Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Safety Net Programs

With all the discussions recently about welfare programs for non-citizens, some thoughts.


It’s not Government money.  It’s Taxpayer’s money (TPM).


Non-citizens must not be receiving TPM.


If you are in need and receiving TPM it should be not be an easy process.  Should be very difficult.  For ages, the stewards of our funds have made it easier and easier to get in and stay in these programs. Following being very grateful, the remaining thoughts and actions should be figuring what can be done to get off these programs.  Every check received must make the individual think to himself, this is such a pain in the neck, I don’t want to do it anymore.  Temporally helping citizens is wonderful.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Get Congress Out Of Washington DC

Article I.             House of Representatives

Section 1.01     Overview

(a)      Goal is to remove legislators from the toxic environment that comes with life in DC and get them closer to the folks they represent.

(b)      Use remote conference and perhaps remote voting.

Section 1.02     Office Space

(a)      Home

                  (i)     Representative’s office will be located in the district they represent.

                 (ii)     Office costs will be covered by the representative’s salary to encourage accountability.

               (iii)     Size and location within the district is up to the representative funded by representative.

               (iv)     Staff is up to the representative. Compensation covered by the representative’s salary. 

(b)      DC

                  (i)     Limited Common office spaces will be available in DC.

                 (ii)     Large common area with conference rooms as well as a document/printing area.

               (iii)     Private offices will be for leadership only.

Section 1.03     Staff

(a)      Make up and salaries of the representative’s staff will be the responsibly of the representative.

(b)      Paid for by the representative to encourage accountability.

Section 1.04     Budget

(a)      Leadership will appropriate funds to administer House functions and common office/work areas.

(b)      Including members’ salaries.  Salaries will be used for all member’s administration costs.

Section 1.05     Travel

(a)      Expenses will be dispensed from the Speaker’s Salary.  This will encourage minimal trips to DC for voting.

(b)      Adjustments will need to be made for members that are further away.

Article II.          Senate

Section 2.01     Overview

(a)      Goal is to remove Senators from the DC environment.  Moving Senators to their own State Houses to keep them closer to the folks they represent.  Although, the 17th amendment changed the way Senators are elected, they should still go to Washington representing the State Legislatures.

Section 2.02     Office Space

(a)      Home

                  (i)     Senator offices will be located in the State House of their State as supplied by their State Legislature to encourage cooperation with the folks they represent.

                 (ii)     Office costs will be covered by the Senator’s State to encourage accountability.

               (iii)     Size and location will be up to the State and funded by the State.

(b)      DC

                  (i)     Limited Common office spaces will be available in DC.

                 (ii)     Large common area with conference rooms as well as a document/printing area.

               (iii)     Private offices will be for leadership only.

Section 2.03     Staff

(a)      Staff is up to the Senator and their State.  Compensation covered by the Senator’s State. 

Section 2.04     Budget

(a)      Leadership will appropriate funds to administer Senate functions and common office/work areas.

Section 2.05     Travel

(a)      Expenses will be dispensed from the Majority Leader’s Salary.  This will encourage minimal trips to DC for voting.

(b)      Adjustments will need to be made for members that are further away.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Presidential Character

An essay from Mark Alexander of Patriot Post

"The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men." --Samuel Adams

In his Inaugural Address on 20 January, 1961, President John F. Kennedy closed his remarks with these famous words: "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

With those words, JFK, considered by many to be the most exemplary leader of the Democrat Party in the 20th Century, asked Americans to put country first, a bedrock principle of the Party until the last few decades.

However today, the current slate of Democrats have turned Jack Kennedy's national challenge on end, essentially proclaiming, "ask what your country can do for you, not what you can do for your country."

In 1963, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and said for all to hear, "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Has his dream been realized, or have Democrat leaders divided us up into constituency groups, where we are judged by all manner of ethnicity and special interests rather than the individual and national character King envisioned?

Kennedy and King had it right, but the Democrat Party has squandered their great legacy, and betrayed us, moreover enslaving many Americans as dependant wards of the state.

This is not the Democrat Party envisioned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Harry Truman, much less its founder, Thomas Jefferson, who would not recognize even the most vestigial elements of his once-noble Party. (This dramatic transition is evident in the Democrat Party Platforms from Kennedy to Obama.)

When asked why he left the Democrat Party, perhaps the most famous of former Democrats said, "I did not leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me." That was Ronald Reagan, who earned the respect and support of an enormous number of Democrats during his presidency. His observation, "the Party left me," has never been more true than today.

For several months, we have heard and observed two presidential candidates, centrist Republican John McCain and liberal Democrat Barack Obama. It should by now, be obvious to all of us who put our country first, which of these candidates possess the high qualities of a statesman, and the prerequisite moral and civic virtues for an American president.

Unfortunately, too many of my fellow Americans have difficulty distinguishing these qualities.

Every four years, at the peak of presidential election cycles, we're told by the talkingheads and the party hacks that "this election is the most important in our lifetimes." This time, however, they may be right. These are indeed perilous times.

Our nation is facing crises on several critical fronts, including an historic economic disaster, the resolution of which will require the steady hand of a statesman in possession of outstanding character -- character that has been honed over his lifetime, character that is proven consistent with our nation's legacy of liberty and equality.

That reformed Democrat, Ronald Reagan, wrote, "The character that takes command in moments of crucial choices has already been determined by a thousand other choices made earlier in seemingly unimportant moments. It has been determined by all the 'little' choices of years past -- by all those times when the voice of conscience was at war with the voice of temptation, [which was] whispering the lie that 'it really doesn't matter.' It has been determined by all the day-to-day decisions made when life seemed easy and crises seemed far away -- the decision that, piece by piece, bit by bit, developed habits of discipline or of laziness; habits of self-sacrifice or self-indulgence; habits of duty and honor and integrity -- or dishonor and shame."

For the first and final word on the necessary character traits the next president should possess, let's return to our foundation, our Founders, those who risked all to proclaim our individual rights and responsibilities as ordained by God, and outlined them in our Declaration of Independence and its subordinate exposition, our Republic's Constitution.

Our Founders wrote at length about character, both of those who seek high office (or, rather, those that high office seeks), and those who elect them. Here are but a few excerpts in their own words.

John Adams: "Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. ... If we suffer [the minds of young people] to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives. ... We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ... We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections."

Samuel Adams: "Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters. ... If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation. ... [N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. ... No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders. ... Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual -- or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. ... Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness."

Thomas Jefferson: "It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution. ... If a nation expects to be ignorant -- and free -- in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. ... The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. ... An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens."

George Washington: "No compact among men ... can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other. ...[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted [early in life] are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous. ... The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world. ...[W]here is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths...? Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens."

At the end of the Revolution, when our Founders were endeavoring "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity," Founding brothers Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and our Constitution's author, James Madison, wrote The Federalist Papers, its most authentic and comprehensive explication.

In Federalist No. 1, Hamilton warned, "Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants."

Sound familiar?

In No. 10, Madison cautions, "Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm," and insisted in No. 57, "The aim of every political Constitution is or ought to be first to obtain for rulers, men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous, whilst they continue to hold their public trust."

Madison's Supreme Court nominee, Justice Joseph Story, wrote, "Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them."

The Founders thus warned of the perils posed by the candidate who lacks political courage; the candidate who tells us everything we want to hear.

In November 1800, John Adams, in his fourth year as president, wrote to his wife Abigail, "I Pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessing on this house, and on ALL that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof!"

We should all pray likewise, now, today, this minute.

As Adams understood, "A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

Almost two centuries later, Ronald Reagan reiterated, "Freedom is ... never more than one generation away from extinction. Every generation has to learn how to protect and defend it, or it's gone and gone for a long, long time."

So, what of the current generation of voters, and the two presidential candidates?

On 4 November, one of these candidates will receive a majority of electoral votes, and in January, be seated as our next president. But for sure, this election is much more than a referendum on the two candidates; it is a referendum on the ability of Americans to discern between one candidate who possesses the character and integrity of a statesman, which the office of president requires, and one who does not.

At this pivotal moment in our nation's history, let's hope that a majority of us have sufficient courage and character to make that distinction, and vote on what we know rather than how we feel.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bar Stool Economics

Thought I needed to post this. So true.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20."Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!"

"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

Read the results here


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Let’s get it right guys

Just want to point out the importance of reporting news correctly. Check out the very first line (bolded).

U.S. troops mistakenly killed six Iraqis? It better not have been a mistake. They were fired upon. Sounds like they did their job perfectly and should be complimented.


BAGHDAD —  U.S. troops on boats in the Tigris river mistakenly killed six Iraqis Wednesday in an exchange of fire between the two sides north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

The clash began when Iraqi troops at a checkpoint fired at approaching U.S. military boats near Tarmiyah, 30 miles north of Baghdad, police and security officials said. They did not realize the boats, which had their lights off, were American.

The U.S. soldiers fired back, killing two Iraqi soldiers, two police officers and two U.S.-backed Sunni tribesmen, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to release the information to the media.

Two U.S. helicopters later fired on a one-room house on an island in the river near the site of the clash, the Iraqis said.

The U.S. military confirmed there was an incident of "mistaken fire" between U.S. and Iraqi forces while the U.S.-led coalition was conducting an operation in the area against suspected Al Qaeda in Iraq militants. A U.S. spokesman said aircraft were also involved but did not give more details.

"It is always regretful when incidents of mistaken fire occur on the battlefield," the spokesman, Maj. John Hall, said in an e-mail. An investigation was under way, he said.


See full story:,2933,415969,00.html


Friday, August 15, 2008

Subject: Another History Lesson

Here are some downright frightening statistics. President Bush has been in office for 7 ½ years. The first six years the economy was fine. In fact, the economy is even booming.


A little over one year ago:

  • Consumer confidence stood at a 2 ½ year high.
  • Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.5%
  • The DOW Jones hit a record high – 14,000
  • Americans were buying new cars, taking cruises, vacations overseas and living large!


However, Americans wanted "CHANGE"! So, in 2006, they voted in a Democrat Congress and yep we got "CHANGE" alright!

  • Consumer confidence has plummeted.
  • Gasoline is now over $4 a gallon and climbing!
  • Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase).
  • Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12 Trillion Dollars and still dropping.
  • 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
  • The DOW is pounding against new lows constantly.
  • $2.5 Trillion has evaporated from stocks, bonds and mutual funds investment portfolios.


Yep, in 2006 American voted for "CHANGE" and we sure as hell got it!

Now the Democrat candidate for President and the polls say He's going to be "the man" and claims he's going to really give us change!

Just how much more "CHANGE" do you think you can stand?


If you want the economy to improve please try to remember, WHEN YOU VOTE™ that these lifestyle changes started in 2006.

How much more of your tax dollars do you want to go to giveaway programs?

How many of you are getting Social Security checks now, and how many will start getting them during the next 4 ½ years????

They will be less and less if you keep, or put the Liberals in office!

Also remember, they are only liberal with your dollars, NOT theirs.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Enumerated Powers Act (HR 1359)

Don't see you Rep them and tell them to support this bill.

Link to description of bill.