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GULLIBILITY, HONESTY AND ETHICS!

Watching the triad of Republican candidates, Cruz, Paul and Rubio who are already running for President of the United States is interesting. If you desire to watch how the three traits I included in the title of this article play out you might gain some knowledge. Honesty and ethics of these young men is refreshing but when you throw in innocence you have a factor most overlook. The one thing that will remove all chances of a Republican winning back the White house in 2016 is gullibility. All three of these candidates have proven to me that they are honest and ethical in both written words and interviews.

Looking back at the last two Republicans who ran for President, McCain and Romney, there were differences. McCain came across as a career politician who felt like Americans owed him the position. Even though I voted for him I never personally trusted his honesty or his ethics. In regards to his gullibility, Obama made him look like a fool in every debate they had. McCain is not a bad person but politics have scarred his body and mind far more than his time as a prisoner of war.  

When Romney, who I also voted for, made his run for the Presidency he came across to me as a model of honesty and ethics. If they had pictures in the dictionary to display beside the words Ethics and Honesty Romney, Cruz, Paul and Rubio would all be there. Sadly like McCain, Romney also let courtesy, leadership and correctness allow the biggest con artist in American political history to win two terms as President of the United States. Gullibility is being unable to understand that politics in America today is one-sided.

I am “not” suggesting that the Republican candidates learn how to lie, cheat, extort, and mesmerize the voter. They must learn how to expose both the Democratic candidate, Democrats in Congress and the media who has the power to destroy any political candidate they desire. The American media is no longer a purveyor of the news, it has become a propaganda power far greater than the press in Germany was in the 1930’s when I was a boy. Obama, with the help of the media, has proved if you lie long enough the gullible will give up. Currently the gullible women, students and the exploding welfare population believe that getting everything free has no consequences. When there is no longer anyone able or willing to create industrial jobs the party is over.

This morning I watched an interview of Rand Paul on Fox and Friends that was an example of how gullible the inexperienced Senator can be. Fox is accused of right-wing bias but this morning it proved otherwise to me. The entire interview was pushing him to criticize Hillary Clinton. They had no other purpose than to make him look like he was against the only woman running so far for President. This chicanery is to be expected on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and their derivatives. Now Fox appears to be changing.

I mentioned that I voted for both McCain and Romney but I did not explain another political phenomenon that has now become the standard for elections in America in my lifetime. Only the gullible vote for anyone today while myself and far too many Americans actually vote against someone for their choices for leadership. Any American that voted for Obama, especially the second time, has intelligence issues and has no regard for either ethics or honesty. No one in their right mind can ignore the effort to ignore our Constitution by our President, Cabinet Officers and even the Supreme Court. If these people want to change the Constitution, our rights and our government, then do it by lawful methods already in place.

So far the only Republican candidate that has proven to me that he is smarter than the twisted interviewers is Cruz. So far he has been faster minded than the media and has not been goaded to criticizing his opponents, including Hillary. If he maintains his mastery of knowledge, honesty and ethics during interviews and debates he will get my vote and support. Unfortunately because he is a proven leader he will likely not get nominated. If the Republicans continue to destroy each other in the primaries I will probably just vote for a third loser in a row. President Hillary Clinton scares me and the Republican Party will cease to exists.

C Brewer  

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

 

I would like to receive some feedback to discover if there is any other Americans sick and tired of 24/7 coverage of politics? With a full three years of watching our current President running for re-election, I am sick of watching the Republicans slaughter each other for the last year.

I really don’t care how everyone in Iowa will cast their ballots. Next we will have to listen to ten thousand hours of why people voted for a particular candidate.

Then we will be off to New Hampshire for another 24/7 analysis and repeat the Iowa boredom. Then on to South Carolina and who cares which is next until the Republican convention. Just think, that if the Democrats had any common sense they would have some stooge run against Obama, just to get free air time on Fox News. I suppose they feel that having ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC report every movement Obama makes, except his bowels, is enough to offset Fox News.

I am even sick of watching Fox News 24/7 political coverage. Poor Carl Cameron could use a vacation and spend some time with his family. Any network that has to use Alan Colmes to report anything needs some common sense consulting. This man is so consumed with progressive BS; I actually think he believes Obama walks on water. He is beyond help and should be a resident on a funny farm (mental institution).

While discussing Fox News, my time devoted to watching has dwindled consistently over the past year. I do enjoy Fox and Friends and the first few minutes of the remaining AM programming. From noon until three I have no interest and at four I look for NCIS reruns. Bob Beckel appears to be a man with a brain and could not be as stupid as the role he plays. He should get an Emmy as the best acting newsman as no one, except Colmes and Juan Williams, could be that misinformed. I have always admired Bill O’Reilly but except for the Wednesday segment with Dennis Miller it only takes me 10 minutes to watch his entire program. Tonight it took 6 minutes and 42 seconds that were not devoted to Iowa.

For others who share my feelings, I can help you with two suggestions. One, I record the programs to watch so I can skip gold commercials and the agony of listening to Colmes, Beckel, Geraldo, Juan Williams and the lawyers that host too many programs. Two, I never watch ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR or MSNBC.

Hopefully Fox News will continue to exist. Even though I watch less and less, they still have some excellent analyst like Bill Hemmer, Neil Cavuto, Bret Baier, Sean Hannity and Jon Scott to enjoy.

C Brewer

REPUBLICANS WILL RE-ELECT OBAMA

Please keep a copy of this article and watch the Republican party self destruct, again!

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey was conducted  November 2-5. A third-party challenge by Congressman Ron Paul or Michael Bloomberg would result in the re-election of CZAR Obama and the end of our Republic form of government.

If these two hypothetical events between Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, and the aforementioned Republicans were held today, socialism would be guaranteed. Freedoms we have fought so hard for will be history and the millions who have died to guarantee our freedom would be in vain.

Survey results;

Romney..……………………..35%

Obama….……………………..44%

Bloomberg….………………..13%

Other………….……………….. 8%

 

Romney………………………..32%

Obama………………………….44%

Paul……………………………..18%

Other…………………………… 7%

Results reflect responses from registered voters

 

Mayor Bloomberg has not expressed a desire to run but Congressman Paul has not ruled out the possibility. Paul expressed on Fox News last Sunday that he had “no intention” of winning the presidency as a third-party candidate. If he was an honest man he should accept the fact that he will never get the Republican nomination and if he ever becomes President it will be as an Independent which is just a pipe dream on his part. I am comfortable with 85% of Ron Paul’s viewpoints. His position on defense, trade and foreign policy will never gain the support of 30% of the voters, most of which are progressive liberal Democrats. In my opinion the Republicans have used the deluge of debates to destroy every candidate and create so much diversion of its own members to assure a victory by Obama without a third-party split.

I predict we will have a repeat of 1992 when Ross Perot cinched the Presidency of Bill Clinton as well as his re-election in 1996. Clinton never received 50% of the vote and won both elections.

If any political figure as well-known and popular as Ron Paul ran on a third-party platform, his influence could will alter the 2012 presidential election.

Politico noted yesterday that Ron Paul did not unequivocally state he would pass up an opportunity to seek the nation’s highest political office if he loses the Republican nomination: “I have no intention of doing that,” he said, “That doesn’t make sense to me to even think about it, let alone plan to do that.”

These words were craftily chosen, and are plainly ambiguous. He has stated that he will not seek another congressional term, he is 76 years old now and will probably retire from public life when he loses next year’s presidential election. What does he have to lose by the challenge? Remember he has run as a third-party candidate before and I think he will again.

 

Clyde Brewer

EDUCATION IN TEXAS PART 1-A SAD TALE OF FAILURE

 

For the past few weeks I have been posting the sad state of education in America, using Wisconsin as a benchmark. When you see what has happened in Wisconsin, California, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and other states that have closed shop laws, it is terrible. I think that somewhere back in time when the Unions took over leadership of public employees and introduced strikes, money making insurance schemes, etc., everyone forgot the taxpayer. Apparently the taxpayer did not care and in regards to education, everyone forgot the children.

Well, in Texas we do not have closed shops. We do not have the unionization of public employees. We do not have strikes. We do not provide adequate funding for our children’s education. We have no idea whether funding, greed, graft, capability or leadership is the reason our education system is inadequate.

Let me share some facts:

Texas has 254 counties.

Texas has 1265 school districts.

Texas has 4,331,751 K-12 students.

Texas has 289,480 full time teachers.

Texas has 33,630 ungraded teachers. 

These figures along with myriads of facts and statistics are available on the internet and I feel sure this will be figures that our state legislatures and Governor have never seen. When you finish reading this posting, you will likely wonder if the Texas State leadership should meet in Rusk rather than Austin. For the unaware Rusk, Texas is the location of the most recognized mental institution, “Funny Farm”, in Texas. 

This post will be the first in a series about education in Texas. I sincerely hope you will contact your local State Representative and State Senator to explain their position. There is no use in wasting your time with contacting the Governor, Rick Perry, as he has done more to destroy education in Texas than the federal government. He will likely be trying to succeed Obama next year and as far as education is concerned, he will try to make all states as bad as Texas.

Let me provide you with some questions to ask the politicians who represent you. This includes your local Mayor, School Board President and the loons in Austin, or maybe in Rusk. The ones in Rusk are at least incapable of spending your tax money. I was able to find one State Senator, Florence Shapiro, who represents District 8, I will exempt from my list of loons. She has challenged the proposed madness in writing and is a strong supporter for assuring our children are not education and political pawns for her entire career. If anyone else in Austin feels slighted, show me what you have written to support the kids.  

Unfortunately some of the facts that follow are as late as I can find for you to evaluate. If you find any pertinent information, please forward me a copy.

Facts of Texas rankings out of all 50 states (not Obama’s 57) including Washington D.C. which makes 51 positions to rank;

Expenditure per student in 2008, Texas ranked 43rd.

Student poverty rate in 2008, Texas ranked 8th.

Fourth grade students in math in 2009, Texas ranked 32nd.

Fourth grade students in reading in 2009, Texas ranked 41st.

Eighth grade students in math in 2009, Texas ranked 21st.

Eighth grade students in reading in 2009, Texas ranked 40th.

Nationally defined graduation rates, Texas ranked 35th.

*School finance inequity, Texas ranked 41st.

*School finance inequity – or the degree to which per pupil spending varies across districts within a state relative to the state’s average per pupil expenditure – is an important factor in determining educational equity. The U.S. Department of Education calculates school finance inequity for each state in accordance with the Education Finance Incentive Grant formula, assigning each state an “equity factor.” The more equitable the distribution of education funding across districts in a state, the lower the equity factor. For more detailed information on the funding formula and see No Child Left Behind Act – Title I School Funding Equity Factor.1

At this time you can digest this and ask two simple questions to anyone who will listen. Please ask the questions to your State Representative and State Senator. I will ask Robert Nichols and Wayne Christian to respond to this by sending them a copy, they supposedly represent me. Although I do not expect any written answer, if I get any response I will share it with you when received.

Question #1 Can anyone why we have 1265 school districts in Texas?

Question #2 What reasons justifies the over 20% reduction of next year’s education budget?

Wait until you see some more figures on what Texas spends for education and a wide disparity between the 1265 school districts. These figures will get you excited if you pay school taxes or have children enrolled in Texas schools.

The above sounds like I am a liberal democrat thumping the super majority republicans in Austin to fire up contempt. There is not a republican in the State of Texas more conservative than myself. I just can’t sit on my hands and watch the slashing of education with no thought concerning the negative impact on the children. That is not leadership.

C Brewer

US Debt Ceiling Fiasco

I received this by “E” mail and I am unsure who wrote it. It is too good not to share with all.  C Brewer

 

There’s currently a lot of talk about deficits and debt among the new House Republican majority; much of it is contentious intra-party debate about whether to raise the “debt ceiling.”

For the purpose of clarity, let’s reiterate a few definitions: 

    The national budget deficit is the difference between the total spending budget (including interest on debt) authorized by Congress for each year, and total tax receipts.  

    For this fiscal year alone (October 1, 2010, to September 30, 2011), the shortfall is projected to be 1.15 trillion dollars.

    The national debt is the total of all outstanding U.S. Treasury obligations held by domestic and foreign individuals, institutions and governments, and is currently 14.05 trillion dollars.

    The debt ceiling is the self-imposed limit Congress sets for what it can legally borrow to pay for all the government services that it can’t afford. A year ago, Congress increased that limit to 14.29 trillion dollars. But since Congress has authorized spending almost five billion dollars a day more than it takes in, that debt ceiling will be hit sometime between the end of March and mid-May.

Complicating matters further, the then-Democrat-controlled Congress failed to set a new budget for the current year, instead opting for continuing resolutions (CR) that authorize the prior year’s spending levels. The Democrat leadership purposely dragged their feet on proposing a FY 2011 budget in order to avoid greater accountability to American taxpayer’s and avoid greater losses in the midterm election last year. The current CR expires on 4 March, and House Republicans are using that expiration date to force Barack Hussein Obama into a budget-cutting submission.

Here is how the key Republican players in this crisis — and it is a crisis — have positioned themselves on the issue of deficits and the debt ceiling.

House Speaker John Boehner notes, “We have to work our will in the House. We have to work with our colleagues in the Senate and put something on the president’s desk. If the president is going to ask us to increase the debt limit, then he’s going to have to be willing to cut up the credit cards. … [Default] would be a financial disaster not only for our country, but for the worldwide economy. Remember, the American people on Election Day said we want to cut spending and we want to create jobs. You can’t create jobs if you default on the federal debt.”

Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), president of the powerful freshman class of the 112th Congress, adds, “If there is a vote put forward to increase the national debt ceiling and that is all the legislation does, I think it will fail overwhelmingly.”

Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is advancing a budget plan with $32 billion in spending cuts for the current budget year (FY11), well short of the Republican Pledge to America’s “$100 billion in the first year alone.”

But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) explains, “It fulfills the pledge because we said in a year’s time we were going to cut spending by $100 billion. As you know, we are five-twelfths of the way through the fiscal year by the time the expiration occurs. We will be proposing this again in the next fiscal year, and if you look at it on an annualized basis, I assure you it will be over $100 billion.”

Rep. Cantor adds, “We are simply not going to accept an increase in the debt limit without serious cuts and reforms. … What we need to do and are committed to doing is making sure that we achieve spending cuts and effect real reforms so that the spending binge ends. We look at the debt limit vote as an opportunity for us to accomplish those goals.”

In the Senate, Tea Party favorite Jim DeMint (R-SC) says that Obama administration claims that holding the debt ceiling at current levels would be “catastrophic” are true only if the administration elects to default on interest and debt obligations.

His Senate colleague Pat Toomey (R-PA) has proposed the Full Faith and Credit Act, which would “require the Treasury to make interest payments on our debt its first priority in the event that the debt ceiling is not raised.” However, Toomey is not prepared to hold the debt ceiling, noting, “Congress should make increasing our debt contingent on immediate cuts in spending and effective reforms of the spending process that helped get us into this mess. We can do so without jeopardizing the full faith and credit of our country — and we should.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who along with DeMint is a member of that body’s Tea Party Caucus, has proposed a much more aggressive plan, which cuts $500 billion from the federal budget this year alone. This plan is something of a straw-man target, especially its proposed cuts to defense spending at a time when that budget has been trimmed to limits that increase threats to our frontline warriors.

However, the other domestic spending cuts in Paul’s budget should not be discounted, as those cuts have the overwhelming support of the aforementioned Tea Party, a formidable movement that continues to pick up steam across the nation.

Additionally, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and my friend Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) have introduced a bill to cap federal spending at about 20 percent of the U.S. GDP. That is still a very big budget, but it cuts out more than $8 trillion in spending over the next decade. It is, I believe, an admirable first attempt to establish a cap in a Senate where Republicans are still the minority party.

Of course, for his part, Obama is banking on the assumption that the American people are just too stupid to understand the consequences of the debt bomb he’s dropping on the nation. This bombing mission was launched with the politically fortuitous collapse of the U.S. real estate and securities markets, which Obama rode into office in order to launch “the fundamental transformation of the United States of America.”

To that end, Obama and his minion’s will blame Republicans for the hardships — and there will be hardships — associated with moving toward a balanced budget.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, was the first out of the gate with the Obama memo tactic: “Basically what [Republicans] are saying is ‘pay China first.’ We’re going to forget about the American public and the things that they need? Somehow they’re secondary? And paying the Chinese and the Japanese is the first priority of this country?”

In the debate about raising the debt ceiling, expect Democrats to deploy a plethora of slight variations on that theme and be aided and abetted by a willing media. 

Obama proposed a paltry $775 million in budget cuts, little more than “rounding error’s”.  To put that into perspective, view this budget graphic.

Fortunately, there is a congressional caucus made up of a group of conservative lawmakers and includes most members of the Tea Party caucus.

To sort the wheat from the chaff in the coming budget battles, I recommend you rely on the Republican Study Committee for clarity about which legislation to support, and on the Heritage Foundation for why to support it. Long before the advent of the Tea Party movement, the RSC was dedicated to “a limited and Constitutional role for the federal government, a strong national defense, the protection of individual and property rights, and the preservation of traditional family values.”

Currently under the chairmanship of Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the RSC is our last best defense against detonation of the Obama debt bomb. If more legislator’s will honor their oath to abide by our Constitution, as the RSC members endeavor to do, then the nation will avoid the economic catastrophe that looms.

However, if the Left successfully uses their “pay China first and forget about the American public” propaganda to derail the RSC/Republican effort to enact massive deficit and debt reductions, then batten down the hatches. I can assure you that when Obama’s debt bomb detonates, it will completely transform America by breaking the back of free enterprise. The result will be the collapse of the dollar and mass unemployment accompanied by civil unrest.

First Principles and Rule of Law as enshrined in our Constitution must trump propaganda if Liberty is to survive the current foray into meaningful change.

Footnote: The Wall Street Journal reports, “Governors around the U.S. are proposing to balance their states’ budgets with a long list of cuts and almost no new taxes, reflecting a goal by politicians from both parties to erase deficits chiefly by shrinking government.” Of course, most governors are required by their state constitutions to balance their budget. It is high time, then, for a balanced budget amendment to our federal Constitution, which the RSC also advocates.

Thanks Ron

WHY US MANUFACTURING HAS VANISHED

I HOPE EVERYONE IN AMERICA WATCHES THIS VIDEO THAT WAS MADE BY AMERICANS IN BRAZIL. THE DEMOCRATS AND UNIONS BLAME IT ON BUSINESS. THE GOVERNMENT IS THE ONLY BUSINESS THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO MAKE A PROFIT. FOLKS THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, IT’S CALLED COMMON SENSE 101.  C. BREWER
 
  This is fascinating. If you watch, listen closly to the very last couple of sentences.   
 
This is a short video of a new Ford plant in  Brazil . One look at this and you will be able to understand why there will probably never be another assembly plant built in the USA
It will also point out why more assembly plants will go offshore
Listen to the ending and you will see why auto-making is destined to fail in the US .
 
Thank you UAW…
 
    

WAKE UP AMERICA, NOW!

Everyone in America should read and listen to this Patriot. For those who have not actually ever been in a Muslim country you better understand what this man is preparing you for. My last visit to Saudi Arabia and several other middle eastern countries was about 30 years ago. I have never desired to return and I pray for the sake of my wife, 5 daughters, 8 grand daughters and 2 great grand Daughters that we understand that this is headed our way and do something to stop the progress. Thanks Ray.

C Brewer

READ THIS THEN SEE THE VIDEO (link at bottom)

Only two blacks were newly elected to congress this cycle, and both are Republican. Col West is from southern Florida, a bastion of the Democratic Party.  He won in a walk.

It is worth the viewing.  This new Congressman was an extremely popular commander in Iraq .  He was forced to retire because during an intense combat action a few of his men were captured.  At the same time his men had captured one of the guys who were with the Iraqis who captured his men.

Knowing that time was crucial and his interrogators were not getting anywhere with the prisoner COL West took matters into his own hands.  He burst into the room and demanded thru an interpreter that the prisoner tell him where his men were being taken.  The prisoner refused so COL West took out his pistol and placed it into the prisoner’s crotch and fired. Then the COL told the prisoner that the next shot would not miss.  So the prisoner said he would show where the American service members were being taken.  The Americans were rescued.  Someone filed a report on incorrect handling of prisoners.  COL West was forced to retire.  COL West was just elected in November 2010 to Congress from Florida .  During the elections he was part of a panel on how to handle or how to relate to Muslims.  You will see his answer here.

Here is one of the new congressmen from Florida explaining very definitively in just over a minute the truth about Islam. Please watch and if you agree; please forward it to your friends.

http://secure.afa.net/afa/activism/takeaction.asp?id=384

VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE

 

Recently Fox news learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans.

This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to what follows, where, do you think, all of it will stop?

35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

This will take seconds to read, if you agree, please pass it on.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform… In all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

If each person that reads this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

I hope you will be one of my 20.

Thanks Doc

CONGRESSIONAL CON GAMES

 

They can’t wait until the public calms down to use other ways to deceive the folks about wasteful spending. Regardless of how many devious ways to waste money to get re-elected are exposed, they will find others. One new republican Senator discovered a method with little exposure as a way to hide extortion type pressure from being associated with him even before the election. Chicago style politics seems to have no party affiliation with even republicans being sent to prison. 

Senator Mark Kirk R-Illinois won the Senate seat that Obama vacated to run for President. During his campaign he stated that he would oppose Speaker of the House, Nancy Polisi’s trillion-dollar stimulus plan. He along with many other republicans squealed loudly about pork-barrel spending and the use of designating money for special projects via “earmarks”.

Mr. Kirk understood political pressure, for example, he sent a letter to the Department of Education on September 10, 2009, asking the release of money “needed to support students and educational programs” in a local school district. The New York Times (NYT) obtained a copy of the letter from the Citizens Against Government Waste group that had obtained the copy under the Freedom of Information Act. The Woodland School District 50 later received $1,100,000.00 in stimulus funds.

The NYT reported that his spokeswoman, Susan Kuczka, reported, “Senator-elect Kirk became the first member of the Appropriations Committee to stop requesting earmarks and voted against the stimulus bill. He has and will continue to be an advocate for his Illinois constituents before administration agencies but will not request Congressional earmarks to be included in House or Senate legislation.”

Watch the weasel words as he made no mention that he would not use the alternatives of lettermarking or phonemarking which are alternatives to hide themselves from the spending. Let me show you how. Lettermarking which takes place outside the Congressional appropriations process is another way to let the Congressperson provide money back home and the money comes from the budgets approved for that government agency. I am sure that a Congressperson would not include money for that agency in the preparation of their annual budget. If you believe that, I have some swamp land you may want to buy!

Phonemarking is where the lawmaker calls an agency requesting money for a home district or State for specific projects. They should be called soft-earmarks which is merely suggesting that money be used for home projects or Hard-earmarks where they demand that funds be available for their district/State.

These are not new scams as they have been used for years. If we did this it would be called bribery or fraud. Both Presidents Bush and Obama issued Executive Orders to all government agencies to not finance pet projects requested from a Congressperson. Anyone out there really believe they actually stopped the practice? Would you say no to the people who approve your budget? No one would be that stupid.

Representative Jeff Flake R-Arizona sees merit in banning all of these practices. He has raised the issue with the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner who has not committed to banning all types of  soft/hard earmarks.

Soft earmarks accounted for billions of dollars in 2006, the last year they were examined, according to the Congressional Research Service. It sort of makes you wonder why but remember they will find another way regardless. In 2006 most were in spending bills for the State Department, US Agency for International Development and other foreign aid programs. Maybe these billions would have prevented the unemployment situation we have today!

Let me share just one example of how these pet projects are forced on the government agency. The 2010 military bill contained $2,500,000,000.00 for more C-17 transport aircraft; $825,000,000.00 for all-terrain vehicles; $732,000,000.00 for other airplanes and $500,000,000.00 for a second engine for the F-35 aircraft. The Pentagon did not request these funds and did not desire to spend the money. I wonder why it was there, do you?

Taxpayers for Common Sense found 146 such undisclosed earmarks totaling nearly $6,000,000,000.00 in 2010 spending bills.

You will find some more interesting things in my AMERICAN ROYALTY-PART 5 next Tuesday 1-4-11.

Let me leave you with a question. Do you really think that 2011 will see major change to the waste we are watching? I do not. Bring on a third-party to change Washington. The last time this happened was when Lincoln was elected and sadly it produced the Civil War, read your history, I did.

C Brewer   

POLITICS AND LEADERSHIP

 

When I was a boy in the 1930’s my grandfather was the County Clerk of Palo Pinto Texas. He was one of my hero’s and when I spent the summers visiting he helped form my principles. I would go to the County Court events and observe how the justice system operated. On one visit when I was about eight, he took me to Mineral Wells to meet with the Governor of Texas at that time, W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel. He later became a US Senator. Later in life I was a schoolmate with Joan Jester in Corsicana Texas. Her father, Buford, was also a Texas democratic Governor.

All politics in Texas was controlled by the Democrats. All leaders of the State of Texas were conservative. In fact I do not recall any politician being a republican before I was in my mid 20’s. His name was Bruce Alger and I remember that he was the first republican that my dad ever voted for. I did not vote for him as I was committed democrat.

As I matured the Democratic Party started the drift to the left toward liberal socialism. This was contrary to the way I was raised and by the time I was thirty I had become a republican by choice and watched as the change progressed in Texas.

When I moved to Sabine County in 1991 one of the first things politically I remember was that there were no republicans in local politics. I recall an event one morning while Norma and I were having breakfast at Twitty’s and overheard a local group discussing politics. I will never forget what we overheard. One of the gentlemen in his blue overalls made the following statement, “I would vote for a dog before I would vote for a republican for anything.” Things have slightly improved here since then but we still have not had a republican Judge, Commissioner, Sheriff or County Clerk since I have been here. As Texas has been controlled by the republicans for several years now, you would think the locals would have figured out that the reason we are one of the poorest Counties in Texas is because we have no voice in Austin or a democrat to talk to. Maybe someday the local people will understand this when they vote. Many just do not care.

Texas passed a significant milestone this week when two recently elected House democrats switched to the Republican Party. For the first time in my memory the republican’s now have a super 101 member majority in the Texas House of Representatives. This means that the democrats can no longer disrupt the business of the people. I recall their childish behavior a few years ago when they all went to Oklahoma so that without a quorum the legislative process was impossible.

Now with the full power to act in the people’s interest it will be interesting to see if the Texas republicans can lead and use the power we have vested in them. Using the 1994 republican victory in the US Congress as a benchmark they will likely fail to listen to the people and squander the opportunity. We have a repeat of 1994 again next year in the US House of Representatives and an increased population in the US Senate. Let us all pray that the republicans can change Washington and Austin and restore the power to the people as designed by our Constitutions.

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