Politicians In Congress Should Be Chosen From Single Parents, Ex Military Personnel, Fast Food Workers And Farm Kids.....AND I AM DEAD SERIOUS 
By David A. Franklin, Jr.
Let us focus on the positives - what needs to be done to make this country begin to lift itself out of the pit of economic, environmental, social and mental poverty as listed by the President  State of the Union. 

     *  Immigration Reform
     *  Gun Control
     *  Climate Change
     *  Energy Efficiency
     *  Raising the federal minimum wage
     *  Initiatives aimed at spurring job creation
     *  $50 billion infrastructure building fund 
     *  Program to rehabilitate abandoned homes
     *  etc, etc

In addition, we must also focus on the negative elements in the society who most times have the biggest voices and furthest reaches for their doom, gloom and stubborn, stupid ideologies -  

CONSERVATIVES who understand the responsibility of the job for which they were elected is a mandate to support
the rich while themselves are getting rich. For those who are already rich their job is to protect what they have and to increase their wealth. 
Nothing is wrong with striving for upward mobility and wealth creation but not at the uncaring, unthinking and callous
expense of the others in society whose only purpose in the ‘game’ is considered to be pawns in the get rich/ get richer/ stay rich schemes.   
AND there are the “EXPERTS” who consider their prime reason for existence and their function is to analyze and
paralyze everything put out as possible solution.  If you note, they are always saying what cannot work and why and seldom if at all, give reasonable suggestions for alternatives.  

These two divisions (Conservative and ‘Experts’) differ widely and contradict each other to such extreme that nothing gets done and the country suffers - a suffering that has a ripple effect on all countries on planet earth. They seem to forget  or they simply don’t care if obstinate adherence to their ideologies and selfish agendas cripple and maim as long as their individual and collective egos are maintained. Earthlings live in a global village and not only breathe the same
air but live in intertwined and totally interdependent economies.

This dichotomy must be recognized and examined and wherever you are in your small corner it affects you,  it is absolutely imperative that in whatever way you can, you should speak out, act or throw your suggestions in the pot.
  • Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida so eloquently makes utterances which are only a repeat of the boring talking points of the Romney, the Santorum and the 2012 election. He does it so glibly without engaging his head or making     
    no effort to include any semblance of truth, reason or honesty, the oh so familiar list of criticisms of the president's approach
  • President Obama "told Americans that only his ideas matter, only his way is acceptable and only people that voted for him should have a voice in solving our nation's problems." This is the gibberish spewed by Rep. Kevin      McCarthy, the third-ranking House Republican. We will remember that Mr. Obama won with 51% of the votes and Rep. McCarthy and his cohorts are well advised to work on their amnesia or their downright dishonest thinking and      accept the fact that over 60% sometimes over 80 to 90% of Americans agree with the President’s policies he is putting forward! Mr. McCarthy says the President thinks that “only people that voted for him should have a voice…” Is the Republican Party still in that bubble that caused them untold embarrassment in the recent months where they refuse to accept results of polls?
  • Texas Rep. Kevin Brady: "The Obama economy is marked by persistently high unemployment, stagnant growth and excessive spending that is holding back hiring,"

"The Buck Picks Up Speed Here"
Rep. Brady and House Republicans and the GOP in general have as their mantra "the buck picks up speed here". They share none of the blame, and let me accept that, but where is evan a suggestion of an alternative?  Where is their coperative spirit and their recognition of their oath of office to manage the business of the country?


Americans 98% reality is lost on these Republicans because of the 2% blessings they enjoy as their reality.

It is reported that 48 million Americans were in low-income working families as at 2011 – the latest year for which data is available. “Experts” say that raising the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to $9.00 “would not be enough to lift many out of poverty”. Very true since an individual working 40 hour work-week would earn less than $19,000 per year which is still below the poverty level!

There is a Jamaican saying that goes “one-one coco full basket”. This means that if there is an empty basket, putting in one coco (potato-like tuber) at a time, the basket will be full at some point. Translated it means that rather than doing nothing to correct/alleviate a situation if you keep putting positives in the mix in small increments, even if over a short time you do not reach your desired goal, as time elapses you will be better off for having tried. 
Then again, the one-one-cocoa scenario cannot be appreciated by these egotistical, financially comfortable Republicans who even with their fat pockets continue to collect not $19,000 per year but $174,000, not Mr. House Speaker Boehner $223,500 per year (among the 10 top highest paid government worker).
These salaries are not for working 40 back-breaking hours per week but for working an average of 160 days per year!! 
And it is these 40-hour a week moochers (stealers, users, beggars, takers) who by law have to foot the bill for Congress’ excellent pay, healthcare, lavish perks and benefits:

1.      Free parking spaces at the airport in D.C.

      Guaranteed pension if they hold office for 5 years or more

      Social Security benefits without having to forfeit any part of their pension

      In addition to their pension, Speaker Boehner for example will receive an additional $1 million per year for up to 5 
         years after he leaves office “to facilitate the administration, settlement and conclusion of matters pertaining to, or 
         arising out of” his tenure as Speaker. A provision allows him to incur huge bills to “archive” and document 
         materials related to his time in office.  You will agree with me that there won’t be much to document or archive 
         since nothing is being done under his leadership. But he will be paid the $1 million per year none the less.
         Can you appreciate why Mr. Boehner will kiss all and any parts of the radical GOP’s anatomies so as to maintain 
         his job while screwing the people (the taxpayers) who gave him his job?

      Senators get $40,000 which is more than twice times the annual salary of so many moochers who have to live on 
         sub-poverty wages. This paltry sum of $40,000 and potentially more is used to furnish their home-state offices

      Members of congress deduct up to $3,000 for expenses while outside their home districts or states.

         Irrespective of this pampering, these moochers and takers in Congress will not, cannot or do not see it necessary 
         to do the job. That is why my firm belief is that single parents, ex-military personnel, fast food workers and farm 
         kids are much more equipped to do the job that congress is shirking.

        *  understand commitment - it is their second nature because  they live it every day

        *  They are outstanding problem solvers

        *  They are great at prioritizing and multitasking and are incredibly efficient because they have no 
            choice but to be efficient

        *  They keep multiple balls in the air, and truly understand the meaning of responsibility and 

        *  Know and respect the value and the importance of teamwork  because this is how they live and breathe

        *  They are dedicated and take personal responsibility for the results of their performance 
        *  They adroitly adapt to shifting priorities, to changes in focus and directions and the multiplicity of changes in 

        *  Their analytical and reasoning skills are strong and they know how to make decisions

        *  They accept that they are accountable for the task at hand and are reliable

        * They not only encourage teamwork but also lead by example.

        *  understand the value of best practices

        * They adhere to and work with a system that generates consistent, proven results.

        *  They truly understand the importance of productivity and deliver high output under steady, sometimes 
            unrelenting pressure.

        *  Will stay up all night to do the job/chore which is allotted to them – care for sick animal for example.

       *  These kids understand responsibility and sacrifice.

       *  Their mantra is “we do whatever it takes to get the job done”

       *  They are creative and find solutions to problems

       *  They are willing to accept responsibilities beyond their years and experience

        * They roll with the punches of situations outside their control

These are absolutely necessary qualities that are sadly lacking in the buffoons America vote into Congress.
Is it possible for us to select candidates that have even a fraction of these qualities? The country’s business would be taken care of with such efficiency and America could rise back up as a beacon for other countries to look up to and emulate.

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Anthony Krause
06/17/2013 1:16pm

Homophobic Comments From Jeff Flake’s Son Reflect GOP’s Isolation

In general, the children of public figures are off-limits. But with the recent remarks from Tanner Flake, son of Sen. Jeff Flake (R–Arizona), it’s worth relaxing that rule for a moment.

Sen. Jeff Flake speaks at a 2012 primary-night party with wife Cheryl and son Tanner at his home in Mesa, Arizona. (Matt York/AP)

First, the details. On Wednesday, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton uncovered the Twitter feed of Senator Flake’s 15-year-old, Tanner, who used the social-networking service to threaten the “faggot” who stole his bike and broadcast his scores in an online game, where he went by the moniker of “n1ggerkiller.” His comments on YouTube contained similar language, calling Mexicans the “scum of the earth.”

Senator Flake has issued an apology on behalf of his son, saying: “I’m very disappointed in my teenage son’s words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well.” There’s no reason to think that apology isn’t sincere or that Flake is somehow responsible for his son’s comments.

What we do know, however, is that when he was a member of the House, Flake represented, and lived in, an area that was overwhelmingly entirely white, 76.6 percent white, according to the latest release from the Census Bureau. In all likelihood, and like many other Americans, he lives a racially homogeneous personal and professional life.

For many people—including Senator Flake, I think—that doesn’t preclude an ability to see and empathize with the experiences of people with different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. For others, it does, and Tanner Flake’s comments are what it looks like when homogeneity leads to isolation, lack of compassion, and a blinkered view of the world.

The GOP’s lack of diversity has left it in a place where there’s no one to shame its lawmakers into silence or reflection.

That may be worth noting because it’s also a fair diagnosis—and explanation—of what’s happening in the Republican Party. Over the last year, we’ve seen a parade of Republican lawmakers, activists, and donors who can’t seem to avoid offensive language. If it’s not Rep. Trent Franks (R–Arizona), who claimed that the rate of pregnancies from rape is “very low,” despite reams of proof to the contrary, then it’s a GOP official in Kansas who casually refers to “n----r rigging” a home, or an Alaska congressman who uses the term “wetbacks” to refer to Hispanic migrant workers.

Indeed, it’s not at all hard to assemble a long list of these remarks (and subsequent apologies). On Wednesday, for instance, Rep. Steve King (R–Iowa) complained that “illegal aliens have invaded my D.C. office,” after a group of young immigrant activists came to protest his immigration stance. Even if you oppose comprehensive immigration reform, there’s no reason to reach for dehumanizing language.

My hunch is that the insensitive comments on sexual assault and racial slurs are a product of the GOP’s overwhelming homogeneity. It’s a political party dominated by a single demographic of people: older whites, with middle to high incomes, socially conservative beliefs, and a deep attachment to the America of the past. And more important, until the last five years the demographic has been a reliable source of election victories. While Democrats have had to build relationships with diverse communities of people to create a national majority, or something close to it, Republicans have been able to rely on their advantage with the American “mainstream” to win elections and hold power.

The mainstream is changing, but for all the talk of outreach and messaging, Republicans haven’t made an effort to change with it. Instead, the GOP has cloistered itself among its supporters, with an entire branch of the party—its congressional wing, more or less—operating in its own reality, where President Obama is an unpopular tyrant, his policies are bound to fail, and the public is eager to see Republicans return to prominence. This despite the GOP’s abysmally low approval rating among a large majority of Americans and Obama’s continued popularity.

In much the same way that a closed world, online and off, almost certainly enabled Tanner Flake to say offensive things without reprimand, the GOP’s lack of diversity has left it in a place where there’s no one to shame its lawmakers into silence or reflection. There was no one to tell Rand Paul that he would be ill-served by giving a lesson in black history to students at Howard University, j


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