Monday, August 25, 2014

Sooner rather than later, U.S. will have to confront ISIS

Middle East expert Trudy Rubin, a longtime Obama supporter, is not happy with Obama's feckless response to the growing ISIS threat.

Worldview: Sooner rather than later, U.S. will have to confront ISIS

'Proofreading error' leads to firing after racial slurs published in newspaper

Tayoun changes tune on Public Record's "Chinky Winky" photo caption

Ryan Costello Earns Endorsement of Pa. Small Business Group

Republican Congressional candidate Ryan Costello, who is seeking to succeed fellow Republican Jim Gerlach in Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, continues to collect endorsements from key business groups.

From the Ryan Costello for Congress campaign:
READING, PA – National and state leaders of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which represents 15,000 small businesses in Pennsylvania, joined Ryan Costello at a small business in Reading, PA, today to announce the organization’s endorsement of his campaign for Congress in  Pennsylvania's 6th District.  The announcement was made at Goodman Vending Services, a small family business located in Reading that employs 75 people. 

"NFIB is a leading voice on behalf of the nation's small businesses, which are one of the major drivers of our economic and job growth," said Ryan Costello, who currently serves as Chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners.  "I am honored to have the support of an organization that advocates for and champions small business. If elected, I will work to implement policies that promote job creation, reduce barriers to economic growth, and cut bureaucratic red tape that saps the resources of small businesses and inhibit their ability to expand and hire new workers."
"When he was a Chester County Commissioner Ryan balanced budgets, cut government spending, and reduced the size of county government all while making investments in open space," said NFIB Executive State Director Kevin Shivers. "It's policies like that which make small businesses feel more confident about expanding and hiring.  Government must live within its means and keeps tax rates low. We need that same mindset in Washington, D.C. where an out of control federal budget deficit has small businesses nervous about their economic future and potential for growth.  That's why we support Ryan Costello for Congress."

In Chester County, Costello is co-chairing a public-private partnership, VISTA 2025, an effort to develop a strategy that will guide economic development efforts for Chester County for the next 10 years while balancing progress and preservation.  Costello is working closely with the Chester County Economic Development Council and other community and business leaders on the comprehensive strategy, which is designed to position the county for future growth.  The effort underscores Costello’s commitment to retaining and attracting businesses, which will in turn support job growth in the county. 

The endorsement of Costello was made by NFIB's SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee.  NFIB is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB's powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system.

Family owned and a recipient of national awards, Goodman Vending and Food Service provides vending, coffee and food service. Founded in 1946, it has grown to be one of the region's largest independent vending companies, serving Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties and surrounding areas.

Judicial Watch: Missing IRS Emails are Backed Up

The Flimsy Evidence Behind Common Core

The Flimsy Evidence Behind Common Core

Feds Creating Database to Track 'Hate Speech' on Twitter

Judging from Obama's use of government agencies to go after political opponents, "hate speech" probably translates to anyone who opposes Obama's policies.

Feds Creating Database to Track 'Hate Speech' on Twitter

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oversight Report: Obama Admin Violated Law by Freeing Taliban Members

Oversight Report: Obama Admin Violated Law by Freeing Taliban Members

Further Proof No Country Fears or Respects US Under Obama: Chinese Jet Threatened American Intelligence Aircraft

Chinese Jet Threatened U.S. Intelligence Aircraft

Government's Idea of Protection

Bill O'Reilly: Fueling the Ferguson Fire

Fueling the Ferguson Fire

GUEST COLUMN: Jedis, DREAMers and Tax Schemers

By Lowman S. Henry
Guest columnist

It could be labeled a Jedi mind trick, or perhaps double speak worthy of a George Orwell novel.  President Obama and the Left have raised to an art form the ability to name a policy initiative the exact opposite of what it actually is, thus making opponents look bad for opposing it.

The “Affordable” Health Care Act which has resulted in higher health care costs; and the proposed “DREAM” Act that supposedly would solve the nation’s immigration crisis, but actually would simply grant amnesty to lawbreakers are but two examples. In recent weeks the president and his minions have been touting “economic patriotism.”

Setting aside the obvious irony of the Obama Administration posing as patriotic, it is safe to assume most Americans would not want to be viewed as unpatriotic.  On the face of it “economic patriotism” would sound like the latest version of a “buy American” campaign, or a push to patronize your local small business.  In actuality it is part of the administration’s effort to demonize corporations for trying to lower their tax burden and maximize profits.

Taken a step further, as individuals we would be viewed as economically unpatriotic if we took our home mortgage deduction, child tax credit or charitable giving deduction because we are depriving the federal treasury of the funds it needs to finance the President’s big government agenda.  So, stop waving that flag and start finding ways to maximize the amount of money you fork over to the IRS every April.

What has set the president’s patriotic heart aflutter is the growing trend of large U.S.-based corporations merging with partners overseas and locating their corporate headquarters in nations with more favorable corporate tax rates, a practice known as corporate inversion.  This is totally legal and what would be expected in a free market system.  But the president has determined that legal or not, it is - in his opinion - wrong.  And, he having a pen and a phone is the final arbiter of all things legal and moral.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew got the debate started by asking congress to outlaw corporate inversion.  In highly inflammatory language he proclaimed corporations “seek to shift their profits overseas to avoid paying their share of taxes while benefiting from the United States without paying a dime.”

That, of course, is absurd.  Both foreign and domestic corporations are subject to the U.S. corporate income tax.  The problem is the United States sports a 35% corporate tax rate, the highest rate among the world’s 34 most industrialized nations. And this gets to the heart of the matter.  Scott Eastman of the Tax Foundation explains: “The U.S. is one of only six developed nations with a ‘worldwide’ tax system that subjects its domestic corporations to double taxation. Income earned by American corporations abroad is taxed once by the nation in which it was earned, and again when the income is back within our borders.”

It is both the structure of American tax policy and the excessively high tax rate that makes it attractive for corporations to headquarter elsewhere.  Consider that Japan is in the process of lowering its corporate tax rate to 25%.  Thus, an American corporation that executes an inversion with a Japanese partner will immediately realize a 10% decrease in its tax obligation simply by virtue of that move alone.

Rather than demonizing American companies that are simply reacting to the nation’s oppressive corporate tax policies the Obama Administration should be working with congress on reforming the system.  Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have been pushing for such comprehensive reform, but as with virtually all GOP initiatives it has been met with a stone wall of opposition from the White House.

In the meantime, recovery from the Great Recession continues to lag as it will until and unless the underlying disincentives for business investment and growth contained within U.S. tax policy are changed.  And no amount of name calling by the president and the treasury secretary will change that fact.

Lowman S. Henry is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research Inc., a non-profit educational foundation based in Harrisburg, PA, and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is

Poll: Support for Common Core Drops Sharply

Poll: Support for Common Core Drops Sharply

Israeli Air Strike Kills 3 Hamas Commanders in Gaza

Israeli Air Strike Kills Three Hamas Commanders in Gaza

Is that Tom Wolf behind the wheel?

Millionaire Democrat Tom Wolf keeps saying there's no public pension crisis in Pennsylvania even though pensions for teachers and government workers are nearly $50 billion in the red.

The war on Iraq's Christians

The war on Iraq's Christians

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You are Christian. You are a conservative. What should you do when the homeless put out their hands?

James Pethokoukis: You are Christian. You are a conservative. What should you do when the homeless put out their hands?

Gallup: 76% Not Satisfied With Way Things Are Going Under Obama

After 5 full years of Obama policies, nearly 8 in 10 Americans are not satisfied with the way things are going in this country, according to a new Gallup survey. The other two people probably work for the Obama Administration.

Satisfaction With the United States | Gallup Historical Trends

Obama's Role In Grand Scheme of Things

Obama's secret raid in Syria to free American hostages failed

Shades of Jimmy Carter and the botched rescue mission of American hostages in Iran.

Obama's secret raid in Syria to free American hostages failed | TheHill

Pension Costs Forcing Teacher Layoffs in Pa.

Pension Costs Forcing Teacher Layoffs

Radar gun bills languish in Pa. Legislature

Radar gun bills languish in Legislature | News |

Obama's America: 1 in 5 Berks County, Pa., residents hasn't had enough to eat

One in five Berks residents hasn't had enough to eat | Reading Eagle - NEWS