“Showdown to A Government Shutdown”

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Today, minutes wind down on the “showdown to a government shutdown.” The clock ticks as elected officials in Washington guide us toward a rock that could sink the ship.

People like Ted Cruz from the Tea Party took the helm last week to bring attention to defunding ObamaCare. Cruz reminded me of a Harry Belafonte speech I heard a few years ago. In it he said, “Don’t worry about the Tea Party, because you know what happens when you put a tea bag in water?…It sinks!”

The Tea Party is sinking the ship. What many don’t accept is that ObamaCare and raising the country’s credit limit called the debt ceiling is good for Americans and the world economy.

To call ObamaCare immoral is wrong. To lead the country to a shutdown or a to default on the debt ceiling is as immoral as purposely guiding a ship toward a dangerous rock. A ship that responsible elected officials keep trying to guide to smooth waters that will allow the country to strengthen the economy.

Congress has allowed a budget sequester to go too long. Government workers who have been furloughed several days a month, now may not receive any pay at all. If the shutdown occurs what is immoral is that they also may not receive back pay after it ends.

What is immoral is, if we have a shutdown, 800,000 Americans will not receive a paycheck. It means 1.3 million servicemen and women and thousands of essential government workers will work but will not receive a paycheck until the shutdown ends.

As the minutes tick toward midnight, Republicans and Tea Party Republicans have the future of the American people in their hands.

So now we wait!

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We Need an Oval Office Address

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In a relationship or friendship, when you’re upset or disappointed with the girlfriend, boyfriend, friend or spouse etc. do you go tell someone else and hope they tell it to the appropriate person? Or do you say it to someone and hope that they tweet it, blog or put it on Facebook!

No, you tell it directly to the person, right? Well, Mr. President WE the PEOPLE need to hear you speak directly to us from the Oval Office on the issue of the debt ceiling and the potential of a government shutdown.

THE PEOPLE have a right to hear it, directly from you.

As the only person in the country voted for by the entire nation, we need to hear from you. We may not agree with everything, but we have to all agree on this, you are THE PRESIDENT of THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA. We need to hear you speak directly to us, not from the EAST ROOM, not from the PRESS ROOM, but from the one stage only you can, THE OVAL OFFICE.

And to your advisors who may think its a bad idea. Fire them! They are hurting you!

From the OVAL OFFICE you speak from a position of strength. It is not the seat of a mediator. It is the seat where you make the most difficult decisions. It is the seat where the leader of our country sits, whether we agree or not.

When you speak from this seat, the Message is directed to your constituents, The American people.

That’s why we need to hear you explain what is going on with the debt ceiling and why you’re taking the position you are to possibly let the government shutdown because your opposition has a bad plan. We need to hear you, from your office, THE OVAL OFFICE where you can best explain why there’s a looming government shutdown and why the opposition’s plan is not in the best interest of the nation.

As a nation some voted for you, some didn’t. Others didn’t vote at all. But as a nation by a popular vote mandate, WE the people elected YOU.

Therefore, we are in this relationship for the long haul. You were elected and reelected because the majority of the nation trusts you. Now trust us with the message and let us decide. Let us hear you, from The Oval Office.

ObamaCare: What Part Are You Against?

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After the Great Depression we got the New Deal. During President Lyndon Johnson”s Administration we got the Great Society and his War on Poverty that yielded Medicare (Medical Care). Now after the Great Recession, we have the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here are a few questions you can ask those who oppose the law. And to those who are unaware of some of the simple things the law provides, tell me which of these are you for or against?

Do you think Insurance companies should be able to deny an individual or a child/baby health insurance for a pre-existing condition?

After the Great Recession many young people coming out of college and even today have had difficulty (more than any other living generation) finding a job. Should they be denied access to health insurance based on actions of those that came before them. Isn’t it a good thing they can stay on their parents insurance until their twenty six?

Should women, the head of many households and the one that keeps many more stabilized be penalized simply for being a woman. Shouldn’t mammograms and other preventative care measures be free to those who bring us into the world?

Do you want health insurance companies to spend more money on bonuses and executive salaries than on your health?

If you say you are against any of these, please tell us why? And if you’re going to say the cost of health care premiums, then think about this. Across the country we are seeing premiums in most states decreasing. And in those states where it goes up, lets see what happens after year one and two. If they cannot show they are paying their fair share in health care vs salaries as bonuses they will be penalized.

What you got?

Congress or Progress

The American people have been conned.  Congressional Republicans have fooled their constituents into believing that repealing laws like ObamaCare is progress or that continuing a budget sequester is best for the country. 

Congress is proving that it is not about Progress.  The arguments over immigration, budget sequester, debt ceiling, gun reform, Syria has divided our nation. We are sinking deeper in quicksand.  Congress is working against the people. It has conned some to believe repealing laws is progress.   The proof? Congress has made no progress in successfully lowering the unemployment rate, getting people working, educating more of our young people, or stabilizing our economy.  James Carville and the American people should be yelling as loud as they did over Syria, “It’s the Economy Stupid!”

Instead, now Democrats will use the mass shooting at the Navy Yard to bring up the gun debate and get nothing done. But it’s good politics.  Let’s not be fooled again.  Guns are dangerous. They give people a false sense of power and security.  Does Zimmerman follow Trayvon Martin if he didn’t have a gun?   

Politicians are just as dangerous as a person with a gun.  Those in Washington use their votes like bullets, recklessly voting for a budget sequester and against laws like ObamaCare that impact families and eliminate jobs.

The House of Representatives has voted unsuccessfully 40 times to defund ObamaCare that can help American families but not once on a budget?   Wouldn’t a budget deal help America step forward from the devastation incurred by reckless behavior on Wall Street, in the housing market and banking industry?  

The people bailed out Wall Street, bankers, the auto and housing industry, but who rebounded quickest? For once Congress think progress for the American people, end the budget sequester.  No more arguing over trivial issues like immigration that will strengthen our nation!  No more widening the gap between the poor and the rich. Stop claiming that some of the poor who were once middle class and lost their jobs and homes during the recession are lazy. Stop threatening to cutting them off from benefits that will hopefully keep from falling deeper into an economic abyss that you created.

Congress get out of the way. Make government again about the People, but about all the People. If not, then the Government for the People will be forced to find a way, to make it of the People again.