The Republican House

The House Republicans voted unanimously, thus out voting the Democrats to repeal the health care law. I know this is thrilling for people against the health care law a.k.a. Obamacare, but it is really ceremonial. The law has to get through the Democratic majority Senate. If it makes it out of there, Pres. Obama will veto it. I agree with Tucker Carlson and others that feel the Republicans should go after parts of the law, such as the aspects that hurt small businesses and requires for some to purchase health insurance or face a fine and/or possible jail time. I am sure many of us like the part of the law that stops the denial of medical coverage due to preexisting conditions.  Well if the repeal passes it will be a surprise to me.

While the Democrats where still enjoying their filibuster-proof majority, I continually heard and read local comments of how the Republicans were the “Party of No,” because they were against Pres. Obama and that they never came up with any solutions on their own. Off course that is not true. Republican bills at that time where completely ignored by the Democratic leadership of both houses of Congress.

The majority party does ignore and keeps the minority party from doing anything. It was like that when the Republicans had the majority in both Congressional Houses during years of the George W. Bush Presidency. I remember then Sen. Hilary Clinton saying how the Republicans controlled everything and put down anything that the Democrats tried to do.

Well now with the Republicans in control of the House, there is a chance for them to do something regardless of the Democratic Senate majority and the presidential veto power. Remember constitutionally, the President cannot spend money without congressional approval. Think about Pres. Obama going to the House for spending approval!

The Republicans have their own version of health care for this country which we should  be hearing about soon. One of the things they have started doing in their majority position is introducing a bill to stop federal funding of abortion.  I think battle wise, things are going to get real interesting between the Republican House and the Democratic Senate and Pres. Obama.


Get Rid of Those Rehired Central Falls High School Teachers

Okay, what is with Rhode Island’s Central Falls High school? If you recall, the school district fired ill performing teachers. They legally fought their firings and won. They returned to their jobs. One would think that these teachers would be grateful for the outcome. How many people are you personally aware of being fired and then have the termination revoked and return to work? In these downed economic times when people are being laid off regardless of how well they perform their job duties, getting a chance to return to work after being fired is very rare. One would think the teachers would return to work with a mind for success. So why are many of rehired  Central Falls High School teachers playing the game of call out? Most importantly, why are they hurting their students’ education?

To be rehired, the teachers agreed to work a longer school day, undergo more rigorous evaluations and provide more after-school tutoring, but they are calling out instead. They sure do not care about their personal integrity and being viewed as liars. These selfish teachers are getting back at those who fired them and saying to H#!! with the students. There is a prevailing negative attitude about the teaching profession, such as seen in TV programing i.e. teachers being the butt of jokes on comedy shows. There is also the proverbial saying, “Those who can, can, but those who can’t teach.”

I have the highest regard for school teachers. What these Central Falls High School teachers are doing is furthering negative attitudes of classroom teaching and doing great damage to their students’ education. That school district needs Gov. Chris Christie and Michelle Rhee. Shame on those Falls High Teachers. Since they are not doing what they agreed to do to be rehired, they need to be fired for good this time and not just from teaching in that highs school but from the teaching profession. Read more about it here.

In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King

On Monday, we observe the Martin Luther King holiday, but today is the anniversary of his birth. Today,  I can say that I do not agree with the direction of some of his politics that went beyond fighting for equal rights for blacks and other minorities who experienced legal racial discrimination. But the fact that he non violently fought and put his life on the line for the civil rights of others will never diminish in my heart.   With the age and a couple of other update tweaks, the following is my 2007 salute to Dr. King blog post from my former blog.

My recollection of Dr. Martin Luther King who would have turn 82 today was one of taking a courageous stand against day by day racism and legal segregation. I remember the media reports of him spending time in jail for peaceful protests for rights for people of color that are so easily acquired today. I remember watching on TV former President Harry Truman calling Dr. King a trouble maker. When reporters reminded him that Dr. King had been given the Nobel Peace Prize, former President Truman’s response was, “I did not give it to him.” My mother and grandmother who were also watching TV with me were appalled at former President Truman’s remarks.

I remember various white people all over the country who were Democrats and Republicans also expressing that Dr King and other civil rights leaders both white and black were trouble makers. Some expressed as did the late Senator Barry Goldwater (as seen in the HBO documentary on him) that Blacks wanted their rights too fast and that they would have to wait. What was really being said is that yes we have denied you rights as citizens, which we enjoy, but you must wait until we are ready to do the right thing. Dr. King’s peaceful actions said NO in high volumes. I wonder if people who thought like the late Senator Goldwater, realized how wrong they were.

Martin Luther King was assassinated in the spring of my junior year in high school. On that day my father’s co-worker had a bit of a personal connection. His co-worker’s son in-law assaulted a passenger on a Philly bus. He assaulted the passenger for saying that Dr. King had died with the garbage. From a legal criminal standpoint, he came to regret assaulting that passenger. Dr. King was in Memphis Tennessee when he was assassinated to support sanitation workers’ protest of low wages and poor working conditions.

Now, I do believe Dr. King would not be happy today. I agree with Aaron McGruder‘s creation (which is documented in Juan William’s book, Enough) of an Older Dr. King on his Cartoon Network show The Boondocks. Dr. King is in a Church looking out at high school dropouts, gangsta rappers in fistfights, young teenage mothers dressing scantily. He can hear them calling each other the “N” word. This older version of Dr. King looks out and says, ‘Is this it? This is what I got all those a-whippings for?”

We have to do better by his legacy


Starting to Consider the 2012 Republican Presidential Possibilities

I guess it is time to start considering who to possibly support for the Presidency on the Republican side. People on the conservative side are getting excited about having a presidential victory like recent congressional one.  I am not so sure about that. I think Pres. Obama may win a second term. Of course, it will delight me to be wrong, but I see him winning like Bill Clinton won a second term through a sea of increased Republican victories in the both Houses of Congress back in 1996.  Well if this scenario plays itself again, having Congress fully Republican with a second termed Pres. Obama will work. If the Pres. tries to put forth agenda items like Obamacare, with a dominated Republican Congress, they will not see the light of day.

As for the possibility of a Republican presidential candidate that could win against Pres. Obama, as much as I like Sarah Palin, I do not think she would win. Left-wingers (those who believe in prayer) are praying and hoping for her to be the Republican candidate, because they are so sure that she would get the same vote totals or less as John McCain got in 2008 against Pres. Obama. Radio right-wing talkers like Neil Boortz, Michael Medved and Dominic Giordano feel the same way.

Early in the last presidential election, I was for Mike Huckabee. If he runs again, I will hold back and see who else stands out, because at this point most of the current prospects are not screaming president to me. I grew to like Newt Gingrich, but he still has character issues dodging him. Michigan Governor Tim Pawlenty wants to run and is making TV talk show visits to increase his visibility. He needs that, because I am sure that a good portion of you reading this are saying, “Tim Who!” Mitt Romney was a possibility with me, until I realized he is responsible for a state version of Obamacare in Massachusetts. He is going to have to come up with some great accomplishments and good ideas for the future for me to reconsider him.

I do not know too much about Haley Barbour except the bad press he initiated in the last month. I admit he comes across like ‘Boss Hog’ to me. Rick Santorum was my Senator who I never voted for while a Democrat. When I did vote for him, he lost. Since then, he has appeared as Fox New contributor, filled in as a sub host for Bill Bennett’s early morning talker, and writes newspaper columns. I am sure he has done more, but I do not think it is enough to get him primary and caucus votes. I haven’t looked into Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels as a prospect. Who knows, he could be good!. New Orleans’ Bobby Jindal’s name is still being proposed. I like him, but his eligibility to serve will come under scrutiny due to the challenges, specifically the one dealing with the natural-born (parents not born in this country) which continues to come up with Pres. Obama.

Senator John Thune and Rep. Mike Pense are possibilities that I could see myself supporting. Unfortunately, 2012 is too early for Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Alan West to even consider running, but if they do, I will jump on their bandwagons right away.