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Political and Social Issues: If It's Broken Then Fix It

Updated on June 19, 2013

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I haven’t had a good rant in a long time. I think now is as good a time as any to take a look at the state of our nation. I wrote this awhile back but haven’t gotten around to publishing it until now.

After some thought I have decided that this will be my last rant. From now on I’m going to concentrate on the solution rather than the problem. Thanks for reading my last rant.

As of the writing of this article, the Congressional blowhards are crossing the last t’s and dotting the last i’s on the legislation that will prevent us all from tumbling over the fiscal cliff.

Their next order of business should probably be to tighten security so that the 300 million citizens who want to kick their butts can’t get to them.

Seriously, folks, the inmates are running the asylum. Is it my imagination or have things gotten worse since the Presidential election? I didn’t think that was possible but I swear to the Almighty it is true. In the last few weeks we have seen our elected officials sniping and bickering like a bunch of pensioners after a few beers down at Tiny’s Tavern. The rhetoric has been flying faster than poop from a goose, and their productivity pretty much smells like that same poop.

Is there anyone living in this country who honestly believes that our system isn’t broken?

No, I’m not talking about the U.S. Constitution. I am a huge believer in that living document and I don’t want to see it touched at all. I am, however, talking about a system whereby politicians are bought and paid for by special interest groups. Make no mistake about it….that is why we came close to plunging off of that fiscal cliff, and that is why we will continue to see these same deadlocks for the next four, eight, twelve, or sixteen years.

This country is in serious trouble and our future rests in the hands of a bunch of fat cats who could care less about the problems of the average citizen.

I’m a big believer in the old axiom that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, so I’d like to propose a few suggestions on how we can fix some of our problems. Mind you, these will never fly with the powers in Washington D.C., mainly because they make sense.

I toss these out in no particular order; these are just random solutions that came to me while I was buttering my toast this morning. I didn’t need a committee, and I didn’t need a poll. I’m just a working stiff who has a little common sense.

Are you ready?

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SOFT MONEY JUST GOT HARD TO COME BY


Ban campaign contributions, most notably the infamous soft money. Elections are being bought and paid for, and it’s not by you and I. Use your imagination and you should be able to figure out who is gaining from this system of campaigning.

I have this vision of old-school campaigning. Candidates do whistle stops across the country on trains, and they are limited to the number of stops they can make. No more flying to ten cities in one day; no more 250 television ads in one week. Hell, put the candidates on horseback and make them travel from stop to stop on Old Nellie!

BYE BYE EXXON


I want to see a fence built around Washington D.C., and set up a series of Checkpoint Charlies. No special interest lobbyist will be allowed through the checkpoint.

Of course, this means that Congressmen will have to eat at McDonald’s like the rest of us, but oh well, those are the breaks!

SPEAKING OF CONGRESSMEN


I say it’s about time we cut back on the salaries of Congressmen and Senators. I think they should earn minimum wage with incentives. Their wage will rise incrementally when the standard of living rises in this country. Call it a performance-based system.

Conversely, their salaries will decrease if they keep screwing the rest of us. I’m willing to bet we would see some serious work done very quickly, and a whole lot of agreement in the Halls of Congress.

Just recently President Obama agreed to take a 4% pay cut from his $400,000 salary. What does that come out to, $16,000? So he is willing to live on only $384,000 this next year, right? I hope he’s able to make ends meet. Oh don’t get me wrong, I was impressed by the gesture but still….$384,000? If I’m not mistaken, Josh Hamilton of the Angels makes that much in about ten games, which brings me to my next point…..

PAY WHAT THE JOB IS WORTH


When grocery clerks make more money than teachers then I have a problem. When the CEO of Monsanto makes more money than a country doctor then I have a problem. When a lobbyist for an oil consortium makes more money than a social worker then I have a problem.

Let’s start paying people what they are worth. Wouldn’t that be hilarious? Again, pay based on performance based on the common good; now there is a platform I could sign on for immediately. I have no problem with a sales associate at WalMart making minimum wage. They are usually rude, barely trained and don’t appear to want to help me at all, so they should be paid for their performance. Conversely, if my son’s teacher is at least partially responsible for preparing him properly for his future, then she is worth her weight in gold.

The original and still the best

BYE BYE MISS AMERICAN PIE


Welcome to the year 2013 and the Global Economy. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, or in our case, what is good for China is good for America, and if a textile worker farts in Taiwan then the price of Levi’s rises in Detroit.

I’m all for helping out the rest of the world, but when is enough enough? When a mother of four has to work three jobs to feed her kids in Baton Rouge, and when veterans are homeless on the streets, I rapidly lose interest in the needs of those in Siberia. And if my government cannot see the wisdom in that last statement then maybe my government isn’t governing.

We are told that the old manufacturing jobs are going to disappear because the market dictates that they do. We are told that we need to re-train American workers in new jobs that will be in demand in the years to come. The old ways are gone and it’s a new day, baby, a new day where established principles that once worked are now outdated.

Bull!

We are being sold a bill of goods that is ludicrous and insulting. The old principles are not outdated. They have been pushed aside because they did not accumulate wealth for the upper 1% fast enough.

I just read the other day that millionaires in America received $30 billion in assistance from the U.S. government last year. From unemployment benefits to subsidies to tax breaks, the richest of the rich received financial assistance in an amount that was larger than the entire NASA budget.

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FAIR IS FAIR, RIGHT?


Well no, fair is not fair in the United States. Listen, I am the first to admit that Social Services in the United States is a broken system. We have people daily who scam the government and receive Food Stamps and Unemployment Benefits all the while they are working. We all know someone who is doing that and it is not right…..but…..when Ted Turner gets a tax break for his farm, and when Bon Jovi gets a tax break because he raised bees, then my b.s. antennae shoot straight up.

I want a bipartisan committee to sit down and straighten out the tax codes once and for all. As long as it is bipartisan and as long as it is comprised of some regular people and not just CEO’s making two million in bonuses, then I will be satisfied with their work results.

I Cry Real Tears by Yours Truly

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START CARING ABOUT OUR CITIZENS


The War on Drugs is a joke. End it! Take all of that money and put people back to work. Allow them to build a little self-respect. Give them a reason to hope for the future. Stop jailing people on pot busts, and quit spending billions trying to eliminate the coke supply in Colombia. People will always be able to find drugs if they want them. The secret to ending this madness is to give people a reason not to want drugs. In other words, take away the demand and the supply will disappear.

The problems faced in the United States are enormous, and it is time that we take constructive approaches to solving those problems.

And it all begins with us.

Quit sitting on the sidelines complaining about the problems and get your butts out there and change things. Run for local political office and change the system from the inside. Start up a political action group and be a thorn in the side of the political process.

Demand that your police force actually prevent crimes before they happen by being proactive rather than reactive. Demand that your child’s teacher actually care enough to properly teach your child AND THEN pay that teacher what they are worth. Revamp the social services so that those who truly need help can get help.

Stop buying foreign products and supporting foreign nations. Buy American and put Americans to work in the process. Stop buying from corporations that obviously do not have your best interests at heart and start buying local.

It all begins with us, and don’t you for a second ever underestimate the power of a small group of determined people. This nation was founded by one such group.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, welcome to my site and thank you! There is no doubt the system is in need of a reality check. I believe in the Constitution, but from where I sit it has been subverted for the gains of a few. A revolution might be coming my friend, and it will not be a pleasant experience.

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      John David 4 years ago from Middle America

      May be a rant, but a truthful one. Both sides of the political spectrum are tainted. We need elected officials who once again realize they do the people's work.. yes, they work for us not against.

      Liberty has been taking a swan dive, as has our Constitution. Of course changing things for the betterment of this nation is key, but acknowledging the Constitution backed by our Bill Of Rights first and foremost is the factor.

      Our founders set in place checks and balances to keep our federal government from getting too big. We need to enforce those.

      Washington is out of control. Where are all the patriots? I know of many talking, but we need more willing to lead.

      Great Hub and kudos!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, some would call you skeptical....I call you truthful. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LongTime, you just mentioned my favorite billionaire.....good man with a good wife and they both spend billions to help the poor......good choice. :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      I would not believe anything a billionaire says, Most did not get that way by telling the truth.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I'd take advice from Bill Gates. I'm sure he could teach me a few things. Mind you, I'd also be inclined to give him a little advice as well. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that link is making it's way around somehow. It has a life of it's own. LOL As for advice from billionaires, I can't imagine anyone I would trust less to give me advice. :)

      Thanks for stopping by my friend, and have a good remainder of the week.

      bill

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      I received an e-mail from someone I didn't know who sent me this link about "Billionaire Tells Americans to Prepare For Financial Ruin". I don't know about you, but I don't trust anything a "billionaire" would ever try to sell me. Let alone try to get me to "buy into" the fear card. Billionaire are sharks!

      Thats how they can get their billions! Shared & tweeted again.

      Hugs! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, a part of me still believes that America is the greatest country in the world, but even if I am correct in that statement, it just means we have to try harder to remain the greatest. We have a legacy to uphold, and that is a responsibility we, as a nation, should take very seriously.

      Thank you my friend. It's always a pleasure having you stop by.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, honestly I was thinking that all your ranting is much ado about nothing until I read "Billionaire Tells Americans to Prepare For 'Financial Ruin'." America, in my mind, is still the greatest country in the world. How wrong can I get?!!!

      http://www.moneynews.com/Archives/Trump-Aftershock...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I'm afraid you are correct on that point. Money and politics do not mix but they always will be....the little guy doesn't stand much of a chance in DC politics. :) Thanks for your visit my friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Keep your rants coming. Without rants, nothing gets done and no one gets inspired. Besides, if you are anything like me, you feel better after ranting. This was a good rant btw. Especially about lobbyists. Growing up in and living in DC suburbs opens ones eyes to all of the shenanigans that go on in DC. No matter what anyones says, lobbyists always have, and always will rule that town.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, we need one hell of a large hammer, and I don't know where to buy one. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, as usual this rant hits the bad guys right on the head. The only thing is, we need a bigger hammer I fear.

      mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Kat! Thanks for the visit and for following me. I used to do a lot of these, but they tended to depress me. :) Like you I think it just might be impossible to right all of these wrongs. I hope I'm wrong my new friend.

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      Alexa B 4 years ago from SC, USA

      I love your rant! I hope it won't be your last, but I do like your idea on focusing on how to change it. It seems an impossible task, and I'd really like to hear more about what we can do!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I taught history for years and I am happy to find out that you did the same. Thank you for taking the time tor read my rant. Hopefully it will plant a seed in the heads of some people and we can bring about a slow change in the world.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Phoenix! I did not think for a second that you were setting my agenda. I like writing comedy; I have just gotten away from it and perhaps it is time to return for awhile.

      The weather is mellowing here as well with sunshine on the way. Life is good my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, for sure every country has its own problems. Thank you for relating what Nepal is going through. We really are all alike, aren't we?

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      Larry Kitzmann 4 years ago

      OK Bill you really need to get out of my head. I couldn't agree with you more. As a student of and former teacher of American history one almost wants to cry at what has happened to our country. I could go on and on but then it would be my own rant, and yours summed it up quite nicely. Much do I continue to learn my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's kind of you, Bill. I'm not trying to set your agenda, Goddess forbid. I only meant to say it's important to stay balanced. Everyone had many sides to there personality and it's good to give each one his voice now and again.

      The sun's shining brightly and the winds have finally died down. So I will have a great weekend. I wish you the same.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, Nepal is suffering from political instabilities since 2001, when Communist raised armed insurgency. After a peace agreement in 2006, Communists came to mainstream politics. However, last year they dissolved Constituent Assembly, and Nepal once again stands in crossroad.

      Every country has its own problem.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient ( I don't like to use your name without permission).....no, I'm as compassionate as a person can be, and I care deeply about the starving around the world....but....I want Americans cared for first. It seems to me that is one of those basic rights everyone should expect as a citizen of this country. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      billybuc - I didn't think you meant it that way and neither do I. Nothing wrong with helping other countries but we have our own problems too that don't always seem to be addressed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient, I agree with you. I don't mean to sound uncaring about those who are suffering in other countries, but the first responsibility of any government should be those the govern. Otherwise, why have a government?

      As for Katrina....that whole mess has been a national shame since it happened. We as a nation deserted those poor people when they needed us most, and they still need us.

      Thank you and I agree, the crooked shall have their day in judgment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, early on I did a lot of humor, and it was well-received....and then I got away from it when I got politically and socially active. I'll return to it soon just for you. How's that? :)

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Well said. I wish generations that followed us would think the same way. Two issues here that get me started: Congress should get paid an average wage and see how they like it. Also would like them under the same healthcare system everyone else has to use. I bet things would change then.

      Also why are we sending billions in aid to other countries when we need that money in our own backyard? I see churches doing that as well - they call it helping the missionaries overseas, but we got homeless in the streets here.

      What about Katrina? Billions went there to help those people and......well you can google and find out many were not helped after all. Where did the money go? Someone's pockets were lined.

      These crooked people will give an account one day.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Let's see...you've done instructional, you've done inspirational and now you've done rant. Seems to me it's time for a humerus piece now. Just saying. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mary! Will do! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...indeed, Beckie!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      No, depression creeps up so easily sometimes. Space them out but don't stop them.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Oh - Billy.......You know all too well!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie....Seger....I even thought he was sexy. LOL

      Fat cats indeed, and since they write the laws there is very little chance that the system will change....that's why we have to change things on a local level and not worry about D.C.

      I hope you have a great weekend, Beckie. Please try not to fall down, okay?

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it's interesting that you mentioned shutting off imports and exports. I don't remember when it was, but at one time we were self-sufficient as a nation....I wonder if it would be possible. It would never happen but I am curious if we could do it once again?

      Anyway, I'll consider doing more of these since people seem to want them. I just need to not get wrapped up in it so much that I get depressed like I did about six months ago. :)

      Thanks, Mary, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you SG....and you are right of course....who knows who might be motivated by something that we write. As long as there is a pulse in this country we all have a chance. :) Let's hope we regain the pride in our nation that once was so apparent.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Bravo Billy! I agree. If these fat cat imbeciles currently "running" Washington (and I say that lightly) were forced to survive on our level of wage, they would change their tune quickly. But I have a feeling I experience more of life's happiness at my level than theirs anyway.

      Speaking of tune - Perfect music selection. Don McClean - how prophetic this song is now! And....Bob Seger - the sexiest voice of a generation!

      XO

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This country is definitely spiraling out of control. Campaign contributions is an oxymoron, they aren't contributions but rather payments and I can't for the life of me understand how our system got so convoluted that only the rich can run for office.

      Its time for this country to close its doors. Stop importing and exporting and learn to live off the land, make our own goods and buy our own goods. It worked before why can't it work again?

      Don't make this your last rant Bill...it is rants like this that fire people up and hopefully lead to action.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Our country was built by a handful of founding fathers that wanted better for everyone, not just themselves. The building blocks that this country was founded on WORKED! Politicians who have only themselves in mind are crumbling these building blocks and they are crumbling quickly. I wish there were more people like you and Jo Goldsmith! You go Jo! I know you will do your best for Kentucky and they should be proud to have you! You just keep on ranting Bill, it always motivates us and who know who else you may motivate into action! Voting up and awesome! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Elias! I wonder if these same points are true in Greece?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, politics is a young man's game. I don't have it in me to fight that fight, but I will continue to raise issues and concerns and hopefully someone will pick up the torch. If I did run, however, I would have you with me in a heartbeat. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jainismus. You are always appreciated here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, I completely agree. Evidently this nonsense is not limited to the United States. :) I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Sue. Thank you!

      Have a great weekend.

      bill

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Very nice hub and also very insightful. Great work!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      When our government was founded, it was for a lot different reasons than today. We need to get back to basics. Only the rich run, because they can afford to buy everything that they and their constituents want. we are regressing, rather than advancing. Billy, when you run, you get me on your team for the environmental issues. I am dead serious.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      As always, another great Hub by Bill....

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      Amen my friend! Enough with the special interest groups. I say we need to do what is best for one's country not to line some big fat cat's pocket.

      Voted up and sharing your rant. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana...LOL..I love the NASCAR idea. Wouldn't that be hilarious? Or maybe not...it might make us more depressed.

      Something has got to change my friend, but I don't think the change is going to come from the political arena...it's going to start as a grassroots movement and spread like wildfire. :)

      Thank you young lady. I'm always happy to see you.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I heard another idea I liked: politicians sporting their corporate sponsors on their clothes like NASCAR drivers.

      I like your ideas---we need to look at these problems from all kinds of angles because what we have now is just not acceptable to most people. I'm always in favor of voters having more say; we should be able to vote on more of what our reps do, across the board. I absolutely believe in changing things from the inside and making the education system the highest priority. Great points throughout this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Here, Here, Ruby! Term limits are a must.

      Thank you my dear friend. I hope this finds you well.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with you completely. I might add term limits for all congressmen and women, senators, and supreme court justice members...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, most definitely...how could I have left that one out???? Great addition and I'm adding that to my platform should I ever run for Congress. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, I think by the number of comments here that you have struck a nerve. I completely agree with your sentiments. I'd like to add one more requirement of our elected officials, not only should they work for minimum wage and be on an incentive system but I think they should have the same medical insurance coverage that most Americans have.

      This is great. Thank you for ranting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....you would think a writer could do better, wouldn't you?

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Bill, you are truthful to a fault.

      You don't need to be telling folks that you have a 'problem on your end'. There are more delicate ways to word it, like buttocks or derriere.

      Did you not learn anything watching Forrest Gump?

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Livid, although a good word, Amy, does not come close to describing the degree of disgust I feel for politicians. After RFK was killed I lost interest in politics but I did not lose respect for it....that has only happened in the last few years. I hope one day to find that respect again...but I doubt it will happen.

      love,

      bill

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Some things that happen, Bill, make me incredibly sad. But, when we have a chance to learn from mistakes and change our ways for the better yet, remain puppets thwarted by ineffectual, cowardly leaders who are beholdin' to a buck, I am outraged. Online I am able to easily behave diplomatically, but when I see injustice in this country, land of the free and the brave, I am livid over a government without the courage to allow everyone, including the poor, liberty and justice for all.

      I was too angry when I commented the first time to have the audacity to tell you "love from St. Lou to you, Bill". But, I'm saying it now, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, you hit upon a very important point. Most likely I could find 100 million Americans who would agree with this rant of mine....and out of that 100 million we might find 20 willing to do something about it. People do not react to injustice until that same injustice directly affects them. Child trafficking in America? Sure, it is horrible, but nobody really cares about it until they have a daughter stolen and sold into sex slavery. Homelessness? Sure it's too bad, but until someone loses their job and home and is suddenly on the streets, homelessness is someone else's problem.

      Now I'm worked up again. Damn! LOL

      Thanks Cat! I think you need to do a hub about this. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I do believe this is the first time I have read a comment from you where actual anger showed, and I'm with you 100% in expressing that anger. The polls do not lie regarding gun control...an overwhelming majority of people in this country want gun control and still....money speaks and money generates political power. This system is corrupt from top to bottom.

      Thank you for caring so much, Amy! You and those like you give me strength and hope.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, thank you for that rousing comment. Now, if I just knew how to spread the word and motivate the masses, perhaps we would see drastic changes in this country. If you know how to do that please let me know. :) Thank you my loyal friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, there is no doubt that money rules this world and that's why so many people feel hopeless.....but I do not believe we are helpless. I have seen changes made by a small group of people and I believe it can happen again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, I would love to have you running my campaign. We would shake things up if nothing else. Leave a few people shaking their heads and in need of Tylenol. LOL Thank you, Reba! I feel better about humanity because of people like you.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, that is the mystery, isn't it? If the real majority stood up and made demands, things would change. Unfortunately we seem to truly be the silent majority.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, thank you! Discussions can turn ugly here as well. Just come out in favor of gun control and you'll find out how fast the discussion can turn nasty. :) Thank you as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sybol, thanks for the visit. Just when I think I'm mellowing I find out I'm not even close to turning the other cheek and allowing this crap to continue without speaking out. I look forward to your next comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jo! I just had to let off a little steam....and it felt good. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silvie, if I ever went into politics I would be terrified of becoming part of the greedy monster myself. Money speaks in this country. The best part of your comment is saying we have to look inside ourselves because without a doubt we have allowed this to happen.

      Thanks for the rant on my rant. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      This is more than a rant, Billy, it is a genuine, well-thought-out manifesto of many of the problems America is facing with realistic, genuine suggestions for improvement in many areas. Bravo for your perceptive intelligence and the overwhelming desire to help clean up the mess in Washington.

      Raise your standard, my friend, and I will cheerfully follow.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Bill, when I watched yesterday's televised press conference following news of the 'no' vote by the Senate on the passage of common sense background checks to help deter gun violence, with some of the devastasted families in attendence, despite their unimaginable grief, with the outrage of our President not enough to attain what the majority of the American population want for the safety of the nation's children and the many innocents who die everyday at the hands of someone who should never own a gun, I know that money talks. Without that, I do not have a voice that counts. I DO know that our politicians have less courage than the families that stood with Obama. The only power the American public has to effect decisions is to vote the limber dicks out of office. It is apparent that the Senate cowers before power. I hope they lose sleep pondering the consequences of bowing to big money and the NRA, as few of them could hold a real job outside the chairs their useless asses occupy now.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Unfortunately Bill...Money is the king and it rules our world :(

      Beautiful poem...hoping that this teary land makes us all emotional and think of what we are standing upon!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Get 'em! You said it yourself "...they will never fly... because they make sense", so sad, too true! I would bet you could have thousands of people read this and every damn one of them agree, yet that wouldn't change a thing. I couldn't agree with you more; I could write an entire hub just as a response to yours. This is not to say that as a people, if we stand together, we can't make some kind of change.

      Within the first few sentences I had immediate thoughts of the campaign trail. The little people with limited money who cannot afford to pave the way of potential candidates, nor would they want to, really have no say. Politicians take money from their new buddies on their way to office and then spend their term paying back favors. I'm pretty sure these are not the people who are in need of favors. I think that instead of individuals being responsible for raising money for campaigns, they should have to host events that help the less fortunate and any monies earned would be divided equally amoung the candidates. Or, what the hell, take a portion of the tax dollars to cover any necessary costs, if there are any "necessary costs", they already use my tax dollars on things I don't ever see or benefit from.

      Sure, I don't want to see another human suffer, but so long as we have one kid in America dying of hunger, I'm not interested in sending money elsewhere. How do we let our neighbor children die? How do we determine our priorities?

      I'll leave it at that... you're going to need more than one page for your responses I'm sure!

      Voted up and awesome!

      Cat

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Your rants are not true rants, Bill, for they delineate what is wrong and what may be done to make things right. Please, rant on! And please get on the city council and shake things up, dear supreme shaker and mover, Bill Holland. You have my vote. Heck, I would be your campaign manager if I lived in your neck of the woods.

      We are the solution indeed!

      Encore!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, there problem is on my end. We goofed up with shipping and I apologize. I'll put it in the mail today for sure and you will have it the middle of next week. Again, I am sorry for the mess up.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I am so right there with you, Bill! I keep thinking ... there are more of 'us' than there are of 'them', how the hell are they still running the show?

      Bravo on your last rant!

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Yes, Bill, I did order your book. Ordered it the night that Shauna's review came out. However, it has not arrived. Might have to put a tracer on it. It should have arrived by now.

      I may save it for the two day's drive back home, early next month.

      Read, Eat, Sleep and Scream at driver for going too fast...........

      Heaven knows, the other one insists on driving like a bat out of hell!!

      He swears we could drive it in one day if we didn't have to stop at every Cracker Barrel and rest stop on the drive up. I think that is debatable, but we will never know. Ha, ha

      I am very much looking forward to the read.

      DJ.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Your "rants" always get people's wheels turning. I love that the community here generally has positive comments and discussions. As I've said before I stopped "following" the news channels because the discussions on every single topic always turned so ugly!!! Great hub! :)

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      sybol 4 years ago

      Well, Mr. billybuc, I am impressed. I am in agreement with almost all of your rants as you call them. I want to sit and re-read this post and all of the comments. Right now I just don't have time. When I do I will comment more. I would suggest that you do not stop ranting if this is how you do it:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, we can only hope, right? It all seems overwhelming and quite frankly, I think that's what the politicians are hoping we will feel. If we are overwhelmed and consider it hopeless then we will shut up and not cause any problems. Thanks for stopping by my Hawaiian friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alahiker, I agree with you and thank you for voicing what many feel. Can we make a change? It will take millions standing up....I think that is a sad truth, but I have seen it happen in my lifetime and I believe it can happen again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, don't even get me started on the press. :) The good old days of in-depth investigative reporting are gone. I don't know when the press lost their backbone but I hope they find it soon. As for spending problems....well, we have a mess on our hands for sure. Thanks for a great comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, as much as I hate to agree on this point, I believe this country is a pressure cooker ready to explode too. How much longer we allow this stuff to go on is anyone's guess, but I think in our lifetime we will see that explosion and then God help us all. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Now that's what I call a rant!!.. However; I don't believe this will be your last, you are much to good at it. I hope Obama and Co will pay heed. Go Billy!!.... I just love your rant :)).

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Your rant is right on target as all your writing! I am beginning to wonder how long it will be before some Americans will be asking for refugee status from more civilized countries.

      There I said it... part of my own rant... and don't even give a damn who I anger. We can blame our problems on the government and all the clowns who sit in office, but maybe we would be better off to look inside ourselves because we are the enablers and seem to be either in a coma or paralyzed with fear because we realize this country is so deeply divided nothing can make us whole again! It makes me so sad for my children and grandchildren! I feel like Scarlett looking at war torn Tara, pissed off, but not willing to give up. We will see what happens… Billy maybe politics is in your future!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, you can rant on my rant any old time. We need more people ranting and then doing something about it. Change will not happen until we demand it. yes we are ignored when it is a sprinkling of people complaining, but when it is millions we cannot be ignored. That's why I write these hubs....shake things up from the ground up. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That is so true. Will someone who actually knows what he or she's doing ever make it to congress?

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      Vicki Parker 4 years ago from the Deep South

      I heard the President say today that it's up to the American people to make change in this country. That puzzles me. I keep sending letters to my senators and they keep replying, "I will take your opinion into consideration." Translated, I think this means they are voting their own conscious and not mine. The only thing I can do to affect change is vote them out - long term incumbents. Seemingly impossible. I won't see my retirement and they will have benefits for life. I work 40-50 hours a week and can't afford the time or expense of trekking to Washington and lobby. What a mess! Shame on them, not us. I think the American people are making their voices heard. I think Congress is simply ignoring them.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I just read this and I personally am horrified with the country. The Politicians are the elite and care little about the American public..Lots of rhetoric and spin...Very frightening to me. We are no longer safe in stores, restaurants, schools etc. Your rant is welcome Bill. I think our country is changing so fast and the debt growing so fast. SPending problem..well you can figure that out. There are some scary things going on that the press fails to mention.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Bill, I loved this no holds barred rant. At this stage more people need to be as fed up as you are and take action. As a Canadian I can tell you that from the outside looking in American looks like a pressure cooker ready to explode...not that Canada is much better. It's time for change. Let this rant be a call to arms to everyone to demand an end to corruption and greed and a return to sanity.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, I saved your comment until I had adequate time to respond. Thank you my friend, and your analogy of the broken down car is perfect....written like a writer. :)

      Thanks for mentioning term limits. I'm all for them. If we limit the President then we should limit Senators and Representatives. I have no problem with that at all. And yes, I know you were kidding about the bounty, but just barely, and you had me laughing. A part of me would love to see that. Kind of a shooting gallery in D.C. until we got rid of all the lobbyists.

      I don't know, buddy. I don't have all the answers but I am convinced at this point that none of our representatives have answers either. We keep doing the same things over and over again expecting different results, and to me that's the definition of insanity.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Go ahead and rant Bill anytime you want to -- this was great! I agree with you. America is broken and nobody is fixing it. Power of the people - but we still vote in Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, Paul Rand, Boehner - I forget his first name and he's from Ohio. lol These people are our leaders and they can't lead! We keep voting them in and they keep screwing us over. How dumb are we? I am even disappointed in Obama. Nothing gets done. I love your solution of Checkpoint Charlies to keep out the lobbyists. I can think of all kinds of solutions, and I write my suggestions to these leaders and my suggestions are ignored. They aren't taken seriously. These guys stew and stew and stew and don't listen to any good solutions. Because, they don't want solutions. If the status quo is maintained, they make big money. So, we the people have to do something - vote them out! But we don't because they grease our palms with whatever we want at the moment. This whole nation is just a bunch of adolescents and we need to grow up. Sorry to rant on your rant.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Austin, coming from you that means a lot to me....unfortunately, I care too much about myself to run for national politics....what a madhouse that scene is. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sydney...I appreciate your sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo and again, bless you. If I make the decision to run I will let you know for sure. In the meantime, best of luck with your efforts, and I will help you in any way possible short of giving you money, something I have very little of. LOL

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      Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I hope you run for national office soon! I'll vote for you.

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      Sydney Spence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

      Another great hub! All great points!! I am sharing this on FB today and voted up!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, this country is a mess....maybe you could go on one of you rants in a new hub. I'd love to read it.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I can't imagine the day coming when our politicians donated their salaries for the common good. I should live long enough to see that happen. :) Thanks, Lizzy, and I'll keep on rockin' and I expect you by my side.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael. It is common sense....makes me wonder why more people aren't protesting and raising their voices. :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      Bill,

      Let me know if you want me to come and give an inspirational message to help with any seat in office you aspire to. I will make myself available for you and will help share the message of H.O.W. I think you would be so Amazing! You have the education standards that some people "demand". You are wonderfully unique because not many are courageous enough to step up. Shalom :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whonu, we have a great deal of work to do in this country and it begins with us. We are the watchdogs of our liberties and we need to step up to the plate and do our part....even if it is in writing we can shake things up a bit that way. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, it is my pleasure. Let's hope I lit a fire underneath some people. :) Hey, did you buy my book? Someone bought it and for some reason I think it was you....anyway, I am putting it in the mail today so look for it sometime next week...and thank you if it was you. :)