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Government For the People, By the People

I receive breaking news from Politico.com (great website, btw). Yesterday I got the following alert:

Addressing the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack from Hawaii, President Obama acknowledged failures in gathering intelligence that could have prevented it.   “When our government has information on a known extremist and that information is not shared and acted on as it should have been,” Obama said, “a systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that unacceptable.” The president blamed the incident on “a mix of human and systemic failures.”

I’ll go out on a limb and predict the following… the left will blame Bush, the right will blame government in general and/or Obama. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s have a real discussion…

Government is a necessary element to a free and stable society. Whether protecting the population from terrorist attacks or regulating the banking system, government needs to work. The most amazing thing is that despite the billions of dollars spent on agencies including Homeland Security and regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, we continue to see examples in which these bodies fail in their primary mission.

It strikes me that the tired old argument of more government vs. less government is just a red herring that needs to stop. The real discussion that our leaders should be how do we make our existing government work?

This is not politically sexy and can’t be solved by political zingers or by just throwing money at the problem. In fact, most of the changes that will need to be made will come from the agencies themselves and from dedicated career government workers who are trying to get a job done, but need to deal with a regular shifting of people and priorities that are politically decided when a new president is elected.

Bureaucracy has been demonized as a word and therefore becomes a political weapon against any politician that gets serious about government reform.

Idiotic and politically charged statements such as “government death panels” galvanize an already leery segment of the population that sees government as an overarching radical entity that is out to get the individual. This environment makes it tough to tackle real reform that is desperately needed.

Government is here to stay. It is necessary. The size and scope is debatable. However, it’s time for both sides of the political spectrum to come together and demand a common goal… government that is both efficient and effective.

Just my humble opinion – Glenn


Please Pass the $550,000 China. Yup. That’s Right. $550,000 smackers for plates. Dinner better be good…

What is the world coming to? ABC News reports tonight that President and Mrs. Bush — just 2 lousy weeks before leaving office, ordered $550,000 worth of new china. What kind of message does that send to America? Bush proves that he really is the most out of touch President in history, and that Katrina, the economy, his move to a former whites-only neighborhood — they weren’t just aberrations. 

Click on the link below (or copy and paste it) to watch this unbelievable story. Kudos to Ann Compton for the story.

First Lady Debuts New Bush China

The new Bush “White House”

George Bush brings all new meaning to the word “White House.”  Pres. Bush got himself new digs in an upscale Dallas suburb called Preston Hollow. Just 8 years ago — not 20, not 40, not 60, not in the throes of the civil rights movement or segregation, no, just 8 years ago, someone like Colin Powell or Secretary of State Rice couldn’t couldn’t move next door to the President. Why? Not because they couldn’t afford it — although most of us in the midst of this financial crisis can’t (thank you very much, Mr. President). No, it’s because of the following legal covenant, the text of which can be found by clicking here:  meaders_estates_covenant1. In case reading the whole thing makes you vomit, here is Section 11 of the covenant: “Said property shall be used and occupied by white persons only except these covenants shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of different race or nationality in the employ of a tenant.”

Hopelessly out of touch. That’s the real Bush legacy.

P.S. Congrats on finally saying the “R” word. It’s so refreshing to finally hear you say that we’re in a recession instead of the usual political double-speak that goes something like this: ‘well, the economy is growing at a more moderate pace than we would have hoped which is leaving a lot of people in the uncomfortable position of having to re-double their efforts to find that true can-do American spirit that will lift us out of these hard economic times.’

Bailout Bill Signed Into Law

President Bush today signed the largest financial bailout bill in the history of the world. The financial bailout bill represents over $700 billion dollars that the US Treasury will have at its desposal to purchase bad debt from financial institutions with the goal of easing the ever tightening credit crunch that is currently spreading throught the world.