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Wednesday Quotable

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.  ~Laurence J. Peter

Obviously Peter knew what he was talking about. Originally, we revolted from England because of taxation without representation, but taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.

As a political conservative, it burns me to see big pro-tax liberals like the former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle who pushes for higher taxes for the rich yet he tries to avoid paying the taxes he is legally required (to the tune of $150,000). President Barack Obama said that he fully supported Daschle, that he is a good man who made a simple honest mistake and corrected it. One issue is that Daschle did not pay the back taxes and penalties until he was nominated for Obama’s cabinet yet he knew about it since July of 2008. Another issue is that any other normal citizen would have been prosecuted for tax evasion for an “honest mistake” of this size. The truth of it all is that the federal government owes an apology to Al Capone for being mistreated.

Well shoot, maybe he would have qualified under the Obama administration as a Secretary of Health and Human Services, or maybe the Secretary of the Treasury, or possibly the Performance Czar.

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This Historic Day – My Silly Perspective

While at Lee University, for one year I played bass guitar and attended Mount Eagle Missionary Baptist in Tennessee.  I know what it’s like to be the only one in church different from everyone else, because Mount Eagle was a small black American congregation.  I was the only Caucasian in the congregation of about 100.  When we had the singing fellowship with the other churches of the area, I was still the only Caucasian in the congregation of about 250.  I know just a little about what it must feel like for a person to attend a church and then to be the only one of a particular color or race in the congregation.  While the people were extremely friendly and hospitable, and while the wonderful people at Mount Eagle did everything possible to make me feel welcome as a part of their family, I couldn’t help but feel as if I was an outsider.  It was as much or more my doing/feeling than anything they could have done to make me feel different.  Even with those experiences, I understand that I can never know exactly what it feels like to be a black man living in a white area.  I struggle with my preconceived notions of what other people should be doing, thinking, and feeling.  But when I think back to my short time at Mount Eagle, it tempers those prejudices with a little perspective.  Try to imagine what it’s like to live in a world that looks different than you.  Hey, you may not need to imagine it.  Maybe that is you.  Today is a pretty good day to reflect on that as we welcome a new leader, the first black man to serve in the office of POTUS.  Let’s enjoy this history we are making, and put aside our political fight for another time.

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Thought Soup

-On Tuesday night, I enjoyed a Christmas party for one of the Life Pointe Life Groups.
-We had some great food including “dump cake”, BBQ wings, beef stew, chicken salad, pizza rolls, brownies, macaroni salad, and pound cake.
-The highlight of the evening was a group game of Taboo in which my dominating team gave up a 10 point to lose right at the end.
-People really got into it and took it pretty seriously. It was fun and funny. If you’ve never played, you should try it out some time.
-I took my Raleigh Technium down to Jeremy at the bike repair in Sports Authority in the Homestead Pavilion just off Campbell Drive to get it tuned up, repaired, and ready for action. Even though the bike is now over 17 years old, it’s still very light and functional.
-Most road bikes now are equipped with more user-friendly gears on the handle. The controls and gears on the Techium are down on the frame. That’s OK though.
-My dad and I were talking about taking a ride out to Everglades park for a camping trip or to walk Anhinga trail. I think I’ll take my road bike since it’s lighter and far more efficient than the mountain bike.
-I forgot how much fun cycling is. When Trav and I were teens we would frequently ride out to the Redlands or to Cutler Ridge Mall. Those were the days.
-FYI, it was my Technium that I would ride on those trips.
-In the world of politics and news, this has been a big week. The governor of Illinois has attempted to sell the soon to be vacant US Senate seat for president elect Barack Obama.
-According to Obama’s staff, Obama had conversations with Governor Blagojevic about the seat, however Obama has stated that he hasn’t spoken to the governor about the seat. Is this the start of a scandal? Better believe that it is.
-Once again, Obama is distancing himself from an ally. The words “I really didn’t know him that well, we weren’t close” have been uttered once more.
-Add Blagojevic to the growing list of those close to Obama which he does not really know that well, including Rezko, Ayers, Rev. Wright, Al Capone (EKOJ).
-Jesse Jackson Jr. has been confirmed to be the mysterious “candidate #5” discussed on the phone by the governor and his surrogate and the amount of $1 million has been mentioned in exchange for the seat. Jackson vehemently denies any wrong doing.
-Why did they end the investigation so quickly. They could have let it play out to catch the players who were involved, instead they got a flimsy conspiracy charge that may not even stand up in court.
-They say that this is just the Chicago way. You have to “pay to play.”. There are actually talking heads who are defending this garbage.
-Change you can believe in? Is that change from incompetence to corruption? This will be a long 4 years.

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Rhetorical Economic Question

I am hopeful that President Elect Obama can do some very positive things for the nation, especially on the side of moral role modeling and national unity. However, we know that our new President Elect Obama is a big friend of unions, and we know that there will be some form of payback for their help in getting him elected. We also know that people expect him to get the nations economic growth and jobs back on track. My question is: Why do we think that unions are good for the economy when you consider the biggest union states (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio) have the highest unemployment rates and the worst economies?

I am concerned that if we start throwing bones to the unions, the nations economy will sink to the levels of Ohio, Penn, and especially Michigan. Currently, Michigan is experiencing major negative economic growth and 9% unemployment (and growing). The US economy cannot afford to adopt the failed Democrat/labor union policies that are dragging the rust belt states down.

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Friday Bottom 3: Reasons not to Vote

Last week, I listed what I believed were the 3 worst reasons to vote, and this week I will discuss the other side. These are my three worst reasons to decide not to vote.

#3 Both candidates are the same so it does not matter which one I vote for. What? Have you been paying attention? While one candidate is a very smooth talker, has the swagger, and definitely carries himself with a certain aire, and the other candidate is physically hampered by war injuries that were not properly treated, does not have the silver tongue, and is does not carry the most inspiring aura, that is not the difference I am talking about. I am talking about one candidate proposing the type of change that takes from one man who has earned his pay, to give to the man who has not earned, stands for the right to abort at any stage of pregnancy using any medical procedure available for any reason, believes minors should be able to abort their unborn without the consent of their parents, and that the American tax payer should pick up the tab for those abortions while the other candidate opposes abortion in all cases with the exception of the life of the mother being in jeopardy, and opposes the redistribution of earned income from the people who earn to those who do not. These are major differences worthy of one casting a vote.

#2 My one vote doesn’t matter. Look at the millions of votes cast. What difference can I make? Hey, back in 2000, that theory failed. The presidential race came down to a very slim margin and after numerous recounts, it took the US Supreme Court to tell the Democrat lawyers in FL that they could not ignore their own state constitution and just continue recounting until they got the result they wanted. It was that close. While there were thousands of fraudulent votes from felons that were believed to go for Gore that year, there were also quite a few confused voters in Palm Beach County who may have cast a few thousand votes for Pat Buchanan on the infamous “butterfly ballot”. That’s a different story for a different day. The point is that if not for a few hundred people who may have decided to vote last minute, the election results could have been different.

#1 The candidate I support is too far behind. The election is over. Why bother? Well, no candidate is technically “behind” or “ahead”. The polls that we hear about are opinion surveys that use complex formulas including weighting political affiliations, economic groups, age and race demographics, likely vs registered vs general population groups, and regional weighting. No major poll releases their exact formula for deciding who they call to survey or how they determine their prediction of how the vote totals will fall. That is the reason why it is said by the experts that you can make a poll say whatever you want. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to decide just because you are discouraged by the polls. As you can see over the past few days, the polls have tightened up. As I have stated before, I am very distrusting of our mainstream media. Who holds them responsible? If they will not cover this election fairly, what would preclude them from skewing the polls to discourage votes on the side they oppose? The fact is that there is only one poll that matters, and that is the vote that is cast on election day (except the ones who vote absentee and early).

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Wednesday Quotable

Benjamin Franklin was one of the great figures of American history.  He was not a supporter of democracy in its purest form, but he did support a representative style of democracy.  You elect leaders, they lead.  This is the form of government we have today, though we are more democratic than he envisioned on many levels.  His quotes on freedom and liberty still hold water today.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

Here is another great quote by Franklin:

This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

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Free Association Friday

-Liberal, left wing, Democrat, socialist, “spread the wealth”, Robin Hood, NARAL, NOW, “pro choice”, pro-abortion, euthanasia, big government, United Nations, gay marriage, gun ban, gun control, “useful idiot”, hate speech, PETA, animal rights, Darwinism, tax increase, tax and spend, welfare, law suit, trial lawyers, nationalized medicine, universal health care, Big Brother, regulation, progressive, news media, ACORN, Obama, voter fraud, collectivism, civil liberties, ACLU, amnesty, wacko environmentalist, tree-hugger, open borders, FDR, Carter, LBJ, JFK, “legislate from the bench”, class warfare, fairness doctrine.

-Conservative, right wing, Republican, Libertarian, Constitutional, Federalist, republic, patriotic, low taxes, freedom, rugged individualism, less government, strong military, 2nd Amendment, individual rights, individual responsibility, exceptionalism, big stick, Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Reagan, Scalia, Israel, Life, sanctity of life, pursuit of happiness, justice, tort reform, silent majority, local control, states’ rights, judicial restraint, rule of law, Bill of Rights, parental notification, capitalism, hunting, conservation, Democratic Republic, business, entrepreneur, property ownership, intelligent design, religious freedom, school vouchers, adoption, hard work, nuclear family, DOMA, defense of marriage, Heritage Foundation, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Rehnquist, home schooling, private school, AFA.

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Puppy Dog Thoughts

-Guys like dogs. But we usually like rough and ready dogs like the Doberman, German Shepherd, hounds, and bullies.
-Marcela has been set on getting a puppy for a while. Yesterday she won.
-She picked out a soft little white Maltese boy and named him Maximus. Maximus could have been named Minimus since he is supposed to grow to about 6-9 pounds.
-He’s a very sweet little fella, but he doesn’t look very tough. He’s not going to be able to protect Marcela from much more than a mouse.
-This breed is supposed to be the ultimate companion dog and they supposedly do not shed. And according to all that I have read, they are not prone to excessive barking, digging, chewing, or health issues.
-We have got to get rid of all the other critters in the house. We have little parrots, a turtle with fish, and two hermit crabs.
-In the debate last night, as I was watching I was thinking that McCain won. At the end of the debate, the commentators explained that Obama won. I just don’t understand the criteria of a debate. I thought it was based on issues, but apparently it’s based on personality and the ability to talk smoothly.
-Why does the mainstream news ignore other big domestic issues like immigration, gun control, and judicial restraint? McCain has not pushed the point either, even though his views line up with the majority of America.
-The election is less than three weeks away and the McCain campaign has shown a lack of discipline on message and theme. Who nominated him? He’s the better of the two choices by far, but he is too liberal for my preference.
-One of the major issues facing this nation is the entitlement mentality. Under a President Obama, entitlement programs will grow. The cuts proposed by Obama will not address welfare or entitlements. You can be sure the military will be cut and taxes will be increased if he is elected.
-Maybe next time around, the conservatives will come out and ensure we are afforded a true conservative choice.
-“Joe the Plumber” is America’s most popular guy. Too bad he is rich and will have to pay more taxes. He is going to have to spread his wealth to the poor.

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Speculative Thoughts

-I had a tough time sleeping last night. Every time I started drifting off to sleep, I woke up immediately as if I was startled. After about 4 times falling asleep and suddenly waking, and about 1 hour gone, I finally fell asleep and stayed asleep.

-Today is Marcela’s birthday. Happy birthday to Marcela!

-The election is only 1 month away and we have our first reports of voter fraud. Senator Obama’s jewel ACORN, which has numerous convictions in the past for fraud and vote buying, has been reportedly involved with taking homeless from one location to another registering them to vote and having them vote that same day. BTW, early voting has already begun in Ohio.

-A new federal law (HAVA – Help America Vote Act) allows same day voter registration/voting. That is a recipe for fraud. According to the law, a picture ID is not necessary to vote, and your name does not have to appear on the roster to vote. If you claim to be a legal voter, the law requires that location to issue you a provisional ballot which may or may not be counted based on an investigation 7 days after the polling location closes. That is another ingredient in the vote fraud recipe.

-The Hurricanes face the Seminoles this weekend at Dolphin Stadium. I have been a skeptic and pessimist generally with regard to the Hurricanes. But in this case, I believe the Canes will win. We definitely have more talent, but they have the experience and maturity on their side. Look for a highly motivated and energetic Hurricane team. The question remains whether Miami can finish the game. We have been notorious for starting hot and going lax in the second half. In the last 3 games, we have scored 7 total points in the 4th quarter. That’s not good!

-Tonight’s debate is widely anticipated. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against the governor of Alaska. Gwen Ifill who has a book which features Barack Obama scheduled for release on inauguration day will be moderating the debate. That means she has a financial stake in Obama winning the election. That is a conflict of interest. She did not disclose that prior to her being selected and agreed on by both candidates. She should do the honorable thing and recuse herself.

-Last night, Marcela and I enjoyed watching “The Lion King“. I am not completely sure what it is, but that’s one of my favorite movies. The first 5 minutes are top quality with “The Circle of Life” and the introduction of Simba. It was the first time I saw it with my Bravia home theater system. Incredible.

-I am itching to go see “Apaloosa“. I’m sure it’s a lot of hype, but they are really pushing this western as being similar to one of my favorite movies, “Unforgiven”. We will see if it lives up to that hype.

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Spontanious Thought

  • This morning, I enjoyed a breakfast I prepared at my house of scrambled eggs, sausage, and a slice of low carb toast with my mom at the church office.  The food was delicious, if I do say so myself.  My mom made the coffee and it was great.
  • The topic on everyone’s mind is the economy.  Who would have thought that this country could be so vulnerable?  It seems like the things we put our trust in can so easily fail, but only God does not fail.
  • Combined with a lack of available money in the banks, fear is one of the driving forces in this potential meltdown.  It’s the fear that if I don’t get my money out now, I will not be able to get my money at all.  So people will cash out of banks, money markets, mutual funds, etc, and the available liquid assets banks and lenders use to extend credit dries up.  Without the available credit to do normal business, and banks not having money to lend, it further drives people to pull their cash out.  When a bank cannot give you cash that is in your account, they go under.  When their is no available credit or liquid assets, corporations and businesses cannot pay employees, consumers cannot purchase goods, and the economy completely grinds to a halt.
  • It’s not uncommon for a bank to fail.  It has happened before.  It is not uncommon for homeowners to foreclose.  That happens at a fairly predictable pace.  What is not common in the US is double digit unemployment, foreclosures in the numbers we are seeing and will continue to see over the next couple years, and major investment firms folding over night due to a lack of liquid assets.  We are teetering on a true economic meltdown.
  • The $700 billion bailout (which would more likely be $1 to $1.5 trillion) would not really solve the problem.  The government claims that taxpayers would not get stuck with 100% of that bill.  They claim that there would be revenue from those toxic loans and mortgages as a percentage would continue to pay their mortgages, and the other homes that the government would foreclose on would be sold or rented for revenue.  I have a hard time believing that the government can efficiently sell or rent property at a rate that would bring in revenue, and even if they could I don’t believe that they would pay down any debt with that revenue.  They would find a way to spend it on something new.
  • I also believe in the free market.  I believe that there has to be pain in order for their to be healing.  Unfortunately, this problem seems to have stemmed from the Community Reinvestment Act, which mandated that banks and lenders approve mortgages for people and businesses who were under qualified as a way of extending “the American Dream” to everyone.
  • Just for the record, I don’t believe the American Dream is owning a house or anything like that.  The American Dream is the idea that no matter where I start in life, I have the right to pursue happiness, to attempt to better myself, to risk, and that I am not forced into a “class” the rest of my life.  But just because I put my hand out, say gimme, and declare that “yes I can” does not mean “yes I will” or “no I won’t”.  Nobody owes you or me anything by birth.  But greed has pushed us to the edge.
  • McCain has suspended his presidential campaign while he goes to DC to work on a fix to this mess.  I appreciate that even though it may end his chance to be president.  Obama continues to want to have the debate, McCain wants to work.  There is time for the debates later, but this crisis is happening now.  Talking about it will not get it done.  I am not interested in a talker or debater for president as much as I want someone who will get the hard work done that is needed.
  • If this is a political stunt, it will be exposed as such.  If this is not a political stunt, then shame on those who are saying that it is.  Obama could look to his senior colleague in the senate for guidance here.  Let’s do this thing right.

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