Monday, November 29, 2010

REDUCING COST OF GOVT. #7 - Last of a Series

This will be the last in a series of seven blogs on ways to cut the costs of government. I listed things I would consider. Others will have better ideas, I'm sure. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO INSIST THAT THE VOTER'S MANDATE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL IS ACHIEVED. Your involvement is imperative!

My last blog involved putting Congress on a part time basis the way the founding father's did it. Now, I'd like to share with you how seriously your representatives take cost reduction.

Do you recall all the hipe about Majority Leader Nancy Pelosa using a miltary aircraft as her private plane? THATS NOTHING, ALTHOUGH THE INCOMING MAJORITY LEADER HAS MADE IT PLAIN HE WILL DISCONTINUE THIS PRACTICE.

THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MAINTAINS A FLEET OF 16 PASSENGER PLANES FOR CONGRESSIONAL USE. S I X T E E N !!! The costs for flying a small group to the Middle East in a smaller aircraft is about $150,000. LARGER TRIPS ON THE AIR FORCE VERSION OF THE BOEING 757 IS FAR MORE EXPENSIVE.

CONGRESSIONAL TRIPS ARE UNLIMITED!

Spending on lawmakers personal trips has sharply increased over recent years. And, the costs have doubled since the Democrats gained control of Congress. Around two dozen government employees work full time just planning their trips. LETS TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THESE TRIPS.




In mid-June Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) led a half dozen senators and their spouses on a four day trip to Paris for the Biennal Paris Air Show. The Boeing 757 they used costs an estimated $5,700 an hour. They had cocktails at a private party at the Eiffel Tower. They stayed at the Intercontinal Paris Hotel whose prices start at $460 a night and I doubt that they used an economical room in that they were paying for the room with your money. They also took a cruise on the River Seine. ALL ON YOUR DIME!

Last summer Representative Brian Baird (D-Washington) took a 4 day trip to the Galapolis Islands. He took his wife and four other lawmakers and their families. You have an idea of the travel costs, the costs of the meals and the hotel was $22,000.

On the first day lawmakers traveled to a breeding center for giant tortoises and land iguanas. The next morning they traveled to Galapolis National Park where they had the choice of Hiking, Swimming or Shopping! GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON YOUR DIME!

DOESN'T THIS SEEM ABSOLUTELY IDENTICAL TO THE SALES AWARD TRIPS FOR WHICH THESE SAME PEOPLE MADE ME PAY TAXES? Whats sauce for the goose is sauce for gander, right? AT THE VERY LEAST LETS MAKE THESE TRIPS TAXABLE TO THE LAWMAKERS. And, lets get their butts on commercial flights, going though the body scans, just like the rest of us. THESE PEOPLE ARE OUR SERVANTS, NOT OUR SUPERIORS, LETS NOT FORGET THIS.

Enough with the stories, already. You get the point! LET'S TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM! And, this is but the tip of the ice berg, so-to-speak.

We are maintaining about 160,000 American troops in Germany and Japan. I AM FOR A STRONG MILTARY, A VERY STRONG MILTARY! That being said, I'd spend the billions that it costs to support these troops in America.

My brothers were both in the Civilian Conservation Corps. (No, Presiden Obama, NOT CORPSE--REMEMBER THAT SARAH?) I would employee some of the troops to run boot camps and service camps for every youngster who drops out of high school, give them two years of hard work and discipline. Much cheaper than supporting them in the prisons where many of them end up.

Oh, yes! Let's stop the practice of our lawmakers using their elected offices to enrich themselves with books and speaking engagements when they are on our dime.

Remember how Hillary Clinton got rich one year on futures trading, something so complicated that I never understood it fully after years in the business. And, Harry Reed, how did he say he got to be worth $7 MILLION on his government salary? Un Huh!

THE IDEAS ARE ENDLESS. WHEN ONE GETS THIS MIND SET, NEW IDEAS MULTIPLY. The key to success is my and your involvement. There is an estimated 5,000 who read my blogs. Now, it's your turn to get the word out to your 5,000.

Take care and God Bless. And, God bless the USA.

CUTTING THE COST OF GOVT. #6 - A Part Time Congress

Piyush Amdit Jindal (R) is the 55th and current Governor of Louisiana. Bobby as he is known, is the nation's youngest governor and is of Indian-American descent. Previously to being governor he was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

BOBBY JINDAL WAS A CONSTANT "THORN IN THE SIDE" OF PRESIDENT OBAMA WHEN THE PRESIDENT WAS DRAGGING HIS FEET DURING THE RECENT OIL SPILL. For this and many other reasons his approval rating is 77% among the good folks in Louisiana.

When he did get Obama to Louisiana, the president was rude to the governor, refusing to accept a letter from him, directing Jindal to give it to an aide.

GOVERNOR JINDAL IS A POSITIVE, RISING STAR IN THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR COUNTRY. What he has to say is important!

He pointed out that the U.S. Senate only works 7.5 hours a day, 128 days a year. He had what many think is a great idea. MAKE CONGRESS A PART TIME JOB. Let the congress get a job back home to help support themselves if necessary.

A RIDICULOUS IDEA? I don't think so, I think it is a grand idea. When our country first started our government legislators were part time. Read about one of our greatest statesmen, John Adams. In freezing weather he made the arduous journey south ON HORSE BACK to serve his tenure and then returned to his work on his New England farm.


The 111th Congress passed 10,426 pieces of legislation and another 2,969 Congressional Resolutions. From a study of the drinking habits of Chinese prostitutes to a health bill that changed America, a bill they passed WITHOUT BEING READ, I MIGHT ADD. These people made a joke of their jobs. Thanks to your voting, a lot of them aren't laughing any more, huh? GOOD FOR YOU!

HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE IS WHAT THE LAST ELECTION WAS ABOUT!

If Congress only worked part time, it would be forced to limit it's legislative time to doing the people's business for which they were elected. THEY COULD FORGET ABOUT SPENDING MONEY TO STUDY WHY PIG MANURE STINKS. Any good old boy from West Virginia can tell you, it just does.

THIS BLOG IS ABOUT REDUCING THE COST OF GOVERNMENT!

A big thing in the management of a tire factory was OPERATING COSTS. Having a part time Congress would reduce it's operating costs by 5.42 BILLION DOLLARS.

Making the 520 non-leader's Congressional jobs part time, cutting their pay in half, would save $45,200,000. Add in the three higher leadership salaries and the savings would be $45,738,400. In case you have trouble with such big figures, that is over 45 MILLION!

Congress employs 24,000 staff members--THINK OF THAT! A STAFF OF 24,000 FOR 520 PEOPLE. Wow! I thought my salary staff of 25 Foremen, Supervisors and Inspectors was a lot! Two thousand of these staff members are paid six figures. Just cutting the pay of these 2,000 high paid staff members in half would save $100 MILLION.

BYE-THE-BYE, ONE HALF OF THE STATES FUNCTION QUITE WELL WITH THEIR LEGISLATORS WORKING PART TIME. Half of the states work their legislator half time and another 23 work them 2/3rds of the time.

IF I WAS MANAGER OF "LOWERING THE COST OF GOVERNMENT" I COULD GET THE JOB DONE POST HASTE!

Part two of this blog deals with what your congressional leaders actually do. Don't miss it.

DON'T WORRY, THINGS WILL WORK OUT! WE HAVE BEEN IN WORSE SHAPE. AT LEAST WE WON'T LOSE 8,000 TROOPS ON SOME FOREIGN BEACH HEAD TOMORROW LIKE WE DID IN WWII.

Do yourself a favor. Take time to renew your Spirit with a bit of Scripture then go out and SMELL SOME ROSES.

God Bless each one of us and God Bless the USA.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

CUTTING COSTS OF GOVT. #5: Demogrants!

THIS IS A FOLLOW UP FROM MY LAST BLOG ON TAXES.

In his 1972 campaign for president, George McGovern called the citizens voting for an ever increasing hand out DEMOGRANTS! McGovern is a "scrooge" compared to Obama.

Nearly half our people have the attitude of "Lets have more benefits, spend more! If we aren't paying for it then ITS FREE!" Obama is well on the way to exceeding FDR with his "Take from the rich and give to the poor" attitude. He has yet to devalue the dollar, an outright grab of what half of the citizens have saved, skimming off a goodly portion for politics and spenting the balance on the "poor". BUT THATS COMING, BELIEVE ME!


Obama's biggest problem, while the "takers" are on the increase, the "givers" are quickly dwindling away OR MOVING AWAY. Can you say Bermuda?

Buy a hybrid car, get $7,000 in cash, buy a home get $6,000 in cash. I have a granddaughter who, along with her husband and prior to their marriage, bought a lovely, deeply discounted home, a real bargain. While they wisely took advantage of an economic opportunity, the government gave them $6,000. ABSURD!

Those young people are going to do great in life. I AM VERY PROUD OF BOTH OF THEM, They are each going to school full time working on Master's Degrees.

THEY DO NOT NEED ANY GOVERNMENT DOLE. I don't fault them for taking advantage of the offer. Why not? But, a portion of that $6,000 was money I worked for and want to spend myself. I bet you feel the same about the money you earned, huh?

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN ONCE SAID THAT "A TAXPAYER IS SOMEONE WHO WORKS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUT DOESN'T HAVE TO TAKE A CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION".

The present tax system in our country is not just broken, it is also about as far from our founder's intentions, and the U. S. Constitution, as you can get. IT MUST BE FIXED! In 1895 the Supreme Court ruled that an income tax was unconstitutional. In 1913, however, promising "pies in the skys", the right to tax income was politically established with the 16th Amendment.

WHEN 47% OF THE NATION DOES NOT PAY ANY TAX AT ALL, the likihood of another Amendment to eliminate income tax is improbable. How that income is collected and spent, however, is up for grabs. LETS STAND UP AND REACH!

Representative Suzanne Komas (D-Fl) is an Air Force vet. She spent 17 years with the Orange County Sheriff's office. SHE CALLS FOR TAX CUTS, DEREGULATION AND THE ELIMINATION OF THE IRS. She is for a FLAT TAX. My friends, this is doable! FOR AN INDEPTH LOOK AT THE PROS AND CONS OF A FLAT TAX GO TO Flattax.org.

Whether it is a FLAT TAX or a CONSUMPTION TAX or what have you, the current system can be improved upon making it fair for all. MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING FAIR, A FAIR SYSTEM OF TAXATION WOULD STOP FORCING JOBS OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND ELIMINATE THE UNDERGROUND ECONONY.

Denny Hassert (R-IL) pointed out that a National Sales Tax would be fair to all and that such an improvement would also solve the Social Security and Medicare Crisis. Elimination of unconstitutional entitlement programs would infuse $2.5 TRILLION into the economy.

Elimination of the hated IRS, WHOSE "GOAL" IT IS TO ANSWER 2 OUT OF 3 CALLS, would eliminate another $400 BILLION.

Would you believe that, in court cases where errors were made taking the advice of the IRS itself, the IRS SAID IT WAS UNREASONABLE TO EXPECT THEIR EMPLOYEES TO UNDERSTAND FULLY THE TAX REGULATIONS.

THE IRS MUST GO!

MAKING THE TAX SYSTEM FAIR IS CRUCIAL TO OUR COUNTRY! The present system makes our people unwilling to care for themselves. For example, respected economists have shown that the wealthy spend much more on UNPREPARED FOOD than do the poor. SHOOT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN ECONOMIST TO FIGURE THAT OUT. JUST LOOK AT WHAT'S IN THE CART OF THOSE PAYING FOR THEIR GROCERIES WITH FOOD STAMPS.

My dear Mother, Bless Her Memory, became incensed when she discovered that shared excessive gifts of foodstuffs given to her was allowed to go to waste. Why string snap and cook fresh green beans when you can just buy them fresh frozen or fresh fish when you can get frozen fish sticks already cooked? Uh, of course thats when people who wasted her shared gifts of food were not using money for which they worked to earn.

ARE THESE THOUGHTS ON REDUCING THE COSTS OF GOVERNMENT JUST IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS? Not at all. I speak from experience.

I was Manager of the Milling Division at the Barberton Firestone Plant which was the former Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company. PRESSURE IN THE EXTREME from the parent company was being passed along to middle management to build 8,000 tires a day. IN A YEAR THAT GOAL WAS NEVER ACOMPLISHED. In April of the following year, I assured the Plant Manager that I could exceed that goal.

In August I replaced the Manager of Truck Tire Production AND the Manager of Passenger Tire Production and became the Manager of Tire Production. In two months I was producing 10,000 tires a day with about a quarter less work force. The following February I missed four days for a hernia repair--hardly able to walk, I retured to work with seven inches of stitches in my groin.

WHILE I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL MY TIRE BUILDERS SENT ME FLOWERS AND A MESSAGE THAT THEY HAD BUILT 12,246 TIRES THAT DAY, AN ALL TIME RECORD. THEY SAID THEY DIDN'T NEED ME, JUST STAY IN THE HOSPITAL.

Half way through the next year I reduced the work force from four shifts a day to three shifts a day, using the down shift for repairs and changes and CONSISTENTLY PRODUCED 10,000 tires a day. In that period of time I also painted the entire department, walls, windows and equipment. I piped in music.

I ALSO GOT THE FOREMEN AND SUPERVISORS OFF THEIR BUTTS AND OUT ON THE FLOOR. Uh, thats the foremen and supervisors that survived, and I might add, these were paid a lot more money for being successful. (Sort of like our last election, HA)

Cutting the costs of Government just takes brains and guts. I'm ready, are you?

GO TEA PARTY!

God Bless you and God Bless the USA.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

GAFFE, GAFFE, WHO'S GOT THE GAFFE? Sarah or Joe?

HAVE YOU EVER MISS SPOKE A WORD? Of course you say, so what, nothing wrong with that is there? No, not unless your name is Sarah Palin.

In conversation about North Korea's shelling YEONPYEONG iSLAND, Sarah said "Our friends, the North Koreans". I assure you she knows better but you would never know it from the wide and loud media bombardment!

She knows full well about the international investigation disclosing that, in deed, North Korea torpedoed and sank a South Korean warship killing 46 sailors. Who doesn't know?

She knows the USS Washington battle group is even now conducting war games with South Korea. She misspoke. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! I like Sarah! Did you know?

Do you recall in the September before the 2008 election when Joe Biden made the comment about the crash of '29 saying that the then President FDR, (it was Hoover), went on television, (it hadn't been invented yet), to soothe the nation.


That, along with many other Biden gaffes, were constantly being covered with conflicting information on Sarah Palin, like the supposedly $150,000 wardrobe story. That was followed with a hailstorm about expensive footwear. WHAT NONSENSE! But, you would never know from the media coverage.




THE OBAMA CAMP INSTITUTED MAELSTROM WAS INTENDED TO ECLIPSE BIDEN'S MANY MEGA-GAFFES AND BRING ABOUT THE DEATH OF "PALINMANIA" THAT WAS SWEEPING THE NATION AND RESCUING MC CAIN'S STRUGGLING CAMPAIGN. The media was complicit in the cover up.

When chided by the Obama handler's for his gaffes Joe said he guessed it was a good thing he didn't mention "ANYTHING ABOUT BITTER PEOPLE WHO CLING TO THEIR GUNS AND RELIGION".

Gotta like Joe!

The McCain campaign was a financial nighmare. In his own maladroid way, Senator McCain continued to expose his own weakness in matters fiscal and monetary by "returning to Washington to straighten out the bailouts".

The McCain group was rudderless while their contender lurched from blunder to blunder. Although she initially reversed his down turn and started a flow of new money, even a bright, new star like Sarah Palin could not save McCain from McCain.

Sarah Palin's leadership in the Tea Party is making a difference today. Like Bill O'Reilly and those rare others who expose the truth, everyone owes a debt to this imperfect Sarah Palin.

LET HE WHO HAS NOT MISS SPOKE THROW THE FIRST STONE, HUH?

May God Bless each one of you and may He continue to bless the USA.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CUTTING COSTS OF GOVT #4 - Taxes

The Articles of Confederation adopted in 1781 reflected our forefathers fear of a strong central government in America and so retained much of the power in the states. There was no intention to use a tax on the people to equalize income or wealth.

Indeed, Thomas Jefferson once wrote regarding social welfare that "To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his father has acquired too much, in order to spare other who (or whose fathers) have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, to guarantee to everyone a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it"

For most of our nation's history individual tax payers rarely had any significant contact with federal tax authorities of the government. The government's income was derived from excise taxes, tarrif and custom duties.

The federal, state and local tax systems in the United States have been marked by significant changes in the last 50 to 100 years in response to a change in the way the government has percieved it's responsibility to take care of the people with a primary purpose of being reelected to office. THE PEOPLE, IN RESPONSE, HAVE BECOME WEAK AND DEPENDANT.

DO YOU KNOW THAT THERE WAS NO TAX ON AN INDIVIDUAL'S INCOME UNTIL MY PARENT'S LIFE TIME--THINK OF THAT!

When Dad was a young man, Congress passed, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, a new income tax law with rates beginning at at 1%, YES, 1%, rising to 7% for tax payers with income in excess of $500,000. TAX FORM 1040 WAS INTRODUCED.

Can you imagine your life without the burden of paying income taxes? WELL, NEVER LET THE CAMEL PUT HIS NOSE UNDER THE TENT!

Then, Congress came back and passed a Revenue Tax Act raising the lowest tax rate from 1% to 2% with the highest rate of 15% on incomes in excess of 1.5 Million.

CONGRESS HAD THE BIT IN THEIR TEETH!

HAVING GOT BY WITH THE FIRST TIME EVER INCOME REDISTRIBUTION IN 1916, in 1918 they AGAIN raised the lowest rate to 6% and the top rate to 77%.

From that point on there has been no limit on the willingness of Congress, followed by state and local governments, to ursurp the people's money.

WHEN RONALD REAGAN APPEARED ON THE SCENE IN 1981 HE INTRODUCED THE TAX RECOVERY ACT WHICH FAVORED A 25% REDUCTION IN INDIVIDUAL TAX BRACKETS AND BROUGHT THE TOP TAX BRACKET DOWN TO 50%.

Although the government's income was reduced from the reduction in the tax rate schedule, Congress continued to give more and more money away in various welfare benefits, something for nothing but paid for by the "doers" in our country. A tax creep continued until George W. Bush again reduced taxes.PRESENTLY, PRESIDENT OBAMA OPENLY ADMITS TO A "SPREAD THE WEALTH" POLICY. Take from the rich to give to the poor, isn't that EXACTLY what he said to Joe the Plumber? He has even opposed the right of the state of Arizona to protect themselves from foreign invasion, clearly a state's right intended by our founders. REREAD JEFFERSON'S COMMENTS ABOVE!

IT IS UP TO THE PEOPLE--Thats you and me, my friend--TO STOP THIS SHIFT FROM WHAT HAS MADE AMERICA GREAT - The pursuit of happiness, not the guarantee of happiness. A CRUCIAL FREEDOM IS ABOUT TO BE LOST AS THE "SO CALLED" BUSH TAX CUTS ARE ABOUT TO EXPIRE. Your vote in the last election may have saved the day here, time will tell!

In 1989 I had my best month ever as a Stock Broker. Preparing myself with study, qualfying for state and federal licenses, working smart, working many, many hours--far more so than the average broker--wisely using support and investing my own personal capital, I earned $40,000 in October of that year. After taxes, my take home pay was $18,000. ALTHOUGH IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING LAW, TAKING MY HARD EARNED MONEY WAS UN AMERICAN, IN MY OPINION.

ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, Congress passed a retroactive law that sales awards were taxable. PREVIOUS TO THE LAW BEING PASSED, my extremely hard work that year qualified me for trips with my wife to Maui, Ireland and England, and Austria as well as a very expensive cruise. I HAD TO COUGH UP THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO PAY TAXES ON MY SALES AWARDS, NOT ON INCOME, MIND YOU, ON AWARDS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE.

Go back and reread the paragraph above and see how this experience compares with the expressed writing of Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the U.S. Constitution. THE GOVERNMENT TOOK THE FRUITS OF MY LABOR TO GIVE TO OTHERS WHO DID NOT EARN THEM.

FED UP, I RETIRED! All the capital I was raising to build or expand a wide assortment of business dried up. OUR COUNTRY WAS THE LOSER AND THAT PAINS ME!

Was there a winner? Yes, people like my neighbor, a high school dropout and a loser in general, who is currently drawing unemployment, refusing to accept any of many jobs that has come his way, getting food stamps and making regular trips to the free food banks.


ALTHOUGH RETIRED, I AM STILL BEING TAXED TO PAY FOR HIS LACK OF INDUSTRY! They are literally taking my RETIREMENT INCOME, which I EARNED by laboring hard and long and LIVING CONSERVATIVELY, and giving it to this shiftless person and entire generations just like him.

THIS IS BECOMING A LONG BLOG. CONSIDER IT TO BE THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF SEVERAL ON TAXES.

I KNOW I COULD REDUCE THE COST OF GOVERNMENT. SO CAN OUR LEADERS IF WE HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE.

Thank goodness for the Tea Party who is doing just that.

God Bless you and God Bless the USA.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

AMERICAN FREEDOM: It Must Be Defended Daily!

On April 19, 1775 700 British Army regulars were ordered to capture and destroly miltary supplies in Concord, Massachusetts. Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose home I have visited, in his "Concord Hymn" wrote about the battle at the North Bridge being "The shot heard around the world!"

About 80 militiamen stood in ranks in the Concord village commons, as local spectators looked on. Captain Parker, in command, who was suffering from tuberculouis, understood that his group was vastly outnumbered as they stood in harm's way.

When the scrimish ended 8 Massachusetts men were dead and 10 were wounded. Captain Parker's own cousin was run through. Only one British soldier was wounded.
THE RESULT? Americans are a free people today thanks to these and many others who, while outnumbered, stood in harm's way.

WE ARE FREE TO SPEAK UP TO THOSE WHOM WE HAVE ELECTED TO REPRESENT US WITHOUT FEAR OF REPRISAL!
How is it working?
You decide how it is working today.
Velma Hart, an attractive, middle aged woman, obviously educated, in a calm manner made this statement to President Obama. (He was holding a lot of small "neighborhood" meetings trying to reverse his falling popularity.)

She said ""I am exhausted! I am exhausted from defending you, defending your adminstration, defending the man for change I voted for and I am deeply disappointed with where we are right now!"

A very impressive person, Velma Hart was the Chief Financial Officer with AmVets, a Maryland Veterans Group.

TWO MONTHS AFTER HER COMMENT TO THE PRESIDENT, VELMA HART WAS FIRED FROM HER JOB. The reason is obvious, isn't it?

Velma Hart is a modern day Minute Man, in my opinion!

THE TEA PARTYS OF TODAY ARE LIKE THE 80 ON THE GREEN IN CONCORD. THEY MAY BE OUTNUMBERED BUT THEY ARE IN THE RIGHT.


I PLAN TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED.


WILL YOU JOIN ME?

God bless each of you and God Bless the USA.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A SCARLET AND GREY DAY: Go Bucks!

THIS ENDED UP A GRAND DAY, a grand day indeed!

The Red Tailed Hawk is one of my favorite creatures in Nature. I tell my wife, Julie, that I don't believe in reincarnation but if I'm wrong, I'm going to come back as a Red Tailed Hawk.

On my way to my daughter, Kimberly's, today, a red tail swooped across the road, maybe 25 yards in front of my van heading for a steep bank on the left side of the road. As he got to the bank he flared his wings, spread his red tail wide, literally stopping in air as his talons shot down to pick up a field mouse.

I LOVED IT! I knew it was gonna be a grand day! It ended as a grand day with many a groan along the way.

AT THE IOWA SENIOR DAY AT KINNIK STADIUM IN IOWA CITY, THE OHIO STATE BUCKS BEAT IOWA 20-17. It was the Bucks 1st come from behind 4th quarter win of the season.
Not needing any sour grape whining in that we won, Ohio State was on the short end of some bad official calls today. They didn't need that as they were committing enough errors on their own. Two egregiously missed calls against the Hawkeyes, as well as several questionable calls against the Bucks, denied the Bucks at least two additional touch downs. THAT'S LIFE IN THE BIG CITY!

Indeed, the Bucks tended to shoot themselves in the foot today. The offensive right end went into motion early on two successive plays. Pass after pass after pass was dropped. Posie, dependable Posie, dropped a perfect, game winning touch down pass in the end zone with 4:02 on the clock. He came back and caught the next pass setting up the winning touch down run by Herron as time was running out. CLOSE!
It is always grand going to Kimberly and Jack's home. Big flat screen anyone? Because of the generosity of others, I own two big screen tv's but those new flat screens are something else, aren't they?

Another reason for going to games at Kimberlys? You can always depend on getting sloppy joes and brownies. The only thing wrong with the brownies? Being a type 2 diabetic, I should not eat any, which means I only ate one. YUMMY!

It was a good football day over all as West Virginia and Navy also won. Michigan at Ohio State next week and then a bowl game. In a 3 way tie right now in the Big Ten, the Bucks could still make it to the Rose Bowl. If not, they will be in a bowl game somewheres. Army-Navy game on December 11th at Kimberly's, a tradition of many years standing. Go Navy!

TURKEY DAY AT MY SON MARK'S ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY, OUR FIRST THANKSGIVING DINNER EVER AT HIS BEAUTIFUL HOME, AND FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL, AND MORE FOOTBALL. Yeah!

May your day also have been merry and bright. It would have been if you were a Buck Fan.

God Bless!

CUTTING COST OF GOVT-#3: Stop Giving $ Away

In my 27 year career as an Industrial Manger at Firestone,one of my most important responsibilities was achieving the desired "BOTTOM LINE" on my financial report. If I was assigned to reduce government spending, after cutting officials salary and stopping the ridiculous spending, I WOULD STOP GIVING MONEY AWAY.

Perhaps you might think that we should give money away because we are the richest people on the face of the earth. WE ARE NOT! We are not. We are also not the 2nd, 3rd, or the 5th richest nation on earth. As measured by Per Individual Gross National Income, we are only the 7th richest.

It might be noted that the unemployment rate of the other 10 richest nations on earth range from 1.3% to 4.8% with an overall average of 2.2%. KEEP IN MIND THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF THE USA IS NEARLY 10%.

OF THE 10 RICHEST NATIONS ON EARTH, OTHER THAN THE USA, ONLY NORWAY GIVES AWAY ANY MONEY IN FOREIGN AID! Do they know something that we do not? Check out this chart of who in the world gives any foreign aid. Note where no foreign aid is given away. Big difference, huh? Notice the absence of any foeign aid given by China or Russia on this chart!


The top 10 contributors of Foreign Aid measured in Billions are USA 12.9, Japan 9.2, Germany 5.4, France 5.2, UK 4.8, Netherlands 3.4, Italy 2.3, Canada 2.0, Sweden and Norway 1.8 each. AGAIN, CHINA AND RUSSIA DO NOT GIVE ANY FOREIGN AID. Neither did our friends, the Auzzies, either!

I SHOULD NOTE THAT I FIND CURRENT INFORMATION NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ATTAIN. ALL FIGURES QUOTED ARE MY BEST EFFORT FOR RECENT YEARS OR AS NOTED. The point intended remains the same!

WHO ARE WE GIVING OUR MONEY TO ANYWAY? In 2006, in millions of dollars, it was Israel $2,520, Egypt $1,795, Columbia $558, Jordan $461, Pakistan $698, Peru $133, Indonesia $158, Kenya $213, Bolivia $122, Ukraine $115, India $94, Haiti $163, RUSSIA $52, Ethiopia $145, West Bank/Gaza $150, Liberia $89, Bangladesh $49 and Bosnia $51.

WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD WE EVER GIVE RUSSIA ONE PLUGGED PENNY? In 2006 we gave them $52 Million? How much did your government give you in 2006? Better question, how much did your government take away from you in 2006?

INDIA IS EATING OUR LUNCH, ECONOMICALLY, AND WE ARE GIVING THEM MONEY? Why would we have given them $94 Million in 2006 when we were giving them our jobs already?


Are we trying to buy friendship? MOST OF THESE PEOPLE HATE OUR GUTS! Check how 95% of the 192 UN member nations consistently voted against the USA in the UN as shown in the chart below. In particular note how people have voted against us from 2005 to 2008. Only 10% voted with us in 2007. Friends? Hardly!
THE OFFICIAL OBJECTIVE OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IS: (1) Achieve Peace and Security, (2) Governing justly and democratically, (3) Investing in People, (4) Promoting economic growth and prosperity, (5) Providing humanitarian assistance, (6) Promoting international understanding, and (7) Strengthening U.S. Consular and Management capabilities.


HOW DO YOU THINK WE ARE DOING? It is your money and your opinion counts if you stand up and make your voice heard, which is what I am trying to do.


WHAT REALLY HAPPENS TO FOREIGN AID? Corruption is a major problem with many of the funds ending up in private accounts. After all, the leaders get our dollars, not the people. And no small point, for a fact, richer nations get most of our foreign aid.


Peter Bauer, brilliant British economist said it best when he said: All too often Foreign Aid turns out to be TRANSFERRING MONEY FROM POOR PEOPLE IN A RICH COUNTRY TO RICH PEOPLE IN A POOR COUNTRY". Well said, Peter!


Were I the Manager in Charge of Reducing Government Costs, I'D STOP FOREIGN AID. That would reduce cost of government big time, huh?


Yes, Israel is an important friend in a troubled part of the world. They get the most aid. ISRAEL IS RELATIVE PROSPEROUS, HOWEVER, CERTAINLY MORE SO THAN MOST OF THE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. I might help them repel the incoming scud missles but no dollars.


It is difficult to consider how much a billion is but consider the $84,454,827,200 in Foreign Aid we have given to Israel from 1949 to 1997. That works out to be $14,630 for each citizen of Israel. That gift cost the USA $134,791,507,200, or $23,240 per USA citizen because we gave them money we borrowed and paid $49,936,680,000 in interest on the loan.


I AM NO ECONOMIST BUT I AM ONE WHALE OF A GOOD MANAGER AND, WHILE THESE FIGURES ARE MIND-BOGGLING IF I COPIED THEM CORRECTLY, IT IS CLEAR THAT WE ARE GETTING THE SHORT END OF THE STICK. And, yes, Israel is our friend and I wish them well!


Charity? The Americans are the most charitable people on earth giving away hundreds of billions of dollars yearly to people in need around the globe, over and above the foreign aid.


No, I am not looking to be a write in candidate for a job. HA HA



It is our country, folks. Let's own it! I will if you will. Can you say Tea Party?



God Bless!

Friday, November 19, 2010

CUTTING COSTS OF GOVERNMENT #2: Stop Foolish Spending!

Were I appointed "Manager" in charge of reducing costs of government, one of the first, and easiest, things I would do, AFTER CUTTING OUR REPRESENTATIVES SALARIES, would be to stop the obviously foolish spending.

SUCH AS, YOU MIGHT ASK? One doesn't have to look too far.

How does $2.6 Million spent to study why prostitutes in China drink too much. Duh! Who cares? It is certainly none of our business. Were it Japan at the end of WWII when the sailors from the USS Yuma, ATF94 hit town for liberty, maybe we'd have a dog in that fight. In China, we don't.



If you can justify spending millions on Chinese whores maybe you can justify spending $400,000 to do a study on the Gay sexual behavior of ARGENTIA bars. DUH AGAIN!

While we're on a roll, how about the $12 million given to UCLA to study African health. Would you believe $800,000 of that $12 million was used on a African Gential Washing Study?

Would you believe $117,000 of your tax dollars went to study "Party Drugs" in BRAZIL bars? Yes, Brazil!

CHUMP CHANGE? Well, it's your money. Remember what U.S. Senator Everette Dirkson (R-IL) said on the Johnny Carson show? He opined that "A MILLION HERE AND A MILLION THERE AND PRETTY SOON YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT REAL MONEY".

I know you've heard that. Now you know what he was talking about.


When J. P. Morgan was asked what and where they had spent the $25 BILLION of your hard earned tax dollars that they were given, they declined to answer. WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE IS THAT THEY, AND OTHER BANKS, USED THAT MONEY TO PAY THEIR SENIOR EXECUTIVES A SALARY OF $1.6 MILLION A YEAR, PLUS BONUSES AND OTHER BENEFITS. How is your salary and bonuses and other benefits coming?

Even Sen. Dirkson would agree that this was BIG BUCKS FOR A GROSS FAILURE IN DOING THEIR JOBS, unless their jobs was to gobble up your hard earned dollars.

How about $742,764 to study the olive fruit fly. HOW MANY OLIVE TREES IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. Must be a lot in France as $200,509 of that money went to Paris.

Things must really be bad up in Sarah Palin's neck of the woods. I don't know how many youth are located on the Eagle River in Alaska but $1,128,000 was spent to "monitor" their behavior. Doubt they were skinny dipping in that cold water, huh?

TURKEY, TURKEY, TURKEY. Like the deer, you have to watch for them on the highway throughout much of Ohio. One committed hari kerra by flying into my daughter-in-law's van.

You spent $172,782 for the National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield, SC, did you know? It would have been cheaper just to ship them some of our turkeys.

Don't forget poor little West Virginia. $123,050 of your money went to build a Mother's Day Schrine in Grafton, WV. Lot of you Mothers out there who could probably found better use for that money, huh?

While we're helping out the home folk in WV, you spent $1,529,200 for an Appalachian Fruit Lab. Derned fruit flys getting in the moonshine, you reckon?

WANT TO TALK SOME REAL MONEY? How about the infamous BRIDGE TO NO WHERE in Alaska. The bridge was built to unpopulated Gravina Island. Uh, $233 Million worth of no where.

What could you do with $3 million? Thats what the government spent to study the DNA of bears in Montana. BEAR'S DNA? Probably related to Yoga, that picnic basket stealing rascal.





I don't know how much the total spent was but the GITMO DETAINEES were each given their own lap top computers. I DON'T HAVE A LAP TOP COMPUTER!

A study of why pig droppings stink or the habit of an ant in Africa, or a seemingly endless list of waste, DO OUR LEADERS CARE? What do you think?

Well, U.S. Representative Rick Baucher got $10 MILLION for a new radio station, a heritage center and a veteran's cemetery in SW Virginia. To make sure the folks knew, and would vote him back in, he spent $140,000 in postage telling them about it. In total he spent $18.5 MILLION in postage in 2009.



STEPPING OUT ON YOUR DIME!


REALLY, IT IS THE PRINCIPAL OF THE THING. Like President Obama taking his wife on a date to New York City. No record of what it cost for the Air Force One and two other jets, Security, Communications, and police on overtime in Washington, DC and New York City but it estimated that the THREE planes alone cost $24,000 each.

Guess they don't have any good restaurants and theaters in Washington, DC. The Presidential seating just goes to waste, I guess.

BUT, HE FEELS YOUR PAIN! Remember?

DO YOU RECALL THAT HE HAD THE GALL TO SCOLD THE CORPORATE EXECUTIVES FOR COMING TO CONGRESS ON THEIR PRIVATE JETS FOR A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING?

Cut spending? I'D DO IT SO FAST HEADS WOULD SPIN! If this continues I trust you will join me at the next election and put in all new faces in DC.

Next report is on GIVING YOUR MONEY AWAY TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LIKE US.

Stay tuned.

God Bless you and God Bless the USA.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

CUTTING COST OF GOVERNMENT #1: How?

Several years ago I chanced to meet a fellow employee of Firestone. Jules, much younger than I, following the closing of 21 North American tire plants by Firestone and Goodyear, had taken a job with another firm in Mid-Ohio. He told me I had been a topic of conversation at his company.



Jules said his new company was perplexed at it's inability to achieve production goals. He said that Jack, who was one of my shift foremen, also an employee of the same company as Jules, told his management that he could tell them how to achieve their goals in short order. HE SAID TO HIRE WALT PIERCE.

When they questioned him about doing that, Jack told them to forget it as I had become a Stock Broker with Merrill Lynch and would have no interest in returning to Production Management.

The years have passed. Jack Petite was a great leader in his own right in and out of business. He had been a staff sergeant in the army in WWII. He died a year or so ago and the world lost a great guy. It was an honor to be so remembered by him.
Led by the Tea Party, Americans in their last election said they wanted their representatives to lower the size and cost of government. Like the above mentioned company, everyone is perplexed by how. I'll try to write a few blogs on how I might achieve this goal were I named "Manager".

As the elected leaders have in no way, matter, shape or form achieved the goal of the American people, I'd get their attention. I'D IMMEDIATELY CUT THEIR PAY AND TELL THEM THAT THEY HAD TO EARN THE RESULTING LOWER SALARY OR HAVE IT CUT FURTHER NEXT YEAR.

In 2008-09 Congress received a 16% pay raise at a time when the NASDAQ fell 8.4%. They did deny themselves a raise this year. BIG DEAL! In 2010 rank-and-file members of the House and Senate was paid $174,000 a year. The Senate Majority and Minority Leaders each receive $193,400. The Speaker of the House receives $223,500.

THIS IS IN ADDITION TO MANY, MANY PERKS. Can you say having your own military air plane at your disposal? Think of that!

The median wealth of the House of Representatives is $765,000, up from $645,503 the prior year. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) is worth $300 Million; Representative Jane Harmon (D-CA) is worth $293 Million; and Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is worth $238 Million. DOES WEALTH PREVENT PEOPLE FROM BEING A REPRESENTATIVE? Certainly not. It does beg to question their ability to understand life of the people.

Again, the first thing I'd do would be to make the income of THE PEOPLE'S EMPLOYEES,, and that is what the Representatives are, reflect their attainment of what the people want. I'D ALSO PUT THEM ON NOTICE THAT THEY HAD TWO YEARS TO GET THE JOB DONE OR BE FIRED.

Early in my 27 years as an Industrial Manager I learned that just as important as getting good people to work for me was the readiness to instantly fire those who couldn't hack the job. If the American people, as a whole, the employers of the Representatives, en mass called telling them to start their new Congress by cutting their own pay, don't bet against it happening.

Naive? Maybe but remember, WE ALREADY HAVE THEIR ATTENTION!

NEXT, I'D CUT THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS BY 10% IMMEDIATELY. No sweat! I've done that many times. There is always some fat everywhere, where the Representives are spending OPM (other people's money) there is mucho fat!

That's the next blog.

Stay tuned!

God bless each of us and God bless the USA.