October 7th, 2011 admin Posted in Better Living, Politics, Ramblings No Comments »
First off, there is a lot of finger pointing by the President towards the Republicans for not acting on his "Jobs Bill", never mind that the Democrats in congress want nothing to do with it either. In fact the House wanted to put it to a vote and was blocked by the Dems.
Obama has already turned this into political campaigning. When he went to Ohio and stood on the bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky. Did he not realize that both Boehner and McConnell support rebuilding the bridge?
Does the President realize that when the first stimulus bill was passed, these kind of programs should have been funded, but weren't? Well, where did that money go? Well, in Ohio, then governor Ted Stickland simply used the federal money to pay for already in process construction projects and then used the state money to balance the budget.
That's right. The first stimulus created 1 job in Ohio. And it only lasted as long as it took for the sign painter to make up some new signs proclaiming that these projects were made possible by the stimulus.
In a quick aside to the unemployed protesting on Wall St. and around the country, my question to you is this: Are you an experience construction worker? If not, this bloated infrastructure "jobs" bill will do absolutely nothing for you. It will pay mostly union controlled construction companies that are already working. Sure if a few more construction workers get a job and buy coffee every morning, you may be able to get a job at Starbucks, but only if you believe in trickle down economics.
February 19th, 2011 admin Posted in Politics No Comments »
As the new Republican Governor aims to make sweeping changes to the unions, and Democrat Representatives flee the state; hundreds if not thousands of union workers protested in the Capitol.
Question: Why weren't they at work?
Is part of the union agreement that union members get time off work to protest? Somehow I don't think so.
January 28th, 2011 admin Posted in Politics No Comments »
This is a VERY simple way to understand the tax laws. Read on - it does make you think!!
Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men - the poorest - would pay nothing; the fifth would pay $1, the sixth would pay $3, the seventh $7, the eighth $12, the ninth $18, and the tenth man - the richest - would pay $59.
That's what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement - until one day, the owner threw them a curve (in tax language a tax cut).
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20." So now dinner for the ten only cost $80.00.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six - the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?"
The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up being PAID to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid $5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a bill of $52 instead of his earlier $59. Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.
But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man who pointed to the tenth. "But he got $7!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man, "I only saved a dollar, too . . . It's unfair that he got seven times more than me!".
"That's true!" shouted the seventh man, "why should he get $7 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night he didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered, a little late what was very important. They were FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS short of paying the bill! Imagine that!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college instructors, is how the tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore.
Where would that leave the rest? Unfortunately, most taxing authorities anywhere cannot seem to grasp this rather straightforward logic!
January 25th, 2011 admin Posted in Politics No Comments »
Newly elected Governor John Kasich is getting a lot of heat from politicians in Ohio. Especially the Democrats in Northeast Ohio, including the Cleveland City Council. They are upset because there are no minorities in the Governor's new cabinet.
The Governor isn't likely to change his cabinet.
The point is - who cares? Have we really gotten to the point that we have to have minorities placed in token positions to make everyone happy? How about selecting the best person for the job, regardless of color.
Maybe the Cleveland City Council should spend it's time fixing the issues that Cleveland faces and not worry about the Governor's office? Oh yeah - because the Council is mostly Democrats and the new Governor is a Republican.
If the naysayers can point out one appointee that isn't qualified for the position he was appointed to, well, that's something. It's amazing that in "Post-Racial" America, some people seem more focused on race than ever.
June 16th, 2010 admin Posted in Politics, Ramblings No Comments »
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America 's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail..
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
For you Snopes lovers: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.a