want to spend their resources and time doing is pulling people over and giving them a $200 ticket. It is TOTALLY ridicules, and it is designed as another way to enslave the poor! The rich do not care one bit about that $200, but when you make less than $400/week, it devistates you once a year or so when they rob you! I was leaving Mexico once, was about to walk across the boarder with a friend when a couple of Mexican Police officers stopped us, searched us, empied our pockets, and stole $20 from me. That was all I had, my friend lost $100, but the fact is they only took what was in our pockets. The police here take whatever they want! They can care less if it is a drop in the bucket for a Paris Hilton or the difference between whether I will eat or not. They just want $200, or maybe MORE!

On top of that they force me to pay some "FOR PROFIT" insurance company to drive on the roads MY tax dollars built! Now they want me to pay ANOTHER "for profit" insurance company just to DRAW BREATH in this corporate owned and operated Country! If the country is going to require me or you or anyone to buy insurance they should PROVIDE that insurance WITHOUT ANY profit to ANYONE! You cannot FORCE me to buy my neighbor's product so he can make MILLIONS and fly all over the world at MY expense! THAT is NOT why we have a Government! Are you KIDDING ME? I really should feel bad because some Governor is cutting the police budget? I do NOT agree.

Until they stop THAT foolishness they will get NO sympathy me! As far as I am concerned CUT away, and if they don't answer calls for days FIRE the police chief and get someone in there who will allocate resources for crime prevention and not revenue collection! ALL they should be doing IS answering those calls! NOTHING ELSE! They are there to PROTECT and to SERVE us NOT STEAL from us!This goes for ALL of them all over this country. I advocate cutting ALL police forces by AT LEAST 40% until the FLEECING of the public STOPS! It is NOT their job to raise revenue, it is to PROTECT and to serve! START SERVING and STOP STEALING from us!

Sorry Thom, I usually agree with you, but this one struck a cord. I am tired of it! I AM the 99%!

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Zafro 12 years 27 weeks ago

don't speed, you'll be fine.

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ohyougotit 12 years 27 weeks ago

Actually, I won't. They simply find something else to collect for. The point is, that is not their job. They are supposed to answering calls from citizens, stopping people who are driving unsafe, arresting bank robbers, etc., etc., etc. Instead they are sitting somewhere out of sight, on an empty road, at 6am, waiting for someone to turn left out of a McDonalds so they can chase down this dangerous criminal, and steal $200 from them. ALL of those theives need to be fired! Cut the police force down to the point they do not have units to sit around wasting our tax dollars. Force them to stop trying to raise revenue and start fighting crime. That is all I am saying. If they do that, YOU'LL be fine to!

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arky12 12 years 27 weeks ago

Rec'd the following in an e-mail from a friend in NC who is also involved in Democratic politics re Newt. Never realized he was so stupid on foreign and domestic policies and just plain facts. Written by alan Grayson. Would be funny if it weren't so serious.

Dear Friend,

As remarkable as it may seem, we can no longer exclude the possibility that the Republican Party will nominate Newt Gingrich for President. And it’s remarkable for this reason: that apart from Sarah Palin, there is no major public figure in America today with such an attenuated connection to reality.

Many people have flailed Newt for being a philanderer; a corporate shill; a crass greedhead; an egomaniac; and a cranky, crabby, crotchety, caustic, cantankerous, choleric cus. All of that may be true, but I think that it may miss the point. The point is that Newt is wrong, wrong, wrong. Consistently wrong. Shockingly wrong. Newt Gingrich is the Emily Litella of politics.

Not exactly what we are looking for in a President.

How can I put this politely? Newt is not astute. Newt’s grasp of things is minute. Newt’s credibility is in disrepute. What Newt says in not hard to refute. When it comes to understanding what goes on, Newt is not acute. When Newt is talking, the truth is often lost enroute.

In fact, if the consequences of a Presidential election were not so serious, you could say that Newt is a hoot, to boot. Unintentionally funny, but still funny.

(Please note that I did not call Newt a crazy old coot, even though that rhymes.)

Every once in a while, you can see Mitt Romney lapse into some artificial-vanilla-flavored, white-bread, apple-sauce lie. Newt’s lies are totally different. Newt’s lies are psilocybin-laced, psychedelic, eighth-dimension lies. In fact, it just does not do them justice to call them lies. They’re delusions.

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the first ingredient for the witches’ brew that the witches use to cast an evil spell is “eye of newt.” Today, in American politics, the first ingredient is “mouth of Newt.”

As I public service, I’m going to turn this missive over to Newt, so you can see for yourself. Here goes:

“In Washington, D.C., 800 babies are left in dumpsters a year.” Actually, there were four, during one year.

People can use food stamps "for anything," including "to go to Hawaii." Uh, no. They’re food stamps, not vacation stamps.

When the United States "first created the federal income tax, frankly, nobody below a million dollars a year paid anything." Actually, everyone who earned over $4000 paid the tax.

“We must expect the Soviet system to survive for a very long time. There will be Soviet labor camps and Soviet torture chambers well into our grandchildren’s lives.” As Rick Perry might say, “oops.”

"For four years, we balanced the budget and paid off $405 billion in debt." Actually, during Gingrich’s four years as Speaker, the federal debt grew by more than $800 billion.

“The Clintons are counterculture McGovernicks.” And Ron Paul is my Secret Santa.

“Up to 25% of the White House, when they first came in, had used drugs within the past 4 or 5 years.” Fabrication’R’Us.

“Most People don’t realize it’s illegal to pray in school, most people somehow think that’s not true.” Because it’s not true.

"We spend less on defense today as % of GDP than at any time since Pearl Harbor."Actually, defense spending in 2010 was a higher percentage of GDP than in any year since 1991. So not just wrong, but wrong for 19 years in a row.

The 2009 American Recovery Act "is anti-Christian legislation that will stop churches from using public schools for meeting on Sundays, as well as Boy Scouts and student Bible study groups." Well, it’s 2011, and that hasn’t happened yet.

The Affordable Healthcare Act creates what "would, in effect, be death panels." Oh, please. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich – great minds think alike.

The Dodd-Frank Act “establishes a mandatory 20 percent down payment to buy a house.”Politifact: “There is no such requirement.”

“I never favored cap and trade.” Except on national TV.

“The problem isn’t too little money in political campaigns, but not enough.” In his campaign, maybe.

If Newt Gingrich does win the Republican nomination, then next year, we can choose between one candidate who has won the Nobel Prize for Peace, and another candidate who is constantly seeking the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


Alan Grayson

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arky12 12 years 27 weeks ago

The problems is that most people don't understand the difference between balanced budget and debt thinking they are the same thing. We can balance a budget one year but still have a debt. Same with you and me and everyone else. We budget payments according to our income, not total debt. Like a lot of people don't care what something costs, only how much the monthly payments are. While I agree that our deficit is way too big and takes a huge chunk out of our revenues, I don't necessarily agree with doing away with all debt, just reducing it, which we can easily do by just not fighting these incessant, unnecessary wars. As Eisenhower warned in his 1961 exit speech "beware of the military industrial complex." Seems everything the Republicans want to do these days is anything that will benefit the military, oil, gas & coal industries, health care and big pharma to name a few. Everything that will benefit everyone else they have to tack something on the bill that benefits the corporations, etc. Only way they think they can get it passed, or a ploy to not get it passed and say they voted on it, never mentioning the poison pills they attach to it for the reason it won't pass the Senate or why Obama vetoes it.

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Clarissa Smith 12 years 27 weeks ago

Recall Corbett -- I want the damn HOUSE back!

Recall Walter is my hope -- now please recall Corbett! I want new elections in red states -- as many as possible. We can't work with those GOP gridlock-terror in Congress, we need a decent majority.

It isn't true that President Obama caves in. The voter caved in 2010! REMEMBER? So don't blame it on the President -- you did it flip-flop-voter!

Okay, I don't know what's gonna happen in Pen -- I just want: recall Corbett!

obamasbeenbought 12 years 26 weeks ago

Totally agree! I was thinking cut 25% across the board, but 40% will probably take us back to force levels of the 90's. Our paper reported the other day that local police will help out Highway Patrol by pacing interstate traffic. Really, is that what tax dollars pay for, wasting gas on the highway because ticket writing is slow. Ticket writing is about 30% of their revenue. Tax dollars just don't support 1 police officer for every 50 citizens. Maybe they should work within their budget! The county has a hummer that can be seen sitting around idling at any hour day or night. Now we have a new vehicle, I have not seen yet, described as a Bradly tankish looking thing with hatches for easy machine gun access. THIS IS WHAT A POLICE STATE LOOKS LIKE!

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Clarissa Smith 12 years 25 weeks ago

Sorry, but we need police. Those who put others' lives at risk in traffic have to be stopped by officers. If you wanna change the present police to a good police, just vote for progressive parties. The more Americans vote for red-necks and blue-dogs, the worse gets our police. For police is being controlled by government. You're dumping the baby with the bathwater if you wanna cut away police, buddy!

Sorry, in the first place I read your comment too fast. Had a lot to do on this www.

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