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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Richard Nixon Library: New Federalism- Returning Power to The People

This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat: Richard Nixon Library: New Federalism- Returning Power to The People

Here’s where the real conservative side of Richard Nixon comes out which is federalism. Which is about returning power back to the states and the people when it comes to the social insurance system. And have the states run the New Deal and Great Society programs instead of the Federal Government trying to run everything for everybody in a country of fifty states. And back then of around two-hundred million people. And President Nixon’s idea of welfare reform that became popular in the early and mid 1990s, was about moving people off of public assistance and into the workforce that would come with education and job training. So this population could get themselves the skills needed to get themselves a good job.

What makes Richard Nixon different from Ronald Reagan and today’s Tea Party, is that he wasn’t about cut and run when he came to these programs. And trying to make the case that they were unconstitutional or something. But what he did instead was acknowledge the reality that they were here to stay and that they should be run as best as possible and serve the people they are intended for. And be designed to move people off of these programs so they wouldn’t need them forever. And that is the conservative side that I really love about Dick Nixon and a big reason why he wouldn’t be very successful as a national Republican today. Along with not being on board with the Religious-Right.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Townhall: Opinion: Michael Tanner: A Real Life Example of Welfare Reform

Townhall: Opinion: Michael Tanner: A Real Life Example of Welfare Reform

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

If you want more people in the workforce working with real jobs they can rely on that they are qualified for, than working whatever the job is has to pay more than not working and collecting public assistance at home. And that starts with having a real minimum wage that pays more than being at home and collecting public assistance per hour. But moreover we need a real education and job training system in this country that empowers our low-skilled workforce to finish their education. And that means both high school and at least junior college or vocational education.

And that also means that people on public assistance need to be required as well as encouraged to be actively searching for work while they are also finishing their education. And not passing up jobs because they do not like the job, or doesn’t pay a lot. Even if that means finishing their education while they are now working. And they could still get their public housing, Medicaid, food assistance, but as long as they are doing what they can to go to work, or go back to work and improve their employment outlook.

I’m all in favor of education and job training in America especially for our low-skilled adults and kids who are still in school. But as long as the work is part of the puzzle and the end goal of having a good job that empowers people to finally get off of public assistance and become economically independent. Living in economic freedom with the power to take care of themselves and making these services affordable to taxpayers and the people eligible for them. But as long as work is part of the package and we are empowering people to get themselves solid job experience.

Empowering people to finish their education with the skills that they need to be successful in life that comes with a good job that allows for people to become economically independent in life. And you don’t get there as long as we pay people not to work and not do anything constructive that empowers these people to improve their lives. And education, job training and work experience are investments that expand economic freedom in America.

When you are talking about public assistance in America, you are essentially talking about public charity. Even though taxpayers do not have a choice in whether or not to help finance it. But if public assistance comes with education, job training and work experience, as people are collecting public assistance checks, now you are talking about economic investments that lead to good jobs with a high-skilled workforce. With a small population of people who still need to finish their education so they can get off of public assistance.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

James Miller Center: Video: President Gerald R. Ford State of The Union Address, January 12, 1977

Whatever you think of Gerry Ford the man, you have to at least give him the facts that he was a man of class and character. Not someone who said he had these things, but showed the people that by how he represented them. And how he went about his business and did his jobs. Either representing his Michigan constituents in the House of Representatives, leading the House Republicans, as Minority Leader, Vice President of the United States or serving the country as President of the United States. And this is a speech he did not have to give since he lost the presidential election in 1976. But chose to give this speech to let the country know the State of The Union as he was about to leave office. Most president’s after losing reelection, use the last few months to just wrap up their presidency and administration and work on the transition to the next president. And perhaps prepare for life outside of the White House. But President Ford as a losing president, saw his duty to give one final report to the country and perhaps let the future president know where we stand.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Classic MLB 11: Video: Yankees TV: MLB 1987-7/23-New York Yankees @ Seattle Mariners: Full Game

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on WordPress

An interesting matchup with the Yankees of the late 1980s, who were still contenders, but like the Yankees of the mid-1980s, they just contended and didn’t manage to win the AL East. Back then and until 1994, the only way you make the MLB Playoffs is to win your division. So finishing second or third, even if you just finish a few games out of first, was not good enough to make the AL Playoffs or NL Playoffs. So the greatest franchise in MLB missed the playoffs for the final eight seasons of the 1980s, because they couldn’t win their division. But that is a topic for a future post as far as why they couldn’t win their division.

The Mariners on the other, were just starting to become fairly competitive at this point. They didn’t have their first winning season until the early 1990s, but could no longer be counted on to finish dead last in the AL West. Because they were good enough to now beat good teams. But it wasn’t until the 1990s that they actually became very good and making the AL Playoffs and winning the AL West. Because they finally put teams together that were built for the Kingdom. Which was a great hitters stadium, where the ball flied and where dimensions were fairly short. And where they had more ground ball pitchers.