Shut Up About the Shutdown

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As we enter another week of the government shutdown, I’ve noticed more and more talk about it and its potential impact to our economy and to the furloughed government workers and service members and their families. Since we haven’t devolved into Thunderdome yet, I’m thinking we’re doing okay, but the media seem ultra concerned about the shutdown as though we’re one story away from total anarchy.

As both a freedom-loving individual and a lower middle class wage earner, I see both sides of the equation. On the one hand, living paycheck to paycheck is subsistence, not living. On the other hand, not having government worm its way into my life (and my wallet) as much is a good thing. Somewhere in between, there is a happy medium.

But since we have toddlers in Congress, we can’t have that. Republicans blame Democrats for not agreeing to $5 billion to fund a wall/barrier/fence/garden wall that President Donald Trump wants. Democrats blame Republicans for not doing anything about it when they had control of the House and Senate. Trump is blaming Democrats for not wanting to come to the table about the wall, after saying he would take full responsibility for shutting down the government.

Is anyone else tired of the shutdown talk?

Yes, I see the irony of writing a blog post talking about not wanting to talk about the shutdown, but the point is still the same. People are tired of the back and forth between sides that don’t want to be the first to blink. Take ideology off the table for a moment, folks, and look at what the core of the matter is. It’s not national security. It’s not amnesty. It’s not separating families or curtailing crimes committed by illegal immigrants. It’s not an allegedly racist President wanting to stroke his ego or a Congress whose approval ratings are lower than a snail’s belt buckle.

It’s about a wall. Period.

All of this macho posturing over a damn wall that won’t mean a thing unless there’s real change in the way we address illegal immigration. And, spoiler alert, only one side of this shutdown debacle is even talking about matters beyond a wall, and rarely at that. Meanwhile, the other side has members who want ICE abolished because reasons. Actually, they want ICE abolished because doing so allows more illegals into the country…to vote for Leftist candidates.

Put simply, the wall is a metaphor for the political aspirations of two sides who really don’t give a damn about us, but they care enough to shill for our votes and take our campaign donations. It’s political theater where you pay out the nose for a bag of popcorn and watch the crappiness play out. Wait. That’s the current movie-going experience. Nevermind!

You know what might stop the posturing and jockeying for position? If we stop paying attention to it. Fire doesn’t last if it’s deprived of oxygen, and so do political shenanigans like the shutdown/wall controversy. There are a lot better things out there to be spending time on than rehashing the same tired arguments about why we need/don’t need a wall. Like, and I’m just throwing this out there, reading a thoughtful, occasionally humorous, and well-written blog like mine. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing…

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of merriment and joy (or failing that a lot of cool presents). Right around Christmas, our friends on the Left were lamenting that some of our fellow citizens weren’t going to have a Merry Christmas because that mean ole Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress demanded a border wall and would allow the government to shut down if the wall wasn’t funded. Yes, everyone from our military to Memaw and Pepaw were going to feel the pinch of Republican greed, all for a wall nobody wants or needs. If the shutdown lasted more than a few hours, America would be turned into a post-apocalyptic hellscape where cannibalism, anarchy, and (God forbid) another season of the “Murphy Brown” reboot would be on the air.

Thankfully, none of that happened, but one has to wonder about the Left’s concern over whether the government shut down. And I might just have the answer. Or at least, I can ramble for a few hundred words and sound like I have the answer.

government shutdown

What the Left thinks it means – a horrible condition that threatens the very fabric of our country

What it really means – the best possible example for why small government works best

If you paid no attention to the media around Christmas, count your blessings. And you wouldn’t have known there was a government shutdown threatened or going on. That’s because government shutdowns typically don’t affect that many people outside of the government. The mail still came more or less on time. Gas prices didn’t skyrocket. Our lives were pretty much untouched.

But that doesn’t make for a good story. So, every good Leftist does what he/she/it does in a situation like this: stir up as much fear as he/she/it can. Usually, this tactic works because the party that is deemed responsible for the shutdown (i.e. Republicans) gets lambasted, which causes them to cave in under public opinion. Then, government gets funded and Leftists are happy until, well, they get outraged about something else, which is usually within microseconds.

So, why all the fear-mongering? The Left derives a lot of its power from government. They need to since their ideas tend to suck more than a Dyson being operated by Michael Bay at the center of a black hole. Once they have the force of government behind them, though, their ideas are the best things out there, mainly because they tend to be the only things they allow to be released. Strip the force of government away, and the Left has to argue the merits of their ideas, which turns out about as well as any Michael Bay movie.

Along with this is the fear the Left has that people will realize how little government they actually need in their lives. When you really think about the government shutdowns we’ve had in the past 20 years or so, the country got along pretty well without our “leaders” in Washington telling us what to do. Some parts of our lives, such as national defense and road construction, do need to have state and federal government involvement. As cool as it would be to own a fleet of warships, the maintenance costs are a bit on the hefty side. Ditto with the cost of training and maintaining police and fire departments. But a lot of what the federal government does either impedes innovation, causes unnecessary hoops to jump through for simple tasks, or duplicates work. Or, in some cases, does all three simultaneously, showing a level of government efficiency that boggles the mind and breaks my Irony Meter.

This brings us to a logical question: why are there government shutdowns in the first place? You can thank both major parties for that. Since 2007, Congress has not submitted an actual budget for the President to sign. Instead, the House and Senate have been passing Continuing Resolutions in lieu of an actual budget in order to keep the government’s doors open. Each one is only good for a certain amount of time, so unless they get approved repeatedly the government shuts down. Funny that an entity that thinks $400 is a reasonable price for a hammer would be that bad with money…

The Continuing Resolution also makes things easier for Congress. With a budget, Congress has to spend money in the ways outlined in the budget, so additional expenditures require additional work, and they’re already pushing themselves, what with only working about half the week, if that. With a Continuing Resolution, however, there aren’t as many restrictions. Basically, it’s the government blackmailing itself to pay for stuff. So, instead of having to allocate funds so every member of Congress gets a pony or propose a spending bill that allows Congress to buy a pony for each member, the Continuing Resolution gets the job done in a fraction of the time, which leaves Congress more time to…do nothing.

This is the point in my Leftist Lexicon blog where I try to offer up a suggestion of what we can do to fix the situation. Unfortunately, short of a wholesale purging of the House and Senate, there isn’t much we can do. We’re stuck with the bozos in office until they’re up for reelection, and Helen Keller was a better listener than the majority of Congresscritters out there. However, there is one thing we can do: enjoy our freedom from government while it lasts. Eventually, a Continuing Resolution will get passed and government will get back to making our lives more difficult and frustrating than they need to be.

So, Happy New Year!

Government 101

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It seems that the people who post items like this are ignorant on how government works. They must have failed their high school government class and payed no attention to the Schoolhouse Rock spot for “I’m Just a Bill”.

First of all President Trump, or any President for that matter, has absolutely no control what-so-ever as to what passes in the House or Senate. None. But let’s look at facts instead of hate mongering on the President.

H.R. 299 The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, is a bill that originated in the House of Representatives. That is why it has the name that begins with H.R. That stands for House Resolution. This particular bill was introduced by a Republican Representative from California in January of 2017. This fact of course gets over looked by the Left.

It takes a while for a bill to go through committee, hearings, debate and committee vote before it gets released out to the general House for a full vote. In the case of this bill this didn’t happen until June of 2018, a year and a half since it was introduced. And this bill passed the House with support from Republican and Democratic Party members by 382 to 0.

At that point the bill went over to the Senate Veteran Affairs committee for hearings, debate, and committee vote before it will go to the full Senate. This bill didn’t fail in the Senate yet. It is still in committee awaiting a committee vote which was just recently proposed by both Democratic and Republican members of the committee.

If this bill dies in committee, it will be the fault of the Senate Veteran Affairs committee members, not that of President Trump. If the committee passes the bill, it will go for a full Senate debate and vote. They could tack on additional amendments which would delay the process as it would then have to go back to the House again. If no such changes are made to it and it passes the full Senate vote when it comes. Then President Trump actually becomes involved.

The President has 10 days to sign the bill making it law. If he does not it will become law anyway if Congress is in session. If Congress is not in session during that 10 day period and the President doesn’t sign it then the bill will die.

The President could veto the bill if something was tacked on to it by either house of Congress that the President disagrees with and send it back to Congress to deal with it. If both houses pass it again, without modification, it would override the President’s veto and it would become law that way. Our President needs line item veto to be able to pass good legislation while trimming the fat from it.

So at this point the President doesn’t have anything to do with this bill until it really reaches his desk. If this bill fails it is due to the legislature, not the president. Stop hating on the President for things he has no control over what so ever.

Health Insurance is not Care

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The debate in the US Senate is not about health care. What was passed last month in the US House was not about health care. Even the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly called ObamaCare was not about health care either.

None of these bills or laws have to do with health care. They are all about health insurance. And there is a huge difference between health care and health insurance. The terms cannot be used interchangeably.

Neither ObamaCare or TrumpCare are good for the American people, the economy, or even the insurance industry. Both are only about health insurance reform disguised as health care and falsely labeled as such. It is a discredit to the American people to claim either of these acts as health care. And both really don’t address the health insurance situation correctly.

To seriously address health insurance reform the insurance companies need to operate in a completely free market. Congress needs to end the patch work of laws across the several States as they now exist. Allowing insurance companies to operate across those state lines.

This will open up the available pools for both the corporate and individual health insurance markets. Thus driving premiums down and services will increase as competition grows. It is a win-win for all parties concerned and it is also the American way of doing business.

Congress also would need to address the stranglehold of regulations that plague the insurance industry as well. Some regulations are of course necessary to protect the consumer as well as the issuing company. But there shouldn’t be any more than what is necessary. This too will allow insurance rates to decline as the insurance companies can devote such resources out of government compliance departments and into services offered.

I will make note that preexisting conditions needs to be discussed in the health insurance reform. However, providing for preexisting conditions is not insurance. It is welfare. And people should be covered with preexisting conditions. If one has a preexisting health condition and no laps of coverage in their insurance it should be simply covered by insurance. If there has been a laps of coverage then it becomes a welfare issue.

With health insurance, there should be no mandate necessary with the operation of allowing insurance companies to cross state lines. There is no need for subsidies or penalties. And there is no reason to have coverage for something one would never use … like birth control by men or prostate exams for women. Forcing these coverage’s is truly a sign the situation is out of control.

Once this becomes law and health insurance reform has taken effect and is working. Then Congress will need to address health care reform. But would need to get input from patients and the medical practitioners as well.

The New Year

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It’s now 2017 and President Obama just has a few short days left in the White House. On January 20th the United States will swear in the 45th President, Donald J. Trump.

The Left is still in total shock that Hillary Clinton lost the election. And many are acting far worse than those who opposed Obama’s rise to the Presidency in 2008 and 2012 combined.

Many of us on the Conservative Right had hoped that Obama’s policies would fail. Showing that Liberalism does not work. But most of us did not wish ill upon President Obama and we actually prayed for him.

The Liberal Left on the other hand is already calling for the President-Elect’s impeachment before he is even in office. And many of them are wishing his death.

That should give any reader a clear representation of the difference between a Liberal and a Conservative.

There will be somethings that President Trump can do right away. But other things will take time and the backing and consent of Congress.

With the Republican majority in both Houses the task should be easier. But there are elements within the Republican Party who are just as anti-Trump as the Liberal Left Marxist.

Our new Administration and President will not have a cake walk. But he is in the right place at the right time in history.

I believe that Donald J. Trump will make a good President. And I do intend to hold him and Congress accountable for the promises made. There is no excuse this time for not getting things done in the coming months and years.

Iranian Nuclear Deal

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The Deal with Iran created by President Obama is only best for Iran. This deal is not good for the United States or any of its allies in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world for that matter. It opens the door for Iran to get everything that they want and when they want it. It will allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons which in turn will be used against us and Israel.

Given Iran’s history of deciet it is inconceivable that they will actually keep their side of any deal offered. They may agree to it, but they are not required to abide by it. Because they will use Islamic law which allows them to break deals with non-musliums.

This deal must be defeated. And if it is defeated by Congress, who is supposed to make our laws and treaties with other nations, President Obama has stated he will veto the measure anyway. If that happens then Congress must immediently reject it a 2nd time so that the President gets the message loud and clear.

My personal thoughts on this matter and given the history of our Congress which has no backbone. The following will happen. Congress with reject the Iranian Nuclear Deal and President Obama will veto the rejection. And then Congress will shrug it’s shoulders stating nothing can be done and we have to abide by it now.