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August 2009

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31 Aug 09: A few days ago I mentioned the rather dubious backgrounds of just a couple of Obama’s czars. Here’s another one: John Holdren, who is the Science Czar. Last year, in a New York Times Op Ed piece, he called climate change skeptics “dangerous” members of a “denier fringe.” As one who spent his career as a meteorologist, I deeply resent being thusly labeled because I, along with many of my colleagues, do NOT believe that mankind is to blame for so-called global warming. But even more off-the-wall than this is Holdren’s statement a few years ago that “population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution." Sounds like China. Where on earth does the Constitution address this?? Once again I ask: are these the type of people you want setting national policy? I surely do not!

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29 Aug 09: Our Constitution has always given every citizen the right to lobby….or talk to…. his or her representatives and senators. But I’m puzzled: where did the right to give them money come from? Is there anyone naïve enough to believe any of our esteemed politicians when they claim that despite having received hundreds of thousands of dollars from some special interest, they can still consider and legislate objectively matters that impact that special interest? I seriously doubt that they, you, or me believe a word of such statements. We need to ban political contributions, plain and simple, and return government to the people, not the special interests.

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26 Aug 09: Sen Ted Kennedy died last night. He was a great senator as far as his constituents in Massachusetts are concerned, and helped many, many people solve problems. But of course politics has jumped into the fray over his replacement. Back in 2004, with Sen John Kerry running for president and a Republican governor, the Democratic Massachusetts legislators changed the law that called for the governor to appoint a senator when a vacancy occurred, and instead established that a special election be held. But in an interesting twist, now that MA has a Democratic governor, there’s a move underfoot to change the law back to what it was before 2004. Am I amazed at the lengths to which politicians will go to ensure their survival? No, but I'm sure disgusted.

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25 Aug 09: At last count, President Obama has appointed some 32 “czars”, or special advisors. Other presidents have also appointed people to special jobs, as President Clinton appointed former Senator George Mitchell as a Special Envoy to Ireland to help broker a peace deal there. But Obama seems to really pushing the limit just by sheer numbers, as well as the rather questionable backgrounds of some of these people.

Take for example, the Regulatory Czar, Cass R. Sunstein. In 2002 he discussed the drawbacks of limitless choices on the Internet that allow people to seek out only like-minded people and opinions that merely fortify their own views; he talked about the idea of the government requiring sites to link to opposing views. More recently, in his 2004 book, Animal Rights, he suggested that animals ought to be able to bring suit, with private citizens acting as their representatives, to ensure that animals are not treated in a way that violates current law.

Or how about Energy and Environment Czar - Carol Browner? She worked on the Socialist International's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which argues that the global community must work collectively to address environmental policies. A world government proponent?

Are people with far-out philosophies like these whom you want making policy for this nation? Not me, thank you.

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18 Aug 09: I’m puzzled: President Obama and the Democrats are claiming that all these protests at various town meetings around the country are staged and not a true representation of what “the people” want. So why then is Obama now saying that he can accept healthcare reform even it does not include a government-run option, which during his campaign is what he insisted we needed? Seems to me he’s reading the political tea-leaves, as virtually all politicians do, and seeing that perhaps a lot more “people” than he thought are against his plan. Move over, Hillary, Barack may be soon be joining you in the ranks of those who tried and failed to reform a system that works for most Americans.

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17 Aug 09: Recently I had a note from a friend who was rather upset about my musings, saying that I was ruining the Toad Hall site with my comments. Well, here's what I responded:

As for the Musings of the WxToad, I'm afraid I don't understand why you're so upset. Just because my views differ from yours? Differing opinions are what make life interesting - how dull it would be if we all agreed. But you think you're upset? I'm a lot more than upset about what's going on in Washington. I've been stewing about things for some time now. Doing all those great things like contacting my senators and congressman, which I've done several times this year, is a total waste of time. This country is going down the drain so damned fast it makes your head spin. Why shouldn't I be able to express my views and opinions? I thought that was a right granted me by our constitution. Silence is complicity, and I will NOT willingly be a party to the destruction of this great country. I didn't devote 34 years of service to this country to stand by now and let the values I defended be torn asunder.

The rest of the Toad Hall will remain as it always has - about LD's, camping and RR's. The simple thing to do if my musings offend you is to not read them. Note: not all will be political. E.g., I've written about my sister and new friends.

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2 Aug 09: What an amazing thing the internet is, although I suppose you don't need me to tell you that. We just spent the night camped in the backyard of some absolutely wonderful folks that contacted us through our Toad Hall web site. They were kind enough to say that anytime we were coming Down East that they would love to meet us and had an RV spot with full hookups that we'd be welcome to use. So we took them up on their offer and had a most delightful time with them. The conversation covered just about everything: RV'ing, families and even politics. After leaving them this morning, Liz and I looked at each and said, wow, that was sure fun. We were so glad that Tom and Jennifer stuck their necks out and invited total strangers (us) to their beautiful home. Thank You!!

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1 Aug 09: After yesterday's post, we listened to the news and learned that the House of Representatives voted today to give the Cash for Clunkers program another 2 billion dollars !! Have we gone totally crazy ? And do you realize that this program requires the cars traded in to be destroyed? Where were the Greenies when this little plan was hatched and voted on?

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