Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Taxing Question

Does anyone really believe that the rich will just "absorb" all these extra taxes and regulatory costs just because they love paying money to the government? With each governemental increase, comes an increase in consumer prices. It's a vicious cycle-Washington spends, Washington taxes, prices go up, the consumer pays... hummmm-who'd have thunk it that the people that know how to make money also know how to keep it?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Cowboy Rules-To my new Blogger Friend Wendie

Dear Wendie-When Rhode Island gets you down, come on out to the country...where we still believe in rules-Jane Wayne
Cowboy rules for:
Texas , Colorado , Oklahoma , New Mexico , Wyoming , Montana ,
Utah , Idaho, Nevada and the rest of the Wild West are as follows:

1. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Turn your cap right, your head ain't crooked.

3. Let's get this straight: it's called a 'gravel road.' I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you're gonna get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

4. They are cattle. That's why they smell like cattle. They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don't like it? I-10, I-40, I-70 and I-80 go east and west, I-17, I-15, I-25 and I-35 goes north and south. Pick one and go.

5. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $250,000 Combines that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

6. Every person in the Wild West waves. It's called being friendly. Try to understand the concept......

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of geese/pheasants/ducks/doves are comin' in during the hunts, we WILL shoot it outa your hand. You better hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.

8. Yeah. We eat trout, salmon, deer and elk. You really want sushi and caviar? It's available at the corner bait shop.

9. The 'Opener' refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

10. We open doors for women. That's applied to all women, regardless of age.

11. No, there's no 'vegetarian special' on the menu. Order steak, or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham and turkey.

12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup! Oh, yeah . We don't care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat IT AIN'T REAL CHILI!!

13. You bring 'Coke' into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice. You bring 'Mary Jane' into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

14. College and High School Football is as important here as the Giants, the Yankees, the Mets, the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

15. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards - it spooks the fish.

16. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump crap ain't music, anyway. We don't want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers! Refer back to #1!

As a true Westerner I post this because we're friendly people so we share in hopes you can begin to understand what a real life is all about!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

How the Swine Flu is Transmitted

My daughter's trip to Dallas was canceled this week due to the Swine Flu scare. She finally made it to Nationals for the Business Professionals of America in Human Resource Management(formerly the Future Business Leaders of America for those of us over 40). I told her she could be like the 1980 US Olympians. So much for human resource management...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Specter and the Tsunami of Reform

It’s taken me a few days to digest the Arlen Specter ship jump. Not because it was any big surprise-those who were haven’t been paying attention- and not because it changes the balance of power in the government. Let’s face it, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Machine has done little to tamp down the socialist agenda they promised to deliver. Week after week, republicans and those like minded have had little to say with respect to any programs that have passed. Through executive orders, and misguided legislation, the idea to shove through every conceivable change in domestic and foreign policy in the name of transparency and fairness has met little democratic opposition as the “team” has done a remarkable job painting conservatives as “the Party of No”, regardless of the numerous attempts to offer alternate plans. This all done while Specter was a Republican.

So what difference is it that Arlen Specter has decided, for personal and political preservation, to switch parties. It doesn’t really. I find amazing that one man can be far enough down in the his state’s primary polls that he feels the need to switch political parties and now finds himself the front runner to retain his Senate seat. He is the same man, with the same principles, yet with one sweep of the party affiliation lever, he is magically transformed from primary loser to 6-term Senator.

What is wrong with us that we allow this? It should nauseate us that a man who is close to 80 and had several bouts with cancer feels his legacy is more important than nurturing the next generation of leaders as his final act of leadership? Is this what the founding fathers wanted when they created a system for public “service”, career politicians that go into the congress as middle class citizens and leave as millionaires? What part of service do we not understand?

The truth is we really can’t blame them; it’s fame, power and fortune wrapped up in one neat package. The problem lies with us: we keep electing them because they are “well connected” and they can bring home the bacon to our district and cut the pork in everyone else’s. Please cut Medicare, just leave my Mom’s alone. Take care of Social Security just don’t raise my payroll taxes. Reform welfare, but make sure my farm subsidy check clears. We are addicted to government, unable to fend for ourselves, and unwilling to change the system because it might hurt “me”. We’re upset that a politician switches his label, but elected him 5 times, knowing his character.

Until we start insisting that the old goats get out of the Congress, to make room for a newer kind of politician, that knows the meaning of “public service”, we have no room to complain. Our agenda should be to bring reform to Washington by bringing reform to our own ballots. It shouldn’t matter what party label we hang on our door. What should is the willingness to make the change, regardless of the cost.

I see that movement in our Tea Parties and our Social Networks. Let the politicians say what they will about what we don’t understand. We will be the one that help them remember who put them there and we expect more out of our representatives than they are delivering. In the words of one comedian: we brought them into this world, and we can take them out.

The Tsunami begins with an underwater movement, barely detected by the eye. Its momentum builds with each passing mile, until its final effect is devastating. Moreover, it has the ability to destroy strongholds and cleanse the landscape, leaving room for newer, more efficient structures. Let Obama and his ilk be dismissive, even derisive, about our Tea Parties. When our grass roots movement becomes a Tsunami of accountability and reform, we will be hard to ignore.