Revenge of the Swamp People!

By: Richard H. Frank

Seven months have passed since Donald J. Trump was sworn in as our 45th President. The Libertyssong Blog has remained silent with regard to the circus created by the media, Democrats in Congress, the RINOS in the Republican Party and, yes, the Trump administration including the President himself. Charges of collusion with the Russians by the Trump campaign and the ensuing Congressional investigations are nothing more than a smoke screen and delaying tactic to prevent the administration from pursuit of the agenda for America upon which Trump was elected. Millions upon millions of dollars are being spent by the Special Counsel Mueller to pursue a which hunt in search of some infraction by anyone associated with the Trump Campaign in any manner whatsoever. Meanwhile the media has lost all credibility whatssoever with the public in their effort to overturn the vote of the people by publishing uncollaborated reports of unconstitutional actions taken by the President that rise to the level requiring his impeachment.

To make matters worse President Trump uses his twitter account to respond to the BS and loses the focus on that which is important to the American people.

The real scandal lies within the hallowed halls of Congress and rests squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans who for seven years shouted for the immediate repeal and replacement of “The Affordable Care Act” better known as “Obamacare”. All their excuses for being unable to fulfill their promise to repeal this disastrous law disappeared with the election of Donald Trump. Yet suddenly when it comes to putting their money (or future reelection) where their mouths are, they have choked. Whatever happened to all the plans they put forward when the ACA was being forced down the throat of those they were supposed to represent, such as being able to purchase insurance across state lines, making insurance transferrable from job tho job, and tort reform all of which were supposed to reduce premiums for the average American.

So here we sit seven months into the Trump presidency bogged down in Russian investigations for interfering in our elections, alleged collusion by the Tump campaign with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton when it is she and her campaign that should be investigated for the numerous felonies committed on her behalf.

So let’s turn to the “Swamp People” for a minute. These are the Establishment in Washington D.C. that are members of the ruling elite class that includes members of Congress from both parties, agency bureaucrats, and government professionals. For these individuals Trump represents a threat to their very existence and power. They view Trump as an outsider having no business mettling in their affairs nor how they should decide to conduct the business within their own agencies. They will not only resist any form of legislation that moves the Trump agenda forward but will challenge every executive action in that liberal court system to block efforts to uphold federal law including immigration, sanctuary cities and law enforcement.

If you doubt the existence of the “Swamp People” just look at what has occurred in the Senate with regard to repealing Obamacare. We have the Freedom caucus, the Tuesday caucus, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski the entire Democrat minority and don’t forget John McCain casting the deciding vote against a bill that was designed to forge a compromise between the House and Senate that allowed for amendments in an effort to give relief to those Americans that can neither afford the massive premiums or deductibles resulting from the Affordable Care Act.

Congress by virtue of the entrenched ruling class no longer represents the people that elected them. To hell with the American voter! They will tell us whatever we want to hear at election time and then do whatever the hell benefits themselves most when it comes to passing legislation. If you doubt what I am saying just wait until “Tax Reform” and “Infrastructure Spending” comes before them for a vote. I won’t hold my breath waiting for them to adopt the “Trump Agenda.”

It’s long past time for we the “American Voter” to “Drain the Swamp” and insist upon term limits in Congress. Four terms in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate followed by a mandatory one term interval before a candidate may seek reelection will do wonders to drain the swamp of corruption and dead wood resulting from an institution made up of professional politicians sucking off the teat of the taxpaying citizenry.

Although I don’t agree with all of Trump’s methods I do agree with the objective of his agenda “To Make America Great Again”.

Parasites and Politicians

By: Richard H. Frank

Just over one week remains until the American electorate goes to the polls to cast their votes in the 2014 midterm elections. For many of us that ascribe to the principles enumerated in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence this may be the last bastion for turning the tide of big government from the path of tyranny that has been pursued by the Obama administration over the past six years.

Over the past six years we have witnessed the Federal Government imposing the socialist Progressive ideology of Barack Obama and his abject followers. Congress, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, used every parliamentary maneuver at its disposal to thwart the opposition to their policies by the conservatives in Congress including bribery and collusion with members of Congress to pass their agenda. When faced with the prospect of filibuster by the opposition to stop the relentless march toward establishing “statism” to replace our “Representative Republic” Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option in the Senate to move Obama’s agenda forward. That coupled with executive actions taken by the President has forced private institutions to seek status and bring legal action to thwart the unconstitutional grab for power by the Executive Branch of Government.

Given the lack of interest and apathetic nature of the electorate in America today, more interested in social media and satisfaction of their perceived entitlements, I fear the die may be cast for the eventual dissolution of this once great Republic. Should history prove to predict the outcome of the midterm elections less than 30% of the eligible legal voters determine the fate of the nation. The uninformed, uneducated voter will once again cast his vote simply by name recognition, party affiliation or the candidate that promises to deliver the biggest entitlement. Unfortunately, this amounts to parasites voting for parasites to suck the life blood from this country in the name of fairness.

Before you decide whether you need to go to the polls on November 4th take a few minutes and reflect upon what has occurred over the past six years in America. We have reelected a President that repeatedly and systematically lied to us about virtually every issue that has plagued the nation. When he has been caught in a lie he fanes surprise and shock with a promise to investigate and hold those responsible and accountable for their actions. Weather it is Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS targeting scandal, the VA, Fast and Furious or the cooked numbers for jobs created and unemployment the message from Obama and the Democrats is always the same. Never admit they were wrong and never accept responsibility so long as they can blame George Bush for their having inherited the crisis in the first place.

Now is the time for real change. Not Hope and Change as promised by Barack Obama, but real change to return to limited central government of, by and for the people based upon free-market principles with limited regulation by the Washington bureaucrats. A government where the 10th amendment is held sacred and the States determine their own destiny and not the Federal Government. A government whose first responsibility is to protect its citizens from threats foreign and domestic and not to dominate and control the very existence if its people. And lastly a government having the maturity to impose term limits on its elected members to purge itself once and forever of the professional political parasites that make a career out of sustaining themselves by sucking on the teat of office in the pretense of service to the country.

So if you are among the 30% or less that will venture to the voting booth on November 4th ask yourself if you want to continue along the path to becoming a European Socialist Nation trapped in never-ending decline or returning to a vibrant America with a future of economic growth, prosperity and freedom for generations yet to come. The Choice is yours to make. Choose wisely.

Republication Party Will Implode from Within

by Jayne D. Frank

A telephone conversation I received yesterday bothered me so much overnight that I had to bring this to light. Last year before the election, I worked for our State Victory Center going door to door for the Party. I was told not to go “off-script,” so week to week I would go up to doors of Republicans and Independents asking irrelevant, juvenile questions to prospective voters, only to “lose” them about one question in. My past experience giving speeches to hundreds of people at a time for my corporation prepared me for this canvassing as I knew how to get people’s attention and keep them interested in the subject matter presented. This was not going to be the case, and was not, during all the weeks that I met with these voters in my area. Frankly, the “script” was empty, had nothing to say and failed to convey the message of conservatism.

I also worked the polls with the new “secret, high-tech” computer program that the Republican Party had created to try to focus in on likely voters during the day. What a disastrous flop! Within one hour of getting to the polls I was completely unable to let headquarters know who had voted because the system went down. By 2 pm that afternoon, I was frustrated and angry and went home. Furthermore, it was blatantly obvious from what I saw at the polls, that the Democrat campaign had done it right and would seize the election at the end of the day.

So almost a year later now, I get a call saying that I was so useful last year that our Victory Center once again wants to use me to volunteer but for a different purpose. After agreeing with me on the disasters of 2012, I was told I was being asked to go door to door again in my community, introducing myself and the Republican platform. Such a simple question I asked: “What is the Republican Platform – Do You Know.” After squirming and hesitating for a while, I was told I would have a list of “things to talk about” and that if I didn’t agree with any of them, I could leave them out. So if I don’t agree with what the Republican platform, why should I waste my time trying to sell people on it? Such fundamental basic conservative principles to follow but yet their latest strategy will predict a 2014 Republican mid-term election failure.

The problem with the Republican Party in 2012 was that it did not adhere to its core conservative principles of family values, protection of marriage, pro-life stances, support of the free enterprise system and fiscal management of our Government. The problem with the Republican Party pre-2014 is that it has no backbone. It is being stared in the face by pending unconstitutional legislation which will give amnesty to millions of job-sucking illegal immigrants in this country; they are not defending marriage between a man and a woman; and they are standing by while millions of late-term abortions are being performed in our Country every year. They also refuse to heed the pleas of 70% of Americans to stop Obamacare by de-funding it. Why? They want to win in 2014. What it will cost our Country by this lack of backbone will be irreversible.

As a life-long Republican, I have never been so sorely disappointed in my Party’s intelligence or ability to stand up for what we conservatives believe in as I am now. God Help us in 2014 and in 2016 unless they get their act together.

African Americans’ Real Enemy is this Administration

by Jayne Frank

Having sat through the entire Zimmerman trial with an open mind, my husband and I were not surprised at the verdict.  In a court of law, the jurors were charged with applying the law and that is what they did.  My personal feelings are that there are no winners in this because a young man’s life is gone and George Zimmerman will constantly be looking over his shoulder to protect his.  In the aftermath of the trial, the only people who will be able to heal are those like Trayvon’s mother who tweeted her plea to God to heal her soul; all of America connects with her and grieves with her.

Instead of moving forward though, the Obama Administration’s Justice Department and some Democrats like Al Sharpton, are bound and determined to take this country back into the 50’s.  Al Sharpton is calling for protests to take place on July 20 in 100 cities under the guise of honoring Trayvon and Eric Holder is said to be actually considering bringing a civil rights action against George Zimmerman.  Don’t forget where all of this started – in the Oval Office when President Obama said his son “would have looked like Trayvon” and then sent dozens of government people down to Orlando to put pressure on the prosecutors, the police department, the mayor’s office, the Governor’s office and the 4th Circuit Prosecutor’s office, all at taxpayers expense.  To insert himself in these proceedings so early on is a clear sign that he wasn’t the least bit interested in justice but in stirring up hostile feelings toward George Zimmerman.   Mr. Obama also was not interested in whether his actions resulted in protests.  Why?  The answer is chilling but very transparent.

The highest unemployment rate in this Country is among young African-Americans; our urban cities are decaying because of Obama’s anti-business policies.  And worst of all, the greatest oppression I have seen in my lifetime of blacks may be the huge monetary entitlements that this Administration is handing out to predominantly blacks.  These programs are helping to keep an entire class of people oppressed and dependent on the Government.  As a result, they have no jobs, no meaningful chance of moving upward economically, no dignity, and I imagine that this huge pool of unemployed African-Americans in this country is just ripe for protesting solely because of Barack Obama’s policies.

The Obama Administration knows full well how he has failed this country and his race.  And they know full well of the unrest in this country from all races  who are tired of this economy not recovering, so what does he do?  He distracts once again just like he did when they bungled the Benghazi crisis.  They are now propping up nationwide protests under the guise of honoring Trayvon Martin and it is a perfect scenario for him.  That way when the streets are full, he can say it was for reasons of dissatisfaction with the Zimmerman verdict and not because of his failings as a President and leader.

All of his friends like Eric Holder and Al Sharpton are eager to go along in this and I hope the huge number of African-Americans in this country who can see through what Obama is planning, will calm their communities and call for the President to put an end to any intervention in the results of the Trayvon Martin case.  I also hope that the FBI, who has already said that this case was not racial, will hold their President’s feet to the fire and stop this insanity.  Our country is made up of many different nationalities and races, but we are all one, and it is only as a united “one” that we will be able to turn around this Country to make it more prosperous, safe and admirable.

Smokers Once Again on the Backs of Taxpayers!

by Jayne D. Frank

One of the myriad of devastating financial impacts to taxpayers of Obamacare has just recently been announced. Some states who have agreed to be in the Government healthcare exchanges have agreed to a provision to put smokers in what I call another “victim’s group” and allow them special status to be considered as having preexisting conditions under the exchanges.  What this will mean is that smokers who “choose” to continue smoking and drain the American healthcare system will not see their insurance policies rise with a surcharge imposed for their unhealthy habit.  Bad decision.  It is up to all taxpayers, who are already seeing massive increased costs as a direct result of Obamacare (increases in premiums, shorter work hours, additional taxes), to write and call their Governors and legislators to urge them not to follow suit with the more liberal states that have already voted to designate smokers as having a preexisting condition.

I have always been in favor or increased insurance costs for people who choose bad lifestyles?  Why?  Not only have I seen cigarette smoking ravage the health of my own family, but I truly believe in personal responsibility.  Millions of Americans have made the decision to quit cold turkey, reduce the fat and bad carbs in their diets and try to exercise or at least stay active.  These people should be applauded and given the best possible insurance rates, just as you are given the best insurance rates for not having had an accident in your car.

More than half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases and die an average of 10 years before a non-smoker; half of all long-term smokers make it past the age of 70.  Smoking-related deaths are not quick deaths either.  Smokers can expect several years of expensive health care, illness and distressing systems before they die.

Smokers are far more prone to develop lung cancer, COPD, heart disease and cancers of the mouth, nose, throat, larynx, pancreas, and blood are all more common in smokers.  Chemicals in smoking can damage the lining of your blood vessels and circulation and can also lead to stroke and aneurysms.  Smoking also contributes to macular degeneration, osteoporosis and dementia, and on and on.  Children, co-workers and friends who are constantly around smokers run the high risk of developing asthma or similar illnesses from second-hand smoke.

The latest push by our Government to make sure smokers are included as a preexisting condition (thereby insuring that they can always be covered and not have to pay a higher rate due to their “high risk lifestyle”) is being touted as once again levelling the playing field.  They will say that long-term smokers in general are in economically poorer areas because those people cannot afford to get the kind of treatment that rich people can get, and that is not “fair.”  Hogwash.  As I stated before, statistics confirm that most people have quit cold turkey, and each person in this country was born and given free will by our Creator.  The will to be healthy or not is given to everyone and taxpayers should not be shouldering the burden in this country for anyone who chooses an unhealthy lifestyle.  Personal responsibility MUST take over for what is becoming the nanny state in America. This is tantamount to saying that bunions, arthritis, fear of heights, or social awkwardness are all preexisting conditions.  What will be next?

Another argument from Government down the line is going to be that if you average the cost of health care for a non-smoker or smoker during their entire lives, you actually get a lower amount spent on smokers.  That’s because smokers die on average 10 years sooner than their non-smoking counterparts!  It is actually a substantially higher heathcare cost for smokers.

With a father, mother and sister who lived for years in sickness, and with numerous short hospital stays averaging over $80,000 each, I have a very clear picture of the decades-long financial drain their lifestyles had on taxpayers.  They also died what I consider horrible deaths because of smoking, with my sister becoming a paraplegic because a smoking-related aneurysm cut her life short in her 60s.

Taxpayers who are doing everything right, by their own choosing, should not be burdened with the excessive cost of not putting smokers in a high risk category.  This has nothing to do with emotions, with compassion or with your love of your fellow man.  It has to do with personal responsibility of each human being.  Don’t be fooled by the Government’s tactics of making you feel they are compassionate.  Obamacare still has “death panel” provisions in it, and it is Government’s intention to eventually tell everyone when and where they may receive health care.  Once in the exchanges, everyone’s life will be cut short should the Government deem it too expensive to treat you – young or old, smoker or non-smoker.

Obama’s Legacy 2.0

by Jayne D. Frank

It has been quite a few months since we have posted on our blog; quite simply, our entire extended family was “stunned” at the naivety and ignorance of the people who elected Barack Obama to continue denigrating and transforming this Country into a declining economic and military force in the World.  Our blog mission has always been to educate the country in the agenda of a man totally unequipped and inexperienced to handle the job of President and Commander-in-Chief.  It was our desire to allow visitors to the blog to actually think for themselves and to understand the difference between the words and hyperbole of Barack Obama and his actions, so that we could  put this 4-year disaster behind us.  Our final reaction to the 2012 election was “Now they deserve what they get…..”

It is amazing, however, how many Americans we have run into in our travels who were similarly shocked at the election outcome and are going to continue to resist the takeover of our private economy by our Government and to try to preserve our God-given freedoms.  Our blog readers deserve nothing less than that.

One of the most high-profile issues that will have to eventually rear its ugly head in Barack Obama’s second term, is the issue of Entitlements.  Today I asked my husband “Who could possibly feel good about what this man has done in the last four years?” and the answer was obvious.  The more than $8.8 million people on disability, the people on unemployment who no longer even try to work who still get unemployment after so many Government extensions, and those on welfare.  Those include those at the lower end of the poverty spectrum who continue to irresponsibly have more babies in order to collect an ever-growing stash of money from the Government for doing so.  The values of many in this entitlement system are truly warped, but who can blame them when money is just being thrust at them with no accountability in exchange for taking it.  The takers also demean and diminish the people who truly need assistance from the Government (i.e., the truly disabled and those that find themselves, through no fault of their own needing financial assistance just to survive).

One example comes to mind which simply illustrates the absurdity and waste by the Government in providing disability money.  We had recently been looking around for a used pontoon boat and we ran across a 29-year old man selling one such boat from his driveway .  He said that he and his dad had just finished totally stripping the old boat of its furnishings and fixtures to rebuild the boat from the ground up, which obviously took a great deal of time, money and manual labor to finish. He then told us that he was “retired” now and was getting disability because he was having some problems with his back from being in a car accident.  He explained how he now has the leisure time to do landscaping in his new house as well as fix it up as he and his wife had always wanted to do.  This young man, not yet 30 years old, was far more healthy and able to work than hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans that pull themselves out of bed every morning to get to their waitressing job or work in a factory.  What we felt at the end of meeting him was shame!  Shame that this young man exemplifies thousands of others who are scamming the system.  Shame that our Government would even grant this claimant a lifetime of disability benefits on the backs of taxpayers.  And shame that my paraplegic sister who was cared for in a nursing home, and thousands like her, are in danger of losing their benefits because of people abusing the disability system.  This young man and others who abuse the disability system would rather subsist as a parasite on the Government dole rather than take responsibility for himself and his family.  Between 2008 and now, disability benefits have skyrocketed  – an increase of $5 million.  Who ultimately pays that bill?  You do!

A recent newspaper article also highlighted the abuse of the welfare system.  A young man under the age of 35 had recently died.  His obituary talked about the 15 children that he had fathered (by numerous women.) The article went on to describe how much of an “entrepreneur” he was – that through Federal and State welfare monies for those children and their mothers, his “extended family” was able to bring in over $100,000 annually in income without having to lift a finger to earn that money.  Who pays for all those children?  You do!

There is absolutely nothing that Barack Obama is going to do in his second term, as illustrated in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, to fix this broken system.  His social justice makeover of America is alive and well and abuses like those illustrated above will only continue to flourish if there is no accountability and cuts made to those programs.  In this SOTU address, he also had the audacity to tell us that his programs, just as with Obamacare, “would not add one dime to the deficit,” including a brand new useless entitlement program such as “preschool for everyone.”  Who would pay for that additional program?  You would!

The Miracle of Obama’s Arithmetic!

By: Richard H. Frank

Barack Obama uses the phrase “it’s arithmetic” to prove his criticism of his opponent’s revenue and tax policies. Yet when it comes to calculation of the unemployment rate in America the rule that 2+2=4 doesn’t apply. There should be no doubt in the mind of any informed American that the real unemployment rate in this country is substantially higher than that reported in the Department of Labor’s monthly statistics. Consider the following:

  • According to the Government between 150,000 and 175,000 new jobs are needed each month just to keep pace with population growth. Their own statistics show that this has not happened over the past year. Yet, the rate has dropped from 9.3% to the September bogus number of 7.8%.
  • Weekly first time claims for unemployment benefits remain above 350,000 or a total of approximately 1.0 million per month which is 4 to 5 times the number of new private sector jobs reported as created by the Department of Labor. Yet, the administration and the President takes credit for 5 million new jobs created in just the past 10-month period. These facts just don’t add up.
  • More importantly the Obama Administrations own figures show that the U-6 under-employment rate remains locked in at 14.1%. This is a direct contradiction to their reported 7.8% for September 2012.
  • The most startling and bogus number in all the calculations used by the administration is the available workforce in the country which has  magically fallen by more than 8 million persons. Where have all these people gone? Have they migrated to Mexico in search of employment crossing the border in the dead of night to become illegal immigrants?

The real answer is that “it’s all about politics and electing  Barack Obama for a second term”. We find ourselves living under an administration headed by a President that will do and say anything to be re-elected. The media dare not call out the administration for the lies and distortions they spew to the American public for fear of being labeled as racist. I for one could care less about the color of the President’s skin, but do care about the color of his character.

President Obama and his administration have repeatedly demonstrated a lack of transparency and a propensity to manipulate the truth to the point of lacking any credibility with the electorate. This was not the “Hope and Change” that many Americans voted for in 2008. Now in 2012 it is time to make a change and replace Obama and his administration with qualified men that have the values and principles that have made America exceptional.