Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

MUD SLINGING FOR EFFECT

September 21, 2018

In the military, the term is “fire for effect”, in politics it might be the above title. Fire for effect is a command given after the target has been identified and range and location are closely approximated. Once this all comes together, barrage fire takes place to devastate the enemy. It is not always dead-spot one shot accurate, but it does eliminate the threat.

For those of you without a calendar it is officially post Labor Day of an even numbered year. It’s election season! The political equivalent of the military maneuver is often used around election time to overwhelm the ignorant among us into believing things which are less than truthful and cannot be verified and combated.

This time around, there is more at stake than just congressional seats or even a presidential office vacancy. This year it is truly about the Constitution and whether it will be upheld and followed or if laws will be written by the courts rather than the Legislative branch of our government. This year it is most certainly about the seating of a Supreme Court justice and the filling of a soon to be vacant seat that can make or break the country.

Yep, it’s dirty tricks time. The Democrats, acting not as deliberative individuals but as an Orwellian group-think body, have tried to delay the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh until after the November 6 elections in hopes of overcoming his ascension to the highest court in the land of the free and the home of the brave with an unbelievable tactic. A last minute surprise accusation of sexual assault has been levied against Judge Brett Kavanaugh that is not only provable or disprovable, but he apparently cannot even face his accuser.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser, refuses to testify under oath that the event even took place. Apparently the simple, unsubstantiated accusation is enough to delay and derail the confirmation hearings. What Dr. Ford has stated is that she definitely recalls 17 year old Brett Kavanaugh attacked her at a party while they were both in high school (sometime between 1980 and 1982). She knows she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17, but she cannot specifically recall the year (???). She cannot identify the date of the attack, the home in which it supposedly occurred or even how she got home after the party and the devastating episode.

Dr. Ford, a California research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University is also a Democrat/socialist and political activist who has participated in anti-Trump rallies and events. While those Democrats in congress and those on CNN and MSNBC are screaming that this is not a political stunt, one must recognize that Dr. Ford lives in one of the most liberal bastions within the confines of the most liberal state of the union. If you think this is not political, you don’t understand Democrat politics.

Today, in the time of the “MeToo” movement, all that is necessary for a liberal woman to ruin a man’s life is to declare that she is a victim. It doesn’t work so well if the man is also a ranking Democrat (e.g. Karen Monahan and Keith Ellison) and it doesn’t work if the woman is a sound minded conservative. However, if the woman is an activist liberal the man conservative, put him in shackles and stone him into confessing be there a crime or not.

Let’s see how well this works. I heard through a mutual friend that Dr. Ford had a three month long sexual relationship with a thirteen year old neighbor about ten years ago. It cannot be verified though because the young boy committed suicide shortly thereafter. Does that help to your career Chris?

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PORK AND OTHER LEGISLATION BY-PRODUCTS

April 11, 2018

It’s simply amazing that we keep asking Congress or state officials to pass rules, laws and regulations to make our lives better. Every new law is written in such a way that the citizens lose something beyond the purpose of the command. Rarely are the laws meaningful to the problem or situation they attempt to address.

Staying away from the insanity of highly charged subjects of abortion or gun control for now, let us take an intelligent look at something simple that our elected officials have imposed upon us. Here I’d like to talk about the calorie labeling off-shoot mandate for fast food restaurants that was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Each restaurant must now have a listing of the caloric content of their products.

I don’t hang out in fast food venues, but when I’m traveling I do occasionally use them for quick sustenance. When the PPACA was first enacted, I noticed a large sign – NUTRITION FACTS – over a brochure holder on a counter. The brochures had a full listing of the calories for all of the foods sold through that particular chain. After looking through one, I asked the manager how often someone picks up one of the information pieces. She laughed and said they put them out three weeks ago and haven’t had to refill the display yet. It was well over half full and that location served hundreds of customers per day.

Again, I don’t spend a lot of meal time in these places, but I have yet to see a slow speed waddler pick up one of the government mandated brochures. I seriously doubt that it would influence the salivation induced by the pictured bacon topped, double meat, double-cheese sandwich with a super sized side of deep fried reconstituted starch sticks and large carbonated sugar drink. *I have, however, heard people ask for a diet drink to make them feel better while gorging on the calorie laden, nutrition free, artery and colon clogger.

The initial cost to food chains was in the millions of dollars for research, government review, printing, distribution and displays. For what? To clutter the counter? To punish the food chains? The people who most need the information are the least likely to care about calorie counting just like people who choose to smoke aren’t influenced no matter how large the info is printed on a pack of individually rolled carcinogen sticks.

However, what you get when your Congressperson or Senator feels the need to solicit a donation from a vocal advocacy group within their constituency is legislation that hurts business, property owners or citizens in general. The elected representatives are able to hide their participation behind numbers of other legislators often in reciprocal sponsorship of likewise unnecessary legislation. Our representatives receive donations and other perks while we lose freedoms and liberties.

And that my friends is called PORK! That is how we got a 2,232 page $1.3 trillion budget that will fund our government for the next 6 months, through September 2018. Nobody bothered to read the bill other than to make sure their personal and political favors were properly implanted.

To be an effective leader, President Trump must take control of the rebellious hill dwellers as well as the rest of the embedded swamp creatures. Since he does not have line item veto power, he must short circuit the ridiculous process, even if it means vetoing all such legislation until Congress becomes reasonable and responsible. Giving away the farm to get one new cow is unacceptable.

OUR GOVERNMENT IS IN CHAOS BUT IT’S NOT TRUMP’S FAULT

January 15, 2018

Our federal government is in organized and intended chaos, but President Trump is not to blame and I am not an apologist for the man. There are some people purposely entrenched within the bowels of bureaucracy who fight each and every attempt to restore civility and governance to Washington D.C. They sit at the desks within virtually every agency and within the offices of many of our representatives on Capitol Hill.

To describe him in the most kind terms, President Trump is blunt, curt, abrasive and even profane. He is direct and leaves little to question when he speaks. He refuses to adhere to the use of any foggy terms as dictated by political correctness. There are no subtleties about this man. He is as open and transparent as any person in the political arena because he is not a politician even though he is now the leader of the political U.S.

We recently experienced eight years of a president who ruled by edict, said one thing and did the opposite. He intentionally embedded subversives throughout the government to help him and his cabal destroy the American system. It reminds me of the Isley Brothers song from 1969…with slightly modified lyrics; It’s your thing, do what you wanna do. I’ll just tell you who to sock it to.” And we saw that happen live when American citizens were assaulted by the IRS, the DOJ, NSA, FBI, EPA, HUD, BLM, DHS and many of the other agencies and departments under Obama’s tenure and purview. Fortunately, because of the way much of the oppression was enacted, it can also be rescinded by similar action and Trump has already reversed many of those abusive executive actions.

I wrote some years back that President Obama, by using executive orders and memos, was setting up within the government situations that would take decades to unwind. Obamacare is but one example. By suckering the ignorant mass population into a scheme that would, and has, forced and enveloped them in a cistern from which there is no easy return, Obama set the stage for ongoing congressional pugilism. Some of the people have an entitlement and now believe it is their right. Thus, you cannot take it away from them. Dismantling the PPACA is now at least a five year battle and, other than removing the mandated tax penalty, nothing has been done to terminate it. Nothing about the costly act provides health care to the individuals who need it most. It only costs those who can barely afford care far more.

WOTUS (Waters of the United States) is another example. When a rancher is fined for collecting runoff from his rooftop in a barrel or other vessel or utilizing the water from a collective depression on his land as drinking water for his livestock, we are well under way to a communist state where the government owns and controls everything and hurts you if you try to act normal.

Yes, there is some turmoil within the White House. To identify and replace the operatives put in place to cause harm by anarchy is not a two day job. They are deceitful and difficult to pinpoint; it will take a while. Even some of those who professed to be on the side of right and good snuck in through the back door during the transition.

It may take the full four year term to overcome the Alinsky playbook set in place over the past eight years. It may even take longer. I’m personally convinced, however, that Trump will do his best to set the country back on the right course. He has done much in the past year and may yet erase the damage done by the radical Marxist/socialist that preceded him who continues to throw stones and build blockades.

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”.

THE ACA CREATED ANOTHER LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCY

January 15, 2017

There are numerous stories with alarming concern about the possible repeal and replacement of Obamacare. As it is presently, it is a very expensive program that helps very few people but makes some feel it is needed for their own well being. “Free” is addicting, no matter what the cost.

First of all is the incantation that twenty million people will suffer if the failing program does not continue as it is. This is as absurd as “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”. From the beginning, the twenty million people figure is pure fiction, aka fake news in current terms. Its falsehood is easily found in the fact that only fourteen million people even signed up for the program. The fantasy continues with, of the true fourteen million, about twelve million (85%) were eligible for Medicaid or Medicare and were thus covered by working, earning taxpayers through inefficient government run programs anyway. The ACA was just a switch in names that reimbursed doctors for services. So, for billions of dollars per year, some two million people receive actual, not perceived, benefit.

Second is the fallacy about liking and keeping your doctor. Thousands of doctors and many hospitals refused to participate in the wealth redistribution (money laundering) farce from the beginning. The program forced others into bankruptcy and they shuttered their doors. If you were among the lucky ones who liked your doctor, and he or she did cooperate with the extremely restrictive rules set forth by the ACA, chances are great that your wait times for an appointment became exaggerated almost overnight.

Many people report that prior to the inception of the ACA it was possible to get an appointment to see their doctor within a week. Today that time might be as long as six weeks with an average of three weeks. Then, after spending extended time in the waiting room, they find they are hustled through the intake process before a physician assistant (PA) arrives to treat the now severely infected wound or takes some notes and scribbles a prescription to be filled. If necessary, a subsequent appointment is made two weeks hence with the doctor they liked and kept. 

As expressed so frequently over the past 7 years, Obamacare offers little in the realm of medical care.  It is a tax mandated under the guise of health insurance.  It even falls under the authority of the IRS (a tax collection agency), not HHS (the government health agency).

Third comes the fact that many people are not going to the doctor when necessary because the deductible or co-pay is excessive and often not at all affordable after paying $400+ per month for the insurance premium. Thus, the people receiving the most benefit from the program are those who would otherwise have had fully paid government coverage through Medicare or Medicaid.

So, all in all, the panic being created by the possibility that Obamacare might be dismantled and replaced by something different, possibly even better, is vaulting off of anecdotal stories; “I wouldn’t have survived MRSA if it weren’t for Obamacare”. In fact, the insidious infection might have been treated and controlled much more rapidly, more completely and even less expensively if the person suffering with the devastating disease simply went to the ER. Even those with insurance now often wait too long while fretting payment of their deductible.

They tell us that Obamacare is the answer. It was implemented in the dark of night by the Marxists and socialists of our elected body. From the beginning it had little to do with maintaining health or longevity of the American public.  We were even told, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”, by the very people pushing it despite none of them even knowing what they were sponsoring.

People are now under the belief and assurance (thanks to the propaganda proclaimed by the administration and promoted by their extended media arm) that the ACA is a program commoners cannot do without. They’re hooked.  They’re addicted. They’re afraid methadone will not continue the high to which they’ve become accustomed.

Why was change such a good thing just eight years ago and not now?