Not One Vote!

Recently the House voted on HR1…..

It isn’t your usual bill, the For The People Act introduced Friday by House Democrats. Also known as HR 1, symbolically their first legislation, it is a 571-page compendium of existing problems and proposed solutions in four political hot zones: voting, political money, redistricting and ethics.

A pledge to pass the bill was a common theme among Democratic House candidates last year.

Short Titles as Introduced

For the People Act of 2019

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act
  • Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2019
  • CLEAR Act
  • Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act of 2019
  • Connecting Lobbyists and Electeds for Accountability and Reform Act
  • DISCLOSE Act of 2019
  • Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2019
  • Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2019
  • Democracy Restoration Act of 2019
  • Election Security Act
  • Empower Act of 2019
  • Ethics in Public Service Act
  • Executive Branch Comprehensive Ethics Enforcement Act of 2019
  • Executive Branch Conflict of Interest Act
  • Government By the People Act of 2019
  • Help America Run Act
  • Honest Ads Act
  • Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2019
  • Presidential Inaugural Committee Oversight Act
  • Prevent Election Hacking Act of 2019
  • Redistricting Reform Act of 2019
  • Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act
  • Save Voters Act
  • Stand By Every Ad Act
  • Stop Automatically Voiding Eligible Voters Off Their Enlisted Rolls in States Act
  • Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act
  • Transition Team Ethics Improvement Act
  • Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2019
  • Voter Empowerment Act of 2019
  • Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2019
  • White House Ethics Transparency Act of 2019

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1/all-info

The vote has been taken…..and by their voting on the issue seems that the GOP is with Trump and anti-democratic……

Not a single House Republican voted for sweeping Democratic legislation that would strengthen voting rights and reduce the influence of corporate money on the political process.

The “For the People Act” (H.R. 1) passed on Friday by 234-193 party-line vote. All 193 no votes were by Republicans. Four Republicans did not vote.

“Protecting our democracy shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but the Republican Party has decided it is unwilling to even consider reform despite virtually all Americans agreeing that our system is broken,” Morris Pearl, chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, said in a statement.

“Today’s vote on H.R. 1 is a monumental step forward for our country that will hopefully lead to the people retaking control of our government from special interests, lobbyists, and billionaire donors,” Pearl added. “It’s also a shameful reminder that Republicans are pursuing political power for the few over the fundamental values that this country was founded on.”

 
But the GOP need not worry….it will go to the Senate and as we all know the Senate is where good ideas go to DIE!
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Debt And Deficit: Who Knew?

When the news broke that the Dems would take back the House I wrote then that with that bit of news we would see a return of the GOP of caring about the national debt and the deficit…….and viola!……I am hearing the rumblings of such a switch.

May I see a show of hands if any of this makes any sense to you?

First, the debt and the deficit are two different problems…..this video can help understand the economics…….

The news has broken that the national debt for the US is $22 trillion…yep that is Trillion with a “T”…….most of us cannot wrap our heads around that many zeros….it is difficult to understand and as usual I want to help you understand…..

Hopefully those two short videos helped you understand the economics at work here….

Congress does not care about the deficit or the debt (at least for now but that can change over night)…..

Congress has stared into the abyss of debt, and the abyss has stared back. The national debt just topped $22 trillion for the first time ever, yet barely a peep was heard in the halls of the Capitol. The debt-to-GDP ratio has more than doubled in less than 20 years, rising from 33 percent in 2000 to 78 percent today. Within 10 years, it will reach 93 percent, the highest level since just after World War II.

 

While currently the federal budget deficit is around $900 billion, beginning in 2022, it will exceed $1 trillion per year, every year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Over the next decade, deficits are projected to fluctuate between 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent of GDP, well above the average over the past 50 years.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/ignoring-americas-abyss-of-debt/

Hopefully this will help when the yelling and the chest thumping begins again…..the GOP needs something they can champion to turn the conversation away from their cowardice in confronting the corruption of the Trump administration.

Those Shifting Poles

There has been a murmur in the conspiracy world of the shifting of the magnetic poles will end all life on Earth and then NASA got involved…..https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-poleReversal.html

Now you can believe the hype or the science it is up to you.

My shifting poles are the poles in politics and especially with war.

For decades the GOP has been home to what we call the “war Hawks” and the Democratic Party has been the home of those that tried to push back on war we called the “peace-niks”….in the past couple of months there seems to be slight changing of the political poles.

I am not saying that the GOP has become anti-war…..only that Trump is pulling the party in that direction….

Imagine if, during President George W. Bush’s occupation of Iraq, someone had predicted that in about a decade, Republican voters would oppose war more than Democrats. Few would have believed it.

Yet according to new polling, it’s happening. It might even be President Donald Trump’s greatest accomplishment to date.

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald broke down this new data in a recent piece in which he claims Democrats are “becoming far more militaristic and pro-war than Republicans.” Greenwald says that while the overwhelming majority of Washington elites opposed—or, more accurately, had a total meltdown over—Trump’s December announcement that he would withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, polling data from Morning Consult/Politico shows that 49 percent of Americans support the decision while 33 percent oppose it.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/hawkish-democrats-anti-war-republicans-thank-trump/

What this year has shown is that the Dems are becoming more war-like….just look at their reaction of Trump’s announcement of pulling troops from Syria and about half the troops from Afghanistan……the MSM went batcrap crazy and the Dems joined in…..

The GOP has not become totally anti-war….but their numbers are dwindling as Trump tries to move his “policies” forward.

Where Did The GOP Go?

It is less than one week before the Mid-Terms are the big news of the day…..alright it has been news for a year now….but it will be balls to the walls very soon.

So I decided that I would do a series of posts on what is happening in this country as we approach the vote.

Many of us political obsevers have noticed the the GOP is a pale reflection of its past when it was a party of principles and few slogans….1950s, 60s and 70s and then the 80s and 90s arrived and the party started withering of the political vine…..

Republicans keep calling every national program – Socialism. They had been told to blame Democrats for social security, Medicaid and Medicare – all popular programs that they use and need. The inconvenient truth is that the entire world economy, controlled by the elite [aka SWAMP], is a Financial Socialist Order. The new Democrat Elite Financial Socialism has caused this global destruction, destroyed the old parties, made it so clouded with infiltration you couldn’t tell the difference between left and right – and failed to let their own party folks know – the good ol’ days are gone for the hypocrites too.

I was blessed to have known Congresswoman Marjorie Holt (1920 – 2007), a Maryland Congressional representative and a good friend of our family. Now more than ever, 40+ years later, I am proud to have been exposed to her awesome integrity. She stood up for what she believed in without caving to political pressures. Many times over the years, after I found her lone dove speech to Congress, I have mentioned that her sense of consequence was powerful.

https://deadlyclear.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/republicans-reflect-where-did-your-gop-go/

A good study of what has happened and is happening to the GOP….

Personally, I think that it has nothing to offer but big business policies and big money solutions.

But if you want to send the GOP a message then boycott the Party…..

A few days after the Democratic electoral sweep this past November in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, The Washington Post asked a random Virginia man to explain his vote. The man, a marketing executive named Toren Beasley, replied that his calculus was simply to refuse to calculate. “It could have been Dr. Seuss or the Berenstain Bears on the ballot and I would have voted for them if they were a Democrat,” he said. “I might do more analyses in other years. But in this case, no. No one else gets any consideration because what’s going on with the Republicans—I’m talking about Trump and his cast of characters—is stupid, stupid, stupid. I can’t say stupid enough times.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/boycott-the-gop/550907/

Makes sense to me.

Make the election about principles Not slogans!

Say Good-Bye I Am Leaving!

Closing Thought–16Oct18

Every day it seems that a once staunch Repub/Conserv pundit is bowing out of the GOP……Michael Steele, George Will, Joe Scarborough, Steve Schmidt to just name a few……like I said almost daily some Repub comes to their senses and realizes the damage that Our Dear Leader and his band of thugs are doing to our political process.

Recently I read a piece by a professor about why he was leaving the GOP…..

Unlike Senator Susan Collins, who took pages upon pages of text on national television to tell us something we already knew, I will cut right to the chase: I am out of the Republican Party.

I will also acknowledge right away what I assume will be the reaction of most of the remaining members of the GOP, ranging from “Good riddance” to “You were never a real Republican,” along with a smattering of “Who are you, anyway?”

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/tom-nichols-why-im-leaving-republican-party/572419/

This story seems to be universal of those that I know that have chosen to leave the party and embrace life as an independent.

How many more will take it on the lamb from a party of wicked angry sexist old white men?  Can one bad member destroy a whole party?

Do tell.

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The Death Of Political Courage

I would like to report that my area dodged a bullet….the storm that was headed our way actually came ashore 30 miles East of me…..so we were on the West side so a little rain and wind and no damage…..I survived to write another day.

In the days of Trump and the GOP I see NO political courage….I see No one standing up to the leadership of the GOP with the exception of those cowards that refuse to run again and have tried to become the soul of the GOP….in that they FAILED!

Just last week John McCain died.

There are more issues with McCain that I disagreed with than agreed….but I will say that he did have the political courage to take on his party on some issues……

Senator John McCain sought to stop the Bush administration’s attempt to weaken the protections offered by Geneva Conventions. The provision at issue was obscure, the matter legally complicated, and the White House was ready to fight. But McCain was determined.

At the time, I served as the senator’s foreign policy adviser. Talking in his office, we went over the issue one more time. It’s important, I said, but few understand it. You may well lose if you choose to fight this. Even if you win, you’ll get no credit for the victory, and the matter will soon be forgotten. But, I added, I think it’s the right thing to do.

“They are threatening to weaken the Geneva Conventions,” McCain responded. “I can’t let them do that. I’ll fight them to the end—even if it costs me everything.”

https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2018/08/death-political-courage/150820/

A sad day…..for with the death of John McCain came with the death of political courage.

Think about it…who do you see as having the courage to step up and buck the president other than the Dems….no Repub has a spine to do that these days…..

A nice tribute was written by H.R. McMasters to McCain…..

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2018-08-29/john-mccain-and-meaning-courage

He, McCain, will be sorely missed in a town of soulless drones he was an individual….and in a Building filled with spineless cowards he was a bright light that is gone forever.

Birds Of A Feather?

The “Flock” is getting larger.

It is interesting to see all the legal allegations swirling around the GOP and its leaders….(I need to say here that the situations that I post here are just allegations and not a done deal)…..

Of course the most loud news is around the Dear Leader and his knowledge of what Russia has done and if he was part of the attacks….then there is Our Dear Leader’s children and what they knew about any tampering that may have occurred….and the people that were part of the campaign that are in legal jeopardy as I type….

Now let’s go to the Trump administration….the cabinet…..corruption runs deep from Zinke to Ross to Pruitt…all of whom were part of the GOP legislative institution…..that are now under investigation for their misuse of taxpayer funds on purely personal things.

What about the House of Representatives today…..well there is the sexual abuse allegations that Rep. Jim Jordan is said to have been aware of but failed to act……many wrestlers from the Ohio State team have come forward and Jordan was an assistant coach at the time……(more info from a post I wrote)…….

https://lobotero.com/2018/07/10/closing-thought-10jul18/

Then just yesterday another member of the House of Representatives was arrested for insider trading……

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., has been arrested on insider trading charges lodged by the Justice Department, law enforcement officials said Wednesday morning.

An indictment obtained from a federal grand jury also charges Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, as well as the father of his fiancee, Stephen Zarsky.

The indictment relates to Australian biotech company Innate Immunotherapeutics, on which Collins served as a board member.

In June 2017, Collins passed nonpublic information about Innate’s drug trial results to his son in order to help him “make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others,” the indictment alleges.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/08/gop-congressman-chris-collins-to-be-indicted-on-insider-trading-charge.html

This GOP is a greedy, corrupt lot……my personal opinion.  Most no longer have any integrity that they can mortgage….

Let me say here that these are allegations against some politicos….no one has been convicted……and in this country contrary to what most Righties feel….everyone is innocent until proven otherwise……(that unless you may be Liberal then all allegations are spot on)

So I Have Written!

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