Should you trust the financial advisor calling your retirement planning shots or the political hacks who insist that you are a victim being taken for a ride? If protecting your hard-earned money from greedy financial planners is your goal the Federal Government seems like an unlikely guardian, considering its lack of success safeguarding the nation’s finances. That won’t stop a pre-election effort to further demonize Wall Street in the name of safeguarding your retirement.
Republicans have a problem. A big problem. When government that is supposed to rule by the people, for the people gives the people what they want, how can the party say no?
Thank heavens we have a flag to draw the nation’s ire. A flag can’t be racist, but its symbolism can certainly be construed as offensive. This is a good thing at the moment for anyone who needs to convince themselves that we can make things right by discarding the Confederate flag. When we are finished the country can move forward by continuing to embrace the racist symbols that do the most harm.
If you want to know who will lead America and who has an agenda, note the reaction of Hillary Clinton to what happened in Charleston (see: Church Tragedy Will Be Dishonored by Politics). She twisted the situation to push her agenda forward and to stir up divisiveness. Her opponent Bernie Sanders took a similar approach, talking of racism and civil rights.1 Real leaders don’t act like that. Suffering and loss should not be turned into opportunities for exploitation.
There is enough theft of government assistance going on that benefits cheaters don’t need much help, but a new government report shows that some thieves aren’t cheating at all. Instead, they have fallen victim to our overgenerous government not doing its job.
A pack of cowardly hypocrites just sold out their hero president, betrayed their agenda, lied to the American people, and it all happened in one day over a trade bill. We probably shouldn’t expect anything better from Democratic Party members who have to look to the future and answer to their union and special interest overlords as election season nears. We can’t really feel sorry for their lame duck president, either, despite his party’s defection. Obama’s second greatest accomplishment after health care just keeps on giving, making sure that U.S. workers lose jobs to Democratic policy and the foreigners he has allowed to work in our country.
When we point fingers at Obama’s failure to come up with a strategy to deal with ISIS we shouldn’t be thinking about the best tactics for killing radicals. Killing radicals is easy. We have already proved that. The real problem and one we will never have a foolproof strategy for is how to kill their beliefs.
21st century politics does not mean the Federal Government has entered a new, high-tech era of responsiveness, transparency, and accountability. Just the opposite is true. It means our sprawling bureaucracy’s inability to keep up with the times will become more glaring. It also means that timeworn campaign promises being made again for 2016 have to be refashioned so they still have some shred of believability.
Too many bureaucratic acronyms are being tossed about lately, like NSA, TSA, DHS, and one that isn’t a federal agency, PII.* When you hear these being used by lawmakers you can bet it has something to do with their failed obligations to protect your privacy or our nation’s security. That doesn’t mean your privacy is going to be protected or our country is secure. It means that a lot of politicians are worried about what might happen if they don’t convince us that these things are being attended to. Face it, if you are looking for protection you best look somewhere other than Capitol Hill.
He probably didn’t realize it when he said it, but Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s widely circulated remark about what Illinois government should do for residents “who need the government to be helpful to them.”1,2 will go down in state history for summing up the very worst thing about what his decades in office have accomplished. Illinois government isn’t about what government can do to help. It’s about what it can do to help itself by further entrenching its needs in our bank accounts.
It doesn’t matter how they got here. It’s a good bet many foreigners will make better Americans than we do. Why? Because they appreciate what we have. Too many of us forget to do that. It’s easier to take what government offers and ignore where we came from.