Fed up with Democrats and Republicans?

The stampede is starting?  Do you hear it? There are more and more daily saying “Enough is enough”.  Yet another poll shows that we all, no matter what political real estate we hold on to, are getting fed up with partisan gridlock.

new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California says 59 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of independents — and, overall, 64 percent of likely voters — agreed with the statement that Americas two main parties “do such a poor job that a third major party is needed.”

Source: Fed up with Democrats and Republicans? Heres a third option. – Chicago Tribune

I just don’t know if the current two political parties will ever be able to get along again. There is so much spite and incivility being tossed back and forth across the aisle, too much baggage to let loose of. It’s more like the Hatfields and the McCoys now. It seems the only answer is to look elsewhere for those who will look out for us in the political world.

2018-01-05_08-43-41.pngI have discovered that there is an option brewing and is gaining steam on a daily basis.  It used to be called the “Centrist Project” but now is morphing into “Unite America”. If you are one of those who is looking for an alternative you might want to consider them. Will their coming to power happen overnight? It will likely take some time but then again the current Republican party was formed and won the Oval Office within five years so it might just happen sooner than you think especially in today’s accelerated world.  But it will take a groundswell to happen and that means many of us have to get on board.

Sometimes political parties simply outlive their usefulness. Sometimes they morph into something completely different from their roots.  I can see both of those reasons in both political parties today. Which one will go by the wayside along with the Whigs and Do-Nothings is hard to predict but I kinda think it will be the one that allowed the hijacking of their party to happen and then foolishly jumped on board with the idiot who stole their party away from them in the first place. That very scenario seems insane and those are folks who I have lost all confidence in. They have shown me time and again that for them it is politics over principles. Citizens be damned…

If you are like me and fed up with politicians the way they are now, then click on the Unite America logo above to learn more about this emerging organization. Better yet, send them a donation to help them get started.  I already have…

Something About Maine…

2017-12-06_10-16-55.pngThere is just something about Maine that makes them different.  Maybe it is the fact that there are basically no roads on the northwestern part of the State.  Maybe it is the fact that they are really more Canadian than American? I don’t understand how we stole that land from Canada in the first place?

I have been in Maine a couple of time in the past decade or so. The last time was returning home from Nova Scotia and PEI. By the way, I love Prince Edward Island especially the mussels! If it weren’t so cold up there I would consider moving there on a pretty permanent basis. But, I am getting off topic here.

There is something different about Maine that maybe the rest of the country needs to follow and that is that neither Republicans nor Democrats have a majority in their State government or federal representation.  They now have a centrist group of independents that control what legislation will pass.  Here is a little about that from the Centrist Project.

Casas, who has been active in organizing the centrist coalition in the state says that one of the largest benefits of serving as independent is the ability to work exclusively for the people he represents, instead of working for partisan interests and his constituency.

A small group of independents can have a lot influence by denying both sides a majority.  This forces both sides to make compromises to get legislation passed, and prevents either side from imposing their most radical ideas along partisan line votes.

Sources:  Independents Shake up Maine State Legislature – Centrist Project

Wouldn’t that be something, to have representatives in government who are only beholden to the people who put them in office! That is a radical concept that needs to become contagious if we are ever again to flourish as a country.  No, you can’t make America great again by telling lie after lie after lie.  It seems that every piece of legislation that comes up now has 99% of the people of each party voting the same. How can that even be considered representing your constituents?

I know I talk about RedAmerica and BlueAmerica as if the people in those States are much different.  But in reality, most States have about a 60% – 40% (or 40 – 60) split between conservatives and progressives, so in some ways each State had both RedAmerica and BlueAmerica within their borders. The exception to that might be the Deep South who has still never forgiven the Democrats for civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Closing out this rambling post, I think Maine has it right when it comes to their politics. I have to spend more time in the State to get to know them better.

 

The Republican tax plan is fiscal heroin

I think that at one time or another almost all of us have faced an addiction. For me, it was cigarettes and coffee.  I couldn’t get through an hour, let alone a day without my fix. Thank heavens I finally shed those addictions more than 30 years ago. But still once in a while, my brain still wants a fix.

That is kind of like what it is about when someone offers us a quick tax cut.  Here is an extended quote about that.  I would highly recommend that you click on the link below to see the whole article.

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The Republican tax plan is fiscal heroin: it feels great now and will wreak havoc in the future. The Committee for a Responsible Budget, a bipartisan budget watchdog group, says the current proposal would cost the federal government between $3 and $7 trillion in lost revenue over a decade and that “no plausible amount of economic growth would be able to pay for a substantial portion of the tax plan, let alone reduce deficits.”

America’s debt is already on an unsustainable trajectory. Even before the Republican tax proposal, the nation’s borrowing was projected to grow to the highest level relative to GDP in history. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned in a report earlier this year: “The prospect of such large and growing debt poses substantial risks for the nation and presents policymakers with significant challenges.”

Remember, that was before the Republicans floated their wildly irresponsible tax plan.

The best way to get out of our fiscal hole would be to stop digging. The Republican tax plan would lower a backhoe into our current fiscal crevasse to begin digging faster and deeper.

Remarkably, the Democrats are opposing the tax bill not because it would be fiscally disastrous, but because it is too generous to the wealthy. The current Democratic commentary suggests that the tax cuts—which will have to be paid back in some way by future generations—would be just fine if they were tilted more towards working people.

Source:  The Republican Tax Plan is Fiscal Heroin

A Centrist Position??

Let’s get a political post in today without talking about the Oval Office occupant.  It was interesting to see the two Republican Senators who gave an impassioned speeches about these current times.  Their words reminded me of the McCarthy years in the 1950s.  I was just beginning to get my political legs then so couldn’t understand the obvious witch hunt that was going on by one Wisconsin Senator. But even more so, I couldn’t understand why so many of his party in congress didn’t speak up against that travesty.

Having to answer to your children and grandchildren why you didn’t stand for your principles in the face of such ugliness is a critical point in that fiasco and the one currently taking place. I have admitted here that while I am an avid social progressive I am also a fiscal conservative so I have never pledged my total allegiance to either political party. To me, there have always been good things in both organizations.  That is, until recently where the GOP is going off the rails to to speak with a very radical right agenda. It is pure spite to make it your goal to undo EVERYTHING your predecessor has done. Pure Hateful Spite…

Disliking the current Republican stands does not engender me more to the Democratic party, instead it caused me to go more and more into the “independent” mode. Both established parties have lost their principles and their focus on doing the people’s business.  One party has become about exclusion with the other wants to appease EVERYONE.  Neither of these new stands are appealing to me. So, what is the answer? I think it just might be a new group made up of moderates from both parties.

2017-10-29_09-50-31.pngIt’s a shame that good Senators like Senator Flake, and Senator Corker were driven from their party due to its swing to the  hateful isolationist exclusion mode.  The Republican base has moved so far to the right to deny them another term so the answer might just be to look for a more moderate base. That seems to be the current Centrist Project.

I have been following this group for almost year now and have contributed to their efforts.  We as a country need desperately to move beyond the extreme partisan politics of today.  We need to be driven by principled agendas that keep the focus on what is beneficial to the whole country.  I would love to find a party that contain branches of  both social liberalism and fiscal conservatism but not totally focused on either.

Click on the graphic above to see what The Centrist Project are about. You just might find them to be at least a partial solution to the problems of the country.  It is likely that the Centrist movement if it is successful will replace one of the political parties and to me it is uncertain which that will be. But something has to change or we just might not otherwise survive.  When your party abandons its core principles it is time for you to abandon your party.