Friday, June 25, 2010

American Thinker Blog: Is anyone noticing that we don't have a budget this year?

American Thinker Blog: Is anyone noticing that we don't have a budget this year?

American Thinker is on a roll this morning and I can't help share the news. I am trying to post more (at least once a week) and I am going to share some of the things that fire me up. I know it is a lazy man's way, but if I get the message out, who cares? If you care let me know, but I think we can agree that sentiment is the there and I just don't have the time to spout like I used to.

Commodus Castigates a Centurion

Commodus Castigates a Centurion

A wonderful take on the current occupant of the White House. He didn't get the Nero title of golfing while America burns, but an apt comparison. I am saddened daily by the craziness that shoots out of Washington. Why are we still talking about Cap & Trade? Why is VAT a topic of conversation? Haven't they done enough to put this country in the ditch? I am excited to see that some fresh faces are likely headed to the cesspool that is Washington. I can only hope that they bring there brooms and shovels to muck out the Capital and make the hard choices that will preserve this Republic.

I know there are many out there that agree with me, but we have to get that message to the loons running the show. We have to stop the great government give away programs and start with the belt tightening pay down the debt programs. The politicians need to stop worrying about being re-elected by bribing the masses and start doing the hard work of putting this country back on track. That means cutting government spending and I mean all of it. I am for freezing all government spending at 2008 levels and then start the slashing of every damn one of them. I know there are many that say we can't touch the sacred cow of the military, but we all know there is a lot of fat there that can be trimmed. I know we are fighting two wars and trying modernize our forces, but my push back is do we really need smart bullets at the cost of government collapse? We need true market based reforms that protect the consumer and the businessman. We need to stop putting the government at the head of all things and make it take the referee position to call the fouls, but not decide who is allowed to shoot. We the People need to realize that there are going to be some sacred cows and third rails touched to make this country viable again. All those things we now take for granted need to be seriously looked at and trimmed as required.

I think the idea of slashing government programs that have no Constitutional standing and particularly the ones the run contrary should be the first to go (i.e. Education). We will also need to look at the tax scheme and share the burden equally vice only the rich pay because this is ludicrous. I once again advocate a debt reduction federal sales tax that is a Constitutional amendment that includes a balanced budget. These two things would go a long way in restoring the dollar and confidence in America. If we force a balanced budget and a means to payoff our debt, we prove that we are serious about fixing our problems and make us a good investment again. Or we could continue down our current path to junk status and hyperinflation, your choice. I know we all hate the idea of more taxes because we know that our hard earned dollars will be wasted by the yahoos in Washington, so we must force reality on them and have the flyover nation rise up and force this amendment on them. We can do it if we only try. The children in Washington need to eat their vegetables or else they won't grow up to be big and strong.

I want to hear what you think about fixing this country. I have been hearing good things out there, but I still haven't seen that clear and concise message from any one group to get me excited. I tried to get the 912ers to settle on a message, then the Tea Partiers, but have had no success as there were too many side issues with everyone pushing their own pet issues. I can only hope that in the coming months we start seeing the message gel about exactly what spending control and smaller government mean and some concrete plans to make that happen. We need to slay the beast that Obama has conjured up with his socialist agenda and put this country back on track. If you look at the polls 65% of us feel this country is on the wrong track, so why not band together and put an end to the madness. God Bless this mess that is America!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

America as Texas vs. California: Who’s Moving Where Edition

America as Texas vs. California: Who’s Moving Where Edition

Every once in a while I find something that peaks my interests and I want to share it with you all. I want to ensure that the people get the credit they deserve for their hard work thus I post it in this manner.

As you can see, if you mismanage your town badly enough people will leave (Detroit, LA and San Diego), but the good news is that if you are job friendly and liberty conscious then standby for incoming people and tax dollars.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Look

I had to change because the orange was just too perky for my taste. The gray suits me better. I hope you like the new look, but if you don't oh well. This is the attitude that I have been taking lately and it seems to be working for me in lots of circumstances. If you are not my wife or the guys that is signing my paycheck, then your opinion is yours, but it won't have much of an effect on me. I am not saying that I am going out of my way to be mean or an ass, but I am also not going to worry about how you act or crazy crap. I am not talking about only looking out for number one, but rather letting unimportant crap go and not worrying about it. I have adopted this attitude because life is short and there are a lot of things you can't change about other people and shouldn't even waste your time trying.

I am a great guy to have on your team because I do what I say I am going to do and keep my head down. I am able to do this in leadership positions as well, which is kind of crazy, because people look to me for answers and I give them, but I don't stomp my feet or force them to follow. I let them do what they want, but also let them suffer from their mistakes and hold them accountable for their work.

This seems to be a foreign concept in today's work place. I had a great conversation with a co-worker yesterday that drove this whole idea home. We both are willing to do the crappy hard job that no one else was willing to do and made it our own because it made us incredibly valuable to the team. All those other guys that did the easy stuff are expendable and will likely be the ones walking out the door soon. They won't understand why just coming in and doing what you were told wasn't enough to save their jobs. Then there is another group that thinks it is funny to buck the boss and make his life tough. This is insane or maybe just acting out as they know the door out is not that far off. I am not advocating kissing the bosses ass because that is BS, but learning how to make your bosses job easier gets you the gold star in the end. Plus as you are learning you are preparing for that spot and since you are making your boss look good they are likely to move up and open that spot for you.

That is my mentoring lesson for the day and I hope you pass it on to the young punks that whine about staying 15 minutes late to finish something or think they deserve the corner office because they graced us with their presences. Sorry, some crusty fell off in this post.

Another Week

Wow, a lot has happened over this past week it is hard to know where to begin. We had a very interesting run of primaries across the country and there were some surprises, but I think most things turned out as expected during the last polling. People are trying to do their best at picking the candidate less likely to screw them by wasting their hard earned money. I am not fully convinced that the female candidates are getting the proper respect they deserve for being successful at their chosen profession. I heard a lot of patronizing crap over the last few days, which kind of makes me want to puke. In case you haven't heard the news flash, women make up over 50% of the world's population and currently in the US earn more than 50% of the college degrees. Women are finally waking up to the fact that if they want something they have to go out and get it when it come to politics. I don't think it will greatly change the way business is done in Washington by adding more females to the mix because you only have to look as far as the Speaker to see that pettiness, backstabbing, and backroom deals is not the exclusive territory of males.

I am getting excited about the fact that the career politicians are scare for their political lives. This is a really good thing and it should be encouraged at every turn. If they are scared, maybe they will start listening to the people they are suppose to represent for a change. Now that we have them talking the talk, we just need to get them to walk the walk. The next couple of years might be the time to put some true backbone into Washington and have Congress start making the hard decisions that are right for the country and may not be super popular on the surface with teet sucking voters. We need to take a hard look at every dime Washington spends and tighten their belt. We've been doing more with less for a few years now and it is time they joined on the fat loss program.

This is going to be very unpopular because money buys votes or so I am told, but it doesn't buy prosperity. There was an interesting article the other day that sad districts where their Congressman brought home the lard (earmarks) were worse off than those that didn't see the government pork. I don't find this all that shocking because you either find a way or you allow the government. If you go the government route, you drive out the private sector because they can't compete with the fed fat. You want to survive and thrive, then look away from the feds and turn your energies inward and figure out what you and your neighbors can do to make your town attractive to business. Do you have lots of people willing to work, do you have lots of space for new businesses, do you have a tax scheme friendly to business, do you have top notch schools, and are you willing to do what it takes to bring business in and make your town work again. It is awful hard to do business in places where people don't want to work hard, have no pride, or sense of community.

These are tough times, but sitting around a moaning isn't going revitalize your community or bring new business to town. I am not talking about landing a huge corporation either because a bunch a small businesses can do the same thing. You ever wonder why some small towns are vital with rich artisan culture, while others are just dying on the vine? The ones that are thriving accepted change and welcomed new comers to their community. No one wants to be where they are not welcomed and part of the community. I am no community organizer, but I am a realist that sees if America is going to recover you need new jobs and that isn't likely to come from the feds or states. You can help make this happen by firing up your community to be a welcoming place for new people to come to and live.

I am amazed at what Americans have and can accomplish when we stop looking to the feds for answers. We are crazy imaginative group that built a world leader in everything then allowed it to be pissed away by Washington. You want to make America great again ignore what the political inner circle is saying and do what you think is right for you and your community. If you know saving for the future is right then do it; if you know putting off buying stuff you don't need is the right answer then do that too (now I know you need to buy stuff but make it the right stuff for you and your family not just crap that you don't need); and if you know that you need better schools then do something about it; and if you feel you are not represented in Washington then either run or back someone who does regardless of what the pundits say. We are not going to take back this country by sitting back and letting Washington dictate terms. We have to get in their face and say enough is enough.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Answers

Right now I am pretty sick and tired of all the mud slinging and name calling. Sure we have a government that is way out of control and spending way too much money, but whining and poking each other in the eye daily is doing zero to help. It is kind of like the oil spill, we have a disaster on our hands and we stand around placing blame and telling everyone how bad things are, but no one is actually doing much to fix the problem.

The oil spill has driven home the fact that big government is not the answer because we have the biggest most intrusive government since the soviet era and they can't seem to keep the oil from reaching our shores. We had the EPA preventing the building of temporary barriers for fear of upsetting the ecological systems. How about a couple million barrels of oil taking care of that. Big government only likes its ideas and stops the American citizens from implementing the kitchen sink method of crisis management. We should be trying and doing everything we can think of to stop the oil from reaching shore.

The government should be thinking every little bit helps, but instead we have them worrying about who is to blame and who is going to pay for this. There is plenty of blame to go around and that can be figured out later after we stop the oil. What we need now is all hands on deck building protective barriers, scoping up oil, and building a big ass concrete cap. The reason that all the methods have failed so far is that they are trying to recover the oil vice stopping the oil. I am willing to bet that if you put a huge concrete structure that is anchored down with a couple of thousand tons it would stop the flow, but by trying to cap and recover you are just dicking around and allow more and more oil to escape into the gulf. This isn't rocket science, but we are allowing BP, who only wants to recover the oil for profit to be in charge, vice sealing the damn thing off.

I know that I am no deep sea expert, but when they had that little nuclear disaster in Russia they didn't try to keep producing steam they concreted it and concreted it again to stop all the zoomies from escaping. I am sure that you put enough concrete down there it would cap off the leak. The reason this isn't happening is BP doesn't want to lose all that oil. They have mixed priorities and that makes for bad decisions. They should have figured out 40 days ago how big a box and how heavy it needed to be to stop the oil flow into the gulf. Instead they have tried everything they can to keep the oil flowing into their coffers. Every solution tried to date was one that included a way of recovering the oil. Except maybe the mud shot, but I am willing to contend that if they had pumped concrete or something else into that hole it would have sealed it off and they would not have been able to get the oil out, so they went with mud and golf balls.

I may be crazy and way off base here, but you know what I don't care. I want to see all hands on deck doing whatever they can to help and acting on any crazy ass idea that just might work. If they think hay is the answer put a couple thousand boats out there with hay bales and start scoping up the oil. Everyone can whine and complain about lost jobs and tourism, but that isn't going to get anything done. How about huge discounts to come on down and help scope oil or sand bag barriers to protect marsh lands or long walks on the beach picking up tar balls. We are America and we have some of the craziest people in the world with some truly wild assed ideas, so lets turn them loose. The government should be providing and coordinating the tried and true efforts like booms, burns, and absorbers. Plus they should have their brains on the government payroll thinking up solutions, kind of like in the movie Armageddon.

I am tired of the finger pointing and all the negativity. I want action and to hear solutions other than it is all their fault and we will do better. If that is my only choice is someone that has zero concrete plan and just wants to be in charge of where the money goes then I say no thank you. I want people in Washington that understand that each one of those dollars they are throwing around is precious and it isn't theirs. It is ours and we deserve better for the amount we are spending. Our children deserve a hell of a lot better for what they are losing. We need answers not finger pointing.

We need solid plans, even if they are unpopular on how to solve the $14 Trillion national debt. Americans are not children and they will sacrifice in the time or need. But, they won't start sacrificing until they have a solid plan because we've been hood winked by politicians way too many times. I would hope that we would not by like the Greeks and take to the streets if we were told that the government is going to drastically cut spending, but that can only happen if we think that it is ploy for more government waste. We don't mind shared sacrifice, but we absolutely hate tightening our belts while Washington goes on a spending spree.

I say rise up people and demand accountability from Washington. Throw the bums out, but make sure you elect someone with a plan vice just another career criminal. God Bless American and All Hands on Deck in the Gulf.