Category Archives: Necessary Political Discussion

letter to trump on the us-mexico wall – sent from white house contact page 01-27-2017

Mr. Donald Trump
1600 Pensylvania Avenue
Washington, DC

re: YOUR US-Mexico wall.

Mr. Trump.

As regards that wall YOU demand on the US-Mexico Border. You claim it is necessary and I fail to see why. There are already miles of useless fencing and walls along that border. If people are not climbing over, they are tunneling under. Why? Because America is a land of opportunity as it always has been. You say the wall will cost up to $12 Billion dollars. More realistic estimates place the cost at up to $40 Billion dollars. There was a similar, and less costly, wall dividing the town of Berlin in Germany following WWII. Many people trying to escape tyranny saw that wall as a challenge to be defeated and in the end, it was defeated. You say it will create jobs. Sure, for a while. Then after the construction workers become unemployed again, you will need to spend large sums on POLICING the wall and all that in vain anyway.

What is that wall anyway? Will it secure our borders? Not in the least but it will be a challenge, just as the Berlin wall was. It will be a major symbol of tyranny, arrogance, hate and separation. In addition to the challenge of defeating that, there will be the challenge of slapping you in your isolationist hateful arrogant face.

Here is where those billions of tax dollars SHOULD go: Public education, not charter and other “FOR PROFIT” schools; Reducing or eliminating college tuition; true healthcare reform and lowering drug prices to reasonable/affordable levels; investments in clean energy; repair of our crumbling infrastructure across this country; better and proper health care for our nations veterans and their families. Some Republicans have opposed such care for them saying it is something “we can’t afford.”

In summary, sir, this wall is a waste or time, money and resources and will not enhance border security in the least amount.

Why gun control.THE BEST VIDEO–EVER–EXCELLENT!! WAY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!!!!!!!

I received the following in an email today (11-4-13). There is absolutely NOTHING I can add to this presentation So I have placed it here for others to read and view the video.

As a firm believer in the right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, community and country, I highly recommend that you view the video and give it serious consideration.

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Worth your time . Very interesting and informative. Specially to you anti gun folks.

This is absolutely an awesome short speech that needs to be heard all around
the country…no matter which side of gun control you may be on.

THIS IS A MUST VIEW VIDEO – EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT VERY SHORT –
SHARE IT.

“Guns are a lot like parachutes ~ If you need one and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need
one again”
The best presentation on gun control yet. Even if you don’t like guns, watch
this !
Should be required viewing by both sides of the issue of gun control/legislation
Here is a man who knows the constitution. Watch the faces on some Senators in the
audience.

PLEASE WATCH AND PASS IT ON !!!

https://youtube.com/watch?v=_T-F_zfoDqI%3Frel%3D0

Why Gun Control

Comments and Opinions on our governemt and its policies.

Our congressmen and senators shut down the US Government recently to get things to go their own way. Among other things many of them seem intent on gutting Social Security and Medicare, things our senior citizens depend on. Over the years, government has reduced tax deductions, funding for education and even passed laws allowing them to ‘tap’ the Social Security trust fund which for years had been inviolate. Ever since they started playing with those funds, Social Security has become increasingly less secure. Today, after re-opening the government, they are still looking to make deals which will reduce, or even gut, these two programs in the name of reducing government spending and “entitlement” programs.

From the AARP Blog:
http://blog.aarp.org/2013/10/16/fiscal-deal-leaves-social-security-and-medicare-hanging/?cmp=NLC-ADVOCATE-1013&autologin=true&em_id=64544.0

Far from being “entitlements”, both Social Security and Medicare are programs we all pay into during our working years through “payroll taxes.” We have paid for our benefits and so, only in that sense, are they entitlements.

In my opinion, these “politicians” and their allies, should be concentrating on reducing Medicare FRAUD. Deliberately fraudulent billings to Medicare BILK the system of funds thus reducing those available for legitimate medical payments for our seniors. This would go a long way to reducing “unnecessary” government expenses. Providers found guilty of fraud should be held accountable and be compelled to “repay” those charges. Additionally, they should be forced to absorb “all the legal costs associated” with that enforcement. Make FRAUD expensive, with certain enforcement, and such charges should decline noticeably.

As for Social Security recipients, consider the following article also found on the AARP Blog:

http://blog.aarp.org/2013/10/22/there-is-nothing-fuzzy-about-social-security-benefits-positive-impact-on-the-economy/?cmp=NLC-ADVOCATE-1013&autologin=true&em_id=64544.0

We paid for our benefits and we use those monies to pay our bills, rent, food, etc.

A true “entitlement program” is Welfare. Originally implemented during the Great Depression, this program has become a mega entitlement program which, just as with Medicare, is loaded with fraudulent applications and payments. Here is a good place to start reducing Welfare Fraud. Recent news stories detail how “Wealthy Persons and their Families” have been able to collect Welfare. Clearly some have been caught but that is only the tip of the iceberg as it were.

Another area to look at in the Welfare issue is those who, while on Welfare, manage to buy NEW cars, get multiple tattoos, and buy illegal drugs. How do they get away with this? No one is really watching. In my humble opinion, and others have expressed similar opinions, if you can afford new cars, tattoos and illegal drugs, you do NOT BELONG ON WELFARE!!! Moreover, to be, and/or remain, on Welfare, you MUST pass a drug test every 30 days. Just as in the job market, fail a drug test, lose your benefits. End of story. Speaking of Medicare Fraud, this article on the Fox News web site reports Medicare payments to deceased people and illegal immigrants. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/31/government-paid-millions-in-medicare-to-deceased-illegal-immigrants/

While we are on the subject of drug testing: Senators and Congressmen should have mandatory drug testing every six months with the same affect: fail the test, lose your office.

Taxes: a sore point with every taxpayer in the country. I read a few months back where resident aliens, particularly those from Mexico, have been issued special id numbers similar to the Social Security Number. While it is intended to serve a similar purpose for purposes of identification, these numbers are being used to obtain large tax refunds. It was reported in the article I read (my apologies for not keeping the reference to it) many of the returns submitted to the IRS have been padded with numerous dependents who either a: do not exist and/or b: do not live in this country. Also cited in that article, a great many such refunds are sent to a small number of addresses. In some cases, a hundred or more such refunds may go to the same address. The IRS supposedly is aware of this BUT NOTHING IS BEING DONE to stop this tax fraud.

Senators and Congressmen MUST EARN THEIR KEEP.

When they cannot reach an accord on the National Budget because they are busy playing Free Cell Solitaire, checking sports scores, checking their stock portfolios and chatting on social media, they are NOT DOING THEIR JOBS. Despite this, they still get paid. If we, as employees, in the private sector did these things, we would lose our jobs.

And talk about entitlements: according to an article I read within the month, and I seem to have lose my copy of it, Senators and Congressmen have: 67 paid holidays, 3 weeks of vacation (from day 1?) and unlimited SICK DAYS. Compare to the private sector where most employers recognize no more than ten, and as few as five, paid holidays. One weeks vacation after the first year; two weeks after the second year; 3 weeks ONLY AFTER five years. Sick time is history. If you get sick you take time off without pay UNLESS you have ‘accrued flex time.’ Flex time accrues over the course of your calendar work year and can be used to extend your vacation, allow move vacation time if you don’t have enough left as well as to pay for sick time off.

Want to cut “entitlements” start with your own!!!

As for shutting down the government in order to ‘get your own way,’ it should be mandatory that a: you immediate lose one months pay AND lose an additional months pay for each week the government is forced to remain closed. Use these funds to pay part of the government’s bills AND make this kind of political chicanery VERY UNPROFITABLE. LOST PAY MAY NOT BE RECOVERED!!!

All things considered, I believe that the Senators and Congressmen should be required to take an immediate 30% pay cut, since they aren’t earning what they make in the first place, as far as I can tell.

Another area where government spending can be greatly reduced is to reduce the allowed number of persons politicians can have as staff!!! Perhaps as much as 50% of their staff can be cut from the public payroll. Not only with this reduce spending but it SHOULD result in the senators and congressmen ACTUALLY doing more of their jobs.

It is a well understood fact (??) that many of our politicians are BOUGHT AND PAID FOR by major corporations and their associates. It has been reported that corporations have actually started allegedly charitable organizations for the primary purpose of funneling nearly unlimited funds to politicians in order to bypass various campaign contribution laws which limit what corporations can contribute to candidates for public office. With these kinds of funds coming in, perhaps we can reduce political pay checks by up to 50%.

On Health Care Reform. Is it really reform? Is it really affordable? And why are insurance company executives being told to be quiet about Obamacare?

By May 31, 2014, ‘every American’ must have health insurance or pay a penalty (fine – tax).’

from CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/30/politics/obamacare-white-house-pressure/index.html?hpt=po_c2

Question: If you don’t have health insurance now because you cannot afford it, and if the government plan MAY cost more than some people already have, how is this “affordable health insurance?”

Question: Is there truth in the statement that Congressmen, Senators and government officials are EXEMPT from this requirement? If so, should our government be allowed to make laws affecting ‘WE, THE PEOPLE’ that specifically EXEMPT them from compliance?

According to the CNN website article noted above, insurance companies are already canceling existing policies because they don’t meet the Obamacare requirements which may be more costly that those existing policies. Also, hospitals are already declining Obamacare coverages. How does this make health insurance affordable or even usable?

Internet security, the right to privacy and government surveillance. Is the Internet still secure? Was it ever? This article questions the NSA and it’s access to Google and Yahoo databases.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/30/us/nsa-google-yahoo/index.html

According to the Fox News web site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is acknowledging that some National Security Agency spying has reached too far and will be stopped.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/01/kerry-some-nsa-surveillance-work-reached-too-far-and-will-be-stopped/

While the NSA denies accessing those databases, is that denial valid IF they can indeed tap into the data streams to and from those databases and decode it? Under such conditions mentioned in the article, is direct access even necessary? Doesn’t this intercepting and decoding amount to the same thing? And can we actually trust what the Government is telling us these days regarding what they are and are not doing?

I will admit that some of what I think I know may be incorrect. I also admit that not everything that is reported is necessarily true. However, there is enough truth in it all to warrant questions and seek correct solutions to the problems we face in this economy. Fraud and corruption NEED to be properly and decisively addressed if we are to restore faith in our government.

Separation of Church and State – Conditional ???

Ok. Atheists used our laws to remove the Pledge of Allegiance, because it contains the word God, and any, even silent reflection, as a form of prayer that, omg, someone who believes differently from someone else, might be offended by. AND YET, any politician in a position to draft and/or sign a bill into law about something that offends their “particular form of religious belief” can put that “religious belief” as the core of their legislation.

What is wrong with this picture?

Right to Privacy

Amendment IV (from the US Constitution – Bill of Rights)

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I believe CISPA is essentially Un-Consitutional because it violates this article of the Bill of Rights and effectively voids the entire bill. Passage into law will render ALL matters of privacy non-existent as the government will have applied a back door to gain unlimited access to anything it wants without due process of any kind. The government already has more power over us than it should have. Consider this: “All men are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” CISPA effectively changes that to “All men are guilty, proven or not.”

The Right of the People

Amendment II (from US Constitution – Bill of Rights)

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.

This is a highly charged and emotional issue but the wording is straight forward and unambiguous. The stumbling blocks in the wording are “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, ”

The ultimate key to understanding, however, is “the right of the people.”

I, an individual, live in a FREE STATE that I will only be able to enjoy if I have the right to defend that state of freedom. Expand that to my family. We live in a FREE STATE and will only continue to do so if we have the right to defend that freedom. Both of these entities are composed of people; me, one person; my family, several people. Expand that further to our community. That is comprised of PEOPLE, individuals, families, friends, neighbors.
Expand again to the STATE, as in one of the 50 United States. Such STATES are comprised of the several communities of THE PEOPLE.

What is a militia? Before we became a country, the militia was essentially volunteer PEOPLE who could be called up to defend their communities and/or aid their neighbors in their defense. But whether it is a state of national government controlled military or a volunteer group, a militia is composed of PEOPLE, drawn from the families and communities of the several STATES of this nation.

Our forefathers knew of the possibility of tyranny both at home and abroad and provided this assurance of our ability to BE FREE.

As for background checks. We already have those to a limited extend but they are poorly enforced, if at all. The BIG question here, however, is how do these checks ensure a reduction in tragic gun crimes? They don’t and can’t. Why? While some such tragic crimes have been perpetrated by people who met the letter of the law to obtain their weapons, most, and especially the criminals and terrorists, obtain their arms on the ‘black market’, in foreign countries, or by outright theft. No background check will ever break that cycle. I do not, in all honesty, know if that cycle can be broken.

I do know that if the second amendment can be voided, ALL OF US will lose our precious freedom and that I will not countenance. Nor should any thinking human being allow it.