RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., November 25, 2013 – While Secretary of State Kerry reached a temporary Nuclear Peace Treaty with Iran, we may have been better served had he tried to negotiate a settlement between the warring factions within our own Senate. This past week, Senate Majority Leader Reid and his Party exercised what has become colloquially known as the “nuclear option;” a maneuver that changed the rules of the United States Senate with respect to certain political and judicial appointments that were otherwise vulnerable to the parliamentary procedure of “filibuster.”
Was this move a preemptive or defensive political strike? As Hillary Clinton might be expected to say, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 21, 2013 – Not to be disrespectful, but President Obama misled the American people at the conclusion of the speech with which he reopened the Government on October 17, 2013. He chided partisan politics by saying: “We come from different Parties, but we are Americans first. And that’s why disagreement cannot mean dysfunction. It can’t degenerate into hatred.”
Of course it can, Mr. President. Look at the actions of both Parties leading up to the shutdown and in the brief time that has passed since; listen to the rhetoric of the Parties and those groups that support them; or just read other facets of your speech … Read more
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 30, 2013 – With our nation spiraling toward a government shutdown and possible credit default that supposedly will catapult the world into economic chaos, we seem to be more concerned about the “feud” between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel than we are about the politically appalling behavior of our elected representatives. Our priorities appear to be misplaced. Then again, perhaps that explains how many of our elected officials became our elected officials. Not enough people are paying attention.
Our elected officials only know how to delay rather than to decide. The current budget “crisis” is an example. It’s a game in which we are all being played as pawns … Read more