Pennsylvania Observer

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Observations

Observations…Not satisfied to blame the poor for the fiscal crunch in Berks County government, Republican Commissioner Mark C. Scott has decided to run for county judge, where he can put "those people" where they belong--in jail. Scott is best known for defying Federal Court orders to make bilingual ballots available. He is developing a reputation for being Pennsylvania's version of David Duke, slickly using racism to divide people and advance his own political career. Unfortunately, the odds are he will win handily in November…
"The Casey Committee" registered with the Feds as a 527 organization last month “To raise and spend money to finance pre-candidacy exploratory activities for a possible U.S. Senate campaign.” Word is that Casey will decide any day now that Barbara Hafer has thrown her hat in the ring…
A mock funeral for Social Security will be held on March 11, 4 pm to 5:30 pm. The March will depart from 12th and Market Street in Philadelphia and march to the office of Sen. Rick Santorum. For more information, contact the Action Alliance at phillyseniors@aol.com
MoveOn.org posted a truly unbelievable video on its website last week. It was unbelievable because it showed Republicans telling the truth about their views of Social Security outside of one of Santorum’s P.R. sessions. The Santorum/Bush supporters were actually chanting, “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Social Security has got to go.” Don’t take our word for it, see the video by clicking here....
Progressive Democrats gathered last month in Washington to create a new organization called the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). Its PA affiliate is the Pennsylvania Progressive Caucus. PDA’s website says that the intent of Progressive Caucus “is to provide a philosophical home within the Democratic Party for the progressive community...a place where they can continue to work to implement public policy that reflects human rights, economic equality, and social and environmental justice.” Before you get too excited, it should be noted that the contact information for the PA Progressive Caucus lists David Bright as the contact person. David’s email address, David@brightberryfarm.com, is a farm in Maine, while his phone number sports a New York area code (917-679-9827). While we wish them well, it might be hard to organize progressive Dems from New York or Maine…
Where is the Green Party? They seem to have dropped out of the political scene, missing every special election where they could place a candidate without petitioning.

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