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  • dannyboystories 3:35 PM on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The ‘Obstructionist’ 

    A former classmate of mine recently ask [paraphrasing]: Are you one of those Tea Party obstructionists?

    The question, posed by someone who was a part of my high school graduating class, surprised me by her question. Admittedly, a part of the surprise was because she was one with whom I had a crush on back in the day. Little did I know.

    However, here is my long winded answer:

    I am a Conservative, and have been since my school days. The difference now is, yes, I am a Tea Party Patriot, co-founder of Hoosier Patriots, co-recipient of American’s for Prosperity’s “Grassroots Activist of the Year” award. But, over the years, I’ve also been in the middle of many community service activities: Lake conservation (recipient of the conservationist of the year award from the SWCD), Future Farmers of America man of the year, co-founder of California community theater organizations still in operation today, a Jaycees State officer (CA), some foundation boards, and a ton more that might label me ‘braggadocio’. My intention here is only to demonstrate I’m a pretty normal active citizen.

    Understanding why I am a Tea Party supporter requires one to understand the motivation behind the Tea Party Movement. T-E A simple stands for “Taxed Enough Already”. I cannot think of anyone I know who does not agree our taxes are sufficient. So, that makes me an obstructionist.

    Basically, Tea Party groups are local groups not part of larger “national” organizations, although they associate with many national non-profits. Tea Party organizations I am familiar with include Conservatives like me, Democrats, Republicans and Liberals, all seeking smaller taxes, smaller and more efficient government giving better value for taxes received, no deficit spending, balanced budgets, and more. If that makes me an obstructionist, so be it.

    Here is a Tea Party platform with the Founding Father quotes omitted:

    Preamble: The Tea Party Movement is an all-inclusive American grassroots movement with the belief that everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. No one is excluded from participation in the Tea Party Movement. Everyone is welcomed to join in seeking to achieve the Tea Party Movement goals, which are as follows:

     

    1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes – Excessively high taxes are a burden for those exercising their personal liberty to work hard and prosper as afforded by the Constitution. A fiscally responsible government protects the freedom of its citizens to enjoy the fruits of their own labor without interference from a government that has exceeded its necessary size, scope and reach into the lives of its citizens.

    2. Eliminate the National DebtBy implementing fiscally conservative policies at all levels of government, progress can be made toward eliminating the U.S. National Debt. Massive increases in the National Debt have created and continue to create a huge burden for the next generation of Americans, thus imperiling the country’s short-term and long-term economic health and prosperity.

     
    3. Eliminate Deficit Spending – All deficit spending must be eliminated immediately. We insist that government representatives at all levels maintain a fiscally responsible budget and balance the books as would be expected of any American business.
     
    4. Protect Free Markets – America’s free enterprise system allows businesses to thrive as they compete in the open marketplace and strive toward ever better services and products. Allowing free markets to prosper unfettered by government interference is what propelled this country to greatness with an enduring belief in the industriousness and innovations of the populace.
     
    5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States – The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land and must be adhered to without exception at all levels of government. This includes the Bill of Rights and other Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and their provisions designed to protect states’ rights and individual liberties.
     
    6. Promote Civic Responsibility – Citizen involvement at the grassroots level allows the voice of the American people to be heard and directs the political behaviors of our representatives at both the local and national level so they, in turn, may be most effective in working to preserve the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of this country’s citizens.
     
    7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government – A bloated bureaucracy creates wasteful spending that plagues our government. Reducing the overall size, scope and reach of government at both local and national levels will help to eliminate inefficiencies that result in deficit spending which adds to our country’s debt.
     
    8. Believe in the People – The American people, given their guaranteed freedoms, will thrive in a democratic, capitalist environment which allows individuals to strive toward ever greater achievements, innovations and the efficient production of needed and valued goods and services.
     
    9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics – American politics is burdened by big money from lobbyists and special interests with an undue influence on the peoples’ representatives. The Tea Party movement is seen as a threat to the entrenched political parties and thus is the continual target of smear campaigns and misrepresentation of its ideals. We choose not to respond to these attacks except to strongly and explicitly disavow any and all hate speech, any and all violence as well as insinuations of violence, and any and all extreme and fringe elements that bring discredit to the Tea Party Movement. We are a peaceful movement and respect other’s opinions and views even though they do not agree with our own. We stand by the Tea Party beliefs and goals and choose to focus our energies on ensuring that our government representatives do the same.
     
    10. Maintain Local Independence – The strength and resilience of a grassroots movement is the ability of citizens at the local level to determine their own platforms, agendas and priorities free of an overriding central leadership. Exercising the clearly stated message of the Tea Party movement by its nature involves discourse about which policies and candidates best hold to our stated principles, and these various opinions should flourish and evolve at the local level.

    Tea Party folks favor the free enterprise system that has successfully produced jobs for more than 200 years, and less intrusion by the bureaucracy on individuals. If that makes be an obstructionist, then I fit the mold.

    It must also be said approval of ObamaCare–[paraphrased] “once we pass it, you can find out what’s in the bill”–motivated many to join the Tea Party movement and join the 1.7 million who marched in Washington, DC, in September 2009.  (I must add, if you’ve not marched along Pennsylvania Avenue with thousands of others, all singing “God Bless America in sight of the nation’s Capital, you have missed the thrill of a lifetime.) I have read the original more than 2,500 pages, and the codified more than 900 pages of the “Affordable Care Act”. The latter requires many hours reviewing the hundreds of previous public laws amended by ObamaCare. Indeed, if you “know what’s in it”, you can only oppose it as written. That, too, must make me an obstructionist.

    Now, I do not see myself as a zealot or radical of any kind. That kind of behavior is not in my makeup. I have studied the Federalist Papers, and fully understand the Liberty our nation’s Founders intended. But, if seeking Constitutional adherence by our elected officials brands me an obstructionist, then I am.

    The United States of America is a Representative Republic, not a true Democracy, and our representatives our out of hand. They become infected by the perks and honors extended by all who live within The Beltway, losing touch with their real employers–We the People. I’m upset with politics as usual not in the best interest of the people represented. If that makes be an obstructionist, I qualify.

    Finally, and most importantly, our elected officials would do well to quietly pray to God, at length, before acting on any legislation.

    “ENOUGH! Read the Constitution” is emblazoned on a supply of t-shirts I regularly wear. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee, http://www.dannyboystories.com.

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  • dannyboystories 3:22 PM on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Eccetera…eccetera. 

    — If it is free, someone else had to pay for it.

    — “…Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”, rights granted by God, does not mention healthcare, fairness, or financial equality.

    — If someone is “plugged in”, why are they not electrocuted?

    — “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help!” ?

    — A ‘C’ cup  has nothing to do with coffee, but can also make a man nervous.

    — Somehow the phrase has changed: “…of the People, by the People, TO the People.”

    — A man invested in gold, now his ex-wife is wearing all of it.

    — Snowshoes melt in the house.

    — Mankind often isn’t.

    — Secret is something my wife hasn’t heard.

    — Absence of malice no longer exists.

    — If it is “too good to be true”, you’re listening to a politician.

    — Yellow snow is beyond its expiration date.

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  • dannyboystories 2:09 AM on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Be careful what you wish for… 

    Already, the 2014 airwaves are becoming heavy with political ads from various PACs, targeting incumbents who will face primary elections soon. Most notably is the ad urging John Boehner (R, OH) be replaced as speaker of the House of Representatives.

    I’m not necessarily a Boehner fan. However, in the first place, Boehner represents the 8th Congressional District in Ohio. Folks outside that district cannot vote for him in any election. Second, the Speaker of the House is elected by members of the majority House party at the time. Why run national advertising? (In my opinion, the ad is not particularly professional looking, either.)

    Now, I’ve been a Tea Party supporter since the beginning, but what bothers me most is many hard-line Tea Party folks are not satisfied with gains (as in 2010), urging an immediate all-or-nothing. In my view, given the diversity of the United States, it is not reasonable to expect to change Washington, DC, and replace every long-time incumbent overnight. It seems the result of attempting to do so in a cavalier fashion is folly. I believe we must continue to work hard to promote conservative values to the American people in every way possible, and the nation will come to realize what we have allowed our representatives to become. Conservatives cannot be silent.

    Your wishes can backfire. Case in point: A group of Tea Party faithful targeted Sen. Richard Lugar (R, IN) in the last primary election, as having served much too long in the Senate, and his voting record was becoming questionable for conservatives. Another candidate was elected as the GOP candidate for the fall. Unfortunately, the less experienced Republican misspoke two weeks before the general election and the Democrat now serves in Washington.

    It is difficult to be patient these days–ObamaCare, IRS scandals, Benghazi, jobs, the deficit–but it behooves patriots to be diligently thoughtful and choose our battles carefully. Really good candidates are difficult to find, and most cannot withstand the microscopic scrutiny the candidate and his or her family will suffer. The electorate will usually not accept a candidate “warts and all.” Start looking. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee, “DannyBoyStories.com”

     
  • dannyboystories 6:07 PM on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What should she have said… 

    This was posted by http://www.hoosierpatriots.com on Facebook. I remember watching this hearing. Her responses were mechanical, stilted, without sympathetic inflection, and angry with the panel questioning her.

    Unacceptable to me.

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  • dannyboystories 8:43 AM on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We’re killing ourselves. 

    It is difficult for me to write about the decline of American society, although I have been writing professionally for the better part of my adult life. Watching for nearly eight decades, I’ve come to a simple conclusion regarding the root cause of our own decline. It is this: Moral decay and the degradation of the family unit.

    There are those more learned than I who agree with my assessment, and have written and spoken previously at great length. It is, of course, not quite this simple. However, explore in your own mind what our society has become: More single parent families than husband and wife, clothing and advertising promoting promiscuity, lack of religious underpinnings, all contribute to what has become and increasingly immoral and permissive citizenry.

    Statistics demonstrate an increase in out-of-wedlock births reported by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released in May 2013. “The American Community Survey found that 36 percent of the 4.1 million women who gave birth in the U.S. that year were unmarried, up from 31 percent in 2005. Utah had the nation’s lowest out-of-wedlock birth rate in 2011, at 14.7 percent, followed by New Hampshire at 20 percent. The District of Columbia had the highest rate, at 50.8 percent, followed closely by Louisiana at 48.7 percent, Mississippi at 48.1 percent and New Mexico at 47.6 percent.”

    The census bureau’s report further asserts married couples do better financially, too, “with a higher percentage of out-of-wedlock births in 2011 [tending] to have a higher incidence of poverty.” The assumption is clearly if you want to do better in life, get married. “Data reveals a significant link between income and out-of-wedlock births. Of women making less than $10,000 who gave birth in the previous year, 68.9 percent were not married. That statistic dropped progressively going up the household income ladder, with a 9 percent rate for households earning more than $200,000 a year.”

    “Nationwide, African-American women reported the highest rate of out-of-wedlock births, at 67.8 percent. American Indian or Alaska Native women reported a 64 percent rate, while Hispanics reported 43 percent and non-Hispanic whites reported 26 percent. Asian-Americans reported the lowest rate of out-of-wedlock births, at 11.3 percent,” according to the report.

    The degree of educational achievement impacts single parent births. Those with less education tend to a higher percentage of out-of-wedlock births, but there exists an overall increase in out-of-wedlock births regardless of level of education.

    Attitudes have changed. In 1950, for example, single women who became pregnant were looked upon with disdain, all but ostracized from communities, sent away from family and friends. So-called “shotgun weddings” though were not the norm, and fewer than 3-percent of women in a high school graduating class may not graduate because of pregnancy. Nowadays, single pregnant women continue in school until near term, although likely in an nontraditional setting. All of these clearly demonstrated facts illustrate a dramatic decline in morality. Is the decline of the traditional man and woman family a major function of an increasing social chaos?

    Simple changes in everyday language contribute to moral decline. In the 50’s, for example, some four-letter words were rarely uttered in daily discourse, sex was not openly discussed, high school students dressed appropriately–girls in skirts, boys in slacks or neat blue jeans. Clothing was not rumpled, frayed, torn or deliberately revealing. All of this despite the financial strain caused on families and the nation by World War Two. Perhaps an apparent lower incident of immorality is only because folks were more “careful”, compared with the free-wheeling partying of today’s “I want it, and I want it now” generation. Too, we’ve become fearfully acquiescent toward those who would promote their minority position without regard for others. Tolerance is welcome, subjugation is not.

    Is the cause, explicit entertainment, television, motion pictures, racy advertising, revealing clothing? Perhaps the cause of moral decline is all of the above. Perhaps it is the moral standards that are the hallmark of an early religious training and participation in a formal association with a “higher power”, the Almighty, that prevent immorality itself.

    There is a simple reason America cannot continue on the present “greed, jealousy, and hate” path: The Founding Fathers of these United States crafted this nation on the basis of liberty and an abiding faith in God. One only needs to read carefully, the Federalist Papers, and the founding document to understand faith and religion were a major part of America’s core. I believe turning away from this strong foundation is certain destruction for the United States.

    We’re killing ourselves. — D. C. Lee, “DannyBoyStories.com”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • dannyboystories 6:31 AM on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The fog thickens. 

    Apparently the ability to cypher and communicate results of those calculations is a mystery to a President who promised “the most transparent administration in history.” Recent cases are damning evidence the real difficulty with Barrack Obama may be he lacks simple business managerial skills necessary. Instead, he lines his rose garden background with shills, hoping to distract the listener from real facts that failure looms large.

    Those of us with simple computer skills are not convinced when HHS officials continue to avoid questions about “unavailable” enrollments, payments, demographics, and more with respect to ObamaCare. Mose recently, the administration estimated there would be 195,000 new jobs generated in December. The result in the newest report is a paltry 74,000 new jobs.

    The real unemployment, if we were to attempt to count those who have given up and dropped out of the workforce, may be upwards of 15%, not the 6.7% being reported. “This ignored “underemployed” jobless rate is now 11.5% and growing. Exasperated citizens, tired of looking, simply resign themselves to the collection of federal welfare in all its wonderful varieties. Why settle for hot dogs and beans, when you can sample a veritable buffet of freebies. The devastating effect of this president’s policies is the labor participation rate, which in the U. S. now stands at 62.8%, a 36-year low. Most people around back then remember well the second year of President Jimmy Carter’s “just put another sweater on” administration’s misery index.” — Jim Bratten in Hoosier Patriot’s Monday Morning Newswire 1/14/2014

    Most of us know hiding from the truth is fraught with danger. Lying is worse.

    Politicians, in my view, do far too much twisting of the factual truth in any situation. Blatant lying to the American People is unacceptable and could be criminal. — D. C. Dan Lee, DannyBoyStories.com

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