Mr. Grumpy Pants

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Cody Bear

In a world filled with tragedy and sacrifice, with Islamic terror attacks in San Bernardino, Orlando, Istanbul, Bangladesh and now Nice, I am angry. Like many of you, I feel helpless. I try not to be judgmental. I’m trying to be more retrospective.

I hear every day, of the misery of innocents in Syria, Iraq and beyond, the suffering of so many, by religious persecution and genocide. How do I, should I, shut out the pain and suffering of others, so I might carry on with daily life?

Granted, I am a bit of a news junkie, in particular since 9/11. That day I was informed of the attack, I thought it was a joke. Now I stay informed.

Many who are close to me would advise me to be more laid back, less grumpy, let the planes fly over my house without mooning the passengers. I’m going to try to be more laid back. I may even consider cancelling the order for a 12 ft. sign telling a certain airline to “Get the f*** off my plain.” Yes, I spelled plain correctly, as in my domain.

Unfortunately, I remain a skeptic. For example, I find “Mr. Grumpy Pants” has a reason to remain in character with the decision by Mr. Comey, Director of the FBI to exonerate Hillary Clinton of any purposeful wrong doing in her use of a personal server for email as SOS. He just basically said she and all those associated with her are idiots, but that’s not a crime! Could we be faced with four, even eight more years of Obama!!??

"if you've got a business, you didn't build that"

“if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that”

Have I grown increasing cynical? Probably. Do I feel less empowered? No. I make my own decisions and draw my own conclusions. Simply put, DC is corrupt and the only remedy is term limits.

I wrote Eyes Wide Open  a few years ago. It was a personal soul searching Q&A. I keep going back to it to find better answers, and disturbingly there are few if any, that I have discovered, only more consternation. I ended my missive by citing my best friend and companion over the past 13 years. Cody, my 13 yr. old chocolate lab passed away recently. I miss him terribly.

Cody epitomized everything that I believe should be right in this world. His life, was a respite fom everything that is wrong with this world. Cody gave me his unconditional love. I gave him mine. We need more relationships like ours. Did I mention I picked up his poop?

 

 

 

$37.7 Billion in Foreign Aid in 2012

2012 Foreign Aid

2012 Foreign Aid

Tom Coburn’s $30B Wastebook was publicized recently.  What about foreign aid as a form of big government waste?  This infographic is a representation of where we are  “investing” $37.7B in foreign aid abroad in 2012.  It “appears” to make some sense, but foreign aid has always been a sore spot with many people.

Why not reinvest foreign aid money right here at home on our highways and bridges?  Why give aid to countries run by dictators, who pocket the millions and billions we give them?  What about giving piles of money to countries that hate us?  Will they use it against us?

Here are some of the more acute reader responses to the article from the Blaze

R1: First and foremost from an accounting standpoint this figure is woefully low as it does not break out the aid provided through the DOD and State Department. Second, there has never been good reason to provide charity/aid to countries like Israel and other developed countries. In fact we should be charging them for military assistance and military support in the region.  The US has to get dollars out into the rest of the world to maintain the global reserve status, if they don’t global economies get starved of liquidity and they will reject the US dollar as the global reserve…

R2: The US has to get dollars out into the rest of the world to maintain the global reserve status, if they don’t global economies get starved of liquidity and they will reject the US dollar as the global reserve..

It sounds crazy, but everything is not as you think… the US military, foreign policy, energy policy has one primary goal, “maintain the US dollar as the global reserve” if that is threatened, it is a threat to the US financial system and its stability. The “ponzi” needs to keep the money/debt liquidity game going.

Don’t worry the debt can’t and never will be paid…

R2: It sounds crazy, but everything is not as you think… the US military, foreign policy, energy policy has one primary goal, “maintain the US dollar as the global reserve” if that is threatened, it is a threat to the US financial system and its stability. The “ponzi” needs to keep the money/debt liquidity game going.  Don’t worry the debt can’t and never will be paid…

R3: The constitutional authority to remove, via tax, a citizens funds to be transferred to foreign citizens, organizations or governments? I can see “some” for domestic assistance for Americans, none for foreign.  I also see no prevention of any American privately providing assistance to foreign interests. How does funds removed under threat of jail, asset seizure, fine given to others display a generous populous ? “Only” 1%…yea well we have 20 or so “only” x%…those who can… ADD.  I assume the billions in indirect aid via the multiple standing armies we have worldwide are excluded…of course…that’s different. Meanwhile Vets at home have one horror story after another…less than 1% I guess. The world doesn’t hate us, but they are tired of hearing how much better we are than they are… wouldn’t you? You know that guy that makes the TD catch then stands there pounding his chest about how great he is? We have turned into that guy. If you feel a need to even mention you are “exceptional”…you most certainly are not.

R4: The world hates the U.S.A. because all of our “aid” goes to FATTEN-UP SLAVE-WORLD DICTATORS and guess-what…. what little aid actually gets to their “people” REPLACES all normal ACTUAL food production.”OH, NOW WE DO NOT HAVE TO GROW ANY FOOD. WE GET PAID U.S.A. TAX MONEY NOT TO !! Plus the DICTATORS tell their SLAVES/peons “Guess-what— all the food sent by the enemy is poison!!!” Then the DICTATORS eat the food and sell the rest on the BLACK MARKET!!

Christians don’t teach our children to hate. Radical Islamists do.

Children of Islam

Children of Islam

Our liberal press a.k.a. MSM are more than willing to report a story when an angry American (of course they are white extremists) push or shove an innocent Muslim in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

I agree its wrong and two wrongs don’t make a right, but ignorance and prejudice are wrong, too. The media bias is Beyond the Pale.

Best way to describe how the MSM tries to lead us around by the nose. The article, Why Muslims Kill by Daniel Greenwood, gets to the root cause as to why terrorists acts such as 9-11 and the Boston Marathon bombing are not going away.

Excerpt: “The better news outlets answer with convenient terms like “radicalization” or “self-radicalization” and much of the public, primed to react to meaningless political jargon as if it had meaning, will think that they understand. A radical, they know, is a bad person, except for a brief period when surfers and ninja turtles could use it and still be good people. They don’t quite know why that is, but they also don’t know why high debt is good for the economy or why Islam is a religion of peace.”

I think any attacks by American citizens is deplorable but let’s not lose sight what is happening to Christians worldwide being attacked, murdered and maimed by Muslim extremists.

Follow this link —> Islamic Terror Attacks on Christians

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The point is, where is the indignation on the part of Americans, the MSM, when countless hundreds of Christians are killed and thousands are injured every year at the hands of Islamic extremists. You have to dig to find a news story.

Angry Americans?  Christians don’t teach our children to hate. Islamists do.

Follow this link —> Children are raised to hate America

One Nation Under God, Heartfelt Messages for Bostonians

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Our prayers go out to and how you can help the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions, a senseless terrorist act.  Our thanks to the incredible bravery and life-saving response of local, county, and state first responders.

I’d love to post more heartfelt messages here in my gallery. Send me your favorites via Twitter @ideacapitalit thanks!

Anytown Small Business Sequestration – A Letter from the CEO

EVAN VUCCI / AP President Barack Obama during the fiscal cliff negotiations in the briefing room of the White House on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Washington.

EVAN VUCCI / AP  – President Barack Obama during the fiscal cliff negotiations in the briefing room of the White House on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Washington.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to our inability to produce a product in the past 4 years and the conjoined, unbridled spending we have undertaken, it pains us to adopt the Government’s style Sequestration, a.k.a. mandatory spending cuts, here at Anytown Small Business, Inc. 

Following the President’s example, I am voluntarily taking a 5% salary cut.  If I was making as much as our President, that would be enough to replace the windows in Building 100, thereby erasing the threat of Mud daubers terrorizing our finest.

Let me explain.  The promise of lower healthcare costs didn’t happen.

The promise of cleaner, renewable, and cheaper energy costs and fewer regulations, where everything that was beautiful, has now brought us down, didn’t happen.

Our hiring practices, spurred on by the promise of a Government backed Stimulus plan to create jobs and economic growth, didn’t happen.

We have had to hire armies of attorneys and consultants to remain in compliance of the new regulations and laws.

Each year over the past four years our healthcare costs have risen 25% or more.  As the Supreme Court has ruled, we all know now, even though the Main Stream Media (MSM) chooses to ignore, Obamacare is a tax!  Now on top of the cost of healthcare we have an additional tax burden.  Any new tax increases the cost of doing business.

So now we have to  reduce employment to less than 50 workers.  We are playing spin the bottle every day, after work of course.  The winner gets to kiss his or her job good-bye but gets to keep the bottle.

We’ve hired the people the Government wanted us to hire.  If you were down on your luck, if you had been laid off or fired somewhere else, if you had remained unemployed past the limit of your unemployment benefits, and you have been kicked to the curb by the government, you were on our radar.  Why not?  There were thousands of reasons to hire you.  Government incentives.  Government dollars.

Those of you who turned our job offers down and preferred to live on government entitlements, it seems like you’re working harder not to work.  Too often we have seen your job inquiries were bogus.  Too bad there were no frequent flyer points from Craig’s List for answering either your own phony ads or ads for which you need not apply, because you were not remotely qualified.

At Anytown, you would have come to the front of the line.  The less qualified the better.  Our local, county, state and federal government want you to work for us and they want to provide Anytown, thousands of dollars in incentives to hire you.

Of course, we all know, there are the many companies who take the government’s money and not only never meet quotas, meaning jobs, but basically fail, pick a Chapter 7 or 11.

Many who were hired spent their valuable time to build a truly homogeneous product.  We made every effort to provide our product in many different languages, including all of the Asian dialects, but then we realized all of our major competitors learned to publish their products in English and are our best customers, too.  As part of the Sequestration, we had to let every translator go.

This has been a tremendous benefit to our company’s bottom line, the cost cutting terminations and the fact is there that are still employees working for us that do not comprehend, read or write in English. The last thing we need is a lawsuit from the government.

Those of us who are capable of doing our  job, spend countless hours covering for our fellow employees, and the company appreciates it!   Unfortunately, we are also announcing 10%, across the board, salary cuts for all personnel, will affect each and every one of you… the same.   I thank you for your sacrifice.

Finally, we poured unconscionable sums of borrowed money into unproven technology and insolvent companies.  Our investments, while popular with the majority of our customer base, they did little to contribute to our future growth in revenues or in our company’s best interest.  

After nearly going out of business it finally dawned on us.  The top 20% of our customers were contributing 70% of our revenues.   Our General Accounting Office (GAO) said it’s time we start paying attention to our paying customers.  

Let’s hope they love golf!

All Obama Can Do Is Ask Us to Look in the Rear View Mirror

Cadillac One -We Can’t Afford! to Go Forward!

Obama has been in the driver seat for four years with a majority in Congress for two years prior to his election and two years after his election, four more years than many presidents and the Democrats held the majority in the Senate for six years.  And yet his campaign is all about telling us to look in the rear view mirror, a.k.a. “it’s Bush’s fault.”  Since January 2007 and for four years, the Democrats were driving the bus.  We get Obamacare and 6 trillion in debt.

If you like this president and you believe in this president, just read Chapter Five of the book, Throw Them All Out.  If you still vote for this president, that’s on you.

Obama’s campaign slogan is “Forward.”  Frankly we can’t “afford to go forward, four more years with this president.  Obamacare alone will sink many small businesses and put us deeper and deeper into debt.  We have already spent more resources, more time, more energy, millions upon millions of dollars in personnel, administration and legal fees to shape this law.  If Sarah Palin had one amazing quality it was to tell it like it is, and Obamacare as it pertains to a solution to our healthcare’s rising costs, is like “putting lipstick on a pig.”

Highly regulated, healthcare is not free market capitalism and competition has been stifled.  Big insurance companies thrive on a highly regulated government subsidized system.  They want it.  They own the politicians.  The lawyers on both sides can pretend to fight for their constituent’s, then club it after work.

Obamacare is a politicians dream and a lawyer’s wet dream.

Now Obama’s campaign is about raising taxes on the high income earners.  That’s all well and good.  What he doesn’t understand is small business owners pay their taxes as ordinary income.  This is a legal structure setup to help small businesses to compete with large corporations.  Small businesses don’t need to pay more taxes.  The higher our personal tax rate becomes, the less we can invest in our small business. Raising taxes on ordinary income is raising taxes on small businesses. Lower the corporate tax rates for all businesses and more small businesses will follow.

High income earners are willing to pay more if big government spends less.  If big government didn’t pick favorites and simply lowered taxes on all businesses, we would have a chance to prosper.  Reign in regulation, stop subsidizing green energy companies and stop playing to the unions, a.k.a. Government Motors (GM), GE and Chrysler.  Stop subsidizing the oil business, but to be fair, stop subsidizing all big businesses.  Leave it to the states, counties and local governments to compete for and attract business.  Businesses will do better to choose a location and flourish where it is best for them, their employees and the community.

Bottom line, less big government, to the tune of $16 trillion in less than four years, less big union, like the takeover of GM, less big business influence, like the stimulus dollars paid to failed green energy companies, including Ted Turner and GE and less unemployment and welfare to us, as individuals, will follow.

Like Alan Kay says. “The best way to predict the future, is to invent it.”  Big government, get out of the way, let us reinvent ourselves.  We have the uncanny ability to prosper through free market competition.  That’s what’s best for our future.

Footnote:  Many conservatives may wonder why Governor Christie is pandering for Obama five days from the election.  Many say it is because he wants what’s best for the State of New Jersey.  I cry “Bullshit!” Obama came out and said he was going to do what’s best for all victims of this hurricane and I believe him, not because he cares, but for political expediency and his failed policies that left 4 American’s dead in Benghazi.  Christie is embracing Obama after this storm because he knows the door is wide open for him as the presidential candidate in 2016, if Romney is defeated and Obama is re-elected for another term.  Christie better hope the door is wide open, because what he had better understand. That at 69 years old, Romney will still be in better shape than Christie to win the next election.

“If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche

I made a point to take my two young daughters to NYC shortly after 9-11 even though they missed the ascent to the top of the Statue of Liberty for security reasons, they were able to ascend to the top of the Empire State Building. 

“Today the World Trade Center is again the tallest building in New York one year after the killing of Osama bin Laden and more than 10 years after the attacks that brought them down.  It is still a work in progress: The hulking steel structure known as the Freedom Tower is still 500 feet shorter than it will be when complete.  But it is already a tribute to American resilience, a reminder that whatever devastation we face, we can still come back bigger and better than before.”  Aaron Vaughan

Tallahassee Fire Dept Extrication Team. Liberty Street across from Ground Zero

I can understand where the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is coming from.  I was young once upon a time.  I took sociology in college and a course called American Ghetto Environment, if you can imagine how “not PC” that course name would be today.  I wanted to help people who had a hard time helping themselves.  A Nelson DeMille character in the General’s Daughter reflected, while “Life’s Grown Soft, I’ve Grown Hard,” reflecting on growing up in a post WWII era.  Life was hard.  Today life is soft by comparison.  There are plenty of folks out there that deserve help.  I say “help” because I detest the word “entitled.”  To me the word entitlement defines a benefit given someone in need, not in want.  Our so called entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, other mandatory spending programs were programs designed for hard working people who need and whenever possible contributed to their own welfare. 

A lifetime of work experience allows me to say there are people who believe everyone regardless of work ethic and moral fiber are entitled to the American Dream and those who believe the American Dream is earned through a good work ethic and morals.  I am from a middle class family.  I was the second child of six.  I was always wanting but never needing.  If I wanted something I would find a way to get it.  Ok, I could pout with the best of ‘em for a nickel package of bubble gum and baseball cards.  Mostly I learned to earn what I wanted.  Since the age of 11-12, I always had an after school job, be it paper route, bagger or stock boy at a local grocer.  In high school I washed pots and pans in the cafeteria on my lunch hour.  Later, I was promoted to making and serving milk shakes and sandwiches to my fellow students.   If you have ever worked in a school cafeteria at age 16, worn a hair net, while serving sandwiches to your fellow students, in particular, the girl you had a huge crush on, you would understand the price you pay to earn a few extra dollars.

During college, I worked for a janitorial service from 4 – 7 AM daily at a local hotel to help supplement my $15 per week expense allowance.  Summers I worked on a crew with 3 occupational day laborers, landscaping and mowing lawns.  My boss was a machine operator and had a landscaping business on the side. 

He made me, the 18 year old college kid the crew chief.   I made less than my crew, but I wanted a job.  My crew was ages 18, 30-something and 40-something.  18 had a wife and a new baby.  He showed up for work every day.  If he didn’t want to work, he’d sit in the shade and smoke.  He outweighed me times-two and that was just his arms.  If I pressed him to pick up his shovel, he wanted to arm wrestle or place a lit cigarette between our forceps to see who would pull away first.

30 and 40-something worked 4 days a week.  My boss paid them on Friday.  They got drunk on weekends, nursed a hangover on Monday’s,  then dragged their sorry asses back to work on Tuesday. 

The summer break next year, I went to work for the local school district doing the same thing.  At the school district, I worked with 3  guys also.  One was a friend and fellow college student.  We worked our butts off.  The other two guys complained and cajoled us to slow down and slack off.  The experience wasn’t much different than the summer before.   To me acting busy was harder than being busy, but in the end there are no great gigs in the lawn care and landscaping business.  Did I mention the mosquitos were nasty?

Life is so much softer now, but we all have a responsibility to pull our own weight.  We have a/c, cell phones, flat screen TVs and cold beer on every street corner.  So what’s the big deal?  Go to work.  Get a job.  If you can’t get the job of your dreams you can still go out and earn a living.  If you want something more, go out and earn it.  I know some retired guys who worked hard all their lives.  Now that they are no longer working, they are willing to live (want) with less.  It’s habit forming, but we can’t all be retired.  So if you need something, go to work.  Work can be habit forming, too.  My experience wearing a hairnet left me wanting more. 

Coming into this election, there’s an underlying current of ill will.  Call it hate, dividing Americans. I have never before experienced such divisiveness before between conservatives and liberals, in my youthful 60 years of age.

Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous quote, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”  

This quote should serve as a warning to all of us, especially this President, Congress and influential leaders.  We are at risk of a great divorce, with all the ingredients including hate, resentment and financial ruin.  Worst is how it will affect the children, many who call themselves Occupy Wall Street (OWS) the citizens of this great nation.  It’s always the children who get hurt the most.

Note from author on 11-27-2012:  Now that the election is over I feel more strongly than ever this message should resonate with anyone who is concerned about the future of this country.

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