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I can hardly believe what I’m seeing. People are striking at McDonalds because they aren’t making $15/hour. Are you kidding me? $15/hour?
Since when is this McDonald’s fault? Since when was Subway and Burger King responsible for making sure that employees could sustain a family of six on their meager minimum wage salary. But today, these ingrates are laying this at the feet of all those companies out there that provide those jobs. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
The way I see it, every person who decides to strike because of this crap needs to be fired and replaced with people who want to work, not these idiots with their pricy neck tattoos and acrylic nails (hat tip: @FlyOverAngel) or the ones that weigh in at over 250 lbs (hat tip: @jd_bowen). They need to LOSE their jobs because they’re obviously not happy with them.
When I started out after high school, I took a job making $3.35/hour washing dishes at a truck stop. I didn’t gripe that it wasn’t enough to live on. I just needed something for residual income before going to the Army. That’s what a minimum wage job is for. I never complained. I busted my butt.
I was there to wash dishes. But I went further. I learned how to prepare food and work the grill, I bleached down the kitchen when time allowed, I waited tables so the waitresses could get a break, and I made our customers feel welcome and valued. I learned a lot about customer service – that was my takeaway beyond the pay.
Now I’m sure there are those out there that want to work, but can’t find a job, but the majority that I see in my experience are those who are not willing to do what it takes, to make the sacrifices and hold the moral line against those things that will eradicate prosperity.
You want to know why the so-called living wage is going up?
- It’s because Fed continues to devalue our money by pumping more stimulus into the economy. The more plentiful something is, the less valuable it is. The value of a hamburger doesn’t change that much. But when it takes more dollars to get the same value, the hamburger goes up in price.
- It’s because of entitlement. Everyone is believing that lie that they deserve a new car or a 52″ LCD TV. It would seem my generation was the last one to hear the message that if you want the big things, earn the money and go buy them.
- It’s because of immorality. Sorry, but getting drunk, stoned, or knocked up has serious financial costs. When you have three kids by three different men (and you don’t know which one is which), you deserve to live in poverty. The kids, however, also suffer for your mistake. Don’t expect that you’ll get jobs in a corporate office if you’re sporting gang tattoos or have sunken red eyes from smoking mary-jane all night.
I don’t have much sympathy for those who don’t want to work and are not willing to sacrifice to get ahead. They’re not going to be the next Donald Trump by holding a sign and griping about how hard things are. They climb that ladder through hard work, diligence, and persistence.
By the way, do you think the labor bosses and tinpots at the SEIU make paltry salaries? How many different ways can you say hypocrisy?
To my friends.
Y’know folks, I don’t see what the hype over Black Friday is supposed to achieve. I keep hearing the ads on the radio and TV about all those Black Friday deals, mingled in with talk about the stores that were open on Thanksgiving Day.
This has got to be the great contradiction of America. On the last Thursday of November, we’re supposed to come together with family and friends and take a day to reflect on all the things for which we are thankful. And really, it’s supposed to be being thankful to God for His wondrous bounty. And then, on the VERY NEXT DAY, we’re supposed to turn all of that off and venture out into the world like mesmerized drones to buy the very latest in Chinese-made junk.
Today, I am sitting comfortably in my chair, with a nice hot cup of French-pressed Arabica coffee, watching my wife play XCOM: Enemy Within, and enjoying one of the very few days off that I get in the year (even though I do have schoolwork to grade today). Meanwhile, thousands of people, ungrateful, not thankful, filled with thoughts of entitlement by what Big Corporate America owes them.
So in this clip, we see a Wal-Mart, full of people with two very stupid women fighting over a TV. And when I say stupid, I don’t mean “derp” stupid, but I mean the form of stupid that barely separates them from apes. Total animals, these people are, fighting over things like two chimpanzees fighting over some fruit in a jungle somewhere.
I’m not even sorry for what I’m saying. People that participate in this nonsense are total fools…and probably vote Democrat. The represent everything that is wrong in our country today. They are total animals.
So I’ve decided to try and start a series of posts on the positives of Conservatism. To elaborate, we spend a LOT of time trashing the left. And while it’s good sport for us, it hardly does anything to win the hearts and minds of those who vacillate between left and right. So, it’s my opinion that we, as Conservatives, need to actually start uniting behind a real message of hope – one that works because it’s not contrary to the left, but rather, promotes the things that are great about America. If we can do that, we stand to begin winning hearts and minds to the RIGHT path.
Part of this series will be questions to ask people. Liberals will likely retort with race-bating, hate-bating, or some other emotionally charged response about how Bush screwed this or that up, or how the Tea Party is wrecking America. But these questions are designed to be individualized – which means you have to start having conversations with individual people.
In other words, how government is supposed to be.
So here is something to “pass through the grass”.
On Limited Government
When I stand around a watercooler, I never hear anyone who sings the praises of the government. Mostly, the conversation takes a downward turn about how stupid everyone in the belt-way is, or how inept the government is, or how they simply hate them. Without exception, I NEVER hear, “oh, I love the government”, or “I simply love Congress”.
The only part of the government, really, that gets any real respect and adoration is our Military. And that’s because they justly earn it. Thanks for your service, my Brothers and Sisters in Arms.
Today, approval of Congress has never been lower, something like 85% disapproval, less than 10% approval according to Real Clear Politics. It’s never been as bad as it is now. Now chalk it up to things like the shutdown, or the O’care rollout, or their general acts that are morally questionable when spending money and earmarking – but either way, less than one person in ten has a positive view of Congress.
Logic dictates one of either two courses of
- They are unwilling to improve.
- They are unable to improve.
To that end, either way, that doesn’t sit will with me when we consider that we’re to trust government with our money, our freedoms, or even our health care.
Ask: If everyone in government is so stupid and incapable, then why do we want to continuously trust them with things that could effectively mean life or death?
Government only was commissioned for specific things. Originally and specifically, it was commissioned for:
- print money – Dept of Treasury;
- negotiate treaties and communicate with other nations – Dept of State;
- raise and maintain a military – Dept of War (now Defense); and
- manage commerce issues between the several States – Dept of Commerce.
The way I see it, this is what it should be. But now, government has become so bloated and unworkable, it’s beyond repair. We as individuals need to evaluate just how involved government is in our lives. We saw a glimpse of this during the shutdown. Frankly, it should be a very disturbing thing to all Americans as to how dependent we have become on government.
Ask: Are you saying then that you NEED the government, because you’re incapable of taking care of yourself, or you want the government to pony up because it continuously takes from you. In either case, why is the government something that is desirable?
Ask: Wouldn’t you feel better if you were to realize the American Dream on your own, rather than holding to a handout?
Ask: Wouldn’t it not be better to be unaffected by what happens in Washington on a personal level, than to have people in Washington make decisions without considering how it affects you?
In the end, the more that government is involved in our lives, the less liberty and freedom we enjoy. We can’t allow the bureaucrats to sacrifice our liberty for the entitlement of others. Each person is to control their own destiny – without an overreaching government messing it up.
So, the first benefit of conservatism is that we believe that with government out of the way most of the time, people are more free to control their own destinies. Government has its purposes, but it’s better to have those purposes limited and specific, not over-reaching and broad.
Not that ObamaCare is a train-wreck and a travesty to the health care industry in general – as well as a Socialist killjoy to free-market medical coverage, but now, I have another reason:
Turns out we have a story out of Kansas of a so-called ObamaCare Navigator (someone who is supposed to help people unable to figure out O-crap-care’s inner workings) who has a history. Rosilyn Wells of Laurence, Kansas has:
1) An outstanding arrest warrant
2) History of writing bad checks
3) A bankruptcy
4) An outstanding tax bill of $1700
Yet, ObamAd, Inc has her on the rolls as a Navigator.
Thing is, Navigators have privileged access to people’s personal data. And with a woman like this, one who has a pattern on financial issues, it would seem to me she has no business being a Navigator.
But how many people out there are on the rolls as a Navigator, yet don’t engender the trust worthy of such a posting? How many scammers are out there, just waiting to abuse their privileges. It’s too easy.
So, where I certainly wasn’t interested in getting scammed by the new insurance mandates, now, I don’t even want to be near them. I’m trying to keep what little money I actually have.
No thanks – I decline.
Not that we don’t continually hear stuff about racism day in, day out, but now, it seems like it’s no longer a human thing – now our furry four-legged friends are now showing their racist tendencies and biting non-whites (the article says “latinos” and “african-americans”, but these kinds of articles generally mean “non-white”).
LA is no stranger to racism – for it was the cops who beat Rodney King to a pulp which triggered the riots (not that the beating wasn’t just some excuse for massive rioting and looting).
Maybe with the crime rates in LA, with 80% being minority, it would seem that the dogs, being color-blind, will chase down a bad guy, not whimper because the crook is a white guy or not.
Now, if I were a bad guy, I’d rather get bit by a dog than pepper-sprayed, hit with a TASER, or shot. And I have worked with police dogs before – they go on instinct and training, not because they decide they prefer dark-meat.
It’s like I keep saying – until we stop with the extreme PC and sensitivity and start moving beyond racism, we’ll never solve the problem. But idiots like the ones in this article simply cry wolf (no pun intended), over so-called “racism”.
The best cure for anger is laughter. And right now, here’s something worth laughing about.
So Jimmy Kimmel decides to do a “man-on-the-street” interview that asks the question, “Which plan is better, ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act”.
The thing is, the conservative message is getting out there. People are more and more against ObamaCare because it 1) forces them to buy a product they don’t want, 2) is socialistic, 3) full of holes. People are seeing these things, but through the ObamaCare nickname, the people are basically being fed a strawman argument.
Consequently, these people are for the Affordable Care Act (lol!) because it 1) allows kids to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they are 26, 2) forbids denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, and 3) require companies that have 50 or more employees to provide insurance for their employees.
So, let’s watch how the “informed” American public compares the two “very different” programs.
Well yesterday saw the advent of America’s Socialist Health System. And of course, we saw the widespread problems with all the heathcare IT solutions that were supposed to make everything sunshine and rainbows. But all of this didn’t sort the 800lb. gorilla problem.
Why are we letting Obama get away with lying to the American public?
Yes, indeed, because, in the interest of adding people to the world of insurance (most of them Democrats – thus securing more votes for the liberal side) we’ve sold out more liberty for entitlement.
So, out of perverse curiosity, I checked out the Exchange to see what programs were out there. I plugged in my family and found the cheapest product was $722.65 for a $5000/$10000 deductable HMO/Bronze plan. Obamacare’s idea was that it was only supposed to cost 8% of my salary. Well, using those fifth grade math skills (or Windows Calculator), we find that I would have to make $108,400 per year for this to be what the government considers “affordable”.
I don’t make $108,400 per year – not even close.
So, at least the IRS penalty won’t apply to me, not that I would pay it anyway, since I plan to calibrate my taxes so I never get a return (planned to do that anyway – I can spend my money much more wisely than the government can. And since the IRS has it out for conservatives anyway – well, screw them and the horse they rode in on. No one ever liked tax collectors anyway.
ObamaCare is total crap. There’s nothing affordable about it because , while the Exchanges are, theoretically, a good idea, the problem stems from all the mandated coverage increases. By imposing all the new coverage changes, insurance companies have raised their rates – because they aren’t going to accept that kind of financial risk. We can, by law, say “no pre-existing conditions”, but we can’t force insurance companies to give that product out for free. In the end, we have to pay for that.
So the government will extort money from the American public by taking additional tax revenue from the public to pay for a product that, more and more polls have shown, that the public doesn’t want.
And today, we’re feeling the pinch for real. This is what we get for not actually READING the bill, Nancy Pelosi. Stupid.
Obamacare has done nothing that the president himself promised and, for the first time in my life, I am withOUT affordable health care, and being forced to pay for health coverage for some “socialism-loving taker” out there who feels entitled to health coverage, that I don’t know – and truly don’t have much care for.
I have my own family’s interests to consider. Call me selfish if you want, but really, I don’t see the “takers” caring that much for mine and my family’s interests.
Bastards all. This isn’t what America was supposed to be.
Lord Jesus, come quickly – for those of us who crave freedom have no where else to go.
Can anyone identify the two in the picture? The way I see it, they should be brought up on charges of theft and trespassing. They had no right to do what they did.
Hat Tip: Middlebury Campus
Five protesters showed up at the Mead Memorial Chapel on the Middlebury Campus in Vermont to remove 2,977 flags that were planted by the students. Even further, this was a cooperative effort between the campus Republican and Democrat groups – a truly bipartisan effort.
Two of them were identified by name because they went on the record, claiming responsibility, “Amanda Lickers” (lol) and “Anna Shireman-Grabowski”. Anna Shireman-Grabowski is a junior student there (hopefully not for much longer). Looks like Lickers (i still can’t stop laffin’) is an outspoken America-hating liberal quack and was invited there to do a workshop.
The way I see it, no person has the right to infringe on another’s right to free speech and certainly no one has the right to trespass and steal. These five were not even students – so I hope that the college finds them and prosecutes them on behalf of their students who took the time to place these flags.
The protesters felt that since that ground as sacred burial ground of the Abenaki people (a fact that has not been substantiated with any sort of official fact from either the college or the Abenaki), they took it upon themselves to ‘confiscate’ the flags as an outcry to ‘American imperialism. Thing is, they KNEW what they were doing was illegal because they did it in haste, saying that ‘nothing was allowed to penetrate the earth of the burial ground’.
Did they not see the lamp post not ten feet from where they are stealing the flags? Seems a little inconsistent to me – but then, I guess they have to live with a lamp post poking the ground.
I’m glad to see that the student body returned to replace the flags in a unified effort.
Now, all that remains is to prosecute the miscreants for trespassing, theft (probably felony theft), and, depending on what they did with the flags, desecration under 18 USC § 700.
Lickers…I’m STILL laughing… (I’m so wrong…haha)
Once again, we continue to fight the battle over minimum wage.
Don’t they realize that the reason why costs have gone up on things is because the Fed continues to devalue the American Dollar by dumping more of their printed works of financial fiction into the market? What that does is require EVERYONE to take a pay cut. This is why we have those “adjusted for inflation” numbers – it’s because money isn’t worth what it once was.
If they indeed raise the minimum wage, then the cost of everything goes up to match inflation. Do you seriously want to pay $15 for a Big Mac?
The thing is, the value of goods and services are what someone will pay for them. But cost is not an evaluation of value because it’s contingent upon changing dynamics. Instead, how about we value things based on the amount of time to acquire them?
For example, let’s take your time. Every person, no matter age, gender, skin color, or ethnicity, gets 24 hours a day – 168 hours in a week. You want to buy a microwave oven for $80 and you make $10/hr (taxes notwithstanding). That’s a full day’s wages, spent for that microwave.
Folks, this is what economics is built on – simple unchanging ideas of the value of things.
Now, not to be overly mean, but many of these whiny people working min-wage jobs aren’t running around with college degrees (or have degrees in non employable fields). They lack drive to actually improve themselves – but rather, want that entitlement. They think they are actually WORTH more money than their being paid.
So, something I heard on Rush today – ask one of these nitwits how much is enough. $20/hr? $30/hr? $50/hr? Sooner or later, they will see that $50/hr is too much for flipping burgers at which point, you get them on their valuation.
Minimum wage jobs aren’t meant to build careers on. People that aspire to nothing more than to flip burgers don’t deserve the bigger salaries. No one out there is saying, “you deserve to be paid more!”. So why should I demand it?
Stay rabid, my friends…
Dear Rev. Sharpton:
Today, you’re marching around Washington DC to talk about how the movement towards black equality that Dr. King preached hasn’t gone as far as you would like. I’m not sure what you’re talking about, since blacks can do anything they put their hearts to doing. Yet, you continue to display deeply disturbing character for a man who calls himself “Reverend”.
It really is disturbing how much rhetoric you unnecessarily throw out there these days, trying to sell us all on the fact that the problem of so-called racism while the greatest majority of the white and Hispanic population don’t have a problem with accepting blacks.
Bill Cosby has a better grip on what’s going on in the black community than you do.
Today, a startling 73% of all African-American babies born are born out of wedlock to single mothers. With words like “baby-momma” and “baby-daddy” as part of the everyday vernacular, the question is not about acceptance of black people, but a condemnation of black “morality”.
Today, lyrics to rap music promote behavior that is absolutely atrocious by any standard of civilized man. You talk about how “white people in their caves, while black people were building empires”. Yet today, black people seem to be less interested in furthering their cause by minding their “content of their character”, as Dr. King so eloquently put forth. You rail on how society has to keep building jails, but refuse to condemn the staggering amount of black crime going on. Yet, you blame this on blacks not having access to meaningful employment.
No man gets a pass to do evil because of his environment.
Any black man can rise above his bonds and be an equal, but he must take it. We are all born equal, but we don’t live life that way. If a black man wants to be president, he can be – this has been proven – although the man in there is a terrible president because he simply does not understand what real liberty is. What the lot of blacks that you are defending want isn’t liberty or equality, it’s entitlement – they don’t want the opportunity; they want the rewards without the effort. The ones that don’t make excuses for the way they live are the ones that I am proud to call my equal – because they live moral lives and work hard to help themselves and their common man.
But you, sir, don’t talk about any of that. Instead, you blame all of your problems on white society and a history long since gone. Didn’t you forget that it was white Republicans that fought for emancipation and white Democrats that fought against it? Yet you ally yourself with, what Senator Elbert Guillory calls, “the party of the overseers.”
Perhaps it’s time that you, yourself, clean up your own backyard before you start digging in on everyone else.
First, you go on record saying that there “is nothing to protest” about a “random” black-on-white attack where Chris Lane lost his life. But if you actually read your bible like a good little preacher should, you would find that any murder is worth protest, because it is all wrong in the eyes of God.
You’ve been completely silent over the very recent death of Mr. Delbert Belton. Are you going to attribute your silence over the fact that it was just “a random act” with “no reason to protest” too? I guarantee you would be on a plane if the murder was a black WWII veteran beaten down by white thugs – even IF it were random.
Your outcry about Trayvon Martin was wholly directed at proving that George Zimmerman killed Martin out of racist motives, yet, despite his own testimony and the court testimonies, you push it away, dismissing it out of hand, because a black kid was shot. Did you also forget that Zimmerman was Hispanic, yet you blamed the white community, as you always do.
What about last year when you asked Bill O’Reilly for a grant for the kids in Harlem because your charity was broke. He wrote you a grant for $25,000 yet you still rail on him. Oh, because of all the gutter talk, right? Well, you would know gutter talk, because you’ve used the words, “cracker”, “Chinaman”, “Greek homos”, and “white people in caves”. For a man who is supposed to be filled with God’s spirit and his words, I see more gutter-chatter than what should come from a man of God.
A couple of years ago, during the Wisconsin State Fair, a mob attack broke out where blacks openly threw racist remarks at the white folks they attacked. Yet where were you? Where were you and Jesse Jackson – where was your outrage?
Let’s rewind the tape further back – in 2007, Don Imus was fired (after your yammering) because he called the Rutgers Basketball team “nappy-headed ho’s”, yet your attack just a few weeks later against Mitt Romney and how “those that really believed in God would defeat him”, attacking his faith was generally ignored.
We’re all STILL waiting for you to recant your remarks towards Mario Cuomo regarding Tawana Brawley’s hoax rape allegations.
There are many more instances here. But they have a word for this behavior, sir – hypocrisy.
It’s time for you and people like you to go away – retire on whatever pathetic laurels you have left. Retire your old, outdated arguments and allow us in the 21st century, red, yellow, black and white* to realize the dream of equality, not the race-pimping and attention-whoring that you and Jesse Jackson do so well.
We’re so done listening to your moronic rhetoric.
To my friends and new followers on Twitter,
Stay rabid, my friends.
* An expression from the song, “Jesus Loves the Little Children”