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Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:57:57 -0500


Understanding Health Insurance: Subsidies Don't Enrich Companies: 5 Key Issues

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:59:15 -0500

Rather than focusing on the needs, priorities and goals, needed and necessary/ desirable, for most Americans, the issue of health care, has become a political, hot - potato, filled with empty rhetoric, promises, blaming and complaining. Ever since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, under the administration of President Obama, in 2010, members of the opposition party have pointed out its flaws, but, avoided introducing viable solutions. The Republicans have proposed dozens of pieces of legislation, focused solely on repealing it, and complaining, for years, Obama would veto their attempts.

Why So Little Common Sense Governing? 6 Areas Of Concern

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:02:47 -0500

Have you, also, wondered, where the grown - ups, are, in terms of our public officials, and the way they govern, etc? Does it appear, common sense, is anything but common, but, rather, a much - needed. rare component, which may be, what is most lacking, from those who are supposed to be serving, and representing, our best interests?

Why Will You VOTE For That Candidate?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:02:11 -0500

We, Americans, are privileged, to have the right to live in a free country, which includes the right to vote, and elect those, who will represent us. However, all too often, we either, are unwilling or able, to effectively evaluate our options, and differentiate between the empty rhetoric and promises, made by certain politicians, versus, some others, who might be better, and best equipped, to make a difference, for the better! With this in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, review and consider, why one might decide to VOTE for a specific candidate, or, perhaps, more importantly, some of the...

How The US Is Diminished By Voter APATHY

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:59:20 -0500

While much of the rest of the world, is denied the right to vote, in free elections, a large percentage of Americans, take it for granted, and consider it unnecessary, to fully commit, to the process, on a consistent basis. In fact, in most elections, only about half the eligible voters, or, even fewer, actually exercise this right. Voting is a right, but we need it to be considered, an important responsibility, as well.

Advising Duterte: Carry On, But There Must Be Changes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:48:53 -0500

I have seen President Rodrigo Duterte perform in public long enough to think that he does not need advise from anyone, even from his trusted allies. This article/post is therefore not meant for the prince or his principality.

Trump's Leadership, By Negativity: 5 Examples

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:57:17 -0500

While most, who have examined, and/ or trained individuals, in some of the necessities of quality leadership, emphasize the need, for maintaining a relevant, realistic, positive attitude, there have always been, some, pseudo - leaders, who have focused on the negatives, emphasizing, blaming and complaining, while avoiding perceiving of, creating, developing and implementing viable, positive, sustainable solutions! While this negative behavior is nearly always divisive, adversarial, and non - productive, regardless of the position held, when it comes to being the leader of the free world, may also be dangerous, and/ or irresponsible! With this in mind, this article will...

The Real American Tragedy

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:34:09 -0500

"The history of the world is still being written by Valiant's and Cowards, by heroic and treacherous acts, the vanquished are restrained, the victorious write it, the courageous die and the cowards steal the glory." This quote pretty well sums up what has transpired through-out the history of the world. Even more poignant for the times of today.

The Longer-Term, Trump Effect

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:02:15 -0500

The perception of the public, during the period, someone might serve as President of the United States, often differs, sometimes significantly, from the longer - term impact, of the administration's policies, strategies. and decisions. Sometimes, a quality office - holder may be somewhat unpopular, and perceived as being less than a stellar leader, because of the lack of popularity, of some, and/ or many of the decisions, etc, of his policies/ decisions/ actions!

Teddy's "Speak Softly," Versus Donald's Approach

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:13:50 -0500

Have you ever wondered, how some of the best - known, respected, deceased, American President's, might perceive of, and evaluate, our present leader of the free world? There can be little doubt, Donald Trump, has approached the necessities of holding this office, as well as the responsibilities, and proper approaches, in a far different way, than most, if not all, his predecessors. Because of Mr.

T R A President For Our Time

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:27:53 -0500

True to form history is repeating. It was at the turn of the 20th century when the United States first experienced the great wealth divide. The robber barons of the day, the Rockefeller's, the Morgan's, the Vanderbilt's, etc all amassed great fortunes on the backs of the American worker.

Health Care: Is It A Right, Privilege, Or Some Combination?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:13:21 -0500

Isn't it a shame, that our elected representatives, spend far more time, with political manipulations, than serving the best interests of their constituents, and the nation, they are supposed to serve and represent? Nowhere is this more obvious, than by the discussions and debates, regarding health care! Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the Republican legislators have dedicated much time, effort on resources, on blaming and complaining, and trying to reverse and/ or repeal the legislation, coining the phrase, Repeal and Replace.

President Trump's Motives: Policy, Politics, Or Getting His Way? 5 Circumstances

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:12:42 -0500

Every President has the potential, to make a difference, for the nation, and its citizens. While there are never any guarantees, it's important to realize and recognize, this impact, might be, for the better, or for the worse. We presently have, as our leader of the free world, an individual, who, is certainty, somewhat different, from any, in recent memory!

Do You Yearn For The Days When Exposed Lies Weren't Repeated? 5 Examples

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:00:56 -0500

Do you ever feel, somewhat, nostalgic, for the good - old - days, when, once a lie, was disputed, and/ or exposed, it was never repeated? One of the things, we've observed, during the period of the political campaign, as well as these early stages of the term, of President Donald J. Trump, is, his apparent diversion, from many norms, and his treatment of lies/ misstatements, is certainly, glaring and obvious!

Review of One Nation Under Trump

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:04:18 -0500

I happened upon One Nation After Trump in The Bunch of Grapes, an independent bookstore in Martha's Vineyard which I have never left without finding a writing treasure. I picked up and put down the book several times. Did I really want to delve any further into the Trump quagmire? I finally let my sense of obligation to my country overcome the increasing trepidation I have felt since the last election day.

Trump's Attacks On The Freedoms He Doesn't Like: 5 Examples

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:53:33 -0500

After the greatest, single tragedy, in recent American history, was the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This created a level of fear, blaming, and bias/ hatred. like we haven't publicly witnessed, on a large - scale, in generations.

WHAT We Should Expect From Our President

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 08:35:21 -0500

Having voted in elections for over four decades, and working on several poltical campaigns, for five decades, I have often, had strong feelings, either, for, or against a particular candidate, and often voted, for the losing candidate! While often disappointed, and although, politically, I've disagreed, this last Presidential election, was the only time, in my memory, I have truly felt, the individual, elected, was not only wrong, on the issues, but, lacked the character, etc, we need and deserve, and should expect, from the person, elected to the highest office in the land! The apparent, chaos, dysfunction, etc, combined with...

Trump: The Art Of Changing The Topic: 5 Examples

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:08:39 -0500

Before he ever ran for, and was elected, President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, was predominantly known, as a real estate developer, casino and hotel operator, author of The Art of the Deal, and reality - show star, whose tag - line, was, You're fired. Whether one supported him, and voted for him, or opposed and continue to oppose his apparent objectives, there can be little doubt, he possesses a rare skill, to effectively market himself, and use Social Media, to effectively motivate supporters, to endorse his efforts, and give him, their loyalty!

Don't Let Public Officials Be POWER Hungry

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:05:17 -0500

During most political campaigns, we witness candidates use lots of rhetoric, and make empty promises! While it is certainly unfortunate, voters elect individuals, not based on actual qualifications, or what they'll do, or the solutions and courses of action, they recommend, there is very little time, and/ or focus, placed on their true reason, for wanting to be elected to a specific position! When asked, they usually provide standard - type responses, always stating how much they want to serve, or reverting to making unrealistic promises, often having nothing to do, with the position, itself!

Demand Public Officials Be FIT

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:59:32 -0500

Americans are proud of the fact, we have certain rights and privileges, guaranteed, by our Constitution. We boast about our free elections, often, contrasting them, to other nations, around the world, where this right, and many others, are denied, and/ or extremely limited. However, in recent times, nearly every poll, indicates, we consider, and deem, politicians, and elected officials, in a most, unfavorable light, and consider these individuals, as less than ideal, etc!

Trump In Puerto Rico: Listening Tour, Photo Op, Ego, Politics, Or Diversion?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:04:11 -0500

Whether one supports or opposes him, there is little doubt, we have never witnessed, in recent memory, any other President, and/ or public official, like President Donald J. Trump! Mr. Trump's recent performance, statements, and behavior, related to the disaster/ catastrophe, in Puerto Rico, clearly demonstrated, his unique characteristics/ character.

True Public Officials: Don't PAT Yourself On The Back

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:03:28 -0500

It's not enough to be elected, because of one's empty rhetoric, and/ or empty promises! Once one ends up serving in a specific position, it's essential to focus on what's needed, and necessary, for the best interests of one's constituents, and the nation, without making it, all about him! Some refer to this tendency, to try to constantly hog the credit, as being narcissistic, while others seem to think, it's about how big one's ego is.

Reinventing the Invention Called Nigeria

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:07:25 -0500

Albert Einstein is perhaps one of the greatest inventors the world will always remember, as many of his inventions are still in great use today, while some others have made way for further re-inventions. The amazing thing about inventions is that they all have a purpose to serve. Some inventions have greater purposes and outlived their inventors, while some others may serve an awkward purpose at a time, before they are then eventually overtaken by the harsh realities of the times. Think about main frame computers and photography!

Look Past Political Views, But Demand COMPETENT Public Officials

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:08:10 -0500

In the United States, we elect our public officials, in free elections, every few years. Obviously, since no one is elected unanimously, and there is a wide range of political dispute/ variety on many issues, the reality is, one will often disagree with some decisions, made by those elected. However, although we might disagree about programs, plans, and/ or approaches, there comes a time, when we must realize, there is a big difference between politically - based decisions/ concepts/ actions, etc, and expecting to receive COMPETENT leadership.

The Dangers Of Articulating Foreign Policy Without Considering Ramifications

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:24:23 -0500

In the first eight - and- a - half months, of the new administration of President Donald Trump, we have witnessed several scenarios, where he has articulated messages, which have, most likely, confused much of the rest of the world! Whether it is the opposition to NAFTA, NATO, the Iran Nuclear Pact, the Trans - Pacific Agreement, the Paris Accords, Russian relations, or dealings with North Korea, he has articulated messages, which seem to contradict, and/ or strongly disagree/ differ from those previous administrations, have endorsed. This article will focus on some of the challenges this creates, as well as...

5 Harmful Effects When The President Keeps Telling Lies

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:02:09 -0500

Whether one is a supporter, or opposes, President Donald J. Trump, there is little doubt, we have never witnessed, any previous President, and/ or administration, quite like him! While some will say, all politicians tell lies, or articulate many misstatements, the level of vitriol, lying, and adversarial leadership, of this man, is indeed unique!

Tell Your Representatives: No More HATRED

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:34:31 -0500

It might be only me, but I certainly hope it's not, and that, most Americans are sick and tired, of this present political climate, of prejudice, bigotry, bias, and prejudice! Haven't we had enough of this terrible, horrific level of vitriol, empty rhetoric and promises, which have created disharmony, and a pitting of one segment of society, against another? Wouldn't we all, be, better served, if our public officials focused on relevant, sustainable solutions, which served the common good, and all of the people, rather than presenting, ill - conceived legislation, and wasting time, doing things, such as weakening our...

Wake Up America: Don't Let Freedom Be Another Word

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:17:49 -0500

The vintage years of rock - and - roll, what we now refer to, as Classic Rock, offers us the lyrics, Freedom's just another word, for nothing left to lose. While there might be multiple explanations of these lyrics, they are particularly applicable, to, the world, we live in, today! The late, great comedian, and political sage, George Carlin, consistently warned us, after the horrific tragedy, which occurred on September 11, 2001, if we take away, any of our freedoms, because of our fears about terrorism, and world events/ tragedies, then, The terrorists win.

Health Care: Stop Politics, Seek Bipartisan Solutions - 5 Considerations

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:40:58 -0500

I often think of the famous lines from the movie, Network, "I'm mad as hell, and not going to take it any more!" However, rarely have those words rung truer, than what is occurring in today's political climate, where the level of empty rhetoric, phony promises, and blaming and complaining, have become dominant over, seeking relevant, viable solutions, which might make things better! Perhaps the most obvious example of this situation, is the battle over the all - important, health care dispute and discussion, that has been, a constantly polarizing issue, since the introduction, and enacting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...

Trump's Tweets: Diversion, Direct Communication, Motivating, Polarizing, Or Politics?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:03:28 -0500

Whether one supports, or opposes, President Donald J. Trump, and/ or, if he believes, in his positions, and the directions, he opts to proceed with, we must all agree, this President's use of Social Media, especially, Twitter, is unprecedented! While some enjoy these, others feel, they are an inappropriate form of communication, for the individual, serving in the highest office in the land!

Politics In My View

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:40:22 -0500

Politics the opium of the masses, however, it has some detrimental effects on the developing countries. Read on and learn on some of these effects in Kenya.

Where Is the Intelligence In Washington Today?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:17:20 -0500

The language and the way our elected officials are behaving especially the present Administration many of us are thinking that old saying from Star Trek "Beam me up Scotty" ought to be "Beam me up Scotty because there is no intelligent life in Washington." Today, there are millions of people who have been questioning sanity of our Congress and President. No one in their right mind would advocate a first military strike against a nation who is just trying to assert itself on the world stage.

5 Important Reasons, Now More Than Ever, We Need A Bipartisan Approach

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:53:59 -0500

Nearly everyone, even the most - casual observer, realizes today's political atmosphere, appears, more tainted, adversarial, and/ or nasty, than we have ever previously witnessed, and/ or experienced! Whether this is because of the election of President Donald Trump, the impact from the earliest part of this decade, of the Tea Party, or if these scenarios, occurred, because of the inherent political discontent and discourse, it serves little purpose, to blame, and/ or even observe, what caused this, but, rather, indicates, we need to pay more attention, to the best path, to follow, to better serve the needs of the...

Common Sense Governing: The Dangers Of Ego-Driven, Uninformed Foreign Relations

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:19:10 -0500

Whether one supports, or disapproves of President Donald J. Trump, everyone agrees, we have never, in recent memory, witnessed his personal brand of leadership. While previous Presidents, whether one agreed with them, or not, focused on leading America, in a way, which emphasized, the common - good, this man has articulated, what many consider, unthinkable, continuously polarized, by pitting one segment against the other, and made, nearly every scenario, more, about him, personally, than about the national interests of most Americans!

Wasting Time And Resources: The Sad State Of Today's Health Care Discussions

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:26:36 -0500

The more one pays attention to what goes on, in Washington, D.C., the more concerning, it often is!

Why Trump Was Elected

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:25:29 -0500

Many have wondered how this blustery, tactless, and outright bully of a man was elected president of the United States. But wonder no more as the reasons are right before our eyes. Only he can fulfil the role of taking the world to the predicted total disaster.

Wake Up America! Beware Of Change For Change Sake: The Health Care Debate/Debacle

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:58:51 -0500

Ever since, the, then - controlled, Democratic Congress, passed/ enacted the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare), the opposition, Republican Party (GOP), has continuously attempted to repeal this legislation. While Obama was President, he possessed the veto - power, so the dozens of attempts, became little more than costly, time - wasting positioning. These politicians were able to try to motivate their bases/ constituencies, using a combination of empty rhetoric and promises, blaming, complaining, and negativity, while not having to bring forth a viable solution/ replacement.

Why Are There So Many Fake Facts Today? 4 Main Factors

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:06:15 -0500

In this past decade, we have witnessed, an ever - increasing amount/ degree of disinformation, which rarely serves the best interests, needs, and relevant concerns of our society! This seems to have come, to, a - head, in our most recent election cycles, especially the last Presidential contest. Our nation elected an individual, who had no public service experience and/ or expertise, often seemed unprepared, apparently gets his information from questionable sources, and many, who have done business with him, question, whether he was as great, and/ or successful, a businessman, as he claims.

Change Has Come to Washington

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:54:37 -0500

President Trump has been in the office for a little over 100 days but managed to take Washington (and the entire world) by storm with his politics. Trump's first months of the presidency have been just as unusual as his candidacy, with scandals, resignations, and an investigation into the administration's relationship with Russia. In some regards, however, Trump proved that even a leader so unpredictable as him can still revert to tradition when it comes to important issues, such as foreign policy.

Winning Politics: Often Quite Different Than Public Service: 3 Considerations

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:34 -0500

Last year's Presidential elections, resulting in Donald J. Trump, becoming President, has brought into added focus, the emphasis on winning, because our newly elected, leader of the free world, often indicates, by his rhetoric and/ or promises, he believes America needs to win, more often, and has made that, an essential component, in his articulation of Make America Great Again. However, the American people, and the nation, would probably, be better served, if the focus and top priority, was doing what is the best interest of the nation and its citizens, while seeking to bring people together, and unify, rather than...

Medicare For All: The Good, The Bad, and The Questions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:04:39 -0500

Observers of national politics, often become concerned, because the rhetoric, insufficiently - developed programs and concepts, and populist appeals (with very little chance of becoming law), take a larger place, over reasonable, realistic, focused, viable solutions. Recently, the vast majority of elected Republicans, have devoted significant efforts, to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare), although, their suggested replacements, seem to achieve little (other than political), because they have, potentially, reduced coverage, added costs (for thorough coverage), made unrealistic prejudgments (such as taking the least, at - risk, out of the overall pool, and claiming it...

Why Public Officials Must Have HEART

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:08:51 -0500

You've gotta have heart. Miles and miles and miles, of heart. Who has never heard these lyrics, from this popular song?

The Russian Investigation: Politics/Fake Facts - Coincidence, Or Misconduct?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:20:03 -0500

Ever since President Donald J. Trump, assumed office, there has been a so - called, cloud, hanging over his political campaign, associates, campaign workers, his family's involvement, and whether he was involved, in the entanglement, Russia, apparently had, in the last Presidential election. Although he has consistently referred to this as a Nothing Burger, and/ or False Facts, every United States intelligence agency, has stated, they are convinced, there is no doubt, there was some sort of sinister involvement, and/ or intent.

6 Reasons We Need More Consistency From Our Public Officials

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:03:53 -0500

There is very little, more disturbing to the public, than when elected officials offer inconsistent messages, etc! In today's society, where there is an increasing degree of dependency on using Social Media, and other forms of media, etc, to send out trial - balloons, testing the so - called, waters, we often are challenged to differentiate between the facts, and innuendo! The election of Donald J.

The Important 6 C's Of Health Care Legislation

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:13:13 -0500

Ever since the Affordable Care Act, was enacted, there have been numerous political attempts, to repeal the legislation. Unfortunately, the discussion has rarely, been based, on what's best for citizens, and/ or what's necessary, needed and the proper approach. Rather than seeking to improve the imperfections and/ or flaws, of the health care act, it has seemed to be, based more on politics, etc, than the best course of action!

Wouldn't It Be Best If Elected Officials Exhibited JUDGMENT?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:57:59 -0500

Have you ever wondered why, it appears, most Americans believe, they are being poorly represented and served, and what appears to be common sense, is rarely the way, elected officials proceed, and perform? How else can one explain and/ or understand, why the so - called Dreamers are being under - served, by President Trump's approach to DACA, event though, the vast majority of Americans, have stated, they oppose that approach, and support these individuals? How might anyone understand, why the Republican party continues to pursue their repeal - and - replace approach to health care/ insurance, rather than tweaking the existing...

Why Don't Elected Officials' Promises Align With Their Actions? 3 Possibilities

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:57:59 -0500

Students of political science, or even, individuals with a casual interest in the news and politics, have observed/ witnessed, the rhetoric and promises made, when politicians run for office, rarely coincide/ align with their behavior and actions, when they are elected, and hold some position! Unfortunately, the reality is, often, most public officials, never make a quality transition, from running for office, to becoming a meaningful public official. One of the reasons, the public's perception of politicians, is one of low popularity, and/ or respect, is, we grow tired of continuous empty rhetoric and unfulfilled promises.

Why Don't Public Officials Use COMMON Sense?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 06:43:44 -0500

Have you ever wondered, why common sense, seems to be so rarely evident, especially, when it comes, to how we are governed, as well as how, these individuals consider priorities, approaches, and actions? Although nearly every poll, continues to clearly indicate, politicians are among, the least respected, most distrusted, etc, occupational group, we continue to elect, even more, of these types of elected officials! With this in mind, especially, in these times, when so little of consequence, or relevance, appears to occur, in Washington, D.

Analyzing One Man's Governing: Discipline, Belief, Or Political Ploys?

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:26:03 -0500

Few politicians have elicited the degree of clear - cut response (either positive or negative), as Donald J. Trump. Polls indicate, approximately 30 - 35% of voters, are his core supporters, and to many of them, he can do, nothing but good!

What's Your Elected Official's FOCUS?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 06:57:24 -0500

Nearly every poll, has indicated, most politicians are held in very low esteem! Few citizens believe in their integrity, quality, level of serve, and most question the motivations, and reasons, those individuals, hold public office. The late Senator Charles Goodell said, Politicians are like antelopes.

Why Public Officials Should Enhance Our DREAMS

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:14:20 -0500

How can any politician make a difference, for the better, if he proceeds with negativity, blaming and complaining, rather than a necessary, positive attitude, which consistently seeks viable, meaningful, relevant, sustainable solutions, for the common good? We are currently experiencing a period, where the degree of bipartisan cooperation, may be at the lowest, in recent memory. Whether this is due to the emergence, in the last decade, of extreme, partisan groups, such as Tea Party, or, the election of President Donald Trump, this year, after relying on a campaign, focused on polarizing rhetoric, and vitriol, the impact has been one,...

What Should Elected Officials Seek To ACHIEVE?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:49:28 -0500

Nearly everyone would agree, we are experiencing a large degree of unchartered waters, as it relates to world and national events, and challenges! The 2016 Presidential election of Donald Trump, was driven, in large part, by the public's disenchantment, with the way things are, and desiring, pursuing a significantly different approach, and course of action! While the President has, both, his supporters, as well as detractors, there can be little doubt, his rhetoric and promises, have an impact (positive or negative, depending on one's political perspective).

We Must Take The MEAN Out Of Today's Politics

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:14 -0500

In the five decades of being a voter, I have never witnessed and/ or observed, the current level of hatred and vitriol, which currently exists! It seems a significant minority, perhaps about one - third of the electorate, prefers to support candidates, who proceed with blaming and complaining, vitriol, and creating an atmosphere, focused on pitting one segment against another! For example, when one examines the 2016 Presidential election, and the tone of rhetoric, we realize, the candidate, who was elected President, nearly every day, articulated some negative, divisive message, and, it seemed to work, in getting him elected.

Politicians Are Elected to Represent Us, Not Lead Us

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:17:31 -0500

We elect all politicians to represent us, not to lead us. To this end, we must tell them how we want to be represented. This includes those in the House, the Senate, and in the Presidency regardless of party affiliation. It is our tax money that's being spent. And when they run up a debt that's approaching 20 trillion dollars, they must be held accountable for such profligate spending. Not one dollar should be spent until they have demonstrated to us that they are willing to cut waste, fraud, and abuse.

Why Donald Trump Can't Tame Kim Jong-Un

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:15:04 -0500

In life, if you want to be respected, then give the same respect to others. A pastor who preaches virtue to his congregation and practices vice will not only be disrespected but will also lose all his church members. In the name of democracy, the American government has established itself in the eyes of the world as a great nation and the land of opportunity but they have no respect for human lives.

Seek QUALITY Elected Officials

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:00:14 -0500

All too often, we have elected individuals, either unwilling, not ready, unprepared, or, otherwise, unfit to serve constituents, as they deserve to be represented! While elected officials, have, often been focused on their own agenda, and self - interest, it seems, this scenario, has rarely been, as evident as it is today! Rather than blaming those in office, the voters should focus on their responsibility, towards creating a system, where they do not hold elected officials, responsible for the behavior and/ or effectiveness.

Biased Media Undermine American Democracy

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:40:44 -0500

The media bias against president Trump and his administration is remarkable. More people, especially liberals, progressives and Democrats, should critically think about the loss of objective and fair journalism. In the longer term, the widespread media bias threatens American democracy.

Why We Don't Need Any More LOUSY Public Officials

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:07:21 -0500

Over 40 years ago, one of the hit movies, was a combination of satire, comedy and drama, Network, whose core message, continues to resonate, today! This movie, about an individual, put out to pasture. provided the vehicle, for one of the greatest lines from any film, I'm sick and tired, and not going to take it any more!

Elected Officials: Why Quantity Without Quality Isn't Meaningful: 3 Examples

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:02:02 -0500

Aren't you tired of having elected officials, who focus on legislative, so - called victories, rather than serving the best interests of their constituents, and the nation, they should represent? Our 2016 Presidential elections, pointed to the fact, many voters are attracted to a candidate, who emphasized winning, seemingly, regardless of other factors! What does winning mean?

Vitriol Might Gain Popularity/Votes, But Creates Dangerous Leadership

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 06:56:07 -0500

Those who follow, or have been involved in political campaigns, as I have, for four decades, recognize, we are experiencing unusual, unique times, in so - called, uncharted waters! Whether, this is something, cyclical, or, what might be referred to as the Trump Phenomenon, it is important to recognize, and realize, we are observing a level of political mistrust, and adversarial relations, we have never seen before! Years ago, when Donald Trump was a real estate developer, and reality show star, famous for saying, You're fired, it was easy to overlook his dramatic statements, vitriol, and exaggerations.

Robo And Annoying Calls: Why More Of Them, And They Don't Stop: 4 Challenges

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 06:54:46 -0500

How many times per day, either/ both on your land line, as well a mobile telephone, do you get, what we refer to as robo - calls, or other unsolicited, annoying telephone calls? If you are like me, this is occurring at an ever - maddening frequency, and, it doesn't seem to matter, what steps you take, whether being on the Do not call list, putting software of Call Blocking apps, etc. This article will briefly, address and consider, why we don't seem to be able to stop these, and, specifically, 4 of the challenges, to effectively doing so.

Tyranny of Trump and His Deplorables

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:21:36 -0500

America is being ruled by an authoritarian president who purposefully appeals to a small "base" of deplorables rather than keeping his oath to the American people. It is time for action by Republican congressional leaders.

What Military Transgender, Arpaio Pardon, And Charlottesville, Says About President Trump

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 07:43:25 -0500

While he has both his ardent supporters, as well as detractors (and doubters), there can be little doubt, President Donald J. Trump, engenders a strong, emotional impact, and response! More than any President, in memory, this individual, has behaved in an often - unpredictable, unusual manner.

Elected Officials: What Is TRUST?

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:01:26 -0500

Why should anyone be willing to listen, believe in, and support, any elected official, until/ unless, that individual, earns their trust, and, thus, earns their backing, and belief? Today, more than ever, there appears to be a true dearth of genuine leadership, and rarely, do we come across a politician and/ or elected official, who puts the best interests of his constituents, ahead of his own self - interest, personal agenda, or politics! Political fact - checking, websites, have indicated, for example, that not one day has gone by, since President Trump assumed office, where he avoided telling lies, or...

The Dangers When The President Lies: 5 Reasons

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:56:03 -0500

Most individuals, who have followed the procedures of elected officials, and their behavior, have become convinced, the present President, Donald Trump, has lied and made misstatements, more often, and consistently, than any leader, in memory. News reports have analyzed this man's statements, and stated, there has been, not even a single day, when he did not either lie or mis - state the truth/ facts. While we all realize, politicians, in general, often stretch the truth, there has never been anyone, who has distorted, and perversed the issues, like this man!

Young People Will Likely Vote Yes for Gay Marriage in Australia

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:43:51 -0500

It appears that many young people are racing to get on the roll so they can vote in the postal indicator of how Australians feel towards Gay Marriage. This is something the government has undertaken instead of allowing a free vote on the issue in Parliament. In schools across the country the situation towards young LBGT people is more of acceptance than rejection and this may well play out in the results.

Why The Liberal/National Coalition in Australia Are Sabotaging Gay Marriage

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:05:58 -0500

The problem began with the last Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, his involvement with the Catholic Church, which strongly opposes a change to the marriage act, goes back decades. He was once a member of the seminary where he studied to become a priest. His good friend is a certain Cardinal, who is soon to stand trial for pedophilia, as so many others are or have done recently.

Tightwad Conspiracy Of The Republican Party

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:40:01 -0500

"When in the course of human events" Remember that opening to the Declaration of Independence? That opening written by Thomas Jefferson still stirs emotion of an authentic sense of patriotism that has been kept alive in my conscious thoughts ever since I was a youngster. Never before or since has a document so eloquently stated the hopes and dreams of millions in the birth of a new nation.

Afghanistan Policy: Justified/Logical, Politics, Or More Of The Same?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:18:05 -0500

In these days, when little seems to make much sense, with the election of President Donald Trump, and his policies of hate, we have to pursue with vigilance, and evaluate, much more than the obvious, but, rather, question everything we see and witness/ hear, objectively, in order to determine, whether it is, as it appears! One example of this, is the recent announcement bu this President, of his so - called new direction, regarding the war in Afghanistan (which began in 2001). For many years, Mr.

How Ignorant Are Australian Government Ministers About the Berker?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:56:03 -0500

The ranting by the Attorney General last week against the wearing of a berker into the Senate by the One Nation Leader showed how out of touch he is about Islam. He spoke for the government when he condemned the action as an insult to the Muslim religion. The question is how many of his colleagues also believe that the full length costume is a religious garment.

Voters Must Insist: SERVE Us

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:59:22 -0500

While citizens are given the right, and, hopefully, assume the responsibility to vote, and elect, their elected officials, isn't it confusing, so many of those, we elect to office, appear to proceed, with their own personal agenda, and prioritize self - interest, rather than the needs, priorities, and concerns of the citizens, who elected them, and the nation, they are supposed to represent? For example, if our Congressmen, Senators, President, etc, fail to deliver on their promises made, when they ran for office, and this seems to be the norm, rather than an anomoly, why do we continue to permit and/...

Similarities Between Donald Trump As President in 2017 and Moliere's Don Juan in 1665

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:02:01 -0500

Centuries before Borowitz, Colbert, Maher, Meyers, Fallon, Kimble and other delightful satirists entertaining us mightily skewering the madness of Donald Trump, there was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known then (and only known now) by his stage name - Moliere. In the mid-17th century, plays such as The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, The Bourgeois Gentleman and especially Tartuffe and Don Juan regaled the populace and drove the ecclesiastical powers of the day (i.e., the Catholic Church) to distraction and fury. My favorite Moli?re plays are Don Juan and Tartuffe. With just a bit of editing, the lead character in both could be adapted to fit the Trump presidency, especially Don Juan.

Political Cowardice: Why Would Anyone Hesitate To Oppose Hatred?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:51:24 -0500

Anyone who objectively observes politics, politicians, and elected officials, soon realizes and recognizes, the one thing, most have in common, is their degree of personal cowardice! The late Senator Charles Goodell, put it this way, Politicians are like antelopes. When things get tough, they paint their behinds white, and run with the crowd.

Alternatives To The Politics Of HATE

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:42:02 -0500

Some of us, have become so absorbed by the distractions and negativity of recent - day politics, politicians and elected officials, we have forgotten, or become too apathetic and/ or lazy, to seek a better way! However, despite what President Donald Trump, or his core followers, appear to believe, and certainly abide by, hatred, bigotry, racism, and the blame and complain mindset, are the poorer, less focused, less - inclusive approach! Doesn't it make sense, since America was founded on, and consistently has claimed a higher moral and ethical standard, based on essential freedoms, there should be, no acceptance of...

Why Elected Officials Must Set A Moral And Ethical Tone/Example

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:41:21 -0500

Regardless of one's political perspectives, opinions, and/ or preferences, few would argue, the overall tone, is often set, by the example, elected officials either personally set, or, are perceived to be setting! While this has, probably, always been the case, it has become more abundantly evident, this year, because we have never witnessed a President, like Donald Trump, in terms of background, behavior, tone, rhetoric, level of vitriol, tendency to blame and complain (and throw someone under the proverbial, bus), lack of conventional behavior/ conduct, and tendencies, which have stirred severe emotional behavior, whether someone likes/ approves of the man,...

Wouldn't It Be Better If Elected Officials Tried To UNIFY?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:05:08 -0500

In nearly every situation, an elected official must decide and determine, whether he will prioritize unifying his constituents, for the common good, or, rather, adopting an adversarial philosophy, pitting one group, against another! When nations proceed in a united way, striving to agree, to disagree, and seek common ground (and compromise), invariably, they become stronger, and more capable. Unfortunately, in today's world, many factors are contributing, to dividing, rather than unifying!

Is Trump Preparing to Resign?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:36:38 -0500

With his support base dwindling and the Russian probe taking his presidency into the realm of possible criminal action would it be any wonder if he suddenly decides to resign? His brain must be ticking away to work out which way to jump. If he stays he faces defeat as even some Republican Senators are dropping their support.

Political Common Sense: Don't Under-Estimate Someone, Because You Disagree: The Trump Phenomenon

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:15:31 -0500

Why does it, so often appear, common sense is anything but common, when it comes to how anything related to the political system, or politicians, occur? We seem to be living in somewhat - dangerous, uncharted waters, where our President is unlike any other, in recent memory. While there might be pluses, and/ or minuses, which result from this, previous assumptions, based on how things have worked in the past, what our President's do, say and behave, etc, there is little doubt, there is very little middle - ground, when it comes to one's feelings and perceptions, regarding President Donald...

Trump is Undoing Obama's Good Work

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:46:55 -0500

This is the typical sign of a bully and no title suits Donald Trump better. His rhetoric is one thing but his actions are quite another. Since he has come to office he has tried to overturn everything Obama put in place.

What Is The Real Identity Dissociate Disorder?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:02:04 -0500

While people argue, fight and live their Political Identity, other countries want to demolish America from the earth, our kids are getting illegal drugs anywhere, anytime and losing their identity to this evil. Babies are killed before they are born, many of our citizens are living in poverty.

Major Crisis in Australian Politics

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:01:38 -0500

The Constitution of Australia states that no Australian should hold parliamentary office who is upheld to be a citizen of another country. Under its guidance no one in that situation has a right to run as a candidate for election to a government. If this is contravened the High Court has the final say as to whether or not someone breached the law by being elected and later discovering he or she has duel-citizenship with another place.

7 Political Labels Which Don't Mean What They Used To

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:27:56 -0500

Several recent polls indicate that the level of uneasiness in both the United States, as well as the rest of the world, is at its highest, in recent times! We have witnessed such an incredibly high level of polarization, rather than cooperation, and certain political leaders, such as President Donald J. Trump, have seemingly exploited this, with excessive rhetoric, vitriol, misstatements, etc, often taking every opportunity to attack those who disagree with him, by labelling them, in some negative, adversarial way.

Why Elected Officials Must Be CONSISTENT

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:59:33 -0500

How can any politician transform into being a relevant statesman, until/ unless he proceeds, in a genuine, meaningful, sincere manner, focused on service to his constituents, rather than serving his own, personal agenda? One of the reasons, most polls indicate, elected officials are trusted by so few people, is their perceived messaging, and the inconsistency of their rhetoric! We need, and deserve, representatives who do what we elected them to do, which is to serve the best interests and common good, of the citizens and the nation!

5 Dangers When Elected Officials Communicate Via Social Media

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:23:12 -0500

Students of leadership planning, often lacking training, about the best way to utilize, the rather - recent, tendency, of using Social Media. While vehicles, such as, especially, Facebook and Twitter, have been used previously, it was not until the past Presidential election cycle, when these, have become major influences! The American people, in 2016, elected, Donald J. Trump, as President of the United States, and a major contributing factor, and means of communication, often used by Mr. Trump, was his Twitter messages.

Did Racial Prejudice and Hatred of Others Help Get Trump Elected?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:44:20 -0500

One could hardly help but notice the number of Trump supporters at the rally in Charlottesville today. They were plainly linked to those carrying Nazi swastikas and Ku Klux Klan insignia and signs. Some made the comment that this is why they voted for him and that his catch cries influenced their decision.

The Korean Confrontation: The Danger Of Conflicting Egos

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:33:30 -0500

One thing, people from almost every political persuasion, might agree upon, is, they awake, nearly every morning, and examine what might have occurred, overnight! To say the least, the first 200 days of the administration of President Donald Trump, have been unlike any other, in memory! Mr.

Beware When Elected Officials Go Into DENIAL

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:15:26 -0500

In today's seemingly dysfunctional society, and political system, which, consistently seems stymied on party - politics, rather than service to either the nation and/ or their constituents, we often observe elected officials, who fail to take any personal responsibility, and rather, resort to blaming, and complaining, others for every difficulty, challenge, obstacle, or perceived problem! Rather than considering, evaluating and proposing viable, relevant solutions, in the best interests of those they represent, these elected officials, often appear to be willing to merely offer excuses, rather than providing relevant solutions, which make a difference and change, for the better. Using the...

The Australian Government is Making a Mockery of Equality

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:48:30 -0500

To say that the people are sick of the way the government is dealing with gay marriage is a gross understatement. Now, instead of allowing the members of parliament to have a free vote in the house the other option they came up with is a postal vote. This is in place of the plebiscite they originally proposed.

We Need Elected Officials With CLEAN Hands

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:35:50 -0500

While there is very little, I agree with, President Donald Trump, his campaign rhetoric, about the need to, Clean the swamp, is certainly both necessary and desirable! Although I doubt he meant the same thing as I do, when it comes to defining this concept, there is far, too little commitment to meaningful, true ethics and integrity, by far - too- many of our elected officials! Unfortunately, despite Trump's seemingly, empty rhetoric and promises about this matter, it appears, that swamp has become more infected and muddied!

Why Some Political Followers Seem Not To Care When They're Lied To: 5 Reasons

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:18:27 -0500

Have you ever wondered why, it seems, so many citizens, who support a specific politician and/ or elected official, continue to loyally follow that individual, regardless of how often, he disappoints them, lies to them, or fails to address and/ or realistically address, their needs, concerns, etc, with viable solutions, and/ or plans? The current American President, Donald J. Trump, who, almost certainly has been the most polarizing politician, in recent times, has consistently lied to the American public, and rather than excusing his behavior, or avoiding future lies, has ended up doubling - down, and proclaiming he is telling...

Why Is There So Much Less Bipartisan Cooperation? 3 Reasons

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:20:27 -0500

In recent memory, few of us, can recall, any period of time, when the American political system, seemed as dysfunctional, as it does today! About a decade ago, when the group of politicians, who labeled themselves, The Tea Party, got involved in politics, it created far more polarization, and thus, less cooperation. Years ago, members of Congress, often had strong political difference of opinion, but did not foster personal feuds, etc.

Why We Must Demand Freedom Of The Press, Even When We Disagree With Their Message

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:57:43 -0500

Objective observers of the history, characteristics, pluses and minuses, of what is known as, the United States of America, would note, what distinguishes this country from most others, and, what, I believe, makes us the greatest nation in the world, are the inherent freedoms granted by our Constitution, and Bill of Rights, and the over 250 years of court rulings, and previous actions. While we certainly have experienced some dark moments in our history, the eventual response, and freedoms granted, have truly made America great! If everyone would take the time, and make the effort, to go to YouTube, and carefully...

The Fine Line Between Politics, Rhetoric, Vitriol, And Mean-Thinking

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:13:50 -0500

Much of what the general public observes, is, at least, somewhat, manipulated, etc! Politicians spend an extraordinary amount of time, effort, and money, performing acts, such as poltical polling (to try to measure the popularity and preferences of certain issues, and/ or policies), using empty rhetoric, and making often - unfulfilled promises, rather than focusing on producing the service, their constituents deserve and need! How, therefore, might the public, be ready and prepared to evaluate when, what they hear and witness, is pure politics, mere rhetoric, vitriol - based, or simply mean (and nasty).

The Shocking State of American Politics

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:42:41 -0500

Throughout my life, and possibly the same for most Australians, there have been only a couple of Presidents of the USA that have had low range respect from this country. The current one, however, is without any form of regard as most are laughing at the antics and the shocking state of American politics. This is obviously also the case in other nations.

X-Ray on Sit Tight Leaders in Africa - Dr Robert Mugabe an Example (Part 1)

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:16:54 -0500

The Sit tight leadership syndrome in Africa, although fading away, but there is still a leader who since independence of his country, he has been on the throne. This is just the first part of three series on the title.

Who Is Responsible for India's Jobless Growth?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:21:31 -0500

The recent optimism at Dalal Street and the rallying stocks is definitely helping the country in improving the investor climate. With the Sensex acing at an excess of 31,300 points and the Nifty50 at a record high of 9,673 points, analysts are anticipating noticeable political stability in India.

Health Insurance: What Does, And Doesn't Make Sense?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:57:01 -0500

For nearly all of this decade, Congress has discussed, argued, complained, blamed, criticized, voted to repeal, and politicized the important issue of health care, and insurance! Rather than focusing on the very real issues, including the high costs of prescription medicines (the U.S.

What Destiny Is Waiting For Poroshenko?

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:03:43 -0500

Zbignev Brzezinski passed away. He wrote quite a bit about Ukraine, supported us, and I believe Brzezinski's death is a hard loss not only for USA and Poland but also for Ukraine...

The Apprentice President

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:45:28 -0500

In years past the world looked to the United States for true leadership in times of crisis. Unfortunately, ever since Donald Trump took office he has managed to obliterate any progress past Administrations have made in securing Americas place as the one nation that embodies the willingness to come to the rescue in troubled times. The internal conflicts created by Trump himself has only accelerated Americas surrendering of our leadership role in international affairs.

We Must Not Tolerate LYING Elected Officials

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:29:31 -0500

More than five decades of voting in every election, as well as working on several political campaigns, perhaps, has made me, even more convinced, how disgraceful, our current crop, of elected officials, are behaving! We must pay attention to the famous line, from the movie, Network, "I'm mad as hell, and not going to take it anymore!" Why does it seem, so many are either too apathetic, uninformed, etc, they fail to care, or do anything, about the elected officials, who often appear to be more interested in their selfish, personal self - interest, than about serving the needs, concerns and priorities, of...

Quality Elected Officials Focus On Service, Not INSULTS

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:00:07 -0500

Do you remember the so - called, Good Old Days, when our elected officials, fought for their beliefs, cared deeply about their goals and philosophies, but, were still, ready, willing and able, to reach across the political aisle, and prioritize the common good? Unfortunately, we have witnessed and observed, quite the opposite, in recent years, and, today, are witnessing, adversarial relations, at their absolute worst! While common sense should demonstrate, and prove, to us, the need for quality, elected officials, to consistently, focus on providing service, for the common good, President Trump, has exhibited, quite the opposite, seemingly prioritizing INSULTS, instead.