Sunday 02 Sept 2001
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ALL BOILER PLATE is at the end.
Signing off for this week.
Now that another politician has been exposed as having double standards – condemning Clinton while engaging in the same conduct, perhaps it’s time that we cleaned out that “stable”! No wonder the stuff that comes out of Congress is so bad, the workers are “bad”. Time to vote out the incumbents. Time to “downsize” government and return the power to the people.
Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.
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Rooney, Martin A.
Helm, Robert A.
McEneney, Michael F.
Obermaier, Otto G.
Greene, T. J.
Scalzi, Guy L.
McCarrick, John F.
RANDOLPH, Mass., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Muraspec N.A., a North American distributor of commercial wallcoverings, today announced the appointment of Gary T. Rizzo to be President and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Rizzo joins Muraspec N.A. from JM Lynne Company, where he worked since 1997, serving most recently as Executive Vice President and, before that, as Vice President of Business Development. He played a key role in the development of product and marketing strategies that resulted in market share growth and improved cash flow for JM Lynne's wallcovering distribution business. In addition, Rizzo implemented programs in merchandising quality assurance and quoting which resulted in more streamlined, cost effective operations.
Prior to JM Lynne, Rizzo spent 17 years with GenCorp Inc.'s wallcovering design and production business in a number of leadership roles, including International Sales and Marketing Director, General Sales Manager and General Manager of Converted Brands. He played a key role in international and domestic product development, and market and competitive analysis. He also initiated joint ventures and acquisitions that enabled the company to source unique products and increased GenCorp's presence in the European market with the establishment of a subsidiary in France.
Headquartered in Randolph, Massachusetts, Muraspec N.A. distributes high quality vinyl and non-vinyl commercial wallcovering products throughout North America. The company offers a wide range of acoustical products, multicolor wallcoatings, wood veneers, custom designs and many other products to meet the needs of the most demanding projects. Visit Muraspec N.A. online at www.muraspecna.com .
NEW YORK, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- John Prufeta, President & CEO of Medix Resources, Inc. (Amex: MXR), a provider of Internet-based healthcare communication, data integration, and transaction processing software, today announced that two prominent healthcare technology executives -- Patrick W. Jeffries and Guy L. Scalzi -- have been named to the Company's Board of Directors. Jeffries and Scalzi join chairman John T. Lane, and members Joan Herman, Samuel H. Havens and David B. Skinner, M.D., on the Medix board.
Jeffries, 48, a former partner of McKinsey & Company, is the Founder and President of Health Technology Partners, L.L.C., a privately-held healthcare technology company that provides investment guidance, CEO- and Board-level counsel, and management consulting services. He brings to Medix demonstrated success in leading major technology projects for healthcare industry leaders such as: WellPoint Health Networks, Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems, Perot Systems, CIGNA Insurance, Atlantic Health System, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, among others. Mr. Jeffries' earlier positions include Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of Salick Healthcare, a $ 180 million publicly held healthcare company acquired by Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, and partner of McKinsey & Company for healthcare IT. Mr. Jeffries holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BSEE from Washington University, both with honors.
Scalzi, 55, is currently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the management services business unit of First Consulting Group, Inc., a publicly held (Nasdaq: FCGI) consulting company with $ 280 million in annual revenues. Prior positions include Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the New York Presbyterian Health System, a $ 4 billion health system that includes The New York Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and 35 owned or affiliated healthcare facilities; Chief Information Officer of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York University Medical Center. Prior to these positions, Mr. Scalzi co-founded a software development company, DataEase International, Inc. where he served as President and COO during its growth from a start up to over $ 35 million in revenue. Mr. Scalzi holds an MBA from Manhattan College and a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Mr. Prufeta commented, "We are thrilled that Patrick Jeffries and Guy Scalzi have agreed to join the Medix team. They bring broad and diverse technology expertise to our board, from both the physician/hospital and the insurer segments of the healthcare industry. Their skills and experience perfectly complement the existing expertise among our board members in medicine, insurance, managed care programs, finance, and executive management, thereby fulfilling our goal of building a board with world class expertise spanning all areas of our Company's key constituencies.
Mr. Jeffries added, "The healthcare industry requires organizations with the demonstrated ability to supply advanced technologies and supporting capabilities that achieve the objective of 'reining in' administrative cost and improving clinical results. Medix is already in successful development with its payor/sponsors and customers, and I look forward to helping the team grow the company and achieve top performance."
Mr. Scalzi remarked, "With its Cymedix suite of products and experienced management team, I believe Medix Resources is poised to lead the field of companies addressing healthcare communication issues and I'm pleased to be joining its Board of Directors at this exciting time."
Medix Resources, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Cymedix Lynx Corporation, is the developer and provider of the Cymedix(R) suite of fully secure, Internet based transaction software products, that enable communication of high value added healthcare information among physician offices, hospitals, health management organizations and insurance companies. Additional information about Medix Resources and its products and services can be found by visiting its Web sites, www.medixresources.com and www.cymedix.com, or by calling (800) 326-8773.
John F. McCarrick focuses his practice on professional liability law, representing insurers as coverage and monitoring counsel in the areas of directors and officers, ERISA fiduciaries, investment bankers, general partners, lawyers, accountants, securities broker-dealers, and insurance agents and brokers. He is a member of the American Bar Association and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. McCarrick is also a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and currently serves on its board of trustees and on its executive committee as the organization's vice president. Admitted to practice in New York and Ohio, he is a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a graduate of Manhattan College.
Lyle Kimms is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner. A member of the firm's Intellectual Property Department (Consumer and Industrial Products Practice Group), Mr. Kimms focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the areas of electro-mechanical, electrical/chemical (mainly semiconductor) and mechanical technologies. He has also counseled in the areas of trademark prosecution, patent analysis and opinions, and patent and trademark litigation. A Registered Patent Attorney, Mr. Kimms served for six years as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Kimms graduated from Manhattan College (B.S., mechanical engineering, magna cum laude, 1984) and the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1990). Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and in Virginia, Mr. Kimms has been on the Faculty of the Practicing Law Institute, 1991-1996.
Martin A. Rooney, 87, died at home surrounded by his wife and three children on Aug. 29, 2001, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a longtime Ventura resident and ardent community supporter.
Martin was born Feb. 10, 1914, in Nashville, Tenn., to the late Martin A. and Alice Friel Rooney. He attended 18 schools in 16 years, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Manhattan College in New York City. Prior to World War II, Martin held direct sales positions, ran an advertising agency and published the Riverdale Press, a weekly newspaper.
Commissioned as an ensign in the Navy in 1942, Martin took part in the North African campaign, was then assigned to the USS Cuyama and stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He was then transferred to the Amphibious Research Group in Norfolk, Va. Thereafter, he was assigned to the Armed Guard and served on the USS William P. Biddle. He completed his military career in Washington, D.C., in the materials division and was honorably discharged in 1948 at the rank of lieutenant commander.
He married Rosemary Nicolini in 1944 and they settled in Ventura in 1948. They were owner-operators of the Circus Wagon for 10 years. He reactivated his pilot's license with a commercial rating, owning and flying private planes for many years, often delighting friends and relatives with their first flying experience. Martin was an avid photographer. He combined his loves of flying and photography by shooting aerial photographs, documenting the rapid growth of Ventura County.
Martin was a strong community supporter. He was on the board of directors of the Ventura County Symphony, where he served as treasurer, vice president and president. During his tenure, he computerized the organization. Later, starting as a volunteer for the Ventura County Public Library, he was appointed by the Ventura City Council to the Library Board. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors then appointed him to the Black Gold Tri-County Library Advisory Board. He also served on the board of directors of the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library, where he worked tirelessly to keep libraries open. He served in various capacities, including president and editor of Ex-Libris, the newsletter for San Buenaventura Friends of the Library.
Martin was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church from its inception, where he served as head usher at the 11 a.m. Mass for over 40 years. He was active in the Knights of Columbus. He initiated the bingo program at the old mission, which funded the acquisition of the Knights of Columbus Hall, which is still in use today.
Just as the community benefited from Martin's active involvement and dedicated service, his family and friends were enriched by his kindness, even-handed temperament and sweet disposition. He was most of all a family man and a loving husband and father. With his support and involvement, all three of his children attended Our Lady of the Assumption grammar school, St. Bonaventure High School and achieved undergraduate and advanced degrees.
A true renaissance man, Martin had many varied interests. He was a member of the Audubon Society and studied astronomy, chemistry and electronics, building transistor radios, a television set and his first computer in the '60s. Mr. Rooney also enjoyed museums, travel and touring with his wife and family, reading and watching movies.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Rosemary, for whom he will always be a prince among men. He will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including his daughter and son-in-law, Terry Warnock of Ventura; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Sally of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; son, Michael of Mokelumne Hill, Calif.; as well as six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, John and Helen of West Newbury, Mass.
Friends are welcome to visit from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Joseph Reardon Funeral Home, 757 E. Main St., Ventura. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 3175 Telegraph Road, Ventura. Private interment is scheduled at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
PIRONE-Dr. Dominick Joseph. Of Mt. Vernon, NY, on August 23. For 25 years he was a beloved faculty member in the Biology Department of Manhattan College and the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale. Dominick is survived by his wife Joan, two sons Joseph and Robert, a sister Mary Grace Barrett, a sister-in-law & a brotherin-law, Sandra and Richard. Friends may call at the Yannantuono Funeral Home, 584 Gramatan Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY, on Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial, St. Ursula's Church, Monday, 10 AM. LOAD-DATE: August 24, 2001
- G. Daniel Howard is the vice president for university advancement and administration at the University of North Alabama. He has been an administrator and faculty member at research institutions, including UNA, the State of New York Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome, Indiana State University and Indiana University Before his current position at UNA, Howard served as dean of research, acting dean of enrollment and assistant to the president. He holds doctoral and master's degrees from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College. [MCOLDB: 1981 BS]
- F. King Alexander is the director of the higher education program at the University of Louisville at Urbana-Champaign, Ill. Alexander's career includes research positions at two universities, a fund raising directorship and management in a 28-branch commercial banking operation. Alexander, who is a son of retired Murray State president Kern Alexander, holds a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree from the University of Oxford in England and a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University in New York.
- Donald Bates is the dean of school of management at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Bates has been the dean of three schools of business in California and Indiana. He also consults with Fortune 500 corporations and government organizations throughout the United States. Bates hold a doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas and master's and bachelor's degrees from Indiana State University.
IRVINE, CA – Manhattan College women’s volleyball team lost to the University of California-Irvine this Sunday afternoon, 3-0. Co-Captain Amy O’Dorisio (San Diego, CA) led the Lady J’s with 14 kills and 13 digs. Junior Lauren Belcher (Huntington Beach, CA) also played well hitting 8 kills, 5 digs and 1 service ace. Junior setter Bridgett Geddes (Escondido, CA) added with 2 kills and 2 service aces. UCI junior Chanda McLeod led her team with 15 kills, 13 digs, and 5 service aces.
The Lady Jaspers will return to action next week at the Fordham University Invitational where they will play Howard, Univ. of California-Riverside, and Fordham. Play begins Friday against Howard at 4:30 p.m.
Earlier today the Lady Jaspers won the first and third matches but lost in a fifth match rally to the Bears. Junior Amy O’Dorisio (San Diego, CA) led the Lady J’s with 19 kills and 18 digs while junior Lauren Belcher (Huntington Beach, CA) had 17 kills and a .358 hitting average. Sophomore Jaime Pavel (Molalla, OR) had 4 service aces and 13 digs.
In their second game of the day, Iowa overwhelmed Manhattan winning in three thrilling games 30-25, 30-32, and 30-23. O’Dorisio finished with 14 kills and double-digit digs (12). The Hawkeye’s Sara Meyermann led her team with 20 kills and 9 digs.
LEXINGTON, VA – The Manhattan College men’s soccer team lost to Virginia Military Institute 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. Manhattan blasted nine shots-on-goal and took 13 corner kicks, but could not finish their scoring opportunities. VMI finished with two corner kicks and six shots on goal.
Daniel Whitehall led the Keydets with one goal and one assist, while Manhattan freshman Matt Salotti (Fairfield, NJ) and junior-transfers Jonathan Rowe (Dunedin, New Zealand) and Michael Walsh (Chatham, NJ) had solid debuts.
ORONO, ME – The Manhattan College women’s soccer team lost to the University of Maine 3-0 in the Black Bear Invitational held at U Maine Saturday afternoon. The game was scoreless until the 31:20 mark when Annie Hamel scored the game-winning goal on an empty Manhattan net after beating the Lady J’s keeper Jeanne Marie Gilbert (Commack, NY) to a loose ball. Gilbert finished with five saves on 12 shots on goal. Manhattan drops to 0-1 while Maine improves to 1-0. Manhattan plays Lafayette Sunday at 11 AM on the final day of the Black Bear Invitational.
FULLERTON, CA – The volleyball team lost to California State-Fullerton this evening at the Four Points Titans Classic in three games, 30-22, 30-18, and 30-19. Juniors Lauren Belcher (Huntington Beach, CA) and Amy O’Dorisio (San Diego, CA) both led the Lady J’s with 7 kills. Senior Marci Diaz (Canyon Country, CA) led the team with 10 digs. The Lady Jaspers are 0-1 for the season. Manhattan will continue play in the Classic tomorrow against Southwest Missouri State at 1 P.M. and Iowa at 4:30 P.M.
RIVERDALE, NY – The Manhattan College women’s soccer team beat Farleigh Dickinson University, 5-0 in a scrimmage Wednesday afternoon. In three thirty-minute periods, four different Lady Jaspers scored to propel Manhattan to the win. Seniors Ja Na Jorgensen (Newburgh, NY) and Laurie Spera (East Northport, NY) and junior Tina Leidl (Ringwood, NJ) each scored one goal, while junior transfer Lindsay Bernstein (Stormville, NY) was exceptional in her Manhattan College debut scoring two goals back-to-back.
NEW BRITAIN, CT – The Manhattan College men’s soccer team beat Central Connecticut State University 2-1 in a scrimmage Saturday afternoon. Sophomore midfielder Matt Sether (Garden City, NY) scored midway through the first half on a well-played through ball from freshman forward Matt Salotti (Fairfield, NJ). Sether beat the goalkeeper and chipped a shot into the open goal. The Blue Devils recovered quickly, scoring a few minutes later when John Pilkington scored off a rebound. Sophomore midfielder Rory Healy (Pearl River, NY) scored the game-winning goal for Manhattan with shot from 12 yards out. Sophomore forward Eugene Reynolds (Avon, NJ) assisted on the play.
Junior sweeper Frank Gizzo (Mahopac, NY) and sophomore goalkeeper Antonio Treglia (Brookville, NY) anchored the Manhattan defense. Treglia was outstanding, allowing one goal off 14 shots and recording nine saves in only 60 minutes.
On the subject of Horses, a great follower of them> (Saratoga, Kentucky, Belmont etc.) died last week: Brother Barnabas Edward O'Neil. Brother was well known and liked by students, faculty and administration and alumni. He had a great following from Tolintine were he served for 10 years before coming to Manhattan, as well as the many students he taught at Manhattan. He was the first to hold the position as Vice President for Student Services when there was so much unrest on the campuses. He latter was the Director of the Alumni Office and was instrumental in starting the Athletic Hall of Fame.
At his funeral which was held at Visitation Church (which was air-conditioned and had ample parking) Brother William Batt did an> outstanding job in summing up his life as a Christian Brother and a great person. It was fitting that two mounted police were posted outside the Church during the Mass. He would have liked that!
On another topic, the August 10th edition of the New York Law Journal at page 2, had a book review by Otto G. Obermaier, Esq, '57 of a book by Rush Limbaugh's brother David, titled "Absolute Power:The Legacy of Corruption in the Clinton-Reno Justice Department". As usual, Mr. Obermaier's review was well done and interesting.
[JR: <1> Glad about the glasses. Getting new is such a pain. Race results seldom do change; as with roulette spins, craps rolls, or my personal strange favorite Keno numbers. <2> I caught the obit and an email came in about it but I didn’t understand the Manhattan Connection. <3> I’d read that book but then I would probably annoy the readers with some nasty comment. I don’t think people understand how negatively Clinton affected the Amercian people in so many ways. Whatta a mistake.]
One of the people that you trolled up is my wife Dyan (nee Galvin) Moclair '94. I am also a 94 grad and I wanted to also send along that Dyan and I had our first child, Kevin Robert Moclair on May 16th. He is doing great and growing up real fast. The mailing list is great and keeps me updated with what is going on in the Manhattan community.
John, You said " Now we have to change our fundamental understanding of economics. It's no longer labor and capital. Watching the local zoning board on "local cable", I have learned that there is now a new economic force --- regulation...."
I agree with your entire comment. This past week, I sent to my friends a copy of a letter that I wrote to a Congressman. I struggle with the notion of sending these "activist" notes to you. I'm just not sure what would be OK for a "Jasper" column.
I believe you and I can make a dent in this spending. I sent the following letter to Bernie. Please look it over and send a personalized version to him/your representative or, least call him. It's not too hard to do since you're so computerized :-) ... If we all do this, it can make a difference. It's for our families' future.
By the way, the actual amount in the proposals is $279 billion... That's almost as much as we spend on the entire Defense Budget! I can't wait to see what Jim Jeffords and Pat Leahy will add to the number....
I understand that it has gotten so bad that if every one of the pork-barrel projects that have recently been proposed in Congress wins passage, you will spend an average of $1,000 for each and every man, woman and child in America!
These are projects that do not merit spending our surplus. In the first of the 13 appropriations spending bills, the House Appropriations subcommittee in charge of transportation approved a whopping 900 projects. They included funding for items such as $125,000 worth of sidewalks for a small town in Kentucky and $200,000 for a bike path in New Jersey.
It may be that your re-election isn't at risk because of pork, but please get some honor in your legislative pen. And if you expect that Congress can spend the surplus and then blame the shrinking surplus on President Bush's tax cut, be on notice that we will blame you and your colleagues for any deficits!
I have joined a nationwide effort to let the American people know that Congress is stealing our surplus in hopes of reelection and these pork-barrel projects are a threat to the future solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund and our nation.
[JR: <1> Joe, you are absolutely right in saying that this is totally inappropriate for inclusion into our alumni news letter. And I would not put it in. Unfortunately, since you included it the body of your email, as opposed to attaching it, I was unable to exclude it. <wink> <wink>. <2> I certainly agree with you that bicycle paths in New Jersey are not a federal problem. As a libertarian, they are not even a government problem. We should not be taking taxes, i.e., money extracted from people at gunpoint, for anything less than urgent constitutional expense. <3> I disagree about “protecting social security and paying off the national debt”. First, social security in its current form should not be protected. It is an inter-generation welfare plan that unconstitutionally extends the power of the federal government. It needs to be transformed into a 401k. The national debt in a small part has a valuable function: (a) It serves as a transfer mechanism to apportion costs into the years that the benefits are received. (b) It serves as an investment option to retired individuals that is principal risk free. So I would agree that most of the debt can be paid off, just not entirely. <4> So now we can resume alumni news. ;-) Good post and thanks for “getting the mob after the thieves”!]
Thanks so much for keeping the jottings in plain text and unattached! Despite knowing the sources (usually), I will not open attachments to e-mails because of the rash of viruses that do occur in the world.
It was neat to see the write-up about Joe Savarese, '59EE, in this most recent jottings. Joe was in our car pool during '58 and '59, as we were "dayhops" back in those days. He always did well in engineering and was a good buddy, but we went our separate ways after graduation, and he's done very well for himself.
[JR: <1> thanks for the “technique” compliment. I tried to make it as easy as possible for the reader. Also, it wouldn’t be very good press for a security weenie to be spreading viri and such stuff. <2> Why not drop him a note and recruit him to Jasper Hjottings. The main address is: Electroglas, Inc.; 6024 Silver Creek Valley Road; San Jose, CA 95138; Main # 408-528-3000;;firstname.lastname@example.org]
1. This 'grown man' played with toy soldiers until Wm. Britain and Sons, Ltd. went out of the lead business in the sixties...without replacements, they were too precious to be shot at with toy cannon in war games played on the floor and not on a board. Avalon-Hill had not perfected its board games yet. Then Capt. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. USNR, (of Gunga Din fame) auctioned off his collection of toy soldiers in London for the then exorbitant sum of 14,000 pounds. Since I had recently - 1976 - torn my left knee to shreds in my classroom stopping a stabbing, I established "Military Miniatures of Old Greenwich" and began buying and selling toy soldiers, mostly those made by the firm of Britains, Ltd. I collect highlanders, especially pipers and drummers, and I deal in Britain's lead, plastic and zinc military and civilian figures...although I can secure for you almost every other manufacturer's wares, or at least point you in the right direction to acquire them.
2. A torn-up knee ended my teaching career and 20 years of commissioned service ended in 1980. I was not about to sink into a rocking chair and since I had collected soldiers from age six, I knew a bit about them and was able to learn more each day, reading, talking with other collectors, bidding in auctions and dealing by mail and at shows. I did some small amount of business at home in Old Greenwich but shows were the biggest attraction. Now, E-bay is rapidly overtaking the shows as more and more people get computers and get "on line".
3. Returning to Alaska, if you have or can get power-point, I will have my lady e-mail you a selection of digital pictures she took in Vancouver and the lower Alaskan waters. She really is a good photographer, as well as a systems analyst, seminar writer and seminar leader. Keep up the good work.
[JR: “Stopping a stabing”! Sounds like teaching was more dangerous than the military because you wouldn’t be expecting it. For picture, I use Ofoto and “store” my stuff for sharing there. You may want to pass along the suggestion.]
Sometime ago I had given you the name of Susan (Monteiro) Gustaitis (Manhattan '98) to add to your list. Since I assumed all along she was receiving your alumnae newsletters I was surprised to find out this morning that she was not. Moreover she says she emailed you several times without response. There is a good chance, however that I may have given her a wrong address and her stuff is probably floating around in cyberspace.... so can we try again?....her email address: <Privacy invoked>
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NEWS FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY
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For release: August 29, 2001
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congress should immediately pass a bill that would cut the federal tax on beer in half -- because cheaper beer is as all-American as Killian's Red, Sam Adams White, and Labatt's Blue, say Libertarians.
"For beer lovers, this bill tastes great and is less taxing," said Bill Winter, the party's director of communications. "If Congress refuses to act on this beer tax cut, then Joe Sixpack will be sadder, Budweiser, about politicians' priorities."
The bill, HR 1305, is currently on tap for Congressional consideration. Filed by U.S. Rep. Phil English (R-PA), it would slash the federal tax on beer from $18 per barrel to $9 per barrel -- saving beer-drinkers an average of 16 to 32 per six pack.
"This is a Molson Golden opportunity for Congress to repeal the 1990 tax hike that doubled the federal levy on beer," he said. "When, in the Coors of human events, it becomes possible to give America's 30 million regular beer drinkers a tax break, politicians should do so with gusto.
"The fact is, 44% of the price of beer is swallowed by federal, state, and local taxes. It is a Grolsch violation of human rights to tax beer so steeply -- especially when cutting the tax in half would reduce federal revenues by only $1.7 billion per year."
"After all, this bill benefits every American, from St. Pauli Girls to Old Milwaukee boys. It cuts taxes across the USA -- from Brooklyn Browne Ale to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and from Molson Canadian to Mexico's Corona.
"This bill will encourage Americans to drink Murphy's Irish Stout, Harpoon India Pale Ale, Paulaner Bavarian Alpine Extreme, Thames Welsh Ale, Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel, Baron Premium Czech Dark Lager, and Belhaven Scottish Ale," he said.
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