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So I was recently told that I was not being pragmatic. It was on Twitter so take that for what its worth I guess.
I finally, after a lot of deliberation and soul searching, picked my candidate for 2016. I have no delusions that he has a hope in hell, but the fact is I am tired of choosing between a turd sandwich and a turd taco. Pragmatism is what has got us in to this mess of choosing between a criminal, possible negligent homicidal murderer and a loudmouthed blow hard buffoon.
That’s not a choice. It’s Blackmail. “Pick one of these or else.”
That is not how a system of government is to operate. It’s non tenable. It is also not solutioning, as more and more people are not being represented by those two parties due to differing social constructs and beliefs as we become more of a melting pot.
I firmly believe that part of our current tensions is due to this lack of or misrepresentation by elected officials. Further the lack of accountability to elected officials for their own actions has become a Ruling Class type perception. That is also a non-tenable long term aspect.
Its due these issues that I am voting for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.
True they may not win. True they are a virtually unknown, thanks largely to the media who is giving them limited air time (albeit more than they usually get).
But I have to vote for the direction I feel the country actually needs to go to. I have to vote for what I feel is the right thing…not the Least Bad thing…for us to do. I have to vote my conscious.
I have been pragmatic since I became a registered voter, with the exception of my first vote where I voted for Stephen Forbes as I believed his system was right. Its time to reclaim a little piece of me, and maybe just maybe bring some sanity back. It’s time to vote for whats right not pragmatic.
It’s time for real change, not a milk carton slogan.
So why aren’t I blogging more?
Well, honestly I’m fed up. I’m tired. I’m worn out.
With the knowledge that the Federal government is looking to do the largest land grab regulation since the aquisition of Alaska, I’m forced to ask some hard questions. Especially since it directly affects me
Is this the Union for which five generations of my family including myself, went to the Army for?
The answer is decidedly no.
The country we joined the service for did not use drones or spy on its citizens, and certainly not for profit. Something that the British citizenry are rapidly begining to dislike in their own country.
The country we served, did not lambast religious education systems of any form, especially while its own education system is continually outperformed by that same criticized system daily.
The country we served did not violate the rights of a land owner….something that I thought we straightened out in 1776, but apparently some folks have forgotten.
The country we served, encouraged people to earn their way, to make something of themselves, and to work for success not create a leach class that sucks the financial ability from all of the others. You earn it.
The country we served, did not allow others to determine thehealth care one got. It was up to the individual. You got what you could pay for. It wasn’t given. You earn it. Like everything else.
The country we served allowed anyone to go to college, provided you earned it. Not cut funding for college for soldiers who have been fighting, dying and getting injured to earn their degree versus sneaking across a border, illegally at night.
The country we served did not reward criminals, or those who knowingly broke the law.
In short I don’t know this country any more.
And I’m not sure I like it anymore either.
But sadly until folks decide to do more than “Like” a silly status on Facebook, it’s all just words.
The American people have become lazy. Sloven even. With no desire to change anything. The antipathy is a cancerous disease of self preservation that prevents any action by anybody. Instead we stand like lemmings in the room each staring at the other wondering who will make the first move.
Meanwhile the bulldozer just keeps coming.
The fact is, we embarass our forefather. We have shamed them. We are willing to let everything go, just so we can have our highspeed internet and high definition television programming. We are willing to subjugate, so that we can get a government check, a government benefit, a government handout because of all the things we could fear, the country that put a man on the moon….suddenly fears work.
Sadly, I fear this ideaology may be right….at least to some poor bastard.
We have politically corrected ourself in to oblivion. We can’t accept an apology and move on with our lives. We have to have blood for some social injustice while our government trashed our other social rights behind our backs.
We have become a nation of television, sound byte fed attention defecit children with no desire or care for the larger picture if it doesn’t meet some latest fad thats been identified as Good for the Children ™.
And frankly, it all makes me want to vomit.
So will I be blogging with any regularity?
Possibly. Maybe. Doubtful.
But I moved into the boondocks for peace and quiet.
I don’t intend to be spied on by a government that I once worked for under some silly notion of “Greater Good.”
Do your damn job more effeciently and stop passing laws to make it harder to put the bad guys behind bars or in the ground. Novel concept. The fact that Nidal Hasan is still breathing air in the same time zone I am is proof enough that this country has lost its marbles, and its balls.
But thats too hard. Its much easier to pass the buck than it is to be responsible. Everyones worried about some bullshit legacy or history book consideration. Everyone ants to be a star.
And nobody wants to do their fucking job.
I know this because I, in turn, received a scathing E-mail from Mr Lager about those damn “unfactual bloggers”.
I’m not surprised. She’s good at that sort of thing and I have a lot of respect for her. I’m also not surprised at getting E-mails from a campaign that I A) am not following B) didn’t ask to receive E-mails from and C) have not even the remotest interest in the candidate in question.
I’ve been rooting for Pete Kinder ever since he forked over his own money to fight the healthcare law. That takes balls in my book, and his stance on illegal immigration is well known in these parts. Besides that, frankly I’d take Barney the Purple Dragon over Claire McCaskill.
I will openly admit to knowing very little about Brad Lager and frankly what I do know I don’t care for. Don’t take anything I say at value. I am a “nonfactual blogger” according to Mr. Lager.
Go view his voting record yourself.
My pet peeve? In 2006 Lager voted against restricting the use of Eminent Domain.
And then he voted to expand it’s use to take help the government take our properties away from us.
He voted to expand abortion laws.
He voted to keep criminals out of prison.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. It’s all right there in black and white.
Just remember I’m not factual, and neither are any other bloggers out here. For the record, while Kinder isn’t spotless his record is much more solidly in my decision process frankly.
Frankly I didn’t have a dog in this hunt, and haven’t written one whit about it until i saw that “unfactual blogger” bit. It really torques my jaws when I see these silly half-assed lawyers degrade folks who are at the fore front of grass root operations.
You can see our retort to Mr Lager and his fine staff after the jump.
Pretty are they not?
A spectacular show those whom have not experienced the horrors of war. A simulation of the explosions, the roar, and the crackle of fire in the night. But Stinger missiles do not blast in shades of red white and blue, and phosphorus is a white that is blindingly bright that almost burns the eyes while it lights the night sky.
What have we become?
What have we done?
“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”
― Albert Einstein
Our regular contribution From Missouri State Representative David Sater
Special session, when will it end? It could last until November 15th, 2011, but it should not. As I mentioned in a previous report, it is costing you around $25 thousand dollars a day for us to be in session.
Two weeks ago, the Senate and House passed two pieces of legislation. The Missouri Science and Reinvestment Act encourages investments in science and technology companies in Missouri. We repealed a provision of a new law that prohibits teachers from using sites such as Facebook to privately message students. The Legislature and the Governor thought this was a good idea, at the time, but freedom of speech was a concern. Our mission in this law was to keep our school children safe from teachers that acted badly. The Governor will sign both of these bills.
Last week we met for a few days to discuss an economic bill. We were in caucus last Wednesday to see if there was enough support for the bill. I try and keep in good contact with my senator, Jack Goodman, and three other senators in Southwest Missouri. They told me before caucus that our bill in the House was dead on arrival and they would not endorse it. In caucus, I mentioned that since the bill we were discussing would probably not go anywhere, it sure took away from some good crappie fishing. It got a laugh, but the point was made. House leadership is still insistent we pass the bill and send it to the Senate.
The key pieces of this bill are incentives to attract new businesses and jobs in Missouri. I still believe that government should not be in the business of creating jobs, the private sector does a much better job. Anyway, this bill would offer tax incentives to attract amateur sporting events in Missouri and encourage the creation of data storage centers. The bill would also create the Missouri Export Act, which creates incentives for exporting Missouri products – such as pork products. The bill would provide funding for job training and create a fund to both retain companies that are considering leaving Missouri and attract businesses that are looking for a new location. An amendment added to the bill on the House floor would reduce Missouri`s corporate income tax from 6.25 percent to 5.5 percent. The tax would be offset by savings generated by reforms to existing tax credit programs. We decreased the Historical Preservation Tax Credit by $28 million per year, decreased the RemediationTax Credit per year (Brownfield Redevelopment Program) by $17.5 million, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $32 million dollars. We also kept a no sunset condition, which means it continues without reauthorization, on the Historical and Low Income Tax Credits. We took off the sunset, which is usually 4 or 5 years, on the Food Pantry and Pregnancy Resource Tax Credits. In the bill, there was also a provision that the Legislature would review any tax credit program by September 1st of the calendar year prior to the sunset of the program to analyze the effectiveness of the program and to see if the money we are giving these programs is worthwhile.
I was able to get one amendment through on the House floor. There is a new tax credit program for the Development Disability Care Providers which was in this legislation. I noticed that it did not have a cap on the amount to be given out. I added an amendment to cap the tax credits $5 million dollars per year. According to my conversations with leadership, this was an omission and they welcomed the amendment.
As mentioned, probably all of this could of waited another three months for the regular session that starts the first of January. But this was the Governor’s call and by law we have to attend.
The Governor will be in Springfield at Missouri State University on October 14 for a ceremony that celebrates the start of a UMKC-Missouri State Pharmacy Program at Missouri State. They will be able to graduate 25 to 30 students from Missouri State with a degree in Pharmacy. This will help southwest Missouri in the shortage of pharmacists. I have been invited to attend because I placed the money in the budget for the program this year. I attempted it in 2010 and it did not stay, but this year there was enough support to keep it in the budget.
Hopefully this will give you an explanation of the legislative process. If you have any questions, call me at my home in Cassville (417/847-4661) or my Capitol office (573/751-1480). Thanks for letting me serve you.
That said I think my thoughts were best summed already by another writer, and very well:
“They say, ‘What’s your show about?’ I say, ‘Nothing.'”- Jerry Seinfeld
I was reminded of the Seinfeldian idea, the show about nothing, as I listened to the State of the Union. Don’t get me wrong, President Obama said a lot, and some of the things he said I enjoyed hearing, but ultimately it was a speech about nothing. — Karol Markowicz
Much Ado about nothing indeed.
Welcome to our regular contribution by the State of Missouri Representative for the 68th District, David Sater
DAVID SATER – Serving the 68th District
I am in Jefferson City writing this report just after election day. We caucus after every election for the purpose of electing new leadership and welcoming new members to the House of Representatives. And are we welcoming new members. Wow!! The State House went from 89 Republicans to 106 which is an historic pickup of seats. There are 163 seats in the House and to have 106 of these is quite a majority. There are many smiles on people’s faces, but there is also a lot of sadness on the minority side. To be frank, I saw a few Democrats lose that were very good to work with, they tried to do what was honestly best for their constituents, but in the end there was too much of a national “less government movement” in the air. The Republicans picked up seats in a few urban areas that never vote Republican and a few Democrats that have enjoyed large margins of victory in the past, barely squeaked by. But, another election will occur in two years and things never stay the same.
I do believe that House Republicans have done the right thing with the state budget, in trimming programs, greater fiscal accountability for the state departments, and keeping some excess funds for downturns. We were trying to trim state government even before the recession and by being more frugal and not funding every program that is offered, this was appreciated by the people of Missouri. In 2005, my first year, we cut Medicaid eligibility by 100,000 people, because of not enough state revenues to support the program. The Democrats cried “foul”, and we got a lot of heat over this issue. Governor Nixon pledged to restore the previous Medicaid eligibility, but he did not have the money to do so, or he would have. If this had been done school funding would be slashed to balance the budget. As I said nothing stays the same and another election will happen in two years.
I am in the process of organizing my priorities for the next last two years in office. I have around 10 or 11 bills this year to file the first of December. I am also considering stepping down from a Chairmanship that I have held for the last five years. It is the appropriations chair of Health, Mental Health, and Social Services. I will still serve on the Budget Committee and should still have some input on this area. I hope to be chosen chairman of a healthcare policy committee so I can continue to work on issues of healthcare rather than crunching numbers in appropriations. There will be bills presented before this committee relating to healthcare issues, and I believe that will be enjoyable.
Thank you again for letting me represent you here in Jefferson City. I cannot do everything for everyone, but I do try my best for each of you, no matter your political persuasion.
Today’s politician: John Oxendine
Headline: Oxedine Says “No” to Insurance Pool
ATLANTA (AP) Georgia’s insurance commissioner says he won’t move forward with state participation in the first phase of a new federal health care plan, even though it could bring federal grants to the state.
Whats this? Is someone standing up for the rights of Georgians? Well, its about time. I was wondering when my great state of Georgia was going to join the fight against this unconstitutional health care BS. Whats more, the commissioner isn’t even worried about the $5 billion in federal grant money that he is turning down by opposing this insurance pool. I would hope more Georgia politicians would follow suit and not be taken in by the non-stop lowlife bribery that is currently running rampant in this so called government. I thought that the folks on capitol hill were supposed to look out for the best interest of its people, and not when the next kickback or grant was coming.
So apparently Obama is a radical President.
Huh. Well thank you for that update Captain Obvious.
I remember once when I enjoyed listening to Gingrich speak. I remember a time when he was relevant.
However I find myself siding with a commenter at the AJC regarding Gingrich.
When Newt sticks to substantive issues, I find myself supporting him because he makes a lot of sense.
Then he ruins it by going off on non-sensical rants that make me want to jam an icepick in my ears. *sigh*
Yup. That about sums it up
Today’s politician: Patty Murray
“I hope you realize there’s a target on your back now,” Charles Wilsonof Selah, Wash., told his home state senator in a threatening voicemail left at her office late last month after the sweeping health care bill passed.
Federal prosecutors transcribed 16 profanity-laced calls Wilson, 63, allegedly made after-hours to Murray’s offices from March 22 through Easter Sunday.
Well, you know what they say, don’t piss off the voting public when they have aright to bear arms. In my opinion, guns should be used to protect yourself from attacking enemies, and the politico’s that voted for health care reform could fall into that category. <—- of course this is only opinion, and I am in no way justifying assassination of anyone.
Todays politician: Ed Case, Colleen Hanabusa and Charles Djou
Headline: Hawaii politicians wave for honks, votes
Sorry folks, its a slow news day so far, so I give you the modern politico version of “Takin’ it to the Streets”. In this article, we learn that in Hawaii, its against the law for politicians to litter the landscape with their billboards, and slogans & faces plastered to walls and telephone poles. Maybe it will catch on and we can save the environment, psh, yea right.
Today’s politician: Michael Steele
*yawn* Oh, hi there Not to get too racy, but why is it that certain nationalities always seem to be talking about “race”, but if certain other nationalities talk about it, “oooohhhhh I can’t believe you’re talkin’ about that”? Anyway, this article is self explanatory, enjoy.
I love this title“The Great Elaborator”. This weekend the president held a Q&A session with some workers at a factory in NC, and was asked a simple question, in which he rambled on, and made impressive lists, (as he is well known for his list making), and pretty much had, what I will be referring to as “story time”. Any chance he gets to exercise his bolstering “charisma” its always a good comedy in my eyes, I popped the popcorn, and listened “attentively” while he rambled. What the hell, there was nothing else on anyway.
In one of my recent posts on Politicians in the News, I joked about Hank Johnson. I found out this morning that Hank is suffering from Hepatitis C and it has taken effect on his speach and thought patterns. Those who know him know that he has a quite dry sense of humor, and apparently when he made the comments on Guam “capsizing” he meant it as a metaphor for an overcrowding nation. Now, as much as I like finding humor in other peoples stupid comments, I will not be a part of making fun of someone because of an illness, thats just not my style. So, Hank, I formally appologise if I was insensitive to your condition. That being said, if this illness did not effect your speach or thought process, that really was a dumb comment, and it really was funny. Furthermore: If you are using your illness to cover up the fact that you said something stupid, and playing off the general populations emotions, well then, you have a whole other set of problems.
The NRO has a list of statements made by Barrack Obama and their outcome.
Some of them are extremely telling.
A Few examples:
STATEMENT: “No family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase.” (multiple times on the campaign trail)
EXPIRATION DATE: Broken multiple times, including the raised taxeson tobacco, a new tax on indoor tanning salons, but most prominently on February 11, 2010: “President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.”
STATEMENT: Then-Senator Obama declared that a recess appointment is “damaged goods” and has “less credibility” than a normal appointment. August 25, 2005.
EXPIRATION DATE: March 27, 2010: “If, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis.”
Read the whole thing here