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”

Why Expect Mexico to Save Us? (We must Save Ourselves)

It is laughable to suggest that Mexico should be the one to stop the caravans of migrant gatecrashers headed to the U.S. when we seem powerless to stop them ourselves.  Get Serious!  Mexico can’t seem to fix the potholes on the sidewalks of its major cities.  Why should we expect this country to defend us?

It would be nice but it is a pipe dream, nothing more.

Cooperation is another story.  We should expect, no insist, that Mexico cooperate with us as we attempt to corral these people and send them back to their countries of origin.  The same cooperation should come from the other Central American countries that receive American largess.   However, we should not expect any of these countries to do something we aren’t willing to do for ourselves.  They simply do not have the manpower or resources that we do. Continue reading “Why Expect Mexico to Save Us? (We must Save Ourselves)”

Federal Workers vs Private Sector (Taxpayers Get the Shaft)

In my “Crazytown” column, I celebrated Trump’s most recent accomplishments.  These are things other presidents should have done, but most didn’t.  They just kept making the same old mistakes, hoping for different results.

One of the president’s recent moves was to cancel the scheduled pay raise for federal civilian employees.  When I pointed out that recent studies have shown that federal workers, on average, are paid 80 percent more that their counterparts in the private sector, some took exception.

President Obama also recognized this disparity and instituted a partial federal wage freeze between 2011 – 2013.

It has been said there are three kinds of lies:  lies, damn lies and statistics.   Continue reading “Federal Workers vs Private Sector (Taxpayers Get the Shaft)”

Senate Punts on Defunding Planned Parenthood, Again

Last week  Sen. Ron Paul (D-Ken) succeeded in getting a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood and, in doing so, exposed his party’s hypocrisy on two important issues:  protecting life  and ending deficit spending.

Planned Parenthood is arguably one of the most evil organizations in America.  Thanks to the efforts of undercover journalists this organization was caught red-handed trying to sell the body parts of little aborted babies, which is illegal.  http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage/

However, to date, Planned Parenthood has managed to escape prosecution, claiming the charges only covered doctors’ fees and transportation, despite what was said on these nauseating videos.  Meanwhile,  the filmmakers involved in the investigation are still fighting off lawsuits.

The outrage is compounded by the fact that Congress has been giving this fat-cat, highly political organization a half billion of our hard-earned tax dollars each year.   With the Republican Party — the party that has pledged to protect life — in control, reasonable people who put all these lawmakers in office expected this to end.   Continue reading “Senate Punts on Defunding Planned Parenthood, Again”