I woke up to another beautiful day in Paradise. We have had a
comfortable summer with temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees. It
is getting cooler now but I have yet to see a leaf turning yellow.
We look forward to that incredible splash of color just like in
New Hampshire. That reminds me of the upcoming election; the
subject of this newsletter.
I tried to open a new bottle of Shea Butter cream yesterday. I
knew there was good stuff in the bottle, as I had used the brand
before. It took me all of ten minutes to force it open.
Eventually, I got so exasperated that I pulled out my nail
scissors and PUNCHED a hole right through the top and decided I
would not carry that brand. I have other good Shea
Butter creams. What has this to do with elections? I am
Don’t ask me about those child-proof cleaning products for the
Not so long ago I was making peanut butter and jelly on a rice
cracker (delicious) and I needed to open a new bottle of peanut
butter. You guessed it. I couldn’t open that ‘frickin’ bottle any
which way I turned it. This time I gave up and went through to my
husband whose hands and wrists are stronger than mine. Even he
could not pry it loose. Eventually he resorted to a BIG OLD
WRENCH! Why is it so hard these days to get at the good stuff? I
have the same problem locating our good old democracy and our lost
I think most of us are in America because we believe in the
country and the people and the system. Yet it seems that our
democracy has been locked up in a bottle and between corrupt
politicians and their friends in K Street (lobbyists) they have
locked it away and slammed the cap on. They have screwed that cap
on so tight that we can no longer get at the American dream. Are
we being screwed?
Just so you know where I stand, Peter and I consider ourselves
Independents. What that means to us is that each election we have
the freedom to look at the parties, look at the record, and look
freshly at the candidates before we vote. We get our data from the
Internet, for a long time ago we gave up TV.
Once upon a time our founder, Madison, was asked about the
problem of special interests and he said that it would even out,
that the system was crafted on a balance. This seems to be true up
to a point, for every four years we seem to vote for a different
candidate and a different party.
So overall we do think that America will come out alright after a
fairly long correction. What concerns me is that it is taking so
long for Government, Corporate America and the Banking
Sector to self correct. I see much strong resistance to
correction. We are fighting for our liberty while they fight us
for their privilege.
Sometimes it is hard for a responsible citizen to stay involved.
How do I see a “responsible citizen” in this new age? What is
possible for an individual?
- I think it is possible to get oneself educated about the
candidates, the party and the issues. Not always easy, for we
are also coping with a bad economy. I encourage you to tune in
to our Grandma Thunder
blog for over the next two months I shall define confusing terms
and issues that are in the news, to help bring understanding.
For example, my next blog post will be on analyzing the Ayn Rand
influence in politics. You may have wondered what that was all
- I remember Justice Roberts saying, when presented with the
complexity and length of the Obama Care Bill, that studying it
would be cruel and unusual punishment. It is easier to fix
things when you strip out the complexity. We have to change the
agreement on Capitol Hill to let lobbyists write the bills and
throw them at the legislators to vote with no time even to read
the legislation. I mean I ask you? Lobbyists are fixing on the
bottle caps on so hard that even our elected officials can’t pry
I think it is possible to demand of government a greater
simplicity and transparency. Grass roots efforts in this
direction have proven successful.
A few weeks ago I discovered a web site that was helpful. If we
simplify Washington maybe we can fix the problem Click on the
image to go there.
- Then there is the old guard in both parties, both being very
‘right’ and stopping change. It seems they resist any kind of
real reform in Government. It always seems to be politics as
usual, regardless of what party gets in.
Democrats rightly see the inequality in the distribution of
income in the country. However, their solution which is to tax
the rich is unworkable. Nowadays the rich have the means to pull
up roots and go anywhere in the world. Many have already done so
and it is not good for us when they take their wealth away with
Republicans talk about ‘trickle down economics’ and this is also
old hat and unworkable. A decade or so ago they decided to
deregulate Energy and energy bills spiked. I read at that time
that if the Energy companies were allowed to charge more they
would build more plants to meet the demand and it would all
settle out. They did build a new plant that I heard of but where
was it situated? It was built in Mexico!
So in your choices choose younger candidates who understand the
digital revolution. It is a whole new playing field and we need
a fresh look and new solutions.
So what went wrong (in my simple opinion)?
There was a time when our democracy worked and we were all happy
Here are a few of the things that I think went wrong:
- Commercial banks got to take your mortgage and bundle it up
and use it in high risk investment games. Where was the
regulation? Fifty years ago this type of investing was
forbidden. Now it happens.
- A burden of regulation and taxes was laid in on small
business. It is small business that employs the most people. In
self defense small business owners have been forced to “Keep it
small and keep it all!” Too many taxes and too many burdensome
regulations and oh my, the wasted time spent on bureaucratic
paperwork. If you shrink the small business sector it will
spread to the public sector that depends on the taxes paid in.
- Lastly, Karl Rove invented the ‘attack ad’ (doing his party a
big disservice). Now both parties use black propaganda
routinely. What is black propaganda? It is taking a single fact
and from it drawing an unworthy general conclusion.
Here’s a great example: Obama promised not to close a factory in
Wisconsin but sadly for the state it got closed. Paul Ryan
talked about the upset at the GOP convention. The truth was that
the plant was closed before Obama took office.
But you have to hear the noise on this. Paul Ryan is being
called a liar and some are even saying that all Republicans are
liars all the time, everywhere, all over the nation. What a
ridiculous extrapolation from a promise that Obama made that he
was unable to keep. How sad that Paul Ryan got confused on the
timeline. I understand the pain of the closed factory. We have
all been feeling the pain.
What is important is that the voting public sees the generality.
‘Attack ads’ usually work on a generality and a generality is a
form of lie. I want to ask you to beware of this, for it is how
nations and voters are manipulated. It opens the door to
demagoguery. We don’t want to play the Hitler Game in America.
If our enemies ever want to take us down they only have to do
- They have to destroy the American Dream
- They have to destroy our belief and faith in our Leaders
I am grateful to the politicians in either party who stand up to
be counted. With the shellacking they are getting with the attack
ads it can’t be easy.
I predict that it is still going to be stressful while we figure
out how to fix up a system that no longer seems to work.
In contrast, here is something that does work. Let me
introduce you to HERBS THAT WORK - and they really do work! I
suggest you try:
It is always good to start with natural remedies which have no
side effects and are not addictive. Then you always have
medication as the last resort.
Quote for the Month
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect
for the law.
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