The legislative proposals in Congress need to be evaluated based on their authority and responsibility given in the Constitution. Proposals need to be evaluated based on their merit not the party who created them.
One of the principles on which our country was found is that individuals are innocent until proven guilty. The battle to change the culture in Washington has hit a critical point and we must ensure that our core principles need to be protected.
The 2018 election is another critical point in the history of our country. Our country is on a positive path and should continue. Our economy is strong and can get stronger if we make the right choices this election year.
Our system of justice is based on the fact than an individual is innocent until proven guilty but the media and some politicians seem to have lost this principle. Allegations are not facts.
Our justice system was created to enforce the laws of our country and of the states but lately decisions being made have become political rather than enforcing the law in many but not all cases.
Many laws are generated by state legislatures and this is fine but they cannot or should not violate the Constitution or federal law. There is a process to change laws but they should not be ignored.
The history of our country and the freedoms we have under the Constitution are being attacked and we as individuals and as a country must stand up and say enough is enough
It has been said that elections have consequences but some politicians have not received the message from the voters in November 2016. They need to get with the program and make the right decisions.
Journalism today in many cases is not true journalism unless the facts and sources are validated prior to publishing. This aspect does not exist in several media sources today. This is fake news.
The methods of operation in the United States Senate is not in the best interest of the country or the Constitution. It is time for partisan politics to stop.
Our federal government has become so bloated that it is hardly recognizable against the concept envisioned by our founding fathers. It must change to recognize state rights and responsibilities.
The media coverage of the news today in many instances leaves a lot to be desired. There is a lack of honesty and integrity in the reporting all the complete facts on many issues.
The election results are clear the people are tired of partisan politics and the double standard being imposed in Congress and our judicial system. Politicians need to work for the people.
Our federal court judicial system has been highjacked in some cases to where decisions are not based on the Constitution but political philosophy. The Constitution must come back to the system.
There is a new President and he has a new agenda which needs to be implemented by Congress and the Executive Departments and agencies. Those who have been hired must adapt to the changes.
The Importance of strategic plans within the Federal Government and the Impact of the Trump Administration will be significant given the fact Trumps method of operation is significantly different.
The federal government has become bloated over the years and is not functioning as it was intended under the Constitution. The government needs to be streamlined to be more efficient and economical.
The requirements to hold confirmation hearings in the Senate are embedded in the Constitution and is not a complicated one. The process should be a fair one not political in nature.
The political culture in Washington is about to change. The voters have spoken through their votes and politicians should listen and if they do not they may be looking from the outside in.
The Louisiana Purchase has been called the greatest event in our country's history. The result changed the landscape significantly. Our country would have been quite different without this event.
Many may not realize the real impact of Thomas Jefferson and his principles had on our country. Many of his principles found their way into our Constitution and our way of life.
Elections have consequences and the results this year signals a change that has been needed for a long time. A new administration with new approaches to government has been long overdue.
Freedom of speech appears to be non-existent on our college campuses through decisions made by administrators. Colleges and instructors need to embrace the principle of free speech.
Climate change has not been reliably proven to exist and just because political leaders across the world have signed an accord does not mean it is based on reliable facts.
The cost of government has risen as our debt has risen. There are programs and agencies which have no justification to exists and should be eliminated. Proposed budgets should address this fact.
The current political environment or culture is headed for a shakeup based on the election results. Politicians must heed the voice of the voters or they will be on the outside looking in next time.
We have important decisions to make this election year and we should not let the media with their coverage or lack of it influence our votes. The future path of the country depends on it.
This election year we have critical decisions to made with regards to who will represent us in Congress and as President. We must vote as Americans for America not our party affiliation.
The safety of our food and the toys we purchase should not be dictated to us by the World Trade Organization. Labeling requirements should remain the same, no change
Recent reports indicate that some of the faces on our currency are about to change but who really has or should have the authority to make this kind of decision?
This election year has seen unexpected results. Candidates who are considered to be outsiders have seen enormous support against the establishment candidates much to the surprise of the establishment
There has been a question as to whether the voice of the voters are reflected in the candidate choice in each state. The percentage a candidate earns reflects the choice for individual states.
The coverage by the media over election delegates is anything but honest. They leave out details such as percentage of delegates won by candidates based on their voting percentages in the states.
The nomination of an individual to the Supreme Court is a high honor. The current vacancy and who fills it will impact their decisions for years. The Senate must make the right decision.
The size of the federal government needs to be reduced in conjunction with their constitutional responsibilities. Exceptions should not be rampant rather than the rule.
The question of what constitutes an individual to be a natural born citizen has been raised but the actions or the lack of them by the government has created the definition.
A church conducting a religious service on their own property should never be subject to restrictions by police or city council actions as a result of complaints by neighbors.
American values are under attack by individuals, organizations and even the government. The current status quo is not acceptable. Elected officials need to be reminded of this at election time.
Congress has a tough job in handling the issues facing our country but the process of enacting legislative proposals needs to change to make it more efficient.
Climate change philosophy has had conflicting information presented across the world. It is noted that there have been changes in our environment but they are a natural progression of our atmosphere.
Developing our energy resources through the construction of the Keystone Pipeline has been delayed but not lost. Data will prove the pipeline should be approved when Congress stands up for America.
Our justice system is in need of some changes but the changes should go through Congress. The Department of Justice cannot or should not make changes to the laws currently on the books.
The decision to release prisoners early from prison needs to be made by parole boards not the Department of Justice or the President. Current laws and regulations should not be ignored.
The values of the Air Force shows the kind of integrity individuals must have to serve their country in this branch of our military.
This organization has the integrity to provide the support services needed for our troops and their families. The funds they receive from private donations are put to good use.
Gun control is not the answer to stopping acts of mass shootings. The right to bear arms is granted in the Constitution
The short term agreement to fund the government was a good idea. The new speaker of the house has the right to be involved with the next fiscal budget whatever it may be.
The current Planned Parenthood Scandle and it is a scandle should be strongly dealt with the full extent of law. There funding which they do not need should be permanently removed.
The coverage of political candidates by some media today is being distorted. The manner in which some are receiving coverage is a disservice to the voters. There needs to be fair coverage for all.
At this time of the year there always seems to be talk about shutting the government down but a complete government shutdown does not exist. Individuals who perform critical functions stay on the job
The new Speaker of the House will need to have his/her act together to bring together individuals to stand up for the people and the country against unconstitutional actions.
When Congress makes bad decisions and specifically political parties we must evaluate whether to return these individuals to represent us come election time. The Iran deal is one of those decisions.
Decisions by the Supreme Court does not automatically override state constitutions. The recent decision affecting Kentucky does not overturn their constitution.
Exercising our religious beliefs is one of the bedrocks of our Constitution and arresting an individual exercising their beliefs is unconstitutional arresting someone for this activity should stop.
Specific requirements for individuals teaching the future leaders of tomorrow need to be in place. If these are violated the applicable school system should be able to terminate their employment.
The current establishment in Congress of both political parties have failed the American people and the country. We need a new establishment which will honor the Constitution in everything they do.
The right to display and honor the American flag should never be restricted. Restricting the display of our national flag is a violation of the freedom of expression in the Constitution.
Today the laws being enforced is not across the board. It has been decided that some laws will be enforced and others will not. Government officials have taken an oath to enforce all laws.
The Iran deal and the details being released if true should be soundly rejected by the Senate. Some details are not even available to the Senate who must accept or reject the agreement. This is wron
The rules and regulations being generated today are running rampant. Congress needs to honor their responsibilities and review these actions before they impact society and our business community.
The responsibilities of the federal government are clearly defined. The activity and actions of the federal government are encroaching on the responsibilities of the state per the Constitution
Executive departments and agencies should have the expertise to initiate rules or regulations being imposed on the country. Sadly many actions are based on policy not the Constitution or laws.
There are many GOP candidates running for President the question to be answered by voters is who will be best for the country. We need to return to a constitutional government.
We are a country where the people was established to control government but we have come to a point where government is controlling us. It needs to stop and hopefully it will with the next election.
Individuals sometimes make statements of what they are going to do but do not follow through with actions to make them happen. Politicians are the worst example of this philosophy.
Recent events involving the killing and wounding of some of our military has brought to like they do not have the means to protect themselves with the weapons they need.
Sanctuary cities are creating and have created an unsafe environment for all their residents. Allowing illegal immigrants to roam their cities without the threat of being arrested is wrong.
The present leadership of both political parties in Congress has failed us and is failing us each day. White there are some good things being done overall they are not honoring the Constitution.
Securing our borders is critical to creating a safe environment for every citizen. Immigration issues must be resolved but they need to be resolved the right way.
Commuting sentences of criminals is a topic which should not be taken lightly. Criminals are in jail for a reason and commuting these sentences are a slap in the face of our justice system.
We as individuals have a right to make a decision to own or not to own a gun under the Constitution. There is constant assault on this right and it needs to stop.
Our country has a rich history and should be remembered as it happened. Many textbooks being written are making these events politically correct. This distorts our history.
Intellectual property rights such as patents are under attack by organizations who are out to make a buck. Bankrupt companies with patents are being bought then lawsuits without merit are being filed
Federal laws need to be enforced by the federal government. It is not the responsibility of state governments. Laws which violate our rights should be repealed or revised.
Our education system is one of the best if not the best in the world but it needs to change to reflect the needs of business today and into the future. Our schools have a number of foreign students.
Our society has become the prisoner of individuals and organizations who have created a victim mentality. This kind of atmosphere is bad for our safety and those who are sworn to protect us.
We as individuals have certain rights granted to us in the Constitution. Our right to display anything of historical value should not be infringed upon. Opinions of others need to be respected.
Decisions by the Supreme Court and others are a critical aspect of our judicial system. Their decisions are the law but can be reversed by legislative action.
Our judicial system has the responsibility to make decisions based on the laws as written involved in the issues before them. They must go with the language not the intent of the law.
Corporate welfare is not talked about much in the media and government does not highlight the amount of money or loan guarantees they give to corporate America. It needs to stop.
Transparency in the federal government at the executive level and Congress is becoming more and more absent. A recent legislative proposal has made this quite evident. This pattern needs to change.
Government continues to be in an overreach mode and the EPA is in good company. Controlling what we can do on our own property is wrong.
The facility identified as GITMO located on a military base in Cuba is what appears to be a critical asset in the war against terrorist attacks. Individuals who are there want to do us harm.
Journalists which includes any individual who writes or broadcast information to the public have a responsibility to the public for fair and impartial coverage of any news event.
Accountability of taxpayer dollars seems to be nonexistent at least within the federal government. Money management philosophy should be a part of all government entities
The Department of the Interior is responsible for not only government owned land but the needs of all land within our borders. Addressing water needs across the country is only part of their job.
We have a need to access all our energy resources to reduce our dependence on foreign oil from countries some of which do not like us. Accessing these sources must consider environmental concerns.
The Department of Interior and its activities touch the lives of all Americans and visitors to this country. Celebrating the centennial of this organization next year is a big achievement.
The term global warning has changed to climate change. There are differences of opinion and data whether it exists. Government believes it is real but there is no convincing evidence.
Protecting our financial infrastructure is a critical element of our society. Cooperation between government and the financial sector is the key ensuring this protection.
The activity of the Treasury Department in this goal is significant and is critical to energizing the country but only if the right decisions are made with respect to required changes.
The Department of Labor has an important responsibility affecting every individual who works. It is important for them to enforce the laws but not overstep their authority as sometimes is the case.
The Treasury Department being involved in job creation activity is great it is a matter of the methods used to create this type of environment. Taxes are a big part of the problem.
The treasury department is more than just the IRS and what it does impacts our economic prosperity across the country including businesses and individuals who need to make decisions.
Academic freedom in our education system must return along with some teacher choice in their curriculumns
The Department of State is a critical one with regards to the implementation of foreign policy and creating opportunities for global markets for United States Businesses.
The Department of Commerce is directly included in the Constitution as a federal government responsibility. The interaction and mission impacts decisions made for government and business.
We have executive departments tasked with the responsibility of various topics such as energy and education and final decisions on actions should be their responsibility. This is not the case.
The responsibility and authority of the energy department must have the authority to make decisions to accomplish our need for energy independence. That authority is not in place.
The Justice Department has a critical responsibility to enforce federal laws. Whether any individual agrees or disagrees with a law should make no difference. It should be enforced.
The federal government has been creating laws and regulations but they are not always within the responsibilities engrained in the Constitution. Article 1 section 8 defines the responsibilities.
Religious freedom is protected by the Constitution and it is the right of any state to add to any federal law as long as it is not violated in this case the exercise of freedom of religion .
Today Americans are losing faith in the decisions or the lack of them to tackle the problems which must be resolved. The current culture needs to change to a more cooperative environment.
The Department of Education is not identified or has no basis in the Constitution. Changes need to be made to our education system and the states should be the ones to do it.
The process of fracking has been and is a controversial process for accessing our energy resources but it has been proven to be acceptable through evidence. It should be allowed to proceed.
Our political agreement process can involve the United Nations but their authority does not take precedent over our political process. They can agree but the Senate must accept any agreement made.
Actions of the federal government are answerable to the public through their elected representatives. The executive department entities are no different. We must let our voices heard.
News media in general and journalists have a distinct responsibility to accurately and reliably report the news. To do less violates the principles of integrity and reliability.
Many decisions are made by the executive departments and agencies which impact our lives everyday. Integrity and common sense does not appear to exist give the decisions they have been making.
The authority and responsibility of the Secretary of Health and Human services is under review through this legislative proposal. Government should not be making healthcare decisions for patients.
Our elected Senators and Representatives take an oath to honor the Constitution. We as their constituents must make sure they honor that oath.
The content of legislation now being created does not serve the needs of us or the country. Vague language opens the door for the present overreach philosophy of government at all levels.
The nullification movement is alive and well. States are taking action through this movement to reign in unconstitutional actions of the federal government.
Our rights under the 2nd amendment is under attack again. Efforts to impact or restrict these rights must be fought either by Congress or organizations through our court system.
Regulating the Internet by the FCC is a bad decision. Government involvement in this technology is a mistake. It is not a utility as no individual or organization owns it as with utilities.
The power of the purse is engrained in congressional authority. The problem with this tool is it has not been used as often as it should and we need it utilized today now more than ever.
The XL pipeline legislation has been vetoed by the President and Congress has a decision to make. Should it let the veto stand or should they fight to overturn it and benefit the country.
Many rules are generated by executive departments and agencies but many of them do not represent the language of the law with which they are supposedly connected.
Healthcare decisions should be left up to us as individuals not unelected federal bureaucrats. Government has no legal authority or responsibility per the Constitution.
Civil forfeiture actions by the federal government have been on the increase the past several years. The fourth amendment defines search and seizure requirements but they are being ignored.
Both political parties need to come together to do the country's business. It should not matter which party generates the legislation it should be about the merit and content.
The energy needs of our country and satisfying those needs are being hindered to some extent by the EPA. The details of this act are a bold step to have a positive impact to our needs.
The rights we have under the 2nd amendment to bear arms is under attack but states have a tool available to push back on this attack.
The laws and regulations of the federal government are taxing the resources of the states. Is it the responsibility of states or the federal government to do the enforcement?
The high costs of a college education continues to rise. New methods/options need to be put in place to curtail the rise and possibly reduce the costs individuals today and those of the future pay.
The current mandate for individuals to purchase health insurance has not achieved its objective. The mandate needs to be eliminated. Government deciding healthcare needs is wrong and inappropriate.
The principle of we have always done it that way is fast becoming extinct or the use of it greatly reduced. Advances in technology has changed all that and will impact our future.
The sport of Professional football has been tarnished with the uncovering of cheating in the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts game. What action should be taken?
Today the federal government standardized testing mandates is hurting our education system and the students within it. Teaching for test is the current environment not educating.
Under the government's definition of an extremist many if not all of us could be considered to be one. Being an extremists can be associated with opinions which do not match mainstream media ideology
Term limitations have been discussed a number of years. While there are positives and negatives it is time for them to be put in place.
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states as an alternative to classroom education. Parents have the legal right to educate their children at home.
The need to establish term limitations as now being proposed in Congress is long overdue. There are positive and negatives to such action but they should be put in place.
The principles of freedom are an aspect which needs to be embraced in our education system as a critical component for the leaders of tomorrow to know and understand.
We have certain rights engrained in the Constitution and this amendment is aimed at protecting these rights. We have the right to make our own decisions not have government make them for us.
Our founding fathers were ahead of their time regarding their philosophy and ideology found in many of the quotes which are as true today as they were when they were made.
Forcing Congress to balance the budget will have positive impacts on the economic environment now in place in our country. Decisions which should have been made in the past may take root.
The 2014 budget battle has shown some backbone by elected officials of both political parties. If this atmosphere continues into the new Congress it will be a long two years for the administration.
Today we have lost if not most of our economic freedom. This is a result in many cases of government rules and regulations. Government needs to stop micromanaging our economy.
The growth of government has been excessive but the people can impact government operations through a process called the Convention of States. The states can add amendments to the Constitution.
Short term continuing budget resolutions should be the action taken to fund the government past December 11, 2014. The new Congress has the right to made budget decisions on their watch.
We pay taxes on everything we buy and gas is no exception. Individuals will sometimes purchase more when the price is low. This gives the government more income from the taxes paid.
Government operations needs to invoke or revitalize costs comparisons to results. Funding for specific programs should not continuously be allocated without a review if objectives have been achieved.
Transparency in tax dollars expended by the Executive Department is a right of the American People. The process to ensure this takes place needs to be revised or created.
The move to reclassify the Internet as a public utility or telecommunication activity by the FCC is unjustified. The definition of a public utility does not fit the function of the Internet.
This organization involves dedicated individuals who care about our country. They are veterans and their families who have an agenda to change America for the better.
Our Constitution is the law of the land and should be honored by all individuals especially those we elect to represent us. Legislation should have specific connection to the Constitution.
We have a newly elected Congress the makeup of which changes the Control of Congress. This newly elected body should not be forced to accept a budget over which they had no involvement.
It has been said that illegal immigrants pay taxes but the manner in which this is accomplished has never been identified. Are there two processes one for citizens and one for illegal immigrants?.
Currently we are facing a reduced military organization, importing our energy needs and an open border. We need to have a strong military, a secure border and energy independence.
Government is out of control and that message was clearly sent in the 2014 mid-term elections. Jobs are being but they are not private sector jobs rather they are government jobs.
The process surrounding government contracts and their costs is flawed at best. The source wage information in the process and how they are determined is not clearly defined.
Congress has a responsibility to oversee the operations of executive departments and agencies accountable. Congress has this responsibility which has been lacking to some extent in recent years.
The right of every American citizen should not be infringed upon by any federal or state laws. It is important though to validate in some way that individuals who vote are actually citizens.
The results of the 2014 mid-term elections surprised many individuals. It was anticipated that the Republicans would take over the Senate but no one realized what resulted in the rest of the country.
Political parties can agree on the issues without sacrificing their principles. The task while it may be difficult can be achieved. It takes cooperation which we have not seen in recent years.
Our education system should be under the control of state and local governments not the federal government. Micromanaging our education system is wrong and should stop.
Much work on our highway infrastructure is needed to either repair highways or build or replace our bridges with out tax dollars. Establishing tolls for this work is wrong and possibly illegal.
Government at all levels have certain responsibilities but those responsibilities should not impact the economic prosperity of businesses/country with rules and regulations which are not justified.
The automobile industry is facing yet another crises with deficiencies. Identifying the cause of the airbag problem is critical to reestablishing a safe environment for drivers.
The integrity of our elections is important today more than ever. As we go to the polls to cast our votes we need to respect the poll workers as we make our way through the voting line.
Common sense seems to be lacking not only in government but in society in general. Common sense does exist but it is difficult to find and validate its existence.
The need for safety in our schools at all levels is unquestioned but understanding the causes must be related to the actions to be taken.
Freedom of religion is critical to the principles on which this country was found. Clearly our right to express our religious beliefs should not be restricted through decisions in our judicial system
Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are not something which religious institutions for which restrictions by any government entity should be allowed. It violates the Constitution.
The power of our votes this election year can have a significant and positive change for the future of our country. Our votes will decide the future direction of our country.
Our elected officials have a responsibility to be in attendance to accomplish their responsibilities for evaluating proposals and attending committee meetings not campaigning or fundraising.
Political parties have been a part of our political process but they are not identified in the Constitution. Good reasons exist for having political parties but others paint a different picture.
The recent rejection of voter id laws in Wisconsin and Texas raises questions as to whether the federal court system has jurisdiction according to the Constitution
The rights we have under the Constitution are in jeopardy based on the actions or inaction of Congress and decisions by our justice system. Something needs to change but what?
The current scoring of proposed legislation affecting the revenue to the government needs to change. All data collected is not used in determining the scoring by the Joint Committee on Taxation.
A new plan has been put forth by the Republican National Committee to address the critical issues facing us as a country. It is not about the source but the focus involved.
In these times there are examples of city governments making loans to businesses interested in their city. This is not a part of city government responsibilities.
Recent events have surfaced regarding the use of taxpayer dollars for politicians to attend fundraising events or speaking engagements. Taxpayer dollars are to be spent on government activities.
Decisions are being made by Executive Departments and agencies which impact our economic environment. The power of the Department heads goes to far without concurrence of Congress.
Our education system has some flaws not the least of which is accountability for what and how they teach. The content of textbooks should be updated but not at the expense of removing information.
We are a product of our past and like our past as an individual our country is a product of its past. Both make mistakes but we must learn from them to be better individuals and country tomorrow.
The economic liberty of the past seems to be eroding in the current economic times. Economic liberty and freedom cannot exist without having restrictions on the freedoms we have in the Constitution.
The intent for the existence of the federal government is not what our elected officials decide when proposing legislative actions. The intent is identified in the Federalists papers.
We currently have an environment where many rules and regulations dictate what we can and cannot do. Decisions we make should be free from government intervention to some extent.
The Institute of Justice is an organization which fights for keeping the freedoms we have intact. Laws and regulations are impacting these freedoms sometimes directly some times indirectly.
Public schools supported by taxes have fundraising activities all the time and as such if an organization wishes to support this activity on school property they should be allowed.
There is a movement involved with confiscation laws which is growing across the country. Whether these actions violate the Constitution depend upon the facts and decisions in each case.
Changes need to be made to culture in existence within the federal government. The present environment needs to change to a pro-business philosophy. Taxes among other things need to be revamped.
The current push to raise the minimum wage is not telling the whole story as to who will have their wages raised to the proposed increase. The real truth needs to be told.
The political culture in Congress and other levels of government seem to have lost touch with reality with regards to decisions and actions they take on the issues facing them.
Recognizing all of our enemies is necessary before we can develop a strategy to protect ourselves. This includes those who want to restrict our constitutional rights.
When crimes or incidents arise to the national spotlight it should be the job of local and state agencies to conduct the investigation. The federal government should not always get involved.
Increasing government revenue can be done without increasing taxes on the American people. Creating a business friendly environment through modifying or tax system or replacing it benefits all of us.
The current business environment needs to change. Some changes are within businesses control but others are within government control. Government needs to become more business friendly.
Achieving success involves being engaged in the goals we have established to reach our measure of success. Our Success is measured by our own definition and by those around us.
Teamwork is an essential element in the business community. Creating a team to resolve issues or make improvements in products or process impact the success or failure of a company or organization.
Our education system and structure is one of the best if not the best in the world. Our world is changing and so is the needs of business. Schools need to adapt to those changing needs.
Individuals appointed, elected or just an employee who has been convicted of a felony should not be eligible to hold a government position regardless of whether it is before or after taking the job.
Voter registration lists have been in the news as inaccurate and unreliable. All lists need to be sanitized to ensure the names have been validated to be living individuals among other requirements.
Making a difference in the lives of others is a worthy cause. Our individual actions and responsibilities we perform each day can or will impact the quality of life of others.
The Federalist Papers had a profound impact on the creation of our Constitution I never new just how much until I created this hub.