Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sen. Pat Toomey Launches First TV Ad for 2016 Election

How The Internet Feeds Progressive Mass Hysteria

Victor Davis Hanson: Progressive Mass Hysteria

Guest Column: Deep GOP presidential bench forms a new 'Team of Rivals'

By Lowman S. Henry

Once again this week the field of contenders for the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination continued to grow. There is great diversity in what is shaping up to be a historically large field of would-be presidents. Diverse not just by gender, race and ethnicity, but collectively the candidates bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the contest.

A few years back the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin penned a book entitled "Team of Rivals," which went into great detail as to how President Abraham Lincoln brought those who competed against him during the nomination process into his cabinet. President Lincoln was both secure enough in his own abilities, and wise enough to recognize his erstwhile opponents had talents the country sorely needed.

If Republicans reclaim the White House, the large field of contenders will give the new president a deep pool of qualified individuals from which to pick his, or her, cabinet. Just for fun, let’s take a look at the Republican presidential contenders and see how they might fit into a new administration:

The big four cabinet posts are State, Defense, Treasury and Justice. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has emerged as one of the leading voices on foreign affairs making him well qualified to become the next Secretary of State. Both the current Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton had competed for their party’s presidential nomination and served in the U.S. Senate prior to becoming the nation’s top diplomat, so Rubio would be following a well-worn path.

For Secretary of Defense U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham would be a perfect fit. He, along with Senator John McCain, for a decade now have traveled extensively to the mid-east and other areas of global conflict. He would be well positioned to begin restoring the confidence in America’s resolve which has been lost over the past six years. And George Pataki, the former New York governor who led his state in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, would be an excellent fit for Secretary of Homeland Security.

Nobody on the campaign trail speaks as well or argues as effectively as the U.S. Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. His passionate defense of conservative principles and strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution would make him an ideal candidate to become the next Attorney General of the United States. And, who better to be Secretary of the Treasury than the man who has made an $8 billion personal fortune — The Donald, Donald Trump?

As we continue to build the ideal GOP presidential cabinet let’s put the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Santorum cares passionately for families and could walk in the innovative footsteps of another conservative icon, Jack Kemp, who proved that housing policy could be compassionate and realistic at the same time. Along those lines, Dr. Ben Carson, a highly respected neurosurgeon, would be an ideal fit as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

For Secretary of the Interior, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry would be ideal. Western states need an Interior secretary who will fight for their interests. Perry is steeped in the issues, a passionate and effective advocate for his causes, and as a westerner would be widely acceptable in that role.  Alternately, he would fit well as Secretary of Energy.

Conservatives would applaud the appointment of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as Secretary of Labor. Walker has successfully battled the labor unions in Wisconsin and intrinsically understands how the nation’s current labor policy environment is hindering the economic recovery. Pair him with Carly Fiorina as Commerce Secretary and they could put the nation’s economy back on the right track.

His support for Common Core standards aside, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was an innovator and strong supporter of school choice making him a good pick for Secretary of Education. Ohio Gov. John Kasich would be effective as White House Chief of Staff. And, to really make liberal heads spin, let’s put Senator Rand Paul on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Finally let’s appoint New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as Secretary of Transportation. Who better to rebuild our nation’s roads and bridges ... OK, well, maybe not.

Those are my presidential cabinet picks. Of course, one of these folks would have to end up as president, and another likely vice president, but the bottom line is the GOP has a wealth of talent which could be called into service if the party prevails in November of 2016.

Lowman S. Henry is chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research in Harrisburg and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is

GOP Demands Hillary Turn Over Email Server

Did Justice Kagan Lie About Same-Sex Marriage During Her Confirmation Hearing?

Justice Kagan in 2009: 'There Is No Federal Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage' | The Weekly Standard

Hillary Deleted Passages From and Edited Emails

Hillary Deleted Passages from and Edited Emails Delivered to State; Will Press Ignore?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Has anyone on the Supreme Court read the Constitution?

Liberal Justices Complain Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional, Even Though It's in the Constitution

Obamacare Ruling Explained in Baseball Terms ...

Tucker Carlson exposes the liberal fascism that the MSM operates under

A smug liberal Pennsylvania newspaper editor looks even more foolish trying to defend his newspaper's one-sided policy on readers' views. The newspaper's policy in a nutshell: You will agree without view or you don't get published. Liberal fascism at its finest. 

Tucker Carlson Shuts Down Editor Who Vowed to Silence Anti-Gay Marriage Views | Truth Revolt

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Liberal Bob Beckel Bounced at Fox News

Beckel Bounced at Fox | Truth Revolt

Remember When Obama Said We Can't Trust Iran?

Gettysburg to sell Confederate flags despite National Park Service request

The Gettysburg Foundation, which operates gift shops at the Gettysburg National Military Park, will not join the hysteria over banning the Confederate flag.

Gettysburg to sell Confederate flags despite National Park Service request

Scalia Slams Roberts on SCOTUS Obamacare Ruling

Scalia Slams Roberts on SCOTUS Obamacare Ruling | Truth Revolt

Pennsylvania School Districts Overwhelmed by Union Pension Costs

School Districts Overwhelmed by Pension Costs

30,000 Jobs at Risk if Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Gets His Way on Taxes, Spending

Commonwealth Foundation: 30,000 Jobs at Risk

Philadelphia D.A. charges 3 Democratic officials with election fraud

D.A. charges three Philly election officials with fraud

The Associated Press IS The Liberal Media

When Bill Clinton Signed Law Honoring 'the Confederate States of America' ...

FLASHBACK: Bill Clinton Commemorated Confederate Flag

IRS Paid $18.8 Million to Contractors With Unpaid Back Taxes

IRS Paid $18.8 Million to Contractors With Unpaid Back Taxes

No Confederate Flags, But Walmart Selling Iranian, Cuban Flags

Walmart Selling Iranian, Cuban Flags

Monday, June 22, 2015

Left-Wing Associated Press Publishes Images of Gun Pointed at Ted Cruz's Head

This is the same left-wing outfit that repeatedly published a photo of Barack Obama with a halo around his head. It's pretty clear the AP is in the tank for the Democratic Party.

AP Publishes Images of Gun Pointed at Ted Cruz's Head | Truth Revolt

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker Wins Straw Poll Among Republicans at Pa. Event

A straw poll taken at the 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference held in Philadelphia  shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with a runaway lead over any other 2016 GOP presidential candidate. More than 600 party leaders and activists attended the event.

Below are the Top 5 finishers of the straw poll, according Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Rob Gleason:

Scott Walker – 25.3%
Chris Christie – 11.6%
Marco Rubio – 11.0%
Rick Santorum – 9.6%
Jeb Bush – 9.6%

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Brian Williams Parody News Promo

Rafferty vows stability, integrity in PA Attorney General's Office after Kane fiasco

Rafferty predicts 2016 win to restore stability to Pa. attorney general office

Pa. school districts sitting on $4.1B in reserves (aka your tax dollars)

Pennsylvania's 500 school districts cry poor every year despite more than $26 billion in spending on public education. But did you know that these very same school districts are sitting on $4.1 billion in reserves (which is actually tax dollars collected by not spent)?Another sobering statistic is that 7 out of 10 school districts are planning to raise property taxes again this year to continue feeding the education establishment beast while homeowners are tossed on the street.

District Reserve Funds Continue to Rise

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Obamacare Exposed: Affordable Care Act Brings Unaffordable Premium Hikes

Affordable Care Act Brings Unaffordable Premium Hikes

Despite Wolf Claims, Another Year of Record High School Spending in Pa.

Liberal Democrat Tom Wolf and the Education Establishment that paid his way into the Governor's Mansion keep saying Pennsylvania isn't spending enough on public education. How do you define "enough?" Pennsylvania taxpayers shelled out $26.1 billion for the 2013-14 school year despite declining enrollment in most of the state's school districts. Where does the money go?

Another Year, Another Record High in School Spending

Monday, June 15, 2015

State Sen. John Rafferty to run for Pennsylvania attorney general

With incumbent Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, facing criminal charges, the 2016 race for Pennsylvania AG is wide open. A longtime state senator from SE Pennsylvania would like to return some integrity and stability to the office after Kane's controversial tenure. Sen. John Rafferty wanted to run against Kane but was rebuffed by party leadership in 2012. Don't look for the Pennsylvania GOP leadership to make the same mistake again.
State senator to run for Pennsylvania attorney general

Union chiseling scheme comes to Pennsylvania

Union chiseling scheme comes to Pennsylvania |

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New York Post Front Page Is A Bullseye!

If Republicans can't beat Hillary, they should disband the party

The Democratic Party is going to nominate a grandmother who has broken federal laws and has a 30-year history of corrupt practices, who has accomplished nothing in government other than abandon four Americans to die in Benghazi and is pushing the same brand of failed socialism as Barack Obama.
If Republicans can't beat Hillary, they should disband the party |

Hillary's attempt to relaunch her floundering campaign is just as phony as she is ....

Watch: Lots of empty space as crowd didn't 'overflow' Hillary campaign re-launch |

Today is Flag Day. Long May She Wave.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

New RNC Ad: Hillary Clinton 'Wrong For America'

Hillary Clinton's Instagram Account Bombarded by Critics

Grandma Clinton's attempt to use social media to relate to younger voters isn't going so well.

Hillary Clinton's Instagram Account Bombarded by Critics

New York Times Smear Campaign Against Rubio Backfires

When Democratic Party stalwarts like Andrea Mitchell and Jon Stewart call out the New York Times for its hit piece against Marco Rubio (four traffic tickets?) you know the attempt to discredit Rubio on behalf of Hillary Clinton has imploded.

Andrea Mitchell: NYT's Stories on Rubio 'Look Like an Opposition Dump,' Make Him More Relatable

Obamacare Rates Jump an Average 12 Percent for 2016

Double-digit rate increases under Obamacare ... not exactly what the Democrats promised, is it?

Obamacare Rates Jump an Average 12 Percent for 2016

The Democrats Have the Worst Presidential Candidates in America

The Democrats Have the Worst Presidential Candidates in America

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

70+ Workers Hired By TSA Were On Terrorism Watchlists

70+ Workers Hired By TSA Were On Terrorism Watchlists | Truth Revolt

NY Times Attacks Rubio for Student Loans, Mortgage Debt

Democrats must be really worried about Marco Rubio's chances against Hillary Clinton. The party has unleashed its propaganda wing, The New York Times, on Rubio and his family.

NY Times Attacks Rubio for Student Loans, Mortgage Debt | Truth Revolt

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Corrupt Pennsylvania lawmakers skate

Brad Bumsted: Corrupt Pennsylvania lawmakers skate

You'll Have To Pass It To See What's In It ...

NY Times Exposes Rubio's Crime Spree, Ridicule Ensues

If you want evidence of the rapid decline of journalism, look no further than The New York Times' recent "expose" on traffic citations issued to Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and his wife. Wouldn't the newspapers' vast resources be put to better use investigating the corrupt practices of Hillary Clinton and her family foundation ... or perhaps the dozens of scandals amassed by the Barack Obama administration?

NY Times Exposes Rubio's Crime Spree, Ridicule Ensues | Truth Revolt

Mrs. Rubio's lead foot vs. Mrs. Clinton's corruption

Mrs. Rubio's lead foot vs. Mrs. Clinton's corruption |

Hillary's huge lead over the GOP? Maybe it never existed

Hillary's huge lead over the GOP? Maybe it never existed |

Democrats Crank Up Voter Fraud Machine

Soros' $5 million bankrolls suits to stop voter ID laws |

Saturday, June 06, 2015

1,320,000 Page Views

My site counter has recorded 1,320,000 Page Views from 533,000 Unique Visitors to Tony Phyrillas on Politics. Thanks for checking out the blog ... and come back again.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower's D-Day Speech

FDR D-Day Speech June 6, 1944

New York Times ignored 15 unpaid tickets of Obama in 2007

Marco Rubio speeding tickets is front page news, but New York Times ignored 15 unpaid tickets of Obama in 2007

Friday, June 05, 2015

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Guest Column: Illegal Union Dues 'Rebate' Scam Exposed

By Nate Bohlander
Dr. Mary Ann Dailey grew up in a union household in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Her late father was a staunch union member, and many of her relatives proudly joined trade unions because they believed that these organizations had workers' best interests in mind. That's why Dailey, who teaches nursing at Slippery Rock University, joined a college faculty union nine years ago.

But after falling victim to a long-running dues scam, she filed an unfair labor practice charge to expose the scam and keep her union, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), from cheating more of its members out of their hard-earned money.

What's the scam? Each year since at least 1997, APSCUF holds a fake dues rebate campaign they call "March Madness." Dailey calls it "frustrating and burdensome." Pennsylvania labor law says it's illegal.

Here's how the scam works: Near the end of each academic year, APSCUF informs their members that it miraculously found an extra $25 per person in dues that it doesn't need. The union then portrays itself as an honest broker and offers the money back as a "rebate."

The rebate form gives members three options for their $25: 1. Let the union keep it; 2. Donate it to APSCUF's political action committee; or 3. Have it sent back to them.  Presenting this "found" money with these options and urging members to donate to APSCUF's PAC has proven extraordinarily effective — the union raises tens of thousands of dollars earmarked for politics annually through the campaign.

So how has APSCUF managed to find the same surplus every year for the last 17 years?  Easy — it simply overcharges every single member at the beginning of each year.  With over 5,300 members, that comes to roughly $130,000 deceptively confiscated from hardworking professors and faculty members.

Dailey resents the sheer audacity of the union reaching into her pocket, then offering her own money back to her. "They shouldn't have taken extra money from me in the first place," she says. "I think it's unfair."

It's essentially a forced, interest-free loan. That's bad enough, but it gets worse.

While the campaign's goal is to maximize PAC contributions, it also allows the union to expand its own treasury.  If members don't check the right boxes and return the form within the time period APSCUF dictates, the union simply keeps their money. That's illegal, and it's precisely what happened to Dailey.

In March 2014, Dailey was helping her husband recover from surgery.  When she found out about the campaign, she contacted APSCUF about her overcharged dues, but the union said she had missed the deadline.

Dailey explains, "I filled out the paperwork and they said: 'You missed it. It's too late. You can't get your money back.'"

A similar situation happened this year, when Mary received notice of the campaign only after the deadline elapsed. The union kept her money yet again.

For Dailey, it was the last straw.  "It is deceitful for the union to overcharge me initially, then only give back my money if I jump through hoops," she says.

With representation from the Fairness Center, a public interest law firm dedicated to representing public employees who have been wronged by their union leadership, Dailey filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to expose and end APSCUF's dues rebate campaign.

Pennsylvania's Public Employe Relations Act prohibits public-sector unions from coercing employees into assisting the union. By overcharging dues and keeping the money if members don't jump through the right hoops, APSCUF is violating Pennsylvania law.

Dailey wants everyone victimized by this scheme to be made whole.  And she wants her union to stop manipulating its members.

APSCUF's members should also know what their union is doing with the money this deceptive campaign raises: Their PAC's largest beneficiary for 2014-15 was Gov. Tom Wolf at more than $52,000.

Dailey has been a nurse for 46 years, a professor for 27 years, and an APSCUF member for almost a decade.  Surely her union's leadership, which is supposed to be looking out for workers' best interests — not their own — owes Dailey and her fellow members more than an annual political fundraising scam.

Attorney Nate Bohlander is assistant general counsel for the Fairness Center (, a non-profit, public interest law firm with offices in Harrisburg and King of Prussia.

State Rep. Mike Vereb Calls Wolf's Latest Death Penalty Dereliction a Mockery of PA's Legal System

PA State Rep. Mike Vereb - Vereb Calls Governor’s Latest Death Penalty Dereliction a Mockery of PA’s Legal System

All Pennsylvanians Would Pay for Nation's Highest Severance Tax Under Wolf Plan

All Pennsylvanians Would Pay for Nation's Highest Severance Tax

Bill and Hillary Starring in 'Bonnie and Clod'

Pa. Gov. Wolf's company sold: 'He does not know details'

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, sold himself to voters last year as a savvy businessman. Five months into office, Wolf's cabinet manufacturing company has been sold to a Virginia firm. Something fishy about the timing of the sale, especially since Wolf admitted he took out a $10 million loan for the campaign apparently using the Wolf Organization as collateral.

Pa. Gov. Wolf's company sold: 'He does not know details'

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Democratic-run Baltimore Has Highest Monthly Murder Rate Since 1972

Baltimore Has Highest Monthly Murder Rate since 1972 | Truth Revolt

NBC's Chuck Todd Blasts Hillary Over Press Access

Chuck Todd Blasts Hillary Over Press Access | Truth Revolt

Pennsylvania House votes down Gov. Wolf's tax plan by 193-0 margin

To say that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's plans to raise taxes in Pennsylvania laid an egg would be an understatement. Not a single member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, including members of Wolf's own party, cast a positive vote for Wolf's massive $30 billion-plus spending plan, which raises taxes by $4.7 billion. After five months in office, Wolf is reminding voters that Tom Corbett wasn't such a bad governor after all.

Pa. House says no, 193-0, to Gov. Wolf's tax plan

Why conservatives' graduation speeches are better

Tom Purcell: Why conservatives' graduation speeches are better

The Next President Will Inherit One Hell Of A Mess

2 more Dems plead guilty in sting case PA AG Kathleen Kane refused to prosecute

Two more Dems plead guilty in sting case