Friday, February 05, 2016

AP Fact Check: Clinton, Sanders Skip Facts

Low Ratings: Voters Tune Out Dem Debate

Without that dynamic Martin O'Malley on stage, few people tuned in to watch Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders try to outdo each other in promising free stuff to voters ...

Voters Tune Out Dem Debate:
Critics be damned! The viewers had their say in the Democratic debate Thursday, and they didn't watch. While pundits lauded a feisty debate, only 4.5 million people tuned in to see Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton go toe-to-toe, --or in this case, cane-to-cane -- in New Hampshire.

CNN's media reporter Brian Stelter wondered if the low numbers are due to debate fatigue.

GUEST COLUMN: National Debt Tops $19 Trillion Under Obama

By Congressman Joe Pitts

On Monday night, the national debt hit a record $19 trillion, an increase of $8.3 trillion (43%) just since President Obama took office.

This is an alarming change, and it’s no wonder that so many Americans feel like their government and their country gone out of control. Not only are we not paying down our debt, we are adding to it all the time.
Just last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that projects that the federal government will borrow another $544 billion just this year — a sum equivalent to the entire Argentine economy (the 25th largest economy on Earth).

This money will have to be paid back in taxes — there is no way around it. The American people have to live and work with a massive tax increase hanging over their heads. If we all split the bill evenly, we’d each be out over $150,000. To the handful of superrich, that amounts to pocket change. But for the 28% of the country who have no savings at all, and an estimated 62% who have less than $1,000 in savings, that is more than they can afford.

We have the most expensive government in history — at least $19 trillion more government than we can afford. We spend over a quarter of a trillion dollars each year just on interest payments on the debt — money that can’t be spent on education, or on jobs, money that doesn’t feed the poor.

To make matters worse, excess government keeps us from paying our debts by slowing down our economy. We found out last week that the economy dramatically slowed in the last three months to a 0.7% annualized growth rate. The average rate since World War II is five times that. No surprise then that the stock market dropped by over 1,000 points over the same three months.

So as this problem worsens and worsens, we are faced with the same options that we had when our debt was smaller and the situation easier: we can raise taxes, reduce our spending, or grow the economy.

Raising taxes won’t work for the reason just stated: it slows down the economy. Many governments have found that, by raising taxes, they actually get less tax revenue; many others (including Presidents Coolidge, Kennedy, Reagan, and George W. Bush) have found that, by cutting taxes, they have received more revenue. People make decisions based on what lawmakers do. What has happened in high-tax states — a quarter of a million people on net leaving Democrat-run states for Republican states just in 2013 — can happen to entire countries. When people move away, then they pay taxes somewhere else.

Put simply, taxes don’t make government more affordable; they just pay for it. Your check to the electric company pays your bill, but it doesn’t make your bill any easier to pay. Rather, we can make government affordable by making it cost less (reducing spending) and by increasing Americans’ wealth (economic growth).

Spending reduction goes right to the heart of the problem, since every dime spent is a dime that must be paid for with taxes. Reducing spending is reducing cost.

Economic growth means that the amount of value in the economy is increasing. This means that there is more money for raises and benefits, for new jobs, for more investment in research and development, and for buying the goods and services we want. When growth slows down or even stops, that puts more pressure on working people, whose jobs are threatened, and it drives up government borrowing to pay for government activities.

Government can’t create jobs; only growth can create. Government can redirect or redistribute wealth that already exists, but it can’t produce it. Government can’t even cause growth.

What Congress can do, however, is to clear away the roadblocks that bad government policies have set up between the people and economic growth. These include some $2 trillion in regulations on American companies that disproportionately impacts small businesses — and all new businesses are small. Excessive regulations hurt those small businesses that already exist, and often prevent new businesses from coming into existence in the first place. By preventing new economic activity, these regulations prevent growth, and everything that growth gives us.

In light of this alarming situation, our mandate is clear: shrinking government and growing the economy.

We’ve got 19 trillion reasons to do so.

Congressman Joe Pitts is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District in parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Overlooked 2015 gem now on DVD: 'American Ultra'

Thursday, February 04, 2016

MSNBC Lambastes Hillary Clinton For Her Speaking Fees

You want change?

Pennsylvania to auction off 200 vehicles on Feb. 9

From the Pennsylvania Department of General Services:
The first Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vehicle auction of 2016 will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. More than 200 vehicles will be up for public purchase.

All vehicles can be previewed in-person by the public at Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania, 488 Firehouse Road in Grantville, Dauphin County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily beginning, Friday, Feb. 5 through Monday, Feb. 8. The auction will be held at the same location.

A selection of sedans, pick-up trucks, SUVs and utility vehicles no longer used by state agencies from manufacturers such as Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Pontiac and others will be available. Seized vehicles from state law enforcement agencies will also be included in this auction.

All revenue generated from the sale of these vehicles is returned to the commonwealth.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at noon. Buyers may purchase with cash or certified funds in the form of money orders, cashier's checks, certified checks or bank checks – all made payable to "Manheim Central Penn Auto Auction."

This is the first vehicle auction of six slated for 2016. For more information on this auction, payment conditions and a complete listing of vehicles, visit the DGS Auto Auction Information page.

Questioning PA Gov. Tom Wolf's Sanity ...

January Gun Sales Set Yet Another Record

January Gun Sales Set Yet Another Record

The Cure for Media Bias

Bruce Thornton: The Cure for Media Bias

No Joke: Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Hillary Clinton Voter Fraud Captured Live on C-SPAN?

Clinton Voter Fraud Live on C-SPAN?:
While C-SPAN cameras were rolling at the Polk County, Iowa Democratic caucus Monday night, voter fraud may have been caught live on-air.

Poll: 25 Percent of Federal Workers Might Quit Under Trump Presidency

We may have finally found a way to reduce the bloated federal government workforce ...

POLL: 25 Percent of Federal Workers Might Quit Under Trump Presidency:
According to a poll from the Government Business Council, 25 percent of federal employees would actually quit if Donald Trump became president.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Syrian Refugees Admitted into U.S. Since Paris Attacks: 525 Muslims, 1 Christian

Syrian Refugees Admitted into U.S. Since Paris Attacks: 525 Muslims, 1 Christian: Days after the November terror attacks in Paris last year, President Obama condemned the idea of allowing only Christians to come into the United States as part of his plan to accept Syrian refugees. He adamantly stated in no uncertain terms that a religious test would not be a part of the plan: 'We don't have religious tests to our compassion,' he said.

The Night Fox News Hosted Two Undercard Debates

The Night Fox News Hosted Two Undercard Debates

U.S. Grip on Afghanistan Unravels, Terrorists Make Most Gains Since 2001

U.S. Grip on Afghanistan Unravels, Terrorists Make Most Gains Since 2001

Clinton Campaign Running Out of Money?

Clinton Campaign Running Out of Money?: It was a simple and fair question but it left a Clinton campaign spokesman scrambling for an answer. On left-wing cable news outlet MSNBC, host Andrea Mitchell wanted to know why Hillary Clinton was taking a break from campaigning in Iowa to raise money in Philadelphia. 'Why is she going east to raise money at this critical time?' Mitchell asked Clinton spox Brian Fallon. Mitchell went on to ask if the campaign needed extra money because the race looks to be lasting longer than Clinton expected.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

30 Years Ago Today - President Ronald Reagan Address on the Challenger Disaster

Iran Violated International Law by Arresting Sailors, Legal Experts Say

Iran Violated International Law by Arresting Sailors, Legal Experts Say

Speaking of embarrassment ...

345,000 Page Views

My site counter has recorded 345,000 Page Views from 105,000 Unique Visitors to The Centrist. Thanks for checking out my blog ... and come back again.

Democrat Joe Sestak Defends Iranian Navy Capture of U.S. Sailors

Joe Sestak Defends Iranian Navy Capture of U.S. Sailors

Obama's stain: Releasing terrorist bomb-maker from Gitmo

Obama's stain: The Gitmo gamble

Poll: Pennsylvania voters register disgust with Wolf era

Pennsylvania voters register disgust with Harrisburg antics in poll

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Northeast Under Feet of Snow Despite NY Times Predicting 'End of Snow'

Northeast Under Feet of Snow Despite NY Times Predicting 'End of Snow': In February of 2014, Powder magazine's editor, Peter Fox, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times warning that global warming was going to bring the 'end of snow' around the world.  He pointed to the loss of Alpine glacial ice in Europe since the 1850s as the basis for his argument. 'If climate change is not reined in,' Fox wrote, 'two-­thirds of European ski resorts will be likely to close by 2100.'

Al Gore 10 Years Ago: Earth Will Reach Point of No Return in 10 Years

Al Gore 10 Years Ago: Earth Will Reach Point of No Return in 10 Years: Ten years ago in 2006, Al Gore was at the Sundance Film Festival premiering his global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth with a warning to everyone that unless something is done and fast, the Earth will be speeding toward its ruin.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowed in by the Blizzard of 2016

Don't expect much posting over the next few days. It's going to take 2-3 days to dig out from the Blizzard of 2016. There's somewhere between 2-3 feet of snow outside my window.

Oops! Germany Can't Account for 600,000 'Asylum Seekers'

Oops! Germany Can't Account for 600,000 'Asylum Seekers': No one in Germany knows the whereabouts of 600,000 of the one million refugees who were allowed to enter the country -- and that's with the its patented 'EASY' system, according to Daily Mail.

Liberal college professors outnumber conservatives 5-to-1

Liberal faculty wrapping college students in bubble wrap