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Today’s Issue: Really!

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Let me get this straight. A person who is 3rd in line to be President, wields great power, and a millionaire was set up by a hair salon or a stylist. Really!

Setup or Just Arrogant?

The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has enormous power. She has people available who not only monitor but are in control of where she goes, etc. The U.S. Capitol Police protect her, but as the next in line after Vice-President Pence, she apparently has Secret Service protection as well.

My point is that whatever agency protects her would have the ability to “scout ahead” to find out if it is safe. They would also have known of any state or local regulations that would or could impact her travel. In this case, they would have known that salons were not yet allowed to open up.

In my mind, Nancy Pelosi cannot blame the salon owner or the stylist. Her people would or at least should have known about any and all circumstances surrounding her appointment. Further, not wearing her mask for a brief time is completely on her. I don’t go to salons, but I am quite sure that in these days wearing a mask is required by most store owners, not to mention local government.

So, being setup is a non-starter. If her people didn’t inform her, then she has a personnel problem. But commonsense tells all of us wearing a mask when entering a facility is usually required. And having it around her neck is not what is meant.

What’s her Problem?

There’re no term limits for legislators. So, she has been serving in Congress for 33 years, including 7 years representing the 12th District. In that amount of time a person acquires a lot of political power.

She’s been Speaker of the House for 17 years. That makes it very hard to get rid of her as either Speaker or Minority Leader (if Republicans win majority).

However, I think she is slipping. Not talking mentally, although one could argue that. But politically she has suffered defeats. The Impeachment fiasco should never have happened. In case you forgot, she went from saying “impeachment is so divisive” to pushing it through. And it was not because of overwhelming evidence. They had a lot of innuendos, fake manifesto, and political skills on their side, but not much in the way of real evidence.

But for the first time in her career she felt fear. She sees these younger strident women coming into Congress and found she couldn’t control them. I believe to this day that she never supported impeachment but did so because of the loud voices of a few. Now she is stuck with it and will forever be linked to it.

I think we’re seeing the demise of her leadership role. I’m not celebrating, because the Party is selling out to the Far Left. She may linger on for a while yet, but I think the die is cast and she will be replaced by someone further to the Left.

I believe her response of blaming others for her own actions is just a symptom of what is going on. We may see a lot more in the future.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day New Normal

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at New Normal.

If you have been listening to the news media and all the ‘experts’ you have heard the expression a ‘new normal’. That ‘new normal’ is not a good thing. It implies that we will forever be living with less and enjoying life less.

You hear it repeatedly, but I refuse to accept that meaning. My ‘New Normal’ is basically a return to the ‘Old Normal’. Yes, it will take time to return to a semblance of normalcy. But we all need to remember that COVID 19, while it may stay with us, will come under control. We have seen throughout our history devastating diseases that now are controlled by proper medicines, etc. (Think of leprosy that was the terror of old; it still exists but is controlled, managed, and cured. Or think of Epilepsy that once devastated lives but now is better controlled. Or Polio.)

The recession we are in right now is not a result of failing economic institutions, it’s the result of the nation being shut down. The economic policies that brought America back from the Bush/Obama years and were enacted under Trump are still here.

We have every reason to be optimistic. Don’t let the continuous drumbeat of negativism get you down. Better days are coming. Ignore that drumbeat and focus on a return to the days of a booming economy and do your part.

Tip of the Day: Make your ‘New Normal’ as good or better than the ‘Old Normal’!

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Should Security Clearances be Controlled?

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A Shocking Revelation
Lost amidst the controversy of President Trump’s removal of Brennan from receiving security clearance is something that most Americans are surprised to learn. What is it? That former employees of the government are granted the extension of their security clearance.
To put this in perspective, let’s say you were formerly a high official in a large company. Your job involved a security clearance enabling you to access any classified information pertinent to your responsibilities. You retire and when you do the company extends to you that security clearance.
What Company Would Do That?
None that I know of and for very good reasons. Information is classified to keep unauthorized people, like competitors, from seeing and, potentially, using that information. A former employee may someday be employed by a rival because of his or her former job. After all, knowledge is money.
Well, the same thing is true with government officials. They are often hired by companies doing business with the government or reporting on the government. Having an employee with security clearance opens a treasure chest of classified information to unauthorized people and entities.
The only reason Brennan and others need the security clearance is to maintain their employment or consulting fees. It’s all about money.
But Information is Classified for a Reason
That’s right. We live in a world of dishonest people. Not just foreign governments but even our own citizens who want the information for nefarious reasons. The Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) exists to provide classified information to approved people and for approved purposes. But that is not an issue here. Brennan and others are simply accessing this information to provide a platform for their own occupations.
What About First Amendment Rights?
Let’s take a look at that issue.

  • Brennan, and others, retains the same basic rights he had before being stripped of clearance.
  • Brennan can still say whatever he wants to say.
  • Brennan can still use his knowledge and experience gained from his years of service.
  • There is no right to know government secrets except as permitted by the FOIA.

How Should Clearances be Handled?
I believe that the entire process of handling clearances needs to be overhauled. There needs to be a blanket of security that protects the government from foreign interests as well as domestic interests. The FOIA protects the inquirer, but we need an act or something like it to protect the government, while Congress can subpoena information from the government agencies, thus protecting the citizens.
Security Clearances should:

  • always be on a ‘need to know’ basis. Otherwise information is not really classified.
  • be automatically rescinded when a government employee leaves his position.

What about cases where whistleblowers reveal information?
This comes under a Whistleblower law and has little, if anything, to do with this issue.
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