I Have a Gripe

August 6, 2011

POTUS, Congress and the S&P

It was announced last night after the markets closed that the S&P downgraded America’s “AAA” rating to “AA+,” claiming a variety of issues, including the political tone in D.C. and lack of specific plans to reduce the nation’s debt, to name a few. There was push back from the Obama administration, citing a potential “math mistake” in S&P’s calculations, however, the rating agency still moved ahead with the downgrade.

Now, in my opinion, there is plenty of blame to go around. You have the Congress, which is about as organized as a kindergarten class; you have our “Deflector in Chief,” who is the champ when it comes to blaming and delegating to everyone else; and finally, you have the S&P, who didn’t see the recent recession coming and thought all the questionable mortgages that got us in trouble was a great idea.

Here’s the best part of the whole mess – China took full advantage of this opportunity to lecture us on how we manage our bills. We are borrowing from our enemies and giving money to countries that hate us. Does anyone else see an issue with this?

What we should really do is take a hard look at where our funds are going and make a conscious decision to help our citizens FIRST. We also really need to look at the tax code and both really have everyone “pay their fair share,” to steal a phrase from our President. Right now, 51 percent of all citizens do not pay income taxes of any kind. So, our country is expecting 49 percent of the citizens to carry the load for everyone. This is an impossible task. By moving to a flax tax, everyone is truly part of the solution.

We also need to really address and develop a real immigration policy. Illegal immigration is a huge suck on the economy that is unnecessary.

So, where is everyone right now who should be handling this issue? Well, President Obama is at Camp David and Congress is on summer break. Awesome. Here’s an idea – how about you all come back to work, check your egos at the door and do your job!

April 8, 2011

If I Controlled the Federal Budget…

So yet again, we sit and watch the children down in D.C. fight over spending, saving and the federal budget, real people understand what is involved in living within a budget. We all talk about “if I controlled the budget, I would do THIS.” So, here is the way I would control spending and the federal budget.

First, cut financial support for the following: Planned Parenthood, NPR, National Endowment for the Arts and ALL earmarks. If a project or plan needs funding, it should be able to stand on its own merit instead of being snuck in without notice.

Next, if an individual is in need of a program like Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, etc., you need to show positive proof you are here legally. This will cut down on those who shouldn’t be here fraudulently taking advantage of a system in place for those at risk.

Third, change how Social Security is managed. You only get back what you pay in. You get one lump sum, tax free, at age 65. Period. If you didn’t work and didn’t pay into the system, you get nothing. Again, you need to show proof positive who you are in order to prevent fraud and identity theft. If you decide to work after age 65, Social Security will not be taken out of your paycheck.

Eliminate Obama’s so-called “health care reform.” Allow people to purchase across state lines and let the market set the rates. Let’s face it; if the feds can’t manage Medicare, how will they manage health care?

Secure the borders and deport all illegal immigrants. Now you may be asking what this has to do with the budget. Well, we spend billions on policing, arresting and housing illegals in jail. They enroll their children in our public schools and fraudulently collect entitlements. They cost us money. We would save money by securing our borders and shipping them back.

If you collect Welfare, you should “pay back” eight hours of work time for each week of entitlement you collect. This time could go to help out in their local community, such as working in the public library or planting flowers in a park.

Most importantly, move to a flax tax. This way everyone pays their fair share. Besides, if Timothy Geithner and Charles Rangel can’t pay their taxes properly, what chance do we mere mortals have? Yes, that was meant to be sarcastic.

One important change I believe should take place is that if a government shutdown takes place, military should be paid. Period. Right now, if the government shuts down, they aren’t paid. These individuals are putting their lives on the line and their families struggle without them. The very least we can do is make sure they are properly paid.

Well, there’s my “off the top of my head” list on how I would handle spending and the federal budget. What would you do?

January 26, 2011

2011 State of the Union Address

So last night was the 2011 State of the Union Address. I will admit that my eye wasn’t twitching quite as much as last year, but I still have issues with a number of the items that were discussed.

I think the President started out well by acknowledging the empty chair for Gabby Giffords. The ribbons everyone wore I thought was a nice touch. He also discussed a new level of civility in light of the shooting in Arizona. Call it the Jersey cynic in me, but the “date night” and new bipartisan effort just felt fake to me. I still get the feeling of a “hand slap” by the left and blaming the Tea Party movement, even though the nut job in Arizona didn’t appear to have a political affiliation. I find it funny that now the President wants to not think about winning an election, but doing what is necessary to pull the nation together.

I liked what the President said about simplifying the tax code, but fell short of calling for a flat tax, which would ultimately save billions by either cutting or completely eliminating the IRS. I really believe that moving away from the current complicated tax code will both save money on the federal level while making sure everyone pays their fair share.

He cited a quote from President Kennedy that “The future is not a gift. It is an achievement.” Well, I disagree with that sentiment. The future is a responsibility; first and foremost. I think we as a nation have really lost the concept of personal responsibility. Should we take care of those who need assistance? Yes. Should there be a level of personal responsibility associated along with that? Absolutely!

I found his more business-friendly tone encouraging. Again, I hope it isn’t just rhetoric and real action will follow. This means getting the government out of the way of private industry and let them do what they do best; innovate and create jobs. Remember, it is not the job of the federal government to create jobs. It is the job of the federal government to create conditions that are favorable for private industry to create jobs.

The President is still pushing green technologies, which is certainly laudable, however, I again wonder if this should be the business of the federal government. I point to California’s recent light bulb issue as the exact type of government intervention that while positive in concept can be negative in the long run.

From an education standpoint, I was very encouraged to finally hear someone (and I mean anyone) acknowledge that parents need to take a more positive role in the education of our nation’s children. For far too long, schools have been trying to be both educator and parent. Ultimately, they will fail as both. I also ask that while math and science are incredibly important, that the arts and music are not left on the side of the road. There has been study after study citing the importance of music and the arts in fostering a child’s creativity and improving math, science and language skills. I am the adult I am because of my involvement in the music program in my public school system.

It was also nice to hear there should be more respect for teachers. As someone who is married to a public school teacher, I say it is not as easy as many may think. We should be encouraging our teachers, not putting them down. Otherwise, no young individual will want to become a teacher. And that will be truly sad and detrimental to our future.

I almost fell off the couch when the President actually used the term “illegal immigrant” and not “undocumented” or other term. Whether the individual is a child or an adult, they are here illegally and thus breaking the law. They shouldn’t be here sucking up resources like locusts they have no right to access. And these aren’t all the wonderful young individuals looking to better themselves the President mentioned. They are often gang members trying to sneak people and drugs into our country. This is the single issue that will kill us as a nation if it is not dealt with, and I mean NOW.

Infrastructure “investments.” OK, moving on…

Social Security? Well, let’s just say I believe that Area 51 exists. I don’t believe the money I have been paying, and will continue to pay, into Social Security will ever come back to me. My eye is starting to twitch, so moving on…

I also agree the federal government should reorganize and streamline, however, again, call me a cynic, I really don’t see this happening. I hope I am wrong.

I found it interesting that the President is open to make some of the very healthcare bill changes the GOP suggested originally and he wouldn’t he even consider. Amazing what a shellacking can do for bipartisanship. And by the way, I hadn’t heard that word since I was a kid and my Uncle Sonny would threaten us with a shellacking that would never appear. If anything, he was the one to protect us all from the shellacking.

Of course, no State of the Union would be complete without a discussion of our military. Again, I refer back to my previous thoughts about illegal immigration. These two issues go hand-in-hand in my opinion. Illegal immigration is a serious national security issue.

So, as usual, I am hopeful, but not betting the house on it. The only reason the President has moved to the middle, I believe, is because he got beat and I mean seriously beat. I would like to see him not spend on infrastructure and instead let private industry develop tomorrow’s high speed railways. Again, just allow for private industry to do what they do best and get out of their way.

Only time will tell…

November 22, 2010

Breaking News: Which is Right?

Filed under: Laws,Security — alvb1227 @ 7:52 pm
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So I signed up for both CNN and Fox News “alerts” a long time ago. They are simply a one-line breaking news story synopsis with a link to the complete article on their website. I received an alert from each news organization today with information regarding the same story. Each had a different twist:

CNN: — Ingmar Guandique convicted of first-degree murder in 2001 death of D.C. intern Chandra Levy.

Fox News: Jury convicts illegal immigrant of murdering congressional intern Chandra Levy.

As I said; same story, two very different ways of reporting.

If you look at the CNN alert, it fails to mention Ingmar Guandique is here illegally, as well as simply referring to Chandra Levy as a “D.C. Intern.” If you look at the alert from Fox News, it doesn’t mention the Guandique’s name and the year of the murder.

Obviously, the fact that one didn’t include the year of the murder and the other doesn’t mention that she was a Congressional Intern is hardly the point here. Personally, the fact that this murderer is here illegally is an important part of the story. Possibly CNN didn’t want to further politicize the story further by bringing a very charged issue into the alert, keeping the focus on the poor woman that was murdered. It goes without saying, I am just guessing here.

Personally, I think the fact that this dirt bag is here illegally is an important fact. If he wasn’t here, this woman would still be alive and her parents wouldn’t be grieving for their daughter.

I just found it interesting. I would like very much to hear your thoughts.

November 6, 2010

Reid and “The Dream Act”

So this past week, Harry Reid defied all logic and was re-elected to the Senate; and not just by a slim margin. At first, I was just stunned. However, once I thought about it, I wasn’t that surprised.

Harry Reid pandered obviously to the Hispanic community by pushing his “Dream Act.” That gave him approximately 63% of the Hispanic vote, which no doubt, is what pushed him over the top. Honestly, I don’t understand how legal Hispanics would support this measure after they followed all the rules to come to this country.

What is The Dream Act you may ask? This works to provide illegal immigrants with an easy pathway to citizenship that includes entitlements such as a free college education. Just in case you aren’t sure how I feel about this idea; this makes me completely nauseous.

This essentially rewards illegal behavior, just because they have been here a long time or had an anchor baby. In an economy where parents can’t afford to send their own children to school, Senator Reid wants to use tax dollars to create a huge new entitlement rewarding people who are here illegally by giving them a free ride to college. Shameful.

Let’s forget for a moment that our economy is imploding, millions are out of work, meaning the feds have less taxes coming in and our national debt is spiraling out of control. We definitely cannot afford a huge new entitlement program for a group of people who shouldn’t be here and certainly do not deserve it.

I really hope the current Congress does not fall on their sword for their leadership one last time and vote for this ridiculous program. It is because of the overall dissatisfaction of the general population of the agenda the Congress and Administration have forced down the collective neck of all Americans they were voted out. I hope they also realize that it is due to the obvious pandering of Senator Reid to his Hispanic constituency he actually made it through the decimation of the current Congress.

July 28, 2010

A Local Illegal Immigration Reminder

Filed under: Laws,Manipulation,Security — alvb1227 @ 12:34 am
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Unless the courts interfere in the new illegal immigration law in Arizona, their legal, tax-paying citizens will begin to take back their state. While many oppose this law, I would like to use a local real-world reminder as to what is at stake.

On Aug. 4, 2007, illegal immigrant and MS-13 gang member, Rodolfo Godinez, cut short the lives of three of Newark’s promising youth and sexually assaulted a fourth. Iofemi Hightower, 20, Dashon Harvey, 20, Terrance Aeriel, 18, and of Natasha Aerie, now 22 were simply hanging out in a school yard when this animal cut them down just as they began their adult lives. Godinez was sentenced to 245 years in prison earlier this year. These young individuals represented what Newark needs as Mayor Corey Booker and his team attempts to turn this city around. I weep for them and their families.

These young adults should have never been killed because Godinez should have never been in this country. Period. He is in this country illegally and certainly wasn’t trying to “just earn a living” as many who oppose Arizona’s law claim. He was here to cause mayhem and strike fear in those who are trying to live a decent life.

So I say NO MORE. I saw it is time for we legal, tax-paying, law-abiding American citizens take back our country. Are some illegals here trying to support their families? I am sure they are. However, there are many like Godinez that are just here to commit crimes and intimidate those in their communities. I call on the federal government to not put another family through the horror Godinez put his victims and their families through. If the feds don’t like the idea of individual states protecting themselves, then they should live up to one of the actual responsibilities they have and protect their citizens.

May 23, 2010

Princeton’s Immigration Policy

Today, Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, NJ implemented their own version of an immigration policy by providing members of the “Princeton community” the opportunity to purchase an identification card. The best part? This ID card will be provided regardless of immigration status. This card will allow illegal immigrants to get a library card, cash checks and yes, even get health care. While this is not an official form of government identification, the police feel that these cards will help them do their job.

Now, many say that Arizona’s law will promote racial profiling. The ID cards are a project through the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund. So my question is, if people are so worried about racial profiling against Hispanics, why is a Hispanic organization sponsoring this project?

I am far from a legal scholar, but why is it objectionable for Arizona to develop an immigration policy to deal with a massive problem, but Princeton is essentially developing their own immigration policy that welcome’s illegals? I’m sorry, but I find this highly offensive. Why are we welcoming people whose very presence is against the law? Hundreds of thousands of people come to this country legally every year. Why should these people be allowed to have the same, or in some cases more, resources as those who are following all the right steps and legal channels? I say absolutely not.

I would like to know when are going to stop thinking if we are just “nice” to the entire world, then the entire world will finally like us. When did we as a nation become so wimpy that we allow the President of another country come to our Congress and complain about a law and get a standing ovation from part of our representatives?

President Calderone, have you read your country’s immigration policy recently? Maybe you should review your policies before you throw rocks in the glass house. If you were able to keep your country in order, your residents wouldn’t be leaving in droves. In reality, we as a nation should be billing you to take all these Mexican nationals on! Think about that.

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