Twitter me free! Lead with words!

 Are Twitter and Facebook  freedom personified!?

Without a doubt face time is far more effective, whenever possible,  in personal relationships but let’s face it, not effective when your dodging bullets (hence the double entendre on lead) even when your message is compelling and needs to go viral.

No measure, including national media in any form, is more effective than a simple post or tweet.

Has social media done what shock and awe, subterfuge and sanctions cannot do?  Free the oppressed?

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.  – Charles Bukowski
You think!?  I think voting means less lead.  Fewer bomb makers. I like a lottery when it comes to choosing my lawmakers, not a noose.
As for religious freedom?  I’m still debating this topic with my Mom.
Twitter and Facebook are ubiquitous.  Are they the true freedom fighters, persona non grata, going to topple mid-eastern dictators?
Lead with words!
A double entendre that would be rendered empty without the help of real life martyrs, real life freedom fighters.  Brave, passionate people.  Let’s do what we can to help them “live” not “die” for freedom.  Let’s show our support and tweet and Facebook (post) a message now to all your fans and friends, “Live free!” to get the message out to our Mid-eastern and African neighbors who live under oppressive dictators.
Here at home, let’s put a face on freedom.  Tweet and Facebook our message.

Live Free, Not Die!

Dear Celebrities ad nausea, media outlets NBC, CBS, ABC and affiliates

We are the Real McCoy.  We’re not the “Joe the Plumber,” who’s life you have tried to dismantle and who you have unfairly skewered every chance you were given.   The Real McCoy is our euphemism for small business owners across the country.  The Real McCoy’s are many of the small business owners who employ one to two-hundred employees.  The Obama administration will include a tax on small business for healthcare, if we choose not to offer it directly; an increase in capital gains tax; a dividends tax increase; a big-government healthcare plan to include all children, including children of illegal immigrants and there’s a real good chance they will allow unions to organize in businesses with as few as 25 employees, which will also pit employee against employer.  The Real McCoy’s and our employees stand to suffer financially from big government programs designed to give 95% of the American people a tax break and affordable healthcare, an illusion[1].  Consequently, small business employment will suffer. 

And Real McCoy’s voices went largely unheard. 

Hollywood personalities and the mainstream media monopolized every avenue of opportunity to get president-elect Barrack Obama elected and used every public outlet available. 

Freedom of speech is precious.  Paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of brave fighting men and women and a country of people who believe in truly democratic society, freedom is priceless.  Unfortunately freedom of speech has been compromised and severely curtailed due to lack of media coverage and unfair public commentary from over-zealous celebrity sound bites.  Paid for by influence peddlers.

Unfortunately, regardless of party, the elections are bought and paid for by the deepest pockets.  In the court of public opinion, there’s no judge presiding over the presidential campaigns.  Like the proceedings in a court of law; often the representation and the outcome are dictated by the best lawyers money can buy.  The lawyers for Obama are the mainstream media and the celebrity zealots stacked the deck.

Real people look up to people they have invited into their hearts and into their living rooms. The media outlets represent a modern-day, overwhelmingly effective form of communication and persuasion.  For this reason, as a person of influence, the mainstream media and celebrities should hold themselves to a higher standard, both in temperament and by example.  As people of influence and public figures, they’re responsible for their words and their actions in public. 

Political satirists, those who profess to share their views in such a fashion; who advertise their contentious nature have a legitimate venue.  If you are just a celebrity, movie star, looking for media coverage and sound bites to further your personal agenda; if you, the artist, are entertaining an audience that has bought and paid for your performance, whether it be comedy, drama or music and you stand in front of your captive audience and you choose to publicly spew hate and profanity against a sitting President, among other things; or make tasteless jokes designed to demean and ridicule; you are flat-out wrong.  If you choose to make headlines by visiting dictators, you are flat-out wrong.  If you take out full-page ads in newspapers to get your point across, who are you really?  If you’re so dedicated and committed to politics run for office, like Arnold. 

The Real McCoy’s influence, albeit miniscule by comparison to your celebrity and your media influence, would never so unabashedly endorse a candidate.  You did.  You endorsed Barrack Obama and bashed the sitting President in the face of our enemies.  That is just wrong.

You undermined the campaign of John McCain, a true hero, a patriot and a man, honest and with integrity. 

Unlike you, the Real McCoy’s are held accountable for exerting influence over people with whom they have influence.   Instead, you have abused that privilege.  In our minds, that leaves you suspect.  Every statement, every news or entertainment story, every essay and every sentence you spew for public consumption will be viewed with renewed skepticism. 

An elitist attitude is pervasive and a common denominator among the celebrities and mainstream media.  As an elitist, you need to understand who you are:

e·lit·ism or é·lit·ism

The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.

  1. The sense of entitlement enjoyed by such a group or class.
  2. Control, rule, or domination by such a group or class.

Apparently, you don’t believe Real people can make their own decisions.  This is apparent with your public and persistent opposition to a war in Iraq, but it’s OK to die in Afghanistan.  The War on Terrorism is OK as long as it is waged anywhere else, including American soil.  Let’s listen closely to the ACLU, let’s close Guantanamo Bay, even though the number of prisoners is down from 600 plus to 200.  Let’s move them to LA.  Let’s support women’s rights for abortion without regard of circumstance.  And ultimately there’s your idyllic endorsement of Barack Obama.  Real people need unbiased, clear, concise information, void of prejudice and adulation in order to make a decision. 

There’s an expression, “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”.  Shame on you!   We have already heard the Washington Post admit their prejudice towards Obama.  We are already hearing all the back-peddling from the mainstream media and pundits with regard to their mind-numbing, fervent endorsement of Obama.

The Real McCoy’s have a new vision for you.   Every time we look at you on screen, you will be out of character

Now, we will look at you for Real.  You will now be held accountable first for your actions off-stage and subsequently, we will have a Real problem believing in your character.   

Now, the Real McCoy’s have news for you.  Real people can also become a people of influence.  We’re for change, too! We control the remote. 

Stay tuned,

The Real McCoy

p.s. There are plenty of oppressed societies out there that need your incredible insight.  Like China.  Maybe you should pack your suitcase? 

[1] Obama’s 95% Elusion, Wall Street Journal, October 13th, 2008

I’m the “Real McCoy” – How About You?

A real stimulus – Lower Taxes on Small Businesses – Published by The St. Petersburg Times Letter to the Editor, February 8th, 2009

The Real McCoy can survive and prosper under the McCain plan for small business, especially with regard to taxes and healthcare.  Real McCoy hopes to grow business by a minimum of 35% this year, with a goal of 200%, which would include a significant gain in employment, significantly more than big business.

Lonely at the top!

The Real McCoy’s approach is the purest form of Capitalism you can imagine.  And what does one or twenty years in business teach a Real McCoy?  If you are truly the Real McCoy of small business, it is all about grow or die.  Odd as it may seem, it is the exact opposite of government!

Taxes – A typical small business like Real’s is self-funded.  Real might have a loan from Real’s folks, a 2nd mortgage on the house and, with luck, a small line of credit from a local bank.  So McCoy’s business needs to earn Real income to cash flow and grow.  Any tax increases will hurt McCoy’s ability to sustain and grow our business.  Obama’s plan is to tax the wealthy individual, but he forgot about the Real McCoy.  Increasing taxes on McCoy’s small business that earns $200,000 is not spreading the wealth around.  Real McCoy must spread the wealth around to keep loyal employees who will help Real sustain and grow Real’s business.  Like Real, small business owners spread the wealth to middle-income and lower-income earners that depend on Real.  So it is about Real people and Real jobs, not government.

The Real McCoy’s chosen to reinvest most of the “after tax” profits in the business.  This comes in the form of Real employment, including Real competitive salaries, Real payroll taxes, Real benefits to include medical, dental and a Real top-notch wellness program that includes a Real company owned gym.  Plus McCoy has invested in state-of-the-art technology for every Real employee.  McCoy has a flexible work from home program to save on foreign oil and improve Real people’s attitude, a “Real Go Green program and Real Town Hall meetings.

Both parties tout plans to help small businesses.  Obama’s tax credits to small businesses under 50 employees must go to the employee.  Over 50 employees your taxed up to 7% of payroll and with all the reporting required for businesses, we’ll get stuck with the paperwork, which would bury me or I’d have to hire someone to do it for me.   What if you have 51, 52, 53 maybe 60 employees?  You’d have to let them go or pay a significant penalty.  Maybe look for more independent contractors, and more games to be played…

Tax credits to hire new employees for small business from Obama falls way short.  McCoy’s business typically will invest $75-100,000 in the first year on a new employee, which includes salary, payroll taxes and benefits.  Obama’s tax credits are designed to help unskilled labor get a job at McDonald’s or maybe Starbucks, not small business seeking skilled workers to help them grow.

The Real McCoy needs skilled labor.  McCoy knows they need 6-12 months to train even the most skilled worker for him or her to become productive.  That means a Real large investment, even to employ one skilled worker.  The Real McCoy can’t afford to pay taxes on $200,000, not entitlements that far fall short of helping Real small business grow.

Obama gives big business the same tax credits as small business, plus lower-income workers will get additional breaks and entitlements from Obama’s plan.  This allows big business to pay unskilled labor less.  Bottom line, no government subsidy will replace a tax cut for small business.   Subsidies always come with a price.  More paperwork, more bureaucracy, more pork, more fraud, more government…

Why is no one talking about McCain’s plan to leave capital gains tax alone?  Unlike Obama, who wants to increase capital gains tax.  Obama doesn’t think we can make a buck in this market, so who cares!  McCain would actually like to lower capital gains tax.

Why is no one talking about Letting businesses expense technology and equipment in the same year they buy it?  Under the current expensing provision, companies can write off half their equipment outlays in the first year and must depreciate other costs over a longer period.

Healthcare – The Real McCoy can’t increase his prices 35 – 60% to his customers like the major insurance carriers can.  National healthcare plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid are responsible in part, greed on the part of healthcare industry is responsible in part and fraud follows close behind.  Healthcare providers, nurses and doctors are Real people and get a pass.   The healthcare industry needs to let Real people work out a plan (like the plan proposed by the AMA) that offers individual choice and fair market competition which far outweighs any other social issue simply because we are  in survival mode, something big government does not understand.

Both candidates healthcare plans benefit and cover large numbers of uninsured people.  Obama’s 2 million less.  Source

McCain’s plan costs $287 billion annually, around $165 billion less than Obama and reduces uninsured by 27.5 million.

Obama’s plan costs $452 billion plus annually and reduces the uninsured by 25.5 million.  One of the reasons for the added cost, Obama’s plan does not discriminate against illegal immigrants, who will be entitled to coverage under his national Healthcare plan.

McCain does not tax businesses who do not offer health care.  Employees who are not offered insurance by their employers will get a tax credit.

Obama’s claim that McCain taxes those insured under his plan is essentially bogus, as employees getting insurance from their employers continue to get pre-tax benefits and if the spend less than the tax credits get a refund.  For example, there’s a plan for single females, over 40, from a large insurance carrier for as little as $200 per month.

Obama’s National Healthcare Plan takes the responsibility out of the hands of the people to make their own decisions about the quality and cost of healthcare.  That’s opposite of the current H.S.A. savings plan the Real McCoy offers as a lower cost alternative.

McCain’s plan will offer a tax credit to individuals which allows the individual to choose between plans makes the choices.  Imagine the competitive pressure on insurers, health care providers, especially pharmaceutical companies (especially when McCain allows us to buy across the border) and health care equipment and supply vendors. Affordable, quality healthcare can only happen if there is individual choice.

If Obama wins this election, look for the Real McCoy’s of this world to end up the Real Minority and end up on the endangered species list.  Take away the incentive to make money, the American dream and our freedoms will be compromised and eventually disappear.  Obama’s plan for big government will become a self-fulfilling prophecy, except we will no longer be the big government calling the shots.  Try China.  Try being pro-choice when your only choice is boy or girl!  Just one.

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