12 May 2011

Here are the spending areas of the federal budget that I would like to see cut, with some specific suggestions on how:  Social Security Social Security was initially created in the 1930’s to be a social safety net to reduce the level of poverty our senior citizens were experiencing.  I believe this goal is very worthwhile as I don’t want to live in a society where getting old is a key cause of poverty…and I want to pa...

09 May 2011

I believe that most people, regardless of their political beliefs, would agree that the level of our federal government’s spending and taxes has been “highly influenced” by what our politicians have considered important to their re-election.   Add to this, the reality that most citizens want their fair share of any “free lunches”.    Politicians + Citizens…we now have the perfect storm for excess spending and under taxation....

10 Apr 2011

Just for complete disclosure…this article was stimulated by one published by Solomon Kleinsmith a few days ago.I am a believer that we should pay our way for what you use or do in a society. Personal responsibility and accountability is critical to the success or our society. For me this is not in conflict with believing that a society should also help take care of those less fortunate…so I also believe in some socialism for...

23 Jan 2011

I just finished reading John Avalon`s book - WINGNUTS: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America - a couple of days ago (a gift from my son) and have been reflecting on it quite a bit as my wife and I are on vacation.  Then I wake up a couple mornings ago and find out Keith Olbermann has been fired.  Awesome!It got me thinking...Is MSNBC going back to being a news organization?  If I read WINGNUTS again will Fox fire Glenn B...

05 Jan 2011

We Americans have always been known for our imagination and creative solutions.   Can’t we use these traits to solve our illegal immigration issues and triumph over any legal-based desire for punishment.    Here are my suggestions:  Citizenship with firm pre- and post- conditions.Pre Conditions:First and foremost, we must secure our border with Mexico.  Without border security, there is no solution.   Let’s identify the g...

06 Dec 2010

The tax cuts of 2001/2003 (aka Bush Tax Cuts) were passed to help our economy recover from the recession at that time.  Remember, we were running a surplus going into that recession.  The tax cuts were set into law with "sunset provisions" so that they would be temporary in anticipation of the recession ending...ahhh, some last "vestiges" of fiscal wisdom from our political leadership.However, even though we were out of that r...

30 Nov 2010

Welcome our latest addition to our bullpen of contributors. No, thats not a typo... Mark Kleinsmith happens to be your humble editor's father. He's a retired executive who rose up through the ranks in accounting, is a moderate and has a history of writing letters to the editor. He should be a perfect fit here. -SK How much fiscal trouble does our country need to get into before our politicians become leaders who put our country ...