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So you thought only citizens can vote – shame on you.  Don’t blame the Democrats in Congress, as this was signed into law by George W. Bush.

I will bet that you did not know that our Congress created the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) which has ruled that states may NOT ask for proof of citizenship when a federal only ballot is sought.

Registering to vote with a federal registration form by mail allows the registered voter to vote and never to have to prove citizenship.  This is the work of our federal government.  The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the federal government and the EAC under our Constitution may make these rules as long as it is derived from an act of Congress.


Activists seeking to swell the registered voter lists are using the federal registration as a means of expanding the voter roles with non-citizens.  This is apparently the plan behind the National Popular Vote.

Believe it or not, the EAC has four commissioners with only three serving.  The commissioners must be from different parties – no more than two can be from any one party.    They serve for four year terms and can serve up to two terms.

If you thought that our voter registration system and thus our federal elections were secure, think again.  All the non-citizen needs is a utility bill or register via the motor voter laws.

The Democrats now offer a “Better Deal”!  Can they explain their “Worse Deal” for the last eight years?



Schumer has said Democrats will promise “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future” yet they saddled us with Obamacare and hundreds of additional job killing regulations.  They have slowed the economy with eight years of legislation that can take the life out of any economic growth.  They handed us an anemic gross domestic product, job loss, and low wage growth.

Senator Schumer actually said “In the past, we were too cautious; we were too namby-pamby. This is sharp and bold…”  Isn’t this what Donald Trump has been trying to accomplish?  Aren’t they standing in his way?

Let’s get this straight – they killed our economy and our health care over eight years, providing a worse way and now they tell us we deserve a “Better Way”.  You mean, better than the train wreck they have turned this country into.

Schumer provided some insight into a “A Better Deal,” which would include:

  • a $15 per hour minimum wage, which has already proven to be a job killer where it has been enacted

  • a sweeping child care proposal – isn’t that what Ivanka Trump is working on

  • a $1 trillion infrastructure package – didn’t they do this eight years ago by adding to our debt with little to show for it?  Hasn’t Trump already offered this as part of his plan.  Apparently, he intends to do it right with little pork.

Schumer apparently wants to go after drug companies on price hikes. He wants to go after corporate consolidation and market concentration – doesn’t he know that drug prices need less regulation to drop.  The market consolidation is the byproduct of oppressive democrat initiatives of the last eight years.

As a party they have eradicated the community banks, made mortgages tough to get thus strangling home building and the production of all sorts of materials sh a new home, and stifled small businesses with Obamacare and regulation.  Small business is the lifeblood of good new job growth.

The big reveal he says is that the Democratic Party will not be the party of the past, but aren’t these the same people who are blocking Donald Trump’s effort to deliver a “Better Way” today.

He has also promised to go after the wealthy who try to influence elections, but these folks are now the wealthy democrats such as Bezos of Amazon and the Washington Post, the fraternity from Google and Facebook among others like Tom Steyer https://www.forbes.com/profile/thomas-steyer/ the hedge fund guy out of Silicon Valley.  He would dictate democratic direction by providing or withholding enormous campaign election funds.

Be careful, these folks think we have a short memory and that we do not remember that we have endured the Democratic Party’s lack of economic knowhow for the last eight years.  Their marketing of themselves is a sign that they have no clue.  Snake oil marketing would have more believability.

The Democratic Party is so out of touch with what this nation needs and the causes of that need at their hand; that this new approach is laughable.

I ask that you share this, because those who are not paying close attention need to know.

Hello Congress! Repeal Obamacare and let the States do it, as they see fit!

Open letter to the Senate and the House; pass a repeal of all Obamacare Act law and regulations, effective September 30, 2018 with the following caveat?


All federal funds / subsidies expended on Obamacare on that day stop.  The States can tax and spend how they please on Obamacare, or the like, and Medicaid too.  Or they can just use the money for other matters.

All Obamacare taxes end on September 30, 2018 where they can be legislated by each state as needed, going forward, to support the state’s large or small Obamacare/Medicaid/Single Payer function.

Repeal all Obamacare regulations and executive branch regulation application empowerment effective September 30, 2018.

Enact health insurance purchased across state lines, via the commerce clause, effective January 1, 2018.

Federal, commerce clause driven medical tort reform is enacted effective January 1, 2018.

Essentially all Obamacare, medicaid, or single payer is transferred to the states to be established as the states see fit.  This enactment will allow the federal government to follow the Constitution’s enumerated powers, after September 30, 2018.

Congressional Republicans, you will have successfully moved the Obamacare challenge to the states where it belongs.  It will be off your plate.

The new budget of October 1, 2018 will be free of Obamacare.


term limits

Term limits alone are not the solution for Congress’ failure to represent the people.  Yes, you can apply term limits in a Convention for Proposing Amendments and seek ratification, but this will not squelch the hoard of money tossing lobbyists.  They contribute to House and Senate campaigns, hire Representatives and Senators relatives, and donate to political action committees supporting those in Congress.

Money is the big problem and lack of term limits just allows the intake of the free money to be a long-term largess.  Yes, term limites are needed, but there is more needed as well.

When the Constitution was ratified the intent was that the House of Representatives would be the people’s house filled with citizen legislators, serving one or two terms.  Now the House of Representatives has become a profession.  Graduates move on to the Senate or go to work, making big money, for the firms that hired the lobbyists.

The people, us, are no longer represented, unless a very tight election is on the horizon where our vote is desperately needed.  Mostly  the Voting Rights Act of 1965 took care of needing the people every two years.  This law actually created safe seats for Congressman so they could be reelected ad infinitum.

Are you familiar with the law providing a “Requirement that Minority Group Constitute More Than 50% of Voting Population in Single-Member District”?  Well check out the “Congressional Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act: A Legal Overview.

time served

Some of these folks have finally retired!

Now we are faced with Congressional Representatives representing Majority-Minority Districts and thus to make these districts we also create majority-majority districts.  This gives us safe majority districts, both redistricting methods allow Representatives to serve for twenty, thirty, and even forty years in Congress.  Former Michigan Congressman John Dingell served for over fifty years.  The average is nine to ten years.

At the ratification of the Constitution, Senators were appointed by their respective state legislatures, thus they were beholden to their legislature and not the people.  In 1913, the seventeenth amendment to the Constitution was ratified, now providing for direct election of the Senators by the people.  The start of money being thrown at Senators.

millionaires in Congress

The Senate has become a senior retirement club – a legislative senior activity center, if you will.  Serving twenty, thirty, forty, or mores years is commonplace.  The lifelong vocation of Senator began.  With a six year term, there is little attention paid to desires of the voter, but a whole lot of attention paid to the lobbyists and their money.  The average Senator not only has a war chest for reelection, but also has reached the millionaire club on a government salary – hum!

A byproduct of the extended service in Congress is that Congressman and Senators not only retire as millionaires, but their relatives do as well.  Was this the intent of the founders?

We can solve this abuse of the intent of the founding fathers with a constitutional amendment, assuming we can get the states together to conduct a convention for proposing amendments, under Article V – see Convention of States.

The proposed amendment:

No person shall be elected to House of Representatives more than three times; no person shall be elected to the Senate more than twice.  No person having been appointed to the Senate to fill a vacant seat, shall be elected to the Senate more than once.

The source of all a candidate’s campaign committee contributions, financial or services of value, to a House of Representatives candidate shall not be from any source other than a citizen resident of the congressional candidate’s district.

The source of all a candidate’s campaign committee contributions, financial or services of value, to a Senate candidate shall not be from any source other than a citizen resident of the senate candidate’s state.

No independent entity organized to support a candidate or a political cause may advertise on behalf of or publicly support the candidate or cause within sixty days of the beginning of the general election voting process – starting when the first ballot is cast.

For both Senate and House of Hepresentatives races, campaign volunteers, receiving no compensation from any political campaign committee , of any jurisdiction or state, may contribute volunteer time.

Currently serving Representatives and Senators at the time of ratification of this amendment are exempt from this amendment, for one even numbered year Congressional election after ratification.

In addition to this proposed constitutional amendment, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 must be revised to accommodate a more open and balanced redistricting process.

Surprise! It’s not politics, it’s baseball.

Hope you don’t mind this one time change of pace.


I pity the youth who watch ML Baseball today.  They are seeing a one-dimensional game; no wonder the Home Run Derby at the Allstar game is getting so much press.  It seems we have lost the hit and run, the steal, a well-pitched complete game, the suicide squeeze, the safety squeeze, and the line drive base hit.

We are watching players who cannot slide, sacrifice bunt, run the bases smartly, and most importantly field their position.  Infielders deliver terrible defense.  Hitters are all upper cut swings from their heels for home runs and strike outs are okay.  Especially striking out “looking” with players in scoring position and two outs is just fine. Sharp pitchers are taken out for pitch count with pitching changes based on a formula of whose inning is it.

The brush back pitch is a lost art, so hitters dig in and take mighty cuts.

Infielders simply do not know how to tag out runners anymore.  Slap the glove down right in front of the base and let the runner slide into the glove, but no; today is looks more like pin the tail on the donkey with the fielder trying to stab a tag on a runner who has no idea how to slide.  Infielders no longer try to get in front of the ball, but rather try to backhand everything and all too often do not succeed.

Let’s not forget that the catcher can no longer block the plate so the runner taps him on the shoulder and says “may I”.  Plays as second are so gentle now with the runner basically asking for permission to enter upon second base.

I have watched about 100 games a year since the early sixties and I am getting less and less enjoyment when watching a game.  Yet the players are making millions for delivering a one-dimensional game.  Now it looks as if the owners have juiced of the baseball where it leaves the bat like a golf ball off a two iron.

Is this the kind of game the fans want or do they not know any better?

FBI, DNC, Russians, Trump – Connect the dots game.

Rumors abound that former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was communicating with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the Hillary Clinton email investigation “matter” to block the investigation.

Maybe it is more than rumors.  Here is what we know – you be the judge:

The Clinton campaign regularly referred to the FBI looking into former Secretary of State Clinton’s exposed mishandling of secret and top-secret emails as a “matter”.

Loretta Lynch told former FBI Director Comey not to refer to the FBI investigation as an investigation, but to call it a “matter”.

The FBI investigation of the Russia collusion started with the supposed hack into the DNC email system.

Per Comey, the FBI did not physically examine the DNC server to look for evidence of Russia.  The DNC server was not made available to the FBI.

The FBI then relied on the examination of the server by a private security company called FusionGPS as the source of validation of the Russia hack, per Comey.

Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security stated under oath that DHS offered to examine the emails and server of the DNC, but was denied access.

Wasserman Schultz refutes this statement by Johnson.

We know that the bulk of the Wikileaks hacked DNC emails were about the DNC collusion to block Bernie Sanders for the nomination.

We know that Seth Rich was said to be the one who exposed the DNC emails, by Wikileaks; however, we cannot ask him because he was found mysteriously dead on a Washington, D.C. Street from a robbery, but nothing was stolen from him.  There are many clouds

We know that Fusion GPS was the source of the Russian dossier on Donald Trump from “The Weekly Standard“.

Per the Weekly Standard:

The story began in September 2015, when a wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Mr. Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate’s past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort. The person described the opposition research work on condition of anonymity, citing the volatile nature of the story and the likelihood of future legal disputes. The identity of the donor is unclear.”

This article further states that Fusion GPS has a history of dirty underhanded work for democrats going back to the Romney run for President.  It is an eye-opening read.

Taken from the FusionGPS website

Fusion GPS

is based in Washington, DC and provides premium research, strategic intelligence, and due diligence services to corporations, law firms, and investors worldwide.

We offer a cross-disciplinary approach with expertise in media, politics, regulation, national security, and global markets.

Email: info@fusiongps.com


This was the start of all the phony Russia Trump nonsense that the left-wing media fell in love with.  Why not, it brought ratings and no longer has to be true.

We know that Fusion GPS hired the former British Agent who produced the now totally debunked report on supposedly Donald Trump’s Russia connections.

We highly suspect that the FBI, under Comey, offered this fellow $50,000 to dig up more dirt on Trump.

The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to talk with Fusion GPS, but that Fusion GPS is not cooperating – wonder why?

Back to the DNC server and the accepted certification that the Russians hacked the DNC server by Fusion GPS accepted as fact by the FBI.

Since the DNC has successfully kept prying eyes away from the server emails of Wasserman Schultz that were not leaked, we go back to the emails and Loretta Lynch.

ABC has reported that a bipartisan group of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee is examining alleged Lynch interference into the FBI’s investigation into Secretary of State Clinton’s careless and dangerous handing of her secret and top-secret emails – excuse me “matter”.

We know that our intelligence agencies determined months before the election that Russia was attempting to hack our election systems.

We know that these intelligence services notified President Obama, who did nothing.

We know from the “Washington Post” that the Russians successfully hacked the DNC among other political websites and have all emails and opposition research on Donald Trump.

This means they must have any email chains that may exist between Schultz and Lynch.

These are the dots to be connected:

Fusion GPS that does nefarious opposition research for the Democrats is the sole public source of Russia hacking into the DNC email server.

The DNC is stonewalling the FBI/DHS review of the DNC email server.

Do emails exist between Lynch and Schultz wherein protection, obstruction of justice, was offered to protect Clinton in the FBI “matter”?

Lynch met Bill Clinton on the Tarmac in Phoenix to ostensibly discuss family matters, yet the NSA transcript is classified secret.  Her government plane was set up to record the event.

The smoke is getting pretty think – is there a fire maybe?