The terms ‘liberal media’ and ‘media bias’ are more than mere accusations – verbal salvos hurled at the mainstream media by those of the conservative persuasion. They exist – they are real. For the most part the mainstream media IS both liberal and biased.
Those of us who hold to conservative values yearn for the truth – an oasis in the desert of ideology – a place where we can find sources of information that will objectively present facts – not spin – and respect us by acknowledging that we have the intelligence to process information and draw our own conclusions.
Last evening the 97 people who attended the August meeting of the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives found such an oasis.
John Vinci, a staff attorney for Americans for Limited Government, has spent the last 2 + years studying and monitoring the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) as it made its way through Congress and, more recently, the Supreme Court.
He has researched not only the statute (roughly 900 pages) but also the evolving regulations (currently around 2400 pages) as the regulations that will convert statute into practice are developed.
Vinci’s presentation dealt with the Bad, the Ugly, and the Good of Obamacare.
The Bad: Obamacare IS the Law of the Land
The Ugly: Justice Roberts contrived justification for his position that the penalty for non-participation is a ‘tax’.
For the first time in the history of the United States, a ‘tax’ can be levied for NOT participating in a commercial activity
The Good: The Supreme Court ruling limits Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause of the U S Constitution. Congress cannot force someone into commerce.
The ruling also limits the spending power of Congress. Congress is empowered to spend ‘for the common good’; however, under the ruling, cannot coerce the states to do the bidding of the Federal government.
From Pennsylvania’s point of view, the law and ensuing Supreme Court ruling will have very little effect on the average citizen if the Commonwealth elects not to participate in the expansion of Medicaid that is included in the law.
Vinci cited several bellwether lawsuits that are pending that will help define the law and its implementation at the state level moving forward. Watch for forthcoming reports.
As a ‘source of truth’ for anyone with questions about Obamacare, Mr Vinci can be contacted at
Yvonne Morgan, Union County Republican Party Chair, spoke briefly, outlining upcoming campaign efforts in Union County. Campaign materials will be available after the Republican convention. For now, Yvonne is seeking volunteers for phone banks to be run from her home August 21, 22, and 23. Contact her at 490-6252.
Representative Fred Keller presented an update on possible legislative activities to be taken up by the General Assembly next year. The most significant topic will be to deal with the impending crisis in school district pension plans; including the rates at which teachers contribute to those plans. Keller cites the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) as the primary cause behind the looming crisis.
SVC National Debt Tracker
Debt at Beginning of Meeting $ 15,925,649,125,926
Debt at End of Meeting $15,925,689,791,430
Increase in Debt During the Meeting $ 40,665,504
Increase per Minute * $ 451,839
UNBELIEVABLE ! Our National Debt increased at the rate of almost a Half-Million Dollars per minute During the 90 minutes of the meeting !
Next Monthly Meeting
Next monthly meeting will be held Monday, September 10 and will feature candidates for State offices.
Save The Date
The last SVC meeting before this year’s general election will be held Monday October 8 at the Campus Theater, 413 Market Street in downtown Lewisburg.
This 2 hour meeting will be a panel discussion / debate that will present both the Conservative and the Liberal Vision for America. Serving as moderator will be Gary Sojka – retired president of Bucknell University.
Representing the Conservative point of view will be Ana Puig and Andre Harper. Puig is the Pennsylvania State Director for FreedomWorks. Harper is a conservative activist and speaker.
For the Liberal side, retired Bucknell professors Peter Kresl and John Peeler will offer their views.
Each panelist will give an opening statement. Following that the panelists will engage in a give and take as they seek to explore the position held by ‘the other side’ or defend their own position.
At the end of the debate portion of the program questions will be taken from the audience. Two free-standing microphones – one on the right and one on the left (symbolism intentional) will be provided for audience questions.
The concession stand will be open for this event.
Those planning to attend are encouraged to take part in the dialog by bringing your questions for the panelists; however, please take note – one of the stated objectives of the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is civility in discourse – so plan to check all personal attacks, hot tempers, and sarcasm in the lobby as you enter the theater.
We hope to see you, your friends and relatives on the 8th.
DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT