What is wrong with Legislators?

Watching the legislative hearings today, I was surprised to find the legislators reading only the titles of bills and passing them rapid fire. Until they came to a bill honoring Ronald Reagan for his  contributions and for being the only California Governor to go on to become President.

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an Ameri...

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan 1964

Assembly approves bill for Ronald Reagan statue

The state Assembly on Friday unanimously approved a bill that would authorize a Ronald Reagan statue inside the Capitol.

Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman, of Chino Hills, told fellow lawmakers that Reagan deserves a special place inside the Capitol because he is the only California governor to become president. The actor-turned-politician is buried at his presidential library in Simi Valley.

Hagman and Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Solana Beach, authored AB2358. The bill passed 55-0 and moves to the Senate.

While I  was watching, this bill did  pass, but while most other bills were being voted on by 65+ Assembly members, this bill was passed with only 38 voting – 38 to 0, with many of the Assembly members  abstaining.  I don’t know where the article above  obtained their figures, but it’s clearly wrong.  Most of the Democats did not vote on  this bill, even though the statue had been paid for with DONATIONS and would not cost the state a penny. Even long-term maintenance will be footed exclusively by donors.

Just another example of partisan politics.

Of course, it’s possible that the reason so few voted was that they didn’t have time to run to other desks to vote on the behalf of other assemblymembers…

Come to find out, California is one of the few states that actually allows legislator to change their vote at a later date. So, it’s all posturing. Aren’t you tired of the games being played, not only in Sacramento but in Washington as well. Their all crooks…all but Dr. Ron Paul.

Related articles

More Articles:

Enhanced by Zemanta

Decision 2008

Election Day is fast approaching, it’s hard not to get depressed just thinking about it. The prospects for this country under an administration ran by either John McCain or Barack Obama is simply dismal.

Decision 2008 -- Chuck Baldwin

As a solid supporter of Congressman Ron Paul, from Texas who ran for president on the Republican ticket and was beat in the primaries by Senator John McCain, the thought of voting for either McCain or Obama depressed me. How does one go about voting for the lesser of two evils?

I was stuck with a tough decision, vote for a candidate I don’t believe in or stay home and live with everyone else’s decision. Neither prospect was very appealing. After all, I do have to sleep at night.

I was surprised to learn just last week that Congressman Ron Paul is supporting Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party for President. I have not only heard of Chuck Baldwin but I’ve enjoyed reading many articles penned by him. Finally a candidate I can get behind.

What I don’t understand is why so many people choose to vote the major party lines, even though they don’t like them; don’t believe them and can’t fully support them. What makes a sane person reject his or her own gut instincts and vote for these bozos? The only response I’ve heard is that a third party candidate doesn’t have a chance of winning — that I’m wasting my vote.

As long as people stick to this kind of thinking, a third party candidate will never stand a chance of winning. When are we American’s going to finally stand up and vote with our hearts and our heads? When are we going to stop acting like sheep and letting big money, do nothings decide who will reside on Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four-years?

I have faith that one-day ordinary citizens will wake up and vote for someone who is willing to go against the flow, to speak the truth – even when it’s not popular, instead of doing what comes easy.

Let’s take this country by storm and show the networks that we have a mind of our own, regardless of what they think. If you believe in our constitution and you believe it’s time for a real change – vote for Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party Candidate for President.

Vote Chuck Baldwin for President -- Constitution Party

Adolescent America

America has become the land of adolescents — thinking in the short term across the board without a consideration of consequences. It’s everywhere, from personal life to institutions. And it’s costing us our future. Here are just a few examples that I’ve observed:

Buy now! Pay later! More than a commercial aimed at short-term thinkers, this is the policy of our U.S. Congress:

  • Spend more than you have and create a deficit.
  • Borrow to pay the deficit.
  • When you can’t pay the interest on that loan, just borrow some more!
  • Result: Bankruptcy.

In Fiscal Year 2006, the United States government spent $406 billion of your money just on interest payments to the holders of the National Debt. That National Debt is now $8.8 trillion.

Who needs terrorists? America is destroying herself.

Put it on credit, drive it today! Here’s a neat short-term idea — let’s sell off (or lease for a lifetime) our highways, bridges, ports, water departments and infrastructure to foreigners for some fast cash up front!

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, along with an increasing number of others, wanted some quick cash. But it wasn’t his house he refinanced. He sold the Indiana toll road to Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A. of Spain for $3.85 billion. Who pays the price? The same ones who paid for the road to begin with — the taxpayers — who will be left with potholes and doubled tolls (for starters) channeled overseas rather than re-invested in their state.

Robert Poole, an engineer who advised the George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations to privatize U.S. highways, estimates that more than $25 billion in Public-Private-Partnership, or PPP, highway projects are planned or approved in the United States.

NAFTA superhighway to be built!
NAFTA Superhighway Planned

And now the short-term globalists are taking a page from the European Union and building a NAFTA superhighway (four football fields wide) from Mexico to Canada right through America — taking farms, businesses and homes from people all along the way. Texas Gov. Rick Perry just paved the way by vetoing legislation which would have delayed the Mexico to Oklahoma portion of the superhighway. Oh, and the same Spanish group, Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A., will own the leasing and operating rights for 50 years after completion. By the way, Cintra is represented by Bracewell & Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani’s law firm. How very nice.

Short-term pleasure; long-term pain. Making less sense than the words, "Sell the house honey, we’re going to rent," adolescent thinking has become the norm everywhere you look:

  • Let’s just eat candy. Churches that have become ear-tickling, ever-smiling, self-help centers. Hymns may as well be replaced with the anthem: "Don’t worry, be happy." It draws the big crowds. Big crowds on a broad road who never hear about a thing called sin or a place called Hell. That is, until, without repentance, they arrive there. At least they had a positive attitude along the way.
  • It’s all about me. Adolescents (of all ages) want to have sex now. They don’t want to have a child now. Let’s set a government policy to accommodate that selfish short-term thinking — and 50 million children pay with their lives. And while Americans can’t be inconvenienced with more than two children, Muslims and foreigners are having 10 and 12. Welcome to the minority.
  • I want my MTV. Think adults haven’t adopted that mentality? Seventy-four million people voted for "American Idol" — that’s 12 million more than voted for our president in the last election. As long as we focus on what matters.
  • Drink beer and take drugs. Reaching far beyond the university campus, that mentality is commonplace in the home. Sedated and anesthetized, Americans are throwing away their lives, watching four hours of television each night and living for the weekend party.
  • Just get the cliff notes — it’s easier than reading the book. And watching television is less taxing than doing research and forming your own opinions. The liberal agenda is the lazy man’s worldview: Impress people at the dinner party by spewing back what you’ve heard on TV.
  • Play Nintendo. Like the Xbox fanatic, adult adolescents are lost in distraction, escape and fantasy. As evidenced by the $57 billion porn industry, our nation is consumed with the fake and the pretend. It’s like missing the Grand Canyon because you’re playing with your Game Boy. Important stuff is going on while we’re looking the other way: "Excuse me, did you say something about a bomb? I was listening to my iPod."
  • I want to look cool, and all the "cool kids" are talking about "tolerance" and "diversity." The attacks on Sept. 11, the Madrid train bombings, England’s subway terrorism and the attempts in Egypt, Jordan, Germany and France all had one thing in common. The terrorists all fit the very same profile: ALL were fervent Muslim men between the ages of 16 and 40. But we don’t want to risk being called a "profiler." We’ll look oh, so "diverse" by frisking grandma instead of the likely suspects. Certainly there aren’t any long-term consequences to this.
  • I want everyone to like me. Let’s keep our borders wide open and vulnerable and give lawbreakers amnesty. Then more people will like us, and we can tell our new illegal friends: "No necesita aprender otro idioma" [You don’t need to learn another language]. Soon we won’t be able to communicate in our homeland, but we’d rather not think that far ahead.

Short-term pleasure isn’t worth the long-term pain.

Would you like to do something about all this? Here’s a few places to start. Add to the 12 states that have passed legislation against the NAFTA superhighway. Join Reps. Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul in their battle against it. Balance the budget. Build the fence. And whenever you see an "adolescent" in authority, replace them with an adult who is able to think in the long-term and comprehend consequences.

About the Author

Janet L. Folger is president of Faith2Action: turning people of faith into people of action to win the cultural war together for life, liberty and the family. Author of "The Criminalization of Christianity," she hosts a daily radio program from 2-3 p.m. Eastern and a daily radio commentary heard in 100 markets and at Faith2Action.