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We all (I hope) are looking to have a National leader who can take us forward in a good way .We have had many leaders in the past who have attempted this feat and while not failing have come up short. Looking at the common theme in these past administrations we voters should see the connecting line. That line is the 535 members of Congress. We have good, bad and awful in this situation. There are congressional members and there are statesmen, the major difference is that statesmen (or women) reach across party lines to do the best job for the people they represent, the members just do what is best for themselves and their backers. It is easy to say or agree to anything that will get them by while still doing nothing of value for their districts. It is worth pointing out that their “districts” should be the whole United States including its territories and commonwealths, even though their immediate areas are not in those areas. We have a responsibility to ignore the rhetoric and focus on the future under one of the current front-runners, on one side we have a demagogue who (I think) did not think he would get this far and we have on the other side a person who has vast Government experience even though there is baggage that many think is too heavy yet the experience required is there. Keep in mind that politics is a dirty business and anyone in it will have their “dirty laundry” aired and no one is perfect (if any person ascribes to being perfect, beware of them). As a country we need to cast off the past ideals and understand the world stage is no longer populated by just first world  countries and we have to have someone who can engage the various countries in a way that benefits us and them.

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The race is on, now that we have a nominee form each party, the irrelevant, wild and irreverent talk will begin in earnest.  The Trump wagon will now start to race at top speed,  exposing us to so many upcoming and  memorable insults and  inaccuracies. The main words will be “huge, Great and believe me”. Taken in context these words are usually fine but in the context of  speeches to persuade it will get old quickly with people who really listen. This contest is unusual in that one candidate has no political experience and is essentially running on the fumes of several failed also-rans. This is a campaign being pushed along by hate, ignorance and paucity of facts. The Trump supporters are angry at the Government (by extension President Obama) and ignoring the fact that we have a non functioning Congress who they totally ignore as the real cause of many of the issues we face. Consider the fact that Congress is now on a 7 week recess and leaving important work undone along with denial of a hearing for a replacement chief Justice and hoping someone other than a Scamocrat gets into office. Our Dupublican Congress has done no more than obstruct any means to improve the lot of the American people they are so fond of quoting for their own needs. As one of the American people I do not recall telling or asking them to do anything that goes against my interests.


Ted Cruz is at least honest. His speech was met by boo’s and cat calls however he at this point is one of if not the only honest Dupublican in the party. The national party  with great reluctance and reticence fallen in behind the Donald as the candidate for the Presidency. Many of his supporters are single issue voters who seemingly cannot understand what the overall view is and how the single issue vote can bring other problems along that will affect everyone. Ted Cruz (who was called “Lyin’ Ted) spoke with eloquence about his views and while we may not agree with Cruz overall, he has allowed that Donald trump is not the best choice for the party long term. Mr. Cruz is an outsider in Washington and while being radical in a radical party he is at least maintaining his stance on his beliefs. There are several (if not many) Dupublicans who are (distantly) tacitly supporting the nominated candidate for the Presidency. I would like to think these semi supporters are distancing on moral grounds but the reasoning is more about being elected. Our greatest power as voters is first paying attention to these opportunistic office seekers who are no more than fair weather representatives.  These are the office holders who have done nothing for us and continue to cover their poor records with self serving lies and assertions. Politicians who talk about what they have done rather than show it are all suspect and need to be vetted each time they are up for election. Our votes as far as I am concerned are like currency and needs to be spent wisely.

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All of the rhetoric on jobs makes for good press and fires up the general public but not enough people under stand why the job situation is like it is and what should and could  be done about it. Unfortunately too many of us follow the same path of listening to people who have an agenda that does nor include any good for any of us. We have for many years suffered under the hands of self serving politicians who play on our fears and weaknesses for their own ends. There was a statement ascribed to Native Americans in many Westerns which goes like this: “White Man Speaks with Forked Tongue”, now replace white man with politicians and you have  21st century America. 

July 21, 2016

By Rick Newman

The little guy has an unusually loud voice in this year’s presidential election. Angry voters who feel they’re falling behind in the global economy have animated the entire campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who wants to tear up trade deals and impose sharp new tariffs on cheap imports. His Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, has shifted her own views as well, moving toward harsher trade policies and expanded government subsidies for those who are struggling.

The focus on free trade frustrates many economists, who argue that open borders benefit nearly everybody by lowering the cost of products in just about every category. But free-trade supporters increasingly acknowledge that there are also losers from free trade—and that the United States does very little to help them. “Trade isn’t a panacea,” John Murphy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business lobbying group, tells me in the video above. “It doesn’t mean rainbows and unicorns for everyone in the country when trade costs jobs, as it does occasionally.”

So why don’t we do more to help the workers harmed when work leaves the United States for cheaper foreign markets? Murphy outlines a few reasons. First, most government aid money is targeted at disabled workers, unemployment insurance and nutrition assistance. The U.S. government has never spent much on worker retraining, and the amount spent now is actually lower than it was 25 years ago, before the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 1994. Germany spends five to seven times as much as the United States, relative to GDP, helping workers adjust to disruption.

Some jobs are eliminated not by foreign competition but by new technology—and there are few government programs designed to deal with that. Many times it’s a combination of factors that cause a plant to close or a company to cut jobs. Businesses sometimes retrain their own workers or train new ones coming onboard. But no group, in either the public or private sector, is in charge of identifying the broad skills employers need at any given time, forming training programs, determining where the good jobs are and helping the people who need the jobs get there.

Trump and Clinton aren’t yet talking about how to address those problems, but businesses are starting to think about it—partly out of self-interest. “When members of our board of directors come together, one of the things we hear most often is the skills gap they face,” Murphy says. “It’s very difficult for some industries to fill vacancies they need to fill.” Job-seekers who can’t get a phone call returned might find that hard to believe, but the data does show a big gap between the technological skills companies need and the dated, 20th-century capabilities of many unemployed or underemployed workers.

Government moves slowly, however, and it could be a long time before life preservers go out to the people left behind by globalization. For the time being, attacking free trade seems like a simpler way to address the problem.

Rick Newman’s latest book is Liberty for All: A Manifesto for Reclaiming Financial and Political Freedom. Follow him on Twitter: @rickjnewman

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I am really tired of the condoned, overt and covert  biases of the political parties. We all are at once conservatives, liberals and many variations of these labels. This just shows that as individuals we need to be wary of the extremes of these “labels”. Our politicians have for years listed and unfortunately mislabeled their intentions as what the “American People” want. This is why the politics have become so violent. Rationality will win the day if we (the often quoted “American People”) read and understand that politicians have one goal and that goal is power. Power does not translate into good things for us no matter what it appears to be. Once in the big office there are some radical changes in the what the new guy can and will do. Those changes are usually what the majority party in the Congress allows or will sometimes dictate. It is particularly disturbing that even the religious “right”, “moral(?) majority” and the complicit media can not see the forest for the trees. Our inability to parse the rhetoric of the campaigns is a possible cause of the irreverent and rise of the seemingly pre civil war sentiment. My explicit warning to all is again: “Let The Voters beware”. One party or the other in a majority is a reason to worry. We have NO friends in Congress, just people looking for power at our expense.

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Apparently not enough of us read. After listening to the various delegates at the Dupublicans and the speakers it is clear to me that the major parties are both in a high state of dysfunction which leads to the highly contested races. Each of has an opinion and that is as it should be yet all opinions are not equal in that an informed opinion is better than an uninformed or a reasoned one. This state of reasoning is garnered from more the written word from several sources rather than the unilateral sources available in great abundance via the airwaves  and print. No one source is the ultimate authority but a key to being informed is diversity in sources. I have heard delegates who hate their presumptive candidates in some ways then vote for them based on other perceptions. No one candidate is perfect-again no one candidate is perfect! What is said on the campaign trail is not entirely the truth and often becomes unattainable when in office. We must remember the biggest block in initiating any agenda is 535 members of Congress whose own agendas do not necessarily reflect the needs and desires of the country as a whole. Too many of us listen to what the party leaders(?) say but do not attempt to get the facts. Trade, jobs and equality are all issues that have been glossed over with outlandish and often incorrect information which serves to bolster the party’s agenda. People are angry and angry people often make errors in judgement, these errors are what allows our political establishment to foist Their agendas on all of us. As voters we need to embody the old warning of “caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware), think about this when you make a large purchase and the research you do before committing, then apply that to voting for an elected official at any level.

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This excerpt from “The Week” is at once scary and ominous since Rep. King is a sitting member of Congress and I can name a few contributions.  Lewis H. Latimer 1848-1928 He was a pioneer in the development of the electric light bulb. He was also the only black member of the Edison Pioneers, a group of inventors and scientists who worked with Thomas Edison.He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848 and was raised in Boston. He enlisted in the Navy and served as a cabin boy on the U.S.S Massaoitta at the age of sixteen. Latimer was given the assignment to draw plans for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone patent . In 1879 Latimer went to work as a draftsman for Hiram Maxim, who invented the machine gun and headed the electric lighting company. Latimer worked on improving the quality of the carbon filament used in the light bulb. In 1882 he received a patent for an improved process for manufacturing carbon filaments. He died in 1928 and a school was named after him in Brooklyn, New York on May 10,1968.


Gerrett A. Morgan 1875-1963 He is best remembered for his invention of the gas mask and the three-way traffic signal. Morgan was born on March 4,1875 in Paris, Kentucky. He left school after fifth grade at the age of fourteen. He left Kentucky and headed for Cincinnati, Ohio and got a job as a handy man in a sewing shop. Morgan directed his attention to the frequent instances of firemen being overcome by fumes and thick smoke when they went into burning buildings. He perfected breathing device which he patented in 1914. In 1923 Morgan patented an automatic traffic signal which he sold to the General Electric Company for four thousand dollars. In 1963 Garrett A. Morgan died at the age of 88 in Cleveland, Ohio after he was ill for two years.

 In space exploration, there have been ten Hispanic astronauts, including Franklin Chang-Daz and Ellen Ochoa. This list could go on forever.

Republican National Convention

Rep. Steve King wonders aloud on national television what contributions non-whites have made throughout history

July 18, 2016

Don’t expect to see Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) leading the Republican Party’s minority outreach any time soon.

During an appearance Monday afternoon on MSNBC, Charles Pierce, writer-at-large for Esquire, said while discussing the Republican National Convention that if “you’re really optimistic, you could say this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican Party’s attention, it’s platform, it’s public face.” King responded by saying, “This whole ‘white people’ business, though, does get a little tired, Charlie. I mean, I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about? Where did any other sub-group of people contribute more to civilization?”

After being pressed by an incredulous Chris Hayes if he was really talking about white people, King backed off, and said he meant “western civilization.”

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Listening to the various attendees responding to reporters at the RNC convention, I have determined that these folks who support Trump know less about what is and has occurred in Government in the last 8 years. Many of these folks are in Government Federal, state and local. One speaker stated that Barack Obama got nothing done. This is only partly true but the real issue is the fact that the Dupublican leaders determined that the President would get no help from them once they got control of the Congress. As voters we have seen the results of their control. If the truth is ever put out, it will be clear that Political parties are no more than disseminators of party lines and little truth. The farther away a party member is from the source, the more the information is diluted and misconstrued, as much second and third hand information often is. How much clearer can it be when the Leader of the Senate states that this President will get nothing passed and would not consider a vote on a High Court candidate. All of these Political machinations are a direct slap in the face of the voters. These are the same people who always cite the wants of “American people” as reasons or causes for their actions or inactions. Regardless of who the becomes the Next President our job as voters is to concentrate on the lesser elections to make changes in the system and pay close attention to what the already seated officials tell us as most of it is political theater that we pay dearly to see. The speakers at The Dupublican convention have punctuated the discourse over the state of America with more poorly reasoned utterances and deceiving their constituents at the same time. The mentality of anger and mistrust of the Government with no facts results in the current Congress continuing in the same unimpeded direction.

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The ongoing debate, shout outs, protests and riotous behaviors have many folks up in “arms” about lives that matter. In a simplistic sense: All Lives Do matter! The reactionary forces have each excerpted the “lives matter” platform and used it to further divide. This plays right into the hands of the true subversives in America. It may be an abstract idea to most but our Congress, many elected State and municipal officials are the true subversives. These are the people we pay little attention to except in  crisis, at election times and during  emergencies. The facts are that these folks have no problem posing a divisive agenda to maintain, gain or enhance their positions for as long as they can. These are the people who since the inception of the America as a country pushed agendas to fight the Native Americans (who were here first), conduct the Salem Witch trials, condone slavery and continue to use race , religion as dividers. If you are old enough to vote , you may reflect on past political campaigns which were as awful as the current one but with less vile and malicious rhetoric. The back and forth is more akin to a school yard fight which never ends and after a while no one knows what started it. Of course all lives matter but only (it seems) when it serves the late comers to the issue or the rebutters who ignore the core facts in the issue much like the pro slavery folks who want the status quo to remain the same. The slide to reality is peppered with snags of lies, deceit and ignorance. Our Congress has been involved in more misinformation, subterfuge than many of us know and possibly care to know. The facts are clear, the money spent on the Clinton Impeachment  trial, the Benghazi investigation, the 1950’s McCarthy hearings all to no clear end with a huge cost to the American Voters. If we as voters do not pay attention to the reality of politics then perhaps none of our Lives matter! America is (was and can be again) one of a handful of countries that has the overall freedom to elect, protest and oust our government officials without a war. We can vote or not for who we want to serve but we need to do our home work before making that big step and then All Lives will truly matter.

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Party of Lincoln? Listening to all of the rhetoric from the left and right, the major parties along with the oddly phrased support of  the major party’s support of their frontrunners has given me a reason to dig deeper into past , recent and potential future issues from each. While I  identify as independent, I will vote Scamocrat more often than not. The Dupublicans track record from the last flip during the Civil war and the more recent flip during the Roosevelt years has shown up the “party of Lincoln” moniker to be just another buzzword. The Dupublicans have  more influence on the economy and American life than the Scamocrats. Each party has their share of blame but it appears that the “Dupes” are complicit in actions that are still having deleterious effects. The Dupes were prime movers in the Privatization of the educational finance system which has brought us to the huge cost of education and the financing of that system. The Financial crisis while not a direct factor was a part of the now disastrous educational finance mess. See blog dated earlier today. The “Party of Lincoln” is just another way to pull the wool over the eyes of the voters. Our political system is broken (for us) and the only repairmen are the voters. It is wise to remember that politicians lie for a living and we hear it every day. How can someone who makes 100K plus annually no matter what shape the Federal finances are possibly convince anyone who really works for a living understand what that everyday person is dealing with. American people are the government by way of the vote and the Congress needs an overhaul.

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