Thursday, May 31, 2007
I'm surprised it took this long to rank countries based on such an important topic. The only other powerful indicators of world peace might be the Nobel Peace Prize and Amnesty International; also, the Carter Center, headed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter reports its own findings, from its "waging peace" around the world.
The troubled U.S. government openness and transparency conditions contributed significantly to its low ranking. A high level of trust between public officials and the general public only exists when our candidates, who run for office, are both honest and accountable; this would be especially attainable in a national electoral system that is fair and equitable among its political parties.
Monday, May 28, 2007
As for the people, they're not right all of the time. But in crises they do what is correct.
In 2008, do what is correct-- vote for true leadership.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
This campaign helping by lobbyists is wrong-- they should not do favors for potential lawmakers before they may get elected! It makes common sense-- future legislative work should not be contingent upon previous campaign assistance. Vote YES for lobbyist bundling disclosure.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
HR 2316 and HR 2317, ethics bills moving through the U.S. House of Representatives, must be voted on for debate on the floor. Our elected Congresspeople must vote yes on having a debate, if they are to foster a high level of trust with their constituents.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Another good example of power grab politics is the way the redistricting process was handled in Texas a few years ago. Then U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay from Sugarland, Texas, bullied his peers in the Texas legislature into passing a biased political re-alignment of U.S. House districts in Texas.
For the good of the country, let us progress in electoral politics. True leadership by our two major parties-- the Democrats and the Republicans-- respects constructive ideas, even if it's from a political minority. A flourishing of parties in the political process is a sign of a healthy republic.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
California and 11 other states have passed bills to cut global warming pollution from cars. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is standing in the way. Yes, the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Agency [emphasis mine].
In spite of a recent Supreme Court ruling urging the EPA to FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING, they have not taken the first modest step of granting states a routine waiver to cut auto emissions. Please, do your part-- ask the EPA Administrator to grant California's waiver to regulate car emissions; help pave the way for statewide global warming actions across the country.The EPA is doing damage right now by not helping. The fight against global warming starts at the local level, and states are having a stronger effect than our feds.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
The Fellow will provide assistance to people facing discrimination in the workplace, at school and child care centers, at correctional institutions, and in places of public accommodation; the ADA receives about 300 requests for assistance each month. ADA's legal advocacy program uses a four-step approach to fight discrimination: educate, negotiate, litigate, and legislate. It has developed educational materials, negotiated standards for fair treatment of people with diabetes, brought federal and state lawsuits and administrative actions, and changed unfair state and federal laws.
The strongest motivation for community service is often not a government program, but people who personally get involved through organizations privately built to fight societal ills.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Why would our Chief Executive Officer choose someone who hates to notify the public about even minor safety concerns? I graduated with a degree in management, and I can tell you it's not good business to harm your customers-- if your product is defective, you should immediately notify it's owners, apologize profusely for the carelessness, and offer a replacement free of charge. We shouldn't have a CPSC anyway, because a company is fully responsible for the products/services it provides.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I understand it's early in the presidential race for 2008, but the strategy among the others was blatant: display confidence! And chat, chat, chat.
If I were a voter against the war and against government encroachment in my private life (and I am like most people), then there was only one choice tonight at the Republican presidential debate: Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
Today, a very active charity is the American Diabetes Association (ADA). It is the nation's leading health non-profit organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Freedom of association has always been vibrant in America, and the ADA is a successful example of inspired volunteerism.
There are many ways to serve your community, depending on the gifts and talents God has blessed you with. Do your part to support others that are in certain areas of life not as fortunate, whether that be health, family, education or any other quality of life.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
What's that phrase, "don't throw the baby out with the bath water?" The FEC, like other regulators, is uprooting good people while targeting those that are bad. Of course, it's not their fault, it's Congress' for limiting personal freedom in the interest of fair play. Let's not stop with some regulations, however; let's include many government "services" that have been refined and honed so much that the original programs are now bogged down by beaurocracy.
How about the phrase, "if all else fails, read the Constitution"-- you'll be amazed of the foundational guidance for governance it provides!