Legalized Theft And More

Here’s a post from Gunslinger’s Journal via Bad Bad Juju.  No wonder businesses (and people) just can’t seem to get ahead:

This Is Why There Are No Jobs in America

By Porter Stansberry
Saturday, August 21, 2010

I’d like to make you a business offer.

Seriously. This is a real offer. In fact, you really can’t turn me down, as you’ll come to understand in a moment…

Here’s the deal. You’re going to start a business or expand the one you’ve got now. It doesn’t really matter what you do or what you’re going to do. I’ll partner with you no matter what business you’re in – as long as it’s legal.

But I can’t give you any capital – you have to come up with that on your own. I won’t give you any labor – that’s definitely up to you. What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where and when you’re allowed to operate your business. That’s my role in the affair: to tell you what to do.

Now in return for my rules, I’m going to take roughly half of whatever you make in the business each year. Half seems fair, doesn’t it? I think so. Of course, that’s half of your profits.

You’re also going to have to pay me about 12% of whatever you decide to pay your employees because you’ve got to cover my expenses for promulgating all of the rules about who you can employ, when, where, and how. Come on, you’re my partner. It’s only "fair."

Now… after you’ve put your hard-earned savings at risk to start this business, and after you’ve worked hard at it for a few decades (paying me my 50% or a bit more along the way each year), you might decide you’d like to cash out – to finally live the good life.

Whether or not this is "fair" – some people never can afford to retire – is a different argument. As your partner, I’m happy for you to sell whenever you’d like… because our agreement says, if you sell, you have to pay me an additional 20% of whatever the capitalized value of the business is at that time.

I know… I know… you put up all the original capital. You took all the risks. You put in all of the labor. That’s all true. But I’ve done my part, too. I’ve collected 50% of the profits each year. And I’ve always come up with more rules for you to follow each year. Therefore, I deserve another, final 20% slice of the business.

Oh… and one more thing…

Even after you’ve sold the business and paid all of my fees… I’d recommend buying lots of life insurance. You see, even after you’ve been retired for years, when you die, you’ll have to pay me 50% of whatever your estate is worth.
After all, I’ve got lots of partners and not all of them are as successful as you and your family. We don’t think it’s "fair" for your kids to have such a big advantage. But if you buy enough life insurance, you can finance this expense for your children.

All in all, if you’re a very successful entrepreneur… if you’re one of the rare, lucky, and hard-working people who can create a new company, employ lots of people, and satisfy the public… you’ll end up paying me more than 75% of your income over your life. Thanks so much.

I’m sure you’ll think my offer is reasonable and happily partner with me… but it doesn’t really matter how you feel about it because if you ever try to stiff me – or cheat me on any of my fees or rules – I’ll break down your door in the middle of the night, threaten you and your family with heavy, automatic weapons, and throw you in jail.

That’s how civil society is supposed to work, right? This is Amerika, isn’t it?

That’s the offer Amerika gives its entrepreneurs. And the idiots in Washington wonder why there are no new jobs…

If, after reading this, you think that every business owner, especially the small business owner (the “mom & pops”) have it made and don’t need relief from the tax burden of the government, then you are truly drinking government-branded Kool-Aid. 

What many people do not realize is it is the small businesses making the products for the larger businesses to either sell or incorporate into their own products.  And it is these businesses that provide the majority of jobs throughout this country.  For instance…

My wife worked for a small cosmetics company for a while that sold their products to Walmart for Walmart to resell.  The company is constantly teetering on bankruptcy between the pressure of the government taxes & regulations and Walmart’s aggressive buying practices.  That company has less than 25 people in it, which is defined by the government to be a small business. 

Think of how many other companies are in the same situation, and now it becomes easier to understand why so many larger businesses are fleeing this country and setting up shop in places like China and Mexico.  Hell, look at the exodus of companies from California because of that state’s tax structure (Bloviating Zeppelin has a great post on this).

Companies & businesses do what they do for one reason only – to make money (profit) for the owners or shareholders.  It is not, as some believe (like Obozo), to create that money for the government to take & spread around to the rest of us.  Remember – Socialism and Communism have been spectacular failures when applied to governments and countries.  Why anyone in their right (or left) minds would want to put a similar system in place in the United States is beyond my comprehension.

We all know that government is one of the worst money managers around.  If they were running a business with their fiscal policies, they would have been bankrupt many, many years ago.  Yet they spend money, our tax money, without regard to the burdens that is placed upon the citizenry.  And mostly, they are doing it without any consequences.

Our national debt is screaming along, increasing by staggering amounts every second as the interest piles up.  With companies & businesses abandoning this country for better tax rates elsewhere, the burden of this debt now falls upon the people, the average taxpayer, who is struggling to keep whatever job, home, & life that they may have.  The burden doesn’t fall on the morons that put us in the debt to begin with.  Perhaps if our duly elected leaders spent that money as if it was coming out of their own pockets, this country wouldn’t be heading down this economic road to ruin.  Unfortunately, it’s going to come out of the pockets of generations to come.

And that’s the real tragedy, the real decimation of the American Dream by the power-hungry politicians that we have allowed to put us in this mess by our own inattention and indifference.  We have bought into the premise that government has our best interests in mind, only to find that that is far from the truth.  Government, as it is now, is ruled by the political elite that has their own power-grabbing agenda, supported by a lapdog media promoting “social justice” through government control, and elected by a population that increasingly has its hand out for sustenance because they do not have any other choice! 

If anyone paid attention in ancient history class, this is a variation of the situation ancient Rome found itself in, and that civilization collapsed.  And it didn’t collapse in a graceful manner, either – history shows that it was the beginning of an ugly, violent period that affected the direction of the world.  With the economic situation of the world as it is now, and Radical Islam fulfilling the role of the Barbarians, the pieces are in place for the United States, that grand experiment in government by the people, to follow Rome.  And that, dear readers, doesn’t bode well for our progeny.

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…


Not really, but it always sounds good!

This is the first of several traveling stories experienced by yours truly.  A post by GeeeeeZ! relating experiences concerning Kulula Airlines is the inspiration for this series of posts.

So without further ado…

Many years ago, I was a young engineer working for a small company in Illinois.  It was my first job out of college, so of course, I wanted to make a good impression, and took on a number of projects.

One of those projects had me flying from Chicago’s O’Hare airport to Detroit for an installation over in Chatham, Ontario.  It was an exciting time for me, my first airplane flight in a new professional position, and a visit to a foreign country.  The excitement diminished somewhat as I started going through the security checkpoint.

I went through the metal detector at least 4 times.  I had to empty my pockets, take off my shoes, remove my belt, and I still set the metal detector off.  Not a piece of metal on me, and it still goes off.  They finally pat me down, pass me through, and leave me with a pile of belongings at the end of the security area holding up my pants.  Of course, everyone else sails through without a problem, and looks at me like “what happened to him?”

After boarding the plane and having a blissfully uneventful flight, I picked up my luggage in the baggage claim area, and went to the rental car company to pick up a vehicle.  I fill out the paperwork, hand them a newly minted company credit card, and wouldn’t you know it – they didn’t have any cars available.  Then it hit me –

Here I am, in the city famous for making automobiles, and I can’t even get one

Truth Or Consequences

I’m traveling this week, and have barely been able to watch or listen to news.  But something struck me as, well, hypocritical.

I heard that Roger "The Rocket" Clemens was being indicted for, among other things, lying to Congress.  Henry Waxman, the chief questioner in Congress’s inquiry into steroids in baseball, said this concerning the indictments:

"When a witness, such as Roger Clemens, lies, as I think he did, he should be held accountable."

Now, let’s put aside any questions as to why Congress should have been involved in this subject to begin with.  Let’s focus on the accountability aspect, as Representative Waxman seems to be focusing on.

If Roger Clemens lies to Congress and is to be prosecuted, then shouldn’t members of Congress & the Administration be prosecuted for lying to the American People?  After all, which is the greater crime, and who suffers greater damage from such falsehoods?

So following this logic, any time that a Congressperson or member of the Administration knowingly makes a false statement to the American people about the intent of legislation in order to garner public support to pass it, then they should be prosecuted.  That, my friends, would clean out the government far more efficiently than any election.

That would be the day…and pigs would fly to the moon and back under their own power…

Just A Thought or Two…

Over the past few weeks, I’ve not been listening to the radio, but listening to podcasts on an iPod that my wife got me last Christmas.  And I’ll tell you, it’s refreshing to listen to books on tape rather than the doom and gloom of the various radio personalities and getting depressed while traveling to and from work.

Don’t get me wrong.  Rush, Sean, & Mark are all great sources of information (although often one-sided), but I get tired of listening to the ranting.  On the other hand, I get royally POed at the media for not reporting all sides of the issues, or just not saying anything at all.  Most of all, it’s the bias from all parties – which is not what the duties of the media entail.  Freedom of the press is a great responsibility, and must not lend itself to partisanship, but it does.

I’m also POed at the politicians, our duly elected leaders that forget whom they are working for once they’re in office.  They suddenly grow a conscience when election time rolls around, and shift blame like a small child that has been caught doing something bad like writing on the walls with crayon.  Unfortunately for them, like the crayon marks, the record shows exactly what these morons have been up to.

Politicians have always been at the center of distain, promising one thing to get elected and doing another once removed from the campaign trail. Some are pretty good, some are ok, and then there are the ones that are only in it for themselves to garner money & power for themselves and their cronies.  It really doesn’t matter what political party they belong to, the actions are usually pretty close to being the same.

The bunch that is in power in Washington have been the worst of the lot as far as I’m concerned.  I still remember the promises of an ethical Congress, transparency of legislation under consideration, and an increased concern for the citizens of the United States.  Instead, deals were made under the table to pass legislation that would increase the debt of the country for questionable benefits of all citizens.  I see nothing that the current Congress or Administration has done except to push this country further into debt and increase the power of government.  And when a real (?) crisis hit, no leadership whatsoever, only the same finger-pointing that has been the trademark of this Administration.  And now I hear that the chief clown Obozo has endorsed building the mosque near the site of the World Trade Centers. No wonder their one-time supporters are now questioning the “change” that these bozos are actually delivering.

It’s not only the supporters that are observing the imploding of Obozo.  Mike’s America found this gem from our brothers across the pond citing the top ten reasons that Obozo is failing:

1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people
2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership
3. Obama fails to inspire
4. The United States is drowning in debt
5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat
6. Obama’s support for socialized health care is a huge political mistake
7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive
8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration
9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security
10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness

It is time that these dreamers have a reality check.  Unfortunately, I fear it’s the beginning of a nightmare from which waking up will be difficult to do because we’re damn near in a coma at this point in time.

Ground Zero Mosque

One of the principles of this country is religious freedom.  This is the freedom to practice (or not) your faith (if you have one) without government interference.  This is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

From this aspect, what the New York Council did by approving the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero is legally correct.  However, from the standpoint of representing the people of New York, they failed miserably.  The hue and cry of New Yorkers, arguably one of the most liberal cities in the United States, against the construction of the mosque is loud and clear.  Thus, a “Government for the People, By the People, and For the People” failed the People.

Do I have a problem with people worshipping Mohammed?  No, I don’t.  I have worked with Moslems, Hindus, Atheists, Christians of all different denominations, and Wiccans.  I’ve probably have worked with someone who is a member of the Church of Bob for all I know.  But here’s where I have problems with Islam.

Any religion that states that it is the duty of each follower to slay and/or oppress the infidel (non-follower of their belief) automatically has my opposition to the religion (not the people).  A religion that allows “honor” killings of women, and demands punishments of any that criticize the faith is definitely not the tolerant “Religion of Peace” that they promote their faith to be.  The version of peace that they offer is an all-Islam world ruled from a religious/political government via Sharia law, but I also wonder about that too.  Shiite and Sunni factions have been killing each other since Mohammed’s death over who Mohammed’s successor should be!  I wonder how “peaceful” that world would be…

Now I realize that Christian history is not as clean as we would all like it to be.  The Crusades, and the Catholic & Protestant conflicts don’t promote the message of the New Testament.  But Christianity has evolved to embrace the diversity of the denominations.  Islam, on the other hand, has stayed much the same – violent and intolerant. 

Which makes the approval of the mosque over the People of New York’s objections even more incredible.  New York City has experienced first hand what members of this religion have done and are capable of doing.  What makes it even more incredible is the increased knowledge of Islam’s philosophy and methods of taking over countries.  Case in point – Great Britain.  I’ll not go into the details of what Muslim immigrants have done to that country and its people, but needless to say, it is only a foreshadowing of what awaits us.

But I will also state one other item before I close out this post.  Supporters of Islam, whether they are Moslem or not, ask (or rather, demand) tolerance, empathy, sensitivity, and understanding for their religion.  However, it doesn’t seem to be a two-way street.  If so, then they wouldn’t be insisting on building a mosque only yards away from an atrocity committed by members of their faith.