Monday, September 3, 2012

The Enemy of the Day

Ah, when I was younger we always knew who the enemy was. The stories we read and the movies we saw taught us to recognize the 'bad' guy. Not only did the young children know about the 'bad' guy but the adults knew also. We had our Hitler, Japanese army, and later the Russian menace. All easily and clearly definable 'bad' guys. What a wonderful time… The word that come to mind is 'simple'.. It was all so simple.

 Between then and now something has happened that morphed simple into confusion. Such as lying is OK… National debt is OK... Forty millions don't pay taxes is OK… Sixty million on food stamps is OK… Graduating children from high school that can barely read or write is OK... Nationalizing businesses is OK… Burdening future generations with debt created by this generation is OK…

 To be told these things by the politicos is one thing but having half of our population believing such political deceptions in another. The political class could get by with this crazy deceptive behavior when we all went to the polls in the back of the watermelon wagon but today we go in Lexus and new pickups.

 Probably the idea of voting for this 'guy' because he doesn't appear as bad as that 'guy' is so embedded in the voters' mind that is seems like this is just the way it should be done.

 The elections in November give us one more chance to get rid of the men and women who got us here. They have done what they were elected to do which is to lead but they chose the wrong direction. They did this by listening to other members and the party leadership. Not to us. They work for us and they have become a liability on our personal and federal balance sheets. It's time for us to cut our losses. Learn from our mistakes and move on. But how? We tell them we want a smaller government and they expand government. We tell them we want a lower and simpler tax code and they expand the tax code as well as our taxes. We tell them we don't want them involved in our personal lives, our business lives, and they involve themselves more in both.

 Vetting any candidate is hard and the simplest way is to look at their history. Which tells us little… We can't see into their character or into their hearts so we are always buying a 'pig-in-a-poke.' What we do know is that anyone who runs for public office is wants the prestige and power that goes with that office. They are not in these races to be protectors of the 'down trodden' middle class. What else we know is that once they have gained that power they will turn heaven and hell to keep the power. They will lie, cheat, and if it come to it sell their oldest son.

 What got us here is we did not oversee the elected guardians of our nation. These elected will not fix our national problems because they are the problem. So it is we, the owners of the nation, to clean up and pay the debts. Until we have struck fear in their hearts by firing enough of their brothers they will not listen to our wishes or follow our guidance. I'm not sure if we clearly understand what we must do?

 The constitution is the mission statement and the job description for the federal government's elected officials is to carry out the mission. BUT it is we who must clearly remind each candidate what their duties are and what we expect from them as employees. At the same time knowing what they agree to during a campaign for office may well not be what they do while in office.

 Finally people in Indiana are saying enough to teachers, administrations, and the public schools system.

Struggling Indiana public school districts are buying billboard space, airing radio ads and even sending principals door-to-door in an unusual marketing campaign aimed at persuading parents not to move their children to private schools as the nation's largest voucher program doubles in size.

 Unlike voucher programs in other states that are limited to poor families and failing school districts, the Indiana subsidies are open to a much broader range of people, including parents with a household income up to nearly $64,000 for a family of four. The median income for an Indiana family of four was just over $67,000 in 2010, making many of the state's nearly 1 million public school students eligible for vouchers.

 Last year, the effect of the new vouchers was limited because the law passed just four months before the start of school, and many parents were still unfamiliar with the program. But this year, more than 8,000 students have already applied for vouchers, and there is room for up to 15,000. The number of participants could grow even more next year, when the ceiling on the number of vouchers is eliminated.

 School staff members have gone to the homes of students who switched to private schools last year or who dropped out and asked them to come back. The district is touting its magnet schools, teaching methods that include Montessori and Reggio and a performing arts and visual arts school.

 My experience in the real world is if you do badly you don't get rewarded. Period. More often than not you get fired. Effectively the voucher system fires the poor teachers and poor managers of the schools by taking away their money.

 The thing about government, schools systems, unions, welfare recipients, and elected officials is they never know when they reach a tipping point with us. They forget whose money they are spending. A good part of this is our fault for never saying NO clearly. We have continued to throw money at the failing institutions and organizations.

 Getting back to the election… That is the first order of business. Someone lost control over an e-mail...
 The big worry expressed in a new email from Obama's Chicago HQ: "The Republican base is energized." The reason: Romney attracted 15,000 at a rally over the weekend.

 The email: Paul -- I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday's Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people. 

 There's no spinning that number. It's a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized. 

 And that's not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney's campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base. 

 We've got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters -- starting right now.

 Donate $3 or right now to help us rally our base around President Obama's agenda >
 Listen to what one Republican supporter said about Paul Ryan: "I love him...He's going to excite the Tea Party and get them on board..." 

 We can't let the Republicans claim the momentum. 

 Thanks, Brynne Brynne Craig DCCC Field Director 

 I can only hope they are right in their reading of the Republican momentum….

 Please consider sending Todd Akin some money. He is now leading Claire McCaskill, truly a hideous liberal in one poll. Since Todd's gaff the national GOP will not give him campaign money. This man has a long steady support for family, prolife, and conservative principles. Yes, he made a mistake but that does not change his history or voting record. (Look him up and read his history. You will like him.) Mailing address: Todd Akin for Senate - PO Box 31222 -St. Louis MO 63131

 We are in the home stretch. (65 days and counting) This is when we must double down, suck up what little energy we have left and get rid of the rascals in OUR government. Prime target Obama along with Claire McCaskill…. Just to name a couple.

 I really like Charles Krauthammer and read him whenever I can. He said, " So summarizing the campaign, its Obama campaign saying, ‘Mitt Romney will lay off your dad, kill your mother with cancer, deny your sister contraceptives, throw your son out of college, and if you're African-American, put y'all in chains.’ Then they say, ‘We aren't going negative? No, no, we are talking about issues.”

 Can anyone believe we have let ourselves get into a mess like this?

 To end on a lighter note and a new song from Ray Stevenson:


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