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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

When you blame “Senate Republicans” be sure to blame Senator Bob Robbins

I read a fascinating article today that was written by Lowman S. Henry, Chairman and CEO, Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research. The article was titled “Fiscal Folly: Proposed legislative budget office more useless bureaucracy” and it is available for on-line review HERE. Please read it. It is an important summary regarding Pennsylvania’s fiscal problems, and I agree with it whole-heartedly.

The article referenced above very clearly states that a large portion of the blame of our fiscal problems in Pennsylvania is “Senate Republicans”. We ALL need to understand EXACTLY who those Senate Republicans are.

Above is a photo of the 2009-2010 Pennsylvania State Republican Senate Leadership.  Included are Top left to right, Majority Caucus Chairman Mike Waugh (R-28), Majority Caucus Administrator Pat Browne (R-16), Majority Policy Committee Chairman John Pippy (R-37), Majority Caucus Secretary Bob Robbins (R-50), and  Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-34). Bottom left to right, Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), and Majority Whip Jane Clare Orie (R-40). 
First, it should be noted that Majority Whip Jane Clare Orie (R-40) is no longer part of the Senate leadership as early this year she was forced to resign from her leadership position because she was under investigation for mis-using legislative staff (which is paid for by tax payers) for her sister's campaign in 2009 (read an update to the story HERE). This is important because it illustrates that there are already known problems with the State Senate leadership. It also reminds us that ALL legislators should be held accountable when it comes to the way that they spend OUR tax dollars (read my example of how to hold legislators accountable HERE).
Second, it should be noted that the remaining Senate leadership ALL voted for the unbalanced and unconstitutional state budget in June of 2010 (you can read an overview by Bob Guzzardi of the Conservative Reform Network HERE and you can read my comments on the same budget HERE).
Knowing all of that, look at the faces in the photo and realize that the people shown are ALL Republicans but they DO NOT represent CONSERVATIVE values . . . and their voting record proves it.
More specifically, I want my readers from the northwest corner of Pennsylvania to understand that the Senator in the upper right-hand corner of the picture (with the Cheshire cat grin) is our own Senator Bob Robbins.  The same Bob Robbins who claims to be running on "his record" is part of the problem in Pennsylvania.  Senator Bob Robbins is one of the "Senate Republicans" that is referred to repeatedly by conservatives when they point fingers at greedy incumbents.  When you read the words "Senate Republicans", be sure to realize that YOU have allowed this man to get voted into office repeatedly.
When you actually take the time to review Bob Robbins' record, you find that he is NO CONSERVATIVE.  This was demonstrated in a review of his LibertyIndex.com F- grade this year (read HERE), and it was outlined in detail in my recent blog post (read HERE).  However, it is also revealed repeatedly if you take the time to look.  Another example is a review of his voting record as it is recorded through "Project Vote Smart" (VoteSmart.org).  His specific record on "Budget, Spending, and Taxes" can be seen HERE.  That record illustrates that Bob Robbins has rarely seen a spending bill that he didn't like.  If you compare his voting record against conservative Republican Representative Michele Brooks (view HERE), you will see that Bob Robbins is usually on the opposite side of the fence of his conservative colleagues.
When you read an article, comment, or commentary criticizing "Pennsylvania Senate Republicans", realize that the reference is calling out Senator Bob Robbins of Pennsylvania's 50th District.  As more and more problems are blamed on "Senate Republicans", realize that Bob Robbins IS part of the problem.  Most importantly, realize that THIS YEAR we have the opportunity to remove Bob Robbins from the equation.  We have the opportunity to Take Out the Trash on November 2nd of 2010.  The ONLY WAY to fix the problems with the Pennsylvania State Legislature is to begin with the not-so-conservative Republican leadership in the state senate.
On November 2nd, realize that the 50th District has a choice.  Please read the article titled "Truly Independent Common Sense Constitutional Conservative Roberta Biros’ Candidacy for State Senate" by Bob Guzzardi for a summary of the battle that is brewing.  Then access my website at ElectBiros.com to find out exactly how my conservative "Platform for Good Government" can help to turn Pennsylvania's Republican Senate around.


  1. Roberta:

    You have probably talked about it before, but would you say a few words on why the Declination of Pension is so prominent in your platform? I think that some taxpayers don't fully understand the unfunded liabilities issue, or how it helps special interests to the detriment of taxpayers in general...

  2. Sure Jason, and thanks for asking.

    The State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees’ Retirement system (PSERS) are unsustainable and they are facing billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities.

    The money needs to come from some where . . . we need to either borrow it or "find the money". Borrowing is always a bad choice. In order to "find the money", it will become the responsibility of the taxpayers to pick up the slack and that’s just wrong. Taxpayers can’t afford it.

    SERS and PSERS need to move from a defined-benefit pension plan to a 401(k)-style, or defined contribution, retirement plan in order to survive. In my support for a transition to a 401(k)-style retirement plan, I have signed a “Declination of State Pension” pact with the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania which states that if elected I will decline enrollment in the State Employees’ Retirement System. As a public servant I feel that it is my duty to lead by example, and I am willing to decline a state pension in an effort to encourage others to do the same.


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