The Great Congressional Con Games

Have you ever been the victim of a con?  Let me tell you about my experience in France.  My husband and I took the late night Chunnel, the undersea train that goes from London to Paris.  Tired after a day of sightseeing, we were anxious to get our money changed from British pounds to Euros and head to our hotel.

There was no one else around the terminal when we arrived at the glass-enclosed exchange booth.  As my husband handed the man on duty some money, the agent spoke softly but offered to give us a better deal if we exchanged a different amount.  My weary husband could not understand him so he bent down and put his ear to the window as he reached for his wallet.   In doing so he took his hand off the luggage he was carrying, and when he reached back to grab it, it was gone. Continue reading “The Great Congressional Con Games”

Congress Fiddles while U.S. Burns

Legend has it that the emperor Nero played the fiddle while the ancient city of Rome burned for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half of its population homeless.

While it is unlikely this actually happened, given that the violin hadn’t been invented yet, it is true that he was an unpopular, evil, ineffectual leader in a time of crises.  Some believe he actually started the fire because he used this opportunity to build a magnificent palace surrounded by lush gardens for himself on the land that had been cleared by the blaze.

Now it’s Congress that is fiddling around while the country is facing, not one, but two crises.   The first is our national debt that has reached a staggering $22 trillion, with no real plan for relief in sight. Continue reading “Congress Fiddles while U.S. Burns”

Lumps of Coal in Taxpayers’ Stockings

Good little boys and girls must wait until Christmas morning to see what Santa brings them for Christmas.  Likewise, good little taxpayers are expected to wait until Christmas to see what they get from Congress in the way of a year-end spending package.

You can expect to be surprised, not delighted, with your gift from the scoundrels we elected to represent us.   That’s how it goes with this grand old game of kick the spending can down the road into the holidays when we are much too busy shopping for presents and decorating our homes to notice.  Sadly it happens every year.

To add insult to injury, the seven remaining bills were put off another two weeks due to the death of George H.W. Bush.  Seriously, we had a national day of mourning, which was befitting a head of state.   So what did they do for the other 13 days besides twiddle their thumbs?  Oh, yes, they went to pay their respects in the Capitol Rotunda, which took all of 15 minutes. Continue reading “Lumps of Coal in Taxpayers’ Stockings”

Lame-Duck GOP to Fix Immigration?

Now that the election is over, we must address the elephant in the room — the issue Democrats seeking office avoided and most Republicans were afraid to discuss.  We must address the migrant caravans making their way toward the United States determined to circumvent the normal entry process.

President Donald Trump was right to send troops to the border to prepare for those who are set to storm the border, shamelessly putting women and children on the front lines.  The president is doing the right thing, but he has been put in a terrible position by activist judges and a do-nothing Congress. Continue reading “Lame-Duck GOP to Fix Immigration?”

The Takeaway from the 2018 Mid-Terms

It’s a little early for an in-depth analysis of the 2018 mid-terms.  However, there are a few take-aways that are hard to miss.  President Trump is a net-gain for Republicans and a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Traditionally, the party with an incumbent president tends to lose 30 seats in the House and an average of four seats in the Senate.  Although results are still trickling in, the Democrats’ gain in the House likely will be about average.   Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate beat the odds and will score an impressive pick-up courtesy of Mr. Trump.

While Democrats managed to retake the House of Representatives, their net-gain was far less than Republicans achieved in 2010 during Obama’s first mid-term.  His party lost 63 House seats with voters angry over the passage of Obamacare.

Voters have short memories.  Continue reading “The Takeaway from the 2018 Mid-Terms”

All You Need to Know before Voting in the Mid-Term Election

Recently, I was sitting in the waiting area of a famous medical facility in Phoenix, Arizona, and overheard two women discussing a recent debate between their candidates for the U.S. Senate, Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrstin Senima.  These women were discussing things like which candidate was more persuasive, more forceful, seemed nicer and most sincere.  In the end, their votes likely will center on personality.

I wanted to jump up and scream:  “Don’t you realize that none of these things are important and the future of this country hangs in the balance!”

Sadly, most people still select their candidates the way a seven-year-old selects her Barbie Doll.  The most attractive usually wins.  When the candidates are equally attractive, or not at all attractive, it is about which one makes them feel more comfortable or would make the better friend.    Continue reading “All You Need to Know before Voting in the Mid-Term Election”