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Updated on June 10, 2011


Let me rephrase the title as we begin. Doing nothing better not be an option. As Obama has said, "Elections have consequences." Politicians sometimes have very short memories. Back in November 2010, the majority of Americans expressed a very loud level of dissatisfaction about what we had witnessed during the first two years of this administration. We no longer want to see "business as usual" in Foggy Bottom. We started instituting some "change we can really believe in" but those in protected districts didn't hear the message.

What needs to be done is as obvious as the nose on Weiner's face. Spending cuts - real spending cuts - and not the smoke and mirrors cuts where 100 billion turns into 352 million, need to be made. There can be no compromising on that issue. Obama and his Democratic cronies are now facing the consequences of the last election. It seems he is now frozen in place playing the blame game again, but that's what I expect from newbie privates with no experience. He brought in many Carter era economic retreads who believe that Keynesian economics works. It never has and never will. With the exit of the last of the first crop of his economic advisers, the rat's nest has been cleaned out. Some jumped of the USS Obama because he doesn't listen, others jumped because they see the results of their carnage.

The "Do Nothings" emerged from a meeting with the Do Nothing-In-Chief quite proud of themselves that they will try to ride the Mediscare pony across the finish line in 2012. They want the House of Representatives back and they'll risk our nation's economy doing the crash and burn in an attempt to remain in those corrupted seats they occupy at our expense. In other words, they continue to play partisan politics at the American tax payer's expense. Maybe that's alright with you. I find it disgusting.

Here's what Nancy Porkulosi had to say on ABC News about the meeting, "What we want is to 'change' the view that the Republicans have that it is okay to abolish Medicare [and] to make seniors pay more for less while we give tax breaks to big oil" (another Boogie Man who has appeared before). Nancy must not be good with math either since she wouldn't know the truth if it smacked her in her botoxed eyes. The way Medicare presently works is that they are paying out around 40-60% more than they are taking in. Furthermore, she obviously hasn't read Paul Ryan's proposal because it has nothing to do with abolishing Medicare and everything about reforming another broken federal pyramid scheme. Her utter stupidity in making such an assertion should give the signal loud and clear. Don't have any confidence in the Obama administration and Congressional "Do Nothings" wrapping their arms around bi-partisanship and actually doing what the American people know HAS to be done. The path to a balanced budget won't be paved with their help. They'd rather lean on the shovel and watch.

The day after their meeting, the House Republicans met with President Smirksalot where Paul Ryan explained to Smirky exactly what his Medicare reform proposal is about. House Majority Leader Cantor urged the "Do Nothings" to stop demagoguing the issue of Medicare reform. It needs to be done and now is the time. So you can see that they have irreconcilable differences, once again at our expense. What requires boldness is being met with attacks by the "Do Nothing" Party. Ryan at least had the intestinal fortitude to put his proposal on the table to act as a starting point. What have we seen from the "Do Nothings" to date? NOTHING! That is unacceptable.

To the "Do Nothings" any attempt at changing the status quo is a threat to their existence. The status quo is broken and the nation is broke. That's what happens when you are bringing in $160 billion a month and laying out $300 billion during the same time period over and over and over again. Why are they resisting so? Because we're talking about taking away their POWER and AUTHORITY. Somewhere along the line this band of "Do Nothings" have lost sight of the fact that they are the American tax payer's janitor and not the other way around, Quick! Grab the mop! Just make sure you understand which end is the working end when you do.

Instead of boldness, what we see is them playing a game around the edges and trying to pass things like the DREAM Act and attempting to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, neither of which sits well with the people. Harry Reid is upset because any efforts to pass the Obama agenda, a rejected agenda, isn't flying and he is in a severe pout. We've seen enough of the excessive spending and aren't too happy about having Obamacare rammed down out throats while you should have been focusing on job creation. That doesn't mean spending more money on "shovel ready" projects either which Obama now knows was a fairy tale. Of course he knew it when he said it or should have if he didn't. It's time to wake up from the "Hope and Change" fairy tale that you were sold, if you ever bought into it in the first place.

Since the year 2007, this nation has added another $5 trillion dollars to the national debt that is now approaching the $14.3 trillion mark. That has our entire economy in jeopardy and they know this. The time for playing partisan games is over. But I expect it to continue myself as that is all I witnessed during his first two years and a half years in office. They call Ryan's budget "radical." Notice how Harry loves that word. He defines it as preventing the exercise of moving the progressive agenda to fruition. Carter moved his to fruition and the rest of that economic disaster is history. I had to live through that mess, maybe many of you didn't. Many of the same economists who were advising Carter have been advising Obama, until lately that is.

Ryan's budget ISN'T radical enough truth be known. Using his approach, the budget won't balance for about twenty seven years. But it is a starting point. The "Do Nothings" have presented no starting point other than Obama's proposal that went down in the Senate by a vote of 97-0. Ryan's proposal doesn't go near far enough to solve this nation's economic crisis. His balance will only be achieved if all the the positive economic projections in it are met and we know they won't be. All the planets and the moon will have to be in perfect alignment and stay that way. A lot happens in 27 years.

So they decide to zero in on his Medicare reform proposals and try to scare people who should know better. Here's the reality of the situation. That proposal keeps the present system in place for anyone presently 55 years old and up. It has nothing to do with pushing Grandma over the cliff or having her eat dog food or any of that nonsense we are hearing and seeing. It has everything to do with trying to reform a system that will soon be insolvent and then who will get what? And then who will they point their boney little fingers at? How cruel to ensure that the baby boom seniors have a right to the very Medicare system we have paid into for decades on end. That's scary? Doesn't change anything for Grandma or Grandpa. To listen to them though someone is trying to snatch a wheelchair out from under a cripple. Try being informed, it's worth the effort. So what does it do for younger Americans? That is being ignored. What it allows them to do is shop across state lines to meet their health care needs, tailored to their health care needs. It will allow them to to make a choice in the private market which should ultimately save the government money, our money since there is no government money, and save Medicare from being pushed over the cliff by the "Do Nothings."

The irony is thick here. It has to do with government promises made and not being able to be kept. Both the Democrats and Republicans are in agreement that unless, and until, entitlement reform is tackled head on the promises made by previous politicians to "future" seniors will not be kept. But what do we witness instead? The same "business as usual" crap we've been seeing for too long.

We need to pave a path to a balanced budget, now and not later. We need to submit a Constitutional Amendment to the states along with any agreement to raise the current debt ceiling. Pelsoi needs to shut her mouth and watch what needs to be done and stop dribbling at the lips. Obama needs to stop calling for bi-partisanship if he has no intention of leading the way. He needs to get off the campaign trail he hasn't ever left for two and a half years now and stop being a demagogue. His trying to characterize Ryan's proposal as an attempt to throw old people out of nursing homes and over a cliff I find a bit UN-Presidential myself.

Through all the smoke and mirrors though what we will see is the federal government continue to spend tax payer money that the tax payer's don't have either. When the credit card issued by the Bank of China hits its ceiling then what? Have you heard? Just the other day they sold 97% of the short term treasuries they held. The Federal Reserve has been monetizing our debt for quite some time now. If you don't know the dangers inherent in doing that in any economy I suggest you get jiggy with it and do some research and reading. It leads to hyper inflation. Been to the grocery store or gas station lately? These elected officials took an oath, they swore allegiance to the Constitution to serve and protect the people of this nation. They have failed in their duties.

They are failing because all they are really interested in is getting re-elected so they can continue to have POWER and AUTHORITY to do what they want and not the will of the people, putting us first. They need to be now told in no uncertain terms that they are no more than the janitors of "We, the People..."

I leave you now with this quote:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure . It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies . Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better .”

-- Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

      The Frog Prince

      A good hub , ENJOYED READING. May I add

      Just a note of interest. The Obama Administration has been wrong 40% of the time on their economical projections.

      The 2012 Obama budget shows the overall economy, as measured by the GDP, growing at a significantly higher rates than congressional and private forecasts.

      Somehow the true facts will resurrect and when they do, Obama will come up with another rosy picture.

      The Senate voted down the Ryan proposed budget. The Senate must be waiting to see if Obama can get the national debt limits raised another $2.4 trillion.

      Think about it, the Democrats have had 2/3s control of the government for the past 4 years since Jan. 2007 AND THEY STILL CAN’T FIGURE ON HOW TO FIND THE JOBS that they promised.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Alastar - Yes, Clinton did that.

      Dave, tom and the world - This link here kind of sums him up and the greatest flim flam every pulled on the American electorate.

      I just published a question. Maybe you can all help?

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      dave n frog-

      How sad it is true that dave should blame the American people for this debacle of govt. It is for the wrong reason he stated though He was elected under false pretenses - he was going to unite people..

      put all his bills on the internet before votes he was going to put congress on C-span

      "the seas were going to lower"- "everyone was going to LOVE the US" when Barry was elected

      Hows that 7.something percent unemployment guarantee....

      What about the 10 billion dollar forclosure assurance fund....

      Hows that extra border control officers coming along.. Barry?

      here are 50 lies Obama told

      So i know there is 45 more there...

      So thats why we have to boot this mook out of the White House


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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Frog, mistook 34th Bomb Group for your comment, thanks 34th and apologize. Frog didn't Clinton right before he left office de-regulate some act that then allowed the banks and holding institutions to loan out money to infinity. Derivative- fractional something. Can you enlighten on that any.

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      THAT Mary Ann 6 years ago

      "They are failing because all they are really interested in is getting re-elected so they can continue to have POWER and AUTHORITY to do what they want and not the will of the people, putting us first..."

      YES!!!! Amen.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      sean - That's exactly what is going on and Pelosi has openly stated that. People need to start paying attention to what is going on and why it is going on.

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      sean kinn 6 years ago from Key West and Budapest

      "They want the House of Representatives back and they'll risk our nation's economy doing the crash and burn in an attempt to remain in those corrupted seats they occupy at our expense." Thank you. You confirmed my thought process about what is going on in the United States right now.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      In this case, yes that is exactly what I am saying. There were large segments of the population that went to the polls this time for the first time for the very wrong reasons. I won't go into those reasons here but will wait to get closer to the 2012 elections.

      To vote for, or against, someone because they have a particular skin color is one of them. I'm not the least bit racist. Go to my Hub on Alford, if you haven't been there. That's the head of the Black Chamber of Commerce stating matter of factly why he voted for Obama.

      Record numbers of young people turned out, my son being one of them, who were drinking the hope and change koolaid. He regrets his decision now and won't do it again.

      There are a slew of videos on You Tube where people were interviewed leaving the polls. They were asked general questions about candidates that they should have known but didn't have a clue.

      This last Presidential election was bought for $787 million dollars. Have we, as a nation, sunk so low that elections can be bought? Money doesn't buy honesty, integrity and morals. But it does buy votes.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Frog: Since it takes a "Majority" in any election to get elected, no matter the post, I must then understand from your comment that the "Majority" of the American Public are ignorant, stupid, and uninformed, and that only a handful are intelligent enough to understand. How did these other people even get a ballot to vote and form any sort of opinion how to be voting?

      No I'm sorry the country and the people thought it time for a change, and to shut up reverse-racism, those with money thought hey let's give them a "Black" President.

      Thing is you finally opened the door. Now there is possibility for a woman or an Indian from India or a Pakistani or even a Muslim to become President.

      Your country, your door, your mess. Deal with it.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Dave - Not all the American people chose this man. Ignorant, stupid, uniformed people did and the rest of us have to put up with it.

      All the indicators were there about his character and his past. He came out of nowhere selling snake oil and people bought it without knowing anything about Obama except he was selling them "hope and change." Those are pretty words but when the rubber meets the road and you have an inexperienced, unqualified con man trying to act as the chief executive of a nation then what should you expect?

      Exactly what we are seeing right now. NOTHING!

      The Frog

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Frog: I hate to have to say this as a reminder to you and all the American people but say it I must and I will.

      The American people only have themselves to blame. The American people "Elected" Obama to office giving him a four year term. The American people the public chose this person over all others to be their political leader and head of state.

      The American People have don nothing but bitch and complain about this man since he took office.

      The American people have nobody but themselves to blame for the screwing up this man is apparently doing to the country. You and the American people have to suffer with him until the next election unless you can either impeach him or he is assasinated. Those are your only options.

      All of the people's bitching and complaining goes for nothing. You the people were stupid to put him in, live with it now till you can elect him out of office.

      God Bless the USA.

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Solid Hub as always, Frog--though I must admit, the MOST interesting item on the entire page would appear to be that first photo. It's downright spooky how NATURAL that particular green attire looks on the lad!

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      You bet Palmetto Prince! If any part of this country has any residual memory of what that's like it's here.

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      34th Bomb Group 6 years ago

      Alastar's comment hit a nerve with me. I've been trying to get anyone I speak to to get on their bikes and do whatever they can to protect themselves because, in my opinion, we are in for the same the same hyperinflation that the entire world, primarily Germany, suffered after The Great War. Why no one sees the paralels between then and now I don't understand...

      The Germans were only able to drag themselves out of it - rightfully attributed in large part to the Treaty of Versailles - was by rampling up for World War II under everyone's noses.

      I'd rather we stopped giving our cash to those countries who hate us and vote against us in every forum available - like the United Nations. (We really could use the tax revenue from a couple hundred apartments in that great location.)

      Thanks Alastar!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      marcoujour - I've been encouraged before to run for public office. I consider that to be a compliment but have a problem with it.

      I shower daily. However, I don't want to have to shower every hour to wash the stench of Washington DC off of me.

      I'm just sayin...

      The Frog

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I wish we could elect a frog for office, because I know who I'd be pushing the buttons for!!

      You sure know how to tell it like it is, sir; and I absolutely love the pictures that are inserted just when I need a snark (I mean smile!!!)

      Love it and love you, mar!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Alastar - That was the direct result of Germany monetizing its debt. The Federal Reserve has been quietly doing that for some time now.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hyper-inflation. Sure most of the folks here now about that but just in case: Read a history of the early Weimar Republic in Germany right after WW1. This was a Very informative write Frog. Slowly but surely & the graphs were great.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hi Frog,

      Exactly. And the GOP's don't make me feel much better. The RSC plan, which failed in the House, came 40% short of closing the federal operating deficit, and did nothing to amortize the existing official debt.

      It seems like we can't even make a start. If we could just implement something meaningful, even if it wasn't a total solution, it would help get the public out of initial shock, and then we could proceed with additional action a year or two later. This is basically the proposal Herman Cain has made. But even if he was elected, how would he get Congress to go along? The so-called "GOP landslide" in 2010 got us about four TPM incumbents from the 111th Congress, plus about 6 TPM freshmen. The rest of the GOP's are centrists. So we now have 2% TPM saturation in Congress. Even if this number jumps to say 5% in 2012, and we get a dead serious budget hawk like TPaw for POTUS, how is he going to get anything done with a Congress that's 95% centrist/liberal?


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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      b Malin - They need to snap out of this stupor well before 2012. That strategy of doing nothing has some dire consequences and any economist worth their salt is warning us. Moody's just issued a warning to add to all the others that have hit the table.

      Stu - I think you came to the right conclusion. Not one Democratic Senator cast a positive vote for the leader of their party's proposal. Neither of those proposals is radical enough. Notice that Reid didn't call Obama's proposal radical?

      The Dems are playing "lets stage" politics which by all appearances is about to have disastrous consequences. We aren't out of a recession and most people have sense enough to see that. That rhetoric is made of the warm and fuzzy stuff.

      All economic indicators are generally down. The time for the BS is over. I see the double dip already starting but how can you double dip what you never dipped out of in the first place.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Up, useful, and awesome. A great analysis. I guess you know my opinions on this topic by now, and of course you're preaching to the choir.

      Maybe I'm paranoid, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Obama's "brave" $4 trillion cut proposal was a sham. There's no way I can prove this, but I'd make a wager that key committee leaders were told secretly by the WH to torpedo it in speeches to the full chamber, so Obama could "look serious" to the voters, without actually giving up any federal spending authority or power.

      The reason I say the above is that the Ryan bill cuts only $240 billion per year more from the federal operating budget, and just like the Ryan bill, the HC Act lowers benefits under Medicaid.

      You see what I'm getting at? On the one hand, Obama swore he would NEVER sign the Ryan bill. But then he "supports" a combination of measures that are not that much less severe than the Ryan bill (taken in combination).

      The only conclusion I can come to is that the Obama budget proposal was DOA by secret admin / Senate leadership agreement before the chamber ever got to vote on it.


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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      So who are "THEY" really FOOLING...Certainly NOT us on the RIGHT...But the SCARY part is, SOME PEOPLE REALLY DON'T CARE OUT THERE...But let's hope Enough of Us Do and we will see Adieu, to you know who in 2012.

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Good reporting Frog,

      Everyone here knows where I'm at on this. No reason to waste ink. Keep up the good work.


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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Mediscare. Now isn't that the truth! Everytime I read your hubs I find out that it is worse than I thought. The right hand doesn't seem to know what the left hand is doing. Everything's a mess, taxes, gas prices, economical crunch, health care - why can't these supposedly super brainy people get it right and fix it? I sometimes think they are more interested in hot dogging it and pointing the finger. I have a finger for a few of them:)

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      That last statement you quoted from Obama: 'Americans deserve better.' We surely do. And Obama was NOT the answer. Wake up, people. Sort out the facts from the garbage and make informed decisions in November '12. If we are still the U.S. of A. and not the Republic of China by then.

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      Pat Potts 6 years ago

      Well he won with help from the Independent vote, this from people who claim that they are smart enough to vote without the D and R. So why drop the D and R? All Independents do is fall off on the side that benefits them. I wonder how all that hope and change is working for them now.

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      rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

      Well done, Frog, well done. You've laid it all out so that even the dumbest of people should be able to understand the major issues we're facing. Up, useful, awesome and tweeted.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Tim - It's easy! They go into the voting booth and look for a (D) or (R). They are so apathetic that they won't research the voting records, experience levels and qualifications of all the candidates. I suggest we remove those letters from the ballots. It would require people to maybe do some thinking other than watching 30 second sound bites. They say nothing if you listen to them. It's all about name recognition repetitively.

      I reckon people would be so confused that they'd vote alphabetically in order. Brain dead is brain dead and we end up with brain dead, criminal, career pick pockets to not do the will of the people.

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      TimBryce 6 years ago

      FP -

      Democrats do not deal in truth, they deal in brainwashing to suit their agenda which is socialism, plain and simple.

      Leftists like Obama, Pelosi and Reed scare the hell out of me. Even worse, how can the American people be so stupid as to elect such meatballs?

      Good write.

      All the Best,

      Tim Bryce

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      TheFewTheProud 6 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      OMG FP - When I saw that picture of Gomer Obama in a Marine Uniform, I wanted to throw up. Excuse me, that's what I need to do now!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      BPOP - Must have been a third rate cruise line. You telling me that they didn't serve frog legs? Larry musta been beside himself about that!!!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Dear Frog,

      It is good to be back. I didn't gain 20 pounds because I thought the food sucked!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      BPOP - Good to see you back and in fighting form. Last cruise I was on I think I gained 20 pounds. They are all about eating! Good food at that too.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      You have said it all and done so with eloquence wit and wisdom. I am so sick of the stupidity, the lies and the refusal to face reality and come up with real solutions. Voted up, useful and awesome. I have to catch up on some of your hubs. My vacation really took me out of the loop.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      dahoglund -I experienced the other side of working in the Army for decades. What you described is the way it is. The procurement process is quite an elaborate affair full of red tape in many instances.

      Hmrjmr - I was about to e-mail you and see if you are okay. Haven't seen you in a month of Sunday's but I'm glad to see you back.

      The Frog

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      Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Well said FP, voted up and awesome lad.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Part of the problem with politicians is that with the government so large they do not understand the effect of their decisions. Some might be true in large corporations also where the people on top lose touch with how things are actually don. When I worked for the Army there was a constant complaint that congress wants us to be as efficient as industry. But congress lays requirements that industry does not have. If we had to buy a piece of equipment for the troops there are a lot of complex rules, such as putting it out for bid. This takes months of time to publish the requirement. Evaluate the bids, inspect the plants, award the contract. after that to deal with the lawsuits from those who didn't get chosen.In industry the procurement people would pick a manufacturer they trust and simply buy from them.

      In other words the system is inherently inefficient.I didn't even mention what happens when someone with clout wants the contract to go to a favored company.

      By the way, I never knew what change was being talked about.