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Hire at will, right to work, and the lack of your rights.

19 Dec

If you are for freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and so on ; yet you do not want to get fired over those “freedoms”. Then I sure hope you are against the ” hire at will” and ” right to work” laws in this country. The ” hire at will” and ” right to work” laws give the employers the upper hand . In the states that have “hire at will” laws ( most do, but some have stronger laws) and “right to work” laws ( a strong republican backed law) , an employee can be fired for absolutely anything they say or do while on or off of the clock.

If you are upset over the firing of Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty and his interview in GQ (or anyone being fired over non-work issues), then I sure hope you are not in favor of the “hire at will law” and the “right to work law” ( his contract may also have a code of conduct clause in it). Those two laws put all of the power in the companies hands. Louisiana where Duck Dynasty is filmed is a right to work state (republican backed). If you are a die-hard American who loves his/her freedoms, then You need to be against the “hire at will” and ” right to work ” laws.

Republicans talk about the erosion of their ” freedoms” and are in favor of ” hire at will” and “right to work” laws, yet they are unable to connect the dots when it’s their ideology for more power to employers that’s taking away your freedoms ( you can not have it both ways). You may not think there’s a connection, but slow your role and look at what states have these laws, and hear the stories of why folks are fired from their jobs in those states. It’s not the liberal media or liberals agenda that’s “taking away freedoms” , it’s the republicans idea of having ” right to work laws”, and very strong ” hire at will laws”. Democrats are against the ” hire at will laws” and “right to work laws”.

I personally do not think I am losing my ” freedoms”. But I also understand that if I say something crazy, then there are repercussions, and that can include being let go from my job ; all because of these two laws I have talked about. So next time you think Americans are ” losing their freedoms” ; think about these two laws. Are you still in favor of them? If so , then you are not in favor of your ” freedoms”.

War on Christianity.

13 Oct

You hear from the Republican party ( who claim to be the party of family and christian values) that there is a war on Christianity. As a Liberal, I will have to agree with them. Anyone who would want programs cut or decimated to help the poor, elderly, children, and disabled are attacking the values and beliefs of a Christian.

Ask yourself this, Who would want such programs defunded or decimated? Take a look at who is writing up these bills to be voted on. It all goes back to those people who claim to be of christian and family values, the republicans. Any chance they get to cut cost on government spending, it’s all programs that help those that Jesus would say need the most help.

Who had the clause to shut down the government if they didn’t get their way? The republicans did this. They get to keep their gym on capital hill open, all the while cancer patients get turned away because there is a partial government shutdown. Republicans are also doing what the terrorists want done to this great country America. They are hurting the economy by shutting down parts of the government, not trying to get laws passed to have corporations send jobs back to America, and ignoring the cry of the poor, all the while helping those who need no help ( filthy rich).

Yes republicans you are right about a war on Christianity, and the republicans are the root cause of the war. Your political beliefs and core values are against all Christian beliefs, look in the mirror when you talk about a war on Christianity.

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Change yourself, others will follow.

15 Sep

Folks, we are all in this together. I am talking about the game called life. We can help each other, or have the mindset of letting others suffer. We can think that our help will be the domino effect that will change this world. Or we can think that “no one helped me, why should I give a helping hand?”. I hate to break it to you, but no one does anything on their own. No matter how much you want to believe that, it’s impossible.

There are some people who think that those who are homeless, choose to be homeless. They have this arrogant attitude that all homeless people want free food , clothes, and money for nothing in exchange. I do not care why the homeless are homeless, but no one chooses to live in the elements for free stuff. Some are homeless due to drugs,mental illness, or the economy (loss of jobs).

I feel it’s our duty to help feed them and clothe them. No matter how hard you have it, the homeless have it worse. It does not cost much to have a person bottled water, sandwiches, snack bars, fruits, boiled eggs, left overs from your fridge, and so on… I challenge you to stop thinking about yourself, and to help a homeless person each and everyday for the rest of your life. How difficult is it to roll down your window,smile hand over some food and make someones day better? Some people think this is enabling the homeless by letting them eat or be warm from the elements. Once you fall into the homeless system, it’s very difficult to get out of it. You need an address to get a job.

I say to you, challenge yourself to help  feed and clothe the homeless. Challenge others to do the same. Make it contagious. We go to a home, to a family, to a sofa with a T.V. The homeless have nothing. We have a toilet , they have the outdoors and wild animals that can be dangerous.

So please, change yourself and others will do the same. We are all in this together.

Too much snow on the roof.

21 Feb

I am sitting in my house while it is snowing outside. I have about 12″ plus of snow on the roof of my house. If there is too much weight on a roof, it will break or come crashing down. All homes need little weight at the top and a strong foundation for the house to last a very long time. That is also the same for our economy.

Right now corporations and top executives are making record profits while the rest of us are suffering and living paycheck to paycheck. This is not because of lazy workers or lack of education, it’s due to the top being addicted to greed and power. So few have way too much power and money for the economy to survive at the current condition. At some point this economy will come crashing down fast and hard. The working poor is growing at an alarming rate while becoming more and more financially unstable.

Here is an article I found on the web talking about minimum wages from 1968 compared to todays standard of living. Minimum wages in 1968 was $1.60 and if it kept up with inflation and cost of living , minimum wage today would be $16.50 at the minimum. Instead it’s at $7.35 an hour. http://blog.ourfuture.org/20130219/40-of-americans-now-under-former-minimum-wage .

How was it possible for the country to survive off of the wages back then and the corporations say they can’t pay better today? Yes the cost of living was lower back then, but in comparison to todays standards, wages were at a much higher percentage rate back in 1968 then today.  Too many people are brainwashed into thinking that we have to bow down to the few who are very powerful and very rich. That is not the case, we can stand together and demand a better life. We are the hardest workers and the richest nation in this world. There is no reason we can’t build a better and stronger foundation. Or this roof will come crashing down.

 

There is a reason the wealthy live in gated communities. They do not want to see the weak foundation they have built while the roof has been built beyond weight-bearing capacity.

How to fix the debt. From my angle.

24 Sep

All you hear about is how Congress is in a stalemate. It’s gotten real bad the last 3 years. From the right all they want to do is make huge cuts or get rid of programs with small tax rates. Even if you get rid of programs the past debt is still sitting there. No thanks to Grover Norquist and the Tea Party, the taxes are very hard to raise to bring in revenue. The left wants to do some cuts , but maybe not enough and they want to raise taxes. Raising taxes is picking on the wealthy and punishing success if you are a republican.

The spending from both parties is so out of hand. It just sickens me to think how much they spend and borrow, and all they can do is blame the other person. All the while we as a nation are so financially weak, we could be punked by other nations. By then it will be too late and having all of those cars in your big garages will not matter.

If your house hold gets deep in debt for what ever reason, you trim costs and try to find more revenue ( either ask for more hours or get a second job). This is what Congress needs to do. Here is where my idea comes in.

To please the tea party and all of the Grover’s in this would, leave the Bush tax rates as they are. To please both parties just cut 3% of the spending on all programs but social security and maybe just 2% on military. Do not cut  more or get rid of any programs. Heck even cut 5% on government subsidies. Stop paying other countries money all together. Most of them hate us in the first place.

Now this is where we get more revenue to pay down the debt. Use a regressive consumer tax rate. Have a 3% tax on all non perishable goods sold in the U.S.A. if that item is $1,000 or less. If it’s $1,000.01 up to $10,000 make it 2% and anything over $10,000 charge 1%. Now the whole world will help this great country pay down our debt. If someone in Europe comes over here to visit and buys anything other than food, they helped pay down the debt. If something is ordered on the internet and they live outside America, they helped pay down the debt. If someone here works for cash, they to will help pay down the debt. If someone is unemployed , they will help pay down the debt when they go buy a nice outfit for their interview. Illegal immigrants will help pay down the debt when they spend cash on clothes or cars.

Try this on a 3 year trial to see if it works. If it does keep it going and if not, it’s better than what we have now ( which is nothing but arguing). Plus using a consumer tax also keeps the income tax down that so many folks on the right complain about. It also puts the whole world in play to help our problem.

If you want something to work, you will find a way no matter what it takes. If you want it to fail, you will find every excuse in the book and do nothing but blame others.

Who depends on the Government?

22 Sep

I decided to write this blog while at work ( I am writing it at home off from work). It all stems from Mitt Romney saying the lower 47% depends on the federal government for help. Well from what I have found out from my studying this comment, I came to the conclusion that everyone depends on the federal government, even politicians when they retire ( free paychecks and free healthcare for life from our taxes).

I started looking at numbers and what not. Yes most of the money spent is on these ( welfare,Medicare,Medicaid,food stamps) grouped into one group health and human services) $893 billion for 2012. Have the economy pick up ( jobs with livable wages and this number will drop). Then there is Social Security $815 billion for 2012 ( most is paid for from our payroll taxes from when we worked). What’s hurting this program is the federal government dipping into this to pay for their general fund ( see even the politicians depend on the government’s money). Then there is extended unemployment benefits ( probably from the general fund), could not find any numbers on this one. The 6 month unemployment is paid for by unemployment insurance from previous employer, not YOUR PAYCHECK. Any unemployment that is more than 6 months does come from the government. Yes there are people who takes advantage of these programs because they are lazy. But most are people who want to do better, and most are retired folks who did the best they could with what they had, so stop condemning the 47%.

Now here is the rest of my story. Subsidies paid to industries is not as big of a number as I first thought, but they do have a number. That to me says that even big rich entities rely on the federal government for help. The agricultural industry is looking at $140 billion for 2012. The biggest receivers in 2011 were the states of Iowa, Illinois, and Texas in that order. Most farms are now ran by corporations, the family farmers are the minority. Then there is the energy sector, looking at $43 billion for 2012. Exxon Mobil made $41 billion in profits in 2011, why do they need government help? The transportation industry is looking at $90 billion for 2012. That includes the airline, train, and bus industries. Bailouts for the airlines and trains have been going on for decades. It also includes the maintenance of the roads, airports, and rail yards.

Now onto the banks of America. Subsidies for the banking industry started way back in 1913, I think this was before President Obama was President ( I may be wrong in the eyes of the tea party or GOP folks). Since 1913 the banks have gotten subsidies totaling $7.77 trillion folks, imagine that. And people get catty over food stamps and welfare? Since 2007 the big six banks; JP MORGAN, BANK OF AMERICA, CITIGROUP, WELLS FARGO, GOLDMAN SACHS, MORGAN STANLEY has received over $460 billion in subsidies. The banking industry accounts for 63% of the daily debt to the government for this and borrowing money that we do not even hear about. And people think grandma and grandpa on social security are the nations debt problem ? Really?  Subsidies are for 3 reasons. 1 to stop an industry from going under ( record profits in most industries), 2 for keeping the costs down ( costs of goods are higher now), 3 to stimulate the industries to hire( unemployment is at a 50 yr high).

Now the military spending. I am all for the military, we need to keep AMERICA safe not the world. I was also in the Air Force as well. For 2012 thee government will spend $766 billion. Now this can be cut down by getting out of most of the countries in the world,and stop giving money to countries that want to destroy our way of life. Send our troops home and protect AMERICA.

Remember that the Congress sets the budget and decides what’s spent, not the President. Remember the government revenue is at a 60 year low, and experts say it’s because of the low tax rates set up by President Bush and extended by President Obama.

ALSO when MITT ROMNEY was head of the 2002 OLYMPICS and he is praised for fixing it, he GOT $1.5 BILLION from the federal government.

So who is DEPENDANT on the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? My answer is everyone that lives in AMERICA.

Hope you start to see the hypocrisy in the fact that people condemn one side of AMERICA and stick up for the other side.

Capitalism or Bullies in the Free Market System?

21 Jan

Today I am going to break the term Capitalize and Capitalism down, so that you see my point of view. You can leave comments at the bottom of this page after you read this if you wish. Thank you for reading my page and giving me your thoughts.

Let’s start with Capital ;  This word means the center point of a state, the main city of that state. It also means goods already produced. It also means the first letter of an important word. In other words, Capital is the most important thing in its category. Capitalize means to take advantage of a situation like in sports or the work force or economy. People capitalize on another persons weakness or down moment. If a person sees a weakness in another person, they will try to capitalize on their weakness. Which is sort of acting like a bully.

This is when the word Capitalism comes in. You hear the wealthy gloat about the “free market” or capitalism and how it works. Capitalism works for those who use another persons weak moment and takes all their money. In other words it’s a bully in the money market system taking advantage of the uneducated or weak and ” stealing their money”(which the 1% call capitalism or the free market system at work). So is capitalism really  a FREE market or punk bullies taking advantage of those in need? If capitalism is so great why are so few gaining off of this word? Why are so many suffering if it’s really a free system? I see capitalism as a form is welfare for the lazy rich 1% making money off of the hard-working financially weak 99%. In my eyes everyone who works should be able to capitalize off of the system right now, but the ones not working are the ones making money and the ones working are broke ( low wages and high cost of living set forth by the 1%).

So is capitalism good , or is it just a bunch of punks bullying people around manipulating the system to their feeble ways?

There is a very simple way to change this , but I will talk about that at a later date after I figure out how to word it so everyone can pass the information on. We ( 99%) have got to change so the 1% will change ( or just have change in their pockets ;)).

Have To Say My Piece About The Global Revolution & Occupy .

10 Oct

I have been watching the Global Revolution and Occupy Wall Street for the last few weeks. What I have noticed on LIVE stream and what the T.V. stations are reporting are two polar opposites. What I have learned first hand is the stations on T.V. will out-and-out lie and not even blink twice about it. That to me says they do that so much they think they tell the truth the whole time.

Now on to what I have been thinking about. I hear all of these stories how C.E.O.’s are so smart and know how to run things, yet they seem to have a problem with living off of 1 million a year, so they lay off 20% of the workers to make 3 million a year. If the C.E.O.’s of America are so smart, how come they can not live off of $10.00 an hour like 40% of the work force?

Why is it when America needs to “sacrifice” the C.E.O.’s make cuts on the $10.oo an hour workers and give themselves bonuses ? Yet when we the working poor ( I’m currently a jobless parent ) make a suggestion that they take a pay cut or pay a little more in taxes, we are starting a class warfare ? Or we are engaging in wealth distribution ? Are these ” smart” C.E.O.’s who lay people off so they get bonuses practicing wealth distribution by taking the money that would go to the $10.00 an hour worker and giving it to themselves?

I say this the smartest people and the hardest workers are the ones who make $10.00 an hour, not the top few percent ( you have to know how to survive off of next to nothing). They “claim” to work hard, but most got to the top by who they knew not how hard they worked. They are part of the good ol boys network.

If $10.00 an hour is good enough for the people below the top percent, then it should be good enough for everyone. If a person can not live off of $60,000 a year, then they are not that smart. And like Herman Cain said ” now I don’t have the facts to back this up” but I think 40% of Americans make less than $60,000 a year ( I am mocking Herman Cain).

QOUTE OF THE DAY ; Progress comes from caring more about what needs to be done then about who gets the credit. (Dorothy Height).

 

Some Roller Coaster Rides Are Not Worth Riding.

3 Oct

How many of you have been on a roller coaster ride? You have all sorts of emotions in your stomach because of the up and down movement and the speed of the ride. How many of you have been in a part of your life that you have never been in before and had the same feeling ? Yet all you are doing is sitting on the couch.

Sometimes life is very much like a roller coaster ride. Try being laid off and not knowing if you will be able to pay your bills or even eat for that day. Some roller coaster rides you will have friends ride with you. Other rides the same friend will not ride with you. Then there are people who will ride with you and you would not even know they will be next to you until the ride comes up.

I have had talks with people who are in my shoes ( jobless and worried), and they are going on the same ride. They have noticed that “friends” that were around when we had a job are now gone and not found. Then there are family and friends who are even closer to you now than ever before. They now know we need that co-pilot now more than when we had a job and money.

Some people only want to be with you all for status reasons. If you ever fall into my roller coaster ride you will find out the hard way. It is a ride you will not like at all. You never will know who will ride with you until you stand in line for that one roller coaster ride. I know I am not the only one , but I am the only one who will post such thoughts.

Everyone needs to sit back and rethink about how they act during certain rides in life. This is a very scary ride to be on. All I hear from people is well I wish I could help. You will find out real fast, it’s not what you know but who you know in life. And sometimes the ones you do know are not worth knowing after all. Then there are those who are the best one to have around for the ride.

QOUTE OF THE DAY ; Decide to love and do what you like. (St. Augustine).

Little kid in big man shoes.

30 Aug

As a young child, did you ever have those days when people would come up to you and have a problem with you ? You would be in a class and someone would say ” you are hard to deal with”. Then you go to the next class and you hear the same thing . By the end of the day 10 different people who have nothing to do with each other have said the same thing. Well the problem is not them, it’s you. But if it is just one person saying negative stuff to you, then it’s not you but them that has the issue.

THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE LIKE NOW !!

Well there are days after me being laid off, I feel like that little kid in school . I have applied to over 60 jobs . Yesterday was my first interview. It did not go well. After they had me fill out the application, they had me go into the office. First thing they said was ” this is not going to work out, you are wasting my time”. I was told I should be a salesman and not work in a plant and that they did the interview out of “kindness”. As I left I was only thinking ” what is wrong with me”?

I got to thinking, the problem is not me this time with so many companies saying the same thing. Because a lot of others ( people looking for work ) are in my same shoes. I have heard the same stories from different people saying the same thing. So this time, it’s  the people saying you/we are not good enough that has the problem. So we ( the unemployed or under employed) need to stick together and stand strong.

The problem is the corporations , they use the same excuse for different people they know nothing about. Now if all the corporations knew the people then maybe the problem is us, the ones looking for work. Or if they had different excuses for not hiring different people , then it may be us , but different people from all over the country hear the same song and dance. We are not the little kid with the bad attitude in school this time. The people looking for workers are the ones with the “hard to deal with ” persona .

This time the problem is not you ,  so hold your head up and keep digging away people . The power will be in our hands in the future .

QUOTE OF THE DAY ; Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual , you have an obligation to be one . ( Eleanor Roosevelt ).

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