Archive for 72-year-old friend

Fed Up: Special Comment by my 76-year-old friend

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

fed up

My impassioned “72-year-old”  friend (who is now 76, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings of frustration about the state of politics and our dysfunctional Congress. I am more than happy to oblige, especially because I feel the same way.

This rant reminds me of one I did awhile ago: We have no choice. It might be time to revive that one.

Now on to "Fed Up." But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

FED UP

Like most Americans, I'm FED UP with the dysfunctional government we have.

I'm FED UP that there is a segment within the Republican caucus that refuses to compromise.

I'm FED UP that Republicans have more loyalty to a pledge they signed with Grover Norquist, to never raise taxes, forgetting the oath they took when sworn into office.

I'm FED UP that Republicans in Congress would rather spend government funds on phony investigations than pass a jobs and infrastructure bill, that would create jobs for millions of people, which would move our economy forward.

I'm FED UP with all the hate and racism that exists in our country.

I'm FED UP that the leaders of the Republican Tea Party don't denounce the use of racist remarks, hateful signs and pictures, displays of the Confederate Flag at rallies they attend in Washington D.C. and in their home states.

I'm FED UP with the disrespect shown President Obama and the office he holds. This has been going on since Joe Wilson yelled "You lie!" during a speech President Obama was giving to a joint session of Congress.

I'm FED UP that, after five years, there are still Americans who don't consider President Obama an American citizen or a Christian.

I'm FED UP with a party that lost a national election in 2012, that tries to use a government shut down and threat of default on national debt to force their ideology on Americans-- which the people had rejected-- and in the process, cost the country $24 billion.

I'm FED UP that a political party felt shutting down the government was a good thing, and brags about it and is threatening to try it again in 2014.

I'm FED UP that there are members in Congress who got elected with the sole intent of destroying the government.

I'm FED UP that the Republican Party is trying to defund and kill the Affordable Care Act, knowing full well it can't be done, in the process wasting more government funds.

I'm FED UP with members of Congress willing to cut funds that help those Americans in need while continuing to provide subsidies to farmers and oil companies, plus they refuse to close tax loop holes that benefit the rich.

I'm FED UP that states have or will enact laws to suppress the voting rights of Americans, when voter fraud doesn't exist in the country.

I'm FED UP that states have passed laws that don't allow women to control their own bodies.

I'm FED UP that the Evangelical Christians wanting to impose their religious ideology on all Americans and want to bring down the wall separating church and state.

I will continue to be FED UP, until these issues are addressed, or we will remain an extremely divided country pulling in different directions.

It's sad thing to say, but we are becoming a government, that unless one party controls Congress and the presidency, the chances of any important legislation getting done is almost nil.

That why it is extremely important for Democrats to vote in 2014 if we want to retain control of the Senate and possibly gain control of the House. Americans better begin to wake up and learn; the foundation of our democracy is being threatened by the radical right and it must be addressed.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Informing the uninformed on #Obamacare, this time a cancer patient: Special Comment by my 75-year-old friend

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

ignorance

My impassioned “72-year-old”  friend (who is now 76, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about the Affordable Care Act. I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

Eye Opening Experience

The other night I went out to dinner with another couple to our favorite family-owned Italian restaurant. We have been customers for over 13 years, and during that time have gotten to know the family and workers on a personal basis.

While having dinner, I was discussing Obamacare with my friend when the waitress, who has worked at the restaurant for at least 10 years, approached and wanted to ask us about the health care law.

She said she'd heard a lot a negative things about the program and had no idea what to do. Being customers for so many years, we knew the waitress had undergone a double mastectomy about three years ago.

We asked her a series of questions:

* Did she have medical coverage? Yes, but through a special program for cancer victims.

* Did her husband have medical coverage? No, has a pre-existing condition.

* Did her children under 26 years old have medical coverage? No.

* Was their joint income below a certain dollar level? Yes.

We told her that under Obamacare, her whole family would be covered, even those with pre-existing conditions, including children up to the age of 26.

In addition, her family would most likely be eligible to receive a subsidy due to her family income level, which will lower the yearly premium costs. We also informed her about annual exams she will be able to have where no co-pay was required.

She was unaware of any of the information we told her. We advised her how to find out about the various health insurance programs available in the state of Nevada along with how to find more information. We offered our services if she had any questions in deciding the type of programs that would meet her family needs, the premium to be paid, and any possible subsidy available.

Until this happened I was really unaware, on a personal basis, how uninformed Americans are about Obamacare and the benefits that are available to them. It was an eye opening experience for me and made me wonder how many other Americans are totally unaware of the Affordable Care Act and how it can benefit them.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

AND SPEAKING OF INFORMING THE UNINFORMED: I'm collaborating with @CACalls on a new BLUNT video. We're looking for short videos, NO MORE THAN 30 SECS, in which YOU answer the question "Why Do I Love Obamacare?" We must receive them no later than next Wednesday. Details here. This is an opportunity to stop complaining about negative Obamacare press and do something.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

We Still Have A Long Way To Go: Special Comment by my 75-year-old friend

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

bad grammar english is our language

My impassioned “72-year-old”  friend (who is now 75, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about how immigrants are treated in this country. I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

We Still Have A Long Way To Go

On Monday, July 15th, Major League Baseball, as part of its All Star Game festivities, had the Home Run Derby. The event was won by Yoenis Cespedes, Cuban born, who plays for the Oakland Athletics.

Part of the event included an interview with Aroldis Chapman, also Cuban born, and a member of the Cincinnati Reds. As the winner of the Derby, Cespedes was interviewed after the event. Both interviews were bilingual and was broadcast on ESPN.

I will admit, I didn't watch the Home Run Derby or the bilingual interviews, although I did watch a replay of the Cespedes interview.

On Tuesday, I saw the following headline on Deadspin site, "People Were Angry About ESPN's Bilingual Interviews of Cuban Players".

I read several of the tweets that were part of the article. The comments were vile, upsetting and very disturbing and made me wonder, what is it with Americans these days? Have we become this angry and hateful about immigrants in our country? Please read some of the tweets, but I will warn you before hand, it's not an easy read and hard to stomach.

Aroldis Chapman and Yoenis Cespedes were both born in Cuba. Chapman defected from Cuba in 2009 and began playing for Cincinnati in 2010. Cespedes defected from Cuba in 2011 and began playing for Oakland in 2012.

To expect both Chapman and Cespedes to be able to speak English in a relatively short period of time is unreasonable. For all we know they both may be able to understand and speak English, or may be learning English, but they may not be comfortable doing so in an interview.

Some tweets remarked that baseball is America's pastime. This was the same line used by whites in 1947 when Jackie Robinson became the first black major league baseball player. It was like going back to baseball being a white man's game only.

Baseball is an international game being played in Japan, South Korea, China, Mexico, Central America, South America, Canada, Netherlands. Americans should feel proud, that an American game has been adopted by many countries around the world, whose players have been able to make it to American major league level.

On opening day in 2013, 28% of major league baseball players were foreign born from 15 countries and territories.

I remember when the country was all wrapped up in "Fernandomania." Fernando Valenzuela was born in Mexico and played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1980-1990. When he was brought up to the major leagues as a 20 year old, he couldn't speak any English and an interpreter was required not only for interviews, but also for conversation between manager, pitching coach and his catcher. No one raised any uproar over that.

The reason being, he was helping the club and making it a winning ball club. That's all baseball fans should be interested in, the contribution a player is making to a ball club.

Over the years, many foreign players needed an interpreter when they first came to the major leagues. As one American baseball manager said, who speaks fluent Spanish, some foreign players fear they would look bad if they didn't understand something in English or mispronounce words. All of this is very understandable.

While the people on Twitter who immediately attacked Chapman and Cespedes may have been unaware of their life experiences, time in the United States or how foreign players feel about being interviewed in a language they aren't totally familiar with, but as far as I'm concerned, from the language used by those tweeting, shows them to be nothing more than pure racists remarks.

Recent events have shown that our country still has a long way to go to rid itself of racism in America.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Then and Now: Special Comment by my 75-year-old friend

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

then and now mcdonald's

My impassioned “72-year-old”  friend (who is now 75, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about how the political climate and conservative Congress members have (d)evolved over the past 50 years. I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

Then and Now

I was married on Thursday, July 4, 1963, to a wonderful and beautiful woman. So today, I celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary and the birthday of our nation. When one reaches milestones like this, you think about all that has happened in your life during those 50 years: The birth of your children and grandchild, parents, sisters and other relatives, friends, career, the dreams you had when you were young.

It's an inventory-taking time of life achievements. I can say I'm very happy how my life turned out. Did I achieve everything I dreamed of, (becoming a pro basketball or baseball player...lol)? No I didn't, but most people don't achieve everything they desire when they are young.

On milestones like today, I also think about the changes I've seen in the past fifty years: in medicine, electronics, travel, automation, automobiles, life styles, costs of cars and homes, wars, civil rights and politics, to name some. I realized, in those fifty years, I have lived through some very interesting times.

When I got married, John F. Kennedy, was the first Catholic to be president, and as I celebrate my 50th, Barack Obama is president, the first African American president.

The other day, while discussing political events, a Twitter friend asked, "Are we seeing the very dark side of politics today?" and wondered whether it was as dark years ago. Afterwards I started to reflect, on the question, on what our government was like in the first few years of my marriage and what it's like today.

During the years of the 88th and 89th Congress (1963 - 1966), the Congress consisted of such members as: Mark Mansfield (D) Hubert Humphrey (D), Everett Dirksen(R), Barry Goldwater (R), Carl Hayden(D), Clifford Case (R), George Murphy (R), Jacob Javits (R), Abraham Ribicoff (D), Strom Thurmond (D/R), Karl Mundt (R), Margaret Chase Smith (R), Stuart Symington (D), John Lindsay (R) Bob Dole (R), Hale Boggs (D), Tip,O'Neill (D), Robert Kennedy (D), Gerald Ford (R).

During that period the following major legislation was passed:

* Equal Pay Act of 1963
* Clean Air Act of 1963
* Civil Rights Act of 1964
* Food Stamp Act of 1964
* Voting Rights Act of 1965
* Social Security Act of 1965 ( Medicare and Medicaid)
* Freedom of Information Act of 1966

The ability to pass such monumental acts was due to Democrats and Republicans working together and willing to compromise on issues when necessary.

In the 1970s, I saw the growth of the Christian Conservative movement. It was their goal to have graduates from their law schools become involved in school boards, politics, and the judicial system in order to effect changes in the areas of abortion, same-sex marriages, school prayer, teaching of creationism in schools and LGBT issues. I believe, we are now seeing the results of those goals by the various laws enacted or being proposed on both a federal and state level, covering abortion rights, SNAP (food stamps), and voting rights.

While many believe the Democrats currently in Congress are not as liberal or progressive as those in the 1960s., they still fight for the needs of the people.

When you look at the Republicans elected to Congress over the last few years: Rubio, Chambliss, Paul, Vitter, Inhofe, Coburn, DeMint, Lee, Issa, West, Walsh, Pence, Steve King, Bachmann, Ryan, Gohmert, Sessions, Cain, Price, Foxx, Duncan, Wilson, Cruz you realize how far to the right the Republican Party has moved when compared to the 1960s.

In 2011, Republicans became the majority party in the House, and since then, the Tea Party members have been unwilling to compromise on most major issues. As one Tea Party member stated, "Compromise is when the other side comes over to our side." A government can't function when one side isn't willing to compromise on issues. With the Tea Party members in the Senate, we have seen nothing but obstructionism, delayed approval, or non-consideration of open cabinet positions, judgeships and senior management positions.

In the last two plus years, we have seen numerous votes to abolish The Affordable Care Act, no jobs bills presented for consideration, phony scandal investigations, and bills presented that promote Christian Conservative religious ideology.

Is it any wonder, that we now have a totally dysfunctional government, with Congress having an approval rating hovering around 10%?

With the current make up and attitude of those in Congress today, I believe those bills passed during the 1960s would never have been passed or even seen the light of day. Last week SCOTUS struck down the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Republican are trying to cut down, eliminate, or privatize most the progressive legislation passed during the 1960s.

This "War On Women", is nothing more than the Christian conservatives forcing their religious values on all Americans. This is only the beginning; next will be the breaking down the wall separating church and state (praying in school and creationism) followed by censorship of what one can read or watch on TV or in the movies.

Many will say I'm overreacting, but Americans better wake up before its too late, because the Christian conservatives are our own home grown Taliban. They say we should be worried about Sharia Law coming into our schools, but what we should be more concerned about is the type of Sharia law Christian conservatives want to impose on America.

So in answer to my friend's question, YES, these political days are some of the darkest in my lifetime.

dear gop sick of your s--- smaller

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Sad Days: Special Comment by my 75-year-old friend

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

congress senate vote against gun background checks

My impassioned “72-year-old”  friend (who is now 75, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about how many of our most pathetic Congress members have handled this country's tragic events. I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

Sad Days

In my life time I have experienced many sad days for our country, some of these are, but not all are:

  • Assassination of President John F.Kennedy
  • Assassination of Martin Luther King
  • Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Tragedy of 9/11
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy
  • Mass Shootings: Long Island Railroad (1993), Columbine High School (1999), Fort Hood (2009), Tucson, Arizona (2011), Aurora Movie Theatre (2012), Sikh Temple (2012), Newtown School (2012)
  • Boston Marathon (2013)
  • West, Texas Explosion (2013)

All of the above events resulted to death and injury of many Americans and non-Americans, that have affected and changed the lives of many people and our country.

I know, the way our government operates has changed over the years, with the growth of lobbyists and the amount of money in our political system; but yesterday I saw the death of my country that I was brought up to know and love.

Yesterday was another sad day for me and America. When over 90% of Americans favored a bill that would expand gun background checks of gun sales, made at gun shows and over the Internet, was defeated by a group of Senators who had more loyalty to the NRA and gun manufacturers than to the American people.

That group of Senators showed that the revered words of their most famous Republican, President Abraham Lincoln-- that we are a "government of, by and for the people"-- no longer has any meaning to them. To them we are now a government of, by and for the 1% and the big corporations.

To Rand Paul I say, the only props used in the gun legislation debate where you and the other Senators who voted against the wishes of your constituents to support the gun manufacturers.

We need to get back to the type of government that was expressed by President Lincoln. That can only be done by voting out members of Congress who don't represent their constituents and reverse the Citizens United decision. I have faith that this can be done and then enact sane and sensible gun laws, without taking away the 2nd amendment rights of Americans.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

"Senator Cruz is a U.S. citizen by birth" but not Pres. Obama? Special Comment by my 75-year-old friend

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

birther sign racist kenya

My impassioned "72-year-old"  friend (who is now 75, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about Republican hypocrisy and birtherism. I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

Natural Born Citizen

Yesterday, Byron York of the Washington Examiner wrote an article titled, "Spokesman: 'Senator Cruz is a U.S. citizen by birth'." The gist of the article is whether Sen. Cruz, who was born in Calgary, Canada, would be eligible to run for President.

Sen. Cruz's father was born in Cuba and not an American citizen at his time of birth, and his mother was born and raised in America. Since his mother was an American citizen, it made Sen. Cruz a U.S. citizen. The article addresses the Constitution saying that an American President has to be a "natural born citizen", and that currently, it's generally thought to mean a "citizen at birth." The article mentions a U.S. law, 8 U.S. Code 1401,  which defines who is a citizen at birth.  I will only talk about section (g), which reads as follows:

(g) a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years.

This provision makes Sen. Cruz a citizen at birth.

Mr. York,  then quotes Theodore Olson after successfully defending Sen. McCain's eligibility to be president, in a 2008 lawsuit,  “My conclusion would be that if you are a citizen as a consequence of your birth, that’s a natural-born citizen.”

Mr. York then ends the article with this statement,  "That would likely be the conclusion of any challenge to Cruz’s eligibility, as well."

Now we all know President Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu Hawaii. To answer his skeptics  about whether he was born in the United States, President Obama, provided a copy of his long form birth certificate which was certified by the state, proving he is a "natural-born citizen"of the United States.

Still to this day, there are Americans who don't believe President Obama was born in the United States, but was born  in Kenya. I can understand why the Obama campaign staff never wanted to address Section (g) of U.S. Code 1401, as he is a " natural born citizen."

So lets assume, for argument sake, the birthers' far fetched idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and look at the facts, as they were used by Mr. York, in his article about Sen. Cruz.

  • Obama's father wasn't a U.S. citizen
  • Obama's mother was an born in Wichita, Kansas in 1942. The family moved to Honolulu Hawaii, in 1960, which became a state in 1959. His mother met both the five year and two year requirements, under section (g)

Therefore, using Mr. Olsen's theory, even if Barack Obama had been born in Kenya, he would be a U.S. citizen by consequence of birth and therefore, considered a natural born citizen, eligible to be President of the United States.

I've known about this provision in the code for over two years and often wondered why it was never discussed, by the media, in addressing the Birther issue.

Why is someone in the media talking about section (g) now? Could it be that it might possibly affect the presidential aspirations of a Republican candidate?

So I guess, should Sen. Cruz decide to run for president in 2016, the issue of what the definition "natural born citizen" really means in the Constitution will have to be addressed.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

“Is it any wonder that the American people have such a low regard for members of Congress?”: Special Comment by my 72-year-old friend

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

filibuster gop filibastards

My impassioned 72-year-old  friend (who is now 75, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about Congressional Republican buffoons and their penchant for obstructionism. I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

Dysfunctional Government, Continued

Last month I wrote a special comment about our dysfunctional Congress. When I thought things couldn't get any worse, they did.

In the last few days the Republicans have completely gone off the rails without caring about the impact of their actions. Their bitterness and hatred for President Obama was clear not only our nation to see, but for the rest of the world.

On Tuesday night President Obama, gave a brilliant State of the Union (SOTU) speech, in which he laid out a plan to move our country forward and getting our economy really moving again.  He was asking Congress, and especially the Republicans, to join him in moving our country into the 21st century.

President Obama offered them ideas and plans on education, energy, climate change, health care, infrastructure, job creation, eliminating tax loopholes; and as expected the Republicans gave it lip service and a cold shoulder.

What really set me off was what happened on Valentine's Day. I know Valentine's Day is about showing love for a person very dear to you, family, and friends,  but the Republicans ruined the day for me by their actions and unconcern for the needs of our country

Now don't get me wrong, I did not take my anger and frustration out on my wife, who I gave a loving Valentine's Day card, flowers and took her out to dinner at nice restaurant.

My anger and frustration was about two items that followed the SOTU.

             * The first one being the sequester. - For months, Congress has known the sequester deadline for reaching a deal, that President Obama would sign would have to be done before March 1, 2013.

Members of Congress  know, if no deal is reached, $500 billion must be cut from defense programs and $500 billion must be cut from non-defense programs, over a 10 year period.  Economists have stated such cuts would slow our economy and put a million jobs at risk.

The Democrats have presented bills to avoid the sequester that is based on budget cuts and revenue increases. The Republicans are against any bill that has revenue increase in it to avoid the sequester. So instead of trying to address the issue and come to an agreement, the House goes on a planned recess until Feb. 25th.

So I ask, if Republicans were really interested in avoiding a sequester, why are they going into recess? I believe the Republicans have decided to let the sequester happen on March 1, and let the chips fall as they may.

Republican policies have ruined our economy twice and now they are willing to do it again over a balanced approach to lower our deficit.

This is exactly what President Obama was talking about in the SOTU speech: why does every important issue that affects all Americans have to go to the stroke of midnight? The answer for me is, the Republicans are so bitter at losing the presidential election, they will do anything to make President Obama's life miserable, even of it affects our nation.

            * The second one being  - the filibustering of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense. What we are seeing here is nothing but theatre, but it's hurting our reputation around the world.

For John McCain to admit all this has to with a grudge that member(s) of the Senate hold against Hagel, for remarks he made about President George W. Bush, is truly sad. McCain indicates that Hagel will probably be approved after the recess, showing what a farce this whole thing is.

For a person (s) to hold a personal grudge against an individual and use it against the nominee, although it has nothing to do with the nominee's qualifications on national security, is just childish.

Sen. Reid believes that Republican senators who are up for re-election in 2014 voted no so they can now show Tea Party members in their state that they stood up to President Obama's choice for SOD, to avoid a primary challenge.  Is this anyway to run a country?

Is it any wonder that the American people have such a low regard for members of Congress?

These last few days only  re-enforced my belief that we truly have a dysfunctional government, and it will not change until members of Congress are willing to compromise or are replaced by members who believe in such a thing.

We are in for a long two years.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare