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Student Loans and Ron Johnson

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Between Administration with a minor in Computer Science. I received my degree using a lot of hard work, tuition reimbursement, and student loans. I’m telling you all of this, because I firmly believe in student loans. I believe the rates should be kept low and I believe the government should back them.

Thus is NOT how Senator Ron Johnson feels. He thinks we shouldn’t have student loans. He has actually voted against legislation regarding student loans. (He, also, thinks it is perfectly fine to not do his job and vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee, but that’s just another reason to not support him.)

Johnson is up for re-election against Feingold. He and his PACs are running a lot of ads against Feingold and telling you how wonderful he is. 

Don’t believe them.

Anyone who doesn’t want to find a way to help our young become educated, really isn’t into helping our nation. Look up Johnson’s remarks on how a Ken Burns Documentary should be used to teach college instead of teachers creating curriculums.

When you vote in November, make sure to not vote for Johnson. He’s bad for both Wisconsin and our country.

The Fall Television Season

The fall TV season has started with some returning favorites and some brand new ones. I have three shows I’m definitely going to watch this whole season and I thought I’d share them with you.

Criminal Minds First up, Criminal Minds. This show has been a favorite of mind since the second season. The leaving of Shemar Moore last season bummed me out, but still, I was looking forward to this season. Then, the firing of Thomas Gibson happened and now, I’m even more interested in what they’re going to do. I’m hoping they don’t kill off his character, but who knows. Still, the first episode showed that the show hasn’t lost it’s edge.

 

 

Designated SurvivorHoly Cow! This one grips you right from the beginning and never lets go. Based on what would happen if the Designated Survivor actually became President, the show sticks to reality. You can see these things actually happening, with a governor disrespecting the president and a general wanting to remove him from office. Keifer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkland, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who was designated survivor when the unthinkable happens. He plays his part quite well and he’s very believable as a man who bounces between greatness and bumbling. I had two saved on my DVR and watched them both.

Lethal Weapon Okay, let’s get real. This is a ridiculous show. The premise is ridiculous: an older cop being partnered with a suicidal younger cop – no way. Yes way. I love this show. As someone who usually doesn’t like TV shows based on movies (or movies based on TV shows), this one delivers homage to the original Lethal Weapon movie, while making a name for itself. Damon Wayans is fantastic as Roger Murtaugh. He’s funny, warm, and believable. Clayne Crawford, whom I don’t believe I’ve ever seen in anything, plays Martin Riggs and (I’ll stand by this), he’s better at it than Mel Gibson, even if we don’t get to see his rear end in the TV show. This one is definitely worth checking out.

NYTimes: Wells Fargo Fined for Years of Harm to Customers

Wells Fargo Fined for Years of Harm to Customers 

$185 million might be a lot of money to you or me, but when they scammed 1.5 million customers, it’s a drop in the bucket.  What’s the big deal?  What’s going to stop them from doing this again?  Or, encourage this bad behavior again?

How is it that you can literally steal from people and just pay a small fine?  It’s a good thing Wells Fargo didn’t steal anyone’s car, they might’ve actually gone to jail.
http://nyti.ms/2co9hQK

Justice Nominations and Senator Ron Johnson

United States Constitution Article II Section 2 Paragraph 2

He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016. Just over a month later, as is his right and duty granted by the United States Constitution, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland. And, our United State Senate voted on the nomination and confirmed Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Oh, wait, the United States Senate has NOT confirmed Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court. It is now the end of August and still, no vote.

Haven’t the American people waited long enough for a replacement for Justice Scalia?

We should be outraged that our duly elected officials are NOT doing their jobs. Unfortunately, our Founding Fathers didn’t anticipate this and put something in the Constitution to say what to do when the Senate refuses to do its job and vote on the President’s nominee. There is a clause about what happens if the Senate is in recess, the President can make the appointment.  But, not one word about the Senate not cooperating.  Not. One. Word.

“It’s just too highly politicized of an atmosphere. It’s not fair to the nominee, it’s not fair to the court. Don’t nominate anybody. That was our advice. President Obama didn’t follow it.” – Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

I’ll bet our Founding Fathers never thought, never even considered that we might have elected officials so obstinate that they wouldn’t vote on the President’s Supreme Court nominee.  I don’t have a problem with them not confirming – it happens.  I don’t have a problem with them holding hearings, we’ve been doing that my whole life and probably longer.  I do take serious issue with our Senate not doing their jobs.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) says he approves of this.  He tells his constituents that we don’t nominate and appoint Supreme Court Justices in election years.  Johnson said “It’s just too highly politicized of an atmosphere. It’s not fair to the nominee, it’s not fair to the court. Don’t nominate anybody. That was our advice. President Obama didn’t follow it.”1  (I should mention that in 1992, Joe Biden had the same idea. It was wrong then and it’s wrong now.)

This isn’t Senator Johnson’s only refusal to nominate a judge to a Federal Court. The US 7th District Court is still down a couple of judges and we have Ron Johnson to thank for it. He blocked the nomination of Victoria Nourse, who was nominated in 2010, before Johnson was even Senator. He said it wasn’t fair because he hadn’t been consulted. HE. WASN’T. THE. SENATOR.

Ron Johnson is up for reelection. We cannot in good conscience send this man back to Washington for another six years. These are not the only reasons not to reelect Johnson, they’re just my reasons today. I’ll have more as the election draws near.

1.Wisconsin Watchdog article...2/6/2016

The Moron’s Case for Hillary Clinton by The Contrarian Blog

This is NOT mine and I highly recommend that you follow this blog. Do yourself a favor. This is well written and factual. It cuts the crap you see in most blogs.

This blog about why you should vote for Hillary and how Donald Trump isn’t even in her same class is amazing.  Well written, concise, and full of ammunition for your consideration when you have a chance to debate Trump supporters.

Here is just a sample…

An old colleague and I were having breakfast this morning when he looked up at the news (I can’t remember which network …MSNBC, I think) and noticed a split screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clint…

Source: The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

Thoughts On President Johnson…

I love history, but quite honestly, I don’t know a lot about President Lyndon Johnson’s Presidency.  I consider this slightly odd, since I was born during the last year of his Presidency.  I should know something.  Suffice it to say, that I know more about Nixon’s Presidency (plus, I can remember his Presidency) than Johnson’s.  What I do know about President Johnson, I learned from The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro.

Anyway, I came across an article from 1973 in The Atlantic called “The Last Days of the President“.  It’s a fascinating look at a man.  I highly recommend it.

Here’s a part I found most fascinating.  Lyndon Johnson “never doubted that he could have won the 1968 election against Richard Nixon…”  In 1971, he told Leo Janos (the author of the article),  “My daddy was only sixty-two when he died, and I figured that with my history of heart trouble I’d never live through another four years. The American people had enough of Presidents dying in office.”

According to the article,  President Johnson had an actuarial study completed on his life, which predicted that he would die at age 64, which he did on January 22, 1973.  Making an assumption that he might have gone earlier, Hubert Humphrey would have been the next President.  It is, also, quite possible, that Humphrey would have beaten Nixon, if he ran again in 1972.  It is quite possible that Nixon would never have run again and there wouldn’t have been a Nixon Presidency.

Think about that – No Nixon Presidency means no Watergate, no open door to China, no Presidential visit to China, no resignation, and no Ford Presidency.  I wonder if that would have ushered in a Ronald Reagan Presidency before the 1980s?

I think the main thing would be no Watergate.  Watergate opened the flood gates of government distrust that has exploded into this massive hatred and distrust of our own leaders.  I wonder why it would be like to trust your government?  Would that mean we wouldn’t have Bundy in Oregon pointing rifles at Federal Agents?  Would there have been a Waco?  A 9/11?

What would have changed if President Johnson had decided to run again and won?

I don’t have the answer to that question, but it is fascinating to think about.

The next item on the list was how Johnson knew what was the score.  In the article, he is quoted as saying, “The first thing Democrats do when they take power is find where the control levers are. But the first thing Republicans do is investigate Democrats. I don’t know why they do it but you can count on it.”  It appears that some things haven’t changed at all.

It just goes to show how the past can be seen in the future and present.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Blessings…

The Other Little Soldier – Josh Gracin

America – Waylon Jennings

Are the Good Times Really Over for Good – Merle Haggard

Glory Glory Hallelujah / Battle Hymn of the Republic – Judy Garland

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