Independent Voters View | Time To Stay Focused!

A great victory has been won this week in Massachusetts. Senator-elect Scott Brown (R), will by all indications take his seat expeditiously, at least so far as the Massachusetts State Government is concerned. It is a time for all of us to keep a watchful eye on how the Senate handles this. It is also a time to see if we can now get our government to heed the independents message this election has so clearly enunciated.

First we must keep the pressure up to ensure the back room slight of hand dealings are stopped in any attempt to pass the current healthcare reform legislation. These abominations to free markets, freedom o f choice, and healthcare quality of service must meet their well deserved fate and be killed, now. Independents must now determine where their own congressman stands on the Senate Bill and apply pressure to ensure they vote no on the senate bill if they try to pass it in the House of Representatives. They must know vote by vote what they will lose in November should they lose site of the will of the people they represent.

We must also train our sites on the Cap and Trade legislation now pending before the Senate as well. This is a sure bet to increase costs for everyone,. Independents should insist instead on legislation that provides job building incentives for conversion to Natural Gas, in the power, and automotive industry, a National Pipeline Distribution System, increased domestic drilling and energy independence, along with Nuclear, Solar, and wind power initiatives. All focused on growth incentives, both near and long term. The job potential in this arena is huge.

The next focus for legislators, should be oversight of what should be the Administrations primary focus; our National Defense. The attempted in flight bombing last Christmas day, shows clear and convincing evidence of a resolute lack of integrated, focused, and interpreted intelligence in the counter terrorism system and needs to be fixed so it can focus like a laser beam on our enemies. Say what you will about President Bush, his administration kept these forces at bay for remaining seven years and four months of his term after the attack of Sept 11th 2001.

Now just in case some might misunderstand and think this is a call for grid lock on Capital Hill. Let me say clearly it is not. Here are things that can be done and should be done.

Health Care Reform – Legislation should be developed that accomplishes the following, inter state open boarder competition in insurance. Remove the Anti Trust Exemption for insurance companies. Open the Federal Health Benefits Exchange for nationwide participation by small businesses. Legislate Tort Reform but with acceptable limits to ensure the victim is fairly compensated in the event of malpractice, but not to excess for the lining of the lawyers pockets; (you could do this by limiting lawyers fees to say costs plus 5 % as opposed to the more common 30-40% of the award). Look for real cost savings in Tricare, Medicare and Medicaid, through automation, and reductions in bureaucracy, and materials, not benefits and reimbursement. There are many more things that all of us can agree upon but fundamentally it must be done in an open and fair way that treats all Americans the same. (Think CSPAN).

Redirect the 600 Billion or so iof the remaining Stimulus funds to three things, jobs, Jobs, and JOBS! Think about some of the alternatives in Cap and Trade above, or turn our attention to the crumbling bridges throughout the country. There are some real ‘shovel ready’ projects and needs out there that will eventually require about 5 Trillion in funding over the next 10-15 years. Start now.

I’m sure there are more things that can be done and needs doing. These are just a few that occur to me. The fact is that the congress and the president could start with these and look  to a better future for our country. If you refuse or lay down and do nothing the great independent majority will be looking for your name in November and your replacements on the Ballot.

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ralwus 6 years ago

Great hub Big John. I agree whole heartedly. We need more moderates in charge. I don't care what party affiliation, we just need some people with common sense guiding this country, and I don't want any particular party in charge. But they need to be able to compromise and stop bickering and finger pointing and do some real work for America that will bring about jobs along with security. Thanks for posting this. CC


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Hmrjmr, Good hub and you covered some very important points. I agree with your points. The health care bill needs to happen but with the changes you've mentioned, plus they should eliminate the pre-existing condition component.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Ralwus - Thanks my friend, concur I don't care what party I need to know a candidates views and will hold them to it. Much still to be done


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Pam - You are right on the Insurance reform. Our Congress has granted them anti trust exemption so they all could do exactly what they have done, The Pre-exist clause is but one of the things that need fixing in this arena. But you are right fix it they must.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Hmrjmr1,

I agree with your priorities. I wonder if Miss Pelosi, Mr. Reid, and President Obama think they slipped on the Astroturf? I hope they have learned to listen to "WE THE PEOPLE"!!!!!!!!!!!!


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

I agree all the way to them meddling with Tricare, that system needs boosted to as close to free as free gets. They owe a better plan to the soldier and the sacrifices made by them and their immediate family. IMHO


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

tom - Thanks for Stopping By. IF they don't realize the slip and get focused on We The People, Then We The People will Drop the Hammer On their Collective Heads this Fall, and sweep out the trash in the process!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

50 Cal The Mayo Clinic out near you is going to stop seeing Medicare Patients in March, as TRICARE rates are tied to Medicare as well I would suspect that show will drop soon after. This is something we need to get on top of now and change!


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

The problem is the majority of people are not on top of things. If more folks were paying attention, there would be a better chance to change things.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

suziecat - I respectfully disagree. I think what is happening here is that more and more people are becoming acutley aware of both the needs and politics and are disgusted and mad about what they see. Change is coming the question is how long will the electorate keep focused? Thanks for stopping by..


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readytoescape 6 years ago from Central Florida

Hmrjmr,

Great hub I couldn't agree more.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

RTE - Thanks my Friend..


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amulets 6 years ago from Singapore

Great Hub. It is always good to keep tab and getting one working on its toe.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by amulets!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great hub hmr with outstanding suggestions. I would vote for you in a New York minute.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks BPOP - I think Dog Catcher is coming open soon...:D :D :D


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

EPA has already started in to CO2, and they do not need legislative approval. They have become an independent identity with power. And they have declared CO2 as a poisonous gas.

Keep on hubbing.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

eovry - Cap and Trade is gonna be a whole series of hubs for me. Thanks for Stopping By Hold our reps acountable and we can change this crap Thanks...


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah!!!! Goooooooo Hmrhmr! Mass WON tonight and things are going to change!!! Great Hub!!! Good points and yes, the people are fed up, tired and flat disgusted...they will not take anymore of the garbage being thrown on the lawn anymore....We need to keep hammering and speaking our minds....This was a to the point excellent piece of hub...GOOD JOB SIR!!!


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

Big John - Amen ! Gus :-)))


ivori 6 years ago

Absolutely! Hear, hear! It's high time American people be the leader's first priority.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

WMH - That they did, The People of Mass won a great Battle though Total Victory is still not assured. We The People must remain vigilant and engaged. Thank you for your kind words!

Gus So Let it Be Written So let it be Done...GBY!

Ivory - It appears we are moving in that direction Hoooah!


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Army Infantry Mom 6 years ago

As always you cover all the essentials,.. I sure wish you'd run,.. seriously. I was confident Brown would win,.. Chalk one up for "We the People" !!! America may still be way off track but this is a good start to turning it around. I only hope Veteran's like Jesse Kelly and Allen West get their wins too.

Vet's for Senates, Vet's for Congress, Vet's for Presidents !!! HOOAH !!!!

PS i really like the pic at the top of your hub !!! LOL


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

AIM - I concur more Vets in Office! and AIM for?? As for the pic, I've had that one for a while finally had a good reason to use it. Seeem'd fittin', Hooah!!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan

Absolutely RIGHT! We can't set back on our "laurels" - we must still call and write our representatives and let them know they are SO outta there if they don't shape up and start supporting the CONSTITUTION!

Super Hub!!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks CJV Keep the pressure on!

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