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The Unimaginable Happened…Trump Was Elected President — Here are the FACTS

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

ovaloffice1Many Electors and Americans believe Trump will be a disaster as president. His cabinet picks, refusal to attend daily briefings, or divest himself from his companies, continue to reinforce that idea. His involvement with his children as close government advisers while they run the business is wrong and possibly unconstitutional. We need to work as hard as we can to reach out to the Electoral College TODAY to work together to do what is right for every American. We can’t let bigotry, racism, sexism, xenophobia, misogyny, white supremacists and others affect the outcome of the 2016 election and the future of our country.

FACT: The election isn’t really over until Dec 19 when the Electoral College meets. If we can convince enough of the Electorates to vote for Clinton, who won the popular vote by more than 2.7 million votes, our country would have a stable and sane president that would save us from his dangerous views, and bring hope to those who aren’t in the 1%.

FACT: After the 2016 election is resolved, we need to dismantle the archaic Electoral College, or at least make their vote proportionate to the vote in each state, not winner take all .

FACT: Rather than praising NATO and our allies, Trump praises Putin. Does he want a dictator style of government and Putin is his role model? Does Trump have ties with Russia that will influence how he operates as President?

FACT: Trump refused to release his taxes. Why? Will these documents show he has paid no taxes? Will they show that he actually does not contribute to charities? Will they show he has substantial business and financial dealings with Russia and high-ranking Russians? How much does he owe to Russia and China?

FACT: He isn’t putting his businesses in a blind trust, but rather appointing his children to the helm while he is in office. By choosing this path, Trump can pass laws that are in his best interest, not the country’s. It is unprecedented for a president to do this.

FACT: FBI Director James Comey was wrong for reopening the Hillary Clinton email investigation 11 days out from the election. He had no evidence; it was a deliberate attempt to sway the election for the Republicans.

FACT: President Obama was wrong not to then release the evidence that Russia hacked our election to influence it in favor of Trump prior to the election. Why didn’t the FBI release this info instead of what they did on Clinton?

FACT: Trump University was a fraud and 3500 lawsuits are still pending by unpaid workers. Do we really want to pay for all of Donald’s bad conduct? Are the taxpayers the ones who will pay his legal bills for these suits?

FACT: He chose to use his Trump Foundation donors’ money to buy personal items and pay off legal bills, while contributing zero to the charity. Why isn’t this being investigated by the IRS or the DOJ?

FACT: He has no foreign or domestic governing experience. No Trump has served in the military, as Donald got numerous deferments. How can he be an effective Commander-in-Chief?

FACT: He, along with a GOP Congress and his big corporation cabinet selections, will cut taxes for the wealthy and social services for the elders, disabled, and needy, while driving up our country’s debt and deficit. His controversial cabinet will destroy our public schools, the EPA (our water, land, and air), our energy potential, and healthcare.

FACT: People are protesting peacefully for a different result—they want to protect the EPA, bank regulations, raising the minimum wage, public education, religious freedoms, voters’ rights, healthcare, and a fair Supreme Court.

FACT: Immigrants, minorities, and women are all under attack by Trump and his Alt-right campaign manager.

FACT: Women’s right to choice including Roe v. Wade will disappear, as will funding for Planned Parenthood. Same-sex marriage will no longer be legal, as well as the destruction of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

FACT: It is important to question whether we want an unstable, thinned-skinned person to have his finger on the nuclear code after saying he likes war and more countries should have nuclear weapons. Do we want a president that continually criticizes our world-class military and their covert operations, as he selects three generals to be in his cabinet?

FACT: Gerrymandering, voter ID laws, claims of fraud, voting site closures (868), suspension of early voting days, and abuse of legislature powers federally and statewide will intensify with no checks and balances by the judicial or executive branches under this administration.

FACT: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, yet Americans don’t get the president they voted for…again! (In 2000 Bush v. Gore, Gore got more popular votes, but the Supreme Court gave Bush Florida, and the presidency.

Let’s Look at the Facts

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Who should we really fear, ISIS or the NRA? constitution2

Everyone believes ISIS is a threat to democracy, religious freedoms, and human rights. While I concur with these beliefs, I worry far more about domestic terrorists than foreign ones. Many radicalized individuals infiltrate our country, but they are not the only people who frighten me. It is the NRA and their uncompromising stand on gun safety and regulation that I worry most about.

Fact: America is losing more than 30,000 people each year to gun violence, over 90 people a day.

The loudest argument for no gun regulation is the Second Amendment. In its entirety, the Second Amendment reads:

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The problem with this argument is that many of those carrying guns are not doing it as a well-organized militia. In addition, our Founders did not carry, nor envision, AK-47 assault rifles for an individual’s self-protection. Lastly, the Declaration of Independence gives all Americans the “inalienable Rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I do not feel safer, freer, or happier when I see legislators’ voting to allow guns in grocery stores, family restaurants, college campuses, and mental institutions. Why is it okay to argue for the Second Amendment and ignore the Declaration of Independence?

Why Trickle-down economics doesn’t work?

Antiquated, unworkable policies like Trickle-down economics will send our economy into a downward spiral while funneling more money to the top 1%.

Fact: Trickle-down economics doesn’t work because cutting taxes on the rich doesn’t lead to job creation or economic growth.

Trickle-down economics – didn’t work under Reagan, didn’t work under George W. Bush, and won’t work now. Why? Simple math and logic tell us that millionaires and billionaires buy what they want. Therefore, the economy isn’t stimulated when they get more tax breaks or income. In addition, they choose to shelter the extra funds in foreign tax havens rather than use the money to create more jobs or raise workers’ wages.
Fact: The economy is stimulated and jobs are created when people spend money.
Fact: Minimum wage or low income workers when given a raise will spend it.

Low income workers buy products, help create jobs, and pay taxes. To stimulate our economy, raise the minimum wage; don’t provide tax breaks.

As our infrastructure continues to crumble, why isn’t Congress funding repairs?

Our roads and bridges carry millions of commuters each day, yet many drive in dangerous conditions – potholes and crumbling bridges, due to a lack of maintenance, are becoming more numerous daily.

Fact: In 2013, the Associated Press analysis of 607,380 bridges showed that 65,605 were classified as “structurally deficient” and 20,808 as “fracture critical.” This report deserves attention from our leaders in Congress.

With gas prices below $2.00 a gallon, it is time to raise the gas tax so there is dedicated funding to address this critical issue facing America and American businesses. If workers can’t get to work, businesses suffer, the economy suffers, and individuals suffer.

Fact: Gas prices are lower than they have been in 20 years.

Both Republicans and Democrats speak out for the need to raise the gas tax, yet nothing has been brought to Congress officially addressing this issue. Citizens need to get involved by calling or emailing their congressional leaders, voicing their concern about the disrepair of our roads, and encouraging action on their part.

Why do so many deny global warming?

Big oil lawmakers, alongside many corporations, are blocking progress in the fight against global warming. As glaciers continue to melt, extreme weather cycles batter the nation, from droughts to floods to huge snowstorms; our children’s future is in danger.
Fact: 97% of climate scientists agree that global warming is real and it is man-made.
Fact: Fifteen of the 16 hottest years on record have happened this century.

Our country, along with the world, must lower our carbon footprint with clean, sustainable energy solutions. Both wind and solar sources are developing and expanding globally, but the U.S. and China must lead the way.

Renewable energy is clean, affordable, domestic, and basically unlimited. Because it produces no emissions, it results in cleaner air and water. Additionally, it creates jobs and revenue in local communities, as well as strengthening our national security.

Even though prices are higher than that of fossil fuels, the advantages are undeniable. And as prices continue to drop, it is predicted that in the next decade, clean energy and fossil fuel prices will be comparable.

Inequality for All: The Republican Goal

Monday, September 8th, 2014

people1As inequalities increase in America over the next couple of decades, life for some will become bleak. Income inequality is just one aspect of the fight for inequality for all. It extends into inequality in education, healthcare, voting, wages, women’s rights and sexual orientation. If the Republicans have their way, the top 1% would control everything and everyone. The Koch Brothers would literally own much of the country, deciding on your kids’ education, your families’ healthcare and your future.

If these inequalities become the normal way of life in America, these actions will create an austere country in which the American Dream will be dead. It would be replaced by long work hours for little pay. No chance of advancement. Owning a home or sending your child to college would no longer be an option for most.

Free elections encouraging everyone to vote would be a memory, instead reverting to the days when only white, male landowners could vote. Originally, the U.S. Constitution did not define who was eligible to vote, allowing each state to make that determination. In the early history of U.S., most states allowed only Caucasian males—who either owned property or, had taxable incomes—to vote.[1]

With fewer well care programs and healthcare services available, people’s lifespan would decrease. More diseases would infect the previously healthy society, and slum conditions would spread contaminated conditions resembling third world countries.

How did we get to this point?

Elected officials and corporate CEOS need to realize that massive inequalities have consequences. By lowering taxes on the wealthy, not closing corporate loopholes, and allowing corporations to avoid paying taxes, government revenues will be depleted and government services will no longer be available.

Do we want to live in a country where there are inadequately staffed police and fire departments that aren’t able to control crime or destructive fires? Where libraries vanish, national and state parks become extinct and schools decline…a place where former middle-class neighborhoods, as well as shantytowns, become dilapidated.

The loss of the tax base will partially be caused by tax inversion schemes allowing companies to locate their headquarters in foreign countries to avoid taxes while enjoying the benefits of America. Today, one in four companies pays no taxes. Additionally, many large profitable corporations, such as GE, not only don’t pay taxes, but they actually get subsidies paid to them…with your tax dollars.

Business taxes now make up less than 10 percent of federal revenue, and in some years as little as 6.6 percent. That is sharply down from the years after World War II, when about 30 percent of federal revenue came from corporate taxes… Only 6 percent of businesses are traditional corporations subject to the corporate income tax, according to the Congressional Research Service. That is down from 17 percent in 1980. The result is that less than half of the government’s business income comes from corporations, down from about 80 percent in 1980.[2]

Between 1979 and 2010, real median income of 99 percent of Americans increased by a lowly 36 percent. During the same period, real earnings of the top 1 percent grew by an astonishing 280 percent. One-quarter of income growth in the United States from 1979 to 2010 flowed to the top 1 percent.

As the Republicans continue their war on labor, negotiating for better wages and conditions is eluding most workers. Higher salaries and benefits are flooding to executives, while workers, who are losing their unions and bargaining strength, are barely able to pay their mortgages.

As corporate executives bask in their wealth, they are failing to realize that without the multitude able to buy their products, their companies will falter. The stock market will eventually realize that sales are dropping, which will trigger a downward spiral to oblivion.

With nothing being spent on crumbling infrastructure, it becomes difficult to get from home to work to entertainment venues. Without roads and money, not enough people are buying automobiles, tires, batteries and gas. The automotive industry will collapse, and with it many other industries.

Inequality in income, education and personal freedoms will destroy America if it continues at its current pace. Republicans are fostering inequality in wages for women when they don’t support equal pay for equal work legislation. They are bankrupting the country when they don’t raise minimum wages so laborers can earn a living. As more and more Republican governors take funds from school budgets, schools are closing and textbooks are limited resulting in only the elite getting a world-class education.

Yet the so-called fiscally responsible Republicans have no problem spending money to send Americans to war, but they don’t want to take care of them or help them find work when they return. Showing no biases, they continue their stand on inequalities for all, including our wounded warriors.

Climate change is a scientific fact, but not to the far right. Legislation to help protect our planet and preserve it for our children is overridden by those who support big oil, drilling and fracking everywhere. Not concerned with tainting the water that nourishes crops and cattle, or annihilating a rural communities’ water supply, their only concern is feeding the big oil industry with more drilling. Inequality for many, oil profits for a few.

By continuing to cater to the rich who don’t want to impose reasonable regulations on Wall Street, Republicans continue to propel the injustices of the past. The corruption and the fraud that made the rich richer and collapsed our economy continues to be unrestrained. The lack of proper financial and labor regulations are two major reasons inequality is growing in America, not by small steps, but by leaps and bounds. Those people who were able to invest in the stock market the last five years, saw unprecedented profits; those who couldn’t, continue to struggle.

As the president works to level some of these inequities, the Republican Party threatens another costly government shutdown or wasting time and precious resources suing or impeaching Obama. Americans need to vote in 2014 to make sure these disastrous scenarios don’t come to pass.

[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_rights_in_the_United_States

[2]http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/businesses-find-ways-to-avoid-corporate-taxes-but-a-fix-seems-unlikely/

Sidebar

Top 10 Corporations with Inequality Income Disparities

McDonald’s average hourly worker wage: $7.73
McDonald’s CEO hourly compensation: $9,247 (1,196 times the average worker wage)

Starbuck’s average hourly worker wage: $8.79
Starbucks CEO hourly compensation: $9,637 (1,096 times the average worker wage)

Dollar General average hourly worker wage: $7.67
Dollar General CEO’s hourly compensation: $7,720 (1,007 times the average worker wage)

Gap Inc. average hourly worker wage: $8.67
Gap Inc. CEO’s hourly compensation: $8,209 (947 times the average worker wage)

T. J. Maxx average hourly worker wage: $7.85
T. J. Maxx CEO’s hourly compensation: $7,256 (924 times the average worker wage)

Target average hourly worker wage: $8.35
Target CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,882 (824 times the average worker wage)

Walmart average hourly worker wage: $8.86
Walmart CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,898 (779 times the average worker wage)

CVS Caremark average hourly worker wage: $8.81
CVS Caremark CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,777 (769 times the average worker wage)

Best Buy average hourly worker wage: $9.78
Best Buy CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,517 (666 times the average worker wage)

AT&T average hourly worker wage: $13.28
AT&T CEO’s hourly compensation: $7,412 (558 times the wage of an average worker)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2013/1212/CEO-vs.-worker-pay-Walmart-McDonald-s-and-eight-other-firms-with-biggest-gaps/Best-Buy

Study by NerdWallet

Why I’m no longer a Republican

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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In 1988 when I voted for George H. W. Bush for president, there was nothing unusual about it. From the time I turned 21, I had always voted Republican. But, after he broke his promise not to raise taxes and the country was in the midst of a recession, I reconsidered my position in 1992.

As Bush floundered, the brilliant and charismatic campaign and message of William Jefferson Clinton hit the scene and I voted for my first Democrat.

During the next eight years, I watched how President Clinton oversaw the longest peacetime economic expansion in our history; how the nation enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate in decades; how the home ownership rate grew to the highest it’s ever been in the country’s history; how he improved economic equality that led to a strong economy and a surplus federal budget. Though his tenure was plagued with scandals and impeachment, it is important to remember, he was acquitted of all charges.

In 1996, I still didn’t consider myself a Democrat, even though I voted to reelect Clinton. I was an Independent who voted for the best person. But, when the Republican Party nominated George W. Bush in 2000…I began to think of myself as a Democrat.

Living in Texas, I saw Bush’s policies and ignorance first hand. I could foresee many problems the country would face if he was elected and, unfortunately, he didn’t prove me wrong. Against strong counsel from his own financial advisors, he cut taxes while starting two wars; something no other president had ever done. These decisions began the immeasurable damage to our country that would take decades to recover from.

He took a substantial surplus, and turned it into a huge deficit; he changed America’s standing in the world, by trying to force his views on other cultures; he chose to invade Iraq first, rather than Afghanistan, allowing Osama bin Laden to continue his reign of terrorism for years; he destabilized the Middle East which led to more insurgents. Bush and Cheney did not listen to Americans or our Allies and millions of lives were lost.

As the neocons continually promote just one more war to spread democracy, I believe we should fix America’s democracy first before we try to change the cultures of other countries to mirror our own.

Near the end of Bush’s disastrous two-term Presidency, it was an easy decision for me to vote for Obama over McCain. But, it was the creation of the Tea Party facet of the Republican Party in 2010 that turned me into a loyal Democrat, rather than an Independent. I don’t feel I abandoned the Republican Party but, I do feel the Republican Party abandoned me. Their emerging views on government, religion, women’s rights, workers’ rights, income inequality, violence against women, equal pay for women, minorities’ voting rights, made me move away from these radical ideologues as quickly as possible.

In 2014, the Republican Party is now split between the old GOP idealists and the new GOP obstructionists; between those who know their message is losing voters and want to change it and, those who would rather suppress and buy the vote, than change the message. The GOP no longer stands for Grand Old Party, but for Greedy Old Plutocrats.

Democrats must rally their base. There are many smart and educated Republicans who believe their Party’s lies, support their Party’s positions and who will come out to vote Republican at any cost. In America that is their prerogative. But, it is up to the rest of us to make sure these extremists are defeated in 2014, in 2016 and beyond. It is critical to this country’s future, maybe more than any other election in our history that you vote in November. Choosing not to vote because you think your vote doesn’t matter is just plain wrong. I worry that if people do not stand up for what they believe in, and vote, then our future right to vote may vanish.

I support the Democratic message because I’m for job creation, rather than obstructionism. I support healthcare for all, rather than repealing the ACA with no alternative plan. I think we should keep the safety net for those who need it and have paid into it all their lives. I support Social Security, and believe the system could be solvent for years if the income cap was removed and people paid into the system for every pay check they received. And unlike many Republican Governors, I also support Medicaid expansion which saves lives, adds billions in federal funds, and creates jobs.

I’m for keeping America safe and strong, but not for sending Americans into harm’s way when it isn’t necessary. I’m for helping veterans when they return from serving our country, rather than cutting their benefits. I’m for lowering Congressional pay and perks, so that elected officials’ jobs aren’t about becoming millionaires, but rather are about their responsibility to serve their constituents and their country.

I believe in food stamps for the hungry, but not subsidies to big agricultural firms. I believe in healthy school lunches for our children, but not Republican supported junk food lobbyists. I believe in putting people to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and bridges, rather than blocking the vote on job development, and asking “where are the jobs?” I believe in energy independence, but not at a cost to our society and way of life. I believe we should do something about man-made climate change, not deny it exists. I believe we should leave America, and the planet, a better place for my kids and my grandkids, rather than a worse place.

I’m for easy to vote elections, rather than designing restrictions that make it harder for minorities, the poor and the elderly to vote. I’m for term limits for all elected officials, rather than lifetime politicians. In other words, I’m for democracy…a democracy that is quickly diminishing under the current Republican leadership.

Instead of being just a Republican or Democrat, why not be an American first?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

donkeyandelephantInstead of voters picking politicians, why are politicians deciding on who has the right to vote?

Instead of Congress governing, why is Congress obstructing its governance?

Instead of the Supreme Court supporting the Constitution, why are they making rulings that are killing it?

Instead of America being a functioning democracy, why are voters allowing it to become a plutocracy?

Instead of trying to spread democracy throughout the world, why don’t we fix the problems at home?

Instead of allowing unlimited campaign funds and calling it freedom of speech, why not call it what it is, a way to buy the elections and drown out the average American’s voice by a few billionaires and millionaires?

Instead of cutting taxes on the rich, why not increase them on the wealthiest Americans who usually don’t pay their fair share as it is?

Instead of shareholders allowing CEOs to raise their already astronomical salaries, why don’t they insist on raising the minimum wage?

Instead of being pro-life, why not be pro-lifestyle and make sure that women and children have the things they need to thrive, not just be born and left to flounder?

Instead of wanting to repeal the ACA, Medicare and Social Security, why not support food stamps, Pre-K for all kids, and safety nets that help people, rather than austerity measures that harm them?

Instead of the government trying to limit women’s healthcare choices, why not improve them by not shutting down women’s clinics that provide mammograms and other necessary medical care?

Instead of working to increase our military budget, why don’t we spend the money on feeding the hungry, rebuilding our infrastructure and educating our kids?

Instead of obstructing votes to increase jobs and grow the economy, why not pass a jobs bill and put Americans back to work?

Instead of doing nothing about Wall Street crooks and regulations, why not hold the people who crashed our economy accountable and put them in jail where they belong?

Instead of continuing to accept that more than one person dies of gunshot wounds in our country every hour, why not pass stricter background checks and reasonable gun regulations, eliminating assault weapons and large magazine clips?

Instead of not voting in 2014 and saying my vote really won’t make a difference, why not vote and let your voice be heard while you still can?

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What makes more sense to you? Why America isn’t a democracy

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

ovaloffice1What makes more sense to you? Why America isn’t a democracy

1. Action: How does one person equal a democracy? I thought I was really good in math, but I can’t figure out that if there are 435 representatives in the House, how one person, Speaker John Boehner, can kill a bill that more than 218 members want to pass. In school, I learned two things: (1) more than half of 435 is 218, and (2) America is a democracy, and that means the majority rules.

Result: In John Boehner’s House of Representatives, what the majority of the elected representatives want doesn’t matter, just what the few extremists in his party want. Therefore, when they don’t like a bill, he doesn’t bring it up for a vote. It is literally dead on arrival from the Senate. This is not how a democracy should function.

2. Action: When the Senate sends a bill to the House, or House members want to initiate a bill, John Boehner should be forced to let democracy work and put it to a vote.

Result: Boehner has made America an oligarchy, a country governed by a small group of people, and himself a dictator who overrides bills he doesn’t like. To restore our country to a democracy, Americans need their elected officials’ voices to be heard and counted, not ignored. Congress needs to govern, instead of doing nothing.

What makes more sense to you? The Supreme Court supporting or killing our democracy

Friday, April 4th, 2014

court11. Action: The Supreme Court is supposed to uphold our Constitution and democratic way of life. Instead, The Roberts’ Court is systematically dismantling our democratic processes and replacing it with their own conservative ideology.

Result: As they continue to support laws that facilitate the buying of our elections by millionaires and billionaires and allow more suppression of voters’ rights, the conservative branch of the Supreme Court is dishonorable and reprehensible.

2. Action: From Citizen’s United to repealing sections of the Voters Right Act of 1965, The Roberts’ Court conservatives continue to rule in favor of the few, while neglecting the good of most Americans.

Result: The Supreme Court is killing our democracy and replacing it with a plutocracy; the rule of a society by its wealthiest people. This is harmful to minorities, women, the middle class and the poor. Their voices will no longer be heard, their votes no longer counted, and their needs no longer fulfilled.

Why do people vote against their own best interest?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

As an expert in the women’s market, I have frequently been asked, why would a woman vote Republican when they clearly have a war on women. I wish I had a great answer for this. Perhaps they have always voted Republican, and thus continue down this path. Until recently, while Republicans and Democrats differed on many views, they worked together to more the country forward. Perhaps their husband is wealthy and the tax breaks the Republicans fight for for the rich is the most important reason. Whatever the reason, I find it disturbing that so many people, both men and women, continue to vote against their own best interest.

vote4Many solidly red states receive a huge percentage of their income from the federal government—the same government they want to shut down and cut their spending. The amount many of them pay in federal taxes is small compared to the amount they receive from the government. It reminds me of the old saying, “cutting off your nose to spite your face.” It makes no sense.

Women, in particular, should vote their interests. While I acknowledge many women are prolife and that is one reason they remain Republican, offering choice and allowing women, their families and their doctors to reach the best conclusion under a specific set of circumstances rather than a one size fits all approach just makes good sense.

But more troubling is why they would support a party who barely passed the Violence Against Women Act, who fought to keep women from receiving equal pay for equal work, and who thinks women’s bosses should be able to determine a woman’s health and reproductive rights.

I respect the two-party system and that means understanding differences exist in many areas of fiscal and social governance. That’s healthy for a democracy. But the right-wing fringe has hijacked the sanity of the Republican Party, and the GOP needs to get back on track. Gerrymandering, suppressing the vote and unlimited terms have led to these undemocratic processes which will destroy America if voters don’t stand up and fight for what is right.

Citizens, rather they are Republicans, Democrats or Independents, all have much to gain by voting for politicians who are interested in the good of the country: working together, listening to each other and compromising. Otherwise, citizens will have more reasons to fear Washington DC than terrorists.

Is America Still a Democracy?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

donkeyandelephantDemocracy is where they majority rules, unless it is America where apparently the vocal minority rule. Democracy is based on mutual respect, compromise and working together for the betterment of our country. Currently, this isn’t the case. Gerrymandered districts have insured lifetime terms for politicians who care little about doing their job. Their whole focus is on getting reelected. Rather than passing bills to help people get back to work, to build our infrastructure, to improve our education system and to assist the less fortune, the Republicans are bent on obstructionism unless they get 100% of their insane and unreasonable demands.

While both parties and the president are being blamed for our current government shutdown, Republicans should make no mistake that they are going to own the brunt of the shutdown disaster. Since I believe in the two or three party system, I hope the Republicans will eventually realize they have to appeal to more people and present ideas and values that are more in tune with Americans today, not 50 years ago. They can’t win in the long run by relying on the tactics of gerrymandering, suppressing the vote, and unlimited funds from people like the Koch brothers.

John Boehner, the weakest Speaker of the House in our history, is not only allowing a loud minority to rule, but is also taking orders from a freshman senator and a radical radio host. With no moral compass of his own, he has allowed our government to shut down and now has it headed for a fiscal cliff that if we go over, will leave the country unable to be a world leader now or in the near future.

As America tries to spread democracy as a way of government around the world, we should focus on spreading it here at home. While the world watches us destroy our self, citizens currently have more to fear from Washington D.C. than from terrorists. Our country shouldn’t be held hostage by fellow Americans.

Republicans should pass a clean CR and debt limit extension. Then, and only then, should both parties sit down and actually work to solve the fiscal challenges and other government issues we face. No one can get 100% of what they want. That is what compromise is all about when two or more different opinions exist.

Here’s one thought. Let’s suspend Congress’ pay until they actually do something constructive. And then, let’s pay them per accomplishment rather than a set salary until they show they have earned the right get a salary again. If their livelihood was in jeopardy like the people they are presently hurting, maybe they would find a way to act like responsible adults rather than spoiled children.

America: Losing Its Democracy

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

constitution2I love America, but over the last several years, I noticed it no longer functions as a total democracy. Our country, and the rights our constitution gave us, is too precious to let our elected politicians takethem from us. But that is what is happening.

This blog will be dedicated to education and information that every citizen should know and act on. As America tries to spread democracy around the globe, we need to ensure that every American has the rights they deserve, from hassle-free voting to owning reasonable firearms to freedom of speech and religion.

I believe in progress and change. I don’t want to divert back to the fifties, but there are definitely some things I miss about that era. When I was growing up, I was able to wander the neighborhoods without fear of being shot. I went with friends to the movies or downtown shopping on Saturdays. I felt safe in school even though there were no armed guards posted at the entrance. In the summer we slept with the windows open and often played outside or took the dog for a walk without locking the door behind us.

In every democratic society, people in government have understood that there would be different views and opinions on how to run and grow their great country. But they also grasped the importance of listening to one another. They recognized that in negotiations, no one gets 100% of what they want, and that compromise is good and productive. This style of competitive, but compromising, government helped us become a world leader, and one of the wealthiest nations. Today, that value system of compromise has been replaced by an obstructive voice that responds “No” to everything, rather than a voice of reason and solution.

Our government structure has three branches designed to provide necessary checks and balances to insure fair and just laws. Like a three-legged stool, if one branch is dysfunctional, the whole system is in peril of toppling over.

I’m not a political pundit, never been an elected official or lived in Washington D.C. But I am troubled by what I see and hope this blog will stimulate other ordinary citizens to take an interest in what is happening in our country and speak out for change.

In the following months, my blog will discuss term limits, campaign spending; gerrymandering, the Electoral College; responsible federal spending; saving social security, the Affordable Care Act and other health issues; our tax system; lobbyists, legislatures, and the Supreme Court; the gun debate; the President, Congress, and the media. I hope you become an active voice with comments and insights of your own on my blog, and let your views be known at the ballot box as well.

Make your voice heard. Make your vote count!