Senate: If not you—who? If not now—when?
Open Letter to All United States Senators Dear Senator, When I was in school, we were taught that the United States Senate was “the world’s greatest deliberative body”. Under your current majority leader, it has been run more like the Soviet Politburo, with dissent, deliberation, and true debate stifled at every turn. The very idea of amending a bill or resolution AFTER debate has ceased, | Read More »
It is quite clear that the deceptively-named “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare), was NOT supported by “We the People” when it was crammed down our throats three years ago so we could “see what’s in it”. Its popularity has plummeted since then as we’ve found out. Support has dwindled in recent months among the middle and lower classes whose very jobs are threatened by it | Read More »
Syria is Not our Fight
Congress: There are no “good guys” in this one. Nothing there is worth American sons’ and daughters’ blood or American treasure. If the surrounding nations (who arguably are truly at risk here if any are) do not support the action, why should we? Our brave military is sworn to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. They are not sworn to | Read More »
Planned Parenthood Mourns Death? Really?
Please permit me to share a short personal observation. Saturday, while driving on the Gulf Freeway South of Houston, I noticed flags flying at half-mast. That wasn’t terribly unusual in today’s endless and instantaneous reporting of catastrophes near and far. What did strike me as odd was that the place the flags were flying low was the infamous largest-in-the-nation Planned Parenthood® facility. The group that | Read More »
The Democratic Party’s Income Tax
The U.S. income tax code is infamous for its complexity (think special interest lobbyists), and its “progressive” nature—named not for the fact that it increases with increasing income but rather, because it was the brainchild of the Progressive party that is now called the Democratic Party. In that sense, maybe we should call it the “Democratic Party Income Tax”. However, let’s assume that there are | Read More »
Income tax rates…what is “fair”?
As we wrap up the annual waste-of-lives-endeavor (the federal income tax system), a poll again seems relevant. The poll reported in the Wall Street Journal asked what would be a “fair” tax, not on hard-earned, everything-at-risk, rags-to-riches American success story individuals but rather, for a lottery windfall. The results revealed that less than one-fourth chose a rate for the mega-million lottery winners of over 30% | Read More »
Grassroots or RNC Elites?
The rules changes crammed down the “yelling at the top of their lungs “NO” ” throats via a scripted teleprompter-driven “approval” at Tampa are under fire this week when the Republican National Committee meets. Breitbart reports that about 60 well known national conservatives have sent a letter of protest to RNC Chair Reince Priebus calling for changing those terribly unpopular rule changes that caused an | Read More »