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We can fix us

March 25, 2011
By John Sheda
How’s that for a column title? Jumps right out at ya, doesn’t it? And it’s true.  We can fix us! By “us,” I mean the United States.  America! Land of the Free!  Home of the Brave! The greatest country on the face of the earth. 

 But in practically every coffee  and barber shop across this great country,  many if not most of us are just wondering how much longer things can continue without some drastic repercussions. The bad news is that just like every household in America, the *&^%$*#@&*$  credit card comes due at some point. The good news, if one can call it that, is that it’s not your fault and it certainly isn’t mine.  Except possibly because we’re not really doing anything about it.

 Charlie Reese, a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, wrote an article that blamed the President, the 100 Senators, the 435 Representatives and the nine Supreme Court judges for the mess were in. Not these specific ones of course, but in essence these 545 men and women make and interpret all the laws in our country.

 Think about it. You and I don’t vote on the budget.  Congress does.  You and I don’t create more and more bureaucracy, Congress does. You and I don’t get automatic pay raises, Congress does.  And so it goes. Check out Reese’s article on line sometime. It’s an interesting read.

 So here’s my humble, (albeit super, great, fantastic and exquisitely written) opinion....” Let’s just demand that no President, Senator, Representative or even Supreme Court judge can be in their position for life. Can anyone say “Term Limits.” Dagnabbit, if the most powerful person in the world, the President of the United States, has to abide by term limits, why not Chuck Grassley, Tom Harkin and everyone else? Haruumph!

 Do you remember Peter Finch’s shout out the window in the mid-80’s movie “Network.” Finch played a TV anchorman who finally had it and he shouted as loud as he could, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

 Aren’t we at that point? Mad as hell but we don’t think we can do anything about it? Well, my friends, we sure can.  Here’s my ideas.Are ya ready???

 •Twelve years tops for any elected official. Two six-year terms; six two-year terms; whatever, but only twelve years. This job was never intended to be a career.

•Every Congressman receives a substantial salary while he or she is in office but not once they leave office.

•No more automatic pay raises. Each election the people will mark yes or no on a pay raise for them. After all, aren’t we their employers?

•Congress participates in the same health care system that you and I are in.

Oh, I have more things on my mind but this is a start. Remember, serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. I think our Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should put in their time, then come back home and go back to work in the private spectrum.

 I close with my poem:

 Tax his land, tax his bed,

Tax his table, at which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor, tax his mule,

Teach him taxes are the rule.

Tax his work, tax his pay,

He works for peanuts, anyway.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,

tax his undies, tax his coat.

tax his ties, tax his shirt

tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco, tax his drink,

Heck, tax him if he even tries to think.

Tax his cigars, tax his beers,

And if he cries, tax his tears.

The End.

That’s The Way I See It.....Email me at and let me know how you see it

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