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The Opposition to School Choice
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The Opposition to School Choice

It is difficult to see where the objection to school choice lies. After all, isn’t it common sense that your taxes should pay for your child’s education, regardless of which school they attend? Why should failing schools be supported by your money? Consistently poor performance at a regular job results in termination. Why should the education system be any different?

02/18/2011
The Common Sense of School Choice
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The Common Sense of School Choice

     The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering a landmark step forward in education: Senate Bill 1. Senate bill 1 is a bipartisan bill that supports a voucher program for qualified low income students in failing school districts. This bill would allow students who are currently experiencing academic success in the difficult setting of a failing school an opportunity to leave that school in favor of a better one, taking their tax money with them in the form of vouchers.

02/17/2011
Support School Choice in Pennsylvania
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Support School Choice in Pennsylvania

Over the past ten years, enrollment in PA public schools has declined, while spending and staff have grown by leaps and bounds. According to the Commonwealth Foundation, taxpayers now spend an outrageous $14,420 per pupil each year, while at the same time student performance has stagnated. Test scores have barely changed and PA continues to rank near the bottom of the nation in combined SAT scores.

08/19/2010
Philadelphia Get Out The Vote Training
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Philadelphia Get Out The Vote Training

This Saturday FreedomWorks will be hosting a Get Out The Vote Training Seminar in Philadelphia. Come spend the day learning the secrets to successful campaigning and grassroots efforts from the FreedomWorks experts. WHEN: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, July 31 WHERE: SMOKEATER’S PUB – 7681 Frankford Ave COST: $30 payment at the time of registration; including lunch and training materials. If you’re a patriot living in Philadelphia or the area you do not want to miss this!

07/30/2010
The Real Cost of the Auto Industry Bailout
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The Real Cost of the Auto Industry Bailout

Today, Politico’s Arena featured an online debate over the results of the automobile industry’s bailout. Many of the contributors have hailed the bailout as a success due to the perceived growth in the auto industry and, namely, in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

07/30/2010
Taxing in a Recession?
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Taxing in a Recession?

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell proposed new tax increases to shrink the upcoming 1.7 billion dollar budget deficit. Governor Rendell has already resorted to Orwellian tactics. In an effort to collect from people who owe back-taxes, the Governor proposed an amnesty program which reduces the penalties and half the interest will be waived before the June 18th deadline. The State spent three million dollars in advertisements for this program, and the video is ‘Big-Brother-esque’ warning citizens “We know who you are.”

06/14/2010
Update: Over 4,000 Attend Williamsport Tea Party
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Update: Over 4,000 Attend Williamsport Tea Party

Williamsport hosted a huge tea party in the run-up to 9/12 on Saturday with over 4,000 coming out to hear from Mr. Thomas Paine and others.  The crowd put up with intermittent rain with great spirits and rounded out the event with a march down to the Market Street Bridge for a ceremonial throwing of "tea" into the Susquehanna River.  The Williamsport Tea Party did a great job organizing the rally and signed up hundreds to come to D.C.

08/31/2009
Specter Gets Schooled
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Specter Gets Schooled

Drudge had this great video of the crowd at an Sen. Specter town hall in Phillie yesterday - this is a must watch and a must emulate at town halls across the country over the next month.

08/03/2009
The First Rule of Budget Holes: Stop Digging
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The First Rule of Budget Holes: Stop Digging

In a familiar storyline, Pennsylvania lawmakers are seeking to close a budget gap of some $3.2 billion by—you guessed it—raising taxes. To that end, Governor Ed Rendell has called for a “modest” hike of 16 percent in the state income tax rate from 3.07 to 3.57 percent for the next three years. Similar “temporary” tax hikes, implemented in 1983 and 1991, have yet to be fully repealed.

06/24/2009

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