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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Who Really "Drove the Car Into the Ditch"

Lately, we've heard a lot of talk about the Republicans having driven the economic car into the ditch and that they can't have the keys back.  But if you are any kind of a self-thinker, you know that nothing, politically, happens over night and that there is enough blame to go around for both parties that actually eliminates the rhetoric of political finger pointing.
The article linked below makes a good point that the actual drivers of the economic car, from 2006 on, were not the Republicans, but the Democrats.  Now, I have to admit that I haven't researched the numbers and I won't state that the numbers are correct, but given the leadership of Congress in the last 4 years, is it not logical that the initial blame should go to the Democrats?  If the numbers are correct, and you and I should do our homework to make sure, then the Republicans were on the road to, if nothing else, reducing our deficit and getting back to some kind of normality in the fiscal sense.  And this was with tax breaks in place.
Yes, there are many extreme right and extreme left politicians that are making and generating the larger part of the news, but if we take a serious look and what Congress has done in the last 4 years, who was leading?  Who was "driving the car".  I would say it's time to take back the keys from the Democrats.  I'd be cautious of giving the keys to any extreme right Republicans, but from the numbers shown, the Republicans as a group seem to have been driving better.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

How Should our Government Act?

The opinion sections of papers and headlines of some web-based articles have been calling into play our Founding fathers and their views of what the governments role should be in the day-to-day lives our citizens.
I for one believe in the foundations this country was built upon and believe in the ideas the founders set forth and the principles they believed the government should be ruled by.  In Thomas Jefferson's first inaugural speech, in the third paragraph, he states succinctly what our government's purpose should be, especially the final third of that paragraph, shown below:

"...(W)ith all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow-citizens—a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities."

Notice that he says "a wise and frugal government...".  Well, we all know that is not the case with our present politicians.  Also notice the statement "...shall leave them otherwise free...".  Are we free to our own pursuits of industry and improvement, are we able to keep the fruits of our labors?

It saddens me that as each day progress's, we see our government being less and less frugal and taking more and more of the fruits of our labor in the name of "progressiveness" and "Social Justice".  I for one, will fight, as I can within the realms of the present law, to bring back the principles that created this country of ours.  I am not a "Tea Bagger" or whatever name the progressives are using now, but I am a thinking person, able to see that our government is not a government "...of the people, by the people, and for the people."  It has turned into a government of the politician, by the politicians, and for the politician.

You can read Thomas Jefferson's first inaugural address here:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

How the Constitution has Radicalized our Politicians

There are comments, both on the internet and in conversations, that it is time to have more than two political parties.  Much of this is due to congress's unfavorable standing with the public as well as all the bipartisanship being shown lately.  But, as stated in the article that is linked below, if we look beyond the immediate machinations of our politicians, we will find that the root of this problem began in 1913 with the adoption of the 17th amendment. 

When you read through this article, I think you will find that no matter how many political parties we have, the same problem will exist.  That problem could be summarized in the saying "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  I am amazed at times that we, the people, seem to act in the moment instead of trying to find the source of whatever problem we may have.  Read the article and understand that the present political problems we have, were created by us, the people.  Remember, a constitutional amendment cannot be put in place without the approval of the majority of the citizens.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Resume Critiques

Just recently I had my resume critiqued by a professional resume writer.  It was a free critique and of course the response was cryptic and vague in its explanation of what was needed, as all critiques are (this being so you are more likely to purchase the expensive rewrite).

In the process of reading the reply, it sounded very much like every other "free" critique and so I decided to look at this company's sample resumes.  Now I am cautiously assuming that these sample resumes are posted because they fit the "mold" that the resume writer thinks is best and I don't argue with that.  The last thing a company would want to do is post samples of bad anything, let alone resumes in this present job crisis.  So, I look at three sample resumes and guess what?  With the exception of a line or two, my resume looks like the samples!

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against resume writers, or them trying to build their business, but after looking at the samples and seeing mine is so similar I have to ask the question "Did you really look at my resume".  My immediate answer is no and in answering myself I have to wonder how many people have been led into having expensive rewrites done when there was no need?

I acknowledge the fact that there are people that have a tough time writing their resumes and need the help of professionals but how hard is it for these professionals, when doing these free critiques, to actually take the time to read my resume and compare it their samples?  I would caution anybody to be very careful about purchasing expensive resume rewrites until you've done extensive research, looked at many samples, and actually try to rewrite yours to meet the standards of the "sample" resumes.  

Friday, March 19, 2010

How Obama Is Turning America against Israel

How Obama Is Turning America against Israel

For years, no, decades, the United States has been a staunch supporter of Israel and has not been conciliatory to Islamic radicals yet, as you read the article linked here, you will find that this administration is in the process of turning that around.  Think about how this administration has been bowing to radical regimes such as Iran and condemning the actions of our strong ally Israel.  I can't help but believe we have got the wrong idea of who the real bad guys are.  Read the article and post your opinions.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Job-Locking Requires Passage of Health Care And Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an interview by Rachel Maddow, talked about job-locking and the need to pass the health care bill.  The American Thinker has an article about that comment and it would be interesting to find out what you think.  I've attached a link to the article as well as a link to the video of the interview so you can compare.  Also, in the interview, Speaker Pelosi says that health care should be a right, not a privilege.  What are your thoughts on this.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Why the Rules Matter

This is an interesting article from American Thinker about the "rules" as they relate to our politicians. When reading it, remember that it applies to both political parties, not just one. We, as citizens, are required to abide and live by the "rules" set down by those in authority so why shouldn't our political parties have to do the same? Think about it.

Why the Rules Matter