June 21, 2011

Libya – Teamwork?

Filed under: america,current events,opinion,politics,war — Penrod @ 8:28 AM
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Humble Pie – for the sake of sanity

When Libya cried out for international help against Gaddafi’s atrocities ongoing, the USA, in historic manner, answered the call.  This was a clear-cut involvement as the mission was to stop human suffering.  Add to that, the Freedom Fighters’ underlying desire to become a democratic nation.  Then Obama decided ‘midstream’ to try some namby-pamby game-playing, by telling an unready NATO:  It’s your turn to do something. He couldn’t have sent out a worse message to the entire world – that the USA has become undecided and unreliable.  This has to end.  We need to re-take command of the situation and terminate Gaddafi’s rule.

This will, at least, bring immediate peace to Libya, and give the people and their representative NTC a chance to work on their future.  It is the best and only way for the USA  to get out of Libya.  To do otherwise will only cost more in money and lives as uncertainty drags on.  The worst case is that Gaddafi regains control and resumes a certain path of revenge, torture, rape, and murder with a new vigour.

Obama needs to eat humble pie and approach Congress with a clear-cut plan, and present himself as a team player – if only once.  Then, odds are, Congress will view that as the ‘best’ plan and agree.  And then we can remove ourselves from at least one problem.

June 12, 2011

A FourSome – A Mistake

Filed under: commentary,opinion,politics — Penrod @ 8:42 AM
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What the hell is House Majority Leader John Boehner thinking?

We are in the midst of a war to save the USA from destruction in the hands of the “Constitution-violating”  Obama Administration.  Why on Earth would House Majority Leader John Boehner and Ohio Governor John Kasich decide to go “business golfing” on June 18th with this obnoxious President and his “familiar” Joe Biden?

Millions of Americans are out of work, out of home, and struggling to pay basic daily bills – no less pay greens fees.  It is totally inappropriate, given this landscape, for them to be out sharing fun times with the opposition.  The “links” is no place to conduct the business of the USA  – in the best of times – no less now,  This is an insult to me, and I presume, to the overwhelming majority on the Right.  This outing, “….to smooth over some of their differences as they seek a compromise over raising the national debt limit and cutting spending”, is just a BAD move on Boehner’s part.  How dare he!

As for Kasich, granted, should the expected negative feedback arise, the Ohio Governor will have to answer first to his state constituents.  But, as a former House Representative, he is considered to still be a “DC Insider” with some clout remaining.  Yet what is he doing conducting and shaping the future of America by conducting business that is not HIS business?

This whole affair sours the stomach.  It calls to mind the arrogance of the Roman Senate, or olden France’s “let them eat cake” attitude. This is just one more proof of the fact that firstly, Government is a private “club” – regardless of political affiliation.  And secondly – no one in that club has any true concern for the people who hire them.

I suggest we all STRONGLY advise @boehner to not conspire with our proven enemy on the field of fun.

(garnered from)  http://bit.ly/lygYxo

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May 22, 2011

Pawlenty for POTUS?

Filed under: election,opinion,politics — Penrod @ 11:06 PM
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Timmy, Timmy…..

Timmy, Timmy.  You have thrown your hat into the 2012 Presidential Election ring.  Grats for that, but I don’t know. You were elected governer of Minnesota, as a social moderate, in that “Blue State”. You then conveniently adopted a religious rights position, as well as your shifting ‘right’ on abortion and LGBT rights. All this just in time for your unsucessful attachment to the 2008 Presidential nominee John #McCain – as his veep runner.   I’m not sure how that “glitch” will play for the “big ‘ol boys” investment clique.  After all, they seem to always want a return on their gracious gifts.  It’s not you, mind you, it’s that numbers-crunching thing that always gets in the way – nothing personal.

I do have to tell you also, Timmy, that #POTUS is sort of a step up from “veep candidate wannabe”.  Should you press yourself upon the voters, what kind of hat do you intend to wear for the sake of the “moderates’?  Heck, you might not hold too much credibility among conservatives and moderates alike – you know – they not being sure, of just who you are, and all that nonsense.  One last silly thing.  I wonder how you will “ignite passion” among the electorate.  You just don’t seem to have any of that – well – you know.  Perhaps your “T-PAW faux hockey shirt will do the trick.

This writing is strictly an opinion, and to that we, if Americans,  are all so entitled, under the Constitution of the United States of America.

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May 15, 2011

The Social Security Log Jam

Filed under: politics,retirement — Penrod @ 4:47 PM
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The Possible Solution….

Create a one-time voluntary program that gives a five-year early retirement incentive for all Seniors at full Social Security benefits rate.  The government would send out an initial “opt-in” inquiry, to determine how much participation could be expected.  Based favorably upon that, congressional leadership would tentatively agree, and  the decision to implement the program would be made.

This plan will open up hundreds of thousands of job slots for those of younger age who are out of work today.  This will immediately benefit the economy.  It will stop-short  many unemployment benefits claims.  It will allow those who are in danger of foreclosure to return to work.  This will have a “settling effect” on the economy.  The initial outlay for the program is relatively small, and is adjustable, dependent upon success.

The program would, of course, be tied to a now, more palatable congressional solution, making  the Social Security part of the entitlements equation, agreeable enough to pass.  The discussion will contain these points:

#     The one-time early retirement incentive (as listed above).

#     A Social Security revamping that adds a minimum of three (five years could very well be pressed) years to the retirement age schedule.  In effect, those forty-seven years old today would have the new Social Security minimum benefits start point at sixty-five years old, instead of the present sixty-two years old – with the remaining schedule simply pushed forward from there.  Whether this happens on a year-by-year sliding format or not is debatable, but in the end, the result is a three or five-year gain.

#      Waivers that make considerations for (but not limited to) certain types of career employment which may affect  some workers in a more physically wearing way than others.

#     A change to the cost-of-living adjustment criteria to more closely reflect actual national economic living conditions.

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