is no question that we are in a recession and have been for over a
year. But the situation was not nearly as dire as the media and
politicians made it out to be. It does not qualify as a
severe recession yet, but allowing the politicians
to meddle so much is making it much worse than it should have been.
The good news is that the economy will
probably start to recover in mid-2009. The bad news is
unemployment has historically peaked after a recovery begins, so
there is more pain to come for average Americans.
Energy has been a problem for our country since the first Arab oil embargo
back in 1973. It will remain an issue as long as we have to continue importing oil
from countries that dislike us instead of tapping our own resources.
A comprehensive plan and common sense
approach to true energy independence would greatly strengthen our
ailing economy and improve national security.
human CO2 emissions responsible for the apparent increase in global
temperature that occurred in the 80's and 90's? Is global warming
really the scourge of our lifetime or has it been exaggerated for
We've never actually been able to have a
real debate about the causes or potential remedial actions. We provide
you with access to research and information from both sides of the
issue so that you can decide for yourself.
Our children are the future of this nation.
We do them and ourselves a great disservice by settling for anything
excellence in education. The "No Child Left Behind" legislation
was well-meaning but has not lived up to expectations. We need
over where and how our children are educated. A high quality
education must be available to everyone - not just to those that can
Our public schools and teachers must get back to concentrating on reading, writing, spelling, grammar, math,
and science. Those are the basic skills necessary to become a
productive member of society or to prepare for higher education.
must find a better way to finance a
campaign for public office. People of ordinary means who would
like to run for
office are dissuaded because they know they will not be able to
raise the millions of dollars it now costs to buy a seat in
Congress. Defeating any incumbent is practically impossible
unless you have very deep pockets.
Our current system is fraught with undue influence by lobbyists and
other donors that have enough money to ensure a victory by whatever
candidate they believe will further their special interests. That
must change if we are to regain control of our own destiny.
The government has no inherent right to our money,
although many of our politicians seem to think it is actually their money and
act as if they are
doing us a favor by allowing us to keep any of it. Our personal and
business taxes are much higher than they should be because government
spending is out of control and it is costing us dearly both individually and collectively as a nation.
We are, literally, mortgaging our grandchildren's future on wasteful spending
for unnecessary programs, programs that fail to achieve their goals,
and pork barrel projects. No matter how altruistic their original intentions
may have been, failed or failing programs and wasteful spending must be
The federal government
was always intended to be limited in scope and to have specific
responsibilities. It has grown well beyond its fundamental duties
and it is past time to shrink it back down to it's proper size and role.
There are between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens in
this country right now that cost us hundreds of billions of
dollars in additional taxes each year to provide various services at
the federal, state,
and local levels. That doesn't even include the added burden of
depressed wages and criminal acts by illegals.
Improved border security, along with hefty fines and criminal
penalties for any employer hiring an illegal alien, will
eliminate any incentive for them to come into our country without
going through the legal immigration system.
Our government was intended to be a Republic, not an ogliarchy. It was meant
to be run by citizen legislators, not a bunch of career politicians who believe
themselves to be some kind of elite ruling class. The members of
Congress were supposed to turn over frequently, bringing fresh blood
and new ideas, to ensure that they actually represent us, their
constituents, and not themselves or those that help them to stay in office.
Politicians will not change the status quo on their own. We must force
the adoption of a
constitutional amendment implementing strict term limits for members of Congress.
That is the only way that so many of our nations problems, most of which were
created or fabricated to help them stay in power, will ever be resolved.
Earmarks are an utter abomination of the legislative
process and have
no legitimate role whatsoever. If some specific project is actually
worthwhile, it will pass on its own merits without sneaking it into a bill
before or after it has passed.
The only purpose for an earmark is to
try and buy votes back in a member's home district, to influence the passage
of other legislation, to solicit favors, to repay favors, to reward campaign
donors, or to line your own pockets in some fashion. Earmarks are nothing
more than a quasi-legal means of corruption that must be eliminated.
|English as the Official Language
English should be declared the official
language of the U.S. The vast majority of Americans support
the idea and it costs us as taxpayers and consumers billions of dollars each year
to pay for multi-lingual services (e.g. press 1 for English). Immigrants are
required to demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak English
before they can become naturalized citizens, so there is no logical
reason for government and businesses to have to accommodate multiple
It would be much less expensive and significantly
more productive to make English the official language and provide
immersion and proficiency courses for limited English speaking ability
students and adults. That would ensure that they retain or gain
equal access to all types of services and at the same time help them to
The name of the federal holiday is Christmas and there is
nothing wrong with saying "Merry Christmas." We have allowed
political correctness and multi-culturalism to go too
far when schools start calling it the "winter holiday" instead of Christmas
vacation and businesses
require that their employees say "Happy Holidays" in an attempt to appease a small minority.
country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion, not freedom
from religion. If some anti-religionists donít like the name of
the federal holiday, they should try to change it and see what happens.