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Jim Killebrew has 40 years of clinical psychological work for people with intellectual disabilities, and experience teaching, administration, consulting, writing with multiple publications. Dr. Killebrew has attended four Universities and received advanced degrees. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology; University of Illinois at Springfield, Counseling Education; M.A., Human Development Counseling; Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.A., Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Killebrew attended Lincoln Christian Seminary (Now Lincoln Christian University). Writing contributions have been accepted and published in several journals: Hospital & Community Psychiatry, The Lookout, and Christian Standard (multiple articles). He may be reached at Killebrewjb@aol.com.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What's next?

I wonder if the most important question to ask during an election season is the question, "What's next?"  That especially becomes the question to ask about the incumbent since it will be a re-election for that person.  The incumbent has a record of most recently being in the office sought, so the incumbent's record becomes vitally important if the voter wants more of the same. 
Although many in our society seem to lose track of historical facts and events, it really is true we seem to live a cyclical life often repeating what we have done in the past.  When we fail to understand our own history our routine behaviors of life tend to bring us around to the same forks in the road.  Without remembering the outcomes of our last decision at that same fork, we tend to take the road for which we have a propensity to take.  The result is visiting the same calamity we have experienced before.  It is like being lost in a forest.  Rescue experts indicate the person lost will wander in what they think is a straight path, but in reality they are walking in a large, circular pattern; usually the direction of their dominate side, right if right-handed or left if they are left-handed.
Making decisions about whom we choose as our leaders must be carefully thought out and researched for evidence to ensure the person who seeks the office will represent our own beliefs and desires for the future of our own lives and the lives of our loved ones.  Look at the person and the person's record of accomplishments.
The incumbent has the record that represents what s/he has already accomplished while in office.  In the current 2012 election cycle the President has been in office for more than three and one-half years.  By election day it will have been almost four years.  The voter would be better informed to vote if the President's record is examined.  To begin that process one must look at what has already been accomplished.  The following short list of accomplishments have been selected as a sample of what the President has done in office.  The voter would be wise to examine those accomplishments, look at the immediate consequences and outcomes of those accomplishments, and then ask the question, "What's next?" if the President is re-elected for a second four-year term.  Start with the President's centerpiece legislation he and his party worked for and he signed into law.
National healthcare.  This is a signature piece of legislation touted by the President as being the answer for curing the nation's ills regarding healthcare.  It has been passed without a single Republican vote from a Congress that was controlled in both Houses by Democrats.  It has been reviewed by the United States Supreme Court and found constitutional.  It will control about 1/6th of the US economy.  It mandates that people buy products they do not want and will pay a penalty (tax) if they don't.  It forces faith-based groups to furnish contraceptives they don't believe in.  The question to answer is "What's next?"
Gun Control.  There is an on-going effort to take the guns away.  This seems an on-going debate for every election cycle, but the so-called Fast and Furious program that created a Congressional  investigation ended in Congress voting to hold the US Attorney General in Contempt of Congress.  The President has countered with Executive Privilege to counter the Congressional vote in the House of Representatives.  So, if re-elected, "What's next?"
Unemployment.  Policies enacted by the current President have worked to continue to keep unemployment high.  In 2007 the Democrat Party assumed total control through a majority of the US Congress; both Houses were given majorities.  In 2009 the Executive Branch of government was taken by the Democrat Party.  Unemployment from the previous President's Administration averaged 5.26 percent from 2001 to 2008 when the newly elected majority of the Democrat Congress assumed control.  From 2008 to 2012 during the current Administration the unemployment has maintained an 8.2 percent unemployment with real unemployment being closer to 15 percent.  The President has not met with his Jobs Council for the past six months.  "What's next?"
Energy.  The President has closed the public land for purposes of drilling for more oil and continues to import oil from Canada, Mexico and the Middle East.  Additionally, the President has disapproved the building of the Keystone Pipeline which would have brought oil from Canada to the Gulf and benefited the Americans by keeping the price of gasoline lower.  Again, "What's next?"
Enacted Executive Orders.  More than any other President, the current Administration has by-passed Congress to affect the laws of the United States  with immigration, appointments, welfare laws, which no longer requires a person to look for work while on unemployment.  If re-elected, "What's next."
Take-over of private business and banking.  Through the stimulus money collected from the taxpayers the auto and some in the banking industries have been brought under the control of the Federal Government.  Even with a less than accountable explanation of what the stimulus money was spent on, and by whom, the President continues to want to have more stimulus bail-outs with even greater amounts of money from the taxpayer.  If re-elected, "What's next?"
Bowing to foreign Heads of State.  The President started out almost immediately on an "apology" tour across the globe to several countries soon after his inauguration.  During several of those visits the President apologized for what he felt was inappropriate behavior on the part of America and accentuated his apologies with waist-deep bowing to the leaders of those foreign countries he visited.  If re-elected, "What's next?"
Highest national debt in America's history.  Since George Washington, all the way through the Administration of George Bush, the President has amassed a national debt greater that all the previous Presidents together.  At the conclusion of the previous Administration the total cumulative debt amounted to 6.37 Trillion dollars.  In the three and one-half years of the current President he has amassed 6.477 Trillion dollars in debt.  If re-elected, "What's next?"
Taxpayer money investments.  The President has engaged in "venture capital" investments with tax payer money focused around his "Green Policy" in an effort to impact energy use with a reduction of fossil fuels and an increase of "alternative fuels."  The President has invested tax payer money in Solyndra for 535 million dollars; Ener 1 for 118 million dollars; Abound Solar for 70 million dollars, Olsen's Mills Acquisition for 10 million dollars; and, Evergreen Solar for 5.3 million dollars.  Each one of these companies have gone bankrupt losing the tax payer's money.  If re-elected, "What's next?"
There are many other things that could be listed regarding the President's tenure.  There is a significant increase in the number of regulations on businesses in America; the appointment of Czars without Congressional oversight and confirmation;  a movement much closer by the Iranian government in completing their nuclear capability, and the promise of the President to the Russian government to hold off on their plans until "after the election" so it will give the President "more flexibility."  If re-elected, "What's next?"
Jim Killebrew

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