Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FYI - White Working Class Helped Most By Anti-Poverty Programs That GOP Administration Wants To Cut

The “Social Safety Net” of the US is designed to “catch” Americans if they fall on hard times. It protects people from poverty and hardship with programs like tax credits, food stamps and housing assistance.

A new study shows that working class whites without a college degree benefit the most from these programs, more than blacks or Hispanics with the same education. Here’s a chart that shows the numbers.

Donald Trump’s voters included two-thirds of white, non-college adults. This group may be hit particularly hard if Republicans succeed in cutting back on some of these “safety net” programs.

Is History Repeating Itself ??

Pallone Slams Trump Plan to Deport Millions of Immigrants

February 21, 2017

Joins Immigration Advocates in Perth Amboy to Discuss Contributions of Immigrants to America

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) slammed the Trump administration’s plans to deport millions of immigrants. As a result of today’s directives, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are required to apprehend and quickly deport virtually every undocumented immigrant they encounter. The administration also announced the beginning of the planning stage for President Trump’s expanded border wall between the United States and Mexico.

“On the campaign trail and in his first month in office, President Trump has made it a priority to target and falsely scapegoat immigrants to justify his disturbing world view,” said Pallone. “Now, he is pursuing unprecedented police action that will create fear and anxiety throughout our country, rip families apart and pit law enforcement and local governments against the communities they serve.

“Whereas President Obama followed a policy of pursuing undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes, President Trump intends to escalate the situation by removing even those who have not been convicted of any criminal offense. His orders call for ICE, CBP, and local police to apprehend first and ask questions later, a call for racial profiling that flies in the face of civil liberties guaranteed in this country. Rather than working towards real solutions to address the reality that 11 million undocumented immigrants are currently living in the U.S., President Trump is focused on building an unnecessary and impractical wall that Mexico will never pay for. These actions are deeply troubling, costly, and will leave our country worse off in the end.”

“Meanwhile, President Trump continues to act hastily without consulting law enforcement professionals and by turning away members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus from a meeting with ICE last week. In calling for thousands more to be hired to deport immigrants, President Trump is prioritizing ripping apart our communities, while numerous agencies are being inhibited by an arbitrary hiring freeze.”

Today in Perth Amboy, Congressman Pallone also spoke at an event hosted by Mayor Wilda Diaz on the enormous contributions immigrants make to our country, including our economy.

“As we saw in ‘a day without immigrants’ last week, immigrants are a core component of our economy and they make our country stronger. We need to be working to be more inclusive of immigrants and I will stand against President Trump’s appalling actions on immigration and call on Congress to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

NJ FRAMES Open House

TRENTON – On Thursday, February 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Two River Theater in Red Bank, the Department of Environmental Protection will host an event for the public to offer input about flooding concerns in the Two Rivers region and learn what steps are being taken to improve flooding resiliency in the area.

The open house will feature booths where the public can learn about flood resiliency efforts, sea- level rise, ecology basics and more.

The open house is part of the DEP’s New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES) project, which aims to help officials in the region understand the impacts of flood resiliency decisions in the communities surrounding the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a year ago awarded New Jersey a $900,000 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant to help the 15 municipalities in northeastern Monmouth County develop a regional plan to address the potential impacts of storm surge and other coastal hazards.

The Two River Theater is at 21 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank.

Directions from Garden State Parkway:

 Take Exit 109 toward Red Bank/Lincroft
 Go three-tenths of a mile and turn left onto Route 520/Newman Springs Road
 Go three-tenths of a mile and turn left onto Half Mile Road
 Go six-tenths of a mile and turn right onto West Front Street
 Go 1.2 miles and and turn left onto Bridge Avenue. Destination is on the left.

Learn more about NJ FRAMES

NJ District 4 Town Hall, Feb. 22nd

District 4 Collation For Change is having a town hall meeting with or without Congressman Chris Smith, Wednesday, February 22nd at the Manalapan branch of the Monmouth County Library.

Animaniacs - President's Day Song

And then came George W. Bush, Barack Obama and ..... Donald Trump 😕

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fake News Or Real News; You Decide Which Is Which

Equal Pay for Women Rally In Red bank

There is a rally for Equal Pay for Women this Sunday 12pm outside Senator Jen Beck's office, 32 Monmouth St Red Bank. The Monmouth County Democratic Women's Caucus is organizing the rally.

In C-SPAN Survey Of Presidential Historians: Obama Ranks 12th Best

From C-Span:
Press Release

(Washington, DC, February 17, 2017) – As the nation marks Presidents Day 2017, C-SPAN is releasing the results of its third Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership, in which a cross-section of 91 presidential historians ranked the 43 former occupants of the White House on ten attributes of

As in C-SPAN's first two surveys, released in 2000 and 2009, Abraham Lincoln receives top billing among the historians. George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt retain their top five status, while Dwight Eisenhower moves into the top five for the first time.

Former President Barack Obama enters the ranks for the first time in the #12 position. Notably, his
leadership category ratings range from #3 for "Pursued Equal Justice for All," to #39 for "Relations withCongress." His predecessor, George W. Bush, has benefitted somewhat from the passing of years: His ranking at #33, is up three places from our 2009 survey. Dwight Eisenhower also advanced three spots since 2009, moving to the #5 position from #8 overall. Bill Clinton remains unchanged at #15.

The biggest presidential loser from our 2009 survey is Andrew Jackson, who was #13 in 2009, and who now stands at #18 overall.

Three presidents continue to hold the same bottom rankings as they did in 2000 and 2009: James
Buchanan remains in last place at #43, preceded by Andrew Johnson (#42), and Franklin Pierce (#41).Note that they rank even lower than William Henry Harrison, who served for only one month.
The most-average U.S. president, as rated by our historian participants is Ulysses S. Grant, who ranks 22 out of 43 presidents.

A team of academic advisors has guided C-SPAN for each of its three surveys: Dr. Douglas Brinkley,
Professor of History at Rice University; Dr. Edna Greene Medford, Professor of History, Howard
University; and Richard Norton Smith, presidential historian and biographer. The team approved the tencriteria, the same used in C-SPAN's 2000 and 2009 Surveys, consulted on the list of invited participants, and supervised the reporting of the results.

Full rankings for each of the 43 presidents as well as shareable/social media graphics are available at .

Our Advisory Teams' Observations:

Douglas Brinkley:
"Once again the Big Three are Lincoln, Washington and FDR - as it should be. That Obama came
in at number 12 his first time out is quite impressive. And the survey is surprisingly good news
for George W. Bush, who shot up a few notches."

Edna Greene Medford:
"Although 12th is a respectable overall ranking, one would have thought that former President
Obama’s favorable rating when he left office would have translated into a higher ranking in this
presidential survey. I am especially surprised that he was ranked at 7th in moral authority
(despite heading a scandal-free administration); 19th in administrative skills; and 8th in
economic management (despite having helped to save the auto industry and significantly
reducing unemployment). But, of course, historians prefer to view the past from a distance, and
only time will reveal his legacy."

Richard Norton Smith:
"The golden age of the American presidency, according to this survey, is 1933-1969. Five
presidents from this era each rank in the top ten which tells you something about the criteria
that historians tend to use. It reinforces Franklin Roosevelt's claim to be not only the first
modern president but the man who, in reinventing the office, also established the criteria by
which we judge our leaders."


C-SPAN's academic advisors devised a survey in which participants used a one ("not effective") to ten ("very effective") scale to rate each president on ten qualities of presidential leadership: "Public
Persuasion," "Crisis Leadership," "Economic Management," "Moral Authority," "International Relations," "Administrative Skills," "Relations with Congress," "Vision/Setting An Agenda," "Pursued Equal Justice for All," and "Performance Within the Context of His Times." Surveys were distributed to historians, biographers, and other professional observers of the presidency, drawn from a database of C-SPAN's programming, augmented by suggestions from the academic advisors. Participants were guaranteed that individual survey results would remain confidential. Survey responses were tabulated by averaging all responses in a given category for each president. Each of the ten categories was given equal weighting in the total scores. Overseeing tabulations, as they did for the past two surveys, were C-SPAN co-CEO/CFO Robert Kennedy and Dr. Robert Browning, a political scientist who serves as Executive Director of the C-SPAN Archives.

Where Is the Outrage On The Right ??

Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle is a ‘logistical nightmare’ — at taxpayer expense

“Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents — a price tag that, based on past assessments of presidential travel and security costs, could balloon into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term.”

“Adding to the costs and complications is Trump’s inclination to conduct official business surrounded by crowds of people, such as his decision last weekend to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a working dinner while Mar-a-Lago members dined nearby.”

HT- Political Wire

A Tyrant In The Making


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pallone Votes Against Dangerous Attack on Women’s Health

February 16, 2017

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) voted against, H.J.Res. 43, which disapproves of a Health and Human Services rule, issued in December 2016, designed to protect health care access to millions of people across the country who would otherwise go without birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive care.

“Despite the misleading rhetoric from Republicans, Title X does not fund abortions. For decades, the Title X family planning program has funded grants that provide millions of Americans each year with access to a broad range of preventive health services, including contraception care and cancer screenings,” said Pallone. “Title X is a critical safety net for low-income women and teens, and for many patients this program is their only source of health care. But Republicans want to limit access to these services and allow states to discriminate against certain providers – all as part of their ongoing ideological crusade against abortion.”

Earlier this week Pallone visited Planned Parenthood in Perth Amboy to show his strong support for comprehensive health care coverage, women’s reproductive rights, and the organization’s mission. Pallone is the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care. Planned Parenthood provides life-saving preventative care for 2.7 million patients nationwide every year. The Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are pushing to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds. Despite being routinely used as a political punching bag, Planned Parenthood is one of the most critical providers of women’s health coverage.

Congressman Pallone was one the authors of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which includes provisions to support and enhance access to quality health care for women, including preventing insurance companies from treating simply being a woman as a pre-existing condition. Trump and Congressional Republicans are now in the process of trying to repeal the ACA.

Congressman Pallone spoke on the House floor against H.J. Res. 43. The text of his remarks can be found below and the video can be found below.

Mr. Speaker I rise today in strong opposition to H.J. Res. 43. This resolution is another attack on women’s health, and another attempt by Republicans to limit women’s access to high-quality essential care.

For decades, the Title X family planning program has funded grants that provide millions of Americans each year with access to a broad range of preventive health services, including contraception care and cancer screenings. Title X is a critical safety net for low-income women and teens, and for many patients this program is their only source of health care.

But Republicans want to limit access to these services and allow states to discriminate against certain providers – all as part of their ongoing ideological crusade against abortion.
This resolution would permit states to prohibit reproductive health care providers from participating in the Title X program, and would allow states to block access to care if the provider separately performs abortions or is affiliated with health centers that do.

We have already seen what happens when states take actions to discriminate against providers in the Title X program: access goes down, the unintended pregnancy rate goes up, and the spread of sexually transmitted infections increases.

I urge my colleagues to vote no on this resolution, because Republicans should not be entitled to pick and choose providers in the Title X program and play politics with women’s health.

Pallone Applauds Dredging of Sandy Hook Channel

February 15, 2017

Dredged Sand will help Replenish Sea Bright Offshore Borrow Area

Long Branch, NJ – This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced plans to dredge the Sandy Hook Channel and place the dredged sand in the Sea Bright Offshore Borrow Area (SBOBA). The Sandy Hook Channel was last dredged in 2015. The dredged material will be used to replenish the Sea Bright Offshore Borrow Area, which was hit hard during Superstorm Sandy.

“I applaud the Army Corps for moving forward with the dredging of the Sandy Hook Channel,” said Pallone. “This plan will help ensure safe navigation, benefit our coastal communities, and positively impact marine life by allowing us to reuse this dredged sand at a later date, instead of having to disrupt natural, underwater sand lumps. I also want to thank Clean Ocean Action for their advocacy in the moving this project forward. ”

The proposed maintenance dredging would involve the removal of approximately 350,000 cubic yards of gravel and sand to be placed at the SBOBA, which is located approximately 1 nautical mile east of Sandy Hook and has been used as a material source for beach nourishments since 1994. Clean Ocean Action has been an advocate for placing clean, dredged material from the channel in the SBOBA, since it will help alleviate the need to use natural sand formations as supplies of sand in the future.

There will be a public comment period on the proposal lasting until March 14, 2017.