Once again, my days of Zen are interrupted by the extreme silliness of politics…….
Today is 17 September and is officially Constitution Day….personally, this is the day that we should celebrate with a national holiday……why? It is the day that the Constitutional Convention signed the US Constitution into being…….it should be celebrated because it brought into existence a unique form of government that has been copied world wide….it deserves a day more so than some of the ones we have now….but that is a debate for another day…….
Why do I bring this up? There seems to be some that are calling for the scraping of our Constitution and the writing of a new one, a more modern one, a more up to date one…….here is one of those people……http://bit.ly/lxHzYC
What do you think?
Personally, I think it is just plain silly! Why? Can you imagine that convention? Our politicians cannot agree on anything substantial and we want them to update our constitution? (pause here for the inevitable laughter)……can you imagine the silliness that would ensure trying to make a document that effects ALL citizens? Can you imagine of the absurdities that extremists would want to include in a new constitution? Look at the total waste of time and effort in Washington today….would a constitutional convention be any different?
Has the Magna Carta been “updated”?
You think we have a theater of the absurd now in Washington….but it would look like statesmanlike debate compared to the totally ridiculous of a constitutional convention….we would not need Comedy Central anymore, the convention would foot that bill to a tee.
In 2008 we all fell for the con job of change and hope…..we have had neither in almost 3 years and now we are about to enter into the 2012 primary season…..and once again I hear the word change being thrown around but this time it is from the Right.
I have written a couple of post on a way to achieve REAL change not the veiled promises of bought and paid for politicians…….You Want Change? Then read these posts first…..http://t.co/18gNDYo
That one post has other post referenced…please read them…they will help explain where I am coming from….
There are others who feel as I do….that this system of picking our leaders is useless and antiquated…….
The following criteria are listed in [an] LWV study:
- Ensure majority rule. Most major political races currently can be won with only a plurality.
- Encourage minority representation, where minority is defined by either party or cultural
- Encourage fair gender representation.
- Produce fair and accurate representation of diverse political views in legislatures.
- Increase voter participation.
- Encourage geographical representation.
- Encourage “sincere” voting, as opposed to “strategic” voting.
- Maximize effective votes/minimize “wasted” votes.
- Provide a reasonable range of voter choice.
- Prevent fraud and political manipulation.
- Encourage competitive elections
–League of Women Voters in Oregon, Criteria for Evaluating Election Systems, Election Methods: Review of Alternatives and Oregon, Proposals, Executive Summary
All these are reasonable and logical and rational changes that could go a long way to changing the way that we are governed….the system we have now is NOT doing the people of the US any good….it only perpetuates the exploitation of the voter……
Like I have said…there are several others that have valid ideas for giving the people the final voice in the governing of the country…..try this one on……http://t.co/7U8uCSZ ……..A group named “Get Out Of Our House (GOOOH)”…..personally I think that they are on to something here….
Anything has GOT to be better than the joke, the circus that we have now!
Meanwhile ….back at the debt…….
You are damn right! We need a deficit plan…..a energy plan….an environment plan….and sorry a week of 30 second ads and 3 minute stories is NOT the way to formulate a plan…..and a 2 year cycle of elections is NOT the way to come up with a viable plan……WE NEED A PLAN!
It is that simple! Instead of all the wrangling back and forth between the two cowardly parties, that have nothing to offer but their personal agendas……the whole time the US is sucking tit when it comes to the economy and most notably our industrial base (actually there is not much left of a once dominate sector)….all we have now are a couple of people that spend all their time sniping at the other side or throwing slogans around like confetti or worse yet, arguing about the fate of NPR….NONE of this will return the US to prominence on the world economic stage…….blame China or India or anywhere else all you want….but the truth is that our politicians have pull the trigger on the execution of the American industrial sector…..blame NO one but politicians….both Dems and Repubs…they are ALL to blame and no amount of finger pointing will stop the demise……
The Washington Times, which you would expect a slashing editorial against the prez, has said the following:
President Obama’s “policies have secured America’s status as part of the declining world.” The Times further wrote: “[T]he president’s answer to economic crisis is to heap on more debt. It’s this crippling tax-and-spend Obama creed that’s bringing America to the brink of Third World inferiority.”
To be honest…there has been a plan for the last couple of decades….the conservs are just as guilty as the dems for the downward spiral of the US……and that plan entailed……
fiscal discipline…..control public expenditures…..tax reform……liberalize the financial sector…..liberalize the trade sector…….promote foreign investment……privatization o0f state enterprises…..Deregulate the economy……there you have it…the plans down over the last couple of decades……and finally, how has that worked out for you?
Yes, Irene….WE NEED A PLAN! Not some half ass reform that last two years at best….we need to develop a short term, mid term and long term plan and make it law so that it cannot be f*cked with by some elected official to win an election…..we need politicians that are serious about making this country strong again…not one sector over another…..WE NEED A PLAN!
Subject: Budgetary Issues/Entitlements
The whole damn world is in hock up to their butt cheeks and the answers are simple (at least that is what the leaders tell us) we have to control our spending….”we have to make the hard decisions”…… is the daily rant by politicos. And those hard decisions are mostly likely be the entitlement programs. You know those hot bed of problems for the government….social security, medicare and medicaid…
I know I have ranted on this pile of lies for awhile now and I will continue to beat these guys up until they TRULY make some hard decisions. These demented little toads have not made a tough decision in decades.
Have you noticed that those who say we must make hard decisions, especially in SS are the ones that do not need SS to retire? The hard decisions will be for the working poor….they will have less benefits for retirement, they will have to work until they die….but those that made the decisions can retire comfortably and whenever they feel like it….watch the politicians…. they are the ONLY ones saying that hard decisions must be made….I have heard NO one on my street saying such….why? Because unlike those people making plenty of money, SS is their ONLY option for retirement….none have massive retirement accountants or a stock broker on speed dial…..the call has gone out from Repubs as well as Dems…..but not one of them is talking about Caterpillar or Citcorp…it will always be YOU that has to sacrifice for the good of the country…and you can bet that no in Congress will be standing next to you……
The hard decision would be to make the wealthy pay the same as the worker…that would mean that they pay their FICA and Medicare taxes on every dime they make….I have to….why not them? But NOOOOOOOOO…..the working people will be FORCED to make the decisions, without their consent, and the same batch of wealthy will continue to get all the benefits out of this country. These people do NOT care that a normal person will probably die before they get their retirement or maybe that is just their simple plan.
“Hard Decisions”….if you are hard worker and make enough to barely get by, when you hear that….my suggestion is to grab your ankles and give them easy access…..
The best answer for now is–it is very doubtful. With the most recent election there was such hope…the Dems had a good majority in Congress and a prez that was talking change and progress. But 5 months into the new presidency and what was happened–the Dems have lost what little spine that had in the first place.
Take health care….why are so many Dems back off the idea of universal health care? It is not because the people are against….that poll shows that over 70% of the voters want a health care plan. Then why are they dragging their feet on health care, after all they have a great majority and could pull a GW move and force their programs through the Congress….then why are they so timid?
Could it be that they do not want to offend their campaign contributors? That makes more sense than any of the other reasons I have heard.
Recently Kaiser Health News wrote:
“Almost 30 key lawmakers helping draft landmark health-care legislation have financial holdings in the industry, totaling nearly $11 million worth of personal investments in a sector that could be dramatically reshaped by this summer’s debate,” The Washington Post reports. The list of members includes “Congress’s most powerful leaders and a bipartisan collection of lawmakers in key committee posts.” For example, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., “has at least $50,000 invested in a health-care index” (fund), and Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, “a senior member of the health committee, has between $254,000 and $560,000 worth of stock holdings in major health-care companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck.” The data was part of a “release of financial disclosure forms for the House and Senate” on Friday.
“While no congressional rules bar members from holding financial stakes in industries they regulate, some ethics experts suggest that it often creates the appearance of a conflict of interest, particularly if there is a chance that the legislation could result in a personal financial boost.” But at “nearly 20%” of the national economy, “many legal experts say the health-care industry is so predominant that it is impossible for lawmakers to avoid financial ties to that sector, suggesting that the best antidote is a clear disclosure system that makes every lawmaker’s finances publicly available.”
I have suggesdted that someone in the mainstream media publish a list of the politicians that have received money from the health industry and then publish the vote on any health issues and see who votes where. I suspect that the health industry has bought many friends and they will now repay them for their generosity.
The Dems have had NO spine for many years and now they have a chance to redeem themselves inb the eyes of the voter and yet they waffle. I have heard many so called “liberal” politicians waffle ….Feinstein has said “we may not have the votes” on health issues and then Daschle has said “we will have to trim federal health programs”.
They were so close to having a spine and yet so far away.