Hillary Clinton, announces 2016 bid, all others may bail at anytime?

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The long-awaited announcement  has come, Hillary Clinton is running for president. This will be her second run at America’s top job. Clinton’s political experience, Secretary of State during President Obama’s first term (09-13). Senator representing the state of New York (01-09). And as we all know First Lady (93-01). The question that I, who am loyal to the Democratic Party has, “What viable opponent will run against Clinton during the primary?” Vice president Biden has interest in a run but, he is not a viable candidate. Elizabeth Warren, a media darling who many would like to see run has not indicated […] Read more »

Call for unions to educate the people

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Indiana’s religious freedom law has seen strong opposition. With lawmakers backpedalling and modifying the law. What is it that “We the People” can take away from this? Possibly that organized voices in concert can and do impact politics in a positive way? And yes the politicians will listen? What other political issues should the people take up? That might be the difficult task, as the religious right legislation had both people and many businesses on the same page. On the same side , not the normal is it? Is it possible that some of the wage and employment issues that […] Read more »

Illegal immigrants, and the growing list of jobs we don’t want

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“The jobs that nobody wants to do” This the statement from President Bush and in some variation from President Obama to the illegal immigration problem. These are the people who cut your lawns, wash the dishes and work the car washes, to just name a few. The lowest paying of the lowest paying jobs. So nobody would want them, is that safe to say? Considering that currently we have roughly 11.5 million illegal immigrants (Dept. of Homeland Security as of 2011). and that number has certainly grown. How many more lawn care, dishwashers, and car wash attendants will America need to create […] Read more »

White House Diaries, a must read for the historian

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White House Diaries by Jimmy Carter, have you read it? I just recently completed the book with the self-explanatory title. But just for clarity, the book a diary that  Carter kept while in the White House. He does write some explanations or expounds on some entries that are italicized. For those who are interested in history, I would recommend it highly. For those who believe “history repeats itself” then it is a MUST READ. I am old enough to remember the gas-lines, rationing of gas (odd/even days) and the hostage crisis. That along with the high unemployment and inflation is what […] Read more »

Governor Christie, Dallas Cowboy’s and ethic’s

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Over the past several weeks Governor Christie has been in the news for his love of the Dallas Cowboy’s. Free ticket’s, locker room visit’s, plane’s to Dallas and Green Bay. Jerry Jones his new pal providing these “gifts”. The Campaign Legal Center, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen urging the NJ state ethic’s commission to investigate. Why? Well Jerry Jones is a significant stakeholder in a company that received contracts with the nearby port authority, which Christie supplied his blessing. Christie has shrugged it off as nonsense, claiming an attack from Hillary Clinton’s PAC. Trustworthy? Is that not one of the top qualification’s that […] Read more »

2015, are you making a resolution

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In just a few short days, 2014 will be in the history books. Ringing in 2015, promises and pledges will be made, most will be broken within days. I myself am not much for the New Year’s resolution. I view it as forced change. I don’t doubt the good intentions behind the resolution, just the will to succeed. Leading up to the end of 2014 I have been doing plenty of thinking, reflecting on the who and what I was in 2014. My successes, failures and shortcomings. Not because it is the end of the year but for what will […] Read more »

The Republican train is coming

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“I hear that train a coming, it’s rolling around the bend” The train? The soon to be Republican  controlled  Congress. What is at stake, the environment, health care, social security, Medicare, the list is potentially endless. When the blood-letting begins and the cries of foul come from the mouth’s of those effected STOP! Think for a minute, what could you have done better? Far too many people remained on the sidelines for this mid-term election. The MANDATE of the people, 33% of voters showed up to cast votes and the majority were REPUBLICANS. By their own hand Democrats will cut the programs […] Read more »

Gas continues to decline, economic gain for consumers

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The continued free-fall of gas prices has consumers happy and economists worried? Listening to a report on local news radio, concerns over declining demand being a signal of a slowing economy. When the hopeful GOP’s Mitt Romney was running for president, gas prices were a big issue. $4.00 a gallon gas was crushing the economy. Just 2 years later, has prices are averaging around 2.78 a gallon in NJ and the result? Big GOP wins in Senate and House elections. Nobody was touting policy of the Democrats Obama for the decline. In fact Democrats were running away from him during […] Read more »

We need to work together, why now?

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The mid-term elections are over and for the first time in 8 years Republicans will control both houses. Right or WRONG, the voters (or some of us) have spoken. In the immediate aftermath of results, acceptance speech’s seemed to be scripted  in partnership. Most had this beautiful lie tied in at some point, “we need to work together for the people.” My question would be why now? The past six years of President Obama you the winning party have obstructed at every turn. The people, have been of little or no concern to you as elected leaders during this time. The people […] Read more »

Always the most important election of our time

Mid-term elections, the most important election of your lifetime? A tired line used seemingly every election. Maybe we should just say they all are important elections. Why? Because they are! Can we afford a Senate controlled by the GOP? Can we afford a continued Congress that is dysfunctional? The disfunction seems to have had little effect on our country. The economy is rolling along. Unemployment is lower each month. Obama Care, though still a talking point is grabbing hold, slowing the rate climb and in some areas reducing overall insurance cost. The biggest indicator, The Dow, at all-time highs! So […] Read more »

Democrats, do you know your voters?

Recently at a rather large political rally, the room was filled with many candidates. Hopefuls were from local races, state legislature, and the Pennsylvania governors race. It was a friendly event , with the room filled. Labor leaders, members of many unions and their retirees. So at a friendly event meant to rally the loyal to help in getting out the vote. What I heard was, well frankly shocking when the Democratic Chair of the area was making his introductions. He made reference to “shopping at Walmart”! Now considering what those words mean? Well, Walmart is the opposite of what […] Read more »

Birthday Cards, the big gift

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The beginning of the month marked the 83rd birthday of my mother. Not a monumental birthday you say? Every birthday is a monumental one, if you consider how fragile life is. So in style we celebrated Mom’s birthday, simple and together. Her favorite “sin” a Burger King Whopper Jr. Not so fancy, but it made her happy. And another piece of the birthday puzzle that made her happy, the card. The birthday card, thousands of choices and, if you pick the right one can go a long way in reminding that person you love them. Birthday cards passed in my family at […] Read more »

Paid Sick-Leave in New Jersey, a new government mandate

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Paid Sick Leave in New Jersey, is it the next governmental interference? Or, long overdue for the workers of the state? This week the bill was being debated in an Assembly Committee hearing. What the bill offers, one paid hour of sick time for each 30 hours worked, to a maximum of 5 days each year. The bill about a year old now is being championed by Assembly woman Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill). Business as expected are against the measure, citing the recent increase in the minimum wage, and healthcare reform. The sick-day bill has some issues. For one it doesn’t […] Read more »

Corporal punishment, a draconian practice?

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” ( attributed to the bible in Proverbs) child discipline has made headlines recently with the Adrian Peterson (Vikings, NFL) situation. Indicted by a grand jury for the beating of his son with a switch. Was the discipline too much is what Peterson will be defending. Leaving lacerations and causing serious injury is where the law will ultimately find Peterson guilty. If that is the case.  The use of corporal punishment when raising children, or as my father used to say ” a manual adjustment”; is it a draconian practice that should be banned? After raising […] Read more »