First of all, I am a writer and a businessperson, not a politician. I don't have a degree in political science but I do have some legal knowledge from a couple years spent in law school. I don't promote party politics as I don't think being part of a certain party makes a person any better to be the leader of our great nation than any other party. However, I have been known to register as a certain party as a strategic move...such as my most recent one where I registered so I could vote in the primary election against a senator that our state needed to retire. But that was then and this is now.
I don't believe in being politically correct and I don't believe in vying for re-election by stooping to special interest groups. Our President is supposed to represent the citizens of this country to the best of his or her ability and sometimes that means telling the special interests group to go pound sand. In fact, most of the time that is what it means. So let's start right here...with this comment...supposed to represent the citizens of this country...
Immigration is once again at the top of the agenda for the elections and something that most of the candidates don't understand is that illegal immigrants are NOT citizens and do not deserve representation of their interests. Nor do the American people want the interests of illegal immigrants put above our own. There are laws on the books that address how illegal immigrants are supposed to be handled...they are supposed to be deported. So the new President doesn't have to wait for Congress to get off their high horses and pass a bill to deal with illegal immigration...all he or she has to do is enforce the law that already exists.
The future of Social Security...or the lack thereof...is something else that needs to be addressed. I don't know about the rest of you but I've been paying into that damned 'insurance' fund for almost 40 years as has my employers over those years. But our money got spent along the way for things such as foreign aid to countries who hate us and to recipients of Social Security Disability. Now, I'm not trying to say that there are not profoundly disabled adults that deserve to be taken care of...but I am saying that there are folks on disability that could actually do some sort of work. Make a fulfilling contribution to society in some way. I mean, in the early 1990s Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires employers to "make reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities." Ok...so can you tell me why there are people sitting home collecting money for doing nothing just because they are morbidly obese, alcoholics, have chronic pain, mental illness, etc? Seriously, companies in our country feel the need to send certain jobs overseas because they can't get qualified workers here? Seems to me that call center jobs would be perfect for someone who may not be able to stand in a factory all day but can sit at home and draw a check while they sit on the internet or the phone for 75 percent of their time. Right? Bring those jobs back to the United States and take a hard look at who is collecting disability and what they do with their free time.
Let's talk about the trend toward government assistance. Encouraging handouts. What are some of the things that are causing families to be on public assistance? Well, one that I can think of is the number of single parent families that are not getting a dime of support from the absent parent. How about this...when the farmers start complaining that they need guest workers to pick their crops...give them incentives to employ the dead beats who aren't paying a dime to help support their children. Then round up the dead beats and give them a choice...get a job and allow their employers to make their support payments through payroll deduction or send them to live where the migrant workers would have lived and put guards there to make sure that they stay and work for the farmers and their support get paid through payroll deduction. Which would then put a lot of single parent families in a position to become more financially independent and less dependent upon public assistance.
For those families who have spent generations on public assistance or those families who plan a living by having children to keep them in a strategic position to receive assistance for as many years as possible...give them the money to get an education or help them with child care so that they can get a job. Public assistance should be short term, not a lifestyle. And if you are on public assistance you should have to be regularly tested for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine...if you can afford to buy any of those items then you should be able to buy food for your children or pay your own rent. Right? Give incentives to those families who genuinely try to do something for themselves such as get an education...if you go to school and get an education then let them continue to receive the necessary assistance in the way of child care while they are in school and for the first couple of years after they graduate and get a job. Give them a hand up not a hand out.
Besides, our tax dollars are better spent on the protection of our country which means the strengthening of our military. Paying our soldiers for what they are worth. They put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our country and when they are no longer in the military, make sure that they have jobs and homes and adequate health care. Not one Veteran should be homeless, hungry or sick without health care.
Health care. Sure, everyone should have health care. But it should be at the same level as their earnings. Able to work and don't? Then you get basic health care at a nominal cost to you. Wellness treatments once a year and regular dental care. Generic, life preserving prescription drugs. Birth control. But not free care at the emergency room every time that one of their kids gets a runny nose. You want better health care? Then get an education, get a good job, and find an employer who provides health care to their employees. Or become an entrepreneur, get rich, and pay for your own health care.
Don't worry about insignificant things..who cares whether people of the same sex get married? Under the law marriage is a contract and if there are two adults that want to enter a contract by all means, let them do it. Take the religious part out of it. Religion has no place in government, the Constitution says so. And by bringing up the Biblical argument about marriage being intended to be between a man and a woman is bringing religion into a governmental matter. This is a free country and people should be free to enter into any union that they want to enter into. Let it go...