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If there were not radical republicans, there would be no fiscal cliff. We had a deal, modeled on the Boyle Simpson Plan, that balanced cutting expenses with raising revenue. Obama, Mitch, and John Boehner all signed off on it. They just had to take it back to their members and get their approval….

That was 3 cuts to 1 part revenue enhancement.

The Tea Party Republicans said no; it had tax increases on the top one percent. They could not vote for any tax increase on the top one percent. Bottom 99%? No problem; they were totally on board with taxing poor people. Just no tax increases for the top 1%….

And so, sequestration was brought into the agreement and …. here we are… Trying to stave off sequestration….

We have this crises because of the Tea Party Republicans. (Remember, the regular Republicans were all on board).

The Tea Party Republicans are the ones currently pushing Boehner not to agree… If we go over the fiscal cliff, it is solely because of these Tea Party Republicans, many of whom were voted out this past November for being too radical and basically nuts.

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Mitt Romney:  I  HAVE A BOLD, FIVE  POINT PLAN THAT WILL GET THIS COUNTRY MOVIN’ AGAIN……

1)   Achieve energy independence

2)   Trade that works for America

3)  Provide Americans with the skills to succeed through better public schools,

4)   Cut the deficit, reducing the size of government and getting the national debt under control ..

5)   Champion small business.

For anyone born before 1996, this is all completely new….  but for the rest of us;

2004  George W. Bush….. I  HAVE A BOLD, FIVE  POINT PLAN THAT WILL GET THIS COUNTRY MOVIN’ AGAIN……

1)   To encourage investment and expansion by restraining federal spending, reducing regulation and making the tax relief permanent.

2)   We will make our country less dependent on foreign sources of energy.

3)   We will expand trade and level the playing field.

4)  We must protect small-business owners.

5)  We must cut Federal Spending.

Then there was John McCains bold new plan.

John McCain — I  HAVE A BOLD, FIVE  POINT PLAN THAT WILL GET THIS COUNTRY MOVIN’ AGAIN……

1)  I will open new markets to our goods and services..

2)  I will cut government spending.

3)  We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice.

4)  We all know that keeping taxes low helps small businesses grow and create new jobs.

5)  We’ll produce more energy at home.

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See any similarities?    Here is the proper Obama response…

“We tried that.

We tried that in 2004.  Four years later we had an re-election of that policy in the middle of a economic collapse.   My previous opponent, John McCain, lost to me, because he held too tight onto that same platform;  he didn’t change from what we all saw, didn’t work… .

Now let me show you, what does work….

Over 5 million private sector jobs created since my team took office.

New housing starts now higher than when I took office.

Consumer confidence now higher than when I took office.

A Stock Market now higher, than when I took office.

Gas Prices, now down to about the same as three weeks before I took office

General Motors again became the largest seller of cars in the world.

Coal exports are now the highest since 1981.

More homegrown gas and oil drilled in the United States then before I took office.

Natural Gas Prices a hell of a lot lower now than when I took office.

Renewable Energy, off the charts higher now than when I took office….

Middle America is paying far less taxes than when I took office.

So don’t you go chasing after the first $5000 suit that says he can do better…  Do it like your grandparents did… Say .. “Show me… Show me how this will work, cause I’ve already seen how it don’t work….  I saw in 2004. I saw in 2005, I saw in 2006,   I saw in 2007. And I sure as hell saw it in 2008…”.   Now don’t tell me discussion about your track record in Massachusetts is now off limits, cause governor… even Texas Republican Rick Perry called you out to say, ‘boy,  you sure messed up there…..

Cause bottom line is… what we did… worked… Together, we, the people, put ourselves to work and together, we did this… We said, let’s get this done, rolled up our sleeves, and we did it…  This is really about you, your work, your effort…  And now, the other side is saying,  we need to change direction because  YOU didn’t work hard enough…  And now, the other side is saying, we need a change in direction because YOU didn’t work cheap enough; and now the other side is saying we; need a change in direction because YOUR collecting benefits that cost too much…   Well, I got news for the other side…  We pulled ourselves up after you knocked us down with your 5 point plan!  We pulled ourselves up, after you pulled the rug out from under us with your five point plan.  We pulled ourselves up, after you crashed the economy following a laundry list that does nothing but put OUR money into your’s and your friends pockets. and call it a 5 point plan…..  We’ve been there, Mr. 5 Point Plan, and we aren’t going back again Mr. ex-President Bush,   or is it Mr.  ex-presidential hopeful  Senator John McCain,  or is it the shape-shifting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, one day a moderate and the next Attilla the Hun.. … Doesn’t really matter who it is, it’s exactly the same plan… no matter whose face it is wearing…

America, we have seen what works.  We have seen what doesn’t..  We’ve won our regular season…  They lost…  We got just one more big game, and then….  It’s time to take this country off to the playoffs….

The impetus for this came from a thread over at Delaware Liberal, discussing crime around Adams 4 Shopping Center in Wilmington, in the number one unsafe city in America…

Those of you that follow me regularly know that every once in a while I get an idea and run with it, just to see how viable it works. I did so here and you are welcome to ride along….

Is there a religion out there that centers around imbibing alcohol? If so, I haven’t heard of one… I would think things would get rather tense, after inhibitions wore off and everyone started getting sick… But there definitely are religions centered around marijuana and peyote… two natural highs…

So the thought occurred to me… What would Wilmington be like if you gave everyone free pot? Don’t even worry about the cost if the city bought it… instead of burning it in WV, the DEA could just cut in and put in on a Norfolk Southern train car… so consider it a free remedy… What would Wilmington be like?

Have you ever shot a gun while on a marijuana high? In fact, the thought of pulling out a gun never occurs to you. And with free pot, the walls especially in summer seem to be closing in, so everyone in the neighborhood, would congregate outside on the streets… And if some straight person did come in from out of town, the bullet fired would travel along in s l o w motion, and everyone would have plenty of time to limbo around it.

So you have a bad day at work… and a bad commute home… It doesn’t matter… In minutes your with neighbors smokin’ a bowl… Soon the best jokes ever told come out into the air, and everyone is bent over laughing…

The city is full of social problems… How many would having free pot solve?

Unwanted pregnancy… solved. Can’t get it up. No sex.
Robbery; pot is free, one doesn’t need drug money.
Fighting: never happens when everybody love everybody
Violence: even if started, by the time you stop laughing, it is all forgotten.
Drug Sales: who could sell crack when pot is free? Keepin’ my money dude.
Drug violence: head honchos would remain straight, but everybody working for them would be floating on moonbeams. No suburban girls driving in for pills, if pot was free. There would soon be no money coming in; the business would have to move.
Traffic accidents: pot smokers are very conscientious drivers.
Crack Houses: don’t need them; you can smoke pot openly on the street.

Since there would be no crime, police working that beat should be allowed to smoke too, It would improve bonding between police and community. The population would be overall healthier from all the natural cures that marijuana can supply…

And then there’s guns. I think if everyone is high, even the NRA would think taking guns off the street would be an enlightened idea. It would aid the community spirit. Plus, after you lit up the entire block with some good bud, all you had to do was ask nicely and all the guns would be brought down to you…. no explanations demanded…

Simply put, if you remove the guns, and dissolve the anger, and create a positive friendly environment, you fix the problem….

In fact the only foreseeable problem requiring any expenditures, is that Wilmington doesn’t have any Taco Bells in its downtown region… That would definitely have to be rectified before we begin giving out free pot…

For sure…

Yesterday, Va Gov. Bob McDonnell, Neb. Gov Dave Heineman, and Jack Markell addressed the governor’s association conference. This conference took place in the old House of Burgesses just off Duke of York Street in Williamsburg. In the very same room, beneath the same round windows where Patrick Henry, George Washington, James Monroe, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson once debated the merits of independence of breaking away from Great Britain, these two men addressed the governors on upcoming changes to the Medicare system due to the Affordable Care Act.

From the preamble, one thing was perfectly clear. Even though the same parties split the association of Governors and those in the hallowed halls of Congress, the inability to compromise and work together, is not present in the Governors Association. The problem is Congress.

Governors work together and learn from each other. Whether Democratic or Republican, the primary consistent problem from each and every governor, was the ineptitude of Congress to get things done. There are many questions today, that need answered. Partisan rancor has completely stopped Congress from working. That impacts governors as you will hear.

“The worst day in the states is better than the best day in Washington.” — Markell

“The buck stops at the governor’s desk. 49 of us have balance budget requirements….. We can’t print money.”–McDonnell

We would like the Federal Government to make decisions about the budget. We won’t agree with it. We just need to know to make our own budgets.

“Math is math. We spend a considerable amount of time looking at the math, and realize there is a considerable cost….. to doing nothing. If people are not covered,… they are going to get care at the most expensive place possible, and that is going to cost all the rest of us with insurance in what is termed uncompensated care. That cost is quite high… As we run the spreadsheets, this is not political, this is financial, We need to cover 30,000 more people. We are looking at what kinds of resources we can expect from the Federal Government, and what kind cost will be asked of the Delaware taxpayers. My view is that this could absolutely be a good deal for Delaware taxpayers. For us, this looks to be a good decision. == Markell

“Medicaid expansion without reform is not responsible. … Two things, we were not expecting…. One that it was decided on a tax and not the Commerce Clause. The other, by a 7-2 ruling the court said it was not proper to penalize states who refuse to expand Medicaid by penalizing their current funding covering their existing Medicaid base… That opens some new options. This gives some options that a lot of us did not be expected to come from that decision.” == McDonnell

“We have to move away from a sick care system. where providers are paid on how many procedures they do, on sick to a well care system where they are payed on how well they keep people healthy. each state can come up with their plan on how to do that. We have a couple of pilots going on in Delaware. The Medicaid expansion is the right thing in Delaware. We got to move from the sick care to the health care system. == Markell

“What you are hearing is a great discussion. We are probably going to have 50 different solutions to this problem. I respect the fact that Jack is going one way, Bob another way, and we are probably going to go a different way.” == Heineman.

“It is not all about conflict. It is about working with each other The impact of the presidential race cannot be overlooked. I don’t want to spend taxpayers money, both federal and state taxpayers money in building an exchange or expanding a program that may look completely different in 6 months. Romney has said, on day one he’s scrapping the plan and starting over….” == McDonnell.

“We are 5 months from January 1st. I don’t see Congress doing anything till after November elections.” == McDonnell

“The President and Congress need to act. Bob makes a decision every day. Jack make a decision every day. I make decisions every day. The Congress and the President, don’t. … I would like Congress and the President to step up and make these difficult decisions and then go away on vacation for a couple of years.” == Heineman.

“Uncertainty makes it difficult for us as governors. It certainly makes decisions difficult for business executives who are deciding where to make investments. Trillions on balance sheets around the country are awaiting for a decision from the Federal government in order to determine which way they should go in re-investing in this country.” == Markell

“I wish the Federal Government would let each state determine how they want to determine eligibility and distribute the benefits. … What I need to do in Nebraska is different from what Bob needs to do in Virginia, and Jack needs to do in DE, not to mention New York, Massachusetts, or California. I would like to see co-pays exist so you got a little skin in the game.” == Heineman

“Jack and i agree. There are many things that can be done apart from the federal government within our own states in finding solutions to funding our own problems. But unless we get some federal relief, we are not going to get these reforms done== McDonnell.

“Every governor would like less stings attached to funds that are provided. Too often the Federal government has a certain way the money must be spent. One size does not fit all. Some are meant for big cities that certainly don’t apply to rural states like Jack’s state or my state. == Heineman

“We need to have answers to questions like what would be the Federal and state ratios be on the insurance exchanges? “== Heineman.

“If all the governors were together I bet we could find a solution. I just wish Congress and the President could do that.” == Heineman.

“Your focus is on 2012. Mine is on 2016.. I’m working with these two guys to have a bipartisan party run for president. I’m not sure yet who is going to be at the top of the ticket, but I’m going to be their campaign chairman.” == Heineman.

I’m trying to put all your ideas together into one package. So, let me get this right… All you are asking is for, is a country where:

1) There is no universal healthcare.
2) Few entitlement programs.
3) Low Flat Tax System.
4) Faith based Government.
5) A deep reverence for God.
6) Extremely strict rules against abortion.
7) Marriage has already been strictly defined as between man and woman.
8) Homosexuality is a sin, and illegal.
9) Dress Codes are strictly enforced.
10) Tattoos, piercings, baggy pants, are banned.
11) Has the Death Penalty which they aren’t shy about using.
12) Strong private school system with religious focus.
13) Widespread dependency on oil and natural gas drilling.
14) Growing nuclear program
15) Nonexistent environmental nuisances
16) Culture that promotes family and stereotyped roles for men and women.

I’ve endeavored to put all your values on one page. I share your frustration because today, ever since 2008, it seems like America is moving further and further away from these values.

But you don’t have to be frustrated anymore. I have looked far and wide and have discovered a place already in existence that has those values in place, and more. If you sorely long for those values above, it is sincerely a place where you and your family would be very happy.

It is Iran.

You don’t have to pay me. I don’t need any commission. Just glad to help a fellow Delawarean out…. No problem.

On the green at Lexington, April 19th, 1775, two sides stood forth, eye to eye, musket to musket…. the tension, the silence, neither side wanting to be the one to strike first…..

Then, a shot was fired… and after all the muskets had discharged, each side blamed the other….. 8 Americans dead; one British wounded….

In their glee, after being mustered into General Assembly, their commanding officer allowed them to fire a victory shot….

It was premature…

By the time those troops had returned to Boston, 19 officers and 250 of Britain’s finest, would never experience another fine spring day….

TODAY, MEGAUPLOAD WAS TAKEN OUT….. To show the Entertainment Industry that politicians who were in their pocket, would not waver, the orders were unsealed … and FBI arrested 4 people, and shut down the server in Virginia….

The New York Times quoted FBI sources that this was the 13th largest entity on the Internet up to the moment it was shut down.

This was not a domain move. This was taken out; shut down. The IP addresses do not work.

Curious, with enough outrage, this could elevate Ron Paul’s candidacy. He is the only candidate today, protecting the Internet. He seems to be the only one who understands that the loss of liberty, is taken in tiny steps. The gassing of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust, was the culmination of a long chain of freak events, any of which a vigilant society COULD HAVE STOPPED…..

This could stop Obama in his tracks. This is the equivalent of taxing tea. Everyone uses the Internet.

Everyone has benefited from MegaUpload.

The shot has been fired. Time to line up on either side.