With all the violence that is going on south of the border, I'm wondering how much of an idiot someone has to be to take their family anywhere in that country for a vacation. There have been numerous incidents of massacres, shooting and beheadings in Mexico since the explosion of the drug war a few years back. Yet I hear friends and strangers talk of going to various places in that country for vacation. To me it's like going to North Korea or Iran, I would never do it for any amount of money. It appears that our government, likes to pretend that the violence in Mexico is controlled and only occurs in very specific locations that vacationers can easily avoid. What a joke! The truth is the violence there is spreading and will only get worse in the future, not only in Mexico but, in some U.S. cities north of the Rio Grande. You can keep your Punta Cana, Yucatan Peninsula and all the rest. If I want to go on an international vacation I think I will go to Canada, Ireland or someplace a bit safer.
Initially, my feeling is to vote against all incumbents in office longer than two terms for a Senator or 12 years for a member of the House. This amounts to the same amount of time because the Senate has six year terms while the House has two year terms. After seeing the damage done by long term incumbents of both parties, I think is is essential that we vote against any how try to remain in power longer than 12 years. Unfortunately, there will be some good people that will have to go under this plan but, looking at he big picture, it is better for the country to limit time in office even if the person is doing well. There is just too much power built up be some of these long time office holders much to the detriment of the country. I don't think any of them will favor term limits enough to pass legislation to make it law so they need a push by the voters to get out. This coming election, take a long look at the candidates running in your region and if they have been in too long, then vote for the other guy regardless of political party.
Hopefully, the upcoming election will be a message to all politicians regardless of party. It's time we the citizens make it clear that nobody is or ever will be safe again. Enough of the bullsh*t where you make all these promises and then get in there and do what you want anyway. Try that stuff and you will be booted out at the next opportunity. Keep spending like a drunken sailor and you will be booted. Use your office for personal gain..........booted. Don't take the time to listen to your bosses (us), you will be booted. We don't care if you are a Democrat or a Republican..............booted. Try to run for a 3rd term or stay in office longer than 10 or 12 years and we will boot you out. No more life terms with all the perks and benefits indefinitely. I truly hope that this upcoming election will fulfill the potential that it has to be a game-changer. Just like Dorothy Gale always had the power to go back to Kansas, we the people always had the power to put an end to the nonsense in Washington and we are finally going to use it.
Don't fear the legislators, fear the regulators. The EPA is an example of an agency that plans to make policy if the liberal Congress is unable to enact it legally in Washington. It is an example of how an agency can circumvent the Constitution by unilaterally enacting regulations that put into force rules that the majority of Americans do not want. For example, if climate change laws don't pass Congress, the EPA can put in place very similar "rules" which many believe will cost tens of thousands of jobs. It is very disturbing to know that this kind of violation, even has a remote chance of happening. Agencies like the EPA should not have the authority to impose any long term regulations on America. There is one in the works at this time where they (the EPA) wish to add regulations regarding how boilers work. I'm referring to boilers that might appear is large factories or hotels or stores. Based on their proposal, many companies would have to totally replace existing boilers, which would cost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars. This kind of situation would be an untold hardship on many employers or owners and in the long term would cost jobs in this country. The EPA is only one example. Other agencies will be trying to do the same thing. Let your Senators know that you oppose this kind of backdoor activity by any government agency and that you prefer all laws be made by the voting of elected legislative bodies and not by unelected bureaucrats.