Corporate Patriotism???

The day I heard Jack Lew use the phrase “Economic Patriotism” to describe the obligation American Corporations have to submit to excessive taxation was the day I realized how  deeply Socialism is entrenched in the current Washington administration.  Barak Obama called it “Corporate Patriotism.”

Here’s what it means.  An American corporation that is economically patriotic will, in its budgetary process, allocate a high percent of its profits to be paid directly to Washington.  This check would be above and beyond the 35 percent or so already required by law.  Although not specifically defined by either Obama or Lew, it is easy to calculate, based on their beliefs that corporations are greedy monsters which rob the populace, that as much as 80% of remaining profits should be given to the government.

Lew and Obama have redefined stupidity.  To hand a larger helping of America’s wealth over to the hyper-dysfunctional Washington administration is to take our national treasure and dump it down a rat hole.  I shake when I think of such a stupidly inane idea.

Want to know the REAL definition of Corporate patriotism?

1.  A corporation that successfully grows then invests its profits back into research and development and the local community.

2.  A corporation that creates jobs and incentivizes employee advancement through education, monetary rewards and recognition.

3.  A corporation that builds loyalty through profit sharing,

I am a simple minded person who struggles to understand why liberal idealogy cannot grasp the concept that a rising sea lifts all ships.  Government never has been, is not now, nor will it ever be capable of doing for the American citizenry what corporate American can.

 

Stress and the News

“I do not take a single newspaper nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.”                         – Thomas Jefferson

For many, including myself, the search for happiness is elusive.  Of late I have been drawn to identify influences in my “retirement” life that adversely affect my state of happiness and I’m wondering if others lives are disrupted by my disruptors.  Take a look.

1.  I come home from whatever it is my wife and I are doing and turn on fox news.  It doesn’t take long for me to start saying things to the television that I wouldn’t repeat here.  I also review periodically the “mainstream” media as a way to find “balance” in the news. Again my blood pressure starts to rise when I see the spin, spin, spin.  solution #1 Follow Thomas Jefferson’s advice.

2.  I have a see food diet.  I see food – I eat it.  I look at myself in a suit and I think, I don’t look too bad, then I look at myself in the mirror when I step out of the shower and I think, you have no discipline. Solution #2:  Stop the late night snacks.

3.  I worry about the future.  Will we ever be rid of our dysfunctional government? Will my investments be safe?  Will my children and grandchildren be obedient and happy?  Solution #3:  Play more golf.  Go fishing more often.  Act on things I can control and stop thinking about things I cannot control.  Hike more often.  Read positive messages every day.

America’s Debt: The Monster That Feeds Itself.

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debt as it goes.  A principle which, if acted upon, would save one-half the wars of the world.”                                                                        -Thomas Jefferson

America’s national debt is approaching a whopping eighteen trillion dollars and it adds one million dollars every three seconds and that’s just the interest.    That’s the number 18 followed by nine zeros.  If allocated to every man woman and child in America that amounts to approximately $60,000.00 each! Sixty Thousand dollars and climbing!!!

When did it become a principle of democracy that a nation could remain strong by spending more than it earns?  How many of Washington’s politicians manage their personal finances the same way they manage the country’s finances?  I bet 0.  The idea that America has a debt ceiling is preposterous when a majority of congressmen/women who worry more about their political survival than balancing the books can vote to change the ceiling.  Up it goes.

A spiraling debt.  A spendthrift congress.  A dysfunctional White House (Including an incompetent President).  An Attorney General who has given new meaning to the word “redacted.”  One government agency after another that has betrayed the American people including the Department of Justice, the IRS, the Veterans Administration, the EPA and the list goes on.  All spell out a recipe for disaster.

We could all just complain and put our collective heads in the sand and wait for the hammer to fall or we could do something about it.  I choose to believe that the greatest democracy in the world is comprised of enough common sense thinking people that we can avoid self destruction.  In America we determine our destiny at the polls.  In two and a-half months we have a chance to rise up and declare that we will not stand by and watch America be transformed from a country of the free and the brave to a country of the poor and the weak.  November 4, 2014 needs to be the day that we stand up for the Constitution, get up, go to the polls and restore conservative control of the senate!

 

 

 

 

Never Quit

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“I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up.  Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things.  If you simple didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came on the bus with you.”                                                                                                 – Harrison Ford

I am amazed that the seemingly pervasive philosophy spreading throughout this great nation and even the world is one of quitting.  If George Washington had quit would we be paying taxes to the Queen?  If Winston Churchill had quit would the worlds population be blond haired and blue eyed and would we be speaking German or Russian?  If  Christopher Columbus had quit would America be the greatest nation in the world?

Quitting is easy.

It’s easy to roll over and go back to sleep when the alarm goes off.

It’s easy to relinquish control of the day (or night) to the television.

It’s easier to run away from a hard marriage than it is to find ways to make it work.

It’s easier to settle for the meager subsistence the government can provide than it is to make and follow dreams.

It’s easier to let the story you want to write languish in your mind than it is to sit down and make it live.

It’s easier to chug a super size coke and put away a triple decker fat burger than it is to wash down a healthy salad with a cup of water.

It’s easier to say “I really don’t look that bad” than it is to spend forty five minutes on the tread mill.

Harrison Ford could have avoided the disappointment that comes from rejection and walked away from his dream of appearing on the silver screen.  He didn’t.  He didn’t quit. He convinced someone, sometime, that he had it, consequently he became one of the most popular and highly sought after actors.

Quitting is easy but the rewards of persistence are euphoric!!