Thought for the day 01/22/2015

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Congress needs to work on this!

Congress needs to work on this!

What 2015 Congress should be doing

While Obama’s proposals aimed at improving the plight of America’s impoverished children are excellent — an increase in the child tax credit, improved wages and paid family leave — it is absolutely appalling that he must encourage Congress to show children that they matter

http://billmoyers.com/2015/01/21/children-hungry-america-matter/

From the rebuttal by Joni Ernst and comments by both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner it looks like they plan to continue the obstruction and do nothingness of their past.
“He knows we’re not likely to pass these kinds of measures,” said new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, urging Obama to “look for things that we can actually agree on.” (one of his agree-on suggestion was to pass the Keystone XL–hum!)
President Obama has suggested many very good for “the people” idea but because they are Obama’s ideas, the GOP will not work with them even if they are really good for their constituents. Still not doing their job or working for the people they should work for.

Today’s Rants ; ) 01/15/2015

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Today’s thoughts and rants ; )

The headline reads, House votes against Obama on immigration. (Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Washington Bureau)
Yep, that about sums it up. It would seem that the House is more interested in opposing the President at every turn than being productive stewards and serving their country. However, just opposing the President is not their job no matter how many people or businesses want it to be. If they were doing their real job as it should be done, honestly and with knowledge of the situation, this would not be the headline today. Why do they need to add this amendment on to the financial bill for Homeland Security? Funding the Department of Homeland Security should be important enough on its own that it should take their full consideration and be finalized quickly. After all, it is the first line of defense against foreign terrorism which does seem to be on the rise. Nope, they have to go and tangle this important funding up with an appeasement for the anti-Obama right wing. What a waste of time! They attach this legislation to undo the executive order on immigration which they know the Senate will not pass as is, causing the Senate to spend time rewriting it and sending it back to the House. They are also very aware that if and that it is a big if, it should somehow pass both houses, the President would veto it. So, they know going into this that it is nothing more than a political ploy and big waste of time. They do have a lot of really important work that needs to be done.
Just wondering why if they don’t like the President’s plan, there isn’t a real plan from the Republicans detailing what should be done with the 5 million immigrants that are already here. Perhaps they shouldn’t be here but the cold hard fact is that they are and we have to deal with it.
I was also sad but not surprised to see that the Kansas Republicans sent to Washington were on board with this big waste of time plan. That includes Tim Huelskamp, Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins and my own representative, Mike Pompeo.
If you are a concerned citizen as you should be, I would encourage you to write your representative and ask them to spend more time doing their job and to quit wasting time promoting staged theatrics. (just a short note) Of course, if you agree with their poor work ethics and wasting your tax-paid time, you could write that.
You may not like President Obama for whatever reason but we still need a congress that actually works and does not waste taxpayer time and money.

What is ALEC?

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ALEC in OKC protest

Do you know What A.L.E.C is? Actually, I didn’t until I read about them coming to Oklahoma to meet with legislators from Oklahoma and others from all across the United States. I wondered who they represented and why they were meeting with legislators, so I decided to do a little research.

ALEC stands for American Legislative Exchange Council and according to Wikipedia, is composed of legislators, businesses and foundations which produce model legislation for state legislatures.  Hey, wait a minute, I thought, what are big businesses like Exxon Mobile, AT&T, and Koch Companies doing meeting with my legislatures? Well, I found out that ALEC is a very big group funded mostly by very large corporations and guess what? These corporate members collaborate on model bills and drafts of legislation with the legislative members which these legislators then take back and present to their respective legislative bodies to be passed into law. Wikipedia also mentioned that approximately 200 of these collaborations are passed as laws every year. That’s a lot of business for big business to be doing with my legislators!

From my point of view, this is just wrong! Government is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people for the people (Lincoln, Gettysburg Address) not government of big corporations, by big corporations for big corporations.  WE need legislators who can, “just do the right thing” and this is a wrong thing. Legislators should not be writing legislation with big corporations and excluding the people they represent.  Again, according to Wikipedia, ALEC’s membership list and the origin of its model bills are kept secret.

ALEC currently has more than 2,000 legislative members representing all 50 states and more than 85 members of Congress also 14 sitting or former governors. They also have about 300 corporate, foundation and private-sector members. ALEC receives 98% of its funding from corporation and foundations.  According to tax records, corporations have collectively paid as much as $6million a year to ALEC.

Perhaps you feel there is too much “big government” today but neither should there be too much “big business” in government. ALEC is just not a “do the right thing!”

This is the list by state of legislators who belong to ALEC

www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Politicians#Legislators_with_ALEC_Ties