Constitution day

September 17, 2018

September 17 is Constitution Day.

On September 17, 1787 the delegates to the constitutional convention signed their finished document.

We hope that our teachers will take a moment to explain this to their students.

Originally the Constitution had seven articles.  Articles 1, 2, and 3 described the powers and working of the three branches of government.

We hope that our citizens will take a moment to remind our elected officials that the Constitution exists.

We deserve better

Brutus

 


Pretending to care

June 24, 2018

Please read David K’s post.

Our current congressman could have done more to help a situation that he evidently feels passionately about if he had worked on writing legislation to make the changes he wants.

What he did was grandstanding in my book.

We deserve better

Brutus


Not fair

June 22, 2018

The federal prosecutors in the current school administrator case have admitted that they made “mistakes” by not turning over documents that they were supposed to give to the defense team.

Now the United States attorney for the western district of Texas has stepped in and will prosecute the case.

According to an article in the Times he evidently feels that the failure of his organization to follow the law did no significant harm to the defendants, after all they are accused of committing crimes.

The defendants deserve both a fair and prompt trial.

Their first trial was stopped by the sitting judge over a year ago when it became apparent that the feds had not turned over the documents.

They were evidently ordered to cough them up.

Now we learn that even more documents are about to be produced and they think that there may be still more.

I can only come up with two possible explanations for their behavior–either they are incompetent or they chose not to obey the law.

Shame on them!

We deserve better

Brutus


Ingrates

May 9, 2018

Students at George Washington University have petitioned to change their nickname.

Evidently they feel that being called “colonials” is offensive and oppressive.

Understanding history might be inconvenient to these students.

During the revolutionary war we were in fact colonies of England.  Our citizens fought for our freedom from monarchy and the right to establish our own government.

The “colonials” did something that has changed the course of history to the immense good of mankind.

We deserve better

Brutus


Hiring a bully

April 21, 2018

In both the political and business worlds we are unfortunately seeing more situations where the power of government is used to oppress someone’s opponents.

We see it at both the national and local levels.

Adversaries used to fight in their own arenas but now some are involving government to crush their opponents.

We deserve better

Brutus

 


Border controversy

April 16, 2018

Recently the president of Mexico was quoted as saying ““If your recent declarations are due to frustration over issues to do with internal policy, your laws, or your Congress, direct yourself to them, not to Mexicans” in response to the United States president announcing plans to send national guard troops to help patrol our border with Mexico.

Personally I think that the Mexican president would have a point if President Trump’s actions were based on frustrations over internal American policies.

Instead, the administration is telling us that the moves are designed to stop the illegal immigration that is occurring.

According to a U.S. News and World Report the United States arrested 39,000 people crossing the border illegally in November 2017.

The Epoch Times reported “More than 50,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended by Border Patrol agents along the U.S.–Mexico border in March.” (2018).

That’s the number that were caught.  Who knows how many made it through?

The guard will not actually be patrolling the border.  “These service members will provide mission-enhancing capabilities that allow Customs and Border Protection personnel to provide more law enforcement officers to the field,” said an Arizona National Guard statement.”

This is not the first time that guard troops have been used.  According to an ABC News report:

In 2006 the Bush administration deployed 6,000 Guardsmen as part of the border support mission known as Operation Jump Start.

President Barack Obama deployed 1,200 guardsmen in 2010 as part of a similar mission called Operation Phalanx.

Shouldn’t we fix our immigration system?

We deserve better

Brutus

 


Sign up with the IRS

March 31, 2018

I unfortunately had reason to try to sign on to the internal revenue site the other day.

This is what they suggested the experience would be like:

I chuckled when I read that they think fast is 15 minutes.

Two hours later I still was not able to get it done.

We deserve better

Brutus


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