2014… A Year of Opportunity

January, 2014

shamrock_2014Dear Republican Party,

2014 offers a great opportunity for you to demonstrate your leadership. America needs it!

However, you need to unite on a message that will solve our problems. We know what you are against.

What is your plan for success?

Here’s a start!

Obamacare

  • Obamacare is a disaster. Please present us with an easy to understand five-point-plan to replace it. Starting points are:
  • Permit sales of insurance across state lines. More competition. Lower costs.
  • Permit health savings accounts that let users determine how they want to spend their healthcare dollars.
  • Don’t mandate coverage. Let users decide what they want.
  • Establish high risk pools via the states.
  • Extend health insurance tax deductions to everyone, not just businesses and the self-employed.

Sit down NOW, work out your five-point-plan and present it clearly so people will understand that it permits choice and costs them less! In short,

Think with your head but talk from your heart!

Stress the benefits of your plan to the voters. They are still in shock over losing their insurance and/or having to pay more for less coverage. They want solutions to their health care insurance needs. Your five-point-plan will do just that, if the voters understand how it will benefit them!
Other Targets of Opportunity

People are annoyed with too much government in their lives. Here are a few other areas to attack that will gain voter interest and support.

Government Waste

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has projected $200 – $250 billion of wasted government spending. If the government was run like a business, the CEO would be attacking this to reduce our deficit. However, most government agencies could care less.

It’s the President’s job, as CEO of the USA, to attack this problem. He won’t. Republicans, who control the House, should have a series of hearings uncovering this waste and make it a campaign issue.

Government Regulations

The “Regulators” have become the fourth branch of government. The legislature passes complicated laws then the regulators make them more complex and punitive.

Republicans should be for “rational regulations” and against punitive regulations.

For example, the Heritage Foundation reports that on New Year’s Day, 2014 the government will ban the use of 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. What is the next “Freedom” the government is going to take away???

Summary

Republicans have rich targets of opportunity to campaign on. However, they don’t need to come up with 50+ examples. Limit it to five or six domestic, pocket-book issues that voters can relate to; i.e. higher health care costs, higher gas prices, etc.

And, always relate the benefits to the voters of the changes you want to make. People want solutions. They are desperate for strong leadership, so the Republicans should always stress “what’s in it for the people” when the solutions are enacted.

Remember Republicans…you have to be in power to change outcomes!!!

Rhetoric vs. Realty

December, 2013

shamrock_santa_hatOur country was built on trust and the integrity of one’s word. “Say what you mean and mean what you say!”

Unfortunately, when it comes to Washington, D.C. and many of our political leaders, this is no longer the case.

Our ears have been assaulted with one untruth after another from our President and his staff:

  • Benghazi was caused by a video.
  • The IRS scandal was caused by disgruntled worker(s).
  • The President didn’t know about this or that problem until he read about it in the paper.

Either he is the most disengaged President in history, or he and his staff are delusional to what is really happening.

Now we have the lies associated with Obamacare. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, political and senior judicial analyst for Fox News, summarized it well:

“Obamacare is the greatest single expansion of federal regulatory authority in American history. In one stroke, it puts 16 percent of American economic activity – virtually all of health care and health insurance – under the thumb of federal bureaucrats. It dictates the minimum insurance coverage that everyone in the United States must have.”

 

“It punishes severely, without a hearing, anyone who deviates below the prescribed minimum. It forces nearly all Americans to acquire coverage in a one-size-fits-all policy, including coverage for events that cannot occur.”

 

“Obamacare was passed by both houses of Congress with support from Democrats only, using parliamentary tricks, rather than straight up or down votes. And all the Democrats voted for it after President Obama promised them and the American people ad nauseam that if they like their current doctor and if they like their current health insurance, they would be able to keep them under Obamacare.”

Washington talks about “signup numbers” for the failed Obamacare program. Unfortunately, they lose sight of the people hurt by the law, like the cancer patient that has now lost her doctor, hospital or both. These people are fighting for their lives. Their hope for survival has been taken away by some nameless bureaucrat.

Not only is Obamacare a bad law, the President continues to make one change after another to the law. I ask who gave him the power to legislate from the podium? Congress makes the laws. The President’s responsibility is to carry them out.

When people complain about Obamacare the Democrats give us the same old line, “Get over it. It’s the law of the land.”

My response to all of this rhetoric is talk all you want…

Reality cannot be ignored!!

A tidal wave of distrust is sweeping across America that is turning into anger. We are sick and tired of being told what we must do, from light bulbs…toilets…ethanol, etc.

Now when you cause my preferred health insurance to be dropped because it doesn’t meet the Obamacare mandates, Washington has gone too far. Americans want choice in their own health care outcomes.

Mr. President, I urge you to face reality. Obamacare is only going to get worse. Talk all you want, but people have lost their trust in you and Washington.

Listen to the people. Their message is simple. “Let me choose my own health care, my own doctor and my own hospital!”

America is a great country. Unfortunately, the President is leaving a lump of coal called Obamacare in all of our stockings this Christmas.

Nevertheless, my best wishes to you and yours this holiday season.

Washington vs. The People

November, 2013

shamrock_samWashington no longer represents the people.

They live in their own “La La” land.

Congress imposes laws on us and exempts themselves. Their only concern is re-election and fulfilling their own agenda.

The President is now concerned about his legacy. He and his Democratic supporters have jammed Obamacare down our throats. Now he wants to do the same thing with immigration reform, gun law restrictions, higher taxes, etc.

We have just witnessed more government “theater” with the government shutdown. The government that takes forever to do things, erected barricades overnight with “closed” signs at memorials, parks, etc.

The President’s plan was maximum pain for the people. Americans’ reaction was outrage. Veterans took the barricades and signs from the World War II Memorial, marched five blocks and dumped them at the White House entrance.

Let’s look at the last 30 days and the events that have happened.

Budget Talks

The President announced, “I will not negotiate.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the House bills and other compromises were “dead on arrival.”

In contrast, the House passed a series of bills to keep the government open. One bill the House offered would fund the government and delay the healthcare individual mandate for one year. Another bill would fund the government and return Obamacare to its original form, with no exemptions including Congress.

The Republicans were scorned in the press while the President accused them of doing all sorts of evil things.

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee carried their campaign to stop Obamacare to the Senate. They called attention to this failed program and its negative impact on peoples’ healthcare. The Republican Party was slammed in the press for being obstructionist and trying to kill it.

Obamacare has had its grand debut and look what’s happened.

  • The computer program for the exchange doesn’t work.
  • Hundreds of thousands have had their current healthcare plans cancelled due to Obamacare.
  • The program is a disaster

The Democrats are now appealing for a one year delay in the individual mandate.

The signature program of Obama’s is now a poison pill for the Democrats.

Summary

Bad legislation is bad legislation!! People have tried to point out Obamacare’s weaknesses, only to be shouted down by the Democrats, saying “It’s the law of the land, both Houses passed it, the President signed it, and the Supreme Court approved it.”

Obamacare is a major problem for the American people. The majority of American’s like their current healthcare plan. They are now losing it to a program that is flawed and doesn’t work.

Washington, start listening to the American voters!

America is a great country, providing we stop passing dumb laws!