31 May 2010

Sounds Right

'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

17 May 2010

Survey the American People

Ask Them What They Want

Mr. President, ask the American citizens which of the hundreds of major things the government thinks its doing, do they want cut and which ones they want eliminated, and which they may want delivered more efficiently.

It can easily be done on the internet via your website and by mail. It’s just a large survey. Use social security numbers to avoid duplicates and fraud. Then do carefully and intelligently, consistent with the constitution, what the majority wants.

It can easily be done with existing staff, budgets and computer resources, for much less than the National Census.

I believe you have the right to survey the people directly. The necessity for representatives to speak for citizens is long gone. House Representatives have never surveyed all the roughly 900,000 people they each represent, let alone Senators who represent millions of people in some states.

You will be amazed what you learn, if you’re not already too dazzled with yourself to learn.

You will be surprised how wildly popular you become.

16 May 2010

Stop Finding and Exaggerating Crises

Start Finding Efficient Solutions

Mr. President, you are no longer a community organizer. There are well known problems all around you. Your recent solutions are making more problems than they solve. Stop demonizing people, organizations and businesses.

Find efficient solutions that are effective. Do you know what efficient means? That’s when the solution saves more money than it costs.

Blaming and demonizing don’t create solutions. Neither does consensus. Leadership finds, develops and presents solutions. Make small efficient changes that cut the size and scope of Federal government. Consolidate tasks, functions and scopes. Condense offices, bureaus, and commissions back into their parent departments. Pare their staffs and scopes to the bare minimum.

Cut all their budgets, grants and subsidies. Cut everyone’s entitlements.

The American people want small national government that costs much less, and interferes much less in the affairs of its citizens.

Stop reforming and get busy cutting programs and simplifying policies and tax law. The only reform we’re interested in is cuts, reductions, and consolidations. After fifty years of government growing faster than the population and their ability to pay, we’ve had enough. We want the federal government to shrink and cost less.

Complicated laws, policies and taxes are just thinly disguised attempts to hide politics, favoritism and corruption.

Stop government interference in market transaction. Stop exemptions, stop credits, stop subsidies.

Cut all business taxes and most personal taxes, cut benefits, cut everything until government operates within its revenue.

You’ve already made a travesty of your first and only term as president. You’ve accomplished absolutely nothing of value for citizens and taxpayers, so far. Your childish manipulation of real life events is appalling.

Get new staff. The ones you have are destroying your presidency. They may know how to get inexperienced unknowns elected, but they know nothing of how to govern; ideologues for sure, statesman, not hardly.

Incidentally, I’m sick of seeing you on TV everyday. Propose efficient solutions or shut up. Oh! Also find your veto pen and use it.

10 May 2010

Chose Poorly

A beautiful fairy appeared one day to a destitute Mexican refugee outside an Arizona immigration office.

"Good man," the fairy said, "I've been sent here by President Obama and told to grant you three wishes, since you just arrived in the United States with your wife and eight children."

The man told the fairy, "Well, where I come from we don't have good teeth, so I want new teeth, maybe a lot of gold in them."

The fairy looked at the man's almost toothless grin and;

PING! He had a brand new shining set of gold teeth in his mouth!

"What else?" asked the fairy, "Two more to go?"

The refugee claimant now got bolder. "I need a big house with a three car garage in Annapolis on the water with eight bedrooms for my family and the rest of my relatives who still live in my country. I want to bring them all over here" --- and;

PING! In the distance there could be seen a beautiful mansion with a three car garage, a long driveway, a walkout patio with a BBQ in an upscale neighborhood overlooking the bay.

"One more wish," said the fairy, waving her wand.

"Yes, one more wish; I want to be like an American with American clothes instead of these torn clothes, and a baseball cap instead of this sombrero. And I want to have white skin like Americans" ---and

PING! The man was transformed - wearing worn out jeans, a Baltimore Orioles T-shirt and a baseball cap. He had his bad teeth back and the mansion had disappeared from the horizon.

"What happened to my new teeth?" he wailed, "Where is my new house?"

The fairy said:

"Tough shit, Amigo, you are a White American now, you'll have to fend for yourself," and she disappeared.