Even some of us Republicans do not support the right-wing wackos.

March 31, 2015

Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, is overstepping common sense. But that’s what politicians do.


Can’t we just get along?

March 6, 2015

For those reading this blog that do not already know, I am a Republican. One of THOSE guys! But a reasonable one, I hope. On Boehner’s decision to bring Netanyahu to the states, I disagree. They should both be locked up.

But it is what it is, and time will tell. I do believe that Iran should not be allowed the bomb, though Israel is not going to wipe them off the map. But I blame mostly the American politicians who have been taking cash bribes from Israel and defense manufacturers. For decades! And I blame Boeing and Lockheed for helping to corrupt our leadership and country. War is profitable, and we must block the corruption. Today America is no better than the worse.

But I’m 77 and have little left at stake. Except for my wife and 7 grandkids and 3 greatgrandkids. Unfortunately our politicians seem free of such ties, so here we are.

I keep thinking, can’t we just all get along? What would happen if we had a world where nobody harmed or stole from anyone else? What would happen with ISIS? What would Iran do?

But war is profitable and politicians are corrupt. We, the public, are screwed, though we deserve it. Were it not for our politicians on the take, would Israel even have to worry?

Unfortunately, even Israel’s politicians take bribes.

But what if they didn’t? What if corruption didn’t exist? How can America rule the world with dirty hands? How can people respect us?

Now the R’s have the wheel. Will they blow it?

January 7, 2015

Originally posted on Moneyed Politicians:

Probably. They talk big now, but the cash bribes will soon flow to our esteemed lawmakers.

By Jack E. Lohman

Yes, ObamaCare must be repealed. NOW!!! It never should have been passed in the first place, but cash talks. Ask Sen. Max Baucus. Or your esteemed president Obama.

ObamaCare should be repealed and in it’s place inserted single-payer. All US citizens and taxpayers should receive the SAME health coverage, unless you are in the 1% and choose additional services. And taxpayer funded, like police and fire services.

It should have been, but wasn’t, put in place that way the first time around. But the money from the insurance industry was heavy, and we had Senator Max Baucus in the loop. Insurance money flowed to both parties, and stupid voters keep drinking the Kool-Aid. So what could go wrong?

We now have a chance to fix it, but will we?

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Now the R’s have the wheel. Will they blow it?

November 12, 2014

Probably. They talk big now, but the cash bribes will soon flow to our esteemed lawmakers.

By Jack E. Lohman

Yes, ObamaCare must be repealed. NOW!!! It never should have been passed in the first place, but cash talks. Ask Sen. Max Baucus. Or your esteemed president Obama.

ObamaCare should be repealed and in it’s place inserted single-payer. All US citizens and taxpayers should receive the SAME health coverage, unless you are in the 1% and choose additional services. And taxpayer funded, like police and fire services.

It should have been, but wasn’t, put in place that way the first time around. But the money from the insurance industry was heavy, and we had Senator Max Baucus in the loop. Insurance money flowed to both parties, and stupid voters keep drinking the Kool-Aid. So what could go wrong?

We now have a chance to fix it, but will we?

The smartest thing we could do is eliminate health care costs from employers and employees and the unemployed, but someone has to pay for it.

How about the same people who are paying for it now, the citizens of the United States???  ALL of them!!! Now paying in one form or another!!!

Yea, they call that socialism. Terrible, isn’t it? Country after country — SOCIALIST COUNTRIES!!! — have taxpayer-funded-healthcare. And it WORKS!!! AT HALF THE COST!!! For-profit ripoffs have been eliminated!

 

Guaranteed, had we passed public funding of campaigns years ago, where politicians got their money from taxpayer coffers instead of special interest bribes, today we’d have single-payer or Medicare-for-all health care.

YES there are problems with “government control!”

AND private-control!!! Life’s a bitch, and I hate government bureaucrats. But CEO personal greed is no better, and there are ways to prevent it:

The VA system, properly modified, could play a role. It ALREADY HAS salaried physicians. We need “PRIVATE OVERSIGHT”, “clear” fraud prosecution, and of course, more hospitals. The government should buy up all of the private hospitals and meld them into it’s VA system. And HIRE all of the private personnel.

But the politicians get campaign bribes from the insurers, and the media ultimately gets the campaign bribes. The current system is broken and the politicians and media want to keep it broken. And the bribes to continue flowing. And the fat cats love it.

So… what’s for dinner?

 


So, a change in power. If one crook fails, we try another?

November 8, 2014

As a life-long Republican, most of my friends are pretty decent but still with their heads in the sand. They “think” their politician is honest, but totally ignore who funds (and owns) them. Our nation is broken, and our politicians want to keep it that way. And they set the rules, until we vote!

By Jack E. Lohman

But our people — the dumb-ass voters — don’t yet understand. They drink the Kool-Aid and “think” they have the ear of the politicians. Whichever side. But they don’t, and until we get these political bastards working for the people, rather than the other way around, it is the way it is.

Let’s change it!!!

At 77 I’ll likely be gone when the shit hits the fan, but if we don’t fix it soon we’ll experience a bloody and deadly rebellion. With guns and bullets! Remember the constitution and the NRA? Remember the Civil War?

Yes, Walker made it…

But without my help. I voted Third Party, throwing my vote away with the rest of the 1%. Mary Burke was not an option for me, and Walker is part of the problem. I do not favor moving the crooks to the top.

We must, absolutely MUST (!!!), get the crooks out of the political system.

Here’s how:

  • Public funding of campaigns (mandated, not an option!) Prohibit politicians from “taking” bribes.
  • Instant Runoff or proportional voting, to give 3rd parties an equal chance.
  • Double their salaries, but only IF the country is prosperous.
  • Create a non-partisan “private” oversight committee (we probably already have one, let’s make it effective!).
  • Redistricting by computer and panel of nonpartisan judges.
  • A None-of-the-above ballot choice. And if it wins, a new election ensues.
  • Blackout of lobbying employment for 5 years after leaving government (members and staff and other government employees).
  • Prohibit government’s hiring of lobbyists for staff positions.
  • Term limits (no more that 6 years in elected office) or banned forever if convicted of a felony.
  • Congress members must put all finances in a (REAL!) blind trust.
  • Members cannot buy stock or invest, other than through their legitimate blind trust, or share congressional intentions with outsiders.
  • No staff bonuses. Salary is enough.
  • Ban voice votes. Restore accountability to the people.
  • Members and staff on same retirement and medical plan as public.
  • Members salaries adjusted downward when economy falls.

Reality check on Obama, Reid and Pelosi: Hey, you lost!


Inequality? Bullshit! Political corruption: ONLY!!!

October 29, 2014

There is just one (and only one) issue to blame for this nation’s demise: Political payola! Dishonest politicians! Crooks at the top!!!

By Jack E. Lohman

Get it?

It is frustrating as hell to see media and politicians and low-information voters blame our nation’s problems on everything but the truth.

Get this: MONEY WORKS!

POLITICAL BRIBES WORK!

BRIBES ARE DRIVING AMERICA!

WAKE UP, IDIOTS!!!

Bribes always have and always will work. At least, until our politicians get honest and eliminate this legalized payola from our government. NEITHER political “party” is cleaner or dirtier than the other! They are BOTH corrupt.

We would not have our esteemed politicians passing laws that reduce taxes for the wealthy were it not for their getting a share of the profits. Or passing laws that allow corporate outsourcing to China of manufacturing. Or corporate inversions, a legalized game that allows corporations to re-establish in countries that have lower taxes! (Without, of course, paying import tariffs for sales made in the US, which they now avoid.)

Without payola we’d not have disagreements (and wrong decisions) on fracking and oil pipelines and, well, virtually EVERY public decision our politicians make! They *ALL* involve profits to special interests, and our politicians are driven by money. (Outside money, not yours.)

And yes, much of the campaign bribes filter down to the Media in terms of political advertising. So they like it just as it is. When systems are broken, yet profitable, why fix them?

How to fix it?

First some news for Hillary… it is NOT the R’s OR the D’s who create the jobs, it is BOTH. The combination “economy.” Unfortunately, our corrupt politicians make it good or bad, depending on where the special interest cash comes from. (Isn’t our cash-and-carry political system great?)

But to answer the question, get the political bribes out of the system. Period!

Transparency International has the US listed as the 24th most-honest government in the world. NOT 1st, mind you… 24th!!! The top goes to New Zealand and the socialist countries.

I saw an article the other day… Why the GOP must pass a real ObamaCare replacement after they win the Senate

Yes, eliminate ObamaCare!!! It was designed by an insurance company executive put on the government payroll by then Democratic Senator Max Baucus, who after its passage announced his retirement from the government (thank the Lord.)

But ObamaCare has hurt ALL businesses (except the Insurance Industry and their agents).

I am constantly reminded of Winston Churchill’s quote: “America will always do the right thing, but only after everything else fails.” Must we prove him correct?

Single-Payer? YES!

It will be difficult to pass, because it’s the right thing to do. And it will cost the insurance company interests, who give money to the politicians.

But I heard from one of my right-wing business friends who owns a company: her insurance (per employee) has increased by 65%. WAY TO GO, POLITICIANS!

As a former business owner in the healthcare industry (and a “jobs” creator), I argue that the elimination of my health care costs would have given me more cash to hire people.

AND we could implement it and save the country $400 billion in health care costs AND cover 100% of Americans, working or not!


China, are you ready for a do-over?

October 2, 2014

In golf we call it a Mulligan, but my guess is that China wants to give Hong Kong back to England.  And soon. Russia will also be faced with a similar decision regarding Ukraine.

By Jack E. Lohman

In my world it’s called “be careful of what you ask for, because you might get it.” And they did.

The cost of China keeping Hong Kong, and Russia keeping Ukraine, and Jerusalem keeping Palestine, or whatever, are going to ultimately be absolutely horrendous! Is it worth it?

Why do they want to do this??? Why don’t they just direct those expenses toward fixing and building their existing countries?

It only took me 77 years, but I now get it!

It is greed and religion!!! In China’s case, power converts to greed. But it all converts to stupidity, and political leaders are at the top of the ladder.

But it’s all short term, and the end isn’t going to be pretty.

Ultimately everybody having the bomb could help.

In the US, we say, keeping a gun in every house keeps the bad-guys away. And maybe that can be extended to the Middle East (though I worry about trigger-happy wackos). Can the Middle East leaders control them?

We need an incentive!

But where is the incentive in “Peace?” Wars are profitable (to Lockheed and Northrup). And from that and other payola comes campaign bribes and media buys. It’s called “cash flow!”

Transparency International has done an excellent job at ranking countries and their honesty in government. The U.S. ranks 24th on their “Corruption Index” (NOT 1st, incidentally. That goes to New Zealand, followed by the socialist countries.)

But give us this… we have the best politicians money can buy!

But, it turns out, we Americans are not interested. We like free-market capitalism, but we DO NOT like crony-capitalism and payola-based taxes and corrupt politicians. The former has longevity and the letter does not.

Can we get there before we have another revolution?

I would favor getting all of the world’s leaders to agree on one form of honest government. Countries who have this honest government are included, the others have to change before they are allowed in the pact. I’d start with public funded campaigns (I’ve seen nothing better) and include term limits and after-government employment restrictions (see more at http://moneyedpoliticians.net/political-reforms/)

No, Eric Cantor. Your $3.4 million job is not allowed, even if it did result from being unelected!

And Eric Holder? Give me a friggin’ break.

But then, I am weird. I have Indian blood and am proud as hell to support the “Redskins” name when used by sports teams! Go figure.


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