Archive for the ‘Term Limits’ category

Presidential Straw Poll

February 21, 2007

I recently added a new widget that allows you to vote for the your favorite presidential candidate on my personal blog, because this site does not support html.  Click the link here and you will notice the widget in the right hand column.  You can vote for one Republican and one Democrat, and you can vote once weekly.  Check it out and voice your opinion!

Elitism in politics

February 10, 2007

 

One of the more unsettling aspects of today’s political landscape is the blatant elitism that runs rampant through Washington.  Karl Rove recently said in defense of the President’s open border policy:

“I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.”

Yes, let’s let the lower class people do that stuff…we’re too good for that.  Please!  Even the author of the article, who is chastising Rove, refers to himself as being in the “educating elite”, and refers to Mexicans as “little brown people”.  The author acts as if they…as children, should try their hands at that type of work so they can relate to the commoners, but then they can skip up to the position in life they are entitled to.

And then there are the Democrats…Nancy Pelosi thinks she needs a bigger jet than the previous speaker of the house, because she has to fly farther (California vs. Illinois).  I don’t intend for her to hitch a ride across country whenever she needs to get from California to Washington, but it wasn’t like they were flying her in a two-seater…it was a jet!

How do we expect people like this to really represent us.  Granted, Rove isn’t an elected official, but it is still a good example of the mentality of the people we elect.  They are our saviors, and we are the lowly people doing work they wouldn’t think of doing, because it is beneath them…we are beneath them. 

When will they realize that the work everyone does in this country is incredibly important for our country to continue to be as great as it is?  One day maybe we will get back to politics they way our founding fathers intended it to be…where “we commoners” are more involved in politics, instead of the career politicians. 

Senator Ted Stevens, and the need for Term Limits

February 3, 2007

 

Here is an old post I wrote for another blog that dealt with the need for term limits.  This is just one small example why we need to have political reform on a massive scale in this country.  It is important that  we look at the destructive actions so many people in Washington have, when it comes to leading our country into the future.

Republican Senator Ted Stevens made headlines several months ago when he gave a speech in which he called the Internet a “series of tubes”. That wasn’t all he said…here is an excerpt I pulled from Wikipedia :

“Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got… an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? […] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.”

Senator Stevens was the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This committee has a big impact on all of the issues that have arisen due to increased utilization of the Internet. Allow me to just put two and two together here…the same guy that made those comments was involved with making incredibly important decisions about the INTERNET!

OK, most of us heard about this a long time ago, but it really is a great example of why we need term limits. Senator Stevens is currently the longest tenured Republican in the Senate, having served since 1968. When you have someone that has been entrenched in Washington for 38 years, how can we expect them to be able to address issues that are important to the country? How can they still be in touch with us? They can’t. Term limits would allow people from all walks of life…including people with technology expertise, to serve in congress.