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Sunday Morning Talk Shows – Fail

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The Sunday morning talk shows did serve a purpose many decades ago. They informed the public about what was going on in DC. In the ’60s and ’70s, these Sunday talk shows revealed what was going on in Washington. Back then, politicians rarely spoke to the media. We could only get small snapshots of our elected officials in the morning papers. That was decades ago. Now is different. With 24-hour news channels and CSPAN, we can find out about important legislation as it is being debated. With blogs and the internet, we are plugged in more than ever. As a matter of fact, we can sign up for notifications from our favorite senator/congressman so that every time he/she sneezes we can be texted, tweeted or e-mailed. We can even follow specific pieces of legislation with daily updates.

The Sunday morning talk shows serve no purpose any more. Now that every politician has learned NOT to directly answer a question, these talk shows are nothing more than staged press conferences. Since these shows fail to inform and now serve to pass on misinformation, they are actually hurting our Republic/Democracy. They should all be canceled.

What are your thoughts?

 

By |2012-06-25T00:53:42-04:00June 24th, 2012|Media, Party Politics|Comments Off on Sunday Morning Talk Shows – Fail

Newt Gingrich is not a serious candidate

When this whole presidential hoopla started, more than a year ago, I was surprised when Newt Gingrich announced that he was running for president. I figured that his time had passed. He had been out of Washington for more than a decade, during which time he started multiple enterprises. All of his enterprises seem to be tied into his former political life as a US Congressman and Speaker of the House. Upon further reflection, all of these enterprises seem to require rich businessmen handing money over to Newt Gingrich, because, and this is important, he still had access to power. These enterprises seem to require that Newt Gingrich is still important in Washington. Therefore, I concluded that he really wasn’t running for president, but was running so that he could prove to his benefactors that he was still extremely important person.

Over the first several months of his campaign, my theory held up. He never really spent money on infrastructure or campaign personnel. Instead, Newt Gingrich seemed to go from city to city selling books. He had a lot of early upheaval with turnover in his extremely small campaign staff, but this did not seem to faze him. Then, somewhere in Iowa, it seemed that he began to believe the press. It seemed that he was beginning to become serious about running for president. In South Carolina, his stop seemed to be more about campaigning and less about selling books or any of his other products. Newt Gingrich was serious.

Now, Newt Gingrich was a front runner. I don’t know whether he lost his mojo or whether he did not know what to do with his front-runner status, but Newt Gingrich seemed to lose focus. He is in the middle of a knock-down, drag-out fight with Mitt Romney. He needed to sharpen his message. How is he going to improve the country? How is he a better Republican candidate then Mitt Romney? How could he turn the economy around? Can someone explain to me how a “major” Republican candidate in the middle of a tight primary can even suggest America going to the moon? He said it with a straight face. Did he just say this to please a Florida space crowd? Did he think through this lunar colony?

I think that this is yet another example of how Newt is not a serious candidate. This isn’t the 1970s, where the sky was the limit. Our economy is struggling to make jobs. Europe is on the brink of implosion as Greek debt seems to be an unsolvable problem. Yet, Newt is talking about spending billions of dollars not just to go to the moon but to build a colony. Wow. I can’t wrap my mind around how irresponsible a statement that was.

By |2012-01-27T20:25:34-04:00January 27th, 2012|Elections, NASA|Comments Off on Newt Gingrich is not a serious candidate

They aren’t working for us

When I grew up, in the ’70s, it seemed as if every week 60 Minutes would have a blockbuster story. Over the years, the CBS news program seems to have lost its focus and hard-hitting journalism. Last night, they seemed to be getting back into form. Last night, they revealed that many Congressman, as most of us thought, aren’t working for us. We elect them to represent our interests in Washington. It appears that many of our congressmen are more interested in lining their own pockets than they are in passing legislation that helps the American people. This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue. This is an American people issue.

Here is some information on the Stock Act (here, here and here)

By |2011-11-14T13:34:32-04:00November 14th, 2011|Congress, Legal, Party Politics|3 Comments
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