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DISCOURAGED

Three years ago my close friend “Tadpole” encouraged me to share my thoughts with a larger audience. I had been rather vocal sharing local my professional observations with “Letters to the Editor” locally and regionally after I retired in 1994. With his computer talent, more patience and his youth (he is only 74) he set up my blog on WordPress. WordPress has been a wonderful way to share my knowledge and views. “TAD” is still is disappointed I do not use pictures like he does, but I am just a man of words. He has since moved away but if I beg hard enough he helps me when I get in trouble. You will find a link to his Outdoor blog on my blog. His homespun humor and great pictures are enjoyable for all ages. One other friend, Kenn Fong, has helped me with questions and designed my Constitutional background. He also set up my internet address I can never remember. I feel I have worn out my friend with questions and at 84 I am certain that I will ever be computer literate. If you ever need professional help you can connect with Kenn from the link on my blog.   

God gave me a mind and two parents who taught me to be successful at anything I attempted. The 1930’s had limited resources for entertainment but a local Carnegie library gave me a way to learn as much as I desired free. So I decided to fill my mind with knowledge because money to do the things kids do today was not possible. I currently have 42 kids, grandkids and great grandkids that would have never been able to cope with having nothing but three meals a day, two loving parents and no car, cell phone, TV or pocket money until they were grown. Even then it was tough and I was 23, married and had two children before I could afford to buy a 14 year old car I was blessed with opportunity. Unlike most today, I choose to take advantage of those options. Now a car at 16 is demanded.

Opportunity was whatever you were willing to seek when I graduated from High school at 16 in 1947. Jobs were just not available so I joined the Navy at 17, spent 32 years working in corporate management and started my first of nine businesses at 52. I worked, enjoyed visiting or both, in 32 countries and 49 states. I have seen cultures that most Americans only read about or watch in the news, especially in the Middle East and Asia. Became a Registered Professional Engineer at 45, gained a Masters Degree at 47, became a member of Mensa and Intertel at 48. I list these facts for two reasons; One. I am proud that my wife and partner for 54 years, Norma, not only encouraged me but she raised our four kids to be a credit to society while I traveled the world to make a living; Two. I have learned and observed so many things in my lifetime I enjoy sharing them with anyone willing to read or listen.

Why in the world would I be discouraged? I spend some 30 hours each week reading or listening to world events as I love America and the freedoms I used to have. It hurts me deeply to see how our country has changed in my lifetime. My youth was so different than today as we were free from government controls that have destroyed our rights to religion, privacy and free enterprise and made the federal Government the enemy of the people. These are the things that I try to share with my writing. The sad part it is my efforts are free and few, even friends and family, seldom even acknowledge that they read the articles. 

Let me share some statistical facts. I have posted 771 articles since we created the blog. 37,126 people have visited the site, 141 people receive a copy by E mail, 14 follow my work on Twitter and 97 friends are notified of a new article being posted on Facebook. I want to thank each and everyone that has had the opportunity to read my work. I have no idea how many people actually read the articles. I do know that I have logged 1028 comments which is what is so discouraging. Even worse, 128 of these comments were my responses to a comment. I try to make a difference for some who do not have the 30 hours a week to keep up with factual events that are distorted by the most biased media of my lifetime. Comments are what any writer needs to encourage their work. I enjoy my critics equally with my supporters as it give me a chance to possibly improve dialog, my own knowledge and debate issues to share with as many as possible. I know everyone is busy but just hitting the” like” icon on Facebook lets me know you read my work.

I will get maybe five people, I can even name them, that will comment and tell me to keep writing. I will get another five that will take the time to hit the “like” icon on Facebook. That my friends is why I am discouraged and considering that my work is probably a waste of time.

C Brewer

 

AMERICAN ROYALTY-PART 5

Some republicans in the Senate recently showed some common sense and leadership that is refreshing. Someone in Washington finally acknowledged that the people are fed up with irresponsible spending. They actually blocked the pork laden “omnibus” spending bill and a few actually promised to eliminate “earmarks” in the future.

“Earmarks” are actually a way to hide ridiculous expenditures that are promised to those in their local districts or States so they can get re-elected forever. Another way to elevate themselves to “Royalty” status that we have been revealing.

It was sick to see the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Daniel Inouye D-Hawaii seek support for the “Oinker” from some of the republicans like Thad Cochran R-Mississippi, Robert Bennett R-Utah, and Kit Bond R-Missiouri among others to try to muster 60 votes necessary to stop a filibuster that Jim Dement R-South Carolina and others including some democrats had promised. He was in a hurry as some of his old republican cronies like Bennett, Bond and George Voinovich were not returning to the Senate next year and were immune to worrying about re-election.

Even though Inouye’s measures would have replaced a slightly less expensive bill than the one passed by the House of Representatives. The House bill did not contain earmarks like road and agriculture reasearch projects, water treatment plants and grants for local anti-drug programs. House democrats would have jumped at a chance to accept the Senate version that had $80 million in grants to States and Indian Tribes to preserve pacific salmon and 13 million in clean water grants for Alaska native villages and other rural areas.

The methods utilized by both democrats and republicans to wait until the last two months of a term to pass spending of anything is deplorable. They sit on their hands for 22 months naming courthouses and planning for re-election before they go to work. Why do they do this every cycle?  Because we let them. Who is to blame, we are because we allow them to maintain “Royalty” status.

January will bring an opportunity for the newly elected republican majority in the US House of Representatives. The new Speaker, John Boehner R-Ohio will be the most powerful person in Washington for the next two years. We have all read how the House can stop some of the madness by just not funding the programs like “Obamacare”.

The newly elected majority in the House of Representatives and the real Senate conservatives will be able to even do more by eliminating useless government agencies. Why do we have a Department of Energy and Education for two? They do nothing but interfere with the States and were non-existent for some 200 years. How many of you common people really think that the republicans will actually do anything drastic to reduce the Washington power mismanagement? I don’t think they will do anything significant, just enough to get re-elected. Until we throw them all out and start a third party, nothing will change in the power structure because none of them want to!

For anyone else who is fed up with the “Royalty” status we have in Washington, do something. If you feel incapable then send me any information you feel will help and I will publish verified factual data. I know that I am just one 80-year-old veteran who is fed up, but at least I’m trying my best to stir up as many as I can.

My next part of this series will be to show some more inequities that the “Royal” have over us common Folks. Please send me any examples you might have read to show the differences. I read every article I can find to create these messages.

C Brewer        

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