Why I think firing the Special Prosecuter would be a bad idea..


On my first thought, I decided that this was a rather straightforward idea: if you have nothing to fear why go through all the trouble to make yourself look guilty?

Anybody around at the time of Watergate, or who remembers what that was, will remember the night that President Richard Nixon fired a bunch of the Watergate prosecutors, and how that made him look even guiltier than that the missing 18 minutes in the White House Tapes, the ones where he recorded everything that was said in his office.  We don’t know, for sure, what was on those 18 minutes, and the White House said the erasure was an accident.  The problem with that came out when it was shown that for the secretary to have erased those tape she would have had to have been a contortionists who could hold that pose for the entire 18 minutes.  Not likely.

Maybe the overall problem was, as Nixon would say later, that he allowed an “atmosphere” into the White House that allowed his staff to believe he would support them, or maybe he was just a crook.

The upshot of all this was that taken together, the tapes, the missing part of the tape, the firing itself,  and the number of staff members who went to jail it was plain to the world that he just headed off the impeachment with his resignation.

There might have been nothing more to it than over-enthusiastic staff playing at being spies, or it could be that Nixon himself was behind it, we can but conjecture as the White House spent so much time stonewalling the whole thing.

My point is, even if there were no collusion with the Russians, President Trump seems to be working hard in an effort to make us think there is something to the idea.

So what if a number of his aids are under investigation or have pleaded guilty to charges, or even his threats to derail the entire investigation, right now you can’t say yes, or no, to the idea.

What I suggest is simple.  I would like President Trump to come out in supporting the overall search for the truth.  It might be hard to prove there was no collusion as it is often hard to prove something did not happen.

I can see where he might be concerned with the possibility of an impeachment proceeding taking place, as they do not use the same rules of law as found in a real court and an impeachment might just be politically motivated, in which case maybe he can get it done while the Republicans still hold Congress?  At least those who decide they want to go on record as supporting the Donald.

I am not sure if the double jeopardy applies to Congress, they might even try again, if a first attempt fails, after the mid-terms.

We might even be able to sneak a few people into the White House staff who have at least some idea what they are doing?

 

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

P.S.  In the interest of full disclosure I would like to state that in 2016 I voted for the Libertarian Candidate.

 

Grading Lawmakers?


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.

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

Party Platform? Is that anyway to vote?


Official photo of Florida Governor Charlie Crist
Official photo of Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember the old voting booths where there were a series of lever that you flipped over to denote who you wanted to vote for..  I also remember that there was, in the general election, a lever that you could use to vote for a strict party vote..

A candidates party affiliation is good for getting an idea of what the candidates views are.  If you agree with that candidate you should vote for them.  I just happen to believe that when you vote, your vote should be for the person you believe will be the best fit for that job.

So, what am I trying to say here?  Let me put it to you this way.

For the last several years it seem that the American budget talks are getting held hostage by party interest.  At one point they formed a 12 person committee that met with the President to decide what to do…  The committee came up with a number of suggestion and put a bill together that, with the agreement of President Obama, sailed through the House and died in the Senate when Harry Reid refused to bring it up for a vote…  He said the Republicans were to blame for him not even bringing it up for consideration, even though a Democrat President Obama had helped in its formation.

There are times like this when you can see that our politicians, who are supposed to Represent our interest, care less about the people than they do their party..

A couple of years ago, during the Florida Governor debates, Bill McCollum pretty much called Rick Scott a crook.  Then, once Scott had won the primary McCollum, cam out and endorsed him….  Did McCollum not believe Scott was a crook, or was he more interested in putting PARTY FIRST.

When the politicians are more interested in their parties agenda we have to remember that WE, the American People, are the ones that get screwed…..  If these people were more interested in doing what was right for the country, and not just their party, we would have a budget done EVERY year.

What WE need to do is get leaders into office and NOT PARTY FLUNKIES.

We are a Democracy because we elect our own crooks.  We are a Republic because we elect people who are supposed to represent OUR interest…  What we have been doing for a number of years seem to be putting the Party Flunkies into power.

We had a governor who was not afraid to side with the Democrats when he thought they were right.  The Republicans said he was not Republican enough, as he did not vote along strict party lines, and so he became an independent, and then a Democrat.  By some accounts Charlie Crist was an even more popular Governor than Jeb Bush.  As a Presently Registered Republican I would vote for Charlie Crist if he runs again.

What we need to do is find and nurture the kind of people who are willing to put the interest of the American people over the interest of their Party, and get rid of the PARTY FLUNKIES who have not been doing a good job of representing US.

Fair is Fair, or it should be.


No Trespassing
No Trespassing (Photo credit: pocius)

As I sit here, in front of my computer, it is Saturday afternoon, it seems as if every moron with a robo-dialer is calling to spew more lies about the other parties candidates  in an effort to see, I guess, just how pissed off they can make us in the last couple of days before the elections.

I have an 82 year old mother who sleeps a lot.  This is no because she is lazy but,  she is too sick to do much more than sleep.  I understand, and agree, that the people we will put into office are important but, I would like that 82 year old lady to be able to get some sleep with out the phone ringing every few minutes, then again I would like to think we would have a shot a getting an honest politician in office and we, you and I, know that ain’t going to happen.

For about two years now we have be subjected to the Presidential Race with each side telling its fairy tales about the other, or what they are going to do.  Now we are coming to the big finale and the push to get our vote is on.

Maybe I could count up the annoyances, keep a list of which party they are, and  then vote for the least annoying group.

My other suggestion is this…  We put our phone numbers on both the State and Federal “Do Not Call” list,  while I understand that the people who pass this law left a number of loopholes, say truck sized, I would think that people would understand calling people on the list is like knocking on their door after stepping around the “No Trespass” sign.

I for one am getting tired of hearing from the Republican Party of Florida, the Republican National Clowns, or the Democratic anything.  Maybe they should leave us their phone number so we can call them ad nauseum with our robo-dial machine to let them know we are tired of hearing their lies, or just their voice.  It was bad enough with the mailers.  They are to hard to be useful as toilet paper, they are written on both sides so you can use them for IMPORTANT things like the grocery list, and I am not really sure about how to dispose of them because, just looking at whats on them, I am sure they must belong in the biohazard, or toxic waste, can.

So..  they should either let us fire back, or put some teeth into the Do Not Call list.

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

What is it with these people?


“I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” Mr. Mourdock said. “And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” So says Richard Mourdock, a Republican Senate candidate from Indiana.  What is he really saying?  Is he saying that Jehovah intended the rape, or that Jehovah used the rape as an excuse to make the woman pregnant?  The phrase “they walk among us” comes to mind.

Then there is Todd Akin‘s remarks that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

I can see where Republicans would be against abortion but, I can’t see where they would be coming up with blatantly stupid comments such as this.  So I ask, again, “what is with these people”.

I understand that our politicians seem to have an aversion to the truth but, can’t they at least think about what they are saying BEFORE they say it?  I can’t even imagine what it is like to have ben raped, and don’t want to know, and I CAN NOT conceive of a God who would INTEND someone to experience that, or who would leave her a pregnancy that would forever remind her of that experience.

If the voters elect either of these two morons I would have to say “you deserve the kind of government that YOU elect”.

Personally, if I one of these bozos was the only choice my party put of for an election I would have to vote for somebody, anybody, else.  I would love to be able to, in good conscience, vote my party but, there are limitations on STUPIDITY that should not be exceeded, and these guys have gone way past that..

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.