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A Fiscal Cliff? More Like A Political One

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

 

Can Congress grant us a ‘pardon’ from the State of the Union

State of the UnionRANCHO 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

Congress’ role in torturing the People

Senate Intelligence CommitteeRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., December 14, 2014 – Many have asked why the  Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chose to release its Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program at this time. The answer is simple. They wanted to torture the American people.

According to Wikipedia: “Torture is the act of deliberately inflicting severe physical or psychological pain and possibly injury to a person…, usually to one who is physically restrained or otherwise under the torturer’s control or custody and unable to defend against what is being done to them” Read more

Impeachment and lawsuits: Party tools of emotional extortion

Impeachment  Sign in Bywater, N.O.  5 Feb 2007RANCHO 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

Does Obama care about Obamacare?

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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

Will we survive the real Cold War?

Constitution - Void where prohibited by lawRANCHO 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

Twitter treats: Political New Year’s resolutions

New Year's BallRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., December 30, 2013 – New Year’s resolutions are a tradition that parallels political promises. They sound good, but there is almost no chance they will be honored.

In the spirit of the season as well as to pay deference to the buzz around Twitter’s public offering, here is a list of “proposed” resolutions for our political illuminati; all of which conform to 140 characters or less and may be tweeted as you please. They may even be slightly educational with respect to the structure of our Government, but please don’t let that get in the way of their humor … Read more

Will the nuclear option’s fallout yield a “Survivor”?

Harry Reid, Charles SchumerRANCHO 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

Gambling on the Affordable Care Act to cure political ignorance

ACA - Or NotRANCHO 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

Is Obamacare the landmark legislation and political lesson of our time?

Obama ACA - 004RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., November 11, 2013 — Obamacare is the single most significant piece of legislation passed in the last century. Period.

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

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