Looking for Mr. Goodpol?

In the movie Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Diane Keaton’s character devolves into a search for seamy relationships each with more personal and violent risks than the one previous. Ultimately, she is killed by a one-night stand who cannot sexually perform.

Are we in America Looking for Mr. Goodpol? Are we searching for a larger thrill from our politicians at personal and violent risk? Will America be killed by the failure of a politician to perform once elected?

The weaknesses of our Presidents should be a clarion call to change the political parties nomination of candidates. Our current candidates have many flaws and are not able to meet the challenges that our nation faces.

The risk we all face is that a non-performing president will kill America. Not up to the task of adjusting America’s financial position and global leadership, he may beat America with attacks on personal liberty and security and freedoms.

Is it inevitable?

How will we recognize it when we see it?

30 days to go…then the beginning of a new era

Regardless of who wins, thirty days to go and this election will be over. The Republicans and Democrats are spinning everything. A truth expressed is not the whole truth.

The National Journal has a provocative piece about parasite baby boomers who have left the next generation with less than what the baby boomers had when they started.

I am not convinced that it is true ( many people see the glass as half empty all the time) but I will say that the baby boomers are just beginning to hit their stride. I count myself as one.

This is the moment. This is the time. We are just beginning the era of baby boomer politics regardless of who wins. This is a time for the competent among us to step forward for America and to take our government away from political families, professional political mainstream parties, and exploiters.

You and I are at the beginning of new American Era. An era of self-reliance, an era that undoes Fredric March, undoes the application of people as cogs and wheels to Big Business and Big Government.

This is an era of ‘We, the Educated and Knowledgeable People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It is time to stop looking at the trees in the forest of American troubles and begin to establish better Justice, more domestic tranquility, a sensible common defense, a new compact for promoting the general welfare, and to once again secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

I call upon all educated and knowledgeable Americans to restore to America what we once enjoyed and that has been eroded since 1960. Help to establish a better future tomorrow than the future we perceive today.

It was never about hope or change. It is always about opportunity. Let’s make America great again by increasing opportunities for all Americans.

Freedom, Responsibility, and (above all), Choice

Economic Stimulation

Why do we incent the rich by giving them tax breaks (more money in their pockets) and we incent the poor by taking government support away from them (less money in their pockets).

If you agree that consumers drive the American economy, would it not make more sense to give money to the poor to buy goods they do not already own?

If you agree that more businesses make for a stronger economy, wouldn’t it also make sense to reduce the money given to rich people to incent them to start more businesses in order to make up for the money they are losing?

To say this differently, why would a rich person -with new and increased wealth- start a business knowing that the middle class and the poor will have less buying power going forward?

If we increase money in the pockets of the poor and middle class this will cause them to spend money on goods and services. It also appears that if wealthy people value more money in their pockets, then they will create more businesses to obtain the new dollars in a poor person’s pocket. These two actions will create more production in goods and services  -which results in  more jobs- and will increase the number of businesses pursuing the income of the group with new jobs. (A rising tide floats all boats…)

How is that thinking wrong? Just asking the question…


Homage to Charley Reese….

First published March of 1995, Charley Reese wrote a similar version in 1983.  A potent article on our government.




Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices – 545 human beings out of the 235 million – are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I excluded all but the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislation’s responsibility to determine how he votes.


Don’t you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits.

The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.

O’neill is the speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetos it, they can pass it over his veto.


It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

This article was taken from the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper

US Budget cannot be balanced


The video below is explains in just a few minutes why the US budget cannot be balanced. You will never have a better explanation than this one.

You should be afraid that the two parties that got us into this mess will not get us out. Then you should vote like your life depends upon it. It does.



Bye, Bye American Pie …unless we act

If you ever need proof that education does not equal wisdom look no farther than the Department of the Treasury, the Congress, and the President of the United States. Educated at the finest colleges in America, some of these people trace their government service decades into the past. Reared in privilege, surrounded by brilliant and accomplished families, and with access to all the knowledge in America, the leaders in all three areas have failed to manage the government’s household and its bank account in a responsible manner. If the National Treasury were a blind trust, those managers would be charged with crimes by the trust owners. That’s us… and we should think about that.

When it comes to big government and low taxes, David M. Walker, former comptroller general of the United States said, “That historical trend has left us with a big government that is constantly at war with a philosophy of personal responsibility and individual liberty that demands a limited government. We have created big-government programs, but we try to finance them with small-government taxes. That spells deficits and debt, and if we don’t reconcile these conflicting views of government, it will spell insolvency for the government and a worse life for many Americans. We have to balance our ideas about what government can do with our recognition of what it should do and what we are willing to pay for.”

America borrows about 40 cents of every dollar that it spends. The American government has a spending problem. There are two kinds of spending: Mandatory and Discretionary. Within the Mandatory category, 71% of government spending is for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Each was established for the noble purpose of reducing the misery of people. Within the Discretionary category, the Defense Department accounts for 51% of the spending. It makes the world a safer place to live for us, our allies, and even our enemies by ensuring the safety of the global trading routes. Another 46% of the Discretionary spending goes for domestic programs like infrastructure.

The American Pie is only so big and it is not big enough for all the Mandatory and Discretionary spending our leaders want. Is our solution to make a bigger pie (raise taxes) or to change the size of each piece (i.e., cut Discretionary and increase Mandatory spending) or to simply make smaller pies with the crust and filling that we already have (cut spending)? These are choices that we voters face. The worst of all possibilities, David M. Walker tells us, is ‘big-government programs and small-government taxes’.

Reasonable citizens everywhere can see that we must begin making smaller pies immediately, change the size of the pieces to ensure our priorities are balanced, and then consider how we will find more crust and filling to make a bigger American Pie in the future. Yet the two political parties will never agree on anything.

If America is to have a pie at all in the future, think differently and vote independently this year. The two parties that got us into this mess will not be the ones to get us out.

If big government and low taxes are at war with personal responsibility and individual liberty then I say we should begin a return to individual freedom, personal responsibility, and personal choice. Let our efforts be about right-sizing America and not capsizing it.

Dale Lehner