Regardless of whom one quotes, there seem to be those who would tear at the fabric of our nation by trying to assign some ulterior motive to what they said.
When I am your Senator part of my pledge will be to protect this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I will immediately join my voice with Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin who chairs the Commission, to revitalize this Congressional Act and ensure that we begin responsibly to protect our national power grid.
Earlier this year, I mentioned my support for President Trump’s campaign promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. With so many of the President’s initiatives and campaign promises stalled because of inaction by Congress, both by the recalcitrant democrats as well as republicans, this was a laurel waiting to be seized.
Those of you who live with a cat know how Mr. Whiskers just loves shiny objects. Take a laser pen and flash it around the room and you can occupy a cat for hours. The media acts the same way, and sadly, too many politicians from both parties follow their lead in staying distracted from the real issues of the day ...
I know you must be as tired as I hearing politicians in Washington DC and pundits in the media refer to the Midwestern states as “flyover” country – that part of our remarkable republic that matters very little when it comes to national elections – after all we are all so “vanilla” and unimportant! Maybe the last presidential election will help to put a damper on that tired notion.
We have all heard about the problem veterans have in getting adequate health care. It was certainly the grist of the last presidential election. West Point graduate General Shinseki, himself a disabled Vietnam veteran, failed in his efforts to reform the problem during President Obama’s first term, and Bob McDonald, another West Point graduate, former chairman of Proctor and Gamble, turned out to be equally ineffective during Obama’s 2nd term. Knowledge of the military seemed to be far less important than the ability to wade through the bureaucratic morass of the Veterans Administration and arcane rules governing hiring and firing of federal employees. President Trump has appointed David Shulkin, an Obama VA Under Secretary, and himself a psychiatrist, as the new Veterans Administrator. Under his leadership some changes are apparently underway, but we have heard that promise before. What he is actually able to accomplish is yet to be seen.
Since the budget process is heating up, I want to re-emphasize one way to reduce unnecessary spending. As you know, the date until which you have to work to make a profit after all taxes are paid is now April 24th, one day earlier than last year. At that point, the money you earn is mostly yours, not the government’s. Americans pay $3.3 trillion in federal taxes each year and $1.6 trillion in state and local taxes, or just shy of $5 trillion dollars each year.
We hear of abuses in how that money is spent every year; some of the projects sound downright silly. That abuse spreads across many agencies, but let me look at one area that gets very little scrutiny, because most Americans, and to be sure most reporters, know nothing about it—that is foreign aid.
North Korea is testing nuclear weapons and threatening to destroy the USA. U.S. forces are once again being killed in Afghanistan. Innocents of every faith are being murdered by ISIS butchers in Syria. Terrorists are running down innocents with trucks and attacking them with long knives in several countries. Children are being blown up while exiting concerts. This country is smothering under a national debt that President Obama and his Democratic friends like Joe Donnelly allowed to double over 8 years. Russia is once again trying to assert itself as an aggressive world power. Obamacare is hemorrhaging billions of dollars and healthcare insurers are disappearing faster than snowmen on an August day, and Iran is rejoicing in all the unaccounted bribe money that democrat President Obama gave them in totally unaccountable and probably illegal Euros, Rials, and Greenbacks, as part of a deal that Senator Joe Donnelly voted for after pledging 2 days earlier he would vote against. And what is Joe’s main concern?
If any recent event screams for an outsider, a small businessman, to be sent to Washington to support President Trump’s agenda, the recent budget extension passed by the House does just that. They could have worked something out.
Why did you vote Republican in the general election? You wanted to stop funding for Planned Parenthood; you wanted to lower taxes; you wanted to stop excessive Washington spending; you wanted to repeal Obamacare; you wanted to increase military spending; and you wanted to build a wall. I’m with you.
At a recent Lincoln Day event in Jasper County, one of my advisers had an interesting experience. One, I am sure, well-intentioned young attendee asked him why Republicans were not more in favor of higher education. When he pressed him for what he meant, he cited that New York had just passed a bill authorizing free college education for any New York resident making an annual income of $100,000.00 or less. The young attendee thought that might be a good platform plank to attract young people to the Republican side.