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Big Bird: You’re Fired!

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On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at cutting out waste in the federal government.  The ink wasn’t dry when the Washington Post trotted out Big Bird, the affable “Sesame Street” figure who has been used to blunt past efforts to cut unnecessary government programs.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-end-of-big-bird-hes-survived-the-budget-ax-many-times-before/2017/03/13/f5c1c94a-082a-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.c6a28dc55b29

“Sesame Street” has millions of fans and I am one of them, but this bird is a fat cat!  It’s time we recognize that his life and our lives will not change if we cut the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR and all the rest. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 15th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

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 »

The bad news? GOP’s same Spineless Leaders

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So you think the fact that Republicans now control both houses of Congress there will be a rollback of Obama’s unpopular policies?  Guess again.

If you hit the snooze button for another two years, there will be a lot of whining and gnashing of teeth, but nothing important will get done.  Obamacare will still be the law of the land.  We will still be spending more than we take in and our immigration laws will still be a joke.

But wait a minute.  Isn’t this why the electorate gave the Republicans control of Congress?  What about the millions that were spent on the ads Repubican candidates were running touting these very things?  Aren’t these the very issues this election was supposed to be all about? Read the rest of this entry »

Dumbest Voting Idea Ever

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I received an email from a well-meaning friend urging me to sign a petition on MoveOn.org’s website which he felt would encourage more people to vote and improve our government.

Call me suspicious. Anything provided by MoveOn is designed to do one thing: elect more radical left-leaning candidates to lead us into a socialist utopia where the enlightened elite will live like kings and lead the rest of us around like trained monkeys. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 24th, 2014 at 8:42 pm


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