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Archive for January 8, 2012

Besides Recall, Walker Has Other Big Problems

If Walker is defeated, he may still have a warm bed.
Besides potentially being recalled, Scott Walker and his campaign and administration has quietly been the focus of a wide-ranging “John Doe” investigation. Seems there has been shenanigans galore  under Walker, the county commissioner and Walker, the governor.

Just Thursday three Walker aides were charged with various crimes, including child enticement.

Friday’s update is that Walker was the one who gave the approval for veteran’s funds to be managed by one of his cronies

Bye, bye Bachmann

I, for one, am so glad the circus has pulled up stakes and left Iowa. I am so tired of hearing the lies about Obama being raised in speeches without challenge. And I am so sick and tired of hearing that Michele Bachmann was born in Iowa.

Iowa has given the world more than its share of heroes in many walks of life. The likes of Norman Bourlog, Glenn Miller, Meredith Wilson, James Van Allen, Henry Wallace, John Lewis and even a pre-presidential Herbert Hoover. These were people who stood for something much greater than hate and ignorance.

So now that your flight of fantasy is over, Ms. Bachmann, we would appreciate it if you would no longer mention that you were born in Iowa. We have a reputation to maintain.

God told me He wanted me to run for President

Well, in all the lead up to Iowa Caucuses, no less than three candidates that I can recall (all Republican, BTW) claimed that God had told them that He wanted that person to run for President. Bachmann, Perry and Santorum each claimed at some point that God had told them to run.

But I think since telling these people to run, God has become much more concerned with Tim Tebow’s inability to throw a forward pass and has thus let His campaign management slide drastically.

Let us hope that none of the candidates become bitter and sue God for breaking His promises.

Thank You, Barack Obama!!!

For standing up to the bullies in the House and Senate, calling their bluff and appointing not just Richard Cordray at CFPB, but three new members at the NLRB. Now maybe some of the grievances that have been blocked at the NLRB can be heard and resolved.

This is a great example of how Republicans have brought government to a halt using parliamentary tricks. Republicans do not want to govern. They just don’t want Democrats to govern. So in that vein, Republicans have turned government into a 365 day a year campaign, thereby halting most governing. Government is one of the most important functions in the US and when government doesn’t function our credit and credibility will die.

How will they campaign against Health Care?

While Romney, Newt and the boys are trying to make their bones on ending “ObamaCare” they have said not one word about how the would replace it. One can only assume that ending “ObamaCare” would result in a return to the situation that made health care the number one issue until Bushco crashed the economy in 2008.
I can’t wait for the Republican presidential and congressional candidates to stand on that stump and say proudly:

“I want to return America to a time when only people with jobs could have health insurance. A time when the insurance companies took one-third straight off the top for expenses. A time when some corporate bureaucrat decided whether or not your child should be treated, or they would cover your cancer, or they would dig deep,deep, deep to find any excuse not to cover your treatment.  This was a time when health insurance worked for the insurance companies and we want to bring those good times back”

Don’t forget, Republicans want to end Medicare

For nigh on 50 years the Republican Party has had Medicare in its sights. Now they feel they can finally kill it if they can just get enough votes. So if you decide to vote Republican, remember you are not just voting for the lies they propound but for the unmentioned mission of killing Medicare and Medicaid. Also Social Security will be in that mix.

If you are a family values person, this may be just what you want, because Grandma and Grandpa will probably be living with you. And most likely, they will die in your home, since going to a hospital is way too expensive.

What happens if you sign the pledge?

Well over in Indiana poor old Mitch Daniels is having trouble keeping up with the other crazy Republican governors. Sure, he’s sold highways and buildings but he hasn’t gutted the unions yet or closed off the capitol. So he needs something to bring him up a notch in the crazy ranks.

And just in the nick of time here come State Sen. Vaneta Becker proposing legislation that will fine anyone caught not singing the national anthem correctly. Based on my lifetime of observation, that is everyone who attempts to sing it.

The $25 fine for each offense should make Indiana coffers swell and they can probably lower property taxes.

Next: keep an eye on that Pledge of Alegiance, especially for those who can’t speak and must sign or for those atheists who refuse to say “under God.”

Sunday Funday, New Citizens Test

At the caucus the other night we had one newly naturalized citizen in attendance. This year four of our friends have become citizens.  As you know they must pass a test on our history and government. Remember these are usually people who were never exposed to US history or government until they arrived here. Yet most do quite well on their tests because they want to be a citizen so badly. Rumor has it that they can usually beat natural born citizens.

So, here is a sample. A smart group like you should do well!

1) What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
A. The Founding Fathers had dinner together.
B. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Constitution.
C. The meeting was interrupted by the British Army.
D. The Constitution was written.

2) The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
A. The People We
B. We American People
C. We the People
D. The American People

3) There were 13 original states. Name three.
A. Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine
B. Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania
C. Rhode Island, Florida and Georgia
D. New Hampshire, West Virginia and Virginia

4) What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment? *
A. life
B. bear arms
C. own land
D. petition the government

5) What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
A. Movement against Racism
B. Native Indian movement
C. Slave rights movement
D. Civil rights movement

6) Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
A. to provide safety such as fire departments
B. to provide protection such as police
C. to provide schooling and education
D. to create an army

7) What is freedom of religion?
A. You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
B. You must practice at least a religion of your choice.
C. It is a freedom to stay in any region of the United States.
D. Your family members can practice any religion, but it must be the same religion.

8) Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
A. to create an army
B. to print money
C. to approve zoning and land use
D. to make treaties

9) Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
A. because there were 13 founders
B. because there were 13 original colonies
C. because the stripes represent the 13 Indian tribes
D. because the nation was found in July 13th

10) What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens? *
A. serve on a jury
B. serve in the army
C. volunteer as a social worker
D. live and work in the United States

11) What does the judicial branch do?
A. amends the Constitution
B. runs the government
C. makes the laws
D. explains laws

12) When was the Constitution written?
A. 1780
B. 1776
C. 1778
D. 1787

Answers? Show me your birth certificate first!
BTW, this whole test is here.  There are many more sample tests online.

Here we go:

1) D – constitution written
2) C – We The People
3) B
4) D – petition the gov’t
5) D – civil rights movement
6) D – create an army
7) A
8) C
9) B
10) A
11) D
12) D

Well – would you be a new citizen?