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What’s Going On?

Found this meme on social media and I think it fits at this time.  Don’t they realize that it all can change with the next election.

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Hey GOP Congress!!

We heard all through the election about how you will Repeal and Replace Obamacare. What the heck are you doing?  You had eight years to put something together and you are more worried about possible Russian influence in the election.   Maybe it is time to make you re-read all those history books you used to sit on in school.  You know the real history books.  Not the ones that have been slanted so far to the right or left that are now meaningless.

Since the beginning of this country, there have been other countries trying to influence the election of our leaders to their own ends. Just as we have been trying to influence the election or appointment of leaders in other countries for our own ends.  You can start with the first election of our very first President.  You had our allies the French, who supplied us with weapons, ships, ammo, and personnel that helped train the colonists.  You had our enemies, The British and their Prussian mercenary forces.  Who even after being defeated desperately wanted the trade goods and some relations with the former colonies.  You can follow every election since to see who wanted to influence our elected leaders to gain an upper hand or foothold in the world we live in.

In today’s world, I am not worried about outside influence as much as I am the free lunches, dinners, and vacations you get from all those corporations and special PAC’s that have no problem handing money or special gifts under the table and nothing is done about them. How much are the Health Insurance companies giving you to sit on the problem?  Hell, the Democrats rammed Obamacare through without it ever being read and you cannot even put anything on paper!

So, why are you and the Democrats so worried about Trump?

Is it because he is not of or part of your established order?

Are you worried that the American people are getting tired of you?

Will the next election bring more elected representatives that are not part of your little club?

The above questions will start being asked if you do not get off your rears and actually start getting things done.

Same Old Rut

What is this country coming to? Before the election we had mainstream news reports flying all over telling us that Hillary Clinton, in her position of Security of State, had a private email server and some classified documents somehow got routed to it.  The FBI was not allowed to check it out but somehow everything that was in this server got hacked and released to the public by possibly Russian hackers.  We had people showing us the law that says it is illegal to send classified stuff to or from a private server.  We had hearings in Congress about this and the FBI could not find anything was wrong.  The Press had a field day saying or printing things from known “sources”.  These same “sources” hinted to the Press that there where agents, possibly foreign or domestic, trying to get information on Trump at the time.  I remember seeing or hearing something like this but unable to find any proof at this time, but I digress.

Now we have Congress having more hearings about the possible wire-tap on Mr. Trump before the election and the same Director of the FBI cannot find any truth to this? We have been hearing from “Sources” within the CIA and NSA that officially nothing of the sort was happening but the same “Sources” from both said it did happen.  It is kind of funny because the CIA, from what I have always heard, are supposed to do all their work outside the borders of the United States.

As a private citizen, it is getting to the point where it is time to just shut off any national news coverage and when the next elections come around, vote for anyone not holding office. That is an option.  Congress was scared right after the elections but they are falling right back into that old groove. The Judicial branch is legislating from the bench again and not even trying to hide it.  You thought the results from the last election was bad.  The next one might be over the top.

Why?

The American citizen is getting tired of all that is happening in Washington. We have permanently elected officials that will not change.  They are not there to represent the people that elected them but are only there to fill their own pockets.  We have political groups that have no idea what they are doing.  We have department Directors that are even now checking which way the political wind is blowing before doing anything.  The propaganda machine is getting ready for another round.  The question is: Will the American Citizen continue to sit and wait?

Hey Congress, Get to Work!

You have the numbers and the mandate from the People and yet you are standing around crying because someone has given you a swift kick in the butt. All you want to do is go on these so called news shows and whine about this or that.  The media is not telling the People what is really going on.  The Media is leading you around by the nose, so you do what their handlers want.  The People have voted you into your position to work for them.  Not some lobbyist or some rich corporation that may give you some campaign money a year or so down the line.  So I am asking:

What are the Republican members of Congress doing?

NOTHING!

Eight years ago, the Democrats got the numbers and changed the rules and rammed Obamacare right up you backsides. And you could do nothing at the time.  Someone even said, “If you like your current plan, you can keep it”, “If you like your Doctor, you can keep your doctor”, “We need to pass this bill and get it signed into law, so you can read it”.

Yes, it had a mandatory requirement to sign up. You could get a plan real cheap, but the deductible was so high that if you used it, you would have to file bankruptcy afterwards.  When it went into effect, you had many insurers to choose from, they were all lining up to get the free government money, but after a couple of years, the insurers all bailed out and you were left with higher premiums and only one choice of insurers or plan in many areas.  The plan was not implemented on time or delayed to make parts of it to fail.

You have had all this time to see what failed and come up with a valid replacement plan and all you have to show for it is zip, zero, nada.

I don’t care what the insurance companies want. I do not care what the pharmaceutical companies want.  You were not elected to work for them.  If they are showing a profit, they have a way of making money.  As long as any CEO or Board of Directors is drawing a paycheck or Dividend check, they are making a profit.  We don’t care how much money they are trying to channel into your re-election campaign.  If you do not get to work and make it happen you will be replaced in the next election!  We have seen what happens when an outsider to the political realm steps up and blows the political elite out of the running.  Maybe we will find some more like that.

Privacy Bubble Popped?

How secure do you feel being in your own home with the doors and windows locked? You have the top of the line home defense system, best that money can buy.  You have a smart phone, smart TV, smart stereo, smart kitchen appliances, and all in all, a smart home, with all the cable and wireless devices all wired together.  Congratulations, you bought and set up your own surveillance system that Big Brother can now access, without getting a judge’s approval.

You can be sitting in your “own” living room with family and friends, any one of them may have one of these “smart” items and big brother can now use them to at least hear anything you say. What is this world coming to?

Don’t get me wrong, advances in electronics have helped in many ways improve the lives of many. Everyone feels much safer.  There have even been new languages to communicate in.  Everyone seems connected in a good socialist ways and they don’t even realize that no one actually talks to people one on one any more.  Everyone is in their own little bubble.

You can now go to work, the store, or even walk down the street, you will see people that can walk and text but are still unable to walk and chew gum at the same time. At work, you see your fellow workers constantly texting and talking with their friends and really accomplishing anything and still getting paid for it.  At the stores, you cannot get any help because the associates are always on their personal phones and can’t be bothered.  This is our safe society.

 

With the Wikileaks release of possibly classified documents and such, we are finding for the first time that the majority of people have no idea what is going on about them. They are shocked and dismayed.  Everything they have in their hand or home can and probably and will be used against them at one point or another.  Welcome to the new world.

Congress was put on Notice

A show of hands, for those that watched President Trump’s address Tuesday night?

Did you enjoy the floor show that Congress put on?

Did you know that the President could have done the same thing by inviting the congressional leaders and small groups to the White House and spent the next four years trying to get a consensus for his agenda?

Did you know he could have done a Press conference and we would not have heard exactly how something was going to get done? We would have heard a different version, I bet.

Both houses of Congress were present, along with the members of the Supreme Court and some invited guests. President Trump was not there to talk to them.  He did talk about some of the life changes of the invited guests as bullet points to his speech.  All of this was done on live television without the ability of the Press cutting up all the sound bites.

President Trump was talking to the American People. Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever political affiliation you want to name them.  He presented his plan to the American Public in the name of talking to Congress.  Because it doesn’t matter what the Congressional members political affiliation is, if the people they represent, start yelling at them to go with or fight this plan, when it is time for reelection, you may see many just quit or actually start listening to their constitute.  President Trump has just put the political elite on the proverbial hot seat.

It is the job of the American Citizen to make our thoughts heard by them in a legal way. Not like some of those so called protesters that some say are being paid to riot in the streets in the name of free speech.  Change is not made overnight but if we keep Congress’s nose to the grindstone, we may see the light at the end of the pit we are in.

The Fear of Change

We have all had to watch that movie where a common man gets elected to Congress. How that person is all full of spit and vinegar to change things and is fully confident that they know how things are going to be.  Upon arrival as a first term Congressperson, is alienated by the old timers, the Press and by the all-knowing bureaucrats.  It takes them a whole term just to learn all the nooks and crannies of being a politician.  Oh, they might find a platform or idea that they are trying to champion but it is under the watchful eye of their fellow politicians.  They might even get that Hollywood ending to their first term if they are careful.  This is the way of politics.

On the news now, many of Congress are trying to have a town hall meeting and some people are perplexed and overwhelming them with questions that they themselves, being worried, have no answer. Why are they worried you ask, because something is happening that is not the normal way things have been done for many many years.  Something our founding fathers wanted to see happen all the time.  A successful business person, taking time out of their business to step up and take a swing at running this country.  Not some insecure lifelong politician.

Congress has had an easy life up to now. They had the press in their pocket.  They treated the bureaucrats like the maître d.  With the press at their side, the citizen had no real knowledge of what was going on in Washington.  The Press had turned from being the watchdog for the people to being the mouth piece for the establishment.  Now with a newly elected President, who is not a lifelong politician, is actually using the laws passed by Congress to his advantage, is trying to change Washington to what it is supposed to have been doing all those years.

The bureaucrats, that when told to do something have been smarting back, “That’s not the way things are done.” Are being given ‘Pink Slips’ and shown the door.  Smart Bureaucrats are still doing their job.

The Press is still whining. They were making easy money by being the establishment’s propaganda machine.  Now they need to work for a living being the watchdogs they are supposed to be.  You want me to listen to you?  Start putting facts and figures that will stand up in a real court.  Not the court of public opinion.  Put your job on the line for your story if you know you are lawfully right.

For you members of Congress, it may be time to throw out your party lines and actually work for your constituents. You may have gotten there by party line but you work for everyone in your district.  Since most of you use your position as a career instead of an actually job.  Maybe it is past time for the establishment to feel real fear by actually having a President that actually does something and is not beholding to the political line.

A Day without Immigrants March?

 

I would like to know “Who” thought this one up.  Somebody actually thought it was a good idea for ‘mostly’ undocumented immigrants to skip class, miss work and not shop on this day.  This to prove the point that this nation cannot survive without you?  I am sure that shop owners might miss the sales, but for the rest of the country will be something completely different.

 

Business and shop owners will see missing staff and wonder if they should have HR start looking for replacements.  They may even have started pulling your employment files and started double checking all your employment paperwork.  I am sure that if you went to the big marches or even a little one, there were cameras taking all kinds of pictures and now someone in government is having to go through all social media and other news sources with the top of the line facial recognition software. 

 

While you are thinking about that, you can be assured that those legal immigrants, the ones that followed the law and have all their paperwork in order are keeping that in mind for the day they will be allowed to stand and say the oath to become citizens of this country. 

 

This nation is a nation of immigrants.  We all came from somewhere else.  There has been some stutter in our steps at times.  We even fell down a time or two.  We have laws that govern us.  We all came here to make something bigger than ourselves.  We strive to see a future that does not discriminate by color of skin but how high in self-esteem and confidence that we open the door for the future generations. 

 

For the person or persons that thought up this day, I don’t know for which political side you work, but this could be a good day for those that are unemployed and looking for a job.  Those looking for a cheap home that will soon be opening up.  For those that are trying to do everything lawful and correctly.

 

 

 

Thank You.

 

Has Your Train Been Derailed?

After the spark of freedom and the revolution that followed, it took a few years to put together that document we call The Constitution. This piece of paper, that became the building block of our country.  It took some more years and a few amendments to help straighten out some period clashes, but it is still the base of our laws.  All of our laws are supposed to start with an idea from the people through our elected representatives in Congress and if approved by the President, signed.  If this law is vetoed by the President, this vetoed law may be overturned by Congress and it still becomes law.

If there is still argument about this law, it can be taken up by the Judiciary. If the Judiciary finds the law wholly or in part, to be un-constitutional, they are to return it, in whole, to Congress to start the whole process over.

Over the years and generations, our elected leaders have been steadily moving away from the idea that they work for the people. When the election cycle comes around they have found that they can buy the votes with cheap ice cream and not really have to do anything for the people.  They are allowed to be elected over and over without actually doing anything.  They are able to pay themselves and receive may perks above table and maybe cash below the table from lobbyist or other groups or individuals now days.

There have been many laws made in the history of this country that are still on the books. They are still valid, old but valid.  Some have been updated.  Some have been pushed to the side because of the changes in society and are no longer relevant in this day and age.  But they are still on the books.  It is always fun when a smart lawyer finds this little unknown fact to help his or her client.  It can make the Judge’s head spin around like on some of those horror shows.  It may not only be the age of the law or some other factors, but there are some in The Judiciary that take this opportunity to legislate from the bench.

The Congress has been so busy filling their pockets and putting out some very obscure laws and regulations. Even giving authorizations for doing stuff they are uncomfortable with.  They have been patting themselves on the back for all their work that they do not realize what they are doing.

If you look at the piles and piles of books that make up our laws and regulations in the United States, you will really notice that our elected and appointed officials have been only picking and choosing which one they wish to use or follow. The average Citizen is going to be ‘got’ one way or another.

I am not one to believe much in conspiracy theories or otherwise, but it sure seems that someone or some group has been trying to guide this country in one way or another in the last fifty to hundred years. I say this because our elected officials, even the first term ones sure do not follow the Peoples choices once they enter the marbled halls of Washington D.C.  They are being retrained as soon as they walk through the door.  It is the Washington way.

Our watchdogs in the Press have been slowly subverted from actually watching the government for the people to now being allied with one party or another. Now they find themselves without any support from the people or whomever they work for.  They no longer look for the TRUTH.  The press, only say what they are paid to say.  When it starts sounding like propaganda, it is.  The People are no longer listening.  The Press has lost all respect.

But if there is someone or some group out there that have been pulling the strings, you have done a wonderful job of keeping the wool pulled over everyone’s eyes all these years. Pitting one group or another at each other’s throats.  First, propping up one side, then another to keep everyone off balance and dancing to your sheet of music.  Did you get so wrapped up in your work that you were only watching the ones yelling the loudest?  Some of those little splinter groups can really yell.  Seeing them on the TV made many turn the volume down or change the channel.  With their yelling and crying, you kept your attention on them too long and a larger group fell out of your sight and started seeing a bigger picture.  They learned to find the TRUTH closer to home, not from your propaganda.

The People of the United States finally got tired of all of that. They went out and found someone that is Not a politician. Not a lawyer.  They picked a Citizen.  Someone that has lived and worked under the laws and regulations that politicians and lawyers have shoved at us over the years.  Now this President is using the Laws and all the authorizations you have given out over the years and is now making everyone follow them.

Has that made your train run off the tracks?

Some Study Required

After this weekend explosion in the media after President Trump’s latest executive order.  One has to ask, how many of you have traveled outside the country as a normal citizen?

As an American citizen, you may have a opportunity to travel to some other part of our big world that is getting much smaller.  Be it for pleasure or work will make a big difference when you apply for a Visa, if needed, for your destination.  So, you jump through all the hoops, paperwork, travel permits, tickets, vaccination shot sand sometimes a ‘Fee’ when filing for your Visa just to get to your destination with your bright red suitcase and you step up to the local customs official and present them with your paperwork, just to find you have just broken one of their laws.

I am using the “Red Suitcase” as a simplistic version for this case.  In all your preparation for your trip you read about the local customs and laws that may pertain to you or it may have been a change while you were on your flight to the country.  I which case, if you do surrender your “Red” suitcase and carry your stuff in a shopping bag, the local customs officer can have you re-board the plane and send you away.  Just because you get a Visa does not guarantee you will have a good trip.

Before everyone get up in arms about my explanation, I do suggest that you take the time and look it up and read it for your self.  The United States immigration policy is rather large and has been updated by your elected leaders in Congress.  If you want it changed, you better make them do it.  It is just going to be enforced now.

Either option you chose on your trip you are now returning to the U.S. with your passport and other travel documents.  You are now in front of a U.S. Customs agent on U.S. soil, you present him with all the documentation and what you are coming back with.  You answer the agents questions and now find yourself moved to a room for a more in-depth interview.  Did you answer the previous questions right or was there something else?  Was there some medical problem that needs checked out.  Like a disease outbreak just after you boarded your plane.  Did you bring something that is not allowed in this country?  This is just some of the things that the Customs agent has to check off before you can re-enter the country.

That was just for an U.S. citizen, now what if you are an immigrant or refugee.  Many of them will get a Visa just to get them the ability to leave the country they are in, some will try to use this permission slip to get to the United States where up on arrival they have to ask and get the permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or through their agents at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to actually enter the country.

While having a visa does not guarantee entry to the United States, it does indicate a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad has determined you are eligible to seek entry for that specific purpose. DHS/CBP inspectors, guardians of the nation’s borders, are responsible for admission of travelers to the United States, for a specified status and period of time. DHS also has responsibility for immigration matters while you are present in the United States.

Much of this information is availibly on line at the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the Customs and Border Protection website.

Once you are allowed in the country you will have to apply for a Green Card.  A Green Card is needed to continue your application to become a Citizen of the United States of America.  You can think of a Green Card like a probationary period.  There are may rules and ways that you can get a mark against you during this time.  You can find stories on the internet that people with a Green Card’s have done something that if they leave, they may have to do some paperwork to get back in or may not be allowed back in.

Many of these immigrants and refugees need sponsers to step up and be responsible for their requirments while they go through the process of learning to live and grow in the United States.  Wonder how many of the ‘not my problem’ protesting crowd will step up.  Once you start reading about the immigration laws and policies through the years, you won’t believe some of the things that caused immigrants in the past to be turned away for.  Before jumping on the bandwagon, some study required.