Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta was the headliner at Thursday night's Lincoln Day/Meet the Candidates Event at the GOP HQ in Wilkes-Barre and they loved him. Most Republican outfits around the country do a Lincoln Day event on his birthday in February but we have always been behind the times. America's Mayor got a standing O when he was introduced and after he got done telling our local elephants that the term conservative has become a pejorative much like the term liberal has been trashed by the likes of Rush and his ilk. I don't buy it but Republicans need to maintain their perceived victimhood at the hands of the MSM.
You can read his whole speech on the google doc I created.
Barletta said the party doesn't have to adapt to the times but just has to get back to it's conservative roots.
"Some Republicans believe the key to our future lies by moderating. With all due respect, those who believe that could not be more wrong. Throughout history, the Republican Party achieved greatness when we embraced conservatism and presented a clear, unified vision to the American people.”
And of course he invoked Saint Ronny.
Ronald Reagan won two presidential elections in convincing fashion. He offered something new, something fresh. The man who spoke about America as a “city upon a hill” also challenged his party. He suggested compromise on issues, but not on basic principles. He spoke from his heart. And he led from the front.
He threw out some red meat for the faithful by mentioning Moveon.org and bogeymen Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi's plan to turn the USA into a one party state.
Make no mistake about it, There are factions of the Democratic Party that want to destroy the Republican Party. Others, including groups like MoveOn.org spend hundreds of millions of dollars to create slick ad campaigns to bash conservative thought and promote liberal thinking. For now, though, Democrats are content to make our party politically ineffective.
They're happy to create a one-party system where Democrats set the direction - draft the legislation – stifle opposing points of view- and pass the laws they want.
And they're well on their way to doing just that.
On the recent stimulus bill he trashed the way it was passed and I agree with him on that. I get nervous whenever the government does something in a hurry. See the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act and we had to invade Iraq before they lobbed nerve gas into New Jersey not that anyone would notice and it might improve the smell.
It's frightening to think that our elected leaders voted to spend almost 1 trillion dollars without knowing exactly what they voted for.
He also lobbed out some more inaccurate red meat GOP talking points that has been debunked.
The stimulus allows for so-called discretionary spending, which will fund pet projects like Nancy Pelosi's 30 million dollar mouse habitat, Harry Reid's multi-billion-dollar high speed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and 2 billion dollars for a new power plant for Dick Durbin.
Democrats will say those projects are not funded in the stimulus package, but the language is so narrowly drafted that there are no other projects that meet the funding criteria.
There's 4 billion dollars for community groups like ACORN, and 400 million dollars for global warming research.
And he worked in the immigration issue.
And… there's no provision in the stimulus bill that will withhold federal funding for municipalities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities for Illegal Aliens. These places are not only ignoring federal law, they're opposing it, and they should not receive one penny of federal funding until those laws are removed from the books.
It's great that he raised objections to the way the stimulus package was passed but that is not going to prevent him from getting a piece of the pie for Hazleton.
Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta started making calls and setting up meetings to make sure some of the estimated $6 billion in economic stimulus funding earmarked for Pennsylvania ends up in the Mountain City...“I wasn’t going to wait to be asked,” Barletta said. “I contacted (U.S.) Senator (Arlen) Specter and (state) Representative (Todd) Eachus about the city’s wish list.”