113th Congress 'pretend leadership', the ultimate reality of a broken system of leaders
If it is anything we have learned from the 112th congress both democrats and republics were acting like “dictators” by definitions. Both side holding the American people hostage with the demands of political-party agenda taking precedent over the lives of millions of American citizens. One lesson the 113th congress can take away from this is to pass meaningful legislation, fixing the debt ceiling, reforming gun control, rather than add a ‘bandage’ over it and allow time to heal the wounds.
“National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre responded to the Newtown massacre by suggesting that schools needed more guns, not fewer. “Putting a good guy with a gun” in schools was a “pretty darned good argument.”
The tragedy at Sandy Hook , gave America an unbearable pain in the pit of its stomach, which brought our once great nation to it’s knees, the moral and ethical capacity which was somehow distorted was reignited from this tragedy.
NRA and Congress
National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre suggests “arming teachers in schools”, this is not the answer, it helps his line of business but students are not any safer. By having armed teachers in school we are saying this is the way of life going forward and we must accept this.
In Ohio one gun group is accepting applications for those looking to enroll in an Armed Teacher Pilot Program. In Utah, another gun group kicked off concealed weapons training for teachers (for free) Thursday. In Arizona, even the Attorney General wants to see school staffers armed, and in New Jersey, the Marlboro County School District is wasting no time and will place armed guards in schools starting next month.
These children that were brutally murdered in the most innocent place were everyone’s children. In memory of the children we must not accept anymore dysfunction of government when it comes to drafting, signing and implementing meaningful laws.
“We need to find a way to harmonize the second Amendment and have common sense regulations around guns,” she said, pointing to countries like Israel, Canada, and Australia as models. “If we regulate driving, if we regulate Wall Street, why can we not regulate guns?”
American’s everywhere realize that our problems have been covered up one way or another with no real solutions ever being offered. Yet we always end up in the same position or worse off later down the road in some aspect.
“We were taught to some degree that God or science created us; one ideology, which is certain, is that we should have evolved the mental capacity to decipher truth even amongst the greatest of deceitful men.”
Being apart of the American political system is more than pretending to show leadership. It’s about demonstrating leadership to the highest degree taking into account every possible outcome. For so long Washington, D.C. has championed ‘pretend leadership’ that it eventually became the ultimate reality of a broken system of leaders of who decides what’s fair.
United we stand, divided we fall 113th Congress
A reality of dysfunction, which puts political party first and the well being of American citizens second; whether legally or illegally, while justifying actions based on creative moral convictions. Both democrats and republicans demonize or patronize the poor yet both side speak of ‘safety net programs’ however it seems that over the course of American history the system of the ‘safety net’ is broken no matter which political party is in office and how hard they fight, neither side has offered meaningful legislation to solve the problem.
Only an abundance of ‘Financial Band-Aids’, the American people want results, stop throwing our tax dollars at issues hoping to solve them without historical data analysis. Several problems which always outlive any political system; even the worse of presidents and best of presidents are poverty, gun control, and lack of leadership being sold as the democracy.
As part of their last-second deal to slam the brakes on an economy racing toward the so-called fiscal cliff, lawmakers gave the green light this week to extending dozens of business and industry tax breaks, like a cost-recovery program that will save the owners of "motorsports entertainment complexes" (that is, racetracks) about $70 million over the next two years.
In addition to extending tax breaks for racing moguls, the legislation also extended:
- A tax credit for construction of renewable energy projects, like wind turbines and biomass, geothermal and hydropower generation, for one year. It's projected to cost about $116 million, the committee said.
That may seem like a drop in the bucket, but here's the kicker: While the extension to qualify for new projects covers only 2013, the actual tax credit itself is good for 10 years. That means new projects that break ground in 2013 will be able to claim the credit for the next decade, at an overall price tag the committee put at slightly less than $12.2 billion.
- An arcane provision of corporate tax law, called active financing income, that lets U.S. corporations defer taxes on some income they earn from their overseas subsidiaries. That provision will cost the U.S. Treasury more than $9 billion this year and $1.8 billion next year.
- Tax breaks for Hollywood producers who shoot their movies and TV shows in the U.S., at a cost of about $430 million through 2014.
- A program that sends most federal taxes collected on rum produced in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands back to those territories to subsidize domestic production. Bar tab: $222 million over two years.
- A tax break worth about $15 million a year for asparagus growers hit hard by cheap asparagus imported from Peru.
- $4 million in tax breaks over the next two years for people who buy "2- or 3-wheeled plug-in electric vehicles" — in other words, electric scooters, Segways and the like.
The purpose of the deal was to prevent a series of steep spending cuts and tax increases on the middle class from automatically taking effect in the new year. But "we're not making it (the tax system) better or fairer," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said on the House floor Tuesday in explaining why he was voting against the measure.
Leaving a legacy
The 113th congress has the opportunity to make up for lost ground and repair the overall characteristics of leadership in the government’s ability to lead the country into greener pastures. Moreover, opening day for the 113th congress was bittersweet. Freshman Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was joining the Senate on the same day children from Sandy Hook Elementary were heading back to classes for the first time since a gunman killed 26 people there last month.
Everyone talks about leaving a legacy for the next generation; don’t let ours continue to be a failed government, a broken safety net. Despite the facade we may portray.
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