The Power of the Discretionary Veto & Why Rosemary Lehmberg Should Have Resigned

Has anyone ever heard of this? I have…I learned it in Government 101 class when I was in college. When a public official has veto power, whether it is the President of the United States or the Governor of any of the 50 states, it means that he or she can veto any bill before him/her, or any bill with funding in it at his/her discretion for any reason. Period.  That should be the end of the story but it is not.

Before I go any further, watch the entire video. It’s long but I feel it important to tell the story from start to finish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndYMqTqNeuE

This is the entire video surrounding the story of Rosemary Lehmberg. If you do not know WHO she is, you will soon enough. She is the District Attorney of Travis County, TX.  This is the same public official who would like to be trusted with taxpayer funding to run a “public integrity” unit. As you see in the video, she has no integrity.  Why would anyone trust her with taxpayer funding after the acts seen on this video?

This is why she indicted Rick Perry. He doesn’t trust her–and he shouldn’t.

Now back to the power of the governmental veto. As I have stated, I have always been taught that this is discretionary. The president (regardless of party) and countless governors have vetoed laws and funding for many reasons at their own discretion. This is true whether the item in question is attached to other items on a bill that the voters do not want passed into law, or (as in this case) there is a question as to the integrity of the official about how the funding is to be used when such funding is requested.  After watching the video of the arrest, I would strongly question her ability to run an “integrity unit”.

As a public official, she is responsible for the for prosecution DUI cases.  Her arrest will, without a doubt, cause many of the DUI cases prosecuted by this office to come under judicial review if it can be proven that she was too lenient  in her prosecution of them.  Family members of victims can have this investigated. This is especially true of a case where she failed to get an order to seize the passport of a young lady named Evelyn Mezzich. If you have Facebook, you can read about that case here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Lindsay-Brashier-Extradite-Evelyn-Mezzich-from-Peru/134878483190277

That entire debacle could have been prevented if she had simply gone to a judge and asked for an order to seize her passport since she was a flight risk and a death was involved. As a result, Ms. Mezzich escaped to Peru. She cannot be prosecuted because the current treaty with Peru was not in place until later. Ms. Lehmberg was grossly negligent in her prosecution of this particular case.  As a result, there has been no justice for Lindsay Brashier, who lost her life far too soon…

That being said, I wonder how many other cases were botched by this office?  The assistant DA was also busted for DUI…I’m wondering if any of those cases will be reviewed being that Ms. Lehmberg obviously feels that driving drunk is not that big of a deal. I know where I stand on it–she should not be in office. Too many people get killed by people, who like her, are stupid enough to get behind the wheel while they are drinking.

Now back to my point, which is this:  This woman made a mess of the office to which she was elected by her outrageous public behavior and she has misused her own office to attempt to rewrite the laws of the State of Texas. This indictment is not only outside of the realm of law, it is an abuse of her own power as a District Attorney–something for which she should have her license to practice law revoked.  The way she conducted herself at the time of her arrest should have least brought that issue up since she threatened the arresting authorities after being taken to jail.

Needless to say, Judge Jeanine Pirro  called this one right.  Here is what she had to say about it:

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/08/17/%E2%80%98pure-unadulterated-hogwash%E2%80%99-judge-jeanine-slams-indictment-rick-perry

It doesn’t matter if one likes or hates FOX news, this woman is right on the money when it comes to this issue.  Rick Perry was well within his rights on this matter, and therefore, I support him on the issue. Special thanks to those who shared the Pirro link with me. I was impressed!

A Simple Thing to Ask…

“…I have discovered that I am hated for being in the land in which my ancestors were sent to die. That is a sad revelation. Very sad indeed. However this is where I am from and this is the ground upon which I stand. Their blood ran through it and when I die, I will be one with it. To hate the land is to hate my blood. To hate my blood is to spit upon my ancestors. Spitting on one’s ancestors carries a special curse with it, I believe…When this circle completes, this will have been proven many times over, so please don’t profess to love me or be my friend and tell me you hate this land. If you hate the land, you hate the people–and I am one of those people…”(Journal Entry)

I wrote this some time back. I have now come to the realization that no matter what I say or what I do, someone is always going to hate me for it and/or bitch about it. However I block the bullies who try to coerce me into agreement with their stance on anything. Regional bias is another form of extreme hatred that is every bit as much of an ‘–ism” as racism or homophobia.  I come under attack quite often from both sides. For one, I believe abortion will always be legal so the question is, who should pay? Well I say not me since it is elective surgery. I wouldn’t want to pay for anyone to get their boobs made smaller because they were inconvenient pieces of tissue so why would I pay for that? As for gay marriage, let them marry. It’s not our job to do God’s job. Now that this is out-of-the-way, I got a lot of shit because I recently decided to support Ted Cruz.  Why?

MOST know I was living in a 3 BR house prior to September. I relocated to be closer to work, but was hoping to save on rent. However,  it actually increased.  NOW I had to choose between groceries, rent, car payments and such AND the medical insurance.  In an economy where most Americans are already strapped, I do NOT feel that this should be mandatory OR fines imposed for non-compliance.  In fact, if they are going to “steal” $99 or whatever it is from the Burger King worker’s paycheck , it should automatically be applied to the cost of the premium and a special plan be put into place to cover them.  Burger King employees are good examples for this. They are getting hit too. Anyway, this is theft, pure and simple and that is why I support Cruz.  I am not rich. I am not eating steak every night. All I want is the $250 out of my paycheck back.  To me it is thievery when they take from one group to give to another and then they raised the deductibles to a ridiculous level.  The people in charge right now are NOT Democrats. The last true Democrat was Ann Richards and she is gone.  I honestly think she’d have taken the same path Rick Perry took with this trash.

The mis-assumption for many Democrats is that it is only  people who are well off and white who want this thing abolished–unless they are lying to make race an issue of it, and that would not surprise me. Well if they call me white, they are racists themselves. I am part Comanche. I am not well off either. I live in an RV (rented) for now.  I do not make a huge amount of money and I am sick and tired of hearing Democrats tell me how well off I am when I have to rely on a  soup kitchen to eat dinner at least 3x a freaking week–even on my pay. I could lie and say I make $20 less a month than I do and get SNAP but I am not a liar and I will not steal. I’ll leave that to these Democrat politicians who seem to think that they are Robin Hood incarnate.  I will also be the first to remind them that Robin Hood was still a thief in the end–and if they really think that they are “Robin Hood” they need to be reminded that the “merry men and women of congress” will turn their backs on them when it hits the fan too.

The only ones who really do NOT have to worry about this thing are those who fall into that 2% that Gore keeps bitching about. How are they getting exempted from this crap?  Believe me they are. I am think that if it is good enough for us, the working people out here, then it is good enough for everyone else.

Subsidies? Please…That is an even bigger  joke.

I definitely think the 10 Senators whose seats are up for grabs next year figured it out.  They are begging Obama to fix the crap because their voters are giving them ultimatums! Gee, do you think Obama will listen to THEM and grant a 1 year individual extension on this crap? I don’t think so. He’ll let ’em go down with the ship.

SO now all I have is ONE question to ask.  IF we don’t agree why can’t we just all get along and work on what we DO agree on first, then duke it out over the other crap at election time? Hasn’t the government played that division card long enough?  THEY work for us–not the other way around.

Vulnerable Senate Democrats

 

UPDATE….I guess Obama is going to give individuals that one year extension the House Republicans were begging for prior to the shut down…Good idea but is it still kicking the can down the road and avoiding the inevitable? Better yet, which party will get credit for the idea? Gee…Seems like it would have paid off to negotiate with those repubs after all, huh Mr. Reid?  Ms. Pelosi?  What? I can’t hear you…However, we shall see if they were right, won’t we? Stay tuned…Same bat time, same bat channel!

Okay…It Just Got Nasty in America…REALLY NASTY.

WARNING: THIS IS A RANT AND I AM RAISING HELL TOWARD THE END OF THIS POST AGAINST THOSE WHO HATE ANY STATE BELOW THE  36TH  PARALLEL. THERE IS SOME VERNACULAR IN HERE…NOT REAL BAD BUT ENOUGH FOR ME TO WARN YOU IN ADVANCE.

Here is my take on what I see going on in this country and since I’m out here, and the politicians are up on their mental Mt. Olympus reading, “Profiles in Courage” which may or may not have been written by JFK, here is what I hear and see going on. Most of America is fed up of both parties representing their own egos (along with other interests) and not the people of this country.

These employees, whose paychecks are signed by the money they rob from us and the blood of our sons and daughters, continue to vote or pass what they THINK is best for America despite what America wants. This goes beyond doing what is “right” or “wrong”. In the mind of America, Washington D.C. is failing dismally at doing it’s job. They know they are paid to represent THE PEOPLE…Not their special interests…Not the bankers…Not Soros…Not the UN…

They are paid to represent the people of the United States of America and no matter which senator is in what party, if he/she is NOT doing THAT, he/she should be sent a resounding message by voting for a different candidate–and I still say the Libertarians and other 3rd parties are going to have a field day at election time over this.

I have dealt with one former FB friend in particular who calls everyone who doesn’t swallow the Dem Party platform hook-line-and sinker a “right-winger”.   She wants her agenda and only her agenda to be law.   The reality is, both parties are the problem in this country.

Americans are a lot more concerned with the money going out of their paychecks than they are with who marries who OR who gets an abortion. These are facts. This is what people out here are saying and it’s not just in “Red States” as she tries to allege. It’s everywhere.

I’m going to address something else that is going to help decide the next election.  Regional bias.  This intense hatred of any and all states that are considered to be “RED” by the media and the “Blue States”  is generally any state below the 36th parallel.  It is time for the media and the states above it to get it through their collective heads that the Civil War has been over for a very long time.  These divides have nothing to do with race or that war.  They have everything  to do with ideology.

Most governing bodies have learned that if you tamper with the average working person’s paycheck and they have the ability to do so, they will vote you out in the next election. Period.  This isn’t about gay marriage–which most aren’t too concerned with anymore. Let people marry who they want and mind your own business on that issue.  Now that this has been dealt with both major parties need to shut up and drive on. It’s about the economy.

Universal Health care is not a bad idea. What is disputed is how it was implemented with THIS legislation as opposed to how other countries such as Spain and Belgium implemented theirs.  Even European countries and Canada said this bill was a travesty, and they should know. They have had socialized medicine for years. I guess people who blindly follow their politicians they worship like sheep didn’t realize that even some of the authors of it are saying it is a train-wreck now because it will kill jobs. That is ONE thing I do agree with the right-wing on–the fact that jobs are being lost and hours cut to part-time over it.

There are those in the Democratic Party who are bigoted against any person living in a Red State. That is what I have encountered here.  That type of hatred and bigotry is what is turning people to third parties. The people are do this are no different than the “haters” they condemn. It is regional bias and it is as evil as racism and misogyny.  This is why Red States don’t tend to listen to what Blue States have to say at all, and this is a fact.  I also think that the hatred for Blue states from the Red ones is no different.  It is also turning people to any candidate that will support putting money back into American paychecks–even if it means repealing the ACA in a few years.  No Democrat will win any hearts and minds by tolerating this type of bias among their own members and neither will the GOP.  They need to police themselves a bit.

If they want to keep Universal Health Care, the government is going to have to look at Spain and Belgium and try to implement something similar in time because the American people as a whole do NOT like parting with rent money, grocery money, gas money and other things that are needed. This isn’t about “the rich paying their fair share” either.

If you really want to know what angers me at both parties right now, it is that they think they are above the law and continually exempt themselves from it. It is time for THIS:

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

This would be the 28th Amendment to the Constitution should it be ratified and I will support any candidate that will uphold it.

I only look for support for this to come from the people who are fed up with the status-quo and some Libertarians.

What are the other states going to do if some of the states that are hotly opposed to this particular law implement the right to nullification? Yes, states do have the right to say, “We aren’t going to enforce this.” like it or not.

Now I am going to vent like hell. Buckle up. I am about to get really ugly and nasty here. Here is the reality of the situation in this state and why we don’t trust either party for the most part:

Cost of living should be a factor in deciding subsidies and I can assure you, there are families making $35K a year living in tents around here. I’m paying to live in an RV and had to leave a 3 BR house.  I was paying $495 for the house until my check got hit. I’m paying $600 for the RV and of that, the rent space is $400. This is what is really pissing people off. Elderly people ARE living in storage rooms and this was just another hit to those of us who have to live out here.  My take home pay right now is around $400 a week. $600 rent, $433 car payment, money for gasoline,  $250 for medical expenses even WITH the insurance and my expenses are now outweighing income.

Food banks are keeping busy right now. To save propane, I eat in a soup kitchen. This is reality, but these people are wonderful. They are going through the same thing. Legally, I am considered to be homeless even though I have a paycheck. To others who are affected in this respect, Obamacare is going to be a HUGE issue even though it is the greed from this oil boom out here that is causing the housing problem. This state is in trouble–big time if it doesn’t put in rent controls. The Democrats won’t do it because they are on the board of Realtors . The GOP won’t do it because they own most of the property in question. Now everyone knows why TX is getting mad at BOTH major parties and the problem is spreading to other areas where the new shale bed was discovered.

And then we have to sit and listen to this bullshit about how “Red States are to blame for yada, yada, yada” and it is getting really old to those of us who voted for people like Ann Richards…REALLY old. To those of us who experience that type of bigotry (and we are of several races), it is no different than the hatred exhibited by the WBC, the KKK or anyone else of that ilk. We are not “right-wing”. We are not “left-wing”. We are Texans. We are also Americans. If you want our respect, those who have bashed this state should give it some. We are not Rick Perry.  In fact, a lot of us didn’t vote for him.  Personally, I’d love to resurrect Ann Richards because she took no shit off of the Democratic Party OR the GOP.  Neither did Mark White.  If Mark White would run, I’d vote for him in a heartbeat. By the way haters, he is a Democrat…

Hate me all you like…Hate my state…Say all the bad things about the people here that you want, but for all the arrows you shoot in our direction and/or at any other southern state, “red state” or whatever else you label them by, it will only turn on you later. If you hate this state that much, vote to kick it out of the union.  We have our own infrastructure and power grid.  You’d be doing us a favor, being that 85% of the military comes from here and would probably move back here to help rebuild us as an independent nation if you really don’t want us in the union.   Oh I forgot…You need the oil from the shale that put hard-working Americans like yours truly into an RV park…Happy now?  Yeah, that big oil money you haters keep bitching about is what helps get tax money to cover all the programs you so love keeping around.  You can’t have it both ways. Either you want us to be in the union, or you don’t. If you don’t, then write to your congressman/woman to kick us out.  By the way, if you do that, you don’t have to bitch about that faction that wants to secede anymore too.  Oh, I forgot! You don’t want to have nothing to bitch about! It’s what keeps you haters going!

There…I’m through bitching.  Happy now?  I have to go anyway.  The smell of that package I just got via my grandson reminds me a lot of the haters’ bullshit I read on Facebook.  Then again, those haters are like used diapers.

Oh by the way, if you DO decide to kick this state out of the union, will it be ejected along with the original lands it came into the union with being that the people of Texas never voted on being annexed in the first place? If you’re not sure about where those lands are, Google it.