2006
07.16

Reading this restores my belief in the American people to recognize when a change in leadership needs to be made. Unfortunately, we are stuck with Shrub for 2 1/2 more years.

The real engine of policy, Congress, can be changed in 4 months, and it is definitely in need of a makeover.

From personal experience, I can tell you that the Republican-controlled Congress would rather pass bills to increase their own salaries than investigate raising minimum wage (which hasn’t been raised in 12 years).

They would rather drill off the coast of Florida for oil and take the chance of destroying the most popular tourist area in the world than spend money developing alternative fuels.

They would rather rally behind efforts to ban the burning of the American flag and ban gay marriage, both of which are simply rhetoric in an effort to mobilize their political base, than deal with the real domestic issues (fuel prices, health care, immigration).

The fact is, there have been no efforts to manage the price of fuel or investigate how the oil companies have been pulling in record profits while maintaining that the price of fuel “is set by the market.”

Republicans try to hang their hat on their Medicare prescription drug coverage reform, but that has done nothing but confuse seniors and line the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies. True health care reform is still needed to help over 40 million Americans (many of them children) who have no coverage.

Then there’s immigration. Regardless of which side of the fence you may be on (no pun intended), most are in agreement that something needs to be done, and to this point, no comprehensive reform legislation has been passed.

I’m not saying that Democrats are going to save the world. The problems we have are going to take a long time to fix, but it’s obvious that those currently in power are in no rush to get started.

What we need is fresh leadership and a new, pro-active strategy at tackling these concerns. Is your congressman truly representing you and what you feel needs to be done?

I challenge you to learn more about your congressman, as well as his/her opponent in the upcoming election, and make an educated vote on November 7.

  1. No comprehensive legislation has been done for immigration? Have you heard about the 150 thousand National Guard troops President Bush wanted to send to protect the borders (that Governor Schwarzeneggar said no to)?

    His amnesty with effort program is a farce, but he’s made motions to show something needs to be done. And as far as there being no reform legislation being passed, what about decent reform legislation being WRITTEN?

    Besides, nothing gets passed without hidden line item additions or vetos anymore, and nobody wants to tackle anything in this matter because some Democrat or Republican tries to sneak in their own personal agenda in the package.

    I think we should be a dictatorship, or at least a monarchy. With dukes and earls and lords, and even court jesters.

  2. Provided I can be the dictator, I am cool with this.

    Or the jester.

  3. … and this is why more people need to start voting for a 3rd party …

  4. why even have parties? its just another way for people to not get along. When people ask if im a dem or repub i tell them im neither then laugh in their face for being a lemming

  5. John on July 16, 2006 at 1:08 am said:

    No comprehensive legislation has been done for immigration? Have you heard about the 150 thousand National Guard troops President Bush wanted to send to protect the borders (that Governor Schwarzeneggar said no to)?

    This was not legislation passed by the Congress. This deployment was ordered by the President, as he has the power to deploy troops without the approval of Congress. Technically, under the War Powers Act of 1973, the President is allowed to deploy troops anywhere in the world without approval and has 90 days after introducing troops into hostilities to obtain congressional approval of that action. That would not apply in this case, however, since the guard troops are not being used in combat, they are being used in a “support” role to assist the border control.

    Therefore, approval from Congress will not be needed to have these troops deployed. The only involvement Congress will ever have in this will be to approve approprations for funding this mission, and you can bet that will go through the House quickly, because any congressman who votes no to funding the effort, regardless of party, will be a target in the next election.

    So, Congress has nothing to do with this effort. Don’t give credit when it isn’t due.

  6. becca on July 16, 2006 at 1:46 am said:

    … and this is why more people need to start voting for a 3rd party …

    I completely agree, but a third party needs to be started from the ground up. A presidential candidate would accomplish nothing, because even if he/she were to miraculously win, a republican- or democrat-controlled Congress would gridlock any attempts by the 3rd party President to pass his/her agenda. If a 3rd party can start producing viable candidates for Congress and gain seats in the House and eventually the Senate, there is a chance for it to successful. Especially in the House, which is so close to even now. If both the Dems and GOP had 210 seats and the 3rd party had the other 15, its a small amount of seats, but vital in getting any bills through, so they would have some political power.

  7. TGO on July 16, 2006 at 2:51 am said:

    why even have parties? its just another way for people to not get along. When people ask if im a dem or repub i tell them im neither then laugh in their face for being a lemming

    George Washington didn’t want parties, and thats why parties weren’t written into the constitution. I agree that it fragments the nation, but most political systems have parties, and having them in most systems helps to define what a group of people supports. It only doesnt work well in our country because the system has grown to not allow 3rd party competition. If that were to change, the system would work a lot better for the averager American and would likely get more done in government.

  8. I hate politics

  9. John on July 16, 2006 at 1:08 am said:

    His amnesty with effort program is a farce, but he’s made motions to show something needs to be done. And as far as there being no reform legislation being passed, what about decent reform legislation being WRITTEN?

    Reform legislation has been written, by both parties. It has been stalled in committee because the few in power choose not to address it. The way the committee system is set up, since the GOP chairs each committee, if they don’t want something to go to the floor to vote, they can put it on hold and let it sit in committee as long as they want.

    Besides, nothing gets passed without hidden line item additions or vetos anymore, and nobody wants to tackle anything in this matter because some Democrat or Republican tries to sneak in their own personal agenda in the package.

    The line item veto is not a presidential power. Bush, along with many past presidents, would love to have that power (since all 50 governors have it), but he can not pick and choose what parts of legislation become law. He does have veto power, but has not used it as much recently, as most important bills that have gone through the House and Senate were proposed by his own party (since thats all the House and Senate will pass). Pork barrel politics is part of our legislative process. Both parties are guilty of it, and yes, it does slow down the process some, but it has been rare (i believe only once or twice) that Bush has vetoed bills for this reason.

  10. Crys on July 16, 2006 at 9:15 am said:

    I hate politics

    Good, politics hates you too.

  11. We already have a monarchy.. GHB, GWB and Jeb as the Jester…

  12. So Dave, do you think Democrats would be more expedient with resolving the issues that you’ve stated without having any biased agendas?

    Also, do you personally have any ideas or solutions for these issues? If not, then all you’re doing is complaining… and that’s what Democrats do best when it’s their turn to sit on the sidelines.

  13. R&C’s Dildo on July 16, 2006 at 12:36 pm said:

    So Dave, do you think Democrats would be more expedient with resolving the issues that you’ve stated without having any biased agendas?

    Also, do you personally have any ideas or solutions for these issues? If not, then all you’re doing is complaining… and that’s what Democrats do best when it’s their turn to sit on the sidelines.

    I do think Democrats have viable ideas for resolving many of these issues. The problem is, many of these bills and amendments are blocked in committees or voted down on the floor on a partisan line because the Republican-controlled Congress is not concerned with actually making change, but rather passing legislation that makes them look good in their district for November. Last time I checked, the religious right and the filthy rich do not make up 51% of the population, so it is not the business of this Congress to make change that affects the majority.

    I do have ideas for how to solve many of these issues, and through my work on Capitol Hill, I plan to do what I can to make those ideas a reality. Since every idea I have is likely to be shot down by your partisan attitude, I won’t bother wasting my breath explaining them to you.

    And relating to your snide comment, Republicans did the same thing when they were the minority. The role of the minority in any democracy is to bring about a viable opposing view, because while the majority may be in power, they are not always right and do not always represent the will of the people. Recent polls prove that this Congress does not represent the will of the people, so there will be change in November.

  14. kathy on July 16, 2006 at 11:41 am said:

    We already have a monarchy.. GHB, GWB and Jeb as the Jester…

    LOL Amen to that. I pray Jeb never makes a run for the White House, but I wouldnt put it past him.

  15. Republicans just need to start getting mandatory blowjobs before making any big decisions. It seems to really work on the Democrats for the most part.

  16. Dave on July 16, 2006 at 1:10 pm said:

    LOL Amen to that. I pray Jeb never makes a run for the White House, but I wouldnt put it past him.

    No one would ever vote for him. They would vote for Hillary Clinton first and lets face it, she doesn’t have a snowballs chance in hell.

  17. Erin on July 16, 2006 at 1:51 pm said:

    Republicans just need to start getting mandatory blowjobs before making any big decisions. It seems to really work on the Democrats for the most part.

    if you offered your serves you’d kill off all the republicans.

  18. TGO on July 16, 2006 at 6:42 pm said:

    if you offered your serves you’d kill off all the republicans.

    You saying you can do a better job? *wink*

  19. John on July 16, 2006 at 8:30 pm said:

    You saying you can do a better job? *wink*

    if they were all women yeah.

  20. hey I didnt even read the blog but what up i think im going to fix up my half of the dead end

  21. Dave on July 16, 2006 at 1:09 pm said:

    Since every idea I have is likely to be shot down by your partisan attitude, I won’t bother wasting my breath explaining them to you.

    Whoa, make room! Large side-step *whooooooosh* =)

    Seriously, what are your ideas or solutions for these issues? Otherwise, why make a political post and avoid answering a question?

  22. R&C’s Dildo on July 17, 2006 at 5:52 am said:

    Whoa, make room! Large side-step *whooooooosh* =)

    Seriously, what are your ideas or solutions for these issues? Otherwise, why make a political post and avoid answering a question?

    Befcause then it wouldn’t be political?

  23. Come on John!! damn….. such a killjoy.

  24. R&C’s Dildo on July 17, 2006 at 5:52 am said:

    Whoa, make room! Large side-step *whooooooosh* =)

    Seriously, what are your ideas or solutions for these issues? Otherwise, why make a political post and avoid answering a question?

    In terms of immigration, building a 2000 mile wall is not feasible and not cost-effective, especially considering how far into debt this country is already. a comprehensive reform of the immigration system must be enacted, targeting a significant increase in the numbers and scope of the border patrol, technology to assist law enforcement in tracking illegals and those helping them cross the border, and making the immigration process more streamlined to allow more people to enter the US legally in a reasonable amount of time. Also, the incentive for illegals to cross the border must be eliminated, meaning businesses that take advantage of this labor must be penalized. the money they are saving on illegal labor will not matter much when they are paying that difference in fines to the government, and eliminating. businesses that repeatedly break this law should be subject to seizure by the government, just as any business would for failing to pay taxes or other illegal acts.

    In terms of social security, a few prominent democrats have already proposed a viable plan, and I am completely in support of this plan. A simple 6% tax for all taxable earned income over $90,000 (3% paid by the employee, 3% by the employer) would allow for complete refunding of the program and keep it fully solvent well beyond the projected date of insolvency, 2052. this assures that our generation benefits the same way that our parents are, and makes a problem of insolvency much less likely for our children’s generation.

    In regards to the energy crisis, drilling off of the coast of Florida or in the ANWAR reserve in Alaska is nothing but a stalling tactic for dealing with the real problem. People tend to forget that carbon-based fossil fuels WILL run out eventually, so now is the time to invest in alternative fuels that not only will remove our need to depend on other countries for our energy supply, but will also help us slow the environmental impact the use of these fuels are having on our planet. The process of change is slow, but now is the time to start investing in these alternative fuels. Along with that, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce should be investigating the nature of the profits the major oil companies are pulling in and how the price of oil is set. This will not happen, however, as long as Congress is controlled by Republicans.

    I have many more ideas on many more issues, both domestic and international, but my purpose here is to incite debate and discussion to make people think about the issues. No one person has all of the answers, and I don’t claim to have them. I do want people to make efforts to bring about reform, however, and those in power right now are not doing so. If you disagree with that, you’re looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.

  25. I like the idea of simply “buying Mexico”. Consider the advantages: Mexicans would not flood through the former borders to come into the US because, hey, you’re already here! We could dispatch Republican-controlled big businesses down there to do what they do best – flog the planet of its natural resources and create effective – if not environmentally-healthy – manufacturing and processing facilities. We’d never have to cringe the next time we read a label that says “Made in Mexico”, because we’d know those pesos are staying right here in Los Estados Unidos!

    On another note, there will never be a viable third party. Why? Because if there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it’s that they don’t want a third party cropping up, siphoning off votes, destroying their electorate. Sure, most Americans – if they took four seconds to consider it – would probably more agree with the ideals of a party such as the Libertarians, who use reason and logic and the ideals of, get this, FREEDOM to mould their policies. But we don’t, because apparently we’re idiots, satisfied with letting the planet fall to shit, comfortable cuddling in tbe safe, warm bosom of Big Brother, while he reads our emails and listens to our phone calls and urinates on Due Process. “Bill of ‘Rights’? We don’t need no dang stinkin’ rights, as long as Machmad Asad don’t blow up the daggum trailer!”

    Or maybe we’re smart, because we know our votes don’t matter. Our votes didn’t matter in 2000 when Al Gore received half a million more votes than George W. Bush. Plenty of votes didn’t matter in Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000 and God knows where else. No Republican vote in my home state of Illinois matters in the presidential election, because the POTUS isn’t elected by a popular vote.

    He’s elected by an unpopular one.

  26. Very well worded Dave. But I’ve heard these ideas & potential solutions before. I want to know YOUR personal ideas or solutions. Not what you agree with from someone else. Take what you said about technology for law enforcement. There’s already technology that does exactly what you mentioned (about tracking illegals and those that help them). What type of technology would you suggest? Also, you’re corrrect about going deeper in debt, but what else can we do besides imposing more taxes on US citizens? Has anyone ever thought about the US ‘trade’ deficit? This is definitely a contributor to the US ‘account’ deficit (what most people refer to when talking about our debt). Why not reform our foreign trade policy so we can generate more revenue for our country by selling more and spending less!! (export vs import). I would love to see either party adopt this idea!!

    I think inciting readers to “think” is great. Provoking them with your own ideas or solutions is even better!! =)

  27. yea but allowing them to enter legally amounts to giving them amnesty. which they don’t deserve they should enter legally in the first place like the thousands of others who are waiting.
    Just what we need, more law breakers in this country.