Is Rep. Bill Young Senile or Arrogant?

6 Jul

Republican Congressman C.W. Bill Young, the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 10th District, was recently asked about legislation that would raise the minimum wage. The 21-term Congressman’s response to one of his own constituents was quite startling. It doesn’t appear the young man’s question was asked with any malice, yet Young replied with a snide, condescending question of his own. We have to wonder if the 81-year old congressman is hard of hearing or has lost touch with the real world. Even if the octogenerian doesn’t support raising the minimum wage, it would be nice if he could articulate a logical reason. Let’s replace him and the rest of Congress with 535 smart people.

You can read the story as reported in the Largo Patch by clicking here.  Check out the thirty second video below.

Boehner Admits America Needs 535 Smart People

11 Mar

Speaker of the House John Boehner finally admits what most Americans have known for over a year. “Some of the dumbest” people in America are members of Congress. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Boehner noted:

“We got 435 members. It’s just a slice of America, it really is. We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest. We got some of the best people you’d ever meet, and some of the raunchiest. We’ve got ‘em all.”

Check out the full interview at the link below.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204781804577269861424319908.html?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=HuffPost%20Hill%20Brief&utm_campaign=HuffPost%20Hill%20%283/9/12%29

New Book Details Why We Need 535 Ethical People

16 Dec

Lawrence Lessig, a Director of Ethics at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics and a professor at the Harvard Law School, recently wrote a book called “Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop it.” He appeared on The Daily Show recently to discuss the subject in this fascinating interview with Jon Stewart.

Capitalism Sabotaged

12 Dec

Interesting commentary of America’s Capitalism woes from the Chinese perspective.

“One could argue that the economic failure of the United States is not the fault of but the sabotage of capitalism. Indeed, corporate governance is breaking down, and that’s one of the most important causes of America’s current economic troubles.”

Read the commentary on Marketwatch that was repurposed from the Chinese website Caixin Online

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/american-privilege-rots-an-empire-from-within-2011-12-11?pagenumber=1

Re-imagining the Presidential Campaign

5 Dec

Interesting report on a new group called “Americans Elect,” which is looking to change the way we elect our President. Creative attempt to re-imagine a campaign. What other efforts are out there? Anything more grass roots than this one?

americans-elect-seeks-new-way-to-choose-next-president

 

A Picture is Worth….

3 Dec

 

The New Yorker covers are often brilliant. I love this one. Are these the Congressman, the 1% or both? Read below about a grassroots idea to elect local smart people to Congress without corrupting them throughout the campaign.

Warren Buffet’s Joke Is No Joke

2 Dec

In July, Warren Buffet suggested what needs to be done to end the deficit. With his sly grin at the end, he suggests this is really just a joke, but his point is deadly accurate.

This CNBC interview sound bite has been flipped into a chain email that, in some form or another, has landed into hundreds of thousands of inboxes over the past few months. So many people are forwarding this, that they must agree with some of the points. This has landed in my inbox at least six times. Here’s the latest version of the chain email. Have you seen it?

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months &8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971… before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present &future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS

If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete. You are one of my 20+.. Please keep it going.

As far as I can tell, Buffet only made the first quote. The rest has been added by someone who has some really good ideas. As a matter of fact, I would love to learn more about the person that wrote this first version of the email and started this chain. This could be just the person to be one of the 535 grass roots candidate to start replacing Congress with smart, uncorrupted people. What do you think?

 

 

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