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H.R. 1179

Dear Mr. Owens:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for H.R. 1179, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011. I appreciate hearing from you.

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) introduced H.R.1179 on March 17, 2011. This legislation would amend President Obama’s health care reform law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – to ensure the protection of the religious principles of millions of Americans. Specifically, H.R. 1179 would permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor of the plan without suffering legal consequences.

You may be pleased to know that I have become a cosponsor of H.R. 1179. While I and other Members of Congress continue our efforts to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law in its entirety, bills such as H.R. 1179 are necessary while PPACA is still law to ensure that the federal government does not force any American citizen to violate their religious principles.

H.R. 1179 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for further consideration. While I am not a member of this committee, be assured I support this legislation and will vote for it should this legislation come before the full House of Representatives for a vote.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future. I invite you to visit my website at www.house.gov/lobiondo for further information or to express your opinions on issues that are important to you.

Frank A. LoBiondo
Member of Congress

Questions for the Candidates

The questions as I will submit them this evening are:

Thompson and/or Pepitone
Will you kindly describe how you are different from Freeholder Director Magazzu? What are your differences on how you will govern Cumberland County?

Thompson and/or Pepitone
Last week freeholder, Democrat ally and your treasurer, Jane Jannarone brought up an issue about the GOP county chair.

Should your treasurer have made those comments?
Do you denounce Jannarone’s mudslinging?
Why hasn’t she been dismissed from your campaign?

Fiocchi and/or Kirstein
What reason other than not being Democrats does Joe Public have to vote for you?

Provide two specific agenda items we can use to differentiate you from your opponents.

You pledged when you ran in 1994 that you would retire long before now. You then stated that seniority means too much for the district for you to step aside. When then should constituents ever vote an elected leader out?

You were instrumental in securing $2 million for the Millville airport. The bulk of that money will be used for infrastructure improvements. A good hunk, however, will go toward developing a new industrial park for business.

Will you identify what role the federal government has in developing industrial parks for a municipality? Where in the US Constitution is that role defined?

Oddity of the Day

The Cumberland County GOP is hosting a dinner to raise funds. Big whoop!

They are hosting the party at the Centerton Country Club. The problem with that is that Centerton is in Salem County. Does that preclude them from having the fundraiser there? I guess not, but it’s a rather poor public relations move. How do you purport to represent Cumberland County’s interests but not do business in the county?

Is there no suitable venue to host a $100-plate dinner? Would Winfield’s not appreciate the business? Not big enough? How about the Cosmopolitan? The North Italy Club in Vineland would do. How about the county college?

Why isn’t Cumberland County good enough for this dinner?

Frank LoBiondo is the keynote speaker. LoBiondo came to D.C. during the Contract With America.

He promised to leave Congress after two terms. Now 15 years later, LoBiondo is the poster boy of a career politician.

Newly elected Cumberland County Freeholder Tom Sheppard and county clerk Gloria Noto should refuse to participate in this event.

It’s no wonder to me that the GOP is floundering in Cumberland.

A Letter from Rep. Frank LoBiondo

I received the following letter today from Rep. Frank LoBiondo.

Dear [Bob],

Thank you for contacting me regarding your opposition to H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilzation Act of 2008.  It is good to hear from you on this important legislation.

H.R. 1424 authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase up to $700 billion in mortgages related securities from struggling financial businesses on Wall Street.  It also temporarily increased the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) limit from $100,000 to $250,000 per account.  H.R. 1424 gives the federal government unprecendented [sic] authority to intervene in the market in an attempt to prop up banks and other financial institutions which are failing due to dubious lending practices currently under investigation by the FBI.

You may be pleased to know I voted against H.R. 1424 which passed the United States House of Representatives 263 to 171 and was signed into law by the President on October 3, 2008.  I opposed H.R. 1424 because it failed to reform or address any of the underlying problems with Wall Street or provide any protection to taxpayers.

I strongly support efforts to determine the causes of the current financial crisis and institute reforms of the system to prevent future financial problems.  With that in mind, I cosponsored H.R. 7104, the National Commission on Financial Collapse and Recovery Act of 2008, which would establish a commission to fully investigate the causes of the mortgage crisis and make recommendations to prevent another similar crisis.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please feel free to do so in the future regarding issues of importance to you.

Frank A. LoBiondo
Member of Congress


Where’s My Bailout?

The financial crisis is virtual. Bad loans that banks have made at the government’s insistence has caused the banks to not have enough cash on hand. No one knows the value of the bad loans so the government has tried to purchase or insure the loans with taxpayer money.

The problem is that banks have to have so much money at hand despite the bad debt on the books.

It occurs to me this is similar to my situation. Gert and I purchased our home six years ago. As soon as we purchased our home, the market exploded. Not to let a taxing opportunity go by the wayside, our New Jersey community reassessed our property for much more than we paid for the house. That drove up our property taxes. New Jersey is the land of the highest property taxes in the land. My house was reassessed at the height of the bubble.

That bubble has burst. We are not in the market to sell our house. But if we were, I am not certain we would sell for what the house is now assessed at. Yet, the town and the county are more than willing to continue to collect taxes based on that assessment.

Based on the bailout talks of the last week, it seems like I deserve to be bailed out. My on paper value is virtual. I want $700 billion to correct the problem. Recall, dear reader, that figure is purely made up. We should apply the same standard to my tax problem.

So, how about it America? Where’s my bailout?

BTW, I note that Rep. LoBiondo voted against the bailout today. Thank you. Now, have a spine and stick with your principles when this comes up for a vote again. The sky has not fallen, and there is no need to rush to get something done.



I love Election Day!

I just returned. I was the 608th voter at my precinct today. For the school and municipal elections, I am often the 30th or so voter at 6:00 p.m.

As promised, I voted No on all three ballot questions. I gladly checked Kean for US Senator. I did not vote for anyone for US Congressman as I do not support Mr. LoBiondo who has decided his promise to serve but eight years wasn’t worth keeping.

I voted for Rocco and Schenck for Cumberland County freeholders.

Being an Informed Voter

I was tipped off to a Yahoo discussion group, njdebate.tk, that is fostering discussion of our local Congressional race. The group is run by a high school student. There was a link to a site that I have been looking at this evening.

Project Vote Smart is an interesting site. Perhaps I have lived in a shell, but I had never seen this site before. The idea is that each elected official and each candidate for office completes The National Political Awareness Test (NPAT) and the public can view which issues candidates support. The site promotes positive campaigning and prohibits its name, services, and data to be used in negative advertising.

Frank LoBiondo, is our local Representative in the House. He was first elected in 1994. LoBiondo should win his election easily in November. There is no real challenge in this district. Even so, I found it surprising that Project Vote Smart said that LoBiondo had refused several times to complete its test.

It does not appear that Project Vote Smart is partisan. I wonder why our good Representative has refused. So, I asked him. We shall see how well he responds to a constituent.

Trick Shots

I was going to go caching today. 5:30 AM came and I just rolled over. I think I needed the rest. So, instead of tromping around the Pines, I am comfortable in my chair watching trick shot billiards.

Our US Congressman, a good Republican, announced last week that he would not honor his self-imposed term-limit that he took when he was elected in 1994 should he be re-elected next term. It is disappointing that he doesn’t keep his word. More frustrating is Francis Sparagna. Francis wrote a letter to the editor stating the reasons why it is okay for LoBiondo to go back on his word. Among them is that Democrats have picked up seats where Republicans have kept the term-limit pledge. So? If the Republican had done a good job, or the local party was strong, that would not be an issue. He also states that we would lose good Republicans if they retire. Well, we are keeping less than honorable men if they stay. Grrrr . . .

GC.com changed the profile page to more fully display a user’s stats. Unfortunately, totals are clearly absent. I understand the complexity of that issue, but it is time for a decision on this. Frankly, caches found should include traditional caches, multis, unknown (mystery), and letterbox hybrids only. Should there be a campaign for webcams and events, so be it. It is time for locationless to be ridded from cache totals. These are not caches. It is unfair to those of us who do not seek them to have them counted equally with the real caches we do find. My, how would the leader boards change!

I return to Toastmasters this evening. It’s been six months. Time to get my ducks in a row. I need to start clearing my tasks.

current mood: content