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people to them. For example, ABA’s website details the money that a motorcoach filled with people leaves behind after a visit to every state and Congressional district. For Philadelphia, that amount of money is $259,299,890 annually. For Pennsylvania, that annual total is $4,714,964,400. In addition, the number of jobs directly impacted by motorcoach travel is 1,950 and 39,400 in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, respectively. The numbers are comparable for every other state and Congressional district. As I said, it is a wonderful story, but we have to tell it and tell it to those who can do us the most good and the most harm. The members of Congress need and want to know you and what you do. They want to hear from you; your problems and potential. Treat them as you’d treat a customer. Tell them what you do, and use the ABA website to tell them about your place in the economic development of the city, county, or state. Use the ABA materials to show them how environmentally

Woodshed or Watershed?
Making sense of the 2010 mid-term elections

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By Clyde Hart

he votes have been counted and with the concession of the last remaining hopeful (with the exception of the Alaskan Senate race), we have the final tally. Depending on who you listen to, the results show either a watershed election that permanently changes the Congress and the nation’s political calculus; or a stunning election in which the voters took the Obama Administration and the Democratic controlled Congress to the woodshed. The numbers tell the story of the nature of the win by the Republican Party. There will be upwards of 60 new Republican members in the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress, which will begin this month. For the first time in decades the number of Democrats in the House will drop below 200, and Republicans will control the House. The Senate is somewhat better for the Democrats, but the 59 votes the Democrats had in the Senate in October will be down to 53 in January. What that means is that nothing will clear the Senate without some Republican support. But there are complicating factors for the Republicans, including the rise and success of the so-called Tea Party movement that saw the election of onethird of the Congressional candidates it supported. The Tea Party aligned itself with the Republican Party, but that alliance does not have to be permanent. The Tea Party’s program that supports the elimination of earmarks, less taxation, and closing the national deficit could be a hard road for the Republicans to travel (while it is possible to lower taxes and close the deficit, it is a road that will demand cuts to many popular, and to some, vital programs). If the Republican
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Party falters on advancing this program, Tea Party supporters could bolt. If the Republican Party fulfills this mandate, will the independent voters, who put the President in office in 2008 and voted the Democratic members of Congress out of office in 2010, decide they have gone too far? In either eventuality, the winners of 2010 could be in jeopardy in 2012. For all of us in the motorcoach travel, charter, and tour industry, those issues are not as important as this one indisputable fact. We have an opportunity to get these new members of Congress to focus on our industry, what we bring to cities, states, and tourist destinations and to get them to listen to our needs. One-third of the

$259,299,890
THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT A MOTORCOACH FILLED WITH PEOPLE LEAVES BEHIND AFTER A VISIT TO PHILADELPHIA.
new members of Congress have not held public office prior to their election. Many of them have no real knowledge of our industry. The other side of the coin is that many of the incoming members of Congress have previously worked in or owned small businesses. Thus, they know what it is to meet a payroll, to have creativity strangled by outmoded laws, and to have businesses die because regulations are geared to a “one-size-fits-all” mindset. We have a unique story to tell about a largely small business industry that pays dividends to states, districts, and destinations when we are allowed to bring friendly and safe the industry is. Let them know when you open an office, buy a motorcoach, or win an award. Send them a message when you hire new employees, take a local scout troop to a destination or when one of your employees is cited for community service. Then, when you have an important issue to discuss, he or she will know who you are, what you do, and how important you and your company are. We must act. Remember that the 2012 elections are less than 650 days away. And if the past is any guide this opportunity could disappear. We have the tools, we have the talent. We have to find the time to do it.

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Contents
Get Schooled
Attraction Squared
Hitting the Century Mark
Save the Date
Change on the Horizon
Bowled Over
Standing Apart from the Pack
Moving Day
New Scholarship Program
Woodshed or Watershed
Tap into New Partners
The Wheel Deal
Return to Glory
Tour Stop
Travel Resource: Philadelphia
Old Meets New
National Museum of American Jewish History
On Rocky’s Trail
Sports Venues
Family-Friendly Philly
Mummers Day Parade
Northern Liberties
Art Galleries
Peddler’s Village
Malls and Much More
Equipment & Services
Historical Attractions
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Destinations Magazine - January/February 2011 - Northern Liberties
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