It Ain't Fair!
Right after I wrote a short essay a year or so ago on the American Tax System. my e-mailbox was graced with this note from George.
Who is George?
I think George is John and Jane's long lost brother who has come to life after taking the cattle prod from the Congress one time too many.
Let's let George say it!
Subject: My Feelings ON Our Income Tax System
Broken, complicated, corrupted, expensive, destructive and unfair are the words that best describe the federal income tax system after almost a hundred years of being treated like the personal piggy bank of tax lobbyists and members of Congress.
This is not simple pigsty but one that is so complex it cost taxpayers and American businesses more than $300 billion last year in paperwork costs, alone, before a penny of tax was paid. What people owe but don't pay amounted to more than $350 billion last year—a shortfall that, to make up, increased the average taxpayer's bill by more than a third.
Bringing Back US Jobs from Offshore -- Greed Is the Answer!
"Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
Who do you think said this? Could it be: Barack Obama? George Bush? Ronald Reagan? Sean Hannity? Whoopi Goldberg, Katie Couric? If not the famous, then who? Tom Stites, the author of one of my sources for this piece thinks that the inflammatory rhetoric may "sound like a protester railing against the World Trade Organization?" Then he inquires as I just did in these words:
"Think again. These are the words of a successful corporate lawyer who represented railroads before becoming President of the United States. They resonate for many people in this era of Enron, when huge hot-stock corporations have cooked deals with the aid of their auditors and Wall Street bankers to enrich executives at the expense of their employees and shareholders, when corporate lobbyists and campaign donors so often have their way despite the interests of the voters, and when Federal Reserve figures show that the top 1 percent of U.S. households controls 38 percent of the nation's wealth. But these words... But these words were written in an 1864 letter, by Abraham Lincoln."
Dear Mr. President,
This ought to be on the front page of every newspaper in America -- in large bold letters. This was a "letter to the editor" in an August Jackson MS newspaper.
Pictured below is a young physician by the name of Dr. Starner Jones. His short two-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis". It's worth a quick read:
Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status w as listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.
Do We Really Need the Change?
In a word, "yes."
As you can see by the young picture of a relatively unknown by the name of Barry Soetoro, we can all change. And, if you don't have a heck of a lot in your pocket, you can also HOPE.
Back in 2008, just about everybody in the country felt that we needed change from the policies of the Bush Administration. Yet, the more Obama we get, the better George Bush's presidency is beginning to look.
If I can inject a little humor here, now that we are into the 2011 / 2012 campaign season, there has been so much BHO, GWB would probably get reelected for a third term if he ran against Obama. My Dog Ben, or my Cat Buddy, would probably get elected if BHO were the opponent. That's how bad the change has been and continues to be.
Unfortunately for Americans but fortunately for BOH, there is no specific term for somebody who makes excuses or has alibis all the time. But the time for Obama to rejoice has not yet come on this one since where there is a void, there is an opportunity.
A system designed by and for politicians
When I ran for Congress a year ago, and I chose not to accept a dime of contributions, I thought I had access to a local radio show to tell the world that I had decided to pick up the torch and run for Congress. I wrote up my proposal as best as I could and sent it in and said that I would be available. I figured it was news and I would get free coverage. The best laid plans of mice and men gang oft aglay!
My objective was to tell the listenership that a regular person from Pennsylvania, one of the almost 700,000 in District 11, and 12,500,000 statewide, was going to run for Congress. That week, I drove to Luzerne County voter services, paid my parking fee, only to find that the congressional petitions were available only from the state office in Harrisburg.
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Being A Conservative Democrat
Essay by Brian Kelly
You may wonder why I am a conservative Democrat instead of a conservative Republican? The fact is that neither party is perfect for me. I am for business but not for unbridled corporate power. I am for unions but not thug tactics in the workplace and I am not for forced unionism. I think the Union leaders should have enough moxie to convince people that unions are good. If they can't do that, then what does that say about them? I think we all should hold them accountable for thuggery.
I worked for IBM for 23 years and at the time, IBM never had nor needed a union. Corporations should treat workers right and unions should be for the workers and should not be on the same team as the managers. At IBM, the founders believed that if you take care of the people, the people will take care of the business. It worked! Neither union leaders nor union thugs were ever needed at IBM. What do union leaders say about IBM?
I am pro-life and though some legislators forget this, deep down most Americans are pro-life. I do not believe in protecting smelts and trees and mushrooms and barnacles, if their protection causes harm to human beings. God made human beings with dominion over all life, and though we are assigned caretakership of this awesome responsibility, it should not mean that humans must starve or be cold or freeze in the wintertime. In many ways some of the great ambitions of the Democratic Party leaders to create an equal world, where there is no injustice, has placed human beings per se in the back seat and has elevated non-humans to a status not intended by God.
Subject: CATCHING WILD PIGS!!!
This is another of those emails that may or may not be totally true that conjures up a fear in me enough to be willing to leave my wonderful nest in Wilkes-Barre PA and go to Washington to help keep us all free. Here is the email story that you may very well have seen. This is an important message.
A chemistry professor in a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the Professor noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt.
The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government..
In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?'
Cap & Trade -- The National Energy Tax
One of the worst pieces of legislation of all time, which had already passed the Pelosi House in the 111th Congress was hung up in the Senate and ultimately died before the Congress finished its business. It was known as "the CAP and TRADE bill." The people called this the Obama Energy Tax bill.
It was passed by the Pelosi led House literally in the dark of night. Like many bills in 2009, It was unread by the masses in Congress, including Bob Casey Jr. who was noted to the Press that he was prepared to go along with his friends Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, rather than vote with Pennsylvanians.Despite the Coal and power industries in Pennsylvania, Casey was ready to turn off the lights.
It would have meant that the cost of your natural gas, electricity, gasoline and taxes would QUADRUPLE after the bill went into effect. No American family from the middle class on down has another $3,000 to spend on energy on top of the recent 30% price increase for electric power? This legislation was not good for Pennsylvania and it was not good for the country, but it was good for Robert P. Casey Jr.'s political ambitions
Brian Kelly's Background:
High School-- E. L. Meyers High, W-B, PA
College-- B. S. from King's College
Masters-- M. B. A. from Wilkes University
IBM-- 23 years with IBM Corporation, Senior Systems Engineer
Consultant-- 15 Year Ongoing Consultancy, Business and Information Technology
Technology Manager -- 5 years Misericordia University
Assistant Professor -- 6 yrs, Marywood, Business Information Technology
Author-- 44 books, Numerous articles (more articles than books)
Believes in the effort to restore reverence for God and respect for the unalienable rights to life and liberty in America.
Believes and understands the notion of self-government of, by, and for the people.
Believes in our moral, physical, and economic sovereignty.
Books By Brian Kelly
For years Brian Kelly has been writing technical books prior to changing direction and writing the following five political science books. Feel free to click on any of the below titles to read more about the book and feel free to purchase the book from IT Jungle.
It's Tough Being Unknown!
Can we say that only the "Unknown Comic" can be both unknown and well known at the same time. For the rest of us, if we are unknown, we are unknown. It is tough to win an election if you are unknown. Right now I am unknown simply because I am unknown. Bob Casey Jr. is known by many, yet because he is quite stealthy in times when he is needed, to some he appears to be the "unknown senator.
Therefore I might suggest that only the unknown compic and the unknown senator are both unknown and well known.
It is not such a good thing when "everybody knows somebody sometime" and you are not on the list. When you are the new guy, sometimes a lot of people, especially press forgets. Sometimes, they don't even care. I can recall in the middle of the Primary season in 2010 in DIstrict 11, a race in which there were just three candidates, I was still not mentioned in the Citizens Voice and Times / Tribune campaign articles. Let me assure you in running for office then and now, it hurts to be unknown.
Many of my friends have asked me how I hope to get known in the sixty-seven counties of Pennsylvania. There are about 4.5 million Democrats in total in Pennsylvania and just 3.25 million Republicans. One would wonder how Republicans ever win a state-wide election. Thank God, I don't have the Republican problem. I am a Democrat. The answer to the question though is not so easy. Let me tell you, it is a tough challenge to be known.
BRIAN KELLY ASKS PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS TO DO THE AMERICAN THING: "VOTE FOR THE UNDERDOG."
After a lot of thought, Brian Kelly launched his Congressional campaign in February, 2010 and, while seeing 1000 signatures as a formidable obstacle, he told his supporters what he was all about and that he believed we could get the signatures and that we would win the nomination and the election. With a week to spare, Kelly had amassed over 1500 signatures and ultimately garnered first spot on the ballot.
Brian still believes that what separated him from his opponents at the time, Congressman Paul Kanjorski and Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O'Brien was that he was not a politician. Kelly has never been a politician and does not ever want to be a politician. And, so as he contemplates his Senate run, he sees the same separation from incumbent Robert Casey Jr., who is by anybody's definition, a lifelong, career politician....
A New Idea for Term Limits!
Many Americans feel they are facing poor government now and will be through 2012 because of the political leftovers that continue to make poor decisions for all of US. Normal people can fully sympathize with the notion that a high percentage of the members of Congress, no matter whether corrupted in their first term or their thirteenth term, are corrupt nonetheless. So, why are we giving them multiple shots at our nations treasury? Why do we reelect them? If you really look at it logically, we are the fools. The founders expected us to vote the bums out but they did not expect us to be so illogical and tolerant in our thinking.
Today I received a great quote in my email in-box that is about the President but it fits those of us who send back corrupt politicians to represent US, time and time again. Though many continue to believe that the President gets rave reviews across the world for apologizing about America and that it is just in his home country, the USA, that he gets disrespect, this quote may change your mind.
Note: When you would like to reelect your own representative or Senator. Ask them to take the pledge of 76 regrets and make sure they mean it. If they agree to sign the 76 regrets, then maybe they deserve another chance.
This is not a note from the candidate but rather a proposed note that you can ask your representative or Senator to sign to be sure that the same ole crap does not happen in the 113th Congress. When you see "I' below, it is not Brian Kelly, it is the incumbent.
To: The People -- the Citizens of the United States of America.
From: Representative name or Senator name
Subject: 76 Regrets: An apology for not serving the nation well in the 111th Congress and in the 112th Congress-Senate.
Dear People of the United States,
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to present myself. My name is Jefferson Smith and I am going to Washington. -- if you select me of course.
Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorite actors of all time. He is as Americana as it gets with the perfect touch of honesty that makes even men admire the actor as a "good man," as well as the character the actor is playing.
The picture of that kid in the first essay on this site is me. It was me when I was in my late 40's. I guess that is long enough ago that I should have realized there were some physical changes.
Sexagenerians such as I feel we are lots younger, however. In the Congressional primary in 2010, Steve, Corbett. local radio angagonist tried to make sexagenarian into a dirty word but he public did not buy it. (BTW, Mr. Corbett, that means people between the ages of 60 and 69 -- you will soon qualify. Hah!)
Yes, I Am Pro-Baby!
I support protection of the unborn. I am father to three wonderful grown-up babies and I would not trade any of them for the whole world. A baby is a heart melter even more than butter on black pavement on a hot day. Yet, for many, the same baby, reinserted into its mother's womb, is eligible for the executioner's knife.
I have been challenged on my pro-baby stance and that is why I decided to change the words from pro-life to pro-baby. I want the little guy, who is forming his or her life in the womb to be the focus of the argument of whether he or she lives or dies.
Yes, I am pro-mom. Pro-baby and pro-mom are synonyms. Obviously, so is this great friend of America, Congressman Ron Paul.
Fellow Citizens of Pennsylvania, soon, I hope to present myself as a Candidate to be your United States Senator from Pennsylvania. As you know, this seat is currently held by Representative Robert Casey Jr., the son of Robert Casey Sr., one of the finest Governors ever in the State of Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately for Pennsylvanians, Bob Casey Jr. is no Bob Casey Sr. In a nutshell, that is why I hope to be running as a Democrat against Mr. Casey and others in the Primary Election on Tuesday April 24, 2012. I do not yet know who my opponent will be in the General Election.
I am proud to say that--but for a few years--I would be a lifetime Democrat, and a lifetime resident of Northeastern PA. Right after I earned my Bachelor of Science from King's College at the age of 21, I competed in a tough job market, and was hired to work as a Systems Engineer at IBM in Utica, New York. For two years, while living in Utica, New York, I was a registered Independent.
My dad, a lifetime Democrat, was a conservative and a good man. He was a staunch believer in the importance of labor unions. He worked as a laborer at Stegmaier Brewery on "Brewery Hill" in Wilkes-Barre until the
Stegmaier label was purchased by the Lion Incorporated. At that time, the Lion proudly brewed Gibbons Beer. [G-I_B-B-O-N-S, pure refreshing Gibbons. If it's Gibbons, it's good so they next time you should say gimme gimme gimme gimme Gibbons]
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