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Archive for December, 2010

War with Mexico

Posted by olemike on 12/17/2010

When will the federal government realize that we have a serious problem on our border with Mexico?  How many U.S. citizens must be killed before they will take action.  It is only going to get worse.  The lawlessness in Mexico by the drug gangs will continue to migrate across into the United States?  Is it any wonder that states such as Arizona try to do the Feds job?


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Stop Spending our Money!

Posted by olemike on 12/16/2010

It seems that most Democrats and some Republicans did not get the message this past November election.  They continue to insert huge earmark requests (about 6500) into the current omnibus spending bill to the tune of about $8.3 billion.  What will it take for our representatives in Washington to get the message that we do not want them to do this.   I believe that most earmarks projects should be paid for by the communities that benefit from the specific project.  Why make the rest of the country absorb the costs?  I urge the President to veto this bill until all earmarks are removed.  He stated many times that he planned to reduce the quantity of earmarks.  Will this be just another broken promise?

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Losing the Education Wars

Posted by olemike on 12/09/2010

It is disheartening to read the results of the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) for 15 year olds.  This study measures performance in math, reading, science, etc. in most of the countries of the world.  It is a pipe dream to think that the United States is near the top of the ratings.  In fact, we are a dismal 25th in Math, 12th in reading, and 20th in Science.  Other countries are eating our lunch.  We must do a better job of educating our youth.  Being good at video games or being fast at texting doesn’t do much for us when competing with others for economic success.  We must do better.

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Stand Up for Christmas

Posted by olemike on 12/07/2010

I was dismayed to read this article about Chase Bank forcing a christmas tree removal from a bank in Southlake, Texas.  If  91% of the people  celebrate Christmas, who would be offended?  I fear for our country when we have become so politically correct that we now cannot display items such as a christmas tree for fear of offending some small group of people who would have us destroy years of tradition.  Why would the preference of 9% (or less) of the people take precedence of the other 91%?  Can anyone explain this to me?  When will we realize that if we don’t stand  for something, we stand for nothing.

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The Moment of Truth

Posted by olemike on 12/06/2010

Recommendation from Bi-partisan Debt Commission.

RECOMMENDATION 1.7: FULLY FUND THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND INSTEAD OF RELYING ON DEFICIT SPENDING. Dedicate a 15-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax to transportation funding, and limit spending if necessary to match the revenues the trust fund collects each year.

Actually, I think the Federal government should turn over the highway building and maintenance to the individual states.  Let them collect the gas taxes and determine what road construction/maintenance needs are necessary for their state. 

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The Moment of Truth

Posted by olemike on 12/05/2010

Recommendation from Bi-partisan Debt Commission.

RECOMMENDATION 1.3: ENFORCE CAPS THROUGH TWO MECHANISMS — POINT OF ORDER AND ABATEMENT. Require a separate non-amendable vote in House and 60 vote point of order in Senate to spend above the caps. If caps are exceeded, impose across-the-board abatement by the amount appropriations exceed the caps.

This would help Congress police itself.

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The Moment of Truth

Posted by olemike on 12/04/2010

Recommendation from Bi-partisan Debt Commission.

Establish firewall between the two categories through 2015, and require equal
percentage cuts from both sides.

This is one of the fastest growing areas of government expenditure.    I’m sure there is lots of waste to be found and eliminated.  We should also reduce the numbers of military stationed around the globe.  Why do we need bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea?  Those countries need to step up to the plate and handle their own defense.

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Washington Fatigue

Posted by olemike on 12/03/2010

I am thoroughly disgusted with the elected officials in Washington.  The Democrats want more giveaways for the middle class and the Republicans want more tax relief for the rich.  Is it any wonder our country has problems?  It seems reasonable to me to only let the tax cuts expire for those making over $1,000,000.  That would decrease the 10 year impact by about $300 billion.  Most new job creation will probably come from those making between $250,000 and one million anyway.  Secondly, much of the government giveaways such as welfare and unemployment should have strings attached.  All able-bodied people receiving these dollars should be required to perform volunteer work, attend night classes, or any number of other things to contribute to the community.  There should be no completely free ride.  Further,  government expenditures should be geared to creating jobs for folks rather than paying unemployment or welfare.  Why not build roads, dams, railways, wind farms,  etc. rather than just give the money away.  A good example would be to extend the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to the north bay areas of Marin and Sonoma counties.  This would create many jobs and improve the commute options for thousands of people. If every tax dollar spent supposedly creates a $1.40 (?) stream, it certainly makes more sense to have people working than receiving freebies.  Government should be in the business of helping people to be successful, not putting  them on a permanent government dole.

Our legislators never think out of the box.  They continue to recite the old party mantra.  It’s either tax and spend or tax cuts for everybody.  Our country is in a crisis and I don’t think either the Democratic or Republican parties have the answer.

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The Moment of Truth

Posted by olemike on 12/02/2010

Recommendation from Bi-partisan Debt Commission.

RECOMMENDATION 1.1: CAP DISCRETIONARY SPENDING THROUGH 2020.   Hold spending in 2012 equal to or lower than spending in 2011, and return spending to precrisis 2008 levels in real terms in 2013.   Limit future spending growth to half the projected inflation rate through 2020.

I like this even though I don’t know many details.  Congress has always found new ways to spend our money.  Hopefully, implementing this would help cap that exercise.

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