Three more opponents of Florida GOP Senate hopeful Carlos Beruff are criticizing him after it was reported Sunday that he referred to President Obama as “an animal” while speaking in front of a group of St. John’s County Republicans last week. “Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he’s an animal, OK — seven […]
I don’t like either of these guys.. The President because, he seems to have spent the last couple of years doing his best to RUIN this country..
and Carlos Beruff because he shows a lack of civility and couth, which, as far as I can see, places him in the same group with the barbarians.. I do not care if he was saying the animal bit because President Obama is black, or not, that was a rude, uncivil comment, that says more about him than it does President Obama.. I don’t want someone like that to represent me in the Senate,
I keep seeing laws passed as a way to grade schools on the effectiveness of it teachings. There have been a number of arguments about this range from : the teachers will only teach for the test, and the students won’t learn anything, to how students who enroll during the year, transfers from other schools, will effect the score.. So it is really plain to see, at least in my view, that there are legit questions about the usefulness of this idea..
We like to score things. Students by their scores, teachers by the students scores, schools by the teacher’s scores, large corporation by their Profit/Expense score, and stock prices..
For each of these groups there is a penalty for failure.. Students might not graduate, teachers might not get renewed, schools might lose funding, and CEO might be given a “Golden Parachute”.
One area we might extend this idea to is the people who write our laws, set the budgets, and generally seem to see their job not as representing the people but, thwarting the other party.
How could we do this, and to what end..
Not long ago the Florida State senate decided the play the closure game with the state budget..
A couple of years ago the U.S. Congress was wrestling with the idea of increasing the debt ceiling. To this end they got together a group, made up of Republicans and Democrats, that was to work in unison with the President of the U.S. The did work something out. It passed the house, and the then Senate leader, Harry Reid, would not even put it before the Senate… He said his not putting the bill before the full Senate was the Republicans fault.. He He..
Now, since doing these things is part of the job they got elected for would not the failure to pass budgets be considered a failure? Like a student who does not pass his test, shouldn’t there be some kind of penalty associated with not doing their job?
Just look at how the politicians have spent so much time yammering about people’s “party loyalty”. What was this thing about a Republican Loyalty Oath? It was an oath of loyalty to the “party” not the people they represent which would be all of the people in their district.. NOT JUST THE PEOPLE IN THEIR PARTY.
Just to give you an idea of what kind of thing I am ranting about, consider this.. When President Obama was running for his current job he had a seat in the Senate.. though he was out campaigning most of the time, rather then representing the people in his state.. Was it Marco Rubio who got on one of the Intelligence committees and then missed half the briefings?
When was the last time thy passed a budget, the full one and not just a budget to keep the wheels turning because they could not get a full budget worked out?
I understand they are supposed to log in for votes, though I also understand that some of their aides vote for them.. So I have an idea.
Lets help them understand what the average worker, those little people who pay their salary, has to do. Lets give them time cards, maybe digital, that they can use to clock in on the floor.. If they miss a portion of the business day, the times the House, or Senate, is in session then, they get docked for the proportionate amount of time they missed.. and if the things such as the budget don’t pass then they can give that money back.. as they did not do their jobs..
Oh, and it should be a felony for any of their aides to cast their vote for them, if they can’t do it themselves they should get a real job.
Of course, if they ever did anything like this, they would just put an extra clause that exempted them from the law..
Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, or even a Libertarian, if those people, in whatever district, are more interested in Party Politics then they are not representing YOU.
so says a fictional Army General, Gen. Douglas Freeman, in one of Ian Slater‘s book having to do with a fictional WWiii which by the way has nothing to do with women’s wrestling. When I first read the general’s comments to the press I was torn.. Did he insult the prostitutes by not saying “they are way better than politicians and more useful”?
Then it occurred to me that this might be a very apt analogy.. Think of it.. The prostitute goes up and down the street. Dresses in a way to get your attention, and then screws you.. The politicians sometime talk about “on the street”, so yeah they are out there, they dress up as whatever might interest you. So you have one group that dresses itself as either male/female and other that clothess itself as democrat/republican. The politician/prostitute idea even works to the extent that you will wind up, once in a while, with either a cross dresser, a pre-operation transgender, or even someone who has already made the change..
In both cases it is up to you to see which one you want to rent/vote for. … There are all kinds of different directions this could go but, the main point is that when it comes to voting for a politician you should look at their real voting record… Look at what they really voted for, and YOU decide what that means… Keep in mind what they say but, compare that to how they really voted in the past..
I am reminded of the debate, I forget which one it was, between Romney and Obama. Romney accused Obama of cutting oil production by %17 when he trashed leases held by oil companies… Obama said that there was %00 production loss because they just took leases away from companies that were NOT USING them.. Obama has not been entirely truthful with us, just look at what he said about Obamacare and how not only would your premiums go down but you would not be denied your current Doctor, or policy. That was not entirely true but, did he just not understand the law he was pushing, or did he lie to us. On the other hand was Romney telling a fib by telling us about how Obama’s actions cut production… ?
When you see these ads coming out that target various politicians take time to look at the facts and decide if what they say is true…. There have been some ads that targeting Nancy Detert, put out by a group called Americans For Prosperity, that say she voted against allowing parents, with children in failing schools, go have these school turned into charter schools and run by private companies…
Nancy Detert answered that one with two points… The taxpayers bought that school, by way of the country school board, and should not just hand it over to someone who has no financial investment in it… The other is that by she did not believe a public school should be turned over to a groups that, so far, have a %5 chance of failure compared to %1 of the publics schools… So, we would take a school away from the people who invested to have it built, and turn it over to people who just move in and are 5 times more likely to fail than the public schools… then if they do fail where are we? Starting over..
There are plenty of attack ads out there, as every groups attempts to discredit what another is trying to do, by twisting the meaning of what is said, or done, in a way to make that group look bad. Some of it might even be true but, there is usually a slant on what they say.. For example there is a video where a, so called, reporter as Detert why a certain tax on business was taken out of a bill in order to benefit the wealthy and her reply was that the tax in question was in a stand alone bill and so would be redundant… He was trying to say one thing, that they were helping the wealthy by dropping a tax while she said that they dumped it because it wasn’t needed in the bill and was in one the Governor was putting forth..
The point here is simple… They can say what they want but it is up to us to figure out if what they say is “really true”…
To give you an example.. This Blog, as the title says, is “My View of the World by Joe” and as such it is my view of things based on how I perceive them… I will admit that I am not a journalist. I do not go racing out to the news so that I can ask people questions, such as “how did you feel when you saw the man murder your daughter/son/husband/wife/brother/sister/whatever”… What I will do is read up on it and then give my view, based on my perception, of what is reported, and then try to make sense of it, and maybe ask a few questions…
Maybe I will get you to change your perception of things, and maybe I won’t but, either way I hope to get you thinking about it..
Most of my material, as you may have noticed, comes from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune at HT.com and my favorite source for thought is from Tom Lyons… both are rather liberal, though he seems to have more common sense that the average liberal..
So, today I want to talk about the two party system that we have, and how they are perceived…
Since this article is about perception I will not try to convince you that these accusation are anything more than SOMEONES PERCEPTION.
First the Democrats….
Democrats are often seen as trying to make themselves more appealing to the criminal element and illegal immigrants by continually trying to give illegal immigrants rights and privileges reserved for legal immigrants and citizens… making it easier for people who are not supposed to be here in the first place to get social services, vote and go to our schools.. In some states people with out documents can even get special driver’s licenses. The Democrats continue to tell us that it is wrong to make someone prove they are themselves, by use of a picture I.D. , when they go to vote in an election… Think about the number of places you have to show an I.D. to do, or get, such as the Pharmacy, travel through an Air Port, getting money from the bank, or to cash a check at the store.
Some people would go so far as to tell you that since we have Law Enforcement agencies to protect us there is really no need for us to own firearms, and that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
means that the right to bear arms is reserved for the government.. The myth of “to serve and protect” started by the Los Angles Police Department has been busted by a number of Police Chiefs who have said tha the purpose of their departments is NOT to protect us from crime but to response to criminal acts… They advocate the creation of more Police type organization, armed of course, that will have heavier and heavier firepower than the citizens.. If you don’t believe me just look up how many organizations have police powers.. I was surprised to find out that is some larger cities the Post Office has uniformed police patrols… The POST OFFICE? I was watching the Animal Planet on Comcast one day… There were armed officers getting in cars clearly marked ASPCA… They have Police powers?
Check out the number of Police Departments in New York City where they seem to have a cop for everything.. Sanitation Police anyone.. Do they shoot the people who litter or don’t recycle?
All of this is really a matter of perception but it does some times seem that the left is trying to give more rights to the people who are not supposed to be here by taking them away from those of us who are here legally…
Now for the Republicans…
They talk about people taking responsibility for their actions and how it is up to the individual to make his way in the world… not the governments job… This is often seen as an attack on the poor. The Republicans are more inclined toward free enterprise with the idea that the government is responsible for helping people create their own wealth and by not giving it to them.. When President Obama talked about the man who had his own business, and how he had done it himself, he put his foot in his mouth, maybe he just did not say it the way he ment to, by saying that man had not done it by himself as the government had made the roads and all those things that helped him build up that business… If you watched the video of his speech President Obama seemed to be saying that the Federal Government did all the things that allowed him to build his company.. Like what? The Roads? Even the Interstates are not build by the Feds.. Sure the Federal agencies put the roads on a map but they give this map to the states who obtains the needed land, purchase the road beds, and then hire private contractors to build the roads that the people pay for with the federal gas tax, which the Feds had out like it was THEIR MONEY. It would not be the job of the Federal Government to make his company for him but, they should at least be able to help keep a business landscape that enable him to build up that company.. himself.
When it come to business interest the Republicans are seen as caving in to the interest of BIG BUSINESS, sometime to the detriment of people’s interest. Down here there is a constant fight between people who want to have controlled growth, so that we do not out build the roads, water, or services, and the people who want to just allow builder to put anything anywhere..
If you listen to some Republicans you will hear about how to current government regulations hinder the various corporations in the conduct of their business.. Take the Deep Horizon disaster, or the recent financial collapse.. Both of these were covered by government regulations but both happened, and that includes the great PONZI scheme of Bernie Madoff, while government was supposed to be watching but wasn’t. So before was talk about cutting back on the regulations, some of which are there to ensure a safe environment, lets make sure the regulators are doing their jobs with the tools they have…
So, yes, this is about perceptions.. There are, as the saying goes, three sides to any story.. Mine, yours, and the truth. It is up to us to discover what that truth really is and the make sure we elect people who are more interested in our interest than they are at getting re-elected.
It is afterall a Government “by, of, and for THE PEOPLE“, not “by, of, and for THE CORPORATIONS”.
I would like, one day, to see a voter tally saying that %100 of the eligible voters did so… or at least something like %75, or better. In 2010 we had a figure of %41 who voted in the Statewide elections.
That was rather depressing..
With the economy still in the dumps many local governments are trying to save money, to offset reduced revenue, and so Sarasota Country Supervisor of Election, Kathy Dent, is planning to shut down some of the polling places. She says this will save the county something like $100,000 per election. The ACLU and NAACP have said that this will disenfranchise some voters who will now have to travel a greater distance to vote, maybe up to 2 miles?
The legislature has passed new requirements for voting… cutting down on the number of early voting days, picture IDs, and a requirement that those groups who do voter registrations, volunteer groups who take an interest in getting the voter to do just that, would have a shorter window to turn in the names they gather.
Mrs. Dent suggested that those who would have to travel that 2 miles, and don’t have a car, might want to use a mail-in vote, unless of course that walk to the mailbox is too far. There used to be a time when the only people who used the mail-in ballots were shut ins, or people who would not be in the area at the time of the vote, such as people on vacation, military stationed out of state, or people who had real reasons for not being able to go to the polls.
So, I will ask again, “how important is your vote”?
Its not like you have to dodge bullets, like they do in some countries. It all depends on how “IMPORTANT” your vote is, and looking at the 2010 elections I would think that %59 of the people thought that their vote was just too inconvenient.