Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Pallone and Radanovich seek Congressional support for aid to Javakhk13.09.2008 13:21 GMT+04:00/PanARMENIAN.Net/ In a bipartisan appeal, Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and George Radanovich (R-CA) reached out to their Congressional colleagues to support targeting portions of the proposed $1 billion post Georgia-Russia conflict aid package for the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia and to help offset the economic impact of the recent crisis on Armenia, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
In a September 12th Dear Colleague letter, the two legislators explained to their fellow Representatives that Armenia, which continues to be materially harmed by the fighting to its north, has remained "a constructive partner to Georgia through ensuring safe transit for humanitarian needs, reconstruction assistance, and diplomatic measures." They also stressed the urgency of providing funds specifically for Samtskhe-Javakheti, a chronically underdeveloped region in Georgia, heavily populated by Armenians.
"The Armenian government provided safe transit for U.S Embassy and other international diplomatic officials, for hundreds of non-governmental organization representatives, and for thousands of Georgian nationals," Reps. Frank Pallone and George Radanovich said.
"We thank Representatives Pallone and Radanovich for their vision and compassion in addressing the pressing humanitarian and developmental needs, both in Georgia and in Armenia, created by the recent fighting," said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "We are hopeful that their colleagues will join with them in ensuring that the United States lends a helping hand to the people of Samtskhe-Javakheti and Armenia during this difficult time."
Or maybe Pallone is just confused and Armenia and America sound a little to alike for him and no one has explained that he is elected to represent the people of NJ-6 in America, not the people of
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Frank Pallone calls on Turkey to end its denial of the Armenian Genocide12.09.2008 18:21 GMT+04:00/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) welcomed Armenia’s diplomatic outreach to Turkey and called on Turkey to reciprocate this gesture of good will with concrete steps toward an enduring peace based on truth and justice, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).The New Jersey legislator’s House floor statement comes in the wake of the recent Armenia-Turkey World Cup soccer qualifying match in Yerevan that Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul attended at the invitation of his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sargsyan. In his remarks, the Congressman specifically calls upon Turkey to end its denial of the Armenian Genocide, to remove Article 301 and other free speech restrictions on the discussion of this crime, and to lift its illegal 15-year old blockade of Armenia.In the days prior to the soccer match, the ANCA circulated a letter explaining to every Member of Congress that, “for this initiative to succeed, Turkey’s leaders need to view this as a true opportunity for enduring peace, not simply as a photo opportunity to help alleviate the growing international pressure it is under to recognize the Armenian Genocide.”Rep. Pallone said in his address:“Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Armenia and its president, Serge Sargsyan, on the historic soccer match between Armenia and Turkey this past weekend.On July 9th, President Sargsyan, in the Wall Street Journal Europe Addition, took a surprising and historic step, by inviting President Abdullah Gul of Turkey to sit with him and watch the two nations play a World Cup qualifier match in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.In an effort to warm relations between the two countries, President Sargisian wrote, ‘...just as the people of China and the United States shared enthusiasm for ping pong before their governments fully normalized relations, the people of Armenia and Turkey are united in their love for football.’President Gul accepted the offer, and on Saturday, September 6th, he became the first Turkish leader to visit Armenia.Armenia initiated soccer diplomacy with Turkey despite nearly a century of Turkish genocide denial and 15 years of an economic blockade. For years, Armenia has been ready to establish relations with Turkey without preconditions and President Sargsyan’s recent efforts reinforced this commitment. President Gul must also be commended for his efforts to see past the opposition of some in his country to attend the match.With the recent violence between Russia and Georgia, further steps to promote stability in the Caucasus must be taken. Strengthening Armenian and Turkish relations is essential to these efforts.Turkey can strengthen its relationship with Armenia by ending its policy of genocide denial; policy that is imposed both globally and domestically. The Turkish government lobbies heavily against the international community’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.Domestically, Turkey should lift all restrictions imposed by Section 301 of the Turkish penal code on individuals who study, discuss, or recognize the Armenian Genocide. Silencing academics and writers limits freedom of speech and makes any serious discussion of the Armenian Genocide within Turkey taboo.To improve relations, Turkey must also lift its stifling economic blockade on Armenia. The State Department estimates that the blockade inflates Armenia by 30 to 35 percent. Removing the blockade will enable the development of needed infrastructure projects and regional communications, energy, and transportation in the Caucasus. The removal of the blockade would also do much to catalyze global investment in Turkey and Armenia.With the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia, Armenia proved itself to be a constructive partner to Georgia. The Armenian government provided safe transit for U.S and international officials and thousands of Georgian nationals, and non-governmental organization representatives.But Armenia experienced significant economic distress due to the conflict. The country lost an estimated 650 million dollars and shortages in fuel and wheat were rampant. With renewed volatility in the Caucasus, Armenia can no longer afford to suffer from duel blockades.President Sargsyan’s initiation of soccer diplomacy and President Gul’s reciprocal invitation to watch a game next year in Turkey is a positive breakthrough in a region of historic violence and tense emotions.As President Sargisian wrote, ‘A more prosperous, mutually beneficial future for Armenia and Turkey, and the opening up of a historic East-West corridor for Europe, the Caspian region and the rest of the world, are goals that we can and must achieve.’ As a Congress, we must do all we can to support these efforts. Thank you.”
Hogan, an average no one from Long Branch, sent a letter Friday to U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone seeking clarification on what *if any* progress the sitting U.S. Congressman has made on the polluted Brankport Creek, Fort Monmouth, FEMA flood maps in the Bayshore, NJ property taxes, the cost of healthcare (despite the millions in donations made to Pallone by healthcare corporations), the proposed toll-hikes, the cost of gasoline, the cost of food, and the ongoing wars.
"I am extremely troubled by a series of reports of political activity by our U.S. Congressman from New Jersey," Hogan wrote. "Mr. Pallone and/or his political lieutenants have traveled around the nation promoting his agenda since 1988. I find it wholly inappropriate that a sitting U.S. Congressman be allowed to so publicly use his office for Franking privileges alone without demonstrating any effectivness in twenty years."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
In a recent message published by Congressman Frank Pallone, the congressman from New Jersey's 6th Congressional District, he took aim at Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate, citing both her personal family matters, which he then claims "do not matter to me" (then why mention it?) as well as her association with the Alaskan Independence Party, which advocates secession of Alaska from the Union. The State of Alaska has only been part of the Union for a short fifty years and many believe the Union has been detrimental to the people of Alaska. Alaska has nearly 20 times the land area of the United Arab Emirates (Alaska: 656,424 sq mi vs UAE: 32,278 sq mi ) and far more natural resources (Estimated Alaskan recoverable oil reserves are 13 billion barrels in Prudhoe Bay, in addition to about 10 billion more barrels in area 1002, these two areas represent a very small portion of Alaskan terratory vs p
What the congressman also fails to note in his attack is that Sarah Palin has been involved in politics for just a few short years, only about twelve years, but she has a proven and effective record of cutting taxes, attacking corrupt politicians including those in her own party, and fighting to represent the average Alaskan rather than the lobbyists who own most politicians. This is in contrast to Mr. Pallone who has built the largest campaign war chest in Congress, over $3 million, on the backs of corporate lobbyists.
Mr. Pallone has spent twenty years in Congress and year after year, Mr. Pallone tells We the People what he will do for us in his next term. Unfortunately, Mr. Pallone has failed to come through on his promises year after year and his track record is abysmal. Mr. Pallone consistently blames the Republican president for all of the problems we have today and why nothing has been done, but he fails to note that while we had a Democrat, Mr. Clinton, in the oval office for eight years, Mr Pallone was equally ineffective. While we had a Democratic Congress for the past two years, he was also ineffective. On his watch, New Jersey has all but lost Fort Monmouth; Our beaches and rivers are more polluted than ever, including recent beach closings and pollution scares Labor Day weekend; Oil is more expensive than ever and the cost of all other products, including food, is also at record highs; Our Bayshore area residents are being hit with additional FEMA flood insurance requirements and our preserved "open space" is being threatened with development from the Democrats in Trenton through COAH requirements. The best that our congressman can tell us is that he has voted against the Republicans, he can't tell us what he has done, because he has done nothing. Sadly, voting for or voting against some piece of legislation is far from getting the job done and if the congressman spent as much time lobbying for the people of New Jersey as he does lobbying for donations from the healthcare industry, the same industry that offers insurance that is unaffordable for the average American, perhaps We the People would be better off.
On the other hand, Mrs. Palin has not just voted to get the job done; she has acted to get the job done. Mrs. Palin has accomplished more in her short political career, rising through the ranks by representing the people above the party, than Mr. Pallone has accomplished in his long twenty year career of walking the party line. The possibility that a fresh face like Sarah Palin may go to D.C. and accomplish more than the twenty year congressman, Frank Pallone, or the thirty year Senator, Joe Biden, have accomplished, would not only prove that these career politicians are ineffective, but prove that We the People, PTA moms and high school basketball coaches, real members of the middle-class, can indeed be elected to office and can indeed make a difference in the world. Mrs. Palin can not only get the job done, she has proven that she can get the job done without costing the tax-payers money.
For every working class, average American who has ever said "We need one of us in office!", I can only note that Sarah Palin is as close to "one of us" as we have ever seen on the national level. Sarah Palin is a working-class Mom, an Average We the People, and whether you agree with her policies or not, you can be sure that her policies are formed with the best intentions for We the People, not the best intentions for the corporate lobbyists that politicians like Mr. Pallone or Mr. Biden have represented for decades. The party system has failed average middle-class Americans. Mrs. Palin is the candidate who presents a significant "Change" to the status-quo, and if she is placed a heart-beat away from the presidency, then We the People will be placed a heart-beat away from taking the power away from career politicians and restoring the power back to the We the People of America.