PRESIDENT OBAMA COMES TO THE TABLE…FINALLY!


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GoodOleWoody

Anytown, USA

Dear President Obama:

You are cutting it close to the deadline.  The IMF and rating agencies agree: We must raise the Debt Ceiling!  You don’t need me to tell you that THE WORLD IS WATCHING! As the largest world economy, the success and viability of the global economy is based on confidence in the American economy. The US dollar is the preferred currency of business. We must maintain confidence in the US dollar. No government or lender should ever question that the United States can pay it’s bills. Would-be president, Michele Bachmann, says, “We are not in danger of default.  We just need to pay the interest on the debt and then prioritize how we pay our bills.”  Is that sound advice from a tax law maven? (She has a PhD.)  As a recipient of Social Security who is maintained on Medicare, I am not encouraged by Mrs. Bachmann’s legal opinion!  I am sure that I speak for millions of my fellow seniors.  We must have uninterrupted flow of benefits to survive.

Please, sir, do not cave in to the recalcitrant republicans whose pockets are bulging with money.  Money given to them by their rich campaign donors.  Insist upon the full spirit and meaning of compromise as you work with the opposing party to save us from financial meltdown.  Democrats must get as much as they give if we, as a nation, are to win.  Left to their own devices (vices?), republicans would hurl us into financial Armageddon to further their politics.  Witness McConnell and Boehner! Please give us reason to keep hope alive! “Yes, We Can!”

Sincerely yours,

GoodOleWoody

After meeting with leaders from both sides of the aisle today, President Obama announced that progress was made and the next meeting will be Sunday. News reports keep alive that there might be cuts in entitlements to get increases in revenue.


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SHAME, PAT BUCHANAN!


Just hours ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals passed down a decision barring enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), reinstating Judge Virginia Phillips’s injunction from October 2010. According to the order, DADT cannot be enforced unless the federal government appeals and is granted a stay of the order from either the Ninth Circuit or the Supreme Court. 6:15PM

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As I am want to do, I watched “Morning Joe” Tuesday.  Joe was off and the only conservative republican at the table was Patrick J. Buchanan, MSNBC Analyst and former candidate for the Presidency.  Pat always makes for lively conversation and, may I say, entertainment.  As he often does, Pat dispensed with analysis and launched a campaign to defend high profits by hedge fund managers and those who fly in corporate jets. Pat warned that republican members of The House
were elected last November because they promised “not to raise taxes.” Continuing, he said, that they fear their constituents and what would happen if they returned home from Washington AFTER RAISING TAXES ON THE RICH. If I accept Pat’s premise, I think that those voters meant that they did not want their taxes raised: The working poor and the middle-class republican voters. Former Congressman

Harold Ford, Jr.

Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) gave insightful non-partisan flavor along with the democratic views. Unfortunately, Joe Scarborough was not on his show today to comment on the points Harold made. Businessman, Donny Deutsch and host, Mika Brzezinski, tried to get Buchannan to think outside of the republican box, but, they failed in the face of Pat’s wordy distractions.

So, the freshman class in The House rules the roost without coming before the American people and defending their viewpoints.  We don’t know them, except for down-trodden Paul Ryan (R-WI) who has put forth his reforms for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Paul has angered the entire nation: Those who are receiving benefits as well as those 55 and younger. I wish I could see a breakdown of the family members of those who serve in Congress who receive these benefits. Who depend on them for survival. I wonder, “Are the grandparents of Tea Party members of Congress being shutout of the national discourse?  TEA PARTY HOUSE MEMBERS, COME OUT OF THE CLOSET. FACE

COME OUT! COMEOUT!

THOSE YOU REPRESENT AND THE REST OF THE NATION BEFORE YOU VOTE.  Let us see if you can defend the hammer lock you have on Speaker Boehner and the resulting gridlock. Defend rewarding the rich simply because they are rich and pay your campaign bills letting America be damned with peril.  Don’t wait for eleventh hour blackmail deals at the August 2nd deadline. (Debt Ceiling).

American politics is in a sorry state.  We have a federal legislature that does not govern: Witness, Congress has only passed 18 bills in 6 months. WE HAVE A BROKEN CONGRESS!You may not know that GOP Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who makes the schedule, has turned membership in the US House into a part-time job!  You “work” a little…and then go home…over and over again.  Where’s the continuity?

"Farmers Prepare for War"

Once upon a time members of the Congress had to return home to attend to their farms, their primary job.  Those days are over.  Today, they go home to ‘work the district.’  Do your representatives in Congress respond to your letters, faxes and email? I must say that one of my senators always replies to me, even though we only agree that Medicare must be protected for the elderly. He is very polite as he tells me the positions he will take against my wishes. [I am in a “red state.”]  Sadly, my communications to President Barack Obama go unanswered. 😦

The long struggle to arrive at November 2012 has begun.  Tea Party, use your power for the fiscal good of the global economy.  Your actions affect more people than the people back home.  You have a responsibility to the world to ensure that the American economy is perceived everywhere as strong, secure and vibrant.  This responsibility is more important that your being re-elected. If you are good at governance, God will reward you accordingly.  Ask Him to show you the way to do your job and make your decisions.  In part, you decide if America remains an exceptional nation or not.  Will your public service make America proud and great? Do the right thing!


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YOU “OWE” THE GOVT A LOT OF MONEY! 1


DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH YOU OWE IN THE NATIONAL DEBT?

Click on the link above to see that National Debt Clock and see how much money you “owe.”

Now…you can better see how much money the US Congress has voted into our debt and where the Debt Ceiling is.  The National Debt Clock shows astronomical numbers.  Clearly, Congress needs to raise the Debt Ceiling to preserve the fragile global economy which affects us in direct ways.

THE "RICH CLASS MAFIA": Sen. McConnell, Rep. Canotor and Rep. Boehner

THE "RICH CLASS MAFIA": Sen. McConnell, Rep. Canotor and Rep. Boehner

Treasury Secretary Geithner has determined that through financial maneuvers he will have enough money to pay our bills through August 2, 2011.  This is the deadline for Congress to raise the Debt Ceiling.  President Obama is poised to sign such legislation and has come down hard on Republicans who want to reward rich citizens and corporations on the backs of the middle-class and the working poor. The American people are behind the President, yet, Republicans have their agenda.  They are attempting to lure President Obama into a game of chicken…like they did last ChristmasDemocrats will have none of it!


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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY 2011! 1


CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF OUR NATION

JULY 4, 2011

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS behind the Washington Monument

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! We are 235 years old!  We look back on a history fighting for “government of the people and by the people.” Thirteen colonies of England defied King George 3 and formed a new nation, a confederacy of 13 states. [Thank you France for your role.]  Soon the confederacy was abandoned and we became a republic with a federal government which continues to evolve in power and reach. Although the black splotch of slavery is a part of our history, black Americans have reached all levels of society and the military.  We now have a US President who is half black and half white. More and more civil rights are being recognized for oppressed minorities. Although we experience a looming economic crisis, we enjoy the largest economy in the world.  We remain the only super power in the world.  Our President is revered as “The Leader of the Free World.”

So, enjoy your BBQs and cookouts. Sing along to patriotic songs at the town square.  Be amazed by the splendiferous fireworks in person and on PBS TV. In all ways enjoy being an A M E R I C A N !


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GOD BLESS THE USA & PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA


Today is the day before INDEPENDENCE DAY, the birth of our nation, the Fourth of July.  Once we were 13 colonies, the property of a global power at the time.  We came to throwing off our shackles and declaring our independence and we celebrate the 235th Fourth of July.  Please pray for the USA and our President.

Battle Hymn of the Republic


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Christie: “Not Ready for Prime Time”


Gov. Chris Christie, (R-NJ)

NOT PRESIDENTIAL TIMBER!

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said, “Who would want me for their Vice President?”  National politics is about kissing babies and eating chicken dinners. Not verbally assaulting an innocent voter. One cannot hear Gov. Christie’s logic in that regrettable conversation. All one remembers is, “Gail, none of your business!”  Gov. Christie keeps saying, “I’m not running” for President and he is right to say that. At this moment in his young career, he is not ready for the national stage. He is suited for the rough-and-tumble of NJ politics.  [Apologies to New Jersey.] Maybe one day…


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POSSIBLE “FIRST DUDE” IN WHITEHOUSE? 1


Dr. Marcus Bachmann

Now that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has started her campaign for the Whitehouse, her husband has been mentioned in the news. You have read about all the Republican candidates’ stance on same-sex civil rights on this blog. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bachmann are doctors and are anti-gay. Thursday, on his show on MSNBC, Thomas Roberts reported that Marcus Bachmann calls homosexuals “barbarians who need education and discipline.” Both Bachmanns are anti-gay and run 2 christian mental clinics. Perhaps they continue their attempts at gay-to-straight conversions.

When I looked on the INTERNET to research the Bachmanns, I found videos of Marcus, who would be the first male spouse in the traditional First Lady role:

VIDEO: Meet Dr. Bachmann. He loves his wife. He is not gay..

Michele, Marcus and Family



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MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur Challenges Bachman: Return $421,000 1


Cenk Uygur, MSNBC Host & "Young Turk"

On Wednesday, 06/29/11, Jenk Uygur challenged Michele Bachmann to return the $421,000 she and her family have received as ‘federal welfare.’  Bachmann is known for railing against government programs that she feels are federal handouts. [Totals vary.]

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Rep. Michele Bachmann tours the country criticizing government as too big and too expensive, the Republican presidential candidate has come under mounting scrutiny over public dollars flowing to family business interests.
There’s $259,000 in federal subsidies paid since 1995 to a family farm of which Bachmann is a part owner. Another $30,000 went to Bachmann and Associates Counseling Clinic in the last five years from various Minnesota government agencies, including one small payment logged the day after the congresswoman’s official 2012 kickoff.

WILL BACHMANN RETURN FEDERAL HANDOUTS SO SHE CAN HONESTLY RAIL AGAINST THEM ON HER BUS TOUR?


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American Soldiers Riding “The White Horse”: Bring’em Home!


Just to Take the Edge Off 😦

The VA is the world’s largest provider of substance abuse services, caring for more than 350,000 veterans per year, of whom about 30,000 are being treated for opiate addiction.

US Soldiers Walk Through Poppy Fields (Heroin Is Derived from Poppies)

In Vietnam our soldiers had easy access to drugs and now it is easy to score heroin in Afghanistan, the supplier of 90% of the world’s heroin. I can imagine what it is like for a soldier in Afghanistan. Each day your life is on the line as you go from house to house looking for al-Qaeda and the Taliban.  As you walk,  your heart throbs with each step, fearful of I.E.D.’s which have taken limbs from so many. And, what do you do with down time? Incredible stress and unbearable boredom. Worry about family back home trying to live on the paltry salary we give our soldiers.  A quick fix (pun intended) one or twice soon leads to addiction.

One part of our boys is there fighting and another guards our contractors who are building a new nation.  President Obama will not tell you of the reality of our mission.  While American infrastructure goes lacking unaffected by the stimulus, we are attempting to build a country with roads, schools, hospitals, etc. Afhanistan has never been a country. Our government borrows money so it can spend 2 billion  dollars a week to wage war in Afghanistan. Current economies demand that we use our resources to grow the homeland and reduce our deficit.  The VA helps our boys when they come home addicted to heroin, but, then, who helps them get jobs?  As we draw down our forces in Afghanistan we will add to the 9.1% unemployment. Speaker Boehner promised that Republicans  had a jobs plan.  President Obama has a jobs plan…I think(?) Yet the unemployment rate is not coming down. It is wise to make the draw down in Afghanistan to happen in stages.  Perhaps that will give us time to help our boys reclaim their lives and have a chance for a happy future.


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Michele Bachmann Lauds Racist as Having American Values 3


Michele Bachmann announced for the US Presidency saying she had the same spirit as John Wayne calling him a patriot and having basic American values.  Well, I found websites that flip that coin and paint Wayne as a racist who made popular movies in his day. Some who would give Wayne a pass and say that he was not politically correct and just said things that most white people said and felt in his day. Did Bachmann not “Google” John Wayne before championing his personal values?  The actor, John Wayne, is not from Bachmann’s home town but, serial killer, John Wayne Gacy is! Bachmann apologized for saying that John Wayne was from her home town.

Also, I was surprised that  Mike Wallace asked Michele if she is a “flake?” Readers of this blog know something about the outrageous and untrue statements of Rep. Bachmann.  You have seen her pictures where she looks vacant or like a “deer in the headlights.”  Bachmann is known for her serious belief in her statements but has yet to talk about her solutions to the problems of today.  She will give Mitt Romney “a race for his money.” I hope that now Michele has announced, the media will hold her accountable and grill her on the questions and not accept her rhetoric.  This has happened so many times (the latter). Just Sunday on “Face the Nation” she avoided defending subsidies her family gets from the federal government while at the same time saying she is a fiscal conservative and believer in small government.  Small governments would not be giving subsidies to the highly profitable oil companies and huge tax breaks for the rich like the Bachmanns.


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