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18% of Pittsburgh Democrat voters have chosen Bill Peduto as their candidate for Mayor of our small Second Class city. We are actually only 57,000 away from dropping to Third Class city with merely 307+ thousand residents left. For perspective’s sake down from 604,332 the year before I was born in 1960.  We were the 16th largest city in that year down from our high point of 8th in 1910. In 2010 we were ranked 59th. Of course a big reason for that was the redistribution of wealth (industry) from west to east as we allowed environmentalists and big labor to facilitate steel making and associated industry to move to Japan and then China. Just a quick shout out to all you green types….the open hearth and other types of mills are still operating with virtually no regulation out east. All we lost were jobs and population.

 

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For the last 70 some years Pittsburgh leadership has been dominated by single party rule. That in itself is unhealthy, and it really doesn’t matter which party is in control. When you have one party rule you get things like 2 terms of a kid like Luke Ravenstahl. You get under river tunnels for trolleys when there are myriad bridges. You say goodbye to Kaufman’s, Gimbels, Pittsburgh Brewing etc. If you live in the Hill District, Homewood, Arlington or other majority black neighborhoods ask yourself how much better has it gotten in those 70 years. Anyone who remembers Wylie Avenue before the Civic Arena probably just rolled their eyes.

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The problem with one party rule is that there are no checks and balances. The Post Gazette virtually declared Bill Peduto the Mayor last night and they were probably accurate. That is a shame and the point of this entry. This story is not about Bill Peduto it is about Pittsburgh, trends and our future. Politicians in this situation naturally take some constituencies for granted such as the black community that Reverend C.L. Bryant addresses here . They also ignore the opposition party, in our case Republicans because they have this one party town sewn up. A huge legacy has been left for our children and grandchildren here, and in every one party city in the land and it is big bucks. Unionized public servants are breaking the bank and to speak of this disaster immediately bring Alinsky type outrage from every angle. In a one party city with unions invariably endorsing and pouring money into Democrat campaigns and then being rewarded with unsustainable contracts, what could possibly go wrong ? Please don’t stoop to the level of I hate cops or I want your house to burn down, it’s time for adult conversation. The following is an excerpt, the definitive excerpt, from the 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report:

Financial Highlights
ď‚· The liabilities of the City exceeded its assets at the close of the most recent fiscal year by
$424.6 million. As of December 31, 2012, the City, in its statement of net position, has a net
position unrestricted deficit of $535.3 million. The accumulated deficit results principally
from the City’s outstanding general obligation bonds being issued over the years to finance
projects that do not result in recording assets; specifically, to fund the payments to the
Pension Trust Fund ($223.1 million outstanding as of December 31, 2012), the City’s
borrowings to finance economic development efforts (including projects to the City’s
Authorities, principally the URA), and maintenance expenditures on City infrastructure and
equipment needs.

Did you know that PNC Park and Heinz Field were built before Three Rivers Stadium was even paid for ? If the electorate in my city remains so monolithic that the Democrat primary winner is inaugurated in May and the General Election is not until November then at least know the facts so you can apply the proper pressure to your party. Pittsburgh is broke. Pittsburgh is worse than broke it is in unsustainable debt. People are fleeing, there are upticks but the overall trend is clear . We need to restructure and without strong opposition the Democrats will kick this down the road for our kids to deal with. Look at the numbers, don’t listen to platitudes. In the future you will hear more class warfare and ways to increase revenue and business and the segment of the population that actually pay taxes will vote with their feet. Cranberry Township is booming, just ask North Catholic High School.

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In closing I would ask you to think about one party rule and it’s effects on all things government. I don’t expect that Joshua Wander  will win in a landslide, but support for the opposition party is healthy and tends to bring ruling parties sobriety. The bottom line is numbers. Any CEO with the results the Democrats have given your children would be fired. I love Pittsburgh.



Joshua Wander spokesman is Tea Party Superstar


Listen to SCR#117

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We skip a week and the world blows up,

Rubio/Toomey/Graham/McCain

Immigrants must assimilate,

Time for an adult conversation about muslims,

Calling a pig a pig,

New York is an assylum,

2nd Amendment stands,

PTSD a leftist weapon on Vets,

Republican purge not complete,

Benghazi will not be hidden here,

Be responsible on social media during crisis,

Our Saudi problem must be solved,

Glenn Beck becoming the most credible,

The military response in Boston was too much,

Canada thwarts terrorist attack,

A citizen is a damn citizen,

High casualties on this week’s Jihad Report,

U.S. Gov not interested in protection from Islamic Jihad,

John Kerry is a national embarrassment,

Special Ops crew demands justice on Benghazi,

Boehner dropping the ball,

Jane Fonda’s disgusting ass is back,

Lady Thatcher RIP,

Baby murder trial not covered in Philly

Letter of Resignation

Posted: June 29, 2012 by Wardy in podcast, Politics, Resignation
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Those of you that know me, know that I have been very politically involved over the past few years. I have been involved in political news, events elections and so forth. I think that it is time for me to step away from this. I have focused my life trying to fight for what I felt was right. I have come to a point in my life where I need to start focusing on what is truly important. My family and friends. So from this point on that is what my focus will be. I won’t be following bills that are in the house, the insane rulings that are made, or anything government related.

As of today, I am no longer going to be “the political” guy. I am going back to being the father/grandfather of some great kids/grandkids. The videos that I produce will be all about them and their lives. I want them to remember me not for the “right-wing” lunatic, but their biggest fan and supporter. I have had a great ride as the host of Steel City Resistance, and I only hope that my buddy Hutch understands this is something I have to do.

From this point forward you will see postings about my family, and things that amuse me. Call it a mid-life crisis, of whatever you like, but I can no longer devote as much of my life to things that are out of my control. I have made many friends on my journey. But Wardy the conservative on the soapbox is gone. I will be focusing on more family related stuff. No more spending hours trying to find flaws in bills that are proposed in the House, or the Senate.

I need to go back to the “old” Wardy. The guy that loved nothing more than fun, family and computers.

I will be turning over the “Resistance” to Hutch and whomever his new cohort will be, and wish them ALL of the luck in the world on their fight.

Feel free to keep in touch with me, but only on a personal level. I am officially out of politics for good.

Thank you for reading my rambling and God Bless the USA.

Wardy

Questions

Posted: May 27, 2011 by Wardy in Obama, Obamacare, Politics, Promises, time

Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted – one moment
Would you capture it? Or just let it slip?  – Eminem

This is where our country is at now. We only have one shot to get this right. The current administration has pushed the boundaries of where we need to be in order to be economically healthy again. I am sorry Mr. President, I might be a fairly simple person, and only have one question for you and your administration. How does one spend himself/herself out of debt? If this is possible I think that everyday people should be doing it too. But it can’t be done. Spending your way out of debt is the same as screwing your way out of prostitution. Just doesn’t work.

So where does that leave us? Well the first thing we need to do is stop playing the blame game. The Obama administration is so quick to blame Bush. The reality is, the Bush administration should shoulder some of the blame. However we are 2 1/2 years in and the messiah has yet to achieve any of the promises from the election. Let’s take a quick look at the broken promises.

Transparency: The then candidate Obama said “Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former president wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the white house counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so; it will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well-grounded in the Constitution. Let me say it as simply as I can: transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,
The sentiment is great, never happened in the last 2 1/2 years, but great sentiment. Remember during the Healthcare debates, Nancy Pelosi famously said “But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”
Now that is transparency!

There are too many promises that have broken to break down here. So I am just going to list them.

Increase the capital gains and dividends taxes for higher-income taxpayers

Expand the child and dependent care credit

Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000

End no-bid contracts above $25,000

Phase out exemptions and deductions for higher earners

Forbid companies in bankruptcy from giving executives bonuses

Allow imported prescription drugs

Mandate insurance coverage of autism treatment

Appoint federal-level coordinator to oversee all federal autism efforts

Form international group to help Iraq refugees

Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

And this is just to name a few. Is this what you want from the President of the United States? To take a page from the Presidents playbook, never let a good crisis go to waste.

 

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.


Now that our outstanding military forces have effectively eliminated the most wanted terrorist in the world, what’s next. Currently there are celebrations going on, as the actions of this terrorist touched the lives of people throughout the country, I can understand the emotions that are on display now. I have heard many people saying that celebrations resulting from someone’s death is in poor taste, and that those that do celebrate will regret it. The only thing I (personally) regret is that I wasn’t the guy that put a round in his eye.
After the joy fades, there are some tough calls that need to be made. (I question whether this administration will be able to make the tough calls.) The first thing that will need to be addressed is cutting off all funding to Pakistan. But this goes back to this administration doesn’t have the stones to challenge them. Hillary Clinton already came out and admonished Pakistan, stating that they had to know that Bin Laden was there, but then almost immediately walking it back in order to remain politically correct.
Let me say this, as clear and concise as I possibly can…

Pakistan SCREWED us!

They have received BILLIONS and BILLIONS (16.8 Billion to be exact) of dollars to buy their support, and they took our money and continued to harbor the worlds most wanted terrorist. Contact your federal representative and tell they you want Pakistan de-funded. This is NOT how allies should act.
From the time the attacks started, we were told that it isn’t politically correct to accuse any Muslims of being complicit in the actions taken by a few. And I agree with that.
You can try to figure out a nice way to spin this, but I believe in dealing in the bottom line. From everything we have seen, The Pakistani government was complicit, took money from us, while at the same time protecting the person we were looking for. Now pull our remaining troops from Afghanistan. Tell them “Mission Accomplished” and let all of those countries fend for themselves. Let’s see how long they are in existence with no US involvement.
What do you think? Let’s see your thoughts in the comments.

SCR#10

Posted: March 6, 2011 by Wardy in economy, libya, middle east, Obama, Politics, turkey, unions, wisconsin

Buyer Brown Around Town
Don’t meet US in the desert
Political Correctness revisited
Will Turkey invade Libya ?
Did we help ?
Michael Moore….ante up big boy
Media semantics
Again, 2+2 must =4
Allen West for President
Did our economy get attacked ?
It’s the unions stupid
US could be the biggest oils exporter in the world
Oil Wells, Coal Mines, Refineries and Nuclear Power Plants