SQUANDERING ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY…


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I guess I will never see a poem as lovely as a tree or a Republican-led Congress that does not shoot itself in the foot every time they have a Golden Opportunity to achieve something positive for the American people.  The questions that keep coming to my mind are, “Are they that dumb?  Do they have a death wish?  Are they simply Democrat Lights and preservation of the Ole Boy System is of greater importance and value than America and the Constitution?”   I’m afraid that some or all of those are YES, YES, and YES!  Some of the latest polls I have seen is that the Republicans are taking a significant hit in ratings and that does not bode well for 2018.

The Republicans had years to prepare for this moment but apparently did not think they’d reclaim the White House this quickly so they are not prepared to deal with Obamacare.  They are totally unwilling to simply repeal it and then work on whatever replacement might be deemed prudent so they are, according to many reports, advanced a law that would be little more than Obamacare Lite.  There were aspects of their plan that I could endorse and parts that I found and find repulsive and objectionable.  It appears that the bill that Paul Ryan and the Establishment sold to the President rankled enough conservatives it was doomed to fail before it began.  It is a bit troubling that the President after endorsing it demonstrated a side of his nature that could be problematic.  He threw down the gauntlet saying, ‘Deal or No Deal’  and informed Congress to either pass it or keep Obamacare.  That meant WE KEEP OBAMACARE with all its incredible destructiveness for the foreseeable future.  That could mean that in 2018 voters are going to remember and be infuriated with the Republicans and it is quite possible they will give the House and/or the Senate to the Democrats due to Republican failure and lack of preparedness.  THAT IS A TRAGIC POSSIBILITY  but a cycle that continues to occur with Republicans.  America is the loser!

The Spying that has apparently has taken place on members of the President’s Transition Team and possibly the President himself, completely unrelated to the Russian inquiry is an issue the Republicans MUST deal with decisively and definitively.  They MUST uncover where this originated, hold any and all persons accountable under the law for any illegalities and unethical actions.  They MUST expose those involved even if it leads all the way to Barack Obama’s door.  NO ONE and I do mean NO ONE should be above the law, Republican or Democrat.  If we fail to do this Political Targeting and Police State Activity will become the norm rather than the exception.  Representative Adam Schiff, (D-California) has become the Democrat mouthpiece and the Republicans are not demonstrating a willingness or ability to connect the dots on this Benghazi Lawyer who called the heroes who defended the embassy liars because they disputed Obama and Hillary’s narrative of what happened.  Those men were there and pulled back the curtain on the fraud, deception, and outright lies of the Obama team.  Now, Congressman Schiff is trying to downplay and discredit the information Representative Devin Nunes, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has uncovered that reveals there was purposeful or incidental spying and that the information had wrongly been spread around Washington unredacted.  That is of serious concern, but the Democrats want nothing to do with it, after all, it might expose their phony fishing expeditions and spin as they attempt to discredit President Trump.   As my brother said, “If they gain inroads in 2018 there will be an immediate and active push to Impeach Donald Trump.”  That is coming regardless of their gains but will assuredly escalate if they do gain ground.

The lack of intestinal fortitude by the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is another example of squandering opportunities. He has allowed the Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, and the Left dictate what he does.  The Republicans have allowed the Democrats to slow-walk the nominations of many of Trump’s proposed appointees and now the Democrats are vowing to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination.  Senator McConnell, it is time for you to press the button and drop the nuke and get this done.   Sir Chuckie Schumer argued that judges should be independent and neutral as a reason for opposing Judge Gorsuch.  I wonder where that strong moral stance was when Sonia Sotomayor and Elana Kagan were up for confirmation?  Oh, I forgot, they are leftist Democrats so that standard does not apply to them.  Sorry, I keep forgetting how this works.  Sir Chuckie also said that he could not vote for Judge Gorsuch because he was not MAINSTREAM and it would appear that Senator Schumer’s idea of MAINSTREAM is someone who believes in a living Constitution rather than the Original Intent.  It would appear that it means someone who endorses the Leftist Agenda and is willing to legislate from the bench in forcing America and Americans to accept laws, edicts, and presidential acts that are unconstitutional.  If that is MAINSTREAM, then thank God, that Judge Gorsuch is not.  That is, even more, reason to confirm him immediately.  I find it laughable that now Senator Schumer wants to argue that the answer is “not to change the rules, but to change the nominee.”  Where was that argument when Senator Harry Reid CHANGED THE RULES?  Sorry, I forgot again, that is acceptable when the Democrats do it but an abomination when the Republicans do.

Republicans we gave you an opportunity to reduce the size and scope of government.  We gave you the tools to repeal Obamacare, lower taxes, secure our border, strengthen our national security, and rebuild our military, don’t squander it.  We gave you the opportunity to rekindle the fire of the economy and limit the massive and intrusive regulations that are strangling our economy, don’t waste it.  We gave you the opportunity to stem the tide of this runaway spending train, massive national debt, and political targeting by various left-leaning agencies and bureaucracies don’t ignore the problem or it will be costly.  NO, I am not threatening anyone, I am PROMISING and PREDICTING the outcome of another WASTED OPPORTUNITY.  The voters won’t tolerate it and the Democrat Party that was on the ropes gasping for political air will be resuscitated and given new life.  America loses! 

What can we do?  We can make our voices heard.  We can find our prayer closets.  We can make the members of Congress aware that WE WILL REMEMBER.  If we are sufficiently vocal and doggedly determined, we just might get their attention.  DON’T WASTE THIS OPPORTUNITY it may be our last.

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

LAND OF THE FREE – – Shall We Look and See???


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We proudly declare that we are America and Free, but are we?  How Free are we?  How do we stack up against other countries in the world?  The Cato Institute, an American Libertarian ‘think tank’ based in Washington, DC is reportedly one of the top ‘think tanks’ in the world.  They released their “Human Freedom Index” which is a very broad measure of personal, civil, and economic freedom around the globe.  This report is co-published by the Cato Institute, Fraser Institute (Canada) and the Liberales (Germany).  Where do you suppose, the United States Ranks and how has that changed during the eight years of Barack Obama.  I suspect you suspect it has declined and you are right if that was your assumption.

These researchers considered 76 indicators in 152 countries to calculate the degree people are FREE in so many areas it would be difficult to list them all but freedom of speech, religion, and association are among those.  The New Human Freedom Index ranks the United States as 20th among the 152 countries. You might say, “That’s not bad,” but I must ask, “Is it that good?”  When Barack Obama took office in 2009 the United States was 16th, in 2015 was 20th and in 2016 dropped to 22nd in the world.  Please take note of the decline, which I believe was part and parcel of Obama’s plan of ‘fundamental transformation’ of America.  He sought to punish us and he did just that in more ways than I could list or even know.

If you find that disturbing it is worse than that, according to the report.  Using Appendix J, the ranking in Personal Freedom’s aggregate numbers listed the USA astoundingly at 28th.  But, who are the top 10?  From 1-10, Demark, Austria, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Iceland, and United Kingdom.  The next tier is Australia, Belgium, Canada, Poland, Czech Republic, Malta, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Italy, New Zealand, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and France. Then you get to the United States. That list should trouble you greatly, it does me.  I can understand that we might not be NUMBER ONE but we should NEVER be NUMBER TWENTY-EIGHT.  The fact that we have dropped from 16th to 28th is appalling and a clear indication that my ranting about the size, scope, and danger of the all-intrusive and invasive Big Government is valid.  We have watched our Freedoms disappear and most did not realize it was happening or are in denial that it has or is happening.  IT IS TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP of bureaucrats and politicians.  We dropped 12 spots in 8 years and if we do not change course how much more will we drop?

The Human Freedom Index ranked us 16th in Economic Freedom and while 16th might not sound bad it is not as good as it could or should be.  Who is on the list ahead of America?  Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Mauritius, Georgia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Australia, Qatar, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and then the good old U.S. of A.  If you were one of those that believed the spin of the Democrats and the Obama administration that our economy was strong, you might want to think again.  If you thought that the Obama administration was interested in America and Americans, you might want to think again.  We have slowly but surely lost ground in the world and our Freedoms have been eroded needlessly and wrongly.  I do not know if Donald Trump, a businessman, can turn the economy around and alleviate some of the stifling Government Regulations that the Obama administration imposed but I pray that he can.  I pray that the Republicans in Congress will find a SPINE and defend our freedoms and help return America to our rightful place as a FREE REPUBLIC and once again make us the “Land of the Free, as well as the Home of the Brave.”

When our top marginal tax rate is recorded at a 5.0 out of 10.0 that is astounding and must change if we are to have a restored economy and see America once again burst forth with economic growth.  When the size of government is listed as 6.41 out of 10.0 that should be disturbing for it indicates how massive and intrusive the Federal Government is.  When Business Regulations is scored as 6.63 out of 10.0 we should be concerned.  Our Military Intelligence was rated as 6.67 and that is assuredly not good.  This report indicates that the government is consuming a significant portion of our economic gains and the insane spending by the Federal Government is drowning us in debt and that is detrimental to our Economic Stability.

Most Americans are not financially stable and live from paycheck to paycheck.  Yet, many, if not most still demand their amenities such as flat screen televisions, new automobiles that we finance of 6,7 or 8 years, and insist that owning a house we cannot pay for is part of the America dream and our Right.  We complain about politics and politicians but who elects them?  WE DO!  We have not paid proper attention to their antics and actions and ousted them when they violated our trust.  Instead, we rewarded them with a 2nd, 3rd, or 10th term in office and helped facilitate the Ole Boy System that is destroying our Republic.  It seems to me that too often we major in minors and allowed the guilty in DC to go free rather than doing our homework, paying attention, and faithfully going to the voting booths and rewarding many of them with PINK SLIPS saying, YOU’RE FIRED!  We are not as free as we probably thought but we can return to our rightful place in the world and be FREE.

God, bless you and God bless America!

THE CARNAGE and THE COUP of BARACK OBAMA…


BLOG POST 3 - Silent Coup

Yes, I said carnage and coup and connected them to the former President Barack Hussein Obama the 44th President of the United States of America.  Before you turn me off, kick me to the curb and declare me whatever you declare me, stop, and examine some of the political, economic, and social damage under his watch.  Then, if you still deem me a kook, so be it and we will part ways without vitriol, at least on my part.

President Donald J. Trump is being castigated for asserting that Barack Obama ordered the phones at the Trump Tower wiretapped.  The former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper has stated publicly that was not true, however, he did not say that none of Trump’s associates or a server in the Trump Tower was not a target of surveillance.  That leaves room for President Trump’s allegations to have some validity.  Now some new information surfaces that indicate there was some surveillance of someone and that resulted in incidental information discovery.  That raises a number of questions that we may or may not get the answer.  Maybe they did not target Donald Trump personally but it is becoming increasingly clear that there were wiretapping and spying conducted with the approval of the previous administration attempting to connect the Trump campaign, surrogates, and Mr. Trump himself to the Russian government.  I believe that was clearly a fishing expedition if not a blatant witch hunt but to deny that any wiretapping was conducted would be to ignore the evidence, media reports, and other information from various sources. But alas, that is how the Democrats seem to roll these days, and the media backtracks from their headlines that indicated wiretapping to ensure they are in step with the current narrative.

I could not possibly enumerate all the things that Barack Obama’s administration did that left our economy, our political system, and our social condition in turmoil or at least far worse than when he entered office.  Is it possible that the Department of Justice or Injustice as it has been under the former administration conducted ‘reverse targeting’ against Donald Trump?  Do wild bears live in the woods?  I say that because the Obama administration has used that tactic numerous times in the past, so why not against this political opponent?  The things I will highlight everyone is familiar with and this is not to give you a new revelation but to remind you of the atrocities and questionable if not illegal activities of the previous administration.

Let’s begin with the targeting of Conservative organizations by the IRS.  Remember that?  The Democrats were continually bemoaning the existence of that type of organizations and individuals who dared to oppose Barack Obama and his Fascist Marxist Anti-American Agenda.  The Left used the MSM, letters to Congressional Democrats, and appeal to the President requesting that the IRS carefully examine (target) those organizations and examine them in minute detail.  Lois Lerner complied and then destroyed or otherwise shielded evidence including emails to hide the wrongdoing and protect those individuals complying with orders from on high.  Of course, it was argued this was the work of a few rogue agents not a policy or mandate from higher ups in the IRS.  That was clearly proved to be false but Ms. Lerner was allowed to retire with FULL PENSION and the IRS paid a paltry penalty of $50,000 in damages for one targeting endeavor.

Do you remember the National Labor Relations Board’s harassment of Boeing?  Boeing, a private company has the legal right to open a plant wherever they want and can find the space to do so.  That is the way it works in America, or so we thought.  Not so, the NLRB charged Boeing with violations of labor laws by opening a plant in South Carolina instead of Washington.  They charged that Boeing was being retaliatory by putting their plant in South Carolina because workers in Washington were on strike. That was a charge that was never proved and Boeing insisted that it was for lower production and labor costs they made the decision.  Once the works in Washington and Boeing agreed to a new labor contract, the case was dropped.  The previous administration was using its muscle illegally and unjustly to coerce a private company to do what it wanted to protect the Democrat voting bloc of Union Workers in Washington.  Imagine that.

Talk about email scandals and not even addressing the DNC emails against Bernie Sanders, the John Podesta debacle, and the Hillary Clinton fiasco, do you remember the EPA Director using a ‘fake’ email address to hide political activity?  Surely you do!  The Wall Street Journal published an article about Lisa Jackson of the EPA resigning after being exposed as using an email alias “Richard Windsor” to conduct official business in an attempt to evade federal transparency laws.  WAIT?  Didn’t Barack Obama declare that his administration would be the most transparent in American history?  TRANSPARENT?  If you deem hiding, obstructing, and obfuscating investigations transparent, they were clear as a clean glass.

To lend credibility to President Trump’s charge about wiretapping and targeting him and his campaign, do you remember how the Obama administration, under the direct order of Eric Holder illegally conducted surveillance of reporter James Rosen?  Surely you cannot forget that.  They named him a ‘criminal co-conspirator’ under the Espionage Act of 1917. He was deemed a flight risk and sought to destroy his career.  All bogus.  But, now the left and the media are trying to paint President Trump as a lunatic and needing a straitjacket and padded cell to keep him from harming himself and others.  Mr. Rosen was called a “criminal co-conspirator” for doing his job, a job that BHO did not like and Erick Holder the Obama attack dog went after him.

We have the lies by the CIA, FBI, DNI, NSA, EPA, IRS, DOJ, and many other initials in the Washington bureaucracy to cause us concern.  The disaster known as Obamacare was rammed through using methods that virtually destroy any hope of bipartisanship in future endeavors and Barack Obama’s attempts to influence the Israeli elections to defeat the Prime Minister, a man he detests all reveal the attitude toward our Constitution, the Republic, and the American system of government.  Barack Obama has left carnage in his wake and America will be decades recovering if we can.  He is continuing to advance a coup against the sitting president and with the help of the Congressional Democrats, the liberal activist judges and the Left-Wing Mouth Pieces the MSM he is doing damage.  Hopefully, the American people are not dumb enough to take the bait, drink the Kool-Aid, and allow it to happen.  I am beginning a new Cry for November 2018 – NO MORE!  No more to the activist who wants to destroy our nation.  No more to spineless politicians who claim to be conservative. No more to political prostitution to gain position, power, and purse.  NO MORE!

God, bless you and God bless America!

TURNING PROMISES AND POLICY INTO NUMBERS…


BLOG POST 1 - Dollars

I can understand why the Swamp dwellers are infuriated with the proposed budget of President Trump, it siphons off much of their graft and limits their ability to bribe and extort.  Is it a perfect budget?  HARDLY, but it is a beginning and one that we have not seen in a long time, if ever.  It is a budget that takes the campaign promises and proposed policies and translates them into real $$$ so that everyone can see.  It shifts the needle from foreign entitlements, wasteful bureaucracies, and needless spending to those areas that make America safe and will help make America prosperous again.  It is, truly, a budget that puts America first.  I said AMERICA not factions within America, but AMERICA!

I have been appalled year after year at the weak-willed, big government mentality of the Republicans on matters of spending that make them almost indistinguishable from the Democrats.  Those in positions of power realize that they need MONEY to continue their quest for position and power.  The elitist professional politicians are interested in permanence in office not perpetuating the American Dream and Purpose.  They were elected by people who expected them to REPRESENT those voting for them, but they quickly reveal the constituents are not the focus POWER is.  They do not understand or believe they are in Public Service and thereby Public Servants, they believe they KNOW BETTER and have a right to ARBITRARY POWER.  We must develop the resolve to show them they are wrong, otherwise, we will continue down the path of “Government by the Elitist, for the Elitist, and of the Elitist” rather than “Of the People, for the People, and by the People.”  WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

Few, in Washington, were sufficiently alarmed by the $10 TRILLION increase in our debt under Barack Obama.  Had they been, they would have taken the austere measures that are now required to move us toward fiscal sanity.  They did not, but rather kicked the can down the road, danced without paying the piper, and now the bill has come due.  Donald Trump will be the villain and a virtual Darth Vader or Lucifer himself for his proposals but someone must man up to the task.  Those who have been succored and become addicted to the ENTITLEMENT flow of cash and services will scream the loudest.  The Democrats will paint Trump and the Republicans as HATERS of all that is good, INSENSITIVE, and HEARTLESS.  Those affected will agree with them without considering the overall picture of where we are and what we must do to survive fiscally as a nation.  If we do not deal with the problem the problem will consume us.  IT IS OUR CHOICE!

The proposed budget, that will be altered and amended in Congress proposes some whopping but much needed cuts including a 29% cut in the State Department budget that will deal with FOREIGN ENTITLEMENTS where we have attempted for years to buy friends.  That has not, does not, and will not work.  I am a proponent of ZERO BASED BUDGETING where everything is on the table and begins at ZERO and we commit to any program what is truly deemed necessary and eliminate duplication and waste, as much as is possible.  There is a 21% cut in the Department of Agriculture and Labor and while I do not know all the specifics in those departments I know there is pork, and entitlements inserted in their budgets as well as incredible waste.  Therefore, I am okay with cutting where cuts need to be made.  There is an 18% cut to the budget of Health and Human Services, and that is probably a reasonable cut with the waste, duplication, and bad spending that has produced little to no results.  Then there is a 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency which has, over the past few years, become a weapon used to stifle American industry and thereby do damage to the American people.  Do we need to protect our environment?  YES, but in a reasonable manner.  We cannot allow the ineptitude and machinations of that department strangle economic growth and place human beings at the bottom of the food chain of life.

The Trump budget increases spending for Defense, which we need with the depletion of our military over the past 8 years.  It increases the budgets of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and programs such as school choice.  The atrocities of the VA and the need to care for our veterans is, in my view, without argument.  If we ask men and women to place themselves in harm’s way to protect and defend us we should be committed to caring for them in their time of need.  Our Homeland is under constant threat from Islamic jihadist and others who desire to dismantle, disrupt, and destroy our Constitutional Republic.  We need more border security, more personnel and equipment to ensure the safety of America and Americans, so I am in agreement with increasing the budget for Homeland providing it is not wasted and used in duplicate spending that is senseless.  We have failed in our dumping billions into the inner cities and failing public schools, therefore we should take those funds or portions of them and offer an opportunity for better choice in education for ALL AMERICANS.  I do not say that all public schools are failing but many are and when people are allowed to reach for a better education their world dramatically changes and that is good for America.

The Swamp dwellers will rail against any efforts such as this budget and the incessant rhetoric and vitriol will flow like a rushing river.  I pray that the President and his team are not deterred by the outcries and accusations and will continue striving to fulfill the campaign promises and truly place America first again.  Why fund the United Nations when it is opposed to virtually all that American has stood for and stands for?  Why provide monies to nations that support, sponsor, or refuse to confront terrorism?  Why provide funds for graft, corruption, cronyism, and greed when there are millions of Americans hurting and needing a window of opportunity and a breath of hope?  WHY?  Only to facilitate the professional political elite in their quest for power can explain it not justify it.  THAT I DO NOT SUPPORT, so I want us to do some serious belt-tightening in Washington and move to reducing the debt and deficit.  Even with these cuts, the federal budget will grow from $4 TRILLION to $5 TRILLION in a decade.  This is assuredly not a starvation budget because the Big Government will continue to become larger even with this type of austere budgeting.  Imagine what it would do without it?

God, bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire! 

 

THE MEDIA’S SPIN – – “Obama Good, Trump Bad…”


BLOG POST 3 - Media Spin

That is very simplistic but accurately sums up how the media contrasts the beginnings of those two presidents.  One of the guiltiest revisionists in the media is the New York Times, which is without question a major mouthpiece of the Leftist Democrats in America.  They released a recent article declaring that Barack Obama was handed a colossal mess but handed Donald Trump incredibly low unemployment, relative quite around the world, and an economy that was strong.  I wonder what world they were referring to, but I don’t want to be too cynical.

The Times, as have the Democrats, shouted from the rooftop that when Barack Obama was sworn in as President we were losing upwards of 700,000 jobs per month, the financial system was about to collapse, and the world was in shambles.  They claim that by the time he gave his first speech to the joint session of Congress he had righted most of those wrongs and turned things around.  I wonder what world they are referring to, but again I must guard against cynicism.  They credited him with the passage of a stimulus bill through the Democrat-controlled Congress, passing a gender pay parity act, an inspirational children’s health insurance law, and issued executive orders that would result in the stabilization the financial woes of the auto industry.  He, they said, was facing a second Great Depression rivaled only by the original Great Depression and he went to the podium unifying the country.  Again, I wonder what country they are referring to, and this time I can’t help my cynicism.

If you examine the facts, you will discover that the GDP numbers reported by “Macroeconomic Advisers” indicate that the economy had begun to stabilize BEFORE Obama took office.  Wait, that can’t be possible because after all we must blame Bush and that would strip us of that ability.  They reported that the worst monthly declines were in the rearview mirror and the recession was deemed to have ended five months into his presidency but long before any of his actions could have taken effect.  WOW!  He can’t get the credit and Bush can’t get the total blame, so what shall we do?  I read that economist Alan Blinder and Mark Zandi have credited the $700 billion TARP program, signed into law by George W. Bush and the aggressive action by the FED in 2008 as being, “substantially more powerful in bringing the recession to an end than anything done by Barack H. Obama.”  Oops, we must delete that for it will not neatly fit into the leftist narrative of the miracle-working powers of Mr. Obama.

Regarding the disastrous Stimulus Package of Mr. Obama, it did virtually nothing to turn the economy around but was a grand gift to the Democrats to fulfill their wish list of spending projects.  What about those illusive ‘executive actions’ that Mr. Obama issued to stabilize the financial and automotive sectors of our economy, can we have the list?  Sorry, there is no list and one would assume that the reason the Times listed them as numerous is because they knew they were bogus and could not offer specifics.  Alternative Universe, with Alternate Facts, to support a Virtual Reality in the Utopian World of Politics.  The truth is that his executive actions did more harm to the auto industry than good.  His ‘tailpipe emissions and fuel mandates’ did not stabilize the industry it harmed them greatly.  Facts reveal President Bush had already delivered to GM and Chrysler BILLIONS in emergency loans to keep them afloat, but Bush bad, Trump bad, Obama good.  Does anyone remember Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” program?  What a disaster!  Who benefited from that debacle?  Mainly the Auto Unions.  But, Mr. Obama did sign a $500,000 salary cap for executives of companies receiving bailout money.  WHOOPEE!  He signed the incredibly bad Dodd-Frank ‘financial reform’ bill and that totally failed to achieve the stated goal of making the banking system safer.  That came from Obama’s own financial adviser, Larry Summers.  WOW! 

What we have now is what we have had only worse.  The Republicans are evil and the Democrats are the saviors of the people.  NO, I do not believe that but that is how they spin the narrative and with the incessant harping by the MSM, the tired rhetoric of the Democrats and the failure of Republicans to expose the fraud for what it is has led to millions believing the diatribe and accepting it as Law and Gospel.

Donald Trump is the first president in a very long time to actually take steps to fulfill his campaign promises.  Politicians are not supposed to do that, are they?  Not according to Washington standards.  How often have we elected a politician who made promises that seemed so sincere only to find that once they were sworn in something in the water, the air, or in the Halls of Congress transformed them and they conveniently forgot their promises and compromised their convictions selling us down the river?  I don’t know if there is a machine they send them through that transforms them, if it is the water, or something in the ventilation system or something more real world, like money, hunger for power, and position but something happens.

I am praying that the Trump administration will hold true to the promises and actually deliver to the American the lion’s share of his commitments.  I pray that the Republicans will find it within themselves to not squander this opportunity and become Public Servants and fight for us.  Will that happen?  Time will tell, but if it does not I cannot envision the Republicans, now in office, not being held accountable in 2018 and beyond.

God, bless you and God bless America!

REPEAL AND DIE – – That’s the Spin of the Democrats…


BLOG POST 6 - Repeal Obamacare

The Democrats have long accused the Republicans of being ‘fear mongers’ but every time I turn around there is another ‘scare tactic’ used by the Democrats in an attempt to rally support for their Party and Position.  How many have heard their argument that if Obamacare is repealed it will literally kill off thousands if not millions of Americans?  I have, and it is nauseating and disgusting but I have met a number of people in my home state that believe that spin and are terrified they will be lined up and euthanized because Donald Trump is a Tyrannical Despot waiting to kill women, children, illegals, gays, lesbians, and anyone not agreeing with him.  No, I am not kidding and yes, I do talk to some colorful characters in my attempt to know what people are thinking.

This idea of people dying or virtually being killed by the mean-spirited heartless Republicans is one of the most prominent and popular. It has gotten far more mileage than I would have thought it would, but then I assumed that people would use some reason and logic not simply drink the Kool-Aid of the Left.  I was wrong, so I apologize for assuming and yes, I know the breakdown of the word.  I saw that David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler from the Chicago Tribune wrote that if the Republicans are successful in repealing Obamacare as many as 43,000 will die annually due to lack of health insurance.  The insinuation is, “Republicans if you repeal Obamacare you are murderers!”  Before, I call them lunatics, let me say their argument is insane.  They pulled a number out of the proverbial hat or somewhere because it would be impossible to quantify or verify that number or any number.  It is a ‘scare tactic’ and designed to target those who feel vulnerable and are not well informed.  Sadly, it is working.  Were there 43,000 who died annually due to lack of health insurance before the passage of Obamacare?  We do not know and we cannot know because it is a theoretical number, not a factual one.

How many remember that the Washington Post awarded Bernie Sanders “four Pinocchios” when he claimed that 36,000 Americans would die annually if Obama care was repealed?  I did a little research and gleaned from the work of others that when this claim was investigated based on a study of Massachusetts’ health care law, Obamacare’s predecessor some interesting statistics were unveiled.  The study that Bernie Sanders used compared mortality rates for adults between 2001-2005 t the rates of 2007-2010.  This was a before and after study of Obamacare.  The research indicated that for every 830 adults who gained insurance, there was one fewer death per year.  The problem, there was no individual level insurance information making it impossible to directly link mortality changes to persons gaining insurance coverage.  Too many unknown variables for that to be a valid conclusion about the deaths.  But, factual evidence was not the objective ‘scaring people’ was, to achieve an end.  Bernie Sanders does not particularly like Obamacare he wants a total government system where the government pays for, provides, and determines the care of individuals.

Actuarial tables indicate that mortality rates have been decreasing for over a century in America.  In 1950 the life expectancy was 68.2 and the mortality rate 9.6 (per 1000). In 1980, the life expectancy was 73.7 with a mortality rate of 8.7. In 2010, life expectancy was 78.7 and the mortality rate was 8.0.  What am I arguing?  Simply that the lowering of the mortality rate preceded Obamacare therefore, negating any claim that Obamacare has resulted in lowering the mortality rate and that repealing it will not cause a massive reversal.  But, to the left, if you support repeal of Obamacare you are a murderer and I find that offensive.  Let me throw in a small fly in the ointment and you decide for yourself as to the validity of their argument.  Some rough data for 2015 indicates that the mortality rate has risen to 8.4 per 1000.  That’s up from 8.0 in 2010, WHY?  The number of people covered by Medicare and Medicaid has increased from 87.8 million to 117.4 million. That is a 38% increase in federally subsidized health insurance. The population increased from 304 million to 320 million or 5.2%. Shouldn’t we see a significant reduction in the mortality rate as a result if Obamacare is the cause of lower mortality rates?  The New York Times explained this in this way.  “The death rate rose in the United States in 2015 for the first time in a decade.  A rare increase that was driven in part by more people dying from drug overdoses, suicide, and Alzheimer’s disease. The death rate from heart disease, long in decline, edged up slightly.”   That has NOTHING to do with Obamacare but yet they argue their case, spin their spin, and advance their narrative trying to ‘frighten people’ into compliance or shame Republicans into agreeing with them.  If Obamacare could not prevent this uptick in the mortality rate what makes anyone think repealing it would cause the rate to escalate?

We need to get rid of this job killer law that will eventually be used to euthanize those over 75 by denied, delayed, or reduced care.  Beware of the United Nations Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development Initiatives which seek to reduce the world’s population by 30% or more by 2040.  BEWARE!  You have been warned, do your research, and pray about the matter.  Obamacare has not helped the health industry or Americans it has hurt in that sector and been a job killer across the board.  TIME FOR IT TO GO!

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

DID THE TACTICS OF THE DEMOCRATS BACKFIRE ON THEM???


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I guess it depends on who you ask but in my view and from what I see, hear, and read it did.  There was no Joe Wilson moment with shouts of “You Lie” but the sulking and sullen behavior could not go without notice.  To Donald Trump’s credit, he did not let it deter him in his speech nor did he completely turn his attention to the Republican side of the aisle but reached out to the Democrats offering them an olive branch of sorts, which the rejected.  Oh, there were numerous times that some of the Democrats ‘clad in white’ vigorously gave him the thumbs down gesture acting like Junior High School girls.  They thought that their sullenness and sulking would be noticed by the public and it would work in their favor as they prepared to play the role of victim to Donald Trump’s lashing out at them.  He didn’t and they were upstaged by the First Lady, then the widow of fallen Navy Seal Ryan Owen’s widow, Carryn Owens.   The picture is another example of their childishness so the speech antics and at other times they have shown themselves to be petulant children.

Of course, I am a constitutional conservative, a veteran, an American, and a Christian.  I view myself as an American patriot and a defender of freedom for everyone so my view of their antics comes through the prism of my beliefs. However, even some on the left have lamented the failed tactics of the Democrats and the petulance they portrayed.  They fear the visual will be long remembered by voters and know that the Republicans will rehearse it in the minds of the public leading up to the 2018 elections, as they should.  People like Shelia Jackson Lee who normally hog the aisle seats for photo-ops avoided the aisle like the plague.  Someone asked if a single Democrat shook President Trump’s had before the speech and it did not appear they did.  When the President said, “we are all made by the same God” many of them visibly squirmed in the seats, for if you recall they booed God in one of their national conventions and voted him out of the party platform.  I’m sure the mention of God as creator was not a comfortable moment for them.  When the President called for simple and singular nationalism the Democrats stuck to their tactic of sullenness and gave the appearance of being anything but Americans and members of the American Congress.  How could they think that would play well in the minds of the American people who are hurting and want to see America prosper again.

The president’s plea for Congress to act with regard to education giving those in the inner cities who are forced to attend low quality and underperforming schools did not meet with warmth from the Democrats.  The idea of vouchers, school choice, and personal responsibility are anathema to the party that has gone so far to the left those ideas appear to them as ‘ultra-right-wing extremist’ values.  Throughout the campaign and subsequent to the election Mr. Trump has proclaimed that the ‘era of empty talk is over’ and it should be.  I personally am fed up with the ‘hot air politics’ of Washington, the Cronyism, the Pork-filled legislation, and the political posturing of the members of Congress.  I do not want any more ‘business as usual’ politics and have no interest in the ‘pomp and ceremony’ of Washington’s prescribed way of doing business.  NO!  Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, roll up our sleeves and get busy addressing the matters at hand and reach some concrete solutions to move America forward again.

I was particularly moved and proud when the president said regarding Ryan Owens, “For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom.  And we will never forget Ryan.  To those allies who wonder what kind of friend America will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform.”  As a veteran and a Christian, I was about to have a shouting spell in my living room it moved me that deeply.  I pray that the American people remember the visual of Carryn Owens, the tears of grief and gratitude on her face, and the genuineness of respect that came to her from the President and at least one side of Congress.  I pray that we do not soon forget the callousness and disrespectfulness of the petulant who were in attendance.

Let me openly state that I expect President Trump to do some things and cut some deals that will frustrate me.  I truly believe that he approaches this task not as a political ideologue but as a businessman who sees a need and wants to find the best possible solution.  He will cut deals that may not set well with many of us conservatives and constitutionalist but he will also likely stand firm on some core items and hopefully get them through Congress over the opposition and obstructionism of the Democrats.

If it were only Democrats he had to contend with, I would not be as apprehensive about the success of his policies and the fulfillment of his promises to the American people.  There are members of the Republican Party such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham who are so adamantly opposed to Mr. Trump they refuse to cooperate.  In the case of Mr. McCain, he appears so filled with hatred for the president and so angry at the American people for electing Donald Trump while failing to elect John McCain he has become a detriment.  He has, in my opinion, out-served his usefulness and is such a narcissist he appears to be suffering from some psychological problem that it beyond my expertise to diagnose.  I pray that the people of Arizona allow him the opportunity to transition into retirement permanently and send a new face with new ideas to the Senate at his next election.  I will never disparage his service and the fact that he was a POW but as a current Senator, he is deserving of all the criticism we offer.

America is at a major crossroad politically, socially, morally, and economically and I pray that we all unite behind those things we can which will afford the opportunity to jumpstart our economy, secure our borders, strengthen our military, enhance our national security, and deal with the problem of Lawlessness that is becoming an epidemic.  We can win this war but only if we Pray, Labor, and Persist.

God, bless you and God bless America!