Archive for August, 2009

COLAS ARE NOT ALWAYS SOFT DRINKS

August 24, 2009

Trustees charged with overseeing Social Security are projecting there won’t be a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the next two years.  There will, however, be an increase in the amount of pay and other benefits that members of Congress and the president’s staff receive.

You see, there is no way possible for this system to cover the true cost of living increase that we are experiencing and will continue to experience for the remainder of our lifetimes.  This Congress and administration has levied and will continue to levy assessments (taxes) upon us to pay for programs that “We the People” don’t even want.  These tax increases are causing businesses to shutter their doors and lay workers off.  The higher the taxes, the fewer people there are to help pay them.  Thus, the less money there is to pay back the ‘investors’ in the Social Security system.

Social Security is a program into which working people are forced to contribute.  You have no choice.  If you report your income, you must also give money to the federal government to hold and invest on your behalf so that you will have an income when the affects of aging limit your ability to continue earning.  Yes, you can also protect your well-being with other saving methods such as IRAs, 401(K) s, etc.; but you must also contribute to Social Security.

This Ponzi scheme is ready to collapse in such a way that will probably allow Bernie Madoff his freedom.  After all, he only did the same thing.  He took money from some people to pay others.  All the while promising returns to investors that could not be had elsewhere.   Eventually there was not enough coming in to cover the payouts.  The major difference between Mr. Madoff and our government – people could choose not to invest with Mr. Madoff.

“Give me your money to hold for a few years and I’ll take care of you down the line”.  Sound familiar?  The only difference is that Bernie is in jail for one hundred fifty years and our elected representatives are vying for another two, four or six years in positions allowing them to take more of our money to enrich only them while telling us that it is for our own good.

It really is time to take back our country.  We have been too complacent for too long and now we have a runaway government that is accountable to no one.

We have czars with more power than our elected officials (who have assumed far more authority than endorsed via our votes) reporting to only one man. We have no say, and little information regarding their position, authority, responsibility, duties or pay.  Each of the czars has his or her mini-empire of employees for which we are responsible.  We now have czars in charge of people in charge of things that should never be.  It’s the way of the federal government.  Give them an inch and they’ll hire an army of incompetents to measure it.

Yet, there is no money to repay those who paid into the Social Security system.

Next time you vote, be informed and vote wisely.  We cannot afford the mentality that it is “time for” a black man to be president, or a Muslim to be Secretary of Defense, or the U.N. to make policy for the U.S. or…

LIBERALS AND FREE ENTERPRISE

August 20, 2009

Liberals are more active than conservatives when it comes to political concerns.  They are not only more militant, more abusive and more controlling, but they are also less tolerant of ideas other than their own.  But then that’s just the way they are with just about everything in life.

Liberals want the “Fairness Doctrine” passed to silence any opposing views.  To them this is fairness.  They cannot stand the thought of someone having millions of people hearing, understanding and agreeing with reasoned thought or logical and rational behavior.

Because he doesn’t toe-the-line, i.e. bow to the messiah and push forth with the ‘yet to be read by Congress’ health care plan, John Mackey (founder and CEO of Whole Foods) is being boycotted and there is an aggressive campaign against the Whole Foods enterprise.

It’s not like he said that Obama is a racist (following) or that his plans are against the will of the American people with no further explanation.  No, Mackey did not say or do any of that.  He actually offered some alternative plans that he felt would work better for the majority of U.S. citizens.

Mackey is a very successful businessman who has even foregone a salary of his own in favor of receiving his remuneration for doing a good job from the dividends provided by the stock he holds in his own company.  If his stockholders (many of whom are the employees) make money, he too gets paid.  If he does a poor job running the company, he loses money.  Getting paid according to your positive production or contribution to profitability is a concept that gi’me, gi’me, gi’me liberals cannot understand.

Through the Internet and social networking sites, tens of thousands of people are being enjoined to boycott Whole Foods simply because the CEO does not agree completely with a plan that could reduce health benefits to his employees and customers.  His alternatives will not be considered or even read by this crowd.  They have no interest in anything other than what is presented by the government.  They are sheep.

Per the norm for the “feeling without thought” crowd, the only people that will be hurt by this boycott will be the Whole Food employees.  The most hurt will be those who can little afford being out of work for any length of time.  The upper echelon will survive quite comfortably – even if the business is driven into the ground.

And we have a very similar situation with Glenn Beck.  Because he stated that the president has shown racist tendencies and biases through his policies and actions, Beck’s sponsors are being hounded and hammered by a few glassy eyed zealots.  Glenn said that he believed Obama is a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture and used Obama’s own words and writings to back up his statement.

It’s not that Glenn is just voicing what many of us believe; it is that he has achieved the opportunity offer many people  an alternate and often in-depth view about current situations.  Liberals don’t like opposition to their feelings or views.  Tolerance only goes so far and only if it is in the left of center direction.

Most liberals don’t even understand what they are doing to themselves, individually and collectively, when foisting their social and politico-social agendas on the rest of us.  That small tax increase or those many new small taxes aren’t going to hurt Bill Gates or members of Congress.  They can afford it.  It will, however, have a severe impact on their neighbors and family members earning an income that is less than $80,000 per year who have to buy gas and oil or tires to get to and from work and pay for food, heating and electricity from their earnings.  The lower the income, the harder the hit.

If only liberals could understand the work/reward concept as well as they understand entitlement!