Toil In The Soil

I have found that the older I get the more I like to toil in the soil. After the winter at the beginning of spring I love to plant and watch my garden grow. This year I tried something different, I tried using an indoor greenhouse and started seedlings in my garage. I enjoyed so much going out each day and checking to see if the seeds had germinated and after two weeks of patiently waiting the first new sprouts pop their little heads up and said hello. Not every seed I planted germinated, that’s just like life. We continually plant seeds in order to reap a rich harvest, but some fall on Fallon soil and will not germinate. The key is to continue to plant, to water, to feed and nurture in order to reap a rich harvest.
Take care of your life as you care for your garden and ye shall reap a rich harvest.

The Right to Complain after the Election

My wife and we discussing the upcoming election. We both have early voted and our vote counts as much as yours. She asked me how I would respond to someone that is so dissatisfied with this election cycle that they choose not to exercise their privilege to vote, yet claim the right to complain. My answer is simply this.”If they choose to vote for nothing then they have the right to complain about what they voted for! “NOTHING”

Support Your Country Not Your Political Party

This election cycle has become one of the nastiest, vilest, and character assassination events in the history of our country. When you have the mainstream media doing everything possible to keep the status quo. You wonder what has become of journalism.
I do not excuse either candidate for their lack of judgment in their statements made in the past. We have all said things that we have regretted, and whether or not we have admitted that regret and apologized for our lack of judgment does not seem to matter in this instance.
This election is not about what was said years ago by the Republican candidate, it is about whether you wish to continue to see your liberties eroded by the progressive liberal party candidate that sold influence in her pay for play scheme, lied about the true nature of the attack on our embassy in Ben Ghazi to the families of those killed, as well as to the nation and then had the audacity to claim that “it doesn’t really matter now” in a congressional hearing. Her failure to protect the security of the United States ambassador by denying 600 request for assistance until it was too late does not fit the requirements of a commander-in-chief. Her participation in the Obama administrations’ belief that to say the word radical Islamic Terrorist casts a shadow on all Muslims is just a way to allow the latest terrorist group to continue to grow.
The mainstream media considers it to be there right to know and their right to report every detail of any military action, including the strategy and plans in advance calling it news. When you tell your enemy that you’re going to pull out of an area at a certain time on a certain day, would you expect them to continue to fight as hard as possible. Until that time, or would you expect them to sit back and wait.
What would’ve happened had the Allied forces allowed the media to report that the invasion of Europe would take place in Normandy on June 6, 1944 prior to it taking place? The reason military operations are kept top-secret need to know is that the enemy doesn’t need to know.
The management of top-secret confidential and classified information is the top priority of any American, whether they be Joe the plumber or the Secretary of State. Joe the plumber probably wouldn’t have access to high level ultrasecret plans. The Secretary of State on the other hand should know better than to send classified information through an unsecured email server.
I am really losing faith in our elected officials. When I see that a member of the same party removes their support from their parties. Presidential candidate because of an inappropriate comment made several years ago. My only presumption is that that particular politician would prefer to support the other party’s candidate that has done even more offensive comments and been involved in policies and the making of policies that put our nation at risk.
So I say to all elected officials “remember who elected you, remember why you are elected, and remember the oath you took when you took office. You swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic. If you can’t support your party support your country! Democrats I ask you to support your country, not your candidate unless you feel you are safer and better off now than you were eight years ago. Republicans get over yourself and back the choice of the voters in the primary.
Americans remember that our government was formed in the belief that it was to be a government of the people by the people and for the people.
The current administration has forgotten that part, as well as many of the elected officials that we expected to represent us, not themselves.

Choosing The Right Candidate

Good Sunday morning America

I was savoring my first cup of coffee this morning and was listening to the television when the normal program at this time period was talking politics and the upcoming presidential election. I wish to thank the Constitution of the United States for allowing differing opinions to be shared without the possibility of reprisals from the Government.

I decided to place these questions before all that care to read them:

  1. What qualities does a presidential candidate need to run the country?
  2. Which is more important, Trust or party line?
  3. If you where the candidate, who are you trying to convince you can do the job the best? The People or The Donors?
  4. What are the qualities, of the political party of each candidate, that you trust and which do you agree with? What the qualities that you completely disagree with?
  5. Should the candidate be run by the Political party and it’s leadership or should the Party be led by the candidate?
  6. Who do you trust to tell the truth, the Media, the Hollywood Celebrities, The Political Party talking heads or the Political candidates?
  7. Which Political ideology do you trust to restore America to greatness?
  8. Which candidate should we elect and trust with the keys to our Nuclear Arsenal?
  9. Which candidate do you think will support “The Constitution of the United States of America” as written and not attempt to circumvent the “separation of powers” section?
  10. Which candidate do you think would appoint a supreme court justice that would base their decisions on the constitution and the intents of the framers not on the political whims and desires to legislate from the bench?
  11. Which candidate do you think would be a better commander-in-chief and support our armed forces? Why?
  12. Which candidate do you think will demonstrate a prudent approach  to handling matters of National Security with a greater sense of responsibility.
  13. Which candidate is more likely to keep their promises and do what is the best interest of the American people and not the already elected politicians and special interest groups?

This upcoming election may determine the course our country takes and will be paid for by our grandchildren. Your vote matters no matter which candidate you choose. I urge you to do your own research and make an informed choice. Take nothing for granted, trust your instincts. Pray for our country and our elected officials. Pray for the guidance to make the best choice for us all.

God Bless America

2016 Presidential Election – Who Do You Trust?

Every four years, we the American people go through a yearlong mind-boggling affair named “The Election Cycle”! This year we have seen a struggle for the nomination of the republican candidate with 16 people seeking that nomination. Through countless debates the field narrowed to 3, then to one. Although there was a threat of a “contested convention”, The GOP came together 9Sort of) and nominated Donald Trump as the parties’ candidate for president. Donald then announced Governor Pence as his running mate. I respect both men for the tenacity and grit to put up with the grind and traps of a political campaign. The balloons have fallen and the floor has been swept clean, Cleveland can now breathe a sigh of relief as the potential target has moved to Philadelphia, the City of brotherly Love. The Democrats Convention started yesterday, and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the nominee for the Democrats. Bernie Sanders had a decent run, but the Clinton Money machine prevailed in the end.

Now the question comes “Who Do You Trust?”. In an attempt to be non-partisan, I ask each of you to consider the facts. Both have trust issues when the public is polled, however a poll like a scientific study can be skewed to meet the desired result. Ask this question, which person has in the past demonstrated a grave lack of responsibility in the handling of Classified and Top secret information. The FBI did their investigation and the director decide that no charges would be filed yet, the Director of the FBI stated that while Secretary of State Clinton displayed an extreme lack of judgement storing classified information on a private e-mail server. Now a great question, “If her last name wasn’t ‘Clinton” and she mishandled the same information in the same manner, would she have received the same treatment and could she avoid charges. Could she be able to pass a background check and get a security clearance?

Let’s be fair, Donald is no saint and has had his problems as well, He tends to speak his mind, sometimes before he thinks it through. He can be very Brash and insulting. Could he be a diplomatic when dealing with Foreign dignitaries without causing an incident? Donald can rub people the wrong way very quickly, can he be trusted to do what is in the best interest of the Nation?

I will not attempt to sway your opinion either way on either candidate. I will ask you to consider the nation’s best interest and consider which one you can trust more?

I also ask that on November 1st 2016 that you exercise your privilege and vote .

What Is Best for America

I will preface this post with the Statement: Listed below are the opinions of the author. It is not the intent to offend or discriminate. The statements are as factual as the author could check. Your choice is not to argue with or agree with the opinion, but to form your own opinion. Eleanor Roosevelt once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

America has lost her brilliance over the years because of the apathy of the people to care about what can be done as a group. 

When our framers founded this country, the set forth how our government should operate. They made sure that there would be no “State Sponsored” religion, People would be free to practice their religion without fear of government restriction. The Press would be free to print whatever it would print, and people would have the right to assemble and speak their opinions.

The founders also based this on the Christian Bible as that was what the people of the colonies referred to. Saying a prayer in a public building was allowed, each session of Congress was started with a Prayer, The Supreme Court of the United States has on its Walls of the chamber The Ten Commandments. Before we get into that invalid argument that the constitution states there will be a separation of church and state, read “The Ten Commandments”, Tell me which of them is not common sense. For those that do not believe in God, What about the other nine? Agnostics believe in a higher power so all ten could apply.

Why then do I say that the brilliance has been tarnished? Simple answer is that our government has lost touch with the meaning put forth in that Document. The Congress is supposed to listen to ALL of the people that they represent and form their bills so that it is of benefit to all not just a few! When both houses have agreed upon the bill, they send it to The President to either sign into Law or VETO and send back to congress which then can either fix the language or override the veto. Sounds fairly simple…. It is unfortunate that the elected officials have forgotten their oath to support and defend the Constitution. In that document it enumerates the power of the Government. It divides it into three branches, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. This is so that there is to be checks and balances to prevent One branch from taking total control of the Government and relieving the citizens of their rights and their liberties. The Senate does not have the authority to spend Money. The House of Representatives cannot ratify a treaty. The President can issue an Executive Order, but that order should not circumvent the Congress or the Constitution, nor can it ratify a treaty or appropriate money to fund something that Congress has not approved. I saved the Supreme Court for last. It was meant to be the weakest of the three. The courts duty is to hear cases that have been brought before them to determine if those case follow the Constitution. The Judges are nominated for appointment by the President and go through confirmation hearings in the Senate. That committee is supposed to determine if the appointee is worthy of the post. The committee is supposed to send the Name to The Full Senate to either be Confirmed or Declined. The nominee should remember that they are being appointed to the Bench for Life and that they are to read the case before them and see if it meets the Constitution. They should not have an agenda to change the Law or to Interrupt their vision of what the constitution should be. The Constitution was written in very Plain English and not a bunch of confusing legalese! Congress should do the same with their legislation.

I have laid a lot of issues on the Government as to the tarnishing of America’s Brilliance as they are responsible for their actions. I must now state that it cannot be all blamed on them. The people have to take ownership in that responsibility as they are the ones that sent them to Washington. I simple ask each and every American to carefully consider their choice. Ask yourself what John F Kennedy asked the nation in his Inaugural address “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. The Government was never intended to do everything for the citizens, People should not get paid for not working, not looking for work, or just being Lazy. Unemployment benefits should not last forever. People the come into this country illegally should not be able to receive benefits and services for which they have never worked for. Illegal means Illegal and people that break the law (Illegal Entry into the country) do not have the “Right” to all the benefits of those that are here Legally. Employers that hire Illegal Immigrants’ Should have to pay hefty fines. The problem is that many Americans feel those particular jobs are beneath them. Companies are sending more jobs overseas and across the border thus creating more unemployed. Why do they do that? Because the American worker expects to be paid an outrageous amount to perform the lowest entry level jobs. Minimum wage was set to protect the worker from being taken advantage of, not to give them a lifestyle that many have worked hard for many years to achieve. Common sense tells one that if the minimum wage is elevated to $10.00/hr, the effect will be felt in everyone’s pocketbook. The cost of everything will have to be increased to keep the doors open. A good many of those doors will close forever. This is not the American Dream!

If you have made it this far, it is time to provide solutions for the above problems. The task is quite simple, be proactive, get involved with helping others. Ask the hard questions to the candidates running for office at all levels. Are they for the Constitution and are willing to follow it to the letter? Do they believe that our Government should spend no more than it legally takes in? Do we believe in sending all that have entered this country illegally back to where they came from and give them a chance to enter through the legal channels? Next Make sure all that are able to vote can get to the poll to exercise their privilege without being told to vote for any one person. They should be allowed to make their own choice. That transportation should be non-partisan! Finally, it is time that we quit rewriting history so as not to offend people. Tell the truth about how this country was founded and the problems it endured. Show them how many problems were solved by people standing up for the rights of others. The Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal under the eyes of God” When that was written it was not to exclude anyone! So is the Constitution meant to be for all of “We the People”. Take ownership and responsibility!


What does it mean when there is a “Government Shutdown”?

English: The western front of the United State...

When congress did not pass a spending bill by Midnight October 1,2013 the Government essentially shutdown. Any services that have been deemed as non-essential were closed. Despite the fear mongering  of some politicians, the sun rose at its appointed time for the time of year, the earth continued to stay in its orbit around the sun and life on earth did not end. Some federal workers continued to work and some were furloughed. Social Security checks were paid, medical bills were processed, our military continued to get paid and protect our country. Despite the attempts by the President of the Senate to demonize the House, the fact remains Harry Reid and his majority in the Senate refused to consider any option that the house has submitted. Not surprising since the senate leadership has continued to stonewall any financial bill that does anything to defund or even delay implementation of the affordable care act that was passed by the Pelosi controlled house ( which was to be passed before it could be read) and then approved by the Reid controlled Senate and sent to the president who signed it into law. All in the name of “for the good of the people”. The Congress is supposed to represent all Americans and what is best for the country. This Program contains items that have nothing to do with health care, has exemptions for Congressional Representatives and their staff and Senators and their staff. The president is exempt, Many Unions have been granted waivers because if they were to have to participate they would go broke. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision said that the part of this act that was in question as to be unconstitutional, was not. No where in the constitution is the right to health care mandated by the government granted.

Back to the possible results of a continued shutdown, if the debt limit is not raised ( for those of the uniformed that is how much the government can borrow on our credit) there is a possibility of the government  defaulting on their loans could happen. A scare tactic to make us afraid not increase the limit. Fellow citizens, let us look at why we have to increase the borrowing limit yet again. The government continues to get bigger and regulate more of everything we do. There are redundant programs for the same things that could be eliminated thus saving money. The Government continues to give aid to countries that willing take our money and use it to fight against us by support groups that are out to destroy us. We may have been the richest nation in the world and I do believe in helping those that can not help themselves, but I do not believe in continuing to support Countries that do not use the funds to help their people. Charity begins at home. We have elderly and children in our own country that go hungry every day, they are suffering because they do not qualify for assistance.Yet our president can go on more vacations to expensive places at the drop of the hat. We continue to send Billions to Pakistan to assist them in the fight against terrorism, yet they harbored Osama Bin Laden for years.

To the politicians in government I have but one thing to say, You are a public servant and are representing all the people not just a few. The money you are spending is not yours and you are no better than anyone else. If you write a bill to affect all the people, than let it affect you as well. You should have to pay into social security and medicare. You should have to fund your own retirement just like the rest of the people, and since you want the government to control healthcare, Than your plan should be regulated just like everyone you have targeted. Yes, I am saying that you should lose all those perks you have given yourselves. During this shutdown, You should not be paid until you have completed your duties. To the Senate, I say, Pass a budget that decreases spending, Eliminates redundant programs and shrinks the size of the bureaucracy. Stop spending money on foreign countries that do not use it to help their people. quit funding the UN’s attempt to usurp our laws. To the President, Sir you need to quit blaming others and take responsibility for your actions or lack of action. You need to stop attempting to circumvent the Constitution and grab power that is not yours. Your policies of only enforcing the laws you like is a travesty. Finally to the United States Supreme Court, Your honors, you have been tasked to interpret the laws to see if they met the standards set forth in the constitution. You are not to legislate from the bench. Your political views are not supposed to cloud your legal views. I suggest that you reread the constitution and consider the meaning that the framers had when they wrote it. It is Black and White, there is no grey of “fuzzy” area.

After reading this you may agree or disagree with the content. I recommend that you base any comments on facts and not feeling. Of course your response is your opinion and you have the right to express it.

Why Do I Blog?

imageI have been thinking about why we do what we do. Why do I blog? Have you ever asked that question of yourself? I have read other blogs for information and for business, but when I ask myself the question, I have yet to find the best I answer. I find that this is common with most people. Some people blog to vent, some to inform, some to be critical of others or of anything, and some to enlighten. I find that the posting of my opinion, isn’t any  different than discussing any topic with anyone. My intentions are  to inform or enlighten,  The perspective is based on my values. This can lead to discussions with others that may have a different outlook. My hope is that the others will apply the same courtesy to me that I do to all that read and comment. This is only my opinion, it is like a buffet, take want you want and leave what you don’t. It is never personal. I respect of the opinions of others and I would hope that they would extend me the same respect. If they don’t, my answer is “that is their problem and they will get over it eventually.”  To enlighten and stir thought. That is what is sometimes lacking in our culture today. Politician’s tend to forget why they were elected. They made a promise to their constituents to represent them in government. The lure of power sometimes corrupts them even when their intentions are honorable.  The power and influence is not free, the price is turning from the individuals to the special interest groups, PAC’s, Unions, Big Corporations and other politicians. I would be remiss if I included every elected official in this group. I do know that some are true to their constituents.  Today  a different culture exists where a man’s word is no longer his worth. Now when a person makes a statement as if it is a fact than they back-peddle claiming they were misquoted or what they said is not what they meant… Go figure. Why did they say it then. Our culture  has become reactionary and thoughtless rather that Proactive and thoughtful. If you agree “like” this Post, if you do not, respectfully give your thoughts and comments. Please think about “Why Do I Blog”.

Entitlement programs; what are they and why are they so expensive?

Every day the media reminds us that so many people depend upon government programs to exist and that one group wants to do away with them and see “old people eat cat food, Small children die of disease, and People starve to death…” You get the point. Sadly enough, and not that I am suggesting it, the food we feed our pets has to meet a higher standard than the food we feed our families. However, what does that have to do with the question of “What is an Entitlement Program“? According to dictionary.com the Definition is, “a government program guaranteeing certain benefits to a segment of the population; the right to benefits offered by a government, esp. as compensation”. That answers the “What” part of the question, now the “Why” part.

Let us consider some of the most common entitlement programs that we hear about on a regular basis and some we did not know existed;

  1. Social Security
  2. Medicare
  3. Medicaid
  4. WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
  5. Food Stamps
  6. Family Planning Services
  7. Training and Fellowships for the Environmental Protection Agency
  8. Safety Incentive Grants for Use of Seat belts
  9. Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation
  10. Labor-Management Relations

For a complete list and the amounts that our elected officials have budgeted for them click on this link: http://funding-programs.idilogic.aidpage.com/

I was surprised at the titles of some and aghast at the amounts at which some are funded. The question now becomes “why do people believe they are entitled to this money?” For many years throughout the development of this nation, the government stayed out of the charity business leaving it up to the organizations that were best suited for handling it. There were good times and bad, sometimes the poor increased faster than the donations, but the fraudulent use of the charitable funds was minimal. The great depression began to change all that. The government felt it could better care for the people and started programs that would appear on the surface to do just that. Promise made by politicians that everyone DESERVED a better life and that the government could help provide that. The welfare system was born and flourished. Some found that it was easier to have babies to collect more money while others figured out how to scam the system. Soon there were third and fourth generation welfare recipients. It was easier to not work and draw that welfare check, get food stamps and yes even commodity food from the government. One problem was that the commodity foods were not that healthy. Obesity is now rampant in society from the lack of exercise and the poor dietary decisions we have made all of our life. Before you stop reading this, Understand that, I do not hold anyone that truly needs help a hand up. I do not believe in something for nothing. Social security was a program that was started to help the agricultural folks with a retirement supplement. It was never meant to be the sole source of retirement. In addition, a funded source as everyone works pays into this fund. In fact many of the people have paid in five times over what they would ever receive. Medicaid was designed to help the Senior Citizens with the rising cost of medical care, and again is a funded program. Unfortunately, the government has used those two accounts to fund other things and continue to write “IOU‘s” to those programs. The high cost of these two programs has been because the programs were not meant to support people who did not ever pay into them and draw from them because they cannot work. Social Security Disability, SSI and others sometimes go to people who have never paid a penny into the system. Our generous politicians continue to turn a blind eye at the problem and continue to include more and more people into programs that are already broken. They have forgotten what their responsibility is and to whom they are to be looking out for. They continue to buy votes with promises that cannot be kept. Eventually the majority of people will wake up from their apathetic slumber and when the call for real change is sounded those that are truly tuned into the will of the people will stay and those that have been sucking from the special interest groups will be standing on the outside looking in. I only hope that we have a country left when that happens.

 

Looking over the Fiscal Cliff

Is the Economy recovering? Does anyone in Washington really care about the rest of the country? Pushing past all the political rhetoric, do any of the elected officials have the guts to do what is right? Any answer I give would be on man’s opinion. However, would that one opinion resonate with more than one man or women? I quit watching the national news on three of the major networks, not because I did not like what they said it was the fact that they did not report the entire truth. They overlooked mistakes by the administration that they took the previous administration to task. I could care less about a birth certificate when the Commander-in-chief demonstrates a lack of knowledge and makes announcements of timetables to withdraw from areas of conflict. The first two years he had control of everything as his party had majorities in the House and Senate. What did they accomplish? That is was politics as usual for the left and what was supposed to be the most Transparent Administration in history, was playing the same elitist power games as they always have done. The economy had tanked in 2008, The TARP bailout did not do what it was supposed to do, The Wall street bailout did not bring about the proper reforms, two of the big three Motor companies sought bailout money to keep from going Bankrupt. Then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi informed the country that congress would have to pass the Health Care bill before we could read what was in it. In addition, unbeknownst to the general population the ATF and the FBI were running a program (Fast and Furious) that knowingly put automatic weapons in the hands of the Mexican Drug cartels. We were being told that our borders were more secure now than they had ever been. Every December we would come toward the end of the year and the Senate had not passed a Budget. Therefore, they would tell the House that we would need to keep the Government open or our brave troops would be without a paycheck and others depending upon government subsidies would go without. They would Raise the Debt ceiling and pass what is called a Continuing Resolution. Congress, those people who were elected to represent us, Continue to pass all kinds of legislation that sounds like worthy bills until you read them and discover that the original title has little to do with all the amendments and riders that had been attached to them. Two years passed and the economy did not turn around. The Mid-term elections brought about some new blood to Washington in the form of a conservative grass-roots group called the Tea Party. The ideals that they stood for was to end this uncontrolled spending and restore the nations fiscal sanity. The Left, for every evil thing that has come down the pike, has blamed the Tea Party. Two years had passed and the country was headed for fiscal disaster. The Fed decided to continue to print money so that there would be enough to cover the debt… After three years, the Fed has printed so much that the value of the Dollar has fallen as well as the United States Credit Rating. The 2012 election cycle brought out the true colors of the Democrats seeking re-election. The Republicans began to gain support when the message was final getting out to the public. No thanks to the Mainstream media, the message about the dangers of continuing down the current path and the looming of approaching the Fiscal Cliff was becoming quite disturbing. Harry Reid‘s leadership has a Senate that has not done its job and passed a formal Budget in over 1000 days. Their answer to the upcoming fiscal challenge is of no surprise, Raise Taxes. At first, it was just let all of the Bush Era Tax cuts expire. That drew some very angry response from Their base as well as the rest of the country. Therefore, they said they would only Tax the “Rich”, anyone making over $250,000 dollars per year. That put the bull’s eye on the majority of the small business owners, and was just as problematic. No compromise has been completed, they are on break. January 1 is getting closer and here is what you can expect when you wake up New Years day. The triple whammy, your income tax will return to the previous levels of the Clinton era with the TOP Business rate going back to 39%, OBAMA-CARE begins, and that is going to increase the cost of Health Insurance and penalize the small business owner financially requiring them to provide healthcare for their workers. This will begin to cause many that have been struggling to keep the doors open to go ahead and close them. That in turn will cause the unemployment rate to start climbing and the system cannot even afford to continue to pay those currently unemployed for much longer much less sustain and increase in those seeking benefits. That will cause the Unemployment Tax to be increased, and yes, more small businesses will again have to shut down due to the increased Tax burden. The Senate has still not passed a budget, but will be looking to raise the debt ceiling. Since a budget has yet to be passed, this will cause the automatic cuts to start taking place. The biggest will come from the Department of Defense. With our Armed forces, still fighting in Afghanistan and even with the withdrawal this will seriously jeopardize their safety and their mission. The next area is the Department of Human services; you know the agency that controls Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security… In 1981, Ronald Reagan made a speech about the economy and the government’s role. He said “I this desperate time, the government is not the solution to the problem. The Government is the Problem!” Raising Taxes is not the answer to the Fiscal problem cutting spending and balancing the budget is the only sane answer. Oh, but we do not have a budget because Harry Reid will not bring any proposals to the floor for a vote. I have some advice for those in both the Senate and the House. The trust that voters put in you to do the job is waning, you could be recalled, and you can be replaced. I know that this idea has passed around the internet several times but I think it would be very interesting to see how quickly some problems would get solved were this to happen. A strong block of Representatives and Senators get together and submit legislation to remove all the waivers given to everyone on Obama-Care especially to the Pro Tem of the Senate and staff and the Speaker of the House and their Staff. Of course some amendments would also be added (as they always are) to eliminate the retirement system for the Congress and place everyone on Social Security. Eliminate the Healthcare program for the congress and make them buy their own and pay for it out of their own pocket. Eliminate the 100% vesting in their retirement for serving one term. Here is another good one, No Senator can serve more than 3 terms (12 years), and the same goes for The House of Representatives (a total of 12 Years). The Executive Branch already has a two-term limit, but the postage right and Secret Service Detail should end after they leave office, security would be provided by The TSA. The First family should have to Pay for their airline flights whether the fly commercial or on Air Force 1. Vacations should be for immediate staff only no 50-person entourage. The First Lady should not be able to take Vacations that cost the Taxpayer. It should come out of the Presidents pocket. This President spends more time playing Golf than working; it should come out of his pocket!

The Fiscal Cliff should have been dealt with during the past four years. It is unfortunate that common sense in government is an oxymoron and is not at all common. The Fed did do one thing partially correct. To cover a portion of the cost of the money that was printed, they began selling Treasury Bonds with a decent rate of return. The only problem is that the largest purchaser of these bonds was the Federal Reserve… Print Money to buy bonds that back the money that was printed. It does not take a Harvard Business School Graduate to figure out that this is just bad. Try that same philosophy in your own business and you would end up in jail for Fraud. In the 1980’s that practice was called the buying and selling of Junk Bonds and lead to big financial disaster for many investors. I would think that as a country we would avoid things that would devalue our currency and cost us our freedom. One of the major investors in American T-bills is the Chinese Government. Soon the interest payment alone on the debt is going to be greater than the GDP and that will be the signal for the investors to pull out leaving Us with nothing and becoming just like Greece. Bankrupt and looking for someone to bail us out! Unfortunately, if we go, the global economy will follow suit and the depression that follows will be worse than that of the 1930’s.

If you have made it through all of this, are still thinking I am not some pessimistic believer in Gloom, and Doom, shouting, “The End is near!” Congratulations, Welcome to the latest reality check. It is easy to write something like this if all you are doing is complaining, but that is not my purpose. Citing a problem is one thing, offering a viable solution is altogether different. Here is a solution that while can be a stretch in some area’s can be fiscally prudent. Politically it is probably not viable due to the content. Too many Politicians have gotten rich and powerful and this would end that.

  1. Reestablish the Gold Standard for backing or currency. Problematic because, we currently do not own enough Gold to do it at the current time.
  2. Enact legislation that would prohibit the printing of money without the means on hand to back it. Then enforce it!
  3. Review all Foreign Aid programs. Stop all aid to countries that is in the form of currency! All humanitarian aid in the form of Food, Medical supplies, and equipment except Military equipment shall be distributed by a reputable organization such as The Red Cross.
  4. Stop the sale of weapons to countries that are dictatorships or do not support our views of the rights of all men and women.
  5. Stop the sale of anything to any country that supports Terrorism or the destruction of Israel.
  6. Stop Importing Oil from nations that are violating current sanctions on Iran or are selling weapons and nuclear technology to non nuclear-countries
  7. Demand that the European countries that have not done so, repay their World War II debt with interest.
  8. Inform the UN that we will no longer pay more than any other country to support its operations and that if they do not like it, Move to France or Germany. Let Europe and the rest of the world know that we will no longer provide Military support free. The UN countries will need to Pony-up their fair share of soldiers and Military equipment for all of their Peace keeping missions or pay the cost of renting ours.
  9. The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) and the GAO (Government Accounting Office) will review the cost to the American Taxpayer of the retirement system and the Healthcare system of the three branches of Government. Recommendations to convert both over to direct contribution system like any other retirement system. The three branches would also begin paying for FICA and Medicare. No Breaks for Elected officials or their staff. The Perks for a retiring president to maintain a fully staffed office with Secret Service will be reviewed and revised.
  10. The Tax Code will be thrown OUT!!! The IRS will be disbanded. In Place Of Personal Federal Income Tax, we will convert to either a Nation Sales tax or a flat tax. One that everybody pays.
  11. Entitlement Programs shall be eliminated. The following Programs are not entitlements (Social Security & Medicare) The Welfare programs WIC Programs, Food Stamp Programs, Earned Income Credit Programs, Farm subsidy programs, Unemployment benefits for people that quit looking, Business Taxes, Gone. Redundant programs in multiple agencies shall be eliminated.
  12. The National affordable Healthcare act shall be repealed.
  13. Tort Reform shall be completed. Nuisance suits shall be disallowed. Caps on Punitive damage and Pain and Suffering shall be set. Activist Judges shall be removed from the bench.
  14. Immigration Laws shall be enforced and illegal immigrants will be deported. Illegal immigrants will not be eligible for Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. Drug Runners shall be dealt with swiftly. Repeat offenders (Drug Dealers) will be jailed as terrorists and sent to GITMO.
  15. The Senate will submit and Pass a budget by June 1st of each year and it must be balanced or it will stay in session until it is completed. No more spending more than is taken in. Each budget shall include a substantial repayment portion of the national debt. Congress must stay in session until their work is completed.

I am sure that this will rankle the feathers of more than a few on the Hill and across the country. Those that think this is crazy ask yourself this one question, Why do elected officials want to stay in office for 20 plus years? What repercussions do elected officials face for pork barrel spending and fleecing the American people? During founding of this nation the continental congress was meeting daily trying to agree on the framework of this country, A women asked Ben Franklin What kind of government did we now have? His reply was priceless, “republic if you can keep it.”

The founders knew what could happen if time was not taken to make it clear that, this was a government Of the People, For the People, and by the people. I would not take much to see the Government step in and start controlling every aspect of life, just as it has tried to do now.

Think about this and comment as you wish.