Posts Tagged ‘Government’

THE AGE OF BEWILDERMENT

March 11, 2019

As we enter election season, progressives want to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. There is a reason for this and it is not just to incorporate more people into the civic duty of electing officials. The reason is sinister.

At 16, even a working individual has not had the opportunity to evaluate how the earnings taken from his or her paycheck are being abused by their elected officials. Scientific and biological researchers and experts agree that the human mind develops slowly and is not fully capable of continuous rational thought and judgment until a person is in their mid-twenties.

Teachers of students in the public indoctrination system insist on having their bored but active charges put on psychoactive pharmaceuticals to enable greater access to the otherwise bright and thinking minds of our youth. This is also why the government wants to take control of children even before they enter kindergarten.

While yet of what I believe is sound mind, I am having great difficulty understanding some of what is foist upon us by our elected elite socialists under the guise of evolutionary progress.

  • The minimum age to buy and drink alcohol in all 50 states is 21 years.
  • One must be 18 to join the military/fight for your country and kill enemies
  • One must be 18 to buy a firearm on the civilian market…they want to move this to 21 because, they say, a person of only eighteen years is not always capable of controlling their impulses.
  • One must be 18 to destroy their body by smoking tobacco products to ruin their health
  • One must be 18 to obtain a prescription for health medications or have a guardian sign for them.
  • Most states hold the parents responsible for the liabilities created by and the welfare of offspring until their 18th birthday.

For all of the above, one must present proof of age in the form of a verified government issued identification generally showing a photographic likeness of the individual requesting service (except for voting).

These ages, agreed upon and established over decades as norms, are now under consideration for revision to accommodate Marxist/socialist goals of transforming our democratic republic into a state of dictatorship.

*Remember, it was Michelle Obama who said in 2008, “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”

The prefrontal cortex is the last to mature and it involves the control of impulses and decision-making. Therefore, teenagers need to learn to control reckless, irrational and irritable behavior.

VOTE16USA.org is dedicated to lowering the voting age to 16 across the nation. The organization says that such a move will improve voter turnout and encourage civic engagement. They offer heavy influence to the power-grabbing elite. Democrats in congress recently included lowering the voting age as an amendment in HR1 “For the People Act of 2019”.

From the website: http://nancyguberti.com/5-stages-of-human-brain-development/ (emphasis added to pertinent parts)

Stage 1: 0 to 10 months

~Neurons and connections growing.

Stage 2: birth to 6 years

~Development of voluntary movement, reasoning, perception, frontal lobes active in development of emotions, attachments, planning, working memory, and perception. A sense of self is developing and life experiences shape the emotional well being.

Our elected officials want control of this subset calling it Early Childhood or Pre-K development. By taking control of the early developing mind, it is possible to manipulate and subdue the child into the mold dictatorial socialists desire. They can “correct” responsive thinking early for compatibility with what they deem as new societal norms.

Stage 3: 7 to 22 years

~The neural connections or ‘grey’ matter is still pruning, wiring of brain still in progress, the fatty tissues surrounding neurons or ‘white’ matter increase and assist with speeding up electrical impulses and stabilize connections.  The prefrontal cortex is the last to mature and it involves the control of impulses and decision-making.

~Therefore, teenagers need to learn to control reckless, irrational and irritable behavior. Avoiding drugs, alcohol, smoking, unprotected sex and substance abuse.

Stage 4: 23 to 65 years

~Finally, the brain reaches its peak power around age 22 and lasts for 5 more years. Afterwards, it’s a downhill pattern. Last to mature and the first to go are the brain functionality of executive control occurring in the prefrontal and temporal cortices. Memory for recalling episodes start to decline, processing speed slows and working memory is storing less information.

~Best approach is to stay mentally active, learn new things, stay physically active and eat a very healthy diet. Avoid toxins, cigarettes, alcohol and mind-altering drugs.

Given the proven development pattern of the human brain, is there any question why Democrat Socialists want to lower the voting age? Total control and manipulation of their subjects, “We the People”, appears to be the goal.  It’s only one part of the social engineering for effect taking place today.

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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.

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.

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.

JUSTIFYING BAD BEHAVIOR WITH GOOD BEHAVIOR

March 19, 2018

Just as the news media condemns the removal of illegal aliens from this country because they have skirted the law for years and sometimes decades, they renounce the removal of a criminal from the justice department before he can continue to further bilk taxpayers for his disgraceful behavior.

First, let us start with truth. Any law enforcement officer, criminal judge or even a behavioral specialist will tell you that when a person is caught, rarely is it the first time he or she has committed a misdemeanor or felony. Often they may have done the same or similar things many times in the past. As a for instance, when a person is pulled over by a patrol officer for speeding, it may be the second, tenth or hundredth time that person actually broke a speed decree. They may have disregarded many stop signs or red lights before being caught speeding this time. Not being caught before does not exonerate any previous wrongs.

It should matter naught whether a politician has a (D), (R) or (I), behind their name. It is how they act and vote that matters. Is it in the best interest of the majority of citizens or is it in the name of some focus group or small but loud agitation faction? Is that vote one for the continued success of a democratic republic or is it one that will eventually change our republic into a two tiered (elite and subservient) socialist or communist regime?

Liberals like to bellow that Mueller is a Republican, therefore his investigation into a president who won the election under the Republican party ticket is honorable and not to be questioned. The fact that his investigative team is made up of highly partisan Democrats who display a significant shortsightedness regarding the misgivings of any and all members of their chosen party is to be overlooked.

John McCain’s service to the country while in uniform and his courageous endurance while in captivity is certainly honorable and commendable. His liberal disservice to this very same country while in the House and Senate, however, is not to be lauded. The fact that he, Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse – Never Trumpers all – call themselves Republicans does not make them conservative or preservative of the country we know. They would rather change the stature and structure of the country than publicly agree that a Washington outsider’s attempt to restore law, order and culture to America is in the best interest of the citizens even if it is not best for politicians.

Likewise, just because a person or group of people managed to gain entry into the country illegally or overstay their granted welcome (visa) and remain for weeks, months or years before being detected does not justify any “right” to remain. It does not convey to them the rights and privileges accorded to citizens.

That brings us to the dilemma of Andrew McCabe. McCabe is a man who was finally identified and fired for performing duties contrary to those for which he was hired. Some say that it is disrespectful for the Attorney General to fire him and relieve the taxpayers of a $1.8 million burden just days before his scheduled retirement. Others say that the firing should have taken place months ago and saved the taxpayers his salary to this point. As illustrated above, this is the time for which he was identified as subversive. It does not mean that it was the first time in his 21 year career that he did something against bureau protocol with a politically minded purpose.