Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Country Founded by Geniuses But Run By Idiots- Foxworthy Nails It

A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots
by Jeff Foxworthy:

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but
not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or
to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a
check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but
not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from
owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty
F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live
in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but
not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make
you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but
is run by idiots.

If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a
wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a
woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and
head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by
geniuses but is run by idiots.

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions
of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his
teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class
in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government
regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food
Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free
cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses
but is run by idiots.

If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide
incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment
checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was
diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself
makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in
a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Reserve Your Seat at the Banquet of Consequences- The Sunday Collage

Tonight I was out at the racetrack when I received a call that a friend of mine had died. We weren't particularly close but I liked him enough that I teased him a lot. He was good natured. He was in his 30's.

If I've learned one thing in life- it is that life has consequences. The idea that you can live dangerously or foolishly and escape the consequences of that lifestyle is a myth. Every one of us seems to have heard about some guy who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day and lived to be 90. Mostly, I think, that is bullshit. Everyone I know that drinks and smokes heavily dies young. In my friend's case- he literally drank himself to death. He might not have known the consequences entirely but he had other health related issues. A girlfriend of his had died last year and the truth is, he was never the same. I'm not sure he cared about living anymore. Pretty sad when I think about it. He had a depression he just couldn't escape.

I think 2014 may be the year that we take our seats at the banquet of consequences.

I am a conspiracy theorist. Without a doubt. I believe in conspiracies largely- because they have been proven time and time again- to exist. We've seen mortgage banking conspiracies, libor rigging scandals, and there is no doubt in my mind that the gold market is manipulated by central bankers. Even Germany has come out to say that gold's price is being suppressed.

Our President's entire presidency has been one big conspiracy that started with his birth records and class transcripts, and has extended through at least five scandals that began when he gave every thieving banker in America a get of out of jail card.   

All the fraudulent numbers including inflation, unemployment, housing starts, and fudged corporate earnings have reached their respective zeniths.

A completely rigged world has no encore. Quite simply, we skipped the banquet of consequences in 2008 and the caterers are back. The banquet is on in 2014.

The other day I was listening to a gal on talk radio who said that she could afford to pay about 250 a month or about 3000 dollars a year for healthcare. Unfortunately she said, Obamacare was going to cost her (for her family of four) about 11,000 a year or 900 a month. They had a combined income of 70,000 gross or 50,000 net. Since healthcare is paid for after taxes, her new bill will amount to over 20% of her available after tax funds. Or about the same as her home mortgage. My situation is very similar.

So where are people going to get the money to pay for healthcare? A- They're not.

I also noted that Congress eliminated eight tax breaks this year- two that are going to effect me dramatically. I think we're just a little early yet and people haven't started filing and getting a taste of this. I think I am going to owe an additional 500 more this year even though my income went down.

For 5 years I've been on this blog waiting for the banquet to arrive. Not because I am some doomsday prepper but because I have always known there are consequences for our actions. Somehow this country has been able to avoid the consequences of what happened prior to 2008- largely I think because the central bank has been pouring money into Wall St. and the stock market desperately trying to avoid a cataclysmic deflationary episode.

I noted a poll the other day which has Obama finding new lows. Even lower than Nixon in the midst of the Watergate scandal. I don't think Obama's approval ratings are going to get a dead cat bounce either- in fact he may wind up with the same 10% approval rate that Congress has. Truth is- he should have been impeached long before Benghazi.

Life is all about consequences. Today my 53 year old body hurts. I can feel every nagging injury in my legs and arms. My knees, sans a meniscus here or there, crack and pop when I walk. My feet and ankles are sore from years of weightlifting abuse. My right shoulder aches badly where I tore a rotator cuff tackling a guy who thought 15 years in prison was more than he could bear. I have other issues too. All of them are the consequences of my lifestyle choices. Some of them I made unwittingly- some I did not.

So I have to get ok with all of that. I accept responsibility. I have to be ok with everything that is about to happen in America as well- because as a man- I understand that we don't escape the consequences of our actions just because we want to. That's just not the way life works. 

I hope my friend is in a better place.