Politicians Playing Political Ping-Pong Places People in Peril

Politicians Playing Political Ping-Pong Places People in Peril

Politicians Playing Political Ping-Pong Places People in Peril

Congress will adjourn for a month-long recess so that the Congressional members can go home, meet their constituents and rest up for the next session. Man, oh man, they have to be exhausted from their work which was mainly playing political ping-pong.

How is political ping-pong played? It doesn’t matter who serves but it goes like this: The House sends a volley to the Senate and the Senate smacks it back to the House and the House spikes it to the Senate and it goes on and on. Is there a loser in this game? Yes there is. The American People are the losers as they get nothing done by their representative except lots of smack talking to other members and those in other branches of government.

Here are some other articles and books about Congress and political ping- pong:

MSNBC article from October of 2013

WatchPaul Website from May of 2014

Ping-Pong DiplomacyBook by Nicholas Griffin


It doesn’t matter if your work is done or not. Go ahead, keep the humanitarian border crisis burning longer. We don’t need to solve it til later.

From Houston News: (where border issues have an impact)

Congress is about to go on a month-long break without resolving how to tackle the humanitarian crisis on the Texas-Mexico border.

It appears Congress will adjourn for its August recess next week.

Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar of Laredo, whose congressional district is directly affected by the surge of undocumented children entering the U.S. illegally, said, “We cannot have failure as an option.”

Cuellar emphasized, “We can not do that. It would be very irresponsible for us to do that and we have to stay here until we get it done.”

But House Speaker John Boehner has said he is not optimistic Republicans and Democrats can agree on a solution before the August recess.

The White House says it would be “pretty extraordinary” for Congress to leave town for a month without addressing the issue.


Let’s NOT forget, this Congress has already shown us they are capable of some “pretty extraordinary” things.


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“I Am Not A Crook” -Oh Yes You Were

“I Am Not A Crook” -Oh Yes You Were

          “I Am Not A Crook” -Oh Yes You Were

Over forty years ago the nation was shaken by allegations that the Watergate complex was broken into and the trail led back to the President of the United States, Richard Nixon.

From the Washington Post 1973:

Declaring that “I am not a crook,” President Nixon vigorously defended his record in the Watergate case tonight and said he had never profited from his public service.

“I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life I have never obstructed justice,” Mr. Nixon said.

“People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.”

So how did that turn out?

With that, the beleaguered commander-in-chief painted himself into a corner from which resignation offered his only escape less than a year later.

It was Hoover’s death in 1972 that led directly to Nixon’s downfall. He felt helpless and alone with Hoover gone. He no longer had access to either the Director or the Director’s bank of Personal Files on almost everybody in Washington.

For Nixon, the loss of Hoover led inevitably to the disaster of Watergate. It meant hiring a New Director — who turned out to be an unfortunate pick named L. Patrick Gray, who squealed like a pig in hot oil the first time Nixon leaned on him. Gray panicked and fingered White House Counsel John Dean, who refused to take the rap and rolled over, instead, on Nixon, who was trapped like a rat by Dean’s relentless, vengeful testimony and went all to pieces right in front of our eyes on TV.

It is not new to have a President act in shameful ways.


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Walgreens- Shrewd Business or Corporate Deserters

Walgreens- Shrewd Business or Corporate Deserters

Corporate Deserters ?

In the next few weeks, the Walgreens drug store chain may decide to pick up their corporation from its Illinois roots and head off to another country and set up headquarters. President Obama referred to them as corporate deserters? Are they?

Walgreens is considering a merger with Alliance-Boots, a company from Switzerland, after they purchased 45% in it. They would then consider moving their headquarters to the low-taxed country and still maintain their present operations in the United States.

This is called “inversion” and 47 American corporations have done this over the past decade which reeks of no loyalty to the United States. They are only bottom line feeders.

What would this move mean to the bottom line of Walgreens?

Over the next five years, the company could save over $4 billion in taxes that would go to the United States government.  The major reason that the firm could buy a huge stake in a foreign drug chain was its profitability — $2.5 billion last year alone – most of which resulted from its U.S. operations.

This company has benefitting from the U.S. citizens for many years and now want to “take their money and run.” The “inversion” scheme generally involves profitable U.S. corporations buying smaller overseas firms in lower tax countries and then declaring that their headquarters for tax purposes is in the low tax country – even though most of its operations remain in the United States. This trick is exactly the kind of move that is intended to drive down the fraction of overall taxes that are paid from big corporations and other owners of capital and raise the share paid by working people from income earned through their labor.

And to those who excuse the actions of these companies by saying that these companies are just making a “smart” use of the American tax code there are two answers:


ü  Change the tax code to eliminate this outrageous loophole;


ü  Punish the “corporate deserters” who have built their companies with the benefit of American support and know-how and now want to abandon America so they can avoid paying their fair share of our tax burden.


How do you punish “corporate deserters”? Government can do it by cutting off access to federal subsidies and contracts. Consumers can do it – especially with companies like Walgreens – by voting with their dollars and refusing to shop there. Walgreens might be a good place to start, since the company is still contemplating whether the value of its status as an American corporation is worth the money it would forgo by paying its fair share of taxes in the United States.


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Sports Added Here Starting August 1st

Sports Added Here Starting August 1st

OFFICIALLY on August 1st this BLOG will turn into a SPORTS BLOG several days a week.


It will not be ALL sports as one or two days, depending on how I feel, I will add content of other kinds.


My thoughts from the month of July was not of interest to many people. For the past 4 days this BLOG had less than 10 readers each day.

SPORTS may not get many more than that but I have more avenues to market it .


Thanks for the READERSHIP for July.

I have TWO MORE days of political blogs and about 8 more to put up.





Now Starring as Robin Hood- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Now Starring as Robin Hood-  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

      Now Starring as Robin Hood-  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure to put a non-binding referendum on the fall ballot asking voters whether millionaires should be taxed at a higher rate.

I know we are looking for avenues to put money into the coffers of the State of Illinois. This proposal is expected to raise over $1 billion and it is promised to help education. That is great, fine and dandy.

Three thoughts that come to mind on this law. A non-binding referendum is diddly-squat. Michael Madigan wanted to propose this as a constitutional amendment but couldn’t muster the votes. There probably was a reason for that.

I have heard this mantra from several former governors that the money is going to education. The lottery certainly failed to find its way into that realm after it was promised.

There is a final thought. This referendum is expected to drive up the number of Democratic voters in the election which is likely to help Quinn, if that is a fact.

Source: Illinois Times


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