Knightstown Indiana Needs a Lesson in How the Government Works

knightstown obama railroad signThe sign reads:

After 27 Years – Closed!! Thank You Obama & Co. (You Dumb A**es) 

Let me start by saying I am VERY ashamed of this ignorant, bigoted display! I’d love to replace it with a few select names, but I will refrain from “naming names” out of respect – which is something these buffoons are incapable of.

This has been an piece I have intended to write for quite some time. It’s frustrating to me that Indiana, in general, seems so close-minded or uneducated when it comes to our government and what branches actually do what.

Knightstown used to have a small railroad that ran between Carthage and Knightstown. It was a fun little excursion for people, especially children, to take on the weekends. A while back, the railroad had to close up, due to lack of funding. Somehow, even with all the mismanagement of our local planners, people think the closing is somehow the fault of President Obama.

I’ve often wondered just HOW they could come to such a conclusion – no one has ever answered, they just keep blaming the black guy in office.

As a person who does detailed, in-depth research into elections and candidates prior to casting my votes – it’s frustrating to me to see people listing to the local lip service and just keeping with old habits in voting.

For those who care to learn a little more about how the government works and who is responsible for what – here’s a brief explanation:

State and Local Government

Most Americans have more daily contact with their state and local governments than with the federal government. Police departments, libraries, and schools — not to mention driver’s licenses and parking tickets — usually fall under the state and local governments. Each state has its own written constitution, and these documents are often far more elaborate than their federal counterpart. The Alabama Constitution, for example, contains 310,296 words — more than 40 times as many as the U.S. Constitution.

State Government

Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the states and the people. All state governments are modeled after the federal government and consist of three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.

Executive Branch

In every state, the executive branch is headed by a governor who is directly elected by the people. In most states, the other leaders in the executive branch are also directly elected, including the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the secretary of state, and auditors and commissioners. States reserve the right to organize in any way, so they often vary greatly with regard to executive structure. No two state executive organizations are identical.

Legislative Branch

All 50 states have legislatures made up of elected representatives, who consider matters brought forth by the governor or introduced by its members to create legislation that becomes law. The legislature also approves a state’s budget and initiates tax legislation and articles of impeachment. The latter is part of a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government that mirrors the federal system and prevents any branch from abusing its power.

Except for one state, Nebraska, all states have a bicameral legislature made up of two chambers: a smaller upper house and a larger lower house. Together the two chambers make state laws and fulfill other governing responsibilities. (Nebraska is the lone state that has just one chamber in its legislature.) The smaller upper chamber is always called the Senate, and its members generally serve longer terms, usually four years. The larger lower chamber is most often called the House of Representatives, but some states call it the Assembly or the House of Delegates. Its members usually serve shorter terms, often two years.

Judicial Branch

State judicial branches are usually led by the state supreme court, which hears appeals from lower-level state courts. Court structures and judicial appointments/elections are determined either by legislation or the state constitution. The Supreme Court focuses on correcting errors made in lower courts and therefore holds no trials. Rulings made in state supreme courts are normally binding; however, when questions are raised regarding consistency with the U.S. Constitution, matters may be appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court.

Local Government

Local governments generally include two tiers: counties and municipalities, or cities/towns. In some states, counties are divided into townships. Municipalities can be structured in many ways, as defined by state constitutions, and are called, variously, townships, villages, boroughs, cities, or towns. Various kinds of districts also provide functions in local government outside county or municipal boundaries, such as school districts or fire protection districts.

Municipal governments — those defined as cities, towns, boroughs, villages, and townships — are generally organized around a population center and in most cases correspond to the geographical designations used by the United States Census Bureau for reporting of housing and population statistics.

THIS is who is responsible for the “recreation services”

Municipalities generally take responsibility for parks and recreation services, police and fire departments, housing services, emergency medical services, municipal courts, transportation services (including public transportation), and public works (streets, sewers, snow removal, signage, and so forth).

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Perhaps someone out there can explain to me how the railroad closing is Obama’s fault and not that of the Indiana/local officials? I just do NOT get it!

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How I Save $180 a Year on Razors – DIY Sharpening Technique

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Razor blades can be very expensive. Most people use their blade for a week or two, then change it.

This simple ‘Blue Jean Sharpening Method’ will extend your blade and deliver a sharp, smooth shave for months and months.

When you finish shaving, grab one leg of a pair of blue jeans, hold the end with one hand and with the other simply stoke the razor along the entire length of the blue jean for roughly 20 strokes, then switch directions. The threads of the jeans run diagonal so switching directions provides balance to sharpening the blade’s edge.

Doing this, takes the fine nicks out of the blade and keeps the blade sharp.

It’s a good idea to sharpen before and after each shave just to make sure you’re getting maximum mileage out of your blade.

Storing Your Razor

I also blow on the blade to knock off any water to avoid oxidation and rust; the biggest enemy of a razor blade. I also store my razor by resting it, blade up, on the side of my tub to ensure all the water runs out.

Some people drop their razor, blade down, into a cup of rubbing alcohol to store it until next use. This helps to eliminate small traces of water.

Not only does this provide you with a sharp, smooth, shave – it can save you lots of money.

The Math – Save, Save, Save!

At the time of this writing, my Schick 5 ct. refill pack sales for $15.94 + tax ($17.05). If you generally get a week’s worth of use per blade this will run you around $187.55 per year + tax!

If I get 6 months per blade and can extend my use for two years, which is very likely. The math works out to $6.82 per year + tax

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