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Location: Yardley, PA (Bucks County), United States

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Profound and Distinct Connection - Bucks County Courier Times January 15, 2008

It's encouraging that some of our elected officials have proceeded with common sense and honesty on the recently proposed gun-control bills. Many of us associate Philadelphia with a culture of guns. Philly suffers from a culture of crime. A gun-culture is where gun owners are disciplined, responsible and courteous.
No gun-control laws exist that will prevent criminals from using a gun to commit a crime. Violent criminals are simply not deterred by gun regulations. Every new restriction not only creates more bureaucracy that takes time and resources away from patrolling the streets, but also makes the black market more profitable. Taking firearms away from those who didn't do it is not a solution.
The most important measure would be to bring opportunities to the city that are more attractive than a life of predatory desperation. Philadelphia has experienced decades of abuse by organizations that go to great lengths to eliminate competition. As a result, businesses will not consider coming to Philadelphia. Thousands of opportunities are forever lost.
This same exact environment is desperately trying to work its way into Bucks County. Ordinance 369 was recently passed in Lower Makefield Township, for example, that excludes many highly qualified organizations from seeking public contracts. A simple money trail reveals that this type of ordinance favors organizations that have contributed to a certain county political party. Actions like Ordinance 369 are intricately prepared to minimize competition with those who contribute to political campaigns and now, coincidentally, we have (for the first time) giant inflatable rats protesting free market labor at local construction sites.
Reducing competition in this manner is what has destroyed Philadelphia and is the underlying force that has made places like New Jersey unlivable for many. Corruption, pay-to-play politics and obscene abuses of power are the result. And now these forces of evil are right here in Bucks County. It's extremely important for all citizens to pay close attention to what's going on and make the necessary changes on Election Day. The alternative to due diligence at the polls is a terminal disease that gun-control will not cure.

How To Rope In Members of the "I Don't Care" Party - Bucks County Courier Times December 15, 2007

With a 24% voter turnout in Bucks County both Republicans and Democrats got trounced again by the "I Don't Care" Party. I wonder if this 76% of non-voters really doesn't care. It's my theory that 1/3 doesn't care, 1/3 are profoundly stupid and 1/3 are angry. One might conclude that there's an additional 25% out there (the angry 1/3) who would consider voting on real issues that really matter.
Bucks County Republicans are feeling the heat of narrowing gaps between them and their Democrat opponents. New Jerseyans and Philadelphians get a bad rap for bringing their socialist tendencies to Bucks, but they are often the ones screaming out the loudest for good governance as a direct result of what corrupt and ineffective "leaders" have done.
A wild suggestion for Republicans might be to start being Republicans. Democrats could respond in kind by being actual Democrats. Then, some real win/win solutions might emerge. About half of the 24% who show up on Election Day represent various special interest groups who could sway an election one way or the other based on who panders to whom the most. The folly of current political thought (which is to stand for nothing out of fear of upsetting someone) is in ignoring the 76% who stay home.
A sample platform for state office, for example, to reach our new special interest group of the 76% who currently don't vote might be the following:
1. Resolving the pending health care crisis is a top priority. Some ideas are:
- access to plans outside of Pennsylvania
- tax breaks for the self insured
- reducing coverage mandates
- healthcare savings accounts
- higher co-pay/higher deductible/lower premium plans
- HMO's and insurance companies should not be making the patient care decisions that only medical professionals are qualified to make
- lawyers who make frivolous lawsuits should be penalized for doing so
2. Public education reform is a top priority with school choice the likely starting point (which will bring educational control where it belongs - in the hands of parents). There can be no reform with a teachers' union that dramatically increases the bureaucracy (and cost) and who opposes any reform that brings competition (and greater efficiency) to the system. Union political activism and campaign contributions have a very corrupting effect on public education and are a disaster. Politicians who set education policy have no business taking money from the teachers' union.
3. People who do not wish to join a union should not have to be represented by them nor should they be required to pay union dues or fees. Therefore, Pennsylvania must become a Right to Work state.
4. The government will not take the earnings and property of one Pennsylvanian and give it to another. Private charity is so much more effective and meaningful than inefficient government programs that discourage private charity.
The mistake that many make in in trying to get along with everyone. People of character should expect hostility from those with oppposing principles. There will always be the 10% to 15% ultra-selfish that will throw endless tantrums when they don't get what they want and who are incapable of having open and honest discussions. They teeter on being a majority when there's a 24% voter turnout, but are made increasingly irrelevant as the numbers increase.
Of course, I may be wrong about all of this. I hope that I'm right, though, because the only alternative is to sell Philly to Jersey and then build a fence along the Delaware River and Poquessing Creek.