Monday, October 31, 2011

Obama and His “We Can’t Wait” Campaign

Obama and His “We Can’t Wait” Campaign
Al Ritter

Somehow President Obama has rationalized his use of the Executive Order to be constitutionally legal when he doesn’t agree with Congress. At first he blamed Republicans saying, “Republicans in Congress aren’t paying attention.” Later the president must have realized that just maybe the democrats aren’t “paying attention” either because of their inability to pass even a budget for the last two and a half years.

When President Obama introduced his own budget this year, not one single democrat or republican would even vote for it, leaving Obama to fight his own war of threatened executive order against congress. The president claims that his use of the executive order to bypass the house and senate is perfectly legal per the DOJ.

Really Mr. President? You take the word of Attorney General Eric (fast and furious) Holder over what you already know to be constitutionally illegal? You were a Constitutional law scholar weren’t you?

This constant trampling of the Constitution to merely force your socialistic agenda on America has to stop. The Constitution is not just a suggestion on limiting the power of the federal government, it is LAW, the very same one you will be breaking if you invoke executive order to get your way!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences
Kevin Bryant

We all know what unintended consequences are. Now we have a federal judge in Florida sticking her nose in what is clearly a state issue and could potentially open Pandora’s box.

District Court Judge Mary Scriven has temporarily blocked a law that mandates Florida that mandates welfare applicants pay for a mandatory drug screening as part of the application process. If the applicants pass the drug screen, they are reimbursed the cost of the test.

According to the judge, the law is a violation of the 4th amendment.

Here is two main issues I have with her ruling:

1) Receiving welfare is voluntary.

2) This is a state issue.

No one is forcing these people to apply for welfare. I understand that many people need assistance at given points in their lives. A very small amount of those that have applied have failed the drug testing. Many are calling this a waste of money by paying for the screening. What the news is not reporting is that over 1500 applicants did not show up to take the test. That is 1500 les people in the state drawing welfare and saving the state hundreds of thousands of dollars. Of the 30 or so that did take the test and fail, the state probably saved their lives and or the lives of their children because they now must either do without or enter into a state sponsored drug treatment program. If they stay sober for 6 months, they can then reapply.

The military has drug screening and it is not considered a violation of the 4th amendment because service is voluntary therefore the military member is consenting to the screening. Why does this apply to the military and not the state? If receiving welfare is voluntary, then the 4th amendment does not apply, therefore it is no longer a federal matter but a state matter and the state has already spoken on this subject in the form of the law itself.

If the injunction in Florida stands then here is the Pandora’s Box that has been opened. Because it involves public sector funds, it makes searches when entering any building built with public funds also illegal. Think of the damage that could be done by this ruling. One would now be free to enter a packed publicly owned stadium with a bomb strapped to them because searching them is now illegal. One could walk into the Washington Monument and blow it up. The list goes on and on.

Advice for Judge Scriven – Quit mimicking congress and actually think before you act.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Occupy Wall Streeters

Occupy Wall Streeters
Al Ritter

I have watched in amazement this week as thousands of basement dwellers who normally live with their parents playing video games have taken to the streets across the country to protest………??????

They clearly have no clue about what they speak or for that matter even believe in. They vilify capitalism and glorify socialism/communism with no real clear thought as to what that would mean.

Their only “demands” are places to take showers, and food stuffs to eat.
The democratic administration of Mayor Bloomberg is merely empowering this raucous behavior that has resulted in over 700 arrests. Now Barack Obama is treading on dangerous ground by siding with the entitlement generation even though he happens to be the “darling of wall street.” The Occupy group either isn’t aware of his association with Wall Street or doesn’t care.

This association could really backfire on President Obama when the empowered group turns to violence, notice I didn’t say “IF” they turn to violence. Now our inability to deal with this bad behavior has spread to other countries, and the violence is escalating.

They have no agenda other than some people have more money than they do, and they don’t like it. Most of the protestors have no jobs, nor do they want them, they merely wish to have their complaints heard. Complaints without basis have no meaning. It’s a sad state of affairs when the seated administrations will only support the useless electorate and not the ones who actually produce something in America.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

You Make Me Tired!

You Make Me Tired!
Al Ritter

Years ago my dear Aunt Helen (my father’s eldest sister) had a phrase that she used with my father. When we would go to Helen’s house for dinner my father would just go on and on constantly about things that didn’t matter to her. Helen would patiently listen for a couple of hours as she hovered about the stove while the rest of the family downed their favorite libation.

We knew when Helen had heard enough, the phrase she uttered rather loudly from the kitchen was, “Alfred, honest to josh, you make me tired.” I used to think that her utterance had more to do with impatience than it had to do with boredom. I say “I used to think” because I feel my dear Aunt Helen’s pain every time I see Barack Obama on TV.

His seemingly endless TV appearances drive me to very same phrase that Aunt Helen used with my father. My impatience and boredom seem to be brought on by his constant lies of the past. Once the trust is gone the impatience and anger will follow.

“Honest to josh Barack, you make me tired.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Entertainers and Actors: Stop It Already!

Entertainers and Actors: Stop It Already!
Al Ritter

Every time this happens I am floored at the arrogance of individual stars, and personalities that somehow are conceited to the point that they think that we should somehow take political advice from them. If I was a star, I’d be scared to death to make a declaration one way or the other for a political party. I mean this country is pretty close to being split down the middle on political persuasion, and to actively taunt the other half into hating you is a sure sign of narcissism.

I’m not too impressed with the latest display by both Morgan Freeman and Hank Williams Jr. Why on earth would you think the purchasing public would want to hear your opinion on the state of the country? Isn’t it your job to entertain us? I am NOT amused nor am I entertained by your antics.

I have added the last two names to a continually growing number of actors and culture personalities that disgust me. Brad Pitt, I hope you and Sean Penn are getting the message! Obviously others feel the same as I do because Mr. Pitt is suffering a dismal first two weeks of his new movie.

I wished everyone would wake up and vote their conscience in the way of box office receipts and tell these legends in their own minds what we really think of them. Mr. Williams I am disappointed in your actions, they were once wholly reserved for liberals, but now you have crossed the line and are playing the game the way “they” play it. I understand your frustration but hardly condone your actions either. Some things don’t need to be invaded by politics nor should they!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Stinging Slightly

Stinging Slightly
Kevin Bryant

Yes, my ears and eyes are still stinging a little over my opinion that the Texas legislature and Gov Perry did something good for the state of Texas and America by allowing kids of illegal immigrants to get in state tuition and go to college.

I never promised anyone that my opinions would be main stream. It you have been reading Al’s blog site for the past three years, you might remember I laid out the case why McCain should choose Hillary Clinton as his VP before he announced Sarah Palin. Some people there thought I was completely off my rocker but looking back, I still think it would have been a wise move.

At least one reader believes that I am endorsing Perry for President. I’m writing this to set the record straight. I am not endorsing Perry. There were 9 candidates up on stage during the last republican debate and out of those 9, I would vote for any of them over Obama, but for the primaries, I have not yet decided though I have pretty much written three off my list. Funny thing about that is, one of those three I would highly recommend that person for the VP slot on the ticket.

To set the record straight, Perry is at best, my 4th or 5th pick to vote for. I like his economic message. I like the fact that he has more Texas Rangers on the boarder than the federal government has agents there. The HPV vaccine law is a totally different issue. He should have never signed that law or any law that diminishes or limits parental control or choice.

Each candidate has plusses and minuses. Romney was governor over what is primarily a sanctuary state for illegals and did nothing to change that. Before Pelosi, Gingrich was the most controversial Speaker of the House in modern times. Paul is hell bent on cutting the military that if we ever had to fight beyond our own shores we would be outnumbered by Russia, China and every major power but France and Pakistan (only because they have nukes are they listed) in terms of personnel and equipment. The only foreign experience Bachmann has is reading & listening to national security briefs. Johnson can’t speak well enough to ever be taken seriously on the world stage. Must be a side effect from supporting the legalization of marijuana. Santorum is so in love with himself and what few things he ever did in congress he considers to be earth shattering acts that I’m surprised he still has the use of both arms after patting himself on the back so often. Huntsman supports Obama’s cap and trade stance, and believes man is the sole reason for global warming. Cain is the only person who has even less foreign policy experience than Bachmann, but I bet he could put on one heck of White House Pizza & Beer Summit.

Well what about Chris Christie? Definitely not ready for prime time. Give him 5 more years. Donald Trump, do I really need to go into this one? Sarah Palin, too many gaffs when she was VP candidate, too narrow in her ability to see 5 – 10 years down the road and a little too rogue for the job.

Each have their own faults and shortcomings and each have strengths about them. Most importantly, each would be a better choice than Obama.

I have yet to make up my mind as to who I will be voting for come the Missouri primary. I have no clue who will be left to vote for when that time comes. It could be Perry, but as things stand right now, there are at least three individuals who rank MUCH HIGHER on my list and one who is about even with him.