Through the Eyes of a Dreamer – The Speech President Obama Needs to Give

I don’t believe that the greatest dangers to the America we love lie in the big things.  Syria, Egypt, Iran, Russia, China – yes, there are major ramifications both militarily and fiscally if things cannot be dealt with, and soon.  Obamacare is another biggie.  So is the constant printing of more and more money to juice up confidence in the economy.  The NSA, IRS, Benghazi and Fast & Furious (“phony”) scandals are extremely important and creepy on a level that most conspiracy theorists have yet to fathom.  However, we would not have gotten to this point with the larger issues if we had been taking care of the smaller ones all along.

We need to mend from the inside out before we stop caring about our freedoms and allow the government to systematically take them away because we are apathetic.  We need to end our acceptance of responsibility for all of the faults we are constantly being told Americans possess.   We need to stop listening to the government and wake up the inner voice that made us the greatest nation on the planet for generations.  Furthermore, we need to call the POTUS on his avoidance tactics and hold him to working with us to solve the issues that have exacerbated this mess since he took office.

If Barry sincerely cared about his duties as President, he would restrain himself from making divisive remarks about cases that are best settled within the affected States.  He would surround himself with people to whom he owes nothing politically or personally – individuals with the strength of character to say “No” or to make suggestions that may not necessarily be popular with the West Wing crowd.  Maybe one of those people could honestly assess the tone of American citizens and the issues that are important to us would become important to Barry and Congress both.

So, with that being said, the speech Obama needs to give is this…

My fellow Americans, as President I have been to many states in this amazing country and spoken with people from all walks of life.  I know that I have not been as attentive to the small issues that affect our communities on a daily basis, and I could use many things as an excuse for this, but today is not the time for excuses.  Today is a time for working together toward becoming a whole nation once again.

Too many of our young people are dying from acts of violence, be they gang related or otherwise.  We must ask ourselves why these “children” are turning to outside influences such as gangs, television shows, video games and, on occasion, adults with bad intentions, instead of their families, teachers or members of the clergy.  Is it that these people are no longer available to them?  Is it that the constant use of race as a reason for violent acts on the part of people from all races gives the sense of justification to otherwise senseless acts?  Does it create hatred which spawns retaliation, which in turn creates more violence?  I believe all of these factors have contributed to the problem.  

Since most violent crimes involve illegal firearms, I am proposing today that all states, as well as Congress, review the laws concerning sentencing for those who commit violent crimes while in possession of an illegal fire arm.  I believe these laws need to be far stricter than they are and the length of the sentences should be increased with parole no longer being an option.  Sentences for those involved in the sale of these weapons, and those possessing such guns should be strengthened, as well.  Where the federal government has no jurisdiction, and as relates to non-federal trials in the individual states, I believe that the Department of Justice should not involve itself in those cases nor should we, the government, second guess the decisions made by the citizenry of any state.

When it comes to the private life of the President, my staff works diligently to allow my wife and children their private time, without the intrusion of the media, public or even the government.  It has become clear to me that every law abiding citizen deserves the same respect.  How can you have faith in me or the government employees you pay to protect us if you feel as though you are being treated as the enemy?  Common sense will tell you that America does need some sort of system in place to stop acts of terrorism before they occur, however, stricter controls should be in place to ensure that only those found to be – either through personal observation or electronic surveillance – potentially dangerous to the citizenry need be surveyed via high tech means.  Congress has already begun to re-write certain aspects of the Patriot Act that will be available for public inspection two weeks prior to a vote, giving you time to comment to your Senator or Representative about these proposed revisions.

Lastly, the condition of the education system is far from desirable.  In the beginning of my first term I ended the voucher program due to budgetary concerns.  After several years, I have come to realize this program is necessary if we want those who would otherwise not have a chance at a good education to get one.  It is especially important in those areas of the country that are suffering from bad economic times or are located a long distance from the more successful institutions available to other students.  Parents should have the right to choose the best possible education for their children.  That being said, the governors of all 50 states are being asked to create legislation to submit to their respective Congresspersons that provides for voucher programs.  I am confident that we will have a 100% success rate and vouchers will be available in all 50 states by the next calendar year.

There are many more issues that affect the personal lives of all of us.  I have touched on only a few today.  My pledge to you is that I will address more issues each month and give a reporting to the nation of the status of those solutions already being worked on.  No longer will I be the President who avoids the day-to-day issues of my fellow citizens.  I hope to be the President who jumped in with both feet and helped to heal our nation from the inside out.

Show of hands if you think this would ever happen…yeah, me either.

Martin Bashir Really Gets Me

Things have been weighing heavily upon my mind of late.  My conscience is not clear.  It is true that secrets can poison the soul and I have been keeping plenty of them.

Today I need to clean my spiritual closet lest Karma slam me three-fold into an oncoming bus.  I have a confession to make…

I am a racist.

Yes, I know you are all shocked by this revelation.  I was, too.  In fact, I denied it until Martin Bashir shone the light upon my dirty little secret.  Here are some horrid examples of my racist attitude that I need to share in order to feel cleansed…

  • I do not like Famous Amos™ cookies.  Lord help me, I prefer Pepperidge Farm™.
  • I buy Mrs. Butterworth’s™ syrup, not Aunt Jemima™, because it has a more buttery taste.  Mr. Bashir would most likely conclude that I am subconsciously denying the buttery flavor of Aunt Jemima’s™ product because I am racist.
  • I own a black cat.  BLATANTLY racist!  I know she owns me (as all cats do their humans), but fall back on the same slavery-based language of owning a being that is darker in color than I.  Unforgivable!
  • I have the audacity to adhere to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  I give everyone a chance to do right or fuck up – equally.
  • I believe that the New Black Panthers are no better than the Ku Klux Klan.  I despise them equally.
  • I do not trust or respect Barack Obama.  I feel he is a bad leader for this nation.  Mr. Obama’s policies have taken our nation down two thousand notches in the eyes of the world.  His stubborn refusal to remove people who have damaged our reputation and, either secretly or with flags waving and bands playing, sought to suppress the thoughts of those with opposing points of view disgusts me.  Pure racism.  How do I not end my life now?
  • Oh, and I am no fan of Bill Clinton, either.  Since he was our “first Black President”, I’m certain this adds to the repulsion you all must feel at my declining moral temperature.
  • I detest people who apply the label “Uncle Tom” to intelligent, hard-working, respectable people such as Dr. Ben Carson, Lt. Col. Allen West and Mr. Herman Cain.  They are men to be emulated, not ridiculed simply because they are African Americans and should “know better”.  They do know better – that’s why they are Conservatives. 🙂

Does anyone else see the absurdity in all of this?  Am I alone in thinking that you can dislike what a person does simply because of what they do and NOT because of the color of their skin?  Why is this always the fallback argument?

Barack Obama is not a delicate flower.  He chose to go into politics and he HAD to know that not everyone would agree with him every day.  Why can’t his supporters accept the fact that most people believe that his policies suck big hairy frog balls because they suck big hairy frog balls.  Not because he is half African American.  When he fucks up and the Liberals are mad at him (AP wiretapping, James Rosen, Verizon records seizure, Benghazi, etc.) is it then because he is half white?

“…an arrogant Crown”

Is marijuana legal in DC?  I only ask because our elected officials can’t possibly think pushing health care reform through when a majority of Americans do not want it is a good idea…unless they are high on something.

Either they are stoned, illiterate, deaf or just plain arrogant.  I believe the correct answer is “all of the above”, but what do I know?  After all, I’m just an uneducated, trailer trash redneck living in the foothills of Colorado…or, at least, that’s what most of the Liberals who have commented on my blog seem to think.

I have been fairly quiet of late.  Doing much reading, listening and watching.  Some days I wonder if the government has forgotten the reason upon which our great nation was founded:

Freedom from an oppressive, arrogant Government

This is not to say that the men and women in office today are necessarily oppressive.  I would rather classify them as dismissive of and condescending towards the very people who put them in office in the first place.

Nearly 234 years ago, Americans attempted to communicate their dissatisfaction with the British in a peaceful manner.  Their words fell on deaf ears.  While reading The Real George Washington by Parry, Allison and Skousen I was struck by the similarities between the sentiments of Americans then and now towards the “Administration”.

Read these quotes and tell me that this is not reflective of the atmosphere of discontent in which we currently live:

When suggested that the Americans write yet another plea to the British government, Washington wrote

“Have we not tried this already?  Have we not addressed the Lords and remonstrated to the Commons? And to what end?  Did they deign to look at our petitions?  Does it not appear, as clear as the sun in its meridian brightness, that there is a regular, systematic plan formed to fix the right and practice of taxation upon us?…”

(Just substitute “taxation” with “health care reform”.)

This one from the authors of The Real George Washington –

“In late May 1774 the House of Burgesses had requested that Virginia’s counties hold citizens’ meetings on the rapidly deteriorating state of Anglo-American relations.  They recognized the vital need for a grass-roots movement, for an increased stirring in the hearts of the citizenry.  Only then could America unite.  Only then would an arrogant Crown – a stubborn Parliament – listen.”

Hmmm…sound familiar?

Even though Harry Reid won’t admit it, Reconciliation seems to be the tactic du jour.  However, unless the real reasons for wanting health care reform are money and power, Reconciliation won’t do them any good.  Reconciliation will only allow budgetary items to be push through, but will not help people with pre-existing conditions, etc.  Those things would have to be passed separately.  So, this being said – WHY NOT SLOW DOWN AND COME UP WITH SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN LIVE WITH?!?!

You know, I thought the members of Congress were elected to represent the people of the United States, not the President.  Pretty naïve, huh?  When I heard Pelosi gushing on the Sunday “news” about passing so many items in the Obama agenda I nearly puked from the sugar overdose.  How arrogant of both her and Obama to ask Congress to basically ignore their constituents.  I’m thinkin’ the Anointed One is grooming his daughters for careers in public service.  If not, they will end up with the same crap plan he is trying to shove down our throats.

And, yes, I was one of the nerds who watched the entire health care summit last Thursday.  I have the liver damage from too many Excedrin™ to prove it 😉  Much of it was almost funny.  Almost.  Especially when Obama berated John McCain for “campaigning”.  Seriously? This from the perpetual campaigner himself?  He’s a funny, funny man our President is…

I guess what I would like to see is one freakin’ politician stand up before the American people and tell us honestly why this particular health care reform bill must pass yesterday, admit that he/she is totally ignoring the will of the People and explain the true political motivation behind their decision.  Yeah, right…whose smoking weed now?

Graveyard Politics

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In 1978 I registered to vote for the first time in my life.  I chose the Republican Party because I felt their ideology most closely represented my own.  Although I am Pro-Choice and Pro-Same Sex Marriage, the Republican Party’s stand on fiscal conservancy and small government, their strong support of our men and women in the military and support of the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans were important to me.  At the time, I believed that the Republicans adhered to the laws as set forth in the Constitution more often than the Democrats.

That was then…this is now. 

Many years have passed and Ronald Reagan is just a name self-serving politicians (both Republican and Democrat) throw around when they want to show “We the People” that they are acting out of true Patriotism and not personal greed.  I’m sorry, but simply donning a pair of boots worn by John Wayne does not make you the Duke, quoting the Bible doesn’t make you Jesus and wearing Dolly Parton’s bra is not going to give me a Triple-G bust line.

The other day I attended a seminar given by the Republican Party here in Colorado in an attempt to better understand the Caucus process.  I had attended a Caucus in 2008 prior to the nomination of John McCain as the 2009 Presidential contender for that party.  Having lived on the East Coast most of my life where we voted in Primary Elections by secret ballot, I found the process confusing and felt that my vote really didn’t count.  The seminar did nothing to change my opinion of the process. 

Being a registered Libertarian, I cannot participate in the Caucus.  Fair enough.  The Libertarian Party does not hold a Caucus.  The thing that struck me was how many people in that room considered themselves Libertarian, yet they maintained their Republican Party status so they could attend a Caucus.  The “instructors” told us how to get yourself nominated as a delegate by not associating yourself with a particular candidate.  Then you can go off to Denver and cast your vote your way once you are there.  In other words, even though a majority of the registered voters in your party want you to vote for Candidate X, you can vote for Candidate Y anyway.  Huh?  Call me naive, but isn’t that the kind of crap that got us into this mess in the first place

I felt decidedly out of the loop because my vote and my opinion are of no importance to anyone until Election Day due to the fact that I am an “undeclared” voter.  Uhm…if either party actually paid attention to what is going on in the world outside of Washington, DC,  they would notice that the “undeclared” voters have been the deciding voice in most of our local, state and national elections for the past few years. 

This is not what I envision as a way to change politics as usual.  If anything, it only serves to plant us in a different hole in the same graveyard. 

Just Wild About Harry?

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Looks like Senator Harry Reid will need to go to yoga classes.  He’s going to have to learn the “Bend over, put your head between your legs and KISS YOUR ASS GOOD-BYE!” position pretty damned quick.

Even though the Anointed One accepted Harry’s apology (purely for the sake of party unity, I’m sure), I don’t think the voters in Nevada will be so kind.  In their book Game Change Unabridged, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin reported the following:

Reid “was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he said privately.

Isn’t it funny how Obama’s typical “rush to judgment” tendencies were on vacation when that little faux pax by Reid was made public, but he instantly came to the conclusion that Cambridge Police “acted stupidly”.  Seems to me that Harry Reid’s comments were racist, period.  No investigation necessary.  Talk about “acting stupidly”.

Even my “favorite” little Liberal, Janeane Garofalo, has been remarkably quiet.  I fully expected to see her plastered all over the news crying foul against Harry.  After all, she has an uncanny ability to sniff out racism in places it doesn’t exist.  Here’s a no brainer, sweetie.  What?  No snarky Harry Reid jokes?

Racial remarks seem to be running rampant in the Democrat’s upper echelon.  According to Heilemann and Halperin, the ever-entertaining former President Hillary’s Husband is guilty:

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Hmmm, Billy.  Would he have been doing that from above or below the desk? 😉

Since Teddy is dead (oh, and by the way, so is Michael Jackson…in case you hadn’t heard…yup…still dead…), there is really no way to confirm whether or not these comments were actually made.  I tend to believe it, though, since they were spot-on about Harry.

I know my Liberal friends (and family) will be quick to point out that this book also contains stories about Cindy McCain,  Sarah Palin and others in the Republican party.  I can’t wait to read those myself.  However, my focus is on the two-faced attitude in Washington today.  The Dems have ripped Michael Steele for being an “Uncle Tom”, called Tea Party Protestors “redneck racists”, and taken every opportunity to attack any anti-Anointed One comment as racially motivated.  You see, we can’t just disagree with Obama because his policies are ridiculous.  There has to be some sort of ulterior motive.  We can’t possibly oppose his ideology and want an intellectual debate about the issues.  We must have a racial agenda (and white sheets hanging in our closets, if you listen to Janeane).

Two-faced party-line politics such as this do qualify as one of the Anointed One’s “teachable moments”.  I have learned that, more than ever before, we need to vote them all (Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike) out of office and start with a clean slate.

2009 “Bite Me” Awards

Welcome to the Inaugural Bite Me Awards show.  The Bite Me was conceived in my warped little mind by a majority of my alternate personalities during a marathon game of Beer Pong.  Obviously, I lost.  The award reflects my views on the major events that occurred during 2009.   So, if you don’t agree with my selection of Bite Me recipients, BITE ME 😉

  • The first Bite Me goes to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.   She hemmed and hawed when asked if she had reviewed both the Terror Watch List and No-Fly List.  Well, of course she didn’t have time to perform this “minor” task.  Secretary Napolitano was too busy compiling a list of her own.  This one included returning Veterans, members of certain religious organizations, members of the VFW and American Legion, members of the NRA and people affiliated with several grass-roots organizations throughout the United States.  It is entitled the “Domestic Terror Watch list”.  Janet – BITE ME!!!
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi – Poor thing.  She is obviously operating under the delusion that she is the be-all to end all in the world of…well, in the World PERIOD.  Speaker Pelosi gets a special Bite Me for equating Tea Party protestors to the hateful, anti-gay murderer of Harvey Milk in the 1970’s.
  • Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) has earned an award for this enlightened statement made in reference to the special deals given to certain Senators in order to pass the Health Care Reform bill – “I don’t know if there is a senator that doesn’t have something in this bill that was important to them.  And if they don’t have something in it important to them, then it doesn’t speak well of them.”  Really?  I think this ignorance deserves a very special award for going above and beyond the normal degree of elitist bullshit – the coveted “Constitution?  We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!” Award.

Harry, Harry, Harry…read Article I, Section 8, ¶1.  It appears to me that Congress is in clear violation of Constitutional Law.  Just to make it easy on you, I will quote the referenced section:

“The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises SHALL BE UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES:…”

In other words, darlin’, by making some states exempt from paying certain taxes, etc., you have created an atmosphere of inequity and, thus, are in violation of the law as set forth in the Constitution on September 17, 1787.  (Not to mention that little Tenth Amendment thingy.)  Hey, but what do I know?  I’m just a girl.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder gets a Big Apple style “YO!  Bite Me!”  for transferring the terror trials from military to civilian jurisdiction; a) placing undue burdens on the economies of both New York City and the nation as a whole; b) putting NYC residents, 9/11 Victims’ Families, first responders and, again, the entire country through the emotional turmoil of watching scum like KSM and his buddies spew their hatred in open court; and c) giving terrorists the opportunity to learn even more about our security methods and interrogation techniques.  I believe that you and your boss should be held personally liable if it is proven that any future attacks against American Citizens on American Soil were made possible as a direct result of knowledge obtained by terrorists via court transcripts from these trials once they have taken place.
  • A “Mini Bite Me” goes to both NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (whom I used to have a great respect for) and NYC Mayor Bloomberg for thinking the trials are a good idea.
  • No Bite Me Awards show would be complete without a Redneck, Racist, Gun Owning, Sea Kitten Hatin’, Tea Party Astro-Turfer Bite Me for my favorite Diva of Dementia – Janeane Garofalo!  Unfortunately, Ms. Garofalo could not be here to accept her award in person as she is currently undergoing treatment for depression after learning that both Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin made the New York Times Bestseller List.  We have arranged for a can of Dolphin-safe Tuna to accept this award on her behalf.  (Well, at least there’s a chance the Tuna might say something funny.)

Well, folks, we have come to the part of the evening you have all been waiting for.  In a moment we will award the most prestigious prize to the individual most deserving of our love and respect…according to Him, anyway.  This year’s recipient has had a lifetime of n0n-achievement that has spanned the globe – from the Menteng region of Jakarta to the State of Hawaii he has avoided, evaded, organized, lectured, campaigned and fundraised his way into the highest office in the land. Some of you know him as Barry, Bam, The One or Rock.  Here he is, folks…President Barack Hussein (Soetoro?) Obama II!!!!!!!  Excuse me…What?…Really?  Okay, okay…

Sorry, folks.  It seems the Anointed One will not be here tonight.  As with other important events, he has chosen to play golf instead of accepting responsibility.  Never fear!  We have done well without him so far.  I’m sure we can do without him now and in the future.

I will now present the Bite My Tattooed Ass Award to He Who Walks on Water in absentia.  Barack was chosen for this honor in part because of moments such as:

  • The Beer Summit debacle – His comments 6 days after this incident were classic:
    • “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts,…” (He should have shut up at that point, but NO!) “…what role race played in that [Gates case].  But I think it is fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.  That’s just a fact.”  (Jeepers, Wally.  Seems like the Beav was just a tad out of control there, huh?)
    • Apology Tours I, II and (who could forget Copenhagen) III.  Not to mention the pre-election, “I’m running for leader of the World” Campaign Apology-in-Advance Tour.
    • How ‘bout those heart-wrenching “get me some ICY HOT™ my back hurts” moments when our beloved President bowed before (oops, meant to say “ inspected the shoes of”) two foreign leaders.
    • Last, but certainly not least, the “Do I Really have to interrupt my freakin’ golf game for THIS!?!?” comments made during his oh-so-greatly-deserved vacation in Hawaii in which the Anointed One referred to the Underwear Bomber (gotta love the warm, fuzzy nick names the press gives to terrorists bent on the destruction of our society) as an “isolated extremist”.  Hmmm…that’s funny.  Nidal Hasan was also an “isolated extremist”.  But, didn’t they both communicate with the same Imam?  Gee, babe, they don’t seem so isolated to me.  I’m just sayin’…

That concludes our awards show this evening.  Thank you all for taking the time to be here with me to celebrate the accomplishments of all of our honorees.

I would like to wish each and every one of you (even Ben 🙂 ) a wonderful, safe and Happy New Year’s Eve.  My heart is with our brave men and women serving our nation overseas and at home.

Dirty Deeds

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap?  Not in Congress!

All of the closed door meetings, back alley deals, not-so-veiled threats and intimidation tactics seem as though they belong in a cheesy spy novel…not within the halls of the Capitol.  Can you imagine the fallout if a major corporation was caught using those methods to sway a Congressional vote their way?  (And don’t start screeching that they have.  That is why “caught” is blue.  We’ll just file it under “DUH!” and move on.)  The New York Times would make that a front page story for months.

If we have waited nearly 100 years for health care reform, a few more months shouldn’t hurt.  Note to Senator Harkin (D-IA) – many of those in opposition to this bill are not fear-mongering, they are being cautious.  Wouldn’t you be suspicious of a bill that was drafted in partisan meetings, a bill that has so far only been read by the authors?  Wouldn’t you be outraged by the payoffs and promises?  Sir, I do not believe Corn Husker’s Lotion was intended to be used to grease the palms of a Senator from Nebraska.

All of the in-fighting, personal attacks, late night sessions and midnight votes would be completely unnecessary if this matter could be settled in the most democratic and logical way We The People know.  PUT IT UP FOR POPULAR VOTE.  Allow us to decide our own future!  Then, there would be no question as to whether the American Citizens (you know, those pesky little people who put your sorry asses in office) want health care reform or not.  You wouldn’t have to up your blood pressure meds, spend money on Advil™ or Tums™, eat Chinese take-out or miss spending the holidays with your loved ones.  There would be no Louisiana Purchase, no bribes paid to Senators from Connecticut, Massachusetts, etc.  Just post the bill online and let us bear the burden of this all-too-important decision.  Sounds pretty cut and dried to me!

So, what are you afraid of?  Whether you pass this bill or not, I can almost guarantee half of you won’t be traveling to DC after the 2010 elections.

I can’t HEAR you!!!

The following letters were emailed to me in response to requests I sent to both Senator M. Udall and Senator M. Bennet – both Democrats representing Colorado.

I explained my concerns to both Senators – that I do not support Health Care Reform even though I have a disability.

If this is an example of how well Congress listens to their constituents, we are in BIG trouble.

Boy, I can’t wait for 2010!!!

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your e-mail message. Hearing from Coloradans is important to me. I will respond to your concerns in the near future. In the meantime, I am especially glad you reached out, because it gives me a chance to briefly introduce myself and share with you some of my priorities for Colorado.

Our country faces serious challenges today: rising unemployment, home foreclosures, and companies on the verge of bankruptcy. Congress and the President have set bold goals for our country to address these challenges and lay the foundation for sustainable, long-term economic growth. We must make responsible investments in health care, education, and our new energy economy, while providing much-needed tax cuts to middle-class families. As we do so, however, we must work to reduce the deficit, because economic recovery will be short-lived if we mortgage our children’s future to achieve it.

It will be my mission every day in the Senate to represent all corners of Colorado and do everything in my power to stand up for the natural beauty and Western values that make our state unique. If you need assistance from my office, or if you need help dealing with a federal agency, please use the link below to access our casework form. If you are not a Colorado resident, I encourage you to contact the U.S. Senators from your state directly.

Please send all scheduling requests to Scheduler@bennet.senate.gov or fax to 202-228-4083.

Once again, thank you for contacting me.

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November 22, 2009

Dear Katrina,

Thank you for your recent message to my U.S. Senate office.  Each week, over 10,000 Coloradans send me their thoughts and suggestions.  This unprecedented volume is a testament to the interest that Coloradans take in the issues facing our nation.

Coloradans have contacted my office about the economic recovery bill, energy, the environment, small business, education, health care, and numerous other important topics.  I appreciate hearing from each one of you because understanding your views is fundamental to my job.  Please know that my staff reads each one of your letters and e-mails and keeps me consistently updated on Coloradans’ concerns.

I am honored to serve as your U.S. Senator.  My top priority in the Senate is to provide efficient and effective service to people across our state.  Please know that my Colorado staff is available to handle specific services relating to the federal government (such as help with a passport, claim for veterans’ benefits, or a citizenship matter).  My Denver office can be reached at 303-650-7820.  If you would like to check on a request for services from my Washington, D.C. office, please call 202-224-5941 or toll-free at 877-7-MUDALL (877-768-3255).  Otherwise, be assured that we are reading your comments.

I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation.  My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation’s politics.  For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov.
Warm Regards,

Mark Udall
United States Senator, Colorado

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December 7, 2009

Dear Katrina,

Thank you for contacting me regarding health insurance reform.  I appreciate your taking the time to express your specific views on this important topic facing our nation.

As you know, many proposals have been put on the table for reforming our health care system to make it work for all Americans.  I recognize there are many, often competing, philosophies and ideas on the best way to move forward.  As your Senator, it is my job to listen closely to the various stakeholders involved in this process as well as actively seek out input from across the state to help inform my understanding of what is best for Colorado.  One thing I firmly believe, however, is that the status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable.

As the U.S. Senate continues to debate health insurance reform, there are a number of key requirements which will guide my consideration.  Any health reform must: 1) allow people who like the coverage they currently have to keep it; 2) bring costs down so that all Coloradans are able to cover their families while staying within their means; 3) preserve the critical doctor-patient relationship, ensuring that decisions about treatment are made by those who know the patient the best; 4) call for insurers to provide coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions or medical history; and 5) be fiscally responsible.  By ensuring that these pieces are part of reform, we can provide the stability in health care that is currently lacking for hard working Coloradans – stable costs, stable coverage, and stable quality.  Cost-effective ideas to improve health like emphasizing prevention and wellness programs, early screening and diagnosis, and chronic disease management are just a few pieces of the puzzle that I think can help us get there.

Another important piece to the puzzle is ensuring that health reform expands access to care for those living in rural communities, which is why I recently introduced legislation known as the Rural Physician Pipeline Act of 2009 (S.1628).  This bill is designed to improve health care in rural communities by helping medical schools establish programs to recruit and train medical students who want to practice in rural areas.  The provisions in this legislation are based on a successful program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and there is evidence to suggest that, if similar programs are expanded, as called for in my bill, we can dramatically increase the number of rural doctors nationwide.

Additionally, health reform must include provisions aimed at helping to alleviate the financial burden placed on small business owners who struggle to provide health coverage to their employees.  This is especially true for those small businesses that have seen the cost of coverage grow at such an alarming rate that they are unable to stay competitive in maintaining a talented pool of workers.  Small businesses are the driving force of our economy and we must pass health insurance reform which provides them a pooled marketplace from which to purchase coverage and offers credits to make plans affordable.

Reforming our health care system will not be easy, but it is imperative.  As Congress continues looking for the best ways to meet our nation’s health care challenges, please know that I will always keep the best interests of Coloradans in mind.  Along the way, I will certainly remember your particular thoughts and concerns.

Please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov/healthreform to see up-to-date information regarding the ongoing health insurance debate.

I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation.  My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation’s politics.  For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov.
Warm Regards,

Mark Udall
United States Senator, Colorado

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December 11, 2009

Dear Friend,

We wanted to provide you with an update on the progress of health care reform and our efforts to strengthen – and pass – this landmark legislation. We are closer than ever to accomplishing monumental reform.

We are hard at work to provide you with security and stability with your health insurance, ensure you have access to quality, affordable health care, and rein in out-of-control health care costs. The health care reform bill will put an end to insurance company denials for pre-existing conditions and ensure you have coverage you can count on – that can’t be taken away.

This week we joined 9 other Senate freshmen in announcing a package of amendments that will work to lower costs and move our health care system into the 21st Century. This means less paperwork, less fraud and lower costs. And it means quality time with your doctor and better value for your dollar.

This bill will also protect and strengthen Medicare. Seniors will continue to have guaranteed access to their doctors, home health care providers, nursing homes, prescription drugs and hospital care. We will extend the Medicare trust fund, lower premiums or cost-sharing, increase Medicare benefits and improve access to providers. And we will eliminate co-pays seniors have to pay for preventive care – making seniors’ colonoscopies or mammograms free.

Together, we will continue to fight for a bill that gives patients more choices, reduces costs and doesn’t add one dime to the deficit – all goals that we believe can be achieved with the help of a strong public option.

We can and must pass meaningful health care reform because the status quo is no longer an option. If we do nothing, we will be left with a system that puts profits before patients and leaves millions of Americans paying too much for their insurance or without any health care at all.

We’re optimistic that in the coming weeks we can achieve meaningful health care reform for Colorado’s families.

Your Senators,

Mark Udall and Michael F. Bennet

It is obvious to me that neither Senator has any interest in listening to the people who do not want Health Care Reform as outlined by Congress.  From day one, they chose to tow the party line.  Before anyone freaks out and reminds me that the Republicans are doing the same thing, let me just say I AM FULLY AWARE OF THAT.

When I state that I cannot wait for 2010, I am not only speaking about voting Democratic Senators out of office…I am in favor of sending them ALL home.  Term limits are a beautiful thing.

Valium anyone?

Cartoon by Tim Kelly from cnsnews.com/cartoons The House of Representatives (what the f*** they represent is anyone’s guess) passed their 1,990 page “One small step for the Left, one giant leap into Socialism” bill last night.

Does anyone feel better?

The only thing that was accomplished was the alienation of millions of voting Americans.  Not that it will matter anymore.  Normally, I would plead with you to start working on your Senators.  Let them know that you consider this a slap in the face.  Implore them to vote against the Democrats’ bill.  Will it change anything?  Sadly, I find myself looking at this from a “glass half-empty” viewpoint.

Obama and his litter of uber-loyal puppies in Congress have once again looked down their noses at us in disdain.  Just as they did last week on election night.

“Poor, pitiful little Americans.  The Gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey are meaningless!  NY-23 was the race that mattered.”  Really?  Hmmm…maybe they ought to rethink that.  Owens won because the Republicans can’t get their act together.  The method of choosing candidates in NY-23 is archaic and obviously did not reflect the wishes of the voters in that district.  Had the GOP asked their constituents to choose the candidate to run against Owens, the results would have been much different.  So, Obama’s manipulation of Congress succeeded.  McHugh got a cushy administration job and the Democrats gained a seat.  Score one for “He who walks on water”.

There is one bright spot to all of this.  Chances are the Senate won’t vote on their version of the Health Care bill until after the holidays.  That takes us into 2010, a mid-term election year.  Congress will be debating Health Care while trying desperately to get re-elected.  If we don’t waste this opportunity, maybe we have a chance…

Cartoon by Tim Kelly from cnsnews.com/cartoons

That’s Not Real Love!

Cartoon by Tim Kelly - originally posted on cnsnews.com

Cartoon by Tim Kelly - originally posted on cnsnews.com

Yesterday I posted an open invitation to an adult conversation.  The topic was “Are the allegations about some of Obama’s Czars true?”

I was particularly interested in receiving information from the more Liberal bloggers.  I asked for facts that proved commentators like Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh are way off the mark.

Eighty hits were registered for this post.  However, the only comment I received from a Liberal blogger related to the “About Me?” page on my blog.  Here is an excerpt from that page, and the comment he made:

Quote from About Me?

I have only a High School education.  I chose not to go to college and instead attended the University that is Life.  I believe “horse sense” will get you farther than “book sense” (unless your ultimate goal is to do nothing but solve the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in record time).

Response from blogger –

Funny how so many right-wingers “chose” not to go to college. That explains a lot.

SO, for the reading comprehension impaired, my invitation is as follows:

I would like to hear facts from some of the more Liberal bloggers which prove that the information given by Conservative commentators concerning the Obama administration is incorrect.  I do not want to hear the same old personal attacks, rehashing of past sins, etc.  I am asking for proof.

Let’s give this another shot…