Sunday News Shows and Newspaper Editorials – James Stuckey

It’s amazing that all the news programs and newspaper editorials continue to rant about the government shutdown, who won, who lost, and how the politicians in Washington will maneuver over the next 90 days. Who cares!?!? I for one care about cutting the budget, cutting the debt, insuring that people who genuinely need services receive them, and learning about what Obamacare really means. I don’t care about how columnists and talking heads spin these things, nor how politicians gloat or try to backtrack on their positions.

I find it sad that people are making a distinction between the “people” and the “government”. When did the government become a force separate from he people?

Copyright, James Stuckey

The Deal – thoughts by James Stuckey

Well, Congress reached a deal, and Professor Obama and Reed the Prizefighter are gloating. They should.  The middle of the road Republicans once again caved, cowered, and went home with there tails between their legs.  I am one of the 60% who believe that every member of Congress, including my own, should be voted out of office.  We need to get rid of the Republican and Democratic labels, and start seeing representatives as liberals and conservatives.

Only politicians can believe that pushing off a decision they haven’t been able to make for close to two years is a victory.  Businessmen and women know how to negotiate issues at different times, but rarely do they let a deal die from inertia.  We need term limits.  I, James Stuckey, believe we need to set a goal of cutting the size of the Federal workforce 5% by 2016, the Federal budget by 3% (not the increases in the budget, but the budget itself), and we need to have an IQ job requirement for all elected officials and government workers.  I wouldn’t go to a doctor who became paralyzed when he or she was in the middle of surgery, or who couldn’t order medical supplies because of disagreements with other doctors in his/her group.  Why should I have a member of Congress who can’t decide the tough issues.

Candidly, I would rather that Congress didn’t kick the can down the road and passed a budget I hated.  At least I would know where they stand and would give them marks for courage.

I am retired, and if I meet my projected life expectancy, have about 15 more years to go. But boy, do I feel for all of you young idealistic liberals who voted these nuts into office. One day, you’re going to wake up and not know what hit you.

© October 13, 2013 James Stuckey

 

The Government Shutdown

I have so many thoughts about the federal government shutdown.  I emphasize federal government, because as we all know, most services are delivered locally.  In most major cities, services like food stamps, medicare, medicaid and social security aren’t affected by the shutdown.  Yes, there is a potential economic effect for street vendors selling hot dogs, since the extremely bloated federal workforce has been placed on furlough and therefore aren’t out buying lunch.  But generally, I think the impact won’t really make a difference. In fact, I believe most people will understand that the majority of these employees aren’t needed at all.  So, unless you need a new Passport urgently, or you’re one of the illegal aliens that Professor Obama has recently unilaterally decided can stay in the country, the federal government shutdown really is a big yawn.

I found it appalling that a White House official was quoted in the Wall Street Journal today as saying the administration doesn’t care how long the shutdown lasts, because they are winning.  This so perfectly exemplifies the attitude of the Chicago thugs that currently occupy the White House.  And by the way, that is not my term.  That’s an exact quote that was used by an African American civil rights leader that I used to work with, who has his roots trace back to Martin Luther King, Jr.  It’s somewhat poetic, however, that the same socialist thugs who are doing everything possible to grow government at any cost, are now gloating at shutting down the government.  This clearly is not a contest to be won or lost.  It makes a mockery of our government and its 200+ year reputation of consensus by the people.  I accept the fact that Obamacare has become the law of the land and has been upheld by the Supreme Court.  I don’t know if its good or bad, because I have not been able to log onto the site since it opened.  I also accept that Congress creates the budget.  That, too, is the law.  The Professor may not like that, but it is the law.  Like so many other things – ineptitude in Syria; playing into the Iranian President’s roadshow; no sound policy on the economy, housing, environmental issues or foreign policy – the thug at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has no clue how to lead us out of this mess or the upcoming debt ceiling debate. Instead, he would rather bully 80 and 90 year old WW II veterans, or close the cemetery in Normandy France.  Nuts!

Now lets turn to congress.  First off, I once again am comforted that I am no longer a New York City or State resident.  Representative Peter King, and my former Staten Island Representative Michael Grimm, ought to be ashamed of themselves.  They are cowards, and have demonstrated to me that they don’t care about the long term consequences of Obamacare and the financial mess it will cause, nor do they care that we are being incremented towards socialism by the Professor – they only worry about what they perceive will get them re-elected.  Perhaps this is what Grimm’s illegal Israeli backers want, but I seriously don’t think he’s in touch with his Staten Island constituents.  He should be run out of office.

And how about Harry Reed?  The liberals who support Reed think it’s great that he’s a former boxer and a tough guy.  What they don’t seem to realize is that most boxers can’t speak a grammatically correct sentence, yet alone lead something.  And most boxers who what been punched in the head a few thousand times usually can’t think a rational thought either.  He’s not the majority leader because he’s smart. He’s there because he has seniority.  Do we really feel comfortable that a brain dead boxer from Nevada with a population of 2.75 million people (less than one percent of the United States population), and a thug from Chicago are shutting our government down and setting the direction for the country?  I for one am not.  I fully support Ted Cruz and the other congressional leaders who are holding their ground on sound, time tested American policies that will get our country back on it’s feet.

© October 4, 2013 James Stuckey