Monthly Archives: January 2010

VIDEO: Don’t miss this important, honest discussion

(email, 1/29/10)

This was a week where we at the White House were reminded more than ever of why we came to work for this President.

On Wednesday, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, laying out his priorities for jumpstarting job creation, fighting to restore economic security for American families and changing the way business is done in Washington.

But then on Friday something remarkable happened — with much less fanfare. The President visited House Republicans at their retreat and answered their questions directly for most of an hour. It was an honest and unscripted discussion where the President took their questions and concerns seriously, acknowledged where they had valid points, and explained genuinely where he felt they were wrong. Continue reading

Pitts is no moderate; Lois Herr a better choice

letter in the Kennett Paper, 1/27/10

I am concerned that Joe Pitts has taken a large amount of space two weeks in a row in the Kennett Paper, and he presents himself as a moderate both times. I hardly have space to list all my disagreements with Mr. Pitts and his destructive votes.

He states that he is in favor of birth control and that his opponents are lying, but he voted to prohibit in HR 2159 to prohibit planning assistance to ANY foreign organization. He voted against HR 3685 which prohibited discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation; against HR 1388 which establishes national community service organizations and provides funding for community service organizations and projects; against HR 2642 to expand veterans’ education and unemployment benefits; against HR 1388 to expand a National Volunteer Program; against three different stem cell research bills between 2005 and 2007; against HR 3548 extending unemployment benefits; and against HR 3963 in 2007 to reauthorize and expand the Children’s Health and Insurance Program (CHIP).

All of these bills passed, whether there were Republican or Democratic majorities in the House, many of them passing overwhelmingly. All of his recent votes and explanations of each bill can be found at

Perhaps worst of all, Mr. Pitts has long hidden from the voters his years of membership in the Fellowship, or the Family, which is a secret Christian group which provides, among other things, low cost rent to members of Congress in the infamous house on C street in Washington.

The Fellowship has had long, direct ties with brutal dictator Suharto of Indonesia, cult ruler Barre of Somalia, and the dictatorship of the generals in Brazil. Some members of the Fellowship have ties with Ugandan leaders who are sponsoring legislation to punish homosexuality by death. Continue reading

Meet and Greet with Senator Specter

January 22, 2010

Dear Friends,

State Senator Andy Dinniman cordially invites you to a meet and greet with United States Senator Arlen Specter on Friday, January 29th, 2010 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street, West Chester, PA 19380.

Please note that this is not a fundraiser but rather a free event where you will have an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of Senator Specter.

As an added attraction, at the conclusion of the event, all in attendance are invited to see the historical society’s new exhibit on Barbaro, the famous horse with a Chester County connection. Also, the historical exhibit for the famous West Chester-born composer Samuel Barber has just opened and you will be able to view this exhibit as well.

We look forward to seeing you on January 29th.

State of the Union message, 1/27/10

Full text here.

See also Obama’s address to Congress 2/24/09 here:

…I know that for many Americans watching right now, the state of our economy is a concern that rises above all others. And rightly so. If you haven’t been personally affected by this recession, you probably know someone who has – a friend; a neighbor; a member of your family. You don’t need to hear another list of statistics to know that our economy is in crisis, because you live it every day. It’s the worry you wake up with and the source of sleepless nights. It’s the job you thought you’d retire from but now have lost; the business you built your dreams upon that’s now hanging by a thread; the college acceptance letter your child had to put back in the envelope. The impact of this recession is real, and it is everywhere.

But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this:
We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before….