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We currently have political candidates for the Presidency uttering extreme and radical comments that often have no context in reality. These jump on, jump off the bandwagon of their parties candidates should be looked at very carefully. Their lies and basic suspect information has cause great harm to innocent people. In Texas the state legislature has created laws restricting Planned Parenthood from operating based on misinformation from the religious zealots who have rewritten the bible to suit their own beliefs (sounds like the Islamic State). Now in Colorado a (crazed gunman) shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic while muttering about baby parts being sold (this is possibly from speeches from Carly Liarina) . This man is a legal

firearms owner(?) who has a history of strangeness when he lived in Carolina yet he still had legally owned firearms which enabled him to shoot people in a clinic, killing a law enforcement officer and other  patients while wounding other citizens and law enforcement officers. More gun laws will not do the job but more investigation into buyers (and sometimes owners) might. So here we are with our own home-grown extremists creating horrific situations in America and our aspiring candidates carrying the torch for them. If we as a country want to stop these types of events we need to elect people who “get it”. No one is perfect but an elected official needs to be more like a judge and that is to evaluate ALL of the information (evidence) and make a decision based on that information however unlike judges these are politicians whose focus is get elected and probably create more chaos while doing nothing of benefit to any of us.

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We are amazed but not amused
By all the things you say that you do
Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you

But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
You haven’t done nothin’

It’s not too cool to be ridiculed
But you brought this upon yourself
The world is tired of pacifiers
We want the truth and nothing else, yeah

And we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
“You haven’t done nothing”

We would not care to wake up to the nightmare
That’s becoming real life
But when mislead who knows a person’s mind
Can turn as cold as ice

Why do you keep on making us hear your song?
Telling us how you are changing right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
“You haven’t done nothing”, yeah no, no nothin’, nothin’

Thank you Stevie.

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The Congress has discussed and approved war aid with support to the middle east, this action took less than a week. When the ACA aka “Obamacare” came around it was never discussed fully (there were lots of misconceptions and inaccurate information issued( still are) which caused too many people and States to not take advantage of it. The ACA is still suffering in many areas and the people who would benefit most along with it. What this says to me is the Congress would rather make war than keep Americans healthy.

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Does anyone get the idea that we have a non viable Congress? Does anyone see the upcoming elections as another opportunity for the super rich to get a hold on the Government? We have had more than 15 plus years of influence over Government by super pacs, custom made non profits and other ancillary groups and to no good end. The only way to avoid a Government takeover by radical groups whose sole aim is do what is best for them is to vote against retention of long time servers and ultra radical new comers. We all must do our due diligence in selecting our representatives. Be wary of the “debates” and sound bites that serve only to get your attention for some actually vague issue that is unrelated to the facts but serve as precursors to the lie that follows. Remember that a known WWII tactic of telling a lie long enough so it seems like the truth-this is what caused the death of millions during that time.

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Martin E has supplied us with another observation from his friend Abel Oldsworth:

Mother Nature Trumps Filibuster

Abel Oldsworth, my reticent friend, predicts that a Congressman or two will try to stymie the upcoming government funding legislation by filibustering, despite the publics’ backlash over the earlier delay and government shutdown.  We should not fret because the requirements that filibusters be conducted in person, on the topic, and without a break eventually necessitate hall pass requests.  He cited a previous case.

There once were two Congressmen named Thrall and Drall

Who plied filibusters as good tactical cure alls.

For hours they each gave their bluster

With all the jabber they could muster,

But forced to yield when Mother Nature issued her roll calls.

Yeah for the USA   Merry Christmas

Martin Egelston

Battle Creek Enquirer

December 13, 2013

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 Suppose every “so called career or professional politician, City , State and legislator thought like this one? Would we be quite as bad off? Would we still be in an unwinnable military situation?

Mayor leads RI capital city out of financial peril

By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI | Associated Press – 29 mins ago

  • FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2011 file photo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, center, listens to Occupy Providence protesters as they rally in a city park in downtown Providence, R.I. Taveras inherited bleak finances when he became mayor more than two years ago. But he walked the capital back from the brink of bankruptcy using measures that include spending cuts, higher taxes, school closures, and pension and benefits changes with the city’s unions. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Angel Taveras knew he’d be inheriting bleak finances when he became Providence mayor in January 2011, so he reached out to union leaders right after his election with a message meant to lay the groundwork for future concessions: I’m going to need your help.

It turned out he needed a lot more help than he thought. Taveras soon learned that Rhode Island’s capital was facing a worse-than-expected $110 million deficit that he called a “Category 5 fiscal hurricane” and warned could force a municipal bankruptcy.

A little more than halfway through his first term, the 42-year-old Democrat — a possible candidate for governor in 2014 — has walked the city back from the brink in a state that has struggled for years with one of the highest U.S. unemployment rates.

He cut spending across nearly every city department, closed schools, shaved 200 workers off the city payroll, and raised taxes and fees. He extracted millions more in voluntary payments from the city’s tax-exempt organizations, including Brown University and its hospital systems. And he negotiated settlements with unions and retirees over an unpopular 10-year pension freeze and other cost-saving benefits changes, fending off costly litigation.

“I think you build trust. You do that through open communication. You do that by being honest with each other,” Taveras said of his approach to governing and negotiation. “I try to put myself in the other person’s shoes. I think that that helped a lot.”

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter ruled in March that the agreements the city reached with the unions and retirees are fair and reasonable, and she is expected to lend the court’s final approval April 12.

Taveras has generally won praise for his approach to the pension overhaul, which the city says has reduced its unfunded liability by $178 million, from more than $900 million, and which along with Medicare changes is saving Providence $18.5 million in the current fiscal year.

A similar public retirement system overhaul, led by state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and approved by the General Assembly in 2011, unfolded much differently: It’s tied up in legal wrangling, with unions and retired government workers calling the changes unconstitutional, unfair and a breach of contract.

The son of Dominican immigrants and Providence’s first Latino mayor, Taveras finds himself one of the best-liked politicians in the state, with a difficult choice to make later this year — whether to seek the governor’s office. That could pit him against Raimondo in what would be a hard-fought Democratic primary.

Taveras’ relatively limited national profile got a boost recently when Providence bested more than 300 other cities to win the $5 million top prize in a Bloomberg Philanthropies contest with a plan to improve poor children’s language skills. He has made improving schools a signature issue, holding himself up as an example of how education is the way out of poverty. He likes to say he went from Head Start to Harvard.

Last year, Taveras helped President Barack Obama with outreach to Latino voters during the re-election campaign, making trips to New Hampshire and doing interviews on Spanish-language radio in Florida, California and Colorado.

With his slight frame and soft manner, Taveras, who has a 15-month-old daughter, comes off as bookish. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who went to high school with him and is a friend, said some misinterpret the mayor’s tendency to do things quietly.

“A lot of people can mistake his outward demeanor as a lack of toughness, but that’s not it at all,” Fung said. “He really takes a methodical approach on issues.”

Reflecting on his time in office, Taveras says he regrets how he handled the issuance of firing notices to nearly all of Providence’s almost 2,000 teachers two years ago — a move that earned him bad national press and the ire of teachers and their union leaders, who dubbed the move “insane.” While he said at the time most would not be fired, he insisted he had to take the step to give the city financial flexibility and because of a state-imposed deadline for layoff notifications.

“It’s still something I’m working through with a lot of teachers,” he said.

Paul Doughty, president of the Providence firefighters union, calls the mayor’s tenure a “mixed bag.” He felt burned when Taveras came back seeking pension concessions after he had already renegotiated their labor contracts. Later, Doughty was angered that the mayor and council passed pension overhaul legislation in the middle of negotiations, effectively resetting them — a leverage-creation tactic the union leader understood but did not appreciate.

“We were there in good faith,” he said.

Still, Doughty describes Taveras as a consensus builder and says he and his team were ultimately good negotiating partners.

“No ultimatums, no grandstanding, no surprises,” he said. “It was all really earnest and honest negotiations at the table. There was a lot of give and take. They came in almost with an academic bent to them as opposed to a political bent, which was much different than the previous administration.”

City Councilman David Salvatore, who worked closely with the mayor on the pension overhaul, said the conversation has shifted in Providence since Taveras took office.

“Two years ago we were talking about a city in peril. Today, through the collective efforts of the administration and the city council, we’re discussing ways to grow our local economy,” he said, referring to the mayor’s new 20-point economic development plan. “The naysayers, five to 10 years ago, would say you’ll never get pension reform passed the way you did in 2012. I think the outcome is a clear indication of this mayor’s leadership. The scorecard speaks for itself.”

While the city’s finances have markedly improved, Taveras says there is little room for error in the months ahead. By his estimation, Providence hasn’t turned the corner yet — but it’s about to.

“People have to believe,” he said. “Confidence matters. We need to make sure we have that confidence.”

The Washington Marathon is a major event often accompanied by the Washington Two step or the D.C. reel. A little heralded athletic event occurred in Washington D.C this week . The “running of the Congress” is a great event that has gained major significance over the past 3 to 6 months. Our Congress has tacitly avoided doing their jobs for  a while. These past several years have seen the Congress have their way with us regarding the economy, elections and who knows what else. These Needers and buskers have spent more time on the air and in the media “defending” their views than doing the actual work we pay them so dearly for. I wonder what kind of Xmas they are having in comparison to a majority of Americans who are affected by their inactions. It seems to me that these folks take every opportunity to avoid their work such as the Susan Rice issue, which turns out be someone elses fault (if there is any) but look at the time spent in pursuing something that did not require the time. That is time that could have been spent on the economy. Government is broken and we all know it but the disconnect is clearly in the Congressional halls. Election is the only and best remedy we have to correct this situation.  Voters who do not see the folly of party line voting need to take the blinders off to see all of  the issues involved. The actions of Congress has taken  the air of  an advertising on the scale of drug manufacturers touting a new product and telling you to ask your doctor about it..

The seemingly ongoing attacks on NATO and American trainers in Afghanistan has reached proportions that would indicate we need to get out now. The police and Armed forces we have been training and working alongside have in essence turned against us. If this is the trend of things and the will of the Government then we need to pack up and leave. The amount of funding we are providing is better used here at home rather than somewhere we are not wanted. Understanding that the people of Afghanistan are as in the dark as we are regarding their government so the question is who do we really need to be connecting with? We certainly have our own issues with our Government but we have enough media coverage to allow for an informed idea of what our government is doing , or do we? In the past we have allowed our Government (the Congress) to do what they felt was best for us but now we should realize that they (the Congress) has fended for themselves not so much for us . At the same time they have managed to fool us into keeping them in office for terms that exceeded their usefulness. We are now in an extended war that has had us in a foreign country with a no win situation and jumping back and forth over borders fighting an unrecognizable enemy. We must remember or recognize that no war is waged without the Ok from Congress, no taxes are levied without Congress, no laws are enacted without Congress therefore our fiscal problems should be laid at the door of Congress lest we continue to wage unwinnable wars costing money that can be better used at home. No more Korea’s, Afghanistan’s or Vietnam’s lets take care of our selves for a change.

Reading the various opinions in Today’s SJ-R that range from Bank losses, socialist leanings of the government and our Novernor, I am thinking that the ideas and opinions of the several writers while valid are pronounced in a vacuum. The writers have to look further afield than the issues they opined about. First we as voters have endorsed the actions of the Federal and local governments by tacitly ignoring the missteps of our elected officials as long as we got what we needed or wanted. If these judgment errors did not interfere with our lifestyles or inconvenience us in any big way then we looked the other way. I am not excluding myself in these actions but I have come to understand that we voters want it all as long as we do not have pay for it or are not required to do anything to get it. It is unfortunate that we have taken up the cause of Government malfeasance when our Commander in Chief is not white, this has afforded that same Congress and others to use that as a tool to keep us occupied rather than with what they are doing to us or not doing for us. The long serving Congress under several Presidents are the people who we need to look at for the poor performance of our Federal Government. No President Black or White can do anything without the approval of Congress and that Congress is less an extension of the people who elected them than people who use their office to further their own agendas. To address the writers, keep writing your opinions and express them to your elected Congressional representative , Federal and State. There can be no change in our Government until we the people let them know we are dissatisfied as I do.

Recent media accounts of discussions about the expansion of Chicago’s O’Hare airport and the subsequent comments by the Governor appear to be at odds (maybe). The Governor wants an airport to service the Will county area (remember Peotone?) and southern Cook county. Would it not make more sense to improve The Springfield airport, The Bloomington airport and Midway? I submit that an improvement in any and all of these airports would create jobs for a larger area of the state and increase the much needed traffic to those areas. I do realize that Springfield and most of the counties are not regarded as part of the State of Chicago but didnt’ the “other” Illinois help elect the current Governor?

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