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Changing my mind on drug testing welfare recipients. Not just wrong, It doesn’t work..

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As states rush to follow the lead of Florida and other states to test welfare recipients for drug use, new facts are coming to light.  I have to admit, I was gung-ho in favor of  this practice.  But I was wrong.   And the results of testing in Florida prove it.  I, along with most everyone else, missed this one and missed it big.  In Florida, testing since July has shown that welfare takers aren’t any more apt to use drugs than anyone else.   Positives are coming in a little under 2%.  That’s right, two percent.  Savings are about a “wash” for the state.  It’s costing as much to test everyone as they’re saving in denied benefits.  But there are some other under lying issues that  I, for one, had not pondered.  Let’s say the father of 3 kids gets laid off.  He stops by a buddy’s garage to cry the working man blues for the evening.  They drink a few beers and “burn one”.   Are we saying that down the road that we won’t supply food stamps for his children because he burned a joint?  He could be gambling or drinking much more money away, and we would feed the children.  He could be doing much worse with another vice. But, he smokes a doobie, and we cut him off.  No sense in this at all.  Children will suffer.  One the other hand, suppose his wife is home with cancer, or suffering from a neurological disease, and the only relief she gets for nausea or pain, is a toke on the ole peace pipe? (I know the medical pot issue is a whole different can of worms)   But, I think before we pass anymore laws that do not actually save the states any money, we should all take a deep breath, INHALE, if you will. (No pun intended)  But pause and think:  Is this worth it to create a whole new layer of government to administer this in an already too large government as it is?  A new government agency of testing administrators is NOT what we need.   By the way, the laboratories are the only ones who really make out on this. Go figure?

The term “broken federal government” has almost become a hackneyed cliche`.    It has also become  the understatement of the century.   In actuality, government is not just “broken”, it is that the work that the government really does do often harms more than it helps.  I am and ardent Constitutionalist.  I believe in running things by the book.  Constant constitutional re-interpretation is patriotic blasphemy.   Adherence to the Constitution is why I have opposed term limits.  Let the people be free to vote in whomever they want, as long as they want.  If they’re doing well, they’ll get another shot at office.  If they screw up, the voters will fire them.  This is no longer the case.  The people, like so many of the politicians who represent them, have shown that they can be bought and paid for.  “Give me some free stuff” has become the rallying cry of  not just the poor, but the whole population across the board.  The preamble to the Constitution says the government should “….promote the general welfare…” not provide the general welfare.   We’ve never had so many folks on the government take.  This dilutes what is available to the truly needy.  Also, this “entitlements for votes” scheme  has lead to  inept, corrupt, incompetent, crooked, unethical and downright stupid office holders getting re-elected time and time again (Maxine Waters D-CA, and Shelia Jackson-Lee D-TX immediately come to mind).  If they fork over enough entitlements, and aptly spread it around, they’re a shoe-in for another term.  It’s a sad day when the folks can no longer be trusted to vote for the person who will do what is best for the county, but vote in the person who forks over enough “stuff”  to them.  The American voter now selects their office holders by voting like a prostitute.   Voting like whores. And the politicians run like pimps.  My old line of thinking is that we needed some experienced and seasoned representation to keep things smooth.   I no longer feel this way.  Just look what an “experienced” Congress has brought us.   What we need is LIFE experience, not political longevity.  Just look what happened by voting in a President with so little experience in life and business and what this has brought us!  The time has come NOT to  ”fundamentally change America”.  The time is here to reinstate the  fundamentals of American government as intended by our founders.   Neither party can be entrusted with the mantle.  The country needs sweeping reform, not fundamental change.  We need to return to the days of citizen legislators, who serve and then return home.   We do not need a “full time” Congress.  Mark Twain was quoted, “No one’s Life, Liberty or Pursuit of Happiness is without peril while the Congress is in session”.  I think that’s one of his more poignant quotes, and he has been noted for many!  Texas stage legislators meet every other year.  What a practical concept!  The time has come for government to be held accountable.  Constitutional Amendments are in order.  The terms of all Federally elected officials should be strictly limited.  The POTUS should have one, five year term. The POTUS would not be bothered with yearnings of  re-election.  He or she would either do what they thought was right, regardless of the political consequences, or do nothing but play golf.  Either way, the people would benefit.  Congressional representatives should have four year terms (so they’re not always running for re-election) and be held to 3 terms.  Senators should be held to two, six year terms, and NO one should run for re-election after having, at the end of their term, served 16 years.  Additionally, Congress should pass budgets within the scope of the GDP (percentage to be determined by a bi-partisan, non-elected panel).  Balanced budgets would be required, and any deficit must pass 2/3 of Congress and the President.  None of whom would then be paid a salary until a balanced budget is passed and the debt repaid.   Congress should be forbidden from exempting themselves or any other government entity from any law they pass.  All contingencies on states for Federal funds would end.  If a state is entitled to the funds, they should not be extorted into compliance to get it.  The executive branch should be drastically cut and agencies and departments consolidated.  And now for what I am sure will be a shocking revelation!   I want a LARGER CONGRESS!  The average Congressman now represents nearly a million people.  That is a far cry from a few thousand they worked for in the beginning of our Republic.  Congress-persons are simply too far removed from the folks. And states like Montana, with one, at-large representative, have a geographical quandary, and cannot reach everyone they serve.  So, I suggest, as of the last census, districts should be reduced to 600,000 people.  The subsequent count, taken in ten years, should reduce districts to 400,000 people.  This would make Congress more ”local” , and thus more voter responsive.  I truly believe these principles would drastically improve the function of government, but I truly doubt we’ll see the day.  The people have been paid for.

I try to be thankful every day for what God has blessed me with. I am thankful to have been born into a great family that extends beyond parents to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Begin part of a large, loving family is a wonderful blessing. I have been equally blessed with a multitude of good friends, from home and around the country, who have given me reason to reflect upon what they mean to me. I am thankful for the men and women who have bravely defended our freedoms and Constitution. Their sacrifices cannon ever be duly compensated for. I am very grateful for my wife, who sacrifices so much, and works so hard. Without her, I would be at a loss. She is my rock here on Earth. But most of all, I’m thankful for a kind, generous, merciful, and forgiving God, who has bestowed upon me all the blessings in my lifetime. He sent His Son to die for the human race so that we all my be forgiven……..I have received so much more from God, family and friends than I ever have deserved.

   Historians talk about the great elections of the past.  When men with differences that were vastly apart met on the national stage to compete to steer the course of history for our county.  Jefferson v. Adams, Jackson v Adams, Lincoln v Douglas, Cleveland v Blaine, Hoover v Smith, and more recently Kennedy v Nixon, (LBJ not running for a 2nd term) Reagan v Carter….and now Barack Hussein Obama v Mitt Romney.

   In my lifetime, this is the election that stands out.  Even bigger than 1980.  There is so much at stake.  We have a sitting President, who passed the biggest tax increase in our nation’s history (Affordable Care Act) and had the treacherous insight to delay it’s imposition until after he’s re-elected, so as to hide it’s impact.  He bribed, threatened, and coerced legislators to pass it.  It is his lone accomplishment as POTUS.  Additionally, he’s skyrocketed the national debt by $1.25 trillion a year, pushing the country to the edge of a financial abyss.  He hasn’t let the healthcare fraud settle in as his best or biggest coverup.  The ‘Fast and Furious” gun smuggling sting was put into place to create a problem with gun smuggling that didn’t exist in an effort to impose more gun control.  Instituted with the normal Obama Administration level of ineptness, it blew up in his face, and one US Border Patrol agent and 100’s of Mexican nationals fell to their death by these guns.  Hence another coverup.  As if that wasn’t enough, he’s now in the process of covering up the deaths of a US Ambassador and  3 others in Libya.  He has lied about who knew, when they knew, what they knew, and what they did.  Short answer: They watched,via drone-cam, as the Ambassador was killed, and 2 former Navy Seals fought for hours to their own demise, while the administration denied repeated calls for assistance that was only an hour away.  There is no plausible answer for the President’s action (or inaction), except that he’s arrogant, inept, narcissistic, and evil. 

   The continued spewing of class warfare from the Oval Office has seriously divided a nation.  Obama thinks by taxing the wealthy into poverty, those in poverty will be raised up.  It just doesn’t work that way.  We can take all the money the rich have, and  it’s not enough to  offset this spend-a-holic president.  When George Bush ran $500,000billlion deficits (LESS THAT HALF WHAT WE HAVE NOW) Obama said it was “immoral” and “unpatriotic”.  What does he think he’s doing now?  He also told us that if he didn’t “seriously turn this thing around”, his presidency “would be a one term proposition”.  Well, Mr. Obama, I suppose this is another promise you won’t keep. 

   Barack Hussein Obama has given us NO reason to re-elect him.  He’s lied, deceived and covered up crimes that he and his administration have committed.  He distorts employment and economic numbers to favor his bidding.  The country has lost it’s credit rating, and stature in the world.  He bows to Muslim Kings,  plays 100’s of rounds of golf, and his wife spends millions of taxpayer funds jet-setting around the world on her numerous vacations.  All while the American people suffer.  With few exceptions, the liberal media has turned it’s head to Obama’s ineptitude and his crimes.  They are accomplices in this feigned Presidency.

   America is in trouble.  Bad trouble.  We’ve got a President who has poor judgement, no wisdom, no conscience, no business sense and a disingenuous demeanor that we haven’t seen in this office before.   I heard someone say that re-electing OBAMA would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again….trouble is, it’s a country we’re sinking,  and the Captain is not going down with the ship. He’ll likely blame the boats previous skipper anyway.

   Mitt Romney may not be right everything, but when you have a President who gets so little right. He’s the obvious choice. 

   In the future when we elect Presidents, I’d say it would be a good thing to know a little more about the person, BEFORE we elect them. It might be a good idea that they have actually accomplished something.

 

John Hoppy Hopkins

by John Hoppy Hopkins on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 10:59pm ·

There are so many ongoing problems in the Middle-East, it seems that it’s not a matter of ‘if’ full scale war breaks out, but when it does and which event is going to trigger it. Syrian President Asaad continues his brutal actions on Sunni dissenters. This is just another chapter in the multi-faceted turmoil in the region. Recent civil war in Lebanon, Muslim brotherhood throwing out Mubarak in Egypt, Palestinians lobbing rockets into Israel, Iran building nukes (and Israel wanting to take them out) Afghanistan still in chaos, Pakistan (already a nuclear power) unstable and not in control of many regions of their own country, Turkey’s issue with the Kurds, and a dozen or so Arab/African states recently or currently in civil war or in the business of harboring terrorists. Quietly sitting in the balcony seat is an American armed (and heavily armed, I might add) Saudi Arabia, who may end up forced into a game they do not wsih to play. While the world has made it clear, Asaad must go, Damascus has resoundingly reiterated the opposite. He’s going no where anytime soon. Israel, especially with Benyamin Netanyahu at the he helm, is rapidly losing patience with the potentiality of a nuclear Iran. They cannot be expected to wait much longer to take action. When that happens, the attention will quickly be drawn away from Asaad, leaving him to escalate actions against dissenters. At this point, it’s a dice roll as to what will happen. Does Egypt enter the fray? What happens in Iraq? We’ve got an enormous void there compared to the past. Does this bring more insurgency in Afghanistan? Is the U. S. again drawn into a two front war? One in Afghanistan, a second defending Israel. What do the Russians and the Chinese do? Maybe the North Koreans, seeing us embroiled in a double debacle, start more shenanigans in the Pacific. The possibilities are as numerous as they are uncertain. The one sure thing is the Americans will end up front and center. It doesn’t matter who is in the Oval Office. We’ll be in. The big question is who will be at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C? Mr. Obama has already shown a lack of commitment to Israel, while showing deference and an odd humility to Egypt, the Saudis and Russia. Even after 3+ years in the Presidency, we have a leader with little foreign policy success. He readily takes credit for Osama’s demise, but we now hear that he balked dozens of times before actually giving a timid go ahead. And what will Mitt Romney do if he’s the November pick? No one knows for sure, we’ll want to take a long look at who he surrounds himself with. The reality of the situation is that the circumstances are dire. Something is obviously imminent. And no matter what happens, it’s a surety that American soldiers, airmen and marines will be in harm’s way. This road may be a long one. And the road home may be laden with flag covered boxes…..the horrid price that’s always paid in these matters. With this many players in this very deadly game, with blurred alliances and uncertain, untested leaders, the price may end up paying a heavy toll. I can’t say my faith in Obama’s judgment and wisdom (or lack thereof) gives me any solace that we results will be good, but we must prevail. Obama may have inherited this quandary, but he knew what he was getting when he applied for the job. And we knew the same when, as a nation, elected him. He assured us that his diplomatic skills would prevail, and he would ”sit down and talk with anyone”. Now it’s too late to sit down. Talking is falling on deaf ears. Our only option seems to be to wait for who places the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

by John Hoppy Hopkins on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10:15pm ·

Recently, an acquaintance queried me about my adamant opposition to ObamaCare. She stated that she found it odd, with me having Parkinson’s disease, that I would oppose a program that could potentially benefit me in the future. Although I will delve into it more later, my reply was simple, and it just makes perfect sense to me. ObamaCare is bad for the country. That sums it up and puts it in a nutshell. Not that I think it will benefit me. To the contrary, I believe it will be the worst possible event in my therapy. But, even if I did stand to benefit, my support would still be absent. As a patriot, how can promote what I feel may be good for me, all the while knowing in my heart that it’s bad for the nation? I love this country, and I love the Constitution. I’m going to expound on why I think ObamaCare is very bad policy.

It was passed on false pretenses. Obama promised us a ‘transparent administration’, with all debates and hearings to be broadcast in C-SPAN , in a ‘bi-partisan effort’. The exact opposite took place. It was all done behind closed doors, with no Republican input whatsoever. Locked out. Then, Democrat Senators and Congressmen were bribed, threatened or bullied into supporting the bill. We were told by Speaker Pelosi, “We have to pass the bill to see what’s in it”. If there ever was an absolutely ignorant, asinine, and downright stupid political statement made, that one takes the Gold Medal! Obama and the Democratic Congress lied about the bill before, during, and after it’s passing. Why not read the bill before we pass it?

The costs. No one actually knows. Already, the CBO is saying it’s going to be much more pricey than they originally estimated. And their prior assessment was $100’s of Billions more than Obama’s minions have claimed. There is no way to know, but we know this: It’s going to cost a bundle!

Mandatory. The government is now in the business of forcing everyone to buy insurance. What’s next? It’s a good idea for all to have it, but so are other things that would be good to have, but we can’t go down the slope of FORCING citizens to buy something if we’re going to live in a truly free country.

Health care will be rationed. It is rationed in every country that has socialized medicine. Loss of choice, of Doctors and method of care, will certainly be commonplace. Thrusting 37 million people into a system who don’t pay anything for it, will instantly overwhelm the system. All this with no plan for more facilities, doctors, nurses, therapists, et al.

No tort reform. With a trial lawyer on every street corner, the malpractice business has to be reformed. Healthcare reform with no tort reform is like drilling cavities and not putting in fillings. The Democrats missed a golden opportunity to really cut costs, and of course they opted for the trial lawyers campaign coffers.

Unconstitutional. Regardless of what John Roberts says, the government has no business mandating purchases. Period.

There are countless other examples of bad policy in the bill. There is very little good in it that isn’t offset by the bad a hundred-fold. It doesn’t need an overhaul, it needs repealing.

The day may come when I’m in an insurance quandary. I may eventually be on disability. Democratic policies may put more money in my pocket, but destroy the nation I love. That’s a price I am not willing to pay. It’s not about what’s best for me alone, it’s about preserving the Republic. I will not vote like a whore. I will vote like a Patriot.