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Cleaning out the Rats in Government

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This week my husband smelled a foul odor in the area around his vintage sports car which he keeps under raps in our garage.  He removed the cover and lifted the hood to discover a big fat rat with a nest full of babies.  There is no telling how much damage could have been done if he had not made that discovery and quickly dealt with the problem.

However, this was nothing like the rat we discovered in the California state legislature when it was revealed that Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres provided the margin of victory needed by Democrats to pass a $5.2 billion dollar tax increase, ostensibly to repair the states road and bridges.  This included a gasoline tax hike of 12 cents a gallon which hurts poor and middle class working commuters.   It will give California the 2nd highest gas tax in the nation and likely the highest price at the pump due to California’s distance from the major refineries and a requirement by state air regulators that further increases the cost of gasoline for our state.

For his vote, Cannella, the rat, received a half billion payoff for projects in his district that have nothing to do with fixing potholes.  They were designed to give him something to crow about to voters when he seeks higher office in a state heavily dominated by Democrats. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 12th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Nuclear Option? Call It Constitutional Option

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“Elections have consequences.”  (Barack Obama, 2009)

Indeed they do and the most important factor to consider in electing a president of the United States is what kind of justices will he or she appoint to the Supreme Court?  While a president can serve for a mere eight years, a Supreme Court justice holds that job for life (or as long as he or she can sit on the bench without nodding off).

Will the high court consist of justices who will faithfully decide cases based on the Constitution alone (preferred by conservative Republicans) or should the high court be made up of justices who see the Constitution as a “living instrument” that can be changed on a whim (preferred by liberal Democrats)? Read the rest of this entry »

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April 11th, 2017 at 6:55 pm

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

Obamacare Replacement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans finally have a plan.  If only we had held our breaths during all that time, they could have skipped it.  We’d all be dead.

Will it lower individual cost and provide better coverage?  Hopefully.  However, it falls well short of providing free-market coverage.  The only way to do that is to repeal Obamacare and get out of the way.  Something that Democrats are adamantly against and timid Republicans are reluctant to do.

Americans are generous people and would never abandon the poor to charity or, horrors, leave that responsibility to their families.  In our “me-first” society, it’s just too much to expect people to take care of their own.  Nevertheless, what we desperately need is a two-tier system:  One for the poor where there are special government-run, low cost, bare-bones centers that provide basic emergency care, and one for all the rest who must pay their own way.

Yes, health care cost something.  If our government would simply take care of those who truly cannot take care of themselves and get out of the way, we would have a free-market that would offer more choices than we could imagine and all levels of coverage.  The average person could easily find one that fits his or her need and pocketbook.   Read the rest of this entry »

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March 14th, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Election Crossroads: Socialism or Capitalism?

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Our country is at a crossroads.  Never before have we faced such an obvious fork in the road.  One road, the one favored by politician Hillary Clinton and her Democratic colleagues, promises to lead us to a socialist utopia.  The other, favored by businessman Donald Trump and some of his Republican colleagues, promises to get us back on the road toward free-market capitalism.

It is no secret that most career politicians lean toward a socialist system.  In this system they control the lion’s share of our money and, in turn, hand out favors.  In this system, they make the major decisions that affect our lives.  As the government accumulates more and more power, we invariably end up with less.  Statistics show that the longer a politician stays in power, the more of our hard-earned money he or she spends.  Yet we keep electing the same people over and over and over again, expecting a different result.   Read the rest of this entry »

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October 26th, 2016 at 10:42 pm


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