November 16, 2011
YOU THREW A PARTY AND ONLY ONE OUT OF FOUR GUESTS SHOWED UP--WOULD YOU BE HAPPY?"
Preface: The following comments,
regarding a recent political election and a newspaper article about the results, have nothing to do with my preference
of one candidate over another. I did not have a vote in this election since it was outside of my district.
I did follow the debates and the candidates' views, but I did not endorse nor openly support one candidate
over the other.
I bring this political contest up for two significant reasons. One deals with the elation
over voter turnout, that I want to focus on. The other deals with the way the candidate ran his campaign.
let's look at the headlines and the declarations made about the election of the next mayor of Phoenix, Arizona.
The headline read: "Phoenix voter turnout sets city-election
record". As I then looked at the article, I read on the first line: "The 2011 Phoenix election will go down in city history for
record-breaking voter turnout". And,
in the third paragraph, I read: "..smashing the 1983 record
for most ballots cast in an election by about 18,000 votes,.."
Surely, anyone reading this article
at this point, has to be thinking that the people of Phoenix have taken a strong interest in their government and have moved
in the direction of voter involvement. After all, look again at the previous paragraph as to what was written--it
says it all. What else could these words mean? (click here to read more or go to "Essays Page")
*November 1, 2011
"CAMPAIGN MONIES FLOW--DEBTS CONTINUE TO GROW"
On Oct. 24, 2011, President
Barrack Obama spoke at the Spanish-style mansion of actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, where about 200 supporters
paid at least $5,000 each.
At a private residence, someone's home, a small group of people dropped over $1,000,000.00
in the hat. During times that the president is trying to get middle America to pay for a jobs bill that
will set us back nearly 500 billion dollars, during a time when the president is hard at it to get a program off the ground
that will aid families that are underwater and possibly ready to lose their homes---where is this world in which some live
and who are these people?
Are these people on the other side of the universe, in some pocket that keeps them immune to the problems
of the world? No, these people are gathering in a private home for a party with a small group of friends, less
people than it would take to fill one-half of the new Boeing 747-400. Yet, this small group of people gathered
together and easily gave over a MILLION DOLLARS to feed the campaign coffers of their candidate and surely, now their friend.
Their good friend, the president, the same man that wants to raise taxes on the rich in order to pay for programs that
aid the less fortunate.
The irony is that some of these people may not have even had dinner, yet they came and they willingly gave.
And to top it off, they might not have even been friends, contrary to my former suggestion. They might not even have
liked some of the people with whom they were hobnobbing . Yet, the cash flowed freely and I would venture
to say, without a real concern about the economy (outside of Wall Street), the jobless rate, the housing foreclosure issues
or the exodus within the industrial belt as vacant building after vacant building is being boarded up.
Do you wonder
what the president will do with that easily gathered million? Do you think he will spend it on himself
and his agenda to stay president or will he use it to save about 600 families from foreclosure? Or,
what about funding an entire year's payroll for about 30 workers that need jobs?
I'm taking bets on this one---that it's
not going to the soon-homeless-families or to relief some of the millions of unemployed workers. After
all, that's a problem for you and me---the taxpayers. This is campaign money, this is "political
campaign money", yes, this is "DONATE lots to ME so I can keep MY job".
most amazing part about campaign funds is that they are never ending, creating treasure troves of millions and in
some cases, billions of dollars, month after month, year after year---for people that walk among us during
appointed times, they speak of promises for a better tomorrow, they shake hands, smile and have photos taken while running
for office and then become unapproachable while in office--until it's time to run again. And each campaign echoes
the words of the last one and the one before and the one before.
This type of scenario, filling the campaign coffers of the politicians
with such an abundance that the end figures are staggeringly vulgar, while the politician speaks about the economic crisis,
the jobless rate and other woes, brings to my mind a vision of a huge elephant sitting in the middle of the room. ELEPHANT: Something
that just can't be ignored---and in this case, that something would be a hypocrite.
So, let's see if we can give some clarity to
the word. Class, sit up straight and "PAY" attention.
A politician, in office, blaming others for things he/she voted into law.
A politician, in office, blaming all of the woes of this nation on the
failures of the opposing party to understand the 'real; issues.
3. All politicians,
in office, that talk about how much they care about their constituents, while
they promote personal agendas as they themselves live lives of entitlement and privilege.
CLASS DISMISSED: Those of you that are so
poor that it was difficult to even "PAY" attention---please study carefully, there is an election coming.
You, and millions just like you, will decide the fate of this nation and your family.
*Note: This article is a slightly altered version of our commentary,
presented on the Oct. 29 broadcast. To hear the audio version, please replay the program found on our archives page at:
At the Republican National Convention in 1988, George
H.W. Bush, uttered these words: "Read my lips, no new taxes". We
are well aware as to why that statement echoes loud and clear every time we look back on campaign promises that go unfulfilled.
In the current campaign, we are hearing the same promises made for more than a generation regarding border security,
taxes, the economy, production on American shores and many more. Maybe these promises should be met with:
Read my lips--No new campaign promises that you won't keep, that you can't keep and/or that you have no
clue on how to make them happen. Read MY lips: Stop the empty promises.
Ronald Reagan, during his inaugural
address in 1981: "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government
is the problem".
Most of us would agree with that statement, but do we understand the identity of "the government".
When we think of government, we don't think of you and me, we think of Washington and all those people that occupy
the House, the Senate and the White House. We don't think about the bosses that put the people into
office. The true government is you and it's me. It is the American People.
America, a land where the government is OF the people, BY the people and FOR
the people. READ MORE
SEPTEMBER 5, 2011
"VACATION TIME IS ENDING--FINGER POINTING TO START UP 'AGAIN'"
TODAY (9/5/11): THE PRESIDENT
SAID: "The time for Washington games is over. The time for action is now. No more manufactured crises, no more games.
Now is not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs, now is the time for them to worry about
your jobs." Here's the problem with what he had to say:
FIRST--Congress is still on their 5 week vacation. Why
is it now so important for action, what about the last 5 weeks of unemployment, dead economy, tight credit
lines, lack of faith in political system, distrust of politicians and rising costs for groceries, fuel and other consumer essentials?
So, TODAY, this day, it just isn't going to be a good day for action---we have to wait
for everyone to come back in from playtime and take their seats. With all the traveling, the getting situated and then
the TV and radio interviews, the arguing about which party did what, who did what to whom and other displays of boorish behavior--it
will be another week before Congress is ready to settle in. And when that happens, the real finger pointing will start.
SECOND--How can the President say this is no time
to worry about their jobs when he's out on the campaign trail? By now, some us are beginning to understand that
hypocrisy might be the biggest problem we have in government. Can you imagine how much time we would have to address
real issues and study remedies if these grown men and women didn't spend so much time trying to influence
us with the childish 'he did, she said, they won't, we will, if I can't play, then I'm taking my
ball and going home' and other such nonsense. Imagine a session without time wasted on all
the finger pointing. Of course, with this crew, that is a far cry from becoming a reality.
So--what have we here? Politics as usual and everyone
trying to get jockey for position. Difference being that the President has the bigger pulpit. Other than that, anything that
is said or done will all be about the upcoming campaign and trying to do just that---save THEIR jobs.
How much longer will we tolerate this farce?
How long can we survive, without taking positive steps to end this crisis that has gripped this nation
for far too long?
for the American people, well let's face it--we got what we voted for--hope and change. We hope we can
survive until the next election. We hope we will have better representation, we hope we will have more capable leadership,
we hope we have reason to hope that things will change.
AUGUST 19, 2011
"WE HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY, AND IT IS US"
During a discussion, a FB friend (Nancy H.) posted the following (exact copy): "With 14 TRILLION
dollars of debt, NO ONE in this country should be hitchhiking, hungry, or homeless. Heck with 14 TRILLION we could have cured
cancer and autism. Where did ALL the money go?????? It does NOT seem to be in America, despite the fact that Americans got
to pay the debt."
I agreed. She made an excellent point. I looked
at that figure, 14 TRILLION DOLLARS, and wrote it out in my mind---even more staggering when envisioned.
Although it took awhile to spend us into such debt, we are going at a record pace today and there seems no
end to increased poverty and continuing hunger. Where is this money going? There is
NO BUDGET, there is NO FULL DISCLOSURE. According to the increasing debt, the only thing I find TRANSPARENTLY
CLEAR is: No one should be hungry in this country. Unfortunately, a huge portion the money hasn't been spent here, has it.
It has gone to impoverished
nations that are still impoverished, to aid some relief efforts around the globe that are still requiring relief, to rid lands
of regimes bent on enslaving the people within boundaries that are still controlled by other regimes or terrorist groups.
a huge portion of the money hasn't been spent on these issues either.
It has gone to line the overflowing
pockets of power players throughout the world, including those that are our sworn enemies. The money has gone to increase
the holdings and bottom lines of banks, of big business, government contracts and, as a side benefit, to increase the net
wealth of scores and scores and scores of congressional members. And add to this the waste and untold benefactors of graft
and corruption. And yes, I include the waste of countless vacations by the Administration and Congress during a time
of severe crisis in America. Unfortunately, a huge portion of the money HAS been spent on these agendas.
But, unfortunately, a large portion of the money hasn't been spent on this nation's military men and
women, this nation's unemployment, its job creation issues, this nation's declining state of affairs, this
nation's forlorn or this nation's research to find cures for diseases.
Isn't it past time to sit back and hope for the best?
Instead of posting on social
networks, how many write their representatives, how many call the leaders of the Senate, the House or even the White House?
How many give to charities within their community instead of to some government sponsored program? How
many give directly to someone, to a family in need, instead of to some political slickster running for (re)election?
"We have seen the enemy, and it is us". We haven't been too diligent
in selecting leadership. We haven't been too quick to respond to righting the wrongs, though they
are blatantly displayed before us. Let's face it, we just haven't been too willing to be involved. Can we
afford to continue to ignore the wake up calls. The next one might be suppressed by those that want us to sit
back and amuse ourselves with false hope.
It seems that one of Ghandi's quotes is cited
quite often these days: "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Maybe, before further hardship or calamity befalls us--we'll (you and I) actually be the change we want to see in the
world. I am also reminded of another quote: "Actions speak louder than words."
320,000,000 AMERICANS FOCUSED on electing leaders according to character & ability.
320,000,000 AMERICANS FOCUSED on righting the wrongs, for the common good of all.
AMERICANS INFORMED AND INVOLVED! "Oh beautiful, for spacious..."
|Results of a SUPER COMMITTEE
|A voluminous bill containing wasteful spending of agendas cleverly buried in pages no one read
SUPER COMMITTEE OR DEJA VU?
COMMITTEE" is being defined by each appointment, from all sides of the aisle. It looks like the "super"
part will be those that are permanently entrenched in the game of politics, the super politicians that have sat in Congress
for term after term and now make up the senior class. These politicians that continuously pass bills that are thousands
upon thousands of pages long, allocate the spending of mega amounts of taxpayer monies and have no fail safe audits
to prevent graft, corruption and wasteful spending. Generally, the only things that turn out 'SUPER' are
the amount of pages, the amount of waste, the amount of added wealth to a select few and the future tax that will be imposed
on the American worker.
members are heralded as the newly crowned deliverers of the realm, they will suggest and argue for their friends
to join them on the committee. And when it is all said and done, there may even be the token dissenting one
or possibly even two, just to make it appear that change is coming and therefore, a cause for hope. But, before we
throw the confetti and sing "Happy Days Are Here Again", take note of who's selecting and who's
serving. If a coat of paint is applied to a broken down, rotten fence, you get a broken down, rotten
fence that looks good, at first glance, from a distance. Just don't get close enough to lean on it; it won't
of this group may seek to make statements to the media, suggesting that this is now the time for reason and that respect
for differing opinions and harmony will be the rule. As long as party politics are in play
and they are (that's how they get appointed to the committees), the give and take, the tit for tat, the favor for a favor
will be the norm. We'll be inundated with media reports covering it all, from egos, arguments, increased spending,
exemptions for the privileged, agendas, deals, favors, lobbyist influences, etc. OR, to state it in simpler form: Politics
When you put the same politicians
in charge that have been in charge for years, what else can you expect. The definition of "insanity" comes
to mind on this deal. Doing the same thing, with the same people and expecting a different outcome---INSANITY.
How self-centered and self-important does the Congress have to be
to strut this in front of the American people, as a solution to an ever growing crisis that has grown under the tutelage of
those now named to shape the committee that will be in charge to "fix" things. .
And when this plays out and the results leave us with another broken
down, rotting fence---who will be painted with the broad stroke of a blaming brush this time?
EXCUSE ME, I WAS WONDERING: "WHY IS CONGRESS
the arbitrary deadline drew nearer, congressional leaders argued over tax cuts, tax increases, spending cuts, spending increases.
Congressional leaders warned of a looming doom, if debt limits weren't raised so that America could meet its financial
obligations. The message was presented over and over: Increased limits and authorized
added borrowing was the direction needed or America could default and her creditworthiness would be in jeopardy.
Many interviews were given by politicians on all sides, numerous secret, closed door meetings were held, but there
was little of substance offered. In the end, the debt limit was raised immediately, spending cuts were
held off for the near and distant future.
This is what America wound up with?
We are to accept a broken system that added more pieces that would contribute to the malfunctioning, out-of-control
spending of a government that is much too big and much too controlling? The waste continues, the debt increases,
the nation moves in the wrong direction. After weeks of orchestrated media exposure to the dog and pony
shows, American taxpayers wind up deeper in debt and, to date, there isn't a program that has been successful at the grass
root levels of Main Street America.
same problems exist, in the same or greater proportions: Unemployment, a lack of manufacturing on America
soil, a sluggish economy, a near-closed credit market, a foreclosure debacle of epic levels and a list
of other items that seems to just go on and on.
Now after the hype, over this issue, had ended,
surely the nation's leaders would take up the real issues for most Americans: Jobs, manufacturing on
native soil and boosting the economy within the nation. There was also the immediate issue of over 4,000
FAA employees now out of work, as well as thousands more that relied on the airline industry, and tax revenues, running
into the billions, were being lost. Congress needed to weigh in and address this issue. Many
other issues sat as additional agendas to be moved upon. The nation needed their representatives
to deal with matters that concerned all of Main Street. And this Congress needed to get it together before
the ego and in fighting completely stalled this process of government, the government that was formed of, by and
for the people, to benefit the common good of all Americans. Instead, without further ado, the business
of the nation would be laid aside for more than a month.
The members of Congress decided they deserved to go on ANOTHER
PAID VACATION. (click to read more)
CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS HEAD HOME TO SOLIDIFY THE FIX
America was nearing
the end of its borrowed money. Congress couldn't agree on where or how they could get the right to borrow more.
The almighty clock was ticking---the clock that ticked away the days, the hours and the seconds until they had to work on
the most important deal of their lifes---campaigning for the next election.
So, at the last minute, a deal was concluded.
America would not run out of borrowed money, we would borrow more and continue on the path of politics as usual--borrowing
and runaway spending, runaway spending and deeper debt, indebtedness nearing the edge of the abyss-of-no-return.
And Congress packed it up, left Washington in the rear view mirrors of the limousines and private cars that ferried them
to airports and private planes that would take them home---to their beloved homelands, the land of favors, fund raising, political
party promises, privileged agendas and ever increasing personal wealth.
They left Washington and the janitors (the working class) were now left to
clean up the mess that they have left behind.
Yes, with the guarantee that they had set the nation up to float on borrowed funds, funds
that would benefit them also, they were satisfied with their efforts. They could go on another paid vacation. They
knew they had lots of newly tapped funds with which to play. Home they went, to assure their power backers,
that, if re-elected, that money would see its way to private agenda deals that the powerful want done.
After it is all said and done, the deal went the way it was always intended
to go. The drama was just a smoke screen. The real power never doubted the outcome and those on the inside, knew
their assignments and played them out as instructed.
Congress went home to let those that fund their campaigns know that the fix is in.
And the world continues to spin, maybe a bit less carefree, but it continues to spin. And Americans go on about
their lives--This deal is done. Or is it?
In this age of American politics, it is what goes on when Congress is not in session that scares and sickens many
of us, even more so than when Congress is session. Private agendas laid out, future
deals agreed to, funds promised and votes assured--these are the workings of a political machine that is a disgrace to this
nation's FOUNDING FATHERS, ITS FLAG, ITS MOTTO, ITS FREEDOM. This is a government no
longer of, by or for the people--it is a powerful political machine that is a disgrace to the name--AMERICA and the good people
of the REPUBLIC.
|This is not a Comedy--This is a Tragedy
|Politicians laugh all the way to the bank. Americans cry over more debt. There are NO jobs.
AUGUST 1, 2011
POLITICIANS AND DRAMA QUEEENS
American Politicians be any more artificial than they already are? So much ado about nothing. Sure, there is a
lot at stake and much that needs to be done. But they aren't doing it, they are too busy positioning themselves for
the next election. And that, we can only pray, is much ado about nothing.
As if we didn't know the debt limit would be raised, please. As if we didn't know it would come
down to the wire and no one would have time to read, debate or offer alternatives to the last-minute-bill submitted--GET REAL.
As if we didn't know that as soon as the bill is signed by the President, the spending will go merrily into overdrive--all
the way to the next debt ceiling limit. And, out of the added spending will come more another batch of millionaires
and even a few billionaires. Matter of fact, some in Congress today, though they now have very limited wealth, will
surely be added to that list.
We spelled it out in plain English on the air, this past Saturday. Replay our
broadcast of July 30 (HR 2). And then tell Washington to stop their farcical attempt at all of this drama. So
much drama, but absolutely not a bit of substance.
Want drama? Think about the
greater debt, the depths to which we have sunk. Want drama? Think about how we are supposed to pay
this debt. What are we doing to promote job growth in America? The job market, in this country,
is in such a precarious position and our economy is moving at such a slow pace that even snails are lapping it.
Want REAL DRAMA---think what
it will be like if we have this Congress, this President for another four years. All this bickering and dog
and pony show is about how it will play in the upcoming campaign, for these people that will run for re-election. Now---that's
not just drama---and that's definitely not comedy----that's a real tragedy. You should
be shuddering at the thought of such a nightmare.
Advice to Washington politicians: Leave the drama to daytime TV.
How about spending your time doing what you swore to do; specifically to uphold, support and defend the Constitution of the
United States of America. And that would include seeing to the well being, the safety and security of America and its
people. And to make it really clear for you, that would include FOCUSING on:
PROMOTING MANUFACTURING ON AMERICAN SOIL
SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY COMPLETELY TO GET THINGS DONE AND BRING
SECURING THE BORDERS OF THIS NATION
ENDING CORRUPTION, GRAFT AND WASTE IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING-------and
it would include
SERVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THEIR WILL
July 25, 2011
"The Citizens' Family Debt Dilemma" (A lesson in debt reduction and priorities in
Democrats and Republicans, the President, his
advisors, the Treasurer, the Federal Reserve Chairman and all the other individuals that make up the brain trust on the hill---need
to get back to reality. This crisis about the debt ceiling isn't that difficult to get a handle on.
We don't need this dog and pony show; it just isn't impressing anyone and it's starting to really get old
to more than a few of us. This group of do-nothing, jockeying, positioning and posturing egomaniacs with
self interest agendas and an experience track record that spells failure in great big capital letters, needs to take a lesson
from John Q. Citizen and Mary Jane Citizen.
Here's the lesson: (read more)
Jan. 5, 2011
A Sigh Of Relief