Monthly Archives: December 2013

December Meeting Summary

Monday evening approximately 100 local residents had the opportunity to speak directly to U. S. Representative Tom Marino (PA 10th Congressional District) about issues currently facing Congress.

Rep Tom Marino

Representative Marino opened the meeting with a brief ‘bio’ about himself, his family, and his background, and then went directly to responding to questions from the audience. Here are some highlights:

Changing the Culture in Washington: Marino listed 3 items he believes are necessary to effect positive change in Washington – 1) Term Limits (maximum 12 years for elected officials), 2) One law/One item (Eliminate ‘bundling’ many things into legislative ‘packages’), and 3) Place restrictions on congressional leaders that would prevent them from blocking votes on pending legislation. (Marino cited, as an example, 50 pieces of legislation that Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is currently sitting on.)

Immigration Reform: If the politics were eliminated, the problem could be solved, according to Marino. Neither extreme – those who want total amnesty, nor those who want to deport the millions of illegal aliens – have a solution that will work. Marino believes a) immigration reform is necessary, b) amnesty is NOT the way to go, c) we must first secure our borders, and enforce laws currently on the books.

Jobs / the Economy: “The best thing we can do to help people is to downsize the federal government.” Downsizing government will allow for reduction in the tax burden, thus putting more money that can be spent in the private sector, into consumer’s pockets.

Obamacare: “No one in this country should go without health care because they can’t afford it.”

When asked about the future of Obamacare, Marino expressed concern that if it implodes it will devastate the U S economy. He indicated there are specific elements of the law that he agrees with, but at the same time has voted 40 times to repeal it.

“If anything is going to bankrupt this country it is Obamacare.”

The Republican’s have a plan to replace Obamacare, conceived and driven largely by representatives elected in 2011 and 2013, but with a Democratic Senate there is little likelihood it will go anywhere.

US Rep Tom Marino visits 12 9 2013

Executive Branch Overreach: Like many others, Marino believes there is a usurpation of power by the Executive Branch. The trend has developed over the last several administrations and Congress has failed to apply the brakes. He feels that the current administration has been more egregious than others. Recent Judiciary Committee hearings, at which prominent constitutional scholars testified, have supported this view. When asked about impeachment of the president, Marino outlined the process – the House of Representatives draws up the articles of impeachment, the chief justice of the Supreme Court acts as judge, and the Senate acts as the jury. Considering the current composition of the Congress there is little likelihood of this happening.

National Debt: The DAILY interest on our national debt is currently $ 1.4 BILLION. The long term implications of runaway/deficit spending can eventually lead to a collapse of the dollar as the world’s currency of choice. If this happens, dollars lose value and our economy collapses.

SVC National Debt Tracker
Debt at Beginning of Meeting                $ 17,237,740,693,121
Debt at End of Meeting                             17,237,895,399,873
Increase in Debt during the Meeting      $        154,706,752
Increase per minute                             $          1,718,964

 

 Next Meeting     Monday January 13 – 7:00 PM.

DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT

November Meeting Summary

November 11, a crowded room listened with rapt attention as William Federer spoke for over an hour about governmental power throughout all of recorded history.

William Federer

On the topic of “Preserving the American Way of Life,” Mr Federer related how unique America’s situation is when compared to government and political situations throughout all of recorded history. After studying the past 6000 years of recorded history, which he commented was a generally short period of time when measured by the lifespan of 60 grandmothers living 100 years each back to back, he noticed that more often then not, power tends to concentrate in the hands of one person. Usually, this occurs in the form of a monarch. He shared examples back to Gilgamesh a Sumerian King in 2500 AD, and then to Egyptian Pharaohs, Chinese Emperors, Alexander the Great, Caesar, Genghis Khan, English Kings, and recent dictators.

On the contrary, there are very few instances where the power was taken out of the hands of a single leader and into the hands of the people. However our current American style of government pulls from the best of these instances:
1. Israel under Judges – Private land ownership
2. Greek – Democracy
3. Roman – Republic
4. English – Constitution

However, according to history, power always tends to want to concentrate back into the hands of one person. So, as Americans, we need to take advantage of our democratic republic Power and elect leaders who will represent us in a way that will keep the power in the hands of the people, and out of the hands of a single monarch.

For additional information, you can check out Mr. Federer’s book Change to Chains-The 6,000 Year Quest for Control.

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Monday’s Meeting – December 9

WHO: Republican Congressman Tom Marino

WHAT: “Town Hall” style meeting

TOPICS: Obamacare, national debt, road blocks in the U.S. Senate, the impact of Obama’s liberal presidency, the prospects for conservative Republicans in an off-year election, etc

WHEN: Tomorrow, Monday, December 9 at 7:00PM

WHERE: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg
Baylor Conference Room
Lower level on the West side

AUDIENCE: The public is encouraged to attend free of charge and those with opposing points of view welcome.