Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

WOW! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN

January 3, 2019

As we begin the new year we are once again in a partial government shut down over issues with a continuing resolution (CR). Congress convenes again today with a new majority that is dead set against anything , known and unknown, the current president proposes, requests or demands. With the final accounting of the election, they have vowed to obstruct, deny and delay for the remainder of President Trump’s current term.

We the people should demand that a government wide BUDGET must be passed each and every year instead of allowing our elected employees the opportunity to bicker about appropriation and spending for individual departments and agencies for short terms without regard for actual revenues. Then, after confirmation, approval and signature by the president they can proceed to enact laws, rules and regulations that fit within the parameters set by the revenue projections with all spending within the actual revenue collections and department expenditures held proportionate to that income. There has been no fiscal year budget passed since FY 1997! Thanks to both sides of the political aisle, this is why our national debt is rapidly approaching (if not exceeding by time of publishing) $22 Trillion.

In my career I had to deal with budgets for a few small companies and was the CFO of a private non-profit organization dealing with government contracts and grants. In all cases, it was imperative to work within a designated framework of expenditures against revenue. If business was down, then the spending had to be cut back proportionately.

When the government (federal, state or local) failed to agree on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year we had to adjust the expenditures agency wide to accommodate. The NPO was expected to continue performing the services per the conditions agreed by contract until the governing entity released funds. Many of the the grants were on a cost reimbursement basis (we had to spend the money then request reimbursement for performance). Not all of our dealings with the various agencies followed their fiscal year.

The federal government does not follow the same rules they set for contractors. They declare certain amounts for spending and hope the money comes in to cover those expenditures. If it doesn’t, they borrow from you and me or some foreign country obligating you and me to pay it back through our taxes. Work hard…work two jobs if necessary. Your Congressman needs your taxes.

Once again, the Democrats (and RINOs) in Congress are using our immigration system to stymie the government until they overwhelmingly destroy its foundation. This time, instead of working on the allowance side of the immigration problem, they are fighting the rejection of continued destruction. They are fighting against the president, not on principle but on presentation. They will not allow the man in the White House the opportunity to do something the right way. Instead, they want to continue using a system failed by their own initiatives as an item of debate without resolution.

Please read THE PROGRESSIVE HEAD FAKE and embedded link for related in-depth information.

If President Trump is the negotiator he claims to be, he will not allow this to happen on his watch. His solution is a wall, a big beautiful wall. Granted that is not an all inclusive end to the problem of illegal immigration, but merely a step toward an ultimate solution. It is the first step that must be taken, however, in order to work on a complete fix that will benefit citizens and immigrants.

Hold firm Mr. President.  It’s your only hope for respect and a second term to do what’s right for our country.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR USING MORE THAN TWO SQUARES

December 17, 2018

While on her Global Warming College Tour in 2007, Sheryl Crow told the audience that the average person should use “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”.

Though applauded by her fellow Al Gore and save-a-tree groupies, she was ridiculed by all who wish to do a thorough job of cleanup in the restroom. If you use only one or two squares it becomes very important that you use an abundance of warm soapy water to cleanse your hands…not environmentally recommended. Beyond that, the need for extra attention to clothes washing must be considered.

I’m reminded of this little star studded idiocy episode due to the multitude of President Trump investigations. It seems now that a group of highly partisan Democrats headed by Robert Mueller might be screening the sewers under the White House and Mar-a-Lago to identify if the president is, or has been, following the one or two squares rule. They’re seeking anything possible to use against him and/or his family or associates that CNN and MSNBC can use to fill their air time for 24-48 hours..

The latest lurch to non-conclusion is an investigation into possible inappropriate spending of inaugural committee donations. It seems that President Trump may have spent too little on inaugural balls, fluff and hoopla and gave too much of the donated money to charities providing relief services to hurricane victims.  IMPEACH 45! IMPEACH 45!

While I have admittedly received more than one deserved ticket for excessive speed, I generally follow the local, state and federal laws. I expect others to have similar respect for our laws and the enforcement of them. If President Trump or Michael Cohen or Hillary Clinton or Lois Lerner or Charlie Rangel or any members of any of the myriad alphabet agencies under the executive branch or any group or individual throughout our government are, or have been, subverting our laws they must be punished. The statute of limitations should include, but not exceed the perpetrator’s lifetime!

The law must be applied equally to members of all political parties and just discipline must be carried out. Likewise, any prosecutorial misconduct must also be harshly punished.

For nearly 26 months now, our current president has been under constant siege.  The swamp creatures are seeking anything…anything…on which he might be held criminally liable. From collusion to crapping, thus far no evidence has been presented that he has done anything different from any of his predecessors of any political party or governmental position. He is despised because he is an outsider and the insiders want to get rid of him.

If there is any severe bending or breaking of any law by any of our elected officials or the bureaucrats whom they hire, there should be swift justice meted. I’m not referring to a verbal or even written reprimand or censure put into a file and forgotten. I’m calling for punishment that cannot be waved in front of, and lauded by, fellow party members as a badge of honor. In my view, a lengthy stay in general population at the medium security United States Penitentiary, Fort Leavenworth is an apt adjudication for those who have abused their fiduciary responsibility.

Continually searching the sewers of Washington D.C. for evidence of double use of poop paper when there is no direct tie to the president is ridiculous, wasteful of both taxpayer money and government resources and, at this point, needless. It is time to wrap up the politically motivated special counsel so that congress and others can get back to their regular and normal in-fighting and wastefully spending our tax dollars.

If evidence is available, after more than two years of intense investigation, that President Trump unnecessarily used four squares, send him to Kansas. Otherwise Mueller must shut it down and let Trump continue making America great again even if he’s unconventional or not presidential in his approach.

GET ELECTED TO CONGRESS AND VOTE FOR YOURSELF

November 27, 2018

Compared to men and women in uniform who willingly risk their lives to retain our way of life and give citizens around the globe humanitarian opportunities, our government elite are excessively compensated. For instance, a U.S. military member with a pay grade of E-6 (five earned pay grades above entry level) having given more than two years service to our country receives a base pay of only $2,802/mo.($33,264/yr.) This is scheduled to be raised for 2019 by 2.4% to a whopping $2,869/mo. A serviceman’s work schedule includes readiness twenty-four hours a day and often includes weeks on end without a stand down.

Compare that to the average Amazon carton handler who now earns $15.00/hr. That’s 2,580/mo. or nearly $31,000/yr. for placing boxes on a conveyor belt 8 hours a day.  When the bell rings ending the shift, they’re outta there!  An over-the-road trucker earns an average of $23.00/hr or almost $78,000 annually if they really go at it.  Consider what the average retail store manager is paid.  Good ones make approximately $46,000 a year.

Military accommodations often consist of living in tents, bathing in streams or ponds when available with clothing changes welcomed whenever possible. Granted, they do receive an extra stipend when deployed to areas or subjected to situations where death is imminent.

Why should congressional members protected by the secret service and capitol police make so much more?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wears designer ensembles costing more than the average soldier makes in a month to her campaign venues. While campaigning, she has been seen wearing outfits of estimated cost exceeding $3,500 including shoes with a price tag of $625. Though she dresses for success, she’s whining that she cannot afford to live in the city or suburbs surrounding her new job.

Not even seated yet, the socialist darling of the left is suggesting legislation that would give congressional members a housing allowance in excess of the freshman base pay of $174,000. And, the members vote themselves raises at will. *Congress is required by Article I, Section 6, of the Constitution to determine its own pay.

Some current members, known to sleep in their offices and bathe in the gym locker room (not the Potomac River), have suggested a housing allowance while in session amounting to $2,500 per month.

Returning to reason perhaps we, the American voters, should consider something along the lines of a government housing facility for our downtrodden elected leaders like the projects offered by H.U.D. There are numerous vacant government owned buildings in and about Washington D.C. that could easily be converted into dorms or apartments.

For those choosing this option, the accommodations might be paid for by deducting $1,500 – $2,500 per month ($18,000 – 30,000/yr) from the base we now pay them. Nancy would consider it just “crumbs”. Most of them can probably scrape by on the remaining measly $144,000 per year. A transportation allowance of $5.00 per round trip to and from the dorm and capitol could be an additional benefit for consideration.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s next proposal is probably for a congressional clothing allowance and meal per diem to go along with the housing allowance. After all, we must redistribute the wealth from those who worked hard to earn their bounty. Soon thereafter, I’m sure, she’ll and the others will consider working for the people who elected them instead of what they can do to benefit themselves.  Yeah, right!

Congressional staffers and interns live and commute under the same circumstances and seem to get by on their pay of $30,000 – $85,000 per year without such perks. And they do much, if not most, of the work for which the elected elite receive their salaries.

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?

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.