Republican Leaders Need to Become Americans

By | October 16, 2013

The post title pretty much says it all. Speaking as someone who was born a Republican, until the current leaders fall off the end of the actuarial tables, no member of my party should hold public office. Thankfully House Speaker John Boehner is from Ohio. He left Washington without getting a farm bill done and when he is up for election again he will learn that any elected official from the corn belt who does that doesn’t remain elected.

It won’t just be the Ag community which ensures he never holds a job again. Bush has a brewery in Columbus, OH which, according to their Web site, produces 235 trucks of beverages per day. That requires a massive quantity of grain. No brewer, baker, or ethanol maker can afford to have a year where American farmers choose not to plant what they need because they couldn’t purchase crop insurance for it. Neither Mitt Romney nor his baker has a clue when it comes to agriculture, but they will certainly wise up the day the local supermarket starts charging $19.95 for a loaf of store brand bread because nobody planted wheat.

Think it won’t happen? Guess again. Cash rent charged by land holders is currently astronomical. Most of the highest cash rent land is being strip mined. Oh, you won’t find a gigantic hole in the ground. To find the evidence of this mining you have to get a soil test. Most investment companies have people even more clueless than the current group of GOP leaders “managing” the land. All they care about is this quarter’s numbers. I have yet to encounter one smart enough to put the current soil test results into the contract AND have a clause which states the land must be maintained or above those levels with associated damages and repercussions. In short, much of this land currently renting out for north of $350/acre won’t sell for $350/acre in a few years because all buyers will be demanding current soil tests and valuing the land based on its actual fertility, not what the Realtor posts on their Web site.

Now we have the party which is supposed to be “for business” shutting down the government and toying with defaulting on national debt? Seriously? You let a handful of terrorists into your party and you let them take hostages? Do you really think you are ever going to hold office again?

You have spin doctors outright lying in the press when it comes to Obamacare. I mean, as a regular tax paying citizen it appears to me there would be an awful lot of “political advisors” and “spin doctors” in prison if the Justice Department ever enforced the truth in advertising laws when it comes to political ads and commercials. Can one serve in Washington if one is a convicted felon?

I realize the bulk of you were bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. That is why you are so against something so good. That is also why Medicare is not allowed to negotiate drug prices. If Medicare were allowed to negotiate drug and service prices it would cost about half of what it does now. More importantly, we as tax payers wouldn’t have to read stories  about huge corporations (your campaign contributors?) settling fraud cases.

While you are at it, quit making incredibly false statements about why AARP backed Obamacare and grossly exaggerating the Medicare money which was spent, not cut, spent, just like you spent our Social Security Dollars by “borrowing” from the fund and replacing the money with a worthless IOU. The money which was spent didn’t actually impact any current AARP members. In fact, your blocking Medicare from being able to negotiate drug and service prices like any other insurance company dramatically slashed benefits for all Medicare recipients while leaving the door open for massive fraud. Why would AARP back it? Because the vast majority of Americans who aren’t bribing politicians via Super PACs and other means or currently gaming the system for health insurance like elected officials wanted it. Making the denial of coverage for preexisting medical conditions a criminal offense was the greatest thing to ever happen to the American health care industry.  That impacts every current and future AARP member not yet old enough for Medicare.  Shrinking the donut hole also saved existing AARP members a ton of cash.

If you want to really “fix” health care in America you need to mandate one other change. All health insurance policies must be accompanied by a life insurance policy issued by the same company not subbed out to avoid the cost. This policy must pay a minimum of $300K upon death and have a rider which states death due to denial of care pay out a minimum of $5 million. This will stop the denial of care for profit scam which ran a muck with HMOs according to the tear filled testimony before Congress of one doctor’s confession of murder for profit by denying care they knew would save a life.

It’s quite simple. No American would ever have created a tax break for companies to send American jobs and factories over seas. No American would ever block a repeal of that tax break. No American would ever put forth a candidate for president which had either offshored American jobs or replaced American workers with H1-b obtained by making completely false claims about a worker shortage. There never was an IT worker shortage, even the Wall Street Journal and CNBC have come to that conclusion. What there is a shortage of is upper management with enough ethics to pay the actual market rate. No American would even joke about trashing the countries credit rating, let alone actually do it more than once? So where does that leave you Mr./Ms./Mrs. Elected GOP member?


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Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.