As voters, we’ll be asked to ignore the dereliction of duty demonstrated by our elected leaders; threatened with horrible outcomes if a federal budget isn’t passed and the debt ceiling isn’t increased; then, suffer through the traditional blame game, where the two major parties take turns distorting the truth and casting aspersions at each other in an attempt to gain a political advantage in next year’s midterm elections.
As I’ve said in the past, perhaps it’s time that we replaced the fiscal cliff with a political one. …Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., January 8, 2014 – As those of you who are familiar with my work already know, I examine our Government from an unusual perspective; one that assumes that it must follow the Constitution. Accordingly, I respect proposed solutions that adhere to that premise while forcing us into the uncomfortable realm of hosting “a civil assessment” of their merit. In that regard, I offer the suggestion of Scot Faulkner to bypass this year’s State of the Union Address … Read more
SAN DIEGO, Ca. December 3, 2014 – Every two years, we are graced with the opportunity to either restart our Nation or reaffirm Jonathan Gruber’s hypothesis concerning our stupidity. Unfortunately, the Parties have conditioned our behavior to favor the latter. They have also been allowed to erect enormous economic barriers to ballot access that have turned our election cycles into auctions. Legitimate independent candidates with fresh ideas can’t afford the “buy in.” So, we’re stuck… or are we?
What if I told you that a solution actually exists; one that might break the gridlock in Washington, D.C.; one that can be accomplished with little or no money; one that just might return political power to the People? Do I have your attention? … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 4, 2014 – In a Nation that favors sound bites over solutions, it should not come as a surprise that the term “political integrity” has become little more than an oxymoron. Ethics be damned: If the Parties can use something to “stimulate the base,” you may rest assured they will pursue it. It is irrelevant whether it makes sense or is morally reprehensible as long as it can be used to extract money and votes. The recent discussion of impeachment and lawsuits are cases in point … Read more
As we approach the first enrollment deadline of the Affordable Care Act on March 31st of this year, we should ask some questions: Is the Administration committed to the ACA’s success for political reasons or because of a passionate belief in the virtue of the Act? Is the President more interested in preserving his legacy or providing better health care to the masses?
Yesterday, March 23rd, marks the fourth anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — Obamacare. Four years on, the debate rages as to whether patients will be protected and whether health care will become more affordable … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., February 24, 2014 – With the recent Olympics in Sochi, Russia, many of us are reminded of the Cold War: A political, ideological and economic struggle for supremacy between two super powers. Oh … not the one between the former-Union of Soviet Socialist Republic and the United States; the one that’s still raging between the Democratic and Republican Parties.
The other Cold War began in 1947 at the end of World War II and concluded on December 26, 1991, when the USSR was disbanded. That pales in comparison with the “D and R” Cold War, which has been going strong since 1854 when the Republican Party was founded … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., November 19, 2013 – Political ignorance is a communicable disease that has reached epidemic proportions. It is an airborne virus that puts people at risk every time an infected politician or Party sycophant opens his or her mouth. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act not only doesn’t cover it, it appears to be responsible for the most recent outbreak.
Common symptoms include: Elevated voices and blood pressure; the recitation of petty bullet points any time a television camera is present or someone attempts to discuss an issue intelligently; an endless stream of e-mail solicitations for donations to spread the disorder; and the development of a chronic blindness to reason … Read more
Some will argue that a few of the eleven Constitutional Amendments that have been ratified during that 100-year period may rival the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the law’s real name, or ACA for short — but they would be wrong … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 28, 2013 — BREAKING NEWS: Democrats and Republicans, whose political tactics are frighteningly similar, have secretly merged into a single Party. The new political party will be called the Halloween Party.
The fledgling Party is a political Frankenstein. Strategists have long recognized the importance of combining the two organizations while maintaining the charade of their separate existence. With a shared addiction to money and power, why compete for half the dollars and votes when you can get them all? You just have to pretend that you’re not who you appear to be, and that’s what Halloween is all about … Read more
WASHINGTON, October 3, 2013 – … Seeking out the sane and qualified we turn to T.J. O’Hara, an internationally recognized political commentator and strategic consultant in the private and public sectors and a veteran columnist here at Communities.
In 2012, O’Hara emerged as a leading independent candidate for the Office of President of the United States. Mr. O’Hara won the first on-line “virtual” Presidential election, which was based on the quality of the candidates’ solutions, by a commanding 72.1% over Barack Obama. Through his speaking and writing he continually offers solutions to the “inside the beltway ills.”
T.J. answered the call to help us better understand just what the budget crisis, Shutdown 2013 and the fight over the Affordable Health Care act is all about … Read more