Civility · Government Shutdown · Immigration

Reach a Compromise and Solve the Problem

This week President Trump offered a “compromise” on the stalemate over funding border barriers and the partial government shut down.  Here is exactly what was offered: The President was willing to extend protection to DACA persons and Temporary Protected Status people for at least three years.  During that time, he expected Congress to negotiate legislation… Continue reading Reach a Compromise and Solve the Problem


Graham Crackers vs Animal Crackers

I had the distinct opportunity to work around Congress for 42 years. Over that time span, I witnessed a lot of very good people in both parties trying to work together to solve the nation’s problems. They did not always agree but they had respect for each other and maintained a certain level of civility… Continue reading Graham Crackers vs Animal Crackers


So Many Issues, So Little Time

Immigration Previously I wrote about the caravan that is currently in Tijuana and said that if we allow these immigrants to enter the United States you could be sure that another caravan would be soon on the way to our southern border. They have not waited for that to occur and a second caravan is… Continue reading So Many Issues, So Little Time

Government Shutdown · Immigration

Open Up and Let Me In

In 1961 the Sensations had a song that hit the charts entitled “Let Me In.” Some of the lyrics went “Open up (let me in), I want to come in again. I thought you were my friend.”   This is what I would say to the politicians who have all conspired to close down part… Continue reading Open Up and Let Me In

Government Shutdown · Immigration

Crisis vs. Solutions

On Tuesday evening the President spoke from the Oval Office concerning what he characterized as a major crisis on our southern border. Immediately after his address the Democrat leadership, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, stood united to state they would not give in on any funding for a border wall. Another classic example of both… Continue reading Crisis vs. Solutions


Here We Go Again

It is easy to vote no on things but more difficult to muster the votes necessary to pass legislation.


Who Really Pays Taxes

Now that we have had some time to digest the tax reform bill passed last year we can start to look at the numbers and try to figure out who is making political comments and who is actually telling the truth. First we have to look at the corporate tax rate.  The bill reduced this… Continue reading Who Really Pays Taxes


Wealthy Should Pay Their Fair Share But Not My Wealthy Constituents

When it comes to taxes the left is always demanding that the wealthy pay their “fair share” and denouncing any tax cut that might benefit higher incomes.  In the last tax bill passed by Congress the legislation did two thing that were designed to offset each other. First, they reduced the top rate from 39.7%… Continue reading Wealthy Should Pay Their Fair Share But Not My Wealthy Constituents


Gerrymandering – Who Does It?

The Supreme Court is now considering cases on gerrymandering in Maryland and Wisconsin.  This is a test case that Democrats have been demanding but they refuse to admit that they have actively engaged in gerrymandering congressional and legislative seats as much as Republicans have engaged in the practice.  The problem, from a Democrat perspective, is… Continue reading Gerrymandering – Who Does It?


Underestimating Trump

A friend of mine on Facebook posted an article by David Brooks in the New York Times.  The article was from March 2016 when it appeared that Trump would be the nominee.  He said that he has no .  His theme was the Trump was unqualified and had no ideas, no policies and is unable… Continue reading Underestimating Trump