I donÃ¢ÂÂt know about the rest of you, but I have had it with all of the political gamesmanship being played with our hard earned money.
While our Ã¢ÂÂelectedÃ¢ÂÂ officials enjoy CEO-style perks, the rest of us have to live within our budgets and all the while watch as our tax dollars are squandered by those elected to spend it wisely.
My income is taxed; my house that is paid for is taxed and everything that I purchased is taxed with all of that money used to pay for government-local, state and federal.
I donÃ¢ÂÂt have a car and driver furnished for me to shuttle me to and from meetings. I donÃ¢ÂÂt have a gym provided to me free of charge. I donÃ¢ÂÂt have a paid staff to help me with my job duties. I donÃ¢ÂÂt have free medical benefits and I sure as hell donÃ¢ÂÂt have a pension, compliments of the U.S. taxpayerÃ¢Â¦but if I did, it might just insulate me from the reality that everyday citizens are struggling to make ends meet. It might cloud my judgment when spending someone elseÃ¢ÂÂs money.
When I go to the polls in November of 2012, I am going to vote for ADULTS; people who have properly gauged the state of our nationÃ¢ÂÂs financial condition and who can sit down as adults, have adult conversations and make mature decisions that more accurately reflect sound money management.
I am tired of the fear tactics being used by BOTH parties. I am fed up with Harry Reid, who is nothing more than a five-year-old boy in the body of a 71 year-old man. I cannot look at or listen to Tim Geitner without thinking about anything lower than whale scum. He more than any other single individual brought this country to the brink of economic collapse in 2008. And Nancy Pelosi; Nancy, you donÃ¢ÂÂt have the big gavel OR the big hammer anymore. Go away!
I am not a big fan of Michele Bachman, but she has more grit than Rooster Cogburn and more class than a 1937 Mercedes Benz 540 K. She is principled, intelligent and leaves no question on where she stands on the issue. This is not to say that I would vote for her, but I would seriously consider it. Oh; and she engages in debate like the grown up that she is. Plus; she is sticking to her promises made to her constituents, including not raising the debt limit and pushing for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
I thought that we had a thorough-bred in John Boehner when he became the Speaker of the HouseÃ¢Â¦
Then; he cried.
John! We cry at funerals and our kidsÃ¢ÂÂ weddings and maybe the birth of our grandchildren.
We DONÃ¢ÂÂT cry after we have been elected to the third most powerful position in our federal government. Every time you go in front of the cameras, I wonder if I am going to see a tear form in the corner of your eye. Many of us grew up in tough times just like you. We did our fair share of crying THEN. It made us tougher NOW. Man up and go kick Harry ReidÃ¢ÂÂs ass.
And what about Obama?
He is still organizing. He isnÃ¢ÂÂt leading; heÃ¢ÂÂs lecturing with that condescending tone. He acts as if heÃ¢ÂÂs still on the campaign trail. If I played as much golf as he does, I wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be able to hold down a full time job. He likes to brag about how he can afford to pay more in taxes. Well, Barry; then stop taking advantage of all of those deductions and loopholes and write that check to the Treasury. I happen to think that I pay enough.
And where has Scott Brown been? You know; the guy from Massachusetts who was going to save the country? Did his pick up truck break down or what?
Paul Ryan has been noticeably invisible. After he failed to get his plan passed, did he take his balls and go home?
God, I miss Joe Liebermann. I thought that I would NEVER say that, but at least you knew what you were getting with Joe. He was almost a liberal Republican, if there is such a thing.
ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, FOXÃ¢Â¦
Chuck Schumer, Chuck Todd, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Barney Frank, Chris Mathews, Dick Durbin, Stuart Varney, Jay Carney, Glenn Beck, Jesse Jackson, Ann Coulter, Ben Bernanke, Keith Olbermann, Janeane Garofalo, Michelle Malkin, Al Sharpton, Rush Limbaugh have all been to the Ã¢ÂÂhyperbolic chamberÃ¢ÂÂ and for the past several months have managed to keep the countryÃ¢ÂÂs knees knocking with their non-stop, doom and gloom diatribes.
What about our Bills? No; not those kind. I am talking about Bill OÃ¢ÂÂReilly, Bill Maher and Bill Cristol.
Bill OÃ¢ÂÂReilly enjoys mixing it up with an administration that is STILL blaming Bush.
Bill Maher; I took you more seriously when you were a mildly entertaining comedian. Now that you are a mouthpiece for the Far Left liberals, we no longer find the same things funny.
Bill Cristol makes very good points, but itÃ¢ÂÂs hard to understand him. He talks as if he only has about 20 percent of his lung capacity. And his presentation of his position on an issue doesnÃ¢ÂÂt come off as scary of the others.
Stop with the commentary and REPORT the NEWS! I donÃ¢ÂÂt want your opinion. I have one of my own. I want to listen to newsÃ¢Â¦NOT your take on the news. Support whomever you want on YOUR time and stop wasting MY time. Try to remember why you got into journalism in the first place.
I am fed up with all of the name-calling and all of the hyperbolic comparisons to terrorists and hostages and other diabolical synonyms.
I am going to start the Pea Party and say, Ã¢ÂÂPiss on them allÃ¢ÂÂ.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs time to get rid of all of the career politicians, re-tool the Constitution to keep power in the hands of the PEOPLE and secure a better future for the elderly and our kids.
To most of those named in this article? Well, letÃ¢ÂÂs just say that I am going step away from them for awhile. We need some time away from each other. I have to re-evaluate their impact upon my Ã¢ÂÂreasonablenessÃ¢ÂÂ.
For a democracy that is 235 years old, it seems like it has a lot of growing up to do or at least the people elected to discharge their duties in accordance with the Constitution do.
Oh and this just inÃ¢Â¦
We have a Ã¢ÂÂdebt dealÃ¢ÂÂ.
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