Posts Tagged ‘Corruption’

2020 CENSUS – WHY BOTHER?

May 6, 2020

By now, everyone has had the opportunity to review and complete the 2020 census. The census is, or at least was originally, generated to identify the number of elected government officials required to do an adequate job of representing the citizens of America. This year, as in recent years, there will be no question regarding the citizenship status of the persons filling in the form or those living within the dwellings covered by the forms. Therefore, why bother completing the form?

From census.gov: “The first censuses counted the population and provided information on population by county. In 1790, the census also categorized white males by age: those under age 16 and those age 16 and older. Over the years, Congress has authorized additional questions, enabling us to better understand the nation’s inhabitants and their activities and needs. In fact, one of the nation’s founders, James Madison, suggested that the census takers ask additional questions that would help lawmakers better understand the needs of the nation.”

Since the first few enumerations, many questions have been added as Madison indicated might be necessary. Some of the questions that appeared temporarily were used for statistical purposes not related to government representation. E.g. Where was this person born? For the purpose of representation today, it is not vital to know where the person was born eight, twenty or fifty years ago. However, some questions that no longer appear on the census that are relevant include veteran status and service dates. This might be useful to the government for the allocation of funds to Veterans Services such as medical centers, disability benefits, etc.

One question that has been asked throughout the ages is the sex of the respondent and household members. This year, as in the past, the choices are male and female. This one is sure to raise eyebrows in today’s world. There are many people who choose not to identify in a normal or binary fashion. They will be lost when they cannot fill in one of two boxes. There are, however, more than thirty choices for race/ethnicity.

The one question that is not on the 2020 census that appeared on the last two decennial data collections is arguably one of the most important. That question is: Is this person a citizen of the United States?

For many taxpayers, this is a very important question. Why do we apportion a limited number of elected officials to represent foreign nationals and allocate social benefits to aliens who are possibly terrorists or other subversives?

It is disturbing to me and many patriotic citizens of this country that we do not have an accurate count of the number of people who are in this country illegally. The census should fill in that void. If the question of citizenship or legal status appeared on this document we would have a much better sense of that.

There are reasons why a person is in the country at the time of census. They might be here on Permanent Resident (aka, Green Card) status which allows foreign citizens the right and opportunity to work in the United States. They might be here with legitimate visas for work, study, teaching, travel or any of a number of reasons. Shouldn’t we have a count of those still within the limits of their visas and those who have overstayed the time, opportunity or authority granted by such? Shouldn’t the census give us an idea of the number of legitimate voters in a district, state or within our nation?

Is the decennial census still relevant to the needs of the country today, or is it simply another tool that has been purposefully outdated by our elected officials for political purposes?

THE CASE FOR LINE ITEM VETO

April 27, 2020

A quick bit of history to preface the need for the above title. In 1996, Bob Dole introduced the Line Item Veto Act that passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Bill Clinton on Nov. 5, 1996. The Act gave the president exactly the powers that a president should and must have. It allowed for the president to reject items in a bill that were not required for the bill to be reasonable and viable on it’s own.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that line item veto gave the president (in that case William Jefferson Clinton who had signed the bill into law) unwarranted powers. The majority opinion at that time was, the president was required to approve or reject whole legislation and that the Line Item Veto Act allowed the president to “amend” legislation, which was an assault on the powers given to Congress under Article I.

As written, the majority opinion is correct. It would allow any president the opportunity to accept or reject any part or parts of any spending bill that he or she chose. However, the president still doesn’t have the final say on any legislation. Even when the president eliminates portions of a bill before signing, the product must then go back to the Senate for final approval or rejection. Thus, the president does not unilaterally amend the legislation, he or she only offers amendments for legislative body review. The Senate and House can accept, reject or offer further amendments then present the product to the president once again.

In 1998, however, the congress did not include such things as an $80 million study to identify “The Truth About how many Toads can be Handled by people before Warts Appear (TTATHWA)” in emergency spending bills to give relief to hurricane or flood victims. They did not include “federal security for Gated COMmunities (GCOM)” within their districts in bills directed at terrorism abroad.

Paying homage to Rahm “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste” Emanuel, congress has taken advantage of the court ruling by interjecting personal preference spending on pet projects that help the members win re-election campaigns. Knowing that the wholesale rejection of an “emergency relief” bill in a time of crisis would damage this president, majority congressional leaders made sure to include every previously lobbied project into the emergency relief to replace lost income due to the Coronavirus. And, in preparation of possible rejection, party leaders wrote damning speeches for media airing and publication well in advance of sending the bills to the presidential desk. Given that President Trump signed the ridiculous all inclusive spending bill, they will keep the boilerplate letters and speeches in archive for future use.

There was definitely a need for immediate financial relief to workers, but President Trump is where the buck stops when blaming begins on this one. Line item veto power would have saved billions of dollars to direct where truly needed.

With a majority in the House, these Utopian desires could be written as stand-alone bills. They might be written in a few pages that could be read, digested and understood before voting on them. However, in order for any hope of becoming part of the makeup of the U.S., they must be concealed in multi-hundred page documents that are rarely read before voting is called. If they were good, valid and useful additions to American society the authors would gladly accept recognition for his/her contributions. This is not the way our government was meant to operate. Let us hope that there is another argument brought before the Supreme Court to consider line item veto authority for the president.

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS

December 16, 2019

At the recent meeting of Women Rule Summit, Speaker Pelosi was asked about the speed with which the House Democrats were moving toward impeachment. “Speed?” she replied, “It’s been going on 22 months—two and a half years, actually.”

She continued digging the hole with, “I think we are not moving with speed. Was it two and a half years ago they initiated the Mueller investigation? It’s not about speed. It’s about urgency. One of the charges against the president of the United States—saying he was violating the oath of office by asking for government to interfere in our election undermining the integrity of our elections.”

Sometimes, in the haze of age and belief in her royal identity, Speaker Pelosi tells the obvious truth, whether she means to or not. She probably put it best over a year ago when she explained the “Wrap Up Smear”. Foolishly, she allowed the world to see the diabolical ways of the Democrat party. (Not saying that the Republicans don’t use this or similar tactics, but Democrats use it often and viciously.)

The Wrap Up Smear, as the Speaker put it, might well be the reason for the multitude of “leaks” that we see happening during this administration. It is so easy to quote The Washington Post or the New York Times as a credible source when it fits the Democrat agenda or cause. Simply feed the info you want to use through a reporter…maybe true maybe not…then use the manufactured article to validate your point.

More recently she shared the latest, or at least the most obvious iteration of the plan when she openly admitted that the impeachment of President Trump is not connected to any phone call, or even Russian meddling in our elections. It is all about undermining the credibility of a duly elected president. The whole impeachment saga began because they are angry they were unable to adequately manipulate the 2016 election and declare victory for the very corrupt Hillary Clinton in 2016. They have been mad at themselves and taking their anger out on our president.

The past week, the Judiciary committee issued and voted on two articles of impeachment.

Article I “ABUSE OF POWER”.

Hearsay, innuendo, bias, interpretation and desire to remove the sitting president from office were used in testimony to create this article. Unlike his predecessor using his pen and his phone to skirt congress, President Trump did what every other elected official does in the course of their business day. For him, however, it is considered abuse of power. The charge of investigating Joe and Hunter Biden in exchange for aid, is bogus. The president, from what I read in the transcript, asked the Ukrainian head of state to look into corruption within his government and his country. The Bidens had simply inserted themselves into that corruption.

And Article II, “OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS”.

Laughably, the Democrats in the House consider themselves above the other branches of government. When served with a subpoena, the White House properly referred the matter to the co-equal third branch of our government, the Supreme Court, to identify the validity and necessity of the subpoena. In doing so, this was considered defiant of the lords of congress and deemed impeachable.

This impeachment is an attempt to discredit the current president and take over the government. This behavior should bother everyone who thinks the ideals of the socialists seeking the presidency are not possible. This is the type of authoritarian underhanded overreach that can be expected from those diabolic and malevolent minded individuals seeking to preside over the economy and politics of the United States.

BUT IT’S THE ONLY WAY WE CAN GAIN CONTROL

September 30, 2019

President Trump says nasty things about virtually everybody he believes has attacked him or his ideas without warrant. It matters naught who it is, what color their skin or from where they come. It is him reacting to what he believes is untrue or wrong. Therefore, he must be impeached.

He was accused of “attacking women of color” because he said some uncomely things about THE SQUAD. The media, every democrat and P.C. analyst wrote and spoke about his being a racist for weeks due to a couple of tweets and live sound bites. He was called a racist, xenophobe, misogynist, white supremacist and Hitler for his pronouncements.

Could it be that he felt the four made idiotic suggestions about how much more money could be sucked out of the pockets and bank accounts of taxpayers? Might it be that they want government control of that money and your life? “The Green New Deal” would be 100% ineffectual because the U.S. is only a part of the world’s CO2 emissions caused by manufacturing and consumption of petroleum based products.

The squad, by their proposal, intimate that the U.S. can eliminate green house gasses and therefore eliminate the need for all other countries’ responsibility for emission reduction. They say that if we spend trillions of dollars on the effort, others will follow and do their part.

Human nature and history show us that, in fact, those other countries are likely to say, “Good job America, now we don’t have to waste our resources because you’ve done such a fantastic job”. Here I’d like to reference China’s adherence to the Paris Climate Accord. China (where people must often wear masks to breathe) agreed to continue creating greater pollution until a peak is reached in 2030.

He might have demeaned the people when he suggested that they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” https://bizarroworldusa.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/news-alert-how-lies-become-truths/

While some of the greatest emitters of carbon based pollutants are truly reducing their emissions, their production and their economies are faltering. More manufacturing is being done in the U.S. since the accord was reached yet we are still reducing the total pollution despite the increase in production.

Don’t even get me started on bovine flatulence. I, too, have been known to eat foods such as legumes and grains that cause gaseous emissions.

It might be said that the current attempt is to make the president into something other than he really is. Of the past week or so, we have seen the media and socialists in office attempt to make a story out of a phone call. They have used hearsay, revolving media stories, innuendo and unfounded allegations. They say that he (Trump) tried to get dirt on a political opponent.

I doubt that President Trump is seriously concerned about Joe Biden becoming a viable candidate for president and that he needs dirt to secure re-election. As I see it, the president was suggesting that an investigation into corruption, money laundering, coercion and perhaps even bribery be re-opened. The subject of the investigation just happens to be a candidate unlikely to be the Democrat presidential nominee. It’s the corruption, not fear of Joe Biden, just as the comments about the squad had nothing to do with their gender, skin color or heritage. They happen to be socialists and he believes Americans are better off under a law and order capitalist society and democratic republic not a socialist controlled authoritarian regime.

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.