Kumbaya – Working Together
Brief Notes from PLC –
Gene Barr, PA Chamber of Commerce – look at past history and where we are today and how we can use it. Thank you to veterans. Book, An Army at Dawn – about World War II and the beginnings; book is the story of the North African campaign. This group did not like that group that group did not like the other group; but they all had a common goal and came together to share the common goal which was the goal. We share the common goal; stop leaving our grandkids with a mound of debt.
Stephen Bloom, State Rep – system was designed by founders to be a complex; checks and balances. Controversy is a feature of the system and should be expected. To get things done you need to get a seat at the table. After elected you need credibility to keep a seat which comes from citizen activists. Present good ideas in a message that is crafted in a way that people identify with and can connect with.
Michael Geer, PA Family Institute -founded PA family institute by coming together and working towards a common goal. Formed about the same time PLC was founded. Group comes together – St Paul in letter to Corinthians chapter 12 body does not consist of one member but many. Eye can not say to the body, I have no need for you. We need to recognize and come together.
Robert Gleason, PA GOP Chairman – Gleason and party does not govern. Try to promote the party platform and if you have not read it, you need to. Written every other four years and is a wonderful document. He always reminds those elected of the party platform when he can.
Anastasia Przybylski, Freedom Works – humility and respect. A lot of people woke up five years ago and realized they needed to be involved. People in party structure did not accept us with open arms but now realize we are not going away. The republican party and Tea Party need to recognize one thing, the republican party needs the tea party and the tea party needs the republican party. When people want to run for state or county committee they are me with opposition. Republican Party needs to see there are new people and new energies and realize they need to change with times and need less resistance.
Diana Reimber, Tea Party Patriots – All come together for a commone cause, out of control spending and a tax and spend government. Believe in fiscal responsibility, constitutional rights, right to grow job. The Tea Party Patriots support principles over party. 501C4, does not endorse. Recently formed a pac to support candidates. When ask if the tea party going away – absolutely not. Used to see people waving signs, now you see people going to meeting and running for office.
John Gizzi, NewsMax was up bright and early to begin PLC with breakfast. He reminded us that we need to work hard to get the right people elected.
Matthew Brouillette, from the Commonwealth Foundation addressed the group. In Pennsylvania we have control of the legislature, but it is like trying to move a battle ship against the current of the ocean.
When speaking on paycheck protections he stated unions use not only tax payers money to collect their dues, but their campaign contributions. What is the difference between a legislative employee doing campaign work out of legislative office? Or our tax money collecting union dues from paychecks to be used for lobbying elected officials?
The question was asked, how can we get good republicans elected when the republican establishment eat their young? Matt reminded us of Scott Wagner, who is the first senate candidate to ever win a write-in candidate. It can be done.
Those in attendance at 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference had an enjoyable evening with Jonah Goldberg. A bestselling author and widely syndicated columnist, Jonah Goldberg is one of the most prominent political commentators in America today. A Fox News contributor and regular “Fox News All Star” on Special Report with Bret Baier, is known for blending humor and insight on the pressing issues of the day.
Brief Notes from 2014 PLC –
How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise – Dr. Arthur Brooks, American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Brooks wrote the book The Road to Freedom, which those who attended the 2014 Leadership Conference received a complementary copy.
We have a big fight on our hands. We need to fight for people who are not here today; the people Obama has left behind. They need defenders and warriors. Patriots fight for their fellow citizens, we are the patriots.
Our Hope Agenda
1) Education – school should be for kids, not adults. Schools are protected by grownups. Choice and innovation are missing. Public schools in DC spend $18,474 per student but lack in reading
2) Work – jobs/minium wage. Dead end jobs, problem is job has no future. Many start with dead end jobs. No dead end jobs, dead end people, dead end cultural, dead end government.
3) Entrepreneurship – the heroes of American cultural. Usually when we talk about entrepreneurs we talk about rich people. He earned a living and supported his family and kids saw him supporting himself. Enterprise the dignified venture of your life. Entrepreneur by the poor is down by 2%. American is against the little guy, against the poor and unAmerican.
If the family crumbles, the society crumbles. #1 determiner of economic status of American is if you are married or not. Family comes from greek word which means home. We need to reclaim and promote marriage.
Senator Toomey briefed the attendees of what is happening in Washington DC.
Thank you to Lowman Henry and all those who made the 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference a wonderful event. The grassroots are once again energized for the next year and ready to go out there and make a change. Thanks!