Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Unbalanced Equation

We've got an economic problem that isn't going away. We have an interesting dilemma and you politicians want to get dramatic and have theatre. See, here's the real deal. We the people have not felt the so-called "economic recovery." Jobs are still elusive. Houses are still losing value and owners. Groceries and gasoline continue to go up. And now you're telling us, the government is as broke as the citizens. But all your guys said it was getting better! Okay, so now that you Congressmen realize the government is as broke as your constituents, what are you going to do about it? Now, here's the kicker to the deal. You Congressmen are still raking in your salaries and benefits. The residents of the White House are still enjoying their wealth and elite standing and big business has been reporting profits. Now, since you government folks assured us the bail out has been repaid, then you've squandered that too? I don't understand how the big business corporations continue to do so well, while we are facing yet another melt down. I realize the government is a non profit organization, well, more like a parasite, I guess, but the big corporate guys need to remember, if nobody can afford to buy anything, their profits will begin to fall. And whether any of you politicians want to claim this or not, everyone in office is ultimately facing re-election . . . some sooner than others. Mr. Congressman, your main priority should not be making sure President Obama is a one-termer. Your main priority should be "we the people." Senators, do your job and quit looking for the next big corporate lobbyist to take you out to lunch or on vacation. You work for us, not them. Mr. President, you've done a lousy job and keeping your promises. I'm not surprised, but I'm telling you, you've got no idea what real people deal with on a day to day basis. You didn't grow up black in America in the 60's. Even though your mom was from Kansas, you didn't grow up in the Midwest. Even though you are bi-racial, you didn't experience the unrest of civil rights. I could care less where you were born, you didn't grown up in America, well, except for the time in Hawaii, which is hardly mainstream Americana; and once you landed here, you've had it pretty cushy! Community organizer is the longest "job" you've held without using one office as a stepping stone for another. So, Mr. President, I'm not sure where you obtained your basic mathematical knowledge, but I'm telling you, things just aren't adding up to any sort of balanced budget. You spend money like it isn't yours for a very good reason, it isn't yours. It's time to pay the fiddler, and you've been the only one with all the amenities. Let's get this figured out and then seriously, stop spending money we don't have!
I've thought of ancient Egypt since 2009 and Mr. President, I compared our last administration to the Roman Empire, frequently referring to President GW Bush as Emperor. Well, President Obama, I'm no happier with a Pharaoh than I was with an Emperor and you have brought this nation to a very serious similarity. Scripture tells us that ancient Egypt drown in the Red Sea and current headlines tell me, this modern Egypt is drowning in Red INK! Without a doubt, we are definitely in over our heads.
And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. Torah of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Grieving Mother Faces Stupidity

Raquel Nelson has faced something I just can't fathom. Her four year old son became a traffic fatality and she was charged in his death. There are several details about this case that caught my attention and to be honest, I wasn't following it until yesterday. It was a headline yesterday, that she would be sentenced today, and so I had to see a bit more about this bizarre situation. First, let me say, the judge, although still a bit harsh by my perspective did spare the grieving woman any jail time, so she will not be separated from her two surviving children. The woman was given 1 year probation and 40 hours community service. All this because she crossed the road, with her children, outside of a cross walk. I can't get over this! Maybe she and I are the only ones that have ever done this, but I don't think so. Does everyone always cross a street within the white lines of the cross walk? Even the article indicated several people had gotten off the bus when she did and many of them crossed right there, rather than walking on down to the crosswalk, but that's not all . . . I am very saddened that her four year old darted away from her and heading into the traffic which caused his death, but even if she was in the cross walk, he darted away. He'd have still been outside the "white lines." Granted, maybe the traffic would have been stopped, but none of us will ever know. The real grabber in this mess was one of the charges this woman faced. Among other charges, this mother was charged with vehicular manslaughter. She was a pedestrian!!! I was also shocked that a jury found her guilty of vehicular manslaughter. Juries are comprised of voters, so in light of what we have in Washington, I guess I shouldn't be so surprised about their verdict. I'm glad the woman didn't face any jail time and I'm sure she'll never cross a street outside of the cross walk again, but I simply can't imagine with all the real crimes in this nation, why our legal system would take the time and spend the money to add insult to injury to this bereaved mother.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith YHWH . . . a Prophet of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The New Win/Win Idea . . .

with the same old results. Every time the politicians win on both sides of the aisle, or even come to some sort of agreement, it seems "we the people" lose. It appears we are about to do that again with this debt ceiling business. I'm going to share my idea of just what we are facing and we'll see how it all plays out, but I'm thinking our dollars are about to be like tissues, abundant and of little value. I also think life as we know it is about to change drastically, except of course for the entitled and the elite. First, all this "economic recovery" talk was really only trying to get us all to get comfortable in government managed debt and allowances, like extended unemployment benefits and EBT cards for over 40 million Americans. That's not independence and that's not economic recovery, that's government handouts to people that truly were working and contributing to the economy and would again, if it truly was improving and recovering, but, only the bankers and Wall Street enjoyed a brief increase after their bail out. It didn't get better for the rest of us and now we're just looking at even more debt to keep the situation running until the politicians are re-elected. They are literally voting on more budget than usual to get past the election of 2012. I can see a real problem with transparency there. It is transparent that our elected officials do not appear to be concerned about the folks they promised to represent. If the republicans get themselves off the hook with handing it to the president to use the 14th amendment, then our government proves it still doesn't work. If the President makes the decision by Executive Order, then he's proven who and what he is. Either way you stack it, this debt mess is causing all of the ordinary people to lose, and to pass that loss on to the next several generations. It really is time for some fiscal responsibility and by definition, responsibility doesn't "take mine first" and pass the problem on to someone else. I can't justify leaving this debt to my grandchildren, but then again, I can't stand the thought of listening to all the old and disabled entitled people gripe about not getting "what's their's." We've made a mess and even raising the debt ceiling is not going to fix it. Until we manage to actually generate some revenue and as a country live within our means, government entitled and elite, included, this will not be resolved.
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Thursday, July 14, 2011

In Regard to Raising the Debt Ceiling

First of all, referring to debt as raising a ceiling misses the point that debt is actually digging a hole. When I was a kid we used to dig with silverware and talk about digging to China. Well, we're all grown up now and the politicians are using our grandchildren's spoons to do that very thing! I would like to include an interesting oration, I happened upon today. It is amongst the wisest of sayings to come out of Washington in this past decade.

>From Sen. Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Yes we certainly do, Mr. President . . .
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. New Testament

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Most Questionable News in Our History . . . So Far

Today I read the most bizarre news stories and the fact that they were both the same day makes it that much more bizarre. A boy leaves a blow up doll in the school bathroom as a prank and he's looking at huge felony charges. Casey Anthony was acquitted . . . Actually, I guess our news hasn't made sense for many years, but today it just made me sit and stare. I was speechless. It's as if America is beyond redemption . . . I began to think of all the ridiculous things I've read since our new approach to safety has been tied around us . . . We have six year olds that are now called "sex offenders" for kissing on the playground. People are actually willing to be "virtually strip searched" to ride an airplane. We now have gay marriage in many states, but the heterosexuals have all but given up on marriage. We live in a country where people talk about G-d and heaven, but are apparently afraid to actually leave the earth for this better place . . . so our nation's medical costs are soaring. As a matter of fact, people used to be sort of timid, almost ashamed to discuss their ailments. Now, maladies are some sort of badge and "procedures" are described in vivid detail. The one thing I feel we can count on in this country is our Supreme Court. I believe they will always render a verdict in favor of Monsanto and Walmart. Of course, it is with utter disdain that I believe this to be true. It seems we can count on backward to be the direction and bizarre to be the chosen reality. So, in regard to my two original topics. I hope this young man's senior prank doesn't leave him a felon for life by the powers of our judicial system and I do find it sad, that little Caley Anthony's death appears to mean nothing to our same judicial system.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! a Prophet of Holy Scripture

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