Is Now the Time ?

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During the 2000 – 2008 period George Bush and the Republican controlled Congress really let me down. They took a Republican party that was always in favor of fiscally sound government and ran up huge deficits. As I recall I don’t think Bush vetoed a single bill that came out of the Congress during his tenure.

With that in mind I had two choices, don’t vote at all or vote for the Democrats to show my disappointment. I chose the latter and although I am not totally satisfied with the Democrats least they have gotten some things done. 

I read Bob’s recent blog where he said why not give the Rebublicans a chance and then if they fail, try something else. Hmmm…… I would be interested to know what Bob means by something else if the Republicans fail.

I am hopeful, but not very optimist and expect little to be accomplished in the Congress over the next two years. Recent polling shows Republican Congressional approval lower than the Democrats.

Over the years I have always been an avid proponent of term limits especially at the federal level. I know that our initial founders did not favor term limits because they felt that there would be some members who had superior talents and would become masters of the public’s business, but the problem is voters always feel that there member has superior talents and that members from other states don’t.

Term limits would build a citizen Congress and drive out career politicians. Our inital founders wanted there to be rotation in office which unfortunately we aren’t getting right now.

Term limits would eliminate seniority and hopefully encourage more bipartisanship especially on Congressional committees.

Term limits would increase competition and encourage more challengers when a members term is up. The amount of money that current members get from lobbies makes it almost impossible for a challenger to compete.

Term limits would hopefully break ties to special interests or at the very least reduce or limit the power of the lobbies.

Term limits would improve a tendency to vote on principle not along party line. I am reminded of George Voinovich recently breaking ties with Republicans to support the Small Business bill. Do you think he would have done that had he been running for re-election ?

Term limits would minimize the incentive for members to offer pork barrel legislation in an effort to get re-elected. Pork barrel spending is a huge problem and term limits might be the only way to address it other than by passing a presidential line item veto.

Here’s a recent poll taken in September of this year that shows 84% of Republicans, 74% of Democrats and 74% of Independents want term limits. The problem is in our democracy we have to convince Congress to vote in favor of what we the citizens want and that’s a tall order indeed.

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When A Coach Earns His Pay

After the Wisconsin game, I tuned out college football for a few days.  I skipped the post mortems, avoided the Ohio State message boards, and didn’t analyze the game with friends.  Why add to the pain?

Coaches don’t have that luxury.  Jim Tressel and his staff had to immediately swallow their disappointment and get to work at deconstructing the Wisconsin game and developing plans for the next game.  When I was deciding to practice an avoidance approach, they were watching film of the brutal loss.  They had to decide what to tell players who had played poorly at Madison and what to do to keep opponents from running kickoffs back for touchdowns, among countless other preparations.  The Wisconsin game — tough though it was — is only one game of a long season.  There are many more games to be played, like tomorrow’s game against Purdue at the Horseshoe, and when you have a bad game you have to bounce back.

This is where a coach earns his pay.  Great coaches help their players shrug off a bad game and understand that they can still have a successful season, and then get them to play hard the next game and get back on track.  Coach Tressel managed to do that last year after Ohio State had a painful loss at Purdue.  This year he faces that challenge again.