RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 14, 2013 — Obamacare has become the cornerstone of two largely unrelated problems: the budget crisis that has led to a government shutdown; and the debt ceiling crisis that purportedly threatens to put the government in default.
As the healthcare industry in the United States represents approximately one-sixth of our nation’s economy, tampering with it raises risks and rewards that can affect the lives of every American citizen. Let’s examine the good, the bad, and the ugly elements of the controversial law’s journey … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 7, 2013 – As we enter Week Two of the most recent Government shutdown, one fact should be clear: there is an absence of leadership in Washington, D.C. The lines have been drawn between the two Parties, and they are willing to sacrifice any shred of intelligence and integrity that might still be associated with them for a meaningless political victory. While everyone is defending their position, no one is leading.
Leadership brings people together to accomplish a goal that would otherwise be beyond their reach. It requires the ability to build trust, and trust cannot be established when one’s actions are incongruent with one’s words … 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
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 24, 2013 – Political schizophrenia is an egotistical disorder that makes it hard to tell the difference between what is real and what is not real, and President Obama and Congress are poster children of the syndrome. They collectively demonstrate the classic symptoms of partisan paranoia coupled with delusional and disorganized thinking. We need to stop pretending that they’re normal, so they can recognize their need to seek help.
Congress has grown dysfunctional because of the disorder. Too many members of the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle, have been reduced to little more than delivery mechanisms for their respective Parties’ bullet points. Keep in mind: These bullet points are scripted by unelected individuals who are only focused on maintaining or expanding their particular Party’s power. For the most part, they couldn’t care less about “forming a more perfect Union” … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 17, 2013 – Today marks the 226th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States, and with each passing year, we seem to become more ignorant of its contents and intent. The fact that the subject of Civics has given way to more “politically correct” subjects in our public school curricula may be one of the root causes of the problem, but there is no excuse for our 537 federally-elected officials to be unfamiliar with its substance.
Perhaps it’s time to provide a refresher course for those who need it.
For the sake of simplicity, let’s concentrate on the Preamble: … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 6, 2013 — President Obama and Press Secretary Carney recently dismissed any purported White House “scandals” as “phony.” This set off a firestorm response within the Republican Party, which has been preoccupied with identifying “Obama’s Watergate.”
What constitutes a scandal? Why has the concept become such a fixation among the Parties and pundits? Is there substantive or circumstantial evidence of a scandal or scandals attributable to the current Administration? And, how can both Parties improve from the current environment? … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 30, 2013 — Our Nation currently has three outstanding examples of the impact of clinical narcissism in American politics: San Diego Mayor, Bob Filner; New York City Comptroller candidate, Eliot Spitzer, and New York Mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner. Based upon their personal histories, these three would be well advised to get in line in front of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion if they ever visit the Wizard in the Emerald City. Filner needs to “get a clue” (just ask Nancy Pelosi), Spitzer appears to only care about himself, and Weiner tends to hide behind the political skirt of his wife.
Before we examine the individuals, let’s first discuss the “Rule Book” that politicians follow when confronted with such crises. There are five stages to negotiating sexual faux pas within the political arena that essentially parallel the Five Stages of Grief: Denial; anger; bargaining; depression; and acceptance … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 23, 2013 – On July 19, 2013, President Obama chose to speak at a Press Conference about the African American community’s possible perspective of the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Almost immediately, those with a strong predisposition to the Left hailed his speech as one of the most important of his career, while those who lean as heavily toward the Right denounced the speech as racially divisive.
As is usually the case with extreme viewpoints, each position offers a modicum of truth filtered through a lens of political prejudice. The opportunity to make progress is often lost because bias is frequently communicated with more vigor than rational thought … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 9, 2013 – This is an introduction to a social experiment in which you are invited to participate. How often have you read an Op-Ed piece by a purported “expert” with whom you clearly disagreed? How often have you felt that the “expert” was biased and presented only those facts which supported his or her opinion? How often have you believed you could have done a better job?
Well, now is your chance!
WHAT: The Communities section of The Washington Times, under which this social experiment will be conducted, is somewhat unique … Read more