Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"Six-gun Joe" said it would happen within six months of Obama's presidency. Here it is. Coming to you straight from North Korea, his majesty Kim Jung-Il, has stated that should the U.S. interfere or shoot down their 'satellite test' it would be considered an act of war. North Korea really does not want to push the U.S. into war but it does have to rattle it's saber just the same.
What should scare the bejezzus out of you is that Hillary Clinton is the point person on this "crisis". She has already accused the U.S. of creating the Mexican drug violence, implied that we are responsible for Israel destroying parts of Gaza by offering $900 million to help rebuild parts of a country that we did not destroy and wanted to reset U.S.-Russian relations by giving them an "reset" button with the Russian word for overcharge on it. Your government foreign policy in full effect.
This administration has shown that it lacks strong foreign policy experience and will seek sanctions from the United Nations if North Korea launches it's 'satellite test.' We see how that worked with Sadam Hussein over a 10 year period. Is the U.S. the only country that seeks to follow the agenda and rules of the U.N.? Most of the dictators of the world have continued to thumb their noses at the mandates of U.N. Here is a short list: Congo, Rwanda, Iran, Iraq, North Korea.
Let's play this out like school kids do. North Korea says, we will launch a satellite test. We say you'd better not. We will shoot it down. North Korea says, that will be an act of war. We say, I'm gonna tell Big Daddy on you and we move some ships to the area that can shoot it down if necessary. We conclude that our gonads are not big enough to take on North Korea yet, so we go ahead and tell Big Daddy. Big Daddy says that if North Korea test fires the missile then they will break off talks and issue sanctions. North Korea says that if Big Daddy issues sanctions then they will proceed their nuclear program. Fast forward to April 8th. Parts of Alaska are sitting in ruins under a radioactive cloud of ash and dust......
Trusting this administration to man up will not happen when you govern from the polls. Also, trying to get every rouge nation and terrorist organization to like us is not foreign policy it is lunacy. Let's face it. There are countries and factions that are not our friends, who seek to destroy us and could care less about who is in the White House. Their aims and goals are clear. The U.S. must go and must go now. They are looking for a hero nation to follow. North Korea may be just that nation. Stand up to the U.S. and make them dance.
That's my word. Please post yours!
"You have the right to remain silent..."
Then why not just shut up? Our illustrious Secretary of State just announced to the people of Mexico and the United States, that you and I are responsible for much of the violence in Mexico between rival drug cartels. 6,300 Mexicans were killed last year because of drug violence. Officials from both our nations feel that this violence will eventually, and in some cases already has, spill over into our border states.
"...Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law."
I am not a legal scholar or attorney, however when a senior representative of the United States government announces to the world that we are responsible for an act, doesn't that make us liable for those acts? Coming to a courtroom near you. Law suits for wrongful death and willful neglect of duties to protect our Mexican neighbors because some of our citizens love to get high. Somewhere a lawyer, probably ACLU, is thinking now that Hillary has said that the U.S. is responsible how can I ride this gravy train to economic prosperity for the poor, disenfranchised and make a name for myself as well. Americans who has lost a family member at any time because of the drug trade will also now have someone to blame and sue. We are going to need a bailout for the drug trade lawsuits.
"You have the right to an attorney..."
Well she is an attorney. One of the best that lived and worked in Arkansas. Her boss is an attorney although I can't tell from his resume if he ever actually appeared in a courtroom. He has indicated that we would spend $275M to modernize border crossings and provide $80M of your tax dollars to help Mexico purchase Black Hawk helicopters. Economic stimulus at its best. Let me set something straight Washington. It's not coming through the manned checkpoints geniuses. We have too much under patrolled landscape that allows the entry of these drugs. What you catch at the manned border crossings is the setup or distraction for the bigger prize.
"...do you understand your rights?"
Hell yeah I do. We are sovereign nation. We have a right to protect ourselves. We have a border with Mexico that is extremely porous and it allows anything through it that our overworked border agents can't get to. We are being invaded daily by the country to our south. This could be defined as an act of war. We have a right to defend this border, not with security guards, which is how we treat our border agents(because they are afraid that they may be prosecuted for doing their jobs) but with the full force of our military. Senator Joseph Lieberman said, "the danger here is clear and present. It threatens to get worse."
George W. Bush signed into law a bill that authorized the expenditure of $1.2 billion for 700 miles of fence to slow the flow of illegals into this country. Since we did not build the fences we should send more national guard units to the border to assist. Entry into this country even for peaceable humanitarian purposes without authorization should be thwarted. Our military is trained to fight. If the violence spills over then turn the forces loose to defend our nation and do so without diplomacy. Let the Mexican government know that we will do our best to help them but they have to rid themselves of corruption in order for anything to work. They must warn their citizens that coming into the U.S. illegally is a crime and could be considered an act of aggression. Many of those illegals come here to escape poverty but do so illegally and thus are considered invaders not immigrants.
Yes we can do more to assist our neighbors to the south but it starts with tougher border laws. Better yet enforcement of our laws. We are still a country based upon the rule of law for now. Arrest, deport and if necessary shoot any invaders that are breaking the law. We do allow immigration through legal means. Some of the same invaders are the ones that are here not to work but to commit crimes and further the advancement of the drug trade.
I can spend another 2000 words talking about how to cure our appetite for drugs in this country but our first solution is to fix and defend our borders. If not now then when.
That's my word. Please post yours!
Monday, March 23, 2009
To All My Valued Employees;
There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn't pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country.
However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interests.
First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You've seen my big home at last years Christmas party. I'm sure; all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life.
However, what you don't see is the back story.
I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.
My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn't have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business -- hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.
Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting the Nordstrom's for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the Goodwill store extracting any clothing item that didn't look like it was birthed in the 70's. My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business with a vision that eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.
So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don't. There is no "off" button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1 year old special-needs child. You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden -- the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations... You never realize the back story and the sacrifices I've made.
Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail-out all the people who didn't. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.
Yes, business ownership has is benefits but the price I've paid is steep and not without wounds.
Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:
I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don't pay enough. I have state taxes, federal taxes, property taxes, sales and use taxes, payroll taxes, workers compensation taxes and unemployment taxes, Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my "stimulus" check was? Zero! Nada! Zilch!
The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, is it the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country.
The fact is, if I deducted 50% of your paycheck you'd quit and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? That's nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy.
Here is what many of you don't understand ... to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn't need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the
When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don't defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of
So where am I going with all this?
It's quite simple.
If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child's future. Frankly, it isn't my problem any more.
Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I'm done. I'm done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.
If you lose your job, it won't be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about....
Please post your words before it is too late!