Thursday, October 28, 2010

Letter to NuPo: Mundy Undeserved of Re-election

The following is reproduced with the permission of its author--CAP Taxes Luzerne County Spokesman Charles Urban:
Phyllis Mundy as usual is a day late and a dollar short when it comes to her causes and stands.

Her causes always look good in the papers. For instance, she tried to stop Blue Cross from enacting their overage in surplus monies, which they gave back not to the rate payer but to the corporate conglomerate.

Yet, she was watching over as UGI, PPL and Pennsylvania American Water Co. raised utility rates on us – again. Now she wants no shale drilling after the companies have polluted the water and ruined the land. Why didn't she get all of the drilling companies' safety records before they started drilling? She is using the media to make it look like she is fighting for a cause, but she and others allowed the drilling companies to come in the first place. She is reactive instead of proactive. There is a saying in business: efforts are appreciated, but results are rewarded. I think for the past 19 years Phyllis has been rewarded for her efforts and not results.

Now let's talk about a senior citizen's concerns. How am I going to pay my sky-rocketing school and county taxes? She always sides with the PSEA, knowing how powerful that union is, which influences the votes of thousands of working and retired teachers throughout the County. This is why she did not support the Property Tax Elimination Act along with her cohorts in Luzerne County.

Now do you know what is more frightening?!! -Teachers Pension Reform, wait till that kicks in, because most seniors did not get a COLA raise and state retirees haven't gotten one since 2001. Phyllis got one at midnight along with her cohorts, when all the taxpayers were asleep. When in history was another vote ever completed at midnight, I dare you to tell me?! Let's not forget the per diems Phyllis takes. If we continue to elect the same people into office, then we deserve the government we get because we pulled the lever.*

The people are guaranteeing a lifestyle for her and other State Reps that most people can only dream about: with a guaranteed pension health benefits for life, etc. Our Representatives have won the lottery by keeping their postions as long as they have. They have won luxuries that no one is entitled to. They live in a fantasy world, yet everybody else loses sleep at night thinking that tomorrow may be their last day of employement.

Where in the private sector is there anything like what our representatives enjoy? Ask any of our representatives if they'd take a job if it was only for a maximum of two terms, or only eight years of job security, after which, they'd have to look for a job like the rest of the working stiffs in the low-pay region of Northeast Penna.

Now Rep. Mundy is passing out fliers to people who have Tim Mullen signs in their yards saying that Mullen would move Penna backwards. But let me ask the people who have Mundy signs in their yards: Do you want to add to 19 years of no accomplishments, no bills passed? Do you want to get her closer to that glorified pension that no one deserves?

I say be loud and be proud; shout it from the highest mountain if you have to, because NOW is the time to remove the spoiled, overpaid, under-achieving lifetime politicians from office! Or, will I, at 80 years of age have look for a job to pay my school taxes which will go toward the underfunded teachers' pensions. When our 401K's tanked, it was our responsibility to refund the money we lost. Not only do teachers not have to refund their pensions, but we, who already had to refund our own pensions, have to refund theirs!

Wake up voters of America. Let's make a stand that we will not take it anymore; these are supposed to be our Golden Years--not Sold Out Years.

-by Charles Urban

*Let me rephrase that: "we pushed the button on the computer." The voting machines were the biggest waste of taxpayers' money in the county because people had learned how to split votes on the old machines. Now, senior citizens don't know how to use the news ones, and that is why they all vote straight party ticket. The election bureau knew this, and and that is why they wanted them in the first place.

Charles Urban
CAP Taxes Luzerne county Spokesperson
Tel# 570-288-2972

Grace Griffin
CAP Taxes Chairperson
Tel #570-779-4179

Sunday, October 17, 2010

More than Meets the Eye in Debate Setting

One thing involvement in politics teaches you is that there is always more than what meets the eye (and than what makes the papers). This couldn't be more true with respect the debate October 13th between 120th district candidates Phyllis Mundy (D), Tim Mullen (Libertarian), and Bill Goldsworthy (R).

The casual newspaper reader who did not attend the debate might remark: "How nice and democratic it was of Phyllis to agree to a debate with the two challenger candidates." But this debate was not conducted professionally.

First, the Mundy campaign barred all access of filming (beforehand), even though NuPo staff, and both the Mullen and Goldsworthy campaigns wanted to film. A video might help voters see the differences between candidates, but Mundy probably thought it might be detrimental to her grip on the 120th to allow Tim and Bill a larger publicity platform via Internet video. Mundy has a nice voice and sort of a Kingstonian accent which undoubtedly resonates with local voters, so her speaking abilities were not what influenced her decision to prohibit filming. (Nevertheless, her speeches were not prolific in either content or prose. If anything, Mullen's speeches were the most provocative and creative, though he too was not polished throughout.)

Secondly, at one point in the debate, Phyllis did not like an audience member's question regarding subsidies. She protested that it was "too broad." The debate moderator, whose identity is not known by the NuPo, actually canned the question at Mundy's direction, even though Tim Mullen was supposed to have a chance at answering it, and even though Mullen spoke up and said that he wanted to answer it.

Third, in light of the circumstance mentioned second, it is not known how fair the moderator was in choosing questions submitted by audience members.

Fourth, Mundy did not take time to meet voters in the foyer like Mullen and Goldsworthy did. She also made no effort to meet either the Mullen or Goldsworthy staff.

Admittedly, Mundy's poor campaign etiquette does not have much to do with issues--neither does this article. But this article does reveal that making off-hand Rush Limbaugh-esque judgments about happenings in the political world sometimes leads one to misperceptions about that world. The political world is about power, and those who seek office, unless totally out of an honest conviction, typically are junkies for power, and know how to safeguard it.

Munificent Mundy

Munificent Mundy
Munificent with other people's money
Taking from one to give to another
Industry and initiative she soon shall smother

Goldsworthy's Public Preschool Plan

In the debate October 13th between 120th district candidates, Bill Goldsworthy made an "out of left field" proposal. Unfortunately, Phyllis Mundy and her Royal Guard (the League of Women Voters members running the event) would not allow the debate to be filmed even though both the Tim Mullen and Bill Goldsworthy campaigns wanted it filmed. So, we had to rely on the account of a NuPo correspondent:
It was the most bizarre thing ever. Everything Mayor Goldsworthy had said up until that point had accorded with mainstream Republican belief. Then, out of left field, he advocated publicly funded preschools, and he seemed to say it with more energy than he used for all of his other postitions.
It is indeed bizarre that someone alleging to be a fiscal conservative would advocate for another entitlement in the midst of PA's precarious fiscal situation. Forget about any further incursions on taxpayer property rights and on religious liberties such public preschools might impose. Perhaps Goldsworthy's boredom with staying fiscally conservative is what prompted John Cordora, Walter Griffith, Michael Baloga, and other NEPA Republicans to endorse Tim Mullen.

In all fairness to Mr. Goldsworthy, he has run a clean campaign insofar as the NuPo knows. Moreover, he & his staff had taken time to meet and shake hands with Mullen campaign workers and other attendees,* and Goldsworthy's conduct was gentlemanly. The problem for Goldsworthy is that he is not as committed as Mullen is to liberty and fiscal conservatism.

It must also be stressed that Mullen is also pro-life, and that although Goldsworthy has advocated a pro-life stance more frequently than Mullen, Mullen's campaign workers are courting pro-life voters by publicizing Mullen's pro-life stance.

*Mundy did not.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wind Steals Yard Signs

In a recent Times Leader article, all three candidates of the PA 120th district complain about having yard signs stolen.

Goldsworthy noted that many of his signs have gone missing in the past two weeks, and 20 total are gone. The Mullen campaign has also recently experienced many missing signs. What is also significant is that we've had some torrential wind and rain in the past two weeks. One NuPo correspondent weighed in:
I remember during the Republican primary this year that nearly all Tom Marino's signs placed near the W-B Blvd entrance to the cross valley were missing following a rain storm. Meanwhile, most of the smaller Tom Corbett signs held fast. It seems larger signs (that are made of tarp-like plastic material) catch more wind and thus are more susceptible to being blown off their metal skeletons than are smaller signs.
Goldsworthy's signs are larger than Mundy's, so perhaps the wind stole more of his than hers.

Tim Mullen's signs, on the other hand, are cardboard, and much less likely to be blown away. Yet, Mullen has also had many signs go missing. Moreover, perpetrators have spray-painted over several of his signs. If there is a competition to see who is losing more signs to theft, Goldsworthy seems to be the most vocal, but Mullen is likely the most robbed.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Majority of Moderates and Independents Perceive Liberal Bias in Media

According to a Gallup Poll, Independents are three times more likely to believe the media is too liberal rather than too conservative. Moderates were 2.66 times more likely to believe the media to be too liberal rather than too conservative.

To see an overview of the poll, see link below: