Archive for the ‘Trust in Government’ Category

NOV. 6, 2018: THE DATE TO CLEAN HOUSE…AND SENATE…AND INTEL AGENCIES…AND, AND, AND…

December 2, 2017

The people we elect to the House and Senate must be the best possible representatives from each district and state. They should be leaders within their community. They must be of high morals and integrity. Their history might include volunteer work; graciously giving of their time without compensation. They may be, but should not be, chosen because they are the wealthiest, best known or most easily recognized unless they have a lengthy and demonstrated history of doing what is best for others. National celebrity is not a qualification for ranking government office. Career politicians need not apply!

Term limits is an expression we often hear regarding our legislative branch. Unfortunately, the ones charged with setting limits on how long a person is able to take taxpayer money without genuine responsibility for its proper use are those who want to keep doing it for as long as possible. Many have known no job other than politics or living off the public dole in some capacity, e.g. community organizer. Some are approaching a half century in office. One is beyond that mark. This is not service to the country, this is the cancerous growth of a government barnacle.

We the People” need to come together in an Article V Convention of States to formally amend the guidelines that govern our nation and those who administer the guidelines. The convention must set limits of tenure for our representatives and define responsibility and accountability for those people we authorize to make decisions on our behalf. The Convention must be a forum open to the citizens, not just the public parasites previously elected.

One such suggestion for serious consideration is three two-year terms for House members and two four-year terms for the Senate. After service, the departing members are entitled to the retirement they have funded along with a taxpayer match of $1 for every $3 they invest in themselves.

Additionally, we need an ethics committee made up, not of shoulder and elbow rubbing peers, but honest people from various walks of life who are interested in true public service with a sincere interest in the best, most honest and dependable government imaginable. Without regard for political mindset (however, political activism is a preclusion), it is possible to assemble intelligent people whose primary vocation is among the various construction trades, hospitality, sales, finance, transportation, agriculture, sports, education or any field other than law and politics.

Those people selected for the ethics committee must be thoroughly vetted by their community, local and federal law enforcement before their names are submitted for consideration.

The position on the committee should be a commitment termed at three years. For the sake of continuity, the first, and only the first, body having individual engagement commitment of 1, 2 and 3 years. The positions cannot be a predicate or stepping stone for political office. The committee might be made up of credible people currently out of work, those seeking a break from their field to assess the viability of changing to another calling or people simply interested in a strong, sound and honest governing body. The committee must have the capability and authority to remove corrupt, criminal or dishonorable elected and appointed individuals from the payrolls of the American taxpayer.

We need term limits to suppress the corruption that longevity breeds within our elected officials. These changes will not happen from within, they must come from and be controlled by “We the People”.

While lawyers might be the most knowledgeable about legalese, the laws need to be written such that the average person can read and understand them. The specificity of language by which we are expected to live our everyday lives can leave no doubt or be ambiguous. When it comes to obeying current laws, we find convoluted language with apertures so gross that any interpretation is possible.

Let us return to a government “of the people, by the people and for the people”.

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TRUMP vs. THE SWAMP

October 30, 2017

I am not a Trump supporter. I did not vote for President Trump in the primary though I did vote against the lying, conniving and corrupt malefactor known as Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general election.

That said, I find myself tending to defend the president’s attempts to make America great again more and more with every attack on him from the left and established politicians of both parties. It is not necessarily because I agree with everything he’s doing, it’s just an innate need to counter-resist the insanity that is pushed into my face and senses every day.

I have, from before the beginning of his presidency, believed that he will do what he can to make the necessary changes to the political inbreeding of the past century. The eight year period prior to his inauguration was filled with Alinsky divisiveness to turn this country into a Marxist/socialist experiment. The Constitution was shredded with executive orders, underhanded and corrupt dealings, illegal and unnecessary regulations, fines and confiscations.  Many of President Obama’s actions and those he encouraged were contrary to our founding documents and laws passed by congress thereafter. The courts are just now getting around to ruling on and reversing those violations.

President Obama sliced and diced the country thinner than any Ginsu cutlery could and in more ways than one can count.  He pitted blacks against whites, poor and working Americans against their wealthier counterparts, workers against management, women against men, Latinos (even American Latinos) against other Americans, gays against straights and virtually every possible faction and subset of our society against those whose views were different. There was no compromise. Deep and wide chasms were formed where dialogue once existed. By his promotion and organizing, discussion became vitriolic and dislike became hatred.

The task of restoring our democratic republic is only made harder by those entrenched in government stalling and combating the president’s every effort. This is coming not only from those elected to congress, but from the career bureaucrats who view change as a threat to their existence. It’s as if they fear their effective tenure inoculation will be rendered deficient. In reality, any change to increase efficiency and economy is truly a threat to them. Some may even have to quit playing GTA and watching as much porn on our computers during the work day and get a little work done.

It happens to be Donald Trump, a man with a tendency to be direct and abrasive when demeaned or belittled. However, it could be anybody in the White House trying to make major changes and correct the course of the current and failing political structure in Washington, D.C. (the swamp). There are simply too many public functionaries anchored throughout the halls of all federal (now feral) entities for a small cadre to overcome within a few months. Congress stalls appointments and the intelligence and law enforcement arms refuse to cooperate for fear of indicting themselves. They seem to still be taking orders and directions from the immediate past president who forms and organizes public and private resistance just a short distance from the White House.

I’ve been watching politics since the mid 1970s, perhaps a bit before, and this is the first time that I can recall former presidents and congressional members (without respect to party) attacking a duly elected president outright. Yes, there have been one-off snide comments, snipes and innuendos over the years, but nothing like the unmitigated onslaughts that happen on an almost daily basis. This year and last has been a circus of has-beens, wannabes and other losers trying to one-up each other and take their 15 minutes of celebrity by shooting the captain in the back before scuttling a seaworthy ship.

To restore law and order, the filthy swamp must be drained, dehydrated and incinerated.  We voters must then refill the void with new and hygienic resources in Washington, D.C. and our local governments.

IS DONALD J. TRUMP THE WRONG OR RIGHT PRESIDENT TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY?

July 5, 2017

The knowledge and intelligence of the voting public has been so degraded over the past two to three decades that choosing a president is no longer a matter of national pride, personal integrity or doing what is best for the country. Voting has become a popularity contest. Idiots at the polls now vote for the candidate deemed by the media and pundits as “most likely to win”. That way they can feel good about themselves after the election.

Our last president won the idiot choice award twice. Once winning because of his ancestral heritage, oratory and charisma and a second time on his oratory and charisma alone. He did little to benefit the economy, blacks and other minorities, business, workers or bolster the standing of the U.S. among other nations of the world. In fact, he did just the opposite. He damaged the U.S. with his actions in attempt to swiftly turn the country into a Marxist regime. Even many of those who voted for the free party favors offered by President Obama capably recognized that his perceived successor was not the right person for the soon to be vacated office.

The other choice was a non politician; someone who many thought might stand a chance of correcting the deviant course the nation was put upon during the previous eight years. The choice was either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Clearly, Hillary would continue down the path toward socialism. That left the successful celebrity and billionaire business magnate, Donald Trump.

It was clear and well known for years before the announcement of his candidacy that Mr. Trump is a strong but crude business specialist and not a politician. Those factors drew tens of thousands to the rallies in which he championed the exact opposite of what the nation had experienced with the outgoing administration. Trump said he would fill his cabinet with the best, most qualified and successful members who were willing to take on the matters of the nation with aplomb, not apology.

Unlike the cautious, politically correct and eloquent Barack Obama, Donald Trump is rash, brash, direct and unapologetic in his words and actions. He decisively says what is on his mind without forethought of political consequence. He wants to correct the ills of the nation rapidly. He holds meetings and listens to his counselors’ and advisers’ input but does not dwell on the small differences of opinion and expertise that stall implementation. Eg. He would not wait 16 hours (time to allow escape) before authorizing a raid on America’s #1 enemy.

In his first six months:

President Trump has removed the bindings from our combat troops that were put in place by the military shaming Obama. He does not micro-manage the military. He leaves battlefield decisions to the well trained officers in command of the fighters. The rules of engagement have returned to reasonable. Our troops are once again allowed to defend themselves and they can take an offensive posture against those who wish to kill them. Our fighting men and women are no longer two legged targets. He, President Trump, is regaining the respect for and from our military, allies and our enemies on behalf of America.

The stock market is at an all time high. Retirement funds/401Ks are building assets for workers. Employment is regaining ground as business improves. Not only is the fictitious unemployment rate dramatically lower than any time during the business wrecking Obama years <link> , the true labor participation rate  <link> is commendably higher. Consumer confidence is up. Though auto and large luxury items remain slow, home sales are not.

The housing market is rebounding with resale homes on the market for an average of 45 days over 2011’s average of 84 days. Prices are appreciating as well with a national average increase of almost 8.5% between May 2016 and May 2017. Between the November elections and present, that appreciation is actually 9.2% <link>.

Illegal immigration is down by a whopping 65%-67% according to government statistics. Illegal alien criminals are self deporting along with those under ICE deportation orders. Many who would otherwise attempt breaking into the nation are rethinking the consequences. Paying a coyote thousands of dollars only to be ejected within weeks or months of entry, if they even succeed at getting in, is considered the primary reason.

We now have a balanced Supreme Court. The majority of the seated justices believe in and adhere to the U.S. Constitution. One more constructionist will restore the order of law our founding fathers imagined.

As president, Donald Trump has managed to accomplish this and more despite the “resistance” from congress and the socialist/fascist lemmings that still follow the defeated America hating leaders of the Democrat party, past and present. He is still ahead of the establishment swamp creatures evading changes to business as usual in Washington, D.C.

If he would only forego the acidic, rapid fire tweets that allow the ammunition they pursue, he could possibly win their minds as he presents them and the entire country with benefits beyond what they believe they seek. Left to their present obvious choice, we would have the economic and political woes of Venezuela.

Even perfection would probably be poorly received. However, it is not becoming for the man in charge to personally defend himself against every attacker or perceived attacker through vicious social media retorts on a daily basis. Many of the verbal pugilists would fall to the wayside without such goading and prompting.

However, the general public refuses to accept that Donald Trump is holding two positions right now. First and foremost he is a successful businessman. As such he has had to intermingle in politics for years, yet he is no politician. He is a doer; he acts and reacts without hesitation. He is not one to dwell on or over-think situations. He sought and was awarded the presidency. He did so to make the changes necessary to restore America to its former standing. He is learning politics and the mire created by bureaucracy. It must be frustrating to him.

Second, he is the President of the United States. He is in transition. In business, he listens to and sorts advice from his management team. He then acts in the most appropriate way for the betterment of his business and his employees. As he attempts to meld common sense business practices with politics he is encountering potholes and speed bumps. Not everyone in Congress has the same goals in mind and some are unforgiving. They not only balk at ideas not aligned with their thinking, they stall and obstruct and restrain any progress because it is the way of government.

Donald Trump is a social liberal, a fiscal conservative and a national patriot. He believes strongly in the rule of law and expects compliance. His strength is in his patriotism. This is a combination that Washington, D.C. and the nation has not seen, at least not for many years. It is one that confuses the establishment and infuriates the left who cannot accept anything other than someone who kow-tows to their own “all inclusive” liberal, progressive, socialist ideology.

Though some cannot separate the individual from the office, they would be far better off if they could. President Trump is truly doing some wonderful things for the country. Mr. Trump is an unabashed Twitiot who will lash out when demeaned. He said early on that when he is hit he hits back harder. The media hates him for this. Once again, he is only doing what he promised. Presidential? Eh, not so much.

To sum it up, I said in 2007 that it was time for a black president, but Barack Obama was not the right black man. He proved that I was correct.

I believed then as I do now that the country needs a leader with strong ties to, and understanding of, business. He’s been in office only six months. Business gurus agree that it takes an average of 13 months for a person to comfortable fit into a new position. Does he deserve more time to prove he’s the leader this country needs? I think so, but I’m open to changing that opinion.

TRUMP, TAXES AND CORRUPTION

October 4, 2016

As readers of my words will note, I am not a fan of Trump for president. Wasn’t from the beginning and ain’t now. I have said it might be time to have a president who understands business which isn’t but might sound like an endorsement.  I’ve also said I believe it should be mandatory for anyone sucking down my tax dollars as an elected official to first serve in the military. That, alone, would eliminate about 80% of today’s politicians.

So, after reiterating those qualifications, let it also be said that I am wholly against corruption in government, business, the military and in people’s personal lives. Therefore, I am not in favor of lengthy terms in any or all government positions. Remember, initially, serving in government was a patriotic duty, it was not a lifelong career to enrich those “serving” the citizens in positions of responsibility.

This brings us to our current federal government, the citizens and others within the country. Just a few rapid examples of corruption are: Lois Lerner, John Konsinen and the IRS; Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch and the DOJ; James Comey and the FBI; Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, Email gate and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Of course there can be no greater corruption than Obama, his pen and his phone.

We have a rather ugly election rapidly approaching. Name calling, finger pointing, dirt digging and mud slinging are commonplace in politics now, but this round goes even further. It involves beatings, burnings and destruction. Not only is the mainstream media instrumental in the political malfeasance and civil unrest, they are complicit. If there were any justice, jails and prisons would not be holding marijuana dealers and video producers, they would be filled with “journalists” and politicians.

All this brings me back to talking about Donald J. Trump and his tax returns. Recently, it was revealed by the New York Times that Trump declared a capital loss of nearly $916 million in 1995. Trump is a capable businessman with stellar CPAs and tax attorneys in his employ. The Trump financial staff was able to use the tax code which is so convoluted that even the IRS auditors cannot follow and understand it. Much, if not all, of his income over the following eighteen or so years offset the loss. We now learn why he is in constant audit. He literally “turned the tables” on the IRS (tax tables that is).  He embarrassed them!

This article calls to question where the corruption really is. The New York Times could have only gotten the tax records from the IRS. I doubt that Trump offered them. That leads to the internal workings of the IRS once again. Were the records leaked by a lowly clerk or gushed forth by the top brass to place Trump in a less than favorable light? Were they reviewed by Valerie and company before release?

Meanwhile, the IRS, FBI, DOJ, NSA and every other government alphabet agency all refuse to conduct a serious investigation of the email fiasco or the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The foundation alone might bring about a plethora of indictments.

Political news is no longer written or broadcast. There is no “news” coming to you and me. Virtually every outlet is now somehow involved in spreading opinion. Left, right and those claiming neutrality all offer a bias. The White House commands what is spun to us, the peasants, the proles, the governed. It is not just this White House. It has been going on for as long as I am aware. When Republicans control the government, the news is filtered to look less than rosy. When the Democrats are in charge the spin revolves happily left. What is portrayed as I watch, read or listen to the “news” appears to be about the dangerous and extreme right wing or the benevolent and caring moderates.

At this point, we only have two choices. Please research information beyond that which is cast at you and choose wisely.

A GOVERNMENT GONE TO HELL

September 6, 2016

Our government, one supposedly based on a binding constitution with laws and equal justice for all, has been compromised by corrupt Marxist socialists. There exists no law enforcement for the top echelon or their staunch supporters, only for those of lesser means and influences, (evidence Fast and Furious, the 5 for 1 exchange of high level terrorists for a despicable deserter, the Iran nuke “deal”, hogtying border agents and allowing thousands of indigents and terrorists into the country, pay for play and national secret giveaway by the Secretary of State or cash and more terrorists in exchange for political hostages just to name a few).

The current president has no respect for any law, the constitution, congress, our economic system, our borders, our military, law enforcement or even the secret police assigned to protect him. He does as he wishes and causes others in his administration to silently follow his dictums. He evades congressional approval for his actions by issuing Executive Orders when he knows his desires are so out of line they will never pass a House and Senate vote even with a seated majority of his own party. He has caused so much dissent with his prevaricative speeches and Machievelian profferings that even his most eloquent and ardent lemings supporters now stammer when trying to defend him and his actions.

Coming next is an election that, proven by past performances, is scheduled to have foreigners and registered voters long dead, people voting in multiple counties and states, predisposed voting machines and biased vote counters that will undoubtedly proclaim Hillary the winner. Those who prefer tinfoil to ball caps also speculate that soon after the election, but before inauguration day, Hillary will be indicted by Obama’s corrupt Department of Injustice and thus rendered unable to assume office. Without being sworn into office, neither Hillary nor her V.P. choice, Tim Kaine, can take over the country. This leaves Obama in office until a special election can be held naming his successor.

Other conspiracy theorists see the potential for this administration fomenting a situation of civil unrest between November and January where a martial law take over might leave Obama in office until another directed election might be held. Obama has had eight years to put all in place for this scenario.

He has subtly and openly provoked distrust and angst among virtually every subset of our country. People of lesser means no longer strive for success, they vehemently despise our society’s successful segment. People of color have been falsely indoctrinated with the idea that white people hold them in contempt simply because of skin color. Social wedges placed throughout the culture need only a slight knock to make the splits complete and riots abound.

Of course, the purchases of tens of thousands of “military style assault weapons” and upwards of 1.7 billion rounds of JHP ammunition starting a few years back, only adds to the rationale that this change of guard might be a bit different; a bit more in line with third world regime changes. Knowing that this arsenal is now in the hands of loyalists throughout the government also lends to the conspiratorial theories. One really does have to question why the USPS, IRS, EPA, CDC, HHS and other normally non-combatant agencies must have riot training, gear and weaponry such as this.

Before his first election he announced, “We’ve got to have a Civilian National Security Force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as our military”. As president, he has decimated the leadership of the military and downsized and defunded our national security forces to the point that his Civilian National Security Force now exceeds the capabilities of the military.

With the last change from Republican to Democrat residency in the White House, all the Ws were removed from computer keyboards. This election is beginning to sound more like removing all dissenters from the map.

Please excuse me while I take a moment to adjust my Reynolds chapeau and take one of the chartreuse and pink pills. ————— Ahhh, that’s so much better. Now I feel certain that with the forthcoming election being overseen by Homeland Security, headed by the estimable Jeh Johnson, everything will be okay.

Next election…U.N. controlled! It’s a Bizarro World this USA.