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Trump as the Nation’s CEO

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For the first time in well over a decade there is optimism in the air.  The stock market has reached new highs.  The dollar has regained its strength.  Even the timid Federal Reserve finally appears ready to raise interest rates.

While the latter most certainly will have a short-term negative effect on the stock market, most Americans are beginning to feel that there is a high probability they will be better off than they have been in quite some time.  And this optimism extends well beyond the economy.

The majority now feel that law and order will be restored at our borders, in our cities and throughout our broken judiciary.  We also feel that our nation will regain its self-respect.  We expect the U.S. military to be rebuilt and that, once again, we will have peace through strength. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 7th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Boehner’s Gone: Who’s Crying Now?

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“It stinks!”  That was how incoming Speaker of the House Paul Ryan explained the back room deal hatched by outgoing Speaker John Boehner and Democrat leaders that raised the debt ceiling and put us on automatic pilot to the spending stratosphere through the rest of Obama’s term.

Boehner claimed he was “cleaning the barn” before Ryan took control of the House of Representatives but where is that smell coming from?  The entrance  to the place is spotless, but the bad odor will linger well after Boehner is gone because of all the brown stuff he piled up in the stalls.

Thanks to Boehner and the Senate’s worthless Mitch McConnell, it’s Obama who will come out smelling like a rose.   The nation is on a collision course with the grim reaper over unrestrained spending and all the hard decisions have been put off until the next president takes office.

Does anyone seriously think that Paul Ryan’s hands are clean?  Boehner spent weeks begging Ryan to take the reins of the House.  If Ryan had put his foot down and said “No” to this deal it never would have happened?   Instead, Ryan blessed the deal by voting for it, along with all Democrats and a mere 78 of his Republican colleagues.   Read the rest of this entry »

Can Boehner really be Dumped? (Yes! Here’s How)

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Our system of government was designed to be run from the bottom up.  Our founding fathers wanted to be sure that we the people would have the final say in matters of great importance, not the president or congressional leaders, and certainly not the Supreme Court.

They also recognized that it was we the people who must have absolute control of the power of the purse, not the other way around.  That is why the Constitution mandates that all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives and that the members of that illustrious body must stand for re-election every other year.  They gave us the ability to rein in congressmen if they overstep their bounds.

To say that John Boehner has failed as Speaker of the House is to state the obvious.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to dump a sitting speaker.  As the old saying goes, “Power corrupts, and absolutely power corrupts absolutely.”  Congressional leaders have a lot of power and they do everything they can to maintain it.  That is why the current Congress holds the elections for party leadership positions for the next Congress before the new members are seated.  It’s all supposed to be a fait accompli but is it? Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

How to be Thankful when Your World is falling apart

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The world appears to be spinning out of control.  This once great country of ours is no longer trusted.  We are in debt up to our eyeballs.  Our friends cannot count on us.   In fact, we often bully them.

Our president has become a source of ridicule.  Russian President Vladimir Putin taunts him.  Terrorists execute our citizens and dare him to do something about it.

Closer to home, we call right, “wrong” and wrong, “right.”  Marriage is denigrated.  Having children out of wedlock is rewarded.  Personal responsibility is out.  Government benefits are in. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 26th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

A Seven-Year-Old Looks at the Office of President

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On Friday, my seven-year-old granddaughter came home from school with a long face.  “Grandmother,” she said, “is there any way a kid like me could talk to someone who could get the president to change a law?”

“The president can’t change laws, honey,” I replied.  “Only Congress can do that.”

“Well, who could I talk to about changing a bad law?”

“What law is that?” I enquired.

“The one that won’t let kids vote for president.”

“If you could vote, how would you go about deciding who would make the best president?” I asked.   Read the rest of this entry »

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October 1st, 2014 at 5:30 pm


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