Backward

It amazes and saddens me that over these many years, the problem has only gotten worse.

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I find it appalling that we live in a country where CEOs make millions of dollars in bonuses for driving a company into the ground.  I find it appalling that we live in a country where government leaders can’t balance the budget and/or have driven this country to ruin, but they still get a raise.  Why do we live in a country that rewards failure?  Shouldn’t we be withholding bonuses from CEOs that lead their company to failure?  Shouldn’t government leaders take a pay freeze when they can’t accomplish the most basic of their duties.  Backward!

I find it appalling that school districts release good teachers because they can’t afford them.  I find it appalling that the average teacher salary in the U.S. is around $40,000, while the NFL league minimum is around $300,000.  Think about this folks.  The person entrusted with teaching your child makes 50 times less a…

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New Beginnings

It’s been far to long and far too much has happened in my life to let this blog sit idle any longer. This blog will address relationships, religion, politics, along with a myriad of other topics the average person would find boring. However, it is my goal that by writing this blog, I will be able to gain a better insight to my core beliefs and the struggles that I have to adapting this beliefs to the world around me. I hope that his blog will help others on their own personal journey. So I invite you along this adventure called life.

Backward

I find it appalling that we live in a country where CEOs make millions of dollars in bonuses for driving a company into the ground.  I find it appalling that we live in a country where government leaders can’t balance the budget and/or have driven this country to ruin, but they still get a raise.  Why do we live in a country that rewards failure?  Shouldn’t we be withholding bonuses from CEOs that lead their company to failure?  Shouldn’t government leaders take a pay freeze when they can’t accomplish the most basic of their duties.  Backward!

I find it appalling that school districts release good teachers because they can’t afford them.  I find it appalling that the average teacher salary in the U.S. is around $40,000, while the NFL league minimum is around $300,000.  Think about this folks.  The person entrusted with teaching your child makes 50 times less a year than Charlie Sheen makes per episode.  The teacher is the doorway to your child’s future and they aren’t paid close to their actually value to society and America’s future.  Backward!

I find it appalling that the men and women in uniform sacrifice so much and yet make so little.  I would say a majority of the people I served in combat with were E-1 to E-4.  Meaning that these individuals made around $12,000 – $24,000.  Remember, some of  these individuals will pay the ultimate price defending our country’s ideals.  Again, NFL players make a minimum of $300,000.  Why do we pay entertainers and athletes 10-100 times more than our soldiers?  What grave sacrifice do they make to validate the exorbitant salaries they receive?  Backward!

As a society, we have things backward.  CEOs need to be paid based on performance.  It is high time to stop paying these individuals for failure.  Government leaders need to be paid based on performance.  If they can’t meet their minimum obligations, no raise.  It is high time to stop paying these individuals for failure.  It is high time that teachers get paid for the value and services they provide to society.  As stated before, they are the doorway to our society’s future.  Their salaries should reflect that.  Our military personnel should make more money.  Let’s stop funding on gas emissions from cows, pigs, and drunks.  Reallocate that money to military pay.  They sacrifice so much and their salaries should reflect that.  As for the entertainers and athletes out there.  Stop whining about making millions of dollars.  I know millions of people who would love to have your job and would do it at a fraction of your salary.

R.I.P. America

Our country has gone down the toilet.  While the last remnants were swirling at the bottom, we went about our daily lives.  It wasn’t our problem that our neighbors were struggling with unemployment and foreclosure.  It wasn’t our problem that our state was cutting school funding to make payroll.  It wasn’t our problem that our government was heading toward anarchy and total chaos.  The thing is, it is our problem.

No one takes notice of a situation until it hits our pocketbooks.  Ever wonder why gas prices are so high?  Is it because of the crisis in the Middle East?  Partially.  Ever wonder if 10 or 100 or even a 1000 new oil wells will help alleviate the prices at the pump?  The answer would be a big, fat NO.  The reason, refineries.  We can drill and pump all the oil we want, but without the refineries to process it, it doesn’t matter.  The last refinery in this country was build in 1976 (http://www.gasandoil.com/goc/news/ntn12966.htm).  1976 folks.  Why don’t we build more refineries?  Two reasons.  First, environmental concerns.  Remember, everyone wants cheap gas; but no one wants a refinery in their backyard.  Second and most important, the bottom line.  Refineries cost money; lots of money.  However, most of the oil companies could afford it.  But with more refineries, comes more petrol products on the market, which means cheaper price.  The oil big wigs like their fat paychecks, even if it kills the American family.

I like what is currently going on in Wisconsin.  Not because people are facing losing their jobs.  I like it because so many people are voicing their opinions.  Problem: large budget crisis.  Solution: cut benefits.  Sounds simple, but it is a far cry from what needs to be done.  We, as American citizens, have come to live with excess so long, it has become an unwritten right for all.  The issue here is that budget cuts need to be made.  The hard truth is that the “excess” needs to be cut in order for the state to survive.  However, it is a cut that needs to come from everyone.  It is time for the governor faces the reality that in order to make things work, he needs to cut “excess” too.  This holds true for all facets of government.  Our leaders need to cut personal “excess” in order to make things work.  Ever wonder why prices in D.C. are so high?  Partially because of the salaries of the government workers.  Higher salaries lead to higher cost of living lead to higher salaries lead to . . . you get the picture.

What has happened in this country is tragic.  The leaders of our nation (government and private) stepped on the backs of the “little people” in order to fulfill their dreams.  The cost in some cases have been billions of dollars and millions of jobs lost to atone for the sins of the few.  The unfortunate thing, is the atonement comes on the very backs that were trampled to begin with.  Our country has fallen away from the ideals of our forefathers.  Self-interest and greed were never part of the founding documents.  This country was founded on the principal of the common-good and justice for all.  There is no good in over $2 billion dollars of household credit card debt.  There is no justice for the people having to bailout the companies foreclosing on their house.  There is no justice for the people unemployed from companies taking taxpayer bailouts.  There is no good or justice for our children when we wash our hands of $11 trillion in debt.  This country is a far cry from the vision of the founders and we are paying dearly for it.  Stand up with your brothers and sisters in Wisconsin and start a movement in your area.  It’s time to tell our leaders, “enough is enough”.

 

Pledge

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Many of us know the words, but what do the words mean to you?  Here is what I think . . .

To pledge allegiance means that you are taking an oath of loyalty.  An oath of loyalty to the flag of the United States of America.  The flag of the United States of America being the representation of the ideals that the forefathers of this nation sacrificed so much for.  So by pledging allegiance, you are taken an oath of loyalty to the ideals upon which this great nation was founded.

Republic means a country in which the power resides within the people.

One nation under God symbolizes the very reason that the first settlers came to the North America to begin with.  To escape religious persecution.  It is not in fact stating that you yourself believe in God.  It is simply stating that you give an oath of loyalty to the ideal that people of this country are giving the right to choose their religious preference.

Indivisible simply means means a whole which cannot be separated.

With liberty simply means that the people of this country are free from rule from outside governments.

and justice for all simply means that all people are treated fairly and equally.

So the Pledge of Allegiance is an oath the each person will uphold the ideals upon which this nation was founded.  Special interests groups would have us believe that schools that recite the Pledge of Allegiance are forcing religious views upon students and violating the very principle of freedom of religion.  But remember, it is an oath of loyalty to upholding the values in which this country were founded, not forced prayer to a deity they may or may not believe in.

These special interest groups have separated this one word and have perverted the very meaning of what it symbolizes.  Doing this has in fact destroyed what the Pledge is meant to protect.  Individuals who believe in the oath and wish to say it in a public setting are not allowed to.  Meaning that our country is being separated by a single word taken out of context.  We are no longer a country were rule resides with the people.  The rule of the land resides with a minority of individuals represented by enemies of this country’s ideals.  And justice for all, not hardly.  Less than 3% of the population not allowing the other 97% to say this oath in a public domain because they focus on one word that they take out of context.  That isn’t justice for anyone.

I know there are people out there that don’t agree with my position.  I think that is fantastic.  We are a nation that is built on the fact that we can express our ideas freely without fear of backlash from our government.  If you have a differing viewpoint, please feel free to share.  It is your right.  Remember, it is a freedom of, not a freedom from.