Political courage

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In voting to allow a vote on the budget in the form of a continuing resolution, the Senate exhibited political courage. The House of Representatives has yet to follow suit, demonstrating a lack of political courage. Why the difference? Harry Reid is demonstrating more and better leadership skills than John Boehner, and there are more wacko birds in the House than in the Senate. In addition, only one-third of the Senators face re-election every two years, while all the House members face the electorate every two years. House districts are redrawn every ten years, while state boundaries do not change. House members face a possible gerrymandered district if their party controls state government and they do not submit to party discipline while that is not true in the Senate. Some in the GOP want to repeal direct election of Senators, giving even greater control to the states over Congress.

@ Steak

Steak at Peter Luger's

Steak at Peter Luger’s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a great deal at stake (@ steak) in the November, 2014 elections. The 1% will be trying to maintain their privileged position in US society so that they, and not we, will continue to be able to dine at Ruth Chris Steak Houses and others on designer steaks, paid for by lobbyists and the US taxpayer through tax loopholes for the rich.

Although the voters rejected the GOP in November, 2012, the GOP are acting as though they have a mandate to govern or not govern. If the GOP have their way, Obama’s re-election will be made meaningless. The time for President Obama to accomplish anything is fast running out and may end by year-end 2013 in just 5 more months. 2014 will be devoted entirely to election politics. If the GOP retain control of the House and then gain control of the Senate, they are planning to try to impeach President Obama on any pretext. Those of us who voted for Obama’s re-election in 2012 must get out the vote again in 2014 to save him and to save his agenda for the years 2015 and 2016. Barack can still fulfill his 2008 campaign promises in the final two years of his presidency with our support. Otherwise, the GOP will succeed in opposing everything for eight straight years. 3.5 more years of suffering for the American people is too horrible a fate to contemplate.

Term limits

Washington DC - Capitol Hill: United States Ca...

Washington DC – Capitol Hill: United States Capitol – East front (Photo credit: wallyg)

Our Federal government has three branches, executive, legislative and judicial, and two of the three are elected periodically. Only the judicial branch is not elected and enjoys lifetime tenure. I think that it is time to end the lifetime tenure of the Federal judiciary, especially the US Supreme Court, which tends to lag behind necessary change by years or decades.

This is what I propose to put all three branches of the Federal government on an equal footing; limit all Federal elected offices and the Federal bench to serving a maximum of 12 years. Judges would continue to be nominated and confirmed, but they would serve only for 12 years. Judges are expected to be non-political, but some try to game the system, timing their retirements to when their party is in the White House. That must stop.

For the other two branches, I would also limit their terms to 12 years.
Six 2-year terms for members of the House
Two 6-year terms for Senators
Three 4-year terms for Presidents.
Under the present two-term limit for Presidents, speculation begins immediately about the next election after a President is-re-elected. That reduces a President’s ability to enact needed reforms during his/her second term. The possibility of a third term would give an incumbent President more time to accomplish the will of the people who elected him/her.

Annex Canada

Internal development of Canada's internal bord...

Internal development of Canada’s internal borders, from the formation of the dominion to the present. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rather than change policies and reach out to minorities and women to expand their base, I have a different suggestion for the GOP, annex Canada. If each of Canada’s ten provinces are admitted to the US as states, that would expand the US Senate to 120 members. That should allow the GOP to retain control of the House and gain control of the Senate. There are sufficient old, white men north of the border to allow the GOP to offset the continued influx of the undocumented from south of the border for many more years. I doubt that Canadians would be happy with this idea, but the GOP don’t care about democracy anyway.

Boring

The red "GOP" logo used by the party...

The red “GOP” logo used by the party for its website (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know that it is boring to repeat day after day that the GOP is lying, but that is the truth. And the truth can be true and still boring. It is also true that the GOP wants to destroy Barack‘s chances of re-election and their principal means of accomplishing that goal is obstruction in Congress. They control the House and have sufficient Senators to block any and all legislation. It is boring to repeat the same facts day after day, but the facts are not changing and the facts are the facts and those facts are true facts. Unlike what the GOP says on a daily basis.