Friday, February 18, 2011

Flush 'em Friday 2 18 11 Edition

Instructions for Variable Flush ToiletImage by ATIS547 via Flickr
Well, it's Flush 'em Friday!

This week I'd like to flush middle managers who like to dump tasks on others and call themselves delegators right down the old porcelain thrown. Especially those who announce the transfer of responsibility with the question, "Why isn't this getting done?" or "Why didn't you do this job that was never assigned to you?"

California Governor Jerry Brown and the voters who placed him in office need to be flushed. His clueless and meaningless attempts at fixing things are all just a prelude to asking the working people of California to pay more taxes for the rest of their lives. Taxes to fund crap not pay off debt. What did Forest Gumps mother say? "Stupid is as stupid does."

TV sitcom writers because they can't come up with anything besides lewd sexual references.

The Disney channel because it is just a 24 hour commercial.

Who would you like to see Flushed on Friday?

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

She's a Keeper!

birthday cakeImage by freakgirl via Flickr
A little over fifteen years ago, as I was greeting people at my church I saw a beautiful creature walk past me. After a few "coincidental" crossing of our paths, we began to talk, date and the rest is history.

Today, I would just like to let my wife know I love her and I am grateful to be married to her and sharing our lives together. 

I was talking to someone the other day about being passionate and opinionated (me) and how at times our conversations can reach def-con levels. But, we've made it 14 years so we must be doing something right. I appreciate that my wife will tell me what she really thinks. Honestly is a bedrock of any relationship. I am in awe of her devotion to and nurturing of our children. They will never say (without being laughed at) that they were not loved. 

Most importantly, I believe our shared belief and commitment to follow God gives us the spiritual north star to guide us through out lives. Happy birthday, honey! You're the best!
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

No Tax Tuesday: No Need for Federal Waste 2.15.11

A money changer deviceImage via Wikipedia
The Federal Government has a place. Just how much of a place is enough? When it is just a waste of money and a matter of big government payouts, that is too much.

I think when I send my hard earned money in the form of taxes to the government the stewardship of its use should be of utmost importance. The problem is that just by the fact that the federal arm of the government touches the money once costs more than it is worth. Why? Because at the very least scores of people are paid to dole out the money in forms of grants to states. Think of it like this: You "invest" in an IRA that claims big returns, but, in reality charges a 10% handling fee. Even if the IRA did make a 7% profit it would be a 3% loss. There is no profit (for tax payers) with taxes. There is only loss. 

So, I say, if tax funds are used for state issues such as education and welfare, let the money be collected by the states and handled by the states. Less red tape, less government waste. The results would be less taxes with better results.  
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Spend to Save?

PayoutImage by be OH be via Flickr
AP - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases.
Excuse me? Spend $3.73 TRILLION to save $1.1 TRILLION over 10 years!? 
#1. Unless the plan is to limit and or cut entitlement programs no control is real or sustainable.
#2. Raising taxes will only hurt those who pay the taxes which ALWAYS turns out to be the middle classes (=me, you). 
#3. Sending money to the federal government to dole out back to the states is just a massive money laundering operation and waste of tax payers money.
#4. When a politician (whatever the party) says investment what they mean is payout to a group of people to ensure they will get re-elected.

The facts of life are that money spent is money gone or money owed and savings is only savings if it is actual money in an actual place.

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