Now that our economic future has been…?


Does this make it easier?

Most people, I like to use the 80% theory, only want to work to keep their families safe and to provide an “American Dream” lifestyle in which the children look up to their parents as good providers and worthy of their obedience. That leaves the 20% who need some kind of assistance in their lives to keep the bills paid and the children in school.

At this moment The Debt Clock shows we have between 311 million and 312 million citizens. So if I use the Average of 311,500,000 and ask for 20% I come up with  62,300,000. The politicians touted some 80,000,000 during the August 2011 showdown. So, if I average that to 71 million that would be the figure to make untouchable.  Average $2000.00 a month per citizen comes up to about 17 trillion, wow, dollars a year to help those who cannot help themselves. The Debt Clock shows that there are about 112 million taxpayers so, again I calculate 17 trillion divided by 112 million we get 152 thousand dollars average per taxpayer. Wow, It seems almost impossible to understand how we can sustain these numbers. But what is the alternative?

Lower the amount per person is probably the popular solution. Lets look at the possible effects to this solution. Lets cut this in half to $1000.00 dollars per person. This would create a huge swell for the need of food stamp programs. I think that the Social Security Administration has not authorized an adjustment to inflation since 2005. But as we are all aware of the costs of goods and services has roughly increased by at least 75% since then. So, now after seeing their buying power decrease the amount of dollars given is to be reduced. The only way for them to survive now would be to give up any independent living styles and move in with a relative or BFF. By cutting out the rent and utilities that leaves more to taking care of their nutritional and emotional selves. Larger households can take advantage of warehouse prices and a smaller per person cost which increases the buying power of the entire house. Of course we have to consider the children. kids who have a large family structure have the best mental health while kids of 3 or less relatives/parents/siblings show higher averages for mental health issues.

Increase the amount of taxpayers. This is the ideal solution. Put more eligible workers back to work. If you have money you are hording until Christmas then maybe you can be part of a give it forward solution. Find out what is made and sold in your County and try to buy one thing extra a month. If a business can get a monthly increase in business they will likely spend that money or use it to expand some aspect of their business. Buy a toy for a young cousin, a knickknack for an aunt or uncle. Send someone in the Obituaries a few bucks in the mail or give them a gift card. Nothing cheers people up more than some extra buying power. It is a big deal when you can afford the good toilet paper.

If you want to get something for your hard-earned cash then buy a service that you would normally do yourself. Hire a Merry Maid, Take a Limo to a play, let the kid that keeps asking to cut your grass earn some money. Get the car washed and tip good.

Go out to eat. Take someone out for their anniversary. Tip 20% as much as possible. waitresses and waiters go shopping after work to buy the goods and services.

Buy that one car that you always wanted, I bet in this economy you could find some desperate sellers needing a cash injection.

That special wish or want has got to be easier to buy today than a year ago. Milk and gasoline may be close to five dollars a gallon but the amount of gas guzzlers on the market is mind-boggling. they are all around you.

If you take notice of For Sale signs in cars let your mind consider the weight and size of engine it has and the most will come to be suv’s and pick-ups.  so if you figure that you could survive with a car that takes a lot more fuel and own a high MPG rated auto then this is your market, big deals await in new and used vehicles.

Want to own a home? I would think that in this market of bloated inventory and construction of new dwellings at an all time low and the Fed Reserve just announced lowest interest rates to continue for the next two years.

Maybe it is time to use your knowledge and buying power to buy an existing business that you think you could advance with your knowledge and finances. Or start that new idea you were always sure would work if you had the time to try it out.

Move out of the way to let in new people. Think about this. You retire and your company hires a new person at the bottom and everyone below you moves up. Someone will benefit, then you buy a business which will increase revenues for the government. You hire one to two people who in turn pay more taxes and relieve the entitlement pool. It is up to us to get in the boat and help to get this sinking economy to shore.

Put it out there. Do something to stimulate the economy. Find where you are flush and use that to fund the economy. Just by tipping an extra five percent could make it better.

So, our economy has been hit with severe blows to our lifestyles and our peace of mind. Some solutions, inviting older or disabled relatives or friends to share your home. Buy one extra gift this month and every month as long as you can afford it. Make that big purchase. Use local services.  All of these things can help. Can you?

Are you…?


Upset? It has been a real rollercoaster ride listening to the President and Congress squabbling over how to spend the money we unselfishly give them to run our country. What do we expect from this investment? Clean air? Clean water? unrestricted flow of goods from State to State? Protection from those who hate us? It all sounds like a reasonable expectation, doesn’t it?

Bewildered? The Federal Government has, at its disposal, Trillions of dollars to do what it has to do to keep our government and our way of life from becoming extinct. We elect our officials to be our representatives and to protect our interests. If they are there to do our bidding then why do they act to protect themselves from possibly being voted out of office? It seems that they, the 535 men and women, are out for themselves and do not consider us, the tax payer, in their negotiations to keep our country from imploding. Is it as hard for you to believe as it is to me, that our government cannot live within its means?

Disillusioned? That over 4.3 million federal employees cannot come up with a plan to keep our country’s spending under control? That our government officials think they can keep spending and borrowing without any care of the consequences? Who are the ones who have authorized the massive borrowing and spending that has become unsustainable? Should the ones responsible be allowed to retain a position of power in our government? I hope the answer is NO, absolutely not.

Ready to become an effective majority? The general perspective of a citizen is that if you are a member of certain ethnic groups, other than white, you are a minority. To me this is just another ploy to keep us from seeing the real picture. The difference between the  majority or minority is based on the your vote. If you vote with the majority of Americans then you are part of the majority. If you vote with the minority of Americans then you are part of the minority, simple. If you want to be a participating member of the majority of  Americans who want the government to work with the money they currently receive from us, the taxpayers, then we need to vote out those responsible for our current fiscal crisis. To speak out against those who put our country in such peril, by using our voting power to say to those we elect, that if you continue to risk our country’s standing in the world you will not get our vote next time around.

Ready to do the right thing? Let us send a strong message to Washington. That the constant bickering between parties is no longer tolerable and that a balanced budget is the only course of action that we, the voting majority, will accept from this point on. The government has a responsibility to maintain a strong military. To maintain a viable plan to keep our seniors and the sick from becoming pawns in their misguided arguments. To keep our infrastructure in tact and up to date. These three things are not to be bargaining chips. After these are taken care of then they can decide how much of the many trillion dollars they have at their disposal are to be utilized. No more passing legislation that authorizes the borrowing of money to pay for things that we do not need.

Why must the federal government keep expanding beyond its means? Cannot the States do most of the things that the federal government does? Law enforcement is a big puzzle to me. The FBI, The ATF., The DEA, DHS., and dozens of other policing agencies have powers to operate in any state. Why cannot the States themselves police the citizens in their perspective States rather than having the Feds do it? The Coast Guard Protects our coastal borders,. The Immigration Dept. patrols our land based borders between Mexico and Canada. couldn’t the State Police, The County Sheriff, City Police and State prison system. do the same job as all these federal agencies?  If someone commits a crime in several states could they not be tried in the one state that has the better case? I remember the Sniper who terrorized people in several states and it was decided to allow the state with the death penalty to try the case, not the Federal Govt. How much could we save by combining or eliminating law enforcement agencies that duplicate what the States can do? The agents themselves, their support staff and all the vehicles they use, all the fuel they use not to mention the court system and prisons. Can these all be consolidated into State agencies.

I am certain many people would say that this would cause too much fiscal burden on the States, but if the taxes collected to support these federal agencies was collected by the States themselves the cost would be absorbed by the new revenues.

Are entitlements too expensive to maintain? It seems like the answer would be a resounding YES. To pay our seniors, the disabled, to cover the medical costs for these people takes a lot of taxes and, to many, are unsustainable. But what about the taxes being collect specifically for these programs. On your paycheck statement is a box for Social Security. The government says that by collecting these taxes for Social Security our seniors will have a sustainable retirement plan that will provide for them after they leave the workforce. Now they say it is an unsustainable plan and that the program is going broke and those under 55 can no longer count on this program when it comes time for them to retire. But they still expect these people to continue paying the Social Security tax. If the system is unsustainable shouldn’t the taxes stop? Shouldn’t the people now paying into the system be allowed to put that money into a personal retirement plan?

Also there is a F.I.C.A. tax. If you look at the money that program takes from your paycheck with the promise that if you become disabled the taxes you paid would be used to sustain you until you can either rejoin the workforce or until you reach retirement age and start collecting Social Security. Oh, by the way, Social Security won’t ber there for you either. Shouldn’t you be able to take that money and buy a private insurance plan? Something like the AFLAC insurance that would pay  to cover your expenses until you go back to work. How can the Government justify collecting these taxes from you but not feel obligated to pay when it comes time for you to reap the benefits? If you paid a private company to cover you in retirement and disability and when you finally became eligible to receive these benefits the company says they cannot afford to pay, wouldn’t these companies be shut down and forced to pay back all the monies they collected from you? Most certainly YES. But our politicians feel they can do this without having to suffer the consequences.

It’s time to send a clear message. The Federal Government cannot continue to collect taxes for programs that will not do for you what they claim. That this money should be used to fund your retirement and periods of disability through private insurance companies.          

How can  representatives that you voted for turn around and tell you that it is vital to our economy to continue to collect these taxes without a guarantee that you will be able to count on these programs when you retire or become disabled? It is up to you to say NO. We are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!

Become part of the majority of Americans who say NO to these unfair taxes and be a force to be reckoned with. Use your vote to say to these incumbents, “I am a part of the majority and you are history”.

Blood from a turnip


When I joined the workforce I was always dismayed that the government was taking so much from my check. The minimum wage was $1.60 an hour and I worked my butt off to get a small amount but I felt it was my duty as an American to pay my fair share of taxes. I was 13 when I got my first job and I had gainful employment ever since.

Today I am receiving disability payments due to a defective brain. I was born with a disease that went undiagnosed for over 40 years. I hate not being able to work and to continue to contribute to our great country. When I went to Social Security to receive my disability payments that I earned through the F.I.C.A. tax, I had to wait three years before I started getting payments. I get barely enough to cover my basic needs, rent, utilities, groceries, clothes and when these basic necessities are acquired there is enough left over to go to a movie or attend local fairs and events. I do not have enough to support bad habits like alcohol and illegal drugs. I have a duty to my country to live within my means and to not cause trouble, so far I have done just that.

Today I awoke to a country that believes that the benefits I receive are “entitlements” that should be cut because the government spent all the money on other things. I can imagine all the Senior Citizens who worked so hard to get to retirement age are feeling betrayed by a small group of elected representatives who call the money they get “entitlements” and that our country can no longer afford to pay these benefits due to the fiscal irresponsibility of these elected officials.

When these cuts are implemented the people who receive these “entitlements” are going to suffer greatly. They will be forced to skip meals and medications. They will have to find a way to support their current lifestyle by relying on relatives and local food banks.

If they were allowed to take the money that the government took from their paychecks and deposit it in a retirement account most would be living comfortably on the funds they saved. But the government said no. They continued to take this money knowing that, in the near future they would not be able to pay these “entitlements” and that day has arrived.

I would hope that our elected officials would stop trying to pin the current fiscal Armageddon on the programs that provide our Seniors and the Disabled with the money they worked so hard to get and cut their own salaries and benefits. President Obama and the Congress have decided to do just that. Our Seniors and the Disabled must be made the scapegoats for this mess.

There are over 4,ooo,ooo federal employees and almost 16,000,000 state and local government employees currently receiving paychecks from the taxpayers. How much are they going to take from them? Are they going to continue to take Social Security and F.I.C.A. taxes from the hard working citizens knowing that the government will not be able to provide them with the retirement and disability benefits? I can imagine that if the insurance and retirement companies took money from people and then told them that they couldn’t afford to pay out the benefits that they promised, that they would be shut down and forced to pay and the executives in charge would face criminal charges. How is that different from what our current Congress and President are doing?

They believe they can get blood from turnips, imagine that!

The Verdict is In, Wow


When I posted my last blog I was unaware that the jury could not convict Casey of the accidental death of her daughter, Caylee. I feel that the prosecutors had presented the jury the wrong case. I felt from the beginning that Casey tried to knock out Caylee with chloroform and accidentally killed her. After which she felt that since she was probably going to jail for her daughter’s death, that partying and having a good time was her only way to deal with the situation.

I can tell from the very beginning of this sad story that Casey did not love her daughter. Caylee was an accidental birth and every time she wanted to go out and meet people she would have to find someone to watch her and then if she met someone she would have to admit to having a child. Most of us know that this is a big turn off for guys her age looking for their future bride.

Bottom line, Caylee died while in the care of her mother and if the prosecutor would have presented the accidental death of Caylee by the hands of her mother then they most likely would have convicted her.

I have to wonder if there were other child deaths that would have warranted the attention this trial received. Hmmmm

Hit the reset button


Being a simple-minded person I have no real professional knowledge about how the World Bank operates and just who it is that we owe the 14.4 trillion (wow what a number) to. Is there actually some financial institution that has 14 trillion dollars to loan? what would happen if all the major countries that are heavily in debt decided to just hit the reset button and wipe out all debts? Would the world really spiral out of control? Can it be possible to just one day decide that all debts by all countries could just cease to exist?

I think about all the companies, corporations, small businesses, non profits and any self-employed person that has filed for bankruptcy and just started over. Some disappeared but some survived and even came back to be stronger and more profitable. What could they do to us if we just filed bankruptcy? They say that the United States would face a downgrade in our credit rating, so what! We have to learn from our past mistakes so that they are not repeated. The old adage comes to mind “sanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If our elected officials had no money to borrow they would have to make do with what they had and no longer borrow money we cannot afford to pay back.

Are we really going to cut off the elderly and the sick and make them go to the streets to find food and medicine? Are we really going to stop paying our military personnel? are the States going to allow the Federal Government to just stop providing the basic needs of their citizens?

I would like to see what the voters would do if the government decided that it is more important to pay back a debt than to just hit the reset button and keep moving forward. I believe that the consequences of the government not doing what is necessary to keep our cities, counties, states and the federal government operating and just letting everyone suffer from their unbelievably irresponsible spending would cause our way of life to crumble before our eyes. Imagine that our military, our police forces, our public utilities, everything just coming to a screeching halt. I can’t, not without seeing the evil and uncaring taking over and claiming for themselves what little resources would be left.

I like to watch movies about what would happen if some major calamity hit our country and we were left to fend for ourselves. One comes to mind that could become reality, The Postman. To most people who have seen this movie it was a long, unbelievable, story. But if the Federal and State governments shut down and cease to pay their obligations this movie just might come to be  a realistic scenario.

I just cannot believe that our leaders would allow the citizens of this great country to suffer just to save our credit rating. does it make sense to anyone out there?  Can someone explain it to me why this is an acceptable solution to possibly the worst economic meltdown in the history of our planet?

I will be looking for your ideas and I will keep my mind wide open.

Have Scientists proven that God exists?


I have been following the progress that scientists are making in particle physics by watching The Science Channel. The one thing that struck me as possible was that they discovered that energy can be turned into a particle. Does this mean that the energy that we think of as our soul could flow out into the heavens and become a solid mass?

Also I have been thinking about how black holes work and the possibility that our universe is a particle like ball to the creator and that when a star explodes and sometimes creates a black hole that a syringe like action is taking place. I take insulin shots and I imagine a being using a syringe to draw out the elements that are produced when a star explodes. One thing that makes this seem likely is that sometimes there is a discharge from a black hole that looks like when you fill a syringe and squirt out some to check the flow.

I envision that who we call God, our creator, being a scientist and that we are like nano particles trying to discover what is in the universe and that when we die our knowledge that we gained while alive here on Earth is downloaded from our minds and we become part of some cosmic data base.

It would explain how our creator has no real physical control of our lives but can speak to a few who share a common frequency. Adam was the first human that our creator could talk to and explain our existence here in our universe. Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, all of these people had the right frequency that allowed the creator to relay to them what our purpose is here.

The message from these humans were the same. Try to live in peace and live our lives as fully as we can and when we pass from the physical universe, as we know it, to a place where our memories live on as part of some collective.

I can even imagine that hell could exist and that having been reborn and learning that we will have to live with our experiences for what would seem like an eternity and having caused so much pain and despair would create a shame so unbearable that our memories would be hell to have to live with in our new existence. kind of like finding out you won the lottery and realize you lost the ticket. 

We have discovered everything we can about molecules, atoms, particles and finally Quarks. What is beyond the quark is yet to be discovered. Our universe could be a quark to the creator and that we were put here to find out all we can about what makes up our universe and to download that information when we die.

A quark (play /ˈkwɔrk/ or /ˈkwɑrk/) is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter. Quarks combine to form composite particles called hadrons, the most stable of which are protons and neutrons, the components of atomic nuclei.[1] Due to a phenomenon known as color confinement, quarks are never directly observed or found in isolation; they can only be found within hadrons.[2][3] For this reason, much of what is known about quarks has been drawn from observations of the hadrons themselves. I pasted this from wikipedia.

I can even go a step further and imagine that Alzheimer’s maybe a result of our Creator finding a way to download our knowledge before we actually die. I have met some people with that disease and you can tell by their eyes that they are not conscious of their existence, an empty  but yet active mind. Kind of like a dog’s eyes when they sit or lay down and look around. Can this be possible?

I say why not. with so many people who believe in an afterlife and so many different civilizations yearning for a heavenly existence yet trying to remain alive as long as possible and to explore everything. It is in our DNA to believe in the possibility.