Joe Rooney for Congress

Fiscally conservative Republican in PA's 13th district

Month: July, 2012

Olympics

Good luck to all of our Olympians, including the ones from Pennsylvania.  

Yet even as we celebrate their achievements and cheer them on at the Games, we must never forget the athletes who were murdered by terrorists at the Munich Games in 1972.

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Press Release: Millionaire Allyson Schwartz, Come Clean and Release Your Income Taxes

Sent via mail, email and fax.

July 25th, 2012

 

The Honorable Allyson Schwartz

c/o Schwartz for Congress

PO Box 2232

Jenkintown, PA 19046

 

Dear Ms. Schwartz,

 

Based on your financial reports, as documented on OpenSecrets.com, we know that your net worth has increased by a half of a million dollars ($500,000.00) or more since you were first elected to Congress, while in contrast the majority of families in your district have seen their net worth drop during this recession. How and why are you getting richer?

 

Please release copies of your income taxes since you were first elected to Congress.

 

Your voting record in Congress documents that you don’t think government taxes too much or wastes too much of our hard-earned tax dollars.  Could this be because you are a multi-millionaire and one of the richest members of Congress serving in the House of Representatives?

 

The House of Representatives is the people’s House.  Transparency and full disclosure are the only ways to be sure public officials are serving taxpayers and not taking care of themselves instead.

 

Please let us know when you will be releasing your taxes.

 

Sincerely,

 

Joe Rooney

Candidate for Congress

UPDATE: Extreme Rhetoric from Schwartz’s Allies

More on the Schwartz event with Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  That same night, Rep. Allyson Schwartz sat by while State Sen. Daylin Leach attacked Republicans for being anti-Semites.  FOX News’s Bill Lawerence reports:

 

“Daylin Leach, who represents the 17th District in the state senate, told the  crowd that the Republican Party was full of anti-Semitism.”

 

These kinds of attacks have no place in our political discourse, and Congresswoman Schwartz should condemn Leach.  This election should be about the issues.

Fact Check: The Truth about Voter ID

On Monday night, Rep. Allyson Schwartz held a public discussion with Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, here in PA 13.  Like many on the left, Schwartz and Wasserman-Schultz criticized voter ID laws as racial discrimination.  This isn’t the first time that liberals have unfairly attacked efforts to end voter fraud, and unfortunately it probably won’t be the last.  From Hans von Spakovsky in National Review, here are a few inconvenient facts about voter ID laws:

“Election data in Georgia demonstrate that concern about a negative effect on the Democratic or minority vote is baseless. Turnout there increased more dramatically in 2008 — the first presidential election held after the state’s photo-ID law went into effect — than it did in states without photo ID. Georgia had a record turnout in 2008, the largest in its history — nearly 4 million voters. And Democratic turnout was up an astonishing 6.1 percentage points from the 2004 election, the fourth-largest increase of any state. The black share of the statewide vote increased from 25 percent in 2004 to 30 percent in 2008, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. According to Census Bureau surveys, 65 percent of the black voting-age population voted in the 2008 election, compared with only 54.4 percent in 2004, an increase of more than ten percentage points.

For those who might reply that this was because Barack Obama was on the ballot, think again. Mississippi, with an equally large black population and no voter ID, had its Democratic turnout increase by only 2.35 percentage points.”

von Spakovsky finds similar data in Indiana, another state with a tough voter ID law.  He also cites studies from the Heritage Foundation and three different universities to support the claim that voter ID does not discriminate against black voters.

Voter ID laws make it possible for prosecutors to crack down on impersonation at the polling place.  This election is one of the most important in our lifetime, and we can’t afford to let unscrupulous fraudsters rob the American people of their say.

As Monday night’s event made clear, Schwartz stands with the chairwoman of the DNC and her fearmongering, not with law-abiding voters and the facts about voter ID.

Around the Web: Josh Quinter on Joe Rooney

We’re posting part of a piece by Josh Quinter from his blog, “Pennsylvania Patriot,” which we encourage all of you to check out at http://joshquinter.wordpress.com.  Here’s a taste.

 

“Several months ago Joe Rooney came to my office to talk about his decision to run for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District.  I could instantaneously see a familiar look in his eye.  I grew up the son of a U.S. Marine and knew that when he said he was committed to doing what it takes to win this race, the fighter pilot in front of me meant it.  We went on to talk about other aspects of the campaign and his politics.  Through that conversation and many more since then, I have concluded that Joe Rooney is the right guy to represent the 13th Congressional District in Congress; and I offer him my full support in his race to unseat Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.”

 

To read the whole thing, go to http://joshquinter.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/why-i-support-joe-rooney-for-congress-in-pa-13/.

Fact Checking Schwartz on Obamacare Repeal

Rep. Allyson Schwartz voted against repealing Obamacare today, despite continued popular opposition to the law and its tax hikes.

Earlier this week, she testified before the House Rules Committee about the unpopular law.  We decided to check her facts and claims. 

  • Rep. Schwartz:  “House Republicans are continuing their politically-motivated attempts to repeal health care reform, instead of responding to the priorities of the American public to work across the aisle to grow our economy and strengthen opportunities and financial security for America’s middle class.”
  • The Truth:  Rep. Schwartz and the Democrats in Washington made healthcare their number-one priority after the 2008 election, passing thousands of pages of new regulations and hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes instead of restoring the conditions for economic growth.
  • Rep. Schwartz:  Repeal would “increase the deficit.”
  • The Truth:  When Democrats talk about how much the law will reduce the deficit over 10 years, they are counting 10 years of taxing against only six years of spending.
  • Rep. Schwartz:  Repeal would “put insurance companies back in charge of Americans’ health care.”
  • The Truth: Republicans have their own plan for health care reform that will put patients first.  I support giving the employer tax credit to individuals so that they can purchase their own health insurance; allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines; and removing the caps, taxes, and regulations that Obmacare places on individual healthcare spending.
  • Rep. Schwartz:  Repeal would “eliminate $40 billion in tax credits.”
  • The Truth:  I think small businesses and individual taxpayers will be much happier to be rid of the unprecedented new individual mandate tax and the over $813 billion in tax increases.
  • Rep. Schwartz:  “Their actions are creating uncertainty and instability, renewing arguments that have been settled, and hurting our economic recovery and the security of middle-class Americans.”
  • The Truth:  The greater uncertainty here is caused by the government overhaul of such a key piece of our economy.  When the cost of health insurance is uncertain, business owners will be more hesitant to hire new workers.
  • Rep. Schwartz:  “It is disrespectful to the Supreme Court.”
  • The Truth:  This is nothing less than to misunderstand the Constitution.  It is disrespectful to the American people to suggest that their representatives cannot choose to repeal a piece of legislation, even one that the Supreme Court has declared constitutional.  Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the Court, reminded readers, “‪It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”  He got that part right.  It is within the power of the people’s representatives to repeal whatever legislation they see fit.  What’s more, it is the right of the people themselves to elect lawmakers who will do so.

Schwartz votes against repealing Obamacare…again

This afternoon, Rep. Allyson Schwartz voted against repealing Obamacare yet again, following her floor speech yesterday touting the law.

Check back regularly for more floor votes of interest to the voters of PA 13, as well as other content.

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