Archive for February, 2011

Child’s play: Let the fingerpointing begin—it’s their fault.

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Does anyone see any sign of leadership in America?  We will soon be operating once again on continuing resolution to fund government, and we are no closer to a real budget than we were 2 years ago.  Most reasonable Americans have accepted the fact that we are “broke” and we must do what every American family must do in this circumstance:  cut everywhere.  Rather than spend the next 6 months debating whereto cut the budget, why not implement cuts in every area of the Federal budget to gain immediate progress.  You know the answer as well as I do.  Washington is still playing politics.  Our representatives still refuse to act like adults.  Each side is still positioning themselves to blame the other for the results.  The American voter already knows who is to blame:  career politicians scamming for votes.

Let the “move to the middle” begin

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Everyone is moving to the middle.  Politicians everywhere of every shape and form are once again interested in what you think and believe.  Where was the concern 6 months ago, not to mention 2 years ago?  What caused the need to move back to the point that “real” Americans could relate?  I have an idea.  Why do we not look for people who are so grounded in their convictions and principles that they never need to “move back to the middle”.  Many of us still respect COMMITMENT.

Common Sense prevails against terrorism

Friday, February 25th, 2011

When the Federal government fails, common sense prevails.  Lubbock, Texas is the middle of nowhere to most but too close to home for many of us.  It is the last place we would expect to find terrorists, yet once again we find that the resolve of extremist Islam is one step ahead of Uncle Sam.  One wonders exactly how easy is must be to obtain a student visa.  Why does it go unnoticed that this student’s tuition and living expenses were being paid by a Saudi industrial company.  Are we out of “red flags”?  Thank God that someone with a little common sense questioned why this “student” required industrial chemicals.  I wonder who will be accused of profiling first.

Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Administration’s refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act is yet another blatant infringement of the sovereignty of the individual state.  Someone please explain to the American people what is unconstitutional about allowing the citizens of the states to determine how they view marriage.  Different states will likely hold very different viewpoints.  Is diversity so short-sighted?

Last man standing

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Collective bargaining within the public sector is not a battle between employee and employer.  That may have been true of past struggles in the private sector.  Today we witness a contest to determine who will be the last man standing.  Unions may very well bankrupt the state, but they will have what they believe to be theirs.  Of what value is an agreement with a bankrupt employer?  Perhaps it does not matter if you are the last man standing.

Fraud and Deceit 101

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I am a former high school teacher.   I can never image a circumstance where I would fraudulently obtain a doctor’s excuse to march in protest.  Apparently, some Wisconsin teachers have a new lesson to teach their students:  march first then find a doctor to give you an excuse.  I have only one question for these individuals:  If you feel this strongly about this issue, are you not willing to suffer the consequences for defending your convictions?  Is not a dock in pay small price to pay for standing up for your beliefs?  Actions always speak louder than words.

The new “RICH”

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

One of the predominate themes resounding from the protests in Wisconsin, Ohio, and soon in a town near you is that the only acceptable way to address the deficit of state budgets is to increase the taxes on the rich.  They may very well get exactly what they are asking for.  The public sector worker will be the new “rich” in this nation.  Who does not want a good “government job”?  As the private sector of the economy struggles, the public employee will be viewed as those who can afford to pay a little more.  Mom always said “be careful what you ask for”.

Wisconsin the new reality?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

How many of the protesters marching in Wisconsin had openly supported fiscal responsibility?  How many had expressed concerns about our federal debt?  Current events clearly illustrate the new reality within this nation:  Iwill support the reduction of debt and the balancing of budgets as long as it is done with someone else’s money.

Leadership vs. Politics

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Whomever is elected to be the next President of the United States of America cannot be elected as a package of expertise.   The fact is that there is no such candidate.  America must seek leadership rather than presumed expertise and political experience.  Leadership is not born within an understanding of the inner workings of government.  Leadership is born of clear conviction and understanding.  Consider those men which have been held in high esteem within this nation:  Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Lincoln.  Those men are considered great today not because they understood how politics functioned but rather because they each possessed a clear vision of what America should be and what role government should play in the lives of free citizens.  By today’s standards each would be considered very poor and unlikely candidates for office.