The USPS Course Correction

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8-18-2020

 

The USPS Course Correction

 

I don’t buy into the false premise hoisted by congressional democrats and others who say the Post Master General Louis DeJoy is doing President Trumps bidding in order to inhibit mail delivery of ballots in the 2020 election, thereby insuring a Republican victory. That would be attempting to influence an election and that would be wrong.

 

What is also attempting to influence an election is pandering fear and spreading lies about the President and/or the USPS without knowing any of the “facts” or in the case of congress actually knowing what they are spreading are not facts but outright lies. So are media headlines about “Trumps war on the USPS” threatening to withhold funding to stop mail-in ballots from getting to the polls in time?

 

The Constitution states that voting is a right of US citizens. Registered voters know they must exercise that right so their one and only vote can be counted. Military personnel and those who are absent from their precinct are able to request absentee ballots be sent to their current address where they can vote early and mail those ballots back to their home precinct.

 

Postal officials have declared that if they can manage 25M Christmas Cards during the holidays they can surely handle processing ballots for the election, as they have always done in the past. They have said there is no shortage of funding that will impact processing mail well into 2021 should additional funding not be approved until then.

 

One big “issue” according to congressional democrats is the removal of big blue mail collection boxes by Postal employees in certain areas. This is not seen as a cost saving measure or relocating boxes to new construction or areas sorely needing but not having these collection boxes available.

 

Everyone knows that the cost of postage has been going up steadily every year and it is now close to $0.50 to mail a letter, as inflation rises, so do postage rates.

 

Congressional democrats and their media lackeys would have you to believe that President Trump appointed the PMG to do his dirty work. How uninformed they must be to not know that the 75th Post Master General Louis DeJoy was appointed by the USPS Board of Governors in June 2020. Oops!

 

Mr. DeJoy has spent more than 35 years growing and managing a successful nationwide logistics company. As Chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics, he has spent decades in collaboration with the USPS, Boeing, Verizon, Disney, United Technologies and other public and private companies to provide supply chain logistics, program management and transportation support. New Breed Logistics was a contractor for the USPS for more than 25 years, supplying logistics support for multiple processing facilities. The company received Quality Supplier Awards from the USPS on four separate occasions.

 

In 2014, New Breed merged with XPO Logistics and DeJoy served as CEO of XPO Logistics’ supply chain business in the Americas before his retirement in December 2015. He then served on the company’s board of directors until 2018.

 

As PMG, DeJoy has committed to creating a long-term, viable operating model for the Postal Service that will insure the organization can fulfill its public service mission while remaining self-sustaining.

 

DeJoy is a member of the Board of Trustees at Elon University in North Carolina and the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University.

 

I can see why he was nominated by the USPS Board of Governors to head USPS. In my humble opinion he is exactly the right man for the job at this critical time in the USPS transformation process. For those who say he has no experience with USPS I say bullhockey.

 

During the Presidency of George W. Bush the Postal Service began to change with the Postal Act of 2006, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act is the first major legislative change to the Postal Service since 1971. It significantly changed how the USPS operates and conducts business. The Act provided new flexibility in competitive pricing for shipping services, enabling the Postal Service to respond to dynamic market conditions and changing customer needs for packages.

 

As the Postal Service has worked to implement the Act, modernize its business, and take advantage of new opportunities for growth, it has remained loyal to the principles established to help guide implementation of the Act. The Postal Service’s mission remains the same: to provide trusted, universal service at affordable prices.

 

I believe that continued change is not only inevitable but necessary for the USPS. When businesses fail it can be a combination of leadership, politics or the union and because the Postal Service is such a huge operation there has to be a time for someone has to step in and determine what went wrong and how to fix it.  The unique problem with the Postal Service is that it is a government agency with bureaucratic red tape and congressional oversight.

 

President Trump in 3 ½ years began reducing bureaucratic red tape almost immediately after the inauguration in 2017. So for congress to blame the President for something they have had hands on with congressional oversight is a bit much, even 83 days before a major presidential election.

 

The real reason for all the fuss was not for Speaker Pelosi to bring the House back in session to help Americans affected by this global pandemic, but to try one more time to place the blame of her attempt to create panic over voters not having their voices heard because it’s not safe to vote in person.

 

Give me a break, give me a break, just hand me a piece of that ice cream bar. The one Speaker Pelosi has stashed in the $17,000 freezer in her home in San Francisco. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Art of the Political Debate

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8-16-2020

 

Art of the Political Debate

 

In the mid-1960s during my high school years in Southwestern Idaho I wasn’t into arguing (except with my three brothers), confrontations or the high school debate team. I was the skinny, shy kid who got picked on by school bullies. That was until Chuck moved into town from Oakland, California. Chuck had been a golden gloves boxer and we were in the same Civil Air Patrol class. Chuck found out about my bully problem one Friday as I was preparing to go off campus to get my butt kicked. Chuck said he would go as my proxy and then my bully problem ceased.

 

During my military years order and discipline were bred into every facet of training until it became a way of life. There was no discussion. Orders came from above, through the lieutenant and then the sergeant and we did as we were told. If you questioned those orders it wasn’t considered debating, it was insubordination and extra duty was handed out liberally for those who needed reinforcement. As I moved up the ladder I became the sergeant and I expected immediate compliance to the orders I gave.

 

After the military I worked at various jobs and always did my best to insure there were no complaints for the work I did. It didn’t always work out. There were times when my bosses were just plain wrong. My trying to show them the error of their ways often backfired.

 

Politics is a whole different animal and although they call it a political debate, it is usually a televised spectacle where each side attacks their political opponent. It is more akin to a street fight where anything goes and civility goes right out the window.

 

Instead of a moderator asking a question and each side argue their side in a real debate.

 

I watched as questions are being asked, but the answer is a flat out attack on the opponent’s character as what happened in the RNC Presidential Debates for the 2016 election. The first debate had candidates united against their political opponent – Democrat Hillary Clinton. After that it was Donald Trump on the offensive attacking each of his Republican opponents until he was literally the last man standing.

 

When the debates began between opposing political party candidates Clinton and Trump the moderator at one point proceeded to give candidate Clinton the question before hand as evidenced by her readily available answers. Candidate Trump did not see the questions prior and had to think fast in providing answers.

 

What I wanted to hear then and what I want to hear now are the presidential candidates for the 2020 election telling me what they will do for my family and the country. How do they stand on these and other issues that are important to me?

 

Will they back our nations Law Enforcement Officers?

Will they bring God back into the public square?

Will they bring jobs back to the US?

Will they bring manufacturing back to US soil?

Will they hold accountable and punish lawbreakers?

Will they make healthcare both accessible and affordable?

Will they open up the country safely?

Will they provide safety and security for my family?

Will they raise my taxes?

Will they shut down abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood?

Will they stop the violence sweeping our nation?

Will they support and defend the Constitution?

 

I don’t want to hear lies or sweet sounding words pandering to get my vote. I want to hear how they feel about these and other subjects, and what are they prepared to do about backing up their answers.

 

We are a nation of people, different backgrounds and political parties. We should be a nation that can discuss our political differences calmly as civilized human beings, then go out and have a burger or share a pizza or shop at the same store without hostile and uncivilized discourse between us. We don’t have to like each other’s position on any issue, but we should still remain friends. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Voting is a Right Not a Mandate

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8-15-2020

 

Voting is a Right Not a Mandate

 

The Rule of Law is the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution declares in the following Amendments that “the rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude, sex, failure to pay poll tax or other tax, or age (18 years or older).”

 

It is the responsibility of individual citizens to register to vote in their respective districts where they live.

It is the right of registered voters to exercise their right to vote in an election.

Voters unable to vote in person may request an absentee ballot.

Registered voters may choose to vote in person or by absentee ballot.

States cannot mandate voters use mail in ballots as voting is a right to be exercised by US citizens.

Absentee ballots can be mailed to the voting precinct or hand delivered to a voting collection site.

 

State and local precincts have the responsibility to secure, verify eligibility and determine legality of every ballot and to accurately count all ballots received at each county voting precinct and transmit those tallies to state voting officials in a timely manner as prescribed by law.

 

Constitution of the United States – Amendments on Voting

 

Amendment XV (1870)

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Amendment XIX (1920)

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Amendment XXIV (1964)

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Amendment XXVI (1971)

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

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Insurrection in 2020 America

8-15-2020

 

Insurrection in 2020 America

 

Ready or not the day of reckoning is coming to our country by organized forces. They are aided by corrupt government officials who ignore the law or simply do not prosecute the offenders. We are seeing that in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Columbus, Ohio and a number of cities across this nation. The warning signs have been ignored as some officials have called it people having fun or a by-product of the lockdown. Law Enforcement Officers have been largely defanged by corrupt city and state officials who want to appease the insurrectionists rather than confront them head on.

 

When federal taskforces ascended upon Portland and moved into other cities local officials demanded the federal LEOs leave. They should have done that with the domestic terrorists turned insurrectionists, yet they chose not to.

 

So brazen are the attacks on state and federal facilities, private businesses and residences that now the BLM movement in Seattle has huge mobs moving through residential neighborhoods demanding that white people give up their homes to black people. LEOs are being attacked with lethal force by terrorist groups while having their authority and credibility withheld. As these terrorist and insurrectionists groups move about freely with no resistance they become emboldened and enough is never enough.

 

It’s no longer child’s play people are being severely injured and dying, even now!

 

It is the stated Democratic Party’s official goal to remove President Trump and/or to insure he is not re-elected. During a televised address to the nation Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently said, “He will not be President in 2021 – one way or another!” This has gotten out of hand!

 

I take that personal and as a threat aimed squarely at the President of the United States.

 

The Democratic Party is a corrupt party of lies, threats and intimidation. Their goal is absolute power and it’s been said that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

 

It is the intention of domestic terrorism in America to cause chaos with the fall of the government their ultimate goal. If that were to successfully happen chaos would quickly spread to other nations resulting in a massive worldwide war – Armageddon.

 

I’m not an alarmist, nor am I promoting the violent overthrow of our government. What I am saying is presently the domestic terrorists and insurrectionists are far from a majority in this country. There are a great many military veterans, hunters and serious weapons and tactics experts who could very quickly step in to aid and assist LEOs in combatting these terrorist groups. In cases where local officials interfere with public safety, armed citizen volunteers could be federally deputized and deployed into the heart of the violence to assist state National Guard units to stop the violence and restore law and order. In the case of the President invoking the Insurrection Act, massive federal troops could be deployed to restore order and quell the violence. Offenders would then be in violation of federal law. Corrupt local officials could also be held on federal statutes. Even corrupt federal government officials who aid or assist the lawlessness would have to be brought under federal statutes. This all happens because good people do nothing when seeing bad people doing bad things. It’s not in my neighborhood, my city or my state “so what’s the big deal?”

 

As Hillary so brazenly once said, “What does it matter now?”

 

The time is coming and is now here. You decide – what does it matter to our nation, our neighbors and our families. It may be time for President Trump to invoke The Insurrection Act?  – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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In Answer to the Question of Kamala Harris Qualifications for President

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8-14-2020

 

In Answer to the Question of Kamala Harris Qualifications for President

 

During a recent press conference President Trump was asked about Kamala Harris’s Citizenship disqualifying her from the office of the Presidency, his answer was that he’d have someone look into it.

 

The media did what they always do with President Trump – they blasted him without FIRST doing their own due diligence. They could have taken his answer seriously, and then conducted a little bit of research to determine even though Senator Kamala Harris was in fact born in California to non US citizen parents, raised in her father’s homeland Jamaica, in Oakland and with her mother in Canada after their divorce. Senator Harris is a naturalized citizen (as were her parents before her). It has been stressed that Senator Harris is a 14th Amendment citizen and that sparked my interest. According to the Constitution of the United States the requirement of being a “natural born Citizen” is not extended to a naturalized citizen, not even the 14th Amendment has changed that.

 

 

Constitution of the United States

Article II

 

Section 1

 

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

 


Amendment XIV (1868)

Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

 

Section 2.

 Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

 

Section 3.

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

 

Section 4.

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

 

In the Dred Scott decision of 1857, the Supreme Court had said that African-Americans were not citizens. This amendment declared that every person born or naturalized in the U.S. was a citizen. The amendment’s “due process” clause has had enormous constitutional importance, since the Supreme Court has used it to apply most of the Bill of Rights to the states. The amendment also establishes that all citizens are entitled to “equal protection of the laws,” the provision which the Supreme Court cited in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, ruling school segregation unconstitutional.

 

What was surprising was that because the question was not contesting her citizenship, but her constitutional authority to assume the Vice Presidency and/or the Presidency if warranted. Democratic politicians always have a way of going where no man or woman should ever go when questioning the truth. Democrats did the same thing when Barack Obama’s citizenship was challenged. They simply attacked anyone who dared question it. In my opinion who ever in the Democratic National Committee that made the decision for Joe Biden did not fully research the constitutionality of their decision or of its intended or unintended consequences. I’m no rocket scientist but I am someone and I did look into it and even a blind man could see through their argument. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Conspiring for the Highest Office

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8-14-2020

 

Conspiring for the Highest Office

 

To liberal, progressive and uninformed voters this will come off as corny as Corn Pop himself. To conservative voters following politics it will make perfect sense. So sit back and prepare to be amused.

 

Remember when it seemed that everyone in Democratic Party politics wanted to jump in the race to oppose President Trump’s reelection? There were sitting members of Congress who overwhelmingly impeached him over false, misleading and unproven allegations of wrong doing as part of their active resistance beginning on day one which continues to this day.

 

Of the Democratic candidates many were well qualified, some had widespread name recognition and one wasn’t even a Democrat but was favored to receive the nomination. Things from the left are not always what they seem and all of a sudden all the candidates simply dropped out of the race leaving former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumptive Presidential nominee. How did that happen?

 

Was it because of his many years of “public service”, his connection to his boss former President Obama or some other unknown factor? We may never know for sure. What is perfectly clear to me is that those closest to Biden are using him. In my opinion this is clearly elder abuse and those closest to him should have been protecting him, yet have chosen to exploit him for political purposes, as has the Democratic National Committee.

 

After weeks of self-isolation in the Biden’s basement bunker in Delaware the announcement of his choice for a Vice Presidential running mate is truly amazing and historical. Without the Democratic Convention or further deliberation his pick of Senator Kamala Harris seemed to be one of outside pressure to pick a younger than him, black female for the VP spot.

 

Ever since former Secretary Hillary Clinton campaigned on the premise that America is ready for a female president and this is clearly a lead in to making that a possibility. After Barack Obama’s ground breaking election as the 44th President it would only be fitting that a woman could become the 49th Vice President and the first black woman to achieve that lofty goal, if it were just that simple.

 

As I said earlier things on the left are not just that simple. Democrats seem to forget that the devil is in the details. It has been a long standing goal of the Congressional Black Caucus to have an African-American Woman become President and there is no shortage of highly qualified CBC women to choose from like Friederika Wilson, Maxine Waters, Karen Bass (chairwoman), Eddie Bernice Johnson, Joyce Betty, Robin Kelly, Jahana Hayes, Lauren Underwood, Kamala Harris, Lucy McBeth, Brenda Lawrence, Stacey Plaskett, Gwen Moore, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Yvette Clarke, Marcia Fudge, Alma Adams, Terri Sewell, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eleanor Holmes Norton. Outside the CBC there are many well qualified women who have the background that would make them very good choices for Vice President.

 

So how did it come about that Kamala Harris was singled out so quickly and by Biden after she had most recently called him out as a sexual abuser of a woman she said she believed? She has political baggage of her own that she brings to the table. It would appear that her father came to the US from Jamaica and her mother from India, both as students in the early 1960s and met in college where they both become politically active in the civil rights movement at UC Berkeley. She claims to have a stroller’s eye-view of the movement.

 

What is also clear is her qualifications for the VP slot on the Biden ticket were simply that her skin color was black (really brown) and she was a younger woman instead of her political accomplishments which tend to show her true colors (pun intended). Her previous claims of being a black woman or an African-American woman are not supported by her ancestry.

 

Senator Harris’s 3 ½ years in Congress have given her a legacy of teaming up with Senator Cory Booker and along with other congressional Democrat’s attempted to discredit Judge Kavanagh during his Supreme Court nomination hearing. She sided with a woman Harris said she believed and after the woman admitted to making up false allegations Harris offered no apology for her actions.

 

There is a lot of gerrymandering going on within the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party and Congressional Democrats as they attempt to prevent President Trump from being reelected. Yet the Democratic Party playbook is flawed and their failed tactics are driving many democratic voters away. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Freedom Matters

Freedom Matters - Branco

8-12-2020
 
Freedom Matters
 
What is important to your family, your neighborhood, your city and YOUR FUTURE? November 3rd – Vote Wisely
 
Chose ye this day……………….
Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised
 
R. Defend the Police
D. Defund the Police
 
R. Defund Planned Parenthood
D. Fund Planned Parenthood
 
R. Stop the Violence
D. Mostly Peaceful Protests
 
R. 2nd Amendment – Own and Bear Arms
D. We’re coming for your Guns
 
R. 1st Amendment – Worship God
D. Church Services spread the Virus
 
R. Chinese Virus
D. Racist to call it Chinese Virus
 
R. Open Up America – Back to Normal
D. Stay closed until – Vaccine for All is found
 
R. Lower Taxes
D. Raise Taxes
 
R. US Largest Producers of Oil on Earth
D. Eliminate Fossil Fuels
 
R. Climate Change is a Hoax
D. Climate Change is Real – OAC’s Green New Deal
 
R. Tariffs or Pay Fair Share
D. No Tariffs
 
R. Chinese Communist Party is creator of Virus
D. Don’t worry about China
 
R. Build the Wall – Finish it
D. Tear down the wall – Open border
 
R. Mail In Ballots for All – Overwhelming Potential for Fraud Abuse
D. Must have Mail in Ballots for All – Unsafe to vote in person
 
R. Comprehensive Immigration Reform
D. Defund ICE & CBP
 
R. Vote Common Sense – What have you got to lose?
D. Minorities MUST vote Democratic – like you always have…..
 
R. Safety and security of Citizens
D. Autonomous Zones and Sanctuary Cities
 
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Let the Record Show

8-12-2020

 

Let the Record Show

 

On television dramas lawyers would begin with “Let the record show” in order to place evidence OFFICIALLY ON THE RECORD. So it is only fitting to let the 2020 Presidential Candidates stand on their political records.

 

President Trump has a political record of 3 years, 7 months in office.

Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for the Presidency on June 16, 2015. He then accepted the Republican nomination for President of the United States in July of 2016, having defeated seventeen other contenders during the Republican primaries. On November 8, 2016, Mr. Trump was elected President in the largest Electoral College landslide for a Republican in 28 years. Mr. Trump won more than 2,600 counties nationwide, the most since President Ronald Reagan in 1984. And he received the votes of more than 62 million Americans, the most ever for a Republican candidate. These voters, in delivering a truly national victory and historic moment, rallied behind Mr. Trump’s commitment to rebuilding our country and disrupting the political status quo that had failed to deliver results. Mr. Trump won, in part, because he campaigned in places Republicans have had difficulty winning—Flint, Michigan, charter schools in inner-city Cleveland, and Hispanic churches in Florida.  He went there because he wanted to bring his message of economic empowerment to all Americans. Millions of new Republicans trusted Mr. Trump with their vote because of his commitment to delivering prosperity through a reformed tax code, an improved regulatory environment, and better trade deals. President Trump’s victory has brought Americans of all backgrounds together, and he is committed to delivering results for the Nation every day he serves in office. President Trump has been married to his wife, Melania, for twelve years, and they are parents to their son, Barron. Mr. Trump also has four adult children, Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany, as well as ten grandchildren.

 

Vice President Pence has a political record of 12 years as an Indiana Representative in the House, 3 years as Governor of Indiana and 3 years, 7 months in office.

Vice President Pence set off for Hanover College, earning his bachelor’s degree in history in 1981. While there, he renewed his Christian faith which remains the driving force in his life. He later attended Indiana University School of Law and met the love of his life, Second Lady Karen Pence. After graduating, Vice President Pence practiced law, led the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, and began hosting The Mike Pence Show, a syndicated talk radio show and a weekly television public affairs program in Indiana. Along the way he became the proud father to three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. Growing up in Indiana, surrounded by good, hardworking Hoosiers, Vice President Pence always knew that he needed to give back to the state and the country that had given him so much. In 2000, he launched a successful bid for his local congressional seat, entering the United States House of Representatives at the age of 40. The people of East-Central Indiana elected Vice President Pence six times to represent them in Congress. On Capitol Hill he established himself as a champion of limited government, fiscal responsibility, economic development, educational opportunity, and the U.S. Constitution. His colleagues quickly recognized his leadership ability and unanimously elected him to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee and House Republican Conference Chairman. In this role, the Vice President helped make government smaller and more effective, reduce spending, and return power to state and local governments. In 2013, Vice President Pence left the nation’s capital when Hoosiers elected him the 50th Governor of Indiana. He brought the same limited government and low tax philosophy to the Indiana Statehouse. As Governor, he enacted the largest income tax cut in Indiana history, lowering individual income tax rates, the business personal property tax, and the corporate income tax in order to strengthen the State’s competitive edge and attract new investment and good-paying jobs. Due to his relentless focus on jobs, the state’s unemployment rate fell by half during his four years in office, and at the end of his term, more Hoosiers were working than at any point in the state’s 200-year history. As Governor of Indiana, Vice President Pence increased school funding, expanded school choice, and created the first state-funded Pre-K plan in Indiana history. He made career and technical education a priority in every high school. Under Vice President Pence’s leadership, Indiana, known as “The Crossroads of America,” invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges across the state. Despite the record tax cuts and new investments in roads and schools, the state remained fiscally responsible, as the Vice President worked with members of the Indiana General Assembly to pass two honestly balanced budgets that left the state with strong reserves and AAA credit ratings that were the envy of the nation. It was Indiana’s success story, Vice President Pence’s record of legislative and executive experience, and his strong family values that prompted President Donald Trump to select Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016. The American people elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence on November 8, 2016. President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence entered office on January 20, 2017.

 

 

Former Vice President Biden has a political record as of 1-24-2017 he ranked #18 out of 25 Longest Serving Senators with 36 years, 13 days in Congress and 8 years in office.

He graduated, University of Delaware, Newark, 1965, and Syracuse (N.Y.) University College of Law 1968; admitted to the Delaware bar in 1969 and commenced practice in Wilmington; served on the New Castle County Council 1970-1972; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1972 and reelected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, and again in 2008 and served from January 3, 1973, until January 15, 2009, when he resigned to become Vice President; chair, Committee on the Judiciary (One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses), Committee on Foreign Relations (One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 3-20, 2001; June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003], One Hundred Tenth Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, but was elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket headed by Barack Obama in 2008; reelected in 2012, and served from January 20, 2009, until January 20, 2017.

 

Senator Harris’ political record of 3 years, 7 months in office:

After earning an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, she began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, Kamala became the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. Among her achievements as District Attorney, Harris started a program that gives first-time drug offenders the chance to earn a high school diploma and find employment. Having completed two terms as the District Attorney of San Francisco, Kamala was elected as the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General. In this role, she worked tirelessly to hold corporations accountable and protect the state’s most vulnerable people. Over the course of her nearly two terms in office, Kamala won a $25-billion settlement for California homeowners hit by the foreclosure crisis, defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act, helped win marriage equality for all Californians, and prosecuted transnational gangs that trafficked in guns, drugs, and human beings. In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. She serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget. Kamala has spent her life fighting injustice. On 8-11-2020 she became the VP running mate on the Biden/Harris democratic ticket for 2020.

 

In order to be fair to all candidates I used their official biographies unedited.

 

The 2020 Presidential Campaign is not about what they have listed in their biographies, it is about what they promise to do moving forward – if elected.

 

What have they said they would do to and for the American people?

 

President Trump recently made six promises to American workers for his second term 8-7-2020:

 

Defeat the China Virus:

“First and foremost, we will defeat the China virus,” Trump said to the workers gathered for his speech.

“It’s bad, and we have made tremendous strides. We are attacking the virus from every angle and through this aggressive strategy, we will win the war and it will happen sooner than people think,” he added…

 

Rebuild American manufacturing:

“My second promise to you is this,” Trump said. “We will rise from the current adversity of this horrible invisible enemy and we will be more prosperous and resilient than ever before.”…

 

Build America into a Center of Medical Manufacturing:

“My third promise is to build on these gains to turn America into the premier medical manufacturing, pharmacy, and drugstore of the world,” Trump said…

 

Move Millions of Manufacturing Jobs Back to America:

“My fourth promise to American workers: Beyond our medical supply chains over the next four years, we will onshore millions of new manufacturing jobs, across many other critical sectors that are vital to our national security and prosperity,” he said…

 

Using Tariffs to Fight for Fair Trade:

“My fifth promise to American workers is to bring back American jobs and factories using every tool at my disposal, including tariffs,” Trump said.

 

Put Workers First:

“My sixth and final promise today is to forever uphold the commitment I made from the beginning,” he said. “I will always put American workers first, always.”

 

Presidential Candidate Biden’s positions on the following as of 3-5-2020:

 

Capital Punishment/Death Penalty – Abolish it

Cash Bail Reform – End it

Cocaine Sentencing Disparities – Scrap the disparity

Mandatory Minimum Sentence Reform – Eliminate them

Private Prisons – Eliminate them

Minimum Wage – Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour

Paid Leave – Indicates support for paid family and sick leave

Reparations – Study reparations

Charter Schools – Against for-profit charter schools

Cost of College – Two years should be free

Student Debt – Expand or fix existing debt-relief programs

Teacher Pay – Boost teacher pay

Campaign Finance – Unlimited spending should not be allowed in politics

Nuclear Power – Support developing new nuclear technologies as part of an effort to fight climate change

Oil and Gas Drilling – End new oil and gas leases on federal land and end offshore drilling

Reduce Carbon Emissions – Tax carbon emissions

Farm Economy – Strengthen enforcement, but stop short of trust-busting

Farming and Climate Change – Pay farmers to adopt climate-friendly practices

Rights for Farm Owners and Workers – Expand farm worker protections, but no specific plans for USDA civil rights

Assault Weapons – Support a voluntary buyback program

Background Checks – In favor of universal background checks

Weapon Registry – In favor of a national firearm registry

Abortion – Some limits

ACA/Coverage Expansion – Build on the ACA’s foundation

Drug Costs – Linking to overseas prices

Medicare of All – Opposes Medicare for All, but would expand coverage

DACA – Citizenship for Dreamers

Illegal Entry – Leave the statute in place

Transportation – Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy

Legalizing Marijuana – Let the states decide

Marijuana Convictions – Scrapping past pot convictions

Defense Spending – Boost defense budget

Overseas Deployments – Keep the troops deployed

Capital Gains Taxes – Increase the capital gains tax rate

Corporate Income Taxes – Raise corporate taxes, but keep rates lower than before 2017

Wealth Tax – Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans

Rural Broadband – Dedicate open-ended federal funding to support rural broadband

Social Media – We should consider holding companies legally liable for user posts

Tech Competition & Antitrust – We need more investigations first

China – Don’t worry so much about China

NAFTA/USMCA – Support revised USMCA

Tariffs – Don’t use tariffs to pressure countries

TPP 2.0 – Support joining CPTPP

 

Judge for yourself whether returning the politics of the past on steroids will benefit American, Politicians or help to sustain the economy. Will raising taxes without reduced federal spending do anything but hurt the middle class and lower income Americans by driving corporations overseas – again? Pay attention to what the candidates are saying today during the pandemic? Do they make a valid case for or against opening up the country to build a stronger economy?

Or does anything they say make sense to you? – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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So Tell Me Again?

So Tell Me Again?

 

Let’s see…. I’m from Idaho and I sometimes have a hard time understanding how a deadly virus can be contained by a piece of cloth? After spending more than 20 years in the military and training with the deadly CS gas and running around Europe in MOPP level 4 gear in anticipation of nuclear biological and chemical warfare here we are facing the most deadly virus known to man in 2020 – the “Corona”, named after a beer?

 

We are just now finding out that it was created by the Communist Chinese Party’s military laboratory in Wuhan, China but politicians are afraid of offending the CCP so we aren’t allowed to call it the Chinese Virus or the WuFlu.

 

Along with millions of other Americans I would like to know why there are no hazardous materials containers on every block and every street corner of every city in every state in the nation to contain the spread of a virus when flimsy paper throw away face coverings are THROWN AWAY.

 

I see them in hospitals and doctor offices when going in for an exam or treatment. They are clearly marked HAZMAT. We even have teams wearing full HAZMAT suits when cleaning up fuel spills on the highways.

 

But we’re supposed to think that the Corona or to be politically correct the COVID-19 virus is so deadly that it will kill EVERYBODY unless we wear a paper, throw away face covering?

 

Seriously, I understand that people are getting the virus and there is cause for alarm. We must take precautions like staying away from those who are sick (common sense). We must cover our mouths and nose when we cough (common sense). We must regularly clean our hands and face with soap and water to prevent the virus from getting into our bodies (common sense). When we feel sick we see a doctor to determine what treatment will combat our symptoms (common sense).

 

It is time for us to use common sense as adults to insure we are keeping ourselves and others around us safe. We must continue to teach our children about sanitation and cleanliness. Teachers and school administration we must ensure our schools are kept clean and safe for students and staff. City officials we must insure that our cities are safe for everyone. That must include keeping trash and human waste off the streets and out of storm drains, creeks, rivers and drinking water supplies. County and state officials who must insure everywhere is safe for residents and visitors alike. Federal government manages national lands and parks to insure they are safe places for tourists. We must keep things in proper perspective.

 

We have dealt with viruses like the flu and other “pandemics” for years. It seems to be when the government gets involved that everything is a major crisis. New procedures have to be thought of and enacted. Enforcement MUST be done to insure these procedures are followed TO THE LETTER OF THE LAW (even when it isn’t even a law). There must be fear police to stoke the fires of fear, and see that people are adequately afraid.

 

It’s time for all of us to get on with living. The only sure thing in life is that death will overtake us all and we will never get out of here alive! Don’t bother to reply or say that I’m full of it. I’ve been called many things by many people and yes I’ve been full of sarcasm from the time I was born (ask my brothers). – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Sad Times in Our Country?

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Sad Times in our Country?

 

The outcome of the November presidential election has folks jittery on all sides of the political spectrum. They fear that if Trump is not re-elected he will refuse to leave office or he will cry loudly “Voter Fraud” and contest the election. Others fear that if Biden wins the election he will effectively be a straw president unable to uphold the office of President and a call to enact the 25th Amendment would replace him with whoever becomes his VP running mate. Still another fear is the race is too close to call for obvious reasons and neither candidate take the required number of votes from the Electoral College and the Speaker of the House becomes President. We have less than 90 days before American voters head to the polls or cast their mail in ballots.

 

The stakes of the nation are extremely heightened by the domestic terroristic tactics of groups like Antifa headquartered in Portland, Oregon and the Black Lives Matter movement based out of Seattle, Washington. Both have been flexing their muscles in their respective cities for some time.

 

The George Floyd event in Minneapolis, Minnesota was a spark that ignited peaceful protest by community organizers joined by BLM and Antifa’s domestic terrorists quickly turning into vandalism, assaults and even murder before full-fledged rioting, looting and burning of businesses and local government and police offices, vehicles and attacks upon Law Enforcement Officers that has since spread into civil disobedience on a nationwide scale.

 

The resulting reaction from political figures (governors and mayors in every affected cities and states have been to side with the “protestors” and order LEOs to stand down while innocent bystanders are physically assaulted by Antifa wearing BLM clothing and carrying BLM banners. Police precincts have been vandalized and LEOs and others have been locked inside as buildings were set on fire. Clearly attempted murder by lawless rioters yet no action was taken to condemn or to stop it. Governors failed to call in their National Guard to restore law and order. While nobody wanted a repeat of Kent State nobody stood on the side of law and order or public safety as more LEOs were ordered to stand down.

 

Next were chants to defund the police and abolish the police which should have been quickly squelched by local officials. Instead mayors made a show of reducing the salaries and operating budged of local LEOs. Some mayors even marched with the “protestors” while their bewildered LEOs were forced to look the other way. Even as police vehicles were destroyed, buildings ignited and officers assaulted and murdered. Governors and mayors went so far as to allow “protest zones” within the inner cities and likened them to summer lovefests or some such nonsense.

 

When the DOJ began sending in federal taskforces to protect federal property and to ensure the safety of government employees and citizens a cry was heard all the way to the White House. The cry was not to thank President Trump but to demand federal “Stormtroopers” leave immediately.

 

I may have missed a few things but in my opinion the rioters of Antifa, BLM and other Fascist and Marxist groups actively participating in the civil unrest are not exercising any of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. They are conducting criminal acts and Sedition, possibly even Treason against US Government officials while threatening to topple the sitting President of the United States.

 

Here is something to think about with the rioters. (I’m not going to continue calling them protestors as they passed that mark a long time ago). We see the media showing BLM mostly “peaceful protesting” where white people are passing themselves off as BLM protestors, while vandalism is done by black looters in the name of BLM are simply hungry and looting for bread. How much bread is there in the high end computer stores, automobile sales lots and Walmart, Target or other stores that are stripped of high end electronics typically in Democratic lead cities? Why are groups of men and women brandishing and pointing guns menacingly at motorists and preventing them from passing by? After targeting the inner cities, and moving into the suburbs, primarily into rich neighborhoods they attempt to provoke a police response.

 

This weekend how many were killed and wounded in Chicago without so much as a whimper from the media, yet when a suspect fires on police and police return fire, then it’s considered grounds to vandalize and loot more high end stores in downtown Chicago?

 

These are the groups dedicated to creating chaos across America and all the while Americans are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are social distancing, wearing face coverings and staying safe at home while either being unemployed or attempting to keep our businesses afloat. We have schools that have been closed way too long. Our churches and places of worship are shuttered or allowed to open with unrealistic restrictions while bars, casinos and fast food establishments are allowed to open with far less restrictions. There is concern, not that rioters are social distancing or wearing face coverings or restricting the number of rioters who can attend any of their “events”.

 

Democratic politicians have not openly opposed them, yet threaten Americans who don’t follow their “COVID-19 protocol”. Tell police to stand down for rioters, but arrest someone for not wearing a mask is simply ridiculous. The concern is whether people can move about outdoors freely without social distancing, wearing face coverings or dancing in the streets that might cause the virus to spread. You can’t have it both ways, yet we do.

 

The criminal acts and those who organize, finance, lead and participate are criminals and should be locked up. Politicians (any elected or appointed) who encourage aid, abet or enable lawlessness are just as guilty as if they personally participated in the assaults, murder and rioting. They should resign or be removed from office, charged, tried and when convicted sentenced according to the seriousness of the charge(s) and they should be held personally and criminally responsible.

 

I personally don’t think masks work. They don’t stop any viruses. They don’t offer any sort of protection. If worn without being cleaned properly can lead to far worse problems. There is no reason anyone who is hiking in the mountains, fishing in a lake, riding a bike or driving in a car or traveling with family and friends should wear a mask. Going into close proximately to others in a mall or grocery story common sense should prevail. Adults have the capacity to make decisions based upon their individual circumstances and understand the consequences of their actions.

 

Now about the election and mail in voting, some states have been using mail in voting or absentee ballots for years. When they are done correctly and honestly it offers folks the ability to vote when they otherwise would have been unable to.

 

What doesn’t make sense is mandating mail in voting for everyone. (It’s like Medicare for all, free stuff for all and anything else for all). There are several reports of millions of ballots coming back as undeliverable or even being mailed to outdated addresses. Think of all the wasted funds? It would have been easier if each state would validate their voter rolls databases. If there are more votes cast than there are registered voters or voters casting multiple ballots that can be a problem?

 

Now here’s something to think about. What if it becomes a contested race and no clear winner is outright elected who becomes president – Pelosi – what if she is voted out of office too? How is that addressed in the Constitution? Yeah that might open a really big can-of-worms.

 

Historically Americans step up when the going gets tough. A great number of men and women hunt, own guns and who would willingly step up if law enforcement is unwilling or unable to provide protection and security in our country. We have seen in recent weeks where thugs with guns decide to go into an area they are unfamiliar with and are met with an overwhelming force. Some of these encounters ended up by the aggressor being outmatched or outsmarted.

 

Not too long ago there were incidents in Colorado Springs where Antifa and BLM were doing their thing with blocking traffic on the interstate and messing around downtown taunting police. Some of these folks decided to head to where the super-max prison was located and were met by townsfolks who made it clear they were not wanted. The group rolled into town, stopped at the city hall where they took some pictures and hurriedly got back in the vans and left without saying goodbye.

 

This country has always been divided – law abiding vs lawlessness. So long as law and order prevail things are good, but when lawlessness is allowed to flourish – not so good. Our enemies are attacking covertly and with surrogates like we see on the news. Groups like BLM and Antifa did not just appear out of nowhere, but are international terrorist groups conducting domestic terrorism activities on the streets of our nation. What they have experienced thus far is silence from the liberal left and even a weird kinship with Democratic politicians who’d rather side with them, than stand up and say enough!

 

It doesn’t matter which party wins in November, the domestic terrorist groups have promised to EXPLODE into more radical terrorist activities after the election. One group is threatening to occupy the White House next month for 57 days. That won’t work out well for them. So unless they are identified and their leadership rounded up, prosecuted and sentenced for sedition or an appropriate sentence there will be open warfare on our streets.

 

This election is less than 90 days away and the outcome will affect the nation going forward.

 

If Democrats win overwhelmingly the Legislative and Executive Branches the nation will fail because their same failed Democratic policies of the past are still failed policies.

 

If Republicans win overwhelmingly the Legislative and Executive Branches the nation has a better chance of recovering economically but we must get the nation opened up and back to normal.

 

We cannot live in fear of – what if – that is not who we are as a nation or a people. We will pull together drain the swamp completely and remove deep state operatives to be identified and prosecuted for this ongoing coup. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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