An Economy on Life Support

January 28th, 2010

Our tax system is one that encourages people to lie, cheat, and steal, and it is also a way for our government to hold over our heads the threat of our freedom. If we were to go to a National Sales Tax, we could take away all the loop holes for people to cheat the system. Whenever someone made a purchase they would be paying their share of taxes. The rich would pay more because they spend more, and the poor would pay less because they would spend less. But why would the more than 400 attorneys that are presently in Congress get rid of a tax system that is so complicated you need lawyers to interpret it? They won’t. Congress likes to keep things complicated so that they are then needed to deal with the complications. You should not need a CPA to pay your taxes, but you do. Congress likes to keep everything complicated. Well there is one thing they have kept simple. Their pay raise every year. They have that arranged so that it will take effect every year without fail unless they vote for it NOT to happen. The way they have it set up is a way that allows them to say that they did NOT vote for a pay increase. The truth is every Congressman can say that he did not vote for a pay increase and yet it would still take effect.

They do not take part in the same health care system we do. They set themselves apart from the rest of us This was exemplified in the 80’s when so many of them were caught kiting checks. Something that would land you and I in jail

This sounds like I am blaming Congress. No, I am blaming you and I. Because every election cycle we each vote for the one that promises to give us the biggest piece of the pie. The truth is, there is only so much pie, and every ingredient used to make that pie comes from you and I and, unfortunately our children’s future as well.

The sad thing is that this sick economy will NEVER be well again as long as those attending to it continue to put band-aids on severed arteries. They will only slow the bleeding, but we continue to bleed nonetheless.

We need to abandon politicians and elect true leaders. Unfortunately I am not sure that can be done one congressional seat at a time. The future looks bleak, and at times I think that this house of cards just might have to totally fall apart before we can begin to build it on a solid foundation again

Ken Callis – Former Political Consultant

Sea level rise affects the Keys

January 11th, 2010

While Mr. Neugent may attempt to find a resolution to the issues he faces as an elected official in the Florida Keys, using pseudo-science to exact tribute from the rest of tax-paying Americans is wrong. Subscribing to global climate change as the cause of the perceived problems he faces in his position of service is fallacious!

Those scientists who espouse the doctrine of Anthropogenic  Global Warming have been debunked, permanently! The science involved requires findings to further those conditions required for more government funding. This is the essence of corruption!

People who choose to make their homes on the seashore or any other body of water need to realize THEY assume the risks of their choice. You have chosen to live in an island paradise, yet you would choose to spread your risk to me, why?

Those who choose to live along bodies of water, where property prices command a premium, would presume upon the rest of us to subsidize your choice of home. Well, history proves coastlines, shorelines and riverbanks change over time. The challenge for humans to interrupt this change are indeed steep, and probably far too expensive to be practical.

While it is a problem… Man being the cause is far-fetched! However, to presume to ask all of the rest of us to subsidize your choice of homestead is wrong!

If you are fighting a losing battle, perhaps it is Providence telling you to find another place to live. These are the hardships humanity has faced for ages. For those who choose to live on ATOLLS, where shorelines change frequently, a dose of reality is in order! Maybe it is time that government officials, who’s first priority is maintaining the status quo, need to stop coddling their constituents.

For those homeowners who live in the Keys, perhaps it is time to evaluate your future, and change your plans accordingly. Be smart, there is NOTHING humans can do to change the shorelines that is not astronomically expensive and can last for more than a generation!

Quit using climate change as a way to exact tribute from me!

Sea level rise affects the Keys – South Florida

Keep America Safe

October 15th, 2009

I just saw an interview with Debra Burlingame, one of the board members for Keep America Safe, whose mission is to provide Americans with information and resources to stay safe, even if America’s foreign policy fails. According to their

Mission Statement
The mission of Keep America Safe is to provide information for concerned Americans about critical national security issues. Keep America Safe seeks to influence public policy by encouraging dialogue between American citizens and their elected representatives in order to produce legislation and executive action that enhances the national security of the United States.

The United States remains a nation at war. We face a growing threat from rogue regimes that seek or have already obtained nuclear weapons. America’s interests are challenged by an authoritarian China, a resurgent Russia, and dictators in our own hemisphere who ally themselves with our adversaries. Amidst the great challenges to America’s security and prosperity, the current administration too often seems uncertain, wishful, irresolute, and unwilling to stand up for America, our allies and our interests.

Since 9/11, the United States Government, through our armed forces and our intelligence and law enforcement professionals, has succeeded in preventing any further attacks on the American homeland. This is a major achievement. By turning away from the policies that have kept us safe, by treating terrorism as a law enforcement matter, giving foreign terrorists the same rights as American citizens, launching investigations of CIA agents, cutting defense spending, breaking faith with our allies and attempting to appease our adversaries, the current administration is weakening the nation, and making it more difficult for us to defend our security and our interests.

Keep America Safe believes the United States can only defeat our adversaries and defend our interests from a position of strengh. We know that America has, for 233 years, been an unparalleled force for good in the world, that our fighting forces are the best the world has ever known, and that the world is a safer place when America is trusted by our allies and feared and respected by our enemies. Keep America Safe will make the case for an unapologetic approach to fighting terrorism around the world, for victory in the wars this country fights, for democracy and human rights, and for a strong American military that is needed in the dangerous world in which we live.

The board members are:

Elizabeth L. Cheney
Liz Cheney is an attorney and specialist in U.S. Middle East policy.
Debra Burlingame
Debra Burlingame is the sister of Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame, III, pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
William Kristol
William Kristol is founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, a journal of politics and ideas located in Washington, D.C.

Give it a look.