Recently I had lunch with a friend and his daughter. The daughter graduated from a top university in California and went on for a masters degree abroad. Somewhere along the way she was thoroughly indoctrinated in modern ignorance. I state this because she made the statement that Christians shouldn’t be trusted with government and that only Buddhists and Atheists should be allowed to vote.
At the time I made the comment that having a government that actually lived up to the principals of turn the other cheek, do unto others, and love thy neighbor as thyself would be quite a refreshing change.
I wish that I had followed it up by asking if she would have preferred to live under Stalin, Mao, Lenin, or Pol Pot. All outstanding atheistic leaders of the twentieth century.
I was listening to NPR just before the elections and the reporter was interviewing the “King of Propositions” in Washington state. The reporter commented that states that allow propositions are generally in financial disarray compared to states that don’t. Being from California, where the state is on the verge of running out of funds to continue operation, I can certainly relate to that concept. The joker from NPR then made the [probably] off the cuff remark that this was because people in proposition states constantly vote to reduce taxes. Say what?!?
Well, I finally got around to researching the California propositions that passed in the last 8 years (since 2000). Guess how many times Californians voted to reduce taxes … Zero. Nada. Not once since 2000. That said, they voted to raise taxes six times – a total of $942,600,000 annual increase in taxes.
Okay, if it’s not because they vote themselves tax cuts, what about spending increases? Since 2000, Californians have voted to increase the annual state spending commitments by $7,920,000,000 dollars. Most of that is servicing the $188,627,000,000 bond cost ($98,385,000,000 in bonds and $90,242,000,000 in interest payments).
So once again we have a complete misrepresentation of reality by NPR. They took something that could easily be researched and instead decided to overlay their own ignorant political biases on what could have been a decent investigative report.
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Recently my high school aged daughter and some friends were having a discussion in History. One of the kids brought up the subject of children. My daughter said:
Children are nothing but a black hole of need.
One of the ignorant morons in the group immediately said “That’s Racist!” (say what?!?)
The teacher happened by then and turned to my daughter and said “You can’t say such things.” To which my daughter replied “What should I say, ‘children are a white hole of need’?!?” The teacher then asked if she wanted to go to the principal’s office.
Okay, I can understand (but not excuse) the stupidity on the part of the student for not knowing what a black hole is. After all, the poor ignoramus was raised in public schools. But what’s the teacher’s execuse?
It appears to be Christmas season. That time of year filled with holiday cheer where gifts are exchanged. Of course the American auto industry is begging for a gift from Washington. Why? Because years of gross incompetence have finally caught up with them.
My grandfather retired with GM. My father was always a Chrysler man. Me? I’ll go with Honda.
In the late 80s and 90s my wife and I worked for a company that had us traveling quite a bit and they provided a company car – usually a Ford. These cars, which we picked up new from the dealer, were the most worthless piles of junk. After picking up a new car one Friday, my wife and I took another couple out somewhere. When the woman got into the back seat and closed the door the entire side molding came off in her hand. She was chagrined. My wife thought it was funny. That Monday she told the story to her boss who broke out laughing – seems his three year old son had done the same thing to his brand new Ford.
Good thing quality was job one for Ford at the time. I would hate to think what would have happened if it had been job two or three.
In the 2000s, my wife and I settled on Hondas. While they aren’t made in Detroit, they are assembled in America. Would I ever consider buying a Ford, GM, or Chrysler? I’m not a gambler. I won’t bet 20,000 dollars that I won’t get yet another lemon from them.
So we have incompetent management, incompetent workers, producing inferior, over priced products and they are begging for our tax dollars to spare themselves from the consequences of their own actions. Sounds like the “big three” dinosaurs should go extinct.
This has become the favorite for birthdays. The slices can be rather small because the cake is so rich. The biggest trick is conning someone into making it for you.
- four 9” round layer pans
- large mixer bowl
- vegetable peeler
- 1-3/4 cups flour
- 1-3/4 cups and 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar, used separately
- 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2/3 cup and 3/4 cup soft margarine, used separately
- 4 squares (1 ounce each) Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate
- 2 bars (4 ounces each) Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate
- 1-1/4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, used separately
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
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It looks like powerful House Democrats are looking to seize people’s 401(k) retirement money.
I always had the feeling when the Roth IRA’s came out that the thieving SOBs in Washington wouldn’t be able to keep their hands off of the money that people earn. This is a complete betrayal of trust as the Democrats systematically seize money from people who had the audacity to plan, work hard, and save for their futures. And to top it off, the news media in their role as Democrat cheerleaders are going to spin the theft as a good thing.
You have to wonder if the Democrats want everyone living in cardboard boxes when they retire. Not only are they thinking of seizing our 401(k) retirement, but look at the wonderful things that the Democrats did to destroy Social Security:
- Franklin Roosevelt created Social Security promising:
- Participation would be voluntary (yeah, right)
- Participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual income.
- Money put into the program would be tax deductible.
- The money would be put into an independent “Trust Fund”.
- The annuities would never be taxed as income.
- Lyndon Johnson and the Democrats destroyed the special “Trust Fund”, putting the monies into the general fund so that Congress could spend it.
- The Democrats destroyed the tax deduction for Social Security withholdings.
- Jimmy Carter and the Democrats started giving Social Security payments to immigrants (even if they wouldn’t have qualified due to not paying into the system), further undermining the economic foundation of the system.
- Al Gore cast the deciding vote to allow the Democrats to start taxing Social Security annuities.
If it weren’t for the pure advocacy position of “journalists” then the Democrats would be run out of office as the destroyers of Social Security and people’s private retirement plans.