They’re In the Money

My morning paper is my morning friend. I read my paper, front to back. I try to, if not always successful, understand both the good and the not-so-good news equally. But there are exceptions. This morning a story on the front page left me so angry I could not even enjoy my first cup of coffee.

This article concerned the annual financial disclosure list filed for 2012.

The medium net worth of senators and representatives in the Senate and House is $1,008,767: up 4.4 percent. And Kentucky has at least six legislators that are on the millionaires list. Mitch McConnell and John Yarmuth are near the top of the list.

True, some, including John Yarmuth, had amassed great wealth before being elected to serve our Government. But some have amassed their wealth from their service in the Senate or House of Representatives. We, the tax payers, have made millionaires out of some very cold-hearted members of Congress who evidently never read the good book – or at least the part where, over and over, our Father in Heaven tells us to care and share with our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate then we.

It is an embarrassment that my State of Kentucky is where one of those sniveling idiots had the audacity to state publicly that people on any kind of assistance did not want to work, and, by helping them, we encourage them to be lazy and to wait for a handout. I want that little, and I mean “little” ass to know my mother worked herself to death to provide a home AND accepted food for us from the Government to feed us AND passed away at 49 after a hard life doing so.

For you and many in your “party of no ‘s” who have never missed a meal, who have always been warm, or who are living the good life – think of the families who had their unemployment stopped. Think of the families who no longer can get food stamps. Think of what you have taken AWAY from those you are supposed to care about. Most important, think about how you would feel if you had to watch your children cry from hunger. That is a parent’s hell.

I promise you, you will answer for your lack of compassion. You may feel all-powerful and able to abuse the less fortunate now, but you are just a little P- ant compared to the one you will answer to.


Leave Him Alone!

Once more, greed, hardheartedness, and plain stupidity has raised its ugly head, railing against the interests of those less fortunate among us. It seems, more and more, it is becoming the M.O. of the cruel and uncaring that live among us to find forms of the media as outlets to spew their venom in, and, worse, get paid for doing it.

Just this week an idiot had his garbage printed in our local paper. I refuse to mention his name, because I do not give credence to such crap.

The Roman Catholic Church selected a most wonderful leader for not only the good of their members but for the good of the world. He is a true believer – committed to the belief that God meant for us to always care for brothers and sisters less fortunate then ourselves.

To accuse this gentle, caring man of any kind of leaning to any “ism” is blasphemy. The person who wrote this piece outlined Pope Francis’  “Marxist tendencies.”  (BLANK) is an idiot: perhaps he has never been hungry, cold, ill or without care, or perhaps he is just plain mean.

To set the record straight, I am not a Roman Catholic, I am a Episcopalian who was taught as long as there is one person in need we must all feel that pain and do all we can to right the wrongs of ALL in need.

May God continue to hold the hand of this great servant, Pope Francis, and those who share his love of all mankind, even those who have allowed their hearts to harden. All babies are born free of prejudices; how we live is up to each one of us.

Apologies From the Bluegrass State

From the lodge at Oxmoor……I read a most heart-wrenching Letter to the Editor in the Courier-Journal on July 5th from a senior who has lived in the city of our government, Washington, DC. I shall quote her in several parts of this blog because she has stated her case with so much passion that no one could do it better or more sincerely.

She begins her letter (and I quote):”Last week while everyone focused on health care, the citizens of Washington, DC, capital of the greatest country in the world, received again a boot in the face; this time, from your Sen. Rand Paul. As you may know Sen. Paul attached a rider to piece of legislation that would have given our city increased control of our own budget. This is the sort of control exercised by every other city in the country. The Senate Committee, headed by Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, fully expected it to go through without problem. Then came Sen. Paul, whose rider was totally unrelated to the budget legislation.”

First, apologies to the writer, Ms. Cathryn Carroll, for our state of Kentucky having electing such a mean spirited, stupid little jerk. I abhorred the thought of his running for office, much less getting elected. It just proves, apparently, that there are far too many illiterate people here – those who elected him to office. He is nothing but an embarrassment to the good folks that live in our state. I sincerely apologize for his stupidity. His stupid little reason was that “he attached the rider, just because he could.” That is the service we are getting by paying this fellow to be in Congress.

Mrs. Carroll continues: “We have been disenfranchised since the early years of the republic when representatives delineated an area that now is home to 600,000 plus people and decided we would not have representation in the national legislature that they created. In fact, we could not even vote for president until 1960…As a retired grandmother who still teaches part time, I love the city where my husband and I live. I love its history. I love its monuments. I love the river that runs by it and the trees which line its banks. I love the young folk who play games of touch football on the grass by the Smithsonian. I love the tourists who come with their children and walk about to wonder and reflect. Plus, I am too old to move. So I am constantly angered and saddened that my neighbors and I have no voting representation in the legislature of our nation — and that Americans in other parts of the country do not seem to care.”

She goes on to say that she would hope that people, especially Kentuckians, would write Sen. Paul and let him know to keep his nose out of a city 600 miles away from his state. You can bet the farm that I shall write and through this blog I ask my readers to do the same. I shall also appeal to other legislators to get your legislation presented and passed. Thank you Ms. Carroll. You have certainly given us a wealth of information and I hope you will see it happen. God Bless and take care. June Key, The Pundit

The State of My State

From my home, Oxmoor Holiday Retirement Home…

First I must ask: where have we Kentuckians screwed up so badly? How did we go from real intelligence to gross stupidity? Please, we need our Alben Barkleys, our John Sherman Coopers, our Marlow Cooks. They were not just politicians; they were good men who wanted, foremost, to help their fellow human beings. They never forgot to be honorable. We have replaced these men with stupid idiots of the ilk of Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

I quote, from a recent article that ran in the Louisville Courier-Journal, “Rand Paul’s Cynical Budget” by Dana Milbank, some of the highlights from his proposed budget.

“The Tea Party darling’s plan would, among other things, cut the average Social Security recipient’s benefits by nearly 40 percent, reduce defense spending by nearly $100 billion below a level the Pentagon calls “devastating,” and end the current Medicare program in two years–even for current recipients, according to the Senate Budget Committee staff. It would eliminate the education, energy, housing and commerce departments, decimate homeland security, eviscerate programs for the poor, and give the wealthy a bonanza by reducing tax rates to 17 percent and eliminating taxes on capital gains and dividends.”

He is such a weasel with no moral conscience that he came to the press conference and, like a slimy snake, slipped out of the room before questions could be asked.

Seriously, my friends, he is putting out feelers to run for President in 2016. I have one ace in the hole – I will be 88 years old next month. The odds get better each year that if such a tragedy should occur I have a better than even chance to escape that horror. If I have outlived the odds and reach my 90’s I shall continue to use pen, pencil or iPad to write the facts and the truth to try to bring about the defeat of the varmints that live under the rocks of injustice, stupidity, and selfishness.

I understand that government affairs and politics are not, for many of you, your favorite reading material but I ask you, no I BEG you, to increase your interest in both. As I have said many times, our country has been served well with the structure of the Democratic, Republican, and Independent parties. Please do not let the cult-like naysayers hijack a Party and steal our great country in the process.

A Tale of Two “Men”

From the Oxmoor Retirement Lodge….

By now, you know I love to write. I enjoy seeking out happy occasions, however, life and news is not always a bowl of cherries. Sometimes the pits are still there, hidden from unknowing eyes.

I have become more aware with passing days how many of those we hold in high esteem are themselves images of deception, greed, thievery, infidelity and loss of respect. This is true of most every area of human endeavor. It is not limited to one political party, one sports team, one high-ranking business person, even one religious denomination or educational entity.

At present, our local newspaper is printing information about two examples. One, a young Democrat so popular, so charismatic that he was a candidate for President of our United States, the other a young rising star of the state Republican Party and a recent Lt. Governor candidate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Democrat had the ability to talk to people in a caring, compassionate way that made many embrace him. This young man was not without financial means. He had, it appeared, a good life, fine family and a promising future. If you are like me, you wonder why he threw all this away. The sad part is, he lost his wife to cancer, but not before she knew of his infidelity and other misdeeds. His children are now faced with the possibility of their father, if convicted on mishandling of political funds, being given a long prison sentence.

The Republican case is just as tragic. This young man was given a future on a silver platter. He was an outstanding athlete from our very prominent State College. He received scholarship help I am sure lots of good kids would love to have had. Problem was, they could not bounce a basketball as well or shoot baskets quite as accurately.

These are just two stories where the door was held wide open and someone was given a free pass at money, a promising future, and adoration, yet, they did not have the brains, nor the character to appreciate the gift they were given.

I have very little sympathy for any and all that throw opportunity down a black hole, for they have deprived some good, honest person of an opportunity they would love to have had. I hope those in authority will continue to clean up their organizations. In the end it should be about honor, not about the final score.

Why is this becoming, it seems like, an every day occurrence? I don’t believe that the country is losing its moral fiber, as the naysayers are prone to say. I think there have always been those who thought they were beyond the reach of the the laws of the land and the laws of common decency. In spite of their successes up to a point, I think if you look deep enough, you will discover they were not the sharpest knives in the drawer. They got lucky for a while, but only stupid people stop the elevator at the 13th floor.


From the lodge……..

I delayed this Blog as long as I could. I try to always be a positive person but sometimes it becomes impossible. Just to warn you, I am mad; no, I am damn mad!

Politics have fascinated me since, at the age of ten, I delivered reminder slips to the registered voters in our precinct to make sure they remembered to vote. I grew up believing the two party system was the best governing system we could ever have because my mother instilled a respect and appreciation of our country and all the opportunities that it offered in me.

I am not ready to give up on our system of government. However, I am most concerned that our Republican party has seriously sold their soul by hitching their future on the Tea Party. I don’t believe true Republicans have become so cynical, so uncaring about children, senior citizens, and their fellow Americans who are struggling just to put food on the table.

I ask each elected official to look in their mirror and ask: “Is this what I was elected for?” “Is this what I was sent to Washington to do?” “Am I serving the poor and needy or just the wealthy?” “Are just the wealthy paying my salary, providing me and my family with the best health care?” The answer is NO, the poor guys who pick up your garbage, who pick you up at the airport, who are teaching your children and nursing you or your family members back to health – they are the ones who provide most of your benefits. Darn little is paid by the oil companies or the millionaires or billionaires.

Certainly the last thing I would want to happen in our country is to see the ordinary hard working men and women rise up and resort to rioting in the streets, but desperate people take desperate measures when they see their children hungry, and see no chance of finding work to provide for their family.

Our President has offered numerous plans; the recent deficit plan, the Jobs Program and on and on. But what stands in the way? Senator Mitch McConnell put the answer out at the beginning of this legislative year: he will spend all his effort this year to make sure President Obama is a one term President. Here is the direct quote: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

So THIS is what you and I will help pay his big buck salary for this year. The word is out, we will do nothing that gives President Obama any credit or one vote. And I am afraid the following is part of the agenda for some: “Get the black guy out of the white house.”

There has always been a group of voters that I want to acknowledge, the Independent voters. They may even hold their vote with more reverence because it is not based on how daddy or grand-pappy voted – it is based on who they think is the best person for the country, party lines aside. But, unlike the Tea Party, a true Independent is not mean spirited or disrespectful about either party’s candidate. We should welcome the thoughtfulness of the Independent voter.

There have been splinter groups formed throughout the history of our country. For the most part they have been very one-dimensional. They were, perhaps, effective until clear thinking people uncovered their true agenda, which was almost always obstructionist, and then they became history. I have no respect for mobs who gather waving or wearing guns or shouting profanities. A gun does not make you a big man, waving a flag does not make you a patriot or waving a bible in the air does not make you a Christian. The good we do for our fellow man speaks loud and clear of who we are. The Tea Party have become this generation’s obstructionists. I only hope sensible, clear thinking Republicans will not fall in their trap and drink their Kool Aid.

Meanwhile, in at least two elections, Tea Party candidates are running against Republicans and there will be more. This is just a little suggestion from a loyal Democrat and one who does not want to see the Republican Party disappear or be replaced. Be aware of what you ask for, it might be your party’s Kiss of Death.