We start this week’s stroll through politics with a special shout-out to Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, Jim Cawley, who is back on the job after a short stint in the hospital. Glad to have you back in the sandbox, governor!
A Guest Post by John Pippy, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance
Next week, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold hearings on the EPA’s proposed standards on carbon emissions. The hearings present an opportunity to describe the exceptionally negative impact the proposed standards would have on employment, the economy, electricity prices and the reliability of our electric grid.
Recently, the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association announced that Colin Buckwalter of Reinholds, PA was the recipient of a $2,500 mini-grant, part of that organization’s efforts to erase the stigma that is often borne by people with disabilities.
Three cheers for doing your job, Congress! Federal lawmakers rushed to the cameras on Wednesday night to congratulate themselves for having enough firing synapses to keep the economy from turning into an absolute dumpster fire until at least January! Holla! If you are gonna mug for the TV folks at that point, maybe you ought to start by apologizing to the American people for acting like noodleheads.
With the government once again about to smash its noggin off the debt ceiling, House Speaker John Boehner intimated Thursday that he was willing to ask his colleagues in the Lower Chamber to support a short term extension. The Dow reacted by skyrocketing 169 points in about 38 seconds. This should be a pretty clear indication of how the markets will react to a default. Substitute “plummet” for “skyrocket”, rinse and repeat over and over until your hair falls out. If anything, it is perhaps also an indication that Boehner may be growing weary of being the Mayor of Crazytown. Editor’s Note: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, by comparison, is Mayor of Looneyville.
So you think you were excited by the Pittsburgh Pirates’ victory in the NL wild card game? You have nothing on this guy, who celebrated by jumping off the Clemente Bridge. Do not try this at home.
Yesterday, Rep. Seth Grove (R-196) was joined by Rep. Ryan Aument (R-41), Rep. Mike Regan (R-92), Rep. Mark Gillen (R-128), Rick Saccone (R-39), Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160), James Barbush and Mark Millan of the PA Veterans Chamber of Commerce, and state Senator Mike Stack (D-5) at a press conference in support of House Bill 776, which would allow pharmacists to immunize children between the ages of 7-18.