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WHY DOES THE GOP WANT TO BE REWARDED FOR PAYING BILLS?

The GOP states they have America’s best interest at heart while refusing to pay bills that they the Congress approved. This is not about a deficit. America’s deficit is currently dropping at a record rate. Yet, the GOP does not want to pay America’s bills unless they get something in return. What average American can honestly say they tell the Gas company or the Cable company or their landlord or mortgage provider that they are not going to pay the bill until they’re given some incentive to do so?

Think about it. “Look, I know I’ve been watching cable television all month and the cable bill for next month is due, but I don’t think I’m going to pay you until you buy my daughter a new bike.” How about, ” The family and I had a wonderful time at Sea World this summer and I’m looking at the charges now on my Visa and I’m not really feeling paying for that now… UNLESS… we can work something out with my son’s orthodontist. If you can go halfies on some Invisilign Braces I’ll pay my Visa bill for another two months.”

Congress is doing what has never been done before, wanting extra perks for something every American has to do without incentive except for possibly  losing their homes, attaining a horrible credit score or not being able to send their children to school. Americans have to, must pay the bills they’ve accrued with no extra promises, no pats on the back and no hoopla. GOP you want to represent Americans? Do what Americans do, they pay bills.

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THE WEIGHT OF THE GOP ON AMERICA

As long as they get what they want…

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The Politics of Life Can Be Bad Theater – If You Allow It

As the theatrics of Washington continues, try to keep the theater in your personal life at a minimum. The politics of every day life has it’s ups and downs. We often wonder who is in our corner and who is not. So with that in mind, this was shared with me and I thought I would share it with you.

Theater Of Life

Life is a theater… invite your audience carefully. Not everyone is holy enough and healthy enough to have a front row seat in your life. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not going anywhere relationships, friendships or fellowships. Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention….. Which ones fit and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth up hill and which ones are going downhill? When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse? Which ones always have drama or don’t really understand? Which ones know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you? The more you seek God and the things of God the more you seek quality, the more you seek not just the hand of God but the face of God the more you seek things honorable… the more you seek growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the FRONT ROW and who should be moved to the balcony of your life. You cannot change the people around you…. but you can change the people you are around. Ask God for wisdom and discernment and choose wisely the people who sit in the front row of your life!
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The Digital Political Endorses The Re-Election Of President Barack Obama

They shouted, “You Lie” at a state of the union address. They allowed their party to be commandeered by a fringe faction that marched with poster portraits of the President portrayed as Hitler. They play cat and mouse with embracing and supporting a movement that questions the President’s natural born citizenship. They have blocked the confirmation of his appointees through filibuster, committee or procedural minutia more than any President in modern history. Day one of President Obama’s inauguration, the newly elected GOP Congress pledged that for four years their mission would not be to legislate for a better America, but for the defeat and failure of the newly elected president. They refuse to admit how deeply their flawed policies created the economic trench that America finds itself still digging itself out of nor any acknowledgment that it all happened under the watch of a GOP President. In fact, they have banished that President from party functions.

They have embraced a platform that is intent on reversing Roe vs. Wade and seeks to maintain government control over a woman’s body and reproductive rights. They support immigration reform that blindly treats all undocumented immigrants as enemies of the state with no recognition to age nor circumstance and create laws that allow anyone with brown skin to be detained on the suspicion that they do not belong in this country.

They have nominated a candidate for President of the United States that would have made the decision to allow the American auto industry to go bankrupt and believes that 47% of US citizens have no desire to be self sufficient and are content to look upon government for handouts and a quick fix for their lives. He believes in an antiquated “Trickle Down Theory” of economics where the wealthy continue to receive tax breaks despite our economy being unable to sustain them.  He believes preventative medical care equates to a trip to a hospital emergency room during the eleventh hour of a heath related calamity. He refuses to be forthright and open to the electorate when it comes to tax returns, off shore bank accounts and programs he will cut (Big Bird excluded) in order to balance the budget.

On the other hand, the President does have his flaws, the most glaring has been his inability to use the full weight of the White House as a means to pressure a GOP Congress to pass his agenda or at least a negotiated version of it. Lyndon B. Johnson he is not. But this has not been due to a lack of trying. Though his brief time in the Senate t is not what one points to when trying to get elected to a higher office, it is the difference between Obama and LBJ. Johnson spent years in the Senate and was a master at gamely manipulating the fulcrum of the Oval Office for the good of the country and his agenda.

However, Obama is not the only President to have struggled with the knack to coax the opposing party his way.  John F. Kennedy and his short term in the Senate before ascending to Presidency proved to be his political achilles also. President Obama, came to office seeking change and mistakenly believed those already there also wanted movement in the partisan status quo. He would quickly learn there is a reason Washington stays the same. Power.

Yet, President Barack Obama has his assets and his pros far out weigh his cons. His greatest asset is that he understands that government and governing is about more than the economy. He understands the direct correlation between government and living an everyday life and that its size is not dictated by a grand idea, but by the human condition of its citizenry of the time. If the government is of the people and by the people, it should reflect the needs of the people and be as fluid as a people’s needs in an ever changing world. As one who has studied and taught Constitutional law, Obama respects the fact that anything less than a caring government goes against the good faith in which it was created. On other fronts such as, the impact of Hurricane Sandy and its devastation and the clear statement it makes about climate change, the housing market, the jobless rate, immigration, the rights of women and the rising disparity between the rich and poor which is facilitating the shrinkage of the middle class and turning citizen against citizen, there is no time greater than now that we need Obama’s clear eyed vision of how efficient but caring government must coexist with the cultural and financial advancement of America and the world.

Finally, on the world stage as he does at home, President Obama posses a temperament, when placed in crisis mode, that reaches out to those in need, yet as in the mission to seek Bin Laden, is hard, calculating and disciplined. He understands the consequence of military intervention on friends, foes and the families of our service personnel. He is not impulsive and looks for a peaceful solution before looking for the trigger.

It is for these reasons and many more which can not be embraced in a single article that, The Digital Political resoundly supports the re-election of Barack Obama for a second term as President of the United States Of America.

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