I, for one, completely understand what Congress is doing. You see, when I was 11, I had my own bat and ball. I was the only kid in the neighborhood with a bat and ball. And when the game wasn’t going my way, I would take my bat and ball and go home. That would end the game and really teach those other kids. The only difference between me and Congress is that I grew up! What in the world is going on?
I have always considered myself a Republican. I think the reason is that I believe in strong national security. And through the years, I have seen the military being cut to the bone by the Democrats and grown and nourished by Republican administrations. That’s a message that doesn’t go unnoticed. The other issue I’m big on is fiscal responsibility and the Republicans get better marks there.
I’m not a fanatic on right to life or a woman’s right to choose. I understand both sides and wish them well. I strongly support the Second Amendment, but have no problem with large, dangerous cities using their police powers to try to control hand guns. And, I can’t think of one legitimate reason why a private citizen needs to have an automatic weapon.
Now that I am no longer 11, I don’t understand what Congress is doing. During my military career, I had the good fortune to attend the Army War College. One of their main messages was, “what got you here is not going to work for you in the future.” As a junior officer, everything was black or white. No shades. Orders were followed and never questioned. Now, as a senior officer you had to deal with people who could say, “No.” What you did as a junior officer would no longer work. You couldn’t tell Congress you wanted so many tanks and so many artillery pieces. You had to be willing to negotiate and compromise. I remember what went into The Civil Rights Act of 1968. Both sides of the isle fighting for what they believed in and then compromising for the good of the country.
That’s probably why I am so unhappy with Obamacare. It wasn’t both sides negotiating for the good of the country. It was one side ignoring the other side and forcing the law down its throat. And it was passed in the dark of the night without hardly anyone knowing what was in it. BUT, it passed Congress and was signed by the President and the Supreme Court decided it was constitutional. It may not work, but it is at this particular moment, the law of the land. If it fails or turns out to be a disaster, I’m sure we can fix it or get rid of it. But for the House Republicans to take their bat and ball and go home is really stupid. The country deserves a budget and the Republicans are going to take the major blame for this idiotic trick.
I have something I call GM Speak. That is when senior officials from General Motors only discuss issues with other GM officials. Everybody will agree, but it may not even be close to correct. There is also Army Speak. Same thing. Now, we have “Tea Party Speak.” As long as they just talk to each other, they will all agree. And it won’t be until the Democrats control everything that they will wake up. I heard ex-governor Palin talking about a third party. That’s a great idea. Let’s split the Republican Party because some of those rascal Republicans are too close to the “center.”
The American people deserve to have their government funded. If something, like Obamacare, doesn’t work, it will be changed or thrown out. The Republicans in the House are so far out on a limb that I don’t know how they can recover. They may be secretly hoping for a hurricane. I don’t even think that will work!
Written by PJ Rice at www.ricequips.com