It’s not their money

English: , U.S. Attorney, Governor-elect of Ne...

English: , U.S. Attorney, Governor-elect of New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chris Christie spent $24 million taxpayer dollars to hold a special election in New Jersey that recently elected Cory Booker to the US Senate. Ted Cruz led a government shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion, one thousand times the amount wasted by Christie. At the same time the GOP are moaning about the national debt, the GOP are wasting taxpayer money on schemes they support. And who do they stick with the bill? The 99% who are asked to embrace austerity. The 1% refuse to pay their fair share.

Cory Booker

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Largely overlooked yesterday was the good news that Cory Booker was elected to the US Senate from New Jersey. I have been impressed with him for some time now. He tried to live on stamps for one week to see the effects. I wish all the members of Congress were required to try to do that before they vote on a reduction of food stamp benefits. Moments ago on CNN, Senator-elect Booker quoted an old saying as to how he intended to conduct himself in the Senate, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Round 2

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This photo is from the Time 100 Gala – read how I feel about Elizabeth Warren. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some on the left want Elizabeth Warren as the Democratic candidate in 2016, while former Senator Scott Brown would be a good choice for the GOP. That would produce a contest between two candidates from Massachusetts who contested a Senate election in 2012. Warren won that one, defeating Brown.

Scott Brown

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Official portrait of United States Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances by Scott Brown. Recently Ted Cruz said that he would like an US Senate composed of 100 Jesse Helms. On the other hand, I would prefer to replace just three Senators, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz himself, with Senators like Scott Brown. In his book, Scott portrays himself as someone who thinks for himself and is not afraid to say what he thinks and works for the common good. With more Senators like him and replacing some of the more outspoken TEA Party members in the House, Congress would be a far more able body than it is now.

Scott Brown had a very difficult childhood, but he worked hard to overcome those difficulties. With hard work and some luck, he rose to the US Senate. I admire what he has accomplished and I hope that his stay on FOX News is only a temporary one. I disagree with Scott on some of the issues, but I respect and admire the man. If he is a candidate for president in 2016, I believe that he would be a stronger candidate than Chris Christie. By coincidence, I am currently reading the book, Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power by Bob Ingle and Michael G. Symons. I’ll report on that book in a future post.

Senate Republicans

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USS Ronald Reagan (Photo credit: chukpike)

The GOP Senators are refusing to confirm, or even consider, President Obama’s nominees to fill government posts overseeing agencies that they disapprove of. Starting during the Reagan presidency, Republican presidents appointed to office officials opposed to the agencies that they led. Now that a president wants to appoint officials who will actually lead their departments, the GOP in the Senate want to continue their campaign to make government ineffective from within. It is their hope and intention that the American people will not notice the causes of less effective government. They hope that US taxpayers will tire of paying for ineffective government and vote to shrink government to the point where Grover Norquist can drown what remains of government in a bathtub.