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Exploiting Our Troops To Bailout Teachers Unions. Way to Go Democrat’s!!

Bookmark and Share Recently, Democrats found it necessary to fund our military through a supplemental bill that had hidden in it, a little section that also provided a $10 billion bailout for teachers unions.

This outrage epitomizes everything that is wrong with the current regime in Washington, D.C.

It demonstrates a profoundly illogical, unethical, and unacceptable process that creates bills which include legislation that has nothing to do with the purpose of the original goal of the initial proposal.

Once again, Democrats played politics with our troops and spent valuable time holding up the steady flow of critical assets to them in Afghanistan and Iraq all so that they could conspire a way to throw $10 billion at states which refuse to make budget cuts regarding unsustainable education funding during these tough economic times.

This essentially amounted to the drafting of a partisan, political clause that bailed out teachers union and insure their ability to continue those unions contributions to Democrat political operations.

90% of all union dues go to political activity, the bulk of which is in support of big government, big spending liberals who have no fiscal responsibility at all for the taxpayer’s money that they freely and liberally spend. Last year, teacher unions spent a total of 300 million hours protesting conservative legislators. One example exists in New Jersey where this year, after less than six month’s in office, the New Jersey Education Association spent over $7 million to attack the new Republican governor of the state because he is realigning the state’s budget with its treasury and because he demanded that teacher’s pay into their own state pension plans.

The fact that economically strapped states have to cut fat, offends Democrats because such fat cutting denies the flow of dues money to these unions which have essentially become individual campaign accounts for liberal office holders.

This despicably cynical tactic to fund Democrat political operations by making a clause in a supplemental defense funding bill meant to support our fighting men and women on the frontlines is just another example of how corrupt the Democrat regime of Obama, Pelosi and Reid has become. Their Party’s agenda is so distasteful that they must use every underhanded tactic in the book to pass their own agenda, even though they have some of the largest majorities in both houses of Congress that any Party has ever had in recent years Yet they still can’t pass their own legislation in a straightforward, above board manner.

Instead, as with the passage of their government run healthcare tax scheme, liberals seek to pass questionable measures without leaving any fingerprints that would allow voters to trace it back to them before Election Day. That is why they tried pass socialized medicine without even voting on it. At one point in time they considered just “deeming” the bill passed. Instead they just hammered the bill out, behind closed doors and spent hundreds of millions of dollars in pork barrel bribes that were meant to keep their partisan majority behind their scheme.

And just as they did with this year’s supplemental appropriation for our troops, last year Democrats also abused our military effort in Afghanistan and Iraq when they held the issue hostage to a hidden clause in the defense appropriations bill, which created new hate crimes legislation.

Clearly the two have nothing to do with each other, but what does logic have to do with anything.?

Now, they once again exploited our troops by making continued funding of them contingent upon financing the liberal political action wing of teachers unions that provide a steady stream of money and volunteers to the Democratic National Committee and their candidates.

But on top of that tactic being morally disgraceful, in a time of record deficits and unemployment, in a time of economic instability and financial volatility, during a day and age where it is already hard to find millions for essentials in a federally treasury that is operating in the red, where do Democrats get the nerve to spend billions on a non-essential, discretionary measure?

When will the Obama, Pelosi, Reid regime understand that we cannot spend our way to prosperity by pumping money that we literally don’t have, into unsustainable programs and policies?

This latest affront to fiscal responsibility and legislative decency simply highlights the need to put an end to the corrupt and morally bankrupt, liberal political gangsters who have hijacked the legislative process and the federal treasury.

I have long since maintained that in general, politicians, be they Republican or Democrats, can’t be trusted when left to their own devices. At the moment it is Democrats in charge and they are the ones responsible for the abuses. But even when it is the Republicans turn to take charge, something must be done to stop the insane abuses of the legislative process.

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That is why I believe the time has come for Congress to be forced to enact a reform that helps prohibit abuse of the legislative process.

On a site that I am active on, U4prez.com, I have authored what I call the  Legislative Topical Compliance Review bill.

The Legislative Topical Compliance Review law would eliminate the use of riders and addition of hidden clauses for the deceptive purposes of slipping non-germane regulations or spending measures into legislation that is meant for different purposes.

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LTCR forces spending, the creation of regulations, new laws, and new policies to be scrutinized and voted on based on their respective merits and prevents the improper passage of unnecessary spending, inappropriate laws and constitutional abuses by the Congress as a whole. You can review the bill for yourself by going to http://tinyurl.com/Legislative-Sanity or by clicking here.

Until such a measure is passed, the political class will continue to take advantage of us and the legislative process.

This latest case of Democrats using a supplemental spending measure meant to support out troops, to devote $10 billion to bailout teachers unions, is simply the smoke that indicates a fire. If we continue to ignore the smoke , eventually the fire responsible for that smoke will consume us.

This November tens of millions of Americans are ready to throw a bucket of water on the existing blaze of illegitimate legislative practices by voting out of office the people who are spreading the fire, the legislators who are spending with reckless abandonment and participating in conspiracies of legislative deception.

I am all for that. I am all for throwing THOSE bums out. But once the old bums are thrown out, the opportunities that our system of government offers will eventually allow for new bums to take similar advantage of the process that their predecessors have.   That is why I believe the time has come for Congress to be forced to enact a reform that helps prohibit abuse of the legislative process.

Until such a time as the process is reformed with LTCTR or a measure similar to it, Democrats will continue to hope that you miss their latest sleight of hand. But now you know so it is just a matter of what you are willing to do about it. November 2, 2010 will tell.

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CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT WITH A STRATEGY THAT MATTERS AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE

One General Strategy I would Use In The Campaign

An Account of One General Strategy I Would Use In The Campaign

With about 1 month remaining to go in this election, I would suggest that the candidates use that time well. If I were managing John McCain’s campaign I would maintain my focus on those battleground states and place a priority on the issues most important to the voters in those states.

At the same time, McCain needs to not only differentiate himself from Obama but also separate himself from the perceived image of a typical Republican, the perceived image. He must also define Obama. All of this should have been done earlier but better late than never.

In doing this John McCain will have to point out that his career has been spent opposing republicans when they were wrong and working with Democrats when they were right and bringing both sides of the aisle together for that which is right. He has to show that he proposed increasing regulations on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, when he saw that a lack of regulations and monitoring of questionable recording practices were leading us to trouble. He stood up to Ronald reagan and opposed deploying forces to Lebanon for a peace keeping mission which eventually led to the loss of nearly 300 Americans when a suicide bomber targeted their barracks.

McCain must point to legislative efforts that made him cross party lines in order to work with Democrats like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Diane Feinstein, Joe Biden and many others.

This must all be laid out while shining light on Barack Obama’s partisanship and his lockstep, liberal leanings.

In addition to the contrast of Mccain’s bipartisan record and Obama’s partisan practices, McCain should drive home the fact that one can tell a lot from the company that they keep. Obama’s friends are quite telling too. They include Obama’s friends & fellow fundraisers, convicted, Chicago slum lord Tony Rezko and unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. His relationships also include his 20 years of worship under the American hating, racist, religious bigots Rev. Wright. All of which are just a few examples among a long list of radical, socialists and troublesome characters

All of the above are underlying themes. Themes which should be conveyed through television and targeted direct mail advertising and while that is occurring I would simultaneously set in motion a nationwide campaign effort that puts forth one major policy initiative every other day. This is the strategy that I would have the candidate personally conduct in his day to day activities. While overriding concerns with the economy and the war shall remain ever present and should be addressed, go beyond the obvious and tap into the underlying, less addressed, issues which are ignored.

 

 

Every other day I would present to the nation a legislative initiative dealing with all the other aspects of our lives. For the sake of time and megabytes I will outline a few examples.

McCain has had a problem with one issue that has fallen off the radar, immigration.

It may not be the priority that it was 13 months ago but it remains as troublesome now as it was than. McCain’s last attempt to resolve the issue was pitiful. The McCain-Kennedy initiative failed and rightfully so.  John McCain has since admitted that he has heard the people and they want our border secured before we make any other attempts to change the legal immigration process.

Knowing this, I would have John McCain present to the people a new and comprehensive plan called OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS .

I would have McCain step up to the podium and declare:

“The fact that America has not enforced our immigration laws effectively and the fact that our border is so openly available to illegal crossings and potential threats is a travesty. That is why I stand before you today to propose OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS . This ten point plan secures our border with a high tech security barrier that is monitored by extensive and coordinated patrolling. The bill also streamlines the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and makes it more efficient. OASB also remembers that the word “illegal” means “not illegal” and in this bill illegal conduct is punished not rewarded. After a set amount of time allowing for implementation of this bill, illegal immigrants will have to comply with the laws that up till now, we have neglected to enforce or face deportation. The bill also increases steep penalties for businesses which ignore our immigration laws and illegally hire cheap labor by placing illegal immigrants on their payrolls”.

The OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS bill, which I have provided a link to for readers, has several other points but you get the point. John McCain needs to address the issue, remind us of it’s importance and stake claim to his commitment to solve the problem when he is President.

Another issue that I would rekindle has a more nationalizing electoral component to it. Taxes.

Taxes are an ever present issue and it is an issue that the McCain campaign can use to help gain Republican seats or at least stabilize losses.

If John McCain were to come out and state “the complete Internal Revenue code is more than 24 megabytes in length, and contains more than 3.4 million words; printed 60 lines to the page, it would fill more than 7500 letter-size pages. Every time the federal government addresses the tax issue it’s code increases size, megabytes and pages. Ladies and gentlemen, this is ridiculous and each additional page created to fix our broken tax code, only complicates it more. We need to simplify this and we need to make it more efficient”

At this point I would like to see John McCain propose a flat tax or as I call it National Flat Tax Equity Reform. I want the leaders of our big nation to think big and be bold. I believe a flat tax is equitable and provides the progressive rate of growth that our national economy needs. However I have no expectations for either of the major party nominees to be so bold.

Therefore I would hope that McCain could at least step forward and say……..“So I intend to go through each page of the tax code and together, with my colleagues and your representatives in congress, we can sift out the unnecessary from the necessary.  We can strike out the ridiculous and replace it the logical “.

I would do this along side of fellow Republican candidates for the senate and house and announce an American Tax Equity Committee comprised of Democrats and Republicans that will eliminate those codes dragging us down and those loopholes that are allowing the rich, powerful and well connected to skirt the system. I would also add a call for reduced taxes. A call that revives John F. Kennedy’s cry and rekindles the high tide lifting all boats. I would articulate the fact that our democracy’s goal is not to make rich people poor but to make poor people rich and that is not achieved by taking money away from the people. 

This has been said before and it has only helped to produce a more complicated and oppressive tax system. This time, with serious diligence and sincerity, it can be approached effectively and it can be made a rallying call that helps get voters behind it and the candidates pushing for it. Short of calling for a fair, equitable and simple flat tax, revamping the arcane old code is the least that can be done.

 While on the economy, I would advise that McCain admit to a tough transition that our economy must face. One that is steeped in a changing of generational attitudes when it comes to money. A change back to the thinking of our greatest generation, a generation that did not live beyond their means. Call upon Americans to deal with real money, not the fake money of plastic or predatory loans. declare that we must not rely on what we don’t have but rather what we do and state that by living beyond our means is one very real aspect of today’s shocking need to pay the piper. I would have McCain point out that the requesting for American citizens to stop living beyond their means doesn’t stop with them, but that under his administration, it will start with government.

McCain needs to demonstrate that Wall Street alone did not bring about the dismal economic picture, but that a government which mandated sub-prime loans to achieve homeownership and a mentality of borrowing for today without saving for tomorrow led to this crisis and that now we must stop borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and operate in real dollars not fake dollars. Such straight talk will allow McCain to take hold of the issue rather than be strangled by the issue.

With 4 weeks remaining such straight talk could be delivered on plenty of other issues. Issues like an energy independence and efficiency initiative and legislative reform process that eliminates the numbers of riders that get attached to bills and provide ridiculous government funding through sneaky measures. There are dozens of major issues that can be addressed in detail every other day during the next month and they should be. It is up to the candidates to bring them up, lay them out and focus our attention on them.

In presenting the issues, in such a way, for 48 at a time, the maedia will digesting, disecting and discussing each of McCain’s iniatives, thereby making “his” campaign the focus and forcing the Obama campaign to respond. 

Instead of allowing each new media cycle setting the agenda, John McCain must take control of the media cycles. Regardless of his positions on the issues contained herein, and others not mentioned, McCain’s articulation on them can capture the agenda and possibly the majority of votes on Election Day.

AN IRISH OUTLOOK ON THE ELECTION 

We, in Ireland, can’t figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election in the United States.

On one side, you have a lawyer who is married to a lawyer.

On the other side,

you have a war hero married to a good looking woman who owns a beer distributorship.

What are you lads thinking over there?

Submitted by Dewey, Pensacola Fl.

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