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Friday, August 19, 2011

The following three paragraphs are from an article written by Michael Scherer for Time.com:

"In his campaign kickoff last Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry burnished his conservative credentials by attacking the idea of deficit stimulus spending. 'Washington's insatiable desire to spend our children's inheritance on failed stimulus plans and other misguided economic theories have given us record debt and left us with far too many unemployed,' he said.

"But it was not always so for Perry. Back in 2003, lobbyists under Perry's direction went to Capitol Hill to lobby the Republican Congress for more than a billion dollars in federal deficit spending on 'stimulus.' And they won. A 2005 report by the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations boasted of $1.2 billion in temporary state fiscal relief to Texas through Medicaid that Perry's lobbying operation had secured.

"And that was just the beginning. The same report details millions more that flowed from the federal treasure into Texas as a result of the official state lobbying campaign, which was overseen by Perry, a Republican Lt. governor and the Republican speaker of the state house between 2003 and 2005. In several cases, the Texas lobbying campaign won funds for programs that Perry now says he opposes as fiscally irresponsible intrusions on state responsibilities."

The article goes on to itemize other monies gained from the Feds but you get the picture. It's the mantra of today's politicians, regardless of party. When we're in power, we're for it but when you're in power and you want the same thing, we're against it. That's why the filibuster has been used an inordinate amount of times over the past couple of years because if the Democrats are for something, the Republicans are against it, regardless of what it is.

My good friend Dick Trail recently wrote about compromise amounting to nothing more than giving in but I don't see compromise like that at all. For example, I'm on the negotiating team at the college for future wages and benefits. Each time we do this, we present a proposal and the Board of Governors counters with their own. We jockey back and forth until a number is reached that both sides can live with. Some people might call it compromising, we call it negotiating. The Board knows the most they're going to pay us and we know what we want. We come down a little, they come up a little and we meet at a place both of us can accept. If we think they're being totally unfair, we can take our case to the Committee on Industrial Relations and a judge will hear both sides and then make a ruling. We've never had to do that in the seventeen years I've been at the college.

But it doesn't work that way in politics. There is no compromising and there is no negotiating. There isn't because every elected official knows where they come from and know what they have to say and do to get re-elected and that's their biggest concern. Our elected officials in Washington no longer tend to the people's business, they do whatever they have to do to get re-elected.

I've never been a term-limit guy but I've changed my mind on that after watching Congress belie the trust of the people time and time again. I think the only way to get things accomplished is to make sure NOBODY can run for re-election. Two term Presidents get the most done during their second term in office because in their first term they're running for re-election and in their second term they're not.

Let's raise a U.S. Senator's term from six year to eight, a Representative's term from two years to four and then bring them home and send somebody else.

No Congressman gets to run for re-election so those millions and millions of dollars donated by special interest groups who hope to curry favor with Congressmen can go someplace more productive. If every Congressman voted their conscience instead of currying to the people back home in the District, I think we would see a drastically different result and one that would most certainly raise the approval rate of Congressmen up from the paltry 18 percent it currently is, which is the lowest approval rating ever.

And, by the way, there's a constant storm of protest against "the government" with people saying the government can't do this and shouldn't be doing that but remember that you can't go to Washington and have a cup of coffee with "the government." The government is made up of real, live flesh-and-blood human beings, most of whom we sent there through the elective process. So the only way you can change government is to change the people who represent it.

On the other hand, if we keep on doing what we've always done, we'll keep on getting what we've always gotten.

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Something needs to be done. When we are running 1.5 trillion dollar yearly deficits. They need to cut closer to 12 Trillion over 10 years and that's another reason we were downgraded because the debt ceiling plan wasn't even close to what's required to solve the problem. We haven't even skimmed the surface of what we need.

Unfortunately, our President has continued and implemented some of his own policies which have forced us to a point where raising taxes is inevitable and Republicans should really start making that case. However, they are now just pandering to an ideology of "no tax increases" which is ignorant of the situation we're in. Without tax increases of any type, we would have to undertake massive defunding of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the military. To illustrate the seriousness of the situation: taking 200 Billion a year from each of those 4 areas (which would be devastating to them) for 10 years would still leave us 4 Trillion short of where we need to be.

I'm a Republican and I'm ashamed of the ignorance coming from the people in my party just spewing a few catch phrases to get elected on all levels from local to state to federal office. Don't they remember that's all Obama did when he ran for President? Just threw out some catch phrases with no plans (that's still his primary policy too). While that may work for getting elected, it hasn't worked as a policy. Our country has had enough talk, we need someone who has a plan and the passion and intellect required to execute that plan.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 2:46 PM

The cold hard facts are that cuts are going to have to be made in some of the sacred areas including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

We as a country cannot continue to spend three dollars for every two we take in. Increasing taxes 50% to make up the difference is a sure way to send us into a depression. A society where nearly half of the people pay no income tax is going to be in a rapid decline. The ones that are now paying the bills cannot and will not support the other half.

People are going to need jobs and they need to be expected to work. Going down the road this food stamp president it taking us is the road to ruin.

-- Posted by ksfarmer on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 9:16 PM

Who's proposing 50% increases in taxes? I've heard of going back to Clinton levels for the "rich" but that is a far cry from a 50% increase. A 50% increase would put their rates closer to what they were under Reagan for his first term and the beginning of his second term.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Sun, Aug 21, 2011, at 1:17 PM

If long term capital gains go from 15% to 35% that is actually over a 100% increase in taxes for capital gains.


-- Posted by wallismarsh on Sun, Aug 21, 2011, at 4:07 PM

Term limits requires a constitutional amendment. I doubt that our representatives and senators will ever vote to limit their power or terms. Like looking for 5 legs on a cat.

-- Posted by Boomer62 on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 8:48 AM


Just because you end a statement with a question mark, that does not make it a question.It is simply a grammatical error. No, you are not asking, you are stating something. The following is a statement, not a question. Read my lips....no new texans.

-- Posted by hulapopper on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 6:33 PM

Why would you be against a person simply because of their geographical origin?

Are you a texist?

-- Posted by Mickel on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 8:35 PM

Mike, I agree with the one term limit on congress. Build a dorm for them to live in so they will not buy a house in D.C. and do not need excess wages to live above their level at home.

Perry states that there is no "Global Warming". What is he, AN IDIOT??? As a registered Republican, he will never get my vote, in fact I have yet to find a candidate.

Everyone wants to BLAME someone. Get over it! Get to work and do your job so that workers can have a paycheck, pay their share of taxes, and have pride in the good ole USofA.

-- Posted by TravRN on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 5:04 PM

Amen TravRn!

Keep watching over your shoulder, the baggers will be looking for ya!

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 11:48 AM

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