Ten days ago, we posted on this site an article written by Mr. Nelson Walker, a guest contributor wherein he made very strong arguments in favor of Congressional Term Limits. In fact, Read the rest of this entry »
As a career, a seat in Congress becomes a conflict of interest.
An incumbent who seeks re-election cannot freely vote his conscience, or his principles, for fear that he is going to offend some slice of the electorate, reducing his chances of re-election. Read the rest of this entry »
Hate crimes have been around for thousands of years. Infamous examples are among many others the Roman persecution of Christians, the Nazi “final solution” for the Jews and in recent times, the “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia and the genocide in Rwanda. These bias motivated crimes targeted Read the rest of this entry »
The five-year old education reform law called ‘No Child Left Behind, a.k.a. NCLB, is for some stupid reason expiring this year and requires re-authorization to continue. Anybody who is vaguely familiar Read the rest of this entry »
In last week’s article, we lamented the fact that members of Congress, more specifically in the U.S. Senate, have shown signs of ineptitude and total impatience with the war in Iraq. While they agreed in May of this year to wait until September when General Petraeus will report on the progress in Iraq to Read the rest of this entry »
Congress has now been under ‘new’ leadership for about seven months and it’s not a pretty picture to say the least. But then, one should not look for pretty pictures when it comes to politics in this country. Whether it is responding to their constituents or following their true beliefs, the Democrats are focusing on ending the war in Iraq and so, it did not come as a surprise that two weeks ago, the United States Senate was once again concentrating on passing a so called Levin/Reed amendment to commence troop withdrawal from Iraq within 120 days and completing it by April 30, 2008. Levin and Reed are Democrat Senators from Michigan and Rhode Island respectively. This amendment also allowed for some as yet undetermined number of troops to remain there in Iraq, further clouding its true meaning (Political Posturing at its best). Read the rest of this entry »
A two and a half week long visit to Germany and the Czech Republic in June allowed my wife and me to get a more direct insight into the lives of family members, friends and strangers we met during our visit. The trip was a wonderful experience since we were welcomed everywhere and the weather played along perfectly. We even experienced a heat wave whereby temperatures reached into the 90’s and the experience was special in that we were coping with these temperatures while staying in homes and hotels without air-conditioning and window screens. But we had a great time and the trip gave us lasting memories to cherish for some time.
But this is not the purpose of this article. Our visit to those countries allowed us a glimpse into the major issues, lifestyles, and interests and concerns of the general population and of course, their political systems. Read the rest of this entry »