Something About Running the Country…


There is people so excited over this election that they think the President has something to do with running this country. – 30 October 1932   Will Rogers

I am going to leave the quote above to pretty much stand on it own.  Many want to blame the president on everything that happens in the country. “It rained so much today, it must be the president’s fault”.  I am more of a realist maybe.  I don’t think any of those yahoos in Washington have much to do with what happens in the country. And thanks heavens for that!

How About Some Changes….

I guess I am still fixated on the post from yesterday about how so many very sparsely populated States in the U.S. now have so much power. It seems that our country is quite out of balance right now as a result of past decisions.  Maybe it is time to revisit some of that stuff.  Being that I am the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread I will take a stab at this. If you want to call this the Walters’ Doctrine go ahead. I will take the blame for all of it. Here is my list of things that need to change:

  • Corporations are not people -- I know the Supreme Court recently decided otherwise but it just doesn't make any more sense than deciding that trees are now people.
  • My Vote should count for who becomes President -- Since I am a progressive living in a solidly red state my vote seldom counts when it comes to electing our president.  The President should be elected by the people not by geographical areas.  I know the electoral college was necessary in the horse and buggy days but in the age of the Internet it is totally senseless.
  • Everyone should be allowed to vote -- My mother, God rest her soul, was not able to vote in 2008. The reason for that is that she no longer had a driver's license and the State of Indiana as a result pulled her name from the polling list. Since most of the people who don't have driver's licenses are elderly or low on the economic scale it excludes them to the advantage of the Republican candidates. Yes, my mother could have stood in an hour-long line to get her "license" and poor people who can't afford a car could take a day off without pay to do the same but there needs to be a better way to do this.
  • We should not be able to get into another war until we have paid for the last one  --  I have to admit that I am "borrowing" this one from my hero Will Rogers. If Mr. Bush had paid for his two wars we would not be in nearly as much trouble as we are now. Since most issues that get attention now days are "pocketbook" issues let's make war one of them.
  • Eliminate the Filibuster -- allowing less than half the people to stop basically all legislation is just not right.  If, like in the past, it were used on a very rare basis that would be one thing. But to allow it to be used more in three years than in the last one hundred means that it is being severely abused.  That needs to end.
  • Stop all the foolishness about "death taxes" -- One of the bedrocks of our country has been to prevent a U.S. aristocracy. We did that by imposing a significant inheritance tax on those who are absurdly wealthy.  Up until recently the inheritance tax has been a major source of income for the country. As a matter of fact before income taxes it , along with import/export taxes, was the main source of income.  People like Mr. Romney don't need to give each of his five kids a $50 million tax free head start. $25 million should ruin them just as easily. If nothing else restrict the inheritance taxes collected to pay off the deficit. We would probably be amazed at how quickly our debt would disappear.

I’m way over my self-imposed five hundred word limit for posts so I will just stop here. Besides with all this brainy stuff spewing off the top of my head I need to stop and let it cool off……

Mr. Romney Doesn’t Seem To Have a Clue….

via Romney ridicules Obama on 'change' remark - Political Hotsheet - CBS News.
President Obama:
"I think that I've learned some lessons over the last four years, and the most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside, you can only change it from the outside," Obama said. "That's how I got elected, and that's how the big accomplishments like health care got done - [it] was because we mobilized the American people to speak out. That's how we were able to cut taxes for middle-class families."
Mr. Romney's attack:
"Well, we are going to give him that chance in November -- he is going outside," Romney said. "I can change Washington; I will change Washington. We will get the job done from the inside. Republicans and Democrats will come together. He can't do it. His slogan was 'Yes we can.' His slogan now is 'No, I can't.'"

Does Mr. Romney know that ordinary people can check out the source of his constant criticisms of the President?  He doesn’t seem to have a clue that all of us can “fact-check” his words.  When he wildly takes things out of context it relates badly on him. When the president said that change in Washington is done at the voter level he took it to mean that the president had given up! Of course the President actually said the opposite of that.

Mr. Romney just seems to be in a panic mode lately. He somehow thinks that if he says absurd enough things about the president people will believe it and then vote for him. Doesn’t he know just how desperate that makes him appear? He reminds me of the kid that is running around the school yard playground trying to fit into first this group and then that one. In the end he ends up sitting by himself in a remote corner of the yard. I felt sorry for that kid and in the same way I feel sorry for Mr. Romney.  He has spent the last five years and millions of his own dollars trying to get something that seems out of reach.

I am certainly looking forward to the coming debates to see if he can make credible showing. He just seems to be flailing about looking for anything to attack lately. I’m sure he still doubts that even though he is flipped on so many of his moderate stands that the radical right base of his party is still not in line.  I hope he doesn’t embarrass himself when he is standing  without his coaches on the stage with the President.

But what do I know…

The Line On a Man…. Or The Trouble with Newt…

If you want a line on a man, ask somebody that works with him. – March 17, 1933   Will Rogers

I know Will said this about 80 years ago but I think he was just looking into the future all the way to the 2012 Republican primaries. I had trouble deciding what the title of the post would be so I copped out and did two.  As Will says if you really want to know what a person is all about just ask those who have worked with him.  I pride myself in having some pretty close relationships with those I have worked with in the past. No, I don’t mean in a sexual sense so take that thought out of your mind immediately. :)  For the most part I think you would get some pretty good words if you asked my co-workers about me.

What seems pretty strange about the candidacy of Newt Gingrich for president is the lack of endorsement by those who have worked with him in the past. Over the years he has worked fairly closely with perhaps thousands of people but there seems to be only a small handful who are willing to say that he would make a good president. Sarah Palin, who probably never worked with Newt, seems to be the most prominent endorser on his website? So, what is the line on Newt? The silence among those who have worked with him is almost deafening.

There are many comments around as to why people believe he is even running for that office. Some say it is to sell more books. Some say he, like Donald Trump who recently endorsed him, just needs a boost to his gigantic ego.  I even recently heard someone say that Newt views himself as a twenty-first century Napoleon who is coming back to save the world. I don’t know the answer as to why he is even running but I get the line on the man from the silence of those he has worked with.

My Republican friends don’t seem to like anyone in their field for president. I can’t imagine that whoever ends up with the nomination will actually occupy the Oval Office. The only thing they seem intent on is getting Obama out and cutting/eliminating taxes on the 1%ers. As one of them said “He is not concerned with the poor” and to him that includes almost all of us. Some people have compassion for the “single parent households” but these guys think that the “single household parents” are who deserve the pity. After all how can you survive with just one house? :)

But what do I know…

They Will Do Anything….

Most of the presidential candidates both present and past will do almost anything to get elected. What drives them to endure such brutal campaigns? Of course the answer to that is usually a super sized ego. Mitt, or should I say Not, is no exception so the above cartoon is almost believable. But I think most of these guys, and recently gals, really just like the “idea” of being president and having the power it brings. Once they get the job that is another thing. It seems to be more about beating the competition than really wanting to do the day-to-day chores necessary for the position.

President Obama is no exception to that rule. Now that he is in the White House he doesn’t seem to know what to do.  The chief complaint against him by both parties is that he is never involved in any of the current bartering going on.  I think he want to remain above it all? If he had been elected king instead of president that standoffishness would be tolerated but as president he needs to get down and dirty and get the people’s business done instead of being so aloof.

But what do I know….