Life’s Playlist…. My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen

There are major issues in our country with solutions that seem to be going nowhere.

Big issues that affect every American are being pushed aside by elected leaders on both side of the political spectrum.   Instead of addressing the major issues that impact our daily lives, wedge issues are being pushed to appeal to their bases.

Here’s an idea, if the President and our Congress are really SERIOUS about issues like healthcare and tax reform I have a sure-fire solution that I guarantee could get majority passage on both issues.

IF I WERE PRESIDENT……

If I were President I would call a join session of Congress, have it televised and as I stepped to the podium my entire speech would be….

My fellow Americans, I stand before you tonight as your President knowing that major issues that affect us all are not being resolved and “We the People” deserve better.

With this being said, tonight I call on Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leaders Pelosi and Schumer to appoint four members from their aisle, and their respective arms of Congress,  to focus on healthcare, another four from each side of the aisle to focus on tax reform.

In 24 hours they are to report to Camp David.  The assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Budget Director will meet them there.

These elected officials and my representatives will not leave Camp David until they have reached consensus on these issues that affect us all.  They will stay at Camp David for as long as it takes.

Once they leave Camp David, I expect your leaders to ensure passage of these bipartisan solutions.  None of us are going to get everything we want in these deals, but it is time we stopped working separately and worked together for the American people.

It is time we, your elected officials, got to work and solved the problems that affect us all.

Thank you, may God bless the United States of America and good night.

And with that I would walk off the stage, end of speech.

My bet is, within 5 days there would be solutions.

Short Notes – 8.2.13

Congressman Patrick Murphy is a hero.

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The daily Comcast update.  Yesterday afternoon I was contacted by a member of the Technical Management Team, she was somewhat helpful but not satisfying, still went only by the computer.  Her supervisor, the Executive Supervisor was AWESOME!  Made sure I had an appointment set up this morning.

8:30 this morning capable rep showed up worked through the system and HOPEFULLY we are on the road to recovery here!  All is working well so far.  This afternoon I contacted the Exec Supervisor to tell her thank you and to discuss the equipment that is being charged to me that I do not have, that issue should be resolved when she calls me on Monday to discuss.

A big thanks to Comcast employees Erin Dunn and Julian Popi, you are starting to renew my faith in your company.

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Short Notes… Ted Cruz for President

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Various sources are reporting that Senator Ted Cruz is weighing a possible Presidential bid in 2016.  One Such Story Here

The freshman Senator from Texas has proven to be quite the firebrand since being elected last November, taking the place of former Congressman Allen West as the most controversial member of Congress.

It has been interesting to watch Ted Cruz insult and alienate other Senator colleagues and his constituents of both parties.

The Senator from Texas hasn’t quite learned that diplomacy is vital part of big picture politics, stomping your feet to get your way doesn’t quite work once you get off the playground.

If the Republican Party were to nominate, or even take seriously, a Ted Cruz candidacy,  the rhetoric of reaching out to minorities and inclusion for all Americans would be proven a theory with no base in reality.

Note to the Republican Party, nominate Ted Cruz or give him a national platform and you will find yourself on the short end of a Presidential election once again.

The very thought of a Ted Cruz candidacy must have the Democratic National Committee dancing at their desks.  If Republicans want to ensure eight more years of Democratic rule, seriously consider Ted Cruz as a voice for the party and see what happens.

Independent voters will be watching and we will not support a party that nominates or supports the fringe.

Friday’s Hero 3.1.13

Today, America’s sequester begins.  Feel it yet?

This plan, which under any other circumstance would have caused action to begin and solutions to be found, has now resulted in mandatory cuts to the nation’s spending.  As I said under any other circumstance our nation’s leaders would have stepped up and worked out a solution, sadly we are now in different times, when our Congress and President would rather disagree than lead.

The sequester accounts for 2.4% of the nation’s total expenditures and sadly our “leaders” can’t (or WON’T) find a solution.

I’m no member of Congress or President of the United States, but hey here is an idea…. LEAD – tell every department head and Cabinet Secretary in the Federal Government, find 2.4% savings in your department without cutting a single job or else lose YOUR job and I bet you it can be done.  (Give them all 30 days to do it, I contend it could be done before Monday, but let’s be generous and given them 30 days.)  Unfortunately the people we have elected to lead no longer do so.

There is absolutely no reason ANYONE should lose their job because of sequester… it can and SHOULD be done with across the board cuts, with directives and with leadership.  And I contend it SHOULD be done!

So as this whole sequester thing is happening, guess who is NOT included….. yes, my friends you guessed it CONGRESS!

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My hero of the week is trying to change that.  Florida Senator Bill Nelson has announced plans to offer up a bill cutting Congress pay by more than any other department until the stalemate is resolved.  The bill will be called  Congressional Overspending Pay Accountability Act. 

As part of his comments on the issue, Senator Nelson stated :

“there’s absolutely no reason members of Congress should exempt themselves.  We can and should reach a balanced compromise to replace these damaging across-the-board cuts, but until we do, this is an obvious step to hold Congress accountable for the job we need to get done.”

Senator Nelson has been joined by Senator Claire McCaskill in offering the bill.  It will be interesting to see if the United States Congress acts on this recommendation.  My guess is probably not.

For his leadership, this week’s Hero of the Week is Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/bill-nelson-sequester_n_2790030.html

 

Short Notes ~ Sequestration

BD9oji-CEAAFBa3I haven’t said much about this because whenever I think about it I get so angry that once again the people we pay to LEAD our nation act like jackasses and don’t do anything…… ok, anyway.

Sequestration.  When sequestration goes into effect it accounts for 2.4% of our nation’s total federal spending…..2.4%

If Congress, the President of the United States, the Armed Forces and every other department represented in our nation’s budget can’t find 2.4% to cut, we REALLY are in worse shape than it appears!

The President and Congress are going to roll out the “oh your grandmother isn’t going tot get her Social Security check” fear tactics.  Or the “our soldiers are not going to have ammunition to fight with” bogus games… here’s the deal WE need to demand that the people we elected FIND the cuts and make them.

NO ONE will ever convince me that we can’t find 2.4% excessive, wasteful spending in the bloated budgets of our Government!