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Dear Lowman,

As expected, Senator-elect Pat Toomey is doing what he said he would do. Governor-elect Tom Corbett is assembling a transition team and disappointingly, there are no Tea Party activists involved. As to Pennsylvania House Leadership, Sam Smith was elected Speaker and Mike Turzai Majority Leader, both had been entwined with John Perzel and his unsavory leadership. It is now up to the Tea Party Movement and "we, the people" to hold them accountable. It will not be pretty or easy.
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Pat Toomey "on the job" banning Earmarks

A little bit of sunshine in the political sky...Pat Toomey leading us forward As First Official Act, Senator-Elect Toomey Co-Sponsors Rule to Ban Earmarks

Senator-elect Pat Toomey and Mrs. Kris Toomey on evening of 2 November 2010, optimism and energy to go Washington.
Progress on eliminating the bankrupting Earmark culture in Fiscal 2011 has been made. 178 Representatives and 10 Senators have sworn off Earmarks; nearly the entire Republican Conference in the House and some Democrats. This is an area where, The Forgotten Taxpayer hopes, our elected can reach bi-partisan agreement
Press Release from Senator-elect Pat Toomey November 10, 2010.

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Tom Corbett's Challenge is Our Challenge

Brad Bumsted is a very knowledgeable observer of Harrisburg. Brad Bumsted's observations about Governor-Elect Corbett and his assesment of the challenges are, as far as I can personally determine, accurate. I have to admit I "misunderestimated" Tom Corbett and he is a better man than I thought he was. Tom Corbett is facing a $4 billion dollar budget deficit and a weak economy which offer specific challenges.

High Noon approaches -and the bad big government guys, hacks getting rich from bad government, and self-absorbed, well intentioned elitists, are draining The Forgotten Taxpayer dry, and, inevitably, will challenge Governor Corbett on Spending and Taxes. Will we stand with the Governor in the Spending Shoot Out coming soon? I hope so.

As far as I can determine, Governor-elect Corbett will do what he says he will do and not raise taxes. That means, cutting spending and that means someone is going to have his or her ox gored and work to undermine and undercut the Governor's initiatives. This will be, for the most part, government bureaucrats unions who finance "let's make a deal" Democrats more interested in power and repaying supporters than The Forgotten Taxpayer who is paying for their deals and their WAMS and their pork. It will include as well as entrenched Old Guard Jubelirer-Brightbill Republicans, like Senator Dominic Pileggi (DelCo Chester) and Ted Erickson (DelCo), Jake Corman, Tommy Tomlinson, Pat Browne (Lehigh), , Bob Robbins ( Mercer Armstrong) , Michael Waugh(York) and others in Republican Senatorial leadership as well as some House Republicans. who have not learned the lessons of 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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Your First Vote - What Are You Going To Do?

What Qualifies either Insider Incumbent Rep. Mike Turzai or Rep. Sam Smith for re-election to leadership positions in the now majority Republican Caucus? Not their insights and not their records, it seems to me. The Pennsylvania Budget is a total of 66 Billion Dollars, including, approximately $28 Billion General Fund and oversight of Billions more in State Agencies and Authorities.
A Vote for Business as Usual is not a good vote.
It is time to turn away from "Business as Usual" and the self-absorbed, Incestuous Incumbent Insider Network
Neither Republican Rep. Mike Turzai nor Republican Rep. Sam Smith, both seeking leadership positions, have specific ideas for cutting spending despite both having had long experience with budgets: Rep. Smith (HD 66) was elected in 1986, and Rep. Turzai (HD 28 ) was elected in 2001. At this point, we all realize that the issue for The Forgotten Taxpayer in the last election was fiscally responsible spending and, yet, neither aspiring leader has anything specific to recommend? How odd? But not unexpected. [FYI to all: take a look at millions in WAM funding for Rep. Dwight Williams Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation]..

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