Archive | April, 2014

Who should you vote for?

2 Apr

Now that we are hopefully on an even playing field as far as financing a campaign goes, how do we choose a candidate or representative?


Hopefully we are not voting for someone that has ever been here before.  The reason I say this is because if they have been in any politics before they are always subservient to the leadership.  There should always be respect for experience, but it should not be the controlling factor.


It is the same when you go into a new job and because you are new to the work, you understand the system, but you can see obvious improvement possibilities.  The old heads tell you to get used to the present system then we will see about change later.  Change never happens.


Change has to happen or no growth occurs.  This is true in any industry and it is also true in government.  Keeping all the old traditions alive just because they are there is no reason to continue those traditions.  Traditions are very important to any organization.  A company cannot run well without a good set of policies and procedures.


However, some policies and procedures are kept but no one remembers why.


There once was a daughter that was going to cook a leg of lamb.  Her mother with her at the time and told her to cut off the bottom of the leg before she cooked it.  The daughter did so, but asked why do we do that? Her mother said, “I don’t know, but we always did. 


The daughter’s grandmother was still living and so they both went to ask the grandmother why she cut off the leg.  The grandmother said she did because her mother did.  The daughter’s great grandmother was still living, so they called on the great grandmother and asked her the same question.  The great grandmother said, “I don’t now but when you were young the leg of lamb wouldn’t fit into the small oven we had, so I had to cut if off.”


Unfortunately we live by repeating the same things over and over without knowing why.  In order to change we must constantly reevaluate our position.  Our government leaders work without change and the  bureaucrats working inside the different agencies work the same way.  Why would they not?  The bureaucrats sometimes forget that they work for #wethepeople and not for the agency only.


The bureaucrats actually train the appointed department heads.   If congress will not change, why should they?


We have to vote for people that will bring our government (all of it) accountable to the electorate.  This will never happen as long as the present politicians are running the congress.  We must put people in charge that will actually take the responsibility for the job for which they have been hired.  Then they have a chance, with no K Street blackmail, to fix the bureaucrat problem.


If all the changes up to this point could be fixed, we would see negotiations that are productive throughout all the different levels of government.  In other words they would be simply working for the people.


Once a person is elected, what guide lines should they follow?


I might have mentioned this before but in case you forgot Vote.


1 Apr

This is April the 1st and who are the fools.  Is it we who have apathetically allowed our congress to create tax conditions that would allow US producing companies to ship our jobs to foreign countries to produce products or services that we pay for with US dollars, or is it we voters and non voters that elect representatives that would do such a thing.


Is it congress that supported conditions that allowed banks to turn their backs on small business and make their profit in a way that actually interferes with the operations and profits of small business?


Large banks and large business have a relationship that seems to tell everyone that bigger is better.  Large banks and large business buy up their smaller competition not for the benefit of their depositors, but so they can do what they want to do without government or public interference.   


In 1890 The Sherman Antitrust Act was passed.  This was to keeping large companies from fixing prices.  Look at us now.  The banks keep expanding, but don’t give better service that the local community banks did when they started.  The banks make more money by trading out the back door and charging the customers fees to take care of the branches they must keep open.  Some of our largest corporations, including financial institutions, pay the lowest tax rates while being involved with trading and other financial practices that they would not support if we went to the bank and asked to borrow the money to do the very same thing.


Our media ownership is no longer diversified.  Only a few individuals, partnerships, or corporations control the media.  Cable companies work in such a way that they control competition from interfering with their pricing structure.  Now they are buying up each other and are monopolizing the field.  If they are going to monopolize the field they should be treated as a utility which would allow the government to limit their earnings.


Cell phone companies and services for those phones and other devices that comes over the internet are positioned that in the future we will have to depend on them and there will be no way to monitor the charges and profit, because they are being bought up by the giants of the industry.


Medical companies are being bought up by hospital giants to control this lucrative market.


There are chemicals and compounds put in our food both foreign and domestic that we didn’t ask for and are definitely not good for us.  We drink water that is insufficiently treated.  WE are told that so many parts per million in food and drink that would kill us if we consumed it directly is an acceptable risk. 


These things mentioned above must be regulated and inspected thoroughly on an ongoing basis.  Monopolies must be broken up.  We must be protected from consumer abuse and government abuse.  How do we do that?  Campaign reforms that elect people who will not let either corporation or government take advantage of the consumer. 


How do you fight injustice?  Vote (I might have said this before)