"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Politically Correct

If I could be President for the day with unlimited powers, I would ban all former members of Congress from being lobbyists.  In fact, I would ban lobbyist for a year with an option to make it permanent.  Would like to know why lobbyists write bills at the state and federal level.  Don't try to get an answer to that question because the rhetoric you hear will make you ask what is the job of legislators since writing legislation is not one of them it seems.  The number of legislative aides has grown by leaps and bounds in the Congress so what is their job?  Read bills from lobbyist?  

I was told here in Oklahoma it would take too much time for the legislators to do the research to write the eight bills they submit every year and would imagine the same is true for Congress.  How about writing one bill to submit and make an outstanding bill instead of trying to meet a quota for bills?   Some of the bills submitted here in Oklahoma are file 13 material that never should see the light of day.  

Why can Dr. Coburn and Cong Ryan write bills while most Democrats rely on lobbyists?  Their staffs are very good and will do the research necessary to write a bill.  It takes hard work but both men are willing to do that to get a good bill on the floor.  The Republican committee chairs in the House were able to write and pass a budget in the spring that has languished in the Senate under Democrat control.

With Dr. Coburn in the Senate along with other conservatives and Cong Ryan in the House with the conservatives there, if Republicans took the Senate along with the House in 2012, we could begin to right this ship called America.  Cuts need made and budgets need passed not continuing resolutions like the FAA has been dealing with since the fall of 2007 when the FY 2007 budget came to a close on 30 September 2007.  That means the Senate under Democrat leadership has not passed a comprehensive budget for the entire Government since the Democrats took control in January 2007.  Time to kick out the Democrats from Senate leadership, but there is one caveat, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell needs replaced with a conservative.  Majority Leader Harry Reid sends most Republican sponsored legislation to the trash without hearings.  He is a poor example of leadership and the only way to oust him is to give Republicans control with all new leadership IMHO.  

It is also time to tell Republican establishment types to butt out of Senate and House elections.  Crossroads and Rove who represent the establishment need to be banished from Republican primaries because we do not need the type of candidates they want us to have.  We need conservatives like Cong Lankford (R-OK) who has been a shining example of a citizen legislator with no government experience.  He has taken the time to learn the ropes, is articulate, and works hard to get the job done.  He wouldn't be in office if the establishment had their way, but he beat their candidate.

Senate and House races should be run by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the special interest PACs and national Tea Party groups need to stay out of primaries and that includes Nebraska where the establishment is trying to get the Governor to run as they don't like the conservative who is running.  Local Republican Tea Party grassroots need to be involved but not the national people like Tea Party Express funded by the Koch Brothers and Murdoch who caused chaos in the last election for Senate seats.

After all the dirty tricks in the Republican Presidential primary, Karl Rove and others of his ilk who represent the establishments interests need to sit out the rest of this election and let the voters decide.  No more Fox News propping up candidates as they are as bad as the liberal media.  I still haven't recovered from learning that Bain Capital bought Clear Channel in 2007.  No wonder some of the pundits are so pro-Romney.  

Also cannot believe that Iowa moved their primary to January 3rd which is one day after the New Year's Day Bowls.  University of Oklahoma is meeting Iowa in the Insight Bowl on the night of the 30th in Tempe, AZ, so if Iowa fans want to be part of the caucus, they will have to return right away to Iowa to be part of the caucus instead of enjoying the sun of the Phoenix area this year.  Sure hope it is warmer than last year when we were in Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl.

The month of December should be free of debates and no caucus or primary should be before February 1st.  What is the purpose to move a caucus to the 3rd of January?  This whole election cycle smells with the way it is being run.

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