Our Political Parties Have Flipped

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All through my childhood(1938-1952) my Dad told me that the Democrat Party was for the working man. He said that because during the depression President Roosevelt continuously invented new  programs to create jobs. In the process he socialized the country with some pretty huge bureaucratic agencies that we are still stuck with today.

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The SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC) was created to serve as a watchdog on the stock market.

The FEDERAL HOUSING AUTHORITY (FHA) provided low interest loans for new home construction. The HOME OWNERS LOAN CORPORATION (HOLC) allowed homeowners to refinance mortgages to prevent foreclosure or to make home improvements.

The UNITED STATES HOUSING AUTHORITY (USHA) initiated the idea of government-owned low-income housing projects.

The PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION (PWA) created thousands of jobs by authorizing the building of roads, bridges, and dams.

The NATIONAL YOUTH ADMINISTRATION (NYA) provided college students with work-study jobs.

The NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD (NLRB) was designed to protect the right of collective bargaining and to serve as a liaison between deadlock industrial and labor organizations.

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My Dad wouldn’t let go of the line that Roosevelt is for the working people. As I listened to Donald Trump’s acceptance speech this week Dad’s words kept rolling through my mind. There was a part of Trump’s speech that sounded more Democratic than Republican. Here are a few excerpts:

“I have a different vision for our workers. It begins with a new, fair trade policy that protects our jobs  . . .”

“I am going to bring our jobs back our jobs to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America and I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way, without consequences.. . . ”

“I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers . . .”

“My opponent, on the other hand, wants to put the great miners and steelworkers of our country out of work and out of business. That will never happen with Donald J Trump as president. Our steelworkers and are miners are going back to work again.”

These quotes sure sound a little democratic to me.

“So what?” I asked myself, so he is for the working people. At this point in time, he is dead right. America has lost millions of jobs to China, Mexico, Costa Rica, Singapore, Viet Nam, South Korea, Japan. You name any country, and most likely we have exported jobs there. This has resulted in the largest re-distribution of wealth in the history of the world, that is until Obama started. All of the wealth has come from the middle class.  Why did we give all those jobs away? It was because of high labor costs.  In my  opinion it was the result of labor unions refusing to understand the need for business to profit. They became too greedy, and obnoxious during their negotiations.

Lately, all I hear about is how Hillary is taking big money for her speeches which she delivers to countries, banks, and big businesses. She won’t even release the transcripts of her speeches so we the little guy can learn from her high priced wisdom. In years past, the Republicans were always the ones who supported big business.

What has happened to the political parties in our country? They seem to have flipped in their philosophies. With the middle class shrunk to near zero, the democrats had to re-invent themselves in order to survive. Bill Clinton has set an example that I’m sure Obama will follow. Clinton invented a money laundering scheme which he calls a charity, and is living higher than he did as president.  Thankfully, Trump has solidly embraced the working man over the lobbiest-world of campaign contributions.

We the people have finally recognized this phenomenon, and are in the process of correcting it. On the other hand the democrats have learned to love the benefits of really big money coming their way. They are no longer satisfied with We the People except for their votes. As soon as they are elected they forget all about the little guy. While  Republicans have always supported the money, they seem to be drunk on campaign contributions and a super easy job as Senator or Congressman. They also forget about us after we elect them.

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What we need is a clean slate filled with honest people who want to serve the country. The Constitution won’t allow us a clean sweep. By design the Founders deliberately set up the system to enable a smooth flow of government without an overload of new talent that could endanger the country. What they failed to realize is that the Congress would make their positions a career and that there is an overload of people who have been in office much too long. A Congressional Convention will be necessary to revise the Constitution to add term limits. If the US Congress is anything like the Illinois House they will reject term limits every time it comes up. Why would they vote on a proposal to lose a high paid cushy job?

So what do we do next? Let me know your ideas in the comment section below.

 

 

Atheists Beware, It Is Funny

An Atheist in the Woods
An atheist was walking through the woods one day, admiring all that
evolution had created. “What majestic trees! What a powerful river!
What beautiful animals!” he said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes
behind him. Turning to look, he saw a 8 foot grizzly bear beginning to
charge towards him.

He ran as fast as he could down the path. He looked over his shoulder
and saw that the bear was rapidly closing on him. Somehow, he ran even
faster, so scared that tears came to his eyes.
He looked again and the bear was even closer. His heart pounding in his
chest, he tried to run faster yet. But alas, he tripped and fell to the ground.

As he rolled over to pick himself up, the bear was right over him, reaching
for him with its left paw and raising its right paw to strike him.

“OH, MY GOD! …”

Time stopped.

The bear froze.

The forest was silent.

Even the river stopped moving.

As a brilliant light shone upon the man, a thunderous voice came from all
around:

“You Deny My Existence For All These Years, Teach Others That I Don’t
Exist; And Even Credit Creation To Some Cosmic Accident. Do You Expect
Me To Help You Out Of This Predicament? Am I To Count You As A
Believer???”

Difficult as it was, the atheist looked directly into the light and said, “It would
be hypocritical to ask to be a Christian after all these years, but perhaps you
could make the bear a Christian?”

“Very Well,” said The Voice.
The light went out.
The river ran.
The sounds of the forest resumed.

. . . . and the bear dropped down on his knees, brought both paws together,
bowed his head and spoke:

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“Lord, thank you for this food which I am about to receive.”

Random Thoughts?

Subject: Random thoughts of a Senior citizen !
Laugh more, it makes you live longer!

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The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.

My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.

My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.

I always wondered what the job application is at Hooters. Do they just give you a bra and say, “Here, fill this out?”

Denny’s has a slogan, “If it’s your birthday, the meal is on us.” If you’re in Denny’s on your birthday, your life sucks!

The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I’m pretty sure she’s going to get me something.

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On average, an American man will have sex two to three times a week. Whereas, a Japanese man will have sex only one or two times a year. This is very upsetting news to me. I had no idea I was Japanese.

I can’t understand why women are okay that JC Penny has an older women’s clothing line named, “Sag Harbor.”

I think it’s pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.

What is it about a car that makes people think we can’t see them pick their noses?

Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Ellie, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.

It Is In the Air

FOOTBALL IS COMING SOON

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1. “Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble the football” – John Heisman

2. “I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.” – Bear Bryant / Alabama

3. “It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle, you can hear it!” – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

4. “At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money, and we don’t have any.” – Erik Russell / Georgia Southern

5. “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” – Lou Holtz / Arkansas – Notre Dame

6. “When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath / Alabama

7. “A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” – Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

8. “There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” – Woody Hayes / Ohio State

9. “I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.” – Bob Devaney / Nebraska

10. “In Alabama , an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.”

– Wally Butts / Georgia

11. “I never graduated from Iowa. But I was only there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.” – Alex Karras / Iowa

12. “My advice to defensive players is to take the shortest route to the ball, and arrive in a bad humor.” – Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

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13. “I could have been a Rhodes Scholar except for my grades.” – Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

14. “Always remember Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.” – Shug Jordan / Auburn

15. “I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn’t recruit me .” He said,”Well, Walt, we took a look at you, and you weren’t any good.” – Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State

16. “Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.” – Bobby Bowden / Florida State

17. “Football is NOT a contact sport, it is a collision sport. Dancing IS a contact sport.” – Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

18. After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post-game message to his team was, “All those who need showers, take them.” – John McKay / USC

19. “If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.” – Murray Warmath / Minnesota

20. “The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb.” – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

21. “We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches.” – Darrell Royal / Texas

22. “We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.” – John McKay / USC

23. “I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.” – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

24. Ohio State ‘s Urban Meyer on one of his players:”He doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn’t know the meaning of a lot of words.”

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25. Why do Tennessee fans wear orange? So they can dress that way for the game on Saturday, go hunting on Sunday, and pick up trash on Monday.

26. What does the average Alabama player get on his SATs? Drool.

27. How many Michigan State freshmen football players does it take to change a light bulb? None. That’s a sophomore course.

28. How did the Auburn football player die from drinking milk? The cow fell on him.

29. Two Texas A&M football players were walking in the woods. One of them said, “Look, a dead bird.”The other looked up in the sky and said,”Where?”

30. What do you say to a Florida State University football player dressed in a three-piece suit? “Will the defendant please rise.”

31. If three Rutgers football players are in the same car, who is driving? The police officer.

32. How can you tell if a Clemson football player has a girlfriend? There’s tobacco juice on both sides of the pickup truck.

33. What do you get when you put 32 Arkansas cheerleaders in one room? A full set of teeth.

34. University of Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh is only going to dress half of his players for the game this week; the other half will have to dress themselves.

35. How is the Kansas football team like an opossum? They play dead at home and get killed on the road.

36. Why did the Tennessee linebacker steal a police car? He saw “911” on the side and thought it was a Porsche.

37. How do you get a former Illinois football player off your porch? Pay him for the pizza.

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