Tuesday’s Tops And Bottoms – 6/4/13
1. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) – Bridenstine delivered a brief-yet-scathing review of President Barack Obama and his administration. The short critique mentioned scandals such as ‘Fast and Furious’, Benghazi, IRS, and AP. Bridenstine questioned whether Obama is competent enough to hold the highest office in the U.S.
2. Matt Drudge – 15 years ago, Matt Drudge spoke at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. During his speech, he proclaimed the internet as the “people’s media” and said it would save the dying newspaper industry. Drudge was right. Drudge broke into the news media by beating the major outlets to the internet. He launched the Drudge Report after he bought his first computer from Radio Shack in 1994. Since that time, Drudge has become one of the most well-known news websites in the world. Last year, the Drudge Report had more than 11 billion views. Not bad for a former 7-11 employee.
3. Luzerne County State Reps. Boback, Toohil and Mullery – Half of the six State Representatives in Luzerne County have co-sponsored HB-76 which eliminates the school property tax. However, simply co-sponsoring this bill is not enough. With its bipartisan support, there is no reason this bill should not become law this year. I hope the three legislators can work to make property tax elimination a reality in 2013.
4. Domonic Brown – In 2010, I had the opportunity to sit in the Diamond Club for a Phillies home game. Prior to the game, my friend and I moved down towards the field where some players were giving autographs. On that day, I was fortunate enough to have 22 year old outfielder, and top prospect, Domonic Brown sign my ticket. For the next few years I watched as Brown struggled to live up to his potential. During Spring Training this year, I had a feeling that 2013 might be Brown’s breakout year as he led the team in home runs and had a stunning batting average. However, as the season began, Brown appeared to fall back into that average category batting around .250 with 8 home runs in the first couple months of the season. That all changed last week. In the last 10 games, Brown has hit 9 home runs and bumped his batting average up near .300. He went from a below average season to the NL home run leader in just the last couple weeks. The boost in production may be precisely what the Phillies need to caught up with the Braves. The only downside to Brown’s amazing week, was that I had him on my bench for fantasy baseball. I won’t make that mistake again.
1. State Rep. Jesse White– In October of 2012, Pennsylvania State Rep. Jesse White (D) was the only legislator to vote against a bill which criminalized online impersonation. While no one was quite sure why he opposed it then, it has become painfully clear now. Last week, White admitted to assaulting his own constituents online using several fake accounts. His main target was a grandmother who happened to support drilling for natural gas. The fake accounts were traced to White’s computer and were used to anonymously and viciously insult those who disagreed with his White’s views. The question now is whether he used government computers to launch these attacks. What an embarrassment to his district.
2. Obamacare – It was another bad week for Obamacare. A recent study has revealed that two-thirds of uninsured Americans may choose not obtain insurance under Obamacare. Wasn’t this the promise, that everyone would be covered with affordable health care? Why would people choose not to purchase it? It might have something to do with the fact that the cheapest plan for a family will likely be around $20,000/year. Insurance premiums have skyrocketed since Obamacare was passed and will likely continue to climb. Additionally the CBO said there will still be 30 million uninsured Americans after full implementation of the la. This, just a week after the CBO said the cost to taxpayers will be double what Obama promised. Thanks Obama!
3. Obama’s Lack of Transparency – Some of President Obama’s political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees’ email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses. This is certainly a clever way for the Obama administration to hide it potentially damaging emails. Remember when Obama promised to be the most transparent administration ever?
4. Supreme Court’s DNA Swab Decision – The Supreme Court’s recent decision permits police to obtain a warrantless DNA swab. The rationale is that taking such a sample may help solve some unsolved crimes. Is this a legitimate reason to destroy the 4th amendment? No! The purpose of the 4th Amendment is to forbid the searching a person for evidence of a crime when there is no basis for believing the person is guilty of the crime or is in possession of incriminating evidence. This is an absolute prohibition without exception. As Justice Scalia put it, “it is the very heart of the Fourth Amendment.” If we allow the potential for solving more crime to be a legitimate reason for infringing upon the bill of rights, we will be left without any freedom. Why don’t we just allow the government to perform a DNA swab on every single person for no reason? This will lead to more crimes being solved. How about a blood test or a urinalysis? How about pat-downs to every person walking outside? How about random house searches? All of these will lead to some crimes being solved. In America we are innocent until proven guilty. The government does not have the right to perform tests on us because there may be a possibility it will help solve crime. The Supreme Court has once again expanded the power of government under the promise of protection, which has, as it always does, decimated our freedoms.