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Yesterday was eventful for two major reasons; Guzzardi went national and the Holocaust Education event

in Harrisburg appeared to have successfully forestalled adoption of an option rather than a mandate for all high school graduates. [Meanwhile, culturally, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr teamed for a Beatles tribute, meryl-streep emoted, pete-seeger died, an unusual type of music [beatboxing] went viral, and the reaction to a rich-jerk by an elderly-lady was instructive.] Regarding tobacco, Secondhand Smoke is now recognized as a Leading Cause of Childhood Illness and Death, even as the anti-tobacco movement has again engaged in overkill by alleging Pennsylvania is paying to advertise smoking in cinema when, actually, it is only supporting the film industry [h/t Stephen Gambescia, Ph.D.]. Guzzardi Guzzardi has not been idle; a poll conducted by Gravis Polling [sponsored by Human Events] showed that he is within striking-distance of Corbett, as was elucidated on politicspa.com; I blogged extensively regarding this issue, taking-on all comers, and had provided the author of this effort background this past Sunday-p.m., noting raw-data has been divided into primary and general-election analyses. Perhaps illustrative of the fact that Guzzardi has arrived is his inclusion in a reader-poll being conducted by politicspa to discern the most-attractive-man-running-for-governor. [He said he was told that governors are properly addressed as Your Excellency.] Regarding the prior elucidation of what is transpiring in York, he has filed FOIA-requests to four entities [Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Administration, Agriculture Department]; regarding the comcastcorbett connection, he has diagnosed Welfare to the Wealthy occurred after mega multinational Comcast [Obama Billionaires] received another $10,000,000 from the City of Philadelphia [for a total of $44.5 million taxpayer dollars]. Finally, he notes Corbett insiders/aides got raises of 7.4% [well above the rate of inflation] which State managers covet and taxpayers didn't getbut are forced to finance. [Corbett raised the salaries of his deputy chiefs of staff Luke Bernstein and E. Christopher Abruzzo and secretary of policy and planning Jennifer Branstetter, to $145,018. He also increased the pay of the secretary of legislative affairs (Christopher Carusone) to that same level. It never ends.] Mandating Holocaust Education Mondays Press-Conference was covered extensively in the Media [and specifically on abc27 & fox43]; the Inquirer article is on the philly.com website [Rift over the role of Holocaust lessons in Pa school] prompted me to provide extensive analysis in the Comments [again, taking-on all comers].

Updated colloquy regarding my political stances, with my elaborations indented I feel a need to clarify that my expressed sense of hypocrisy does not necessarily call [in my mind] for an overhaul of policy. My observation (which may make little sense to you) relates more to personal lack of faith that, as citizens, people will simply act for their individual and particularly the collective good. Government should not abide by the approach of Cass Sunstein, namely, that there is a need to nudge people to comply with what elitists consider to be their self-interest [mirrored in his book]; also, collectivism is a form of statism that often undermines individual responsibility destructively, empowering emergence of the nanny-state. The Connecticut shooting is a good example of individuals gone amuck. Indeed, the guns were purchased legally and the mother had enough sense to attempt to do something about her troubled son. But, she never considered the presence of firearms in her home as a concern. Something I see as a logical position, regardless of law. Of course, you cannot legislate against all tragedy. But, you can find ways to influence such behavior. People should be able to defend themselves, as per the 2nd Amendment; the only restriction is whether the people would pose a danger to themselves and/or to others. If the private sector wont do such things on its own (which I believe they often do not do for their own financial reasons as is evidenced by your work on the Holocaust legislation), thats where I see a role for government. All of this should be donewhenever possible and necessaryon the state-level.

While I know ObamaCare drives you completely nuts and perhaps one could conclude that it is an overstretch, I do not believe insurers would have done anything about pre-existing conditions or risk pools without the threat of government policies. Some of the goodies [such as children being insurable by parents until age-26] should also be enacted/enforced on the state-level, thereby delimiting the mandates that make the policies so expensive [because, for example, I dont need OB/GYN/PEDIATRICS]. And I also am not convinced (as is suggested by a failure to date of implementation of ObamaCare) that, on their own unless individuals are sick at the moment, they would feel compelled to get insurance a concern to those of us with medical needs. The individual can assume his/her own risk, weighing the potential for a catastrophe. I appreciate that many of these issues could perhaps be managed on a state level. But, for that to happen, I believe folks within your movement need to be vocally and on a national level advocating for states to adopt policies that address these sorts of issues in a constructive manner that at least recognizes the concerns driving Ds into what you find as unacceptable policies. This has been done and, indeed, will [allegedly] be reinforced by the GOP today [presumably drawing primarily upon the work of Reps. Scalise and Price]. Maybe it is happening and I simply am unaware. But, it certainly doesnt feel as if it is; rather, regardless of fact, just as you find Ds are monolithic, it feels on a national level that within the Tea party there is simply an opposition to the federal government. Your own concept of the states as laboratories does not come through the heated discussions. There is opposition to big-government, unless it is Constitutionally-mandated [as per Article I Section 8]; the focus is on federalism, allowing for resonation between the national and state governmental levels [invoking the heterogeneity inherent in the U.S.].