Now What?

The Democrats took a beating as predicted, and their fearless leader blames everyone and everything except the policies that his party foisted upon the electorate.  Of course, he’s overseas making more speeches with the aid of his faithful teleprompters.  Why am I not surprised?

Now that the Republicans have wrested control of the House, now what?

I have read the promises to repeal Obamacare, create jobs, and reverse the policies of the outgoing Congress and their leader in the White House.  Dream on…With the Democrats still in shaky control of the Senate and the veto pen in the hands of a Democratic president, that’s not going to happen. 

What the Republicans can now do is defund Obamacare, and otherwise stay true to their campaign promises of trying to undo the damage that Obozo and his cronies have done to the country.  Meanwhile, it seems as though the Democrats are imploding – the party faithful waking up to the fact that the country is paying attention to the antics of the Congress, and not liking it one bit.  Unless the Democrats realize that they work for the Electorate, the Senate will pass to the Republicans, and the “One” will be a one-term president.

And what a blow that will be to the Liberal Democrats, the ones who believe that they know better than the citizens of this country! 

The bad part – we’ve got two more long years of these clowns to deal with.  And I hope the Conservatives that were just elected don’t ignore the playbook that got them elected in the first place.  There is a lot that can go wrong, and I hope that it doesn’t.  Otherwise, we are going to be in a whole hell of a lot more trouble than we are now.

Reasons to Vote

We all know that the Democrats are going to take a beating this Election Tuesday.  But what we all have to remember is that it’s not the political party that should determine who we vote for, but the character of the person running.  Are they the person you want representing you, spending your tax dollars wisely, representing your interests in government, and passing (or voting against) legislation that makes things simpler, not more complicated?  This should drive you to vote for the person that best represents you, not to vote against the politician that has pissed you off.

I ran across this over at Grandma’s Place, and is posted at Information Clearing House:

The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes by Charley Reese

(Date of publication unknown)– — -  Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices – 545 human beings out of the 235 million – are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I excluded all but the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislation’s responsibility to determine how he votes.


Don’t you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits.

The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.

O’neill is the speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetos it, they can pass it over his veto.


It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation" or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

This article was first published by the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper

Vote Tuesday, or don’t complain about anything the politicians do.

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