Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

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 Fortunately, because of the way much of the oppression was enacted, it can also be rescinded by similar action and Trump has already reversed many of those abusive executive actions.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.

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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?

THE TAB I NEVER DROPPED

July 7, 2016

Sometimes (often now) I think I’m experiencing a long-term flash back from the acid tab I never dropped back in the 60s or 70s. Life simply cannot be this surreal.

College students so incensed by truth and honesty that they have to hide from the reality or see a psychologist…or the psychologist tells them to sequester themselves in a safe place until the shuddering eases. Political correctness overcomes and stifles free speech.

We now have:

A front running presidential candidate under FBI criminal investigation for top secret national security violations who continues to garner more campaign funds from foreign sources and government contractors. There is more doubt about honesty and integrity surrounding her, her husband and their family foundation than any other crime syndicate in history. However, her supporters routinely dismiss the allegations or mightily defend against her every action. The news media regularly fails any mention of her short comings.

Another presidential front runner says such outrageous things even his own mother would cringe when he speaks.

A third presidential candidate who only recently dropped out of the race garnered strong (riotously strong ) support. He openly stated that he would follow the path set forth by Alinsky, Cloward, Piven and Marx and bring to the U.S. the same failed socialist system that has produced dictators and brought down the economic systems of countries throughout history.

A president, and proclaimed Constitutional expert, who exerts more power than allowed by that very document. When the courts decide against his moves, he continues to enforce his unlawful mandates or has one of the agencies under his command “regulate” them into enforcement.

A congressional majority from the opposing party who ignores or approves the unconstitutional edicts, rules, regulations and fines imposed on the public. They continue to fund such unconstitutional mandates as imposed health insurance and relocation and Welfare benefits to illegal aliens.

A political targeting of citizens by IRS, DHS, DHHS, EPA, DOJ and other federal agencies, apparently at the behest of the White House.

An apparently politically partisan Supreme Court rather than one impartial and dedicated to upholding the Constitution.

An administration infiltrated by appointed Muslim Brotherhood members that sides with foreign terrorists over American citizens.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

Today, if the LCD screen on the cash register goes out, a high school graduate cannot give you the right change for a five dollar bill when the purchase is $3.58. If the register doesn’t tell them to remit $1.42, the cashier has to call in a manager. Depending on the age of the manager, there might still be a challenge. Common core math tells them that $1.20 and $2.00 might both be right if they can verbally justify the number.

Want to have a little fun? Next time you have the opportunity, give one of these fifteen dollar an hour scholars a five dollar bill for that $3.58 purchase. Then, after he or she has entered the amount into the register, say “wait a minute” and hand over another sixty or seventy-five cents and enjoy what happens.

*CAUTION – Do not do this if there is a line behind you. It’s not fair to them.

THE MONTAGE – VOLUME II

July 5, 2016

This is the second of a series of abbreviated or unfinished rants. For the first of this series, please visit https://bizarroworldusa.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/the-montage/

THE TAB I NEVER DROPPED

Sometimes (often now) I think I’m experiencing a long-term flash back from the acid tab I never dropped back in the 60s or 70s. Life simply cannot be this surreal.

College students so incensed by truth and honesty that they have to hide from the reality or see a psychologist…or the psychologist tells them to sequester themselves in a safe place until the shuddering eases. Political correctness overcomes and stifles free speech.

We now have:

A front running presidential candidate under FBI criminal investigation for top secret national security violations who continues to garner more campaign funds from foreign sources and government contractors. There is more doubt about honesty and integrity surrounding her, her husband and their family foundation than any other crime syndicate in history. However, her supporters routinely dismiss the allegations or mightily defend against her every action. The news media regularly fails any mention of her short comings.

Another presidential front runner says such outrageous things even his own mother would cringe when he speaks.

A third presidential candidate who only recently dropped out of the race garnered strong (riotously strong ) support. He openly stated that he would follow the path set forth by Alinsky, Cloward, Piven and Marx and bring to the U.S. the same failed socialist system that has produced dictators and brought down the economic systems of countries throughout history.

A president, and proclaimed Constitutional expert, who exerts more power than allowed by that very document. When the courts decide against his moves, he continues to enforce his unlawful mandates or has one of the agencies under his command “regulate” them into enforcement.

A congressional majority from the opposing party who ignores or approves the unconstitutional edicts, rules, regulations and fines imposed on the public. They continue to fund such unconstitutional mandates as imposed health insurance and relocation and Welfare benefits to illegal aliens.

A political targeting of citizens by IRS, DHS, DHHS, EPA, DOJ and other federal agencies, apparently at the behest of the White House.

An apparently politically partisan Supreme Court rather than one impartial and dedicated to upholding the Constitution.

An administration infiltrated by appointed Muslim Brotherhood members that sides with foreign terrorists over American citizens.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

Today, if the LCD screen on the cash register goes out, a high school graduate cannot give you the right change for a five dollar bill when the purchase was $3.58. If the register doesn’t tell them to remit $1.42, the cashier has to call in a manager. Depending on the age of the manager, there might still be a challenge. Common core math tells them that $1.20 and $2.00 might both be right if they can verbally justify the number.

Want to have a little fun? Next time you have the opportunity, give one of these fifteen dollar an hour scholars a five dollar bill for that $3.58 purchase. Then, after he or she has entered the amount into the register, say “wait a minute” and hand over another sixty or seventy-five cents and enjoy what happens.

*CAUTION – Do not do this if there is a line behind you. It’s not fair to them.