Another shoe has dropped – letter to GOP Senators

Another long time associate of the President has been indicted for lying to Congress. It is also painfully clear the President has difficulty with being truthful, which is unfortunate. Again, I ask you is this the man you want to spend your dear reputation on?

Your first step must be to reopen the government and, if he vetoes it, override such veto. Like other issues, immigration concerns have been oversold on fear and misinformation, and deserve due diligence and debate.

People are hurting, so please reopen the government and take everything the President says with a grain of salt. It truly saddens me to say that about our country’s President.

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Letter to Democrat Members of Congress

All, please consider sending the following to select Democrat Senators and representatives. Please feel free to reshape it to suit your needs and style. I feel the opportunity exists to make a deal to reopen the government.
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As an independent voter who has belonged to both parties, I have been critical of the President for his lack of good faith bargaining and use of fear and misinformation to sell over-simplified solutions. I have also been critical of GOP Congressional members for not governing acquiescing to the President’s commands.

With this context, I ask you to use this opportunity with the packaged offer of the President to gain acceptable terms and re-open the government. I recognize fully this attempt by the President is more to deflect blame, but people are being hurt by the shutdown and it is time to act.

So, I beseech you to find terms that will be acceptable and make a deal. Tell Senator McConnell what could be added to make it acceptable. It is time. As this lingers further, more of the mud from this shutdown will rightfully get on on Democrats. Yes, the President caused this shutdown, but it takes two sides to have a communication problem.

Yet another letter to Senators

Please open up the government. A deal is there to be had, but it needs to not involve the person causing the shutdown. It is telling when a boss does not support his employees. To me, this speaks volumes into the nature of the US President.

Americans are being harmed. These federal employees deserve better than to be mere pawns in Trump’s game. Sadly, that is his history as a manager. Please do your job and open the government.

It is hard for Cruz to be a solution

Saying people are angry with Washington is sloppy reporting and does a disservice to the problem. There is a large group who is angry for the legislators not collaborating enough to get things done. Then, there is a group who is angry that their representatives are not strident enough in their convictions to only get things done their way. Let’s set aside the veracity or lack thereof of those convictions.

The latter group has been tapped into by the two men leading the GOP race. The problem is they are angry at the wrong people. Senator Ted Cruz is one of those leaders of the strident group and advocates that he is the solution. That is difficult for me to fathom, as Ted Cruz is part of the problem.

Cruz is a grandstander who has made an effort to not work with his colleagues at any level. He has ridiculed the leadership, embarrassing them on occasion. As a result, his senate colleagues will not go to bat for him. It should be noted when Senator John McCain’s birth in the US Panama Canal Zone became a minor issue, the Senate passed a bill that said just to make sure, this is not a problem. With the issue over Cruz’ birth in Canada becoming an issue, he should not expect a hall pass from the Senate. That speaks volumes.

And, he personally shut our government down for 16 days. The President had to cancel his attendance at two important international trade meetings, which is a key role for the position of President. If it were not for ten female Senators, the US would have defaulted on some debt, which would have been a horrible move per other countries and the head of the International Monetary Fund. This is as good an example of why Cruz would be such a disaster as President.

Yet, if we get back to what I set aside, Cruz is also part of the problem based on his positions. His bellicose rhetoric about carpet bombing shows his ignorance of the challenges of the Middle East. While not as blatant as Trump he has demonized more than a few groups of people. And, Cruz tends to overlook facts when he criticizes policies. If it is not his way, then it cannot be working.

Most Americans want Congress and the President to get things done. They want collaboration. Cruz just wants the attention. He wants it to be his way or no way. He is not the solution. Ted Cruz is part of the problem.

Three Women GOP Senators who bring needed reason

Our hope resides with the Senate on a current end to the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis. After a very troubling and unsettling usurp in the House yesterday which derailed productive conversations for about six hours, the saner heads in the Senate have to lead the way. I did see encouraging comments from three female Republican Senators who are part of the Gang of 12 Bipartisan senators – Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Kelly Ayotte. They feel it can be done in an interview on the NBC Today Show this morning. Plus, they were refreshing talking about the need to govern and get this done. There will be time to discuss issues after the crisis.

When asked about what this means for the Speaker’s future, they noted that his role cannot be the issue. They noted that Americans are tired of the “zero-sum” game of politics. They said they support the Speaker, but it is time to govern the country and cease the gamesmanship. The syllable “man” in gamesmanship is used with intent. I have been a broken record about needing  more women in politics as I believe it will lead to less gamesmanship and more reasonable debate. This is evidenced by their comments as can be seen and heard with this link below:

http://www.today.com/video/today/53294271/#53294271

As a man, I know that men like to compete. The problem in this chess game of politics, the pawns are the ones who bear the brunt of their poor gamesmanship. However, there is one man among many who says default would be “an act of sheer idiocy.” This line comes from none other than Warren Buffett, who knows a little about finance. Unfortunately, even Buffett isn’t wealthy enough to help the US out of this self-created mess. Yet, the significant majority of financial people, including Christine Legarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and yet another woman, say an US default would be lunacy. They are right.

So, let’s hope the Gang of 12 can get it done today, get something through the Senate and over to the House. If they do that, let’s hope the Speaker will choose to govern than placate the strident views in his party. Please phone or email your Senators and Congressional representatives to make this happen. We need to get this done. And, we need to get it done today.