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Democrats or Republicans? Neither.
January 30, 2010, 6:23 pm
Filed under: Barack Obama, Democrats, Politics, Republican National Committee, Republicans

Yesterday I opened an email from the Republican National Committee titled “Excuses:  Barack Obama’s Year of Failure.”

 While I’m basically an Independent politically, at some point I started getting info from the RNC because I offered to campaign for a person I thought maybe I could believe in.  Now I don’t even remember who that was, so apparently they were just as disappointing as all the rest.

 Anyway, when I got this current message I was okay with what they said until I got toward the bottom of the message.  At that point, of course (and would I expect less) they spun it all around to ask me for money so that they could put their (less than) ‘people’ back in office.  Now that made me mad because they presume that I think that their candidate will be a better choice than the Democratic candidate.

 Frankly, I’ve come to doubt that there is any human out there in our country who is actually fit for any political office.  No one can seem to overcome the pressure of handling the imbued or supposed power that they think comes with the office.  I was so mad, and have such strong opinions that I wrote the following.  Maybe you should write something similar – the email address is at the bottom.

 Dear RNC:

While I totally agree that Mr. Obama has really screwed things up – first by throwing $1.4 trillion dollars at banks and businesses that no more deserved it than China deserves to be able to export their products to the United States, and has helped to construct the most ridiculous cumbersome, unwieldy healthcare plan imaginable, I can honestly say that he did NOT do this alone!

 Not only did the Democrats voraciously come front and center to put their stamp of appoval on this whole mess, but Republicans also joined in the melee. 

 Please remember that in the midst of a heated presidential campaign where both candidates swore that they would cut spending, give us more jobs, provide a healthcare plan for all people, both candidates dropped what they were doing to rush back to Washington so they could vote for the $850 billion bank bail out.  This money went to institutions who then distributed it to overpaid executives in the form of bonuses for having bilked their consumers into bankruptcy and more.  Now you jokingly say you’re going to make the banks pay back $33 billion – to which they say, no we won’t do it.  Big surprise.

 Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have taken action against NY Dem Barney Frank who led the charge on the 125% mortgage, principal-payment-only debacle that sent the housing market into a tailspin, causing the highest mortgage default rate in history.  Even with all that, he remains in charge of the Finance Committee.  

 Of all the things in this country that needs an extreme makeover, I can think of absolutely nothing that needs it more than the Federal Government. You are nothing but a bunch of out dated, out moded, do nothing, get rich on the backs of the middle classes – what’s left of us anyway – blowhards.  You only talk about real life when it suits you; you are as out of touch with real life in these United States as the moose that live in Canada.

 If you really want our support, come out of your ivory tower.  Stop with the fake reform and really overhaul the system.  Show me you have some guts, some brains, some compassion and that you really want to do something that SCREAMS CHANGE IN ACTION!

 Here’s my plan:

 1.  Change the election law:  Representatives, Senators and the President may each have one six year term.  Period.  No re-election possible.  No pension or other long term perks result for this service.

2.  Reform your pay.  Your state decides your pay with those who employ you, the voters, deciding what that amount is.  What other organization can you work for where the employees get to give themselves raises?  This proves just how ridiculously out of control you all are!

3.  No per diem for being in D.C.  That’s what a paycheck is for.

4.  No junkets here and there disguised as ‘fact findinig’ missions but are really vacations to places you’ve never been.  If you want to go somewhere save your money or run up your own credit card; stop spending my money!!

5.  Drive your own car (even it’s a 1998 Chevy Lumina with over 300,000 miles like my hard working husband’s) and pay for your own gas – even if it’s $3.69 per gallon. Live like everyone else!

6.  Pay into Social Security so you can have a retirement.  No over paid pension plans.

7.  Participate in the people’s healthcare plans so you can know what it’s like to have to have a 12 month pre-existing condition codicil to the plan and you have to wait to get a surgery.  Oh, yeah and when you leave office, and have no income other than unemployment coming in, be sure to take advantage of Cobra – the snake that really bites – so you can pay 1.5 times what you were paying while working at a time when all’s you get is $250 a week from unemployment.

8.  Stop taking lobbyist $$

9.  Stop holding so many hearings for stuff that doesn’t matter and get down to the nitty gritty.

10.  Create and pass bills that are pure.  Stop using ‘let’s make a deal’ tactics with pork barrel additions.  We’re all so over it!

11.  Censure and force the resignations of House and Senate members who do things like not pay their taxes, embezzle money, take kickbacks and otherwise compromise the ethical structure of our government – although it’s already pretty much too late to save that part.

12.  Remember that it’s not a right that you hold office.  It’s a privilege that you are awarded each time we cast a vote for you.  We do that hoping that finally, you are the person who will behave differently when you get into office.  Unfortunately for us, one by one you prove again and again that absolute power corrupts absolutely and at a faster rate than even I can believe.

 One last item:  Why the blazes are you trying to set up an entirely new health care plan when you could just use Medicare which is already set up?  The only adjustment you would need to make is to set up a reasonable sliding scale price structure that people could use to purchase health care.  No one could be refused; no 12 month pre-existing condition codicils allowed.  You add some employees to manage the increased business and the whole thing can get up and running fairly fast and actually be good for something instead of what you’re doing which is soooo good for nothing!

 And by the way….if a person can’t afford to purchase health insurance, how is it you think they can afford to pay the idiotic fine you want to impose to punish them for not buying the insurance in the first place.

 Don’t worry.  Even though I took the time to tell you what I think, I’m no fool.  I already know that the only thing you’ll do with this is have a good laugh before you toss it in the trash.     

 Very sincerely,  June Jagunic

 Not at all to my surprise came this immediate response:

Title:  Thank you for your thoughts and comments

Thank you for contacting the Republican National Committee.  We certainly appreciated your email, and will include your thoughts in our report to the Chairman.  Please do not hesitate to contact us in the future with your opinions or observations.

Office of Constituent Services

National Republican Committee

Info@gop.com

That’s the best response they can handle and the best any of us can hope to receive.  They mail it in because they’re all out to lunch, pounding one another on the back for so successfully hoodwinking the American public.   Shame on us for letting them.







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Guidance
January 24, 2010, 12:35 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

For the second day, I’m going to post something that I got somewhere else.  I don’t know who originated it but it is more than well worth posting over and over again. 

It has significant meaning for me.  I hope it will for you, too.  ~ June

Dancing With God
When I meditated on the word
 Guidance,
I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.

I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.

The movement doesn’t flow with the music,

and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,

both bodies begin to flow with the music.

One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back

or by pressing Lightly in one direction or another.

It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.

The dance takes surrender, willingness,

and attentiveness from one person

and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word
 Guidance.
When I saw “G”: I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”.

“God, “u” and “i” dance.”

God, you, and I dance.

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust

that I would get
 guidance about my life.
Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings

and mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.

May you abide in God, as God abides in you.

Dance together with God, trusting God to lead

and to guide you through each season of your life.

This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.

If God has done anything for
 you in your life,
please share this message with someone else.

There is no cost but a lot of rewards;

so let’s continue to pray for one another.

And I Hope You Dance Through 2010!



Save Jobs One Item at a Time
January 20, 2010, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn’t slow a train very much, a million of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following…

Good idea…one product at a time . . . .

My husband is always looking at product labels to see where they are made. The person who originated this article, also started doing that and decided to remind us that if we band together, one by one, each making it a priority to Buy American, we can stop the train that keeps bringing foreign products into this country, taking away our jobs! Read on…

”The other day, while I was in Lowe’s looking for a hose attachment, for some reason I decided to look at the labels that would tell me where the product was made. As it turned out, they were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. I was glad to see that they were made in the USA.

“This got me started looking at every product to see where it was made, like the Hershey bar my grandson likes. I noticed that it was marked ‘made in Mexico’. Now I don’t buy it any more. My favorite Colgate toothpaste is made in Mexico … so I switched to Crest.

”This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 watt light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. In the light bulb aisle, right next to the GE brand I normally buy, was an off-brand labeled, ‘Everyday Value’. I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats – they were the same except for the price and where they came from. The GE bulbs, made in Canada, were the more expensive of the two. The ‘Everyday Value’ bulbs were made in Cleveland, OH, and were easier on my wallet.

“Next I went to the laundry products aisle looking for my Bounce dryer sheets. By this time I was not at all shocked to learn that the Bounce cost more money and was made in Canada. There was also an ‘Everyday Value’ brand of dryer sheets, made in the USA. I did laundry yesterday and the ‘Everyday Value’ dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

“My experiences prove that you can find everyday products made right here in the USA. They idea that they don’t exist is just a myth.”

The originator of this article makes an excellent point: American products are still being made in America. We just have to be diligent and attentive to finding them when we shop.

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else. Let’s start sending a message to American companies who still provide jobs to Americans that we will support them by buying their products!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop and see what you can find that is made in the USA – the job you save may be your own or your neighbor’s!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others. Maybe we can take back our country, one American product at a time! Help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U. S. A.  Stop buying from overseas companies and BUY AMERICAN!

Working together, we can derail that train!

(I have edited a version of an email I received, sent by an unknown author; the shopping expedition was theirs; the message should be all of ours.)