I just heard that the Obama administration wants to add a $7.50 fee, each way, on round trip flights to raise $26 billion in revenue. Over the weekend, it was reported that the IRS sent $4 billion in phony refunds to mystery people in China and Latvia. I also read that 107 million Americans are now on welfare or other government programs, while only 104 million have full time jobs. In other words, government subsidies is our largest employer. Second, to being paid not to work, is being employed by the government. Having a real private sector job is now a distant third. With all this waste, and with so many living off the public till, why should those of us that have (or had) real tax paying jobs pay more? Am I the only one who sees that we are on the way to financial collapse?
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Obama was quoted as stating some people critisized him for sounding like an insurance salesman last week. I wonder if he read my blog post six days ago?
Amazingly, he sounded like one of the late night informercials that repeat the 1 (800) number about 30 times a minute. Unlike those numbers, the healthcare number gave a repeated busy signal. So the web crashes, the phone is always busy, and no one has a clue what will happen with the new law. I would bet the professor would never get a job as a salesman, but he somehow sold the majority of Americans he could be a leader. I guess some people just want to believe.
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Harry Reed tweeted today that if you’re over 50, your just learning about the internet. Is he out of his mind? I told you he was punched in his head too much when he was a boxer. Doesn’t he know Al Gore created the internet? He’s over 50.
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I’ve been watching Morgan Freeman talking about the Universe. As you know, we all learned in grammar school that nothing is larger than the Universe. It contains all of the galaxies, which in turn contain solar systems, which in turn contains planets, etc. Big bang theorists believe that the Universe is expanding constantly. They refer to it as “Inflation”. But, if the universe is the largest of all things, what is it expanding into? If it expands into nothing, than nothing must have some property that permits the expansion. Therefore, nothing is something, not nothing. Now some theorists believe there my be multi-verses, which expand and contract on themselves. But, doesn’t that assume that what we thought of as the all encompassing universe is just another cog in the ever expanding nature of all things? To me the answer is simple – God. Its always fascinating and wise to try to better understand God.
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The Professor just spoke in the Rose Garden. Despite the fact that Obamacare’s roll out has been a dismal failure, he tried to put a happy face on it. Took his usual political shots, then talked about the “thousands” who registered. That sounds like a long way from the 15% of Americans (roughly 45 million) that don’t have insurance. Many of Obama’s supporters, including Pelosi, have been highly critical of the roll out. I can’t believe our President has taken on the job of insurance salesman.
Now, I like millions of others, have tried to get on the Obamacare website. After countless tries, I finally got on. I became extremely anxious about putting my personal information on a government website, especially when they make it clear they may share the information with other city and state government agencies. Hello Snowden and NSA.
So, I will wait. And I will ponder why, when we have problems related to the budget, unemployment, weapons of mass destruction with Syria, Korea, and Iran, and debt in excess of $17 trillion, our President has taken to selling insurance?
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It’s amazing that all the news programs and newspaper editorials continue to rant about the government shutdown, who won, who lost, and how the politicians in Washington will maneuver over the next 90 days. Who cares!?!? I for one care about cutting the budget, cutting the debt, insuring that people who genuinely need services receive them, and learning about what Obamacare really means. I don’t care about how columnists and talking heads spin these things, nor how politicians gloat or try to backtrack on their positions.
I find it sad that people are making a distinction between the “people” and the “government”. When did the government become a force separate from he people?
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Well, Congress reached a deal, and Professor Obama and Reed the Prizefighter are gloating. They should. The middle of the road Republicans once again caved, cowered, and went home with there tails between their legs. I am one of the 60% who believe that every member of Congress, including my own, should be voted out of office. We need to get rid of the Republican and Democratic labels, and start seeing representatives as liberals and conservatives.
Only politicians can believe that pushing off a decision they haven’t been able to make for close to two years is a victory. Businessmen and women know how to negotiate issues at different times, but rarely do they let a deal die from inertia. We need term limits. I, James Stuckey, believe we need to set a goal of cutting the size of the Federal workforce 5% by 2016, the Federal budget by 3% (not the increases in the budget, but the budget itself), and we need to have an IQ job requirement for all elected officials and government workers. I wouldn’t go to a doctor who became paralyzed when he or she was in the middle of surgery, or who couldn’t order medical supplies because of disagreements with other doctors in his/her group. Why should I have a member of Congress who can’t decide the tough issues.
Candidly, I would rather that Congress didn’t kick the can down the road and passed a budget I hated. At least I would know where they stand and would give them marks for courage.
I am retired, and if I meet my projected life expectancy, have about 15 more years to go. But boy, do I feel for all of you young idealistic liberals who voted these nuts into office. One day, you’re going to wake up and not know what hit you.
© October 13, 2013 James Stuckey
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