Posts Tagged ‘Mike Fitzpatrick’

Strouse Toes the Line

October 29, 2014

Kevin Strouse, the challenger to incumbent Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania’s 8th District, spews Democrat Party talking points as well as a grade school student reciting a poem from memory. Not one word sounds like his and not one idea strays from the party line.

What else can be expected from a “carpetbagger” sent by Nancy Pelosi to make a run at Fitzpatrick? Moving to Bucks County from Washington for the sole purpose of challenging Fitzpatrick, Strouse can’t distance himself from the disastrous Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda like many other Democrat candidates. He must toe the Pelosi line.

Pelosi’s choice of Strouse to do her bidding is a transparent, and poor, strategy. John Kerry’s Vietnam veteran status was highly touted in his run for president to appeal to the public’s respect for the military. It failed miserably because the left’s distaste for the military and Kerry’s bashing of the military after coming back from Vietnam could not be hidden.

Strouse, too, is a veteran as was Patrick Murphy before him, and it is getting stale for the Dems to keep using military service as a qualifier for their candidates. It doesn’t work. Also, Strouse’s CIA experience may have been beneficial years ago but today there is too much distrust in government agencies, especially Obama administration intelligence agencies, for it to be any help.

If you want to know what Strouse is running on, listen to a Pelosi/Reid/Obama speech and get it straight from the horse’s mouth. It is definitely time for a change, but not in the 8th District where Fitzpatrick has shown the leadership, experience, and competency sadly lacking at the top. Change needs to come where the Obama rubber stamp rules the day. Vote wisely.

David J. Hentosh

Home-Grown Fitzpatrick

August 13, 2014

Kevin Strouse is running against Mike Fitzpatrick for Congressman in the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania which encompasses Bucks County and parts of Montgomery County. He is originally from Delaware County, coming now to Bucks County from DC to run against Fitzpatrick. Mike Fitzpatrick was born and raised in Bucks County.

That is an important distinction for many – Mike Fitzpatrick is home-grown. Delaware County does not seem far enough away from Bucks to make much of a difference, but we are all influenced by environment, especially in our youth, and the closer to home, the better we feel about it.

Strouse may know more closely what the impact on Delaware Countians was when the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Chester closed down in 1990, but Fitzpatrick knows better the 1991 continuing impact of shutting down the blast furnaces in Fairless Hills – and that’s just closer to home and more personal.

Strouse was imported from Washington, DC for the purely political purpose of running against Fitzpatrick and that makes him even more alien. He backed Obamacare and narrowly won against Shaughnessy Naughton (51% to 49%) in the Democratic primary, receiving endorsement (and money) from Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Conservatives will shun Strouse, especially because of Pelosi, and Independents will be unimpressed by his lack of experience and blind support for Obamacare. Many hard-core Democrats will, of course, vote for him because of partisanship, but that base may be eroding because Obama, Pelosi, and Reid seem out of touch with reality, the economy continues to decline, and Obamacare continues to implode. Bucks County Democrats are not deaf, dumb, blind, or stupid.

As Tip O’Neill once wisely said, “All politics is local” and Fitzpatrick is certainly local, giving him an advantage over a “ringer” from DC. Fitzpatrick’s record and experience increases that advantage and the growing dissatisfaction with the current out-of-touch administration in Washington should help bring him a win in November.

Then, again, voters elected Obama – twice. There is no sure thing.

David J. Hentosh

Naughton Challenges Fitzpatrick

April 24, 2014

Shaugnessy Naughton is running for Congress in the 8th District against Mike Fitzpatrick. In a guest opinion in the BCCT she laid out her “progressive platform” that contained very little detail but one: spend, spend, spend. That, of course, means more government spending.

The need for jobs, of course, ends up on every politician’s agenda, but the idea that government creates jobs is a progressive idea that is false. Government is not supposed to create jobs. It is only expected to help build an atmosphere where jobs can be created by private industry.

Naughton’s self-proclaimed “forward thinking attitude” was explained with all the right buzz words: investing in the future, investing in the infrastructure, investing in education and science and technology, modernizing transportation, raising the minimum wage, etc. How all this investing is to be paid for is left unsaid.

There is nothing wrong with investing, but “progressive” spending is at an all-time high and we are getting very little bang for the buck – and our children are being saddled with the bill. A little “forward thinking” a few years ago could have stopped Obamacare from being rashly devised and rammed through Congress. It could also have stopped our education system from deteriorating into a social engineering laboratory that is failing to educate properly. Naughton’s type of “forward thinking” always seems to ignore consequences.

Naughton complains about companies shutting their doors, but government over-reach and intrusion bears much of the blame. Government investments in alternative energy sources that have produced little could have done much for our failing infrastructure. Instead, the “progressive” agenda ruled the day and we spent foolishly. Appeasing the progressive agenda has put us in a difficult position. We need a real change.

Nothing Shaugnessy Naughton said makes one feel she is the change we need. She seems like more of the same, and that’s not working. Her science background is impressive, but science has been hijacked for political purposes to the point where it has lost credibility, especially when cited by politicians. We need to stop “progressing” and get our priorities straight. Then, maybe real progress can be made.

David J. Hentosh

Strouse Takes a Weak Shot

September 30, 2013

Democrat candidate Kevin Strouse, attempting to unseat Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, took a weak shot at Fitzpatrick in an opinion article in the Courier Times. His tirade, strict Democrat talking points, blamed Republicans for causing a government shutdown and chastised Fitzpatrick for playing politics with the shutdown and debt ceiling. Unfortunately, he exposed himself as another strict partisan unwilling to place any blame on his own party.

Congress, as whole, is playing politics with every issue it addresses and the chasm between the parties is growing wider and wider with less and less bipartisanship. Society, too, is splitting further apart and it is all being driven from the top downward. President Obama set the tone, refusing to listen to opposing views and demanding acquiescence to his views, never compromising. Futhermore, he demonizes all who dare challenge his policies, using the White House bully pulpit to spread fear and loathing.

His disdain for Republicans, disregard for the law, and his petty criticism of FOX News is unseemly coming from the White House and it has emboldened his unconditional supporters, and non-supporters, to follow suit. Consequently, we now have a mainstream media with no credibility and American voters unaware of the seriousness of administration failures.

If Kevin Strouse continues to carry Obama’s water, refusing to acknowledge Democrat’s part in this fiasco, his campaign will fail miserably. He need only ask Patrick Murphy how well hanging onto Obama’s coattails worked for him. Fitzpatrick has been taken to task for going against the grain of uncompromising Republicans several times, but that has not stopped him from doing what he, and not party hacks, believes is right. That is the best voters can ask of an elected official and it is what Bucks County, and the country, needs – not another meek, Obama sycophant.

Blaming Republicans for everything is just a repeat of blaming Bush. We have had enough of that. It is time to spread the blame around to all those who are guilty, and vote accordingly. Strouse and the Democratic Party need to look into a mirror and finally see their own reflection, not Obama’s.

David J. Hentosh

Kathy Boockvar Running on…Inexperience

September 25, 2012

Democrat Kathy Boockvar, a Doylestown attorney, is challenging PA 8th District’s Republican Mike Fitzpatrick for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Boockvar ran for election and lost twice before, once for Commonwealth Court Judge and another for Bucks County Register of Wills. This is her third attempt at winning a public office.

Boockvar lacks political experience and although that is not normally a political show-stopper, it is particularly poignant this election cycle. Obama proved to all, or at least to those paying attention, that experience actually does count. Our economy, foreign relations, and social structure are suffering badly because of his inexperience and lack of responsible leadership. Voters should be hesitant to elect any political novice at any level at this time.

Adding to the bad timing of Kathy’s challenge is the absence of fresh ideas or a new direction that could at least spark interest from voters. Railing against the rich and corporations, blaming Bush tax cuts, and bringing our troops home are stale, Democrat talking points. So, too, is her bumper-sticker, fear-inducing accusation that Fitzpatrick wants to “kill” Social Security. Desiring a change to the tax code is pretty much an across-the-board issue with all candidates and accusing Fitzpatrick of partisanship sounds like the pot calling the kettle black

Boockvar will appeal to far-left voters because she certainly leans that way, but far-left tactics won’t convince others. On her website, she lamely tries to pair Fitzpatrick with Tod Akins, hoping printing their names together will stain Fitzpatrick with Akins’ infamous blunder. That and accusing Fitzpatrick of trying to “roll back women’s rights”, however, are typical far-left, over-the-top tactics showing her true colors – and they are bland.

One can find fault with Fitzpatrick as with any politician, but inexperience or extremism certainly do not apply. Boockvar offers nothing to make one believe a change is necessary. It seems that as far as elections go, it may be “three strikes and you’re out” for Boockvar.

David J. Hentosh

San Francisco PAC attacks Fitzpatrick

April 11, 2012

A super PAC of liberals from San Francisco created by the cell phone company Credo Mobile are opening an office in the area in an attempt to defeat Mike Fitzpatrick in the 2012 election. Credo has designated Fitzpatrick as one of their “Tea Party Ten” who need to be removed from office in order to further their “progressive” agenda.

Following standard progressive tactics, the first thing Credo did was hurl insults at their designated Tea Party Ten, calling them “racist, sexist, anti-science, hypocritical and downright crazy”. This clearly reveals the level of “debate” one can expect from this San Francisco PAC.

Fitzpatrick made Credo’s dubious list because he voted to defund Planned Parenthood, the progressive’s sacred organization. He also dared to vote for Paul Ryan’s “radical” budget plan, something the current administration still hasn’t managed to be able to devise after three years. For good measure, they threw in a couple of other exaggerated allegations such as redefining rape and wanting to destroy Medicare.

Coming from San Francisco, one expects Credo to be out of touch with reality and they have lived up to that expectation. Fitzpatrick was never a big favorite of the Tea Party, so labeling him as a Tea Party candidate is off target and foolish. He was highly criticized by the Tea Party for leaning left in his previous Congressional voting and many Tea Party votes he received were cast reluctantly, just to get rid of Patrick Murphy.

Nevertheless, Credo is setting up shop under false impressions and certain to make noise. They have already begun with the delivery of a giant, cutesy “pink slip” to Mike Fitzpatrick, firing him from his job. That may entertain San Francisco liberals and get media coverage, but it is doubtful it will impress Bucks County voters. Even Patrick Murphy wouldn’t resort to that kind of silliness – so far.

David J. Hentosh

Okay, Exactly What is a “Revenue Increaser”?

July 12, 2011

From a Bucks County Courier Times/Intelligencer article titled: Fitzpatrick Town Hall  –  Revenue Increases are on the Table

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said Thursday night that tax increases could be part of a deal to increase the nation’s debt limit, the key battle under way in the nation’s Capital.

“The potential for revenue increases are on the table, and are being discussed,” the 8th District Republican said.

Fitzpatrick made the statement during an hour-long online town hall meeting hosted at phillyburbs.com by the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer newspapers.

According to Gary Weckselblatt, Fitzpatrick talked about tax increases. But when you read the quote, Fitzpatric said “revenue increases.”

Now, are “tax increases” the same as “revenue increases”? Can you think of a revenue increase that isn’t a tax increase?

After all, if you close a tax loophole, isn’t that a tax increase? But on the other hand, aren’t there plenty of tax loopholes that should be closed? Shouldn’t the tax code be simpler?

One way to simplify the tax code is to close loopholes. I for one have no problem with raising revenue — IF — it comes from people/corporations that aren’t paying taxes already. With about 50% of the people out there not paying income taxes, there are plenty to tax, even if it’s only a small amount. And then there’s one of the President’s favorite corporations, GE, which supposedly paid no tax last year.

I’m sure there are plenty of other “revenue increasers” that could be made as well. Let’s take away the non-profit, charitable status from those “charities” or “non-profits” that dabble in politics. Examples would be any number of churches and Media Matters.

I have no problem with raising revenue in that manner.

But, are those the type of “revenue increasers” Fitzpatrick is talking about? Or is “revenue increaser” just Washington’s latest code word for run-of-the-mill “tax increases”? We’ll soon see.

I can tell you this: If Mike Fitzpatrick is talking about run-of-the-mill tax increases, rather than making more people stakeholders in the whole tax mess, or closing loopholes on the politically favored, he’s going to be in big trouble come election time.

(which is only about 15 months away for him.)

NdP

This Should Get Harry Reid Moving

July 10, 2011

From Bucks Local News:

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick on July 8 demanded that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid take the necessary measures to pass a fiscally responsible budget. A letter, being sent by Fitzpatrick and colleagues to Senator Reid, calls for the Senate to adjust its summer calendar to ensure consideration and passage of a budget proposal prior to the start of the next fiscal year in September.

“Today marks 800 days since the Democrat-controlled United States Senate has passed a budget. Our nation’s economy is sputtering, out-of-control spending continues unabated, and the unemployment rate is on the rise,” said Fitzpatrick. “The House of Representatives has been considering and passing appropriations bills that recognize our fiscal reality and fund our nation’s priorities. Meanwhile, Senator Reid has repeatedly failed to pass a budget, take meaningful action on spending cuts, and act on important reforms sent to him by the House. American families don’t get 800 days to figure out how or if they are going to pay their bills, and neither should Senator Reid.”

Read the rest here.

Harry Reid must be quaking in his boots.

NdP

 

Online Chat with Mike Fitzpatrick Tonight

July 7, 2011

The Courier Times and The Intelligencer are hosting an online chat tonight (Thursday, July 7) with Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick tomorrow from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Details are here.

Mike Fitpatrick Town Hall

July 5, 2011
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick will hold  a Town Hall on Tuesday, July 5 from 7:30-8:30 PM at the David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing PA.
 http://fitzpatrick.house.gov/town-hall-announcement