The Fiscal Cliff

Republican Congressional Representatives keep jabbing at the White House for not coming up with a solution to this problem.  Isn’t this what Congress is for?  Didn’t we vote for them so they could fix these types of problems?  Don’t they have the capability to take on these types of problems?

It is not up to the White House to come up with a solution to this problem.  It is up to Congress.  I mean they have a few hundred members and could easily put together a “think tank” to come up with answers to the Fiscal Cliff.  They want to chop areas where they have already allocated monies for this year.  They should be concentrating on the 2014 budget.  They haven’t spent the money already and the way to pay off a debt is to come up with a rational plan to do so.  All they have to do is identify areas to cut back and do it in the next fiscal year not in the year they have already allocated monies for.

We have waited this long for a solution to this problem then we can wait a couple more months.  Congress has failed us once again.  They continue to fail us.  And we need to have long memories so we can get rid of these people.  The Republicans in Congress should have, could have, but didn’t find an answer to this Fiscal Cliff.  The Democrats have put ideas before Congress just to have them shot down because the Republicans are busy playing politics.

Enough with the politics!  It is time to pay our bills and fix the deficit starting in our 2014 budget.  They have already spent the money from the 2013 budget but don’t want to pay the bill.  Another case of Republican “Dine and Dash”.  Don’t be a fool, see this for what it is.  Political posturing.  We cannot fix this problem in a couple of months, we have to have sound thinking and a fiscally sound answer to fixing the National Debt.  Take the time and do it right the first time.  Don’t just pull the plug on social programs that are actually working.  Pull the plug on programs that are not working.  Like giving big oil companies millions of dollars.  That is one area that can go. It would be shameful for Congress not to act responsibly and pay our debts now then cut our debts starting in the 2014 budget.  Sure we can cut money now but where would it get us?  It would be hasty and they probably wouldn’t cut the money from the areas that it really should be cut.

The North Korea Situation

I have titled this the North Korea Situation because we have to deal with the problem at hand.  We keep putting sanctions on North Korea for their testing of nuclear material / bombs and rocket launches.  This is important because North Korea, when in good with the United States, was taking our sludge (the substance left over after converting oil to gasoline) and using it in their energy plants.  We also provided them with large amounts of food to feed their people.  For years they have had sanctions from nations all over the world, yet they continue to exist and they continue to function.  Showing that they really don’t need us.

The way they keep functioning is to launder monies worldwide by changing names and sending their spies to other countries.  They convert their counterfeit currency into cash and then they are able to buy what ever they need.  The North Koreans are very smart and have been doing this for decades now.  We, the United States, have not been able to stop this action.  Sure we may catch one or two in the process but that doesn’t account for the other 30 out there doing the same thing at the same time.  The fact is we cannot track and find them all.  The North Korean’s have been counterfeiting our money for years and it always works it’s way back into the states.

North Korea is now using the testing of nuclear material to hold the United States and the World over a barrel.  They will keep testing until they have what they want.  Which is full trade access and a lasting peace treaty with the United States and South Korea.  They have already told China (their biggest supporter in the region) that they have every intention to have 3 more test in the area and a missile launch.  They are holding this over our head to return to the 6 Nation Talks over their nuclear capabilities.  North Korea still hasn’t come up with a nuclear weapon yet that would be the equivalent to anything we currently hold.  But they do have the capability to use one of their rockets with nuclear material to create a “dirty bomb” ( a bomb with nuclear material attached that will spread radiation over a select area).  This bomb can be used in the ongoing war with South Korea which sits only a few miles away.  It could also be used to attack ships at sea that are close enough to their coast line.  That is what we as a Nation should be worried about.  So we are over the proverbial barrel.

North Korea says that it is testing the weapons but what they are actually doing is raising the hair on the back of the necks of every country in the world.  With nuclear testing and missile rocket launches they are trying to force the big 6 back to the negotiating table for talks.  The new leader of the country wants to make a deal.  The United States refuses to give in to talks as long as they continue to refuse to obey the UN Security Counsel.  Now I know this part is not going to be the popular idea but, we actually have them where we want them.  They want to resume talks, their way of showing it is not what we wanted but they are willing to resume talks.  Now is the time to sit them down at the table and work out a solution to our problems with North Korea.  Build a long lasting peace treaty that will not allow them to continue down the path they have chosen.  This is not the time to see who has the biggest dick in the room but the time to be the bigger man in the room.

Look at it this way, President Bush named North Korea as part of the axis of evil.  North Korea are allies with Iran and Venezuela.  Venezuela is allies with Cuba.  By putting the olive branch to North Korea we are able to show that we are willing to solve our problems diplomatically.  If Iran sees that we are willing to work with North Korea then perhaps they would be willing to also take the olive branch.  If Venezuela sees that Iran and North Korea are willing to accept the olive branch then perhaps they would be willing to accept it as well.  And, of course, if Cuba sees that Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran are willing to accept the olive branch then they may come around as well.  It is not good to have neighbors sit 60 miles away that hate us.  We need to come around and have good relations with Cuba especially since a good portion of Florida is Cuban.  The United States already knows that we have the biggest dick in the room.  Is it really necessary to always show it?  Or should we take this chance to work with these other countries toward peace in their regions?

Isn’t it time to stop the counterfeiting of our currency for good and start using our political strength to work toward peace?  It is not too late.  North Korea wants us to come to the table to work things out.  We should take this opportunity to work with North Korea and stabilize the region.  Besides, what are we going to do with all that sludge anyway?  As I have heard many times in my life, “Mark it up and sell it off”.  By working with North Korea we are also doing ourselves justice.  So perhaps it is time to swallow our pride and sit back down and work out a real pathway to peace.

I know this is not a popular opinion.  But I also know a good deal when I see one!

Rosemary & Thyme

Lately, on Netflix, I have discovered the most wonderful TV show from the UK.  It is called “Rosemary & Thyme”.  It is about two horticulturist that travel around the globe and create gardens all the while solving murder mysteries.  I have watched the entire series run in 3 days it was so captivating.  If you take the time you will not be disappointed.  These two wonderful ladies are fantastic actresses and then the series was canceled to my disappointment.  Netflix shows the series out of order.  The last two shows to air are actually backwards.  “Two Gardner’s” is actually the last episode in the series.  If you have a subscription you have to check out this series.  Mind you if I ever have a garden to be done these are not the gardeners to hire.  There is always a dead body involved.  Sort of like “Murder She Wrote” you would not like to invite Jessica to dinner or the such!  So take some time, sit back and watch one of the best the UK has to offer, you will love it!!!!

The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs has been going on for decades and yet in Las Vegas you can get pretty much any drug you choose, if you go to the right neighborhood.  In the United States alone the 2013 budget has spent $15 Billion dollars and the individual States have spent nearly double that.  You can see how much has been spent so far at http://www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock .  This does not consider the cost of putting dealers in jail or prison.  So what has the war on drugs really done so far?

So far the war on drugs has spent billions of dollars in foreign countries and the United States.  The results, they have made the cost of drugs go up and the number of dealers increase here in the good old USA.  When the DEA says that it has taken 300 million dollars worth of pot off the street.  The fact is, there is no value to something that hasn’t been sold or even offered.  So what they have done is burned a bunch of grass and increased the value of what is coming over to the USA.  They have made the drug dealers richer.  For every drug dealer they take off the street there are about a thousand willing to take their place dealing.

Why, because of “supply and demand”.  The average drug dealer can make a couple of thousand dollars a night.  That is far more than most Ivy League Graduates.  The people here in the United States that want drugs are going to get them no matter what they have to pay.  The reason the war on drugs isn’t working is because it should be concentrating on the people that need rehab and not imprisoning non violent offenders.  The Government shouldn’t be taking the stuff off the street, they should concentrate on dealing with the real problem, the number of people demanding the stuff.  There are people on welfare selling off their food stamps intended for their children, to get drugs.  Even when Child Protective Services (CPS) takes their kids away, that is just one less thing they have to worry about.  You have to remember that addicts have one thing on their mind and that is their next fix.

While the War on Drugs is a complete and total failure it has spent an unreasonable amount of money since inception.  Every year we are spending a huge amount of money to keep marijuana off the street and have put a huge number of marijuana dealers in prison or jail.  You have to take that into account because this is a non violent crime and we as taxpayers are paying for their food, clothing, and shelter.  Even if you are in the military you have to pay for your clothing.  So the American people are footing the bill for a failing program.

It is said that Marijuana is a “Gateway Drug”.  Which is a bunch of horse crap.  Just because you use marijuana doesn’t mean that you are going to use any other type of drug with the exception of coffee and alcohol.  Marijuana arrest in this country is a non violent offense.  Yet we arrest and jail them.  That is the reason for over crowding in prisons and jails.  Marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, as a matter of fact it is far less harmful depending on the manner of ingestion.  There has been a lot of people that disagree, but I am sure there is one thing that we can agree on, and that is taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for non violent crime offenders.  Put them on a monitor and let them work and stay at home.  Check on them infrequently and let them pay their own way.

I personally think that marijuana should be legal.  I think that there is no difference between marijuana laws and prohibition laws.  Obviously people want it and are going to get it regardless of the law.  Yet we are spending billions of dollars taking it off the street which is only making what is on the street go up in price.  So in essence the War on Drugs is actually making more dealers and making the cost of the drug go up making the drug dealers richer.

I want you all to understand, I am not saying that all drugs should be legal.  But I am saying that marijuana which can and is being grown in every part of the America’s.  Right now marijuana is the number one cash crop in the United States.  However, the opium poppy cannot be grown in the America’s.  It has to come from the middle east.  There are a number of drugs that are derived from the opium poppy such as opium, heroin, and many more drugs, including pharmaceuticals.  This is the area that we should be going after.  We also should not put non violent offenders in jail or prison.  We should allow them to work, go home, and such.  We have the technology today to keep track of someone just by their cellphone.  I am sure that there is a way to track the offender and put the cost on them not the people.

I know that this rant sounds a bit crazy, but this is a way to keep our prisons and jails from overcrowding.  Cut the amount we spend on the “War on Drugs”.  And let Americans have their way.  Marijuana should be legal.  We should apply the same rules of operating a automobile and tax the heck out of it.  There are a great number of States that actually already have marijuana taxes on the books.  The two States that legalized marijuana this last election have the right idea.  Tax the sale, cut the number of non violent offenders in jail or prison, and apply the same laws as the use of alcohol.

Congress and the Senate are comprised of a group of old millionaire men.  They are so far out of touch with what is going on in the Country they have no idea what the people want or need.  Yet, they are deciding laws and not looking at the polls first.  When asked they say it is for the people of their State, yet the people in their State in the polls say something entirely different.  They need to revisit the War on Drugs and ensure that they are doing what the people want and need.  Stop creating the problem and start being the solution to the problem!

Face Book

Today, as I was looking through Face Book I noticed the same old stuff.  People thinking that “Gun Control” means someone is going to knock their door down and take away their guns.  I actually know these people, and I guess that I have never realized just how uninformed they really are!  If you look at what is on the table concerning Gun Control, there is nothing that says that someone will come to your door and take your guns away.  Although after seeing some of their posts, I think it might be a good idea.  Then my husband reminded me this morning, that you are not going to change someone’s mind on Face Book.  And you know he is absolutely right.

There is an old saying down south,”you give them books, and you give them books, they just tear the pages out”.  So true!  I cannot believe the number of people that will believe the stupid shit on Face Book, but won’t turn on the news or look up the plan on the Internet before commenting.  Face Book is leading to the deterioration of the ability to think on one’s own.  People just follow whatever is said, and believe it as proof positive.  I have to say this is a remarkable trend.  Most of the people on my Face Book friend list I have know most or all my life.  They are not stupid people.  But for some reason a great deal of them do not check out what they are posting nor does it seem they care.  Then I realized that maybe this is just one big joke.  Zuckerman thought it up and now he is perpetrating it on the American People.  Maybe it is nothing more than a test to see who the followers are and who are the leaders.  The sheep and the Shepard, so to speak.

When my husband reminded me that no ones mind has been changed by Face Book, it really hit home.  I mean Karl Rove spent a fortune advertising Romney on Face Book and it didn’t make a difference at all.  Romney still lost and everyone saw him for what he is,(This is my political opinion and I am editing myself).  You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to look up anything on the internet.  Everything you ever wanted to know, and even some things you really don’t want to know, is at your fingertips.

So I have come to the conclusion, that these intelligent people that I grew up with and have known an loved all my life are mostly sheep or just too lazy to find out the truth.  I can respect that because I have been known to have a lazy bone two. They will never change their mind no matter how much proof I post.  But I do thank my Higher Power that I am a leader not a follower!!!

New Secretary of Defense

There is a lot of buzz about Hagel taking the post of Secretary of Defense.  Most of the Gay and Lesbian community are expecting him to do the impossible.  He has said that he will work to make Gay and Lesbian Spouses recognized by the military.  But that just is not possible.  When he takes the oath of office, and a great deal of gay and lesbian service members will attest to this, he has to swear to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America.  Well the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is part of the constitution that he is swearing to uphold and defend.  He really has no choice in the matter.  He cannot violate federal law in his post.  So no military ID cards for spouses of gay and lesbian military members, no spouses clubs, no shopping at the commissary, exchange or PX as some branches call it, and no benefits.  Until DOMA is found unconstitutional he will not be able to do any of these things.  The Supreme Court will be reviewing DOMA and the constitutionality in March, but without support from President Obama there is little chance of winning this victory.  The Congressional Republicans have already set aside 3 million dollars of taxpayer money to defend DOMA in front of the Supreme Court.  Since this country always has been and always will be based on the guy that spends the most money, any guesses who will win this one?  If President Obama would make a statement to the Supreme Court to the effect that DOMA is unconstitutional and does not provide equal rights to all, that would carry a great deal of weight.  But so far he is resting on his laurels and not saying a thing.  For someone that won the President’s office on the backs of the Latino’s and the Gay’s you would think that this would be a priority.  He is already addressing the Latino immigration issue but he really needs to step up to bat and work on equal rights for all not just the Heterosexuals.  When is comes to values, being half black, you would think that he would understand the importance of equal rights.  But this is obviously something that has slipped his mind entirely.  And if it is a matter that he doesn’t agree with what homosexuals do, stay out of my bedroom and I will stay out of yours!!!!