Codger on Politics

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Self help better than government help

"So I'm skeptical of the Democratic Party's claim they are the ones who stand for helping the poor, because creating government programs that give people money is not the same as truly helping them. Quite often, it actually hurts them. Neither are the party's motivations noble; the purpose of these programs is to secure and maintain a loyal voting bloc by making them permanent aid recipients, rather than actually helping them. I can't belong to a party that hurts the poor for the sake of political gain."

This argument is better than I could have done

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Donald, the USA, is a Representing democracy

Donald, if you don't know this, how are you saying you can lead the USA? Colorado was a legitimate election conducted with precinct Committeeman voting who were duly elected two years ago.

"There is one process to become a precinct committeeman in all 50 states that you can begin today.  You are actually becoming a 'party official' so there is some formality to the process.  We are still researching the particulars for your own state, but there is one proven method that works every time regardless of your state. "

The process:

Note that all voters have the ability to participate.

Monday, April 11, 2016

drought of liberal ideas

There are plenty I'm ideas it is just that government action is neither, required or effective, except for getting out of the way.

""The problems of a small state college point to the weakness at the heart of liberal society—a weakness that undermines the strength of our republic at home and endangers world peace. And neither political party has the answers.
But the story airbrushes out the less cute problems besetting the institution. For example, Governor Rauner's office has pointed out that Chicago State has the highest administrator-to-student ratio of any state school in Illinois—one for every 17 students—and that it spends up to 45 percent of its total payroll on those administrators.
But that doesn't let Republicans off the hook. Just because deep blue Democrats prefer sentiment over analysis and let their allegiance to vested interests trump their concern for the poor is no excuse for Republicans to treat the students of Chicago State with indifference. It's fine to say "hold the line on taxes and starve the beast"—and there are times when this is necessary. But doing that alone is not a plan for better governance. Illinois' budget woes are a direct result of years of terrible decisions and the absence of serious planning at both state and local levels. And the chief victims of this neglect of duty are poor people—those who depend most on government for services.""

OK but not all Republicans are conservative. That is what the fuss is all about, Republican establishment and Republican voters who are on cruise control. The voters especially don't bother to educate themselves. They don't know who the elected officials are, and have that "let George do it" attitude,( referring, of course, to George Washington)

Treating voting as a consumer exercise is the problem. If you lose your vote through neglecting to be a active and informed, maybe you shouldn't have a vote.

Here is a plan, eliminate all government that doesn't work well. Trim redundant branches, then implement a plan to sunset every government sub-branch, replacing it with a new, well thought out structure, every 25 years staggering the replacement schedule. Extra points for making that a state or county level.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Is Donald the Man for Our Time?

I have struggled with this question, thinking the Donald was acceptable, but never thinking he is the  optimum choice. The following explains why, and it is the face in coalition against the republic.
He is a wreaking ball for the vested interests, and the vested interests are progressives of both parties. They will sell America down the river for their own advantage.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dems demand common courtesy                           After POTUS gives the American voter the middle finger.
"This is not a judge fight; it's so much more. It's about Obama being denied the common courtesy given to every president before," said a senior Democratic aide. "Thre options are unlimited. We just have to not screw it up.""
What this is about is Obama disrespecting the Constitution. He should be impeached, but we have to settle for disrespect. As to respecting the office, the office has too much respect as it is. The office is to respect the people. When has that happened?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Long awaited endorsement

Mine, of Ted Cruz
It is said Mr Cruz is not liked by his colleges, so what? He won't be able to get his legislation through. Again, so what? The federal government is bloated and 85% non responsive to the power of the purse.
Through consitiutional executive action, he could make your head spin. That 85% can be held (not spent,to any extent not required) until Legislative action is passed to do his will. It would be a shutdown without the pain (at least not on average Americans). He could cause plenty of pain to the self appointed eletes. He could unauthorized public employee unions, the major funding of the Democrat party ( the non Democratic party, ironically). He could control the Republican party through access and acquisition to their funding requests.
The key is he would not be required to do anything unconstitutional, and he alone would decide what that means, being a co- equal branch of government.
He could moth ball unconstitutional departments, allowing the best and brightest to participate in a productive life, outside of government. (True, the majority might not have the ability and they could retire in place). Employee headcount and hiring freezes could be put in place.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Not so common sense

"Welfare Reform: The number of childless, able-bodied adult food stamp recipients in a New England state fell by 80% over the course of a few months. This didn't require magic, just common sense."

And the former recipients are better off for it.

What you get with sanders

"Want real socialism? Look at Venezuela, an oil-exporting nation that is now dead broke even as the family of its socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez, reportedly somehow inherited billions at his death in 2013. Redistribution of wealth often seems to involve redistributing most of it to the people on top of the socialist pyramid.

But there's some good news, according to Silver: Even though young Americans say they like socialism, they also say that they don't like redistribution of wealth. Writes Silver: "It's possible that Sanders will trigger a shift toward more support for economic redistribution in the future, but there hasn't been one yet." The percentage of young Americans who support redistributing wealth is almost the same as it was in 1996."