We spend too much on our military and not enough on domestic spending that helps "We the people..."
Our economic plight could be improved if we spent that money raising our quality of life here instead of exporting our war toys, strife and turmoil around the world.
The world would be a much safer place to be if we didn't sell as much of our weaponry around the world as we do.
We have no real Democratic Party in this country anymore. What we do have is the Left wing of the mostly kinda saner part of the Republican Party, i.e., the DLC, the 3rd Way. The Democratic leadership represent the Right of Center Democrats, i.e., Business, Banks and Wall Street. That (D) does not mean Progressive or Liberal by any means. All that (D) means is the wearer is a member of the Democratic Party, no matter how far to the Right they are. The Democratic Party has moved so far to the Right, many Republicans are joining the Democratic Party, because it has moved to the Right far enough to to be in agreement with the moderate Republicans of old.
Anyone to the Left of Center has no real representation, as shown by the graphic. We still have a few representatives on the national level, but they are shunted aside and made mostly ineffectual. Things are not quite as bad on the State level.
The Donkey on the background wallpaper, represents the Demolicons (or Rebuplicrats). The product of the merging of the two major political parties in this country. We now have the Republicans and the Demolicons (or Rebuplicrats). The Democratic Party died when the big money, business friendly, Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)
took it over.
Are more toll roads in America's future?
The Obama administration on Tuesday submitted to Congress a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation bill meant to avert a possible summer shutdown of federally funded projects.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says inaction on what the administration calls the GROW AMERICA Act could have wide-ranging impact.
"As soon as August, the Highway Trust Fund could run dry," Foxx wrote Tuesday on the Department of Transportation's blog. "States are already canceling or delaying projects. That means crucial road improvements won't get done. It means transportation construction companies won't get contracts. And it means workers won't have job sites."
Nearly everyone agrees that America's infrastructure, especially its aging highway system, needs work. But one particular part of the bill has raised some eyebrows.
This looks like the first step to privatize the nations interstate system. First the states set up the toll booths. Then they will outsource the operations. After that, they will turn over the management of the interstates to private companies. Then lastly, turn over outright ownership for cents on the dollar. You gotta know the maintenance will still be tax subsidized under private ownership. And another thing, this is another tax, that hits those least able to afford it, the hardest. The ticket and toll booths slow vehicles down, then they have to get up to speed again, wasting fuel. This is a bad idea all around.The real solution is to make the well off, pay their fair share in taxes. Stop financing this country on the backs of those that can least afford it.
And when a toll road crosses a state line? You pay, move ahead a short distance, then get another ticket to drive on that states toll interstate?
This idea came out of the Obama White House? Why do some people still think Obama is any kind of Liberal, even after almost 10 years of showing he is not? President Dwight Eisenhower(R) must be spinning in his grave.
Judy Morgan is my State Representative
State Representative - District 24
Kansas City MO
2014 Survey Results
1. Voters should be required to present a photo identification in order to cast their votes.
AGREE 32.30 DISAGREE 61.13
No OPINION 5.54 BLANK 1.04
Voter fraud has never been much of a problem in this country. It is Election Fraud that is the problem. Everything from gerrymandering to Electronic Touch Screen Voting Machines.
2. The legislature should again pass a law nullifying all federal gun laws in our state and making it illegal to enforce any of these federal laws.
AGREE 16.11 DISAGREE 74.74
No OPINION 5.56 BLANK 3.59
Really? Since when can states nullify Federal Law? They can't. Not even by passing laws saying they can. How juvenile.
3. Missouri should require universal background checks on every firearm sale - at licensed dealers, gun shows, and over the internet.
AGREE 90.18 DISAGREE 6.78
No OPINION 1.99 BLANK 1.05
Most people have no need for hand guns. None at all. If we were to be a civilized country, we would not be awash in hand guns of all kinds. Anyone that thinks they need a hand gun, needs to supply proof of such. Concealed and open carry need to be backed up by both need to, and after a through background check. And the results of this background check needs to filed and kept on file forever in the State Records - No matter whether the permit is issued or denied.
4. Our state should prohibit the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
AGREE 79.26 DISAGREE 16.92
No OPINION 1.97 BLANK 1.85
Who are we at war with, in this country, that civilians need assault style weapon? Even the military does not need or use high-capacity magazines. Why would a civilian?
5. I support marriage equality and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
AGREE 81.42 DISAGREE 13.82
No OPINION 3.60 BLANK 1.16
I have never understood the opposition to this. I think some people should work a little harder to make their own heterosexual marriage work better instead, huh?
CAMPAIGN ETHICS REFORM
6. The Missouri legislature should reinstate campaign contribution limits.
AGREE 89.88 DISAGREE 5.12
No OPINION 2.79 BLANK 2.21
Politcal campaigns should not be get rich quick schemes for politicians. We elect, hire them, to represent us in our government. They are supposed to do our bidding. The current situation is nothing more than legalized bribery by rich people, of corrupt politicians.
7. The General Assembly should continue to allow lobbyists to give unlimited gifts to legislators.
AGREE 4.86 DISAGREE 89.70
No OPINION 2.66 BLANK 2.78
Open bribery. Why do we allow our legislators to be so open and even to advertise their availability to be bribed?
Oh, that's right, Missouri is a Red Republican State.
LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
8. Marijuana use should be legalized for medicinal purposes only.
AGREE 42.77 DISAGREE 44.29
No OPINION 8.86 BLANK 4.08
Marijuana is one of our more benign recreational drugs. There has been well documented medical uses for Marijuana for hundreds of years. Yet is is classified as a hard drug, the same as Heron or cocaine, which also have medical uses.
9. Recreational marijuana should be legalized for all adults.
AGREE 61.71 DISAGREE 27.87
No OPINION 8.90 BLANK 1.52
Marijuana is much more benign than alcohol and does far less damage in the long run.
10. Possession of marijuana should continue to be a violation of the law, but the penalty for its use should be a fine (decriminalize it).
AGREE 40.14 DISAGREE 45.94
No OPINION 8.12 BLANK 5.80
Marijuana should be treated the same way as alcohol.
11. Abortion should remain a safe and legal medical procedure for a woman to consider, if and when she needs it.
AGREE 82.96 DISAGREE 11.20
No OPINION 3.50 BLANK 2.33
Abortions is a medical, not a political prosedure. Only the people other than the woman and the doctor that need to be concerned is a husband or boyfriend. And even then, it is the woman's decision, as it is her body and her life.
12. Abortion should be outlawed.
AGREE 9.38 DISAGREE 84.38
No OPINION 4.17 BLANK 2.08
With over seven billion of us on this planet, stripping it of its resources at an alarming rate, abortion should be cheap and easy to have. Again, it is the woman's body and her life, not yours to interfere with.
13. Abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape or threats to the life of the woman.
AGREE 12.21 DISAGREE 79.53
No OPINION 4.88 BLANK 3.37
See # 12. Stop meddling in other people's lives where you have no business being!
14. The death penalty should be abolished in Missouri.
AGREE 54.49 DISAGREE 37.46
No OPINION 6.30 BLANK 1.75
I agree. If for no other reason than there are too many people on Death Row that have been proven to be innocent of the crime they have been state sanctioned murdered for.
15. Missouri should institute the firing squad to execute those on death row.
AGREE 13.94 DISAGREE 74.33
No OPINION 10.10 BLANK 1.63
Sure why not? Just ask for volunteers from the hand gun carrying, general public. Many of those dream of shooting people. Give'em a full clip and a taste. /sarcasm
HEALTH CARE EXPANSION
16. Missouri should participate in the health care (Medicaid) expansion.
AGREE 77.62 DISAGREE 14.53
No OPINION 5.65 BLANK 2.19
Twice in the United States Constitution, it mentions "general welfare". Once in the Preamble and again in Section 8, where it states; "...and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;..." How is the general health of a country's citizens not part of the general wealfare of a country?
17. The Medicaid system is broken and should be fixed before our state pursues expansion.
AGREE 22.88 DISAGREE 59.00
No OPINION 14.40 BLANK 3.72
There is no reason, good or otherwise why this country does not have Single Payer, Universal Health Care. The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, actually did little to correct the major problem of health care in this country. We still have the parasitic, for profit, middlemen, the health insurance companies, standing between you and your doctor and your access to proper health care. And driving up costs. Health insurance is not health care.
(Above italics are my comments.)
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