Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Federal Office Salary...that big?!?

Who pays for this?

We do...

Why is it that those who work less in a year (yes, Congress is NOT in session for very long, are they?) than the average American Citizen earn FAR MORE than the average American Citizen?  Not only that, but the average Amercian Citizen is PAYING for this!  I know this topic has been brought up many, many times and that political officers have said that they will take a pay-cut.  But sometimes things need to be shown with numbers, and need to be seen every so often.

This is one of those things.

We, as the average American Citizens need to be aware of these things.  We need to know that those who are risking and often times losing their lives for us are earning far less than those who already live very comfortable life styles and still don't properly do their jobs.  Yes, as always rare exceptions do exist.  I'll leave that up to you to decide who would be an exception (i.e. actually does their job in D.C.).

America is wonderful...for the most part.  It is up to the Citizens, US, to change and fix the things that need fixing.

*Image credit: I found this image on facebook posted by a Michelle Chase Alderman on April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Religion, Politics, Racism and Our President


Religion has been brought up many dozens of times in the past few years of political elections.  Why?

Recently there has been video and talk of the Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (see link at bottom of page) questioning him about his religion.  There are many that are criticizing him for not answering the first version of the question directed pointedly at his faith.  Why is that a negative thing?  Last time I checked there was not a single or even multiple religions that are supported or required in any way to be President of the United States.  In fact a friend recently shared this information with me:
 "Asking questions about any candidate's faith is a violation of the "religious test" clause: Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

I personally know many Mormons (or LDS as they prefer to be called) and they are great people!  Just like any other religion, they have many people that are kind and caring.  Why is it that so many people believe that they are racist, or "backwards" in their thinking?  They don't have "magic underwear" and they are not racist.  If you have questions about those things ask one of THEM!  Don't believe what some Romney or Mormon hater tells you.

Besides the questions main point was that of trying to catch Romney off guard and claim that he is racist.  I believe that he handled the situation very well.  When he told the questioner "I'm sorry, we're just not gonna have a discussion about religion" and then asked the questioner if he had any other question.  He tried to rephrase the question by asking "Do you believe it's a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black woman?"  As is expected Romney immediately says "No" very firmly and moves on to the next question.  I  believe that Romney handled this very well, and I wish that more politicians would act with this much class and directness.

By the way, this article is not to promote Romney or claim that I will vote for him.  I simply believe that this was tactfully handled with class by him.

To continue:  Why on earth are there so many trying to claim racism in politics today?!?  Anywhere and everywhere you look someone is trying to call someone else a racist.  If you look at Herman Cain, he is black and people say he is racist whenever he says something against Obama!  A Mexican is called racist when he kills a black 17 year-old during neighborhood watch and in self defense!  A white man is called racist because of his religion which includes nearly every race on the planet and allows ALL races to hold office in that religion as well!  What is everyone's obsession with racism?!?

When I take college exams, I write "Other" and put in whatever I feel like. Why may you ask?  Well, why does it matter what race I am?  I thought this country was about accepting people.  About having equal rights between ALL people.

The United States of America is known as "the land of the free".  Nowhere does it say the land of the free black guy, and everyone else.  Or the land of the free asian and everyone else.  This is the land of the FREE.  All of us together.  I have friends of many races and I am happy to make more friends of any other race, and I would hope they would be a friend in return to me.  Isn't that what America is about?  The United States is a melting pot of race, religion, ethnicity, talents, skills, labors, duties, families, abilities, and everything else.  We are a people.  Not groups of separate people but one people.  If someone doesn't believe that then they are welcome to leave our beloved land.  We are "one nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice FOR ALL".

The beautiful United States has slowly been falling prey and captivated by many who have loud voices claiming that there are problems with race and religion.  Well now those who want TRUE EQUALITY (not one race favored over another because they are a minority or majority), it is time for us to stand up and let our voices be heard.  To show that we in our communities accept everyone around us.  That I go participate in a soccer, basketball, or football league with white men/women, black men/women, asian men/women and any other race which you would like to place in this sentence.  That I can sing in a choir or volunteer for a blood drive with anyone of any race, just like most of you do!  The majority of America wants true equality, but the rifts of those "supporting" equality drive us apart.  Stand together and let them know that a Catholic and a Mormon can be friends.  A white woman and a black man can be friends.  A mexican man and an asian woman can be friends.  And that we can all abide together.

Get the crap of the media and political agendas to create hype and votes because of race out of the mix.  They do this because they can sell papers and make programs.  Get it all out.

I am a True Equality activist.  And I am proud of it.


New page, and the Sharing of Our Freedom

This is a new facebook page that I have created in order to promote discussion and ideas.  The more we can communicate together, the more ideas will be circulated.  The more ideas we circulate the more we can act on the goodness that is America.  That goodness is US.  Working together for a better today, and a great tomorrow!

Come "like" it and join the discussions!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Obamacare Supreme Court Case Updated

The Supreme Court case involving Obamacare and all its add-ons, as of Wednesday morning March 28, 2012.

As of now, the Justices which contain more intelligence are asking difficult, challenging and APPLICABLE questions that have an effect on each and everyone of us as U.S. Citizens.  One such example is that of Justice Kennedy who asked: "Can you create commerce in order to regulate it?".  Should the Federal Government mandate us to purchase products?  Today is the final session of the cases involving Obamacare.  Decisions by the Justices are to be made in June.  Although I hope to receive good news sooner.

One example shared within the proceedings was that of the food industry.  Some in favor of Obamacare are arguing that health care is a necessary product that nearly everyone will need and use within their lifetimes.  An opposing point of view asked about food.  Is it not a commodity which we will all use?  In fact, food is used much, much more often than health care and insurance of any kind.  Why isn't the administration forcing use to buy certain food products?  One example used while in session is that of broccoli.  A very healthy vegetable right?  I think everyone can agree on that even if they don't enjoy eating it.  This is a fine example to better put in perspective what the Obama administration is doing (or at least trying to do), which is to make this a more socialistic country.  

This makes a connection in my mind with why this country, the United States of America was formed.  Was it not started by those who were fleeing a socialistic society?  One main reason that is always mention with our founders is that of freedom of religion.  They refused to belong to a mandated church.  When tariffs were placed on products, what did our founders do?  They fought back.  How many mandates did England try to enforce on American soil?  Many.  How many succeeded? None.  So why are we, as American citizens, allowing someone to change that now?!?  Why are so many in support of mandating that everyone buy health insurance?  

Many people agree that health insurance is already expensive.  Well, how much more expensive would it be if it were mandated?  Insurance companies would no longer need to lure you with price, because you will be forced to pay.  Another issue is that those that are healthy, will have to pay more for those who are unhealthy.  ESPECIALLY if  the mandate that all insurance companies must accept EVERYONE regardless of their health, lifestyle and background.  I have had relatives struggle with cancer, diabetes, and many other health issues.  It is always so kind and wonderful when people donate money and help out.  It truly is a good thing.  But this administration is turning that kind gesture into a law that we will all be paying for eachother's health.  Not because we want to, but because Obama says we have to.  That is not an America that I want.

I am proud to be an American.  I am proud to have freedom, which INCLUDES freedom of choice.  My choice is to purchase health care if and when I want.  To eat when I want. To drive when I want. And also to purchase broccoli when I want.  This is a free America.  Lets keep it that way.  The way it was started, and the way it should always be.

Monday, March 26, 2012

A nuclear Iran? Or Peaceful Negotiations?

This is something that everyone has heard about.  An ongoing issue that is being beaten to the ground.  But is it still worth discussing?

As of right now U.S. intelligence knows...almost nothing about Iran's nuclear capabilities.  This means that the World know almost nothing.  How much Uranium have they actually enriched?  Are they capable of a nuclear bomb? Do they have the technology?  Are negotiations going well, or is Iran using them to stall and gain more time?  Many, many questions are arising.

As of what we know, Iran has enriched certain amounts of Uranium (the amounts are unknown to us) up to 20%.  What is know to the World is that for a well-running nuclear power plant Uranium only needs to be enriched to around 3 or 4%.  Does 20% seem a little excessive?  Iran's claim is that this is only for "peaceful", experimental purposes.

Recently Iran shut off access completely to one of its nuclear sites.  Now they are saying sorry and will allow inspections.  Why was access closed off in the first place?

In the United Nations (U.N.) it was considered a "small success"  that Iran agreed to begin negotiations again.  Some people ask, how long have these negotiations been going on?  Well Iran has been suspected of striving for a nuclear bomb for many years.  Negotiations and monitoring (what little has been done that is) has lasted for over 10 years now!  Why is it taking so long?!

So, what could the outcomes be?

In my opinion, there are 3 possible outcomes:

1)  The U.N. decides to crack down and actually tell Iran that it will be inspecting their facilities FULLY and do a thorough scan.  There are already rules in place for nuclear programs and inspections, and the U.N. should enforce them.  Otherwise they are worthless (other nations would seize that opportunity in a heart beat). Iran either lets that happen because it truly has nothing to hide, or

2) Iran does not allow full inspections and tries to keep having secrets and restricted areas.  This leads to war.  Either the U.S. takes charge and decides to threaten Iran into submission or actually attacks.  If that does not happen, then we all know that Israel will do a preemptive strike.

3) "Negotiations"  or time-delay as I think they should be called, works for Iran and they finish their nuclear production and nuclear war is a real and deadly possibility.  With many times more casualties than that of a preemptive strike started war.

There are some that say that a preemptive strike is not the answer because we have had too many wars.  They express the hope that "peaceful negotiations are the key".  Well, how long again have negotiations been going on for this exact topic?  10 years?  Yes it seems like negotiations are going very well.

To clarify, I am not a fan of war.  I don't want every disagreement to degrade into killing, fighting and death. However, I do believe that some wars must be fought.  That the loss of some for the greater good can be a necessary thing.  Yes, I would be and am willing to give my life for that.  Especially if it means that a nuclear and much more destructive war is stopped.  The small battle would save millions of lives.

Again, right now we know almost nothing as to what Iran is actually doing.  We know that they want to "wipe Israel off the map" and we know that Israel would be glad to fight back.  We also know that something needs to change...and soon.  Predictions state that Iran could have a nuclear bomb within 6 months (some claim it would only be a crude nuclear bomb...I say that it is still a nuclear bomb, no matter how crude and that is something to worry about).  Well, those 6 months could have begun 6 months ago...or 9 years ago.  Time is important.  Life is important.  Action and MAKING decisions (not discussing them) is what will decide our future.

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Obamacare and Health care Arguments, Supreme Court

"Anyone who lives in the United States is, or will be, affected by this case. "

Starting today, the Supreme Court is taking on the case (or cases) of what has come to be known as "Obamacare".  What is being called the longest Supreme Court arguments in 40 years has Washington D.C. crowded once again with concerned citizens.

There are many interesting factors present in this case, including the use of technology, or the lack thereof.  The Supreme Court announced that no filming, tweets, blogging, facebooking, or any other form of technology will be allowed or used in the courtroom.  Only note taking materials such as pen, pencil and paper.  Keeping America on the edge of their seats until each set of the arguments concludes.
Of course the big bang in these cases will be the court's decision.  Is Obamacare Constitutional or not?  With pages numbering in the thousands this healthcare reformation plan has a wide range of effects on businesses, insurance companies and private citizens.  Anyone who lives in the United States is, or will be, affected by this case.

Another fun fact is that it has become mostly a bi-partisan debate, as it seems most things do.  Republicans are claiming "Unconstitutional" while the Democrats claim "constitutional".  In this case there are 26 states represented that are in oppostion to Obamacare (claiming it to be unconstitutional).  The Supreme Court has also appointed some "extra" attorneys to represent different aspects of the case.  The arguments have been broken into 3 different areas.

Monday will be to decide if that case is even worth hearing (which we all know that it will be...seems like a waste in my opinion).  The three seperated issues include: Individual Mandate; Expansion of Medicade acceptance; and severability or whether or not if Obamacare is discarded if there are parts that should or could be kept. Tuesday if for the Individual Mandate, and Wednesday will have a double-session with the severability of Obamacare first, and then the expansion of Medicade will conclude.

In my opinion, being a small business owner, I am opposed to many of the facets included in Obamacare.  Forcing me to pay large amounts of extra money in terms of healthcare for my employees.  I give my employees every oppurtunity to purchase healthcare and have allowed several insurance companies to send representatives to talk to my employee in a meeting, and also on an individual basis during work hours.  Those that want it have it and those that don't, don't.  It is their right to choose.  Obamacare will force me to provide healthcare for these employees, meaning that I match dollar for dollar what the employee pays.  Where will I make the extra money to pay for this?  The economy and market are already extremely competitive and profite margins are very low.  This kind of "fee imposing" is what will put small businesses like mine OUT OF BUSINESS.  Volume of production being the deciding factor in profits.  This means that Obamacare will not only take away large amounts of money, but will result in the loss of thousands of jobs as businesses are forced to pay-up or close their doors.

This will be an interesting and very important event...one I will be watching very closely.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Is it Debt or Deficit?!?

Excellent shape for exponential growth, don't you think?

Politicians and the media are once again trying to pull the wool over our eyes.  How many times when watching the news, hearing a politician speak, or reading the paper (whichever that may be) do you hear the National DEBT mentioned?  Probably not very often anymore.  What we usually hear or see is the National DEFICIT.  Now...question:  Why are we as a country focusing soooo much on cutting back our deficit?!? Shouldn't there be NO deficit? If there is any deficit, that means that we are still plunging ever further into more and more debt. Burying ourselves above our eyeballs.

Simply a warning to be careful the wording that many try to use.  Debt is how much we owe, and deficit is how much MORE we are PLANNING to owe!

Live updates for the National Debt NOT the deficit:

By the way, notice how $11 trillion has been given to US, the citizens, who are now supposed to pay all of this off.