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Radio Smart Talk: Rep. Scott Perry; Women who make a difference

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 26, 2013 8:36 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, February 26:

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Washington's inability to reach a federal budget deal could come to a head later this week.  Friday, March 1 is when $85 billion in automatic spending cuts are scheduled to take place.  Known as sequestration, the deadline was set as a way to force Congress and the White House to work together to avoid what many consider drastic cuts that neither party would want.  Half of the spending reductions would come from defense and the other half from domestic programs.

The Congressional Budget Office says the sequester will result in the loss of 750,000 jobs and some say it could send the nation back into a recession.  The White House indicates Pennsylvania faces cuts of $26.4 million in education, the furlough of 26,000 civilian Department of Defense employees at the state's military facilities, and a $5.7 million reduction in funding to environmental programs.

First term Republican Congressman Scott Perry, who represents York and Adams Counties and parts of Cumberland and Dauphin Counties will address the sequester on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk.

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Also, Tuesday night at 8, witf-TV presents Makers: Women Who Make America, a film that tells the story of women who have helped shape America over the last 50 years.  witf has created a local version of Makers on our website.

Two women who are Makers in Central Pennsylvania will appear on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk.

Grace Marie Hamilton is a longtime prison volunteer and Ruth Koup is founder and CEO of Dress for Success in Central PA.

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Ruth Koup, founder and CEO of Dress for Success South Central PA, talks about how the organization helps women get ready for job interviews.

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Comments: 6

  • Anne Druck img 2013-02-26 08:55

    Hi Scott
    It should be Congressman Perry
    thanks,
    Anne

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-26 09:35

    E-mail from Lee:

    "Below is a quote that I read this morning in a political column:

    Of the 56 days so far in 2013, the House has been in session for 20 — and a large chunk of those have been pro-forma sessions without votes, or with ceremonial bills. After a week’s recess, the chamber returned Monday with just a few items on the calendar. Lawmakers are scheduled to be out of town Friday, when the sequester is set to take effect. They’re planning another recess at the end of March, when the federal government is due to shut down for lack of funding.

    You might ask the Congressman why the House works so little and complains so much or if the name "Nero" means anything to him."

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-26 09:40

    E-mail from Brad:

    "What specifically – and briefly – did the Republicans propose?"

  • John Orris img 2013-02-26 09:44

    Lee, Perry is complaining that the other side hasn't showed up to the table. The irony is that the house isn't even showing up to work.

    The House is still playing games like they did during Obama's first term.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-26 09:57

    E-mail from Ann:

    "We live in Fairview Twp. I am a Democrat, my husband a Republican We did not elect you. Why? Because all we heard from you was lockstep political speak that followed Republican ideology.

    The Republicans simply want to finish the job begun in the Reagan era (I was there) to erode the middle class. All this talk about reduction of this, reduction of that. Crap.

    You simply want to do away with social security, medicare and medicaid (rather than spending the time combing through files -- jobs! -- to find and eradicate fraud perpetrated not only by the public but by institutions and professionals)

    Why? To protect your rich benefactors. So they can have their serfs.

    The Republicans are blocking this. They wished the President to fail in his first term and spewed that negativity for four years. Nothing has changed. You still want him to fail, you have no interest in America unless it benefits the wealthy and keeps the rest of us servants, begging for something that resembles a job."

  • Robert Colgan img 2013-02-26 22:53

    More than any other recent show I thought this one most accurately mirrored the wide split nature of the USA: the capacity of people to deeply spiritually connect with other people as seen in the empathy of Grace in her interaction with prisoners, and the capacity of people to disregard connection with their fellow humans exemplified by the dismissive lack of empathy in the cavalier attitude of a militaristic Rep Perry allegiant to established wealth.

    America, in polar microcosm: loving, unloving; feeling, unfeeling.

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