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Posts Tagged ‘anti-corruption’

Sensible Thinkers In Utah

Posted by italco on March 31, 2012

Do you live in Utah? Are you tired of an Un-Ethical Congress that won’t work together? Are you tired of a Congress that doesn’t hold itself accountable? Would you like to network with other sensible thinkers in Utah?? Come join us and let’s send Representatives to Congress who will work with our President, hold themselves Accountable, end the Corruption in Congress!!  Here is a network list of other sensible thinkers in Utah…let’s send a clear message!! Beat The Drum!!

Utah State Democratic Party, PRIDE In Utah, Carbon County Democrats, Wasatch County Democrats, Utahns for Ethical Government, Obama for America – Utah, Iron County Democrats, Juab County Democratic Party, Davis County Democratic Party, Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Coffee Party USA – Utah, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Democrats, Latinos In Utah, Utah State Hispanic Democratic Caucus, Young Democrats of Utah, Utah House Democratic Caucus, Utah Senate Democrats, Summit County Utah Democrats, Salt Lake County Democratic Party, Stonewall Democrats of Utah, Democratic Women of Utah County, Weber County Democrats, Cache Democrats, The Utah County Democratic Party, Washington County Democratic Party, LDS Dems, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Occupy Utah General Assembly, Occupy Moab, Occupy the United States Postal Service, Occupy Provo, Occupy SLC, Country First, Democratic National Committee, Occupy Ogden, Occupy Logan, and Occupy Park City


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Returned Census Form…Again??

Posted by italco on July 24, 2011

They sent my Census form back! AGAIN!!! In response to the question: “Do you have any dependents?” I replied – “12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 8.5 million unemployed people, 7 million in prisons; millions in every state collecting welfare and/or food stamps with no intentions of ever working;  535 Useless people in the U.S. House and Senate. and all of my wealthy dependents on Wall Street….Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer!! ~ Paula Wilstead Clark & Vikki Barnett (Wall Street added by me)

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Country First

Posted by italco on October 18, 2010

What if evryone put their “Country First” ?? We can now vote early! Please Vote!!!/pages/Country-First/117189105008784

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“In the United States, our destiny isn’t written for us—it’s written by us.” ~ President Barack Obama

Posted by italco on October 15, 2010

I Support President Obama. Thank you for your efforts, sir!

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Home Town 9/11 Tribute!!

Posted by italco on September 13, 2010

The C.E.U Prehistoric Museum paid a special tribute to 9/11. Located in Carbon County Utah, Director Kathy Smith and her team put together an event to honor the lives lost and the sacrifices made for our country. 

“Dinosaurs, Ice Age & Archaeology

One of 5 accredited museum’s in the state of Utah and the ONLY accredited museum located off the Wasatch Front. Compared favorably to some of the largest museums in the country!”

I was in my home town to attend my 30 year class reunion…Class of 1980…The absolutely best group of people I have ever known. I always love coming home.

I was driving down main street of Price, Utah and saw this gathering in front of the CEU Prehistoric Museum and being a home town boy, I decided to stop and take in the event. I ordered a cheeseburger and fries from one of the vendors and listened to a very wonderful band. I shook hands and got hugs from long-lost friends and renewed some old memories.

As for the happenings of the reunion, some things we should just keep to ourselves. I just appreciate them putting up with me….lol.

I salute you Kathy and Team…job well done.

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Reducing America’s Carbon Footprint?

Posted by italco on September 10, 2010

“The Pentagon says it will design energy-efficient weapons systems — and the Navy will build a carrier strike group of nuclear ships powered by biofuel.

The Army Corps of Engineers is putting in solar panels on nine dams in California.

The greening of government will include agencies as diverse as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Archives and Records Administration. Their energy-saving ideas include installing solar panels, recycling, using less water, telework, reducing fleets of government cars and trucks or committing to use carbon-free, alternative fuel in those vehicles.

These are some of the strategies that 56 government agencies will use to reduce the federal carbon footprint in the next decade to reach President Obama’s goal of a 28 percent emissions reduction.

We are very proud of our government agencies stepping up to the challenge and leading the way for private buildings owners to follow. We must watch carefully and make certain that corruption is not a part of our energy improvements.

This is where American jobs will can be created in manufacturing, construction, repair, and maintenance. Let’s get to work! 

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Sam Granato for US Senator?

Posted by italco on August 16, 2010

I was able to catch up with Utah Democrat Senate Candidate, Sam Granato at the Centro Civico Mexicano in Salt lake City. Leaning against the back wall of the autotorium, I asked Sam 3 basic questions…

1) Where do you stand on Immigration reform?

Sam told me he has had the pleasure of working directly with the hispanic community here in utah and supports their efforts towards finding a viable solution to the issue. He does not agree 100% with the Whitehouse approach to throw $600 million at the problem and expect more  “policing”  to work. He is willing to work within both parties Dem/Rep as a moderate thinker to develope solutions that take into consideration the concerns of the undocumented immigrant as well as the citizen of Utah who send him to washington to represent their concerns. He is for working towards a comprehensive reform package that “does not” include putting undocumeted immigrants in box cars and shipping them back to their perspective countries.

2) His thoughts on Ethics in Washington?

He looked me in the eye and said…”it’s broken and needs to be fixed”. Greed is the root of corruption and just like in business, ethics have to practiced in order to bring credibity to the office. Ethics isn’t something we just talk about, it is a life style. He assured me that he has always followed ethical business practices throughout his business life and would “not” be swayed by the $ of corporate lobbyists. He will represent Utah citizens, not industry.

He did clarify that industry is needed to create jobs but not at the expense of the environment or un-ethical business practices. We just need to eliminate the conflict of interest when governing WallStreet.

3) How he was going to bridge the divide between the liberals and conservative so Washington can start working together to get things done? 

He told me it is not his intent to go to Washington and be a “yes man” to President Obama. His intent is to represent the voices of his constituents and the United States Of America. To best serve his country, it is his duty to work with the republicans as well as the democrates so that all voices are heard and considered. He reiterated that his moderate views affords him the ability to see both sides of the issue and make rational decisions that best serve America and Utah.

After conducting this interview I came to the conclusion that Sam Granato is the best choice for Utah.

Sam Granato represents my beliefs in how politics should be conducted. With thoughfullness, integrity, ethics, and good common sense politics.

I proudly endorse Sam Granato for US Senator

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Tax Payers Off Hook 4 Oil Spill

Posted by italco on June 16, 2010

The Obama administration and BP reached an agreement Wednesday under which the company will place $20 billion in an escrow account to pay damage claims resulting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company, whose chairman announced Wednesday that it would not pay dividends to shareholders for the rest of the year, will also contribute $100 million to a fund that supports unemployed oil workers.

Speaking to reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House, President Obama called the agreement “a good start” that will reassure “the people and small businesses I was talking to in the Gulf that BP will meet its responsibilities.”

“I’m absolutely confident BP will be able to meet its obligations to the Gulf Coast and to the American people,” Obama said. “BP is a strong and viable company and it is in all our interests that it remains so. This is about accountability. At the end of the day, that’s what every American wants and expects.”

Thank you President Obama. Your efforts are very much appreciated. This is very good news.

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Accountability in 3, 2, 1…

Posted by italco on May 10, 2010

“Bennett, seeking a fourth term after 18 years in office, became the first sitting senator to fall in the ideological battle being waged in his party. Although he has long been viewed as a reliable conservative with deep Mormon roots, Republicans rallied behind two other candidates — neither of whom has held political office — who will compete for the nomination at a June primary.

Until this year, Bennett faced few challenges in this reliably Republican state. In 2004, no one opposed him for the Republican nomination, and his general election victory was so assured that he didn’t spend a penny on television ads. In 2006, he earned a 93 percent approval rating among Republican primary voters.

But Bennett came under fire from conservative activists for voting for then-President George W. Bush‘s bank bailout measure in 2008 and, more recently, for working with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on a health-care overhaul bill. Bennett has also taken heat for reneging on his campaign promise in 1992 to serve just two terms. He is also a close adviser to McConnell, and he sits on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which opened him to blame for ballooning government spending.”

The two remaining candidates — lawyer Mike Lee and businessman Tim Bridgewater, both of whom courted tea party voters — faced off in a third ballot. Because neither won 60 percent of the vote, they will compete again in a June 22 primary election. Either way , Utah is all but sure to elect a candidate in the fall with significant tea party support.”

I do not believe anyone was more upset over the 2008 “TARP” bailout than I was. It was a massive last minute special interest money grab allowed to occur by the sitting congress. Accountability is an absolute must in this election cycle. That being said, I do feel the pain of Senator Bennett, his family, and his staff. Thank you for your service to Utah. 

The two candidates left in this election will be interesting to watch. Do they gamble that the far right now has the power to get them elected? or does the winning candidate reach out to the moderate and less conservative Utahns?

It is my humble opinion that this opens the door for a moderate Democratic candidate to step in and steal this open Senate seat. To assume it is automatic that a republican conservative is guaranteed to win would be to under-estimate the democratic party (again). Utah has many moderate voters on both sides of the aisle and the Republicans are split in their decision of Mike Lee (who appeals to the extreme right) and Tim Bridgewater (Moderate to Conservative). If these two republican candidates can keep from conducting negative campaigns against each other, then one of them might win. If they go negative, a democrat is more likely to swoop in and steal the seat! 


SC Senator, Jim DeMint (R) has been anointed the “Conservative Kingmaker” and may be a key component behind the removal of Senator Bennett in the republican primary. He has endorsed Mike Lee…

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Republican Congress Says NO! Again?

Posted by italco on April 18, 2010

All 41 Republican senators have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying they are opposed to the financial regulation bill put forward by Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s office announced today.

Republicans had sought to send Democrats a letter threatening a filibuster of the financial reform bill, but Sen. Susan Collins of Maine would not sign onto the letter, the Hill reports.;lst;2

“Obama said he still hoped to win Republican support for the bill but lashed out at Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of making a “cynical and deceptive assertion that reform would somehow enable future bailouts — when he knows that it would do just the opposite”

18 months ago I was involved in a debate on CNN ireports with several conservative republican bloggers in reference to the conservative republicans “circling the wagons” and immediately attacking President Obama and his agenda before President Obama was even sworn into office.

Over the past 18 months, I have witnessed the conservative and republican bases develope into  movements (tea party, birthers, constitutionalist, independance caucus, ect…) and have watched as  the republican congress have “unsuccessfully” attacked, obstructed, and voted against every single piece of legislation the President has attempted to get passed into law.

On the flip side, I have watched the democrats broker industry and personal agenda deals which have only served to fuel the public’s mistrust in them. Talk about handing the conservatives and republicans the ammunition to attack them with.

I warned the conservative movements then and have continued to advise that the answer is not “anger”. Anger will only back fire on the party spewing the rhetoric. The answer is to truly put your country before self, party and industry (with sincerity). That means getting behind your President and working with those on the opposite side of the aisle. Didn’t we vote and send them to Washington to represent us?

Posturing, spinning, and just saying No just doesn’t fly with me.

I am disgusted with our Congress on both sides of the aisle. There is no ethics and too many conflicts of interest. I plan on supporting the candidate(s) who runs on ethics reform and means it. With 88% of congress up for re-election, this election should be about “Accountability”…after all, isn’t this the same Congress that took us to the brink of economic collapse?


“Beat The Drum”


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