Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What Milton Friedman Knew . . . And Understood

Great Photos: Chris Christie's Summer Tax Relief Tour

Politicians from Maine to Miami and from Seattle to Sarasota could learn a lot from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Because no one stays closer to the people than Christie does.
Christie has held nearly 100  up close and personal meetings with the ordinary, everyday taxpayers of his state since taking office less than three years ago.
Christie understands his constituents. His listens to the people. He cares about them. He responds to their needs and concerns. He never forgets that government serves the people and not the other way around.
These photos were taken by Tim Larsen of the Governor's office at a town hall event on the beach in Manasquan, N.J. on July 16. The Governor continues to travel throughout the state as part of his Endless Summer Tax Relief Tour. It's part of an ongoing strategy to take critical issues directly to the people.
And nobody does it better than Chris Christie.
This is just another reason why he remains the single most compelling public servant in America today.

Iran Divestiture Signing Hailed By Sen. Kean

Legislation authored by New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) denying public contracts to contractors that do business in Iran has been signed by Governor Christie.

Formerly S-1304, the new law forbids awarding state and local public contracts to any person or entity that invests in Iran's energy or finance sectors.

"Those who invest in sectors of the Iranian economy that strengthen President Ahmadinejad's dictatorial regime are financially supporting a state sponsor of terrorism and human rights abuses," said Senator Kean. "New Jersey has a long and proud history of supporting the international community's efforts to combat oppression, torture, and terrorism by hitting rogue regimes where the pain is most acute: their treasuries. This law builds upon that tradition."

Kean noted that the United States government has a similar contracting ban in place at the federal level, as do a variety of allied nations. Kean's legislation was signed on the same day that the Obama Administration announced additional U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil and financial sectors.

"Iran is a major threat not only to our security, but to that of our allies like Israel," he stated. "Any person or entity who turns a blind eye to that threat should have no claim to public dollars in New Jersey."

Christie Signs Bill Prohibiting Investments In Iran

Today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law S-1304, legislation denying state and local public contracts to any person or entity engaged in investment activity in the energy or finance sectors of Iran. In July 2010, President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Investment Act, giving authority to state and local governments to prevent or discontinue contracting with companies that do business in Iran. S-1304 implements this authority at the state and local levels in New Jersey.

The federal government’s action to authorize sanctions against Iran came in response to Iran’s continued pursuit of an illicit nuclear program, unconventional weapons development, a deteriorating human rights situation, and support for international terrorism. With this law, the State of New Jersey is bolstering the United States government’s stand in support of the rights of the people of Iran and against the dictatorial regime and the economy on which it relies.


S-1304/A-2164 (T. Kean, Sweeney/McKeon, Bramnick, Jasey, Singleton, Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Ramos) – Prohibits State and local public contracts with persons or entities engaging in certain investment activities in energy or finance sectors of Iran.

Dragon Spectacular Brings Philly Gal Home, 9/12 - 16

Michael Latini, an accomplished puppeteer from Philadelphia, is coming home to perform in front of family and friends as one of the stars of the highly-anticipated How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, coming to Wells Fargo Center for seven performances from Wednesday, September 12 through Sunday, September 16.

"I am so excited to be bringing this one of a kind event to Philadelphia. How to Train Your Dragons Live Spectacular is an amazing technical feat of theater that will entertain young, old, and everyone in between! How can you go wrong with massive animatronic flying dragons, fire ball explosions, football field sized projections, and a cast of 20 performers from around the world!" said Michael Latini, in anticipation of the upcoming run.

Latini grew up in Warminster, PA, north of Philadelphia, and attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. After graduating in 2001 with a BFA in Metals, Jewelry and CAD/CAM, he followed his dream of performing and building puppets. Since then, Latini has attended multiple puppetry workshops and conferences, becoming a skillful and talented puppeteer.

In 2003, he worked as the Build Manager as well as played the Audrey II puppeteer for the Little Shop of Horrors First National Tour in New York, NY. By 2006, Latini co-founded and became the production manager of Monkey Boys Productions (www.monkeyboysproductions.com) a puppet production company in Bristol, PA.

Now with 20 years of entertainment experience, Latini has become an expert puppeteer in over a dozen live family shows, including Walking with Dinosaurs, The Arena Spectacular, for the 2008-10 international tour. As a lead puppeteer, Latini rotated and controlled the auxiliary movements for 10 animatronic, life-sized dinosaurs. Over the years, Latini has built numerous puppets for shows such as Disney channel’s children television series Johnny and the Sprites and Monkey Boys Production of Go Diego, Go Live! for its national tour in 2006. 

Show times for How To Train Your Dragon at Wells Fargo Center are Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m.; Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m.; Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, September 16 at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available now exclusively through Comcast on line at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the Wells Fargo Center box office.

Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 100 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.

Christie Announces Nominations, Appointments

New Jersey Governor Christie has filed the following nominations and direct appointments with the State Senate and Secretary of State’s Office. The Governor’s nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate.


Atlantic County Board of Taxation
Nominate for reappointment Theresa Prendergast, CTA (Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic)
Nominate for reappointment Harry Brown (Margate, Atlantic)
Nominate for reappointment John W. Collette, Jr. (Mays Landing, Atlantic)
Nominate for reappointment William J. Polistina (Galloway, Atlantic)
Nominate for appointment Gregory S. Sykora (Somers Point, Atlantic)

Fish and Game Council
Nominate for appointment Cathy Lynn Blumig (Somerset, Somerset)
Nominate for appointment Joseph G. DeMartino (Lanoka Harbor, Ocean)

Tidelands Resource Council
Nominate for reappointment the Honorable Martin L. Pagliughi (Avalon, Cape May)
Nominate for reappointment Mary Pat Robbie (Marlton, Burlington)
Nominate for reappointment Stuart C. Challoner (Island Heights, Ocean)
Nominate for reappointment the Honorable Robert C. Neff, Jr. (Little Silver, Monmouth)
Nominate for reappointment Thomas C. Voltaggio (Cherry Hill, Camden)
Nominate for reappointment Lloyd H. Tubman, Esq. (Flemington, Hunterdon)
Nominate for appointment Philip J. DiBerardino, Sr. (Margate, Atlantic)
Nominate for appointment Robert Kiejdan (Northfield, Atlantic)
Nominate for appointment Martha Maxwell-Doyle (Little Egg Harbor, Ocean)
Nominate for appointment Joseph A. Grabas, CTP (Freehold, Monmouth)
Nominate for appointment C. Brad Schoening (Little Silver, Monmouth)
Rockland-Bergen Bistate River Commission
Appoint Roy D. Ostrom (Upper Saddle River, Bergen)

Interagency Council on Homelessness
Appoint Matthew A. Reilly (Mount Laurel, Burlington)
Appoint Mary Fran McFadden (Jackson, Ocean)
Appoint Sidney Blanchard (Scotch Plains, Union)
Appoint Karen Olson (Summit, Union)
Appoint Arnold C. Davis (Moorestown, Burlington)
Appoint the Honorable Dana L. Redd (Camden, Camden)
Appoint Maria Del Mar Lopez (Warren, Somerset)
Appoint Frank A. Cirillo (Trenton, Mercer)
Appoint Julia Meredith Orlando, CRC, Ed.M., MA (Oradell, Bergen)
Appoint Robert F. Guarasci (Paterson, Passaic)
Appoint Jill Rottmann, Esq. (Roselle Park, Union)
Appoint Constance Mercer (Lawrenceville, Mercer)
Appoint Reverend Kent R. Pipes (Hainesport, Burlington)
Appoint Alison Recca-Ryan, LCSW (Solebury, Pennsylvania)
Appoint John J. Monahan, LCSW (Ewing, Mercer)

Governor Christie also filed the following nominations with the State Senate on Thursday, July 26, 2012. These nominations were confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate on Monday, July 30, 2012.

Gloucester County Board of Taxation
Nominate for appointment Jill S. McCrea (Sewell, Gloucester)
Nominate for appointment Elizabeth S. Rogale (Glassboro, Gloucester)

Must See Video: The Real Obama Record Revealed!

In 2008 , facing historic economic problems the country turned to a man who few people knew and who's resume would shed little light on his capabilities. Barack Obama was in his first term as a US Senator, he had no private sector experience, no executive experience, he had never created a job or run a business, never been put in a position where he had to make difficult decisions on behalf of others.

Instead of basing their decision on Barack Obama's record America was instead taken in by his ability to deliver grand speeches in which he made even grander promises. When President Obama took office in January 2009 America was in recession but despite his promises his policies have made the situation worse and have delayed the recovery that so many Americans are desperately waiting for. Three and half years later we find nearly 24 million Americans either our of work or underemployed. We have seen 42 straight months of unemployment over 8% despite promises that a nearly 800 billion dollar stimulus would prevent us from even reaching that threshold.

We are a nation in crisis manifested by the countless families who are struggling with making ends meet, families who have seen a 40% decrease in their net value over the past 4 years and parents who are worried that the American Dream will not be realized for their children and grandchildren.

America is tired of the empty rhetoric and the broken promises of the last four years and this November they will finally have a record to judge the President on and that record will demand accountability. America needs a leader, someone with the vision and experience to understand what needs to be done, someone who knows how to create jobs and get the economy back on track. Mitt Romney is that person.

Although we are in no way affiliated with the Romney campaign we wholeheartedly believe that he has the experience, knowledge and expertise to restore to America those principles and policies that will rejuvenate our economy, put people back to work and return America to her rightful place as the shining city on a hill and the hope of the earth.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Christie Hails Passage Of Constitutional Amendment

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie applauded the State Legislature Monday for following through with their promise to send the question of judicial pension to New Jersey voters.

Governor Christie released the following statement regarding today’s bipartisan, decisive and overwhelming passage of a amendment to restore common sense to judicial pensions:

"Rarely has the public seen such unanimity between the legislative and executive branches that the judicial branch was dead wrong. I congratulate the legislature for their decisive, bipartisan action that lives up to the promise of our historical pension and benefit reform by making sure everyone is treated fairly. I pledge to do all I can this fall to ensure passage of this amendment to our constitution and truly believe that New Jersey voters will deliver the same message of fairness to the judiciary as well."

Have You Tried A Maid-Rite Meal? You Should!

While driving home from Hilton Head along I-95 we discovered the Maid-Rite Diner.
We stopped at the Maid-Rite in Wilson, North Carolina at Exit 121 of I-95.
Maid-Rite hamburgers are truly unique. They're sort of a cross between a traditional burger pattie and an old-fashioned Sloppy Joe.
The sandwich, the fresh aromatic fries, the thick, rich shake -- all were great. And the service was quick, efficient and caring.
Maid-Rite began in Iowa but now there are dozens of Maid-Rite diners in 11 states and the operation is still growing.
Here's how it all began: In 1926, way back before Facebook, and even before TV, people just didn't know how to waste time. But, being really bored paid off for butcher Fred Angell.
He worked to get just the right combination of a special cut and grind of meat and a selected blend of spices. When a deliveryman tasted Fred's new creation, he said, "This sandwich is made right."
With that, the Maid-Rite was born.
Fred was quite a sandwich maker but not much of a speller.
Maid-Rite's select line of seasoned loose meat sandwiches are made from 100% USDA midwestern fresh ground beef served on a fresh steamed white or wheat bun, with your choice of ketchup, mustard, onion and pickles.
They're wonderful!

The Plan That Worked? CBS: "Worst 'Recovery' Ever!"

Small Businesses To Obama: Yes We DID Build It!

“Over the last week, small-business owners across the country have spoken out against President Obama’s belittlement of their success and accomplishments. While President Obama puts his faith in government, entrepreneurs and innovators deserve a president like Mitt Romney – who puts his faith in them.” – Ryan Williams, Romney Campaign Spokesman

Over The Last Week, Small-Business Owners Have Sent A Clear Message To President Obama – We Built Our Companies:

Lou Ramos, A 64-Year-Old Hispanic Veteran From Florida Who Owns An Information Technology Company, Said President Obama’s Comments Made Him “Almost Throw Up.”  “Lou Ramos, a small business owner from Tampa, will be at his local event. He owns an information technology and computer training company called Value Enterprise Solutions, Inc.  and he said the president’s comments made him ‘almost throw up when I heard it.’ Ramos is a 64 year old Hispanic veteran, serving in the military from 1973-97, including two tours at the Pentagon, and he said he did read and watch all of the president’s comments in context, not just the two sentences continually highlighted by the campaign.” (Shushannah Walshe, “Romney Camp Continues ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Attacks With Swing State Events,” ABC News, 7/25/12)

Snoopy’s Hot Dogs Co-Owner Larry Cerilli: “We Did Create This Business And We Are Insulted…”  LARRY CERILLI: “We both decided to put that sign up. It was a knee jerk reaction that I am glad I did. It was an answer to we did create this business and we are insulted, and I stand by it.” (WNCN-TV, 7/24/12)

Seek Careers Co-Founder Carol Schneider: “For Lack Of A Better Word, A Dumb Thing To Say. … It Got My Ire Up.” “Forty-one years ago, Carol Schneider, 75, and a neighbor founded Seek Careers/Staffing of Grafton. Schneider said she eventually became a sole operator in 1980 and for several years didn't take a salary. The firm now employs 60. She said Obama's comment ‘was, for lack of a better word, a dumb thing to say.’ ‘It got my ire up,’ said Schneider, who added that she puts in an 80-hour workweek.” (Bill Glauber, “Rhetoric Heats Up Over Obama 'You Didn't Build It' Quote,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/24/12)

Rob Gettemy – An Entrepreneur From Iowa – Said President Obama’s Comments Gave Him “A Deep Concern” That A President “Could So Misunderstand What’s Made America Great.” “Rob Gettemy of Marion, who said he has either been working for an entrepreneur, operating his own businesses or teaching entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa for more than 20 years, said his reaction to Obama’s comment was ‘a deep concern more than anything that an American president – this could sound harsh – could so misunderstand what’s made America great.’” (James Q. Lynch, “Romney Campaign Highlighting Obama’s ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Comment,” Cedar Rapids Gazette, 7/24/12)

JFP Owner Juan Ponce, On President Obama’s Comments: “Like Someone Just Slapped Me In The Face...”  JUAN PONCE: “It’s almost like someone just slapped me in the face and my father and now he’s a liar. That it wasn’t me that built this company.” (WTVD-TV, 7/25/12)
Dave McArthur, Co-Owner Of McArthur’s Bakery In Missouri, Said President Obama “Doesn’t Have A Clue.” “Dave McArthur, a co-owner of McArthur’s Bakery, asserted that small business is being “crushed by big business” and out-of-touch governments on all level. ‘Washington, especially this president, doesn’t have a clue,’ McArthur declared.” (Jo Mannies, “Area Small Business Owners Bristle Over Obama's 'You Didn't Build That' Remark,” St. Louis Beacon, 7/25/12)

Business Owner Kevin Ressler – A Registered Democrat From Florida – Said He “Took Offense” At President Obama’s Remarks And Would Not Vote For The President In November. “In West Palm Beach, registered Democrat Kevin Ressler, who owns a marble restoration and maintenance business in Boca Raton, said he ‘took offense’ to the president’s remarks and won’t be voting for him this year after doing so in 2008.” (George Bennett, “‘You Didn’t Build That’ Fight Heats Up In Florida With Romney Attacks, New Obama Ad,” Palm Beach Post, 7/25/12)

John Eldred, President Of Midwest Tape, Said He Took President Obama’s Comments As A “Personal Insult.” “‘To say I didn't build this, I take as a personal insult,’ said John Eldred, president of Midwest Tape, a wholesaler of DVDs and CDs based in Springfield Township.” (Tom Troy, “Area Business Owners Bash Obama's Remarks,” Toledo Blade, 7/26/12)
  • Eldred: “[President Obama] Has No Idea About What It Is To Run A Business, What It Is To Put Everything That You Have On The Line, To Risk Your Home For What You Believe In.” (WTOL-TV, 7/25/12)

Nicole Goolsby, Owner Of North Carolina-Based Rion Homes: “President Obama’s Comments Were An Insult To The Sweat And Sacrifice That I Have Put Into My Business.” “Nicole Goolsby, 48, started her small business, the Cornelius, N.C.-based Rion Homes, 12 years ago after taking out a $15,000 loan on her credit card and setting up a desk in her bedroom. … ‘President Obama’s comments were an insult to the sweat and sacrifice that I have put into my business in an effort to build a better life for my children and my community,’ Goolsby said Wednesday a ‘We Did Build This’ event sponsored the campaign for Obama’s GOP opponent, Mitt Romney.” (Carmen Cusido, “Charlotte-Area Small Business Owners Tell Obama: Yes We Did,” Charlotte Observer, 7/26/12)

Main Line Engineering President Ted Delgaizo: “I Felt Like He Was Mocking Small Business Owners And Saying That The American Dream Is Not About Small Businesses And The Individual, But About Government.” “Ted Delgaizo, president of Main Line Engineering in Uwchlan, said he was insulted by the president's comments. ‘I felt like he was mocking small business owners and saying that the American dream is not about small businesses and the individual, but about government,’ Delgaizo said.” (Eric S. Smith, “Supporters Rally For Presidential Candidates In West Chester,” West Chester Daily Local, 7/26/12)

The Real Story Behind The Clinton/Obama Facade

After four years of trillion-dollar deficits and anemic economic growth, it’s clear President Obama would love to run on President Clinton’s record in office. But no amount of showmanship can paper over the differences between these two presidents. Americans deserve a president willing to run on his own record, not the record he wishes he had.” – Ryan Williams, Romney Campaign Spokesman

Today, The Obama Campaign Will Announce That President Clinton Will Deliver A Speech At The Democratic National Convention:

Former President Clinton Will Deliver A Prime-Time Speech At The 2012 Democratic National Convention. “Former President Bill Clinton is set to play a central part in the Democratic convention, aides said, and will formally place President Obama’s name into nomination by delivering a prime-time speech designed to present a forceful economic argument for why Mr. Obama deserves to win a second term.” (Jeff Zeleny, “Bill Clinton To Have Key Convention Role,” The New York Times, 7/29/12)

But President Clinton And President Obama Haven’t Always Been Allies – They Routinely Questioned Each Other’s Qualifications And Achievements:

Former President Bill Clinton, On Barack Obama’s Qualifications For President: “When Is The Last Time We Elected A President Based On One Year Of Service In The Senate Before He Started Running?” ROSE: “You want to say to the voters if they are prepared to choose someone with less experience but perhaps other qualities -- as you’ve said, gifted in politics.” CLINTON: “Very gifted.” ROSE: “... intellect, then they are rolling the dice is what you are saying.” CLINTON: “Well ...”  ROSE: “They are rolling the dice about America if they don’t choose the person who has had the kind of experience you are talking about.” CLINTON: “It’s less predictable, isn’t it? I mean, when is the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running, and he will have been a senator longer by the time he is inaugurated, but essentially once you start running for president full time, you don’t have time to do much else.” (PBS’s “Charlie Rose Show,” 12/15/07)
President Clinton Suggested Obama Voters “Were Willing To ‘Roll The Dice’ On The Presidency.” “Former President Bill Clinton made an unusually direct attack Friday night on Senator Barack Obama, one of his wife’s leading rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, suggesting that voters who would support someone with Mr. Obama’s experience were willing to ‘roll the dice’ on the presidency.”  (Patrick Healy, “Bill Clinton Says Obama Isn’t Ready,” The New York Times, 12/16/07)

In 2008, Candidate Obama Suggested That President Clinton Had Failed To Change “The Trajectory Of America” In A Way Republican Presidents Had Achieved. “For the past two days, it’s been the Democrats. In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal’s editorial board on Monday, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said that under Reagan the GOP was the ‘party of ideas.’ Of Reagan, he said he ‘changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way Bill Clinton did not.’” (Amy Chozick, “Obama, Clinton Battle Over Reagan,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/18/08)

And While The Obama Economy Has Left Millions Of Americans Struggling, President Clinton Presided Over Economic Growth And Balanced Budgets:

Since President Obama Took Office, The U.S. Economy Has Lost 473,000 Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 7/26/12)
  • Under President Clinton And A Republican Congress, The U.S. Economy Created 22.7 Million New Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 7/26/12)
Since President Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate Has Remained Above 8% For 41 Straight Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 7/26/12)
  • Under President Clinton And A Republican Congress, The Unemployment Rate Fell From 7.3% To 4.2%. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 7/26/12)
The White House Announced The “Budget Deficit Will End Up At $1.2 Trillion” For 2012 – The “Fourth Consecutive Year Of Trillion Dollar-Plus Deficits.” “The latest budget figures from the White House predict this year's federal budget deficit will end up at $1.2 trillion. That would make the fourth consecutive year of trillion dollar-plus deficits during President Obama's administration.” (Andrew Taylor, “Administration Projects $1.2T 2012 Budget Deficit,” The Associated Press, 7/27/12)
  • Under President Clinton And A Republican Congress, Federal Budgets Were Balanced. “Democrat Bill Clinton was president the last time the federal budget was balanced, and Republicans controlled Congress.” (Jim Dexter, “CNN Fact Check: The Last President To Balance The Budget,” CNN, 2/3/10)

How Obama Insulted Every Small Business Everywhere

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. But President Obama's comments show that he just doesn't understand who the real job creators are. How can he help small businesses, like those in Ohio, when he doesn't even recognize their value?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Chick-fil-A: Here's What You Can Do To Help

Pastina? Cheesesteaks? Pizza? THIS Is The Place!

Some people believe you have to go to South Philly (or at least to Center City) to find a great cheesesteak.
Not necessarily so.
Real Philadelphians know that you can find a good cheesesteak in outlying neighborhoods or even in the burbs if you know where to look.
And in South Jersey, Ragazzi is where you should look.
Ragazzi is at 44 Route 70 East in the Marlton Greene Shopping Center not far from where Route 70 and Route 73 intersect.
People have voted Ragazzi's chicken pastina soup the best in South Jersey. The simplicity of the soup is what makes it so appealing. It's fresh, flavorful and nourishing. And Ragazzi sells this soup -- and sells more of it -- every day in response to a huge, continuing demand.
The Ragazzi soup bowl overflows (there's no skimping at this place) and you'll find yourself slurping up every bit of it. We promise! 
And the cheesesteaks (and chicken cheesesteaks) are packed.
Look at the actual photos of the chicken pastina soup and the chicken cheeseteak above. This is the real deal.
Plus, the pizza's great, too -- and cooked to order.
Ragazzi boasts a full Italian menu. Ragazzi Restaurant & Pizza is family owned and operated. The family has been serving the Marlton area for over 27 years, the last 11 years at this location.
Ragazzi offers a clean, comfortable and friendly environment and they are open seven days a week offering both dine-in and take-out service. Plus, you'll get great value for your dining dollar.
We only recommend what we've tried and what we honestly love.
Ragazzi's is a winner!
Photos copyright 2012 by Dan Cirucci.

Cream Donuts: Are These The Very Best Ever?

Do you like cream donuts?
I'm talking fresh, authentic donuts covered with powdered sugar and loaded with rich white sugar cream. These donuts are full and plump. The sweet cream bursts out when you cut them in half or tear them apart or simply (and more likely) bite into them. There's so much cream you'll smear your mouth and lick your fingers. The dough is light and airy and cradles the cream with loving kindness.
These donuts are so damned good you won't want to share them.
No way.
But if you try to eat them secretly or privately, you'll probably get caught. To begin with, their sugary scent is intoxicating -- like a sweet blossom calling you in the morning. Others will surely know what you're up to. And then, once you even touch one of these chubby babies you're talkin damaging evidence: the telltale signs of powdered sugar everywhere. And we haven't even gotten to the icy cream left behind on your pesky, sticky fingers.
Whoffing down one of these is a major commitment.
Now, I've tried donuts just about everywhere I've been -- all over the USA.
And I'm telling you these are the best I've ever found.
You can get them for a buck each in South Jersey at Randolph's Bakery, two locations:

101 East Main Street          300 East Greentree Rd.
Maple Shade                       Marlton
(856) 667-3777                   (856) 983-0550
Don't delay. Hurry on over!
Photo copyright 2012 by Dan Cirucci.

We Built It. We Love It. And We'll Reclaim It!

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Buy Your Romney 'Built By Us' Gear Now!

Here's a special message from Tagg Romney:

I'm glad but not surprised my father stood up for American businesses in light of President Obama's recent "you didn't build that" remark.

Dad understands success is not the result of government, it's the result of hardworking people who take risks, create dreams, and build lives for themselves and their families.

That's what the Built By Us collection of shirts, pins and other gear is all about. Built By Us is a rallying cry, and also a celebration of the people who truly make America work.

Check it out at: http://store.mittromney.com/collections/built-by-us/

You deserve credit for your success and to be proud of it. And with every Built By Us Collection item you purchase, you'll be helping my dad and Republicans nationwide win in November. I think we can all agree we need a President who embraces success, instead of demonizing it.

Dad's the man for the job.

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Video: Why Hasn't Obama Visited Israel? Why . . . ?

President Obama is quite a world traveler. But not to Israel. An oversight? Or an indication? According to a front-page story in the Washington Post two weeks ago, Obama has pursued a strategy of putting “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel. He’s traveled to the Middle East multiple times — to accept an award in Saudi Arabia, to give a major speech in Cairo, to hold town hall meetings in Turkey — but never stopped to visit our closest ally in the region.

We're Welcoming Visitors From All Over The World!

During the past week we've welcomed visitors from all over the world and have tallied nearly 3,000 page views. And, we're attracting more than 19,000 page views per month.
Here are the top ten countries last week as represented by page views:
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fascinating, Little-Known Facts About Texas

As many of you know, we are honorary Texans and have been for quite a few years.
We are so proud to be part of the great Lone Star State.
We've been to Texas many times -- San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin and many points in between -- and we are also delighted to count many Texns among our dear friends.
The fine web site I Am A Texan (www.iamatexan.com) has cataloged many fascinating facts about Texas. Here are a few of them:
1. From Beaumont to El Paso it's 742 miles
2. But from Beaumont to Chicago it's 770 miles
3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , TX July 4, 1883.
5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston was the only hotel in North America built over water. It was later destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .
7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America .
8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
10. The worst natural disaster in US history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .
11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was "Houston ," but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island.
Visit I Am A Texan for more Texas lore. 

Update On Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, Et. Al.

A special message from the Independence Hall Tea Party Association:
Dear Members and Friends,

Just in:  Contempt of Congress AG Eric Holder has ordered the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate 
Pennsylvania's newly enacted Voter ID law--adding an additional hurdle for the law to overcome if it's to be implemented on election day, Tuesday, November 6

The timing of the investigation is quite suspect since a Commonwealth Court hearing challenging the law began in Harrisburg this Wednesday, July 25

The hearing, expected to last 5-7 days, is open to the public.  (We encourage you to attend if possible--details below.)

And what usual suspects do we find standing behind the lawsuit?  Why the
American Civil Liberties Union and their allies, of course. 

The Voter ID law, which enhances voter integrity by making voter fraud more difficult to conduct, was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this year.  Its passage has obviously frightened the Obama administration and its cohorts.

In other matters: Association member Barb Campbell has forwarded a general request by Gov. Mike Huckabee to make Wednesday, August 1, 'Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.' 

In line with our Black Friday BuyCott (2011) and Whole Foods BuyCott (2009), we'll call this our 'Chick Fil-A BuyCott, 2012.'

In Gov. Huckabee's own words:

"....The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.... 

"This effort is not being launched by the Chick Fil-A company....
Simply affirm [your] appreciation for a company run by Christian principles by showing up on Wednesday, August 1 or by participating online--tweeting your support or sending a message on Facebook."

Commonwealth Court Hearing on Voter ID
When:   Ongoing.
Where:  Courtroom 3002, Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 
                Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg, PA.
 Who:     Hearing before Judge Robert Simpson and open to the public. 

                We'll try to arrange car pools for those who are interested in
                attending.  Please let us know if you are driving and would like
                company or are in need of a ride by calling 215.663.1983. 
                Many thanks!

Chick Fil-A BuyCott
When:   Wednesday, August 1, during restaurant hours.
Where:  Your neighborhood Chick Fil-A.

Hope to see you!

On behalf of the Association Board,
Teri Adams

Video: Jewish Voters Turning Away From Obama

The first in a series of ads by the Republican Jewish Coalition, highlighting the real stories of real people who give voice to the nagging doubts that many in the Jewish community feel about President Obama.

Disney On Broadway? Yes, If The Show Is Newsies!

The cast of Disney's Newsies perform "King of New York" on Broadway in New York City. Visit http://www.newsiesthemusical.com for ticket and performance information! 

We've never been fans of Disney on Broadway.
We've always felt that Disney is Disney and Broadway is Broadway: Two different kinds of stories, two different types of music, two different sorts of entertainment.
To us Disney always meant a genre rooted in fantasy and the tales of storybooks. So we skipped Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and the other Disney musicals on Broadway. Enjoyed the movies, no need to see the live show.
But now there is a new Disney musical on Broadway that changes all that.
Yes, it's a re-working of a Disney movie. But it's a movie you've probably never heard of or seen. And no, it's not a fantasy tale. Rather, it's based on actual real-life events.
The show is called Newsies, it's at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway and it's absolutely wonderful.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies revolves around the plight of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy who leads a ragged band of teen aged "newsies," who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. Newsies are the guys who used to hawk newspapers on street corners, shouting headlines and charming potential buyers. They thrived in the age of tabloids, a time when print was king.
The story takes flight when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense. Then, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
Of course, there are a few twists and turns (and some disappointments) along the way as this pioneering labor/management struggle ensues. And there's a bit of romance, too as Jack captivates the gorgeous and savvy newspaper reporter, Katherine Plummer.
Newsies is a fast-paced show with with jaw-dropping choreography, catchy songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Firestein that theatergoers of all ages can enjoy.
Yes, this is a feel-good family musical. But it's also actually meaningful and uplifting because it's anchored in a strong story with solid values. The show not only introduces Newsies to a new generation  but also pleases fans of the original 1992 film which did not get nearly enough attention when it was released. The Broadway production also includes many of the songs from the movie as well as new tunes and an added love story between Jack Kelly and the new character Katherine Plumber.
As Jack Kelly, Jeremy Jordan proves once again that he is one of Broadway's brightest new stars. This young man is incandescent on stage and when he sings "Santa Fe" at the end of of the first act he brings the house down. In her Broadway debut as Katherine, Kara Lindsay wows the audience with "Watch What Happens." She's a charmer. And Capathia Jenkins as Medda Larkin makes the whole stage sway with a ragtime beat as she performs "That's Rich."
Christopher Gattelli's inventive choreography is thumpingly athletic and leapingly airy, all at the same time. And Jeff Calhoun's direction is snappy without being breathless.
With a cast of 33, a multi-story scaffolded set, imaginative backdrops and evocative lighting, this is  big, Broadway musical production at its very best.
At the performance that we attended, the SRO audience howled with delight.
Go. See. Enjoy. And take the whole family!

Friday, July 27, 2012

How Obama Committed A 'Fatal Political Blunder'

A thoughtful young man by the name of Andre Watkins sends along these cogent thoughts about Presidents Obama's infamous "you didn't do that" remarks:

The President has accomplished something truly remarkable with this speech: he managed to take a fact that is mundane and inarguable and turn it into a potentially fatal political blunder.

When individuals (whether successful or unsuccessful) pay their taxes, they do so with the weary hope that the government they are supporting will be a careful and honest steward of their contribution by: establishing justice (legal and regulatory systems), insuring domestic tranquility (law enforcement), providing for the common defense (military), and promoting the general welfare (public utilities, efficient and effective education system, a solvent social safety net).

It is when the government violates that trust by instituting an arbitrary and corrupt tax code, special interest spending, irresponsible entitlement promises, and wealth redistribution that “We the people” begin to question the legitimacy of our social contract.

Luckily, whether one builds a business with one’s own two hands or one utilizes the “general welfare” promoted by the government, the Constitution guarantees that no person will “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The Founders understood that property ownership (including land, a house, a business, a car, a bank account, a retirement plan, etc.) is essential for the preservation of liberty.

What is concerning about the President’s remark is that it gives many people the impression that he discounts the importance of the “right to property.” It is universally agreed that property can only be “built” within the context of the “general welfare.” No rational person would argue the contrary. So why would the President bother wasting valuable campaign time stating the obvious?

Because he is complicit (along with many in the government from both parties over many decades) in abusing the trust of the people by twisting the tax code, passing debt along to future generations, spending trillions on special interests, creating and expanding insolvent entitlement programs, punishing success in the name of fairness, and shielding individuals from the natural consequences of their freely chosen decisions.

Thus, to disguise his guilt, he points to justifiable government interventions (roads, bridges, the internet, fire departments) in the hopes we will forget about the burdensome, ineffective, corrupt monstrosities that are the Stimulus Package and Obamacare.

The current President is not the first such offender, but there is a rising belief in America that he may be one of the worst.

In November, We the People, speak.

Video - New Musical 'Chaplin' Headed To Broadway

From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin is the showbiz Broadway musical about the silent film legend the world couldn't stop talking about—Charlie Chaplin.
The brand-new 22-person musical reveals the man behind the legend, the undeniable genius who forever changed the way America went to the movies.
Chaplin features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award® winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Christopher Curtis.
Acclaimed director/choreographer Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway) directs and choreographs the production.
And the show stars Rob McClure. McClure originated the role of Chaplin at La Jolla Playhouse (Craig Noel Award winner). Most recently in New York, Rob received raves for another title role, leading the cast of Where's Charley? at Encores. A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award® winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.
Chaplin opens on Broadway on Monday, September 10, 2012; previews will begin Monday, August 20, 2012. Get tickets today: http://chaplinbroadway.com/tickets/how-to-buy/

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They All Agree: Obama Economy Is NOT Recovering

The Economist: “The American Economy Slowed Sharply In The Second Quarter, Adding To The Weakest Recovery Of The Post-War Period.” “If recent data left any doubt, America's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) dispatched it this morning: the American economy slowed sharply in the second quarter, adding to the weakest recovery of the post-war period.” (“Low And Slow,” The Economist, 7/27/12)

Los Angeles Times: “U.S. Economic Growth Slowed Further In The Second Quarter…” “U.S. economic growth slowed further in the second quarter as consumers cut back on spending and businesses curbed their investments, the government reported Friday.” (Don Lee, “Economic Growth Slows As Consumers Pull Back,” Los Angeles Times, 7/27/12)

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: “The Numbers … Aren’t Very Good. And They’re Coming After A String Of Even Worse Numbers.” “The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that real GDP grew at an annualized rate of 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012. … The bad news? The numbers, 1.5 percent and 2 percent, aren’t very good. And they’re coming after a string of even worse numbers.” (Ezra Klein, “The Economy: Still Not So Good,” The Washington Post’s Wonk Blog, 7/27/12)

Fox News’ Stuart Varney: “A Sharp Slowdown For The Economy In This Election Year.” VARNEY: “OK, well everybody is asking the same question: does this mean an election year recession? And the answer is, probably not. But does it mean a sharp slowdown for the economy in this election year? And the answer is definitely yes.” (Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 7/27/12)
  • Varney: “A 1.5% Growth Rate Is A Very, Very Slim Growth Rate Indeed.” (Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 7/27/12)
BNP Paribas Chief Economist Julia Coronado: “We Have An Anemic Recovery With Really No Momentum.” (Shobhana Chandra, “Economy In U.S. Grows At 1.5% Rate,” Bloomberg, 7/27/12)
AEI’s James Pethokoukis: “The U.S. Economy Is Not Doing Fine.” (James Pethokoukis, “Sickly Second-Quarter GDP Report Puts U.S. Economic Recovery — And Obama’s Reelection — In Jeopardy,” American Enterprise Institute, 7/27/12)

California State University Channel Islands’ Sung Won Sohn: “Not Enough To Take Care Of New Workers Coming Into The Labor Force, Let Alone Rescue The Unemployed.” “An economy growing at a 1.5% pace is consistent with a monthly growth of less than 100,000 new jobs, said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at Cal State Channel Islands. ‘That's not enough to take care of new workers coming into the labor force, let alone rescue the unemployed,’ he said.” (Don Lee, “Economic Growth Slows As Consumers Pull Back,” Los Angeles Times, 7/27/12)

Zacks Research Director Sheraz Mian: “Internals Point To Worrisome Trends That Do Not Look Very Favorable For Growth Outlook In The Coming Quarters.” “The GDP reading is better than expected, but the report's internals point to worrisome trends that do not look very favorable for growth outlook in the coming quarters.” (Sheraz Mian, “How Good Is The GDP Report?,” Zacks.com, 7/27/12)

First Trust Advisors Chief Economist Brian Wesbury: “This Is Really In My Opinion Disappointing.” WESBURY: “Martha, we have called the economy the plow-horse economy. It ain't going to win the Preakness, obviously, but it ain't going to keel over and die. It's sort of chugging along, and this is really in my opinion disappointing.” (Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 7/27/12)

Army-Navy Philly Matchup 9/30; Tkts. On Sale 8/3

Army-Navy will commemorate the 79th meeting of the two soccer teams when the rivalry continues as they converge at PPL Park in Chester, PA, Sunday, September 30, 2 p.m.

 “The Army-Navy rivalry is one of the most storied traditions in all of college sports, and for us to have the privilege to compete in one of the newest and most exiting Major League Soccer stadiums will be a thrill for our players. To play in front of some the most dedicated sports fans in country will truly make this event a memorable experience for our cadet-athletes. It will also be a tremendous showcase for college soccer. I’d like to thank everyone at the Philadelphia Union for helping to organize this event.” said Army Head Coach Russell Payne

Army posted a 7-10-1 overall record and finished sixth in the Patriot League with a 2-4-1 mark in 2011. Army will look to improve on one of their strongest seasons with a deep and talented class of 2013 in-coming freshmen.

"The Navy men's soccer program is thrilled to be able to play Army this year at PPL Park. Both programs have come miles these last few seasons and I'm sure are looking forward to showing their overall quality and level at such an excellent venue. The game certainly promises to be highly competitive and a great advertisement for Patriot League men's soccer" said Navy Head Coach, Dave Brandt.

Navy owns a 38-27-13 series advantage against Army. The Midshipmen have won three games in a row in the series, all coming by 1-0 scores. Last year's Navy squad went 7-7-5 overall on the season. Head Coach Dave Brandt will return 17 letter winners and nine starters from that squad.

“We’re excited to bring another world class event to PPL Park”, said Nick Sakiewicz, Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner.  “Not only are we able to continue the storied history of Army-Navy sporting events in the Greater Philadelphia Region, but we are part of a new tradition in soccer that we look forward to having fans enjoy for years to come, in the beautiful setting of PPL Park.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 3 and exclusively online through ComcastTIX.com. Tickets for general admission are $18, which includes parking. Reserved seats, located in sections 126-128, are $28, which includes parking. Tickets can be purchased online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the PPL park box office.

Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC and Global Spectrum have partnered with the Philadelphia Sports Congress and Brandywine Conference & Visitors Bureau to promote this event.

PPL Park, which was constructed from 2008-10 and cost $120 million to build, is a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium that serves as the Philadelphia Union's home facility and sits on the banks of the Delaware River. The stadium is ideally located about 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia. The stadium features a natural grass pitch, 30 luxury suites, sideline roofs to provide protection from the elements, expansive grass areas and large promenades surrounding the stadium for tailgating and outdoor music festivals and a state-of-the-art LED scoreboard.

Oceanfront: Christie Again Challenges Dems On Taxes

Poll: Romney Pulls Ahead; Closing In On 50%

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting 49% of the vote, while President Obama earns support from 44%

Obamanomics, Year 3.5: Yet More Bad News!

USA Today: “Second-Quarter Growth Barely Half The Pace Earlier In The Year…” “The U.S. economy slowed in the spring, with second-quarter growth barely half the pace earlier in the year, the government reported today.” (Tim Mullaney, “Economy Weak In Second Quarter, GDP Grows At 1.5% Rate,” USA Today, 7/27/12)
  • USA Today Headline: “Economy Weak In Second Quarter, GDP Grows At 1.5% Rate” (USA Today, 7/27/12)
Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Economic Growth Pulled Back Further During The Second Quarter…” U.S. economic growth pulled back further during the second quarter of the year as consumer spending slowed--a reading that suggests domestic fiscal worries may becoming a more significant drag.” (Eric Morath and Sarah Portlock, “U.S. Growth Slows In 2nd Quarter,” Wall Street Journal, 7/27/12)
  • Wall Street Journal Headline: “U.S. Growth Slows In 2nd Quarter” (Wall Street Journal, 7/27/12)
The Associated Press: “The Slowest Growth In A Year…” “The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowest growth in a year adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended.” (“Economic Growth Slowed To 1.5 Percent Rate In 2nd Quarter, Slowest In A Year,” The Associated Press, 7/27/12)
  • The Associated Press Headline: “Economic Growth Slowed To 1.5 Percent Rate In 2nd Quarter, Slowest In A Year” (The Associated Press, 7/27/12)
The New York Times: “The United States Economy Grew By A Tepid 1.5 Percent Annual Rate In The Second Quarter…” “The United States economy grew by a tepid 1.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, losing the momentum it had appeared to be gaining earlier this year, the government reported Friday.” (Shaila Dewan, “U.S. Economy Slowed To A Tepid 1.5% Rate Of Growth,” The New York Times, 7/27/12)
  • The New York Times Headline: “U.S. Economy Slowed To A Tepid 1.5% Rate Of Growth” (The New York Times, 7/27/12)
CNN Money: “Down Significantly From A 2% Rate In The First Three Months Of The Year.” “Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1.5% from April to June, the Commerce Department said Friday. That's down significantly from a 2% rate in the first three months of the year.” (Annalyn Censky, “GDP Report: U.S. Economy Slowed In Second Quarter,” CNN Money, 7/27/12)
  • CNN Money Headline: “GDP Report: U.S. Economy Slowed In Second Quarter” (CNN Money, 7/27/12)
Reuters: “The Weakest Pace Of Growth Since The Third Quarter Of 2011…” “U.S. economic growth slowed as expected in the second quarter as consumers spent at their slowest pace in a year, potentially pushing the Federal Reserve closer to pumping more money into the economy. Gross domestic product expanded at a 1.5 percent annual rate between April and June, the weakest pace of growth since the third quarter of 2011, the Commerce Department said on Friday.” (Lucia Mutikani, “Wary Consumers, Trade Curb U.S. Growth In Q2,” Reuters, 7/27/12)
  • “Limited Scope For Growth To Bounce Back In The Third Quarter.” “Recent economic data ranging from employment to manufacturing suggest limited scope for growth to bounce back in the third quarter.” (Lucia Mutikani, “Wary Consumers, Trade Curb U.S. Growth In Q2,” Reuters, 7/27/12)
Wall Street Journal: “The Second-Weakest Rebound Of The Post-World War II Era…” “The current economic recovery is less robust than initially thought and — through its first two-and-half years — the second-weakest rebound of the post-World War II era, according to data the Commerce Department released Friday.” (Eric Morath And Sarah Portlock, “Current Recovery Second Slowest Postwar Rebound,” Wall Street Journal, 7/27/12)
Financial Times: “Confirms The Loss Of Momentum In The World’s Largest Economy Since The Spring…” “The figure, which was broadly in line with market expectations, confirms the loss of momentum in the world’s largest economy since the spring and is not fast enough to bring down high unemployment.” (Robin Harding, “US GDP Growth Rate Slows To 1.5 Per Cent,” Financial Times, 7/27/12)

Enoforcement Chiefs: Obama Border Policy = Chaos

Sen. Jim Sessions hosted a news conference with top officials from two unions that represent U.S. immigration law enforcement agencies.

ICE agent Chris Crane is President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union representing America's more than 7,000 ICE agents and personnel. Border Patrol agent George McCubbin, III is President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing America's more than 17,000 border agents and personnel.

From Sen. Sessions' remarks (forthcoming in a video tomorrow):
"The Administration claims it has diligently enforced immigration law and that the border is 'more secure than ever.' But those on the front lines know this to be untrue. They see the violence, chaos and lawlessness. They have lost confidence in the leadership of their agencies...

As you will hear today, this administration has engaged in a sustained, relentless effort to undermine America's immigration laws. They have handcuffed and muffled those charged with protecting the public safety and the integrity of our borders. Such action has not only weakened our security but our democracy...

All Americans, immigrant and native born, will have a better future if our nation remains unique in the world for the special reverence it places in the rule of law and fairness in our immigration system."

Thursday, July 26, 2012

They DIDN"T Build That? Mr. President, Yes They DID!

President Obama’s comments denigrating the effort and accomplishment of American business owners have struck a chord around the country. It is clear that this President doesn't understand how our economy works. Mitt Romney knows we should celebrate the work of people who start and run enterprises, not devalue that work by giving credit to ‘somebody else.’ Government isn’t responsible for the success of our small businesses – the American people are.” –Amanda Henneberg, Romney Campaign Spokesperson

Business Owners And Entrepreneurs Across The Country Continue To Speak Out, Telling President Obama That Their Success Was “Built By Us”:

Roswell, New Mexico-Based Realtor Jim Mannatt, On President Obama’s Comments: “We Didn’t Build It? Well I’m Trying To Figure Out Who Did.” “Obama, touching on the government’s role in aiding entrepreneurs, said at the campaign stop, ‘Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ ‘We didn’t build it? Well I’m trying to figure out who did,’ said Jim Mannatt, owner of Mannatt and Co. Realtor.” (Julia Bergman, “GOP Holds ‘We Did Build This’ Rally,” Roswell Daily Record, 7/26/12)

John Eldred, President Of Midwest Tape, Said He Took President Obama’s Comments As A “Personal Insult.” “‘To say I didn't build this, I take as a personal insult,’ said John Eldred, president of Midwest Tape, a wholesaler of DVDs and CDs based in Springfield Township.” (Tom Troy, “Area Business Owners Bash Obama's Remarks,” Toledo Blade, 7/26/12)

Anna Mills, President Of The Toledo Real Estate Investors Association, Noted That She Was “The One That Took All The Risk. I’m The One That Works 16 To 20 Hours Still Today.” “‘I'm the one that took the risk. I'm the one that works 16 to 20 hours still today, even though I'm retirement age,’ [Anna Mills, president of the Toledo Real Estate Investors Association] said. ‘Without all these regulations, without all these taxes, small businesses – I – could hire more.’” (Tom Troy, “Area Business Owners Bash Obama's Remarks,” Toledo Blade, 7/26/12)

Randy Bowen, Owner Of A Street Food Stand In New Hampshire, Called On President Obama To “Stop This War On Capitalists.” “One of the highlighted speakers in the event was Randy Bowen, owner of the street-food stand ‘Sausage Express,’ which has operated for 10 years off North Main Street in its location in the Home Depot parking lot. ‘It may not look like much of anything but I borrowed from my parents. I mortgaged my house. My wife and I worked 16 hours a day for two years and we've cut it down to 10 hours a day,’ he said, standing before his stand with a bright white-and-green umbrella overhead. … ‘Mr. President, stop this war on capitalists.’” (Samantha Allen, “Mitt Romney Supporters Make Pitch For Small Businesses,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 7/26/12)

Erin Decker, An Entrepreneur From Kenosha, Wisconsin: “We Decided To Do It Because We Wanted To Live The American Dream.” “Erin Decker, owner of Double Decker Automotive in Kenosha, said her family didn’t receive government assistance when she and her husband decided in 2006 to open their own business. Decker was pregnant with their second child at the time, already a mother to a 3-year-old. Still, their family took the risk, she said. ‘We decided to do it because we wanted to live the American Dream,’ Decker said. That dream required hard work and devotion every day working long hours to make their business successful, she said.” (“Sen. Alberta Darling, Small Business Owners Blast Obama,” Menomonee Falls Patch, 7/25/12)