Posted by TopOfTheThread on February 26, 2012
The U.S. political system is inherently setting up for the government failure. Why?
How do we select candidates?
There are primaries and caucuses. Candidates spend their time and money campaigning to win these events.
Who votes in the primaries and caucuses?
Typically, the people voting have very strong political opinions. They are quite often “the extreme right” and “the extreme left”. As a result, we end up with candidates such as Incumbent President Obama (extreme left), perhaps Santorum (extreme right), and perhaps Gingrich (extreme right).
Who are “We The People?”
The majority of the general public considers themselves Independent, Republican or Democrat. Let’s refer to the majority of the country as “We The People”. “We The People”, in general, are open-minded to listening to logical ideas; ideas that fit the current situation and environment.
Remember, “We The People” are not the typical people voting in a primary or caucus.“We The People” hear a concept and determine if it makes sense to them. “We The People” don’t automatically label the idea a republican or democratic idea. “We The People” think of ideas in terms like
- Does this make sense?
- How would this affect me?
- Is it good for the country?
What happens after the candidate gets the nomination?
The candidate’s party consolidates behind the candidate for fundraising and strategic purposes.
They, this political organization, know (a) they needed the votes of the “extreme right or left” to get the nomination, but (b) now they need to win over “We The People” to win the general election. In other words, they now need to give the appearance of being somewhat moderate to win the votes of “We The People” .
And, as we all know, they also need to posture and lobby big spenders to contribute to their campaigns. Wall Street. CEOs. Big business. The top 1%.
So what happens after the win the general election?
We now have another President or Congressman whose TRUE views are Liberal (extreme Left) or Conservative (extreme Right).
They put their extreme political views before what is best for the country.
They are so extreme and closed-minded, they won’t agree with any ideas backed by “the other side of the aisle”. And nothing gets accomplished.
And here we are… Again!
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 28, 2012
My friend KRS posted a great image on fb…. (I hope you don’t mind I borrowed it.) Love it! The people commenting on her wall spurred some thought…
Change is painful. You may say the USA has been experiencing change since 2007-2008. Perhaps it’s permanent? Who knows?
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Let’s clarify something right here. REVENUE = TAXES.
Replacing the word TAXES with the word REVENUE is a brilliant marketing spin created by the Obama Administration . It is still TAXES. . We are still paying these TAXES. And the government is still wasting our TAXES. And we all know there is a tremendous amount of waste in spending our TAXES.
And by trying to increase TAXES (or as people drinking their “Kool Aid” say Revenue) it’s wasting even more TAX money.
The government is broken. Can it be made any simpler? Would you keep pouring water into a cracked bottle? “… Oh let’s compromise… let’s only pour less water into the cracked bottle…” The bottle is still leaking and we are still wasting water!
It’s painful but it is time to stop “kicking the can down the road” and not getting anything accomplished. The government collects plenty of TAXES. We are spending more than we bring in.
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I love it when the average citizen, drinks the Washington DC Kool Aid, and makes a reference about compromise.
The Obama Administration has been given the positive-media-created-label that they have “reached across the aisle” and “have been willing to compromise”. This is strictly media spin. And when you, the average citizen, hears something 10, 20, or 100 times, you start believing it.
This is a common format for President Obama reaching across the aisle:
- Obama: The drink for the meeting will be Hot Chocolate.
- Republican: We are allergic to chocolate so we disagree.
- Obama: In that case we shall have Hot Cocoa.
- Republican: Hot Cocoa is also chocolate so we disagree with Hot Cocoa.
- Obama: OK. In that case we shall have Swiss Miss.
- Republican: Swiss Miss is also chocolate so we disagree with Swiss Miss.
And then the Political Machine spreads the news that they have “reached across the aisle” and the other side is “unwilling to compromise”.
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The Tea Party. Domestic terrorists? You may hate them. You may say they are too extreme. I personally do not agree with them, but I respect their willingness to be the bad guys to achieve the common good.
Look closer at what they did. They were the only “group” willing to take a stand for change.
When The Tea Party wouldn’t blindly raise the debt ceiling and insisted on budget cuts, they were doing the right thing. Everyone hated them. The media made them out to be villains. But they were the only ones not allowing Washington to “kick the can down the road” and continue on our path to bankruptcy. Think about it.
Change is painful. Often there needs to be a “bad guy” to get things done.
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I have to go now. We are contesting our PROPERTY REVENUE, and I need to complete the paperwork…
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 13, 2011
This week, President Obama’s team leaked their Mitt Romney Strategy to the press.
From Politico — Obama plan: Destroy Romney
Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee. More.
…portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”….
…the Republican’s personal awkwardness will turn off voters….
.. The second aspect of the campaign to define Romney is his record as CEO of Bain Capital
, a venture capital firm that was responsible for both creating and eliminating jobs…. More.
Examples of the “targets” are Romney being weird, an incident with his dog on the roof of the car, dressing in tight jeans, etc..
They will also portray him as a flip-flopper using the example of Healthcare in Massachusetts.
Mr. Romney should thank President Obama’s team for all the constructive criticism. Stay with me..
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Let’s take a look at Eminem’s battle strategy in 8 Mile. Eminem is in a rap contest and he knows his opponent is going to rip him for being white trash, living in a trailer park, having a dunk mother, having a cheating girlfriend, and other obvious items.
What does he do? He discloses these negatives about himself and beats the opponent to the punch. When it is the opponent’s turn, he has nothing to say. Take a minute and watch the video.
So Mitt Romney should beat the Obama team to the punch…
Here’s a sample presentation or monologue for Mr. Romney:
President Obama and his team are trying to divert the attention from the poor job he as done as President Of The United States. They are planning on avoiding serious topics such as unemployment, the historically low bond rating of the USA, and our deficit.
- I know I am not perfect. I imagine you all realize you are not perfect. No human being is perfect.
- I have on occasion dressed in a manner you may feel is weird. Yes have I have worn those skinny jeans. So?
- I made a mistake putting my dog’s crate on the roof of my car. Yes it was a mistake and I would not do it again. Fortunately the dog is fine.
- I have been the CEO of a very profitable company. I have created jobs as well as eliminated jobs. Creating jobs is great. I also needed to eliminate jobs to run the business. That was my job. Tough decisions are necessary running a business as well as running a country. Unlike President Obama, I have a documented track record of having the ability to create jobs. When I am President, it will be my job to create jobs. I will create jobs.
- I have implemented a universal healthcare program in Massachusetts. As governor of Massachusetts, at that time, it was the right thing to do for the people of the state. Please keep in mind that decisions are made based upon the audience affected and the timing. At that time it was the correct decision. And just because it made sense to implement it in Massachusetts, doesn’t mean it would have made sense to implement it in New York, Texas, Kansas, or other states. Regarding timing… Sometimes the Fed will raise rates and other times lower rates. Decisions are based upon timing and the current environment. This is not flip-flopping.
Now that all those irrelevant distractions are out in the open, let’s get down to the issues we need to improve the direction of our country.
President Obama, what are your specific plans for the country? You have been in office for 3 years. There are no signs of job growth. The deficit is over $14 trillion. And for the first time in history, the bond rating of the USA has been lowered.
This is what the people want to hear. You can talk all you want about my skinny jeans and awkwardness, but you are avoiding the subject — you have not done your job.
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 9, 2011
Remember Charles Grodin in Dave? Take a quick watch.
How can that clip be more relevant?
The way the President and Congress are running the country, it’s amazing we’re in business…
Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending….
The only person who can get away with that is Paris Hilton. (Just insert “Raise my allowance” where it says “Raise the ceiling”.)
Perhaps President Obama should bring in Charles Grodin to help with the budget.
It’s a good thing we are not a part of a common currency, like the Euro. If we were, we wouldn’t have the ability to print more money… the answer to everything!
- So we’re contemplating raising the ceiling.
- Unemployment is at 9.2%. Under-employment must bring that number up to an estimated 17%
- We are spending billions of dollars fighting wars all over the world. (Libya? Libya?)
- And we are still sending billions of dollars of aid to countries all over the world. How about we tell all these countries that we are only giving them 50% of the aid we had previously given to them. Let’s apply that saved money domestically and help ourselves!
- And President Obama is now focused on his reelection campaign!
What happened to this great country of ours? The left is far left. The right is far right. All they care about is keeping their jobs and getting re-elected.
It’s a shame.
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 7, 2010
I’m glad I am not taking the SAT’s in the near future because I would have a problem with the definitions of certain words.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly told voters that the health care overhaul would take place in a public forum, most notably on C-SPAN …
In a video montage posted on Breitbart.tv, Obama is seen promising voters — on eight different occasions — that the health care debate would be transparent.
According to thefreedictionary.com…
adj. — frank, open, direct, straight, straightforward, candid, forthright, unequivocal, unambiguous, plain-spoken striving to establish a transparent parliamentary democracy frank
Ant — mysterious, vague, unclear, ambiguous, deceptive, disingenuous
Unless there is a new definition of transparent / transparency, there is no transparency taking place during the health care reform process.
Now The House and The Senate are getting together behind closed doors trying to push through health care reform. C-Span has requested to broadcast the meetings. It appears the administration is denying C-Span the opportunity to broadcast the meetings.
Why the lack of transparency? They already seem to have the votes, so what is the problem?
Hopefully whatever is passed will help the country. Seriously, what is the problem letting us see these meetings? It was promised to us during the campaign on many occasions.
You are making it into a bigger issue (than it is) by denying C-Span the opportunity to broadcast the proceedings.
Click to see campaign promises of Transparency
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 31, 2009
Please take a look at my previous suggestion on Health Care Reform. <click>
Simple. Right to the point. Doesn’t increase government intervention. Should put us in the right directon and we can add more ideas later (if necessary).
We do need something done in healthcare. And it should not matter if it comes from Republicans, Democrats, Independents, or “Martians” … if it makes sense let’s try it.
Here is an excerpt from ideas of John Boehner… (source)
- Number one: let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.
- Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.
- Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.
- Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it’s good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.
This sounds very similar to my previous suggestions.
Why would anyone not consider this?
Why are we looking to make massive changes before trying small changes?
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 4, 2008
(Yes, I know everyone should vote… everyone’s vote counts,… etc…)
I live in New York. I vote in New York. New York votes Democrat (with or without me). ...So if I vote for Obama, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes go to Obama. If I vote for McCain, well, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes still go to Obama.
Let’s get everyone voting. Let everyone feel their vote counted; Every last vote mattered.
Here’s the new plan…
- If a candidate gets 57% or more of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 100% of the state’s electoral votes.
- If a candidate gets less than 57% of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 80% of the state’s electoral votes.
This plan will (a) have states without a dominant preference, contributing 80% of its electoral votes to the candidate and 20% to the other candidate, and (b) states with dominant preferences (greater than 57%) will have all of their electoral votes given to the candidate.
From a psychological perspective, let’s look at my situation of living in New York. (In each scenario I realize NY is an Obama state.)
- Scenario (a): If I plan on voting for Obama, I rush out and vote hoping to contribute to New York awarding 100% of the electoral votes to Obama.
- Scenario (b): If I plan on voting for McCain, I rush out and vote hoping that I can contribute to New York only contributing 80% of the electoral votes to Obama. (and 20% to McCain).
Hypothetically, if Obama gets 55% of the NY popular vote, he would get 24.8 electoral votes and McCain would get 6.2 votes. (Yes, we need to account for fractions and the point there is more than 2 candidates… plus other details.)
Interesting idea? This plan keeps the electoral college process in place but also accounts for the popular vote. It also has everyone feeling their vote does count.
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 31, 2008
Obama is the better presidential candidate but we simply cannot afford to ignore checks and balances.
We are in a critical time in the world – not just the USA.
We cannot afford to have a Democratic Congress AND Democratic President. It is not the time to start pushing through legislation. We need to seriously contemplate next moves and all signs are there that legislation is already being teed-up to slide through…
Even before Obama is elected, the talk is that Obama and Congress are already cutting the defense budget by 25%. The cut may be the right move but it needs to be discussed and debated.
If Obama wins it may be the end of debate on important issues.
For background and more info, click here.
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 23, 2008
Here is a new definition that should be used throughout politics (and anywhere else appropriate):
The Wright Stuff * or * The Wright Thing: To run from, avoid, distance onself from a person or item that may hurt you. Related to Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s relationship to Barack Obama. Ex: A political candidate who is endorsed or befriended by someone who may hurt their campaign. Usage(1): The Democrats’ strategy should be to do The Wright Stuff. Usage(2): When McCain refused the endorsement, he was doing The Wright Thing.
The Wright Stuff (c) Copyright 2008 TopOfTheThread.com and MarkA.
The Wright Thing (c) Copyright 2008 TopOfTheThread.com and MarkA.
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