U.S. soldiers gather after a clash between Taliban and Afghan security forces. (AFP Photo/Noorullah Shirzada)
We should all Thank God for the sacrifices made by our military personnel. Front lines, support operations, medical staff, ALL military personnel.
And these people (and their families back home) are being affected by the shutdown, while those responsible for it are still receiving the pay checks. It is disingenuous for Congressmen to claim they will donate their checks to charity until the shutdown is ended – IF they give to charities, it should be for the benefit of those who are giving their lives so Congress has the right to act stupid.
Thank you for commenting. Much appreciated.
Jim, I never served, being exempted in 1967 with a wife and child, but I DO appreciate those who HAVE served and those who ARE serving. While I often find that I differ with them on political issues, they are largely the reason I still have that right. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Differing with people is a human trait. If we all thought the same way, it would be a very dull existence.
I still appreciate any comments you make.
Morning Hasty! I agree with you. The very fact that Congress can get away with this blatant patronization of themselves to the detriment of others IS exactly what is wrong with our government. This is why we MUST have a Constitutionally limited government. You and I don’t have to agree on everything, my friend, but we should agree on fundamental principles that prevent the type of corruption we are witnessing from becoming institutionalized. Another piece of evidence of what I say is the 75% taxpayer paid subsidies that Obozo granted Congress for Obozocare. That’s disgusting considering that the average person working in Congress makes double the national median income. And Congressmen themselves make more than triple. But us Americans who get up and work everyday get nothing, but still pay for their benefits and corruption.
The fact is that it is painfully clear that Washington will NOT reform itself. We the people in the states are going to have to look to Article 5 of the Constitution to offer Amendments that Congress is powerless to stop. Read it. You’ll see that the Framers gave us a way out of this situation. You should also read Mark Levin’s “Liberty Amendments” and although I know you don’t like Levin, if you read with an open mind, you will find it difficult to disagree with the Amendments he proposes such as term limits on Congress and the SCOTUS. Or that Congress MUST live under the laws they pass without exception. I know you’re on the left, but these are issues that should unite people like you and classic American Liberals (that’s known as conservative/libertarian in modern times) like me together.
I like what Buffett said in the quote below:
Have a nice day, Hasty!
“I could end the deficit in five minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there’s a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, now you’ve got the incentives in the right place, right?” — Warren Buffett
While Article 5 does provide for the passage of Amendments to the Constitution (the first test of this process being the Bill of Rights ratified in 1791), the first hurdle to both you and Mark Levin is that Congress itself must approve of proposed Amendments, with a majority unattainable in today’s political atmosphere, and certainly NOT within the scope of the Tea Party OR the Republican Party. There are many things wrong with our system, and a good first step would DEFINITELY be term limits (after all, Amendment 22 imposes a term limit on the President, why not the REST of the government?). Removing money and lobbyists from the picture, completely, would be an excellent second step (but Citizens United blew that out of the water, along with a case before the current session of SCOTUS allowing unlimited donations by INDIVIDUALS). You, like many others who believe as you do, have an entirely negative view of the ACA, which I do not share with you. Subsidies will be paid to those who are at up to 400% of the poverty level (on a sliding scale) to help with premiums for private medical insurance. However, for the millions who will CONTINUE to receive coverage through their employers,they will continue to receive the same low-cost coverage they have enjoyed for generations, thanks, in large part, to the Labor movement.
Hasty, that is absolutely NOT true that Congress has authority over the process. It clearly does not. In fact, Congress has only a secretarial role in counting the votes of the states on each proposed and ratified Amendment. This was insisted to be this way as a saftey valve for the American people against the prospects of a runaway federal leviathan, and it was insisted mostly by George Mason and agreed to by Madison. VA would never have ratified the Constitution without Article 5. You must remember that it is the STATES that created the Federal Government, NOT the other way around.
As to your belief in that fantasy about DemonRATcare (aka ACA), tell that to the millions who are losing their carriers and who are losing access to their doctors. Tell that to the 10s of millions who are already seeing massive increases in their annual premiums at work in their private plans. Mine went up 31% just this year in July when we rolled over for the new plan year. My deductibles also went up 20% or more depending on the service. You are living in a pipe dream, Hasty, completely separated from reality. You should stop going to cheerleader sites like The Memo or MSLSD only.
Here is a map of the effects of DemonRATcare on premiums across America.
Hav a nice day, Hasty!
“UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009 — Baroke WhoIsInsane Obozo showing the world yet again what an idiot he is.
Do you have a personal copy of the Constitution, and have you actually read Article 5? “The Congress, whenever 2/3 of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the Legislatures of 2/3 of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either case, ” I don’t believe I need to go on, as this clearly indicates that Congress (or, in the absence of the acquiescence of Congress) Legislatures of 2/3 of the states, are necessary for making Amendments, which, to become law, must be ratified by 3/4 of EITHER Congress or the various states. Congress plays a very clear and present role in Amending the Constitution.
Actually, Congress’s role is relegated to a “secretarial” role as a rubber stamp when the states follow their own amendment procedures as proscribed in Article 5. So, like you cite, 2/3 of the states can agree on amendments and if 3/4 of the state legislatures approve them, Congress is really irrelevant. That’s the point. The Framers gave us, the people, a last ditch safety valve for amending the Constitution OUTSIDE of the Federal government if the fed ever became too powerful. Like I said, it was the states that formed the federal government, NOT the other way around.
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of a one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” – James Madison
While Madison may have been one of your favorites, mine was Alexander Hamilton, a visionary well beyond his time, even though his image is on one entrance to the Treasury Bldg.
Hi Jimbo! I hope you are well.
And a big two thumbs up for you post!
Have a nice day!
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
Thank you for the kind words. See – even “enemies” can find common ground.
You are welcome, Jimbo!
BTW… I’ve never considered you my “enemy”, Jimbo. You’re just dead wrong about most everything…. hehehehehe 🙂 🙂
“The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” – Ronald Reagan
And now…. The REAL Photo Of The Day!
speaking of stupid terrorists?
“The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.” –Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010 — Baroke WhoIsInsane Obozo showing the world yet again what an idiot he is.
Don’t make Obama send Eric out to snatch you up out of your hidey-hole.
Did I mention Obama was still your leader and still black?
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