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Monday, March 31, 2008

Some Random Thoughts

Alright, as most of you know, my lovely wife and I bought a new vehicle last week. It is a big, gas guzzling SUV. I understand that there are those in, and out of, politics who would try and tell me that I am doing the wrong thing for the environment. Well, I just have one thing to say to all of you who have bought into the whole Global Warming crap that is being broadcast all over the place these days. WAKE UP!!!

All you have to do is look, just a little, and you can find at least two scientific papers that explain that there is nothing that can be done about global warming for every one that says we are ruining the earth. The scientists that say there is nothing that can be done say, and have proof, that the earth runs on cycles. Sometimes it warms up. Sometimes it cools off (In the 1970's the big thing was that we were on the verge of another ice age). And besides, the earth has warmed up one whole degree in the past 100 years. That's right, 1.....

So, if you think I am trying to kill off everyone and the earth by buying and driving an SUV, then get over it. I have spent 18yrs defending this country so that we can all have choices in how we live our lives. So, I CHOOSE to own a gas guzzling SUV!! I need the room for my family. I feel my wife and I have earned the right.

Just my thoughts.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sorry It took so long

Well, it has been over a week since my last post. This is wholly because I took a little vacation. The family went to, what my wife likes to call the Edge I, for Easter, mainly. We took a couple of extra days to get some paper work done to get the wife a new ride. She has pictures of it on her blog. We also visited Grandma a couple of times (this would be the wife's grandma). She won't let me get away without calling her Grandma. She has been in the hospital for quite a while now.
A lot happened while we were gone. I have finished the first book about the FairTax. Now, I understood the concept before, and was on board with it, but, now I totally understand it. It is a bill that is in the Senate and the House that will replace our current income tax system with a national sales tax on all new goods and services at the retail level. The tax, as it stands right now would be 23%. Now, before everyone gets all in a huff about me wanting everyone to pay an additional 23% on everything, many studies have shown that, due to the current tax structure, we already pay, on average, 22% taxes on everything we buy that are embedded in the price. These are taxes that the corporations have to pay. Under this new plan, that 22% would go away, so, the amount that we pay would be about the same. Besides, if we stop having to pay income tax, we will have more money to spend. Plus there is a prebate to help defray the costs of the tax on the necesities of life, up to the poverty level.
Now, one of the biggest advantages of this, would be that every person who spends money in the United States would be paying taxes. That means that everyone who gets paid under the table, or drug dealers or anyone else who has income that is not taxed under the current system would be paying taxes when they buy stuff. Even immigrants, both legal and illegal would be paying taxes. Not a bad deal for us.
I understand why there is so much opposition to this idea. The politicians in this country have made a killing manipulating the tax system to make it look like they are doing us all a favor by cutting our taxes, and shifting the tax burden to the rich. But, if you truly take a look at it, the top 5% of wage earners pay over 90% of the taxes to the government anyway. So, any tax cuts would be for them anyway, NOT US. The sooner people understand this, the sooner they will tell their politicians to pack sand with manipulating the tax code for us.
Besides, has anyone actually looked at the current tax codes? It is huge and would take so long to read that there is no way anyone could know everything that is in there. The FairTax, on the other hand, can be explained in a very short book. I truly don't understand why there is not more support for this. Anyone can understand it and it would be much better for everyone.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Democrats

Alright, I know that I am putting two in one day, but, as I was typing the last post, a thought that I have had for quite a while came back to the forefront of my mind, and I just had to share it with everyone.

Let us take a step back in time. The election of Abraham Lincoln was really the beginning of the Republican party as we know it today. Now, I know that is not a comforting thought to some who may read my blog, but, just bear with me for a minute. He knew that slavery was wrong, and truly wanted to abolish it. However, he was a smart man, and pushed to have no new states enter into the Union as slave states. Now, enter the Democrats. I understand that slavery was vital to the economy of the South at the time. For this reason, the Democrats fought to maintain slavery alive and well in the United States.

Before I get any one's hair all in a dander, I truly do not fault anyone in any of this. It was the way things were at the time, and besides, slavery was not something that was exclusive to the United states. In fact, as far back as the Old Testament of the Bible, when an empire conquered another group of people, they took them as slaves.

We go through all of this for this question: Why are the minorities in this country so enamored with the Democratic Party? This is the party that pushed to maintain slavery, and then has tried every social program since then to try and keep themselves in power. That is the plan of Hillary Clinton. She wants to push socialized medicine on us, even though every country that has it in place now is far below the standard that we have for us. I can't even comment about Barack Obama, because, he has an idea of some sort of socialized medicine, but on every other issue, he says nothing. He says a lot of words, but says NOTHING!

I just don't get why minorities are so supportive of a party whose whole agenda, while they say they are helping, is to keep them down and dependent on the system. Government is supposed to be dependent on us, not the other way around.

Just a few thoughts

First, let me apologize. I have not been posting as often as I would have liked. There has been a lot going on down here on the edge and at work.

Second, I want to talk a little politics, since I haven't taken the chance to too often lately. I listen to talk radio. That is to say, conservative talk radio. You know, the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Neal Boortz, & Sean Hannity. Now, Rush has been encouraging something he calls "Operation Chaos". This is where he is actually encouraging conservatives to register as Democrats so they can vote in the primaries and cast their votes for Hillary Clinton. You read that right. He feels that this will help to maintain the split in the Democratic Party thus splitting the vote in the General Election in November.

Now, if you have been paying attention, even a little, you will notice that there is definitely a split in the Democratic Party. Just look at the delegates that each one has won. There is less than 200 between the two, and neither one is going to win the number of delegates that are required to secure the nomination. This will leave the Democratic nomination up to the Super Delegates. These are nominated officials who the party feels should, just due to the fact that they are nominated into office, have a say in who the party nominates. Here is the rub, Clinton is very popular amongst the elite of the political class. Shoot, there are those who have already stated that they will place their votes for her no matter who wins the popular vote.

Then you have Nancy Pelosi. That hypocrite of a person who pushed for Democratic wins in the last election stating that she, as the first woman Speaker of The House, would reach across the aisle of party lines and work with the Republicans to run a fair and equitable Congress. What she has done is exactly the opposite. She had the gawl to sit in the Oval Office, shaking hands with The President, and then turn around and criticize everything he has done. She has even stated that the war in Iraq is lost. This before the troop surge that they voted to support was in full swing and had any chance of working. Now we are looking back and seeing that the troop surge did in fact work and the tide is changing in Iraq and our troops are making progress. It may not be quite as fast as we would like in this microwave age where we have to have results right now. Anyway, I digress. Ms. Pelosi has actually made a statement the I can honestly say I agree with. She has stated that if the Super Delegates go against the popular vote it would be devastating to the Democratic Party.

Now, back to what Rush is encouraging. It seems to be working.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Thoughts for my Lovely Wife

Today, I am going to back away from the political things that have been on my mind lately, because, well, I just need to say a few things on another subject. Besides, the whole political process is beginning to make me as frustrated as life does sometimes.


First, let me say that my wife is one of the smartest, most spiritually uplifting people I know. If you read her blog, then you know that we have had some issues over the past couple of weeks trying to get a computer. This all lead to some frustration on both of our parts with each other. She actually told me that she feels like I let her tell me what she thinks and then just disregard it and go my own way. She has had the awesome responsibility of being a mother now for over 14 years. She has done the majority of raising our two girls on her own. I love and respect her more than I can ever tell her for that. She also had to raise our boy for the first 2 yrs by herself as I was off doing my job for the Navy. She is used to being the one to handle things and I know that it is extremely hard for her to let me handle things sometimes. But, she does.

I have also found it hard to be in charge and taking care of things. My ex took care of everything. So, having the responsibility of decideing what is best for our family is hard for me too at times. And, right now, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. We are looking at getting into a new vehicle, we have to decide where we want to live after I retire. And, to top it all off, we have decided that it will be best for me to finish my degree (education is always important). So, there are a lot of things going on in our lives, and darling, although it may seem at times that I disregard your opinion, please be assured that I do not. I value your opinion as I value the very breath I take. You have more experience at this than I do. I consider your opinions, then I pray, and then make my decisions. I do not take my responsibilities lightly.

As far as the computer goes, I, too, feel that the darn thing should not have failed us as soon as we got it, but, knowing that we have had no real issues with the other one we got from that company, I felt that it was the right thing to do to give them a chance to make it right.

I would say that I am the luckiest man in the world, but, alas, I don't truly believe in luck. I feel that what people consider luck is the good Lord's blessing. So, to that, I will say that I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful woman to go through the rest of this life by my side.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Outsourcing and other random thoughts

Alright, those of you who read my wife's blog, Hope From The Edge, have already read about the outsourcing thing. I still can't believe that it took 1 1/2 hours to get that whole thing straight.

For those of you who have not read it, we ordered a new laptop the other day. With going back to school to finish my degree and Paige getting ready to start High School, we decided that it would be a good investment to have something more up to date and that didn't freeze all the time. Well, the day I ordered it, I called the bank to make sure there would not be a problem with payment as we were buying it outright and not financing. They told me there would be no problems. I ordered the computer. The next day, I got a call from the company. They told me my card was declined. So, having already checked the bank online, and seeing that the money was on hold, I called the bank. They told me that the money was indeed on hold and waiting for the actual request of payment so that it could be transferred to the company. So, I called the company back. I was talking to someone from India. After about 15 minutes of asking them to repeat themselves so that I could try and decipher what they were telling me, I started to get even more upset. I asked, as politely as I could, to speak to someone in the U. S. She just kept right on telling me she could talk slower. After about 4 times telling her that I could not understand her, no matter how slow she spoke, I finally got transferred to someone else, who I could not understand either. They finally got me to agree, reluctantly, to give them my card information again so that they could re-run the order. Because, that was the only way they could help me. Now, I read the card information for the lady. Then we got to the security code (you know, those three numbers on the back by the signature block). Mine is a little worn so I told her it would be a second while I angled my card to read it. She immediately asked me again for the security code. I again, a little louder this time, told her it would be a second while I read it. She then proceeded to try and tell me what the security code was and where to find it. To which I interrupted her, yelling this time, telling her I knew full well what it was that she wanted, but, I needed to read it. So, they re-ran my card, and it was approved. I got off the phone, and Hope, my wonderfully smart wife (I am truly NOT being sarcastic, darling, she really is smart), told me to call the bank and make sure there was only one amount coming out. Sure enough, it was charged again. Now, I have twice the amount of the computer on hold at my bank!! I called the company back and proceeded to get transferred all over the world so that I could lodge a complaint and try and make sure I wasn't actually going to be charged twice. Overall, I spent 1 1/2 hours on the phone with these people when the whole thing could have taken half the time if I could have just understood what the heck they were saying to me.

I totally understand the reason behind OUTSOURCING. I don't like it, but I understand it. This is the exact reason why we need to get rid of the IRS and move to the Fair Tax. Corporations find it cheaper to pay the tarrifs to import their products than to pay all the taxes to have them made here. With the Fair Tax, a federal sales tax, there would be less overhead for the companies so they can hire more people here to take care of their products and companies. Plus, the tax would already be included in the price of the product, just like it is now. So, there should be no problems with companies trying to charge more. The price of the products should actually come down, and then the taxes added in so that we actually pay the same. There is also another benifit to this. All of us know, or at least know of, someone who is paid "under the table", and then there are all those people who get their money from illegal means that are not paying taxes because nothing is reported to the IRS. Well, guess what, they would all be paying taxes under this new system so we could totally get rid of Capital Gains taxes and other such things. Nothing is worse than inheriting some money (so I have heard) and then having to pay a bunch of money to the government in taxes. Under the Fair Tax, even the service industry would not have to report their tips and gratuities because there would be NO MORE INCOME TAXES. They would pay taxes when they bought new stuff. Now, before everyone starts getting all up in arms, there is actually a provision that provides a certain amount to be sent out to everyone to offset the cost of the tax due to groceries and such. I feel that this is the way that we need to go to protect our country from being run into the ground by the rich poloticians that are trying to bleed us dry.

If anyone wants more information on this, they can visit www.fairtax.org