Campaign 2014: Honor Veterans

It’s becoming evident that anything and everything will be fair game during the 2014 campaign season.

That means nothing is sacred – not even a candidate’s honorable service in the military.

Most readers know that I am a veteran. My 11 years, seven months and 28 days of active-duty service in the U.S. Air Force was one of the greatest times in my life. I hold my fellow veterans in high regard – no matter on which side of the political fence they reside.

Some of my beliefs may seem odd, but I believe we could do better with more veterans serving in elected office. By the way, we could do better if people who wrote or reported about military issues had actually served in the military, too.

Recently the conservative group called American Crossroads hit the airwaves with an ad about Senator (and Democratic candidate) John Walsh, who served in the U.S. Army. Those on the left have been going after U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke, a Republican, who served in the U.S. Navy, almost daily.

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Shutdown Day 14: “We gotta get out of this place”

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place, there’s a better life
-We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals

On Friday when all the polls seemed to be showing Republican and Tea Party favorable ratings in the toilet, I imagine many people on the right were thinking, “We gotta get out of this place.”

Today starts a new week (it’s also Columbus Day) and we’re in day 14 of the Federal Government shutdown. If you enjoy politics and government, then this is going to be exciting!

The Republicans are cornered and they are searching for a way out to save face. The Democrats may not be willing to give them an easy way out. They want to make sure there’s no way the Republicans can’t own the shutdown – and if the GOP wants to screw with the debt limit, the Democrats will make them own that, too.

This is going to be an interesting week because the debt limit deadline is Thursday. Thursday is the day when the United States would no longer be able to borrow. It will be like going to the store and using your credit card to make your purchase and having your card declined.  Continue reading