Archive for June, 2011
“Because of all the sacrifices my parents made so I could grow up as a U.S. citizen, I’m acutely aware of how special it is to be one. I want nothing more that to honor my parents by giving my children the game gift of freedom and opportunity they gave me. Yet I fear our generation will the be the first to pass onto their children a diminished economy.”
Sen. Mark Rubio, from the introduction to The Great American Awakening by Sen. Jim Demint
I hate to see folks like this retiring…one of the few conservative, realistic journalists in a media full of stary-eyed nincompoops who’ve never had to grub for a profit, only show up at 9:00 AM for a paycheck. The ilk of Charely Reese are few and far between…I’m so very sorry to say.
This came to me on the web….
A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL Be sure to Read the Poem at the end. Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel… He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat.
Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan … If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end:
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts anyway!
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his taxes.
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…
Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me to my doom…’
When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the heck happened?
Can you spell ‘politicians?’
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!
CAIR loses non-profit tax status
Dear L. J.,
Ben Smith’s column in Politico (below) reported late last week that CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has been stripped of its non-profit tax status by the IRS. What’s more, note CAIR’s less than candid explanations for what happened (highlighted below).
Among those who follow these matters it is common knowledge that CAIR has not filed its 990 non-profit tax return for the past three years.
We speculate one of the reasons CAIR has not done so is that CAIR does not want to disclose the foreign monies it receives. Such a disclosure would then confirm that CAIR is in violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act.
It would appear that CAIR was more willing to give up its non-profit tax status than reveal that it is in violation of federal law.
We say it’s about time for a congressional investigation of CAIR.
June 23, 2011
CAIR loses nonprofit status
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has lost its nonprofit status, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
The civil rights group, long accused of ties to radical Islam, is on a list of 275,000 organizations who have not filed the requisite paperwork with the IRS to maintain nonprofit status. Tax law requires annual disclosure of assets, expenditures and salaries for 501(c) nonprofits. Both CAIR and sister organization CAIR Foundation have lost their status.
A CAIR attorney initially told POLITICO that its appearance on the IRS list referred to a defunct arm of the nonprofit, and that CAIR and CAIR foundation were unaffected — a claim that a review of the IRS documents did not support. CAIR then told POLITICO the IRS was to blame, citing a number of other errors that have occurred on the IRS list. However, CAIR could not produce their IRS disclosure forms for 2007 through 2010 — which are required to be open for public inspection.
“We are looking into all of these issues and are working with the IRS to clear things up,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told POLITICO. “CAIR was clearly not targeted or singled in any way by the IRS.”
CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a landmark terrorism financing trial in Texas. Some Islamic charities facing federal investigations have been advised by attorneys not to file IRS paperwork for legal reasons, but there is no evidence that CAIR is currently the target of a federal probe.
Dr. Sam Vaknin is an Israeli psychologist. Interesting view on our president. Dr. Vaknin has written extensively about narcissism.
Dr. Vaknin States “I must confess I was impressed by Obama from the first time I saw him. At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked youthful, spoke well, appeared to be confident — a wholesome presidential package. I was put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because there was an air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling.. His posture and his body language were louder than his empty words. Obama’s speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history. Never a politician in this land had such quasi “religious” impact on so many people.
The fact that Obama is a total incognito with Zero accomplishment, makes this inexplicable infatuation alarming. Obama is not an ordinary man. He is not a genius. In fact he is quite ignorant on most important subjects.”
Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the Malignant Self Love believes “Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist.” Vaknin is a world authority on narcissism. He understands narcissism and describes the inner mind of a narcissist like no other person. When he talks about narcissism everyone listens. Vaknin says that Obama’s language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his closest, dearest friends suggest that the man is either a narcissist or he may have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves. Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of People’s Temple, the man who led over 900 of his followers to cheerfully commit mass suicide and even murder their own children was also a narcissist. David Koresh, Charles Manson, Joseph Koni, Shoko Asahara, Stalin, Saddam, Mao, Kim Jong Ill and Adolph Hitler are a few examples of narcissists of our time. All these men had a tremendous influence over their fanciers. They created a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing speeches elevated their admirers, filled their hearts with enthusiasm and instilled in their minds a new zest for life. They gave them hope! They promised them the moon, but alas, invariably they brought them to their doom.
When you are a victim of a cult of personality, you don’t know it until it is too late. One determining factor in the development of NPD is childhood abuse “Obama’s early life was decidedly chaotic and replete with traumatic and mentally bruising dislocations,”says Vaknin. “Mixed-race marriages were even less common then. His parents went through a divorce when he was an infant two years old. Obama saw his father only once again, before he died in a car accident. Then his mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to Indonesia , a foreign land with a radically foreign culture, to be raised by a step-father. At the age of ten, he was whisked off to live with his maternal (white) grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years and then she vanished from his life in 1979. “She died of cancer in 1995.”
One must never underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological narcissists. They project such an imposing personality that it overwhelms those around them. Charmed by the charisma of the narcissist, people become like clay in his hands. They cheerfully do his bidding and delight to be at his service. The narcissist shapes the world around himself and reduces others in his own inverted image. He creates a cult of personality. His admirers become his co-dependents. Narcissists have no interest in things that do not help them to reach their personal objective. They are focused on one thing alone and that is power. All other issues are meaningless to them and they do not want to waste their precious time on trivialities. Anything that does not help them is beneath them and does not deserve their attention.
If an issue raised in the Senate does not help Obama in one way or another, he has no interest in it. The “present” vote is a safe vote. No one can criticize him if things go wrong. Those issues are unworthy by their very nature because they are not about him.
Obama’s election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review led to a contract and advance to write a book about race relations. The University of Chicago Law School provided him a lot longer than expected and at the end it evolved into, guess what? His own autobiography! Instead of writing a scholarly paper focusing on race relations, for which he had been paid, Obama could not resist writing about his most sublime self. He entitled the book Dreams from My Father.
Not surprisingly, Adolph Hitler also wrote his own autobiography when he was still a nobody. So did Stalin. For a narcissist no subject is as important as his own self. Why would he waste his precious time and genius writing about insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as himself?
Narcissists are often callous and even ruthless. As the norm, they lack conscience. This is evident from Obama’s lack of interest in his own brother who lives on only one dollar per month.. A man who lives in luxury, who takes a private jet to vacation in Hawaii, and who raised nearly half a billion dollars for his campaign (something unprecedented in history) has no interest in the plight of his own brother. Why? Because, his brother cannot be used for his ascent to power. A narcissist cares for no one but himself.
This election was like no other in the history of America . The issues were insignificant compared to what is at stake. What can be more dangerous than having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot distinguish his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world?
I hate to sound alarmist, but one is a fool if one is not alarmed. Many politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others. They are simply self serving and selfish. Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined.
This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw.
Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them treacherous. Today the Democrats have placed all their hopes in Obama. But this man could put an end to their party. The great majority of blacks voted for Obama. Only a fool does not know that their support for him is racially driven. This is racism, pure and simple.
The downside of this is that if Obama turns out to be the disaster I predict, he will cause widespread resentment among the whites. The blacks are unlikely to give up their support of their man. Cultic mentality is pernicious and unrelenting. They will dig their heads deeper in the sand and blame Obama’s detractors of racism. This will cause a backlash among the whites. The white supremacists will take advantage of the discontent and they will receive widespread support. I predict that in less than four years, racial tensions will increase to levels never seen since the turbulent 1960′s.
Obama will set the clock back decades. America is the bastion of freedom. The peace of the world depends on the strength of America , and its weakness translates into the triumph of terrorism and victory of rogue nations.. It is no wonder that Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, the Castrists, the Hezbollah, the Hamas, the lawyers of the Guantanamo terrorists, and virtually all sworn enemies of America are so thrilled by the prospect of their man in the White House.
America is on the verge of destruction. There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological narcissist as president.
OBAMA’S OWN WORDS TRAP HIM:
2008: “Navy Seal Team 6 is Cheney’s private assassination team.”
2011: “I put together Seal Team 6 to take out Bin Laden.”
2008: “Bin Laden is innocent until proven guilty, and must be captured alive and given a fair trial.”
2011: “I authorized Seal Team 6 to kill Bin Laden.”
2008: ” Guantanamo is entirely unnecessary, and the detainees should not be interrogated.”
2011: “Vital intelligence was obtained from Guantanamo detainees that led to our locating Bin Laden.”
Who’s The Boss?
A recent morning’s example is typical of what’s happening in the country.
The hotel dinning room opens at 6:00 AM, or so says the front desk. What a surprise, no one in the dinning room; clanking coming from the kitchen. If I was truly in a hurry I would have wandered into the kitchen and shouted out, “is anyone awake?” But rather I found a booth, seated myself, and went to work on my laptop. After ten minutes I would have come to a slow boil (no morning coffee = grumpy), but I realized there was free coffee in the lobby, so I fetched a cup and was content until 6:15 when the lady showed up with an “I had some prep to do.” Being an old fashioned boy, I presume the prep would be done BEFORE opening…which is why it’s called, “prep.” As I was in North Dakota when this happened, I was not shocked to receive a seemingly sincere apology from the lady. Had I been in California….
Later that day my wife witnessed the same waitress try to seat two different pairs of customers at the same table so she wouldn’t have to open another section farther from the kitchen…one of those pairs, obviously having private matters to discuss, huffed away. Lost business, lost revenue, a business just that much closer to closing its doors and throwing two dozen or more folks out of jobs.
To show that I’m not merely a grumpy old fart, I’m happy to report that the following morning, same time, I wandered into the same booth, waited only one minute and while sliding out of my booth to go to the lobby to fetch my own coffee, a very pleasant young lady hurried out of the kitchen and made me feel very welcome. She was not only efficient but when another old fart wandered in and with mouth gaping and turned so far down his false teeth were about to tumble out over his receding chin, ordered a dry bagel and immediately asked very nastily if they charged extra for a pad of butter and a dollop of jelly, then unsatisfied that he hadn’t ruined her morning, asked, “so I suppose you charge for the water?” To my utter surprise and satisfaction the young woman was pleasant no matter how much black paint he tried to pour in her bucket, killing him with kindness.
I later suggested to the restaurant manager that she get a raise.
What got me started on this particular rant?
I think America needs to get back to work, and to do it with the same attention to detail they did while I was growing up. And all they need to do is to recognize who’s the boss in a free enterprise society.
One of America’s most well run states is Utah. My wife and I drive the length of Utah at least once a year on our way from Spring-Summer-Fall residence in Montana to Winter in California. Utah takes care of business, maybe it’s the wonderful work ethic of the Mormons, but when you go into a gas station mini-market run by some Pakastani gentleman and his wife and four kids, to your great surprise you’ll find the restroom open and CLEAN. In California all restrooms in those establishments are strangely out of order. Pakistani = Out Of Order Restroom. Which is probably just as well as the 1 out of ten thousand that might be admitted to be in working order is filthy, and you’d be better off to climb in the half full dumpster out back of the place to do your business. But I digress….
On one of those recent drives south we stopped at a combination gas station mini-market, and in the market was one of those chain burger joints, or a small version thereof. I seldom waste the calories on fast food, but we were in a hurry, so I approached the counter, the single customer in the place. A young man, hefty in size, wandered out of the small kitchen area and approached the counter. His bill cap was not turned backward, to his credit, but was pulled so low over his eyes they couldn’t be seen, only half his nose, his pursed lips, and both his chins. Even though I was in a hurry, I decided to have a little fun. He approached the counter, eyes unseen, and took up a position across the counter from me, …and said absolutely nothing. No “hello,” no “welcome to WalMart,” no “may I help you,”…nothing. Sooooo, I said nothing. Having been a salesman most of my life (and a damn good one, I might add) I know the value of silence. Dead, penetrating, attention getting, eventually very irritating, silence. Finally, when I refused to break the silence, he began to fidget, and eventually–I guess he was afraid I was either voice impaired or was about to pull a gat and hold the place up–he raised his cap and stepped back, his gaze very suspicious. I managed to keep a straight face, even though I wanted to break out laughing, but rather I gave him as hard a look as I could muster.
Finally, he managed, “You want something?”
I couldn’t help myself, “No, I just came in to stare at you over the counter and see how long it would take to try and discover if I was a customer.”
That, as I might have suspected, was greeted with a, “Uh?”
So I ordered. And watched very carefully to make sure he didn’t do something obscene to the food. He did glance over his shoulder several times to make sure this obviously insane old man didn’t vault the counter and execute a rear attack.
And now, almost every time I dealt with a counter person, I notice how poorly trained most counter people (supposedly sales people) are in this free enterprise country of ours, and to decide to try and do my very small part to try and show them the error of their ways, and make them aware of who’s the boss in this great country of ours, and why that concept has made it the great country she’s become.
Let me suggest to you that success, no matter how small a success one might seem to you, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It’s one of the things that makes getting up in the morning a pleasure rather than a chore, it’s a precursor to mental and physical health, it’s the essence of a happy existence.
So let’s investigate a few ways to accomplish that goal, and why we should.
Why should you, as a counter person or sales person, maybe making minimum wage, give a damn who the boss might be?
If you haven’t surmised the answer to that simple question as of yet, the customer is the boss. Please consider that all the money any business accumulates, or doesn’t, comes from the customer. It doesn’t matter if it’s a good or service your selling, the customer is the boss, and if the customer is unhappy, and no longer shows up to buy your good or service, there will be no more money; no more counter person, no more shift manager, no more general manager, no more vice president, no more company president, nor board of directors nor chairman of the board. And that sad process all begins with you and your relationship with the customer.
You are the foundation of your company, and other than the customer, the most important screw or bolt that holds the whole bridge together.
And it’s not only your company that depends upon you, but think of the suppliers who count on your company’s business, on the other employees who depend upon your company for their jobs…for those weekly or monthly checks that pay their rent or house payment and keep their kids in shoes and lunch money. And the landlord who owns the building or buildings your company rents…and the chain goes on and on and on.
So, don’t let them down, and more importantly, don’t let yourself down. Sure, you might find another job, not so easy as it once was, but they are still out there. But if your company fails, you’ve failed to a certain extent, and, trust me, you don’t want to get in the habit of failing. It’s bad for both your mental and physical health.
So what can you do to help insure your company’s health, and success?
Easy, remember that each and every customer is the boss. Is that any easy chore? Usually it is, however, many times it’s not. As I pointed out in the introduction to this book, some customers are tougher than others. Some are downright obnoxious, and those are the ones who’ll test your resolve to make sure your company is successful. You must approach every customer with an open mind, you must have no preconceived notions about that man or woman across the counter. Don’t judge. You don’t know, for instance, that he or she was not informed that morning that they had terminal cancer. Would you be less than bubbly under that circumstance? Her mother may have died that morning. Or even merely her cat or his dog. Or it may be merely that they’ve run out of money and this hamburger you’re selling may be the last meal they can afford until day after tomorrow when they get paid again.
Or they may be one of the very few human beings whose just a smartass or who believes that every glass is half empty rather than half full.
But you’ll never know which customer is which.
Your job, one you’ve chosen to take money to perform, is a trust. It’s a trust given to you by your employer, and he, and a lot of others, are depending upon you.
Prove yourself worthy.