Stop the gridlock; working together will benefit the country

The long, hard-fought, ugly presidential election finally has come to an end. Barack Obama won a second term; Democrats remain in control of the Senate after even adding some seats; and the House remains firmly in the grip of Republicans.

While confetti fluttered throughout the Democratic celebration in Chicago Tuesday night, the party atmosphere should be short-lived. There should be no dancing in the streets today. The president narrowly won the popular vote, 50 to 48 percent, meaning his victory is not a mandate but rather is a result of a better campaign strategy than challenger Mitt Romney‘s in the crucial Electoral College battleground states, which Obama nearly swept. Continue reading

Want real change? Then change Congress

It will be better for the country if President Obama is re-elected for a second term.

That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the best man for the job, but historically, good pieces of legislation typically are accomplished in the second term of a two-term president that benefit the country as a whole no matter whether the president is a Republican or Democrat.

That’s because Congress and the Senate are the two chambers that wield the power and in the first term of virtually every modern presidency, partisanship gridlock prevails. The party not represented in the White House locks arms and does everything possible to block legislation to make the president look bad and be vulnerable in the next presidential election.

But in the second term, the pressure to stifle what is then a lame-duck president is not as great and that leads to better legislation, increased compromise between the parties, and beneficial action for the Middle Class so that elected officials can go back to their constituents with a list of accomplishments to justify their bid for the mid-term re-election cycle. Continue reading

Republican Colin Powell endorses Obama

Normally, I don’t put much stock in political endorsements.

They usually come from self-proclaimed “experts” who vote the party line, anyway. They come from right-winged or far-left factions telling their followers how to vote. And it’s a tradition with most newspapers to endorse candidates they say will best serve constituents.

All of which is a bunch of, thank-you-Joe-Biden, malarkey! Continue reading

Checking the facts

Don’t you jut love politics, especially when candidates appear on the same stage for a debate and toss out accusations against each other?

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both seem to be adhering to the adage that if you keep saying untruths long enough, well, then they’ll become true at least in the minds of voters.

During the final presidential debate Monday night, Oct. 22, both candidates stretched the truth on several issues and each came up with their own “whopper.”

Click on the following links to read how various fact-checkers viewed Monday night’s debate. Continue reading

Message from the rich is clear: Vote Romney or get fired!

It’s bad enough that there are so many people in this country, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, who don’t take the time or interest in finding out for themselves which political candidate might best represent them.

Sadly, too many of them cast their ballots based on the political propaganda they see on television. Some get their directions from religious leaders. Others simply wait until they receive in the mail the candidate endorsements from the political action groups they support. For example, Kansas Republicans have Kansans for Life endorsements and Kansas Democrats have Mainstream Coalition. Continue reading

Round one: Romney

If the presidential debates were a boxing match, round one goes to challenger Mitt Romney.

President Obama, who has been leading in every poll taken, had a chance to deliver a first-round, knockout punch Wednesday night. Instead, he rope-a-doped around, had to dodge several Romney punches, even got pelted by a few aggressive jabs and stumbled on a solid Romney right hook to the jaw: “You could have hired 2 million teachers with that $90 million you spent on green energy companies, many of them that contributed to your campaign, and many of them that have failed.” Continue reading

Obama: The job creator?

Despite all the Congressional roadblocks by Republicans; despite inheriting the worst economic disaster in the nation’s history; and despite all the negative Republican political rhetoric this campaign season about how President Obama’s efforts to create jobs has failed, well, recent figures indicate that jobs have been created in the past three years.

According to the Labor Department, 4.3 million jobs were lost in the year following Obama’s inauguration. But since then, 4.4 million jobs have been added.

This doesn’t mean happy days are here nor does it mean the nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief. There still are a lot of people out of work and looking for jobs and no matter who becomes president in January, there’s a lot of work yet to be done to strengthen the nation’s economy and it getting more people back to work.

And that means Republicans AND Democrats must work together, must compromise to come up with legislation designed benefit all Americans.

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