Monday, April 21, 2008

Well, I'm back from over the Pond where National Health Care is a huge issue. In the news are photos of people who are queued up to see a dentist; 144,000 complaints in 2007 about pensioner care; and the 11.5 percent payroll tax to pay for the care.So, depending on the scheme chosen by Hillary or Senator Obama, we can look forward to paying a flat percentage of over 11.5 percent to pay for government health care.Is this something the economy can afford right now? Just think, 11 percent of your salary going away when national health care is signed into law. That's the percentage in Britain and they have really bad care. Here's an example of how govt. interference works in the UK. A woman needed a kidney. Her husband dies and wished for his wife to have one of his kidneys. The govt. over-ruled the wishes of the husband and gave his kidneys to other people who were on the waiting list for an organ before his wife. A former cabinet minister opened his mouth during an interview and his teeth were discolored and rotting. Is this what national health care will get you?On $20,000 dollars a year salary, you will lose $2,300 in increased taxes to pay for national healthcare. Now, if Senator Obama decides to take more from the few rich, who are more than willing to pay for other people’s lifestyle, the percentage could go up to twenty percent. Imagine working for 2.4 months to pay just for health care. That’s on top of the five months the 35% tax bracket must work before they get to keep some of their pay.
If Hillary or Senator Obama are elected, those few rich will be working 7.5 months before they get to keep any of their own salary. That is socialistic government at it’s best.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Senator Obama's speech in Philly

Before we get to what should be Senator Obama's speech in Philly, I'd like to say a couple of things.
First, why is Senator Obama trying to create a divide between the people who have worked and sacrificed to get where they are today, and those who have made poor decisions? It seems to me that Senator Obama's 'divide and conquer' strategy by dividing the U.S. into the 'working family' vs. the 'few rich' is polarizing America instead of bringing her together. Why should those who make more than $75,000 have to work six months to pay their taxes and those who make less only have to work three months to pay their taxes? Is that fair?
Why should those who have worked hard to get where they are today be required to sacrifice even more to take care of those who want to only rely on the government for subsistence? Senator Obama's tax ideas are just plain wrong. I resent his inference that just because someone has some wealth, they are dregs on society? When did becoming rewarded for hard work become an evil thing? I'm talking about people who work hard to provide for their children and retirement. Why does Senator Obama believe those who have wealth are evil? Why should people who work hard to earn money, be required to turn that money over to someone who won't work?

Friends, I’m here in Philly today to ask for your vote. I am not asking for you to vote for me because I am black. I am not asking for your vote because I am a man. I am asking for your vote because I want to be President.

I don’t want to be the first black American President...I want to be the 44th President of the United States of America. The President of the greatest country the world has ever seen. And I am asking for your help. I need you, the great people of this state to help me reach that dream of mine.

Let’s take a minute to talk about your dreams. What do you want from your next president? What do you want from me?

Jobs. Do you want jobs? Philly has an unemployment rate of 6 %, higher than the average of the rest of the country.

What about education? Benjamin Franklin founded of the University of Pennsylvania, America's first university here. There are over 300,000 college students in metro Philadelphia, with the sixth largest public school system in the country, but only a 49 percent high school graduation rate.

To keep children in school we have to give them hope. Hope that there will be an opportunity for them when they finish school. Hope of a better tomorrow. Hope, when what they see everyday flies in the face of that hope.

So what can I do?

I can give you a hand up. I will ask Congress to provide money for job training for parents, so they can keep their homes and families together.

I will ask Congress for financial training for families, so they can make their dollars work for them, rather them working for the dollars.

I will ask Congress for aid in reaching out to high school children, to help them to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to help them stay in school and get the education they need to succeed in this great country of ours.

It is education that made this country great. It is through the education of our children that lays our greatest hope. Our children are our greatest asset. We need to protect that asset.

We have to help our teachers do what they trained for and teach. It’s not their job to raise your children. As a parent you are an integral part of the process. Something as easy as eating dinner together can raise your child’s grades. Be there at dinner and ask them about their day at school. Be there to help them through the homework questions. When was the last time you visited your child’s school? Be there for your children. Your children want you there.
As President, I will focus my energy to help provide for you and your families. But I need you to help me take that first step toward the White House. We need to win the nomination first.
As I said before, I don’t want to be the first black president. I want to be the 44th president of the United States of America. I want to be your president. I need your vote.
God Bless America and Thank you Philadelphia!!!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Libraries not safe for children anymore

I remember the days when I could browse the library for books and leave my children to browse for themselves. I can't do that anymore. I have to ask my children to stay away from certain parts of the library. If you haven't heard about the case of the Librarian who was fired for reporting illegal activity, you should read:

I asked the librarian at our local branch, about the sinister nature of an incredibly graphic rape scene in one book. After one page, I was finished with the book. Are people so lost that they must turn to junk?
Our librarian was kind, read the book. Actually said it was inappropriate and not good. But she also offered that some people read that type of book, and it would stay on the shelves. I agree with her that pulling the book would be censorship. I will certainly censor it from my child. I read most of the books my 12yo reads, 1 to make sure it's not off the wall. 2: to have something to share with him.

I find it uplifting to read classics, autobiographies and non-fiction, which promotes the good in the world instead of focusing on the sadness. I know the sadness will never go away, but reading about good people makes me want to help, through volunteering or gifts of charity and mercy, so that the burdens are lifted on the poor, somewhat.

Who are the most qualified to be President?

Unfortunately, we may never know who is best qualified to BE president. For now, all we can go by is who is best qualified to RUN for president.

When a company chooses to hire a CEO, how do they choose? Do they choose the best spoken? Do they choose the most handsome? Do they choose the most likable?

My thought is that companies choose the most qualified person to be the CEO, based on how that person would best be able to reach the goals for the company set by the board of directors.

Does the United States of America have a board of directors....? Yes we do-we have about 350 million of them. That's what makes the process of running for office so tough. At most companies candidates deal with 8-12 board members, who for the the most part, objectively look at the CEO's performance; the performance of the company under his/her purview; and the fit of the candidate for the job.

The American people choose their CEO by sound bites, miss information and the color of their hair. Richard Nixon lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960 because Nixon did not use make-up and sweated under the lights during the debates. Sweat on a brow was enough to sway the public's perception of the man. Wow, are we shallow or what?

So, what can you as a voter do?
1. Pick up a newspaper and read about the candidates. Do you like Hillary's stance on the bailout of mortgagee's and banks? Do you like Obama's stance on raising taxes on the wealthy? Is your candidate trying to heal or divide America?

2. Get on the Internet and read the speeches. They are there verbatim. Do you like the words you hear? Are the words platitudes or previews of a new age?

3. Find the candidates' past voting records. What did they vote for or against.

Don't be lazy. Don't just say, "I hate all XXXXXXXXX's. Vote with your mind with a little help from your heart.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hillary Under Fire for Sniper Comment

Hillary Clinton is under fire, for real this time, as she lied about coming under sniper fire during a trip to Bosnia. Clinton dismissed the lie by saying 'So I made a mistake, I'm human.' The lie was not a mistake, it was trying to misled the American People purposefully.
Do we want her on the phone at 3 a.m. lying to whomever is on the other side.
How will our allies feel when she offers our support? Will they believe her? Or is she just going to lie to the American people because we are stupid?
I feel sorry for her. Her coronation is not going as well as she thought. Ask yourself, do you really want the Clintons in the White House again?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Purpose of Taxation is not Redistribution of Wealth

Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
He was guilty of nothing, except that he earned his own fortune and never forgot that it was his.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Have we lost, in America, our sense of pride and dignity? When I watch Congress and their petty fights among themselves; when I listen to the meaningless rhetoric of our supposed leaders, I am saddened. They are simply trying to maintain the status quo.
Think about this. President Clinton hasn’t held a private sector job in 30 years, and yet he is a millionaire many times over. Look at the wealth of our Congress, are they truly representative of their constituents?
Senator Obama is right when he says there needs to be change. I don’t believe taxation for the purpose of redistribution is the correct way to make that change. What incentive is there for someone who is going through hard times, to pull himself up by the bootstraps?
By delineating the difference between economic circumstance of the American People, Senator Obama is setting America up for civil unrest through class division.
A man, who was once told he shouldn’t charge fees, by a person on public assistance, because he was a doctor and rich, gave this definition of what it means to be wealthy.
“The day I stop working, and can maintain my current lifestyle is when I consider myself a wealthy man,” the doctor said. “You my friend are richer than me, because you do not work and your lifestyle continues to grow.”

Taxation should not be for the purpose of redistribution of earnings.

Senator Obama has made it clear that he does not want to represent all of America; but only those who are working people, to whom he wants to redistribute the wealth of those people who have earned their way.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Playground Politics

What does it mean when you have two politicians duking it out? Playground Politics!
At dinner, we generally go over how our day went. My youngest related the story of his recess. His friend decided what the rules would be and the kids were fine with that. But, when the boy lost the game, he said the rules were wrong. That everyone else was cheating.
My wife and I looked at each other and said 'That's Hillary.'
When everything looked fine, she was okay with playing within the rules. But now that she is losing, she says the rules were wrong. Playground politics.
When she won Ohio, she decided that her rules were the ones to play by. "I won Fla. I won Mich."
Saying it doesn't make it so, Hillary. You see. Obama will not be bullied. Obama will not back down. Playground politics only works when all the kids are fooled or scared.
Hillary, you're not fooling anyone.

Grazing on Taxpayers' Money

Stephen Gordon, Diamond G Ranch, a rancher Near Yellowstone, has voluntarily stopped grazing his cattle on Federal land. Previously, ranchers paid about $1.35 per month per animal. Now Gordon is getting $150,000 not to graze his animals.
This is sort of like getting paid not to grow something. A year-old bovine is worth about $1,300 to a butcher like Tyson. With 31 confirmed livestock kills since 1991 that runs to $2,600 loss per year. But Gordon said the actual kill is probably 'eight times' that number. But wouldn't we (taxpayers) have already paid for those through Gordon's tax deductions for "Livestock-known deaths, killed and missing?
How many cows has Gordon claimed in his tax deductions? Has he actually claimed 240+? That would come out to $312K in tax deductions since 1991.
With the $150K he's making on this deal, by not paying to graze on Federal Land, maybe Gordon should take up not farming on the land, too.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

I need a tax cut

It's a Washington where George Bush hands out billions in tax cuts year after year to the biggest corporations and the wealthiest few who don't need them and don't ask for them - tax breaks that are mortgaging our children's future on a mountain of debt; tax breaks that could've gone into the pockets of the working families who needed them most.

Dear Senator Obama: Please define working families. Am I a working man if I only made $14,445 last year. What about if I made $80,000. Does that make me not ordinary?

Who wants to be ordinary? Do you, Senator Obama? Are you ordinary? Why are you so fixated on taking other peoples' money? Shouldn't people have to earn their way? You seem to be espousing the old hand out instead of hand up.

Tax breaks for the people who deserve them

Senator Obama said this in Houston:

And we're going to rollback those Bush tax cuts that went to all the wealthy people, and we're going to give tax cuts to ordinary families, people who are making less than $75,000. We will offset your payroll tax.
Senior citizens who make less than $50,000, we want to say to them: You don't have to pay an income tax. You're already having a hard time making ends meet.

Does this mean that anyone who makes more than $75,000 is not an ordinary family? Does this mean that those who work hard. Spend years in school, sacrificing their time with their family, don't deserve to be rewarded for their hard work?

So what is Obama saying to the person who came from nothing and takes pride in the ownership of his or her accomplishments?
"Thanks for the sacrifice. Now give me your money because the dropout with three kids needs it. Thanks for the time and effort you made to be a contributing part of the society. Now give me your money, you don't need or want it. I can use it to pay for the mortgage of a union worker who has no skills because the money was good right out of high school. He has a boat and a wide screen TV. You need to give him your money, I mean, our money, so he can afford cable. And then he will see what your money can do for him and he will vote for me. Just remember this Mr. Rich....The more you make-the more I will take. Make lots, okay?"

Half-truths and platitudes

We are all looking for answers...answers to questions that are half-truths and platitudes. If you are looking for answers-or want a question answered by a public figure, send us your question and we'll work at publishing it here.

A question I sent to Senator Obama was related to this wording on his website:

"Obama now continues his fight for working families following his recent election to the United States Senate."

Senator Obama, What is your definition of a working person?

If and when I get a response I will post it here in its entirety.