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   This web site is dedicated to the discussion of issues needed for common sense government.  I will post surveys so you are able to judge for yourself and see my opinion and others' opinions and suggestions.  Commentary, both by myself and by YOU, will help us explore the issues and look for solutions.  There is substantial talk and politics, but few real answers. Working together,  we can develop and promote policies and laws that make sense in today's world. 

    Updated with information on Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is the "Local and NY Politics".  This is our page with New York State and issues local to the northern New York and NY-21 area.  Just started are new pages on the Congress in general, the United States House of Representatives and on the United States Senate.  The primary focus of this site will remain the United States Congress and the U.S. Government.  U.S. actions and policies influence the world as do world events influence the U.S. so they must be appropriately included here. The Tibet page under Foreign Policy has just been updated with great analysis of India, its relationship with Tibet and Tibetans, and the challenges they face. Written by Shilki Eesha. Her excellent analysis shows the difficulties in trying to do great humanitarian things while at the same time receiving pressure from the Chinese government. Virtually all nations face this problem now, although India is a leader when it comes to the Tibetan people. 

Voter Preference Survey and a Surveys and Results page

Read the Dalai Lama thoughts below, then consider our U.S. foreign policy and this message from Pema.

Read the United States Department of State Executive Summary on Chinese Human Rights HERE

Executive Orders page- Climate change concerns.  Michael shares some Solutions

News- Analysis lesson for the readers of this site,  and also- What is the most important problem facing America? 

Comments  Some excerpts from Thomas, a Veteran, on Veteran's Affairs, plus information I found about one of his concerns in an Executive Order


About OurCongress.US

     My name is Michael Ring.  I am the founder of this site and until February 8th,2014, I was a candidate for New York's 21st Congressional District seat.  On that date I endorsed Elise Stefanik for this position and was part of her team as one of her Jefferson County campaign coordinators and transition team member.  On November 4th, 2014, Elise became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress as is portrayed as the new face of the Republican party.  Congratulations Congresswoman Stefanik!  Congresswoman Stefanik is now in Washington serving NY-21. 

   More importantly, I am here working for YOU, representing YOU, and will bring YOUR opinions to the parties, the candidates, local, state, and national committees and leaders.  Although I support Congresswoman Stefanik, this website is not sponsored by nor affiliated with Elise Stefanik's campaign.

    Most of us are tired of the dysfunction in Washington.   The more I investigated what is happening, the more concerned I became.  Do you know that of the bills sponsored by the members of the House of Representatives, only 11% make it out of committee and only 3% become law.  Too much of the money we pay our Representatives to research, develop, and submit legislation is wasted.  97% of the bills never go anywhere.  We are hoping to help change this.

  We need positive leadership.  Leadership that can work with the people who have "been there, done that, and have the tee shirt", whether they are government employees, business and union leaders, or simply patriotic people with good ideas.

   I am not afraid to express my views, but also realize that to make government responsive, both Republicans and Democrats need to stop this deadlock and serve the people.  Serving the people does not mean polarizing the country, it means rallying our citizens and building a better future.  That's why the web site OurCongress.US exists. 

   When browsing this site, please remember that when I use the word "government", I am referring to our elected officials, agency heads, and government employees.  These people are not nameless.  For a government to be "by the people", the people working within it must also be known, and held accountable.  

Thoughts on America from the Dalai Lama:

"America, really (is) a champion of democracy, freedom. So this, your traditional values, I think are very very, very relevant in today's world. After all, you are the leading nation of (the) free world, So, (show) self-confidence and a bigger vision I think is very, very relevant."

The Dalai Lama's answer to a recent Time magazine question: "Has the U.S. backed away from addressing human rights issues in China because Beijing is a more important economic power?"

His answer: No, I donít think so Ö Freedom, democracy, justice, these are American principles. [For] some people, the economy is more important Ö Thatís a mistake. Look at Africa, Syria. Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future."



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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

As Citizens of the United States, we are responsible for enabling these truths.  Do not assume that our leaders will act appropriately.  Encourage your fellow citizens to run for public office and become active yourself.  Talk with candidates, inform them, ask questions, and vote in primary and general elections.  If you don't, as a friend of mine says, you are then "part of the problem".

Are you an "Independent" voter?  Does that mean you joined the "Independent party"?  or the "Independence Party"? or no party?  Realize that you can join ANY party and be an independent. You can vote for whichever candidate you feel is best.  I recommend joining a major party that has primary elections.  That gives you a choice in which candidates that party has on its ballot line.

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